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June 20, 2021

The MoA Week In Review - OT 2021-047

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Paktﻯawal @Paktyaw4l - 11:52 UTC · Jun 19, 2021
Scenes from across Afghanistan. Losing count of how many Afghan soldiers & militiamen have surrendered, registered and subsequently released. The level of surrender is unprecedented. The U.S. & NATO haven’t completed their withdrawal yet. Via @RisboLensky
Dr. Drexluddin Khan Spiveyzai Kayani (Drexy Baba) - @RisboLensky - 7:16 UTC · Jun 20, 2021
#Taliban in Chahar Bolak base. Everything was relinquished to #IEA forces. From vehicles to weapons #Balkh #Afghanistan
Another howitzer left behind. Now #Taliban can form their first artillery units. They have ammo for them and trucks for transport #Balkh #Afghanistan
Tariq Ghazniwal @TGhazniwal - 12:00 UTC · Jun 20, 2021
- Khanqah and Faizabad districts of #Jawzjan province conquered
- Taliban also captured #Darqad district of #Takhar province.
- Also Taliban captured the ninth district's of Maimana, the capital city.
- Also Taliban captured the Lolash district of #Faryab province.



Use as open thread ...

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America’s Fish are Contaminated with PFAS

The EPA’s Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) is based on the exposure of a 70-kg adult consuming 2 liters of water per day with a concentration of 70 ppt of PFOS/PFOA.

[In water] the EPA is allowing for a total limit per day of 700 ng of PFAS.

Our average 6-ounce serving of fish contained 15,848 ngs, although many fish contained over a million ngs.

Why aren’t the fish being regulated like the drinking water?

Because rules barring the consumption of fish at these levels would be tantamount to banning the consumption of most wild fish in America.

The average 6-ounce serving of fish in our study is 158.5 times over the EFSA weekly limit. The median is 23.2 times over.

Posted by: Perimetr | Jun 20 2021 14:31 utc | 1

Since COVID-19 and the lab leak hypothesis is mentioned, I'd like to reiterate that if sars-cov-2 has a natural origin, it must surely have been a bat out of somewhere in the USA (quite possibly from the vicinity of Ft. Detrick, Maryland.)

By December 2019, statistically more than 300 thousand Americans had been in contact with sars-cov-2, erm I mean THC vaping cardridges. Yeah, EVALI. And a particularly bad flu season. Move along people, nothing to see here. Look there it's those darn red Chyynnese doin it to us again!1!

Posted by: Lurk | Jun 20 2021 14:43 utc | 2

What does the Iranian election results mean for the region with the election of a 'hardliner'? Israel is setting its hair on fire with rhetoric of butchers and hangmen coming for them. Iran's leadership certainly wanted a more conservative approach to governance as many candidates were not allowed to run, and looks like only half the people voted (much like the US disaffected with its non-representative government).

So will they try to jam through the JCPOA or is it dead? Will Iran's defense of Syria and Palestine grow more robust? Will Iran and Israel escalate to hot-war?

Thoughts on Iran's election?

Posted by: gottlieb | Jun 20 2021 14:52 utc | 3

Let us just suppose, for argument's sake, that the Chinese were developing a bioweapon for use against the USA. Would that bioweapon be one that is usable for military purposes (rapid onset; high mortality) or economic purposes (highly infectious; low mortality)?

Before you answer, remember that China was already winning the trade war, even though they would prefer not to have had that trade war in the first place. What benefit would China see in economically wrecking the United States? What would they get out of wrecking the economy of the largest buyer of their goods?

Now reverse China and the United States in the above questions and ask them of yourself again. Between the two, which country would have the motive for developing and using an economy-targeting bioweapon?

The Wuhan Lab Leak Theory certainly doesn't hold up. That doesn't mean the pandemic's origin wasn't unnatural.

Posted by: William Gruff | Jun 20 2021 15:07 utc | 4

China surpasses milestone of administering 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses; next step to help ensure an ideal immunity effect

China has administered more than 1.1 billion doses as of Saturday, according to data released by the National Health Commission on Sunday. The number is about three times that delivered in the US, and almost 40 percent of the 2.5 billion shots given globally, according to data website Our World in Data.

The West is trying - and will continue to do so - to delay it, but, eventually, manufacturing power of China will be overwhelming. Africa is already opening itself up to the Chinese vaccines and even extremely pro-USA Brazil has already softened up to Sputnik V and the vaccine produced by Sinopharm and Butantan Institute (Coronavac) is inexorably becoming the dominant product in the Southeast (the richest and most densely populated region of the country).


Why is US repeatedly speculating over when mainland will reunify Taiwan militarily?: Global Times editorial

Because an open, total war is the last hope of the American Empire to preserve the unipolar order, while retarding the process of the falling of the profit rate.

WWII saved capitalism. The expectation is that WWIII will save it again.


China’s socialist system leads to public’s high expectations of good governance, By Hu Xijin

It won't stop fringe Western Marxists - from the depths of some obscure campi - from insisting China is capitalist, though.

Western Marxists are a weird bunch: they, at the same time, accuse Marx himself of being "Eurocentric" (and absolutely false assertion) so they can prop up Postmodern propaganda and refuse China the right of classifying their own economic system.


As Juneteenth marks the end of slavery, lawmakers turn their focus to forced prison labor

Let me get this straight: you Americans have spent the last year calling for what essentially was a complete economic isolation of China because of a bogus accusation of "forced labor" in Xinjiang, when, at the same time, you literally allow - by your precious Constitution - to use prisoners as forced labor at home.

Should we call for economic sanctions against the USA?

On the other side, you have to admire the resilience of liberalism as an ideology: they can easily shrug off all their own problems and contradictions and keep sustaining an offensive against communism, like there's no tomorrow. Their civilization is literally disintegrating in real time and they still act (that is, their class of propagandists, the middle class) as if they were the apex of humanity without even blinking.


The Chinese Communist Party is not forever, by Minxin Pei, for The Japan Times

Of course the CPC is not forever, but the arguments the author use are very weak. They range from pure numerology ("no communist party has ever survived for much longer than 100 years" - yes, for sure, as communism was born in 1917) to outright lies ("there's a cult of personality of Xi Jinping").

But yes, everything historical comes to and end eventually, and the CPC knows this. The objective is to do your historically given task, and the CPC's historical task is to overcome capitalism and start the transition to communism. After that, communist parties will become a thing from the past (this completely differentiates communist parties from religions: communist parties know they are ephemeral, while religions delude themselves they're eternal).


You know what is forever, according to The Japan Times?

Putin's right. There is no escaping the dollar. by Daniel Moss (borrowed from Bloomberg)

Although the author is right by stating the USD standard won't disappear suddenly, it is important to highlight that it is not in the interest of Russia and China of the USD standard to collapse suddenly - it would be a too stressing trauma to the world economy to stand. They are interested in the slow and gradual demise of the USD standard, and they're working on that.

Posted by: vk | Jun 20 2021 15:24 utc | 5

thanks b for the week and news articles here... thanks to the posters at moa as well..

@ 3 gottlieb.. good questions.. i too am curious...

@ 4 william gruff... thanks.. it people think it out, it is very likely covid was developed in an american lab, not a chinese one..

i liked indian punchlines last 2 paragraphs.. i think this sums it up well..
"Fundamentally, Biden inherits the legacy of the anti-Trump campaign of the Democratic Party (and Obama presidency), which created a contrived narrative of “Russia collusion” in 2016 to malign the former US president as a Manchurian candidate, and thereafter undermine his presidency.

Biden is today stuck with that false narrative. He has no use for it as a roadmap to navigate the Russia policies but he can’t disown it, either. This contradiction can be resolved only if the US’ relations with Russia is treated as a foreign policy issue and not as a template of domestic politics. But Biden is too weak a president to charter such a profound course correction, his impeccable hawkish credentials notwithstanding. "

Posted by: james | Jun 20 2021 15:41 utc | 6

Worldwide division of labor, like division of labor within economies (or technologically primitive bands, for that matter,) increases the productive forces of humanity. Despite the increasing contradiction between private control of investment (which Xi et al. keep promising to increase!) and this social production, this is objectively a historical advance. It is in a sense a rising tide. The dollar standard is the financial expression under current conditions, where imperialism (aka modern capitalism,) predominates in the world. Rejecting a global currency is like fighting the world-wide division of labor. In addition to being objectively futile in the long run, you have to wonder why you would want to? The dollar standard needs to be replaced by an internationalist system, not a multipolar one. A multipolar one would be a set of blocs of national currencies. In their silly daydreams, some imagine the multipoles can agree on a fair global currency. If that were true, the Special Drawing Rights already allowed for in the IMF would have been the basis for real-world progress towards this imperialist utopia. Ultraimperialism a la Kautsky will never happen: Ultraimperialism is US hegemony. Abolishing imperialism is socializing the world, not fair competition. This is the petty bourgeois delusioin that anti-trust and public banking will save the world.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 20 2021 15:50 utc | 7

What one word would describe the trajectory of humanity since its birth? Why?

What does that trajectory look like:
Hunter/gatherer -> Farmer -> Serf -> Consumer ? Please share your trajectory. Thanks

Posted by: Max | Jun 20 2021 15:58 utc | 8

@ steven t johnson (#7)

Please clarify a few things. Who will create this so called global currency you’re talking about? How will that creation and money supply management be regulated?

Would the U$A, UK, the EU (top tier) agree to a global currency, like “Euro”, that replaced their respective currencies? If that were to happen, wouldn’t China become the largest economy?

In summing up, one currency that is used everywhere and created by ...?

Posted by: Max | Jun 20 2021 16:11 utc | 9

Well, as MLK Jr. once said: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Whereby he was much more correct than he ever suspected, and in a way that is profoundly depressing . . . because arcs tend to bend right back down after rising.

I believe we're seeing that right now, as we're quickly arcing away from all of the worthwhile Enlightenment ideals. So the trajectory I envision is Hunter/gatherer -> Farmer -> Serf -> Consumer -> Serf -> Farmer -> Hunter/gatherer.

And that's if we're lucky. Who knows if farming, or even hunter-gathering, will be possible after another generation or two of escalating greenhouse gas emissions? To say nothing of cataclysmic warfare which, last time I checked, wasn't terribly eco-friendly.

Posted by: corvo | Jun 20 2021 16:18 utc | 10

@ 7 steevn johnson.... i too would like to see a response to the questions @8 max poses to you.. thanks...

