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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

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Young Ukraine soldier tells his story



Very moving story by young Ukraine soldier - wounded by his own forces and now a POW.

Talks about drug and alcohol abuse by Ukraine troops and setting up bases inside schools.

His phone call with his mother at the end is precious.

What is coming?



JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon warned of a "hurricane" as the economy struggles against fiscally induced growth, quantitative tightening and blowback from the US-EU sanctions on Russia.

He spoke at conference sponsored by AllianceBernstein Holdings. 

See more on this same story by Ariel Ky here

Friday, June 10, 2022

Update from Hungarian Community for Peace


NATO is not an indispensable condition for Hungary 's peace

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szíjjártó avoided the discussion initiated by the Hungarian Community for Peace (HCFP) in order to strengthen Hungary's sovereignty against those who want to turn Hungary against Russia at all costs and endanger our peace, said Endre Simó, president of the HCFP in a statement on Wednesday.

In a letter dated 31 May, the head of the Community for Peace, which is supporting the government's policy of opening up to the east, wrote to the head of Hungarian diplomacy that people want no one, for whatever reason and under any pretext, to force Hungary into war, and we would take a neutral stance on the conflict in Ukraine and act accordingly.

The Hungarian Community for Peace believes that the Orbán government is in great need of the active support of the peace-loving Hungarian people In the midst of the political maneuvering known as the “double Kállay dance of our time”. The mistake that Horthy’s Hungary made in 1943 during World War II when we missed the opportunity for a compromise with the Soviets, with all its consequences, turning our country into a war zone and confirming the Peace Treaty of Trianon must not be repeated.

It is impossible to maneuver indefinitely between an allied obligation and a national advocacy! We have an interest in living and developing in peace and in making Hungary prosper! The contradiction between opening to the East and western holding Hungary back from that must be dissolved. The key to this is national cooperation for peaceful, mutually beneficial cooperation with both East and West. We want to achieve this with or without Mr. Szíjjártó – president of HCP writes.

According to Simó, NATO is not an indispensable condition for the peace of our country. The peace of our country must not be subordinated to allied considerations, interests alien to our national interests.

We wanted to tell the Foreign Minister outright that it is unacceptable for us that Hungarian policy considers the support of President Zelensky to be more important than the right of self-determination of Hungarians in Transcarpathia. And this contributes to Kyiv's ability to use Hungarian men in Transcarpathia against the Russians as cannon fodders. We would like the Hungarian government not to allow our NATO allies to send weapons to the Ukrainian army through Transcarpathia, thereby endangering the lives of the people of Transcarpathia and the security of our country.

Simó finally announces that the Hungarian Community for Peace will do its job without the government, although there is no doubt that the country's sovereignty could and should be strengthened by relying on peace-loving Hungarians against those who, like Ukraine, would be willing to use Eastern Europe, including Hungary, as a shield to defend and maintain American hegemony.

Budapest, 8th June 2022

Voices in the bleachers


 Here are some random comments that made some sense to me when I ran across them on social media. 


