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نوروز امسال: نیک پرس
نوروز امسال: نیک پرس
نیک پرس، با افتخار، امیدوار وآرزومند است که فرارسیدن فروردین و نوروز،
این فراشگرد فروزندهٔ فرهنگ ایرانی، بر همهٔ شهروندان شیدا و شیفتهٔ سر زمین کهن و
زرخیز و زرفام، ایران زمین، خجسته و فرخنده باشد!
امید است که نوروز امسال شروع دیگری باشد که ایرانیان در سراسر گیتی،
با فراست وفرزانگی و فرهیختگی پیروزمندانه، بسان پارتیزانهای پیشرو و پیشاهنگ، پژواک
گر و مشعل دار مدنیت ملی، بر فرازستان بشریت باشند تا با اتخاذ گروش به راه و روش اعتقاد
و اعتماد به مقاومت مداوم و مقتدرانهٔ خویش در جهت همبستگی، همگرایی وهمبودگی، هم سویی
وهم گونی ملی و وارستگی سیاسی ـ اقتصادی، آلبته با اهداف دست یازیدن به قلعهٔ ایده
آل های ایرانی، بتوانند چون گذشتهٔ دورتر، اما اکنون بیشتر،
نقشه های ابلیسانه و اهریمنانهٔ جانیان جهانی، یعنی یاغی های اروپايئ
و یانگی ها ی آمریکایی را که با سلاح و سخن تهدید وتحریم، تخریب وترور، تزویر و ترفند،
با آمیزه ای آغشته و آمیخته به دروغ و دیو دروج، و با تکیه بر مدد مزدوران وموریدان
مرتد و مکار، چون دوزخیان دون پایهٔ ایرانی نما، که با دژآهنگی و کژآهنگی سیاسی وبا
سپر سرسپردگی، جاسوسی و سالوسی به همراه چاکری و چابلوسی، در تلاشند تا سرعت سمند تکامل
وتداوم تمدن ایران را سترون سازند را با سرسختی سرآفرازانه وسرورمنشانه با عقل و عاطفه
و علاقهٔ ملی ـ میهنی، سد نمایند!
فروردین 93 .سوئد: نیک پاکپو
ریشهٔ، سعودی ـ سلفی، تروریسم!
ریشهٔ، سعودی ـ سلفی، تروریسم
گوینده : نیک پاکپور”NICK PAKPOOR”
گوینده چون گذ شته سعی می کند که تلاش تحلیلی وتشخیصی و تحقیقی خود را، براساس واقعیت های عینی و پر پایه پویش و پژوهش پروسه های تاریخی وتکوینی،تطوری استوار ساخته، تا از داوری عجولانه و غیر عادلانه، پرهیز نماید! تا بدین وسیله توانسته باشم مرزهای مخدوش شده، مغشوش شده، بین طلب کاران وتهبه کاران، تهدید گران، تخریب گران وتجاوزگران، قصابان وغارتگران سیاسی را با مشعل دارن معتقد مقاومت مداوم ومحکم، ملی گرایان ومختارگران مقتدر ومتمدن جهان را که حاضر نیستند، سروری مشتی جلاد جانی، جهادی را، با سر خم کنی پذیرا شوند، را بطور صحیح وصرافانه از همدیگر متمایز، سازم. امید است که منشاء تفکر زنده وزاینده در جهت بیداری، بصیرندگی وبسیجندگی همگانی باشد، یا شاید، کوششی باشد که سیاست را از سطح عامیانه وعوام پسندانه وناآگاهانه به سطح آگاهانه وهوشیارانه وآکادمیک شناسانه، ارتقاء داده باشم ! برای تحقیق وتشخیص تکوینی وتاریخی، ریشه و رویش و افزایش، تروریسم جانی ،جهانی، می بیست عقربه زره بین سنج زمان را به سال های قبل وبعد از جنگ جهانی اول ، عقب گرد داد، یعنی زمانی که امپراتوری تشنه تسلط وتصرف، تاراج وتجاوز بریتانیا با دستپاچکی و desperateکوشش می کند که بر تسلط عثمانی بر مناطق عرب نشین و بادیه نشین یا bedouin ، خاورمیانه به خاطر دست یازیدن به Titanic نفتی، پایان دهد. لذا در سال 1917 میلادی، امپراتوری بریتانیا موفق می شود که Ibn Saud را که بصورت کلان های conjugal به همراه انواع واقسام تشکل هی tribalism - traditional فامیلی، قبیله ای، بدوی،بیابانی زندگی می کردند را به client و colonial خود بدل کند. نیک پاکپور
یاداشت ها: Notes 1-How do you spell ”Terrorist” C I A By William Engdahl 2-Saudi Arabia and CIA Behind Terror Bombings in Southern Russia? By Bill Van Auken 3-Who is behind Syria’s “Opposition Rebels”? Mother Agnes Mariam versus the US Media By Rob Prince 4-Global Terrorism and Saudi Arabia: Bandar’s Terror Network By Prof. James Petras 5-World Renowned Peace Activist Collaborated with Stratfor and CIA By Steve Horn and Carl Gibson 6-Volgograd and the Conquest of Eurasia: Has the House of Saud seen its Stalingrad? By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya 7-Saudi digging own grave with its Middle East policies PressTV 8-Bibi and Bandar Badger Obama by FRANKLIN LAMB 9-Rothschild’s Saudi Lapdog Armed Syrian and Libyan Rebels by Dean Henderson 10-On Western Terrorism from Hiroshima to Drone warfare By Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek
توافق یا تطابق ایران با امریکا؟
توافق یا تطابق ایران با امریکا؟
به باور گوینده الیت سیاسی و نظامی ایران که در سه دهه گذ شته با ایستادگی اوستادانه در دفاع از وارستگی ملی، شطرنج سیاسی را شرافتدمندانه و سرافرازانه،بازی کرده است اجازه چینین کاری را به یاغی های غربی و یانگی های امریکایی نخواهد داد تا بساط شبه شوم وابستگی را دوباره در کشور زرفام و زرخیز زروان و زرتشت بگستراند. فراست ، فرزانگی و فریختیگی ایرانیان از فراشگرد فردایی حکایت و روایت می کند که نمازگذارانش بامهراب خون شهیدان به سجده وسپاس چون سپا با همگرای وهم صداءی و همراهی در همبستگی وهمبودگی، سرافرازانه و هو شیارانه به رژه ایستاده اند
Video: US troops put boots on Polish ground as Ukraine crisis spirals
Published on Apr 24, 2014
The first wave of US troops has arrived in Poland to begin military drills "promoting peace and stability" across Eastern Europe. Tensions continue to mount in the region, as Ukraine teeters on the brink of a civil war
WAR in Slavyansk
Video: Ukrainian troops APCs, choppers amid burning checkpoint in Slavyansk
Published on Apr 24, 2014
NOTE: Video partly muted
Fighting erupted again just outside Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine. Kiev restarted anti-terrorism operation leaving a checkpoint in ruin. Ukrainian troops take photos alongside APCs as Choppers fly overhead.
Who wins the battle
Russia or US: Who wins the battle over Ukraine?
by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, … with Press TV, Tehran
The following video of Press TV’s In Focus program is an excellent review of the Crimean turnover with lots of local input. This kind of coverage was censored out of Western reporting that seemed to have been been tasked to find evidence of suppression and invasion, which they did not find.
Despite that, Western leaders and NeoCon media continued to pitch the invasion line, and strangely even continued it past the 96.7 devastating vote with an 84% turnout.
In the face of total rejection by the people of what the West was telling them was happening to them, the West just stuck with the old saying, “If you tell a lie enough times it will become the truth to all who heard it.” This is the sad state of affairs for our Western media, and by consequence…ourselves.
As Crimean-like dissent is raging on in eastern Ukraine, experts believe the crisis is a new cold war between the US and Russia wondering who will win this battlefield.
Professor Yuri Katunin from Taurida National University says “this is definitely a conflict between America and Russia.” And on the outcome of this conflict, he adds, “I think it is too early to say who will win.”
