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Month: December, 2015

Happy New Year from Plato’s Guns!

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And if you’re interested in a brief history of New Year’s Eve, click below:

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Putin and Israel: A Complex and Multi-Layered Relationship – The Saker

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The recent murder of Samir Kuntar by Israel has, yet again, inflamed the discussion about Putin’s relation to Israel. This is an immensely complicated topic and those who like simple, canned, “explanations” should stop reading right now. The truth is, the relationship between Russia and Israel and, even before that, between Jews and Russians would deserve an entire book. In fact, Alexander Solzhenitsyn has written exactly such a book, it is entitled “200 years together”, but due to the iron grip of the Zionists on the Anglo media, it has still not been translated into English. That should already tell you something right there – an author acclaimed worldwide who got the Nobel Prize for literature cannot get his book translated into English because its contents might undermine the official narrative about Russian-Jewish relations in general and about the role Jews played in Russian 20th century politics in particular! What other proof of the reality of the subordination of the former British Empire to Zionists interest does one need?

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A Message from George Orwell

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Is the West Disintegrating? – Patrick Buchanan/Blog

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On Jan. 1, 2002, the day that euro coins and banknotes entered into circulation, my column, “Say Goodbye to the Mother Continent,” contained this pessimistic prognosis:

“This European superstate will not endure, but break apart on the barrier reef of nationalism. For when the hard times come, patriots will recapture control of their national destinies from Brussels bureaucrats to whom no one will ever give loyalty or love.”

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Russia’s “Quagmire” In Syria Turns Out To Be A Well Designed Campaign – Moon of Alabama

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Recent “Official Washington” headlines:

The above was all nonsense and propaganda. It represented the typical self delusion of the Washington establishment. The Russian government and military knew exactly what they were doing. After some 100 days of Russian military support for the Syrian government the results are coming in. They look well. The Islamic State lost most of its oil income and is reduced in its capabilities. The Syrian army and its allies are progressing against they various enemies on several fronts. The costs of Russia’s expedition is relatively small.

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“Expel Israel from the UN” – Stuart Littlewood/Redress Information & Analysis

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Haganah fighters expel Palestinians from Haifa. May 12, 1948

UK activists’ clarion call to civil societies around the world

At least some people are determined to kick off the New Year on a positive note. A motion to expel Israel from the United Nations is to be put to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) Annual General Meeting (AGM). It reads as follows:

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Checkpoint Violence: Blood and Occupation -Vijay Prashad/CounterPunch

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On December 17, Naseer was driving from Nablus to Ramallah. Light rain fell as he approached the Israeli military’s checkpoint at Huwwara. In front of him was another car, moving cautiously. About fifty meters before that car was an Israeli military vehicle. Caution is the order of the day in the vicinity of the Israeli military. No sense in provoking their ire. Naseer kept some distance between the cars. They were moving slowly.

Beside the road, on the grass off the sidewalk, a young boy walked in the same direction of the cars. Naseer observed that the boy seemed to be on the grass to avoid the puddles on the sidewalk.

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How Salma Hayek Pitched an Arab Legend to Zionist Hollywwod

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the full text of which appears below. Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

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The Misinformation Mess – Robert Parry/Consortiumnews

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Exclusive: As Americans approach Election Year 2016, the crisis of misinformation is growing more and more dangerous. On issues from foreign policy to the economy, almost none of the candidates in the race appears to be addressing the real world, writes Robert Parry.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman marvels at the right-wing extremism prevalent in the Republican presidential race not just from the “outsider” candidates but from the “establishment” favorites as well, doubling down on President George W. Bush’s economic prescriptions and foreign policies despite their record of disaster.

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Empire of Chaos preparing for more fireworks in 2016 — Pepe Escobar/RT

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In his seminal ‘Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization,’ Bryan Ward-Perkins writes, “Romans before the fall were as certain as we are today that their world would continue forever… They were wrong. We would be wise not to repeat their complacency.”

The Empire of Chaos, today, is not about complacency. It’s about hubris – and fear. Ever since the start of the Cold War the crucial question has been who would control the great trading networks of Eurasia – or the “heartland”, according to Sir Halford John Mackinder (1861–1947), the father of geopolitics.

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Right of Return to Palestine

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Dream of Return to Syria

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NATO: Seeking Russia’s Destruction Since 1949 – Gary Leupp/CounterPunch

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In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. president George H. W. Bush through his secretary of state James Baker promised Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev that in exchange for Soviet cooperation on German reunification, the Cold War era NATO alliance would not expand “one inch” eastwards towards Russia. Baker told Gorbachev: “Look, if you remove your [300,000] troops [from east Germany] and allow unification of Germany in NATO, NATO will not expand one inch to the east.”

In the following year, the USSR officially dissolved itself. Its own defensive military alliance (commonly known as the Warsaw Pact) had already shut down. The Cold War was over.

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War, Indifference, Empathy

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At the end of this year, what can be said that hasn’t already been said in tears?  Wars are still raging; mothers are still burying their children on a daily basis in Palestine, in Syria, in Iraq, Libya and in Yemen.  The Axis of Evil is so very strong.  Frightfully strong.  Needs no introduction or naming at this stage.  Indiscriminate in its insatiable thirst for mass human blood, the Axis of Evil continues to unleash more wars that murder mostly innocent populations overseas and hold us all hostage and terrorized in the homelands.  The world is on the brink of global chaos and mass slaughter and you and I, dear reader, we are the wretched, helpless witnesses to this unfolding 21st century purgatory.

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Israelis are calling it a ‘new kind of Palestinian terror’ – William Booth, Ruth Eglash/The Washington Post

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— Young Palestinians with kitchen knives are waging a ceaseless campaign of near-suicidal violence that Israeli leaders are calling “a new kind of terrorism.” There were three attacks on Christmas Eve — two stabbings and one car ramming.

