(MEMO) — Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.
Central bank governor Valiollah Seif said last week that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today”.
Iran does hardly any trade with the US due to decades of economic sanctions. It’s most important trading partner is the UAE, which accounts for around 24 per cent of all Iranian imports and exports. China is not far behind with 22 per cent, followed by Turkey, India and the EU, all of which account for around six per cent of Iran’s trade.
Iran’s leaders have been threatening for some time to ditch the dollar for a different currency. The shift towards euro took on added urgency after the appointment of Donald Trump and his decision to include Iran on a list of mainly Muslim majority countries banned from entering the US.
Trump has also threatened to exit a 2015 nuclear deal Iran made with world powers. The next major test for the deal is 12 May when Trump will be required to re-endorse the deal, which he has derided as “the worst deal ever”.
The move is seen by Iranian officials as a logical and necessary step. The threat of further US sanctions has destabilised Iran’s foreign exchange market in recent months. Bank transactions involving the dollar are already difficult for Iran; sanctions have made US banks unwilling to do business with Tehran; foreign firms can be exposed to sanctions if they do Iranian deals in dollars, even if the operations involve non-US branches.
According to Reuters, Ali Khamenei, who has welcomed the decision to replace the dollar, blamed foreign enemies for the “recent issues in the currency market” and asked Iran’s intelligence services to defuse the plots against the Islamic Republic.
A senior correspondent for German state media broadcast ZDF heute stunned his European audience during a report from on the ground in Syria when he gave a straightforward and honest account of his findings while investigating what happened in Douma. The veteran reporter, Uli Gack, interviewed multiple eyewitnesses of the April 7 alleged chemical attack and concluded of the testimonials, “the Douma chemical attack is most likely staged, a great many people here seem very convinced.”
It appears that all local Syrians encountered by the German public broadcast reporter were immediately dismissive of the widespread allegation that the Syrian government gassed civilians, which the US, UK, France, and Israel used a pretext for launching missile strikes on Damascus.
ZDF heute: The world continues to puzzle over whether the banned chemical weapons were used in Douma. ZDF correspondent Uli Gack is in Syria for us: “you were in a large refugee camp today and talked to a lot of people – what did you hear about the attack there?” Gack responded, “the Douma chemical attack is most likely staged, a great many people here seem very convinced.”
The German ZDF report is consistent with veteran British journalist Robert Fisk’s investigation upon being the first Western journalist to gain access to the site in Douma. Fisk reported early this week, “There are the many people I talked to amid the ruins of the town who said they had ‘never believed in’ gas stories–which were usually put about, they claimed, by the armed Islamist groups.”
ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is one of Germany’s largest and oldest state-owned channels, which is funded in part through citizens paying a household licensing fee, and Heute is perhaps the most visible public news program in all of Germany.
According to the live report, some witnesses told ZDF that Islamist rebels killed victims with chlorine, filmed the scenes, then claimed an ‘Assad chemical attack’. Though interviewing “a great many people [who] seem convinced” that a chemical attack did not actually happen, the reporter did not attempt to censor what he consistently heard from locals who were said to be in the area when the events occurred.
Increasingly, it appears that mainstream media gate-keepers are losing it over the fact that so many highly visible and respected reporters and broadcasters have featured reports this week which publicly question the Syrian chemical attack narrative and US coalition missile strikes that followed.
One writer for the Guardian and Daily Beast who is a well-known pro regime-change advocate, for example, laments that “disinformation has taken hold” on Syria. In a series of tweets following Robert Fisk’s bombshell report for the Independent, Emma Beals, who often simply parrots whatever her ‘rebel’ sources tell her reacted to the recent profusion of high profile pundits questioning the established narrative on major British platforms.
My educated and informed friends are emailing me en masse asking me about what’s going on in Syria because “it’s so hard to work out the truth.” Having spent years busting a gut to dig it out, it’s heartbreaking to see the extent to which disinformation has taken hold.
Beals advocates what we recently described as the highly simplistic “Disney version” of events in Syria:
Syrian War for Dummies: Disney Version–
Once upon a time, a country called Syria was ruled by a ruthless dictator named Bashar Al-Assad. He was a cruel man who gassed his own people. His actions caused a civil war in Syria. America and Europe tried their best to stop the devastating civil war, and even generously accepted many Syrian refugees. Eventually America went to Syria, defeated ISIS, and is now trying to restore stability.
This above version is quite popular among many Americans and Europeans and the Western mainstream media.
Meanwhile, almost simultaneous to German TV’s ZDF heute report from Syria, lawyers of the Bundestag (German federal parliament) issued a legal brief on the US-led strike on Syria. The government lawyers’ report was requested by the left-wing party Die Linke in response to the US coalition missile strikes which primarily targeted facilities in and around Damascus.
“The deployment of military force against a state to punish it for breaking an international convention is a violation of the international law prohibiting violence,” reads the report, as cited by the German Press agency DPA and translated by Sputnik.
The legal report further concluded that the US-led attack on Syria – which skirted the UN – but which was supported by the German government (though without German military participation) was based in chemical attack claims that the legal team deemed “not convincing”.
(TFC) – Sometimes bizarre claims by foreign governments are so shocking they are dismissed and never thought of again. But what happens when the events predicted occur exactly as described?
A stub of an article published by Reuters on March 13, 2018, almost a month before the purported chemical attack in Ghouta, reads:
“Russia said on Tuesday it had information that the United States planned to bomb the government quarter in Damascus on an invented pretext, and said it would respond militarily if it felt Russian lives were threatened by such an attack.
“Valery Gerasimov, head of Russia’s General Staff, said Moscow had information that rebels in the enclave of eastern Ghouta were planning to fake a chemical weapons attack against civilians and blame it on the Syrian army.”
The described attack occurred on April 8, 2018. The West then attacked Syria.
Furthermore, after the chemical attack and western response, Russia has now claimed it has evidence the west was complicit in staging the attack.
Video of conference spoke of by Reuters:
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April 21, 2018
The Bilderberg 2018 meeting is scheduled for July 7 – 10 in Turin Italy. David Rothkopf in Superclass told us that the West is run by Thirty Families and their 6,000 Minions. Rothkopf used to be CEO of Kissinger Associates.
The Steering Committee sets the agenda for Bilderberg meetings. Participants discuss the agenda items (whether publicly acknowledged or not) until a consensus is reached and the participants go back to their native countries and implement Bilderberg decisions. But notice the agenda and the Steering Committee membership are determined at a higher level.
Below is a list of the Bilderberg 2018 members and brief bios. These people run our governments for the benefit of Billionaire Bankers so we ought to study who they are. I will publish bios on all 2018 Bilderberg participants as soon as they are available.
CHAIRMAN Castries, Henri de (FRA), Chairman of Institut Montaigne. Former Chairman and CEO, AXA; President of Institut Montaigne. AXA,the insurance giant is the 9th largest company in the world. An American unit of AXA was involved in the Wall Street fleeces Main Street scandal which was investigated by the New York state Attorney General. Member of the Steering Committee. The Institut Montaigne is a French tank funded by Bankers A former AXA chairman founded it in 2000. It is an AXA operation. They favor social cohesion (meaning they don’t want the rabble to revolt.) They have studied in depth race riots in the Paris suburbs but have since brought in millions of unvetted refugees. Either not very bright or are working to destroy Europe.) Castries was replaced as CEO of AXA on Sept 1, 2016.
Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), Treasurer, Bilderberg Meetings; Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG. Deutsche Bank has long been a favorite of Bilderberg. They helped fix interest rates and gold and silver prices. Remember Gordon Brown’s disastrous sale of UK gold? It was designed to drive down the price of gold and to save Deutsche Bank. It was contrary to British interests to sell gold for below market prices. He went to Harvard and worked for Goldman Sachs. He is on the Board at Bayer and Daimler (Mercedes.) He was the second Jewish CEO of Deutsche Bank in recent years.
Altman, Roger C. (USA), Founder and Senior Chairman, Evercore. He used to be with Lehman Brothers and Blackstone Group. He was a key supporter of Hillary Clinton. He was an adviser on the GM bankruptcy collecting $46 million in fees for Evercore. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Democratic party and Clinton insider. Speaking of infrastructure ripoffs, he helps run the Hamilton Project which is focused on rebuilding America’s infrastructure. They are linked to Brookings. Since they are liberals, the corporate press will not call them thieves if they steal a trillion dollars.
Barroso, José M. Durão (PRT).Former EU president, Chairman, Goldman Sachs International. He used to be a frequent object of Nigel Farage’s wrath at the EU parliament. Farage used to name Barroso as one of a long list of EU commissioners who were former Maoists and Communists or were either convicted felons or under indictment for felonies. He was a member of the underground Maoist MRPP . I am more concerned about his relationship with Goldman than his college days in a Maoist action group.
Barbizet, Patricia (FRA), CEO, Artemis. (Actually just stepped down but is still on the board) She is also the head of Christie’s auction house. Her husband is an investment banker at Barclays. She is board member and vice president at Gucci owner Kering She has a strong history in French business. Recently elevated to the Steering Committee.
Botín, Ana P. (ESP), Executive Chairman, Banco Santander. Formerly head of Santander UK. This is an old drug money laundering bank with ties to Latin America and the Rothschilds. Her mother is of Irish descent (O’Shea). She worked for J P Morgan for 8 years.
Brandtzæg, Svein Richard (NOR), President and CEO, Norsk Hydro ASA. It is the fourth largest integrated electrical generation and aluminum producer in the world.
Elkann, John (ITA), Chairman, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. He owns part of the Rothschild Economist magazine. He is the grandson and heir of Gianni Agnelli. Fiat owns Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati and Chrysler. Elkann is Jewish and was born in New York. He also runs the Agnelli family investment firm Exor which owns Juventus F.C., Cushman & Wakefield and SGS. Henry Kissinger, Carla Bruni, and Ell McPherson attended his wedding. He has moved his Exor investments out of Italy. He moved their headquarters to the Netherlands. Italy is suffering and could bring down the EU.
Enders, Thomas (DEU), CEO, Airbus SE.Airbus is important to Bilderberg. Forbes called Airbus an industrial symbol of European unity. EU might soon be reduced to symbols if not ashes. This is apparent to people understand the implications of having more Unpayable Debts than at any time in world history’
Gruber, Lilli (ITA), Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV. She is a native speaker of Italian and German. She was critical of Berlusconi, quit her state TV job and became a Euro MP. She returned to TV. She is fluent in English and has worked as a war correspondent. She became a Member of the Steering Committee in 2016. She is older now but she is very sexy and well liked at Bilderberg. The Steering Committee recommends new members. She is in media and is close to Italian politicians, bankers, businessmen and celebrities.
Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Chairman Stichting Bilderberg Meetings.Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings.
Hedegaard, Connie (DNK), Chair, KR Foundation. She worked as a journalist for many years. She is also a Danish politician who was EU Commissioner for Climate Change serving under Bilderberg Steering committee member Barroso. She is a member of the Danish Conservative party. She had been a minister for the Environment in Denmark. The KR Foundation (http://krfnd.org/) They want to phase out coal. They say they want sustainable energy and sustainable finance. Not sure what sustainable finance means to a Bilderberger. They do want taxpayers to pay a couple trillion dollars in taxes and fees to them so they will save us from Climate Change. How about the Wigner Effect? Look it up. It says that nuclear power plants should be expected to enter into a final stage of discomposition after 30 year of service. News Flash: The US has 99 nuclear power plants with an average age of 36 years which is already 6 years beyond the Use By Date. That is not good!! Her Foundation has a program to teach us commoners how to learn to love and accept poverty.
Hobson, Mellody (USA), President, Ariel Investments LLC and the current Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation. She is black. First meeting was 2016. Ariel is a Chicago investment firm that manages over $10 billion in assets. She married George Lucas and had a child delivered by a surrogate birth mother. Attractive. New to Steering Committee.
Jacobs, Kenneth M. (USA), Chairman and CEO, Lazard. Lazard describes themselves as Financial advisors and asset managers. No mention of their connections to the Rothschilds.
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies. Palantir spied on computer users for the CIA and NSA. Co-founder is Peter Thiel also a member of the Steering Committee.
Kleinfeld, Klaus (USA), CEO, NEOM. NEOM is a fanciful $500 billion project to build a mega city in the Saudi desert that will connect to Egypt via a bridge over the Gulf of Aqaba. Former Chairman and CEO, Arconic He has a spotty business career. He had to quit Siemens over corruption charges. He was CEO of ALCOA and then Arconic. He used to be a member of of the board of directors of Citigroup and Bayer. I doubt that is still true. For some reason he is popular with the Bankers at Bilderberg.
Koç, Ömer M. (TUR), Chairman, Koç Holding A.S. He was the only son of Turkey’s wealthiest man. He graduated from Johns Hopkins in the USA. His company is the largest in Turkey and partners with many foreign corporations making light bulbs and cars. He is a member of the New York Yacht Club. He hired Peter Sutherland a former Head of Bilderberg Europe.
Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), President, American Friends of Bilderberg; Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute(founded by Herman Kahn). It is funded by Eli Lily. She is from Montreal, Quebec, and is the third wife of financier Henry Kravis. She is an economist and serves on the board of major corporations. Returning member of the Steering Committee. Head of US Bilderberg.
Kudelski, André (CHE), Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group. Member of the Steering Committee. He serves on many corporate boards. He wrote this: Together with incredible opportunities come new risks, as the virtual and real world become one in the fourth industrial revolution. Read more here: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-dark-side-of-the-fourth-industrial- revolution The asymmetry of risks that we are starting to face reinforces the need for an integrated and holistic view of security issues, and a strong synchronization between business and political action. (So what does that mean to a Bilderberg member?)
Leysen, Thomas (BEL), Chairman, KBC Group. This is a large European bank based in Brussels which has expanded along with the EU into eastern Europe.
Minton Beddoes, Zanny (GBR), Editor-in-Chief, The Economist, a Rothschild publication. New to Steering Committee.
Mundie, Craig J. (USA), Principal, Mundie & Associates. Mundie advocates that individuals be licensed before being allowed to use the Internet. Used to be part of Microsoft leadership. He was a scientific advisor to Obama.
O’Leary, Michael (IRL), CEO, Ryanair D.A.C. Must have liked him at his first meeting in 2015 because he was elevated to the Steering Committee in 2017. This guy is out spoken and funny. O’Leary jokingly described the airline’s planned business class travel experience as featuring “whores and rum”.
Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), CEO, Titan Cement Co. Third year Member of the Steering Committee. Titan cement is a large international company which is expanding into the US and eastern Europe. He also appeared at Davos and likes to talk in public.
