Che Guevara

Nicolás Maduro: Protests by rich are U.S. attempt to steal Venezuela's oil and subvert our democracy

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuela's president claims the Obama administration is fomenting unrest with the aim of provoking a Ukraine-style 'slow-motion' coup

Venezuela's president has accused the US of using continuing street protests to attempt a "slow-motion" Ukraine-style coup against his government and "get their hands on Venezuelan oil".

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Nicolás Maduro, elected last year after the death of Hugo Chávez, said what he described as a "revolt of the rich" would fail because the country's "Bolivarian revolution" was more deeply rooted than when it had seen off an abortive US-backed coup against Chávez in 2002.

Venezuela, estimated to have the world's largest oil reserves, has faced continuous violent street protests - focused on inflation, shortages and crime - since the beginning of February, after opposition leaders launched a campaign to oust Maduro and his socialist government under the slogan of "the exit".

"They are trying to sell to the world the idea that the protests are some of sort of Arab spring," he said. "But in Venezuela, we have already had our spring: our revolution that opened the door to the 21st century".

Light Saber

Sergei Lavrov's olive branch to the West: "It's not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine - If we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold"

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A rally for a secession referendum in Lenin Square, Donetsk, Ukraine. Federalization of the country looks like the only solution. Of course, 'balkanization' of Ukraine may have been the goal all along...
The west has been needlessly whipping up tension - if we don't co-operate soon, chaos may take hold

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country's future place in the world.

Given these circumstances, the role of external forces should have been to help Ukrainians protect the foundations of civil peace and sustainable development, which are still fragile. Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices. Last November, at the outset of the current crisis, we supported Kiev's wish for urgent consultations between Ukraine, Russia and the EU to discuss harmonising the integration process. Brussels flatly rejected it. This stand reflected the unproductive and dangerous line the EU and US have been taking for a long time. They have been trying to compel Ukraine to make a painful choice between east and west, further aggravating internal differences.

Comment:
...our country has steadily promoted a system of equal and indivisible security in the Euro-Atlantic area. We proposed signing a treaty to that effect, and advocated the creation of a common economic and human space from the Atlantic to the Pacific which would also be open to post-Soviet countries.
Unfortunately, Sergei, as we're sure you well know, this is precisely what the Anglo-American Western Alliance will not allow. They stirred up two World Wars to prevent it happening. They absolutely hate the idea that the Eurasian landmass will naturally come together and leave their millennial dream of world domination in tatters.

Geopolitics of Empire: Mackinder's Heartland Theory and the Containment of Russia

Wall Street

Palast on the 'End-Game Memo': How the top 5 U.S. banks conspired with the WTO in the late 90s to dump $88 trillion of worthless junk into the economies of 155 nation-states

Greg Palast on the secret 'Geithner-Summers End-Game Memo' - with Max Keiser.

Originally aired on 17 September 2013


Comment: See also:

The confidential memo at the heart of the global financial crisis

V

Propaganda psy-op? 'Worldwide Wave of Action': The 'Global Spring' begins


An opposition supporter wearing a mask associated with Anonymous. The Ukrainian neo-Nazi Wolfrune symbol appears on the top of the mask.
"The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4th and runs through July 4th..."

Washington's Blog has brought to our attention a series of videos produced by "Wave of Action" and "Anonymous" concerning the launching of a "Worldwide Global Awakening", a so-called "Global Spring."

"What do you think, Powerful or Impotent? Genius or Idiocy? Productive or Counterproductive?" asks Washington's Blog.

The videos use powerful and emotional quotes, yet they fail to acknowledge the dramatic economic, social and geopolitical realities affecting humanity.

"Move out and do it". But in relation to what?

Does the Wave of Action have an Action Program?

Comment: Because anyone can be 'Anonymous', messages, memes and campaigns associated with its 'brand' are not uni-directional in terms of serving the imperial line. Like the Internet as a whole - which was essentially a creation of the U.S. military - Anonymous cannot be completely controlled. For example, 'Anonymous Ukraine' published a message clarifying that a U.S.-backed coup d'état took place in Ukraine, and further claimed responsibility for leaking emails that implicated the German agent Vitaly Klitschko's role in the fascist coup.

