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The Avalanche – Snapshot 16 – June 17, ’18

From Mondoweiss:
Painting of Razan al-Najjar immortalizing her service, by Omar Sommad. Posted by Palestine Live, June 2, 2018.

“Heralded by Palestinians as ‘angel’ and ‘merciful martyr,’ Razan Al-Najjar is an afterthought in western press” by James North (Mondoweiss)

And excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Let’s say Hamas fired a rocket that killed a young Israeli nurse while she was tending to the wounded from earlier rockets. Is there any doubt that the mainstream media would cover her death extensively, with photos, and interviews with friends and family?

But when Israeli snipers murdered a 21-year-old Palestinian nurse named Razan Al-Najjar yesterday, the mainstream media was nearly silent. Today’s New York Times print edition only includes her as an afterthought, in a report by the usually reliable Rick Gladstone about Israel’s latest defeat at the United Nations. Gladstone’s article notes only that “A 21-year-old Palestinian health worker was killed. . .” Gladstone’s editors could not be bothered to add her name, or to change the passive sentence to report who actually killed her.


“NYT Carries IDF Attack on Murdered Medic–Reveals It’s a Smear in 20th Paragraph” by Adam Johnson (FAIR)

“The New York Times’ Second Assassination of Razan at-Najjar” by Norm Finkelstein (Norman G. Finkelstein)

President Donald Trump. Photo via White House on Flickr.

“Picking Up Where Obama’s War On Leaks Left Off: Trump Justice Department Seizes Reporters’ Records” by Kevin Gosztola (Shadowproof)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Carl Bernstein, the journalist famous for exposing details related to the Watergate scandal, was on MSNBC and described the United States Justice Department’s seizure of phone records of reporters as a “matter of policy” that went all the way up to the president.

“The object of it is to try and intimidate people who talk to reporters, especially on national security matters. National security is always the false claim of administrations trying to hide information that people ought to know,” Bernstein added.

It was May 2013, and Bernstein was reacting to the news that President Barack Obama’s Justice Department “secretly obtained two months of telephone records” of reporters and editors, who worked for the Associated Press, in order to help them prosecute a leak case against Donald Sachtleben, an FBI agent.

Now President Donald Trump and his administration continue that policy of intimidation and contempt for freedom of the press.

James Wolfe, a former Senate intelligence committee aide, was charged [PDF] and arrested for allegedly lying to FBI agents about his contacts with at least four journalists…

Days after news broke about the seizure of AP’s phone records, it was revealed the Justice Department labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen an “aider, abettor, and co-conspirator” in a leak by State Department employee Stephen Kim—effectively criminalizing journalism.

The backlash from U.S. news organizations led Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a set of new policies that supposedly tightened procedures for investigations that involved journalists. Holder indicated support for a media shield law to protect reporters, but one never passed and the guidelines are not law. They can be flouted or ignored by the Trump administration.

Moreover, Holder and the Obama administration did lasting damage to reporters’ freedom by continuing to pursue a subpoena against New York Times reporter James Risen to force him to testify against his source, CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling, who was accused of a leak…

This is the third case from the Justice Department to target journalists’ sources. Others include NSA contractor Reality Winner, who allegedly released an NSA report on Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election, and FBI agent Terry Albury, who pled guilty to disclosing information related to how the FBI pressures immigrants into becoming informants.

From Independent:
Alison Chabloz leaves Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London, on 25 May (PA)

“First They Came for Alison Chabloz” by Barbara McKenzie (Barbara McKenzie)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On Friday 25 May musician Alison Chabloz was found guilty of sending, by means of a public electronic communication network, a message or other matter that is ‘grossly offensive’, and awaits sentencing – the judge has indicated that a custodial sentence is possible.

In fact, Alison Chabloz has been found guilty of Holocaust denial.

Alison Chabloz makes her living as a singer-songwriter. She is also a Holocaust revisionist. Prior to being banned from twitter in 2016, Chabloz’s frankness on both the Holocaust and the Palestine issue attracted the attention of zionists who not only trolled her on twitter, but were instrumental in a job offer of a singing spot on a cruise ship being withdrawn…

Alison Chabloz’s conviction relates to the satirical songs in three videos that she uploaded to Youtube: Nemo’s Antisemitic Universe, I Like the Story As It Is, and (((Survivors))).

Nemo is named after one of the trolls who were harassing Alison Chabloz on twitter. Part of the song is dedicated to him, another part to the illegitimacy of the state of Israel – Chabloz sings of a Palestine free from the river to the sea, and ends with, ‘Free Palestine!’.

All three songs refer disparagingly to the Holocaust narrative. Auschwitz, a major grief tourism site, is termed to as a theme park – Chanloz refers to the fact that the gas chamber, initially claimed as genuine, was eventually proved to be a reconstruction. There are mocking references to former traditions, now debunked, that Jewish bodies were used to make soap, and their skins into lampshades.

Chabloz devotes (((Survivors))) to ridiculing three ‘Holocaust survivors’. The authenticity of the accounts of these survivors is no longer accepted: Irene Zisblatt claimed to have escaped from a gas chamber not once but twice; there are whole websites devoted to the flaws in the Elie Wiesel story; Anne Frank’s Diary was written mainly in ballpoint, not invented until after the war. There have been other cases of Holocaust survival fraud, , e.g. Binjamin Wilkomirski, and Herman Rosenblat, whose book Angel at the Fence was withdrawn by its publisher after doubt about its veracity was expressed by scholars, relatives and fellow survivors. Some, like Rosemarie Pence, are not actually Jewish…

In his decision the judge referred to several judgements from countries where Holocaust denial is illegal. In the case of Garaudy v France, the court held that 6 months imprisonment for the applicant, who had written a book disputing the existence of the crimes against humanity committed against the Jews by the Nazis, did not violate the convention of free speech. In Witzsch v Germany, the applicant was convicted in connection with protests about the introduction of Holocaust denial legislation.

The judgement assumed, therefore, the illegality of Holocaust denial, even though this is not formally part of British law…

Alison Chabloz’s offending songs focused on aspects of the Holocaust that are almost universally held to be fraudulent. Fraud that is exposed and in the public domain is almost always seen as an obvious, legitimate and necessary target for British satirists, no matter who is responsible. The judge decreed, however, that members of an open and multi-cultural society would find the satirising of gazetted fraudsters Elie Wiesel, Otto Frank and Irene Zisblatt ‘particularly insulting, upsetting and disrespectful’…

Thus while there is no British law formally criminalising Holocaust revisionism, such a law is no longer necessary. The judgement of Judge Zani serves as a legal precedent which can be used for suppression of debate about the Holocaust and events of World War II…

The strategies for suppressing scrutiny of the Holocaust narrative are increasingly applied to other narratives. These strategies include the extensive use of ad hominem instead of proper argument, derision, vilification, discrediting, deplatforming, job loss, and in the case of speaking out about vaccine damage, child theft. Holocaust revisionists, of course, face imprisonment – some adherents of the climate change story believe that ‘climate change denial’ should also be criminalised. Where history is deemed to be ‘settled’ in the case of the Holocaust, the expression ‘the science is settled’ is used to stop questioning of vaccinations and climate change…

In setting a legal precedent of criminalising debate over the events of World War II, the conviction of Alison Chabloz for ‘Holocaust denial’ further normalises the suppression of thought, speech and dissent. The future of free speech and dissent in Western democracies could not look more bleak.
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Note: I don’t know about all of the references to debunked holocaust-related subjects in the above post. My focus is on the continuing killing of communication that the State doesn’t want and the people need.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia (Facebook/Julia Skripal)

“Skripals poisoned with Fentanyl, initial report redacted” by Dilyana Gaytandzhieva (

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were poisoned with the drug Fentanyl, not the Novichok nerve agent, the initial report on the incident reveals. After I published this report on my Twitter account the information was immediately redacted and the drug Fentanyl was deleted from the original version.

