RUN RAT RUN! SYRIAN ARMY ENTERS DAYR EL-ZOR; RATS BEING EXTERMINATED; SYRPER PREDICTS TOTAL LIBERATION IN LESS THAN 5 DAYS – By Ziad Fadel

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DAYR EL-ZOR:  The Syrian Army’s crack Tiger Division has crossed the Euphrates at Al-Bu-Matar killing a reported 69+ ISIS rodents.  With the Russian Air Force flying support overhead, the U.S. is loath to interfere in the operation.  The Tiger Forces, equipped with T-90 tanks and enhanced T-72s, which are amphibious and designed to cross huge rivers like the Danube, easily made their way up the gentle shores of the mighty Euphrates.  As a note, the SAA was able to save the lives of a mother and her son whom the terrorists were trying to take hostage.  Locals alerted the government forces of the event and the mother and son were saved.  The locals killed scores of the cannibals even as Syrian Army officers tried to dissuade them from exacting revenge.

The rest of the Tiger Forces crossed the river using mobile link bridges designed to ferry infantry across rivers like this.  The parts were delivered by the Russian Army months ago in anticipation of the liberation of DZ.

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We can confirm the liberation of Base 137 as the Syrian Army has begun entering Dayr El-Zor City from the north.  They have entered West Al-Huwayqa Neighborhood where SAA operatives annihilated an ISIS main HQ and C+C killing scores of fleeing rodents:

Abu Usaamaa Al-Zubaydi (id pending)

Abu ‘Umar Al-Karbooli (Iraqi slug)

Abu Muhammad Al-Shu’ayti (id pending)

Abu Maryam Al-Tayyaana (id pendin)

Abu Mu’aawiya Idlib

Abu Dajaana Bakrass (id pending)

Abu ‘Ubayda Al-‘Aani (Iraqi)

Abu Salmaan Al-Ahwaaz (Iraqi)

Abu Ya’qoob Al-Muhaajir (id pending)

Their carcasses were unceremoniously set on fire by enraged local citizens.

Also, the RuAF has been very active over ‘Ayyaash, Al-Shumaytiyya, Al-Masrab, Al-Khareeta, Al-Tabanni, Panorama Area.

Local reports indicate massive escape of ISIS leaders, grunts and their sniveling families.

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AL-SUWAYDAA`:   At Al-Tanf, the U.K. is pulling out all its forces, MI6 contractors and spies.  This is all in anticipation of the arrival of pro-government forces any day now.  Also, in the north, British terrorist enablers are moving to Al-Shaddaad after the SAA liberated Al-Bishri Mountain.  They are expected to be airlifted out in the next few days.   

 

 

 

Read more at https://syrianperspective.com/2017/09/run-rat-run-syrian-army-enters-dayr-el-zor-rats-being-exterminated-syrper-predicts-total-liberation-in-less-than-5-days.html#SzybDhhfyWDXLqo9.99

How Western Media Overlook US War Crimes In Raqqa But Decried Syrian Liberation Efforts In Aleppo – By Whitney Webb

The “outcry” surrounding the Syrian government operation to retake Aleppo was created in order to generate the pretext for the military intervention long desired by Western governments, Israel and the Gulf monarchies. Now it’s Raqqa’s turn but, with the U.S. raining death from the sky, the same media shrugs.

 

People inspect damage from US coalition airstrikes and artillery shelling in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, Syria, May 29, 2017. (Aamaq via AP)

DAMASCUS, SYRIA – In late 2016, the Syrian city of Aleppo was the focus of an international “outcry” calling for an end to the Syrian government/Russian air strikes that were aimed at reclaiming the city from terrorist groups — depicted by the Western media as “moderate rebels.” Much of this outcry was fueled by the Western media’s frenzied coverage of the Aleppo siege. A large portion of this coverage relied heavily or exclusively on monitoring groups with close ties to these “rebels” and a vested interest in Western military intervention, such as the White Helmets and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Though many of the reports of airstrikes and many of the images purporting to show injured or dead civilians were later found to be fabricated, the call for foreign intervention to stem the tide of reported civilian deaths was fierce and very nearly successful in bringing about such intervention.

However, the situation in Aleppo is drastically different now, as it is back under Syrian government control and those once forced to flee are returning by the hundreds of thousands to the very government that was supposedly “indiscriminately” bombing them just months before. According to recent figures, over 600,000 civilians have returned to Aleppo since the year began.

 

 

Raqqa under coalition siege, rain of airstrikes

Alleged deployment of white phosphorus munitions in Raqqa, Syria. as reported by ISIS-linked Amaq news. (Photo: YouTube)

While Aleppo is rebuilding, Raqqa, its neighboring city to the east, has taken its place — as U.S.-coalition airstrikes rain down upon the city, claiming nearly a thousand civilian lives since the offensive began in early June. Recently, Amnesty International, along with other human rights groups, raised the alarm about the climbing civilian death count, noting that coalition air strikes are conducted indiscriminately, targeting any building believed to show a “hint” of Daesh (ISIS) activity.

Though the death count is hard to peg down, the airstrike monitoring group AirWars told Reuters that its findings have shown that between 725 and 993 civilians have been killed by coalition airstrikes since the U.S.-backed Kurdish offensive to retake Raqqa began in early June. However, AirWars director Chris Woods noted that hundreds more civilians have reportedly died after being caught in crossfire, attacked by Daesh, or mangled by minefields.

The coalition refutes these claims, having listed only 16 reports of civilian casualties in or near Raqqa since June, according to data obtained by Amnesty. In that same time frame, however, an independent commission found that the coalition had claimed as many as 300 civilian lives. The coalition apparently stopped keeping track of civilian deaths after June 30, as they have turned down journalist requests for updated figures.

Despite coalition assertions to the contrary, and despite minimal direct news coverage, the civilian death count has risen so high that it has garnered international media attention. Last Thursday, the UN called for the U.S. to temporarily halt airstrikes to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilians to escape Raqqa, after coalition bombs claimed the lives of over 100 civilians in just 48 hours. U.S. officials, however, have rejected this call. Special Envoy Brett McGurk insisted that the U.S. coalition campaign against Daesh in Raqqa is going very well, adding that the “number one thing that we have to do” to assist Raqqa’s civilians is to continue the war.

Some have seen, in its bombing of the Euphrates River, evidence that the U.S. coalition is intentionally targeting civilians. Civilians who have managed to escape have nearly all done so by crossing the river in small boats, as the bridges were bombed earlier this year and are out of service. General Stephen Townsend, the U.S. commander of the coalition forces, recently stated “we shoot every boat we find,” despite the numerous reports documenting the river as the main path of escape for Raqqa’s civilians, estimated at 220,000 prior the war.

According to Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International, Donatella Rovera, this policy is both “extremely worrying and absolutely unacceptable,” as it amounts to an on-the-record policy of indiscriminately bombing civilians.

In addition, the leaflets that have been dropped into Raqqa, supposedly to instruct civilians about how to evacuate, have been found to be in direct conflict with each other, leading to confusion and unnecessary deaths.

Speculation regarding the targeting of civilians has also been fueled by the Syrian Democratic Forces announcement that rule of Raqqa after the offensive will be given to an autonomous, Kurd-dominated “council,” not the Syrian government — allowing the city and its surrounding area to be annexed into the independent Kurdish statelet that has sprouted up in Northern Syria with U.S. assistance, a key step towards the U.S.-backed partition of Syria.

Given that Raqqa’s native population is largely Arab, it has been suggested that Raqqa’s demographic must be drastically altered if the city is to be annexed and ruled by the Kurdish minority.  

 

Aleppo and Raqqa: ‘bad’ and ‘good’ bombardment

Black smoke rises from Raqqa where U.S.-forces are battling ISIS militants, in, northeast Syria, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP/Hussein Malla)

The current situation in Raqqa is remarkably similar to Western media characterizations of the Syrian government- and Russia-supported effort to reclaim Aleppo from U.S.-backed “moderate rebel” control. However, the media coverage could not be more different. Consider, for example, the coverage by The New York Times regarding the bombardment of both cities.

Last September, the Times ran a story titled “Syria and Russia Appear Ready to Scorch Aleppo.”

The authors of the piece described the situation as follows:

“Make life intolerable and death likely. Open an escape route, or offer a deal to those who leave or surrender. Let people trickle out. Kill whoever stays. Repeat until a deserted cityscape is yours.

It is a strategy that both the Syrian government and its Russian allies have long embraced to subdue Syrian rebels, largely by crushing the civilian populations that support them.

But in the past few days, as hopes for a revived cease-fire have disintegrated at the United Nations, the Syrians and Russians seem to be mobilizing to apply this kill-all-who-resist strategy to the most ambitious target yet: the rebel-held sections of the divided metropolis of Aleppo.”

This characterization of Aleppo — largely based on the reports of groups such as the discredited and pro-”rebel” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Al-Qaeda-embedded White Helmets — paints the Syrian government as the butchers of its own people

However, months later, we now know that much of the Western reporting regarding the retaking of Aleppo was dishonest, at best.

Reports by independent journalists on the ground in Syria at the time, particularly Vanessa Beeley, highlighted that many of these “moderate rebels” were actually terrorists, who were depriving the civilians in the areas they controlled of water and other basic needs. Many of the civilians who have since returned to Aleppo have confirmed that these so-called “moderate rebels” were anything but, and that many of them shared deep ties with Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, al-Nusra.

In this Tuesday, July 24, 2012 photo, Free Syrian Army soldiers are seen at the border town of Azaz, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Turkpix)

In addition, the most famous photo used to push for intervention, that of the young boy Omran Daqneesh, was found — months after it had been plastered across media outlets throughout the world — to have been partially fabricated. Omran’s father, upon returning to Aleppo following its liberation, told numerous media outlets in Syria and Lebanon, as well as independent Western journalists, that the “rebels” had contrived to use his son to justify foreign intervention.

He also stated that he had not heard a plane above his house before the strike that allegedly was the source of Omran’s injuries captured in the photo. He also said that he had received and rejected offers to leave Syria from parties wishing to damage the reputation of the Syrian government, and had even changed his son’s name and hairstyle to protect him from those who had threatened to kidnap him.

 

Now, with the mounting civilian death toll resulting from U.S. airstrikes in Raqqa, the Times has struck a very different tone in its assessment of the situation. In reporting on the civilian death toll in recent weeks, the Times chronicled the U.S.’ killing of an estimated 170 civilians within a single week, citing war monitors and testimonials of Raqqa refugees.

However, turning a blind eye to the U.S.’ manifest “kill-all-who-resist” strategy, the Times article prominently features the coalition’s official position — informing readers that “The U.S.-led coalition says it is careful to avoid civilian casualties in its bombing runs against Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, and investigates any allegations.” Despite such planted propaganda, however, human rights groups such as Amnesty International have found investigations to be minimal and have also noted that the U.S. is deliberately using munitions that are hardly precise.

In addition, the article failed to associate the suffering of Raqqa’s civilians with the destructive results of U.S coalition bombing. For instance, while noting that “an activist-run group, ‘Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently,’ said it had documented at least 946 civilian deaths since the Raqqa offensive began in June,” it failed to mention that most of these deaths have been the direct result of coalition airstrikes.

Other reports from the Times, such as its coverage of the Amnesty International report, blamed the casualties on the coalition’s “reliance on ordnance” as opposed to its policy of indiscriminate bombing, a major focus of Amnesty’s report.

