Jan 082020
 

Keith Locke: NZ’s response to Soleimani assassination is shamefully timid

New Zealand’s response to the Soleimani assassination is shamefully timid

Opinion – How can New Zealand claim to have an independent foreign policy when it won’t even criticise America’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian leader? The furthest foreign minister Winston

Peters went was to express “strong concern” at the “heightening tensions in Iraq and the region”.

Peters’ statement could also be read as a justification for the drone killing when he acknowledged “strong US concerns about Iran” and said “the US took action on the basis of information they had”.

In fact, the assassination took place against a background of falsehoods, reminding us of the lies previously peddled to justify the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. President Donald Trump even blamed Soleimani for “terror plots as far away as New Delhi and London” while Vice President Mike Pence fancifully claimed Soleimani “assisted in the clandestine travel” of those involved in the 11 September, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

All we have from the United States are vague assertions that Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on US interests. More credible is the assertion of the Iraqi prime minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi that Soleimani was in Bagdad at the invitation of the Iraqi government – for negotiations. His visit was apparently not a secret and he was at Baghdad airport in the presence of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a pro-government Iraqi militia leader, who was also assassinated.

Considering New Zealand has soldiers in Iraq, you would think Peters might have shown some interest in what his counterparts in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry thought about the assassination. They said it was “a flagrant breach of Iraq’s sovereignty and of all international laws and norms that regulate relations between countries and prohibit the use of their lands to carry out attacks on neighbouring countries”.

The Iraqi Parliament followed this up with a resolution calling for an end to “the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil”, a resolution targeted particularly at the US military presence.

If he respects Iraqi sovereignty, our foreign minister should set in motion the quick withdrawal of New Zealand soldiers from Iraq. Or will he be supporting Donald Trump, who says that if US troops are forced out he’ll slap sanctions on Iraq, which will “make the Iranian sanctions somewhat tame”?

Add to that Trump’s repeated threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites, which is a clear war crime. How can New Zealand withhold criticism of such madness?

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Aug 192019
 

In this conversation, James Corbett of The Corbett Report, Richard Grove of TragedyAndHope.com and Richard Gage of AE911Truth.org talk to Christopher McMillan, a student of the AUTONOMY course at getAUTONOMY.info about 9/11. Topics discussed include an investigation into the destruction of WTC 7 at the University of Alaska and the recent call by New York City fire commissioners for a new investigation into 9/11. They also answer questions from the class.
(via getAUTONOMY.info.)

Link to the page with the interview:
https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1471-9-11-revisited-with-corbett-gage-and-grove/

Link to the mp3 podcast file:
http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2019-08-09%20James%20Corbett.mp3

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Jun 072019
 

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“In the 1970s, I met Leni Reifenstahl, close friend of Adolf Hitler, whose films helped cast the Nazi spell over Germany. She told me that the message in her films, the propaganda, was dependent not on “orders from above” but on what she called the “submissive void” of the public. “Did this submissive void include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie?” I asked her. “Of course,” she said, “especially the intelligentsia…. When people no longer ask serious questions, they are submissive and malleable. Anything can happen.”

John Pilger

Aug 222018
 

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An Evening With Chelsea Manning

Think Inc. are excited to announce the first visit to New Zealand by the American activist, politician, former US Army Solider and now court-martialled whistle-blower, Chelsea Manning.

Found guilty of espionage and theft and sentenced to 35 years in prison, Manning’s life has been nothing short of extraordinary. Set to discuss her time in prison, transgender issues, privacy, and Wikileaks, An Evening With Chelsea Manning will offer a glimpse inside the mind of one of the most controversial figures of the 21st Century.

Manning’s role in the leaking of almost 750,000 pieces of classified or non-classified but sensitive military and diplomatic documents was initially set to lead to a life in prison, before her sentence was reduced by President Barack Obama.

