18:23 [offGuardian] (E)
Colin Todhunter - US National Security Advisor John Bolton has more or less admitted that the ongoing destabilisation of Venezuela is about grabbing its oil. He recently stated: We’re looking at the oil assets… We’re in conversation with major American companies now… It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”
15:40 [Global Research] (E)
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an uncharacteristically detailed warning about one of the possible scenarios that might transpire in this former Soviet republic by the end of the month following its upcoming parliamentary elections on 24 February.
2:54 [Covert Geopolitics] (E)
The banner and the clarion call of western countries, and their own asserted legitimization – especially when they are engaging in illegal wars and coups – used to be “freedom and democracy”: the precious gift they were generously and selflessly offering to a backward world – or one allegedly in the ‘chains’ of Socialism/Communism. There was “Radio Free Europe”, for example, pushing out western liberal propaganda, primarily against the countries of the former Soviet Union.
2:50 [Eurasia Future] (E)
Not everyone in America’s permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”) is on the same page regarding the ongoing Taliban peace talks, especially when it comes to the official role of increasingly irrelevant Kabul in this process.
15:17 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
There is little doubt where `western` media stand with regards to the U.S. led coup-attempt (vid) in Venezuela. But their view does not reflect the overwhelming international recognition the Venezuelan government under President Nicolás Maduro continues to have. The Rothschild family`s house organ, the Economist, changed the background of its Twitter account to a picture of the Random Dude™, Juan Guaidó, who the U.S. regime changers created to run the country. The tweet is quite revealing: The Economist @TheEconomist - 23:59 utc- 31 Jan 2019. Juan Guaidó and Donald Trump are betting that sanctions will topple the regime before they starve the Venezuelan people econ.st/2DMOeEk It is quite obvious that Trump’s Illegal Regime Change Operation Will Kill More Venezuelans. The Economist supports that starvation strategy.
18:03 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
You could hardly make it up. This week, addressing the Davos summit in Switzerland, via video link, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Russia for interfering in American elections and those of other countries. The next day, Pompeo was declaring the elected leader in Venezuela “illegitimate” and endorsing an obscure opposition figure as the “recognized president”. Underway in Venezuela is a coup d’état led by Washington. The country is precariously on a knife-edge of civil war, following the US’ audacious move to delegitimize the government in Caracas. This is Washington’s interference in the sovereign affairs of another nation – writ large.
0:15 [youtube] (E)
13:57 [The Grayzone Project] (E)
By Ben Norton - In an interview on Fox Business, Trump’s hyper-militaristic National Security Adviser John Bolton admitted the US-led coup in Venezuela is motivated by oil and corporate interests. US President Donald Trump’s hyper-militaristic National Security Adviser John Bolton spilled the beans in an interview on Fox Business, admitting that the United States government is working with corporations to target Venezuela’s massive oil reserves.
14:38 [offGuardian] (E)
Philip Roddis - With Washington talking up a military coup (Democrats for once in no hurry to berate Trump on the issue) and Russia a sufficiently interested party to have flown nuclear capable bombers into Caracas last month, it behoves us all to get up to speed on Venezuela. It should go without saying we can’t trust a word corporate media say but, case it doesn’t, here’s why.
14:37 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
A former UN rapporteur says that the numerous US sanctions (pdf) against Venezuela are devastating and illegal:...“Sanctions kill,” he told The Independent, adding that they fall most heavily on the poorest people in society, demonstrably cause death through food and medicine shortages, lead to violations of human rights and are aimed at coercing economic change in a “sister democracy”.
14:26 [Global Research] (E)
The Latin American nation of Venezuela faces dangerous destabilization with the United States and its allies having recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as “president” and declaring actual Venezuelan president – Nicolas Maduro – no longer recognized. In response, President Maduro has demanded US diplomatic personnel to leave the country. Protests and counter-protests have reportedly taken to the streets as both sides attempt to seize the psychological and political initiative. Why Venezuela?
11:27 [The American Conservative] (E)
By DANIEL LARISON - The framing of this New York Times article on Trump and Venezuela is all wrong: Mr. Trump’s forceful challenge to Mr. Maduro is the first such intervention in his anti-interventionist presidency, a sharp departure from an “America First” foreign policy aimed at extracting the United States from overseas quagmires and staying out of the internal affairs of other countries.
