MBS Bribes Trump: $1bn in Return For Supporting Arrests

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07-11-2017 | 08:05

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally bribed Donald Trump with $1bn during the US president’s visit to Riyadh in May, according to a well-informed but anonymous Saudi commentator, who uses the Twitter handle Mujtahidd.

 

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Bin Salman, then-deputy crown prince, was able to win the US administration’s favour in his power struggle with his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, who was heir to the throne until he was deposed in June.

Mujtahidd revealed on Monday that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia changed Washington’s stance on the competition between bin Salman and bin Nayef, forcing the US to take the 32-year-old’s side.

Previous US administrations, he said, had been cautious to maintain harmony within the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC], a vital region for US interests.

Besides courting Trump to take his side in internal Saudi affairs, bin Salman also secured a direct line of communication to the US president. Trump has bashed Doha and encouraged the Saudi-led blockade against Qatar in statements that contradicted his own Military and State departments, which had called for ending the Gulf dispute.

During Trump’s visit to Saudi in May, a mysterious boat linked to the Trump organization arrived to the port of Jeddah, and it was filled with $1bn in cash, a personal gift from bin Salman, Mujtahidd reported.

On Monday, Trump endorsed bin Salman’s purge of members the royal family in the name of fighting corruption. Security forces arrested 11 princes along with 38 top businessmen and former ministers on Saturday, including global investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has significant assets in NewsCorp, Citigroup, 21st Century Fox and Twitter.

Bin Salman’s critics have condemned the arrests as a push by the crown prince to consolidate power.

Trump accused those detained in Saudi Arabia on Saturday of “milking” the kingdom for years.

If confirmed, bin Salman’s bribe to Trump would have massive legal and political consequences.

Source: MEE, Edited by website team

 

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SYRIAN SOCIAL NATIONALIST PARTY, ARAB NATIONALISM AND CONFLICT IN SYRIA

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Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Arab Nationalism And Conflict In Syria

The traditional societies of the Middle East have always been notable for their ethnic and religious diversity. Today, however, the Middle East is on the cusp of a deep schism along ethnic and religious lines. This situation has brought several Muslim Arab states to the brink of collapse, is provoking new difficult to resolve conflicts, and continues to undermine the secular aspect of Arab nationalism to the benefit of strengthening its Islamic component, the replacement of nationalism as such with ultra-religious extremism and ethnic separatism.

An Iraqi Army M1A1M Abrams battle tank destroyed by Kurdish Peshmerga forces during the recently sparked Arab-Kurdish tensions in northern Iraq:

The current range of conflicts, which revolve around the struggle for power and territory, showed their destructive potential. The difficulty in resolving such conflicts is due to their roots in history, which further complicate the search for peace. There is also another, no less important, problem. Most of the current Arab states’ political organizations are based on the principle of nationalism. This is the principle that was used to form the post-Ottoman independent states. Their multi-religious and multi-ethnic nature was also the aftermath of the rather arbitrary drawing of borders during the colonial period.

The Evolution of Arab Nationalism

By the end of the late ‘30s and early ‘40s of the 20th Century, the influence of Islam on Arab nationalist movement began to grow. This was to a large extent due to a deep disappointment on the part of a sizable proportion of liberal secular Arab elites in the “civilizing” mission of the secular and enlightened West. As a result of Middle East policies of Western powers, Arabs were not able to establish a single state. Their lands were arbitrarily divided between Great Britain and France, the newly founded states became colonial dependencies. Simultaneously, Western powers actively supported the creation of a national Jewish nucleus in the Palestine, which only worsened the already tense situation.

After WW2, this process continued, receiving its expression in the concept of urub, or the spirit of Arab national consciousness, in order to strengthen the ties between Arab nationalism and Islam. The struggle over the future course of political development that raged in Arab states in the 1950s and ‘60s in the context of establishing independent states and modern societies brought to power secular Arab nationalists (Ba’athists, Naserites), who tried to pursue development using socialist ideas.

In spite of that, the Islamist trend within Arab nationalism did not vanish but merely receded. Even the most progressive and secular Arab leaders were forced to seek legitimacy in adherence to Islam and respect the interests of religiously active parts of society when forming own base of support.

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Supporters of President Bashar al-Assad (portrait) wave Baath Party flags during a pro-government rally in Damascus. FILE IMAGE: Louai Beshara – AFP

The lack of a charismatic mainstream leader with regional appeal capable of offering a pan-Arab model of secular development respecting the interests of the Arab Muslim majority, the rights and desires of national and religious minorities, and attract regional elites and the broad masses, caused Arab leaders to encounter problems in the early 21st century. The long-serving leaders were  concerned continuity of their political course, in order to guarantee their own interests were preserved. Young Arab leaders inherited power from their fathers. This was achieved through intra-elite compromise, achieved not so much through free agreement or a democratic choice, but rather through clever intrigues and strong-arm tactics used to neutralize possible competition. Therefore the young leaders were forced to mostly worry about forming their own governing team, balancing between various power centers and regularly proving their legitimacy and the ability to govern the state to both domestic and international actors.

In the 1990s and early ‘00s, economic problems and the desire to demonstrate pro-democracy leanings led some Arab leaders to strengthen own legitimacy through elections. But the main winners of this liberalization were Islamist political movements, whose adherence to Western democratic norms was dubious.

As an alternative to hereditary power transfer, a whole range of moderate Islamic movements (for example, Tunisian An-Nahda Islamic party led by Rached Ghannouchi) entered the fray with the aim of democratizing Islam. They called for a “democratic Islamic state” within the existing borders. They also favored renouncing violence as a means of political struggle, condemned terrorism, supported the principle of open parliamentary elections, questioned the idea of divinity of authority, supported democratic power transition procedures, and also spoke in favor of expanding the role of women in the traditional Islamic society while in general actively promoting human rights.

But here the reformers of Islam ran into a problem. There were and are too few supporters of democratic Islam in the strongly traditional Arab society. And one can readily say the society is not ready for them. Can one seriously view the ideologues of moderate Islam the pioneers of democracy in the Arab world? Can a democratic Islamic state ensure political and religious pluralism, which is one of the fundamental aspects of democracy? How does one reconcile the norms of Sharia with human rights in the way they are understood in the West? To what extent can women’s rights be expanded? They could not answer these questions, and therefore the political fray was joined by supporters of Islamic fundamentalism who called for a return to the sources of Islam and build a modern society on this foundation.

Modern Islamic fundamentalism was formed as a reaction to such secular ideologies as liberalism, Marxism, and nationalism. For Muslim fundamentalists, an Islamic state was an ideological state, expanding its authority into every aspect of human life. It would control social, political, economic, and even cultural interactions. Sovereignty in such a state belongs to God, which in practical terms means Sharia law. Fundamentalists spoke in favor of democratic elections not for the sake of establishing democracy or individual freedoms, but in order to establish the rule of Islam. And when fundamentalist theorists touched upon the question of democracy, they were not talking about its compatibility or incompatibility with Islam, but about how difficult it was to reconcile Western democratic principles with Islamic governance that could only be based on the revealed laws of Islam—Sharia.

But even here there were problems. Principles of “pure Islam” adhered to by Wahhabites and Salafites were most applicable to the environment of early Middle Ages. When one had to overcome tribal conflicts and built a centralized state. The assumption of power in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood did not resolve societal problems, but rather made them worse. ISIS implementation of Islamic state ideas in Iraq and Syria showed how savage the application of Islamic norms can be in the context of 21st Century. The only example of successful functioning of a theocratic state is Iran. But here the overwhelming majority of population are adherents of Shia Islam which is based on the principle of vilayat al-fakih. This principle assumes that the leadership over the Shia is to a certain extent centralized and is being implemented by authoritative and competent Shia clerics whose authority is beyond doubt.

