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Εγχειρίδιο χειρισμού κρίσεων λόγω πολιτικών ΔΝΤ από τη CIA! / Already confirmed: Civil liberties under attack! / Greece's creditors gone completely insane! / How the global financial mafia sucked Greece's blood / ECB's economic hitmen / Η Μέρκελ επιβεβαιώνει τα σχέδια των γραφειοφασιστών! /Greece: the low-noise collapse of an entire country/ How the neoliberal establishment tricked the masses again, this time in France / Ενώ η Γερμανία προετοιμάζεται για τα χειρότερα, η Ελλάδα επιμένει στο ευρώ! / Ένας παγκόσμιος "proxy" πόλεμος κατά της ελευθερίας έχει ξεκινήσει! / McCarthyism 2.0 against the independent information / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! / Venezuela case as an emphatic example of why the mainstream media propaganda in the West was so successful in previous decades / Δημοψήφισμα για Grexit: η τελευταία ευκαιρία να σωθεί η Ελλάδα και η τιμή της Αριστεράς / Populism as the new cliche of the elites to stigmatize anyone not aligned with the establishment / Δεν γίνεται έτσι "σύντροφοι" ... / Panama Papers: When mainstream information wears the anti-establishment mask / The Secret Bank Bailout / The head of the ECB “shadow council” confirms that eurozone is a financial dictatorship! / A documentary by Paul Mason about the financial coup in Greece / The ruthless neo-colonialists of 21st century / First cracks to the establishment by the American people / Clinton emails - The race of the Western neo-colonialist vultures over the Libyan corpse / Επιχείρηση Panama Papers: Το κατεστημένο θέλει το μονοπώλιο και στις διαρροές; / Operation "looting of Greece" reaches final stage / Varoufakis describes how Merkel sacrificed Greece to save the Franco-German banks / France officialy enters the neo-Feudal era! / The US establishment just gave its greatest performance so far ... / A significant revelation by WikiLeaks that the media almost ignored / It's official: the US is funding Middle-East jihadists! / Οι αδίστακτοι νεο-αποικιοκράτες του 21ου αιώνα / How to handle political unrest caused by IMF policies! / Πώς το νεοφιλελεύθερο κατεστημένο ξεγέλασε τις μάζες, αυτή τη φορά στη Γαλλία / The international usurers return to the crime scene called Greece!

17 August, 2017

How anti-Communist propaganda was used to restore US corporate colonialism in a banana republic

The award-winning documentary Harvest of Empire unveils a moving human story that is largely unknown to the great majority of citizens in the US. “They never teach us in school that the huge Latino presence here is a direct result of our own government’s actions in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America over many decades - actions that forced millions from that region to leave their homeland and journey north,” says Juan González, award-winning journalist and author of the book upon which the documentary is based.

The 1954 CIA-orchestrated coup in Guatemala

Robert White, former US ambassador to El Salvador reveals that “If you had to pick one date where US foreign policy towards Latin America went wrong, the date would be 1954 and the place: Guatemala. That was the beginning of this terrible, terrible attitude that the United States developed towards Latin America and, particularly, towards Central America, where change became our enemy.

From the documentary we also learn that Guatemala was one of the few countries in Latin America that, after World War ll, actually experienced a period of democratic rule. President Jacobo Arbenz was determined to reduce widespread poverty by effecting major land reform in Guatemala. Only 2% of the owners controlled 75% of the arable land. Out of all of those, the United Fruit Company was the largest, with some 600,000 acres of property.

In the US Government, John Foster Dulles, who was the Secretary of State under president Eisenhower; his brother Allen Dulles, who was the head of the CIA - had both been law partners in the main law firm that represented United Fruit Company. Melvin Goodman, former CIA division chief says that “The feeling was we could very easily overthrow this progressive government and make it a lot easier for the United Fruit Company and other American businesses to operate in Central America.

The CIA got heavily involved in managing public opinion. It created the image of Arbenz as a crazy radical. And it was a systematic effort, mobilization and financing of opposition forces, until the Arbenz government was overthrown.

A vicious repression of all progressives and supporters of the Arbenz government ensued. Guatemala really began to establish a new pattern whereby the United States government used covert operations, employed local proxies to destabilize and overthrow governments in the region. A civil war erupted in the county that lasted 20 years. The brutality of the US-backed regimes forced many people to flee to the United States. That common US policy nearly to all the Latin America, in order to promote the interests of the US big capital, created massive waves of immigrants towards the US soil.

How the coup was designed with anti-Communist propaganda as basic tool

Adam Curtis, through his documentary The Century of the Self, goes deeper inside that story, exploring the method and the man who actually designed the coup for the CIA and the United Fruit. The man was Edward Bernays, the father of modern propaganda, or, public relations, if you prefer.

In 1953, the Soviet Union exploded it's first hydrogen bomb and the fear of nuclear war and Communism gripped the United States. Those in power became concerned about how to reassure the population. Committees were set up and public information films made appealing for calm in the face of new threats like nuclear fallout.

At this point, Edward Bernays was living in New York. In the 1920s he had invented the profession of Public Relations and was now one of the most powerful PR men in America. He worked for most of the major corporations and advised politicians, including President Eisenhower. Like his uncle, Sigmund Freud, Bernays was convinced that human beings were driven by irrational forces. The only way to deal with the public was to connect with their unconscious desires and fears.

Bernays argued that instead of trying to reduce people's fear of Communism, one should actually encourage and manipulate the fear. And in such a way that it became a weapon in the cold war. Rational argument was fruitless.

