Untold History of the US – Bush and Clinton Squandered Peace

Part 9 of Oliver Stones Untold History of the United States covers the Bush senior and Clinton presidency. Essential viewing if you want to understand the state of global affairs today, in 2016.

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Part 9 of Oliver Stones Untold History of the United States covers the Bush senior and Clinton presidency

Bush Senior Presidency

Stone begins by exploring the role of Bush’s father Prescott Bush and other Wall street figures in supporting the rise of Hitler and the Nazi war machine. The list of Wall Street corporations that supplied money, weapons, chemicals, tanks, aircraft and other material support to the Third Reich is a long one: Ford, IBM, GM, Hearst, Standard Oil, Dupont, Kodak, United Fruit, Westinghouse, Douglas Aircraft, ITT, GE, Singer, International Harvester, Union Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, JP Morgan and the Bank of International Settlements.

Many of these companies demanded (and received) reparations when the Allies bombed their German factories.

Stone devotes much of this episode to the fall of totalitarian rule in Eastern Europe (1989-91), which he describes as the largest peaceful revolution in history. He also discusses the military…

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Berned!

Bitingly sarcastic, and accurate.

Once. Again.

According to this CommonDreams article, Bernie has kept his promise.  You remember, the one he made at the beginning of his so-called “revolution”, that he would endorse la Clinton if she became the Democratic nominee for the presidency.  Considering that it was probably decided before the whole spectacle began, he could hardly have said anything else.  He played his role perfectly, Judas Goating his millenials and other assorted revolutionary wannabes away from anything resembling a slight alternative to the slaughterhouse of dreams.

Triangular Bill perfected this duplicitous strategy, Obama enlarged upon it, and good old obedient Bernie gathered up the strays.  But did he?

There must be millions out there, enraged and humiliated, who just may find the courage to turn elsewhere.  Or simply give up.  It’s hard to say.  Civic and political activism, exercised only once every four years by the people who bother to vote, doesn’t presage…

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Day Zero: US-Funded Textbooks Taught Afghan Kids The ABCs of Jihad

“So effective was the propaganda, these textbooks would continue to serve the Taliban well when they rose to power.”

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Would you be surprised to hear that the US government was at least partly responsible forthe birthof Islamic extremism as we know it today… by brainwashing Afghan children into becoming Jihadists?

While the US has influenced the Middle Eastsince the first World War, it ramped up its interventionduring the Cold War by aiding Osama Bin Laden. Heled theMujaheddin who would later become Al Qaeda(the root of modern-day extremist Islamic jihadist terrorism). Anything, it seems, was ethical as long as the Soviets were driven back.

This aid was widely believed by the informedpublicto have been limited to weapons and training of already-indoctrinated fully-grown extremist fighters. If only that was all the US did there though.

The Washington Post wrote an articleawhile back,revealing how the US had alsosupplied textbooks filled with violent images and militant Jihadist teachings- featuring drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines…

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Recent French Revolt 11 Weeks Strong and Counting*

But initial challenges in online communication also led to one Nuit Debout’s greatest innovations. According to Sitka, French activists use twitter and email far less than the Spanish activists of 15M. From the start of Nuit Debout, the French instead started using Telegram, an open-sourced version of WhatsApp, which comes with more security than Facebook messages or email. Telegram, which creates groups organized by location or focus theme, was quickly rolled out so that the majority of Nuit Debout groups, or commissions, use it for communication. The groups are all 200 people or less; therefore, unlike email threads, you can see who is the audience, and non-active users are cleared off the lists.

This innovation alone has opened up the movement, by reducing the ability of gatekeepers to hold special positions, or for communication to rely on friendship bonds. It has also made time-inefficient mass email lists almost irrelevant. For the media team, this means their message can be shaped with wider participation – both input through digital and input on the squares. From the start of Nuit Debout, said Sitka, digital tools and online developers were at the forefront creating the digital infrastructure to network the movement.

