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Biden and Nuland Promised to Destroy Nordstream before the Russian Invasion

People from the Danish Defence Academy, other military experts – e.g. those of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation – most major Danish media and – of course – the Ukrainian President’s advisor uniformly point – to Russia as the saboteur of the Nordstream gas pipelines near Bornholm, the Danish island south of Sweden.
The Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen and Defence Minister Bødskov, however, are a little lower than usual on Russia, pointing out …

Sea Level Acceleration

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This article addresses the most current research on sea level rise, as well as adaptation measures being taken around the world. Of special interest, brilliant adaptation measures are taking place in the face of higher seas.

“Sea level has been fairly stable for 6,000 years, which is most of human civilization… but its risen eight (8) inches or twenty (20) centimeters in the last century, and the rate is tripling right now.” ((John Englander, Expert on Sea Level Rise, Talks with US Harbors About Changing Coastal Waters, July …

The Persecution of Julian Assange

Everything You Need to Know by Taylor Hudak

In this video, Activism Munich journalist Taylor Hudak speaks at the Better Way Conference in Vienna and gives a compact overview of the United States’ persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Truss’ Mauling is a Sharp Reminder that the City can Bend Any Politician to its Will

The same ‘market discipline’ currently giving Britain’s PM a bloody nose would have crushed a Corbyn programme if he’d won power

There are two lessons to learn from the UK’s current economic meltdown – and commentators are obscuring both of them.
The first, and more obvious conclusion, is that Britain has a completely dysfunctional political and media system that has allowed two mediocre, clueless careerists like Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng to reach the pinnacle of the power pyramid – and then car-crash the economy because they refused to listen to economic advisers whose sole job was to stop them sabotaging a system carefully calibrated to maintain a transatlantic Ponzi scheme designed to enrich a wealth elite while trashing …

I Bless the [Covid Stats] Down in Africa

According to official [sic] statistics, despite all of the advanced medical knowledge in the Home of the Brave™, 95.8 million cases of Covid-19 occurred in the U.S. — of which, a total of 1.05 million people died.

According to official [sic] statistics, only 68.3% of Americans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

According to Science™ [sic], those unjabbed Americans are surely to blame.

Now dig this: According to the CDC, only 21.6 percent of all Africans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Here are some …

Second Thoughts

Opportunistic Interests: The US-Pacific Island Declaration

If ever there was a blatant statement of realpolitik masquerading as friendliness, the latest US-Pacific Island declaration must count as one of them.  The Biden administration has been busy of late, wooing Pacific Island states in an effort to discourage increasingly sharp tilt towards China.  It has been spurred on, in no small way, by Beijing’s failure in May to forge a trade and security pact with Pacific Island countries.

In July, Vice President Kamala Harris was given the task of spreading the good word to those attending the Pacific Islands Forum that the US “is a proud Pacific …

The Attack on the Russian Pipelines Are Ultimately a Sign of Weakness

Earlier this week an incident occurred that represents a new and alarming threat to peace in the world. I am referring of course to the attack upon two Russian pipelines that occurred in the Baltic Sea. The pipelines, named Nord Stream I and II were designed to bring Russian gas to the European market. Nord Stream II was currently inoperable, its German recipient having made the decision (or was it made for them?) to not accept the gas that it bought.

There has been intense speculation online about who was responsible for what can only be described as a terrorist attack. …

Anti-Assimilationist Manifesto: The Movers and the Stayers of Europe

1—Stayers and movers
In the media and politics, we hear constantly about the problem of assimilation. How will “migrants” assimilate to our culture? How do we encourage people who have moved here to adapt to our way of life? How do we encourage “refugees” to become part of the local culture?
One problem with these anxieties is that they presume there is a unified identity within certain borders. If we wonder how migrants will adapt to German culture, we presume that “German culture” is a real referent, that there is something that unifies …

US Hybrid War against Venezuela Goes to Court

The Case of Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab

Ambassador Alex Saab, a victim of the US economic war to achieve regime change in Venezuela, has been under arrest for over two years. This article recounts the developments in the diplomat’s court case. Saab is fighting against his illegal detention and extradition before the 8th District Court in Miami.

As Venezuela’s special envoy and a deputy ambassador to the African Union, Saab has diplomatic immunity from arrest and detention under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Although a party to the convention, the US has flouted this principle of international law.

