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Armed vigilantes antagonizing protesters have received a warm reception from police

by Mara Hvistendahl, Alleen Brown
Part 4 - “Armed Friendlies” in Albuquerque
In New Mexico, earlier appearances by the New Mexico Civil Guard sparked little apparent concern among the authorities. On June 1, video emerged of an Albuquerque police officer offering a pep talk to men in military garb ahead of a demonstration against police brutality. The men were apparently working with Ultimate Fighting Champion mixed martial artist Jon Jones to stop any attempts to damage buildings. “If you guys see something, holler, but take care of each other and take care of the people of Albuquerque,” the police officer told them. The New Mexico Civil Guard, which describes its mission as providing “rapid local lawful response to emergency and dangerous situations,” was among the armed men spotted confronting demonstrators in the city that night.
Nick Estes, an American studies professor at the University of New Mexico, was walking to a community center with friends and activists when two armed me…

Did the FBI entrap Wikileaks? New Assange indictment explained

The Grayzone
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Kevin Gosztola, an editor with Shadowproof Media and Co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure Podcast, about the latest indictment handed down against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The indictment does not levy any new charges against Assange, so what purpose does it serve?

Afghan Bounty scandal comes at suspiciously important time for US military industrial complex

The latest scandal, like others before it, is based on scant testimony by anonymous officials and has had the effect of pushing liberal opinion on US foreign policy into a far more hawkish direction.
by Alan Macleod 

Based on anonymous intelligence sources, The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal released bombshell reports alleging that Russia is paying the Taliban bounties for every U.S. soldier they can kill. The story caused an uproar in the United States, dominating the news cycle and leading presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to accuse Trump of “dereliction of duty” and “continuing his embarrassing campaign of deference and debasing himself before Vladimir Putin.” “This is beyond the pale,” the former vice-president concluded.
However, there are a number of reasons to be suspicious of the new reports. Firstly, they appear all to be based entirely on the same intelligence officials who insisted on anonymity. The official could not provide a…

US claim of 'Russian Bounty' plot in Afghanistan is dubious and dangerous

The Grayzone
Multiple US outlets, citing anonymous intelligence officials, are claiming that Russia offered bounties to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan and that President Trump has taken no action. The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal breaks down the story's flaws and how it continues a Russiagate-era push of the Democratic Party to the right. 
"The constant flow of Russiagate disinformation into the bloodstream of the Democratic Party and its base is moving that party constantly to the right, while pushing the US deeper into this Cold War," Blumenthal says. 

Uncovering John Bolton's "distorted" tales in "The Room Where It Happened"

The Grayzone
Red Lines host Anya Parampil responds to ABC's interview with former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton about his new book "The Room Where It Happened". Anya dissects Bolton's warped perspective on Syria, Russia-US relations, and Korea.

Trump used looted Venezuelan public money to build border wall with Mexico

An estimated $24 billion of Venezuelan public money has been looted, and the Trump administration has used at least $601 million of it to construct a militarized wall on the US-Mexico border.
by Ben Norton
Part 1
Since the United States initiated a coup attempt against Venezuela’s elected leftist government in January 2019, up to $24 billion worth of Venezuelan public assets have been seized by foreign countries, primarily by Washington and member states of the European Union.
President Donald Trump’s administration has used at least $601 million of that looted Venezuelan money to fund construction of its border wall with Mexico, according to government documents first reviewed by Univision.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted countless times that he would “make Mexico pay” to build a gargantuan wall covering all of the roughly 2,000 miles (3,145 kilometers) of its northern border.
Unable to force the country to fund his $18 billion pet project, which has already cost …

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine

Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by shadowy US- and Gulf-backed operatives. Instead of protecting Syrian civilians, the unilateral measures are driving them towards hunger and death.
by Max Blumenthal
Part 3 - The dubious origins of the “Caesar” file
In June 2019, The Grayzone exposed a non-profit widely praised in Western media, the Center for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), as a US- and EU-funded regime-change initiative that aims to destabilize the Syrian government by subverting the international legal system.
As The Grayzone reported, CIJA field investigators worked directly with extremist militants – including Al Qaeda’s local affiliate – to gather documents from pillaged government offices and spirit them out of the country. CIJA even “pays rebel groups and couriers for logistical support,” the New Yorker acknowledged in a puff piece about the organization.
No trove of documents has be…

Israel leverages dubious ‘Nuclear Archives’ to secure new IAEA demands on Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran
by Gareth Porter
Part 3 - The IAEA caves to Israel and the US
The documents and photos the Israelis pushed with US support eventually prompted the IAEA to cave in to their demands. The agency sent three letters to Iran on July 5, August 9, and August 21, 2019, based entirely on the Israeli claims about three “undeclared sites.
In the missives, the IAEA claimed to have “detailed information” about what it called “possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities” at each of site. It demanded “clarifications” in each case.
According to the IAEA, the first letter related to the “possible presence” between 2002 and 2003 of a natural uranium metal disc which it said “may not have been included in Iran’s declarations.” The letter was clearly referring to Lavisan-Shian in Tehran, when it said the site “underwent…

