Web Research Links for the Week of 1/21/19

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U.S. Sends More Troops To Syria To Secure Withdrawal Processhttps://southfront.org/u-s-sends-more-troops-to-syria-to-secure-withdrawal-process/ – “Earlier this month, the US-led coalition announced that it has begun the process of deliberate withdrawal from Syria. A local monitoring group confirmed the coalition’s claim and said that 150 U.S. service members left the country… However, hours after this announcement U.S. officials told the New York Times that the U.S. has withdrawn no troops from Syria. The statement was seen by many local observers as an attempt to manipulate Trump’s withdraw decision… In another u-turn, a senior official had told NBC on January 5 that the U.S. may keep its forces in the al-Tanaf base in southeastern Syria for undetermined amount of time.”

UN Security Council Should Punish All Those Behind These Coup Attempts: Venezuelan UN Envoy (w/video 27min) – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50977.htmIf you want to know what is going on with this manufactured crisis, have a listen to this statement by Venezuela’s UN envoy Jorge Arreaza. He speaks in great detail about the history of the multi-decade destabilization campaign against Venezuela by the U.S. and its captive surrogates.  Arreaza, to my hearing, speaks with a voice of reason in sharp contrast to those pushing what amounts to a coup d’etat. The interventionists basically sound to me like a pack of liars. The entire emergency session on Venezuela was streamed live by RT, and can be viewed on youtube at: https://youtu.be/NKdbs3dx2GU (4hr 38min) – The general consensus at the meeting, outside of the scripted statements by U.S. proxy satellite nations, is that Maduro is the lawfully elected president, the main culprit for the suffering of the country has been outside actions taken by the U.S. and its partners primarily attacking the economy, and that no outside, particularly military, actions should be taken or supported. I’m sure this was not the result that the Neocon conspirators surrounding Trump intended to gain.

Pompeo Refuses To Speculate Whether US Would Use Military Force In Venezuela – by Fahad Shabbir – https://www.urdupoint.com/en/world/pompeo-refuses-to-speculate-whether-us-would-540515.html – ” ‘What the United States can do next I ‘m not going to speculate … We think that every member of the United Nations ought to join us for the Venezuelan people. So, we will continue to get more and more support from already a great deal along the way, and we do think that there will be appropriate resolutions when it happens right and we’ll certainly support those,’ Pompeo said.”

The Shale Industry Collapse Will Start in the Spring, and Take the Rest of the US Down With It – by James Howard Kunstler – https://russia-insider.com/en/shale-industry-collapse-will-start-spring-and-take-rest-us-down-it/ri26049 – “Sometimes nations just lose their shit. The complex collapse of American life proceeds as the public and its leaders fail to comprehend the forces in play. What the Federal Reserve actually accomplished with its ten years of extend-and-pretend policy was not an economic “recovery,” but a degenerative disease of the social contract. If you look more closely, you can sense what will be unleashed when the ground thaws… Mr. Trump will be left holding a bag so large that observers may mistake him for a Bizarro Santa Claus. But the baggage within will not consist of sugarplums. It is actually stuffed with bankruptcy filings and pink slips. A year from now, there may be no such thing as a hedge fund left on the planet Earth. Or a job opening, unless you’re really good at weeding or picking fruit. Mr. Trump will attempt a rescue, but so did Herbert Hoover, who had a good three years to try this-and-that while the Depression stole over the land like a deadly fungus. The difference, of course, is that Mr. Hoover was acknowledged as a most brilliant mind of his era, and yet Reality had her wicked way with him, anyway.”

Julian Assange Sues Trump Administration To Reveal Charges Against Him; WikiLeaks Associates Being Interrogated – by Aaron Kesel – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/julian-assange-sues-trump-administration-to-reveal-charges-against-him-wikileaks-associates-being-interrogated.html – “Lawyers for Julian Assange have filed an urgent application to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), based in Washington D.C., to demand the Trump Administration unseal the charges it has secretly filed against Assange… The Australian activist’s lawyers are further asking the Commission to compel Ecuador to cease its espionage activities against Assange, to stop the isolation imposed on him and to protect Assange from U.S. extradition… Assange’s situation is getting worse with each passing day between his health and the isolation without charge, which according to Human Rights Watch General Counsel  his conditions to stay at the embassy are looking more and more like solitary confinement. Assange has been barred from visitors and prevented Internet access for almost a year, while he has never been allowed to exit the embassy for some sunshine.”

