YOSSI GURVITZ—Not a single poll put Netanyahu’s coalition under 61 seats. Generally, the polls gave him 64 to 67 seats. The results as they are now (with full counting of all polls, but not including the soldiers’ vote, and historically they lean right) give Netanyahu a steady coalition of 65 seats. This may not be the coalition he wishes he had, but he’ll use. The rest, again, is noise.As the result was pretty much preordained, the interesting story coming out of this election is the wiping out of the democratic bloc. Labor has six seats, Hadash-Taal have six, Meretz has four, and Balad also four. Total: 20. One-sixth of the Knesset.
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Tulsi Gabbard defends Assange and condemns the US government for trying to stifle free speech, preferring coverups to transparency. While answering CNN’s Jake Tapper’s question, Tulsi also teaches this vile presstitute the basics of true journalism.
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EDDISON FLAME—If you want someone to work for long hours in an uncomfortable and unsafe factory, the alternatives have to be pretty bleak. They have to pretty much be living in abject poverty. In fact, for the rich capitalist, the more rampant poverty is, the more power he wields. If people are really poor, I’m talking on the brink of starvation poor, they can be convinced to do all kinds of horrible things for a just a bit money.So this is the real reason why the rulers of the world are quick to stamp out such cooperative movements. These movements threaten to undermine their leverage, their control over the people. If everyone starts taking care of everyone, it could get to the point where all the people have enough to eat and a place to sleep. Then people will not behave like slaves anymore.
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GLEN FORD—The Lords of Capital are painfully aware that U.S. imperialism has been drained of whatever “soft” power it once had in the world and left with only two cards to play: multi-theater, unremitting military aggression and full-spectrum weaponization of the dollar. “Regime change” is the localized manifestation of Washington’s desperate bid to upend and disrupt the emerging new global order, as China returns to its historical place at the center of the world — the position it held when Columbus embarked on his pillages. Therefore, although Donald Trump has gotten a respite from Mueller, the orchestrated demonization of Russia, China, Venezuela, Syria and “socialism” will remain the daily fare of the U.S. propaganda machine that masquerades as journalism. In other words, a step back to “normal.”
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PHILIP GIRALDI—As an ex-CIA case officer who worked on the Iran target for a number of years, I was shocked when I read the Times’ article, primarily because it sounded like a repeat of the fabricated intelligence that was used against both Iraq and Iran in 2001 through 2003. It is based on the premise that war with Iran is desirable for the United States and, acting behind the scenes, Israel, so it is therefore necessary to come up with an excuse to start it. As the threat of terrorism is always a good tactic to convince the American public that something must be done, that is what the article tries to do and it is particularly discouraging to read as it appears to reflect opinion in the White House.As I have been writing quite critically about the CIA and the Middle East for a number of years, I am accustomed to considerable push-back from former colleagues. But in this case, the calls and emails I received from former intelligence officers who shared my experience of the Middle East and had read the article went strongly the other way, condemning the use of both fake and contrived intelligence to start another unnecessary war.