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Assange Request To Postpone Alleged Rape Hearing Due To Bad Health Denied (RT)
US Crusade vs Assange Blueprint For Criminalizing Journalism – Greenwald (RT)
Christopher Steele Refuses To Cooperate With AG Barr’s Probe (ZH)
Pence Predicts Perpetual War at West Point Graduation (Maj. Danny Sjursen)
The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran! (OffG)
China Steps Up Threat To Deprive US Of Rare Earths (AFP)
Corbyn Set To Back Second Brexit Referendum (R.)
UK By Far The Biggest Enabler Of Global Corporate Tax Dodging (Ind.)
Amnesty To Cull Managers After Probe Into ‘Toxic’ Workplace (CNA)
Canadian Lawmakers Fume After Facebook’s Zuckerberg Snubs Invitation (R.)
Family Of ‘Snowden Refugees’ Torn Apart As Canada Considers Asylum (SCMP)

 

 

Assange is in Belmarsh hospital. He is not doing well at all. “The lawyers who visited Julian Assange explained he is in such a bad shape that they could not even have a normal conversation with him.”

Assange Request To Postpone Alleged Rape Hearing Due To Bad Health Denied (RT)

A Swedish court has rejected a request to postpone a hearing on the detention of the WikiLeaks founder. Julian Assange’s lawyers requested the court session be postponed due to their client’s ill health. Swedish prosecutors reopened a rape case against Assange earlier this month after Assange was hauled from London’s Ecuadorian embassy and jailed for skipping a bail hearing in 2012. The rape investigation was originally dropped in 2017, and Assange has maintained his innocence since the case was first opened. The prosecutors filed a request to have Assange detained in absence last week “on probable cause suspected of for rape.” Detention in absence would allow the Swedish government to issue an arrest warrant for Assange.


Swedish defense lawyer Per Samuelson told Reuters on Tuesday that he sought to have the hearing postponed following a visit to Assange in custody on Friday. “One of the reasons is that Assange’s health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him,” Samuelson said. The lawyer said that any hearing should be stalled until Assange could talk the case through with his legal team “in peace and quiet.” WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson has said that the rape case against Assange was reopened as a result of “considerable political pressure on Sweden.”

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“..once one act of journalism has been legally reclassified as espionage, a precedent has been set, and further cases become impossible to oppose.”

US Crusade vs Assange Blueprint For Criminalizing Journalism – Greenwald (RT)

The latest indictments of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange are a blueprint for making journalists into felons, a test case for dismantling the First Amendment that will destroy journalism as we know it, Glenn Greenwald warned. “If Assange can be declared guilty of espionage for working with sources to obtain and publish information deemed ‘classified’ by the US government, then there’s nothing to stop the criminalization of every other media outlet that routinely does the same,” Greenwald wrote in a Washington Post op-ed on Tuesday, highlighting what he considers “the greatest threat to press freedom in the Trump era, if not the last several decades.”

By redefining Assange’s actions as “espionage” rather than “journalism” or “publishing,” the Trump administration seeks to exempt him from legal protections governing speech that belong to everyone, from the Post itself to the lowliest blogger, the Intercept editor and former civil rights attorney explains. The public smearing of Assange – as a rapist, as a “foreign agent,” or any of the other epithets tossed his way over the last decade – is deliberate, designed to make the public cheer his persecution. Because once one act of journalism has been legally reclassified as espionage, a precedent has been set, and further cases become impossible to oppose.

Dismissing Assange as “not a journalist” – as government officials and Assange detractors in the press do on a regular basis – misses the point of the First Amendment entirely, Greenwald argued. Such a distinction puts unprecedented power in the hands of prosecutors to “restrict ‘freedom of the press’ to a small, cloistered priesthood of privileged citizens designated by the government” – something the First Amendment was designed to avoid.

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This is going to be a very ugly fight.

