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April 25, 2015

Open Thread 2015-19

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First Poland closed the boarder for the russian bikers, the Czecks are also discussing it and newst the office of counceler Merkel asked to cancel the visas. What are they afraid of. The don't mind parades of tanks through these countries, but are afraid of approx. 20 bikers without weapons.

Just saw, the Czecks decided to close their boarder too. What do the Americans have on all these politicians? First the Czeck President is forced to cancel his participation in the 1th of May celebration and now this. I also read that Washington has been pressuring all heads of states to not travel to Moscow. Sofar mainely the EU is following.

Posted by: Fran | Apr 25 2015 19:02 utc | 2

This link belongs to my comment at 2:

Posted by: Fran | Apr 25 2015 19:04 utc | 3

Have you seen this sickening crime?

Ukraine - Alleged “Azov” battalion troopers crucifying a “separatist supporter”

Posted by: Anonymous | Apr 25 2015 19:07 utc | 4

I'm sure by now people have heard about the severe earthquake in Nepal. I read it was 7.9 on the Richter scale. Images from Kathmandu show a lot of collapsed buildings and rubble, including Durbar Square. No word from outlying villages.

I was there a long time ago, 1980. At that time Kathmandu wasn't so built up. Building and construction standards were not very high.

Any MoAers there during the Freak Street heyday? Just curious.

Posted by: Maxcrat | Apr 25 2015 20:54 utc | 5

@5 Hitchhiked from Europe to India in the sixties. Across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan. Hard to believe now. Yes I'm that old.

Posted by: dh | Apr 25 2015 21:07 utc | 6

dh - Thanks! By the time I got to India and Nepal in 1979/80 everything had pretty much gone to hell. We were originally going to follow the main E/W route down through the Khyber Pass but the Iran hostage situation and the Soviet invasion of AF in December 79 forced us to reroute.

Hard for people now to realize how open travel could be back then, and how great some of these places were to visit and absorb for awhile.

Ever go to Aunt Jane's pie shop?

Posted by: Maxcrat | Apr 25 2015 21:19 utc | 7

I stayed in the Gulhane Hotel in Istanbul. Used to have breakfast in the pudding shop. I hear it has become a big tourist attraction.

Qum before the revolution. Kabul before the Russians. Goa before it became a hippie magnet. I was lucky to see those places when I did.

Posted by: dh | Apr 25 2015 21:29 utc | 8

Indeed you were. Namaste.

Posted by: Maxcrat | Apr 25 2015 21:32 utc | 9

With the Saudi's al Qaeda at 'play' in Yemen could their 'crack' ISIS unit be far behind?

ISIL releases video announcing official presence in Yemen

“We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied," an ISIL commander said in a video released on Friday.

Posted by: jfl | Apr 25 2015 21:46 utc | 10


Thank goodness U.S. advisors are now there to show these yokels how to properly crucify an unarmed prisoner.

Posted by: chuckvw | Apr 25 2015 21:50 utc | 11

@7 I was just trying to remember the name of the pie shop when I read your post. I was in Kathmandu summer of 1975 for a bit. There was also a good used book store where I bought a set of Ross MacDonald mysteries. Walking back from the monkey temple in the rain one afternoon, I stopped to chat with a Tibeten woman, who spoke some English and talked to me about being an outsider in Nepal, what her life was like. Two young Nepalese boys, also English speaking, offered to be my guides, walked with me to Patan and showed me around. Amazing times.

Posted by: Hamburger | Apr 25 2015 22:07 utc | 12

dh & Maxcrat

i got to Kabul overland (from India) in early March '79 a couple of weeks after the US ambassador had been killed in a kidnapping attempt. the atmosphere was fetid and we spent most of the day in the guest house smoking and drinking tea. the Iranian revolution was just getting underway. i went back to India. but the Kyber pass was majestic. Peshawar fascinating. the Golden Temple mesmerizing.

p.s. i was in Goa last December, Anjuna beach...and it's still a good scene!

except for the trance music

Posted by: john | Apr 25 2015 22:37 utc | 13

dh, max, 'burger -- Stop!!! You're making me jealous.... The closest I can get is that I lost my virginity to a woman whose late first husband was at Woodstock. She was into the Dead, I was catechized but never confirmed.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 25 2015 22:40 utc | 14

It seems as though the Israelis are pushing for a war this summer, being Isis and Nusras official airforce once again!!! News seems to be pretty tight lipped, apart from Israeli Media barking in their articles, they have struck Syrian and Hezbollah targets in Qalamoun once again !!!

This summer is going to be a massive test for the "shiite cres" in the middle east as they are facing their biggest test yet, with saudi dogs destroying yemen, wahabi mercenaries in syria n iraq, and israel being shrewdy as per usual

Americunt Gov as per usual playing the bluff card with Iran

Anyways here is the link

Posted by: Deebo | Apr 25 2015 22:44 utc | 15

/Israelis are pushing for a war this summer/
the article is similar to shallow water unfit for diving!

Posted by: ALAN | Apr 25 2015 23:02 utc | 16

Back online from off-grid RL…

@jfl, 164 & 215 (from Open Thread 18):

Thank you for your analysis, it filled in several blank spots in my information, particularly on the nature of the red leadership from Thaksin on down. And while it makes sense for the current dictatorship to make deals with Russia and China as well as the US, none of that redeems them one iota.

In the aftermath of the suppression of the red shirt encampment in Bangkok I remember seeing an interview with a local red leader in the northern mountains. On his wall he had a large picture of Thaksin, flanked by pictures on either side of Gandhi and Ché. Now that Thaksin is “out of the picture” I wonder to which pole of resistance the red rank and file will gravitate. The oligarchs and dictators better watch out what they are creating…

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 25 2015 23:59 utc | 17

@rufus magister, 173 (from Open Thread 18):

Ah, Kick Out the Jams—I was only introduced to the MC5 years later, but the Detroit Insurrection and 100+ more US cities going up in flames opened my attention to the wider world. I did see Devo on SNL and they certainly blazed some new trails into devolutionary consciousness.

“Dangerous” is sharp, and I do like the video you posted much more than the original version.

I’m digitizing all my old LPs, and just listened to the UK Subs’ Warhead for the first time since the ‘80’s. Add a verse about Ukrainian Nazis and it's a little too prophetic. Duty Now for the Future, indeed…

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 26 2015 0:01 utc | 18

@Lone Wolf, 163 (from Open Thread 18), on the “devolutionary politics” of the Kiev junta:

“What amazes me is the fast pace at which they go at this process, very consciously and at all levels of society.”

I think everything is accelerating now, driven by the global crisis of capitalism and the neocons’ pathological obsession to preserve US hegemony even to the point of nuclear war. Lenin once wrote “there are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen”—we may be passing through such a cusp at present.

