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March 03, 2019

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2019-12

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama:

The coup attempt failed and the Random Guyaido and his U.S. minder are traveling around various south American capitals to find support. But all members of the Lima Group rejected a military attack on Venezuela. The U.S. is isolated on the issue and therefore likely to use its old trick of paying local mercenaries to destroy the country.

John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton - 22:27 utc - 2 Mar 2019
In less than one week, over 600 military members have acknowledged their sworn duty to defend the Venezuela Constitution and the legitimate President, Juan Guaido.

No pictures or report about this mysterious defector force appeared. The number Bolton mentions is probably the count of the hirelings the CIA is currently training.

This tweet also got a lot of attention and its protagonists received some mockery:

Dan Cohen @dancohen3000 - 6:21 utc - 2 Mar 2019
Juan Guaidó’s fellow Popular Will party member Freddy Superlano is hospitalized and his assistant Carlos José Salinas is dead after they took drugs with prostitutes following the #VenezuelaAidLive concert in Cúcuta, Colombia.
Diputado Freddy Superlano grave por intoxicación en Cúcuta, su asistente murió

It is unlikely that those persons voluntarily took the scopolamine (aka hyoscine) that the report says affected them. A 2012 U.S. government travel advisory for Colombia notes:

One common and particularly dangerous method that criminals use in order to rob a victim is through the use of drugs. The most common has been scopolamine. Unofficial estimates put the number of annual scopolamine incidents in Colombia at approximately 50,000. Scopolamine can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more. In large doses, it can cause respiratory failure and death. It is most often administered in liquid or powder form in foods and beverages. The majority of these incidents occur in night clubs and bars, and usually men, perceived to be wealthy, are targeted by young, attractive women. To avoid becoming a victim of scopolamine, one should never accept food or beverages offered by strangers or new acquaintances or leave food or beverages unattended. Victims of scopolamine or other drugs should seek immediate medical attention.

India had claimed that it bombed a Jihadist camp in Pakistan and killed some 300 Jihadists. In fact only a crow was killed. Satellite pictures show that all the expensive Israeli glide bombs India used missed their targets by some 200 meters and damaged some trees. Pakistan used that fact to troll the Indian government: Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint against India for 'eco-terrorism' forest bombing

Two Reuters reporters who visited the site of the bombings, where four large craters could be seen, said up to 15 pine trees had been brought down by the blasts. Villagers dismissed Indian claims that hundreds of militants were killed.

Pakistan released the Indian pilot who was shot down over the Pakistan controlled area of Kashmir. That thankfully defused the situation. Both sides are back at their usual games of lobbing artillery against each others position.

Once a while I agree with the Arms Control Wonk, aka Jeffrey Lewis, who summarizes:

The U.S. position — that North Korea must unilaterally abandon its nuclear capabilities in exchange for promises of some different future — is a kind of American fantasy about power that is more suited to an action movie than the reality of international negotiations.
Each time the United States walked, a lot of people in Washington promised that patience and pressure would produce a better deal than the one squandered. And each time they were wrong. Like a gambler racking up debt, the U.S. foreign policy community has consistently taken its chances at the roulette table rather than cutting its losses and admitting the obvious: North Korea has the bomb.
We can't admit failure because it requires not merely changing our policy but admitting that we've been wrong. It's far easier to pretend that a better deal is just around the corner. It isn't.

Other comments paint a more optimistic picture.

Thank you all for the lively comments to the piece that give otherwise rare insights into Canadian politics.

Banning Hizbullah might be part of the current campaign to remove Corbyn and others from the Labour party by claiming they are supporting terrorists and are antisemites. Here is a handy list of all the great Jewish scholars and writers that were claimed to be antisemites because the oppose the racist ideology of Zionism.


Other issues:

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Novichok hoax the British government used to vanish Sergej and Yulia Skripal. Just in time the government announced that it had finished removing the roof from the house of Sergej Skripal. Why the roof of the house was allegedly contaminated with Novichok when the government claimed that Novichok was applied to the outer door handle is left unexplained.

The Russian embassy in London produced an excellent timeline of the incident and has a number of Unanswered Questions.

A video shows the illegal use of White Phosphorus against the remaining ISIS elements in Baghuz, Syria. French artillery in the area, under U.S. command, uses such ammunition.

The OPCW released its report on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, in March 2018. No nerve agents were found. Some Chlorine substance may have been present but the obviously staged scene does not allow to attribute its source. Peter Ford, a former UK ambassador to Syria, notes other weak points.

Various propagandists claim that Syria is breaking the reconciliation deal with the rebels in Daraa, south of Damascus. It is not. Some ISIS or al-Qaeda cells are again active in Daraa and kill people on both sides: Mysterious assassinations mire Daraa’s fragile peace. On wonder who finances these people.

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on March 3, 2019 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

next page »

One week, 5 articles covering and explaining the situation in India/Pakistan, UK, Canada, Korea and Venezuela. More and better info in a week here than in a year elsewhere.
Thank you.

Posted by: Jeff | Mar 3, 2019 11:31:07 AM | 1

Yellow Vests Protesters March in Paris for 16th Week (VIDEO)

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The protests will likely grow as better weather arrives. And the anniversary of May 1968 is only 3 months away!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 3, 2019 11:32:14 AM | 2

thanks b! great coverage of many topics and much appreciated! that handy list by harry tuttle link to twitter is a good overview..

i noticed elijah magneir had an article up from a few days ago that some might like to read..

Posted by: james | Mar 3, 2019 11:35:27 AM | 3

@b: 1) The last paragraph should read "Daraa", not "Douma". 2) What's your opinion on events in Sudan? Is it a response to Bashir's attempt to move closer to Russia? Or is it primarily domestic in origin? 3) Thank you for your work.

Posted by: S | Mar 3, 2019 11:47:44 AM | 4

I finally used my hit-and-miss ad-blocking program to block that photo of Justin Trudeau.

Every time I visited the MOA home page, the sight of that lachrymose charlatan... well, it didn't bring tears to my eyes. But it was too hard on my gag reflex.

Posted by: Ort | Mar 3, 2019 12:02:10 PM | 5

And, as shown here, the United States has not given up on the Bin Laden family:

Posted by: Sally Snyder | Mar 3, 2019 1:03:15 PM | 6

Robert Bridge reports about the results of a new poll by Colombia Journalism Review he entitles "Faith No More: America’s Trust in Mainstream Media Hits Rock Bottom," which mirrors results reported by Gallup. Unfortunately, the report neglects the views of Independents, choosing to report only views by Republican or Democrat voter criteria, which ignores over 50% of the public--an enormous error in my opinion. Even with that discrepancy, the report does provide some interesting observations because of the differing types of specific questions asked.

I do disagree with Bridge on several points, this one especially: "the bulk of the people who work in the media tend to hold leftist views. In reality, "leftist views" are very seldom presented by media--corporatist, neoliberal views would be more apt, as the concept of "identity politics" comes from Madison Avenue, not Leftist political philosophy. This bit opined by Bridge outs his own bias:

"After all, who’s to say that the reporter, left-leaning in his or her political ideology, is not just sitting at his desk dreaming up lines like Tom Clancy, quoting at random some 'senior military adviser' or 'retired high-ranking diplomat' speaking on condition of anonymity?" [My Emphasis]

Tom Clancy's "left-leaning"!? No way in hell Clancy's "left-leaning." If Clancy were still alive, he'd be wearing a MAGA cap and probably be an advisor to Trump.

By way of comparison, here's Gallup's most recent poll on trust in media from October of 2018. IMO, nothing has occurred to warrant the measured increase in trust since 2016's nadir, particularly by self-professed Democrats. IMO, even the small rise in Republican sentiments isn't warranted given BigLie Media deceit we're treated to on a daily basis on a wide range of topics.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3, 2019 1:47:22 PM | 7

I hope this doesn't break up the page. It is a good theory on the Skripal affair

Link to Southfront


1. One can usually cut off anything in the URL that appears after a question mark
2. Do not repeat the URL in the text field of the link.


Posted by: bevin | Mar 3, 2019 1:47:29 PM | 8

It fits to 2 comments before and to the fact that today is carneval sunday. A kind of self-referencing trial to sell FakeNews-producers as trustful sources:
Spiegel . As if the Skripal riddle is solved now. You must use a translator.

Posted by: Hausmeister | Mar 3, 2019 1:58:40 PM | 9

Trump's problem with negotiating with Kim Jung-un is not Kim Jung-un but the American people. If Trump is perceived to have "given too much away too early", he'll be crucified at the next election but multiple summits with Kim that go nowhere might persuade the American public that the 1-2-3 points in Singapore communique are the way forward. I doubt anything short of total unconditional surrender will persuade certain elements in the Washington establishment/MIC to agree to a peace treaty with North Korea. I don't think Trump has helped himself by backing the claims that Otto Warnbier was tortured when there is no evidence that he was and if there was any psychological "torture", it was using techniques prosecutors, etc. in the United States use on a regular basis.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Mar 3, 2019 2:01:59 PM | 10

>>>> S | Mar 3, 2019 11:47:44 AM | 4

Also, Algeria? Is this another colour revolution?

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Mar 3, 2019 2:06:17 PM | 11

US bloodthirsty imperialist Marco Rubio completely justifies the fears of most Venezuelans

Posted by: Never Mind the Bollocks | Mar 3, 2019 2:06:58 PM | 12

>>>> Hausmeister | Mar 3, 2019 1:58:40 PM | 9

Do not confuse "The Insider" with The Russian Insider website. As far as I can make out, "The Insider" has a presence on Twitter and Facebook and that is it. The Russian Insider is a real website. Seems to me to be a typical case of "passing off", which suggests it's not a reliable source.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Mar 3, 2019 2:15:58 PM | 13

SAA readies for Idlib assault, or so it seems although we've heard reports like this before. What makes this one different, however, is the SAA's warnings sent to civilians occupying the area where the assaults will likely occur. IMO, the Idlib situation has festered far too long; and for Syria to have a chance at becoming whole again by 2020, Idlib and the entire situation in the North must be absolved.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3, 2019 2:19:07 PM | 14

France withdraws envoy from Italy

Fighting over Libya oil in EU, Trudeau, Canada Co SNC-Lavalin involved?

Posted by: John Law | Mar 3, 2019 2:28:07 PM | 15

Lying About Judeo-Bolshevism

Andrew Joyce reviews "A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism" by Paul Hanebrink (Harvard University Press, 2018)

"The writing and discussion of Jewish historiography in contemporary mainstream academia requires a sublime choreography. It’s basically a series of evasions resembling dances, in which facts are presented and parried, and flamboyant narratives are advanced which everyone knows to be false but which emerge repetitively and shamelessly.

