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Zbigniew Brzezinski, US national security advisor and political scientist, dead at 89

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Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski
Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor to former President Jimmy Carter, has died, according to an announcement from his daughter, MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski.

There was no word of the cause of death.

"He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life," Mika wrote on Instagram.

Brzezinski served as President Carter's national security advisor from 1977 to 1981 and continued to hold influence in foreign policy issues. A registered Democrat once considered to be the answer to Republicans' favored Henry Kissinger, Brzezinski also served on former President Ronald Reagan's Chemical Warfare Commission and held other roles in the administration until 1989.

He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1928. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1958.

Brzezinski was involved in the normalization of US-China relations, the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II), and the brokering of the Camp David Accords.

Brzezinski was an advocate of arming Mujahideen fighters against the Afghan government, convincing Carter that it was going to "induce a Soviet military intervention" in Afghanistan.

"We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would," he said in a 1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur. "The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: 'We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war.'"

Comment: Meet Zbigniew Brzezinski, Conspiracy Theorist


You only hate Assad because your TV told you to

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"What we've been undergoing to a large extent is a form of psychological abuse, actually, by very narcissistic, hegemonic governments and officials for a very long time. It's a form of gaslighting where actually our own faith in our ability to judge a situation, and to some extent even our own identity, has been eroded and damaged to the point where we're effectively accepting their version of reality."
~ Vanessa Beeley
The only thing keeping westerners from seeing through the lies that they've been told about Syria is the unquestioned assumption that their own government could not possibly be that evil. They have no trouble believing that a foreigner from a Muslim-majority country could be gratuitously using chemical weapons on children at the most strategically disastrous time possible and bombing his own civilians for no discernible reason other than perhaps sheer sexual sadism, but the possibility that their government is making those things up in order to manufacture consent for regime change is ruled out before any critical analysis of the situation even begins. Despite the evil and unforgivable invasion of Iraq having happened a mere fourteen years ago, sold to the public based on nothing but lies and mass media propaganda, mainstream America is unwilling to consider the possibility that this is happening again. Unwilling to turn and face the implications of what this would mean for their worldview, their self-image, and the entire system they've developed for examining and interpreting their experience of their lives up until this point.

Snakes in Suits

Jared Kushner is the latest target of the Russiagate probe

Drawing a blank with Manafort, Page, Stone and Flynn, the Russiagate investigators now come after Kushner.

Last week reports appeared in the US media that the FBI had discovered "a person of interest" in the Russiagate probe, who was still unlike all the other people being investigated a member of Donald Trump's team. This week that person has been identified and it turns out to be Donald Trump's son in law Jared Kushner.

The expression "person of interest" has no legal meaning whatsoever. It should never be used to describe anyone whilst an investigation is underway. It insinuates that the person in question is a suspect, when he or she is not. It is particularly inappropriate when used of someone in the Russiagate investigation given that there is still no evidence that any crime was committed or anyone is suspected of committing one.

Snakes in Suits

Rex Tillerson takes 'full responsibility' for leaked Manchester attack intelligence

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has issued an unprecedented apology to Britain, saying the US takes "full responsibility" for information leaked on the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 and injured 116 on Monday evening.

A transatlantic spat developed between Britain and the US after information from Britain's police investigation into the deadly bomb blast was published in the US media.

On his first visit to the UK as Secretary of State, Tillerson said he "regrets" the "inappropriate" publishing of sensitive information.

Comment: An uncomfortable truth Boris?


Got a problem with that? US officials accuse China of buzzing its spy plane

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Two Chinese jets got uncomfortably close to a US surveillance plane flying off the coast of China this week, the same day a US Navy ship was sailing near a group of islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, according to US officials.

A P-3 Orion surveillance plane was flying 150 miles (240 km) south east of Hong Kong when it was approached by two Chinese fighter jets, officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

In what the officials termed an "unsafe intercept," the Chinese aircraft came within 200 yards (182 meters) of the P-3 and one plane flew in front of the US aircraft, "restricting its ability to maneuver."

Bad Guys

Yet another video surfaces showing Western backed White Helmets assisting public executions in 'rebel-held' Syria

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The video shows three men from the White Helmets rushing into the center of a crowd, mere seconds after an alleged criminal was shot in the head, and removing the body on a stretcher.
Syria Civil Defense, popularly known as the White Helmets, can be seen in a new video assisting in a public execution in a rebel-held town in Syria. It is at least the second such execution video featuring members of the Nobel Prize-nominated group.

The White Helmets have received at least $23 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a wing of the State Department. The British Foreign Office and other European governments have pitched in as well.

Frequently cited as an invaluable source of information by major Western media outlets, the group was the subject of an Academy Award-winning 2016 Netflix documentary, The White Helmets.

Endorsements from A-list Hollywood celebrities like George Clooney and Justin Timberlake, as well as Hillary Clinton and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, have followed.