Posted by: james | Jun 20 2021 16:21 utc | 11

@ Posted by: Max | Jun 20 2021 15:58 utc | 8

Hunther-gatherer (Primitive Communism) → Slavery (Bronze Age to Antiquity) → Serfdom (Middle Ages) → Wage Labor (Capitalism) → Producer (Socialism)

There are a lot of intermediaries in this scheme, though. For example, serfdom operated with slavery during Late Antiquity (Christian Roman Empire), capitalism used slave labor (albeit of a different kind form the Ancient one) in cooperation with serfdom in the Metropolises during the era of its primitive accumulation (colonialism). Socialism jumped straight to the freely associated producers phase in the USSR, collapsed, and retreated to an intermediary phase of "he who does not work, does not eat" which existed during the Leninist Era of the USSR (market socialism, in China and Vietnam; plus a more suave version of it in post-1991 Cuba, which they call "Special Phase").

We don't know exactly how or why Primitive Communism collapsed, but, by extrapolating what we can observe today with the hunter-gatherer tribes in central Africa (Mali etc.), its speculated that horizontal division of labor, combined with unique geographical conditions (geographic isolation), resulted in some tribes specializing in being exclusive warriors. Those "warrior tribes" must then have subjugated the neighboring tribes to serve them, therefore they expanded. This may or may not have happened when agriculture (sedentary lifestyle) had already developed. Egypt unified its northern and southern parts peacefully, most likely because both parts already were exclusively agricultural when that happened. There's also a very late example (from the times of the late Roman Republic) which survived to us in written form, of a Celtiberian tribe from northern Hispania made exclusively of excess male members from a neighboring tribe to the east of the region: they were expelled from their tribe because the tribe didn't have enough resources to sustain them and they were exiled to the mountainous area; since that area was unsuitable to agriculture and all the members were male, they specialized in being warriors/bandits - and sometimes even raided their tribe of origin. They caused some headache to Rome, hence why we know of its existence.

Posted by: vk | Jun 20 2021 16:22 utc | 12

Posted by: james | Jun 20 2021 15:41 utc | 6

You nailed it James! Very accurate description of the Dem. party, Biden and the box they've put themselves into along with many of my friends and family who are "blue no matter who". Some of them are squirming.

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 20 2021 16:41 utc | 13

@ corvo (#10),

Thanks for sharing your perspective. These words of MLK Jr. "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” are profound. It can be slightly modified based on MLK’s and others accomplishments as:

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice, only if you pull.

One thing, I learned from a genius in Palo Alto, California, was that it is good to have MULTIPLE perspectives on the outlook instead of a MONO perspective. The creator created atoms with three different charges: positive, neutral and negative. One doesn’t really understand something well unless they understand it more than one way.

Our future outlooks:
+ Positive Outlook. (Very LUCKY - Success/surf).
~ Neutral Outlook. (Good luck – Swim)
– Negative Outlook. (Bad luck - sink)

In the end, it will be our common desires and collective willpower which will ultimately determine where this planet is really going. And it is up to all of us to decide whether to just play along, or assert the sovereignty of the nations and individuals. It is time that sovereigns define their community, country and climate of change.

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”

Posted by: Max | Jun 20 2021 16:49 utc | 14

I am asked to provide recipes for the future cooks. This is really something for them to do. Moreover there is no chance that my answers will convince anyone, even if they are good. Still internet is a hobby, so why not?

The proviso is that a currency is an accounting unit that reflects the actual costs in material terms of any goods and services while permitting the formation of investment in new physical means of production and desired social services. There is no true eternal need for a "money" that in itself will keep wealth intact against all changes in economic life and in itself serve as a valuable good. A commodity whose use is imperishable like gold is supposed to be.

"Who will create this so called global currency you’re talking about?" The people who defeated imperialism will find for some period international trade will need to continue will need to replace the dollar.

"How will that creation and money supply management be regulated?" Whatever arrangements institutionalized the alliance of movements, peoples and states that defeated imperialism will likely also tackle the tasks of reconstruction, including devising a new aid to international trade. Or they will consciously meets and create a new authority, a socialist version of the United Nations which is *not* a Popular Front as today's is. As to how it will be regulated, depends on how it is created. If it is a labor time currency, then the statistical bureaus measuring labor time will be creating it. In some ways this would be astoundingly decentralized. If it is an accounting based on energy (as a stand in for labor time that also incorporates to some degree that productivity of labor I think,) some combination of international and national would produce the measurements. If it is based on land in the broader sense, including agricultural and mineral production *and* environmental value but *not* real estate prices, the states would do most of the work with a lot of coordination internationally. (This one seems very difficult but also very desirable, I think.) If it is based on something like a Sraffian standard commodity then a fairly authoritative international body must do the statistics too I think. But this would be in many ways a mere bookkeeping body, more like the international arrangements for mail.

I do not think any ordinary commodity money will be used. But I suspect the idea is that money in a modern world has to be fiat money. Yes, a central world government would have to create and regulate a global fiat currency. That of course is the de facto situation right now. But unlike the anti-trust/public banking petty bourgeois socialists, I don't think that simply doing away with the current fiat currency, the dollar, will cure imperialism. Now, as to the possibility of a world government regulating currency, a socialist world government might do so, especially if there is an extension of economic planning past the fatuous promises of Xi et al. to deepen and extend the market control of investment. If this sounds appalling, I also think a world government that can effectively outlaw war would be a good thing, unlike the mulipolarites who want a world safe for warwagers.

"Would the U$A, UK, the EU (top tier) agree to a global currency, like 'Euro,' that replaced their respective currencies?" I don't think so. But then I think the dollar is fundamentally based on blood and the defeat of US imperialism will take the decision out of their hands. I think the vision is of peaceful competition with an unlimited period of peaceful (more or less) coexistence and the world will slowly be reformed into a better society. The growth of productive forces will provide people with the means to build a better world but actually doing it will mean struggle. Of course, I don't imagine the Zionist state peacefully reforming instead of using its nukes in a genocidal spasm either.

"If that were to happen, wouldn’t China become the largest economy?" After the upheavals, who knows for sure. But if it did, how would that be a problem. If China did become the largest economy for a while, it would eventually be overtaken, either in absolute terms, or in relative terms, where it's weight in world economy began to diminish as all peoples developed.

"In summing up, one currency that is used everywhere and created by ...?" In summing up, by the victors. It will not be done by reformists.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 20 2021 16:51 utc | 15

As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales

Looks like a money laundering scheme, walks like a money laundering scheme, smells like a money laundering scheme, but it's all good because that's the way the Florentine elite did in the 16th Century, that's the way things operated in Antwerp in the 17th Century etc. etc. Not.

Amazing how the NYT journalist still insists on telling both sides of the story (being from NY, the main hub of the art market, this is not really surprising). I wonder why they don't do this kind of neutral, proper journalism when they're talking about Russia, China or any other political enemy of the USA (by the way, there's a random, completely unnecessary smear on Putin in the middle of the article).


Foreign friends reflect on CPC's success over past century

Very good read. There's also a video in the link (to the many here who don't like to read).

Posted by: vk | Jun 20 2021 16:52 utc | 16

Want to add a second thought on "land" money: We could think of this kind of currency as a kind of accounting as tickets to access the biosphere's carrying capacity, of the sustainable flows of resources instead of mining irreplaceable (in human lifetimes) resources or by wrecking the turnover of resources in the environment by pollution etc. As I say, perhaps the most desirable but also the most difficult. This may be a project for true communism instead of the transitional social formations often dubbed "socialism."

Posted by: steven t johnson | Jun 20 2021 16:56 utc | 17

Caitlin Johnstone 'goes there', questioning the degree to which political narratives are deliberately formed by the Deep State.

Who Wants To Hear My Crazy, Kooky Conspiracy Theory About 1/6?

I've been raising the same soft of questions at moa and for years.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 20 2021 16:59 utc | 18

Three links to what's going on in Peru. My take is that the "bean counters/vote counters are-- like in many countries-- middle level managers who are currently being squeezed hard by the most entrenched power players in Peru who are backed by the U.S. Retired Peruvian military who are still bound to the U.S. military and CIA apparatus are leading the attempt along with Fujimori. Apparently, some current top military are pushing back (or dragging their feet) but I don't trust them either. I think there is near unanimous consensus in favor of pushing out Castillo among the elite. If it happens the indigenous will resist but I don't know how it will unfold.

The U.S. ambassador to Peru is Lisa Kenna, former executive secretary to Mike Pompeo. She was nominated by Trump a year ago and finally approved last November. She has no experience in Latin America, does not speak Spanish but she does speak Urdu, Persian and Arabic. Sounds like CIA to me.

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 20 2021 17:23 utc | 19

@ steven t johnson (#15), appreciate you taking the time to clarify and share your thoughts. You do make some good points. Thank you.

A better monetary and trade system needs to be developed. Until now most of the international governance architectures (UN/IMF/WB, League of Nations...) were supply driven, defined by global powers. This time it needs to be DEMAND DRIVEN, defined by global community’s needs. Humanity’s challenge is to TRANSCEND and make the transition to a better system that is fair, just and sustainable with a minimum cost. Every good life is precious! Era of Orcs (individuals without conscience) need to end.

In the interconnected world, we can achieve transparency and accountability, corruption can be minimized, also achieve balance between public and private partnerships. A BALANCED ecosystem is a healthy choice. Nations would do better by being creative in solving humanity’s challenges instead of pursuing hegemony and misadventures. People need to demand solutions instead of debating rhetorics.

@ vk (#12), thanks for your historical perspective. History is a discourse on power. Humanity needs to comprehend the POWER DYNAMICS so it can effectively engage and manage it. “Power” is one of those dimensions that is rarely discussed in the media. If humanity were to transcend from “isms”, what would the new concept be?

What one word would describe the trajectory of humanity since its birth? Why?

Posted by: Max | Jun 20 2021 17:49 utc | 20

Here's a new recent video from deep in Mexico-- Cherán, Michoacán-- that details their ongoing struggle and success in self governing according to their ancient tribal customs and laws which is legal according the the Mexican constitution. It's a story worth learning about and following because it points to a quiet but powerful movement among indigenous tribes throughout Latin America to reconstitute their communities. Different iterations are emerging throughout the region: southern Mexico (Zapatistas, Guatemala (Mayas), Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador (Aymara & Quechua). The most successful to date has been MAS in Bolivia where indigenous have partnered with marxist/socialists and are tapping on the old traditions of public sector cooperation and sharing resources for the greater good along with a strong sense of local identity and sovereignty with little to no room for colonial neo-liberal scams. Leaders like Brazil's Lula, Uruguay's Mujica and Mexico's AMLO understand these trends and appear to be moving toward a harmonious merger with the left but like any dance with so many people and so many forces it's very complex and the lines are not straight. Bottom line... Cherán, Mexico is impressive and we can learn from them. They are on the front lines.

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 20 2021 17:50 utc | 21

Mandatory Vaccinations

From Russia with love

“Moscow – which recorded more than 9,000 new cases on Friday, over half the national total – has had to reintroduce curbs that had been scrapped, including ordering bars and restaurants to shut by 11 p.m.

It has also taken the dramatic step of making vaccination mandatory for a range of people in public-facing jobs – from hairdressers and taxi drivers to bank tellers and teachers.”

