Web Research Links for the Week of 4/9/18

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Trump tweet early this morning (April 11, 4am DC time): ” Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!”

Russian veto ends U.N. probe of chemical weapons use in Syriahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-veto-ends-un-probe-of-chemical-weapons-use-in-syria/2017/11/16/7ece5bf6-cb10-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html – “To investigate the sarin attack it (the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism) blamed on the Syrian military, the JIM investigators looked at photos, conducted interviews and analyzed soil samples. But they never visited the village where the attack occurred… Russia called the work “amateurish” and charged the investigators’ reports are routinely biased against the Syrian government… Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., said Russia supported the idea of renewing the mandate but insisted that flaws be corrected. He proposed a draft(actually, two drafts)purporting to do that, but it did not get enough votes to pass… ‘There is nothing balanced about the U.S. draft resolution,’ he said, charging that none of the flaws were addressed. ‘You bear the responsibility if the mechanism cannot be salvaged.’ ” (emphasis added) – Note: None of the articles on the Security Council session that I could find covered the actual language of either the U.S. resolution Russian vetoed or the two Russian-amended resolutions that were voted down by the Council. There has so far been no public analysis of what was actually done at the Security Council.

From the Official-State-Propaganda Desk: READY TO STRIKE Syria – US-led coalition warplanes ‘seen flying over Iraqi border’ as nerve gas counter attack loomshttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6021889/syria-airspace-cleared-us-coalition-warplanes/ – “European air traffic controllers issued a “rapid alert” for airlines in the Eastern Mediterranean over the possibility of air strikes into Syria within the next 72 hours… The European Aviation Security Agency’s (EASA) warning of possible launches of air-to-ground strikes or cruise missiles comes as the US, Britain, France and allies weigh up retaliatory measures to a suspected chemical weapon attack in Syria… Nafiseh Kohnavard, a reporter for the BBC, tweeted: “Airlines that are still using Syria’s airspace have received a request to change their corridors for the next 48 hours… ‘Sources say that all military bases and important centres of the Syrian government are on high alert as a US attack is expected.’..” (and from the SAME ARTICLE): “The attack in Douma happened late on Saturday amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce with the Army of Islam rebel group… Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government… Families were reportedly found suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths.” (emphsis added)Comment: The “article,” from the UK The Sun, contains not only the bald assertions of the factuality of “the gas attack” in Douma, but several pictures released by the White Helmets with their claims of an attack. Russian investigation at the purported scene of the incident found “zero evidence” of use of chemical weapons. Additionally, no patients were found in the Douma hospital or anywhere in liberated Eastern Ghouta with symptoms of exposure to chemicals. BTW, the headline above says “nerve gas counter attack.” Perhaps they’ve confused this with the purported attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, but the “Douma attack” was reported as being chlorine gas.

Trump: “Get Ready Russia”, Missiles “Will Be Coming”https://southfront.org/trump-get-ready-russia-missiles-will-be-coming/

Saber Rattling: Israeli Officials (threaten to) Attack Syriahttps://southfront.org/saber-rattling-israeli-officials-vow-to-assassinate-assad-attack-syria/ – ” ‘If the Iranians act against Israel from Syrian territory, it will be Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government that will pay the price,’ senior Israeli defense officials were quoted by the country’s media on April 11. ‘Assad’s regime and Assad himself will disappear from the map and the world if the Iranians do try to harm Israel or its interests from Syrian territory.’.. ‘Our recommendation to Iran is that it does not try to act, because Israel is determined to continue on this issue to the very end.’ ”

Iranian media posts photos of Syrian base allegedly bombed by Israel – by Stuart Winer – https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-media-posts-photos-of-syrian-base-allegedly-bombed-by-israel/ – “The Tasnim media outlet, which has been affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, specified that seven IRGC members were killed in the strike, including one high-ranking officer, Col. Mehdi Dehghan, who reportedly served in one of the group’s drone units.”

Macron: Any French Strikes Will Target Assad’s Chemical Weapons Stockshttps://southfront.org/macron-any-french-strikes-will-target-assads-chemical-weapons-stocks/ – “On April 10, Macron said he supports a ‘strong and joint response’ to the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, which the US and its allies blamed on the Assad government… ‘Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime’s chemical capabilities,’ he said, insisting he did ‘not want an escalation’.” – Comment: That will be quite a trick for the French, as the “Assad Regime” doesn’t have any.

3,627 Militants And Members Of Their Families Left Douma – Russian Military – https://southfront.org/3627-militants-and-members-of-their-families-left-douma-russian-military/ – “On April 10, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA revealed that all hostages taken by Jaish al-Islam had been released from Douma on April 9 evening… ‘SANA correspondent said that two buses carrying dozens of liberated abductees arrived in one of the Syrian Arab army checkpoints near al-Wafedeen Camp corridor at 11:00 pm, after which they headed for al-Faihaa stadium in Damascus where their relatives and thousands of citizens have been waiting to welcome them… The first batch of abductees, most of them were women and children who have been kidnapped from Adra Industrial City since January 2013, was released on Sunday after an agreement was reached earlier in the day to release all the abductees in exchange for the exit of all terrorists,’ the SANA’s article reads.”

Tucker Carlson: Would war against Assad make US safer? (7 min)

Israel just lost American Jews – by Philip Weiss – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/israel-just-american/ – “David Rothkopf responded eloquently: Until every resident of the land over which Israel enforces control has equal rights and protections under the law it’s not a democracy… Rothkopf is as Jewish establishment as they come. The former head of Foreign Policy magazine, he once tarred Walt and Mearsheimer as gentile anti-Semites…  But Rothkopf was enraged : Israel’s brutal treatment of the demonstrators in Gaza…and Gaza itself…is the anti-Passover. It represents the height of hypocrisy: A supposedly Jewish state violating the most basic concepts of the religion in order to defend its ‘right to exist.’ “

From the Not-MY-Title Desk: Conflict In Syria Is About To Turn Into Global Warhttps://southfront.org/conflict-in-syria-is-about-to-turn-into-global-war/ – “Responding to Haley’s statement during the UNSC meeting, Russian representative Vassily Nebenzia called the accusations against Damascus “fake news”. Nebenzia once again warned the US and its allies of the possible “grave consequences” of a military action against Syria… ‘Do you now understand what you have done?’ Nebenzia repeated Putin’s question about the US-led reckless games in the Middle East. ‘No, you do not.’.. ‘Everywhere you go, everything you touch, you leave behind only chaos. You try to fish in those murky waters, but the only thing you catch is mutants… ‘What [the] military misadventures of the West bring about is well known, as shown by the examples of Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. Nobody has vested you with the power to act like the world’s policeman, or to act like the prosecutor, judge, and executioner either,’ he said.” – Questions: I’m wondering, is it mere ignorance to take note of what I take it must be only posturing within the international diplomatic milieu? Does anyone think that Nikki Haley and Vassily Nebenzia are just a tag-team operating like they’re in the World Wrestling Federation?

President Trump Cabinet Meeting Making Decision on Syria 4/9/2018 (10 min) –  https://youtu.be/CFCy-5c_imc – “According to media reports, Pentagon is currently providing Trump with various military options, like a cruise missile strike or a massiive airstrike on crucial Syrian faclities, which could be implemented.” (emphasis added)

UN Security Council holds emergency summit over alleged Syria chemical attack – Several countries have accused Syria of using chemical weapons against civilians in a deadly attack on the rebel town of Douma. US President Donald Trump has vowed to “forcefully” respond, further heightening tensions – http://www.dw.com/en/un-security-council-holds-emergency-summit-over-alleged-syria-chemical-attack/a-43315566 – “Despite denying the use of chemical weapons in Saturday’s attack, Russia said it was ready to co-operate with the OPCW. Nebenzia said OPCW investigators should fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to investigate the attack, and offered them protection… A draft resolution circulated ahead of Monday’s Security Council meeting suggested that Russia and the Western nations were proposing the creation of a new body to assess the blame for chemical attacks. However, the West objects to Russia’s demand for the Security Council to have veto rights over the new body’s findings… ‘We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,’ said Haley. ‘History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.’.. However, Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia was quick to deny that chemical weapons had been used in Douma. According to Nebenzia, Russian investigators were sent to Douma over the weekend and found no evidence that a nerve agent or chlorine had been used in an attack… The Russian envoy said claims that there was a chemical weapons attack and that it was perpetrated by Damascus are  “contradictory.” The “fake news” from Douma was intended to deflect attention from the UK’s muddled case regarding the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Nebenzia said… During the Security Council session, the Israel Foreign Ministry issued a statement accusing Syria of committing “crimes against humanity” in the attack in Douma.” – Question: As far as “the moment” when the UN demonstrated its “failure to protect the people of Syria,” could it perhaps have been the day that they decided not to see the U.S. and British involvement in creating their ISIS proxy armies?

Syrian Air Defense Forces Repel Missile Attack On T4 Airbase. Casualties Reported (Map, Video) – https://southfront.org/syrian-air-defense-forces-repel-missile-attack-on-t4-airbase-casualties-reported-video/ – “The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected to comment on the reports about the missile strike in Syria. However, a video appeared online showing unidentified fighter jets in Lebanese airspace prior to the strike. Considering that the IDF often uses Lebanese airspace to launch missiles at targets inside Syria, Israel is the main suspect in the last night attack.”

Trump official: football fans should ‘think twice’ about Russia World Cup – by David Smith – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/08/trump-official-football-fans-russia-world-cup – “Football fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer as consular services are threatened by the diplomatic crisis between Vladimir Putin and the west, a senior White House official has warned… The tournament kicks off on 14 June under the shadow of tit-for-tat expulsions and what some describe as a new cold war. Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, has suggested Putin will seek to exploit the showpiece in the way Adolf Hitler milked the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.”

The Corrupt Foster Care and Adoption System: Why Aren’t More Foster and Adoptive Parents Speaking Out? – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/the-corrupt-foster-care-and-adoption-system-why-arent-more-foster-and-adoptive-parents-speaking-out/ – “The data is very clear. A very small minority of children removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) are removed because they live in “abusive” homes… The vast majority, anywhere from 75% to 85% or more, are removed for other reasons, usually under the umbrella term of “neglect.” This would include “medical neglect” where one can lose custody of their children simply for disagreeing with a doctor, or seeking a second medical opinion.. Based on large scale research studies conducted at MIT by Joseph Doyle in 2007 and 2008, the data also clearly shows that children in foster care fare far worse than even children left in “troubled homes,” which begs the question as to why we even have a child welfare system that takes children out of families and makes them wards of the State.”

From the But-Wait-There’s-More Desk: Is Senator Richard Pan the Democratic Party’s Dream Candidate to Face President Trump in 2020? – by Kent Heckenlively – http://bolenreport.com/senator-richard-pan-democratic-partys-dream-candidate-face-president-trump-2020/ – “Which brings me to the latest madness of Senator Pan, his proposed Senate Bill, 1424, the “On-Line False Information Act“ which would require anybody who posts news on the internet to verify their posted information with “fact-checkers.” ”

Trump promises decision ‘very quickly’ on response to Syria – by Robert Burns , Matther Lee and Jonathan Lemire – http://www.startribune.com/trump-weighs-response-after-sick-syria-attack/479113363/ – “President Donald Trump said Monday he will decide “probably by the end of today” on a U.S. response to the apparent chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. He suggested Syria’s main military ally, Russia, would “pay a price.”.. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, Trump condemned the “heinous attack” Saturday that killed at least 40 people, including children. Asked by a reporter whether President Vladimir Putin bears responsibility, Trump said, ‘He may, yeah, he may. And if he does it’s going to be very tough, very tough.’ He added, ‘Everybody’s gonna pay a price. He will, everybody will.’ ”

Astonishing California Bill Would Shut Down Free Speech, Require Fact-Checkers – by Jon Rappoport – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/astonishing-california-bill-would-shut-down-free-speech-require-fact-checkers.html – “California used to be trumpeted as the cutting edge of American culture… It still is, except the culture is now all about censoring free speech… California Senator Richard Pan, who was behind the infamous 2015 law mandating vaccinations for schoolchildren (SB277), has stepped up to the plate and introduced another bill… This one would clamp down on criticism of ANY Official Story… The bill is titled ‘SB1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan.’.. It targets social media based in California. But as you read the bill, you see it appears to define social media as any Internet blog, website, or communication.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 4/2/18

Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button above. If you have a link you would like to share, please put it into a comment.

US Says No Evidence Assad Behind Chemical Attack; But Will Retaliate Regardless Of UN Decision – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-09/us-says-no-evidence-assad-behind-chemical-attack-will-retaliate-regardless-un – “Meanwhile, the UN Security Council met on Monday to discuss the latest developments – said Staffen de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy to Syria.  “Recent developments carry more than ever before” the risks contained within the multiple “fault lines in the Middle East” that could have “absolutely devastating consequences, which are difficult to even imagine,” the official said, underscoring the possibility that the crisis in Syria may spiral into a larger international security crisis… ‘The United Nations is unable to independently verify or attribute responsibility for this attack, but we have all parties to show utmost restraint and avoid any further escalation or confrontation,’ de Mistura said.”

Trump’s Syria “Withdrawal” Was Textbook US Deception – by Tony Cartalucci – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/trumps-syria-withdrawal-was-textbook-us-deception.html – “…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (Brookings Institute: Which Path to Persia?)… Nothing could be more “outrageous” or “deadly” than using chemical weapons on civilians… That such allegations of a chemical attack already served as a successful pretext for US military aggression in the form of cruise missile strikes across Syria under President Trump before, is precisely why the Syrian government wouldn’t have carried out such chemical attacks then, and most certainly would not carry them out now – especially if the US was allegedly seeking to exit Syrian territory… For those who have invested hope into President Trump – his role in a documented scheme to deceive the global public and make US military aggression appear as a last resort after apparently withdrawing from confrontation – is sufficient evidence that it is not “Trump vs. the Deep State,” but that “Trump is the Deep State.” ”

Fingerprints, Eye Scans Now Required To Buy Food In India, As Banks Cut Off Cryptocurrencies – by John Vibes – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/fingerprints-eye-scans-now-required-to-buy-food-in-india-as-banks-cut-off-cryptocurrencies.html – “In addition to the vast violation of privacy that this program introduces, it is also highly inefficient, with possibly fatal results. A recent study determined that 20 percent of an entire region was cut off from food rations because their Internet connections were not good enough to access the program… If you think this type of control grid isn’t possible in the United States, think again. Harvard Professor Jacqueline Bhabha praised the drastic new policy, saying that, ‘No one has approached that scale and that ambition. It has been hailed, and justifiably so, as an extraordinary triumph to get everyone registered.’ ”

From the ‘Splainin’-To-Do Desk: Why did Assad use chemical weapons? Because he can – by Avi Issacharoff – https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-did-assad-use-chemical-weapons-because-he-can/

Trump tweets condemnation of Syria chemical attack, saying Putin shares the blame – by Carol Morello and Jenna Johnson – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-tweets-condemnation-of-syria-chemical-attack-criticizing-putin-for-sharing-the-blame/2018/04/08/c9c1c0e5-d063-4133-ae4d-e26496f79fff_story.html – ” The likelihood of a military strike against Syria after a suspected chemical weapons attack increased Sunday as President Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” and officials in France vowed the country would “do its duty” in responding.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Western Civilization circles the drain.

Ex-Spy Skripal Is Awake and Talking – No doubt he’ll be under immense pressure by the British now to tell the right story – https://russia-insider.com/en/ex-spy-skripal-awake-and-talking/ri23008

SYRIA: The Egregious Western Media ‘Chemical Weapon’ Fraud in Eastern Ghouta – by Vanessa Beeley – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/04/08/syria-the-egregious-western-media-chemical-weapon-fraud-in-eastern-ghouta/ – ” Fast forward to Eastern Ghouta which is now 90% liberated from the many terrorist factions that have occupied this eastern suburb of Damascus since 2012 and we have seen an uptick in the claims of chemical weapon attacks as the SAA noose draws tighter around  the terrorist enclaves. Most of those claims are being circulated by the Al Qaeda auxiliary organisation, the White Helmets.”

