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The war-lobby corporate criminals tried to sell a direct war with Iran to the banking mafia

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The private-business faction of the US deep state is a fundamental factor that pushes for war with Iran and other countries, due to enormous profit perspectives. Last May, the war-lobby "usual suspects", like Kratos Defense, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, tried to sell a war with Iran to the banking mafia.
As The Interceptreported:
Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs’ glimmering tower in downtown Manhattan in mid-May, eager to present before a conference of bankers and financial analysts.

While much of the world was on edge over simmering tension in the Middle East, as the U.S. and its allies have stoked tensions with Iran, the businessmen at the conference talked of opportunity.

Eric DeMarco, the president of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, addressed the conference, arguing that his company is “very well-aligned” for the shift in the military budget away from asymmetrical fighting toward nation-state warfare. Th…

Venezuelan government claims new coup plot foiled

The Venezuelan government has reportedly dismantled a plan to stage a violent putsch in recent days.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez revealed on Wednesday that a large scale plan was set to be executed on June 23 or 24. The operation allegedly included the assassination of President Nicolas Maduro, National Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello, and other high-ranking officials.
Maduro condemned the latest plot, accusing the opposition of looking to seize power through a “bloodbath.

They talked about a killing spree that could last two or three days,” Maduro said during a televised event. “How can a better country emerge from all that death?” he asked.

Venezuelan authorities claim to be in possession of 56 hours of intercepted communications, as well as confessions from several accused plotters who have been arrested. 
Among those detained are former officers from Venezuela’s special investigative police force, the CICPC, and the dissolved Metropolitan Police, as wel…

US sends more stealth fighters to Persian Gulf, as Iran tension simmers

The US Air Force has deployed a contingent of F-22 stealth fighters to an airbase in Qatar, to “defend American forces and interests” in the region as tensions with Iran remain high.

The US Air Force’s Central Command confirmed the deployment of the jets to Qatar’s al-Udeid air base on Friday, posting photos of some of the planes arriving in the desert base this week.
The deployment comes after President Trump threatened Iran with “overwhelming force” and “obliteration,” following Iran’s downing of a US Navy drone a week ago. The Trump administration also sanctioned Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, a move Tehran said closed off the possibility of negotiation, and which President Hassan Rouhani called “mentally retarded.

Despite the sharp uptick in belligerent rhetoric, the F-22s were requested by Central Command - the US military command that oversees the Middle East - in May, AP reported. As US officials warned of an unspecified but “credible threat” from Iran, the Trump adm…

Lee Camp savages war-horny CNN

America’s leading liberal news outlet, CNN, is chastising the Trump administration for being too soft on Iran. Why, Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp asks, don’t they consider peace an option?

With tensions sky-high in the Persian Gulf, and President Donald Trump threatening Tehran with “obliteration” should American interests in the region be attacked, nobody could accuse the president’s cabinet of being barefooted, bong-smoking pacifists.

But that’s exactly the line of questioning that CNN’s Jake Tapper took with Vice President Mike Pence earlier this week. Days after Trump approved, then abruptly called off, military strikes on Iran, Tapper wondered whether “Iran would get the wrong message from the president’s restraint.
https://www.rt.com/usa/463020-iran-war-cnn-lee-camp/

Dennis Etler: Tulsi Gabbard is the only true peace candidate in presidential debates

Representative Tulsi Gabbard is the only US politician who speaks truth to power and who “unequivocally challenges the bipartisan war party composed of Republican neo-cons and Democrat neo-liberals,” according to Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a former professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, told Press TV on Saturday while commenting on the comments made by Gabbard during the first Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday in Miami, Florida, where she warned that Trump and his hawkish advisers were leading the United States towards a "disastrous" war with Iran.
"This president and his chickenhawk cabinet have led us to the brink of war with Iran," she said. Gabbard said it's important that "every single American stand up and say no war with Iran."
Etler said, “It seems you have to be a political outsider from a multicultural state, and a w…

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication

The New York Times casually acknowledged that it sends major scoops to the US government before publication, to make sure “national security officials” have “no concerns.”

by Ben Norton
Part 3 - NY Times editors ‘quite willing to cooperate with the government’
The symbiotic relationship between the US corporate media and the government has been known for some time. American intelligence agencies play the press like a musical instrument, using it it to selectively leak information at opportune moments to push US soft power and advance Washington’s interests.

