America’s Demise Is Near At Hand

America’s Demise Is Near At Hand

January 18, 2021

by Paul Craig Roberts reposted on the Saker by permission

source:  https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/01/18/america-r-i-p-2/

For years I have been cataloging America’s decline into collapse, not merely economic collapse from economic concentration and the offshoring of jobs and investment, but also the collapse of the belief system that created some unity among a diverse population.  Today not only is the economy done for but so is the belief system that sustained social and political stability.

America no longer exists.  A geographical entity exists of diverse peoples and interests, but not a country, much less a nation.  The United States itself has degenerated into an empire.  It is no longer simply a country with an empire.  The 50 states are themselves the Establishment’s empire, and it can only be held together by force.

Earlier in my life, free speech was used by liberals to legalize pornography, homosexual marriage, and abortion, all of which were opposed by the majority of the population.  This did not stop liberals from imposing their agendas on the people.

Today free speech is impermissible, because it can be used to protest what half of the population sincerely believes was a stolen presidential election.  Even attorneys and legal firms that brought legitimate cases of electoral fraud for clients are being punished for doing the ordinary work of attorneys.  The same is happening to university professors and to average Americans who exercised their Constitutionally protected right of free speech and association and attended the Trump rally. See for example:  https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/01/18/americans-no-longer-live-in-a-free-society/

In America today, free speech can only be exercised in narrow and controlled channels.  It can be used to demonize President Trump and his supporters as “enemies of democracy.”  It can be used to demonize white people as “systemic racists” and “white supremacists,” and to demonize heterosexual white males as “misogynists.”  Its one other use is to demonize countries—Russia, China, and Iran—that stand in the way of Washington’s hegemony.  There are no other permissible uses of free speech today in the United States, an inappropriate name of the country as the country has been throughly disunited by Identity Politics and a presidential election widely perceived by voters to have been stolen.

I have provided for my readers a massive, but only partial, list of evidence of a stolen election.  See: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2021/01/15/dont-fall-for-the-establishments-tall-tales-there-was-no-violent-assault-on-the-capitol-and-there-is-abundant-evidence-of-electoral-fraud/

But a simple question suffices:  If the election was not stolen, why is it impermissible to  raise the question?  Explanations that are off limits to investigation and public discussion are unlikely to be true.  The reason they are off limits is because they cannot withstand examination. You don’t have to go back far in time to get a long list:  Assassinations of JFK, RFK, and MLK, Waco, Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, Iranian nukes, Assayd’s use of chemical weapons, Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russiagate, 2020 electoral fraud, January 6 Trump Insurrection.  And, yes, I left out some, but the point stands without them.  A country in which explanations are controlled is a country in which people live in lies.

In America and Western civilization generally, the concept of objective truth has essentially been destroyed, especially in educational and communication institutions. Throughout the Western World the basis of truth has been shifted from evidence to emotion.  Emotion has become the important evidence.  Objective truth is dismissed as a construct that serves white males.  https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/12/23/on-truth/

In America today everything is aligned against the white heterosexual population.  The Democrat left, universities, and media are aligned with race and gender victims of alleged white racism and transphobia.  Kristen Clarke has been appointed to the Justice (sic) Department to ensure that employment and promotion policies are aligned with race and gender victims. https://www.rt.com/usa/512341-civil-rights-pick-racism/

Immigration policy is aligned against white Americans. Powerless as a majority, white Americans have no future as a minority.  

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/biden-immediately-send-congress-bill-would-offer-citizenship-11-million-illegals?utm_campaign=&utm_content=Zerohedge%3A+The+Durden+Dispatch&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zh_newsletter   

Also: https://www.rt.com/usa/512765-migrant-caravan-biden-policy/

Even if white Americans could escape their insouciance and realize that their country is being taken away from them, they are powerless to do anything about it. With the new domestic terrorism bill on the way, even a protest against dispossession is criminalized as sedition.

There are many interesting aspects of the situation that we could explore.  But let’s take only one.  The Biden regime seems to be filling up with neoconservative zionists who are agents of Washington and Israel’s hegemony.  The pursuit of this hegemony involves conflict with Russia, China, and Iran.

Washington will be entering these conflicts with a collapsed economy and a sharpely divided population.  Will the real backbone of the American armed forces—Trump deplorables—fight for an Establishment that hates its guts?  Will an economy drowning in debt and destroyed by corporate offshoring of investment and American middle class jobs and now by lockdowns that are destroying the remaining pieces of the middle class—small businesses—be able to sustain a conflict with nations more unified and free of external debt and unmanageable internal debt?  If so, it will be the first time in history.

How long will Trump deplorables remain docile when they realize that they are being exterminated by being cut off from equal rights, constitutional protection, employment and avenues of success?

As for the Establishment itself, when will its arrogance and confidence be shaken by the realization that it cannot control the anti-white, anti-American ideologues it has created and is itself facing the situation faced by Kerensky, the Brownshirts, and the Chinese Communist Party when Mao unleashed the cultural revolution?  Having empowered hatred and having let it out of the bottle, the Establishment itself will be destroyed by it.

Who will the Establishment appeal to when the revolution turns on them?  What answer will the Establishment have when they are asked the question Bolsheviks put to Kerensky:  “Who chose you?”

Killing a Nation: Endless US-Led Aggression in Syria

Stephen Lendman. US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts...Majority In Favor of  War

By Stephen Lendman

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The defining feature of US imperialism is its endless war on humanity at home and abroad.

Instead of fostering cooperative relations with other nations, it smashes ones unwilling to bend to its will — and/or wages war on them by other means.

For nearly 10 years, Republicans and Dems waged endless preemptive war on Syria.

US forces illegally occupy northern and southern parts of the country. 

Millions of its people were displaced. Severe hardships were inflicted on the entire population.

What US regimes did to Syria and its people is one of history’s great crimes — similar to its criminality against numerous other nations.

What’s vital to explain in feature reports, US-led Western establishment media suppress.

Last week, Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad met in Moscow to address major issues affecting the Syrian Arab Republic, its people, and region.

Lavrov stressed what he said many times before.

In stark contrast to the US, NATO and Israel, Russia champions “unconditional respect for Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence as well as the right of the Syrian nation to determine its own fate and future.”

These principles are embodied in Security Council Res. 2254.

Like all SC resolutions, it’s binding international law on all nations.

Russia is also committed to providing Syria and its people with humanitarian aid — what the US and its imperial partners go all-out trying to obstruct, what UN secretary general Guterres ignores.

Throughout his tenure, he’s done nothing to aid long-suffering Syrians, nothing to denounce US-led aggression on their homeland, nothing to fulfill the mandate of his office with regard to fostering world peace and stability.

Lavrov explained that Syrian socioeconomic development goals are grievously “hindered by the illegal…criminal…sanctions adopted against Syria by the US and some of its allies.”

He “condemn(ed) illegal” occupation of Syrian territory by US and other foreign forces.

Russia is committed to aiding Syria restore normalcy to the country.

It provided 100,000 tons of grain to the country. Deliveries will continue, said Lavrov.

Together with Syrian officials, Russia is helping them prepare a “comprehensive strategic program for economic cooperation” and redevelopment.

Throughout Trump’s tenure, under Obama/Biden, and most of their predecessors, the US “show(ed) no desire, ability or skill when it comes to discussing their concerns openly and on the basis of facts during direct negotiations,” said Lavrov, adding:

“The Americans and their Western allies have developed a trend of publicly accusing others without any facts, making these accusations part of the international agenda, and presenting them as a proved matter.”

I’ve stressed many times that diplomatic outreach to the US in recent decades by Russia and other independent countries achieved nothing but betrayal.

The US operates like other rogue states, demanding obedience, smashing or otherwise punishing non-compliers. 

In 2011, the Obama/Biden regime and its imperial partners in high crimes smashed Syria and “destroyed Libya’s statehood,” said Lavrov.

SC Res. 2254 mandates respect for Syria’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence — ignored by the US and its partners in high crimes of war and against humanity.

The US consistently and repeatedly breaches international and its own constitutional and statute laws — with impunity, no accountability ever forthcoming.

Lavrov slammed Pompeo’s serial lying, his contempt for peace and the rule of law, his thuggishness on the world stage.

Days earlier, Sputnik News asked:

“Will we ever know how many thousands of civilians were killed and maimed by American bombs in Syria, as (its forever) war still rages?”

Russia’s Rear Adm. Vyacheslav Sytnik, deputy head of the country’s Defense Ministry’s Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said the following last week:

“Thirty-five cases of shelling from the positions of (US-supported) Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist(s) were registered in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the provinces of Idlib (23 attacks), Latakia (5), Hama (4) and Aleppo (3)” — defenseless civilians in the line of fire.

Separately, Southfront reported that “Israeli media and think tanks (are) promoting the idea of (IDF) intervention into the ‘unstable’ Syrian south under the (phony) pretext of restoring ‘peace and prosperity’ in this region.”

“Therefore, it is possible to expect the resumption of active Israeli military and clandestine operations to undermine the Syrian statehood in this particular region.”

AMN News quoted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s close advisor  Buthaina Shaaban, saying the following:

“(R)emoving (Iranian military advisors and) Hezbollah (forces) from Syria is totally out of the question,” adding:

“(N)o one decides for Damascus how its relationship with Iran, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian resistance should be.”

“The relationship between Damascus and Moscow is a relationship that is equitable and based on respect.” 

“Russia and China respect their allies,” polar opposite how the US, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners operate.

Russian Hacking Big Lie Never Dies

Stephen Lendman. US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts...Majority In Favor of  War

By Stephen Lendman

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Along with phony accusations of Russian US election meddling, allegations of Kremlin hacking are never supported by credible evidence because none exists.

In response to the latest Big Lie about Russian hacking, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the following:

“I reject these statements, these (phony) accusations once again.”

Peskov added that if hacking occurred, Russia “ha(d) nothing to do with this.”

Nor has the US intelligence community, Congress, or any other source in the country ever presented evidence of illegal or improper Russian actions against the country — nor by any other nations.

When these accusations surface, they’re always from dark elements hostile to Russia and other nations free from US control.

So hostile to world peace and stability accusations are invented.

They’re spread by government and media sources to manipulate the public to believe Russia and other countries threaten the US and its people when no foreign threats exist.

What’s going on is all about unjustifiably justifying trillions of dollars spent for militarism and belligerence at the expense of a nation fit to live in.

Whenever these accusation surface, they’re fabricated every time, never legitimate, including the latest alleged cyber breach, falsely attributed to Russia.

Pompeo either initiated the latest anti-Russia Big Lie or repeated it, mass deception one of his many nefarious specialties.

On Friday, he recited the following Big Lies to be ignored, not swallowed, saying:

“You see the news of the day with respect to (Russian) efforts in the cyber space (sic).”  

“We’ve seen this for an awfully long time, using asymmetric capabilities to try and put themselves in a place where they can impose costs on the United States (sic).”

“Vladimir Putin remains a real risk to those of us who love freedom (sic), and we have to make sure that we prepare for each of them.”

“(T)here was a significant effort to use a piece of third-party software to essentially embed code inside of US government systems (sic), and it now appears systems of private companies and companies and governments across the world as well (sic).”  

“This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity (sic).”

Like always before, no evidence was presented to corroborate Pompeo’s accusations because there is none.

It’s unclear whether any hacking of government and/or private systems occurred anywhere.

No evidence suggests Russian responsibility for anything hostile to US interests domestically or abroad — not now or earlier.

True enough, Russia’s military has been involved in Syria since September 2015 — legitimately at the request of Damascus to combat US supported ISIS and likeminded terrorists.

It’s a noble mission in stark contrast to aggression against a sovereign state threatening no one by the US, NATO, Israel and their imperial partners.

Virtually nothing Pompeo claims is credible. Once a serial liar, always one.

During his annual marathon tour de force presser days earlier, Putin noted that virtually always before when US accusations were made against Russia, they proved groundless — the latest example no exception.

Not according to establishment media propaganda, NYT fake news leading the war of words on Russia, saying:

“(T)he Kremlin…used a variety of sophisticated tools to infiltrate dozens of government and private systems, including nuclear laboratories and the Pentagon, Treasury and Commerce Departments (sic).”