Dozens killed in apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria, rescue workers say – by Louisa Loveluck and Erin Cunningham – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/dozens-killed-in-apparent-chemical-weapons-attack-on-civilians-in-eastern-ghouta–rescue-workers/2018/04/08/231bba18-3ac0-11e8-af3c-2123715f78df_story.html – “President Trump responded to the attack on his Twitter account Sunday, describing it as an “atrocity.”.. ‘Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,’ he said… ‘Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price …’.. Multiple reports, including from rescue workers and the State Department, said an initial attack had targeted a hospital. It was unclear, however, what type of chemicals may have been used… ‘We tried to send people to the area to rescue the injured, but even the rescue workers began suffocating,’ said Mohamed Samer, a medical worker in Douma… (and buried at the bottom of the article, written in a way that many might not understand): Jaish al-Islam launched volleys of rockets into densely populated Damascus districts as the fighting intensified, killing or maiming residents and striking terror into the broader community.” (emphasis added) Comment: There are videos on the Qasioun News Agency and YASER ALDOUMANI2 channels on YouTube (and not blocked) that show many people that appear obviously dead. They are in what look like private homes, not a hospital setting. I would speculate that in this case, prisoners of Jaish al-Islam or “apostates” including children have been murdered for this major propaganda campaign. The MSM are uniformly carrying the stories associated with this with zero analysis or skepticism. People identified in the article as “rescue workers” or “medical workers” are most likely members of the controversial “White Helmets” group associated with the terrorist occupied areas, and well documented to also act as soldiers in the terrorist militias – It’s interesting that the MSM are now choosing to no longer identify their affiliation with the White Helmets.

The Economics Behind The Skripal Poisoning – podcast with Prof. Michael Hudson (approx. 15 min) – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49159.htm

From the United-Propaganda-Front Desk: Dozens Suffocate in Syria as Government Is Accused of Chemical Attack – by Ben Hubbard – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/08/world/middleeast/syria-chemical-attack-ghouta.html

Innocent Email Throws #NeverAgain Narrative Into Question – by Richard Enos – http://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/04/06/innocent-email-throws-neveragain-narrative-into-question/ – “On March 30, blogger Dr. Eowyn wrote a post on the ‘Fellowship of the Minds’ website that suggests that plans for the demonstrations were initiated long before the Parkland shooting. The evidence? A statement in an email sent to a source of European researcher Ole Dammegard by Officer Scott C. Earhardt of the Homeland Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Department: ‘In reference to your inquiry concerning the March For Our Lives Demonstration, here in the District of Columbia on March 24, 2018.  MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event. .’

The Trump Administration Wants to Cut Off Internet Access for Poor Americans – by Nicole Goodkind – https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-administration-wants-cut-internet-access-poor-americans – ” ‘The Lifeline Program is essential for millions of Americans who rely on subsidized internet access to find jobs, schedule doctor’s appointments, complete their school assignments, interface with the government, and remain connected in a digital economy,’ they wrote. ‘The program helps Americans — including disproportionate numbers of families with children, veterans and people of color — survive.’.. The letter also questioned the economic reasoning for the program change. ‘It is unclear why the FCC would spend billions of dollars to expand access to broadband while at the same time make Lifeline less accessible to those who need it most,’ it read.”

From the Here-We-Go-Again Desk: Scientists suggest a giant sunshade in the sky could solve global warming – by Peter Beaumont – https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/05/scientists-suggest-giant-sunshade-in-sky-could-solve-global-warming – “Scientists have long known that manmade events like pollution in the atmosphere, smoke from forest fires and volcanic eruptions can create a cooling effect… That has led scientists at Harvard University to propose their own experiment, which they call “stratospheric controlled perturbation effect”, or SCoPEx for short. It involves using a balloon to test the controversial proposition that aerosols released at a height of 20km in the Earth’s atmosphere can alter the reflective properties of cloud cover… Now a dozen scholars, from countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica and Thailand, have joined the debate, arguing in the journal Nature that poor countries should take a lead in the field since they have most to gain or lose from the technology.” (emphasis added) – Comment: “scientists at Harvard University”: This couldn’t involve Geoengineer David Keith, now could it?

Russian Military: Jaysh al-Islam Killed Three Of Its Commanders Participating In Negotiationshttps://southfront.org/russian-military-jaysh-al-islam-killed-three-of-its-commanders-participating-in-negotiations/ – ” ‘As a result of sharp contradictions among odious militants and those who were ready for negotiations, the former leaders of the group were physically eliminated,’ said Major-General Yuri Yevtushenko, head of the reconciliation center, according to the Russian news agency TASS.” – Comment: During the recent cease fire in Douma, Jaish al-Islam had been allowing its wounded fighters and some civilians to leave in busses. However 2 days ago that stopped and JAI started shelling civilian areas of Damascus again. Now, the final ground assault on the last terrorist pocket in East Ghouta is underway.

Fake Fake News Is a Danger to Our Fake Democracy – TruthStream Media (video 12 min)

(with an astonishing expose of organized MSM mind control)

Hill and Don’s Honduran Caravan – by Paul Street – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49160.htm – “Forget that very few among the 1200 or so Central American migrants travelling in what is now an annual Easter time caravan through Mexico have any intention of seeking asylum in the U.S. (As KCUR radio reported three days ago, “The annual event organized by activists” is “designed to keep migrants safe and share information about their rights” inside Mexico.).. Forget that the number of “illegal immigrants” caught at the U.S. border (310,000 last year, down from a peak of 1.6 million in 2000) is currently at its lowest level since 1971… Forget that the Caravan marchers are running away from drug violence and organized crime, among other scourges, in countries that have been ravaged by U.S. policy (including U.S. foreign, political, economic, military, drug, and climate policy) for decades.”

Weaponizing anti-Semitism against Corbyn could endanger Jews, Israeli academic Ilan Pappé warnshttps://www.rt.com/uk/423191-corbyn-papp%C3%A9-semitic-gaza/ – “The University of Exeter professor went on to refute claims that Corbyn is an anti-Semite, saying: ‘I have been involved with him in the past in some political activism and ever since I follow closely his political career and I could not find a shred of evidence for his anti-Semitism,’ Pappé said. ‘He was, and is, very critical on Israel’s policies, as are many Jews including myself.’.. Pappé, who is a consistent collaborator with linguist Noam Chomsky, added that accusations of anti-Semitism have been weaponized to attack Corbyn due to his sympathy to the Palestinian cause.”

U. S. sanctions ensnare Russians with ties to Trump world – by John Hudson and Seung Min Kim – https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-imposes-sweeping-new-sanctions-on-russian-elite/2018/04/06/97df2782-398e-11e8-b57c-9445cc4dfa5e_story.html – “The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints against Moscow that included its attempts to undermine Western democracies and recurring cyber offensives… The sanctions target 17 Russian government officials, a state-owned weapons trading company and seven so-called oligarchs. Several individuals on the list have close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin… ‘I think it’s important to see in today’s action, a message. And that message is that actions have consequences,’ said another senior administration official, who spoke to reporters only on the condition of anonymity. ” (emphasis added)

Syrian Army Resumes Military Operation In Duma As Jaysh al-Islam Breaks Ceasefirehttps://southfront.org/syrian-army-resumes-military-operation-in-duma-as-jaysh-al-islam-breaks-ceasefire/ – “On April 6, Jaysh al-Islam broke the ceasefire agreement in Duma district and shelled the civilian areas in the al-Wafddien refugee camp and Dahiyat al-Assad district with rockets and mortars, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported… The news agency reported that warplanes of the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces had conducted a series of airstrikes on Jaysh al-Islam positions in the Duma district in response to the attack… Earlier, SyAAF helicopters dropped thousands of leaflet over Duma, in which the government called on civilians there to stay in their houses and gave Jaysh al-Islam fighters the last chance to accept an evacuation or reconciliation agreement.”

India: Your bank will not allow you to buy bitcoins anymore – by Preeti Motiani – https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/personal-finance-news/your-bank-will-not-allow-you-to-buy-bitcoins-anymore/articleshow/63627123.cms – “You will not be able to buy cryptocurrency through banks or e-wallets etc. in India anymore as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has banned them with immediate effect from ‘dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies’.”

Syrian President Rejected Russian Proposal To Attend Ankara Summit – Report – https://southfront.org/syrian-president-rejected-russian-proposal-to-attend-ankara-summit-report/ – “On April 6, an unnamed senior Syrian official told the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad had rejected a Russian proposal to attend Ankara summit, which was held on April 4… According to the senior official, Russia assured al-Assad that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will welcome him if he would agree to attend the summit. However, the Syrian president apologized to Russia for not participating in the summit due to “many reasons,” including the Turkish occupation of some areas in northern Syria… One of the officials told the Lebanese newspaper that the Damascus government will not reconcile with any country that continues its “aggression” against the Syrian sovereignty… During the last few months many Turkish politicians, including allies of Erdogan, called on the Turkish government to reestablish relations with the Damascus government in order to coordinate against the US-led coalition and Kurdish forces.”

Assad regime places tanks, artillery in buffer zone with Israel – Israel expected to complain to UN over Syrian army deployment in demilitarized area ahead of regime’s planned assault on rebels, in violation of decades-old agreement – by Michael Bachner – https://www.timesofisrael.com/assad-regime-places-tanks-artillery-in-buffer-zone-with-israel-report/ – “Israel has tried to stay out of the civil war in Syria and refrained from taking sides, but has responded to spillover fire on numerous occasions and warned the Assad regime against attack.” – Comment: Right.

Surge in Young Couples Marrying in South Russia Shows Trend Toward Family Values – The government also provides state assistance to young families – by Irina Povolotskaya – https://russia-insider.com/en/surge-young-couples-marrying-south-russia-shows-trend-toward-family-values/ri22977 – “Here’s yet another small indicator of how Russian society is slowly returning to conservative values. In the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, in the Registration Office on its 100th anniversary, almost 27 thousand new families registered in the Rostov Region. This is almost three thousand more families than last year.”

France Joins Syria Fight: Goals and Consequences – by Peter Korzun –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/04/05/france-joins-syria-fight-goals-and-consequences.html – The Syrian forces are preparing an offensive in the Daraa – Quneira – Suweida area in the south while denuding other fronts. The territory is huge and the terrain is hard to cross. There are at least 25 heights to fire at advancing forces from. The Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups are much more numerous than the ones being defeated in Eastern Ghuta. Their defenses are strong. Unlike in other places, the rebel forces can easily get logistical support from Jordan. That’s where the US and Saudi Arabia can contribute greatly. Israel has been involved in such activities since 2015. It took roughly six months to liberate Eastern Ghuta, with an active phase to dislodge rebel fighters launched in mid-March. It’s easy to surmise that it will take at least a year, may be much more, to liberate the area in question.”

Genetically Modified Weather: The Tale of FROSTBAN™ Synthetic Bacteria – by Rick Shankman – https://climatex.mit.edu/genetically-modified-weather-tale-frostban%E2%84%A2-synthetic-bacteria – “…6) Mutation of the ice-gene was done to remove the ice-forming genetic coding; 7) Ten the mutated (non-ice-forming) genetic code was inserted into the P. syringae bacterium to create the Ice-minus strain; The genetically-modified Ice-minus strain now lacks the surface coating that helps produce frost…. These facts, by themselves, are boring.  FROSTBAN™ (never sold commercially – original company merged into Seminis Inc.), is boring… The tale to come — I promise you — not boring.”

Dr. Tim Ball Completely Vindicated In Global Warming Lawsuit Meant To Silence Him – by Dr. Tim Ball – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/04/03/dr-tim-ball-completely-vindicated-in-global-warming-lawsuit-meant-to-silence-him/ – “While I savor the victory, people need to know that it was the second of three lawsuits all from the same lawyer, Roger McConchie, in Vancouver on behalf of members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In each case, he also filed lawsuits against the agency that published what I wrote or said. This is why Anthony Watts wisely asked me and I was willing to put the phrase “Guest Opinion” at the top of any column I wrote. Of course, the double-barreled lawsuits created complications in mounting any defense.”

Israel and the Diaspora: We have to talk – by Mick Davis – blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-and-the-diaspora-we-have-to-talk/ – ” Simultaneously, however, they see their pride in Israel dented by actions taken by the Israeli authorities that undermine their Jewish values. Whether through the constant trickle of ugly legislation like last year’s Nation-State Bill, the racism of Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, a callous approach to African asylum seekers, discrimination against progressive Judaism or ongoing settlement expansion, young Diaspora Jews are too often being asked to make their attachment to Israel the exception to their values rather than the embodiment of them.” – Comment: Mick Davis is the CEO of the UK Conservative Party (Tories) and former Chairman of the UK Jewish Leadership Council of the United Jewish Israel Appeal. This article is a very interesting read, primarily for the many, many assumptions that are embedded in Davies’ expression. It reveals much about the current state of the Zionist project.

Israel faces historic decision as new population figures emerge – by Yossi Beilin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/04/israel-palestinians-demography-jordan-river-apartheid.html – “With the official military announcement of Jewish-Arab parity between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is facing the historic decision it has been trying to postpone or repress. Israel is far from being an apartheid state currently, but if it opts for minority rule of an Arab majority, it will have no choice but to adopt apartheid methods. Precluding this option would spell the end of the Zionist idea: Israel will turn into a Palestinian state, probably a nondemocratic one, with a Jewish minority.”

Craig Murray: Johnson and May are Hiding as Their ‘Novichok’ Lies Dissolve –  http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/04/04/murray-johnson-and-may-are-hiding-as-their-novichok-lies-dissolve/ –  “It is very plain that what Aitkenhead is saying to Sky is “the scientists cannot establish it is from Russia. But the government claims to have intelligence sources that show that it is.” His struggle to fit the formulations he has been given to parrot this sense as more effective propaganda, into answers to the pretty good questions he is being asked, is almost comic: “ummm” and “errr” come into it a lot. You have to remember that the precise forms of words to be used in official parlance had been the subject of tense negotiation between the scientists and the Porton Down bureaucrats, and then between the Porton Down bureaucrats and MOD Whitehall officials, and then between MOD officials and FCO and security service officials in the Joint Intelligence Committee, before being signed off by ministers. It is a process I know intimately from the inside. This reconciliation of conflicting interests is why at the start Aitkenhead says it is “Novichok” confidently, but at 1 min 30 sec in he says the more truthful “Novichok or from that family”, which accords with the evidence Porton Down gave to the High Court.”

Boris Johnson Lied About Skripal ON VIDEO, Putting His Job as Foreign Secretary at Risk – He lied to Germans that Porton Down scientists were adamant Skripal poison came from Russia – https://russia-insider.com/en/boris-johnson-lied-about-skripal-video-putting-his-job-foreign-secretary-risk/ri22974

Will America Accept Its Defeat or Challenge the Bear and the Dragon? PART 3: ASIA – “The US believes it can corner Russia, China and Iran: Russia has a 7,000 kilometre border with China, Iran is not Iraq and Syria is not Afghanistan. In Syria, the destiny of that a world be ruled by unilateralism is over. The world is heading toward pluralism” – by Elijah J. Magnier – https://russia-insider.com/en/will-america-accept-its-defeat-or-challenge-bear-and-dragon-part-3-asia/ri22964 – “There are thousands of Chinese jihadists who fought with ISIS and al-Qaeda and Beijing was concerned, willing to see all these killed in Syria. Cooperation between the Chinese and the Syrian intelligence services was established. Damascus has a unique and a very rich bank of information about foreign fighters many countries in the world would like to have access to, since over 80 nationalities of foreign fighters were allowed into Syria in a failed attempt to topple the regime and establish an Islamic State… But Washington is still trying to protect its position, refusing to give up on the crown of world domination it has enjoyed for over a decade and it is ready to fight against the “axis opposing the US” using other means outside Syria. The US establishment and its allies are expelling Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions on China and Iran. The US defeat in Syria is obviously very painful.”

