Special Edition July 2016

Editor's Notes

Chilcot Report: Blair's lies led to illegal attack on Iraq

It's not what you think that counts, it's what you do

Tony Blair's apologies not worth the space they take (Here)


New

Jane Sanders: Why Bernie voters shouldn't get over it

The leaked emails prove that the Clinton gang rigged

the primaries and stole the Bernie Sanders nomination

In Birmingham, Alabama, after meeting in private with blacks about police persecution, Jane O'Meara Sanders had to find an isolated room where she could sit down and cry.

By Tessa Stuart
Rolling Stone

29 July 2016 (More)


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Clinton, proven shill for the military machine,

would launch a full-scale ground war on Syria

Will lie about Assad like Bush lied about Saddam

By Daniel McAdams
Eurasiareview.com
 
30 July 2016 — According to Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy advisor, Jeremy Bash, if Clinton is elected she will order a “re-set” of US policy toward Syria to emphasize the “murderous” nature of the Assad regime. As the Telegraph reports, Hillary Clinton will breathe new life into the “Assad must go” camp. She will likely launch a full-scale US invasion of Syria. (More)

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Ralph Nader: Hillary’s convention con

By Ralph Nader
Eurasiareview.com

30 July 2016 The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s speech and raising all kinds of progressive, rebellious signs and banners against the Hillary crowd. Although Hillary addressed them directly in her acceptance speech, “Your cause is my cause,” those dissatisfied delegates in the hall saw her rhetoric for what it was: insincere and opportunistic.

She said she’d tax the wealthy for public necessities, but declined to mention a sales tax on Wall Street speculation that could bring in as much as $300 billion a year to support such initiatives. She opposed “unfair trade agreements,” but remarkably omitted saying she was against the TPP (the notorious pending Trans Pacific Trade Agreement backed by Obama that is receiving wide left/right opposition).

She paid lip service to a “living wage” but avoided endorsing a $15 an hour minimum wage, which would help single moms and their children – people she wants us to believe have been her enduring cause. Few people know that it took until the spring of 2014 before candidate Clinton would come out for even a $10.10 minimum wage. News reports noted that Clinton, a former member of Walmart’s board of directors and Arkansas corporate lawyer, was wrestling with how to support $10.10 per hour without alienating her Wall Street friends.

“Caring for kids” doesn’t extend to encircled Gaza’s defenseless children, hundreds of whom were killed by American-made weapons wielded by the all powerful Israeli military. Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison and under illegal blockade. Remember, as Secretary of State, Hillary fully backed war crimes, condemned by almost all countries in the world. On the stage in Philadelphia, she spoke of backing Israel’s security without any mention of Palestinian rights or the need to end Israel’s illegal occupation of the territories. (More)


The Clinton Contamination

Maureen Dowd
Op-Ed
New York Times
 
'But what should disturb Obama, (about Hillary Clinton) who bypassed his own vice-president to lay out the red carpet for Hillary, is that the email transgression is not a one off. It’s part of a long pattern of ethical slipping and sliding, obsessive secrecy and paranoia, and collateral damage.'

WASHINGTON 9 July 2016 — It says a lot about our relationship with Hillary Clinton that she seems well on her way to becoming Madam President because she’s not getting indicted.

If she were still at the State Department, she could be getting fired for being, as the F.B.I. director told Congress, “extremely careless” with top-secret information. Instead, she’s on a glide path to a big promotion.

And that’s the corkscrew way things go with the Clintons, who are staying true to their reputation as the Tom and Daisy Buchanan (Great Gatsby) of American politics. Their vast carelessness drags down everyone around them, but they persevere, and even thrive.

In a mere 11 days, arrogant, selfish actions by the Clintons contaminated three of the purest brands in Washington — Barack Obama, James Comey and Loretta Lynch — and jeopardized the futures of Hillary’s most loyal aides.

It’s quaint, looking back at her appointment as secretary of state, how Obama tried to get Hillary without the shadiness. (Which is what we all want, of course.)

The president and his aides attempted to keep a rein on Clinton’s State Department — refusing to let her bring in her hit man, Sidney Blumenthal.

