Must Government Save Us From The Coronavirus?

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27-01-20 08:18:00,

Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The American Institute for Economic Research,

In the spring of 2014, when awareness of Ebola was just beginning to dawn, a case of infection appeared in the town of Harbel, Liberia. The biggest employer in the area is Firestone. The company immediately set up a quarantine area of its hospital for the infected woman, who soon died. 

They distributed hazmat suits to workers. They researched everything they could, built a treatment center, and set up a comprehensive response. Transmission stopped. Even now, the only cases seen in this area come from outside the community.

National Public Radio reported on the case and concluded:

even as the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded rages all around them, Firestone appears to have blocked the virus from spreading inside its territory…. A key reason for Firestone’s success is the close monitoring of people who have potentially been exposed to the virus — and the moving of anyone who has had contact with an Ebola patient into voluntary quarantine. By most accounts, this Ebola outbreak remains out of control, with health care workers across West Africa struggling to contain it.

Another triumph of the market and human volition! Still, somehow, the lesson here has not penetrated.

As with every crisis in the history of the modern world, Ebola fears gave rise to debates over government power, just as the Coronavirus has today. 

China has kicked into gear the largest quarantine in modern history. As George E. Wantz,  distinguished professor of the history of medicine at the University of Michigan, has written

To combat the contagion, the Chinese government has taken the extraordinary step of quarantining the city of Wuhan, as well as neighboring districts and cities. The borders are sealed, and all transportation out is blocked. Officials closed the public transportation systems. Friday morning, more than 35 million people woke up facing aggressive curtailments of their freedom.

Is all this necessary? Wantz looks at the numbers:

It’s possible that this coronavirus may not be highly contagious, and it may not be all that deadly. We also do not know yet how many people have mild coronavirus infections but have not come to medical attention,

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Russian Government Unexpectedly Resigns On Putin Plans For Drastic Constitutional Changes

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15-01-20 07:29:00,

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has made a shock and dramatic announcement that he and the entire Russian government is resigning in a statement just after President Vladimir Putin’s annual state-of-the-nation address, state media outlets report. The ruble slipped about 0.5% on the news.

Despite what appears a drastic shake-up afoot, Reuters suggests it’s part of a plan that could result in Putin extending his power despite a constitutional ban currently in effect preventing him from running for more than two consecutive terms. It appears a bid for him to handpick the new government and enact reforms that could weaken his future successor. 

“President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend his rule after leaving the Kremlin,” Reuters comments.

Medvedev said the government resignation means Putin will decide the new government’s make-up, after which the now former prime minister appears to have been appointed head of the security council.

So despite it appearing that Putin is perhaps actually giving away power, it must be remembered that his presidential term doesn’t expire till 2024.

“In this context, it is obvious that, as the government, we must provide the president with a capability to make all decisions,” Medvedev said of Putin’s proposing several amendments to the constitution. Medvedev later told TASS that Putin’s proposals introduce “substantial changes not only to an entire range of articles of the constitution, but also to the entire balance of power, the power of the executive, the power of the legislature, the power of judiciary.”

The #Russian constitution gives enormous powers to the President allowing #Putin to almost enact whatever he would like. In the past when Putin term came up, he either extended the term limit of the presidency or stepped down and became PM while giving the PM role lots of power

— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) January 15, 2020

Russia’s RT is reporting the newly resigned ministers will act in a ‘caretaker’ capacity:

Accepting the resignation,

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Over 100 Years Ago the US Government Lied Us into World War I – Global Research

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15-01-20 07:23:00,

You may think “fake news” is a fairly recent development made possible by the internet and social media. But a little over 100 years ago President Woodrow Wilson created an official fake news agency to persuade the American people to support the United States entry into WWI.

But first a little perspective on what drove Wilson’s unorthodox methods.

Woodrow Wilson was elected President of the United States in 1912. Politically, he was a novice having only served two years as governor of New Jersey prior to his elevation to the Presidency. Wilson’s lack of political experience made him easy to manipulate by the seasoned political pros who surrounded him. “Colonel” Edward M. House, a well-connected associate of the Rothschild international banking dynasty was handpicked as an informal advisor to President Wilson.

The Rothschilds were working hard behind the scenes to foment a global war so their banks could fund the massive costs of military conflict. Colonel House was their man in the White House to “nudge” the new President in the right direction. In the fall of 1914 WWI erupted with the assignation of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo, Bosnia. France, Britain and Russia faced off against Germany and her allies Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire (modern day Turkey), and Bulgaria.

But the United States had no compelling reason to join the fray and the vast majority of the nation wanted nothing to do with the war. Indeed, Wilson ran for his second Presidential term in 1916 under the slogan, “He kept us out of war!” Colonel House used Wilson’s grandiose ego by persuading him that he could go down in history as the man who ended world wars forever with a League of Nations, today’s modern day United Nations.

There was only one major problem. Wilson would have no credibility with the combatants to pitch his League of Nation’s idea unless America shared in the bloody conflict. And to accomplish that trick House hatched a plan to turn the hearts and minds of ordinary US citizens into clamoring for war! This was accomplished with a brazen propaganda campaign of “fake news” that painted Germany and her allies as heartless monsters that threatened the globe.

America Enters the War

Great Britain used a naval blockade in an attempt to starve the German people into submission.

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The US Government Lies Constantly, And The Burden Of Proof Is On The Accuser

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05-01-20 10:17:00,

Over the last 48 hours I’ve been splitting my free time between (A) learning as much as I possibly can about the US assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and (B) arguing with people online who are uncritically swallowing US government claims about why that assassination was necessary. I always engage such political debates because they’re a valuable source of information on what propaganda narratives people are buying into, and therefore which propaganda narratives need to be addressed.

What has been made abundantly clear from this particular engagement is that those who have bought into the Trump administration’s completely unsubstantiated claims about Soleimani are sincerely unaware that they have unquestioningly bought into unsubstantiated US government narratives. People tend to get their information from tightly insulated echo chambers, and if you inhabit an echo chamber that supports the current president all you’ll get is a bunch of officials, pundits and reporters saying in a confident-sounding tone of voice that Soleimani needed to be taken out. Since they’re surrounded by chatter affirming that Soleimani had attacked America and/or posed an imminent threat in the near future, they assume that chatter must be based on some actual facts in evidence.

It is not.

This is very telling. I have read every single reply. Not one produced even the slightest shred of indication that he posed an imminent threat to the US.

Seriously, Stalin himself would’ve been proud of such a display of blind, unflinching acceptance of the deep state narrative. https://t.co/GrzzkKBy63

— Dan Maul (@DanVMaul) January 5, 2020

When I speak out online against Trump’s act of war on Iran and interact one-on-one with those who object to what I’m saying, the disparity between what they think they know and what they actually know gets very quickly highlighted. Simply by my challenging people to prove the claims that they are making about Soleimani planning to attack Americans, attacking a US embassy, directing a strike that allegedly killed a mysteriously unnamed US contractor in Iraq, killing hundreds of US soldiers in Iraq, that he’s a “terrorist”, etc, they quickly realize that they have literally no evidence for their claims beyond the unsubstantiated assertions of US government officials and people who unquestioningly repeated those assertions.

