Professional Scam Artists – part 64

U.S President Trump with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – against the backdrop of an Apartheid wall.

“Donald Trump Reveals That He’s an Anti-Semite With Attack on Congresswomen” by Robert Inlakesh (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

I’m sure that by now everyone reading this has heard of Trump’s controversial statements, aimed at four Democrat Congresswomen from different racial and religious groups. This article is centered around this issue, but will focus on an untouched aspect of what Trump has been saying and promoting.

A large portion of the defenses, from Donald Trump himself, of the statements he made, have been centered around the four congresswomen’s alleged “anti-semtic”, “anti-Israel” and “anti-American” comments.

Firstly, justifying your own racist statements by claiming those you targeted were also racist is not a sound argument. But beyond that, what he is claiming is not even remotely true.

Trump’s attacks have been primarily aimed towards Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, as she has been extremely critical of the AIPAC Lobby and the Israeli government. Ilhan Omar has not once slandered the Jewish people, attacked Jewish identity or even used the term Jew or Jewish in her critique of Israel and Zionist Lobby power in the United States. Yet Donald Trump, who makes the most outrageous of comments on a near daily basis and defends them as not being hateful and racist, accuses others of antisemitism at any chance he gets.

In fact Trump can be heard in a recent rally talking about how Ilhan Omar makes anti-Semitic statements, whilst a large crowd of white Americans chant “send her back” behind him.

From 21st Century Wire:
INFLUENCE PEDDLING: Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Thai Army Gen. Ponpipaat Benyasri, chairman of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Joint Staff, after arriving in Bangkok, Feb. 6, 2018 (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

“US Puppet Solicits Help to Make Thailand More Like America” by Tony Cartalucci (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The US is involved in regime change worldwide – from Venezuela in South America, to Ukraine in Eastern Europe, to Syria in the Middle East, to Afghanistan in Central Asia.

But these headline-grabbing wars, coups, color revolutions, and interventions are far from the full extend of US interference.

The US is also engaged in regime change efforts all along China’s peripheries. This includes across Southeast Asia and in particular, the nation of Thailand.

Recent elections held earlier this year validated public support for a 2014 coup ousting US-backed proxy Thaksin Shinawatra, his sister Yingluck Shinawatra, and their Pheu Thai political party (PTP).

The military-linked Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) won the popular vote and built a coalition with a majority in parliament. PPRP’s head, Prayuth Chan-O-Cha easily won a parliamentary vote for Thailand’s next prime minister.

Part of Shinawatra’s strategy during the last election was dividing his political party into multiple parties so that if one or two were disbanded, there would still be several others left to run for seats in parliament.

One of these parties is Future Forward (FFP) led by billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. His party’s founding members include leaders and activists drawn from US and European-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Since wading into politics, Thanathorn himself has received an inordinate amount of support from not only the Western media as seen during events organized by The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) but also from Western embassies based in Bangkok.

Panhandling Overseas for Support

Thanathorn now has criminal cases mounting against him owed to serial violations of election laws as well as charges related to sedition. Perhaps in hopes of being overseas if a guilty verdict is reached and escaping jail – Thanathorn now finds himself “touring” the US and Europe asking – and receiving – support in Washington, Brussels, and London.

related: “Those Who Rule Cause Ruin”

Russian President Vladimir Putin and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick © Reuters / RIA Novosti and Loren Elliott

“Kaepernick anthem-kneeling controversy was the work of ‘Russian Bots’ – Kamala Harris” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above article follows:

What can’t those dastardly Russian bots do? Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris has blamed the media commotion surrounding former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem on the Kremlin’s minions.

In a radio interview with New York-based ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Harris outlined her (completely original and not at all parroted by the media for the last two years) theory that every social fault line and division in America has a “Russian Bot” behind it.

