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December 31, 2017

A Happy 2018 To All Moonkind

Dear readers and commentators,

thank you for coming here, reading and discussing about the events of our world.

I wish for a happy new year for you and everyone else.

A Happy New Year to all moonkind!

Posted by b on December 31, 2017 at 12:15 PM | Permalink


Thank you, b, for providing the most cogent and accurate analysis of events in the Mideast, especially the unreported and under-reported role of the various US agencies and proxies. There's no one who does it better.

May the new year be a healthy and prosperous one for you and yours.

Posted by: John Zelnicker | Dec 31, 2017 12:35:14 PM | 1

How you are able to provide the information you do day after day is beyond me. The best site on the internet!

Have a happy new year. Stay safe!

Posted by: Jim Simmons | Dec 31, 2017 12:59:48 PM | 2

As always much appreciation for this site. Thank you, b, for providing the opportunity as well as front-leading analysis continually. It is a relief to come here to get educated. (PS: can you indicate your email as I have a question re donations.)

Posted by: Sid2 | Dec 31, 2017 1:01:41 PM | 3

Happy New Year 2018 to all, if it ain't out o' keepin' with the situation.

Posted by: Ort | Dec 31, 2017 1:11:41 PM | 4

Thank you, Bernhard, for an extraordinary effort to spread knowledge and encourage dialogue in behalf of worthy goals and human necessity.

Best of health and happiness. You are deeply appreciated. Salute!

Posted by: Red Ryder | Dec 31, 2017 1:22:55 PM | 5

Happy New Year to You, too.
And infinite gratitude for
Your hard work of getting the
truth out in a time of utter
deception, propaganda and

May the Universe shield You
from any adversities.

Posted by: nottheonly1 | Dec 31, 2017 1:26:53 PM | 6

thanks b! happy new year to you and all the great folks that interact here at your site!

Posted by: james | Dec 31, 2017 1:46:26 PM | 7

Dear B,

Thank you for this blog, for providing first-rate and unmatchable news and analysis, and for giving us a forum to discuss, debate and learn more about important global issues from different angles and points of view.

Wishing you the best of health, happiness and good fortune in the New Year! And wishing all my fellow Moonbeams the same in 2018!

Regards from Jen (Sydney, Australia).

Posted by: Jen | Dec 31, 2017 2:21:03 PM | 8

Heard about your site only yesterday. I can’t stop reading. You cut so ruthlessly through the mainstream media brainwash. Thank you so much for this. You are a shining light of resistance against despicably arrogant propaganda operators. I wish you the energy to go on. I know it is difficult.

Posted by: Thomas | Dec 31, 2017 2:35:30 PM | 9

Happy New Year to all!

Posted by: Pespi | Dec 31, 2017 2:42:44 PM | 10

Wish I had something to add b.

Keep up the great work and have an awesome new year!

Posted by: Forest | Dec 31, 2017 2:45:28 PM | 11

Thank you for all you do, b.

Posted by: WorldBLee | Dec 31, 2017 2:51:52 PM | 12

a fine 2018 to you, as well, bernhard. and also to all of the oppressed precariat around the globe, esp. those whose lives have been so severely damaged by the Western hegemon gone totally amok.

Posted by: wendy davis | Dec 31, 2017 3:09:45 PM | 13

Cheers b, and also everyone else who contributes with insights, links and ideas. This blog can't be overrated in terms of information and tone (mostly). Wish I could contribute more, but for the time being just sincerest best wishes to all of you.

Posted by: radiator | Dec 31, 2017 3:35:55 PM | 14

Thanks Bernhard. Happy New Year, guten Rutsch!

Posted by: Pnyx | Dec 31, 2017 3:57:29 PM | 15

Happy New Year to Bernhard and fellow barflies!!!!

If we go all the way through 2018 without some major movement is this geopolitical nightmare I will be surprised. I won't be surprised if b nails it before it happens.


Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 31, 2017 4:17:56 PM | 16

My very best wishes and thanks, this is the real internet as was intended and a great host and fine correspondents fulfil this reality every day of the year. Many thanks from this old lady in her eighties for whom the international news will never cease to be important.

Posted by: jocelyn braddell | Dec 31, 2017 5:29:39 PM | 17

Thanks for all of your time in finding the truth.

Posted by: jo6pac | Dec 31, 2017 6:10:03 PM | 18

I hope during 2018 that humanity will take it upon itself to develop a standard vocabulary of words and symbols that focuses the conversations more on the problem we humans have with those we have allowed to be in charge. Government is suppose to protect the people and enrich their lives, not endanger lives or take money meant for human need to be used to make rich and powerful, the few.

