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ABOVE IMAGE: US artillery crews around mortars used in the siege of Richmond
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By Terje Måløy


Dateline: London, December 5,  1864

Yesterday, an obviously emotional British foreign minister declared that a coalition of concerned world powers have decided to intervene in the American Civil War. The intervention is a dramatic new development in this war, which has lasted almost four years. It was the regime’s considerable progress in the siege of Richmond, Virginia, that made the international coalition decide to act.

‘The coalition of the willing’, created by prime minister Lord Palmerston, intends to establish a no-gunboat-zone along the seaboard and on the major rivers of the ‘Confederation’. These plans have long been on the drawing board, but the final decision was not made, due to its unpopularity in British public opinion.

In addition, the regime in Washington received assistance from Russia, the only great power that showed any support for it. Tsar Alexander II of Russia sent a fleet last year to New York Harbor to show his solidarity with his fellow leader. It was obviously also intended as a warning to his geopolitical rival, Queen Victoria.

Lord Palmerston: “The need to intervene to defend human rights is a moral imperative that a Great Power cannot ignore.”

The leader, president Lincoln, has on several occasions declared that he only fights to keep himself in power (‘preserve the Union’) The rebels’ declared aim is “the fight for liberty, democracy, states’ rights and their right to keep their own ‘peculiar institutions’.” The country has long been divided along ethnic and political lines.

There have been proposals to divide the country along these ethno-political divides, into a ‘Confederacy’ and a ‘rump Union’, but a string of victories for the regime have left these proposals hanging in the air.

The regime that Lincoln represents, is notorious for its genocide against the native inhabitants of the country. Human rights organisations have long demanded that its leaders be put to trial for these crimes against humanity. The rebels are afraid that also they “will be treated like red Indians” if the regime wins the war.

Russian state media claims that the British intervention does not have humanitarian goals. They point to the fact that many countries in this ‘Coalition of the Willing’ have a dubious human rights record. “Just look at the sultan of Turkey or the emperor of Mexico, who is obviously a French puppet. In addition, is the British policy to a large degree formed by the influential cotton-lobby and geopolitical considerations. To claim that the country who not even ten years ago attacked China to force it to accept the sordid opium trade, is motivated by humanitarian concerns, is ridiculous.”


There have been proposals to divide the country along these ethno-political divides, into a ‘Confederacy’ and a ‘rump Union’, but a string of victories for the regime have left these proposals hanging in the air.


Lord Palmerston refuted these claims in an emotional appeal to the world opinion. In a speech in the House of Commons, the prime minister, known for his use of robust measures, known as gunboat diplomacy, when required, declared: “The British Empire is known for protecting the interest of the human race and its concern for fair fights. The sun never sets on the British Empire. Lincoln should be aware that the sun will also not set on the crimes of his odious regime, that must go. This use of force against his own population does not belong among civilized nations.”

Lincoln was elected in an election many neutral observers describes as rigged. An official in the British foreign office, on condition of anonymity, said: “One-sixth of the population are literally slaves. No free and fair elections can be held under these circumstances. The election of Lincoln is therefore illegitimate, and it is preferable if the international press always refer to it as such.”

Ships from the coalition have long patrolled the coasts around the United States. Their official mission is to stop supplies to the ‘extreme rebels’, such as Nathan Bedford Forrest or Champ Ferguson and his gang. The Lincoln-regime has long protested against these patrols, which it claims only aids in this smuggling of weapons to the rebels, but has quietly accepted them, even though the British gunboats have attacked regime-positions several times.

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A rebel spokesman denied the extremists had any influence among the opposition fighters. ‘Now give us weapons.’

The most serious incident happened a couple of months ago, when British and French gunboats hammered Union positions around New Orleans. Almost one hundred regime soldiers died in the attack, and the rebels were able to capture the fortifications afterwards. An investigative committee from the British House of Commons came to the conclusion that: “The federal troops did not signal clearly enough that they were not extreme rebels. They did send out a longboat to parlay with the British commander, but he was in the lavatory during the critical 30 minutes the attack occurred, and was therefore unable to stop it. The Union should have timed their request a bit better.” The committee also suggested the Union owed Great Britain a formal apology for this error.

The rebels in Richmond have begged for a gunboat-free zone for a long time, as a part of a humanitarian intervention. There might be some problems enforcing it, since the city is inland.



The world press prints heartbreaking stories of civilian suffering in the besieged city if Richmond.


A string of letters from 7-year old Beulah in French newspapers, has especially touched many people’s hearts.  «J’ai peur. La Communauté Internationale doit arrêter l’agression
du tyran Lincoln et son ami Alexandre de Russie» «Sauvez-moi de régime de Lincoln.». Letters to the editor (not published) have claimed her French and her handwriting is too good for a 7-year old, and that words like «Première Guerre mondiale» and «un holocauste» are too futuristic for her to know. Some have even claimed she is not in besieged Richmond at all, but safe in neutral Canada. But how cynical must one be to doubt the words of a child? And in addition, her mother has assured French papers that every word is true.

Palmerston said: “We are only here to help the moderate rebels fight the extremist groups. But of course, the Lincoln-regime is part of the problem, not the solution. Lincoln must go as a part of a peaceful solution, and the moderate rebels should be part of a government that can decide the future of the country. The rebels’ main demands, their right to decide their own affairs in the cotton industry, should be granted as part of a peace treaty.”

Some critics have raised concerns about the country’s minorities if the extremist rebels should win. Especially the black population would be exposed to reprisals and assaults. A press spokesman for the French emperor Napoleon III, part of the coalition, declared: “The extremists have been known to commit atrocities against this group earlier, and some of them have declared that if they win, ‘they will silence any uppity n***s for good’. It is therefore important to support the moderate elements in the rebellion. The leader of the moderates, Jefferson Davis, should have a say in the fate of these states. If we don’t help the children in besieged Richmond, then extremists like Nathan Bedford Forrest might push the moderates aside. No one will be winners in such a situation.”


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JAMES PETRAS


Introduction: Every aspect of this year’s US Presidential election has been fraught with myths, distortions, fabrications, wishful thinking and invented fears.

We will proceed to discuss facts and fictions.

(1) Electoral Participation


The mass media, parties and candidates emphasized the ‘unprecedented voter turnout’ in the elections. In fact, 48% of the eligible voters abstained.

