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'We condemn the police brutality': How the Western media would cover the Baltimore "riots" if it happened elsewhere

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If what is happening in Baltimore happened in a foreign country, here is how Western media would cover it:

'International leaders expressed concern over the rising tide of racism and state violence in America, especially concerning the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country and the corruption in state security forces around the country when handling cases of police brutality. The latest crisis is taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, a once-bustling city on the country's Eastern Seaboard, where an unarmed man named Freddie Gray died from a severed spine while in police custody.

Black Americans, a minority ethnic group, are killed by state security forces at a rate higher than the white majority population. Young, black American males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than white American males.

Comment: A rare moment of truth from the Washington Post. Of course, we have to be suspicious of this editorial line from a truly 'white establishment' paper like the Post. In recent days, the Post has carried other very candidly anti-system articles. For example, in this article, when referring to the video of African-America mother, Toya Graham, beating her would-be protestor son, the Post journalist states:
"Graham's message to America is: I will teach my black son not to resist white supremacy so he can live. [...]

The kind of violent discipline Graham unleashed on her son did not originate with her, or with my adoptive mother who publicly beat me when I was a child, or with the legions of black parents who equate pain with protection and love. The beatings originated with white supremacy, a history of cultural and physical violence that devalues black life at every turn. From slavery through Jim Crow, from the school-to-prison pipeline, the innocence and protection of black children has always been a dream deferred.

What is so disturbing is that white supremacy is let off the hook. A militarized and racist police force is not the problem. Systemic racism — from the War on Drugs to racial profiling, from hyper segregation to community divestment — is not the issue. The message becomes: Black children's behavior is the true enemy of peace."
Do the owners of the Washington Post have an interest now in exposing the truth about racist America in order to encourage more widespread chaos and, possibly, one of those nice 'color revolutions' in which the US State Dept. and CIA are so well-schooled?


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Turning America into a battlefield: A blueprint for locking down the nation

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.—President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961
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A standing army—something that propelled the early colonists into revolution—strips the American people of any vestige of freedom. How can there be any semblance of freedom when there are tanks in the streets, military encampments in cities, Blackhawk helicopters and armed drones patrolling overhead?

It was for this reason that those who established America vested control of the military in a civilian government, with a civilian commander-in-chief. They did not want a military government, ruled by force. Rather, they opted for a republic bound by the rule of law: the U.S. Constitution.

Unfortunately, with the Constitution under constant attack, the military's power, influence and authority have grown dramatically. Even the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which makes it a crime for the government to use the military to carry out arrests, searches, seizure of evidence and other activities normally handled by a civilian police force, has been weakened by both Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who ushered in exemptions allowing troops to deploy domestically and arrest civilians in the wake of alleged terrorist acts.

Now we find ourselves struggling to retain some semblance of freedom in the face of police and law enforcement agencies that look and act like the military and have just as little regard for the Fourth Amendment, laws such as the NDAA that allow the military to arrest and indefinitely detain American citizens, and military drills that acclimate the American people to the sight of armored tanks in the streets, military encampments in cities, and combat aircraft patrolling overhead.

Making matters worse, we find out that the military plans to use southwestern states as staging grounds for guerilla warfare drills in which highly-trained military troops equipped with all manner of weapons turn American towns and cities in quasi-battlefields. Why? As they tell us, it's so that special operations forces can get "realistic military training" in "hostile" territory.

They've even got a name for the exercise: Jade Helm 15.

Whether or not Americans have anything to fear from Jade Helm 15, a covert, multi-agency, multi-state, eight-week military training exercise set to take place this summer from July 15 through Sept. 15, remains to be seen.

Insisting that there's nothing to be alarmed about, the Washington Post took great pains to point out that these military exercises on American soil are nothing new. For instance, there was Operation Bold Alligator, in which in which thousands of Marines and sailors carried out amphibious exercises against "insurgent" forces in Georgia and Florida. Operation Robin Sage had Green Beret soldiers engaging in guerrilla warfare in North Carolina. And Operation Derna Bridge sends Marine special forces into parts of South Carolina and the National Forest.

Yet if Americans are uneasy about this summer's planned Jade Helm 15 military exercises, they have every right to be.

Bizarro Earth

The Ukraine I knew is dead and gone


What will appear in its place?
There may be some kind of Ukraine, but it will be far, far different from the Ukraine we knew and which has sadly ended

Hard as it is to say, sad as it is for those of us who liked Ukraine, as I liked Ukraine - over 2 years living there pre-war, it was a country I was very fond of - but post-Euromaidan, Ukraine is dead. Here's why -

1. If there's no law, it's not a country, it's a failed state

The recent wave of killings of anyone perceived to be 'anti-regime' in Ukraine, accompanied by not only resounding failure to investigate, but actually official endorsement of those responsible - the fact that the police in Ukraine defer to terrorist group Pravy Sektor. Just the start of a long list. There's no law whatsoever in post-Euromaidan Ukraine.

