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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: Not-So-Grand Chessboard

I thought this week I’d hit on a bunch of different geopolitical situations that could escalate in the near future.

Ukraine

Ukraine has been in the middle of low-energy civil war since the coup that took place in early 2014. It set the pro-EU, anti-Russian west against the Russian-speaking, breakaway west. Ukraine has always been a country trying to find an identity. Its borders have changed and so have its allegiances. At one time, it was part of Russia. For a long time in fact. It was called “Little Russia” for parts of the Middle Ages, and Russian leaders have always looked that it as part of Russian history.

The western area has felt more at home with the West. Parts of it were part of the Polish Kingdom, before breaking off and joining Great Russia in 1654 with the signing of the Treaty of Pereyaslav. The western region has more recently has tried to outlaw the Russian language in Ukraine, and in the past they called Russian-speakers “Cossaks”, much like the Poles did.

Currently, the war has been more of a cold one. With the eastern regions continuing to support Russia, with Moscow expanding its influence over the area. The Ukrainian government from Kiev, and the Neo-Nazi political party that the United States helped take over, has seen the army become “fatigued”, as most soldiers not on either extreme sides of the conflict. Much like the American Civil War, fighting your “brother” can become tiresome.

Germany vs Poland

An interesting development has come up in Poland. Poland has recently been controlled by a more right-wing, anti-EU party. Poland looks to gain back its national sovereignty from Brussels and the Neo-Liberals in Germany. It has refused to accept even one Muslim migrant, and thinks pretty highly of Donald Trump.

Poland’s refusal to play ball has lead Germany to support regime change. They have gone so far as to have the Germany Defense Minister call for support of the new “youth resistance” in Poland. This “resistance” has been linked to George Soros, and seems to be another “color revolution”. There have been a long history of these color revolutions in Europe, a few in Ukraine in the 2000s, before the successfully violent one in 2014.

Poland has pushed the envelope, looking to create its own “bloc” in Europe. This bloc would be built out of the “Three Seas Initiative”. The initiative aims to bring together three different blocs within Europe, offering national sovereignty and some breathing room from the over-bearing governance of the EU. Some are calling the bloc: “Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 2.0”. This does not sit well with Angela Merkel and her friends in Brussels.

The bloc would also be very anti-Russian, which would date back to the days of Communism.

Libya

The news out of Libya isn’t really news at all. The story here is that CNN has finally decided to cover the ongoing slave trade in the country. This was being reported on by actual journalists back as far as April of this year, maybe before. CNN took it’s time for a few reasons I’m sure.

During the revolt against Gaddafi, CNN took its talking points from the CIA-backed rebels on the ground. The rebels (the ones Hillary is so happy to take pictures with) made it clear that all black African migrants were really “mercenaries” brought in my Gaddafi to protect his regime. In reality, these migrants were brought in as workers by Gaddafi for development projects. But CNN ran with the “mercenary” term, giving the rebels the look of “freedom fighters” killing the evil mercenaries brought in by the evil dictator to stomp out any uprising.

These African migrants were hunted down and killed in large numbers. The ones that weren’t killed, are the slaves you seen CNN talking about today.

The whole war was based off a lie. A lie that Gaddafi was going to slaughter his citizens in the streets. A story that has been debunked ever since.

In a war that has been dubbed “Hillary’s War”, it was exposed by Wikileaks that Clinton knew about the targeting of migrants, but she was more than happy to ignore that to achieve her end goals.

The reason I believe that this is finally seeing the light of day is simple. The United States wants to expand its imperial footprint in Africa (something I covered in a previous episode), and what better way to sell that to the American people then to tell them there is an actual slave trade going on. CNN of course will make no connection between the trade and the US-backed forces, or that they peddled the narrative that provided cover for this disgusting practice.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has always been the butt of everyone’s joke. The country where a wheelbarrow worth of its currency buys you nothing. Where Bitcoin is at 13K apiece. Well, it seems like the corruption and economic criminality has finally caught up with President Mugabe.

This week, the military of the country took over the state radio & TV stations. It also put President Mugabe and his wife under house arrest. The military is not calling it a coup.

The president has been in power since 1980 and his now 93 years old. He is the oldest head of state on Earth, and planned to hand over power to his wife. As recently as today, Mugabe addressed the country on TV, surpising everyone by stating he was not stepping down.

The situation should be followed as it unfolds.

Iraq/Kurds

This week we also saw (maybe) the end of Kurdish autonomy in Iraq. Kurdistan’s Regional Government declared that they support a “United Iraq”, but them at odds with the more radical elements of the Kurdish population. Since this Iraq military’s takeover of Kirkuk, the Regional Government has lost all of it’s power. The politicians in charge seem to have made a deal with the central government of Baghdad. Iraq and its US backers wanted the selling of oil in the Kurdish region to flow through Baghdad, and that seems to have taken place. The idea of Kurdish independence in Iraq would seem to be dead.

Yemen

The situation in Yemen continues to get worse. Just this week the Saudi regime bombed the airport in the capital city of Sanaa, effectively shutting down another route for aid into the starving country.

Speaking of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Senator Chris Murphyspoke on the floor of Senate, calling out the US government for its role in the crimes taking place in the Middle East’s poorest nation:

Let’s hope maybe this brings some attention to the situation and guilt-trips a Congressmen or two to find their morals, if they have any.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: Oozing with Sarcasm

It’s been over a week since the last episode. In this one I talk about some stories about the CIA, news out of the Middle East, and why no one cares about the Clintons’ Russia collusion.

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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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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

Russia Masses At Ukrainian Border, As “Sabre Rattling” Putin Prepares for War

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.