But rarely is this symbiotic relationship so casually and publicly acknowledged.

In 2018, former New York Times reporter James Risen published a 15,000-word article in The Intercept providing further insight into how this unspoken alliance operates.
Risen detailed how his editors had been “quite willing to cooperate with the government.” In fact, a top CIA official even told Risen that his rule of thumb for approving a covert operatio…

The US spreads lies about China because China threatens global capitalism & imperialism

It’s remarkable how much of the propaganda that America creates about China feels like projection. The United States, which frequently censors dissenting voices, persecutes Muslims and other disfavored ethnic groups, is controlled by an oligarchic corporate regime that keeps half of its own people in poverty, and perpetuates the largest empire in history, is accusing China of all the atrocities that it’s committed itself. 
This “accuse your enemy of that which you are guilty” strategy is useful for America’s goal with China, which is to destroy a power that’s threatening to ruin its quest for imperial hegemony. Communist China has been an obstacle to the American empire right from the start, with China having fought on the side of the DPRK amid America’s genocidal invasion of Korea. It’s now continuing its role as a bulwark against imperialism by working to protect Venezuela from a potential invasion, by backing Syria in its fight against U.S.-backed terrorists, and by remaining loyal …

From coup leaders to con artists: Juan Guaidó’s gang exposed for massive humanitarian aid fraud

An explosive new report reveals how Guaidó representatives in Colombia embezzled $125,000 meant for humanitarian aid, suckering deserting soldiers and blowing the aid money on luxury goods.

by Dan Cohen 
Part 4 - ‘Transparency above all!’
According to Avendaño’s report, the two Popular Will figures appointed to oversee the funds and payment for the lodging of the deserters – Barrera and Rojas – spent 3,000,000 pesos ($915 USD) each night on hotels and nightclubs.

About a thousand dollars in drinks and meals. Clothing expenses in very expensive stores in Bogotá and in Cúcuta. Vehicle rental reports and hotel payments at surcharge. Silver flowing. A lot of money,” the journalist wrote.

Barrera told the Popular Will leadership in Caracas that the funds were being dispersed among seven hotels that were providing housing for deserters and their families, but only two hotels had actually been paid.

What’s more, Guaidó’s representatives had falsely claimed there were more than 1,450 Venezuel…

FBI never saw CrowdStrike unredacted or final report on alleged Russian hacking because none was produced

The FBI relied on CrowdStrike’s “conclusion” to blame Russia for hacking DNC servers, though the private firm never produced a final report and the FBI never asked them to, as Ray McGovern explains.

by Ray McGovern
Part 5 - Comey Spikes Deal With Assange
Director Comey’s March 20, 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee came at the same time he was scuttling months-long negotiations between Assange and lawyers representing the DOJ and CIA to grant some limited immunity for the WikiLeaks founder. In return, Assange offered to: (1) redact “some classified CIA information he might release in the future,” and (2) “provide technical evidence and discussion regarding who did not engage in the DNC releases.
Investigative journalist John Solomon, quoting WikiLeaks’ intermediary with the government, broke this story, based on “interviews and a trove of internal DOJ documents turned over to Senate investigators.” It would be a safe assumption that Assange was offering to prove that Ru…

Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media’s go-to monitor

Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group’s seamless connection to Syria’s opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention.
by Max Blumenthal
Part 6 - Regime change journalism, hosted by Democracy Now, endorsed by Hillary Clinton
As a former Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times who now enjoys a fellowship at the notoriously hawkish Council on Foreign Relations, Barnard would be hard to describe as a progressive muckraker. Yet her curiously sourced report on Syrian prisons earned her an invite nonetheless from progressive news program Democracy Now.

Barnard told Democracy Now host Amy Goodman that the Syrian government was “vacuuming up people literally including followers of Gandhi,” suggesting that the rebellion was entirely peaceful while ignoring evidence that the opposition engaged in lethal violence just weeks…

US officials join bizarre Iranian cult MEK in rallying for regime change

The Grayzone
The exiled Iranian MEK regime change cult rallied in front of the US State Department on June 22, just a day after Trump rejected pressure to start a war on Iran. Current and former American officials joined the bizarre organization, hailing it as the legitimate resistance to Tehran. Shadowed by a team of MEK minders, Max Blumenthal and Thomas Hedges reported from the scene.