Given the proliferation of ideas and Islamic movements, the question of how (and whether) one can reconcile secular Arab nationalism with Islam, in order to develop the basis for a new national ideology, gains in importance. Or perhaps might it not be better to reject the idea of Arab national state with Islamic leanings?

It may be now is the time for concepts based on national, religious, and territorial principles, which could found the basis of a new political system capable of neutralizing obsolete medieval vestiges of Islam, unify states whose borders were drawn by Western powers without considering local issues, ensure justice among various ethnic and religious groups, stabilize international relations in the region.

One of such movements which might be ready to solve above-mentioned problems is the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.

Party History and Program

The idea of a Syrian nation within clearly defined borders is not new. In the 19t century the proponents of a Syrian state included Butrus al-Bustani, who believed that a unified Syrian nation ought to form an autonomy within the Ottoman Empire that required reform. His follower Henri Lammens, a prominent Arabist of the late 19th-early 20thcenturies, claimed that Greater Syria existed already in ancient times in the Fertile Crescent. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the establishment of an Arab state became a very real possibility. But the intervention by Western powers in the affairs of former vassals of the Porte and the Sykes-Picot delineation of spheres of responsibility ended plans for creating such a state.

Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Arab Nationalism And Conflict In Syria

Antoun Saadeh

But the idea did not die, and in 1932 the Lebanese journalist and Christian Antoun Saadeh created the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP). It was founded as an anti-colonial and liberation organization. Saadeh rejected language and religion as defining characteristics of the new nation, and instead clamed nations are formed through joint developments of peoples inhabiting a certain geographic area.

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The Syrian national state, as imagined by the party founder, should cover the Fertile Crescent and the area of current Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Cyprus, Sinai, south-east Turkey (Alexandretta and Cilicia), parts of the Zagros mountains on Lebanese territory, and regions in Saudi Arabia’s north.

According to Saleh, “the aim of the SSNP is a Syrian social renaissance which will accomplish unification and breathe life into the Syrian nation, organizing a movement seeking full independence of the Syrian nation and defense of its sovereignty, creating a new social order to protect its interests and increase its standard of living, seeking to form the Arab Front.”

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A map of Greater Syria. SOURCE: theweichertreport.com

Its main principles are separation of mosque and state, keeping the clerics from involvement in political and legal processes, removing religious barriers, removing feudal relics from social life, transforming the agrarian economy into an industrial one, protection of worker rights, of national and state interests, and the establishment of strong, effective military.

When it comes to relations with Jews, SSNP is strictly anti-Zonist, since Saadeh believed Jews were unable and unwilling to assimilate. He also criticized assertions that the Jews could be a foundation for a national state. According to SSNP Jews were not a nation because they were a heterogeneous mixture of nations.

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The party emblem is whirlwind (Arabic “Zawba’a), which according to party members is a fusion of Christian cross and Islamic half-moon. Emblem arms represent freedom, duty, discipline, power. The black backdrop reflects the dark past as part of Ottoman Empire, colonialism, national and religious fragmentation, and backwardness.

Here one needs a caveat to clarify the party’s name and its emblem. There is no similarity between it and the NSDAP. SSNP was formed long before NSDAP. Saadeh visited Axis powers during WW2 and was arrested by French colonial authorities, but released after they couldn’t find evidence of collaboration, and Nazi leaders said they had no dealings with him. He was also in favor of French colonial authorities over Nazi rule.

The creation of Israel in 1948 and its militant, aggressive policies pursued with Western approval caused worry in Arab states. Israel’s actions caused as an attempt to meddle in Arab matters using Jewish hands, and once again redraw the borders. Arab leaders’ incompetence caused their defeat in the 1947-48 war. Saadeh criticized their actions, and in 1949 SSNPR attempted a coup in Lebanon which failed. As a result of collusion between Lebanese and Syrian governments, and with active British intelligence support, Saadeh was executed. The party was delegalized. Prior to the start of the civil war, SSNP attempted another coup in 1961, fought against Arab nationalists. The civil war the party viewed as the consequence of dividing the Syrian nation into separate states. Until the end of the war, SSNP fought alongside Hezbollah against Israeli occupiers and their Lebanese supporters. Only in the early ‘90s did the party become legalized and, starting in 1992, it participates in Lebanese parliamentary elections.

In Syria itself, SSNP was a significant force since independence. But ideological disagreements with the ruling Ba’ath Party and the Syrian Communist Party led to SSNP leaving Syria’s political arena.

Current Situation

In the spring of 2005, SSPN was partly legalized in Syria and allowed an observer in the National Progressive Front which is headed by Ba’ath.

The party viewed the start of anti-government demonstrations as yet another effort to fracture the country along ethno-religious lines. It organized demonstrations in support of the current government. On February 26, 2012 the majority of Syrians supported a referendum that amended the constitution by removing Ba’ath Party from the post of the leading political force, equalizing its status with other parties. This allowed SSNP to fully participate in political struggles. Between March 2012 and May 2014 the party was part of the opposition Ba’ath National Front For Change and Liberation. But in May its leader stated SSNP would leave the National front and support Bashar Assad in presidential elections.

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Ali Haidar

The current leader of SSNP in Syria is Ali Haidar, who also the Minister of National Reconciliation in Syria’s government. The party secretary is Joseph Sweid. He also has a ministerial portfolio. In Lebanon, SSNP is headed by Ali Halil Qanso who is also the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs

The party currently is the most numerous political force in Syria, after the ruling Ba’ath, with over 100,000 members. In 2012 elections the party won 4 out of 250 seats in Syria’s parliament, in 2009 Lebanese elections it won 2 seats out of 128.

Here is what Ali Haidar said in an interview with the Al-Mayadin TV channel concerning the civil war in Syria. “Throughout the war, the US headed the anti-Syrian campaign and tried to destroy Syria’s national existence using terrorist groups such as ISIS and an-Nusra. US airstrikes on ISIS terrorists on one hand, and sponsoring and training “opposition” fighters simply amount to replacing uncontrollable terrorism with US-controlled one.” In his view, US regional strategy has not changed. They seek to change Middle East’s political structure to guarantee Israel’s security and legalize its existence. As to reconciliation, Haidar said that it’s not a political tactic but the fate of all Syrians, the result of governmental effort on the national level, even though in some regions of Syria it is encountering resistance due to the presence of foreign mercenaries.

Armed formations and their role in the Syrian war

SSNP’s armed formation is the Nusur al-Zawba’a (Eagles of the Whirlwind). It was formed during the Lebanese civil war in 1974. The main motivating factor for SSNP member participation in the war was the ongoing war against Wahhabism and Israel which supports it, in order to preserve the multicultural and multi-religious Syria. Since 2014, Eagles of the Whirlwind are considered the most effective pro-government force, after the SAA.

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Eagles’ strength is eastimated at 6-8 thousand. They operate in Raqqa, Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Sweida, Deraa, Deir-ez-Zor, Idlib, Latakia, Jobar, Damascus, East and West Ghouta provinces. They are armed mainly with small arms and improvised armored vehicles. This is due to them fighting mainly in urban confines, where rapid movement is required, every  house is a fortress, and tanks are an easy and sluggish target.

Eagles differ from other formations in that they don’t have a single commander. Each unit has its own commander and each region its administrator. Their names are unknown, only their pseudonyms.

