Fake News From The Washington Post? How a Columnist Whitewashes Saudi Arabia’s Actions

Truth Dig has the article Fake News From The Washington Post? How a Columnist Whitewashes Saudi Arabia’s Actions.

One of the key points of contention between the Gulf states is Al Jazeera, the state-sponsored cable and online news titan that has acted as an arm of Qatari soft power. Though the UAE has no such network to boast of, the emails from Yousef Otaiba—one of the Beltway’s slickest operators—show how the UAE launders its message behind influential sources in Washington.

I have long since realized that the Washington Post gas a pro-war message to peddle, and they have no shame in falsely reporting the “news” to sell their view. The level of influence that “journalist” David Ignatius has over the Obama, Clinton, and now Trump is dangerous. The fact that ordinary citizens don’t see the Washington Post as a propaganda tool of the oligarchs is particularly disappointing.


Israeli Activist Opines on Israeli Settlement Policy

The UK Independent has the column I’m a 90-year-old woman who has lived in Israel for 50 years – here is what I think about Israeli settlements by Ruth Kedar.

For 50 years the occupation has weakened Israel from within. It should never have happened. It has brought such radical and negative change to the country I love that I wonder every day whether what we have become is a place that I want my grandchildren to grow up in. In my 90 years, I have lived all 50 of this occupation. I will keep trying to end it. I don’t know for how long, but I will.

Just looking at the comments on this piece, I see that it has already stirred up the controversy that I had expected. The fact that I am a citizen of a country that does as heinous acts as happens in Israel, is no indication that I approve of what the U.S. does. I also do not buy the committing of crimes against humanity because the other side does it too. I also do not buy the theory that this woman does not have a right to protest what her country does because she isn’t also protesting what other countries are doing. Of course the people making the accusation that she is not protesting what other countries do probably don’t know what other protests she is making.

I know I won’t change the minds of people who think you can violate human rights because someone else does too. Refusing to violate human rights is a moral stand that a person takes that has little to do with what other people are willing to do. That doesn’t even consider the possibility that the other people are using the same justification for their violations that you are using for yours. Someone has to be the first to take the moral stand.


Premiere of the Nina Turner Show with Bernie Sanders

YouTube has the video of Premiere of the Nina Turner Show with Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders and Nina Turner discuss the building of a movement to fight the oligarchy and the achievements of the People’s Summit


You can’t get lots of Democrats elected in 2018 if the people know that the Democrats aren’t going to do any better for them than the Republicans. Most of the leaders of the Democratic party are more subtly corrupt than the Republicans. Things will not get better with the current set of Democrats in control. These Democrats will noit let Progressives gain control of the party. We may have to chase the Democratic Party out of power completely before we can expect any reform. Can we fix the Democratic Party before 2018? From my view of the local Democratic Party in Sturbridge, I don’t think there is much hope.


The Kissinger Backchannel to Moscow

Consortium News has the article The Kissinger Backchannel to Moscow.

This history of Kissinger’s Soviet backchannel in 1968 reveals Brennan’s breathless alarm about Russian “suborning” Flynn or using the backchannel to manipulate Kushner as unworthy of a serious intelligence professional.
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Demonstrating the intensity of the anti-Trump attitudes among many Obama officials – both those who have left the government and those who remain as holdovers – someone with access to the secret report was so determined to expose the Kushner backchannel as to reveal to the Russians what must be one of the most sensitive U.S. intelligence secrets of all – the U.S. capability to intercept Russia’s diplomatic messages.

I do not publish news of this kind to prove that Trump is good, or wise, or honest. I do not believe he is any of those things. I do it, to make sure people know how duplicitous the anti-Trump forces are being. Just because one side seems to be lying to us, we shouldn’t fall into the automatic trap of believing the other side is telling us the truth.

When you know both sides are lying to you, that should put you on guard to wondering what each side has against the other that does not benefit any of us.


Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats

The Real News Network has an interview titled Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats.

I mean these are the things people should be concerned about. Do we actually have civilian control of government? You know you have the President Obama reaching an agreement with Putin only to have the military undermine it. This happens over and over and I think what’s happening with Trump, again while I disagree with him on most issues, I actually agree with his policies of wanting peace with Russia. That seems to be the policy amongst all others that is totally unacceptable to parts of the US government, the FBI, the CIA for example and the liberal establishment and the Democratic Party. That is the thing, and you mentioned Rachel Maddow, that is the thing that is upsetting people, more than anything, when in fact it seems to me we should be welcoming at least an attempt to have a peaceful relationship with that country.

The bias against Russia is so deeply implanted in our psyches, it is hard to turn it off long enough to even listen to another point of view. Try as he might, you can see that the interviewer is struggling and failing to get over it. He repeatedly misstates the subtitle of the book. The author is probably so used to people doing this, that he doesn’t even bother to correct him.


