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Lies and deceptions on the Left: The politics of self destruction

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Introduction

Over the past year, what appeared as hopeful signs, that Left governments were emerging as powerful alternatives to right-wing pro-US regimes, is turning into a historic rout, which will relegate them to the dustbin of history for many years to come. The rise and rapid decay of left-wing governments in France, Greece and Brazil is not the result of a military coup, nor is it due to the machinations of the CIA. The debacle of left governments is a result of deliberate political decisions, which break decisively with the progressive programs, promises and commitments that political leaders had made to the great mass of working and middle class voters who elected them.

Increasingly, the electorate views the leftist rulers as traitors, who betrayed their supporters at the beck and call of their most egregious class enemies: the bankers, the capitalists and the neo-liberal ideologues.

Comment: This well written article just goes to show there is no underlying difference between the political parties, they are all controlled by big banks and big corporations.


Water

California Water Wars: Another form of asset stripping?

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In California's epic drought, wars over water rights continue, while innovative alternatives for increasing the available water supply go untapped.

Wars over California's limited water supply have been going on for at least a century. Water wars have been the subject of some vintage movies, including the 1958 hit The Big Country starring Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood's 1985 Pale Rider, 1995's Waterworld with Kevin Costner, and the 2005 film Batman Begins. Most acclaimed was the 1975 Academy Award winner Chinatown with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, involving a plot between a corrupt Los Angeles politician and land speculators to fabricate the 1937 drought in order to force farmers to sell their land at low prices. The plot was rooted in historical fact, reflecting battles between Owens Valley farmers and Los Angeles urbanites over water rights.

Today the water wars continue on a larger scale with new players. It's no longer just the farmers against the ranchers or the urbanites. It's the people against the new "water barons" - Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, the Bush family, and their ilk - who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.

Eye 2

U.S. journalism abroad: 'It's what Goebbels did in Nazi Germany'

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The US mainstream media has been working hand in hand with the government in terms of carrying out a propaganda war and we see this especially in the situation over Ukraine, William Jones from Executive Intelligence Review, told RT.


RT: The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is asking for around $15 million to "counter a revanchist Russia". Why does the US feel so threatened?

William Jones: Obviously, it's more difficult to tell a big lie than a small lie. Everybody knows for instance that ISIL is a dangerous group but not everybody thinks that Vladimir Putin is a bad guy. And therefore a lot more money has to be spent in trying to convince people that that is the case, than they have to convince people that ISIL is a bad organization and it has to be fought.

RT: A report headed by the former BBG chief says US broadcasters are not always in tune with Washington's foreign policy objectives. That could be seen as a good thing, couldn't it?

WJ: I would take that with a grain of salt. Free journalism in the US really doesn't exist. There is an old saying that the oldest profession is prostitution and the second oldest is journalism. They go along to get along. I've been working in the journalist field for over 40 years and I've seen how when certain lines are drawn, everybody sticks to those lines. There are very few truth-seekers in journalism and those who are usually come in conflict with their own papers especially if they get government funding and are either relegated to the sidelines or chased out of the business entirely. I think that's a slight exaggeration. The mainstream media has been working hand in hand with the US government in terms of carrying out a propaganda war and we see this especially in the situation over Ukraine.

Comment: We haven't seen such a 'war of words' or such efforts to counter the facts on the ground in contemporary times as we have seen in recent weeks and months between the U.S. and Russia. It is a heck of a high-stakes drama, but also the sign of an Imperialist nation's last whimpers (the U.S) and an ascending country's incredible will (Russia) not to be abused and ultimately destroyed by the fascistic whims of psychopaths.

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Calendar

Russian news roundup: Nemtsov murder update, info wars and western values

PUTIN'S DISAPPEARANCE. Western media outlets, governments and "experts" beclown themselves. Again.

CRIMEA, THE WAY HOME. Крым Путь на Родину. Here it is with English subtitles. Watch it: Korsun showed Crimeans what was coming, Berkut provided a seed crystal for self-defence and taught them how to recognise and suppress a "spontaneous" demo (go to 41).

WESTERN VALUES™ PART 1. Andrei Babitsky, once a certified hero journalist speaking truth to Putin, has been fired. It's not enough to be 99% anti-Putin, it must be 100% all the time. Read this.

NEMTSOV MURDER. Remember that? The investigators stick to their story: Dadayev did kill him; ordered by Adam Osmayev, commander of Jokhar Dudayev Battalion in Kiev forces, to embarrass Putin. This raises the possibility that the Charlie Hebdo connection was just the hook to get Dadayev to do it.

Bizarro Earth

The U.S.'s farcical war against ISIS is falling apart

When the United States began its so-called 'war on ISIS' back in August of 2014, I immediately inferred that the campaign was completely fraudulent.

In an August 2014 article titled "ISIS, Israel and US duplicity," I posited that US airstrikes against the terrorist outfit in Iraq and Syria would be deliberately ineffective. I even opined that Washington would aim some of its bombs at Iraqi government and aligned forces fighting against ISIS and then claim these incidents are accidental - a duplicitous but prototypical US strategy of playing both sides against the middle. I asked:
How do we really know what the US is doing in Iraq at the moment? How do we know that they really are carrying out strikes against ISIS? How do US forces know who is ISIS and who isn't? Do ISIS members wear bright pink uniforms so that they stand out in a crowd and can thus be precision targeted by American fighter jets? For all we know, these air strikes could be targeting Iraqi army and police forces that are fighting against ISIS militants. Maybe the plan is to covertly help ISIS fragment and destabilize Iraq and exacerbate the country's misery.
Recent occurrences prove me right.

