Lawlessness / Ruined – part 18

“WHITE HELMETS: James Corbett – An Open Letter to Olivia Solon of The Guardian” (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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As attentive Corbett Report viewers will already know, The Guardian was the recipient of the highest dishonor of the year this year: The award for “Fakest Fake News Story of the Year 2017” at my First Annual REAL Fake News Awards ( aka “the Dinos”). Specifically, the dishonor was bestowed on The Guardian’s San Francisco-based technology reporter, Olivia Solon, for her breathtaking contribution to the annals of establishment fake news hackery, “How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine.”

The report, for those who have not read it yet, is as exactly what you would expect from an establishment stenography institution like The Guardian: The so-called “Syrian Civil Defence,” aka the White Helmets, are pure and virtuous; anyone who questions them is an anti-imperialist activist/conspiracy theorist/troll with support from the Russian government; no criticisms of the group are valid and they’ve all been refuted by reputable fact-checkers like Snopes; blah blah blah, etc., etc. As I say, you know exactly how the story goes…but you should read it anyway. It really is a perfect snapshot of the template that the MSM uses to discredit any and all opposition, and it would have been incredible effective…in the 1950s, when people still trusted the mainstream media. (Protip: no one trusts the MSM anymore!)
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Related: “How Syria’s White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine” by Olivia Solon (The Guardian)

An excerpt from Olivia Solon’s awful article follows:

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The Syrian volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets have become the target of an extraordinary disinformation campaign that positions them as an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organisation.

The Guardian has uncovered how this counter-narrative is propagated online by a network of anti-imperialist activists, conspiracy theorists and trolls with the support of the Russian government (which provides military support to the Syrian regime).
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The White Helmets, officially known as the Syria Civil Defence, is a humanitarian organisation made up of 3,400 volunteers – former teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters – who rush to pull people from the rubble when bombs rain down on Syrian civilians. They’ve been credited with saving thousands of civilians during the country’s continuing civil war.

They have also exposed, through first-hand video footage, war crimes including a chemical attack in April. Their work was the subject of an Oscar-winning Netflix documentary and the recipient of two Nobel peace prize nominations.

Despite this positive international recognition, there’s a counter-narrative pushed by a vocal network of individuals who write for alternative news sites countering the “MSM agenda”. Their views align with the positions of Syria and Russia and attract an enormous online audience, amplified by high-profile alt-right personalities, appearances on Russian state TV and an army of Twitter bots.
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The major (corporate owned, Washington-aligned) media are resource-rich and established and pushed at everyone (because they have the resources to do that, while they snuff out ‘real news’, labelling it ‘fake’ at the behest of Corporatrocracy governments) and people are just lazy enough, busy enough and therefore distracted enough, and uncaring enough that they swallow all of the imperialists’ propaganda that comes through the compliant media, while they choose to disbelieve anything oppositional to it. It should tell you something, unless you simply can’t think at all, that Solon chastises people for being anti-imperialist. (And it’s highly ironic, seeing how Western politicians and other State actors actually avoid identifying Western empires as being such!) That’s like chastising people for being anti-Nazi or anti-terrorist. Imperialism is ‘not’ a good thing. Imperialism is aggression by a State toward another State or States, not in self-defense but for gain for the capitalist class – a minority of powerful special interests – only. Their tools may or may not also benefit from that rapine. But, for sure, imperialists’ tools will at least enjoy impunity for crimes that regular people and groups would be apprehended and charged for.