As a child, Manning excelled at science and computers and built her own website at the tender age of 10. She witnessed her parents share a tumultuous marriage before her mother attempted suicide. During this time, Manning was also exploring her gender identity.

Encouraged to join the Army by her father while living as an openly gay man, Manning began training in 2007. She was deployed to Iraq in 2009 where she went on to access and share an unprecedented amount of data, leading her to become one of the most significant whistle-blowers of our time. At the time, she described the data as “one of the most significant documents of our time removing the fog of war and revealing the true nature of 21st century asymmetric warfare.”

Manning, then U.S. Army intelligence analyst, was found guilty of espionage and theft and sentenced to 35 years in prison. An advocate for transparency of the American government, Manning had her sentence reduced by President Barack Obama in May 2017. Since her imprisonment, Manning has received numerous awards for her role in the leaks, and has established herself as a poster child for both whistle-blowers and transgender rights.

Named by the Foreign Press as one of 2017’s Global Thinkers “for forcing the United States to question who is a traitor and who is a hero” and blurring the line between United States hero and turncoat, it is with great excitement that we bring Chelsea Manning to New Zealand.

 

More about the speaking tour here

Jun 072018
 

Deep Truth: Visionaries Speak Out
Live Video-Streamed Conference
June 8-10, 2018
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Like last year, the Left Forum Conference in New York City has again rejected our panels for this June. But our speakers refuse to be silenced. This year we are holding our conference online.

The Live Stream will be instantly video archived for 10 days so you can arrive late, watch again, watch later or pickup any pieces that you missed. You will be able to ask questions of our speakers during the live broadcast via email.

Live Stream BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY June 8th — 8:00 – 11:00 pm Eastern

Mockingbird 2.0: Propaganda, Fake News, Fake History, and Outright Censorship

Moderator – Tom Kiely
Mark Crispin Miller – The Silence of the Left
Ray McGovern – Russiagate: How It Started, Morphed, and Now Threatens Us All
Gerry Docherty – How History Gets Memory-Holed: An Eye-Opening Case Study
Alison Weir – How Pro-Israel Thought Police Are Silencing Americans
Suzie Dawson – Julian Assange: Censored to Death?
Q & A from our online audience by email

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Saturday June 9th — 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern

Confronting Oligarchy: Resisting Full Spectrum Dominance

Moderator – Tom Kiely
Dean Henderson – All Roads Lead to the City of London
Jonathan Revusky – Reality vs. Simulation: Deconstructing “Roger Rabbit” Narratives
Cynthia McKinney – The People vs. Empire: Calling For a TransPartisan Movement
Jeremy Rothe-Kushel – We the People Power Politics: Principles, Practices and Proposals
Q & A from our online audience by email

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Saturday June 9th — 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern

False Flags: Mass Psy-Op Events as Pretext for Wars and a Surveillance State

Moderator – Tom Kiely
Barbara Honegger – 9/11: Gladio Brought Home to the U.S.
Michael Springmann – Weaponized Migrations: Fueling Europe for False Flags
Ole Dammegard – Find the Clues and Connect the Dots
Dr. Kevin Barrett – Guyénot on False Flags: Zionism, Psychopathy, and the Hijacked Provocation
Q & A from our online audience by email

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Saturday June 9th — 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern

Triple Blockade: The Israeli Attack on Gaza, Free Speech, and Democracy

Moderator – Tom Kiely
Alison Weir – A Prequel Appraisal: My 2001 Visit to Gaza
Ziyad Shihadah – Being Gazan: Transcending the Psychological Blockade (pre-recorded)
Samir Salem – Documenting Gaza: A Visual Catalog of Brutality and Resistance
Kathy Shihadah – Invisible Blockades: Impediments to Peace in Gaza
Q & A from our online audience by email

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Sunday June 10th — 11:00 am – 1:30 pm Eastern