Meet the far-right oligarchs working to topple Mexico’s progressive President AMLO

A Trump-like Mexican oligarch, Gilberto Lozano, is leading a coalition of corporate leaders and far-right fanatics called FRENA to try to overthrow President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
by José Guadalupe Argüello III and Ben Norton
Part 3 - Gilberto Lozano: ultra-elite oligarch with extreme, fascistic views
Gilberto Lozano González has established himself as one of the most die-hard opponents of President López Obrador.
A mega-rich oligarch from the heartland of Mexico’s elite, Lozano has made himself the figurehead of his National Anti-AMLO Front, FRENA.
Lozano publishes indignant rants on YouTube, where his channel has nearly 150,000 subscribers, calling the elected president a would-be dictator and warning that “the communist agenda is advancing”.
Most of the videos are recorded in Lozano’s opulent mansion, where viewers can see his loft ceilings, fancy paintings, mountain of hats, and grand piano. And the oligarch has a penchant for dramatic flair, posing in front of a statue of an…

Leaked documents reveal right-wing oligarch plot to overthrow Mexico’s AMLO

Mexico’s oligarchs and establishment political parties have united in a secret alliance to try to remove left-wing President López Obrador from power, with help from the media, Washington, and Wall Street. Leaked documents lay out their devious strategy.
by Ben Norton 
Part 4 - Wall Street investors and Mexican oligarchs back anti-AMLO alliance
Joining the entire Mexican political establishment in the Broad Opposition Bloc is a powerful financial oligarchy, both domestic and foreign.
Along with its “anti-4T lobbyists in Washington,” the leaked document says BOA has “Wall Street investment funds” behind it.
BOA adds that it is supported by “corporations linked to T-MEC,” using the Spanish acronym for the new “United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement” free-trade deal, known popularly as NAFTA 2.0.
Some of the richest capitalists in Mexico are associated with BOA. Named in the leaked document is the Mexican corporate behemoth FEMSA and oligarchs from its associated Monterrey Group, which the

Armed vigilantes antagonizing protesters have received a warm reception from police

by Mara Hvistendahl, Alleen Brown
Part 3 - Special Treatment for White Vigilantes
A day after Trump’s tweet about looting and shooting, Constable John Shirley of Hood County, Texas, posted a “Call to Action” in an Oath Keepers Facebook group accessed by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. Shirley called for adherents to provide protection at Dallas’s Salon à la Mode, which had defied the governor’s order to shut down in response to the pandemic, and encouraged current and former law enforcement to carry pistols. “We are now in a Global War on Antifa,” Shirley declared in a second Facebook post.
In communities in the Pacific Northwest, meanwhile, public officials welcomed “local boys” who poured into the streets to defend against rumored busloads of antifa. In Snohomish, Washington, the mayor applauded the armed men who guarded the city’s downtown on May 31, some waving the Confederate flag. Many drank alcohol as they stood watch, and the police chief characterize…

Linking US imperialism and police violence: Killer cop got start at dictator-training military base

Moderate Rebels
The Minneapolis cop who murdered George Floyd, setting off a protest movement, Derek Chauvin, started his career as a military police officer at the notorious Fort Benning, a base named after a Confederate general that is home to the School of the Americas (now called WHINSEC), where the US Army has trained countless Latin American dictators, death squads, torturers, assassins, and coup-plotters.
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton  speak with anti-war veteran Camilo Mejía, who was trained at Fort Benning, about the deep links between US imperialism, white supremacy, and police violence.

Afghanistan war exposed: an imperial conspiracy

Empire Files
Abby Martin covers the whole truth about the Afghanistan War, from the CIA construct of the 80's through today's senseless stalemate. Two decades, three administrations, tens of thousands of lives; it's time to #EndTheForeverWar.

Glenn Greenwald breaks down new 'bogus' charges against Julian Assange

The Hill
Co-Founding Editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald discusses developments in the indictment against Wikileak's founder Julian Assange.

Μερική επιστράτευση του δεξιού παρακράτους μπας και σωθεί το πανικόβλητο Μητσοτακικό καθεστώς

globinfo freexchange
Δεν θυμόμαστε ανάλογο προηγούμενο, ούτε στην Ελλάδα, ούτε παγκοσμίως. Μια κυβέρνηση ισχυρή και αυτοδύναμη, πριν καλά-καλά κλείσει χρόνο, να συμπεριφέρεται σαν να μη κυβερνάει και να επιτίθεται με τέτοια λύσσα σε αξιωματική αντιπολίτευση. Πρόκειται για άλλη μια ισχυρή ένδειξη για το γεγονός ότι η κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη και τα κέντρα εξουσίας πίσω από αυτή, ακόμα φοβούνται τον ΣΥΡΙΖΑ και επιθυμούν διακαώς τη στρατηγική του ήττα. Η συμπεριφορά της κυβέρνησης προσομοιώνει φοβικά καθεστώτα που τρέμουν στην ιδέα ότι μπορεί να καταρρεύσουν απότομα.
Έτσι, η φοβική συμπεριφορά του Μητσοτακικού καθεστώτος (η οποία θυμίζει άλλες εποχές), με έντονα σημάδια πανικού, οφείλεται  κατά κύριο λόγο στο γεγονός ότι δεν κατάφερε να ελέγξει απόλυτα την πληροφόρηση που φτάνει στο μέσο πολίτη. Κάποτε, στην εποχή του κλασικού δεξιού παρακράτους, κάτι τέτοιο ήταν απόλυτα εφικτό. Αλλά στην εποχή του διαδικτύου, των εναλλακτικών πηγών πληροφόρησης και των σόσιαλ μίντια, δεν είναι καθόλου δεδομ…

