Professional Scam Artists – part 59

Stephen Lendman

“Trump Reinvents WW II History, Honoring US Vets and Talking Peace While Waging War” by Stephen Lendman (Stephen Lendman)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The US was Soviet Russia’s junior partner in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany. History taught US students pretends otherwise. So do US presidents, Trump no exception.

In Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, launching the West’s long-delayed second front against Nazi forces while the main battle raged in the East, pitting millions of Soviet Russian and German forces against each other, Trump pretended the US defeated the Nazi scourge the Red Army triumphed over.

Honoring about 10,000 lost lives on D-Day and its immediate aftermath, he ignored the catastrophic price paid by a generation of Soviet Russian soldiers and civilians, 20 million or more lives lost.

A 1993 Russian Academy of Sciences study estimated 26.6 million. Some independent Russian researchers believe 40 million died – including combatants and civilians.

Millions more suffered serious injuries. Human misery endured can’t be quantified. Large parts of Russia were devastated.
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From Mint Press News:
President Donald Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk towards the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 25, 2019. Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP

“For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat” by Miko Peled (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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While attacking Iran would prove to be fruitless, threatening an attack on Iran and not attacking is far more useful. Both Israel and the U.S. need Iran: they need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. That threat is also an important part of any election campaign for politicians in both countries. The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point.
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I hope Miko is right here.

From Mondoweiss:
White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner speaks during the dedication ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14. Ronen Zvulun—Reuters” From Time’s list of the 100 top pictures of the year.

“A Palestinian response to Jared Kushner’s racist remarks” by Haidar Eid (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In classical racist literature and discourse, black/brown natives are portrayed as lazy groups who cannot run their own affairs; they belong to backward entities that clash with other modern entities. The best intentions of these nations amount in the end to nothing, and whatever they have is brought about by the powers of illusion and Western intervention. The racist ideology of colonialism justifies the occupation of other lands, and then defends the so-called human face of Western colonialism, in general, and Israeli settler colonialism, in particular.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law, has recently raised doubts about the ability of the Palestinians to govern themselves: “That’s one that we’ll have to see. The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing… [The Palestinians] need to have a fair judicial system … freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions before the Palestinian territories can become ‘investable.’”

He went further when asked if Palestinians could expect freedom from Israeli military and government interference by saying that it would be “a high bar!”
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Congolese Canadian scholar and author Patrick Mbeko

“Paul Kagame and His House Negro, Félix Tshisekedi” by Ann Garrison (Black Agenda Report)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The Congolese have been under occupation by Rwanda ever since. Also by Uganda, but more so by Rwanda, and always with Rwanda in the lead. Congo’s immense mineral resources have been plundered by Rwandan and Ugandan troops, then smuggled or sold to Western and transnational corporations. Rwandans have even become officers in the Congolese army, and the country has been so destabilized that Congolese are unable to defend themselves. There are millions of them in internal refugee camps or refugee camps across Congo’s eastern borders.

Presidential election, so-called

Martin Fayulu won the January presidential election, but the outgoing president, Joseph Kabila, struck a deal with Félix Tshisekedi to steal it so as to keep his own hands on the levers of power in the background. The Catholic Church fielded nearly 40,000 trained observers, with at least one present at each polling station, ensuring 100 percent coverage. The data they collected was transmitted by mobile telephone networks or via satellite telephones to a national call center, and they reported different results than those officially announced.

Now, six months later, Tshisekedi has strengthened his alliance with Congo’s occupier, Rwandan president and war criminal Paul Kagame. He has visited Kagame in Rwanda and Kagame’s partner in crime, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Israel.
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From Dimitri Lascaris:
In the photograph above, former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler (second from left) is shown with Israeli Ambassador Nimrod Barkan, Liberal MP Michael Levitt, Conservative MP David Sweet and NDP MP Murray Rankin.

“Yet Another Pro-Israel Circus in Canada’s Parliament” by Dimitri Lascaris (Dimitri Lascaris)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Yesterday, Canada’s Parliament treated us to yet another, pathetic spectacle of bipartisan adoration for Israel’s apartheid regime.

The impetus for Parliament’s latest travesty was the peaceful disruption earlier this week of a speech given by former Canadian Justice Minister, Irwin Cotler.

On June 3, Cotler spoke at Concordia University in Montreal at a conference of “human security” “thought leaders.”

