Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure. We must all do more to help stop this western corporate arrogance that puts the future generations lives in despair. @BruceKGagnon

Friday, March 01, 2024

South Korea (and U.S.) has a permanent war economy


Last presentation in Seoul

Meeting with members of The Frontiers (Song on right)

Meeting with SPARK reps

Yesterday was the last day of my space issues speaking tour across South Korea.

I had two meetings in the afternoon before my final talk in the evening in Seoul.

The first was a meeting with two representatives from SPARK (Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea) which was formed to organize for national self-determination, peace and disarmament, and the reunification of the two East Asian Korean nations.

SPARK is now working on holding an 'International People's Tribunal to hold the U.S. accountable for dropping Atomic bombs' in New York City in 2026 (date not yet set). The event aims to highlight the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 from the perspective of Korean A-bomb victims (an oppressed ethnic group) in Japan who are usually the forgotten victims. The goal of the tribunal will be to contribute to the realization of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and world, free from the threat and use of nuclear weapons.

I agreed that the Global Network would help in every way possible to make the event a success. (Let me know if your group would be interested in co-sponsoring this tribunal.)

Next on the schedule was a dinner meeting with Dr. Kang-Ho Song and other members of the organization called The Frontiers. Dr. Song was a major supporting activist in Gangjeong on Jeju Island during the long campaign to oppose the Navy base that was forced upon the 500 year old fishing/farming village by the United States. Dr. Song went to jail three times (the longest sentence was more than a year) for his non-violent protests against the base.

The Frontiers recently has become quite active supporting Japanese controlled islanders who are opposing the deployment of offensive missiles being aimed at China. They have made sailboat trips to the string of islands (including Okinawa and Taiwan) to build inter-island solidarity. In their literature The Frontiers states: 'We sail with the hope of driving out war, military training, and bases from this sea and creating a sea of co-existence and peace where humanity and all sea creatures can live together.'

Last presentation

My last talk was attended by 55 people. I'm told that even for Seoul that is a good turnout as similar peace talks these days are lucky to draw 30 people.

It was fun to see several old friends show up who I know from my many visits to Jeju Island since 2009. The talk went well (my voice which these days occasionally gets shaky has held up throughout this trip) and there was a healthy question and answer period. 

One woman approached me after the talk and said that 'South Korea's economy is not good for the people, we are becoming a permanent war economy'. I responded that it is the same in the United States these days as well.

In fact just this morning I received an email that in my home state of Maine Governor Mills, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree will participate in the unveiling of the Maine Defense Industry Alliance (MDIA) at the York County Community College (YCCC) Instructional Site in Sanford. The MDIA is a newly established non-profit coalition of Maine defense companies, state agencies, community colleges and universities, and other vocational training organizations. The partnership was created to attract and train thousands of new employees for critical jobs in Maine’s defense industrial base.


This is a perfect example of what a permanent war economy looks like. The only real jobs investment by Washington these days is going toward weapons of war. In the case of Maine, the so-called leaders want expanded Pentagon funding for more Aegis destroyers at Bath Iron Works shipyard. They also want hypersonics testing at a former US air base in the northern part of the state (Loring). And they want a rocket launch center near Acadia national park that would hoist mini-satellites for the US Space Force to help fill up Lower Earth Orbit (LEO) before China and Russia can put significant numbers of satellites there.

South Korea is now being flooded with so-called 'missile defense' systems. They are on-board Navy Aegis destroyers which are consistently ported on Jeju Island. They are the THAAD and PAC-3 systems deployed at several bases throughout the ROK. And the US is deploying these same 'shields' in Guam, Japan/Okinawa, Taiwan, Philippines, and other locations in the region.

U.S. bases in the ROK are expanding and held more than 200 days last year of US-ROK war games right along the border of North Korea.

Alternative media

As a result of my talks during this tour there are already articles and interviews by people who came to hear me speak and quickly moved to share what they learned. Here are three examples and I am told there will be more to come.


I am grateful to all those who worked so hard to put together this speaking tour. Choi Sung-Hee and her nationwide team did a fantastic job. I also owe many thanks to my excellent translator along this journey Hwang Jeong-Eun. 

