Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from 2019

Russiagate media smears against Corbyn brought to you by US and UK military-intelligence apparatus

Days before Britain’s historic election, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations.
by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal
Part 3 - Using literal Nazi blog posts to smear Corbyn as a terrorist sympathizer
One of the most shockingly dishonest smears of Jeremy Corbyn was published in the British tabloid The Sun on December 7.

The story, hyperbolically titled “‘HIJACKED LABOUR’ Ex-British intelligence officers say Jeremy Corbyn is at the centre of a hard-left extremist network,” claimed the “Labour leader’s spider’s web of extensive contacts stretch from Marxist intellectuals to militant groups and illegal terror organisations.

The piece uncritically echoes the opinions of a right-wing lobby group called Hijacked Labour, which was founded by former military intelligence officers with the express goal of ousting Corbyn and purging the Labour Party…

‘Sexy tricks’: How journalists demonize Venezuela’s socialist government, in their own words

Journalists revealed to me the tactics they use to sell stories painting Venezuela as a socialist dystopia. One described himself as a “mercenary,” explaining how he aims to please his employer’s funders.
by Alan MacLeod
Part 3 - How US media recruits opposition activists
Due to budget cuts, the corporate press has outsourced their Latin America reporting to a collection of unabashed opposition activists.

Francisco Toro, for example, resigned from the New York Times claiming, “Too much of my lifestyle is bound up with opposition activism” that he “can’t possibly be neutral.” Yet Toro is now charged with providing commentary on Venezuela and Bolivia for the Washington Post.

Unsurprisingly, he supports the Bolivia coup and was “elated” when Chávez was overthrown. 
Another local Washington Post contributor was Emilia Diaz-Struck, who founded the website Armando.info, an investigative news outlet that runs a constant stream of stories slamming the socialist government and advancing the oppo…

Antisemitism claims have one goal: To stop Jeremy Corbyn winning power

The Jewish community’s alienation from Labour has been years in the making - but it is Johnson's Conservatives who have embraced hostility to minorities
Jonathan Cook
Part 7 - Nationwide echo-chamber
Corbyn’s democratic socialism is the first serious attempt by Labour since the Thatcher years to try to reverse the enormous and relentless economic gains made by Britain’s corporate ruling class. And Corbyn’s much more outspoken position in support of Palestinian rights – no different from his backing for black South Africans under apartheid rule – is unprecedented for a leader of a major British party.
That has made him especially vulnerable to attack both from a billionaire-owned media worried about his economic policies and from Israel lobbyists worried about where he might take British foreign policy on Israel. 

Both have found antisemitism an effective weapon with which to damage Corbyn – both because of the seriousness of the offence and because it has been difficult to rebut…

Technocracy now: The US is working to turn Lebanon’s anti-corruption protests against Hezbollah

While Lebanon’s protests remain focused on the economy and widespread corruption, Washington is increasingly determined to exploit the movement as a geopolitical weapon in the region.
by Rania Khalek
Part 5 - Enter the NGO industrial complex
Unfortunately for Washington, the core of the protest movement remained primarily focused on the economic crisis. Though Hezbollah had bolted the protest ranks, leftist groups like the Lebanese Communist Party, Citizens in a State, the Shaab (People) Movement, and other socialist-oriented elements remained involved.

In the past weeks, these groups had been holding discussion groups and working to influence as many protest participants in a left-wing direction. However, they represent a small slice of Lebanese society and lack the resources of US-backed parties and civil society groups.
By contrast, the Sabaa party is flush with funding. It was founded by Jad Dagher, a notoriously shady Lebanese businessman who used to belong to the Phalange, another…

Plan Cóndor 2.0: Tras el golpe en Bolivia, Trump declara a Nicaragua ‘amenaza a su seguridad nacional’ y apunta hacia México

Luego de presidir el golpe en Bolivia, los Estados Unidos declararon a Nicaragua como una “amenaza a la seguridad nacional” anunciando nuevas sanciones, al mismo tiempo que Trump designó a los carteles del narcotráfico en México como “terroristas” sin descartar una intervención militar.

por Ben Norton
Parte 5 -  La Operación Cóndor 2.0 de Trump
Es intolerable para Washington un México independiente y de izquierda.

