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*edit, October 23, ’16 – I popped in to Yes!’s website just now to check whether anything’s changed and where there was no discussion at all yesterday, there’s now a reasonably lively one. What is that? I know that my pop-up blocker, Privacy Badger, blocks Disqus and I have to manually release it. Did I forget to check that when first posting to Yes! I don’t even remember. It’s maddening. These ‘progressive’ sites that use the data mining company Disqus infuriate me. Privacy Badger is doing it’s job. The owners and managers of sites where Disqus is blocked by my PB are not. (Is Disqus actually cheaper than something made by a progressive organization? If an org can’t afford anything other than Disqus, That’s forgiveable.) Anyway, The first comment I attached to the discussion was there. I’ll add it this post (bottom). The second comment, which had the message attached ‘withheld for moderation’ is not there. I’ll give them to the end of Monday. If it doesn’t show, I’m going to leave this post in my ‘Disappeared’ category.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by David Korten follows:
In this most bizarre of presidential elections, no one is talking about one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issues of our time. Namely, the global power imbalance between corporations and governments…
In a complex modern society, government is the essential and primary institution by which communities set the rules within which they organize. Even markets need rules to function in the community interest, and those rules must be made and enforced by government. Claims that a “free” market—a market free from rules—best serves the common good are an ideological fiction born of the dreams of banksters.
My typo-corrected (in italics), censored online response to the above linked-to article by David Korten follows. Note that I posted two comments to David’s article. Both were disappeared. The second one, I copied to my clipboard. The forum system indicated that the comment was being held for moderation. The first comment just went through. Except that when I went home and checked the site (I had ‘pressed’ it for my blog), there was nothing. Pretty stinky that. I immediately emailed them through a contact email address I found on their website. I will post my email at the bottom of this post and, if I see any change in my ‘disappeared’ status, I will update this post. If I get a reply to my email from someone at Yes!, I will paste it below. Note that if the comment had gone through, This being the Disqus system, I could have edited it to correct my typo before publishing it to my blog. Now for my disappeared comment:
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I would argue that only from one standpoint is there something called ‘the problem of the global power imbalance between governments and corporations’. The idea is sort of meaningless, in fact. In a corporatocracy (John Perkins), Corporations rule and governments manage. Ignorant people, including those who get their knowledge of God and the world from corporate-owned media, can object that “Duh. Government means government.” There’s not much that you can do about that, Is there? But we will go along with that stupidity, to get along (but not to enlighten and in that way help people), or we will be of use and point out that in fact governments have been bought and paid for and while they may trip up corporations here and there and now and again (the world is big, the job of management is big and there’s much complexity and the people do get in the way of corporations’ best laid plans on occassion, which we saw recently with Belgium), Overall, they dance to the tune of rich and powerful corporations and individuals.
There are many examples of this. One that’s interesting, because it’s rarely talked about, is the influence that Big Tobacco, through the bought and paid for Tom DeLay, had on the final form of the Patriot Act. A result of that influence was the kneecapping (mobster terminology is quite appropriate here) of the ‘governments’ ability to deal with the money laundering-connected threat to (actual) national security. See Mark Schapiro’s Nation magazine article titled “Is Money Laundering A Patriotic Act.” – http://bit.ly/2dfVIm8
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My first comment that I attempted to attach to David’s article in the attached discussion (which was non existent), simply pointed out that there was also the question, not being considered, of how the powerful got to be powerful. Then I explained, as I so often do, that that comes from breaking rules and agreements. What crime did I commit in pointing that out?!
My email to the ‘progressive’ Yes! Magazine:
Hello. I posted two comments to David Korten’s part 1 article (“The Elephant In The Room: What Trump, Clinton, And Even Stein Are Missing”) about imbalance between the power of corporations and the power of governments and one is being held for moderation, while the other one, which went through and momentarily showed on your website, has disappeared. Why did you disappear that comment? Unfortunately, I had no indication from you that it might be disappeared. There was no courtesy ‘withheld for moderation’ message attached to it. I had no reason to copy and paste it. I copy and paste my comments often, if I think I’m going to blog about the article that those comments were attached to or if I think, for some reason, that people associated with the organization sponsoring the discussion forum might disappear my comment(s).
