Videos: Stephen Cohen takes the world to school concerning the true dangers of Russiagate

I'm 65, and I literally grew up on Stephen Cohen. He was the go-to guy concerning the USSR for the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, which I never missed. Whenever he was on any show or network, he was always taken very seriously and was never disrespected. In videos parts 1, 2, and 3, I really like the way he's driven home the fact that it is totally necessary for Trump to be free to make deals with Putin and that the rest of the power elite are against that. He's made clear that even though the Red Scare was used to scare the hell out of the average American, there were always people in power ready and willing to talk with the Russians. Now, that simply doesn't appear to be the case. Therefore, Stephen Cohen is absolutely right that nuclear war is even more likely than during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which I totally remember had us all very worried and glued to the news. This is why Trump has to toughen up and put down all things Russiagate. He cannot depend upon any advisor he currently has.

“The claim that Russia attacked America during the 2016 presidential election is both exceedingly dangerous and a complete falsehood,” says Stephen Cohen on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Trump’s stated aim is to reduce tensions with Russia, but is it motivated by peaceful objectives or is it preparations for aggression towards Iran and China - Stephen Cohen joins host Paul Jay for a spirited discussion on Reality Asserts Itself

After the fall of the Soviet Union, a dysfunctional and pro-American Russian President Yeltsin presided over the chaos of the 1990’s; when Putin came to power, the West was very disappointed at the independent and nationalist character of the Putin led state and the demonization began - Stephen Cohen joins Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself

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Bernie Sanders draws crowd's cheers, braves it, openly calls Netanyahu's government racist, which it clearly is

Foreign policy was also an afterthought for most of the night, though Sanders drew cheers from the young crowd when he condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for treating Palestinians "unfairly."

The Vermont senator said he believes the United States should "deal with the Middle East on a level-playing-field basis." The goal, he continued, must be to try to bring people together and "not just support one country, which is now run by a right-wing, dare I say, racist government." [Source]

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Liberal [try democratic-socialist] activists occupy Venezuelan embassy in Washington to oppose Trump policy

So this USA TODAY article, by Deirdre Shesgreen, says progressives/democratic-socialists have occupied the Venezuelan embassy in Washington. Then the article goes on to regurgitate the standard false-propaganda of the US neocons. It doesn't follow with the debunking of that false propaganda. That's typical and bad reporting.

Every single allegation against Maduro has been shot down, but the US corporatist (fascist) media refuses to state the debunking over and over and over the way it states the neocons lies over and over and over. Why? Empire! Money! It's that simple.

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Trump vows to bring any impeachment fight to nation's top court?

"If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court," Trump wrote on Twitter. [Source]

Why? He should use his constitutional powers instead. He's way too sloooooow!

If the Dems want to bring him down via impeachment, they'll need a solid case to persuade the people he has committed high crimes and misdemeanors even though the Senate won't go along. Obstruction of nothing (make that obstruction of fraud) won't cut it. War crimes will.

It will mean the Dems have to turn over a new leaf, though. They'll have to stand against war crimes. I won't be holding my breath.

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The Video that Put Assange in US Crosshairs

Two days after “Collateral Murder’s” publication, The Guardian, then under editor Alan Rusbridger, published an opinion piece saying the footage was “heralded by some as the most important revelation since Abu Ghraib, and challenges not only the effectiveness of the US military’s rules of engagement policy, but also the integrity of the mainstream media’s coverage of similar incidents.”

James Fallows of The Atlantic called “Collateral Murder” the “most damaging documentation of abuse since the Abu Ghraib prison-torture photos” 12 hours after the video’s release.

“The Collateral Murder video is one of the best known and most widely recognized results of the ongoing WikiLeaks project,” Christian Christensen, a University of Stockholm journalism professor wrote in 2014. “These particular images were, in many ways, the crystallization of the horrors of war.” [Source]

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Total cover-up of Maidan/CIA-controlled snipers in Kiev: "The Buried Maidan Massacre and Its Misrepresentation by the West," Ivan Katchanovski

The following is just a bit of the excellent article, which goes into great detail and contains diagrams and videos.

One does not need to be a ballistic expert to see that locations of wounds in the back and on the sides and top-to-bottom directions of wounds specified in forensic medical reports and positions of these three killed protesters facing the Berkut in the videos cannot physically match with Berkut police positions located on a similar horizontal level on the ground in front of them. The forensic medical examinations conducted for the government investigation and made public at the Maidan massacre trial revealed that the absolute majority of the protesters were shot not in front and not from horizontal or near horizontal directions that are consistent with police positions. Rather, they were shot from a top-to-bottom direction and in sides or the back that are consistent with shooting from the Maidan-controlled buildings.
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Major outlets likewise neglected to cover the testimonies by 30 wounded protesters who said they witnessed snipers in those locations or were told about them by other protesters. This is stunning since these testimonies are publicly available in live online recordings of the Maidan massacre trial and they are complied with English-language subtitles into an online video appendix to my study. These testimonies represent the majority of wounded protesters with whose shooting Berkut was charged. They are consistent with video testimonies by about 100 witnesses in the media and social media and at the trial and the investigation. But the official investigation in Ukraine simply denies that there were any such snipers in Maidan-controlled buildings, even though the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine previously stated that snipers massacred many protesters from the Hotel Ukraina and other buildings.
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Testimonies by five Georgian ex-military members in Italian, Israeli, Macedonian and Russian media and their published depositions to Berkut lawyers for the Maidan massacre trial have also been ignored. They stated that their groups received weapons, payments, and orders to massacre both police and protesters from specific Maidan and Georgian politicians.