My attention was first drawn to Paul Hanebrink’s A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism by Christopher Browning’s recent glowing review, titled “The Fake Threat of Jewish Communism,” in the New York Review of Books. Browning is an establishment historian with a record of legally assisting Jews — for the right price. As well as receiving over $30,000 from Deborah Lipstadt to testify against David Irving, Browning has testified against a significant number of European ex-soldiers at war crimes trials.

I had to look twice at Browning’s headline. My first thought was: “Really? You really want to take this subject matter on? You really think you can ‘debunk’ the facticity of Jewish Communism?” Such an endeavor would unquestionably require abundant chutzpah, but it is clear from the very beginning of the review that this will be an effort of evasion rather than outright debate.

As Browning states in the opening paragraph, “Hanebrink’s approach is not to repeat what he considers an error of the interwar era — the futile attempt to refute a myth on the basis of historical facts and statistical data.”

Although this evasion is predictable, it’s quite remarkable to see a more or less open admission from two allegedly masterful historians that they don’t possess facts sufficient to dispel the very “myth” they set out to challenge. To describe any such presentation of facts as a “futile attempt” seems intellectually flaccid; a concession of the weakness of one’s case.

But what is really presented here, of course, is the standard structure of Jewish historiography: avoid the facts, downplay them if concession is absolutely necessary, and move the discussion into abstractions and sophistry.

Taking a page from the ADL playbook, Browning mewls coyly that “a small kernel of truth underpinned the stereotype of the Jewish Bolshevik,” but insists, regarding Communism, that “the Jew as “the face of the revolution” was a “culturally constructed” perception.” We therefore arrive at the familiar position where facts don’t matter and everything Jews don’t like is triumphantly declared a mere construct."

excerpt from an Andrew Joyce article for the Unz Review, "Lying About Judeo-Bolshevism" March 2, 2019

Posted by: hannah | Mar 3, 2019 2:52:33 PM | 16

bevin @8

The theory that Skripal was going to give info to the Russians makes some sense. But a third man isn't necessary. I suspect that Bellingcat reveal such possibility for their own purposes.

IMO the explanation of the perfume bottle is weak:

1) If MI6 had wanted to poison the Skripals with Novichok from a perfume bottle that they made, and they knew the perfume bottle hadn't been used, then wouldn't they have tried to recover the perfume bottle by, for example, advertisoing a reward (anonymously, of course: just a contact number)?

2) IMO fetanyl is likely what incapacitated the Skripals, not Novichok.

IMO there was NEVER any plot to kill the Skripals with Novichok so there was no perfume bottle for Yulia to discard.

3) IMO the death of Dawn Sturgess was essential to the cover-up because absent demonstrable harm or injury to a British person, there's little ground to deny a Consular visit or to hold the Skripals incommunicado for an extended period. Plus the authorities had looked foolish for talking about the deadliness of Novichok while also saying it could be wiped off with a cloth, etc.

For that reason, I've been suspicious about the death of Sturgess. Is she a real person? Or might she have, or have had, a terminal illness?

3) Virtually everything we know about Dawn's poisoning and death comes from her boyfriend and UK authorities.

Furthermore, Skripal's return was not necessary. Yulia just had to make a video of her father describing his participation in the Steele dossier. It's just as likely that the two Russian gentlemen were going to pick up that video (or a copy) as it was that they were going to drop off a passport.

Lastly, lets not forget that ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE that has been proposed: that Skripal and his daughter were British agents and willingly participated in the ruse that they were poisoned. The UK authorities simply want to be sure that Skripal is never called to testify about the Steele dossier and never returns to Russia (perhaps because of threats against Yulia).

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 3, 2019 3:10:14 PM | 17

@17 jr.. that is all reasonable on your part... i especially agree with the last line in your post, which i think points to the uk's culpability in it all.. why have the skripals been removed from contact so thoroughly? the uk has something to hide..

Posted by: james | Mar 3, 2019 3:29:40 PM | 18

MiG 21 vs F16
What happened?
I can not find any neutral sources.

Posted by: dan | Mar 3, 2019 3:34:36 PM | 19

Thank you b for your assistance.

Hannah @16:
You ask "You really think you can ‘debunk’ the facticity of Jewish Communism?”
You seem to assume that some sort of important link between Communism and Jews has been established. It hasn't. Within the strange world of anti-semitism everything appears to be permissible: "the Jews" can, at one and the same time, rule the world through their control of Capitalism and the financial system and be behind all attempts to dismantle that system and replace it with communism. No arguments are allowed.

Since we are dealing in assertions in which actual evidence is considered unnecessary mine will be that only those interested in starting red herrings will enter into discussion of a theory, confected by fascists and designed to divide humanity as it strives to deliver itself, and save its posterity, from the ravages of capitalism. Capitalism, conveniently, being the instrument employed by the capitalists to protect their ill gotten property from the people who they robbed.
Certainly many Jews have been communists. Many have been among Communism's most determined and ruthless enemies. Many Jews are fascists too. In all these formulations the words "Englishman" or
Arian may be substituted for Jew without any loss of meaning.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 3, 2019 3:44:51 PM | 20

I'm not invested in any of these alternative theories. All are worth thinking about, as is the disappearance in plain sight of the two Skripals.
However the theory that
"..Skripal and his daughter were British agents and willingly participated in the ruse that they were poisoned." not only seems unlikely to me but lets the ruthless and amoral UK Establishment off the hook. Until it is proven otherwise I will continue to regard the Skripals and having been kidnapped, mistreated, terrorised and held against their will. They should be freed and Russia allowed consular access, as provided for under the laws of nations.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 3, 2019 3:52:03 PM | 21

Jackrabbit # 17

Agreed entirely with your final paragraph. There is no way in the world that either of the Skripals would be permitted by the UK state to testify anywhere, especially in the USA. The UK government had set out through the Steele dossier to destroy Trumps family, his GOP run as candidate and still now his Presidency. The Skripal father seems definitely in the thick of it and maybe Julia.

But let us not forget that other helpful lad from MI6 in Malta - Joe Mifsud. He vanished immediately when he was outed. It was the self agrandising blurtings of the Australian ambassador that ended his overt career.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 3, 2019 3:56:16 PM | 22

Thanks for the stable covering of the imperial threat to Bolivarian/chavista Venezuela, when all Mainstream Media where just spreading ugly war propaganda.

"The U.S. is isolated on the issue and therefore likely to use its old trick of paying local mercenaries to destroy the country." [.....] "The number Bolton mentions is probably the count of the hirelings the CIA is currently training."

I am afraid this is again very true.
Many Colombian (para-)military have already been trained in handling heavy US weaponry in war situations. As in the 50's, when they fought with the Imperial forces in the Korean war, and on many other occasions
More recently they are trained by the Israeli army (IOF) in the Negev, in camps that have been set up by the UAE. After that training they fight for the UAE in Jemen. It was revealed in Mintpressnews 20 September 2018. And it was noticed again in Haaretz last month.
The colombian fighters that survive, can easily pop up at the Venezuelan border, with the heavy US weapons that they are familiar with.

Posted by: ian | Mar 3, 2019 4:07:38 PM | 23

@ dan @19

Taking lightly a modernized 65-year old fighter flown by an expert is something which can get a person killed.

Fishbed vs Falcon: Why the ancient MiG-21's F-16 kill is no fluke

Coincidentally, 15 years ago to the date, the MiG-21 (NATO reporting name: Fishbed) had defeated modern American F-series aircraft in a mock combat exercise, sending shock waves through the American defence establishment. In the space of just 13 days, at the Cope India exercise held at the Gwalior air force range from February 15-27, 2004, Indian pilots notched up an astounding 9:1 kill ratio against the all-powerful US Air Force, dealing a massive blow to the myth of invincibility of American air power.

I read another interesting article earlier today, but can't locate it now.


Since this is an open thead, here is some assorted stuff to chew on. From naked capitalism:

Corruption Fueling Choice of “Ballot Marking Devices,” not Paper Ballots, in Georgia, Pennsylvania Debacles

via xymphora:
I was the target of a private Israeli intelligence firm, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Dianne Feinstein Is a Bigger Climate Threat Than Trump

I agree. Trump is an ignorant Denier, and makes no bones about the fact. A person "pretending" to be on the side of the Good Guys, but who advocates policies which are no improvement on those of Trump is worse that the Orange POTUS.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 3, 2019 4:25:44 PM | 24

Bevin @ 8, Jackrabbit @ 17:

Dawn Sturgess apparently had longstanding addictions to alcoholism and heroin that arose when she suffered post-natal depression after the birth of her first child.

All three children she had were taken into care. The older two currently live with their father and the youngest lives with her grandmother.

Here is a CCTV video of Sturgess buying alcohol in a convenience store at least 24 hours before she was taken into intensive care. You can see her arms are thin and she does not look well.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 3, 2019 4:49:17 PM | 25

bevin @21--

May's government's denial of Russian consular assistance to its citizens in stark violation of international law, IMO, is all that required to prove May's government's guilt in the matter as if it were innocent it would have nothing to hide. Instead, it's hiding everything it possibly can. Of the NATO national governments, IMO May's is the worst, the most fetid, and far worse than Trump's, who's in a toss-up with Macron for second place.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3, 2019 4:55:26 PM | 26

Now for lighter stuff - some of it from the 'wayback' drawer.

Longest straight line in the ocean without touching land (22,229 miles)

I had seen this, but today was the first time I grabbed a world globe and traced out the line myself. From the Eastern Canada coast to the Western US/Canada border - a straight line trip without having to touch the ship's rudder!

'I just fell in love': Russian woman wins internet & UFC star plaudits with one-punch KO

Taking out a bully tends to get that kind of reaction.

and just in:
New Horizons Spacecraft Captured The Sharpest Possible Pictures Of Ultima Thule

Considering how the camera was over 4,000 miles away and moving at 32,000 miles/hour, that's not a bad picture. The mission folks admit there was a lot of luck grafted to the incredible levels of hard work and combined team skills to get this image.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 3, 2019 5:14:59 PM | 27

@26 karlof1... don't leave us canucks out of the running! obviously crystia is going to have to work harder for your approval!

Posted by: james | Mar 3, 2019 5:19:07 PM | 28

In the Hezbollah thread, I accused the UK government of being terrorist itself and offered as an example the recent ICJ decision regarding the Chagos Islanders. Unfortunately, there are many other post-WW2 examples of UK terrorism and lack of prosecution, as in this case in Kenya, and many others far worse throughout UK's Imperial history. Crimes of Britain is a website I discovered while looking for more dirt that's rather damning of the UK and its leaders, particularly Churchill and for good reason. If there'd been a KKK within England, Churchill would've been its Grand Wizard.

The upshot is when its comes to terrorizing and using terrorism as state policy, Hezbollah is not even close to being in the same league as the UK, USA and other Western colonizing nations.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3, 2019 5:35:25 PM | 29

I've got a LOT of problems with the Government in the UK, but that doesn't translate to me disliking the citizens there. One of the probable consequences of a new "trade" treaty with the US of A:

The prospect of chlorine-washed chicken flooding into the UK as the price of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US has garnered a great deal of attention.