Russia Interfered In Our Election in 2016? Think Victoria Nuland Interfered With Ukraine Elections in 2014

Does your memory go way back to the ancient history of 2014? If not let me refresh your mind. I did a search on this blog of posts about Victoria Nuland.

Here are a couple of snippets from the first two results.

The first is from the post Trump’s Possible Path Out of Ukraine Crisis.

Exclusive: The U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine in 2014 sparked a New Cold War with Russia, but a President Trump could roll back tensions with a creative strategy for resolving the Ukraine standoff, writes Jonathan Marshall.

The second one is from the post US Pretends to be Shocked at Our Own Claim That Russia is Hacking Our Elections.

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland engineered Ukraine’s “regime change” in early 2014 without weighing the likely chaos and consequences. Now, as neo-Nazis turn their guns on the government, it’s hard to see how anyone can clean up the mess that Nuland made, writes Robert Parry.

Do you think the Russians laugh up their sleeves whenever we claim to be so upset that we think they meddled in our recent election? Might they think it is poetic justice?


Mark Ames: When Mother Jones Was Investigated for Spreading Kremlin Disinformation

Naked Capitalism has the article Mark Ames: When Mother Jones Was Investigated for Spreading Kremlin Disinformation.

PutinTrump was a project set up last fall by tech plutocrat Rob Glaser, CEO and founder of RealNetworks, to scare voters into believing that voting for Trump is treason. God knows I can’t stand Trump or his politics, but of all the inane campaign ideas to run on — this?

It is starting to frighten me to see many of my former political allies falling for this anti-Russia campaign hook, line, and sinker.


The “Market Forces” Behind the Obamas’ Record-Setting Book Deal

Naked Capitalism has the article The “Market Forces” Behind the Obamas’ Record-Setting Book Deal.

While the Obamas’ deal is unique for the amount of money involved, outsized book contracts between politicians and industries they’ve benefitted has precedent. In a recent report issued by the Roosevelt Institute, the study’s authors, Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen, and Jie Chen, argue that the mainstream approach to money in politics fails to recognize major sources of political spending. Among the least appreciated avenues for political money, they argue, are payments to political figures in the form of director’s fees, speaking fees, and book contracts.

It was nice of them to explain how the Obama’s have reached their goal of cashing in on the Presidency. They have already made one-third of the amount of money that the Clinton’s have “earned” since Bill’s term was over. Of course, a lot of the money the Clinton’s “earned” came from bribes for Hillary’s term as Secretary of State.


The New Socialism: Moving Beyond Concentrated State Power

Truthout has Richard Wolff’s article The New Socialism: Moving Beyond Concentrated State Power.

One emerging and promising new socialism for the 21st century focuses on worker co-ops.

I post this on this blog for future reference. This is not an endorsement of the idea. Instead, this is meant to be a record of an idea that should be included in discussions and debates about how our economic system should evolve to a better alternative to the “capitalist” system we have now.


Scahill & Greenwald: What If All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

Democracy Now has the video Scahill & Greenwald: What If All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

GLENN GREENWALD: Yeah, we all do media criticism of various types, and I know, over the years, I’ve voiced all kinds of critiques of U.S. media coverage. But if I had the power to just, overnight, remedy one of them, this discrepancy is the one that I would choose, because think about how powerful it is, just the effect that it has on us as human beings. Even just randomly when it pops into our Twitter timeline or onto our Facebook page, you see the name and the story and the grieving relatives of someone who was killed at this concert in Manchester. No matter how rational you are, you feel anger, you feel empathy, you feel so emotionally moved by the horror of the violence that was perpetrated.

So, imagine if there was any kind of balance whatsoever, where we knew the names of any of the victims of the indiscriminate violence of our own government, let alone the comprehensive coverage of the victims that is devoted when we are the victims of violence, how much that would affect the perception that we have of the violence that our own government perpetrates. We keep it so abstract. We usually just hear 14 people died. The Pentagon claims that it’s militants and terrorists. It’s left at that. At best, we hear they finally acknowledge four civilians are killed, but it’s kept very ethereal, very distant and abstract. We never learn their names, as you said. We never hear from their families. We never hear their life aspirations extinguished. And if there was just some attention paid to telling the stories of the victims of our own government’s violence, I think there would be a radical shift in how we perceive of ourselves, the role we play in the world and who bears blame in this conflict.

This is a point that I think needed to be made, but I felt intimidated in even raising it. I was sure it would be misunderstood by the majority of the people in the west. I think that Democracy Now, and Greenwald, and Scahill have made the point in the most reasonable way possible, but I know that most westerners will still not find it acceptable. The reaction that I expect will be a demonstration of the depths we have allowed ourselves to be dragged down to. Of course, real media professionals have been working for decades on dragging us down, so I guess there is some reason forgive the people taken in by this effort to promote war.