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March 13, 2017

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Putin... there is a category of people who leave without saying goodbye, "out of respect for the present situation," while others say goodbye all the time, but do not go away. "The outgoing administration, in my opinion, belongs to the second category," he said.

Rueters headline... Obama lawyers move fast to join fight against Trump
...Many of the Obama lawyers keep in touch, but reject the notion, proffered by some Republicans, that Obama is behind resistance efforts. Some of the lawyers credit their rapid transition to Trump's hardline positions on key issues and to ethical concerns about his presidency and business interests....

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 13 2017 20:11 utc | 1

Must see
France judiciary system: 10 judges for 100,000 inhabitants, against 20 in teh rest of Europe. A well organized mess. The documentary shows the role of the Corsican mafia in French politics since one century.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 13 2017 20:31 utc | 2

How can one hate a guy as witty and astute as Rooty Poot Poot.

Posted by: fast freddy | Mar 13 2017 20:32 utc | 3

Seal Team 6 practicing a decapitation strike on Kim Jong Un? What a great idea! The nukes over Pyongang and 100k projectiles firing chemical and incendiary weapons onto Seoul will look amazing in hi def!

Posted by: aaaa | Mar 13 2017 20:52 utc | 5

China is not happy about South Korea aiming missiles in their direction. According to the BBC the Chinese government has instructed all patriotic citizens to take action.

"It's incredible the speed with which China's leaders can just switch on anti-South Korea sentiment here.
The Communist Party has complete control of the Chinese media. So the instructions go out and a way of thinking is simply poured into the community from above."

Posted by: dh | Mar 13 2017 20:53 utc | 6

Finally we are in the news (not!). FYI, our island is being sunk:
The Board specifies a series of required adjustments in a letter addressed to the Governor. These include a gradual reduction in healthcare costs reaching $750 million by 2021; $550 million in payroll cuts as of the next fiscal year, reaching $1.3 billion by 2021; the implementation of reforms to social benefits programs; improvements in labor participation; the consolidation of public schools; and increasing the University of Puerto Rico's (UPR) cuts from $300 million to $450 million.

Posted by: Maracatu | Mar 13 2017 20:55 utc | 7

Here it's the anti-Russian sentiment that keeps getting switched on.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 13 2017 21:06 utc | 8

The 'empire' spends tons of money on its military - but is chicken shit and cowardly. The US uses surrogates and drones - its own soldiers are led by the same losers who got their (our) butts kicked in Vietnam and every other military engagement since! Like picking vegetables and fruit, fighting is beneath the American - so the US funds surrogates and sends in the drones. Why?

Lazy, indolent, cowardly chickenshits!

It's always been that way - name one time Americans prevailed without letting someone else carry the burden.

Look at our reaction in N Korea? Sure we've got this fancy ass Air Force (or is that farce) and lots of boots on the ground, but they're ineffective and slovenly.

The empire is doomed (a good thing) and the rest of the world knows it (at least they should). Best news around is that the capitalist malignant overlords are about to meet head on with one killer ass debt melt down! It is about time!

The best news? Those with pitchforks won't have to do a damned thing - just sit back and watch. Some will have great seats.

Posted by: rg the lg | Mar 13 2017 21:18 utc | 9

I've never seen Prof Michel Chossudovsky of Global Research react so quickly to anything:

I am convinced China will not sit and watch if something happens to North Korea. No, China will take over. Then what?

Posted by: blues | Mar 13 2017 21:36 utc | 10

North Korea can make Japan uninhabitable simply by destroying the nuclear power plants located on Japan's west coast. Each plant has multiple spent fuel pools that contain massive amounts of cesium-137 (and other fission products). Destroying the reactor and spent fuel pools would send immense clouds of deadly ionizing radiation across Japan. The fallout would render vast areas uninhabitable and would pose a lethal threat to the Japanese populace.

Cesium-137 has a melting point of 83 degrees F and a melting point of 1240 degrees F; during catastrophic reactor accidents, fuel rods overheat to the point of rupture and/or ignition (the cladding on the rods can ignite). By the time the rods reach such temperatures, much or most of the radioactive cesium within the rods has become a gas, which allows it to escape into the atmosphere.

Thus the radioactive cesium gas will travel through the lower atmosphere and find its way to Earth (typically the heaviest areas of fallout occur where it is raining or snowing). Most common chemical forms of cesium are highly water soluble, which allows cesium to become relatively ubiquitous in the environment. Cesium is in the same atomic family as potassium, and it mimics it; because potassium is a macro-nutrient, plants will selective absorb cesium with potassium. Berries and mushrooms, which are rich in potassium, will heavily concentrate cesium, which will also bioaccumulate and bioconcentrate as it moves up the food chains.

Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 13 2017 22:31 utc | 11

I find that almost 100% of the op/ed essays demonizing tRump ought to have said similar things about Obama, which does more to promote the writers's hypocrisy and turn off potential readers than any other act. Perhaps that's a good think since there seems to be an overabundance of opiners and few reality-grounded reporters. Seems a lot of such writers want to have tRump impeached on what are just as trivial articles of impeachment as those used against Clinton, whereas very powerful articles ought to have brought down Bush and Obama (and existed for Clinton, too)--but Pelosi said impeachment was off the table, thus refusing to due her job. Congress is infested with cowards except in the case where they can make life even more miserable for the already--or close to being--downtrodden.

I meant to post the following last week but for some reason didn't. Our friendly Angry Arab, Political Science Professor As'ad AbuKhalil, had this (and more) to say about Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East: "it is the People's History of US-British policies and conspiracies in the Middle East region, He's also written a review in Arabic, I've just ordered it so cannot provide any input other than to echo what As'ad has written.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 13 2017 22:36 utc | 12

@10 blues Though I have much respect for P. Chossudovsky (met him about 15 years ago) he is a bit alarmist by nature. I doubt this will devolve to more then empty rethoric that serves to impede a potential rapprochement between both Korean halves post-impeachment..

Posted by: Lozion | Mar 13 2017 23:08 utc | 13

@9 I like to keep my pitchfork nice and sharp, mostly by scraping against the concrete floor of my manure bin. If the going gets rough, I have plenty of ammo and a four-prong bayonet.

RE: North Korea -- as far as missiles go they're short shooters. But that VX tag team shit is badass.

Posted by: stumpy | Mar 13 2017 23:37 utc | 14

Cambodia - US wants 50 year old debt repaid.
$274 million 'loan' by the US Dept. of Agriculture for US cotton, rice & flour swells to @ $500 million with interest payments.

The reason this 'loan' was necessary was because the US air force dropped over 2.7 million tons of bombs (cluster submunitions, chemical bombs and conventional bombs) on Cambodia, killing an estimated 500,000 people (directly & indirectly) & up to 30% of the population was internally displaced. The Khmer Rouge (up to this point a marginalized & relatively minor player) propaganda machine went into over drive - the rest is history.

This slimy low life piece of shit U.S. Ambassador William Heid “I come back; the issues remain unsolved; and that number has grown to $500 million, about. So to me, I think that is unfortunate, I think that’s not in Cambodia’s best interest to keep letting that grow forever,”

Posted by: ted01 | Mar 13 2017 23:46 utc | 15

@ Perimetr who wrote about North Korea making Japan uninhabitable by destroying the nukes.

That is 2011 history accomplished by GE and its leaders. We are just waiting for the bio-accumulation to occur that will overcome the denial that/we they have a problem.

I do agree that in order to provide further coverup of Fukushima another nuclear event needs to occur to obscure the radiation sources.............

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 13 2017 23:56 utc | 16

This is an interesting week. Do you know how they say 'Sometimes nothing changes for a decade, and then everything changes in a fortnight?' - seems to me like we had a few such fortnights in recent years.

This week:
- Brexit vote
- Mohamed bin Salman in the US
- Dutch vote
- Fed meeting
- debt ceiling
- Merkel in the US
- G20 finance ministers

And I'm sure I forgot something.

Posted by: smuks | Mar 14 2017 0:45 utc | 17


And I'm sure I forgot something.

Massive False Flag traced directly to Muslim Terrorists.

Posted by: ALberto | Mar 14 2017 1:52 utc | 18

@14 stumpy... "...concrete floor of my manure bin." lucky you!

Posted by: james | Mar 14 2017 2:08 utc | 19

as regards changes in a fortnight, to Juncker in total denial: unable to see the fast-sinking European 'Titanic' add the excellent Open Letter to the People of Greece: You Are Being Slaughtered by Peter Koenig .

In September 2016, the unelected European Commission sent Greece a Brussels-drafted legislation of over 2,000 pages, in English, to be ratified by the Greek Parliament within a few days – or else. – Nobody asked: ‘What is else’?

Brussels didn’t even bother translating this unreadable legalistic heap of paper into Greek, nor did they allow the Parliament enough time to read, digest and debate the new fiscal legislation. Most parliamentarians could not read them, either because of language or due to the imposed time limit. The Parliament ratified the legislation anyway.

Under this new law, Greece is transferring all public assets (public infrastructure, airports, ports even public beaches, natural resources, etc.), unconditionally, for 99 years, to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) which is free to sell (privatize) them at fire sales prices to whomever is interested – supposedly to pay back the Greek debt. The fund was originally estimated – certainly under-estimated – at about 50 billion euros. In the meantime, the value of the Greek assets has been further downgraded by the troika to between 5 and 15 billion euros, as compared to Greece’s debt of more than 350 billion euros. The ESM is a supranational undemocratic apparatus, accountable to no one.

