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February 28, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-017

Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama:

1TVNewsAF @1TVNewsAF - 6:32 UTC · Feb 28, 2021
Sirajuddin Haqqani warns of never-seen-before fight if foreign troops don't exit Afghanistan by May.
"Today...we have the technology to use drones, we have our own missiles. This time if the Mujahideen resume fighting the enemies, it would be something they have never seen before."
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald - 15:03 UTC · Feb 24, 2021
It took only two years to go from disappearing Milo and Alex Jones to banning content said to "amplify narratives that undermine faith in NATO."
Imagine where the line will be two years from now.
Censorship is an intoxicating power that endlessly expands until it's smashed.

Other issues:

Use as open thread ...

Posted by b on February 28, 2021 at 13:50 UTC | Permalink

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Thanks b

Posted by: jo6pac | Feb 28 2021 14:04 utc | 1

Fromthe WSWS article, citing the post:

"This campaign went into overdrive on February 5, when the Post published an editorial embracing the position of the Trump State Department that “a laboratory accident or leak” represents a “plausible” explanation for the pandemic."

Seems a reasonable position, even if turns out is not correct.

B is informed and entertainig, but his positions seem goal-seeked, not objective. Then he deletes posts, not because they are inappropriate or offensive, but because he disagrees with them. Promoting certain views while obscuring or even discouraging others. Most societies cannot comprehend and do not appreciate the value of free speach. For them free speach is with limits which the right people will define. He is no Greenwal - that guy respects other points of view. His site. Dark side of moon.

Posted by: jared | Feb 28 2021 15:58 utc | 2

need a laugh?

apparently, Vlad had a very bad week!

Posted by: Desolation Row | Feb 28 2021 16:04 utc | 3

we're BACK!!

R2P coming right up (as soon as we get our hands on the nuke codes)

Posted by: Desolation Row | Feb 28 2021 16:09 utc | 4

@3 - Read that - just for laughs, I thought. But it is plain dumb and not informative in the least. Wonder if this is the price CP has to pay to publish other stuff (some of which is informative). But, of course, it is a sad state of affairs. Kind of like nakedcap publishing lots of 'China bad' stories. They've both become limited hangouts for certain topics. Strange world we live in.

Posted by: GoraKoshka | Feb 28 2021 16:25 utc | 5

Thank you B, specifically for the link above which I read this morning, worth underlining here:

I often skim over links like this faster than my average brain is capable of grasping but, fortunately, I clicked and the article is impressive: the writer accurately exposes team Biden's "human rights" fairy tale and adds lots of dimension to the increasingly threadbare hocus pocus, "look over there" attempts to regain U.S. imperial dominance. Writer's name is M. K. Bhadrakumar, I read his bio and he has quite a background, raised in southern India.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 28 2021 16:31 utc | 6

Thanks for another week of the MoA bar b

Does everyone have a ring side seat for the shit show going on? We certainly are a sadly entertaining species as we attempt to evolve.....

I read somewhere that the Houthis have attacked SA again and I expect other attacks are in store for this next week. I see no calming on the horizon in our civilization war.....are we ready as a species to discuss who should run society's finance system yet?

Love your family and friends knowing that the only thing you have to share with each other is the example of how you live your life....I am 72 and today I am going out and doing Covid compliant ecstatic dance with 50 of my dance friends and their families....Yeah for the break in the weather here!

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 28 2021 16:51 utc | 7

Jen Psaki on Possible Measures Against Saudi Prince: There Are More Effective Methods Than Sanctions

Why don't you do that with other countries then?


US Forces in Syria Airlift 10 Daesh Militants to Deir Ez-Zor Province, Reports Say

The same tactic was used during the second phase of the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949): the USAF airlifted Chiang Kaishek's gangsters to the main cities of Manchuria in order to create Fortresses there, with the hope of guaranteeing the victory of the Nationalists/Han Supremacists (Guomindang). It only caused unnecessary bloodshed.


‘United and strong like never before’: Trump won’t break with Republican party at CPAC speech, will back GOP

Trump may be powerful and extremely popular, but he can't draw the electoral maps. That power is reserved to the Democratic and Republican parties.

The Dems and the GOP have so deeply fused with the American Electoral College that it has become virtually impossible for a viable third party to emerge. The USA has become a literal Two-Party system.


Taiwan hype over mainland ‘pineapple ban’ an attempt to cover a guilty conscience: Global Times editorial

Those motherfuckers from Taiwan deliberately operated to destroy the Mainland's semiconductor industry and they're complaining about their rotten pineapples being banned?

It seems they also inherited the Western hypocrisy.


‘Without parallel in democratic world’: Watchdog slams Israel’s ‘extreme’ entry ban imposed to stem Covid-19

Are you convinced lockdowns work now, conspiracy theorists?

Posted by: vk | Feb 28 2021 16:55 utc | 8

Danny Haiphong on "Capitalism on a Ventilator", a book that has apparently been banned by Amazon:
Capitalism on a Ventilator: A new book analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and China

"The COVID-19 pandemic has placed China and the United States on the opposite ends of human progress."

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Feb 28 2021 17:21 utc | 9

A good article about Ecuador's fight to regain sovereignty. As of today there are two candidates officially slated for the runoff vote April 11: Arauz and Lasso. Lasso is the bankster, finance minister back in the late 90s and early oughts when the puppet leader switched from the Sucre to the dollar resulting in huge losses among the working class. Lasso is like Bolivia's Mesa, Colombia's Duque, Mexico's Piñera, U.S's Biden: all of them eager to sell out for power and money.
The rich support him. The problem is with the third guy: Yaku Perez. He's like Elizabeth Warren: a more sophisticated sellout. He is a real Indian (although he changed his name from Carlos to burnish his indigenous image) but attacks socialists as "anti environment". His indigenous party is split between left and right and he is on the right- he suppported the coups against Evo, Dilma, etc. Bottom line, U.S. prefers him over Lasso now because they don't see Lasso as viable. Colombian mafiosos are helping out. Watch for the April 11 election to be postponed. Follow the trail-- Perez, Colombia, U.S. Perez originally was supposed to support Lasso. Now they hate each other. It's messy but Arauz has huge support and they won't back down.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 28 2021 17:22 utc | 10

thanks b! nice to see an elijah j magnier article.. i looked just the other day for one, but none were recent... this one is...

it seems the usa does want to escalate... any untoward even in iraq or syria will be blamed on iran.... apparently iraq and syria are not allowed to do anything on their own... blaming iran for what happens in iraq and syria is the propaganda tool of choice of the usa... that won't change... is this the path to a direct bombing of iran?? it looks like the rationale... apparently iraq doesn't exist, and if it does - it has no say over the usa presence in iraq.... i guess the same deal applies to afganistain... this change to biden certainly hasn't changed anything.. in fact it appears worse for the moment... more warmongering, instead of less..

@ 6 migueljose ... many posters have linked to M. K. Bhadrakumar over the years here... he is always a good read...

Posted by: james | Feb 28 2021 17:24 utc | 11

My apologies if this has already been posted. Aaron Mate continues to rise in stature-- IMO-- as he keeps digging into Russiagate and exposing deeper and deeper proof of U.S. and U.K. plots, programs and coverups regarding Russia. In this video Mate and Max Blumenthal start by explaining how Twitter inadvertently boosted the Grayzone's explosive uncovering of the BBC, Bellingcat and others' programs designed to do what Russiagaters accuse Putin of doing; the difference is that Blumenthal gives evidence in the form of emails. impressive. bottom line, "R2P""Russia bad"... the wheels are falling off.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 28 2021 17:37 utc | 12

I repeatedly read that according to scientific evidence the lab escape theory is extremely unlikely in comparison to the intermediate host theory.

Can anybody name that scientific evidence?

The only concrete argument I have ever heard is that level 4 labs are extremely save. Well, that's certainly true and I have no reason to believe that Chinese labs are less save than those in other countries. However, there are dozens of such labs worldwide, some of which habe been operational for decades. If you operate enough labs for an increasingly long period of time the probability for something going wrong approaches 1.

Posted by: m | Feb 28 2021 17:49 utc | 13

Posted by: Desolation Row | Feb 28 2021 16:04 utc | 3

Everybody is making love or else expecting rain.

CPunch is not making a lot of love lately, especially when it comes to Russia. Low quality article even if considered commedy. The author talks about Putin's palace in the Baltic, he should have checked a map, Gelendzhik is on the Black Sea shores. But that is a minor detail.