  • It hopefully will prove much harder in the future for the U.S. to attract proxies to do its' dirty work. The U.S. recruitment and then betrayal of Ukraine will stand for years and years as a sign post of all the reasons not to be a patsy of the (former) empire.
  • It is the fear of telling the public hard truths the politicians do not want you to hear.
  • The NYT is right back to the conduct of the Judy Miller era, doing shameless stenography for the Washington blob. According to this latest nonsense, we are supposed to believe that the U.S. military and intel agencies, who have been working in close cooperation with the Ukrainian armed forces, have no clue as to what is happening - this despite continuous real-time, high-tech, airborne and satellite surveillance that sees everything on the battlefield and monitoring of Ukrainian and Russian communications.
  • If you want the date the 'deep state' at least publicly took power, I suggest Nov 23, 1963, with the location being Daley Plaza in Dallas Texas. I'd imagine they held power behind the scenes back into World War II. But their public assumption of power occurred in Daley Plaza. I happened to go look for the last US President with large public approval. The answer was John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who averaged an 'approval rating' of 70% in polls during his shortened term. Can anyone imagine a President with 70% approval these days? In a democracy, should it be possible to even have Presidents with low approval? 
In 1910, a group of six people who represented 25% of the world’s wealth met at Jekyll Island to discuss creating a central bank. The five goals they set for themselves were: stop new banks from threatening their business; obtain the right to create money out of nothing; get control over all banks’ reserves so that reckless ones wouldn’t be exposed and cause panic in other banks; convince Congress that this was done for public good; and have taxpayers pay any losses incurred by this bank.
  • I think that in the long run all thinking Ukrainians (of whom I am sure there are very many) will realize how they have been used by the west. With much bloodshed incurred. There is a possibility that the new reduced Ukraine will end up as an ally of Russia. Eventually. Perhaps Chechnya will be an inspiration. Ukraine does not have a command structure. They have little control over Azov and the militias. Z is busy dealing with Us and UK puppet masters and his Generals are isolated. As the s''' hits the fan Z will blame Generals and want to arrest and execute. Generals will want to get retaliation in first and arrest Z. 
  • I fully expect an almost exact repeat of the Ukraine debacle in Taiwan. Before the next U.S. Presidential election, the Neocon idiots in the Biden administration will deliberately or accidentally trigger a proxy war with China, which the U.S. will lose. Until the toxic Neocon ideology of the Washington Blob is exorcised, the U.S. will face an unending series of foreign policy disasters.
  • Sandra Ramírez, a senator for the opposition Commons Party, said: “Colombia as an extra ally of NATO does not benefit us at all. On the contrary, we join their interventionist and war policies. In addition, it goes against sovereignty, which in the end is the voice of the majority of Colombians, and which is anchored to the self-determination of the peoples.”
the usa and west for that matter - don't do accountability and they don't take ownership when things go wrong.. taking responsibility is the act of an adult, and there are no adults in the room when it comes to all this on the usa and poodles side... just harsh gestures and sending innocent people into a death spiral, while supporting nazi types and fascists - that is what the west does.... forget about anyone taking responsibility here, let alone there being any accountability.... blame is the name of the game.

  • The Ukies are putting teenage boys in uniform. I’ve seen some videos of kids with weapons who look like they’re 14… so, maybe they’re late-developed 16-year olds, but most certainly not 18. Right Sector & Aydar battalions: utterly destroyed as combat formations. Azov regiment: 80% destroyed. remaining personnel from Kiev companies spread throughout UFA companies to act “backstops” to shoot any draftees who try to retreat. Remainder of Ukie full time army: mostly gone. 60% minimum attrition. Some units 100%. Reserve units: mostly wrecked. 50%~70% attrition rates. Backfilled with draftees.
  • NATO could easily use the Western portion [of Ukraine] to become a political terrorist state and keep dumping weapons in to it to never end the war with Russia. This is what any long term ‘Neutral’ state looks like an everlasting proxy war.
  • Ukraine had 30 decades to get its shit together, but it pissed away its potential and time on corrupt bull crap and reviving nazism. And most of the people who left ukraine left not because they were in danger, but to avoid conscription. And from the looks of it, those ukrainians are also well off.
  • “This is actually a conflict between altruism and selfishness.” I’ve long been a critic of neo-Darwinism, which has presented evolutionary progress as a story of the benefits that flow from selfishness. The effort they put into their propaganda has been extraordinary, and very successful, in the process sidelining cooperation as being irrelevant to evolution when in fact it is the driver. Humankind would not have survived tens of thousands of years if we did not have capacities for mutual aid, solidarity and cooperation. Humans are born social, they are not determined by a competition where the best wins. Besides, the best would have died very quickly if he had won against the others!? We can say that competition is a violence against human nature. 
  • The US is hostage to the “war industry”. As long as they are standing, there will always be (many) wars.
  • Lavrov uses the word “demons” in referring to the forces currently at work within Europe. We need to understand that Lavrov uses this word deliberately and means exactly what he says. 
  • I think Lavrov might be using it in the Socratic sense of “Daimonion”, thus he means ”an Inner voice as personal divine guide”. I think he means that the EU are listening too intently to the US and it is the influence of the US that needs to be driven out of Europe.
  • When the American Army annihilated Native Americans, it insisted that the survivors wear English clothing, live in English houses and teach English in their schools. The great Sioux warrior, Sitting Bull, lived in a wooden shack at the end of his days, his buckskins and feathers buried for safekeeping.

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Excellent analysis from China on this 'Summit'......



In this episode of Reality Check, CGTN anchor and former chief U.S. correspondent Wang Guan explores how the Summit of the Americas has degenerated into the Summit of America and its regional friends. 

