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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 …

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 3 - Mexico’s establishment political parties and former presidents unite to oust AMLO
With backing from the US government and utter dominance of media narratives, the Broad Opposition Bloc plan is to unite all of Mexico’s establishment political parties.
Together, these parties could potentially run candidates under the BOA umbrella, according to the document. Their goal would be, in the 2021 legislative elections, to end the majority that AMLO’s left-wing party Morena won in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies. 
After that, BOA states clearly that it plans to block reforms in the Mexican legislature, and ultimately impeach President López Obrador by 2022 — at least two years before his term ends.
Quite revealing is that th…

Armed vigilantes antagonizing protesters have received a warm reception from police

by Mara Hvistendahl, Alleen Brown
Part 2 - A History of Collaboration
The United States has a long history of vigilantes working with police and government officials to oppress Black and Indigenous people. As European Americans violently settled Indigenous territories, the U.S. government offered rewards for the scalps of those they sought to displace. In the Jim Crow South, violent mobs lynched thousands of Black Americans, often advertising the killings in the newspaper ahead of time. Police sometimes attended, and many of the victims were political activists.
There’s a very close connection historically between the police and vigilantes in the United States,” said Noël Cazenave, a sociologist at the University of Connecticut and author of “Killing African Americans: Police and Vigilante Violence as a Racial Control Mechanism.” Vigilante mobs tend to flare up in reaction to a perceived increase in the power held by Black people, he said. In the Jim Crow South, the trigger was aboli…

Βούρκος, παρακράτος και... σκάνδαλα

Kαθώς τα εσωτερικά προβλήματα, οι αποτυχίες, το φιάσκο της διασπάθισης των 20 εκατ. ευρώ αλλά και η τρέχουσα και επερχόμενη κατάρρευση της οικονομίας απειλούν την επίπλαστη εικόνα της κυβέρνησης και ναρκοθετούν το ρίσκο των διπλών εκλογών του Φθινοπώρου, η ΝΔ φαίνεται ότι επιλέγει να κυλήσει την πολιτική ζωή στο βούρκο και να μεταχειριστεί πρακτικές παρακράτους.  
Ελλείψει πολιτικού αφηγήματος, ο Υπουργός Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης όταν δεν εγκαινιάζει ανύπαρκτες επενδύσεις στο Ελληνικό, απειλεί δημοσιογράφους, πολιτικούς αντιπάλους ακόμη και εισαγγελείς που τον ελέγχουν για μίζες, στους οποίου υπόσχεται φυλακή και δίνει τον τόνο της θεσμικής αμετροέπειας.
Η ακροδεξιά κυβερνητική πτέρυγα, που έχει κουρελιάσει κάθε έννοια νομιμότητας στην Προανακριτική Επιτροπή, επιστρατεύει παράνομες υποκλοπές και γυρνά τη χώρα στις εποχές του «Μαυρίκη», προσπαθώντας απεγνωσμένα να αντιπαρέλθει τις αποκαλύψεις για τα εμβάσματα της Novartis και τις μίζες των 2,5 εκατ. ευρώ από τον Παναμά. Αλλά και το ίδιο το π…

Να απαντήσουν Σαμαράς, Γεωργιάδης, Βορίδης μετά την απόφαση των ΗΠΑ πως βοήθησαν τη Novartis

Η απόφαση του αμερικανικού δικαστηρίου του Νιού Τζέρσι για την υπόθεση Novartis Hellas με την οποία καλείται η πολυεθνική φαρμακευτική εταιρεία να πληρώσει 310 εκατ. δολάρια κατόπιν εξωδικαστικού συμβιβασμού για αθέμιτες πρακτικές στη χώρα μας κατά την περίοδο 2012-2015 αλλάζει τελείως την πολιτική ατζέντα.
Και αυτό παρά την αγωνιώδη προσπάθεια των καλοπληρωμένων από την κυβέρνηση Μητσοτάκη Μέσων Ενημέρωσης να διαστρεβλώσουν την απόφαση του αμερικανικού δικαστηρίου υποστηρίζοντας από το βράδυ της Πέμπτης που έγινε γνωστή ότι η υπόθεση έκλεισε χωρίς αναφορά σε πολιτικά πρόσωπα. Ξεχνούν βέβαια ότι η επιτροπή κεφαλαιαγοράς των ΗΠΑ και το δικαστήριο του Νιου Τζέρσι δεν έχουν αρμοδιότητα, όπως είναι λογικό, για απόδοση ποινικών η άλλων ευθυνών σε πολίτες τρίτων χωρών.
Παρόλα αυτά οι αναφορές στη σχέση πολιτικών και κρατικών λειτουργών με τη Novartis στο πλαίσιο μάλιστα της συμφωνίας ενός εξωδικαστικού συμβιβασμού αποτελούν την απόδειξη για την σκανδαλώδη περίπτωση που εξετάζεται από την ε…