Posted by: migueljose | Feb 28 2021 17:22 utc | 10

Thanks for keeping the América Latina flame burning. A lot of interesting stuff will happen there.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 28 2021 17:52 utc | 14

"In a vote of 266 for, and 0 against, the Canadian House of Commons declared on Monday that Chinese authorities committed atrocities in Xinjiang that contravene the United Nations’ Genocide Convention."

The problematic relationship of Canada’s parliament to the concept of genocide

Posted by: arby | Feb 28 2021 18:02 utc | 15

Just wanted to add my two cents at an appropriate time and this seems to be it. Over the past week I reached out to an old friend in the nuclear engineering field hoping to pick her mind about an interview I saw featured on the website of the Strategic Culture Foundation.

I happened to reach out over Facebook messenger and when I sent a link to the interview it was blocked because that foundation is a Russian think tank. Simultaneously unexpected and unsurprising!

After mentioning this incident to another friend we experimented with other questionable sources but it's difficult to find antivax or holocaust denial nonsense through Google these days....

Posted by: RMY | Feb 28 2021 18:02 utc | 16

Canadian Cents@9 The book Capitalism on a Ventilator is a collection of essays or articles produced by the Workers World Party, one of the Communist Parties in the US. Amazon lists the book as currently unavailable (and asks if you want an email if it becomes more available.) It is indeed possible this is a surreptitious way of censoring the book, especially if the unavailability means WWP (which operates the International Action Center) simply hasn't complied with technical requirements imposed by Amazon. Such as guaranteeing delivery within a limited number of days. Amazon has, apparently, tightened up a lot to make it difficult for independents to sell on Amazon.

But it is also possible that the limited budgets and other resources led to limited numbers of copies which are now sold out. When the new press run is complete, the book becomes available again.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Feb 28 2021 18:03 utc | 17

Danger of mRNA vaccines to elderly under spotlight after 16 deaths in Switzerland

Swissmedic said the average age of the deaths was 86 and most of them had pre-existing diseases, adding there was no evidence to suggest that the vaccines were the cause of death.


A Chinese immunologist who requested anonymity told the Global Times that the large-scale use of mRNA vaccines carries the risk of causing abnormal immune dysfunction, allergy or even death, especially among the elderly and people with underlying diseases.

So we have a situation where a vaccine against a disease that mainly kills the elderly can't be used on the elderly. Awesome design.

Sometimes I'm in awe with grandiosity of the Western intellect.


Good news for the day:

[VIDEO] China successfully achieved its goal of eradicating absolute poverty

Posted by: vk | Feb 28 2021 18:37 utc | 18

The high level control of the election and judiciary has clearly had Iran as a core target. Trump cooked his own goose by repeatedly stopping short of the desired escalation into full invasion and total destruction. The core high level will have their way with the easily controlled Dems with their imposed Biden & vice puppets. After Iran the original high level ME plan can be concluded. The roadblock requires neutralizing on a permanent basis. If the Russia and China alliance sees that they are still on the list then the escalation of Iran will eventually bring forth the desired nuclear engagement where all sides lose, except for the core high level control over the ashes and the holy grail of their unopposed totalitarian future.
Meanwhile we can rather busy ourselves with tittle tattle than try to do anything to stop or delay the inevitable. The interim objective of stitching up freedom is all but complete.

Posted by: Carver | Feb 28 2021 18:47 utc | 19

Op/Ed detailing some of the numerous "cuts" inflicted on the Outlaw Empire's "Hawk":

"I had predicted Biden would break every campaign promise. No minimum wage hike to $15, no $2,000 relief checks, no vaccines for most Americans, no student loan relief (this ‘no’ was said with a disdainful face) and no healthcare. Rape culture in America remains firmly in place as the Democrats throw away inconvenient MeToo accusers like hot potatoes.

"I also said in an earlier interview this year that Democrats would have us back in endless regime-change wars by spring.

"Well, spring came early, and it is harsher than winter."

To include all the cuts, the article would need to be many times longer. The New York Nursing Home scandal is just a tip of a very big iceberg related to the gross mishandling of the Pandemic that still continues.

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 28 2021 19:01 utc | 20

migueljose @ 12; Thanks for the Mate piece. The Russiagate disinformation is alive and well.

It's a game all sides play, but, to observe who really threatens who, one only has to examine the amount of military bases existing outside their countries.

The U$A's numbers DWARF all others, COMBINED!!!

Posted by: vetinLA | Feb 28 2021 19:23 utc | 21

The piece in Counterpunch on Russia-Putin's Bad Week- was indeed awful. CP is degenerating rapidly and this article is a new low.
Did anyone notice that this excellent article-Slouching Toward Post-Journalism-to which b links was written by an ex-CIA analyst? Another indication of how deeply the rot has set in.

Posted by: bevin | Feb 28 2021 19:34 utc | 22

Curriouss item about the EU by Martin Jay that could use a better editor but provides info I wasn't aware of.:

"Unfortunately, most EU citizens don’t know that scores of millions of euros each year are paid into a slush fund in Brussels which subsidies broadcasters’ production costs when covering EU events — and of course the recipients are very grateful for the bung, which doesn’t in any way — ho ho ho — affect their objective ‘reporting’ on the EU. Those same citizens are too quick to condemn Russia Today television as being a 'Kremlin' tool, without even knowing that what their watching on their TVs about the EU is the epitome of fake news."

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 28 2021 19:45 utc | 23

"Internet wars: U.S. plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution with new technologies

Cuba is committed to the safe, democratic, and responsible use of the internet, while the government, and in particular Fidel, have continued to promote the development of new technologies and full access to the internet for all citizens

Author: Iramsy Peraza Forte |

Author: Sergio Alejandro Gómez |

february 8, 2018 20:02:47
Photo: Radio Granma

In this modern era of cell phones, the internet, and social networks, it is easy to forget that the U.S. has been using communications technologies to attack Cuba ever since the age of shortwave radios and the emergence of television.

The U.S. State Department’s announcement this past January, of the creation of a Cuba Internet Task Force is, therefore, just another scheme in a long saga of Washington’s subversive plans to overthrow the Cuban Revolution.
From psychological warfare propagated by the mass media to unconventional warfare, which has been adapted to the internet age, Cuba has been a test site for U.S. schemes designed to overthrow governments which do not respond to its interests.
However, the competence of Cuban authorities and support of the entire population for the Revolution has meant that these plans were doomed to failure.
- March 17, 1960:

Then U.S. President, Dwigth D. Eisenhower, approved the so-called Program of Covert Action, designed to destroy the Cuban Revolution. Among other aspects, the CIA was tasked with setting up a radio station broadcasting political propaganda. On May 17, 1960, 1160 khz frequency Radio Cuba Libre (Radio Swan) was picked up for the first time on the island.

- September 22, 1981:

President Ronald Reagan singed executive order 12323, establishing the “Presidential Commission on Broadcasting to Cuba,” tasked with developing a recommended plan for radio broadcasting intended for transmission to Cuba, such as Radio Martí.

- May 20, 1985:

Radio Martí hits the airwaves for the first time, as part of a plan by the staunchly anti-Cuban Ronald Reagan administration, to launch an illegal radio station able to reach the island and incite a popular uprising against the Revolution.

- March 27, 1990:

Following the failure of subversive radio schemes, TV Martí was launched, costing the U.S. taxpayer millions of dollars and violating international norms. Dubbed “the TV no one watches,” the signal was effectively blocked by Cuban authorities across the entire island.

- 2004:
The Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba or Plan Bush is created by the George W. Bush administration to identify additional ways to hasten an overthrow of the “Cuban regime.”
Regarding technology, the plan proposes, among other things to “Encourage willing third-country governments to create public access Internet facilities in their missions in Cuba.”
Other initiatives included expanding “the distribution of information and facilitate pro-democracy activities,” and “Greater access to these types of equipment” in order to do so.

- 2006:

The Cuba Fund for a Democratic Future was created, providing 24 million USD worth of funding for anti-Cuban propaganda, including online initiatives.

- February 2006:

The U.S. Department of State, headed by Condolezza Rice, creates the Global Internet Freedom Task Force, specifically aimed at “maximizing freedom of expression and free flow of information and ideas” in China, Iran and Cuba.

- July 2007:

President Bush announces the creation of a fourth ‘cyberspace’ army at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, designed to maintain the U.S. military’s competitive advantage in this new theater of operations.
- December 2009:

U.S. citizen Alan Phillip Gross arrested for bringing illegal communication devices into Cuba as part of a USAID program. In March 2011 Gross was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for “Acts Against the Independence or the Territorial Integrity of the State,” in the Courtroom for Crimes Against State Security of the People’s Provincial Court of Havana. Gross returned to the United States following the announcement of a process of rapprochement between the two countries on December 17, 2014.
- March 2011:

Operation Surf, unmasked by State Security agent Raúl - Dalexi González Madruga – consisted of smuggling equipment and software into the country to install illegal antennas to access the internet.

