Everyone from Noah Schactman to the New York Times can only point to the well-known and publicized-at-the-time Russian monitoring of communications before and during the Sochi Olympics… That is ALL they have. So when you read their disinformational nonsense remember…


Semyon Uralov, odnako.org, via Dimitry Orlov

   The talks in Geneva resulted in an agreement that is in favor of all that is good and opposed to all that is bad. That’s the basic gist of it; but what does that mean? Let’s translate this memorandum from the language of high diplomacy into the language of the Ukrainian crisis.

   Kiev’s government representative was invited to participate in his role as a potted plant—because there is nothing to discuss with him. On this all the participants were in complete agreement. That is, there is no government in Kiev, in the sense of an entity that exercises sovereign authority over the territory of Ukraine. This is understood equally well in Moscow, in Brussels and even in Washington. Thus, the actual talks were between USA+EU and Russia.

   Russia’s position is that Kiev doesn’t have a government, it has a God-only-knows-what. It makes no difference what they are called or who they are. They have no power and they control nothing. They do not control the economy, or energy, or the army, or the police, or even their supporters who are running around waving machine guns.

   The position of USA+EU: “That’s not true! There’s a perfectly nice government in Kiev, we made it ourselves, and we hold discussions and even sign agreements with them.”

   In view of the difference between these two positions, further discussion is pointless. Therefore, it is necessary to run an experiment and to establish a simple fact: are the dramatis personae in Kiev a government, or aren’t they?

   The authorities in Kiev have to prove themselves. To do that, they have to disarm and reign in their freaky supporters, grant amnesty to their opponents, and begin to exercise control over the army and the police. If they prove that they are in control, then it will possible to move to the next phase in resolving the crisis.

   The ball is now in their court. If they can prove that they are a power, then there will be a step-by-step resolution to the crisis. If they don’t, then the crisis will be resolved on their behalf, and they won’t be invited to participate, even as potted plants.

   Considering that these personages have already reneged on a previous international agreement—in February of this year—it might have been smarter for them not to sign this one. Because if they don’t live up to this one either, then nobody will want to offer them political cover—not Brussels, not even Washington.

Bathroom “Screed” April 12 2014, 7:06 PM, Soquel Parking Garage, Santa Cruz California


US Guantanamo Detainee Killed in Syria While Leading NATO-Backed Death Squad

By Tony Cartalucci
Global Research, April 17, 2014

The Long War Journal reported in its post, “Former Guantanamo detainee killed while leading jihadist group in Syria,” that:

Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a Moroccan who spent more than three years at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility before being released to Moroccan custody, has been killed while leading a jihadist group that fights Syrian government forces.

Bin Shakaran, who is also known as Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, Abu Ahmad al Muhajir, and Brahim Benchekroune, was “martyred, Insha’Allah, in battles for Hilltop # 45 in Latakia,” according to Kavkaz Center, a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.

Bin Shakaran led a jihadist group known as Sham al Islam, which is based in Latakia and is comprised primarily of fighters from Morocco, according to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Bin Shakaran created the group “not only to recruit fighters for the Syria war, but also to establish a jihadist organization within Morocco itself.”

Sham al Islam has been fighting alongside the al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, as well as Ahrar al Sham and the Army of the Emigrants and Supporters in an ongoing offensive in the coastal province of Latakia.
Curiously absent from The Long War Journal’s report is any mention of how Bin Shakaran made it into northern Syria in the first place. Clearly this is because it would involve mentioning Turkey, a long-standing NATO member, with NATO being the organization that invaded and occupied Afghanistan, and whom Bin Shakaran had been fighting and ultimately fled from before being captured.

The Long War Journal also makes mention of the Kavkaz Center, calling it “a propaganda arm of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate.” Only the Kavkaz Center had been backed by the now defunct US National Endowment for Democracy-funded ”Russian-Chechen Friendship Society.” While The Long War Journal poses as a stalwart fighter of terrorism, its Western-backed counterpart, the Kavkaz Center is promoting terrorism in Russia.

“The Long War Journal” itself is a project of the Neo-Con Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). The FDD has counted among its membership US politicians and policy makers such as current US Vice President Joseph Biden, William Kristol, Steve Forbes, Charles Krauthammer, Paula Dobriansky – many of whom were signatories of the now notorious Project for a New American Century and who had been the chief proponents of the so-called “War on Terror” and the two costly conflicts fought in its name – the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The detention center in Guantanamo is part of the “War on Terror’s” legacy, a continuous point of contention between the US government and rights activists, and clearly a failure in its alleged role of keeping dangerous terrorists off the battlefield.

