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Utopia a City w/o Jews - Austria 1924

by Oui Wed Mar 21st, 2018 at 10:35:49 AM EST

An Austrian film thought lost, found in a flea market in France in 2015. Through crowdfunding completely restored and will be shown in Vienna. The relevance to our world today needs not be explained.

Die Stadt ohne Juden (Wikipedia)

Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City Without Jews) is an 1924 Austrian Expressionist film by H. K. Breslauer, based on the book of the same title by Hugo Bettauer. The film is one of the few surviving Expressionist films from Austria and has therefore been well researched. The film was first shown on 25 July 1924 in Vienna.

In his novel, published in 1922, Hugo Bettauer succeeded in creating a relatively accurate allegorical vision of the near future, although the book was intended as entertainment and as a satirical response to the primitive antisemitism of the 1920s. It immediately became Bettauer's most popular work: it was translated into several languages, and sold over a quarter of a million copies.

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Brennan: A Lone Man's 'Righteous' Campaign

by Oui Tue Mar 20th, 2018 at 08:33:19 PM EST

#RememberKhost terror attack - CIA lives lost, heroes!?

RIP Warriors
Jennifer Matthews
Scott Michael
Roberson Darren LaBonte
Elizabeth Hanson
Harold Brown
Dane Clark
Paresi Jeremy Wise

A nice photo of crippled CIA veterans George Herbert Bush and John Brennan - vouching to keep America safe. <sarcasm>

John Brennan who believes he's bigger than POTUS, the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces across the globe. Unfathomable how much damage the Agency has done over the past half century. Deaths, torture, lies and propaganda ... under Trump the Agency and the Pentagon once again join members of US Congress to lead an aggressie foreign policy. Watch May and the shredding of the nuclear deal with Iran. An open path to another war in the Middle East on behalf of the new Israel-KSA alliance as crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours the West [NYT] extending a hand to confirm new military contracts. Who's Salman fooling? Who lives by the sword will die by the sword.

Gina Haspel, Trump's Choice for C.I.A., Played Role in Torture Program | NY Times |
What Happened at the Thailand 'Black Site' Run by Trump's CIA Pick | The Atlantic |

Correction: Trump's Pick to Head CIA Did Not Oversee Waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah | ProPublica |

The CIA did not comment further on the story after its publication and we were not aware of any further questions about its accuracy until this week.

The February 2017 ProPublica story did accurately report that Haspel later rose to a senior position at CIA headquarters, where she pushed her bosses to destroy the tapes of Zubaydah's waterboarding. Her direct boss, the head of the agency's Counterterrorism Center, ultimately signed the order to feed the 92 tapes into a shredder. Her actions in that instance, and in the waterboarding of al-Nashiri, are likely to be the focus of questions at her confirmation hearings.

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Great Play ... Kicking the Can Down the Road

by Oui Mon Mar 19th, 2018 at 05:45:36 PM EST

UK stays in the EU until December 2020 ... yeaah!

The UK and EU agree terms for Brexit transition period | BBC News |

The transitional period is set to last from 29 March, 2019 to December 2020, and is intended to smooth the path to a future permanent relationship.

Mr Barnier said there was also an agreement on the rights of 4.5m EU citizens in the UK and the 1.2m UK citizens in the EU after Brexit, including giving EU citizens arriving in the UK during the transition the same rights and guarantees as those who arrive before Brexit.

Simon Coveney, the Republic of Ireland's deputy prime minister, tweeted:

The UK will also be able to negotiate and sign trade deals during the transition period.

Both the UK and the EU hope the terms of an agreement on the transitional period can be signed off by Mrs May's fellow leaders at the EU summit this week.

The UK prime minister said the deal showed that "with goodwill on both sides", it was possible to agree an arrangement that works for all.

"A lot of hard work has gone in to setting out this timetable and details for the implementation period once we've actually left the European Union next March so that we can move to the ... strong, economic partnership we want with the European Union for the future," she said.

And of course the annual fishing negotiations ...

Brexit transition deal breaks seven promises made by ministers, say campaigners - Politics live

Election of Trump: Cambridge, Aleksandr Kogan [Update]

by Oui Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 09:42:07 PM EST

Slowly the wheels are turning ....