ΕΡΤ: Εξώδικο στον Μητσοτάκη, λογοκρισία, παιδιά και παραπαίδια

Φωτεινή Λαμπρίδη

Μπαρουτοκαπνισμένο πεδίο συνεχίζει να είναι η πολύπαθη ΕΡΤ, σύμφωνα με τα λεγόμενα των ίδιων των εργαζομένων. Το εξώδικο της ΠΟΣΠΕΡΤ στον πρωθυπουργό Κυριάκο Μητσοτάκη, είναι η κορυφή του παγόβουνου, στους πρόποδες του οποίου υπάρχουν καταγγελίες από δημοσιογράφους και εκπροσώπους συλλογικοτήτων και επαγγελματικών ομάδων, για αναξιοκρατία, χειραγώγηση και ασφυκτικό έλεγχο του περιεχομένου υπέρ της κυβέρνησης. Την ίδια στιγμή, εκατοντάδες εργαζόμενοι της ΕΡΤ, συνεχίζουν να διεκδικούν δεδουλευμένα που τους οφείλει η Δημόσια Ραδιοτηλεόραση, από την Περίοδο συγκυβέρνησης Σαμαρά - Βενιζέλου και δηλώνουν στο tvxs.gr εξαντλημένοι από την επταετή δικαστική διαμάχη.

ΠΟΣΠΕΡΤ προς Μητσοτάκη: Καταστρατηγείτε νόμους και δικαιώματα

Η ΠΟΣΠΕΡΤ με το  εξώδικο που έστειλε στον πρωθυπουργό, καταγγέλλει πως ο επιδιωκόμενος Επιχειρησιακός Σχεδιασμός, γίνεται με παράνομες διαδικασίες αφού δεν έχουν προηγηθεί οι απαραίτητες σύμφωνα με τον ελληνικό και ευρωπαϊκό νόμο διαβουλεύσεις. Τονίζει ε…

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine

Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by shadowy US- and Gulf-backed operatives. Instead of protecting Syrian civilians, the unilateral measures are driving them towards hunger and death.
by Max Blumenthal
Part 2 - Washington encourages Syrian famine as “an opportunity”
Authorized by Congress with no opposition, the so-called Caesar Civilian Protection Act amounts to an act of all out war on the very people it claims to protect. Targeting the Syrian Central Bank and penalizing any foreign company that does business with Damascus, the bill was conceived with the explicit aim of preventing the country from rebuilding after it defeated a proxy war imposed on it by the West, Israel, Turkey, and Gulf monarchies.
Charles Lister, a Gulf-backed de facto lobbyist for the Syrian opposition in Washington, inadvertently revealed the Caesar Act as an instrument of financial terror. In an op-ed for Politico this June, he foreca…

Israel leverages dubious ‘Nuclear Archives’ to secure new IAEA demands on Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran
by Gareth Porter
Part 3 - Israel enhances its position in the IAEA
This Israeli lobbying coincided with the first phase of a transition within the IAEA that would ultimately advance Tel Aviv’s position. Director General Yukio Amano underwent an unspecified medical procedure in September 2018, grew steadily weaker with a serious illness, and died on July 2, 2019. 
Before his physical decline, Amano had announced plans to step down by March 2020, touching off a competition between senior IAEA officials for election to the top position. US and Israeli influence was immediately enhanced by the race, because any interested candidate required substantial backing from Washington for the requisite votes among the agency’s board of directors.
The Israelis had focused the IAEA’s attention on an alleged Iranian overt conversion progra…

Meet the far-right oligarchs working to topple Mexico’s progressive President AMLO

A Trump-like Mexican oligarch, Gilberto Lozano, is leading a coalition of corporate leaders and far-right fanatics called FRENA to try to overthrow President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
by José Guadalupe Argüello III and Ben Norton
Part 2 - The extremist National Anti-AMLO Front (FRENA) proposes a color revolution
On May 30 and throughout the weekend of June 13 and 14, traffic across Mexico was disrupted with motorcades of honking cars displaying signs of opposition to President López Obrador. In the days leading up to the event, opposition supporters in the country, and in parts of the United States, had been called to protest in vehicle caravans under the slogan “Andrés López, we don’t want you.”
The group that organized these protests calls itself the National Anti-AMLO Front (Frente Nacional Anti-AMLO in Spanish), and uses the acronym FRENAAA, typically simplified to FRENA. This far-right Mexican group modeled its demonstrations against AMLO after similar protests organized by the …