People often ask me where I find hope during these dark and difficult times. I always respond by saying:

Everywhere I have traveled around this spinning satellite Earth I find special people who are working hard for peace, real justice and environmental sanity. They don't give up. They are what gives me hope.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Reporting after the liberation of Avdeevka



Moving interviews with Avdeevka/Avdiivka/Avdeyevka residents/refugees and they exposed many war crimes committed by the Ukraine forces during the battle where Russia finally captured the city. 

As these people state, the Ukraine forces used residents as human shields, targeted civilians and even performed mass executions. 

They all said how they have been waiting for Russian forces to come help them.

Patrick Lancaster is an American naval veteran who has been reporting from the front lines of this US-NATO orchestrated war in the Donbass region along the Russian border since 2014.

Macron: King of bedbugs



Maybe France's brave warrior Emmanuel Macron, after stating that NATO might have to send troops to Ukraine to rescue US-NATO's failing war against Russia, should strap on a helmet and grab a gun and join the fight himself. (Someone please tell him though he will also need to ditch the suit and tie.)



He's been roundly criticized by opposition parties in France and other (not so brave) EU leaders have shouted 'Whoa, stop this nonsense' after his ill-fated statement.

As one wag has noted, Napoleon at least had been in the military, and still his war on Russia ended badly with Russian troops inside Paris. Macron is essentially a bank teller who is good at taking orders from the corporate elite. He would be best served just staying behind his desk where he belongs.

After all Macron is having his own war now inside France - the battle against bedbugs.

He should stay home and see if he can beat the bedbugs before he tries to take on Russia.

Priorities - the struggle at home should always come first....


Many nations support Palestine at final ICJ hearing



The International Court of Justice is holding its last day of hearings examining the legality of Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian lands. 50 countries and three international organisations have addressed the court. 

Most called for Israel's occupation to be declared illegal and for it to end. 

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said that today's legal arguments has demolished the shameless defenses of Israel's illegal occupation.

Korea war bases: U.S. in Pyeongteak tops the charts


Pyeongteak Peace Center museum

On Tuesday we drove to  Pyeongteak where the US has two military bases. One is the Army Camp Humphreys (HQ of the United Nations Command left over from the Korean war) and the other is the Osan Air Force Base nearby.

I've made three previous trips to Pyeongteak in 2010, 2015 and 2016.

In June of 2010 I wrote:

Under “Strategic Flexibility” South Korea will be responsible to defend against North Korea (who is never going to initiate an attack on the south anyway) while the U.S. intends to use its expanding military presence throughout the region for its own imperial ambitions.

I asked one of our hosts at the Pyeongteak Peace Center (Yongdong Yang) just whom the U.S. was aiming at in the region if it was not North Korea? His response was straight to the point as he answered, “Russia and China. Russia has large supplies of natural gas [actually the largest in the world]. It’s about energy wars.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.


On this visit we stopped at the Pyeongteak Peace Center and took a tour of the village with the leader of the community that was established years ago after 71 villages were ousted from their farm land in order to expand US military operations in the area. 


Walk thru village where farmers relocated

There were 180 homes in one of the farm villages when they struggled to resist from 2003-2007. Once given some compensation the farm families had to purchase new lands and take loans to build new houses. Forty-four homes were built in this place while the other farmers were cast to the four winds. Many of them were not able to afford to buy new farm lands so as they have aged they face the challenge of surviving with little income or savings.

While at the peace center one person in our group noticed the display below and upon closer inspection found my photo in the lower left corner. What a surprise.


Next we moved to get an up close view of Camp Humphreys army base. My first reaction was that much of it looked fairly new and massively bigger than I had seen it on previous visits.


Base gate

The numbers vary but it is believed that between 48,000-60,000 US military personnel and their families now live on the base. (When regular war games are held the numbers rise.) This would make Camp Humphreys the largest US base outside of the continental United States.

Much of the base expansion was due to the closing of the Yongsan US Army base in downtown Seoul. That base had become a toxic mess and since closing it is still unavailable for new usage due to the US essentially refusing to fix the damages. They have left it to the ROK government to deal with. That is after the US forced the South Korean government to pay about 90% of the costs to relocate Yongsan to Camp Humphreys.

Of course one reason for the move was the toxic mess at Yongsan. But other reasons I have heard was to move the base about 90 minutes to the south thus making it more difficult for North Korea to damage the base in any war. Plus the ROK didn't like having Seoul as a prime target.

While we were outside Camp Humphreys ROK police approached and told us we could not take any photos of the base. So we could not get a good picture of the eight PAC-3 (Patriot missile launchers) just on the other side of the fence from where we were standing at the time.