In other words, nearly half of the electorate did not vote. There were many reasons, including widespread disgust at both major party candidates and the weakness of ‘third parties’. This includes disappointed Bernie Sanders’ supporters angry over the Democratic Party’s cynical manipulation of the primary nomination process. Others were unable to vote in their neighborhoods because US elections are held on a regular workday, unlike in other countries. Others cast protest votes against economic programs or candidates reflecting their distrust and sense of impotence over policy. Eligible voters generally expressed reservations over the gap between campaign promises and post campaign policies. These political attitudes toward elections and candidates are deep-seated among those who ’stayed home’.

In contrast among registered voters (53% of the electorate) over 90% cast their ballot. Ultimately, the presidential elections were decided by just half of the eligible voters with the winning candidate receiving about 25% eligible votes. This is not a robust mandate. Furthermore, Clinton may have ‘lost’ with the plurality of popular votes, since the US Presidency is ultimately decided by the ‘Electoral College’. In this case, Trump secured more states earning substantially more Electoral College votes, while the losing candidate’s votes were more concentrated in big cities and large coastal states.

The Myth of the Trump Revolution

Trump’s campaign displayed the typical demagogy of US politicians. In previous campaigns Barak Obama’s promised to work for peace, domestic prosperity, social justice and immigration reform. Once elected, Obama reneged on his pledge and continued to wage the old wars and launched new ones (seven altogether for the ‘peace candidate’). He approved a $2 trillion dollars Wall Street and bank ‘bailout’, while leaving over 3 million family home mortgages in foreclosure. He rounded up and deported two million immigrant workers. Meanwhile wage inequality between black and white workers actually widened; and overt police violence against black youth increased. We can expect Trump to follow Obama’s pattern of double speak and reverse his campaign promises.

So far, Trump seems to have appointed conventional Republicans to his Cabinet posts. Treasury and Commerce Secretaries will remain in the hands of Wall Street insiders. Prominent Republican warmongers will manage foreign policy.

Meanwhile, Trump has been on a post-election charm offensive to woo traditional conservative Republican Congressional leaders who had opposed his candidacy during the primaries. They will work with Trump in lowering taxes while eliminating government regulations and environmental controls – policies that have long been on their agenda. On the other hand, Trump’s populist pledge to ‘reindustrialize’ America will be opposed by Congressional Republicans with ties to Wall Street and financial speculators. Trump’s promise to persuade US multi-nationals to repatriate their billions and headquarters to the US will be opposed by the majority Republican Congressional leadership. Even a Trump Republican majority on the Supreme Court, will veto any Trump initiative to ‘force’ big business to sacrifice its tax-free overseas profits to come home and ‘Make America Great Again’.

In other words, Trump will implement only policies that coincide with the traditional Republican agenda and will continue some version of Obama’s pro-Wall Street policy. Instead of Obama’s executive tax loopholes benefiting big business, Trump will do it through legislation. Where Obama made pronouncement about supporting Civil rights and justice for African-Americans but actually ended up increasing police power and impunity, Trump will simply make modifications directly favoring the police state via Congressional legislation or Presidential decree. Whereas Obama rounded up and expelled 2 million immigrant workers, Trump will go after an additional 2 million Latinos on the basis of ‘criminality’. Obama relied on border police; Trump will beef up border patrols and concoct some agreement with Mexico’s conservative counterpart – short of erecting ‘the Great Wall’.

Obama and his Democratic predecessor, President ‘Bill’ Clinton cut the proportion of unionized workers in the private sector to 8%, through economic and labor policies backed by millionaire trade union bureaucrats. Trump, on the other hand, will crudely dismiss these impotent ‘union’ functionaries and hacks while slashing whatever remains of worker rights.

Presidents Obama and Clinton linked ‘identity groups’ with the interests of bankers, billionaires and militarists, but Trump will toss out ‘identity politics’ in favor of populist appeals to construction workers and infrastructure contractors while attracting the same Wall Street executives, billionaires and militarists that had worked closely with previous administrations.

Trump’s Wall Street appeal was clear after his victory when the stock market broke new highs, jumping 1,000 points between November 4 and 10th.

The pro-Clinton Wall Streeter boosters were smartly outflanked by the ’silent majority’ of financial CEO’s who applauded Trump’s promises of deregulation and corporate tax cuts.

Despite the certainty of President Trump’s reneging on all his promises to American workers, he will still retain the support of small and medium businesses and professionals, who outnumber and outvote the so-called ‘white worker vote’.

Trump Complies with Rightwing Republican Agenda

To unify the Republican Party and gratify the rightwing electoral base Trump will offer up some symbolic gratification, such as:

1.Increase frontier security – He will triple the number of border patrol officers and extend the Obama-Clinton’s search and expel formula. His PR machines will crank out timely reports of mass deportations of Latino workers to titillate the Anglo voters – while reassuring agribusiness and other industries that their access to cheap imported labor will continue.

2.He will appoint a rightwing WASP (first in a long time) to the Supreme Court after decades of ‘identity appointments’. His court will try to reverse Roe versus Wade on access to abortion- satisfying Catholics, fundamentalists, orthodox Jews and Protestants – sending the issue back to the reactionary states. Women in the urban centers and large population coastal states will retain reproductive health rights while poor and rural women will see significant regression.

3.Trump will ‘renegotiate NAFTA’ without reversing current free trade provisions, offering tax incentives and tax penalties to discourage future flight but with little effect.

4. Trump will force a repeal of the multi-party nuclear agreement with Iran, but he will not re-impose international sanctions because of Russian and Chinese vetoes in the UN Security Council and the lucrative billion- dollar trade deals signed between Iran and Germany and France. Trump’s Iran caper may pleasure Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli lobby, but this would force him to violate his own stated pledge to avoid more Middle East entanglements.

5.Trump’s anti-Muslim policy will be reduced to writing tighter immigration rules for Muslims from the Middle East and South Asia, but not include total exclusion. These watered-down policies will quell opposition and satisfy Islamo-phobes.

6.President Trump’s deregulation of environmental protections will alienate ecologists and the science community but will appeal to big energy corporations and their employees, workers and gas property leasers. However, the rest of the world will continue to treat climate change as real and Trump will end up isolated in a climate-denial corner with the reactionary presidents of Poland and kleptocratic-Ukraine.

7.Trump will face stiff opposition when he tries to break the newly restored diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba to please his rightwing Cuban exile supporters. But the deals will go thru: On December 1, 2016 Delta Airlines will begin three daily flights, joining a dozen other airlines to the delight of thousands of travel agency owners and employees as well as tens of thousands of tourists and visitors. US business and agro exporters will object to any re-imposition of trade sanctions. Trump will probably end up tossing some bones to the rightwing exile community in the way of rhetoric while maintaining diplomatic ties and Obama’s embargo. He may expand the US base in Guantanamo.