With this legislation, the Greek Parliament – YOUR Parliament, Esteemed People of Greece! – has annulled itself. It is no longer allowed to pass any budget or fiscal (tax) legislation. Everything is decided in Brussels in connivance with the IMF and the ECB. The last time a similar situation happened was in 1933, when the German “Reichstag” (Parliament) transferred all of its legislative power to Chancellor Adolf Hitler.

let us hope the greeks manage to stand up and do what has to be done, and that the rest of europe forsakes the titanic as well.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 14 2017 2:18 utc | 20

Latest from John Helmer on the Canadian FM Chrystia Freeland Ukro-Nazi Allegations:

"This is not a story about the past, nor about blaming the crimes of the fathers and grandfathers on their sons and daughters, or granddaughters.

This is a story of the moment when the crimes of the past and the criminal intent today turn out to be the same thing. Russia-hating today is a race crime, just as Jew-hating and Pole-hating were crimes, and still are.

No Canadian foreign minister or member of parliament...should be culpable..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Mar 14 2017 2:31 utc | 21

washintonsblog has a post on bank-created 'money' and debt ... The Banking Secret that Neither Economists Nor Laypeople Know .... haven't yet read this one, but have read lots on the subject ... the linked video looks like an hour or so well-spent Prof. Richard Werner - Banking Industry Exposed & Solutions Presented - Dublin April 2016

Posted by: jfl | Mar 14 2017 2:43 utc | 22

tRump endows CIA with more leeway to commit terror:

"This new authority is a shift from a policy under former President Barack Obama that limited the CIA’s ability to engage in paramilitary activity, and may very well strain relations between the agency and the Pentagon."

Well, with the expansion of the planet's #1 terror operation, we now know where tRump stands regarding the Outlaw US Empire's quest to attain Full Spectrum Dominance, which means tRump's words about restoring the principle of national sovereignty was a load of hog wash! Doing almost everything HRC would have except continue to escalate tension with Russia, meanwhile further empowering corporate tyranny at home. The citizenry must come together to kill the good cop/bad cop Duopoly with a genuine populist party to have any chance at a survivable future.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 14 2017 3:26 utc | 23

Since when have the words of a politician NOT been a load of hogwash? Pearls from swine are about as likely.

It kinda depends on where that manure bin is. There are lots of dairies in our area thus lots of manure. But they have to pump water out of an aquifer that is too deep to reach without electricity. Caught 22?

Posted by: rg the lg | Mar 14 2017 3:40 utc | 24

It should be obvious by now, but for those looking for more video evidence.....

White Helmets Exposed as an Arm of ISIS: Two al-Nusra Front Leader Videos Link The White Helmets to Terrorist Group

Posted by: Liam | Mar 14 2017 3:40 utc | 25

RE: psychohistorian | Mar 13, 2017 7:56:26 PM | 16

I agree that Japan was massively contaminated by Fukushima. Previous estimates were that about 12,000 square miles, or roughly 13% of the Japanese mainland was seriously contaminated by radioactive cesium. Plus many millions of Japanese were exposed to the initial plumes of shorter-lived radionuclides, which will cause significant health issues to many of them. (see )

However, blowing up the reactors along with the spent fuel pools on the western coast of Japan would release vastly more radiation than was released at Fukushima Daiichi. None of the spent fuel pools at Fukushima were breached, only the reactor vessels. The spent fuel pools contain many times the radiation than does the reactor. There are 29 operational reactors on the Japanese western coasts, and they all have spent fuel pools.

I am not trying to minimize the ongoing disaster at Fukushima. There is no technical solution to containing the melted fuel that resides outside of containment, in direct contact with groundwater that constantly seeps into the Pacific. The gamma radiation coming from the melted cores is so intense that it even destroys robots; it is unapproachable by humans.

But hitting the west coast Japanese nuclear power plants with conventional explosives would release amounts of ionizing radiation that would be orders of magnitude greater than the radiation that was released at Fukushima.

Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 14 2017 4:41 utc | 26

@rg the lg & james, got your solution right here:

The family-run American farm invested in a biogas recovery system which transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity. Enough electricity, in fact, to power 1,000 homes, a service which the local utility company pays for handsomely.

@Perimetr, not just the Japanese nuclear power plants, see NYC's Indian Point:

1982 study by Sandia National Laboratories found that a core meltdown and radiological release at one of the two operating Indian Point reactors could cause 50,000 near-term deaths from acute radiation syndrome and 14,000 long-term deaths from cancer. When these results were originally disclosed to the press, an NRC official tried to reassure the public by saying that the kind of accident the study considered would be less likely than "a jumbo jet crashing into a football stadium during the Superbowl."


As far as North Korea, North Korea is to China as Israel is to the United States - a problem child with an insecurity complex and a brace of nuclear weapons. Joint custody might be the best approach for both problems.

Posted by: nonsense factory | Mar 14 2017 4:57 utc | 27

Mcmaster vows that from now on murkka would fight its wars 'without one arm tied behind its back' like in nam....

so what happens to D *no more wars* trump ?

here's trump, without missing a beat,
'either we fight to win or dont fight at all'

so whats his choice ?

fight to win of course !

peace has never been an option for uncle sham doncha know ?

if china/russia were to disappear overnite, the MICC would make up another bogeyman, an imminent
'alien invasion' perhaps !

jim *fallujah* mattis,
r *go big or go home* mcmaster and
donald *fight to win or bust* trump,
they'r gonna 'make murkka great' again, !


'Bomb the Shit Out Of Them!' - Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

By Daniel McAdams

US airstrike kills 23 civilians as Marines deploy to Syria US drone strike kills two children in Yemen

may be this is just trumps way of
'leveraging against the deep state' as per the
trumpsters ?

Posted by: denk | Mar 14 2017 5:24 utc | 28

Peter Au,

here's more on hindutva,

'George W. Bush has a cat named India. In New Delhi, about thirty activists of the Hindu Right’s political formation, the BJP, stood before the US Embassy outraged with this news. "We are not cats," said one man, "we are lions."

And lions don’t lie with the lamb, or with the goat.

Which is why the Hindu Right government does not want to make nice with Pakistan, and much prefers the other lions in the region, such as Israel, and the big lion of the planet, the USA. '

Posted by: denk | Mar 14 2017 5:35 utc | 29

Sure ... nonsense factory ... your name fits the solution. Electricity, and thus things electrical, depend on a huge assumption - that parts will be available. A better solution would be to burn the crap. It might not be something you'd find initially appealing, but with death as an option, burning shit might not be so bad?

Ultimately though, another issue is: will have nots be willing to leave you alone? Violence is a reality in the face of want. I'm not talking about the poor - I'm talking about people desperate enough and violent enough to take what they want.

Survival is more than having toys to stand in for what we have.

Posted by: rg the lg | Mar 14 2017 5:50 utc | 30

rg the lg and nonsense factory.. my comment was in reply to stumpy mentioning he had a concrete floor to use the pitchfork for moving manure! funny how conversations go in different directions.

i have been reading wendell berry books the past 1/2 year.. i think i have read about 12 or so of his books.. it is an interesting perspective that he has as an essayist, farmer, agrarian, and who knows what else.. bottom line is agribiz is like mining today.. it is purely about extraction from the ground, but no respect for the soil.. chemical fertilizers, have replaced manure - the natural product that would be best given back to the soil, instead of being washed into the watershed or worse... short term profit, for long term depletion of the soil, which is the life source for our food.. welcome to agribusiness agenda, where machines replace farmers and instead of caring for the land, or people, care only for profit.. the corporations control of the food industry is quite scary. if folks were truly interested in security, they would be looking at where their food came from, and what is involved in the process of it all.. read some wendell berry might be a good start, for anyone who wants to catch up on this.. off to vancouver tomale, so not around to respond to feedback here.. cheers - james

Posted by: james | Mar 14 2017 6:16 utc | 32

No matter what Trump pretends with Putin; Putin has to think beyond Trump geopolitically to secure Russia's future as a global leader and to deter U.S. hegemony and the pervasive threat of aggression and political interference by its leaders. The U.S. regardless of Trump will always provide financial and material support to Putin's opposition in Russia. He should not be deluded by the Trump illusion. Therefore, whatever plan the U.S. has been executing(PNAC) to achieve dominance, Putin should be one step ahead following a counter-plan, Trump or no Trump. Trump is a wild card and he may not make it past the 2020 elections anyway, therefore Putin should not put all his eggs in the Trump basket. Trump only represents a means to buy some time to put obstacles in the way of PNAC as most U.S. leaders/politicians will never consider Russia an ally and sooner or later Russia will be in the crosshairs again.

The Saudi prince who is 2nd to the KSA throne and Minister of Defense is visiting Trump on Thursday. No doubt that Syria will be on the agenda, and Yemen as well. In fact, they will probably discuss the Iran deal as well and how to sabotage Iran's economic re-emergence and whatever corridor economic and military exists between Iran-Syria-Lebanon.

After the chaos that the Saudis wreaked on Syria, Putin should view KSA as a geopolitical threat to Russia's standing in the Middle East. This is one reason why Syrian territorial integrity is critical to prevent the KSA and Israel from gaining control of Syria.