Dark Technology: GeoEngineering and other Faustian Bargains

Moderator – Tom Kiely
Elana Freeland – Our Ionized Skies: A Threat to All Life on Earth
Peter Kirby – Weather Modification: The CIA and the New Manhattan Project
Patrick Roddie – Stop Spraying Us! Exposing – and Ending – the Global Chemtrails Program
Jerry Day – Smart Meter Trojan Horses: 24/7 Surveillance, Radiation Sickness, and Other In-Home Dangers
Kevin Mottus – The Perils of 5G Wireless: Resisting Ubiquitous Electromagnetic Radiation
Q & A from our online audience by email

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Sunday June 10th — 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm Eastern

Understanding Zionism: Deconstructing the Power Paradigm

Moderator: Kevin Barrett
Kevin Barrett – Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Judeophobia: Let’s Define Our Terms
Philip Giraldi – How Jewish Power Sustains the Israel Narrative
Gilad Atzmon – Truth, Truthfulness, and Palestine
Alan Sabrosky – The Impact of Zionist Influence in the U.S.
Jeremy Rothe-Kushel – Talpiot and Unit 8200: The Global Cyber Agenda for Kill-Switch Domination
Q & A from our online audience by email

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Mar 192018
 

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 led to the outbreak of World War I. The Gulf of Tonkin incidents on August 2 and August 4, 1964 enabled what we call the Vietnam War

By Prof. Graeme McQueen
Global Research, March 18, 201
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Triggering War. A Manufactured “Catalytic Event” Which Will Initiate An All Out War? Are We Going to Let this Happen Again?

Russi-Gate, Novichok, Eastern Ghouta, False Flags?

This carefully research article by Professor Graeme McQueen presents a timely historical viewpoint which is routinely “censored” by the mainstream media as well by the search engines. The danger of World War III is not front-page news.

Kindly consider forwarding it Professor McQueen’s article to your friends and colleagues, crosspost it on alternative media and blog sites.

The threat of World War III is real, yet there is no anti-war movement in sight. In the US, Canada and the EU, the peace movement is defunct, ignorant of the broader implications of nuclear war.

This is why, dear readers, we call upon your support and endorsement. There is a real “conspiracy” to trigger war. That’s the truth. Establish community networks, spread the word, organize at the grassroots level.

In the words of Prof. McQueen:

“Our task is clear. We must mobilize both our investigative resources and our communication resources to nullify the efforts of those who specialize in the construction and encouragement of war triggers and who wish to keep the war system robust. We lost over 100 million people to war in the 20th century. Are we really going to let this happen again?”

Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research Editor, March 18, 2018

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As we watch Western governments testing their opponents – today Iran, the next day the DPRK, and then Russia and China – we hold our breaths. We are waiting with a sense of dread for the occurrence of a catalytic event that will initiate war. Now is the time to reflect on such catalytic events, to understand them, to prepare for them.

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand on June 28, 1914 in Sarajevo led to the outbreak of World War I. The Gulf of Tonkin incidents on August 2 and August 4, 1964 enabled what we call the Vietnam War.

Both events were war triggers. A “war trigger”, as I am using the term, is an event that facilitates an outbreak or expansion of hot war–that phase of the war system in which active killing takes place.

War triggers can lead affected populations to cast aside their critical faculties and their willingness to dissent from government narratives. They can also disable moral values and ideological commitments. At the outbreak of World War I the peace movement, the women’s movement and the socialist movement were all shattered.

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While there is debate among scholars today about the extent of the frenzy in Europe as World War I began, it is difficult to dismiss sophisticated eyewitnesses such as Rosa Luxemburg (image on the right), who referred to what she saw as:

“mad delirium”; “patriotic street demonstrations”; “singing throngs”; “the coffee shops with their patriotic songs”; “the violent mobs, ready to denounce, ready to persecute women, ready to whip themselves into a delirious frenzy over every wild rumour”; “the atmosphere of ritual murder”. (Luxemburg, 261)

What Luxemburg described was a subjective state produced by a successful war trigger, in which a population becomes extremely lethal as it readies itself to rush at its foe while simultaneously battering anyone in its own ranks that dares to dissent.

