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Western imperialism: European wealth is built on death, destruction, and theft


(Speech given in Rome at the Italian Parliament on January 29, 2016)


Friends and Comrades, it is a great honor to be standing here - at the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament.

One year ago I was driving through the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, monitoring the situation in the refugee camps there. Winter was approaching and the mountains on the Lebanese - Syrian border were covered by snow. It was cold, very cold.

Some 20 minutes, after leaving Baalbek, I spotted an extremely humble makeshift refugee camp, growing literally from the road, in the middle of nowhere.

I stopped. Together with my interpreter, I walked inside and engaged several people in conversation.

The situation was desperate. Children were hungry and could not register for schools through the UNHCR or through the Lebanese government, which, by that time, had almost collapsed. Many electronic food cards that were issued to the migrants did not function. Work permits were not offered, and without proper paperwork, local social services could not be used. In brief: a total disaster.

Comment: Without recognizing psychopathy, pathological mentalities, and the role it plays in imperialism, this cycle of death and destruction will continue on. See more:


Stormtrooper

George Soros: A psychopath's psychopath

© Charles Platiau / Reuters
Georges Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management
According to Soros, Russia's strategy is to "avoid collapse by making the EU implode first - by exacerbating the migration crisis and stoking Islamophobia".

On February 11, the Guardian ran an article by George Soros which had run a day earlier here entitled "Putin is a bigger threat to Europe's existence than Isis."

After a quick check of my vital signs, I confirmed that I was indeed awake and the article was real and in the Guardian not The Onion. Before I look at the tissue of untruths which make up the substance of Soros' article, a few general words about psychopaths are in order.

I have met a few psychopaths in my life - a pernicious but small-time example is a real-estate "salesman" in Spain who cost my family a great deal of time and money. The real problem with psychopaths - big-time and small-time - is not primarily that they do bad things, but that we - non-psychopaths - are ill-prepared to deal with the fundamental difference between us and them.

We - people with operational consciences - think (wrongly) that everyone is like us. We are shackled to the assumption that just because we would not do unspeakably evil things - or would be unable to live with ourselves if we did - all other people work the same way.

They do not.

Comment: For more on the problem of psychopathy see : Ponerology 101: Lobaczewski and the origins of Political Ponerology


War Whore

Pepe Escobar: Syrian "ceasefire" amid a sea of hostility

© Sputnik
There could hardly have been a more appropriate start for the Chinese Year of the Monkey, geopolitically, than the prime monkey business enacted in Munich between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Syrian charade now proceeds under a vague "cessation of hostilities" - which is not a ceasefire - to be implemented within a week. Further on down the road, as this is the real world, "hostilities" will inevitably resume.

As Lavrov stressed multiple times, "we made proposals on implementing a ceasefire, quite specific ones." And yet Washington and the Saudi-Turkish combo relented. A frightened, cornered House of Saud - with its remote-controlled "moderate rebel" gaggle being routed on the ground - even started spinning the ludicrous notion of sending ground troops, a.k.a. a bunch of mercenaries, to "help the US effort" against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/IS).

The monkey business reached such a level of un-sustainability that Russian premier Dmitry Medvedev felt compelled to tell an interviewer from Germany's Handelsblatt, "The Americans and our [Arab] partners must think hard about this: Do they want a permanent war?"

Che Guevara

Yanis Varoufakis: 'The cartel running Europe's disintegrating economy is making it up as they go along'

© Getty
Varoufakis says EU policy 'has been like giving cortisone shots to a cancer patient'
Former Greek finance minister says Europe is disintegrating, run by a cartel and in dire need of reform.

Europe is sliding into "a modern 1930s" and authorities are "making it up as they go along", Yanis Varoufakis has warned as he launches a new movement which he says will "democratise" the continent.

Speaking to The Independent as he outlined his vision of the DiEM25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025) project, the self-described "erratic Marxist" says he wants to remove power from an unaccountable, authoritarian elite and distribute it fairly to the continent's citizens.