Judicial overreach on political grounds

Alex Saab was targeted by …

Fake Reporting on Blown-up Pipelines and Russia’s “Annexation” of Donbass: Open Letter to the NYT

Dear Editor of the once-upon-a-time Famous-for-truth New York Times,

With headlines like this:

Sabotaged Pipelines and a Mystery.  Who did it?  (Was it Russia?)

even suggesting that Russia may have blown up its own pipeline, the NYT is killing its last vestige of credibility.

You know exactly this is a lie.

The only force that has a vital interest in doing so is the US/NATO conglomerate — to make sure there is no way Germany could change its mind and go back on its decision to let its people freeze to death this winter, and to economically destroy Germany, THE economic force and leader …

Creating the Good Anthropocene: Towards a Socialist Future

Capitalism has always had a chorus of sirens that have striven to allure Homo sapiens from thinking they had any chance to escape its clutches. Margaret Thatcher proclaimed ‘there is no alternative’ in 1980. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, Francis Fukuyama declared the ‘End of History’ in 1992. Given the fall of the Soviet Union, the decline and isolation of the Cuban economy, and the dominance of the ‘Washington Consensus’, the decade after the Cold War was one of capitalist triumphalism. It was during that time the Marxist literary critic Frederic Jameson famously wrote that ‘it is …

Norman Solomon Interview

Events continue to unfold at a quickening pace. Facing an alarming escalation in tensions around the world, we asked Norman Solomon for his most current thoughts. We focus on the realities of the international power struggle unfolding in real time, specifically addressing the role of the U.S. in the tensions and its capacity to reduce them.

Norman Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, activist, and former U.S. congressional candidate. He is a long time associate of the media watch group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. In 1997 he founded the Institute for Public …

Federal Bureau of Intimidation

The Government’s War on Political Freedom

In so many of the little places of everyday life in which life is lived out, somehow democracy doesn’t exist. And one of the creeping hands of totalitarianism running through the democracy is the Federal Bureau of Investigation… Because why does the FBI do all this? To scare the hell out of people… They work for the establishment and the corporations and the politicos to keep things as they are. And they want to frighten and chill the people who are trying to change things.

— Howard Zinn, historian

Discredit, disrupt,

I’ll Never Know What it is to be a Bat: I’m batty for bat week!

international bat awareness week leading up to Halloween

Lately, I’ve been thinking about bats. A few dozen have been flying around our Waldport, Oregon, Cyprus tree: California Myotis, Fringed Myotis, and the Big Brown Bat. Near White Salmon, WA, I have seen dozens of  Silver-Haired Bats, flying low to the ground on 20 acres we own.

This creature accounts for almost a third of all mammal species (more than 1,400). Bats are both talisman and a bright memory in these dark times.

Recall: Bats and the SARS-CoV2 used to be the talk of the town, beginning March 2020. More than 90 coronas have been …

From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side is the PA On?

The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel.

PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation activists. Several Palestinians have died in the past as a result of PSS violence, the latest being Nizar Banat who was tortured to death on June 24, 2021. The killing of Banat ignited a popular revolt against the PA throughout Palestine.

For years, various Palestinian and …

Gautam Adani: Ecological Crossdresser

Imagine the tobacco producer who invests in smoke limitation programs, or the arms manufacturer who attends a conference proposing to ban weapons and seek a better future.  Gautam Adani, one of India’s most ruthlessly adept billionaires, has added his name to the growing list of corporate transvestism, using ecological credentials as his camouflage for fossil fuel predation.

The central feature of Adani is having a nose for getting on the bandwagon and pushing to its front.  Everyone is doing it, at least when it comes to renewable energy sources.  Recently, the Adani Group, an entity specialising in power generation, real estate, …

Edward Curtin on “At the Lost and Found”

Jesse Zurawell interviews Edward Curtin on his article “At the Lost and Found.”

To Question or Not

Is questioning a question a question?

The Radical Enlightenment: The Role of Science in the Battle Between Christianity and Pantheism

The French Academy of Sciences was established in 1666.

Lest we forget, the birth of modern physics and cosmology was achieved by Galileo, Kepler and Newton breaking free not from the close confining prison of faith (all three were believing Christians, of one sort or another) but from the enormous burden of the millennial authority of Aristotelian science. The scientific revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was not a revival of Hellenistic science but its final defeat.
— David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: The Christian

“Will of the People” vs. Political Process: A View From the U.S.

It’s no secret that the political process in the U.S. has devolved from “consensus” to “contest,” with political factions on the Left (“liberals”) championing the inclusion of marginalized groups, freedom of choice and environmental concerns; while those on the Right (“conservatives”) increasingly standing for preserving the status quo, if not rolling back some progressive advances, and privilege, particularly of white males.