Christopher Steele Refuses To Cooperate With AG Barr’s Probe (ZH)

Having been practically a recluse since since the ‘fake dossier’ alleging links between Donald Trump and Russia that he produced was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017, Christophe Steele has reportedly refused to cooperate with AG Barr’s probes. Reuters reports that, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Steele, a former Russia expert for the British spy agency MI6, will not answer questions from prosecutor John Durham, named by Barr to examine the origins of the investigations into Trump and his campaign team. However, buried deep in Reuters story is the same source claiming that Steele might cooperate with a parallel inquiry by the Justice Department’s Inspector General into how U.S. law enforcement agencies handled pre-election investigations into both Trump and Clinton.

In the past Steele has cooperated, willingly being interviewed twice in the special counsel’s investigation, and submitting answers in writing to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but apparently this time he is not willing. With Steele refusing to cooperate, Joe DiGenova, former U.S. Attorney warned Monday on WMAL radio’s Mornings on the Mall radio show, “this is full scale war,” adding that “we are heading toward a gigantic, gigantic fight… “The intelligence community, which includes the FBI, is in full resistance to disclosing what they did during the presidential campaign.” Sara Carter reports that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release his report on the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Trump within weeks.

These investigation will hold those in the intelligence and law enforcement community accountable, depending on what evidence is discovered. This reporter is hearing from sources that it will be scathing. Those who abused their power and weaponized the tools meant to target America’s enemies against a political opponents should be held accountable.

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As I talked about in War and Young Americans earlier this week. That turned into a very nice thread with a lot of comments from vets. Don’t miss it!

Pence Predicts Perpetual War at West Point Graduation (Maj. Danny Sjursen)

Time was that a stint, or even a career, in the military did not necessarily translate into any serious combat duty. That may seem hard to believe eighteen years after 9/11, but this middle-aged middling major is just old enough to remember such a bygone era. As a cadet at West Point (2001-05), having joined the army just months before the September 11 attacks, most of my professors and tactical officers had never been to war. The colonels had joined in the early 1980s and, at worst, saw limited combat in the petite (and absurd) conflicts in Panama and/or Grenada. The captains and majors commissioned in the early 1990s. As such, most just missed Persian Gulf War 1.0, a few deployed to Somalia or the Balkans, and most hadn’t seen the elephant at all.


Back then, soldiers trained for war but didn’t necessarily expect to fight in one. The Cold War, post-Vietnam army was built as much to contain America’s enemies, and to deter war, as it was to actually engage in combat. Those days seem charmingly quaint from the viewpoint of 2019. Indeed, when I entered the U.S. Military Academy on July 2, 2001, my expectation was to travel the world and maybe do some light peacekeeping in Bosnia or Kosovo, not to fight extended wars. How naive that seems now. Instead I spent a career training for and deploying to wars across the Greater Middle East. Hell, that’s been the story of my entire generation of soldiers. When I graduated in 2005, this still seemed unique and profound. More than a decade later it’s simply the mundane way of things. So it was, this past week, that Vice President Mike Pence addressed the graduating class at West Point, and reminded them to prepare for ever more war.

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The US wouldn’t survive invading Iran.

The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran! (OffG)

No other country in the Middle East is as important in countering America’s rush to provide Israel with another war than Iraq. Fortunately for Iran, the winds of change in Iraq and the many other local countries under similar threat, thus, make up an unbroken chain of border to border support. This support is only in part due to sympathy for Iran and its plight against the latest bluster by the Zio-American bully. In the politics of the Middle East, however, money is at the heart of all matters. As such, this ring of defensive nations is collectively and quickly shifting towards the new Russo/ Sino sphere of economic influence.

These countries now form a geo-political defensive perimeter that, with Iraq entering the fold, make a US ground war virtually impossible and an air war very restricted in opportunity. If Iraq holds, there will be no war in Iran. In the last two months, Iraq parliamentarians have been exceptionally vocal in their calls for all foreign military forces- particularly US forces- to leave immediately. Politicians from both blocs of Iraq’s divided parliament called for a vote to expel US troops and promised to schedule an extraordinary session to debate the matter. “Parliament must clearly and urgently express its view about the ongoing American violations of Iraqi sovereignty,” said Salam al-Shimiri, a lawmaker loyal to the populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Iraq’s ambassador to Moscow, Haidar Mansour Hadi, went further saying that Iraq “does not want a new devastating war in the region.” He told a press conference in Moscow this past week, “Iraq is a sovereign nation. We will not let [the US] use our territory,” he said. Other comments by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi agreed. Other MPs called for a timetable for complete US troop withdrawal. Then a motion was introduced demanding war reparations from the US and Israel for using internationally banned weapons while destroying Iraq for seventeen years and somehow failing to find those “weapons of mass destruction.”

