The Disgraceful Arrest of Julian Assange

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The UK has no sovereignty! The UK must resist!

These were the words shouted by Wikileaks’ Julian Assange while being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy by British police on Thursday. The cowardly Ecuadorian government invited the cops in to arrest him and take him away, betraying seven years of refuge they had provided him.

Assange’s fear that the British would extradite him to the US (directly or via Sweden) were he to set foot out of the embassy has been vindicated. A UN body classed him as a political refugee and he has received the support of millions around the world for his courageous exposure of Western imperialist machinations and atrocities.

Whatever Assange’s faults, the moral contrast between himself and his persecutors could not be more stark at this point. All those involved in his arrest and extradition to the US are debased cowards who unconscionably prostitute themselves to Washington. Where indeed is the UK’s sovereignty?

This event is a disgrace in modern legal history, and demonstrates multiple things. One, that elite politicians are amoral, unprincipled cowards who are willing to “kill any number of people to stay in power”, to quote Daniel Elsberg, the first modern Assange who exposed the lies that led to and dragged on the genocidal Vietnam war.

The judge branded Assange, a seven-year political refugee whose physical and mental health has clearly deteriorated for the crime of journalism, a “narcissist” driven by “selfish interests”. This “judge” is a coward.

Chelsea Manning refused to testify against her fellow cyber-insurgent, landing her in prison. Resistance of the kind she embodies entails the courage and conviction that her and Assange’s persecutors will never understand.

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Chelsea Manning, Assange’s accomplice in cyber-op against US empire

Whatever Assange’s fate, he has made a massive contribution to the struggle for information, journalism and the right to know. Even if most Westerners are content not to know how much blood is shed in their name in far-off brown countries.

Assange’s arrest sets a dangerous precedent that highlights elite contempt for democracy and the subversive nature of journalism. May its practitioners persevere!

A Critical Analysis of Leaving Neverland

Stay tuned for my upcoming book “Absolving Michael”.

A Critical Analysis of “Leaving Neverland”

“Chemical attack” on Dhouma: Foam, Lies and Videotape

Last month, the Russian MoD warned of an imminent false flag chemical attack by Syrian rebels – complete with cameramen from the White Helmets, a propaganda agency (perhaps more so, judging by their AK-armed celebrations with al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra as seen on Youtube) founded by former MI5 agent James Le Mesurier and funded by the British Foreign Office, USAID and terrorist-funding Qatar – in order to induce Western intervention to rescue their cornered insurgency.

Without independent corroboration, these Russian claims were unverifiable. But then, on April 7 in Dhouma, an alleged chemical attack indeed occurred as forecast by Russia. The Russians then released a video interview with two doctors who work at the hospital where people were treated for the alleged attack, revealing how the White Helmets came in shouting about a gas attack and started dosing people with water.

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Lack of information about this anonymous pair and the lack of proof that that they worked at the hospital gave cause for scepticism. Could they not be Assad agents?

But on this score too the Russians proved reliable: a verified doctor at the hospital in question gave The Independent‘s Robert Fisk, Britain’s most esteemed Middle East correspondent and author of the highly recommended The Great War for Civilization: Conquest of the Middle East, described how a bunch of people came in shouting about a gas attack and brought in alleged victims that they hosed with water. The doctor did not witness the event but cited his colleagues, who said the victims in the video are suffering from hypoxia induced by a dust storm resulting from heavy wind and shelling.

Three more doctors independently confirmed this account, minus the hypoxia claim that is consistent with SOHR reports on April 8 of 21 civilian deaths resulting from a collapsed shelter, to OAN reporter Pearson Sharp, adding that they had cameramen filming it. 30-40 local residents randomly interviewed by Sharp all deny the chemical attack occurred, many of them saying it was staged by Jaish al-Islam, the terror group that was in control of Dhouma.

fisksharp2.png   The Independent’s Robert Fisk (left) and OAN’s Pearson Sharp (right) in Dhouma, Syria

As shown by analysis by blogger MoonofAlabama, in the later videos, some of the same bodies appearing in their earlier videos have been moved around and been added shaving cream for fake mouth foam. Seventeen witnesses have now confirmed the hoax at a Russian-sponsored conference predictably blacked out by the Western media. The UK is being distracted by the royal wedding.

Scott Ritter, who was UNSCOM’s chief weapons inspector in Iraq, said in 1999 that “By 1998…the physical infrastructure (of Iraq’s WMDs) had been eliminated”, recently told Flashpoints radio’s Dennis Bernstein: “The totality of Syria’s chemical weapons program was eliminated (by the OPCW in 2016)”.