Comment: The recent blitz on Yemen is part of the same strategy: contain the Shiite forces and Iran's influence in the region.


War Whore

U.S.-Saudi attack on Yemen is naked aggression, sign of desperation

The "proxy war" model the US has been employing throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and even in parts of Asia appears to have failed yet again, this time in the Persian Gulf state of Yemen.

Overcoming the US-Saudi backed regime in Yemen, and a coalition of sectarian extremists including Al Qaeda and its rebrand, the "Islamic State," pro-Iranian Yemeni Houthi militias have turned the tide against American "soft power" and has necessitated a more direct military intervention. While US military forces themselves are not involved allegedly, Saudi warplanes and a possible ground force are.

Though Saudi Arabia claims "10 countries" have joined its coalition to intervene in Yemen, like the US invasion and occupation of Iraq hid behind a "coalition," it is overwhelmingly a Saudi operation with "coalition partners" added in a vain attempt to generate diplomatic legitimacy.

Comment: See also: US, British and Saudis thwart Freedom and Democracy in Yemen - again


Heart - Black

U.S., British and Saudis thwart Freedom and Democracy in Yemen - again

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The 4 year-old 'Houthi' revolution in Yemen didn't get a color name because it wasn't backed by Western powers. In fact, it's not called a revolution at all by Western governments or press, it's called an "insurgency", just like Iraq. And we all know that those fighting against the US military in Iraq were terrorists, right?

For those who aren't up to date on the dominant lexicon: a popular rebellion by local people against a US-imposed ruler (like in Yemen) is called an 'insurgency' or 'militant group', run by 'terrorists'. On the other hand, a limited rebellion that is provoked and stage-managed by US forces against a ruler the US wants to remove (like in Ukraine), is called a 'revolution' run by 'freedom-loving people'.

Radar

South Front Ukrainian crisis news: Kiev forces still in clear violation of Minsk Agreement

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26.03.2015 edition of South Front's Ukrainian crisis news

1) OSCE monitors refute reports of their coming under fire in Shirokino... but are they covering for Kiev forces?

2) Porky reckons Kiev militias now constitute one of the top 5 'strongest armies in Europe'

3) Russia's convoy with humanitarian aid for Donbass arrives at state border

4) Oil prices shoot up after Saudi Arabia attacks Yemen... bizarrely, the Dollar weakens rather than climb with oil


Hotdog

DEA agents had sex parties with prostitutes funded by drug cartel money

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A new Inspector General's report on sexual harassment reveals that DEA agents engaged in sex parties with prostitutes hired with money from drug cartels. The report is the conclusion of an investigation sparked by the 2012 revelations that Secret Service agents and at least two DEA agents had hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia. The Inspector General report reveals these practices were carried out over a period of several years and involved more DEA agents than previously thought.

According to the report, 7 of 10 DEA agents admitted to attending parties at U.S.-leased facilities in an unspecified country (a law enforcement official identified it as Colombia and the report refers to the Colombia incidents elsewhere). A foreign official "alleged providing protection for the DEA agents' weapons and property during the parties." The report also says other foreign officials claimed three DEA agents in particular "were provided money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members."

Comment: Colombia is a real hot spot for pathological deviants and rapists.

US troops, contractors sexually abused Colombian little girls with impunity - report


Star of David

U.S. 'charities' subsidize Israeli settlements on top of U.S. gov 3 billion per year

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US Evangelist John Hagee, center, leads a march of Christians in support of Israel in Jerusalem, Monday April 7, 2008.
"These settlements, and the occupation more broadly, are financially unsustainable on their own, and must be propped up by far right-wing Jewish and Christian Zionist funds from abroad," a member of a group campaigning against the practice told MintPress News.

As U.S. taxpayers prepare to send to Israel another $3.1 billion of their earnings, plus loan guarantees, discounted weaponry and other perks, two campaigns aim to shed light on organizations funding the Israeli occupation by their own initiative — and at taxpayer expense, no less.

The groups, opponents say, are deeply complicit in Israel's violations of international law and the human rights of Palestinians.

U.S. government assistance to Israel does not end with the $121 billion in direct aid it has provided since 1949. U.S. charities also send billions of dollars, funded, in part, by taxpayers as a whole through the organizations' tax-deductible status.

The scale of their support cannot be determined. A 2014 study of over 3,600 Jewish organizations by the Jewish Daily Forward found they sent $1.7 billion, or 11.9 percent of their budgets, to Israel each year.

But like U.S. Zionism in general, organizations voluntarily funding Israel are not exclusively Jewish, nor did the Forward claim to have fully reviewed even the Jewish sector.

Further, under normal circumstances, identifying the overseas recipients of these grants can prove impossible, as U.S. organizations have no obligations to release them. Only if most charities choose to publicize their foreign projects will the taxpaying public have the opportunity to know what projects they're subsidizing.

Comment: Good luck on making the petition stick. AIPAC and other Zionist lobby groups will shut down any attempt to stem the flow of funds to Israel by threatening to cut campaign funds to the congress critters.