For months I've stated the relevance of the work done by Cambridge Analytica .... but no, It's Putin Who Did It!

See my recent diary - Bigger than Putin.

LATEST NEWS: Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm that worked on the Trump campaign

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | The Guardian - 8 hrs ago |  

The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump's election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant's biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box.

A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica - a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump's key adviser Steve Bannon - used personal information taken without authorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalised political advertisements.

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FBI's McCabe Ret(F)ired

by Oui Sat Mar 17th, 2018 at 06:26:29 AM EST

A race for dismissal before his retirement on Sunday. That's All Folks!

McCabe's Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department's Independence | The Atlantic |

Andrew McCabe, a former acting and deputy FBI director who had drawn the ire of President Trump, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday evening, a decision that raises important questions about the independence of both the Justice Department and the FBI.

Trump and his associates are a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and McCabe's firing could send the message to federal law-enforcement officials that they risk their jobs and reputations if they displease the president.

In his first public comments on the matter, just after midnight, Trump effusively praised McCabe's dismissal:

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Late Friday, Sessions released a statement saying that the department's Office of the Inspector General, which has investigated the FBI's handling of the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, found "that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor--including under oath--on multiple occasions."

Seems as if powers have shifted away from the might of the FBI as fully independent under J. Edgar Hoover. What has become of America?  ;-)

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War Hero Lawmaker Planned Terror Attack In Ukraine

by Oui Thu Mar 15th, 2018 at 07:58:44 PM EST

Not just any ordinary terror attack, but to destroy the chamber of "democracy" in Ukraine and "finish off" lawmakers with the intent of a military coup d'état. Yes, Europe needs to incorporate more of these crazies asap and get them inside NATO for their own protection. The Red Menace you know ...

Ukraine accuses war hero lawmaker of planning attack on parliament | DW |

Ukrainian General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko accused a lawmaker who became a national hero after being released from Russian jail of planning a terrorist attack targeting parliament.

"The investigation has irrefutable proof that Nadiya Savchenko ... personally planned, personally recruited, personally gave instructions about how to commit a terrorist act here, in this chamber," Lutsenko told parliamentarians.

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Gulf War Veterans - NOVICHOK a Deadly Deception

by Oui Wed Mar 14th, 2018 at 09:17:55 PM EST

This one British expert is not with us to deter another devious UK cabinet to put blame elsewhere with no evidence ... Dr. David Kelly, chemical warfare expert on Soviet CBW program from Porton Down.

Russia's Dirty Chemical Secret | American Legion Magazine - Dec. 1996 |

Buried in last year's explosive report of Michigan Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. concerning chemical and biological warfare agents was the assertion that Iraq may have acquired chemical agents from the former Soviet Union.

Reigle--who has since retired from the US Senate--and his staff said the agents were developed by the Soviet Union under the name, "NOVICHOK," meaning newcomer.

The Reigle report is just the latest piece of evidence pointing to the Development of a new class of poisons that may have been transferred to Iraq for use against American forces in the Gulf War.

This could explain why the DOD has engaged in what looks like a frantic effort since the war to dismantle the Russian chemical and biological warfare (CBW) program and develop effective defenses against the agents.

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Dutch Media Take EU Disinfo Watchdog to Court

by Oui Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 04:08:30 PM EST

Dutch politicians want EU anti-fake news watchdog scrapped

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants to get rid of the European Commission's task force against spreading fake news, the so-called EUvsDisinfo. This follows the task force naming a number of Dutch news services as spreaders of fake news, Het Parool reports.

    EUvsDisinfo "misses its target" and "meddles with the free press in the Netherlands."

The Dutch news services involved are NPO Radio 1, the Gelderlander, GeenStijl and The Post Online. According to the task force, pro-Russian propaganda gained the upper hand in a few reports from these organizations.

The VVD and SP call on the government to advocate disbanding this task force in Brussels. The PVV, GroenLinks and SGP also want the office scrapped.