Good news is that our Russian friends are not buying into it

“ Russians often cite a general fear of new medical products as their reason for refusing the vaccination – not helped by a general distrust of authorities and negative media reports about foreign-made vaccines – and the fact that more than 5 million people have already been infected and developed resistance.

Peskov rejected the idea that distrust was pervasive, blaming the surge on the low vaccination level, the virus’s mutations, and “total nihilism”.

Mandatory vaccinations with experimental vaccines is illegal

Posted by: DG | Jun 20 2021 17:59 utc | 22

WG 24 ASKED;"Now reverse China and the United States in the above questions and ask them of yourself again. Between the two, which country would have the motive for developing and using an economy-targeting bioweapon?"

No duh, WG.

Or ask why the U$A has 800 plus military bases around the globe, and who is the greatest threat to world peace because of that fact?
A question NEVER broached by MSM...

Posted by: vetinLA | Jun 20 2021 18:20 utc | 23

Make that, WG @ 4.....

Posted by: vetinLA | Jun 20 2021 18:22 utc | 24

Engdahl takes an interesting look at BlackRock

A virtually unregulated investment firm today exercises more political and financial influence than the Federal Reserve and most governments on this planet. The firm, BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, invests a staggering $9 trillion in client funds worldwide, a sum more than double the annual GDP of the Federal Republic of Germany.

This colossus sits atop the pyramid of world corporate ownership, including in China most recently. Since 1988 the company has put itself in a position to de facto control the Federal Reserve, most Wall Street mega-banks, including Goldman Sachs, the Davos World Economic Forum Great Reset, the Biden Administration and, if left unchecked, the economic future of our world.

BlackRock is the epitome of what Mussolini called Corporatism, where an unelected corporate elite dictates top down to the population.

There is More to BlackRock Than You Might Imagine

Posted by: Down South | Jun 20 2021 18:25 utc | 25

This Article suggest Erdogan's (justice and development [Muslim Brotherhood (banned in Russia) party] is CIA attempting to organize and federalize the Sunni world (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Libia, Syria, lebanon, and North Africa) under one federalized set of rule of law governed management. Mentions Arab Spring (Morsi) in Egypt, Libya (Muammar Gaddafi), Tunisia(Moncef Marzouki, since 2011).

Posted by: snake | Jun 20 2021 18:46 utc | 26

Posted by: migueljose | Jun 20 2021 17:23 utc | 19

Thanks for keeping that flame alive, Perú is a big prize and for sure the powers that be won't let it go easily, today in "El País" the Peruvian Nobel prize Vargas Llosa makes a fool of himself forecasting doom and gloom if Castillo is "allowed" to govern, that is to say open economic war from the empire, and a truly racist attitude.

I watched a TV interview by a very aggressive and contemptuous interviewer that distills racism in the way he constantly hounds and interrupts a very calm and mild mannered Castillo. Asked for an example of private enterprise abuses castillo asks about the price for masks and general health items during the pandemic and defends the right to regulate abuses in health, fishing, mining, etc, calls for an interesting concept, to pay the internal debt before paying the external one, claiming that the Peruvian people are owed five hundred years of abuse and neglect in education, health and well being. Castillo really got my attention when answering the aggressive interviewer "We can not allow ourselves to give one more minute of truce to the trans nationals that came to loot and plunder"

He could be the Peruvian Evo, and they both share a common border with deep geopolitical implications for the whole subcontinent.

Thanks for keeping that hot spot in focus, it is very important.

The interview in Spanish, just look at the demeanor, suit and way of talking of the host:

Posted by: Paco | Jun 20 2021 18:47 utc | 27

Interesting read by Orlov

The technosphere, which I defined in my 2016 book Shrinking the Technosphere as a nonhuman global emergent intelligence driven by an abstract teleology of total control, has seen its interests greatly advanced in the course of the 2020-21 coronavirus pandemic, with large parts of human populations forced to submit to control measures that made a mockery of their vaunted human rights and democratic values.

This is as expected: the technosphere's most potent technologies are its killing technologies, and the way it goes about using them reflects its profound hatred for all living things, especially the willful and hard to control ones.

But then the technosphere started to shrink—in certain locales. It is still going strong in others, but it not to early to imagine (dare I say, predict?) how it might continue shrink and what the consequences are going to be.

The Technosphere chokes on a chip

Posted by: Down South | Jun 20 2021 18:47 utc | 28

CIA, DHS, NSA, DIA, and FBI are increasingly targeting bourgeois activists, political opposition, foreign residents, and illegal emigrants without any regard for their political leanings. The only control in the US is party affiliation—which is absurd, because both parties are in the service of the Oligarchy, which is only a shallow, single party of billionaires and their hangers-on.

Their targets are increasingly dependent—and increasingly arbitrary, according to/upon—the party in power.

It is difficult to predict which parts of which seekrit agencies will rise to dominate the coming purge—

But the purge is coming. The fanatical 1920s/1950s red-scare/red-baiting Neo-Cold War / Neo-McCarthyite rhetoric is ominous.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Jun 20 2021 18:52 utc | 29

Posted by: Perimetr | Jun 20 2021 14:31 utc | 1

Check out the documentary "Seaspiracy" on Netflix or pirate it if you're not a subscriber. It doesn't get everything right, but globally the fishing industry is akin to the mafia. There are very few rules or enforcement mechanisms on what gets put into the oceans or taken out of them on the high seas.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2021 20:14 utc | 30

I read the Patrick Armstrong piece at Strategic Culture. Funny, isn't it?

But let's not kid ourselves. The USSA and American right have never had actual problems with Nazis. Same for Canada, of course. There was a strong sentiment in America not to intervene on behalf of the non-Nazis who had openly stated that they based their Jewish policies on Jim Crow. After the war, the legend is that USSA took in only the best and brightest of the Nazi rocket scientists, but that's not true. I'm sure millions of Nazis were aided by Uncle Scam in their migration to Canada, the USA and Central/South America. Amerikkka is only nominally against Nazism.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2021 20:17 utc | 31

it's an insult to Philistines everywhere to suggest that anyone is competing w/the self-cannibalizing headhunters and stockbrokers in the US.

Here's the governor of Disneyland:

...Newsom gloated, “With all due respect, eat your heart out, the rest of the United States...The state is not just poised to recover, it’s poised to come roaring back.”

roaring, indeed. yeah, fuck you Arizona, Oregon and the rest.

now back to listening to the nonstop roaring of the mechanized baby rattles hauling these diabetic cyborgs thru the streets 24/7. if you aren't literally killing species by your actions, you can scare the shit out of them with your sonic pollution. Amerikkka! Fuck Yeah!

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2021 20:25 utc | 32

in response to alarm raised by psychohistorian @ 18 regarding which i renamed for now: the criminalization of persistent and evolving traditional American type responses to establishment directed activities<=click here and read the report

It used to take an act of congress to make something unlawful?
Please explain? Are we looking at proposals that would violate the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 9th amendments? Was Catlin's take on this accurate?

Posted by: snake | Jun 20 2021 20:26 utc | 33

Posted by: Paco | Jun 20 2021 18:47 utc | 27

And then go to the comments of the YouTube video. They are majority anti-Castillo, calling him a communist, etc. and claiming that he doesn't understand the questions that are being asked. Really divorced from reality they are.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Jun 20 2021 20:26 utc | 34

Pacifica Advocate @Jun20 18:52 #29

They don't seem to care that we even notice such things. They apparently believe that the political Rube Goldberg machine they have built makes them secure:

  • media control;
  • willingness of ignorant/indoctrinated sheep to give up freedom for security and convenience;
  • all dissent is explained/channel into partisan politics, declared 'conspiracy theory', or simply ignored (Assange);
  • western 'managed democracy' positioned as the lesser evil compared to other country's "authoritarian" governance;
  • faux populism: 'Deep State' is mocked and derided and redefined in a way that disarms even while EMPIRE-driven policy-making continues and is ignored.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 20 2021 20:33 utc | 35

@vk Is it a stretch to say that China is not capitalist? Surely the 'economic miracle' of the last 30 years was the outcome of a centrally planned NEP allowing the creation of a bourgeoisie in China? The result is something similar to the late 19th century: an overall rise in the standard of living to be sure, but the price paid was to plug the PRC into the global economy presided over by the US. Now China looks like a heavily regulated capitalist country without the liberal leadership but with the massive disparities in wealth, millions in wage slavery, the polarising asset prices, etc. I agree that whatever it is deserves its own culturally and historically specific analysis but to deny that China has fully embraced the mechanisms of a capitalist mode of production is hard to buy.

Posted by: Patroklos | Jun 20 2021 20:35 utc | 36

what the US really needs to ask itself is,

despite all the amputations, can you still dance to the rock and roll station?

look! all you can eat sockeye at Red Lobster! eat 'em before their gone, Amerikkka.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 20 2021 20:36 utc | 37

Interesting paper. Mostly it is about how characteristics of the spike protein create possible avenues for treatment of MIS-C, which has become a large problem for children, to include vaccinated children. Before they get to that the genome is discussed. Inserts found for cobra venom, for krait venom, for botulinum toxin, and most significantly for staphylococcal enterotoxin B. Also the genome contains palindromes. How would all that get into a coronavirus spike genome? Sounds like boys with toys. Boys with CRISPR toys.

Palindromes. Really. I have a suitable palindrome.

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni.

Posted by: oldhippie | Jun 20 2021 21:05 utc | 38

America specializes in raping democracy around the world--all the while masquerading as a "defender of democracy."

Most recently in Peru, the America-backed candidate Keiko Fujimori is crying "election fraud" because the Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo won. Fujimori is now threatening a coup in that nation in all but name.

Peru on the Brink of Civil War?

The Coup That is Taking Place in Peru

Peru: Pedro Castillo Would Expel U.S. Military and World’s Main Drug Cartel, the DEA

Don't think that the Americans wouldn't destroy Peru to prevent a leftist or Third World nationalist government from rising there, as they have tried to do many times like in Chile (Salvador Allende); Iran (Mohammed Mossadegh); Nicaragua (the Sandinistas); Venezuela (Chavez and the Bolivarian revolution); and Bolivia (Morales), etc.

The operative logic: If the Americans can't possess a nation, they will seek to destroy it.

Indeed, the more murderous that the Land of the Free behaves around the world, the more Americans run their mouths about "promoting freedom" in other countries--as a means to deflect from their nation's crimes in these countries.

That's American core values....

U.S. Interference Threatens Latin American Elections

Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media, & 20 Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela

Posted by: ak74 | Jun 20 2021 21:48 utc | 39

@ 15 steven johnson.. thanks steven... it is hard not to acknowledge your conclusion - money will be run ( controlled) by the victors.. this is the way of history, but one can hope for something better.. greed doesn't have to be the guiding light for the world forever... an eye for an eye only leads to darkness.. treating others like slaves is the way of the past, but i am hopeful - not of the future...