11:05 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
PHILIP M. GIRALDI - Many American still long for the good old days when men were still manly and President George W. Bush was able to announce that there was a “new sheriff in town” pledged to wipe terrorism from the face of the earth. “You’re either with us or against us,” he growled and he backed up his warning of lethal retribution with an enemies list that he called the “axis of evil.”
8:54 [Liberty Blitzkrieg] (E)
Dec 20, 2018 - The defining question about global order for this generation is whether China and the United States can escape Thucydides’s Trap. The Greek historian’s metaphor reminds us of the attendant dangers when a rising power rivals a ruling power—as Athens challenged Sparta in ancient Greece, or as Germany did Britain a century ago. Most such contests have ended badly, often for both nations, a team of mine at the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has concluded after analyzing the historical record. In 12 of 16 cases over the past 500 years, the result was war. When the parties avoided war, it required huge, painful adjustments in attitudes and actions on the part not just of the challenger but also the challenged.
18:43 [Liberty Blitzkrieg] (E)
Many people are coming to quick takes on yesterday’s extraordinary decision by the U.S. government to recognize an unelected opposition leader as interim President of Venezuela based on their view of Maduro and his government. Similar to the emotional responses to those first clips of the Covington students and Nathan Phillips, such superficial opinions feel good and confirm biases, but don’t tell you much about what’s really going on.
14:05 [The American Conservative] (E)
Ahmed Chalabi`s imitators are still trying to pressure America into war with Iran. Bijan Kian, a business associate of President Donald Trump’s disgraced first national security advisor Michael Flynn, will likely soon go to jail for violating federal lobbying laws. Together with Flynn, Kian worked on behalf of the government of Turkey. But long before he was peddling Turkish interests, Kian was one of many in Washington taking advantage of America’s military might to settle his personal scores. In his case, he wanted revenge against the clerical regime in Iran...While these foreign actors purport to support U.S. interests, their narratives are often self-serving and their policy alternatives detrimental to the livelihoods and democratic aspirations of regional peoples.
13:54 [Youtube/TheJohnBirchSociety] (E)
Alex Newman is an international journalist, educator, and author, currently serving as foreign correspondent for The New American.
18:56 [Global Research] (E)
17th marks the 28th anniversary of the brutal and destructive war the United States’ administration and allies waged on Iraq in 1991...Looking back to what is known as Gulf War II in 1991, it is very clear today that it marks the first failed attempt of the United States administration to occupy Iraq, and then other oil rich countries in the Middle East region.
18:55 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
ROBERT BRIDGE - The Republican Senator from South Carolina uttered his remarks following a series of curiously timed developments in Syria, including a terror attack in the northern city of Manbij that reportedly left four Americans dead, and ongoing Israeli attacks on Syrian territory. Graham, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw some 2,000 US troops from Syria, drew parallels between this move and America’s disastrous military campaign in Iraq, which culminated in the most unacceptable scenario for any neoconservative ‘hawk on steroids’ and that is a tail-between-the-legs withdrawal.
12:01 [Eudaimonia] (E)
Why America and Britain Are Self-Destructing (And What the World Can Learn From it)
18:15 [VoltaireNet] (E)
For a decade we have been revealing the incongruity of the French desire to re-establish its authority over its old colonies. This was the logic behind the nomination by President Nicolas Sarkozy of Bernard Kouchner as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Kouchner replaced the French Revolutionary idea of « The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen » with the Anglo-Saxon notion of « Human Rights ». Later, his friend President François Hollande declared, during a Press conference on the fringes of the UN General Assembly, that it was time to re-establish a mandate over Syria.
15:05 [State of the Nation] (E)
by Anna von Reitz - I appreciate all the work State of the Nation and American Intelligence Media have done to research the British calumny and deceit that has ruined our country and destroyed untold millions of lives. SOTN and AIM are backing up what I said many months ago. Go back and look. I told everyone that it wasn’t Russia and that it was Britain causing the trouble. It’s ALWAYS Britain at the bottom of every dog pile. Once the nations of the world catch on to this fact it will be a lot harder for Britain to employ its puppets in the US, in Qatar, in Hong Kong and elsewhere to cause trouble.
