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Britain’s “Special Relationship” and the American Virus.

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It's clear the UK's abject ruling class injected the nation with a malignant American virus from which the country still shows few signs of recovery. And the fiction of choice in the bankrupt political duopoly also shadows the hypocritical American model. 


With Britain’s economy grinding on the rocks of recession, the metrics of the Conservative Party's forty-year “special relationship” with America prove that this relationship has been an infection borne by yet another engineered American virus. Today’s terminal decline mirrors America’s economic, political, social and moral decay.

The ravages of a wartime winter have returned to Britain. With the Bank of England similarly stricken by this special relationship, it has disastrously emulated the US Federal Reserve step by step. Dying economies are the precursor to the degradation of society.  As Britain prepares to endure another desperate holiday season it is time to recall that when Margaret Thatcher became PM in 1979, before she imported Reaganomics to Britain in 1980, sterling’s value was $2.33 to the pound. Three years later, $1.57. Now, $1.16.

Britain abjectly coprophagic.

“Special relationship”, you say?

The metamorphosis, crisis by crisis, of American financial chicanery continually stoked the global economic pyramid scheme of deficit spending. This was greeted wholesale by the Exchequer and without opposition from elected officials at White Hall. However, during those four decades, Britain’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) averaged less than a 1% increase per year with negative GDP in twenty-one of forty-two years.

In 1981 UK manufacturing as a percentage of national GDP was nearly 20% and jobs in this sector made up 21.8%. Ttoday just 7.6%. Trade union membership is down from 13 million in 1980 to just over 6 million members. The average home price (adjusted for inflation) increased from £103,237 to £271,100 while home rentals increased 8.86% per year from a median monthly rent of £357 in 1980 to more than £1400 today. In 1980 53,000 families were listed as homeless then more than doubling to 126,000 by 1989 and over 219,000 as reported in 2020.

Britain’s terminal symptoms have metastasized from America’s malignancies such as its ongoing increases from 1980 to 2019 in crime and murder rates, poverty (7% vs. 22%), personal debt (42.5% of GDP vs.  £1.7 trillion/105% GDP) and student loan debt (£460Billion total/ £45,800 per student), personal and business bankruptcies, and Suicide. Obesity and diabetes costs follow the American waistline, too, and add $10.7 billion in direct NHS costs and another $33.4 in related government subsidies yearly.

 Prioritizing the ever-burgeoning war annuity was, however, routine each year and increased from £24.5 billion during Thatcher’s first term to £43.3 Billion this annum.

These massive sums have been an increasing, unnecessary, and unsustainable burden on a treasury already suffering from decades of conservative tax cuts.

The American economic affliction began under Ronald Reagan and quickly changed from a promise of “fiscal responsibility” featuring financial deregulation to tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and the snipping of the Great Society’s social safety net. What this Reaganomics also cut was the tax base. Called, “Trickle-down economics,” this injection failed to course through the arteries of society for very long, failing somewhere along the way of the wealthy purchasing super yachts, private jets and increased political influence.

Conservatives hypocritically next embraced deficit spending as prescribed by economic mythologist John Maynard Keynes as the panacea of each crisis. Thus began the yearly increases in national budget deficits and the selling of government bonds (debt) to pay for it, all the while squeezing social programs.

With interest rates approaching zero and bank depositors receiving a similar return despite record bank profits - and rarely punished with convictions for criminal behavior- the mantra of “too big to fail”  by the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve rationalized injecting manufactured money repeatedly into the economy in a trick called Quantitative Easing (QE). QE is the creation of money by printing it (digitally) after the US/UK over-budgets billions more than its tax annual base. The Treasury issues more debt (bonds) to sell to cover the deficit. Next, the BofE or Fed prints currency out of thin air to buy that debt. Sovereign UK debt is currently in excess of £2.69 Trillion. It was less than £200 Billion in 1980.

Interestingly, today there are one hundred and seventy-one British billionaires. In 1980, there was zero. That’s inflation.

Mark Carney, a Canadian, who was governor of the BofE deliberately lowered interest rates to historic lows thus making new home mortgages and equity refinancing so cheap as to transfuse 100’s of billions more in cash out of thin air as house prices soared. This was again merely a delay before the crash.