“From their position of separation, power, and privilege, they buy politicians, avoid taxes, and take over the institutions of media, education, health care, agriculture, criminal justice, communications,
energy, and more.” And from their willingness to break any written and unwritten rule they come to be in those positions of dominance, which is fine by them. As self-modified individuals – which self-modification is something we are all free to do, but not without consequences – the money masters et al can easily engage in rule- and agreement-breaking.
So there’s that, namely how those with power acquire it, to talk about as well.
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Andrea Germanos follows:
“Governments are treating words as weapons,” a United Nations expert has warned, previewing a report on the global attack on the freedom of expression.
The report, based on communications with governments stemming from allegations of human rights law violations—reveal “sobering” trends of threats worldwide and “how policies and laws against terrorism and other criminal activity risk unnecessarily undermining the media, critical voices, and activists.”
The expert, Special Rapporteur on the freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye, is presenting his report on the sometimes “abusive” practices by governments to the UN General Assembly on Friday.
The “tools of repression” used by governments worldwide in their assault include internet shut-downs and over-classification of documents in the name of national security. The tactics may also include criminalization of criticism of the state, which may lead to detention and other punitive measures against political and human rights activists—and even journalists.
My online response to the above linked-to article by Andrea Germanos follows:
I am someone who is just doing my job, as a witness of Jehvoah God. (Ezekiel 43:10,11) But I am not a Jehovah’s Witness.
“”Censorship in all its forms reflects official fear of ideas and information,” [David] Kaye said in a statement released Thursday.”
Censorship by the police state within the gangster corporatocracy represents an attack on light itself. We are to be blinded by the state whose private sector media are merely propaganda organs of the state. The state, in fact, doesn’t stand guilty of corrupting and using that media, for together, the state and the private sector (and many of the news sources of the fake progressive movement – http://bit.ly/2dkbE6V) media defend and enable the wild beast of corporatocracy, which means the rule of corporations (which includes private sector media). The private sector media are the gangster corporatocracy’s agents every bit as much as the lawless police states that it incorporates.
“”Governments must not only reverse course, but also take the lead in ensuring its protection,” he said.” (David Kaye, in the above article)
The UN cannot truly oppose those states – including the biggest, rogue (from the standpoint in believers in the rule of law and order), state – that are attacking whistleblowers, journalists and journalism, and by extension knowledge and information (light) that the people would otherwise possess, because it itself obeys a higher power, namely the same higher power that the private sector, it’s partner political classes and corrupted progressive media get their authority and direction from, namely Satan. Only in George Lucas’s neoconservative (violence, deceit) reality, in which you can go too far being evil and never come back, but not really (Darth Vader), is such a statement as David Kaye making there logical. People can’t seem to grasp that. Perhaps that’s because they have allowed themselves to be mentally and spiritually ruined by their “Benefactors” in power (Luke 22: 24-27). They seem to believe that people like Stalin and Hitler are burning in hell, but not really, otherwise Would they support modern day leaders who spill oceans of blood for the very same reasons as those ‘official’ monsters have? It’s always easier to wag your finger at the official enemies of the glorious leader who gives you life (the freedom to put bread on your table) and leaves you alone more or less, while providing you with security in the form of police and a military, than it is to wag your finger at that leader.