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Since 1980s, U.S. Government Agency Has Paid Over $4B for Vaccine Related Injuries and Death. Still Want a Flu Shot? – Activist Post

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18-12-19 06:47:00,

By B.N. Frank

Many Americans are not aware that there is a National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for those who have been injured by flu shots and other vaccinations.  This is why Donald Trump and many others are opposed to mandatory vaccinations, especially for “The Flu” which isn’t usually fatal.

As of last year, over $4 billion had been paid out for vaccine injuries and deaths:

A Dec. 1, 2018 update by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) reported that the total amount of awards to children and adults who have been injured or died after receiving federally recommended childhood vaccines has surpassed $4 billion.1 2

The VICP was created by Congress under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 as a federal compensation system alternative to vaccine injury lawsuits filed in civil court.3

According to an article published in Fair Warning, almost no media attention has been given to payouts made to vaccine victims by the government, which are adjudicated in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (also known as “Vaccine Court”).1 Fair Warning points out that one of the reasons that the “Vaccine Court” works in relative obscurity is because public health officials maintain that “vaccines provide vast public health benefits” and are reluctant to talk about vaccine casualties for fear that publicity about vaccine injury compensation awards would dissuade the public from getting vaccinated.1

The HRSA report reveals that over the past 30 years (since 1989), the VICP has received 20,123 petitions claiming vaccine injury and death, out of which 18,000 claims have been resolved. Of those 17,576 cases, 6,313 cases (about two out of three claims) have received compensation awards via settlements or judgments.1 2 Nevertheless, HRSA does not acknowledge that vaccine injuries are rare and estimates that one person has been compensated for every million doses distributed in the United States.1 However, HRSA fails to acknowledge that there is no mechanism for measuring how many injuries and deaths after vaccination have occurred but have never been reported.

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“Sweden’s Government Skips Answering Questions on Its Aid to the Allies of al-Qaeda in Syria” – Global Research

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18-12-19 04:27:00,

Why has Sweden been very tight-lipped about and shied away from publically talking about its aid to what it prefers to call Syrian ‘opposition’ during the 8-year terror war on Syria? And has Swedish tax money benefited terrorists?

This topic, i.e. Sweden’s aid to the Syrian opposition was tackled by Patrik Paulov, freelance journalist and Author of the book Syria’s silenced voices, in his opinion article which was published in Svenska Dagbladet newspaper on October, 9, 2019.

The journalist asked in his article about the reason behind the silence of Swedish media and politicians on how aid has benefited terrorist in Syria while several other European countries have broken the silence over this issue after the broadcast of some documentaries disclosing that money intended for the so-called the ‘Free Syrian Army” was handed to armed extremist terrorists.

He pointed out that Sweden has started to support the so-called ‘democratic opposition in Syria’ since August 2012 when then-Foreign Minister Carl Bildt invited Syrian ‘opposition’ figures to hold a meeting at Hässelby Castle in Stockholm.

“Sweden’s support for the opposition-led aid project Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) is an example. Financiers of the SRTF are 10 Western countries plus e royal dictatorships- United Arab Emirates and Kuwait,” Paulov said, indicating that Sweden only contributed twice to SRTF, last time in 2015. The total amount was 56,5 million kronor.

Foreign Ministry’s evaluation of SRTF, signed on October 23, 2018, mentioned no words about the influence of terrorist groups in the “opposition areas” where the project was implemented.

The evaluation also said nothing about the collaboration between the Syrian ‘opposition’, which chairs the SRTF, and al-Nusra Front [ Jabhat al-Nusra] and other armed extremist groups.

In April 2015, the head of the so-called the ‘Syrian Opposition Coalition’, Khalid Khoja admitted that his organizations has a tactical alliance with al-Qaeda. The coalition’s formed head, Ahmad Jarba, was chairman of the assistance fund that received 40 million SEK. In April 2014, he visited the town of Kassab from which 2000 Syrian Christians were displaced by the foreign-backed ‘opposition’.

“When Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven read the Declaration of Government on September 10, he stated that “it will be a criminal act to have contact with a terrorist organization”.

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The Dutch Government Funded Terrorist In Syria For Combat

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18-12-19 04:23:00,

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The Dutch assistance to the so-called Syrian rebels was explicitly intended for combat, as can be read from documents at the “Rijksoverheid”. This is in stark contrast to statements by Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok in the Lower House, where he stated that the aid was “civil in nature”. The Dutch government unwillingly disclosed information that has previously been classified as a state secret.

The documents were released following an appeal to the Government Information (Public Access) Act and shed new light on the Dutch role in the Syrian conflict. In September I reported on the Dutch so-called aid program to Syrian battle groups. It turned out that these battle groups committed human rights violations and were even previously labeled as “terrorists” by the Dutch government. I wrote about it in my former articles.

Now it appears, after allegations and debate, that almost all goods supplied by the Netherlands have been used by the Syrian terrorist groups (consisting also of Al-Nusra and later on ISIS, or DAESH) for the military battle and killing many innocent Syrians. Not only were pick-up trucks used in assault missions, but the Netherlands also supplied “tactical vests” for weapons such as the M-16 and AK-47. In addition, allegedly innocent items such as food packages, generators, and furniture had military value: primarily to boost the morale of the fighters. Laptops were used to select military targets.

The Jabhat al-Shamiya terror group thanked the Dutch government for their food and said it was delicious, also they thanked the government for the weapons and Toyota Pick-ups. Also, they thanked the EU and the UN migration office. After they lost the battles in Aleppo and Homs, they migrated to the EU, the offices of the UN were marked on the walls in Homs, I saw them during my Syrian trip in December 2018.

Homs, Syria, where the terrorist had an open invitation to come to Europe. The Syrian people, which I spoke back then couldn’t believe the invitation, which started in 2016-17, were many terrorists went to Europe. The invitation is stamped on the walls, in the hideouts of the terrorist, when they lost,  » Lees verder

Is The Government Hiding Advanced Technology? 5,000 Inventions Held Under “Secrecy Orders” at the US Patent Office – Activist Post

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11-12-19 05:18:00,

By Jon Rappoport

I wrote and posted this article in 2018. I recently revisited it and confirmed how important this information, gathered by Steve Aftergood, is.

For decades, people have been accusing the government of hiding advanced technology. Here we have a serious clue. Something in the record and on the record. It is only a very small piece of the puzzle, but it’s a potent piece, if you’ll stop and think about it.

The world is waking up to censorship of information by the press, by corporations, and by government. Here we have what amounts to a US government POLICY of censoring certain inventions, groundbreaking inventions.

Here is my brief 2018 piece:

How many of these patents, if granted, would be game changers for planet Earth? Who knows?

Buckle up. Here we go.