The US has some extremely lax standards for sanitation at the meat packing places. But the miracle chemical Chlorine is supposed to fix it all up. Yes, even if the meat had contamination levels equivalent to it being dipped in an unflushed toilet bowl, it's OK after the converyer line takes a submerged tour of the big Chlorine tank!

We here in the Homeland are sort of SOL, but maybe the British citizens will have better luck. A person can hope...

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 3, 2019 5:42:47 PM | 30

@ 19 MiG 21 vs F16 What happened?

It looks like India and Pakistan each lost an aircraft, the Pakistanis an F-16 and the Indians a MIG-21. Pakistan received the F-16s on condition they were to be used only against the Taliban and not against other countries. So it is understandable why Pakistan is denying their use against India. India has produced photos of the missile used to down the MIG-21 which is of the type used only by the Pakistani F-16s. For the US it is a bit humiliating that a fighter designed in the late 1950s could take down an F-16. But the MIG-21 has been substantially upgraded and boasts a fearsome missile – the Russian short-range R73, plus a mid-range R-77. Only when Germany reunified did NATO get a chance to get their hands on these missiles and what they found astonished them.

Posted by: Lochearn | Mar 3, 2019 5:44:06 PM | 31

Zachary Smith @27--

The Coriolis Affect would have the navigator using the rudder to avoid going aground; otherwise, that line is indeed quite a feat. Thanks for sharing that!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3, 2019 5:44:12 PM | 32

Ace Investigator Kit Klarenberg provides us with the latest Skripal/Novichok twist thread.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 3, 2019 6:05:47 PM | 33

@Posted by: bevin | Mar 3, 2019 3:44:51 PM | 20

Totally agree, one wonders why it is needed a whole website, like the Unz Review ( and some others undercovered as "truth seekers" ), to propagate this hoaxes, independently of whether the article in question verses on that topic ( like that reproduced by "hannah" without comment on her part...) or not, being the comments section of that website, under any article, being overflooded with off-topic comments on this hoax and the like, even when the topic proposed by the article could be another one completely unrelated to that, without any call of attention by the moderators there in front of such continuous trolling of the comments section, what gets one to conclude that the only purpose of such website is spreading these lies, disinformation and nonsense, which its activists, disguised as genuine commenters, base only on fake literature along with clearly nazi oriented authors, which they cite clearly from a dat-base, since by their writting capabilities and reasoning they do not seem by any means such knowledgeable nor read people.

The thing is that even The Economist published that polls indicate socialism is the major tendence amongst milennials, and thus,TPTB, the "deep state" or whatever name you would wish to give them, have displayed a full offensive which includes the non-stop spreading of the "Jewish-Bolshevism Hoax", the highlighting of the "Ukrainian Holomodor Hoax" as intended genocide, along with the slander of the Red Army performance and behavior during WWII and whitewashing of Hitler and German Nazism, all this in a context of justifying their whole shamefull support for the Ukrainian Nazi junta, along with the fascist regime of Bolsonaro in Brazil, and advisory, funding and directing of electoral camapigns of far-right formations in EU countries, as a way to sell to the masses and legitimate fascism as the only way out they find to prolong the life of a capitalist system already in its rattles, which is what has forced them to go out there, already desperately, completely naked, as the case of this Trump administration and its recent attack against Venezuela so bluntly illustrates.

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 3, 2019 6:29:06 PM | 34

Jen @25

I'm aware of Ms. Sturgess' addiction and what seems to be generally poor health. That leads to my speculation that she may have been terminally ill. If MI6 could find someone that had only weeks to live, they could concoct a Novichok story to explain their death and thus reinforce a failing narrative.

No surprisingly, Sturgess' body was cremated so no autopsy could be performed.

But I also find interviews with Sturgess' family to be strange in that their remarks seemed to further the narrative. They insist on justice but ignore any possible UK involvement in the Skripals poisoning and do not question strangeness like the silencing of the Skripals and the demolition of the Skripal's roof. They blame the UK government only for minor things like locating Skripal in Salisbury and not being more tough on Russia. In the days after Dawn fell ill, they contributed to the general scare-mongering about Novichok and the possibility that other Novichok-contaminated items might be found when: 1) the public was already worried enough; 2) one would think they had enough to worry about given Dawn's condition.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 3, 2019 6:39:01 PM | 35

If you think about the context: Dawn's death, the unhappy life that led to it, the feelings of guilt or shame, the embarrassment of the enormous publicity cast upon the family etc etc...It is hardly surprising that the Sturgesses- who deserve all our sympathy- are not going to be very reliable witnesses in this affair.
It ought to be considered one more crime in the calendar of callous and insane cruelties perpetrated by the gang of giggling psychopaths governing the UK that the troubled Dawn (and what went wrong there I wonder? In a regime of deepening austerity and the regular humiliation of marginalised and stressed poor people, there is little doubt that the government shared a part if not all of the blame) was added to the long list of those they punished for partisan political gains.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 3, 2019 7:38:37 PM | 36

regarding Sasha #34

...the highlighting of the "Ukrainian Holomodor Hoax" as intended genocide...

I really don't understand why people defend Stalin. The man was a moral leper, a generic monster, and the direct cause of most of the suffering endured by the Soviet people during WW2.

...along with the slander of the Red Army performance and behavior during WWII...

In the invasion of Finland, and later at the beginning of WW2, the Red Army was a horrible army in terms of "performance". That's because I forgot to mention earlier that Stalin was a moron in military matters. He had created a huge bumbling force whose surviving officers were utterly terrified. Surviving officers? Yes, Stalin had decapitated the leadership of the Red Army. Those who weren't straight-out murdered were (mostly) sent to slave labor camps. The Red Army was also riddled with "political commisars" who mucked up the works.

Regarding "behavior", the Red Army was permitted to run amok when it reached Germany. The West doesn't publicize the instances where the US, UK, and French soldiers did the same things. Raping, murdering, and stealing everything which wasn't nailed down. A WW2 relative of mine had a great WW2 war record. He also had a fine collection of things he had stolen while in Europe. The Soviet soldiers KNEW of the mass atrocities committed by the Wehrmacht in their country. Against their own family members and those of their fellow soldiers. Add to that the natural stress of combat and a person can understand the "payback". "Understand", not "Excuse". The US troops had the same combat-related stresses (and exhaustion) from being in an undersized US Army, and their feelings towards Germans of all types took a nose dive when the Concentration Camps began to be overrun. Slaughter of German prisoners became rather commonplace. So far as I've heard, none of these excursions into savagery were ever prosecuted.

Soldiers of any nationality are seldom able to be saints. The same thing can be said fifty times over for their Political Leaders. Especially when those leaders are pond scum like Stalin and Hitler.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 3, 2019 7:47:05 PM | 37

Jack Rabbit @ 35: The interviews with Sturgess's family are understandable given that they seem to accept the UK government's narrative without question. One family member who was interviewed is about 19 or 20 years old (Sturgess's son) and most people that age these days haven't been trained in critical thinking.

It is possible Sturgess could have been ill with something else, like latent TB, at the time of her death.

Posted by: Jen | Mar 3, 2019 7:51:18 PM | 38

bevin and Jen

There's so much that is contrived or just strange about the Skripal poisoning that I'm suspicious of every aspect of it.

I never lose sight of the fact that everything we know is from the UK government and/or filtered through government-friendly media.

If you start from the assumption that Skripals Novichok poisoning was a hoax - supported by the fact that first responders didn't get ill - then the discovery of the perfume bottle is bollocks.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Mar 3, 2019 8:20:14 PM | 39

MoA on Jimmy Dore re Venezuela

Juicy bit starts at 13:28

Well done b!

Apologies if this is already common knowledge...

Posted by: xLemming | Mar 3, 2019 8:47:13 PM | 40

Anyone wanting an insight into the differences between "democracy" in the West and in China needs to read this posting

Commentary: Chinese democracy puts Western illusion in dust

The take away quote
Some traditional Western political theories state that it is inevitable that China will pursue Western democracy once it becomes well-off, eventually fully following Western political systems.

This reflects arrogance and self-indulgence, a warning signal that the model is in decline.

Reading this makes me smile and believe things are going to be ok if the West is not a sore loser.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 3, 2019 9:39:30 PM | 41

Thank you b for all you do and all the interesting and varied comments and discussions you attract.


To all:

Sometimes I worry about being a demotivating voice so feel free to ignore me as I don't necessarily disagree with disagreeing with me.

1. Marx was Jewish, nearly the stereotype with the family's "hyper-capitalistic" jew...elry shop. Easy target. Self-picking conspiracy theories by the dozen in any direction. Communism has been described as Judaism without god, maybe that fits much like Christianity is sometimes interpreted as communism with Jesus. Maybe easy to do with Islam too.

Does it matter? Maybe it does if one recognizes all as extreme forms of political and social manipulation removing power from all captured individuals and centralizing it towards what quickly becomes totalitarianism, fundamentalism, and dogmatism (and we can throw all the rest of all ideologies onto the same heap). So much for the "atheism", no shortage of opium and in fact abuse is mandatory.

Despite how often any ideology will claim to empower the individual (alone or as part of any worthy group of perhaps powerless individuals) all ideologies are without fail essentially collectivist, including all kinds of anarchism and libertarianism: they can not exist successfully without the existence of some mostly coherent group (at least themselves) and a group is a collective of some sort. Not so much a definition of each other as direct synonyms. Identical.

Is the power relation between all other individuals and those in a ruling group a zero sum game? I don't know. Nor how to truthfully judge "how much so" if it is or is relevant, or if not then how much is gained and lost and whether it is a net positive, and any further details and comparisons.

Beyond people beating their own drum or hiding beneath layers of cryptic and obscure academia has anyone tried to find out and how? Safe to say it is beyond me.

If it is it could easily explain why systems and their ideologies fail or devolve into abominable absurd farce. For certain it won't look like a zero sum game to those who are empowered or who empowered themselves unfairly as in the general case of hidden costs. Those who benefit the most will have the least inclination towards and chance of seeing who and where it could be taken from. What I also feel certain about is that the survival bias of those who perceive themselves to have found success because of something (including only riding the coattails) will drown out nearly all opposing voices unless those opposing voices are numerous or nasty.

2. Stalin, Hitler, your next door neighbor, yourself, me, anybody, it's could be a very big mistake to think we are fundamentally different. Let's say it's not a mistake: it's still a disservice to oneself because it shuts down further thought. As is too often the case I find myself headbutting myself into a concussion: on one side Stalin's brutality arguably saved the majority of people in the USSR but on the other the brutality might not have been needed if not for Stalin's previous actions. I can't judge it any longer, too many unknowns (and in honesty this applies to everybody).