En un discurso a venezolanos en Miami (con sus gorras de Make America Great Again, la consigna de la primera campaña presidencial de Trump) en febrero, Trump discurseó por más de una hora contra el socialismo, amenazando con cambio de régimen a los gobiernos izquierdistas restantes.

“Los días del socialismo y el comunismo están contados, no sólo en Venezuela, sino también en Cuba y Nicaragua”, declaró, agregando que nunca se le permitirá al socialismo el echar raíces en el corazón del capitalismo en los Estados Unidos.
Mientas Trump ha declardo que busca retirarse de las guerras…

Γιατί οι Εργατικοί έχασαν τους εργάτες;

Ανδρέας Κοσιάρης
Ένα δεδομένο που αναδύεται ίσως πάνω από τα υπόλοιπα στη χθεσινή συντριπτική ήττα των Εργατικών του Κόρμπιν στις εκλογές του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου, είναι ότι πολλές ακραιφνώς εργατικές περιφέρειες «το γύρισαν» στους Συντηρητικούς. Τις πταίει όμως που η «αριστερή στροφή» των Εργατικών ηττήθηκε ακριβώς εκεί που θα υπέθετε κανείς πως θα κέρδιζε;
Το παρακάτω γράφημα των Financial Times παρουσιάζει ουσιαστικά αυτήν ακριβώς τη μεταστροφή των ψηφοφόρων σε παραδοσιακά εργατικές περιοχές (και περιοχές που ψήφιζαν παραδοσιακά Εργατικούς). Στον οριζόντιο άξονα βλέπουμε το ποσοστό «εργαζομένων του μπλε κολάρου» σε κάθε περιοχή, δηλαδή των χειρωνακτών και των ανειδίκευτων εργατών. Στον κάθετο άξονα βλέπουμε την αλλαγή στην ψήφο των Συντηρητικών σχετιζόμενη με την αντίστοιχη αλλαγή στην ψήφο στα δύο έτερα μεγάλα κόμματα, τους Εργατικούς και τους Φιλελεύθερους Δημοκράτες.
K we now have a new leader for strongest correlation, and I think this is narratively significant:

The share of w…

The Brits have just committed suicide and opened the road for a second Trump term

by system failure
It was a disastrous night and a devastating result, not only for the Labour party, but also for the entire country. The British voters have just thrown into the dustbin of history a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to escape from the neoliberal Dark Ages, after decades.
Maggie's ghost is still hanging over Britain and it has become stronger than ever.
As a first conclusion, we could say that the capitalist factions in UK achieved their primary goal, which was to get rid of the Corbyn threat. As has already been mentioned, in the merciless endo-capitalist war, the pro-Brexit faction sees a potential Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn, also as a major threat. This is one of the few common views it has with the globalist faction. 
Corporate media launched an unprecedented anti-Corbyn propaganda campaign that will certainly become a case study for scientists and future historians once this whole show turn off its lights.

But Corbyn holds also significant responsibili…

Chile awakens: the end of the neoliberal "miracle"

redfish
Chileans have awoken. Millions of people have risen up against their billionaire president and decades of neoliberal policies, challenging what free market economists have called an economic "miracle".

Ukrainian neo-Nazis flock to the Hong Kong protest movement

Ukrainian fascists who previously fought in a US-backed neo-Nazi militia joined the anti-China protests in Hong Kong, sharing their tactics and showing off their tattoos.
by Ben Norton
Part 4 - Ukrainian regime-changers build networks with Hong Kong secessionists
Despite all of this publicly available evidence demonstrating the open fascism of the Ukrainian hooligans in Hong Kong, the Kiev-based Free Hong Kong Center published a statement on Facebook defending and whitewashing Gonor.

