Pepe Escobar On North Korea: Fire, Fury, Fear, & False Flags

Alarm bells ringing as rampant speculation breaks out over Pyongyang’s ‘possible’ miniaturized nuclear warheads.
Beware the dogs of war.
The same intel ‘folks’ who brought to you babies pulled from incubators by ‘evil’ Iraqis as well as non-existent WMDs are now peddling the notion that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to fit its recently tested ICBM.
That’s the core of an analysis completed in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Additionally, US intel believes that Pyongyang now has access to up to 60 nuclear weapons.
On the ground US intel on North Korea is virtually non-existent – so these assessments amount to guesswork at best.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 10, 2017.

An American Paradox: Pillorying Fake News While Promoting False Flags

The United States is a schizophrenic asylum of extreme paradoxes: While its internal politics reverberates with fake news-mediated recriminations, Americans yet find merit in the same disinformation machinery that facilitates false flags abroad.
The US is now threatening Syria over an imminent ‘chemical weapons attack’ without offering a shred of proof to the international community. Then again, the last time the US resorted to due UNSC process had instead resulted in wars and mayhem that continue till today. The vial brandished by Colin Powell was found to contain nothing more than a concoction of fraudulent intelligence and mass-mediated hysteria over Saddam Hussein’s alleged possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Nevertheless, fake news had come of age and forged an indispensable bond between elected US officials and the sheeple who voted them in.
Fake News: A Collective American Psychosis
No one epitomizes the fake news paradox better than the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, himself.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on July 5, 2017.

Russiagate is a secret in an envelope: John Batchelor interviews Stephen F. Cohen

John Batchelor begins with several recent worrisome events with American and Russian behaviour in this New Cold War that show that there is no respite from international tensions between Russia and Washington. The worst of these involves the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley who is warning that Syria was preparing another chemical weapons attack and this suggests the real and rising possibility of another false flag attack may be underway. (Note that Haley once more is speaking out of turn with no sources reported, no evidence shown, and the White House denies that it is the source of her comments. Larry). Cohen, however, wanted to pause the topic and return to the background of the Russiagate crisis in Washington and the curious behavior of American MSM. The statements of those agencies that produced these accusations now discredit Russiagate and yet the media still maintains these fraudulent accusations, and even Oliver Stone has come under attack since the airing of his Putin Interviews. Cohen is mystified that the American MSM has seemingly decided to maintain these lies as a means to exclude the citizen from the truth. No absurdity is too bizarre if it supports the narrative – even to the point that one newspaper, the Washington Post published as fact what amounted to a story that the CIA had a spy within Putin’s entourage that proved collusion between Trump and the Kremlin. This is just now reported and yet it happened under Obama – and sparked his threat to commit a cyber attack on Russia. And yet the major intelligence agencies, including the FBI, have started to distance themselves from this nonsense – publicly and at the highest levels. Not even Tom Clancy (of Cardinal in the Kremlin fame) handled a plot like this with so little credibility, and once more the MSM is insulting the intelligence of its consumers.
The discussion eventually returns to how all this pertains to recent events in Syria, the American shoot down of the Syrian war plane. The Russians reacted with a warning that any further transgressions like this would lead to the loss of American planes – and a near “no fly zone” protection envelope by Russia was the response. But Trump is under pressure to not back down to Russian threats. This likely pertains to the Nikki Haley rant at the U.N. about Assad’s chemical weapon stockpile, and Cohen believes there is a threat of a false flag attack using this excuse. If this is the case, the threat of war is now far greater as Russia may have to respond if American military assets bomb so-called Syrian military infrastructure that it arbitrarily and without factual basis declares to be chemical weapons storage facilities. What Cohen is saying is that a fictional accusation is made and followed up by an actual military response; Russia is essentially saying that if there is a repeat of this, it will respond militarily as well. That is a long-standing pattern for escalation leading to war. That the Deep State does not realize what they are doing is not credible and yet their expectations are for Russia to not respond. This is incredibly stupid. It means that Washington is either prepared to go to war now, or is not reading the situation well at all. But the end result can be the same.
Elsewhere, the Russian defence minister’s plane was harassed/threatened by a NATO plane on June 21st over the Baltic Sea, and was warned off by a Russian interceptor. Batchelor is correct when he states how reckless an act this was – and seemingly matches the latest reckless American attacks on the Syrian military. Cohen agrees and states: “that this is another warning that we are on a razors edge”. Also discussed were some good things: President Macron of France’s break with Washington foreign policy over Russia, a debate is currently happening within the White House about foreign policy priorities over Russia – to cooperate against terrorism or not – and finally Trump wants to meet with Putin in the next G20 meeting. All in all not a good news week and a more dangerous war climate than the one before, but still there are hints of improvement within the storms.