Other major Western media outlets, such as CNN, have largely been sympathetic to the coalition in their reporting. Many of them have cited the slow pace of the offensive or blamed Daesh for the civilian deaths.

 

Conclusion: geopolitical goals change the propaganda and media lens

The September, 2013 issue of The Economist.

Behind the disparate responses to Aleppo and Raqqa is an interventionist narrative that supports regime change. The “outcry” surrounding the Syrian government operation to retake Aleppo was created in order to generate the pretext for the military intervention long desired by Western governments, Israel and the Gulf monarchies — using the same “humanitarian” justification that led to invasions of nations like Libya, Iraq and others.

As independent journalist Vanessa Beeley noted at the time, after having traveled to Aleppo during the height of the siege, “the Western media is selling the public a humanitarian war” through its biased coverage of the operation to retake Aleppo.

One of the key revelations that has exposed this outcry as having been largely manufactured – aside from those reports and photos later found to be fabricated – is the fact that the refugees who had left Aleppo, supposedly fleeing Assad, were actually fleeing the “moderate rebels” and have since returned by the hundreds of thousands to Aleppo.

This despite the fact that Aleppo is now under full control of the government that allegedly murdered its own civilians with cluster bombs.

The return of civilians to Aleppo has also been notably absent from mainstream Western coverage.

The situation in Raqqa is depicted in stark contrast to that of Aleppo — a reversal of perspective due mainly to the identity of the power conducting the airstrikes. The U.S. largely gets a free pass from the Western press regarding any war crimes it commits. In this case the pass is conferred irrespective of the fact that the U.S. presence in Syria is technically illegal, given that the Syrian government never approved their operations within the country. As another example of this egregious double standard, the U.S.’ indiscriminate use of white phosphorus, a chemical weapon, in Raqqa was hardly the subject of “outrage” it was for the Syrian government’s alleged and now debunked use of chemical weapons on civilians.

There is, however, an underlying motive for the carnage in Raqqa, one that also explains both the Western media’s silence on the climbing civilian death toll as well as the U.S.’ refusal to halt air strikes despite the UN’s pleas. As MintPress previously reported, the ultimate goal of the U.S.’ involvement in Syria is the partition of the country with a large portion of the country’s North, including Raqqa, under the control of an independent Kurdish state.

The Kurds, who dominate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leading the U.S.-backed invasion of Raqqa, are seeking to bring Raqqa into their fold following the conclusion of the current offensive. The SDF announced months ago that they would hand control of Raqqa to an autonomous “council” largely composed of Kurds.

However, as MintPress has also previously noted, a major obstacle to Raqqa’s inclusion in the Kurdish autonomous region is the population of Raqqa itself, which is predominately Arab. As journalist Andrew Korybko noted, it is highly unlikely that any Arab, or non-Kurd for that matter, living in Raqqa would freely choose to live in a “Kurdish-dominated statelet” as a second-class citizen instead of choosing to have equal standing within the Syrian Arab Republic. Raqqa’s pre-siege population would essentially prevent the annexation of Raqqa by the Kurds.

Yet, now with over 200,000 civilians having fled and nearly 1,000 killed by coalition airstrikes alone, this geopolitical pipe dream is quickly becoming a reality, as only 20,000 of Raqqa’s previous population of 220,000 remain. Though this is ethnic cleansing by any other name, the Western media is busy keeping the focus away from Syria, particularly Raqqa, in order to achieve the long desired partition of Syria — without a peep from the public and without concern for the thousands of innocent Syrian lives lost in the process.

The return of civilians to Aleppo has also been notably absent from mainstream Western coverage.

The situation in Raqqa is depicted in stark contrast to that of Aleppo — a reversal of perspective due mainly to the identity of the power conducting the airstrikes. The U.S. largely gets a free pass from the Western press regarding any war crimes it commits. In this case the pass is conferred irrespective of the fact that the U.S. presence in Syria is technically illegal, given that the Syrian government never approved their operations within the country. As another example of this egregious double standard, the U.S.’ indiscriminate use of white phosphorus, a chemical weapon, in Raqqa was hardly the subject of “outrage” it was for the Syrian government’s alleged and now debunked use of chemical weapons on civilians.

There is, however, an underlying motive for the carnage in Raqqa, one that also explains both the Western media’s silence on the climbing civilian death toll as well as the U.S.’ refusal to halt air strikes despite the UN’s pleas. As MintPress previously reported, the ultimate goal of the U.S.’ involvement in Syria is the partition of the country with a large portion of the country’s North, including Raqqa, under the control of an independent Kurdish state.

The Kurds, who dominate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leading the U.S.-backed invasion of Raqqa, are seeking to bring Raqqa into their fold following the conclusion of the current offensive. The SDF announced months ago that they would hand control of Raqqa to an autonomous “council” largely composed of Kurds.

However, as MintPress has also previously noted, a major obstacle to Raqqa’s inclusion in the Kurdish autonomous region is the population of Raqqa itself, which is predominately Arab. As journalist Andrew Korybko noted, it is highly unlikely that any Arab, or non-Kurd for that matter, living in Raqqa would freely choose to live in a “Kurdish-dominated statelet” as a second-class citizen instead of choosing to have equal standing within the Syrian Arab Republic. Raqqa’s pre-siege population would essentially prevent the annexation of Raqqa by the Kurds.

Yet, now with over 200,000 civilians having fled and nearly 1,000 killed by coalition airstrikes alone, this geopolitical pipe dream is quickly becoming a reality, as only 20,000 of Raqqa’s previous population of 220,000 remain. Though this is ethnic cleansing by any other name, the Western media is busy keeping the focus away from Syria, particularly Raqqa, in order to achieve the long desired partition of Syria — without a peep from the public and without concern for the thousands of innocent Syrian lives lost in the process.

Two Years After Resounding “No” Vote, Greece Still Says “Yes” To Austerity – By Michael Nevradakis

Privatization, high taxes and the slashing of cherished public-sector salaries and pensions are the price Greece has paid for accepting the loans that have kept the country in the Eurozone. Its citizens are the ones now paying the price for the costly missteps made by its leaders.

A homeless person changes clothes outside a bank in central Athens. Nearly one-in-four Greeks are unemployed and receive no benefits. Poverty rates have surged here since the start of the crisis in late 2009, with nearly 36 percent of the country living in financial distress. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS (Analysis)– It has become an increasingly common sight on Greek streets, even in formerly prosperous neighborhoods. Elderly—and sometimes not so elderly—individuals rummaging through rubbish bins in search of scraps of food to eat. Beggars are now practically a universal sighting in Athens and other large cities.

More and more young Greeks are migrating abroad by the day, contributing to a “brain drain” that has totaled approximately 500,000 individuals since the onset of the crisis. In my neighborhood in central Athens, several parked cars are filled to the brim with a life’s worth of possessions, packed in boxes by individuals who have likely lost their homes and livelihoods and who now call their automobiles home. Everywhere, abandoned cars and motorcycles rust away on curbsides and sidewalks.

In another universe, the Greek coalition government comprised of the “leftist” SYRIZA and the “patriotic” Independent Greeks political parties is celebrating. Greece has, at the recently-concluded Eurogroup summit, once again been “saved.” In this latest agreement, an 8.6 billion euro tranche of “bailout” funds—a loan (not a “handout”) which had already been promised to Greece in previous agreements—was released and a long-delayed review of Greece’s “progress” under the austerity mechanisms was finally completed. Quite a cause for celebration!



Or is it? Out of the 8.6 billion, 7.7 billion euros will initially be disbursed, out of which 6.9 billion will be immediately paid back to Greece’s lenders: the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and bondholders. In exchange for the release of these funds, which will be funneled right back to those who are releasing them, Greece’s government has agreed to achieve a primary budget surplus of 3.5 percent of its GDP annually through 2023, and thereafter to maintain primary budget surpluses of 2 percent annually from 2023 until 2060.

Until 2023, the Greek government has agreed to pay 27 billion euros (15 percent of Greece’s GDP) in debt service alone, and that figure increases to a 36 billion euro annual sum until 2060.


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For the uninitiated: what does a primary budget surplus actually mean? It means that the state spends less than it receives in revenue. While this may sound like a fiscally prudent policy direction for Greece or any country to take, what this actually means in plain language is that in an economy that is shrinking, as with Greece, the amount of money being spent by the state each year on investment, social services, salaries, pensions and other vital services will perpetually decrease, furthering the austerity death spiral.

To provide some perspective, the IMF itself considers a primary budget surplus of 1.5 percent “realistic,” while the Central Bank of Greece, 92 percent of whose shareholders are not known, considers 2 percent a “realistic” target. In a study by economists Barry Eichengreen and Ugo Panizza that examined economic performance across 235 countries, it was found that there were only 36 cases in which countries were able to maintain a primary budget surplus of 3 percent of GDP for a five-year period, and only 17 cases where countries maintained a primary budget surplus of 3 percent of GDP across an eight-year period. Germany, often touted for its fiscal prudence, was not one of these countries.

For the SYRIZA-led regime in Greece, this is a cause for celebration. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras publicly announced that “we got what we wanted” through this deal, which points the way towards Greece’s exit from the “supervision” of its lenders.

The newspaper Avgi, an official party organ of SYRIZA, announced for the upteenth time Greece’s impending “exit” from the economic crisis. And the Greek government is publicly touting the upcoming return of Greece to the international financial markets, ironically celebrating the prospect of Greece once again being able to attain more debt via borrowing, likely at usurious terms.

Unfortunately for Tsipras and his government, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble acted as a party pooper, putting a damper on the celebrations. Speaking publicly after the Eurogroup deal was reached, Schäuble stated that the agreement, which followed what were claimed by the Greek government to be fierce negotiations, was reached three weeks prior but was delayed because the Greek government requested additional time for PR reasons—in other words, to claim that hard negotiations took place.

 

Pensions, salaries see cuts as austerity steamrolls ahead

Indeed, if the rhetoric of the SYRIZA-led government is a guide to go by, then the successes have kept on coming. In February, the SYRIZA government reached yet another deal with its lenders to once again release “bailout” loan funds that already had been pledged to Greece from previous austerity agreements.

In this agreement, the government claimed that “not one euro” of new austerity would be enacted, as any austerity measures and cuts (including interventions to the tax system, which were previously claimed by the government to be “red lines” in its “negotiations” with lenders) would be offset by countermeasures in other areas, euphemistically referred to as “neutral fiscal balance” and “zero-sum fiscal interventions.”

In a “read my lips, no new taxes” moment for the Greek government, these declarations of “zero-sum fiscal interventions” and the “end of austerity” had only just barely been uttered when a host of new austerity measures were unveiled. Initially announced at 3.6 billion euros, these austerity measures now total 14.2 billion euros’ worth of cuts.

These include further reductions of 18 percent to already battered pensions, as well as salary cuts, tax increases, a cut in health expenditures, a further reduction of 50 percent to heating oil subsidies (in a country where the majority of households already cannot afford heating oil and have reverted to fireplaces and makeshift furnaces to keep warm), a reduced tax-free threshold and an increase in tax contributions, and the freeing up of home foreclosures and auctions.