Yves Engler, Malcolm Guy and I – along with several other supporters of Quebec Movement for Peace – interrupted Cotler’s speech and called him out on his unqualified support for the Zionist entity…

Within hours of our peaceful disruption, Canada’s pro-Israel crowd descended into outright hysteria.

Parliament’s latest farce began with Canadian Jewish News (CJN) publishing a report about our disruption. In its June 5 report, CJN gravely intoned that a “muscular Lascaris” was “looming” over Cotler as Cotler professed to have supported the two-state delusion “for the last 45 years.”

The following day, Liberal MP Michael Levitt tweeted a link to the CJN article and described our disruption as “thuggery” and “bully tactics.”

Yesterday (June 6), Conservative MP David Sweet rose in Parliament and read a prepared statement in which Sweet condemned “this attack on free speech of one of Canada’s top human rights defenders.”

Shamefully, Sweet’s adulation for Cotler elicited a standing ovation from many of the MPs present…

Within hours of this Parliamentary spectacle, Avi Benlolo, the CEO of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, asked that “our ministers also file a police complaint and ensure all measures are taken to enforce the law.”

Right-wing members of the Canadian media soon began to pile on…

As anyone can confirm by watching the two, complete videos of our disruption (which lasted for a total of nine minutes and which can be viewed here), none of us engaged in any behaviour which could plausibly be described as threatening.

Although security personnel were present during the disruption, at no time did they attempt to restrain us out of apparent concern for Cotler’s safety.

Moreover, throughout the disruption, Cotler never evinced the slightest indication that he felt threatened. On the contrary, he remained physically relaxed in his seat and, for much of the disruption, he smiled – rather smugly, I might add.
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related: “Canadian apologist for Israeli war crimes nominated for Peace Prize” by Yves Engler

“YouTube and the War on Truth” by Gordon Duff (New Eastern Outlook)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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As of June 2019, YouTube, owned by Google Corporation, with a long history of peddling “big data” to spy agencies and right-wing extremist groups, is going to “clean house.”

Their claim, that they will remove all “hate speech” and unspecified other “objectionable material” is a huge threat against free speech around the world.

You see, Google’s YouTube has actively molded a world of its own, financially partnering with the fake, the inane, the absurd while deeply censoring free speech from day one. For years, YouTube has run an obscure system of fake volunteers financed by think tanks and spy agencies, hundreds of them housed in special facilities in Haifa, Israel, that ban users whose material reflects badly in Israeli apartheid.

Moreover, YouTube has provided, in partnership with the highly secretive military contracting firms, Idea Groups and Jigsaw, to give terror groups like al Qaeda and their many “nephews” along with ISIS, “on the fly” covert communications and operational intelligence.

The same “troll rooms” in Haifa that clean free speech from YouTube help secure private posting boards for ISIS and other terror groups who communicate their operational plans using comment boards on videos.

This was the ISIS fallback when their use of Facebook chat was exposed, and the NSA began tracing terror cells through their “Zuckerman channel.”

ISIS and al Qaeda members simply stay logged into their YouTube app and run “tear sheet” coded transmissions under the protection of Google Corporation. More than that, this process, using YouTube chat to plan terror bombings, mass shootings or gas attacks is taught by advisory groups financed under Google Jigsaw’s program of fostering “democratic resistance to tyranny.”
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Paul Singer | AP photo archive

“How NeoCon Billionaire Paul Singer Is Driving the Outsourcing of US Tech Jobs to Israel” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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WASHINGTON — With nearly 6 million Americans unemployed and regular bouts of layoffs in the U.S. tech industry, major American tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation are nonetheless moving key operations, billions in investments, and thousands of jobs to Israel — a trend that has largely escaped media attention or concern from even “America first” politicians. The fact that this massive transfer of investment and jobs has been so overlooked is particularly striking given that it is largely the work of a single leading neoconservative Republican donor who has given millions of dollars to President Donald Trump.

To make matters worse, many of these top tech companies shifting investment and jobs to Israel at record rates continue to collect sizable U.S. government subsidies for their operations while they move critical aspects of their business abroad, continue to layoff thousands of American workers, and struggle to house their growing company branches in Israel. This is particularly troubling in light of the importance of the tech sector to the overall U.S. economy, as it accounts for 7.1 percent of total GDP and 11.6 percent of total private-sector payroll.

Furthermore, many of these companies are hiring members of controversial Israeli companies — known to have spied on Americans, American companies, and U.S. federal agencies — as well as numerous members of Israeli military intelligence as top managers and executives.