The heaviest fighting experienced by SSNP units took place in northern Latakia, in Salma, Ghamam, and Deir Hanna. This region was strategically important since it is adjacent to Turkey and provides supply and reinforcement routes for an-Nusra. Moreover, controlling this region blocks militant movement into the province and also opens a route for government forces into Idlib.

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Another region where Eagles were active is the al-Ghab plain. This plain runs along western coastal mountains, and is in close proximity to Hama province capital. Controlling the plain creates a buffer zone which is crucial to ensure the security of coastal regions. Next to al-Ghab there are several cities with mainly Christian population, Mahardah and al-Suqaylabiya. Mahardah, in particular was the site of heavy fighting since the start of the war. Since 2015, Islamists launched attacks here nearly every day. The approaches to the city were nominally held by SAA’s 11thDivision. But in the 6 years of war, the unit had practically ceased to exist. The division had under 500 soldiers and officers in March-April 2017. SSNP was able to field about 1500 fighters from among local inhabitants, and only their presence allowed the SAA to hold this important sector.

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The Homs province includes the mostly Christian city of Sadad, which was also a test for SSNP fighters. An-Nusra first took Sadad in October 2013. According to Human Rights Watch, 46 inhabitants, including 14 women and 2 children, were murdered, some of the bodies were dropped into a well, and churches were looted. After intensive clashes, the SAA ejected Islamists from Sadad on October 28, 2013.

Two years later, in October-November 1015, ISIS appeared on Sadad outskirts after capturing nearby Muheen. The city was defended by local population, SAA, and 500 Christian fighters. They were helped by 200 SSNP fighters. Fighting together, they were able to stop ISIS advance.

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The Sadad visit by Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem Karim II was an important event. He met with the fighters to raise their morale and take part in funeral rites. The defense of the city is significant because it is one of the few remaining Syrian cities with predominantly Christian population, fighting against a huge number of jihadists.

SSNP units are recruited from among Orthodox Lebanese and Syrian Christians. At first, most of the recruits came from Lebanon, then their number decreased as the number of Syrians grew. One should not think, however, the Eagles consist only of Christians. Muslims and Christians are fighting side by side. This was evident in Sadad fighting, where SSNP units contained many Muslim volunteers. This fact is yet more evidence of the level of support the idea of Syrian state has among its adherents, and SSNP does nto segregate along religious lines.

At present time, due to the large-scale government offensive, Eagles units maintain order in cities liberated from the militants.

The party’s future in Syria’s political life

In order to determine SSNP’s role in Syria’s and Middle East’s political life, one must deal with several difficult to answer questions.

SSNP’s strong aspects. Spring 2011 demonstrations were caused by external factors but also the internal political stagnation. The Ba’ath party has been in power since the early ‘60s. Sooner or later the war will end and Syria will have to make a choice—what political forces will govern the country? Secular and radical Islam have shown its true nature, and there is no return to it. USSR collapsed over 25 years ago. Without its support, there is also no future for a return of socialist parties in the Middle East. Therefore SSNP has a good chance to gain power and show its abilities. By Middle East standards, SSNP is a political veteran. It has a clearly defined program, which it follows. There is an advanced ideology with a future, which is important when no other political force can offer anything new. Seeking dialogue with the ruling party (Ba’ath in Syria) means that in extreme conditions SSNP will not seek confrontatios and is ready to aid its former rival. Participating in the war against Islamic and international terrorism, in deed and not word, gives the party considerable weight and popular support.

Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Arab Nationalism And Conflict In Syria

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Weak aspects. Since its start, the party has been underground. This is reflected in its low level of participation in legislative activity in Syria and Lebanon, as mentioned earlier. Apart these two countries and Jordan, where SSNP has been active since 2013, the party has no significant presence elsewhere.

Political democratization in post-imperial nation-states, first secular and then religious, meant the transfer of power into the hands of the majority. The question of religious or national minorities was addressed in different ways by various countries but, as a rule, these approaches tended to rely on force. Some nations had to emigrate, others took up arms. Given progressive state weakness and near-universal drive for autonomy, one can draw the conclusion the region is continuing its process of tribalization. Overcoming the remnants of clan and tribal systems and the minorities’ desire for own sovereign states will be very difficult for SSNP. This is further complicated by the persecution of Christians and their mass exodus from Lebanon in the past and Syria right now. But the local Christians were the most opposed to any forms of violence, and represented the intellectual and entrepreneurial elite. They made the party into what it is today: ready for dialogue, to offer a new path of development, to defend own country with force of arms.

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SOURCE: RIA

There are also external factors which cloud the future of SSNP. How will regional powers, like Turkey or Israel, react to the appearance of a new actor, the Greater Syria? Will they allow it to appear at all? Will the leaders of countries in SSNP zone of interest be willing to give up own power, population, and territory?

Internal and external factors make SSNP’s future extremely uncertain. The idea of establishing a state on the basis of the common aspects of the people populating the region is still ahead of its time. But even if SSNP fails for some reason, it will represent a big step toward creating a new-model Arab state.

Conclusion

Unlimited nationalism as foundation of state system has sparked a trend toward anarchy and therefore can no longer be used as an effective means of political organization and preserving societal stability. Arab leaders who survived Arab Spring find it difficult to ensure own legitimacy, internal stability, and good relations with more powerful neighbors. Some have left the stage peacefully. Some were forcibly removed. Others are fighting to remain in power. Wars, coups, mass unrest, and outflow of refugees are boosting the trend toward anarchy and threaten not only the Middle East but the whole world. The recent history of Middle Eastern countries contains many examples of struggle between and cross-pollination among religious (pan-Islam, Islamic Modernism) and secular (Pan-Arabism, Arab Nationalism) currents. This trend to a certain extend determined the evolution of the Arab political thought and helped to, up to a certain point, adapt to the ideas borrowed from the West. But as noted above, they were unable to avert the fracturing of the Middle East and address the conflict among ethnic and religious groups. This fracturing is made worse by the arbitrary nature of borders of countries which qualify as Arab. These states control the territory they do largely due to powerful external pressure, and not as a result of internal processes. It means the current system suffers from a delay-fuse bomb planted under it. It may be now is the time to implement new political ideas and to establish a state based on a historic sense of community among people living in a certain area, irrespective of their language, religion, or nationality.

The Emerging Multipolar World with The Saker: Cold Wars, Hot Wars

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Roger Waters Discusses BDS, Attempts to Block His Current US Concert Tour

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Roger Waters’ “Us and Them” tour is scheduled to perform this Friday and Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, on Long Island, in Uniondale, New York. Apparently Nassau County officials have backed down on their plans to shut down the show (see article below). Waters was interviewed on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman and co-hosts.

Roger Waters Shows Will Go On Despite Nassau County Anti-BDS Law

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The New York Civil Liberties Union is urging lawmakers in Nassau County to repeal a bill denying county contracts to any companies participating in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction [BDS] movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“Nassau County cannot be in the business of telling people what to say or think,” Susan Gottehrer, the NYCLU’s Nassau chapter director, wrote in a letter to County Executive Edward Mangano on Monday. “The BDS movement is a form of protected political speech.”

The letter comes in response to County Attorney Carnell Foskey’s threat to take “appropriate legal action” against the Nassau Events Center (NEC) if it does not cancel upcoming concerts by Roger Waters, a vocal BDS supporter and longtime critic of Israel’s settlement expansions. During a Facebook Live chat in July, Waters said that he expected the county’s attempts to fail.