Ritter questioned why Syria, on the brink of victory, would launch a West-provoking attack on a site of “zero military value”. He doubted Syria’s role in prior alleged chemical attacks, branding the 2013 Ghouta attack a rebel false flag to provoke Western intervention. Dhouma too was “a staged event, an act of theater”. Had the missile-struck site really stored nerve agent, he added, its bombing would have caused “hundreds if not thousands of deaths”. Yet there were zero!

Washington meanwhile, ever keen to blame Moscow for everything under the sun, has insisted that any evidence may be tampered with by the pesky Russians. Contrary to Western propaganda, it was not Syria (who requested the OPCW investigation) and Russia but Trump’s airstrikes that has stalled the OPCW team’s investigation, having been launched as soon as they arrived.

The failed regime change operation in Syria since 2011, which has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions more displaced from their country, has been designed to replace Assad with a puppet wahabbi regime to isolate growing Iranian-Russian influence in the strategic oil-rich Middle East. To this end, any pretext will do, no matter how bogus.

Seven Myths You’ve Been Told About Russia

A summary of New Cold War propaganda

1. Poisoned Alexander Litvivenko
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The UK Inquiry was a farce: the evidence was classified and witnesses all anonymous. The conclusion was clearly a politically predetermined one. It was, however, the same poison by which Israel assassinated Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

2. Started the 2008 Georgia-South Ossetia conflict
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An European Council investigation found that, despite excessive force by Russia during the course of the war, Georgia – led by a NATO-aspiring puppet of the Bush administration – had started it by attacking South Ossetia in an attempted Western-backed annexation. This contradicts the mass media narrative in the West and demonstrates the hypocrisy of the next lie.

3. Started the Ukraine crisis
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For 200 years, the Crimean port of Sebastopol has been home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which bears historical, cultural and strategic significance for Russia.

By treaty, Russia could keep a maximum of 25,000 troops at the naval base. The viciously anti-Russian regime in Kiev, brought to power by an illegal US-engineered coup the previous February, may well have canceled this lease and evicted the Russian fleet from Crimea, replacing it with a NATO base right on Russia’s doorstep. This prompted Putin’s “invasion”.

In a subsequent referendum overseen by international observers, the majority-Russian population of Crimea overwhelmingly voted for reunification with their Russian motherland, having previously sought to through earlier referendums without success.

4. Shot down MH17

The claim that Russia had supplied the eastern Ukraine rebels with the BUK missile system that ended up downing MH17 was never proven. It has not even been proven that the rebels did it: the Dutch Safety Board’s identification of the weapon as a Buk was flawed and witnesses interviewed by BBC Russia saw MH17 tailored by Ukrainian fighter jets (the real culprit according to analysis by a retired German commercial pilot) just minutes before it was downed. The Russian MoD corroborated this by disclosing radar data.

The Americans have never disclosed their alleged radar data proving separatist responsibility, while Kiev ATC’s decision to divert the low-flying jetliner over a war zone has never been adequately explained. Live Twitter feeds by ATCer “Carlos” say that Ukraine shot it down and subsequently took over the ATC tower.

There are many websites, blogs and Youtube videos forwarding both sides of the MH17 responsibility debate.

5. State-sponsored doping of Russian athletes
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The ban was based solely on the McLaren report, whose flaws are outlined by Consortium News’ Rick Sterling:

-It relied primarily on the testimony of one person, the former Director of Moscow Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, who was implicated in extorting Russian athletes for money and was the chief culprit with strong interest in casting blame somewhere else.

-It accused Russian authorities without considering their defense and contrary information.

-It excluded a written submission and documents provided by a Russian authority.

-It failed to identify individual athletes who bemefited but instead cast suspicion on the entire team.

-It ignored the statistical data compiled by WADA which show Russian violations to be NOT exceptional.

-It failed to provide the source for quantitative measurements.

-It claimed to have evidence but failed to reveal it.

Sterling further observes that the “whistleblowing” Stepanovs were themselves involved in doping and therefore had bias in pushing blame higher up the ladder to the Russian state. They now live in the US, suggesting possible political bias too.

6. Interfered in the US presidential election
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Perhaps the most outrageous allegation yet and the bogus pretext behind the so-called RussiaGate scandal, referred to by some as the New McCarthyism and whose realreal agenda is to solidify US elite and public opinion against Russia.

When it comes to hard evidence, the ludicrous claim that Putin put Trump in the White House is predictably lacking:
having reviewed one “bombshell” report after another, the House on US Intelligence finally concluded that there was no proof of Russian interference.

During the 2016 election campaign, Trump’s Democratic opponent Hilary Clinton claimed that all seventeen US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russia hacked into the DNC computer system. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper later clarified that this was only the conclusion of agents he had handpicked from the three umbrella agencies, not all seventeen. Clapper probably handpicked fellow Russiophobes: Russians, he believes, are “almost genetically” anti-Western!

