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Paul Craig Roberts: Vladimir Putin is the leader of the moral world

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Dear Friends,

Vladimir Putin's remarks at the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club are worth more than a link in my latest column. These are the remarks of a humanitarian political leader, the like of which the world has not seen in my lifetime. Compare Putin to the corrupt war criminal in the White House or to his puppets in office in Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, and you will see the difference between a criminal clique and a leader striving for a humane and livable world in which the interests of all peoples are respected.

In a sane Western society, Putin's statements would have been reproduced in full and discussions organized with remarks from experts such as Stephen F. Cohen. Choruses of approval would have been heard on television and read in the print media. But, of course, nothing like this is possible in a country whose rulers claim that it is the "exceptional" and "indispensable" country with an extra-legal right to hegemony over the world. As far as Washington and its prostitute media, named "presstitutes" by the trends specialist Gerald Celente, are concerned, no country counts except Washington. "You are with us or against us," which means "you are our vassals or our enemies." This means that Washington has declared Russia, China, India, Brazil and other parts of South America, Iran, and South Africa to be enemies.

This is a big chunk of the world for a bankrupt country, hated by its vassal populations and many of its own subjects, that has not won a war since it defeated tiny Japan in 1945 by using nuclear weapons, the only use of such terrible weapons in world history.

As an American, try to image any known American politician, or for that matter any professor at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, or Stanford capable of giving an address to an educated discussion group of the quality of Putin's remarks. Try to find any American politician capable of responding precisely and directly to questions instead of employing evasion.

No one can read Putin's remarks without concluding that Putin is the leader of the world.

In my opinion, Putin is such a towering figure that Washington has him marked for assassination. The CIA will use one of the Muslim terrorists that the CIA supports inside Russia. Unlike an American president, who dares not move among the people openly, Putin is not kept remote from the people. Putin is at ease with the Russian people and mingles among them. This makes him an easy target for the CIA to use a Chechnya terrorist, a Jihadist suicide bomber, or the traditional "lone nut" to assassinate Putin.

The immoral, wicked, and declining West is incapable of producing leadership of Putin's quality. Having defamed Putin, assassinating him will cause little comment in the Western media.

Here are Putin's remarkable remarks:

The cornerstone of war is dehumanization: One My Lai a month

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"When somebody asks, 'Why do you do it to a gook, why do you do this to people?' your answer is, 'So what, they're just gooks, they're not people. It doesn't make any difference what you do to them; they're not human.'

"And this thing is built into you," Cpl. John Geymann testified almost 44 years ago at the Winter Soldier Investigation, held in Detroit, which was sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War. "It's thrust into your head from the moment you wake up in boot camp to the moment you wake up when you're a civilian."

The cornerstone of war is dehumanization. This was the lesson of Nam, from Operation Ranch Hand (the dumping of 18 million gallons of herbicides, including Agent Orange, on the jungles of Vietnam) to My Lai to the use of napalm to the bombing of Cambodia. And the Winter Soldier Investigation began making the dehumanization process a matter of public knowledge.

It was a stunning and groundbreaking moment in the history of war. Yet - guess what? - the three-day hearing, in which 109 Vietnam veterans and 16 civilians testified about the reality of American operations in Vietnam, doesn't show up on the "interactive timeline" of the Department of Defense-sponsored website commemorating, as per President Obama's proclamation, the 50-year anniversary of the war.

This is no surprise, of course. The awkwardly unstated, cowardly point of the site, as well as the presidential proclamation - "they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans" - is to "nice-ify" the ghastly war, wipe off the slime, return public consciousness to a state of unquestioning adoration of all U.S. military operations and banish "Vietnam Syndrome" from the national identity.

So what if somewhere between 2 and 3 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians were killed in it, along with 58,000 American soldiers (with, by some measures, a far greater number of vets committing suicide afterward)? A bad war is nothing but trouble for those who want to wage the next one. It took a generation of retooling before the military-industrial economy was able to launch the war on terror, which itself no longer has massive public support. Maybe restoring Vietnam to a state of false glory is part of a larger plan to make the American public proud of all its wars and, thus, more compliant about the idea (and the reality) of permanent war.

US first Lady confuses Democratic candidate for Republican opponent in campaign trail

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First lady Michelle Obama
First Lady Michelle Obama has once again confused the identity of a Democratic candidate while on the campaign trail ahead of the November 4 elections.

In Colorado on Thursday to campaign for the Democratic incumbent running to keep his US Senate seat, the First Lady said Sen. Mark Udall was a "fifth-generation Coloradan." In fact, Udall, son of longtime former congressman Morris Udall, was born in Arizona.

Udall's challenger, US Rep. Cory Gardner, is the fifth-generation Coloradan,according to The Weekly Standard.