“You would have to tear up the Constitution of the United States of America, particularly the First Amendment, and throw it into the Hudson River, or the East River if that’s closer, in order for that to happen,” he noted.

Just a week earlier, Nassau County Legislator Howard J. Kopel wrote in a Facebook post that “the Nassau County Attorney confirms that Roger Waters’ proposed upcoming tour dates at the Nassau Coliseum are indeed in violation of Local Law 3-2016.” That law was passed passed in 2016, one month before Governor Cuomo signed a similar order stipulating that any entity boycotting Israeli businesses would also be boycotted by the State of New York.

According to the NYCLU, the law itself is a violation of the constitution. “The law targets political boycotts, which the Supreme Court has long held as a form of political speech,” Zachary Ahmed, policy counsel at NYCLU, told Gothamist. “Here we had an example of the county threatening to enforce this law, and that’s what prompted us to respond.”

Asked to comment on the letter, the county attorney said that they would not be pursuing legal action against the events center, after all. “After extensive legal review, we had determined that factual issues and a lack of legal precedent had precluded success if the County were to litigate,” the county attorney said.

Neither the attorney nor County Executive Edward Mangano responded to questions about whether the decision applies just to Roger Waters, or enforcement of the bill as a whole. The executive also did not respond to a question, initially posed by the NYCLU, about whether the county had previously enforced or threatened to enforce the anti-BDS law.

“As long as law remains on books, there’s a possibility that the county could enforce it against other businesses,” Ahmed added. “We believe that would be unconstitutional.”

Waters will perform at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this Friday and Saturday nights.


To see “The Occupation of the American Mind,” narrated by Roger Waters,  click here.

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UPDATE

Though unsuccessful at getting his venues shut down (at least so far), Jews nonetheless are holding protests at Waters’ concerts. According to a report in the pro-Zionist Washington Free Beacon, Stand With Us, along with another Jewish organization, identified as “Artists 4 Israel,” are planning to follow the tour from city to city. Their plans reportedly include setting up a 15-foot inflatable Pinocchio doll as well as deployment of a van with a billboard which reads, “”Roger Waters, Don’t Need Your Hate and Censorship Against Israel.” The article includes a quote from a Stand With Us official who smears Waters as an “antisemite” and a “bigot.”

 

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The remaining strike directly impacts SouthFront’s ability to provide exclusive content. We cannot more host live streams because our Youtube channel has a Community Guidelines strike.

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Divide and Conquer: Keep the Goyim Fighting Each Other

Posted on August 28, 2017

The old “divide and conquer” strategy seems to be very much in play now. If the American people are riled up and divided to the point that they are battling each other in the streets, who do you suppose that might benefit?

Another street battle royale took place in Berkeley over the weekend. The “red scare” that swept America back in the 1950s seems mild in comparison to what we’re experiencing today. We have a mainstream media apparatus, owned by a handful of corporations, deliberately whipping up public hysteria over “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” These media corporations are “blessed” with Jewish CEOs and top executives (for the most part), though of course anyone with the temerity to point that out automatically gets accused of being a “Nazi” or a “white supremacist.” And just as in the 1950s, when many Americans were charged with being “communists” who decidedly were not communists, so today many many of our fellow citizens are being tarred as “neo-Nazis” or “white supremacists” who emphatically are neither. Though again, as I say, the anger we’re seeing today far exceeds anything we saw back in the fifties.

It is an anger that also defies the bounds of logic. We are living in a time now when you can be accused of being a “white supremacist” even if you are not white. This is the fate that has befallen some of the people in the video below. What we see and hear in this video are the voices of sanity–the kind of voices that are direly needed right now:

Voices of sanity–to be sure! Though sadly, they seem to be struggling to stay afloat in a sea of insanity. The above video was uploaded on Saturday. The following video came to be uploaded on Sunday, and in it we see Joey Gibson, the guy wearing the “Patriot Prayer” t-shirt in the video above, attacked by stick-wielding Antifa screamers, this during yesterday’s violence on the streets of Berkeley.

This of course needs to stop before the country is torn completely apart. But we are part of a pyramid, with powerful elites at the top who stand to benefit from keeping those at the base of the structure at each other’s throats…and for this reason things getting worse…rather than better…seems the more likely prognosis.

The following is a report from the Washington Examiner on yesterday’s violence in Berkeley. The writer makes some of the same points about people being mislabeled as “white supremacists,” and he also provides an analysis on the performance of the Berkeley police, accusing them of “neglect of duty.”

***

Berkeley Proves Liberals are Enabling Antifa Violence

By Tom Rogan

Once again, the supposedly anti-fascist Antifa movement has reared its violent black-cloaked head.

On Sunday, Antifa supporters attacked a group of conservative protesters in Berkeley, California who, to all appearances, have nothing to do with the white nationalism or supremacism of the group that marched in Charlottesville earlier this month.

YouTube is filled with videos from the event showing peaceful gatherers being accosted by weapon-wielding Antifa thugs. One video posted by Mother Jones reporter, Shane Bauer, shows a mob attacking a man as he curls up on the ground. In another video posted by the journalist Ziva Branstetter, Antifa protesters are seen chasing down two conservative marchers. None of these victims were affiliated with white supremacist groups.

I have two takeaways.

First, Sunday’s events are yet more evidence of an unyielding truth: Antifa are violent fascists, not anti-fascists. American-Antifa followers bear no hesitancy in replicating European “black block” efforts to conceal their identities and carry sticks as weapons. Unfortunately, many on the Left seem to quietly celebrate this unpleasantness: note that Bauer’s video of the mob attack received thousands of Twitter likes.

That’s a big problem, because Antifa’s violence isn’t just localized criminality. It is a coordinated assault on freedom of speech and thus fundamentally incongruent with the U.S. Constitution.

My second takeaway is the decision, as the San Francisco Chronicle’s Lizzie Johnson reports, of Berkeley Police to deliberately allow Antifa to attack the permitted protesters. The police defended this neglect of duty stating, “We made a strategic decision to move our officers, we also want people to freely assemble.”

But let’s be clear, this is a pathetic excuse, and we’ve been seeing a lot of it lately. The first responsibility of the police is public protection, and free assembly does not exist where it is subjugated to the whim of a violent mob. It’s not fair to blame the police alone — Berkeley’s notoriously liberal city government also shares outsize blame here. As in Charlottesville, it seems likely that the Berkeley city government pressured the police not to take action. After all, in the run up to the conservative protest, the city printed 20,000 leaflets implicitly blurring these protesters with those of the alt-right. Those leaflets read“Berkeley stands united against hate.”

That casual ignorance speaks to the broader issue: a growing understanding from many on the Left that any peaceable assembly they disagree with is illegitimate and unworthy of constitutional protection. Such thinking is exemplified by Mr. Bauer, who, in addition to posting the video of the mob attack, posted this tweet.

Continued here

FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE NAZIS AND PEDOPHILES…

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Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

I have to begin this analysis by asking for your understanding for the fact that it will include a lot of full-length quotes.  Under normal circumstances, I would have simply provided links, but considering the topic I will be discussing, and how some things suddenly “disappear” on the Internet, full-length quotes is probably the best option.  The topic I want to deal with is the brutal crackdown on free speech by the AngloZionist Empire by means of its ‘loyal corporations’.

