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- Published on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 09:19
According to CBS News: "Shocked into action by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the resulting deaths of more than 200 Europeans, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, to be followed swiftly by similar punitive measures from the U.S."
There is not one credible shred of evidence implicating Russia in this atrocity, yet our corrupt, incompetent politicians, cheered on by elite controlled media, are leading us to a confrontation from which there may be no return.
From the killing by snipers of protesters in the Maidan uprising to the downing of MH17, we've been subjected to propaganda to facilitate the bankers' takeover of Ukraine but the plan is falling apart, leading to desperate measures. The world will pay a heavy price unless sanity and wisdom prevail.
Until this past Monday, the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17th, 2014, was a potential game changer for global geopolitics and the New Cold War. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the Kremlin…
In this report, we will lay out the facts based on a wide breadth of available information and data surrounding MH17. We will also present and give critique to Washington and Kiev’s “mountain of evidence” that has saturated US and European-based media coverage since the incident took place. 21WIRE has compiled this report with the help of many contributors and references from English-speaking media, as well as material translated from Russian and Ukrainian media sources, along with other historical references to provide context. Our objective is to get as close to the truth as possible. Although many revelations will appear to be self-evident, we still encourage the public to draw their own conclusions regarding this pivotal event.
Hat tip to Mike for this
If you value a future for your children, share this information.
- Published on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:49
Media coverage on Ukraine is focused primarily on demonising Russia. On BBC Radio 4's Today program, Malcolm Rifkind, former Tory foreign and defence secretary, was ramping up the rhetoric against Putin alleging "we" are 99% sure that Putin backed rebels brought down MH17. It would be useful to know on what hard information he bases that assertion in the light of all the contrary evidence.
But why is so much pressure being applied? Because the western imposed government is disintegrating and its armed forces are suffering losses and desertions as more soldiers realise they've been sold a lie and refuse to kill their countymen and women. This is an unverified report but is consistent with all that we know from sources other than the elite controlled media.
Official report on Kiev military losses
Info provided by John Durham, from the official report from the Ukraine Interior Minister, Avakov (who by the way will eventually be tried for war crimes, but chances are he may not live this long). I’ve seen this leaked report and I can confirm its existence.
Official Ukrainian Military Report of Losses for July 9-15, 2014 (Arsen Avakov, Minister of Interior and V. Gritsak, Head of the ATO)
1. Desertions: 3473
2. Killed in Action: 1600
3. Wounded in Action: 4723
4. Tanks: 35
5. Armoured Battle Vehicles: 96
6. Artillery : 38
7. Aircraft: 7
8. Helicopters: 2
9. Automobiles: 104
In the event the negative trend continues…I estimate that 2/3 of the active combat military units currently participating in the ATO will simply cease to exist in as little as 4 to 5 days.
V. Nalyvaichenko, Security Service
B. Hrytsak, Antiterorist Center Security Service
It is against this background that Putin is being painted as the villain. The ruling elite are seeking revenge for his taking back power from the Russian oligarchs who pillaged the country on behalf of the bankers and they want to repeat the devastating imposition of the shock doctrine on Boris Yeltsin's watch.
Hat tip to Arvind for these
- Published on Monday, 28 July 2014 08:58
This article refers to US and French claims that Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, in contradiction of the evidence and independent analysis which confirms the use of Sarin by the western backed rebels in Syria.
Beyond Propaganda: Discourse of War and Doublethink. “When the Lie Becomes the Truth” by Jean-Claude Paye and Tülay Umay
The Example of Syria
The cleavage gives one the opportunity to live on two different levels, placing side by side, on the one hand, “knowledge”, the use of sarin gas by the rebels, and on the other hand a dodging of confrontation with a suspension of information. This is to prevent any struggle, any symbolism in order to enjoy the full omnipotence of the powers that be. In the absence of a perceived lack in what one is told, one finds oneself beneath the conflict in an annulment of any judgment.
Orwell has also highlighted this procedure in his definition of “doublethink.” It consists in the following: “to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancel each other out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them,” while being able to forget, « whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed ». Then one must forget, ie: “consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you have just performed. ”
This explanation of media distortion equally applies to other conflicts: The slaughter of innocents in Gaza is characterised as war, the bombing of Libya into chaos as "protection" and the western fomented civil war in Ukraine as being caused by Vladimir Putin. Once again, the magazine of the ruling elite is demonising Putin, driving us ever closer to the brink of WWIII.
Using this picture on the front cover of this week's Economist with the headline: "A web of lies" the mendacious magazine performs the trick described above. All the evidence points to the western backed regime downing MH17, yet we are to hold Putin responsible.
Washington Is Escalating the Orchestrated Ukrainian “Crisis” to War By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Despite the conclusion by US intelligence that there is no evidence of Russian involvement in the destruction of the Malaysian airliner and all lives onboard, Washington is escalating the crisis and shepherding the World toward war.
- Published on Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:19
Pro-Israeli UK and US media, serving the interests of the criminal ruling class (CRC), report that 70% of Israel's Jewish population support the indiscriminate butchery of Palestinians in Gaza.
This report is not surprising given the Jewish Israeli worldview inculcated from birth and reinforced on a daily basis: that they need to fight to survive, that threats are everywhere, that Palestinians are lesser beings and that Israeli Jews have a divine right to the land they've acquired through wars and illegal settlements.
If they understood the history of Zionism and the violent establishment of Israel at the expense of Palestinian lives and homes, such a survey would produce a very different result.
If Israeli Jews were to empathise with the victims of their government's genocidal ethnic cleansing, they would think differently.
Hat tip to Arvind for these
Many Jews, both within and beyond the borders of Israel do empathise, well understand Israel's crimes and do not support the slaughter of Palestinians. Across the UK yesterday, some of these Jews joined tens of thousands of protesters (60,000 in London alone), demonstrating against Israel's actions and other governments' complicity in its crimes against humanity. Jews for Justice for Palestinians were handing out leaflets containing the following article:
Israeli Self-Defense Does Not Permit Killing Civilians
How to hold the rogue state of Israel to account? Our supine governments won't do it. In the UK, organisations such as Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) and Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) ensure elected politicians toe the line. Any deviation from uncritical support attracts accusations of anti-semitism and the media ensure politicians critical of Israel are targeted, prejudicing their electoral future. No wonder politicians are terrified to put their heads above the parapet. In the US, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Anti-Defamation League ADL perform the same function. Zionism's PR machine has been formidable from the outset.
One thing Israel is terrified of is Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) a non-governmental initiative to isolate Israel economically. US military and financial support is unlikely to be withdrawn but being ostracised by people and businesses around the globe will undermine Israel's economy and weaken support for its military government. Talk to your friends and family, share this information and we can bring sufficient pressure to stop the carnage.