Sabia, Michael (CAD), CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He earned his graduate degrees from Yale University. His wife, Hilary Pearson, is the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Lester Pearson. In 2016, he was appointed as a Officer of the Order of Canada. First meeting for him was 2016. He is a billionaire regarded as a savior in Montreal where he is building a light rail system. Another man from a small country who is keeping a struggling nation united. Have not heard much from Quebec separatists of late. Elevated to Steering Committee. Heather Reisman, a fellow Canadian, was dropped from the Steering Committee. She owned Indigo Books and might have been too belligerently pro-Israel.
Sawers, John (GBR), Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory Partners. He was Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He was a professional diplomat being neither a spy nor a warrior. Has first hand knowledge of Iran. First meeting in 2015. Joined Steering committee in 2016. They like him.
Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.Google owners Alphabet Inc. Member of the Steering Committee. Google is big at Bilderberg. They like to spy on us but he makes women wear masks in public when he is dating. Google execs have a bad history of relations with women. He thinks self-driving cars and trucks will be here in 5 years. Maybe not. They have a lot of crashes. Seems computers can’t figure out human drivers. Computers expect rationality from humans.
Scholten, Rudolf (AUT), President, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue. He is a Social Democrat. They lost control of Austria. He was head of the Austrian Central Bank. The Great Depression did not get going until the Rothschild owned Credit Anstalt bank of Vienna collapsed on May 11, 1931. It had too many eastern European bad debts. This man is not a professional banker.
Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), Senior Fellow, Harvard University. He made uncomplimentary comments about the US in a bugged conversation. He was in charge of the Oxford Debate club. He was a member of the Bullingdon group, a very despicable bunch.David Cameron was a member. They are sons of the wealthy and cannot be arrested when they tear up bars and beat patrons at Oxford. He worked at AEI while in America. They are pro-Globalist and supposedly conservative group.
Thiel, Peter A. (USA), President, Thiel Capital. He is bringing in the younger crowd of high tech billionaires the CIA and NSA will need to end anonymity on the Internet and then close down free speech. It should be noted that he is not an engineer. He is a lawyer and Stanford graduate. He worked as a derivatives trader and runs a Hedge Fund. He owned 10.2% of Facebook pre IPO. Thiel is a founder of PayPal which shuts down service to those who practice free speech on the Internet. He was an early investor in Facebook which legally should never had been offered as an IPO at anything above a dollar a share. PayPal has been linked by John Cruz to money laundering. He is a Libertarian. He defended Trump during the elections. He said: “Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much,” says the famed venture capitalist, contrarian and member of the Trump transition team. “Well, maybe Trump is going to change everything way too little. That seems like the much more plausible risk to me.”
Wallenberg, Marcus (SWE), Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. He is a member of the famous Wallenberg family which was Jewish at one time. He is a Director of several banks and of Coca-Cola.
For reasons of health Henry Kissinger has been dropped from the Steering Committee. Richard Perle, extreme Zionist and founding member of PNAC used to be on the Steering Committee until 2 years ago but was dropped and in 2018 scrubbed from the list of previous Steering Committee members. Another extreme Zionist, Heather Reisman, the billionaire owner of Indigo Books and Music was dropped from the Steering Committee.
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Israel Killed JFK And Has Ruled America Ever Since.
The BDS movement is succeeding. Boycott everything Israeli until it ends the current Apartheid and genocide of Palestinians! Relocate Israel to Florida!
In a major win for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, BDS movement, students at the Barnard College, an elite women’s liberal arts college in New York City with a high percentage of Jewish students, have voted to divest from eight companies that do business in Israel.
An overwhelming 64 percent of the students voted for pulling out of Hyundai, Boeing and the Israeli national water carrier Mekorot, which according to the BDS movement’s website, practices “water apartheid for Palestinians.”
“Mekorot steals water from Palestinian aquifers, supplies water to illegal settlements and sells Palestinians their own water, often at exorbitant prices,” the campaign says on its website adding that it has been accused of violating international law.
The referendum was brought forth by the Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine and mentioned ways these companies “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.”
So far, no university has ever divested from Israel but the students at Barnard are hoping that Barnard college may make an exception and be a bellwether.
“If Barnard, the most selective women’s college in the nation, divests, it will influence other schools,” SJP organizer Caroline Oliver stated, according to Forward news outlet.
“These things do matter, they influence how people think on campus,” the president of the pro-Israel club Aryeh, Albert Mishaan, told the Forward Tuesday. “These victories, however symbolic, become the next jumping-off point for further anti-Israel campaigns.”
Barnard has approximately 850 Jewish students, out of a total undergraduate population of around 2,500. Some 1,153 participated in the vote.
As the U.S.-Saudi-led war against Yemen enters its third year, the people of this coffin-shaped nation on the Arabian peninsula find themselves struggling not only to survive but to be seen and heard by a mainstream media that is preoccupied with war in neighboring Syria, the resumption of Cold War-like tensions with Russia, and President Trump’s Twitter account and sex life.
When the international press corps does shine a light on the conflict in Yemen, it is described as a sectarian affair, a bloodless, “video-game” battle fought by nameless Iranian proxies against Saudi Arabia. But what’s really happening in the poorest country in the Middle East is a test of our humanity — a catastrophic, perfect storm of suffering and death, and the most horrific genocide you’ve likely never heard of.
Consider these stark realities:
The people of Yemen are without food, water, medicine, and fuel. According to the United Nations, more than half of Yemen’s 28 million people are facing food shortages, and international relief workers estimate that a staggering 150,000 Yemenis died from starvation last year alone. The nongovernmental organization, Save the Children, puts the number of children currently dying of starvation at 130 per day, owing largely to the Saudi blockade of Yemen’s ports.
In addition, half of the country’s health care infrastructure has been destroyed. Saudi Arabia is striking Yemen’s hospitals, which are running out of medicine and supplies to treat the wounded. All the while, these attacks have continued to receive backing from the United States and the United Kingdom since their onset on March 26, 2015.
The death toll in Yemen is so high that the Red Cross is even donating morgues to hospitals. And if that weren’t enough, the military campaign has not only empowered al-Qaida to step into a vulnerable situation, it’s actually made the group richer, according to Reuters.
Still, the Saudi government continues to block any diplomatic resolution in Yemen. Riyadh even threatened to cut funding to the UN over its inclusion on a list of children’s rights offenders, effectively weaponizing humanitarian aid.
Unimaginably, the situation could get much worse: in his administration’s final days, President Barack Obama sold the unscrupulous Saudis skin-melting white phosphorous.
The UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, told Al Jazeera last month:
“The situation in Yemen . . . looks like the apocalypse.”
In the weeks that follow, MintPress plans to break the lock-box on the war and humanitarian crisis that is stalking the poorest country in the Middle East, with a series of stories from our reporters on the ground. Our goal is merely this: by giving shape and form and voice to the Yemeni people who have been rendered all but invisible and mute, we hope to chronicle this epochal war, account for the despair, and explain, in painstaking detail, David’s strategy for defeating Goliath, once again.
Mnar Muhawesh is founder, CEO and editor in chief of MintPress News, and is also a regular speaker on responsible journalism, sexism, neoconservativism within the media and journalism start-ups. She started her career as an independent multimedia journalist covering Midwest and national politics while focusing on civil liberties and social justice issues posting her reporting and exclusive interviews on her blog MintPress, which she later turned MintPress into the global news source it is today.