New Mexico Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance – by Michael Maharrey – https://www.activistpost.com/2019/01/new-mexico-senate-unanimously-passes-bill-to-limit-warrantless-electronic-data-collection-hinder-federal-surveillance.html – “Sen. Peter Wirth (D) filed Senate Bill 199 (SB199) on Jan. 8. Titled the “Electronic Communications Privacy Act,” the legislation would help block the use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device… The bill would require police to obtain a warrant or wiretap order before deploying a stingray device, unless they have the explicit permission of the owner or authorized possessor of the device, or if the device is lost or stolen. SB199 includes an exception to the warrant requirement for emergency situations. Even then, police must apply for a warrant within 3 days and destroy any information obtained if the court denies the application.”

France’s Protests: Why It’s Different This Time – by Claudio Grass –  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-24/frances-protests-why-its-different-time – As the movement grew and spread, many political figures have tried to co-opt it, without success. Front National’s Le Pen, hardline leftist Melenchon, far-left factions and various union leaders, all tried to place their flag on the Yellow Vests, claiming that they align with and can represent their grievances. They all failed. The Yellow Vests might contain individuals with all kinds of political inclinations, but as a whole, the movement remains apolitical, and if anything, suspicious and hostile to the political class in its entirety.”

Likud minister Gallant: Israel has plan to boot Iran from Syria – Meanwhile, Netanyahu reportedly urges US to keep troops at a base in southern Syria seen as key to countering Iranian forces – https://www.timesofisrael.com/likud-minister-israel-has-plan-to-boot-iran-from-syria/ – “Gallant, a fresh addition to the ruling Likud party, did not provide further details but credited Israeli actions with preventing the emergence of an Iranian military presence in the Golan Heights… He also said Israel and Russia were on the same page regarding Iran’s efforts in Syria… ‘Israel and Russia have a shared interest to expel the Iranians from Syria,’ – Comment: I want some of what he’s smoking.

<From the Those-Who-Do-Not-Learn-The-Lessons-Of-History Desk: US appoints new Venezuela envoy to help ‘restore democracy’ – by VOA News – https://thebl.com/politics/us-appoints-new-venezuela-envoy-to-help-restore-democracy.html – “U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has appointed foreign policy veteran Elliott Abrams to be U.S. envoy to Venezuela, tasked with helping “restore democracy” to the South American nation… Pompeo made the announcement Friday afternoon in Washington, ahead of a special session of the U.N. Security Council on Saturday. Pompeo said Abrams would travel with him to the meeting, which was initiated by the United States… Pompeo said the United States thinks ‘every country ought to recognize’ National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader, as the U.S. does. He called disputed President Nicolas Maduro a “cruel dictator” and said he had caused much devastation for the people of Venezuela.” (emphasis added) from Elliott Abrams Wikipedia page: ” During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement in controversial foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua and El Salvador.”Comment: Abrams is a dual Israeli-American Citizen. He was involved in arming and providing cover for the Death Squads operating in El Salvador and for the Contras in Nicaragua. Just the guy to “restore democracy” to a Latin-American country.

Roger Stone indicted in Mueller probe – by Morgan Chalfant,Jacqueline Thomsen and Olivia Beavers – https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/426919-roger-stone-arrested-by-fbi-cnn – “Stone has been indicted on seven counts in connection with Mueller’s investigation: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering… Stone was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the special counsel’s office said in a statement early Friday. The indictment was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and unsealed upon arrest on Friday… According to the indictment, Stone obstructed the investigations by the House Intelligence Committee and the FBI into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election election.” – Comment: Now would be a good time for The Alliance to unseal some indictments, eh?

Antiwar Hero Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuela Coup Circle Jerk – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2019/01/25/antiwar-hero-medea-benjamin-disrupts-venezuela-coup-circle-jerk/ – “Benjamin cut off his applause by standing at the end of the council room with a sign reading ‘OAS: DON’T SUPPORT A COUP IN VENEZUELA’ and decrying the Trump administration’s attempts to topple the Venezuelan government… ‘Don’t support the coup!’ Benjamin shouted. ‘A coup is not a democratic transition! Do not listen to Secretary Pompeo! Do not support the coup! Do no support the coup in Venezuela!’.. ‘We call on the OAS to support the democratically elected leader and work for a negotiated solution,’ Medea continued to yell as security staff cajoled her out of the room. ‘Coups only bring more violence, war and destruction!’.. In light of this brazen act (U.S.’ pre-planned support for the coup), Maduro said all US diplomats have 72 hours to leave the nation, to which the Trump administration replied that it has no intention of doing since the order came from Maduro and not the rando (random guy) named Juan (who as noted by Moon of Alabama is very keen on changing Venezuela’s oil policies to America’s advantage).”