US Setting Up 2 Bases, Considering Deployment Of Additional Forces In Syria – Reportshttps://southfront.org/us-setting-up-2-bases-considering-deployment-of-additional-forces-in-syria/ – “Despite President Donald Trump’s statement that the US should withdraw forces from Syria, his country expands its military presence in the war-torn country… On April 3, the Turkish state-run media outlet Anadolu Agency reported the US is setting up two bases in the area of Manbij, which is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).  Anadolu claimed that the US is extending an observation post in the village of Dadat north of Manbij in order to build a base. Construction materials and heavy equipment units have reportedly been transported to the area.”

A Special Relationship Born in Hell – The United States should cut all ties with war criminal Israel – by Philip Giraldi – http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/a-special-relationship-born-in-hell/ – “The story of what happened in Gaza on Friday had largely disappeared from the U.S. media by Sunday. On Saturday, The New York Times reported the most recent violence this way: “…some began hurling stones, tossing Molotov cocktails and rolling burning tires at the fence, the Israelis responded with tear gas and gunfire.” Get it? The Palestinians started it all, according to Israeli sources, by throwing things at the fence and forcing the poor victimized Israeli soldiers to respond with gunfire, presumably as self-defense. The Times also repeated Israel’s uncorroborated claims that there were gunmen active on the Gazan side, but given the disparity in numbers killed and injured – zero on the Israeli side of the fence – the Palestinian shooters must have been using blanks. Or they never existed at all.”

Syrian Army Finds Documents Leaking US Covert Cooperation with Eastern Ghouta Terrorists – by Ian Greenhalgh – https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/04/03/syrian-army-finds-documents-leaking-us-covert-cooperation-with-eastern-ghouta-terrorists/ – “Meantime, the source said the soldiers have also found documents that prove secret cooperation between terrorists and a US organization… The officer declined to name the US organization that has been running the stealthy cooperation with the terrorists due to the sensitivity of the information contained in the documents, and said the evidence is corroborative and is withheld by the army for further investigations… Yet, the source mentioned that the documents prove that the US organization has been funding the operation in Eastern Ghouta and paying monthly salary to the militants in the region.”

‘Pineapple Express’ To Dump Significant Rainfall In Bay Area – National Weather Service officials forecast an “aggressive atmospheric river of moisture” along with gusty winds – by Renee Schiavone – https://patch.com/california/santacruz/s/ge3dq/pineapple-express-to-dump-significant-rainfall-in-bay-areaComment: Infrared satellite image animation shows no evidence of the formation of such an “atmospheric river”® on approach to the Left Coast. How TF do they know, particularly considering the strange and squirrelly development of weather patterns the last couple of weeks?

Here’s why the US failed to save the Jihadis in East Ghouta – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/heres-why-the-us-failed-to-save-the-jihadis-in-east-ghouta/ – “As it happens, on 5th March 2018 an article appeared in the Washington Post reporting a discussion which supposedly took place in the White House in which a possible attack on the Syrian military besieging East Ghouta was supposedly discussed…. According to this article US President Donald Trump’s then National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, was in favour of an attack, but US Defense Secretary General James Mattis was adamantly opposed and US President Trump in the end decided against it.” – Comment: Well, McMaster paid the price for his bellicosity, no?

The Problem with a State-Cartel Economy: Prices Rise, Wages Don’t – by Charles Hugh Smith – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/04/the-problem-with-a-state-cartel-economy-prices-rise-wages-dont.html – “Here’s a chart of the net result of a financialized state-cartel economy: the politicos skimming fortunes in campaign contributions love it, and the protected cartel insiders skimming the nation’s wealth love it, too. Well let’s see, that’s all the important people, so what’s not to like?”

20 More Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case – by Rob Slane – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49108.htm – “I pointed out in my previous piece that it is not my intention to advance some sort of conspiracy theory on this blog. It remains the case that I simply don’t have any holistic theory — “conspiracy” or otherwise — for who carried this out, and I continue to retain an open mind. But since the Government of my country has rushed to judgement without many of the facts of the case being established, and since this has led to the biggest deterioration in relations between nuclear-armed nations since the Cuban Missile Crisis, it seems to me that it is more important than ever to keep asking questions in the hope that answers will come.”

UAV Crash In Lebanon Reveals Secret Israeli Weaponhttps://southfront.org/uav-crash-in-lebanon-reveals-secret-israeli-weapon/ – “In September 2015, the Mikholit missile made a second, more surprising appearance, this time in the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq released a video showing a Mikholit missile that had been used to target ISIS fighters there… Following the incident, several Israel news outlets reported that the IAF had carried out several airstrikes using armed UAVs against the Palestinian elements of ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula… And now for the first time ever we know that Israel is also operating armed UAVs over Lebanon, although the situation there is very stable currently. This suggests that Israel may be also operating such amed UAVs over other countries, mainly Syria.”

Jaish al-Islam Militants Start Evacuating From Douma Area In Eastern Ghouta – State-Run Media – https://southfront.org/jaish-al-islam-militants-start-evacuating-from-douma-area-in-eastern-ghouta-state-run-media/ – “SANA’s correspondent at al-Wafidin Camp at the outskirts of Douma said that a number of buses and vehicles belonging to the Red Crescent are gathering near the safe corridor leading to al-Wafidin Camp in preparation to enter Douma and begin transporting Failaq al-Rahman terrorists… The correspondent said that an agreement was reached to have Jaish al-Islam leave Douma and go to Jarablos (not Idlib) while those who remain will have their legal status settled and the state establishments will return in full to Douma city.” (emphasis added)

US blocks UN resolution condemning Israel for deaths in Gaza clashes – Scrapped Security Council draft urged investigation into IDF response, reaffirmed ‘right to peaceful protest’ – by AFP and Khaled Abu Toameh – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-blocks-un-resolution-condemning-israel-for-deaths-in-gaza-clashes/ – “The Security Council held a closed meeting on Friday night to discuss the clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, despite a request from the US and Israel to postpone deliberations for Saturday due to Passover holiday eve… The army said that its sharpshooters targeted only those taking explicit violent action against Israeli troops or trying to break through or damage the security fence. Video footage showed that in one case a rioter, whom the army included in its list of Hamas members, appeared to be shot while running away from the border. The army in response accused Hamas of editing and/or fabricating its videos.”

Liberman threatens ‘much harsher’ response to further Gaza unrest – Defense minister claims 90% of 40,000 Palestinian protesters on Friday were paid Hamas activists and their families – https://www.timesofisrael.com/liberman-threatens-much-harsher-response-to-further-gaza-unrest/ – “Liberman also pledged that there would be no international inquiry into the clashes, despite demands to that effect by parts of the international community. And he lashed out at the new head of the left-wing Meretz Party for joining calls for a probe, charging that her party represented Palestinian, rather than Israeli, interests.”

Crispr’d Food, Coming Soon to a Supermarket Near You – by Megan Molteni – https://www.wired.com/story/crisprd-food-coming-soon-to-a-supermarket-near-you/ – “So how will you know if the contents of a future salad has had a few As, Ts, Cs, and Gs moved around by a bacterial enzyme-wielding scientist? Well, you might not. Neither the USDA nor the US Food and Drug Agency has yet issued guidance specific to the the labeling of foods derived from gene-edited plants. According to an FDA spokesperson, the agency is considering public comments on whether these types of foods pose additional risks. But it couldn’t provide a timeline for any new policies. The USDA is supposed to have its own product disclosure rules finalized by July—a proposal is currently under review with the Office of Management and Budget.”

Trump Freezes Funds For Syria, Signals Nearing Withdrawalhttps://southfront.org/trump-freezes-founds-for-syria-signals-nearing-withdrawal/ – “An unnamed US official revealed to the Wall Street Journal on March 30 that US President Donald Trump had frozed (sic) more than $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria. According to the official, Trump made the decision after reading a news report noting that the US had committed an additional amount of $200 million to support early recovery efforts in Syria.”

RT silenced in Washington DC, proving FARA crackdown not just formality  – https://www.rt.com/usa/422819-rt-broadcast-washington-dc/ – “RT can now reveal that the channel was in fact dropped by its two signal broadcasters in the area, WNVT and WNVC, on February 2, 2018. This fact was later independently confirmed by MHz Networks through the Associated Press… Anna Belkina, RT’s chief of communications, said that although the channel is not “at liberty to disclose the details, we know that this decision was linked to RT’s forced registration as a ‘foreign agent’ in the US.” The US Department of Justice forced RT America to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in 2017.. Belkina added that ‘it is highly disappointing that despite repeated assurances that FARA status would not impact RT’s reporting and broadcasting capabilities, the registration, in fact, has placed undue burden on multiple areas of RT operations, and pressure on our partners as well, thus unequivocally demonstrating that the spirit of the FARA law is discriminatory even if the letter of that law isn’t.’ “

The end of nation states? Germans seeks EU federalization – This proposal would provide Brussels the power to impose policy and implement strategies that might otherwise face serious objection from some other EU members – by Frank Sellers – http://theduran.com/end-nation-states-germany-seeks-eu-federalization/ – “We must have the courage to share sovereignty in the many areas wherein the efforts of individual States are now largely ineffective and doomed to failure: from climate change to energy policies, from financial markets to immigration policies, from tax evasion to the fight against terrorism… The time has come to move towards a closer political integration: a federal Union of States with a wide range of powers. We know that this concept stirs some controversy,  but the reluctance of some cannot impede the action of all. Those who believe in the european ideal must be ready to act, rather than stand by and helplessly observe its gradual decline. Member states who are not yet ready to join this closer union, may do so at a later point.”

From the Gaza-Potpourri Desk: Hamas admits 5 of its gunmen among 16 Gazans killed in Friday’s border violenceGaza’s ruling terror group (Hasbara code for evil vermin) claims operatives were taking part in ‘popular events side-by-side with their people’; IDF warns against renewed violence as small protests persist – https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-says-5-members-among-16-said-killed-during-fridays-mass-border-protest/ – “IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said on Saturday that all those killed were engaged in violence, adding that Gaza health officials exaggerated the number of those wounded and that several dozen at most were injured by live fire while the rest were merely shaken up by tear gas and other riot dispersal means… Manelis said on Friday evening that the army had faced ‘a violent, terrorist demonstration at six points’ along the fence. He said the IDF used “pinpoint fire” wherever there were attempts to breach or damage the security fence. All the fatalities were aged 18-30 (well, that’s OK then…), several of the fatalities were known to us…’ ” – IDF: Hamas cynically sent 7-year-old girl to breach Gaza border – Army denounces terrorist group for using women, children in violent mass protests along security fence – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-hamas-cynically-sent-7-year-old-girl-to-breach-gaza-border/ – “The IDF did not confirm the Hamas death toll figures, but it did say that soldiers had shot at “main instigators.”.. The military maintained that it would not allow Palestinian protesters to “violate Israel’s sovereignty” by crossing the security fence.” – Note: Israel has never declared lawful borders so how is any of “its” territory sovereign? – Just in case anybody forgot what Hamas’s ‘March of Return’ is really all about – Gaza’s terrorist rulers make no secret of their agenda. They are out to destroy Israel. Suicide bombers, rockets, and tunnels have failed. So now it’s mass marches on the border – by David Horovitz – https://www.timesofisrael.com/just-in-case-anybody-forgot-what-hamass-march-of-return-is-really-all-about/ – “Were it not for the Iron Dome rocket defense system, much of Israel would, as Hamas had hoped, have been reduced to rubble… (Note: this is such a lie its astonishing that it’s still used in such a calculating fashion)… Organizing and encouraging mass demonstrations at the border in the so-called “March of Return” to face off against Israeli troops, while sanctimoniously and disingenuously branding the campaign non-violent, is merely the latest iteration of Hamas’s cynical use of Gazans as the human shields for its aggression.” (All emphases, except bold titles, added) – Comment: Please note that, IMO, acknowledging that people are living in a reality where they think they are faced with actual enemies is not buying into an “enemy construct.”

A ‘Refugee Caravan’ Is Headed to the U.S. and Getting Bigger Every Day – by Jorge Rivas – https://splinternews.com/a-refugee-caravan-is-headed-to-the-u-s-and-getting-big-1824087413 – “The migrants started their journey in Tapachula, Chiapas, near the Guatemala–Mexico border around 7 AM on Sunday. They walked, took public transportation, and hitchhiked their way to their first destination in the town of Huixtla, where many of the migrants camped outdoors. Their entire journey is more than 2,000 miles long… Those participating in the caravan will attend workshops to prepare them to request asylum when they reach the U.S. The migrants are expected to reach U.S. points of entries in California sometime next month… Abeja said the number of people on this journey illustrates the desperation people have to stay alive… ‘The journey is extreme. People say that if they stay where they are they’ll die. So they’re here because they’re trying to stay alive,’ Abeja said.”

Not in Kansas Anymore – by Dee Chadwell – https://www.shiftfrequency.com/21st-century-school-gets-failing-grade/ – “I’ll never forget… …the kid who stole my credit card and was going to hold it hostage until I changed his failing grade.  Or the young lady I found sobbing her heart out in the hallway one morning.  I hesitated to stop and talk to her – she was prone to frequent tearful meltdowns – but I did stop, and I was glad I had.  That morning, her father had walked into a local park, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match.  He was, of course, dead – and no one in that household had thought to keep this poor girl at home that day.”

Shocking Computing Advances Are Pushing Smart Cities Into Reality – by Patrick Wood – https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/03/30/shocking-computing-advances-are-pushing-smart-cities-into-reality/ – “According to NVIDIA, a $399,000 DGX-2 replaces $3 million of dual-CPU servers consuming 180 kilowatts; it is 1/8 the cost, uses 1/18 of the power and utilizes 1/60th of the space… Again, the take-a-way here is that processing power is catching up to and surpassing data storage advances, meaning that Technocrats will be able to process vast amounts of data in real time. In the case of NVIDIA, who is the co-leader with IBM on Smart City control centers, any medium-sized or larger city can easily afford $399,000 to keep track of everything that can be collected and quantified – all systems like energy, water, air, and traffic, smart buildings, cameras with facial recognition, license plate readers, etc., etc.” Comment: Welcome my son, welcome, to the machine.

‘NY Times’ covers up Israel’s killing of nonviolent protesters along the Gaza border – by James North – http://mondoweiss.net/2018/03/nytimes-nonviolent-protesters/ – “Buried in the Times article is just one hint about what is really happening, a quote from B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization. B’Tselem ‘warned in a statement that any shoot-to-kill policy against unarmed demonstrators would be unlawful. . .’.. What is troubling and disgraceful in the Times report is that so far, there is no first-hand reporting from Gaza. A newspaper genuinely interested in the truth would send reporters to the border in Gaza and ask some of the thousands of Palestinian demonstrators what is actually happening to them —  instead of just parroting the Israeli military.” – Comment: the Times’ headline says “…at Least 5 Killed” The real toll was 16 dead, demonstrating peacefully.

China Taking the Long Road to Solve the Petro-yuan Puzzle – by Pepe Escobar – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49113.htm – “That means China’s vast array of trade partners will be able to convert yuan into gold without having to keep funds in Chinese assets or turn them into US dollars. Exporters facing the wrath of Washington, such as Russia, Iran or Venezuela, may then avoid US sanctions by trading oil in yuan convertible to gold. Iran and Venezuela, for instance, would have no problems redirecting tankers to China in order to sell directly in the Chinese market – if that’s what it takes… What the petro-yuan may be able to provoke in the short term is an acceleration of the next crises in treasuries and bond markets, which will inevitably spill out in the form of a crisis in global currency markets… The game-changing aspect, for now, mostly has to do with the exquisite timing. Beijing has crafted an ultra-long-term plan and yet chose to launch the petro-yuan smack in the middle of a period of sharp deterioration in trade relations with Washington.”