They also said that they received instructions from a far-right linked ex-U.S. Army sniper and then saw Georgian, Baltic States, and Right Sector-linked snipers shooting from specific Maidan-controlled buildings.
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Not a single major Western media reported that a forensic ballistic examination, conducted by government institute experts on the prosecution request with use of an automatic computer-based IBIS-TAIS system, determined that bullets extracted from killed protesters did not match a police database of bullet samples from Kalashnikov assault rifles of members of the entire Kyiv Berkut regiment. The latter included the special Berkut company charged with the massacre of the protesters. The same concerns the forensic examination findings that many protesters were killed with hunting bullets and pellets.

There are no Western media reports, at least in English, concerning the investigation by the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine. This investigation determined, based on protester’s testimonies and investigative experiments, that almost half of the protesters (77 out of 157) were wounded on Feb. 20 from other sectors than the Berkut police and that no one was charged with their shooting.
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American independence leader John Adams once defended the British soldiers charged with the Boston massacre in 1770. He regarded this defense as important for the rule of law to prevail over politics. He famously stated at the Boston massacre trial that “facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” He not only won this politically charged case of a crucial massacre in U.S. politics and history but became U.S. president afterwards. The question is why this dictum is not heeded almost 250 years later in the case of the Maidan massacre in Ukraine.

Ivan Katchanovski teaches at the School of Political Studies and the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. He held research and teaching positions at Harvard University, the State University of New York at Potsdam, the University of Toronto, and the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. He received Ph.D. from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of “Cleft Countries: Regional Political Divisions and Cultures in Post-Soviet Ukraine and Moldova.”

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Fantastic summary: "Indiscriminate Slaughter: The Leaks that Led to the Targeting of Assange," by Paul Gregoire

A stark comparison

The Afghan War Logs comprise of close to 92,000 documents produced between 2004 and 2009. As Der Spiegel outlined on their release in July 2010, never before had “it been possible to compare the reality on the battlefield” to what “the US Army propaganda” machine propagates.

The leaking of these files exposed details about the secretive Task Force 373: a troop of US elite soldiers. This included one particularly heinous file marked “keep protected”, which described a 2007 operation to take out a prominent al-Qaida figure, which resulted in the killing of six children.

Then Obama administration deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes condemned the disclosure of the classified documents, asserting that it endangered the lives of US personnel and that of allied nations, as well as threatening US national security.

The civilian toll

Published in October 2010, the Iraq War Logs is made up of 391,831 files from 2004 to 2009. The documents detail 109,000 deaths recorded as a result of the imperialist war in Iraq, of which 66,081 were civilian casualties.

Sydney Criminal Lawyers randomly selected one file, which details that two improvised explosive devices were placed under bleachers at a soccer field in Al Mammon Zone. As locals watched a game, the bombs were detonated on 2 August 2006, leaving eight civilians dead and 13 injured.

The war logs also detail numerous cases of routine detainee abuse by Iraqi police and soldiers, which is supported by medical evidence. There are incidents of shackled prisoners being blindfolded and hung by their wrists or ankles, as well as whipping, punching and the use of electric shock torture.

A diplomatic nightmare

Cablegate involved the November 2010 release of 251,287 classified cables sent to the US State Department between 1966 and 2010 from 274 consulates, embassies and diplomatic missions around the globe. At the time, it was the largest leak of confidential documents in history.

And what was divulged was the United States painstakingly maintaining its influence in the affairs of other nations, as well as detailed accounts of how foreign players were being perceived by the White House and its diplomats.

It was revealed the US was spying on its allies and the UN, it couldn’t close Guantanamo as no other nations would take the detainees, while then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton asked diplomats to keep an eye on then Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez in case she was on meds.

Detained for no crime

The Gitmo Files were released on 24 April 2011. The leak was made up of 779 secret files from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp. The documents were the last of those that had been passed on by Manning, who by that stage had long been detained by US authorities.

The files revealed that while dozens of confessed terrorists were being held at Guantanamo, there were more than 150 innocent Afghan and Pakistani nationals under long-term detention there. And the US had held men as old as 89 at the camp, while boys as young as 14 had been imprisoned. [Source]

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Video: Kim Iversen disgusted: "Liberals won't call out the Sri Lanka attack against Christians"

Before the attack, AOC said she's pulling back from Twitter for mental health reasons.

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

What to Know About National Thowheeth Jama'ath, the Group Suspected in the Sri Lanka Easter Attacks

Christian Persecution and Genocide Is Worse Now Than “Any Time in History,” Report Says

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Tell us something we didn't already know. "I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole." ~ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

"I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s, it was like, we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment. ~ Pompeo Secretary

Do you believe him about Venezuela? Maybe you just pretend to believe him because you think lying, cheating, and stealing are fine so long as the US Empire expands.

Pompeo participates in a Q&A discussion at Texas A&M University as part of the Wiley Lecture Series, in College Station, Texas on April 15, 2019.

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Rather than standing up, the world cowers as Trump threatens everyone over Iranian oil

So, the world powers made a deal with Iran concerning Iran's nuclear program. Trump gets elected and trashes that deal. The other signatories to the deal vow to keep the deal. Trump sanctions Iran. Trump now says he'll sanction every country that continues buying any oil from Iran. What do those signatories do? Do they say that they will continue buying Iranian oil? Do they say that if Trump sanctions them for buying Iranian oil they will cut off all trade with the US? Do they get the entire rest of the planet to tell Trump that his bullying days are over, that he can't win a sanctions war against the rest of the world united against him? Do they tell him that the US would be ruined if it couldn't trade at all with any other country? Do they tell him they'll cut the US off from all foreign banking transactions, all financial clearing?

Who would Trump have left to turn to, Netanyahu? Ha! Let fake Israel save him. Who would then save fake Israel, God? Hardly.

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