«Φορτώνουν» με νέες κατηγορίες τον Ασάνζ οι ΗΠΑ

Αντιδρούν έντονα οργανώσεις υπεράσπισης της ελευθερίας του Τύπου και των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων
Οργανώσεις υπεράσπισης της ελευθερίας του Τύπου και των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων επέκριναν έντονα χθες Πέμπτη τις «επικίνδυνες» νέες κατηγορίες της κυβέρνησης των ΗΠΑ σε βάρος του Τζούλιαν Ασάνζ, του ιδρυτή του ιστότοπου WikiLeaks.
Με νέο έγγραφό του το αμερικανικό υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης κατηγορεί τον Ασάνζ και τους συναδέλφους του στον WikiLeaks ότι στρατολόγησαν χάκερ και ενθάρρυναν άλλους για να εξασφαλίσουν πληροφορίες κατά παραβίαση της νομοθεσίας στις ΗΠΑ για την κατασκοπεία, οπως μεταδίδει το dpa και αναμεταδίδει το Αθηναϊκό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων. 
Ο Ασάνζ, αυστραλός υπήκοος, 48 ετών, κατηγορείτο ήδη ότι συνωμότησε με την Τσέλσι Μάνινγκ, άλλοτε αναλύτρια της υπηρεσίας πληροφοριών του αμερικανικού στρατού, για να εξασφαλίσει ένα γιγαντιαίο πακέτο εμπιστευτικών και απορρήτων διπλωματικών και στρατιωτικών εγγράφων το 2010.
Οι συνήγοροι υπεράσπισης του Ασάνζ, οι οποίοι δίνουν μάχη εναντίον τ…

Neoliberal establishment will attempt to take control of the evangelical electoral army using its most powerful asset for such an operation: Joe Biden

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Here is another strong indication about the theory we support, according to which Trump, Brexit and other far-right governments in power, are primarily the product of a merciless civil war of the big capital.
Politico's article subtitle tells you almost everything you need to know:
The president’s supporters worry Biden can grab a larger slice of a critical voting bloc — when Trump can least afford departures from his base.
Let's take a look at some interesting parts [most important highlighted]:
It was June 10, 2008. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama had gathered with dozens of evangelical leaders — many of them fixtures of the religious right — at the urging of campaign aides. If he could offer genuine glimpses of his own abiding faith, they insisted he could chisel away at the conservative Christian voting bloc.
The strategy worked. Obama’s campaign stops at churches, sermon-like speeches and his professed belief in Jesus Chr…

Boycotting Israel is not a crime, says European Human Rights Court

The Real News Network
The EHRC overturned the French court's convictions of 12 BDS activists for "incitement to discrimination" in a watershed ruling for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.

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 1
The US Department of Treasury’s imposition this June of the so-called Caesar Civilian Protection Act, a draconian set of economic sanctions on Syria, amounts to a medieval-style siege on all Syrians living inside the country.
Inspired by photos that Western governments and media claim were smuggled out of Syria by a supposed Syrian military whistleblower codenamed “Caesar,” the sanctions are the product of a highly deceptive intelligence operation orchestrated by the US and Qatari governments.
As this investigation will demonstrate, a network of US- and Qatar-backed regime change operatives marketing themselves as human rights lawyers and concerned Syrian activists groomed the supposed whistleblower, mana…

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 2 - Israeli pressure campaign gains way with US help
The latest phase of the Iran crisis erupted in June 2018, when the Israeli government informed the IAEA that its intelligence services had discovered a new “secret atomic warehouse” in the Turquzabad district of Tehran.
In his September 2018 United Nations speech announcing the find, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently demanded that IAEA director general, Yukio Amano, “do the right thing. Go inspect this atomic warehouse, immediately, before the Iranians finish clearing it out.
Amano pushed back publicly against the Israeli pressure in October 2018, asserting his independence from Netanyahu’s agenda. Under his watch, the IAEA also failed to accede to Israel’s demand to publicize documents from the “archive” they had provided.
When Brian H…

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 1
Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election marked a historic feat, promising a respite from a roughly 40-year period of continuous neoliberal rule over the country.
López Obrador, better known as AMLO, is taking Mexico down a new route toward greater national autonomy. Under a revolutionary process that he calls the Fourth Transformation, he is fighting systemic corruption and rampant theft of public resources, while boosting social benefits for the poor.
From the beginning of AMLO’s term in December 2018, members of the parties that have dominated Mexican politics for decades, particularly the right-wing National Action Party (PAN) and neoliberal Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), have worked tirelessly to bloc…

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 2 - ‘Broad Opposition Bloc’ BOA plot to demonize AMLO with media propaganda
In a press conference on June 9, the Mexican government published a leaked strategy document purportedly drafted by the Broad Opposition Bloc, titled “Let’s Rescue Mexico” (Rescatemos a México). The AMLO administration said it did not know the origin of the leak.
These pages consist of an executive summary of “Project BOA,” outlining what it calls a “plan of action” – a blueprint of concrete steps the opposition alliance will take to unseat AMLO.
One of the key points in the plan is the following: “Lobbying by the BOA in Washington (White House and Capital Hill) to stress the damage that the government of the [Fourth Transformation] is doing …

Hong Kong’s ‘pro-democracy’ movement allies with far-right US politicians that seek to crush Black Lives Matter

As a Hong Kong protest leader promotes far-right condemnations of US anti-racism demonstrations and activists shut down a Black Lives Matter rally in the city, Hong Kong organizers forge close ties with hardline Republicans in Washington.
by Ajit Singh
Part 4 - Hong Kong’s opposition aligned with same far-right US politicians repressing Black Lives Matter
There are some within Hong Kong’s “pro-democracy” movement who have issued statements expressing support for the protests taking place in the US and the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that both movements are engaged in a shared struggle against oppression and police brutality. 
Joshua Wong, a poster-boy for the Hong Kong protests, along with Nathan Law and other leading members of his political party, Demosistō, have stated that they stand with Black Lives Matter. “Many of you have asked me about the ongoing U.S. protests” wrote Wong in a June 2 tweet. “As a human-rights activist, I stand firmly on the side of the #BlackLivesMat…