From FAS (Federation of American Scientists), Secrecy News, Oct. 21, 2010, “Invention Secrecy Still Going Strong,” by Steven Aftergood:

“There were 5,135 inventions that were under secrecy orders at the end of Fiscal Year 2010, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told Secrecy News last week. It’s a 1% rise over the year before, and the highest total in more than a decade.”

“Under the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, patent applications on new inventions can be subject to secrecy orders restricting their publication if government agencies believe that disclosure would be ‘detrimental to the national security’.”

“The current list of technology areas that is used to screen patent applications for possible restriction under the Invention Secrecy Act is not publicly available and has been denied under the Freedom of Information Act. (An appeal is pending.)…”

“Most of the listed technology areas are closely related to military applications. But some of them range more widely.”

“Thus, the 1971 list indicates that patents for solar photovoltaic generators were subject to review and possible restriction IF THE PHOTOVOLTAICS WERE MORE THAN 20% EFFICIENT. Energy conversion systems were likewise subject to review and possible restriction IF THEY OFFERED CONVERSION EFFICIENCIES ‘IN EXCESS OF 70-80%’.” (Emphasis is mine.)

“One may fairly ask if disclosure of such technologies could really have been ‘detrimental to the national security,’ or whether the opposite would be closer to the truth.

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The U.S. Government Has Been Run as a Criminal Enterprise: Financial Fraud, Criminal Cash Flows – Global Research

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30-11-19 09:02:00,

First published in December 2017

Financial expert and investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts says the U.S. Government runs on massive criminal activity. Fitts explains,

“The U.S. economy is deeply dependent on criminal cash flows.  We’re the global leader in money laundering.  If we stopped doing that, the economy would be in for a major, major change. . . . The preference for most Americans is to keep that system going as long as it works for them.  So, it you are a public official, you are between a rock and a hard place.  If you press the red button and stop the illegal cash flows, then all hell breaks loose. . . . The U.S. Government has been run as a criminal enterprise, and I have documented and proved that on multiple occasions.  The swamp that exists in Washington is from sea to shining sea.  It’s not just in Washington.  It’s in every county and every state house in the country.  If we are going to change and clean ourselves of enormous financial dependencies on criminal activities, we are talking about a very big change, and it’s not just in Washington.”

So, in the big picture, where are we now?

Why are so many top people in politics and Hollywood being taken down?

Fitts says,

“These people are expensive.  This is a fundamental re-engineering. . . . We are watching purges, but these purges are knocking out the expensive people, people we no longer need from the financial coup d’état period, and you are bringing in a new wave of people or you are just downsizing.  So, we see sex purges in Hollywood and in various forms of media and entertainment. . . . You have various purges going on because the reality is the world needs to move on.  This money needs to be reinvested, and you can’t afford a bunch of egotistical maniacs who were good at stealing money.  You can’t use them to build the future, and you can’t afford them. . . . There is a huge amount of money that is floating around in fixed income and derivative markets, and now you’ve got to bring it down into the hard economy and hard assets. 

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Bolivian coup government seeks to prosecute Morales for TERRORISM over alleged call to block roads in protest

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23-11-19 11:31:00,

Bolivia’s new government is prosecuting former President Evo Morales on terrorism and sedition charges, alleging the exiled leader, who fled to Mexico in fear for his life, is masterminding protesters’ blockades of the cities.

We are seeking the maximum penalty for sedition and terrorism,” Interior Minister Arturo Murillo told reporters on Friday after filing the legal complaint against Morales with prosecutors. He accused the exiled president of pushing supporters to maintain roadblocks in order to keep food out of the cities, pointing to a recording allegedly found on a cell phone confiscated from a protester during security forces’ forceful dismantling of a roadblock outside Cochabamba. 

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On the recording, a man said to be Morales is heard advising a peasant leader to man the blockades in shifts and stating that he will attempt to return to Bolivia if the Congress rejects his resignation. Blockades outside Bolivia’s major cities – especially the capital of La Paz – have led to fuel and food shortages within, and the new right-wing government has not hesitated to use these to demonize Morales’ supporters – many (but not all) of whom are indigenous people living in the countryside. However, there is no indication that these blockades were Morales’ idea, or that they would vanish without his encouragement.

On Thursday, Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry filed a complaint with the government of Mexico, where Morales has political asylum, over the comments, claiming they “contravened” his political asylum. Morales hit back, calling the coup government’s prosecution efforts a “farce.” The estranged Bolivian president has called for the UN to intervene in the “massacre” of indigenous protesters, with over 30 already dead at the hands of security forces who have been exempted from criminal prosecution by an interim government eager to erase all traces of socialism from the country.

Because members of Morales’ MAS (Movement to Socialism) party, which have a two thirds majority in both the Senate and Chamber of Deputies, have been barred from legislative sessions, neither Morales’ resignation nor the self-declared presidency of opposition leader Jeanine Añez is technically legal.

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Swedish Government Grants $175,000 To Fund Drag Queen Shows For Children

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09-11-19 09:31:00,

Authored by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News,

The Swedish government will hand out the equivalent of $175,000 dollars from the inheritance money of dead Swedes without heirs to fund drag queen shows for children.

You just can’t stop progress!

The Public Inheritance Fund, a state body that manages the money, will give the cash to ‘Kulturföreningen Mums’ in Stockholm, which will use it to organize transvestite and transgender events where fairytales are read to children.

“The project will, together with children, young people and adults with disabilities, develop available normative creative fairy tales in the form of drag shows. Together with the target group and several organizations, the established business Among dragons and drag queens will create new fairy tales that reflect the target group,” writes the General Heritage Foundation.

The funds will be used to promote projects “based on the needs and wishes of the target group” which includes “drag show workshops” based around drag queens reading books to children in libraries.

Other large chunks of money from the inheritance pot are being handed out to left-wing groups, including one that promotes “a higher climate commitment” for young people.

Despite Sweden being a progressive utopia which punishes its own citizens who question pretty much anything like this, respondents on Twitter weren’t so enthusiastic.

One of them described the situation as “economic-necrophilia,” while another said, “Note to fucking self: Don’t let your children near these people.”

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How the US government wants to undermine resistance to Libra | KenFM.de

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05-11-19 04:40:00,

A point of view by Norbert Häring.

Anyone who believes that Facebook’s planned global digital currency, the Libra, is dead because of the resistance of the regulators, could be facing a deceptive manoeuvre. Because in international announcements, words often mean the opposite of what they seem to mean.

Because Mastercard, Visa and Paypal, three particularly important partners, did not participate in the Libra Association after all, and because some regulators and ministers, as well as international groups, criticized the project, it could look as if the global, private currency would go nowhere. But if one reads exactly what the US led G7 group of the seven most important industrial nations recently announced (1), and translates the diplomat’s speech into normal language, one may have some reasonable doubts. It sounds very austere. However, when seen in the light of day, the G7 statement says:

That Libra should be given the green light if operators can ensure that rules on identifying senders and recipients of financial transactions are complied with. This is a requirement that fits well with Facebook’s plans.