8.Trump will continue to support the right-wing ‘golpistas’ in Venezuela but will not commit US troops for an invasion. He will make deals with right wing and center-left regimes in the Latin America without pushing for coups or exclusionary regional trade pacts.

9. Trump will end economic sanctions against Russia and then negotiate some cooperation agreement with Putin to bomb Syria’s Islamist terrorists ‘into the stone age’ and withdraw US commitments to the Saudis, Gulf Monarchies and its jihadi mercenaries on regional ‘regime change’. He will renegotiate trade relations with China to encourage greater reciprocity, investments and exchange rates (if necessary).

Conclusion

On vital economic policies, Trump will pursue traditional Republican business policies – the linchpin being lower taxes and fewer regulations.

On identity politics (as well as human rights), Trump will tighten restrictions on access to abortion and immigration to satisfy the right-wing moralists and religious fundamentalists.

Trump will not confront Wall Street, the multi-nationals, the military industrial complex or the pro-Israel billionaires and lobbies. US workers will find very few new well- paying jobs except in select infrastructure projects. The industrial rust belt will continue to rust. The tens of thousands of public sector workers and professional slashed by Trump’s pledge to cut government will not find decent jobs in the private sector. Over time, Trump supporters who flocked to his promises for economic change will be replaced by a motley collection of Bible thumpers of all colors and faiths. There will emerge a new groundswell of frustrated workers, employees and professionals — but where will they turn? Certainly they must not return to the increasingly discredited ‘progressive’ Bernie Sanderss, who perfected his role as political ‘Judas Goat’ herding his reluctant supporters into the blood-stained Wall Street Corral of the War Goddess Hillary Clinton – known as the Democratic Party.



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By Patrick Martin, Senior Editorial Writer, wsws.org


In a speech delivered Tuesday to a military audience at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, President Barack Obama made a veiled warning about the threat to American democracy posed by 15 years of unending war.

The speech, delivered at a base that headquarters US special operations forces, was a defense of his administration’s own record, little more than six weeks before Obama turns over the White House to Donald Trump. The departing commander-in-chief criticized specific policies associated with Trump, including support for torture and unilateral US military action, without naming his successor.

Obama began by acknowledging that when he leaves office January 20, “I will become the first president of the United States to serve two full terms during a time of war,” an assertion that his audience applauded.

He reiterated his confidence in the military, declaring, “I believe that the United States military can achieve any mission; that we are, and must remain, the strongest fighting force the world has ever known.” This too, was greeted with applause.


Underlying Obama’s warnings are not only concerns that he might at some point face his own Nuremberg trial, but, more basically, a wariness over the far-reaching and potentially explosive implications of the overt trashing of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Historically, the United States is based on the US Constitution. Once that tie is severed, there is little to hold the country together.

The bulk of the speech, however, consisted of drawing lessons from the struggle against Al Qaeda and ISIS, most of them presented as warnings against making the “war on terror” the focal point of American national-security policy. Terrorists “don’t pose an existential threat to our nation,” and therefore do not require an all-out military mobilization on the scale of World War II or the Cold War, he argued.

He also warned that “we cannot follow the path of previous great powers, who sometimes defeated themselves through over-reach.” That was why, he said, he had withdrawn the bulk of US ground troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, so that they would be available elsewhere—i.e., against Russia and China, although he did not cite these as targets for future US military operations.

Obama’s main focus was the impact of the “war on terror” on democratic procedures and the potential transformation of the United States into a garrison state. “These terrorists can never directly destroy our way of life,” he said, “but we can do it for them if we lose track of who we are and the values that this nation was founded upon.”


WARNING: STRICTLY FOR THOSE WITH A STRONG STOMACH, CAPABLE OF TOLERATING THE STRONG SMELL OF RANCID MANURE.

Obama Remarks to Service Members at MacDill Air Force Base. Tampa. Dec 6. 2016.

A bucketful of self-serving BS delivered before an assembly of silly ignoramuses.


One of those values was opposition to torture, he stressed, implicitly rebuking President-elect Trump, who has proclaimed his support for waterboarding and other forms of torture during his campaign, and who has appointed a pro-torture congressman, Mike Pompeo, to head the CIA.

He also opposed efforts to impose religious tests on immigrants and refugees, to single out American Muslims for discrimination or repression, and to use the US military for “grabbing the resources of those we defeated.”

These sallies were all aimed at statements made by Trump during the election campaign. Without drawing any explicit connection, Obama then cited the Nuremberg Tribunals after World War II, at which Nazi leaders were found guilty of war crimes and executed or imprisoned.

The colossal hypocrisy of Obama’s speech, and the absurdity of his pose as the defender of “the rule of law” and democratic rights, are underscored by reference to the Nuremberg Tribunals. What Obama did not mention is the declaration of the chief prosecutor at the tribunal, US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, that the basic crime alleged against the accused Nazi leaders was the planning and execution of a war of aggression, from which, Jackson said, all the other war crimes flowed. By this standard, the top officials of the Obama administration, including Obama himself, deserve to be hauled before a new tribunal to face war crimes charges.

Obama concluded with a more general warning over the impact of protracted war, with each new military operation justified by reference to the now-distant events of September 11, 2001. “Democracies should not operate in a state of permanently authorized war,” he said. “That’s not good for our military, it’s not good for our democracy.”

While his explicit argument was that Congress should pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS, rather than leaving the president to rely on the authority dating back to 9/11, the implications of these comments were more sweeping. They recall the speech he delivered in May 2013 on the dimensions of the “war on terror,” when he declared, “We have to be mindful of James Madison’s warning that no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

At the time of the May 2013 speech, the World Socialist Web Site noted the contradictory character of Obama’s remarks. On the one hand, he admitted the reactionary and anti-democratic implications of the “war on terror,” in which the US government had waged illegal wars, tortured and murdered prisoners, and spied on the American people. On the other hand, Obama asserted, as chief executive, his own authority to continue the spying, to wage drone-missile warfare, and even to assassinate American citizens, without any legal or judicial restraint.

Obama’s speech at MacDill Air Force Base had something of the same character. He outlined at some length the supposed efforts of his administration to wage war without atrocities, interrogate prisoners without torture, and protect the American people from terrorism without resorting to mass surveillance.

In reality, the Obama administration has carried out the most sweeping attacks on democratic rights in the name of the struggle against terrorism: authorizing blanket capture of all telecommunications and Internet traffic; keeping open the Guantanamo Bay detention camp; shielding the Bush administration officials who oversaw CIA torture; persecuting whistle-blowers who exposed US government crimes such as Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning; and carrying out a systematic program of drone-missile assassinations worldwide, on an unparalleled scale.