In the Christian Bible, in the Bible book of Revelation (much of whose symbology of wild beasts is complemented and explained by the author of the Bible book of Daniel, namely Daniel), there are three (organizational) wild beasts, all having the same basic form of seven heads and ten horns. But each looks a little different. Revelation chapter 12 identifies the first as the dragon, who is Satan. That beast’s crowns are upon it’s ‘heads’. (The significance of that is that the crowns symbolize authority and this beast ‘is’ the source of the dark authority looked at here.) The second beast, which the book indicates gets it’s “authority” from the first, comprises the world’s human political entities, with the heads (wearing crowns, not on it’s heads, but upon it’s horns) being the world’s dominant global powers, from the Bible’s standpoint, since the earliest times of human civilization (Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, US-Britain). And the third, which doesn’t have crowns at all, and is only an image of the second wild beast, is the ineffective and cursed (not blessed), United Nations. It’s scarlet colored, for a reason. Red symbolizes matters taken up with war and security. The security council is perhaps the UN’s main (joke on the people – http://bit.ly/2f1gZBV) feature. Like the people generally, it too is careful to not wag it’s finger, in a serious fashion or often, at the second wild beast that get’s authority from the dragon, whose attitude toward what Christendom (fallen Christianity) called the Kingdom of God on earth was summed up by Andrew Card (former White House chief of staff), who said “the UN can meet and discuss, but we don’t need their permission,” echoing the sentiments and views of numerous other US officials.
The Bible notes that for a very brief period of time, “one hour,” that third 7 headed beast, an image of the 2nd 7 headed beast (for which reason it possesses no real authority and therefore no crowns) nevertheless receives authority from the wild beast which it is a part of (and therefore from the invisible power it receives it’s authority from) to accomplish a global pogrom targetting worldwide organized (and almost 100% false) religion, just prior to the destruction of this system of things by God (in what manner we do not know).
There’s also a prophesy in the Bible (Ezekiel chapters 38 & 39) about a new phase in Satan’s war with God and on humankind. In the last days, he gains the additional name, “Gog,” probably meaning darkness. Although the UN is the blasphemy, not savior, that it is, it is correct when it identifies the problem that is today’s global attack on free speech, and by extension light itself (for we don’t learn magically or by osmosis but by teaching each other with words). The UN, in fact, is observing and reporting – which doesn’t equal acknowledging – on that prophesied attack by Darkness in the last days.
My typo-corrected online comment, which the pollster allows you to make when taking it’s poll asking Canadians whether they’d still like Trudeau’s government to do the electoral reform he promised when he wanted our vote, follows. I don’t know who, exactly, sees the comment, but let’s let you see it:
“We needed [electoral reform] long ago, before special interests hijacked the election machinery (along with governments). It’s a big boat. You can turn the wheel on a gigantic ship whose crew sees an ice berg off in the distance, but the ship is so big, and the effect of the turning of the wheel so slight, You stand a good chance of still hitting that berg. One can’t say ‘no’ to the question, Do we want a new voting system?, of course. But realistically, I don’t expect this government to even allow meaningful options in that regard. Which speaks to other problems, including gangster politicians whose job is to manage the people so that their private sectors friends and allies can get on with people- and planet-destroying business as usual. Other issues include: dark money in donations/ money means free speech legislation/ electronic voting machines, by rightwing companies, that play tricks/ no real options, by design, in the electoral market place which is no more ‘free’ than our economic market/ and the biggest problem of all, namely the willingness of the neoconservative/neoliberal crowd to break all written and unwritten rules (lying, like Trump, for example about all the voter fraud so as to make the case for voter suppression rules) in order to maintain power and sideline the people.”
As for Nathan Cullen and his neoliberal Party, They are all acting. His government would act the same way as Trudeau’s is acting if it was in power. Of that, I have no doubt. These opposition politicians say the most clever, correct things when criticizing the government in power. But it’s all a show and one that we the people have seen over and over. My experience is that generally, the less in power a Party is, the more it ‘talks’ a good line. It speaks, unlike the disdainful managers of government who don’t really care whether they make sense and whether we know that they don’t make sense, a little more carefully, respectfully and sanely. They do like winning and wouldn’t mind getting elected. Let the abused people give them the power if they want ‘change’. Of course, There’s limits. Real power expects the political class that it has bought to see to it’s interests and that’s generally what happens. In the last federal election, one leaders’ debate was sponsored by tax evading Google, whose next atrocity, it has developed, will be assisting the police state in it’s efforts to kill free speech! See the links to relevant articles, below.