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Threats.

China Steps Up Threat To Deprive US Of Rare Earths (AFP)

Chinese state media on Wednesday dangled the threat of cutting exports of rare earths to the United States as a counter-strike in the trade war, potentially depriving Washington of a key resource used to make everything from smartphones to military hardware. The warning is the latest salvo in a dispute that has intensified since President Donald Trump ramped up tariffs against China and moved to blacklist telecom giant Huawei earlier this month, while trade talks have apparently stalled. Huawei stepped up its legal battle on Wednesday, announcing it had filed a motion in US court for summary judgment in its bid to overturn US legislation that bars federal agencies from using its equipment over security concerns.

Beijing had already dropped a big hint that rare earths could be in the firing line by showing images last week of President Xi Jinping visiting a rare earths factory in Ganzhou, central China. An unnamed official from the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s state planner, issued a cryptic warning late Tuesday. “You asked whether rare earths will become China’s countermeasure against unwarranted suppression from the US. What I can tell you is that if anyone wants to use products made from our rare-earth exports to curb and suppress China’s development, I’m sure the people of Ganzhou and across China will not be happy with that,” the official said in answers to questions published by state media.

[..] “Waging a trade war against China, the United States risks losing the supply of materials that are vital to sustaining its technological strength,” the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary. The state-owned Global Times tabloid warned in an editorial posted online that the “US will rue forcing China’s hand on rare earths”. “It is believed that if the US increasingly suppresses the development of China, sooner or later, China will use rare earths as a weapon,” the nationalist tabloid said.

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Who cares anymore?

Corbyn Set To Back Second Brexit Referendum (R.)

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to back a second referendum on Brexit and it could be within days, the Mirror newspaper reported late on Tuesday, citing senior figures of the party. Corbyn, who has so far said the option of a second referendum should be kept on the table, is under pressure to endorse one without qualification. The prospect poses a dilemma as many of the party’s supporters backed Brexit. After being punished by voters in the European elections, which saw both pro-Brexit and pro-European Union parties surge at the expense of Labour and the governing Conservatives, Labour said a public vote was the way to reunite the country, but added this could also be a national election.


Corbyn himself on Monday had said that the British public should be asked again to give its verdict on Brexit, either through a general election or a second referendum. “With the Conservatives disintegrating and unable to govern, and parliament deadlocked, this issue will have to go back to the people, whether through a general election or a public vote,” Corbyn had said, adding the party would have discussions on the way forward.

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And there are no laws?

UK By Far The Biggest Enabler Of Global Corporate Tax Dodging (Ind.)

The UK is by far the world’s biggest enabler of corporate tax dodging, helping funnel hundreds of billions of dollars away from state coffers, according to an international investigation. Of the top 10 countries allowing multinationals to avoid paying billions in tax on their profits, four are British overseas territories. Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged to crack down on multinationals like Google and Amazon that boost profits by shifting huge sums through low-tax jurisdictions. But an index published today by the Tax Justice Network found that the UK has “single-handedly” done the most to break down the global corporate tax system which loses an estimated $500bn (£395bn) to avoidance.

The amount dodged globally each year is more than three times the NHS budget or roughly equivalent to the entire GDP of Belgium. Tax haven territories linked to Britain are responsible for around a third of the world’s corporate tax avoidance risk – more than four times the next greatest contributor, the Netherlands. Topping the list was the British Virgin Islands, followed by Bermuda and the Cayman Islands – all British overseas territories. Jersey, a Crown dependency, was seventh while the UK itself comes in thirteenth. Alex Cobham, chief executive at the Tax Justice Network, described the hypocrisy of rich nations which enable tax avoidance as “sickening”.

