Een modern sprookje van Rainer Rupp |

02-11-20 06:07:00,

De nieuwe 11 september-jurken van de keizer in Washington.

Een commentaar van Rainer Rupp.

Er was eens een keizer die ver weg woonde aan de andere kant van de Atlantische Oceaan. Wat hij het liefst deed, was oorlogen voeren om zijn rijk steeds verder uit te breiden over de hele wereld. Daarom was hij altijd op zoek naar voorwendsels en nieuwe manieren om militaire conflicten aan te wakkeren zonder de steun te verliezen van de internationale gemeenschap van waarden die hij leidde. Tegelijkertijd probeerden zijn hofgewaad en marktkramers hun eigen volk vakkundig in de wurggreep te houden, zodat ze niet zouden merken dat hun handen en hun geest bezig waren om de wielen van de gigantische oorlogsmachine van de keizer over de hele wereld te laten draaien.

Door de vele dure oorlogen werd de schatkist van het rijk, ooit uitpuilend met goud, echter steeds meer leeg. Maar dit kon de keizer niet tegenhouden, omdat zijn alchemisten bij de Federal Reserve Central Bank een methode hadden ontdekt om met behulp van een spreuk grote hoeveelheden goud uit groen papier te maken. Het nieuwe goud van de keizer, dat in de volksmond de dollar werd genoemd, was nog steeds alleen van groen papier, maar dankzij de spreuk van de alchemisten, de vazallen van de keizer en andere onderdanen werd de dollar nog meer gewaardeerd en geliefd dan het echte metaalgoud. Daarom accepteerden de onderdanen en vazallen in het buitenland graag het groenboek van de Amerikaanse keizer in ruil voor olie, machines, computers en al het andere dat het keizerrijk nodig had.

Ze behandelden het groene dollarpapier als goud en hielden het in hun schatkisten als reserve voor slechte dagen. Zo hadden de alchemisten van de keizer de magische truc uitgevoerd die de keizer in staat stelde zijn oorlogen te voeren zonder ervoor te betalen. Hij hoefde alleen maar groen papier te laten drukken.

Deze bloeiende en vreedzame wereld, waar de ruilhandel van kostbaar groen papier voor goedkope olie, machines en computers onder het welwillende beschermheerschap van de keizer floreerde, werd de laatste twee decennia echter steeds meer verstoord en bedreigd door wrede barbaren in het buitenland. Deze dreiging bestond uit het feit dat de heidense barbaren niet geloofden in de magie van het groene goudpapier en zich niet wilden onderwerpen aan de goddelijke keizer in het verre Washington,

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The Modern US War Machine Kills More Like A Python Than A Tiger

27-08-20 07:38:00,

Forbes has published two back-to-back articles about the analysis of retired Navy captain and political scientist Bradford Dismukes titled “To Defeat China In War, Strangle Its Economy” and “If Russia Invades Europe, NATO Could Sweep The Seas Of Russian Merchant Ships“.

The articles were authored by a man named David Axe, who is my new favorite small-time war propagandist because he’s so desperate to be recognized for his imperialist stenography that he often approaches his spin jobs in an informatively unskillful and ham-fisted way. The best one I’ve found so far is this 2013 piece about the time he spent with the “rebels” of Syria, who he takes great pains to assure us are not terrorists or extremists but brave freedom fighters who’d successfully “liberated” large swathes of Syrian territory.

U.S. naval strategists are openly talking about the use of a sea blockade to “strangle” China’s economy in the event of war.

In case you were wondering why the U.S. is fixated on controlling access to the South China Sea.

— Qiao Collective (@qiaocollective) August 25, 2020

Each of the two Dismukes articles focus on how the same military strategy can be employed against the first- and second-most powerful nations which have resisted absorption into the US-centralized power alliance, namely China and Russia respectively. They explain how “a coordinated effort by the whole of the U.S. government and its closest allies” can be used to “strangle” those nations economically via blockades which cut them off from trade and resources should the time come for an aggressive confrontation, thus minimizing the need for direct military combat.

“Cutting off China from its trading partners and sources of oil, natural gas and other resources could be the best, and least costly, way for the United States to defeat China in a major war,” Axe explains.

“In wartime, the U.S. and allied fleets could blockade Russian sea trade, putting a choke-hold on the Russian economy that could force Moscow to end the war on terms favorable to Washington and its friends,” he writes.

Unspoken by Axe and Dismukes is the fact that both Russia and China are nuclear-armed nations,

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The Face of the Modern US Army | New Eastern Outlook

12-01-20 01:01:00,


Starting from 2001, the US has been spending  $32 million per hour on war.