Iranian Foreign Minister says no such thing as ‘short war’ with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif issued a damning post on Twitter, slamming Donald Trump’s policy and ridiculing his claim that war with the Middle Eastern nation would be a quick affair.

Zarif, who has served under President Hassan Rouhani since 2013, said that a “short war with Iran is an illusion.” In four other bullet points, he takes down Trump’s policies one-by-one. In the first, he pointed out that sanctions are not an alternative to war but, in fact, itself constitutes an act of war. In another, he states that Trump’s reference to the “obliteration” of Iran amounts to a threat of genocide, which is a war crime.
Echoing previous statements from his government that Iran will not enter into negotiations until Washington stops issuing threats, he said that the two things are “mutually exclusive.” And in a possible reference to previous US military intervention in the Middle East, he said: “Whoever begins war will not be the one ending it.

The tweet appears to be in response …

MSM outlets stand united in rejecting op-ed on Assange by UN expert on torture

The UN rapporteur on torture has written a scalding op-ed in support of Julian Assange, in which he says the publisher was the victim of a smear campaign. Now he claims many leading MSM outlets are snubbing the piece.

The op-ed by Nils Melzer was published Wednesday on the occasion of International Day in Support of Torture Victims. Melzer describes his personal path to the realization that Julian Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks, is not a rapist, not a hacker, not a Russian spy, and not even “a selfish narcissist, skateboarding through the Ecuadorian Embassy and smearing feces on the walls.” Western media and officials have claimed that Assange is all of those things.
Melzer says the purposefulness and scale of the campaign against Assange elevated it from mere slander or even state persecution to full-fledged psychological torture in his eyes.
The piece ends with a list of the media’s ‘big guns’, which Melzer says were offered the op-ed to publish but wouldn’t. The list includes th…

Κούλης και Φώφη σε νέες ισορροπίες τρόμου, τι φοβούνται

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Όλα δείχνουν ότι η γαλαζοπράσινη λαίλαπα είναι έτοιμη να επιστρέψει για να διασφαλίσει την ολοκλήρωση του Ελληνικού πειράματος, πάντα με την αρωγή της Τρόικας εσωτερικού και του Ευρωπαϊκού νεοφιλελεύθερου ιερατείου. 
Η επικείμενη επιστροφή ΝΔ-ΚΙΝΑΛ(ΠΑΣΟΚ) έρχεται πάνω στην ώρα για τους γραφειοφασίστες των Βρυξελλών. Και αυτό, γιατί υπήρχε ο κίνδυνος η "Αριστερή παρένθεση" (που κράτησε λίγο παραπάνω) να τινάξει στον αέρα το βάρβαρο νεοφιλελεύθερο πείραμα, αν έπαιρνε την εξουσία για άλλη μια τετραετία και με τη χώρα (έστω και τυπικά) εκτός μνημονίων. 
Τα πράγματα όμως αυτή τη φόρα δεν είναι τόσο απλά, ούτε για τον Κυριάκο, ούτε για τη Φώφη.  
Η αγωνία του Μητσοτάκη για "καθαρή εντολή" είναι ολοφάνερη. Και μάλιστα, είναι πολύ πιθανό ότι ούτε μια αυτοδυναμία με οριακή πλειοψηφία να του είναι αρκετή. Πράγματι, η ΝΔ προχώρησε σε ανανέωση των γαλάζιων στελεχών προκειμένου να πείσει ότι έχει αλλάξει και ότι μπορούν τώρα οι πολίτες να την εμπιστευ…

Honduras erupts on eve of 10th anniversary of coup

The Real News Network
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has sent the military into the streets to repress protests. At least 3 have been killed recently. Professor Adrienne Pine talks about how these events relate to the 2009 coup.

