It’s been quite a week geopolitically. From Angela Merkel admitting she can’t form a coalition and calling for new elections to Syrian peace talks opening up in Astana. From the poppy fields of Afghanistan to the Syrian oil fields east of the Euphrates River there is a hint of fresh air in U. S. foreign policy emanating from the Oval Office. We’re a couple of days out from Thanksgiving here in the States but a quick perusal of the headlines since then has me thinking we’ve turned a corner in Syria. On Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting with their respective military commanders to prepare for the peace talks in Sochi. Putin and Trump held an hour-long phone call that concentrated on Syria while touching on a lot of other topics. But, we can see the outcome of that phone call in today’s headline that Trump has pledged to Turkey that we would stop arming Kurdish forces in eastern Syria.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 26, 2017.
The political environment since Trump’s election seems to get worse and worse by the day, as much of the American public becomes increasingly divided, embittered and downright insane. People across the political spectrum are enthusiastically fueling this destructive behavior in their varied quests to show how right they are and how hopelessly wrong everyone else is. Meanwhile, those who truly wield power in our society continue to laugh all the way to the bank. Earlier today, I came across a prescient and powerful article written by Pamela B. Paresky in Psychology Today titled, Angry About the Election? Although the piece was composed only a few weeks after the 2016 election, the writing was already on the wall and she identified and warned about the dangerous direction we were headed in. Here are a few choice excerpts: Peruse any Facebook page and you’re sure to find plenty of anger and disgust there, too. Some Clinton supporters are ‘unfriending’ Trump voters. Others proclaim they are no longer speaking to friends who voted for Trump. It’s not uncommon for people to explicitly state that they have no desire or intention to ‘come together’ with nor even ‘have compassion’ for anyone who voted for Trump.
This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Michael Krieger | Posted Tuesday Sep 5, 2017.
AUGUST 1, 2017 With a horrendous pipeline safety record pockmarked with sizable spills into a world class trout stream and at least two sensitive wetlands and the total demolition of an historic dwelling – not to mention, an embarrassingly imperialist clash with the Standing Rock Sioux – Energy Transfer Partners will be investigated for highly suspect business practices, should two ranking Democrats and angry residents of three states get their way. Sunoco Logistics, recently merged with Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), insists it maintains the strictest safety standards in the interests of public safety and the environment; yet, in actuality, Reuters investigators found its record the worst in the industry – a dubious distinction, considering Big Oil’s obsession with secreting spill information from public perusal. Traversing Ohio and West Virginia, across Pennsylvania, to the Atlantic coast, construction of Mariner East 2 began in February to the consternation of environmentalists, activists, and residents in its path – many of whom have had their property usurped through the government’s property theft program known as eminent domain – and despite pending litigation, petitions, and large-scale protests. Plagued with spills, leaks, accidents, and other issues, the Mariner East 2 pipeline project has run roughshod over the environment – as well as property rights.
Despite US threats of ‘strong and swift economic sanctions’ that the WSJ reported overnight could cut off a crucial source of revenue for Venezuela’s financially distressed state oil company, PDVSA, the socialist state’s leader Nicolas Maduro is claiming victory in a vote to create a new ‘constituent assembly,’ a vote that US government officials have labeled a “sham.” The ruling Socialist party’s candidates purportedly won all 545 seats in the vote. Venezuela electoral council head Tibisay Lucena said more than 41% of the country’s registered voters participated, a number that is being widely discreditr by outside sources. Per press reports, the assembly will now replace the opposition controlled Congress, which was annulled by the Maduro-allied Supreme Court in March, allowing Maduro to rewrite the country’s constitution, cementing his hold on power as his favorability rating with the public falls below 30%. The U. S., Colombia, Spain, Peru, the EU and Argentina have already said they will not recognize the results of the vote, which was boycotted by the country’s opposition parties.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 31, 2017.