Raqqa civilians rise against US-backed rebels amid dire humanitarian situation – Russian militaryhttps://www.rt.com/news/422788-raqqa-uprising-us-rebels/ – “Only one hospital and one nursery are still operating in Raqqa; the lack of sanitation is also a problem as there is no running water. “Residents often take on water from the Euphrates River which increases the risk of infections and epidemics breaking out,” the general commented, adding that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and local authorities appointed by the Americans ‘can’t fix humanitarian problems.’ ”

Top US General Says American Troops Should Be Ready To Die For Israel – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/israeli-stealth-fighters-fly-over-iran-amid-speculation-imminent-war – “Earlier this month, in the midst of the 9th annual 12-day massive joint exercise named “Juniper Cobra” which was hailed in Israeli media as the largest of its kind, simulating a “battle on three fronts” (namely, Syria-Lebanon-Gaza Strip) US Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Clark spelled out just such a scenario wherein US troops could be asked to fight and to die for defense of  America Israel – even to the point of being placed under Israeli commanders responsible for battlefield decision making… While major joint military exercises involving significant troop deployments are nothing new for the US and its allies (Juniper Cobra itself has been conducted annually for nearly a decade), Lt. Gen. Clark’s words to Israeli media are truly precedent setting and shocking, especially as he is among the highest ranking military officers in the US armed forces… It is well worth reading the alarming scenario Gen. Clark laid out while speaking to the Jerusalem Post in its entirety:…”

Israeli Stealth Fighters Fly Over Iran Amid Speculation Of Imminent War – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/israeli-stealth-fighters-fly-over-iran-amid-speculation-imminent-war – “Sources quoted in Al-Jarida said that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. Then the two ultra advanced fighter jets circled at high altitude above Persian Gulf – read Iranian – sites suspected of being associated with the Iranian nuclear program.”

Paradoxes of working toward a Global Shift

I wrote the exercise below in response to a friend in a group I belong to, who is convinced that I am stuck in what he characterizes as “the Enemy Construct.” He is sure that by pointing out the damages caused by the actions of people that are now commonly identified as Psychopaths, one must be aligning oneself against them, which he says is “going to war” with them. He thinks that I’m trapped in this opposition and therefore unable to see reality as it is, like he does.

I am responding using one paragraph of things he’s written about what I’ve said in group discussions:

“But you are still stuck in that construct, thinking that is what is going on from the evidence of what you write and comment.  Yes it is the same scenario of powers against each other for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION, but public consumption only.   Behind that is another team that is equally embedded in each of the same powers, but they are a different team.  You all don’t see that because quite frankly you are still stuck in the enemy construct, that they’re all collectively the enemy of the people and the world.  They are not the same team.  It is a team that has been operating for at least sixty years, that formulated itself in the 1950s, and in reality probably go back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.  The current events have been planned and strategized for at least those sixty years, a long, slow, patient plan in which many, many, many of the individual players died in many different ways, whether just by expiring their life span or by more violent events.  Most knew they would not see the finality in their lifetimes, yet they did it because they knew it had to be done.”

1) re: “But you are still stuck in that construct, thinking that is what is going on from the evidence of what you write and comment.” – I have frequently said that what I’m posting is for peoples’ consideration. Frankly, I don’t think that you do know what my mindset or “construct” is. One can observe that what people acting from either “volition” (action base on their own possibly demented mentation) or from orders from up the chain-of-obedience are doing, is violating the lives of others, regardless of whether the apparent source of the  action is from a formal institution or from shadowy overlords. I have been studying deep politics specifically since the early 1970’s, and I’m sure that my view of what’s going on in human relations and beyond is sufficiently nuanced as to encompass anything that you write about – This is why I was attracted to getting involved with [this group] in the first place.

2) re: “Yes it is the same scenario of powers against each other for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION, but public consumption only.” – Don’t you think that basically everything coming from the PTWB (Powers That Wanna Be) is part of a mind-control initiative of one sort or another? It seems to me that none of it is what it appears to be on the surface, everything is calculated to have various different meanings and effects depending on who is hearing or reading it (including, I think, even exalted members of control hierarchies). One of the questions that I think is important now is a version of something being asked almost everywhere in the “alternative media” now: Who (or what) is at the top of the chain-of-obedience? From my viewpoint, it seems that this “Anti-Source” is outside of ANY of the organizations, cults or institutions that can be “constated” (Gurdjieff-talk for hypothesizing an idea to oneself) at a mental level. If you have worked with non-dual philosophy, you may know of the saying: “Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form.” Do you give credence to the idea that the world-of-form arises out of the void, and yet at the same time is not separate from it? I suspect that one of the hallmarks of our so-called evolution that will drive the shift –  from the current Cartesian mind-set to the “new paradigm” that you often seem to be hinting at –  is the skillful acceptance and use of paradox(es). Personally, I’m quite sure that the material I post, and my pocket-analyses of it, come from varying levels of reality-framing. This doesn’t mean that I’m (seriously) identified with any of these frames (I would also point that our frames are constantly shifting as different aspects of our personalities are emphasized through identification).

3) re: “Behind that is another team that is equally embedded in each of the same powers, but they are a different team.  You all don’t see that because quite frankly you are still stuck in the enemy construct, that they’re all collectively the enemy of the people and the world.” – IMO, the teams struggling for control in the world-of-form we apparently inhabit are nested in each other like a set of matryoshka dolls “to infinity,” or to where the edges of the Cartesian reality-set dissolve into formlessness. This does not mean that there are not quite-apparent individuals, acting at every level of the nested systems, who are invested in egoic spells under which they misperceive the other beings sharing their dream-worlds, to the extent that they see them as “The Other.” I would argue that it is only under such a spell that anyone, externalizing The Other in their thinking, can begin to strategize invasive actions against others which, if the aggressor’s wholeness and intuition were intact, they would never contemplate, as their still inner-voice would be screaming at them “Nooooooo!” If this is true, then a major part of our missions in healing ourselves and building the world we will relish living in will be to recognize when we ourselves are projecting out onto our fellow beings as if they are outside of us, and consequently potential threats. It’s axiomatic that for the ego, the only significance of a being projected out in this way is due to the advantages they offer the egoist’s acquisitive dreams, egoically identified with. Again, this does not mean that we cannot see that people in OUR DREAM hold these identifications and are pursuing strategies which have no restraints of ethics or compassion, and that are thus producing harmful effects on our sisters and brothers and on Life itself within the world-of-form. I would argue that a compassionate response to stop the perpetration of these harms doesn’t embody an enemy-construct, as it is ultimately for the good of the aggressors as well as for their apparent victims.

4) re: “It is a team that has been operating for at least sixty years, that formulated itself in the 1950s, and in reality probably go back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.  The current events have been planned and strategized for at least those sixty years, a long, slow, patient plan in which many, many, many of the individual players died in many different ways, whether just by expiring their life span or by more violent events.  Most knew they would not see the finality in their lifetimes, yet they did it because they knew it had to be done.” – I think the team you may be referring to here goes back at least to the Congress of Vienna in 1815, and may have been symbolically book-ended by the collapsing of the British markets in 1815 by Nathan Rothschild, resulting in Rothschild control (begging, of course, the question of what doll-layer was pulling those strings) of British equities and of the Bank of England. However, again, how do we penetrate the nature of the unseen capstone of the Pyramid of Power? If the Paradigm Shift perhaps involves transcending our identification with our own formal natures, and moving more and more into unconditioned being in the present moment, then this hypothesized Anti-Source driver may be (mechanically) running a program of constraining humanity into an exclusively “objective” reality. This may have something to do with energies which are “split out” of The Now (and which become contaminated like stagnant water), which this Anti-Force is using for strictly illusory effects in the world-of-form, to continue to create “facts-on-the-ground” to, perhaps it believes it possible, take absolute control (the ultimate fever-dream of ego) of space time reality, at least within a certain Cartesian playing court. This would be a force that is, in truth, imaginary, based on the mechanical tendencies of ego-nature, remembering that ego itself is actually a phantasm. Yet, at the moment it seems to be the Ruler of the World, even though I would argue that it is not a “real” being, that is to say, emanating out of the Living Void, with a consequent direct connection to Source. So then, beings who have, in whatever ways, allowed themselves to fall into the chain-of obedience, are acting out of habitual behaviors driven by a need to comply with this mechanical system of control. They do not “know” anything had to be done to reach a conscious goal of their own. They know they have to comply, to go-along-to-get-along, regardless of consequences, which are unavoidably severe due to the consideration that their violations of others inevitably manifest as violations of themselves.

How this will all play out, even where we “actually” are in the process, cannot, IMO, be known. I think the greatest gift we can realize is the direct recognition that the Now moment is perfect as it is. And “always will be.”

I hope the above helps to clarify these sometimes thorny issues.

Yours truly, etc.

 

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/26/18

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 Rife – Lakhovsky and Sciencehttp://altered-states.net/barry/newsletter380/index.htm – “In the 1950’s, Congressman Charles Tobey enlisted Benedict Fitzgerald, an investigator for the Interstate Commerce Commission, to investigate allegations of conspiracy and monopolistic practices on the part of orthodox medicine. This came about as the result of the son of Senator Tobey who developed cancer and was given less than two years to live by orthodox medicine. However, Tobey Jr., discovered options in the alternative field, received alternative treatment and fully recovered from his cancerous condition! That is when he learned of alleged conspiratorial practices on the part of orthodox medicine. He passed the word to his father, Senator Charles Tobey, who initiated an investigation. The final report clearly indicated there was indeed a conspiracy to monopolize the medical and drug industry and to eliminate alternative options. * “Royal R. Rife” by Gerald F. Foye ISBN 0-9659613-3-8″

“If You Want An Arms Race, We Can Do That” – Trump Challenged Putin During Phone Call – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-29/if-you-want-arms-race-we-can-do-trump-challenged-putin-during-phone-call – “Two officials said Trump told Putin during a phone call last week: ‘If you want to have an arms race we can do that, but I’ll win.’.. Afterward the president gave no hint of tensions when he told reporters the two leaders had “a very good call” and that he plans to meet with Putin soon to discuss curtailing an arms race… Within days the split between Trump’s Russia policy and public rhetoric was again on display.” – Comment: Political Theater?

Questions about the Skripal “incident?” 40 seconds explains IT ALL!

Moscow: US Deploying Hardware to Al-Tanf, Boosting Military Presence in Syriahttps://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201803291063027428-counterterrorism-operation-east-ghouta/ – ” ‘We are still concerned about reports that the United States and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence in the territory of sovereign Syria. In particular, heavy military equipment is arriving to the zone established by the United States around the settlements of al-Tanf in the southeast of the country,’ Zakharova told a briefing.”

Saudi Arabia Spreading Wahhabism At West’s Request: Crown Princehttps://southfront.org/saudi-arabia-spreading-wahhabism-at-wests-request-crown-prince/ – “Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has claimed that his country is spreading the Wahhabism ideology in the Middle East at the request by its Western allies… ‘Investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union,’ he said in an interview with Washington Post… The crown prince continued saying that successive Saudi governments lost track of the effort now Saudi Arabia has “to get it all back.” According to Bin Salman, funding of the Wahhabism spread now comes largely from Saudi-based “foundations”, rather than from the government.”

A Zen Master Explains the Art of ‘Letting Go’, And It Isn’t What You Think – by Christina Sarich – http://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/03/31/a-zen-master-explains-the-art-of-letting-go-and-it-isnt-what-you-think/

Child Arrested for Sharing Photo of Toy Gun on Social Media That He Got for His Birthday – by Rachel Blevins – http://www.thedailysheeple.com/child-arrested-for-sharing-photo-of-toy-gun-on-social-media-that-he-got-for-his-birthday_032018 – “Then when Cassidento went to school, he said he was taken out of class and a school resource officer took his possessions and searched him for weapons after a student reported the photo to school authorities… ‘They took my phone and my backpack and pulled me into the office, out into the hallway where the officer told me to put my hands out and he checked me,’ Cassidento said… ‘They  searched my son at school. They didn’t call me. they didn’t tell me what was going on. They did not call me until he’s already been arrested, searched, brought to the office, harassed,’ Ms. Cassidento said. ‘Then they called me because I had to meet them at my home to have five officers come into my home and search my house.’ “Comment: I wonder if there was a warrant for searching Ms. Cassidento’s home?

Deciphering Russia’s delivery of Tell Rifaat to Turkey – by Metin Gurcan – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/turkey-syria-russia-turkish-army-besiege-tell-rifat.html – “It’s also obvious that Turkey’s increasing military activities are very much linked with the Iran-Russia-Turkey summit set for the beginning of April in Istanbul. To sit more comfortably at the table and to minimize Iran’s consolidation of power south of Aleppo, Ankara needs a clear-cut success in the field. Moscow appears to expect Turkey to sit at the table with a strong hand to tame Tehran. It’s believed Russia is trying to craft a power balance between Ankara-supported Sunni opposition, Assad’s forces and pro-Iranian militias west of the Euphrates.”

US to leave Syrian battlefield ‘very soon,’ Trump declares – from Agence France Presse – https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-leave-syrian-battlefield-very-soon-trump-declares/ – “The comments of a US withdrawal will likely raise fears in Israel of Iran continuing to extend its foothold in Syria, where Jerusalem worries it is setting up bases for use in attacks against Israel. While the US has said it supports Israel’s efforts to thwart Iranian expansionism on its borders, officials in Jerusalem have quietly expressed fears that the arena is being ceded by Washington to Russia, which is allied with Iran and Assad… In a speech at Stanford University, he also warned that “a total withdrawal of American personnel at this time would restore Assad and continue his brutal treatment against his own people.” (emphasis added)

From Twitter, Trump’s speech today: #Trump: “We’ll be coming out of #Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now. We’re going to have 100% of the caliphate, as they call it… sometimes referred to as land. We’re taking it all back. Quickly, quickly” #Manbij Comment: What TF can Trump really mean here? They’re leaving others to “take care of it,” but they’re also going to take back “100% of the caliphate” which he says is “land” and “quickly.” Does Trump really know what he’s saying? – video HERE: https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/979475640192823296

Russian Military Police Redeployed In Tel Rifaat City (Photos)https://southfront.org/russian-military-police-redeployed-tel-rifaat-city-photos/ – “However, Russia appears to be against any Turkish attack on Tell Rifaat and the Menagh airbase north of it. Tell Rifaat now hosts tens of thousands of civilians that have been forcibly displaced by the Turkish Army from their villages and towns in Afrin area. This situation could be the reason behind the Russian decision to keep Turkey away from the northern city.”

Russia To Expel 60 US Diplomats, Close US Consulate General In St. Petersburghttps://southfront.org/russia-to-expel-60-us-diplomats-close-us-consulate-general-in-st-petersburg/ – “US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has been summoned to our ministry, where my deputy Sergei Ryabkov is briefing him on the tit-for-tat steps against the US,” Lavrov said, according to the sate-run news agency TASS. “They include the expulsion of the same number of diplomats and our decision to withdraw consent to the work of the Consulate General in St. Petersburg.” -Sergey Lavrov

Syrian Journalist Shows How Ghouta Militants Became Victims of Their Own Propaganda – by Patrick Henningsen – http://21stcenturywire.com/2018/03/29/syrian-journalist-shows-how-ghouta-militants-became-victims-of-their-own-propaganda/ – “The following scene was captured on film by Syrian TV journalist Jaafar Younis, as he boarded one of the buses full of militants and family members bound for the northern province of Idlib, given safe passage by the Syrian government from recently liberated EastGhouta. During this incredible exchange, Younis engaged some of the armed militants as they confirmed that aid and food was indeed hoarded by the leaders of the US Coalition and Gulf state-backed terrorist proxies. Amazingly, they were not aware that ‘reconciliation’ was an option for them.”

Snowden Archive——The SidToday Files – “SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.” – https://theintercept.com/snowden-sidtoday/

From the Peace-Through-Social-Justice Desk: World Water Forum Closes with Calls to Action on Justice, Human Rights and Youthhttp://sdg.iisd.org/news/world-water-forum-closes-with-calls-to-action-on-justice-human-rights-and-youth/ – “The Political Process also included mock court proceedings, referred to as the International Court of Justice for Water, and a meeting of parliamentarians. Judges and prosecutors issued the ‘Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice,’ which puts forward 10 principles for water justice, and affirms various policy frameworks, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. The Declaration calls for strengthening the capacity of judges and lawyers to apply water law and the environmental rule of law. The meeting of parliamentarians debated ‘The Role of Parliaments and the Right to Water,’ focusing on the themes of climate change and water security, universal access to drinking water and basic sanitation, and legislative innovation and best practices for water management.”