Alex Thomson, chief correspondent and presenter of Channel 4 News tweeted about a D notice issued by the UK government to prevent media from publishing further sensitive information on 12 March…

On 26 April I published on my social media accounts the initial report (dated 5 March) on the incident in Salisbury. It indicated the drug Fentanyl as the source of the poisoning which had taken place on 4 March…

According to the report published by Clinical Services Journal: Salisbury District Hospital declared a “major incident” on Monday 5 March, after two patients were exposed to an opioid […] It followed an incident hours earlier in which a man and a woman were exposed to the drug Fentanyl in the city centre.

Few hours later (27 April) after the article was publicized on social media, the content was surprisingly changed…


That’s my underline of the word “substance” in the above image.

The original un-redacted report looked like this:


“UK medics treated Skripals for opioid overdose until Porton Down claimed nerve agent poisoning” by Roger Annis (A Socialist In Canada)

“Ten weeks incommunicado: Conspiracy builds to force Assange out of Ecuadorian embassy” by James Cogan (BSNEWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Assange is being used as a bargaining chip in sordid negotiations between the US and Ecuador. On June 4, US Vice President Mike Pence met with Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno. Amid the stepped-up persecution of Assange, Pence issued a statement lauding their discussion on “opportunities to reinvigorate the bilateral relationship” between the two countries. In words dripping with imperialist deceit, he said they would work together “to protect and promote freedom” and “build prosperity, security and democracy.”

Such “freedom” does not include freedom of speech or freedom of the press…

From Policynote:
Scott Lough / Flickr

“Threatened caribou further endangered: Suppressed audit shows Oil and Gas Commission undermining provincial efforts to save species” by Ben Parfitt (Policynote)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On an April morning in 2014, members of the Fort Nelson First Nation tucked into a helicopter to begin a day of flying to fossil fuel company operations in their territory.

The Nation’s lands are part of the expansive Treaty 8 territory that includes northeast British Columbia. A professional biologist from Fort St. John was in town and had invited employees with the Nation’s (FNFN) Lands department along for the ride.

For the rest of the day, the biologist and FNFN members flew to well pads where companies drill and frack for natural gas. They looked at roads and pipeline corridors cut through the region’s black spruce forests, muskeg and wetlands. And they paused beside massive pits excavated from the earth to store toxic wastewater from the fracking process.

At each site, the biologist, who was conducting a first-of-its kind audit of fossil fuel company operations, took notes.

The audit marked a critical milestone in a little-known “recovery” plan developed a few years earlier by BC’s then environment ministry. The ministry was required to devise the plan because the region’s boreal caribou herds were in trouble. Fourteen years earlier, the federal government had formally listed the species as “threatened” across the country.

A cornerstone of BC’s plan was that natural gas companies would have to follow a suite of modest new rules known as “interim operating practices” (IOPs). An audit would determine whether or not the companies were in compliance…

Not long after the helicopter tour, the biologist (Dan Webster) delivered the audit to BC’s Oil and Gas Commission (OGC). The OGC largely funded the study and is the agency that regulates fossil fuel industry activities in BC.

For the next four years, the OGC kept the audit’s findings hidden, never disclosing them to the general public or, more importantly, to the FNFN whose members were most directly affected.

“FNFN never received the audit even though the [Nation’s] Lands Department requested a copy of the final documents,” Chief Harrison Dickie said.

“Purges and paranoia in Erdogan’s ‘new’ Turkey” by Ella George (A Socialist In Canada)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The elections due to be held in Turkey on 24 June, 2018 – brought forward abruptly from the end of 2019 by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – come after a period of repression and fear that represents the most serious rupture in the history of the Turkish republic…

Even those whose relatives and friends who have not been designated national security threats have been affected by the repression. The newspapers they read have been shut down, the columnists they followed have been detained, the local medical clinic has had its assets seized, the school around the corner has been closed, the dozens of voluntary associations that formed the fabric of their community have gone, and the politicians they voted for – from municipal officials to provincial governors – have been forcibly replaced or fear they are about to be. The purges of prosecution lawyers and judges have reached such proportions that among the new appointees are recent graduates who do not know the rules of their own courtrooms. All judges are aware that any decision deemed adverse to the government may end their careers. The scale of the social transformation being wrought by these measures exceeds even the founding convulsions of the republic. To appreciate what has happened in Turkey requires historical perspective, not least because the government is bent on reinventing the republic in its image, and rewriting its history.

Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

“Why the CIA Funds Nonviolence Training” by Stuart Jeanne Bramhall (Dissident Voice)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

One important aspect of the debate over “diversity of tactics” (i.e. the decision whether to be exclusively nonviolent) in the Occupy movement relates to mounting evidence of the role CIA and Pentagon-funded foundations and think tanks play in funding and promoting nonviolent resistance training. The two major US foundations promoting nonviolence, both overseas and domestically, are the Albert Einstein Institution (AEI) and the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). Both receive major corporate and/or government funding, mostly via CIA “pass through” foundations…

This is a strategy Frances Stonor Saunders outlines in her pivotal Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters. According to Sanders, right wing corporate-backed foundations and the CIA have been funding the non-communist left since the late sixties, in the hope of drowning out and marginalizing the voice of more militant leftists. It’s also noteworthy that the governing and advisory board of both AEI and ICNC have been consistently dominated by individuals with either a military/intelligence background or a history of prior involvement with CIA “pass-through” foundations, such as NED and USAID…

Less well known is the role military and intelligence figures have played in helping Sharp set up and run the AEI. I think most progressives would be extremely disturbed by the major role played by the military-intelligence establishment in funding and running the AEI. I think they would find it even more troubling that progressives who refer to any of this on so called “independent” or “alternative” media websites and blogs have their posts removed.

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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John Oliver, a fascist, pretends to be a progressive in order to help ruin progressives who think he’s funny.

See my previous blog post titled “John Oliver ‘looks’ like he’s against fascism.”

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The New Cold War’s Avalanche-Type Dossiers

‘Lost In Maze’
from the PDR Group website

Source: The new face of censorship – New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond

This, the New Cold War’s Dossiers, looks to me like The New Cold War’s effort at doing Avalanche Snapshots, except that their ‘snapshots’ are much more detailed than mine. Avalanche Snapshots are my ongoing presentation of (links to) reports, mainly from alternative media (by which I mean other than corporate media), of the Corporatocracy’s killing of communication. My blog post introducing that series, posted on August 9, 2017, is titled “A Loud Whoompfing Sound.” I initially intended to point to reports giving only clear-cut, simple examples of the establishment killing communication. The deletion of a blogger’s YouTube account by Google for example, is my idea of a simple act of killing communication. But I realized fairly early on that I needed to include reports that were not only about killing unwanted YouTube messages but were also about any situation that involved the killing, in various ways, of unwanted communication. I would have had very little to talk about, in regard to the Corporatocracy’s killing of unwanted communication, if all I was covering was yanked YouTube, or Twitter, or Facebook accounts, not necessarily because there’s not lots of that going on but How much of it will I discover?