Few have put their lives on the line as journalist Benjamin Fulford has done. Going from the peak of his journalistic career, a massive salary and access to almost any door he wanted open, the former Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief of Forbes Magazine stepped away in disagreement of massive censoring and has since started reporting on geopolitical events that certain ‘elites’ wish he would not. Blowing the whistle on a wide variety of topics, including 9/11 and Fukushima, Fulford has drawn the attention of many around the world and has even survived 5 assassination attempts. The Mind Unleashed was fortunate to be able to interview Mr. Fulford. 1. What is your education and journalistic background Benjamin? My educational background is varied. I went to grade school in Mexico and Canada and studied in Spanish and English. My high school was in French. When I was 17 I went to the Amazon and studied under a Shipibo shaman on the banks of the Ucuyali river in Northern Peru. My university education was Sophia University in Tokyo and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. My degree is in Asian studies with a China area specialty. However, since I took about 10 years worth of undergraduate courses I think of myself as a generalist.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 23, 2017.
On the southwestern edge of Lake Titicaca, Peru, there is an ancient 23-foot doorway known as the Aramu Muru. Local natives call it the ‘Puerta de hayu Marca,’ the gateway to the lands of the gods and immortal life. Throughout their history, the natives have described people disappearing and appearing at this doorway. In 1998, purported extraterrestrial contactee Jerry Wills claimed a tall blonde humanoid named Zo taught him how to access Aramu Muru and enter ‘another universe.’ Wills further claimed that Zo illustrated to him how our universe is an experimental simulation within his species’ universe. They built it to understand their own reality, which is itself nested inside a larger universe. The next year, in 1999, the blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix came out and forever emblazoned into our collective subconscious the idea that our existence is a simulation created by a more advanced race of beings. Incidentally, the film also made long black trench coats, black sunglasses, and my last name all the rage, but I digress… A few years after the release of The Matrix, philosopher Nick Bostrom published the Simulation Argument, a concise paper entitled ‘Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?’ It presented a trilemma, a mathematical breakdown of why at least one of three provocative scenarios must be true.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas had stern words for his colleagues when the Court declined to hear a case challenging California’s handgun laws, saying that the jurists do not understand the importance of self-defense. The case, supported by the National Rifle Association, involves San Diego resident Edward Peruta, who challenged his county’s refusal to grant him permission to carry a concealed firearm outside of his home. ‘For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,’ Thomas wrote after most members of the court declined to hear the California case. ‘But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it,’ Thomas said.
The involvement of the U. S. military in an upcoming multilateral military drill in South America has raised concerns over potential ulterior motives on the part of the U. S. The drill, dubbed ‘Operation: America United,’ will involve the installation of a temporary military base on the triple border shared by the drill’s other participating nations: Peru, Brazil and Colombia. According to Theofilo de Oliveira, the top general of the Brazilian Armed Forces, the U. S. military will carry out the drill along with the three Latin American nations this November over a period of ten days. The Brazilian military has asserted that the objective of the exercise is to ‘ develop greater knowledge, share experiences and develop mutual trust.’ Brazilian government officials have strongly denied rumors that the exercise will lead to the establishment of a multinational military base in the Amazon.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on May 9, 2017.
Authored by Eric Zuesse, After detailed decimation of President Trump’s ‘intelligence’ ‘justifying’ his invasion of Syria, the MIT specialist on such intelligence-analysis, Dr. Theodore Postol, concludes: I have worked with the intelligence community in the past, and I have grave concerns about the politicization of intelligence that seems to be occurring with more frequency in recent times – but I know that the intelligence community has highly capable analysts in it. And if those analysts were properly consulted about the claims in the White House document they would have not approved the document going forward. I am available to expand on these comments substantially. I have only had a few hours to quickly review the alleged White House intelligence report. But a quick perusal shows without a lot of analysis that this report cannot be correct, and it also appears that this report was not properly vetted by the intelligence community. This is a very serious matter. President Obama was initially misinformed about supposed intelligence evidence that Syria was the perpetrator of the August 21, 2013 nerve agent attack in Damascus. This is a matter of public record. President Obama stated that his initially false understanding was that the intelligence clearly showed that Syria was the source of the nerve agent attack. This false information was corrected when the then Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, interrupted the President while he was in an intelligence briefing. According to President Obama, Mr. Clapper told the President that the intelligence that Syria was the perpetrator of the attack was ‘not a slamdunk.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 14, 2017.
