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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, February 18, 2023

US Forces in Europe to take part in Exercise Arctic Forge


By U.S. Army Europe and Africa Public Affairs, US European Command Stuttgart, Germany

Activities begin this month in Finland and Norway as part of exercise Arctic Forge.

Arctic Forge 23 is a U.S. Army Europe and Africa-led umbrella exercise for U.S. contributions to partner-hosted exercises in Finland and Norway, focused on building Arctic military capabilities and cooperation.

"Whether we are campaigning, competing, responding to crisis or in conflict, winning matters," said U.S. Army Europe and Africa Commanding General, Gen. Darryl A. Williams.  "And we must win in any engagement, including and especially the Arctic, where over-the-pole exercises like this with the Total Army and with our Allies and partners not only protect U.S. national security interests, but ensure a safe and secure region."

The exercise takes place from Feb. 16 through March 17, 2023, and will strengthen existing partnerships and attract new like-minded partners to meet shared challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities in the Arctic.

Arctic Forge 23 includes Finland's Defense Exercise North, and exercise Joint Viking in Norway.

The goal of Defense Exercise North is to demonstrate readiness by deploying a combat-credible force to enhance power in NATO's northern flank in support of our partner Finland, an aspiring NATO member.

Defense Exercise North begins when U.S. Army personnel from the 11th Airborne Division, will deploy from Alaska to Finland. This portion of the exercise will include an over-the-pole flight. They are augmented by personnel from the 10th Mountain Division and Virginia Army National Guard, deploying from New York and Virginia to Finland. The 280 U.S. Army personnel will train alongside approximately 550 military personnel from Finland, focusing on commanding and controlling a multinational force at the battalion level, modernization and experimentation.


This US war game was held on the Norway-Russia border and began on Feb. 24, 2022

"The Arctic Angels are excited to continue training with our Arctic Allies and partners, and we look forward to working with and learning from the Arctic experts from the Finnish Defence Forces, especially the Maavoimat, as we continue our role as America's Arctic professionals," said Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, commanding general of the 11th Airborne Division.

Approximately 730 U.S. Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force and 200 U.S. Army personnel are participating in exercise Joint Viking alongside more than 10,090 combined military personnel from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

"This is an incredible opportunity to team up Marines and Sailors from across the Marine Air-Ground Task Force with our U.S. Army and NATO European Allies and partners," said Lieutenant General David A. Ottignon, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force. "Our relationships with our Nordic partners and Allies have never been better. We learn so much from training with them and enhancing our ability to sustain ourselves and operate in the high north. We are more survivable and lethal in austere environments because of exercises like Joint Viking."

During Joint Viking, U.S. Army personnel participating will conduct winter warfare and maneuver training with their multinational counterparts providing indirect fires from the 41st Field Artillery Brigade, and air defense integration from the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, into Norwegian Land Forces operations. Additionally, staff augmentation from the 56th Artillery Command and the 21st Theater Sustainment Command will integrate with their Norwegian counterparts to assist with the joint fires process, and train on winter warfare logistics.

The U.S. Army trains and equips its forces to operate in extreme cold, high altitude, and variable weather conditions and operates alongside Allied and partner Arctic nations, which demonstrates our resolve to securing national interests in the Arctic region.

Dear Congressperson.......



Here are a series of letters to Congress critters that 'represent' us here in Maine.


  • Members of our government participated in planning and implementing destruction of the Nordstream 1 and 2 Pipelines.  If any other actor in the world had done the same, my government would declare it a terrorist act and seek redress.

As Maine's Senate and Representatives to Congress, I implore you to seek the truth of what happened, and hold accountable both individuals and government agencies that facilitated this act, and any cover up that followed.

Rather than continue to escalate, tt is long past time to demand negotiations to end this war in Ukraine, and to redirect Pentagon funds (the single government agency that has never passed an audit!) to decrease our country's contributions to climate change. Rather than pave the way to World War III, it's time to act as though we really do want humanity to survive this century.

Yes, I expect to hear from you on this issue.

~ Mary Beth Sullivan
Brunswick, Maine  

  • The US is sinking fast as a credible leader. Destroying Nordstream was the act of a spoiled, even demonic child. We are an embarrassment in the world when we could be wise. 

When will Europe throw up its hands in wonder that they could ever have trusted us. The emperor is down to his Bully Suit…for all the world to see. 

Take a deep breath and step on to a whole new path. A path to sharing. A path to wisdom and sustainability. I wish you well. 

This is what Sy Hersh said when asked how he found courage to speak the truth: "What’s courageous about telling the truth? Our job isn’t to be afraid. And sometimes it gets ugly. There have been times in my life, when — you know, I don’t talk about it. Threats aren’t made to people like me; they’re made to children of people like me. There’s been awful stuff. But you don’t worry about it — you can’t. You have to just do what you do.”

~ Rosie Paul
Brunswick, Maine  
  • I am horrified and you should be, too, to read Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh's recent article on the Nordstream pipeline terrorist attack by the Biden administration.

Congress must immediately begin hearings to shed light on our government's terrorism activities and bring the participants of this crime to justice.

This is a massive disgrace for our nation which becoming a pariah state in the eyes of the rest of the world. It also happened to cause an increase in fuel prices for all Americans.
This crime cannot go unpunished.

~ Natasha Mayers
Whitefield, Maine   

  • The U.S. has a long history of intervening in foreign countries. Our actions involving Ukraine are only the latest example of U.S. foreign policy.