So what then? Have I done nothing but trap myself in a hole of meaningless relativism? No, I can defeat that by acknowledging it and at least try to be humble while also trying to notice what seems like the most obvious more specific wrongs (like Snowden, Assange, Syria, Venezuela) while also noticing the things I didn't see, saw differently/mistakenly, saw too late, or didn't believe at the time (the lack of independent oversight under democratic control, Manning, widespread torture, Libya, the extent and variety of manipulation, the danger of trust, the evil and counterproductive futility of hope).

3. This might interest some, I have no idea how to judge it but it is an attempt to force anti-corruption measures into federal US law by way of State adoption thus circumventing Congress:

4. Is Sputnik's Latin America coverage the best English language coverage available of what's going on down there? (TASS for anything out of the Kremlin though).

The US strives to prove the Colombian government a liar (or insignificant vassal) when it comes to military action, perhaps Brazil too. It is a stupid strategy.

5. These are only the newest kind of refueling aircraft the US has, it is still good news:

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Mar 3, 2019 10:23:29 PM | 42

karlof1 @ 7 said in part; "I do disagree with Bridge on several points, this one especially: "the bulk of the people who work in the media tend to hold leftist views. In reality, "leftist views" are very seldom presented by media--corporatist, neoliberal views would be more apt, as the concept of "identity politics" comes from Madison Avenue, not Leftist political philosophy. This bit opined by Bridge outs his own bias:"

Bridge is fulla' s*** with that tired old line,"the bulk of the people who work in media tend to hold leftist views."

If they do, they certainly aren't expressed over the air. 99% of MSM is corporate, and obligated to tow the corporate line, which sure as hell isn't anything approching "left".

Talk about "gag reflexes" being triggered. That untrue statement by Bridge, or any other
"water carrier" for the 1%ers, does it for me.

Thanks karlorf1 for the disclaimer on Bridger's article. It's well deserved...

Posted by: ben | Mar 3, 2019 11:03:03 PM | 43

@ Sunny Runny Burger #42

... on one side Stalin's brutality arguably saved the majority of people in the USSR but on the other the brutality might not have been needed if not for Stalin's previous actions.

In my opinion the situation might have a "third" or even "fourth" side. If Stalin hadn't forcibly industrialized the USSR, I suspect the Nazi invasion would have been a walk-over. In that case the citizens west of the Urals who weren't immediately murdered would have been enslaved until the Nazis were ready for a "Slavic Final Solution".

Finally, if Stalin hadn't behaved so badly at the middle and end of the war, the "Cold War" might not have happened. But then again, Churchill really did force the British Army Chiefs to make a staff study of immediately attacking the USSR at the end of WW2. (their conclusion: it wasn't practical)

So to be completely cold-blooded about it all, Stalin's mindless sacrifice of 20-50 million Soviet citizens before and during the war might have saved the nation from extermination. And the Soviet thefts of the US atomic secrets may have saved the world from a very early WW3. All this 'stuff' just can't be put into neat little categories. As you say, it hurts the head to even think about it all.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 3, 2019 11:06:39 PM | 44

@41 psychohistorian

What an excellent commentary - what a great find, thank you!

That structure of democracy is what I learned from Jeff Brown - he hammers this out for several chapters. It's ancient to China, the only way to rule such a massive country, with political feedback all the way from the village level up the chain. And at the village level, the locals are not afraid to call out the official for failures, and never have been. This is modern China also. And at the top, the Party is listening, intently. It knows what happens if the people are not listened to.

Andre Vltchek has a great recent article that illustrates how beautiful some aspects of life in China are becoming - did you know that part of Xi's thought is to live an "ecological civilization"? It's beginning.

City of Xi’an and Why the New Chinese Silk Road Terrifies the West?

One of the oldest cities in China, Xi’an, is now vibrant, optimistic and stunningly beautiful. Sidewalks are paved with expensive stones and have more than enough space for pedestrians, electric bicycles, plants, trees and bus shelters.

[...] Then, the propagandists regrouped: ‘Chinese cities are doing well, but the countryside is suffering’. Then came President Xi’s brainchild – ‘Ecological civilization’, and decisive reforms aimed at improving the standards of living and quality of life all over the most populous country on earth. In 2018, for the first time in modern history, there was a reverse migration from Chinese cities, to the rural areas.

One has to repeat again and again, until it sinks into people’s brains: After 2020, there will be no extreme misery in China.
That may be the main reason why the West is horrified, and trying to antagonize China by all means: If China succeeds, colonialism will collapse, but also corporatism, which, like a fairy-tale monster devours everything in its sight.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 3, 2019 11:11:52 PM | 45

psycho @ 41: Yep, Grieved is right, excellent article, Thanks for the link!!

An excerpt;

"If the West wants to retain and renew its values, it is time to stop judging other countries by Western norms and rules."

"Democracy is a living organism. Any model that refuses to develop to meet the demands of time will only end up in the dust."

Good advise....

Posted by: ben | Mar 3, 2019 11:52:30 PM | 46

Make that "Good advice..

Posted by: ben | Mar 3, 2019 11:54:24 PM | 47

@ Grieved #45 with Andre Vltchek link....thanks

It is nice to read such confirmation of my observations and perceptions about the effect China will have on the West.

And here we sit spewing textual white noise as the world evolves all around us.....or struggles to do so.

I keep chuckling at Trumps's tweet today where he said he was an innocent man.........didn't Nixon go down soon after saying such obvious twaddle?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 3, 2019 11:57:45 PM | 48

@ Grieved #45

In 2018, for the first time in modern history, there was a reverse migration from Chinese cities, to the rural areas.

That is not necessarily good news, for there are other interpretations - or "spins" - of such an event.

China - A Reversal Of Urbanization?

One has to repeat again and again, until it sinks into people’s brains: After 2020, there will be no extreme misery in China.

Unless China is planning some kind of Guaranteed Minimum Income, I don't believe a word of that. What will really happen is a total ban on reporting anything resembling "extreme misery".

I've never heard of any "Democracy" in China, and none of my internet searches have found any historical instances, either. Closest thing is modern Taiwan, and the "democracy" thing there will be stomped flat as soon as it gets integrated into the mainland system.

I'm expecting a return to Imperial Rule with a few propaganda gestures tossed out as long as the Elites find it desirable to do so.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 4, 2019 12:15:35 AM | 49

dan @19 & Zachary Smith @24

I have not seen any evidence that a Pakistani F-16 was shot down. Have you? OTOH, we've seen photographs of the wreckage of the MiG-21 and the capture of the Indian pilot. The Indians showed the casings of the AAMRAM missile fired by a F-16.

India is one of the largest spenders on defense equipment after the US, Russia, China & Saudi, yet in a real combat situation they fielded Soviet era MiG-21. OK, upgraded, but do they have the capability of the current generation Russian or Western fighter jets? I don't believe so. One can draw the conclusion that Indian politics is so corrupt that they'd rather make money for themselves personally rather than outfit their military with modern weapons systems.

Posted by: ab initio | Mar 4, 2019 12:42:46 AM | 50

psychohistorian @41

Xi Jinping has exercised an unwritten aristocratic claim to power which derives from his father’s proximity to the founder of the Red Dynasty: Chairman Mao. He is the compromise representative of all the great founding families. This is the starting point for understanding the worldview of Xi Jinping and his Princeling cohort.

Posted by: ab initio | Mar 4, 2019 12:47:29 AM | 51

@ ab initio with the link to China bashing

I haven't got far into it and there was this quote about China I want to discuss
And there is no political system that is as tightly bound to ideology.
The West is bound to the God of Mammon ideology in case you are ignorant of that factoid. You are right that China may have been around longer so its ideology is older but how about a discussion of substance.

How come the West is so afraid of a "competition" as it were, of social organization alternatives? The West is fighting tooth and nail not to have the success of China spread to other countries/nations...and it is losing because the jackboot alternative it has been foisting on the world for centuries does not measure up. The God of Mammon ideology is a soulless cult to service a few.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 4, 2019 1:08:44 AM | 53

@ ab initio #50

I have not seen any evidence that a Pakistani F-16 was shot down. Have you?

I've seen very little in the way of "news" I trust about that affair. Years ago a pep talk at a new job included this gem: "Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see". At the time I didn't understand the latter part, but soon enough saw the staged dramas being performed there for the gullible types.

Everybody has got motives to lie about what happened in the India/Pakistan encounter, and a person needs a lot of evidence to avoid being snookered by the local propaganda peddlers.

Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 4, 2019 1:12:37 AM | 54

psychohistorian @52

Have you lived in China for any period of time?

:..a soulless cult to service a few" - that describes China today, where the inequality of privilege between those at the apex of the Chinese Communist Party and the rest of their people is even worse than the "God of Mammon" societies. When Zhou Yongkang, the ex-domestic security chief was dismissed from the CCP politburo standing committee in Xi's drive to oust his competitors, it was claimed by the CCP that he had amassed wealth over $50 billion. A bit less than the wealth amassed by the God of Mammon himself, Jeff Bezos, and he didn't even have to build a dominant business. Of course he didn't have to as China spends more on domestic security than it spends on national defense. Those Chinese domestic "terrorists" sure must be an existential threat to the politburo standing committee lead by Comrade Chairman Xi.

Posted by: ab initio | Mar 4, 2019 2:23:58 AM | 55

As in this open thread China seems to be a dominant topic I would want to add a link to a recent monologue of David Harvey at Democracy At Work about how China saved global capitalism after 2008 and its speed of transition since then.

The Significance of China in the Global Economy

Posted by: Vato | Mar 4, 2019 3:35:52 AM | 56

Syrian army gets control of S300's this month. We've seen its effectiveness against cruise missiles. Will we soon see how effective it is against israeli warplanes?


Posted by: b4real | Mar 4, 2019 6:49:10 AM | 57

What is this brainwashed nonsense about China being a "..a soulless cult to service a few"? What utter hogwash.

Yes, I've lived in China. Calling the place "soulless" is evidence of a brainwash victim whose understanding of the place is manufactured by CNN and and the BBC. The USA, with its mean, plastic, disposable culture, can be called soulless but certainly not China.

To be certain, China did have a brief dalliance with soullessness, but that was due entirely to attempting to emulate the West (they mistakenly bought into the West's arrogant delusions of superiority). They have since recovered their wits and are rediscovering their own culture.

There has been lots of talk about how poverty has been diminished in the world over the last half century. This is used as a defense of capitalism. In fact, though, most of the poverty eradication has occurred in China as a result of economic planning, and much of the rest was in places like Libya, Venezuela, and Syria where economic planning and state social programs played a very big role. How could China have wiped out so much poverty if they were doing like the West and funneling all of the freshly created wealth up to the top 0.1%?