But in the end, Hillary’s goo got on Obama anyhow. On Tuesday, after Comey managed to make both Democrats and Republicans angry by indicting Clinton politically but not legally, Barry and Hillary flew to Charlotte, N.C., for their first joint campaign appearance.

Obama was left in the awkward position of vouching for Hillary’s “steady judgment” to run an angry, violent, jittery nation on the very day that his F.B.I. director lambasted her errant judgment on circumventing the State Department email system, making it clear that she had been lying to the American public for the last 16 months. (More)


Former CIA agent says America is no longer a democracy

'We're living in a criminal country run by criminals'

‘Foreign powers could blackmail Hillary Clinton over email content’

07 July 2016 — Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says, "First of all, House Speaker Paul Ryan is just as criminal as all of them — all of them are criminals. We’re living in a criminal country run by criminals. We know that [Donald] Trump is going to win [the election] with the greatest number of votes ever cast in the history of America. And yet, they will steal that. And will the people revolt then?

"At this point the voters are irrelevant," says Mr. Kelley. "I think Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton clearly. We’re allowing that to happen unchallenged. So, we know that Donald Trump right now has the overwhelming majority of voters on his side. Never have so many people been behind a candidate before. Yet, watch Hillary gets the election handed to her."

Following is another interview with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern with news outlet RT.

07 July 2016Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential hopeful. has so much blackmail potential — not only from hackers like the Romanian taxi driver — but from foreign services that have all of her email correspondence, former CIA officer Ray McGovern told RT.

The U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday 06 July that the Justice Department decided to close the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private instead of a secure server to send classified information via email.

RT: Are you surprised the Attorney General decided to close the investigation?

Ray McGovern: Sadly I am not surprised at all. The thing was fixed from the beginning. Yesterday when [James] Comey gave that incredible speech, it was very clear that the die had been cast and Secretary Clinton would be granted privileged treatment from any indictment.

RT: Lynch accepted the FBI's recommendation not to charge Hillary Clinton. But do you think her private meeting with Bill Clinton played a role in her decision?

RM: It may have, but I think that the whole thing was fixed from the beginning. Bill Clinton exercised very poor judgment in boarding her plane, and she did almost recuse herself. But the standard had been set with General [David] Petraeus, who actually lied to the FBI, which is a felony ipso facto. He was let off with a misdemeanor and so it was very clear that Hillary Clinton would not be prosecuted, that she would be allowed to become president.

The problem here is that she has so much baggage, and there is so much blackmail potential – not only from hackers like the Romanian taxi driver - but it is very clear to me and to my technical colleagues at the NSA that services like those of Russia, of China, of Iran have a full book on her e-mail correspondence. That means that they could use that for blackmail purposes any time they choose. So just visualize a president of the US with that kind of cloud hanging over her head. (More)


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Editor's Notes

Chilcot Report: Blair's lies led to illegal attack on Iraq

It's not what you think that counts, it's what you do

Tony Blair's apologies not worth the space they take

Image: True North Perspective Editor and Publisher Carl Dow. Photo by the Phantom Phographer.

It's all there: 12 volumes, 2.6 million words (almost four-and-a-half times as long as War and Peace), seven years in the making, including analyses of 150,000 British government documents.

Chaired by Sir John Chilicot, former Whitehall insider, and officially known as The Iraq Inquiry, the Proustian investigation, released Wednesday 06 July, allegedly explores every nook and cranny in the UK's run-up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 as well as its aftermath.

The report clearly states that then Prime Minister Tony Blair deliberately led Great Britain into an illegal war against Iraq in collusion with then U.S. president George W. Bush.

There are conflicting statistics on the number of persons killed but the report says about 4,500 American personnel, 179 British troops and about 150,000 Iraqis were killed in the six-year illegal war that plunged Iraq into chaos, and that helped create Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Pandora's Box

Tony Blair, who has become a multi-millionaire out of war, twists and turns expressing such prattle as  “sorrow, regret and apology” while shamlessly insisting that "I did what I thought was right."