Kiev regime's parliamentary elections marred with widespread political infighting, including assassination attempts among the Western-backed junta

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The Kiev regime's parliamentary elections this weekend are set to go ahead amid an atmosphere of rampant political street violence and intimidation - and that's not in the war-torn eastern part of Ukraine.

The parliamentary elections were called in June by the then elected President Petro Poroshenko as a way of legitimising the illegal coup against the Ukrainian government that occurred four months previously with the support of the American Central Intelligence Agency.

In the capital, Kiev, and other parts of the country regarded as under the administrative control of the Western-backed regime the run-up to the elections this weekend has been marred with widespread political violence, including assassination attempts against various rival politicians.

Some of the politicians targeted are members, or former members, of the Regions Party belonging to the ousted President Victor Yanukovych. The party had formed the government until it was kicked out of power in the illegal coup in February this year. That coup was backed by Washington and European governments under the sanitising and false narrative of it being a «pro-democracy, pro-European popular revolution».

Western media coverage of the attacks on Yanukovych's party have been couched in language that seeks to belittle their criminality, or to excuse them by conveying the incidents as being out of popular frustration with remnants of the old government who are labelled as «corrupt».

Thus when Regions Party members or former government officials have been ambushed in the street by neo-Nazi paramilitaries and thrown into rubbish bins, the Western media have typically reported the assaults as some kind of novelty - albeit rough play. The fashion of these attacks has been dubbed as «trash bucket challenges» with the Western media trying to spin them as some sort of practical joke.
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More Israeli Apartheid: Palestinians to be banned from West Bank settlers' buses

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Palestinians wait to cross into Jerusalem at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has decided Palestinians working in Israel should only be able to return home to West Bank via a single crossing and should not be allowed to ride the same buses as settlers.

Ya'alon issed a directive banning the workers from the buses during a meeting with settler leaders, who have long been seeking to ban Palestinians from Israel-run transportation in the West Bank, Haaretz reported on Sunday. The measure is scheduled to go into effect next month.

Palestinians won't be able to take buses going directly from central Israel to the West Bank. They will instead have to use other types of transportation to arrive at the Eyal Crossing, near Qalqilyah.

Palestinian workers have so far been obliged to cross into Israel via that particular checkpoint, but were free to return at multiple locations.

The Civil Administration has been tasked with providing separate buses for Palestinians, so as not to disrupt their movement to and from workplaces.

Supporters of the move argue it's dictated by security concerns.

"Riding these buses is unreasonable. They are full of Arabs," Moti Yogev, of the pro-settler Habayit Hayehudi party told Haaretz. "We have heard disturbing testimonies from girls who were harassed by Arabs during the bus ride."

An Israeli human rights groups B'Tselem has slammed Ya'alon for his plan, saying he was "not content with merely moving Palestinians to the back of the bus, but means to keep them off buses altogether."

Ukraine's elections: Legitimizing the Maidan Coup?

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An election billboard in Kiev featuring its Mayor Vitaly Klitschko. Extraordinary parliamentary election to Verkhovna Rada.
The vote taking place this weekend in Kiev-controlled territories is part of the Maidan junta's desperate quest for legitimacy. Nazis still dominate Ukrainian politics, while Kiev dreams of a military 'final solution' for the east.

In 2001, the Austrian economist Hans-Hermann Hoppe wrote a book titled 'Democracy: The God that Failed', in which he - among other things - compared the process of voting to a religious ritual. Just as the ancient religious rituals served to confirm the divine right of ancient kings, the ballot box is used today to bestow the same kind of blessing on the secular rulers of modernity. In his study, Hoppe actually demonstrated that the supposedly oppressive monarchies actually safeguarded peoples' lives and liberty far more than democracy has - before making a case for outright anarchy. Agree with him or not, his comparison of modern democracy to ancient religious ritual strikes close to home.

Western leaders routinely speak of 'democracy' as a virtue unto itself, even using religious phrasing such as "rooted in the sanctity of the individual" (BH Obama in Talinn, September 2014). In actuality, democracy is simply a decision-making process in which the majority gets its way.

The way it is practiced by the West in the countries they 'liberate', however, democracy means whatever the 'liberators' say it means. Thus an overwhelming vote in favor of independence in Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk is not 'democratic' - because the High Priesthood in the West says so - while the violent coup in Kiev is the pinnacle of democracy, because it was "midwifed" by Washington (per V Nuland's famous phone call).
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Last US Marines hand over base and Britain ends combat role in Afghanistan

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U.S. Marines march with flags during a handover ceremony, as the last U.S. Marines unit and British combat troops end their Afghan operations, in Helmand October 26, 2014.
British troops ended their combat operations in Afghanistan on Sunday as they and U.S. Marines handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a U.S.-led invasion launched the long and costly war against the Taliban.

Their departure leaves Afghanistan and its newly installed president, Ashraf Ghani, to deal almost unaided with an emboldened Taliban insurgency after the last foreign combat troops withdraw by year-end.