A great waste occurs when a human is born and not educated to the fullest and allowed thereafter, to participate as an active member of our global human society. Humanity advances from the smallest input just as much as it does from the giant step of a few.

I think humanity may have ignored the possibility that corporate power, not elected or governmental power, is actually in charge. Those elected may often be puppets of corporate power.

Somehow, the words need to be developed into a language capable to extract from dialogue, conversation and propaganda problems that can be identified, highlighted, exposed and resolved.

happy new year to all.

Posted by: fudmier | Dec 31, 2017 6:20:18 PM | 19

Happy new year, and thanks for your remarkable efforts! This site is a gem!

Posted by: Per | Dec 31, 2017 6:32:07 PM | 20

thanks again for all you do Bernhardt, I remember with great fondness celebrating the new year with you in Hamburg. Tonight I find myself in Vienna but not quite the same.


Posted by: dan of steele | Dec 31, 2017 6:50:28 PM | 21

@fudmier #19 - Great points. Minor quibble, take the "may" out of your third paragraph. These points are not maybes, they are facts. There are many people, at least in the West, especially the US, that are quite aware that the corporations are running the show (or, the corporate and financial elites that have the wealth, hence power). And, many of us have no doubt and a ton of evidence that the elected are completely controlled by the corporate and financial elites. It's a sad situation in the US, but there are a whole bunch of people trying to fight it.

Posted by: John Zelnicker | Dec 31, 2017 7:02:08 PM | 22

Happy New Year my friends!

Sorry, I don't have any new conspiracies, with only a couple of hours left. Dang. My New Year's resolution is to have a brand new one every two months.

Thank you b and all you fine commentators!

Posted by: blues | Dec 31, 2017 7:53:23 PM | 23

Icy roads tonight, *very* icy roads...stay home, drink ale, watch football (no late game, though...boooo, but plenty of analysis)

Happy New Year, y'all !

Posted by: librul | Dec 31, 2017 8:39:35 PM | 24

here's hoping for a continued happy new year b & all - raise a glass to another year passing of MOA's ongoing trenchant role in collaborative education & collective knowledge, thanks mostly to b's focus & stamina, though benefiting greatly from the open doors and (mostly) open minds that pass through - a watering hole in which there's always plenty to drink & think on...

Posted by: b real | Dec 31, 2017 8:51:57 PM | 25

Here's to Bernhard and all the Truth Seekers here at MoA!

Posted by: karlof1 | Dec 31, 2017 9:27:16 PM | 26

¡feliz año nuevo!

to all happy new years and happy moon year

Posted by: michaelj72 | Dec 31, 2017 10:15:44 PM | 27

This site is much valued to help develop and maintain balanced perspective on world events -- all posts and comments (mostly) appreciated.

Posted by: x | Dec 31, 2017 10:22:01 PM | 28

Happy New Year to all!

Special shout out to the brave souls that contribute here and elsewhere. Some of you have done so for many years. Names that I and many others (I’m sure) have come to recognize.

Thank you b for bring us all together.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Dec 31, 2017 10:38:36 PM | 29

Thank you, b!

I am most grateful that you maintain this blog.

The best to you in the new year!


Posted by: Gaianne | Dec 31, 2017 10:45:27 PM | 30

Generally too uninformed to add much to speculations and discussion- average level of discourse here is high enough that it does not much benefit from an intelligent but relatively ignorant commenter.

Along with Scott Horton, this fine Bernard does a great service against the propaganda machine here in the states and abroad.

Cheers to all. I pray the new year smiles upon ya'll.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 31, 2017 11:18:09 PM | 31

Thank you, B! Happy new year!!!

Posted by: guy | Dec 31, 2017 11:45:47 PM | 32

Txs b for another great year of reporting & analysing, and many txs to all the great commenters also..
Happy 2018!

Posted by: Lozion | Jan 1, 2018 1:17:26 AM | 33

For many years now I've used the Tibetan new year as the fulcrum upon which the old year turns into the next. In 2018 it coincides with the Chinese new year, the Lunar New Year, which is February 14.

I always enjoy the Christmas holidays and take full advantage of them, but for me the urge to embrace a new direction doesn't cold-start in the dead of winter, but waits until spring is just around the corner. This is a much better time to gather one's existential energy for new resolutions and new beginnings.