But Obama’s speech amounted to an admission that the policies he has pursued have paved the way for an even more right-wing and undemocratic policy once Trump enters the White House. Obama is aware that the incoming government will be one of immense repression and violence, and he cautions Trump against excesses.

At the same time, he and the Democratic Party are doing everything possible to smooth the way for Trump, declaring him the legitimate president-elect despite losing the popular vote by more than 2.6 million.

Underlying Obama’s warnings are not only concerns that he might at some point face his own Nuremberg trial, but, more basically, a wariness over the far-reaching and potentially explosive implications of the overt trashing of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Historically, the United States is based on the US Constitution. Once that tie is severed, there is little to hold the country together.

Beyond his advice to Trump, Obama appeared to be appealing more to the military itself, which exercises an overbearing and dominant influence over the entire state, including his own administration and the incoming Trump-led government. The choice of the venue was significant. Rather than addressing the American people about the perilous state of American democracy, he spoke before the headquarters of US Special Operations Command, concluding with an appeal that “our men and women in uniform and the citizens who support you… carry forward what is best in us.”



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     C laiming it is utter nonsense. Not a shred of evidence suggests it. Irresponsibly blaming Moscow for hacking DNC emails or any other type interference in America’s electoral process reflects longstanding Russia bashing.

In response to being named Time magazine’s person of the year, Trump told the publication that accusing Russia is politically motivated. “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe they interfered,” he said, adding: “I believe that it could have been…any one of many other people…It could have been some guy in his home in New Jersey.”


MAIN IMAGE: Trump bashing by the liberal/conservative establishment has been relentless, a blood sport similar in its venom to that accorded Pres. Putin. This beauty was circulated by The Daily Beast, one of the many insidious channels used by the American establishment


DHS, DNI and Hillary’s claims weren’t supported by evidence because none exists. Accusations without proof are baseless. Legitimate tribunals would dismiss cases without it. DHS and DNI claiming Russia tried influencing America’s presidential election outcome was hokum. Utter rubbish! Shameless Big Lies. Responsible parties knew it all along. Media scoundrels promoted what they should have condemned.
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Russia is a convenient punching bag, vilified for its sovereign independence and Putin’s anti-imperial, anti-war, multi-world polarity agenda. Ranking House Intelligence Committee Democrat member Adam Schiff shamefully criticized Trump for “contradict(ing) our intelligence professional and carry(ing) water for the Kremlin.”
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McCaul: Wantonly lying and fanning the flames of war, a crime in itself. And he’s even on the Trump NSS team. Absurd.

Republican House Homeland Security chairman Michael McCaul, a member of Trump’s national security team, lied about nonexistent Russian cyberattacks, nonsensically claiming interference with America’s electoral process, saying: Its (nonexistent) “hacks and attacks should be a wake-up call and a call to action. There needs to be consequences to these actions. On the international stage, if we don’t respond and show them that there are consequences, the bad behavior will continue.”

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Obama indicated a “proportional” response was coming. Nothing so far. Hopefully Trump will extend outreach to Putin, following through on saying both countries should cooperate in combating terrorism and find ways to get along.
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McCaul is part of Washington’s neocon infestation, rabidly anti-Russia. “We can’t allow foreign governments to interfere in our democracy, and when they do so we must call them out on it and respond forcefully, publicly, and decisively,” he ranted. 
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“The United States should respond to cyber attacks in a way that will make our adversaries think twice before they do it.” again.” His committee plans introducing what he calls “serious (cybersecurity) reform,” without further elaboration on what he intends.
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Russia bashing won’t end once Trump succeeds Obama. Hopefully he’ll go the other way and seek normalized ties – in the interest of world peace and stability.

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By BAR executive editor Glen Ford


“We have entered an epoch in which everything that is said by the regime’s mouthpieces in the Democratic and Republican parties and the corporate media is, at root, a lie.”


The U.S. ruling class faces a crisis of legitimacy, having no solution to any of the multiple crises of capitalism. Therefore, it is compelled to lie about virtually everything, and to call speakers of truth purveyors of “fake news.” The false narrative must be maintained because “the world is outgrowing the U.S.-led, rigged economic and political system that is the last vestige of half a millennium of colonialism and white supremacy.”


When the narrative at the heart of a system of rule falls apart, when the flow of history runs counter to the story told by those in power, then we know the entire edifice is crumbling under the weight of its own contradictions. The political crisis arrives when the people sense that the prevailing order is built on a foundation of oppressions and lies. The rulers panic, scrambling to reweave the matrix of fables and myths that justify their waning supremacy. At such points in history, the truth is up for grabs — and a change of regime is in the offing.

That’s why the current “fake news” scare-a-thon is not just some minor eruption of rage by Clintonites frustrated at their failure to ride Hillary’s Big Tent campaign into the White House. Clinton’s defeat was a shock to the ruling class, which was as unified as fractious ruling classes can get in their opposition to Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric against corporate “trade” deals and wholesale “regime change” — pillars of current imperial policy. Although the billionaire hotel magnate is surely no heretic to the capitalist faith, his verbal assaults on Wall Street’s relentless export of capital and jobs and his oft-stated desire for a more cooperative relationship with Russia provoked a pell-mell stampede of the ruling class, its national security attendants, and the corporate media into Hillary’s Unified Imperial Corporate War Party, which fully expected to assume office on January 20th.

“The political crisis arrives when the people sense that the prevailing order is built on a foundation of oppressions and lies.”

Trump, the campaigner, turns out to have been a Party-of-One, a fat-mouthed globule around whom the Republican White Man’s Party is reassembling itself along ever-resurgent, Dixie-based white nationalist lines: old-school American fascism. The reactionary composition of Trump’s cabinet and the raw viciousness of the Republican majorities in Congress ensure there will be no effective challenge to the whims of Capital from within the governing system, in the near term. But that doesn’t even begin to solve Capital’s problem with the populace, majorities of which disliked both candidates and overwhelmingly saw the country as going “in the wrong direction.” By Inauguration Day, Trump will have thoroughly discredited himself with those working class whites that hoped he would reverse the global corporate Race to the Bottom. Meanwhile, corporate Democrats (what other kind are there?) must try to manage the vast base of the party that is both terrified of Trump’s white nationalists and yearning for a “social democratic” alternative that, many are now convinced, would have been better able to ward off The Donald.