Also on the rising conflict between the two super-powers, Jim W. Dean managing editor of Veterans Today believes “the US wanted its missile shield moved closer to Russia, an obvious aggressive move which Russia had done nothing to encourage,” adding, “There will be ‘far reaching consequences’ as Mr. Rasmussen has said… but for the real planners and perpetrators of the Western aggression on Ukraine.”
Political crisis erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. Following Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17 and formally applied to become part of Russia.
Pro-Russia rallies gained momentum in Ukraine after Crimea declared independence from the former Soviet state and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum.
On March 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law documents that officially made the Black Sea peninsula part of the Russian territory despite condemnation from the West and the new Ukrainian government.
The move sparked angry reactions from the United States and the European Union, both imposing punitive measures against a number of Russian officials and authorities in Crimea.
Turkish Role in Syria Ch
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, April 7
Published on Apr 7, 2014
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Saudi Arabia and the al-Qaeda Monster (3/5)
Madawi Al-Rasheed: Saudi Arabia helped create a network of terrorism to achieve political aims, and while it does come back to bite them at times, they promote a similar ideology and continue to these alliances - April 3, 14
PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay.
We're continuing our discussion about U.S.-Saudi relations, and we're going to dig in in this segment into the Saudi relationship with al-Qaeda type forces, extreme Islamists.
And now joining us again from London is Madawi Al-Rasheed. She's a visiting professor at the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her recent publications include A History of Saudi Arabia and A Most Masculine State.
Thanks for joining us again, Madawi.
MADAWI AL-RASHEED, MIDDLE EAST CENTRE, LSE: Thank you.
JAY: So I mentioned in an earlier segment that the joint congressional committee investigating 9/11 had found that the Saudi government was responsible for financing and facilitating the 9/11 attacks. And I interviewed Senator Bob Graham, who was cochair of that congressional investigating committee, and I asked him why he thought the Saudis had done this, and his answer was that bin Laden had told the Saudi king or the Saudi royal regime that he had 10,000 fighters that he could send to Saudi Arabia to try to develop an uprising against the Saudi royal family if they didn't help him launch these attacks. I don't know if Bob knows that for sure or not, Bob Graham, I don't know whether it's true or not true in terms of their motivation, but it is a kind of reflection of this very complicated relationship, where on the one hand, bin Laden's force, you know, when he was alive, certainly seemed to make the Saudi regime his main enemy, other than perhaps Shia. He talked about the way the Saudis' royal family had sold out to the Americans and such. On the other hand, there's all kinds of evidence that the Saudis have worked with these forces in Afghanistan and in many other places. So what is the nature of this relationship?
AL-RASHEED: It is a very complex relationship. To begin with, Saudi Arabia wanted to use Islamism in its fight against any external threat that may have an internal impact. I'll give you one example. In the 1950s and '60s, Saudi Arabia saw the threat to its regime coming from the leftist movement in the Arab world, and also from Arab nationalism, and it used Islamism as a counter-force to actually destroy these two movements. And therefore it sponsored Islamic education, it sponsored Islamic opinions that depict these movements as atheism. And also, during the Cold War, it enlisted its ideology on behalf of the West in order to fight battles elsewhere, such as, for example, in Afghanistan. And therefore the Saudi-Wahhabi dimension of all this al-Qaeda is extremely important, although the Saudi regime tries to distance itself from this kind of radicalism.
JAY: I think it's important to note that Eisenhower is quoted as saying that we will use--we being the United States--use the Saudis and their role in defending Mecca to help promote Wahhabism and the Saudi power to fight Nasserism, nationalism, and socialism. I may not have the quote exact, but I'm pretty close. And, of course, we know how much the CIA worked directly with the Saudis in Afghanistan. In fact, bin Laden gets to Afghanistan in a deal between the Saudis and the Americans.
AL-RASHEED: Yes, absolutely. This was part of the Cold War strategy, and Saudi Arabia deployed its ideology and support, and also funds, in order to fight wars elsewhere.
But the problem for Saudi Arabia is when this ideology came back to haunt the country itself. But it is almost like having a battle with your own ideology. And therefore it's very difficult for the Saudis to get rid of this kind of menace. And they haven't learned lessons from 9/11.
So if you look at what is going on in Syria now, they have--the Saudis have created armed rebels who are actually almost working on behalf of the Saudis in Syria, so that the Syrian revolution was derailed and lost its democratic slogans, and now it's--became a sectarian war between different groups, Shia and the Sunnis. And with Saudi intervention, we find that the rebels who were promoted were called the Islamic Front. And we have seen how this was unfolding in Syria.
Until recently, Saudi Arabia allowed its own young men to travel to Syria, or if it didn't allow them, it kept a blind eye. And only recently, just a week before Obama's visit, Saudi Arabia introduced this new antiterrorism law which says that anybody who goes to Syria and come back will face 20 years in prison.
An interesting thing is, yes, we may keep a blind eye on those people going, but we're going to arrest them when they come back. But there was no effort that was obvious to me that they will make sure they will not go there to fight--.
JAY: Well, it may be that they're going to make them stay there and fight, with a law like that.
AL-RASHEED: I think the best thing that Saudi regime can hope for is for them to go and die there.
JAY: That's sort of what I was saying.
There seems to have been a change from the days when the Saudis seemed to be very concerned about attacks on their regime in Saudi Arabia from al-Qaeda forces. There seems to have been a kind of accommodation in some way that now, in fact, it seems that the al-Qaeda type forces are almost, like, part of the way the Saudis wage asymmetrical warfare and use them in leverage. I mean, the most obvious place is in Syria, but you see it in Iraq. But then you see these threats--you know, I talked about 9/11, but we know about Bandar's threat, Prince Bandar's threat to Tony Blair when there was an inquiry into the bribery scandal based on Saudis buying several billion dollars of weapons, and apparently Bandar got a billion-dollar bribe, and Bandar says to Blair, you'd better stop this inquiry or I can't promise there won't be another 7/7 (when the buses blew up in London). And more recently, apparently, Bandar threatened Putin and said, you know, we control the Chechen terrorists. It seems like it's a lever of power in their hands.
AL-RASHEED: Yes, absolutely. And we have seen since 2008 there were no terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia. They managed to push al-Qaeda to Yemen, basically. They haven't destroyed it. They haven't, you know, removed it. They simply had forced it to migrate to Yemen. And a lot of Saudis have left Saudi Arabia to go there.
But the interesting thing is it has been used as a sort of a pressure on foreign governments, meaning that, you know, you do as we want you to do or we will not cooperate with you in terms of intelligence cooperation, or we would actually--you know, they wouldn't put it so directly, but, you know, it is a subtle hint that when the Serious Fraud Office in Britain wanted to open up the Al-Yamamah weapons deal and the corruption that was involved with BAE Systems, the Saudis immediately announced that if this serious fraud investigation goes ahead, they will cease to cooperate with Britain on intelligence, meaning that we will not be able to help you catch the terrorist, basically. And it is interesting that they may have had quite a close relationship, they know them so well, but they hold information about them that they're only going to release to those other intelligence services that cooperate with the Saudis, and also in governments that are supposedly friendly governments.
JAY: Right. And the Saudis--one of the intelligence agencies the Saudis cooperate a lot with is the Pakistani ISI, and the Pakistani ISI seems to play the same game: you know, collaborate to some extent with the West in antiterrorist operations; on the other hand, there's lots of evidence the ISI has all kinds of relationship with the Taliban and al-Qaeda type forces. In fact, journalists that have reported on this have been assassinated by the ISI, including one that worked with us.
AL-RASHEED: Yes. I mean, it is the al-Qaeda monster, it's the monster that was created at a particular historical moment and began to haunt all those contributing forces that made it happen and allowed it to flourish throughout the last three decades. And the Saudis had deployed the same strategy in Syria now, whereby individuals can go and join these rebels. They kept a blind eye for a long time. But then now, when international pressure is mounting, because they see how these rebels are really not an alternative to Bashar al-Assad, Saudis introduced this new terrorism law in order to deal with the situation. But whether it will actually work, I have my doubts.