As for alternative media, ‘alternative’ does not automatically mean true, or genuine or progressive. And ‘progressive’ doesn’t always mean ‘progressive’, especially if folks have different definitions for the term. And then there’s two other problems here. People at any time can simply sell their souls. A genuine progressive can become a fake progressive. Amy Goodman et al out of the blue (as far as I can tell) started doing State Department-approved shows promoting the terrorist White Helmets. Sibel Edmonds out of the blue (as far as I can tell) started doing reports attacking real progressives like Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett. The other problem is with people who are already fakers who pretend to be progressive and who crank out propaganda under the banner of ‘progressive’. Some of them get a pass from real progressives. How do we deal with that? How do we view that? The awesome late Robert Parry carried (and CN carries for all I know) articles by CIA asset Graham Fuller. The odd reader attaching comments to articles on Consortium News, would complain about it and be met with complete silence. Maybe I missed something. I don’t live on any single website but flit around among many, so I could have missed something. Craig Murray carries a link to faker Juan Cole. ZNet, which carries Noam Chomsky’s articles is also home to a whole slew of fakers. I could go on. And then, I guess, there’s a further problem: Who will judge another’s progressiveness? I would definitely call someone who calls himself a progressive but supports regime change against countries that don’t support the global dictatorship of the US a fake progressive. But what about someone who honestly believes, for example, that North Korean leaders are insane and dangerous and North Korea is full of zombie people who only hate the US and want to destroy it because he or she has never been told differently? That was me only a year or two ago.

We have all grown up with fake news, because it was always there, pushed at us by a resource-rich Right. Until the internet and the freedom it provided for dissenters and principled people to publish real news came along, all we had was fake news. If I’ve learned one thing, it is that I can’t always trust everything I think I know about the world owing to that one fact. Most of those who know about the Rwandan genocide, whether they are leftwing or rightwing, believe that Hutus conceived and implemented a genocide targetting Tutsis, when in fact the opposite is the case. Read Ann Garrison’s interview with Edward S. Herman about it. The article is titled “Rwanda, the Enduring Lies: A Project Censored Interview with Ed Herman by Ann Garrison.” And there’s the progressive Canadian website, Rabble, happily giving a home to Rwandan propagandist Gerald Caplan who spreads, deliberately, Rwandan propaganda. Rabble’s owners know better. They also carry stellar reportage from real progressives, like Yves Engler.

The darkness is powerful. It will take more than any individual progressive or group of progressives to beat it back. Indeed, it’s going from strength to strength. Faithless progressives (the majority, I’m afraid) choose to believe that if we imperfect humans don’t save the world then it won’t be saved. That’s not my position. Nor do I say do nothing and let God deal with it. But, because I have faith that no one can stop God from eventually ending this system of things and the darkness that accompanies it, I do not go along with other progressives in supporting lesser evils in elections. Which isn’t the same as acknowledging that no one’s perfect. You look at people’s intentions, which you can usually read if you look closely enough and possess principles yourself. And looking closely that involves passive learning doesn’t cut it. Sitting in front of the television set (a powerful, effective weapon of the 1% if ever there was one, mixing entertainment with propaganda) and absorbing all of it’s darkness and fake news doesn’t enlighten anyone. One must actively learn and one must employ skepticism. Question experts and authority. It would help if people read books. And it would help if people read books, aggressively, in order to learn. There’s little of that happening.

We are all born imperfect and, for now, will die that way. But we can choose to care and caring is knowing. If you care, then you put your head up and look around. When you look around, you see. Seeing is knowing. We aren’t born knowing all the facts about everything. But as long as we aren’t completely repressed, we can, as individuals, start gathering them. (And when we learn that we are being fed lies, we can choose to actively gather facts rather than just take note of what we think is truth, since, in this world, truths and facts are mingled with lies. Noam Chomsky talks about the assiduous reader of establishment and corporate owned media and establishment books who manages to come away from exposure to all of that with facts nevertheless. That implies that that assiduous reader is both principled and aware that he or she is being fed much falsehood. But the advantage goes to the established, resource-rich forces of darkness that have been working on you since you were born and before you started seeing and knowing. That is why the world is ruined.) What I would say is that, Once we get to the point where we are physically unable to communicate with each other and the only things we can say to each other are things that those who have self-modified (into believers in deceit, inequality and violence) allow us to say to each other, then God will have to step in and he will. However, Faithless progressives are wrong about the most important fact that people, who know it, can tell others. It isn’t about Russia or Rwanda or Myanmar. It’s about Jehovah God and his plan of salvation for imperfect humankind.

My definition of progressive would be: going in a direction away from those – usually capitalists or dull people who capitalists use – who allow themselves to be animated by this dark world’s paradigm, or operating principle, of ‘riches for the strongest’. Such ones have jettisoned their God-given conscience, an inner rule-book that all humans, perfect (no perfect humans exist right now) and imperfect, possess. All humans also possess free moral agency and can choose to ignore their inner rule-book and simply make survival, rather than ‘how’ they survive, their main priority. They therefore are free to employ deceit, violence and theft in their efforts. (Neoconservatives are people who do that openly.) And they obviously have no real problem with inequality, since When they take the means of survival from others, in order to both survive and feel strong, then others, namely their victims, will possess less. (The modified one now possesses twisted desires and values and enjoys feeling strong by harming others. He or she values glory, which war and conquering confers when others, namely the conquered and other conquerors and anyone, see that aggressiveness and rapine unfold. Glory that is unseen isn’t glory.) In this world, with its money system (or systems), money has come to mean, perversely, life. (From God’s standpoint, it is no such thing. But, while the Issue of Universal Sovereignty is on, it means life for all imperfect humans on this planet.) As the apostle John said, “Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world… because everything in the world… the showy display of one’s means of life… does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.” (1 John 2:15-17)

Much of the Left thinks that because I believe in God, as in a Creator God who isn’t us, I therefore am not progressive. Anything that I report that stems from my Christian understanding, therefore, will be ignored by that Left and others. I will be, therefore, excluded, disappeared as it were, by those who in other circumstances so eloquently and passionately argue for the inclusion – and acceptance and protection – of those who the establishment disappears. So be it. Those (like Palestinians and First Nations and 3rd world victims of imperialism) who the establishment disappears, who the Left then defends, are not entirely disappeared since they have those leftist defenders, however weak or strong those defenders may be. The few, like myself, who possess religious views that the Left and Right can’t (which means ‘chooses not to’) support are without defenders and supporters and likely to be ignored. We are those, truly, without bars and doors, the main targets, in fact, of Gog of Magog, which is the crowd of ruined people who Gog uses before they are destroyed. ‘Gog’ is another name, meaning ‘darkness’ according to Jehovah’s Witnesses, for Satan. Gog is prophesied to attack God’s people in the final days of this temporary system of things. He attacks those who ‘foolishly’ rely on God, rather than the wild beast of Corporatocracy (that Gog in fact directs), for protection. (Ezekiel chapter 38:10-12)

Alan Freeman and Roger Annis and Radhika Desai
pics of Alan and Radhika are from The Geopolitical Economy Research Group

The New Cold War editors have said a lot in their introductory article about their new series and therefore there’s lots to be said it about it. I applaud the caring and note the urgency with which they are pushing ahead with their project. (And that introduction could use some editting actually.) Indeed, As I note in “A Loud Whoompfing Sound,” the avalanche of communication-killing actions by the fascist Corporatocracy has begun in earnest (2016) and is rushing downward and onto all of us. It began when deep State entities like Google reacted to the real news that the then free internet allowed caring people to avail themselves of. The State’s corporate media allies’ lies were exposed, as they continue to be (with more difficulty each day as the avalanche catches progressives and progressive orgs). The urgency felt by the New Cold War’s editors is justified. My first examination of the Dossiers section revealed some chaos. I think that that’s been tidied up. I haven’t examined everything in minute detail, but if the editors tweak this going forward, of course it’s going to get better. In any case, unlike my snapshots, the dossiers are, clearly, going to be far fewer but analytical and in depth, a good thing. Goodness knows, and so do the editors, that every progressive with a platform needs to be both taking in honest, factual reportage and passing it on. I am sure that the editors will do a good job with their Dossiers project.