The Democrats can, and will, rally the party’s base against the most overtly racist and sexist manifestations of the GOP’s agenda — a typical Democratic holding action that attempts to save the Republicans from doing even greater harm to the functioning of a modern state — but they are incapable of offering any real relief to the masses or a hopeful vision for the future, for the simple reason that capitalism in decline has nothing to offer the people. President Obama’s $4 trillion “Grand Bargain” with the Republicans represented a ruling class consensus on austerity-plus-unending-war — the duopoly’s vision of the future.

“The reactionary composition of Trump’s cabinet and the raw viciousness of the Republican majorities in Congress ensure there will be no effective challenge to the whims of Capital from within the governing system, in the near term.”

Even under the pressures of Bernie Sanders challenge — and having absolutely no compunction against lying — Clinton did not meaningfully budge from dogged defense of the domestic status quo, while at the same time sprinting towards nuclear confrontation with Russia and, inevitably, China. The rationale for her bellicosity is also simple: military superiority is the only card U.S. imperialism has left to play in its bid for global domination. The world is outgrowing the U.S.-led, rigged economic and political system that is the last vestige of half a millennium of colonialism and white supremacy. Washington’s endless wars of aggression and regime change are desperate, scorched earth campaigns to avoid eclipse — to stop the future from happening.


“The greater the contrast between the official (corporate) narrative and the unfolding reality, the more intense becomes the Crisis of Legitimacy for the regime.”


The U.S. ruling class — which formed a kind of consensus in Hillary’s Big Tent under the double stresses of Donald Trump’s assault on the Republican Party’s corporate leadership and Bernie Sanders self-aborted Democratic revolt – has committed the nation to a last ditch battle for total corporate hegemony in the world, or to the destruction of the planet in the process. Such a commitment is, literally, unspeakable — and so, it is not spoken. Instead, an opposite reality, a false narrative, is presented, in which the United States is engaged in maintaining order and the rule of law around the globe as it upholds American “values” and the heritage of western “civilization.”

“The rationale for Clinton’s bellicosity is simple: military superiority is the only card the U.S. imperialism has left to play in its bid for global domination.”

 

Despite the fawning teflon that envelops Obama’s image, the man is a racist imperial goon, in the same category as Donald Trump.

Domestically, the deteriorating living standards and rising inequality that is the inevitable (and welcomed) blowback from the global Race to the Bottom is framed as an inescapable consequence of modernity, a force much like the weather, which can be successfully managed by a technologically enlightened (and ethnically diverse) corporate leadership.

These are fake realities, requiring constant updates of fake news — the mission of the corporate media in all its forms.

The greater the contrast between the official (corporate) narrative and the unfolding reality, the more intense becomes the Crisis of Legitimacy for the regime.

We have entered an epoch in which everything that is said by the regime’s mouthpieces in the Democratic and Republican parties and the corporate media is, at root, a lie.

American “exceptionalism” is a lie. The U.S. has no moral or legal right to set itself above all other nations on Earth. The very act of claiming such a distinction is an abomination to modern notions of civilization. American exceptionalism is rebranded “Manifest Destiny,” which is nothing but an assertion of white supremacy over darker peoples. Barack Obama is, therefore, a racist imperial goon, in the same category as Donald Trump. There will be no break in the continuity of the lie, or the crimes, on January 20.

The U.S. is not engaged in a “War on Terror.” Along with Saudi Arabia, Washington has been the patron and puppeteer of Islamic jihadist terror for nearly 40 years, since jointly creating the previously nonexistent international jihadist network in Afghanistan.

“Barack Obama is a racist imperial goon, in the same category as Donald Trump.”

Domestically, every “reform” that fails to break the power of concentrated Capital — that is, every ameliorative measure short of nationalizing the banks — leaves intact the mechanisms that have created the Race to the Bottom. The rulers of the U.S. not only welcome the downward spiral in general living standards, they have deployed their global military to effectuate it by crushing all international resistance, and assigned their federal, state and local police forces to keep Americans from rebelling against the consequences of the process.

The United States is the biggest police state in the world, as measured by the number and proportion of its citizens that are imprisoned. It is also a fundamentally racist regime, based on the same prison numbers and the totality of its history of slavery, apartheid and genocide.

Such overarching realities are in constant conflict with the official narrative and must, therefore, be delegitimized, along with those who dare to speak them. Derivatives of such truths are labeled “fake news.”

For example, in August of this year BAR published an article titled, “Yes, Obama and Clinton Created ISIS [3] – Too Bad Trump Can’t Explain How It Happened.” The piece was based on a declassified 2012 memo from the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency warning that the nations sending arms and money to “rebels” in Syria were creating the conditions for the rise of what would become the Islamic State:

“…the West, Gulf countries, and Turkey [which] support the [Syrian] opposition” believe “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

Hundreds of thousands of deaths later, President Obama still claims that he has always been committed to crushing ISIS. He’s lying, of course. Yet BAR is placed on a Democratic Party list of sites [4] that are purveyors of “fake news.”

“The United States is the biggest police state in the world, as measured by the number and proportion of its citizens that are imprisoned.”

But, that’s their crisis of legitimacy, not ours. Unlike some others among the 13 leftist sites cited in the Washington Post/PropOrNot list [5], we at BAR will not whine that we don’t deserve to be slandered in such a manner. The function of ruling class publications is to disseminate and perfect a false narrative, so what else are we supposed to expect?

The real “enemies lists” are being created in the algorithms of the National Security Agency and other spook houses, based on the world’s most pervasive fascism-enabling machinery. More fundamentally, for the past two generations U.S. police departments have been putting together dossiers on millions of people deemed guilty of existing-while-Black in their own neighborhoods — an “enemies list” that is surely without precedent in the world, in terms of pervasiveness and life-deforming consequences.

Damn right, we are enemies of the state, and we will speak out until they take away our means to do so. And then we will find other ways — to act.


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[4] http://www.propornot.com/p/the-list.html

[5] https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russian-propaganda-effort-helped-spread-fake-news-during-election-experts-say/2016/11/24/793903b6-8a40-4ca9-b712-716af66098fe_story.html

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Itinerant Philosopher and Journalist


There is a sense of change in those narrow and desperate alleys of the Baseco slum in the Philippines’ capital Manila. For the first time in many years a beautiful, noble lady visited; against all odds she decided to stay.

Her name is Hope. Baseco is a tough, crime-ridden region built from cartons and metal sheets, even rusty containers; everything is thrown together in startling fashion, right near the shipyard.


ABOVE IMAGE: Baseco slum’s tough children. Perhaps a new day is dawning in the Philippines.