There have been about 120 attacks and attempted assaults by Palestinians against Israelis since early October, an average of more than one a day. At least 20 Israelis have been killed; more than 80 Palestinians have been shot dead by security forces and armed civilians during the assaults.

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Anonymous Hacksters Declare War On Turkey For Supporting ISIS

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Michael Moore’s New Movie Tells Americans: Pack Your Bags for Europe – Jennifer Swann/TakePart.com

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In ‘Where to Invade Next,’ the filmmaker shows how America can reform in prison, health care, education, and more.

A documentary based on the benefits of invading other countries sounds like an unlikely premise for Michael Moore, the controversial filmmaker and antiwar activist who slammed the U.S. invasion of Iraq a decade ago in Fahrenheit 9/11. But his latest movie, Where to Invade Next, relies on the concept of a metaphorical, not a physical, attack.

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Religious Ultranationalist Zionists Have Taken Over Israel – Gideon Levy/Haaretz

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First they built the settlements, then they killed off the two-state solution, now they are free to turn to their next target.

We can already announce the winner. Religious ultranationalism, which hides behind the worn-out name “religious Zionism,” has won, big time. With the appointment of the new police commissioner, head of the Mossad and the expected appointment of the attorney general, each belonging to their camp, they have captured additional outposts of decisive power. Now the entire top leadership of the legal system (the state prosecutor and Tel Aviv district prosecutor are theirs too) and part of the defense establishment is in their hands.

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Merry Christmas from Arabia!

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Assad Is Reaching Out to Washington Insiders – Josh Rogin/Bloomberg View

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Early this year, a former top White House official secretly went to Damascus and met with leaders of the Syrian regime. The visit is part of a broader effort by the Syrian government to reach out to Washington’s power brokers and gain influence.

The former official, Steven Simon, served as the National Security Council senior director for Middle Eastern and North African affairs from 2011 to 2012. He has not publicly disclosed his trip, but two senior Obama administration officials said he was not acting as a back channel between the two governments. He traveled there as a private citizen and was representing only himself. The officials said he met with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

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Donald Trump leads an insane white cult — and Pat Buchanan just explained how it works – Chauncey DeVega/Salon.com

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GOP front-runner leads cult of personality centered around white alienation, racial resentment and authoritarianism

Donald Trump is the front-runner in the 2016 Republican presidential primary race. He leads his closest rival, Ted Cruz, by a substantial margin. Trump’s proto-fascism, xenophobia and bigotry are not anomalies or outliers. These values are held by a large percentage of Republicans.

Donald Trump validates these feelings. As such, it is now fundamentally clear that Donald Trump is a hero and leader for many conservatives in the Age of Obama.

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Israeli wedding party celebrates Dawabsheh killings – Patrick Strickland/Al Jazeera English

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Video of Israeli wedding-goers dancing with guns as one stabs a photo of a killed Palestinian toddler sparks outrage.

A video of Israeli Orthodox Jewish wedding-goers celebrating the killing of a Palestinian toddler has prompted strong condemnation.

Aired on Wednesday night by Israel’s Channel 10, the footage was filmed three weeks ago and depicts Israeli youth dancing with guns and knives during a wedding party in Jerusalem.

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Merry Christmas from German Supermarket Cashiers!

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Labeling Israeli settlement products is US law, too – Josh Ruebner/TheHill

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Last month, the European Union published guidelines stipulating that products made in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem cannot be labeled “Made in Israel.” Instead, the labeling must clearly indicate that they were produced in an Israeli settlement.

Although the guidelines do not ban the importation of Israeli settlement goods and the EU explicitly stated that it “does not support any form of boycott or sanctions against Israel,” dozens of members of Congress have castigated the EU’s decision and inaccurately portrayed it as a victory for the Palestinian civil society-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Palestinian Refugee Pianist Awarded Beethoven Human Rights Prize – Michaela Whitton/AntiMedia.org

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Palestinian refugee and musician, Ayham Ahmad, from Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, has been awarded the International Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, Peace, Inclusion and the Fight Against Poverty.

Nicknamed the Pianist of Yarmouk, Ahmad gained international notoriety when videos of him playing his piano amid the death and destruction of the Damascus camp spread widely throughout social media in 2014. The young musician would wheel his piano out into the bombed-out streets and sing amid the rubble and dust.

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The Axis of Evil: A Documentary by North Korean Filmmaker

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Jewish Extremists’ Leader: Christians Are ‘Blood Sucking Vampires’ Who Should Be Expelled From Israel – Sharon Pulwer/Haaretz

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Benzi Gopstein, head of Lehava, calls to ban Christmas in the Holy Land: ‘Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood.’

Benzi Gopstein, leader of the extremist anti-assimilationist group Lehava, has called for the prevention of Christmas celebrations in Israel and the expulsion of Christians whom he compared to “vampires.”

“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” Gopstein wrote in an article posted a few days ago on the Haredi website Kooker.

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President Bashar Assad Interview with Czech TV – Tom Kleijn/DiePresse

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Peace in Syria or Nuclear War? – Thierry Meyssan/Voltairenet.org

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The terms of Resolution 2254 mostly confirm those of the Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted three years ago. The two greatest military powers in the world agree that the Syrian Arab Republic should be maintained, while the imperialists – with France in the front line – pursue their dream of changing the Syrian régime by force. But the world has changed over the last few years, and it will not be as easy to sabotage this new agreement as it was in 2012.

Washington-Moscow relations

For the second time, the United States and Russia have signed an agreement and concluded a peace plan for Syria.

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