America has always been after the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, forcing countries that it managed to subject themselves to its will to turn their back on their values and traditions. That is precisely why the United States would be in a frenzy to destroy the cultural heritage of its adversaries during the Second World War days. Those who were following geopolitical events a couple of decades ago would remember similar frenzy manifesting itself in the destruction of Yugoslavia. Today, it’s distinctly visible in Iraq, Syria and a handful of other countries.
The blame for the ruined Dresden was put on the USSR, with allegations being made that a request to commit this war crime was issued by Stalin, allegedly at the Yalta Conference. But written records made during this conference show no trace of such demands. In fact, the decision to bomb Dresden was taken by Washington long before the Yalta Conference, but the massive bombing run was delayed due to bad weather conditions.
As individual researchers note, the sheer amount of ordinance that was dropped on Dresden produced two firey tornadoes, which would melt anything on their path, while approaching one another only to merge into one hellish inferno. The temperature in the epicenter of the tornado reached 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, melting steel and bricks together.
The decision to bring such devilish fire upon the heads of German civilians was provoked by Washington’s zeal for revenge. It wanted to pay back for the military disgrace, the lack of military brilliance in its generals, the lack of the necessary courage and skill to conduct successful military operations. Many historians and researchers estimate the resulting death toll reaching more than 100,000 people. However, neither Marshal Arthur Harris nor the killer pilots are remembered today as war criminals, as they entered the history of England and the United States as heroes.
Most people are ignorant of the fact that at the Oise-Aisne military cemetery in northern France, where American soldiers who perished in World War I are buried, there is a restricted Plot E section, that no visitor is allowed to access. At this site in Coleville, located a couple hundred feet away from the infamous Omaha Beach more than 10,000 American soldiers found their final rest. Yet, among them are 94 individuals executed during the days of the Second World War – those are American soldiers and officers who would massacre civilians, rape children and women alike before murdering them during the liberation of Europe from Nazism.
There’s no mention of Plot E at the site of the American Battle Monuments Commission even though there’s a section that explores the Oise-Aisne military cemetery in much detail. According to French historians, at least 443 American soldiers were found guilty of committing despicable crimes in Europe to face immediate execution at the hands of their superiors.
According to a well-known journalist Jesus Hernandez who penned a book under the title of One Hundred Secrets of WWII (100 historias secretas de la Segunda Guerra Mundial), a total of 90 soldiers out of the above-mentioned war criminals was hung. However, this number shows that nobody was really trying to catch those soldiers that were abusing the civilian population of Europe as the total number of American soldiers that were brought to Europe amounted to 11 million people, according to the data provided by such researchers as David Jordan and Andrew West.
Yet, another European researcher Fernando Paz tells us that at least 17 thousand European women were raped by American soldiers during the Second World War in his book Núremberg. Juicio al nazismo. However, the actual number of women who suffered a terrible fate at the hands of American troops remains unclear, as it’s been shown in Giles Macdonogh’s Después del Reich. Crimen y castigo en la posguerra alemana.
However, those crimes are not the only ones that nobody was held accounted for, as one can remember the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam war that was followed by a long list of unpunished crimes committed by US servicemen in that country.
There’s a growing number of reports about the use of torture by CIA that occurred in the course of Washington’s War on Terror. It turned out that the arsenal of methods for influencing a prisoner or just an interrogated person is extremely varied: a torture through inconvenient poses, sleep deprivation, music and white noise torture, use of direct violence together with a long list of other approaches!
However, the United States is keen to make the countries affected by the American brutality to forget about the crimes committed against them. For example, the terrible bombing of French cities along the Bay of Biscay is not being taught in French schools and nobody is willing to talk about it these days in France. However, President Trump has gone even further by dismissing the sacrifice that the Soviet people made to liberate the world from the Nazi regime by declaring that the victory over fascism was secured by the United States.
There have been resistance movements in pretty much every single country occupied by Hitler, but those facts are disregarded just as well. Recently, the United States, Britain, France have stopped inviting representatives of Russia to the annual celebrations dedicated to the victory over the Nazi Germany. As if there were no Soviet troops entering Berlin in 1945. The West in its Russophobic frenzy is actively trying to persuade Europe and the rest of the world that Hitler was defeated by the US troops with a bit of assistance from the UK and that the USSR had nothing to do with it.
But monuments of the atrocities committed by the US cannot be completely destroyed. Facts cannot be completely erased from the history and memory of the obliterated Dresden, the French cemetery of Oise-Aisne, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Vietnam’s My Lai, together with the countries of the Middle East that lost hundreds of thousands of people as the result of unprovoked US aggression lives on.
It also can not be forgotten that millions of residents of the affected countries continue to insist that those who were behind the ongoing American aggression should be brought to trial, no matter how much Washington tries to rewrite the history.
Grete Mautner is an independent researcher and journalist from Germany, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
This post originally ran on New Eastern Outlook.
In 2017, some Americans could buy legal marijuana almost as easily as they could order a pizza. Pot shops outnumber Starbucks stores in states like Colorado and Oregon, and medical marijuana delivery services drop the drug off at people’s doors in California and Massachusetts.
With marijuana now more accessible – legally – than ever, more researchers are weighing in on its health effects. But that doesn’t mean we fully understand the plant or its impacts.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a massive report in January that gives one of the most comprehensive looks – and certainly the most up-to-date – at exactly what we know about the science of cannabis. The committee behind the report, representing top universities around the country, considered more than 10,000 studies for its analysis and drew nearly 100 conclusions. Many of those findings are summarized below.
Within a few minutes of inhaling marijuana, your heart rate can increase by between 20 and 50 beats a minute. This can last anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The report from the National Academies found insufficient evidence to support or refute the idea that cannabis might increase the overall risk of a heart attack. The same report, however, also found some limited evidence that smoking could be a trigger for a heart attack.
In August, a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology appeared to suggest that marijuana smokers face a threefold higher risk of dying from high blood pressure than people who have never smoked. But the study came with an important caveat: it defined a “marijuana user” as anyone who’d ever tried the drug.
Research suggests this is a poor assumption – and one that could have interfered with the study’s results. According to a recent survey, about 52% of Americans have tried cannabis at some point, yet only 14% used the drug at least once a month.
Other studies have come to the opposite conclusion. According to the Mayo Clinic, using cannabis could result in decreased – not increased – blood pressure.
People who smoke marijuana regularly are more likely to experience chronic bronchitis, according to the report from the National Academies. There’s also evidence that stopping smoking relieves these symptoms.
Perhaps surprisingly, the report’s authors found moderate evidence that cannabis was not connected to an increased risk of the lung cancers or head and neck cancers associated with smoking cigarettes.
Marijuana contains cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical that is not responsible for getting you high but is thought to be responsible for many of marijuana’s therapeutic effects. Those benefits can include pain relief or potential treatment for certain kinds of childhood epilepsy.The report from the National Academies also found conclusive or substantial evidence – the most definitive levels – that cannabis can be an effective treatment for chronic pain, which could have to do with both CBD and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Pain is “by far the most common” reason people request medical marijuana, according to the report.
In September, a study published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association seemed to suggest that marijuana might actually prevent people from graduating to “hard” drugs. The five-year-long study involved 125 participants, all of whom endured chronic pain.
Cannabis significantly reduced ratings of depression, anxiety, and stress.
Women reported larger reductions in anxiety as a function of cannabis than did men.
Low THC/high CBD cannabis was best for reducing perceived symptoms of depression.
High THC/high CBD cannabis was best for reducing perceived symptoms of stress.
