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stevenlendmanbannerA previous article discussed orchestrated Sunday street protests in Moscow and other Russian cities – staged to create the illusion of anti-Putin sentiment. Convicted embezzler, pro-Western stooge Alexey Navalny was involved – arrested, fined and ordered detained for 15 days for participating in an unauthorized rally.  


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia respects civil activism when “expressed in accordance with the law and in places where the law prescribes.” It “cannot respect those who deliberately misguide people and who instigated these illegal activities yesterday. We cannot respect those who deliberately misled underage minors promising them some payment in return for participating in an unauthorized protest, thereby exposing them to danger. We cannot accept, nor respect this.”
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The orchestrated demonstrations were staged to attract Western headlines and remarks from their anti-Russian officials. They did nothing to build domestic opposition to Putin. His overwhelming popularity is far greater than what any Western leader enjoys – notably in America, Britain, France and Germany. State Department Obama holdover spokesman Mark Toner “condemn(ed) the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday.”
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“Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values,” he blustered. “We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids on the anti-corruption organization he heads….The United States will monitor this situation, and we call on the government of Russia to immediately release all peaceful protesters.”
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“The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution.”
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America repeatedly meddles in the internal affairs of other nations illegally. Its human rights abuses exceed the worst of any other country. Its imperial agenda is the greatest threat to world peace and stability. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov blasted what he called “infamous (Western) double standards, saying:
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“When similar events occur in America and European countries, reactions of their officials are far different. I cannot remember when somebody expressed a strong public reaction regarding the decisions recently made in Austria, Holland, Germany (and Switzerland) where the authorities banned holding certain protests. It did not concern anyone and nobody said anything about it.”
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“Considering the detentions, I remember how in a number of European capitals and in the United States, police dealt with such violators resorting, among other means, to the use of batons and tear gas, in case protesters gathered in locations, which they were banned from, and followed among the routes, which were not sanctioned.”
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“Russian journalists were also in such situations, particularly an RT (Russian Today) crew in the United States were detained for trying to deliver a report on some sort of unrest connected with protest.”
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Whenever Palestinians protest against occupation harshness, Israeli security forces attack them violently, at times resulting in injuries or deaths, always unlawful arrests and detentions, young children treated as abusively as adults.
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Western countries are largely silent on oppressive Israeli actions against defenseless Palestinian civilians.
When American and European officials complain about affronts to free expression, assembly and other democratic values, they ignore their own horrendous high crimes and other human rights abuses. Criticizing Russia is all about irresponsibly wanting its sovereignty weakened and leadership denigrated.
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The New York Times notoriously supports all US wars of aggression and others planned. It’s viciously anti-Russia, anti-Putin. In response to Sunday protests, it turned truth on its head, saying he “ranks high for ruthlessness and repression,” adding:
He “failed to crush the spirit and courage of Russian citizens who are willing to risk retribution to resist the excesses of his regime.” Orchestrated demonstrations like Sunday’s have no adverse effects on his leadership. They’re much ado about nothing, a whimper, not a bang. Most everything of importance The Times reports about Putin is misinformation and fake news.
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No “Russian aggression” exists, no unlawful annexation of Crimea, no “killing (of) journalists and opponents,” no US election hacking to aid Trump’s triumph, no collusion with his administration, no suppression of peaceful, lawful demonstrations, no high crimes against peace like America and its rogue allies commit repeatedly.
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The Times is a notorious lying machine, proved daily in fake news reports, masquerading as journalism the way it’s supposed to be – banned on its pages.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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STEPHEN LENDMAN lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”  ( http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html ) Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com



EDITOR’S NOTE: None of this material by this author or any other author published on this site should be read as a defense of Donald trump and his policies. For us Trump, the GOP and the Democrats are all part of the same malignant threat to Democracy, truth and honesty in fiscal affairs afflicting the US and the rest of the world. The purpose here is to show the partisan hypocrisy of the Democratic party and its numerous shills in Congress, media, “power ministries” (CIA, FBI, etc.) and elsewhere, all pushing for war to please their masters in the Military Industrial complex and Wall Street’s agenda of global hegemony at any cost. We should further note that these parties, if they were in office, would be implementing policies almost identical to Trump’s, so, as usual, the differences, such as they are in US politics, amount to a hill of beans and mere questions of style and topical priority. 

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By Jason Hirthler


Legendary polemicist I.F. Stone once related a tale from the late 1960s about the Kennedy administration’s hysterical arms race with Moscow. In particular, the fabricated bomber gap. Stone wrote,


“…the Air Force does its best to hide from the Congress the true facts about the Soviet air force. Twice during the past year Senator Symington, who feels that the billions spent on this bomber are diverting funds which could be more sensibly be spent on new fighter planes, has asked Pentagon witnesses for the numbers of the various Soviet bombers. ‘Do you believe,’ he asked Dr. John S. Foster, Jr., Director of Defense Research and Development, ‘that the Soviet Union poses a serious bomber threat to the United States today?’ The answer was, ‘Yes, Senator Symington, I do.’ Symington replied incredulously, ‘The Soviets have not built a bomber for years, except the Blinder–and the latter’s performance is not as good as the B-58 which we abandoned. In spite of that we now have to spend billions of dollars defending against bombers also.’”


Stone showed how easily false historical narratives slip into the national dialogue, injected like a virus by foreign policy ideologues, media hacks, and sly leakers in the intel community. The arms race and the fear-mongering of the Cold War is not terribly different from the recent effort by the foreign policy “deep state” and its lemmings in the DNC to scandalize and disarm the Trump administration, prepping the slavering mogul for impeachment. The brush is whetted with the same Slavic tar. The techniques are the same. And though it’s been some time since their Russians have assumed center stage in the echo chambers of the beltway, plenty of other state-manufactured hobgoblins have entered the malleable public consciousness. Between the Cold War and its freshly disinterred skeleton, we’ve seen the fable of Iraqi WMDs, tales of runaway Viagra rapes in Libya, the lunacy of head-chopping “moderates” in Syria, and neo-Nazis polished up as freedom fighters in Kiev. All this from the same channels we continue to watch and read and absorb, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, FOX News, NPR, and other plasticized pilasters of our plutocracy.

Haven’t we seen enough? The people of this country have been swindled, hoodwinked, and gulled into ignorant complicity more times than they know, even though they know more than they used to. And now the mainstream press has come to the realization that it is in trouble and that the majority of the conned no longer trust them. Except neoliberals, of course (i.e., liberals who ferociously demand rights for LGBTQ+ communities and free speech in far-flung republics but nod off to sleep just as the imperial bombs begin to fall). Neoliberals made a mad rush to the digital newsstand in the bloody wake of Sir Donald’s gerrymandered triumph, desperate to reinforce their obvious misreading of the country with yet more uncompassed blather. So pleased was the neoliberal press with this surprising show of credulity, they have recently launched two acquisition campaigns brimming with gravitas, ads designed to remind us how fraught are the times we live in and how we must, as noble Americans, guard the truth with our dollars.