In order to counter the U.S. geopolitical quest for dominance, Russia needs to have a powerful ally in Asia, namely, China and other smaller players in Asia and another powerful ally in the Middle East Region, Iran and smaller states: Syria, Libya, Lebanon and it should also intervene to prevent the U.S. from exercising regime change in Venezuela and continue to ally with Brazil and other smaller South American and Central American countries. Russia should ally with all countries on every continent that resist U.S. imperialism to create a counterweight to U.S. bases, allies and vassals, namely the Empire.

If Putin wants to restore Russia's greatness and ensure its security, he needs to find other means to deter the Empire's domination than just with nukes and hi-tech weapons.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 14 2017 7:35 utc | 33

UNCUT VIDEO of Michael Brown at Ferguson Market & Liquor on FIVE CAMERAS 8/9/14 a little after 1 AM

Posted by: Tom Murphy | Mar 14 2017 9:03 utc | 34

Brilliant interview on Syria:

A short but another brilliant interview on Syria that snuck into mainstream media:

Posted by: Anoncommentator | Mar 14 2017 11:21 utc | 35

If North Korea can deploy a rocket that can reach within 100 miles of the West Coast of the USA, they need only detonate a high-altitude atomic blast whose EMP would fry every electronic circuit within a wide radius.

The resulting chaos and collapse of public order would do more damage and result in more casualties than any direct nuclear attack...

Posted by: ralphieboy | Mar 14 2017 11:52 utc | 36

Re: nonsense factory | Mar 14, 2017 12:57:16 AM | 27

Yes, you get my meaning. Discussion of the consequences of war to nuclear power plants has been verboten in MSM.
After all, nuclear power is "safe and clean".
As it was once said, if nuclear power plants had existed in Europe prior to World War II, no one would be living there now.
As was previously mentioned in the thread, a single high altitude electromagnetic pulse could destroy simultaneously dozens of nuclear power plants.
To visualize the spread of deadly ionizing radiation from a single burning nuclear power plant, see the IRSN model of Chernobyl burning at

Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 14 2017 13:07 utc | 37

jfl | Mar 13, 2017 10:43:00 PM | 22

This is 20 years old article on the same topic, obviously nothing has changed since!


Posted by: ex-sarajlija | Mar 14 2017 13:53 utc | 38

As far as North Korea, North Korea is to China as Israel is to the United States - a problem child with an insecurity complex and a brace of nuclear weapons.
Joint custody might be the best approach for both problems.
Posted by: nonsense factory | Mar 14, 2017 12:57:16 AM | 27

NK as China's Israel is a pretty realistic theory imo but joint custody won't happen because that would make China directly responsible for filling the gap in NK's compromised retaliation capability.
The sanest solution to the imaginary NK threat would be for the toddlers in charge of US/UK Foreign Policy to get over themselves and lift all the sanctions on NK.

Judging by an offensively juvenile 2016 BBC mockumentary hosted by MI6 asset Rupert Wingfield-Jones, screened on SBS(au) this evening ("Inside North Korea"), the sanctions haven't stopped the NK-ians from building Public Infrastructure that would put Middle America, and the grottier parts of the not-so-modern UK, to shame.
Wingfield-Jones hooked into a delegation of Nobel Prize winners who'd been invited to parlay with NK academics. He made it clear before the plane landed in Pyongyang that he was there to find fault and get himself kicked out.

Every thing he smeared as second-rate or fake whilst there was clearly far superior to his jaded perspective. The funniest aspect was that the things he said (and to whom) to get himself kicked out would have got him kicked out of, or given a good kicking in, 90% of countries.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 14 2017 14:11 utc | 39

Hoarsewhisperer @ 40

A peace treaty would do the trick, but that's impossible. When the yankees conquered Japan they figured its colonies were part of the bargain, and when they bite they can't let go.

Posted by: estouxim | Mar 14 2017 14:34 utc | 40

a small genocide, ca 150,000-200,000 victims in refugee camps, with western complicities

same with Burma today...

Posted by: Mina | Mar 14 2017 14:47 utc | 41

@perimetr 37

"Discussion of the consequences of war to nuclear power plants has been verboten in MSM."

Actually there was a huge and very public debate about this in Europe post-9/11.

Posted by: smuks | Mar 14 2017 14:55 utc | 42

@Hoarse 40

NK's regime is mostly a US asset imo. Isolated and easily manipulable, and a constant 'threat' to Japan and SK, making them scramble for 'protection'.

The best thing for China would be a cold or hot coup/ decapitation, with Chinese puppets and some troops taking control of the country and the well-being of its population. Which is why the US won't do it - they may be stupid, but not that stupid.
But they'd happily provoke Pyongyang into doing 'something stupid'.

Posted by: smuks | Mar 14 2017 15:00 utc | 43

@ Posted by: ralphieboy | Mar 14, 2017 7:52:09 AM | 36
@ Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 14, 2017 9:07:44 AM | 37

Indeed. Merely just one ...

And regardless of any extremely limited & questionable efforts re Military/Government niche sectors, only, to defend against it, would result in at least a lengthy near total societal/economic/industrial collapse ...

@ Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 14, 2017 10:11:31 AM | 40

The primary consistent & persistent US Empire strategic objective has been since 1949, to overthrow the NK government in order to be able to occupy Korea & deploy forces & materiel on the actual NK/Chinese border in order to exert a direct, immediate & extreme threat towards China. It is why the USSR went to the trouble of deploying forces into NK, against Imperial Japanese occupying forces, towards the end of WWII ~38th parallel to prevent exactly such a situation eventuating ...

This policy arose as a fallback/alternative against the Evil™ ChiComs given the defeat of the US puppet/vassal KMT by CPC in 1949 ...

Chinese Civil War - Resumed Fighting (1946-49)

... After the war with the Japanese ended (Aug 1945), Chiang Kai-shek quickly moved KMT troops to newly liberated areas to prevent Communist forces from receiving the Japanese surrender.[43] The US airlifted many KMT troops from central China to the Northeast (Manchuria). President Harry Truman was very clear about what he described as "using the Japanese to hold off the Communists". In his memoirs he writes:

It was perfectly clear to us that if we told the Japanese to lay down their arms immediately and march to the seaboard, the entire country would be taken over by the Communists. We therefore had to take the unusual step of using the enemy as a garrison until we could airlift Chinese National troops to South China and send Marines to guard the seaports.
— President Truman[50]

Using the pretext of "receiving the Japanese surrender", business interests within the KMT government occupied most of the banks, factories and commercial properties, which had previously been seized by the Imperial Japanese Army.[43] They also conscripted troops at a brutal pace from the civilian population and hoarded supplies, preparing for a resumption of war with the Communists. These hasty and harsh preparations caused great hardship for the residents of cities such as Shanghai, where the unemployment rate rose dramatically to 37.5%.[43]

The US strongly supported the Kuomintang forces. Over 50,000 US Marines were sent to guard strategic sites, and 100,000 US troops were sent to Shandong. The US equipped and trained over 500,000 KMT troops, and transported KMT forces to occupy newly liberated zones as well as to contain Communist-controlled areas.[43] American aid included substantial amounts of both new and surplus military supplies; additionally, loans worth hundreds of millions of dollars were made to the KMT.[51] Within less than two years after the Sino-Japanese War, the KMT had received $4.43 billion from the US—most of which was military aid.[43]...

Posted by: Outraged | Mar 14 2017 15:11 utc | 44

Re: smuks | Mar 14, 2017 10:55:23 AM | 43 "Discussion of the consequences of war to nuclear power plants has been verboten in MSM." Actually there was a huge and very public debate about this in Europe post-9/11.

OK, I guess I missed that, but I never saw the same debate here in the US. Similar taboos exist for DU weapons and nuclear winter. Many in the nuclear industry continue to promote the theory of hormesis, that small amounts of ionizing radiation are "good for you". Meanwhile, the EPA has moved to greatly relax radiation safety exposure standards, in anticipation of the next nuclear disaster in the US. see

Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 14 2017 15:48 utc | 45

mina @ 2 thanks for that link. one disquieting aspect is that ppl insist on blaming top figureheads / orgs, e.g. hollande, obama, trump, merkel, the EU, the Dems, the alt-right, the MIC, the Deep State, etc. for whatever woes, yet they are *extremely* reluctant to look into criminal networks and the role they play in drugs, child / adult trafficking, organ traffic, not to mention many other scams, plus the flowering links and joins between these ‘under the radar crim. networks’ and institutionalised state bodies. that is all taboo.

Posted by: Noirette | Mar 14 2017 15:50 utc | 46

Re: Outraged | Mar 14, 2017 11:11:42 AM | 45

Yes, and the danger that EMP poses to nuclear power plants was essentially ignored in the 2004 Congressional report on this subject, see

Perhaps there was a classified version of the report?

Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 14 2017 15:55 utc | 47

@ Posted by: Perimetr | Mar 14, 2017 11:55:47 AM | 47

Without a doubt.

By default, all AEC matters that could possibly relate to 'National Security' begin classified.

Are you aware the AEC was the follow-on agency to the Manhattan Project ?

Again, in 1947 IIRC (an eventful year), the AEC was established with extensive powers re secrecy, funds, research, production, management & development of nuclear weapons and almost incidentally that of nuclear power. One of the lesser well known National Security, Three Letter Acronym (TLA), 'alphabet agencies'.

At one point ran joint/FBI/AEC 'Agents' ?

It's infamous (unhinged(?)) director L Strauss ?

