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Pavel Filonov The Kolkhoznik (Member of a Collective Farm) 1931


Those winds just keep on shifting, no matter that the western press either doesn’t see them shift, doesn’t recognize them for what they are, or chooses to ignore them. But these winds bring tidings of a tectonic plate-shaking shift in the global political climate.

The fires in Saudi oil installations, whether they were caused by drones or missiles, and whoever fired those, are a major story, and rightly so, because they could shake up economies in drastic ways. But they may still, not be the biggest story after all.

Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley (already occupied territory, 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers live there). He did that to steal votes from the far right in next Tuesday’s (Sep. 17) Knesset election. “Bibi” also called Donald Trump his “friend” every second word for that same purpose. Trump responded in kind. He may come to regret that. Choose your friends wisely. Bit of background from RT:


US, Israel Talk About Mutual Defense Treaty – Trump

The US and Israel are discussing a mutual defense treaty that would further cement the already “tremendous” alliance between the two countries, President Donald Trump has revealed. “I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel, that would further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries,” Trump tweeted.

Trump voiced not-that-veiled support for Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Israel. “I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month!” Trump wrote. The support surely comes in handy, as Netanyahu’s backing appears to be quite shaky. The September 17 polls are the second snap legislative elections this year after Netanyahu failed to form the government back in April.

The outcome of the upcoming vote is hard to predict, as Netanyahu’s party, Likud, has almost equal support as their main opponent the Blue and White led by Benny Gantz, opinion polls show. Netanyahu was quick to respond to Trump’s announcement, lauding the prospects of the alliance and managing to call the US president a “friend” twice in a single tweet.

[..] Israel was one of the first major non-Nato ally (MNNA), a designation that goes with a whole set of benefits, such as generous loans, a priority in delivery of various military surplus, possession of war reserve stocks of Pentagon-owned hardware outside US military bases (Israel is said to have at least six sites) and others.

Yet in 2014 the US enshrined Israel into a new class of ally – a major strategic partner. The new designation, which is a step above MNNA, was basically established specifically for Israel. It greatly expanded the US wartime stockpiles in Israel from $200 million in value to a whopping $1.8 billion. Under the Trump administration, the trend has continued, and in 2017, the US established its first permanent military base – an air defense facility – in Israel.

A second thing Bibi is trying to do to win Tuesday’s elections is intimidating the prosecutors who are on his tail for three different cases or fraud. He has a grand plan to become immune from this prosecution (basically, become King Bibi), but he must win the election to execute it. Haaretz is Israel’s oldest newspaper, but it’s not Bibi’s biggest fan(club):


Netanyahu’s Plan to Escape Trial, in His Own Words: ‘Time for Them to Be Frightened’

Immediately after the last election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlined to members of his inner circle a plan to extract him from facing trial. The plan was based on obtaining immunity from the Knesset and passing legislation to prevent the High Court of Justice from removing that immunity. If his bloc wins 61 Knesset seats next week, Netanyahu will presumably resort to this rescue plan. For him it will be the Day of Judgment.

“Stop being frightened. It’s time for them to be frightened,” Netanyahu told his confidants, referring to justice officials, headed by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit and State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan, who have decided to indict him in three cases, subject to a hearing. Netanyahu told his confidants why he insisted on his destructive plan, telling them he had lost all confidence in the legal system on all levels – the attorney general’s office, the state prosecutor and the court system.

“They want me in prison,” he told one of his cronies, noting that if he were indicted that would indeed be the result – not because he had crossed a red line, but merely due to the jurists’ collective hostility toward him and his ideology. Netanyahu appears to wholeheartedly believe himself to be a victim, framed by prosecutors and that Mendelblit, who is weak, doesn’t believe in them at all, but couldn’t withstand the pressure.

In his interviews with the police Netanyahu acted like a hunted man. “It’s a wacky conception,” he told national fraud squad chief Koresh Bar-Nur in January 2017. Bar-Nur came to Netanyahu’s residence with a team of investigators to question him under caution on Case 2000, involving a bribery deal Netanyahu allegedly negotiated with Yedioth Ahronoth publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes.


And that wasn’t all. To court the right wing vote, Bibi also planned to bomb locations in Syria controlled by “Iran-backed” Assad troops, right about right now. And he needed permission from Vladimir Putin to do that. So he flew to Moscow, did a bunch of photo-ops with Putin to show Israeli voters he’s an important statesman, but all he got was a big load of coal in his stocking. Putin said: we’l shoot you out of the skies if you dare. And do note: this is not the first time.