Canada’s New Impaired DRIVING LAWS, You Won’t Believe What They Can NOW Do Under Bill C-46!!! (11 min) – by Dan Dicks of Press for Truth – https://youtu.be/6ib7e5xTjywComment: All is not well North-of-the-Border.

Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending? – While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving – by Matt Taibbi – https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/secret-government-spending-779959/ – “The only thing that did not make the news was an announcement by a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board — FASAB — that essentially legalized secret national security spending. The new guidance, “SFFAS 56 – CLASSIFIED ACTIVITIES” permits government agencies to “modify” public financial statements and move expenditures from one line item to another. It also expressly allows federal agencies to refrain from telling taxpayers if and when public financial statements have been altered… To Michigan State professor Mark Skidmore, who’s been studying discrepancies in defense expenditures for years, the new ruling ­— and the lack of public response to it — was a shock… ‘From this point forward,’ he says, ‘the federal government will keep two sets of books, one modified book for the public and one true book that is hidden.’ ”

Top Cities with Highest Rate of Child Removals: Philadelphia Overtakes Phoenix as Most Dangerous City for State-sponsored Child Kidnappings – by Brian Shilhavy – http://healthimpactnews.com/2019/top-cities-with-highest-rate-of-child-removals-philadelphia-overtakes-phoenix-as-most-dangerous-city-for-state-sponsored-child-kidnappings/ – “NCCPR reports that Philadelphia has become so bad, that they now take children away from parents at triple the rate of New York City, and  quadruple the rate of Chicago.”

Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending? – While a noisy Supreme Court fight captivated America last fall, an obscure federal accounting body quietly approved a system of classified money-moving – by Matt Taibbi – https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/secret-government-spending-779959/ – “The only thing that did not make the news was an announcement by a little-known government body called the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board — FASAB — that essentially legalized secret national security spending. The new guidance, “SFFAS 56 – CLASSIFIED ACTIVITIES” permits government agencies to “modify” public financial statements and move expenditures from one line item to another. It also expressly allows federal agencies to refrain from telling taxpayers if and when public financial statements have been altered… To Michigan State professor Mark Skidmore, who’s been studying discrepancies in defense expenditures for years, the new ruling ­— and the lack of public response to it — was a shock… ‘From this point forward,’ he says, ‘the federal government will keep two sets of books, one modified book for the public and one true book that is hidden.’ ”

Unelected Brussels bureaucrats support ‘democracy’ in Venezuela ‘on behalf of EU’https://www.rt.com/news/449549-venezuela-democracy-eu-mogherini-tusk/ – ” ‘Unlike Maduro, the parliamentary assembly, including Juan Guaido have a democratic mandate from Venezuelan citizens,’ President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Wednesday evening, urging all of Europe to support “democratic forces” in Venezuela.”

Non-yellow-vest protests are good? Macron hails Venezuela coup attempt as ‘restoration of democracy’https://www.rt.com/news/449622-france-venezuela-coup-support/ – “Emmanuel Macron has praised the “courage” of Venezuelan protesters but fell short of recognizing self-declared “acting president” Juan Guaido. His desire to exert influence on Latin America could back him into a corner in Paris… ‘After the illegal election of Nicolas Maduro in 2018, Europe supports the restoration of democracy. I salute the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans marching for their freedom,’ Emmanuel Macron tweeted in French on his official account.” – Comment: Photos and video from current demonstrations in Venezuela seem to show only a few thousand protesters, at most. Some video shown as “anti-Maduro” seems to be of demonstrations supporting the government.

Britain claims Maduro ‘not legitimate leader’ of Venezuelahttps://www.rt.com/news/449626-britain-claims-maduro-not-legitimate/ – “Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has claimed Nicolas Maduro is “not the legitimate leader of Venezuela” and reaffirmed the UK government’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaido.”