At least in the geo-strategic area we are beginning to see a Trump presidency that may be conforming to an election platform for a dtente president. This is undoubtedly hugely beneficial for us all, but for Trump means virtually a political war against him from all sides of the political establishment from the E.U. and Washington itself. Cohen discusses Trumps choices for his cabinet and his advisors and its likely affect on the New Cold War. We see the usual propaganda histrionics against Trump at home led by the usual hotheads and captured ‘journalism’. Elsewhere NATO war games are continuing on the Russian border, there is much increased shelling by Kiev in the Donbass, and all manner of criticisms are coming at Russia over Syria. In Washington he is faced with an opposition that carries across party lines with an ingrained belief that Trump is going to pursue dtente (Cohen uses their label as ‘reset’) with Russia as the existential enemy, and they are determined to ‘firewall’ that resistance against the new president. The resistance will be massive. But as Cohen points out, a president has great freedom to pursue a foreign policy of dtente alone without having to go through Congress. The central figure for this cold war president, so far, is Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for National Security Advisor. In some circles he is considered too political (he supported the Iraq wars), but where the final appeal may be found is his view that ISIS is the real threat to the United States, and he appears to be open to working with Russia in the M.E. Cohen also notes Trump’s flexibility with his meeting with Tulsi Gabbard (Democrat rep., Hawai’i) who stated that she supported Trump’s anti-war position. But there are changes in attitudes for governments in Europe also, and Cohen lists countries that are softening their anti-Russian views – or redefining their relationship with Washington to favour Trump’s dtente. One very important observation he picks up on came from President Obama at the recent APEC meeting in Peru that indicates a fundamental change in how Obama, at least, views what Trump is doing. The changes in Europe show that economic interests and common sense ‘are initiating policies of moving away from blindly supporting Washington to those of ‘greater independence’. But Cohen acknowledges that resistance to Russia in institutions like the World Court may be present there for the long term. These institutions have shown to be politically influenced for Washington -especially in the Ukrainian Civil War where realities have been misrepresented from the beginning. But this writer is still reassured that Trump’s presidency is a dtente presidency, and being such a wilful personality (his public disdain for the press in the US was a good example) suggests that he will not wilt at the challenges in front of him. We should all hope so…
A half-hearted near handshake between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin before and after they spoke for about four minutes, standing up, on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru, captured to perfection the melancholic dwindling of the Obama era. A whirlwind flashback of the fractious relationship between Obama and existential threats Russia and China would include everything from the Washington-sponsored Maidan in Kiev to Obama’s Assad must go in Syria, with special mentions to the oil price war, sanctions, the raid on the ruble, extreme demonization of Putin and all things Russian, provocations in the South China Sea – all down to a finishing flourish; the death of the much vaunted Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty, which was reconfirmed at APEC right after the election of Donald Trump. It was almost too painful to watch Obama defending his not exactly spectacular legacy at his final international press conference – with, ironically, the backdrop of the South American Pacific coast – just as Chinese President Xi Jinping all but basked in his reiterated geopolitical glow, which he already shares with Putin. As for Trump, though invisible in Lima, he was everywhere.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 24, 2016.
While China’s president Xi was busy dancing on the grave of TPP and rolling out its own regional free-trade alternativeduring the APEC summit in Peru, Obama was just as busy defending his vanishing legacy to an international audience for the last time. He was even busier projecting his denial before the entire world. As AFP reports, after the APEC summit closed on Sunday, Obama insisted that the 12-nation trans-Pacific deal, a key part of his now failed “pivot” to Asia, was far from dead and those involved still wanted to move forward with the United States. Actually, no, it’s dead, but what is very much alive was Obama’s sudden realization that the policies he had been pushing for 8 years have led to a “globallized” world that has never been more splintered and where the wealth trickled-up, crushing the middle class just as the “fringe blogs” warned would happen: The president also sought to answer rising concerns about globalization, saying that “historic gains in prosperity” had not been evenly distributed and there was a growing gap between rich and poor. “That can reverberate through our politics,” he said. “That’s why I firmly believe one of our greatest challenges in the years ahead across our nations and within them will be to make sure that the benefits of the global economy are shared by more people.” No Barack, it will not be your challenge. You are now out, leaving behind just a fake – and fading – facade of a recovery narrative built upon $15 trillion in global central bank liquidity, meant to prop up stock markets to all time highs even as a violent protest movement against your policies resulted in the biggest political shock of a generation… that and an all too real $20 trillion in government debt.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 20, 2016.