Wang argues that China's growing influence in Latin America is obtained not through military conquest but by the laws of economics.

Hear the whisper in the wind


Global NATO
is in the works.
NATO breaks hearts, backs, knees
they create fear, bitterness, rage, 
earthly destruction,
They are the hammer
of the devil.
NATO knows its control
is weakening,
so they fight on
in hopes of a miracle.
Back home 
we got the 
hard road. 
Dollar's power fading,
dying a mean-spirited
It's Karma 
resulting from the long
imperial slaughter
that grabbed land,
resources, cheap labor,
huge profits 
for elites 
in the 
Anglo-Zionist empire.
Those days,
those ways,
now under challenge.
NATO losing
but burning money
and lives in the process.
NATO is ready
to end the world
if need be,
psychopathic pirates,
must have control. 

What is our path?
How does survival come,
do we even want it

Are we the last,
lost generations?

Do we have souls
Hear the whisper
in the wind. 
Are we still human?


Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Moving testimony of these parents of 8 kids

While in the Kherson Region of Ukraine we found a large family that comes underfire from Ukraine almost everyday. In this report they tell their story. They have been waiting for months for someone to listen. In addition to the problems created by daily shelling. 

The grandma of the family will die soon if she does not find a new battery for her chardiostimulater and operation to put it in. I promised we would take care of it and make sure she lives.

~ Report by Patrick Lancaster US Navy veteran and independent crowd-funded journalist. I show what the western media will not show you. 

Wartime “Tears” in Russia


Russian citizens marching on May 9, 2019 in St Petersburg



Most Americans today believe “we defeated Nazi Germany,” as President Obama wrote on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It is a misconception fostered by Hollywood films that portray the US landing at Normandy in June 1944 as the beginning of the destruction of Hitler’s Germany.

In truth, America won the war in the Pacific, against Japan, but the Soviet Union fought and destroyed the Nazi war machine on the “Eastern Front” almost alone from 1941 to 1944, from Moscow, Kursk, and Stalingrad, and eventually to Berlin in 1945. Some 75 to 80 percent of all German casualties were suffered on the Eastern Front. By the time US and British forces landed at Normandy, Hitler had insufficient divisions to withstand the invasion, too many of them destroyed or still fighting oncoming Soviet forces from the east.

Soviet losses were almost unimaginable. More than 27 million citizens died, 60 to 70 percent of them ethnic Russians. Some 1,700 cities and towns were all but destroyed. Most families lost a close or extended member. Perhaps most tellingly, only three of every hundred boys who graduated from high school in 1941–42 returned from the war. This meant that millions of Soviet children never knew their fathers and that millions of Soviet women never married. (They were known as “Ivan’s widows,” more than a few doomed to lonely lives in the often-harsh post-war Soviet Union.)

This is an enduring part of Russia’s “holiday with tears.” This is in large measure why so many Russians, not just the Kremlin, have watched with alarm as NATO has crept from Germany to their country’s borders since the late 1990s. Why they resent and fear Washington’s claims on the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Georgia. And why they say of NATO’s ongoing buildup within conventional firing range of Russia, “Never has so much Western military power been amassed on our borders since the Nazi invasion in June 1941.” This is the “living history” that underlies Russia’s reaction to the new Cold War. 

Read the full article here 

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Visit from a friend: What about the liberals on Ukraine?


A friend here in the Midcoast of Maine dropped by our new apartment on Monday to say hello. He rode his bicycle from nearby Harpswell. He's been a faithful reader of this blog and we've enjoyed walking together when we can.

He wanted to see our new digs (which he approved of) and also wanted to pass on some chosen words and frustrations about the war in Ukraine. He is deeply disappointed that many of our collective friends are much too easily swayed by the corporate-owned media.

He told me that his circle of friends turn to the New York Times as their 'authoritative media source'. In this Ukraine war the Times is nothing more than a rag used to wipe up the spoilage that reeks of arrogance and madness daily spilling out of Washington, Brussels and London.

I asked him why his friends hold so steadfast to these obvious lies and distortions about the real Ukraine story. He quickly answered, "They want to save face".

I translate that to mean they want to be universally accepted in their social circles, jobs, dinner parties and the like. They want to fit into the prevailing mold - even if that means swallowing the bitter truth that they are essentially carrying water for Mr. Big.

