"Everything went strictly ‘by the book,’ using means that were permitted by the constitution. At first there were ‘emergency decrees’ by the president of the Reich, and later a bill was passed by a two-thirds majority of the Reichstag giving the government unlimited legislative powers, perfectly in accordance with the rules for changing the constitution." -- Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler (paperback, Kindle, audiobook)
Officials in Maricopa County are still counting votes from last Tuesday’s midterm election — and the results of several races still hang in the balance — but they took a few minutes on Saturday to lash out at everyone from the voters and the candidates to bots and “disinformation super spreaders.”
We’re a week into this year’s UN climate summit, COP27, and the various agenda planned to roll out on the back of it are coming into focus.
None more so than the autumn offensive in the establishment’s war on food. There’s a big push on that front.
Today was “Adaptation and Agriculture” day at COP27, and you probably don’t need me to tell you what was on the agenda – a lot of talk of “sustainability”, “innovation”, “climate-friendly production” and so on.
As usual with these global meetings, the closed-door discussions and po-faced newspeak presentations are accompanied by a wave of synchronized propaganda.
One angle this propaganda is taking is that COP27 “refused to discuss” meat or farming in general, and therefore those people insisting we should kill all the cows in the world and eat lab-grown paste instead are somehow rebels speaking truth to power.
Confronted with the downfall of financialised global capitalism, it would appear necessary in the eyes of its leaders to offer some kind of alternative—even a mythical one—that nevertheless allows for the continuity of the professional managerial class to which they belong.
The process which the global financialised economy is currently undergoing since March 2020 seems to indicate that its governance has begun carrying out a gigantic contraction of the world’s economy.
The virtual annihilation of small and independent businesses is planned, and even that of a large part of big industries. According to a short video from the World Economic Forum, Can the Economy Grow Forever?, most businesses must be shut down in order to switch to ‘post-growth to save the planet’ (under the guidance of AI!).
According to our policymakers, small and medium businesses have to step aside in favour of the major transnational corporations within a gigantic oligopolistic and captive market, therefore without any real competition. It’s the Robber Barons’ old dream come true. Carnegie, Morgan, Vanderbilt and of course Rockefeller—who supposedly said: ‘competition is a sin’—, all of them endeavoured some kind of ‘corporate socialism’ through a monopolistic accumulation of wealth (Antony Sutton. Wall Street and FDR: 1975).
Project Veritas released a new video today exposing an educator working at a prestigious Connecticut private school, Iman Rasti, for sexually-explicit statements he made about his current high school students.
Rasti, who oversees Green Farms Academy’s Writing Center, teaches Middle School English, and is the Seventh Grade Dean, was recorded fantasizing about young female pupils. He even admits that his thoughts could get him in trouble at work.
“Every day, there is different panties on: green, black, white and they [students] make sure — it’s like they talk to each other, the three of them do that,” he said.
Rasti speaks of his students in a very descriptive way.
Citing unnamed administration officials, the report said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan disagree with Milley and don’t think it’s time to make a serious push for peace talks.
The CNN report said that Milley has in recent weeks “led a strong push to seek a diplomatic solution” to the fighting. But his position is not a popular one in the administration, and one official said that the State Department has the opposite view of Milley.
President Biden on Sunday said that he’s looking to establish what the US and China’s “red lines” are in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that is scheduled for Monday.
“We just got to figure out where the red lines are and what we — what are the most important things to each of us going into the next two years,” President Biden told reporters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he was attending the East Asia Summit.
China has made clear that one of its red lines is increasing US support for Taiwan, which Beijing believes goes beyond the one-China policy. But that hasn’t stopped the Biden administration from taking steps to forge stronger ties with Taipei.
If the powerful leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators Jack Reed (D) and Jim Inhofe (R), have their way, Congress will soon invoke wartime emergency powers to build up even greater stockpiles of Pentagon weapons. The amendment is supposedly designed to facilitate replenishing the weapons the United States has sent to Ukraine, but a look at the wish list contemplated in this amendment reveals a different story.
Reed and Inhofe’s idea is to tuck their wartime amendment into the FY2023 National Defense Appropriation Act (NDAA) that will be passed during the lameduck session before the end of the year. The amendment sailed through the Armed Services Committee in mid-October and, if it becomes law, the Department of Defense will be allowed to lock in multi-year contracts and award non-competitive contracts to arms manufacturers for Ukraine-related weapons.
Since the start of the Ukraine war last February, many arguments have been deployed against the notion that the United States should engage in serious diplomatic efforts to negotiate an end to the war. One of the most persuasive has cast the idea as a form of neo-imperialism.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has called it a “bad colonial habit” that assumes peace “depends upon the wishes of the great powers and the great powers alone,” as he renounced the letter he had signed calling for greater U.S. involvement in diplomacy.
His words echo the charge of “Westsplaining” that has frequently been lodged against those calling for peace talks. The correct position, according to these voices, is for Washington and Ukraine’s other military backers relatively unaffected by the conflict to simply support Ukraine’s leaders as long as they are willing to fight ― even if, as the White House openly acknowledges, this path increases the risks of nuclear escalation.
Thousands took to the streets in Jordan’s capital Amman on 11 November to protest the UAE-brokered “water for energy” agreement, which was renewed a few days ago between Israel and the Hashemite kingdom.
