It was a helluva week on the Iran front. It started with attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13th and ended with Donald Trump ordering, and then calling off, a military attack on Iran on June 20-21. How we got from beginning to end of that chapter in ongoing US-Iran saga is worth close consideration.
The drama of attacks on oil and tanker assets in the Middle East can’t seem to get any more tense. The danger of war breaking out between the US and Iran is reaching a crescendo. However, if this goes down, it is a war scripted by Washington.
Updated: May 21, 2019
To say the US conducts “foreign policy” is patently a misnomer. US policy is nothing short of low-intensity warfare against the whole planet. Its “foreign policy” is nothing more than a continuous program of psychological operations.
After dramatic and patently scripted warnings of “Iranian aggression” by bellicose US officials, there then follows – conveniently enough – an alleged sabotage incident in the Persian Gulf region implicating Iran.
Yet: a world in which Pinochet Is Better Than Communists!
Premise: Reporting on the still unresolved abduction and murder of statesman, Aldo Moro, by the Red Brigades back in 1978—or in their name—the Rome sometimes left-wing investigative magazine, Espresso, reported that the USA and many European leaders considered Premier Moro’s project to bring the Italian Communist Party (PCI) into the Rome government destabilizing and of the utmost danger to European security. On both sides of the Atlantic, Premier Moro was considered an obstacle to be removed at all costs.
with Chris Hedges
RT America on Mar 18, 2017
On this week’s On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the rise of American imperialism with Stephen Kinzer, author of “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire”. RT Correspondent looks back to the beginning of America’s overseas expansion.
Have American and Israeli efforts to pin international terrorism on Iran just gone global? A series of bomb attacks apparently on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia are now being linked with blasts in the Thai capital, Bangkok, for which it is reported that three Iranian men have been arrested.
An innocent bystander exposed to mainstream corporate media (CorpoMedia) during the lead-up to 9/11/11 would likely conclude that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that nineteen Arab boys armed with box cutters achieved the horrendous destruction of 9/11/01 despite the best efforts of the entire American security apparatus.
The looting of Cairo’s world-famous Egyptian Museum over the weekend seems to have engendered the desired news headlines.
‘Looters smash ancient treasures’, ‘Looters decapitate mummies’, ‘Looters rip off heads of artifacts’ etc., read a rash of headlines, following the apparent breaking into the country’s national museum, which is said to house the world’s biggest of Pharaonic antiquities.
Monday, November 22, 2010, marked the 47th anniversary of a traumatizing historical event which forced many of us who are now aging Baby Boomers to unwillingly accelerate our maturity. To commemorate this event, I read JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters by James W. Douglass, which is a thorough exploration and investigation of President Kennedy’s assassination, and one which should put most questions about that crime to rest. It reads quickly, like a good crime novel, but is eye-opening because Douglass supports everything he says with copious sources, references, footnotes, and transcripts of interviews he had with many of those he names.
Dead men still bite, even nine years after dying—the proof is official. Just when it seemed the American public is too full of terrorist propaganda to swallow any more, Osama bin Laden is back. Could it be that CorpoGov is testing the waters to see if the gullibility of Americans is even deeper than has already been proven?
The most frightening aspect is not that Osama bin Laden “…may be flexing his muscles” to prove that al-Qaida is “…still alive and kicking,” and “…remains strong and able to launch major attacks on western targets,” no, it is that the American public is “officially” considered so incredibly gullible. Do people really believe muscles dead for nine years can still be flexed?
“[H]istory didn’t start at 2001,” said General James Mattis, the latest to be tapped as head of US Central Command, during his confirmation hearing.
He was being questioned by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) before the Senate Armed Services Committee about his impression of the 91,000 documents WikiLeaks posted online and how they would affect the relationships and conflicts in that nearly nine-year old war, as reported in an interview by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Transparent Government Tends to Produce Just Government. What a great thought!
This is Part 2 of the series, The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom
As outlined in Part 1 of this series, “The Technological Revolution and the Future of Freedom,” there are two major geopolitical realities in the world today, both largely brought about as a result of the “Technological Revolution” in which technology and electronics have come to define and shape our society.
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How do wars begin? With a “master illusion”, according to Ralph McGehee, one of the CIA’s pioneers in “black propaganda”, known today as “news management”. In 1983, he described to me how the CIA had faked an “incident” that became the “conclusive proof of North Vietnam’s aggression”. This followed a claim, also fake, that North Vietnamese torpedo boats had attacked an American warship in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964.
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[Tampa, Florida] On a steamy evening in May, a social justice Methodist Church invited the community to dinner and a presentation intended to ignite a fire in all bellies.
Ernest A. Gallo, Chairman and Liberty Foundation President of the USS liberty Veterans Association, warned the crowd, “My intent is to tell you the truth and if I do a good job, you will leave here tonight with heart burn.
“Some of the Liberty survivors think the Lord wants us to tell this story. My focus is on our government, who abandoned the crew when Israel targeted the USS Liberty and murdered 34 servicemen and injured 174 on June 8, 1967. Ever since, we have been chastised and dishonored by our government.”