It’s a balancing act for the opposition. Speak plainly, and accurately, to the people, but make it as empty as possible. And lie, of course. Elites know, mostly, that people-friendly rhetoric from their partners in politics is hot air. Sometimes. Or they just say clever stuff to look busy and to look like they should continue to keep their paid work – getting affectionate with the dog if you like – that, when you think about those statements, you start to see are empty. To wit: Cullen said abandoning the electoral reform promise would be “immoral.” To which I say/said (in response to the below linked-to article by Jeremy Nuttall) “Cullen said that bad people doing bad things would be bad, unless they put on a white helmet.”
“The “N” In NDP Now Stands For Neoliberal” by Yves Engler
“Google’s Jigsaw: Undermining Alternative Media” by Kurt Nimmo
“This Election Is Being Rigged – But Not Be Democrats” by Ari Berman (The Nation magazine is a fake progressive organization. Their raison d’être is getting ‘their’ neoliberal/ neoconservative (Democratic) Party into power. Nevertheless, What Ari relates here about Trump is correct.)
See my previous post titled “The Corporatocracy’s NDP.”
“Electoral Deformed? Things Getting Weird On Committee Studying Reforms, Says NDP” by Jeremy J. Nuttall
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Jeremy Nuttall follows:
In the interview with Le Devoir, Trudeau said Canadians are less interested in changes to the voting system since his election. The desire for electoral reform might have been linked to the unpopularity of the former government of Stephen Harper, he said.
Jeremy refers to a clever line from Nathan Cullen about Trudeau’s principles: “Trudeau “is essentially saying the system was only broken until they elected me.”” Indeed, Now that he has the power, Trudeau can talk to us like an idiot, for fun, basically telling us that we were idiots for electing him, which in fact is somewhat fair. I think people who don’t care and are okay with inequality, whether they are well educated and well off or not, are idiots. And then there are people who don’t care enough to know, who get their knowledge of the world from corporate-owned media – no bias there of course – and actually thought the past federal election was useful, to the ‘whole’ country, who voted for Trudeau. They are idiots in the conventional sense. People have willingly made themselves dumb, gladly accepting the 1%’s brain-killing device, known as a television set, into their homes. Could anything be more effective at pacifying the population than television, which mixes entertainment (sorely needed in this hellish world) with propaganda?
I was so excited when I discovered that RT’s (Russian Television) website had finally gotten a decent discussion platform. Before this, it was hands down the worst website for trying to discuss the content readers found on RT. This delightful discovery is recent, as is my even more recent disappointment at the big fail that seems to be happening here. Today I visited RT. It was for no particular purpose. I was just going through my bookmarks and thought I’d pop in. There’s certainly no shortage of excitement there, due to the recent operation by the US and it’s allies to go after any media organization that isn’t pro US empire and, today, anti-Putin and anti-Assad. The thing is, You’re criminalized by the lawless uncle Sam for simply not being a willing victim of his aggression or for resisting his effort to gain your support for his aggression.
As we all know, The US ruling class, politicians and (formally) non politicians, are by and large down with Zbigniew Brzezinski’s grand chessboard view of the world. Zbig’s great service to the world’s 1% was to offer them a simple schematic with which they could organize their plunder (which had been going on since humans started to organize into communities and would continue with or without a plan) and make it relatively less chaotic, which is not to say that chaos doesn’t result wherever Zbig’s fellow grand chessboard players are active. But the negative consequences of the evil decisions of the world’s deciders are mostly borne by the majority, namely the people everywhere, who have little or no say in matters affecting them, no matter how serious those matters may be. One comment I made tonight, attached to “WikiLeaks says Ecuador cut off Assange’s internet after new Clinton emails published”, on the RT News website, was a response to another poster, Yuri Ivanovich, who made the observation that we pay dearly for the rulers of the world to play. All of us are paying a very high cost, so that the 1% can live comfortably and control us. My response to Yuri’s comment was held for moderation.
The US is inching us all closer to nuclear war with Russia, which if it were to happen, and if it were to be allowed to go to it’s extreme, would bring the whole game to an end. But the followers of Zbig’s grand chessboard view are people who have modified themselves into being believers in inequality, war (which they ‘say’ makes a nation strong) and deceit (needed to enlist the support of those who might otherwise resist insanity). Therefore, Rules of human behavior that would apply to normal human beings no longer apply when we are dealing with that bunch.