Seven months after resigning as Greek finance minister, Mr Varoufakis outlined the "terrible" similarities between Europe now and the continent 80 years ago as it hurtled towards war.

"We don't have Nazis doing Kristallnacht in Berlin. [But] We have Nazis in Greece doing something similar in a suburb of Greece, where they are attacking in the middle of the night the shops and houses of migrants."

"There are big differences, but from the perspective of an economist we have terrible similarities."

Comment: Fair play to him for trying to do what is right. The value of his work, however, is not in instituting actual reform in Greece, Europe or anywhere else; it's in his holding up a mirror to expose how the system really works. We highly recommend his book The Global Minotaur.

See also:

United States of Europe: New German Reich crushes Greece, part 1


Bullseye

For heaven's sake, please do not poison my mind with the US elections!

I am consecutively stuffing my ears with various airline earplugs, in order not to hear the news blasted on the radio.

I am closing my eyes when the topic appears on TV, even on RT or Press TV.

I skip newspaper headlines.

I beg my friends, comrades and relatives not to bring up the subject in front of me.

I don't want to know anything about the US Presidential elections!

It is not some sort of pose or "rebellion"; it is just an honest, powerful fear of having my brain damaged, my thoughts derailed from searching for alternative humanistic and political concepts.

I see no need to know who, from all those already pre-approved by the Regime and therefore allowed to "compete", is going to get nominated by his or her political gang, and who will be finally mounting the saddle of that static wooden horse which is as a rule galloping nowhere, inspires no one and only jumps around crushing with its heavy murderous horseshoes everything and everyone who dares to demand true freedom.

Comment: Hilarious. Horrific. True.


X

Setup for failure: The facade of the Geneva peace talks for Syria

© AFP 2016/ Fabrice Coffrin
The talks on the Syrian settlement in Geneva have taken a turn that could have been easily predicted. After the start of negotiations under the authority of the UN, launched on February 4 under an extensive amount of pressure from Washington, they were suddenly disrupted. The official statement reads that the talks have been delayed for 3 weeks, but it makes little to no difference. The delegation representing the Syrian opposition announced that Russia's air strikes in Syria are undermining efforts by the international community aimed at finding a solution to the Syrian conflict. This was announced by the head of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) Salim al-Muslat, the committee which was formed in the Saudi capital. The talks that the United Nations special envoy for the Syria crisis Staffan de Mistura has been desperately trying to launch since February 1, gained no momentum whatsoever. Not a single step towards a compromise has been made so far.

Out of the two meetings that were scheduled within the framework of the negotiations, only a single one actually took place, and it was the meeting with the Syrian government representatives. The delegation of the HNC failed to arrive at the Palais des Nations. In turn, the current Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Bashar Jaafari said that the announcement made by Staffan de Mistura at the start of negotiations was nothing but his "personal assessment", while all discussions are still in the preparatory stage. Bashar Jaafari told reporters that, just like two years ago, at the Geneva-2 negotiations which also failed, Damascus insists on the fundamental importance of the question regarding the fight against terrorism. He said that the opposition has not submitted the lists of its delegates yet.

In turn, the High Negotiations Committee representatives announced that the provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 should be fulfilled before negotiations even start. First of all, the opposition demands to address three main issues - to provide access to besieged cities, to stop attacks on civilians and to release women and children from prisons. Moreover, Salim al-Muslat accused Russia of making attempts to disrupt the negotiations by carrying on its air assault operations in Syria. According to the head of the HNC, ever since February 1 there's been massive killings in Syria "but nobody does anything about it." He said that since last Monday Russian warplanes carried out more that 270 sorties in Syria that allegedly resulted in casualties among the civilian population. However, Moscow still has not confirmed these allegations.

Comment: While the US has for months been pushing heavily for these 'peace talks', it's apparent from the immediate collapse of discussions that there was never a genuine desire to work towards a political resolution in Syria. This has been clear ever since the new 'Syrian' delegation was set up to be preposterously represented by terrorist financiers in Saudi Arabia. It's blatantly obvious that the real goal of the US and friends is to impede Russia's real war on terrorism.


