Category Archives: Geopolitics

New documentary about the war on drugs airs beginning Sunday

This just in from Frances Moore Lappe:

Starting this Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern, for the first time on a mainstream cable network, the History Channel is telling the story of America’s longest and most expensive war in a four-part docu-series entitled “America’s War on Drugs.”  My son Anthony is an executive producer, and with absolutely no bias whatsoever (!), I assure you it is amazing. The epic project examines the US government’s involvement in the drug trade and the real origins of five decades of failed laws. It reveals the devastating, selective impact on communities of color. With the Trump administration calling for a return to some of the War on Drugs’ worst policies, it couldn’t be more timely. It will blow your mind.

Former DEA and CIA officials speak directly to camera, along with major drug traffickers and an incredible cast of experts that includes fearless Mexican drug war journalists, iconoclastic academics, and a former pot smuggler.

“America’s War on Drugs” premieres SUNDAY JUNE 18, 9pm EST on HISTORY, with a new episode released the following three nights.

To give you an idea of the series, watch this TRAILER and an EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT exposing the CIA’s involvement in the cocaine trade. If you are so moved, could you spread news about it? We must learn from this horror! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Who is Vladimir Putin?

Taken from https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-scariest-fact-about-Vladimir-Putin.
The scariest fact about Vladimir Putin is that he is the first truly competent peacetime leader in the country’s history.

Unbelievable: Saudi Arabia SECRETLY appointed to U.N. Women’s rights Commission

Watch this RT report:

Where to find real news?

Can the mainstream media be trusted to present a true picture of what is happening in our world? I have serious doubts about that. Much of what we hear on the major networks and read in the major newspapers is slanted to make us believe a particular story. It is, in short, propaganda. We often hear allegations repeated as if they were facts, but without specific evidence. Plus, there are important stories that are simply not reported or relegated to back pages where they are little noticed. Here below is a start on where to look to get more balanced perspectives. –t.h.g.

“Occupy.com has put together a starting list of 20 alternative media outlets (in alphabetical order) that we feel form a solid base for the new media movement that is now emerging. Click on and let’s move.”

Al Jazeera America – After earning a reputation as one of the most globally trusted media channels, the Qatar-owned company recently launched a large and growing operation focused on U.S. coverage.

Alternet – Shows glimpses of mainstream style, but still a great source for a wide array of news with straightforward and honest, factual reporting.

Democracy Now – Home to mainstay truth-telling journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, whose engaging and timely commentary along with video covers a wide spectrum of national and global stories.

DeSmogBlog – Great source for climate-related news, which follows the motto, “Clearing the PR Pollution That Clouds Climate Science.”

Disinfo – Has shocking and oddball articles you won’t find elsewhere.

Mother Jones – As they say it themselves, “smart, fearless journalism” and a mainstay in the alternative media sphere for decades.

Moyers and Company – Brought to us by the long-time investigative journalist and respected thought leader Bill Moyers, combining insightful interviews with strong articles on the leading political and economic subjects of the day.

Popular Resistance – Aggregating alternative news and resistance movements around the country and worldwide.

ProPublica – Journalism, particularly the investigative sort, in the public interest.

Reddit News – Updated continuously, sourced from across the Internet by its users

Russia Today – This outlet is Putin-owned, so be wary of any news concerning Russia, but when it comes to reporting U.S. politics and news, RT offers some of the best.

The Center for Public Integrity – A recent Pulitzer Prize winner, this team produces some of the hardest hitting, most thoroughly investigated reports out there, particularly in relation to tax evasion and the role of money in the electoral process.

The Daily Beast – Independent, intelligent news infused with irreverent tone.

The Hill – Hardly underground, but gives a surprisingly un-biased account of political events and news in the capital.

The Intercept – Probably the hottest development in U.S. media, the site launched earlier this year with renowned journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill following the Edward Snowden leaks, and promises a new brand of fearless, fact-telling journalism.

The Real News Network – With “no advertising, government or corporate funding,” this online video news provider based in Baltimore bridges TV and Internet with strong alternative views and professional newsroom reports.

Think Progress – One of the most impressive, wide-ranging and popular online outlets providing short, insightful news reports across the political, economic, social and environmental spectrum.

Truthdig – The current media home of author and journalist Chris Hedges, the site’s motto is “drilling beneath the headlines.”