During this economic descent, too few politicians opposed this Keynesian snake oil while an increasingly complicit media dutifully back-paged it. Tony Blair and the vaporous Gordon Brown, after a decade of demonizing and privatizing the remaining vestiges of British social infrastructure in per usual Tory fashion, proved to be American lackeys rather than representatives of UK popular interests. Such treachery was highlighted in the recent article, “When Your Bank Fails, Don’t Walk…Run!”

With Blair began Britain’s slide into American-style “monocracy.”  Neither US Democrat nor Republican any longer provides sincere opposition. Although Britain has yet to suffer an American-style rigged national election, the UK has been similarly stripped of opposition leadership. The shameful and inaccurate demonization of Jeremy Corbyn by British media was designed to sever forever the spinal cord of the Labour Party. It worked. As went Corbyn, so went British socialism’s last dedicated champion. Instead, Labour offered up a Blairite member of the anti-labour Tri-lateral Commission, Sir Keir Starmer: A man whose prefix nicely explains his lack of effective leadership.

Monocracy is hidden by the media which instead of balanced reporting promotes one-sided censorship using journalistic tyranny to manipulate intellectual freedom. Like America, rather than budgeting for improving national interests, Britain finds it more cost-effective to tighten social liberties. Parliament’s quietly pending Online Safety Bill makes only the lies of the media safe but does exemplify the compliant corruption of politicians and the media. With 87% of all US media owned by six corporations that have the same agenda as the three companies controlling all of UK print media, this censorship has been uniform, self-serving, and effective.

The surreptitious privatization of Britain’s National Health Service(NHS), once the example to the developing socialist world, would make Aneurin Bevan roll in his grave. Thankfully halted in 2019, here the American trick of using Privately Financed Instruments (PFI) to provide private loans that use each hospital as collateral, but under draconian terms, forced dilapidated hospitals deliberately into the arms of US hedge funds. This still costs the NHS £2 Billion per year in ongoing pay-offs.

Before 1998 higher education was free. Since then UK students have racked up £460 Billion in student loan debt with a per-student average of £45,800. Acting on American changes in 2012 the UK made student debt one of the very few non-dischargeable debts in bankruptcy. This forever saddled each student with a huge debt service, and usually without a job within their discipline. Universities are now also heavily indebted based on the promise of these anticipated student fees. Recently diluting the A-level tests assured an increase and continuance of this vital college revenue. And a drop in standards.

The parallels to America continue from obesity caused by an adulterated US-style food supply, immigrants arriving by the thousands unchecked into cities already rotting from neglect and them also drawing on already depleted social services and,or the absurd mental aberration the young call “woke” that demands the human mind now believe that hard facts are merely discretionary or that a uterus is of no consequence whatsoever in biologically defining a woman.

The biggest and most threatening similarity, however, is apathy. Like America, Britain can blame itself for watching passively while divorcing itself from political reality and leaving that job to a corrupt media and political system.

A dying nation begins its decline by debasing its economy. When the process is irreversible the nation, instead of turning to the people’s needs, begins to turn on the people themselves.

It is time for voters to inoculate their countries at the ballot box. To elect representatives of true, not alleged, character who prioritize populism, not the profits of war. Those who reject American hegemony and its many bastardizations of Trickle-down economics. Politicians who will stop feeding the American virus on the blood and treasure of their own country, and who prioritize food before guns, society before tyranny, family before party, and education before ignorance!

If Britain is to survive it must now devote its full attention to its singular, most-important national emergency…

Britain!                                    

 -THE END-


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 Brett Redmayne-Titley has spent the last twelve years documenting the "Sorrows of Empire." He has authored over 200 articles all of which have been published and often republished and translated by news agencies worldwide. An archive of his published work can be found at watchingromeburn.uk. He can be contacted at live-on-scene ((@)) gmx.com

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In mind-blowingly hypocritical UN speech, Biden tries to rewrite history

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In mind-blowingly hypocritical UN speech, Biden tries to rewrite history


Journalist Ben Norton fact-checks the deeply misleading claims US President Joe Biden made in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.


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For the record: The whole speech by Joe Biden, a torrent of shameless lies from start to finish. 

LIVE: President Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly — 9/21/22


9.21.2022

President Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday morning. Biden’s address to the 77th UNGA comes as Russia’s war in Ukraine marches past its 200th day, while governments continue to grapple with the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic and as climate change uncertainties mount.

Courtiers —John Kerry, Ukrainian delegates, etc.—attend the pathetic emperor's peroration. For most in the audience  it was a big yawn of expected imperial hot air. 