@ 18 jackrabbit.. thanks for the link.. i haven't been getting caitlin johnstones e mails as i was feeling overwhelmed, but i do like reading her... to me the jan 6th thing was a set up... i try emptywheel as a contrary indicator...

@ 19 /21 migueljose... thanks for your posts migueljose.. i look forward to your updates even if i don't comment.. the scenario in peru is indeed disturbing..

@ 37 rjb1.5 .. good tune! i am not super familiar with the band...

Posted by: james | Jun 20 2021 21:52 utc | 40

Patroklos | Jun 20 2021 20:35 utc | 36

What you say sounds correct. I think Michael Hudson has been making that same point for some time now. US capitalism in the 19th century grew under US government guidance. Chinese capitalism has expanded under the guidance of the Chinese government ever since Deng Xiao Ping (i.e. the CCP). The big question for the future will be whether the CCP will retain control or will capitalist institutions take over. Who knows?

Posted by: ToivoS | Jun 20 2021 22:07 utc | 41

Apparently, with the election of Iran's Raisi, Occupied Palestine wants to commit suicide:

"Israeli officials have warned that Ebrahim Raisi's victory in the Iranian presidential elections gives them 'no choice' but to attack Iran's nuclear programme, Israel's Channel 12 has reported, citing a senior government source. '[The attack] will require budgets and the reallocation of resources', the source told the TV channel, adding that Israeli security officials believe Raisi will adopt hardline views on foreign and nuclear policy pushed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei." [My Emphasis]

First and most importantly, Rouhani's policies are no different from those of Khamenei because as Supreme Leader he sets policy! Iran's nuclear policy and program will continue as it has for the past several decades. And as I just reported, Zarif has stated Iran's foreign policy direction won't change under Raisi. So, from the look of things, the new Zionist cabal are more extremist than Nuttyahoo's. In other words, it looks like the new fools running Occupied Palestine want to have it out with their neighbors sooner rather than later--the renewed attack on Gaza being a big hint. The result would be the self-inflicted death of the Zionist Regime and millions of innocents, many of which would be Jews in a Holocaust worse than Hitler's.

In case you missed it, I highly suggest reading Crooke's latest: "As the Strategic Balance Inverts, Israel is Politically and Militarily Paralysed."

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 20 2021 22:17 utc | 42

Looking forward to b weighing in on the Revolver News article suggesting FBI involvement in the Capitol riot. As well as the earlier Jacobin article on the FBI involvement in the claimed Michigan kidnapping plot.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 20 2021 22:23 utc | 43

The Blogmire has published on the virus.

Almost everything we have been told about this virus and the response to it has been a lie. Not a mistake, not an accident, not a misunderstanding. Dr Mike Yeadon, one of the few true heroes of the moment, lists these falsehoods as follows:

That the virus is novel, so there is no immunity to it.
That the virus is very much more lethal than anything else we’ve encountered.
That there are no treatments.
That the PCR is a reliable test of clinically important infection.
That the virus can be spread by infected people without symptoms.
That masks protect against transmission.
That Lockdowns slow transmission through the community.
That variants formed during virus replication are more dangerous and some will escape immunity.
That it’s uncertain if you can be infected twice.
That the vaccines are safe and effective.

Each of these points is, he says, provably untrue. Yet despite this, even if most people were offered irrefutable evidence that they are untrue, they still cannot bring themselves to come to any other conclusion than to question the official narrative is a “Conspiracy Theory”. In other words, the likes of Dr. McCullough and Dr. Yeadon could prove beyond doubt that we have been fed a series of monumental lies, and it would still be seen as a Conspiracy Theory to question the official narrative, which is based on those lies. The last year has shown beyond doubt that most people are more content to accept comfortable lies than they are dealing with uncomfortable truths!

Bloody sceptics! ;))

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2021 22:37 utc | 44

Re: lurk #2

The article says "Several studies that have tested blood samples for antibodies this year have found that the virus may have been in China in November, in France in December and in Italy as early as September 2019, the news outlet reported."

mid September 2019 was when interbank overnight lending (repo market) suddenly began locking up with no explanation, requiring the Fed to jump in with tens to hundreds of billions of dollars of free money. For what it's worth.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 20 2021 22:40 utc | 45

b thank you for the twitter videos of the USA allied militias surrendering to the Taliban. Not as dramatic as Saigon but the same message. Plus they left the Taliban fully stocked with excellent killing machinery. Now who/what will the USA get them to use that on? How will the USAi foment an Afghan attack on Iran? What dirty tricks can we expect?

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 20 2021 22:43 utc | 46

ToivoS @41--

Your correct in Hudson's assessment of China's development. "Capitalist institutions" have zero chance of gaining a foothold in China's system, which is why the Outlaw US Empire wants to destroy China's Communist Party that's currently celebrating its 100Th Anniversary. Tom Fowdy provides this assessment at the end of his brief historical recap:

"In this case, is the CPC truly doomed at its centennial? The disapproval of Xi Jinping and the country’s current course espoused by Western thinkers stems from a long-held ideological bias that assumes failure, thereby dismissing the party’s ability to stay in power and sustain popular legitimacy through its ability to adapt, look ahead, and approach challenges with resilience. Only a year ago, people were calling Covid-19 a major threat to party rule, but it didn’t end that way. In any case, those wishing for the CPC’s ‘imminent’ demise may find themselves waiting for a long time."

Xi Jinping and others suggest studying the party's history to learn how it was able to accommodate and evolve, which is how Fowdy wrote his article. The following two articles provided by Global Times are also good for the historical novice, first, and second.

Fowdy relates the West's big mistake regarding China:

"Therefore, to the Western mind, it follows that should China take a path that they don’t like, it will fall."

You'd think that minds would change when closely looking at China's vast accomplishments, but they clearly haven't, and thus very poor policy is formulated and pursued.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 20 2021 23:13 utc | 47

@Dave | Jun 20 2021 22:40 utc | 45

Interesting info, thanks!

BTW I chose to link that article because the site is a typical "mainstream" outlet. Therefore, downspinning is to be expected.

The article noticeably fails to point out the obvious statistical implication of more than 300,000 cases having gone silent in the USA before the official start of the pandemic. Even worse, stating that the pandemic might "may have arrived in the USA" at the point in time when it is clearly plausible that a tentatively more than 300,000 individuals have already had contact with the virus is outright disingenuous misdirection.

But hey, what else is to do, risk a witchhunt? Remember Julian Assange..

Posted by: Lurk | Jun 20 2021 23:19 utc | 48

Does anyone have any idea what's going on with Ethiopia, the Tigray region and why is the representative of EU (Finnish foreign minister Haavisto) now claiming that he had a conversation with the Ethiopian leadership, where they claim to want to "annihilate the Tigrey population"?. Haavisto is a know globalist shill, so the question is what do the globalists want with Ethiopia, or their leadership.

Posted by: unimperator | Jun 20 2021 23:26 utc | 49

ToivoS @41--

The following is the answer to your statement: "The big question for the future will be whether the CCP will retain control or will capitalist institutions take over."

At the 13th National Congress of the CPC in 1987, "the basic line that economic construction is the Party's central task" was formulated, Infograpic.

Only an extreme internal crisis far greater than those it's already experienced is going to cause the CPC to fall. As it often articulates, China is very well aware of the challenges and dangers it faces.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 20 2021 23:58 utc | 50

Castillo is a target of Western Capitalists, and a danger to their control of SA.
We shall see, the world is watching, and the feedback is not going to be pleasant.
Spent quite a bit of time in Colombia, and a bit of time in Argentina, and the political literacy is way beyond the US.

Posted by: Duncan Idaho | Jun 21 2021 0:13 utc | 51

from the look of things, the new Zionist cabal are more extremist than Nuttyahoo's. Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 20 2021 22:17 utc | 42

Even if true, this is misleading. Zionism is a tribal ideology, and in that, not exceptional. The essence of tribalism is that you care for your people only, and you do for them whatever you can, meaning, whatever you can get away with. Thus the difference between moderate and "extremist" flavors is the perception what they can get away with. Moderates had a more restrictive view, and again and again, they were proven to be fools by extremists who got away with more and more. This is a gradual process, pushing the envelope.

Thus the successor of Netanyahu will push the envelop further, and Netanyahu himself would push it further. Obviously, what makes Zionism special among the galore of tribalisms is what they can get away with. Hard to imagine, say, Latvia, bombing neighboring states regularly and "preventatively". Turkey can get away with that one (I guess, without matching Israeli frequency, but my data are sparse on that.

What we have seen in Israel are cleavages within tribalist consensus, and when I did follow Israeli news (I stopped, uniformly grim and eventually, boring), two issues were prominent. First, should Jews have equal rights, meaning, is it OK to privilege a sector as presumably "more Jewish". To the extend rare among other tribalism, there is a pecking order, who is more Jewish and who is less Jewish, and ONLY in Israel Jews can be supremely Jewish. This is the issue of so-called "ultra Orthodox". The second issue is the attitude to kleptocracy and cult of personality.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Jun 21 2021 1:25 utc | 52

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 20 2021 22:17 utc | 42

Thanks for linking the Crooke article, very informative.

let there be no doubt these zealots represent the mainstream in that shitty little country. The cushioned pashas subsidised and protected by US taxpayers.They have indeed painted themselves into a corner.

"Imagine Thousands of Bigots Marching through Jewish Neighborhood chanting “Death to Jews” with Police, Political Support; Now substitute “Palestinians” for Jews"

A great article by Asa Winstanley:

Posted by: Paul | Jun 21 2021 2:06 utc | 53

Re: Afghanistan.

Remember the triumphalism in the warmonger media when Kabul fell to the hypercorrupt American-puppet child sex slaver warlord regime in 2001? Remember the magazine covers of warlord tanks rolling into Kabul? Will the same media have the honesty to report in the same way on the inevitable and fast-nearing day when Kabul is recaptured by the Taliban?

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Jun 21 2021 3:30 utc | 54

Lurk #2

Italy ~ Covid as early as September!! Now that is an inconvenient truth. Thank you for that link.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 21 2021 4:57 utc | 55

Posted by: unimperator | Jun 20 2021 23:26 utc | 49

Tigray: Not much info to be had out here in TV-land. One can tell whatever is going on, the "West" doesn't like it, and it's embarrassing or awkward. The Horn of Africa is awash in spooks, and has been for decades, and for obvious reasons. My current theory is tribal politics of Ethiopia (revenge) in the aftermath of spook meddling and acting out in the Horn there. Eritrea is deep in it too with Abiy & Addis.

I classify it with the other outbursts like Myanmar, Yemen that mark the loosening of Western control and attempts to "strike back".

