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"White Helmets" psy-ops goes to Hollywood

The Netflix movie The White Helmets may win an Oscar in the "short documentary" category at the Academy Awards on Sunday February 26. It will not be a surprise, despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.

The White Helmets are a "feel good" story like a Disney hero movie: 90% myth and fabrication. Most of what is claimed about the Syrian rescue group is untrue. They are not primarily Syrian; the group was initiated by British military contractor James LeMesurier and has been heavily funded (about $100 million) by the USA, UK and other governments. They are not volunteers; they are paid. This is confirmed in the Al Jazeera video which shows some White Helmet "volunteers' talking about going on strike if they don't get paid soon. Most of the heavy funding goes to the marketing which is run by "The Syria Campaign" based in New York. The manager is an Irish America woman Anna Nolan who has never been to Syria. As an example of its deception, "The Syria Campaign" website features video showing children dancing and playing soccer implying they are part of the opposition demand for a "free and peaceful" Syria . But the video images are taken from a 2010 BBC documentary about education in Syria under the Baath government.


Eye 1

Democrat, ex-CIA: The spies plotting against Trump are out of control, violating laws, breaking oaths, committing treason

© Free Republic
Over the past few months, America has lurched from partisan warfare to the cliffs of an existential crisis. Multiple reports show that my former colleagues in the intelligence community have decided that they must leak or withhold classified information due to unsettling connections between President Trump and the Russian Government. Said an intelligence officer: "I know what's best for foreign policy and national security... And I'm going to act on that."

Some of us might applaud this man, including a few of my fellow Democrats. In their minds, this is a case of Mr. Smith Goes to Langley to do battle against a corrupt President Trump.

One small problem. The intelligence officer quoted above was actually Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor whose crime of treason in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets. Many were tortured and executed as a result. Ames' flawed logic is eerily similar to that of his present-day colleagues who are engaged in a shadow war with their commander in chief. They, too, have decided that their superior judgment is more important than following the law.


Comment: "The spies who are plotting against President Trump are breaking U.S. laws. They're violating their oaths. And they're committing treason to remedy (perceived) treason." This is precisely what we need to know. Now, what can be done about it?


Star of David

The tale of two realities: Donald Trump, Israel and Palestine

After what came out after the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, I am not exaggerating if I say that yesterday there was a semi-official announcement of the death of the path of negotiations.

-- Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Feb 16, 2017
It was supremely wicked, and rapidly meandered into horse muddied waters. US President Donald J. Trump had openly expressed what many a US politician has felt but avoided for the sake of false decency: the two-state solution regarding Israel and Palestine was "a bad idea". There was only one supremo in this fight, and it certainly did not entail the downtrodden in Gaza or the West Bank.

In his consistently inconsistent manner before a press corps he has come to loathe, Trump also claimed that he could, "live with two-state or one-state": "I'm looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one both parties like. I'm very happy with the one that both parties like."

Another comment, of the same ilk, was equally gravity defying. "I thought for a while it looked like the two-state, looked it may be the easier of the two, but honestly if Bibi and if the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I'm happy with the one they like the best."

Comment: What ever rhetoric they spout, Israel will de facto agree to neither solution. A two-state solution has been rendered unworkable by the continued theft of Palestinian land. A one-state agreement would nullify Israel's claim to being a "Jewish" state. The dream of Eratz [Greater] Israel is the great goal.


Eye 2

McCain's Munich speech showed Western and Establishment values aren't in sync

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona addressed the Munich Security Conference last week, and his remarks made it clear that he's oblivious to what the average European citizen is thinking these days.

"I know there is profound concern across Europe and the world that America is laying down the mantle of global leadership," McCain said.

Actually, Senator, "global leadership" has become synonymous with failed foreign intervention, and everyone has had enough of it.

McCain said there is "a sense that many of our peoples, including in my own country, are giving up on the West ... that they see it as a bad deal that we may be better off without ... and that while Western nations still have the power to maintain our world order, it is unclear whether we have the will."

No, what people have given up on is establishment collusion and the election of politicians who are more answerable to special interests (and to their own interests) than to those of the average citizen. People no longer believe that actual Western values intersect with the interests of McCain and his colleagues.

Cowboy Hat

Lavrov deep-fries Merkel: US tapped your phone, but you're whining about 'Russian hacking'?

Russia's Foreign Minister points out the obvious. Again.

It's not even up for debate — Sergei Lavrov is in a league of his own. Russia's Foreign Minister mutilates Washington soundbites in his sleep and eats NATO press releases for breakfast — no salt.

As you are well aware, Sergei dropped a payload of painful truth on Mike Pence's smug, smarmy face during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. But that was just a warm-up. Pence is a small fish in a big ocean of idiots.

Eye 2

Watch John Podesta squirm trying to explain #Pizzagate as #fakenews


A real creep
Betrayed by his own body language

We continue to report on what has become known as "Pizzagate" because the taboo subject which it is trying to bring to the mainstream — the reality that the political, business and religious elite of the world systematically abuse children — demands more exposure.

Our last pizzagate-related article highlighted the arrest of a VIP pedophile who has ties to the Clintons and their associates.