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Prepare for War

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Presidents Putin and Xi: Fortunately, the world still produces great statesmen. Not abject clowns like the people fronting for illegitimate power in the West.

 

Prepare for war

In 1933, the Japanese General Staff reported to the Cabinet that, short of Divine intervention, America would devastate Japan in a war. Rather than become an American vassal state (the US wanted to control Japan's energy imports), Japan declared war.

Today, short of Divine intervention, both China and Russia can devastate America militarily and economically. Rather than surrender its hegemonic delusions, will America declare war?

Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, told the armed forces to prepare for war. The country should ''grasp the new situation and... focus on preparing for war''. 

 
 
Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called on his country’s armed forces to prepare for war. He issued the instruction at the seminar on the reform of national defense and the armed forces, which was held in Beijing. His message was relayed by national television. Xi Jinping’s speech comes at a time when the United States and its allies deny that Taiwan is a Chinese province (which Washington has recognized until now) and when his ally. (Voltaire network)

Like idiotic  lemmings, America's vassal states  eagerly join Washington's cynical crusade against a non-existent enemy

Never mind that the West's propaganda machine—its disinformation power—dwarfs that of Russia, China and the rest of the nations that dare stand up to America's diktats.


Germany's Economy Minister Robert Habeck says Berlin will not hold back criticism of human rights violations under threat of losing business. New measures to reduce dependence on Chinese raw materials, batteries and chips will also include closer examination of investments, such as infrastructure. Read full article →

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen makes a statement following the decision by Russian energy giant Gazprom to halt gas shipments to Poland and Bulgaria, in Brussels, Belgium, 27 April 2022.


EU President Ursula von der Leyen says that hostile powers fund institutions in Europe to propagandize from within against democracy. Earlier this year, ‘a university in Amsterdam’ closed an institute that did research into human rights with money from China, she said, work that is toxic to our democracy, and announced a package to defend democracy. [The Cross-Cultural Human Rights Center (CCHRC) is a network of universities and scientists from China, Africa and the Caribbean. Founded in Beijing in 2014, the CCHRC aims to increase dialogue on human rights among scientists from around the world. In doing so, she draws particular attention to human rights concepts and ideas that have been developed in southern countries, such as China and Africa]. Read full article →

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A Meditation on the Russian Character

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R. Nureyev levitating in one of his acclaimed performances.


INTRODUCTION


THE HOSTILITY the United States of America bears toward Russia must derive from something buried deep in the puritanical chromosomal-genetic make-up of Americans. In any case one wonders who these Russians are that the USA feels it has to encircle and contain, dictate and preach to, and look down on. It is not only fear of potential Russian competition for world domination. Maybe it is also jealousy. Envy for Russia’s vast lands. For its great culture. For something Russia has that the USA lacks. The cynic would say, reductively, that it has to do with the great natural gas reserves in Siberia. However that may be, the true source of the perceived Russian Threat is a mystery. The Cold War deformed immature minds in the West. Not only two generations or more of Americans were brainwashed; a whole world was hoodwinked by Western anti-Russian propaganda. Yet, despite the brainwash and the Cold War, despite what was instilled into the minds of Westerners about Stalin and Communism gone wrong, there were always many people who loved Russia. Russia would always be Russia.

In his beautiful book, Dictionnaire Amoureux de la Russie (editions Plon, Paris, 2007), Dominique Fernandez describes the dance as much more than a pastime in Russia. Speaking of the extraordinary ability of the world’s greatest dancers, Nijinski and Nureyev, to levitate and hang majestically suspended in the air for several instants, Fernandez writes: “It is a necessity of the (Russian) soul, impatient to break away from the weight of matter, the battle of the spirit against the body.” This French writer chose the dance as emblematic of the indomitable spirit of Russians to rise above normal human limitations, a national characteristic shown over and again throughout Russian history as in their wartime suffered victories over Nazi troops at Moscow, Stalingrad and Leningrad. The Italian Slavist and poet, the Communist Angelo Maria Ripellino, strove to compile a history of Russian letters based on the dance, a repetitious and obsessive theme in Russian literature: the dancing feet in Pushkin, the obscure leaps of Lermontov’s characters, Blok’s serpentine dances, Bely’s mountebanks.