Posted by: Bemildred | Jun 21 2021 6:07 utc | 56

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 21 2021 4:57 utc | 55

Yes, it was "around". It's been clear (IMHO) from the beginning that the Chinese role in all this was to NOTICE COVID first and decide to stomp it out instead of ignoring it. And their experimce with recurrent outbreaks both animal and human seems likely to be the "cause" of that pro-active approach.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jun 21 2021 6:12 utc | 57

Piotr Berman #52

Thank you for that framing and I guess they (like their USA financiers and the Turks) will simply just keep pushing until someone punches their face so hard that they are staggered. There are many signs that this first punch has been landed and there are more to come. It is not looking at all good on that front.

On a more optimistic and interesting note, I am cheered by the excellent achievements of China in its space ventures. It has been one landmark achievement every month and I suspect the year ahead will see many more. I imagine that after the earth space station is bedded down the lunar orbital station will be next. I would not be surprised if that lunar station had its first element in place this year. All the more strength to the science collaboration between Russia and China.

The great steps forward by creative humanity put shame on the philistine warmongers and other earthly belligerents.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Jun 21 2021 8:01 utc | 58

posted by: oldhippie @ 38
CRISPR toys.Palindromes. Really. I have a suitable palindrome.

Oldhippie that is a great linked. thanks.

I agree laboratory manipulation as the means by which Sars-Cov-2 appeared, continues to find support. How likely is a 20 aa Mutation between S1 and S2? Laboratory engineered or researcher selected from a laboratory induced freak experimental event: either way, science is about getting to the bottom of the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Everyone wants to know how so many different mutations of a new virus appeared in so many different places around the globe nearly all at once? The evidence d\n yet compute with natures ways.

CRISPR technology makes engineering biology easy. The timing of the discovery of CRISPR, as a technology, and the numbers of laboratory suppliers that sell CRISPR kits for bio-engineering experiments makes it likely, if it a laboratory was involved, that the lab would have used CRISPR to engineer the gain of function into SARS, MERS, etc, that produced the more infective and more virulent SARS-CoV-2 virus?
thanks again for the link.

Posted by: snake | Jun 21 2021 9:02 utc | 59

The Flying Pangolin

A nice summary and commentary on the history of what is known, among other things.

"Peter Daszak, who was the main author of the above Lancet letter (March 7, 2020) from the 27 health scientists, referred in an interview three months earlier to Ralph Baric’s manipulation of a coronavirus in a lab. While Daszak in The Lancet letter claimed that SARS-CoV-2 had a “natural origin”, he claimed in the interview that “you can manipulate [coronaviruses] in the lab pretty easily. [… you] can get the sequence, you can build the protein, and we work a lot with Ralph Baric at UNC [University of North Carolina] to do this. ...

This is what Daszak said in Singapore on December 9, 2019: “We [Daszak, Shi and others] have now found, you know, after 6 or 7 years of doing this, over 100 new SARS-related coronaviruses, very close to SARS. Some of them get into human cells in the lab, some of them can cause SARS disease in humanized mice models [with Ralph Baric at University of North Carolina] and are untreatable with therapeutic monoclonals and you can’t vaccinate against them with a vaccine. So, these are a clear and present danger. We even found people with anti-bodies in Yunnan to SARS-related coronaviruses.” ...

The idea was to use this knowledge to develop a vaccine before a pandemic breaks out, and this ”gain-of-function research” was described as extremely risky by several scholars.[55] President Barack Obama instituted a moratorium on this research in 2014, but it was lifted in 2017. In several countries, this research was financed by Anthony Fauci’s NIAID, for example by contracting Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance that in 2018-19 funded Shi Zhengli at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Her Institute project, however, was only one of Daszak’s many sub-projects in South-East Asia and China.[56]

The question is why Peter Daszak, who was working with manipulation of chimeric viruses in labs, writes a letter to The Lancet claiming that SARS-CoV-2 could not have originated from a lab, and this was written already before an analysis of the virus and its spread had been made."

Posted by: Blue Dotterel | Jun 21 2021 9:03 utc | 60

Some of this was posted previously as a response to oldhippie but I am reposting it in a different context here.

There's always another distraction ........
whether the virus emerged from nature or from a lab makes very little difference to how it is treated, the damage it can do to the body or what we must continue to do to protect ourselves; nor to the worldwide global spread of the virus and the panic pandemic response. Limits however, have finally and irrevocably been placed on the idea both of unlimited growth and of unlimited freedom even as the modern world writhes in agony struggling to come to terms with its implications.

Living in the Wasteland of the Free

"Easy is getting harder every day" Iris Dement

Somewhere in the world today a good-to-go figure stands in front of a flaming forest vainly snapping a selfie unaware of the plastic bottles at their feet; to be posted on anti-social media which no-one will look at, wilfully ignorant of the part they play in the destruction of the environment which surrounds them and which they do not want to see.

Somewhere else an obese teenager wanders through a destroyed landscape drinking a caramel latte while looking at their mobile phone not seeing the dying bees around them, wilfully unaware of the poisoning of both their immune system and of the planet, which they do not want to see.

Some time ago we wrote an essay that you may be interested in reading entitled How to Explain Western Civilisation to a Dead Hare: Technological Fascism versus Ecological Realism. It was written as an angry response to the first Gulf War.

'Mastery and Power over Nature' is the driving force of unsustainable growth. All the warnings of the 60s have been ignored or corrupted.

The global pandemic briefly stopped the world and allowed the planet to breathe. While those around us hysterically cried for "a return to normal"; for freedom (from responsibility), for more freedom (to ignore concern for others), and even more freedom (for endless consumption), some began to take precautions and attempt to restore an immune system (almost completely destroyed by a self-destructive lifestyle), and began to recognise limits and celebrate a paradigm shift, where life can never be the same again.

The Modern World, built on the exploitation and destruction of nature (and human nature), has reached its tipping point, which (almost) no-one wants to see.

Although living here in the Wasteland of the Free (as rebel alt country singer /songwriter Iris Dement sang; and one of the best protest songs ever written) knowing for certain that we will not see any restoration (of the ecosystem) in our lifetime ………. (the exclusion zone around Chernobyl has recovered in the absence of human presence and has become a thriving wildlife nature reserve; so much so, that there has been a proposal to turn it into a tourist attraction 'to save the local economy') ……… we must take solace in these dark days of the unfolding revenge of nature ....... which no-one wants to see.

How to Explain Western Civilisation to a Dead Hare: Technological Fascism versus Ecological Realism

The Virus and the Parasite

Best wishes

Posted by: Hemiola | Jun 21 2021 9:42 utc | 61

For ppl who trusted Pfizer statements regarding its efficiency with the Indian/Delta variant

Posted by: Mina | Jun 21 2021 10:16 utc | 62

For the on-going genocide in Tigray, start here

Posted by: Mina | Jun 21 2021 11:13 utc | 63

@Lurk, 2

The reports of a unidentified respiratory virus circulating in the USA in the summer of 2019 ( ) suggest that the coronavirus escaped from Fort Detrick not the Wuhan Institute.

The US government pandemic planning exercise Crimson Contagion (coronavirus pandemic starting from Chinese wet market ) finished in August 2019, then this happened

September 17 2019 - The banking repo market has serious problems
Crisis started August 14 2019?
(And the crisis has continued - Wall Street on parade’s ongoing series on the Federal Reserve’s 2019-21 Bailout of Wall Street

Could the consequences stemming from the escape of a highly infectious virus be used to disguise/bury the financial crash and to deflect the blame?
October 18-27  2019 - the World Military Games in Wuhan and the 300-strong US contingent stayed at Wuhan Oriental Hotel (coincidentally beside a wet market)
October 18 - John Hopkins Event 201 simulation exercise based on a pandemic caused by a coronavirus (prepping for the Fear campaign?)
October 25 2019 - Five of the US troops at the Military Games developed a fever and were taken to an infectious-diseases hospital for treatment.
Post October 27 2019, infected athletes return to their home countries.

Posted by: cirsium | Jun 21 2021 13:15 utc | 64

ethical trajectory:

homo rapiens ±0.

Posted by: trajectory | Jun 21 2021 13:22 utc | 65

@62 Do you have problems with math? since when 95% = 100 % ?
Pfizer said it is 100% efficient against serious covid, but it leaves 5% of vaccinated possible mild to light infection. That was clear from the start. This is what 95% imply.
I read the article, thanks for the link, and they don't say anything about the gravity of the case.
And no, I have no actions in Pfizer, not even defending Pfizer, just pointed out dishonesty whenever I met it.

Posted by: murgen23 | Jun 21 2021 13:35 utc | 66

China claims that COVID was caused by an old bat, but Nancy Pelosi says she had nothing to do with it.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Jun 21 2021 14:25 utc | 67

Link to Wikileaks

Propaganda wars:

EU prepares to cut amount of British TV and film shown post-Brexit - Exclusive: number of UK productions seen as ‘disproportionate’ and threat to Europe’s cultural diversity

Remember, kids: it's not totalitarianism when Western Europe do it. It's merely "protecting Europe's cultural diversity". Completely different stuff...


Nice interview with Cuban ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira:

World sees opportunities from China’s unifying role, as CPC proves socialism efficacy despite US enmity: Cuban Ambassador


US needs more sense of shame, clearer estimation of itself: Global Times editorial

The message is clear: the USA should use this opportunity while it can. It will not be able to get away with outrageous stuff with a slap on the wrist forever.

The American elites should spare themselves and their subjects (people) to humiliation.


IMF: Global carbon price floor would limit global warming

The IMF is a criminal organization. It's amazing they still have the audacity to propose things like this and nobody finds it absurd or even weird.

Carbon prices have only one goal: to keep the deindustrialized nations forever deindustrialized, and the industrialized nations forever industrialized. It is a crime against humanity.

Posted by: vk | Jun 21 2021 14:45 utc | 68

side note to migueljose | Jun 20 2021 17:23 utc | 19 :

There are two kinds of US ambassador. The more frequent kind is a political patronage appointee, given to people who donated megabucks to the sitting president's election campaign. They're sent to countries considered to be of little consequence, and are relatively harmless. Think Ronald Lauder, appointed by Reagan as US ambassador to Austria solely on account of the Lauder family's generous donations to various Republicans. That Lauder was fond of Secessionist paintings was something of a bonus, I guess.

The truly evil kind of US ambassador is the kind that actually possesses competencies. No doubt the creature appointed to Peru belongs to this category. Occasionally the results are amusing -- think Richard Grenell, Trumps ambassador to Germany, whose passion for rubbing Germany's nose in its own puddle of submission-peeing was at least refreshingly, uncharacteristically honest -- but what they're mostly good for is subversion and various forms of skullduggery.