Here, the lips of the people used to be sealed, expressions on their faces incessantly desperate. Now everyone speaks, some even smile shyly, adults and children, women who look sixty at the age of thirty, as well as tough looking men.

“I support Duterte!” declares Ms. Imelda Rodriguez, who works as a physiotherapist here, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development. “Now children get free education and ‘medical missions’ provide basic medical care. We also receive allowances, and the government provides jobs. We are still lacking electricity, but at least the municipality is providing free drinking water.”


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Nearby a teenage girl is washing her hair, using a bucket full of soapy water. It is raining and mud is everywhere. Children are running around barefoot, and some are obviously suffering from malnutrition.

“So much has to be done,” concludes Ms. Imelda. “But so much has been done already.”

People complain about an extremely high crime rate, about drug-pushing gangs. I visit the slums and vast cemeteries inhabited by the poorest of the poor; I also speak to people in shopping malls and at office towers.

At the South Cemetery, Mr. Rex, a security guard, explains: “President Duterte is strict on the implementation of the rules. Crime is now going down dramatically.”

Self-proclaimed socialist ‘Presidente’ Rodrigo Duterte is enjoying the staggering support of his people, estimated to be well over 70 percent of the population.

“He reads a lot. He was greatly influenced by Hugo Chavez”, explains Roland Simbulan, Professor at the University of the Philippines in Manila. “He is strongly critical of Western imperialism in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and of course in his country… He is outraged by how the West is treating refugees from the countries it destabilized in the Middle East. He is offering to accept them, to welcome them in the Philippines.”

Duterte has acquired a reputation for lashing out at everything from Western imperialism to President Obama, to Pope Francis (in this staunchly Catholic country), the EU, and the UN. He has threatened to close down all US military bases and to move his country closer to China and Russia. To emphasize his seriousness, he has canceled all joint US–Philippine military exercises.

President Putin is his hero. He is clearly leaning toward the left, and he despises colonialism. He often speaks about the “genocide” committed by the US against his people during the ‘Philippine–American War.’

He refuses to provoke and antagonize China. He is with the poor, introducing and improving social programs. He is gradually releasing political prisoners and actively negotiating peace deals with the Marxist and Muslim guerrillas while seeking peace treaties and territorial compromises with China.


Bathing in the rain in Baseco. Leading the miserable life that most human beings experience today in a world deeply divided between the filthy rich. shielded by military and police muscle and ideological apologists, and the poor lacking in almost all necessities.

He occasionally explodes, insults, and then backtracks, but he continues to steadily move forward.

“If Duterte moves too fast, he will be overthrown by the military,” explains Prof. Simbulan. “He is an ‘outsider.’ Police and the military are holding grudges against him. Most of the top brass were trained in the US. He tries to keep them engaged, visiting the military camps around the country, explaining why he is releasing political prisoners and why he is inviting left-wing cadres to the government.”

After centuries of colonialism, after the disgraceful collaboration of the military and civilian ‘elites,’ Duterte’s revolution has to be measured, changes gradual.

Prof. Simbulan is cautiously optimistic: “I evaluate Duterte positively. Duterte’s anti-imperialist policy goes beyond rhetoric; it is real and persistent. Even as mayor of Davao, he banned all US–Philippine military exercises there. The US tried to negotiate; they offered plenty of money. They wanted to build a huge drone base in Mindanao, but Duterte refused, resolutely. His track record shows: if there are irreconcilable differences, he’ll always side with the left.”

In Davao, Ms. Luzviminda Ilagan, a former member of Congress and country’s leading feminist, explains: “After Mayor Duterte announced in 2003 that no US military exercises would be allowed in his city, Davao was bombed twice: one bomb exploded at the airport, another at the pier.”

The mainstream media abroad and at home is relentlessly attacking Duterte’s ‘War on crime, drugs, and corruption.’ It is also repeating how he ‘re-buried’ former dictator Marcos at the ‘Hero Cemetery.'”

“Small pushers are resisting arrests,” explains a South Cemetery dweller. “They kill police; they have nothing to lose. It is a real war. Those who keep talking about extra-judiciary killings care only about the criminals, not about us, the citizens.”

That’s the main sentiment expressed in the slums.

“Duterte encourages police to take action,” explains Eduardo Tadem, a leading academic, Professorial Lecturer of Asian Studies (UP). “He is a lawyer, he stays within the legal limits. Some 5,000 were killed so far, but who really does the killing? Vigilantes, motorcycle gangs… The crime rate used to be horrible: killings, kidnapping, petty crime. People are fed-up with the crime. They’d support any action to stop it.”

Like many before her, Gloria Arroyo, a Filipina politician who served as the 14th President of the Philippines from 2001 until 2010, acted often as a Western corporate puppet.

“If we talk about extra-judicial killings, then we have to prove that the authorities are really ordering them,” explains Ms. Ilagan. “Duterte came with the names: among them some top military and police generals! Now many are being killed. But the international HRs organizations are totally misinterpreting Duterte’s role in all this. Another thing is: the number of people killed in this country is actually decreasing. Before, under Aquino, those murdered were mainly poor farmers, indigenous people, and urban poor; people fighting for their basic human rights. Under Gloria Arroyo, the foreign mining companies were even given permission to kill protesters. All this is over now.”

The President is defiant, especially when criticism comes from abroad: “I do not kneel down before anybody else, except the Filipino in Quiapo walking in misery and in extreme poverty and anger.”

Eduardo Tadem believes that burying former dictator Marcos at ‘Hero’s Cemetery’ was a gross miscalculation. “Marcos brought this country to ruins.” But he says that the act was not ideological; it was about pragmatism and ‘personal ties’. Duterte made a promise to the family of Marcos. Before the elections, he didn’t accept a member of the Marcos clan as his vice presidential running mate, but he needed the votes of his followers.

“Marshall Law was the US project,” exclaims Dr. Reynaldo Ileto, a leading historian. “But now they only talk about Marcos. Under Ramos and others, there were terrible abuses, too. The cemetery carries the ‘hero’ name, but actually, almost all former presidents are buried there. Focus on Marcos is deliberate: to raise controversy, to discredit Duterte, and to avoid real issues. Many people from the left, even Marxists, were actually working with Marcos. Duterte’s father was a minor minister in Marcos’ cabinet, but his mother was a resistance figure.”

“Duterte’s mother played an extremely important role in the protest movement against Marcos,” confirms Ms. Ilagan. “She was vocal, fearless, and she had great influence on her son. Let’s also remember that during Marshall law Duterte served as a prosecutor in Davao, and he saved many prisoners, many activists”.