15:04 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
ALASTAIR CROOKE -The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ still try to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’. The ‘old movie’ is for the US to ‘stand up’ Sunni, Arab states, and lead them towards confronting ‘bad actor’ Iran. ‘Team Bolton’ is reverting back to the old 1996 Clean Break script – as if nothing has changed.
14:44 [offGuardian] (E)
We are publishing here two articles on this subject from Helsinki Times, dated December 29, 2018 and January 1, 2019 respectively...Why does the US Embassy in Helsinki need a big warehouse near Malmi Airport and what are the contents of thousands of kilograms of cargo sent to Helsinki from Baghdad?
23:45 [Tom Luongo] (E)
Something has changed in U.S. politics. And it may finally signal something changing for the better. Since the announcement (but no real follow through) to end our military involvement in Syria what passes for our statesmen — John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — have been ignored, mocked or both. Bolton attempted to box Trump in on not leaving Syria while Israel chest-thumped about how they will not yield an inch to Iran. Turkish President Erdogan publicly lambasted him with no response from President Trump. Or anyone else for that matter.
13:48 [Empire Files] (E)
In the first installment of this multi-part series, Trump Expanding the Empire, Abby Martin debunks the notion that Trump is an anti-interventionist president, outlining his first two years of aggressive foreign policy that has expanded US wars and occupations. From the biggest military budget in history, to removing its restrictions to “bomb the hell out of” Iraq and Syria, to ramping-up brutal economic sanctions, to becoming America`s `Arms Salesman-In-Chief.`
22:17 [offGuardian] (E)
Jeremy McCoy - “Rebuilding US leading role is the key for European security” say British experts, but the new political realities inspire doubts.
22:02 [SOTT] (E)
Darius Shahtahmasebi - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the US a "force for good" in the Middle East. A closer look at the evidence reveals this to be the greatest lie ever told in the era of "fake news."
21:16 [The Unz Review / The Saker] (E)
The word ‘catastrophe‘ has several meanings, but in its original meaning in Greek the word means a “sudden downturn” (in Greek katastrophē ‘overturning, sudden turn,’ from kata- ‘down’ + strophē ‘turning’). As for the word “superpower” it also has several possible definitions, but my preferred one is this one “Superpower is a term used to describe a state with a dominant position, which is characterized by its extensive ability to exert influence or project power on a global scale.
22:30 [South Front] (E)
Why is America’s Baghdad Embassy the world’s largest embassy — and the largest by far?
12:53 [The Future of Freedom Foundation] (E)
The decades-long U.S. interventionist policy against Cuba failed to achieve its goal of removing Fidel Castro from power and replacing him with a pro-U.S. regime, similar to the pro-U.S. Batista regime that the Cuban revolution ousted from power in 1959. More important, interventionism against Cuba ended up attacking the freedom and values of the American people.
11:38 [Black Agenda Report] (E)
The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. “There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous “meddler” in the affairs of other nations that history has ever known.” Dan Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, but most of all he is an anti-imperialist and an author of three books. Kovalik’s first two books tackled the specific US war drives against Russia and Iran.
5:48 [LaRouchePAC] (E)
President Donald Trump continues to shock the various spokesmen for the Empire — the proponents of the "geopolitical rules of the game" which have served the British Empire on both sides of the Atlantic, and worldwide, for centuries. Such geopolitics dictates a foreign policy which is zero-sum, dog-eat-dog, divide-and-conquer. It fosters personalities which mirror that bestial view of mankind, an existentialist psychology of one-against-all.
3:37 [American Intelligence Media] (E)
This headline will not come as a shock to followers of the American Intelligence Media as they have read and listened to our countless citizen intelligence reports, posts, audios, and videos on how American operatives of the Senior Executive Service worked hand-in-glove with British MI6 and Queen Elizabeth’s Privy Council in a covert operation to overthrow Donald J. Trump.
3:36 [American Intelligence Media] (E)
If you thought the first video on this topic was an EYE-OPENER, part 2 will leave you in SHOCK at the sheer truth of it all. Listen to Michael McKibben and Douglas Gabriel as they continue to peel back the truth of Facebook, Tavistock, and the Crown. Make sure to check out the links and special notes we have provided under the videos. DOES TRUMP KNOW THAT THE QUEEN IS SPYING ON ALL OF US? PART 2
3:35 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
The Anglo-American ‘Special Relationship’ has been known to exist as a close alliance between the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since the days of FDR and Churchill forged during the Second World War.