Time and Times Again

In the wake of months of sophomoric hand-wringing over fake news and alternative facts and the imminent collapse of Western Civilization, the New York Times launched a campaign based on the concept of “truth.” If there were an Oscar for “Greatest Hypocritical Performance,” and the White Helmets hadn’t won it, the Times would have. In fact, the Times ran its first broadcast spot in more than a decade during the absurd pomp of the Oscars, while America swooned at the cheeky thespian fledglings that graced the stage. This was no coincidence. It was fitting that the paper aired its pompous drivel during the Oscars, which handed the Best Picture award to an LGBT film with an all-black cast. The Times knows its audience well: identity politics neoliberals anxious to signal their magnanimous values to a world teeming with rifle-gripping racists in the provinces. More fitting, though, was that the Times targeted a show dedicated to the celebration of artful fictions.
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The commercial is a text-driven ad, ebony over ivory, meant to somehow underline the worthy journalism of the old print dailies, a fiction from a bygone era when Walter Cronkite was America’s source for truth. The tiresome graphic trope of the half-finished sentence being relentlessly filled in is the paper’s visual of choice here. In this case, “The truth is ___”. For the Times, the truth is that:


  • Our nation is more divided than ever.
  • Alternative facts are lies.
  • The media is dishonest.
  • A woman should dress like a woman.
  • Women’s rights are human rights.
  • We have to protect our borders.
  • His refugee policy is a backdoor Muslim ban.
  • We need a full investigation of Russian ties.
  • Leaking classified information is the real scandal.

From there the ‘truths’ get faster until they are unintelligible. Then the ad slows and tells us that, “The truth is hard to find, to know,” and “is more important than ever.” Here the Times logo arises to soothe us, a Delphic oracle come to settle our fears and frame this confusing world for us. Notice how this ad presents a laundry list of neoliberal talking points designed to stir up outrage at the Trump administration but says nothing about the Democratic Party’s slandering of Bernie Sanders and perpetual mythologizing of the Kremlin. All the touchstones of identity politics are burnished: division versus unity, oppression of women, lesbians, and transgenders, the rights of immigrants, the freedom of religion, and so on.

See it for yourself:


Out on the street, one can see companion ads end with the tagline, “The truth answers to no one.” Quite true, but it does beg the question of who the New York Times answers to. Or more to the point, who does the MSM community as a whole answer to? About six companies that see an obligation to shareholders as their foremost priority, regardless of whether they are news organizations. Adversarial journalism has been guillotined. The press also answers to its advertisers, and nobody wants to advertise in a paper or on a channel that rips the United States for austerity and imperialism.


As deregulation architect Larry Summers once advised Elizabeth Warren, there are insiders and outsiders, and “Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas….But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.”

If you still haven’t subscribed to the paper of record, the Times may email you and ask you to, “Consider new opinions” and “Explore every angle.” After all, aren’t you an open-minded neoliberal ready to engage in the cut and thrust of debate (so long as your preconceptions aren’t shaken)? Unlike those bloated peasants from the heartland, firing their shotguns at jumbo jets that carry us between civilized coasts. No mention is made of the Overton Window, the important concept that there is an acceptable spectrum of debate in any society. Anti-imperial opinions don’t fall along that spectrum, and it is in the MSM job description to militantly police that spectrum. As deregulation architect Larry Summers once advised Elizabeth Warren, there are insiders and outsiders, and “Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas….But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.”

From the paper itself, we are spoon-fed a steady diet of duplicitous gruel. Iraq wants war. Iran wants a bomb. Syria wants tyranny. Russia wants Europe. China wants the Pacific. Trump wants Russia. And, as ever, America wants peace. We are fed half-truth, shaded reportage, whole-cloth lies, and important distractions like Chelsea Clinton’s thoughts about Fahrenheit 451 and other such prefab piffle. Actually, we should care about what Chelsea thinks. Chances are good she’ll be president one day. That particular piece by Chelsea is something more than standard gibberish: it is part of a slow-moving campaign to build her name, character, and reputation into a viable political commodity. She’s already penned a book. We all know what that means. It is about global health. It examines public-private partnerships, which are an outstanding delivery system of public money into private hands. Bill and Hillary’s pampered spawn has shown her hand; we’re not quite clear of the Clinton clan. In an important literary aside, Chelsea piously tells us, “I avoid most fiction in which children are harmed or seriously threatened in any way.” Well, isn’t that just the kind of truth you can cast your vote for?


Ex Post Facto

Not to be outdone, The Washington Post, house organ of beltway myopia, has its own efforts to counter the rise of citizen journalism, citizen propaganda, and citizen confusion. In the masthead, the paper’s logo shines proudly above a new motto: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” This was probably chosen for its alliterative appeal, if not its relationship to anything the paper has done since Watergate. But the idea is obvious. We need trustworthy institutions like WaPo to frame the world for us. A companion fundraising campaign tells us, “Great journalism needs you,” which is presumably why you should give to CounterPunch, Truthdig, 21st Century Wire, Shadowproof, The Greanville Post, Moon of Alabama, The Intercept, and a host of other left media. But of course, this is not the message. The message is to give money to Jeff Bezos, who apparently doesn’t have enough to pay his piddling scribes to run their daily transcription service for the White House.

As we absorb this truth, we are told on the front page, that the Justice Department will charge Russian spies for hacking Yahoo! This may or may not be true, but nothing is more predictable on the front-page of the Post than a) Russian fearmongering; and b) anti-Trump hysteria. (And remember last summer when they ran 16 negative articles about Bernie Sanders in 16 hours?) Another headlining home-page article shows us a beautifully captured photo of a white-bearded Arab man perched on the edge of a broad bed, looking out his shattered window frames into the streets of Aleppo. The human-interest story is fairly benign but twice notes Syrian government bombing in Aleppo, suggesting it is to blame for the blown infrastructure of the man’s family home. Perhaps it is. But no context is provided, as usual. No mention is made of the fact that the West launched an illegal proxy war in Syria in order to topple the Assad government, split the Shia Crescent in the Middle East, reduce Russian influence regionally, and control the flow of fossil fuels to Europe. “A minor oversight,” groans the Starbucks neoliberal, “We need to focus on Trump!!” Hyperlinks throughout the piece inform us that Obama is to blame for the fall of Aleppo. This means that Obama should have better armed our terrorist proxies that controlled the city; merely having NATO fly them in, the CIA train them, the GCC arm them, and the IDF heal their wounded, was simply not enough. Obama will never be forgiven for not unleashing American military power on Syria, Shock-and-Awe style. Nor will he be forgiven for making the rational decision not to bomb Syria in 2013 after the rebel-terrorists’ false flag attack on Ghouta.

Still more glowing links tell us that, “The bloodbath in Aleppo will haunt humanity.” More false news. Humanity will forget Aleppo as soon as the Trump impeachment hearings start, or Marine Le Pen wins the French elections. It is in the character of humanity to kick our sins into the dustbin of history; how else could we sustain our outsized arrogance? A final piece of prating rubbish tells us that a 7-year old girl from Aleppo has become our generation’s Anne Frank, though we’ve little avenue to discern what stories are real and which are staged or produced by the White Helmets, Oscar winners for their remarkable fictitious portrayals of rescues of children and adults from the rubble of their war on Syria.

That the Post is a transparent organ of state propaganda is not mentioned. This paper joined the rest of the MSM in marginalizing Bernie Sanders, lionizing Hillary Clinton, demonizing Russia, and misrepresenting the war on Syria as one of freedom fighters struggling against a hateful tyranny. It won’t do to tell the world the more mundane truth: that the “Syrian conflict” is a war of aggression conceived and activated by Washington and subordinate powers designed to crush an independent government unwilling to serve the interests of transnational capital. But that is old news, if not fake news. 