First they came for The Daily Stormer

I will begin this discussion by a summary of what recently happened to the Nazi website “The Daily Stormer” as described by Wikipedia.  The reason why I am using Wikipedia is because it is clearly hostile to The Daily Stormer, so it cannot be accused of sympathy or of exaggerating what happened.  Here is this account: (emphasis added)

The Daily Stormer helped organize the Unite the Right rally, a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11 and 12, 2017, in which a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed in a vehicular ramming. Weev also called for readers of The Daily Stormer to locate and attend Heyer’s funeral, calling her a “fat skank”.

On August 13, the website was informed by its domain registrar GoDaddy that it had violated the terms of service by mocking Heyer, and Anglin was given 24 hours to locate a new registrar for the site. The next day it moved to Google which almost immediately cancelled its registration for violation of terms, also terminating the website’s YouTube account.The following day, the website registered with Tucows, who canceled it hours later for regularly inciting violence. On August 15, it was announced by weev that the site had moved to the dark web, and that it was now only accessible via Tor, while Facebook banned links to the site and Discord banned its channel. On August 16, Cloudflare, the DNS provider and proxy service used to protect The Daily Stormer also terminated their service. Cloudflare had traditionally refused to terminate sites based on their content, but CEO Matthew Prince made an exception, posting a public announcement and explanation on the company blog. On August 17, after a relocation to dailystormer.ru, the Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor requested a shutdown of the domain.

The Daily Stormer briefly returned to the clearnet with a .lol gTLD, dailystormer.lol, administered by Namecheap, but after two days, Namecheap canceled the domain. The company’s CEO Richard Kirkendall stated that “the quality and context of the material, paired with the support for violent groups and causes passes from protected free speech into incitement”, specifically quoting one published statement from The Daily Stormer: “It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in mathematics to understand that White men + pride + organization = Jews being stuffed into ovens.” The site returned to the web as punishedstormer.com on August 24, hosted by DreamHost, whose other far-right clients include National Vanguard and the North-West Front. DreamHost stated that they were “standing up for freedom and democracy”; denial-of-service attacks from Anonymouscaused all of their sites to go offline.

Next, and even more appallingly, it is the Swiss encrypted email provider Protonmail (yes, the one I recently recommended to our community) which shut down the account of The Daily Stormer.  This is how Lee Rogers, member of The Daily Stormer, describes what happened:

I Was Just Banned From ProtonMail
Lee Rogers
Daily Stormer
August 23, 2017

First They Came For The Nazis And Pedophiles…

ProtonMail just banned me from their email service claiming I committed abuse or fraud. 

Cross ProtonMail off the list of companies to do business with.

I signed up for an email account with them when the shutdown began. I needed a mechanism for people to contact me. A few folks suggested ProtonMail so I figured I’d give it a shot.

Fast forward a few days later and I find myself locked out of the account stating that it has been disabled due to abuse or fraud. How can one make such a determination in just a few days worth of time? They obviously banned me because a bunch of hate filled people complained to them.

As many folks already know, I like posting cute kitten photos and funny jokes on the Internet. Even though I get much enjoyment from those things, I get the most enjoyment out of providing financial support to the starving Jewish children in Israel. It is something that I am very passionate about. By banning me from their email service, it means I will have a more difficult time supporting those poor Jewish children. This upsets me greatly as I will no longer be able to email all the Christian donors I had lined up who wanted to support this very worthy cause.

By banning me from their email service, ProtonMail has proven that their hearts are filled with hatred towards Jewish children. They sure have lots of explaining to do! What should I tell those poor Jewish kids who go to bed hungry each and every day?

Curiously enough, they posted this tweet around the same time my account got banned. No idea if this means anything or not but I have never called for violence against anybody. I completely oppose such things.

First They Came For The Nazis And Pedophiles…

Besides Andrew Anglin, I think I’ve been banned from more Internet services than anybody in history. The only thing these tech companies haven’t done to me yet is refuse service on my registered domain names. I’m sure that’s the next step though!

Before I proceed any further, let’s get something immediately out of the way: I have no use for Nazis (or any other kind of racists or racialists) and I have absolutely zero interest in what The Daily Stormer might or might not publish.  In fact, until very recently, I had never heard of these people or their website.

Three question about Nazis which must be asked

However, there are many very good reasons to be appalled by what is taking place:

First, why was The Daily Stormer singled out for such crazy persecutions?  Okay, okay – they are racists and Nazis.  So?  Does that really make them worse than anybody else?  Last time I checked, none of the people involved with, or working for, The Daily Stormer had committed any personal crimes.  Furthermore, had they committed any such crimes, why not go after them individually instead of going after their website?  Why are the loyal corporations trying to shut down the speech of some individuals?  Because they are ‘inciting violence’?  That is ridiculous.  The entire body of Marxist ideology is one long and never-ending incitations to (revolutionary) violence, yet nobody has ever tried to shut down all Marxist websites!  Heck, the French national anthem is an incitation to violence!  Since when does “free speech” exclude the incitation to violence?!  Every single US President has made innumerable calls for violence (Trump recently against the DPRK), and yet nobody is censoring them?  Could it be that the only reason The Daily Stormer is singled out is because it is relatively/comparably weak/poor and unable to defend itself?

Next, let’s look at the insipid notion that the Nazis were some kind of “horror of horrors”, some exceptionally evil phenomenon in human history and that therefore they deserve some special and unique form of political persecution.  Here, again, let me get something immediately out of the way: I consider the Nazis of have been an abhorrent gang of arrogant genocidal racists maniacs.  I do, I really do.  I have *nothing* good to say about them.  But what I categorically reject is the notion that they were somehow worse than all the other participants in WWII.  Think of it, the Soviets?  Peuhleeze!  Just read Trotsky’s “Terrorism and Communism” or Lenin’s “Lessons of the Moscow Uprising” if you have any doubts about the fact that the Bolsheviks were genocidal maniacs!  The Anglos?  Need I remind everybody that the Anglos committed a butchery unique in world history: the genocidal extermination of all the ethnic groups of an entire continent (I call that a “pan-genocide”).  How about Hiroshima, Nagasaki or the genocidal bombings of civilians in Germany?  Yeah, I know, the Nazi genocide not only got a special name – the Holocaust, a misnomer by the way – but their genocide is the only one that has a mandatory casualty figure attached to it: 6 million (do you know of ANY other genocide which is always named along with an obligatory casualty figure? how about any other genocide whose exact number of victims cannot be legally investigated?).  For seven decades now (actually, less, but nevermind that) we are told to mantrically repeat “Holocaust 6 million, Holocaust 6 million, Holocaust 6 million”.  Why?  Could it be that the real crime of the Nazis was not that they were genocidal maniacs, but that they lost WWII and that their (no less genocidal) enemies got to write the history of that war?

Then, it is true that nowadays everybody hates Nazis.  Some for the right reasons (they were evil genocidal maniacs) and some for the wrong ones (the believe the anti-Nazi propaganda of the Ziomedia). But whether this is for the right or for the wrong reasons, most people hate Nazis.  Not only that, but the simply use of the words “Nazi” or “Hitler” immediately disconnects the (already generally poor) critical/analytics capabilities of the vast majority of the people and that makes Nazis ideal villains.  Could it be that the Nazis were singled out for repression by the AngloZionist Empire because they were ideal villains, “consensus villains” if you prefer?

