Russia

Intercept in bed with the dark side: OMG! Russian hackers!

Brian Tue, 2017-06-06 21:26

One of yesterday's big stories, at least on my Facebook wall, was a The Intercept big scoop. They published a story on a National Security Agency (NSA) document that had been leaked to them.

(The federal contractor employee involved has been arrested and charged with nefarious national security offences. But that's a tragic story I won't be able to deal with here.)

The Intercept: Why are they printing  this BS?

Putin not our "friend"? So what?

Brian Tue, 2017-05-30 22:33

One of the big problems of today, as far as I'm concerned, is the staying power in the "West" of Russophobia, or, more specifically, Putin-phobia. Considering how close we are to nuclear war with Russia, for no really good reason, it seems to me a lot of people ought to smarten up.

One of my favourite internet authors, one Caitlin Johnstone, is a major critic of the current wave of Russophobia that's clearly driving otherwise sensible people in the United States, mostly Democrats, to lose their minds—the apparent belief that every major problem in the U.S. is Vladimir Putin's fault.

Seth Rich, RIP, murdered

Bernie Sanders wants us to Drink the Kool-Aid

Brian Sat, 2017-05-20 13:10

(Achtung! I despise Donald Trump. Maybe even more than you. I've despised him for many, many years, since long before he decided to run for POTUS. This is not a pro-Trump piece. I discuss here what I believe to be the actual situation.)

A couple days ago Bernie Sanders served us a great Big Gulp™ of kool-aid about Trump and Russia.

Bernie Sanders: Hates war, but loves "defence" industry jobs

Concentration Camps for gay men in Chechnya? WTF!

Brian Mon, 2017-05-01 20:25

In Chechnya, they're throwing gay men into concentration camps! Doesn't that piss you off? I know it would me. Except — wait for it — it appears not to be true.

"As the ambitions of a well-known LGBT activist awoke in Chechnya a terrible ancient custom"

US State Dept WaPo on Viet Nam, 1965 (and now?)

Brian Sat, 2017-01-28 13:24

(As the Democrat wing of the anti-Trump "movement" careens around, blathering on about Russian aggression in US elections, brandishing a "report" agreed to by all 17 "intelligence" agencies of the US Government, a "report" which even those agencies that "agreed" to it won't endorse as factual, I came across this article from the old IF Stone Weekly from 50+years ago. It's instructive to read now because it perhaps demonstrates why USG leaders no longer supply any evidence for their accusations against official enemies.

Actual figures from the Pentagon which contradicted State Dept claims

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

Brian Tue, 2017-01-03 15:50

(This is a reprint from Craig Murray's own blog. I'm republishing it here at his invitation, due to his conviction that Facebook and Twitter are "ghost banning" the content from his site. If you'd rather read it on his site, and I wouldn't blame you if you did, feel free to use the link below. This is a very important article. It absolutely puts the boots to this year's most blatantly "false news" story—that the Russians hacked the DNC's computers, and then gave HRC campaign supremo John Podesta's e-mails to Wikileaks.)

Russian hackers!! Russian hackers!! They've stolen our free will!

Rescuing Boris—Hypocrisy, anyone?

Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 2016-12-18 15:15

(This is a reprint from an article in Time Magazine. I retrieved it from a Vietnamese Culture discussion group on Google Forums. I cannot verify that it's a totally accurate copy, because I didn't pay the $0.77 I would have had to give Time; besides, then I could have used theirs. It's intended as a counter to what is perhaps this year's biggest, dumbest false news story—that Russia (hyperventilating now) interfered in the POTUS 2016 election. Apparently, Americans don't think that would be fair.

Only Americans can save other countries from themselves!

Reading "western" media on Syria

Brian Fri, 2016-11-18 14:54

OMG! Those damned Russians! One week they're interfering with the US presidential election, the next they're bombing hospitals and schools in Syria. Woe is us! How are we to understand such perfidy?! Herein a few pointers.

Syria "White Helmets" rescue a Syrian girl: again and again and again

Some child victims we care about, some we don't

Brian Tue, 2016-09-20 13:51

Some child victims we care about, some we don't. An injury to a child caused by someone we don't like, we beat our breasts and tear our hair out. An injury to a child caused by someone we do like, well, shit happens.

Top left, you'll undoubtedly recognize little Omran Daqneesh, injured in a "Russian or Syrian" airstrike, and nobody ever figured out, or cared, what party dropped the bomb. Little Omran was photographed by the "White Helmets," a group of PR campaigners embedded in Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate. The "White Helmets" are dearly loved in the "West," are seriously funded by the "West," and have amazing contacts in the Western LameStream media. If you've managed NOT to see a photo of Omran, you'd be quite unusual. Omran, despite being alive, which makes him luckier than a lot of Syrian kids, is a victim we care about. A "worthy" victim.

Kids on the left: Poor darlings! Kids on the right: Meh.

Former CIA spook endorses Clinton! WaPo!

Brian Sat, 2016-08-06 16:22

(Achtung! I despise Donald Trump. Maybe even more than you. I've despised him for many, many years, since long before he decided to run for POTUS. This is not a pro-Trump piece. I discuss here what I believe to be the actual situation.)

DAESH (ISIS) thugs in Syria, Hillary Clinton