Truthout – The non-profit organization and news team delivers independent, unbiased essays and analyses on a daily basis.

Yes! Magazine – The optimistic, up-beat side of the news revealing the people and projects focusing on solutions that build stronger, more resilient communities.

– See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/new-media-movement-here-20-news-sites-kicking-our-generation-action#sthash.DrctMlLP.dpuf

And while, we’re at it, why not try to hear the other side of the story directly from those involved. Here, for example, is Syria’s President Assad answering questions posed by a Swiss journalist. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

The Netherlands welcomes Trump in his own words

This is absolutely great! You’re gonna love this. The Dutch are making political humor great again. You had better watch this or you’re gonna get tweeted.

What’s going on in Syria?

Confused about the situation in Syria? This (from an unknown source) will clear everything up for you.

A highly restricted briefing document on Syria….

President Assad (who is bad) is a nasty guy who got so nasty his people rebelled and the Rebels (who are good) started winning (hurrah!).

But then some of the rebels turned a bit nasty and are now called Islamic State (who are definitely bad!) and some continued to support democracy (they are still good although very few in numbers).

So the Americans (who think they are good) started bombing Islamic State (who are bad) and giving arms to the Syrian Rebels (who are good) so they could fight Assad (who is still bad) which was good.

By the way, there is a breakaway state in the north run by the Kurds who want to fight IS (which is a good thing) but the Turkish authorities think they are bad, so we have to say they are bad whilst secretly thinking they’re good and giving them guns to fight IS (which is good) but that is another matter.

Getting back to Syria…

So President Putin (who, according to the Western Press is bad, cos he annexed Crimea and supported the Ukrainian separatists) has decided to back Assad (who is still bad) by attacking IS (who are also bad) which is sort of a good thing?

But Putin (supposedly bad) thinks the Syrian Rebels (who are good) are also bad, and so he bombs them too, much to the annoyance of the Americans (who still think they are good) who are busy backing and arming the rebels (who are also good).

Now Iran (who used to be bad, but now they have agreed not to build any nuclear weapons and bomb Israel are now good) are going to provide ground troops to support Assad (still bad) as are the Russians (who, despite doing a good job, are considered bad) who now have ground troops and aircraft in Syria.

So a Coalition of Assad (still bad) Putin (bad according to the Western Propaganda Press) and the Iranians (good, but in a bad sort of way) are going to attack IS (who are very bad) which is a good thing, but also the Syrian Rebels (who are good) which is bad.

Now the British (who also think they are good, except that nice Mr. Corbyn in the corduroy jacket, who is probably bad ) and the Americans (who continue to think they are good) cannot attack Assad (still bad) for fear of upsetting Putin (who they say is bad) and Iran (good / bad) and now they have to accept that Assad might not be that bad after all compared to IS (who are now super bad).

So Assad (bad) is now probably good, being better than IS (but let’s face it, drinking your own wee is better than IS so no real choice there) and since Putin and Iran are also fighting IS that may now make them good. America (who still insists they are good, but fool nobody) will find it hard to arm a group of rebels being attacked by the Russians for fear of upsetting Mr. Putin (now good) and that nice mad Ayatollah in Iran (also good) and so they may be forced to say that the Rebels are now bad, or at the very least abandon them to their fate. This will lead most of them to flee to Turkey and on to Europe or join IS (still the only constantly bad group).

To Sunni Muslims, an attack by Shia Muslims (Assad and Iran backed by Russians) will be seen as something of a Holy War, and the ranks of IS will now be seen by the Sunnis as the only Jihadis fighting in the Holy War and hence many Muslims will now see IS as good ( Doh!.)

Sunni Muslims will also see the lack of action by Britain and America in support of their Sunni rebel brothers as something of a betrayal (mmm; might have a point) and hence we will be seen as bad.

So now we have America (now finally recognized as bad) and Britain (also bad) providing limited support to Sunni Rebels (bad) many of whom are looking to IS (good / bad) for support against Assad (now good) who, along with Iran (also good) and Putin (also, now, unbelievably, good) are attempting to retake the country Assad used to run before all this started.

So, now you fully understand everything, all your questions are answered!!!

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That’s oh so good. But are the good guys wearing white hats or black hats? Maybe gray hats, or beige??

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