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Performance EU Like Motto of Rotterdam: Deeds, Not Words

by Oui Fri Mar 9th, 2018 at 02:51:38 AM EST

Great speech, well written but where's the beef PM Mark Rutte? Not a single word on foreign policy of the union and too few on military adventures in far away states. What was the true cause of the migration crisis of 2015? How to solve the influx of migrants by better border control and relocation camps on foreign soil? The wealth of the EU attracts economic migrants in ever increasing numbers, a root cause in climate change. So we set stiffer goals from the Paris agreement and we'll have a better future without those migrants? We'll avoid political attractiveness of far right populist political parties? Isn't the Dutch VVD with Mark Rutte a prime example of moving to the right to pick off the voters of Geert Wilders' PVV party. Geert Wilders was raised and formed within the VVD, just like the party attracting Hirsi Ali and other hardliners on immigration and putting blame on woes of the financial crisis of 2008!

The EU of the future, from the words of Mark Rute, is one of free trade and human rights. From recent history and performance by individual EU states these seem to be conflicting terms. See the arms race to supply the warring parties in the Middle East from Israel to Turkey, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Not once is the plight mentioned of people suffering at the hands of military conflicts. Not in Libya, Syria or in Yemen. Mark Rutte must be aware who delivers military supplies worth tens of billions Euros.

I do like one mention in his speech about the EU rebate policy. Now with Brexit and the exit of the UK as a stated fact, Margareth Thatcher`s inconsiderate rebate demands should be scrapped or at least overhauled in EU economic policy.

Nice speech, must have received a lot of applause in the auditorium, but it doesn't cut it with me for real solutions for EU's future without taking responsibility for recent mishaps. It does appear Mark Rutte fired one across the bow of the admiral's ship of the Franco-German alliance of Macron and Merkel. We'll see how the EU Summit later in March develops.

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Damage Done By Trump's Narcissisme

by Oui Mon Mar 5th, 2018 at 09:40:02 PM EST

US and diplomacy from the barrel of a gun with Trump in the White House. Blaming Russia again? Filling the void left by American disinterest, Trump bullying and threats, destroying trade agreements, what does one expect? It was candidate Trump who had no knowledge or interest maintaining the NATO alliance. Europe got the message and is working on its own defence cooperation, based on the EU of the 27. No more expansion into corrupt states like Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Poland. That's causing the failure of the EU to advance an united front.

With Italy no longer in US focus, Russia swoops to fill the void | Irish Times - May 30, 2017 |

President Donald Trump made the most of his short time in Italy. He was treated to a private audience with the pope, met both the country's president and its prime minister in Rome, flew to Sicily for a summit of world leaders and visited US troops at a nearby naval air station.

But as the sudden burst of diplomatic activity subsided with his departure, European and US officials fear a return to the new normal of American inattention as the administration struggles with political turmoil and Russia-related scandals back home.

    In Rome Trump left behind an embassy without an
    ambassador and forfeited a geopolitical playing field
    that Moscow's ambassador in Rome is exploiting

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Centrum of Democracy - Lacking Vision

by Oui Sat Mar 3rd, 2018 at 09:52:24 AM EST

How the Democrats changed under Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to a union of Lieberman Democrats and McCain Republicans. The result led to a people's journey in the blighted desert of thinking waiting for the prophet to lead the chosen people to the promised land. Unfortunely, not even a common goal has been defined. There is infighting and a possy mentality to throw out the bums, or worse.

First of all, in politics there is no room for ethics and morals, so one abuses the DNC to throw the election of candidates in the primaries to a favorite. The damage done cannot easily be corrected and flowed into the last months of the presidential campaign. Never before in modern times has there been two candidates polling such high ratings of impopularity. Because the GOP managed to unravel under pressure of the Tea Party candidates, its candidate Trump was a complete farce. Nothing good could come forth out of his campaign, his methods, his rhetoric ... yet he represented 47% of the electorate who bothered to cast a vote. The Supreme Court gave us George Bush II and the Electoral College gave the American people Donald Trump.

What Happens to the Democratic Party After Obama? | The Atlantic |

Obama lost fewer governorships than presidents' parties surrendered under Kennedy and Johnson (15) and the Nixon and Ford administrations (13)--and lost more than under Eisenhower, Clinton, and Bush (nine each). Only in lost state legislative seats (850) did Obama significantly exceed any of these predecessors, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ronald Reagan was the great exception to all this: During his two terms, Republicans gained 18 House seats, four senators, four governors, and 237 state legislators. Reagan was also the only two-term president since World War II whose party held the White House when he left.