Underground bunkers connect the various buildings on the base - it's obvious that the design of the base had war with China-Russia-North Korea in mind.

Both Humphreys and nearby Osan AFB are also now riddled with massive toxic contamination. The people and environment of South Korea are being sacrificed for US imperial ambitions.

Meeting with community members

We next moved to another part of  the sprawling city to hold a discussion meeting with community members who are organizing around the issues resulting from the two US bases in Pyeongteak.

Peace center staffer Lotus Flower focused on the work of their organization and the many partner groups they work with. Here are the points she made:

  • Since 2017 they focus on the direct damages caused by the base.
  • Base night lights are causing damage to local farm crops just outside the base gates.
  • Radar on the base are impacting local residents use of electronics.
  • The stone walls around much of the base blocks the natural flow of rain water and floods often result. 
  • An F-16 crashed in 2023. The fire fighting foam used to suppress the fire has toxic agents (PFAS) that get into the groundwater. 
  • A special law was passed at the time of base expansion which meant that local government does not have the right to follow laws like pollution standards, etc.
  • Government funds increasingly are going toward subsidizing the semiconductor manufacturing industry (Samsung) in the city rather than local needs arising from the impacts due to base expansion.
  • Local industry and the two bases have huge electric power needs thus three coal-fired power plants are now in the city causing serious air quality problems for the public.
  • GI criminal activity causes problems.
  • Many activists who monitor the two bases think that the US is testing hypersonic missiles at Osan AFB.


I was asked to give a broad overview of the space issue and how this growing US-ROK space militarization collaboration will impact their local community. The US has created a Space Force unit at Osan AFB.

Following supper with some of the local leadership we made the 90 minute drive to Seoul where I will have interviews and one more formal talk over the next two days.

When we arrived in the heart of Seoul our crew in the car pointed out to me the brick wall with barbed wire on top of what used to be the US Yongsan army base. Again, due to the major toxic contamination of the base, large expanses of land are still unavailable to the city for any positive use.


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Deadliest Escalation against China--Painting the Eye of War on the Buddha



By K. J. Noh

In many traditions, when you paint or sculpt a Buddha, the eyes are the very last to be painted. It's only after the eyes have been completed that the sculpture is fully alive and empowered.  

The US has just approved a $75 million weapons package to Taiwan province involving the sale of the Link 16 communications system.  

The acquisition of Link 16 is analogous to "painting the eyes on the Buddha": it makes Taiwan's military systems and weapons platforms live and seeing. It confers deadly powers, or more prosaically, in the words of the US military, it completes Taiwan as the final deadly link of the multilateral coalition kill chain against China

What exactly is Link 16?  Link 16 is a key system in the US military communications arsenal.  Specifically, it is the jam-resistant tactical data network for coordinating NATO weapons systems for joint operations in war.  If this sale is completed, it signals serious, effective, and single-minded commitment to kinetic war: it would signal that the Biden administration is as serious and unwavering in its desire to provoke and wage large-scale war with China over Taiwan, as it was with Russia over Ukraine, which also saw the implementation of this system.  More important than any single weapons platform, this system allows the Taiwan/ROC military to integrate and coordinate all its warfighting platforms with US, NATO, Japanese & Korean militaries in combined arms warfare.  

It would thus be the most deadly piece of technology yet to be transferred, because it allows sea, air, and land forces to be coordinated with others for maximum lethality.  It allows, for example, strategic nuclear/stealth bombers  (US B-1B Lancers, B-2 Spirits) to coordinate with electronic warfare and surveillance platforms  (EA Growlers, Prowlers, EP-3's), fighters and bombers (F-16,F-22, F-35's) as well as conduct joint arms warfare with US, French, British carrier battle groups, Japanese SDF destroyers, South Korean Hyun Moo destroyers, as well as THAAD and Patriot radars and missile batteries.  It also allows coordination with low earth orbit satellites and other Space Force assets.

In other words, it supplies a brain and nervous system to the various deadly limbs and arms that the Taiwan authorities have been acquiring and preparing on the prompting of the US. It ensures interoperability and US control.

To give a shoe-on-the-other-foot analogy, this would be like China giving separatists in a US territory or state (e.g. Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Texas), not just arms and training--already a belligerent act of war, which the US is currently doing--but connecting insurgent militaries directly to the PLA's surveillance and command/control systems. It coordinates and completes the final link in a "transnational kill chain" for war.