Could post various background links/docu if interested ...

Posted by: Outraged | Mar 14 2017 16:48 utc | 48

Noirette, u nail it, debate on france culture yesterday 6.30 pm on hunger in Nigeria south sudan somalia yemen with no single mention of the state actors involved in the different conflicts. Even when UN o brien declared just one day before that these are men made rather than draught related explicitely Intervenants were ngo ppl who knew their boundaries very well.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 14 2017 17:45 utc | 49


Very little debate on DU in Europe either, apart from peace movement and critical doctors.
Nuclear winter...well there is general awareness that 'nuclear war = end of the world', without looking too much into the details. Or pretty much 'any war involving Russia and W. Europe = end of the world'.

Posted by: smuks | Mar 14 2017 20:52 utc | 50

Since 2 weeks the feench msm is again oro ksa/qatar line on syria
The UN now bames the syrian gov for bombing the water supplies of damascus. Plus the deafenibg silence about the WH oscar, the wikileaks.
Looks like the empire is alive and kicking. With a blond mop?,-key-powers-meet-in-Astana-for-talks-without.aspx
Where we read that "UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Tuesday that the Syrian conflict was the "worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II".
The congolese, somali and south sudanese will appreciate. But in the bew western-gulf order blacks dont exist apparently.Except as slaves or for their rich soil.

Posted by: Mina | Mar 14 2017 22:38 utc | 51

A question to the community. With the SAA now having direct road access through East Aleppo to Tishrin Dam and SDF areas east of the Euphrates, would it be possible to simply move resources to the area north of Dier ez Zor and attack ISIS from that axis? It's "only" 40 km from the existing SDF lines to Dier ez Zor and this would likely be a much safer/easier route to relieve Dier ez Zor than the long exposed route from Palmyra. Complications recognized (SDF, US, Arab tribes cooperation) but possible?

Posted by: Sad Canuck | Mar 14 2017 23:35 utc | 52

@52 Good question, politically it may be impossible txs to the SDF being under US control/pressure..

Elijah Magnier's latest piece. Interesting analysis though it leaves out the energetic (pipelineistan) aspect of things..

Posted by: Lozion | Mar 15 2017 0:49 utc | 53

YET another china friendly leader, sinophile park chung he bites the dust amidgst corruption scandal. [1]
china/seoul tension escalating due to thaad deployment. !

just two yrs back, sri lanka's prez Rajapakse was deposed by cia/raw in 2015, still hounded by murkkan instigated 'war crimes' charges

before that, ph prez Arroyo, she was on track to settle the scs issue with china before she was brought down by corruption charge and sent to jail.
she was cleared by a retrial and released only after the murkkna lapdog aquino was booted out by nationalist prez duterte.

china/jp had a honeymoon from the 70's onwards, at its peak jp pm hatoyama led a team of 600 politicos, artisans, businessmen to beijing.
that must've pissed off somebody big time,soon hatoyama and other pro beijing pm were ousted by washinton engineered soft coups.

australian pm kelvin rudd and gough whitlam were both warming up to china before they were taken out by washington.

india's rajiv ghandi paid the ultimate price for his china sojourn,
blown to smithereens by suicide bomber at point blank

the most tragic of all ,
nepal's king birendra's entire family was wiped out in a palace massacre soon after his return from beijing 2001.
nepalese from top to botton believed its a cia/raw joint op.


words are out, anybody who cozy up to the panda is like painting a target on his own back.

the public execution of gadaffi was meant to send a msg.
my way or the highway !
the myanmars leaders got it loud and clear, they frantically ditched china for united snake in 2013 and acceded to the rise of washington sponsored aun shan su ki.
chinese osor project kaput

still holding out.....

barely three months after xi jing ping's love fest in kl 2013,
malaysia's nightmare began,
losing 3 airliners, 1 copter and another near miss in less than six month.
pm najib has been hounded by a washington sponsored media campaign on his alleged corruption ever since,

duterte seems to be doing fine so far.
but at times i couldnt help wondering, how did he survive all these years in ph since 2003, where the police/military is crawling with cia patsies ?

perhaps my acute cynism is getting the better of me, if so i blame uncle scam.

two decades of empire watch has conditioned me to never take anything at its face value.

empire watch rule 1
assume the worst and hope for the best.

as for nk,

for the moment i've only this to say.....

one thing is for sure, despite its dependence on chinese largeese its is NOT a chinese poodle as advertised by cia wurlitzer !
thats a ruse to pin any nk 'transgressions' on china's shoulder by uncle scam.

brought down by 'corruption , scandal',
sounds familiar ?
roussel of brazil, Kirchner of argentina.......?

chavez taken out by bio weapon ?

Posted by: denk | Mar 15 2017 2:52 utc | 54

@54 Sad but true denk. Not many sovereign states left. The BRICS is being dismantled. This is why Syria is a redline for Russia/Iran. Lets hope for a multipolar world to emerge before we end up 6 feet under..

Posted by: Lozion | Mar 15 2017 6:09 utc | 55

@ outraged & karlof1 - from the previous thread, I suppose it's more appropriate to post this here

I also find myself now and then stating that there is no solution without decorating street lamps with the traitors among us, traitors being, unfortunately, most of the political class in the West. Then I remember this song and think again.
I fully understand that in present conditions there are near zero possibilities of grassroot driven change. The tools that have been developed to preserve power, so mighty I'm sure neither Goebbels nor Heydrich could even imagine, preclude it so long the security apparatus gets paid.

In the West the era of revolutions is over. Radical change may happen only through the implosion of the system, whose vulnerabilities have become so acute that make it inevitable.
As Dimitri Orlov explained years ago, what was surmountable in the soviet collapse, mainly due to the prevalent solidarity culture, with a few million casualties, would be absolute disaster in the US due to the lack of public services like transportation, and the prevalent culture of individualism.

I don't think the divine right of kings ever existed. In the Iberian Peninsula of hereditary monarchies kings had to be approved (acclaimed) by the Cortes, the representatives of the Estates, and to be acclaimed they must first swear to respect and fulfil the laws and customs of the country.

At least here kings were kings by the grace of their subjects.

I think this was pretty much the same across all of Europe. A different thing was the divinization of the sovereign, Ancient Egypt, Incas, but I won't go there.

I came to the conclusion that most of the history we are taught is extremely flawed. It's accurate at dates, genealogies, if that..

For instance, the "arab" invasion of Iberia. In 711 11.000 invaders are supposed to have crossed the strait of Gibraltar and defeated the visigothic kingdom. With what boats, no one knows. In three years they had conquered all of Iberia up to the Douro and reached the Pyrenees in the east. By 722 they are supposed to have reached the Asturias, 180.000 strong, to be defeated in the battle of Covadonga by 300 christian warriors and the Virgin Mary, who lifted a mountain and dropped it over the infidels. Then they rapidly reproduced and 10 years later were in Poitiers, all 40.000 to 60.000 knights (modern estimate, the sources speak of 100's of 1000's) , defeated by Charles Martel's 15.000 to 30.000 infantry (modern estimate). And, what's even more interesting, there are no contemporary sources of any of the above description, yet it is historic orthodoxy. All the sources are full of legends some of which you can find in the thousand and one nights. And even more interesting is that these fables make their way to medieval castilian chronicles from arabic texts from Egypt from the 10th century. Therefore depictions of "arabs" in the 12th century are common and unquestioned. So what do we know? We think we do.

Lynn Margulis stuck a wrench on the wheels of sacerdotal biology, as did the Gaia Hypothesis, yet not big enough, so nonsense like selfish genes still has currency, and the sorcerer apprentices have free reign with transgenic madness. Seems like superweeds are about to put an end to that. And Bayer buys Monsanto... If those matters interest you I highly recommend Maximo Sandín and his site

Posted by: estouxim | Mar 15 2017 7:14 utc | 56

Sad Canuck 52

ISIS are still making suicidal attacks to take Deir Ezzor yet falling back, giving up territory everywhere else. It would make more sense to use those fighters to hold ground they already control.
It seems Deir Ezzor is still disputed territory. A lot of oil in Deir Ezzor province. If ISIS were to take Deir Ezzor, then the US would try and take it from ISIS to add to US Syria. I doubt there will be any help from the US for the Syrian forces at Deir Ezzor.

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 15 2017 8:47 utc | 57

Reading about Eastern Syria in Carl Raswan's books, I came cross these testimonies about Eastern Aleppo 2013.
Maybe the French governemental radios who returned to their 24/7 KSA/Qatar propaganda will explain me that these horse-lovers were all on Putin pay-roll:

Posted by: Mina | Mar 15 2017 15:44 utc | 58

France Culture (a French governmental radio) 6 PM news (the main evening news on this station). They announce a report on an important place of "memory of the war", which enters its 6th year, but no mention of the bombings in damascus today in the main titles, just a short sentence, less than ten words, in the introduiction to the report which is actually on a website that has 22,000 songs... among memories of the revolution... so serious...). They have had such reports for three days on the occasion, and Kodmani whom they present as a 'journalist', and never mentioned Astana and the boycott.
It sounds like the Socialists are definitely in need of Gulf money for their campaign. Their candidate, Hamon, is promessing everything, from a free monthly-rent for all, rich and poor to the full interdiction of all pesticides etc. He has an important support of the suburban practicing Muslilms who are politically organized whom he has been in business with during his carreer (the guy never worked, started his job as the socialist party with some students demo, and then was elected or nominated wherever they wanted him to).