JAY: And I guess the Americans have been so part of this policy of working with extreme Islamists that they can't say or don't want to say much about it.
AL-RASHEED: Yes. I mean, it is a well-known fact now. You know, the archives will be open and declassified information will be available, and future historians will probably write incredible books with concrete evidence. Now we get the information from leaked documents or from journalists who are actually in the field at the time and can report on us where the weapons to so-called rebels are coming from and who is sponsoring them.
JAY: Okay. In the next segment of our interview, we're going to discuss why Saudi Arabia considers Iran such a mortal enemy. Please join us with Madawi Al-Rasheed on The Real News Network.
Media 'staged' Syria
The Truthseeker: Media 'staged' Syria chem attack (E36)
Published on Mar 23, 2014
BBC 'total fabrication from beginning to end' of Syria 'atrocity'; call to revoke visas for intel agents posing as reporters in NATO targets; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back.
Seek truth from facts with UK Member of Parliament George Galloway; Illinois University Professor of International Law Francis Boyle; investigative reporter John Helmer; ordinary Syrians; and Ukraine covergirl 'Julia'.
'Schizophrenic US strategy
'Schizophrenic US strategy makes them bad peacemakers for Ukraine'
Published on Apr 18, 2014
More than seven hours of talks between Russia, Ukraine, US and EU diplomats have been unable to make a significant breakthrough - according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Resegregation of Schools
The Resegregation of American Schools
ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones discusses her year-long investigation into how one of desegregation's success stories in Tuscaloosa, Alabama became one of the most segregated school systems in the country, as well as the high levels of segregation in northern schools 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education -
Nikole Hannah-Jones joined ProPublica in late 2011 and covers civil rights with a focus on segregation and discrimination in housing and schools. Her 2012 coverage of federal failures to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act won several awards, including Columbia University's Tobenkin Award for distinguished coverage of racial or religious discrimination.
Prior to coming to ProPublica, Hannah-Jones worked at The Oregonian and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She has won the Society of Professional Journalists Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Award three times and the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. She has also gone on reporting fellowships to Cuba and Barbados where she wrote about race and education.
TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. Legalization
As Maryland is poised to become the next state to decriminalize marijuana, MD Delegate Keiffer Jackson Mitchell and LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin debate whether it can end the racial disparity in drug-related arrests - April 11, 14
Keiffer Jackson Mitchell is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for the 44th district in Baltimore City, and voted for the bill decriminalizing marijuana in the state of Maryland.
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is a 33-year police veteran who led multi-jurisdictional anti-narcotics task forces for the Maryland State Police and ran training for the Baltimore Police Department. After seeing several of his law enforcement friends killed in the line of fire while enforcing drug policies, Neill knew that he needed to work to change these laws that cause so much harm but do nothing to reduce drug use.
TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. LegalizationJESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
This week, the Maryland Senate voted 34 to eight to decriminalize marijuana. It will soon be the law here in Maryland after Governor Martin O'Malley said he'll sign the bill, which would impose only civil fines, rather than criminal offenses, on those caught with less than ten grams of marijuana.
But what else is in the bill? There'll be fines for multiple offenses. A second violation would carry a $250 fine, and a third offense would have a $500 fine. Also, a violator who is younger than 21 would have to appear in court.
Maryland will be joining 24 other states that have either decriminalized marijuana or legalized it.
Now joining us in-studio to unpack how this will affect everyday citizens are our two guests.
Neill Franklin is the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, otherwise known as LEAP. He's worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years and witnessed the war on drugs firsthand.
Also joining us is Keiffer Jackson Mitchell. He's a member of the Maryland House of delegates for the 44th District in Baltimore City, and he voted for the bill decriminalizing marijuana in the state of Maryland.
Thank you both, gentlemen, for joining us.
KEIFFER J. MITCHELL, DELEGATE, MARYLAND HOUSE OF DELEGATES: Thank you.
NEILL FRANKLIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LEAP: Thanks for having me.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. So let's just jump right into this. Keiffer, I'm actually going to start off with you--actually, you know, let's first start off with Neill, because I know at the end of the day we all recognize that the war on drugs is not working. And we are seeing--I want to pull up this chart--how it affects disproportionately African Americans. So you can see in these two charts there's twice as many blacks going to jail as whites for marijuana possession despite usage levels being about the same.
Neill, I know that you're critical a bout the bill because you guys are pushing, really, for legalization. But isn't this a step in the right direction? Oh, absolutely it's as step in the right direction. Obviously, I would prefer to legalize it, tax and regulate.
And the reason I think it's better for us to keep looking forward to tax and regulate is because even though we're not going to be criminally charging people for possession of ten grams or less of marijuana, what happens when they can't afford the $100 fine? Okay? Certain people will be able to afford the fine, but our poor communities will not. Folks in our poorer communities will not. And I believe it then becomes--a bench warrant may be issued, or if they don't show up in court, then we're back into the criminal realm. So in that sense it's still problematic.
And in decriminalization, as what this bill is about, still does nothing to get our marijuana dealers off of our street corners. Okay? It's still, you know, thousands if not millions of dollars going into the hands of criminal gangs and organizations, and ultimately ending up in the pockets of the cartel. And, again, marijuana across this country, really, around the globe, is roughly 60 percent of all the profits being made in the entire illicit drug trade. So, again, moving to a place of legalization, you know, tax, and regulation will bring that money away from criminal organizations, out of the pockets of criminal gangs, and into the pockets of our citizens and our state coffers.
DESVARIEUX: Keiffer, I wanted you to--get your response, address that first point that Neill made about us actually just getting back to where we started, people not being able to afford these fines.
MITCHELL: Right. Right. Well, we--you know, the bill, I think, is--it's a step in the right direction as it relates to criminal--in terms of the civil penalties. You know, you have the escalating fine of $100 to $250, and $500 on a third offense.
The fact remains that, you know, marijuana is still illegal in the state of Maryland. And to show that it is still illegal, you have these penalties. You know. I don't think if we had lowered the fine or anything like that, I don't think it would send much of a message that it is still a illegal narcotic in the state of Maryland and other states. So, you know, I think the $100 fine is right, and I actually think that the $250 and $500 fine is also right, with all due respect, a step in the right direction.
As--I always call him Colonel in everything, 'cause that was his title--as Colonel Franklin has said, that, you know, it's not going to get the drug dealers off the corners, things like that. But I always remind people from the study, Maryland spends about $106 million just on enforcing marijuana policy or arrest or prosecution. So you take that $106 million. Now you can start using that money to really go after the enforcement of the larger dealers. So I think that's a step in the right direction.
DESVARIEUX: Neill, I see you nodding your head, but--.
FRANKLIN: I'm nodding my head about the money that we're currently spending, you know, with criminalization. And, you know, the time and energy that our police department is wasting on this.
I might disagree a little bit with that, what--the savings going back into law enforcement, you know, to work on other, you know, drug dealers and whatever. I think, personally, I would like to see that money go to education and treatment and go into our school systems. And I know you won't mind [incompr.] maybe part of it can go there because he's a teacher, he's an educator. So I think that we need to continue to pull the police out of the drug-management business and put more of our resources into health and education.
And I think that the police should focus more, use the time that they're going to have now, to focus more on violent crime, to focus more on robberies and rapes and crimes against our children, domestic violence. We know we have a problem in Baltimore with both domestic violence investigations and rape investigations, and I think we could focus more on that.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. So--. Oh, sure. Please.
MITCHELL: Real quick, on the fine piece before we leave that, the $100, $250, and the $500. That money also is going to be going toward drug education and drug treatment. So, you know, that money is not just going into the general fund just to sit in the general fund, but it is supposed to go toward drug treatment.