This massive transfer of the American tech industry has largely been the work of one leading Republican donor — billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, who also funds the neoconservative think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Islamophobic and hawkish think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), and also funded the now-defunct Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).

Singer’s project to bolster Israel’s tech economy at the U.S.’ expense is known as Start-Up Nation Central, which he founded in response to the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to use nonviolent means to pressure Israel to comply with international law in relation to its treatment of Palestinians.
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I left a couple of comments on the Mint Press News website, attached to the above linked-to article, one of which I’ll show you here:

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Israel. And China. James Corbett talks (rather lucidly) about this in one of his reports (“China and the New World Order” – https://www.youtube.com/wat…

I don’t think that the New World Order is coming. It’s here. It’s just… developing. And Corbett understands how it’s developing. His description of how it is developing is exactly the same as my description of how fascism comes about, which view I gained after reading the authors I look at here (as well as others). Naomi Klein (who I no longer trust) described the process of creative destruction in “The Shock Doctrine.” Like huge tectonic plates, the Western, American-dominated and designed system will crash (or ‘is’ crashing) into the Chinese ‘communist’ system. That will produce chaos (and shock), which the real rulers of the world are ready for – with their (undemocratic) solutions. The problem with their twisted, self-serving idea of society-building is that in jettisoning the old order and bringing in their new order, which they will refer to as salvation, that new order will just happen to be less democratic than what it is replacing. That has played out in history many times, but not always was the old order completely undemocratic. The idea is to squeeze the democracy out of social systems worldwide. The people will be cut out and sidelined and in that way never pose a threat to the status quo.

In the case of China, the social economic order is completely undemocratic (with its terrifying social credit system) but capitalist. The Rockefeller and Rothschild crowd aren’t planning to democratize China (or Syria, or Iraq, or Venezuela, or Russia). The social credit system will be retained. Counterrevolution (prevention of social and political innovators from interfering with the status quo) is the name of the game. The worst features of the Chinese system will be melded with the worst features of capitalism and the tyrants will have their earthly paradise – if they can pull that off (which, if they do, they will not see last long). Naomi Klein, in a great article she wrote titled “China’s All-Seeing Eye,” nailed it. Western Corporations helped China build its “Golden Shield” security/ surveillance system (for the Olympic event being held in Beijing in 2008). As Klein noted in that article (http://www.naomiklein.org/a…, the idea was that Western leaders could learn from China in this area of how to do capitalism.

William Greider had some things to say about this transferring of skilled labor and hi tech from developed to developing countries in his 1997 book titled “One World, Ready or Not – The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism.” In it, he looks at market access games that all governments, working hand-in-glove with corporations, do. (But, as Corbett indicates, there’s something even higher level going on.) To get into a market, a country’s capitalist class has to offer a degree of ‘value added’ trade, meaning some hi tech and perhaps some skilled workers to help get things up and running. And all countries do this. But in the case of China, China has something that the American-led Corporatocracy wants and that is a capitalist system that has a thoroughly effective pacification element built-in. Gone are the days, described by Noam Chomsky, when China simply beat citizens into submission. With its social credit system and surveillance / security infrastructure in place, citizens can be seduced into total obedience. They may feel some discomfort, ditching friends whose ‘credit’ rating drags theirs down, but they’ll accept it. And they won’t have a choice.

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Read James Bamford’s “The Shadow Factory.” You’ll have a heart attack.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Closer to home, America’s two major telecom companies, AT&T and Verizon, have outsourced the bugging of their entire networks – carrying billions of American communications every day – to two mysterious companies with very troubling foreign connections. In AT&T’s secret room in San Francisco, a mirror image of all data entering the building is filtered through surveillance equipment supplied and maintained by Narus. Verizon, which controls most of the rest of the country’s domestic and international communications networks, chose a different company. According to knowledgeable sources that company is Verint…

“While such tools as DCS-1000 and CIPAV are used on a small number of select targets, Verint and Narus are superintrusive – conducting mass surveillance on both international and domestic communications 24/7. What is especially troubling, but little known, is that both companies have extensive ties to a foreign country, Israel, as well as links to that country’s intelligence service – a service with a long history of aggressive spying against the U.S.” – pages 236 & 238
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2 Responses to Professional Scam Artists – part 59

  1. KPomeroy says:

    Trump’s greatest weakness is his enslavement to Israel.

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