I know people like this.

It's sad for me to say that many of these are activists (and even leaders) in the peace movement. When I ask myself why they've joined the so-called 'progressive squad' in Washington by excusing Biden's proxy war on Russia (Dems unanimously supported the recent $40 BILLION  more for Ukraine) I conclude the following:

  • Social standing comes first and last.
  • If they are connected to a particular group (especially in a leadership position) then they often worry about the 'image' of the organization. To go against the prevailing mainstream narrative might cost their group donations, members, status, 'access' to politicians or media, and possibly even their jobs.
  • Many of these people that I am talking about are also connected to the Democratic party. Maybe they are on the 'left' inside the party, or even just in the 'middle', but they feel intense pressure to blame Russia for this Ukraine mess concocted by the imperialists in Washington. Party trumps truth and justice
  • I've seen this when Jimmy Carter started the Afghanistan project during his administration. Bill Clinton and his NATO sidekicks took apart the Communist nation of Yugoslavia - bombing Belgrade with depleted uranium - breaking it into smaller countries. Barack Obama had his 'Tuesday drone terror kill list' and I recall a poll done by the Washington Post at the time which found more than 70% of self-identified Democrat liberals supported Obama's drone attacks across the Middle East and Africa. It has been exceedingly difficult to get liberals (even ones that supposedly belonged to the peace movement) to protest any of these military operations led by their preferred political party.
  • Even though I already mentioned money - the all-mighty $$$ deserves special attention. Some peace groups, some academics, some 'progressive' media sources, and some key leaders receive generous funding from people and/or foundations connected to the Democrat party. I know of peace groups taking funding from George Soros, Ford Foundation and many other such oligarchic donors. With that money comes strings. And strings get pulled during wars like the one underway in Ukraine. 
  • One example that stills burns in my heart was the 1999 US-NATO attack on Yugoslavia. At the very moment of the attack an international peace conference began in Europe. The people attending wished to create a declaration of opposition to the war as a statement from the conference. The 'leader' of the event was a long-time peace liberal who is also connected to a foundation. (This person uses the funding mechanism as a way to control the strategy and message of some important peace efforts.) This person is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) - a bastion of Wall Street and the US establishment. So in the end, the peaceful conference attendees were told NO - there will be no resolution considered - no debate either. Thus the message went out from the conference to peace groups around the world that the US-NATO Yugoslav war was essentially acceptable.

The United States chose to wage war against Yugoslavia by means of the American-dominated NATO alliance, rather than going through the United Nations, because of expected opposition within that larger organization. The “international community” was mainly outraged by the savagery of the NATO bombing of a sovereign country. This sentiment was particularly widely expressed in Russia, China, India and elsewhere in Asia, Africa and Latin America, countries which comprise the vast majority of the human race.

  • So one should ask, are oligarchy agents inside the various movements across America? I think the answer is yes - of course. I've personally witnessed this in the peace and environmental movements. We know from history that the Vietnam anti-war movement was infiltrated by government agents and provocateurs. The black liberation movement was swamped with spies and turncoats. 

Black Panthers Fred Hampton, 21, and Mark Clark, 22, were shot to death by Chicago police. At around 5 a.m. on December 4, 1969, 14 police officers raided Hampton's apartment, which was a known Illinois Black Panther Party stronghold in Chicago's West Side, according to the Chicago Tribune. The gunfire lasted seven minutes, and Hampton and Clark were shot dead while sleeping. Never forget that the FBI & Chicago Police Dept conspired to murder Fred Hampton in his apartment because they were afraid he was creating a multiracial political coalition to challenge those in power.  He was just 21 years old. (The FBI had agents inside the BPP.)

  • While coordinating the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice I was invited to speak each 'season' to a group in South Florida called the Delray Citizens for Social Responsibility. I'd guess I spoke there at least 15 times. My last talk was in 2008 (we had since moved to Maine). Obama had just been elected and they were all so excited about the possibilities after 8-long-bad years of George W. Bush. They wanted me to put a cherry on top of their celebration but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I had to warn them about Obama - he's not a real peace guy I said. He works for Wall Street and the MIC just like Bush. Obama was chosen because he would sooth the souls a bit across America with his 'style and grace' - but he would still follow orders from Mr. Big. 