- 2011:

At the request of Senator Richard Lugar, the most prominent Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Carl Meacham, director of Latin America on the Senator’s political team, met with staff from the State Department, senior foreign diplomats and industry representatives over several months to investigate how social medial and technologies could be used to promote and strengthen what they consider to be democracy in Latin America. In his report Meacham shamelessly praises subversive actions and plan by the U.S. government against Cuba.

- March 21, 2012:

The ultra conservative Heritage Foundation attended an event sponsored by Google Ideas, and entitled “How the internet can unfreeze an island frozen in time.”

- April 2014:
The ZunZuneo initiative, financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launched. The platform was designed as a messaging network similar to Twitter through which thousands of Cubans would receive “non-controversial content” like news messages on soccer, music, weather reports and announcements. However, later subscribers would begin to receive political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize mass demonstrations akin to "smart mobs" to destabilize the country.

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) which oversees Radio and TV Martí, launched a service similar to ZunZuneo called Piramideo, an SMS-based social network that would offer the possibility of sending a massive message to members of a “pyramid” at the cost of a single SMS. The objective was to prepare a platform for subversion.

Commotion: A tool developed by the Washington-based New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI), which was originally intended for military use, to create independent wireless networks. Although there is little to no information on its functioning in Cuba, U.S. government sources speaking to the New York Times noted that millions of dollars had been dedicated to the project.

- September 12-13, 2016:

The U.S. government organized the “First Cuba Internet Freedom Conference” headed by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) which oversees illegal anti-Cuban radio and television broadcasts. The event brought together “independent” journalists from the island and digital innovators and activists who support the use of new technologies to bring about a regime change in Cuba.

- January 2018:

The Trump administration announces the creation of a new Internet Task Force designed to subvert Cuba’s internal order. Composed of government and independent officials tasked with promoting the free flow in information on the island, the initiative is Washington’s most recent attempt to disguise its plans to destabilize Cuba through the use of new technologies."

Posted by: arby | Feb 28 2021 20:01 utc | 24

Desolation Row @3&4

Care to comment on the China/US imprisonment comparison?

So much for selective morality and selective R2P outrage.

Posted by: Paul | Feb 28 2021 20:02 utc | 25

Vaccine passport is on its way

Merkel: EU Leaders ‘Have All Agreed That We Need Vaccine Passports’

Posted by: Down South | Feb 28 2021 20:09 utc | 26

Posted by: Paul | Feb 28 2021 20:02 utc | 25

There are good writers at CPunch, I enjoy the editor's Roaming Charges, but lately all articles concerning Russia smell of outside infuence, I guess they try to keep some balance publishing conflicting views, but that article about Russia in particular and others as of late are quite suspicious. About the American Gulag for private profit, there is nothing new about that, whoever wants to know is aware that the real Gulag today is in Guantánamo, in US private jails and lots of black hole spots in Eastern Europe and mideastern countries.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 28 2021 20:15 utc | 27

Interview from Udo Ulfkotte
One of the journalist that went to make report on site during Iran Iraq war.

Posted by: Lucci | Feb 28 2021 20:18 utc | 28


Washington Post’s “Wuhan Lab” conspiracy theory stands exposed - WSWS

The WSWS article is indeed worth reading. It is less about the Wuhan theory, in my opinion, than it's about exposing the Washington Post as a purveyor of lies. A representative snippet:

After its false assertions have been totally exposed before the public, the Post cannot make an honest accounting of its own claims, and it cannot admit that it was peddling lies. Instead, its demand is that the US government prove the newspaper’s own allegations!

The article actually goes on to prove this incendiary statement. No wonder Facebook is censoring it!

Posted by: Cyril | Feb 28 2021 20:26 utc | 29

Karlof 23 about EU subsidies for its PR
Details of contracts with the public channels were revealed recently by the Canard Enchaîné stating that talking positively about the EU would give a 6% increase on the monthly pay.

Posted by: Mina | Feb 28 2021 20:28 utc | 30

A rather important Global Times piece on the international implications of the Trillion dollar US 'stimulus' package;

Global Market Needs to Be On Alert for Possible Biden Stimulus

"...To provide such a stimulus plan, it means that the US Federal Reserve may need to speed up printing of dollar notes. Again, by abusing the dollar's global hegemony position, the US will try to shift its burden onto others...It is crucial that the international community prudently prepares and asseses the fallout..."

Posted by: John Gilberts | Feb 28 2021 20:36 utc | 31

Interesting interview with Dmitry Orlov that touches upon the collapse of the US Dollar, COVID-19, the Great Reset etc.

Posted by: Down South | Feb 28 2021 20:38 utc | 32

Paco @27

I too have noticed the change of tone at Counterpunch.

Gaza is the largest open air prison in the world. Those advocating for R2P for Palestine and the Geneva Conventions have been criminalised.

I am amazed that some subjects that previously had hundreds of thousands of entries on internet searches now have only a few links, and they are links to elite so called 'mainstream' sites. IMO the internet has been sanitised and therefore neutered.

It is easy to spot a hasbarist type paid stooge, They never criticise the bandit state or its obsequious captive nations, only the shortcomings of Russia, China, Iran and Venezuela are

Posted by: Paul | Feb 28 2021 20:47 utc | 33

Syrian air defense active 10 mins ago, 2 intercepts claimed over Damascus. Occupier mouthpieces on twitter claiming it.

Posted by: boon | Feb 28 2021 20:47 utc | 34

I have to say that I didn't find the Steve O'Keefe article linked @ 3 to be funny. The only laughter it would get is canned laughter of the sort used in US TV situation comedies made 50 years ago.

At least Sergei Magnitsky was correctly identified as an accountant. Whoops! O'Keefe slipped up there.

Posted by: Jen | Feb 28 2021 20:49 utc | 35

Posted by: karlof1 | Feb 28 2021 19:45 utc | 23

A short letter by Lavrov to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe has been published in the site, I guess the english translation will be online soon.

I extracted this paragraph and machine translated it:

The lack of a proper response to such massive and long-term violations of human rights, such as discrimination against the Russian and Russian-speaking population in Ukraine and the Baltic states, undermines the authority of the Council of Europe. The organization, which emerged from the ruins of World War II, should not indifferently look at the manifestations of historical revisionism and the exaltation of Nazi accomplices.

The "partner" narrative is getting tougher, and it was high time to put a mirror in front of the west's face, especially when talking about human rights.

Posted by: Paco | Feb 28 2021 20:50 utc | 36

Speaking of nuclear codes (Desolation Row @4), I see that Prof Brenner's article on "The 'morality' of AI weaponry" is a response to an 'MIC' thought bubble or agenda that seems to relate primarily to conventional warfare, in its publicised aspect at least.

The significance of recent developments and future progress in the 'AI' field for unconventional warfare is perhaps also something that may deserve consideration and discussion. For anyone looking for something depressing to think about, the possible future role that autonomous or semi-autonomous systems could play in shaping of policy and thinking around the notion of 'mutually assured destruction' could be of some interest.

Posted by: johnF | Feb 28 2021 21:11 utc | 37

@James 11

I have never doubted that there are people in our midst, significant numbers of them, who would have worked at Auschwitz in the time it took to sign their names on the job application. - James Burke

Posted by: Bruce Lee Marvin Gay | Feb 28 2021 21:15 utc | 38

Down South | Feb 28 2021 20:38 utc | 32... thanks for sharing that.. he says an interesting thing between the 1-2 minute mark about us debt and not being able to use it as collateral... about having to pay 10% interest to borrow from aug 2019.... who is he talking about when he says all that??? anyone know?? thanks..

@ Jen | Feb 28 2021 20:49 utc | 35... looks like counterpunch is on the intel agencies payroll at this point... nothing else explains that...maybe the money came from from integrity initiative or some yet to be named outlet, only to be known when another shoe drops... and of course we aren't supposed to know about any of this... think of all the money the west doesn't have to send to the white helmets.. they can send it on for other propaganda efforts...

@ Bruce Lee Marvin Gay | Feb 28 2021 21:15 utc | 38... james burke was a gangster.. he ought to know! his early life might have had something to do with his outlook!

Posted by: james | Feb 28 2021 21:47 utc | 39

Another week older and deeper in credit, if I can crudely reshape the old saying.