“A handful of the richest countries have waged a world tax war so corrosive, they’ve broken down the global corporate tax system beyond repair,” Mr Cobham said. “The UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg – the Axis of Avoidance – line their own pockets at the expense of a crucial funding stream for sustainable human progress. “The ability of governments across the world to tax multinational corporations in order to pay teachers’ wages, build hospitals and ensure a level playing field for local businesses has been deliberately and ruthlessly undermined.”

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Corporate culture.

Amnesty To Cull Managers After Probe Into ‘Toxic’ Workplace (CNA)

Amnesty International said on Tuesday (May 28) most of its top leaders would leave the rights group this year after an external audit, prompted by two staff suicides, found a “toxic” working culture. The organisation, headquartered in London, will shed five of its seven-strong senior management team after the review into “staff wellbeing” ordered last year by secretary-general Kumi Naidoo. It found working at Amnesty often put employees under “exceptional stress” and that its efforts to support staff had been “ad hoc, reactive and piecemeal”. “Amnesty as a working environment is often described as ‘toxic’,” the report, carried out by consultants The KonTerra Group, stated.


“Organisational culture and management failures are the root cause of most staff wellbeing issues,” it concluded. Amnesty initiated the probe last August after Gaetan Mootoo, a well-known researcher, and paid intern Roz McGregor took their own lives within three months of each other that year. Mootoo, who had been with the organisation for decades and was known across Africa for his tireless dedication to his work, killed himself in its Paris offices where he worked. The 65-year-old left a suicide note allegedly “outlining his previous request for help because of the heavy and additional workload; help which was never forthcoming”. McGregor, 28, a British intern working at Amnesty’s Geneva office, reportedly suffered from insomnia and anxiety, and committed suicide at her family’s home near London six weeks after Mootoo’s death.

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Who do they think is more powerful?

Canadian Lawmakers Fume After Facebook’s Zuckerberg Snubs Invitation (R.)

Canadian lawmakers fumed on Tuesday when Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg snubbed an invitation to Ottawa to testify on privacy and democracy before an international panel, slapping the billionaire with a standing summons. It was the second time in six months Zuckerberg and Facebook’s Chief Operating Office Sheryl Sandberg have failed to show up when invited to address a committee of international lawmakers investigating disinformation, privacy and how to protect democracy. Zuckerberg and Sandberg will be served with an formal summons should they “decide to come to Canada to go fishing,” said Canada’s Charlie Angus, a parliamentarian for the left-leaning New Democratic Party.


“It’s not good enough for them to blow us off.” If Zuckerberg and Sandberg do not comply, parliament could hold them in contempt, but it would be mainly a symbolic move. “It’s an expression by parliament that it’s unacceptable behavior,” Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, a Canadian Liberal lawmaker, told Reuters after the hearing. Zuckerberg wrote an editorial published two months ago in which he said he was “looking forward” to discussing “with lawmakers around the world” the same issues being addressed by the committee. “If (Zuckerberg) was an honest individual in writing those words, he’d be sitting in that chair today,” Erskine-Smith said.

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Is Canada going to help those who helped Snowden?

Family Of ‘Snowden Refugees’ Torn Apart As Canada Considers Asylum (SCMP)

“I love you so, so, so much,” writes seven-year-old Sethumdi in a text message to her half-sister Keana. They have the same father and were born just three months apart. But they are now more than 12,000km away from each other, because Keana and her mother, Vanessa Mae Rodel, flew to Canada in March after being granted asylum. Sethumdi, who remains in Hong Kong with her parents and little brother – all asylum seekers – dreams about Keana’s life. In video chats, she admires Keana’s new bedroom and all the toys. She can see through the windows of her half-sister’s house a very different world. Keana, on the other side of the line, tells Sethumdi about her new school in Montreal and the French lessons she has been taking.

But Sethumdi still lives in a cramped flat in Hong Kong, where she has little space to study or sleep properly. She has to share one double bed with her parents and her three-year-old brother. And she is now raising more questions than ever. Nonis and her husband, Supun Thilina Kellapatha, both asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, have been in Hong Kong for over a decade. Their two children were already born in the city and they are stateless. They are all waiting for Canada to decide on refugee claims that were filed on their behalf in January 2017. Their story, already marked by persecution in their home country, took an unexpected turn in 2013, when their lawyer, Robert Tibbo, asked them to help someone at risk.