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TAPI Pipeline, 30 Years in the Making

by Oui Fri Feb 23rd, 2018 at 06:55:03 PM EST

Leaders break ground on TAPI gas pipeline's Afghan section | DW |

Regional politicians have launched construction work on the Afghan section of a natural gas pipeline linking Turkmenistan with Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Even the Taliban are now approving the project.

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TAPI and IPI - Pipelines for Good

Regional leaders on Friday launched construction work on the Afghan section of an $8-billion (€6.5-billion) natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan via Afghanistan and Pakistan to India.

Turkmenistan holds the world's fourth-largest gas reserves, but has been heavily dependent on exports to China after Russia cut back imports considerably.

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Is a Russian Troll Farm Destroying US Democracy?

by Oui Sat Feb 17th, 2018 at 07:30:03 AM EST

Craziness! A Russian troll farm destroying American democracy? The Americans have been doing an excellent job themselves over the last few decades. The crumbling Empire of Pax Americana. Navel staring by US bloggers has led to stalemate and depression. America has so much to give, it's Washington DC that's not functioning as it should in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Meet Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian Oligarch Indicted in U.S. Election Interference | NY Times |

Putting blame on outside forces will bring another great war so much closer. Thinking of the Doomsday Clock!

American democracy is doomed | Vox - Oct. 8, 2015 |

But voiced in another register, my outlandish thesis is actually the conventional wisdom in the United States. Back when George W. Bush was president and I [Matthew Iglesias] was working at a liberal magazine, there was a very serious discussion in an editorial meeting about the fact that the United States was now exhibiting 11 of the 13 telltale signs of a fascist dictatorship.

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Dutch Fake News, Warmongering, Anti-Russia Propaganda

by Oui Wed Feb 14th, 2018 at 09:28:34 PM EST

What the media in Holland and the political parties refuse to mention. The lies about Russia were placed in the context of the prospects of war initiated by Putin's Russia and the risk of maintaining unity in the European Union. Halbe Zijlstra spoke at the VVD party congress and positioned his party as anti-Russian by an ugly piece of WARMONGERING. Here is the translation from Dutch - VIDEO.

Speaker Halbe Zijlstra and his lies about a meeting with Vladimir Putin -  VVD Congress in 2016

Halbe Zijlstra started his opening words in the Frisian language, his birthplace ...

Ladies and gentlemen it's good to be in again
Friesland on my birthplace
the high too long and I see as always
at a VVD Congress a lot of
cheerfulness and optimism
I am also an optimist myself

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The World According to Dutch FM Halbe Zijlstra

by Oui Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 12:44:24 PM EST

Dutch PM Mark Rutte has been on the roll with accusations of Russian disinformation about the MH-17 crash, election meddling and fake news through RT. It took awhile to form a new cabinet after last year's general election, his party nominated its chairman for the task of Foreign Minister. Someone with no experience in diplomacy and foreign affairs. Except of course his meeting with Russia's president Putin in his dacha. Well more or less ...

Dutch Parliament to Question Zijlstra's Credibility | De Volkskrant |

Dutch parliament wants clarification of Zijlstra about Putin's invented meeting. Rutte: 'He is still credible'

Both coalition and opposition parties want clarification from Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs about his fabricated contacts with Russia. D66, CDA and ChristenUnie want a letter with an explanation to the House of Representatives. Several opposition parties want to quickly debate with Zijlstra, who today in de Volkskrant confesses that since 2014 he has told a fake story about a meeting with the Russian president Vladimir Putin.

    Zijlstra lied about talking to Putin: 'I pushed it away because it got the wrong charge'

    "Was it wise to protect the source in the way that I did it? No, that was unwise. But the information is correct."

    No, he has never sat in one room with Putin, as he has always claimed, Halbe Zijlstra now acknowledges. He would have heard his words from a source he wants to protect. "And the content is just true."

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Brexit Proxy War

by Oui Mon Feb 12th, 2018 at 10:06:11 AM EST

The parallels were clear from the outset, the players behind the scene were covert ...