Since then, John Podesta and other Clinton associates have gone on the offensive. Podesta wrote a bizarre op-ed in the Washington Post, while another Clinton aide taunted Michael Flynn with Pizzagate "payback" on Twitter (interesting note: Hillary Clitnon retweeted it):

Comment: There's whole lot of smoke around this story. Despite the MSM's best efforts it just won't go away.


Attention

Gaddafi's cousin: Everything Muammar predicted is coming to pass

© Sputnik/ Andrey Stenin
Last week marked the sixth anniversary of the start of the civil unrest referred to in Western countries as the 'Libyan Revolution', which culminated in the murder of Muammar Gaddafi and the destruction of Libyan statehood. Speaking to RIA Novosti, Gaddafi's cousin Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam discussed the situation in Libya, and who was responsible.

Libya's descent into chaos began on February 17, 2011, when protests in the city of Benghazi escalated to a widespread rebellion, concentrated mostly in the eastern portion of the country. In March 2011, as government forces rallied and prepared to crush the revolt, French, British, US, Canadian and Italian forces and allies from Jordan, Qatar, the UAE and Sweden implemented a no-fly zone over Libyan airspace, and launched air strikes against Libyan Army forces.

Comment: More on the evolving situation in Libya:


Treasure Chest

Riyadh-backed Yemeni president says Saudi Arabia gave Yemeni govt $10bn to rebuild

© Naif Rahma / Reuters
Yemen has received $10 billion from Saudi Arabia to rebuild the war-torn country, the Riyadh-backed Yemeni president said.

"Saudi Arabia has provided Yemen with $10 billion," Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi said, as cited by Al Arabiya, during a meeting of his Aden-based government on Wednesday.

A total of $8 billion from the sum will be spent on the reconstruction of government-held areas, with another $2 billion to be used to support Yemen's National Bank, he explained.

According to the president, restoring normal functioning of electricity and the water supply, health, education and communications are among the "urgent priorities" for his government.

Snakes in Suits

Melanie Phillips: The uprising against moral extortion and the return to decency and reason

© SuperScholar
Melanie Phillips
As we never stop being told by furious commentators, Britain and America are descending into a neo-Nazi, xenophobic, fascist hell on earth. Britain's Brexit vote was anti-immigrant. President Trump is a fascist. Steve Bannon, his senior adviser and formerly of Breitbart news site, is a white supremacist.

None of these claims is true. Britain is not anti-immigrant but against uncontrolled mass immigration. President Trump is not a fascist but wants in fact to restore the rule of law and respect for the US constitution. Steve Bannon is not a white supremacist but someone who believes in western national identity based on Judeo-Christian values.

In other words, the opposite of fascism. But those making this charge aren't just diminishing and trivialising the horrors of true fascism or bigotry. They are also demonising all those who voted for Brexit or Trump. Millions of people. One British columnist wrote:
"Compulsive liars shouldn't frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should terrify you. Believers are the liars' enablers. Their votes give the demagogue his power. Their trust turns the charlatan into the president. Their credulity ensures that the propaganda of half-calculating and half-mad fanatics has the power to change the world."

Comment: We might all be in sync with the definition of terms like decency, reason, fascism, moral accountability, but it is the manipulation of these words to meet a biased perspective for a particular and chosen outcome that snags society in confusion and destroys the consensus and confidence of a people. And, that is the game afoot.


Propaganda

In a toss-up between Trump and ISIS, Trump is America's greatest threat

© The Political Insider
Who is more dangerous to the American way of life: ISIS or Donald Trump? The answer is obvious: Trump. This is not some bit of clickbait. I realized anew during Thursday's press flagellation that Trump can wreak far more havoc on America, its vaunted institutions and its people than a terror group on the other side of the world.

First, the facts: Alex Nowrasteh's much-cited Cato Institute analysis of terror attacks on American soil between 1975 and 2015 reveals that an American has a 1 in 3.6 million chance every year of being murdered by a foreign-born terrorist. The rate of death for victims of ISIS is even lower. "The annual chance of being murdered by somebody other than a foreign-born terrorist was 252.9 times greater than the chance of dying in a terrorist attack committed by a foreign-born terrorist," Nowrasteh writes.

You're also 19% more likely to be killed because your clothes catch fire than to be killed by a terrorist in this country. So let's dispense with this notion that our way of life is under siege by ISIS. Terror attacks are horrible and unjustified, but random acts of violence have zero potential to destroy our country.


Comment: Perhaps the public would like to comment on the fear tactics that have riddled the news over the past few years. Perhaps the public would like to have had a say in the decision to train and support ISIS, knowing this scourge has grown exponentially and gone viral in other countries at the hands of the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UK. Too bad all those teensy statistics don't apply to the countries in which ISIS has infested itself. And, when the hand stops feeding it, what then are the "chances?"


President Trump on the other hand...He's not a murderer. He isn't advocating beheading his opponents (yet). But his early moves — and his obvious mental instability — threaten our way of life. Let us count the ways:

Comment: The better question is: Why is this author comparing the new president to a terrorist organization noted for murder and destruction, funded and supported by the former administration? To quote his words: "It's obvious."