In other words, Bibi was deeply humiliated one week before the election he so deperately needs to him to stay out of jail. Now tell me, which western paper or TV channel did you read or watch the news about this in/on? Remember, this happened before Trump announced his Mutual Defense Treaty with Bibi. By the way, what does that “Mutual” mean anyway, that Israel will save America? This is from Zero Hedge:


Israeli Attacks On Syria Halted After Russian Threat To Shoot Down Jets

According to reports in both Israeli and Arabic regional media, Israel this past week was preparing to expand major airstrikes against “Iran-backed” targets in Syria, but Moscow imposed its red line. The Independent has published a story describing that Russia’s military in Syria threatened to shoot down any invading Israeli warplanes using fighter jets or their S-400 system.

The Jerusalem Post, citing sources in the UK Independent (Arabia), writes just after the latest meeting in Sochi between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin: “According to the report, Moscow has prevented three Israeli airstrikes on three Syrian outposts recently, and even threatened that any jets attempting such a thing would be shot down, either by Russian jets or by the S400 Anti-aircraft missiles.

The source cited in the report claims a similar situation has happened twice, and that during August, Moscow stopped an airstrike on a Syrian outpost in Qasioun, where a S300 missile battery is placed.” Netanyahu’s hasty trip to meet with Putin on Thursday – even in the final days before Tuesday’s key election – was reportedly with a goal to press the Russian president on essentially ignoring Israel’s attacks in Syria.

Citing further sources in the British-Arabic Independent Arabia, The Jerusalem Post continues: According to the Russian source, Putin let Netanyahu know that his country will not allow any damage to be done to the Syrian regime’s army, or any of the weapons being given to it… Israel sources cited by the Arabic newspaper described Netanyahu’s attempts to persuade Putin as “a failure”. This in spite of Netanyahu telling reporters after the meeting that his relations with Moscow were stronger than ever.

[..] The Russian source said: “Putin has expressed his dissatisfaction from Israel’s latest actions in Lebanon” and even emphasized to Netanyahu that he “Rejects the aggression towards Lebanon’s sovereignty”, something which has never been heard from him.

Putin further stated that someone is cheating him in regards to Syria and Lebanon and that he will not let it go without a response. According to him, Netanyahu was warned not to strike such targets in the future.



This is where and how the winds -and with them the tectonic plates- have shifted. And don’t underestimate it. Bibi can presumably count on Trump more than any other US President in his time, and the US is supposedly this almighty force, also in the Middle East, but today Putin just tells him “don’t you dare!” Putin refuses to let him touch Assad’s territory and -Russian- weapons.

The clincher is those weapons have become so sophisticated that Bibi, Trump support or not, puts his tail between his legs and flies back, hoping nobody notices what shape he’s in. And in that humiliation, Lebanon is the cherry that Putin puts on top of the pie. “Now that you’re here, I want you to stop harassing Lebanon too. Yes, now you may go.” Lebanon must have stunned Bibi.

What these shifting winds tell us is that the shots in that part of the world, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, (I wouldn’t go as far as including Iran and Saudi Arabia just yet) are no longer called by Bibi or the US. The main reason, as we’ve mentioned often before, is that Russian weapons have become so powerful.

Because as also previously discussed, Russian arms may well be -far- superior to American ones, which in turn in due to the US arms industry developing weapons for profit, vs Russia producing them to defend itself. Putin outright humiliating Bibi Netanyahu may be the first real obvious consequence of that.

This is something that will play out over a long time, but it may change the global political climate dramatically very rapidly. Mike Pompeo can try to blame Iran for whatever it is that happened to Saudi oil facilities, but for the US to attack Iran, which may be the reason for that blame game, it would need to ask Putin for permission, just like Netanyahu did.

And why would Putin give that permission? That’s a real good question. Mind you, Netanyahu may on Tuesday get the Knesset seats he needs to stifle the investigations against him, and to annex the Jordan Valley, but he will still have to ask permission if he has big dreams. And neither Trump nor Jared Kushner nor anyone else can help him there.

The US neocons have been talking about a New World Order for decades. Well, now they got one.