Protesting hospital staff sit in front of a wall that they built at the entrance of the Greek Finance Ministry with a banner depicting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Thipras , Deputy Health Minister Pavlos Polakis and Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos wearing ties reading in Greek ''Ministry of broken promises" and " We drown in debt and bailouts" in central Athens. (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

In exchange, “countermeasures” that will be enacted in 2019 will only take place if Greece meets “fiscal targets” up until then, include minor tax cuts (such as a 70-euro reduction to the “unified property tax” which SYRIZA, prior to ascending to power, denounced as “unconstitutional”) and offering school lunches.

The Greek government, along with its bosses in Brussels and Berlin, continue to insist that tax increases will help, despite all economic evidence to the contrary. While revenues from the value-added tax (VAT) were at 16.3 billion euros when the VAT rate was at 19 percent, those revenues declined to 14.4 billion euros when the VAT was increased to 21 percent, and dropped further to 13.7 billion euros when the VAT was increased again to 23 percent. Today, the VAT for most goods and services is at 24 percent amidst an economic depression that has shown no real signs of abating.

While the SYRIZA-led government is congratulating itself for putting an end to austerity, the aforementioned unified property tax, which according to SYRIZA’s pre-election rhetoric was unconstitutional and to be abolished, will remain in effect at least until 2031. One year ago, in June 2016, a 7,500-page omnibus bill ratified by the Greek government without any debate transferred ownership of all of Greece’s public assets (ranging from water utilities to prime beachfront parcels of land) to a fund controlled by the European Stability Mechanism for the next 99 years.


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The same bill also reduced the parliament to playing a rubber-stamp role, as it annulled the ability of the Greek parliament to formulate a national budget or to pass tax legislation, with automatic cuts to be activated if fiscal targets agreed upon with the country’s lenders are not met. Foreign experts working on the implementation of the austerity measures and privatizations in Greece were also, as of 2016, granted immunity from prosecution. If all of this seems exaggerated or far-fetched, consider a recent remark by the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici, who stated that “[The EU] often decide[s] Greece’s fate, in place of the Greeks.”

 

Move toward cashlessness benefiting “too big to fail” institutions

As all of this is taking place, Greek businesses—particularly small businesses—are being burdened further, required as of July 27 to install “point of sale” (POS) card readers and to accept payments via credit, debit or prepaid cards. Another law, which came into effect on January 1, pushes consumers towards card payments by setting a minimum threshold of spending at least 10 percent of one’s income via card in order to attain a somewhat higher tax-free threshold.

In a country where capital controls restricting withdrawals from bank accounts and ATMs have been in effect since June 2015, cash is being further withdrawn from the marketplace and is being delivered to a banking system that has already been recapitalized three times and is likely on its way towards a fourth taxpayer-funded “bailout,” keeping with the fine tradition of financial institutions that are said to be “too big to fail.” We are told, of course, that this is for society’s own good, in order to combat “tax evasion” and other terrible things.


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As all of this has taken place, 14 profitable Greek regional airports of strategic and economic importance have been privatized—ironically by being sold to Fraport, itself owned by the German public sector. The port of Piraeus, one of the largest in Europe, has been completely privatized; sold for a pittance to Chinese-owned Cosco. Greek water and power utilities, having been transferred to the aforementioned fund controlled by the ESM, are among the next assets slated for privatization.

Foreclosures of homes are slated to be expanded to primary residences, leaving many households at risk of ending up on the streets, while come September, foreclosures are slated to take place electronically, in accordance with the Greek government’s agreements with its lenders. It should be noted that foreclosure auctions that take place in Greek civil courts each Wednesday have become one of the few remaining battlegrounds where citizens are actively, and often quite successfully, pushing back against one of the products of the economic crisis, preventing many foreclosures from occurring. Switching to electronic foreclosures would eliminate this “inconvenience.”

People queue in front of a bank for an ATM as a man lies on the ground begging for change, in Athens. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Other “inconveniences” are also being done away with in swift fashion. In August 2016, police in the city of Katerini arrested a father of three for selling doughnuts without a license, fining him 5,000 euros for the offense. In another case, a vendor selling roasted chestnuts in the city of Thessaloniki was surrounded by 15 police officers and arrested for the high offense of operating without a license. In the meantime, Greek television and radio stations—almost the entirety of which are vehemently pro-EU and pro-austerity and which greatly impact public opinion—operate without valid broadcast licenses.

The SYRIZA government, elected in part on pledges to “nip oligarchs in the bud” (including taking care of the issue of unlicensed broadcasters), has instead allowed oligarchs to shift their money to offshore tax havens, while collectively treating ordinary citizens and small business owners as being guilty of tax evasion. Former finance minister with the center-right New Democracy political party Gikas Hardouvelis was recently acquitted in court for failure to submit a declaration of assets.

In a December 2015 interview, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos stated that the SYRIZA-led government “didn’t have time to go after the rich.” Unlicensed chestnut vendors, apparently, are another matter altogether, as are activists against the environmentally destructive and economically dubious gold mining operations in north Greece’s Skouries that are being conducted by Eldorado Gold with a Greek oligarch, Giorgos Bobolas.

In late May, the physically disabled 77-year-old Thodoros Karavasilikos was issued a 12-month suspended jail sentence for, apparently, physically assaulting 10 riot police officers in a protest against the Skouries mining operations. Furthering this war on the elderly, Dimitris Kammenos, a member of parliament with the “patriotic” Independent Greeks party which is co-governing with SYRIZA, stated in a televised interview in April that 100 euros that were being slashed from pensions were “better off being taken by the state” than to be “given by pensioners to their grandchildren to go out and have coffee.”

 

Civil unrest on the rise amid economic uncertainty

It can be argued that being a Greek citizen is a great disadvantage in Greece at the present time. In the blighted Athens suburb of Menidi, an 11-year-old Greek child was apparently killed by a stray bullet, said to have been fired from a residence of a Roma family. Civil unrest has followed in the area between the Greek and Roma populations, to which the SYRIZA-led government has somehow responded by proposing that Roma children be allowed to enter Greek universities and the police academy without taking entrance exams.

A protester reacts next to a flare outside the the Interior Ministry as thousands of striking municipal workers demonstrate in central Athens, June 22, 2017. Union officials want the left-led government to grant full-time, permanent state jobs to municipal workers employed on short-term contracts that have expired or are about to expire. (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

While migrants in Greece are receiving 400euro monthly subsidies (greater than many salaries and pensions in present-day Greece) and free housing, thanks to assistance from the EU and numerous “well-meaning” non-governmental organizations, the same sensitivity has not been displayed to victims of a recent earthquake that severely impacted the island of Lesvos, one of the primary entry points for migrants. Instead, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the center-right New Democracy, the main opposition party in Greece which is favored to win the next national elections whenever they take place, promised those whose homes were destroyed by the quake a two-year waiver of the unified property tax, should his party be elected.

Tourism, however, is said to be saving the day. Greece is said to be receiving record numbers of visitors, and the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens is receiving a record number of passengers. These statistics are often repeated by the government and by Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura of the Independent Greeks political party, the minority partner in Greece’s coalition government. What is not said is who these tourists are, or what their real impact on the economy is.

Many of these tourists are visiting the country on package travel deals booked with overseas travel agencies, flying to and from Greece on foreign-owned charter airlines and staying in hotels which themselves are often owned by foreigners. Many of these hotels offer “all-inclusive” hospitality packages, often offering the very lowest-quality imported food and drink products in order to slash costs. While foreigners get to enjoy Greek resorts and sunshine at bargain rates, austerity-hit Greeks, battered by the crisis, cannot afford to—nor are they offered the same low rates provided to foreign visitors.

Most tourists on “all-inclusive” deals rarely venture away from their hotels, and businesses in tourist regions, ranging from convenience stores to restaurants, are seeing business suffer while their tax burden continues to increase. In a recent visit to Rhodes, one of Greece’s pre-eminent tourist destinations, I observed that the Old Town of Rhodes, perhaps the top tourist destination on the island, was almost deserted at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night in a country that “stays up all night.” Tourists remained largely locked away in their all-inclusive resorts.

Greece’s “boom times” for tourism are evident by the country’s lack of a national air carrier, which has been the case ever since the previously state-owned Olympic Airlines was dismantled at the behest of the EU and purportedly for violating the European Commission’s competition rules. The privately-owned near-monopoly that has replaced it, Aegean Airlines, has somehow managed not to run afoul of such rules.

While Greece, one of Europe’s top destinations, does not possess any wide-body aircraft, countries such as Serbia and Rwanda do and are running nonstop flights to the United States. Aegean Airlines may not have long-haul flights, but it has delivered much-vaunted “foreign investment”—often touted as the cure-all for Greece’s economic ills, despite a major privatization push since the 1990s, which did not stop the crisis—as 25 percent of the airline is reportedly being purchased by Hainan Airlines of China.

Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, apropos of nothing, recently brought us back to 2015 and to the referendum which took place that year, where 62 percent of voters rejected an EU-proposed austerity plan—only for the result to be overturned within days, as the SYRIZA-led government turned around and agreed to an even harsher austerity package, known as the third memorandum agreement, than the one voters had rejected.

The SYRIZA-led government has since agreed to a fourth memorandum agreement, but according to Kountoura, the negotiation that occurred in 2015 that led to the third memorandum—chock-full of austerity measures and the privatization of profitable assets—prevented 16 billion euros’ worth of austerity measures from being enacted.

 

No end in sight for bleak austerity

Unfortunately, two years after the “triumphant” referendum and rejection of austerity—which was promptly overturned and replaced with even harsher austerity—there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel for the beleaguered nation. Nor does a political “savior” appear to exist. The aforementioned New Democracy party is part and parcel of the corrupt political duopoly, along with PASOK, which ruled Greece for 40 years after the fall of the military junta in 1974, and is vehemently pro-EU and pro-austerity (as long as they are the ones implementing the austerity and pro-Europe policies, instead of SYRIZA).

In previous elections, political “renegade” Vasilis Leventis and his Centrists’ Union political party were elected to parliament—likely as a protest vote. Leventis is famous for his supposed crusades against corruption and the two-party system, and for wishing cancer upon former Prime Ministers Kostantinos Mitsotakis (father of the current New Democracy leader) and Andreas Papandreou (father of George Papandreou, prime minister when Greece was led into the IMF-EU “bailout” and austerity regime) on live television in 1993.

A motorcyclist looks on as he drives next to a pile of garbage in Piraeus, near Athens, on Monday, June 26, 2017. Municipality workers have been on strike for almost a week , hindering trash collection across the country. (AP/Petros Giannakouris)

Today, Leventis is calling for the installation of a “government of technocrats” (much like the non-elected government led by banker Loucas Papademos in late 2011 and 2012, which passed the second memorandum agreement with no popular mandate) and who has also stated recently that Greece “does not deserve to have its debt restructured.”

In reality, the entirety of parliament—despite the eight political parties which comprise it and which create the facade of political pluralism—can be described as being pro-austerity, pro-euro, and pro-EU. The same can be said of smaller political parties, currently outside of parliament and vying to gain public support.

These include parties founded by Panagiotis Lafazanis and Zoe Konstantopoulou—who as part of the first SYRIZA government of January-September 2015 voted in favor of numerous pro-memorandum and pro-austerity pieces of legislation and in favor of the pro-Europe corrupt former government minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos as president of the Hellenic Republic, who recently stated that Greece will remain in the EU “indefinitely and irrevocably.”

Two years after saying “no” to austerity, this is the state of affairs in Greece today. Poverty, fear, unemployment and a continued brain drain, as well as corruption, lies, and above all, an undying attachment to the EU and the Eurozone, at least on the part of the almost complete entirety of the country’s political class. That’s life today in a modern-day EU debt colony.