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 4, 2019 7:20:53 AM | 58

"regarding Zachary Smith #37"

1/ "...the highlighting of the "Ukrainian Holomodor Hoax" as intended genocide..."
What is your problem? Are you so insistent on the evil nature of the USSR that you collect into your indictment every nonsense conjured up by imperialist propaganda? There was no such event as the "Holodomor." There was a famine in the USSR during the period of collectivisation which was made much worse by the idiotic methods used in collectivisation. But it was not directed at Ukraine and it was certainly not deliberate 'genocide'. It really ought not to matter whether you approve of the USSR or not you do your brain a disservice by entertaining the crude and obvious neo-fascist propaganda of the Holodomor myth. ( A clue: the factions behind it are currently ruling Ukraine.)

"I really don't understand why people defend Stalin. The man was a moral leper, a generic monster, and ."
Perhaps they see rather more deeply than you do into the nature of the Soviet Union in the period. By using the terms "moral leper", "generic monster" and "pond scum" you simply disqualify your judgements from being taken seriously.
Not that after adding that Stalin was "the direct cause of most of the suffering endured by the Soviet people during WW2" there was any chance of that happening: it is a claim that totally and clearly suggests that you are irrational on the subject.

A pity really because when you discuss the vexed question of 'rape in Germany" you offer some sensible and fresh ideas. I don't agree with your opinions but they are within the pale of reason: where Stalin is concerned you are simply irrational.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 4, 2019 8:43:00 AM | 59

@25 & 35

There was a "press" release in early 2018 from Wiltshire Police about strong (clean) heroin doing the rounds. Sadly I don't know who carried this. All I can find is multiple stories about Fentanyl contaminated heroin later in the year.

Dying of an overdose is the most likely scenario (found a dead junkie in my teens. Still had the needle stuck on his arm).

Supplying clean heroin is sometimes done by dealers to remove problematic customers too...

Posted by: Some Random Passer-by | Mar 4, 2019 9:21:30 AM | 60

OPCW Final Report

I have not had time to read the entire report but skimming it I find it odd that they did not exume any of the victims, perhaps that is not possible for chlorine linked deaths but still. The reason they gave was that it was 'two weeks' after the attack and the victims were already buried but that does not sound like a lot of time. Also there were no autopsies.

Posted by: Christian Chuba | Mar 4, 2019 9:44:25 AM | 61

The latest from the Blogmire on Skripal:

Posted by: bevin | Mar 4, 2019 9:55:08 AM | 62

Bureaucracies explain most problems facing civilizations.

It is because of these organizations we spend our time fighting amongst ourselves. I know it sounds simplistic, but if you spend time thinking about this begins to make sense.

What do all political systems, all corporate systems, all social organizations have in common? They all have some form of bureaucracy that manages their day-to-day operations. And it's because of bureaucracies our world has become so messy.

Bureaucracies are like crime families that may spend time fighting among themselves for some larger piece of what ever pie they have infected, but in the end they will work together to keep anyone from muscling in on their turf.

Corporate bureaucrats work with political bureaucrats who work with union bureaucrats who work with legal bureaucrats, ect, ect.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's book, The Gulag Archipelago details how this created the problems faced by the Soviets from the beginning of their Revolution... and this is ultimately the problem humans face regardless of political or economic system.

Bureaucrats deal with one another constantly, they flow between business, government and other organizations because their organization may have different reasons to exist, but the way they work is similar.

Unfortunately I don't know how to fix this, I can only recognize this is why we live in such a messy world.

Large groups need some sort of centralized organization, the larger the group the larger the organization needed to keep the group cohesive. And this is the problem with large groups.


Posted by: David Shinn | Mar 4, 2019 10:09:13 AM | 63

dan #19
In brief:
1) MiG-21 radar detects distinct electronic signature of F-16 in beyond visual range radar and launches assorted suit of weapons (modernized).
2) F-16 fails to counter incoming threat in time, gets hit.
3) Pakistani MP rescues and terminates own downed pilot. He could be still alive if he chose crash landing over India. But with the crooks the likes L.M employs that too would be questionable.

Posted by: bvr suit | Mar 4, 2019 10:15:07 AM | 64

"The Deeper Lessons of Marco Rubio’s Murder Threat Tweet":

"First, even by the anything-goes public obscenities and sheer, unlimited crassness of late 20th and 21th century American political culture, Rubio’s public threat is unprecedented.

"Nazis behaved this way. Torturers and gangsters when they seize power on the small or enormous scale sometimes behave this way. Often, even they do not. The public excesses and brutalities of Al Capone, Dutch Schultz and Albert Anastasia from the 1920s to the 1950s were so great that even the other National Crime Syndicate bosses across America eventually washed their hands of them.

"It is now clear that characters such as Lucky Luciano, the great mastermind of prostitution and heroin smuggling into America from the 1920s through the 1950s and Frank Costello, the so-called 'Prime Minister of the Underworld' had more taste and restraint than the entire current membership of the United States Senate….

"Yet not a single current US senator has come out and condemned Rubio for making such a disgusting boastful public exhibition before the whole world. [My Emphasis]

And that condemnation by Martin Sieff is just for starters. The calling out of the entire Senate is well deserved, but notice that such isn't being done universally, as it ought. Indeed, Sieff ought to have included the entire Corporate Media in his article as its silence is just as vile as the Senate's. Still, it was rather refreshing to wake up and encounter this item with the morning coffee. With any luck, his current term in office will be the last Rubio ever serves.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 10:17:43 AM | 65

yet in a real combat situation they fielded Soviet era MiG-21. OK, upgraded, but do they have the capability of the current generation Russian or Western fighter jets? I don't believe so.

to #50:

Posted by: bvr suit(e) | Mar 4, 2019 10:26:33 AM | 66

And after digesting Sieff's article, Alastair Crooke's latest ought to be read next as he looks at what The American Conservative has been publishing, asking:

"Are we ‘Rome’? The question has weighed heavily on the minds of American conservatives, libertarians and Catholics at their various conferences. Is America headed the way of the Roman empire? Bureaucratic decay, massive public debt, an overstretched military, a political system seemingly incapable of responding to challenges..."

As with Rome, as with America? At the top, Crooke links to this 2013 article by Rod Dreher about St. Benedict, and proceeds to explain what significance the 5+ year-old essay about a monk from 1500 years ago has for us:

"And just how might a medieval monk be somehow relevant to our secular époque? Because, says the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, they show that it is possible to construct 'new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained' during a Dark Age – including perhaps, an age like our own.

Aha! So, I'm not alone in seeing our culture as dysfunctional, but I'd bet my reasoning as to why differs in several respects. But IMO, there's merit to such observations even though they don't go to the ultimate root of the matter. So, click the links and read on as I don't want my further commentary to color what others read. Rubio's certainly as debauched as those inhabiting late Rome along with many of his fellow senators, which ought to be kept in mind.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 11:02:43 AM | 67

@ Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 3, 2019 7:47:05 PM | 37

“I really don't understand why people defend Stalin. The man was a moral leper, a generic monster, and the direct cause of most of the suffering endured by the Soviet people during WW2.”

Good luck defending your hypothesis in a serious academic environment. One of the first things we learn in History courses is not to individualize History. Stalin wasn’t a superman; he didn’t do it alone; he wouldn’t be able to do what he did without vast popular support.

The main responsible actor for the suffering of the Soviet people during WW2 is called the Third Reich. Please, stop blaming the victim in order to protect the perpetrator.

Stalin was by no means a stupid man. He left few writings, but the few he left indicates a very intelligent man. The problem is he lived in the times of Lenin and Trotsky, so he seemed like an intellectual midget. But, by today’s standards (the times of the likes of Jordan Peterson etc), he certainly would be a highly respectable intellectual.

There are also no documentation that prove he had any kind of “moral leper” – whatever that means. Times were though and required though attitudes.

The biggest point of discord today is among the Trotskyists. They never forgave Stalin for purging the ‘”left-wing” of the Party in the 1930s, and of ultimately murdering Trotsky himself in 1940. Indeed, that’s considered the “mistake” by Stalin, since he could’ve just jailed them.

This case was reinforced after Deng Xiaoping’s successful reforms in 1979-2002. He was considered the “right-wing” of the CCP in the 1950s-1960s. He was ridiculed, humiliated and jailed – but he wasn’t killed.

The time of his redemption finally came in 1978 and, contrary to what many in the CCP feared, he didn’t betray the Revolution. The ultimate proof came in 1989, when he personally talked with the Northeast Division and crushed the counter-revolution. Many Western journalists quickly flew to Beijing waiting for the spectacle – after all, their boy Deng would cave in, right? They came back with the pathetic and depressing “tank man” footage, a mere consolation prize for the people who wanted to see a “televised revolution” (color revolution).


And like you said: the commander of a division or battalion must always take into consideration the morale and mood of his soldiers. If there’s too much hate and anger in the ranks towards the enemy, then there’s nothing much the commander can do to stop the atrocities after the victory is achieved. Roman history is full of examples of commanders simply being unable to stop the sacking, killing and raping after a successful siege.

After all the Nazis had said and done, there was not much the Soviet commanders could do to stop the atrocities. There were simply no objective conditions to not to treat the Nazis with the utmost brutality. And the Nazis knew that they deserved it: Hitler and all the high echelon committed suicide when they saw they would end up at the hands of the Soviets; many Field Marshals ran to the western part of Germany to surrender to the USA/UK instead of the Soviets. Other officers who could did the same.

There’s always the human component in war. You can never treat it like a video game or a mathematical model. There are human beings down there fighting with their lives.


@ Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Mar 3, 2019 10:23:29 PM | 42

Marx wasn’t a Jew. His father was a Jew who converted to Protestantism in order to take a public office in the local Prussian government. The fact he did it without much hesitation, plus the kind of education Marx received during his childhood is a strong indication he was a very liberal Jew (maybe not even a practicing one).

A Jew is only a Jew if his/her mother was a Jew. Marx’s mother wasn’t a Jew, so he wasn’t a Jew. Indeed, the Third Reich itself was aware of this and made this differentiation (“full Jew”, “half Jew”, “quarter Jew” etc. etc.).

Many people still believe Marx was Jew because of his surname, but also because he was buried in the Highgate Cemetery as an indigent in a common grave (the monument located there doesn’t have a body) because the grave-keeper thought the same (i.e. that he was a Jew).


@ Posted by: Zachary Smith | Mar 4, 2019 12:15:35 AM | 49

Did you know democracy can come in many forms? It’s not like a bunch of philosophers came down from the Heavens and gave the European peoples the formula of parliament and republic.

Yes, the Chinese consider themselves a democracy. Sorry if that doesn’t meet the Western standards.


Posted by: ab initio | Mar 4, 2019 12:47:29 AM | 51

This is pure Kremlinology Chinese Version. The Chinese don’t see their government as “princelings”. They don’t deify Mao. They don’t see themselves as a new dynasty; the Chinese people don’t see them as a new dynasty.

The West should stop with this religious practice of exegesis.