DESVARIEUX: So we know where you two stand. But let's bring in the American public's opinion. So there was a recent New York Times-CBS poll that found that the majority of Americans actually support legalization. So, Keiffer, shouldn't the legislation that's put in place be reflective of that? Shouldn't we be pushing for legalization, then?
MITCHELL: Oh, I am one of the minority. I should be counted as a minority in that New York Times-CBS poll. I am not there yet as it relates to legalization. I still believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. I would like to see more studies about the legalization of marijuana.
So far, right now Colorado and Washington are legalized. I think it's still too early to find out what are not just the whole ramifications of that, but also, you know, what are the unintended consequences of legalization that they are seeing in Washington and Colorado, and also remind people that it wasn't their legislators that voted for it; it was a referendum by the public at the polls. So, you know, those are the things that took place as it relates to legalization.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. Neill, what's your take on that?
MITCHELL: Well, obviously, the polling that we're talking about continues to move in the direction of more support nationally from our citizens, more support for legalization. Every year, the percentages go up.
I think I have an advantage over most people in looking at this because I've been in law enforcement for a number of years, worked, you know, on the front lines of the war on drugs. But that's not where it ends. I've also been on [incompr.] I've also cochaired committees dealing with--from a health perspective, dealing with treatment and education in Harford County. I did that for a number of years. I've traveled around the country. I've traveled around the globe. I've got this--I've had the opportunity to literally see this from a mountaintop perspective, you know, looking down around the entire landscape on this drug-management issue. And so I see it differently.
I see that the current illicit marketplace is the gateway. It is the environment that is the gateway, not a particular substance or drug, but the environment that we have of drug dealers acting on our corners hiring kids to sell drugs, marijuana and other drugs, recruiting them from our schools, bringing them out onto the street corners, to sell drugs in schools to other children. We've created an environment with policies of prohibition that puts more drugs into the hands of our young people than any other scheme we could possibly imagine. This is the worst. And we realized that back during the times of alcohol prohibition. That's why alcohol prohibition only lasted 13 years instead of four decades.
DESVARIEUX: So you obviously don't agree with that, Keiffer.
MITCHELL: Well, like I say, it's still too soon. I mean, we're dealing with marijuana, but you also--.
And I agree that the war on drugs has not worked and the amount of resources we have. You know, there's no question about that. I also believe that the war on drugs has created this racial disparity in terms of who gets locked up and who doesn't and where the enforcement is taking place.
But on the other hand, I also believe that, you know, with marijuana, in terms of what I've read and what I've learned, is that marijuana is a gateway drug. And then where do we stop, in terms of the legalization? You know, you have heroin. [incompr.] a district in West Baltimore where I come into contact with heroin addicts all the time. You can just go a few blocks over here to Lexington Market, in that area, and look at the number of methadone clinics that are in that area and look at the number of people who are hanging around getting their methadone for the day but who are out there, who still want that hit or something like that.
I think there needs to be a combination: instead of just the enforcement, the educational piece, you start off young, you get into the schools.
We've lost--. I am a Democrat, alright? I'm a big-time Democrat. But, you know, when Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan were talking about the war on drugs, they started going into the schools, giving kids the education, and you had the "just say no" type campaign. I still believe that you have to get and spend your resources and time in the schools to get them while they're young.
And also there are some other programs that are put in place in terms of jobs. You know, kids I talk to who are dealing drugs and that sort of nature, you know, they want jobs. But they're not--if they can make a lot of money standing on a street corner instead of flipping burgers somewhere, they're going to look at taking care of their families and making that money. But you have to get them other resources out there for that.
DESVARIEUX: So, Keiffer, if I'm understanding you correctly, do you think legalization would just lead to just more usage and therefore--?
MITCHELL: That's what I--I believe it would lead to--I think it would send a wrong message, and I do believe that it will lead to more usage.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. Neill, do you have any--to counter that?
FRANKLIN: Well, we are really at the same place for the most part of this. Putting our resources into education and treatment first in front of law enforcement and criminalization, yeah, that's where we should be and that's where we're not at the moment.
The other side of that coin as it relates to those wonderful programs in our schools, you know, educating our kids, the other side of that coin is the family. You see, once the family unit is actually more effective in keeping kids away from using drugs and doing things that will harm them. There's more legal things out there that will harm our kids than those that are illegal.
But our policies of prohibition have destroyed, for instance, the black family, the mass incarceration and the disparity issues. You know, when you have so many--according to the NAACP, one in nine black children have a parent or parents in the criminal justice system. For white children it's one in 54. Okay?
Now, when you have families, when you send someone to prison, you send the entire family to prison. And we know when you send someone to prison they do not return to us a better person. For the most part, they're going to return to us and our communities in worse shape than what they were when they went in in how they treat people, because when you go in, you have 24 hours to decide whether you're going to be the prey or predator while you're in prison. Most people return to us as predators, because they are not correctional facilities. In addition to that, when they do return to us, very difficult to get a job because now they're strapped with a criminal record. Okay? That frustration, many of them can't even live with their families if their families are living in public housing, because they're a convicted drug felon. You know, that does nothing for our communities. That does nothing for the children who live in those households in working to keep them from using drugs or becoming involved in the drug trade.
I think it has to be some of both. I think it has to be, obviously, putting our money and resources into education and treatment. And then, on the other side of that coin, we have to eliminate the illicit trade. We have to take the money out of that business so people will feel comfortable working at and feel good about working at places like McDonald's and Walmart and some of the other places.
DESVARIEUX: And the way you take the money out is by legalizing it.
FRANKLIN: That's the only way to take the money out.
DESVARIEUX: Okay. Alright. Let's move on a little bit. And I want to get your take on just why do we not know enough about--. I want to speak specifically about legalization in Colorado, 'cause I know you were there, Keiffer. Can you just describe a little bit about what you witnessed? And I'll get your response to--.
MITCHELL: Last year, I was there for a conference, and I walked around downtown Denver in the tourist area. And I guess they call it LoDo. And the smell of marijuana was inescapable. You could smell it as a tourist. Now, I don't know if they've done anything to rectify that or to, you know, curb it, but it jumped out at you. You know, it is one thing when it's cigarette smoke. You know, people know what cigarette smoke is. But when I was out there in the tourist area, it was out there. I don't think they're allowed to smoke in restaurants or bars and cafes at all. But you--you know, I saw people smoking marijuana sitting on a bench at a bus stop or walking down a street smoking.
And, you know, I grew up in an area where I don't do drugs, don't do it, and it was out there, and it made for an unpleasant experience for me as a tourist walking around Denver.
And this past November of last year, the mayor of Denver was in Washington, D.C., and I talked to him and I told him about my experience, and he said that, you know, when the referendum came to light and it was implemented, there were some unintended consequences that kind of left holes along what local jurisdictions can do in terms of a time and place about marijuana and where they can smoke it, and then the dealing. They still have to work out the kinks.
So, in other words, what I thought that he was saying was that it kind of put the cart before the horse, so to speak, to say this is what we need to do. So I think locally there needs to be some things put in place to allow--you know, if they were going to smoke marijuana, but, you know, not all of us need to be around it.
DESVARIEUX: Yeah, these are some legitimate concerns. You have people who are saying, you know, if you legalize it, then, you know, these unintended consequences are going to be arising.
Neill, how do you deal with that?
FRANKLIN: And I agree. And that not only will change; it is changing there, because, first of all, this is something new. for most people. Okay? And, you know, a lot of that is just celebration. You know, oh, wow, we have the freedom to do what we want to do. But that is changing as the local jurisdictions put, you know, policies in place, you know, so the people will be writing people tickets. You're smoking on a park bench? Here's your $50 ticket or whatever that fine is going to be. But I think it goes even beyond that. It goes to the place of what we did with tobacco products.
So it's a social thing. You know, it's people--also people at the bus stop bench saying, you know, hey, put out the joint until you get home, okay? You know, I don't want to smell it. I understand, you know, it's legal now, but no. You know. And that's what we've done with tobacco products. You know, people actually feel like outcasts who smoke tobacco products today. And it will be the same socially. We will apply that pressure to people who are smoking marijuana so you won't have that environment. You know, like, today, when you go outside and you're out and about, I very seldom smell cigarette smoke. I can't remember the last time I had. This is new with marijuana, and it'll change, just like we've done with tobacco.