I want to add here that even if we conclude that The Daily Stormer was singled out because it was weak and unable to defend itself, if we also conclude that the main crime of the Nazis was losing WWII and even if we conclude that the Nazis are perfect “consensus villains” this is no way implies that the Nazis were not every bit as bad as the imperial propaganda describes them.  If I say that a murderer is not a rapist, that in no way implies that this murderer is a fine upstanding citizen since he still is a murderer.  In the case of the Nazis this very much applies.  For example, even if the Nazis did not kill 6 million Jews in gas chambers, it is established beyond any reasonable doubt, and not only by propagandists, that the Nazi Einsatzgruppen murdered a huge number of civilians.  In fact, Raul Hilberg, probably the foremost expert on Nazi atrocities, estimates that these units killed over 2 million people.  So even if somebody could prove that gas chambers and crematoria were never used to kill anybody, this will not whitewash the Nazis from their atrocities.

[Sidebar: there is a paradox here.  Jewish propagandists very unwisely used the 6 million figure and the gas chambers + crematoria to show that Nazis were monsters.  Now the Nazi propagandists are flipping the argument around and they say that since there is pretty good evidence that 6 million did not die and that gas chambers and crematoria were never used for mass murder of people, Nazis were snow-white pure doves who never committed any kind of atrocities.  They are both lying of course.  There is, in reality absolutely no need to stubbornly stick to the 6 million + gas chambers + crematoria narrative, which are extremely dubious claims, to establish that Nazis were genocidal monsters.  After all, even if the Nazis murdered “only” 2-3 million civilians using bullets, disease, starvation and torture, that would still place them in the same league as Pol Pot.  But that is something which neither Jews nor Nazis are willing to even look into, they stick to to their own myths in spite of all factual evidence].

I would note that there is another “consensus villain” out there which the Empire loves to single out for fear and hatred: the pedophiles.  Okay, before somebody blows a coronary, let me also immediately and clearly state that I have nothing but disgust for pedophiles.  That is not the point.

The point is that the AngloZionist Empire designates “consensus villains” to develop tools of repression (legal, technological, political, social) which then can be used against everybody and anybody.

Creating consensus villains

Check out the little collage I did representing a “Nazi pedophile”:

First They Came For The Nazis And Pedophiles…

The Nazi pedophile: the ideal consensus villain

What I am trying to show with this image is how powerful the emotional response of each one of us is to an image combining a child in distress and Nazi Swastikas.  What this kind of image does is create an emotional tsunami which easily smashes through any critical, rational, skeptical or analytical barrier in the brain of the person exposed to it.  Though an image is probably stronger, the words “Nazi” and “pedophile” often have the same effect:  to make us stop thinking and agree to anything to stop the putative Nazi and/or pedophiles.  All that’s left is to give a name like “Protecting Our Children from Pedophile Nazis law” and you can pass anything, even laws justifying torture, arbitrary arrest or daily mandatory cavity searches for the entire population.

Still dubious?  Okay.

Then ask yourself the following question: how is it that in a society saturated by pornography and in which homosexuals are slowly achieving what can only be called a hero status, how is it that everybody is SO concerned by child pornography?  Seriously – do you *really* believe that anybody in our elites actually cares about children?  If yes, I have a collection of bridges to sell you at unbeatable prices!

Of course our rulers don’t give a damn about our kids: the only use they have for our kids is to use them in the pedophile sex rings, that’s it (oh yes, while pedophilia is a crime for the commoner, it is a universal status symbol for our masters and overlords; Pizzagate anybody?).  Ditto for pornography (the US porn industry is far bigger than Hollywood) or morals (we are in the “God is dead” post-Christian society, are we not?).

No, the pedophile has been singled out for the same reason as the Nazi: not because they are bad (which they, of course, are!) but because they are both easy, almost defenseless, targets and ideal ‘consensus villains’.  Let me repeat this: for the AngloZionist the function of pedophiles and Nazis is to provide an ideal defenseless villain and their purpose is to make it possible to create the tools used to oppress us all.

[Sidebar: To get a sense of how much Nazis have been demonized, just look at this Wikipedia list of organizations advocating pedophilia (this time I left the footnotes so you can check the source)

International

  • Ipce (formerly International Pedophile and Child Emancipation, changed its name in 1998 to disassociate with the full name). Founded in the early 1990s; in 2005, it had 79 members in 20 countries.[1][2][3] The organization has websites available in English,[4] French,[5]German,[6] and Spanish.[7]

Australia

  • Australian Man/Boy Love Association (AMBLA).[8]
  • Australian Paedophile Support Group (APSG). Founded in 1980 or 1983 according to other sources. It was succeeded by the Boy Lovers and Zucchini Eaters (BLAZE), another group dismantled by police.[9]

Belgium

  • Dokumentatiedienst Pedofilie.[10]
  • Centre de recherche et d’information sur l’enfance et la sexualité (fr), 1982–1986. Founded by Philippe Charpentier. The group published the magazine L’Espoir.[11]
  • Fach Und Selbsthilfegruppe Paedophilie. Founded at the early 1970s.[10]
  • Stiekum.[10]
  • Studiegroep Pedofilie.[10] Defunct.

Canada

  • Coalition Pédophile Québécois.[8]
  • Fondation Nouvelle. Defunct.[1]

Denmark

France

  • Groupe de Recherche pour une Enfance Différente (GRED), 1979–1987. The group published the bulletin Le Petit Gredin (The Little Rogue).[10]

Germany

  • AG-Pädo. Founded in 1991 by the association Arbeitsgruppe des Bundesverbandes Homosexualität.[8][13]
  • Aktion Freis Leben (AFL).[8]
  • Arbeitskreis Päderastie-Pädophilie (APF). Active in the early 1980s.[10]
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Humane Sexualität (de) (AHS).
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft “Schwule, Päderasten und Transsexuelle” (“working group ‘gays, pederasts and transsexuals’”). Faction of the German Green Party involved in pro-pedophile activism.[14][15][16][17] See de:Pädophilie-Debatte (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen)(“Pedophilia Debate (Alliance ’90/The Greens”)
  • Deutsche Studien- und Arbeitsgemeinschaft Pädophilie (DSAP). 1979–1983.[8]
  • Fach und Selbsthilfegruppe Paedophilie.[8]
  • Indianerkommune. Active from the 1970s through the mid-1980s.[10] Self-defined as children’s liberation commune, strongly identifying as pedophile, active late 1970s-late 1980s; according to some authors there are several independent local groups active in Germany today.[18]
  • Kanalratten. Offshoot of the Indianerkommune but for female pedophiles.[19]
  • Kinderfrühling.[20]
  • Krumme 13 (K13), 1993– aktuell bis heute und im Internet präsent.[21][22]
  • Pädoguppe, Rat und Tat-Zentrum.[8]
  • Pädophile Selbsthilfe- und Emanzipationsgruppe München (SHG).[23] Founded in 1979.[24] Starting in 2003, police began raiding its members, resulting in more than half a million items of child pornography seized and multiple arrests.[25]
  • Verein für sexuelle Gleichberechtigung. Founded in Munich. 1973–1988[26]
  • Werkgruppe Pedophilie.[27]

Italy

  • Gruppo P. Founded in 1989 by Francesco Vallini.[28] Despite its legitimate status, Vallini spent three years in prison for running a criminal association. Despite this, the well-established gay magazine Babilonia continues to employ Vallini, and to support his ideas, although Gruppo P as such may be no more. The group published the bulletin Corriere del pedofili.[29]

Netherlands

  • Enclave Kring. Founded in the 1950s by the psychologist Frits Bernard.[30]
  • Jon. Founded in 1979 by the Dutch Society for Sexual Reform.[8]
  • Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom, and Diversity, 2006–2008. Dutch political party that advocated lowering the legal age of consent to 12 years old and legalizing child pornography.[31]
  • Vereniging Martijn. Founded in 1982. The most important pedophile association in Europe. On 27 June 2012 a Dutch court ruled that the group was illegal and ordered it to disband immediately.[32] However this decision was overturned by a higher court in April 2013. The judge motivated his or her decision by stating that the club did not commit crimes and had the right of freedom of association.[33] Nevertheless, on 27 June 2012 a Dutch court ruled that the group was illegal and ordered it to disband immediately. This decision was overturned by a higher court, which itself was overturned by The Dutch Supreme Court on 18 April 2014, resulting in a final ban of the association. The association filed an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights but it was rejected. The group published the bulletin OK Magazine.[34]

Norway

  • Norwegian Pedophile Group.[27]
  • Amnesty for Child Sexuality.[27]

Switzerland

  • Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Pädophile.[10]

United Kingdom

United States

Noticed something interesting?  These pedophile organizations ALL have their websites.  And yet nobody in the doubleplusgoodthinking community has even tried to shut them down, nevermind systematically persecuting them like The Daily Stormer!  Why is that?  Are Nazis so much worse than even pedophiles?]