Use of cannabis to treat depression appears to exacerbate depression over time.
Cannabis is commonly used to alleviate symptoms of negative affect. However, a paucity of research has examined the acute effects of cannabis on negative affect in everyday life. The current study provides a naturalistic account of perceived changes in symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress as a function of dose and concentration of Δ9tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Data from the app StrainprintTM (which provides medical cannabis users a means of tracking changes in symptoms as a function of different doses and chemotypes of cannabis) were analyzed using multilevel modeling. In total, 11,953 tracked sessions were analyzed (3,151 for depression, 5,085 for anxiety, and 3,717 for stress).
Medical cannabis users perceived a 50% reduction in depression and a 58% reduction in anxiety and stress following cannabis use. Two puffs were sufficient to reduce ratings of depression and anxiety, while 10+ puffs produced the greatest perceived reductions in stress. High CBD (>9.5%)/low THC (<5.5%) cannabis was associated with the largest changes in depression ratings, while high CBD (>11%)/high THC (>26.5%) cannabis produced the largest perceived changes in stress. No changes in the perceived efficacy of cannabis were detected across time. However, baseline symptoms of depression (but not anxiety or stress) appeared to be exacerbated across time/tracked sessions.
The primary limitations are the self-selected nature of the sample and the inability to control for expectancy effects.
Cannabis reduces perceived symptoms of negative affect in the short-term, but continued use may exacerbate baseline symptoms of depression over time.
Any meaningful political resolution to the turmoil in the Middle East now seems more elusive than ever…
Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over the phone that any further Western strikes against Syria may “lead to chaos in international relations” should at least be seen for what it is; a massive understatement.
According to the Kremlin, Putin and Rouhani agreed that what cynics are calling the F.U.K.U.S. – or France, UK, US – strikes have damaged the chances of achieving any meaningful political resolution in Syria.
That translates into Putin and Rouhani acknowledging that Washington, London and Paris are pulling no punches to be back in the game, directly clashing with the painstaking Astana peace process led by Russia, Iran and Turkey.
Significantly, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari reminded acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan, also over the phone, about “the necessity to prioritize finding a political solution and that the Syrian people alone should determine their own fate.”
This means essentially that the “4+1” – Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah – which were at the vanguard of destroying ISIS, or Islamic State, and other crypto-jihadi outfits in Syria, remain in synch. The counter-terror HQ of the “4+1” was in Baghdad. As much as Baghdad may harbor ideological divergences with Damascus, their common strategy is built upon the fight against Salafi-jihadis of all stripes.
Iraq, alongside Lebanon, was one of the very few nations across the Middle East that condemned the US-UK-France strikes. The GCC petrodollar club – led by the House of Saud – predictably supported it, as their agenda never strayed away from regime change.
Moscow, Damascus, Tehran and Baghdad are showing a united front even as the alleged chemical attack in Douma – the reason for the strikes – is being forcefully debunked. Additionally, pesky questions remain unanswered on why more than 100 missiles were necessary to destroy only three largely empty state-run scientific centers in Damascus and Homs.
Even after Damascus and Baghdad declared victory, the Salafi-jihadi galaxy may be seriously wounded in both Syria and Iraq, but is not extinct. Turkey is still cultivating some nasty connections.
So the key variable in the Astana process – which involves complex economic and military trade offs – remains Ankara, which has no intention of abandoning its sprawling Syrian ops before subduing the Kurdish YPG all around.
Incidentally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, unlike his partners, supported the strikes on Syria. At the same time, Erdogan is itching for the Russian S-400 missile system to be delivered to Turkey as soon as possible, much to the displeasure of NATO.
The real test for the Astana partners will be Idlib – which is already the subject of fierce negotiations. Iran’s special envoy for Syrian affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, is on the record as saying the next war objective is in fact Idlib.
Moscow has prodded Erdogan to deliver the Kurdish canton of Afrin – now run by the Turkish military – to Damascus. There’s no evidence – yet – this will be accepted. Russian forces did leave Afrin before the Turkish offensive. So the Turks, in reciprocity, should abandon their bases across Idlib as well.
The key takeaway is that the US-UK-France troika – not to mention the House of Saud – has absolutely no means to influence these developing facts on the ground.
If the strikes on Syria have de facto added to the “chaos in international relations” alluded to by Putin, that may be just the opening compared to the main course; the fate of the JCPOA, aka the Iran nuclear deal, to be decided next month.
The European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, ahead of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, was unequivocal: “The European Union has always made it clear that for us, keeping the agreement in place is vital. It is a strategic interest for the European Union and we will stick to it.”
Pointing to what, for all practical purposes, is a Trump administration May 12 deadline, Mogherini added: “We are doing all we can to work with our American friends to make sure that all parties stay fully committed to the full implementation of the agreement.”
Everyone in Brussels knows Tehran is fully complying with the JCPOA, as stated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 10 successive reports.
Still, France, Britain and Germany are dabbling with the notion of sanctions against Iranian “militias and commanders” fighting on the side of Damascus as a means to appease President Trump. Italy, backed by Austria, is vehemently against it.
The bottom line, as diplomats confirmed to Asia Times, is that Trump’s deadline to “fix” the JCPOA simply won’t be met. What really matters for individual EU nations, as discussed in diplomatic circles, is to increase lucrative business with Iran.
All this is happening as Iranian central bank governor Valiollah Seif denounced what amounts to a financial missile strike: “Enemies outside of our borders, in various different guises, are fueling this issue and are going to some effort to make conditions tougher for the people.”
Valiollah was referring to the rial crisis. The Iranian currency was trading at 40,000 to the US dollar in 2017, but has just plunged to 60,000 rials to the dollar. Tehran hastily announced a plan to introduce a currency peg at 42,000 rials.
The widespread view in Tehran is that Wahhabi enemies Riyadh and the Emirates are restricting Tehran’s access to US dollars. Not to mention that some stiff Washington bank financing sanctions remain in effect.
Tehran is facing tough days ahead. Even with the EU remaining committed to the JCPOA, a new batch of Washington sanctions, enthusiastically pursued by John “Bomb Iran” Bolton, could eventually force as many as 500,000 barrels a day of Iranian crude out of the market.
If Washington withdraws – unilaterally – from the JCPOA, or insists on alterations Tehran deems unacceptable, Plan B is already on: Moscow and Beijing are willing and able to help Tehran reboot its civilian nuclear program.
That was discussed already in January by the Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Ahmadian. China is actively considering the possibility of building small nuclear power plants in Iran.
All that points, once again, to the ongoing, massive Eurasia integration project – the cross-pollination of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU) – featuring, not by accident, the three key nodes: China, Russia and Iran.
And to add it all up, in this case the European arm of NATO even turned off the “aggression” rhetoric; the dogs of war (“Real Men Go to Tehran”) may bark again, but even that won’t force the EU caravan to desist from doing business with Persia.
After Venezuela, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands prudently repatriated a substantial portion (if not all) of their physical gold held at the NY Fed or other western central banks in recent years, this morning Turkey also announced that it has decided to repatriate all its gold stored in the US Federal Reserve and deliver it to the Istanbul Stock Exchange, according to reports in Turkey’s Yeni Safak. It won’t be the first time Turkey has asked the NY Fed to ship the country’s gold back: in recent years, Turkey repatriated 220 tons of gold from abroad, of which 28.7 tons was brought back from the US last year.