I am no Cambodia expert, but without apologizing a bit for the Khmer Rouge’s disastrous ultra-“left” policies I do understand that the US military left them with a disaster on their hands: Phnom Penh’s 2-3 million siege-scarred people, hitherto fed by airlift, suddenly starving. Hundreds of thousands would have died even under the best leadership, but the Khmer Rouge instead treated them as enemies rather than liberated compatriots, leaving it to Vietnam to be the true liberator. I suspect the neocons have a similar end in view for the “Cambodianized” Ukraine they intend eventually to relinquish to Russia (in the “role” of Vietnam)...

We may not know for some time the true toll in the Ukraine—perhaps casualties are so high because of indiscriminate bombardment of urban areas, in addition to other reasons—but the US’s bloody history shows this to be strictly in character, from Central America as you wrote to Vietnam (between 1.5-3.5 million dead, north and south), Korea (1-2 million dead in the south, 2-3 million in the north), Indonesia (1 million+ dead from the coup), Iraq (1.5 million from sanctions)… the list goes on. 50,000 in the first year of the Ukrainian Civil War? Decades are beginning to happen…

I am reminded of Tacitus’ account of the Pictish Chieftain Calgacus’ exhortation of his warriors before fighting the invading Roman legions. Change the place names and it is all too familiar:

We who live on the edge of the Earth and who are the last bulwark of freedom have to this day been protected by our remoteness and by the mystery of our name. But now the frontiers of Britain are open and beyond us there is no people, nothing other than the seas, the rock and the still more dangerous Roman, whose usurpation is not to be escaped by self-abasement or moderation. These plunderers of the Earth are now invading the seas because, having devastated everything, they now have no more land. If their enemy is wealthy, they are greedy; if he is poor, they will be after glory—they whom neither east nor west have satiated. Along among peoples they have looked with equal greed upon rich and poor alike. Stealing, murdering and plundering they call government; and where they create a desert they call it peace.

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 26 2015 0:07 utc | 19

PS to above response to LW@163 (Open Thread 18):

You mentioned the debased mentality of the recent Nazi march in Odessa, and jfl at 214 and Anonymous above at 4 already posted a link to just how far their psychopathic politics have gone. I’ve been following what news I have been able to find of the uprising in Odessa; according to this report in one of the Saker’s recent Ukraine Sitreps the SBU claims to have arrested 900 separatists involved in the attempt to establish the Odessa People’s Republic (my Russian is not nearly up to a decent translation--Demian or any other Russian-fluent MoA'ers, can you provide any more detail on what might be in the text?).

On the one hand this is a Kiev junta claim, and we all know how reliable their grip on reality is; on the other it seems now clear that the Odessa resistance has suffered a grievous blow. The struggle continues. Against such insanity there can be no choice.

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 26 2015 0:16 utc | 20

typo in Calgacus quote @19—should be:

"Alone among peoples..."

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 26 2015 0:28 utc | 21

They Don't Want You to See TPP text! Demand to Here!

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Apr 26 2015 1:44 utc | 22

Vintage at 18 --

I'm still finding cool stuff as the desk top flashes by in "Dangerous." Heard it on the radio, bass riff had me, video was icing on the cake. I kept posting it but folks didn't appreciate it. Mission Accomplished!

Devo played videos of all sorts of stuff at their concerts, too. Jerry Casale was at Kent State.

I had forgotten the source of the phrase, "kickin' out the jams." I never find MC5 as interesting as I'm supposed to. I've never heard of UK Subs, but "Warhead" rocked, solid 80's punk/new wave sound, thanks!

I may be able to take a look at the Saker's report. I know that the SBU has been detaining folks throughout the areas of the Donbas the junta controls. It seems at least plausible, but I'm not given to crediting the junta with high reliability in their accounts.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 26 2015 1:46 utc | 23


I certainly did not mean to imply that opportunistically going with the Plutocrats' Republic somehow 'redeemed' the dictatorship in any sense. I am not of the opinion that China, or 'even' Putin's Russia, is in anyway a role model for a new world order, although they are presently our welcome champions as antagonists of the old world order.

On the redshirts ... I posted a link before to Donny Gluckstein speaking on the topic of A People's History of the Second World War. Resistance Versus Empire, which Giles Ji Ungpakorn mentioned in a blog posting on his Reconciliation as Betrayal The Parallel War: Taksin and the Red Shirts all of which I think are very good.

Thaksin is a billionaire - which says it all, really - but that's shorthand for someone out for themselves exclusively. It doesnt happen by accident. Thaksin enriched himself at the public trough via a deal for a cell-phone franchise in Thailand, and then went into politics personally to protect, 'embrace, and enhance' his fortune. Noting that the ordinary people of Thailand were so ground down that any consideration would go a long way ... and, after polling to discover how to get the most bang (for himself) for their tax buck ... he implemented universal medical care. That is being deconstructed now ... beginning under his sister Yingluck's administration ... but the Thai people will never forget him for it. Not even those who are appalled at his murderous, dictatorial 'excesses', as though there could be murder and other dictatorial measures that were not excessive.

All redshirts have now been betrayed by Thaksin, even though the gratitude based upon '30 baht medicine' will never fade, and so neither will the support of some. There are lots of small 'd' democrats - redshirts, perhaps others - whose heads are down now in Thailand. If they aren't joined and emboldened by a broader cross-section of the Thai people soon, I'd be surprised. But no one wants more war in Thailand, no one wants to compete with the inhumanity and brutality of the Royal Thai Military and Police unless absolutely forced to defend themselves. You and Rufus seem nostalgic for 'revolution', to root for other peoples' wars ... let's you and them fight. I don't. I've never been in a war, thank my lucky stars. Have either of you?

The military are overplaying their hand, as they always do, and even their erstwhile supporters are not onboard with their ridiculous new constitution. I hope that the 'new constitution' will be the focal point and vehicle of a democratic awakening ... the Thai people spontaneously writing their own constitution as an alternative to the insult the coup's CDC has come up with. A group called the Nitirat - Law for the People, approximately - have published an outline that various groups might start to fill in. They could do so as did the people who wrote the apache webserver - over the wire. No reason why Thailand can't lead they way toward popular legislation; and they do, after all, need a new constitution. Someone's going to write it. Why not the people of Thailand?

If the coupsters' constitution becomes law it's going to be a long, long struggle in Thailand. Better to face up to that now, rather than later. There's never going to be a 'good' time to do so. At least that's my opinion. I am not a Thai but like all of yourselves an onlooker, unless there are Thai lurkers here in the shadows, hoping for the best. That's all I can do. I do what I can for us in the US ... and that ain't much, I'm afraid. Inspection reveals that it's certainly not been enough to have had any actual effect.

It does, though, seem to me that we are about to, willing/unwilling, pass through a string of those weeks when decades happen. All the world over. Maybe Im being melodramatic. We'll see, won't we?