Meanwhile, Blair's former deputy prime minister, Lord Prescott, has admitted that the war was illegal, adding that he would live with the “catastrophic consequences” of this decision for the rest of his life. (More)


Op Ed

A view from the right: No, Donald, It’s Not A ‘World War’

To resolve the middle east crisis Donald Trump

as president must do what Eisenhower did in 1952

By David Stockman

David Stockman was a two-term Congressman from Michigan. He was also the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street. He's the author of two books, The Triumph of Politics and The Great Deformation. He also is founder of David Stockman's Contra Corner and David Stockman’s Bubble Finance Trader.

In 1991 the earth moved...

The cold war ended, and the nuclear sword of Damocles no longer hung over mankind. The totalitarian menace of the Soviet Union disappeared and its vast military establishment was demobilized and mainly sold for scrap.

It was the moment for Washington to do the same. That is, to disband NATO — whose only justification had ever been containment of an exaggerated Soviet threat on the central European front — to demobilize and radically shrink Washington’s globe-spanning war machine.

But what General Eisenhower had warned about exactly 30 years earlier — the deeply entrenched and unchecked military-industrial-congressional complex — was not about to let world peace breakout. Instead, it launched two maneuvers in 1991 to perpetuate itself and renew its raison d’etre.

A secret national security directive drafted by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and his neocon minions declared Iran the new global enemy. That indictment was wholly unwarranted even then, and over the next 25 years it metastasized into a massive tissue of lies about Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons and terrorist ambitions.

More importantly, Washington declared its hostility towards the only force in the region opposed to Sunni extremism — the so-called Shiite Crescent. That ran from Iran through southern Iraq to the Alawite (Shiite) regime of the Assads in Syria to the Hezbollah controlled provinces of Lebanon. It was the natural, blood enemy of Sunni extremism. (More)


Millennials overwhelmingly identify as Working Class

By Dustin Guastella
Jacobin
 
09 July 2016 — U.S. millennials are better educated than ever. They also overwhelmingly identify as working class.

Bernie Sanders’s deep support among millennials was a surprise for many political analysts. Some have tried to write off the support as youthful exuberance, ignorance, angsty white-male privilege, a profound shared hatred for Clinton, or some combination of these elements.

Others have declared that the Sanders coalition of millennials and working-class voters has little to do with shared interests, let alone a shared class interest; Sanders voters are seen as either idealistic millennials or disaffected white working-class men.

But the facts don’t fit these interpretations. Millennials are not “in bed” with the working class — they are a core part of it. Indeed, more millennials self-identify as working class than any generation in recent history. (More)


While Europe's electorate, growing number of politicians,

oppose Russian sanctions, Merkel still jerks on U.S. string

Western sanctions against Russia have failed to achieve their goals. Yet Angela Merkel's continued reliance upon them suggests the absence of any sort of plan B.

Despite the fact that parliaments and leaders across the EU, including prominent politicians in her own country, oppose the policy, Merkel continues to insist anti-Russia sanctions be renewed. The fact that the German chancellor is so easily getting her way, without any tangible results, tells us much about how the EU works these days.

For more than two years now, Brussels has imposed a punitive economic embargo on Russia and restricted some individuals seen to be close to the Kremlin. Thus, we’ve had the bizarre spectacle of the continent’s biggest political and trading bloc squaring off, in a fiscal war of attrition, against Europe’s second biggest economy, as measured by the IMF (using PPP).

The whole point of coercive measures is to alter behavior. Otherwise they are futile. By that gauge, these punishments have failed miserably. Moscow still follows largely the same path on the Ukraine crisis as it did in 2014 - in the sense that the Kremlin has shown no sign of relinquishing Crimea and still supports some form of autonomy for ethnic Russian regions in the east. (More)


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Economic woes trigger a new working group

Highway blockades costing Oaxaca's coastal tourism 7.5 million pesos a day
 
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19 July 2016 The federal government’s response to teachers’ highway blockades in Oaxaca and Chiapas has been the formation of working groups to hash things out with the teachers’ union, the CNTE.

Yesterday, business representatives from a Oaxaca tourist destination were offered their own working group, one that would address the economic losses being caused by the blockades.

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