Thursday’s US missile attack on Syria must represent the quickest foreign policy U-turn in history. Less than a week after the White House gave Assad permission to stay on as president of his own country, President Trump decided that the US had to attack Syria and demand Assad’s ouster after a chemical attack earlier in the week.
The United States finds its increasingly clumsy, circular foreign policy looping back once again to accusations of "weapons of mass destruction" being inexplicably used against a civilian population, this time in Syria’s northern city of Idlib currently serving as the defacto capital of terrorist organizations including various Al Qaeda affiliates, most notably the US State Department designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Nusrah Front.
It never fails to amaze me the rank hypocrisy of Western politicians such as Theresa May whose countries are members of the NATO military alliance.
While bereaved relatives and a shocked population have to endure the bitter aftermath of an attack we hear the same automated platitudinous statements delivered in the defiant statesman posture such as:
Following our recent chat with Antony Rotunno ("Blue Suede Truths"), I thought I would draw attention to this fascinating recording of an extended conversation between the American composers John Cage and Morton Feldman from 1967. The conversation seems to have been broadcast on radio, and the audio quality is very high, making you feel like these two men are in the next room.
Just like everyone else, I'm still trying to make sense of this "Vault 7" thing. (Tom Secker has some interesting thoughts in a piece called "7 Questions about Wikileaks and Vault 7" over at Medium.com.) But, in case you didn't catch it, here's Julian Assange's statement on the leak.
"WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. It includes more than 8,000 documents as part of ‘Vault 7’, a series of leaks on the agency, which have allegedly emerged from the CIA's Center For Cyber Intelligence in Langley..."—Tyler Durden
Just in case there's someone who happens to be visiting The Mind Renewed for the first time who is under the impression that all talk of Technocracy in the modern world is just so much "conspiracy theory", here's an article by the Danish politician Ida Auken that was published last November by the World Economic Forum as part of their "Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils".
If you're fed up with hearing about Donald Trump—whether negative, positive or indifferent—and you feel like throwing your TV set out of the nearest window, then let me highly recommend a truly alternative take on the news of the day. Undaunted by the difficulty of researching deeply into matters of great concern to every citizen on the planet, John McMahon and his crew of intrepid reporters nevertheless choose to ignore all that, and instead bring us cutting-edge, moment-by-moment commentary on news stories seldom analysed in such a fashion by anyone else in the known universe. Enjoy!
The new administration's Executive Orange to ban all people from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States is nothing more than the latest in a line of hostile policies going back to at least 2001. However, it seems that many on what is laughably called the Left have forgotten the last 16 years and are reacting like this is a watershed moment.
Said- alternative news often takes heart lie-making mainstream press is in decline. That the grip of Govt. based operatives embedded within will lose influence and, up comes… all our socio-political enlightenment. On clicks info-warriors. Problem with this thesis, is the notion alt. media is on the up.
Just in case any of you haven't heard yet, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of the major German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, has been found dead (it has been reported) at the age of 56. In 2014, he published the book Gekaufte Journalisten (Journalists for Hire) in which he described how the CIA and its foreign satellites bribe journalists to write fact-free, pro-Western, pro-NATO propaganda.
"The ability for technology and innovations to transform global economics and geopolitics is often underestimated, even sidelined in retrospect. However, from the technological achievements that gave the British Empire mastery over the seas, to the industrial revolution that eventually disrupted and unraveled the empire’s carefully constructed global system of mercantilism, the march of technological progress literally governors the rise and fall of global centers of power and the empires built around them."
I like this song, so I thought I'd share it with you. As the lyrics put it, "It's not a good time for God", but you'll have to listen to Martyn's performance—or, even better, read the lyrics—to get an idea of what's being said. In another sense, of course, it's always a good time for God, because time is God's creation, and God is to be encountered even in the direst of times. But then, of course, the song is really about human beings...
John McAfee, founder of McAfee Associates (the company that apparently developed the first commercial antivirus software), appears on RT to give his candid opinion of the so-called "Russian hack" of the DNC.
We all know the old saying: "If you throw enough mud, some of it will stick." Well, now there's an up-to-date, electronic version: "Print some fake news; tweet it; quietly retract it; move on." And it's benefiting, writes Greenwald, institutions like The Washington Post greatly.
After having to sit and listen to a member of my family (who shall remain nameless) go on about how terrible it is that "the Russians" should have interfered with the US election through state-backed hacking, and how "frightening" this is, I read with pleasure the remarks of Craig Murray—former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan—who has a word for the whole story, which I shall not repeat, but which is well-chosen.
I know, you've all heard about it, but I just couldn't resist linking to it here at TMR. You've gotta love the Daily Express. This killer squid shape-shifts, has limbs that can stay alive after being cut off, its victims die with a smile on their face, it can lay 200,000 eggs (perhaps), and Russian President Putin may be planning to weaponise it.
This is an excellent episode of ClandesTime, the podcast by Tom Secker over at SpyCulture.com. I highly recommend that people listen to this. In the show Tom looks at the "false-flag exercise" theory (very popular in alt-media circles); examines the theory’s history in military-deception techniques; considers its origins as a popular conspiracy theory; and asks to what extent it has been encouraged in state-sponsored popular culture.