Posted by: corvo | Jun 21 2021 15:09 utc | 69

In my morning newspaper, AP has a report polluted by lots of filthy propaganda saying the negotiations over reinstating the JCPOA are almost concluded when the truth is the exact opposite as I've explained several times--Iran will only return to the pact when the Outlaw US Empire lifts all its illegal sanctions as stated by Iranian officials many times, which happens to be Khamenei's policy that Rouhani, Zarif, and now Raisi will obey. In this article, Raisi says as much:

"The new president went on to lambast the 2018 decision by the US to withdraw from the nuclear accord, accusing Washington of "violating" it by imposing sanctions on Iran. The latter must be lifted in full, he noted, although Washington had earlier suggested that some of the measures might stay in place even if the deal is renegotiated."

Sure, "technical details" might be agreed upon, but there was no Outlaw US Empire agent present at Sunday's talks. For the pact to be reconsummated, all sanctions must be dropped, but many were imposed unconstitutionally by the Empire's Congress, and only it can undo them; and that's unlikely to occur.

IMO, the biggest problem the West has with Iran is coming to grips with who designs its foreign policy, and that personage is the Supreme Leader, not the president or foreign minister. Therefore, everytime Western media or politicos accuse Iran's president of being this or that or having some sort of policy that source is LYING since the president must forward the Supreme Leader's policy without applying very many nuances of his own; and Raisi's very unlikely to do that. Clearly, the West lies to conceal the fact that it's the entity that destroyed the JCPOA, and as usual doesn't want to own up to that responsibility.

My prediction is nothing's going to occur; for if it is, then Biden will need to forcefully lobby Congress to overturn its illegal sanctions, and he hasn't shown any inclination to make that effort.

Posted by: Karl Sanchez | Jun 21 2021 15:24 utc | 70

Following its interview with former Singapore FM Yeo, Global Times interviews Cuba's ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira, on topics related to the CPC's upcoming 100th Anniversary. This paragraph generally summarizes Cuba's appreciation of China and the CPC:

"The CPC now achieves its first centenary with proven leadership and rootedness within the Chinese society. In each historical period, it has known how to bring together and lead the country, always starting from the socialist principle of focusing on the well-being of the population as a whole, leading the country along the path of economic and social development in an integral way."

China's rise has greatly benefitted Cuba both materially and spiritually, while Cuba's experience has helped shape China's relations with the West in particular. I imagine we'll see more interviews along the same lines as these first two over the next several weeks as the 100th Anniversary gets closer.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 15:47 utc | 71

Global Times Editor: Jake Sullivan "arrogant" little prick showing "typical American arrogance of calling white black":

"US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan threatened both China and Russia during his interviews with different media on Sunday. For Russia, he claimed that the US is preparing 'another package of sanctions' in the case of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This has shocked many people's expectations of US-Russia relations after the two leaders' summit. Sullivan also took a coercive tone to request China to cooperate with the further investigation into the origins of COVID-19; otherwise, China will face 'isolation in the international community.' The US will not 'simply accept China saying no,' he said."

Tough, China has correctly said no to further interference when the Outlaw US Empire's many biolabs ought to be examined, yet it refuses.

"China and Russia will undoubtedly refute Sullivan strongly. If Sullivan has normal self-esteem, he should feel a wind relentlessly blowing his spittle back to his own face."

But the BIG problem with ALL Western politicos is their absolute lack of morality that would lead to a sense of shame over their behavior, and those from the Outlaw US Empire are the worst. A crucial, IMO, part of China's current rhetoric that's incorrect is its insistence here:

"The US is indeed the strongest country in the world."

The Outlaw US Empire's domestic condition says that statement no longer applies, and that situation worsens daily. China must brush off the bluster and continue on its path for that's the best and only way to get the Empire to eat its words and blunt its actions.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 16:15 utc | 72

Lavrov's presser after meeting today with OSCE Secretary General H. Schmid; the transcript is still in Russian. This was Ms. Schmid's first visit to Moscow as she was just recently appointed to her position. In his opening statement to the press, Lavrov made the following observations:

"We stand in solidarity that, because of the broad geographical scope and comprehensive approach to security in all its dimensions, as well as by virtue of the consensus rule, the OSCE is well capable of playing a greater role in international affairs and, of course, especially in the Euro-Atlantic region. Russia believes that for this to happen, it is necessary to return the culture of mutual respect, equitable dialogue and compromise to the Organization.

"Unfortunately, not all OSCE participants share this view. Today we shared examples of the persistence of geographical, thematic imbalances in the performance of the Organization's executive structures. They have been inherited by all of us since the 1990s, when the desire to divide the countries of the pan-European space into "teachers" and "pupils" was clearly manifested. It is clear that this is the way to nowhere, and all these imbalances must be corrected as soon as possible.

"At the last meeting of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers, which was held in Tirana (December 3-4, 2020), Russia put forward a proposal to put on a systematic basis the discussion of ways to improve the effectiveness of the OSCE. This is not about revising fundamental principles and basic obligations. On the contrary, the aim is to return the OSCE to its original purpose as a pillar of the pan-European structure for discussing and making collective security decisions in its dimensions: military, political, economic, environmental and humanitarian.

"We hope that today's talks have been useful for the Secretary-General and her team in terms of continuing efforts to find common ground between the various ideas dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the OSCE."

Lavrov applauded Schmid's saying the OSCE sees the Minsk Accords as the only way forward in Ukraine, and he added a few other items on that issue. The longest answer he gave was to a question about humanitarian assistance for Syria. What follows is the basis for several news items about this meeting:

"The American side raised this issue. Let me remind you that now the only point through which humanitarian aid is delivered to Syria from the outside and without the participation of the Government of the country (as required by international humanitarian law) is the entry point to Idlib province. There, despite the active efforts of our Turkish colleagues, the terrorist organization Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, which holds many civilians hostage, continues to play a decisive role. The Syrian Government is prepared to do so without any exception to the principles of international humanitarian law.

"From April 2020 (more than a year) the Syrian government is ready to send humanitarian convoys for civilians to Idlib via Damascus. Unfortunately, our United Nations colleagues and those with a different view cannot yet agree on such an obvious and fully legitimate approach. Again, we are interested in helping to solve humanitarian problems. We must not forget that, in addition to this transition to the terrorist-controlled part of Idlib province, there are even more serious things that afflict the civilian population of the ATS. I am referring to the "suffocating" American "Caesar Act" directly aimed at ending any contacts that may in one way or another help rebuild Syria's infrastructure and humanitarian well-being; illegal occupation by the U.S. forces of the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, where hydrocarbons and other natural resources of Syria are being plundered. And the money is financed projects, which are perceived by many as encouraging separatism and provoking the collapse of a single Syrian state.

"Another point that has a much greater impact on the situation of civilians in this country is the policy of the West, the European Union and the United States to create conditions for the return of refugees. All the assistance that the West collects (and it collects it without any Damascus participation, in violation of UN rules) is not aimed at creating conditions for refugees to return with dignity and there are basic educational, energy and water supplies, but to refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon with the frank goal of ensuring that refugees stay there as long as possible. If the combination of these factors is recognized as influencing the humanitarian situation in Syria, we are ready to discuss it in a complex way. This requires that our Western partners categorically renounce unilateral interpretations of a problem and recognize their responsibility for the overall humanitarian situation in Syria."

The deplorable media situations in Latvia and Ukraine were mentioned and we learned that another OSCE official will soon visit Moscow and meet with Lavrov, the new OSCE Special Representative for Freedom of the Media T. Ribeiro.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 16:45 utc | 73

...and what about the Armenian election?

Posted by: the pessimist | Jun 21 2021 16:49 utc | 74

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 16:45 utc | 73

Just watched the video and the situation post-summit is business as usual with talks of new sanctions, looks like the west is hooked like a junkie to that useless instrument. If truly the west cares about the humanitarian situation in Syria the least they could do is to lift sanctions -I think he said Caesar Act- and help reconstruct what they helped destroy, plus stop steeling Syria's resources to finance a separatist project. The way it is being done, as suggested by Lavrov during the Q&A section is that the west is interested in the refugees not going back home, and therefore they are supplying refugee camps in neighboring countries to hinder the return of normalcy in Syria.

During the presser with Belarus FM Lavrov sent another message, the return of ambassadors does not mean that Russia accepts all claims by the USA, it is just the first step to try to normalize a seriously degraded situation, he used the expression "this is not a game in one goal post", it was translated as "this is not a one way street", so step by step and mutually.

The 22d of this month a truly black anniversary will be observed, the 80th anniversary of the beginning of The Great Patriotic War, it was announced a few days back that Putin will address the nation and that his address will be published by a main German paper, it'll be interesting to read or watch it.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 21 2021 17:07 utc | 75

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 16:15 utc | 72

Darn, he didn't actually call him an "arrogant little prick". But he came close.

It will be a real tell how long "Biden" let's that go on.

Posted by: Bemildred | Jun 21 2021 17:18 utc | 76

hemiola @ 61
it's b/c of doubters and skeptics like you that we won't have a world of natural gas pipelines and eco-green BRI's and, don't forget, the infinite energy of Jetsonian nuclear reactors! we are gonna need that infinite energy to combat the unending leakage at Fukushima and Chernobyl and a lot of other places coming soon to a reactor near you.

but hey, look, kids! 3, count 'em, 1, 2, 3! missions to Mars. Elon, Elon! do you have room for one more?

meanwhile, back on planet earth, Ahab is succeeding in killing all the whales, no more butterflies to flit thru young girls' dreams, etc., etc. where to even begin...someone earlier linked to some developments in Mexico and further south combining Marxism and native traditions. native meaning, i suppose, having some goddam reverence for things beside what those things can be compelled to do thru human ingenuity. we could start with that.

but addicts can't imagine a simple thing: STOP. so bye bye earth, hello Mars. people have lost their capacity for peripheral vision from constant staring into future, in their cars and on their sparkly screens.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Jun 21 2021 17:25 utc | 77

Russia is constantly slandered and called an Authoritarian State and Putin slandered with the term Dictator, both of which are 100% false. Russia meets Abraham Lincoln's criteria for a democracy--government of, by and for the people--which the Outlaw US Empire no longer meets in myriad ways. Proof of my assertions can be seen throughout Puitn's meeting with members of the 7th State Duma as its duties draw to a close and elections for the 8th Duma near. Here are a few examples:

"It is the diversity of opinions, approaches and initiatives, as well as respect for alternative points of view that strengthen the parliament’s status and role as the supreme body of legislative and representative power, whose main tasks are always, under any circumstances to think and take care of people and to protect Russia’s national interests....

"Regrettably, the threat of the coronavirus has not gone away, and the situation has even deteriorated in some regions, as you are well aware. Last spring and summer, when the situation was especially complicated, unpredictable and unclear, when many of us did not know what to do and how, we nevertheless repelled the first and most harsh effects of the epidemic by working together, winning time for mobilising the healthcare system and allowing our scientists to create a vaccine after all. Most importantly, we managed to quickly and effectively help people, those who were affected particularly badly, namely, families with children, those who had lost their jobs, small and medium-sized businesses, self-employed people, and workers at industrial enterprises, primarily strategically important ones....

