Russia: ‘outrageous’ use of force against protesters 1

During the Cold War, some anarchists developed a tendency known as “Neither East nor West” for the purpose of opposing both superpowers and their satellites. As the Eastern axis continues to rise in opposition to the Western axis, such tendencies will be necessary once again.

Amnesty International UK

Following the forceful dispersal of today’s (5 May) peaceful opposition rallies in Moscow and all over Russia, and the inaction of the police who allowed the beating of protesters by unknown people in ‘Cossack’-style uniforms, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International Deputy Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said:

“The forceful dispersal of today’s opposition demonstrations is outrageous. The Russian authorities once again refused to authorise protest rallies, and then used this ban to crackdown on those gathered in Moscow and elsewhere.

“But what is worse is the total police inaction, which allowed the beating of protesters by unknown men in Moscow. On what grounds people in ‘Cossack’ uniforms were allowed to use force remains a question.

“The authorities should immediately release all peaceful protesters arrested and launch an independent, thorough and effective investigation into the use of force by police, and the attacks on the protesters by the ‘Cossacks’.”

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How Assad tortures and kills Syria’s pacifist young leftists 1

A global anti-state front would necessarily have to oppose the Atlanticist-Zionist-Wahhabi empire (the dominant faction of the international class) while simultaneously opposing all states everywhere. Obviously, this would have to be a very careful balancing act.

By Josepha Ivanka Wessels

Open Democracy

Why is it that the brightest peaceful activists who preach freedom against violence are the first to be killed by the Assad regime?

From left to right: Ghiath Matar, Rami Hennawi, Bassel Khartabil (Safadi). Last week Rami Hennawi’s family received the news from Syrian authorities that their son and partner died in prison and they can collect his body. Rami was a pacifist leftist young activist who was detained in 2012. Five years he spent in the most inhumane conditions in one of Assad’s torture houses.Rami came from Sweida, a majority Druze city under regime control and generally considered pro-Assad. But in fact, the underground resistance against Assad in Sweida is strong. If anything, localsin Sweida remembered the anti-colonial hero Sultan Basha al-Atrash, leader of the 1925 Great Syrian Revolt, and on several occasions congregated in front of his statue to voice their opposition against Assad.  This is why the Syrian regime is very wary of the underground opposition from Sweida.

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North and South Korea Making Peace? Reply

Tom Woods interviews Michael Malice, one of the West’s most insightful commentators on North Korea. Listen here. I’d like for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit to be a “Nixon Goes to China” moment, and for Kim Jong-Un to become the DPRK’s Deng Xiaoping. But I’m not holding my breath.

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Michael Malice joins me to discuss the recent summit meeting between North and South Korea, in which a North Korean leader set foot in the South for the first time ever. What does it all mean?

About the Guest

Michael Malice is an author and celebrity ghostwriter. He is also a frequent guest on Kennedy on the FOX Business Network.

The Truth About War Powers, the Military-Industrial Complex, and Militarism in American Culture Reply

Tom Woods interviews leading antiwar commentator Scott Horton. Listen here.

This is what our so-called “antifascists” should be attacking, rather than forming a neoconservative-liberal international-human rights imperialist-antifascist axis in service of the Anglo-American-Zionist-Wahhabi empire.

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In something of a potpourri episode, Scott Horton and I discuss the real truth about presidential war powers under the Constitution, plus the empire’s highly successful propaganda apparatus, the military-industrial complex’s tactics, and much more.

The Totalitarian Jean-Jacques Rousseau Reply

Tom Wood and Gerard Casey discussion the philosopher on whose ideas most modern political theory is based. The “social contract” is modernity’s version of the god-emperor and the divine right of kinds. Debunking social contract theory is fundamental to the advancement of the anarchist position. Listen here.

The ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) have been profoundly influential — and not for the better. We’ll discuss his views on the origins of inequality, the role of the legislator, and the place of the individual in political society. Not an episode to skip, trust me.

About the Guest

Gerard Casey is professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, where he served as department head. He is an associated scholar of the Mises Institute.

DEBATE: Is There Anything to “Russiagate”? Reply

Tom Woods hosts a debate on “Russiagate.” Listen here.