Large corporate media networks have yet to report on the dark side of the White Helmets, however, and films like the widely celebrated Netflix feature function as uncritical commercials for the group, helping to keep the public in a state of ignorance about the domination of the Western-backed Syrian armed opposition by extremist Salafi jihadist groups, and about the civil conflict in general.


Snakes in Suits

Macron snubs Trump for Merkel at NATO summit & another arm wrestle follows (VIDEO)

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The super-awkward relationship between US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron reached new depths at the NATO summit in Brussels, with Macron snubbing him for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The pair endured an awkwardly long handshake earlier Thursday, with both Trump and Macron tightly grasping each other's hand for longer than was entirely necessary.


From the Atlantic to the Pacific: Vladimir Putin and the current state of Eurasian integrations

At the May 15, 2017 roundtable meeting of the political leaders participating in the 'One Belt, One Road' international summit in Beijing, the Russian president Vladimir Putin proclaimed the famous Eurasianist political formula - "from the Atlantic to the Pacific." To emphasize it even more strongly, he ended his plenary address with it.[1] There is therefore no possibility for misunderstanding or misinterpretation: Putin (yet again) publicly challenged the Atlanticist geopolitical agenda, first codified by the British Empire in the late 19th century and then implemented by the U.S. after the end of the Second World War.

The leaders of 30 states were present at the meeting. The round table format emphasized mutual respect and the equality of status. However, while other leaders were seated according to the alphabetical order of their countries' names, Putin and the Chinese president Xi Jinping were seated next to each other. The presidents of Argentina, Belarus, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Philippines, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam as well as the prime ministers of Cambodia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Sri Lanka took part in the meeting.[2] The heads of the U.N., the IMF, and the World Bank were also there. This is particularly interesting because the latter two organizations, the IMF and the World Bank, have historically played a leading role in globalizing the Atlanticist agenda.


Manchester attack: Blow back from the west's acceptance of Salafist "refugees"

There is no greater structural threat to a secular Muslim-majority country than Salafists, which is why the West welcomed those "fleeing" from the "political and religious repression" in their homelands in order to weaponize them for future Hybrid War use.

Brits have been struggling to figure out how their government dropped the ball and failed to prevent the Manchester suicide bombing when the attacker was already on their radar, but what many people are overlooking is the "politically incorrect" fact that it should have been obvious from the first day that the bomber's family set foot in the UK that they'd end up being trouble. Lost amidst the flurry of media reports about this tragic incident is that the attacker's family arrived on British soil as Libyan "refugees" decades before the 2011 NATO war devastated their country. It's rather peculiar that they'd seek "refuge" from Libya because the Jamahiriya had the highest living standards in all of Africa during the time that they "fled" and hadn't fought a conflict within its borders since World War II.

This means that his family didn't leave because of any desperate material or military conditions, but because of socio-political ones which they disagreed with, namely that Libya was a secular socialist state that forbade Salafism. To bring the reader up to speed in case they're not already aware, Salafism (colloquially called "Islamism" by many Westerners) is the school of thought which preaches that Muslims must live by an ultra-conservative interpretation of the Quran. Not only must they abide by strict socio-cultural and political standards, but Salafists also believe that it is their God-given duty to proselytize their way of life all across the world, even in the foreign civilizations which host them as migrants. This is the mindset of the bomber's family, and true to kind, they raised their son the same way. The Manchester suicide bomber wasn't radicalized on the internet or by Wahhabi imams, he was indoctrinated by his family since birth.



Syria truth slips through in The New York Times, NATO preps to fight Iran and Russia

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Al-Hatab Square in Aleppo’s Old City.
The New York Times Magazine has an interesting piece about east Aleppo. Robert Worth visited it recently and talked to people there. The NYT editors/censors inserted many of their standard slander against the Syrian government, but they can not drown out the realities described therein.

Thus the piece headline: Aleppo After the Fall but one of the key sentences in it says just the opposite:
Yasser said he was one of the first people to come back [to east-Aleppo], right after what he — like everyone else I met — called the liberation.
Jihadi propaganda claims of government bombing of random hospitals without reason "verified" by a Skype call to some al-Qaeda propagandist in Idleb- are mixed with reality based on-the-ground reporting:
On my second day in the city, I went to see the Aleppo Eye Hospital, a sprawling compound that the rebels had used as a military headquarters. As we walked through the burned and shattered building, my government minder and the soldiers guarding the place kept picking up markers of the rebels' Islamist leanings. They weren't hard to find. A fire-blackened car out front still had the Qaeda logo on its hood. ...
Unfortunately the piece also includes factual errors:
The reporter, an Aleppan named Rida al-Basha, described the neighborhoods where [looting] had taken place and named the militias, including the notorious Tiger Forces, whose leaders include well-known thugs.