I commented on RT tonight and it was accepted. I then proceeded to read and I commented a second time. The article is titled “Backtracking from ‘no discussion’? UK bank says that it will review closure of RT accounts.” That second comment (and one or two others that followed) was held for moderation. I don’t know yet whether my moderated comments will become disappeared comments. I was able to make one comment about that, however. Interestingly, a poster, Orange Sword, noted that it was a problem with the people who RT hired to bring this discussion system to it’s readers. OS pointed out that the Jewish people in charge of the company, Spot.IM, were the problem. Their software flags words like ‘hell’ and ‘Jews’. Check For filtered words like “h e ll” “J ew s” comments section outsourced by spot.im company with Israel and NY hq. My old comments was flagged this one a Little tuned.
Annoyingly, Once the stinky software flags you, it grays out your flagged comment and copying and pasting it isn’t possible. If the comment has been shortened, with a “See more” link, you can’t click on it and can’t therefore show others the commentary that these nasty Israelis have just buried. Incidentally, Orange Sword calls them Jews. I have no idea whether they are or not and it doesn’t matter. Your behavior, I have to point out, says something about you. That’s the simple idea behind the mark of the beast described in the Christian Bible at Revelation chapter 13. It’s simply a brand. The mark of 666, which isn’t forced on anyone (although complusion is used, which we can give into or not) shows that someone is a slave of the wild beast of corporatocracy. It isn’t a literal mark. It is that which reveals who you really are. It is your behavior. It’s your deeds. The numeral 3, in the Bible, is used symbolically to convey emphasis. The numeral 6 is used to convey the idea of missing the mark, or the standard, for humans, from God’s standpoint. (We have all inherited imperfection, which God takes into account here.)
I don’t know what more I said in that above post, but I know that I said mainly what I wanted to say already, with what you see. I will type it out for you so that you can get a better view of it. All we can do is guess which words were flagged. Convenient, Isn’t it? We are left to guess what the reasons for the censorship are. Are the owners religious and do they flag words (and therefore ideas) that they don’t support religiously? Whatever it is, they can kill open and public discussion of important subjects with this kind of censorship. What words get flagged? Can we know? Way to go RT for hiring these people!
My grayed out, probably disappeared, post on RT:
Scotland wants to be independent, like Ukraine and other fascist states who will obey the godfather, uncle Sam, or else. If states truly want to be independent, rather than part of the US-led corporatocracy, then why haven’t they figured out a way to be independent, rather than merely strongly in disagreement? BRICS isn’t that way either. If you can’t ditch the global, capitalist system that the LAWLESS uncle Sam created and dominates, then don’t expect to have an easy time of it once you’ve got his attention… See more
*edit, later today – Yes, Some of my posts were disappeared.
It’s ironic that RT is frantically churning out commentary denouncing the attack on it’s freedom of speech and journalism, while the losers who it hired to manage their readers comments, online, are censoring some of us. And this is the sorry state of alternative media these days. (Alternative media has traditionally been media that does not merely publish the US government line. And that has meant less resources for that media, since those who have bought government are those who buy or don’t buy, and don’t support, and even attack in various ways, alternative media. RT is government supported, so it’s not without resources. And it’s government supported, but not ‘US’ government supported. But is it progressive? It’s definitely more progressive than ANY of it’s Western counterparts.)
A lot of alternative media is not just failing, as in not succeeding. It’s not just not persuading. It’s actually going over to the dark side, by which I mean the people’s enemy, the wild beast of corporatocracy. There’s The Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain, who recently wrote a pure pro USAID, pro White Helmets article (See below post). Then there’s the Democracy Now show in which Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh try selling us the same evil Syrian Civil Defense imposter. See “The White Helmets: As Syria Death Toll Mounts, Meet The Rescue Workers Saving Thousands Of Lives.” And so on… When so many of those who resist – We are all under compulsion – finally quit resisting, that represents a weakening of the people and a strengthening of the iron grip of the cruel, lawless corporatocracy. It takes your breath away, the spectacle of this spreading and deepening darkness. But it wasn’t unexpected.