Dr. Ileto’s gives a personal ‘verdict’ on President Duterte: “He is doing a great job. He is being sensible to China, while the West is doing all it can to antagonize China. This is an essential issue. Remember our past: President Arroyo visited China first, before she went to the US. She moved closer to China. She was punished: they got her indicted for ‘corruption.’

We discuss Argentina, Brazil and Ukraine and how the West invents or exaggerates ‘human rights’ and ‘corruption’ matters to ostracize, even to overthrow legitimate governments.

Leni Robredo: Almost a sure bet that she’s being groomed by the West to replace Duterte via yet another color revolution.

Now the process to discredit the rebellious President of the Philippines is already in full swing. Would Duterte’s liberal Vice-President Leni Robredo (recently expelled from the cabinet), be elevated by the Western establishment to stardom? She is pro-Washington, she is against all Duterte’s ‘wars,’ and, above all, she is against his increasingly close relationship with China. She could soon join the band of the ‘Color Revolutions’ leaders, as she leads the “yellow” Liberal Party.

“In Mindanao, people say ‘Imperialist Manila,’” explains Ms. Ileto. “Duterte is from the South, he is an anti-imperialist, he defends his people, and the elites in Manila hate him for that. He swears, curses, after all, he is Visaya – we are like that – open and outspoken. First, they thought he was a joke, but he won, he touched the people. He speaks their language; he is real.”

“What will happen if he is overthrown or killed?” I ask point blank, here in his city of Davao, on Mindanao Island.

“There would be a real danger of explosion; even of a civil war,” I am told. “And people of Mindanao would be at the forefront.”

(First published by RT) 


Andre Vltchek
ANDRE VLTCHEKPhilosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist, Andre Vltchek has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are revolutionary novel “Aurora” and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and  “Fighting Against Western ImperialismView his other books here. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. After having lived in Latin America, Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.


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On December 7th, was posed the biggest test so far of the mettle of America’s President-Elect, Donald Trump. He had said several times during his campaign, that if elected as President, he would seek a new, less-hostile, relationship between the U.S. and Russia. Now the moment has come when he must either make his first move forward with that historic commitment, or else — by his own inaction when the circumstances (such as right now) demand immediate action on this very promise — set his future U.S. Presidential Administration onto exactly the opposite path: following through with and accepting the existing hostilities, even when they are the most blatantly irrational and counter-factual on their American basis (as now is the case).

ABOVE IMAGE: Crimeans celebrate reincorporation into the Russian Federation. The referendum vote—validated by numerous international observers—overwhelmingly supported reintegration with the fatherland.

The precipitating event here is this: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on December 7th that they want to continue the existing hostilities against Russia: specifically the economic sanctions that U.S. President Barack Obama initiated against Russia after Russia had accepted the overwhelming (90%+) request of the residents in Crimea to restore Crimea’s pre-1954 status, of being for hundreds of years an integral part of Russia.
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The way Steinmeier phrased it was, “The necessary significant progress” by Russia in the implementation of the Minsk Peace Agreement for Ukraine, has not been achieved, and so the sanctions against Russia “will continue to exist.”
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By “the necessary significant progress” he was referring actually to the thing that has been blocking the carrying-out of the Minsk agreements: the Ukrainian Government’s refusal to adhere to provision #11 of the Minsk II Accords, the provision that says Ukraine will pass an amendment to its Constitution so as to provide “special administrative status” within Ukraine to the two breakaway regions, Donbass (where 90% of the residents had voted for the Ukrainian President whom U.S. President Barack Obama’s Administration had overthrown in a bloody coup in February 2014, which coup sparked Donbass’s breakaway), and Crimea (where 75% had voted for that deposed President, whose bloody removal by Obama’s operation sparked Crimea’s breakaway on 16 March 2014, three weeks after that coup).
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What Stoltenberg and Steinmeier ought to be demanding, then, certainly is not continuation of sanctions against Russia for something that Russia isn’t responsible for and actually opposes (a breaking of that promise by the Ukainian Goverment), which is Ukraine’s refusal to comply with provision #11 of the Minsk II Accords, but, instead, sanctions against the Ukrainian Government itself, and perhaps also against the U.S. Government, for their opposing and blocking implementation of that key provision of the Accords (and, perhaps belatedly, also for that coup).
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However, since NATO and Germany are not (such as they’re claiming to be) demanding Ukraine’s compliance with the Minsk Accords, perhaps other nations should instead consider imposing economic sanctions against NATO and Germany, as a possible alternative way of achieving implementation of those Accords, by penalizing NATO and Germany for pushing forward with this lie and moving in the opposite direction — toward war — from the direction (ending the West’s confrontation with Russia) which the U.S. President-elect had said he wants. And, of course, economic sanctions against the United States Government, for its having illegally imposed a coup-government in Kiev, and so precipitated the entire confrontation, might also be considered. Those options could be rational, but what Steinmeier and Stoltenberg are demanding is certainly not.
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U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump can eliminate any such necessity, however, and also fulfill his basic campaign promise regarding U.S.-Russian relations, by informing both NATO and Germany that, unlike his immediate predecessor in the U.S. White House (Obama), a President Donald Trump will push for an immediate end to the Obama-sanctions against Russia. 
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This move on Trump’s part needn’t necessarily be accompanied by any official repudiation of his predecessor’s actions regarding Ukraine and regarding Russia, but it would, in and of itself, establish a new and far more peaceful future course in international relations, in which all nations will be able to unify around the common goal for international security, of wiping out jihadists — no longer any trumped-up accusations and hostilities that extend and needlessly continue old-style big-power rivalries, which unnecessarily drain the world’s resources and kill thousands of people, for merely partisan, and clearly counter-productive and potentially catastrophic, purposes.
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If President-Elect Trump declines to take advantage of this “blatant” opportunity to change course in a constructive direction on U.S. foreign relations, then what realistic expectation can there be that he ever will do so? Can a more “blatant” instance to initiate his promised change-of-direction be even imagined?
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Also on December 7th, Mr. Trump named a passionate opponent of regulations against global warming, to become the head of America’s Environmental Protection Administration, which enforces those regulations. The appointee is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who is no scientist and who even denies that there is any significant scientific consensus that global warming exists or has any human involvement in its cause if it does exist, and has fought against regulations to reduce or prevent runaway global heating. Unless he would reverse those positions of his, approval by the U.S. Senate of his appointment would make any concerted international agreements against runaway global heating, such as as the recent Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gases, impossible to achieve or enforce. This would be yet further reason for imposing economic sanctions against the United States — but this reason would be due to Mr. Trump’s own international malfeasance, rather than to Obama’s.
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Consequently, the real test now isn’t only for Trump; it’s also going to be a test for every government on this planet. And not only international peace is at stake; our livable planet also is.