And, also, with tobacco what we've done over the past couple of decades, the most--one of the most, if not the most addictive drugs known to man, nicotine, reduced consumption by about 40 percent. We've sent no one to prison. We don't have any shoot-outs in our streets. And our kids aren't coming out of school to sell it on street corners, because it's regulated and controlled. But social pressure and regulations in place locally have reduced our tobacco consumption.
DESVARIEUX: Alright. Neill Franklin, executive director of LEAP, and Keiffer Jackson Mitchell, thank you both for joining us.
MITCHELL: Thank you.
DESVARIEUX: And, of course, you can follow us on Twitter @therealnews, and you can send me comments, questions @Jessica_Reports.
Thank you so much for joining us on The Real News Network.
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NATO states lead Russia jets out of North Sea space
NATO states lead Russia jets out of North Sea spaceBy presstvBritish, Dutch and Danish warplanes have scrambled to intercept a pair of Russian bombers approaching airspace of NATO member states over the North Sea.The UK sent jets from RAF Leuchars in Scotland to “determine the identity of unknown aircraft” on Wednesday, a spokesman for the UK Ministry of Defence said. “The aircraft were subsequently identified as Russian military aircraft,” he said.The Netherlands sent two F-16s from Volkel air base to intercept two Russian TU-95 Bears. “…The Danish scrambled and the English scrambled, to ensure they fly out of our air space,” said Dutch officer Major Wilko Ter Horst.Anders Fridberg, spokesman for the Danish Defense Command, said, “We just followed them and just turned back when we reached Germany.”Focus has been sharpened on Russia due to tensions in Ukraine, which escalated since Crimea’s March reunification with Russia.The development comes as US Army paratroopers reportedly arrived in Poland to conduct military exercises amid escalation of Washington-Moscow tensions over Ukraine.The US Air Force said recently that it plans to deploy 18 warplanes, already based in Europe, to Poland for joint maritime exercises at Lask Air Base in the Black Sea.Tensions between the West and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, in which nearly 97 percent of voters in Crimea said yes to reunion with Russia.Relations between Russia and NATO have been at their worst since Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
Does Washington want War with Russia?
Does Washington want War with Russia?By Bill Van AukenDoes Washington want a war with Russia? A review of recent US
actions surrounding the crisis in Ukraine clearly poses what would have
once seemed an unthinkable question. The Obama administration is playing
a very dangerous game of Russian Roulette.
In the last 48 hours, the Pentagon has announced the deployment of US
paratrooper units to Poland and the three former Baltic republics of
the Soviet Union—Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—bringing US troops to
Russia’s very border. Another American warship has been dispatched to
the Black Sea and more US forces are slated to deploy to Ukraine itself
this summer under an exercise known as Operation Rapid Trident.
These military moves by Washington are unfolding in the context of an
acute crisis within Ukraine that, thanks to the machinations of
Washington and its puppets, threatens to erupt into full-blown civil
Less than one week after signing a joint statement with Russia, the
US and the European Union in Geneva pledging to end all violence in
Ukraine and disarm illegal groups, the US puppet regime in Kiev has
ordered its military to carry out an “anti-terrorist” crackdown against
the restive Russian-speaking population in the country’s industrial
southeast. To that end it has dispatched not only troops, tanks and
warplanes, but also armed thugs from the neo-fascist Right Sector.
The Putin government in Moscow, which has desperately searched for an
accommodation with Washington, appears to be waking up to the deadly
seriousness of the situation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
warned in an English-language interview with the state-run RT television
channel Wednesday that his government would treat an attack on Russian
citizens in Ukraine as an attack on Russia itself. He raised as a
precedent the August 2008 offensive launched by the government of
Georgia on Russians in South Ossetia, to which Russia responded by
intervening militarily to repel Georgian forces.
The implication that the Russian government would carry out a similar
intervention to stop Ukrainian troops from slaughtering
Russian-speaking civilians in the Donbas region should be treated with
the utmost seriousness.
In the interview, Lavrov also observed, referring to the actions of
the government in Kiev, that “the Americans are running the show in a
very close way.” This is indisputable. The regime itself is the product
of a protracted American intervention in the country’s internal affairs,
with some $5 billion in so-called “democracy promotion” funding pumped
into Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.
These efforts culminated in the fomenting of a right-wing opposition
movement to destabilize the Russian-aligned government of President
Viktor Yanukovych by means of street violence. When a deal was brokered
between the opposition and Yanukovych, Washington ensured that it was
scuttled and the elected president overthrown by fascist paramilitary
The prime minister of the regime brought to power by the February 22
fascist-led coup, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was handpicked by US officials, who
affectionately referred to him as “Yats.”
The point person for this operation has been US Undersecretary of
State for Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, a former chief security
adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and the wife of Robert Kagan, the
founding chairman of the Project for a New American Century. She has
brought to Ukraine and to Russia itself the same policy of aggressive
war that was implemented in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
The way in which Washington calls the shots has been demonstrated in
an even more sinister fashion with the launching of the first abortive
“counterterrorist” operation in the Donbas in the immediate aftermath of
a covert trip to Kiev by CIA Director John Brennan, and then its
resumption in the immediate aftermath of this week’s visit by Vice
President Joseph Biden.
From start to finish, the Ukraine crisis has been instigated by US
imperialism. Every action Washington has taken has been directed at
exacerbating and intensifying this crisis. The longer this crisis goes
on, the clearer it becomes that US policy is directed not so much at
Ukraine as at Russia itself. Ukraine, it would seem, is meant merely to
provide the pretext for a war with Russia.
Short of that, it would be used to force a humiliating capitulation
by Moscow that would only set the stage for redoubled aggression aimed
at Russia’s dismemberment and transformation into a powerless
Presumably, those in the White House and the Pentagon believe that
such a conflict would stop short of a nuclear war, but who knows?
The threat of a US war on Russia is also apparent in the flood of war
propaganda being unleashed upon the public. Vladimir Putin is being
subjected to the same kind of demonization previously reserved for
Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, while the State Department and its
faithful scribes at the New York Times serve up “photographic
evidence” of Russian troops in Ukraine that has all the authenticity of
similar “proofs” of Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction.”
What underlies the US war drive? In the run-up to the Ukraine crisis,
Washington had grown increasingly incensed by Moscow’s role in blocking
US war plans against both Syria and Iran, not to mention Putin’s
granting of asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Earlier, there
was the fiasco that Moscow dealt Washington in the US-backed 2008 war
launched by Georgia against South Ossetia. The events in Ukraine suggest
that US imperialism has embarked on a strategy to eliminate Russia as
an obstacle to its drive to assert hegemony over the Middle East and,
more broadly, the landmass of Eurasia.
There are also internal factors driving Washington to war. Social
contradictions within the United States have reached a dangerous
intensity. Masses of working people continue to bear the brunt of the
capitalist economic crisis, even as Wall Street recoups its losses from
the 2008 collapse and grows richer than ever. More and more fingers are
pointing at the super-rich as the party responsible for unprecedented
social inequality and misery in America.
As so often in the past, war provides an external outlet for internal
social pressures and the danger of domestic unrest. Under conditions of
overwhelming popular hostility to military intervention, one thing is
certain: a war with Russia would rapidly lead to the shredding of the
Constitution, the abrogation of democratic rights, the outlawing of
political opposition and a massive escalation of police state measures.
The greatest danger would be to underestimate the threat of war. Even
if it is averted or postponed in the immediate instance, the profound
contradictions of the imperialist system make the catastrophe of a
nuclear Third World War not just a danger, but an inevitability, outside
of the working class mobilizing its strength internationally in a
unified movement to put an end to capitalism.