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    Pavel Filonov The Kolkhoznik (Member of a Collective Farm) 1931   Those winds just keep on shifting, no matter that the western press either does
    [See the full post at: It’s a New World Order, Alright]

    V. Arnold

    It’s a New World Order, Alright

    Indeed it is! And the world sees it in their face.
    The destruction of the Saudi oil refinery illustrates a grim reality for the U.S.; the utter failure of US anti-aircraft batteries to stop the Houthis’ low tech attack.
    A key point here is that the U.S. has spent decades and trillions of dollars on offensive weaponry while Russia has spent that time optimizing its air defenses into the worlds best. All drone attacks against Russian air bases in Syria have failed with one very minor exception. Their Pantsir S-1 is a brilliant and successful defense against exactly what SA failed to stop.
    The link is worth a read;

    American Military Doctrine Backfires, Hyped and Extortionate US Air Defenses are Pathetic


    US satellite photos taken today show approximately nineteen hits at Abqaiq. The strikes on empty storage tanks were with military precision all from one direction.
    Brent Oil futures have jumped the highest since 1991.

    This is the biggest fiasco since Pearl Harbor. The USA and Saudi Arabia failed totally to protect a vital national resource. They didn’t even detect the attack. Worse, a military response against Iran guarantees the shut off of oil from the gulf. I doubt it was a nation state since the attack will dump the world economy into a depression. This is beyond the Houthis. That leaves a Shiite non-state proxy forces. If they did it once, they can do it again. An attack against Hezbollah or the Shiite militias in Iraq will be ineffective and will start a regional war. This has to give any rational Israeli pause. The only way out is peace. This could end of the American Empire.

    V. Arnold

    This could end of the American Empire.

    This is but the latest failure of the MIC; American Empire is past tense and has been for some time now. The emergence of multi-polarity will strengthen; further neutralizing Empires’ (USA) reach, IMO.
    My grave concern is how the U.S. plans to deal with this strategic shift…

    Dr. D

    The Saker said the same thing here:

    The West has fallen (that was reported) what he doesn’t say is that that’s because we’re essentially no longer the “West”, and no longer have freedom, democracy, capitalism, justice, or any of the other Enlightenment values. So no one will fight for these villains, and also handing power to idiot sons of an idiot-son while the smart and dynamic are artificially held down for 70 years means nothing is getting done.

    Anyway, Cheeto only put down the Bush mafia a few months ago and is still fighting for his life against the CIA-Clinton-DS mafia. He can’t also take on Israel, but already has by making his wedge against them be Mossad’s boy Epstein. So he has to feed them on, which can work since when he feeds Bibi rope, the world realizes what a maniac he and these guys are. How do you destroy someone? Give them everything they ask for and everything they want. “Whom the Gods would destroy…” That’s classic Ayn Rand, btw, it’s called ‘giving them enough rope to hang themselves.” In this case it’s more like, “if you can’t pull then push,” a Judo move they talk about with Putin sometimes. He can’t put down Israel’s wiretapping of all D.C. using Stingray cell phone interception right this minute, and he needs Israel off his back til he puts down Comey, McCabe, Brennan, etc. So why not give them everything and expose them instead?

    Problem is, with all the endless stalling, he may not get around to double-crossing them in enough time to really get them back under control. Then Bibi and the boyz escape to make more endless trouble later. Likely, but you can only do what you can do. If they want this done, stop obstructing justice from crimes back home and he can speed up the schedule.

    Speaking of, betting RBG is feeling sickly again since the Kavanagh has nada to do with him or nuttin’, but to make sure NO ONE, EVER, however patriotic, nor however so bad, will EVER attempt to become a Supreme Court Justice again. They’ll force him to look in the dregs, the bottom of the barrel. You know, by peevishly preventing any and all democracy, ever and forever again, because they cannot, will not, never ever cede control when it’s not “her turn.” Nevertheless, the country will continue merrily on. As above, the people now see how crazy they are, and the people don’t like outlawing comedians, chicken sandwiches, good times, and democracy.

    Better than an open civil war, which is what they had planned, and between Beta and the Boyz call to confiscate door to door and ‘round up all Republicans, you can see that was a definite, certain, open plan: arrest and re-educate all the opposition, and kill perhaps 30 Million, just like ol’ Bill Ayers said, the sage and grandfather of the Left. But hey, how are you going to be a good communist with low numbers like that? Surely you want at least 45 Million dead or you can’t call yourself a revolutionary not hardly.

    Hey, remember, the CIA/Defense research guys who said exactly that only two years ago? Yeah, that sure was funny good times.

    But don’t worry. I’m just crazy because I’m literate and can read and understand think-tank white papers, and read openly published books and political speeches. Back to sleep, citizen! It’s all a coincidence.

    John Day

    OK, I’ll give y’all Gilad Atzmon’s “End of Israel” article that I held back yesterday, because I see you have been paying attention to what I post. Bibi can lose. This could be the nudge.
    Thank you. I’m happy to be of service.

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