Currently, at the CFR, CNAS, and other influential fora/think tanks in Washington, the talk is all about "protracted warfare" with China, about prepositioning systems and munitions for war, about ramping up to an industrial war footing for the inescapable necessity of war with China.  This discussion includes preparations for a nuclear first strike on China.

The US senses that the clock is running rapidly down on its power.  If war is inevitable, then it is anxious to start war sooner rather than later.  RAND warned (in 2016) that 2025 was the outside window for the US to prevail in war with China.  The "Minihan window" also hints at 2025.  The "Davidson window" is 2027.   The question in Washington regarding war with China is not if, but when--and how.  Link16 makes "how" easier, and therefore brings "when" closer.

But the US is still engaged in Ukraine.  Can the US wage a two front war?

The current administration has hardline Russophobes who want to continue to bleed Russia out in Ukraine.  It wants protracted war with Russia.  It firmly believes it can wage ambidextrous, multi-front war.

They also believe that war with Ukraine & war with China are connected: Russia and China are a single axis of "revisionist powers" (i.e. official enemies) conspiring against the US to undermine its "rules-based order" (US hegemony).

Furthermore, if the US abandons Ukraine, this could weaken the Taiwan authorities' resolve and willingness to wage war on behalf of the US.

Earlier in the war, when Russian gains in Ukraine were uncertain, Louise Hsiao (current Vice-Preident elect) gloated publicly and prominently that Ukraine's victories were a message to China, as well as proof of concept of an effective doctrine for waging and winning war against China.  As such, the Taiwan authorities were and are a major supporter of the Ukraine proxy war.

But the converse also holds true. Based on the same premise, if the US abandons and loses Ukraine, it sends a clear message to the people on Taiwan island that they will be the next to be used and abandoned: their US-imposed war doctrine (light, distributed, asymmetrical combined arms warfare) for fighting China is a recipe for catastrophic loss.

Since the US plans on using proxies for war (Taiwan, Korea, Japan (JAKUS), Philippines, Australia (AUKUS)) against China, it cannot signal too overtly its perfidious, unreliable, and instrumental mindset.  It has to keep the pretense up.  It cannot be seen to too overtly lose or abandon in Ukraine. It needs a "decent interval" or a plausible pretext to cut and run.

Still, the US is stretched thin.  For example, it is relying on Korean munitions to Ukraine--South Korea has provided more munitions than all of the EU combined.

And the US is currently at war with itself.  The fracturing of its body politic can only be unified with a common war against a common enemy.  Russia is not that enemy for the US.  China is.  The Republicans want war with China now.

Eli Ratner and Elbridge Colby have been fretting for years about the need to husband weaponry, arms, munitions in order to wage war against China.  Since the outbreak of Ukraine, Ratner has been working hard to pull India into the US defense industry's supply chain and claims to have been successful.  South Korea's considerable military industrial complex is being pulled into subcontracting for US war with China. Its major Chaebol corporations got their start as subcontractors for the war in Vietnam (for example, Hyundai got its start as a subcontractor for Halliburton/Brown & Root)--and the Korean economy is reverting back to its roots. South Korea's economy is tanking due to US-forced sanctions on China--major South Korean electronic firms have lost 60-80% of their profits due to US imposed chip sanctions), and military manufacture/subcontracting looks to be the only way forward.  In that way, the US is forcing a war economy onto its vassals.


The Business of the US is War

Furthermore, US aid to Ukraine benefits its own US arms industry.  The business of the US is war.  Existing US arms companies benefit, but also the entire tech industry/supply chain benefits and is re-orienting around this. Much of the US tech industry is, or is seeking to suckle from the government teat, now flowing copiously in preparation for war. The US economy is not doing well, with massive layoffs, especially in the retail tech sector. The backstop of military Keynesianism, and the integration of think-tank lobbying groups funded by the arms industry, with close ties to the administration (such as CNAS, West Exec Advisors, CSIS) ensure that war is always the closest ready-to-hand resort for tough economic times. The US is simultaneously trying to decouple supply chains, which creates opportunities for US firms (both domestically and subcontracting with US vassals).  Automated, AI-enabled warfare will be a key part of this development, as will be dispersed, distributed warfare platforms using proxies such as South Korea and Japan.