My take on Russiagate is that I couldn’t possibly care less if Russia “interferes” in domestic US politics or not. Israel and Saudi Arabia interfere in US politics to an infinitely greater degree than Russia, and it’s not even an issue. The US interferes in the politics of just about all other nations. Turnabout is fair play.

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David Pakman of the David Pakman Show, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, square off in a discussion of allegations of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials and operatives.

EXCLUSIVE: RT speaks to Milo Yiannopoulos ahead of Day For Freedom rally Reply

RT UK speaks to author, commentator and self-proclaimed ‘provocateur’ Milo Yiannopoulos ahead of Sunday’s #DayForFreedom rally in London, where many are expected to protest in defence of free speech. Other controverisal figures, such as: Tommy Robinson, Lauren Southern, Gavin McInnes, Count Dankula & more, will be speaking at the event.

Conservative Policy, Populist Attitude Reply

Benny Shapiro, a former Never Trumper, recognizes Trumpism has been totally and predictably coopted by the neocon/plutocrat/Zionist alliance that controls the GOP.

By Ben Shapiro

National Review

The danger is that the latter will toxify the former.

This was supposed to be the year conservatism saw its end.

Conservatism, we were led to believe, had run its course. Trump’s supporters cheered his campaign-trail heresies against Reagan-esque conservatism. “What has conservatism ever done for us?” we heard, time and again. Candidate Trump was among those pressing forward this talking point: “This is called the Republican party,” Trump reminded Americans in May 2016. “It’s not the Conservative party.”

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Chomsky Among “Progressives” Calling for US Military Involvement in Syria 1

Chomsky of all people should know that the US fucks up anything it touches. The US ambition in Syria is to replace Assad with a Saudi-like Sunni fundamentalist regime that will be subservient to the US-Israel-Saudi triangle and allied with Turkey. Like the US empire is going to tolerate turning northern Syria into some kind of anarcho-communist Kurdish homeland. The Kurds are in the same position as the Spanish anarchists in the 1930s in the sense of being caught in the middle of a civil war between Eastern and Western proxies.

I very much want to see Rojava survive. I suspect the best bet would be for the PKK associated groups to attempt to negotiate a settlement with the Assad government for regional autonomy in northern Syria and a mutual alliance against the Salafist forces, with the support of Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. Though I wouldn’t encourage anyone to go on a hunger strike waiting for that to happen.

By Whitney Webb

Mint Press News

NEW YORK – On Monday, the New York Review of Books published an open letter and petition aimed at securing Western support for putting pressure on Turkey to end its occupation of Afrin, opposing further Turkish incursions into Syria, and backing autonomy for Rojava — the region of Northern Syria that has functioned autonomously since 2012 after its administration was taken over by U.S-allied Kurdish factions. Authored by the Emergency Committee for Rojava, it has since been signed by well-known progressive figures such as Noam Chomsky and Judith Butler in its bid to organize efforts for the fulfillment of the group’s demands.

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Young People Are Shifting Left on Abortion Reply

Abortion is the issue on which there is probably the most common agreement among social conservatives. There is probably no issue which social conservatives appear to be winning over the long run, and yet liberal and left opinion continues to act as though social conservatives are a dire threat to civilization as if the last 50 years had never happened.

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Reason

A new poll suggests that young Americans are becoming more liberal about abortion as they age. According to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds say they have become more supportive of abortion rights in recent years; only nine percent have become less supportive.

This stands in contrast to baby boomers and older Americans. Among respondents age 65 and up, only six percent tell PRRI they’ve recently become more supportive of abortion access; 12 percent are more opposed. “The relative stability of attitudes in the general public towards the legality and availability of abortion over the past few years has masked a growing polarization of opinion between younger and older Americans,” says PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones in a press release.

The 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed (a mix of younger millennials and elder Gen Z) were also significantly more likely than their oldest counterparts to agree that at least some health care providers in their community should provide abortions: 69 percent versus 46 percent.

