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Cambridge Analytica Used 'Weapons-grade' Communications

by Oui Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 07:29:31 PM EST

Related to Nazi Style Propaganda

Of course the United States sees Russia as the evil empire and our artificial enemy ... Putin did it! No, not Comey .... HRC says he is just an idiot, Podesta says he is a honest idiot. Comey did change the outcome of the US Presidential Election. No, I won't enrich him by reading his narcissist story ... a self-serving book of fake news.

Interesting how once again the UAE is related to SCL, the parent of Cambridge Analytica. The new alliance of Middle East opposition powers: US - Israel - UAE - Bahrein - Saudi Kingdom. All the Gulf States minus Qatar of Muslim Brotherhood "terror".

Once again the Jewish group of billionaires supported Bibi Netanyahu and helped defeat HRC for US President.

Cambridge Analytica and SCL - how I peered inside the propaganda machine | The Conversation |

Dark arts and cream teas

For more than a decade, I've conducted interviews with government personnel and key contractors, including SCL, working in a very secretive area as part of my research on UK and US propaganda during conflicts. I gained access slowly at first, gradually winning confidence through introductions once I had a few contacts in this tight-knit and suspicious field.

In my 2015 book, I explored how a romanticised British military reputation that strives to win over the "hearts and minds" of the public overlays a mythologised notoriety for the "dark arts" of information warfare. This myth helped Britain to extend a perception of expertise and inflate its importance among Americans during the "war on terror" conflicts. The so-called "special relationship" between the two countries and perceptions of "British expertise" in propaganda aided me in gaining access to research interviews in the US.

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Missionaries of the Holocaust

by Oui Tue Apr 17th, 2018 at 05:12:11 PM EST

Anne Frank's American pen pal - Danville, Iowa

Danville, a city in south-eastern Iowa just over 10 miles from the Mississippi River, is where the story of this brief correspondence began. Now, it is being retold inside the Danville Station, a museum and cultural centre, through a permanent exhibit that will open on 16 April 2018.

The exhibit's design will involve a convergence of two worlds: one being Anne Frank and her family, and the other Juanita and Betty Ann Wagner, two girls from Danville who received letters from Anne and her sister, Margot. It will feature a timeline starting from the 1920s up through 1945, comparing events in Europe to those within the United States. There will also be a replica of the top floor of the Secret Annex that housed the Franks and four other Jewish people for two years.

"We've known about the letters for many, many years," said Janet Hesler, a high school secretary with the Danville Community School District who is involved with the exhibit. "It's very historical for Danville; the letters originated here."  

Anne Frank`s Pre-diary Iowa Pen Pal Releases Historic Letters for Auction - 1988
Letters connect Anne Frank to Eastern Iowa town - 2013

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Second Thoughts on Confrontation with Russia?

by Oui Thu Apr 12th, 2018 at 11:24:10 AM EST

Pehaps not all military assets in place to confront Russia if Putin retaliates? Mixed signals after Mattes made a statement that "evidence" of gas attack under review ...

Allies France and Great Britain certainly wanted to join the United States in lashing out at Russia in Syria after the "misfortunes" of the intervention and the culprit Bashar al-Assad still in power.

Turkey's Erdogan is still teetering between NATO (dis)loyalty or looking for a closer alliance with Putin's Russia ...

Erdoğan says he is in talks with Putin, Trump 'to end chemical massacre' in Syria

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on April 12 that he would discuss a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian suburb of Douma with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone on April 12 night.

    "I spoke with Mr. [Donald] Trump last night. I will speak with Mr. Putin tonight and we will discuss how we can stop this chemical massacre together," he said during a ground-breaking ceremony in Ankara.

    Erdoğan also said Turkey had would maintain its presence and activities in Syria until the country became safe for everyone.

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House of Saud - US Alliance Has Broken the Middle East

by Oui Tue Apr 10th, 2018 at 06:00:10 AM EST

Setting the standard of intolerance. Some religions keep biblical times and culture in a contemporary suspension. Cutting off heads and ethnic purity. How the US operating in the Middle East has led to populist right-wing extremists in Europe, the Trump presidency and the so-called Clash of Civilisations. How the West has joined to become slaves of more wars serving what purpose?