"I am aware that you paid increased attention to issues of social nature and demography during the entire period of convocation and adopted over 100 laws just in the sphere of supporting and protecting motherhood, childhood and Russian families.

"Likewise consistently and substantively, you dealt with the tasks of Russia and all its regions’ economic and infrastructural development; you created and improved new tools for attracting investment, such as an agreement on protecting and promoting investment and a special investment contract; you worked to eliminate excessive control and micromanagement with regard to business that hinder economic growth, and you repealed obsolete regulatory requirements via the 'regulatory guillotine' mechanism."

Try to imagine any POTUS stand before Congress and say the following or evoke the reaction noted:


"There are less than three months before the elections, and our common responsibility is to conduct the election campaign so that no one doubts the legitimacy of the results. For all of us, for society and for the confident development of the country, it is important that the elected deputies of the eighth State Duma objectively reflect the will of the people and the sovereign choice of the Russian citizens.

"To reiterate, our common goal, including for the parliamentary parties, is to have clean and honest, transparent and open elections in strict accordance with the law.


"The goal is to make sure that natural heavy competition takes the form of a civilised and substantive discussion without mutual accusations, disparaging remarks or empty promises that can never be fulfilled. I really hope that this phase in the life of the country is history and was left behind in the 1990s. Only a meaningful style of election competition and respect for opponents and, most importantly, for the citizens of the country, will serve to promote progressive and high-quality development of parliamentarism and a multi-party system in Russia."

Along with congratulating Duma members for their extraordinary level of performance during the pandemic, Putin added the following note about the evolution of Russia's government:

"Both Mr. Volodin [Duma Chief] and I, we mentioned the constitutional amendments in our speeches. I would like to say a few more words in this connection. I believe, I am confident, that qualitative changes will, must, take place in the interaction between parliament and the Government.

"Indeed, this is not some kind of a cover, but a meaningful thing that suggests that the parliament will take a greater and more direct part in forming the Government. This means that interdependence between the representative, legislative, body of power and the supreme executive body of power in Russia – the Government – will be much firmer. I believe this should improve the quality of decisions made which is extremely important. Ultimately, it will contribute to the achievement of the national development goals that we are now discussing."

Now, does that sound like an authoritarian telling a compliant Parliament what to do? Absolutely not! That's a dedicated patriot suggesting ways to improve his government's performance for the benefit of the Russian people.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 17:26 utc | 78

Bemildred @76--

Yeah, I sorta felt guilty for putting words in the Editor's mouth, but I think he'd agree. Global Times offers a few other important items today, with this recap:

"The ambassadors of China and North Korea on Monday released articles on the flagship newspapers of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK) to stress the unshakable friendship and vowed to safeguard regional peace, while US President Joe Biden's special envoy for North Korea also said Monday Washington hopes to see a positive reaction from Pyongyang soon on US offers for talks."

Biden wants to engage DPRK in talks, but as Sullivan's behavior proves, it still incapable of being "sincere," and sincerity is paramount for Kim Jong-un:

"It's time for the US to consider how to adjust its policy to express further sincerity."

This report on the opening session of the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council exposes one agenda:

"Having no legal basis or evidence, a small group of Western countries - led by Canada, the US and the UK, were determined to continue the groundless "genocide" allegations against China, a move that analysts said only humiliates themselves considering their own notorious record of race genocide."

The linked article is China's rebuttal showing the hypocrisy of the accusing nations and opens thusly:

"The US, Canada, and the UK, and some of the Western countries wishing to accuse China of committing 'genocide,' a 'projection' of facts based on their own heinous past and continued systemic violence and oppression, assumed China would do the same, Zhu Ying, deputy director of the National Human Rights Education and Training Base of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times on Sunday.

"As Chinese netizens commented, the very reason why they use these excuses to smear China is because they themselves have actually committed such atrocities. For every label of human rights violation they put on China, they can find a prototype in themselves. Here, the Global Times investigates and reveals the true face of Canada, the UK, and the US, the three countries that have abysmal human rights records."

The colonial/settler nations guilt is well established and China's mobilizing it. Plus, the genuine International Community's members have suffered at the hand of those nations. And we see how the West works: It's politicos and BigLie Media put forth the projections and refuse to publish the rebuttals and legitimately report on meetings like that of the UN Human Rights Council. The ace that devised the Anti-China smear campaign didn't think it through very well. And China has yet to use all that might be used against the Outlaw US Empire and its vassals on this topic.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 18:00 utc | 79

Paco @75--

I imagine Western media will be silent about tomorrow's anniversary. If the Outlaw US Empire decides to place more illegal sanctions on Russia, that will negate most of the Summit's few positives, and Russia would be correct to pull its ambassador again even though he just returned.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 18:06 utc | 80

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 18:06 utc | 80

The fact that his speech is going to be published by German media suggests to me that he is trying to build bridges, the anglo-saxon nightmare, a Russian German "entente", that would be great for Europe but the Brits before leaving managed to introduce a barrier, with the Baltics and Poles to do their dirty work.

Posted by: Paco | Jun 21 2021 18:34 utc | 81

@ karlof1,... thanks for sharing the information. Please help us in understanding a few things about Russia.

You state, “Russia meets Abraham Lincoln's criteria for a democracy--government.” Abraham Lincoln’s administration created its own money and kept our nation united. Who creates majority of money in Russia and how is it different from Abraham Lincoln’s monetary system? Why is Russia letting its currency float, compared to management by China? What are Russia’s core values and development themes? Isn’t it a neoliberal state like other suzerainties?

Russia has consistently over the last couple of centuries performed poorly in the financial realm. It has survived only because of its resources and resilience of its people. Unfortunately, it hasn’t used its money wisely to energize its populace and developments. In summary, it hasn’t demonstrated how to make best of its assets: people, natural resources and money. It should be thriving.

It has been BETRAYED big time thrice by the Financial Empire in the last century. Even in Ukraine after signing the agreement for Yanukovych it was betrayed in 2014. Each one of Russia’s allies has been sequentially attacked by the Empire. China is next. Russia initially does nothing and then after damage is done provides nursing services to the destroyed nation. Most of its conflicts, such as Syria (Astana), Ukraine (Minsk), Belarus,... are frozen and signed agreements not implemented. What is the point of having an agreement with a lack of follow through? Name the conflicts that Russia has successfully resolved in the 21st Century.

Karlof1 state, “Russia is constantly slandered and called an Authoritarian State and Putin slandered with the term Dictator, both of which are 100% false.” If that is the PERCEPTION then Russia enforces it further through its actions. Please review the Putin’s summit press conference and see the validation of this perception. He could have showed collective leadership at the press conference but didn’t, and demonstrated that Russia has participatory leadership and ideas for betterment of humanity. Putin didn’t show global leadership with an alternate vision. Putin talked about “two nuclear powers” but not about the multipolar world. What a missed opportunity. What was the best question asked by a Russian reporter other than one about Arctic at the press conference? What was the crux of his responses?

Fizz is gone from Biden-Putin summit?

Posted by: Max | Jun 21 2021 18:41 utc | 82

Copied "tweet".

"Potentially interesting stuff in #Russia/n domestic & foreign policy as
#Putin names #Lavrov, #Shoigu to United Russia elections list.
Lavrov may thus end up in State Duma later this year. Shoigu may too, but may also emerge as a successor to Putin"

Worth following, as Lavrov has shown his ability many, many times.

Posted by: Stonebird | Jun 21 2021 18:47 utc | 83

Alastair Crooke's newest article opens by noting the West's new Narrative:

"The West is back, facing off against the autocratic ‘beasts from the East’ – so says the new narrative of the U.S. and the EU – said without a trace of irony – as democracies are mobilising against the threat from ‘the East’. The West is best; democracy is best; and works better, too … and shall win any race!"

What I find hilarious and monumentally myopic is the utter inability of the West--and many independent commentators--to acknowledge that both Russia and China are democracies by Lincoln's defining criteria as pointed out by former Singapore's Foreign Minister Yeo, and by Putin's meeting with the Duma I posted above. Indeed, Crooke's mockery IMO will become prophecy for both China and Russia since "democracy is best; and works better too ... and shall win any race."

After dealing with NATO's idiocy, Crooke gives an excellent, terse recap of why Putin agreed to the Summit:

"So now it is clear – It is clear why Putin accepted the meeting. Biden already had indicated that he did not want his incumbency to be overshadowed by Russia, as it had been for Trump. This was stage one – laying out the landscape. He then spelled out explicitly the following stage: “We’ll find out within the next six months to a year, whether or not we actually have a strategic dialogue – that matters”.

"This suits both men. Putin has been able to probe [Excellent article linked at original and here] the American limits and mindset – and Biden’s ‘staged process’ offers too, the prospect of a less fraught political atmosphere, in the lead up to the Duma elections this September. Something of consequence to Putin. This represents Putin’s strength, managing diverging interests....

"For Biden, the hope must be to have put the U.S.’ hysteria over Russia in ‘a well-defined box’, thus allowing him to focus on his central objective [Another excellent link at original and here] of a pivot to China. This Biden two-stage approach is mirrored in his Iran policy: He expressly indicated that a return to the JCPOA was intended to yield – at the very least – having Iran’s nuclear programme boxed-in, whilst stage two – if conditions were right – would be to somehow de-toxify the region of the Iranian-Arab Sunni grudge, sufficiently for America to pivot out from all the Middle East quagmires, to complete the Obama pivot to Asia."

Crooke then cites Tom Friedman's delusions about Iran as "encapsulating the current ‘Beltway-think’ succinctly [Link at Original] and IMO correctly sees the coming "pause" implemented so Biden can conduct his domestic business without too much distraction. But Biden's domestic plan will collide with Wokism:

"The Achilles’ Heel to the Biden ‘America is Back’ flag-waving however, is that it is contingent on an old storyline (American exceptionalism, and its proclaimed ‘virtues’), whose source lies with the American religion of 1776. It is this foundation which the shock-troops of BLM and Project 1619 (the foundation of America through slavery) precisely wish to pull down, overthrow, and to replace those ‘virtues’ with a completely different cannon of beliefs....

"One can sense a paradigm shift in mood amongst the U.S. public."

Yet it appears the plans of almost all factions are in disarray, particularly those of the Davos set:

"But the cracks in this agenda seem to be accelerating. The oligarchs ‘behind the Re-set curtain’ seem flummoxed by the turn of events – and at the hostility their agenda has generated. The pushback is not confined to just lockdowns; but an ‘exhausted majority’ is revolting at ‘correctness’, and the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools and in the workplace. The Atlantic reports a poll showing that among the general American population, a full 80% believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” Even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74% ages 24-29; and 79% for those under age 24. On this issue, the woke and their handlers, find themselves in a clear minority, across all ages.

