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The war in Yemen – and it’s accompanying humanitarian catastrophe – has been going on a very long time now; and it shows no signs of abating any time soon.

I talked about the humanitarian side of it here recently.

And about the seeming apathy of Western media and politicians and the hypocrisy in terms of how the Biblical-scaled suffering in Yemen is broadly ignored while geo-politically-motivated coverage of other crises elsewhere are amplified. They really don’t like us talking about Yemen – they would prefer we talked about Venezuela or Syria.

On the actual war side of it, which has often been nebulous and murky, it has become evident that – in addition to US and UK logistical support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign – Israel is also more involved in the Yemen situation than most people realise. (more…)

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As the multi-layered manuevering in regard to Venezuela continues, it was reported a couple of days ago that the Bank of England has taken actions in line with Washington’s lead.

The Bank of England has refused to hand over $1.2 billion of Venezuelan gold back to the Venzuelan government. Above is a clip from RT of Richard Wolff discussing the matter.

The explanation seems to be deny the ‘illegitimate’ Maduro government access to the country’s own gold reserves, because it will be used to strengthen his position during this crisis. This move comes as the United States and a number of other governments have officially refused to acknowldege President Maduro anymore as the elected leader of Venezuela.

Apparently, the request for the UK to freeze Venezuela’s assets came from the National Assembly leader Juan Guaido – the figure being championed by the US and others as now being the recognised leader of Venezuela. The claim – made by Trump’s Secretary of the Treasury and former Goldman Sachs banker Steve Mnuchin – is that the Venezuelan assets will only be released to a post-Maduro government under the leadership of Guaido. (more…)

So it looks like US military intervention in Venezuela might be on the cards.

Certainly, with Washington and other Western governments now officially recognising someone other than the sitting president as the legitimate leader, it’s hard to see how there won’t have to be some kind of forced conflict to finalise that arrangement: if it isn’t US military intervention, it would have to be some kind of military coup within Venezuela.

Either way, it’s been telegraphed way in advance. President Trump said a year and a half ago. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary,” Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club.

He went on to say, “We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, we’re all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary.”

It looks like they’re now moving towards probably putting that into action. (more…)

You know, sometimes you start out with a simple question.

And you start exploring for possible answers to that question; only to end up falling down a deeper rabbit-hole than you had expected. Then you just end up with more questions.

A lot of coverage was given to Donald Trump’s decision apparently to announce withdrawal of US troops from Syria. My initial question was simply why the US President had suddenly announced this: and why the Defense Secretary James Mattis had resigned in response.

But instead this has become a much longer article, linking up everything from Syria, Libya and Africa to China, the possible nature of the ‘Trump vs China’ pantomime, possible groundwork for a future ‘New World Order’ control model and the ‘armies’ of the future, and even Cambridge Analytica.

As it happens, the reason is because one man – one machiavellian, enigmatic figure – appears to be a nexus connecting all of these seemingly disparate things. (more…)

I’m not going to add much of my own to this, because it’s unnecessary.

Naomi Wolf – one of the very best researchers and independent journalists out there – thorougly explains the matter in this video and discusses its implications.

Media, as far as I can tell, has said absolutely nothing about this: Naomi is the only person I’ve seen discuss this (a hat-tip to Alan Carroll on Facebook, who pointed me to it), and you should watch the video to get a good sense of what the implications are.

She writes, ‘Just when you think things can’t get more undemocratic… HR 221 is the Antisemitism Bill that passed last Friday… “under suspension of rules”, meaning without normal democratic debate and public voting…’

Did ‘HR 221’ make any coverage in any newspapers, news channels or significant public forums? Not that I know of. (more…)

Alright, so I’ve neglected to touch on this subject for a very long time.

I did cover it in March 2015 when the catastrophe started (and sporadically since then), but I’ve generally neglected it. Not because I don’t care: but because I find this subject so upsetting, so dispiriting, that I can’t bring myself to look at it.

But… Yemen. How the hell is that situation still going on?

I mean, it’s a massacre, right? That’s been going on in plain sight for over three years at this point.

Where is the international community? What’s the UN doing? Where’s the emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation? (more…)

Just looking ahead to 2019 a little, and wondering what fresh bullshit is on the horizon, I can see the months ahead being dominated by a few (related) things: all of it centering on the meme of ‘rising up’ against the ‘elites’.

The ‘Yellow Vest’ movement, which started in Paris, and has apparently been catching on elsewhere, is probably going to continue into 2019: and the question, as I raised here, is what form or direction it is going to take.

Moreover, a question of what influences, idealogies, agendas or parties are going to be co-opting or trying to harness it.

Again, to reiterate: I’m in no way questioning the protesters in France and their motivations, which seemed pretty much spot-on. But once the ‘Yellow Vest’ brand is transferred out of France to other countries, it is no longer idealogically under the control of those French protesters.

And something freshly occured to me that’s been occuring to me on-and-off for over a year now. Given the parallel timing of many different strands – the ‘Populist’ wave, the migration unrest, the Trump/MAGA phenonemon, and now also the big protests, etc – I keep wondering if the Powers That Be have deliberately rigged a series of explosives to rip through society and the political order: and are just waiting to trigger those explosions. (more…)

Aaaand so the Tommy Robinson shit-show just goes on. And on. And on and on.

I give credit to Nigel Farage for jumping ship before the Shit Show really gets going. He writes: “The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate…”

Actually the very idea of ‘Tommy Robinson’ is almost too awful to contemplate.

I suspect Farage thinks ‘Tommy’ is being inserted into the Brexit game to deliberately tarnish or undermine the Brexit momentum further. And he is probably right. Speaking even as someone who never cared about Brexit anyway (but who nevertheless sympathises with it), ‘Tommy’ is going to help sink that ship – at precisely the same time as a serious likelihood is now being discussed in political circles of a second Referendum to try to resolve the Brexit problem (and won’t that be fun?).

So, I’ve covered ‘Tommy’ here a bunch of times already: see here, here and here. The last time being upon his ‘release’ from jail earlier this year (reality check: ‘Tommy’ was probably never in jail) and the #FreeTommy psy-op that thousands of useful idiots took part in.

The Useful Idiot demographic is really spiralling – and ‘Tommy’ and his sponsors must be very happy. (more…)

So the shooting/attack in Strasborg at the Christmas Market.

It doesn’t really need much thinking to go into this, but I’m giving it a go partly for Mark from Truthscoop: because he pointed out that hardly anyone appears to have spoken about this particular ‘act of terror’ in any sceptical terms.

He’s right: but I’ve noted this before too (in regard to the Westminster ‘attack’ a few months ago, which seemed to barely register a blip in the news cycle or even in online alt-media and which most of us have completely forgotten about) – people who used to be all over this stuff a few years ago no longer seem to care.

I suspect this is partly because a lot of those people have shifted their interest from Objective Observation to instead joining in the divide-and-conquer programme itself, taking their lead from the mass hijacking of ‘alternative media’ that calls itself the ‘alt right’. For them, supposed Islamist-related terror attacks are best left unrefuted – because it serves the interests of the Alt-Right brainwashing programme and the divide-and-conquer psy-op.

That’s why – at the higher end of that equation – people like Alex Jones and Paul Joseph Watson no longer acknowledge the existence of false-flag operations: and this is why a majority of self-styled ‘truther’ bloggers or video-makers also do the same, because they take their lead from the big ‘influencers’ in the hijacked ‘alternative media. (more…)