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This Russian fear mongering has got to stop

By Joseph Ballin 10/11/2017 6:09 PM EST

Over the last year or so now, we have experienced a way of Russophobia, the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country since the 1950s. Now because of both the Democratic and Republican parties we are on the bring of World War III and potential nuclear Armageddon. It feels like a million years ago when Barrack Obama made fun of Mitt Romney at a debate over calling Russia America’s number one political foe.

Since Trump has gotten into office the Russia fear mongering has kicked up in overdrive. Let’s go over some of the stuff Trump has signed that makes him a “puppet” of Putin:

  • USA imposes sanctions against eight Russian companies. Link: https://sputniknews.com/world/201703251051965233-us-russia-sanctions/
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, authorized $100 million dollars for the “Countering Russian Influence Fund”, to counter “Russian influence and aggression” and to “support civil society organizations in Europe and Eurasia.” It also included a measure imposing new restrictions and oversight on Russian diplomats in the United States. The Act also includes provisions that no appropriated funds may be used to support the Russian annexation of Crimea and assist Crimea, if such assistance includes the participation of Russian Government officials, or other Russian owned or controlled financial entities. It also states that no funds may be used to support “the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia” or to assist the central governments of other countries that have recognized the two territories’ independence. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_Appropriations_Act,_2017
  • Failure to congratulate Russians on Russia Day, first administration to do this in 25 years. Link: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/spineless-trump-first-potus-not-congratulate-russian-holiday-25-years/ri20103
  • On July 6, 2017, during a speech in Warsaw, Poland, Trump urged Russia to cease its support for “hostile regimes” in Syria and Iran. Link: http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Trump-calls-on-Putin-to-distance-Russia-from-Syria-and-Iran-498972
  • Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Sanctions on Russia) Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countering_America%E2%80%99s_Adversaries_Through_Sanctions_Act
  • Two Russian diplomatic annexes (buildings) in Washington D.C. and New York City as well as its Consulate General in San Francisco are shut down and seized by the US government. Link: https://www.rt.com/news/401866-russia-diplomatic-properties-occupation/
  • DOJ wants RT to register as a foreign agent. Link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/13/russian-network-rt-told-to-register-as-foreign-agent-in-us-it-says.html

This all happened under Russian puppet Trump’s presidency. And yet we have these idiots out there claiming Trump is secretly working for Vladimir Putin. The end results of all this Russia fear mongering is not about Trump. This is something I’ve been trying to point out for a while, this has nothing to do with Trump, he’s just a puppet of the elites to further their own agenda. The real achievement of this Russia fear mongering is to turn America back towards Cold War era war mongering.

A recent poll shows most Americans would support sending US troops to Latvia if Russia were to invade. Link: http://www.newsweek.com/us-military-europe-most-americans-want-troops-baltics-if-russia-attacked-648458 We now have so called liberals out there retweeting neocons like David Frum and Evan McMullin. However, not forgetting the Republicans and conservatives, the war state is now targeting them as well. Without any evidence what so ever, we now have people claiming Russia is behind BLM and “racial tensions” in the US, because racial tensions didn’t exist prior to Putin in the US. Previously the US government had claimed the Soviet Union at the time was behind the civil rights movement at the time.

Anytime the mainstream media focuses on something, you should always ignore it. If they focus on Russia or something stupid Trump tweets, you should go out of your way to ignore it and look up actual fucking news. We shouldn’t have to be worrying about a “evil” foreign government rigging our elections when we already have elections are basically rigged and all the exit polling doesn’t even remotely match the results. Keep in mind, the US government used exit polling irregularities as justification for overthrowing the Ukrainian government in 2014.