America's Shameful Love Affair With A Saudi Prince | The Forward |

These days, you can't open an internet browser without coming face to face with the handsome, keffiyah-clad visage of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. For weeks now, he's been on a charm offensive, courting American politicians, tech giants, businessmen and journalists.

And they have been happy to receive him. From an interview on 60 Minutes ("At just 32, Mohammed bin Salman seems fearless and determined") to a lengthy sit-down interview with the Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg ("He was jovial to the point of ebullience when I met him") to TIME magazine's cover story ("He looks like someone you knew in college, a big guy going on about something that seems really important to him"), MBS has been delighting the American media.

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Why Brexit? Micocosm of Isle of Dogs

by Oui Mon Apr 9th, 2018 at 02:33:12 AM EST

I got a glimpse of utter sepair of Poplar and the Isle of Dogs in the shadow of the Canary Wharf ... not much English spoken there as commuters rush towards their daily jobs in the tall office blocs. Not even speaking of poor infrastructure of steets, bridges, tunnels and the schools in hrowing distance of toxic fumes from rush hour traffic.

UK Brexit Problem: Migration not Immigration

Canary Wharf: life in the shadow of the towers | The Guardian |

The house I lived in, growing up on London's Isle of Dogs, was beside a huge gate and high walls - impenetrable barriers even to the naughty kids who wanted to explore the docks beyond. My friends and I remember glimpses of watery wastelands as we walked off the Thames peninsula that we all called "the Island", on rickety bridges whose gaps and creaks featured in our nightmares.

When, 30 years ago this month, Margaret Thatcher drove the first pile for Canary Wharf and promised a land of opportunity, those high walls came down. But by the time its celebrated pyramid roof was placed on One Canada Square in 1991, Thatcher had been ousted and the London commercial property market had collapsed. It was quite possibly the worst time to launch and, within a year, Olympia and York, the company charged with making the neoliberal dream of turning redundant docks into the reality of a gleaming financial citadel, filed for bankruptcy.

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1 - 2 - 3 TO WAR :: 3 - 2 - 1 FIRE!

by Oui Sun Apr 8th, 2018 at 07:40:24 PM EST

First phase, one stays on the propaganda theme of Russia is a rogue state - the face of our ENEMY.

Daily feeds of headlines detrimental to the people of Russia and its leader in the Kremlin - the Red Square of Communist infamy.

The Fall of the Wall between East and West wasn't enough of a proof the West WON!

Failure in the 1990s for a snappy makeover to a democracy and pure capitalism failed when the Yeltsin regime ended.

Putin represented to Soviet deep state of corrupt oligarchs and the military-intelligence complex (MIC). Very similar to the UK and USA by handcuffing the politicians whether from moderate centrists to far right. Trump cannot untie the strings attached between the White House - Pentagon - CIA in Langley Va.

US Congress with long-serving representation of MIC keeps the executive power in check. The lobbyists have been writing legislation and corporations the foreign policy manual of interference in sovereign states or by any means of regime change. Colour my revolution.

-1-  The so-called Novichok nerve gas attack by Russia on British soil. OPCW has become a tool of Western politics.

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Political Divide UAE (Trump) and Qatar (Clinton)

by Oui Fri Apr 6th, 2018 at 11:09:42 AM EST

How the pro-Israel newspaper The New York Times attempts too spoof the truth of the matter by linking the UAE with Putin's Russia. The Emirates is closely knit to the Saudi Kingdom of King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The UAE and KSA are on opposing sides to Russia on Syria and Iran. Fools in New York!

Qatar is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the adventures of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton under the Barack Obama's presidency in Libya, Egypt and Syria. Qatar played a leading role in transferring major arms and munitions shipments from Libya into Turkey and Northern Syria to support the rebellion against Bashar al Assad.

The two major regional powers fighting that dreadful war as proxies for the United States (indirectly Israel) and the West were the Salafist Gulf States of KSA with the UAE and the Muslim Brotherhood alliance of Erdogan's Turkey and Qatar. After the overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt, this nation under Morsi joined Turkey and Qatar allaince. Saudi Arabia was quite unhappy. The infighting between these two regional factions prevented HRC and later John Kerry to build a unity in Syrian opposition to confront Assad and indirectly Putin's Russia. The Geneva Conferences were all faced with utter failure. Of course blaming Russia in the meantime.