Luxemburg herself dared to dissent. This led to two and a half years in a German prison cell. During this time she wrote the Junius Pamphlet, criticizing Europe’s socialist leaders for having been captured by the spirit of war, and pointing to the consequences of their folly:

“the cannon fodder that was loaded upon the trains in August and September is rotting on the battlefields of Belgium and the Vosges…Cities are turned into shambles, whole countries into deserts, villages into cemeteries, whole nations into beggars, churches into stables; popular rights, treaties, alliances, the holiest words and the highest authorities have been torn into scraps”. (Luxemburg, 261-2)

Luxemburg’s anger had a solid basis in what has become known as “the August madness” that struck Europe. For example, on August 3, 1914, when the war had just begun, the following call went out to university students from the most senior officials in the Bavarian universities:

“Students! The muses are silent. The issue is battle, the battle forced on us for German culture, which is threatened by the barbarians from the East, and for German values, which the enemy in the West envies us. And so the furor teutonicus bursts into flame once again. The enthusiasm of the wars of liberation flares, and the holy war begins”. (Keegan, 358)

In response to this hysterical appeal, the German university students volunteered in large numbers. Untrained, they were thrown into battle. In the space of three weeks 36,000 of them were killed.

Germany was not unique, of course, in its vulnerability. Randolph Bourne, in an unfinished essay generally known as “War is the Health of the State”, described what he saw somewhat later in the United States as that country flipped from anti-war to pro-war and joined in the global disaster. He observed that once the executive branch had made the decision to go to war the entire population suddenly changed its mind. “The moment war is declared… the mass of the people, through some spiritual alchemy, become convinced that they have willed and executed the deed themselves.”

Therefore, the people, “with the exception of a few malcontents, proceed to allow themselves to be regimented, coerced, deranged in all the environments of their lives, and turned into a solid manufactory of destruction.”

It is true that war madness of the kind that accompanied WWI has been less common in the years since then, partly because that war turned out to be an unprecedented catastrophe. But I believe it is entirely wrong to think that in today’s era of high technology and digitalized war the arousing of the spirit of war in a population is no longer sought or needed. A highly influential analysis of American Vietnam War strategy, carried out by one Col. Harry Summers, concluded some years ago that a chief cause of the US downfall was the failure of leaders to arouse their population’s emotions. The American people, said Summers, had been forced to fight that war “in cold blood”, which they found intolerable. In fact, this failure to arouse the war spirit was taken by many US analysts to have led to the “Vietnam syndrome” – a reluctance to intervene in the affairs of other countries militarily. This was a timidity unsuitable, they felt, for an imperial power.

One of the purposes of the September 11, 2001 operation, in my view, was precisely to change that situation – to arouse intense feelings of unity, aggression and support for government in order to banish once and for all the Vietnam Syndrome and to launch with great energy the new global conflict formation (the “War on Terror”) so that the 21st century, with the military leading the way, would become another American Century.

Still, war triggers are not all the same, and we need to create categories. We can distinguish three broad types: accidental war triggers, managed war triggers and manufactured war triggers.

An accidental war trigger is an event that triggers hot war in the absence of intention. The pressure of events, random clashes, the everyday quest to satisfy physical needs – all these may, in the absence of warlike intent, produce a war trigger. After the event occurs it may lead, again without conscious plotting, directly to a hot and violent conflict between contending parties.

No doubt many war triggers throughout history fit the category of accidental war trigger. However, the more I have studied recent human wars the less ready I have become to promote the trigger

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Jan 202018
 

One year ago today, 16 firefighters and six civilians were killed in the tragic destruction of Iran’s iconic Plasco Building. We honor their memory by calling for a truly independent investigation into this incident, which has received little attention outside of Iran.
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