2. If there's no democracy, it's not a country


Dmitry Yarosh, leader of neo-Nazi terrorist group Pravy Sektor
It's a banana state. On February 22nd, 2014, Euromaidan kicked out not only a democratically-elected president, but a democratically-elected government. It waited three months before holding elections for a new president, 8 months before parliamentary. By that time, all too late, the extremist element had already taken a stake way beyond electoral control - neo-Nazi party Svoboda, despite scoring less than 5% in the parliamentary elections, still vocally sit in Ukraine's parliament, regularly send fighters to the front. Leader of neo-Nazi terrorist group Pravy Sektor Dmitry Yarosh (pictured), who polled less than 1% in the presidential election, on Interpol's wanted list, is now an official aide to to the Ukrainian military.

Comment: This is the fate of all countries designated as pawns in the Empire of Chaos' drive for domination. The same sad story can be told of Iraq, Syria, Guatemala, and so many others on back through the history of the U.S.


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Man of conscience: Comments by those in Putin's inner-circle on the anniversary of his accession to presidency

Russia's Rossiya-1 TV channel aired a documentary on April 26 titled "The President", dedicated to the anniversary of Vladimir Putin's accession to the presidency, about landmark events in Russia's modern history over the past 15 years. Sputnik presents comments about the Russian leader made by people from his so-called inner circle.

On December 31, 1999, Vladimir Putin became acting president after his predecessor Boris Yeltsin resigned unexpectedly. Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election and served as Russian president from 2000 to 2008. After serving as prime minister from 2008 to 2012, he was re-elected to the presidency in 2012.

Comment: It is very telling that so many people who know Putin well, respect and admire him. So, it is unsurprising that Putin enjoys an 85% approval rating from Russian citizens and that he was named the most influential person in the world by Time Magazine.

Is Putin incorruptible? U.S. insider's view of the Russian president's character and his country's transformation


Alarm Clock

Paradise Stolen: The Myth of Terrorism

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Stefan Verstappen's 5 minute video revealing the Myth of Terrorism: the real reason for the war on terror.

Better Earth

Paradise Stolen - The Myth of Overpopulation

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Part three of Stefan Verstappen's series shows the myth of overpopulation as the cause of poverty, in a concise and thought-provoking video.

Bullseye

The ties that bind: U.S. training Nazis along with a media full of cover stories

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It has become a popular position both in the mainstream and pseudo-alternative media, and among those on the Russophobic left, to downplay the significant fascist influence on the political and military institutions, as well as the cultural character of the "New Ukraine." Quite often, the reality of Ukrainian fascism is obscured by vague assertions that such conclusions are merely "Russian propaganda," that they are simply Kremlin talking points, and not statements of objective reality.

Indeed, influential political figures such as the ever-hilarious John McCain and Jen Psaki, and global media brands like The Guardian and FOX, have all rushed to the nearest camera or twitter account to proclaim that Ukraine is "free" and that we should "stand united" with it. Carefully embedded in these pleas is the notion that Ukraine is democratic, and that whatever "ultra-nationalists" - coded language for fascists and Nazis - exist, are merely a marginal influence at best.

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#AskLavrov: Getting to know Russia's foreign minister

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Russian Foreign Minister Holds His First Ever Radio Q&A Session
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave a live interview to Radio Sputnik, Ekho Moskvy and Govorit Moskva radio stations, answering questions of listeners and readers from around the world.

On Wednesday three Russian radio stations conducted a live interview with the country's top diplomat. It was the first time Sergei Lavrov holds a radio Q&A session answering questions from people all over the world.

In the run-up to Larvrov's Q&A session, Internet users were encouraged to ask their questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskLavrov.
  • 14:05 - The last question (a personal one): Margarita Simonyan wonders if Lavrov really used the F-word addressing [British former foreign secretary] David Miliband in 2008.

    "I did tell Miliband "don't lecture me", but the F-word was a quote from a colleague of ours, who had returned from Tbilisi and called Saakashvili a "f*** lunatic". That's the context the F-word was used in".
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  • 13:57 - Does the world need a policeman to prevent tragedies like the Rwandan genocide?

    "The founders of the UN realized that the organization would need its own forces, the peacekeeping forces. They are not "policemen."

Comment: Putin has surrounded himself with staff of Sergei Lavrov's caliber. Lavrov's approach to politics and foreign relations is a reassuring mirror of Putin's: sensible, measured, grounded in reality. Not something that can be said about Washington's gang of loose cannons.


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Paradise Stolen - The Myth of Efficiency

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A six-minute video by Stefan Verstappen that answers some of the arguments against the idea that small sustainable communities are impractical.

Stock Down

Signs that the American elite are feverishly preparing for something BIG

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The American war machine is being turned inwards...
What in the world are the elite up to? In recent days, we have learned that the New York Fed is moving a lot of operations to Chicago because of concerns about what a "natural disaster" could do, the federal government is buying 62 million rounds of ammunition commonly used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles for "training" purposes, and NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain because it is "EMP-hardened". In addition, government authorities have scheduled a whole host of unusual "training exercises" all over the nation. So are the elite doing all of this in order to prepare for something really BIG, or should we just chalk up all of this strange activity to rampant government paranoia?

First, let's talk about what the New York Fed has been doing. What kind of natural disaster would be bad enough to completely shut down the operations of the New York Federal Reserve Bank? It would have to be something very unusual, and apparently the New York Fed is very concerned that such an event could happen. According to Reuters, the New York Fed has been transferring personnel to Chicago and building up its satellite office there just in case a "natural disaster" makes it impossible for normal operations to continue in New York...

Comment: It's coming, and it could happen as soon as next month.