At the U.S. Camp Leatherneck and Britain's Camp Bastion, which lie next to each other in the southwestern province of Helmand, troops lowered the American and British flags for the final time on Sunday and folded them away.

The timing of their withdrawal had not been announced for security reasons.

Camp Leatherneck, the largest U.S. base to be handed over to Afghan control, and Camp Bastion together formed the international coalition's regional headquarters for the southwest of Afghanistan, housing up to 40,000 military personnel and civilian contractors.

Media manipulation and the Orwellian surveillance law passed during the Ottawa shootings

A terrible tragedy befell the nation's capital yesterday, when a shooter opened fire at government sites in Ottawa. A full investigation must begin to assemble the details, as the flames of hysteria are fanned in the public consciousness. The words "terror" and "terrorism" have been tossed around so casually, that nowadays any hardened criminal would classify as a terrorist according to the Harper Government and mainstream news sources. For that matter, political activists who take issue with the government's policies at home and abroad are referenced in the same manner.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, social media is rife with suspicion that this horrendous event may represent a false flag operation, to assist the government's dismantling of civil liberty and human rights in the name of war, profit, political posturing and public control.

That's not to say this wasn't an act of terrorism. Maybe it was, but surely it's too early to reach a conclusion when the names of suspects hadn't been released to hypothesize a motive. Or had they?

At 10:13am EDT, The Globe and Mail's Josh Wingrove reported that tactical officers were pointing guns at every parliamentary journalist on site. (Post since removed from Twitter.)

At 12:11pm EDT, The CBC's Kady O'Malley reported her group was ordered to leave a local rooftop by police, as they continued to search for a culprit and attempted to secure the area.

Comment: Be sure to check out SOTT's coverage of the Ottawa shootings below:


Parallels between Germany of 1930s and Ukraine of today

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If one compares the Germany of the 1920-1930s and the Ukraine of today - the similarity is striking. The situation in the country allows a political party seen as a marginal one by the majority of population ride the wave of discontent to become a major political actor. It comes to power and establishes a dictatorship. Formally President von Hindenburg led the country, but the members of the National Socialist German Workers Party held all key government positions. Germany quickly turned into a totalitarian state. The same thing is taking place in Ukraine. Top government officials connive at advocates of Nazi ideology who grab all key positions. Only yesterday the Ukrainian Nazi were viewed as a marginal force and today they spread their views to make the ideology of national socialism permeate all aspects of public life.

Social nationalism is another name for the ideology of Ukrainian integral nationalism that emerged in the 1920-1940s. According to its founders, the ideology is a compilation of German Nazism and Italian fascism adapted to the Ukrainian realities. The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) was the driving force spreading this ideology around. Stepan Bandera, one of the organization's leaders, got a prison sentence in Poland for committing a terrorist act. He was freed by Hitler's occupational force and recruited by Abwehr. Bandera went around by the nickname of Grey. Now the man is the most revered hero of the new Kiev regime. Eugene Konovalets (alias Consul), the first leader of OUN, and his successor Andrei Melnyk (Consul-2) also worked for Abwehr.

The revival of fascism in Ukraine started in the late 1980s. Underground student circles supported by Canada and US-based emigrants, former OUN fighters, sprang up in Lviv. As Ukraine became an independent state many groups emerged to announce themselves as ideological successors to the OUN's Bandera group: UNA-UNSO (the Ukrainian National Assembly - Ukrainian People's Self-Defense), the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists, the Patriot of Ukraine, the Social-Nationalist Party (in 2005 renamed the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda), the Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU), the Social-National Assembly of Ukraine (S.N.A.), the Stepan Bandera All-Ukrainian Organization ″Trizub″, the All-Ukrainian organization Sich etc. They all supported the idea of pure race totalitarian state and tough nationalist dictatorship ruled by the "leader of the nation".

Brazil presidential elections 2014: Reason to defeat the extreme right represented by Aecio Neves of the PSDB

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The electoral situation has become dangerous. The comfortable position of "it's all the same" does not help solve the problem of who will win.

The June Journeys of 2013 marked the beginning of struggles for the new elections. The effort should be understood as long term and does not have a predictable outcome. The results of this new movement undoubtedly depends on the level of organization of the workers, the popular masses, and the ability to unify the people towards changes within Brazilian society. Therefore, we must make it clear: calls for change depend on creating favorable conditions for the present, which also includes a critical evaluation of electoral tactics. It's a serious political mistake to just bet on "better or worse".

It's clear we're facing a world-wide assault from the international monetary system in the form of economic crisis. There's a clear effort to prevent counter-revolution, counter-reform, and social reaction. The candidate seeking to fulfill these anti-national and unpopular measures in the next period with the most vigor is undoubtedly Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB).