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Episode: Sanctions, What Are They Good For?

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In this episode, I discuss sanctions and how they are sold to the general public. The recent sanctions placed on Russia (Trump’s trade war with China) are just the latest imperialist move from the United States Government….allies & common man be damned. I also touch on the US public’s rejection of the “Anti-Boycott Israel Act” and the continued selective outrage from the left in terms of the Trump presidency.

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Russian PM: “The U.S. Just Declared Full-Scale Trade War On Russia”
Collateral Damage
69% Oppose AIPAC’s ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’
Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals
Trump To Launch Trade War With China On Friday, Beijing Vows Retaliation
Trump: “Thank Congress That US-Russia Relations Are At All-Time And Dangerous Lows”
FOIA Dump Reveals Collusion Between Lynch, FBI And Media To Bury Bill Clinton Meeting
How Russia Could Strike at the US in 5 Simple Maps

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To My Democratic Friends: Billy and the Boys are Coming for You & Your Party…Again.

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For my friends who lean Democrat or vote Democrat and are looking forward towards 2020, this article by Glenn Greenwald at the Intercept should be on your radar.

The party establishment has been working with (and will continue to) Neoconservatives from the Bush-era to strengthen the party. Yes, the people who were regulars on FOX News during the lead up to the Iraq war are switching parties…again.

Neoconservatives were originally Trotsky-loving leftists who left the Democrat party after it turned anti-war in the 1960s. They joined the Republican party (while definitely keeping influence in the Democratic Party) and helped steer it into the interventionist monster it has became. Because of their history with being Trotsky-types, they hate Russia. They also, some of them, have duel-citizenship between the United States and Israel. Even going as far as being investigated on charges of espionage for their role in influencing policy on behalf of the State of Israel. Richard Perle would be a good name to Google.

These monsters are the people who brought you the Iraq War, backed the destruction of Libya, are the major lobby for aggression towards Iran, and most recently, the backing of “moderate rebels” in Syria. This is where they turned their attention to the Democrats. During the 2016 election, their candidate of choice was Clinton (the major reason why I could never support such a person), as her foreign policy matches their exactly.

The weasel pictured on the right is Bill Kristol, son of Irving Kristol, one of the founders of the movement. I call him Billy. Since I don’t respect him. Billy is a worm. He has no real political views, other than advancing the idea of empire in Washington, and using men & women in our armed forces as fodder for his plans. He would like America to dominate the world, overthrow any government that dares stand up to us, and surround and destabilize Russia.

See the theme? The Russian theme? Magically once Trump began running in the Republican Party, and could get voters in South Carolina to denounce the Iraq War, he knew it was time to go. When Trump had the audacity to suggest maybe war with Russia could be a terrible idea, and peace might be a better option, that was the last straw. So off he went to fund Hillary and others in the Democrat Party. Who were more than willing to accept his power and money. They hated Trump as much as the establishment in the Republican Party. And all power in Washington hates the Russians, along with the “Deep State”, which has been trying to bring back the Cold War ever since it ended. Why this view of Russia? Legacy and decades of Neoconservative influence. A reading of history will show that their way of thinking has infected the policy in D.C., from the Congress to the think-tanks to the media.

This “Trump is a Russian stooge” is clear as day to anyone who’s studied this neoconservative movement. No friendly policy towards Russia can be allowed. It must always be our enemy. “We have always been at war with Eurasia” as Orwell put it. Trump is messing with the regime change plan from 1996 or 2001. He messes with the movement to expand NATO up to Russia’s borders, and crush it. This is Trump’s threat to these people. They don’t care about his mouth or his goofy tweets. If Bernie Sanders was elected and called for an end to the war in Syria, he would be destroyed in his own way. That’s why the nomination was stolen from him, and why no real coverage was given to it.

This might sound like a conspiracy theory, but that’s just because I’m too lazy right now to dig up the decades of articles, policy papers, bills, interviews and books put out and supported by these people to make my point more clearly. I hope with the magic of smartphones, my fellow Americans can do some research on their own.

So for all my true Progressive friends, who want a radical change to their party in 2020, get ready for a rude awakening if Billy and the Boys are joining your party. They have no problem giving you your healthcare and social justice at home (since they were never conservatives in the first place), but don’t you dare touch their war machine aboard. If this is a deal you have no issue making, then just admit you’re becoming the party of endless war and corporate interests, with the Republican party of your childhood (FOX NEWS and guns) becoming the party of the working class and less robust imperialism.

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Funding Al Qaeda: The American Way.

Trump actually ended the CIA program to fund Al Qaeda in Syria in an attempt to overthrow a government. Too bad he “did it for Moscow”.

We finally get a war slowed, and the Washington Post, CNN and their unnamed US officials tell us it’s a bad thing.

I wonder if the regime change policy put into place back in 2001 has anything to do with the Russia narrative.

Trust the New York Times & It’s Stable of Repeated Liars

Jason Ditz at Antiwar.com debunks the recent article by Michael Gordon at the NYT about the Russians violating a treaty with a 2008 cruise missile test:

“The missile tests took place in 2008, and at the time the Bush Administration did not make them an issue. It was only in 2014, when the Obama Administration was ratcheting up tensions with Russia, that the tests were raised as a “possible violation.” Media outlets took the reclassification of the missile by the Pentagon, removing their “experimental” label, to claim they must be deployed now, and that must be a violation too.”

So, the United States reclassifies a missile type, and now the Russians violate a treaty. Not only does Michael Gordon know this, he admits it in the bottom of the article. Of course, the article is posted, and is immediately shared and retweeted because it fits the Russia hysteria narrative.

This is the same Michael Gordon that somehow still has a job after helping to lie the US in war in Iraq in 2002-2003, by posting the same type of half-ass journalism.

Glenn Greenwald Reminds Me That Actual Investigation Matters

In his most recent article, Greenwald correctly points out that if whistle-blowers do what these intelligence leaker did, Obama puts them in jail. He also points out that columnists at the NYT and Washington Post make careers out of repeating CIA and FBI anonymous sources without doing any journalistic investigation. 

Everyone should put their critical thinking hats on and understand there is a large percentage of Washington DC that does not want renewed relations with Russia. It flies in the face of the cold war they never stopped fighting and American hegemony abroad.
Greenwald already did his investigation on the evidence of Russian involvement still being peddled by the media back in January, when the sad excuse for an intelligence report came out.

Similarly reading actual journalism gives you the keen eye to smell bullshit.

This is What Propaganda Looks Like

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This is what propaganda looks like. The US, EU and NATO overthrow the elected government of Ukraine in 2014 (after failed tries in the early 00′), arm right-wing Nazi-types, take over national gas companies in the country, plan to place anti-nuclear missiles 90 miles from Moscow, mass troops at the Polish border with Russia, call Putin “Hitler” and choke off the country economically.
And the US media discusses none of this. It simply fear mongers that Russia is out to take over the world and banks on Americans lack of grip on reality and their irrational fear of Russia to pull this all off.

P.S, this is Hillary Clinton’s game plan, not Trump’s. She is the one who has no problem putting Americans in danger for forgein interests and pointless global aggression.

“At Least She Isn’t Trump”

Watching Trump speak all I kept thinking is his lack of a foreign policy is still less George W Bush-like than Hillary Clinton. The Democrat. Who “sensible” people will vote for. Literally wants to repeat the Iraq War in Syria. Still. Even after ISIS. Still wants to overthrow the secular government. Still wants to surround Russia and place more missiles in Eastern Europe.

Stay Home America 2016

Crash in Oil Prices Not a Result of Market Forces

Zerohedge explains how the crash in oil prices was entirely about the Saudis, Syria, an oil pipeline and Russia’s support for Assad.

back then we wrote about a certain visit by John Kerry to Saudi Arabia, on September 11 of all days, to negotiate a secret deal with the now late King Abdullah so as to get a “green light” in order “to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory, it “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.

In comes Russia. From the NYT:

“If oil can serve to bring peace in Syria, I don’t see how Saudi Arabia would back away from trying to reach a deal,” a Saudi diplomat said. An array of diplomatic, intelligence and political officials from the United States and Middle East spoke on the condition of anonymity to adhere to protocols of diplomacy….
..Any weakening of Russian support for Mr. Assad could be one of the first signs that the recent tumult in the oil market is having an impact on global statecraft. Saudi officials have said publicly that the price of oil reflects only global supply and demand, and they have insisted that Saudi Arabia will not let geopolitics drive its economic agenda. But they believe that there could be ancillary diplomatic benefits to the country’s current strategy of allowing oil prices to stay low — including a chance to negotiate an exit for Mr. Assad….
….”Russia has been one of the Syrian president’s most steadfast supporters, selling military equipment to the government for years to bolster Mr. Assad’s forces in their battle against rebel groups, including the Islamic State, and supplying everything from spare parts and specialty fuels to sniper training and helicopter maintenance.”

