Empire Files: Human Rights Hypocrisy – Colombia vs. Venezuela – Interview with Dan Kovalik

Colombia and Venezuela: two neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media.

While Colombia is known for one of the worst human rights records in the world, it remains a top recipient of US military aid and enjoys uncritical press coverage in Western media–all while Trump threatens military intervention against Venezuela over unsubstantiated allegations.

To contrast the human rights realities, Abby Martin interviews human rights attorney Dan Kovalik, who has recently returned from both countries.

Kovalik has done extensive work in Latin America and was an observer to the recent Constituent Assembly election in Venezuela. He also serves as Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers union, teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is the author of the new book “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.”

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Naomi Klein Says Don’t be Shy About Exploiting Hurricane Harvey to Push GLOBAL WARMING (boo) Agenda

UPDATE: Audio cuts out at 27:30 mark or thereabouts. Don’t know why. I keep checking mute button while making videos so it’s something else. But I left it up because it’s still a good video… just a little shorter than I planned.

Naomi Klein forgets to mention the real threat of Disaster Capitalism sprouting up in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But she does say folks shouldn’t be shy about exploiting the tragedy to push her pet project, the globalists’ Global Warming (boo) scam.

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What is the Difference Between Harvey Victims and the “Invisible Silent Minorities That Everyone is Happy to Ignore”?

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: To my point: on my own website where I have 1,100 subscribers and folks come here looking for insight and analysis on a daily basis, this article has been viewed less than 100 times since publication which means far less than 100 people have even bothered to read it. Were I to have spent my time writing about the Awan scandal or Trump “collaborating” with Putin banks or the Russian mob or some other dumb shit, I would have seen 5,000 page views yesterday, easy. The article has a total of 2 comments… and one is from my mother. I guess the invisible silent minorities aren’t click-bait these days. As I showed in the earlier update, when even the fake “socialist” Bernie Sheepdog Sanders doesn’t seem to give a shit about us, I guess no one does. Sad.

(see update at end of article)

I do not begrudge Harvey’s victims their sympathy. I chide. Like that nagging voice in the back of your head I say we can and should do better for ALL OF the least of our brothers in their ongoing time of need.

As it appears my appeal to the SSA ODAR office has failed and I will soon find myself without any form of healthcare (my successful appeal for Medicaid is contingent upon the SSA appeal), income or hope for either in the future, I have become truly despondent but curiously more acutely aware of the suffering of others around me. Funny how that works isn’t it?

As Hurricane Harvey subsides and the waters drain away, thousands of people left in it’s wake have lost almost everything they had. Almost everything that is. Some things were piled up above the water level. Some lived on the second floor of apartment buildings. Some simply moved prized possessions to the second floor of their home. Those who had a second floor on their homes.

But many others have lost nearly everything and it is a tragedy repeated thousands of times this past weekend. A horrible, personal tragedy for so many people caught in the path of something larger than themselves with no power to avoid it, no hope to escape.

Much of the media coverage over the past day or so has focused on the heroic, loving response of strangers to this crisis. And understandably so. At a time when everyone seemed to be pulling apart from each other, mainly thanks to the complicit media fueling that divide, this event has shown us what the complicit media seems at least for the moment to be holding up in the highest regard: man’s decency to his fellow man.

You can’t watch a segment on ESPN without being informed of various billionaires and their companies donating this million dollars and that million dollars to the Harvey Relief Fund.

Celebrities are busy writing huge checks, patting themselves on the backs for doing it and making sure their publicists inform the public of the “heartfelt generosity” their clients have shown to folks caught up in this tragedy.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad too see such reporting and the reaction from the billionaires and companies and various multi-millionaires who get paid so disproportionately to the services they provide this country. It’s nice too see someone care, even if it’s done for, shall we say, less than altruistic reasons.

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New Australian “ISIS™” Video Adds to the Long Storied History of Manufactured Terror from the 5-Eyes’ Phony Boogeymen

by Scott Creighton

Someone on Twitter brought to my attention a relatively new video of some white guy dressed up in a boogeyman terrorist costume, holding all the right props and trying to speak in an affected cliche Arab accent calling on all Muslims around the world, and specifically in Philippines and Australia, to launch various attacks with household items like cars and nail guns.

The ridiculous propaganda video was released right around the time of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) held in the Philippines starting on Aug. 6th. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with his counterpart in the nation during the meeting.