Darkness is its own reward. And getting away with crap, over and over again, gives the crapper the message that he or she can go on bullcrapping with impunity. The fakers who own, run and ruin the world may be clever enough to start with, but they won’t stay that way. They will end up dumb as logs eventually. You can’t lie to yourself and others non stop and not be affected. And so today, the government which Kamala wants to run has passed a slew of laws making it an offence to say the sky is blue when in fact its plaid. No she doesn’t plan to correct that. On the contrary. Okay, that’s not exactly right. The US government’s assorted anti BDS laws target those who criticize the State of Israel, and calls such criticism antisemitism, even though those are two different things. They are bonkers. And terrifying. (The latest such US anti BDS Bill allows people to say what they want, but, as Michael Arria points out, the Bill is a ploy to corner Democrats who support it because of the free speech protection, for in the future they will be liable to the charge of hypocrisy should they try voting no to further ‘severe’ anti BDS laws.)

Jim Acosta

“‘Anti-Trump’ CNN Presstitute Defends Trump’s Persecution Of Assange” by Caitlin Johnstone (Caitlin

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

In the endless brain fart cyclone that is the Trump era, CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has made a name for himself posing as a martyr of the free press. While US mass media have made a theatrical WWE performance of Trump’s occasional mean words toward Acosta under the banner of defending press freedoms, it has been pathetically sympathetic to this administration’s attempt to actually prosecute an actual journalist, Julian Assange, under the Espionage Act.

It is about time, then, that someone highlighted the irony and hypocrisy of this ridiculous melodrama by confronting Acosta on these contradictions directly. Thanks to independent video journalist Matt Orfalea, we now have footage of one such necessary confrontation taking place.

At a publicity interview for Acosta’s new book (titled “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America” in the author’s trademark self-righteous and histrionic fashion), Orfalea asked Acosta what he thought about the Trump administration’s charging Assange under the Espionage Act.

Acosta word-saladed for a while, mentioned apropos of nothing that Orfalea is probably a WikiLeaks supporter, and then, as you could probably predict, began babbling about Russia.

“My understanding about the Julian Assange situation is that you know he is being charged not just for trying to speak truth to power and trying to reveal things,” Acosta said. “He’s in trouble for other things. And you know what we’ve seen during the 2016 campaign where there were contacts between WikiLeaks and Russian operatives. That I think takes Wikileaks and Julian Assange into sort of a different category than is a straight news organization — straight publisher of news around the world.”

“New CNN Assange Smear Piece Is Amazingly Dishonest, Even For CNN” by Caitlin Johnstone (Caitlin

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents which it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on vague unsubstantiated assertions and easily debunked lies to paint the WikiLeaks founder in a negative light.

And let’s be clear right off the bat, it is most certainly a smear piece. The article, titled “Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling”, admits that it exists for the sole purpose of tarnishing Assange’s reputation when it reports, with no evidence whatsoever, that while at the Ecuadorian embassy Assange once “smeared feces on the walls out of anger.” Not “reportedly”. Not “the Ecuadorian government claims.” CNN reported it as a fact, as an event that is known to have happened. This is journalistic malpractice, and it isn’t an accident.

Whenever you see any “news” report citing this claim, you are witnessing a standard smear tactic of the plutocratic media. Whenever you see them citing this claim as a concrete, verified fact, you are witnessing an especially aggressive and deliberate psyop. The Ecuadorian embassy was easily the most-surveilled building in the world during Assange’s stay there, and the Ecuadorian government has leaked photos of Assange’s living quarters to the media in an attempt to paint him as a messy houseguest in need of eviction, so if the “feces on the walls” event had ever transpired you would have seen photos of it, whether you wanted to or not. It never happened.

From Haïti Liberté:
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen shaking hands with Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse during her four-hour stop in Haiti on Jul. 13.

“Taiwan Tries to Bolster Jovenel, Albeit Briefly” by Kim Ives (Haïti Liberté)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On Sat., Jul. 13, the president of a “country” almost completely unrecognized by the world’s nations visited another president almost completely unrecognized by his people.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen made a four-hour pit-stop in Haiti which included a mere 20 minute meeting and photo op with Haiti’s embattled president Jovenel Moïse.