Burying the Lede

The media is the front organization for globalized elite capital. Its job is to obscure the truth, not reveal it. In this capacity, it has done a tremendous job deceiving a poorly educated and now miseducated populace. It typically employs what mass society theorists might call ‘white propaganda,’ or propagandistic communications that, in the context of the messenger’s goal, suppress unhelpful truths and highlight helpful truths. Important context is stripped away and simple events are isolated in a media spotlight. Floodlight communications deliver context, while spotlight communications deliver singular emphases.

Take Crimea, for example. Eliminated from most MSM communication, either by straight elision, misleading insinuation, or outright falsehood, were the stories of the U.S.-backed coup in Kiev, the virulent anti-Russian neo-fascist character of the new government, the hugely decisive plebiscite of Crimea to re-join the Russian Federation, the U.N.-backed Kosovo precedent for this action, the existence of Russian troops in Sevastopol as part of Russia’s sole Black Sea naval base, NATO Eastward expansion and military buildup along the Russian border, and the long history of Western intervention in Russia, including the Siege of Sevastopol in 1941.

Hermann Goering, Hitler’s intended successor, said that it was easy to bring a population to support its leaders’ objectives, “All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism…” Isn’t that precisely what we’ve been witnessing? Russia has attacked our democracy. We are in peril. Those who argue otherwise are either paid or unwitting Russian agents, and can be conveniently found in the Harvard Library’s list of Kremlin propagandists. Many of the tactical features of propaganda are readily apparent in this narrative: the construction of a dualistic, for-and-against storytelling construct; the simple and consistent repetition of the threat; the use of authority figures to establish credibility of the claims, with evidential analysis taking a back seat; the heightened visibility of the storyline via the flooding of the mainstream airwaves; and the propitious appearance of consensus in the MSM, supported by the vigorous slander of dissenters as complicit in the attack.

This is why the majority of the electorate are often misled about what the U.S. is doing on the world stage. The media has so comprehensively served the interests of the plutocratic elite, which is war and plunder, free-markets and profit, however one might phrase it. This slavish service to the one percent is the precise inversion of the media’s intended adversarial role in society. And it is why we will continue to fall prey to state lies. It was Thomas Jefferson who said that, “…the only security of all is in a free press.” But there’s nothing free about being wholly owned.




 Jason Hirthler is a veteran of the communications industry and author of The Sins of Empire: Unmasking American Imperialism. He lives in New York City and can be reached at jasonhirthler@gmail.com. 


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Compare: 
Russian TV covered 1,000,000 Yemenese protesting U.S.-Saud’s Bombs.


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U.S. TV covered 8,000 Russians protesting Vladimir Putin’s government.

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If they’re both propaganda, then which was more honest, more news that was really worth covering? Both were about foreign affairs, but which was more important, more worthy of being included in an evening’s news-cast?
An anonymous blogger noted the contrasting coverage:
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“Neither the New York Times nor the Washington Post reported the million strong rally. Both though reported widely an 8,000 strong demonstration in Moscow led by the ultra-nationalist anti-semitic racist Alexey Navalny (vid). Navalny, who polls less than 1% in Russia, is their great and groundless hope to replace the Russian President Putin.”
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So, maybe there was a U.S.-government propaganda-reason for making the Navalny molehill seem like a major political event, but was there also a U.S.-government propaganda-reason for the American press’s non-coverage of the million people in Yemen which urged the U.S. and Saudi governments, “Please stop bombing and starving us!” and for those million people being hidden from (not heard and seen by) the American public? 
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About the author

EricZuesseInvestigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.



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Only 25 years have passed since the liberal (and onetime neocon) ideologue Francis Fukuyama hailed the End of History, i.e., the irreversible triumph of liberal democracies, free market capitalism and the unipolar supremacy of the American paradigm of globalization.

Yet already today, the liberal camp and mainstream media are bemoaning the dawn of a new, anti-liberal historical era. While this revolution has been largely attributed to Trump’s election as US President and the rise of “Eurosceptic” parties in the EU, this tectonic shift has its main impetus, and future, on the Eurasian continent.


Fukuyama

The crisis of unipolar globalization and liberalism’s supposedly unstoppable processes of individualization, massification, desacralization, rationalization, and universalization [1] is not only, or not so much due to the impasse in Washington and Brussels as it is the challenge posed to varying degrees by the emerging Eurasian alternative. The steady, albeit reactionary rise of the Eurasian Economic Union, the alternative resources being accrued by BRICS, and ambitious integration and development projects such as the Chinese-initiated One Belt One Road, and the overtures by these and analogous endeavors towards other continents, including Europe, are dialectically contributing to a new world order – a post-liberal and inevitably anti-liberal, multipolar world order. This is the fundamental trajectory of the 21st century which the liberal camp has denied and by which it is therefore increasingly being overwhelmed. 

Trubetzkoy

As one of the founding fathers of Eurasianism, Nikolay Trubetzkoy, presciently deciphered in 1920 [2], the liberal and Atlanticist project, by claiming for itself the mantle of “humanity” and “civilization,” existentially threatens the rest of humanity, and therefore has the potential to unite them in common opposition. This natural historical imperative is precisely what we are seeing today. A diverse number of states, cultures, and civilizations, threatened by liberal globalization which, neither created nor governed by them, has ultimately nothing to offer them but the role of “junior partners” or neo-colonialism, are being spurred to pursue joint developmental alternatives. The law of uneven and combined development typical of late capitalism on the one hand and the processes of globalization on the other are increasingly, objectively driving these countries into each other’s arms, while evermore confronting them with the dilemma of transitioning from being objects of global processes to being conscious actors recognizing the “need to formulate the geopolitical context themselves, not under its influence.”[3] Paradoxically, the unipolar nature of globalization and corresponding monopolization of the classical capitalist model of development by the West is leading them to subject, or channel the logic of capital into necessitated solidarity and multilateral projects which prioritize strategic development, mutually-beneficial terms, and cautious allowance for the preservation of sovereignty over the raw logic of the market.

In effect, the Eurasian Union, BRICS, One Belt One Road, and related initiatives are thus for now spurring a kind of counter-globalization, or multipolar realism which offers numerous more opportunities and justice than the End of History. This begs a number of theoretical questions which deserve deliberation. Are the socialist or Third Way projects of the 20th century outdated for this axis of resistance? Russian President Vladimir Putin’s commentary on the Soviet vs. Russian Federation’s contours of strategic development and the example of the Chinese model are instructive in this regard. In these examples and others, such as that of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, we can clearly see the intriguing implication that detaching from the global capitalist system would entail more hardships than are necessary for long-term just and sovereign development in the 21st century. Could the intimate intertwining of the Eurasian supercontinent through integration and infrastructural projects call into question both Karl Kautsky and Vladimir Lenin’s theories of imperialism? Will the limits of capitalist development be reached and begin to conflict these unions, i.e., will there surface objective and subjective preconditions for “imperialist” conflicts between them? This new, unique, unfolding experience demands a review of Marxian and Third Way doctrines just as the very emergence of these blocs has shaken the foundations of liberal dogma. 