That person was American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who was on the run after leaking classified documents, which shone a light on the extent of electronic spying by the United States and other governments. Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, was sheltered by this family as well as by Rodel, now in Montreal, and Ajith, another asylum seeker from Sri Lanka, who still remains in Hong Kong and is also waiting to receive an answer from the Canadian government.

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      • Assange Request To Postpone Alleged Rape Hearing Due To Bad Health Denied (RT) • US Crusade vs Assange Blueprint For Criminalizing Journalism
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 29 2019]

    #47655

    V. Arnold
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    Great post. Addresses for Manning and Asange.
    Well done you!

    #47656

    Worries about Assange are serious. What drugs are they forcing on him?

    #47657

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Worries about Assange are serious. What drugs are they forcing on him?

    Nasty ones, you can be sure.
    Assange dead is what’s wanted; how must be very carefully planned and executed.
    Mental and physical torture are tough to fight…
    But can be deadly in the course of breaking Assange; he’ll find out just how strong he is…
    May the gods help him…

    #47658

    Dr. D
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    “Julian Assange’s lawyers requested the court session be postponed due to their client’s ill health.”

    Ah, so they’re poisoning him. I guess I should have seen that coming. Good call rather than risk putting him in front of Congress, and right up Britain’s wheelhouse after Litvinenko and the Skripals. Ah, but when it’s important, you have to lie, and cheat, and murder, right? Because that’s truth and goodness. The media cheers! “Oh, me next! Me next, please!”

    “The latest indictments of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange are a blueprint for making journalists into felons, a test case for dismantling the First Amendment”

    Yes, and guess what will happen if the Supreme Court strikes it down as utter rubbish. Don’t assume it’s going here, nor there. It’s only a case right now, and it only sounds bad because the media — or the six billionaires that own it — is trying to kill him.

    “Christopher Steele Refuses To Cooperate With AG Barr’s Probe (ZH)”

    As far as I understand, Steele doesn’t have to do jack because he’s not a U.S. citizen. It’s a diplomatic matter between the U.S. and Britain, where MI6 tried to remove the sitting President of their closest ally, just ‘cause they wanted. Oh, and used Australia and New Zealand to turn the gears. However, if you like we can indict and extradite a non-citizen, who committed no crimes on U.S. soil, and give him 500 years in prison for (not) talking to the Russians, like Assange. Isn’t that what we do now?

    “Pence Predicts Perpetual War at West Point Graduation (Maj. Danny Sjursen)”

    They’re all love-birds of John McCain, who promised us a 100-year war. Trotskyites, the eternal revolution. Of who? Well, FOR the deep state for global government, and AGAINST every other human on the planet. Read their papers if you think I’m kidding. Also, it’s a perpetual war we’re losing or have lost. Only the best of W. Va. and AL have lost, now unable to be upstanding citizen and workers at home, doing their duty to hold down government instead of obey generals to move opium. Only the war profiteers have won, as intended. So, win-win, amirite? Dead patriots, high profits, no opposition.

    “The Geography of War: No Iraq…? No Iran! (OffG)”

    Can’t you see how belligerent they are? How did Iran get in the middle of all our military bases?!? They’re just asking for it, mister.

    “China Steps Up Threat To Deprive US Of Rare Earths (AFP)”

    This is hilarious. You think China won’t export them to France, who will export them to us, when all we need to do is print money on a color copier and load it on pallets at 10x, 100x, 1,000x the price, who cares! ? Or is China going to boycott the planet of rare earths? Or boycott a friend-of-a-friend the way we do? Or maybe we will boycott food if they boycott metals. …And don’t tell me we don’t have military stockpiles, when we can print money for free. We also were the world leader in this poisonous industry, so we COULD re-open the mines-on-tap in a year. But, your move. Paving your rice paddies to put us factories and houses was just as dumb as when we did it, but we’re still a top food exporter. Which would you rather have? iPhones, or i Eat?