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The Lies Behind America’s Interventions Reply

The anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s and 1970s was arguably the most important movement in the history of the United States, because it had the long term effect of both making the draft politically impossible, and delegitimizing imperialist war to the point where Americans will not accept war if it requires any sacrifices on their own side. Since that time, the state has had to fight wars with professional armies, mercenaries, proxy forces, and technology, even in spite of the fact that the US emerged as the global hegemon at the end of the Cold War. If it were not for the legacy of the anti-Vietnam War movement, the state would still have conscript armies at its disposal, with many millions of Americans being drafted into the state’s imperial legions, and the US would likely have large scale occupation forces in many different locations around the globe, from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to Latin America to Africa, as opposed to the present imperialism of military bases and client states. However, even this post-Vietnam model is gradually declining as the empire continues to lose fourth generation wars, and as the frauds that are cooked up to sell wars of aggression are increasingly exposed. Eventually, the US empire will recede to the point where the USA resembles China, which is a large, powerful nation-state and a major economic player, but which has only one military base outside of its domestic territory.

By Jon Basil Utley

The American Conservative

Official Washington and those associated with it have misrepresented the facts numerous times in the service of military actions that might not otherwise have taken place. In the Middle East, these interventions have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Arab civilians, brought chaos to Iraq and Libya, and led to the expulsion of a million Christians from communities where they have lived since biblical times.

The most famous of these episodes, of course, was the U.S. government’s assurance to the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which formed the basis for the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. The government also insisted Saddam had ties to al-Qaeda, bolstering the call to war. Of course neither was true.

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The U.S.-China Trade Conflict Reply

I agree with this summary of the problem as far as US-China trade relations go, but I disagree that the solution is a return to retrograde 19th century mercantilism. The solution is to recognize that all forms of state interference in the economy have a net effect of upward distribution of wealth, and to act accordingly, i.e. by attacking the state from the bottom up.

By William S. Lind

Traditional Right

President Trump is right to confront China on the trade issue.  China has long been dumping materials such as steel on the American market, and it has been acquiring technology we have developed by means open and surreptitious.  Together, China’s predatory trade policies have devastated American manufacturing and largely destroyed our blue collar middle class.  Here in Cleveland we have seen whole factories bought by Chinese, torn down, and re-erected in China.  What were good-paying American jobs became Chinese jobs.

At the same time, America needs China at the grand strategic level.  To meet the threat posed by Fourth Generation war, we need an alliance of all states.  The core of such an alliance must be the three greatest powers, Russia, China, and the U.S.

Nor should we wish to damage China’s economy.  The world is teetering on the edge of a global debt crisis.  Such a crisis is most likely to begin in China, whose recent prosperity is built on a $15 trillion mountain of debt, much of it bad.  A debt crisis in China will quickly spread.  It is likely to end in a world-wide depression to rival that of the 1930s.  America, which like China continues to pile up both public and private debt, will not be exempt.  America tomorrow will be Greece today, with the added nightmare of hyperinflation as the federal government seeks to pay off its debts with worthless money.  That is a future we should do our utmost to avoid. 

I think there is a way out of this seeming dilemma.  What is it?  Managed trade.

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Bill Lind on Syria Reply

I concur.

By William S. Lind

Traditional Right

The latest cruise missile caracole aimed at Syria was militarily meaningless.  A few empty buildings were destroyed, residents of Damascus and Homs lost a couple hours of sleep and honor was satisfied.  The only thing missing was Handel’s Musick for the Royal Fireworks

What was not trivial was that America once again fell into its besetting policy of sacrificing the strategic level to the tactical.  Strategically, we need an alliance with Russia and we need to restore the state in Syria.  When someone, probably not the Syrian government, launched a minor tactical attack that may or may not have used chemical weapons we immediately forgot our strategic goals and interests and fired off some missiles.  This is the response of a spoiled child, not a serious nation.

As I have pointed out before, a rule of war is that a higher level trumps a lower.  No matter how brilliant your tactical performance, if you lose operationally, you lose.  You can win repeatedly at the tactical and operational levels, as Germany did in both World Wars, but if you lose strategically, you lose.  It follows that one of the most elementary errors in statecraft is sacrificing a higher level to a lower.  And the U.S. does it time and time again.