After this year’s Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, threatening women’s right to have an abortion, I read a report that, according to surveys, most people in the U.S. support …

Without Culture, Freedom Is Impossible

Roberto Matta (Chile), Cuba es la capital (‘Cuba Is the Capital’), 1963.

In 2002, Cuba’s President Fidel Castro Ruz visited the country’s National Ballet School to inaugurate the 18th Havana International Ballet Festival. Founded in 1948 by the prima ballerina assoluta Alicia Alonso (1920–2019), the school struggled financially until the Cuban Revolution decided that ballet – like other art forms – must be available to everyone and so must be socially financed. At …

China is Capitalist

The Religiosity of "The Myth of Chinese Capitalism"

https://chuangcn.org/2022/03/china-faq-capitalist/
The Greanville Post recently republished China watcher Jeff Brown’s 2015 piece, “The Myth of Chinese Capitalism“. Brown calls the supposed myth, “One of the greatest fabrications of Western media, among academics and on Wall Street…” He asserts that the West promotes a “self-assuring message…that China is fully in the fold of Western capitalism, except…Beijing plays dirty, using its own set of rules” (emphasis in the original). Further, he disputes the “superficial image” of China as “just a copycat, eastern version of crass Americana.” He is correct that these …

NWO Hamster Wheel

Where does one find truth in media?

Pandemic? Great Reset? How about… a beginner’s mind?

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s, there are few.” 

Has there ever been a more urgent time to embrace many possibilities? This age of pervasive uncertainty and division may well be very fertile ground for questioning our assumptions and interrogating our beliefs. In fact, we just might be living in the ideal time to accept that there are limitless ways to perceive even the most contentious issues.

Expert vs. Beginner

The expert’s …

The Democratic Party, Now the Leading Party of War

 Last May a remarkable column by Stephen Kinzer appeared in the Boston Globe.  It was headlined: “Republicans Return To Their Roots As The Antiwar Party.”

More significantly, the subheading ran: “Since the Vietnam era, Americans have come to expect antiwar rhetoric from liberal Democrats. Cancel that.” It began:

With Americans now engulfed in passion for Ukraine, it wasn’t surprising that President Biden proposed sending $33 billion worth of weaponry and other aid to Ukraine’s beleaguered military. Nor was it surprising that Congress raised the number to $40 billion, or that both the Senate and House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in

Whitewashing at Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral

Be careful who you praise and the degree of zeal you do it with.  The slain Shinzo Abe, shot dead in Nara on July 8, towered over Japanese politics.  In doing so, he cast a lengthy shadow.  In death, this shadow continues to grow ever more darkly.

The reaction from certain figures outside Japan left an impression of distorted admiration.  There was Hillary Clinton’s cloying tribute about Abe being “a champion of democracy and a firm believer that no economy, society, or country can achieve its full potential if women are left behind.”

The tribute was a classic reminder of how …

Outcomes from the SCO Meeting

News on China No. 116

This week’s News on China in 2 minutes.

• Outcomes from the SCO meeting
• Challenges for China’s “sandwich generation”
• China releases a report on food and nutrition
• Archaeological work on ancient Chinese civilization

Humanity Will Eat Itself Through Violence, War, Hatred and Neglect

Even Seven Billion Simple Acts of Kindness will not Alter the Outcome

Mutilation & Burning at the Stake: United States 1899 in the US State of Georgia:

Sam Hose was brought to a patch of land known as the old Troutman field. Newspapers reported that members of the mob used knives to sever Hose’s ears, fingers and genitals while others plunged knives repeatedly into his body, to cheers from the mob. Men and boys gathered kindling from the nearby woods to create a pyre. The skin from Hose’s face was removed, and he was doused with kerosene. He was then chained to a pine tree. Several matches were thrown onto the pyre by

From Exodus to Marvel

A Brief History of Hollywood’s Justification of Israeli War Crimes

The introduction of an Israeli Mossad agent as the latest Marvel movie character crosses the line, even by Hollywood’s poor moral standards. However, the Israeli superhero, Sabra, must be understood within the rational progression of the Israelification of Hollywood, a phenomenon that is surprisingly new.

Sabra is a relatively old character, dating back to a Marvel comic, the Incredible Hulk, in 1980. On September 10, however, it was announced that the Israeli character will be included in an upcoming Marvel film, ‘Captain America: New World Order’.

Expectedly, many pro-Palestine activists in the United States and around the world fumed. It …