For now, the Eurasian alternative is still reactive. This can clearly be seen in the fate of Novorossiya, in which the vanguard, ideologically-charged elements of Eurasian integration and the revolution in Russian geopolitical consciousness were ultimately exhausted by Russia’s cautious and long-term strategy or, as some continue to argue, indecisiveness. But no one can soberly blame Russia for this just as no one can blame China for not launching a full-scale occupation of the South China Sea Islands or blame Serbia for not liberating occupied Serbian lands at the first opportunity. We are in a transition period, and transitions that are marked by too costly leaps forward always fulfill the prophecy of the original meaning of the word “revolution.” Moreover, contextualizing ourselves on the Eurasian continent, we are dealing with civilizations that are naturally conservative.

While geopolitics forms the base inertia of this resistance and alternative, it is insufficient as a mediator in itself, as the tensions between India and China, two key players on the Eurasian continent, painfully display. The main dilemma facing any qualitative advancement or legitimization of the Eurasian alternative is therefore ideological in nature. It is no coincidence that the recent global shift has been accompanied by frantic “discoveries” of ideological intuitions and anticipations of the emerging anti-liberal order. The so-called European New Right [4], Eurasianism [5], the Fourth Political Theory [6], and the caricatural “Alternative Right” are symbolic in this regard. While the latter is in no position to be compared to the former two schools, some of its marginal elements have been influenced by or caricatured the so-called European New Right. As the lack of ideological resolve or direction among the conscious actors of the Eurasian alternative begins to make itself felt amidst inertia-restricted reaction and purely technical mechanisms, the analyses, theses, proposals and growing relevance of the European New Right and Eurasianism will prove indispensable. 

The European New Right, with its organic and dynamic critique of liberalism, globalization, and Modernity offers a transformed Europe that is not only open to cooperating with emerging Eurasian projects, but which seeks to altogether re-integrate Europe “back into itself” and, by extension, back into the common Eurasian supercontinent’s heritage and geopolitical potential. Eurasianism, on the other hand, with its classical birth among the interwar Russian emigres and its newest fertilization in post-Soviet soil, offers a Russia which realizes its role as a unique civilizational bridge between Europe and Asia whose raison d’etat is multipolarity. It bears crucial recognition that many scholars and analysts have attributed the contemporary Russian Federation’s leading role in resistance to Atlanticism and initiative in building Eurasian integration to precisely this school of thought’s confirmed relevance. These open schools of thought, transcending rigid political divisions into “left” and “right” and lending themselves towards metabolization by Eurasia’s many other civilizations, deserve close study and application to integration processes. Indeed, with their collaborative convergence in the form of the Fourth Political Theory, they are striving to revitalize and re-arm the very values which Eurasian counter-globalization is trying to protect and rejuvenate for future generations. Herein arises the possibility of a Silk Road connecting more than just economies. 

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[1] These are the five processes attributed to Modernity by the so-called “European New Right” in its Manifesto for a European Renaissance. 

[2] See Nikolay Trubetzkoy’s Europe and Humanity (1920) 

[3] Leonid Savin, “Eurasianism in the Context of the 21st Century”, <http://katehon.com/article/eurasianism-context-21st-century>

[4] See Michael O’Meara’s New Culture, New Right: Anti-Liberalism in Postmodern Europe (2004)

[5] See Alexander Dugin’s Eurasian Mission: An Introduction to Neo-Eurasianism (2014)

[6] See Alexander Dugin’s The Fourth Political Theory (2009)



JAFE ARNOLD, Assistant Editor & Correspondent, Eastern Europe

Jafe Arnold (J. Arnoldski) is an American expat studying European history and culture at the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Formerly an activist on the American left, he is currently a research fellow and Polish liaison for the Center for Syncretic Studies, a translator and editor at Fort Russ, and the founding editor-in-chief of Eurasianist Internet Archive. Besides translating unique analyses from Russian and Polish for English-language audiences, Arnold’s interests and expertise include geopolitical processes and ideological developments in Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet space.





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Summary: Congress can impeach a president but a president can’t impeach Congress. Thus the real locus of government power resides in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Impeaching Trump will not eliminate what Trump represents. But replacing 450 corrupt pay-for-play congressman will and is how we truly make a difference that makes a difference.

People keep asking me why I don’t jump on the Trump impeachment bandwagon, why instead I’m so fixated on regime change in Congress 2018.

It’s very simple . . . ASYMMETRY.

What do I mean by asymmetry?  In a nutshell . . .

Congress can impeach a president but a president can’t impeach Congress.

Less snappy but more incisive and revealing . . .

Congress can contravene a president’s actions but a president cannot contravene what Congress does.

Yes, a president can veto bills.  But if there are 67 senators and 290 members of the House who want to pass a law, there is nothing a president can do but honor the will of Congress.

When I talk about regime change in Congress, I’m certainly talking about such numbers.  My recent articles call for replacing all 33 senators and at least 400 of the 435 running for the House of Representatives in the 2018 election.  No . . . I’m not joking.

And you should be taking this very seriously too.

Whether you call the resulting legislature a progressive Congress, a people’s Congress, a populist Congress — the label really isn’t important — it would decisively include elected representatives who will actually represent the voters who elected them to office.

This means we can be assured it will do many of the critical things the current batch of self-serving, elitist, corrupt, morally bankrupt, duplicitous, lying thieves won’t ever do.  Things that in poll after poll, the American people say they want done.

This current Congress — Republicans and Democrats alike — simply refuses to:

  1. Protect Social Security and Medicare, making them effective and fiscally sound.
  2. Make the minimum wage commensurate with a living wage, at least $12.50 per hour.
  3. Provide affordable universal health care, probably built around a single-payer system.
  4. Make the rich pay their fair share, returning to the tax rates of the 60s and 70s.
  5. Make corporations also pay their fair share, plus eliminate corporate welfare.
  6. End the senseless, self-sabotaging wars and advance a sensible DOD budget.
  7. Actually rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, not just talk about it.
  8. End the democracy-destroying impact of the Citizens United decision, and get serious about getting money out of politics.

Asymmetry.  If a veto-proof Congress passed any of the above, it wouldn’t matter if Darth Vader was president, there’s nothing he could do.  And if he dragged his feet implementing and enforcing such laws, then if worse comes to worse, we’re back to impeachment.

At the same time, if a president like Trump tried to pull any of the stuff he’s pulling right now with a truly representative Congress in place, there would be a serious shit storm of blow back.

Build a wall?  Pass a law forbidding use of any government funds or resources for it.

Start a war with Iran?  Repeal the Defense Authorization Acts and any related laws which allow discretionary use of military power by the president, then pass legislation forbidding any hostile military, economic, or cyber acts without explicit permission of Congress.

Abolish the Department of Education or EPA?  Pass a law reinstating them and take away all discretion over the budgets for those departments from the executive branch.

You get the idea.  Let me offer my opening shot again for it to sink in.

Congress can impeach the president but the president can’t impeach Congress.

Let’s backtrack here a bit, as I inject some harsh reality into this discussion.