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The Hague: OPCW Crisis Deepens

by Oui Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 07:53:00 PM EST

Previous time the European supported OPCW was in crisis when the US forced out José Bustani in 2002. He was too independent in regards to the investigation of Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons program and/or destruction thereof. The sacking of Bustani didn't create an uproar, but he was eventually compensated for a wrongful dismissal by decision of the ILO Administrative Tribunal.

Chemical Weapons Convention Chief Removed at U.S. Initiative

The head of the organization implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) was voted out of office by convention member states on April 22, ending a nearly three-month-long diplomatic offensive led by the United States.

With 43 delegations abstaining, states voted 48 to 7 to remove José Bustani, a Brazilian who has headed the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) since its inception almost five years ago. Two-thirds of states attending and voting had to vote in favor of removing Bustani for him to be unseated. Many European countries, U.S. allies, and India backed the U.S.-led motion of dismissal; Belarus, Brazil, China, Cuba, Iran, Mexico, and Russia voted against Bustani's removal.

The United States, which pays 22 percent of the OPCW's budget, had made implicit threats not to pay the rest of its dues to the organization if Bustani maintained his position, according to an OPCW official. This prompted speculation that other countries went along with the U.S. initiative to avoid depriving the organization of needed funds.

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Jewish Bride Taken By Prophet Muhammad (pboh)

by Oui Wed Apr 4th, 2018 at 08:37:34 AM EST

Just a reminder for the Jewish tribes of the Arabian peninsula ...

"Our country doesn't have a problem with Jews. Our Prophet Muhammad married  a Jewish woman. Not just a friend--he married her." [Source: Arabian Prince bin Salman interview with The Atlantic while traveling the New World - sightseeing new WTC building perhaps?]

Saudi crown prince: 'Israel has right to exist in peace' | Ynet News |

In interview with The Atlantic, the young reform-minded Mohammed bin Salman says Israelis and Palestinians have right to exist in 'their own land', denies his country has a problem with Jews or anti-Semitism, and says Iran's supreme leader makes Hitler 'look good.'

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with US President Donald Trump (Photo: Reuters)

"Our prophet, his neighbors were Jewish. You will find a lot of Jews in Saudi Arabia coming from America, coming from Europe. There are no problems between Christian and Muslims and Jews. We have problems like you would find anywhere in the world, among some people. But the normal sort of problems."

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Breaking: UK Experts Baffled, Cannot Prove Source Novichok

by Oui Tue Apr 3rd, 2018 at 05:05:49 PM EST

Don't ask questions please!! The Russians did it ...

My understanding the international OPCW is doing some sort of investigation. Not sure the British are cooperating, see earlier diaries @EuroTrib

Novichok: Cui Bono? by Frank Schnittger
Gulf War Veterans - NOVICHOK a Deadly Deception

Salisbury poisoning: UK experts cannot prove novichok nerve agent used on Skripals came from Russia, say MoD | The Independent |

British scientists cannot prove that the novichok nerve agent used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter was made in Russia, the military laboratory which tested it has said.

Experts at the Porton Down research laboratory were unable to establish "the precise source" of the chemical weapon, the chief executive of the Ministry of Defence facility told Sky News. He added the government had used "a number of other sources to piece together" the conclusion that the Kremlin was responsible.

The admission comes after Russia demanded the UK present "every possible element of evidence" that it was responsible for the suspected assassination attempt that has triggered a global diplomatic row and plunged Moscow's relationship with many western nations to lows not seen since the Cold War.  

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Israel's Gaza Deaths 'An Overreaction'

by Oui Mon Apr 2nd, 2018 at 10:05:13 PM EST

Bernie Sanders says doesn't believe Israel on Gaza

    "My assessment is that Israel 'overreacted' in its response to violent rioting on the Gaza border, Sanders says in CNN interview; 'Gaza is a disaster right now. We're going to continue to see those kinds of demonstrations and protests unless the world community recognizes the problem in Gaza."

In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Sanders was asked if he accepted Israel's version that most of the Palestinian dead were terrorists who directed attacks against Israel under the cover of protesters.