As in every other sphere, it comes down to discernment. New Agey, wishy-washy, pithy videos are generally a red flag that your emotional buttons are being pressed to keep you docile and acquiescent.

Coffee

When the dust settles: The US-Russia Ukrainian deal

Kerry and Lavrov
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By the time you read this Russia will have invaded Ukraine. Well, that's what the Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, is spinning. Breedlove Supreme says the Russians are "ready to go" and could easily take over eastern Ukraine. Western corporate media have already dusted off their Kevlar vests.

Now compare Breedlove Supreme with a grown-up diplomat, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has called on NATO to please de-escalate the "unreasonable" warmongering rhetoric, which also includes officially ending all civilian and military cooperation with Russia and planning more military moves in Eastern Europe.

While NATO - shorthand for the Pentagon's European division - freaks out, especially via its outgoing secretary-general, Danish patsy Anders Fogh Rasmussen, let's see where we really stand on the ground, based on leaks from both Lavrov's and US Secretary of State John Kerry's camps.

The heart of the matter - obscured by a rainbow bridge of hysteria - is that neither Washington nor Moscow want Ukraine to become a festering wound. Moscow told Washington, officially, it has no intention of "invading" Ukraine. And Washington told Moscow that, for all the demented rhetoric, it does not want to expand NATO to either Ukraine or Georgia.
Arrow Down

Creativity and non-conformity now listed as a mental illness by psychiatrists

DSM
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DSM-IV-TR, the predecessor to the most current DSM edition, the DSM-5.

What happens to a society when thinking outside of the box or being righteously enraged about your government going in the wrong direction becomes an excuse to be sedated and re-educated? It seems we don't have to go too far back in history to find out.

The Soviet Union used new mental illness for political repression.

People who didn't accept the beliefs of the Communist Party developed a new type of schizophrenia.

They suffered from the delusion of believing communism was wrong. They were isolated, forcefully medicated, and put through repressive "therapy" to bring them back to sanity.

Now thanks to thought policing by the American Psychiatric Association the latest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is setting up the dominoes for arbitrary diagnosis of any dissenting individuals.

Listed as new mental illnesses are above-average creativity and cynicism. The manual goes on to identify a mental illness called "oppositional defiant disorder" or ODD.

Defined as an "ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior," symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.
V

An idea whose time has come: Boycott the USA!

boycott usa

Boycotting the US could happen as people realize that the USA is the key part of an Axis bringing unlimited evil.
Boycott the USA! You read it here first.

"Impossible!" you say. "The USA leads the "international community;" boycotting the USA is silly fantasy."

Yet such a boycott could happen as people realize that the USA is the key part of an Axis bringing unlimited evil. Indeed, USA policy is so malign with such contradiction, that the men in white coats will soon be on their way to visit American leaders.

At present the USA is leading the movement to boycott and sanction Russia.

"You just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests," says American Secretary of State John Kerry.

Oh really? So which country -- on phony pretext (weapons of mass destruction) -- invaded Iraq in 2003?

And who, eight months ago, was screaming for an attack on Syria on another phony pretext (that the Syrian government had made a gas attack on civilians)?

And which government was, and still is, part of the biggest deception in modern history, a deception which leads to endless war, on phony pretexts, against Islamic states? (Those who do not know that 9/11 was/is the biggest deception in modern history should visit any YouTube video of WTC Tower Number Seven in freefall collapse even though it had not been touched by an airplane).

And which country, just after 9/11, proposed invading seven Islamic countries on phony pretexts (look up General Wesley Clark on the subject)?
Hourglass

Anger with the 1%, not envy, is raising Americans' ire

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© Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

More than 2,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched near New York’s Bryant Park in May 2012. The movement was formed partly as a reaction against the deepening level of income inequality in the United States.
Suddenly, or so it seems, inequality has surged into public consciousness - and neither the 1 percent nor its reliable defenders seem to know how to cope.

Some of the reactions are crazy - "it's Kristallnacht," "they're coming to kill us" - and the craziness is quite widespread.