 

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Mother Russia, President Putin, the Anti-Christ & World War 3 – By Thomas Lister ( Pravda Report )

05.06.2017
 
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by Dr. Thomas M. Lister  

After the US President Donald Trump ordered the cruise missile attack on an airbase in Syria, President Vladimir Putin was given the ultimatum to work with the US government to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power or face war with the US. In doing so, the US government has underestimated the courage and character of President Putin and the destiny of Mother Russia.

The US government refuses to understand the character of the Russian people, which is written in their bloody, but always victorious, history. More specifically, Mother Russia destroyed the army of Napoleon, the first anti-Christ, when he invaded Russia in 1812; then 130 years later, she destroyed the army of the second anti-Christ, Adolf Hitler, when he too invaded Russia. That victory was won at the horrific sacrifice of over 26 million Russians killed, or starved to death, and the destruction of thousands of their cities; which is why Russia does not want to fight another war ever again.

However, the New World Order (NWO) orchestrated by the Rothschild’s Banking Cabal and international Zionism, is manipulating the US government, like a puppet on Zionist strings, into overthrowing the government of Syria at any cost. Since the “false flag” 911 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2000, the US government’s military invasions into the Middle East have never been for the benefit of the American people. Instead, those invasions have followed the directives of the Wolfowitz’s Doctrine, which was written in 1992 by Zionist Paul Wolfowitz, and also the NWO war plan as outlined by the paper, Rebuilding America’s Defenses; Strategies for a New Century, written by Zionists William Kristol and Robert Kagan in 2000. These two Zionist war plans call for the US military to overthrow the governments of 7 countries in the Middle East so that Israel will become the super power in the region and ultimately rule the land from the Nile to the Euphrates Rivers.

Since 2000, the Zionist’s plan for the destruction of 7 governments in the Middle East, by using the US military, was proceeding perfectly; but then, President Assad asked for help from President Putin in 2015 and he responded with military aid, thus blocking the Zionist objective. That is why the Zionists, who now control the US government, the Federal Reserve and the US news media hate President Putin and demonize him on a daily basis in national news reports on television, in newspapers and in magazines. According to the Zionist-controlled US government, and it’s propaganda news media, everything that President Putin does is “bad”; whereas, everything that Israel and the US government does is “good.”

Many years before the US government began it’s quest to remove President Assad from power for Israel, and replace him with a Zionist puppet, (like the US government did in Ukraine), President Putin tried to reason with the US government, through the United Nations by calling for diplomatic negotiations in dealing with governments in the Middle East. In 2013, he even wrote a letter to the US government, and the American people, which was published in the New York Times, asking for the US government to avoid the use of military force and “…return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement” in Syria.

For years, President Putin has repeatedly shown his patience and restraint as he watched President George Bush Jr., and later President Barack Obama, order the US military bombings of Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003), and Libya (2011); which resulted in those countries descending into chaos, anarchy and civil war.

President Putin, his ambassadors and generals have repeatedly warned the US government that eventually, it’s reckless military action in the Middle East could lead to World War 3. Predictably, the US government would not, and still won’t, listen to warnings from President Putin. In fact, in 2016, the US military dropped 26,171 bombs on the people of Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Why won’t the US government listen to the warnings from President Putin? Because the US government is controlled by Zionists who are determined to gain control of the Middle East for the New World Order, as outlined in the Wolfowitzs Doctrine (1992) and the Zionist’s declaration of war entitled, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses; Strategies for a New Century” (2000).

However, when the US government attacked Syria with 59 cruise missiles this year, President Putin was forced to act. He had no choice. If he continued to try diplomatic channels to bring peace to the region, he knew that the Zionist controlled US government would continue to ignore him as they doggedly follow the Wolfowitz’s Doctrine; which means that the US military would ultimately overthrow the Syrian government and then attack Iran. And by following the Zionist declaration of war, as written in the “Rebuilding America’s Defenses; Strategies for a New Century,” Russia would eventually be invaded by NATO forces. Consequently, President Putin had to act and to save Mother Russia, and the world from the New World Order, by taking military action in Syria to stop the Zionists from removing President Assad from power and then executing him.

President Putin’s patience with the US government has been exhausted. After President Trump succumbed to the demands of his Zionist masters and ordered 59 cruise missiles fired onto an airbase in Syria, President Putin chose to confront, and defeat through military force, The New World Order and it’s Zionist agenda in Syria, no matter the cost.

President Putin, because he is dedicated to the protection of Mother Russia and the Christian Orthodox Church, has now realized that the New World Order and the Zionist threat, represented by the US and Israeli military action in Syria, must be stopped by military force and Russian sacrifice; the time for negotiations with the US and Israeli governments is over. President Putin has finally learned, to his disappointment, that the US government cannot be trusted.

President Putin must remember the betrayal of the US government when then president George H. W. Bush made the “iron-clad guarantee” to then President Mikhail Gorbachev, that if Gorbachev allowed a reunified Germany to be aligned with the US, then NATO would not expand “one inch Eastward” towards Russia.

However, history shows that the US government lied. The fact is that since President Bush made that “iron-clad guarantee” to President Gorbachev in 1990, the Zionist-controlled US government has enticed and paid several countries to join NATO and accept millions of dollars of tanks and missiles, as well as US troops, on their land. Eventually, these weapons and troops will be used to attack Russia at the behest of the New World Order.

President Putin finally understands that he cannot negotiate with, or trust, the US government and it’s Zionist handlers. The New World Order is the Rothschild’s Banking Cabal and International Zionism and it will not rest until it has crushed all countries that oppose it, through financial manipulation and economic ruin or military conquest, so that it can rule over all nations of the world.

The Zionist New World Order hates President Putin for several reasons; such as:

  1. President Putin has told The New World Order to “f*** off.”

  2. President Putin initiated the formation of BRICS as opposed to allowing Russia to be controlled, and eventually destroyed, by the Rothschild’s International Banking Cabal. BRICS is the union of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that established their own bank, which will compete internationally with the Zionist controlled International Monetary Fund, the Zionist controlled World Bank and Zionist Rothschild’s Bank for International Settlement. BRICS offers the nations of the world an escape from the financial rule and ruin of the Zionist Rothschild’s International Banking Cabal.
  3. President Putin imprisoned Zionist Oligarchs who were stealing millions of rubles from the Russian people; whereas, in America, Zionist oligarchs control the 6 national television news networks, all the major newspapers and magazines, the Federal Reserve Bank, and through the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), both houses of congress and even the president of country. Zionists even staged the “false flag” attack on the Twin Towers on 911, that murdered over 3000 Americans, so that the US military would invade Iraq and continue the Zionist agenda, as written in the Wolfowitz’s Doctrine, in the Middle East. You think I’m wrong? Remember, Building 7 was brought down by a controlled demolition after billionaire Zionist Larry Silverstein ordered his Mossad agents to “pull it”; that order meant igniting the thermite charges, which were set in the steel and concrete, that then turned the 52 stored building into dust and rubble in only 6.6 seconds!

  4. President Putin has proclaimed Russia to be a Christian nation; however, in American, even though the overwhelming majority of Americans are Christians, Zionists prevent Americans from saying “Merry Christmas,” during the celebration of Christ’s birthday; instead, the Zionist-controlled American news media reminds all Americans that they can only say, “Happy Holidays.” Moreover, although no crosses of Christianity or Nativity Scenes are allowed on governmental property, the Zionists force the US government to light a gigantic Menorah in front of the US Capital each December to remind all Americans who is really in charge of the US government. However, this domination by Zionists over Christians in America, will never take place in Russia as long as President Putin is in power.

  5. The French philosopher Voltaire warned, You will know the name of who controls you, because it is the name whom you cannot criticize.” In the USA, that name is Israel. To continue their rule over the US government, the Zionists label anyone who criticizes Israel as being, “anti-Semitic” and shortly thereafter, he or she will be removed from political or journalistic power and his or her career will be ruined. This is what happened to, for example, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Congressman Ron Paul, Congressman James Traficant*, Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, White House journalist Helen Thomas and many more examples are listed in the book, “They Dare to Speak Out,” written by former Congressman, Paul Findley. However, in Russia, President Putin will not allow the Zionists to manipulate the Russian news media, the banks, the corporations, or the government for their own agenda like they do in the US. *He was assassinated by Mossad agents in 2014.

  6. President Putin has continually frustrated the CIA and Mossad in their organized and funded attempts, through political protests, to undermine his popularity in Russia. As of 2017, his approval rating in Russia is over 90%.

  7. In 2014, Zionists in the US government, such as Victoria Nuland, (who was the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the time), collaborated with the CIA to fund, organize and orchestrate the coup of the democratically elected president of Ukraine in Kiev. Following the coup, President Putin realized that one of the goals of the CIA and US Zionists, besides gaining control of the Ukrainian government, was to establish naval and air bases on the Crimean Peninsula that would give the US military access to the Black Sea and thereby increase the US threat to Russia.

    Consequently, President Putin had to stop the plans for the US military’s expansion onto the Crimean Peninsula immediately. He thus accepted the request from the people of Crimean to vote on rejoining Russia. The vote to be part of Russia again was quick and easy because the Crimean Peninsula has a population that is over 67% Russian and 84% of the citizens speak Russian; moreover, most of the citizens understand that President Khrushchev had no right to give the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine in 1954. According to article 33 of the Soviet Constitution, he did not have the authority to do so; therefore, his action was illegal.

    After the CIA and US Zionist’s sponsored coup of the Ukrainian government, Victoria Nuland announced that “Yats is the guy”; she then appointed Zionist candy-maker Arseniy Yatsenyuk to be the new prime minister of Ukraine. She also promised the new Ukrainian government $400 million dollars of US taxpayer money. And what does the US government expect in return for all this money? For Ukraine to join NATO and accept American soldiers and American Military Industrial Corporations, like Halliburton, on her soil, that will then build a nuclear missile base in Kiev and point all the missiles at Moscow. Only then will the US Zionist’s “NATO Necklace of Nuclear Missiles” around the “throat of Mother Russia” be complete.

Now let’s imagine how the US government would react if Russia put nuclear missiles near the coast of America, on the island of Cuba, for example. However, we don’t have to imagine what would happen because many of us lived through that nightmare. A review of history shows us that the US government was willing to start WW3 unless Khrushchev removed those missiles which he wisely did. I find it hypocritical, and even a hostile act of war, to place the US controlled NATO nuclear missiles next to the borders of Russia when Russia is not allowed to place her nuclear missiles next to US borders.

  1. Lastly, but most important, President Putin cannot be bought off or intimidated, like American politicians. President Putin’s behavior and decisions indicate that he has the character of men like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy. Dr. King was murdered by the CIA because he could not be bought off or intimidated. Instead, he spoke out and organized peaceful protests, for equal rights for all people, for economic opportunity for black people and for the end of the Vietnam War.

    President John F. Kennedy confronted the US military and the Zionists who control it, when he ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from South Vietnam by the end of 1963. He also threatened the power of the Zionists who control the Federal Reserve Bank when he signed executive order 11110 on June 4, 1963, which abolished their private Rothschild’s bank. He further antagonized the Zionists when he directed that Israel must never be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb. He also warned against the clandestine power of secret societies over governments in the world (such as the Rothschild’s ‘New World Order’) and tried to castrate the power of the CIA in the US government.