@ Posted by: bevin | Mar 4, 2019 8:43:00 AM | 59

It’s a ready-made joke nowadays to simply consider forced collectivization as “stupid”. This is pure anachronism.

The issue between the Communists and the peasants in Russia was a much more complex and deeper problem than the Western pundits make it look like. When the Bolsheviks did (unexpectedly) the revolution, the original plan was to completely mechanize agriculture, in order to do a mass urbanization. The plan was to divide the land in huge farms, like what we have today in modern capitalist agriculture. Lenin wanted to extinguish the peasant class because he correctly saw the peasant class as a living fossil of the feudal era. He knew that, if the urban proletariat didn’t become the majority in Russia, the revolution would eventually fail.

And his suspicions materialized: the peasant class was against the collectivization of land. They wanted to go back to the pre-1860s times, when agriculture was divided in small pieces of land. They obviously wanted to have the right to sell whatever surplus they could produce (which would be very few and sporadic) in their tiny pieces of land in the external market. The problem with this is that it would kill the urban proletariat by hunger; Russia would devolve into a feudal economy it Lenin caved in.

Since the peasants were still 80% of the population, Lenin had to find a middle-term. He went after the kulaks (the “wealthy peasants”) and let the landless peasants to do what they wanted. Then he stated that there would be a tax in food that should be paid to the State, and that all the surplus should be sold to the State (and not to the external market). Of course the prices would be below subsistence levels: the State was bankrupt after WWI and a brutal civil war. But the peasants refused to mechanize and rationalize agriculture, it was their decision as a class.

Just by this short description you can visualize how fucked up the situation was: if Lenin left the situation to direct democracy, the peasants would de facto elect do starve the urban proletariat to death. Graver than that, the revolution would not only end, but Russia would be thrown back to the pre-1860s, when it was still a pure feudal economy. He would’ve delivered Russia in an even worse state of affairs than when he took it in 1917.

He only gave up after the Kronstadt tragedy of 1921 – an urban revolt. After that, he gave up building socialism in Russia and instated the NEP. The NEP resulted in a timid recovery but again ended up in contraction in circa 1926: the peasant model had simply reached its material limits. After that, Stalin definitely took power and enforced collectivization; the USSR had then a simple choice: industrialize or perish.

Posted by: vk | Mar 4, 2019 11:25:31 AM | 68

karlof1 @65
Thanks for the link to Sief's article. It is indeed both shocking and sobering that Rubio has not been condemned for his scurrilous behavior. Instead, we get to watch Ilhan Omar allegorically pilloried for daring to utter unspeakable truths about AIPAC's influence over US politics, and the depravity of the criminal, Eliot Abrams; world turned on its head, I tell ya.
I know there has been a lot of discussion as to whether the US more resembles Rome or the British empire. The late Chalmers Johnson once opined that the US would be best served by following the example of the UK; divest the empire in order to preserve domestic democracy (while it still tenuously exists). However, the history of the last 18 years indicates the US is coming to resemble nazi Germany's quasi-empire of conquered vassal states; let's hope the world can somehow avoid a nuclear tinged "Götterdammerung."

Posted by: robjira | Mar 4, 2019 11:51:56 AM | 69

Hassan Nasrallah discusses the US support of Syrian terrorists
Nasrallah is spot on in this interview; very insightful fellow.

Posted by: robjira | Mar 4, 2019 12:06:08 PM | 70

Karlofi @ 65

Strange-- Started to read the Rubio link on my laptop but got sidelined and later went to my desktop and now all I get is a blank page from your link . Checked again on the laptop and the same thing. Even when I go directly to Stategic Culture and click on their link I get a blank page.

Posted by: arby | Mar 4, 2019 12:59:33 PM | 71

karlof1 writes:

Yet not a single current US senator has come out and condemned Rubio for making such a disgusting boastful public exhibition before the whole world...With any luck, his current term in office will be the last Rubio ever serves

this is just the softer side of UScorp. tact and diplomacy...a staking out of company shares, as it were.

nominal shareholders like Rubio and their vulgar exposés are a regular feature...

the only way the US can have any effect in the region is to start killing Russians, Robert Scales, US major general(retired)

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran, John McCain

We came, we saw, he died, Hillary Clinton

Fuck the EU, Victoria Nuland

these are notorious examples, but i read of this shit all the time.


but apparently there is such a thing as luck, though it remains an obscure force that just seems to shape circumstances.

Posted by: john | Mar 4, 2019 1:06:51 PM | 72

Guano arrives in Venezuela

Posted by: arby | Mar 4, 2019 1:32:46 PM | 73

Cope India: when India’s Russian jets achieved a surprising 9:1 kill ratio against U.S. F-15s

Posted by: phodges | Mar 4, 2019 1:38:21 PM | 74

vk @68--

Kulak is a descriptive term that arose during the very last stage of the Tsarist Empire as they were the class that benefited most from Stolypin's reforms--significantly, the term means fist or tightfisted in Russian. Lenin certainly denounced them, but the actual Dekulakization drive didn't begin until 1929 under Stalin.

IMO, the problem rests with Lenin's and Bolshevik lack of understanding the Russian peasant and why they retained the system utilized over the centuries of Serfdom. That system proved effective regarding yield and was mostly egalitarian, being governed by a rudimentary system of rural democracy located in village councils. Localized governance of this sort clashed with the top-down method employed by Bolsheviks. But why were Bolsheviks so concerned with agriculture? Because grain export was THE main engine allowing the importation of quality machine products Russia wasn't able to manufacture. Collectivization was theorized to enhance yields and thus increase exports which is why it was implemented despite its being unproven. As we know, Collectivization was a massive Clusterfuck. Only now thanks to sanctions has Russian agriculture evolved into the great engine it ought to have been several centuries ago. In my analysis of Russian history, I place the failure of the Tsars with their policy towards the serfs, who weren't emancipated until 1861; and I ought to note not all serfs were tied to land as over half of Russian factory workers were serfs when emancipated.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 1:41:22 PM | 75

According to RT and other news (twitter etc), Juan Guaido has arrived today at
Maiquetia airport where he was greeted by a human shield of ambassadors from the EU.

Next, he gave a speech to an assembly of his partisans in Caracas.

Question is, why is Maduro not arresting him?

Is it because of Pence warnings?
Are there other motives?

Can't understand why.

Posted by: CarlD | Mar 4, 2019 1:48:00 PM | 76

arby @71--

I have no problem accessing Strategic Culture as of 10:43 PST.

john @72--

Agreed. Vile rhetoric has always existed within USA's ruling circles, which I've always seen as an indicator the nation's rather remote from being civil or is something to be emulated.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 1:49:22 PM | 77

Karlofi @ 77

I can get Strategic culture but when I click on the Rubio article I get a blank page although the other articles load.

Posted by: arby | Mar 4, 2019 1:54:29 PM | 78

I also read the news that the wannabe usurper arrived in Caracas and wasn't immediately arrested on the outstanding warrant. Why is the question being asked. The man's a dying commodity whose newsworthiness rests with his incarceration or worse. His freedom has nothing to do with Pence or other Outlaw US Imperial idiots; rather, it has everything to do with Maduro's choice to allow him to become a raisin. To paraphrase an old line from a Billy Joel tune, if he doesn't stay in the public's eye, he'll be relegated to the back of the shelf like a dented out-of-date can of beans--an unsellable product. Plus, thanks to Rubio and the amplification of his remarks by the privately owned Venezuelan media, the Libya comparison is a reality only a tiny percentage of Venezuelans would want visited on their nation. What we're witnessing is a major defeat for Outlaw US Empire propaganda and its purveyors. They're like three year-olds having a temper-tantrum because they can't get the square peg into the round hole while the adults go about the serious business of governing a nation under a state-of-siege. Plus, Guaido's further marginalization slaps those nations who recognized him in the face and reminds them that Maduro remains The Man, making them look like the fools they are.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 2:08:30 PM | 79

arby @78--

I have the article open in another window as I type this to you. I'm using IE with no special tricks.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 2:10:52 PM | 80

@Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 11:02:43 AM | 67

You forgot to mention his praising of Julius Evola in that article, the main philosopher of the neo-fascist movement in Europe. No wonder that, in his recent travel to Moscow, Alastair Crooke run to meet no ther than Alexander Duguin....

Then, what he seems to promote,like most of the people in the far-right religious conservative movement, is a return to medieval ways of living, something which could only be implemented after an apocalyptic nuclear Armageddon, no other way you could reverse modernity to that ancient ages, as they all pretend.

This is, in expressing their share on these fringe ideas, when I start doubting the well intentioned supposed aims of the articles written by this kind of authors.

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 4, 2019 2:25:21 PM | 81

I don't know what to do sometimes when things go bump in the dark

But I keep putting one foot ahead of another and with a little help from b and typepad I have got my dear old Opera to provide Persaon Info again.....sigh

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 4, 2019 2:32:49 PM | 82

@Karlof1 (79)

I wish it could work that way: just ignore him. He (Guaido) will fade away.

I am afraid that at this point many people have to admire his guts. He probably
has attracted more followers that see in his "bravado" a possible winner.

Because, at the end of the day, people tend to favor the winners. They are
less concerned with ethics and law but favor end results.

The resiliency of an opponent in politics in general serves him well.

Guaido reminds me of Aristide who commited crimes every week but was "ignored"
by the then Government under pressure from the US embassy.

He eventually rose to be a popular choice for the Haitian People. That in the end
he only ruled to pander to the US wishes going as far as selling his country's riches
for peanuts and a bit of power.

This is why I am not convinced of the wisdom of "ignoring" the usurper.
The authorities could arrest him and judge him and sentence him in a public trial.

Country would be immediately quieter, because an entity deprived of it's champion
wilts and fails.

Posted by: CarlD | Mar 4, 2019 3:28:37 PM | 83

Sasha @81--

Thanks for your reply! I see we disagree on our interpretations of the article, which is a continuation of Crooke's discussion of today's cultural dysfunction as he understands it. Several writers Crooke's linked to during this discussion place the timing and cause of our culture becoming dysfunctional with the Enlightenment. I very strongly dispute that as I see our dysfunctional culture's roots going back well before Abrahamic religions were envisioned to the time of the Agricultural Revolution--the very first Paradigm Change humanity experienced. Humanity's 2+ million-year-old culture has yet to recover and be reconfigured into a functional culture. The Second Paradigm Change occurred with the advent of using fossil fuels to boil water to make steam and drive engines that ushered in the Age of Industrialism, which made the task even more difficult. Most philosophers argue we're in the midst of a Third Paradigm Change into an as yet undefined Post-Modernist Age with which I disagree.

Thus, I find Crooke's discussion interesting, but realize those Crooke cites don't fathom the actual depth of the problem they're trying to grapple--nor, to be fair, do many others as their historical lens is far too short.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 3:43:57 PM | 84

CarlD @83--

"Country would be immediately quieter, because an entity deprived of it's champion wilts and fails."