UK Jewish leaders said set to tell Corbyn: Oust Livingstone, ‘drain the sewer’ – Board of Deputies reportedly drafting list of demands to present to Labour leader after he promised to rid party of anti-Semitism –  https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-jewish-leaders-said-set-to-tell-corbyn-oust-livingstone-drain-the-sewer/ – “Ken Livingstone really cannot remain. His views are shameful and disreputable. He will have to go,” Jonathan Arkush, the president of the Board of Deputies, told anti-Semitism campaigners at a Monday rally, according to the report.” – Comment: Former London Mayor Livingstone is branded an arch Anti-Semite for noting the historical fact that Hitler made deals with the Zionists prior to and during WWII. Or, rather, the Zionists made deals with Hitler.

Dem Lawmaker: We Don’t Want To Confiscate Guns, We Want To ‘Seize’ Them – by Mac Slavo – http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/dem-lawmaker-we-dont-want-to-confiscate-guns-we-want-to-seize-them_03272018 – “But Carlson presented an interesting question while Thomas was talking.  ‘What if Americans don’t want to give up their guns?’  There’s still not been a rational and logical response on how that would be handled from any Democrat; politician or otherwise.”

Why Are Aggressive Brain Tumors On The Rise In England? How About USA? – by Catherine Frompovich – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/why-are-aggressive-brain-tumors-on-the-rise-in-england-how-about-usa.html – “The rise is of importance for clinical resources and brain tumour aetiology. The rise cannot be fully accounted for by promotion of lower–grade tumours, random chance or improvement in diagnostic techniques as it affects specific areas of the brain and only one type of brain tumour. Despite the large variation in case numbers by age, the percentage rise is similar across the age groups which suggests widespread environmental or lifestyle factors may be responsible.”

Google’s latest assault on your privacy comes in the form of a tiny “smart” camera designed to autonomously monitor and document your every move – by Jayson Veley – http://govtslaves.info/2018/03/googles-latest-assault-on-your-privacy-comes-in-the-form-of-a-tiny-smart-camera-designed-to-autonomously-monitor-and-document-your-every-move/ – “In an article published by Navneet Alang of  TheWeek.com in March, Alang asked, ‘Why is capturing more and more candid images good? It all proceeds on the assumption that the more things we record the better.’ He added, ‘The idea of adding smart cameras, smart speakers, and more to our homes simply increases the sense that all moments are there for recording, and we’ve yet to grapple with not just what it means, but whether or not it’s desirable at all.’ ”

Congress threatens to cut UN funding for voting against Israel – by Bryant Harris – http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/congress-threatens-cut-un-agencies-israel.html#ixzz5B4JDeji – “According to a little-noticed provision in the massive government spending bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last week, UN agencies and entities that act against the United States or its allies, including Israel, could lose 5% of their US contribution… The new law requires the secretary of state to consult with the US ambassador to the UN to determine if an ‘agency or entity has taken an official action that is against the national security interest of the United States or an ally of the United States, including Israel.’ Israel is the only US ally that is explicitly named in both the bill’s text and its accompanying report language.”

China applauds Putin’s win, backs Russia on Skripal case, hails China’s ‘strategic partnership’ with Russia – Messages of support for Russia and its “comprehensive collaborative strategic partnership” pour in from China – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/china-hails-putin-win-backs-russia-skripal-praises-chinas-alliance-russia/ – “Both editorials see the Skripal case as a continuation of the Western campaign to undermine President Putin in order to disrupt Russia’s independent course… Both editorials link the Skripal case to Russia’s Presidential election which took place on 18th March 2018… The first editorial – published before Russia’s Presidential election – puts it this way: ‘It makes people think of the upcoming Russian presidential election on March 18. The West wrestling with Russia at this particular moment has become a major factor for Russia’s elections. It is hard to distinguish how much of the antagonism reflect its true severity and how much is designed to target Russia’s elections… The past couple of years has witnessed the most strenuous period of Russia’s relations with the West. The improvement in their relations since the end of the Cold War has almost run out. However, today’s Russia, without satellite states, is incomparable with the strength of the former Soviet Union when dealing with the strategic pressure from the West…’ ”

Erdogan keeps finger on trigger as PKK exits Sinjar – by Fehim Tastekin – https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/03/turkey-iraq-sinjar-pkk-withdraw-from-yazidi-region.html – “Yet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said March 26 he was ready to begin an offensive in the Sinjar mountain area bordering Syria if Iraq doesn’t thoroughly rid the region of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization. The PKK’s presence there has been a point of contention between Iraq and Turkey since the militant group took control of the region from the Islamic State (IS) in 2015. Erdogan has listed Sinjar as one of Turkey’s “next targets” following Ankara’s offensive on the northern Syrian city of Afrin…”

Overview Of Battle For Eastern Ghouta On March 27, 2018 (Map, Videos) – https://southfront.org/overview-of-battle-for-eastern-ghouta-on-march-27-2018-map-videos/ – “The area of Douma remains the only militant stronghold in the region. Jaish al-Islam’s political leader Mohammed Alloush claimed on March 26 evening that the group is not going to retreat from the town. However, this statement is barely based on the reality as the area of Douma is now  fully besieged by government forces… Jaish al-Islam will likely be able to keep control over Douma until the rest of militants retreat from the southern part of Eastern Ghouta. As soon as militants retreat, the SAA will start efforts to take control of Douma despite Jaish al-Islam’s propaganda claims.”

Washington Has Declared Hegemony or War – by Paul Craig Roberts – https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/03/24/washington-declared-hegemony-war/ – “Indeed, nothing is more dangerous to the world than Russia’s self-delusion about “Western partners.”  Russia only has Western enemies. These enemies intend to remove the constraint that Russia (and China) place on Washington’s unilateralism. The various incidents staged by the West, such as the Skirpal poisoning, Syrian use of chemical weapons, Malaysian airliner, and false charges, such as Russian invasion of Ukraine, are part of the West’s determined intent to isolate Russia, deny her any influence, and prepare the insouciant Western populations for conflict with Russia… The crazed neoconservatives, such as Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, think that Russia will buckle under the strains, sue for peace, and accept US hegemony. If this assumption is incorrect, the outcome of Washington’s hostile actions against Russia is likely to be nuclear war. The side that Stephen Lendman and I are talking is neither the side of Washington nor Russia, but the side of humanity and all life against nuclear war… How the Russian government could ignore the clearly stated US hegemony in the 1992 Wolfowitz Doctrine is a mystery. The Wolfowitz doctrine states  that the US’s primary goal is ‘to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.’ “ Comment: You may notice that there is a boatload of an “enemy construct” overhanging the above. IMO, it is extremely ineffectual to try to ignore that the major institutional powers on the world scene are at war with each other at the levels of the hegemon’s egos. Not factoring this into the equations of one’s perception of the world-of-form will lead to enormously mistaken assumptions about what is likely to emerge on the world scene. That is, unless one wants to argue that those who allow themselves to see these conflicts warts-and-all are thereby creating for themselves a different world than those who prefer to ignore the dripping antagonism. I guess that would mean that some give credit to the idea that some of us will possibly experience a world where thermonuclear war emerges, while those who remain pure of noticing bellicosity will instead find themselves in Earth Prime (in other words, another timeline), where the White Hats solve everything and we can enter the fabled 1000 years of peace.

Child Protective Services in North Carolina using Blackmail to Illegally Seize Children from Familieshttp://healthimpactnews.com/2018/child-protective-services-in-north-carolina-using-blackmail-to-illegally-seize-children-from-families/ – “Here’s how it works: The child protective services worker says to a parent: Sign this document allowing us to place the child with an extended family member or we’ll take the child on the spot and place the child with total strangers. (If that’s not enough, they might ratchet up the threat, saying they will proceed immediately to termination of parental rights)… CPS then argues, with a straight face, that the placement was voluntary – the family chose to give up any rights they may have to a lawyer and court review… In fact, these placements are about as voluntary as a mugger sticking a gun in your face, saying “give me your money” and then telling the judge ‘I didn’t mug the guy, he gave me the money.’.. The signing of some sort of agreement under threat of more drastic measures appears to be commonplace all across the United States.”

From the Draining-The-Swamp? Desk: Trump, Joining Allies, Expels 60 Russians Over Poisoning in U.K. – by Katie Rogers and Eileen Sullivan – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/world/europe/trump-russia-diplomats-expulsion.html – “President Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States on Monday, adding to a growing cascade of similar actions taken by western allies in response to Russia’s alleged poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.” (emphasis added) Note: Is this the kind of “measured” action that you might expect from an administration that is on the verge of correcting the harmful behaviors of a corrupt system?

IDF intel chief warns Iran could draw Israel deeper into Syria conflict – by Judah Ari Gross – https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-intel-chief-warns-iran-could-draw-israel-further-into-syria-conflict/ – “Outgoing Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi on Sunday accused Iran of bringing instability to the Middle East in its quest for hegemony, a trend that he said would shape the region this year… Halevi implied that this effort by Iran was making it more likely that Israel would have to change its policy of limited involvement in the Syrian civil war raging to its north.” (emphasis added)

Trump’s New National Security Adviser Threatens To Change “Iranian Regime” By 2019 (Video 1min – 8 mo. ago) – https://southfront.org/trumps-new-national-security-adviser-threatens-to-change-iranian-regime-by-2019-video/

About 11,000 Militants, Their Family Members Leave Eastern Ghouta In One Day – Russian Militaryhttps://southfront.org/about-11000-militants-their-family-members-leave-eastern-ghouta-in-one-day-russian-military/

Web Research Links for the Week of 3/19/18

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We Are One False Flag Event Away From World War 3 – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/we-are-one-false-flag-event-away-from-world-war-3-fe9244e70fb8 – “Today journalist Abby Martin highlighted a Trump quote from January of this year, less than three months before the president would select a primary PNAC architect and insatiable warmonger (John Bolton) to the most important advisory position in the executive branch. The quote got lost in the shuffle of the news churn and didn’t get as much attention as it should have. The quote reads as follows: ‘I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity. Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that major event is not a good thing.’.. We need to start paying attention to this shit.” (emphasis added)

After Increasing Nat’l Debt a TRILLION in 6 Months, US Gov’t Just Gave Themselves a Massive Raise – by Matt Agorist – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/after-increasing-natl-debt-a-trillion-in-6-months-us-govt-just-gave-themselves-a-massive-raise.html – “The Senate alone increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million… As the Free Beacon reports: ‘Salaries of staffers in the Senate are also set for an increase. Division I of the legislation breaks down the total salaries of officers and employees, which are being raised from $182 million in 2017 to $194.8 million in the final bill, an increase of $12.58 million. The Senate also increased its expense account, as expense allowances are going from $177,000 to $192,000, an increase of $15,000.’.. It wasn’t just the Senate, though. Every single government agency (except for the Government Publishing Office, which remains the same), has increased their department’s budget in this bill—to the tune of hundreds of millions.”

Neocon John Bolton set to purge White House of Obama holdovers, before taking America to war – by Alex Christoforou – http://theduran.com/neocon-war-hawk-john-bolton-set-to-purge-white-house-of-obama-holdovers/ – “Sources told Foreign Policy that Bolton’s planned purge will start with Obama administration holdovers and eventually broaden to include leakers and those disloyal to the president… ‘Bolton can and will clean house,’ a former White House official told Foreign Policy… Another official issued a warning to former Obama officials – ‘Everyone who was there during Obama years should start packing their shit.’.. But the purge reportedly won’t stop with former Obama appointees. A source told Foreign Policy that Bolton intends to ‘remove almost all the political [appointees] McMaster brought in.’ ”

Turkish President: Tal Rifaat Is Next Target Of Turkish Forces In Northern Syriahttps://southfront.org/turkish-president-tal-rifaat-is-next-target-of-turkish-forces-in-northern-syria/ – “Over the last few weeks the SAA has deployed a large force, including armored units, in Tal Rifaat and the villages around it. However, this force will likely withdraw once Turkey launches its offensive on Tal Rifaat, according to Syrian pro-government sources… Several Syrian news outlets have speculated over the last few days that the fate of Tal Rifaat has been the subject of a long negotiation between Russia and Turkey. Erdogan’s announcement may mean that the two sides have reached an agreement regarding the city.”

Boris Johnson A Categorical Liar – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49067.htm – “I knew and had published from my own whistleblowers that this is a lie. Until now I could not prove it. But today I can absolutely prove it, due to the judgement at the High Court case which gave permission for new blood samples to be taken from the Skripals for use by the OPCW. Justice Williams included in his judgement a summary of the evidence which tells us, directly for the first time, what Porton Down have actually said: The Evidence: 16. The evidence in support of the application is contained within the applications themselves (in particular the Forms COP 3) and the witness statements…    17. I consider the following to be the relevant parts of the evidence. I shall identify the witnesses only by their role and shall summarise the essential elements of their evidence…  i) CC: Porton Down Chemical and Biological Analyst Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent OR CLOSELY RELATED AGENT.”

Skripal case: EU Council ditches Theresa May’s ultimatum to Russia – EU Council statement retreats from “culpable” to “highly likely”, and refers to “ongoing investigation” of Skripal case – by Alexander Mercouris – http://theduran.com/skripal-case-eu-council-ditches-theresa-may-ultimatum-russia/

EPA Approves Population Control Vaccine For Deerhttp://vaxxter.com/epa-approves-population-control-vaccine-deer/ – “The immunocontraceptive vaccine, called Zonastat- D, is supposed to replace sport hunting in urban communities where residents are uneasy regarding bow and rifle usage on animals. Instead, the Zonastat- D vaccine will compromise the deer’s ability to have offspring. It will block fertilization by way of antibodies which bind to the protein envelope surrounding the egg, according to the Humane Society… The EPA believes the long-term effect will be the gradual depopulation of the deer community. They claim this to be a non-lethal method of achieving the goal of reducing the herd… According to the Humane Society, depopulation via vaccines has been in the works since 1993.” – Comment: What could go wrong?

Secret NY Gold Vault Tunnel Blows Up?! (Bix Weir’s speculations about the DTCC and Cede & Company) (23 min)

Theresa May to ask EU leaders to stand together against Russia’s threat to democracyhttp://www.itv.com/news/2018-03-22/may-putin-russia-european-union/ – “Addressing fellow EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels, Mrs May will express her appreciation of the solidarity shown by allies across the world who have backed the UK’s assessment that Russia is to blame for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal by nerve agent in Salisbury… And she will warn that the “indiscriminate and reckless” attack fits in with a pattern of disrespect for international rules and norms by Moscow which threatens the basis for Europe’s advanced democracies, open societies and free economies.” – Comment: Anyone with 3 firing neurons and a modicum of critical thinking ability knows that the UK Ministries’ position on the (alleged) Skripal “chemical attack” is utterly specious and a cynical attempt to create bellicose tensions against Russia. Strange that the Spokes-Suits at the EU are going along with the thread-bare plot.

Boris Johnson, Top U.K. Diplomat, Likens Russia World Cup to ’36 Olympics – by Ivan Nechepurenko and Maya Salam – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/world/europe/russia-uk-boris-johnson.html – “Britain’s top diplomat, Boris Johnson, told Parliament on Wednesday that the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, would use the World Cup this summer as a propaganda tool much as Hitler used the 1936 Olympic Games to glorify Nazi Germany… The provocative comparison drew an enraged reaction from Moscow — which has often stoked nationalist pride around the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II — and was a striking example of the diplomatic clash between the two countries following the poisoning of a Russian former spy, Sergei V. Skripal, and his daughter earlier this month… Mr. Johnson’s remarks drew anger in Moscow, where Maria Zakharova, the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, said in a statement: ‘There isn’t the slightest doubt now that all of London’s actions in terms of Russia are aimed at creating an image of an enemy. Even the most absurd tools are used to do that.’.. She added: ‘If there is no clarity with the poisoning of the Skripals, it is clear what happened with Boris Johnson: he was poisoned by the hatred and anger, unprofessionalism and, therefore, rudeness.’ ”

Citigroup wants retail clients to restrict gun sales – by Kevin Dugan – https://nypost.com/2018/03/22/citigroup-wants-retail-clients-to-restrict-gun-sales/ – “Citi is requiring that corporate and small business clients restrict sales to people under 21 and pass background checks, and not sell high capacity magazines or bump stocks, Michael Corbat, the CEO, said in an internal memo obtained by The Post… ‘It makes a good headline, but we don’t have any way to see the numbers around it,’ Brian Kleinhanzl, a bank analyst at KBW, told The Post… Corbat, in the memo, conceded that the company had “few” clients who manufacture guns.”

The Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria Is Imminent – by Arkady Savitsky –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/03/21/russian-military-warns-major-war-in-syria-imminent.html – Losing Syria would be tantamount to suffering a major defeat in its confrontation with Iran, which it considers its arch-enemy. The plans include a rollback of Russian forces. Syria is the right place to do that. If the Russian military is openly warning the world of an imminent strike, that is a serious threat. And it does not look like a one-strike operation. This time we’re in for something much more serious — a large-scale operation to “contain” Russia, beat back Iran, win the support of the rich oil-exporting Arab nations and make them pay huge sums for American weapons, and show the world the US is omnipresent and adamant in its desire to dictate its will.

Arab Lawmaker Suspended From Knesset for Week After Calling Israeli Soldiers ‘Murderers’ – by Jonathan Lis – https://israelpalestinenews.org/arab-lawmaker-suspended-from-knesset-for-week-after-calling-israeli-soldiers-murderers/ – “The complaint followed Zoabi’s statement last month, at a discussion on the bill prohibiting representatives of organizations that act against the army from lecturing in schools. She said, ‘the army also murders from time to time, not every day. … Haven’t you heard of Palestinian youths being murdered?… Who [is it that] murders the Palestinians in the occupied territories?’.. The Ethics Committee members said in its decision that this wasn’t the first time Zoabi violated the Knesset’s code of ethic. ‘Using the expression ‘murderers’ in relation to soldiers acting in the state’s name, is unworthy of the broad protection the committee extends to MKs’ political freedom of expression and is a violation of the rule that ‘an MK will act in a way appropriate to his status as an MK and act to foster the public’s confidence in the Knesset.’’ ”

Sarkozy given preliminary charges as Gadhafi’s son offers evidence – The former French leader is accused of financing his successful 2007 presidential bid with about $62 million from Moammar Gadhafi – by Alexander Smith – https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sarkozy-given-preliminary-charges-gadhafi-s-son-offers-evidence-n858976 – “Seif al-Islam Gadhafi alleged that he witnessed part of the funds being delivered to Sarkozy’s chief of staff in the Libyan capital, Tripoli… ‘I can confirm that I still possess solid proof about Sarkozy,” he said in a series of WhatsApp messages to Africanews, the sister channel of NBC News partner Euronews. ‘I saw with my own eyes the delivery of the first sum of money to Sarkozy’s man Claude Guéant in Tripoli.’ ”

US-backed Forces Release New Batch Of Former ISIS Fightershttps://southfront.org/us-backed-forces-release-new-batch-of-former-isis-fighters/ – The US-backed forces have released hundreds of ISIS fighters who surrendered to it or have been captured in action. On January alone, the SDF released over 400 former fighters of ISIS, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Russian Foreign MInistry Released Official Statement To Clarify State Of affairs As Regards ‘Skripal Case’https://southfront.org/russian-foreign-ministry-released-official-statement-to-clarify-state-of-affairs-as-regards-skripal-case/ – “We are ready to engage in full-scale and open cooperation with the United Kingdom in order to address any concerns whether in bilateral format or within the OPCW and other international instruments, working within the purview of international law… As a responsible member of the international community and a bona fide State Party to the CWC Russia will never speak the language of ultimatums or answer informal and word-of-mouth questions… The Western countries’ action on the fabricated ‘Skripal case’ contravenes the norms of international law and the general practice of inter-State relations, as well as the common sense itself. Naturally, we run a detailed record of all that, and when time comes, those guilty will inevitably be brought to justice.”

5G Technology is Coming – Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Death – by John P. Thomas – http://healthimpactnews.com/2018/5g-technology-is-coming-linked-to-cancer-heart-disease-diabetes-alzheimers-and-death/ – “The 5G towers will be spaced approximately 500 feet apart and will be highly visible eyesores… The “small cell” transmitters will be mounted on top of electric utility poles, municipal buildings, schools, and in city parks, on top of street signs, bus shelters, and anywhere else telecom companies wish… In low lying areas they might need to erect new towers that are taller than electric utility poles to accomplish their objectives. Refrigerator size electrical boxes will be attached to each transmission tower. [2, 9]… If you happen to be in an area with underground electric service, then they will erect new towers that use the underground electrical lines… If you live or work in a densely populated area where electrical poles are very close to buildings, then you might have a 5G cell tower located a few feet from your place of employment or your bedroom. [2, 9]… It is estimated that the daily microwave exposure generated by the 5G system will be equivalent to living inside a microwave oven and turning it up to high and baking yourself for 19 minutes a day. [2]”

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Launches Massive Facial Recognition Program – by Derrick Broze – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/los-angeles-facial-recognition-program.html – ” ‘LACRIS integrates 164 remote LiveScan systems and 76 digital latent workstations into MBIS. LACRIS’ use of NEC’s Integra ID 5 MBIS is one of the largest criminal biometric identification implementations in the world, interfacing to numerous state and federal databases, including California Department of Justice and the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system.’.. The program specializes in taking “poor quality and highly compressed surveillance videos and images” that were previously thought unusable and making them functional for an investigation. Sgt. Jason Mullins, a supervisor with the Irving Police Department’s Crime Information Center, even bragged that the program ‘was still able to make a match” despite images appearing blurry or pixelated.’ ”

The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal – by Sam Biddle –  https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/the-nsa-worked-to-track-down-bitcoin-users-snowden-documents-reveal/ – ” It turns out the conspiracy theorists were onto something. Classified documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the National Security Agency indeed worked urgently to target bitcoin users around the world — and wielded at least one mysterious source of information to “help track down senders and receivers of Bitcoins,” according to a top-secret passage in an internal NSA report dating to March 2013. The data source appears to have leveraged the NSA’s ability to harvest and analyze raw, global internet traffic while also exploiting an unnamed software program that purported to offer anonymity to users, according to other documents.

NJ Kids Suspended From School For Going To Gun Range With Family On The Weekendhttp://www.thedailysheeple.com/nj-kids-suspended-from-school-for-going-to-gun-range-with-family-on-the-weekend_032018

Energy is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda to 2030 – by Dr Fatih Birol – https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2018/03/19/energy-is-at-the-heart-of-the-sustainable-development-agenda-to-2030/ – “Energy is at the heart of many of these Sustainable Development Goals – from expanding access to electricity, to improving clean cooking fuels, from reducing wasteful energy subsidies to curbing deadly air pollution that each year prematurely kills millions around the world. One of these goals – commonly known as SDG 7 – aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by the end of the next decade… All these topics are fundamental to the work of the International Energy Agency. As the world’s leading energy authority, the IEA has unmatched analytical capabilities based on its unique data collection, technological network, research, and policy recommendations, which we put in the service of understanding the energy system. As I have often said – in the world of energy, data always wins.” – Comment: Data may win, but surely not if vital information (“over-unity” tech) is scrubbed from public view.

The Denial Of The Right To An Opinion – Britain’s Inexorable Slide Into Fascism – by Julian Rose – https://www.activistpost.com/2018/03/denial-opinion-britain-fascism.html – For this is not just a national crisis, it is a global pandemic. It must be addressed and dealt with wherever it shows its hideous face. There is no excuse for failing in this task. We have no choice. There can be no excuse for slipping into the pacifistic role of the victim when faced by acts of very real evil… We cannot turn away from our own souls. We did not come to this planet to hide from the truth.”

Under the Risk Protection Law, Florida Is Confiscating Guns with No Warrants or Cause (w/ the usual video 3min) – by Dave Hodges – http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/under-the-risk-protection-law-florida-is-confiscating-guns-with-no-warrants-or-cause/

(Chinese) Banks ordered to enable freezing and deducting of online accounts – Changes would allow the people’s court and institutions to carry out full inspections and take disciplinary actions – http://www.atimes.com/article/banks-ordered-enable-freezing-deducting-online-accounts/ – “At least 21 banks in China have been ordered to launch features such as freezing bank accounts and deducting bank deposits online by the end of March, so as to assist the people’s court and financial institutions, The Paper reported… With the addition of these features, the people’s court can operate online to carry out inspections and disciplinary actions by freezing bank accounts and executing full or partial deductions.”

Scientists have discovered a way to destroy cancer tumors using nothing but sound waves – by Earl Garcia  – https://naturalnews.com/2017-03-29-scientists-have-discovered-a-way-to-destroy-cancer-tumors-using-nothing-but-sound-waves.html – “A multi-institutional research team from China developed a semi-enclosed, spherical cavity transducer that can produce a focused, standing-wave field with a subwavelength-scale focal region and extremely high ultrasound intensity. The spherical cavity transducer appeared to generate tighter focal regions and greater pressure amplitude compared with the traditional concave spherical transducer. Researchers said the level of intensity generated by the new transducer design may lead to significant improvements in HIFU therapy. The findings were published in the Journal of Applied Physics.”

Approaching ‘grand solar minimum’ could cause global cooling – by Anthony Watts – https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/03/18/approaching-grand-solar-minimum-could-cause-global-cooling/ – “The question is whether we will enter another grand solar minimum just like the Maunder minimum which, if history is a guide, would mean a period of much colder weather winters and summers… But just because we stopped paying close attention doesn’t mean that it lost any of its importance to our world. And neither does the fact that the life of the sun is far more complex than many people realize. Indeed, if we are to believe the experts,the sun’s behavior is about to change in a way that could have dramatic consequences for the food we eat and the broader economy.” – Comment: As usual, the work of Dr. Valentina Zharkova in the UK is not mentioned. Her work, in concert with a group of international scientists, posits a tested theory predicting extremely weak solar cycles through the late part of this century.

Armed student dead after he shoots 2 others at Maryland high school, sheriff says – by Eric Levenson – https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/20/us/great-mills-high-school-shooting/index.htmlComment: The Drumbeat Continues

Washington councilman accuses Jews of controlling weather (not really) – Following backlash, Trayon White Sr. apologizes for saying ‘Rothschilds’ created snowstorm to make money, says he didn’t mean to be anti-Semitic – https://www.timesofisrael.com/washington-councilman-accuses-jews-of-controlling-weather/ – ” In the video, White said: ‘Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. And DC keep talking about, ‘We a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.’ ” Comment: To speak of the Rothschilds is to be “Anti-Semitic.”

Police detain 8 Palestinians for not intervening in Old City stabbing – by Sue Surkes – https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-detain-8-palestinians-for-not-intervening-in-old-city-stabbing/ – “Police detained the eight bystanders, aged 15 to 67, on suspicion that they “saw what was going on and did not act to prevent or minimize the injury to the murdered civilian.” Failing to prevent a crime is itself a misdemeanor, according to Israeli law.” – Comment: Under the World Administrative System, it’s criminal not to protect the chattal property. Unless, of course, you’re a cop.

Swamp Psychopath Brennan Is Running Scared – Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy — the architect of the CIA war in Syria – by Ray McGovern – https://russia-insider.com/en/swamp-psychopath-brennan-running-scared/ri22840 – “None of the leaking, unmasking, surveillance, or other activities directed against the Trump campaign can be properly understood, if one does not bear in mind that it was considered a sure thing that Secretary Clinton would become President, at which point illegal and extralegal activities undertaken to help her win would garner praise, not prison… But she lost. And a month ago, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) threw down the gauntlet, indicating that there could be legal consequences, for example, for officials who misled the FISA court in order to enable surveillance on Trump and associates.  His words are likely to have sent chills down the spine of yet other miscreants. “If they need to be put on trial, we will put them on trial,” he said.  ‘The reason Congress exists is to oversee these agencies that we created.’.. John Brennan is widely reported to be Nunes’s next target.  Does one collect a full pension in jail?”

Syria slams Ankara’s capture of Afrin, wants ‘immediate’ Turkish withdrawalhttp://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2018/03/19/syria-slams-ankaras-capture-of-afrin-wants-immediate-turkish-withdrawal/ – ” ‘Syria condemns the Turkish occupation of Afrin and the crimes it is committing there, and demands the invading forces immediately withdraw from the Syrian territory they occupied,’ the ministry said in its letters, according to the Syrian official news agency SANA… ‘Turkey’s behavior and attacks do not only threaten citizens and the unity of Syria’s land and people — they also prolong the war on Syria as a service to terrorism and its supporters,’ it added.”

Turkey-backed forces loot Syrian city after capturing ithttp://parstoday.com/en/news/middle_east-i79493-turkey_backed_forces_loot_syrian_city_after_capturing_it – “AFP correspondents and a London-based monitor said the pro-Ankara militants broke into shops, restaurants and houses and left with foodstuff, electronic equipment, blankets and other goods after chasing Kurdish fighters from Afrin… According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), militants with the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) placed the loot in cars and small trucks and drove them out of the city.”

American city bans Bitcoin mining –  http://www.atimes.com/article/american-city-bans-bitcoin-mining/ – Bitcoin miners are not just changing the energy usage patterns in the upstate New York city of Plattsburgh. They are also changing the “character and direction” of the city, reports Bloomberg… This old-world city close to the Canadian border has, over the last few decades, become a popular tourist destination for people from Quebec that are attracted to the area’s Francophile roots. In recent months the cheap electricity courtesy of the St. Lawrence River has also attracted crypto-miners and in December and January, they allegedly used up all of the City’s electricity quota which meant price hikes for residents.”

Turkish Leader Vows to Expand Military Campaign in Syria, Risking Clash with US – by Dorian Jones – https://www.voanews.com/a/turkish-leader-vows-to-expand-military-campaign-in-syria-risking-clash-with-us/4305904.html – “Despite Erdogan’s threats of a new offensive against the YPG, some analysts suggest there is still time to avoid a U.S.-Turkish confrontation… ‘There will be a postponement (in operations targeting Manbij) until the appointment of Pompeo. Then we see how important is Manbij to the U.S., when foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sits down with Pompeo,’ predicts former senior Turkish diplomat Aydin Selcen, who served in the region and in Washington.”

Josh Del Sol / Cal Washington InPower Moverment Videos: Episode 1 (53 min):

 Josh Del Sol / Cal Washington InPower Moverment Videos: Episode 2 (1 hr 3 min):

In Power Movement Website: https://InPowerMovement.comBritain, Syria… Synchronizing Provocations to Beat Russia – by Finian Cunningham – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49005.htm – “The American and British assertion that Russia has “concealed” the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces is an obscene distortion of reality — a lie concocted by the very sponsors of false flags to enable their criminal regime-change machinations… Ironically, the same provocation with chemical weapons is apparently being orchestrated in Britain. Assertion, allegation, innuendo, media saturation, bombast and barefaced lies are again employed to denigrate and demonize… The audacious thing is how the “dramas” are being synchronized in two different countries. Smearing and undermining Russia with alleged chemical-weapon attacks in Britain is being parlayed to over-ride Russia and the UN Security Council with regard to Syria.”

Samantha Power delivers ominous message to Trump: ‘Not a good idea to piss off John Brennan’ – by Kimberly Leonard – https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/courts/samantha-power-delivers-ominous-message-to-trump-not-a-good-idea-to-piss-off-john-brennan Comment: Be afraid, be VERY afraid.

Britain Accuses Russia Of Stockpiling Novichok Nerve Agent – by Andrew MacAskill – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-russia-johnson/britain-accuses-russia-of-secretly-stockpiling-deadly-nerve-agent-used-in-attack-idUSKBN1GU0EZ – “Britain has said Russia used the Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War Two. Russia has denied any involvement… ‘We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok,’ (Bufoon Boris) Johnson told the BBC.” – Comment: Right.