In a discussion of Russian values, Fernandez writes: “For the Russian, food, money, vacations are necessities, not values. Books, theater, music, hikes in forests, gathering mushrooms, family solidarity, hospitality, voilà Russian values.” Far from undermining these basic values, the Soviet period enhanced them. An important achievement of the Soviet system, Fernandez notes, was low prices for culture enjoyment. Still today people with low incomes fill theaters and opera houses, concert halls and museums. The Soviet state lavished support on artists, a fact recognized by Nureyev, despite his ostensible defection to the West.

Paradoxically, this people of the far north are mentally a people of the South. Russians love Italy, and often resemble Italians, maybe because Russians also have a penchant for disorder, procrastination, inefficiency, qualities more than redeemed by their fantasy, poetry, nobility and confidence in life. In his book, La Tregua (The Truce. Abacus, London, 1987), Primo Levi, the great writer from Turin, describes his liberation from Auschwitz by Russian soldiers and the subsequent errant train voyage in the joyous chaos of Russian troops returning home from the war which first carried him north through Poland and Ukraine. Levi and the liberated Italians observed the Red Army soldiers homeward bound in a kind of “disorderly and multicolored biblical migration….” About the Russians’ strength, Levi wrote: “It is an interior discipline born from the harmony, reciprocal love and love for their homeland; a discipline that triumphs—precisely because it is interior—over the mechanical and servile discipline of the Germans. It was easy to understand why they prevailed."

At the heart of Russian Communist Internationalism lies an age-old and traditional Russian idea: all-human brotherhood. Real understanding of Russia and Russian Communism is impossible without an awareness of that aspect. Actually Russians are also Europeans, albeit more cosmopolitan than most, much more so than inward-looking Americans. Dostoevsky was the embodiment of the Russian concept of all-human brotherhood. Until the great wars of the twentieth century even nationalism was largely foreign to Russian mentality. Nicolas Berdyaev, existentialist thinker and prolific writer, who broke with Marxism and Bolshevism and left Russia for West Europe in 1922, wrote that Russian Communism was the transformation and deformation of viii the Russian messianic idea of international brotherhood, in that sense a reflection of the Russian religious mind. Even though history demonstrates that universal brotherhood is utopian, Berdyaev insisted that Soviet Internationalism derived from that ancient, deep-seated Russian idea.

Both Fernandez and Levi mean that many characteristics of the seventy-year Soviet era did not represent a dramatic rupture with Tsarist Russia. Now that enough time has passed and some minds are free of Cold War brainwash, we can see that the Soviet Union was ALSO the continuation of former Russia to a more “modern” state, that is, to the Communist state. Fernandez writes that though the positive traits remaining from the Communist system are gradually being erased today—austerity and moral dignity are ceding to the vulgarity of imports from the West—nonetheless, degradation is slower than elsewhere because Russians have an exceptional force of passivity and resistance. Also because of the enormity of the country and the isolation of entire regions in the long winters thus far it has been saved from the fate of Prague, once one of the world’s most beautiful cities, which the thirst for money has transformed into a tourist souk. The essence of today’s new Russia is most visible in the big cities, especially in Moscow, a sensation of a kind of void remaining after the disappearance of the old eras.

The qualities and characteristics of Russians must account for their feeling of “differentness” and for the distinctive quality of Russian Communism. Communism elsewhere, Nicolas Berdyaev predicted, would be less integrated than in Russia, more secular and … and most likely it would be more bourgeois.

Bourgeois! The theme has run through Russian letters since the revolutionary period. The artistic work of the great poet Alexander Blok, the lyrical poem The Twelve, reflects the people’s instinctive hate for the bourgeoisie. The Anglo-Saxon worship of bourgeois dissimulation is distant from Russian mentality. Reserve is considered a false social role. One reason for the initial success of the Bolsheviks around the world was their overt hate for the falsity of the bourgeoisie. Russians mistrust the surface of things. The raw and the crude are ix more likely to be free of deception. Form exhibits the lie while concealing the truth. Human greatness and a too well turned phrase are suspect. Systems and rules are departures from the human. Russians prefer living life to playing roles. So today, despite the threats, Western hostility and the temptations of capitalist values, this northern people with a southern mentality and a capacity for levitation has returned. The Russians are back, and how!