This fits the existing historical pattern: the history of Western technology shows that technology and machinery have always been developed first for war.  Afterwards, they become tools of entertainment and distraction, and then later productive tools for general industrial use.  

This goes back to the earliest machines and inventions of the West: the crane, the pulley, the lever, were all military technologies--machines of war (used in sieges).  Later they became machines of illusion and distraction (used as stage machinery in Greek theater).  Only much later were they applied for general use in manufacture and production.  

This holds true for the microwave oven (originally radar technology, it was initially marketed as the "Radar-range"), the internet itself (originally to create redundant military communications in case of nuclear strike), GPS (for precision bombing), the integrated circuit computer chip (miniaturization of electronic circuits to fit inside the cone of missile guidance systems), the digital computer itself (conceived by Alan Turing while trying to break military encryption), various analog computers (invented for military calculations), feedback systems (invented for guidance systems).   Nuclear power also derives from nuclear weapons.  AI, too, from its inception was conceived for automated battle management, especially to enable second strike after human life had been destroyed.  An AI war is already in the works, with US sanctions on AI-related chips and computing.

War and business are intricately related in the west, and war is the first lever pulled when the economy stagnates critically or needs a boost.  


Is there any possibility of peace?

The US needs to abandon its neocon fantasies of hegemonic global empire and retreat gently into that good night, for there to be peace.  

It needs to negotiate in good faith with Russia and begin the process of de-escalating its proxies in Ukraine, as well as in Palestine, and the Pacific.
It needs to seek win-win cooperation in a multi-lateral order based on international law and mutual co-existence, not its own top-down "rules-based order".

However, the ruling class is unwilling to do so.  And it has only a few levers left to pull.  The military one is the closest and most ready to hand.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "the US is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world".  

Like a drunk at the bar after the final call--drunk with power--it is determined to go out with a fight.

That fight could involve a nuclear first strike.  Palestine has shown what it will try to get away with: brazen genocide with the whole world watching.

The issue is no longer war or peace in Ukraine.  Kurt Campbell, deputy Secretary of State, sees Ukraine as a "unified field"--in his words-- of war with China.  He revels in the possibility of a "magnificent symphony of death" in Asia.  

The coda, of course, will be a deafening fermata of silence across the entire planet. 

K. J. Noh lives on the west coast of the US. He is a former South Korean soldier, lived through three US brutal puppet governments in South Korea and is a member of Veterans For Peace, an academic, writer and much more.

Korea as colony: Building cluster bombs for U.S. in Imhwa


Strawberry greenhouses in Imhwa village


On Monday we drove an hour from Daejeon to a small strawberry farming village called Imhwa of about 300 residents that is being destroyed by a new factory to build internationally banned cluster bombs for Washington.

The village is ringed by beautiful mountains with a gentle stream flowing thru it. Along side the rocks on the edge of the spring is a Korean version of parsley. 

We first had a packed meeting inside the town hall and I was asked to tell about the space issue - and particularly about Huntsville, Alabama where the Nazi rocket scientists were brought at the end of WW2 under 'Operation Paperclip' to create the US space program.


Villagers listened to my talk

A media worker from Jeju Island (who had filmed my talks there) joined us in Imhwa and did a live broadcast of my talk and our visit to the area where the new factory has been built at the edge of the mountains. Last I heard he had over 12,000 hits on his broadcast nationwide.

The cluster bomb factory had been in another part of South Korea but caught fire due to the gunpowder inside erupting. The place burned down and started a wildfire in the nearby mountains. So the weapons company was desperate to find a new location as the local population there wanted them gone.

The Imhwa mayor, and a few other leaders, eagerly saw a money making scheme and gave support for their village to be used as the new site. Local residents began gathering petition signatures to oppose the factory and lately the mayor has been calling those who signed it, urging them to withdraw their support. Some people in the village believe that some of the leaders were likely bribed to support the factory.


New cluster bomb factory in Imhwa


An environmental impact study was being done while the first buildings were being built signaling that the government was not at all serious about damage to the many endangered wildlife that flourish in the area. 

Like the US, the ROK never signed the cluster bomb treaty. The US has been giving cluster bombs to Ukraine and to Israel so local residents speculate that the South Korean government was recruited to help re-stock the US supply of the inhumane weapons.