Notice how many billionaires, plus of course The Wall Street Journal, rallied around the venture capitalist Tom Perkins (who compared public criticism of the 1 percent to Nazi attacks on Jews in a letter to the editor of The Journal in January).

But even the saner-sounding voices evidently have a hard time wrapping their minds around the notion that anyone might find 21st-century finance capitalism a bit, well, unfair.

A case in point: a recent New York Times op-ed by Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute.

Mr. Brooks is deeply worried about changing popular attitudes toward wealth:
"According to Pew, the percentage of Americans who feel that 'most people who want to get ahead' can do so through hard work has dropped by 14 points since about 2000," he wrote on March 1. "As recently as 2007, Gallup found that 70 percent were satisfied with their opportunities to get ahead by working hard; only 29 percent were dissatisfied. Today, that gap has shrunk to 54 percent satisfied, and 45 percent dissatisfied. In just a few years, we have gone from seeing our economy as a real meritocracy to viewing it as something closer to a coin flip."
And what does he think is the reason for this sea-change in attitudes? Why, it must be about growing envy of the rich, which is a terrible thing.
War Whore

Obama's latest retarded statements at E.U.-U.S. summit: "Freedom isn't free, it costs folks like you and me, and if we don't all chip in, we'll never pay that bill"


Comment: Is anyone else noticing how low the US has fallen as a result of their Ukrainian misadventure? Someone needs to tell them to stop digging, although we don't think they know what else to do other than keep on "catapulting the propaganda".

True, President Obama didn't quite say the above, but he did say "Freedom isn't free" at the E.U.-U.S. summit today, as part of a really weak effort to convince his reluctant NATO allies to "chip in" for the "collective security" of its members in Eastern Europe.

Obama's statement is nearly identical to the lyrics from a song in 'Team America: World Police', a movie that lampooned American special forces going around the world and blowing it up in order to 'save it'!

Have a listen:




President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho (aka Barry Obama): "Now y'all listen to me, this how is gonna be..."
NATO must have a sustained presence in countries that feel "vulnerable" to Russia, US President Barack Obama said at a meeting with EU leaders in Brussels. He added that neither Ukraine nor Georgia was currently being considered for NATO membership.

Obama insisted that contingency plans had to be examined and "updated" to guarantee "that we do more to ensure that a regular NATO presence among some of these states that may feel vulnerable is executed." The comments came during a four-day trip to Europe by the US president.

However, Obama expressed concern that defense spending in Europe had fallen in several countries across the continent. "If we have collective defense it means everyone has to chip in, and I have concern about diminished efforts by some in NATO," he said.

"Our freedom isn't free," he said, adding that it was necessary to "pay for the assets, the personnel, the training... for deterrent force."

Comment: This comes on the heels of another rather cringe-worthy moment yesterday, March 26th 2014, when a room full of international journalists and European diplomats responded to Obama's resounding reaffirmation of the USA's apocryphal principles of "privacy, rule of law and individual rights", with....well...complete silence.


Obama also claimed today that "Russia is completely isolated".

In his 'reality-creating' reality, perhaps.

In the real world, it's the United States that is fast becoming isolated as the world collectively watches its implosion.

The reason why no one applauded was because Obama said that America's values were "PRIVACY" (NSA wiretapping of everyone), "RULE OF LAW" (illegal US invasion and occupation of Iraq, and drone attacks in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere), "INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS" (meaning the ones the PATRIOT act took away).

That's something to laugh at, not applaud. In fact, the only reason his nonsense wasn't met with raucous laughter was probably because the audience's collective jaw was sitting on the floor, making it hard to laugh.

Alarm Clock

BBC's 'total fabrication from beginning to end' of Syria 'atrocity'

The British Broadcasting Corporation is accused of staging a "chemical weapons attack" in Syria. The CIA admits planting CNN reporters, and international lawyers call for journalists inciting violence to be expelled. RT.com's the Truthseeker investigates.


Comment: Sott.net called this one at the time. BBC and Doctors in Syria - Shilling for Western Psychopaths in Power.

You may also be interested in: Why is the BBC banging the war drum in Syria? Just look who runs it!

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