There is also another particularly toxic side-effect for creating “consensus villains”: it makes it easy for non-consensus villains to hide.  Let’s take a very simple example: the so-called “Holocaust”.  It is often said that there is a need for, I kid you not, “Holocaust education” to make absolutely sure that “such an abomination does not happen again”.  Not happen again?!  It never stopped!!!  The decolonization of Africa was a bloodbath, US wars in Korea and Vietnam killed millions of people, as did the US sponsored civil war in Indonesia.  The Cambodian genocide, the Bangladesh war of Independence, Mozambican Civil War – all saw millions of people murdered.  More recently, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the genocide in Rwanda, the US occupation of Iraq, the 2nd Congo war – they all killed several million of people.  It is obscene, grotesque and outrageous to say “never again” if in reality it never stopped.  Or let’s take the example of pedophilia: I am absolutely convinced that the Empire publicly persecutes pedophiles only because it refuses to look at the horrors the porn industry generates, not only amongst its “performers”, but in the millions of individuals and families it affects (and if you think that these are the paranoid ravings on a prudish Christian fundamentalist, just read this article and wake up to the real world!  I also highly recommend the second chapter “The Illusion of Love” in Chris Hedges wonderful book “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” which I consider to be a “must read” to understand the United State’s society).

The horrible truth is that neither Nazis nor pedophiles are in any way exceptional.  They are just the typical products of a world gone mad with arrogance, hatred and maniacal perversion.  You don’t just do away with any and all forms of spirituality, with any sense of the sacred or absolute, and not pay the consequences of that kind of folly.  The condemnation of Nazis and pedophiles is just a particularly hypocritical form of virtue-signaling by forces and individuals which are every bit as evil and perverted as the Nazis and pedophiles which they so vehemently denounce and condemn.  We should not let the tree hide the forest, and neither should we allow one SOB to hide a multitude of other SOBs.

Subcontracting the repression of free speech to private contractors

What is taking place right now is that the Neocons have found a clever way to circumvent the constitutional guarantees (such as the First Amendment) by privatizing the repression of free speech.  This is really nothing new: the Pentagon has been waging illegal wars by using “private contractors” just as the “3 letter” agencies have been illegally spying on us by also using private intelligence companies.  Now the Neocons are using the private sector to crack down on our freedoms: ain’t capitalism just wonderful?!

Let’s take the example of the The Daily Stormer again: if the US government had barred The Daily Stormer from having a website or from using email, the ACLU would have been up in arms.  But since this is done by the private sector and not by the government, the ACLU has absolutely nothing to say.  Why?  Because the “terms of service” (which nobody ever reads) give IT companies practically limitless power to do what they want with your data and the power to deny you any and all of their services.  To use Google (or any other IT company’s services) is not a right.  That’s that simple.

The key problem here is that, taking the example of the The Daily Stormer, Godaddy+Google+YouTube+Facebook pretty much *is* the Internet.  Oh sure, right now The Daily Stormer is hiding in the “dark web” (at http://dstormer6em3i4km.onion/) and can only be accessed by using a Tor router and where it is not indexed by search engines (also, at the time of writing, it is also located here: https://dailystormer.al/ but God only knows for how long).  But this is irrelevant.  The Empire does not give a damn about what happens in some remote corner of the Internet, it only cares about being able to control what happens in about 90% of the Internet, and that 90% is controlled by a relatively short list of loyal corporations which are more than happy to do the Empire’s bidding even without a court order.

It now also appears that, at least according to the Wikipedia article above, Anonymous is willing to act as the Empire’s enforcer.  Of course, this might be the NSA pretending to be Anonymous. We will never know.

This was inevitable I would add.  The Founding Fathers crafted the US Constitution (and other legal instruments) to protect the people from government abuse.  They could never have imagined that the ruling elites would dismantle as much of the government as possible (mostly the most useful parts) and replace it with private corporations.  US civil right leaders were so obsessed with Uncle Sam that they never even noticed how the US corporate world quietly and legally enslaved them, on behalf of the ‘deep state’, of course, whose main component today are the Neocons.

So what must we do about this?

The liberation of our minds and of the technologies we use

I think that we must accept the Neocons’ conceptual challenge: they are literally daring us to oppose the persecution of Nazis and pedophiles.  We, therefore, must do exactly that – try to make it impossible for the Neocons to persecute the Nazis and the pedophiles. Not for their sake, of course, but for *ours*!  Because if the Empire can do this to the Nazis, then the Empire can do it to anybody next.  Truly, “first they came for the Nazis and pedophiles”…

[Sidebar: seventy two years after the end of WWII, the tables have been fully turned, and now the famous verses by Pastor Niemöller should begin by “First they came for the Nazis and pedophiles”.  I can imagine how absolutely appalled Pastor Niemöller would be if he found out that his famous anti-Nazis words are now being used to defend the freedoms of Nazis and pedophiles.  He would be appalled, yes, and saddened, but I am sure that he would also understand and agree.]

I submit that it is high time for all of us to refuse to be treated like laboratory rats who are trained by operant conditioning to worship X (Barack Obama) and loathe Y (Nazis).  Nazis and pedophiles fully deserve our disgust and rejection, but not because we have been brainwashed to hate them, not because they represent some kind of ‘super-evil’, but simply because they truly are abhorrent.  Those who want to brainwash us into hating them don’t trust us to come to that conclusion without brainwashing and that is, I submit, is very offensive and demeaning for us.  We need to tell those who would have us terminally brainwashed that we can come to our own conclusions, thank you very much, and that they can keep their brainwashing to themselves.

Besides liberating us for the ideological yoke imposed on us by the imperial propaganda machine, there are also technological issues which need to be looked into.  For example, having a website and using encrypted emails.  We all need this, right?  Except that now, this might be a very hard thing to find.  What if there was a corporation out there which would openly declare that this corporation’s services would not be denied to anybody for any reasons?  What if a corporation declared, on principle, that Nazis, pedophiles and terrorists accounts would never be closed or otherwise compromised?  Would that not be exactly the corporation you would want to open an account with?

First, let’s be realistic and not ask any service provider to ignore a court order.  In the abstract, that could be very noble, but not very realistic.  However, our first condition could be that the service provider would only close down or otherwise limit our account if given a legal court order.  Terms of service which would include that provision could, in theory, make even the United States a fairly safe jurisdiction.  Switzerland or Iceland would be even better.