UK Scientists Refused Government Pressure To Say Nerve Agent Was Made By Russia – Boris Johnson Attempt to Refute My Sources on Porton Down the Most Hilarious Fail – by Craig Murray – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49003.htm – “While Iran acted absolutely responsibly in cooperating with the OPCW, there are a handful of rogue states operating outwith the rule of international law, like Israel and North Korea, which refuse to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention, join the OPCW or destroy their chemical weapons stocks. Russia has cooperated in the OPCW destruction of all its chemical weapons stocks, completed last year, which included regular OPCW inspection of all the sites alleged to have been in the original “novichok” programme. Why nobody is even looking at the rogue states outwith the OPCW is a genuine puzzle… Extraordinarily, only yesterday the Guardian was still carrying an article which claimed “only the Russian state” could make a novichok. Despite the lying propaganda regurgitated by virtually every corporate and state “journalist”, in truth is it is now proven beyond dispute that “of a type developed by Russia” has zero evidential value and is a politician’s weasel phrase designed deliberately to mislead the public. The public should ask why.”

Nina Beety info on EMF’s and Cells installation in Monterey

Bruce,

Last Wednesday, Verizon/ExteNet Systems pulled 12 of the 13 small cell towers they’d applied for in Monterey. The only one left is the one in front of my house. On Thursday, at a packed marathon Planning Commission hearing, the PC unanimously denied the cell tower. City staff says ExteNet is appealing the denial.

The video of the 3/15/18 meeting is now up. It was from 6 pm until after 12 am. Public comment started about 9 o’clock.

https://videoplayer.telvue.com/player/m_3HX6961GRMsvkqSCdwmGeJ8rwpRZrR/playlists/4634/first/?fullscreen=false&showtabssearch=true&autostart=false

People had made a full-scale model of all the equipment on a pole and brought it into the city council chambers where it stood through the entire meeting – very effective.

A primary issue is: is there a significant gap in coverage? There is none in Monterey. Even a consultant brought in showed there was coverage. Residents had collected a lot of evidence and posted two videos to YouTube. We repeatedly hammered that there is no coverage gap. That is what is protected by federal rules and court cases. The company is fighting for capacity, and trying to make capacity equal coverage.

Also, there were errors in the reports, including false statements that most of the 13 were omnidirectional antennas. Only 4 were omnidirectional, the rest were directional. At the original hearing, people asked the real purpose of these antennas, and why were they pointing west, into the woods and unpopulated areas.

Drawing the azimuths of the antennas on a map showed that they all pointed toward Pebble Beach – see attached (these are just some of the macro towers there)– pointing at macro towers in PB.. The U.S. Open is coming to PB in 2019, and small cells can offload capacity from macro towers. The room roared when the map was shown.

It takes a team of people to fight these antennas, to be able to spot technical errors and staff factual errors in city and county staff reports. Every single deviation from the general plan and zoning ordinances, including the wireless ordinance, should be spelled out. Here, people wrote up all the deviations, violations, and errors, and then divided it up into 3 minute comments. So much information was put into the record that way, and the Planning Commission had so much information and so many points on which to deny.

Only public uproar will stop these towers. Each tower has to be fought as if it is going everywhere. They’ve been creeping in SC County. 13 applications in a residential neighborhood really put it on the map here for outrage.

Marilyn (Garrett) has found that the ones in SC may not be posted as required; she’s found no signs at places she’s visited. That is a violations of city or county rules and, I think, the Brown Act. There must be proper noticing.

Here are the latest articles from Monterey:

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180314/applications-for-12-of-13-s mall-cell-facilities-withdrawn-in-monterey

Applications for 12 of 13 small cell facilities withdrawn in Monterey, March 14:

http://www.kion546.com/news/one-cell-tower-application-left-monterey-residents-say-thats-o ne-too-many/716921454

One cell tower application left, Monterey residents say that’s one too many, March 15:

http://www.ksbw.com/article/monterey-gives-small-cellphone-facilities-big-thumbs-down/19450745

Monterey gives small cellphone facilities big thumbs down, March 15 – video

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180316/monterey-denies-remaining-s mall-cell-facility-locations

3-17-18

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20180315/monterey-residents-still-co ncerned-about-new-cell-technology

3-16-18

Recently got this article from Fortune magazine of an interview with Verizon CEO

http://fortune.com/2016/12/06/verizon-5g-test-small-towns/

A major motivation is cashing in on video and TV, not about coverage for phone service.

By the way, these are 4G cell towers, not 5G, planned for Monterey. There are just 4 approved so far in Monterey County I know of compared to 40 or more in Santa Cruz County.

Nina

 

2018 is ARMISTICE YEAR – Veterans for Peace – Santa Cruz Action 2/11/18

VETERANS FOR PEACE HAVE NAMED

2018 ARMISTICE YEAR

The 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day –

11/11/1918

REMEMBER PEACE!

 

KICKOFF EVENT FOR ARMISTICE YEAR ON SUNDAY,
FEBRUARY 11th, 10 am

 

Where: Santa Cruz Clock Tower

 

Name: Veterans for Armistice Day and Year

 

Propose: Ring All Bells at 11am on the 11th Day of each month in 2018

 

Help us contact churches and public bells (e.g., S.C. Clock Tower)

 

VFP National Office has been contacted by the Santa Cruz chapter #11 VFP, and is

ENTHUSIASTICLY SUPPORTIVE!

 

Our initial vision includes a major parade/march on Sunday, November 11th, 2018.
We hope many groups, especially peace groups, will participate in the parade and help spread the
inspiring message of peace.
We are evaluating venues for speeches and entertainment and who to invite to SPEAK, SING, DANCE, CREATE POETRY AND OTHER ART.

Your feedback and suggestions are requested.

Celebrate Armistice Year 2018, with “A Declaration of Peace” (On EARTH and especially with Russia, China, North Korea, etc.)

“No Enemies!”

“Let’s honor our veterans by not creating any more veterans”
“Bring our Boys and Girls home from 100s of battlefields around the world”

We plan to take the Armistice Year and 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day idea to community leaders and government representatives for their support. Please help us with this.

PLEASE HELP US TO SPREAD THE JOYOUS MESSAGE:

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The Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee

You’re not going to like this one bit: you’ve been lied about the health benefits of coffee!

1. Caffeine is an alkaloid that the coffee plant uses to kill bugs, which eat its’ seeds.

The coffee plant also uses caffeine in the coffee pods to kill surrounding plants, so the coffee plant can attain more sunlight and grow larger. Caffeine is a pesticide, which causes genetic termination in living cells that come into contact with it.

2. MRI images taken before and after 1 cup of coffee showed a decrease in blood flow to the brain by 45%. When the blood flow reduction was measured exactly, it was actually 52% less blood flow to the brain, after just one small cup of coffee. http://abcn.ws/2ipmLj7

3. Brain imaging studies of chronic coffee drinkers showed they presented the same degradation of their brains as chronic alcoholics, cigarette smokers, Parkinson’s patients and marijuana users. http://dailym.ai/1qjSqi0


4. Coffee can cause an urge to move ones’ bowels because this is one way the body tries to eliminate poison from the system. The sudden urge to “poo” after drinking coffee is one of the body’s defense mechanisms to poison.

5. Coffee increases energy via the human fight or flight metabolic response, because the body is afraid of the caffeine based poison. Coffee doesn’t give energy, it removes it from the body.

The energy a person feels when they drink coffee is the body going into overdrive because caffeine is a poison and all poisons activate an energy release in the body. (fight or flight)

Coffee removes energy from the system, leaving the person progressively more and more exhausted each day that passes, therefore setting up the world’s most dangerous energy stimulation addiction… coffee dependence for energy.

6. When the fight or flight response is triggered in the body, the lower IQ centers of the brain are activated as well as hormonal systems in control of aggression, violence, irrational and illogical decision making, jealousy, rage, anger, fear and paranoia.

Coffee generates lower end mental functioning with a side of every negative emotional response the body can generate.

7. When measured, 1 coffee activated the fight and flight response for 3 consecutive weeks, even though no other caffeine was consumed after that 1 cup of coffee. One cup of coffee poisons the body for 3 consecutive weeks, on a decreasing scale.

8. When coffee (caffeine) is consumed, the limbic part of the brain is hyper activated and the higher learning centers of the mind inhibited. The limbic part of the brain is only concerned with sex, reproduction, protection of territory, food acquisition and personal safety.

The limbic portion of the brain is the most primitive and least developed portion of the mind complex. When you want to out smart or dominate another person, it’s best that their limbic system is activated, because it brings them to a mental state equal to that of a child.

9. The birth control pill inhibits clearing of ingested caffeine. This effect is increased dramatically by alcohol or pain killer use, therefore causing many cases of caffeine poisoning, which get treated as other things once the person reaches the hospital.

10. Coffee is proven to cause an enlarged prostate, high anxiety, insomnia, depression, birth defects, pain syndromes, unnatural breathing patterns, brain damage, hyperactivity, learning disorders (from the brain damage) behavior disorders, fatigue, certain types of cancer, Crohns, IBS, colitis, carpel tunnel, ulcers, low iron, heart disease, headaches, PMS, increased incidence of muscle and tendon injury, joint pain, heart attack, stroke,TIA’s (mini strokes)… and that’s a short list.

11. Coffee causes fat gain and cellulite because by triggering the body’s flight or fight system (which any poison or threat does). This eventually changes the body’s primary fuel source requirement to one of fat.

When the body is threatened, it prefers fat as its’ primary fuel source, over sugar or protein.

Constant activation of the body’s fight or flight system (via the daily ingestion of caffeine poison) aids in a metabolic shift to fat storage and fat conservation, because again the body prefers fat as a fuel source when fighting any toxic intruder… because fat contains 9 calories per gram for the fight, as opposed to 4 calories per gram housed by sugar and protein.

Welcome to the land of coffee (caffeine) induced fat gain, weight gain and cellulite. Coffee also destroys muscle, as the body purposely flushes muscle, when it’s poisoned, to facilitate additional fat storage.

12. Coffee (caffeine) blocks iron absorption, causing the vast majority of anemia today.

http://bit.ly/2qKSqwh The entire threat of caffeine in general includes caffeine teas, chocolates, caffeine based energy drinks, caffeine based pre work out drinks and over 2000 over the counter and prescription medications that PURPOSELY include caffeine.

13. An investigation conducted by the author of the most extensive book on coffee ever written, reviewed almost every scientific research piece regarding coffee and his conclusion was that there’s absolutely no scientific evidence what so ever that coffee provides any health benefits to the human body, on any level, in anyway.

He openly declares that any positive promotion of coffee consumption is a blatant lie, doing grave harm to our entire society. The publication of any positive effects of coffee are false and all can be traced back to a very powerful, covert and secret “coffee lobby”, which has both commercial and ruling family origins.

The author reviews the research in the book at this added link. How many coffee shops have opened in your town in the last 20 years?

So why the lying about coffee? Think of government and how governing a brain damaged population is easier than governing a healthy population. Start there and keep connecting the dots. Coffee is only one brain damaging weapon used against an uninformed slave class.

The 10 most popular brain damaging weapons used against the slave class (in order of use) are:

1) vaccines
2) coffee and caffeine products
3) alcohol
4) medical drugs
5) sugar
6) fluoride
7) cigarettes
8) processed junk foods and genetically modified foods
9) EMF radiation from wireless devices and
10) chemtrails.

If you’ve ever posed the question, “why are people so stunned, as to not figure any of this out?”… you’re missing the point that the brain damage of the slave class is the primary agenda of the ruling 1%.

Coffee and vaccines are the elite’s 1-2 punch within “operation brain damage” down here on the human farm. The best slave is a brain damaged slave, unable to think or care for themselves without the help from slave master.

A helpless population guarantees a need for government. This is why the ruling families do everything in their power to create a helpless population, day in and day out. Governments exist because they perpetually create the conditions for their own existence.

Ancient ruling families, who masquerade as modern altruistic governments, are not there to help the people progress, evolve or become more. You live on a chemically controlled slave based control grid.

Coffee is just another massive lie inside the human control operation. Want to shut the human farm down? Want to really become more than the stereotypical diseased, overweight, dis-empowered, depressed, and dysfunctional human mess? Reject the poisons!

From an article by Jason Christoff

The New Manhattan Project: Ongoing Research Reveals the Roots

The New Manhattan Project: Ongoing Research Reveals the Roots of Global Climate Control and the Massive Program Filling the Skies with Chemical Spray

by Bruce Tanner

On April 29, Peter A. Kirby did a presentation (video below) in San Francisco, outlining some of his research and theories on the Chemtrails we see in the sky above us almost every day in most parts of the Western world, and on how they got there.

In the Summer of 2016, Kirby published his comprehensive Chemtrails Exposed: A New Manhattan Project. For Peter, this marked the end of Phase 1 of what he sees as a long-term research project to document one of the most ambitious, and potentially devastating, scientific and industrial projects ever conceived by man. In his book, and in the lecture below, he outlines many, many of the institutions and documented players in the project, each of which has a past and a paper trail that can give us a deeper look into what’s been done and where we may be going. Peter has good reason to compare this with the gigantic and covert venture by the U.S. Deep State to create the Atom Bomb during WWII.

Starting in 2009, he began digging into books, magazines, libraries, government reports and the Internet to find information to explain the officially denied and yet in-your-face program of enormously extensive spraying of chemicals from planes being seen and documented all over the world. By the time Kirby started his research, there was, as he says in his book, already a problem, not of too little information but of too much. There were dozens of books and documents covering various aspects of a project that was obviously too big to sweep under the rug. But there was nothing that tied it all together and got to the bottom of what was going on.

Peter found, though, that there were smoking guns all along the trails of evidence, many in government and research papers, in professional journals, and in unbelievably candid statements made by scientists and project leaders, that piqued his curiosity and lead him deeper on the trail. He shares all this material, and his deductions from it in Chemtrails Exposed and in this video presentation.

Was the 1933 Berlin Reichstag fire a False Flag or not?

Today on TomatoBubble.com Mike King posted an article claiming vehemently that the Reichstag fire was really set by the partially blind leftist foreigner Marinus van der Lubbe, who was beheaded for the crime, and that anyone stating otherwise was lying. So I did a few searches and came up with the three articles below:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/1310995/Historians-find-proof-that-Nazis-burnt-Reichstag.html

Historians find ‘proof’ that Nazis burnt Reichstag

By Tony Paterson in Berlin – 15 Apr 2001

THE first documentary evidence has emerged to support the view that the Nazis started the 1933 Reichstag fire that Hitler used as a pretext to establish a dictatorship.

While historians have agreed that there is no substance to Nazi claims that German Communists were to blame for the blaze, there has also been a lack of evidence to back the widely held belief that Hitler’s supporters burnt down the parliament building in Berlin.

After poring over 50,000 pages of hitherto unexamined documents from former East German and Soviet archives, four leading German historians have now concluded that the fire was a Nazi plot. Marinus van der Lubbe, 24, a pro-Communist Dutch labourer, was beheaded by the Nazis after admitting that he started the blaze alone to encourage a workers’ uprising.

The news magazine Der Spiegel backed this version of events in the 1960s after a wide-ranging investigation. Now, however, the four historians argue that Der Spiegel’s coverage was part of a cover-up by Nazi sympathisers to protect the culprits from prosecution. Their findings put them at odds with other leading academics.

They base their case on remarks by Adolf Rall, a thief and Nazi stormtrooper, whose body was found in woods near Berlin in November 1933. Rall is said to have told prosecutors of a meeting of the SA stormtroopers during which the SA leader, Karl Ernst, ordered them to enter the Reichstag through a tunnel and sprinkle flammable liquid inside.

Ernst is said to have told his men that an excuse was needed to begin attacking Communists. Hitler used the fire to justify the arrest and torture of 25,000 Left-wing activists and to pass an emergency decree establishing absolute Nazi authority.

According to the historians, a former stormtrooper working in the jail where Rall was serving a sentence, heard of his statement and tipped off the SA. Its leaders are then said to have arranged for the statements to be destroyed by accomplices in the prosecutors’ office and for him to be murdered.

His remarks however are said to have been referred to in other papers found in the archives. The four historians – Hersch Fischler, Jurgen Schmaedeke, Alexander Bahar and Wilfred Kugel – say Nazi complicity in the blaze was kept secret by ex-Nazi journalists after the war.

Der Spiegel’s investigation in the 1960s was led by the historical researcher Fritz Tobias. His findings have been backed by the historian Hans Mommsen and are supported by one of his British counterparts, Ian Kershaw, in his recent work Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris.

