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If you can’t rule you can still divide

The British empire disintegrated following WW2 and the partition of India was emblematic of the process to grant independence to former colonial states. Did control really change or did it morph by proxy?

India’s Independence from Colonial Britain and the Partition of India by Radhika Patel
Today marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from colonial Britain. Flags in both India and Pakistan fly high to commemorate the end of colonial rule. But in talking about India’s independence we need to rid ourselves of some historical amnesia. The partition of northern India that was drawn up by the British at the same time meant that independence was a mixed blessing, offering freedom from imperialism on the one hand and some inherited imperial power struggles on the other. The rivalry and political tensions between the two countries continue as a result. That’s something which took me over a decade to figure out.

The banksters put governments in their pocket through bribery, debt and blackmail; maverick politicians are brought into line or, failing that, undermined, deposed or killed.

Has Narenda Modi Switched Sides? by F. William Engdahl
Over the past few months, India has changed its attitude abruptly on several issues. It is as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to sabotage his rapprochement with China and Pakistan and to create artificial conflicts. For William Engdhal, this shift would be inspired by Washington and Tel Aviv.

And of course, India suffered its own "9/11".

The Betrayal of India: A Close Look at the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks by Graeme MacQueen
Book review of "The Betrayal of India: Revisiting the 26/11 Evidence" by Elias Davidsson
These attacks are tragic enough when they are acts of violence by religious extremists who have outsmarted our police and intelligence agencies. But, of course, many of them are actually violent acts facilitated by our police and intelligence agencies, directly or indirectly. The tragedy in such cases lies not only in the immediate human suffering but in the way our civil society and elected representatives are betrayed, intimidated, disciplined and stripped of their power by our own security agencies. The War on Terror, which goes by different names in different countries but continues as a global framework for violent conflict, thrives on this fraud.

Self-determination is only possible by removing institutional hierarchy - simply put: we cannot trust our government however it is constituted.

Power behind "protest"

Dissent is becoming ever more restricted. Not only is dissent suppressed and policed by "authorities"; "useful idiots" are primed and pointed at targets, often on the back of false accusations. The rise of Antifa across Europe and the US is not spontaneous but a planned, orchestrated movement to incite division and hatred.

Those who dissent come under pressure both from such groups and the establishment. Brendon O'Connell talks to Nick Spero about the rising tensions and his forthcoming case at the Australian High Court for criticising Israel.

The dark forces behind rising tensions and disruption are seldom exposed but here an ex-CIA agent discusses the methods and history of the CIA.

Know that the rising tide of hate and division is orchestrated and will end in civil war, unless we refuse to participate. Name calling and insults will get us nowhere but engaging in serious dialogue might.

Skulls, bones and power games

Without the work of people like Carroll Quigley and Anthony Sutton we would be blind to the machinations of the Structural Elite; the latter was a perennial thorn in the side of the establishment.

Antony Sutton, Skull&Bones, Hitler, the Bush family by Jon Rappoport
“Antony C. Sutton, 74, has been persecuted but never prosecuted for his research and subsequent publishing of his findings. His mainstream career was shattered by his devotion towards uncovering the truth. In 1968, his Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development was published by The Hoover Institute at Stanford University (see also my additional piece here). Sutton showed how the Soviet state’s technological and manufacturing base, which was then engaged in supplying the North Vietnamese the armaments and supplies to kill and wound American soldiers, was built by US firms and mostly paid for by the US taxpayers. From their largest steel and iron plant, to automobile manufacturing equipment, to precision ball-bearings and computers, basically the majority of the Soviet’s large industrial enterprises had been built with the United States help or technical assistance.”

These power games are playing out today globally and the latest round of conflict began with 9/11 which was the trigger to unleash the dogs of war. Why Syria? Many reasons, including the country's strategic importance to Russia and Iran but oil in the Golan Heights is the icing on the cake.

ROTHSCHILD funding ISIS through Genel Energy and US CollegeAmerica the nation’s largest 529 college savings plan, trusted by more than 1 million families nationwide.

Let's not forget the close relationships between banking and the intelligence services.

It's time to decide. Who is best place to serve our interests? Corrupt banksters, politicians, media, academia etc. or ourselves and each other? Those in control don't care about you or me; they care about wealth and power. Let's leave them to their games and render them irrelevant. We are the source of their power - take it away.

Faux victimhood will kill us all

Daily Pickings has referred in the past to faux victimhood and identity politics but when the alleged "victims" wield real power, we are all in danger of summary accusation and detention.

Welcome to The United Banana Kingdom by Gilad Atzmon
In 21st century Britain, law obedient citizens are subject to police raids and state terror for expressing their thoughts about the Israeli regime and its forceful lobby.

Manipulation of hate and division is accelerating across the world and the regime change playbook has come home to America and yet people still succumb to the deception - blaming the "other" while failing to see we are being played.

This process has repeated throughout history and been exploited by the same group of people, the Structural Elite. Everytime it happens, they increase their wealth and power while millions die. The Bolshevik revolution, two world wars were prime examples of what is playing out today. The coming conflagration is the inevitable result of 9/11 and people's gullibility - we need to confront the truth: that our governments will sacrifice as many as it takes to achieve the Structural Elite agenda.

Our institutions are morally bankrupt and there is little truth to be found among them (politics, media, academia, etc.). We will be real victims of this unfolding nightmare unless we trust ourselves and each other to bypass the corrupt and corrupting institutions - we need to talk.