US, fascist allies behind Kiev crisis
US, fascist allies behind Kiev crisis: AnalystBy presstvThe United States and its fascist allies in Kiev are to blame for the crisis in Ukraine, an analyst tells Press TV.“Washington and its fascist Ukrainian partners in Kiev bear full responsibility for what’s going on in Ukraine including all the disruptions, all the violence,” Stephen Lendman said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.The political commentator said the US government continues to support the “illegitimate” coup of March 2014 in Ukraine.“[US President Barack] Obama’s new friends, many of them are neo-Nazi extremists, are thugs – absolutely thugs,” Lendman said.He held out the possibility of “a very, very serious East-West confrontation” over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.Lendman said Washington faces resistance from Russia in its attempts to eliminate all independent governments and install “only pro-Western ones, subservient ones.”“There are lunatics that make policy in Washington. Neo-cons that infest the Obama administration, that infest the Congress, these are the kind of people influencing policies,” Lendman stated.Tensions between Western powers and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum on March 16, in which almost 97 percent of the participants voted for rejoining the Russian Federation, with a voter turnout of over 83 percent.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States and the European Union of having orchestrated a “color revolution” in Ukraine.In the meantime, 600 US troops are reportedly heading to the region following Kiev’s orders for a new “anti-terrorist” operation in eastern Ukraine, where protests are gaining momentum.
Enemy moves under Iran watchful eyes
Enemy moves under Iran watchful eyes: Top commanderBy presstvA senior Iranian military commander says the naval forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are closely monitoring all movements of foreign forces in the region.“The IRGC Navy, the Second Naval Zone in particular, fully monitors all moves in the region, and will not be indifferent about any aggressive movement,” Commander of the IRGC Second Naval Zone Rear Admiral Ali Razmjou stated on Thursday.The Iranian commander went on to say that the IRGC Navy is equipped with state-of-the-art defensive military hardware.On Wednesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic are fully prepared to protect the country. “Our country’s armed forces, under the wise command of [Leader of the Islamic Revolution] Ayatollah [Seyyed Ali] Khamenei are fully prepared to defend the Islamic Republic of Iran’s territory,” Dehqan stated.On April 7, Deputy Commander of the IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said the IRGC has equipped its fast attack crafts with indigenous Ghader (Capable) anti-ship cruise missiles.Iran unveiled its home-made Ghader anti-ship cruise missile in September 2011. The 200-kilometer (124-mile) range missile reportedly enjoys automatic digital pilot system, high-precision navigation systems, high-precision striking capability, anti-jamming radar systems and a rapid deployment capability.In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and has attained self-sufficiency in producing essential military equipment and systems.The Islamic Republic has repeatedly assured other countries that its military might poses no threat to other countries since the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.
5 Killed, 1 Injured in Special Operation in Ukraine’s Slaviansk
5 Killed, 1 Injured in Special Operation in Ukraine’s SlavianskBy RIA NovostiMOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – The special operation against
pro-federalization protesters underway in the eastern Ukrainian city of
Slaviansk has left five members of local self-defense forces dead and
one policeman injured, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said Thursday.
“During an anti-terrorist operation by a department of the Interior
Ministry and the Defense Ministry, three roadblocks were destroyed that
were set up by armed gangs in the northeastern part of the city of
Slaviansk in the Donetsk region. During the armed conflict, at least
five terrorists were killed. One policeman was injured,” the ministry
said in a statement.
Police in the region earlier reported that members of Slaviansk’s self-defense group had constructed eight roadblocks.
A spokesman for self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine confirmed the
report, saying five people were killed after the security operation in
Self-defense forces said earlier two activists were killed and three injured in a fighting with the Ukrainian army in Slaviansk.
A senior commander of self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine, Sergei
Tsyplakov, said military vehicles without any insignia had blocked all
the routes to the city.
The Security Service of Ukraine announced Wednesday that the military
operation launched by Ukrainian authorities earlier this month against
protesters in eastern Ukraine had again entered an active phase,
following a temporary suspension after an agreement reached in Geneva
Ukrainian authorities launched a special operation to crack down on
pro-federalization activists in eastern regions of the country that have
been swept by rallies since last month.
Protesters in Kharkiv, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Slaviansk and Kramatorsk
refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the current Ukrainian government
and are urging interim authorities to hold referendums similar to the
one held in Crimea last month, which led to the republic's reunification
Updates with confirmation of death toll
US 'pivots', China reaps dividends
US 'pivots', China reaps dividendsBy Pepe Escobar "Asia Times"Let's start with a flashback to February 1992 - only two months after
the dissolution of the Soviet Union. First draft of the US government's Defense Planning Guidance.
It was later toned down, but it still formed the basis for the
exceptionalist dementia incarnated by the Project for the New American
Century; and also reappeared in full glory in Dr Zbig "Let's Rule
Eurasia" Brzezinski's 1997 magnum opus The Grand Chessboard.
It's all there, raw, rough and ready:
Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new
rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere,
that poses a threat on the order of that posed by the Soviet Union. This ...
requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a
region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient
to generate global power. These regions include Western Europe, East
Asia, the territory of the former Soviet Union, and Southwest Asia.
That's all one needs to know about the Obama administration's "pivoting
to Asia", as well as the pivoting to Iran ("if we're not going to war",
as US Secretary of State John Kerry let it slip) and the pivoting to
Cold War 2.0, as in using Ukraine as a "new Vietnam" remix next door to
Russia. And that's also the crucial context for Obama's Pax Americana
Spring collection currently unrolling in selected Asian catwalks (Japan,
South Korea, Malaysia and Philippines).
Obama's Asia tour started this week in full regalia at the famed Jiro restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, ingesting hopefully non-Fukushima radiated nigiri sushi
(disclosure: I was there way back in 1998, when sushi master Jiro Ono
was far from a celebrity and the sushi was far from atomic). Obama's
host, hardcore nationalist/militarist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
obviously picked up the bill. But the real bill comes later, as in Japan
bowing to strict US demands - on trade, investment, corporate law and
intellectual property rights - embedded in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP), which is code for American Big Business finally
cracking open the heavily protected Japanese market.
Abe is a tough customer. His rhetoric is heavy on "escaping the post-war
regime", as in re-weaponizing Japan and not playing second fiddle
militarily to Washington in Asia anymore. The Pentagon obviously has
other ideas. Post-sushi at Jiro, what matters for Obama is to force
Tokyo to bend over not only on TPP but also on keeping the weaponizing
subordinated to the larger US agenda.
Beijing, predictably, sees all that for what it really is, as expressed in this Xinhua op-ed;
the actions of an "anachronistic", "sclerotic" and "myopic" superpower
that needs to "shake off its historical and philosophical shackles".
The Southeast Asia leg of the Spring collection tour is all about making
sure to Malaysia and Philippines, not as strong militarily as Vietnam,
that the US Navy will never be replaced as the hegemon in the South
China Sea - or even allow China to reach parity with it. It's at the
heart of the "pivoting to Asia" as containment of China, whose aim is
preventing China from becoming a naval power simultaneously in the
Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific.
The Pentagon is predictably paranoid, accusing China of waging not only one but "three warfares"
against the US. The fact is Beijing is developing a state-of-the-art
underground base for 20 nuclear submarines in Hainan island just as
Malaysia boosts its own submarine base in Borneo and the Philippines
keeps imploring Washington for more planes, ships, airstrips and cyber
capabilities as protection for what it regards as its absolute priority:
explore for oil and gas in the West Philippine Sea to boost the
Radiate me with trade deals, baby
The Spring collection is far from derailing other pivoting - whose
latest offering is the current "anti-terrorist" campaign in eastern
Ukraine by the Kiev regime changers, which follows a most curious
calendar. CIA's John Brennan hits Kiev, and the regime changers launch
their first war on terra. Dismal failure ensues. Vice President Joe
Biden visits Kiev and the regime changers, right on cue, relaunch their
war on terra.
Thus the pivoting to Cold War 2.0 proceeds unabated, as in Washington
working hard to build an iron curtain between Berlin and Moscow -
preventing further trade integration across Eurasia - via instigation
of a civil war in Ukraine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains on
the spot: it's either Atlantic high-fidelity or her Ostpolitik - and
that's exactly where Washington wants her.
