Half of Humanity Now Forms the ‘Resistance’, by André Vltchek

Kashmir is Bleeding

Kashmiri Intifada
Kashmiri Intifada

A day before leaving Srinagar, in the ‘Indian administered Kashmir’, my comrades asked me to address a small gathering of local as well as progressive visiting Indian intellectuals. They mainly wanted to hear about the state of the resistance against Western imperialism. And Western imperialism is what India is now trying to join so eagerly and shamelessly.

It was dark outside, literally and metaphorically. Kashmir has been bleeding horrifically. At least 80,000 people have died, most of them from the terror spread by the fascist Indian state. The victims have been mainly civilians. At least 8,000 people have been “disappeared”. There have been countless, predominantly unreported, rapes and cases of beastly, unimaginable torture. Much of it has happened in just the last two decades.

I am going to write about this, soon, next week. But before I do, let me tell this story.

During that dark night, several men and women were gathered in a cramped room, asking me one simple and essential question: “Could the brutality of the Empire be prevented, and if not prevented, could it be stopped?”

I replied that “Yes!” And “Yes!” again.

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The Control Freaks’ demented Paradise, by Paul Matthews

Household goods, household gods, Lares and Penates :
Property pages and bargain basements are what dictates
Public life, with the pursuit of happiness in dire straits,
As national policies are stage-managed by potentates,
Offshore, drug fuelled, money laundered wealth permeates
All that an acquisitive culture gangrenes and violates.

Financial empires run amok, their occult power equates
With a cult of science and technology that consecrates
Chemical trespass targeting alike believers and apostates
Indifferently injuring and killing adults, embryos, neonates
With diets of rogue DNA, dioxins, pesticides, phtalates,
Causing obesity, diabetes, cancer, declining birth rates.

Corporate sponsored Strife from the Hell of Gates,
Clinton, Ford, Soros, Rockefeller, each foundation mates
Charitable status, tax evasion, big business heavyweights
With merchant bankers whose princely valour officiates
At Lord Mayor’s banquets, nursing a Chaos that freights
The philanthropy dispensed by depraved caliphates.

This psychotic New World Disorder operates
A satanic orgy of asset stripping that dilapidates
Mother Nature’s dwindling resources and nominates
Governments by ruthless juntas, feudal emirates,
Elites with seriously deranged character traits
A Low Life ethos that Wall Street celebrates.

Breeding corruption, instead of wiping clean the slates,
Sovereign debt, wrought by vulture funds, thus relegates
Human beings to the status of Mere Cyphers, their fates
Beholden to commodity fetishism, enslaved nation states,
The black arts of banking and white man’s voodoo creates
A grey suited Elysium for sad, anally-fixated magnates.

WASHINGTON – SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Patricia Woertz, CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Co., Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont, Samuel Allen, CEO of John Deere, and Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, participate in a symposium at the Newseum on September 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Global Harvest Initiative hosted the symposium on agriculture to learn ways to double agricultural output to meet rapidly growing global demand anticipated by the United Nations (Cf. http://www.forbes.com/profile/ellen-kullman/gallery/9)
A poem by Paul Matthews

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Crossing the Bridge From Eurasia to NATOstan, by Pepe Escobar

Seen from Asia, the ghastly crisis in Europe looks and feels like a galaxy away. So as I was back from the Middle Kingdom to the austerity-ravaged, stagnated collection of dysfunctions also known as NATOstan, I decided to stop midway, in the City of Cities, for a moment of reflection.

ISTANBUL, December 31 (Sputnik) — I had no agenda other than to connect the future (the Eurasian Century) with the past (the crumbling European Union dream) via God’s favorite abode, the City of Cities; Constantinople, the New Rome. Just a Eurasia pilgrim on the move, absorbing those flows coming from the Balkans and ancient glorious Thrace; from the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara through the Bosphorus; and from chaotic, teeming peripheries where gleaming towers coexist with miserable huts.

Morning was a question of being immersed, between myth and history, in the thundering silence of centuries of stony sleep. Istanbul should be read as a scroll – beyond methodological cunning and stylistic ornaments. Jean Cocteau wrote that Constantinople was a city born in purple, a city of blood, sunsets and fires. Casanova wrote that as Constantine arrived by the sea, seduced by the sight of Byzantium, he instantly proclaimed, “This is the seat of the empire of the world.” So, in style, he left the seat of the old empire, Rome, for good.

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Another convenient gift by ‘coincidence’ from ISIS

The US has wanted Japan to renounce its peace mandate in Article 9 of the Japanese constitution, to use Japan as a lever against Russia and China. The Abe government likewise wants to renounce it. The Japanese people don’t – or didn’t. Suddenly, in a twist of ironies, Japan got its own ‘Pearl Harbor moment’ from ISIS with the beheading of the Japanese journalist.

ISIS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US CIA. The gift that keeps on giving…

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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The Police State Is Upon Us, by Paul Craig Roberts

January 31, 2015 “ICH” –  Anyone paying attention knows that 9/11 has been used to create a police/warfare state. Years ago NSA official William Binney warned Americans about the universal spying by the National Security Agency, to little effect. Recently Edward Snowden proved the all-inclusive NSA spying by releasing spy documents, enough of which have been made available by Glenn Greenwald to establish the fact of NSA illegal and unconstitutional spying, spying that has no legal, constitutional, or “national security” reasons.Yet Americans are not up in arms. Americans have accepted the government’s offenses against them as necessary protection against “terrorists.”

Neither Congress, the White House, or the Judiciary has done anything about the wrongful spying, because the spying serves the government. Law and the Constitution are expendable when the few who control the government have their “more important agendas.”

Bradley Manning warned us of the militarization of US foreign policy and the murderous consequences, and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks posted leaked documents proving it.

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Europe slouching towards anxiety & war, Pepe Escobar

Reuters / Alkis Konstantinidis
Reuters / Alkis Konstantinidis

Europe, which the EU is supposed to represent, is fighting a double war that could ravage it beyond recognition – against Greece within its own borders, and against Russia in Ukraine.

An exhibition in Rome could not – inadvertently – be more graphic in defining the zeitgeist: “The Age of Anxiety – from Commodus to Diocletian.” Well, Roman emperors could barely imagine it would get much worse under the EU.

The tantalizingly tense face-off between Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem and new Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has set up the battlefield; the EU won’t accept a “unilateral” Greece, and Greece won’t accept a bailout extension or the diktats of the troika (EU, ECB, IMF).

Legend has already taken over; after Varoufakis was firm on the “no troika” talk – as in no more economic terrorism – at the end of their press conference in Athens, Dijsselbloem murmured something in his ear that Greek officials have interpreted as a Pulp Fiction-style “I’ma get medieval on your ass.”

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