    But wait, I forgot we have no leverage and should just surrender rather than negotiate.

    “Corbyn Set to Back Second Brexit Referendum (R.)”

    Didn’t we just have that referendum when Brexit/UKIP savaged all other parties for the MEP? Also Labour promised they wouldn’t double-cross us, and yet they double-crossed us first chance they got? So. Shocked.

    “UK by Far the Biggest Enabler of Global Corporate Tax Dodging (Ind.)”

    But unlike Ireland, they do it in a sneaky, underhanded way. So does the U.S. which is the largest tax haven, larger than Panama or anywhere. …But not open to U.S. citizens. Naturally if it’s ourselves, you’re screwed, taxed like a rented mule, even if you flee the country.

    “Amnesty to Cull Managers after Probe into ‘Toxic’ Workplace (CNA)”

    As long as you can print money, they will always infiltrate and muzzle all these NGOs, by design. Then the space if filled and you can’t get a REAL Amnesty International going anywhere. The best enemy is the one you built, own, and control, while the morons believe in Goldberg. The only thing better than that is TELLING them, openly, in 1949, having every school read it until 1990, and STILL having them fall for it. Ah, warms the cockles of the evil heart. But that’s okay, we’ll tell the Press, I’m sure they’ll warn everyone and work it out.

    “Canadian Lawmakers Fume after Facebook’s Zuckerberg Snubs Invitation (R.)”

    Welcome to being the servant of Multinational foreign corporations, dummies. This is why we have sovereignty. Shut them off at the border and pull their business license until they buckle. If not, I guess we know which of you is in charge.

    Here’s an idea: a corporation can only be licensed from the state after proving their idea or service is in the public good. That’s law, maybe we’d like to enforce it again. Wells Fargo, banking license, anyone? Unlike being a person, being a corporation is not a right, it’s a priviledge, easily removed. But as I say, I guess we know who is in charge.

    #47659

    zerosum
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    Its cheaper to make drones and have a drone war.

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    service is in the public good.

    The rif-raf does not count when evaluating the public good.

    #47660

    The lawyer saw Assange 5 days ago and he couldn’t talk. Next piece of news, anytime now, may be he died

    #47661

    John Day
    Participant

    http://www.johndayblog.com/2019/05/rabid-hierarchy.html
    Long-planned big-war is behind schedule, so…
    Bolton further said there was “no doubt” that Iran ordered the series of aggressive acts, also echoing prior Pentagon statements. “I think it is clear these (tanker attacks) were naval mines almost certainly from Iran,” Bolton said. “There is no doubt in anybody’s mind in Washington who is responsible for this [Mossad?] and I think it’s important that the leadership in Iran know that we know.” …
    Not only does the US now have a carrier strike group and B-52 bombers on high alert in the Persian Gulf region, but the White House last week signed off on deployment of 1,500 additional troops in response to the heightened Iran threat.
    The national security advisor further described the additional military build-up this month the “prudent and responsible” approach which signaled Iran that Washington was ready to give a “very strong” response to any continued action.
    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-29/bolton-says-no-doubt-iranian-naval-mines-used-uae-tankers-sabotage

    Hey, Venezuela was supposed to be easy…
    For the foreseeable future, the US cannot simply unseat Maduro and seize control of the Venezuelan government. In fact, as recent events in Washington DC have demonstrated, it has considerable difficulty even seizing the Venezuelan embassy, which was occupied by Code Pink activists for over a month until their forcible removal on May 16.
    Like a child deprived of its favorite toy, sullen US hawks are now faced with the reality that there is no easy military shortcut to their geopolitical goals in Venezuela. However, advocates of regime change have never been on speaking terms with reality, as the recent increased likelihood of a US war with Iran has made clear…
    For anti-imperialists in 2019, the lesson of Venezuela is that, against all odds, erecting obstacles to such intervention is now both demonstrably possible and arguably more effective than it was in the early days of the “war on terror.” But war takes many forms. As Empire Files journalist Abby Martin pointed out in January, current US sanctions against Venezuela “are not an alternative to war. They are war, in every way.”…
    This crime against humanity, these means by which a country and a people are bled and starved into submission without a shot being fired, continues even now.
    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/05/venezuela-guaido-coup-united-states-intervention