    President Kennedy inadvertently signed his own death warrant when he voiced his determination to, “…splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind.” Consequently, with the Zionists blessing, the CIA assassinated President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

    After Zionists, leaders of the Military Industrial Complex and the CIA had President Kennedy assassinated, his successor Lyndon Johnson, proved himself to be a coward and traitor to the American people and the US Constitution when he reversed all of President Kennedy’s orders upon taking office. He reinstated the Zionist controlled Federal Reserve Bank and voiced his commitment to win the war in South Vietnam while ordering an increase of US troops to be sent there. He also refused to stop Israel’s development of nuclear weapons and he did not interfere with the CIA’s quest to overthrow governments around the world that would not submit to it’s control.

    Furthermore, President Johnson proved his loyalty to Israel when he ordered the US Navy not to respond to the call for help from the crew of the USS Liberty when they were attacked by the military forces of Israel in international waters in 1967. In that attack, Israel fighter jets and gun ships murdered 34 US sailors and wounded another 171. However, the members of the US Congress did nothing for fear of being labeled “anti-Semitic” if they criticized Israel.

    Although Lyndon B. Johnson was an egotistical, power-hungry coward and traitor to the US and her citizens, he was a typical American president because he knew that if he contradicted the directives of the Zionist-controlled US Congress, or the Federal Reserve Bank or the CIA, then he would be removed from political power or even assassinated like President Kennedy. Consequently, it should come as no surprise to anyone, that since the murder of President Kennedy, no US president has tried to abolish, or even audit, the privately owned Zionist Federal Reserve Bank.

    However, President Kennedy left the US citizens with a message of hope when he wrote, One day after I’m long gone, you will remember me and say, we should have stopped the nuclear program of Israel, abolished the Federal Reserve and kicked all the secret societies, occultists, usurpers and Zionists out of our wonderful country, to keep it that way, but it is never to late, just remember that.”

    President Kennedy’s warnings about the dangers of Zionism, secret societies, the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), and the CIA are more relevant today than ever before. President Kennedy feared that Zionism, secret societies, such as the New World Order, the MIC, and the CIA would ultimately bring humankind to the brink of World War 3 and that is where humanity now stands.

    Now God has sent the world another man with the unique qualities of President Kennedy. He is a man of courage and character, which means that he cannot be bought off or intimidated by threats from the US military or NATO or the Zionist-controlled Rothschild International Banking Cabal; consequently, he is hated by these international forces of evil. That man is President Vladimir Putin. Moreover, since President Putin’s character is rare and unique, like President Kennedy and Dr. King, I believe that he has been chosen by God, at this point in time, to confront and defeat the forces of evil, known as The New World Order.

God chose Mother Russia to destroy the first anti-Christ in 1812; and He chose her again to destroy the second anti-Christ in 1945. Therefore, it is no coincidence that God has chosen Mother Russia, and her leader President Putin, to face the last anti-Christ in this final battle on earth, who now takes the form of the Rothschild Banking Cabal and International Zionism, and to destroy it in the nuclear Hell of World War 3.

Thomas Lister

President John F. Kennedy confronted the US military and the Zionists who control it, when he ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from South Vietnam by the end of 1963. He also threatened the power of the Zionists who control the Federal Reserve Bank when he signed executive order 11110 on June 4, 1963, which abolished their private Rothschild’s bank. He further antagonized the Zionists when he directed that Israel must never be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb. He also warned against the clandestine power of secret societies over governments in the world (such as the Rothschild’s ‘New World Order’) and tried to castrate the power of the CIA in the US government.

President Kennedy inadvertently signed his own death warrant when he voiced his determination to, “…splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the wind.” Consequently, with the Zionists blessing, the CIA assassinated President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

After Zionists, leaders of the Military Industrial Complex and the CIA had President Kennedy assassinated, his successor Lyndon Johnson, proved himself to be a coward and traitor to the American people and the US Constitution when he reversed all of President Kennedy’s orders upon taking office. He reinstated the Zionist controlled Federal Reserve Bank and voiced his commitment to win the war in South Vietnam while ordering an increase of US troops to be sent there. He also refused to stop Israel’s development of nuclear weapons and he did not interfere with the CIA’s quest to overthrow governments around the world that would not submit to it’s control.

Furthermore, President Johnson proved his loyalty to Israel when he ordered the US Navy not to respond to the call for help from the crew of the USS Liberty when they were attacked by the military forces of Israel in international waters in 1967. In that attack, Israel fighter jets and gun ships murdered 34 US sailors and wounded another 171. However, the members of the US Congress did nothing for fear of being labeled “anti-Semitic” if they criticized Israel.

Although Lyndon B. Johnson was an egotistical, power-hungry coward and traitor to the US and her citizens, he was a typical American president because he knew that if he contradicted the directives of the Zionist-controlled US Congress, or the Federal Reserve Bank or the CIA, then he would be removed from political power or even assassinated like President Kennedy. Consequently, it should come as no surprise to anyone, that since the murder of President Kennedy, no US president has tried to abolish, or even audit, the privately owned Zionist Federal Reserve Bank.

However, President Kennedy left the US citizens with a message of hope when he wrote, One day after I’m long gone, you will remember me and say, we should have stopped the nuclear program of Israel, abolished the Federal Reserve and kicked all the secret societies, occultists, usurpers and Zionists out of our wonderful country, to keep it that way, but it is never to late, just remember that.”

President Kennedy’s warnings about the dangers of Zionism, secret societies, the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), and the CIA are more relevant today than ever before. President Kennedy feared that Zionism, secret societies, such as the New World Order, the MIC, and the CIA would ultimately bring humankind to the brink of World War 3 and that is where humanity now stands.

Now God has sent the world another man with the unique qualities of President Kennedy. He is a man of courage and character, which means that he cannot be bought off or intimidated by threats from the US military or NATO or the Zionist-controlled Rothschild International Banking Cabal; consequently, he is hated by these international forces of evil. That man is President Vladimir Putin. Moreover, since President Putin’s character is rare and unique, like President Kennedy and Dr. King, I believe that he has been chosen by God, at this point in time, to confront and defeat the forces of evil, known as The New World Order.

God chose Mother Russia to destroy the first anti-Christ in 1812; and He chose her again to destroy the second anti-Christ in 1945. Therefore, it is no coincidence that God has chosen Mother Russia, and her leader President Putin, to face the last anti-Christ in this final battle on earth, who now takes the form of the Rothschild Banking Cabal and International Zionism, and to destroy it in the nuclear Hell of World War 3.

Thomas Lister

– See more at: http://www.pravdareport.com/opinion/columnists/05-06-2017/137906-russia_putin_world_war-0/#sthash.4gnrGhxL.dpuf

ISIS ON THE VERGE OF BEING ANNIHILATED IN EASTERN ALEPPO AND SOUTHWESTERN RAQQA – By Ziad Fadel

ARAK AND T3 COMPLEXES LIBERATED.

 

“Exclusive to Syrper” by Canthama

 

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EAST/NORTHEAST/SOUTHEAST PALMYRA 

As mentioned yesterday in the Syrper comment section, the triangle made up by the Arak village, Arak gas field, T3 complex were all liberated. Sometimes the process of liberating villages/sites passes through an extended path such as:

  • battles on the outskirts,
  • fire control,
  • inner site battles,
  • fake retreats,
  • IEDs/mines cleaning and finally
  • full MoD liberation announcement.

 

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http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.603824&lon=38.535919&z=11&m=b

 

We have seen this process over and over; sometimes shorter sometimes longer, Arak/T3 falls into the longer path category.
The latest Intel from this front provides that the 5th Corps, Liwa al Quds, Hezbollah and the newly arrived 103rd Republican Guards are advancing in order to enlarge the safety perimeter around the newly liberated area in Arak/T3. ISIS is currently attempting several counter attacks in the area to delay quicker advances by the SAA, which under the apparent new Syrian High Command military doctrine, is exploited to the maximum in a reverse setting. That means, like Ikedo,  the enemy’s power is used to increase the enemy’s casualties and to create vacuum areas behind enemy’s lines. This process has also shown excellent results over the past 18 months in Syria and you can see this technique repeating itself in many of the battles fought since early 2016.

Next targets to be liberated by the allied forces are as follows, in the path to Deir El-Zor:

  • Sabkhat Ḩisyān al Munbaţiḩ area and its farms around it-following the pipeline to Deir El-Zor.
  • Bi’r Al-Bayāţirah and the vital Bi`r Al Jafeef, one of the most important crossroads in the Syrian desert; it gives access to several water wells and reservoirs. It is a must-do prior to the capture of the village of Humaymah in the T3-T2 road.
  • Should we hear battles near the al Hayl and Doubayat gas fields, it may mean the allied forces selected the pipeline way toward Deir El-Zor (in fact the shortest one) while by- passing Al-Sukhaanah, an ISIS stronghold. It is a risky option but with proper flanking protection further south by crossing T3-T2 road, it can be managed in a wider spearhead type of front (similar to previous Palmyra advances and Tiger Force style advances).

 

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http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=34.383679&lon=38.783112&z=11&m=b

 

ATHRAYYAH-SAAFIYYA ROAD

 

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The Tiger Force’s path to control of the Saafiyya crossroad was anticipated at Syrper earlier last week, when we mentioned that after the battle for Maskana, the Tiger Forces and allies would spearhead straight toward this important and strategic crossroad. There were many reasons for doing that such as:

  • Control SDF expansion south of Tabqa airbase,
  • Control the many profitable gas and oil fields in southern Raqqa Province,
  • Cut ISIS from a critical crossroad that controls movement to eastern Hama and Central Homs,
  • Shape a cauldron in eastern Khanaasser to flush ISIS from it without battle and time loss,
  • Shape a new cauldron in eastern Hama and central Homs in an attempt to push ISIS to a few mountain roads in and out of the intended new cauldron.

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.256834&lon=38.419189&z=9&m=b&gz=0;378739929;348611442;164794;4416536;8596801;3855964;8843994;5626046;12551879;2756118;7896423;0;8129882;1452338;0;1452338

 

Latest news on this front line points to further advances eastwards from Saafiyya crossroads and the liberation of more oil and gas fields, such as Thawrah where the SAA is very close to liberating the Wahab and ‘Ammaala fields south of Saafiyya crossroad.

A critical point is the approach toward the Atharayyah gas field, which would indicate fire control of Zaakiya crossroad and the final closure of eastern Khanaasser cauldron.

 

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.440393&lon=38.091831&z=12&m=b

 

DARAA CITY

 

News from Daraa will soon emerge from MoD with the full liberation of the Palestinian Al-Naaziheen Camp and the impressive march by the 4th Mechanized Armored Division and its allies.

The battle for Daraa city is part of the much larger battle for the Syria-Jordan and Syria-Iraq borders. Both Syria’s and Iraq’s Government are completely aligned on the path to liberate all Syria-Iraq border as shown in the recent picture taken by the High Command meeting from both military organizations in Baghdad.

 

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Excellent short video from a Syrian reporter in the Syria-Iraq desert border on the human aspect of this war and its heroes.