For broader analysis debunking the RussiaGate story, go to consortiumnews.com

7. Poisoned the Skripals
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The UK High Court ruled that “the [blood] samples tested positive for the presence of Novichok class nerve agent, or a closely related agent“. The latter phrase could refer to literally any nerve agent, of which most were developed in Germany and the UK, not Russia.

The formula for Novichok has been in the public domain since 2008 and the nerve agent has been successfully developed by Cuba and Iran. Since 1992, the Americans have been assisting Uzbekistan shut down the old Soviet plant that allegedly produced it. London’s claim that only the Russians had access to Novichok is therefore a demonstrable lie.

Why Russia would poison this man eight years since his pardoning, much less on the eve of its presidential election and three months before hosting the World Cup, is anyone’s guess. Why the West would want to poison this man in order to convince the UN to authorise a US invasion of Syria, where its regime change operation is collapsing rapidly, is every thinking person’s strong suspicion. Russia and Damascus had just uncovered a chemical weapons factory in East Ghouta, the last stronghold of a fledging Western-backed terrorist insurgency.

For more critical analysis of the Skripal case, go to off-guardian.org

Why the West is against Russia and China

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Here’s more shit for your face.

Such is how former US President Bill Clinton recalled his relationship with Russia’s first post-Soviet President Boris Yeltsin, an unscrupulous drunk who oversaw his country’s shock transition to free market capitalism.

Yeltsin’s imposition of the IMF’s “shock therapy” measures, assisted by Clinton-sponsored academics led by Harvard’s Jeffrey Sachs, spelt disaster for the Russian people: 30% were plunged into poverty, most of their savings were wiped out by hyperinflation sparked by the removal of price controls, the GDP halved and crime and corruption soared. As Clinton preached the wonders of capitalism during a speech in Moscow, people froze to death in the streets: American beneficence at its finest.

The Western press praised Yeltsin as Russia’s first democrat. Putin, by contrast, is given pariah status by the same press today, which never extends its self-righteous hysteria against Russia – by now bordering on the psychotic – to Western ally Saudi Arabia for its stoning of gays, much less its largely unreported slaughter of Yemeni women and children with American and British supplied weaponry.

Where in the West do you hear that Putin has presided over a record reduction in Russian poverty? Yeltsin did the opposite and was praised. Putin’s unforgivable sin has been to pull Russia from the chaos of the Yeltsin era and restore the country’s sovereignty.

Eurasia: The Grand Imperial Prize

With its huge geographic size and strategic location, a powerful and sovereign Russia poses a direct challenge to America’s dominance over Eurasia, home to much of the world’s markets and resources: the ‘Grand Chessboard’ concept developed during the 1990s by the late godfather of global jihadism Zbniew Brzezinski.

From the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to the BRICS alliance to the Eurasian Economic Union, Russia has formed an eastern sphere of influence with China and Iran that undercuts America’s post-WWII hegemony. Like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, the aforementioned nations are poised to stop trading in the dollar. China has just announced the “petro-yuan”.

The US is determined to maintain its unipolar order and reverse the new multipolar dawn by a desperate gunpoint strategy: seizing on “Russian aggression” in Ukraine, NATO has carried out the biggest buildup on Russia’s borders since WWII, generating over sixty near-miss incidents with Russian forces. Any one of these incidents could have sparked a terminal nuclear war.

In response to China’s military and (enormous) economic rise, Washington’s “Pivot to Asia” has sought to redeploy 60% of US naval and air assets to the Asia Pacific by 2020. In the event of war, the Pentagon’s “AirSea Battle” plan envisages huge missile strikes on China and a naval blockade of her economic chokepoints in the South China Sea, where US incursions to challenge Beijing’s articial airstrips have raised the spectre of a devastating conflagration.

The Historic Crisis of Imperialism

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Fifteen years ago last month, the Middle East was plunged into chaos by the illegal invasion of Iraq. Like the Nazi attack on Poland in 1939, “Shock and Awe” was a textbook case of the crime of aggression, described at Nuremberg as the worst of all crimes because it is responsible for, and hence encompasses, all the evil consequences that follow.

A million deaths later, we have seen a failed Western regime change operation in Syria, where Assad’s ouster would isolate growing Russian and Iranian influence in the Middle East. Having failed to transform Iraq and Afghanistan into strategic outposts and reassert its control over the energy markets of the Middle East and Central Asia, the West is desperate to salvage its declining hegemony.