The historians – writing in the journal Historische Zeitschrift – accuse Mr Tobias of “wanting to dispel the odium of arson from National Socialism” through his claims. Mr Tobias has defended himself, saying: “I was born into a Social Democratic household and am the last person to want to exculpate Hitler and his consorts.”

Last week, Der Spiegel published a 10-page rebuttal of the four historians’ conclusions. It said: “The thesis which holds that van der Lubbe was the only arsonist involved remains the most plausible explanation.” Although Mr Tobias was not an ex-Nazi, the magazine conceded that other former members had been employed.

http://spartacus-educational.com/Adolf_Rall.htm

Adolf Rall

Adolf Rall, was the eldest of five children, was born in Berlin on 7th June 1905. After leaving school he became a locksmith. In the late 1920s he joined the Sturmabteilung (SA).

On 30th April, 1932, Rall was arrested for stealing cars in Dresden. He was found guilty and sent to prison. Soon after his release he was arrested again for car theft and was returned to prison. In April 1933, he was sentenced for stealing a Daimler sedan in Stuttgart. (1)

According to a German anti-Nazi newspaper, Pariser Tageblatt, published in Paris, Rall had information about the Reichstag Fire. (2) It was claimed that “a former stormtrooper working in the jail where Rall was serving a sentence”, discovered that he knew what had happened. (3)

It was stated that Karl Ernst and Hermann Göring were involved in planning the act of arson. Rall suggested that before the Reichstag fire broke out, he had been in “the subterranean passageway that connects the Reichstag assembly building to the building in which the government apartment of the Reich President Hermann Göring is located. Rall said that he had personally witnessed various members of his SA unit bringing the explosive liquids into the building”. Apparently, Ernst told Rall “that an excuse was needed to begin attacking Communists”. (4)

Adolf Rall died in his cell on 2nd November, 1933. It was reported in The Daily Telegraph that the leaders of the SA “arranged for the statements to be destroyed by accomplices in the prosecutors’ office and for him to be murdered.” (5)

Rudolf Diels and Hans Gisevius also provided information to support this story.

 

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/07/reic-j05.html

Book Review

 

The Reichstag Fire, 68 years on

Alexander Bahar, Wilfried Kugel: Der Reichstagbrand – Wie Geschichte gemacht wird (The Reichstag Fire – How History is Created), edition q, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-86124-523-2, 864 pages, price: 68.00 DM

5 July 2001

On February 27, 1933—more than 68 years ago—the Berlin Reichstag, the seat of Germany’s parliament, was set on fire. Shortly after the fire began, the Dutch left-wing radical Marinus van der Lubbe was arrested at the scene of the crime, apparently as the sole culprit.

Even before his identity was established, the Nazi leaders accused the German Communist Party (KPD) of having committed arson. According to Nazi propaganda, the Reichstag fire was intended as a signal for a communist uprising that had long been planned—a claim for which there was not a shred of evidence. In actual fact, the KPD leadership was neither willing nor able to organize such an uprising, so the Reichstag fire could not have been a signal for it.

For the Nazis, who had been in power less than a month, since January 30, 1933, the Reichstag fire was the excuse for a hitherto unparalleled persecution of Communist and Social Democratic workers, intellectuals and party leaders. On February 28, 1933 alone, just one day after the fire, thousands of persons active in, or allied with, the workers movement were arrested. The first to be arrested also included writers Egon Erwin Kisch, Ludwig Renn and Carl von Ossietzky, later murdered by the Nazis in a concentration camp.

All left-wing newspapers, including the Social Democratic daily Vorwärts, the Communist Party press and the German Trotskyists’ newspaper Permanente Revolution, were confiscated and banned.

Two decrees put into effect only one day later, the “Decree on the Protection of People and State”, subtitled “against communist acts of violence endangering the state,” and the “Decree Against Treason of the German People and High-Treason Activities,” were used to annul practically overnight the essential basic rights incorporated in the constitution of the Weimar Republic. These so-called “fire decrees” stayed in effect until the end of the Third Reich and formed the pseudo-legal basis for the entire Nazi dictatorship.

In the days immediately following the fire, the Nazis used the opportunity to generally weaken the entire German workers movement and prepare its destruction, a pressing task since early Reichstag elections had been scheduled for March 5, 1933, and a Nazi election victory was by no means certain.

There were still millions of workers organized in the SPD (Social Democrats), the KPD and the trade unions who were prepared to fight against the Nazis. The results of the March elections made this clear: the SPD and the KPD were still able to garner a combined vote of 13.2 million, the same number of votes they had received during the last elections in 1932. The NSDAP (Nazis) received 17.2 million votes (compared to 11.7 million in the 1932 elections), but were not able to gain an absolute majority of votes on their own. This was only possible with the aid of their German Nationalist allies from the “Kampffront Schwarz-Rot-Weiss”.

It was the SPD leadership’s capitulation before the Nazis and the division of the workers due to the “social fascism theory” propagated by the leaders of the Stalinist KPD that prevented National Socialism from being stopped at the last minute and combated.

As early as 1931, Leon Trotsky already formulated the task at hand in his open letter to the members of the KPD, How Can National Socialism be Defeated?:

“The front must now be directed against fascism. And this common front of direct struggle against fascism, embracing the entire proletariat, must be utilised in the struggle against the Social Democracy, directed as a flank attack, but no less effective for all that.

“It is necessary to show by deeds a complete readiness to make a bloc with the Social Democrats against the fascists in all cases in which they will accept a bloc… We must understand how to tear the workers away from their leaders in reality. But reality today is-the struggle against fascism…

“The overwhelming majority of the Social Democratic workers will fight against the fascists, but–for the present at least–only together with their organisations. This stage cannot be skipped. We must help the Social Democratic workers in action–in this new and extraordinary situation–to test the value of their organizations and leaders at this time, when it is a matter of life and death for the working class.”(1)

As we know, history took a different turn: the Nazis were victorious, and the German and European working class suffered its worst and most devastating defeat. The authors leave no doubt as to the fact that the leaders of both the SPD and the KPD bear decisive responsibility for this defeat. This is made particularly clear in the authors’ portrayal of the so-called “Prussian coup,” the ouster of the SPD-led Prussian government in July 1932 by the Reich Chancellor (head of government) of the time, Franz von Papen. Although the majority of their members were only waiting for the word to offer massive resistance, the SPD and trade union leaders didn’t put up even the semblance of a fight against Papen’s “cold coup d’etat,” and thus paved the way for the Nazis.

Who were the arsonists?

To this very day, there is hardly any event in German history that has been debated as heatedly as the issue of who really set the Reichstag on fire.

In years of meticulous research, the two authors of the book, historian Alexander Bahar and physicist and psychologist Wilfried Kugel, carried out the first comprehensive evaluation of the 50,000 pages of original court, state attorney office and secret police (Gestapo) files that had been locked away in Moscow and East Berlin until 1990. The result is a remarkable and explosive, more than 800-page document that for the first time provides almost complete circumstantial evidence that the Nazis prepared and set the Reichstag fire themselves.

The authors have thus succeeded in disproving a hypothesis that even today is still fairly widespread: that the Dutchman Marinus van der Lubbe was the sole perpetrator. They “base their evidence largely on original documents that are stored in public archives, but have not been evaluated up to now… The book contradicts in many ways all of the research reports that have been published so far on the Reichstag fire, based on what the authors say is the first thorough evaluation of all presently available relevant sources… In summary, the authors have succeeded after years of work in presenting a comprehensive chain of circumstantial evidence—albeit one that will only have a conclusive character for those readers who are prepared to take on the intellectual challenge presented by the often highly complex and convoluted aspects of this case of political crime.” (2)

Bahar and Kugel describe the two contradictory hypotheses as to who was actually responsible for setting the fire as follows:

“As incontestable as it is that the Nazis benefited from the Reichstag fire and made skillful use of it in establishing their dictatorship, opinion remains divided as to who actually committed the deed. The communists accused by the Nazi authorities at the Reichstag Fire Trial in Leipzig were already ruled out in 1933 for obvious reasons: quite apart from the lack of evidence, the suicidal and thus nonsensical nature of such a deed was self-evident, despite Nazi propaganda to the contrary. So did Marinus van der Lubbe, the 75% vision-impaired Dutch left-wing radical communist arrested in the burning Reichstag set the fire on his own? Or were the culprits to be found among the Nazis?” (3)

As early as the summer of 1933, the Brown Book on the Reichstag Fire and Hitler’s Terror was published in Switzerland under the editorship of Willi Münzenberg. In this book, German emigrés attempted to provide proof that the Nazis had committed the crime in a secret operation run by Nazi leader Hermann Göring. And even before the Reichstag Fire Trial in Leipzig, the “Legal Commission of the International Investigation Committee” came to the conclusion that the Nazis had set the fire themselves. Up to 1949, this was the prevailing opinion of all serious contemporaries outside of Germany. “Everyone abroad was and remains convinced that the Nazis set fire to the Reichstag.” (4)

In Germany, however, the legend of Marinus van der Lubbe as the sole perpetrator was created after 1945 by the first head of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels, and his former staff. Diels, who was in charge of the sweeping arrests carried out on the night of the fire, had every reason to exonerate the Nazi rulers after World War II, since he was deeply involved in the Reichstag fire himself. As the authors explain:

“six hours before the Reichstag fire, Rudolf Diels, head of the … Political Police since February 23, 1933 and subsequently head of the Secret State Police Office (Gestapo), wrote the following police radio telegram which was sent to all police stations in Prussia at about 6:00 p.m.: ‘Communists reportedly plan to carry out systematic raids on police squads and members of nationalist associations with the aim of disarming them.’ … ‘Suitable countermeasures are to be taken immediately, and where necessary communist functionaries placed under protective custody.’” (5)

“The arrests carried out the next night had thus already been initiated by Rudolf Diels, the Chief of the Political Police, on the afternoon of February 27.” (6)

The authors prove that it would have been impossible for Marinus van der Luppe to set on fire a building as large as the Reichstag on his own, by reconstructing in minute detail the course of the fire on the basis of countless testimony documents and investigation and court files (particularly in Chapters 2 and 4).

Their conclusion is that “the ‘culprit’ van der Lubbe had even less time to carry out his alleged act of arson than has hitherto been assumed, namely only 12 to 13 minutes… The view often expressed in historical literature that the Reichstag arson had taken Göring, Goebbels and Hitler ‘by surprise’ must now presumably be regarded once and for all as a myth.” (7)

In Chapters 5 to 7, the authors document the proceedings at the so-called Reichstag Fire Trial, which began on September 21, 1933 in Leipzig, and then present the circumstantial evidence for the guilt of the Nazis. The exact evaluation of all of the fire expert reports leads to one conclusion: “ All of the fire experts agreed that the fire in the Reichstag assembly hall had to have been set by several culprits. Van der Lubbe’s self-incrimination was thus proved to be a lie.” (8) (My emphasis – W.K.)

In the trial before the Leipzig Reichsgericht court, which the Nazis had originally planned as a show trial, the accused were “van der Lubbe and comrades.” The Dutchman’s alleged “comrades” were Ernst Torgler, the former chairman of the KPD parliamentary group in the Reichstag, and three Bulgarian communists who were living illegally in Germany: Georgi Dimitrov, who had been the head of the Berlin-based Western European Office of the Executive Committee of the Comintern (Third International) until early 1933, Blagoj Popov and Vasil Tanev. Despite coerced witnesses (including concentration camp prisoners), planted and forged “evidence,” and torture and terror against the accused, the Nazis never succeeded in proving the alleged guilt of the communists. Dimitrov’s undaunted conduct in court, in particular, added to the embarrassment for the Nazi leaders. The Reichsgericht passed its verdict on December 23, 1933: “The accused Torgler, Dimitrov, Popov and Tanev are acquitted.” Marinus van der Lubbe, the only “presentable” culprit, was sentenced to death and executed on January 10, 1934, despite the existing expert opinions and testimony which conclusively ruled out the Dutchman as the sole perpetrator.

Finally, the authors expose the Nazis as the only feasible culprits. Among the documentary evidence the authors base this verdict on is the testimony of SA member Adolf Rall (who was later murdered by the SA and the Gestapo). The emigré newspaper Pariser Tageblatt reported on December 24, 1933: “he (Rall) stated he was a member of the SA’s “Sturm 17” unit. Before the Reichstag fire broke out, he had been in the subterranean passageway that connects the Reichstag assembly building to the building in which the government apartment of the Reich President [Hermann Göring] is located. Rall said that he had personally witnessed various members of his SA unit bringing the explosive liquids into the building.” (10)

Hans Bernd Gisevius, who had worked as a junior lawyer for the political police from August to December 1933, made the following testimony at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial in 1946: “It was Goebbels who first came up with the idea of setting fire to the Reichstag. Goebbels discussed this with the leader of the Berlin SA brigade, Karl Ernst, and made detailed suggestions on how to go about carrying out the arson. A certain tincture known to every pyrotechnician was selected. You spray it onto an object and then it ignites after a certain time, after hours or minutes. In order to get into the Reichstag building, they needed the passageway that leads from the palace of the Reichstag President to the Reichstag. A unit of ten reliable SA men was put together, and now Göring was informed of all the details of the plan, so that he coincidentally was not out holding an election speech on the night of the fire, but was still at his desk in the Ministry of the Interior at such a late hour… The intention right from the start was to put the blame for this crime on the Communists, and those ten SA men who were to carry out the crime were instructed accordingly.” (11)

Based on this testimony and a wealth of other circumstantial evidence, the course of this act of arson can be reconstructed as follows:

“On February 27, 1933, at about 8:00 p.m. a commando group of at least 3, and at most 10 SA men led by Hans Georg Gewehr entered the basement of the palace of the Reichstag President. The group took the incendiary substances deposited there, and used the subterranean passageway to go from the Reichstag President’s palace to the Reichstag building, where they prepared the assembly hall in particular with a self-igniting liquid they probably mixed in the hall. After a certain latency period, the liquid set off the fire in the assembly hall. The group made their getaway through the subterranean passageway and the basement of the Reichstag President’s palace (and possibly also through the adjacent basement leading to the machinery and government employees’ building) to the public street ‘Reichstagsufer.’ Göring entered the burning Reichstag building at 9:21 p.m. at the latest, presumably in order to provide a cover for the commando group’s retreat.

“Van der Lubbe was brought to the Reichstag by the SA at exactly 9:00 p.m. and let into the building by them. The sound of breaking glass which was noticed by witnesses and which was allegedly due to van der Lubbe breaking window panes to get into the building was probably only intended to attract the attention of the public. The Dutchman was sacrificed as the only available witness.” (12)

Almost all of the SA men involved in the deed (with the exception of Hans Georg Gewehr) and many accessories to the crime were later murdered by the Nazis, above during the so-called “Röhm putsch” on June 30, 1934.

Responsibility for the Reichstag Fire was a constant source of debate between German historians after the Second World War. In the early 1960’s, the attempt was made to establish the hypothesis of van der Lubbe as the sole culprit—in particular by Rudolf Augstein’s magazine Der Spiegel and the “amateur historian” and intelligence officer Fritz Tobias. To this very day, some prominent German historians base themselves on this hypothesis and still attempt to deny the guilt of the Nazis. With their new book Der Reichstagbrand, Alexander Bahar and Wilfried Kugel have provided authoritative evidence to finally dispel the longstanding controversy.

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References

(1) Leon Trotsky: Portrait des National Sozialismus, Arbeiterpresse Verlag, Essen 1999, p. 61
(2) A. Bahar and W. Kugel: Der Reichtagsbrand, edition q, Berlin 2001, p. 19
(3) ibid., p. 15
(4) Braunbuch über Reichstagsbrand und Hitlerterror, Universum-Bücherei, Basle 1933, p. 74
(5) Bahar and Kugel, p. 71
(6) ibid., p. 72
(7) ibid., p. 73
(8) ibid., p. 321
(9) Walther Hofer et. al.: Der Reichstagsbrand, Arani-Verlag, Berlin 1972/1978, revised new edition: Ahriman-Verlag, Freiburg 1992, p. 2
(10) Bahar and Kugel, p. 533
(11) ibid., p. 543
(12) ibid., preliminary remarks “Reconstruction of the Reichstag arson”