Statements by members of Congress and the Administration declaring that Russia’s actions in 2022 were “Unprovoked” belies and ignores factual history – to wit:

                -President Clinton’s decision in the 90’s to use NATO to surround Russia with military bases and military exercises.

-Supporting the 2014 coup that replaced a democratically elected pro Russian president who supported the Nord Stream pipeline with an anti Russian president.

-training and supplying far right malitias that self identified as neofascist.

-supporting eight years of civil war.

-blocking Naftali Bennett’s efforts to mediate negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.  

Blowing up the Nord Stream pipeline did not happen prior to the Russian action but shows the extent to which U.S. efforts to oppose all things Russian will follow. As one of your constituents I am saddened and ashamed at the actions of my Government, both at the Administrative and Congressional levels.

~  Jerry Provencher
Bath, Maine 


  • How do you feel about presiding over World War 3? Will you be satisfied with how history treats your role in the U.S. making war on both Russia and China -- at the same time! -- and attacking countries that are supposedly our allies? The sabotage of NordStream pipelines has had many ill effects already: an enormous release of methane, the most harmful of greenhouse gases. A very cold winter without adequate heat in Germany, the other NATO powerhouse. Shredding of respect for the U.S. among other nations. A huge loss of credibility.

And, we have not even seen the military response from Russia that is to be expected after we destroyed a valuable investment in energy infrastructure between that country and Germany.

If you have studied history at all, Senator Collins, you would know that we are in a very precarious situation that could easily end in total nuclear annihilation for most life on Earth. If that happens, you will no longer need to be concerned with your legacy as a leader. There will be no one left to know or care about your support for WW3.

~ Lisa Savage
Solon, Maine  

  • I am more than angry to read Pulitzer prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh's recent article on the Nordstream pipeline terrorist attack by the Biden administration.

It is no surprise that western mainstream media is down-playing this blockbuster story. Congress must immediately begin hearings and bring the participants of this crime to justice. What tiny bit of respect the US still had around the world has now collapsed. This is a massive disgrace for our nation. This crime cannot go unpunished.

-Bruce K. Gagnon
Brunswick, Maine  

  • I can think of absolutely no reason to think that Biden, his handlers, and the State Department (probably many people in Congress knew about it before the explosions) did not order the blowing up of the Nord Stream Pipeline (s).  This  is very likely an act of International Terrorism. Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Reporter, and his block-busting article goes into much detail. This accusation demands accountability. That accountability will very likely not come from the White House, from Corporate Media, or from Congress. It will necessarily  need to come from US.     

Everyone who knew about this needs to be held accountable and  severely punished. We need to write letters to ALL of our U.S. Senators and Representatives; write Letters to the Editor to ALL of our local papers;  publicize this horrible Terrorist Attack on Facebook, Twitter, and on all online platforms;  and talk to neighbors, co-workers, members of our clubs and gyms, to our faith communities, and to our families. This - if true - is very likely worse than any action by any administration in recent history - probably excepting the endless wars. If this slides back under the radar then we have only ourselves to blame, and we will likely see worse actions in the future. I think the question should not be "Did he do it?"  

I think the question should be  "What are we going to do about it?" and "Are we going to try to save what's left of a dying democracy?"         

~ Brian Noyes Pulling

Friday, February 17, 2023

US opposes UN resolution against Israeli settlement expansion


 The Cradle

The US voiced opposition to the UN Security Council’s resolution to stop the further expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories on 16 February, despite Washington previously criticizing Israel on the issue.

A few days before the proposed resolution, AP disclosed that it demanded that Tel Aviv “immediately and completely cease” settlement expansion and construction in the occupied territories.

Israel’s new extremist government has faced mass criticism over increasing Tel Aviv’s military operations in the West Bank and its bid to legitimize and construct settlement outposts and housing units in the occupied territories. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to annex more of the West Bank, with his party recently proposing the annexation of the Jordan Valley.

Washington expressed that it was “deeply dismayed” by Tel Aviv’s decision to expand its settlements. However, the US State Department affirmed that it would not support the resolution, reportedly proposed by the UAE – one of the Arab states that normalized relations with Israel during the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020.

The State Department spokesman Vedant Patel remarked: “Our view is that the introduction of this resolution was unhelpful in supporting the conditions necessary to advance the negotiations of a two-state solution.”

On the other hand, Palestinian activists and political experts have indicated that the further expansion of settlements into the Palestinian territories will hinder efforts to reach a two-state solution.  

Earlier this week, the Israeli government authorized the construction of nine occupation outposts in the West Bank, which drew mass opposition from the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Over half a million Israelis live across 200 settlements on Palestinian land, including several areas in the West Bank. These settlements are deemed illegal under international law.

This came a week after Israel’s Religious Zionism party issued a statement highlighting that there will be “no pause” to the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, despite pushback from US officials.

“There will be no construction freeze in [the West Bank], period. There will be no damage done to Israeli deterrence against terrorists, period. There will be no continuation of illegal construction and Arab land-grabbing in open areas, period,” the statement reads.

Message from Evo Morales in Bolivia


Must listen to....



Talking about Biden's terrorist attack on Germany's Nordstream pipelines Scott Ritter calls Biden 'evil'.

He says NATO is a 'tool of the US. The #1 threat to Europe is the US'.

I agree 100%.

Scott believes that increasing pressure inside of Germany to deal with this US attack will bear fruit. 

We must all do what we can to push this corrupt government in Washington into the deep hole it deserves to be in. Biden is one of the most corrupt presidents in the history of this nation.