The third point is the proliferation of informative and useful alternative internet sites – a very inadequate list is provided on our site and we will endeavour to keep it updated – which not only dissect, critically, the narratives of the official media but provide genuine news from sources, including sources on the ground, that contradict these narratives. This makes the censorship much harder and indeed, even increases the attention paid to alternative sources among people it provokes to think for themselves. This is why it is important to understand the present limits of the censorship as an attack on freedom of information and not principally (so far) freedom of speech. The alternative sites are not banned; they are prevented from being seen. If the left makes sure that they are seen, by sharing and promoting posts from each other, this will not succeed.

Let’s examine The New Cold War’s introduction, titled (“The New Face Of Censorship”). The following will not be any sort of deep analysis and excerpts will not be presented in chronological order. It won’t be a critique, really. I’m only going to look at (some) parts of the intro that I find interesting or perhaps don’t get or which I disagree with. (And I take NCW’s points about establishment media’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn, but I’m saddened by the boost that faker Jeremy Corbyn gets from the Dossiers introduction. There are many references to Corbyn in the introduction but they look at his victimization only. John Pilger and Barbara McKenzie give progressives an idea why we should pause before lifting Jeremy up to saint status.) But, again, I certainly support the goal of the Dossiers. Every progressive who blogs should do this. NCW’s material will be in italics. I see that WordPress turns my block quotes into italics also. There’s nothing I can do about that, so I will just alert readers to it and point out that the NCW editors do not quote from the Bible in their introduction, ergo…

Self-censorship – that is to say, compliance with censorship norms externally imposed – has also become widespread: journalistic standards are being abandoned to such an extent that political editors in the mainstream outlets do not even correct falsehoods when their own regulatory bodies call them out for it, while mainstream media cease to engage in or respect critical or investigative journalism as they once did, reducing their function to a simple repetition of the authorized establishment line.

I don’t believe in being extremist, as long as truthfulness and clarity are preserved. Some journos, like Paul Street, take issue with the use of the phrase “mainstream media.” Like ‘main street’, I guess, ‘mainstream’ might convey the idea of the people rather than the 1% and its tools and allies. But, I only got that idea, or flavor, once people like Street made an issue of it. I won’t be the only one, I’m sure. We all know by now what ‘mainstream media’ means. I sometimes use the expression ‘major media’. Those terms mean corporate-owned media. (‘Fascist’ media works.) It means media created and run by the resource-rich Right wherein you’ll find most fake news. Having said that, I do think we’d all be better off referring the corporate-owned media as ‘corporate-owned’, or just ‘corporate’, media. I also have my pet peeves when it comes to terminology. Folks (and there are some who have a problem with the word ‘folks’ for gosh sake!) keep coming up with different ways to label global government by business interests. John Perkins made the word Corporatocracy famous. I like it and that’s the label I choose to use for the kind of rule we all, for the most part, live under. And then there are those who keep threatening that we are heading for world government! We are there, but they say that we are ‘heading’ there. If that isn’t ego, and a desire to control the debate or discussion, then it’s something darker, namely an effort to gum up discussion and communication. What are nation states today? They are, like electoral systems themselves, plausible denial. They are meant to convey the idea not just of national sovereignty, but democratic national sovereignty, in whereby people have democratic, political representation in which they, not special interests, choose their political ‘representatives’. That is not the reality though. That is the idea which the Corporatocracy is selling. It should be noted that there are some places (Venezuela, Bolivia) where there is democracy and political representation to some extent, but there is no place on earth where democrats are left in peace to pursue democracy. Uncle Sam will not stand for it. Any country that resists absorption into the global dictatorship of the United States is forever pressured, in various ways (or outright attacked), by the US and its allies to accept being absorbed, fully, into the US-led (‘dominated’ is a truer characterization) Corporatocracy or else.

Babylon the Great
the harlot of false religion

I also sometimes refer to global governance as the ‘wild beast of Corporatocracy’, riffing off of the Bible’s terminology. The Bible refers to a number of human groupings as wild beasts, including the wild beast of nation states that see, at any given time, a powerful nation state, or combination of states, dominating (and being most, if not entirely, successful at steering the world in the direction it wants to go). Depending on the discussion, the Bible may refer to the wild beast of nation states (having seven heads – including a couple of dual world powers, such as the Medo/Persian combine and the Anglo/American combine – since Egypt, the world’s first superpower from the Bible’s standpoint), or specifically to some part of it, like the Anglo/US combination, also as a wild beast. Different nation states are depicted as various beasts in the Bible book of Daniel, which helps us to better understand the use of that symbology in the Bible book of Revelation.) And it may refer to the religious part of composite global rulership as Babylon the Great, who is said to ride on the back of another wild beast (symbolizing the United Nations; which is scarlet colored). In the Bible, Babylon the Great is depicted as a harlot who, right up to the beginning of Armageddon, rules jointly with the secular irreligious elements of the world and is said to ride on the back of the scarlet colored beast (the UN). She is also said to make the nations drunk with the wine of her fornication. Instead of faithfully representing God to the people, she misleads them about God (for example by proposing that the man-made plan of salvation that is the UN is actually the political expression of God’s Kingdom on earth) while giving a stamp of approval, and ideological support, to the kings (secular realm) with whom she fornicates.

The more tenuous the story, the more effort must go into suppressing or discrediting its critics,: countries still (as yet) a long way from fascism themselves are driven by the needs of their clients into the embarrassing position of whitewashing fascist forces and activities, covering up for those associated with them, and witchhunting those who threaten to expose the truth.