  •  Pro-Brexit the conservatives/alt-right/Republicans/social-media influence via Cambridge Analytica
  •  Pro-EU Remain camp the neo-liberals/new Labor/Democrats/OSF Soros via Best for Britain

The US Presidential election, just a big surprise win for Donald Trump, supported by ...

  •  UK conservatives/alt-right/Tea Party Republicans/social-media influence via Cambridge Analytica

George Soros raises donation to anti-Brexit Best for Britain group | The Guardian |
George Soros defends £400,000 donation to pro-EU campaign | The Telegraph |

    "To make matters worse, the divorce process will preoccupy both Britain and Europe for years ahead, when they should be uniting to resist external enemies like Putin's Russia and resolve the internal contradictions that made some people regard the EU as their enemy."

Soros as Clinton backer lost on both fronts ...

NATO and Soros Crossed Russia's Red Line in Europe

My earlier diary on topic ...

Brexit: 'Putin Did It'
After Brexit: Transatlantic Opportunity for Europe's Neutrality

And of course Tony Blair getting funded to Remain! Whatever, so long the money is good.

Trump Won't Let Go of Syria - Kills Scores of SAA

by Oui Thu Feb 8th, 2018 at 08:02:52 AM EST

Keeping Daesh safe in enclave near Deir Ezzor, east of the Euphrates ...

    "The Coalition remains committed to focusing on the defeat-Daesh [ISIS] mission in the Middle Euphrates River Valley and asserts its non-negotiable right to act in self-defense."
    CENTCOM said in its official statement.

Breaking: US-led Coalition Conducts Strikes Against Syrian Army In Deir Ezzor

Killing up to one hundred soldiers of the SAA.

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NATO: Russia Stationing Ballistic Missiles On Our Borders!

by Oui Wed Feb 7th, 2018 at 09:01:12 AM EST

Oh horror! Just 10 years ago before the Obama's reset of relations with Russia ... a short historical review.

Europe Uneasy Over Russian Plans to Deploy Missiles | DW - Nov. 2008 |

Plans by Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev to deploy missiles just a stone's throw from EU borders has caused concern in western Europe. Politicians are urging Russia and the US to enter into a constructive dialog.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticized Russia's plans to deploy missiles in Kaliningrad. He told German television it was "the wrong signal at the wrong time."

Steinmeier called on Russia to enter into dialogue with the United States on the issue. He said he hoped Moscow would recognize the election of Barack Obama as an opportunity for a new beginning. At the same time, he warned of a new spiral of rearmament in Europe.

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Grin and Bear It - Just A Symptom

by Oui Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 09:14:17 AM EST

No surprise here, an excellent analysis ...

'Trump's presidency is a symptom of our time'

12 October 2017 - 09:10

Twitter rants, alternative facts, fake news: president Donald J. Trump is truly something new. But according to culture scientist Ico Maly, the ideology that drives the Trump administration is not new, not exclusively American, and not going away. Is the New Right the new normal?

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States has shocked the world. Nobody saw it coming. Not the media, not the pollsters, not the political analysts, and not the Tilburg University students following the New Media and Politics class taught by Belgian culture scientist Ico Maly. "In the months leading up to the presidential election, I told my students that there was a real chance Trump would win the White House. They laughed and said there was no way that would happen", Maly says.

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G W F and McCarthyism In A Digital Age - Part 2

by Oui Thu Feb 1st, 2018 at 07:43:44 PM EST


A sad period in US politics when Hamilton Federalists have become allies of the Clinton Democratic party ... FDR turning in his grave!

Purely coincidental, Martin Longman covered this topic in a fp story. An opposite view ...

Sessions Talks to Investigation He's Trying to Kill

    You can choose how much you want to trust the Hamilton 68 dashboard, considering people like Michael Chertoff and William Kristol sit on their board, but among the suspected Russian troll accounts they're monitoring the FBI has the most twitter mentions (1161, as of this writing) in the last forty-eight hours. There's now a naked confluence of effort coming from congressional Republicans, the White House and Russian social media troll and bot accounts.

The misinformation from this group is now being advocated on progressive blogs to further anti-Russian hysteria and create that new adversary all of us should fear. About the influence of Russian bots demonstrated by Hamilton68 ...

Devin Nunes is a Dunce

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