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Those who forget the past: Why World War I is the key to current foreign policy

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The 100-year anniversary of the most important event in the 20th century passed recently with predictably scant notice in the American media. The anniversary can't be that of the allied D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, because that event happened only 70 years ago. And it's not the anniversaries of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the moon shot, or the 9/11 attacks.

On June 28, 1914, one hundred years ago, the Archduke Ferdinand - to be the future ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - was gunned down by a Serbian-government sponsored assassination team. What? A few Americans might vaguely remember this incident from their high school social studies or history classes, but is it the most important event in the 20th century? Yes.

The event was the spark that triggered what is now called World War I but really should be called, "The World War: Part I." The more recent and popular World War II should be called, "The World War: Part II," because the results of World War I caused World War II. Thus, World War I was historically much more important than its more heralded successor.

Of course, World War II is more popular because we have its veterans still living, because the villains vanquished were more evil than those in the First World War, and because the United States sat unrivaled as a world power after its victory in the second war. Thus, the bipartisan foreign policy elite uses World War II to show that the United States must stop any aggression overseas before it snowballs into a threat to the U.S. homeland. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Adolf Hitler at Munich in 1938, despite Hitler's aggressive behavior in Czechoslovakia, is usually dragged out to demonstrate what not to do in foreign affairs and to illustrate that that the United States must deal very harshly with any such encroachment (for example, Vladimir Putin's recent annexation of Russophilic Crimea). Even here, Chamberlain had no choice but to appease Hitler, because Britain was not yet ready for conflict and had to catch up with Hitler's war preparations (including obtaining the air defenses that saved the British in the critical Battle of Britain).

As for the United States, if you ask any American why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, you will usually get a blank stare instead of an analysis of American actions prior to the attack - the U.S. attempt to strangle the Japanese economy and military by cutting off petroleum-based exports (America was then the largest producer) in reaction to Japanese attempts to join the imperial club in East Asia, of which America and its allies were already members. Americans also conveniently forget that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused Japanese overtures to negotiate an end to the embargo and avoid war. FDR already had learned the false lesson of Munich that all negotiation to avoid war is appeasement.
Stormtrooper

The smell of genocide in the morning: Israel readies 40,000 reservists for war on Gaza

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Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014
Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks in an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 8, 2014 (AFP Photo / Jack Guez)

Israel's army is formulating options to eradicate rocket fire coming from Gaza, "including ground assault," an anonymous Israeli official stated on Tuesday. An unspecified number of troops are being called up after preliminary approval for 40,000.


Comment: You can be sure this is entirely proportional. 40,000 troops to combat almost wholly ineffectual rocket fire from Gaza.


Air raid sirens rang through Tel Aviv as Israel's 'Iron Dome' anti-missile system intercepted a rocket in images shown on live television, shortly after the troop mobilization.

The sirens rang out for a second time just under three hours later as the 'Iron Dome' intercepted another rocket. Sirens sounded in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the northern Israeli town of Binyamina.

The reserve soldiers were mobilized as backup for the regular forces in anticipation of a possible escalation in the conflict, spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner told Reuters.


Comment: Bring on the comets! If human activity mirrors cosmic processes and vice versa, Earth is bound to get hit hard. We have failed as a species with countries like Israel acting like insane sadists.

Snakes in Suits

Randy Short on UK pedophiles: 'Rich, powerful get away with abuse of vulnerable'

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Leon Brittan - just how was he involved in the recent pedophile ring scandal?
Press TV has conducted an interview with political commentator Randy Short to get his views on what could be seen as a recent attempt to cover up sexual abuse in the United Kingdom.

What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview:

Press TV: It appears to be quite convenient though when these dossiers ending up missing. How likely is it because it is related to perhaps the rich and powerful British society?

Short: Well, I am going to say my say, just when you hear the name Leon Brittan, by the way that's one of my ancestral names, it's a Jewish name, very powerful Jewish community in the city of London. So that is, if he in any way, as he is being attacked, there are many powerful forces in the Fleet Street financial community that are going to defend one of their own. I mean, whether he is innocent or guilty. But the destruction of documents is an Anglo game. Whenever they get caught or could get caught, the documents are destroyed.

They recently, this happened with Kenya and other colonies where these kinds of atrocities happen. So, while we look for this investigation to proceed, we need to know that globally, whether you have got the Kincora Boys scandal in Belfast, or you have the system where ever Anglos have been, the mass rape of children, aboriginal children in Australia, Maori children in New Zealand, indigenous Americans in Canada, African-Americans and indigenous Americans in the United States.