And then there’s the term ‘fascism’. All kinds of people want to complicate the idea of fascism. Some do so because they want to show off their knowledge of historical fascism, e.g. German Nazism or Mussolini’s fascism. And that isn’t helpful. If you distill it all, fascism is simply a collusion (bound together, which is the root meaning of fascism) of powerful, special business interests and rightwing political parties and figures to run things, very deliberately without interference from regular people. (Corporatocracy is fascism.) Obviously, Fascists don’t describe their fascism that way. They all claim that they are democrats and they point to elections and voting, which they allow, as proof that the people have democracy. Interestingly, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, in their powerful and useful two volume “The Political Economy Of Human Rights,” distinguish between fascism that does have the support of the people, generally, and fascism that is forced on the people who would otherwise reject it, and they call the latter ‘subfascism’. I hadn’t thought of it before – in those terms. The only problem with the term is that in most people’s discussion of fascism, whether they complicate it or not, the phrase subfascism doesn’t arise. It’s unknown by most and, it seems, those who know it don’t use it. In fact, I’ve never encountered the term ‘subfascism’ outside the pages of Noam Chomsky’s and (the late) Edward Herman’s writing. If I was to use the term all the time, I’d constantly have to explain it. I’m not even sure that the term ‘subfascism’ is helpful, but not because it is technically faulty. What it refers to, in fact, is the mental and spiritual ruination of people, but from one particular standpoint, namely their acceptance or rejection of fascist leadership. That people can be ruined, mentally and spiritually, to the point where they support their fascist leaders, as in Israel or any number of countries, sadly, is, or should be, uncontroversial. But whether a majority of the populace is or is not thusly ruined, fascism will obtain wherever political and business interests conspire to run societies in an undemocratic, anti-people, fashion. Indeed, How can you not cut the people out when it’s your intention to exploit them! (The core of neoliberalism, which has been foisted on people everywhere, is inequality.) And taking steps to keep them out of your hair is called ‘counterrevolution’. Let’s move on.

The journalists and commentators whose accounts are censored are not being prevented from publishing what they have to say, since their websites as such are usually still standing. They are being prevented from reaching their readers. It is the readers’ rights that are being infringed, and since there are greatly more readers than writers, the scale of the threat to democracy is proportionately the greater…

Good point that. I would add though, that people have some responsibility to care and know. And caring is knowing. When you put your head up and look around, because you are concerned for your safety and the safety of your family and community, you see. When you see, you know. And you don’t have to have special education to care and know. And how much special education do you have to have in order to know how to be a decent human being? Jesus Christ made the point that in the last days, a time when he is here, but not physically, the earth would be ruined just as it was in the days of Noah. He mentions men marrying, women being given in marriage (?), people eating and drinking; in other words doing normal things. But his point followed that and was that “they took no note.” (Matthew 24:36-39) What did they take no note of? They took no note of the things that mattered, including “the weightier matters of the Law, namely justice and mercy and faithfulness.” (Matthew 23:23) They took no note of God and his standards. They took no note of the inner God-given guide book they were all born with, namely their consciences. Let’s not blame the wild beast of Corporatocracy and counterrevolution and counterinsurgency for our spiritual failure.

This manipulation has always been implicit in the social media business model; the platform gets its income from advertising, and the primary purpose of its algorithms is therefore to ensure that paying clients get their messages to the users, not to ensure that users get access to the information they want.

What is new is that this new technology is being handed on a plate, and without legal regulation, redress, rights of appeal, transparency or accountability, to state and political actors whose motives for messaging are qualitatively more sinister. Goebbels at least had to seize the mass media of his day; the new social media are voluntarily offering their masters a sophisticated and perfected new instrument for social manipulation.

Another point needs to be made. We are in the last days of this system of things, a time when God, probably a word meaning ‘darkness’, launches his attack, as prophesied in the Bible book of Ezekiel (chapters 38 & 39). Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that it is only they who are attacked. If that attack is solely physical, then their reasoning would be sound here. If Gog’s attack is not solely physical, then it looks like they are wrong. I’ve always maintained that that attack is psychological/spiritual. I don’t know how else to express it. Everyone is attacked, even though many of the vicitms are turned, like vampires, and end up joining in the attack. Jehovah’s Witnesses – supposing that they are God’s people – can be the main target without the attack being targetted solely at them. (In fact, I don’t believe that that organization has God’s blessing. I do believe that it did. There is no recognizable earthly human group that can claim to be God’s people at this time, which doesn’t mean that God’s work doesn’t continue and his plans are not being realized.)

Vanessa Beeley

The State’s, and the Corporatocracy’s, killing of communication – light – is a part of that attack by the lord of darkness. But many are fighting back. Are they God’s, or Satan’s, people? Are they neither? Remember Jesus’s lesson of the good Samaritan. When God’s people fail and those who aren’t step up, then, Who really is your good neighbor? If my progressive brothers and sisters don’t know that they are my brothers and sisters, then the need is for them to continue standing until the end. As the apostle Paul said, “So let the one who thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) They must uphold their loyalty to the truth and when they are exposed to the Truth that can lead them to everlasting life, they must accept it. Here’s the thing: The State is powerful. Its invisible (temporary) ruler is powerful. The people are indeed outgunned. So, What if the last weapon, or tool, that progressives and people with integrity possess with which they can resist the Corporatocracy and it’s destruction of the earth, literally and spiritually, namely Vanessa Beeley’s “truth to power complex” (by which she means progressive publishers: bloggers, book authors, podcasters and organizations, collectively) is taken away? There are two things to consider when answering that question. 1. Once everyone who tells the truth is unable to be heard, Does that mean that what people ‘have’ heard wasn’t enough for them to be able to know what they need to know about this dark world? If they haven’t cared sufficiently, then no amount of communicating facts to them will help.

“However, Do not let this escape your notice, beloved ones; that one day is with Jehovah as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day. Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance. But Jehovah’s day will come as a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar, but the elements being intensely hot will be dissolved and earth and the works in it will be exposed.” – 2 Peter 3:8-10

2. When people can no longer communicate meaningfully with others (where some speak ‘and’ others are allowed to hear), What happens? We are fast approaching that state. We know what the Corporatocracy’s attitude is. They who worship and feed the wild beast are full of attitude. They are also full of wrath, or anger, and it is directed at God and light and all that is godly and any who are weaker than they are. They are those who the angel spoke of when he told John to let those doing unrighteousness do it still (Revelation 22:11). They will fill up their measure fully and then judgment against them will be, rightly, executed (2 Thessalonian 2:9-12). When people can learn no more, literally, because they have been silenced and/or made deaf, then the lesson that we all have been learning (which is to say ‘are being taught’ even if not all want to absorb it), namely the lesson, or issue, of universal sovereignty, will be over. With this spreading and deepening darkness that all can see, we should expect Armageddon soon. Other signs that the Bible gives, besides Jesus’s mention of the way that people will take no note of truly important things, is the attack on global organized religion by the secular realm (when many progressives will fall). And that attack will involved the United Nations in some fashion, as Revelation chapter 17 makes clear. Look at organized religion! Has it not done much to bring the world’s wrath upon it. There are the Islamic crazies unleashing terrorism – with the West behind much of that – in the name of God. Then you have all of the irrationality that goes with every religion out there. That is not to say that the secular realm’s attack on organized religion, together with the people who support that soon-to-come pogrom launched by the secular realm, become rational and godly. That is not the case.

