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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. @BruceKGagnon

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Talking to Russians on the streets of Rostov

 


 


What do Russians think about the war in Ukraine? 

In this reportage, I travel to Rostov-on-Don, Russia to speak to the locals about the hard facts of the War and what they think about it. 

As expected many of them support the decision of the Russian Government to join the war but not all. You may be very surprised by what they have to say. 

Now that Ukraine Drone attacks hit airfields deep in Russia in Kursk and other cities things are changing fast. Russian missile strikes continue to force emergency power shutdowns across Ukraine. 

The city of Bakmut/Artyomovsk seems to be almost ready to come under Russian control.

~ Patrick Lancaster is a US Navy veteran who has been living and reporting from the Donbass region (eastern Ukraine) since at least 2014.

 


U.S. blames Cuba to distract from its own terrorism

 


 

Nine days before leaving office, Trump designated Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Two years later, Biden has kept Cuba on the terrorism blacklist. 

Ironically, Cuba has been a victim of U.S.-based terrorism — not a sponsor of terrorism. 

There is no credible evidence to support the designation, which is aimed to devastate Cuba’s economy by cutting it off from international credit and investment.  

Monday, December 05, 2022

Two dead boys

 

Ahmed Shehada, 16, was killed by Israeli forces in Nablus


    Two boys were killed
    Within less than 12 hours.

    Ahmed Shahada,
    Sixteen years old,
    Was killed by the bullets
    Of Israeli soldiers who
    Invaded  Nablus.
     
    Aryeh Schupak,
    Fifteen years old,
    Was killed by a bomb,
    Planted by a Palestinian,
    In West Jerusalem.  
   
    Knesset Member Ofer Kasif
    Said on the Knesset floor
    That both boys are victims of
    The ongoing occupation
    Which claims the lives
    Of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

    But  MK Kasif remains
    An isolated voice.
    The current Knesset abounds
    With extreme nationalists and racists,
    Some of whom are slated
    For senior ministerial positions
    In the new cabinet.

    In their eyes,
    Only Arye Shechupek
    Was a victim,
    And they called upon God
    To avenge his blood.

    Ahmed Shahada is
    In their eyes a "terrorist"
    Who deserved to die
    And the soldiers who shot him
    Should be commended.

    When this is
    The dominant mindset
    In the Knesset and the government,
    The cycle of bloodshed
    Is bound to spin
    Faster and faster, and claim
    Ever more victims.

~ Gush Shalom statement, Dec. 1, 2022 

Big time truth telling here.....

 


 

It is all coming out now about the Biden family's lies, crimes, and censorship.

Russia was blamed by the Democrats for the Hunter Biden story which was largely ignored by the corporate dominated media - just prior to Uncle Joe's election for prez.

Now with the release of the Twitter files on this story we can all see what was actually going on.

Will these same media outlets refuse to cover the release of these files?

Censorship by omission. 

Ritter on Poland's role in Ukraine

 


 

Ania K. from Poland interviews Scott Ritter about how the Ukraine war is now, and will in the future, impact her country.

They also discuss Poland's role in the war - supplying troops to fight against Russia. 


Mass conscription to the Polish Army has begun. 200k people are expected to be called up.

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Macron's embarrassing trip to Washinton

 

 

Unfortunately for France and the entire EU, the only thing that Emmanuel Macron could get from the Americans during his recent trip to Washington was a grandiose and extremely expensive dinner in his honor. Even though, the purpose of the trip of the French president to the United States was not at all the acquisition of gastronomic pleasures. 

What exactly was the French president trying so hard to convince Biden of? And why was he sorely disappointed in the end? 

The three-day visit of the French President to the United States ended in absolutely nothing. Observing the pro-government press and media, which in France, even the smallest success of the government, are trained to report to the public with pomp and fanfare, it becomes clear that now they have decided to practically not touch on the topic of Emmanuel Macron's visit to the United States. 

And this despite the fact that high hopes were pinned on this visit. 

The public pressure is growing on the EU leadership to stop acting as Washington's lapdogs. But they are running out of time as the sanctions blow-back on the EU is engulfing the continent like a dark angry cloud.



What happens after NATO intervenes?

 

 

Clare Daly Member of the European Parliament from Ireland.

Calls NATO out for their endless war crimes on behalf of corporate capitalism. 

Sunday song

 


 


Saturday, December 03, 2022

What's growing on....

 


 

What's growing 
on the sides of Washington's
government buildings?
 
Is it ivy
or a malicious slime?
A cancer infesting 
the nation.
 
Posing as democracy,
posing as freedom,
posing as fairness,
always posing.
 
What are the 
people thinking? 
Driving by
in their stunned silence.
 
Stare straight ahead,
don't ask any questions,
don't turn your head
to look at the 
signs of our time.
 
No time left
for Wall Street,
MIC,
Pharma,
GMO's,
greedy Mr. Big.
 
No time for the 
mobster killers.
 