The revolution may not be televised – but on the square in Paris, it is being networked.

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Recent French Revolt 11 Weeks Strong and Counting*

By Steve Rushton

“Across France we are building a non-hierarchical network, and this is new,” explains Jan Sitka, who is part of the media team of Nuit Debout, the French movement of the squares that is now nearly three months in the making.

Since its first evening in Paris’s Place de la République on March 31, Nuit Debout continues to stay “up all night,” as the name implies. It may have fallen from international mainstream media attention, but the movement is both reshaping France and showing the evolution of post-2008 global democracy movements.

Cities and towns across France continue holding assemblies and working in participative commissions on social justice issues. The movement has spread to Belgium and Germany and has caused the re-occupation of Spanish Plazas. It has spread across France on a similar scale that 15 million did across Spain in…

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17-months Later U.S. Can’t Find any Iraqis to ‘Train’*

The truth Obama’s Middle East policy is lying to us about.

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17-months Later U.S. Can’t Find any Iraqis to ‘Train’*

In a blow to a central component of the US military’s strategy in the Iraq/Syria region, current and former US military officials said efforts to retrain and reunify Iraq’s regular army have failed to create enough combat units or limit sectarian militias.

“The Iraqi military’s capacity hasn’t improved that much – part of that is the continuing challenge of recruitment and retention,” retired U.S. Lieutenant General Mick Bednarek told Reuters in an exclusive story.

Bednarek led the U.S. military’s training programs in Iraq from 2013 to 2015. He said that, despite having 4,000 U.S. soldiers for instructors, they faced multiple challenges, as very few Iraqis were willing to join the military and low-level Iraqi officers resisted sending units for American training.

Military officials estimated that, as of October, only five Iraqi army divisions were ready for battle, with combat readiness…

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‘Erdoganistan’: Persecuted journalists tell RT of horrors of Turkish crackdown on Kurds

Unreported by our MSM:

“The thing that was most striking about the place was just the silence. When you’re going around, it’s just completely silent. You can only hear people sifting through the ruins of their former homes,” he recalled. One of his most horrifying impressions was the smell “of rotting bodies.”

“The smell in the basements where people supposedly have been burnt to death is really overpowering… [Locals] just said that Erdogan had killed civilians there,” the reporter said, adding: “An old woman showed me around her neighbors’ houses and she specifically said that Erdogan’s soldiers who are operating [there] looked and behaved like ISIS.”

Eyes on Europe & Middle East

While very little is said in the Western media about Turkey’s crackdown on the Kurds in southeast Turkey, and journalists are virtually banned from the afflicted region, RT Documentary turned to locals for help in finding out what’s really going on there.

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Global Civil Disobedience

“A major premise of the documentary is that the COP21 climate conference in December 2015 was a public relations stunt. Climate activists believe it accomplished virtually nothing towards preventing catastrophic climate change for two main reasons: 1) the national emissions targets agreed are purely voluntary and unenforceable and 2) despite agreeing to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees C, the treaty’s carbon budget will result in 3.5 degrees warming.”

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Disobedience: the Courage to Break Free

By Kelly Nykes (2016)

Film Review

Disobedience is about the global movement (on six continents) to shut down the fossil fuel industry. The primary aim of the Break Free from Fossil Fuels movement is to end fossil fuel mining and shut down gas-fired power plants.

A major premise of the documentary is that the COP21 climate conference in December 2015 was a public relations stunt. Climate activists believe it accomplished virtually nothing towards preventing catastrophic climate change for two main reasons: 1) the national emissions targets agreed are purely voluntary and unenforceable and 2) despite agreeing to limit average global warming to 1.5 degrees C, the treaty’s carbon budget will result in 3.5 degrees warming.

President Lyndon Johnson was the first to warn the world, in 1965, of the link between heavy fossil fuel combustion, CO2 emissions and global warming. Ten years later, Exxon…

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