The fact that the so-called 'progressives' in his party are far too timid and bought off to speak out is a pure sin.

It's up to the people now. Can we get it together to protect this Mother Earth for the future generations - the humans, the water, the sky, the animals, the plants, the precious air, the rocks and the soil?

Right now we are choking on the blinding hypocrisy of the corporate media and from both parties in Congress. They are the good cop-bad cop agents of Mr. Big. 

Everything is becoming clearer to me. For years I worked so hard to try to keep good relations with all kinds of different people while working in the 'peace' movement. I've been around long enough to have seen the US invasions of Vietnam, Grenada, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya, Afghanistan and now Ukraine. I've repeatedly seen that when the Dems were in office most 'peaceniks' would not protest their wars. When Repubs were running their wars then we'd see more people out on the streets.

So disappointingly I once again see loads of people I've known for years go into hiding because they are too afraid to speak out against Democratic party orthodoxy. 

Some of them trash people like me, or they won't respond to good hearted appeals for dialogue. What could the reasons be? 

You can pick from this list: ignorance, stupidity, social or work pressures, depression, resignation, party loyalty, or agreement and ultimate acceptance of the ruling oligarchy program. Some people are being paid to keep quiet - cash, stocks, bonds, properties, access to media - stuff like that.

The February 19 protests in DC and across the country in local communities comes at a good time thanks to Seymour Hersh. I read an update he did yesterday where he finished with this line:

Stay tuned. We are only on first base . . .

Sy Hersh

My guess is that there is an inside revolt brewing in Washington. Stories like this Nordstream attack don't just get leaked every day.

The Neo-con globalists who rule the inside of the Biden 'administration' are at war with the American traditionalists - those seeking sovereignty for the US as long as their investment portfolios are in charge. So I'd guess there are people inside the Pentagon, State Department, and other places in Washington who are filling the ears of Hersh with lots of good info. He's always been a pressure release valve for the system in a sense.

But no matter - we all need to push hard right now because things are slipping from our grasp. We need lots of hands helping to paddle this lifeboat. If you are in the boat with us then you must do your share of the work.

Find someone else who is turning and together we can re-build a movement that is needed now more than ever.


How did this all really begin?




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Be sure to watch the end bits where Graham reminds us in a quick review how this whole sordid US-NATO regime change war began.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

NATO weapons for Ukraine being sold....



By Jeffrey Sachs

NATO weapons supplied to Ukraine are again surfacing in third countries

The Pentagon reported that over the past few months, the US military has seized more than 5,000 submachine guns, 1.6 million cartridges for small arms, a small number of anti-tank missiles and more than 7,000 contactless explosives off the coast of Yemen.

A number of American politicians and senior military officials said that the seized weapons arrived in the Middle East from Ukraine through grain corridors.

"While the United States is struggling to meet Kiev's need for weapons, Ukrainian officials are selling the weapons they have received to terrorists," said General Wesley Clark, former commander–in-chief of NATO's Joint Armed Forces in Europe.

A similar opinion is shared by a member of the Republican Party, Blake Masters: "The situation has already gotten so out of control that weapons intended for Kiev are surfacing on the "black market" not only in Europe, but also in the Middle East and Africa."

☝️However, despite the outrage in the American government, the Joe Biden administration has not officially acknowledged that the seized weapons came to the Middle East from Ukraine. Now the Pentagon lawyers are trying to legally justify the export of weapons in order to be able to send them to Ukraine again. So far it is impossible to do this because the UN requires that the weapons seized from terrorists be destroyed without fail. 

Former CIA officer on U.S. Nordstream attack story


Judge Napolitano - Judging Freedom

Philip Giraldi was previously employed as an intelligence officer for the CIA. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

US-NATO wants control of Arctic

In recent years, the US and NATO have been militarizing the Arctic through Norway as a means to confront Russia. This militarization is increasing tensions between nuclear-armed nations. 
As the Arctic melts away, these powerful nations are competing for dominance in the region as new routes are established, building new military bases, constructing new radars, and less efforts are placed in diplomacy. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Seymour Hersh im Interview: Joe Biden sprengte Nord Stream, weil er Deutschland nicht traute


Berliner Zeitung

Translation of the Sy Hersh German interview

"I" is for the interviewer questions, "H" is Hersh's replies. 

    Interview with Seymour Hersh: Joe Biden blew up Nord Stream because he didn't trust Germany

    Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published a controversial investigation into the Nord Stream attack. We talked to him. An interview.

Interviewer: Fabian Scheidler

    Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has published an investigation showing that the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines were initiated by the US government with the support of Norway. The U.S. government and the CIA have denied his account at Hersh's request. In many media outlets, Hersh has been accused of failing to disclose his anonymous source, so his claims cannot be verified. The criticism was also formulated that the research was not consistent. The Berlin publicist Fabian Scheidler spoke to Seymour Hersh for the Berliner Zeitung.

    I: Mr. Hersh, please explain your findings in detail. According to your source, what exactly happened, who was involved in the Nord Stream attack and what were the motives?

    H: It was a story that cried out to be told. At the end of September 2022, eight bombs were to be detonated near the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, six of which went off, in an area where it is quite flat. They destroyed three of Nord Stream 1 and 2's four major pipelines. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline has supplied Germany and other parts of Europe with very cheap natural gas for many years. And then it was blown up, as was Nord Stream 2, and the question was who did it and why. On February 7, 2022, just over two weeks before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden said at a White House press conference he held with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that the US would stop Nord Stream.