2:11 [Mint Press News] (E)
By David Penner - Ask any American liberal aged sixty-five and older what they think about Franco, Mussolini, or Hitler and they will vehemently denounce these men as tyrants, murderers, and despots. Ask them what they think about the Vietnam War and they will say it was a tragedy, not only for the Vietnamese, but for the poor American soldiers who were drafted and used as cannon fodder.
23:56 [offGuardian] (E)
Max Parry - Why France’s Yellow Vest protests have been ignored by “The Resistance” in the US. In less than two months, the yellow vests (“gilets jaunes”) movement in France has reshaped the political landscape in Europe. For a seventh straight week, demonstrations continued across the country even after concessions from a cowing President Emmanuel Macron while inspiring a wave of similar gatherings in neighboring states like Belgium and the Netherlands.
13:18 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Never in recent times has the Fourth World – the 370 million indigenous peoples who have no states of their own – been under assault, as it is now, from a combination of proto-fascist governments and resource-grabbing corporations. The basic tenets of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) are being undermined by governments that are serving the interests of mining and drilling companies eager to displace indigenous peoples from their natural resources, much of which are found on sacred ancestral lands.
8:53 [Tom Luongo] (E)
The U.S. lost in Syria. Donald Trump finally had the courage to admit that to the world when he ordered the pull out of all U.S. troops there. Syria was to be the sparkling jewel in the Empire of Chaos’ Crown. A masterstroke of realpolitik which would advance every major U.S., Israeli and Saudi objective while thoroughly destabilizing the Levant and setting the stage for wiping out Iran and eventually Russia. If the Assad government fell Syria would become something worse than Libya.
19:08 [Greg Hunter`s USAWatchdog] (E)
Host of the popular radio show “Operation Freedom” Dr. Dave Janda comes on to talk about what has been going on and what’s coming in the fight with Deep State globalists to control America.
18:51 [govtslaves] (E)
President Trump’s big announcement to pull US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan is now emerging less as a peace move, and more a rationalization of American military power in the Middle East.
18:49 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
PATRICK ARMSTRONG - I have just read the memoirs of General Armand de Caulaincourt who accompanied Napoleon throughout the Russian venture. He was France`s Ambassador to Russia from 1807 until 1811 and got to know the Emperor Alexander quite well. Napoleon recalled him and he eventually resumed his tasks as his Master of the Horse. His account begins with a long conversation with Napoleon. Just before he left St Petersburg, Alexander called him in for what was, unmistakably, a message and warning to be passed on.
18:46 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
In the aftershock of US President Donald Trump’s bombshell decision to pull American troops out of Syria and to draw down US forces in Afghanistan, plus the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Brett McGurk, the Special Envoy to the anti-ISIS Coalition [sic: never mind who created ISIS in the first place …], we are already seeing progress. The Syrian flag has been raised over Manbij as the Kurds scramble for protection from Damascus against threatening Turkish forces. We’re not out of the woods yet though. Given the “orgy of shrieking and caterwauling,” “the horrifying collective scream” emanating from Washington, a pushback from the Deep State and the bipartisan Washington establishment is inevitable and possibly imminent.
19:56 [LaRouchePAC] (E)
Yesterday President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania were in Iraq, visiting U.S. troops in Mosul. This unannounced trip comes amidst the lunatic reactions against Trump`s historic announcement last week of intent to pull U.S. forces out of Syria—a break with the British Empire policy of "forever wars." Further, Trump has commissioned his military staff to draw up optional plans for an exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
14:45 [zimbabwe herald] (E)
... The six regime change strategists from the United States of America, Germany, Spain and Switzerland facilitated the workshop at which the NGOs were promised more funding “if they show maturity in organising their programmes as one entity”, said a source who refused to be identified for security reasons. ... The activities by the NGOs are despite calls by President Mnangagwa for Zimbabweans to leave the elections behind and focus on rebuilding the economy.