But how is this:

That the Treasury market is now projectile vomiting T-notes should come as a surprise to no one. As the chart above indicates, yields on the 10-year note have been rising sharply since early August, with the yield more than tripling from 0.50 percent to an intraday spike yesterday of 1.61 percent. The 10-year note opened this morning at 1.52 percent.

Capitalism US style is just a clown show.

The spike in yields comes despite the fact that the Federal Reserve itself has been buying $80 billion each month in various maturities of Treasury notes and bonds. That started in June of last year. As of this past Wednesday, the Fed owned $4.8 trillion of Treasury securities, part of that resulting from its purchases of Treasuries (QE programs) after the 2008 Wall Street crash.

In an additional effort to hold overall interest rates down, the Fed is also buying $40 billion each month in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS). It owns $2.18 trillion of those, much of that also resulting from the aftermath of the 2008 crash. [my emphasis]

More at Wallstreetonparade.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 28 2021 22:23 utc | 40

Proof that Venezuela can run a legal system free from the deceits of the USAi.

CARACAS — Unless you read the local Venezuelan press, you are unlikely to know that an American secret agent is currently standing trial in Venezuela on charges of terrorism and weapons trafficking.

Matthew John Heath was arrested in September outside Amuay and Cardon oil refineries in possession of a submachine gun, a grenade launcher, C4 explosives, a satellite phone and bricks of $20 bills. The Venezuelan government also alleges that he was found carrying a small coin or badge that CIA employees use to prove their identity to one another without raising suspicions. On Wednesday, Heath pled not guilty to all charges.

The USAi media demonstrates solidarity through silence.

One might think that a supposedly innocent American citizen on trial for terrorism inside a hostile enemy country, facing decades behind bars in Venezuela’s notorious prisons, would spark a nationwide media furor — especially as Heath claims that he was tortured while incarcerated. But far from it. In fact, there has been zero mention of the case in national U.S. media this week, including nothing in The New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, The Washington Post, Fox News, or USA Today. This is striking, as the news was published on the largest newswire service, Reuters, meaning that virtually every outlet in the West must have seen it and could freely republish it themselves or use its material for a story.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 28 2021 22:40 utc | 41

Regarding my post @3:
Sorry, I am crippled with a deviant strain of humor. That CP article made me laugh to tears. The tropes were unrelenting! Like the Energizer Bunny
Somehow, the author managed to get it published. Which, as some of you have pointed out, is instructive as to how low we as a society have sunk. (not to mention CounterPunch)

Regarding @4:
I found the venue, the amount of polish applied, and the amount of $$ invested in that turd disconcerting, to say the least. There’s a distinct numnutz MacArthur-ite bravado rising over the New Dem horizon.

@25 Short answer: it’s a hot mess.

Posted by: Desolation Row | Feb 28 2021 22:51 utc | 42

Desolation Row, GoraKoshka, Paco, bevin, Paul, james

Re Counterpunch, I agree. My jaw has dropped a couple of times recently when reading the articles there. I remember thinking, "Is this Counterpuch?".

For Canuckistanis or others who read the left wing allegedly progressive blog "rabble," there seems to be a similar drift going on. It's generally fine for domestic affairs but regarding Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, it blows.

Posted by: spudski | Feb 28 2021 22:54 utc | 43

To those who claimed the other day that, after Biden's stunt, Russia had forbidden Israel to strike Syria any further: that lasted, like what, two days apparently, as there's just been an Izzy strike. Let me spell it out: US/IL can strike the Russian sector wherever they feel like (admittedly not the Russian bases yet; that's reserved for jihadi drones, while US spy planes look on with interest); invariably, the struck site gets retroactively declared to be just outside S-300 coverage sadly. In contrast, anything approaching the self-declared "red lines" around the American sector gets instantly vaporized.

Let's face it, the Russki's by now are just one of many factions stirring the pot in Syria without much conviction. Not quite an occupier yet, but not quite an ally any more.

The last thing the Kremlin wants is a free, secure Syria that can make its own decisions about who is welcome on Syrian soil; that convenes meetings on Syria's political future in Damascus, chaired by Assad. But that means Moscow is stuck with a mini-Syria client it can't afford to rebuild, and which cannot rebuild itself without control over its borders, airspace, or oil. Meanwhile, Moscow keeps wondering why so few allies come to its side.

Sure the US didn't get rid of Assad yet, though Biden will almost certainly try again. But with some misdirection they got all the "safe (for their goons) areas" and "no-fly zones" they could ever want and a Russian quagmire, which is about as sweet. And no, the US quagmire in East Syria isn't quite equivalent: one side has a dollar press and one side does not.

Fasten your seat belts people.

Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Feb 28 2021 23:00 utc | 44

karlof1 #23

Martin Jay is a pissweak journalist and no editor can elevate his vacuous prattle to the status of 'writing' let alone journalism.

Strategic Culture pays for this scrawl???

Russia is the only entity which can cause real problems for the EU, not only in cyberattacks on companies, banks and media in both the 27-nation bloc but also in key institutions like the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Putin could, if he chose, cause chaos, in fact within the EU at any moment he chose. And on top of that, the political scandals that he endures only serve him well internationally as it is the EU which practically advertises itself as being a fractured, disorganised and delusional fake superpower which in reality is chasing its own tale most of the time on the world stage and trying its best to cause distractions within its own servile media that it is relevant and has cohesion.

The recent scandal involving Alexei Navalny might shock many in the West who balk on about human rights and lack of freedoms in Russia.

You see he always bashes Putin by repeating the fake accusations of scandal. There is no scandal about the jailing of Navalny for a high order fraud against a major French company. The scandal is Navalny trying to hide behind his political front and being supported by Germany.

This stenographer leads out the contrived anti Russia line continuously as he masquerades it behind a dig at Brussels. Read his bio on that report page. Connect the likely dots to Strategic Initiative and its harem of paid journalists.

Be ashamed Strategic Culture as you are shilling for this stenographer.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 28 2021 23:11 utc | 45

ooops that should be Institute for Statecraft and Integrity Initiative and its harem of paid journalists.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Feb 28 2021 23:13 utc | 46

Breaking: Syrian air defenses (S-300?) were activated in the capital Damascus and its southern suburbs to repel an Israeli missile attack, state media reported. Most of the Israeli missiles were shot down.

Buckle up, kids because here we go. Bibi must have talked to Creepy Uncle Joe and gotten the green light to really up the ante. Didn't take long, but what about the stimmy checks?

RE: The City Journal piece on post-journalism at the NYT, a couple of things.

1) City Journal is a right-wing publication of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, itself an arch-conservative think tank.

2) The article starts off well enough with some compelling analysis on the new business model of papers like the NYT (but actually nothing new, more on that later), but descends into typical American rightwing tropes and unbacked assertions. Here are a couple of the first that jumped out at me:

The 1619 Project has come under fire for its extreme statements and many historical inaccuracies.

If so, then why is this entire paragraph un-footnoted and devoid of embedded hyperlinks? Many historical inaccuracies? I've been following that controversial story since the beginning and I can think of maybe two would-be inaccuracies that were addressed by the authors, and very publicly I should say. Also "has come under fire"? From whom, exactly? Historians? Who knows, because City Journal isn't saying.

Here's another:

According to one poll, a majority of Americans shared the opinion that Cotton expressed in his op-ed.

But you can't tell us which poll or provide a link? I mean, seriously - LOL. That they are afraid to name the poll tells me it's probably for a good reason.

The piece carefully tiptoes around potentially false statements and dubious claims as soon as the topic of the 1619 Project is broached.

But back to the analysis of the NYT's new profit model - the same model that rightwing American news outlets have been using since the 1990s - that of division and angry readers. The following label could easily have been slapped on Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, among many others, as far back as the mid-90s:

The old media had needed happy customers. The goal of post-journalism, according to Mir, is to “produce angry citizens.”

And the City Journal piece breaks no new ground compared against the recent writings of Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi.

Indeed, distraction and division IS the American media's business model and has been for some time in many places. That the NYT (and MSM corporate networks) took longer to catch on and dive in full bore doesn't excuse the right wing media's role in creating the "us vs. them" and "you should be angry!" approach to capturing and keeping viewership/readers and underlying theme of division that long predates the recent "woke" and "cancel culture" mobs. It was right wing media's *job* to keep Americans angry at each other and fearful of "the other" lest the working class and poor wake up to the graft, corruption and theft of political power in Washington D.C. by large corporations and oligarchs including those who owned media enterprises. But now that the (fake, woke) corporatized “left” have started doing the same, we’re suddenly up against an existential crisis? LOL it sure is funny how short the collective American memory is.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 28 2021 23:29 utc | 47

Syrian air defenses shoot down most Israeli missiles over Damascus:

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 28 2021 23:32 utc | 48

This Sunday being the Orthodox pre-lenten Sunday of the story of the Prodigal Son, [Luke 15:11-32],what interested me in that reading this time around was the father's answer to his elder son, who was indignant that such a fuss was being made over his brother's homecoming. It made me think of all the indignant ones who speak out against Michael Hudson's insistence that economic sanity lies in the forgiveness of debt:

...And he said to him,"Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this is your brother who was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found."