Impunity has emboldened the war criminals: today, fabricated WMD lies are directed not against defenceless Iraq but nuclear-armed Russia. Washington’s determination to sustain a dying unipolar order portends an even greater, perhaps terminal, calamity for the great mass of humanity. Unless, for its own sake and that of its children, it finally awakens from its long slumber.

Why Hasn’t Britain’s Finest Journalist Received a Knighthood?

“What we need is a Fifth Estate: a journalism that monitors, deconstructs and counters propaganda and teaches the young to be agents of people, not power”. John Pilger

The winner of multiple awards including a BAFTA, the reportage and filmmaking of Australian journalist John Pilger have highlighted injustices around the world. His latest works, Utopia (2013) and The Coming War on China (2016), respectively highlight the racist policies against indigenous Australia and the growing prospect of nuclear war between America and China.

Based in London, UK since 1962, Pilger first came to prominence with The Quiet Mutiny, a World in Action special that exposed the disintegration of the US army in Vietnam. From then, he made a string of World in Action specials. His prime was when he highlighted the Pol Pot genocide in 1970s Cambodia, which raised $45m in aid.

He went on to highlight two more genocides: the Western-armed Indonesian occupation of East Timor, wiping out 25-33% of the population, and the horrendous US-UK economic embargo on Iraq that, according to UNICEF, killed half a million children under the age of 5.

With his 2004 ITV special Stealing A Nation, Pilger broad to light British Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s depopulation of Diego Garcia – British citizens – to turn it into an American base in the 1960s, a crime the BBC failed to mention in its program about Wilson’s chief accomplice Defence Secretary Denis Healey following his passing a couple of years ago. Those complicit in the cover-up of this atrocity against British citizens were knighted by the Queen, “standard for that kind of behaviour” (Pilger).

His first cinema documentary, The War on Democracy (2007), highlighted the social justice movements sweeping Latin America, a victim of endless US-backed coups that installed ruthless Cold War dictators, centering on the remarkable social reforms of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The film discusses what is sometimes called ‘the first 9/11’: the CIA-backed overthrow of the democratically elected President of Chile Salvador Allende. This coup installed a fascist tyrant, General Pinochet, who butchered tens of thousands of dissidents as he turned the Chilean economy into the first ‘free market’ guinea pig. “You helped bring democracy to Chile”, Thatcher praised him when she intervened to prevent the mass murderer’s deportation from Britain in 1998. A speciality of Pinochet’s ‘democratic’ rape gangs was vaginal electrocution. A lifelong friend, Thatcher attended his deathbed.

In his second cinema documentary, The War You Don’t See (2010), Pilger highlighted the role of the Anglo-American media in uncritically promoting the Bush/Blair propaganda that led to the Iraq War, in which former CBS anchor Dan Rather confessed to having perhaps made the war possible by his and the rest of the media’s role as “stenographers”.

“In other words”, says Pilger, “had journalists done their job, had they questioned and investigated the propaganda instead of amplifying it, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children might be alive today; and millions might not have fled their homes; the sectarian war between Sunni and Shia might not have ignited, and the infamous Islamic State might not now exist”.

This is what defines Pilger’s greatness as a journalist. He was one of only a few journalists who critically investigated the lies and propaganda concerning Saddam’s fabricated WMDs. Indeed, to the extent that investigation is a core journalistic prerogative, it is arguable that most journalists are now, to borrow Pilger’s term, “anti-journalists”: establishment propagandists in a corporate media system that distorts, omits and lies in the service of the 1%.

“The most effective propaganda is found not in the Sun or on Fox News”, Pilger insists, “but beneath a liberal halo. When the New York Times published claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, its fake evidence was believed, because it wasn’t Fox News; it was the New York Times. The same is true of the Washington Post and the Guardian…”.

It should be obvious why John Pilger, unlike Trevor McDonald with his sycophantic series on the Queen, has never received a knighthood. In spite of your deeds (good or bad), the Queen insists on conformity. In retrospect, his failure to receive one is a badge of honour.

To read and watch Pilger’s articles and films, go to johnpilger.com

Nuclear Apocalypse: A True Possibility

How the US buildup against Russia and China threatens to unleash nuclear catastrophe

On August 6 1945, the United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Japan. The subsequent Cold War between the West and Soviet Russia witnessed the most dangerous flashpoints in human history.

Today, as NATO carries out the biggest military buildup on Russia’s borders since Hitler’s invasion of the USSR in 1941, the spectre of an accidental nuclear war has returned with a vengeance.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the U.S. conducts a parallel encirclement strategy against China, whose economic and military rise marks the end of American dominance in the Asia Pacific.

Author Jimmy Colwill journeys through the genesis of the nuclear age and the string of dangerous historical flashpoints ever since 1945, culminating in today’s Eurasian tinderbox.

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