The pipeline I mentioned at the start is the one proposed by the Saudis, Qataris and their ally, the US. With support from Jordan and Israel, it would pump Middle Eastern oil directly to Europe, cutting Russia out of the European energy supply game. Geopolitics at its best.

Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

From Zerohedge:

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,”Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis “within hours.” Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was “completely unacceptable,” but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally,”the decision has been made.”

As Bloomberg reports

Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey, a surprise move that the European Union’s energy chief said would hurt its reputation as a supplier.

The decision makes no economic sense, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for energy union, told reporters today after talks with Russian government officials and the head of gas exporter, OAO Gazprom, in Moscow.

Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas supplier, plans to send 63 billion cubic meters through a proposed link under the Black Sea to Turkey, fully replacing shipments via Ukraine, Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said during the discussions. About 40 percent of Russia’s gas exports to Europe and Turkey travel through Ukraine’s Soviet-era network.

Sefcovic said he was “very surprised” by Miller’s comment, adding that relying on a Turkish route, without Ukraine, won’t fit with the EU’s gas system.

Gazprom plans to deliver the fuel to Turkey’s border with Greece and “it’s up to the EU to decide what to do” with it further, according to Sefcovic.

Which, as The Daily Mail reports, has led to a major (and imminent) problem for Europe…

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 percent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis ‘within hours’ as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.

This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.

Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

As Bloomberg goes on to note, Gazprom has reduced deliveries via Ukraine after price and debt disputes with the neighboring country that twice in the past decade disrupted supplies to the EU during freezing weather.

“Transit risks for European consumers on the territory of Ukraine remain,” Miller said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no other options”except for the planned Turkish Stream link, he said.

“We have informed our European partners, and now it is up to them to put in place the necessary infrastructure starting from the Turkish-Greek border,” Miller said.

Russia won’t hurt its image with a shift to Turkey because it has always been a reliable gas supplier and never violated its obligations, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters today in Moscow after meeting Sefcovic.

“The decision has been made,” Novak said. “We are diversifying and eliminating the risks of unreliable countries that caused problems in past years, including for European consumers.”

Congress Passing Bill Restarting the Cold War with Russia

This article written, by former congressman Dennis Kucinich, covers a Russia sanctions bill (H.R. 5859) that was literally passed with 4 members of the House voting on it. Mr. Kucinich explains the procedural process in the article. More importantly, he outlines what the bill includes. After looking over the outline, it reads like a military doctrine written at the end of WWII as the U.S. began conflict against the Soviets. The bill includes:

The Russia Sanctions bill that passed “unanimously,” with no scheduled debate, at10:23:55 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2014, includes:

1. Sanctions of Russia’s energy industry, including Rosoboronexport and Gazprom.

2. Sanctions of Russia’s defense industry, with respect to arms sales to Syria.

3. Broad sanctions on Russians’ banking and investments.

4. Provisions for privatization of Ukrainian infrastructure, electricity, oil, gas and renewables, with the help of the World Bank and USAID.

5. Fifty million dollars to assist in a corporate takeover of Ukraine’s oil and gas sectors.

6. Three hundred and fifty million dollars for military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank, anti-armor, optical, and guidance and control equipment, as well as drones.

7. Thirty million dollars for an intensive radio, television and Internet propaganda campaign throughout the countries of the former Soviet Union.

8. Twenty million dollars for “democratic organizing” in Ukraine.

9. Sixty million dollars, spent through groups like the National Endowment for Democracy, “to improve democratic governance, and transparency, accountability [and] rule of law” in Russia. What brilliant hyperbole to pass such a provision the same week the Senate’s CIA torture report was released.

10. An unverified declaration that Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, is a nuclear “threat to the United States” and should be held “accountable.”

11. A path for the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, which went into force in 1988. The implications of this are immense. An entire series of arms agreements are at risk of unraveling. It may not be long before NATO pushes its newest client state, Ukraine, to abrogate the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Ukraine signed when it gave up its nuclear weapons, and establish a renewed nuclear missile capability, 300 miles from Moscow.

12. A demand that Russia verifiably dismantle “any ground launched cruise missiles or ballistic missiles with a range of between 500 and 5,500 kilometers …”—i.e., 300 and 3,300 miles.

Read the legislation, which Congress apparently didn’t.

The bolded items are most telling to me. But the entirety of this bill should have every American stand up and take a minute. Which is why it was snuck in right after the Omnibus was voted on. Sanctions are an act of war, and have led to all hot wars in the past. Including the Japanese theater of WWII. Don’t let this pass by.