That the G7 has disempowered the larger G20 group, which is supposed to be responsible for financial regulation, in regarding the use of Libra.

That US-dominated international regulatory bodies such as the Financial Stability Board (FSB) should make the preliminary decision as to what conditions the Libra Association must meet in order to get started.

Members of the G7 are the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain and Italy. Since the great financial crisis, the G7 has taken a back seat. To this end, the G20 was set up on the initiative of the USA to provide direction for international financial regulation. It was regularly the G20 that gave the (informal) work orders to the international standard-setting groups.

In addition to the G7, the G20 includes the most important emerging countries, including China, India and Russia. Obviously, the US has not been able to bring about a decision within this framework that gives the standard setters the task of creating a suitable regulatory environment for Libra. That is why the G7 has taken this on with a working group on „stablecoins“.

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British Government Retains Julian Assange in a Maximum Security Prison at the Behest of Trump Regime – Global Research

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30-10-19 03:25:00,

At his latest extradition hearing Julian Assange was once again denied justice by a British court.

If extradited to the U.S. he faces 175 years imprisonment for revealing American war crimes committed during its regime change wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Magistrate refuses to dismiss the extradition case against Assange

On October 21 magistrate Vanessa Baraitser refused Assange’s defence a hearing to dismiss the extradition case on the basis of the 2003 U.S.-UK extradition treaty which prohibits extradition for political offences such as espionage. The wording of the American indictment against Assange makes it clear that 18 of the 19 charges against him regard offences that allegedly damaged the national security of the United States. These espionage charges are clearly political offences which should prevent his extradition under the 2003 extradition treaty.

Magistrate refuses to postpone Assange’s extradition hearing in February 2020

The magistrate also rejected an application from Assange’s defence to postpone the full extradition hearing on 24 February 2020. This application to postpone was based on two grounds.

Firstly, that Assange is being kept in conditions at Belmarsh maximum security prison that obstruct his ability to prepare his legal defence. He is denied access to his legal papers, and a computer while his mental health has significantly declined due to his continued imprisonment.

The second ground for a postponement of the extradition hearing were that his defence team need more time to access the mass of evidence coming out of the Spanish investigation into the surveillance of Assange, his lawyers, friends and family during the time he sheltered in the Ecuadorian embassy. Spanish newspaper El Pais has revealed that security firm UC Global spied on Assange while he was in the Ecuadorian embassy and passed the information onto the CIA.

British government blocks Spanish judge from questioning Assange over spying allegations tied to American intelligence services

The newspaper El Pais has noted how the Spanish investigation has major ramifications for Assange’s case which has led the British government to block attempts by the investigating judge to question Julian Assange by videoconference. El Pais has commented upon the unprecedented nature of the UK government’s actions:

“The British position,

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More Than Half Of Americans Want The Government To Censor Speech

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29-10-19 05:46:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

The results of a new survey are truly disturbing. It was discovered that more than half of Americans want themselves, others, and the media censored by the government. Unfortunately, instead of learning from history, people are actually asking for a repeat of Nazi Germany or the gulags of the Soviet Union.

The First Amendment, which guarantees Americans freedom of speech, should be overhauled to reflect current cultural norms, according to 51 percent of the respondents to a survey published on Wednesday by the Campaign for Free Speech. The campaign is hoping to call attention to the dire state of Americans’ preeminent civil rights with the poll, which breaks down opposition along gender, race, class, and educational lines.

History will continue to repeat until humans learn the lessons of the past.  Censorship is always necessary for tyranny to thrive.

The younger respondents were, the more they supported overhauling the law to restrict speech. However, college graduates were the least likely of all educational groupings to support the restrictions, indicating that the increasingly regulated speech environment at American universities may be backfiring in some cases and producing adults who cherish their rights because they know what it’s like to be deprived of them. –RT

What was also horrifying, is that over half of millennials believe “hate speech” should be against the law, though no definition of “hate speech” was given (and indeed the definition tends to vary given the time and place) during the survey. Most of those who want a ban on such speech consider jail time an appropriate penalty, although female respondents were the least supportive of such draconian sentencing, according to a report by RT.

And it isn’t just the free speech of their fellow Americans that some people want to be censored.  They also want what is essentially, state-owned media.  In fact, 57 % of respondents support government action against “newspapers and TV stations that publish content that is biased, inflammatory, or false,” with nearly half of those agreeing such offenses should carry a jail sentence.  That means the government will get to decide the official narrative,

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Government Nutrition Advice

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18-10-19 07:18:00,

SHOW NOTES: https://www.corbettreport.com/nutrition/

Nutrition science is almost always a hot, steaming pile of contradictory nonsense. How much worse, then, that our eating habits and dietary guidelines are shaped by the government (and its corporate string-pullers)? Join James for this extra tasty, sugar-free, all organic, non-GMO edition of The Corbett Report.

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Syrian government & opposition finally form constitutional committee, seen as cornerstone of peaceful resolution to 9yo war

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23-09-19 08:33:00,

A committee that will write a new constitution for Syria, a key part of the political transition in a war-torn country, has finally been formed with the United Nations’ backing, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced.

The body will convene within weeks for the first time, Guterres told reporters on the sidelines of a UN climate summit in New York. He thanked Russia, Iran, and Turkey, the three countries that have been pushing for years to see the creation of the committee as part of the so-called Astana process.

Geir Pedersen, the UN’s Special Envoy for Syria, said the breakthrough came on Monday following meetings with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and Naser al-Hariri, who represents the opposition’s Syrian Negotiations Committee.

.@GeirOPedersen I had very positive meeting w/Syrian FM al-Muallem discussing remaining issues leading to formation of Constitutional Committee. I’ve also been in contact w/leader of SNC Hariri today & had very positive discussions w/him. I’ll now be briefing SG on discussions.

— UN Special Envoy for Syria (@UNEnvoySyria) September 23, 2019

The constitutional committee is expected to agree on Syria’s new basic law, which will hopefully secure its future as a nation respecting the religious, political, and ethnic differences of the many groups living there.

The 150-seat body will have equal representation from the Syrian government, the opposition, and civil groups. It will be based in Geneva under UN auspices.

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Assad Government Saves Christianity in Syria – Global Research

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12-09-19 12:28:00,

Syria is being reborn, and its religious pluralism is being resurrected, sometimes literally from the ashes.

The ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken, where St. Takla miraculously cured the sick, where NATO’s takfiri terrorists committed massacres, and destroyed shrines, churches, and mosques, is yet again an example of the religious pluralism typical of the Levant.

Yet again it is attracting people from Syria, Lebanon, and beyond to its sacred sites, ensconced, in the “land of the prophets.”

The twisted ideology and barbarity of the West’s terrorist proxies is gone now.

The Syrian Arab Army defeated Western imperialism here, and the Syrian government promises to continue its righteous fight until every inch of Syria has been liberated.