No time left.
 
No time for
easy sunny days ahead,
not the time to 
keep our mouths shut.
 
Got no time.

Bruce  

PS Thanks to Marvin Gaye and The Guess Who

 America’s Fate: Revolution or Fascism?

 

 


By Finian Cunningham


Daniel Lazare in this interview with Finian Cunningham says that the United States of America is locked in a fateful political and economic crisis that will produce either of two outcomes. Either the country is heading towards more authoritarian rule or there will be a second American revolution.

Daniel Lazare is a journalist, author and commentator who specializes in critically analyzing the politics and Constitution of the United States. He has authored several books, including The Velvet Revolution and the Decline of American Democracy.

The Covid-19 pandemic over the past two years exposes the pathological diseased state of US capitalism where private profit is prioritized over public health. Over one million people have died in the US, by far the biggest death toll of any other nation.

By contrast, China’s death toll from Covid-19 stands at around 5,200, or 0.5 percent of the US. That shows that death and disease are not inevitable but actually a result of political choice. That choice is made in Washington under the diktats of capitalist imperatives. And it does not matter whether Democrats or Republicans are in power.

Yet despite the appalling neglect of public health and other vital needs, the United States is racked by militarism and a foreign policy of pursuing confrontation with Russia and China.

The contradictions of the US (and other Western states) demonstrate that capitalism is a dead-end system.

The two-party rigid framework in the US and its antiquated 18th century Constitution means that the system is not reformable, says Daniel Lazare.

Forebodingly, that means the United States in its political gridlock condition is moving towards increasing authoritarian rule under both Democrats and Republicans, or the people will take back control through a progressive revolution that puts the interests of workers and the general public first.

Daniel Lazare presents a stark choice for the future that is reminiscent of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg. Do we choose socialism or barbarism? 

Friday, December 02, 2022

U.S. complains about China's space program

 


 

Star(t) Wars: Pentagon Accuses PRC of Militarizing Space, Threatening US Supremacy

 

Sputnik

China and Russia proposed a comprehensive treaty aimed at nipping the danger of the militarization of space in the bud more than a decade ago, but four successive US administrations in a row have dismissed the proposal as a “diplomatic ploy.”

The director of staff of the US Space Force has accused China of posing a growing threat to America in the race for military supremacy in outer space.

“I think it’s entirely possible they could catch up and surpass us, absolutely,” Lieutenant-General Nina Armagno said, speaking at an event hosted by a Sydney-based think tank on Monday. “The progress they’ve made has been stunning, stunningly fast.” 

The US officer expressed concerns about a broad range of Chinese activities in space, ranging from the creation of new satellite communications systems and reusable spacecraft to long-term research on the prospects of mining asteroids and even planets for natural resources.

The threat China poses to the US in space is analogous to the one it poses on Earth, Armagno said. “[China] is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to achieve that objective,” the officer warned.

The Space Force director of staff went on to accuse Beijing of “reckless” missile testing activities, and of fouling up the area around Earth with space junk. “These debris fields threatened all of our systems in space, and these systems are vital to all nations’ security, economic and scientific interests,” Armagno said. 

Current US Space Force domination of space

Armagno’s criticism of the Chinese missile testing programs is rich, given that the United States currently has more satellites orbiting the planet (read, future space junk) than the rest of the world combined. Astronomers around the world have repeatedly complained about the dangers these satellites pose to Earth-based telescopes, while governments have expressed fears that US commercial satellites may have be equipped with hidden dual-use military capabilities.

US officials have repeatedly accused China, Russia, Iran and North Korea of seeking to militarize outer space, after spending nearly 15 years ignoring proposals by Moscow and Beijing to create comprehensive, verifiable rules to prevent the deployment of military hardware in space.

In 2008, China and Russia put forth the Proposed Prevention of an Arms Race in Space (PAROS) Treaty, with the draft agreement banning the deployment of space-based weaponry, anti-satellite spacecraft, and other space technology which can be used for military purposes. Russian and Chinese diplomats have repeatedly returned to the idea in the years since, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressing as recently as last year that “generally accepted, legally binding measures which can prevent a military confrontation in outer space” can still be created, with PAROS serving as a jumping off point for negotiations.

Successive US administrations have dismissed the Russian-Chinese proposal as a “diplomatic ploy by the two nations to gain a military advantage” against the US, and in 2019, the Trump administration formally created Space Force as a separate branch of the US military, formalizing the Pentagon’s space-based ambitions. Space Force has been granted a complement of over 8,400 personnel, 77 spacecraft and satellites. The military branch has a proposed FY 2023 budget of $24.5 billion, about $5 billion more than it got in 2022.

Alongside its refusal to negotiate treaties aimed at preventing the militarization of space, Washington has also taken a number of steps over the past two decades to degrade strategic stability back home on Earth, such as its withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, the scrapping the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019, and nearly letting the clock run out on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in early 2021.