Posted by: Mina | Mar 15 2017 17:15 utc | 59

Good article on how bad The Guardian have become.

Posted by: Anonymou_S | Mar 15 2017 17:47 utc | 60

@ Posted by: Anonymou_S | Mar 15, 2017 1:47:23 PM | 60

Thank you for the link.

The Guardian was clearly lobotomized, then 'Body Snatched', re geopolitics immediately after the Snowden releases by UK Gov officials ... does sound work. After all, they are on the official ProPornOT list (Honor Roll?). ;)

The final paragraphs ...

…whilst failing to realise that we live in a changing world. The internet has undermined the power of a media that has become undeniably monolithic. The Guardian begs for pennies at the bottom of every GCHQ press release, because they need the money. Because people don’t read them, or buy them, or listen to them. Newsmedia is a business going only one direction.

In that sense, you can see Cohen’s words as half of a gut-wrenching admission. Ten years ago Trump would never have made it past the primary stage. Nor would Bernie Sanders. Ten years ago Owen Smith or Yvette Cooper would be leading the labour party, and Britain would have voted to stay in Europe. Ten years ago Hillary Clinton wins in a landslide. The truth is that the media don’t have the power to completely manufacture consent anymore. The mainstream media IS a monolith. A totem of hierarchy, erected by a million slaves who never new any better. Ancient…and crumbling.

When you really dig down into the heart of it, that’s probably why he’s so angry.


Posted by: Outraged | Mar 15 2017 19:09 utc | 61

Exit polls for Netherlands unfortunately show...more of the same with the ruling pro-establishment party winning.
Any comments by people here?

Posted by: Anonymou_S | Mar 15 2017 22:02 utc | 62

@38 ex-sarajlija

thank you very much for the link to Understanding money. What a clear diagnosis and prognosis as well.

I did note one inconsistency ...

The money supply of Canada increases at the moment a bank issues you a loan. As you repay your loan the money supply shrinks. So money is being created and destroyed every day.

... i don't see it shrinking, in Canada or anywhere (everywhere) the banksters are creating money, and neither does the author ...

The financial system the world has evolved on the Bank of England model is not sustainable. It creates nearly all money as debt. Such money only exists as long as someone is willing and able to pay interest on it. It disappears, wholly or partially, in recurring financial crises. Such a system requires that new debt must be created faster than principal and interest payments fall due on old debt.

one observation is certainly tongue-in-cheek ...

What a pity that many historians, like many non-historians, so badly misunderstand money and banking!

... this is the contra-positive of Upton Sinclair's observation

It is easy to get a man to misunderstand something when his salary depends upon his misunderstanding it.

that site ... PDForum ... is run by what seems like a 'reformed' cia hitman ... David C. Korten. whatever his case, this article by John H. Hotson is as clear and concise as it gets, imho.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 16 2017 0:16 utc | 63

Lozion 55

''US Senate passes resolution calling on Trump to escalate regime-change in Venezuela',

how many times they want to screw Venezuela ? [1]

who do these assholes in senate./congress think they'r, who give them this god damned 'right' to 'pass resolutions' to sanction, overturn, invade sovereign countries ?
as if they'r just mulling over some internal traffic regulatons ,
wtf !

cue to madsen,
the nepalese maoists were actually harbored and trained in india,
they eventually toppled the nepalese mornarchy in 2008.

when it comes to cloak and dagger, raw could teach cia a thing or two.
they dont call india the unitedsnake of south asia for nuthin !

Posted by: denk | Mar 16 2017 3:11 utc | 64

"While the United States is not directly involved in the civil war, we are providing limited assistance to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)-led coalition in an effort to help protect their territorial integrity and sovereign borders."

Gen. Votel can anyone tell me how these liars and jackasses involved in foreign policy can call yemen a 'civil war' and still wax poetic on helping to look after saudi arabias territorial integrity? what kind of an idiot what say this? for fwiw - the jackass is Gen. Votel, who figures everyone who listens or reads him must be more stupid then he is..

Posted by: james | Mar 16 2017 3:51 utc | 65

denk | Mar 15, 2017 11:11:04 PM | 64
My guess is that the Saudis are really hurting economically from the pressure of the munitions cost of butchering the people of Yemen, while doing as they are told WRT the current oil prices. Getting regime change in Venezuela would relieve that need to keep oil prices low - not completely of course. Russia has not cried uncle and doesn't seem likely to, but the Iranian thing is still cool since amerika will sanction the beejezuz outta Iran domestically even if it cannot get europe or the rest of us to play along. (question for history nerds - has amerika ever stuck to the terms of any treaty it has signed?)
Causing the collapse of the scummy commie state which had the gall to stand up to the shrub back in the noughties is of course, essential. In that way the rest of Latin America will just have to accept accept Massa's orders along with the inevitability of their enslavement.

On the other hand if Venezuela holds out, it won't just keep the resistance movement simmering away in Latin America, it is possible to see that being the cause of a massive rift between amerika and their friends, the wahabi butchers.

It must really grate that US oil corporations work on a cost plus arrangement, so deep down really don't give two fucks what the price per barrel is. In fact they are likely making more money outta retailing hydrocarbon products when the commodity price is low, than they do when it was $100/bbl. At the cheaper retail price they will move more units and since what little regulation remains following legislative gutting to permit the vertical integration of the industry, ahs allowed the oil giants to set their prices on a mixture of % of cost and/or sale price plus a range of fixed charges, they simply move the weighting outta % and into fixed charges. The decreased commodity price allows the increase in overall costs as a proportion of the retail price to increase significantly without attracting too much attention - after all, gas is cheaper now in't it, only anal pedants compare what the cost of a gallon is now with the cost/gallon of west texas or brent when it also hovered around $50/bbl back in the 1990's.
Every time I have seen someone attempt to raise that anomaly in the MSM, it is studiously ignored following some oil lobbyist/sockpuppet raising doubts about the character of the instigator combined with selling an irrational & fantastic excuse for this "non-issue".

I seriously doubt the saudis want to keep up this market fixing to depress prices much longer. Even if they could afford it because it is so transparently unjust. Ordinary Saudis are pretty well versed in the complex issues around oil price fixing (they have had to be since the hydrocarbon market is bt far the biggest determinant of Saudi financial health) so that even without the fact they are copping pay cuts and their kids aren't accessing the 'job for life' program they would be pissed at the way their nation is being blatantly fucked over by fork tongued amerikans.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 16 2017 4:44 utc | 66

Debsisdead 66

good analysis.

R Tillerson used to call his buddy in state dept to fix his deals during his Exxon days, guess its even better now that he's the 'fixer' himself ?

'Venezuela is where Tillerson’s background as chief executive of Exxon Mobil becomes embroiled with American big business interests and personal vendetta. Exxon Mobil is the leading US oil giant, which Tillerson headed up until only a few weeks ago when Trump tapped him for the State Department. The company lost up to $16 billion in property and other assets when the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s predecessor, nationalized its holdings in 2007. An international court of arbitration ruled in 2014 that the country should compensate the oil company with $1.6 billion – that is, only about 10 per cent of what Exxon Mobil had sued for. Some industry insiders say Tillerson has never forgiven Venezuela for «burning him».'

is Tillerson exacting his pound of flesh as well ?

Posted by: denk | Mar 16 2017 5:21 utc | 67

Daniel McAdams
'Trump Invades Syria
Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news'

BIG news ?
seems nobody knows about it, not a peep from the 'international communities'. !

may be everybody is shell shocked by that wiki 'vault 7 ' expose ?
hmm, the timing of those wiki 'bombshell' [NOT] ;-)

poor Assad, all he could muster is,
'anybody coming in without our permission is committing illegal invasion'

tell that to gen votel,commander centcom

'the authorization to use military force (AUMF) passed by the US Congress in 2001 following the September 11 attacks on New York City and Washington provided the authority to escalate the deployment in Syria (a country that had nothing to do with 9/11) in order to fight ISIS (which did not exist in 2001).

Votel also made it clear that the US intervention was being carried out without the permission of the Syrian government.' [wsws]

is that votel's middle finger to assad, to the world ?

Posted by: denk | Mar 16 2017 5:47 utc | 68

I fucking knew it. The big trump infrastructure plan to spend a $1 trillion on fixing up the parlous state of amerikan transport infrastructure has been revealed to be a scam.
I had initially thought he would grab a fat wedge of Joe/Jo Taxpayers money and give it to himself using front companies; a somewhat despicable plan that did have the benefit of diverting money from killing Johnnie Unwhite into hiring tens of thousands of Joe Lunchboxes.
That, if it ever actually existed outside of trumps stream of consciousness bullshitting, plan was stymied by rethug hawks in Congress & Senate who announced very early on in the piece that wasting taxes on something as useless as hiring amerikans to fix their crumbling infrastructure was intolerable communistic treason when there were still unwhites in the scary world outside amerika, who had yet to feel the weight of an amerikan jackboot on their throats.
So since old trumpy has to find an alternative earner to cover the real cost of hiring Mr Tangerine Man to be prez, the new plan involves selling off the important roads and bridges (ie those which lack a viable alternative route so 'bottom lines will be maximised') to these same front companies, then asking nicely for the new owners to seal them every now and again, using some of the money raised from the tolls everyone will have to pay once those resources that amerikans already paid for when they were constructed with Joe Taxpayer funding have been handed over to the trump's chums.