The west, as ever, seems to beat itself almost to death with its lack of empathy for the natural cycles of life. But it doesn't have to be this way. There really is no logic or reason whatsoever to start a new thing in the middle of winter. One could try February 14th, and see how much better it feels. (All the while, enjoying the revels of the "holiday season" of course.)

As a friend, I offer the concept to one and all.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 1, 2018 1:32:02 AM | 34

B's optimistic articles always cheer me up and give me hope. Although I read a lot (half physics. half politics), I cannot add much to the comment section, but I'm always grateful to read them.

Posted by: Peter | Jan 1, 2018 3:01:17 AM | 35

I come here daily, almost never comment, but am much appreciative of all the cogent thinking in the posts and in the comments. I really appreciate that Bernard (b) is able to output such material, so often. It is an example of the power of the internet married to caring, intelligent humanity.

Posted by: Andy | Jan 1, 2018 3:17:22 AM | 36

happy new year b and again thanks and cheers to all at the bar and those lurking in the dark rainy street outside have a virtual glass on me let's hope for better

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 1, 2018 7:01:29 AM | 37

A Happy new year to you too b. And a rather belated - I hope you had a very happy Christmas as well.
I really value your articles and world view.

Posted by: stonebird | Jan 1, 2018 10:58:22 AM | 38

Provocative article about China,
"Making China Great Again".
As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.

By Evan Osnos

Here are a few quotes to incite your interest.

> In October, the World Trade Organization convened ministers from nearly forty countries in Marrakech, Morocco, for the kind of routine diplomatic session that updates rules on trade in agriculture and seafood. The Trump Administration, which has been critical of the W.T.O., sent an official who delivered a speech and departed early. “For two days of meetings, there were no Americans,” a former U.S. official told me. “And the Chinese were going into every session and chortling about how they were now guarantors of the trading system.”

> The Trump clan appears to “directly influence final decisions” on business and diplomacy in a way that “has rarely been seen in the political history of the United States,” the analyst wrote. He summed it up using an obscure phrase from feudal China: jiatianxia—“to treat the state as your possession.”

> In Beijing, the government uses facial-recognition machines in public rest rooms to stop people from stealing toilet paper; it limits users to sixty centimetres within a nine-minute period.

> In the first eleven months of Trump’s Presidency, none of his Cabinet secretaries had given a major speech on China. The post of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the State Department’s top job for the region—once held by W. Averell Harriman, Richard Holbrooke, and Christopher Hill—remained unfilled. David Lampton, the director of China studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, at Johns Hopkins, told me, “I think this is like a bunch of drunks in a car fighting for the steering wheel.”

Posted by: mauisurfer | Jan 1, 2018 10:58:39 AM | 39

To b and,all posters, happy New Year and thank you so much for all you do!

And to Grieved, let's celebrate again February 14. That, Old Calendar Orthodox is also a feast, and we need joy in all our dark times to keep us going.

Posted by: Juliania | Jan 1, 2018 12:08:11 PM | 40

Apologies re request for email info (found under about).

Posted by: Sid2 | Jan 1, 2018 1:11:40 PM | 41

@40 Juliania

Actually the Chinese New Year is February 16th, not the 14th. I was mixed up with that other hugely pivotal event, Valentine's Day ;)

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 1, 2018 5:09:00 PM | 42

Repost from older thread on Iran:

Happy New Year to everybody, especially to my very appreciated people in Iran, I hope they can handle this foreign meddling.
Special regards for the suffering people in Syria and Yemen, as well, I wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2018!

A hug!

Posted by: elsi | Jan 1, 2018 6:05:19 PM | 43

happy new year!

Posted by: annie | Jan 1, 2018 11:38:27 PM | 44

Happy New Year to Bernhard and the readers of MoA!

This site is invaluable in decoding the anti-human global matrix of evil.

Kudos to all contributors who feel deeply human need to defend here what's good left of our civilization.

(One can only wish for less unnecessary, surprisng censorship of many interesting points presented by the commenters.)

Frohes neues Jahr!

PS I think you should look into possibility to support your site via the Google Store since their gift cards give a nice level of anonymity while being widely available throughout the world. You can sell newspaper in the Kiosk, e-books or a software mobile application for access to you blog. Such app could overcame limitations of the current Typepad platform, especially wrt to better comment flow. The downside being Google the tool of global evil control, one can only hope such transfer will bee soon available via the Yandex network (Store, Money, etc.).

All the best for the epic New Year 2018!

Posted by: PeacefulProsperity | Jan 28, 2018 3:23:16 PM | 45

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