Posted by: jfl | Apr 26 2015 1:46 utc | 24

The Der Spiegel article b references in the other thread depicts the "moderate" rebels as secular even as late as 2013, the moderate Syrian-dominated insurgent groups as vastly outnumbering the foreign-dominated ISIL troops, the ISIL strategy in Syria being launched by its Iraqi Baathist mastermind in Summer 2012 (when Al Bagdadi claims that he was sending fighters in as early as summer 2011). One of its major claims is that the SAA had an understanding with ISIL (rooted in Iraqi/Syrian Baathist intelligence cooperation as early as 2003 in stovepiping jihadists to attack American forces in Iraq) not to attack each other, but to focus on "moderate" rebels. (Also, while Bagdadi has had elaborate computer generated business plans for marketing ISIL, the article's mastermind had hundreds of pages of handwritten plans which have fortuitously been handed over to Der Spiegel reporters by competitive "moderate" rebel groups):

But in the first months of 2014, yet another legacy from Haji Bakr began playing a decisive role: His decade of contacts to Assad's intelligence services.

In 2003, the Damascus regime was panicked that then-US President George W. Bush, after his victory over Saddam Hussein, would have his troops continue into Syria to topple Assad as well. Thus, in the ensuing years, Syrian intelligence officials organized the transfer of thousands of radicals from Libya, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia to al-Qaida in Iraq. Ninety percent of the suicide attackers entered Iraq via the Syrian route. A strange relationship developed between Syrian generals, international jihadists and former Iraqi officers who had been loyal to Saddam -- a joint venture of deadly enemies, who met repeatedly to the west of Damascus.

At the time, the primary aim was to make the lives of the Americans in Iraq hell. Ten years later, Bashar Assad had a different motive to breathe new life into the alliance: He wanted to sell himself to the world as the lesser of several evils. Islamist terror, the more gruesome the better, was too important to leave it up to the terrorists. The regime's relationship with Islamic State is -- just as it was to its predecessor a decade prior -- marked by a completely tactical pragmatism. Both sides are trying to use the other in the assumption that it will emerge as the stronger power, able to defeat the discrete collaborator of yesterday. Conversely, IS leaders had no problem receiving assistance from Assad's air force, despite all of the group's pledges to annihilate the apostate Shiites. Starting in January 2014, Syrian jets would regularly -- and exclusively -- bomb rebel positions and headquarters during battles between IS and rebel groups.

In battles between IS and rebels in January 2014, Assad's jets regularly bombed only rebel positions, while the Islamic State emir ordered his fighters to refrain from shooting at the army. It was an arrangement that left many of the foreign fighters deeply disillusioned; they had imaged jihad differently.

IS threw its entire arsenal at the rebels, sending more suicide bombers into their ranks in just a few weeks than it deployed during the entire previous year against the Syrian army. Thanks in part to additional air strikes, IS was able to reconquer territory that it had briefly lost.

Nothing symbolizes the tactical shifting of alliances more than the fate of the Syrian army's Division 17. The isolated base near Raqqa had been under rebel siege for more than a year. But then, IS units defeated the rebels there and Assad's air force was once again able to use the base for supply flights without fear of attack.

But a half year later, after IS conquered Mosul and took control of a gigantic weapons depot there, the jihadists felt powerful enough to attack their erstwhile helpers. IS fighters overran Division 17 and slaughtered the soldiers, whom they had only recently protected.

Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Apr 26 2015 1:52 utc | 25


Gorlovka, Donetsk (Peski, Spartak, Mar’inka, the airport, ...), Tel`manovo, Shirokino... Small arms, APCs, self-propelled artillery.

The OSCE mission travels to places to register improper use of heavy artillery.

Posted by: Fete | Apr 26 2015 2:14 utc | 26

Lots of trash pseudo-punk getting posted here. Time for some good mainstream pop:

U2: Party Girl

Posted by: Demian | Apr 26 2015 4:44 utc | 27

@jfl, 24:

And I didn’t take that as an implication; I was merely clarifying that my question wasn’t implying it either. And I suspect any billionaire, even one who seems to lead a popular movement; your detailed account gives the foundation to my instincts concerning him.

Russia is now governed by those who betrayed socialism from within, and I have characterized China under the “Capitalist Roaders” as a socialist state overseeing a New Economic Policy on steroids. I support their resistance to being recolonized by the US-led West both on the principle of Revolutionary Defeatism and because both China and Russia, no matter how big they are or how imperialistically they are portrayed in the corporate media, are formerly colonized lands that have the right of self-determination. But I don’t think of their current socioeconomic systems as “role models” either. They too are subject to the contradictions of capitalism, and I await the eventual rebirth of left revolutionary forces in both countries.

Please don’t make me out to be “nostalgic for 'revolution', to root for other peoples' wars ... let's you and them fight”; I am neither ultra-“left” bloodthirsty nor strategically stupid (I don’t want to speak for rufus magister but nothing he’s posted indicates him to be these things either). With my first post on the Odessa uprising I mentioned that Karl Marx himself advised the workers of Paris *not* to revolt in 1871, that it would be doomed to defeat. But when they did anyway, he supported them wholeheartedly, building what active solidarity he could with his influence and writings. Whatever strategic path or tactical moves the Thai people take in their struggle for liberation is up to them—that’s self-determination. I will support them even if I have my doubts on particulars—that’s solidarity.

I favor peace with justice, but I’m not a pacifist. I haven’t been in combat, although my military training back in the mid-‘70’s (by units that had just gotten back from Vietnam) convinced me that I was in the wrong army. Were I a few years younger and my Russian a bit better I might have been tempted to join the two or three other US volunteers in the NAF. But even so Ché told US radicals: “I envy you. You North Americans are very lucky. You are fighting the most important fight of all—you live in the heart of the beast.” The greatest solidarity US revolutionaries can offer is to not to desert our post, to make the revolution here or at the very least distract the Empire from within so others can liberate themselves from it.

As to the struggle in the US itself, well, that wouldn’t be “other people’s wars” would it? You posted (Open Thread 18 @ 179) a link to an analysis by Rostislav Ishchenko in which he states “that by 2020 to 2025, without any confrontation [with Russia], the period of U.S. hegemony would have ended, and the United States would then be best advised to think about not how to rule the world, but how to stave off its own precipitous internal decline.” This “precipitous internal decline” will be the basis for a renewal of class struggle in the US such that even the hypnotic corporate media won’t be able to keep the “zombified cogs” from looking at The Man behind the curtain. Then decades will happen in weeks even here. But make no mistake: it will be the Powers That Be that precipitate any violence—they’ve been anticipating such a domestic revolt for decades. Club Orlov recently posted in License to Kill:

“As empires collapse, they turn inward, and subject their own populations to the same ill treatment to which they subjected others. Here, America is unexceptional…. As law and order break down in more and more places, we will see more and more US troops on the streets of cities in the US, spreading death and destruction just like they did in Iraq or in Afghanistan. The last license to kill to be revoked will be the license to kill ourselves.”