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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Stephen Karganovic


The Open Society Foundation, brain child and battering ram of the formerly enigmatic, but now, thanks to leaked disclosures, progressively less so moneyman George Soros, is not famed for the impeccable transparency of its operations. We owe to the hackers’ consortium DC Leaks[1] some of the more sensational recent insights into not just the inner workings and breadth but, perhaps more significantly, the depth of Soros’ operations. 

          DC Leaks has made public this year about 2,500 Soros Foundation related confidential dispatches. Why have DC Leaks hackers specifically targeted Soros? Their unflattering reply to that question is that they regard Soros and his organization as “architects and sponsors of virtually every revolution and coup during the last 25 years, as vampires rather than beacons of freedom and democracy.” Because of Soros and the puppets he installs in targeted countries, they allege, the blood of millions has been shed in order to make a tiny few even wealthier.

          The hacked documents present panoramic proof of Soros’ involvement in virtually every contemporary political imbroglio, from the migrant crisis to the Ukraine, and from being the largest single contributor to Hilary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign to influence buying in the American judicial system.

          It is natural to ask what is this “billionaire philanthropist’s” (as the hackneyed phrase has it) ultimate goal? What complex game is this complex character actually playing?

          The disclosed confidential documents make it clear that Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) is aggressively determined to influence the political scene in the US and Europe. At the moment, a significant aspect of that effort is shaping a political and media milieu favorable to the reception of immense numbers of culturally incompatible migrants in the EU and the United States. The huge population shift, which many suspect is not entirely spontaneous and erratic, was decreed by Soros personally to be the “new normal”[2]. Seemingly contrary to hitherto standard precepts of business logic, Soros has announced his intention to invest the hefty sum of half a billion dollars into creating conditions for the permanent settlement of Middle Eastern migrants in Europe.[3] This initiative comes in the wake of Soros’ New York Times interview[4] where he matter of factly urged European governments to “develop an asylum policy with a generous target, up to a million refugees a year with the target open for several years.”[5]

          The demographic engineering advocated by Soros, such as the world has not seen in a long time, raises the question of whether Soros is acting solely under his personal inspiration or is, in fact, the public face of an exceptionally influential group of people with an extensive geopolitical and cultural agenda, seeking the transformation not just of Europe but of the world in general.

          The existence of a broader agenda, greatly transcending business in the purely traditional sense, was suggested by Soros’ active involvement in all the key segments leading up to the Ukrainian coup in 2014 and the introduction of militantly anti-Russian policies and rhetoric emanating from Kiev since then. Significantly, the operation of fabricating a new Ukrainian identity on anti-Russian foundations proceeded in parallel fashion, while at the same time spreading the attractive but in practical terms utterly misleading notion that the destiny of Ukraine was to become part of the “European family of nations,” with the unmistakable hint to the dazzled masses that they stand to profit greatly if they turn their backs to Russia. In broad terms that cultural re-engineering operation has been going on in the Ukraine for the last twenty years, with Soros’ fingerprints all over it, only to finally bear fruit in the Maidan takeover in 2014. A critical component in setting the stage for it was the “subversive archipelago” of interlocking Soros-financed organizations, a multi-headed Hydra composed of hundreds of outfits of various sizes and profiles acting on various fronts, but with a single overall objective.

          What is important to bear in mind is that Soros is not a solitary and not even the somewhat eccentric but basically benign figure, which in media puff pieces he is made out to be, but is an actor playing a well-choreographed and synchronized role in furtherance of transnational   political and economic interests. In the globalists’ game, Soros is not a peripheral player but one of their key exponents.

          OSF’s real “under the radar” work is exemplified by their apparent determination to influence the US judicial system, as laid out by Politico magazine.[6] A similar “under the radar” pattern can be observed in OSF activities elsewhere also, focusing on the patient education of local cadres who – assisted by OSF and other like-minded mechanisms already in place – are to be quietly advanced in their Gramscian march through the institutions until they seize posts in government, society, and culture from where they will exert the influence and make policy decisions as they had been programmed to do.

     

Martin Schultz, EU President: in the pocket of Soros.

    An example of the way this works is the quiet and largely unnoticed takeover, under OSF’s tutelage, of no less than 226 European Parliament deputies, who were named in DC Leaks’ documents as being financially dependent on Soros’ financial largess in one form or another, the most important of them being EU Parliament president Martin Schulz. For a sense of scale in assessing the level of potential influence exerted by an external, non-parliamentary actor such as George Soros, it should be noted that the largest parliamentary group in Strasbourg, the moderate right caucus, has 215 members, i.e. fewer than George Soros’ own informal voting bloc in the EU parliament. 

          This is a fact that negates the very essence of democracy. These parliamentarians may be more beholden to George Soros (who, incidentally, has plans for Europe about which the European peoples are not being consulted and of which they do not necessarily approve) than they are to their voters. As in the example of Soros’ efforts to influence the judicial process in the US, this sort of private influence on public servants is not merely dangerous but absolutely fatal to democracy and the rule of law.

          Which leads back to the fundamental question of what ultimate goal lies behind the seemingly variegated and sometimes confusingly contradictory activities of Soros’ organizations throughout the world? The Jerusalem Post, which is a very serious newspaper and chooses its words carefully, reflecting on the documents unearthed by DC Leaks, has denounced George Soros and his Open Society Foundation for conducting “a campaign of global chaos”[7] whose objectives are to undermine nation-states and traditional identities and values throughout the world.

          A well-reasoned and alarming analysis, indeed. If even in Israel there is such apprehension that Soros’ activities might endanger that country’s internal security and identity that speaks volumes about George Soros’ destructive profile and the disturbing impact of his global crusade. 


[1] http://soros.dcleaks.com/

[2] “Wall Street Journal,” 20 September 2016

[3] For a detailed account of these bold ambitions, see Open Society Foundation’s official dissertation on the subject: http://soros.dcleaks.com/fview/President/2016/international-migration-initiative-governance-and-enforcement-may-12-2016/imi_governance-enforcement-prd-5.12.2016.pdf

[4] “New York Times,” 11 February 2016

[5] Ibid.

[6] “Politico”, 30 August 2016; http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/george-soros-criminal-justice-reform-227519

[7] “Jerusalem Post,” 23 August 2016



 
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 Often published on Katehon and other counter-disinformation sites, Stephen Karganovic serves as President for the Dutch NGO Srebrenica Historical Project.


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