    Biden said: "If Russia invades, there will be no more Nord Stream 2, we will put an end to the project." And when a reporter asked how exactly he intended to do that, since the project was mainly under German control, Biden said only: "I promise that we will be able to do it."

    His deputy secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, who was deeply involved in the events of the Maidan revolution in 2014, had made similar comments a few weeks earlier.

    I: They say that the decision to shut down the pipeline was made even earlier by President Biden. You write in your report that in December 2021, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan convened a meeting of the newly formed task force of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, the State Department and the Treasury Department. They write: "Sullivan wanted the group to come up with a plan for the destruction of the two Nord Stream pipelines."

    H: This group was originally convened to study the problem. They met in a very secret office. Right next to the White House there is an office building, the Executive Office Building, it is connected underground by a tunnel to the White House. And at the top is an office for a secret external group of consultants called the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. I mentioned this to signal to people in the White House that I have information. So the meeting was called to examine what we would do if Russia went to war.

    That was three months before the war, before Christmas 2021. It was a high-level group that probably had a different name, I just called it "Interagency Group", I don't know the official name, if there was one. They were the CIA and the National Security Agency, which monitors and intercepts communications, the State Department and the Treasury Department, which provides money. And probably a few other organizations that were involved. The Joint Chiefs of Staff were also represented. It was about making recommendations on how to stop Russia, either with reversible measures such as further sanctions and economic pressure, or with irreversible, "kinetic" measures, such as demolitions.

    I don't want to go into the details here and not talk about a specific meeting because I have to protect my source. I don't know how many people participated, you understand what I mean?

    I: In your article, you wrote that the CIA task force reported to Sullivan's Interagency Group in early 2022, saying, quote, "We have a way to blow up the pipelines."

    H: They had a way. There were people there who knew what we in America call "mine warfare." In the United States Navy there are units dealing with submarines, there is also a command for nuclear technology. And there is a mine squad. The field of underwater mines is very important, and we have trained specialists for it. A central location for their education is a small resort town called Panama City in the middle of nowhere in Florida. We train very good people there and deploy them. Underwater mining specialists are of great importance, for example to clear blocked entrances to ports and to blow up things that stand in the way. You can also blow up a particular country's underwater oil pipelines. It's not always good things they do, but they work absolutely in secret.

    For the group in the White House, it was clear that they could blow up the pipelines. There's an explosive called C4 that's incredibly potent, especially at the amount they use. It can be controlled remotely with underwater sonar devices. These sonar devices emit signals at low frequencies. So it was possible, and this was communicated to the White House in early January, because two or three weeks later, Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland said we could do it. I think that was on January 20. And then the President, when he held the press conference together with the German Chancellor on February 7, 2022, also said that we could do it.

    The German chancellor did not say anything concrete at the time, he was very vague. One question I'd like to ask Scholz if I were chairing a parliamentary hearing is this: Did Joe Biden tell you about it? Did he tell you then why he was so confident that he could destroy the pipeline? We as Americans didn't have a plan at the time, but we knew we had the ability to do it.


Scholz and Biden

    I: You write that Norway played a role. To what extent was the country involved – and why should the Norwegians do this?

    H: Norway is a great seafaring nation, and they have energy sources at depth. They are also keen to increase their natural gas supplies to Western Europe and Germany. And that's what they've done, they've increased their exports. So why shouldn't they join forces with the US for economic reasons? In Norway, there is also a strong hostility towards Russia.

    I: In your article, you write that the Norwegian secret service and navy were involved. They also say that Sweden and Denmark were informed in some way, but did not learn everything.

    H: I was told: they did what they did, and they knew what they were doing, and they understood what was going on, but maybe no one ever said "yes." I've worked a lot on this topic with the people I've talked to. In any case, in order for this mission to be carried out, the Norwegians had to find the right place. The divers, who were trained in Panama City, were able to dive up to 100 meters deep without heavy equipment. The Norwegians found us a spot off the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, which was only 260 feet (about 80 meters) deep, so that they could operate there.

    The divers had to slowly return upwards, there was a decompression chamber, and we used a Norwegian submarine hunter. Only two divers were used for the four pipelines. One problem was how to deal with the people who monitor the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is monitored very thoroughly, there is a lot of freely available data, so we took care of it, there were three or four different people for it. And what was done then is quite simple. For 21 years, our Sixth Fleet, which controls the Mediterranean and also the Baltic Sea, has been conducting an exercise for the NATO navies in the Baltic Sea every summer (BALTOPS, editor's note). We are sending an aircraft carrier and other large ships to these exercises. And for the first time in history, the NATO operation in the Baltics had a new program. A twelve-day mine dropping and detection exercise should be conducted. A number of nations sent out mining teams, one group dropped a mine, and another group of mines went in search and blew it up.

    So there was a time when things blew up, and that time allowed the deep-sea divers who attached the mines to the pipelines to operate. The two pipelines are about a mile apart, they lie a little under the silt on the seabed, but they are not difficult to reach, and the divers had practiced it. It only took a few hours to place the bombs.

    I: So that was in June 2022?

    H: Yes, they did towards the end of the exercise. But at the last minute, the White House got nervous. The president said he was afraid to do it. He changed his mind and gave new orders, so that it was possible to detonate the bombs remotely at any time. You do this with a normal sonar, a product of Raytheon by the way, you fly over the spot and drop a cylinder. It sends a low-frequency signal, you can describe it as a flute tone, you can set different frequencies.

    The fear, however, was that the bombs would not work if they remained in the water for too long, which was indeed the case with two bombs. So there was concern within the group about finding the right remedy, and we actually had to turn to other intelligence agencies that I deliberately didn't write about.