There is a history of rich, powerful people, including those who happen to call themselves Jewish, who have a Talmudic understanding that is very different in terms of how a child can be treated.

We had a recent election in New York where the mayor Bill de Blasio got support from the Orthodox Jewish community, because he rescinded an order outlawing or forbidding rabbis from sucking the blood off newly circumcised boys, which had caused the death of quite a few from herpes. We have traditions and history that show powerful people don't play by the rules and they do disrespect the human rights of children.

Comment: The common denominator and key to this puzzle: psychopathy. Psychopaths have no remorse, no conscience. They get a sort of pleasure out of abusing people. They can rape, murder, molest, torture, without compunction. And they have no respect for the masses of people; we are silly to them, our morals and emotions strike them as ridiculous. And they will stop at nothing to prevent being caught and exposed. Witness: the Franklin Scandal.

Chess

War games in Black Sea: US missile cruiser enters waters as Russian navy monitors NATO drills

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A view of U.S. Navy cruiser Vella Gulf in the Black Sea port of Constanta June 5, 2014.
US missile cruiser Vella Gulf has reportedly entered the Black Sea, joining six other vessels for NATO's naval drills. Meanwhile, Russia is having its own exercises in the sea, keeping a watchful eye on the alliance's war games.

"At about 18:20, the USS Vella Gulf passed the strait and entered the Black Sea," a source in the Russian Navy's Main Staff told Itar-Tass on Monday. "The number of NATO ships in the Black Sea has thus increased to seven."

The official reason for the American Ticonderoga class Aegis guided missile cruiser entering the Black Sea, the source said, was the participation in an exercise of NATO mine-clearing forces.

The Russian naval official said he was bewildered by the American cruiser's participation."It's like putting a horse and a deer to the same cart," he said ironically.

A multi-mission cruiser, Vella Gulf, which is 173 meters in length and carries up to 400 crewmembers aboard, is capable of sustained combat operations in any combination of air, surface, undersea, and strike warfare environments. Equipped with four powerful gas turbine engines, it can develop the speed of over 30 knots. According to online sources, the vessel's weapons include SM-2 surface-to-air missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles, torpedoes, Phalanx Close-in Weapons Systems for self-defense against aircraft and missiles, and five-inch, rapid fire guns.

The American missile cruiser was visiting the port of Constanta in Romania from late May till mid-June.
Eye 2

Crocodile tears, impression management: Investigation into 'powerful pedophiles' continues in UK

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Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May.
At least 20 former MPs, government ministers, judges and other prominent figures abused children for decades, claims a former child protection manager.

Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, whose allegations led initially to a 2012 police inquiry, told BBC Newsnight a "powerful elite" of pedophiles carried out "the worst form" of abuse.

He told the programme there was evidence that victims of abuse were treated like "lumps of meat," taken from place to place to be molested.

McKelvie, formerly a child protection manager in Hereford and Worcester, took his concerns to Labour MP Tom Watson in 2012, who then raised the matter in parliament, prompting a preliminary police inquiry that became a formal inquiry in 2013.

"For the last 30 years and longer than that, there have been a number of allegations made by survivors that people at the very top of powerful institutions in this country ... have been involved in the abuse of children," McKelvie told Newsnight.

Asked if claims had been made against people still in positions of power today, he said, "Very much so ... what are allegations may or may not be true, but the allegations are there and they are against very specific named individuals."

Comment: So May has already determined that the missing files were not deleted or destroyed intentionally? How, pray tell, does she know this? If history teaches us anything on the subject it's that we shouldn't expect anything resembling a full disclosure or just conclusion to the current investigations. It's a PR campaign designed to convince people they actually care; they don't.

Eye 1

Spy vs. spy: Germany may start spying on U.S. after double-agent scandal

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Demonstrators hold up banners as they take part in a protest in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate against the US National Security Agency (NSA) collecting German emails, online chats and phone calls and sharing some of it with the country's intelligence services in Berlin
Germany may scrap its decades-old policy of not spying on key NATO allies in response to the latest spy scandal, which exposed a German intelligence officer as a double-agent leaking secret documents to the US.

