Here are two very interesting recent interviews with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Does my posting these here mean that I think Assad is a saint? Of course not. Frankly, I'm not confident that I've received enough reliable information about the man from any source to make a judgement as to his moral character. So I won't. But what I will do is listen to what he says, and I encourage you to do so too.
"The world once again finds itself hurtling to the brink of war, and once again the establishment mouthpiece puppet propaganda media is leading the charge. This time around their lies defy description. In the sick world of the would-be warmongers, child beheading terrorist scum are now the heroes. The blood of the innocents that spill from here on in covers the hands of the mainstream media propagandists."—James Corbett
Here's another source that seems to agree in large measure with the views of Dr. Roberts in our recent interview with him. Vanessa Beeley is an independent journalist and photographer who has recently been researching in Aleppo, and she gives a very different view from the mainstream narrative.
The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.
Following our recent interview with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on Syria, a TMR listener kindly told me about this recording of a press conference with representatives of the US Peace Council at the UN HQ in New York—(at least, that's what the video claims to be, and I have no reason to doubt it at present). It's worth watching, and if the representatives are to be believed—which judgement I leave with you—what they say tends to corroborate much that Dr. Roberts said in the interview.
Ah, so Hillary's a "Christian" and a "Methodist". Oh, that's interesting, because I'm a Christian and a Methodist too. Great, so let's put these two little videos next to each other and see what happens...
I did wonder if I should say something about this, but then I realised I don't need to; it speaks for itself. Thus reads the summary of the UK Foreign Affairs Committee's report, Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK's future policy options.
John Booth, "Fifteen Years on from 9/11" [external PDF], Lobster Magazine (Winter 2016)
If you're interested in finding a concise, well-written, unsensational and informative introduction to the subject of 9/11 Studies, then I highly recommend John Booth's recently-published essay in Lobster Magazine. John — a freelance journalist who has worked for news organisations in Africa, the UK and the US — helpfully casts a wide net across the field and, with copious references and hyperlinks to key pieces of information, provides a very valuable resource for further study.
The recent Iraq Inquiry (commonly dubbed the Chilcot report) was in many respects highly critical of Tony Blair and other key figures in the British government’s decision to follow the United States to war in 2003. However, it stopped short of accusing anyone of willful deceit in making the case for invasion, and expressed no opinion as to the legality of that invasion.
Just picked this up from 9/11 Blogger. I know I'm probably behind on this—as with most things over the summer—but I thought this worth mentioning because it seems like a significant development to me. Europhysics News, which describes itself as "the magazine of the European physics community" with a circulation of "about 25000 copies per issue", has recently published an article by Steven Jones, Robert Korol, Anthony Szamboti (who's been on TMR) and Ted Walter which presents a physics-and-engineering-based challenge to the official "explanations" as to why WTC Buildings 1, 2 and 7 were destroyed on 9/11.
Some people seem to be a bit upset by this new video by John Cleese. I suppose, if you're into all that "prosperity gospel" nonsense, with its gleamingly white-toothed televangelists promising amazing "financial blessings" for your "seed faith" "love gift" to their so-called "ministries", then I guess you might be. But if, like me, you're interested in the real Jesus and the real Gospel, then you'll think Rev. Cleese is pretty much spot on.
Following my conversations with Anthony Freda and John Massaria, I thought I'd share with you a short video I found that explores the notion of western exceptionalism. We are told ad nauseam by our governments and their media outlets that the West is committed to bringing about "freedom and democracy" around the world. Well, we've been doing that for quite a long while now...
It seems to have become fashionable in the alt media to view Vladimir Putin, either as an unreproachable good guy, or as just another politician with flaws as deep as any other on the world stage. Well, frankly, I'm not interested in identifying with either camp; I just want to listen to what he has to say, and see if it makes sense. Well, it makes sense to me. So, here's what he said:
It's just a pleasure to watch, really; and, perhaps, if you've not seen it, you might enjoy it too. After all the insanity of Parliament's decision to plough yet more billions of pounds into its beloved Cold-War-style WMDs (which, in Britain's case, unlike Iraq's, are not non-existent)—a programme affectionately known as Trident—it's good to see Scottish National Party MP Mhairi Black (currently the youngest MP in the country) giving her elders (though probably not her betters) a lesson in much-undervalued common sense. Unfortunately, it seems that nearly everyone who could have benefited from that lesson didn't bother to turn up.
As TMR listeners will know, I, along with many others, have been waiting for an intelligible definition of "non-violent extremism" for quite some time by now. Theresa May, as Home Secretary (now, worryingly Prime Minister), seemed unable to provide any sensible answers last year, so now, perhaps, after all that extra time, someone from the Home Office can give some long-awaited clarity. (After all, we wouldn't want to get the impression that the government wants to brand pretty much anyone they dislike as an "extremist", would we?)
By 2003, Eric Margolis had been covering Iraq for over 25 years, and he was sure at the time that Iraq had no WMDs, nor the means to make use of them even if it had any. And, as he says in this piece, he was "blacklisted" by the MSM for saying so. Well, this is Alt Media, so let's read what he has to say: the "faulty intelligence" narrative is a "lie"; the Iraq War was "as blatant and illegal an aggression as Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939."
C.H. Smith nailed it: "There is no avenue left for advocacy, grievances or redress in a system dominated by global corporations." In the old feudal days, peasants with pitchforks and torches could assault the lord’s castle on a hill. Today, there is no castle nor even a hill. Yet, we still have the same grievances, angst and desires for peace, safety and prosperity.