8:41 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
First we had US government envoy Kurt Volker announcing this week that an additional $250 million in military weapons were being packaged in Congress for Ukraine. Then the DC-based international lending institutions, the IMF and World Bank, signed off on multi-billion-dollar loans for Poroshenko’s regime.
2:50 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
The news of the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats caught everybody by surprise in Tirana on December 20. The Iranian embassy and its ambassador Gholamhossein Mohammandia have kept a very low profile in Tirana in the past months. While Iran has been very upset with Albania, which since 2013 is hosting on its soil a violent Iranian jihadi organization, the Mojahedin e Khalq (MEK), its embassy and ambassador who understand that Albania is not an independent state, but a puppet of the U. S., has kept a very low profile. The most that the embassy has done is to politely ask Albania to respect Iran which has always respected Albania, to distance itself from MEK’s terrorism and to warn Albania about this terrorist organization.
16:14 [VoltaireNet] (E)
The US withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, as well as the resignation of General Mattis, attest to the upheaval that is shaking the current world order. The United States are no longer the leaders, either on the economic or the military stage. They refuse to keep fighting for the sole interests of the transnational financiers. The alliances that they used to lead will begin to unravel, but without their erstwhile allies admitting the powerful ascension of Russia and China.
1:03 [youtube/SGTreport] (E)
This may be one of the most powerful, informative interviews ever on SGT Report. Wayne Jett is not only an accomplished author, he`s a brilliant historian and Patriot. Wayne explains that the plans of the controlling "elite" are absolutely pure evil, and long ago captured US Presidents going all the way back to Wilson and Roosevelt.
0:50 [Pathocracy.net] (E)
Throughout history, psychopaths, sociopaths, narcissists, and assorted antisocial-personality-disordered individuals have ruled societies. Psychopaths and sociopaths often exhibit glibness and superficial charm, have a grandiose sense of self-worth, are pathological liars, display extreme narcissism, are deceitful, cunning and manipulative, exhibit a lack of remorse or guilt, show a callous disregard for the feelings of others, have no conscience, lack empathy, and fail to accept responsibility for their actions.
23:59 [Zero Hedge] (E)
...US neocons and assorted Russophobes insist that Washington should further weaponize Kiev’s land, sea and air forces to counter “Russian aggression”, but Crimeans treat this as a bad joke.
22:57 [State of the Nation] (E)
THEIR FINAL SOLUTION: Market Crash Dollar Collapse & World War 3.The Only Remaining Option for the NWO Globalist Cabal is: World War III. “The global geopolitical chessboard is being stealthil set up for the hot phase of World War III....after the banksters stage a controlled demolition of the Global Economic & Financial System.” — Intelligence Analyst and Former Military Officer. Deep State wants war. The Shadow Government wants war. The Military-Industrial Complex wants war. The CFR, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group want war. The RIIA, LBMA and SERCO want war. The Committee of 300 and Black Nobility want war.
11:36  (E)
From 2016: Nichols, a former Clinton insider, who served as the director of marketing at the Arkansas Development Finance Authority, has insight into the Clintons that must be shared.
11:27 [LaRouchePAC] (E)
If we are to succeed in redirecting President Donald Trump from his current obliviousness to the financial crash coming at the United States, the outrageous attacks on China, in particular, by neo-con members of his administration and clueless European "leaders" must be shut up.
10:44 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his December 4 speech in Brussels at the German Marshall Fund with “a well-deserved tribute to America’s 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush,” whom he praised as “an unyielding champion of freedom around the world.” It was fitting that he did so. The heart and soul of Pompeo’s remarks extolling the return of “the United States to its traditional, central leadership role in the world” were little more than a rehash of Bush the Elder’s aggressive internationalism.
10:43 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Gordon Duff - What happened in America during the last presidential election and, to an extent, during the recent mid-term elections, is now starting to materialize in Europe as well. It isn’t just election rigging and propaganda. America’s government processes are at a standstill while congress and the legal system look for ways to jail Donald Trump for dozens, if not hundreds, of felonies tied to election fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, tax evasion and bribery.
22:49 [youtube/Joe Alan] (E)
The New World Order Is In Place
13:47 [Moon oft Alabama] (E)
The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation, was recently exposed. Further digging into it revealed a much wider operation.