After the defeat of Nazis in World War II, the new authorities of West Germany adopted a policy of turning a blind eye to the intelligence activities of some of the victors, namely the US, Britain and France. However, Chancellor Angela Merkel's government may change that situation, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière told Bild newspaper.

He said Germany urgently needs to acquire "360-degree view" on operations conducted on its soil, which means it must conduct surveillance of all foreign intelligence agents working in the country.

The newspaper says it has obtained a document detailing "concrete countermeasures" it plans to implement to that regard.

The possible change in Germany's stance follows the exposure of a German intelligence officer, who worked for the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), as an American double agent. The 31-year-old reportedly contacted the US embassy and offered "cooperation," after which he leaked at least 218 secret documents in exchange for cash payments amounting more than $34,000.

Ironically, one of the prime interests for the US that the double agent was meant to meet was Berlin's investigation into the alleged spying by the US National Security Agency on Chancellor Merkel and other German citizens.

Comment: We're not sure we agree with von Notz's take on 'now we're going to spy back on you.' Maybe the pathocracts will get so busy spying on each other they'll leave the regular people alone!

Quenelle

Israeli lawmaker's Facebook post calling for the genocide of Palestinians gets almost 5000 'likes'

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Genocidal Israeli Lawmaker Avalet Shakad
Just a day before Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair was kidnapped and burned alive (allegedly by six Israeli Jewish youths), Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked took to Facebook to call for genocide of the Palestinians people.

It was a bloodthirsty statement of intent, declaring "the entire Palestinian people is the enemy" and calling for their total destruction, "including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure." She calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to "little snakes."
Eye 1

NSA spying outrage: India summons top US diplomat for NSA spying

BJP figures in the list of foreign political parties on whom the NSA was given permission to carry out surveillance, says the document made public by The Washington Post on Monday

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Reacting strongly to reports of BJP being spied upon by US National Security Agency (NSA), India today summoned a top US diplomat here to raise the issue, saying it was "totally unacceptable" that an Indian organisation or Indian individual's privacy was transgressed upon.

India also sought an assurance from the US that it will not happen again.

However, officials did not say who was the US diplomat summoned by the External Affairs Ministry.

Significantly, the US currently has an interim ambassador Kathleen Stephens who came in after former US Ambassador Nancy Powell resigned from her post.

India also noted that it had raised the issue with the US administration in Washington and the Embassy here in July and November last year when reports emerged that NSA had spied upon individuals and entities and said it was still "awaiting a response from American on this".
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American corporations 'citizens'? Then act like it

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The US Supreme Court this week once again bestowed citizenship on American corporations.

A few years back, with the Citizens United decision, the high court declared corporations were essentially people and therefore had First Amendment rights to pump any amount of money they want into election campaigns. Now in the so-called Hobby Lobby case, it declared that corporations could have religious rights as well, and therefore don't have to include contraceptives in their health insurance plans if the principal owners' faith opposes it.

So while the nation's high court is on a roll granting corporations personhood, it would be nice if the corporations themselves started acting like good citizens and, for example, paid their taxes like everyone else does.

The latest American corporation that is considering moving its headquarters overseas so it can pay lower taxes on its profits is none other than drugstore giant Walgreens. It would be the latest in a line of US companies that don't like to pay their fair share of taxes even though they owe much of their success to government programs and infrastructure that were provided by other American taxpayers over the years.
Green Light

Ukraine gas debt exceeds $5bn, still hasn't made payments to Gazprom

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Ukraine's gas bill has risen another $838 million, after Kiev failed to make a payment for 1.7 billion cubic meters of Russian gas supplied in the first half of June.

"The deadline for paying June bills expired yesterday; we again didn't receive the money from Naftogaz Ukraine. As a result Ukraine's debt to Gazprom for the 1.7 billion cubic meters supplied from June 1 through June 16 rose to $5.296 billion," Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said on Tuesday.

Miller added that Ukraine needs to pay for 11.535 billion cubic meters of Russian gas, which is a "gigantic" volume, comparable to the total supplied to Poland.

"Ukraine's principle unwillingness to pay for Russian gas is becoming chronic, and once again shows the transition to a prepayment system, included in the contract, was the only correct decision," Miller added.

The new bill is calculated on a price of $485 per thousand cubic meters that came into effect in April.

Comment: This should heat things up a bit! It's patently obvious that it's Ukraine's behavior that is political in nature, not Russia's. So what will happen when Ukraine gets cut off from its main gas supply?

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