    I: And what happened then? The explosives were placed and a way was found to control them remotely.

    H: Joe Biden decided back in June not to blow them up, it was five months after the war began. But in September, he ordered it to be done. The operational staff, the people who do "kinetic" things for the United States, they do what the president says, and they initially thought this was a useful weapon to use in negotiations. But at some point, after the Russians invaded and then, when the operation was completed, the whole thing became increasingly repugnant to the people who carried it out. These are people who work in top positions in the secret services and are well trained. They turned against the project, they thought it was crazy.

    Shortly after the attack, after they had done what they had been ordered, there was a lot of anger among those involved about the operation and rejection. That's one of the reasons I learned so much. And I'm going to tell you something else. The people in America and Europe who are building pipelines know what happened. I will tell you something important. The people who own companies that build pipelines know the story. I didn't learn the story from them, but I quickly learned that they know.

    I: Let us return to this situation in June of last year. President Joe Biden decided not to do it directly and postponed it.

    H: Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a press conference a few days after the pipelines blew up that Putin had been deprived of a major power factor. He said the destruction of the pipelines was a tremendous opportunity – a chance to deprive Russia of the opportunity to use the pipelines as a weapon. The point was that Russia could no longer put pressure on Western Europe to end US support in the Ukraine war. The fear was that Western Europe would no longer participate.

    I think the reason for this decision was that the war was not going well for the West and they were afraid of the approaching winter. Nord Stream 2 was put on hold by Germany itself, not by international sanctions, and the US was afraid that Germany would lift the sanctions because of a cold winter.

    I: What do you think are the motives for the attack? The US government was against the pipeline for many reasons. Some say she was against it because she wanted to weaken Russia or to weaken relations between Russia and Western Europe, especially Germany. But perhaps also to weaken the German economy, which is a competitor of the US economy. High gas prices have caused companies to migrate to the US. What is your view of the motives of the US government?

    H: I don't think they thought it through thoroughly. I know that sounds strange. I don't think Secretary Blinken and some others in the administration are deep thinkers. There are certainly people in the American economy who like the idea of us becoming more competitive. We sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) with extremely high profits, we make a lot of money from it.

    I'm sure there were some people who thought, 'Boy, this is going to give the American economy a long-term boost.' But in the White House, I think, they were always obsessed with re-election, and they wanted to win the war, they wanted to win a victory, they wanted Ukraine to somehow magically win. There might be some people who think that maybe it's better for our economy if the German economy is weak, but that's crazy. I think we've gotten caught up in something that's not going to work, the war isn't going to end well for this government.


Still waiting for the big American environmental groups linked to the Democratic party to speak out against Biden. He created the single biggest release of climate-damaging methane ever recorded, the United Nations Environment Programme has reported.  


 I: How do you think this war could end?

    H: It doesn't matter what I think. What I do know is that there is no way this war is going to end the way we want it to, and I don't know what we're going to do if we look further into the future. It scares me that the president was willing to do that. And the people who carried out this mission believed that the president was aware of what he was doing to the people of Germany, that he was punishing them for a war that was not going well. And in the long run, this will not only damage his reputation as president, but also be very damaging politically. It will be a stigma for the US.

    The White House feared that it might be in a losing position, that Germany and Western Europe would no longer supply the weapons we wanted, and that the German chancellor might put the pipeline back into operation – that was a big concern in Washington. I would ask Chancellor Scholz a lot of questions. I would ask him what he learned in February when he was with the President. The operation was top secret and the president was not supposed to tell anyone about our ability, but he likes to chat, he sometimes says things he shouldn't say.

    I: Your story was reported rather cautiously and critically in the German media. Some attacked your reputation or said you had only one anonymous source and that it was not reliable.

    H: How could I talk about my source? I have written many stories based on unnamed sources. If I named someone, they would be fired or, worse, jailed. The law is very strict. I've never exposed anyone, and when I write, of course, as I did in this article, I say it's a source, period. Over the years, the stories I've written have always been accepted.

    I: How did you check your facts?

    H: For the current story, I worked with equally experienced fact-checkers as I used to have at the New Yorker. Of course, there are many ways to check obscure information that is shared with me. The personal attacks on me also miss the point. The point is that Biden has decided to let Germans freeze this winter. The President of the United States would rather Germany freeze than Germany possibly stop supporting Ukraine, and that to me is a devastating thing for this White House.

    I: The point is also that this can be perceived as an act of war not only against Russia, but also against Western allies, especially Germany.

    H: I would put it more simply. The people involved in the operation saw that the president wanted to freeze Germany for his short-term political goals, and that horrified them. I'm talking about Americans who are very loyal to the United States. With the CIA, as I put it in my article, you're working for power, not for the Constitution.

    The CIA's political advantage is that a president who can't get his plans through Congress can walk with the CIA director in the White House Rose Garden to plan something secret that can affect many people on the other side of the Atlantic – or anywhere else in the world. That has always been the unique selling point of the CIA – with which I have my problems. But even this community is appalled that Biden has decided to expose Europe to the cold in order to support a war he will not win. This is nefarious to me.

    I: You said in your article that the planning of the attack was not reported to Congress, as is necessary in other covert operations.

    H: The matter was also not reported to many places within the military. There were people in other places who should have been informed but were not informed. The operation was very secret.

    I: What role does courage play for you in your profession?