As long as the orange autocrat stays on his present course, this Congress isn’t going to impeach him.  Trump is an ADHD imbecile but in terms of pushing the domestic agenda of the far right — the sinister core principles of the current mutant Republican Party — he is Paul Ryan’s wet dream.  As far as foreign policy goes, maybe John McCain and Bonnie Watson Coleman need to bitch slap Trump a bit to get him on board with the annihilate Russia program, but the Trumpster has been a godsend for the war hawks. The sabers are rattling across the Middle East, intimidation of Iran and the Chinese is being cranked up to fever pitch, the administration is threatening North Korea with pre-emptive military strikes, and Trump has proposed an unprecedented 10% increase in the defense budget.

What else could the Rethugs possibly want of their ornery Tweeter of a leader?

But if they did impeach him, in Mike Pence we are looking at more of the same at double the speed with twice the intelligence.  The Republican establishment loves him.  It’ll be a group hug that’ll make Ann Coulter tear up like a Betsy Wetsy doll.

So let’s stop wasting time and energy on something that in all probability won’t happen and even if it did won’t eliminate the nightmare that Donald Trump represents.  As I indicated in my previous article, their bench is deep.  Until we remove all these  monsters from the power centers of our government — starting with Congress — they’ll continue to be a plague on our nation.

Trump will do a lot of damage but this Congress will do more.  The president is powerful but Congress can isolate and immobilize even the most belligerent president.

Asymmetry.  The president is not a king.  Asymmetry is fundamental to the relationship between the executive and legislative branches of government.

Let’s use it to our advantage.  Let’s focus on where the real power is.  Time to target the corrupt, pay-for-play puppet show at the east end of the National Mall.

Let’s put our energies into making a difference that will make a difference.

Regime change in Congress 2018!



 JOHN RACHEL, Distinguished Collaborator

John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and a bi-polar humanist. Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and two non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a political drama and now a crime thriller. The two non-fiction works were also political, his attempt to address the crisis of democracy and pandemic corruption in the governing institutions of America.

In the works is a creative non-fiction work, The Naked American. It is allegedly an account of author Rachel’s travels since leaving America August 2006, but more likely the product of the voices in his head which have plagued him since puberty. A number of prominent publishers have declared that they will do everything in their power to make sure these new books never see the light of day. The author’s last permanent residence in America was Portland, Oregon. John Rachel now lives in a quiet, traditional, rural Japanese community, where he sets his non-existent watch by the thrice-daily ringing of sonorous temple bells, at a local Shinto shrine.

  

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By Patrick Martin, Senior Analyst, wsws.org


Dateline: 27 March 2017

Leading congressional Democrats, backed by Senator John McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate, are pushing for the establishment of an independent commission into alleged collusion between the Russian government and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

The pressure for the establishment of such a commission—which would require a vote by the Republican-controlled Congress and the consent of President Trump himself—intensified in the wake of last Wednesday’s extraordinary action by Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Nunes visited the White House and gave Trump a closed-door briefing on information he had received about US intelligence agencies collecting the communications of Trump transition team members, reportedly including Trump himself, in the course of their surveillance of foreign government officials.

Nunes provided details to Trump which he did not share with either Republican or Democratic members of his own committee. Even some congressional Republicans described his actions as “bizarre,” and Nunes later apologized to the members of his committee at another closed-door session.

Nunes announced Friday that he was postponing a scheduled public hearing, set for Tuesday, March 28, at which former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Quinn were to testify about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and possible contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign.


Zioncon Adam Schiff: Corrupt to the marrow, and typical of the appallingly hypocritical leadership of the Democratic party, he’s recklessly leading the world to a nuclear confrontation. What do you do with people like these? Shame has no effect.

The committee’s ranking Democrat, Adam Schiff of California, denounced the postponement, saying it was part of an effort by the White House to “choke off public information.” He said that the canceled public hearing made it quite clear that the White House was unhappy with “the events of the week,” which included the nationally televised hearing Monday where FBI Director James Comey confirmed that his agency was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, although he presented no evidence and refused to discuss any details.

Speaking on the CBS program “Face the Nation,” Schiff claimed, “We know that Russia was involved in hacking our democracy. (sic) We know that the evidence or information is sufficient to warrant an FBI investigation of this.”

This is typical of the slippery language and McCarthy-style innuendo that characterizes the Democratic Party-media campaign over Trump and Russia. By “hacking our democracy,” Schiff was referring to the actions of unidentified hackers who obtained emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and supplied them to WikiLeaks, which made them public.

Far from undermining democracy, the publication of these emails documented a Democratic Party conspiracy against democracy. The emails detailed the efforts of the DNC to sabotage Clinton’s main challenger, Bernie Sanders, and Clinton’s efforts to ingratiate herself with major banks while concealing from ordinary voters her endearments addressed to the Wall Street fat cats.

Schiff went on to denounce President Trump for “interfering in the House investigation,” concluding, “I do think the events of this week call out the need for an independent commission, quite separate and apart from what we do in Congress.”

The most prominent Republican to back the formation of an independent commission is Senator John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who is identified with an ultra-hawkish foreign policy stance towards Russia.


Far from undermining democracy, the publication of these emails documented a Democratic Party conspiracy against democracy. The emails detailed the efforts of the DNC to sabotage Clinton’s main challenger, Bernie Sanders, and Clinton’s efforts to ingratiate herself with major banks while concealing from ordinary voters her endearments addressed to the Wall Street fat cats.


This is the issue that underlies the entire campaign over Trump’s alleged ties with Russia, which has been concocted from anonymous and unverified leaks from the military-intelligence apparatus to the New York Times and Washington Post. There is a ferocious opposition in the US ruling elite to any shift away from the policy of confrontation with Russia, in the Middle East, Ukraine and the Baltic states, pursued over the past decade.

At last Monday’s hearing, Schiff played the role of chief prosecutor on the Trump-Russia connection, citing a series of contacts between Russian officials and figures in Trump’s entourage and suggesting darkly that these were not coincidental, but likely part of a monumental conspiracy.

However, the three most prominent individuals he named—former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, and longtime Trump confidant and right-wing political operative Roger Stone—responded by offering to testify publicly and under oath before the committee. All have flatly denied any collusion between the Trump campaign and the hacking—by Russians or otherwise—of the Clinton campaign.

The Democratic minority leader in the US Senate, Charles Schumer of New York, added a new element to the campaign over Trump and Russia when he suggested during the week that it would be “unseemly” for the US Senate to approve the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court while the president who nominated Gorsuch was under FBI investigation.

Appearing Sunday on the ABC program “This Week,” Schumer denied that this amounted to calling for a delay in filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court for years. “Let’s see where this investigation goes for a few months and delay it,” he said. “If the investigation looks like it’s nowhere, fine. If it looks like it’s really serious, yeah, we ought to consider what I said.”

Schumer said after the lengthy appearance of Gorsuch before the Senate Judiciary Committee, at which the nominee refused to answer any questions about his attitude to specific legal and judicial issues, that Democrats would filibuster his nomination. This would force the Republicans, who hold only a 52-48 majority in the Senate, to win the support of eight Democrats for Gorsuch, which appears unlikely, or to change the Senate rules to make confirmation of the nominee possible with a simple majority vote.

By linking Gorsuch’s fate to the FBI investigation into the Russian role in the US elections, Schumer was suggesting that the alleged Trump-Russia connection could be used as leverage in a wider array of issues, ranging from judicial nominations to tax and budgetary policy.