In fact, whatever happens in other urban centers, I suspect that California’s Bay Area and Oakland in particular will at some point be among the front lines in revoking that license to kill. Whether we will be the US’s Donetsk or the US’s Odessa remains to be seen. Whenever that may come, wish us success. Better yet, build solidarity…

ps—Thank you for the links to Donny Gluckstein and Giles Ji Ungpakorn—I will look into them very soon.

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 26 2015 6:30 utc | 28

OK, I finally listened to James Brown's version of Sex Machine, even though I wrote here that I wasn't going to do that. Sorry, but this funk thing strikes me as bullshit and kitsch, like polkas or mazurkas. And I am not afraid to say that, since Obama has done a good job of delegitimizing American black culture, as far as I can tell. I voted for Obama the first time around (but not in the primary) and for Jessie Jackson twice in primaries. I think that demonstrates that I don't care about a political candidate's "race". But blacks evidently do. I voted green in 2012, because it had become absolutely clear that Obama is a rabid psychopathic fascist. Yet blacks continued to vote for Obama. Why is that? The only reason I can think of is that they determine their vote on the basis of the race of the candidate. And Obama isn't even black in the American cultural sense of the word, since his ancestors had absolutely no experience with American slavery. Thus, Afro-Americans vote for Obama solely on the basis of the color of his skin.

To return to Flying Lizard's cover of Sex Machine, at one point you hear a hick American voice saying, "You can hear the emotion. A machine is a machine." That is completely incongruous, since the two main vocals sound very English. Also, that quote doesn't make any sense, because how can a machine feel emotion? And that line is not from James Brown's original song.

Let's just face it. Nobody does anti-Americanism better than the English. Another example is from the Floyd's track for the opening credits of Antonioni's Zabriskie Point, in which you hear someone with a really obnoxious American accent say, "They're taking our nags, ace. They're making real good targets of themselves. Let them have it."

Posted by: Demian | Apr 26 2015 6:40 utc | 29


Thanks for the info. The Israeli attack is not coincidental, it takes place in the context of an ISIS offensive in the eastern Qalamoun mountains, and in total coordination with the Zionazis, in whose interest is the creation of an ISIS base pointing at the strategic heart of Hezbollah's territory, the Bekaa Valley. The attack could have been a retaliation for Hezbollah's destruction of an ISIS base on the western Qalamoun range at the beginning of April, or could have targeted a weapons convoy. Now we have to wait for Hezbollah's response, as promised after the last Israeli incursion in Syrian territory.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 26 2015 6:53 utc | 30

Many Australians have a reason to be ashamed of their right-wing PM Abbott,whose refusal to acknowledge the dangers of global warming puts Australia in a solitary position on the world scene

Now he is funding a Danish denialist with funding for a Lomborg centre at Perth Uni.which has earned him the widest criticism of most scientsts including Dr Peter Doherty a Nobel Prize winner.who described him a "enemy number one" of scientic thinking

Abbott is in the grip of the powerful coal mining lobby(Australia is a major supplier of caol to the world market) ..and as a right-wing catholic is finding trouble with the Papal stand on Global warming

Posted by: brian | Apr 26 2015 6:59 utc | 31

I really love the "Hatton Garden vaults" story. It is so fishy it's unbelievable!
"The director of Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Ltd has not been contacted by police investigating the Easter vault raid, he has told the BBC.

Mahendra Bavishi, who is in Sudan, said he was willing to speak with officers but so far had not been involved with the inquiries..."

Posted by: Mina | Apr 26 2015 8:34 utc | 32

Monsters of the Market Reminding you that 'war' is symptom and 'capital' is cause. Understanding distortions in the capital-flow matrix seems to me to be more important than watching the equivalent of a global bar fight, especially as everyone seems to have drunk the Zero Hedge KoolAid, as financial giants seize national gold bullion and bail-in their clients cash accounts. Do you think anyone would care about Ukraine or Yemen, if Bank of America went to -0.05% on Monday?

And if silence is 'news', then the news today is in Afghanistan, where, after the takeover by World Bank's Ghani and CIA's Abdullah's New Janusim, things have gone very, very quiet in the 'Paris of Central Asia'. With the Karzai Family ostensibly still power-brokering, is WB-CIA finishing the job of killing off all the warlords, village strongmen and mullahs to, as Marc Herold framed it, make over Afghanistan as Empty Resource Space?

Remember, God loves a Fool, but we'll have to wait to see whether America's H-1B Hindu Silicon Valley billionaires love Nepal.

Posted by: NoReply | Apr 26 2015 9:58 utc | 33

@Lone Wolf @30

No problems at all, yes your analogy seems about right !!! I wasnt too sure if ALAN @ 16 is making a joke or a zionist ass kisser or what, but i do know that the people in leb are on edge because its these warm summer months that israel tends to invade/bomb lebanon, and this is normally how it works , they keep picking and picking and picking till they get a reaction and when they do, the one sided media kicks in , about how israel is defending itself from missiles bla bla bla , meanwhile the rest of the middle east react to their masters and start issuing fatwas on how its a sin to help the shia and how they are heretics !!!

But i guess they are in for a big suprise, they are as weak as their saudi counterparts, sharp in the air but will get pumped on the ground

Posted by: Deebo | Apr 26 2015 10:05 utc | 34

Demian;Well black people have never had power before,(and of course they really don't)so they will instinctively back that candidate.I can't really blame their lack of recognition that he isn't for them.
Nepal;My only connection was Nepalese Finger Hash,which was yummy,but hasn't been seen in these (NY)parts for 42 years.(1973)And as a matter of fact,all that great hash of the late 60's disappeared at the same time,almost like a plot,damn.I always figured they cut US off after the 73 Israeli war in anger.

Posted by: dahoit | Apr 26 2015 13:27 utc | 36


The Speigel report has excellent documented information about one ex-Saddam intelligence officer and his contribution to the conquest in Syria. Much of the rest of this story is very clever spin and creative writing to promote the theory that the Baathists are in control of the IS which is still unproven and unlikely.

The SAA/IS connection is possible but again unlikely and the fact the SAA didn't bomb them during their consolidation phase in Syrian doesn't prove anything they were bombing groups they were in conflict with at that time and now they are in conflict with the IS and are attacking them.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 26 2015 14:02 utc | 37

OK, I finally listened to James Brown's version of Sex Machine, even though I wrote here that I wasn't going to do that. Sorry, but this funk thing strikes me as bullshit and kitsch, like polkas or mazurkas. And I am not afraid to say that,

Posted by: Demian | Apr 26, 2015 2:40:54 AM | 29


Yeah, THAT comes as a surprise to absolutely no one.

An appreciation of Mr Browns music requires that one possess something approaching a sense of rhythm.

Unfortunately for Demian a sense of rhythm requires some sort of propensity for mental and physical creativity. Also helpful would be a lack of rigidity, both mentally and physically. We already know that Demian frequently displays the most pathetically rigid thinking anyone has seen for a long time.