In this case, part of the reason for the idiocy was the dreaded words, “chemical weapons!”  Chemical weapons, which used to be called poison gas, are now considered a “Weapon of Mass Destruction” like nuclear weapons.  This is historical nonsense.

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Marxists Look Back on the Russian Revolution Reply

If there is one thing anarchists should learn from history, it’s to never trust a commie. At least with fascists, you know where you stand.

By J.P. O’Malley

The American Conservative

October: The Story of the Russian Revolution, China Míeville, Verso, 384 pages.

The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution, Tariq Ali, Verso, 384 pages.

On October 25, 1917, across the city of Petrograd, the Bolshevik party was preparing to take power from the Provisional Government that had overthrown the autocratic Tsarist regime the previous February. Vladimir Lenin, leader of the far-left Bolshevik movement, felt February’s coup had been premature and was run by what he viewed as hypocritical liberals who merely sought a moderate polity based on the values of social democracy.

Sensing a historic moment, Lenin sat down to draft a proclamation for what he believed would be the coming of a worldwide socialist revolution. He wrote: “To the citizens of Russia: The cause for which the people have fought, namely…the abolition of landed proprietorship, workers’ control over production, and the establishment of Soviet power, has been secured. Long live the workers’, soldiers’, and peasants’ revolution!”

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Goodbye, Jehovah Reply

The changing religious demographics of the United States. I was not previously aware that Christian orthodoxy had experienced this much of a decline. It also appears that in the future Christian orthodoxy may be the domain primarily though not exclusively of ethnic minorities. The possible political implications of that are interesting to consider.

By Rod Drehr

The American Conservative

There’s new research out from Pew showing that the United States continues to leave Christianity behind.

Pew asked Americans about their beliefs in God. By “belief in the God of the Bible,” here’s what Pew meant:

The survey questions that mention the Bible do not specify any particular verses or translations, leaving that up to each respondent’s understanding. But it is clear from questions elsewhere in the survey that Americans who say they believe in God “as described in the Bible” generally envision an all-powerful, all-knowing, loving deity who determines most or all of what happens in their lives.

So it’s very vague. It’s a definition that would include the pseudo-god of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. I’m sure if Pew drilled down even a little bit, the numbers for even rudimentary Biblical orthodoxy — that is, a historical orthodoxy that would be affirmed by Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox — would be much lower. Keep that in mind before you get too excited about the numbers below.

Highlights of the survey:

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What if Kim Jong-un is Looking to Liberalize? Reply

I’m inclined with the argument made in this article. It is likely that the DPRK is now where the Soviets were in the 1980s, i.e. it’s become a matter of reform or die.

By Peter Van Buren

The American Conservative

On April 27, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in will meet, ahead of a trilateral summit with President Trump in June. There is a lot to talk about, but the focus in the West on nuclear issues misses the real story: Kim may be seeking revolutionary economic upheaval. There are signs everything is about to change.

It isn’t hard to imagine Kim with a biography of former Chinese leader Deng Xiao-ping on his nightstand. Deng’s rise to power saw China’s centrally managed economy failing to feed its people, isolated from the world, and dependent on the Soviet Union. Then everything changed in 1979 when Deng secured an agreement with President Jimmy Carter that covered his security needs (no one seemed worried China had nukes), diplomatically papered over long-simmering political issues like the status of Taiwan, and allowed him to introduce changes that led directly to China’s economic ascendance.

A key sign Kim is headed the same way is the extraordinary number of concessions he has made ahead of his upcoming summits. Kim is acting like a man in a hurry.

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Kanye West Sets Twitter Alight With Cryptic ‘2024’ Message Reply

The spectacle of Kanye West running for President as a Democratic black conservative could certainly change the mainstream political landscape…to say the least.

By Lee Moran

Huffington Post

Did Kanye West just confirm his presidential run on Twitter?

The self-styled “greatest living rock star on the planet” set the social media platform abuzz Tuesday with the following message:

On Monday, he also tweeted but then deleted a photo featuring this “Keep America Great” poster, with the hashtag #Kanye2024, according to NME, a British music journalism outlet.

Kanye West tweeted an image containing these posters on Monday -- then quickly deleted it, according to a British music magaz

 

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