At the same time, Democrats have intensified their rhetorical fire on the issue, with several more representatives declaring that the alleged Russian hacking was an act of war, implying that it should be dealt with as such, through some form of cyberwar retaliation.

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey told a meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee, “I think this attack that we’ve experienced is a form of war, a form of war on our fundamental democratic principles.”

Similar statements were made by two Democrats, Jackie Speier and Eric Swalwell, during the House Intelligence Committee hearing where FBI Director Comey testified.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin of Maryland, called the hacking of the DNC and Podesta—for which no conclusive link to Russia has been established—America’s “political Pearl Harbor.”

The Washington Post published an op-ed column Sunday by Jennifer Palmieri, former spokeswoman for the Clinton presidential campaign, under the headline, “The Clinton campaign warned you about Russia. But nobody listened to us.”

Bemoaning the failure of the media to take up the allegations of connections between Trump and Russia during the election campaign, Palmieri declared, “Now that Trump is president, though, the stakes are higher, because the Russian plot succeeded.”

She added, “If Clinton had won with the help of the Russians, the Republicans would have impeachment proceedings underway for treason. No doubt. Instead, dealing with Russia falls nearly solely on Democrats’ shoulders.”

Palmieri concluded, echoing Schumer, that every issue addressed in Congress should be tied to demands for the formation of an independent commission into the Trump-Russia connection. “Members of Congress should use every procedural tool available to force votes on such a commission,” she concluded.



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 Above: Desert Tortoise. Photo by the author.

This spring, if all goes as planned, the Marines will kill hundreds of desert tortoises in southern California. This is not the first such tortoise kill, but it could very well set a new record-high number.

This assault was originally scheduled for last spring, in 2016 (with the full approval of the Obama administration), and was put off for a year only because of a lawsuit filed by an environmentalist organization. Now, with all chances for legal appeal passed, it is set to commence in late March or April in the Mojave Desert.

So what’s the story?

In 2013, Congress voted to expand the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California—which was already the largest Marine base in the world—by annexing 88,000 acres (about 136 square miles) from the Bureau of Land Management’s Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area, to the west of the base in the Mojave Desert.

This area is part of the ancestral home of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), a species that has lived there for many thousands of years, since the days when it was wetter. As the climate gradually dried out, the tortoise adapted by spending more time underground. In our contemporary age, they are in their burrows over 90% of the time! In the spring, when wildflowers brought by winter rains are flourishing, the tortoises emerge to eat and mate. They generally live 35-50 years, with reports of particular specimens reaching 80.

Though Desert Tortoises thrived at populations of up to 1000 individuals per square mile at the beginning of the 20th Century, their numbers have fallen drastically since then. Human activities are to blame including ranching, roads, agriculture, industry, military operations, off-highway recreation (“wreckreation”), urban encroachment, and in recent years, solar and wind projects. Also, with Global Warming, the climate is changing faster than the tortoise can adapt. In the last decade, the tortoise population has fallen by 50% in the western Mojave Desert, where the Twentynine Palms Marine base is located.

Desert Tortoises are listed as “threatened with extinction” by the federal government. Because of this status, it is illegal for anyone—even the military—to “harm” or “harass” them. The Marines plan to use the annex for training with tanks and live ammunition, which would certainly result in both harm and harassment, so they sought to move the tortoises somewhere else, although this too would cause harm and harassment. After a legal delay of one year forced upon them by the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group based in Tucson, Arizona, the Marines now have the go-ahead to start “translocating” the animals, as soon as late March.

This is where the killing starts.

There is enough data from attempted tortoise translocations in the past to make estimates about how this latest effort will go. Though the rates of survival have varied from project to project, they are often no better than 50%. (See Desert Tortoise Recovery: Science and Politics Clash.) This particular translocation at the Twentynine Palms base will be the largest so far attempted, of over 1100 animals. So it would not be surprising if at least 500 deaths resulted, and perhaps far more.

This number includes about 900 adult animals (of 180mm in size or larger) who were tagged with radio-transmitters as they were found over the last three years. An additional 235 were too small for transmitters and were moved to the base where the Marines have been raising them. (So some tortoises have already been disturbed.)

How are the tortoises found in the first place and what’s it look like to round them up? For an answer to this question, I contacted Laura Cunningham, a biologist who works with Basin & Range Watch and who has participated in tortoise translocation projects herself. She also detailed how other animals are affected when tortoises are removed. It is worth quoting her at length:

“Here is the basic mechanics of tortoise translocation: after placing tortoise exclusion fencing around a project, biologists do a ‘Clearance Survey’ which entails dozens of biologists walking in straight lines criss-crossing the project area, all carefully walking a certain length apart and following GPS coordinates. Any tortoise found above ground is radio-transmittered [if it hasn’t been already] and carefully moved into transport boxes and readied for translocation (which is going to be partly by helicopter for 29 Palms Marine Base). Each biologist carries a shovel. All burrows encountered are dug out to locate any tortoise underground. These tortoises are also carefully removed. Two or three sweeps are needed usually to find all the adults. Even then sometimes a few are missed and found later. Many of the tiny juvenile tortoises are missed, those the size of a silver dollar—they are crushed in machinery later or buried alive or impacted later during tank maneuvers.

“Digging out burrows of this keystone species, the tortoise, is difficult because it ripples across the desert ecosystem: so many other species depend on the digging abilities of the tortoise with its long front claws. Burrowing owls, rattlesnakes, lizards, tarantulas, and other species utilize the burrows. They must be dealt with as well. Rattlesnakes are left in the desert to fend for themselves. Burrowing owls are being given increasingly careful attention, if their sign is found at a burrow, the owls are watched to see when they fly out and the burrow is closed up so they cannot return. The idea is to try to get the owls to move away to another location outside the area. But I am not sure anyone has a good idea how many burrowing owls die when they are flushed from their burrow and become homeless. There are new agency guidelines to try to limit impacts to this species, which also may need federal listing under the ESA [Endangered Species Act] as it too is declining.

“Desert kit foxes dig their own burrows, but biologists must dig out those burrows in case a tortoise is living there. So kit foxes are also displaced, and guidelines are followed to try to make this enforced homelessness have the least impacts as possible. But again, little studied. A canine distemper outbreak happened on the Genesis Solar Energy Project in the Chuckwalla Valley, killing some. Coyotes and badgers are also displaced. In parts of southern Nevada and eastern California deserts, rare Gila monsters are displaced from burrows as well.”

Additionally, the areas into which the tortoises are to be moved seem less than ideal as they already host tortoise populations that are in decline. According to Ileene Anderson, a biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity whom I contacted for this story, the reasons for this decline are not entirely known but include elements that can be controlled such as grazing, off-road recreation and predation and others that are more difficult to control such as drought and disease. “Until the controllable ones are controlled,” Anderson said, “it does not bode well for the translocated or resident tortoises since they will now be competing for resources.”

Two animals that are commonly predators of tortoises are coyotes and ravens, who are both native to the Mojave Desert too. According to the Press Enterprise, the Marines have already announced that if coyotes are a problem, they will shoot them. According to the LA Times, some have already been “removed” by state wildlife authorities.