Ron Ridenour’s book, The Russian Peace Threat, about these Russians is destined to endure and inform future readers, writers and researchers about both what has been reported and what truly took place in the one hundred years from the 1917 Russian Revolution until the eruption of the distinct harbingers of the collapse of the US empire in the early twenty-first century. Events often just seem to happen, caught up in the swirl of history. But still, we try to interpret them and to understand. And then, in many cases, take a stand for or against. Understanding is like discovering a new world, like converting to a new faith. Revolt invades your life and everything is different from what it once was. Ridenour’s book helps us along the way to first remembering the historical facts so that we can then understand. His new work documents clearly facts about the early years of the Soviet Union’s relations with the West, its difficult steps toward socio-political maturity and Communism, and its enormous sacrifices along the way: its defeat of Western intervention during the revolutionary and civil war period; its regulation of state economic planning and the reforms required for the industrialization of the nation; its defeat of the German Nazi military juggernaut at the gates of Russia’s major cities and the coup de grace in the ferocious battle in Stalingrad, defeating German invaders and crushing Nazi Germany before the USA even entered the war; and finally the arduous salvation of Russia after the collapse of the USSR under US post-WWII economic firepower and the most treacherous anti-Russian policies which have marked US foreign policy since the early 1900s. Those Western policies continue to determine US-Russian relations today.99999 Throughout this long work Ridenour recalls and clarifies diverse significant historical details, obscured by time and by Western propaganda, facts that are so easily forgotten or that were never learned: such ignored truths as the importance of the USSR in the defeat of Japan in WWII and the timing of the US use of the atomic bomb in Japan. Not x many people are aware of the extent of the destruction of many Japanese cities which the author details here. He points out that the Soviet Union kept its word to help the United States by its intervention against Japan, the decisive reason why Japan was defeated even before the atomic bombs fell. A stunning but little known fact is that in response Operation Unthinkable and Operation Pincher in which first Churchill and later Truman were prepared to launch a surprise war against Soviet forces in Europe, included the potential use of nuclear bombs.

Dealing with the more well-known US capitalist involvement with Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, Ridenour reveals lurid details concerning the background to that involvement that are overwhelming. The story of the I.G. Farben Concern is a story in itself. Headquartered in its mammoth Frankfurt offices, once the biggest office building in Europe, it was “miraculously” spared by Allied bombing which leveled the city of Frankfurt. I.G. a chemical-pharmaceutical giant closely linked to Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and its affiliates during the Nazi era, the war itself and in postwar. It was the producer of the insecticide Zyklon B, used then in the holocaust and was the notorious exploiter of tens of thousands of slave workers. The spared building became General Eisenhower’s headquarters in the post-war and the CIA European headquarters and offices of related military intelligence agencies. In the 1990s it was returned to the German government to become the seat of the University of Frankfurt.

The Russian Threat concentrates on revealing Yankee hypocrisy and double speak about Russia. Ridenour says that the degenerate Yeltsin period in the 1990s and the Putin bashing and Russiagate got him involved in this book in the first place: “I think that the main point of my approach to the Soviet Union and Stalin is my conviction based on my own experience and research that neither were ever a threat to world peace, nor to the United States. While the Kissinger approach included the ideology of good is bad and the domino theory, Stalin, on the other hand, kept his agreements with the Yanks and Brits from their three big wartime meetings.”

Concerning the crucial 1930s, the author provides a rich chapter dedicated to Spain, almost a mere historical niche for educated people today, offering for example marvelous information about the numbers and fate of American volunteers to the Republican side in the Civil War on their return home, a chapter in which he underlines George xi Orwell’s important point that the Spanish Civil War was above all a class war.

Ron Ridenour who lived and worked for many years in Cuba presents a realistic view of the revolutionary island state that has exerted such wide influence in all of Latin America. Here his views are not those of the armchair analyst or superficial observer; his vision is more that of Cubans themselves caught up in the swirl of history. He writes of US Operation Mongoose against Cuba:


“The CIA was encouraging Cuban exile terrorist groups to be bolder in their sabotage. On August 24, 1962 José Basulto fired a 20mm cannon from the Juanin boat just 20 meters from the seaside Horneado de Rosita hotel in Havana. Basulto was best buddies with Che murderer Felix Rodriquez. Basulto would later say, ‘I was trained as a terrorist by the United States, in the use of violence to attain goals.’ He became all the more renowned in 1995-6 when he flew Brothers to the Rescue (BTTR) civilian aircraft from the CIA Opa-Locka Miami airport over Cuban territory. Cuba lodged complaints against the US government for allowing these aircraft to illegally fly over Cuba, trying to provoke a response. It came on February 24, 1996 when the Cuban Air Force, after several warnings, fired upon two of the three BTTR aircraft shooting them down. Four crewmen died. At the time, I was working in Cuba’s international news agency Prensa Latina, which Che had started. I recall telling colleagues: ‘It was about time Cuba reacted. The U.S. wouldn’t have waited for a second to shoot down the first Cuban or Russian flying over its territory.’”