As China’s president Xi was setting the stage for a new regional free-trade deal dubbed the Free Trade Area of Asia-Pacific at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Lima, Peru now that Obama’s TPP has suffered a quiet death, a new geopolitical axis was being formed. In the first meeting between the Philippines’ outspoken president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Peru, Duterte held nothing back in his views about major powers like the United States, suggesting he is sticking to his guns on re-aligning foreign policy away from Washington, despite his warm words for incoming U. S. president, Donald Trump. *** Reiterating a recurring talking point from his national addresses, Duterte lashed out at Western “bullying” and “hypocrisy” in his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted. “Historically, I have been identified with the Western world. It was good until it lasted,” he told the Russian leader. “And of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations. And not only that, they are into so much hypocrisy,” he said, according to a transcript of Saturday’s meeting provided by his office cited by Reuters.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 20, 2016.
After repeatedly calling Trump “uniquely unqualified” throughout the 2016 campaigning cycle, Obama is now set to embark on his last official foreign trip as commander-in-chief and must explain to anxious foreign leaders what the 2016 presidential election means for U. S. foreign policy going forward. Per Bloomberg, Obama’s trip will include visits with the leaders of China, Germany, U. K., Peru, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Australia and several Southeast Asian nations all of whom will be peppering him with questions ranging from the fate of various trade deals to the Syrian refugee crisis. ‘His role now becomes a bridge to an administration with which he has very different views,’ said Patrick Cronin, senior adviser for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. ‘He’s got to reassure the global community that what’s coming next will not lead to complete fragmentation and a breakdown of order.’ ‘I don’t know there’s much he could say to effectively calm their anxieties,’ Miller said in a telephone interview. ‘But I certainly expect that he’ll offer reassurances, most likely by highlighting the strong fundamentals of our relationships.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 14, 2016.
Much has been said about an April 2012 email disclosed by WikiLeaks, in which Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s director of foreign policy, writes to senior Clinton Foundation officials explaining the ‘summary of key points’ from his meetings with the ‘Ambassadors from Qatar, Brazil, Peru, Malawi, and Rwanda, in Washington, DC.’ Describing his meeting with the ambassador of Qatar, Desai wrote, ‘Would like to see WJC [William Jefferson Clinton] ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011.’ ‘Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti – particularly on education and health,’ Desai wrote in the email. ‘They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF Haiti team.’ While this has been seen by critics of the Clinton Foundation as yet another instance of influence pandering and “pay-to-play”, this time there may actually be consequences for the Clinton Foundation: according to the State Department, the previously undisclosed donation suggests there may be an ethics violation by the foundation, even though the State of Qatar is shown on the foundation’s website as having given at least that amount. There is no date listed for the donation. A spokesman for the foundation declined to confirm the donation to Reuters.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 15, 2016.
A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks rocked central Italy on early Wednesday, burying residents under rubble as they slept and killing at least 38 people. Strong tremors were felt in the country’s capital, Rome, and several small towns and villages have been seriously damaged. *** The temblor hit at around 3:30 a.m. local time near Norcia, 50 miles southeast of Perugia, and was felt more than 100 miles away in Rome. Several large aftershocks soon followed. As dawn broke, stunned locals picked through ruins in the worst-affected towns of Amatrice and Accumoli. Italy’s defense ministry mobilized the army to help in the search for survivors, NBC reports.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 24, 2016.
Anarchast Ep. 291 Jeff interviews anarchist archaeologist, Brien Foerster. Topics include: a fascination with native cultures, living and exploring in Peru, re-writing history, 12,000 year old civilization wiped out by global catastrophe, mistakes in the historic narrative, the Egyptian pyramids appear to be giant acoustic resonators, an ancient energetic system akin to wifi, using naturally occurring energy, following your dreams and passions, leaving the decaying west behind