As I was finishing this story, I got word through Basin & Range Watch that the Marines at the Twentynine Palms base are hosting Coyote hunts on March 25th and 26th. The Marines’ announcement stated: “The purpose of the depredation program is to reduce the numbers of coyotes that are unnaturally inflated in the local area due to human subsidies. Elevated coyote numbers prove a safety risk to residents, and are a significant factor in the mortality of the desert tortoise.” The response to this news by Basin & Range Watch reads, in part: “The so-called mitigation of killing coyotes is a false action that will not help recover the tortoise, and will only disrupt desert ecosystems more. Coyotes are a native, natural species that belong to the Mojave Desert. Tanks, Humvees, bombing, live-fire exercises, and military maneuvers do not belong to the desert. The military has enough land to carry out tests and training, they do not need to keep expanding.”

The ravens might be luckier as they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, though some have already been killed by “wildlife authorities.” The LA Times ran a story about how the Marines plan to use non-harmful lasers to scare the ravens away. The article also said that “the anti-raven arsenal” “includes ‘techno-tortoises’: highly realistic replicas of baby tortoises that, when pecked or bitten, emit irritants derived from grape juice concentrate, a chemical compound already used to keep birds from congregating on agricultural fields and commercial centers.” However, as John Marzluff, a wildlife biologist at the University of Washington and expert on raven behavior who was quoted in the same Times article said: “My concerns are that we don’t really know how long these forms of aversion therapy will last among raven populations, which are very clever at responding to challenges.” And then what? More killing?


War. War. War. All this damn government ever does with the people’s money, with the full collaboration of a prostituted political class and media, is squander it on death and greed, in ever expanding circles. Meanwhile the animals and nature suffer. “The so-called mitigation of killing coyotes is a false action that will not help recover the tortoise, and will only disrupt desert ecosystems more. Coyotes are a native, natural species that belong to the Mojave Desert. Tanks, Humvees, bombing, live-fire exercises, and military maneuvers do not belong to the desert. The military has enough land to carry out tests and training, they do not need to keep expanding.”


Not all of the tortoises will be subject to translocation. Some will be subject to staying, to face the tanks and live ammunition. Any tortoises that show signs of communicable disease will be left behind, so as not to infect healthy tortoises in the new area. Anderson estimates these would number 100 or less. She thinks that the Marines “might” monitor these animals to see if they survive.

Summing up the desert tortoise’s plight, Ileene Anderson said that “this species is continuing to decline throughout its range, and continually decreasing its habitat—whether that be through military expansions or other types of development—will only be detrimental to recovery efforts, because the tortoise needs habitat in order to survive, just like every other species on the planet.”

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Militarism is problematic, to say the very very least, for many many reasons. We might first mourn the human casualties, of course; those killed, maimed or made homeless or stateless. We might also think of the cities turned to rubble, with their art and history buried or burned. We might consider, too, the immense monetary cost of all of it, and how every bomb is, in a very real way, stealing food out of someone’s mouth or a roof from over their heads. But rarely do we consider the affected ecosystems and their inhabitants. (One exception is this excellent article by Joshua Frank: Afghanistan: Bombing the Land of the Snow Leopard.)

Unfortunately, the military is seeking to expand into other desert areas (such as in Nevada). In protesting or attempting to curtail these expansions, I would hope to see some collaboration between activists who oppose war and those who support animal rights.

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How the Media Whitewashes Stories Like This

An AP story about the planned translocation from Twentynine Palms ends with the sentence, “Critics say the move will devastate the threatened species.” Considering the facts, this way of putting it is pretty flip and really only just short of dismissive. Which is why I titled this piece, “Headlines should read, ‘Marines to Kill Tortoises’.” Because it’s a fact that they will and somebody ought to just say it.

When we speak of the bias of the corporate media, we are referring to multiple aspects. In general, there is bias in favor of the wealthy, the conventional and the institutional and against the poor, unconventional and the individual. For example, anyone who has ever attended a boisterous protest and then watched the TV coverage of it afterwards will have noticed the corporate media bias against protesters and in favor of the police. If the police attacked the protesters, this will almost assuredly be described as, “protesters clashed with police.”

There is also a bias in the media in favor of stressing stated intent and brushing aside likely consequences when the consequences will be negative. This one is subtle but universal. As far as the media’s point of view is concerned, it’s not that tortoises are sure to die, it’s only that the Marines plan to move them, and, it is implied, move them safely. But it is sure that tortoises will die. Just as it is sure that civilians will be killed when cities are bombed, even if the intent is “humanitarian” and the targets “terrorists.”

“Collateral” is the word typically used by the media to describe the deaths of civilians in warfare, and it would be their style to apply it to tortoises killed by translocation. Wiktionary defines this sense of that adjective as “being aside from the main subject, target, or goal; tangential, subordinate, ancillary.” But if such death is inevitable, how can it be separated from the “main subject”? How can it be considered “tangential”?

There is a fundamental dishonesty in every news story that presents stories in this fashion. It’s called “white-washing.” Because all our information is spoon-fed to us in this same sanitized way, we first of all never think about it and secondly, have little collective knowledge (and hence concern) about what’s going on in the world, and how the US and its policies affect other people, living things, and the planet at large.

It is a measure of our misbegotten privilege that we can live in such a state of denial at all, in a bubble. And it is violence that empowers that privilege in the first place. It is upon the graves of Indians and the whipped backs of slaves that the US gained its power and it is through the military and economic subjugation of much of the world at large that it is now sustained. There’s nothing “collateral” about any of the suffering and damage that results from this system.

What do the poor tortoises have to do with any of it? Nothing, obviously, but this is the way of empire, that they must suffer too.



 

The author with Sylvio. Lucky man.

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume is a writer living on the West Coast of the U.S.A. More of Kollibri’s writing and photos can be found at Macska Moksha Press.  

MAIN IMAGE: Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), as observed by the author in the spring of 2016. Photo by the author. 


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By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts


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Unable to provide an ounce of evidence that a Trump/Putin conspiracy stole the presidential election from Hillary Clinton, the corrupt US “intelligence” agencies are shifting their focus to social media and to Internet sites such as Alex Jones and Breibart.  

Little doubt the FBI investigation will trickle down to Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept, Zero Hedge, the Ron Paul Institute, Nomi Prins, Naked Capitalism, Lew Rockwell, Global Research, antiwar.com, and to others on the PropOrNot, Harvard Library, and Le Monde lists, such as top Reagan administration officials David Stockman and myself.  

It is extraordinary that the FBI is so desperate to protect the budget of the military/security complex that it brings such embarrassment to itself.  Who in the future will believe any FBI report or anything a FBI official says?

Those behind this “investigation” understand that it is so ridiculous that they must give it gravity and credibility.  They selected two reporters, Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, in the McClatchy News Washington Bureau, who fit Udo Ulfkotte’s definition of “bought journalists.”  Hiding behind anonymous sources—“two people familiar with the inquiry” and “sources who spoke on condition of anonymity”—the presstitutes fell in with the attack on independent media, reporting that one former US intelligence official said:

“This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence.” (Read further here.)

Wow!  A totally ridiculous “investigation” is one of the most important in history. The implication is that the Russians are operating through scores or hundreds of independent media sites to control how Americans vote.