I was told that 430 kilograms of gunpowder is coming into the village every day. People fear a re-make of the last tragedy where the factory blew up and caused wildfires.

Warheads to deliver the cluster bomblets are also being manufactured in Imhwa at the same site.

A Joint Action Group has been formed of Imhwa villagers and people from other nearby communities. Yongha Bae from the Mennonite Church is one of the leaders and was the person briefing us during our visit.


Our host for this visit was Yongha Bae from the Mennonite Church and a member of the Joint Action Group opposing the cluster bomb factory.


Bae told us that the ROK government is planing to sue anyone who signed the petition as a way of intimidating opposition. I'd venture to guess that the US military told the ROK government to stop any movement against the new factory. So much for democracy.

I asked if any Imhwa residents were working in the factory. Bae told us that only one security guard and a couple office workers were from the village. The rest of the workers have come from  other places.


Our traveling crew at lunch with our host (on left in red)


Evening talk in Daejeon 

Thirty-six people attended by talk that evening in Daejeon city. It was held at a Catholic church.

At the start of each talk I stand and make a brief statement about Israel-US genocide in Palestine. Last night one of the key women (Kim Eun-sil) who helped organize my trip (and has donated her car for our travels) stood by me with a Gaza sign she made. It was even more sad last night as I mentioned the 25 year old American GI Aaron Bushnell who set himself on fire in front of the Israeli embassy in Washington DC.


Daejeon's mayor has publicly stated he wants to turn his city into another 'Huntsville, Alabama' (called the Pentagon of the South). It's where the US sent 100 of the German Nazi scientists/engineers after WW2 to create the US space program. Today Huntsville is a leading research and development center for the militarization of space.


After many trips to the ROK since 2009, and seeing this basic story repeated in places like Gangjeong village on Jeju Island or our visit to Kunsan AFB last Saturday, it appears to me that South Korea is being turned into one big colonial US military base to be aimed at China-North Korea-Russia. The evidence is over whelming.

Its much the same in the US today.  America's #1 industrial export product is weapons. And when weapons are your #1 industrial export, what is the global marketing strategy for that product line?

War....and the more the better!

This is a perfect illustration of the spiritual decay of the US and its imperial allies around the globe. They've surrendered their heart and souls to the corrupt and decadent war machine culture.

God forbid....


~ Photos by Sung-Hee, Seon and Sunny

Monday, February 26, 2024

French famers in revolt



The French President has been confronted by protesting farmers at the annual Paris agriculture show. 

Emmanuel Macron appealed for calm after dozens of protesters scuffled with police at the event, and caused damage to stalls. 

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett reports.

The Silence of the Guilty



By Manlio Dinucci (Grandangolo on Byoblu TV, Italy)

The West in unison accuses Putin of ordering Navalny's assassination. The timing of his death, however, is more than suspicious: Navalny died on February 16, on the same day the Munich Security Conference opened, a week after Putin's successful interview with Tucker Carlson, a month before the presidential elections in Russia where Putin is a candidate. In other words, Putin would have ordered to kill Navalny at the most suitable moment to cause maximum damage to himself.

At the same time, the Western political media mainstream draws a curtain of silence on the fact that Navalny had been trained in a special course at Yale University and that his white supremacist Narod Movement had been financed by the “National Fund for Democracy”, a powerful American “private non-profit foundation” that finances thousands of non-governmental organizations in a hundred countries to “advance democracy”. The Fund is the same one that supported in Ukraine what it defined as "the Maidan Revolution which overthrew a corrupt government that prevented democracy", i.e. the 2014 coup d'état which triggered a succession of events with an anti-Russia function that led to the current war.

While on the Ukrainian front the Kyiv forces, supported by the USA, NATO, and the EU, are retreating chaotically under the Russian counterattack from areas of Donbas that they had conquered, the United States is widening the war front in the Middle East, continuing to support Israel in its strategy of genocide against the Palestinian people.  

The last chapter of the political trial of Julian Assange took place against this background: the London Court has made its decision on the extradition of the Australian journalist to the USA, where he can be sentenced to 175 years in prison for bringing US war crimes to light, but the court has not announced its decision, it will be done next month.  

In this episode of Grandangolo, Berenice Galli reported from London her interviews with Jeremy Corbyn (British Labour Party), Kristinn Hrafnsson (co-director of Wikileaks), Gabriel Shipton (Julian Assange’s brother).