    H: What's brave about telling the truth? Our job is not to be afraid. And sometimes it gets ugly. There have been times in my life when... -- you know, I'm not talking about it. But threats are not directed at people like me, but at the children of people like me. There were terrible things. But you don't worry about it, you can't. You just have to do what you do.

We learn something every day


We are learning something
during this time
we are living in,
who we can count on,
and who is
the phony baloney.
No matter whether  
they are so-called political leaders,
some well-financed 'alternative media'
or supposed friends,
when the chips begin  
to fall
we find out where we
and others stand.
Who runs for cover,
and who holds truthful ground?
Who turns on us
because of a disagreement
and who comes to talk?
We can share our 
differing feelings
and walk away
still respecting
one another.
Or not....
Who lets political party
Neo-con globalist agenda
history and reality?
Social status
truth and justice?
Those that tell me
I should keep my trap shut
about US-NATO
proxy war in Ukraine,
are not respecting
my ability to
think for myself.
Ukraine could be the trigger
for nuclear war,
war in space,
an end to all life.
How could I remain silent
and live with myself?
You either treat people 
the way you want to be treated 
or you don’t. 

If you don't
you ain't gonna be
or trusted.


Political earthquake in Kiev, Ukrainian leftist (banned) explains what’s happening


Alexei Albu, Odessa council deputy for the Borotba party

By Clara Statello

This post is also available in: French and Italian

The wave of resignations and dismissals of senior Ukrainian officials is just the latest jolt in a broader political earthquake that is rocking Kiev. It began with the resignation of Oleksij Arestovych, one of President Volodymir Zelensky’s most prominent advisers, who was swept up in controversy after questioning the cause of the Dnipro disaster. 

The day after his resignation letter, Jan. 18, a helicopter crashed into a kindergarten in Brovary; on board were the interior minister, his deputy and the secretary of state, all three of whom died. In the investigation, entrusted to the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU), sabotage is not ruled out.

Meanwhile, a skeleton is pulled out of the SBU’s closet. The head of military intelligence, (GUR), Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, blames the security services for the murder of Denis Kireev, one of his closest trusted men, whom he had tasked to sit at the negotiating table in Gomel. To no avail, Zelensky’s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak had tried to downplay it, speaking of a “lack of coordination” between SBU and GUR. In a later interview with Radio Svoboda, Budanov said his official had been eliminated by SBU agents in order to scuttle the negotiating process. A few hours later came the resignation of Kyrilo Timoshenko, deputy head of the Presidential Office, which came after Zelensky’s announcement about “personnel decisions,” followed by those of Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov, Deputy Prosecutor General, Oleksiy Symonenko, and a number of governors of several Kiev-controlled regions, including Kherson and Zaporizhye.

In the face of this rapid and dramatic succession of events, could the power apparatus built around Zelensky implode? Are we in danger of witnessing a night of the long knives?

We asked for comments from a member of the leftist opposition (outlawed by the government), Alexei Albu, Odessa council deputy for the Borotba party, a survivor of the May 2, 2014 massacre and a refugee in Lugansk.

Flurry of resignations and dismissals, what is happening in the Kiev Junta?

The Ukrainian government is not homogeneous. Different political clans have different foreign patrons. Some interact with the semicivil sector, for example, with various foundations, such as the Free Soros Society, USAID, UKAID, IRI, NED, Freedom House, Conrad Adenauer Foundation, etc.

Some interact directly with foreign intelligence agencies, such as the CIA and MI-6. Some represent the interests of European capital.

Resignation from the Ukrainian government may indicate divisions within the imperialist camp: dividing the remaining zones of political influence.

On Jan. 16 parliament launched a petition for Arestovich’s resignation, which came with a Facebook post the next day. What led to this striking dismissal?

Arestovich’s exit may be related to his desire to become Ukraine’s chief negotiator with the Russian side.

He often sends signals to the Kremlin that he is, among the entire Ukrainian political establishment, the most suitable figure. And thus, the most convenient candidate for negotiations.

The contradictions within the Ukrainian elite are intensifying and growing every day.

Therefore, Arestovich wants to disassociate himself from the rabid Russophobes because he thinks about his political future in the postwar reality. In this reality, Ukraine will still have to negotiate with Russia.

What balances have been broken within the power group that governs Ukraine?

Unfortunately, we have no insider information. We can only draw conclusions from the external manifestations of certain processes.

Probably the group that was connected to MI6 is losing ground. And the group associated with the CIA, on the contrary, is getting stronger.

The CIA controls the work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, which initiated the arrests of high-ranking officials. This was impossible without permission from above.

We see this in other signs that influenced the arrests of high-ranking officials and businessmen in the Odessa region.


Regarding the Brovary air disaster there were some rumors about an inside job. In light of what is happening do you think this is possible?

We know that Monastyrsky (Minister of the Interior,editor’s note), who was on board, had begun to distance himself from Zelensky. And he began a political rapprochement with Zaluzhny. Moreover, the deputy minister, who oversaw many high-profile criminal cases involving Zelensky group interests, died in the helicopter. This suggests that the helicopter may not have crashed due to a malfunction.

The Kireev murder scandal shows a rift within the intelligence community. Why did this affair come out just now?

The fact that this information has appeared only now may indicate that some political clans want to use it in their internal struggle. This is a further sign of a serious division and imbalance in the system.

Could these events lead to an implosion of the government, or does Zelensky’s power remain firmly in place?