Mike Whitney writes about it here

Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is not an infrastructure plan and it won’t put $1 trillion of fiscal stimulus into the economy. It’s basically a scheme for handing over public assets to private corporations that will extract maximum profits via user fees and tolls. Because the plan is essentially a boondoggle, it will not lift the economy out of the doldrums, increase activity or boost growth. Quite the contrary. When the details of how the program is going to be implemented are announced, public confidence in the Trump administration is going to wither and stock prices are going to plunge. This scenario cannot be avoided because the penny-pinching conservatives in the House and Senate have already said that they won’t support any plan that is not “revenue neutral” which means that any real $1 trillion spending package is a dead letter. Thus, it’s only a matter of time before the Trump’s plan is exposed as a fraud and the sh** hits the fan.

The maintenence will never happen of course, the meat in the trump sandwich aka whichever agency is foolish enough to agree to oversee the contracts drawn up at the time of sale, might as well be pissing in the wind as asking a private corporation to 'waste' money on such foolishness. The new owners will claim that as much as they might want to spend money on fixing rickety roads and brittle bridges, their shareholders would rightly charge them with fraud and reducing potential profits if they did such a thing.
Once the inevitable happens and a bridge collapses under the weight of a school bus full of now dead children, we will discover a previously 'overlooked' clause in the fine print whereby the government is who was meant to ensure all assets were restored to 'as new' condition prior to sale, so that silly old Joe Taxpayer will find his/herslf having to pay up once again. This time after they have paid out all damages for the dead school children, they will also have to pay out on every asset 'sold' for ongoing maintenance of that asset even after it was sold to Ben & Josh Greedhead for about the cost of a cheap meal at the local food court.
And insult to injury Trump and has friends won't even have to put up any cash to own amerikans' stuff.

“Under Trump’s plan…the federal government would offer tax credits to private investors interested in funding large infrastructure projects, who would put down some of their own money up front, then borrow the rest on the private bond markets. They would eventually earn their profits on the back end from usage fees, such as highway and bridge tolls (if they built a highway or bridge) or higher water rates (if they fixed up some water mains). So instead of paying for their new roads at tax time, Americans would pay for them during their daily commute. And of course, all these private developers would earn a nice return at the end of the day.” (“Donald Trump’s Plan to Privatize America’s Roads and Bridges”, Slate)

Amerikans who have been naughty probably have considerable experience of how fucked the prisons have become since privatisation of the justice system but others may not be aware of how privatising a monopoly makes every aspect infinitely worse.
In that case ask yer favourite englander about the joys of commuting on a privatised railway. Trains are late, if they ever turn up, everything is coated with a thick patina of grime, breakdowns are common and worst of all safety has been totally compromised so accidents & attendant fatalities have increased a lot.

If trump concludes he's prolly only gonna get 4 years, he will go at selling off amerikan infrastructure as fast as he can, as cheaply as he can. Oh amerikans are in for an education - for sure.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 16 2017 11:22 utc | 69

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 16, 2017 7:22:29 AM | 69

That would be a betrayal by Trump if it became a reality. Luckily, it's only systemically unreliable Whitney and notoriously confused and schizophrenic CounterPunch and may be safely dismissed as drivel.
CounterPunch is THE exemplar of Fake Leftiness and has been for ages.

I recall an incident several years ago when one of the Cockburns wrote a typically dishonest perspective on some issue or another and Stephen Gowans (What's Left) wrote a scathing critique of it and of Cockburn himself. It was a long article packed with multiple damning examples of Cockburn's intellectual dishonesty.

The ink was barely dry on the Gowans critique when Cockburn retracted the central premise of the piece Gowans had criticised.
So the folks at CPunch KNOW they're being dishonest.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 16 2017 18:29 utc | 70

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Mar 16, 2017 2:29:44 PM

Yeah whatever the saddest part of this is that some people are so tied to bullshit memes based on my enemy's enemy must be my friend they will stubbornly & stupidly support crooks well past the point of their crookedness being established. The original reporting on this story came from Slate whose rethug connections indicate the story was sourced close to the decision, but keep up the frantically foolish ad hominems free of any actual you know facts, slavishly aping your hero, all you display is your own stupid attachment to an asshole.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 16 2017 21:18 utc | 71

They are diabolical members of the psychotic Tribe. They deserve to be treated like marshmallows.

Posted by: John | Mar 17 2017 2:48 utc | 73

dont be too hard on trump,
so many 'crises', so little time !


*scs provocation escalated,

'Japan expands military operations in Asia,
de facto aircraft carrier the izumo to join scs patrol.'

*prepping to light the tinderbox at korea peninsula

'US sends drones, assassination squad to South Korea

Is the US preparing for war against North Korea?'

*drone executions intensified, no hold bar under trump,
'just vaporise the bastards, collateral damages be damned'

'Trump administration secretly resumes CIA drone assassination program'

The unannounced change in policy casts aside cosmetic restrictions imposed under Obama, allowing the CIA to freely function as Washington’s “Murder Inc.”

*mass murder in iraq,

'US bombing kills 11 civilians in Mosul as Washington lifts restraints on Pentagon'

'US Senate passes resolution calling on Trump to escalate regime-change in Venezuela

Seizing on the economic crisis gripping Venezuela, the bipartisan resolution is part of an effort to oust the government of Maduro.'

'US-backed South Sudanese regime organizing genocidal crimes, UN report. [1]

*Syrian invasion.
trump to assad,
'we do what we like, permission my ass' !

what about that 'no more foreign interventions' pledge ?
'you havent been paying attention, we only intervene to defend our NATIONAL INTEREST'

as usual ,they'r only telling half of the story,
US-backed South Sudanese regime vs US-backed jihadists,
fix it for the editor. !
now you know why the wot is never ending since 2001 and they'r still thirsting for more !


'Nominee for US Food and Drug Administration commissioner has deep ties to drug industry

Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.'

goldman sach minding the treasury,
micc doing 'defence',
exxon overseeing 'foreign relation'.
with big pharma 'regulating' FDA,
the swamp is complete !

Posted by: denk | Mar 17 2017 3:53 utc | 74

Sigh more of the same,

Tillerson threat North Korea

and Trump will meet Merkel, what will he hear after? Trans-atlantic bla bla Russia is a threat bla bla sigh.

Posted by: Anoynmou_s | Mar 17 2017 12:19 utc | 75

@denk "US-backed South Sudanese regime organizing genocidal crimes, UN report."

Wasn't that the ultimate goal of the "Help Darfour" campaign by Hollyweird?

Posted by: ProPeace | Mar 17 2017 13:02 utc | 76

Some blood curling facts about the Brutish Empire outrageous crimes:

Sur les pratiques pédophiles et satanistes de la famille royale anglaise

On the pedophile and satanist practices of the English royal family

The elite pedophile network in England is unfortunately not a myth. In the 1980s, we heard of a pedophile network installed by the MI6 at the Kincora Boys Home in Belfast. Shortly afterwards, it was the orphanages in Wales that made them talk. "Then those of London, Scotland, and finally it was Jimmy Savile who fell. Today, the great maneuvers continue to stifle the biggest scandal: the involvement of the royal family in this pedophile network. So we are going to talk about satanism, pedocrminality, and a dark ceremonial affair that went wrong in the south of France.

In 2012, Chris Jones says his two brothers, Adrian and Leander, were murdered because they were about to expose the elite pedophile network, including Margaret Thatcher. Chris Jones explained that as a child he was forced to have sex with a High Court judge, or by a cop...

The pedo - FM networks

Behind all this history, the shadow of Freemasonry was hovering. Although, as always, no official findings were found, many of the key protagonists in the survey were FM. So much so that victims asked the court to make a list of the magistrates, cops and other speakers belonging to Freemasonry. Why ? Because we feared a choking in the rules, which indeed was the case. It must be said that with Gerard Elias, a member of the Dinas Llandaff Lodge in Cardiff, a judge of the High Court who ruled the court, it was difficult to do otherwise. As for the Chief of Police of Northern Wales at the time of the abuses, Lord Kenyon, he was Grand Master Provincial [3] and was more than once taken to protect his comrades.

Children were sent to hotels or villas to be raped by pedophiles with certain purchasing power.

It is also known that various pedophiles, such as a certain Gary Cooke, alias Reginald Cooke, had their entries in Allen's homes. The said Cooke, who had left the army in 1974, then introduced the children to other pedophiles. Another pedophile who had his entries at Allen, Graham Stephens, had even taken a young man to Denmark at the end of 1972.

There was also the case of the Dunblane massacre in March 1996, when a notorious "killer" and pedophile entered a school to massacre 16 kids and their teacher before committing suicide was armed with a weapons license Signed by a freemason who later became NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson.

It was a freemason, Lord Burton, a local grandmaster, who denounced the incredible protections in this story and called the investigation "cover-up". Burton denounced above all the affiliation of Lord Cullen, the senior magistrate who conducted a pseudo inquiry into the said massacre, at the Speculative Society, linked to the FM, and some members of which raped children at the Queen Victoria school (for children Of the military, presided over by the Duke of Edinburgh, that is to say, Prince Philip), a school where the madman had just been dragged at a time. Nevertheless, Cullen was named Baron in 2003, probably as a reward for protecting his comrades.

And this is only a small part of the pedophile scandals stifled in the UK.