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Open Government: Offenheit fördert die Bundesregierung am liebsten, wenn es nicht sie betrifft

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06-09-19 11:06:00,

Die Bundesregierung will offener werden. In einem Aktionsplan, den das Bundeskabinett am Mittwoch billigte, zählt sie neun Ziele auf, die sie in den nächsten zwei Jahren erreichen möchte. Darunter fallen die Digitalisierung und Öffnung großer Teile des außenpolitischen Archivs im Auswärtigen Amt, eine Förderung für regionale Open-Government-Labore sowie eine neue Open-Data-Strategie für die Bundesverwaltung.

Den Aktionsplan hat das Bundeskanzleramt in den letzten Monaten im Austausch mit der Zivilgesellschaft entwickelt. Zwei Vorhaben, die im zivilgesellschaftlichen Open-Government-Netzwerk gründlich ausgearbeitet und begründet wurden, fehlen aber in den jetzt beschlossenen Zielen: ein verpflichtendes Lobbyregister für den Bund sowie die Öffnung des Transparenzregisters zur Korruptionsbekämpfung. Dafür haben einige Länder wie Nordrhein-Westfalen und Schleswig-Holstein eigene Initiativen auf den Weg gebracht.

Die Open Government Partnership, 2011 ins Leben gerufen von der Obama-Administration, soll weltweit offenes Regierungshandeln fördern und damit die Beziehung zwischen Bürger:innen und Staat neu gestalten. Die Bundesregierung trat 2016 bei. Im Mai dieses Jahres rückte sie in den Lenkungsauschuss der Partnerschaft auf. Das zeigt, das die Bundesregierung das Thema ernst nimmt, erhöht aber auch den Druck, schnell zu handeln.

18 Millionen historische Dokumente aus dem Auswärtigen Amt

Wirklich neu ist vor allem der digitale Zugang zum politischen Archiv des Auswärtigen Amtes (AA). Darin finden sich auch prominente Dokumente wie eine Ausfertigung des Vertrags von Versaille. Ab nächstem Jahr sollen 18 Millionen Digitalisate nach und nach online verfügbar sein, zusätzlich können die Metadaten von 20 Regalkilometern Papierakten durchsucht werden.

Ein Wermutstropfen dabei: Die Digitalisate werden unter einer eher restriktiven Lizenz veröffentlicht. Das könnte erschweren sie in den korrespondierenden Wikipedia-Artikeln darzustellen. Der Aktionsplan selbst steht dagegen vorbildlich unter der Lizenz CC-BY 4.0 – es müssen lediglich Urheber und Lizenz genannt werden.

Dass die Bundesregierung bald Gesetzentwürfe auf einer eigenen Plattform veröffentlichen und zur Diskussion stellen wird, ist dagegen begrüßenswert – und nicht zuletzt der Kampagne für „Gläserne Gesetze“ von FragDenStaat zu verdanken. Der Vorschlag eines „legislativen Fußabdrucks“ wurde dagegen abgelehnt. Er würde Ministerien dazu verpflichten, etwa Treffen mit Lobbyvertretern offenzulegen. Genau wie wissenschaftliche Studien und andere Dokumente, die für den Entwurf eines Gesetzes herangezogen wurden.

Andere jetzt geplante Vorhaben sind aus dem Koalitionsvertrag der Großen Koalition bekannt. Darunter fällt der Aufbau einer E-Government-Agentur im Bundesinnenministerium (BMI). In einem Netzwerk sollen „Partner aus Wirtschaft,

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Whitehead: Is The US Government The Enemy Of The People? America’s Post-9/11 Lost Liberties

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06-09-19 07:54:00,

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“These are the times that try men’s souls.” – Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

Take heed, America.

Our losses are mounting with every passing day.

What began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act  has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

The citizenry’s unquestioning acquiescence to anything the government wants to do in exchange for the phantom promise of safety and security has resulted in a society where the nation is being locked down into a militarized, mechanized, hypersensitive, legalistic, self-righteous, goose-stepping antithesis of every principle upon which this nation was founded.

Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, police violence and the like—all of which have been sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts—our constitutional freedoms have been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded.

The rights embodied in the Constitution, if not already eviscerated, are on life support.

Free speech, the right to protest, the right to challenge government wrongdoing, due process, a presumption of innocence, the right to self-defense, accountability and transparency in government, privacy, press, sovereignty, assembly, bodily integrity, representative government: all of these and more have become casualties in the government’s war on the American people, a war that has grown more pronounced since 9/11.

Indeed, since the towers fell on 9/11, the U.S. government has posed a greater threat to our freedoms than any terrorist, extremist or foreign entity ever could.

While nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government and its agents have easily killed at least ten times that number of civilians in the U.S. and abroad since 9/11 through its police shootings, SWAT team raids, drone strikes and profit-driven efforts to police the globe, sell weapons to foreign nations (which too often fall into the hands of terrorists), and foment civil unrest in order to keep the military industrial complex gainfully employed.

The American people have been treated like enemy combatants,

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How the Turkish Government Exploits Social Media Removal Requests to Silence Criticism

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13-08-19 10:45:00,

By Arzu Geybullayeva

On August 4, the Ankara Criminal Court of Peace issued an order to withhold four Twitter accounts in Turkey. The order affects the accounts of Oya Ersoy, member of the left-wing HDP party (People’s Democratic Party); Turkish music band Grup Yorum, and two accounts related to the Gezi Park protest movement: Taksim Gezi Parki and Gezi Savunmasi.

Ersoy, whose account is certified, is a lawyer and politician. In 2018 she was elected as a parliament member representing the opposition People’s Democratic Party (HDP).

Grup Yorum is a veteran Turkish folk band known for their political songs since 1987. “Yorum” means “to comment” and many of the band’s songs look at the problems in the country and channel criticism in lyrics of their songs. For years, their concerts have faced bans and censorship in the country. Most recently, the band’s July concert was banned in the Turkish province of Hatay, and twelve people were detained for singing their songs on the day of the concert. In February 2018, six of its members were declared terrorists. Two of them fled the country for France.

The Taksim Gezi Parki account was set up at the onset of Gezi Park protests, while Gezi Savunmasi tracks court proceedings of protesters and activists arrested during the Gezi Park protests. The 2013 protests first started as an environmental protest movement against the planned demolition of Gezi Park in Istanbul, before turning into a nationwide anti-government uprising bringing together hundreds of thousands of protesters.

At the time of publication, Twitter was yet to comply with the decision, and all four accounts were still accessible in Turkey. The basis for the court’s decision was the protection of national security and public order, in accordance with Law No. 5651 on the Regulation of Publications on the Internet.

These four accounts are among hundreds—if not thousands— of Twitter accounts targeted by the Turkish government using the platform’s “Country Withheld Content” tool (CWC). In 2010, Twitter unveiled the tool which allows it to censor content on a country by country basis.

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Government That Tortures Journalists Bans RT From Media Conference

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09-07-19 03:17:00,

The British Foreign Office has banned Russian outlets RT and Sputnik from attending the upcoming Global Conference on Media Freedom in London, citing their predilection for “disinformation”.