How wonderful if debt were forgiven and health returned to economies for whom austerity (and war) is the only forseeable future. What a victory celebration we could have then - I for one would be celebrating! I have no debts, but thanks to government policy I suffer along with the indebted ones. We all do.

Posted by: juliania | Feb 28 2021 23:42 utc | 49

Re: the City Journal "article" I addressed above.

Martin Gurri is a former CIA analyst and the author of The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium.

I should have waited until I finished the whole thing and read the author's byline. Former CIA "analyst"? Isn't CIA like Marines? Once a spook always a spook. And "analyst"? Isn't Ayatollah Mike technically an "analyst" as well? Speaking of, anyone seen or heard from him recently?

But anyway, now it's clear to me that this author knows exactly what he (thinks)'s doing.

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 28 2021 23:54 utc | 50

One James Burke was a gangster. Another is a science and intellectual history journalist.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 1 2021 1:19 utc | 51

@lysias #51 re: burke(s)

Thank you! I was a bit confused. Should I renounce my happy memories of Connections?

Posted by: Dr Wellington Yueh | Mar 1 2021 1:40 utc | 52

Most uninteresting and underwhelming major speech from djt in his career. is now apparent that djt is stringing along with the gop, teasing a 2024 run, yet not outright announcing it.

And it looks as though Ted Cruz will be very much involved in 2024, whether running-mate vp or potus when djt bows out according to the script.

My money is on potus.


Djt is dead to me. He should be dead for you, too. Long live the djt-phenomenon.

Piss on that shitbag ted cruz. He seems to be a crypto-neocon.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Mar 1 2021 1:55 utc | 53

Ma Laoshi @44

"But with some misdirection they got all the "safe (for their goons) areas" and "no-fly zones" they could ever want and a Russian quagmire, which is about as sweet. "

I think you are missing the benefits Russia gets out this:
a) ISIS and Al Qaeda are heavily pinned down and any neocon dreams of "On to Chechnya!" hit the rocks in 2015. This may be spin but Russia claims it killed 9,000 Chechens in the Syrian theater.
b) Russia has allies doing most of the day to day fighting and Russian armed forced have surely gained priceless real world combat training including a theater to test new weapons.
c) Iran seems willing to supply oil, which is a no brainer given they cannot openly sell crude at this time.
d) Tartus.

Posted by: schmoe | Mar 1 2021 2:02 utc | 54

The enemy is within when it comes to human weaknesses. The extarcs below have been rearranged from the original only to give the critical points in brief. Do read this report at Unz (linked) or Atzmon for the entire report with graphs.

Gilad Atzmon reports:
The global Pfizer jab is deadly effective.

... no one can deny the astonishing fact that in just 8 weeks of mass vaccination the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the Jewish State almost doubled from the number accumulated in the prior ten months...

At the time Israel vaccinated itself, it was witnessing a sharp exponential rise in morbidity and death. Palestine, literally the same land, saw its number of cases and deaths plummeting.

Bourla [Pfizer CEO] and PM Netanyahu should make an intellectual effort and explain to us how it’s possible that in Gaza, an open-air prison and one of the most densely populated pieces of land on this planet, the numbers of Covid-19 cases are minimal and without a ‘vaccine.’

But Palestine is not alone, as the situation in Jordan is similar. While Israel saw its Covid-19 death figures breaking through the roof, Jordan’s Covid-19 deaths from mid-November onwards look like a slippery slope. [down that is]

And then there is another ghastly issue revealed in this closed experiment:

Since Israel morphed into a nation of Guinea pigs, a virus that used to prey on the elderly and those with severe health issues has now changed its nature completely. After just 2 months of a ‘successful’ mass vaccination campaign, 76% of new Covid-19 cases are under 39. Only 5.5% are over 60. 40% of critical patients are under 60. The country has also detected a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases amongst pregnant women, with m ore than a few in critical condition. In the last few weeks, new-born Covid-19 cases saw a large 1300% spike (from 400 cases in under two-year-olds on November 20 to 5,800 in February 2021).

The evidence collected in Israel points at a close correlation between mass vaccination, cases and deaths. This correlation points at the possibility that it is the vaccinated who actually spread the virus or even a range of mutants that are responsible for the radical shift in symptoms above.

Atzmon closes with black humor:

I am obviously not the only one who sees that something went dramatically wrong in Israel. A group of dissenting researchers who looked into the numbers involved with the current Pfizer Israeli experiment published a detailed study two week ago. “We conclude” they wrote, “that the Pfizer vaccines, for the elderly, killed during the 5-week vaccination period about 40 times more people than the disease itself would have killed, and about 260 times more people than the disease among the younger age class.”

Based on the Pfizer/Israeli ‘laboratory’ experiment, I drew the following sarcastic conclusion: If you catch coronavirus you may die, but if you follow the Pfizer path, not only do you have a 95% chance to survive on top of the 99.98% provided by Covid-19, you may also kill some other people on the way.

The upside is that we can watch it in real time (until someone turns the lights off). Only the Pfizer jab (I hesitate to use 'vaccine') is available and mandatory in Israel. Nothing for the Palestinians as - blockaded.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 3:07 utc | 55

About HR 1, the bill the Dims SHOULD push, considering the discussion on voting rights, from both parties.

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 1 2021 3:07 utc | 56

vetinLA #56

That looks good and I took a browse through the amendments to date and they seem pretty god as well. Will the #fraudsquad fall in line and support this or bend over and take a Pelosi for the country?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 3:24 utc | 57

Paul @33

"I am amazed that some subjects that previously had hundreds of thousands of entries on internet searches now have only a few links, and they are links to elite so called 'mainstream' sites. IMO the internet has been sanitised and therefore neutered. "
- DuckDuckGo gives much wider perspectives on searches related to historical events. I set them as my default last week.

Posted by: schmoe | Mar 1 2021 3:29 utc | 58

In regard to differences of Trump's and Biden's policy on Iran, here is a Iranian proverb that says it all
“ Is the same Ass, only it’s packsaddle is changed”

Posted by: kooshy | Mar 1 2021 3:35 utc | 59

schmoe #58

Yes, in this theatre of deception the house lights are being dimmed and we could soon lose sight of each other. Stay well and in peace.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 3:41 utc | 60

So Syria is on the news again, will we see a movement in Ukraine, I wonder?

Hitting Syria-Ukraine is precisely the strategy against Russia.

Posted by: Smith | Mar 1 2021 4:02 utc | 61

So it is tit-for-tat mode in the ME according to this ZH quote

Syrian state television is reporting new Israeli airstrikes against the capital of Damascus on Sunday.

SANA state news said that Syrian air defenses were active in response to an "Israeli aggression in the vicinity of Damascus" after explosions were heard above the capital, according to Reuters. The strike was reportedly near the international airport.

While the Israeli military has yet to confirm or deny the airstrikes, which is typical of such attacks which have occurred almost on a weekly basis for much of the past year, Israeli public broadcasting is now saying it's in "response" to the "Iranian attack on an Israeli ship near the Gulf of Oman this weekend."

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 1 2021 4:27 utc | 62

James, lysisas

The reference is to James Lee Burke.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 1 2021 4:38 utc | 63

PressTV is leading this report:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the present juncture is not a suitable time for holding an unofficial meeting with European Union and American officials on the landmark nuclear deal that Iran clinched with world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Speaking to reporters on Sunday evening, Saeed Khatibzadeh said, “In view of the recent stances and measures taken by the United States and the three European countries [who are signatories to the JCPOA], the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that this is not a good time for holding an unofficial meeting on the accord as proposed by the EU foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.”

Khatibzadeh’s remarks followed an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal, which quoted senior diplomats as saying that Iran has rejected a European Union offer to arrange direct nuclear talks with the US.

This sounds wise, the blah blah is over and the clowns have packed their tents and left, the JCPOA is the umbrella for assembling a discussion and all members should attend. Those members that are coercing and using illegal sanctions should be excluded as they are clearly saboteurs of rational diplomacy.