As for the batshit crazy factions fully deployed across the Beltway revolving door, everything goes, from "warning" China not to pull a Crimea to advocating war in Syria and even the North Atlantic Treaty Organization entering a nuclear war, as shown here by the appropriately denominated Anne Marie Slaughter. This is what she's teaching her exceptionalist students at Princeton.
How's Beijing reacting to all this hysteria? Simple: by reaping
dividends. Beijing wins with the US offensive trying to alienate Moscow
from Western markets by getting a better pricing deal on the supply of
Eastern Siberian gas. Beijing wins from the European Union's fear of
losing trade with Russia by negotiating a free-trade agreement with its
largest trading partner, which happens to the be the EU.
And then, the sterling example. Just compare Obama's Spring collection
tour, as a pivoting appendix, to the current tour of Cuba, Venezuela,
Brazil and Argentina by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. It's a
business bonanza, focused on bilateral financing and, what else, trade
It's all in the mix: Peruvian and Chilean copper; Brazilian iron and
soybeans; support for Venezuelan social programs and energy development;
support for Cuba in its interest for greater Chinese involvement in
Venezuela, which supplies Cuba with subsidized energy.
And all this against the background of a Beltway so excited that the
Chinese economy is in deep trouble. It's not - it grew at 7.4%
year-on-year for the first quarter of 2014. Demand for iron and copper
won't significantly slow down - as the Beijing-driven urbanization
drive has not even reached full speed. Same for soybeans - as millions
of Chinese increasingly start eating meat on a regular basis (soybean
products are a crucial feedstock). And, of course, Chinese companies
will not losee their appetite for diversifying all across South America.
For the large, upcoming Chinese middle class - on their way to becoming
full-fledged members of the number one economic power in the world by
2018 - this Spring collection is a non-starter. He or she would rather
hit Hong Kong and queue up in Canton Road to buy loads of Hermes and
Prada - and then strategically celebrate with Jiro quality,
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: A snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Missing plane mystery solved?
Missing plane mystery solved?By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor, for Press TVTwo former high-level insiders may have solved two of the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370:
What caused the plane to suddenly fly off-course? And why are all of the governments involved covering up the truth?
Had MH 370 crashed in the ocean, it would have left a huge,
easily-visible debris field. Countries with satellite surveillance
systems, and their partners, know exactly where the plane went. Boeing
and its engine-manufacturer Rolls Royce also know, since planes and
engines have GPS systems. (You can buy a GPS system for a little over
$50 in the US; it would be naive to think a $320 million aircraft
doesn’t have one.) Even the INMARSAT satellite “pings” that we have been
told can only sweep a broad arc of possible locations could in reality
be used to locate the aircraft with some precision, due to the fact that
radio transmissions vary in signatures according to time of day,
sunspots, and so on. The “hunt for the airliner” peddled to the
mainstream media is clearly a charade.
So what are all of the major players – both in governments and the aircraft industry – working so hard to hide?
Matthias Chang, a barrister who served as Political Secretary to
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, explained during an
exclusive Truth Jihad Radio interview that only a remote-hijacking
fly-by-wire scenario can explain the plane’s disappearance. Chang’s
views were confirmed by Gene “Chip” Tatum, a former Special Forces Air
Combat Controller and US Army special operations pilot who has carried
out ultra-sensitive missions at the direct orders of US Presidents.
Chang says the Malaysian government has been given sealed evidence by
one or more foreign governments concerning the fate of MH-370. As a
condition of receiving that evidence, Malaysia is not allowed to divulge
Matthias Chang is familiar with the highest levels of power in
Malaysia. He presumably has some idea of what is in the sealed evidence.
But if he did know, he could not say it directly.
Maybe that is why Matthias Chang recently sent an email to MH-370 investigators in the alternative media with a “hint”:
“WHAT IF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MH 370 IS SUCH THAT IF THE TRUTH BE
KNOWN AS TO HOW IT HAPPENED IT WOULD NOT ONLY BE A SECURITY ISSUE, IT
WOULD ALSO HAVE A GLOBAL IMPACT ON THE WORLD’S ECONOMY. ‘THINGS’ (USED
IN A BROAD SENSE, AND SO YOU HAVE TO THINK WHAT ‘THINGS’ THAT) WOULD
COME TO A COMPLETE HALT, ALMOST A COMPLETE SHUT DOWN.”
What “things” would “come to a complete halt” and badly damage the world economy if the truth about MH-370 were told?
Chip Tatum thinks those “things” are commercial airplanes. In our
interview Friday night, Tatum suggested that the current generation of
airliners’ fly-by-wire systems are extremely vulnerable to catastrophic
sabotage, including electronic hijacking.
Tatum called the alleged search for the aircraft “a smokescreen…
They’re keeping the media busy in the South Indian Ocean while things
are being done in other areas. I think the government doesn’t want us to
know what they know because they don’t think we can handle the truth.”
But what could that truth possibly be? Tatum explains: “If it were
known that something is that easily hijacked by remote control, people
would stop flying. And then you’re talking about a huge impact on
business and everything else.”
So when Matthias Chang says that the truth about MH-370 would cause
“things” to come to a complete halt, he is presumably referring to
commercial air traffic. I asked Chang point blank if this was true. He
did not deny it. But rather than confirm this hypothesis – which may be
off-limits to direct discussion due to its inclusion in the sealed
evidence Malaysia has been given – Chang directed me to his most recent
article at FutureFastForward.com citing evidence that new technology
allows planes to be flown from the ground.
Chip Tatum speculates that a bright teenager with a laptop and a cell
phone could hack into commercial aircraft fly-by-wire systems. He
explains that in newer aircraft, cables driven by pilot controls have
been replaced by computers sending electronic signals. While
technologies have been patented for protecting these fly-by-wire systems
– notably US Patent #8,391,493, which the US government immediately
“disappeared” from Patent Office records by invoking the Invention
Secrecy Act – they apparently have not yet been implemented. If Tatum is
right, commercial aircraft currently flying are wide-open for remote
The scenario outlined by Chang and Tatum explains how MH370 was
hijacked, and why all the major players are covering up the truth. But
it does not explain who remote-hijacked MH370 and why.
One clue: Tatum provides evidence for the possible involvement of the
CIA-based Bush crime family in the cover-up. The fake satellite trail
to the remote and dangerous Southern Indian Ocean, a gigantic red
herring, was fabricated by INMARSAT – whose largest owner, Harbinger
Capital, is the new name for George H.W. Bush’s notorious Zapata
Tatum has first-hand knowledge of the depravity and corruption of the
Bush mob. While working in Special Operations for the CIA and US
military in 1992, Tatum was personally ordered by then-President George
H.W. Bush to “neutralize” Bush’s political opponent Ross Perot. Based on
his past missions for Bush, Tatum understood those orders meant that
Bush wanted him to force Perot out of the presidential race by any means
necessary, including murder. (Tatum refused Bush’s orders – the
beginning of the end of his career in Special Ops.)
Tatum has also revealed his knowledge of Bush-related CIA drug
smuggling and mind control operations. He survived as a whistleblower
due to the extremely sensitive documents and recordings he set up to be
released in the event of his death or incapacitation-by-torture.
Tatum has released many other documents corroborating his stories of
Bush’s corruption, CIA assassinations and mind-control. But despite his
credibility, the mainstream media refuses to report such information.
If the Bush crime family is deceiving the world about an operation
involving remote-hijacked airliners, it wouldn’t be the first time. On
September 11th, 2001, fly-by-wire systems appear to have been used in
the false flag attacks on New York and Washington. Bush loyalists and
Israeli Mossad assets are the two main groups of suspects in those
attacks. Could the same forces be involved in the theft of MH370 –
perhaps as part of a plan to stage another plane-into-building false
flag, as Christopher Bollyn has suggested?