“We have not accredited RT or Sputnik because of their active role in spreading disinformation,” said a Foreign Office spokeswoman.

“It takes a particular brand of hypocrisy to advocate for freedom of press while banning inconvenient voices and slandering alternative media; sadly, the world has learned to expect just that from the UK Foreign Office,” RT said in a statement in response.

“It amounts to direct politically motivated discrimination of the Russian channel,” said the Russian embassy in London. “The refusal of accreditation comes on top of the months-long smear campaign against RT by British political figures, governmental bodies, including media regulator Ofcom, and even fellow journalists.”

“Now a leading Russian international TV channel is denied access to the forum, despite being officially registered and working in the UK, on legal grounds,” the embassy added. “What better illustration of the real situation with media freedom in the UK does one need? Yet the organizers of the Conference, as far as we understand, wish to discuss the situation with media freedom anywhere in the world, but not in this country.”

UK govt organises international conference on ‘media freedom’, bans @RT_com (and Syria & Venezuela) from attending https://t.co/jT5LSFN0RN
’It takes a particular brand of hypocrisy to advocate for media freedom, while banning inconvenient voices and slandering alternative media’

— Charles Shoebridge (@ShoebridgeC) July 9, 2019

The BBC’s report on this story hilariously contains a brazenly propagandistic video titled “What’s so different about Russia Today?” which carefully explains why it’s very important for the BBC’s audience to understand that RT is propaganda.

“They want to be an alternative view, which in fact is the propaganda machine of, and is paid for by, the Kremlin,” says the video by the BBC, a government-funded news station with an established history of collaboration with British intelligence to deplatform dissenting voices.

“The BBC tries to cover all the angles of the story, including those that wouldn’t be pleasant to the UK government,” the BBC video claims.

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Brazil’s Government to Criminally Investigate Journalist Glenn Greenwald

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05-07-19 07:05:00,

By Eoin Higgins

The Brazilian government is targeting one of its biggest critics, journalist Glenn Greenwald, in a move that has been decried by observers as an intimidation tactic designed to stifle opposition to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro.

The government finance ministry’s money laundering unit was asked by federal police to investigate Greenwald’s finances, O Antagonista reported Tuesday. The right-wing Brazilian news site said that the investigation would focus on whether Greenwald paid for access to leaked records he used in reporting on the Bolsonaro government’s “Operation Car Wash” sting.

“If there is an investigation for doing journalism it is illegal and it is an attempt at intimidation,” University of Sao Paolo law professor Pierpaolo Bottini told The Guardian.

This is a blatant attempt by Brazilian officials to intimidate—or worse—@ggreenwald for his reportinghttps://t.co/FwgDjSTEQm

— jordan (@JordanUhl) July 4, 2019

Attacks on Greenwald and his family, including husband David Miranda, a member of Brazil’s Congress, were criticized by U.N. and Organization of American States (OAS) Edison Lanza and David Kaye. In a joint press release, Lanza and Kaye called on Brazil “to conduct an exhaustive, effective, and impartial investigation on the threats against the journalist and his family.”

“The Special Rapporteurs remind the Brazilian State that it has an obligation to prevent, protect, investigate, and punish violence against journalists, particularly those who have been subjected to harassment and threats or other acts of violence,” the rapporteurs’ statement said.

Greenwald, co-founder of independent news organization The Intercept, published in the online magazine’s Brazilian edition a number of investigations that use leaked documents to prove that the prosecution of former President Lula da Silva for corruption was steered by now Justice Minister Sergio Moro. The reporting has impacted Brazil’s politics and thrown the Bolsonaro presidency into crisis.

Given the impact of the reporting, said José Guimarães, a congressman who is a member of da Silva’s Workers’ Party, the investigation appears to be “a brutal violation of press freedom.”

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US Government Tops All For Creating Refugees

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01-07-19 07:39:00,

Authored by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On June 19th, Statista headlined “Number of forcibly displaced people reaches new high”, and when one looks at the data, one finds an even bigger story which stands behind those numbers:

This new report from the United Nations documents Statista’s headline, and it proves that America’s regime-change operations have actually created around half of the world’s refugees. It proves that America’s penchant for invading and trying to overthrow the governments that its billionaires want to replace (“regime-change”) has been by far the biggest of all single causes of refugees worldwide, vastly higher than any other government. Regardless of how bad those other governments might possibly be, the US regime is far worse – at least as being the cause, the creator, of the world’s refugee problems.

Infographic: Number of forcibly displaced people reaches new high | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Consider the countries that the US regime has recently regime-changed or attempted to:

The US regime invaded Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, Syria in 2012-2019, and has been applying, in order to overthrow the Government of Venezuela, strangulating economic sanctions. All of those four target-countries (Syria, Venezuela, Iraq, and Afghanistan) lead the list of nations that are bleeding the most refugees. The US regime’s “regime-change” operations abroad are therefore certainly the leading cause of the world’s refugee-crisis.

That’s the big news in the new UN report, though it is news that the report itself ignores.

The biggest of these crises in 2018 were Syria and Venezuela, which were the US regime’s most recent regime-change operations. But Afghanistan and Iraq are also among the top bleeders of refugees — even now, over 15 years after the US regime had invaded them.

On 26 January 2019, Britain’s Independent headlined “Venezuela crisis: Former UN rapporteur says US sanctions are killing citizens: ‘Modern-day economic sanctions and blockades are comparable with medieval sieges of towns’” and reported:

Mr De Zayas, a former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) and an expert in international law, spoke to The Independent following the presentation of his Venezuela report to the HRC in September.

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Did The Government Just Test The Internet Kill Switch?

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03-06-19 08:06:00,

“‘I felt a great disturbance in the farce, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”

At 3pmET, it appears that Google Cloud (affecting Gmail, YouTube, SnapChat, Instagram, and Facebook among others) mysteriously (and almost unprecedently) went offline.

A systemic network outage may have just occurred.. #ES_F pic.twitter.com/M4yP3MN8jS

— 🅱️🅰️ (@Ba1221) June 2, 2019

google cloud is down

google compute engine is down

gmail is down

google drive is down

nest is down

youtube is down

snapchat is down

uber is down

nextDNS is down

Pokemon Go is down

App Engine is down

google advertising up

— zerohedge (@zerohedge) June 2, 2019

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Google Compute Engine Incident #19003 We are experiencing a multi-region issue with Google Compute Engine

Incident began at 2019-06-02 12:25 (all times are US/Pacific).

Jun 02, 20 12:25 We are investigating an issue with Google Compute Engine. We will provide more information by Sunday, 2019-06-02 12:45 US/Pacific.

One Google insider explains (via YCombinator):

I work on Google Cloud (but disclaimer, I’m on vacation and so not much use to you!).

We’re having what appears to be a serious networking outage. It’s disrupting everything, including unfortunately the tooling we usually use to communicate across the company about outages.