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Read more at https://syrianperspective.com/2017/06/isis-on-the-verge-of-being-annihilated-in-eastern-aleppo-and-southwestern-raqqa-arak-and-t3-complexes-liberated.html#prMPYFGilH92m0Ot.99

EU mulling economic measures against US after Trump’s withdrawal from Paris agreement, may move closer to Russia – By RT

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The EU is considering taking economic measures in response to President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate agreement. These could include halting trade talks, forging closer ties with Russia, and imposing heavy carbon taxes on US exports.

In a tit-for-tat retaliation, former EU Parliament President Martin Schulz has pledged to respond to Donald Trump’s pullout by refusing to engage in transatlantic trade talks.

“If the US drops out of the climate agreement… for European trade policy, this means that American production sites don’t need to abide by the climate goals,” Germany’s center-left chancellor candidate said on Thursday, speaking at the WDR Europa Forum in Berlin.

“That is a competitive distortion against which we can only protect ourselves by saying: Whoever wants to have access to our market – and the European market is the biggest market in the world – needs to respect the European standards,” he added, as cited by Politico.

Speaking on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said that Washington’s decision to quit the agreement means that new partnerships should be established, including with Russia.

“I can clearly see that America quits the current power game, and the decision on the Paris climate agreement only confirms it. For us and for everyone else, this means that we must move forward and form new alliances, with Russia being an important partner,” Kern told RIA Novosti news agency.

The Austrian politician said Europe should in no way change its climate plans just because president Trump doesn’t want to be part of them. Alternatively, the EU “should enhance cooperation” in the field, and strengthen its alliances with other global powers, including Russia, China, and India, he said.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called the decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement “a brutal act” and “an irresponsible decision that detracts from the promises made.”

“If companies in the US benefit from this, we shouldn’t be naïve. We must protect and defend our economy in Europe,” Michel told VRT radio on Friday, as cited by Standard.be. “I’m in favor of free trade, so we must work together with our partners to see what instruments are available to us,” he said.

The EU will not be looking to impose sanctions on the US, however, according to EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.

“That is not something we are considering,” he told Reuters on Thursday.

Trump sparked global outcry on Thursday when he announced the decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The move wasn’t unexpected. Media outlets citing sources close to the issue had been reporting during the week that Trump was likely to withdraw from the deal agreed to by his predecessor.

On Tuesday, Schulz accused Trump of wrecking Western values and undermining international cooperation.

Trump is “the destroyer of all Western values,” the outspoken Social Democrat told reporters in Berlin, adding that the US president was undermining beneficial cooperation between nations based on respect and tolerance.

The Paris Agreement, which was reached in April of 2016, provides a framework for dealing with climate change globally. Countries representing 55 percent of the world’s emissions originally committed to adhere to the agreement, which aims to limit the increase in global average temperatures to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.”

The Trump administration argued that the deal was unfair to the US economy.

“What we have to remember, when it comes to environmental agreements and international agreements with respect to things like the Paris Agreement, is we have nothing to be apologetic about as a country,” US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt told reporters on Friday, noting that the US has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 18 percent this century, which has “been largely accomplished through innovation and technology, not government mandate.”

“Exiting Paris does not mean disengagement,” he added. Paris was “a bad deal for this country,” but “it doesn’t mean that we’re not going to continue the discussion, to export our innovation, to export our technology to the rest of the world, to demonstrate how we do it better here is, I think, a very important message to send.”

Some of that innovation includes hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, and horizontal drilling, Pruitt said.

Homegrown Terror, The Rising Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism – By Arie Perliger

Murders and other violent attacks perpetrated by U.S. far-right extremists compose the visible tip of an iceberg. The rest of this iceberg is underwater and out of sight.

Mourners embrace at a vigil for Richard Collins III, who was stabbed to death in College Park, Maryland. (AP/Brian Witte)

The murder in College Park, Maryland of Richard Collins III, an African-American student who had recently been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from his graduation from Bowie State University, underscores the violence of America’s far-right wing. Sean Urbanski, the University of Maryland student who allegedly stabbed Collins to death, belongs to a racist Facebook group called Alt-Reich: Nation.

It makes sense that the FBI is helping the police investigate this incident as a suspected hate crime. But my 15 years experience of studying violent extremism in Western societies has taught me that dealing effectively with far-right violence requires something more: treating its manifestations as domestic terrorism.

While attacks such as the recent suicide bombing in Manchester that left 22 people dead and several dozen injured will probably continue to garner more headlines, this growing domestic menace deserves more attention than it’s getting.



Christian appeared at a “March for Free Speech” rally in Portland on April 29. In a post before the event, he wrote: "Looking for a couple guys or gals down to unmask anyone wear a mask at the upcoming Free Speech March On Saturday 415 80th Ave Portland. This goes for Antifa and Free Speeches. Let's keep them honest and check their Yard Card Homies...."

Terrorism is a form of psychological warfare. Most terrorist groups lack the resources, expertise and manpower to defeat state actors. Instead, they promote their agenda through violence that shapes perceptions of political and social issues.

Collins’ murder, if it was motivated by racist sentiments, should be treated as an act of domestic terrorism, which I define here as the use of violence in a political and social context that aims to send a message to a broader target audience. Like lynching, cross-burning and vandalizing religious sites, incidents of this kind deliberately aim to terrorize people of color and non-Christians.

I consider domestic terrorism a more significant threat than the foreign-masterminded variety in part because it is more common in terms of the number of attacks on U.S. soil. For example, my report published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point identified hundreds of domestic terror incidents per year between 2008 and 2012.

Another report initially published in 2014 by New America Foundation on domestic incidents of extremist violence shows that excluding the Orlando nightclub massacre, between 2002-2016, far-right affiliated perpetrators conducted 18 attacks that killed 48 people in the United States, while terrorists motivated by al-Qaida’s or the Islamic State’s ideology killed 45 people in nine attacks.

The Orlando mass shooting, given its mix of apparent motives, is hard to categorize.

 

A spontaneous appearance

In briefings with law enforcement and policymakers, I have sometimes encountered a tendency to see U.S. right-wing extremists as a monolith. But traditional Ku Klux Klan chapters operate differently than skinhead groups, as do anti-government “patriot” and militia groups and anti-abortion extremists. Christian Identity groups, which believe Anglo-Saxons and other people of Northern European descent are a chosen people, are distinct too.

Certainly, there is some overlap. But these groups also differ significantly in terms of their methods of violence, recruitment styles and ideologies. Across the board, undermining the threat they pose requires a more sophisticated approach than investigating their criminal acts as suspected hate crimes.

In an ongoing study I’m conducting at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with several students, we have determined that, as apparently occurred with Collins’ recent murder in Maryland, many attacks inspired by racist or xenophobic sentiments may appear spontaneous. That is, no one plans them in advance or targets the victim ahead of time. Instead, chance encounters that enrage the perpetrators trigger these incidents.

Sporadic attacks with high numbers of casualties that are plotted in advance, such as Dylann Roof’s murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina church, are always big news. More typical incidents of far-right violence tend to draw less attention.

The widow of Clementa Pinckney, a pastor and South Carolina lawmaker slain in the mass murder at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, hugs her daughter during a 2015 memorial service for victims of that attack. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

The fatal stabbing of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky John Best aboard a train in Portland, Oregon on May 26 seems to be emerging as an exception. The alleged killer of these two white men, Jeremy Joseph Christian, attacked them with a knife after they stood up to him for haranguing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police said. A third injured passenger is expected to survive. Much of the media coverage is focused on Christian’s violent and racist background.

Given the spontaneous nature of so much far-right violence, U.S. counterterrorism policies should, in my view, target the dissemination of white supremacist ideology, rather than just identifying planned attacks and monitoring established white supremacy groups.

 

An iceberg theory

The number of violent attacks on U.S. soil inspired by far-right ideology has spiked since the beginning of this century, rising from a yearly average of 70 attacks in the 1990s to a yearly average of more than 300 since 2001. These incidents have grown even more common since President Donald Trump’s election.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that researches U.S. extremism, reported 900 bias-related incidents against minorities in the first 10 days after Trump’s election – compared to several dozen in a normal week – and the group found that many of the harassers invoked the then president-elect’s name. Similarly, the Anti-Defamation League, a nonprofit that tracks anti-Semitism, recorded an 86 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the first three months of 2017.

Beyond the terror that victimized communities are experiencing, I would argue that this trend reflects a deeper social change in American society.

The iceberg model of political extremism, initially developed by Ehud Shprinzak, an Israeli political scientist, can illuminate these dynamics.

Murders and other violent attacks perpetrated by U.S. far-right extremists compose the visible tip of an iceberg. The rest of this iceberg is underwater and out of sight. It includes hundreds of attacks every year that damage property and intimidates communities, such as the recently attempted burning of an African-American family’s garage in Schodack, New York. The garage was also defaced with racist graffiti.

The parents of University of North Carolina dental student Deah Shaddy Barakat, who was murdered alongside his wife and her sister by a man who had expressed xenophobic sentiments, grieve at a vigil for the three Muslim Americans in 2015.

Data my team collected at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point show that the significant growth in far-right violence in recent years is happening at the base of the iceberg. While the main reasons for that are still not clear, it is important to remember that changes in societal norms are usually reflected in behavioral changes. Hence, it is more than reasonable to suspect that extremist individuals engage in such activities because they sense that their views are enjoying growing social legitimacy and acceptance, which is emboldening them to act on their bigotry.

 

Budget cuts

Despite an uptick in far-right violence and the Trump administration’s plan to increase the Department of Homeland Security budget by 6.7 percent to US$44.1 billion in 2018, the White House wants to cut spending for programs that fight non-Muslim domestic terrorism.

The federal government has also frozen $10 million in grants aimed at countering domestic violent extremism. This approach is bound to weaken the authorities’ power to monitor far-right groups, undercutting public safety.

How many more innocent people like Richard Collins III – and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Ricky John Best – have to die before the U.S. government starts taking the threat posed by violent white supremacists more seriously?

Blacklisted, Smeared & Silenced For Exposing NATO Destabilization Of Syria By Mnar Muhawesh

Rania Khalek, an independent journalist who has been blacklisted for her recent reports on Syria, joins Mnar Muhawesh on ‘Behind the Headline’ to discuss the silencing of journalists who oppose the mainstream media’s pro-war agenda.

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MINNEAPOLIS —  Though it’s been nearly six years, the subject of the Syrian conflict remains as contentious as ever. While those who characterize themselves as pro-regime change have monopolized the wider conversation on Syria, even the most tame opposition against foreign intervention, or the CIA-backed rebels—who now come in varying flavors of extremism—continues to be taboo.

Those who refuse to support U.S. military intervention in Syria and the CIA backed regime change operation there that has been well documented for over 25 years — are branded “Assadists” — and if you’re a writer or commentator?

 
 

Well, that gets you and your work blacklisted from publications and, in the case of journalists like myself and others who make up a long list of anti-interventionists far too long to mention here, even gets your speaking engagements shut down and kicked off of blogs, regardless of what topic they’re on.

It seems that opposing what clearly amounts to a NATO-imposed regime change operation in Syria in order to create the next Afghanistan in the Middle East and ultimately weaken Russia and Iran gets you characterized as a supporter of genocide.

But this is not a new phenomenon — we’ve been here before as recently as Libya and Iraq.

During the pro-war campaign against Libya, we were told, just as we were during previous conflicts, that military intervention was necessary in order to protect civilians from a madman.

The same loudmouthed pundits who led us down the bloody path of war have since been eerily silent in the aftermath — where Libya is now being overrun by groups like ISIS and the country is being described as a failed state.