"So, the bottom line is that the narrative of ‘West is best; its virtues sacred’, is compromised. And this remains widely recognised across the globe."

My assessment that the Outlaw US Empire's been eclipsed Strategically and its domestic situation's in a chaos it sows in other nations jibes with Crooke's. I expect the CIA and its allies to intervene in Russia's September election, so diplomatic fireworks can be expected from that quarter. How China reacts to the new level of EU hostility will be very important for the EU and its "disintegrating economy," particularly as NATO wants even more money spent on it than Trump demanded.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 19:09 utc | 84

As I was browsing YouTube, the algorithm suggested to me this ridiculous piece of propaganda:

Kim Jong-Un brutally shoots a orchestra conductor 90 times in front of every artist in Pyongyang (Voice of North Korea by Yeonmi Park, May 6, 2021 — 11 min video)

The comments are overwhelmingly supportive. No one expresses even the slightest doubt in the story.

It was immediately obvious to me that it was completely bogus, because one can’t kill an orchestra conductor with mere 90 shots—the bastards are tough like that.

Posted by: S | Jun 21 2021 19:50 utc | 85

karlof1 @Jun21 19:09 #84>

What I find hilarious and monumentally myopic is the utter inability of the West--and many independent commentators--to acknowledge that both Russia and China are democracies ...

I'm not sure that this is 'myopic' because it's intended as part of the demonization of adversaries. What I find to be of much more import (and much less hilarious) is Western-elite hypocrisy.

If the West followed its own humanitarian beliefs, rooted in enlightenment morality (the culmination of centuries of development), it would be a beacon to the world. But it appears that the West has veered off course because of elite malfeasance such as: 'crony capitalism'/neoliberalism (resulting in record high wealth inequality); Zionist/neocolonial land grabs; anti-constitutional surveillance; MIC parasites; media complicitness and pervasive propaganda; etc.

They track us and herd us (via propaganda and identity politics) like sheep. We are now 'consumers of government services', not 'citizens'.

They say choose your enemies carefully because you will come to resemble them. I think the West is now moving toward a 'China-model' that will further leave enlightenment values behind. It will be delivered via programs like "build back better world" (B3W), WEF's "great reset", and the "rules-based order".

Is our future is a faux populist, socialist priesthood leading 'woke' patriots in a global crusade?


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Jun 21 2021 19:59 utc | 86

This is somewhat a continuation of previous thoughts, but mainly it is just...enjoyable!

Posted by: juliania | Jun 21 2021 20:20 utc | 87

@ karlof1, all generalization is bad. There are good and bad entities in every community. Awakened U$A’ens are more in sync with reality that many in the world. Even our National Intelligence Council agrees with good awakened Americans. These good people acknowledge that China and Russia have better governance than the West, the latter’s suzerainties have been captured.

The key question is whether China and Russia realize that they won’t have peace until they DEFEAT the Dollar Empire. Why are China and Russia using the US$?

I look forward to your responses to the questions (#82) so we can understand Russia better.

Posted by: Max | Jun 21 2021 20:20 utc | 88

Jackrabbit @86--

Unfortunately, the West lacks "its own humanitarian beliefs" as proven from @ 1350 to the present in its elites's genocidal actions to their own peoples and those of other nations though Enclosure, Slavery and Colonialism--the British conducted genocide in Kenya into the mid 1950s, France in Africa and Algeria in particular, and the Outlaw US Empire most infamously in Southeast, East, and Southwest Asia, along with its continuous genocide of Native Peoples domestically and globally.

As for the West "moving toward a 'China-model' that will further leave enlightenment values behind," that's clearly not happening at all since the "China-model" relies on a respect for history and a constant introspection that leads to a humility capable of negating rash actions, the goal of which is to arrive at optimal self-governance and accommodation instead of confrontation with others. The same can be said for the Russian-model. As I've often stated, Russia and China share as their #1 goal the development of their Human Capital in a manner that uplifts both the nation and its citizens in a continually reinforcing manner while also safeguarding their environments and repairing previous damage. The symbiotic relationship Russia and China share is beginning to attract more nations who see their success and want to become part of it. IMO, that dynamic will become more overt as time moves forward. In other words, Ongoing Confucian Enlightenment will continue.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 20:35 utc | 89

Good news:
The Netherlands is expecting herd immunity for July.

In the US, it was about 50% already by the end of March, when only 16% population had been vaccinated.

Nationwide Blood Donor Seroprevalence Survey

Data, gathered from blood donors

Estimates of population, 16 and older, have developed antibodies

Vaccination or infection?

March 21st 2021

Seroprevalence, 49.1%

Over 16 vaccinated, 13.7%

Cumulative reported cases, 8.7%

Posted by: Mina | Jun 21 2021 20:42 utc | 90

Max @82 & 88--

Neoliberalism does NOT promote the wellbeing of ordinary citizens; they are to have their assets "harvested" and left with nothing but debt. Both Russia and China promote the wellbeing of their citizens as the primary focus of their national policies, and that is where the basic ideological divide arises from. Russia and China both appear to have Capitalist trappings but both are constructing Socialism with their own national characteristics. Proof of that exists in the stated policy goals and actions of Putin, Xi and their respective governments. Russia's monetary system was perverted by the Outlaw US Empire and has yet to fashion its own completely independent, original system, although that's slowly evolving. As reference points: Putin's 2021 Davos Speech and Xi's 2021 Davos Speech. In many respects, Russia is "thriving" despite the gang raping and pillaging it was subjected to in the 1990s. In many respects, Russia is finally getting an opportunity to fully develop after suffering massive losses during the 20th Century--WW1, WW2, The entire Communist Era, the 1990s Rapine. When those that weren't born are added to the number of Russians killed during that time, the amount is close to 100 Million. Only China comes close to having lost a similar number over the same time period.

What follows are a selection of Dr. Michael Hudson's articles and interviews that will help you better understand the dynamics of the global situation.

"America’s Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China’s Industrial Socialism".

"At the Oxford Economics Society".

"The rentier resurgence and takeover: Finance Capitalism vs. Industrial Capitalism".

"U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses".

Dr. Hudson's written many books and papers, but his magnum opus remains Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire, the second edition of which you can freely download here. It would take several months to read everything at his website, and the four items I linked above don't even consist of a drop in the bucket. For an appraisal on the current situation, I suggest his Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Hudson is the only scholar I know of that comes close to accurately describing how our current crisis was generated--we didn't get here by accident.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 21:33 utc | 91

The ninth Moscow Conference on International Security starts tomorrow in Moscow. A major international event that annually brings together very representative delegations, very serious people from all over the world. It is surprising that Russian federal TV channels today did not mention this important event at all(!), as if it did not exist.

Posted by: alaff | Jun 21 2021 21:54 utc | 92

oil and more oil in xinjiang China is moving toward energy independence..

Posted by: snake | Jun 21 2021 22:05 utc | 93

Scotland's Dirty War.

Remember "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold"? The exfiltration of a secret agent?

Watch an exfiltration in real time.

Soon, Ms Lloyd will never have existed at all. Leaving the poor dumb civil servants to make up the lies.

Nicola Sturgeon's chief of staff Liz Lloyd takes 'leave of absence' to be replaced by SNP head of policy

Ms Lloyd, who has served as the First Minister’s most senior member of staff since she became leader in 2014, is understood to have left her post for an unspecified period of time, to be replaced temporarily by SNP head of policy Colin McAllister, who holds the title of Acting Chief of Staff.

A spokesperson for the First Minister said: “Liz Lloyd is taking a period of leave following the election. The First Minister has asked Colin McAllister to take on the role as acting Chief of Staff until Ms Lloyd’s return to government.”

When contacted by The Scotsman, Ms Lloyd said that she was on holiday

Translation: "Liz who? never heard of her."

Liz Lloyd is the individual whose name is inviolable in the British press. Past accounts of her activities are being expunged from the record as I write. Since she was the principal instrument of the British state in the war on Alex Salmond - an agent of the Queen, noless - presumably there really was no conspiracy because, legally, she no longer exists

Posted by: John Cleary | Jun 21 2021 22:13 utc | 94

@ karlof1, thanks for your candid response. I appreciate it. I have followed and read most of Michael Hudson’s work and many others like Damon Vrabel (which I shared previously in other post through a video link and awaiting your response) over the last decade. Many of us know the Financial Empire very well and its playbook.

The crux of my previous comments in this post is that some of us good Americans are in sync with REALITY and openly share it. I have said previously, democracy, capitalism, free markets,... are MYTHS. No point in bringing up myths or comparing with them. What makes a government credible? When a government acts with integrity and serves its populace, it gains credibility and legitimacy. Without integrity there is no credibility. Propaganda, in the long run destroys credibility. It is better for a nation to lead by examples.

The key challenge is how China and Russia play the geopolitical game to DEFEAT the Financial Empire. May I suggest that the “SECRET” to Empire’s soft power is its apparently uncanny ability to co-opt everything and everybody. Can China, Russia,... and other nations that want to be sovereign, play the game exceptionally well in various realms (particularly media, technologically and finance) before it goes into the military realm? This is the 64,000 question.

Any soft power based on hypocrisy is no power at all. In fact, it is negative power as it destroys one’s credibility and legitimacy. U$A’s Establishment openly state in their magazine, Foreign Affairs, “Hypocrisy is central to Washington’s soft power.” Most democracies are suzerainties, captured VASSALS. When will China and Russia state this reality?

The Mythology of U$A’s Democracy

Posted by: Max | Jun 21 2021 22:42 utc | 95

For those interested, I've come across a book detailing the origins of China's Communist Party from 1920 to 1927, From Friend to Comrade: The Founding of the Chinese Communist Party, 1920-1927. Even though a modern publication, it's rare and thus expensive at $50+ a copy, but fortunately it can be read freely at the link once you freely become a member.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 21 2021 23:15 utc | 96

Taiwan’s tsmc world-leading chip foundry team with multiple many Japanese suppliers in the race to lead the crucial 3-nanometer chip market.. copyright and patent warriors.. ?

Posted by: snake | Jun 21 2021 23:24 utc | 97

I almost feel bad about fucking with you, but not really.
You've been obsereved running disinfo cover stories for negative ops repeatedly.
Plus, I had the opportunity to flush out a couple of moles, who were using your comment section.
Have a nice day there buddy.

Posted by: Josh | Jun 21 2021 23:30 utc | 98

karlof1 @96
thanks for the reading suggestion.. ordered a used copy

Posted by: dp | Jun 21 2021 23:57 utc | 99

dp @99--

Nice! I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I found it very instructive and led me to find this book, Early Chinese revolutionaries; radical intellectuals in Shanghai and Chekiang, 1902-1911, which can be found and read just as the other. However as Rankin suggests in her Introduction, the roots for Revolution were sown during the Opium Wars, so ultimately it was the Anglo powers that caused China's upheaval and transformation.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jun 22 2021 0:36 utc | 100

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