As always before in these type Times pieces, no evidence was cited. Without it, accusations are groundless.

Yet the Times claimed that “evidence…piled up this week (indicating that) an elite Russian intelligence agency” was behind reported hacking (sic) that perhaps didn’t occur, surely not by Russia.

Where’s the verified evidence? None was cited by Washington, the Times and other media.

Spreading lies, Big Lies, and damn lies is standard practice when these accusations are made — pointing always at US adversaries.

CIA-connected WaPo headlined:

“The massive cyber spy campaign against the U.S. government is grave and ongoing…and Russia…clearly behind it (sic).”

The WSJ headlined:

“Computer Hack Blamed on Russia Tests Limits of US Response,” adding:

Neocon US Senator “Dick Durbin called the (alleged hacking) a declaration of war (sic).”

Axios mimicked Durbin’s Big Lie, headlining: “Russian Hacks Acts of War (sic).”

WaPo pseudo-journalist Fareed Zakaria tweeted:

“Russia hasn’t just hacked our computer systems (sic). It’s hacked our minds (sic).”

The latest widely proliferated fake news about Russia surely won’t be the last time it’s smeared  by false accusations.

Whenever these claims surface about nations unwilling to sacrifice their sovereign rights to a higher power in Washington, ignore them.

They’re baseless mind-manipulating propaganda — fake news by US dark forces and their press agent media against all sovereign independent nations.

Real threats don’t exist so they have to be invented to throw trillions of dollars at the US military, industrial, security complex — along with Wall Street and other corporate favorites.

It comes at the expense of a nation that’s safe and fit to live in.

It’s long gone, perhaps never to return.

Dystopian totalitarian rule replaced it, enforced with police state harshness.

A Final Comment

After briefed on an alleged Russian cyberattack, Trump tweeted the following:

“The cyber hack is far greater in the fake news media than in actuality.” 

“I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control.” 

“Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!).” 

“There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA.”

No evidence was presented to show any hacking occurred, nothing pointing fingers at Russia, China, or any other foreign countries.

Biden doesn’t have the luxury of time. بايدن لا يملك ترف الوقت

Biden doesn’t have the luxury of time.

Nasser Qandil

Despite outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to recall his election victory, there is no one in America or the world that treats Trump as a waste of time in U.S. and international political life, and Americans are preparing to meet President-elect Joe Biden as Washington’s friends and foes prepare for this stage.

– Some of those involved in the U.S. hegemony project imagine that the options are open to Biden, whether intellectually attached to the position of ideological and hostile commitment to everything that is liberating in the world, or politically from the position of their bets on the American role as a lever for projects that reaped failure after failure with the change of American covenants from George Bush to Barack Obama to Donald Trump, and these projects fell in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Lebanon, or existentially, as is the case for those who went in escalation to where there is no return, especially in the Gulf and the occupation entity, and they fear any US retreat and its repercussions on the balance of the region and the emergence of new equations.

– Biden has no luxury of options, after Trump’s choices have reached its limit in four years and her limited ability to produce new balances, despite their brutality, bringing ruin and relying on starvation. The settlement is to open a new page with the forces that Trump fought his war against, a page recognising the facts and facts on ground confirming the balance of deterrence despite assassinations and mobilisation of fleets. Does Biden have the ability to go to war, and if this is not the only option, the only alternative is to return to the logic of compromise, which Obama and Biden discovered as the only option, the nuclear understanding with Iran came as the product of this inevitability, and constitutes a return to understanding a first translation of the stability of this imperative.

– Biden has no luxury of selectivity, in selecting the destination of the resolution of choice, whether it is war or compromise, and as long as it is a compromise, what Biden does as a veteran of international politics, and teaches him with his team, which has enough experience, that nuclear understanding with Iran is the centrepiece of Trump’s withdrawal from nuclear understanding is the source of division between Washington and its European allies, and the division has torn NATO apart, and withdrawal from nuclear understanding is the source of the rift with Russia and China turning into an open confrontation. As long as the philosophy of exit from understanding is based on the abolition of liabilities, the destruction of international agreements and conventions and the obligations they impose, and the return to understanding, the international institutions are restored from the institution represented by the United Nations to the IAEA.

– Biden and his team also realize that they don’t have the luxury of time, what Trump did was enough to create a vain skepticism of understandings with Washington, produce an angry public opinion waiting for revenge for crimes, monetization of excess power to impose new equations, and future benefits in Iran will make time in place, in six months Iran will choose a new president, and entitlement will be an answer to the U.S. policies represented by Biden, and this time it will be to stay under the roof of nuclear understanding and its obligations at stake, as noted by the decision of the Iranian Shura Council, which decided to suspend these commitments..

Biden’s future is at stake, with the future of nuclear understanding,. and the future of many equations in the region and the world.

بايدن لا يملك ترف الوقت

ناصر قنديل

رغم محاولة الرئيس الأميركي المنتهية ولايته دونالد ترامب العودة الى التذكير بفوزه بالانتخابات، فليس هناك أحد في أميركا ولا في العالم يتعامل مع ترامب إلا بصفته مرحلة زائلة من الحياة السياسية الأميركية والدولية، وقد بدأ الأميركيون في ظل المرحلة الانتقالية يستعدون لملاقاة تسلم الرئيس المنتخب جو بايدن مقاليد السلطة، فيما العالم من أصدقاء واشنطن وخصومها يستعد لهذه المرحلة.

يتخيل البعض من المتعلقين بمشروع الهيمنة الأميركية أن الخيارات مفتوحة أمام بايدن، سواء كان تعلق هؤلاء فكرياً من موقع الإلتزام العقائدي والعدائي لكل ما هو تحرري في العالم، أو سياسياً من موقع رهاناتهم على الدور الأميركي كرافعة لمشاريع حصدت الفشل تلو الفشل مع تغير العهود الأميركية من جورج بوش الى باراك أوباما الى دونالد ترامب، وسقطت هذه المشاريع في سورية والعراق وفلسطين واليمن ولبنان، او وجودياً، كحال الذين ذهبوا في التصعيد الى حيث لا رجعة خصوصاً في الخليج وكيان الاحتلال، ويخشون أي انكفاء أميركي وانعكاساته على موازين المنطقة ونشوء معادلات جديدة.

ليس أمام بايدن ترف الخيارات، بعدما بلغت خيارات ترامب سقفها خلال أربع سنوات وظهرت محدودية قدرتها على إنتاج توازنات جديدة، رغم وحشيتها وجلبها للخراب واستنادها الى التجويع، وبلغت الأمور حداً صارت فيه الخيارات ضيقة، بين الذهاب للحرب أو الذهاب للتسوية. والتسوية هي فتح صفحة جديدة مع القوى التي خاض ترامب حربه ضدها، صفحة الاعتراف بالوقائع والحقائق التي أنتجتها المواجهة، والتي تقول بأن التوازنات لم تتغيّر رغم الحصار والجوع، وأن المعادلات لم تتبدّل رغم الاغتيالات وحشد الأساطيل، فهل يملك بايدن قدرة الذهاب للحرب، وإن لم يكن هذا هو الخيار فالبديل الوحيد هو العودة لمنطق التسوية، الذي اكتشف ثنائي أوباما وبادين أنه خيار وحيد، وجاء التفاهم النووي مع إيران نتاج هذه الحتمية، وتشكل العودة للتفاهم ترجمة أولى لثبات هذه الحتمية.

ليس أمام بايدن ترف الانتقائية، في انتقاء وجهة ترجمة حسم الخيار، سواء أكان الحرب أم التسوية، وطالما هو التسوية، فما يعمله بايدن كمخضرم في السياسة الدولية، ويعلمه معه فريقه الذي يملك ما يكفي من الخبرة، أن التفاهم النووي مع إيران هو محور التحولات التي يريد إحداثها في العلاقات الدولية لبدء صفحة جديدة من التفاوض الهادئ مع الحلفاء والخصوم، فانسحاب ترامب من التفاهم النووي هو مصدر الفرقة بين واشنطن وحلفائها الأوروبيين وهذه الفرقة مزقت حلف الناتو، والانسحاب من التفاهم النووي هو مصدر تحول الخلاف مع روسيا والصين الى مواجهة مفتوحة. طالما أن فلسفة الخروج من التفاهم تقوم على إلغاء الخصوم، وضرب عرض الحائط بالاتفاقات والمواثيق الدولية والالتزامات التي تفرضها، والعودة الى التفاهم ترد الاعتبار للمؤسسات الدولية من المؤسسة الأم التي تمثلها الأمم المتحدة الى الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية.

يدرك بايدن وفريقه أيضاً أنهم لا يملكون ترف الوقت، فما فعله ترامب كان كافياً لخلق الشك بلا جدوى التفاهمات مع واشنطن، وإنتاج رأي عام غاضب ينتظر الانتقام من الجرائم، وتسييل فائض القوة لفرض معادلات جديدة، والاستحقاقات المقبلة في إيران تجعل الوقت داهماً، فخلال ستة شهور ستختار إيران رئيساً جديداً، والاستحقاق سيكون جواباً على السياسات الأميركية التي يمثلها بايدن، وهذه المرة سيكون البقاء تحت سقف التفاهم النووي والتزاماته على المحك، كما أشار قرار مجلس الشورى الإيراني، الذي قرّر تعليق هذه الالتزامات.

مستقبل بايدن على المحك ومعه مستقبل التفاهم النووي، ومستقبل الكثير الكثير من معادلات المنطقة والعالم. وليس الأمر ولم يكن ولن يكون، كرم أخلاق بايدن أو سوء نياته.

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متى كانتْ مُساعداتُكُم مجانيةً يا حضْرة السفيرة «المَصون»؟!

السيد سامي خضرا

هكذا وبكلّ بساطة تُواصل السفيرة الأميركية لدى لبنان سفاهَتَها التي بدأتْها منذ اليوم الأول لوصولها إلى لبنان.

فهي تقوم بزيارات ونشاطات وتُكثر من التصريحات بكلّ فظاظة ووقاحة بحيثُ أنها لا تجرؤ على فعل ذلك لو كانت في بلدٍ آخر يحرص على احترام شعبه وصيانة كرامته ومراعاة قوانينه وخطوطه الحمر.

أما في لبنان فـ «السِّت المصون» تسرحُ وتمرح وتتمادى من دون ضوابط ولا حدود وهي مُطْمئنة أنّ أحداً لن يمنعها أو يُغضبها والعياذ بالله، لأنّ غاية ما يمكن أن يكون ردَّ الفعل على تصرفاتها أن يتمّ تنسيق زيارة لها، من بعد إذنها طبعاً، لمسؤول رسمي تُسمَّى «عزيمة على فنجان قهوة» على الطريقة اللبنانية، وهو مصطلح يستعمله الجبناء لمجاملة الأقوياء للضحك على الأغبياء!

فبالأمس صرَّحت حضرة السفيرة بأن «لا مساعدات مجانية للبنان بعد اليوم»!

واعجباً:

فهي تعلم ونحن نعلم وتعلم أننا نعلم كما الكلّ يعلم أنه في كلّ تاريخ السياسة الأميركية في لبنان لم يكن هناك أيّ مساعدة أو قرار أو خطوة أو تحرّك أو موقف مجاني قط بل نتعامل مع دولةٍ مُتسلطة باغية كلّ همّها تأمين سياستها الاعتدائية العدوانية على البلدان المُستعمَرَة أو المُتَسلَّط عليها لِما فيه حفظ الكيان الصهيوني الدخيل وتأمين تدفُّق النفط دون أن يكون لنا نصيب من لقمة أيتام على مائدة اللئام!

نعم:

لا شيء تُقدِّمه أميركا مجاناً لا للبنان ولا لغيره لا اليوم ولا أمس ولا غداً، ولطالما دَفَعْنا أثماناً غالية من دمائنا ودموعنا وأَرَقِنا وأَمْننا وراحتنا… صيانة لكرامتنا وسُمُو شرفنا.