In Iraq, we saw an energized anti-war movement smeared as being pro-Saddam, and now, despite what we’ve learned about both conflicts, history seems to be repeating itself. Many are now suffering a kind of collective amnesia over how war is peddled to the public.

Today we’re joined by Rania Khalek, an independent journalist who has become the latest victim  of an organized smearing and blacklisting campaign for her recent reporting on Syria. The organized campaign against her became so aggressive that several of her talks on apartheid in Israel were canceled after student groups were pressured to blacklist her events by pro-Syrian rebel activists who support US intervention and regime change.

The blacklisting of Rania Khalek garnered the attention of many notable scholars, activists and journalists including Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Glenn Greenwald among others who signed a petition calling for an end to censorship and warning that there needs to be more open dialogue on Syria rather than silencing journalists.

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‘The State Cannot Convict Itself’: Operation ‘Gladio’ & the Crimes of U.S. Empire – By Gary Weglarz (Global Research)

The key institutions of Western societies have lost their credibility. They fail to merit either the respect or loyalty of the domestic populations they purport to serve.

Testing the validity of this assertion requires examination of Western institutions from a holistic rather than fragmentary perspective. This is easier said than done.

There exists a massive amount of near real-time web based information available for us to process daily if we are attempting to keep abreast of world events. This often leaves us diligently evaluating recent events, while lacking the opportunity to step back and assemble these discrete events into a more comprehensible whole.

The assassinations of the entire elite level of progressive leadership in the United States during the 1960s (JFK, Malcolm X (image left), MLK & RFK within a 5 year period).In Europe this includes the later assassinations of Aldo Moro and Olaf Palme.

Following is but a partial list of the crimes of the U.S. empire (with the routine complicity of many Western European governments) over the decades since the end of WWII. It is important to briefly review them as the intersection of these orchestrated criminal actions casts light on the lack of legitimacy of Western governments and institutions:

This litany of institutionally based criminality has taken place in service to the larger foreign and domestic policy agendas of the U.S. and allied Western European governments. The United States has played the primary coordinating and leadership role among Western nations and intersecting institutions since the end of WWII.

This is of course but a very partial list of the crimes of the U.S. empire and Western Europe since the end of WWII. However, it is clear by the breadth of this subject matter that any one, or even several subject areas, will provide only a partial view of the larger puzzle that depicts the institutional structures and behaviors by which the West dominates and controls the entire planet.

We are fortunate to have a global community which includes researchers who have focused in great depth on the various aforementioned crimes sponsored by Western governments and their institutions. Many such individuals have sacrificed a great deal personally to do so. Some have given their lives in the pursuit of truths that powerful violent institutions prefer be kept hidden from public view. Their efforts provide exhaustive detail regarding particular historical actions and policies of Western institutions. However, it is critical that we assemble these discreet puzzle pieces into a discernible image that can unify and shed light upon the whole.

Let us return to the assertion that Western governments and institutions by simple objective evaluation of this history currently lack all legitimacy.

While the intersection of institutionalized Western criminality and war crimes cited in our partial list should be enough to persuade an impartial observer, one particular example from our list can stand alone. Operation Gladio is an individual puzzle piece that helps unite and shed light upon many other disparate pieces. This is precisely why it is seldom acknowledged, much less discussed in Western MSM or academia. Even a cursory examination of Operation Gladio offers us a much more comprehensible image of the essentially illegal and amoral nature of many important Western institutions.

Gladio offers us a rather frightening glimpse into the thought processes and ethics of the assemblage of oligarchic Western elites and institutions that continue to literally rule our world. These powerful Western hierarchical institutional structures evolved over many centuries.

They evolved from control situated in earlier periods under the auspices of popes and feudal monarchies.

They evolved through various forms of parliamentary and dictatorial rule.

Their current manifestation today is one in which massive global corporations rule in tandem with entrenched Western military, intelligence and economic institutions, all of which function beyond any practical popular input much less control. Oligarchic rule, carried out through these institutional structures is the reality, in spite of the West’s much publicized devotion to liberal democracy. Examination of Operation Gladio exposes the rot at the very core of the structures of Western rule.

Operating under the aegis of NATO with CIA input/supervision, Operation Gladio utilized false flag terrorism, mainly bombings but also shootings, in service to what it defined as the “strategy of tension.” This “strategy” was seen as a way to manipulate European public perception, thought, opinion and voting behavior away from progressive political parties and leadership, and toward the conservative pole of the political spectrum. Some Gladio operatives have testified that the intent was to force the public to seek a stronger more authoritarian police and State presence in order to protect citizens from political violence.

Critically important is the fact that the violence carried out by Operation Gladio operatives was routinely blamed on the left, on communist or socialist political parties, and/or on groups advocating progressive or revolutionary change. However, the many decades of violence were in actuality carried out by right wing cells within NATO’s Gladio stay-behind army units. Thus Operation Gladio was by definition orchestrated false flag terrorism carried out not by “leftists,” but rather by a multiplicity of Western institutional structures in Europe in coordination with the CIA.

The Gladio units were originally organized under the supervision of the CIA and NATO, ostensibly as a way to respond in guerrilla warfare fashion to a possible future Soviet invasion of Western Europe. However, lacking cooperative Soviet troops to kill and terrorize the population of Western Europe, the CIA and NATO took up the task of doing the killing and terrorizing themselves.

Gladio’s terrorism was conducted in order to shape the minds of the European public, and thus manipulate the political landscape in favor of the goals of U.S. and European elites. This is the reality of Operation Gladio, and it is also why knowledge of its actions is critical to our understanding of present day terrorism.

In the process of authorizing and conducting false flag bombing attacks, Western elites and institutions intentionally killed, maimed and/or psychologically terrorized thousands of European citizens. This violence was carried out with the top-secret collusion of select members of Western European governments, as well as through loyal right-wing cadres within their intelligence agencies, judicial branches, and various police services. Operation Gladio was of course hidden from the public, since it constitutes both treason as well as murder conducted by the very Western government institutional structures sworn by law to protect their citizenry from such crimes.

Although its false flag violence was based in Western Europe, Operation Gladio offered a domestic propaganda benefit to CIA operations in the United States. Mass protests and progressive groups in the United States were tarred in the public mind through guilt by association with the Gladio terror events in Europe. The false reality created by Gladio intentionally portrayed leftists in Europe as “violent murderers of innocent civilians.” This narrative was endlessly amplified by corporate media in the U.S. where it meshed rather seamlessly with both the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities and the CIA’s Operation Chaos program on the domestic front.

The critical conclusion we arrive at from reviewing the history of Operation Gladio is that Western elites used a great many institutions of State to intentionally target and kill their own citizens for political purposes, and then conspired to hide that fact. The importance of this reality cannot be overstated. Failing to widely publicly expose and discuss the history of Operation Gladio has left all citizens of Western nations vulnerable to the continued use of State sponsored false flag terrorism in new and varied manifestations.

When we examine Operation Gladio from a more macro perspective we must remain cognizant of both past and ongoing U.S. and Western European assaults on Third World governments. That people of color around the globe have been the targets of Western imperial violence for over 500 years is simple historical reality. What Operation Gladio demonstrates decisively is that Western elites saw the cold blooded murder of their own citizens as no more an obstacle to their plans for global control than the murder of countless residents of the many Third World nations which were still struggling to free themselves from Western domination.

Consider that Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Northwoods document requested authorization to conduct false flag terror operations in the U.S. in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. Only JFK’s fateful refusal to comply stopped those proposed Gladio-style false flag operations from occurring on U.S. soil.

Historical knowledge of both Operation Gladio and the Northwoods document should be at the forefront as we attempt to analyze the numerous false flag terror events in Western Europe and the United States that have occurred since the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Official narratives often leave us with rather disturbing questions regarding the true nature of such attacks. With the loss of the Soviet Union as a military danger and its replacement by Islamic terrorism, the identity of the official enemy changed. However, we would be remiss if do not question whether the dynamic of false flag terrorism might continue as a tool to manipulate the public mind.

The perceptions, thinking and consciousness of the citizens of Western Europe and the US have been powerfully shaped by the new narratives emanating from events of 9/11, and from subsequent terror attacks. Although these events are routinely blamed upon Islamic jihadist groups, knowledgeable observers find that numerous questions remain unanswered regarding the true identity of the perpetrators, often including the nature of their connections to Western intelligence structures.

Yet in spite of the historical reality of Gladio never has NATO been subjected to legal action and criminal prosecution for conducting the false flag bombings and murders of civilians in Western Europe. Unaccountable and unpunished, with its Gladio units still possibly in place, NATO instead offers possible cover for the continuing conduct of false flag terrorism in Europe. On the US domestic front the CIA also has never been subjected to legal action and criminal prosecution for its role in advising/coordinating Operation Gladio bombings and terrorism. Nor has the Northwoods document been treated to widespread public discussion and analysis.

The total impunity enjoyed by NATO, the CIA and all the interconnected Western institutional structures of police, military, politicians and judiciary exists for a very specific reason.

In the words of convicted Operation Gladio bomber Vincente Vinciguerra, the reason is simple:

” . . . because the state cannot convict itself or declare itself responsible for what happened.”

This is because, as Vinciguerra openly acknowledges, it was the institutions of the State itself who were responsible for the Gladio bombings and for hiding the truth of those bombings.

For the State to investigate, prosecute and punish itself for terrorism is of course unimaginable. To do so would be an admission that Western institutions have in fact been for many decades morally and legally bankrupt, and have been operating to systematically murder their own citizens while engaging in a cover-up. Such an admission would validate my contention that the institutions of the West currently lack all moral and legal legitimacy, therefore such an admission cannot occur.

It is clear from this history that what is required to move toward the restoration of any semblance of legitimacy to Western institutions would be the investigation and criminal prosecution on charges of murder, treason and cover-up for all parties, individual and institutional, involved in Operation Gladio. This would need to take place in every country in which it operated in Europe, and would need to also address the organizational and operational support of the CIA.

This is not about some obscure ancient history from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The link between Operation Gladio and present day terrorism is as disturbing as it is clear. Today NATO, multiple Western European governments and the government of the U.S. are suspected by increasing numbers of the world’s citizens of continuing to use false flag terrorism in order to validate their ongoing “war on terror.”

This war is at least in part designed to destroy the remaining secular governments of the Middle East while manipulating the control of petroleum and the resources of the region. In the course of pursuing such policies Western governments and institutions have now maneuvered the entire planet to the brink of nuclear war between the West and Russia. Yet in spite of the danger posed to all of humanity the U.S. continues a publicly stated quest to achieve full spectrum dominance. Given post-WWII history and our current state of affairs Western governments and institutions clearly exist as criminal entities which function outside the rule of all recognized morality and law, domestic and international.

Even the limited amount we know of the history of Operation Gladio should destroy in the mind of any thinking person the utter and complete fantasy that Western leaders would “never harm their own people” to achieve their larger strategic goals. Western elites in fact did so for many decades. They systematically killed their own citizens and they lied about it. There is a great deal of evidence that they continue to do both while hiding behind the mask of false flag terrorism. Our failure to adequately investigate and prosecute Operation Gladio paved the way for our current wave of false flag events used to manipulate Western public perception and behavior in support of endless war in the Middle East.