There was once a time in America when people were skeptical of anonymous sources. It was widely understood that anyone could tell a reporter anything and that a reporter could claim an anonymous source whether or not the source existed. Perhaps it was the Watergate “investigation” by the Washington Post that gave anonymity credibility. The Post’s reports made it sound like any sources ratting on Nixon’s perfidy was at risk of their lives, and the subtle emphasis on risk gave anonymity credibility.

The real story under our noses is not a Trump/Putin/independent media conspiracy to steal the presidential election. The real story is the totally obvious collusion between the Hillary forces, the US print and TV media (with the partial exception of Fox News), and the CIA and FBI to steal the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, the presidential election from Donald Trump, and to delegitimize Trump’s election.    

The theft of the nomination from Sanders is precisely what the leaked Podesta emails show. The totally one-sided presstitute support for Hillary and full-scale assault on Trump clearly show the presstitutes participation in the collusion. The extraordinary lies told in public by Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan clearly demonstrate the CIA’s lead in the attempted frame-up of Trump and his team. FBI Director Comey’s statement the day before the presidential election that the FBI had once again cleared Hillary of criminal charges sent the Dow up 371 points and set the stage for a Hillary election victory.

Why are not any of these hard facts in the news?

Why, instead, do the presstitutes and “intelligence” agencies report nothing but fake news, supported by anonymous “sources”?  Why is a false reality being constructed, and the hard facts ignored?

Note another extremely strange feature of our strange time. Elements of the liberal/progressive/left portray President Trump as a member of the One Percent operating for the One Percent against the people and filling his government up with generals and his budget with more military spending. Why then is Trump under full-scale assault from the military/security complex? Why are they working to contradict, delegitimize and impeach their own agent?

If Americans were a thinking people, or even a people capable of thought, how could such inconsistent disinformation dominate public discussion?

What we should be scared about is that in America today, facts cannot compete with lies.

The McClatchy story describing a pointless investigation as one of the most important in history is working its way through the media. See:

New Revelations Rock House Investigation Into Russian Meddling in 2016 Campaign

FBI Probing Breitbart, InfoWars in Russian Influence Investigation

FBI’s Russia Probe Turns Focus on Social Media Bots

Are we to conclude that America’s corrupt and disloyal “intelligence” agencies are a direct threat to democracy, that they are committed to overthrowing Trump’s presidency in a “color revolution,” that, unable to provide any evidence whatsoever for their conspiracy theory of a Trump/Putin collusion to steal the presidential election, the “intelligence” agencies have moved on to the discredit the independent Internet media that are in the way of the “intelligence” agencies’ control over explanations?

It is a hard fact that the Democrats, US “intelligence,” and the presstitutes are absolutely determined to control the explanations given to the American people and the wider world.

The Agents are out in force, and Neo is nowhere in sight.

The demonization of Russia and the extraordinary level of tension that the ignorant and foolish Clinton,George W. Bush, and Obama regimes created with Russia are disconcerting, indeed, frightening to those, such as myself, Patrick Buchanan, and Stephen Cohen, who experienced the long decades of the Cold War. We have never seen such highly provocative, entirely gratuitous behavior of one nuclear power toward another as the behavior of the US toward Russia over the past six presidential terms. What the Cold Warriors of the time experienced was a gradual buildup of mutual trust that enabled Reagan and Gorbachev to end the Cold War and remove the threat of nuclear Armageddon.

In contrast, the Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes, the FBI, CIA, NSA, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and the rest of the presstitutes, the right-wing Republicans, such as Lindsey GrahamJohn McCain, and Ben Sasse, the Democratic Party, and the liberal/progressive/left have convinced Russia, in the words of Russia’s President Putin, that “we cannot trust the United States.”

This “achievement” of these idiots comprises the greatest crime humans have committed in their entire history. The atomic bombs with which the Americans gratuitously destroyed two Japanese cities are mere pop guns compared to the thermo-nuclear weapons of today. Some of the crazed neoconservatives erroneously believe that Russia is not sufficiently well-armed to respond to US aggression, but the fact of the matter is that Russia’s strategic weapons are superior and more powerful than those of the US.

How can it be anything other than a death wish for European governments to be egging on conflict with Russia, for women marching not against war but against Trump for wanting to reduce tensions with Russia, for US “intelligence” to be totally committed to orchestrating a “Russian threat” that all but guarantees thermo-nuclear war?  One would think that people would be marching in favor of reduced tensions with Russia and demanding that Trump deliver on this promise, not that they would be out opposing Trump. What is the importance of Identity Politics compared to nuclear war?

How can Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Europeans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and Japanese contain their outrage against the governments that are putting the life of the planet at risk for nothing except the budget and power of the US military/security complex? Trump is silly to roll back environmental protections, but this pales in comparison to the environmental damage of thermo-nuclear war.

How can the left-wing be lost in Identity Politics while the life of the planet is being put at extreme risk?

Why did CounterPunch recently and suddenly abandon the working class and peace and take up the cause of the victim groups of Identity Politics— women, blacks,  homosexuals, lesbians, transgendered, and Muslim refugees (see Eric Draitser CP, Vol. 24, No. 1), the cause of the EU and globalism (see “Brexit, Nationalism and the Damage Done“) which benefits only the One Percent, and the demonization of Trump and Putin? Perhaps it is only a coincidence, but CounterPunch’s collapse coincides with CP being put on and removed from the PropOrNot list of Russian agents/dupes. My columns, for years a welcome feature on CounterPunch, suddenly ceased to appear. We have had no explanation from CounterPunch why the site suddenly gave up on peace and bread.

One might think that the audacity of the lies from the FBI, CIA, NSA and their media whores would provoke a powerful response from the liberal/progressive/left and from European populations, but it hasn’t.

What about Trump himself? Has he been forced to abandon his goal of normal relations with Russia, as this article in the Intercept suggests?  If not, is Trump  filling top Pentagon and Homeland Security positions with generals and defense contractors in order to neutralize the military from participating in a CIA/presstitute coup against him?

If Trump is eliminated, with Pence as VP and the list of appointees provided by the Intercept, the US government will pass into the hands of the military/security complex for the remainder of its existence.

Is Trump now focused on protecting himself instead of protecting all of us from a deadly conflict with Russia?

If so, this is the achievement of the US “intelligence” services, the Democratic Party, right-wing Republicans, the presstitute media, and the liberal/progressive/left.

If anyone remains to write the history of the Great Incineration, the identity of those responsible is completely clear.



 Paul Craig Roberts, who served as economics advisor in the Reagan administration, has since become an outspoken critic of the corporate establishment, and particularly of its criminally insane drive to war with Russia and other nuclear powers.  


EDITOR’S NOTE: No material by this author or any other author published on this site should be read as a defense of Donald trump and his policies. For us Trump, the GOP and the Democrats are all part of the same malignant threat to Democracy, truth and honesty in fiscal affairs afflicting the US and the rest of the world. The purpose here is to show the partisan hypocrisy of the Democratic party and its numerous shills in Congress, media, “power ministries” (CIA, FBI, etc.) and elsewhere, all pushing for war to please their masters in the Military Industrial complex and Wall Street’s agenda of global hegemony at any cost. We should further note that these parties, if they were in office, would be implementing policies almost identical to Trump’s, so, as usual, the differences, such as they are in US politics, amount to a hill of beans and mere questions of style and topical priority. 

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