Jehovah (God), through his prophet Ezekiel, long ago prophesied the frenzied, desperate acts of aggression of Satan, aka Gog, as he nears his destiny with a deep dark pit from which he cannot exert his influence (prior to his being released for a short while, prior to his destruction). Jehovah’s Witnesses report that the word ‘Gog’ probably means darkness. (I don’t know what they report today. I don’t associate with them.) Whatever the etymology of the word, ‘Gog’ certainly means darkness, to go by his actions and the effects of his actions. Witness the war on whistleblowers, journalism and journalists that the US (the false prophet of Revelation chapter 13) leads. It’s not merely the killing of information and facts that Gog’s false prophet has helped him accomplish. That false prophet (pretending to be a champion of democracy, freedom, peace and security, while ‘speaking like a dragon’ and threatening with destruction any who don’t go along with it’s regime change program) replaces that information with lies. And they are not lies that he must tell for our benefit. The result of Gog’s attack and uncle Sam’s willingness to support and join it is deep darkness for the world.
Ezekiel (from chapters 38 & 39):
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The word of Jehovah again came to me, saying: “Son of man, Set your face against Gog… and prophesy against him. Say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says: “Here I am against you, O Gog… I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with all your army… You will be given attention after many days. In the final part of the years you will invade the land whose people have been restored… You will come against them like a storm… You will say: “I will invade the land of unprotected settlements… And I will send fire against Magog and against those who are inhabiting the islands in security and they will have to know that I am Jehovah.”
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You can have security by paying for protection from those who would otherwise break your legs. Or you can have security by supporting the agency that will stop the extortionists, the plunderers, the gangsters. You can give in to the compulsion employed by Gog’s wild beast of corporatocracy. Or you can show a fear of God, rather than man, and expect He who is not of disorder to deal with those who are not only lawless, but who pretend to be champions of the rule of law, even while they break whatever laws and agreements that they feel will gain them advantages.
“For God is a God not of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven… Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, Did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me you workers of lawlessness!'” – (Matthew 7:21-23)
Gog’s attack is indeed against everyone. But from God’s logical, legal standpoint, it’s the attack on his people that concerns him and makes his reaction – Armageddon – righteous and necessary. Those without protection who Gog attacks possess no protection from this dark world’s standpoint. They consciously and willingly ally themselves with the Creator and look to him to fulfill his promises regarding a new earth and a new heavens (government). They look to him for salvation. And when the world turns, as it will (Revelation chapter 18), on global organized religion, including religionists who sold their souls for the possible favors and protection of the wild beast of corporatocracy, it will make no distinction between those who were not loyal to God (like a woman who betrays her husband with strangers) and those who were. That’s the world’s mistake. That’s how God has manipulated Gog – with hooks in his jaws to steer him to his, and his dark world’s, unavoidable fate.
“For this is what Jehovah of armies has says, who after being glorified has sent me to the nations that were plundering you: “Whoever touches you touches the pupil of my eye.”” – Zechariah 2:8
The neoconservative/ neoliberal psychos are calling to God to bring it while they are attacking everyone, and all of God’s good standards (and by extension, God) including God’s defenseless people, who do not bow to them. What do they expect will happen?
“If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don’t like.” – Noam Chomsky
Well, It’s the same morning now as it was when I wrote the above post, only a few hours later. I had to sleep. The first thing I did was pop into my gmail to see what was happening. That’s when I found all these emails notifying me of likes – they were all, gratifyingly, likes – to comments I had made as flitted from one article and discussion to another. Those articles were all related to the recent attack on RT led by the US. They don’t necessarily add anything terribly useful, but have a look if you care to:
“Anyone who thinks that The Intercept is or will be some sort of mouthpiece for U.S. foreign policy goals is invited to review the journalism we’ve produced in the 20 days we’ve existed.” – Glenn Greenwald (My bolding. See the link to the article from which that quote is taken at the bottom of the post, before the video.)