Unfortunately, arresting, trying, sentencing, and imprisoning previous opposition criminals failed to quiet the situation and served to increase agitation. IMO, this is why this different approach was adopted. But as I observed in my comment, The Libya comparison did very real damage as it forced all Venezuelans to realize the Outlaw US Empire and its puppet don't really give a damn about their wellbeing.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 3:50:56 PM | 85

Thanks to b for a fascinating week of posts, and to all comments here that have been equally absorbing. Particular thanks for the Skripal documentation, which will keep some novelist busy on the fictional work of the century, I hope - I was intrigued by one fact, the arrival and immediate departure of visitor unknown on the day before all of the events occurred. Who was that and why did they do this? Also if the Brits are tearing apart the Skripal home and car, are they in fact looking for something, and if so, what? Just speculating...

Special thanks to Grieved for the Vilchek article. Oh, Xi'an must be a wonderful city to visit! The 'four ancient cities' reminds me of a very different place - the four Navajo mountains that are the cornerstones of that civilization here in the Southwest. [On a bus trek for groceries last week, the southeastern one, Mount Taylor was visible due to a late but much appreciated snow covering - a most unusual sight this time of year.] And 'New Eastern Outlook' - a great alternative to the NEO we usually abhor! So much to read there - I shall have my month spoken for.

I love the term 'ecological civilization', as well as the new terracotta army description - a breath of fresh air!

"...Compared to most Asian cities, but even to those in the United States and Europe, Chinese metropolises, including Xi’an, look like sort of urban areas of the future. But they are not ‘impersonal’, nor atomized. They are built for the people, not against them..."

Posted by: juliania | Mar 4, 2019 4:25:16 PM | 86

Small gem within desert of prose:

"Capitalism, by definition, is the enemy of democracy, because the economy is owned and operated by very few people. Socialism is by definition democratic because the people own the means of production. In fact, the only difference between the two is democracy in one, and the lack of democracy in the other. The West likes to measure democracies in different ways, but what is more critical to a person’s representation than their ability to control the economy?"

We should include Financialism with Capitalism as an "enemy of democracy" for essentially the same reasons.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 4:39:09 PM | 87

86 - Juliania mentions the third visitor to Salisbury and his relation to the Skripals.

The South Front article suggests that Yulia was the MI6 target as she was seen as a go-between or currier between her father and the Kremlin. She was the one that would carry back to Moscow what Skripal, who must have been closely surveilled, knew about the Steel document. It could be that the third man was going to report back on her communications with her father. She had only arrived in the UK a day or two before the incident and could not return to Russia quickly.

A year later now the Steel doc has been unmasked so to speak, but back then exposure of its provenance could have been damaging.

Posted by: Bart Hansen | Mar 4, 2019 6:34:18 PM | 88

@Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 4, 2019 3:43:57 PM | 84

Thanks to you also for your response and your civilized ways.
I must say that I find myself many times agreeing with your comments here, which I find always very reasonable and mostly in line with what I think on geopolitical issues, and so, I found strange you did recommended that article without warning.

Anyway, I have also found interesting what Alastair Crooke had to say, so far, especially when he has denounced the clearly crazy way US and EU foreign policy is conducted today and defends International Law, but his mention of Julius Evola got my red pilot switch on, and from now on I will be getting all what he says with a great grain of salt...I can not say all this gets me surprise by surprise, since I was already aware of his ultra-conservative stance, what I was not aware of is that he also supports some points of view of the most mysoginist "alt-right", as it does this current US administration...But, I fear, it is not only those points he supports, but mainly those held by Evola related to how organize society and how to reverse modernity to achieve implementing an authoritarian rule by elites governing a society divided in castes, kept under control by the spreading of conspiracy theories and a continuous bombardement of anti-democratic and anti-egalitarian stances, viewing war as spiritual fullfilling experience with calls on the 'active nihilist' who must be prepared to act with violence against modern decadence........Take this all and you have the manual book of the US "alt-right" and its main promoters through sites like the Unz Review.

On Julius Evola, the role he promotes for women on a post-modern society, and his reference by the "alt-right", some "pearls"....

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 4, 2019 6:52:21 PM | 89

Some of what follows is from Socialism and Governance by Henry Wang , an interesting read. Definitely recommend it

The communists have turned Marxism into a political religion.. Maos China needed an officially-sanctioned belief system..'. The system of monopolization of political power by one-party is totally against the essence of socialism.
In Marx's socialism, ownership form is resultant of a socialization of means of production, it is common ownership by direct producers.

State ownership cannot be regarded as ownership of the proletarian class. Socialist form of ownership is resultant of a process of socialization of means of production, whereas state ownership is resultant of a process of statization of means of production.

Mao adopted Lenins theory of "state-monopolistic capitalism as the 'anteroom of socialism" and turned Marxist dictatorship of the proletariat into dictatorship of the Party over the proletariat , and
transforming the Party members into a new class' of Party elite ruling over the proletariat

For Mao, it was the Party which became a danger for socialism. This conclusion is drawn from the Cultural Revolution. Mao saw that the primacy of proletarian politics was the only way out for socialism.

Deng said, 'Socialist construction is impossible without CCP leadership. Deng saw economic development as the only way out for CCP. For Deng, ‘socialism ‘ became the excuse for the continued rulership of the Party , which was threatened by proletarian politics. Deng said after 1989. 'Once the factors of turmoil reappear in the future, we will, if required, not hesitate to use any means to eliminate them as soon as possible. We can use martial law or measures harsher and stricter than martial law.’ Today of course a new weapon of control known as the “social credit” score.' is used.

Under Maoism, the state had only a right to manage the property of the whole people, it did not have any right to own this property. Any attempt to own it on the part of any official was dealt with relentlessly.

The 'legitimization' of state ownership that happened under Dengist governance only opened the way to the looting of people's property . State-ownership became privatization into the hands of the party elite.

The essence of 'socialist market economy' is market economy led by the party elite with an unholy alliance between power and capital and the rapid enrichment of some chosen individuals... China today has wealth inequality that matches the neoliberal capitalist West

The most crucial criterion for socialist ownership is non-state ownership and private ownership by societies members that is representative and free of gross inequality , such as found in the West with its excessive concentration of capital in the hands of a small number of big shareholders.

Total state ownership of economy or concentrated ownership by a powerful elite minority can be prevented by society and citizens in a truly democratic country. Only when society possesses economic and political rights in the most extensive way possible can there be true socialism. That is why true socialism means true democracy, and a true democracy may be true socialist.

True statism means true totalitarianism, which is the enemy of socialism. Contrary to conventional belief, market economy is nearer to socialism than planned economy. Planned economy with centralized political power (statism) is antithesis of genuine socialism.

It is in the nature of a political party to distort reality, if not tell lies. There are two levels of truths, catered to two levels of needs. One level of truth is for the masses, and the other level is for the internal use by the political system .

The Chinese people are told they have or are striving for real ‘Socialism' in the same way as the people were told to believe in the emperor's 'new clothes.' Party leaders have systematically obliterated all those who dared, not to believe in the existence of 'socialism.' Thus, 'socialism' has been 'ruse of the idea,' manipulated by party leaders to their greatest advantages in a planned and organized manner. They have used the concept of 'socialism to keep their people in a state of deception.

What is claimed as 'socialism' by either Mao or Deng existed only as a concept, only as an idea, only as a belief, only as a faith, and only as an ideology. In one word, it only has a virtual and conceptual existence. The locus of their 'socialism' is mind. Their 'socialism' only existed as an idea, never as a reality, much like Democracy in the West today

The fact is that China was not in socialism. China has never been in socialism. China is not in socialism. Whether China will be in socialism someday is an open question

Posted by: Pft | Mar 4, 2019 7:13:10 PM | 90

@48 psychohistorian

And as to China's Two Sessions gathering that your editorial cited, Adam Garrie has a first take from the event that is encouraging:

Goals For China’s Two Sessions: A Framework For a New Era

As the world stands on the brink of a possible economic recession, China has decided to adopt fiscal and monetary policies which prioritise economic stability and innovation in private sectors, whilst simultaneously trimming fat from state owned enterprises that have fallen behind the times.

One of the methods China will use to achieve this is through tax cuts and other regulation roll backs on entrepreneurial endeavours, whilst modest tax rises on the mega-rich will be used to stimulate sectors favoured by China’s ever growing middle class, whilst also providing an ever more secure social safety net during an era of global uncertainties.

Can anyone actually think that in the west, even modest tax increases would be tolerated by the rich, who own the political process?

And yet, as Jeff Brown is at pains to point out, all the billionaires in China are completely aware that the Party has allowed them to become rich because it suited the social growth pattern. If it becomes necessary for them to stop being rich (hard to imagine why, but even so), thus it will be.

China is surging ahead with robotics, and its working class is unafraid, because it will be trained in new skills, and the social safety net will catch all who may fall.

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 4, 2019 8:04:35 PM | 91

@87 karlof1

An excellent gem, and a good stand-alone formula. Thanks!

Posted by: Grieved | Mar 4, 2019 8:05:08 PM | 92

Global Warming , 5G , Eugenics, Vaccines , GM Foods and Round Up are all seemingly interlocked by elites with a common agenda regarding population and resource control vis “sustainability” as steps toward a Totalitarian Technocracy.

Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Telecom, Big Agra, Big Brother, Big Academia and Big Media working together with these Big Finance and cognitive elites who operate via Think Tanks, Foundations and Super Pacs.

To help figure out where the truth lies, look for MSM support, censorship, hysterical attacks supporters calling those in opposition pdenialist, dangerous, etc.
Claims like the science is settled or consensus science are also to be questioned since science has never been settled and consensus has often been wrong.

As non scientists its not possible to actually refute science directly. However we can read scientific papers (those not behind a paywall) and abstracts. We can see the lack of adequate safety studies with a bit of research. Basically they say if nobody found otherwise then its safe, while they mercilessly attacking any scientist who finds something or cuts off their funding.

CDC manipulates data to hide evidence (Dr Thompson), Merck scientists call out fraud by Merck in MMR licensing (lawsuit pending) Climate Scientists caught in Climate Gate (covered up), etc

Many accept this faulty and unethical science much like religious faithful accept their priests and pastors explanations without evidence. Its about faith. For those who move away from monotheistic religions, they do so to embrace a new religion based on reason and science. Man must have something to believe so instead of priests its government financed/industry scientists.

Of course some of the same people worshipping at the alter of the scientific technocratic elite that Eisenhower and Brzezinski gave us notice about 50-60 years ago, seem very aware about the evils for corporate government elite in matters of imperialism and economics. Who do you think most scientists work for or receive their grant money from?