Protesters called for the Jordanian National Forum to resist all forms of normalization with Israel, including the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty signed in 1994 — known as the Wadi Araba agreement — which ended all land and water disputes between the two states.
The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah rebuked statements made by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Barbara Leaf, and took aim at the US for its destructive role in Lebanon in a speech commemorating Martyrs’ Day.
During his live TV address on 11 November, Nasrallah called the US “the curse, plague, and epidemic” that afflicts Lebanon.
“If the 1982 [Israeli] invasion was a curse and an epidemic that we got rid of, it was a plague made in the US. You are damned,” Nasrallah added.
His words were in response to the statement made by Leaf on 4 November, when she said in no uncertain terms that the collapse of Lebanon and its destruction was the only way to “somehow rebuild it from the ashes, freed from the curse of Hezbollah.”
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Mexico on Sunday to protest President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's plan to overhaul the country's electoral commission INE in what they fear would concentrate power in the hands of the government.
Lopez Obrador, who put the plan forward in April, has long criticized the country's electoral authorities, including accusing them of helping to engineer his defeats when he ran for the presidency in 2006 and 2012.
He has said that the reform would let citizens elect electoral authorities and reduce the influence of economic interests in politics. It would also cut financing for political parties and limit advertising time.
Every time a neocon/warmonger policy produces a disaster – and they always do – the neocon authors of said policy begin canvassing for someone, anyone but them, to blame.
So it was with Vietnam, which they are still fighting. It wasn’t that it was an idiotic idea to kill a million Vietnamese civilians in the name of an imaginary “domino theory” that a hammer and sickle ten thousand miles away would unleash a communist virus that would soon have us all locked down with our Little Red Books.
No, it was the fault of the millions of Americans who saw through the lies and propaganda and finally, taking to the streets, brought a political anvil down on the heads of the warmongers. Americans who dared speak for the nearly 60,000 of their own brothers and sons killed for nothing. All their fault.
Bahrain heads to the polls on Saturday with a record number of people standing in the elections despite a ban on opposition candidates running in the Gulf state's parliamentary and municipal elections.
More than 330 candidates, including 73 women, are competing to join the 40-seat council of representatives, the lower house of parliament that advises King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Images posted online showed Bahrainis waiting in line at polling stations across the country waiting to vote.
The elections come more than a decade after a 2011 crackdown on protesters demanding political reforms.
China is committed to stronger ties with Japan, Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Phnom Penh on Saturday, in the first meeting of a senior Chinese leader with the Japanese prime minister sworn in last year.
Both Beijing and Tokyo were committed to strengthening political, trade and economic ties, as well as people-to-people exchanges, Li said, as the two leaders met in the Cambodian capital on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that is also hosting leaders from the US, China, South Korea and Japan.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has called for attacks inside Iran as the country’s drones cause setbacks for the Ukrainian military.
On November 5, Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has advocated for military strikes on drone production sites located in Iran. President Zelensky echoed Podolyak’s belligerent rhetoric the following day, demanding Iran be “punished” for allegedly supplying drones to Russia.
Kiev adopted its hostile posture towards Tehran after claiming Russia deployed Iranian-supplied drones to strike Ukrainian civilian infrastructure throughout much of October.
Jewish settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Photo: via Times of Gaza TW page)
Scores of Jewish settlers, guarded by Israeli forces, broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
The Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department, in charge of the holy site, said that Jewish settlers entered the compound through the Moroccan Gate in groups. They performed rituals and Talmudic prayers there, under the protection of Israeli occupation forces.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Sunday that the United States can not stop Pakistan from purchasing Russian oil and it will be possible to do so soon.
While addressing Pakistan Muslim League-N workers in Dubai, the finance minister said during his visit to the US last month, he had a meeting with the officials of the US State Department in which the matter of oil purchase from Russia was discussed.
Dar further said that the US authorities were informed that they cannot stop Islamabad from buying oil from Moscow as the country’s neighbour India is also buying oil from them.
Dar also said that the ministry will try to purchase oil from Russia on similar terms as it has with India. “In the next few months, you will see that the government will take important steps in favour of Paki stan in this regard,” added the finance minister.
US Africa Command said Friday that it launched an airstrike in Somalia on November 9 in support of the US-backed Mogadishu-based government, marking the second known US airstrike in the country this month.
AFRICOM said that the strike was launched in a remote area of Somalia about 177 miles northeast of Mogadishu. The command said its “initial assessment” found that 17 al-Shabaab fighters were killed.
The last airstrike in Somalia reported by AFRICOM took place on November 3, and in that operation, the command said 15 al-Shabaab members were killed. In both instances, AFRICOM claimed no civilians were harmed, but the Pentagon is notorious for undercounting civilian casualties, especially in Somalia.
US President Joe Biden dashed hopes of Egypt’s rights activists, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, by avoiding to exert pressure on Egypt’s government and president and focusing his speech at the COP27 summit on climate change without any reference to the issue of human rights.
Observers considered that Biden’s position echoes Washington’s desire to take the side of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi against his opponents at home and abroad.
This development came as calls for protest by the Muslim Brotherhood and some activists fell flat, with small numbers of people showing up on the streets.
The Muslim Brotherhood and some opposition activists were reportedly hoping to exploit the climate summit to force the Egyptian president to make concessions on the human rights file.