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"No, I don't," Sanders responded. "My understanding is you have tens of thousands of people who were engaged in a non-violent protest. I believe now 15 or 20 people, Palestinians, have been killed, and many many others have been wounded. So I think it's a difficult situation, but my assessment is that Israel overreacted on that."

United States leadership living in a parallel universe ...

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Signs of Fascism in a Post-Democratic State

by Oui Sun Apr 1st, 2018 at 05:57:03 PM EST

Pulling wool over your eyes for over a decade now under threat and fear of Islamic terror ... becoming paranoid!

The Never Complete Fascist

    "Horkheimer and Adorno consider the stages that paved the way to Nazism
    to be not only the violence perpetrated by the great Western powers against
    the colonial peoples, but also the violence perpetrated, in the very heart of
    the capitalistic metropolis, against the poor and outcasts locked in the
    Dominico Losurdo

    "Ur-Fascism grows up and seeks for consensus by exploiting and exacerbating
    the natural fear of difference. The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist
    movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus UrFascism is racist by definition."
    Umberto Eco (1995)

    "[w]e will never have a complete definition of fascism, because it is in constant
    motion, showing a new face to fit any particular set of problems that arise to
    threaten the predominance of the traditionalist, capitalist ruling class."
    George Jackson

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Flash: Russia Can Replace Expelled Diplomats

by Oui Sat Mar 31st, 2018 at 09:36:47 PM EST


Oh, I see ...


Holding Russia Accountable for Its Destabilizing Behavior Share

... the United States will expel 48 Russian officials serving at Russia's bilateral mission to the United States. We will also require the Russian government to close its Consulate General in Seattle by April 2, 2018. We take these actions to demonstrate our unbreakable solidarity with the United Kingdom, and to impose serious consequences on Russia for its continued violations of international norms. ‎

Separately, we have begun the process of expelling 12 intelligence operatives from the Russian Mission to the United Nations who have abused their privilege of residence in the United States.

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Facebook: Someone May Die But We Connect People

by Oui Fri Mar 30th, 2018 at 08:32:57 PM EST

The face of purity in capitalism in the 21st century ...

Growth At Any Cost: Top Facebook Executive Defended Data Collection In 2016 Memo -- And Warned That Facebook Could Get People Killed | Buzzfeed |

Facebook Vice President Andrew "Boz" Bosworth said that "questionable contact importing practices," "subtle language that helps people stay searchable," and other growth techniques are justified by the company's connecting of people.

On June 18, 2016, one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's most trusted lieutenants circulated an extraordinary memo weighing the costs of the company's relentless quest for growth.

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Miraculous Recovery Yulia Skripal

by Oui Thu Mar 29th, 2018 at 09:01:39 PM EST

Military grade of 4th generation most lethal nerve agent Novichok, only produced during the Cold War in the Soviet Union ...
Recent visit to St. Petersburg, most likely was the nerve agent planted in luggage of Yulia ...
Police investigation determined nerve agent was concentrated on doorknob at the Skripal home ...
Theresa May is determined to keep the country united after conservatives were split on Brexit ...

Yulia Skripal no longer in critical condition, say Salisbury doctors

The condition of Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury along with her father, is improving rapidly, doctors have said.

Salisbury NHS foundation trust said on Thursday the 33-year-old was no longer in a critical condition, describing her medical state as stable.

Christine Blanshard, the medical director for Salisbury district hospital, said: "I'm pleased to be able to report an improvement in the condition of Yulia Skripal. She has responded well to treatment but continues to receive expert clinical care 24 hours a day.

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NZ Politics and Shades of Grey

by Oui Wed Mar 28th, 2018 at 05:27:39 PM EST

The United States of America leading the 'Free World' ...

President Bush's Address on Terrorism Before a Joint Meeting of Congress | NY Times - Sept. 21, 2003 |

Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations, secret even in success.

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism.

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.

From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.  

Geez ... within a decade the United States used Sunni Terrorists to fight their proxy war with Saudi Arabia and Qatar to force regime change in Syria and overthrow once again another authoritarian regime by any means. Who is with the terrorists now? Not Putin's Russia who effectively downgraded the terrorists operating within Syria's sovereign territory. From their intervention from September 2015, the number of deaths and casualties made a sharp decline. The US and its allies had to destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Eastern Syria because their proxy had become a danger to the region and Western Europe.