Here’s what Stephen Gowans has to say about imperialism in his dynamite book “Patriots, Traitors And Empires”:

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…imperialism is a process of domination guided by economic interests (for example, keeping European markets open to US investment and exports)…

According to David Vine, the “United States probably has more foreign military bases than any other people, nation, or empire in history.” Such a nation could deny that it has built an empire, but to do so would require the construction of a special reality, a foie en masse, or the creation of something tantamount to the “epistemology of ingorance” Charles Mills argued was necessary, to fail to see that the “liberal” political system of the Western world is, and has always been, white supremacist (i.e., illiberal)…

The epistemology of ignorance relies on a lexicon of equivocation. Journalists who write for the US empire’s most distinguished newspapers – the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal – routinely employ language that acknowledges the United States’ imperialist nature, while at the same time never directly acknowledging the existence of a US empire, and therefore, denying it…

And yet this reality is denied, as assuredly as is the reality that the United States, built on the genocide of Native Americans and the slave labor of Africans, overtly white supremacist until the mid-1960s, and covertly white supremacist since, is unequivocally not a beacon of Enlightenment values, unless liberalism is defined as equality and liberty assigned exclusively to white men who own productive property…

Zbigniew Brzezinski, US president Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser, and a central figure in the US foreign policy establishment, could compare the United States to the Roman, Manchu, and European empires but could not bring himself to speak of a US empire. Instead, he spoke of a “hegemony of a new type” and described the United States as a “global power,” which has “primacy,” and exercises “supremacy.”
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As Gowans’s says, “the official ideology prescribes an inverted epistemology, an epistemology of ignorance, which produces the ironic outcome that the denizens of imperialist countries will in general be unable to understand the world their countries have made.”

Related: “Episode 330 – The White Helmets Are A Propaganda Construct” by James Corbett (The Corbett Report)

“Terrorists In Syria Receive Chemicals, Victims, UK Training For Upcoming False Flag Chemical Attack” by Brandon Turbeville (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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History repeats itself and, sometimes, it doesn’t even need generation gaps to do so. In the modern-day West, it only needs a space of a few days or weeks. This is why the US, UK, and French governments feel so confident in their ability to launch airstrikes against Syria for the third time under the Trump administration on the basis of false chemical weapons claims.

As the Syrian military prepares for perhaps the biggest and most bloody battle of the war – the battle to liberate Idlib – it appears that the West is preparing to make a stand of its own in defense of the head choppers and “moderate” cannibals it has supported since 2011. But while the US has twice used disproven claims of chemical weapons in Syria as a pretext to launch strikes against Syria, both of those strikes were relatively minor in terms of the damage they caused. However, America’s seemingly independent-of-the-executive branch military is already preparing for the possibility of strikes against Syria, having known this moment was coming now for months.

And it is not only the alternative media that is warning of the possibility of strikes. The Russian government is sounding the alarm also…

The staged attacks are allegedly being prepared by al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham) in Idlib. The MOD has stated that, in order to stage the attack, around eight canisters of chlorine have been delivered to a village near Jisr al-Shughur city. Another group of terrorists, who have allegedly been trained and prepped by private British security company Olive, have also recently arrived in the area. The group is to be disguised as White Helmets volunteers and will simulate a rescue operation involving locals who will be purportedly injured in the alleged attack.
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From Syria News:
Four of dozens of Syrian children kidnapped by Nusra Helmets to be killed in front of the cameras.

“White Helmets Expands its Idlib Kidnapping Campaign” by Afraa Dagher (Syrian News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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White Helmets campaign of ‘fake arresting,’ of kidnapping in Idlib continues and expands. During the last ten days, reputable media sources have exposed the mass kidnapping campaign led by al-Nusra Front and other designated terrorist gangs in Idlib. These al Qaeda gangs have mostly engaged in abductions of men, especially young men, under the pretext that they plan to join the Reconciliation Process led by the Syrian government.