Biden and his scabrous minions have no place here - they are contemptible.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 4:38 utc | 64

PressTV reports on the illegal act of war by Israel in its most recent attack on Syria. The missiles were launched from the Golan Heights which has been illegally occupied by Israel in another crime against humanity.

Syria’s official news agency SANA quoted a military source as saying that the Israeli missiles were fired hours before midnight on Sunday at targets in the vicinity of the Syrian capital Damascus.

The source said almost all of the missiles were successfully intercepted by the Syrian air defenses.

Israeli media claim the airstrike was a response to a recent attack on an Israeli-owned vessel in the Gulf of Oman, which Tel Aviv blames on Iran.

It is a crime against humanity to launch missiles against a densely populated civilian capital city. No matter what the excuse. The merchants of venice are at it again, callous disregard, zero compassion, revenge is all. Sad pack of losers.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 4:50 utc | 65

The empire in the city is getting upset:

The Governor of Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, has warned the European Union (EU) against attempts to shift trillions of euros in derivatives clearing from Britain to the bloc, saying such a move would be a “very serious escalation” and that it would inevitably draw a UK response.

Clearing is the procedure by which financial trades settle, with the funds being transferred to the seller and securities to the buyer, in a correct and timely manner.

This procedure is dominated by the London Stock Exchange’s LCH (London Clearing House) arm, and after Brexit, EU rules and associated supervisory roles no longer apply to this body.

Accordingly, the EU seeks to reduce the bloc’s reliance on the City of London's financial hub by targeting the clearing channels.

I would like to see that change. Not because I believe the EU has any more integrity than the UK, but because it would seriously diminish the UK role and grip on global financial dealing. The UK will go to extremes over this shenanigan by the EU. The lads in Brussels will be smirking - for now.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 5:04 utc | 66

Texans might be good at rounding up cattle and longhorns, but to see them defeated in rounding up enough electrons to light a torch is a big slide down.

The model energy economy of Texas is busted according to presstv:

Texas’s grid operator on Friday shut Griddy Energy LLC’s access to the state’s power network for unpaid bills and shifted its 10,000 customers to other utilities, as new signs of a financial crisis rose after a state-wide blackout.

Griddy was the power marketer that sold consumers electricity at wholesale rates, which rose to $9,000 per megawatt hour as cold weather struck the state last week. Unable to cope with demand, utilities cut power to 4.3 million residents as temperatures fell below freezing.

Grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) “effectively shut down Griddy,” the electricity marketer said in a statement on its website. Requests for further comment were not returned.

So in the USA when the energy supplier sets you up for a sting and you want to sue them for their negligence the state will bankrupt them and save the directors from damages suits. Is that how to read this dirty deal done cheap?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 5:15 utc | 67

ut @ 57; Yep, looks fair to me also. That's why I believe they'll screw around and come up with an excuse not to push it.

Another "parliamentarian" excuse maybe..

Posted by: vetinLA | Mar 1 2021 6:09 utc | 68

Here is the Martin Jay piece on European Union(lol)

I didn't check if it has been already linked herebut it gave me the opportunity to affirm my ultimate contempt for this bureaucratic, corrupt, tyrannic weakling mascarading as do-gooders and epitome of democratic values, protectors of human right  so prolonging the White man BurdenVoluntary slaves of their Nato handlers, in cahoot with all Big Shit and Black Hole of the global economy

Posted by: Charles Michael | Mar 1 2021 6:18 utc | 69

@ uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 5:04 utc | 66 with the link and discussion about EU/City of London derivative clearing.

Interesting that. Derivatives are the nuclear bombs of the financial world currently. And clearing them is a key part of the bomb because it establishes who gets what from whom when the SHTF. It makes me think this adds to the sooner than later timing of the Great Collapse

The ending quote from the article
Absent a solution to this latest dispute, the City of London potentially risks losing its preeminent position in the global financial markets.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 1 2021 6:29 utc | 70

I just have to report this exquisite gem from The Empire of 'The City'. It sets the focus as to why the New Silk Road and OBOR is being frustrated at every turn. It explains so much of world affairs that seems veiled and odd.

From page 57-58:

Winston Churchill, Conservative heir to the principles and methods of that greatest of empire builders and greatest of Conservatives, Benjamin Disraeli, stoutly affirms those principles and those methods of his illustrious predecessor. Mr. Gladstone stated: ". . I was tenaciously opposed by the governor and the deputy-governor of the Bank, who had seats in parliament, and I had the City for an antagonist on almost every occasion," (Mr. Gladstone and the Bank — Appendix Book 1 — Morley). That City, THE City, Citadel of International Finance, controls not only about half of the basic raw materials of all the earth directly, but also has an immense indirect influence over most of the rest of the basic raw materials of the world through its subservient financial interests.

Among the principal provisions outlined in the Atlantic Charter is that of access for all nations to essential raw materials and world trade for their economic prosperity, coupled with "Genuine Freedom of the Seas." The mines, the railroads, the utilities, the plantations, the raw materials, of South America, China, India, Africa, in fact practically of all the world, are con- trolled by the City. Who will determine what is a fair price at which the nations of the world are to have access to these sources of raw materials, ownership of which is in the hands of International Finance. That price was a big part of the argument which has brought on World War I and World War II. David Lloyd George stated in a speech at Plymouth on January 8, 1910: "We do most of the business of the world. We carry more international trade — probably ten times more — than Germany. Germany carries her own trade largely. The international trade is ours. Well, we do not do it for nothing. As a matter of fact, our shipping brings us over a hundred millions (pounds) a year, mostly paid by that wretched foreigner. I'm taxing the foreigner for all I know. . . You've heard a good deal of talk here, probably, about the exportation of capital abroad. There is no way in which we make the foreigner pay more. We get the foreigner in four ways by that. The first way we leave to Lord Rothschild . . ." (Better Times, published 1910).

It should be clear that this immense predominance in the business of the world and of the seas was not just due to a little British luck; that the control of the port facilities of the world, the British Navigation Acts, and other methods of restriction of the commerce of nations, backed by a fleet able to make them stick, was a potent factor. This predominance over the trade of the world is the life and the reason for the British Empire and Mr. Churchill is on record that there will be no change "incompatible with the status quo" of the British Empire.

There must be great alarm in The City at the simplicity of the attack on the Helios Ray.

I must add that this is the most infuriating book I have ever read. If it were hard copy it would be in tatters from being thrown at the wall in anger and despair so many times.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 6:38 utc | 71

psychohistorian #70

Thank you. There will be a war in Europe again for the purpose of preventing the EU from achieving this aim. Not directly against Europe but a contrived mendacity as were the first and second world wars. Perfidious Albion will do it all again and make the vanquished pay - again. This is supreme mendacity that we the people are up against.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 6:43 utc | 72

steven t johnson @17, if you had read the article, you would have seen that it actually included the statement Amazon sent to the authors about preventing its sale.

So it was clearly a ban related to the book's contents and had nothing to do with your various speculations of "technical requirements imposed by Amazon", "such as guaranteeing delivery within a limited number of days" or "it is also possible that the limited budgets and other resources led to limited numbers of copies which are now sold out" ...

Of the 9 reviews for the book on Amazon, all but one call out Amazon for banning or censoring the book.

Also not sure why you felt the need to try to attribute the book to a party that's not mentioned anywhere on the book's front or back covers. Looking up International Action Center shows no mention of that party in their about page, either.

As the article stated, the book is indeed "comprised of more than fifty contributions from authors, activists, and journalists seeking to break through the lies and deceit of the U.S.-led capitalist world that have exacerbated and prolonged the effects of the pandemic." Among the contributors are Max Blumenthal, Vijay Prashad, etc.

I haven't read the book, but I thought Danny Haiphong's article ("Capitalism on a Ventilator: A new book analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and China") was worth sharing, and it relates to b's Glen Greenwald quote about rapidly expanding censorship.

Posted by: Canadian Cents | Mar 1 2021 6:51 utc | 73

Posted by: schmoe | Mar 1 2021 3:29 utc | 58

Many thanks schmoe I'll try that. There is no doubt the net has been ethnically cleansed, know what I mean !

Posted by: Paul | Mar 1 2021 7:16 utc | 74

psychohistorian #70

Further to your response:

The ending quote from the article

"Absent a solution to this latest dispute, the City of London potentially risks losing its preeminent position in the global financial markets."

For me, it was interesting that this piece was found in presstv but then I don't read establishment western news at all.

It would seem wise that the EU could recruit some sound strategic advice from Michael Hudson. Even assembling a highly competent team well versed in his comprehension of financial issues would be a good risk cover.