There are backup plans, of course, but I wanted to at least come here to say: you’re not crazy, nothing is lost (to those concerns downthread), but there is serious packet loss at the least.

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Does Trump Have Control of His Government, or Is It His Government? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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08-05-19 08:59:00,

Does Trump Have Control of His Government, or Is It His Government?

Paul Craig Roberts

I smell a rat.  John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser or, more correctly, Israel’s agent, has assembled a team consisting of himself, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman. These men are Iran’s four worst enemies. 

The purpose of the team is to produce a false flag event that will provide an excuse for Washington to attack Iran.  As the Israelis are the most competent member of this team, the speculation is that Israel will shoot down an American aircraft or attack a US Navy vessel, and Washington will have the presstitute media blame it on Iran.  In other words, a revival of the Northwoods Project that the US Joint Chiefs presented to President Kennedy in hopes of setting up a US invasion of Cuba.

The plot seems already to have been set in motion. Both Bolton and acting Pentagon secretary Patrick Shanahan have announced their detection of a “credible threat by Iranian regime forces. We call on the Iranian regime to cease all provocation. We will hold the Iranian regime accountable for any attack on US forces or our interests.”  

To be clear, the “threat” and the “provocation” are not identified.  But they are somehow happening even though no news services and no governments anywhere in the world, excepting Washington, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are aware of the “escalatory action from the Iranians.”

Bolton has sent an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber taskforce to quell the unidentified “threat.”

It turns out that the Iranian threat to America was uncovered by—you guessed it—Israel.

The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has denounced the false accusation against Iran as fake news to justify an attack on Iran.

Secretary of State Pompeo added his accusations against Iran: “It is absolutely the case that we’ve seen escalatory action from the Iranians, and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests.”

CNN furthered the false flag event by quoting “unnamed officials” confirming that the US had “specific and credible” intelligence that Iranian forces were targeting US forces.

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UK Government Trying to Relaunch Skripal ‘Propaganda Campaign’ – Political Analyst – Global Research

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06-05-19 10:32:00,

UK ministers are expected to change House of Lords rules to stem the flow of “red money” from Russia and China, the Sunday Times reported. The move is designed to make MPs fully disclose their assets associated with Russia and China and to introduce an espionage law to identify foreign spies working for banks and other British companies.

Marcus Godwyn, a British political analyst, has discussed in an interview with Sputnik the reasons and timing for the proposed legislation.

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Sputnik: The UK government is in favour of adopting legislation, according to which, members of the House of Lords would have to declare financial receipts from abroad. In your view, what is the British government trying to accomplish with this?

Marcus Godwyn: Rather than the claimed desire for further transparency I believe that there are two main reasons for this bill and the considerable publicity given to it by the British MSM. One is the purging from British public life of the few remaining independent voices on issues concerning Russia and China. The second is the all important need to keep the anti-Russian and anti-Chinese propaganda campaigns active and noisy in the public limelight. Let’s deal with the first.

The House of Lords is Britain’s second chamber. It does not have very much power to prevent bills being passed if a government really wants them to be passed but it can delay them and suggest changes to to them and all this causes publicity. We find among its members people appointed from many different backgrounds including the last generation (After Tony Blair’s “reforms”) of hereditary peers. Hence there are still some independent voices unlike the House of Commons which, as the debate immediately following the launching of the Skripal affair showed, is now almost entirely and across party lines, populated by anti-Russian propagandists and stooges. Even the much vilified by the MSM opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was clearly afraid for his political future and contented himself with whimpering that maybe any action should wait until evidence of Russia’s involvement had been proved.

It is in the nature of propaganda that it cannot remain silent. Indeed silence can be said to be the most deadly enemy of all propaganda and the false ideologies and lies that it serves.

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U.S. Government Plan, Dated 23 February 2018, for Coup in Venezuela, Now Leaks Out – Global Research

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03-05-19 04:08:00,

A detailed plan from “UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COMMAND” dated “23 FEBRUARY 2018” was issued with the title “PLAN TO OVERTHROW THE VENEZUELAN DICTATORSHIP ‘MASTERSTROKE’” and is here presented complete. 

This document was personally signed by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, who was the Commander (the chief), at SOUTHCOM, and he was thus the top U.S. military official handling Venezuela. But this was far more than just a military plan. It was comprehensive — directing military, diplomatic, and propaganda, policies — regarding the Trump Administration’s planned “Overthrow” of Venezuela’s Government. His plan has since guided the Administration’s entire operation, including “the capacities of the psychological war,” regarding Venezuela.

It instructed SOUTHCOM:

“Encouraging popular dissatisfaction by increasing scarcity and rise in price of the foodstuffs, medicines and other essential goods for the inhabitants. Making more harrowing and painful the scarcities of the main basic merchandises.” …

“intensifying the undercapitalization of the country, the leaking out of foreign currency and the deterioration of its monetary base, bringing about the application of new inflationary measures.” …

“Fully obstruct imports, and at the same time discouraging potential foreign investors in order to make the situation more critical for the population.” …

“compelling him to fall into mistakes that generate greater distrust and rejection domestically” …

“To besiege him, to ridicule him and to pose him as symbol of awkwardness and incompetence. To expose him as a puppet of Cuba.” …

“Appealing to domestic allies as well as other people inserted from abroad in the national scenario in order to generate protests, riots and insecurity, plunders, thefts, assaults and highjacking of vessels as well as other means of transportation, with the intention of deserting this country in crisis through all borderlands and other possible ways, jeopardizing in such a way the National Security of neighboring frontier nations. Causing victims and holding the Government responsible for them. Magnifying, in front of the world, the humanitarian crisis in which the country has been submitted to.” …

“Structuring a plan to get the profuse desertion of the most qualified professionals from the country,

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Our Own Government Is Quietly funding the Bird Flu Research That Could End Up Killing Us All | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

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23-04-19 12:42:00,

Back in 2014, due to safety concerns, the government suspended dangerous research that could make the bird flu virus more easily transmitted to humans.

It was a wise decision, but unfortunately, short-lived.

In February, Science Magazine revealed a troubling discovery: Last year, a U.S. government review panel decided to let the research resume. They actually want scientists to figure out how to make the avian flu more likely to kill us all and what’s more, they’re not telling us why.

Do they want a pandemic? Because this is how you get a pandemic. Anyone who’s read a book like The Stand knows this is how you get a pandemic.

Not only did the government approve the experiments, but they are also paying for them.

Here are additional details from The New York Times:

Two research teams, in Wisconsin and the Netherlands, have been told by the Department of Health and Human Services that their work is eligible for research funding from the United States government. The Wisconsin group was notified in October, and the Dutch group in January, a spokeswoman for H.H.S. said in an email.

Despite requests from The New York Times on Thursday and Friday, officials from H.H.S. did not explain why they had not announced their decisions on the two labs at the time they were made.

Spokeswomen for H.H.S. and the National Institutes of Health said the decision to lift the moratorium had already been announced in December 2017 when N.I.H. disclosed that the studies would be allowed, but only after newly created expert panels judged each proposal to be safe and scientifically sound. (source)

Many scientists are outraged.