    This is the proper role for cryptocurrency, large international transactions. 1:1 gold-backing would be a very strong statement.
    According to Russian news agency, TASS, Russia’s central bank, the Bank of Russia will consider issuing gold-backed cryptocurrencies—a rather strange move considering how cryptocurrencies are generally anathema to central banks.
    …the head of the Bank of Russia, Elvira Nabiullina, has revealed that the cryptocurrencies are not meant for retail use but rather for conducting big mutual settlements for entities with global jurisdictions.
    In other words, only the heavyweights will get to lay their hands on them. Further, she says that she still believes that it’s better for countries to develop international settlement systems such as the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) framework that use their own national currencies noting the said framework has demonstrated good dynamics.
    https://safehaven.com/news/Breaking-News/Russian-Central-Bank-Eyes-Gold-Backed-Crypto.html

    #47662

    zerosum
    Participant

    . “There is no doubt in anybody’s mind in Washington who is responsible for this [Mossad?] and I think it’s important that the leadership in Iran know that we know.”

    Since the USA leaders can say all kinds of foolish thing without any proof, therefore, I should be allowed the same leniency.

    I’m not a student of military tactics. However, (from my armchair), I can think of a dozen way of taking out the USA strike force. Its called drone warfare. The USA must realize that their drone warfare attacks have been studied and will be modified and adapted to destroy them and I think it’s important that the leadership in the USA know that Iran knows. (hehehehehe)

    Boots on the ground in Iran is yesterdays wet dream of a military conquest by the USA.

    #47664

    VietnamVet
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    You can’t talk about clash of civilizations or religion without identity politics being invoked and being called a racist. Yet, this is the essence of Mike Pence’s speech. The perpetual wars since Yugoslavia have been based on NATO stoking ethnic hatreds in order for military corporations to make a profit and to allow western oligarchs access to new resources. The USA is going to spend 75 million dollars with NGOs to “End the presence of Iranian forces and proxies in Syria.” These are the Shiite militias supported by fellow Shiites in Iran who are defending their families in Iraq and Syria against radicalized Sunnis who were thrown out of power by America’s invasion of Iraq. The VP is correct. The US Army will be fighting in the Western Hemisphere soon. But he can’t see the parallels with the Middle East. The same radicalization (the return to their tribal roots) is happening to the American working class who have been thrown out of work by the bi-coastal globalists. Unless the evangelical 1/3 start talking to the modernized 1/3 of the Americans, a Civil War is inevitable due the coming resource and food shortages plus the plagues due to mono-culture industrial agriculture. The Trump Administration denies the very reason that so many kids are crossing the Southern border; the drought in the highlands of Central America. Families can no longer survive there. Panama has cut the cargo weight of ships traversing the Canal due to the shortage of water that fills the locks and lakes. If these existential threats can’t be addressed and mitigated, there is no hope.

    #47666

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    USA must realize that their drone warfare attacks have been studied and will be modified and adapted to destroy them and I think it’s important that the leadership in the USA know that Iran knows. (hehehehehe)

    Orlov posits that the very fact the U.S. put a carrier task force in the Persian Gulf is evidence the U.S. will not attack Iran.
    The logic follows that the U.S. knows its carrier would be attacked and likely sunk.
    Teddy R. said walk softly and carry a big stick; the U.S. walks loudly with a big stick.
    What happens when the big stick fails, as it has with Iran?
    …and likely with a good part of today’s world…

    #47667

    zerosum
    Participant

    Orlov also noticed that The Iraqi want the USA to leave.
    Therefore, a lot of extra ships will be needed to move all that “material” back home.

    #47676

    NooBoob
    Participant

    Amnesty socialists are every bit as power mad as capitalists. Socialism is the afterbirth of capitalism.
    After 30 years trying, solar wind power = 2% of total world energy demand. 1 ton coal = 3 solar panels.
    *The Poisoned Gender* https://lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/the-poisoned-gender/

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    V. Arnold
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    NooBoob
    *The Poisoned Gender*

    Nice rant; yours?

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