A World War has Begun by John Pilger

In the last eighteen months, the greatest build-up of military forces since World War Two – led by the United States – is taking place along Russia’s western frontier. Not since Hitler invaded the Soviet Union have foreign troops presented such a demonstrable threat to Russia.

Ukraine – once part of the Soviet Union – has become a CIA theme park. Having orchestrated a coup in Kiev, Washington effectively controls a regime that is next door and hostile to Russia: a regime rotten with Nazis, literally. Prominent parliamentary figures in Ukraine are the political descendants of the notorious OUN and UPA fascists. They openly praise Hitler and call for the persecution and expulsion of the Russian speaking minority.

This is seldom news in the West, or it is inverted to suppress the truth.

In Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – next door to Russia – the US military is deploying combat troops, tanks, heavy weapons. This extreme provocation of the world’s second nuclear power is met with silence in the West.

What makes the prospect of nuclear war even more dangerous is a parallel campaign against China.

Seldom a day passes when China is not elevated to the status of a “threat.” According to Admiral Harry Harris, the US Pacific commander, China is “building a great wall of sand in the South China Sea.”

What he is referring to is China building airstrips in the Spratly Islands, which are the subject of a dispute with the Philippines – a dispute without priority until Washington pressured and bribed the government in Manila and the Pentagon launched a propaganda campaign called “freedom of navigation.”

What does this really mean? It means freedom for American warships to patrol and dominate the coastal waters of China. Try to imagine the American reaction if Chinese warships did the same off the coast of California.

The propaganda laying the ground for a war against Russia and/or China is no different in principle. To my knowledge, no journalist in the Western “mainstream” – a Dan Rather equivalent, say – asks why China is building airstrips in the South China Sea.

The answer ought to be glaringly obvious. The United States is encircling China with a network of bases, with ballistic missiles, battle groups, nuclear-armed bombers.

This lethal arc extends from Australia to the islands of the Pacific, the Marianas and the Marshalls and Guam, to the Philippines, Thailand, Okinawa, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India. America has hung a noose around the neck of China. This is not news. Silence by media; war by media.

In 2015, in high secrecy, the US and Australia staged the biggest single air-sea military exercise in recent history, known as Talisman Sabre. Its aim was to rehearse an Air-Sea Battle Plan, blocking sea lanes – such as the Straits of Malacca and the Lombok Straits – that cut off China’s access to oil, gas and other vital raw materials from the Middle East and Africa.

In the circus known as the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump is being presented as a lunatic, a fascist. He is certainly odious; but he is also a media hate figure. That alone should arouse our skepticism.

Read More Source: A world war has begun. Break the silence – John Pilger — RT Op-Edge

Don’t Demonize Israel: Trudeau Praises Israeli Murder of Palestinians.

Canada has passed a motion to condemn “any and all attempts” to promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) movement against Israel both at home and abroad.

As I clearly stated earlier, with facts, the Liberal Party of Canada is rotten to the core. The darling of photo opportunities, Justin Trudeau, further restricted freedom of speech and expression in Canada. This new restriction today, including those of C-51, passed with full Liberal support in the House of Commons.

Again the Canadian corporate media kept this off the front page. In fact, on two major TV network websites, it cannot be found anywhere. Try to wrap your mind around “any and all attempts” as a legal definition. Trudeau is much slicker than the previous tyrant Harper.

He was not elected to shred the Charter of Rights and Freedoms any further. People voted for the Liberals for Trudeau’s promise of “change” here in Canada.

Can you believe we fell for another sly piece of scum?

We have 4.7 million Canadians in poverty, unemployment high due to oil prices slowing down the economy, Canadians in debt up to their ears and a 1.6 trillion dollar national debt. Add insult to it with a $0.70 cent dollar on the international markets as Canada dives deeper in debt. What does Trudeau do about it? He spends his time kissing butt over Israel, the endless victim, of its own making.

In 2014, Trudeau spoke out in favor of Israel’s right to defend itself during Operation Protective Edge. He acknowledged the suffering of Israelis, while forgetting the 2,200 murdered Palestinians. during the 50 day massacre. Israeli F-18s blasting away, while using illegal phosphorous weapons, against Palestinians who have no army, navy or air force.

Canada, unfortunately, does not have a method to impeach Trudeau. The imbecile has the mental capacity of a three to seven year old.

Source: ‘Don’t demonize Israel’: Canada passes anti-boycott motion — RT News

Nine things Jason Kenney said During BDS Debate Should make You rage

Logging the best lines lodged by Jason Kenney in the debate on BDS.

Canada does have a special relationship with Israel. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have personal ties with Israel and Palestine, our countries were both built on expelling one population to make way for another. Many Western nations share this as a basis of their history and the ongoing colonization that exists in all of them should be challenged, condemned and resisted.

In Israel, this looks like disobeying international law and building settlements in occupied territory. In Canada, it looks like forcibly displacing Indigenous communities to get at the resources below the soil. The tactics and rhetoric used to justify these actions might differ, but the result is largely the same.

So it should surprise no one that Canadians who thirst for justice see Israel/Palestine as the location of their activism, most certainly Canadians whose own history is linked to the mass expulsion of Jews across Europe and Russia in the 1800s and 1900s, and especially after the Holocaust.

These are living histories, just like the ongoing trauma of the genocide on which Canada has been built is a living history. Perhaps this is why I find it so disgusting that Israeli exceptionalism is the norm among Canadian politicians. After all, it’s easier to use Israel as a proxy to defend Canada’s own actions at home, rather than face the hard truths contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

There is no greater parliamentary cheerleader for Israel than Jason Kenney. On February 18, he rose in the House of Commons for the first time since his party’s defeat to vigorously defend his nation-state. In case you missed his performance, here are nine things that he said that should not be ignored. After all, Kenney was responsible for Canada’s war effort. There’s a direct line between his opinions and people hurt or killed by the West’s war machine.

1. “One reason that today’s motion is so important is that the BDS movement represents a new wave of anti-Semitism, the most pernicious form of hatred in the history of humanity.”

I don’t think getting into a debate about what form of hatred has been worse than others is useful, and it serves no one to talk about anti-Semitism in this way.

The transcontinental slave trade and anti-Black racism was pretty bad. And the genocide of millions (probably tens of millions) of Indigenous people across the Americas was bad too. Let’s not forget, of course, how poorly women have fared in the history of the Western world as well. Using histories of dehumanization and hatred in this way is poor form, to say the least.

His attempt to then link the old anti-Semitism to the BDS call as being a conspiracy of Muslims and progressives to eliminate Israel is dishonest at best (and conspiratorial and dangerous at worst).

Read More Nine things Jason Kenney said during the BDS debate that should make you rage | rabble.ca

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Netanyahu’s Holocaust Revisionism Actually Reflects Widespread Dehumanization of Palestinians | The Nation

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a speech this week that Hitler exterminated the Jews because a Palestinian convinced him to do it in a 1941 meeting, most reasonable people responded with condemnation and derision.

There is so much wrong with what the prime minister said, not least of which is the fact that this ahistorical narrative distracts from the root cause of the Holocaust, which was European anti-Semitism. But Netanyahu’s outrageous, imaginary anecdote, however crazy, was not as much of an outlier as it might seem. It was so dangerous precisely because he isn’t the only one engaging in this sort of defamation.

Source: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Revisionism Actually Reflects Widespread Dehumanization of Palestinians | The Nation