Can't speak for your physical creativity, but a less mentally creative individual than Demian would be hard to find

PLUS - It's a 100% certainty that any asshat that feels it necessary to tell people, over and over again, that "Pink Floyd are the best in the world" has very little mental creativity,even less intelligence and most likely no sense of rhythm whatsoever.

Posted by: lol | Apr 26 2015 14:05 utc | 38

Two topics are headlining today's News in Germany. even in the main media, which finally might wobble Merkels position/seat.

First that all the drone killings by the US are done from Ramstein Germany and that the german Government might have know about it.

The other which has been dominant is that the BND has been spying on german business for the "gulp" NSA and new today that the Chancellery has know this since 2008.

More and more commenters in those news sources are asking for Merkel to step down, though many doubt that she will do so. Will be interesting to following over the comming week.

Posted by: Fran | Apr 26 2015 15:05 utc | 39

Demian at 29 --

I keep tellin' ya, go easy on the dialectics, Hegel distills some strong spirits there.

Would someone looking to commit a random act of discrimination know of his past? Just another person of color. His ancestors may not have faced American slavery, but he's treated just the same by the authorities and society.

NR at 33 -- Your "God loves a fool" link has an error.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 26 2015 16:15 utc | 40

@Demian #29
You're right, it is most odd that blacks continued voting for Obama even as their economic prosperity accelerated decline under his first term, and his policies were nothing but extensions of what he did while in Illinois.
However, I saw a recent study that showed that people vote against much more than vote for. Thus the votes by blacks for Obama are not for him, but against his opponents.
I guess better the devil you know...

Posted by: ǝn⇂ɔ | Apr 26 2015 16:19 utc | 41

Update on US dollar as reserve currency - this one from 2011 WTO

Posted by: ǝn⇂ɔ | Apr 26 2015 16:20 utc | 42

Corporate Media FAILS us (again) on TPP coverage

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Apr 26 2015 17:01 utc | 43

There's some new recordings here - an old John Stockwell and another old Philip Agee talk, as well as some Christic Institute content. It's all from the late 1980s early 1990s but IMHO it is indispensable in helping us understand how we got to where we are now. It's all from right when the Soviet Union was turning its back on being a revolutionary power (and thereby kicking out from under itself its whole reason for existing in the multi-national form it had taken... and what would you guess happened a year or two later?).

Some MKULTRA movies as well - of varying degrees of value. There is one real gem there - an ABC special form 1979 called "Special Mission: Mind Control" which really goes through all of the background of the CIA's programs. It's pretty devestating stuff from the years when the social progress and attacks on the right-wing were peaking. Of course, Reagan, Bush and their cronies put a lid on all of that kind of thing soon after.

And finally a collection of the best Harold Channer interviews - a man who maybe isn't the greatest interviewer but had definitely interviewed some of the greats...

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 26 2015 18:03 utc | 44

@dahoit #36:

Well black people have never had power before,(and of course they really don't)so they will instinctively back that candidate.

Yes, but some blacks have strived for power. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, and Jessie Jackson come to mind. Obama does not praise any of these people. Instead, he idolizes Reagan. Thus, to use racist language for a moment, Obama is a traitor to his race. And blacks let him get away with it.

@rufus magister #40:

Just another person of color.

No he is not. He is the nominal head of state of the most powerful country in the world and a traitor to his race. I see you have a tendency to apologetics. The RC church and Stephen Cohen are other instances.

@⇂ɔ #41:

the votes by blacks for Obama are not for him, but against his opponents.

Fair enough, even though the real way to vote against Obama is to vote for a third party.

@Fran #39:

Two topics are headlining today's News in Germany.

That made me look at Spiegel, and I found this: Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs: Das schwierige Erinnern. It tiptoes around the issue of the Federal Republic supporting a rabidly fascist regime located in the middle of Europe.

I guess better the devil you know...

Posted by: Demian | Apr 26 2015 18:42 utc | 45


I wasnt too sure if ALAN @ 16 is making a joke or a zionist ass kisser or what...

I can't second guess ALAN@16, but I think he was referring to the scanty content of the article, not expressing and opinion @ your post, hence his comment on "shallow water unfit for diving." On another note, it makes sense Israel will look to take advantage of the messy situation in the region, and push the envelope to the limit in its drive against the Axis of Resistance, i.e. Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. As part of that drive Israel will provide support and coverage for its proxies, ISIS et al, and might intensify its intervention in Syria and Lebanon. Control of the Qalamoun range is vital for ISIS, and they will fight for it against other taqfiri groups, and against Hezbollah and the Lebanese army. Summer 2015 promises to be a decisive time in the multiple conflicts and proxy wars taking place in the region. Let's hope Hezbollah will be able to fight a war in Syria, be ready for a war against apartheid Israel, and defend its traditional power-base against the inroads of the taqfiris.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 26 2015 19:50 utc | 46

D @ 45 -- Sure, he's head of state now, the "Commander in Chief" of "the Free World." And yet some folks do in fact hate him even now because he's black (e.g., some significant faction of the "Tea Party" Rethuglicans). But I'm sure young Barry Choom got enough of it first hand to understand just what genuine American racism feels like. And sometimes, even act accordingly.

To point out these rather salient points of biography is not to alibi his tightening of surveillance, defense of the banksters, and ongoing Nuremburg violations (ours and our Israeli clients as well).

The dear old Whore of Babylon has enough failings without you lot of heretics & schismatics piling on. But I'll leave off my periodic, involuntary defense of the Bishop of Rome until the spirit moves me again. Perhaps after Pentecost....

But funny that you should mention Stephen Cohen. Salon quotes him to the effect that The New York Times “basically rewrites whatever the Kiev authorities say”.

So when Automatic Earth cries out When Did We All Become Murderers? and finds some of the answers in the piece cited above, I'd say Cohen's work speaks for itself. Especially since you'll note Russia Insider reposted the Automatic Earth item.

I know the field of Russian and Soviet studies well enough to tell you that you won't find any better at the top of the profession, and few below. Don't let the best be the enemy of the good.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 26 2015 20:04 utc | 47

@rufus magister, 23:

The Motor City 5 were just a bit before my time in terms of the music I grew up with, but their much more raw and gritty origins in Detroit’s youth scene inspired more revolutionary left politics compared other rock bands of the time.

On Odessa, I certainly know not to take SBU claims at their word, but earlier reports indicate at least dozens of arrests while mass protests shook the city for five days. Since then I’ve not found any reports of ongoing resistance in the city, whether protests or sabotage or guerrilla actions such as over the winter. I’d love for no news to be good news…

Here’s a Jack Warshaw classic you might remember—I first heard it when he was with the The Men of No Property:

No Time for Love If They Come in the Morning

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 26 2015 20:18 utc | 48

VR -- The US punk & new wave scene was more de-politicised, or even totally re-contextualized (see "Rock the Casbah" as the sound track for the defense of Kuwait and the House of Saud).

There are a couple of good accounts of radical Detroit unionists, which I've neglected. Like I've neglected James' CLR "Black Jacobins." Summer reading, maybe.