The United States has spent about $6 trillion on combat operations over the past 20 years, according to Brown University studies. If the warfare ends by 2023, researchers estimate the total cost will be $6.7 trillion at least, not counting the interest on debt.

In total, almost half a million people have died as a result of the wars.

The cost of 87 major programs for the purchase of weapons and military equipment conducted by the US Department of Defense exceeded $2 trillion in 2018, according to the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR), which detail the implementation of major defense purchases. The combined cost of all procurement programs was determined by the Pentagon to be over $2 trillion. This is equivalent to almost 10% of the annual gross domestic product of the United States ($21.3 trillion).

Trying to justify such exorbitant spending on the army, the US military and political elites actively promote their interests, advertising the national armed forces as the main fighting force. Recently, Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that ‘there are no forces today capable of resisting an attack by the US Army.’ Unsurprisingly, the Department of Defense (DoD) desires even more money, although there is no logical explanation as to why the most powerful army on the planet is in need of improvement when everyone else is clearly lagging behind.

But what is the real face of the US Army today and how does the public feel about it?

Global Research correctly remarked that, despite the largest military budget in the world (five times greater than in six other countries), the highest number of military bases in the world (over 180) and the most expensive military-industrial complex, the United States has failed to win a single war in the 21st century.

Every year, Pew Research Center publishes hundreds of studies on a wide range of topics. Concerning the current problems of the US military, Pew studies note that most American veterans and the majority of the general US public believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting.

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‘Modern fascism is breaking cover’: Journalists react to Assange Espionage Act charges

24-05-19 07:26:00,

The US government’s indictment of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange on 17 additional charges under the Espionage Act has shocked and horrified journalists who are calling it an unprecedented attack on press freedom.

The new indictment claims Assange endangered the lives of individuals working for the US government when Wikileaks published leaked documents received from intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010. Under the draconian Espionage Act, which has never before been used against a journalist publishing classified information, Assange faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning…in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense,” the Department of Justice said in a statement, while National Security Division head John Demers insisted “Julian Assange is no journalist.”

Actual journalists, however, were horrified by the “unprecedented assault on the First Amendment.”

This is the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act. If you claim to be an advocate for “press freedom” yet cheer this outrageous, unprecedented assault on the First Amendment, you’re just a complete idiot

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 23, 2019

This is the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act,” Michael Tracey tweeted, adding in another tweet that the charges represented “the gravest attack on the First Amendment in years — possibly ever.” Even the Obama administration, which prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined, ultimately opted not to pursue charges against Assange, concerned such prosecution would violate the First Amendment.

John Pilger didn’t mince words, declaring “Modern fascism is breaking cover” and warning mainstream media that they were next.

The war on Julian #Assange is now a war on all. Eighteen absurd charges including espionage send a burning message to every journalist, every publisher. The target today is #Assange. Tomorrow it will be you on the New York Times, you on the BBC. Modern fascism is breaking cover.

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Modern Merchants of Death: Spyware and Human Rights – Global Research

15-05-19 11:50:00,

Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went.  The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s.  Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, the US Senate Committee, chaired by US Senator Gerald Nye (R-ND) supplies a distant echo on the nature of armaments and their influence.

The Nye Committee had one pressing concern: that the United States might fall for the same mistake it did in 1917 in committing to a foreign conflict while fattening the pockets of arms manufacturers.  As Chairman Senator Nye promised,

“When the Senate investigation is over, we shall see that war and preparation for war is not a matter of national honour and national defence, but a matter of profit for the few.”

Despite the current sophisticated state of modern weaponry, along with modern offshoots (cybertools, spyware, the use of malware), the principle of ubiquitous spread is still present.  Companies in the business of developing malware and spyware, modern merchants of disruption and harm, face charges that their products are being used for ill, a nastiness finding its way to hungry security services keen to monitor dissent and target contrarians.  While the scale of their damage may be less than those alleged by Nye’s Munitions Committee, the implications are there: products made are products used; the ethical code can be shelved. 

The NSO Group, a tech outfit based in Herzliya, a stone’s throw from Tel Aviv, specialises in producing such invasive software tools as Pegasus.  The reputation of Pegasus is considerable, supposedly able to access data on targeted phones including switching on their cameras and microphones.

NSO’s spyware merchandise has now attained a certain, viral notoriety. When Mexican investigative journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was butchered in broad daylight on a street in Culiacán, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa, something reeked.  The killing on May 15, 2017 had been designated a cartel hit, an initially plausible explanation given Valdez’s avid interest in prying into the affairs of organised crime in Sinaloa.  But the smell went further. 

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