Some will point out Big Oils financing of AGW denial. Frankly this was not very substantial relative to funding for the other side, and Exxon stopped years ago. The Rockefeller Foundation financed the other side in far greater amounts (over 100 million over the last decade) .The reason is as follows:

Oil is a finite resource and Big Oil would like to sell whats left at the highest possible price. Alternative energy will be more expensive than oil based energy, and reduce the rate in which money must be spent to seek out and develop more wells. This will allow them to sell at higher margins, albeit in lesser amounts and reduce annual CAPEX.

Furthermore, with deep pockets and being interlocked with Big Finance /Banking they can get in on the alternative energy businesses and exploit the carbon credit scam. Beyond that Big Brother who is behind the CAGW scheme keeps them supplied with the oil resources of other countries (Iraq, Libya) with more on the way (Iran, Yemen, Venezuela), so that offsets any costs of going along with CAGW.

Lastly, increased carbon emission regulations will help eliminate smaller competitors and increase market share, and they will pass the added cost on to end users since they have monopoly price making powers.

Some may know of Crown Castle International, it is the largest provider of wireless infrastructure in the United States. It was established in 1992 with funding from Warren Buffet, who as mentioned above is also a leading global health player touting vaccines. 5G is assisted by WHO in its reluctance to investigate and call out the health effects of RF exposure . WHO was spawned from the Rockefeller founded International Health Commission that it replaced and was advised by the Rockefeller Foundation for decades.

Limits on RF exposure in the United States, most Western European countries, and many countries in other parts of the world follow the ICNIRP recommended limits. They are higher than in the Russia, China, Switzerland, and a few other countries which are much lower. The difference is the latter group base standards on the biological effects and not just thermal effects.

Then there is food. As Kissinger said in 1971, “control the oil and you control nations, control the food and you control people. The Rockefellers founded the CGIAR which operates under the umbrella of the UN World Bank, and its primary focus today is the spread of GMO crops.  CGIAR was created by the Rockefellers and the Ford Foundation, along with the UN World Bank in 1971.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund created the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISSAAA) and the Rockefeller Foundation is a major donor.  The ISAAA is involved in promoting proprietary GMO seeds to developing countries.  Its sponsors include Monsanto (USA), and Bayer CropScience (Germany) who recently merged.

The USDA is supposed to be responsible for assessing the impacts of GMO crops, but a study of over 8,000 GMO field test applications showed the USDA didn’t require a single environmental assessment.

Alongside the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto is largely responsible for spreading the use of GM crops around the world.

In the 1980s, the EPA concluded that glyphosate was a carcinogen. Monsanto responded by engaging in a series of contacts with the EPA designed to intimidate the agency to withdraw those findings.

WHO’s JMPR’s risk assessment found out that based on the weight-of-evidence approach these compounds are unlikely to cause cancer in people via dietary exposure, despite the IARC finding it was a probable carcinogen. Of course JPMR did not test the adjuvants.

Lots of reasons to be skeptical

Posted by: Pft | Mar 4, 2019 8:16:32 PM | 93

@ 91 Grieved

I read about the China Two Sessions and decided the other link about West/China democracy was better for most folks but thank you for bringing the content forward.

I don't care what "ISM' you want to call the path that China is taking but it sure seems to be structured to provide the moderately successful society they say is their vision.

What is the vision of the West?
Rape 2 Protect under the guise of doing God's work is all I have ever seen since the vision of JFK back in the early 60's

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 4, 2019 8:47:23 PM | 94

Sasha @89--

Thanks again for your reply!

There is a small stable of writers who publish at Strategic Culture I consider to be remnants of Traditional Conservatism, like that of President William Taft, Senator Robert La Follette or my maternal grandparents who were Citrus Ranchers in Southern California--enlightened yet morally straight and tolerant in a Progressive manner, of which Alastair Crooke is one. If my maternal grandparents were still alive, they'd be horrified by today's neocons and neoliberals as they both go against the core of what was once considered the values imbodied within American Goodness as framed by three of FDR's speeches--1933 Inaugural Speech; 1937's "One-Third of the Nation" Inaugural Speech; and Four-Freedoms Speech; the sentiments of which are sorely lacking within today's Outlaw US Empire and appear to be forgotten.

I'm sure you're aware of The American Conservative magazine and its main editorial writer Pat Buchannan. They are no friends of the Neocons who get denounced regularly. What I read there is a sensibleness that forms the core value of traditional Conservatism which easily evolves into Progressivism as Lafollette proved. So, I'm curious as to their points-of-view, which is why Crooke and ilk get discussed at MoA. I'd never heard of Evola and am ignorant of his writings but am curious about his school-of-thought's interpretation of The Enlightenment which I'd encountered in Crooke's previous writings. So, thanks for pointing him out as I'd bypassed that segment of Crooke's essay!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 5, 2019 12:02:35 PM | 95

@Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 5, 2019 12:02:35 PM | 95

But, have you read Evola´s views on women, on whom they promote raping as the adequate treatment of women and that they should be kept only as mothers and lovers ( but, well, ready to be raped as soon as the macho in charge of them would feel in the need...)

I fear that starting from those premises, of dehumanizing half the world population to the condition of object to be used for men pleasure or as factory of children, any "school-of-thought" leaded by him get quite invalidated, thus, I am astonished that you are willing to find something of value in his "thoughts"...
As you seem to declare yourself a "traditional conservative", if I am not getting you wrong, this comes to reinforce, if more was needed, my strong opposition to any, traditional or not, conservative project for the world, the more one which intends remitting us to the darkest of middle ages, where the noble men in the elite not only enjoyed "pernada right", but also kept their subdits in the more abject poverty by plundering almost all the product of their sweating, leaving them with the minimum to survive so as they could continue working as beasts...and procreating to easily sustitute those dying at the flower of life from the various diseases they were exposed to by life conditions lacking the least of medical atention or sanitary conditions in their homes/villages, which they, anyway, hardly could afford themselves, being left as they were with the minimal to purchase any care/medical remedy. All this, so as their "masters" could go on over there wasting the product of their sweating from battle to battle so as they could satiate their a really bad understood alleged manhood.

People who promote that women must be systematically raped, it seems to me only could be plain psychopaths, and so,that supposedly intelligent, and well intentioned towards the rest of humanity, people use them as reference, and not only, but consider they could add something of use for a change to another system for any betterment of humanity, leaves me with the impression that, not only I am wasting my time discussing with any "traditional conservative", the more civil it could present itself in public, but that we, the people of the world, must organize even better to counter this organized offensive on confussion ( through disguising themselves as civilized and tolerant, and even progressives, through the myriad of blogs created by them to that end...) against the majority of us.

"Traditional conservatism" is what ruled and mantained the majority of the population of former Russian Empire, and more recently the majority of LatinAmerica, into abject poverty and illiteracy for centuries and decades... Sorry to say, but I very doubt of the good intentions of anybody holding such ideas, be them denouncing currently the neocons´ behavior, which is scandalous at all lights of any human measure, or not. Watching who are their "philosophers of headbed", one only is left with thinking that we would go from Guatemala to Guatepeor with them in charge. ( Remember that Trump also lied about his intentions during the election campaign ).

As a curious note, or as a sample, I will point out that the Basque Government in Spain, which could be considered "traditional conservative", shown recently their true colors/intentions/leanings, in the way they run the first of all, in the first hours, to recognize Guaidó as "president in charge", recently degraded to "interim president"....

Posted by: Sasha | Mar 5, 2019 2:10:55 PM | 96

Please show your support for Ilhan Omar. She is under attack by Zionist Trump again and Democrats are going to pass a resolution condemning her for speaking the truth again. This was the comment she made.

Ilhan Omar Israel

They want to get rid of her when she is stating the truth no one has the guts to utter. Trump wants her out of Congress.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 5, 2019 2:26:21 PM | 97

@ Circe # 97

Unz Review just posted an article about this

Ilhan Omar’s “Tropes” Are True (by Kevin Barrett)

"Some people just can’t handle the truth. Case in point: America’s Jewish Establishment and the Shabbat goys on their payroll, who are all squealing like stuck pigs in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s pointed remarks about Jewish-Zionist power.

I wrote about Rep. Omar’s first (February 10) Twitter outrage in the new issue of Crescent Magazine:

“Ilhan Omar’s ‘all about the Benjamins’ tweet, and the media feeding frenzy that followed, unleashed an unprecedented exposé of Jewish-Zionist money power in America. ….

In the past, the entire America Left, led by people like Noam Chomsky, has denied the power of the Israel Lobby. Anyone who pointed out that Israel runs America’s Mideast policy through its Fifth Column, using its monstrous money power, was denounced with the obligatory nonsensical slur “anti-Semite.”

Even Walt and Mearsheimer’s understated The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy (2007) was vilified and marginalized.

But in the wake of Ilhan Omar’s tweet, many voices that would normally denounce “anti-Semitism” have instead admitted that Omar is right:

AIPAC’s power really is “all about the Benjamins.” The Nation, America’s leading Establishment Left magazine, published Israeli Jew Ady Barkan’s confession “What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right.”

The Jewish Daily Forward responded with Peter Feld’s “No, Ilhan Omar Is Not Anti-Semitic For Calling Out AIPAC.” Feld put it bluntly, “There are plenty of Jews, like me, whose beliefs are voiced by Omar, not AIPAC.”

Mehdi Hasan of The Intercept summed it all up, “There Is a Taboo Against Criticizing AIPAC and Ilhan Omar Just Destroyed It.”

On the other side of the political divide, Donald Trump called on Omar to resign. Good luck with that one, Donnie!

Most Republicans, and quite a few Democrats, ritually waxed indignant in an effort to please their Zionist paymasters — ironically proving that Omar’s tweet was accurate. Rarely has the saying “if you’re catching flak, you’re over the target” been better illustrated.”

excerpt from Ilhan Omar’s “Tropes” are True, by Kevin Barrett, Unz Review, March 5, 2019, with over 220 comments

Posted by: Jes | Mar 5, 2019 4:51:50 PM | 98

Sasha @96--

Sorry, but as I wrote, I've never read anything by Evola aside from what Crooke cited. I have read and agree with Simon de Beauvoir's The Second Sex thesis. We also are miscommunicating, unfortunately, as I'm certainly not a "traditional conservative;" rather, I'm investigating what I believe Crooke and his clique to represent. I'm also using political identifying labels used by academics within the USA, which saw Progressivism evolve from US Conservatism, whose values are expressed in the FDR speeches I linked--yes, probably too much to read for busy people like ourselves who lack time for basic research. Fundamental to Progressive values are tolerance, understanding and acceptance for the Other along with being anti-war except as a means of last defense--essentially what's stated in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights. IMO, we're much closer on most issues than not; rather, we're limited by the amount of discourse we can engage in via MoA's format. I look forward to continuing our discussion now that our miscommunication's hopefully resolved!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 5, 2019 5:14:26 PM | 99

Jes @98--

I hope you also posted your comment to the new thread on Omar! thanks for collating that material!

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 5, 2019 5:19:04 PM | 100

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