Putin: Foreign interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs grossly violates international lawhttps://www.rt.com/news/449630-putin-foreign-interference-in-venezuela/

Venezuela orders closing of embassy & consulates in UShttps://www.rt.com/news/449644-maduro-closing-us-embassy/

Trump Recognition of Rival Venezuelan Government Will Set Off a Diplomatic Avalanche – by  Wayne Madsen –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/24/trump-recognition-rival-venezuelan-government-will-set-off-diplomatic-avalanche.html – “The plans by the Trump administration to recognize the right-wing opposition in Venezuela as the legitimate government of that nation is as doomed as the Spanish Republic in exile in Mexico and other failed exiled governments, including the East Turkestani government-in-exile in Washington, the Western Kurdistan government-in-exile in London, and the Free City of Danzig government-in-exile in Berlin… What Trump has unleashed with his actions directed toward Venezuela is a situation where competing governments will be fighting over seats in the United Nations, embassies and consulates abroad, and the right to speak on behalf of their countries in international forums. It is the sort of bedlam upon which Trump, a proud destroyer of institutions, thrives.”

Israeli Criminality, Hubris in Syria Invites Catastrophe – by Finian Cunningham – https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/22/israeli-criminality-hubris-in-syria-invites-catastrophe.html – “This change in Israeli policy from habitually issuing “no comment” responses after air strikes are reported in Syria to one where senior government figures are publicly exulting in the conduct of attacks is an extraordinary development… Some observers have pointed out that it could be Netanyahu engaging in electioneering. He is seeking re-election in April and so may be playing the “tough guy” image to bolster his national security credentials among voters… That may partly be the calculus. But there does appear also to be a bigger shift going in Israeli military strategy towards Syria and Iran.”

US Representatives Refuse To Attend Demonstration Of Russia’s 9M729 Missile That Allegedly Violates INFhttps://southfront.org/us-representatives-refuse-to-attend-demonstration-of-russias-9m729-missile-that-allegedly-violates-inf/ – “(Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov) concluded by saying that he hoped explanations regarding the 9M729 would provide another chance for dialogue between Russia and the US…“We expect that the objective technical data provided by us and the arguments that have been cited will lead to the intensification of the thought process in the US, which will help give another chance to a dialogue aimed at preserving the INF Treaty. For our part, we continue to be ready for such work. It should be done with the mandatory mutual consideration of both parties’ interests and concerns and without any counterproductive ultimatums,” he said. “The treaty needs to be preserved. It is up to the American side to make the choice,” Ryabkov stressed… Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov  added that the US is testing weapons prohibited under the INF over the last 15 years. The Americans, according to Ryabkov, also tested attack drones, which according to their specifications fall under the description of a cruise missile banned under the treaty. At the same time, the use of US target missiles, which also, in essence, were short- and mid-range ground-based ballistic missiles, also raised questions.” (emphasis added)

China, Russia, Turkey Stand Against US-backed Coup Attempt In Venezuelahttps://southfront.org/china-russia-turkey-stand-against-us-backed-coup-attempt-in-venezuela/ – ” ‘ Despair and intolerance threaten the peace of the Nation. The soldiers of the homeland do not accept a president imposed in the shadow of obscure interests or self-proclaimed outside the law,’ (Venezualan Defense Minister) Vladimir Padrino Lopez said. The Bolivarian National Armed Forces defend the Venezuela’s Constitution ‘and is the guarantor of national sovereignty,’ he added.”

Integrity Initiative: Big Brother’s Minions – or Flim-Flam Artists? – by Patrick Armstrong –  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/01/23/integrity-initiative-big-brothers-minions-or-flim-flam-artists.html – “Or are we looking at something rather bigger? As John Helmer points out, there is a long history of British intelligence operating behind such “independent” and “disinterested” coverDid they help start the Russia hysteria in the USA? Did they not only play up the Skripal affair but actually create it? Did they have an effect on Spain and CataloniaInfiltrate Sanders’ campaign? What’s this “impose changes over the heads of vested interests. NB we did this in the 1930s” stuff? Is that a reference to the Zinoviev Letter forgery? (1924 actually, but they don’t look like people who bother to check details). Corbyn, of course, they see as another Kremlin stooge: is it time to “discover” a Dear Jeremy, How can I help you win? Your friend Vladimir letter? There is a danger these “clusters” of like-minded (and paid) flacks pose: in a time when the “news” media solemnly informs us that Putin has weaponised humour and Pokemon, to say nothing of killer squids, a group of “expert” “concerned citizens” who “voluntarily” appear can ratchet the hysteria up to further heights. (Although only a Russian troll would “emphasise the dangers of war in Europe (!!)”) They are trying to establish a base in the USA (“challenging the ignorance of, tolerance of or sympathy for the Russian activity” – tolerance!!?? the US media Russia-bashes 24/7!) So, no matter the temptation, we can’t write them off as silly old fools.”