Local sources in Idlib are also telling about the probability of using the abductees — reported as 1,000 Syrians — as victims for an upcoming staged chemical attack. This evil campaign has expanded to also kidnapping dozens of Syrian children from Idlib and from neighboring villages, by the same terrorist gangs, including the White Helmets…

Meanwhile, the remnants of the White Helmets (many of them were illegally transported by Israel into Jordan, and are being spread throughout western countries such as Germany and Canada) have called its membership to be concentrated in specific areas of Idlib, where they plan to record their murders in the new round of a chemical hoax. British ‘experts’ from the mercenary corporation, Olive, have illegally entered Syria and are in the region to train the al-Qaeda White Helmets in another fraudulent rescue play, performed to convince public opinion to believe the fabricated attacks that they plot. Their slaughter is real. They are the perpetrators of these mass murders.
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From The Toronto Star:
A seafood counter is shown at a store in Toronto. A new study suggests nearly half of seafood sold in Canadian grocery stores and restaurants is mislabeled. (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press)

“‘Laxative of the sea’ being passed off as premium fish in Canada: new report” by Melanie Green (Toronto Star)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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VANCOUVER—Canadian consumers forking out for seafood are not getting what they pay for. What masquerades as sea bass, cod or wild salmon could be a far cheaper catfish, pollock or even a fish dubbed “the laxative of the sea”, according to a national report from advocacy organization Oceana Canada.

That poses a serious risk to consumers’ pockets — and public health.

Roughly 44 per cent of fish were incorrectly labelled, the report found. What’s more, 60 per cent of the roughly 400 samples collected from retailers in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax were found to carry potential health risks.
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related: “Ottawa looks the other way at seafood fraud” by Fabian Murphy (Toronto Star)

“Memphis Cops Spy on Black Activists — and Dare Anybody to Try and Stop Them” by Jamile Lartey (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Memphis cops blatantly flaunt their targeting of Black activists, despite a judge’s ruling that the cops have violated a federal consent decree by continuing political surveillance.
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The above article shows that it’s not just surveillance of Black activists that’s happening by the white supremacists in blue, but harassment (terrorism really) as well. And the harassment is criminal.

“Korea News Update (September 3, 2018)” (Zoom in Korea)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Trump called off Secretary of State Pompeo’s trip to North Korea last week reportedly after Pompeo received a letter from Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, according to the Washington Post. The contents of the letter are unclear, but it prompted Trump to issue a series of tweets.

Meanwhile, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper called out “extremely provocative and dangerous” US military movements in the region, and claimed that US “special units” in Japan staged a flying drill in the Philippines simulating “the infiltration into Pyongyang.” It also claimed that the USS Michigan, a nuclear Navy submarine, transported Green Berets and other special forces from Okinawa, Japan to the Jinhae naval base south Korea in late July or early August.
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From Ricochet:
Corey Fleischer of Erasing Hate removing graffiti from an overpass near Thurso, Quebec. Photo by Josée Cyr-Charlebois.

“Racist graffiti left on Quebec overpass for over a month after it was reported” by Erin Seatter (Ricochet)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Three swastikas spray painted onto a highway overpass in Quebec were finally removed thanks to a volunteer, more than a month after being reported to police and the province.

Josée Cyr-Charlebois spotted the graffiti while driving on Highway 50 near Thurso and told both the Sûreté du Québec and Quebec’s Ministry of Transport on July 21.

But nothing happened.
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From Mondoweiss:
London, Sept 4: Demonstrators waving Israeli flags demand that Labour adopt the full IHRA definition and examples of anti-Semitism. [photo: Andy Rain/EPA, from The Guardian]

“British Labour just adopted a definition of anti-Semitism that is anti-Semitic” by Tom Suarez (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected head of the UK’s Labour Party, dire warnings of anti-Semitism have been a mainstay of the country’s daily headlines (MW articles). Prominent figures claiming to fight this wave of anti-Jewish hatred unfailingly cited one silver bullet: the so-called IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) definition of anti-Semitism. Only by enforcing this definition in full, the argument went, will Britain be a country in which Jews will be safe.

Now that IHRA has been adopted by all major British political parties, it is de facto British policy.