And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur. But the rest were killed off with the long sword that proceeded out of the mouth of the one seated on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. – Revelation 19:19-21

Note the phrase “while still alive” in the above passage. That means that there is neither a reformation of this godless, violent system of things nor those who knowingly and willingly side with it, namely those who roar: “Who is like the wild beast and who can do battle with it?” (Revelation 13:4) The ruined ones call to God to “Bring it!” and he will. Knowledge isn’t the deciding factor. It’s critical but our everlasting fate depends on our free choice of what and who to commit to. Jesus said “Where your heart is, there your treasure will be.” Your ‘heart’ is all of you (the proverbial ‘all of your eggs’). It’s your committed self. If you choose to commit to, or invest in, the godless system of things that I call Corporatocracy (the proverbial basket), then when it goes, you’ll go with it. (There are those who support the wrong side, in this war between light and darkness, out of ignorance. While God can’t bless such ones, and demonic influence may be the result, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are hopelessly lost. But God will not violate his own standards and credit to you treasure in heaven if you haven’t earned it.) It doesn’t matter whether you know that you sided with Satan and against God. Once you cross the line where you knowingly and deliberately work against God, you no longer have his protection (if you did before [Matthew 12:31,32]). Demons can now influence you and they will. (Demonic influence will likely make you a little nuts, rather than dangerous, if you are without God’s protection but not without your soul. It’s like hypnosis, unless I’m wrong. You can be hypnotized but you can’t be made to do anything truly evil if you are actually opposed to evil.) You will become a part of the problem that is the ruined earth. And your mental/spiritual illness will be perceived by you to be enlightenment.

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The Avalanche – Snapshot 15 – June 5, ’18

Adam Schiff

“Adam Schiff Is An Evil Bug-Eyed Fascist” by Caitlin Johnstone (Caitlin Johnstone Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On an MSNBC interview about his involvement with human clickbait Roger Stone, comedian Randy Credico stated that he’d spoken with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff to inform him that Julian Assange is willing to be interviewed and share information which will show that “there is no collusion”.

WikiLeaks has responded to this claim with its standard statement that Assange doesn’t communicate with the public via third parties and asserted that the publication’s editor-in-chief has not said what he would talk about if such a meeting occurred. Assange has repeatedly publicly marveled at the fact that nobody who is supposedly investigating Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 US election has ever reached out to him for an interview or information, seeing as he plays such a central role in the official narrative that Russia hacked Democratic Party emails and gave them to WikiLeaks.

In response to follow-up requests for information from MSNBC’s Ari Melber following Credico’s interview, Adam Schiff’s office responded that “Our committee would be willing to interview Julian Assange when he is in U.S. custody, not before.”…

And Adam Schiff wants that. Rather than possibly receiving free pertinent information from a central figure in a large-scale investigation right now, Schiff wants to at some point in the future imprison a journalist for publishing truthful, authentic documents about the United States government.
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From Axis of Logic:
If the proposed bill is approved human rights defenders who document violations like detaining children could face up to 5 years in prison. | Photo: Reuters

“After Gaza ‘Massacre’ Israeli Parliament Proposes Bill to Ban Photographing, Recording Soldiers” by ? (TeleSUR via Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Amid worldwide condemnation of Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, officials in Israel’s parliament have proposed a bill, which would effectively ban the collection of evidence relating to the human rights and other abuses committed by members of the army.

The move comes at the same time Israeli government officials announced thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank and mere days after the killing of more than 60 protesters on May 14, the same day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Overall Israel Defense Force (IDF) have killed at least 116 Palestinians and injured over 12,000 using live ammunition on unarmed protesters, who have participated since March 30 in the “Great March of Return” protests according to newly-released figures from health officials.

The Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, convened Thursday to discuss a bill that would prohibit taking pictures or recording Israeli soldiers on duty.

image by Banksy

“1984: The UK is Illegally Detaining Two Journalists, Seemingly Making Them Vanish” by Aaron Kesel (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The UK government is responsible for the illegal arrest, sentencing, and detainment without trial of two journalists: Julian Assange, who recently had his Internet and communications cut off; and Tommy Robinson, all without any type of legal concession. Argue as you may about Robinson and his colorful past, including shortly being a member of BNP when he was in his twenties, but it’s what got him arrested this time that is the more shocking part of the story.

Robinson was arrested, charged and sentenced to prison for covering the existence of a Leeds Crown Court case of Islamic pedophile-grooming rape gangs. Further, the UK media has been issued D-notice takedown requests for articles on the grooming rape court case, as well as coverage of Robinson’s own arrest and sentencing, Infowars reported…

All in all, the systematic death of free speech is occurring in the UK. In March a Scottish man, Mark Meechan, was convicted of a hate crime for teaching his pug to do a Sieg Heil salute as a joke and uploading the video to YouTube.

Then there is Julian Assange who threatens the UK government and other governments with ultimate transparency by allowing whistleblowers to reveal corruption and wrongdoing through his foundation WikiLeaks.

“IARPP clamps down debate on Palestinian mental health at its conference in NY” by Alice Rothchild (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On May 20, 2018, a disturbing press release came across my inbox, “IARPP attempts to squelch NYC meeting on Palestine.” The International Association of Relational Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts has been making headlines over the past few months for scheduling their 2019 international conference in Tel Aviv. In January 2018, a protest was launched by the USA and UK Palestine Mental Health Network, in partnership with Palestinian psychiatrist Dr. Samah Jabr and Jewish Voice for Peace. A petition that has been signed by over 1400 mental health workers, clinicians, and professionals from all over the world called attention to the problematic nature of holding an international conference on mental health in a state where Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza and internationals involved in human rights struggles are unlikely to be permitted to attend. Given the current political climate, academic conferences in Israel as well as other cultural events are also seen as a tacit approval of the policies of the State of Israel. (see Netanyahu’s recent response to an Israeli performer winning the Eurovision Song contest)

While the IARPP claimed that its decisions were entirely apolitical, that conferences are located where there are large numbers of members, that they are solely interested in “open dialogue,” subsequent events have brought serious questions to these assertions. At the launch of the petition, the IARPP proceeded to forbid discussion of this topic on its own listserv after 24 hours.

the arrest of Tony Robinson

“The Arrest of Tommy Robinson and Questions of Due Process in Britain” by Barbara McKenzie (Barbara McKenzie)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The events on Friday appear to be as follows:

Tommy Robinson was live streaming into his cell phone outside the courthouse in Leeds where a group of men were being tried for raping underage girls – they were allegedly part of a grooming gang. Robinson was already serving a suspended sentence of three months.

Robinson is left undisturbed by the police while he films and talks into his phone. However at a certain point the judge looks out the window and a few minutes later, police arrest him “on suspicion of breach of the peace”.

Inside the courthouse the charge is changed to contempt of court. Within a few hours, Robinson is convicted and sentenced to 13 months in prison.

The ban makes it difficult to verify the timing, but here is one breakdown:

A reporting ban is imposed, leading to a number of news outlets taking down their articles…

Based on the clip above, widely disseminated, a number of aspects of the case are open to question:

1) The change in charge – did the judge tell police to arrest someone without specifying the charge? Or did he order an arrest on the grounds of disorderly behaviour and then change tack once he realised the disorderly behaviour charge wouldn’t stick?

2) The speed of the trial.

3) The severity of the sentence – the three months was increased to 13

4) The ban on reporting (sometimes referred to as a D-notice).

“Moreno: Assange Can Remain At Embassy, So Long As He Doesn’t Practice Journalism” by Caitlin Johnstone (Caitlin Johnstone on Medium)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Granting political asylum to a journalist who is being persecuted for speaking truth to power was the right thing to do, and for a few fine years Ecuador showed the world its soul with this brave act. You can understand my dismay, then, to see President Lenín Moreno flushing it all down the toilet by now telling that same journalist that he will no longer receive political asylum if he ever again speaks truth to power.