Warshaw is maybe a little before my time, and definitely a little too straight folk (didactic works require loud guitars and a back beat with me, usually). But I know Christy Moore's version, If They Come in the Morning, which I see gets Warshaw's stamp of approval. I believe I have one or two more clips from this session in my browser history.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 26 2015 20:41 utc | 49

Speaking of Detroit, funk, etc. here's Was(Not Was) I blew up the United States

Posted by: Nana2007 | Apr 26 2015 22:16 utc | 50

Demian: racist, tone-deaf(literally), socially retarded, stuck in the 80s. Should I go on? Please PLEASE stop inflicting your musical 'knowledge' upon us.

His head would probably explode if he was told blacks in Detroit and Chicago invented techno(well, perfected it) as well, which was but the culmination of a continuum of earlier soul and funk innovations.

("What's techno? Well, it's like a czardas. Total kitsch and not enough Pink Floyd influence." - Demian)

Posted by: Anonymous | Apr 26 2015 22:30 utc | 51

All this talk about the MC5 and Detroit is giving me flashbacks, some pleasant and some not so pleasant. I was there at the Grande Ballroom one of the nights the 5 recorded their first album, my ears are still ringing. Although there is more bad news happening today it seems people and especially young people are much more tame and subjugated today. We had fun and scared the piss out of the Man while it lasted. People don't even know how to put up a good insurrection such as the Detroit Riot I also observed firsthand.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 26 2015 22:44 utc | 52

You guys are seriously a bunch of old timers :)

Thanks for posting all the punk. This is a band that some of us young pups are listening to... Offspring of the original punkers Andrew Jackson Jihad - Kokopelli Face Tattoo

Posted by: Almand | Apr 27 2015 0:18 utc | 53

@Almand #53:

Now that I didn't find objectionable. But there is nothing new there. (I'm not saying that you claim that there is.) The Ramones could have done that.

Posted by: Demian | Apr 27 2015 0:45 utc | 54

More anti-Russian propaganda from der Spiegel:

Gerichtsurteil: Russland schickt Frauen wegen Tanz ins Gefängnis (Court verdict: Russia sends women to prison for dancing)

These girls danced at a Soviet WW II monument using the style called twerking. Being an old timer, I had never heard of this, but a Google search for "Miley Cyrus" revealed that this is basically pole dancing without the pole.

The video of the girls dancing can be seen here. Personally, as an American liberal, I think that this was all done in good fun, and I don't find anything objectionable about the girls' dancing. On the other hand however, the video is well done, which means that somebody obviously paid for all of this. Thus, I think it's pretty clear that this is just another provocation against Russia by the US State Department, so I believe that two week prison sentences against a few of the girls are justified.

Posted by: Demian | Apr 27 2015 1:27 utc | 55

miley cyrus is the pat boone of mapouka

Posted by: b real | Apr 27 2015 1:39 utc | 56

Almand at 53 -- I try to keep up, while they're not punk or post-punk, "Dangerous" cited at 18 is actually from this millenium (conveniently re-linked here). I like Sail by Awolnation, too. Green Day certainly has the punk ethos covered, but is probably a little to Old School by this point to count, especially as American Idiot was the last CD I bought in a record store some years ago.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 27 2015 1:51 utc | 57

@55 demian.. pussy riot version 2 from neo con central? who would have ever thunk it? lol..

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2015 2:23 utc | 58

Rufus, Green Day was MTVs decades-late interpretation of punk. I was in high school when they came out and even I know this. What was that other pung-drag boy band? Rancid? Every kid with a brain during that era was into an underground scene. It does tickle my funnybone though to think *adults* were the ones actually listening to that shit, so thanks.

(Old timers is an understatement; "I haven't seen hash since 1972". Well I haven't seen hash since 2002 and that was only bc I ran into some 1% college kids...and I'm well old too, now)

But yeah. Twerking? What's that? Now I know it Demain, you are trolling!! lol At least you were able to look askance at that ass, and see it as the stunt that it was. This is a good day.

(Pussy Riot were way too dikey in their exit polls I guess)

Posted by: Anonymous | Apr 27 2015 3:02 utc | 59

Thousands of Saudi Forces Flee Bases

Guess they were not offered a Bentley each.

ISIL Leader Al-Baghdadi Clinically Dead, Members Pledge Allegiance to Successor

The hydra's main head has been cut, a new head is protruding from the criminal serpent neck.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 27 2015 3:34 utc | 60

four mths into the regime change in sri lanka ousting pro china prez mr,
this is what the newly minted prez has got to say
*Ranil must be the PM, I am ordered to do so by India and the west


Posted by: denk | Apr 27 2015 3:35 utc | 61

Anon at 59 -- Sadly, I am long removed from the superior wisdom that comes with high school. Glad to see you're still hanging out with the cool kids. I've always been fortunate that the 1 pct. never found me good slumming.

I'm too cheap for cable, but I thought MTV got out of the music business in the 80's. Rancid had the one song, "Ruby Soho," if memory serves.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 27 2015 3:59 utc | 62

this site may be hacked !!!

*someone out there* dont like their anti chinese shenanigans exposed by this sri lankan site.

Posted by: denk | Apr 27 2015 4:26 utc | 63


The status quo lasted through the day. A typical summary by Information Center of Novorossia, as of 8:00 a.m. follows.

During last 24, the territory of Novorossia was attacked 61 times. This included 8 cases of artillery fire, 21 cases of mortar fire, 6 – by tanks, 2 – by antitank guided missile, 8 – by APCs, 16 – by small arm.

Posted by: Fete | Apr 27 2015 4:27 utc | 64


Personally, as an American liberal....

what does it mean? try dancing that in Arlington cemetery.

Posted by: papa | Apr 27 2015 4:50 utc | 65


Fars News often reminds me of the Inquirer who always check and double check their facts before publishing. I especially enjoyed their placing al-Baghdadi in an Israeli hospital, that was priceless. The rubes will be feeding on this repeating rumor until the fall of Tehran.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 27 2015 4:51 utc | 66

@papa #65:

try dancing that in Arlington cemetery.

That made me laugh out loud for the first time in weeks. BTW, I can't dance that, because I'm a(n old) guy and not gay.

Posted by: Demian | Apr 27 2015 5:02 utc | 67

@66 wow.. too bad about mccain, err the usa's isis man in the middle east if so.. not to worry, i see isis have offered up a video on their desire to help saudi arabia work in yemen.. that must warm the hearts of the cia folks including mccain and neo con central.. fars news is a far cry better then nyt, wapo and similar such crap on a par with the national enquirer..

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2015 5:29 utc | 68

Fuk off and die, demian, you racist redneck white trash piece of shit

Posted by: demian is white trash | Apr 27 2015 8:02 utc | 69

rufus magister @47

And yet some folks do in fact hate him even now because he's black (e.g., some significant faction of the "Tea Party" Rethuglicans).