“Taiwan is a loyal friend and partner to Haiti, and we will accompany Haiti on its road toward development,” said Tsai, who visited the National Palace and the Museum of the National Pantheon (MUPANAH), as well as a hapless Taiwan trade fair organized by Taiwan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in Port-au-Prince.

But her words were almost as perfunctory and ineffectual as the would-be aid Taiwan is providing: a mere $150 million loan for an electrification project to build regional micro grids and new and renovated substations…

However, the project isn’t going anywhere. The Haitian Parliament hasn’t yet approved it. Many Haitian legislators are eyeing the fantastic developments next door in the Dominican Republic, which forsook the Republic of China (as Taiwan calls itself) to establish diplomatic and economic relations with China in May 2018. Since then, China has offered the DR some $3 billion in loans and integration into its globe-spanning “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, which is bringing infrastructure development and investment to 152 countries and international organizations in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas…

In May 2018, Jovenel Moïse led a 30-person delegation for a week-long visit to Taiwan. He returned all but empty-handed. Taiwan maintains its grip on its allies through small, strategic bribery rather than grand projects.

Tsai’s visit to Haiti was extremely brief probably because security in the capital is so bad and President Moïse is so politically toxic. Almost weekly, large demonstrations rock Port-au-Prince and other cities demanding his resignation. Even his former political allies, epitomized by Sen. Youri Latortue, are deserting him to join the opposition.
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“In row with Omar, Tucker Carlson backs Trump, worships at US shrine of Exceptionalism” by Patrice Greanville (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

For all the good Tucker Carlson periodically does by opposing the worst instincts of the sociopathic cabals helming US foreign policy, including checking on occasion the worst impulses of the ever self-seeking, cagey, but manipulable Donald Trump, he’s also capable of worshipping at the altar of American exceptionalism like the worst of the lot, thereby reinforcing the very ideas that keep America a widely hated rogue state across the globe. Was Carlson merely pandering to his audience (and bosses at Fox) when he intoned, in his attack on “the Squad”, the usual malarkey about America being “the kindest, most open minded place on the planet…that has done more for other people and received less in return than any nation in history, by far.” If that doesn’t immediately strike you as insanely off the rails or sickeningly cynical you have not read one iota about true US history, which, after all, is quite understandable. The system is careful in that regard. Most schools teach the exceptionalist canon and little else, and the whore media take care of maintaining the brainwash strong and pure for the rest of every citizen’s life. It works, as you can see from the passivity, infernal confusion (and so far largely misdirected anger) permeating American society.

People like Carlson live in a bubble comprised of huge contradictions. When they stoop to the coarsest jingoism, equating any criticism of America with “hatred for America,” as dishonest an equation as one can find, they honestly or conveniently forget that it takes enormous denialism to believe a nation trapped in intractable and often explosive social, political and economic issues is a nation requiring no improvement whatsoever. Tucker and his ilk—if they are in earnest— would like us to believe that open-minded and healthy criticism, the first step toward recognition of a problem, the indispensable diagnosis, is an excercise in hatred for what is supposedly already a perfect and eternally beneficent commonwealth.

The squad, in the above excerpt, refers to the four Congresswomen who Republican Party members like to vilify for being dangerous socialists (if only). They are Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

Ocasio-Cortez speaking at Wayne State University in Detroit

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins House Democrats in vote for Trump war budget” by Patrick Martin (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a two-year budget resolution Thursday, with nearly all Democrats endorsing a deal between the Trump administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that includes $738 billion for the military, a record amount for the Pentagon.

The bill now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is expected to pass next week by an overwhelming bipartisan margin. The Senate leaders of both parties have already endorsed it. Trump tweeted his support for the deal June 22 and aides have reiterated his commitment to signing the bill into law once it passes the upper house.