This post was published at Audioboom

SYRIA: US False Flag Hysteria Propels the World Towards a Global Military Finale

Neil Clark
Here we go again… ‘US warns Syria over ‘potential’ plan for chemical attack’ was the dramatic news headline which greeted me when I checked out the BBC News website first thing Tuesday morning, June 26.
A White House statement said that the US had ‘identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.’ It added, ‘The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its 4 April 2017 chemical weapons attack.’ The US made it clear that if the devilish plan, which it had ‘identified’ was carried out, it wouldn’t just hold the Syrian government responsible, but those other all-round ‘baddies’ Russia and Iran too.
Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) June 27, 2017

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on JUNE 29, 2017.

In An Act Of Desperation All Agendas Are Pushed, Prepare Yourself For The Big One – Episode 1306b

The following video was published by X22Report on Jun 14, 2017
The democratic party is now taking it to the next level they are now suing the President. Germany wants complete control of communications and wants to finger print children. India and Pakistan join the Shanghai Cooperation. US soldiers are not fighting in Philippines. Trump give the Pentagon more power to deploy troops. The forces in Syria bring in a missile launcher across the border in Syria. There was an event near DC and a senator was shot. This false flag is now being used for many different agendas.

Putin is worse than ISIS? — John Batchelor Interviews Stephen F. Cohen

Batchelor opens with the statement from France’s new President Macron that equates Turkey’s Erdogan, Russia’s Putin and Donald Trump as equals, and raises the bar on new heights of histrionics and confusion with all the media hype and investigations that accompany it. Cohen in turn mentions the Manchester terrorist event and takes the discussion to the topic of whether or not Russia and the West (and especially Washington) will ever join forces to deal with ISIS. Cohen’s worry is that the latter may eventually use nuclear material in its attacks, and he maintains that both Putin and Trump have the same worries. The hurdles placed to sabotage any cooperation become today’s topic. For example, Cohen qualifies this with a Senator McCain statement that essentially makes the point that ISIS should be the ally against Putin, not the other way around. (This writer worries that given the bizarre thinking revealed in Washington that ISIS may actually be able to use a serious attack and the media may spin it to have Russia blamed. False flag events in the U.S. are a similar danger.)
Cohen in the next segment describes Putin’s support for the United States after the 9/11 attack and the American lives this saved in Afghanistan. In fact all (so called) terrorist attacks on the U.S. saw Putin offering help. All were rejected and/or sabotaged/ or betrayed (with NATO activities). All of this is well detailed by Cohen. That Trump had difficulties meeting minimal diplomatic expectations for the Russians is a severe impediment to cooperation and respect from the Russian view. (It is curious that Trump’s boneheaded missile attack on Syria did not come up in the discussion.)
Batchelor, who is back from a vacation to the Caucasus region, introduces his third segment with a description of NATO troops of several nationalities in the capital of Georgia, Tibilsi. They were present for training manoeuvres. Cohen points out that Georgia is not a NATO country but it is still a prospect – although this is denied by Washington/NATO. Cohen makes an argument that cooperation for Putin in Syria and elsewhere about fighting terrorism must be at a higher level, but the Kremlin is seeing Trump becoming crippled in this goal in Washington. Trump, however, saw his firing of Comey as part of the process of solving the problem. Again Cohen points out in detail that the firing has only added more complications.
In the final segment Batchelor describes some of his experiences in trying to explain to various nationalities in his travels what all the American news stories meant. Batchelor kept explaining that it was noise and nonsense and that ‘nothing is going on’. Cohen disagrees, but can only speculate that something is going on in the background. Communication with the Russians is certainly going on and has to go around official channels because the Intelligence Agencies are undertaking a surveillance and leaking campaign against Trump. This is also fraught in that this practice too can be spun as subversive. This all came from the Trump effort to communicate privately with the Kremlin over Syria. Russia is also potentially positioned to know if attacks are planned against the United States, and Cohen repeats that Trump seems to understand this and cares about it even if some of his other behaviors may be questionable. Cohen maintains also that Israel and Russia share intelligence with each other. (The whole debacle in Syria, however, may be winding down with the Assad clearly the winner and ISIS in disarray.)
From my perspective our pundits may be missing one element of this opposition to Trump and a relationship with Russia. It looks like there is a Deep State ‘official’ policy to accept any terrorism damage from ISIS as preferable to working with Russia. The motivation is that, as a side issue, the terrorism can be used politically to continue to promote and fund the growing security forces within the United States and wars in the M.E. This has the side benefit of supporting a greater control/surveillance program over the population which will be suffering a serious monetary and economic decline in the future – and given the reality of a false flag 9/11 event, and a Deep State indifference to cost in lives – the stronger argument is that the priority for the Deep State continues to be(?) complete control of the government of the United States. In other words, they simply may not care about the dangers of ISIS. We should be aware – as Trump’s adversaries surely are – that working with Russia against terrorism can only lead to a lessened war “opportunity” with Iran and a reduction of the creeping instability of extremism in the ‘stan’ countries. That leaves Washington with fewer war prospects.

This post was published at Audioboom