لم تُقدِّمْ شيئاً مجاناً لكن المُجاهرة من السفيرة بهذا الكلام هو وقاحةٌ زائدة عن الوقاحة السائدة، فهي تتحدَّى كلّ اللبنانيين فرداً فرداً بِمَنْ فيهم الذين يعملون عبيداً بين يديها، ففي تصريحها إهانة علنية ومُباشرة للمؤسَّسات التي تَتلقَّى مساعداتها فهي تقول لهم:

إنَّ مساعدتنا ليست مجانية بل هي مقابل شيء وثمن ومواقف معنوية ومادية ترهنكم وتستنزِفكم جميعاً.

إذاً…

كلّ من يتلقى أي مساعدة عن طريق السفارة الأميركية وُجِّهَت له إهانة من الحجم الثقيل والمباشر.

فإلى متى تبقى هذه الفوضى من دون موقفٍ يُعبِّر عن كرامة لبنان واللبنانيين الذين يتحمَّلون كلّ هذه التصرفات المُشينة والتي لم تكن الأولى!

فقبل أسبوعٍ فقط وعندما فُرِضت العقوبات المعروفة على رئيس التيار الوطني الحر الأستاذ جبران باسيل عَقَّبت السفيرة مباشرةً «أنّ عندها دلائل لن تُفرِجَ عنها»!

وذلك في أغرب موقف يمكن أن تراه في عالم الإِدِّعاء أو القضاء أو المرافعة!

وأما إذا أردنا أن نستحضر كافة مواقف هذه الدبلوماسية والتي كانت تخدم في الكيان الغاصب لاحتجنا إلى مقالات عديدة لكن نكتفي بتذكير وتحذير في أنّ الأوضاع لا يمكن لها أن تستمرّ على هذا المنوال، وإلاَّ لن تُرجى لنا قيامة أو أمل بإصلاح ما دامت أمثالُ هذه النماذج تتحرك بمثلِ هذه العقلية السائبة التي لا تعتبرنا بشراً يستحقون المعاملة اللائقة!

والمطلوب فوراً لا أقلّ من وقفة عزّ يصحو بها الغافلون وينتفض لها الغيورون لنكون جديرين بعزّ لا يُميته زمان ونُوَرِّثه للأجيال…

«باسيل عرض علينا الانفصال عن حزب الله»: السفيرة الأميركية تكذب

«باسيل عرض علينا الانفصال عن حزب الله»: السفيرة الأميركية تكذب

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الثلاثاء 10 تشرين الثاني 2020

حاولت السفيرة الأميركية صياغة رد ملائم لما كشف عنه رئيس التيار الوطني الحر جبران باسيل، فخلصت الى تعميق حفرة «الكذب» الأميركي لتبرير كل الموبقات المرتكبة بحق الأفراد والشعوب والدول، على شكل عقوبات. وفيما لم تذلل هذه العقوبات العقبات امام الإسراع في تأليف حكومة وطنية، اختلفت الأجواء العونية والحريرية حول لقاء رئيس الحكومة المكلف برئيس الجمهورية أمسلم تكد تمر الساعة الرابعة والعشرون على مؤتمر رئيس التيار الوطني الحر جبران باسيل رداً على إعلان الادارة الأميركية فرض العقوبات عليه، حتى أتى الرد من السفيرة الأميركية في بيروت دوروثي شيا. حاولت الأخيرة الموازنة بين ما كشفه باسيل عن طريقة الترغيب والترهيب الأميركية في إخضاع من يعارض أوامرها، وبين تلميع صورة إدارتها التي تدّعي الدفاع عن حقوق الانسان والحريات في كل أنحاء العالم. كان لا بد لشيا من التعليق على كلام باسيل الناري، فأتى مضمون خطابها هزيلاً، وبدت عاجزة عن إيجاد تفصيل صغير يبرر العقوبات الأميركية، لتؤكد مرة أخرى أن أسبابها لا تمت الى الفساد بصلة. جلّ ما صدر عنها نتيجة ما سمّته مطالبة الجميع بالاطلاع على الأدلة التي كانت في الملفات والتي أدت الى فرض العقوبات، قولها «إننا نسعى لجعل القدر الاكبر من المعلومات متاحاً عند الإعلان عن التسميات، ولكن، كما هي الحال في كثير من الأحيان، فإن بعض هذه المعلومات غير قابل للنشر». العبارة تلك كفيلة بكشف الكذب الأميركي، وهي الحجة الدائمة لتبرير الحروب على دول والاجتياحات لدول أخرى وحصار وتجويع شعوب. بررت السفيرة الأميركية العقوبات في وقت حصول الانتخابات الأميركية بأن «عملية التسمية وصلت إلى النقطة التي أصبحت فيها جاهزة للتنفيذ، وتمت بناءً على تعليمات من واشنطن». وأضافت أنها «على سبيل المجاملة، قامت بمتابعة هذا الأمر من خلال مكالمات هاتفية رفيعة المستوى حيث تمت مناقشة هذا الموضوع».

وفي سعي منها لدحض ما فضحه باسيل عن عدة العمل الأميركية والضغوط والمغريات التي قدمت له لفك تحالفه مع حزب الله، قالت شيا إن باسيل هو الذي «أعرب عن الاستعداد للانفصال عن الحزب بشروط معينة». كذلك «أعرب عن امتنانه لأن الولايات المتحدة جعلته يرى كيف أن العلاقة هي غير مؤاتية للتيار، حتى إن مستشارين رئيسيين أبلغوني أنهم شجّعوا باسيل على اتخاذ هذا القرار التاريخي». هنا أيضاً بدا كلام السفيرة منافياً للمنطق ولكل ما تحاول أميركا تحقيقه سياسياً في لبنان منذ الاعلان عن وثيقة التفاهم بين التيار والحزب، وما تلاها من أحداث أسهمت في توطيد العلاقة بين الطرفين بما يحبط الأجندة الاسرائيلية لتطويق المقاومة في الداخل. لكن كان لدى شيا من الوقاحة ما سمح لها بأن تختم خطابها بالقول إن «الولايات المتحدة اتخذت هذا الإجراء تضامناً مع الشعب اللبناني».
في المقابل، أصدر المكتب الاعلامي لرئيس التيار الوطني الحر بياناً حول ما صدر عن شيا، لفت فيه إلى أن كلام السفيرة «برهان على عدم وجود إثباتات على الاتهامات الموجهة لباسيل ‏بالتورط في الفساد (…) ‏فإذا كانت هذه المعطيات متوافرة ولا تريد نشرها، فإن النائب باسيل يطالب أقله بأن تقوم الجهة الأميركية المعنية بتسليمها للسلطات اللبنانية المختصة». وأعاد البيان تأكيد أن «موضوع الفساد لم يطرح لا من قريب ولا من بعيد في النقاشات التي حصلت، لا لناحية وروده في العقوبة ولا لناحية أي مطالب لواشنطن ‏بخصوصه، بل دارت المباحثات حول التفاهم مع حزب الله والمواضيع المرتبطة به، ولم يكن من موجب للنائب باسيل أن يسأل أو يعتب أو يهتم لنوع العقوبة». ولفت البيان الى أن فشل السياسة الأميركية حتى الآن في فك التفاهم بين التيار وحزب الله، «على الرغم من كل الضغوط التي مارستها واشنطن عبر السنين، وبالرغم من كل التهديد والترغيب، فإن محاولة دق الإسفين بينهما من خلال بيان إعلامي، يتكلم عن شروط معينة بدل الكلام عن مسار حواري وطني شامل، هي محاولة ظريفة ولكنها لن تنجح بهذه الطريقة حتماً».

تنقل المصادر عن الحريري تسليم عون له أسماء مرشحين لكل من وزارتي الداخلية والدفاع


في موازاة العقوبات الأميركية وما فرضته من تطورات على المشهد الحكومي من ناحية عودة باسيل الى ساحة التفاوض من الباب العريض، زار رئيس الحكومة المكلف سعد الحريري، يوم أمس، رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون. ثمة روايتان هنا لما حصل خلال الاجتماع: من جهة تشير المصادر العونية الى أن اللقاء اتسم بالسلبية ربطاً باستمرار الحريري في رفع سقف شروطه وإصراره على تسمية الوزراء المسيحيين، إضافة الى تراجعه عمّا تم الاتفاق عليه بشأن تسمية العونيين، وبالتحديد رئيس الجمهورية، لوزير الداخلية. كذلك الأمر في ما خص وزارتَي الاتصالات والطاقة. ما سبق أسهم في عدم إصدار القصر الجمهوري أي بيان حول الاجتماع، علماً بأن مستشار الرئيس الفرنسي باتريك دوريل يصل الى بيروت غداً موفداً من الرئيس الفرنسي ايمانويل ماكرون، في إطار إعادة تفعيل مبادرة الإليزيه، فيما أجواء الحريري تنقض الرواية العونية، وتؤكد إيجابية فائقة في المشاورات الحكومية التي حصلت يوم أمس بينه وبين عون. لا بل تكشف أن رئيس الجمهورية سلّم الحريري أسماء مرشحين اثنين لوزارة الداخلية، ومرشحين اثنين آخرين لشغل وزارة الدفاع. وبالتالي تسير الأمور «على نحو ممتاز، ويفترض أن تصل قريباً الى خواتيمها السعيدة».

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Don’t Fall For The Psyop! Biden’s Not Officially The President-Elect, At Least Not Yet…

By Andrew Korybko

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A massive psyop was launched across the world after the Mainstream Media’s “projection” that Biden will become the President-Elect deceived average folks and foreign governments alike into thinking that the US’ contentious 2020 presidential election has finally concluded, but the existing and forthcoming litigation from the Trump team might change the final tally in key battleground states and in turn influence how the Electoral College votes in the middle of next month since it’s this institution — not the media or the popular vote — which legally decides the presidency as per the Constitution.

An Unprecedentedly Intense Psyop

Most of the world fell for the massive psyop that was launched over the weekend after the Mainstream Media “projected” that Biden will become the President-Elect. This dramatic declaration is factually false and deliberately ignores the legal process for deciding the presidency as stipulated by the Constitution, instead relying on the masterful manipulation of carefully cultivated perceptions to craft the impression of a fait accompli despite the coup plotters’ desired outcome not yet being legally certified. It’s of the utmost importance to explain the latest development in the decades-long Hybrid War of Terror on America since the “perception management” method that’s presently being perfected will almost certainly be employed in future regime change operations across the world for the purpose of delegitimizing targeted incumbent governments and demoralizing their supporters after disputed elections.

The Election College Reigns Supreme

First things first, it’s actually the Electoral College — and not the media or even the popular vote like many folks (both Americans and especially foreigners) wrongly believe — which legally decides the presidency as per the Constitution. Each state’s electors are expected — but not always legally obligated — to vote for the candidate who wins the popular vote in their state when this institution meets in mid-December. The existing and forthcoming litigation from the Trump team might change the final tally in key battleground states, however, which could in turn influence the outcome of this process. There’s also the possibility of so-called “dueling slates of electors” being nominated by the governor and legislature of some contested states, especially given the legally unresolved outcomes there, the scenario of which was described in detail by Reuters in their informative article on the topic from last month.

Edward Bernays Is Back

It’s for this reason why the Mainstream Media’s claim about Biden becoming the President-Elect is factually false, yet it’s nevertheless being propagated far and wide for the purpose of manipulating the masses. Psychological operations, or psyops for short, aren’t anything “conspiratorial” like self-deluded or dishonest critics might claim, but are part and parcel of human history, having become all the more ubiquitous in everyday life as a result of the relatively recent revolution in information-communication technology which brought most of the planet online through internet-connected cell phones with social media apps. Never before have Edward Bernays’ teachings about “Propaganda” and “The Engineering Of Consent” been more relevant, which is felt by all folks across the world, even if only subconsciously for most of those who still remain unaware of these techniques’ very existence.

The Gaslighting Game

What the coup plotters want to have happen — and make no mistake about it, this is definitely a coup because of the credible claims that fraud was committed in several key battleground states — is to manipulate Trump’s supporters into becoming defeatist so that they don’t employ “Democratic Security” strategies such as exercising their constitutionally enshrined right to stage peaceful rallies in his support while the litigation process continues. They’re also unsure of what the legal outcome will be, especially if the Supreme Court’s new conservative supermajority is ultimately forced to rule on one or some of the cases, hence why they want everyone to wrongly believe that the issue is already decided so that they can then gaslight their targeted audience into thinking that the election was stolen from them instead of them being the ones who are actually trying to steal it from Trump.