A Pattern That Fits Conspiracy

What Bin Shakaran’s case appears to prove, is that Guantanamo, and the larger “anti-terror” network maintained by the United States is instead redirecting terrorists from NATO theaters of operation to conflict zones NATO is currently unable to directly intervene in. In Bin Shakaran’s case, that conflict zone is northern Syria. Bin Shakaran is joined by fellow US detainees like Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who was fighting NATO troops in Afghanistan, was briefly captured in Malaysia and tortured by the CIA in Thailand, before then leading a NATO-backed assault on the Libyan government of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.

Other members of Bin Shakaran’s militant group were also Guantanamo inmates. This includes…

Much more @GlobalResearch

"We’ve got a real problem! This is a mathematical fact! Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, Republicans aren’t doing it. An entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now. And we’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground…"

Dylan Ratigan, Author, Journalist and EX-Global Managing Editor for Corporate Finance at Bloomberg L.P..

Mister Ratigan appears to have an analysis. Formulate or polish yours here, courtesy of Bill Domhoff, Research Professor at UC Santa Cruz:

Who Rules America Today? Not YOU ‘prole’! Not specifically the majority in the middle class of America either. G. William Domhoff, tenured research professor at UCSC posits your owners are:

    "The owners and managers of large income-producing properties; i.e., the owners of corporations, banks, other financial institutions, and agri-businesses. But they have plenty of help from the managers and experts they hire.

(Bill elaborates in this 43 minute lecture with transcript, posted April 7.)

More, and a link to G. William Domhoff’s “Who Rules America?” UCSC.edu site containing a university level crash course in Social and Class Analysis here.

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine): My mom Mary Morello brandishing her “Grandmother For Peace” sign at #OccupyLA. #OneGrandmaRevolution… Quote source, Twitter. Image Source, Instagram.Momma’s pink diapered little boy goes ‘bad’… RAGE! - Killing In The Name Of at the Democratic National Convention 2000, Los Angeles

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

My mom Mary Morello brandishing her “Grandmother For Peace” sign at #OccupyLA. #OneGrandmaRevolution…
Quote source, Twitter. Image Source, Instagram.

Momma’s pink diapered little boy goes ‘bad’… RAGE! - Killing In The Name Of at the Democratic National Convention 2000, Los Angeles
"Peaceful" protest picture of the day, Venezuela edition. It’s interesting that the US mainstream media reporting on the Venezuelan power elite’s Gusano-instigated violence never mentions these homemade bazookas or the fact that out of 175 arrests for being involved in an alleged student protest, only 12 have been students.Source: Real News of Vzla ‏@RealVzla, Twitter

"Peaceful" protest picture of the day, Venezuela edition.

It’s interesting that the US mainstream media reporting on the Venezuelan power elite’s Gusano-instigated violence never mentions these homemade bazookas or the fact that out of 175 arrests for being involved in an alleged student protest, only 12 have been students.

Source: Real News of Vzla ‏@RealVzla, Twitter

"Who Rules America Today? Not YOU ‘prole’! Not the majority in the middle class of America either. G. William Domhoff, tenured research professor at UCSC updates his “Who Rules America?” UCSC study site and posits your owners are:

    "The owners and managers of large income-producing properties; i.e., the owners of corporations, banks, other financial institutions, and agri-businesses. But they have plenty of help from the managers and experts they hire.

(Bill elaborates in this 43 minute lecture with transcript posted April 7.)

So remember folks…

You can read the essential details of the argument on this site, or read the new seventh edition of Who Rules America?."

G. William Domhoff. His page at UCSC is a cornucopia of university level information for the analysis of class struggle.

Site Contents

Power in America
The Class-Domination Theory of Power
Wealth, Income, & Power
An Investment Manager’s View on the Top 1%
How Corporate Moderates Created Social Security
The Rise and Fall of Labor Unions In The U.S.
Interlocking Directorates in the Corporate Community
Federal Advisory Committees
Social Cohesion & the Bohemian Grove
Pension Fund Capitalism or Wall Street Bonanza?
The Power Elite’s Foreign Policy in WWII & Vietnam
Diversity in the Corporate Elite

…and much more

Author’s chapter (Class-Domination Theory of Power) linked in quote:

• Power and Power Indicators
• The Social Upper Class
• The Corporate Community
• How Government Policy Is Shaped From Outside Government
• The Power Elite
• The Power Elite and Government
• Why Business Leaders Feel Powerless
• The Weaknesses of the Working Class
• Community Power
More

Meanwhile, Time Magazine desperately and disingenuously reports it as "Russian paratroopers have been spotted in eastern Ukraine"

Ukraine’s 25th Airborne Brigade “was disbanded by Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov after refusing orders from the newly-formed Ukrainian government to fight armed pro-Russian separatists in the 2014 Sloviansk standoff” (3). Source, Wikipedia

This (PDF) anthology gathers together a broad range of critical material about the Situationist International

Also see this recent post for more Situational links because → “It’s spring… and a young person’s thoughts turn towards disrupting and shutting down the whole damn system of oppression and ecological destruction.”

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