The most dangerous thing Trump could do yet, and its nightmare fallout for Israel | Opinion

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Trump pulling the U.S. out of NATO increases Israel’s vulnerability just when threats to its security are intensifying. Netanyahu must use all his influence to dissuade Trump from following through

This article was first published on January 17, 2019

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    There Is No Such Thing as a Free Press – PaulCraigRoberts.org

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    13-11-19 05:19:00,

    There Is No Such Thing as a Free Press

    Paul Craig Roberts

    Udo Ulfkotte’s amazing book, Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalism) was published by Kopp Verlag in 2014. The book was a sensation and sold 1,500,000 copies in Germany, but no major US publisher would bring out an English translation. Finally, last month a small publisher, Progressive Press, published an English language edition titled Presstitutes Embedded in the Pay of the CIA.

    Ulfkotte’s book destroys the illusion/delusion that there is anywhere in the Western world an independent press. Ulfkotte describes in detail the cognitive appropriation of journalists by elites. Journalists serve as propagandists and public relations agents for intelligence agencies, businesses, lobbying organizations, politicians, and US foreign policy. The function of journalism is to deliver to the people the explanations that serve the interests of elites and Washington’s foreign policy. This message was so effectively delivered to the German people that readership of the main German newspapers collapsed.

    Ulfkotte describes how journalists are recruited when they are still students and find themselves indebted to and dependent on serving other interests than the truth. All from the lowest reporter to the highest editor to the owners of the news organization are caught up in enabling the elites to control the explanations. Ulfkotte names names and lists the organizations that bring journalists together with intelligence services and related think tanks, politicians, and foreign policy associations. Incestuous relationships between journalists, intelligence agencies, businesses, politicians, and US foreign policy aims are so pervasive that no one thinks anything of it. The only ones who get in trouble are those who don’t go along.

    Ulfkotte’s book is written for Germans. Americans might find the German detail boring, but in the detail is the picture of how the subtle process of turning journalists into functionaries of intelligence services, politicians, and businesses is accomplished. The book starts off slowly. Ulfkotte knows that he would face readers’ disbelief if he jumped right into the horror story. So he begins with the perks and rewards of accommodating “sources” and censoring real news, such as the use of German poison gas by Iraq against Iran.

    One interesting story is how the German press handled the wave of migrants from Bulgaria and Romania into Germany.

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    If there’s such a thing as a murderous culture, then it exists in Israel

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    This is what the editor of Haaretz s Culture and Literature supplement, Benny Ziffer, wrote on his Facebook page upon returning from paying a condolence call in the settlement of Ofra: En route I looked at…

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      ‘Do the right thing’: US admiral demands sensible end to Maduro’s ‘brutal dictatorship’

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      01-05-19 05:49:00,

      US Admiral Craig Faller called on the government of Venezuela to ‘do the right thing’ and participate in a peaceful transition of power, slamming the country’s government as a dictatorship.

      The change in leadership should be “primarily democratic,” Faller told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday, though he did not dismiss a military intervention.

      The admiral warned that democratic values all around the world were under assault by “external state actors” such as China, Russia and Iran. He urged cooperation with US allies in Latin America in solving Venezuela’s political crisis, and said the US should maintain a “consistent military presence” across the Western Hemisphere.

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      Faller’s stance is broadly reflected in US policy, but it is not shared by other world powers, who see the issue as more complicated.

      Backers of the Nicolas Maduro government – among them Russia, Turkey and Iran – have opposed the regime change effort and the use of political violence.

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday warned the US against getting further involved in the crisis, as it would represent a violation of international law.

      Faller, a four star Navy admiral, was promoted to head up US Southern Command last November, which oversees military operations in Latin America.

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      Only Thing New About Trump Economic Wars Are Tweets | New Eastern Outlook

      Only Thing New About Trump Economic Wars Are Tweets | New Eastern Outlook

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      The only new part of the ongoing Trump Administration economic warfare, a calculated assault on friend and foe alike from Russia to China to Iran to Venezuela and the EU, via so-called tariff war, is a President who uses Tweets as a weapon to throw opponents off balance. Since at least the beginning of the 1970’s Washington has deployed similar tactics of economic blackmail and destabilization to force what has become a global domination not of US manufactured goods, but rather of the dollar as world reserve currency. For almost five decades, since August 15, 1971, Washington and Wall Street have used their dominant position to force inflated paper dollars on the world, cause financial bubbles and subsequently debt buildup to impossible levels, then collapse.

      The most essential point to understand about the so-called Trump “trade wars” is that they are not at all about trade or correcting trade or currency imbalances with America’s export partners. That world was largely left behind in 1971 by Nixon and the advisers.

      The US economy since 1971 has been turned into a financial revenue source, in effect turning the United States from a nation primarily producing industrial goods to one in which the sole aim of all investment is to make money from money. Companies such as General Motors which at the end of the 1960’s was the largest maker of cars and trucks in the world, the heart of the American economy, got lured into speculation using its GMAC auto loan financial arm to make bets in the world economic casino, bets which went badly wrong when the US real estate bubble burst in March 2007 and GM was nationalized while the Wall Street mega banks were bailed out by taxpayers and the Fed.

      The process, which I describe in detail in my book Gods of Money, took place over decades. By 2000, Wall Street banks and investment funds essentially dominated the entirety of the US economy. Manufacturing jobs had been pushed offshore, “outsourced,” not by Chinese or German or other “greedy thieves” as charged, but by pressure from those same Wall Street banks that since the 1980’s had driven corporations to focus only on the value of their stock shares and not on the soundness of their products.

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