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Russia 'forced' to launch military drills at border in response to Ukraine op - Moscow
Russia 'forced' to launch military drills at border in response to Ukraine op - MoscowBy RTRussia has begun extensive military exercises in Ukrainian border area following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.
“The order to use force against civilians has already been
given, and if this military machine is not stopped, the amount of
casualties will only grow,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey
Shoigu said during an official meeting in Moscow.
“War games by NATO in Poland and the Baltic states are not
helping the normalization of the situation. We are forced to
react to the situation.”
Shoigu said that the drills involve march and deployment
exercises by forces in the southern and western military
districts, and separate Air Force maneuvers.
Shoigu said that 11,000 Ukrainian soldiers, 160 tanks, 230
armored carriers and at least 150 artillery pieces are involved
in the operation against anti-Kiev activists.
“National guard units and Right Sector extremists are
fighting against the peaceful population, as well as a volunteer
Donbass ‘anti-terrorist’ unit. Also security and internal forces
transferred to Lugansk and Donetsk from other areas of the
country are suppressing dissent,” the minister said.
He added that Ukrainian sabotage units have been deployed near
the Russian border.
In contrast, Shoigu said that the pro-Russian self-defense units
number about 2,000 and have about 100 guns between them, which
have mostly been taken from local police stations.
RIA Novosti / Igor Zarembo
Kiev military op: Ukrainian army tanks, APCs, troops attack Slavyansk
Kiev military op: Ukrainian army tanks, APCs, troops attack SlavyanskBy RTFive anti-government protesters have reportedly been killed and one
injured in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk after Kiev
authorities sent tanks and armored vehicles against the local
RT’s LIVE UPDATES on military operation in eastern Ukraine
“During the antiterrorist operation, three checkpoints
erected by illegal military groups have been destroyed in the
northeastern part of Slavyansk,” the Ukrainian Interior
Ministry said, adding: "At least five terrorists have been
killed. One policeman was injured.”
Witnesses report on Twitter Slavyansk self-defense forces are now
burning tires to hamper the entrance of infantry vehicles from
Kiev into the city.
According to Rossiya 24 TV channel, self-defense forces have
repelled the attack of the Kiev gunmen at the key checkpoint 3 km
north of Slavyansk. At least three infantry vehicles had to
Police has announced the beginning of the crackdown via
loudspeakers and a special vehicle is currently patrolling the
streets warning local people about the crackdown.
The local citizens in the city are preparing for the Kiev
crackdown. The majority of shops, kindergartens and schools have
been closed in the city. Only the shops selling bread and water
“Fighting the outskirts of Slavyansk started at about 12pm
Moscow time (08:00 GMT),” one of the leaders of the
self-defense forces, Miroslav Rudenko, told Interfax, "We are
checking reports of one dead and one injured. There are shootings
at a number of checkpoints at some of Slavyansk exit-roads.”
Rudenko said it was impossible to reach self-defense leaders in
Slavyansk by phone, suspecting that mobile phone connection could
have been switched off.
Ukrainian special forces take position in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 24, 2014 (Reuters / Gleb Garanich)
Rossiya 24 TV channel reported there was a slow offensive by
Ukrainian troops on Slavyansk.
“Now armored vehicles and special forces are just 10km away
from the town,” said Rossiya 24 correspondent currently on
According to locals, at least eight armored infantry vehicles
passed the village of Hrestische, near Slavyansk, on Thursday
morning, reports Gazeta.ru.
At least three snipers from Ukrainian army are now at the
barricades, the residents also told Gazeta.ru, adding that when
one of the journalists tried to approach the barricades, the
snipers opened fire.
Meanwhile, two columns of armored vehicles are heading towards
Slavyansk. The first column is now 6km from the city, while the
second is 3 to 4km, Mayor of Slavyansk Vyacheslav Ponomarev told
Rossiya 24 TV channel.
special forces take position in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk
on April 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Kirill Kudryavtsev)
Meanwhile, the armored infantry vehicles are currently heading
towards the town of Izyum in the Kharkov Region, not far from
Anti-government protesters are still controlling the checkpoints
on the outskirts of Slavyansk.
Screenshot from youtube.com @sherlaimov
Screenshot from youtube.com @sherlaimov
Ukrainian military Mil Mi-24 and Mi-8 helicopters have been
detected in the city of Artyomovsk near Slavyansk.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Kiev’s crackdown on anti-government
protesters “a very serious crime.”
“If the Kiev regime started military actions against the
country’s population, this is without doubt a very serious
crime,” Putin said.
He maintains that the current situation in eastern Ukraine is
another proof that Russia was right when it supported the
Crimeans when they decided to have a referendum.
Meanwhile, Russian OSCE (Organization for Security and
Co-operation in Europe) envoy Andrey Kelin proposed sending
immediately the observers to Slavyansk, calling the city and
near-by regions “hotspots.”
He criticized Kiev’s ‘anti-terrorist’ operation,
launched against anti-government protesters in the city as
“serious violation of the Geneva agreements.”
Today's News Headlines by RT(April 24,2014)
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A UN panel that settles claims for damages resulting from Iraq’s 1990
invasion of Kuwait paid out another $990 million Thursday, AP said. The
payment by the UN Compensation Commission brings the total paid so far
to the government of Kuwait to $45.5 billion. The latest payment goes
toward settling a claim by Kuwait Petroleum Corp. for production and
sales losses resulting from damage to the country's oil fields. Another
$6.9 billion remains to be paid from that award, which at $14.7 billion
was the largest the panel made.
Pakistan bombing kills 4, Air Force kills militants in strikes
A bombing in southern Pakistan killed a police officer known for his
anti-militant campaigns and three other people on Thursday, AP reported.
Meanwhile, army officials said the Pakistani Air Force carried out
airstrikes against insurgents in a northwestern tribal region, killing
16 militants. The airstrikes reportedly pounded two militant hideouts in
a remote area of Tirah Valley in the Khyber tribal region near the
US embassy says 3 Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack
An Afghan security guard who opened fire at an international hospital
in Kabul on Thursday killed three Americans, the US embassy said. “We can confirm three Americans were killed,” Reuters
quoted an embassy official as saying. At least one other person, a
female nurse, was wounded, according to an Interior Ministry official.
At least 10 people killed in Iraq suicide attack
A suicide attack on a police checkpoint south of Baghdad has killed at
least 10 people and wounded 18, Iraqi officials said. The bomber drove
his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint at the entrance of the
southern city of Hillah, about 95km south of Baghdad, AP reported,
citing a police officer. He said six civilians and four policemen were
killed in that attack.
3 foreigners killed in Kabul hospital as Afghan guard shoots medical staff
An Afghan security guard killed three foreigners, including at least
one doctor, at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, police said. The
guard suddenly turned his weapon on the staff he was supposed to be
protecting at the Cure Hospital in western Kabul and started shooting,
AP quoted police Chief Hafiz Khan as saying. One other person was also
reportedly wounded in the spray of bullets. The nationalities of the
victims were not immediately known, and the motive of the attacker, who
is a member of the Afghan Police Protection Force, was not yet clear.
China frees Japanese boat in 7-decade dispute
A Chinese court released a seized Japanese freight ship Thursday after
owner Mitsui OSK Lines agreed to pay about $39 million in a dispute
dating back more than seven decades. The Shanghai Maritime Court said
that it freed Mitsui’s Baosteel Emotion after the company paid more than
$28 million in compensation for two leased Chinese ships it lost in
1938 and 1944 and also court costs, AP reported. Japanese government
spokesman Yoshihide Suga downplayed the possibility that the settlement
might encourage similar lawsuits by Chinese companies.
6.6 magnitude earthquake hits off Canada's Vancouver Island
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has been registered 94km south of Port Hardy
municipality, British Columbia, western Canada, according to the US
Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 03:10 GMT at a depth of 11.4km.
No tsunami danger has been issued for potentially affected US and
Canadian areas, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon
and California, according to the US tsunami warning office. Currently
there is no information on possible casualties or damage.