According to the latest IMF data, Turkey’s gold reserves are estimated at 591 tons, worth just over $23 billion. This makes Ankara the 11th largest gold holder, behind the Netherlands and ahead of India.
Turkey’s gold repatriation come at a sensitive time for Turkey’s currency, the lira, which has been pounded, and plunged to all time lows against both the dollar and the euro despite runaway, double-digit inflation in Turkey, as the central bank is seemingly afraid of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and refuses to raise rates.
Meanwhile, Erdogan has taken a tough stance against the US currency, criticized dollar loans and saying that international loans should be given in gold instead.
“Why do we make all loans in dollars? Let’s use another currency. I suggest that the loans should be made based on gold,” Erdoğan said during a speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Istanbul on April 16, according to Hurriyet.
In what some saw an appeal for a gold standard by the Turkish president, Erdogan added that “with the dollar the world is always under exchange rate pressure. We should save states and nations from this exchange rate pressure. Gold has never been a tool of oppression throughout history.”
Well, now that Turkey will soon have all of its gold on the ground, Erdogan will be able to launch a gold-backed currency if he so desires. Unfortunately, all signs point to the gold being repatriated only so it can be raided, pillaged and promptly deposited in offshore vaults by members of the ruling oligarchy.
As noted above, Turkey has been one of several countries which have moved their gold from the world’s biggest, and most secure gold vault, that located 95 feet below sea level at 33 Liberty Street in Manhattan, also known as the New York Fed.
The repatriation wave began in 2012, when Venezuela announced it was withdrawing all of its 160 tons of gold at the NY Fed, valued at around $9 billion. Germany’s Bundesbank then demanded 300 tons be returned, with the Fed saying it would take seven years to do so; a scrambling Germany was able to complete the process 3 years ahead of schedule. The Netherlands has also repatriated 122.5 tons of gold.
As a result, according to the latest Fed data, the amount of physical gold stored at the NY Fed has dropped to the lowest on record, or 7.819 thousand tons, following a withdrawal scramble that started in 2014 and continued until the end of 2016. After a 15 month hiatus, withdrawals resumed in 2018, with 15.5 tons of gold repatriated in January and February.
“The central banks started the repatriation already a few years ago, meaning before we had Brexit, Catalonia, Trump, AFD or the rising tensions between the Politburo in Brussels and the nations of Eastern Europe,” said Claudio Grass of Precious Metal Advisory in Switzerland.
According to him, the world is becoming less centralized. “If we follow this trend, it should be obvious that the next step should be an even bigger break up into smaller units than the nation state. With such geopolitical fragmentation comes also the decentralization of power.”
Video footage uploaded to YouTube Tuesday is catching buzz after showing purple beams of light coming from the skies of Arizona while unidentified flying objects hover in the background.
The video, which was uploaded onto the Earthly Patriot YouTube page, was initially recorded on at 10:40 p.m. local time April 11, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.
While the first beam appears to strike down toward the ground, the second, as the narrator notes, “appears to be coming from the bottom and going upward” in something like a spiral.
The second mysterious find only appears after a UFO pops up in the frame, flying behind a mountain. After the beam appears, however, it seems as though the same flying object zooms past the mountain in the opposite direction while a second object flies toward the mountain.
Some commenters have connected the dots and concluded that the recording is an example of alien life, suggesting that extraterrestrial visitors are keeping close tabs on humans.
Or, according to YouTuber Nelson Hernandez, there could just be “a war going on over our skies” which explain “the UFO’s erratic movements.”
“The air is highly charged with metal ions from the Chem trailing,” Kathryne Paine wrote, touching on the theory that condensation trails left behind by airplanes actually contain chemical or biological agents. “The purple beams could be plasma discharge, the spiral shape resembles a Birkland current to me. Unbelievable captures of UFO craft, it looks like they want to put on a display for us. Government won’t disclose them, so they are coming out for us.”
Not everyone, however, has linked the lights to UFOs or mind-controlling chemtrails. It could always be HAARP!
These theorist suggested that the lights were part of a secret project done by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), a program by the US Air Force, US Navy, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to analyze the ionosphere. There is speculation that HAARP allows the US government to control weather conditions.
“The purple beams may very well be part of the HAARP or Blue Beam Projects, which have the capacity to project all kinds of images on the skies, create insanely loud sounds etc — all of which are so enormous that they can be seen/heard over a very large area,” user Dolphin Dream wrote. “Columns of light in various colors have been recorded all over the world, and could be part of that — or not. In any case, I do NOT believe any of this is actually for the good of humanity or the planet.”
“Hope we all survive this insanity,” Dream added.
This report comes after video footage, captured by NASA’s live camera, showed a 900-foot triangular UFO appearing near the International Space Station.
Dear Ukraine, are you not happy that the USA liberated your country and gave you democracy?
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) is allegedly involved in a series of crimes, including torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detentions, the State Department said in its annual human rights report released on Friday.
“Human rights groups and the United Nations noted significant deficiencies in investigations into human rights abuses committed by [Ukraine’s] government security forces, in particular into allegations of torture, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, and other abuses reportedly perpetrated by SBU,” the report said.
The perpetrators of the 2014 Euromaidan shootings in the country’s capital Kiev have not been held accountable, the report added.
At the same time, the SBU continues to impose pressure on media outlets concerning “reporting on sensitive issues, such as military losses,” according to the report.The US State Department also noted that Ukraine’s government committed a series of human rights violations, including corruption, censorship and violence against ethnic minorities.
“Abuses included widespread government corruption, censorship, blocking of websites, government failure to hold accountable perpetrators of violence against journalists and anti-corruption activists, violence against ethnic minorities and LGBTI persons,” the report reads.
The State Department said the “most significant” abuses occurred in the Donbass region, where it said unlawful killings and politically motivating disappearances have occurred.
The report also cited “multiple reports of attacks on journalists investigating government corruption” and accused Ukrainian authorities of restricting media content “on vague grounds.”
The State Department report documents the status of human rights and worker rights in nearly 200 countries and territories. Its latest issue addresses violations that happened in 2017.
UPDATE: Readers have identified the movie in the broken link. It is Cecil B. DeMille’s “Unconquered” starring Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard. Here is the scene of the sentence of slavery: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=you+tubethe+movie+%22Unconquered%22+with+Gary+Cooper&view=detail&mid=A160BA8BAB4735DE134CA160BA8BAB4735DE134C&FORM=VIRE
UPDATE: The link to the movie in this column was operative when I posted the column, but has ceased to work since I posted. The movie opens with the starring actress, a beautiful redhead, being sentence to the gallows in an English court in the 1700s. A press gang had seized her brother. In a fight that ensued a royal officer along with the brother were killed. As she was present and apparently part of the fight, she is sentenced to death on the gallows. She protests and the judge says it is in his power to sentence her instead to be sold as a slave in the colonies. If those readers, who opened the article as soon as it was posted and perhaps clicked the link to the movie, remember the name of the movie and/or the names of the female and male stars will send an email to this website, I can probably locate the movie.