The International Community’s Self-Interested Reaction

There are also several international dimensions at play as well. By prematurely “projecting” the victor with the strategic motivation of misleading the masses, the anti-Trump members of the US’ permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) expected that sympathetic foreign officials will fall for their Mainstream Media proxies’ psyop by following suit and congratulating Biden before the results are legally certified, as most of them ended up doing since it conformed with their “wishful thinking” expectations. Others, however, might not necessarily have been supportive of this “deep state” coup, but simply thought to safeguard their national interests in the (likely?) event that it succeeds, hence why they took a calculated risk congratulating Biden in order to get on his team’s good side. Polish President Duda was probably the most measured, however, since he said wisely wrote that “we await the nomination by the Electoral College”.

Perfecting The Syrian & Venezuelan Precedents

The Anti-Trump Regime Change Sequence Is Worthwhile Studying” for other reasons as well. As the author warned in his latest piece about how “Schadenfreude Towards The US Is Acceptable, But Don’t Sacrifice Your Principles!” which he wrote for The Iranian Council For Defending The Truth, a new Iranian think tank, the “perception management” method that’s presently being perfected in the final stage of the four-year-long psyop against Trump is intended to be used in other regime change operations across the world for delegitimizing targeted incumbent governments after disputed elections and demoralizing their supporters. It’s actually not all that novel of a method either since it was earlier employed against Syrian President Assad and Venezuelan President Maduro but to no avail, though its use against Trump is unprecedentedly intense and carries with it globally significant consequences considering the US’ fading superpower status.

The Future Victims Tie Their Own Infowar Noose

Those in general society and the halls of foreign governments who sympathize with this rolling coup for whatever their reasons may be might eventually find themselves on the receiving end of these “political technologies”, except they’ll be applied even more intensely and arguably more convincingly since the “deep state’s” Mainstream Media proxies could present evidence of those targeted leaders tacitly endorsing the anti-Trump regime change psyop which was later used against them. The carefully cultivated impression of hypocrisy that would then be on full display could deal enormous damage to the morale of those leaders’ supporters and could even result in other governments once again ignoring constitutional processes to congratulate their target’s opponent on their so-called “victory” instead. The de-facto establishment of “dueling governments” partially recognized by the international community could worsen any political crisis as seen in Venezuela.

#NotMyPresident?

With the psyop reaching its crescendo towards what might ultimately end up being Trump’s official capitulation (although no such concession on his side is constitutionally required), the question on his supporters’ minds is whether or not they should recognize the contentious results even if the Electoral College certifies them. That’s a personal decision that every person must make for themselves, though it should be said that everyone should abide by the law and not burn, loot, riot, and even murder in rare instances like the “deep state’s” de-facto street militias of Antifa and “Black Lives Matter” have done for nearly the past half-year with practical impunity when expressing their rage against the system. Nevertheless, consent is purely personal and doesn’t have to be given even if one goes through the motions of abiding by the certified outcome in order to avoid the possible consequences of being placed on the “enemies list” that the dictatorial Democrats are currently compiling.

Concluding Thoughts

The “deep state’s” Mainstream Media proxies launched a massive psyop against the world by prematurely declaring Biden the President-Elect despite the outcome still being litigated and the Electoral College not yet having cast their ballots for the Democrat puppet. Many average folks and foreign governments fell for it either out of innocent ignorance or willing hypocritical complicity with the coup due to their political sympathies for Trump’s opponents. In any case, just like “The Connection Between World War C & Psychological Processes Is Seriously Concerning”, so too should the widespread manipulation of global perceptions be equally concerning for all those are aware of what’s happening. Biden’s possible presidency is already off to an ominous start after he’s on the brink of being installed through a superficially “democratic” coup that his handlers felt compelled to defend by launching a worldwide psyop in the (unlikely?) event that the Supreme Court saves Trump.

Why Is American Islamophobia Dangerous?

By Dennis Korkodinov

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t is noteworthy that in the period from October 22 to 26, 2007, neoconservatives in the United States first introduced the concept of “Islamo-fascism” into public discourse. Thus, they intended to draw an analogy between the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the ideology that during the Second World War posed a threat to humanity.

Modern tendencies of Islamophobia in the United States, which have spread, moreover, in most European countries, testify to the traditional denigration of the followers of Islam.

It is noteworthy that in the period from October 22 to 26, 2007, neoconservatives in the United States first introduced the concept of “Islamo-fascism” into public discourse. Thus, they intended to draw an analogy between the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the ideology that during the Second World War posed a threat to humanity. This defamation policy, despite strong criticism from the Muslim community, has become a national brand of the United States, thanks to George W. Bush. It was this head of the White House who was the first to elevate Islamophobia into the cult of modern Americanism, presenting all Muslims (regardless of their country of residence, gender, age, and social status) in the image of terrorists.

Such a lie, artificially popularized by American politicians, suggests that this was not only a manifestation of religious intolerance. This was the announcement of a kind of “crusade” of the United States against Muslims and all those who sympathize with them. The leader of this campaign was the David Horowitz Freedom Center, which brought together ardent artists and Islamophobes who were ready to persecute representatives of the Muslim community with weapons in their hands.

One could express doubts about the seriousness of American Islamophobia, believing that it poses no real threat. However, the danger of this kind of religious intolerance is that it has a lot of influential supporters who have practically unlimited resources and power in order to elevate the persecution of Muslims into a state of total sectarian strife. And, given that Islamophobia directly affects the emergence of military conflicts in the Greater Middle East, such threats should be considered extremely realistic.

It is quite obvious that at present the main hotbeds of war in the Middle East arise precisely in those countries where Islam has a fairly strong position and, often in these countries, Islamic clergy are at the top of political power or perform the function of an “alternative government” (Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria). In addition, another distinctive feature of these countries is the huge reserves of oil and natural gas. In this regard, for the United States, the tandem combination of Islam and oil serves as a compelling reason for military intervention.

Thus, the theme of “fighting terrorism” postulated by Washington is only a smokescreen for destroying Islam and seizing the oil that is protected by the followers of Islam. This explains why the United States has been fighting the Ayatollah regime in Iran for several decades, refusing to withdraw troops from Iraqi territory, trying to influence Hezbollah in order to dismember Lebanon, and supporting the radical Syrian opposition.

The main goal of the American administration is a permanent war with Islam, which US politicians refuse to accept as a given, as an ideology that has become a system-forming element of the Arab states, has led to the emergence of prominent religious figures, starting from the Prophet Mohamed, and has created a unique means of communication between peoples, states, and civilizations.

Such a policy is in its savagery comparable to the policy of dictatorial regimes. The Propaganda Minister of the Third Reich Joseph Goebbels said that if a lie is repeated enough times, it becomes true, at least for those who believe in it. In this regard, by constantly promoting Islamophobia, the United States hopes that sooner or later the supporters of this religious intolerance will become the majority, which will lead to a complete discrediting of Islam.

USA SITREP: FBI indicted Russian trombone player as a “GRU hacker”

October 20, 2020

By Lilia Shumkova, a Moscow based independent journalist, for The Saker Blog

A federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of the US state of Pennsylvania without citing any laws domestic or international, basing it’s decision purely on an opaque act of “violation of accepted norms” indited six Russian citizens. All six, as the FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich claims, are Russian military intelligence officers and their “crimes” go back to 2015.

In Russia, people immediately went on searching for any information about named individuals and they truly dug up something interesting about one of those indited, YURIY SERGEYEVICH ANDRIENKO.

https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cyber/yuriy-sergeyevich-andrienko

A Russian citizen born in Minsk, says the indictment, he is a GRU officer. “Andrienko is alleged to have been a Russian military intelligence officer, assigned to Unit 74455. He was last known to be located in Moscow, Russia.” He is being accused by the Pennsylvania judges in “Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States; False Registration of a Domain Name; Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud; Wire Fraud; Intentional Damage to Protected Computers; Aggravated Identity Theft.”

According to the liberal radio Komsomolskaya Pravda, a group of bloggers decided to find these “cybercriminals” using the Findface service.

https://brl.mk.ru/politics/2020/10/20/yuriy-ili-mikhail-belorusa-ili-barnaulca-obvinila-amerika-v-khakerskikh-atakakh.html

According to their search for Yuri’s photo, the service most likely gives out the pages of Barnaul based trombonist Mikhail Nekhoroshev, who graduated from AGIK or the Altai Academy of Culture and Arts, who used to play in the military orchestras and over the past couple of years performs in bars with live music

https://www.agik22.ru/

The closest Mikhail Nekhoroshev came to the Russian Army was while playing his trombone in the military orchestra, see his vKontakte profile. See, Mikhail Nekhoroshev

https://vk.com/id103503697

Images from Mikhail Nekhoroshev’s vKontakte profile

It’s not clear how a provincial musician could “break” the world internet, but now we know that Russophobic Pennsylvania judges would indite an imaginary ham sandwich claiming it came from Russia.

What’s obvious from this glaring example of malicious prosecution and legal malpractice, the FBI just makes up persons to claim that they commit crimes all over the world by grabbing random images of random Russian people off the net.

You can be the judge and see that the musician Mikhail Nekhoroshev is the person on the FBI most wanted list.

Has a trombone player pockets deep enough to battle the FBI’s frivolous accusation in the US court? Doubtful. What would happen if this innocent man travels abroad? He will undoubtedly be arrested, handed to the US, convicted in fairy-tale made-up crimes and sentenced to life in American prison. Russian Foreign Ministry previously stated that the US is conducting a hunt of Russians all over the world, and Washington seems to pay no price for their kidnapping and human trafficking across state borders.

US Is the Top Human Rights Violator in the World, and It’s Not Even Close

By Danny Haiphong

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Few things are more politicized and distorted in the United States than the subject of human rights. Over the last two generations, the U.S. political class and its conduits in the corporate media have weaponized human rights to serve an imperialist agenda. NGOs such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International tend to focus much of their time crafting human rights narratives on matters of critical importance to the U.S. Department of State. Syria, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and a host of countries have been condemned by these organizations for alleged human rights violations. Since 2018, China has been targeted for the same treatment.

China is accused of detaining millions of Xinjiang-based Uyghurs in “concentration camps.” Thanks to Ajit Singh and The Grayzone, we know that the sources for these allegations are far from reliable. We know that the principle source for all things Xinjiang in the U.S. is Adrian Zenz, a far-right Christian fundamentalist who believes he is led by God to overthrow the Communist Party of China. We know that the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders responsible for the study that conducted a total of eight total interviews to derive conclusions of mass Uyghur internment is heavily funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a CIA-linked organization. We also know that the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) currently leading the charge to demonize China on human rights issues is sponsored by military contractors such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

The primary concern of institutions such as ASPI is not the issue of human rights, but rather the creation of an atmosphere of war that will service its donors in the U.S. weapons industry. This is exactly what the propagation of the “Uyghur oppression” narrative has achieved. While relying completely on speculation, faulty satellite imagery, and testimonies from Uyghur-exile groups funded by the NED, the successful penetration of the baseless claim that China is detaining millions of Muslims in camps has played an important role in building up public support in the U.S. for a New Cold War against China. U.S. public opinion of China has dropped significantly over the past year. The U.S. has used the Uyghur human rights narrative to successfully sanction businesses and Communist Party of China officials in Xinjiang.

When U.S. officials accuse other countries of human rights violations, what comes afterward is always far worse than the allegations. After 9/11, U.S. intelligence agencies accused Saddam Hussein of stockpiling non-existent Weapons of Mass destruction. The U.S. went on to invade Iraq in 2003—a war that caused the death of over one million Iraqi civilians and poisoned thousands more with toxic depleted uranium. In 2011, Muammar Gaddafi was accused of “murdering his own people” only to have Libya transformed into a failed state following a more than six month bombing campaign by NATO to protect a jihadist insurgency. Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has been repeatedly accused of using chemical weapons “on his own people.” Syria has been mired in an endless war with both the U.S. and its regional allies which has left hundreds of thousands of dead, millions displaced, and nearly one-third of its oil-rich and water-rich territory occupied by the U.S. military.