    I never got invited back. It wasn't personal (I knew they liked and respected me). It was political. They couldn't dare to be publicly associated with an activist who was critiquing the quite popular Obama - a Democrat. They had their social swirl to live in that was full of Obama-lovers. Why argue? Enjoy the party.


US cyber chief admits to attacks against Russia in Ukraine


Cyber Command went “hunting” in Kiev, says General Nakasone

US Cyber Command specialists were deployed to Ukraine and conducted offensive operations against Russia, its commander and NSA Director General Paul Nakasone said on Wednesday.

In an interview with Sky News, on the sidelines of a cyber conference in Estonia, Nakasone also revealed that US eavesdroppers conduct information warfare, with the help of corporate media such as CNN.

Nakasone, a four-star general, heads both the Cyber Command and the National Security Agency out of Fort Meade, Maryland. He was in Tallinn on Wednesday for CyCon – the 14th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, hosted by NATO.

In the interview with Sky, the general said US cyber specialists have been deployed to 16 overseas countries at the invitation of their allied governments, to “hunt forward”: seek out foreign hackers and identify the tools they use.

“We went in December 2021 at the invitation of the Kiev government to come and hunt with them. We stayed there for a period of almost 90 days,” Nakasone said. This team left Ukraine in February, along with all other US troops, ahead of the Russian incursion.

Nakasone also confirmed – for the very first time, according to Sky – that the US was conducting offensive hacking operations in support of Ukraine.

    "We’ve conducted a series of operations across the full spectrum; offensive, defensive, [and] information operations".

According to the general, the difference between Russian and US information warfare is that Moscow lies while Washington tells the truth. As an example, he cited a 2020 case of “troll farms” he said Russia was developing in Africa. The NSA and Cyber Command responded by informing the FBI – but also CNN, which provided “a flashlight that suddenly exposes this type of malicious behavior.”

In December 2020, Facebook announced a purge of accounts – allegedly both Russian and French – suspected of “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” in central and northern Africa.

Nakasone said that the NSA and CYBERCOM have been developing this “strategic disclosure” since 2018, when he took over as the leader of both. As other examples, he said the NSA also put forth information about what “the Russians were trying to do in our midterm elections” in 2018 as well as in 2020. Moscow has denied any meddling in US elections, electronic or otherwise.

“The ability for us to share that information, being able to ensure it’s accurate and it’s timely and it’s actionable on a broader scale has been very, very powerful in this crisis,” he said.

US intelligence officials admitted to NBC News in April that they have leaked intelligence to the media about the conflict in Ukraine that was either “not rock solid” or was outright made up on multiple occasions, in order to win an “info war” against Russia. The misinformation was part of an effort to “undermine Moscow’s propaganda and prevent Russia from defining how the war is perceived in the world,” they said.

Monday, June 06, 2022

U.S. forced removal of Prime Minister Imran Khan



When you think about Pakistan's political history since 1947 since Pakistan came into being about 29 prime ministers have come into play and none of them have yet been able to complete their five-year term so I think that that says a lot about the political context in which Pakistan has been rooted in. 

As far as the Imran Khan regime goes I don't think that anyone even as far back as a month prior to his removal could have ever expected something like this to take place and that is because you could see Imran Khan visited the Beijing olympics; he on the very day that Russia announced the invasion of Ukraine it was Imran Khan was in the office with Putin meeting him to essentially bargain for reduced oil prices and things were going quite well in terms of foreign policy when it came to Pakistan he was also a populist leader and although reports have claimed that Imran Khan was aware of this no-confidence motion being orchestrated by the opposition since July of last year I don't think that anyone I don't think he even gave anyone a hint of what was to come so it was quite a shock at the Pakistani population when this did take place in March 2022. 

Fatima Ayub (From Lahore, Pakistan) 
Journalist, Lawyer. Strategic Security Analyst

Talking about Ukraine


An interview by Kate Frey from Windham, Maine with American peace activist, documentary filmmaker and author Bruce Gagnon.

Bruce is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Our epic spiritual moment with Vandana Shiva

In my latest Under The Skin podcast I spoke with Indian scholar, food sovereignty advocate and environmental activist #VandanaShiva. In this video she speaks about #BillGates's book, the colonisation of land and food production, however she provides us with hopeful and powerful words of advice that might help us challenge these Tech Giants and monopolies.

Sunday song