In the meantime, another movie about white English people being sold into slavery is Captain Blood, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, which was made in 1935. In 17th-century England, Irish doctor Peter Blood (Errol Flynn) is summoned to aid Lord Gildoy, a wounded patron who participated in the Monmouth Rebellion. Arrested while performing his duties as a physician, he is convicted of treason against King James II and sentenced to death by the infamous Judge Jeffreys. By the whim of the king, who sees an opportunity for profit, Blood and the surviving rebels are transported to the West Indies to be sold into slavery. You can read a synopsis of the movie on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Blood_(1935_film)
A Conversation on Race
Paul Craig Roberts
We often hear that we need a conversation on race. Considering that Americans are a brainwashed people living in a false history, such a conversation would resemble the one the Russians were expected to have with the British in regard to the Skripal poisoning: “Yes, we are guilty. We will pay reparations. Where would you like us to send Putin for trial?” In other words, the only acceptable race conversation in the US is one in which white people accept the accusation that they are racist and offer to make amends.
Considering that the only slavery experienced by any living black or white person is income tax slavery, race is an issue only because it has been orchestrated as an issue along with gender and sexual preference. These divisive issues are the products of Identity Politics spawned by cultural Marxism.
In real Marxism, conflict is class conflict. Workers and capitalists have different interests, and history is a struggle between material interests. The capitalist is the villain and the workers are the victims.
In the pseudo Marxism of Identity Politics, the white race is the villain, especially the white heterosexual male, and racial minorities, women, and homosexuals are the victims.
There is, of course, no such thing as a white or black race. There are many different nationalities of whites, and they have done a good job throughout history of killing each other. Similarly, there are many different black tribes and Asian ethnicities who also have fought more among themselves than with others. But all of this goes by the wayside, along with the fact that in the world the “racial minorities” are actually majorities and the “white majority” is actually a minority. There are more Chinese or Indians alone than there are white people.
But orchestrated histories are not fact-based.
The working class, designated by Hillary Clinton as “the Trump deplorables,” is now the victimizer, not the victim. Marxism has been stood on its head.
The American ruling class loves Identity Politics, because Identity Politics divides the people into hostile groups and prevents any resistance to the ruling elite. With blacks screaming at whites, women screaming at men, and homosexuals screaming at heterosexuals, there is no one left to scream at the rulers.
The ruling elite favors a “conversation on race,” because the ruling elite know it can only result in accusations that will further divide society. Consequently, the ruling elite have funded “black history,” “women’s studies,” and “transgender dialogues,” in universities as a way to institutionalize the divisiveness that protects them. These “studies” have replaced real history with fake history.
For example, it was once universally known that black slavery originated in slave wars between black African tribes. Slaves were a status symbol, but they accumulated beyond the capacity of tribes to sustain. The surplus was exported first to Arabs and then to English, Spanish, and French who founded colonies in the new world that had resources but no work force. The socialist scholar Karl Polanyi, brother of my Oxford professor Michael Polanyi, told the story of the origin of the African slave trade in his famous book, Dahomey and the Slave Trade.
The first slaves in the new world were white. When real history was taught, this was widely understood. Movies were even made that showed that in King George III’s England, the alternative to criminal punishment was to be sold as a slave in the colonies. See, for example: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=you+tubethe+movie+%22Unconquered%22+with+Gary+Cooper&view=detail&mid=A160BA8BAB4735DE134CA160BA8BAB4735DE134C&FORM=VIRE
Among the first New World lands to be exploited by the Europeans were the Caribbean Islands, which were suitable for sugar and rice production. The problem was that the white slaves died like flies from malaria and yellow fever. The Spanish lack of success with a work force of natives of the lands they conquered led those in search of a work force to the slave export business of the black Kingdom of Dahomey. The demand for black workers rose considerably when it was discovered that many had immunity to malaria and resistance to yellow fever. This meant that a plantation’s investment in a work force was not wiped out by disease.
The resistance of blacks to malaria is due to the protective feature of the sickle cell trait that, apparently, only blacks have. See: https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/biology/sickle_cell.html
Slavery existed in the New World long before the United States came into existence. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are today written off by Identity Politics as racists simply because they were born when slavery was a pre-existing institution.
Slavery had existed for many centuries prior to the Confederacy. Yet, in some accounts today one comes away with the impression that the South invented slavery. As the tale sometimes goes, Southern racists so hated blacks that they went to Africa, captured blacks at great expense, only to return them to the South where they whipped and abused their investments to the point of death and demoralized their work force by breaking up black families, selling children in one direction and wives and husbands in the other. This tale is not told as an occasional abuse but as the general practice. Economically, of course, it makes no sense whatsoever. But facts are no longer part of American history.
Northern states held slaves as well. However, the predominance of slaves were in the South. This was not because Southerners hated blacks. It was because the land in the South supported large agricultural cultivation, and there was no other work force. The South, like the United States, inherited slavery from the work force that European colonists purchased from the black Kingdom of Dahomey.
Why wasn’t there an alternative work force to slaves? The reason is that new immigrants by moving West could take land from the native Americans and be independent as opposed to being wage earners working on someone else’s land. The Western frontier did not close until about 1900. At the time of the War of Northern Aggression the Plains Indians still ruled west of the Mississippi River. It was Lincoln’s Northern war criminals, Sherman and Sheridan, who were sent to exterminate the Plains Indians. Ask the American natives, or what is left of them, who the racists are: the Northerners or the Southerners.
Black studies has even corrupted other aspects of history. Consider the so-called “civil war.” The name itself is an orchestration. There was no civil war. There was a War of Northern Aggression. A civil war is when two sides fight for control of the government. The South had left the union and had no interest whatsoever in controlling the government in Washington. The only reason the South fought was that the South was invaded by the North.
Why did the North invade the South? As was once understood by every historian and every student, Abraham Lincoln invaded the South in order, in Lincoln’s own words, expressed time and time again, “to preserve the Union.”
Why did the South leave the Union? Because it was being economically exploited by the North, which, once the North gained the ability to outvote the Southern states, imposed tariffs that benefited the North at the expense of the South. The North needed protection from British manufactures in order for the economic rise of the North. In contrast, the South’s economy was based on cotton exports to England and on cheap manufactures imported from England. Tariffs would bring the South higher cost of manufactured goods and retaliation against their cotton exports. The economic interests of the North and South did not coincide.
Slavery had nothing whatsoever to do with the war. Lincoln himself said so over and over. Prior to his invasion of the South, Lincoln and the Northern Congress promised the South Constitutional protection of slavery for all time if the Southern states would stay in the Union. Historians who have read and recorded the war correspondence of both Union and Confederacy soldiers to relatives and friends at home can find no one fighting for or against slavery. The Northern troops are fighting to preserve the union. The Southern ones are fighting because they are invaded.
Nothing could be clearer. Yet, the myth has been established that Abraham Lincoln went to war in order to free the slaves. In fact, Lincoln said that blacks were not capable of living with whites, who he said were superior, and that his intention was to send the blacks back to Africa. If America ever had a “white supremacist,” it was Abraham Lincoln.
What about the Emancipation Proclamation? Didn’t this order by Lincoln free the blacks? No. It was a war measure on which hopes were placed that, as almost every able-bodied Southern male was in the front lines, the slaves would revolt and rape the Southern soldiers’ wives and daughters, forcing the soldiers to desert the army and return home to protect their families. As Lincoln’s own Secretary of State said, the president has freed the slaves in the territories that the Union does not control and left them in slavery in the territory that the Union does control.
Why did Lincoln resort to such a dishonorable strategy? The reason is that Lincoln had run through all the Union generals and could not find one that could defeat Robert E. Lee’s vastly outnumbered Army of Northern Virginia.