I know the EU hate Yanis Varoufakis et al but the stakes are huge here and you won't be defeating The City without some fierce combat and even fiercer strategies. So all smarts need to be in discussion.

And even when you think you might have won, I suspect The City will nuke you (metaphorically or really).
Perfidious Albion is not a good loser from what I have gathered.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 8:11 utc | 76

I dunno about intelligence agencies James, Counterpunch currently has to support two families, the late Alex Cockburn's whanau & Jeffrey St. Clair's family.
They still depend heavily on annual donations, most of which come from upper middle class dem sponsors and it has always been obvious that this dependency forces them to sling a wedge of dem party tosh every now and again.
As we have discussed incessantly, the dems need to create then reinforce Russia hate as that along with the tosh about orangeutan being a russian agent is needed to distract dopes from the fact that the dems haven't kept jack shit of their election promises - so when Joe/Jo upper middle class tool who fancies his/her self as an intellectual whitefella dem supporter, feels some discomfit at BidenCorp policies, CP and other desperate to stay alive boomer run 'left' publications are forced to publish anti-russian propaganda to keep the wolf from the door by attracting donations for publishing an article reminding the above types that as hard as it may be that BidenCorp is breaking all undertakings, it would be worse if orangeutan was tryin to pull the strings.

Personally it doesn't worry me as any critical thinker knows it isn't where the information came from as much as whether the sources are credible and the statements made stand up to scrutiny.
There should be many reputable sources, they should determine the validity of what a human reads, not where it was published.

Like most of the rest of the 'established' alleged left press CP will toss in a preposterous article such as "Vladimir Putin’s Very Bad Week". One line in anyone with half a brain clicks next page & moves on with a cynical snort.

On the other hand from time to time CP does publish well researched and credible articles on important issues.

So as long as it is treated the same skeptical way as any other news source it can be useful.

Just as, while I have no idea and less interest about the type who posted the link, there is no doubt it was a troll & it's always smarter to ignore such low types.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Mar 1 2021 8:16 utc | 77

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 5:04 utc | 66

"Absent a solution to this latest dispute, the City of London potentially risks losing its preeminent position in the global financial markets."

Andrew Bailey got it wrong. It's a propaganda piece, on the instruction of the Tory government, to blame the EU for what's going wrong. According to what I read, it is Euro clearing that is moving to the continent, as is reasonable - it's their currency after all. The derivative trading Bailey is complaining about is actually departing for New York, not the EU. However the Tories can't complain about US behaviour, for the obvious reason that poor, declining UK desperately needs a deal with the US, to replace the EU membership. It is genuinely amazing how much Britain's position in the world has declined since the Brexit business began. Johnson is now just ignored in international conferences, like at Munich.

Posted by: Laguerre | Mar 1 2021 9:29 utc | 78

Isn't Ayatollah Mike technically an "analyst" as well? Speaking of, anyone seen or heard from him recently?

Posted by: _K_C_ | Feb 28 2021 23:54 utc | 50

I was wondering and did a quick google search. To my knowledge this picture of him wasn't uploaded a year ago when rumours were circulating that he was killed.

Posted by: v | Mar 1 2021 9:51 utc | 79

Keith #75

An interesting overview on China

Absolutely brilliant overview. You are definitely a master of the understatement. This is a mighty strategic assessment and barflies should pour a strong drink and then proceed.

Salut for a very insightful piece of prose.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 9:54 utc | 80

Laguerre #78

It is genuinely amazing how much Britain's position in the world has declined since the Brexit business began. Johnson is now just ignored in international conferences, like at Munich.

Johnson is a ridiculous front man so who cares about him.

I was discussing The City and while you might prefer to discuss its minion on the other side of the atlantic, this no interest to me.

The City happens to be an entity not a geographical indigene.

As for global economic shenanigans and clearing house monopolies for the Bank of England, time will tell.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 10:05 utc | 81

"Johnson is a ridiculous front man so who cares about him."

Well, he does have a certain importance, as PM....

Posted by: Laguerre | Mar 1 2021 10:11 utc | 82

Australia has successfully spit in the face of China in terms of diplomacy, respect, trade consequences and its tertiary education industry. (Thats what it is - an industry).

So now it thinks India can replace decades of trade development deliberately destroyed with China in spite of the USAi dominance in the south pacific. The idiot pentecostal Prime minister in his delusional infatuation with Trumpenstein tried to maul China at the UN by proposing the Fort Detrick Virus be renamed to Wuhan virus. Clown. Farewell to 36% of Australia's trade income.

Australia has offended and ignored most of the pacific island nations that are its neighbours and pretends India will be its trade saviour.

In your dreams bunya nut republic, in your dreams. Thank you to NEO for a timely report.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 10:28 utc | 83

Laguerre #81

"Johnson is a ridiculous front man so who cares about him."

Well, he does have a certain importance, as PM....

Nah Johnson is a ridiculous front man

AND a Preposterous Moron

and that is how he is perceived, even at the EU, and they know all about preposterous morons.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 10:32 utc | 84

Posted by: arby | Feb 28 2021 20:01 utc | 24

Thanks for the 60-year time line, which goes to show that US presidents change, but foreign policy remains constant. Constantly evil, that is to say.

If dominion is control is enslavement is theft, then global dominion, the stated, unchanging goal of US foreign policy is nothing but global theft.

How despicably, unspeakably evil: the outlaw nation pretending to be the beacon of freedom, while "freely" stealing the wealth of the world.

Posted by: kiwiklown | Mar 1 2021 11:09 utc | 85

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 1 2021 10:32 utc | 83

Yeah, you could say the same of Trump, but he didn't get treated as irrelevant. It is the country, UK, which is becoming irrelevant, not the person who is PM.

Posted by: Laguerre | Mar 1 2021 12:26 utc | 86

@23 karlof1 -- re: Martin Jay article, EU energy needs vs EU Russia policy

It should not be surprising that Guy Verhofstadt, the MEP mentioned in the article, is representing his national business interests. Belgium (together with Netherlands) get good money from being a major gateway of EU's seaborne energy supplies. So talking in particular about Qatar and various gulf kingdoms at the other end there.

Posted by: ptb | Mar 1 2021 13:25 utc | 87

Of course he is a preposterous frontman. Formerly known as BoJo the Clown.

There is quite a lot of that going on. How is it possible Sleepy Joe or Heels Up Harris should ever be taken seriously?

Am reminded that Bluto Blutarski was modeled on undergraduate George W. Bush. Who kept doing his fraternity pranks all his life. He was a decent physical comedian.

The only thing to do is laugh. They do not deserve deference. They have earned laughter. They can not withstand laughter. If you want to be rid of these clowns laugh at them.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 1 2021 14:36 utc | 88

@schmoe #54

"the benefits Russia gets out this"
I've seen many times that Russian patriots (not that I make claims about you either way) are so quick to say similar things "No, Putin is wise to consider the Russian interest only". I can only conclude that the pretense all this had something to do with the Syrian interest was always wafer-thin; but the world was invited to watch, remember? Point by point:

"a) ISIS and Al Qaeda are heavily pinned down" To me, this is denying the sky is blue. The jihadi goons sent by Erdogan into the Karabach war are the very same ones which Russia bailed out with ceasefire after ceasefire whenever the SAA had them by the balls--and the same ones the West endlessly coddled as "moderates" of course. This has happened. What does the CIA care about Armenia vs Azerbaijan anyway: instability got injected into the Caucasus, so they can fill the champagne glasses after a job well done.

Find me a Russian soldier who thought he was going to war to "pin down" anything; I thought the point was to crush them. And of course, "pin down" means the headchoppers lived another day to take potshots at the Russki's as well as the Syrians; hence, quagmire.

"b) Russia has allies doing most of the day to day fighting" That would be the allies which Russia wants Israel to bomb week after week. Will surely do wonders for morale and brotherly feelings. Then, when Iran and Hezbollah have been chased out of Syria, or utterly alienated from Moscow, Russia will find itself pretty much alone against much stronger CENTCOM forces.

"Russian armed force[s] have surely gained priceless real world combat training" yes they did, and China could also have used some of that. Though only against cheap jihadi trash--none against anybody that matters; and as you said yourself, it's been others doing the heaviest lifting. Then again, nobody's got more combat experience this century than the Armies of Mordor; have we really seen that his made the USA stronger?

Russia keeps wondering why so few allies come over to its side, and why the EU can't fear the Bear even a little bit pretty please. The West is always assumed to be "stupid" and sure, the Eurotrash have their own dysfunctions. But they've seen the same things we did, and after one Russian bluff and idle threat too many they feel they've got Putin's number. And it's not just the West: Putin was a rock star throughout the Middle East when he was going to chase the bad guys away and restore state order; all that goodwill was squandered.