These examples are just a few of many that demonstrate why the U.S. is the chief human rights violator in the world. However, it is important to note that how the United States conducts itself abroad is a reflection of the myriad of ways that it violates the human rights of people living in the United States. Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Sandra Bland, and Michael Brown are just a few of hundreds of examples of Black Americans that have been killed by police officers without redress. An average of 1,000 people in the United States are killed by police officers each year. Unlike the U.S.-led Xinjiang narrative, it is well-documented that over 2 million people reside in U.S. prisons and that nearly three-quarters of that prison population is Black, Latino, or Native American.

The U.S. is home to a quarter of all prisoners in the world. Around 80,000 of these prisoners are held in solitary confinement, a practice of prolonged isolation that the U.N. has firmly declared to be an act of torture. Research suggests that solitary confinement is directly linked to a host of psychological maladies from psychosis to suicide. Solitary confinement also causes lasting structural damage to the brain, especially in the hippocampus region responsible for memory and spatial awareness. Widespread use of solitary confinement in the U.S. is not a benign practice but one that specifically targets racial groups. Over forty percent of all male prisoners in solitary confinement are Black American. The world has long known that the U.S. engages in torture abroad at CIA black sites and Guantanamo Bay Prison but fewer are aware of how torture is commonplace in the U.S.’ numerous prisons.

For decades, the U.S. has accused countries such as China of the very policies that make up the foundations of its domestic and foreign policy. U.S. elites have accused China of suppressing free speech but say little about the NSA’s massive surveillance program or the attempted extradition of a non-citizen in Julian Assange for publishing documents relating to U.S. war crimes. China has been accused of sterilizing ethnic minorities yet U.S. officials have failed to scrutinize documented cases of sterilization within U.S. immigration detention centers or its mistreatment of Muslim citizens since the War on Terror was declared in 2001. The Economist has accused China of using its anti-poverty campaign to build loyalty to the Communist Party of China but has yet to call out Joe Biden or Donald Trump for ignoring the needs of the forty percent of people in the U.S. who have virtually no disposable income. China is routinely accused of possessing an “aggressive” foreign policy by the same policy makers and thought leaders who have kept the U.S. at war for more than two-hundred years of its existence.

The ideology of American exceptionalism has created the illusion that the U.S. deserves to hold a monopoly on the issue of human rights. American exceptionalism presumes that the United States is the model example for countries and peoples all over the world. However, the days when the world was forced to bow to the U.S. are over. Most of the world sees the U.S. as the biggest threat to human rights and a peaceful existence. The U.S.’s human rights track record suggests that the world is correct, and it is the entire planet that suffers when issues such as war, climate change, poverty, and racism are blamed on China rather than addressed with solidarity and cooperation at a global level. 

‘Coward, Savage’ US Assassinated ISIL’s No.1 Enemy: Zarif

September 28, 2020

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iranian were not brought to their knees in spite of tough economic pressures exerted by the United States against the country.

Speaking on Monday in a ceremony of honoring martyrs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the eight years of Sacred Defense, Zarif addressed US authorities and added, “You (US) are criminals against humanity and today, you are claiming the human rights? You are coward and savage but could not bring Iranians to their knees.”

While respecting and honoring the families of martyrs of the Foreign Ministry and commemorating the name and memory of all martyrs of the Islamic Revolution, Sacred Defense and nuclear scientists as well as martyrs of defenders of holy shrines especially former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Suleimani and his comrades who were assassinated by the US terrorist forces in Iraq, he reiterated, “In spite of tough and cruel US sanctions imposed against the country, Iranians were not brought to their knees in the current economic war.”

The minister said that Washington assassinated ISIL terrorists’ number 1 enemy.

Addressing the families of martyrs, Zarif said, “Today, in this critical regional and international situation and in spite of irregularities, martyrs with their sacrifice bestowed dignity and grandeur to the Islamic Iran and did not allow others to insult noble people of the country during these years.”

He pointed out that martyrs brought dignity and pride for Iran and were it not for their braveries and courage, the country would have given in the battlefield during the eight years of the Sacred Defense.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif pointed to the eight years of Sacred Defense and said, “During Iran-Iraq war, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was heavily supported by other countries both financially and militarily and today, these countries are claimant of human rights which is ridiculous.”

SourceIranian Agencies

OBSTACLES TO FRENCH SUCCESS IN LEBANON: SAUDI ARABIA AND THE US

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By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai

A US counterterrorism official has claimed that Hezbollah “is stocking ammonium nitrate in France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Switzerland”. The French Foreign Ministry responded that these allegations were untrue. Consequently, it dealt a direct blow to the American administration, which is working in Brussels to place Hezbollah with its military and political wings on the EU’s terrorist list. France enjoys enough influence within the corridors of the European Union and the European Parliament to stand as an impediment to the American plans. For France, it is not a matter of love or support for Hezbollah, but rather its belief that the time has not come to declare war on the organisation. France believes that it needs a relationship with Hezbollah if it is to advance its strategic interests in Lebanon. Hostility to Hezbollah means engaging in a war with the group or moving away from acquiring a foothold in Lebanon. Paris is trying to advance its chances by, for example, avoiding the resignation of its candidate, Prime Minister Mustafa Adib. But France does not hold all the cards and certainly not all the aces.

It is common knowledge that Prime Minister Mustafa Adib does not have any experience in navigating Lebanese domestic politics and its complications and ramifications that extend out to Saudi Arabia, the US and France. These are the countries mainly involved in Lebanon, while Turkey and Russia play smaller roles.Adib’s nomination was arranged when former Prime Minister Saad Hariri lost any hope of being appointed to this position due to his rejection by Saudi Arabia. The Lebanese former Prime Minister Hariri holds both Saudi and French nationalities. During his time in office, More

The World Has Gone Absolutely Insane!

THE SAKER • SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

We all know that we are living in crazy, and dangerous, times, yet I can’t help being awed at what the imperial propaganda machine (aka the legacy ziomedia) is trying to make us all swallow. The list of truly batshit crazy stuff we are being told to believe is now very long, and today I just want to pick on a few of my “favorites” (so to speak).

First, of course, comes the “Novichok Reloaded” scandal around the alleged poisoning of the so-called “dissident” Alexei Navalnyi. I already mentioned this absolutely ridiculous story once, so I won’t repeat it all here. I just want to mention a few very basic facts:

  • Navalnyi is pretty much a discredited non-entity in Russia. “Putin” (because this is how the imperial propaganda machine always personalizes the evils of Russia: “Putin” did this or that, as if Putin was personally in every alleged Russian evil deed) had absolutely and exactly zero reasons to harm Navalnyi in any way. I would even add that IF Navalnyi was poisoned in Russia (which I do not believe) then the FSB screwed up by not offering him 24/7 protection, especially in the current political climate (i.e. struggle for the completion of North Stream 2).
  • The Empire always likes to produce a “sacrificial lamb” to symbolize the putative evil of the nation which dares to resist. In Iran it was Neda, in Kuwait the infamous “incubator babies”, in Syria anonymous kids killed by Russian gas, and in Russia it was Nemtsov (did not really work) and now Navalnyi (I wonder who the sacrificial lamb will be in Belarus (Tikhanovskaia?). The FSB should have seen this coming, especially after Nemtsov.
  • There is exactly zero evidence that the mineral water bottle which the Germans claim contained traces of, what else, “Novichok”, ever was anywhere near Navalnyi or even that it ever was in Russia. No such bottle was found by, or mentioned to the Russian investigators. This bottle was, allegedly, hidden from the FSB by Navalnyi supporters, and secretly brought to Germany. What that means in terms of “chain of custody” is self-evident.
  • As I have mentioned in my past article, if what the German authorities are claiming is true, then the Russians are truly the dumbest imbeciles on the planet. Not content to use this now famous “Novichok” gas against Skripal in the UK and after failing to kill Skripal, these stupid Russians decided to try the very same gas, only “improved”, and they failed again: Navalnyi is quite alive and well, thank you!
  • Then there is this: according to the imperial propaganda machine, Novichok was so horribly dangerous, that the Brits had to use full biosuits to investigate the alleged poisoning of Skripal. They also said that they would completely destroy the dangerous Skripal home (though they never did that). The self same propaganda machine says that the Novichok used on Navalnyi was a more powerful, improved version. Okay. Then try to answer this one: why did the Russians NOT put on biosuits, why did not a single passenger suffer from any side effects (inside a closed aircraft cabin!)? How is it that this super-dooper Novichok not only failed to kill Navalnyi (who, allegedly, ingested it!) but also failed to even moderately inconvenience anybody from the many people Navalnyi was surrounded by on that day?

I could continue to deconstruct all this nonsense, but that would take pages. I will mention two thing though:

First, the Russians have requested any and all evidence available to the Germans and to the Organization for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons – but they got absolutely nothing in return. Yet the EU is demanding an investigation (which is already under way in Russia anyway!) as if the Russians did not want the exact same!

After being exposed to an improved Novichok and after weeks in coma in intensive care, here is Navalnyi trotting down stairs feeling great

After being exposed to an improved Novichok and after weeks in coma in intensive care, here is Navalnyi trotting down stairs feeling great

Second, Navalnyi apparently has an immunity to otherwise deadly Russian biological agents, just take a look at him on this post-Novichok photo:

[By the way, the first time around the Brits also never gave the Russians any information, nevermind any kind of evidence. Apparently, to hide some super-secret secrets. Yeah, right!]

Next, I absolutely have to mention the absolutely insane situation around Belarus.

To make a long story short, the EU wants to sanction Russia for intervening in Belarus while that self-same EU is intervening in every possible imaginable manner: from the Poles who treat Tikhanovskaia as a modern False Dmitri the Fifth (see here for a summary of Polish-run False Dmitris), to the promise of a special “Marshall Plan for Belarus”, to the coordination of all the protests from Poland. The EU refuses to recognize Lukashenko as the winner (in spite of the fact that there is exactly zero evidence suggesting that Lukashenko lost) and refers to Tikhanovskaia as the “Leader of Belarus” (whatever that means).

As for our US American friends, having learned exactly nothing from the abject failure of their Guaido coup in Venezuela, they now want to repeat exactly the same with Tikhanovskaia in Belarus. As a result, Tikhanovskaia has been re-christened “Juanita Guaido”

But the worst are still the Europeans. Not only are they prostituting themselves to the leaders of the Empire, the following countries were the first to declare that they will not recognize Lukashenko as the leader of Belarus: Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia (which is no surprise, they all compete for the title of most pro-US colony on the planet), but also putatively mentally sane countries such as Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Denmark. The case of Germany is particularly amazing, because Germany will now be placed under immense pressure to cancel North Stream 2, something which the entire German industry opposes. Eventually, the US, Canada, the Ukraine, the UK and the entire EU joined in and also refused to recognize Lukashenko as the leader of Belarus.

What is especially amazing to me is that these EU imbeciles apparently don’t care that without North Stream 2 they will have to purchase US gas, at much higher prices, which will make the EU economy less effective than the US one. And I thought that prostitutes are always acutely aware of the money they can make: not the European ones, apparently.

Still, I think that the “top honor” in this category goes to Poland which, while condemning some undefined Russian intervention in Belarus, runs the NEXTA Telegram channel which runs videos like this one: (in Russian – no, not in Belarusian, they know that 99.9999% Belarussians speak Russian):

Oh, but it gets better.

NATO seems to be trying to frighten Russia with maneuvers in Poland and B-52 flights over the Ukraine and the Black Sea (see here for a full analysis). As for the Poles and Ukronazis, they apparently believe that the Russian bear covered himself in poop and ran away at full speed.

What I am going to say next is not a secret, every military person who looked into this issue knows and understands this: NATO, and I mean the combined power of all NATO member states, simply does not have the hardware needed to wage a war against Russia in Europe. What NATO does have is only sufficient to trigger a serious incident which might result in a shooting war. But once this war starts, the chances of victory for NATO are exactly zero. Why?

Well, for one thing, while coalitions of countries might give a thin veneer of political legitimacy to a military action (in reality, only a UNSC resolution would), in purely military terms you are much better off having a single national military. Not only that, but coalitions are nothing but the expression of an often held delusion: the delusion that the little guy can hide behind the back of the big guy. Poland’s entire history can be summarized in this simple principle: strike the weak and bootlick (or even worse!) the powerful. In contrast, real military powers don’t count on some other guy doing the heavy lifting for them. They simply fight until they win.