In an interview with German publication Deutsche Welle, Ecuador’s president confirmed reports that revoking Assange’s political asylum is being actively considered and remains an option on the table, saying that his administration will “take a decision” if the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief refuses to comply with instructions to cease voicing his political opinions online. Saying that Assange’s public geopolitical analysis has “surpassed the limits of freedom of expression,” Moreno’s conditions on Assange’s continued asylum amount to a demand that Assange cease to practice the journalism he was granted political asylum for in the first place.

“The Council to take part in Stop G7 protests in Quebec City” by Brent Paterson (The Council of Canadians)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Globe and Mail reports, “The Group of Seven summit unfolds next Friday and Saturday in La Malbaie, nearly two hours’ drive northeast of Quebec City. But the remoteness and massive security deployment at the summit site, coupled with the presence of hundreds of international journalists in Quebec City, is fuelling predictions that Quebec’s picturesque capital will [be the focal point] of anti-summit demonstrations.”

The article continues, “Ten schools have announced they will shut for two days and daycares are telling parents to keep their kids home [and] 1,000 police officers are being put on duty in Quebec City, starting Thursday.”

While this news report focuses on security concerns, it omits why there is opposition to the G7 itself. G7 summits have been used to promote ‘free trade’ agreements that undermine the public interest and violate Indigenous and workers rights, as well as advance a neo-liberal agenda of tax cuts, deregulation and privatization.


An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has announced that Yulia Skripal is not being held incommunicado, against her will, and in violation of her legal rights “if she consents to any assistance provided”. Last week’s videotape of Skripal signing a paper and making a brief speech was arranged within four days of the Commissioner’s announcement in an attempt by British officials to remove the Commissioner’s “if”, and demonstrate publicly that Skripal “consents to any assistance provided”.

British human rights lawyers challenge the legality of the videotaped “consent”. They say Skripal remains incommunicado, her whereabouts secret, prevented from access to her family and friends in Moscow, unrepresented by a lawyer, and unable to apply to a British court. Such restrictions, the lawyers believe a British judge would rule, amount to secret incommunicado detention and enforced disappearance in violation of her rights under the British Human Rights Act of 1998.

Skripal’s brief scripted references last week to “privacy”, “time to recover”, and “all the people who gave me support and help in this difficult period of my life” do not meet Commissioner Dick’s standard of consent, the lawyers believe.

Paul Ryan and Mohammed bin Salman

“WaPo Editors: We Have to Help Destroy Yemen to Save It” by Adam Johnson (FAIR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Over the past year, the Washington Post editorial board has routinely ignored the US’s involvement in the siege of Yemen—a bombing and starvation campaign that has killed over 15,000 civilians and left roughly a million with cholera. As FAIR noted last November (11/20/17), the Washington Post ran a major editorial (11/8/17) and an explainer (11/19/17) detailing the carnage in Yemen without once mentioning the US’s role in the conflict—instead pinning it on the seemingly rogue Saudis and the dastardly Iranians.

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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Lawlessness / Ruined – part 9

From Mondoweiss:
Police arrest protesters in Haifa. (Photo via Nadine Nashef on Twitter @nanninenashef)

“Haifa activists vow to continue protests following ‘brutal’ police crackdown” by Jaclynn Ashly (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Enraged and saddened by images from Gaza last week, when the Israeli military killed at least 62 people in a single day, Palestinian citizens of Israel protested on Friday in the coastal city of Haifa to demand an end to Israeli violence and the more than decade-long siege that has strangled Gaza into a humanitarian crisis.

Unlike similar peaceful marches held in Tel Aviv by predominately Jewish-Israeli protesters in days prior, in Haifa the estimated 500 demonstrators were met with riot police, widespread arrests and one human rights worker sustained a broken knee.

“The first reaction of the police to stop the demonstration was to use violence,” Bashar Ali, 22, a student studying social and political science at Tel Aviv University, told Mondoweiss.

“Canada Bans Venezuelan Expats from Casting Ballots” by ? (TeleSUR English via Venezuelanalysis)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Canada is prohibiting its Venezuelan residents from voting in the coming May 20 presidential elections, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said during a press conference Wednesday.

Canadian authorities said they will not allow Venezuelan embassies or consulates in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa or Vancouver to install polling stations.

“They denounce that there is a dictatorship in Venezuela, but who is denying the right to vote? Only dictatorship countries do not allow citizens to exercise their right to vote, so I ask if Venezuela –according to some world nations – is a dictatorship, how is it that today Canada intends to curtail Venezuelans’ right to vote?

“Who is preventing here the right to suffrage and to vote, the government of Venezuela or the government of Canada?” Arreaza said.

And it didn’t work. Canadian fascists didn’t get their wish for the Right to steal Venezuela, although they continue with their evil, lawless efforts.

From Truthdig:
A massive show at a National Football League game in Cleveland in 2008, one year before the arrival of “paid patriotism.” (Wikimedia Commons)

“How the Pentagon Paid for NFL Displays of Patriotism” by Emma Niles (Truthdig)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A key component is missing from the current controversial discussion surrounding football players and the national anthem. In the recent days of argument over whether NFL players have the right to protest racial inequality and systemic injustice in the United States, few have brought up the fact that less than a decade ago, professional football players didn’t even appear on the field during the national anthem.

That changed in 2009, as the Department of Defense poured millions of dollars into the NFL in exchange for displays of patriotism during games. “Until 2009, no NFL player stood for the national anthem because players actually stayed in the locker room as the anthem played,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith explained in 2016. “The players were moved to the field during the national anthem because it was seen as a marketing strategy to make the athletes look more patriotic. The United States Department of Defense paid the National Football League $5.4 million between 2011 and 2014, and the National Guard $6.7 million between 2013 and 2015 to stage onfield patriotic ceremonies as part of military-recruitment budget line items.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy later confirmed that players did not appear on field for the anthem until 2009, and Vice notes that Smith’s claim was checked by an ESPN researcher.
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From Ricochet:
photo by Eunice Kim / Flickr

“Why Canada’s white supremacists want Doug Ford to win” by Ethan Cox, Derrick O’Keefe, Erin Seatter (Ricochet)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

“Hey, I hope you guys are ready for Ford Nation!” That’s the co-host of the most popular white supremacist podcast in Canada introducing an episode recorded in early March, just days after a tightly contested convention gave Doug Ford the leadership of the Ontario PC party.

That giddy white supremacist, who used the alias League of the North, was unmasked earlier this month in a Vice investigation as Thomas White of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Liberals put out a press release noting that Ford had been endorsed by the podcast Nazis. The PC party quickly disavowed their support, and the media largely ignored the story.

But it’s part of a troubling trend. Far-right figures and groups, from the explicitly white supremacist to the more crypto-fascist, have not been shy in proclaiming their support for “Ford Nation” and their belief that Doug Ford could create an opening for white supremacist activity similar to the effect of Donald Trump in the United States.

“U.S. walks out of UN Disarmament Forum – because Syria was allowed to speak” by ? (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The United States staged a walkout in protest at Syria’s presidency of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

The delegation stood from their seats as the Syrian ambassador to the U.N., Hussam Edin Aala opened the latest round of the conference.

[Robert] Wood said Syria’s presidency of a body committed to non-proliferation was a travesty, given that “the regime was responsible for killing countless of its own civilians, many of whom have been impacted by chemical weapons attacks.”

“Missouri Police Using Federal Loophole to Skim Millions in Asset Forfeiture Proceeds” by Michael Maharrey (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Missouri police departments do an end-run around strict state asset forfeiture requirements and skim millions of dollars from Missouri schools using a federal loophole to circumvent state law.