The character and generalship of Robert E. Lee, who is dismissed by Identity Politics as a white racist, is so highly admired by the United States Army that the Barracks at West Point are named in Lee’s honor. Not even “America’s first black president” was able to change that. Black history also covers up the fact that Robert E. Lee was offered command of the Union Army. In those days Americans still saw themselves as citizens of their state, not as citizens of the US. Lee refused the offer on the grounds that he could not go to war against his native country of Virginia and resigned his US Army commission.
If Lee had been in command of the Confederacy at the First Battle of Bull Run when the Union Army broke and ran all the way back to Washington, Lee would have followed and the war would have ended with the South’s victory.
But Lee wasn’t there. Instead, the Southern generals concluded, watching the fleeing Union Army, that the Northerns could neither fight, retreat in order, or ride horses, and were no threat whatsoever. This conclusion overlooked the superior manpower of the North, the constant inflow of Irish immigrants who became the Union’s cannon fodder, the Northern manufacturing capability, and the navy that could block Southern ports and starve the South of resources.
During the first two years of the War of Northern Aggression the Union Army never won a battle against Lee’s vastly outgunned army. The North had everything. All the South had was valor. Lincoln was desperate. Opposition to his war was rising in the North. He had to imprison 300 Northern newspaper editors, exile a US Congressman, and was faced with the North’s most famous general running against him on a peace platform in the next election. Thus, Lincoln’s vain attempt to provoke a slave rebellion in the South. Why didn’t such allegedly horribly treated and oppressed slaves revolt when there was no one to prevent it but women and children?
Everything I have written in this column was once understood by everyone. But it has all been erased and replaced with a false history that serves the ruling elite. It is not only the ruling elite that has a vested interest in the false history of “white racism,” but also the universities and history departments in which the false history is institutionalized and the foundations that have financed black history, women’s studies, and transgender dialogues.
It was Reconstruction that ruined relations between blacks and whites in the South. The North stuffed blacks down the throats of the defeated South. Blacks were placed in charge of Southern governments in order to protect the Northern carpet baggers who looted and stole from the South. The occupying Union Army encouraged the blacks to abuse the Southern people, especially the women, as did the Union soldiers. The Klu Klux Klan arose as a guerrilla force to stop the predations. Robert E. Lee himself said that if he had realized how rapacious the North would prove to be, he would have led a guerrilla resistance.
The generations of Americans who have been propagandized instead of educated need to understand that Reconstruction did not mean rebuilding southern infrastructure, cities, and towns destroyed by the Union armies. It did not mean reconstructing southern food production. It meant reconstructing southern society and governance. Blacks, who were unprepared for the task, were put in control of governments so that carpetbaggers could loot and steal. Whites lost the franchise and protection of law as their property was stolen. Some areas suffered more than others from the Reconstruction practices, which often differed from, and were worse than, the policies themselves.
Reconstruction was a contentious issue even within the Republican Party. Neither president Lincoln nor Johnson would go along with the more extreme Republican elements. The extremism of the Reconstruction policies lost support among the northern people. When the Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in the 1870s, Reconstruction was brought to an end.
In the South, and most certainly in Atlanta, where I grew up, schools were neighborhood schools. We were segregated by economic class. I went to school with middle class kids from my middle class neighborhood. I did not go to school with rich kids or with poor kids. This segregation was not racial.
When the North again got on its high moral horse and imposed school integration on the South, it disrupted the neighborhood school system. Now kids spent hours riding in school buses to distant locations. This destroyed the parent-teacher associations that had kept parental involvement and discipline in the schools. The South, being a commonsense people, saw all of this coming. The South also saw Reconstruction all over again. That, and not hatred of blacks, is the reason for the South’s resistance to school integration.
All of America, indeed of the entire West, lives in The Matrix, a concocted reality, except for my readers and the readers of a handful of others who cannot be compromised. Western peoples are so propagandized, so brainwashed, that they have no understanding that their disunity was created in order to make them impotent in the face of a rapacious ruling class, a class whose arrogance and hubris has the world on the brink of nuclear Armageddon.
History as it actually happened is disappearing as those who tell the truth are dismissed as misogynists, racists, homophobes, Putin agents, terrorist sympathizers, anti-Semites, and conspiracy theorists. Liberals who complained mightily of McCarthyism now practice it ten-fold.
The brainwashing about the Russian and Muslim threats works for a number of reasons. The superpatriots among the Trump deplorables feel that their patriotism requires them to believe the allegations against Russia, Syria, Iran, and China. Americans employed in the vast military/security complex understand that the budget that funds the complex in which they have their careers is at stake. Those who want a wall to keep out foreigners go along with the demonization of Muslims as terrorists who have to be killed “over there before they come over here.” The Democrats want an excuse for having lost the presidential election. And so on. The agendas of various societal elements come together to support the official propaganda.
The United States with its brainwashed and incompetent population—indeed, the entirety of the Western populations are incompetent—and with its absence of intelligent leadership has no chance against Russia and China, two massive countries arising from their overthrow of police states as the West descends into a gestapo state. The West is over and done with. Nothing remains of the West but the lies used to control the people. All hope is elsewhere.
“From the outset, the idea of granting the Genesis Prize to Natalie Portman was complete craziness,” Member of Knesset (MK) Oren Hazan said, as cited by Arutz Sheva. “She’s an actress, but she is unworthy of any honor in the State of Israel.”
He called Portman a Jewish Israeli who “cynically uses her birthplace to advance her career” while expressing pride in the fact that she never served in the Israeli military.
“I call on Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) to rescind Portman’s Israeli citizenship. She left Israel at age four, and has no real connection to the state,” added Hazan, a member of the ruling Likud party.
Portman declined an invitation to collect the Genesis Prize following unspecified “recent events” that she found “extremely distressing.” The actress added that she “does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and “cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony,” according to a statement published online by the Genesis Foundation. The ceremony was scheduled to take place on June 28 but has now been cancelled entirely as a result of Portman’s withdrawal.
“In addition to honoring Ms. Portman, the ceremony in Jerusalem was intended to highlight the work of women’s rights NGOs working on women’s equality and empowerment issues,” the Foundation said, in the statement published Friday.
“The staff of the Foundation enjoyed getting to know her over the past six months, admires her humanity, and respects her right to publicly disagree with the policies of the government of Israel. However, we are very saddened that she has decided not to attend the Genesis Prize Ceremony in Jerusalem for political reasons,” the statement said. “We fear that Ms. Portman’s decision will cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicized, something we have worked hard for the past five years to avoid.”
Portman was nominated to receive the prize, often called the ‘Jewish Nobel,’ last November for “outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish values, such as social justice, tolerance and charity.” Upon her nomination, Portman reportedly vowed to donate half of the $1 million prize money to women’s rights charities.
“I was very sorry to hear that Portman fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters,” Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev said, according to Arutz Sheva. “A Jewish actress, who was born in Israel, has joined those who see the miraculous success story of Israel’s creation as a ‘story of darkness’.”
Regev was referring to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement arguing for punishing Israel over the treatment of Palestinians, especially in the West Bank and Gaza.
The Genesis Award was established by Mikhail Fridman and other wealthy Russian-Jewish businessmen in 2012. According to Haaretz, Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn promised to double Portman’s $1 million grant, bringing the total prize money to $2 million, on condition that it also be “re-gifted” to charities, as is customary with recipients of the award.
“What I want to make sure is, I don’t want to use my platform [the wrong way],” Portman told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “I feel like there’s some people who become prominent, and then it’s out in the foreign press. You know, shit on Israel. I do not. I don’t want to do that.”