Despite all the attention given to IHRA, its core claim of fighting anti-Semitism is never challenged. Yet even a cursory examination of it demonstrates quite the opposite: it is IHRA that is anti-Semitic, institutionalizing racism against Jews…

What IHRA’s smoke and mirrors can not do is hide the consequences of its abuse: it cannot make its organic Jews = Zionism/Israel linkage one-way only. If criticism of Israel equals criticism of Jews as Jews (anti-Semitism), then Jews, simply by virtue of being Jews, are the doers of whatever the Israeli state has done, is doing, and may in the future do…
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“Syrian War Report – September 4, 2018: Trump Warns Syria Against Combating Terrorists In Idlib” by ? (South Front)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Turkish military has boosted its naval group in the Eastern Mediterranean as the battle of Idlib is looming in Syria, Turkey’s pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported on September 2. According to the daily, “Turkey, which previously had 10 warships in the region, dispatched several more naval vessels to the region, the exact number of which is unknown.”

The daily also recalled multiple remarks by the Turkish authorities claiming that the Idlib offensive by the Syrian Army will be disaster and lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.
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Since when does a Western or NATO power care about civilian casualties in its war-making, which, in the case of Syria, involves paying and arming terrorists to attack Syrian civilians and infrastructure? Liberating Syria, which may involve loss of civilian life, is wrong. But allowing Syria to fall to the terrorists is right. That’s ‘not’ a humanitarian disaster. What a loser you are Recep Tayyip Erdoğan!

President Alexander Zakharchenko

“Syria condemns the assassination of President Alexander Zakharchenko” by Kevork Almasian (Syriana Analysis)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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“Foreign Ministry at the Syrian Arab Republic condemns in strongest terms the terrorist act which led to the assassination of President of # Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko in a clear attempt to undermine the process of peaceful political settlement in Donbass area and the implementation of Minsk agreements,” an official source at Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
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“US-Saudis Enlist Al Qaeda For Yemen War” by Tony Cartalucci (Land Destroyer)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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August 22, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Associated Press has revealed that the US-backed, Saudi-led war against Yemen includes the use of Al Qaeda as a mercenary force against Houthi rebels…

As to why the US and Saudi Arabia might be aiding and abetting Al Qaeda, AP would quote Michael Horton of the Jamestown Foundation. AP would report:

“Elements of the U.S. military are clearly aware that much of what the U.S. is doing in Yemen is aiding AQAP and there is much angst about that,” said Michael Horton, a fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, a U.S. analysis group that tracks terrorism.

“However, supporting the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against what the U.S. views as Iranian expansionism takes priority over battling AQAP and even stabilizing Yemen,” Horton said.

However, the US has failed to make a case as to what threat Iran constitutes that is equal or greater to the threat posed by Al Qaeda. It was supposedly Al Qaeda, not Iran that hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in 2001 – tipping off a now nearly two decade-long “War on Terror.” In fact – Iran has invested blood and treasure in fighting and defeating Al Qaeda and its proxies, including the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” in both Syria and Iraq – contributing directly to both terrorist organizations’ defeat.

It would appear that if Iran is involved in Yemen, it is also clearly fighting against Al Qaeda there as well.
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Consider what Noam Chomsky has to say about the dreadful Iranian threat to world peace:

“The authoritative Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) review of global armaments ranks the United States, as usual, far in the lead in military expenditures. Far below are Russia and Saudi Arabia, which are nonetheless well above any western European state. Iran is scarcely mentioned. Full details are provided in an April report from the Center for Strategic Studiesw (CSIS), which finds “a conclusive case that the Arab Gulf states have… an overwhelming advantage [over] Iran in both military spending and access to modern arms.” Iran’s military spending is a fraction of Saudi Arabia’s and far below even the spending of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Altogether, the Gulf Cooperation Council states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE – outspend Iran on arms by a factor of about eight, an imbalance that goes back decades. The CSIS report adds that “the Arab Gulf states have acquired and are acquiring some of the most advanced and effective weapons in the world [while] Iran has essentially been forced to live in the past, often relying on systems virtually obsolete. When it comes to Israel, of course, the imbalance is even greater. Possessing the most advanced weaponry and a virtual offshore military base for the global superpower, it also has a huge stock of nuclear weapons.” – pages 222 & 223 of “Who Owns The World”

related: “AP Investigation: US allies, al-Qaida battle rebels in Yemen” by Maggie Michael, Trish Wilson and Lee Keath

I referred to that AP article (and a similar Reuters report) elsewhere (but do not recall where), pointing out the one flaw in both those reports, namely the criminalizing of Iran, which subject Tony Cartalucci’s article properly raises.