How convenient of “ISIS™”. Gee, it’s almost as if they work for our glorious intelligence agencies (which, by the way, have their own show on CNN now “Producers collaborate with prominent intelligence, military and government agencies such as CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA, DOD, Homeland Security, The State Department, et al., to tell their stories in a non-political, objective way“)

Before I get into the “new” video, I though a little refresher course would be in order:

Partial list of phony “angry Muslim terrorists” from 5-Eyes nations:

  • BritishSamantha Lewthwaite – a.k.a. White Widow – sold story of conversion to British tabloid for $30,000 or so – Boogeyman affiliation: the evil anti-war protesters and then Al-Shabaab
  • AmericanAdam Gadahn – a.k.a. Azzām al-Amrīki – grandfather, Carl Pearlman, on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League. Boogeyman affiliation: al CIAdah
  • British – Muhammad Olayan – a.k.a. Mohammed Emwazi or “Jihadi John” – made a slew of fake beheading videos while President Peace Prize needed justification for Iraq War II – Boogeyman affiliation: “ISIS™”
  • Australian – Abdullah Elmir – a.k.a. the “Ginger Jihadi” – married British phony tuuurruuuist Amira Abase – Boogeyman affiliation: “ISIS™”
  • AmericanShannon Maureen Conley – a.k.a. “mentally unstable patsy set up by the FBI” – she was a mentally unstable patsy set up by the FBI for arrest – Boogeyman affiliation: FBI’s confidential informant
  • BritishSally Jones – a.k.a. “White Widow” or “Umm Hussain al-Britani” – used to be a punk rock singer – Boogeyman affiliation: “ISIS™”
  • Australian – Jake Bilardi – a.k.a. “Jihadi Jake” – looks like he was just kidnapped from a rousing 3 day game of D&D – Boogeyman affiliation: “ISIS™”
  • BritishJohn Cantlie (Cant Lie) – a.k.a. “phony hostage turned PR frontman” – one of his early videos featured what he called the “Islamic State Fire Brigade” who then turned into the “White Helmets” – Boogeyman affiliation: “ISIS™”

And then there was this:

isis defined

And who can forget this classic of the father of Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski arming and training Osama bin Laden himself:

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Zignew Brzezinski with “freedom fighter” Osama bin Laden

We here in the Westernized and Propagandized Nations of the world (the Privatized Central Bank owned nations of the world) have a long and sordid history of manufacturing our own monsters when we cant find any real ones or cant piss off enough 3rd World nations’ citizens to rise up against our illegal drone strikes which I affectionately call the “Death Squads from Above” program.

And since the complicit corporate media “collaborates with prominent intelligence, military and government agencies” (a.k.a. The Deep State) and will NEVER tell viewers the truth about such things, the Boogeyman Industrial Complex has evolved to near cottage industry status as is evidenced by just how many losers in the game of life end up choosing the Professional Boogeyman in Training program as their way out of the downward spiral that is their pathetic existences.

Yep, all sorts of enterprising individuals have decided that a career in the Manufactured Villain profession is their calling and thus we get what we see above.

And it also seems to have been the Siren song that caught the attention of this latest phony angry Muslim Boogeyman professional who made the latest “ebil Muslim tuuuurrurist” video a couple weeks ago. Have a listen to this Aussie’s horribly phony “angry Mooolism” accent. It’s quite humorous actually.

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Lionel Nation Video on Trump’s Reversing 1033 Program Militarizing and Weaponizing Police

Though I don’t agree with Lionel on a number of other issues, his breakdown of the developing police state and the reasons for it is pretty spot on.

Trump Authorizes Military Hardware Transfer to Local Police Forces

from Sputnik International

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday to officially revoke prohibitions imposed by his predecessor on the transfer of surplus military equipment to state and local police forces.

“Executive Order 13688 of January 16, 2015 (Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition), is hereby revoked,” Trump’s order said.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier that Trump would sign the executive order reversing former President Barack Obama’s restrictions on the transfer of armored vehicles, large caliber weapons, grenade launchers and other military equipment to police forces…

The Department of Defense program to provide surplus military gear to local police departments began in 1990… (under Bush I, continued under Slick Willie the Neoliberal, then by Bush II (Cheney’s boy) and by President Peace Prize until things got too hot)

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Exaggerating Harvey: Why Disaster Capitalists Say It’s a “500 Year Storm”

UPDATE: To my point… the author of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein, has gone on Democracy NOW! to talk about hurricane Harvey. You think she talked about all the disaster capitalism that was practiced in the wake of Katrina and Haiti and all the rest trying to warn folks we have to be concerned about that? No. She says it’s WRONG to NOT POLITICIZE tragedies like Harvey and why all the media SHOULD be USING THE MOMENT to talk about… GLOBAL WARMING (boo). Yep. She says no one is saying GLOBAL WARMING (boo) CAUSED Harvey, but she is talking a bunch of gobbly gook about how it is the “accelerant” that made it worse. She says the oil industry is an “accelerant”, poverty is an “accelerant”, racism is an “accelerant”.

But she uttered not a word on the technocrats who are moving in as we speak looking to profit from the chaos and ironically, she herself was literally saying folks should USE this moment to advance their cause of GLOBAL WARMING (BOO)… heck, kind of like she herself is a neoliberal technocrat (did you guys know just how financially invested Goldman Sachs is in GLOBAL WARMING (BOO)?)

In no way is this intended to diminish the suffering of the people effected by hurricane Harvey but I have to remind folks and warn them of the vultures who look to profit from every crisis in the wake of such events and the larger the crisis, the greater the profit.

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