The Elm Guest house case, this brothel for powerful pedophiles in the heart of London, is another. Why these systematic choking? Because names of deputies, judges, ministers, prime ministers, and even the royal family are cited by various victims.

We're going to talk about the English royal family, but we're going to run out of written sources, obviously.
The English royal family, a Nazi coterie?

One is not going to linger long on this aspect of things today very well documented, displeasing some propagandists of the Official History.

We know that the bonds of the English royal family with the Nazis were very close, and probably still, if we judge by the disguise recently sported by Prince Harry...

Lord Mountbatten: he is considered the mentor of Prince Charles, after being that of Prince Philip. Admiral de la Navy, he was at the forefront of organizing drug trafficking between South-East Asia and Europe. Mountbatten was the brother of the Queen of Sweden, the uncle of Prince Philip, and both bear the real name of Battenberg, anglicized in Mountbatten.

Mountbatten, like Edward Heath, was connected to the case of Kincora Boys Home, an orphanage where it is known that the MI5 has developed a pedophile network aimed at compromising various personalities. Children from Kincora Boys Home were taken to a castle in the middle of Ireland, which belonged to the family of the founder of the Hellfire Club, a small elitist group founded at the end of the 18th century.

The orphanages in Wales were also used by MI5 to film foreign diplomats in more than compromising positions.

It is also known that it was Mountbatten that allowed Savile to be the first civilian to be decorated with the "green beret", a military distinction, as early as 1966.

A homosexual relationship is often lent to Mountbatten and Edward VIII, who were cousins.

He died in 1979 in the explosion of his boat which was attributed to the IRA because it is practical, but several theories circulate in particular towards the track of the secret services. Incidentally, he was with a 14-year-old boy, Nicholas Knatchbull, on the boat at the time of the explosion...

The royal family, one clicks paedophile

English royal family is especially, like all the leaders of the developed countries and probably of the other countries also, is syphilitic to marrow by her behaviors pédocriminels.
Why? Because like all our leaders, the English royal family is a satanist.

For this reason, it is inevitably paedophile. One could add that the Queen of England as its descendants are cocaines to the eyes, and consume several kilos of pure cocaine each month.

It is known for example that two former Prime Ministers, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, practised the sacrifices of children, who are impossible to circumvent for a good quite damaged satanist. Heath, which appreciated much transfered in Jersey, would have thus killed several children. It is found also side of Belfast, in Kicora Boys Home, directly dependent on the satanic bunch Hellfire Club, and also on the side of Elm Guest house.

In 2008, it is a majordomo of Buckingham Palace and old marine, Paul Kidd, who was made wedge for rapes made on minors during 30 years, whereas it worked for the royal family. Of course, no link was established between the network paedophile set up by Kidd and the royal family. One of its victims explained why when it was 14 years old, Kidd invited to take the tea in company of the queen at the end of the Seventies.

In 1999, an international investigation called Ore operation led to arrests in the Netherlands and in England in particular, where the cops could establish bonds between paedophiles of the Ploughing present at the government and traffic of children with an aim of prostitution in Belgium and at Portugal[ 6]. Blair was so hot with the buttocks which it forced the media not to quote no name[ 7].

As for Savile, there is not from now on any more any doubt that he devoted himself to ceremonies satanists.
It is known that it provided children to the government, in particular in Jersey where a witness saw making assemble a child on the yacht of Edward Heath, then 1st minister.

It is not for only the deputy Tom Watson required a serious investigation about “a network powerful paedophile related to the Parliament and in Downing Street”

Several elements corroborate this leaning of the royal family, in particular:

Jimmy Savile: the star of the BBC was the supplier of children for the closed circles of the royal family and the government. It had access to many orphanages (like that of Jersey for example), but also to boarding schools of girls, at psychiatric hospitals (of which it had all the keys and where it was even lodged[ 8]), and could provide itself as children anywhere and any time.

Savile, which cumulates today more than 450 complaints, was introduced near Prince Charles by Lord Mountbatten at the beginning of the Seventies, that is to say ten years after the first complaints of sexual abuse against Savile (in 1964).

Then, Savile straightforwardly became a close adviser of Charles, delivering his opinion on the appointment of an assistant, or even on the organization of its marriage. With the palate, Savile behaved normally, i.e. like a truck-driver in rut.

Some also consider that the purpose of the weak emission of Savile, “Jim' L fix it” (1975 - 1994), was only to facilitate the access of the predator to the children.

Let us add that in addition to being paedophile, Savile was devoted to practices nécrophiles[ 9] like with practices satanists, which is described in several testimonys of victims. It is probably not for only the body of a young woman was found right in front of at his place the morning of February 5, 1977. Moreover, the bonds of friendship of Savile with the killer in series Peter Sutcliffe which acknowledged the murder, and their geographical proximity before Sutcliffe is not sent in one of the hospitals of the circuit of Savile, raise also question, Broadmoor.

The nephew of Savile, Guy Mardsen, has expliquéil has there a few months how his/her uncle took it along in orgies with powerful types, and how it asked him to find other younger children to amuse clicks it.

the business of the children stolen in an Indian orphanage of Canada. I already approached this business in an article devoted to the genocide of the Indians of Canada, in particular by sending their children in orphanages held by the Church, of true mouroirs in which networks paedophiles operated. To summarize, three survivors of these orphanages stated to have been pilot of the removal of ten children by the Queen of England. At the time of a royal visit in one of these orphanages with Kamloops, in British Columbia in October 1964, one introduced the children at the queen and prince Philip who accompanied it. The first of these witnesses died quickly after having spoken, and the last survivor, William Combes, died in February 2011 before to have been able to testify with the lawsuit which was worth a judgment at 25 years of prison for the pope and the Queen of England, in particular (but one will return lower there). In the passing, the death of Combes resembles an assassination much, according to some like Kevin Annett who inquired into the subject.

The school was held by the catholic Church, and the children were systematically tortured there, some were even killed, as it was the case in a good part of these “residential schools”. The day of the royal visit, certain children had the privilege spade to screw with the queen and Philip, like some priests. Combes, which was 12 years old at the time, remembers: “I remember that it was odd because one has all of the kiss the feet of the queen, who with white shoes with laces”. After one moment, the queen left to it spade screws with ten children of the school, seven boys and three girls old from 6 to 14 years, “and these children never returned”, still said the witness in his official deposition on February 3, 2010, “one never again did not intend to speak about them and one re-examined them forever, even when we were older”...

Posted by: ProPeace | Mar 17 2017 13:15 utc | 77

@66 "I seriously doubt the saudis want to keep up this market fixing to depress prices much longer."

Of course they would like higher oil prices. But the Saudis know that as oil prices rise US fracking, shale oil etc. becomes more profitable.

Posted by: dh | Mar 17 2017 14:05 utc | 78

ProPeace 76

in Sudan,
Chinese workers and oil fields have been under constant attacks by 'terrorists' for three decades. just in nov 16 several chinese blue helmets were killed in a terrorists ambush .

same shit in , afpak and beyond.
washington supported puppets fighting washington sponsored jihadists who murder chinese workers./executives on the side.

wot ?
wtf !
trump doesnt need drones, jsoc and trillions of dollars to fight aq/is/boko haram/ al shabaab/whatever, all he needs is drop a couple of 'daisy cutters' on cia/nsa/pentagoon, problem sovled !

without going to the source of evil,
the current 'whack a [cia] mole ' campaign to 'fight isis' is just same old b.s. to perpetrate murkkan intervention in M.E.
new boss same as old boss !

with one huge difference tho,
trump says cia has been too 'restrained',
under his 'no holds bar' strategy, we can be sure of many many more 'collateral damages' to come, gauranteed !

Posted by: denk | Mar 18 2017 4:05 utc | 79

@ denk at comment # 79 who wrote about how the cia/nsa/petagoon are the problem

Do you not believe that there are folks/cabal that tells those organizations what results they expect? Why wouldn't you want to eliminate the source?

Me, I want to eliminate their base tools, those of private finance. That kills the God of Mammon and changes the incentives by which we live. What does your bombing do?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 18 2017 4:59 utc | 80

psychohistorian 80

first take out their 'muscle men' then you'll have
all the time in the world to reform the world's
financial structure.

Posted by: denk | Mar 18 2017 5:33 utc | 81

@ denk who wrote that we have to take out "their "muscle men""

That strategy does not work for me as a pacifist. I am more into trying to get a one note samba going....end private finance.

Can you dig the beat?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 18 2017 6:25 utc | 82

Jesus Christ, Merkel is making a fool of herself in the below video, no sense of humour at all, doing all to defend obama.

LIKE A BOSS: Trump to Merkel about Obama wiretaps: At least we have something in common

Posted by: Anonymou_s | Mar 18 2017 16:35 utc | 83

And ZH has a new article up that supports my point

It's Time To Get Painfully Honest: Banks Are Evil

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 18 2017 16:39 utc | 84

i wonder if belarus is about to become ukraine redux? Russia-Belarus Union in Crisis makes me wonder.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 19 2017 1:12 utc | 85

World war 3 is coming

Posted by: Les | Mar 19 2017 3:36 utc | 86

I think that it is significant that last Tuesday Trump met with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and on Friday Chinese Premier Li met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Does that reflect anything? I think it reflects an evolving change in the world balance of power that is not being reported by the Western media.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 19 2017 5:36 utc | 87

psychohistorian 87

Oil is the most traded commodity. China is now the worlds largest importer of oil. With shale, US is now strategically self sufficient. Saudi's would have to be looking hard at the RMB.