I don’t know if this is technically feasible, but it would be even better if the service provider made it technically impossible for itself to shut down an account.  There have been some steps taken towards this kind of setup.  For example, Protonmail encrypts the user inbox in such a way that even if a Swiss court ordered Protonmail to produce a user’s inbox contents Protonmail would only be able to hand over highly encrypted files but not the plaintext.  This makes me wonder if it would be possible to have one authority (the service provider) deal with the creation of one account but that this account, once created, would be technically impossible to close down for the service provider.  What if that account was hosted on a P2P network or if the credentials to create an account were insufficient to close it down?  I don’t know, I am just thinking out loud here.  Any opinions?

Second, the corporate headquarters, financial assets and servers would have to be located in fairly safe jurisdictions.  Protonmail has it’s corporate headquarters and bank accounts in Switzerland (their servers are distributed, some are even in Israel, sigh…).  Maybe it would be better to separate them all in different jurisdictions?  Distributed jurisdictions maybe?

[Sidebar: here I have to admit to my great regret and shame that Russia under Putin is no better than the USA and, frankly, Russia is even worse in many aspects.  The sad reality is that the Russian government, under the pious pretext of anti-terrorism, has passed many freedom and privacy crushing laws and that the legal guarantees offered to free speech in Russia are close to zero.  Yeah, *right now* there is a good guy in power, but if tomorrow, God forbid, some kind of “Eltsinoid” comes to power there is nothing preventing the Russian government from totally banning encryption, shutting down “politically incorrect” websites, etc.  The sames goes for Iran and China, by the way.  I am personally lucky that my blog is not blocked in Iran – yes, I had this checked – but many others are.  China might be the worst offender of them all: they now want to introduce the mandatory registration of passport data for each person using any social media!  This is paradoxical, but the countries who are at the forefront of the resistance to the AngloZionist Empire have even less of a culture of freedom, especially on the Internet, than the USA or most EU countries.  This is very bad news for us because that means that we are probably more likely to find a solution to our problems in the West than we are in countries such as Russia, Iran or China.  It is quite telling (see above) that Roskomnadzor instead of providing a safe heaven in Russia for The Daily Stormer actually demanded (and obtain) that their Russian domain be shut down.  Shame on Russia, is all I can say!]

Will such a service provider ever be created?  I want to hope that yes.  I was tremendously encouraged by the reaction of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (see here for full text) which strongly condemned the actions of the loyal corporations and who clearly said:

Protecting free speech is not something we do because we agree with all of the speech that gets protected. We do it because we believe that no one—not the government and not private commercial enterprises—should decide who gets to speak and who doesn’t.

God bless their hearts!  I am proud to be a member of the EFF.

The Free Software Foundation (FSF), of which I am also a member, might have to come up with the technology to guarantee that nobody, including “consensus villains” is stripped form the right to present ideas or to securely communicate.

I can hear the objection “what about the terrorists?”  To this I would reply two things:

  1. As far as I know, all terrorists are state-sponsored.
  2. Terrorists can *easily* bypass any forms of state control (mostly by not revealing which email accounts they use).

So this “we will give the terrorists the means to communicate” is a total canard.

As a tool for freedom, the Internet has truly been fantastic.  But we also have to recognize that it has its weak points, especially its “points of entry” (the so-called Network Access Points or NAPs) and domain name registration mechanism (via ICANN).  Governments cannot shut down the Internet.  Government and the private sector together probably can.

And then there is the problem of search engines.  Right now Google reigns supreme, and the runner-up (Yandex) is very much is focusing on the Russian Internet.  There are plenty of other search engines, but none of them offer any guarantees of being a-political.  Yet again, this is a challenge for the free software community which will have to come up with a solution, but this will take time.

Preempting some inevitable accusations

Did you notice how many times in this article I had to go out of my way to preempt the accusation that I have some kind of sympathy for the Nazis?  Well, I am pretty sure that some dimwit will try to post a comment accusing me of being a Nazi anyway.  When that happens, please consider it an example of how easily the word “Nazi” turns brains into mush.  Some will also accuse me of being a crypto-Nazi (or something to the same effect) not because they really believe that, but because they will lack any logical and fact based arguments to dispute my points.  They will hope that the “Nazi” label will serve to simply remove my arguments from the awareness of the well-conditioned readers.  Finally, there will also be the inevitable “offended Nazis” who will be absolutely outraged that a guy who dares question the 6 million + gas chambers + crematoria ALSO calls Nazis evil racist genocidal maniacs (they also hate it when I speak of Ukronazis – apparently the fact that there are plenty of Jews in the Ukie leadership is evidence that the Ukronazis are not Nazis.  Makes me wonder if these guys realize how much Nazis and Zionists are alike or whether they don’t understand that the Israeli government is, ideologically speaking, simply a Jewish version National-Socialist ideas, policies and even methods).   That kind of arguments usually begin with “it sounds like” or “in other words” or “so what you are saying” etc.  My reply is simple: I wrote what I wrote.  If I wanted to write something different, I would have.  So, please, spare us the usual “creative paraphrasing” of what it actually says.

Conclusion: the last groups of resistance

The current hysteria around the Alt-Right, the Daily Stormer or Tump as the “KKK Candidate” are not just the result of the corporate media being controlled by sensationalist idiots.  This is a deliberate strategic psyop campaign whose aim is to topple Trump and crackdown on the legitimate aspirations of millions of Americans who simply want their country back.  It all began by a color revolution against Trump, followed by a successful coup and now the Neocons are turning their attention to us, the regular people.  In their sick minds, if we are not brainwashed Clintonbots then we are all neo-Nazis of some kind.  For them, the Daily Stormer or the Alt-Right are just the evidence and the pretext they need to crack-down on our civil liberties and human rights.  To make things worse, the so-called Left (I say “so-called” because, let me tell you, there is no real Left in the USA, only ignorant dumbasses would call Obama a Socialist!) has totally failed to understand that “first they came for the Alt-Right” and, instead, they participate in the “Trump is a racist” campaign.  Frankly, I find the US liberals beyond any hope, terminally brain-dead, and politically they are idiots at the service of the Neocons.  We all know where the Neocons stand.  So that leaves only two groups who are still capable of thought and these are the paleoconservatives and the libertarians.  They are not exactly my cup of tea with their economic ideas and myths, but that really is irrelevant at this point.  What matters is that they are the last ones standing for the following basic principles:

  1. Support for Constitutional freedoms and civil rights
  2. Opposition to empire and foreign wars
  3. Resistance against the social and political agenda of the “coalition of minorities

I think that by now most paleoconservatives and libertarians have understood that “the Trump presidency is over” as Bannon put it.  Trump is a crushed and neutered intellectual midget in the hands of the Neocons.  But what Trump stood for during his election still deserves to be fought for.  Forget the man, but remember the values, the ideas, the principles which got him elected.  These values are all that stands between us and a life of servitude to the Neocons and their AngloZionist Empire.  This is also all that stands between mankind and a possible world war.

[Sidebar: to my (real) Leftist friends: no, I am not endorsing the political views of the paleoconservatives or the libertarians.  But I am saying that in the US context these are the only two political forces left which are mentally capable of resistance.  As I said, there is no real organized Left north of the Rio Grande, sorry.  And, before you ask, the Antifa who are just dumb tools in the hands of the Neocons.  Yes, there are some real Leftist individuals in the USA, surprisingly many I would say, but nothing organized, no movement.  This is a disaster and a tragedy, but this is also the sad reality.]

What the Neocon propaganda machine has been doing is to try to place the paleoconservatives and the libertarians into either the category “Putin agent” (Ron Paul) or Nazi (Pat Buchanan).  If they succeed, then it’s really the end, folks.

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