Daniel Estulin – Back Trump or World Loses (56 min) – from Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog –  Comment: This interview with Estulin is like drinking from a firehose. There are about 3 hours of information shoe-horned into this single hour, based on Estulin’s newest book In The Shadow of a Presidency. Whatever views you espouse, there is certain to be something in this to challenge your preconceived notions. There certainly was for me, and I appreciate it.

From the It-Just-Gets-Better Desk: Pelosi says she won’t allow Trump to give State of Union in the House – by Jeffry Bartash – https://www.marketwatch.com/story/pelosi-says-she-wont-allow-trump-to-give-state-of-union-in-the-house-2019-01-23 – “Pelosi said she would be willing to welcome the president to the House on ‘a mutually agreeable date for this address when the government has been opened.’ ” – Comment: This fits right in with the Daniel Estulin interview posted above.

Latest interview of Dr. Mark Skidmore by Greg Hunter –  Dr. Mark Skidmore – Deep State Cover-Up of Missing $21 Trillion Deeply Disturbing (45 min)Comment: A further amplification of the importance of the information presented by Catherine Austin Fitts in her recent interview on USA Watchdog dot com. The most important Economic Story, possibly in U.S. history is being ignored, distorted and buried in Official State Media.

Make No Mistake: ISIS Needs the U.S. to Survive – This week’s fatal attack was a calculated event designed to sow chaos amid American withdrawal. And the Blob is responding predictably – by Scott Ritter – https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/make-no-mistake-isis-needs-the-u-s-to-survive/ – “A U.S. withdrawal from Syria would set ISIS adrift, allowing the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, to defeat it and reassert its control over not only the territory currently occupied by ISIS, but also the hearts and minds of the Syrian Arabs whom ISIS needs for sustainment. By attacking the U.S. military and Manbij City Council on January 16, 2019, ISIS cast its vote in favor of the continued presence of U.S. military forces in Syria. Those who continue to argue in favor of a U.S. military presence in Syria are only giving credence to that vote.”

Following Idlib Bombing, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Executes Twelve ISIS Members (Photos)https://southfront.org/following-idlib-bombing-hayat-tahrir-al-sham-executes-twelve-isis-members-photos/ “These developments indicate that ISIS’ influence in the opposition-held part of northwestern Syria is still strong, despite HTS’ attempts to eliminate it.”

Banned by Facebook for Telling the Truth – by Israel Shamir –  http://www.unz.com/ishamir/banned-by-facebook-for-telling-the-truth/ – FB bans for posting links to the sites they do not like. I have been banned for posting a link to Unz.com. Links to RT and Sputnik are removed, too. Last week, FB removed and banned 500 accounts with 850,000 followers for publishing links to RT and Sputnik. A friend of mine, Mr Oleg Tsarev, a former member of Ukrainian parliament, a contender for Ukrainian presidency and the chairman of the Donbas parliament, had his account with two hundred thousand followers, and Mr Zuckerberg scrapped it without an explanation… I asked my FB friends to report whether they ever were banned, and if yes, for what reason. Here is a shortlist of their responses: for speaking against Stepan Bandera, the Ukrainian Quisling; for discussing Shevchenko, the Ukrainian 19th century poet; for mentioning forelocks; for posting picture of Putin; for speaking about victims of Ukrainian shelling of Donbas; for using such words as ‘pederast’ or ‘lesbian’; for saying women are more emotional than men; for posting a still from an Almadovar film; for arguing against a Ukrainian historian who claimed Jesus and Buddha were Ukrainians; for defending the Russian Church; for criticizing the leading pro-Western liberal Mr Gozman; for arguing against NATO manoeuvres in the Baltic states; for speaking against discrimination of ethnic Russians in the Baltic states.”

Erdogan, Trump Agree to Speed Up Talks on Security Zone in Syria – Ankara – https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201901211071660344-usa-turkey-syria-security-zone-talks/ – “On Tuesday, Erdogan said, following a phone conversation with Trump, that the latter had proposed creating a 30-kilometer (18-mile) buffer zone in Syria. The Turkish leader recalled that he had come with a similar initiative as far back as when Barack Obama was president, but the proposal never came to pass. According to Erdogan, the future security zone will be controlled by the country’s (Turkey’s) military.” (emphasis added) – Comment: Plan for illegal occupation under settled international law announced in public – UN: crickets chirping.

‘Nice try, Earth is flat’: Conspiracy theorists can’t handle first ever 360 space video (w/video 3min) – https://www.rt.com/news/405678-flat-earth-theory-space-video/

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