The lack of information about the decision and how it was reached have provoked outrage from many scientists.

They oppose the research because they say it could create mutant viruses that might cause deadly pandemics if they were unleashed by lab accidents or terrorism.

The experiments, which were conducted by teams led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the University of Tokyo and Ron Fouchier at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam,

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The US Government Won’t Care About Your Definition Of Journalism After The Assange Precedent Is Set

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16-04-19 10:04:00,

Since I published my last article about about the idiotic “Assange isn’t a journalist” smear, this talking point has become more and more commonplace in online discourse. It’s very important to defenders of the political status quo for us all to believe that Assange is not a journalist, because otherwise that would mean they’re cheering for a dangerous precedent which would allow for the prosecution of journalists who exposed the truth about US government malfeasance. And that would mean cognitive dissonance, which all defenders of the political status quo spend most of their day-to-day mental energy running away from.

So in the past few days, editorials like this one from free press avatar Peter Greste have popped up all over the place with their own definitions of what journalism is in order to argue why that label can’t possibly apply to Assange. All of these definitions ultimately boil down to the argument that because Assange doesn’t publish leaks in a way that they feel journalism ought to be practiced, it isn’t journalism and therefore sets no legal precedent for journalists around the world. As though the US government is going to be consulting their feelings about what specifically constitutes journalism the next time they decide to imprison a journalist for doing what Assange did.

It doesn’t work that way, sugar tits. Assange is being prosecuted by the Trump administration for standard journalistic practices, he stands no chance of receiving a fair trial, and it is very likely that he will be hit with far more serious charges for his activities once on US soil. The next time the US government, under Trump or someone else, sees another journalist anywhere in the world doing something similar to what Assange did, there will be nothing stopping them from saying, “We need to lock that person up like we did Assange; they’re doing the same sort of thing.”

It’s just so amazingly arrogant how people imagine that the way their feelings feel will factor into this in any way. Like the US Attorney General might show up on their doorstep one day with a clipboard saying “Yes, hello, we wanted to imprison this journalist based on the precedent we set with the prosecution of Julian Assange,

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Our Own Government Is Quietly Funding Bird Flu Research That Could End Up Killing Us All

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09-03-19 09:25:00,

Authored by Dagny Taggart via The Organic Prepper blog,

Back in 2014, due to safety concerns, the government suspended dangerous research that could make the bird flu virus more easily transmitted to humans.

It was a wise decision, but unfortunately, short-lived.

In February, Science Magazine revealed a troubling discovery: Last year, a U.S. government review panel decided to let the research resume. They actually want scientists to figure out how to make the avian flu more likely to kill us all and what’s more, they’re not telling us why.

Do they want a pandemic? Because this is how you get a pandemic. Anyone who’s read a book like The Stand knows this is how you get a pandemic.

Not only did the government approve the experiments, but they are also paying for them.

Here are additional details from The New York Times:

Two research teams, in Wisconsin and the Netherlands, have been told by the Department of Health and Human Services that their work is eligible for research funding from the United States government. The Wisconsin group was notified in October, and the Dutch group in January, a spokeswoman for H.H.S. said in an email.

Despite requests from The New York Times on Thursday and Friday, officials from H.H.S. did not explain why they had not announced their decisions on the two labs at the time they were made.

Spokeswomen for H.H.S. and the National Institutes of Health said the decision to lift the moratorium had already been announced in December 2017 when N.I.H. disclosed that the studies would be allowed, but only after newly created expert panels judged each proposal to be safe and scientifically sound. (source)

Many scientists are outraged.

The lack of information about the decision and how it was reached have provoked outrage from many scientists.

They oppose the research because they say it could create mutant viruses that might cause deadly pandemics if they were unleashed by lab accidents or terrorism.

The experiments, which were conducted by teams led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the University of Tokyo and Ron Fouchier at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam,

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US government spies on journalists! (Who track migrant caravans, so this time it’s news)

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08-03-19 09:26:00,

Journalists, activists, lawyers and “organizers” involved with last year’s Central American migrant caravans were tracked by US government agencies, leaked documents reveal – but Homeland Security has been doing this for a while.

At least 59 media professionals and others linked to the migrant caravans were monitored under ‘Operation Secure Line‘ by a coalition of Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s San Diego branch, according to the documents, which a Homeland Security source leaked to NBC. Many of the activists were linked to migrant groups like Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which organizes the caravans, and to Border Angels.

We are a criminal investigation agency, we’re not an intelligence agency. We can’t create dossiers on people and they’re creating dossiers,” the source told NBC, suggesting his reasons for leaking. “This is an abuse of the Border Search Authority.” The dossiers included photos – taken from social media accounts, in some cases – birthdates, home countries, and alleged role with the migrant caravan, as well as information on whether they had been arrested, detained, interviewed, or otherwise apprehended.

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‘Conspiracy theory’? US Homeland Security wants to track journalists & analyze media ‘sentiment’

NBC contacted some of the journalists and photographers named in the database, many of whom could confirm they had been pulled aside for enhanced screenings at the border multiple times as they crossed to document the human tide of over 5,000 migrants sweeping north from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. They were ‘blown away’ to discover the authorities had been hoarding information on them.

The government cannot use the pretext of the border to target activists critical of its policies, lawyers providing legal representation, or journalists simply doing their jobs,” American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Esha Bhandari told the outlet, denouncing the targeting of journalists as “an outrageous violation of the First Amendment” and promising to explore “all options in response.”

It’s somewhat surprising that mainstream US media deemed the news of DHS tracking journalists worth reporting,

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No One Trusts the US Government, Not Even the American People – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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23-02-19 07:39:00,

No One Trusts the US Government, Not Even the American People

Paul Craig Roberts

Atlantic Bridge, a German front organization set up by Washington to propagandize Germans to serve Washington, has failed in the job.  The latest survey conducted by the front group shows that 85% of Germans are alienated from the US.  The front group’s chairman acknowledged “the great lost of trust in the United States.”  By a margin of two to one, Germans see China as a more reliable partner for Germany than the US.  https://www.translatetheweb.com/?from=de&to=en&refd=www.microsofttranslator.com&rr=UC&a=https://www.atlantik-bruecke.org/vertrauen-in-der-krise/ 

Americans have come to the same conclusion about the US government as have Germans.  The latest Gallup Poll reveals that Americans regard America’s top problem to be the US government.  Twice as many respondents regard the US government to be the top problem than regard immigration, and Americans see Washington to be six times the problem that health care is.  https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/02/23/americans-call-their-government-americas-top-problem.html 

As many have concluded, the United States is not a democracy. It is an oligarchy ruled by monied private interest groups.  http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/america-is-one-dollar-one-vote-not-really-one-person-one-vote/ 

There has clearly been a revolution in America.  An aristocracy has overthrown the people. Democracy is dead.  We live in the Oligarchy United Against the People.

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