An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Murtaza Hussain follows:
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Raed al-Saleh says that before Syria’s civil war, he could never have imagined the position he is in today. A former electronics trader from the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour, Saleh, 33, is now head of the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer force dedicated to rescuing victims of bombings and shellings. The 3,000-member group, also known as the White Helmets, are first responders at the scenes of airstrikes by Russian and Syrian government forces, pulling survivors from the rubble of collapsed apartment buildings and homes.
Saleh spends most of his time between Turkey and opposition-held areas of northern Syria, but he is currently visiting the United States to promote the Civil Defense’s work as well as a new Netflix documentary about the group…
The group’s work has garnered international attention, including a Nobel Peace Prize nomination as well as the Netflix documentary, which is titled “The White Helmets.”…
But the attention the group has received has also made it a target of the Syrian government and the Russian forces that support it. In recent days, Russian airstrikes reportedly struck three Civil Defense headquarters in Aleppo, destroying one of the few lifelines available to civilians in the besieged city. “They are not happy that there is a success story in Syria that is receiving attention from the world,” says Saleh. “They are targeting us because we have become a critical source of information about what is happening in Aleppo. We document the attacks against civilian neighborhoods, and we pass the messages from the ground to the world.”
Civil Defense is one of the only aid organizations still operating in these bleak circumstances. For supporters of the Syrian government, the group, which has received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, has become the subject of lurid conspiracy theories, including accusations that it is part of a Western-orchestrated plot for regime change.
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My three online responses to the above-linked article follows. The second comment, below, is in response to another poster (Mona) who warns us about another poster (craigsummers):
A Turkish NGO? Is it funded by the Gülen movement?
This report by you, Murtaza, is a big FAIL. Are we now seeing why billionaire, and frequent White House visitor (at least formerly), Pierre Omidyar, gathered together so many people’s champions under his First Look tent? (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.) The neoliberal/ neoconservative fire that was travelling underground for some distance has burst through to the surface it seems. What’s next? Will your colleagues defend you or disagree with you?
Lol. I figured that out after part of one of his posts! And scroll past him (or…) I do. And anyone like him.
There’s an interesting Canadian Dimension article by [John] Ryan about the White Helmets and the new neoliberal New Democratic Party here in Canada. See http://bit.ly/2dvcKvq. Off Guardian is proving to be invaluable. It’s alarming how many ‘progressive’ sites are suddenly tossing out turds. Thank goodness I’m discovering new ones (The New Cold War: Ukraine And Beyond, Boiling Frogs Post, Off Guardian for example) to turn to.
There is no shortage of information, now, about the White Helmets, who self-declare themselves to be the Syrian Civil Defense. The only problem with that, is that there is already a Syrian Civil Defense organization and it isn’t happy about the existence of the evil imposter. It existed long before this Western-supported Al Qaeda fake showed up. This is an example of the smart power imperialists exercise. It’s part of a basket of tools that includes hybrid war and color revolutions. And there is no doubt that Hussain, and those who support his reportage here, is aware of the evil he is aiding and abetting. NO progressive investigative journalist would not know that USAID is basically an imperial regime change operation.
Progressive media is dying everywhere. By ‘dying’, I don’t mean ‘not having success’. I mean that the failing org’s writers and/or editors and/or managers have gone over to the 1%’s camp. The genius of the dark forces at work here can be seen in how those turned progressives have been, and even continue to be (in some areas), against neoliberal/ neoconservative forces. And they can be ‘against’ that crowd in the most convincing manner – with articulateness, facts, stats and eloquence.