Today all the players playing on the Ukrainian chessboard understand that it is impossible to show the public the real state of affairs. Therefore there is a tacit consent to silence. This is because if people understand that the authorities are not monolithic but instead are weak, they will refuse to fight. This is not advantageous for those who benefit from military conflict. However, as we can see, some political clans have violated this consensus. This could cause a chain reaction and send everything into a tailspin. Therefore, the authorities and those in charge of opposition groups will do everything to keep the system stable.

A few days ago, Victor Medvedchuk launched a proposal for a new political movement, a kind of “peace party” to oppose the “war party,” cashing in on the membership of personalities such as Azarov. Could such a project replace the current government?

No. This option is ruled out. The people of the Donbass and that part of the Ukrainian people who do not support the nationalists and await liberation despise Medvedchuk. An attempt to take leadership positions will lead to conflict with society. I think his time is up. It is time for new, young leaders.

Monday, February 13, 2023

Ukraine: The performance & the reality


By Manlio Dinucci (Grandangolo on Byoblu Channel 262, Italy)

The San Remo Festival will be remembered as the "Festival of the two Presidents": the President of the Italian  Republic Mattarella at the opening and the Ukrainian President Zelenski at the closing. The latter does not appear live, following the protests that were raised in Italy. However, the substance remains: Zelenski sent a speech to the San Remo Festival which  – the anchorman Amadeus in charge of this reading announced – “it is even translated by the Ukrainian Embassy in order to be very faithful to President Zelenski's writing”.

Zelenski's performance at the Festival is confronted with the reality happening in Ukraine, reconstructed through dramatic visual documentation in this episode of Grandangolo.

What Zelensky's real role is, has been revealed by a journalistic investigation published by The Guardian. In the 2019 presidential election, actor Zelenski, who became famous for his TV sitcom on the corruption of Ukrainian political leaders, pledged to end the war in Donbas and clean up the oligarch-dominated government system. He accused wealthy Petro Poroshenko, incumbent president, of hiding his assets in tax havens abroad.

Regarding his first commitment, once in the presidency, Zelenski's role was not to end the war in Donbas, unleashed in 2014 against the Russian populations of this region, but to fuel the NATO-led de facto war to target Russia.

Regarding the second commitment to eliminate corruption, in particular the export of capital to tax havens, the investigation elements published by The Guardian are clear. Zelenski is the co-owner of three companies headquartered and capitalized in Belize and the British Virgin Islands (Central America) and Cyprus. Upon assuming the post of president, Zelenski “transferred” his company shares to two of his partners. And, once in office, he appointed his first partner as his special assistant and the second one as head of the Ukrainian secret service.  

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It is time to put an end to all anti-human economic sanctions!



U.S. Peace Council

Once again, the U.S. imperialism is showing its true face through its selective response to the disastrous earthquake that has taken the lives of tens of thousands of people and destroyed whole cities in Syria and Turkey.

While countries like China, Russia, India, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Lebanon, and UAE (great majority of them under U.S. sanctions themselves), have rushed to the help of Syrian people, the U.S. still refuses to lift its sanctions against Syria despite the urgent humanitarian crisis.

The problem, however, is not limited to a ban on the shipment of U.S. medical supplies, equipment and humanitarian funds to Syria. As Syria’s United Nations Ambassador, Bassam al-Sabbagh, explained, “even those countries who want to send humanitarian assistance, they cannot use the airplane cargo because of the sanctions.”

Even before this catastrophic earthquake, U.S. sanctions, and its imposed war on Syria, had already shrunk the Syrian economy by 90 percent and had pushed 90 percent of the population of Syria into poverty. In late November 2022, the UN Special Rapporteur Alena Douhan had said that U.S. sanctions against Syria “may amount to crimes against humanity.”

On February 6, during the State Department Press Briefing, in response to a reporter who asked: “why not reach out to the Syrian Government?  .… They’re the ones that run these rescue operations or aid operations .…,” Ned Price said:

“I will make the point that it would be quite ironic, if not even counterproductive, for us to reach out to … [the Syrian] government…. Instead, we have humanitarian partners on the ground who can provide the type of assistance in the aftermath of these tragic earthquakes … these humanitarian partners … have been active on the ground since the earliest days of the civil war.”

What Ned Price consciously hid in his response was the fact that those U.S. “humanitarian partners” are only distributing aid to the Syrian areas that are under the U.S.-supported 'rebels’ control and not to all areas affected by the earthquake.

According to Syrian state media, Sana, “the Americans claim that they did not impose sanctions on humanitarian aid, but in reality, their sanctions do not allow anything from reaching Syria, including preventing the purchase of medicines…. Washington and its western allies give orders to some countries and threaten them to impose sanctions on them if they negotiate with Syria or if any bank deals with Syria.”

It is time to put an end to the cruel, anti-human economic sanctions, not only against Syria, but against all countries that are victimized by the imperialist policy of weaponizing unilateral economic measures for the political goal of maintaining hegemonic domination over the rest of the world.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

The War of Terror of a Rogue Superpower: Cui Bono?


By Pepe Escobar

When it comes to the Global South, what the Hersh report imprints is Rogue Superpower, in giant blood red letters, as state sponsor of terrorism.

Everyone with a brain already knew the Empire did it. Now Seymour Hersh’s bombshell report  not only details how Nord Stream 1 and 2 were attacked, but also names names: from the toxic Straussian neoliberal-con trio Sullivan, Blinken and Nuland all the way to the Teleprompter Reader-in-Chief.