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 19 2017 5:51 utc | 88

Anonymou_s 83

Interesting comment from Pat Lang over at SST halfway down the comments...

"His polling numbers are steadily declining. It is clear to me from confidential sources that leaders of the IC DID approach GCHQ with an informal and, of course, un-written request to dig through the intercepts available to them in the joint NSA/GCHQ system for material adverse to Trump. The then director of GCHQ accommodated them and was fired when his presumption was discovered at 10 Downing Street. This, in spite of British protestations of outrage to the contrary. This kind of skullduggery is essentially not provable unless those who were in certain meetings come out of the woodwork and they will not. Efforts like this re planned to be un-provable in court or a hearing and this one was done fairly well. pl"

It seems that not only has the Obama/Clinton faction have fake MSM media, fake EU politicians, Syrian Academy award winners AQ public relations group White Helmets on side, but also the five eyes IC community.

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 19 2017 6:55 utc | 89

Forgot the link on my post at 89

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 19 2017 7:37 utc | 90

'British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Britain will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration later this year.' ... so begins Lawrence Davidson's post, One Hundred Years of the Balfour Declaration ...

I have told the story of the Balfour Declaration in documented detail in my book America’s Palestine. Here is a brief synopsis:

  The November 1917 declaration was a World War I expedient undertaken by the then British government to enlist the aid of worldwide Jewry (mistakenly believed to be led by the fledgling World Zionist Organization) to the British side. In exchange the British government promised to create a “Jewish National Home” in Arab Palestine after the war. In so doing it sought to buy Jewish assistance with someone else’s currency – that is, with territory then belonging to the Ottoman Empire.

  Key members of the war cabinet in London, such as the Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, were believers in the myth of worldwide Jewish power, and on that basis were convinced that Jewish influence in Washington could help bring the United States into the war as a British ally, and at the same time keep their eastern front ally, the Russians, from leaving the war. Though the U.S. did soon enter the war, it had nothing to do with Jewish influence, and the Russians, now led by the Bolsheviks, proceeded to make a separate peace with the Germans.

  At the end of World War I the Ottoman Empire collapsed and Britain found itself in military control of Palestine. The government in London then proceeded to follow up on its promise to the Zionists. It did so by allowing the massive immigration of European Jews into Palestine. At this point the policy was driven by a blend of religious and racist beliefs, along with imperial ambitions. First there was the fact that the Jews were seen as European allies who would allegedly help secure a strategic part of the Middle East for the British Empire, and second there was a mesmerizing mythic belief that a Jewish National Home was somehow in line with the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. In the end none of this played out well for the British. In 1948 they were driven out of Palestine by both violently hostile Zionists and Arab nationalists. They left with their tails between their legs.

It appears that Prime Minister May and her party’s “Friends of Israel” reject this history. Or, perhaps they don’t care about documented facts because all that now matters is keeping for the Conservative Party the financial backing of the Zionist lobby. Such is democratic politics in the West.

... looked into America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood, have only read the first two chapters so far. very enlightening. promises to be a good read all the way through.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 21 2017 1:55 utc | 91

Fort Russ has this ... Belarus arrests "armed provocateurs," Lukashenko points finger at Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland ... on belarus. had this ... Russia-Belarus Union in Crisis ... on the recent history of belarus. i can imagine the attack as being for real ... or as a theatre piece to distract from lukashenko's problems. either way things are not looking up in belarus. another ukraine tyoe maidan? just what russia and europe need? I cannot help asking those who have caused the situation - do you realize, now, what you have done? ... they do realize it, and are looking to 'do' more.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 21 2017 12:47 utc | 92

And for something I have not seen reported elsewhere and contains some interesting wording:

Netanyahu is on an official visit to China from March 19 to 22 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 22 2017 5:18 utc | 93

after detailing usaid/ned funding of the opposition in belarus ... fort russ notes ..

Next after Ukraine -- Belarus: US trains activists to promote "reforms"

Currently, the opposition -- in the person of the BNK bloc Nikolay Statkevich and the Right-of-center coalition of Lebedko, Rimashevsky, and Gubarevich -- is actively participating in the protest movement. Previously, the Belarusian media reported that Statkevich would lead the "March of Angry Belarusians," which is scheduled for March 25 in Minsk.

... i haven't seen much on this elsewhere. but fort russ has made a comprehensive push to alert me - and all the others who read fort russ - of cia/state's actions in belarus.

meanwhile ...

Ukraine keeps on attacking DPR severely ... the beatings continue in donbass, trying desperately to provoke a 'russian invasion' of ukraine. nothing in the tnc msm about the now months of provocative attacks on donbass by the ukrainian neo-nazis ... over whom porky poroshenko 'has no control.'

Posted by: jfl | Mar 22 2017 6:45 utc | 94

@93 psycho, 'The Israel-Palestine issue has long-term and profound impact on the situation in the Middle East, Xi said, adding China appreciates Israel's adoption of the two-state solution.'

that's interesting. i guess that's an inside joke between xi and bibi? i liked the picture of bibi laying a wreath at the monument to the "people's heroes" at tian'anmen square, too. i guess those are the red army heroes who massacred the traitorous students at tian'anmen?

trade agreement signed though. no doubt israel will be keeping beijing apprised of 'advances' in us weaponry, and china will be grateful to pick up whatever it can.

the israeli story that caught my eye was israel-syria-russia ...

Syrian UN Envoy: Putin Sent Message to Israel That Its Freedom to Act in Syria Is Over

Netanyahu tells Putin that Israeli airstrikes in Syria will continue

... that's syrian and israel ... waiting to hear from russia.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 22 2017 7:03 utc | 95

JFL 95

You have not heard of colour revolutions? Surprising. They have been studied and are well known these days.
Those evil dudes, Deng Xiaoping, Assad ect not accepting US democracy. They should take a look at Ukraine and see where they could have been.

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 22 2017 7:56 utc | 96


Apologies for being a bit short in last reply. Evidence now points towards Tian'anmen Square being the first US orchestrated colour revolution.
I remember at the time, so called students having been egged on by the US, sending messages to the "outside world" thinking they would get US help. Looking back, all I can think now is - fools.
Until recently we have only had the US version. Now it seems, that as in Syria, and Ukraine, there were armed "peaceful" protesters to kick off the violence. With US agitation to kick off the protests.

Posted by: Peter AU | Mar 22 2017 8:17 utc | 97

@97 p au

20/20 hindsight. may have been, i don't know. the us would certainly have tried to exploit it if they could. i don't think they had the access to do so in 1989. i certainly don't think they were the drive wheel behind tian'anmen. i think it was a bona fide democratic action by the students and others. china is not the warm snuggly panda bear that so many seem to take her for, in my view. especially not so since its reversion to capitalism. china is a one-party, capitalist, totalitarian system. and all indications are that the ruling class intends to keep it that way.

hong kong in 2014 ... yeah. i think that the us capitalizes on bona fide, existing dissatisfaction in all these cases. don't run down the majority of the people involved for the traitorous acts of a few, and the very focused 'leadership' furnished by the evil empire. i can imagine the us played a strong role in hong kong. but not in tian'anmen square. if you have some actual evidence ... let's have it.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 22 2017 13:41 utc | 98

I suspect psychohistorian will be interested in this.

Master Spider David Rockefeller Passes

A positive development. No! There are plenty of other Spiders to take his place.

Posted by: juannie | Mar 22 2017 22:56 utc | 99

US, Kurdish forces airdropped in Syria’s Raqqa

The landing forces, which were airdropped in Abu Hurairah village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, managed to cut off the highway linking al-Raqqa to Aleppo province.

Beside ousting the Islamic State from Tabqa city, the operation also aims at halting the advance made recently by the Syrian Army in eastern Aleppo countryside, thus preventing the government troops from marching on to western bank of the Euphrates.

The small villages captured by the US and allied forces will serve as a crossing points for further forces crossing the river by boats.

US Troops Cut Off Route between Aleppo And Raqqa After Making Surprise Airdrop Near Tabqa – Unconfirmed

Reports argue that some members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (in other words the Kurdish People’s Protection Units) are also involved in the operation. However, there are serious doubts that Kurdish fighters could play some important role at the first phase of such a complicated operation.

If the advance is confirmed, this will be a major step in an effort aimed on isolating the ISIS-held area between Tabqa and Raqqah.

The control over Tabqa would also allow the US and its allies to prevent government forces from retaking areas in the province of Raqqah.

US Confirms Airdrop Of Shock Troops West Of Tabqa In Syrian Province Of Raqqah

On March 21, the US-led coalition airdropped hundreds of fighters of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the area west of Tabqa in a shock attack to cut off the Aleppo-Raqqah road and to capture the ISIS-controlled Tabqa Dam.

Since the start of the operation, US-led forces have already cut off the Aleppo-Raqqah road and seized the villages of Abu Horaira, Hidaj, Krein, al-Jameen and al-Mushayrifah.

If the US-led coalition forces are able to capture Tabqa, it will be a major step in isolating the ISIS stronghold of Raqqah and will prevent a possibility when Syrian government forces could reach it from the southern direction.


sounds as though the us is sealing off its ... kurdistan? => sunnistan? ... in eastern syria.

Posted by: jfl | Mar 22 2017 23:11 utc | 100

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