The 284-149 vote in the House of Representatives showed the Democratic Party acting as Trump’s political partner, establishing what amounts to a coalition government for the next year and a half, until the 2020 election. Democrats backed the Trump budget by 219–16, while Republicans opposed it by 132–65. Former Republican Justin Amash, now sitting as an independent, also voted “no.”

The most politically significant backing for the budget—and its record $738 billion for the Pentagon—came from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, the two representatives who are members of the Democratic Socialists of America and who have been targeted by Trump for racist and anti-communist vitriol.

Their vote demonstrates the real political allegiance of the DSA, which supports American imperialism and its military machine, the largest in the world and the greatest threat to the democratic rights and even the physical survival of humanity. The DSA has nothing in common with socialist internationalism, which takes as its starting point the unity of the international working class and opposition to imperialist war.

“Watch: Pope Francis letter to President Assad is hypocritical and disingenuous” by Kevork Almassian (Syriana Analysis)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

President Bashar al-Assad received yesterday a written letter by Pope Francis, delivered by Cardinal Peter Turkson and the delegation accompanying him…

However, the Vatican News website has reported something different, claiming that the Pope asked Assad for the protection of civilian life, an end to the humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib Province, concrete initiatives for a safe return of displaced persons, the release of detainees and access for families to information regarding their loved ones, and humane conditions for political prisoners. All this and a renewed appeal for a resumption of dialogue and negotiations with the involvement of the international community.

I’m speechless. Has Pope Francis sent a delegation to Syria to deliver this message?

I thought that the Pope will thank Assad for fighting Wahabi terrorism that killed thousands of Christians, displaced tens of thousands of them and destroyed tens of towns that are predominantly lived by Christians, including the destruction and theft of churches.

I thought the Pope will condemn the contentious atrocities of the Turkish-Western backed terrorists in Idlib against the towns of Maharda, Souqalbiya, Salhab, including the heinous crime of murdering Diala Daher and Qamar Daher: ‪Two beautiful sisters who were butchered yesterday by the Turkish-backed jihadists in Northern Syria.

I thought the Pope will condemn Turkey for its support of Al-Qaeda and multinational terrorists, who turned Idlib into a human slaughterhouse, where people are slaughtered, beheaded, and burned alive for the slightest crime.

I thought the Pope will encourage Assad to liberate Idlib in order to bring back life, human rights, education, and businesses.

I thought the Pope will be on the right side of history. But I was wrong.

“Priti Patel: When Treachery Becomes a ‘Rewardable’ Offence” by Hafsa Kara-Mustapha (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Boris Johnson’s role as prime minister was always going to prove controversial. The man is known as a self-serving compulsive liar a cheat and inept. Hardly the required qualities to lead a country let alone an industrial nation facing its most challenging political transition in recent history.

But controversy, as it appears, will be the hallmark of a Boris premiership. As names of potential cabinet members started circulating in the media, on the eve of his ‘induction’ by the Tory party, one in particular stuck out and for all the wrong reasons.

Boris was looking to appoint Priti Patel, to one of the most senior positions in the cabinet, Home Office secretary. This highly sensitive position means that security and intelligence will be overseen by her office yet this is the same woman that was sacked 18 months ago for secret meetings she held with Israeli officials.

This was all the more shocking considering the meeting with the most senior figures of the Israeli political class remained undisclosed with none of their contents shared with the British diplomatic staff in Tel Aviv. Her boss, former Prime Minister Theresa May, was left red-faced when she met her Israeli counterpart while having no knowledge one of her own cabinet ministers had held meetings with him just a few months prior. When the story broke, the damage was such that she was forced to resign. Under any other circumstance and had the foreign officials been from any other country, Patel would have not only been sacked on the spot (May initially had a firm discussion with her before finally accepting her position was untenable) but faced an internal investigation with possible charges brought against her.

Readers of my blog might recall having met this particular character in a previous post. I don’t remember whether it was a scam artist post or a lawlessness post and it makes no difference because Patel is a lawless scam artist.

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