Yes, the Europeans, being the cowards that they are, do believe that there is safety in numbers. But each time these midgets gang up on Russia and start barking (or, to use Putin’s expression, start oinking) all together, the Russians clearly see that the Europeans are afraid. Otherwise, they would not constantly seek somebody to protect them (even against a non-existing threat).

As a direct result of this delusion, NATO simply does not have the equivalent of the First Guard Tank Army in spite of the fact that NATO has a bigger population and much bigger budgets than Russia. Such a tank Army is what it would take to fight a real war in Europe, Russia has such an Army. NATO does not.

The other thing NATO does not have is a real integrated multi-layered air defense system. Russia does.

Lastly, NATO has no hypersonic weapons. Russia does.

(According to President Trump, the US does have super-dooper “hydrosonic” weapons, but nobody really knows what that is supposed to mean).

I would even argue that the comparatively smaller Belarusian military could make hamburger meat of the roughly three times larger Polish armed forces in a very short time (unlike the Poles, the Belarusian are excellent soldiers and they know that they are surrounded by hostile countries on three sides).

As for the “armed forces” of the Baltic statelets, they are just a sad joke.

One more example: the Empire is now sending ships into the Black Sea as some kind of “show of force”. Yet, every military analyst out there knows that the Black Sea is a “Russian lake” and that no matter how many ships the US or NATO sends into the Black Sea, their life expectancy in case of a conflict would be measured in minutes.

There is a popular expression in Russia which, I submit, beautifully sums up the current US/NATO doctrine: пугать ежа голой задницей, which can be translated as “trying to scare a hedgehog with your naked bottom”.

The truth is that NATO military forces currently are all in very bad shape – all of them, including the US – and that their only advantage over Russia is in numbers. But as soon as you factor in training, command and control, the ability to operate with severely degraded C3I capabilities, the average age of military hardware or morale – the Russian armed forces are far ahead of the West.

Does anybody sincerely believe that a few B-52s and a few thousand soldiers from different countries playing war in Poland will really scare the Russian generals?

But if not – why the threats?

My explanation is simple: the rulers of the Empire simply hope that the people in the West will never find out how bad their current military posture really is, and they also know that Russia will never attack first – so they simply pretend like they are still big, mighty and relevant. This is made even easier by the fact that the Russians always downplay their real capabilities (in sharp contrast to the West which always brags about “the best XYZ in the world”). That, and the fact that nobody in the Western ruling classes wants to admit that the game is over and that the Empire has collapsed.

Well, they apparently can hide these truisms from most of their public opinion: Trump promises super-dooper missiles and big red buttons, and his supporters immediately wave (Chinese made) US flags! But I assure you that the Russians (political leaders and even the general public) know what the real score is.

Yet the Empire still refuses to deal with Russia in any other way except insults, bullying, threats, accusations, sanctions, and constant sabre-rattling. This has never, and I mean never, worked in the past, and it won’t work in the future. But, apparently, NATO generals simply cannot comprehend that insanity can be defined as “doing the same thing over and over again, while hoping to achieve different results”.

Finally, I will conclude with a short mention of US politicians.

First, Trump. He now declares that the Russians stole the secret of hypersonic weapons from Obama. This reminds me of how the Brits declared that Russia stole their vaccine against the sars-cov-2 virus. But, if the Russians stole all that, why is it that ONLY Russia has deployed hypersonic weapons (not the US) and ONLY Russia has both two vaccines and 2 actual treatments (and not the UK)? For a good laugh, check out Andrei Martyanov’s great column “Russia Steal Everything”.

And then there is Nancy Pelosi who, apparently, is considering, yes, you guessed it – yet another impeachment attempt against Trump? The charge this time? Exercising this Presidential prerogative to nominate a successor to Ruth Ginsburg. Okay, Pelosi might be senile, but she also is in deep denial if she thinks impeaching Trump is still a viable project. Frankly? I think that she lost it.

In fact, I think that all the Dems have gone absolutely insane: they are now considering packing both the Supreme Court and the Senate. The fact that doing so will destroy the US political system does not seem to bother them in the least.

Conclusion: quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat!

We live in a world where facts or logic have simply become irrelevant and nobody cares about such clearly outdated categories. We have elevated “doubleplusgoodthinking” into an art form. We have also done away with the concepts of “proof” or “evidence” which we have replaced with variations on the “highly likely” theme. We have also, for all practical purpose, jettisoned the entire corpus of international law and replaced it with “rules-based international order“. In fact, I can only agree with Chris Hedges who, in his superb book the “Empire of illusions” and of the “triumph of spectacle”. He is absolutely correct: not only is this a triumph of appearance over substance, and of ideology over reality, it is even the triumph of self-destruction over self-preservation.

There is not big “master plan”, no complex international conspiracy, no 5D chess. All we have is yet another empire committing suicide and, like so many before this one, this suicide is executed by this empire’s ruling classes.

Hegemon USA v. Humanity

By Stephen Lendman

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US rage for dominating other countries by hot and/or cold wars poses an unparalleled threat to humanity.

US drive for hegemony is in stark contrast to the multi-world polarity agendas of China, Russia and Iran — prioritizing peace, stability, and mutual cooperation among all nations.

On Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif said the following:

“To meet the special challenges of our time, we need to solidify our cooperation within the framework of CICA (Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia).” 

“We need to secure a pivotal role for the organization, to advance multilateralism, and to ensure inclusive collaboration.” 

“It is imperative for us to pool our resources to jointly tackle the enormous challenge(s)” of our time.

Days earlier, Iran’s envoy to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad slammed the US for “behaving like a bully,” its actions “isolat(ing) itself from the international community.”

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that the “interdependence and interconnectedness of all states without exception in all spheres of public life is the most important” way to deal with vital issues of our time,” adding with reference to Washington’s hegemonic agenda:

“(O)ur common misfortune has failed to smooth out the differences between some states.” 

“On the contrary, it has exacerbated many of them.” 

“The very moments of crisis that we observed in international relations earlier have resurfaced.” 

“A number of countries are increasingly…look(ing) abroad to find those who are responsible for their problems at home.” 

“There are obvious attempts by individual states to use the current situation to promote self-serving and fleeting interests and to settle scores with unwanted governments or geopolitical rivals.”

“(T)he practice of imposing unilateral, illegitimate sanctions persists, (notably by the US) which undermines the authority and prerogatives of the UN Security Council.”

Again with reference to the US, Lavrov called attacks on the UN system “absolutely unjustified.”

Stressing the importance of supporting and maintaining world peace, stability and security, Lavrov’s call for permanent Security Council members to prioritize this agenda fell on deaf ears in Washington, London and Paris, nations run by belligerent regimes.

“(O)vercom(ing) the most pressing problems of humankind” is only possible by mutual cooperation among all nations, especially major ones, said Lavrov.

It’s been unattainable throughout the post-WW II period because of US-dominated NATO’s rage for endless wars by hot or other means.

On Thursday, China’s UN envoy Zhang Jun sharply criticized slanderous Trump regime attacks on his country, saying the following:

What the world needs now is global cooperation against a made-in-the-USA “political virus,” its blaming other nations for its own wrongdoing, its “unilateralism and bullying,” adding:

“(T)he US keeps withdrawing from international treaties and organizations, severely undermining the UN-centered international system and the international order based on international law.”

“The US flexes its (political and military muscles (globally, unlawfully) interfering…in the internal affairs of other countries…”

It “instigat(es) ‘color revolutions,’ jeopardizing (world) peace and stability.”

Its “cold war mentality” and drive for hegemony “push(es) the world into a dangerous situation.” 

It’s “erecting protectionist barriers and destabilizing the world supply and industrial chains.”

It’s “wielding the big stick of unilateral sanctions, frantically containing and suppressing foreign (countries and) companies, and attempting to artificially cut off the international flow of capital, technology, product, industry and personnel.” 

“(T)hese (actions) pose a serious threat to world peace and development.”

Jun’s call for the US to change its unacceptable ways fell on deaf ears of its one-party state with two right wings.

In February 2019, Trump appointed Kelly Knight Kraft as Washington’s UN envoy.

A dubious figure, wife of billionaire coal-mining tycoon/large GOP donor Joseph Craft, she’s notably unqualified for the high-profile diplomatic post, shown by her remarks — sounding like right-wing extremist/geopolitical know-nothing Nikki Haley.

On Thursday, she used the world stage to bash China and Iran unjustifiably.

Falsely accusing Iran of “funding and arming terrorists around the world” — a US specialty, not how Tehran operates anywhere — she shifted her venom at China, reciting a litany of bald-faced Big Lies, sounding like Chinaphobe Pompeo.

Time and again, GOP and Dem hardliners falsely blame countries they want transformed into pro-Western vassal states for high crimes committed against them.

A “safer and more secure world” is unattainable because of Washington’s geopolitical agenda, its hegemonic aims, its war on humanity, its abhorrence of peace, stability, cooperation among all nations, and the rule of law.

It’s better for U.S. forces to come to Persian Gulf to be within our reach: IRGC deputy chief

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TEHRAN – While the U.S. describes the deployment of its aircraft career to the Persian Gulf region as a show of force aimed at deterring Iran, a senior Iranian military official has welcomed the deployment of American troops to the region, saying they will be within Iran’s reach.

“It is better for them to come to the Persian Gulf because they will be within our reach,” Ali Fadavi, the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), told the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news network aired on Wednesday.

In a provocative move, the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz has entered the Persian Gulf for the first time in ten months on September 18, only one day before the U.S. announced the return of all UN sanctions on Iran. The U.S. navy said in a statement on the same day that the aircraft carrier’s transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf was “scheduled,” a clear attempt to dispel speculation over the timing of the deployment of USS Nimitz to the Persian Gulf, which came against a backdrop of heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. However, the U.S. move was widely seen as a show of force to Iran.

“If the Americans commit new folly, they will be faced with unimaginable force.”The IRGC has flown home-made surveillance drones over the aircraft carrier and publish images of it. The images show fighter planes parked on the carrier’s deck.

In a clear warning to the U.S., Fadavi said, “If the Americans commit new folly, they will be faced with unimaginable force.”

Iran also flexed its military muscles only a week before the U.S. aircraft carrier entered the Persian Gulf. On September 11, the Iranian Army began three-day military exercises in the Sea of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. The exercises, codenamed “Zolfaqar-99”, took place in areas spanning 2 million square kilometers. During the exercises, Iran’s armed forces unveiled and tested their state-of-the-art weapons, including a number of cruise missiles and combat drones.

Analysts believe that the Zolfaqar-99 exercises were meant to send a clear message to the U.S. that Iran is fully prepared to thwart any U.S. military action.

The IRGC has flown home-made surveillance drones over the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier and publish images of it. The images show fighter planes parked on the carrier’s deck.“Iran conducted the Zolfaqar-99 exercises to show that it is able to defend itself in the face of any U.S, military action,” Seyed Jalal Sadatian, Iran’s former ambassador to the UK, told the Tehran Times.

Sadatian previously told the Tehran Times that Trump was likely to wage limited war with Iran to boost his reelection chances. According to the former ambassador, U.S. allies in the region cannot confront Iran alone and that the U.S. had no other options than strengthening their bases in the region to besiege Iran in a way that it would not be able to respond to any aggression.

“But they will fail because Iran has a strategic depth in the region and the U.S. can’t undermine this strategic depth. So if they attack Iran, they will be bogged down in the region. Any attack against Iran could pave the way for the U.S. to be mired in the region,” the former ambassador warned.

The U.S. threatened to attack Iran after an American publication accused Iran of weighing a plot to assassinate U.S. ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks in retaliation for the assassination of the IRGC’s Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in early January. Iran strongly denied the accusation. 

After leaving the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, the U.S. sought to build a maritime coalition against Iran in the Persian Gulf. But its efforts in this regard failed to yield concrete results.

Fadavi said the Americans will never be able to create coalitions against Iran in the region. 
“They have not and will not succeed in forming any new coalition against the Islamic Revolution,” the top general said, adding, “The U.S. efforts to create coalitions against the Islamic Revolution are old.”