So what. What is salient about that? There will always be lots of people who hate you because of your ethnicity, religion and/or so on. Obama suffers zero, and his party greatly benefits having these idiots in the other party to poke a stick at.

But I'm sure young Barry Choom got enough of it first hand to understand just what genuine American racism feels like. And sometimes, even act accordingly.

Well, his biography says he grew up in Indonesia but mostly in Hawaii, in the 70s, and went to school at a upper-middle-class and upper-class private school. One of the least racist eras in US history and one of the least racist states, with sheltered 'politically correct' schooling. Numerous classmates say they never saw any racism directed at him.

To point out these rather salient points of biography is not to alibi his tightening of surveillance, defense of the banksters, and ongoing Nuremburg violations (ours and our Israeli clients as well).

Then what was the point?

Demian @29:

Yet blacks continued to vote for Obama. Why is that? The only reason I can think of is that they determine their vote on the basis of the race of the candidate.

Yeah, that's right, hell that was a big part of the plan both in 2008 and 2012. It's not that different from the Dems' plan for the working class in general: "Hey, you have no one to vote for and look at this: SCOTT WALKER!!" There's no one to vote for. But, hey, if it feels good, if you like his style, and you happen to walk by a polling booth, have at it. A minority of African-Americans did that (obviously they won't for Hillary). They didn't still 'believe' in 2012 that any good thing would happen by voting again for Obama. They either make b.s. excuses for him (he's just one black man up against a whole world of white racists) or they actually know on some level that Obama made his deal with 'the man', which is more or less 'rich get richer poor get poorer'. Like all the other politicians. But, he's black. And he's cool. He makes fun of uncool white people. In a political process without any content or hope, it 'feels good' to have a black man in the White House. Next up, apparently, will be hedge fund darling Cory Booker.

Posted by: fairleft | Apr 27 2015 8:06 utc | 70

there they go again...
Murder Inc demands *justice* in sri lanka !
they aint satisfied with ousting pro china prez mr,
they want him D-E-A-D.
the united snake wants the whole world to watch,
this is what happens when u defy the zwo,
see milosovek, gadaffi, saddam, najib of malaysia [three airliners and one helicopter crash] , yingluck of thailand, outsted by military coup and slapped with corruption charge......

Posted by: denk | Apr 27 2015 8:07 utc | 71

@Demian #45
It is true that the only way to vote against the Republicrats is to vote for a 3rd party. The problem is that with the dynamic described previously, it is far easier for the RepubliCrats to blame each other, thus monopolizing the power, rather than for enough people to vote for a 3rd party to get into power. This is the inevitable consequence of "winner take all" type voting systems.
IMO, it is far more likely one of the DemoPublican parties breaks up due to fundamental differences than a 3rd party be successful.

Posted by: ǝn⇂ɔ | Apr 27 2015 9:28 utc | 72

Baghdadi, dead or not, is already on the posters next to BL

Posted by: Mina | Apr 27 2015 10:27 utc | 73

Zero Hedge: "China Considers Launching QE; Shanghai Stocks Soar"

Writes: ... "once China, that final quasi-Western nation, proceeds to engage in outright monetization of its debt, then and only then will the terminal phase of the global currency wars start: a phase which will, because global economic growth and that all important lifeblood of a globalized economy - trade - at that point will be zero if not negatve, will see an unprecedented crescendo of money printing by absolutely everyone, before coordinated devaluations mutate into uncoordinated, and when central bank actions morph from "all for one" to "each man for himself.""

Link to ZeroHedge

For anyone interested in the similarities between today and 18th century revolutionary France -- especially the end stage:

Part 1.
Part 2.
Part 3.

Posted by: x | Apr 27 2015 11:57 utc | 74

in re 70 -- I think you overestimate the broadmindedness of the 70's and the elite. HL Gates got plenty of racism a stone's throw from Harvard on his own doorstep in the Peoples Republic of Cambridge. In any case I doubt if Barry's contacts were just the upper crust, especially once he got down to work in the So. Side of Chicago.

His direct knowledge of American racism is perhaps not as deep as Mumia Abu-Jamal's, but real enough nonetheless.

The salient point of his biography is that most of the right, including its leadership, hates Obama for his race and used this hatred to ginger up the Tea Party. They will continue doing great damage for a long time.

You're a fool if you think the Democrats political "advantage" outweighs this. Sure Obama won re-election against weak candidates at the top of the ticket. Further down, though, that "advantage" lost him first the House and then the Senate. The dog-whistles energized the right's base, while Obama's timidity quieted his.

That "advantage" now has the Gang of 79 dabbling in the Iran talks and Republican state legislatures going after unions and reproductive choice. They control the debate, and have now a cadre of shock troops. I'd read that as advantage Rethuglicans.

BTW, I saw the reel of his appearance before the press club. He showed some uncharacteristic sharpness and had some good lines. Too little too late.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 27 2015 12:00 utc | 75

en1c at 72 -- You're correct on this point. Multi-member districts, proportional representation, much larger House of Reps. would all help. Same for state legislatures.

Posted by: rufus magister | Apr 27 2015 12:03 utc | 76

rufus magister @75: Henry Gates? Gimme a break. Okay, got it. You've read the campaign biographies and you're a believer, AND looks like you watch MSNBC way too much. In economic terms, Obama has benefited greatly from being half-black, there's really no avoiding that. Yes, of course he encountered racism, but never from important power, always from sidelined and powerless except for their fists assholes. At school, law school, business and political worlds, his blackness aided his career. Them's the rules.

Posted by: fairleft | Apr 27 2015 13:16 utc | 77

Mina @73
There are 3 posters on that car, and because 2 are definitely dead, I'm assuming Baghdadi is dead.

Posted by: okie farmer | Apr 27 2015 14:09 utc | 78

@Vintage Red@19, 20, 21

I think everything is accelerating now, driven by the global crisis of capitalism and the neocons’ pathological obsession to preserve US hegemony even to the point of nuclear war. Lenin once wrote “there are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen”—we may be passing through such a cusp at present.

That’s a very insightful summary of the present juncture. Russia being the only one prepared to dispute that hegemony at any level, has been pinpointed for destruction by the Deep State and their front-line soldiers, the neocons, hence the purported “isolation” which Stephen Cohen points out at the Munk Debate, it really means regime change. Russia’s military readiness in the Arctic signal the scale and depth to which it is willing to go in confronting the hegemon, the Arctic becoming a strategic rearguard and retreat base in case a massive conflict, nuclear or not, hits Russia in the near future. The nature of war has changed so much since WWII (hybrid war is the name of the game nowadays), Siberia cannot longer be considered safe for a strategic retreat; climate change has taken a toll on General Winter, which has traditionally been the best ally for Russia, wiping out armies since before Napoleon down to Hitler’s goons.