The organization confirmed that the extremists did indeed fight with Azov “during the first period of the war” against pro-Russian separatists, but claimed that they have been unaffiliated since 2015.

The Free Hong Kong Center described the neo-fascists as “activists of the Revolution of Dignity and as well as veterans of the defending war with Russia.” Absurdly, the center declared that they “assured us they are really against nazism and another kind of alt-right ideology.” “A lot of people were disappointed…

The most crucial elections in UK for decades

LIVE


Boris Johnson's Conservative party has secured a majority by seizing seats from the Labour party in its traditional heartlands in the north and midlands. Johnson remains prime minister and should now be able to get his Brexit deal through parliament. After a disastrous night, Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not lead the Labour party into the next election. Meanwhile the Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson and the DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds have lost their seats.

One of the earliest results seemed to confirm predictions of big Labour losses in the north-east. But they held onto the seat, not least because the leave vote was split between Conservatives and the Brexit party.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/dec/12/uk-general-election-2019-full-results-live-labour-conservatives-tories

Jeremy Corbyn as PM was the only thing giving me some hope for the future; for peace, justice. Have been in a state of shock all day (I’m in the US atm). Crying now. Devastated…

US and UK military-intelligence apparatus campaigns to destroy Jeremy Corbyn

Days before Britain’s historic election, the UK’s military-intelligence apparatus is turning to the corporate media and US government-funded NATO cut-outs to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with evidence-free Russiagate allegations.
by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal
Part 2 - Western intelligence cut-outs blame Corbyn’s exposure of NHS scandal on Russia
On November 27, the Jeremy Corbyn campaign revealed a 451-page dossier containing details of secret negotiations between the UK’s Conservative government and the US to privatize Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) as part of the Brexit deal. The explosive revelation put the lie to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise that the NHS was not up for negotiation.

Less than a week later, a peculiar story dropped in the British media. A December 2 headline in the pro-Tory Telegraph blared that the NHS dossier deployed by Corbyn “points to Russia.” The liberal Guardian published a similar report asserting that the leaked papers had been “pu…

‘Sexy tricks’: How journalists demonize Venezuela’s socialist government, in their own words

Journalists revealed to me the tactics they use to sell stories painting Venezuela as a socialist dystopia. One described himself as a “mercenary,” explaining how he aims to please his employer’s funders.
by Alan MacLeod
Part 2 - From Venezuelan prophylactic to whitewashing Bolivia’s coup
On the back of his coverage of Venezuela, Anatoly Kurmanaev has risen rapidly through the ranks of his industry to a post at the supposed newspaper of record, the New York Times, whose editorial board recently applauded the US-backed military coup in Bolivia that ousted Evo Morales.

Generals appeared on television demanding the newly re-elected Morales step down. Their handpicked replacement Janine Añez immediately pre-exonerated security forces of any crimes in the “re-establishment of order”, leading to massacres of dozens of indigenous protestors.

In the New York Times, Kurmanaev soft-pedaled those events as Morales’ “resignation” – not the military coup that had unfolded in plain sight. According t…

Plan Cóndor 2.0: Tras el golpe en Bolivia, Trump declara a Nicaragua ‘amenaza a su seguridad nacional’ y apunta hacia México

Luego de presidir el golpe en Bolivia, los Estados Unidos declararon a Nicaragua como una “amenaza a la seguridad nacional” anunciando nuevas sanciones, al mismo tiempo que Trump designó a los carteles del narcotráfico en México como “terroristas” sin descartar una intervención militar.

por Ben Norton
Parte 4 -  Trump llama “terroristas” a los carteles mexicanos, no descarta ataques con drones
Mientras que no hay ninguna novedad en el hecho de que los Estados Unidos apunten contra los gobiernos de Nicaragua y Venezuela, Donald Trump está posando su mirada en el aliado de vieja data de los Estados Unidos: México.