The author today is impressed with the statesman-like qualities of Russian President Putin: his self-control in avoiding the trap of the US Deep State’s provocations concerning Russiagate; his preventing war against Iran and total US war against Syria, while at the same time improving the social-economic lives of the Russian people.99999 The notes section at the end of some chapters of The Russian Threat is magnificent, covering many lesser known aspects of relations between Russia and the United States and, at the same time, the major events of the last century. The vast number of sources used in this work, all now available in one place, is most certainly a remarkable achievement. Thus, we have in our hands a guide, a trove, for anyone writing on these subjects. The author’s research, tenacity for the discovery of little known details and his integrity make the book a reliable source for researchers and scholars, and most useful tool for anyone writing about the myriad aspects of US-Russian relations of our times.

—Gaither Stewart
Rome, Winter 2018


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An indispensable title by Ron Ridenour, especially in our time of manufactured wars.

THE RUSSIAN PEACE THREAT —Get it on Amazon or any other leading bookseller. In paperback and kindle.


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RON RIDENOUR

Ron Ridenour was born in the US Military Empire, 1939. After four years in the Air Force, he rejected the American Dream, in 1961, and has since acted as an anti-war, anti-racist and solidarity radical activist (Long Hot Summer, 1964, in Mississippi; Wounded Knee AIM 1973; anti-Vietnam war coordinator in Los Angeles). He has lived in many countries and worked as a journalist-editor-author-translator for five decades, including for Cuba’s Editorial José Martí and Prensa Latina (1988-96). He has lived in Denmark for three decades agitating against its vassal state mentality and warmongering.
Most titles by Ron Ridenour can be found on his Amazon page. Another Ridenour important book is

Backfire: The CIA's Biggest Burn
Thiis is the first book written about the 26 Cuban and one Italian moles, who infiltrated the CIA for Cuba's Department of State Security, and came out in unison in 1987. The book presents testimonies of three of the double agents, including the dean, who led a triple life for 21 years, a summary of the others, revels some of the major crimes and covert action efforts of the Agency, and elucidates the collaborative role the US mass media plays for the covert warriors. Cuba's counterintelligence proves that the CIA never stopped attempting to murder Fidel Castro nor did it give up the vain hope of destroying the Cuban socialist revolution despite U.S. congressional investigations of CIA terrorist activities.


Gaither Stewart grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. After studies at the University of California at Berkeley and other American universities, he settled first in Germany, then in Italy. Following a career in journalism as Italian correspondent for the Rotterdam daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad and contributor to the press in several European countries, he began writing fiction full-time five years ago. Since then he has authored three novels and two short-story collections. He has resided in Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Russia and Mexico. Today he lives with his wife, Milena, in the hills of north Rome. People who admire Le Carré and Fleming for their spy thrillers may find Stewart's The Trojan Spy a welcome revelation. A list of his books can be found on this page.

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Another one bites the dust: shrivelled Lizzie drops off her perch

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QE2: Her first and strongest loyalty was to her class.


(Originally run on 9 September 2022)

The Queen is dead. I am not referring to the demise of Freddie Mercury. That was ancient history, although Freddie's passing certainly represented the premature tragic loss of an immense talent and deserved to be mourned. No, I am referring of course to the demise yesterday of an extremely old, extremely rich and extremely privileged lady who, as far as we knew, lacked any talent, apart from doing what she was told to do and saying what she was told to say. I suppose you could call that a talent of sorts, if pulled off convincingly. Could someone with no initiative, no imagination and no original thought, who did what she was told to do, and said what she was told to say, be termed a "ruler" or a "leader"? Or is "dutiful establishment puppet" a more accurate description? Would Lizzie have amounted to anything if she had not been born into the Saxe-Coburg family? Of course not.