The refugees crossing from Turkey to Greece and beyond became a rallying cry for populist far-right anti-immigration parties leading to a poor decision in Great Britain to leave the European Union. How the intervention of NATO led nations in Syria ended up destroying the fiber of unity within the EU. Such a poor, poor leadership ... or was this the intent from the outset? The fact that the Tory supported Cambridge Analytica played such a major role in the Leave campaign in the UK referendum and a year later in the underdog win of the right-wing conservatives to elect Donald Trump did cause a revolutionary change in the Western world. Oh well, whether its an Orange, Rose or Maidan revolt the CIA and its cohorts to "democratize" outlier nations must be appreciated to further the aim of corporate power and pure capitalism. John McCain before you die, well done fellow ... you've got more backing later in life than you had flying warplanes above Vietnam.You'll even find bipartisan support for your aggravation of anti-Russia sentiment.

I always thought you were a loser in politics running for the office of President while photoshopping your way to illustrate the safety on the streets of Baghdad, later in Tsiblisi, northern Syria amongst jihadists fighting your war against dictator Assad and the successful coup d'état of the Maidan revolt in Kiev in 2014.

Former political leader of Christian Democrats in Holland, foreign minister in support of US invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, by appointment of George Bush to become NATO's Secretary General to coordinate European nations to expand NATO to the borders of Russia, Ukraine as the highest possible prize: Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

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Kaspersky Labs and $1bn Master Hacker from Ukraine

by Oui Wed Mar 28th, 2018 at 01:43:14 PM EST

Suspected cybercrime mastermind behind US$1.2 billion bank hacks is arrested in Spain

The person suspected of being behind malware attacks known as "Carbanak" and "Cobalt" was arrested in Alicante, a port city on the southeast coast of Spain, after cooperation between police forces in the United States, Asia and Europe, Europol said.

The Interior Ministry said Denis K, who had directed the criminal organisation from Spain since 2013, was arrested with three members of his organisation, who originally came from Russia and Ukraine, it said. The Ukrainian police did not provide further details.

"Denis K" used financial platforms in Gibraltar and the United Kingdom to load prepaid cards with bitcoin and spend them in Spain on cars, homes, and other goods.

He also set up an "enormous network" to mine bitcoin which he used as a means of laundering money.

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Steve Bannon on Cambridge Analytica - SCL Group

by Oui Fri Mar 23rd, 2018 at 01:41:18 PM EST

Steve Bannon on Cambridge Analytica: 'Facebook data is for sale all over the world' | The Guardian |

Besides, he said, "Facebook data is for sale all over the world".

Bannon - Donald Trump's former chief strategist - later said outside the conference room that he "did not remember" being part of any scheme to buy data that came from Facebook and divert it to use for election propaganda, as the Observer revealed last weekend.

He blamed any "dirty tricks" on Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, which he described as "the British guys, old Etonians and guys from Oxford and Cambridge".

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Trump's War Cabinet Complete

by Oui Fri Mar 23rd, 2018 at 05:41:48 AM EST

After all the propaganda to make Syria a Western owned state, making Iran and Russia the villains ... the United States with its close ally Great Britain are preparing for another global military confrontation. The European lambs to slaughter ... meeting today as EU.

Don't tell me Donald Trump himself is the architect to name John Bolton to head the NSC. How the president is encapsulated by a deep state neocon of the worst kind. Don't these guys die out?

John Bolton: foreign policy radical who backs war with Iran and North Korea  

Donald Trump has hired an unwavering and radical advocate of war against both North Korea and Iran to oversee his administration's national security policy.

John Bolton has made a career of deriding diplomacy as a sign of weakness, and has disparaged both the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and even the current administration's use of sanctions as means of pressuring the North Korean regime to give up its nuclear arsenal.

Instead, the soon-to-be national security adviser has repeatedly argued, nuclear disarmament in both cases is best achieved through regime change delivered by US military might.

"A close look shows he's genuinely one of the most extreme, irresponsible, and dangerous voices in the country," said Adam Mount, a senior fellow and nuclear weapons policy expert at the Federation of American Scientists.

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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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