Missouri has some of the most strict asset forfeiture laws in the country. Prosecutors must get a conviction or a guilty plea before they can proceed with asset forfeiture, and all forfeiture proceeds must go the state’s public education fund.

But according to the ACLU, of the $19 million in cash and property seized by Missouri law enforcement since 2015, only $340,000 made its way into school funds. In 2016, law enforcement agencies only sent $100,000 to public schools, even though seized $6.3 million worth of property.

So, how are Missouri law enforcement agencies skirting state law and pocketing millions in cash?

A federal program known as “Equitable Sharing” allows prosecutors to bypass more stringent state asset forfeiture laws by simply passing cases off to the federal government. Using a process known as “adoption,” state and local law enforcement agencies circumvent more strict state forfeiture laws by claiming cases are federal in nature. Under these arrangements, state officials simply hand cases over to a federal agency, participate in the case, and then receive up to 80 percent of the proceeds.

From Raw Story:
Alleged Newport shooter Franklin L. Tomes/Screenshot

“Oregon man arrested for opening fire with AK-47 on child’s birthday party because kids were too loud” by Martin Cizmar (Raw Story)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

An Oregon man has been arrested after he allegedly opened fire on an apartment complex, injuring two, after he became angry about loud children, reports Portland’s KPTV.

The alleged shooter Franklin L. Tomes, became angry about the noise at a children’s birthday party—so he opened fire with an AK-47, unloading 12 rounds and hitting two men.

Both men are expected to survive, but one may lose his foot.

“‘I’ll open up your face’: The routine of collective punishment in Hebron” by Orly Noy (+972)

Through A-Salaimeh runs one of the main roads on which Palestinians are forbidden from traveling by car. There are military checkpoints at both entrances of the road, called A-Salaimeh Street, which leads to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. In 2012, the army built a barrier that divides the street into two: a paved road for Jewish pedestrians and vehicles, and on the other side, a narrow, dilapidated passageway for Palestinians who are forbidden from traveling by car.

On May 4th, the army enlarged the fence it had built at the beginning of 2012 at the entrance to both A-Salaimeh and Gheith. The fence has a single gate, which the army said must be kept open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. in order to allow residents to pass through. However, according to B’Tselem, for the past year the gate has been closed at various times throughout the day. Closing off the two neighborhoods is especially harmful to students, who are forced to take an alternative path that forces them to pass through a checkpoint, extends their journey by 500 meters, and passes through a dark alley.

On May 13th, as the students were on their way back from school, they once again encountered locked gate. The video shows some residents of the neighborhood – mothers of the students – standing on the other end of the gate, pleading with the Border Police officers to open it. The officers ignore the women. After a child asks one of them to open the gate, an officer responds by yelling “I will open your face.” An Arabic-speaking officer threatens one of the mothers, telling her “If you continue I will drag you outside and arrest you. Try me.”

From Popular
The Al Awda, a vessel sailing to Gaza as part of the 2018 Freedom Flotilla. (Photo: Freedom Flotilla Coalition)

“Israeli Airstrike Hits Boat At Gaza Port As It Prepared To Meet 2018 Freedom Flotilla” by Emma Fiala (Mint Press via Popular

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Not long after the 2018 Freedom Flotilla — carrying “politicians, activists, journalists, trade-union leaders, artists and performers, professors, faith leaders, representatives of student organizations” — embarked on its journey from Scandinavia to the largest open-air prison in the world — Gaza — Israel attempted to thwart its plans by striking a boat in Gaza City that was preparing to meet the flotilla upon its arrival.

No casualties have been reported from the Israeli attack this Wednesday.

The 2018 Freedom Flotilla is part of a movement to demonstrate solidarity with Gaza, in an attempt to break Israel’s illegal blockade by transporting activists to the Strip, drawing international media attention to the humanitarian crisis there in the process. This year’s flotilla hopes its voyage “will open the channels for others to travel to Palestine and, more importantly, for the Palestinian people to use their own territorial waters for fishing, other maritime resources, travel, exports and imports.”…

Locals claim the boat was targeted because it was planning to meet the flotilla on its way to Gaza. Israel maintains a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has prevented aid flotillas carrying food and basic humanitarian supplies like toilet paper, clean water, and school items like crayons and pencils from reaching shore during previous attempts to help the nearly 1.8 million Palestinians affected by the siege.

“Sarbanand: A “Dirty Dozen” Corporation Contesting Being Fined In District Court For Working A Farmworker To Death In Whatcom County” by Edgar Franks ( via Popular Resistance)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On Wednesday May 23rd at 9:00am Sarbanand Farms is scheduled to appear in the Whatcom County District Court to appeal a fine that was imposed on them by the WA State Dept of Labor and Industries after the death of a worker on August 6, 2017. This is happening in a courtroom that normally handles driving citations. This is the level of disrespect we are receiving for a farmworker’s death in Whatcom County. We believe the WA State Dept of Labor and Industries has given permission to agricultural corporations and the courts to normalize the deaths of farmworkers by exploitation.

This past February, Sarbanand was fined over $150,000 for not allowing workers to take their rest breaks and lunches. Then, because the managers at Sarbanand were so cooperative, they lowered the fine by 50%! Despite this, the state did not see fit to punish the company for negligence when after 3 weeks with no rest breaks, they denied a farmworker medical care when he was feeling ill and then sadly passed away…

Elizabeth May and Nando meat I presume

“The Conservatives have a new idea to attract young people to their party. It’s so tragic, it’s hilarious.” by John Shafthauer (The Canary)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Labour Party has done an impressive job attracting young members. As of January 2018, Labour’s youth wing was about the same size as the Liberal Democrat’s total membership.

The Conservatives have done less well. And rather than trying to emulate Labour’s success – say by proposing policies that will actually improve young people’s lives – those cheeky Conservatives are offering [paywall]…. *DRUM ROLL*

…a discount at Nando’s!


The Conservatives are considering a complimentary discount card with yearly membership, according to the Times. This card would offer [paywall] savings on clothes, food, and ‘other purchases’. Which is exciting for young people, as the Conservative’s wage-squeeze could last several more years. Yay, Britain.

KM emergency rally

“Better ways to spend $4.5 billion” by Andrea Harden-Donahue (The Council of Canadians)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

There is a lot to say about today’s announcement that the Liberal government is ready to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline and expansion for $4.5 billion.

For starter’s, no.

The majority of people are against using public money to bail out the Kinder Morgan pipeline, let alone buy the project out right. The decision puts us on the line to cover costs of further delays and failure to proceed in the face of legal challenges and on the ground resistance to the project.

Building the pipeline would violate Indigenous rights (over half of the Indigenous communities along the path have not signed an agreement or are actively opposed), is inconsistent with the Paris Climate Agreement and threatens waterways and the West Coast with a diluted bitumen spill.

And let’s be honest, we all know it will be way more than $4.5 billion.

This doesn’t even cover the construction costs for the new pipeline. Kinder Morgan estimated in December the full costs would be $7.4 billion while a former CEO of TransCanada suggested a $10 billion dollar indemnity would be needed to proceed.

Oh, and let’s not forget that, if should this all proceed, the new crown corporation, or the Canadian Pension Plan if Finance Minister Morneau gets his way from the sounds of it, would be on the hook for spill clean up costs.

“”Law As Farce””

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