Ukraine is, we all know, a tool for the empire hybrid war against Russia; however, the social engineering experiment used by the CIA/MI5/Mossad for this “devolutionary process” is the social/political equivalent of the infamous military “shock & awe.” Marx (Eighteenth Brumaire) stated that, “…Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Humanity suffered a great tragedy under the Nazi/Fascist regimes pre and during WWII, now we are witnessing a reenactment of that tragedy under the farce of “Ukrainization,” a warped version of “Ukrainian nationalism” using the legacy of Banderas et al to turn his bastard children into a death-squad against its own people, and a powerful anti-Russian wedge on the Eurasian bridge.

Thanks for the link to the repression in Odessa; I was able to get it translated in my iPad. I certainly hope the Ukrainian resistance, if there is any, whether incipient or active, is able to develop clandestine organizational methods. I have the impression Ukrainians in general are still under the utterly naïve belief they are living in a “democracy” of sorts, hence their open ways of confronting the neo-Nazi regime, which makes it easy for the Nazi goons to kill/disappear/arrest and torture the opposition.

C’est la vie, my friend. We are living interesting times.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 27 2015 14:51 utc | 79

_This_ Henry Gates? Personal buddy to SONY chief Lynton?

Posted by: fairleft | Apr 27 2015 14:52 utc | 80


Way-out-there is a sad byproduct of Fox Mooooos, Crooks Not News, et al, and has been limbaughtomized to discard any other source of info, particularly from the "Axis of Evil," of which Iran is a card-carrying member, according to his brainwashed..."brain"?

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 27 2015 15:11 utc | 81


Assumptions and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee Okie, well maybe not in France. What is still a bit amazing to me is that seemingly intelligent people are often duped by this rumor-mill and continue to parrot this type of 'News'.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 27 2015 15:57 utc | 82

@81 lone wolf.. sure looks like that to me as well...

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2015 16:02 utc | 83


I know I should be more understanding of those who grew up during or after the Reagan Era and take into account their disadvantaged education and conditioning. Lacking skills such as critical thinking and the ability to read between the lines is a crippling handicap that is difficult to overcome.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 27 2015 16:16 utc | 85

This link will connect you to a 2-part lecture given by investigative journalist, doctor of divinity, educator, Chris Hedges who will provide you with a terrific historical and cultural review of the US, from WWI up to the present day.

Posted by: okie farmer | Apr 27 2015 16:22 utc | 86

Writers Withdraw From PEN Gala to Protest Award to Charlie Hebdo

' PEN’s Executive Director, former Obama State Department official and Amnesty USA Executive Director Suzanne Nossel ' has awarded PRN's 'annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo' ...

... and the PEN membership is churning, with decent people leaving the organization and racists joining. Devastation and destruction applies to otganizaions as well as the nations once the Obama administration has its way.

HRW, Amnesty International, PEN .,.. the neo-con US government's reach creeps deeper and deeper into American society, devastating and destroying whatever it touches.

Totalitarianism in the USA becomes more and more real and apparent every day.

But we the sheeple are growing ... concerned and are ... considering ... preparing ... to denounce and replace the criminal US political class ... any day now. Right?

Posted by: jfl | Apr 27 2015 16:35 utc | 87

@87 Darn right. Enough is enough. There will be a mass burning of monitors and flatscreens in Silicon Valley. Date to be announced.

Posted by: dh | Apr 27 2015 17:16 utc | 88

@81 lone wolf.. everyone here sees right thru whacked out west..

good series of articles by mark ames on how the usa supported chechen terrorists when it served their interests to destabilize russia, but don't think it can ever come back to bite them in the ass.. part 1 , part2 , part">">part 3 .. apologies if someone posted this before..

"FUCK AMERICA!" - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, April 19, 2013

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2015 17:17 utc | 89

part 3

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2015 17:18 utc | 90

Billboard in Wisconsin features cop who shot 2 dead in 10 days

' Michael Martin Bell, a retired US Air Force pilot and long-time resident of Kenosha, said his son was shot in the head and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop.

' Bell said the officer was cleared within 48 hours of killing his son despite lack of a crime lab report and medical report. “The witness statements weren’t even taken,” he said.

' “I spent 10 years of my life on this,” he said. “I spent a million dollars of my money on this. I know the system is broken.” '

They don't call them cheese heads for nothing. I guess as long as its someone else's son whose head the cops have turned into Swiss cheese ... no problem?

Posted by: jfl | Apr 27 2015 17:29 utc | 91


Hedges is probably the best the Liberal elite ineffectual class has to offer today but after his performance and attempt to guide the Occupy Movement with his High Culture moralism he strikes me as little more than a poseur attempting to appear radical.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Apr 27 2015 18:27 utc | 92

@Mina@32, 35, 73, 84

Mina, keep on going with the good links you're providing us, don't surrender to the useless "talk of the town."

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 27 2015 18:31 utc | 93


Thanks for the links. I hadn't seen that series of articles. Interesting background. The neo-con stuff seems sourced, the assertions on Russia not. Mike Ames,, and seem like a whole 'nother story.

Posted by: jfl | Apr 27 2015 20:52 utc | 94

@94 jfl. thanks and yes to your comments!

here is an article that i thought was good on the topic of russia/ukraine/the west..

Purging the Purged: Solzhenitsyn, Ukraine, and the West by Nina Kouprianova

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2015 21:58 utc | 95

Taiwanese animators explain Patreaus affair/resignation:

Posted by: citizen X | Apr 27 2015 22:02 utc | 96


Great article. Thanks for the link!

Newsweek even presented a ‘psychological evaluation’ of Solzhenitsyn, concluding that he suffers from the “Gulag of the Russian mind.”

...the "Gulag of the Russian Mind." LOL...Newsweek speaks for all of those in the vulgar West who expected Solzhenitsyn to replace the Gulag with a Walmart on main street Siberia. How shallow. The merchant West is far from understanding the depth, breadth and complexity of the Russian soul; even old bulldog Churchill with his acute sense of history couldn't go beyond saying,

"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."

Close, but no cigar. Wonder if the brain dead neocons ever read this quote.

Posted by: Lone Wolf | Apr 27 2015 23:16 utc | 97

"Hedges is probably the best the Liberal elite ineffectual class has to offer today but after his performance and attempt to guide the Occupy Movement with his High Culture moralism he strikes me as little more than a poseur attempting to appear radical."

How piercing. Tell us then, what do your lame attempts to boost ISIL with the ham-handed b.s. you nipped off Voice of America and your other chitzy little lies make you, exactly?

Posted by: guest77 | Apr 27 2015 23:33 utc | 98

I've quit watching MSM except for on occasions like today in Baltimore- ha ha ha. What a hapless display. I've never seen Chris Matthews look more bewildered- he finally began to relax when he asked when the manufacturing jobs were going to be coming back? Hello white America , we're here for you! The jobs are coming back -in the for profit prisons.

Good luck fielding the police and prison guards when a whole segment of the population has turned against them. Perhaps this will be the beginning of a new accounting of what it means to lose the public trust.

Posted by: Nana2007 | Apr 28 2015 0:30 utc | 99

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