En 2018, el electorado mexicano hizo historia cuando eligieron en avalancha a Andrés Manuel López Obrador. López Obrador, con frecuencia referido como AMLO, es el primer presidente de izquierda en más de cinco décadas. Apoyado sobre campaña progresista prometiendo un impulso al gasto social, reducción de la pobreza, combate a la corrupción e incluso la despenalización de las dro…

Operation Condor 2.0: After Bolivia coup, Trump dubs Nicaragua ‘national security threat’ and targets Mexico

After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a “national security threat” and announced new sanctions, while Trump designated drug cartels in Mexico as “terrorists” and refused to rule out military intervention.
by Ben Norton
Part 5 - Trump’s Operation Condor 2.0
For Washington, an independent and left-wing Mexico is intolerable.

In a speech for right-wing, MAGA hat-wearing Venezuelans in Miami, Florida in February, Trump ranted against socialism for nearly an hour, threatened the remaining leftist countries in Latin America with regime change.

The days of socialism and communism are numbered not only in Venezuela, but in Nicaragua and in Cuba as well,” he declared, adding that socialism would never be allowed to take root in heart of capitalism in the United States.
While Trump has claimed he seeks to withdraw from wars in the Middle East (when he is not occupying its oil fields), he has ramped up aggressive US intervention in Latin America.

Though the neo…

Antisemitism claims have one goal: To stop Jeremy Corbyn winning power

The Jewish community’s alienation from Labour has been years in the making - but it is Johnson's Conservatives who have embraced hostility to minorities
Jonathan Cook
Part 6 - 'No passion' for Israel
Miliband was not accused of antisemitism – that might have sounded a little too improbable – but he was found guilty by a significant number in the Jewish community of failing to be a strong advocate for Israel. For example, he antagonised many with his criticisms of Israel when it launched an attack on a blockaded Gaza in 2014 that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including some 550 children. 
The Jewish Chronicle also noted how his reputation had been harmed with many British Jews by his support the same year for non-binding legislation calling for the UK to recognise Palestinian statehood.

As Israel’s Haaretz newspaper observed: “For British Jews therefore, there is a troubling question: Is Miliband Jewish enough? Does he have loyalty to the tribe? … The fact that Britis…

Technocracy now: The US is working to turn Lebanon’s anti-corruption protests against Hezbollah

While Lebanon’s protests remain focused on the economy and widespread corruption, Washington is increasingly determined to exploit the movement as a geopolitical weapon in the region.
by Rania Khalek
Part 4 - US-aligned parties join the protests
On day three, Samir Geagea, the leader of the US-backed Lebanese Forces (LF), removed his four ministers from government, supposedly in solidarity with the protests. LF is a right-wing pro-American party that had been one of the most brutal militias in Lebanon’s civil war. And Geagea’s decision changed the course of the movement. 
Walid Jumblatt of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) threatened to remove his own ministers, placing his party in the opposition. Meanwhile, LF and PSP supporters joined the protests by obstructing major roads outside of Beirut: LF blocked the main highway at Jal el Dib and other areas in the north while PSP blocked the roads in the south.

Next, Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned, placing his Saudi- and US-backed F…

Bolivia coup led by Christian fascist paramilitary leader and millionaire – with foreign support

Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.
by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton
Part 9 - Finishing the job
When Carlos Mesa touched off nationwide protests in October by accusing the Evo Morales government of committing electoral fraud, the right-wing firebrand hailed by his followers as “Macho Camacho” emerged from the shadows. Behind him was the hardcore separatist shock force that he led in Santa Cruz.  
Mesa faded into the distance as Camacho emerged as the authentic face of the coup, rallying his forces with the uncompromising rhetoric and fascist symbology that defined the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista paramilitary.

As he declared victory over Morales, Camacho exhorted his followers to “finish the job, let’s get the elections going, let’s start judging the government criminals, let’s…