There’s an interesting argument (a little old now) online between Glenn Greenwald and Pando staff (Mark Ames and Paul Carr) that reveals some things about First Look (and it’s The Intercept operation), it’s billionaire owner, Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept’s founder and main writer) and the state of progressive media. I have read the published back and forths and feel strongly that Paul Carr has taken Glenn’s measure here and it [Greenwald’s integrity] is as wanting as Carr would have us believe. Which is difficult for me because I have admired Glenn since I discovered him. I think he’s done stellar work. But his dismissive, hypocritical, attitude toward our concern about his boss’s establishment credentials is a big FAIL. And I have no way of knowing, but if he is supportive of his colleague Murtaza Hussain’s pro USAID, pro White Helmets propaganda piece, then he’s really lost me.
“Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show” by Mark Ames, February 8, 2014
“Just hours after last weekend’s ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, one of Pierre Omidyar’s newest hires at national security blog “The Intercept,” was already digging for the truth.
“Marcy Wheeler, who is the new site’s “senior policy analyst,” speculated that the Ukraine revolution was likely a “coup” engineered by “deep” forces on behalf of “Pax Americana”:
“There’s quite a bit of evidence of coup-ness. Q is how many levels deep interference from both sides is.”
“These are serious claims. So serious that I decided to investigate them. And what I found was shocking.
“Wheeler is partly correct. Pando has confirmed that the American government – in the form of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – played a major role in funding opposition groups prior to the revolution. Moreover, a large percentage of the rest of the funding to those same groups came from a US billionaire who has previously worked closely with US government agencies to further his own business interests…
“Step out of the shadows…. Wheeler’s boss, Pierre Omidyar.”
And so on. Ames, however, states that “This was by no means a US-backed “coup.”” To which I can only say ‘Huh?!’ See “The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine” by Michel Chossudovsky
“On the importance of keeping investors out of the newsroom, and not treating your readers like fools” by Paul Bradley Carr, March 1, 2014
“Of course, at no point in his piece did Ames argue that Omidyar should not be allowed to invest in foreign opposition groups, nor did the piece say Omidyar should feel ashamed for supporting the Ukrainian revolution. They’re his billions and he may do with them as he pleases.
“The point of the piece, aside from to convey facts to our readers, is that Omidyar and First Look have made statement after statement about how they aim to be a thorn in the side of the US government, and yet in several cases Omidyar has co-invested with that same US government to shape foreign policy to suit his own worldview. (A wag might point out that it’s far easier to put a thorn in someone’s side if you’re sitting next to him at an investment meeting.)…
“Courtesy of Rob Bates, here’s a video from 2007 of Glenn Greenwald attacking Politico’s Ben Smith over the ownership of Politico.
I think it’s relevant who owns any journalistic outlet. The reason for that is obvious. The reason is people who work for companies know who signs their paychecks and know the work they do ought to be pleasing to the people who sign their paychecks.
“He also calls Smith out for using the word “conspiracy” to demean Greenwald’s journalistic inquiries. Which is awkward given Greenwald’s own dismissal of Mark Ames’ “conspiracy theories that Omidyar can control which documents are or are not published.””
Note that I saw no link to a video.
“Revealed: Visitor logs show full extent of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar’s cozy White House ties” by Paul Bradley Carr, March 23, 2014
I think that the White House, whether it is under Republican or Democrat, they pretty much now [sic] who they are dealing with. There are outlets like The Daily Beast, or The Huffington Post that have risen up in the past decade, but they are very quickly just becoming part of the broader mainstream media, and with people that have spent their careers working for magazines or newspapers or what have you, and the White House believes they all speak the language on these things. With us, because we want to be adversarial, they won’t know what bat phone to call. They know who to call at The Times, they know who to call at The Post. With us, who are they going to call? Pierre? Glenn?”
“Scahill’s question is a good one — and it’s also very easy to answer: If the White House has a problem with First Look, it’s a pretty safe bet they’ll pick up the phone and call Pierre Omidyar.
“After all, according to records made available under Obama’s 2009 transparency commitment, Omidyar has visited the Obama White House at least half a dozen times since 2009. During the same period, his wife, Pamela Omidyar, who heads Omidyar Network, has visited 1600 Pennsylvania Ave at least four times, while Omidyar Network’s managing partner, Matthew Bannick, has visited a further three.”
“On the Meaning of Journalistic Independence” by Glenn Greenwald, March 1, 2014