“Genocide For Profit – How The Govt, Big Pharma, Psychiatry, And DSS Are Conspiring To Destroy Native American Culture” by Brandon Turbeville (Natural Blaze)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The South Dakota Department of Social Services is working with psychiatrists and Big Pharma to engage in what can only be described as “genocide-for-profit.” It is using techniques it has learned on the American population of using “social services,” police, and the courts to separate children from their families, creating a population of people who have grown up without a stable family upbringing or who simply disappear only to turn up later in sex slavery rings or are left to some other horrible fate.

What is known about this situation is that, in South Dakota, Lakota children are being forcibly removed from their homes, put into foster care or psychiatric facilities and then over-prescribed psychiatric drugs that often rival some of the heaviest doses given to psychotic adults.

Indeed, Lakota parents and grandparents are now reporting that it is routine for DSS to send police to their homes to forcibly remove their children.

Picture heavily armed men arriving to a home in the dead of night to wrench children from their beds to be taken away from their families and you most likely immediately go to images of Nazi Germany, Communist China or the Soviet Union. But this isn’t some historical aberration nor is it the practice of some foreign police state abroad, it’s the practice of the police state here at home.

After these children are removed from their families, psychiatric drugs are forced on the children without the consent of the parents, family, or the children themselves. After all, why would there be the need for consent? When the government views you as its property and when it can remove you or your children from your home, there really isn’t any reason it shouldn’t view psychiatric drugging as off limits.
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Photo by Tony Webster | CC BY 2.0

“When Illness is a ‘Death Sentence’: The Victimization of Gaza Women” by Ramzy Baroud (CounterPunch)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem.

The boy is suffering from an ‘aggressive soft tissue sarcoma’. Israeli authorities then justified their decision based on a vague claim that one of Hannan’s relatives is a ‘Hamas operative.”

The rights group, Gisha reported that the state remains unwilling to define precisely what it means to be a ‘Hamas operative.’ Even if an explanation is offered, denying gravely ill Palestinians from receiving life-saving treatment remains an immoral and illegal act.

“The state is sentencing the petitioners to death or a lifetime of suffering,” said Muna Haddad, an advocate with Gisha. By ‘petitioners’, she was referring to seven Gaza women who were denied access to urgent medical treatment by Israel, which required them to leave the besieged Gaza Strip.

The suffering of Gaza women rarely makes headlines. When Palestinian women are not invisible in Western media coverage, they are seen as hapless victims of circumstances beyond their control.

The fact that a woman from Gaza is ‘sentenced to death’ simply because a male relative is shunned by Israel is quite typical behavior from a country that oddly presents itself internationally as an oasis for equality and women rights.
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image by Chris Dionté Walker

“Voters in Mid-Term Elections Report Watching Their Ballots Mysteriously Switch to Other Candidate” by Matt Agorist (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Savannah, GA — A rather shocking, but not surprising report this week out of Georgia reveals the unsettling state of America’s election and voting system. Voters in Georgia are now reporting that after they confirm their votes, they watch on the screen as their ballots mysteriously switch to the opposite candidate.

Later this month, a federal judge will hear the case against the Georgia government for their utter failure at maintaining sound election processes and their lack of maintaining a paper ballot record as well.

According to WSAV, the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp is facing a federal lawsuit because he’s reluctant to make the change before the upcoming November 6 election. While Kemp says he does agree the system needs updating, he’s fighting to delay it citing confusion and cost.
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Did you get that? Watching your vote automatically switch to someone else’s vote isn’t confusing, but fixing equipment that does that might be! Fascists are funny.

“Ruin”

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