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication

The New York Times casually acknowledged that it sends major scoops to the US government before publication, to make sure “national security officials” have “no concerns.”

by Ben Norton
Part 2 - ‘Real’ journalists get approval from ‘national security’ officials
The neoliberal self-declared “Resistance” jumped on Trump’s reckless accusation of treason (the Democratic Coalition, which boasts, “We help run #TheResistance,” responded by calling Trump “Putin’s puppet”). The rest of the corporate media went wild.

But what was entirely overlooked was the most revealing thing in the New York Times’ statement: The newspaper of record was essentially admitting that it has a symbiotic relationship with the US government.
In fact, some prominent American pundits have gone so far as to insist that this symbiotic relationship is precisely what makes someone a journalist.

In May, neoconservative Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen — a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush — declared that…

The US spreads lies about China because China threatens global capitalism & imperialism

It’s remarkable how much of the propaganda that America creates about China feels like projection. The United States, which frequently censors dissenting voices, persecutes Muslims and other disfavored ethnic groups, is controlled by an oligarchic corporate regime that keeps half of its own people in poverty, and perpetuates the largest empire in history, is accusing China of all the atrocities that it’s committed itself. 
This “accuse your enemy of that which you are guilty” strategy is useful for America’s goal with China, which is to destroy a power that’s threatening to ruin its quest for imperial hegemony. Communist China has been an obstacle to the American empire right from the start, with China having fought on the side of the DPRK amid America’s genocidal invasion of Korea. It’s now continuing its role as a bulwark against imperialism by working to protect Venezuela from a potential invasion, by backing Syria in its fight against U.S.-backed terrorists, and by remaining loyal …

From coup leaders to con artists: Juan Guaidó’s gang exposed for massive humanitarian aid fraud

An explosive new report reveals how Guaidó representatives in Colombia embezzled $125,000 meant for humanitarian aid, suckering deserting soldiers and blowing the aid money on luxury goods.

by Dan Cohen 
Part 3 - Suckering the soldiers
Popular Will party members Rossana Barrera and Kevin Rojas are the main subjects of the corruption investigation. Barrera replaced Roberto Marrero as Juan Guaidó’s chief of staff after Marrero was arrested by the Venezuelan government on charges of plotting terrorist attacks. Rojas, for his part, is the regional coordinator of the Popular Will party in the border state of Tachira, and had been denounced for his role in violent destabilization plots by the state’s former governor, Jose Vielma Mora.

For months, Popular Will party parliamentarians Dr. José Manuel Olivares and Gaby Arellano had been tasked with overseeing the aid operations, and according to Avendaño, Olivares was preparing for a collapse in the military’s command and control structure on th…

FBI never saw CrowdStrike unredacted or final report on alleged Russian hacking because none was produced

The FBI relied on CrowdStrike’s “conclusion” to blame Russia for hacking DNC servers, though the private firm never produced a final report and the FBI never asked them to, as Ray McGovern explains.

by Ray McGovern
Part 4 - Preferring CrowdStrike; ’Splaining to Congress
Why did FBI Director James Comey not simply insist on access to the DNC computers? Surely he could have gotten the appropriate authorization. In early January 2017, reacting to media reports that the FBI never asked for access, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee there were “multiple requests at different levels” for access to the DNC servers.“Ultimately what was agreed to is the private company would share with us what they saw,” he said. Comey described CrowdStrike as a “highly respected” cybersecurity company.

Asked by committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) whether direct access to the servers and devices would have helped the FBI in their investigation, Comey said it would have. “Our forensics folks would al…

Behind the Syrian Network for Human Rights: How an opposition front group became Western media’s go-to monitor

Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group’s seamless connection to Syria’s opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention.
by Max Blumenthal
Part 5 - A pro-Tory, Qatar-based arm of the opposition
Wael Aleji, the SNHR’s spokesperson, has not been shy with his views either. On Twitter, Aleji has likened the UK Labour Party of anti-war leftist Jeremy Corbyn to Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party, and praised a vitriolic piece by neoconservative pundit Nick Cohen branding Corbyn as “Hezbollah’s man in London.

Aleji not only endorsed UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to support US airstrikes on Syrian in 2018, he has explicitly identified himself as a member of the UK’s Conservative Party. While SNHR previously identified its location as England, its office there is currently listed as “dormant.” Little is known …