Arguably the most incandescent nugget in Hersh’s narrative is to point ultimate responsibility directly at the White House. The CIA, for its part, gets away with it. The whole report may be read as the framing of a scapegoat. A very fragile, shoddy scapegoat – what with those classified documents in the garage, the endless stares into the void, the cornucopia of incomprehensible mumbling, and of course the whole, ghastly, years-long family corruption carousel in and around Ukraine, still to be completely unveiled.

Hersh’s report happened to pop up immediately after the deadly earthquakes in Turkey/Syria. This is an investigative journalism earthquake in itself, straddling over fault lines and revealing countless open air fissures, nuggets of truth gasping for air amidst the rubble.

But is that all there is? Does the narrative hold from start to finish? Yes and no. First of all, why now? This is a leak – essentially from one Deep State insider, Hersh’s key source. This 21st century “Deep Throat” remix may be appalled at the toxicity of the system, but at the same time he knows that whatever he says, there will be no consequences.

Cowardly Berlin – ignoring the nuts and bolts of the scheme all along – will not even squeak. After all the Green gang has been ecstatic, because the terror attack has thoroughly advanced their medieval de-industrialization agenda. In parallel, as an extra bonus, all the other European vassals receive further confirmation this is the fate that awaits them if they don’t follow His Master’s Voice.

Hersh’s narrative frames the Norwegians as the essential accessory to terror. Hardly surprising: NATO’s Jens “Peace is War” Stoltenberg has been a CIA asset for perhaps half a century. And Oslo of course had its own motives to be part of the deal; to collect loads of extra cash selling whatever spare energy it had for desperate European customers.

A little narrative problem is that Norway, unlike the U.S. Navy, still does not have any operational P-8 Poseidon. What was clear at the time is that an American P-8 was commuting back and forth – with mid-air refueling – from the U.S. to Bornholm island.

A positive screamer is that Hersh – rather, his key source – had the MI6 completely vanish from the narrative. SVR, Russian intel, had focused like a laser on MI6 at the time, as well as the Poles. What still cements the narrative is that the combo behind “Biden” provided the planning, the intel and coordinated the logistics, while the final act – in this case a sonar buoy detonating the C4 explosives – may have been perpetrated by the Norwegian vassals.

The problem is the buoy may have been dropped by an American P-8. And there’s no explanation of why one of the sections of Nord Stream 2 escaped intact.

Hersh’s modus operandi is legendary. From the perspective of a foreign correspondent on the ground since the mid-1990s, from the U.S. and NATOstan to all corners of Eurasia, it’s easy for someone like me to understand how he uses anonymous sources and how he accesses – and protects – his extensive list of contacts: trust works both ways. His track record is absolutely unrivalled.

But of course the possibility remains: what if he is being played? Is this no more than a limited hangout? After all, the narrative oscillates wildly between minute detail and quite a few dead ends, constantly featuring a huge paper trail and too many people in the loop – which implies exaggerated risk. The CIA hesitating too much to go for the kill is a certified red alert throughout the narrative – especially when we know that the ideal underwater actors for such an op would have come from the CIA Special Activities Division, and not the U.S. Navy.


What will Russia do?

Arguably the whole planet is thinking what will be the Russian response.

Surveying the chessboard, what the Kremlin and the Security Council see is Merkel confessing Minsk 2 was merely a ruse; the imperial attack on the Nord Streams (they got the picture, but might not have all the insider details provided by Hersh’s source); former Israeli PM Bennett on the record detailing how the Anglo-Americans killed the Ukraine peace process which was on track in Istanbul last year.

So it’s no wonder that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made it clear that when it comes to nuclear negotiations with the Americans, any proposed gestures of goodwill are “unjustified, untimely and uncalled for.”

The Ministry, on purpose, and somewhat ominously, was very vague on a key issue: “strategic nuclear forces objects” that have been attacked by Kiev – helped by the Americans. These attacks may have involved “military-technical and information-intelligence” aspects.

When it comes to the Global South, what the Hersh report imprints is Rogue Superpower, in giant blood red letters, as state sponsor of terrorism: the ritual burial – at the bottom of the Baltic Sea – of international law, and even the Empire’s tawdry ersatz, the “rules-based international order”.

It will take some time to fully identify which Deep State faction may have used Hersh to promote its agenda. Of course he’s aware of it – but that would never have been enough to keep him away from researching a bombshell (three months of hard work). The U.S. mainstream media will do everything to suppress, censor, demean and ignore his report; but what matters is that across the Global South it is already spreading like wildfire.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Lavrov has gone totally unplugged, much like Medvedev, denouncing how the U.S. has “unleashed a total hybrid war” against Russia, with both nuclear powers now on a path of direct confrontation. And as Washington has declared the “strategic defeat” of Russia as its goal and turned bilateral relations into a ball of fire, there can be no “business as usual” anymore.

The Russian “response” – even before Hersh’s report – has been on another level entirely; advanced de-dollarization across the spectrum, from the EAEU to BRICS and beyond; and total reorientation of trade towards Eurasia and other parts of the Global South. Russia is establishing firm conditions for further stability, already foreseeing the inevitable: the time to frontally deal with NATO.

As kinetic responses go, facts on the battleground show Russia further crushing the American/NATO proxy army in full Strategic Ambiguity mode. The terror attack on the Nord Streams of course will always be lurking in the background. There will be blowback. But that will be at a time, manner and place of Russia’s choosing.

~ Pepe Escobar is a columnist at The Cradle, editor-at-large at Asia Times and an independent geopolitical analyst focused on Eurasia. Since the mid-1980s he has lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Singapore and Bangkok. He is the author of countless books; his latest one is Raging Twenties.

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