Gold Seal

Migration as a weapon of war: 'Ethno-engineering' used by the elites to manipulate the masses

© Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters
Today, war refugees have become headlines onto themselves. Whether referred to as migrants or asylum seekers by a well-thinking media complex, the semantics of this new crisis nevertheless betrays a very globalist agenda - yet more engineering, yet more manipulation.

With war raging on in the Middle East, millions of people were forced to flee before the advances of terror. Trapped in a conflict which was not of their making, and hunted by armies which have sought only their enslavement and/or annihilation, communities have chosen exile over death, chased out of their lands by the brutality of war. In the face of such human tragedy, Europe opened its borders, inviting in, those who lost everything ... or so we were told.

It is this 'humanitarian' narrative EU officials have volunteered to both their constituents and the media - this idea that Western nations hold a duty of care and protection over the millions displaced by war.

Indeed, Western powers are responsible. Actually no ... their role far exceeds the responsibility since the Mid-East has burnt under their fire. Let us remember which powers in fact engineered and purposely exported destabilization to the MENA over the past decade. From Iraq, to Syria, Libya and Yemen, military pyres have lit up many skies, engulfing all in their wake.

Megaphone

Telling it like it is: Woman shouts 'it's you who created Daesh!' to Kerry at press conference in Italy

© Nicholas Kamm / Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks next to Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni during a news conference following a ministerial meeting of the so-called "anti-Islamic State coalition" in Rome, Italy, February 2, 2016.
US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, "it's you who created Daesh!"

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

"It's you who created Daesh!" she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

The woman was dragged away from the conference by the Carabinieri.

Quenelle - Golden

Kiev livid as documentary revealing ugly truth about Maidan 'revolution' aired on French TV - EN subs (VIDEO)

© Canal+
This is the documentary shown on French TV which has the Kiev 'Maidan' regime throwing fits

The hard-hitting documentary by Paul Moreira 'Ukraine, les masques de la révolution' [Ukraine: Masks of the Revolution], was aired on Monday night by Canal+, causing a stir in both Ukraine and France. On Sunday, the Ukrainian foreign ministry reported on Facebook that their ambassador in France had sent an outraged letter to Canal+ where he condemned the documentary as "a pamphlet of the worst disinformation traditions, using primitive methods of journalistic manipulation, including the handling of comments of respondents, distortions in translation and facts, and purely fabricated images."

That same day Le Monde heaped pressure on Canal+ by attacking the film's creator. Moreira has calmly and respectfully responded to his critics with a detailed post, translated into English here. To the credit of Canal Plus' management, the documentary was aired at the scheduled time:


Quenelle

People power: Greek footballers stage sit-in protest over EU and Turkish 'brutal indifference' to refugee deaths

© Osman Fantastic / YouTube
In a touching tribute to thousands of refugees who lost their lives crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey into the EU, two Greek football teams orchestrated a sit-in at the start of the match to protest against the policies of "brutal indifference."

All 22 players on the pitch sat calmly on the grass, refusing to play in honor of those who perished crossing the sea from Turkey into Greece, after the referee blew the whistle to start the football match between AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos on Friday. Coaches and medical staff of the two teams, who play in the second-tier Greek league, as well as the match officials, also sat on the ground to the applause of the fans.

An announcement over the stadium loud speakers said that the gesture was "in memory of the hundreds of children who continue to lose their lives every day in the Aegean due to the brutal indifference of the EU and Turkey."


The two minute silence was an effort to "drive the authorities to mobilize all those who seem to have been desensitized to the heinous crimes that are being perpetrated in the Aegean," Friday's announcement added.

Comment: Ms. Schinas' comment is particularly rich, considering that the terrible state of the Greek economy is due to EU policy. Greece, itself reduced to abject poverty, has nevertheless welcomed those fleeing the Western-backed terrorists with what little it has. Schinas should be ashamed of herself, but she probably can't be. Her mindset is typical of those in power:

Greek Migration Minister: Belgium told us "Push migrants back to sea, we don't care if they drown"