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Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

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By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China

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Now that the excitement of all the major Heads of Countries virtually speaking at the UNGA is over, we can come to initial conclusions.  The theme of this gathering was to investigate the UN itself, and to position it to be a better global gathering place where internal relations can be discussed, problems solved and the work of multi-polarity between nations can continue.  President Putin gave a serious statesman speech without any fireworks, stating why the UN is important and calmly outlining the conditions in our world today, which actions should take priority and what the Russian focus is in the medium and long terms.  His gift to the UN and staff is a free SputnikV Vaccine.  Chairman Xi did the same and also came bearing gifts, putting some money where their mouth’s are in essence.  Here is the transcript and this quote stands out:  (Note my bolded sentence).

“Since the start of this year, we, the 1.4 billion Chinese, undaunted by the strike of COVID-19, and with the government and the people united as one, have made all-out efforts to control the virus and speedily restore life and economy to normalcy. We have every confidence to achieve our goals within the set time frame, that is, to finish the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, lift out of poverty all rural residents living below the current poverty line, and meet ten years ahead of schedule the poverty eradication target set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

China is the largest developing country in the world, a country that is committed to peaceful, open, cooperative and common development.  We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.  We will continue to narrow differences and resolve disputes with others through dialogue and negotiation. We do not seek to develop only ourselves or engage in a zero-sum game. We will not pursue development behind closed doors. Rather, we aim to foster, over time, a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. This will create more space for China’s economic development and add impetus to global economic recovery and growth.

China will continue to work as a builder of global peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order. To support the UN in playing its central role in international affairs, I hereby announce the following steps to be taken by China:

— China will provide another US$50 million to the UN COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

— China will provide US$50 million to the China-FAO South-South Cooperation Trust Fund (Phase III).

— China will extend the Peace and Development Trust Fund between the UN and China by five years after it expires in 2025.

— China will set up a UN Global Geospatial Knowledge and Innovation Center and an International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals to facilitate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

So why is it that the Chinese government seemingly fails to convince the western public that China is not their enemy? Alternatively stated, why is it that the western countries are successful in portraying China as their enemy?  The answer is non-complicated at a first look.

At present, 90% of Americans learn about China through Western media, so it’s hard for the Chinese Government to convince Americans of anything.

American media are even more tightly controlled than Chinese media and far less trustworthy, says the American Press Institute, “Just six percent of Americans say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions”.

Americans don’t trust what their media tell them, but they don’t have other sources of information, either.

Joey Yu says: (February 22) —”The average American also has never left the United States. Never seen another country unless it’s through the media, and what the media shows them is probably outdated.”  • And nearly all Western media has the constant anti-Chinese political refrain which has brainwashed many even highly educated American and British professionals. I have given up trying to correct such people because I would lose their friendship if I continue to do that. But that brainwashing rankles.

First we had President Trump’s speech at the UNGA, which can only be categorized as a blistering and outright attack on China, well outside of the theme set for this meeting, while pretending to be the ‘Peaceful Nation’.  The Chinese commentary was immediate and devastating. I pulled these few comments describing President Trump’s speech out of just one of the Chinese commentaries:

Discriminatory, did the US President come to the UN for a quarrel, vulgar, full of loopholes, fooling only the American public, undisguised attempt at a new cold war, a destroyer, a creator of tensions, a hysterical attack that violated the diplomatic etiquette a top leader is supposed to have, pays no heed to diplomacy, they believe power is everything, they want the agenda of the international community to serve US politics, and the UN General Assembly be turned into Trump’s presidential campaign, the US has performed so poorly in handling domestic affairs that reforms could barely be advanced, it has to pass the buck to digest the domestic anger.

And then finally:  “This is the sign of stagnation and the decline of a major power. It’s hoped the US government will not go further in this direction, which will only end up deceiving itself.”

With that as a backdrop, this selection from Godfree’s Here Comes China Newsletter focuses on

  • vaccines,
  • how the ‘scary social credit system’ actually works,
  • a purported whistle blower,
  • Pakistan and Belt and Road
  • Chinese foreign investment.

While in the western countries there is a concerted effort against vaccines, and a tremendous amount of backlash from citizens against vaccines for Covid-19 (and I don’t blame them at all given who is developing these for the western world), in China the situation is completely different:

China will not need a sweeping coronavirus vaccination programme because the pathogen is effectively under control in the country – at least for now. Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC), said that large-scale vaccination would only be needed if there was a major outbreak, like the one in Wuhan in February. “This is an issue of balancing risk and return”.[MORE]


We’ve seen endless propaganda with visions of brutal control of the citizens via the so-called Social Credit System in China.  Let’s take a look at how it really works.

The chairman of China’s embattled HNA Group Co. Ltd. was restricted from excessive spending on travel, golf and other activities by a court as debt woes continue rattling the once high-flying conglomerate. A district court in Xi’an, northwest China’s Shaanxi province, issued orders to limit spending by HNA and its 67-year-old co-founder and Chairman Chen Feng, a court document database showed Wednesday. As the legal representative of HNA, Chen will be restricted from taking flights, buying train tickets that are pricier than economy class, accommodations in luxury hotels, spending on entertainment such as golf and leisure trips, buying property and nonessential vehicles, and investing in high-yield wealth management products, according to the orders. The Xi’an court said it issued the orders in a debt dispute filed against HNA in August. [MORE]

It seems absolutely fine to me that if someone mismanaged his large business and lived a luxury life, that he should be brought back to a normal lifestyle while fixing his business.


We`ve all heard of the Chinese Virologist that is being trotted out on most western mainstream media, saying that China developed the Covid-19 virus in a lab and she was told to stay silent.   Yet, I bet very few have seen the Chinese commentary on this:

Chinese defector’s shocking virus claim: Dr Li, a formerly a specialist at Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, said her supervisor first asked her to investigate a new “SARS-like” virus in Wuhan – but that her efforts were later stifled. She said she reported back that cases appeared to be rising exponentially but was told to “keep silent and be careful”. “’We will get in trouble and we’ll be disappeared’,” her supervisor reportedly said.  Dr Li travelled to the US in late April before speaking out, saying she had to leave Hong Kong because she “knows how [China] treat whistleblowers”. [MORE]

A press release from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) denied her claim and stated that: “Dr Yan never conducted any research on human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus at HKU during December 2019 and January 2020. We further observe that what she might have emphasised in the reported interview has no scientific basis but resembles hearsay.” The director of HKU’s School of Public Health, Keiji Fukuda, said in an internal memo to staff that none of the researchers named by Yan were involved in any cover-up or “secret research”.[MORE]


Pakistan and China signed the Development Agreement for the first China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Rashakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Monday. Chairman Atif R. Bokhari said sufficient headway has been made on this front and the zones are now gearing up for business. “Pakistan’s proximity with China will allow these SEZs to foster economic interdependence for mutual economic advantage,” he added. [MORE]

In Pakistan, the Belt and Road project is everywhere. A dinner at the Islamabad Club quickly turns into a reminiscence of different visits to China. After a lecture in Lahore, a group of young men from Baluchistan want to know if China’s monumental economic initiative will develop their region — or cause it to lose its identity. The acronym for the corridor linking China and Pakistan, CPEC, can be heard in hotel lobbies and restaurants; it stands out for those who cannot understand Urdu. There are young people who have come of age since the beginning of the initiative and for whom it constitutes the only possible horizon for professional advancement. Earlier this year, I spent three weeks traveling in Pakistan, the crown jewel of the Belt and Road project, the country where the initiative first took root and therefore the most plausible candidate for the place where its future can be surmised and understood.

So central is the Belt and Road to Pakistani politics that it should not be thought of as a specific enterprise. Rather, it provides the overarching framework for every economic policy and project. In short, the initiative is something that should feel very familiar to policymakers in Brussels and other European capitals.

In my discussions with economic authorities and think tanks, it quickly became obvious that the main debate in Pakistan today is about the best way to adapt policy decisions and reforms to the Belt and Road framework. The Belt and Road can thus be compared to the European Union and the role it played for countries in Central and Eastern Europe after the 2004 and 2007 enlargements. Which decisions should these countries make in order to better occupy their place within the given political and economic order?

That many in the West still think of the Belt and Road purely in terms of infrastructure is something I find deeply perplexing. In the project’s inaugural speech that Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered in Astana in 2013, infrastructure was no more than one of the five pillars of the Belt and Road — and very obviously not more than an ancillary one. The real action was clearly elsewhere.

At the time of Xi was giving his speech in Astana, it was common to hear from different officials and intellectuals in Beijing that the Belt and Road was meant to be completed in 2049, around the time of the first centennial of the new China. Last year, while living in Beijing, I started hearing that the temporal horizon was even longer. Many spoke openly of a 100-year project. This is not the time-scale of an infrastructure plan. The Marshall Plan was concluded in just a few years. Interestingly, in Pakistan this idea — that the Belt and Road is a project of economic and technological development, culminating in a new global political and economic order — is clearly understood.  By Bruno Maçães, a former Europe minister for Portugal, is a senior adviser at Flint Global in London and the author most recently of “History Has Begun: The Birth of a New America” (Hurst, 2020). The paperback edition of his “Belt and Road: a Chinese World Order” will be published this month.  [MORE]


Over 80% of the World’s Na­tions received Chi­nese For­eign In­vest­ment in 2019. Chi­na’s out­bound for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment to­talled USD$136.91 bil­lion, for a YoY de­cline of 4.3%. The in­vest­ment sum nonethe­less made China the world’s sec­ond biggest source of for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment af­ter Japan ($226.65 bil­lion). As of the end of 2019 Chi­na’s to­tal for­eign di­rect in­vest­ments were $2.2 tril­lion, third be­hind the United States ($7.7 tril­lion) and the Nether­lands ($2.6 tril­lion). Chi­na’s out­bound for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment com­prised 10.4% of the global to­tal in 2019 – the fourth con­sec­u­tive year that this fig­ure was above 10%. Chi­na’s to­tal for­eign di­rect in­vest­ments were 6.4% of the to­tal, on par with 2018. 80% of Chi­na’s for­eign di­rect in­vest­ments in 2019 were in the ser­vices sec­tor, with key ar­eas in­clud­ing leas­ing and com­mer­cial ser­vices, whole­sale and re­tail, fi­nance, in­for­ma­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions/ soft­ware, real es­tate, and tran­sit/ ware­hous­ing. [MORE]


Selections and editorial comments by Amarynth.  (Go Get that newsletter – it is again packed with detail).

The censored reason why the US would torpedo the UN over Iran: Iranian strength

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 7:19 PM  [ Last Update: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 7:23 PM ]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference to announce the Trump administration’s restoration of sanctions on Iran, on September 21, 2020, at the US State Department in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
Why would the US blow up the UN over little old Iran?

By Ramin Mazaheri and cross-posted with Press-TV

Washington has illegally snapped back illegal sanctions on Iran. No one in the world cares, but all this illegality has not gone unnoticed: The US is gutting both its international reputation and that of the United Nations all over Iran.

Risking the international order, which Washington partially controls, over China – Ok, they could be viewed as a serious enough threat by the realpolitik fanatics in the Pentagon. Over the former USSR? Ok, that unsubmissive bloc also threatened total US control.

But over Iran?

We must remind ourselves that the question seems strange only because in all the Western coverage of Iran-US relations what is never broached is the merest notion of Iranian strength.

But if Iran is so powerless then why is the US going to such unprecedented lengths? Why did the warmongering New York Times take a pause from their yellow journalism to concede that, yes, the absurd sanctions move means, “the United States has largely isolated itself from the world order”.

But they didn’t genuinely explain, much less even ask: “Why risk so much over Iran?”

Here is the never-stated reality: the US has made this desperate, sure-to-fail gambit because US policy has been defeated by superior Iranian strength.

This is not jingoistic propaganda on my part: The New York Times conceded that, “The act was born of frustration”. Iran is not some behemoth ready to steamroll the entire world, nor is it a media darling welcomed by foreign masses with strewn flowers – so how can it frustrate the superpower so very much, even as so many other countries fear to engage in the smallest acts of independence or defiance?

It can’t merely be the morally-bankrupt answer so popular in the US, “It’s the economy, stupid,” – i.e, that Iran has a lot of oil. 