From the U.S. government’s official account of 9/11, which requires belief in the temporary suspension of the laws of physics in conjunction with the magical suspension of fighter jet intercept protocols, 9/11 can be seen as a logical continuation of Operation Gladio’s “strategy of tension.” 9/11 is

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false flag State terrorism writ large. It is by definition the “big lie.” It makes both the Reichstag fire, and Operation Himmler look like the work of small time amateurs. It is perhaps more than simply ironic that so many former Nazis made their way into U.S. intelligence services after WWII, given the many decades of politically useful false flag events in the West that have followed.

The State kills its own citizens and blames a foreign or domestic enemy. The population looks to the state for protection and surrenders their democratic rights to an ever more militaristic, invasive and repressive State. State power increases along with corporate profits in many sectors of the permanent wartime economy of the U.S. The bewildered populace lives in fear and is psychologically vulnerable to the next false flag terror event which in truth the government, rather than “terrorists,” actually control. In the instance of the 9/11 attacks it is the State itself that is the terrorist entity. The official Islamic enemies exist very simply as Oswald explained his own role, that of the designated “patsy.”

Since we have mentioned Oswald, the puzzle piece that is the JFK assassination, carried out by our deep state, fits quite well alongside the later false flag operations of Operation Gladio and 9/11, as well as intersecting the assassinations of European leaders such as Aldo Moro and Olaf Palme. These assassinations all appear to be activities of the unaccountable deep state institutional structures which exist outside of view, law and morality, and which serve to connect elites in Western Europe and the United States.

One cannot admit this information into one’s consciousness, without reaching the logical conclusion that Western governments and institutions have become quite literally massive criminal enterprises which routinely violate the very laws, international and domestic, they ostensibly exist to enforce. Given this state of affairs, it is rather difficult to view electoral politics as the way forward if justice, meaningful institutional change and a planet not rendered uninhabitable by nuclear war are our goals. Our institutional structures have shown themselves to be irredeemably corrupt.

The recent election cycle in the United States has writ this large into the consciousness of anyone with a pulse. If the two nominees of this past election are the “best candidates” with the “best platforms” the two major political parties can field, it is without doubt an absolutely definitive indictment regarding the deadly gangrenous condition of our electoral charade. Cognitively amoral and behaviorally psychopathic elite policies are hardly a new phenomenon.

For centuries such behavior has typified Western elites regardless of how polished their public personas. Such are the political scoundrels we peasants are graciously allowed to choose between every four years. There does appear to be a silver lining to the recent Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton carnival of the absurd. It would appear that for growing numbers of Americans of all persuasions the ability to continue to believe in the fairy tale that is the U.S. electoral process has finally been shattered beyond repair.

Before closing let us step back for a moment and imagine a world that might have been. A world in which progressive leaders in the U.S. and abroad had not been assassinated or overthrown in favor of fascists; dictators hadn’t been armed, taught torture techniques and supported against the interests of their own people decade after decade; and the CIA prevented rather than facilitated the international drug trade.

Imagine a world in which corporations and oligarchs weren’t allowed to own the mass media and so were not allowed to weaponize the news, reducing it to simplistic pro-war mass culture propaganda, all while buying the services of the political candidates who will support their ongoing war profiteering. Imagine a world that could have been in which the political organizing of the masses wasn’t systematically infiltrated, disrupted and shut down by the institutions of State; Third World nations were allowed to develop independently of Western subversion and control; and the massive amounts of Western taxpayer money spent on war and violence went instead toward the public good. This is the world that has been stolen from humanity by violent unaccountable oligarchic interests ruling through long discredited and massively corrupt Western institutional structures.

The history of Operation Gladio, including the failure of Western institutions to publicize and prosecute its murderous activities, unmasks our elites as capable of “doing literally anything” in their quest for power and domination. However, we are ourselves complicit. A public that can find any legitimacy whatsoever in economic and political institutions that systematically engage in and profit from endless war, while the 8 richest people possess as much wealth as the bottom half of the entire earth’s population, one fears, can make themselves believe literally anything.”

Gary Weglarz recently retired from practice as a clinical social worker. He worked with, and learned from, Alaskan Native peoples who were attempting to heal the damage inflicted by the collective intergenerational trauma of colonization. Currently he is engaged in research and writing regarding the relationship between past mass trauma in Western societies, and the subsequent colonial violence that has characterized Europe and her colonies.

He was actively involved in Central American solidarity efforts throughout the 1990’s, traveling with human rights delegations to Nicaragua, El Salvador and Colombia. He currently lives in France.

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COLLABORATOR LINDA SARSOUR’S FUNDRAISER FOR “DAMAGED” JEWISH GRAVES IS A PUBLICITY STUNT IN SERVICE OF WORLD ZIONISM – by Jonathan Azaziah

by Jonathan Azaziah

Linda Sarsour is the trash that just keeps on sinking, ain’t she? This vile, ultra-collaborationist, boot-licking House Muslim, fresh off “protesting” with every degenerate known to man at the Soros-funded #WomensMarch, is back in the news after she organized a fundraiser and procured $100,000.00+ in the name of repairing damaged Jewish graves in Missouri. Where to even BEGIN with this slimy creature and her latest slimeball activity?

The most logical starting point perhaps is that Sarsour The Sanhedrin Slave’s move represents an upholding of Muslim “Goyhood”–that is, the Jewish narrative that Muslims cannot be considered human, or decent, or part of the greater fabric of the US “melting pot” unless they are subservient to Judaic discourses, fawning over Jews, acting like Jews and going out of their way to please Jews. Linda L’Chaim is what her name should be as she is saying “cheers” to Jewish supremacy whilst cloaking it in salaams and a hijab. Yet again, she’s plastered throughout liberal media where praise is heaped upon her by Jews across the spectrum for her promotion of (fake) Muslim-Jewish solidarity.

We all know that if she raised money for a defaced mosque, a burnt-down church or, GOD FORBID, children in Yemen orphaned and disabled by the Zionist-aligned Saudi regime–which, for the record, she adores and whitewashes–the establishment would either not give a rat’s ass or find a way to slander her. But in this age of an Israelified America specifically and a Judaized West more generally, kissing the Jew-ring of the Jew-kings is a surefire way to skyrocket one’s person to social and political stardom.

Which brings us to the next point of pertinence: If this wasn’t a matter of socio-political opportunism and/or Linda Lilith getting marching orders from one of her controllers, what the hell would be the point ANYWAY when police don’t even know who did it? It still hasn’t been designated a “hate crime” after a week of investigation and if we’re keeping it 100% honest here, even if a “White Supremacist” or a “Muslim extremist” turns out to be the patsy, the most likely culprit for wrecking the headstones is the Jews themselves! Every single time the MSM hysterically screeches about a swastika or some other fake expression of “Jew-hatred” being scripted on a synagogue or in a dorm room, a Jewish community center or on Jewish graves, a Jew turns to be responsible.

It just happened recently at Northwestern. Why do the Yahoudlings do this? Easy! To keep the fraudulent notion of “anti-Semitism” alive and well so other minorities–Gentile minorities, that is–think of Jews as “one of their own” instead of the privileged, wealthy, globe-holding oppressor-class that they actually are.

Next question:

Why in the name of God is a Palestinian woman, and an ostensible “activist” and “liberation advocate” at that, raising money for a Zionist institution? Yes, the Chesed Shel Semeth Society is both Orthodox Jewish (read: the most supremacist of the supremacists) and Zionist. The group, which also operates the Beth Shalom Cemetery, was founded by Russian Zionist Jews and has served as the historic link between the St. Louis Orthodox Jewish community and the Jewish usurpers in Palestine since 1888. For decades, it funded Zionist Hebrew schools in both Poland and Russia. It also has operational ties to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, one of the most powerful Zionist organizations in the Midwest and the group responsible for sending St. Louis Blue Bacon (cops) to the cancerous Zionist regime for “riot” training.

Considering these facts, Sarsour The Succubus and her partner in this hideous escapade Tarek El-Messidi weren’t raising money for “their Jewish brothers and sisters” but an organ which represents the Halakhic-Talmudic terrorist cancer occupying Palestine. I’d ask how she likes THOSE apples, but knowing what we do about this putrid woman, she probably won’t care and will happily bob for more if that’s what Soros orders.

And finally: Why did ANYONE have to raise money for these Zionist pigs ANYWAY, Muslim or otherwise? Don’t they have the damn dough themselves? Obviously, they do. Just look at the top two personalities on the board of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis – Harvey N. Wallace (Board Chair), the owner of the second-biggest accounting firm in all of St. Louis, and the extraordinarily demonic Kenneth Kranzberg, an American Jewish Committee patron and the the Chairman of Kranson Industries, (dba TricorBraun), one of the biggest packaging suppliers in all of Amreeka. Couldn’t one of these “philanthropic” Jewish gents paid to renovate the rather minuscule damage to Chesed Shel Semeth’s headstones? Of course they could’ve. It is, for lack of a more eloquent phrase, piss-on money to them. So why didn’t they? Because then they couldn’t milk the story for all that it’s worth and keep Jews in the news to the detriment of “Goyim” everywhere. Keeping this in mind, it should be more than evident that Linda Bint Shlomo’s fundraiser is indeed nothing more than a publicity stunt to reinforce Jewish hegemony and colonize Muslims even further.

To close:

While we wish it didn’t have to be said, thanks to the likes of Linda Sarsour, it most definitely and emphatically does – Muslims do not have to give one iota of a damn about anything that befalls Jews in America (or anywhere in the world for matter), let alone lick Jewish boots, just so we can be considered “upstanding citizens” in this hyper-capitalist, hedonistic, materialistic, consumerist society which is diametrically opposed to everything good and righteous we hold somewhat dear. We simply don’t. For we are the ones oppressed here; the ones aggressed against; the ones threatened and in danger always.

It is in fact the Jews who should be proving ***their*** humanity to ***us*** since they are the ones who fuel Islamophobia, degrade society with pornography, lobby for the wars that destroy our homelands with direct invasions and indirect terrorist destabilizations, stage false flags, brainwash our children with their Hollywood filth, do everything in their power to illegally uphold the disease in Palestine called “Israel” and so on. Jews are the 1% of the 1%. The shadow government behind the shadow government. The puppetmaster pulling the strings of the puppetmaster. And the vice-regents of Dajjal. We don’t owe them a bleeding thing except our resistance to their criminal, hegemonic, Kabbalistic system.

As for Sarsour, she is the gleeful agent of this system–the Sanhedrin’s Slave, as mentioned above; the Mishpucka’s Menial; the Vilna Gaon’s Vassal. And it is beyond telling that with all the horrors facing the Ummah today because of Organized Jewry and the illegitimate, virus-like ‘Israeli’ regime, from the Takfiri terrorist assaults on Syria and Iraq, to the genocidal destruction of Yemen by Al-Saud, to the occupations of Palestine and Kashmir, to the renewed aggression against Iran, Linda The Liar thought her time was best spent raising money for superficially damaged Jewish graves instead of any of the aforementioned states. She’s operating outside the fold of Islam. No clue why she even bothers keeping up the facade anymore. When she disregards the suffering of her brothers and sisters in faith for those who are responsible for their suffering, she’s totally exposed.

She might as well just convert to Judaism. And truth be told, with her services rendered to the Kehilla in her tirades of hasbara against Syria and Yemen, her defense of the murderous Saudi regime, her commitment to the existence of ‘Israel’, her censorship of all discussion on Palestine at the #WomensMarch and now THIS… She’s practically a member of “The Tribe” already.

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