Anyway, realistically you and me are having a glass half-full/half-empty discussion. Russia didn't turn Syrian cities to rubble; others did.

Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Mar 1 2021 14:39 utc | 89

"‘Final Solution’ – an award winning, must watch documentary film by Rakesh Sharma made in 2004 is streaming on Vimeo for free until March 31. The film is about 2002 Gujarat carnage and the rise of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"The film maker keeps this film open for public view at Vimeo at free of charge till March 31st . Do watch this film and understand the process of Gujarat Carnage experiment during 2002 as the primary lab, which later extended to Uttar Pradesh and then all over the nation before the empowerment of the Fascist Rule in 2014...."

It might help to understand the origins of contemporary fascism that the pogroms against muslims in Gujarat-carried out by Modi the current Prime Minister of India- remind one of nothing so much as the Raj. British rule in India was fascism in one of its original forms. What is now called hindu nationalism is actually a revival of the Raj, just as Israeli rule in Palestine is little more than a continuation of British rule.

Posted by: bevin | Mar 1 2021 14:46 utc | 90

I love this headline in "Western Powers Can Save Iran Nuclear Deal – By Honoring It"

Another 'duh' moment for me. I have read dozens of headlines about how, Biden, France, Germany, the U.K. are trying to 'save the nuclear agreement', oddly, Russia who is notoriously pro-agreement is always left out of this hero circle while Iran is portrayed as obstinate.

As sensitive as I am to anti-Iranian propaganda, I cannot believe that I have not noticed this before.
This spin is truly sickening.

Posted by: Christian J. Chuba | Mar 1 2021 14:47 utc | 91

Front-page article in today's Washington Post claims that Israel's vaccination program is a great success.

Posted by: lysias | Mar 1 2021 14:57 utc | 92

Canadian Cents@73 is correct I didn't read the article. I do know for a fact that the book is not simply disappeared from Amazon because that's what I looked at. But International Action Center *is* a united front operation of Workers World Party. Readers of Workers World remember Sara Flounders' name from many years of her articles. I do not regard Workers World Party being a Communist Party (which it is,) as a just reason for disappearing the book. But I mention it because I'm convinced *Amazon* (and a shockingly large number of commenters here too I suspect) would think that a just reason. Which was reinforcing that it may have been blatant censorship and why Amazon thought being blatant about censoring Workers World Party wasn't a losing proposition.

Ma Lao Shi@44 is both more condemnatory and less of Putin than I am. I am more condemnatory because I firmly believe that Putin is resolutely committed to capitalism with Russian characteristics and has never intended to fight imperialism. He has always wanted to do a deal. And that's why I have never considered Putin's commitments to be sensible, much less bold, and never strategic. Putin has no end game. Putin doesn't even have an end game for Ukraine accepting the correction of borders in Crimea, having given up all chances of fighting fascism in Ukraine by ditching Yanukovich.

But I am less condemnatory of Putin in sense. Putin is weak, because Russian capitalism is weak. I believe his vaunted superweapons are largely unworkable prototypes irrelevant to the field, if not fictional. I believe Russia's vaunted financial reserves are still far too small for a serious economic independence, yet committing Russia to an ultimately harmful combination of austerity and autarky. I believe the military commitments already undertaken are already a festering sore with no healing in sight. I believe there is no true ground for thorough cooperation with China because, for all the capitalist roading of its current leadership (in my judgment,) there simply is no real compatibility between a capitalist nation and a socialist one, which I think China still is. If China does find its Yeltsin, the capitalist restorationist government will be too busy fighting the workers of China to be a useful ally. Really if China miraculously leaped straight ahead to a Putin, it would be an enemy, not an ally. I don't think anyone can be expected to solve the contradictions of capitalism and negotiate a peaceful imperialist world. So I don't think he particularly screwed up, no more than any other bourgeois misleader.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 1 2021 15:24 utc | 93


Are you cracked or just deluding yourself? YouTube is rammed with videos from the Russian military to show doubters like yourself that they are not messing around.

Here's a video of one of the "prototypes" you talk of. The west has nothing like this. Not even on the drawing board...


Maybe you should spend some time on YouTube watching Zircon videos. Sooner or later you'll realise that the Bear is neither lying or playing around.

Apologies for the broken html, not sure what I'm doing wrong

Posted by: Some Random Passerby | Mar 1 2021 16:03 utc | 94

@ steven t johnson | Mar 1 2021 15:24 utc | 92

I don't think "Russian capitalism is weak." Nor do I think the Russian defense systems are weak either. Russia is not at all similar to, for example, the USSA. The differences are very complex and profound.

The thread on the Virus was doomed before it was drafted. The experts are all confused and disagreeing with each other. The public is totally bewildered, so lots of people are fanatically committed to written-in-stone narratives. Some intelligent people all but disbelieve in the Virus. I take 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, and try not to get caught up in the mayhem.

Posted by: blues | Mar 1 2021 16:19 utc | 95

Some Random Passerby@93 cites video. A prototype can be set up in ideal conditions to make an impressive video even though performance good enough for most field applications is still not reached. Further to make a genuine strategic difference, there needs to be enough reliability to the system for prolonged field use. Even further, mass production and mass maintenance has to be achieved. A video is more like proof-of-concept than a genuine weapon system. Making impressive demonstrations, on video or not, is how the proponents of the system get money in the budget. Experience shows that impressing the budget writers is not quite the same as implementing a successful new strategic weapon system. More controversially, experience shows that the decisiveness of the *weapons* is often grossly exaggerated, that using them successfully requires a new military doctrine and the very long and difficult process of selecting new leaderships and retraining the forces. Putin making an announcement is none of that.

Of course I may be quite wrong about the possible fictionality of these superweapons. (By the way, Putin doesn't have to be lying, he may be sincerely wrong, blinded by officers pushing their favorites.) But it is wrong to think that the question is answerable by You Tube video.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Mar 1 2021 16:19 utc | 96

Headlines today:

"Gab Hacked; Group Promises "Gold Mine" Of Info On "Militias, Neo-Nazis, QAnon" - Wonder who's behind the hack? CIA??

"Flipping The Byrd: 'Squad' Democrats Demand The Firing Of The Senate Parliamentarian Over Min Wage Mess" - If you can't corrupt the system, destroy it. Typical authoritarian behavior. Fascism at its finest!

Posted by: dh-mtl | Mar 1 2021 16:21 utc | 97

I had an experience with a Boomer my age yesterday and it has been mulling over in my mind.

I think the take away from the experience is that for some/many Boomers, everything they know about the world comes from watching Cohen brothers movies....because they are all documentaries, don't ya know....

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 1 2021 16:25 utc | 98

China's upcoming report on US human rights violations shows 2020 'a declining point' of American democracy

It is what it is. Nothing personal.

Posted by: vk | Mar 1 2021 16:26 utc | 99

@ 51 lysias and @ 52 Dr Wellington Yueh - thanks... i wasn't sure of that either... i do remember enjoying that show connections as well!

@ 63 oldhippie... that makes more sense - james lee burke...the murder mystery writer from louisiana... right! one has to be very intuitive to figure these things out!

@ schmoe | Mar 1 2021 2:02 utc | 54... thanks for saying all that!

@ Debsisdead | Mar 1 2021 8:16 utc | 77... thanks debs... i mostly agree with you... and you might be right about my comment on intel agencies, although i think they are happy with these type of bullshit articles as they muddy up reality more in an intentional skew on russia... personally i think it is right as easily dem money as republican money - neither of these 2 parties give a shit about reality, but are very interested in pushing a particular agenda supportive of war for whatever reason...

@ Posted by: Ma Laoshi | Mar 1 2021 14:39 utc | 88 quote "Russia didn't turn Syrian cities to rubble; others did." true... and when your opponent is intent on destroying as opposed to building and creating, it can look as though they are winning too.. but they aren't... they are losing, in spite of the costs inflicted on innocent people in syria, or whatever other country the usa -wall st military complex - feels it has to destroy... it is much easier to destroy then it is to create... usa is testimony to the former and russia, china and some other countries are testimony to the later at this point in time... so, who is winning??? i think you have it wrong myself with your complaining about what russia isn't doing... i think you are missing the bigger picture here... cheers james

@ 89 bevin... thanks... i shall take a look at that.. i am quite curious and as others have mentioned - it would be good if b did an analysis on india at present...

Posted by: james | Mar 1 2021 16:45 utc | 100

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