That paragraph above is bound to raise the ire of all foaming-at-the-mouth Monarchists and knuckle-dragging Imperialists everywhere. However those words were entirely based on known facts and reasoned analysis. Unfortunately however, those words could earn me a place on the fatwah kill list of rabid Britannic jihadists.

Until they or their UkroNazi proxies successfully car-bomb me, I will insist, resist and persist. So here goes.

QE2's demise at age 96 is the biggest pseudo-news and biggest NON-event in the world today. I daresay that the Pakistanis who lost their families, friends and worldly possessions in the recent horrific floods, have other things on their minds. I daresay that the Yemenis and Palestinians being bombed and shot at daily, have other things on their minds. I daresay that the Afghans who had their foreign reserves stolen by the USA and are now starving, have other things on their minds. My view regarding Lizzie's departure, after yawning repeatedly, is that everyone should instead focus, laser-like, on the existential concerns facing humanity: conflicts manufactured by the USA now raising our realrisk of Nuclear Armageddon, catastrophic climate change, impending collapse of industrial civilisation from petroleum depletion, ecosystem devastation and rampant pollution, all which threaten to bring about our Near Term Extinction.

Meanwhile in the Western media, we are bombarded with "bread and circuses", with time and energy wasting distractions. Yesterday it was the size of Kim Kardashian's bum, today it is the news that shrivelled old Lizzie fell off her perch. What an unexpected shock, oh me, oh my.

A potentially bigger News distraction would be this: the size of shrivelled Lizzie's cadaveric bum.

No doubt there will be gnashing of teeth, tearing out of hair and loud agonised wailing echoing down the corridors of British Imperialism everywhere.

We will be inundated with nauseating puff-pieces, the fawning media presstitutes of Old Empire all trying to out-compete each other for the most heartfelt hagiography, written with copious tears streaming down their cheeks, abruptly short circuiting their keyboards. The best pieces will earn hefty paychecks. That is how the commercial media work.

Politicians too will join the frenzied contest for "bestest Liz loving speechification" the winner being the one that most poignantly pulls at everyone's heartstrings. I can envision Peter Dutton, that rabidly fanatical Imperialistic armchair warmonger, viewing this as a golden opportunity to re-fashion his public image. After ensuring that all cameras are trained on him, he would dramatically tear his hear out, demonstrating his inconsolable grief. Oh, wait...never mind, maybe he has hair elsewhere that he can tear out. And I don't mean eyebrows, which he already creepily seems to lack.

It is long past time that Australia should cast loose from anything resembling Monarchical control. Of course, alert individuals will recognise that Australia in years past had quietly transitioned from being a Colony of Britain to being a Neo-Colony of the USA. We now know beyond any reasonable doubt that the removal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam from office was a soft coup orchestrated by the CIA, collaborating with MI6, who used the figureheads of the Queen and Governor General to overthrow a democratically elected leader of a (nominally) sovereign country, Australia.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/23/gough-whitlam-1975-coup-ended-australian-independence

https://johnmenadue.com/alex-mitchell-gough-whitlams-dismissal-and-the-cia/

So much for independence. So much for attempting socialist reform to benefit ordinary hardworking people.

So who were those shadowy people who told Liz what to do and what to say? Certainly MI6, in collaboration with the CIA (and we now know for sure that the CIA, along with the FBI, orchestrated JFK's assassination - because he had too much initiative, too much imagination, too much original thought. Conspiracy theory is now conspiracy fact. Any who dispute this reality must view Oliver Stone's "JFK revisited"). Who are the other puppet masters? You know very well who: the usual Wunch of Bankers, the Military-Industrial-Complex Oligarchs, the Corporatists (especially Big Oil), the commercial media moguls such as Rabid Maddog etc. You know who the 0.1% are. Everyone must focus, laser-like, on the psychopaths who actually pull the strings, who control ventriloquist dummies like Joe Biden or his equivalent "Republican" wannabe and who also control bonnie Prince Charlie (now the King...of wishful thinking). The mouthpieces and marionettes change but the propaganda remains the same.

Here is one possible inscription for Lizzie's tombstone:

"Here lies a non-entity

who did what she was told to do

and said what she was told to say.

She was a dutiful establishment puppet.

PS: her corpse had a small bum"

Burnishing the p.r. gestures of pomp and circumstance that sustain the crown, and in general the British aristocracy's regime of privilege, is a family duty from which all members benefit. IMAGE: Lizzie's children doing the obligatory photo-op by her casket.


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