A podcast in review: Moderate Rebels

By Joseph Ballin 9/29/2017 9:44 AM ES

A new podcast I recently discovered, Moderate Rebels. The name comes from the mythical “moderate rebels” the Obama and Trump admiration have supported in Syria, which are nothing more than ISIS and other terrorist organizations. It is a podcasted created by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal, both reporters for AlterNet’s Grayzone Project. it is a new podcast created in 2017, so you better check it out if you haven’t. The podcast is almost exclusively about foreign policy. The music in the podcast is alike NPR, but more jazzy. I agree pretty much with 99.99% of the foreign policy positions of Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal. Like example, you go on other progressive podcasts you will find almost everyone advocating for YPG/Kurds. If you listen to the Moderate Rebels, you will realize that no side in the Syrian conflict is good per say, including the Kurds, who have committed horrific genocides and ethnic cleansing of Yazidis and Arabs in order to create a Greater Kurdistan. If you are anti-imperialist you cannot in good faith be against the stability of the state of Syria.

Another thing you will notice in this podcast is no carrying water for Democrats. This is not a Democratic or Republican podcast. Moderate Rebels will attack the Democrats for their hypocritical attacks on Russia for the fake Russiagate bullshit, when in 2012 Obama told Mitt Romney that it was ridiculous to say Russia is our number one enemy. You will learn a lot from this podcast, like for example I didn’t learn that in South Korea it is pretty much a military police state over there. You can be arrested at any time for anti-war or environmental protests by claiming you are “pro-North Korean”. It is a highly patriarchal society, and yet we demonize North Korea all the time, but hold up South Korea as a “bastion of democracy” when it’s anything but.

I would give this podcast a 10/10 because I am very knowledgeable about other countries and it is very rare for a podcast to teach me new things about other countries. Check out Moderate Rebels on iTunes or their patreon. Give it 5 stars and a review.

Links:

https://www.patreon.com/ModerateRebels/posts

Why I can no longer support Tulsi Gabbard

By Joseph Ballin 7/25/2017 8:12 PM EST

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As many of my readers know, I’ve been a staunch defender of Tulsi Gabbard in the past. I defended her from endless attacks from neocons attacking her for visiting Syria to try to bring peace to there. No politician is perfect of course, not even Tulsi or Bernie prior to this vote. However I am staunchly principled in my ideological beliefs. I will not carry water, There are a few issues that I view as unforgivable and pushing war with Iran, Russia, and North Korea. And Tulsi did the unforgivable. She voted for H.R. 3364: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. She was not the only person to vote for it, every Democrat and every Republican, minus three, voted for the bill. 419-3 Funny how we always hear that bipartisanship in Congress is dead, but bills that matter like this pass with by veto proof votes. A similar bill to this (excluding North Korea sanctions) passed the US Senate, with only Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul voting against it.

When Trump signs this bill into law this week, and he will because it is veto proof, we could be looking at the unraveling of the world order the likes of which. It brings heavy sanctions on Iran, basically killing the Iran deal. Russia is getting hit hard, and so will the EU because they rely on Russian oil. North Korea is already sanctioned into oblivion, but this will hurt the peace talks South Korea is doing with North Korea. Sanctions are an act of war, that is a fact. The oil embargo FDR enacted on the Japanese over the invasion of French Indochina lead directly to Pearl Harbor.

The fact the DemoRAT Party voted in full support, without a single Democrat voting against it, shows their #resistance to Trump is nothing more than a show. After all they had approved his cabinet members. The Republicans and Democrats of the Congress are not opposing Trump, if they really opposed Trump they would have arrested him under charges of war crimes, corruption, the emolument clause, etc. Trump is simply the American empire taking the mask off, that’s why the so called “deep state” “hates” Trump. I expect the #resistance will soon make Jeff Sessions their new champion because Trump will probably fire him for not covering up his crimes well enough. Yet Democrats will ignore all of the awful stuff Sessions did as AG, from police to cannabis policies.

Readers note: I would still vote for Gabbard over MOST Democratic candidates in a presidential primary, but I don’t know if I could vote for her in the general after this vote.

Links:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2017/h413