No, Iranian strength rests upon the fundamental success of Iran’s unique combination of post-1917 socioeconomic political structures adapted under a genuine and modern interpretation of Islam.

This strength has even another strength on top of it – what a tremendous appeal this combination has for the huge portion of the globe known as the Muslim world.

Iran calls US attempt to ‘snapback’ sanctions ‘null and void’, urges UN to block it
Iran calls US attempt to ‘snapback’ sanctions ‘null and void’, urges UN to block it

Iran says the US’ claim about the return of the UN Security Council’s sanctions against Tehran as per the so-called “snapback” mechanism is “null and void”, calling on the UN and its Security Council to block any attempt to reinstate the bans.

The idea that the Iranian Islamic Revolution could be universally exported is an absurdity – forced conversion to Islam is proscribed in the Qur’an, for starters, and Islamic culture does not seem readily compatible with that of Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro or Tokyo any more than the culture of Tokyo, Rio and Amsterdam are readily compatible with that of Iran’s. But the idea that a post-1917, Islamically-based government can not just exist but thrive – even in total and open opposition to Western imperialism – is most definitely exportable to the Muslim World.

But even allowing this option to be democratically presented within Muslim countries is something which imperialists – from any region or culture – cannot risk.

Iran’s frightening strength, and its massive threat, is thus this: it keeps democratically presenting this option. That is the true reason why the US is so very deranged over Iran that they would topple the world order just to keep Iran from succeeding.

In a sense they are right: Iran’s success really does challenge the world order, after all, given the modern importance of oil – a Muslim world not chained by arrogant imperialists would force the West to finally cooperate and not dominate, and also free up trillions of petrodollars for local use.

Washington demands that 80 million Iranians must be viciously sanctioned because they keep selecting this option; keep getting out to vote; keep democratically participating; and – in 2020 – keep on respecting the national democratic will no matter how many sanctions get levied in an effort to, as former US Secretary of State John Kerry once said by accident in Paris, “implode” Iran.

(In 2020 in the US, however, it seems like neither side will honor the national democratic will if their own candidate doesn’t win – more proof that the US is not a very democratic culture, perhaps.)

UN chief says will take no action on US 'snapback' push against Iran
UN chief says will take no action on US ‘snapback’ push against Iran

The UN chief says “uncertainty” prevents him from considering Washington

Savvy commentators know that Trump’s sanctions may have increased economic difficulties but they also know that they have only increased domestic patriotism: a country which fought for eight years to preserve 5 centimetres of Iranian land from Iraqi & Western aggressors cannot be easily cowed, nor have they come this far to stop now.

Increasing this sense of patriotism is the reality that Iranians truly feel that they deserve international respect precisely because the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979 has created a novel system so very strong and egalitarian that it can face endless sanctions and still win.

These post-1917 and Islamic-inspired creations, solutions and levers are what are so treasured domestically; are what explain the success for Iran’s resistance; cannot even be objectively described, much less openly admired, in the West, which is why the West doesn’t even want to inquire about possible Iranian strengths.

It also these systems – their very success, support and how they increase sovereign Iranian strength – which explain why it is China which courted Iran for the Belt and Road Initiative and not the other way around. For over five years Iran rather rejected Beijing’s overtures, in order to give the JCPOA a chance.

The most lenient analysis in 2020 would be that the JCPOA is at least a partial failure, and it seems very historically logical to predict that even a victory by Joe Biden would not lead to the US actually honoring the treaty.

But as the JCPOA’s promises continued to go unfulfilled Iranian diplomats were also laying the groundwork for the $400 billion, 25-year strategic partnership with China that now seems certain to be finalized.

None of it adds up over Iran, to the US elite:

Why would the US blow up the UN over little old Iran? Why is China making Iran (and not, say, Russia) their make-or-break node in their Belt and Road Initiative? Why is the world standing with Iran against almighty Washington?

But it’s not possible to intelligently answer such questions if the idea of Iranian strength cannot even be openly discussed.

Fortunately for the average Iranian: strength means having the ability to disregard the ignorance, collusion and duplicity of those weaker than yourself.

Ramin Mazaheri is currently covering the US elections. He is the chief correspondent in Paris for PressTV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’ as well as ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’, which is also available in simplified and traditional Chinese.

(The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect those of Press TV.)

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Maduro Accuses US of Allowing CIA to Carry Out “Terrorist” Actions in Venezuela

Maduro Accuses US of Allowing CIA to Carry Out “Terrorist” Actions in Venezuela

By Staff, Agencies

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that US President Donald Trump’s administration gave its approval to the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] to carry out recent “covert and terrorist operations” against an array of targets in the country.

“They have given the CIA the green light to come with direct agents to covert and terrorist operations against oil, electricity, military, electoral targets and other dirty covert actions like those used by the CIA,” he told state television in Spanish on Tuesday, speaking of the Trump administration. 

This comes amid a series of developments that followed the capture of an alleged US spy near Venezuela’s largest oil refinery earlier this month.

Following an investigation into the matter, the Venezuelan president claimed that the spy, who was arrested alongside three others in Falcon State, served as a communications operator at a CIA base in Iraq between 2006 and 2016.

Maduro also reiterated accusations against the US Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA], which he claims has been used by the White House to attack Venezuela and overthrow Caracas.

“It has placed the DEA as the operator agency of the attack against Venezuela, what is new today is not that the DEA is involved with the Colombian drug trafficking group to attack Venezuela, the new thing is that they have approved that the CIA get involved in operations terrorist attacks against Venezuela,” he stated on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, a group of 13 individuals were captured by Venezuelan security forces. Two of the 13 detainees were later identified as US citizens Luke Denman and Airan Barry.

A testimony published soon after showed a detainee claiming the group was made up of “intermediaries of the security chief of the USA president, they say they are from the security advisory of Donald Trump,” according to a translated tweet.

Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol claimed that one of the men was a DEA agent. However, the DEA has denied these allegations.

Maduro also warned on Tuesday that Colombian President Ivan Duque has been recruiting drug smugglers ahead of a planned attack on Venezuela.

“Ivan Duque is directly articulating the drug trafficking gangs and has placed the drug trafficking gangs of La Guajira and other places to prepare his group of hit men and terrorists to come and attack Venezuela in the coming weeks,” he claimed.

Maduro’s announcement of this anticipated attack comes a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced new sanctions against the Venezuelan president, as well as against the Iranian Defense Ministry and other Iranian officials.

“For nearly two years, corrupt officials in Tehran had worked with the illegitimate regime in Venezuela to flout the UN arms embargo,” Pompeo said on Monday.

The Venezuelan president and 14 present and past government officials were previously indicted by the US Department of Justice on narcoterrorism charges.

The Trump administration has also offered a $15 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Maduro. Allies of the president, like Supreme Tribunal of Justice President Maikel Moreno, also had multi-million-dollar bounties placed on them by the US government.

A DARPA-Funded Implantable Biochip to Detect COVID-19 Could Hit Markets by 2021

By Raul Diego

Source

An experimental new vaccine developed jointly with the US government claims to be able to change human DNA and could be deployed as early as next year through a DARPA-funded, injectable biochip.

he most significant scientific discovery since gravity has been hiding in plain sight for nearly a decade and its destructive potential to humanity is so enormous that the biggest war machine on the planet immediately deployed its vast resources to possess and control it, financing its research and development through agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and HHS’ BARDA.

The revolutionary breakthrough came to a Canadian scientist named Derek Rossi in 2010 purely by accident. The now-retired Harvard professor claimed in an interview with the National Post that he found a way to “reprogram” the molecules that carry the genetic instructions for cell development in the human body, not to mention all biological lifeforms.

These molecules are called ‘messenger ribonucleic acid’ or mRNA and the newfound ability to rewrite those instructions to produce any kind of cell within a biological organism has radically changed the course of Western medicine and science, even if no one has really noticed yet. As Rossi, himself, puts it: “The real important discovery here was you could now use mRNA, and if you got it into the cells, then you could get the mRNA to express any protein in the cells, and this was the big thing.”

It was so big that by 2014, Rossi was able to retire after the company he co-founded with Flagship Pioneering private equity firm to exploit his innovation, – Moderna Inc., attracted almost a half billion dollars in federal award monies to begin developing vaccines using the technology. No longer affiliated with Moderna beyond his stock holdings, Rossi is just “watching for what happens next” and if he’s anything like the doting “hockey dad” he is portrayed to be, he must be horrified.

Remote control biology

As early as 2006, DARPA was already researching how to identify viral, upper respiratory pathogens through its Predicting Health and Disease (PHD) program, which led to the creation of the agency’s Biological Technologies Office (BTO), as reported by Whitney Webb in a May article for The Last American Vagabond. In 2014, DARPA’s BTO launched its “In Vivo Nanoplatforms” (IVN) program, which researches implantable nanotechnologies, leading to the development of ‘hydrogel’.

Hydrogel is a nanotechnology whose inventor early on boasted that “If [it] pans out, with approval from FDA, then consumers could get the sensors implanted in their core to measure their levels of glucose, oxygen, and lactate.” This contact lens-like material requires a special injector to be introduced under the skin where it can transmit light-based digital signals through a wireless network like 5G.

Once firmly implanted inside the body, human cells are at the mercy of any mRNA program delivered via this substrate, unleashing a nightmare of possibilities. It is, perhaps, the first true step towards full-on transhumanism; a “philosophy” that is in vogue with many powerful and influential people, such as Google’s Ray Kurzweil and Eric Schmidt and whose proponents see the fusion of technology and biology as an inevitable consequence of human progress.

The private company created to market this technology, that allows for biological processes to be controlled remotely and opens the door to the potential manipulation of our biological responses and, ultimately, our entire existence, is called Profusa Inc and its operations are funded with millions from NIH and DARPA. In March, the company was quietly inserted into the crowded COVID-19 bazaar in March 2020, when it announced an injectable biochip for the detection of viral respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

 A wholly-owned subsidiary

In July, a preliminary report funded by Fauci’s NIAID and the NIH on an mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, concluding that mRNA-1273 vaccine. provided by Moderna for the study, “induced anti–SARS-CoV-2 immune responses in all participants, and no trial-limiting safety concerns were identified,” and supported “further development of this vaccine.”

A month earlier, the NIH had claimed a joint stake in Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, citing a contract signed in December, 2019, stipulating that the “mRNA coronavirus vaccine candidates [are] developed and jointly owned” by both parties. Moderna disputes the federal government’s position, stating that the company “has a broad owned and licensed IP estate” and is “not aware of any IP that would prevent us from commercializing our product candidates, including mRNA-1273.”

A poster is displayed in the entrance way looking for volunteers as the world’s biggest study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway Monday, July 27, 2020, in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The only obstacle is a delivery system, which though Moderna claims to be developing separately, is unlikely to get FDA approval before the federal government’s own DARPA-developed hydrogel technology, in tandem with Profusa’s DARPA-funded light sensor technology, which is expected to receive fast track authorization from the Food and Drug Administration by early 2021 and, more than likely, used to deploy a coronavirus vaccine with the capacity to literally change our DNA.

In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is currently investigating Moderna’s patent filings, claiming it failed to disclose “federal government support” in its COVID vaccine candidate patent applications, as required by law. The technicality could result in the federal government owning a 100 percent stake in mRNA-1273.

France: No Evidence of Hezbollah Explosives Stores

France: No Evidence of Hezbollah Explosives Stores

By Staff, Agencies

France’s Foreign Ministry Friday said there was no evidence to suggest that the Lebanese Resistance group Hezbollah was storing chemicals to make explosives in France after a senior US official claimed the group had set up caches in Europe since 2012.

Speaking on Thursday, Nathan Sales, the US State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, accused the Resistance group of smuggling and storing chemicals, including ammonium nitrate, from Belgium to France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.

“It stores these weapons in places so it can conduct major terrorist attacks whenever its masters in Tehran deem necessary,” Sales said in a briefing without elaborating or providing evidence of the activities.

“To our knowledge, there is nothing tangible to confirm such an allegation in France today,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in response to Sales’ allegations.

“Any illegal activity committed by a foreign organization on our territory would be sanctioned by the French authorities with the greatest firmness,” von der Muhll said.

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