The Weekly Watch
If Ukraine, you'll have a Pain in the Neck!
The insane US strategy of picking a fight with the Bear and the Dragon...at the same time...is a terrible mistake. We've become a desperate empire flailing around trying to maintain our dominance with military might. Recently Ukraine threatens Russia with war. In response, Russia moves troops within its own borders and the US slaps sanctions on them...in part for their supposed hack into SolarWinds. It is interesting that there's been no mention of Israel hacking Iran's nuclear facility. Part of the reason Julian is being tortured in the UK is because he revealed the Vault 7 CIA program that allows our spies (ie mafia) to make any hack look like it came from any country we want to blame. These are the very people that claim it was Russia hacking the US. What is the deal? I think it is all about oil.
...diplomatic relations between Washington and Moscow were teetering on the brink of collapse. Russia expelled ten US diplomats including US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, in retaliation for sweeping sanctions Biden imposed on Russia, and after Washington abandoned threats to deploy two warships along Russia’s Black Sea coast. Last month, Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States, normally the last diplomatic step before the outbreak of war, over Biden’s extraordinary remark calling Putin a “killer.”
Recent weeks had seen a flare-up of the conflict provoked by the February 2014 NATO-backed coup in Ukraine, in which Washington and Berlin backed far-right forces to topple a pro-Russian government in Kiev. The coup rapidly split the country along linguistic lines, as Russian-speaking areas of the country opposed the new far-right government. Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and to re-join Russia, while pro-Moscow separatists took over the Donbass in eastern Ukraine.
Tensions have soared since Biden’s inauguration, after which the Kiev regime cut off water supplies to Crimea and adopted a “Crimean Platform” calling to militarily reconquer the Donbass and Crimea, which hosts a key Russian naval base at Sevastopol. This policy, if enacted, clearly entails going to war with Russia. Moscow retaliated by massing troops along the Russian-Ukrainian border and threatening to seal off parts of the Black Sea.
In a response to new American restrictions imposed earlier on Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry has published a sanctions list that targets senior Biden administration officials. The retaliation also includes the expulsion of 10 US diplomats and the possible reduction of Washington’s diplomatic mission in the capital. (5 min)
Jimmy and Aaron discuss the hoax of bounties for US soldiers used to gin up anti-Russian sentiment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mi9IwQFHJQE (36 min)
More from Jimmy, Aaron, and Ron...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RjuhkrQsgw (9 min)
The same crew looks at supposed lefty media.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZRomf7vkWg (20 min)
Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLF7fm6i1FM (1.2 hours)
Max Blumenthal explains how the US war machine has reloaded in Ukraine and the ME.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a8DvTzsLUQ (43 min)
Lots of talk in the MSM about China's Muslim population, but crickets about the Palestinians in their open air prison. World-renowned Israeli historian Prof. Ilan Pappé discusses the situation in Gaza and the West Bank on Palestinian Prisoner Day, the strength of the pro-Israel lobby in both the U.K. and the United States, why the ‘two-state solution’ is a cover for the West’s inaction, the pro-Palestinian shift in American public opinion, the anti-semitism allegations that brought down Jeremy Corbyn. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsJ2PJ3GkN4 (15 min)
The US spends more on its military than the next ten nations combined - and that number just keeps increasing. Do we really need to spend all that money on war? How might we more effectively allocate federal funding to solve problems here at home?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnZYLGCnxwo (13 min)
Richard Wolff joins Julianna Forlano to discuss the danger to world peace posed by Biden's recent aggressive rhetoric toward Russia and China. He also unveils the true economic reasons for the attacks.
It sounded like there's good news about the US Afghan war, but not so fast...
Biden isn’t ending the Afghanistan War, he’s privatizing it: Special Forces, Pentagon contractors, intelligence operatives will remain. Over 18,000 Pentagon contractors remain in Afghanistan, while official troops number 2,500. Joe Biden will withdraw this smaller group of soldiers while leaving behind US Special Forces, mercenaries, and intelligence operatives — privatizing and downscaling the war, but not ending it.
Biden did not say that the United States will stop bombing Afghanistan. What’s more, he pledged that “we will keep providing assistance to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” a declaration that actually indicates a tacit intention to “stay involved in Afghanistan militarily.”
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton discuss US meddling in the protests in Myanmar with geopolitical analyst Brian Berletic, and how Washington seeks to weaken a neighbor of China and key ally in Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.
We address the coup by the Tatmadaw military, the NED-funded Burmese networks calling for R2P ("Responsibility to Protect") foreign intervention, eerie parallels to the regime-change operations targeting Syria and Libya, and how this violence risks a dangerous destabilization of Southeast Asia.
We also talk about Bellingcat's CIA promoters.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr24DLS16C8 (1.7 hours)
The US continues its interference in Latin America. Ben Norton discusses the recent elections and outcomes in Central and South America.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XtGC5OBFxk (38 min)
Chris Hedges talks to the journalist Glenn Greenwald about his reporting exposing the corruption among Brazil's political, judicial and economic elite.
Greenwald was able to show through a trove of documents how the current Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system, with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. These revelations - The Secret Brazil Archive - published just after Bolsonaro's inauguration in 2019, led to repeated death threats against Greenwald, his children and his family, with threats of criminal investigation and prosecution.
Greenwald's new book is Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro's Brazil.
Back in the good old days, when things were more innocent and simple, the psychopathic Central Intelligence Agency had to covertly infiltrate the news media to manipulate the information Americans were consuming about their nation and the world. Nowadays, there is no meaningful separation between the news media and the CIA at all.
It is sad that with all the issues we face as a species all we seem to do is promote war. I guess killing one another is easy and profitable whereas cooperating, stopping fossil fuel extraction, and healing ecosystems is difficult and costly. There are better approaches.
How to quit your job and start farming: with Joel Salatin, Paul Grieve and David’s pasture.
I've featured this 45 minute video before. I enjoyed re-watching it and you may as well.
I hope you're all having a nice spring (or fall for you deep southerners). The world here is green with lots of pollen. There's plenty do do in the garden and around the place. We had a pleasant visit with old friends this week and that was a nice change from the isolation of the last year. I hope your life is opening up as well and you are able to get out in nature where ever you are. Have a good Sunday. I'll look forward to your comments below.