One of Bernays' main clients was the giant United Fruit Company. They owned vast banana plantations in Guatemala and Central America. For decades, United Fruit had controlled the company through pliable dictators. It was known as a 'banana republic'. But in 1950, a young officer, Colonel Arbenz was elected president. He promised to remove United Fruits' control over the country, and in 1953 he announced the government would take over much of their land. It was a massively popular move but a disaster for United Fruit, and they turned to Bernays to help get rid of Arbenz.

In reality, Arbenz was a Democratic Socialist with no links to Moscow, but Bernays set out to turn him into a Communist threat to America. He organized a trip to Guatemala for influential American journalists. Few of them knew anything about the country, or its politics. Bernays arranged for them to be entertained and to meet selected Guatemalan politicians who told them that Arbenz was a Communist controlled by Moscow.

During the trip, there was also a violent anti-American demonstration in the capital. Many of those who worked for United Fruit were convinced it had been organized by Bernays himself. He also created a fake independent news agency in America called the Middle America Information Bureau. It bombarded the American media with press releases saying that Moscow was planning to use Guatemala as a beachhead to attack America. All of this had the desired effect.

But what Bernays was doing was not just trying to blacken the Arbenz regime. He was part of a secret plot. President Eisenhower had agreed that America should topple the Arbenz government, but secretly. The CIA were instructed to organize a coup. Working with the United Fruit Company the CIA trained and armed a rebel army and found a new leader for the country called Colonel Armas. The CIA agent in charge was Howard Hunt, later one of the Watergate burglars.

As planes flown by CIA pilots dropped bombs on Guatemala City, Edward Bernays carried on his propaganda campaign in the American press. He was preparing the American population to see this as the liberation of Guatemala by freedom fighters for Democracy. He totally understood that the coup would happen when conditions on the public and the press allowed for a coup to happen and he created those conditions. He was totally savvy in terms of just what he was helping create there in terms of the overthrow. But ultimately he was reshaping reality, and reshaping public opinion in a way that is undemocratic and manipulative.

On June 27th, 1954, Colonel Arbenz fled the country and Armas arrived as the new leader. Within months, Vice President Nixon visited Guatemala. In an event staged by United Fruit's PR department, he was shown piles of Marxist literature that had been found it was said in the presidential palace.

Bernays had manipulated the American people but he had done so because he, like many others at the time, believed that the interests of business and the interests of America were indivisible. Especially when faced with the threat of Communism. But Bernays was convinced that to explain this rationally to the American people was impossible. Because they were not rational. Instead, one had to touch on their inner fears and manipulate them in the interest of a higher truth. He called it The Engineering of Consent. He was doing it for the American way of life to which he was sincerely devoted. And yet, he felt that the people were really pretty stupid.

Hamas pledges to ‘crush’ Israel if Gaza attacked

The Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has pledged to “crush Israel in case it wages another war on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israeli media reports on Wednesday cited Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar as saying that while the movement was not looking to start a war, it was well prepared to take on the Tel Aviv regime’s military forces at any time. “We do not seek confrontation with the Israelis, but if the confrontation happens, we will crush them,” Sinwar was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The Hamas chief, who was appointed in February to succeed Ismail Haniyeh to head the movement’s political office in Gaza, said any “stupid steps” by Israel against the coastal enclave would be met with a response greater than the one the movement gave to the 2014 Israeli invasion.

July marked the third anniversary of the 51-day Israeli war on Gaza that left more than 2,200 people dead and over 11,000 others injured. Gaza stood its ground and was able to repel the ruthless invasion.

"Israel is not launching a new war against Gaza, which stresses Tel Aviv's fear of the unknown that awaits it in Gaza," the Palestinian leader asserted.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade and recurrent airstrikes has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty.

Sinwar said there was hope for better living standards following a series of breakthroughs in negotiations with Egypt to reopen the Rafah crossing to the southern neighbor. According to him, Cairo had committed itself to let goods and passengers through the gate since the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

He also noted that "there is talk about improving the electricity situation" in Gaza, which is hit by daily blackouts of about 17-18 hours.

Sinwar was the most senior figure to be released with over 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners in 2011 in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier kept in Gaza for more than five years.

Before being appointed to his new post, Sinwar was a senior commander of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing.


US-led airstrikes kill 38 civilians in Syria

At least 38 civilians have been killed in airstrikes conducted by the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, on the Syrian city of Raqqah in the past 48 hours, a pro-opposition monitoring group says.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 17 people, including five children and two women, had been killed and 30 others injured in the airstrikes on the Old City neighborhood and other areas in the center of Raqqah on Wednesday.

The report said the latest casualties bring the number of people killed in such airstrikes in the past 48 hours to 38.

According to the Britain-based group, the death toll is expected to rise as several of the wounded are in critical condition and a number of people are still missing.

The observatory said the aerial attacks also damaged infrastructure.

The coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014, without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The Western military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.

In July, the Pentagon admitted that the coalition airstrikes had killed over 600 civilians in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and May 2017. Independent monitors, however, have time and again challenged such reports and revealed that the US-led campaign has caused far more civilian casualties.


Έλλην νεοφιλελεύθερος και ολίγον Τραμπαρίφας

Κατά της βίας απ’ όπου και αν προέρχεται τάχθηκε ο Τραμπ, μετά τα επεισόδια στο Σάρλοτσβιλ της Βιρτζίνια. Δεν συμβαίνει μόνο σε έλληνες νεοφιλελεύθερους και Μενουμευρώπηδες, αλλά αποτελεί τελικώς ίδιον των απανταχού θιασωτών της ελευθερίας των αγορών και των παραγωγών, να είναι με την ελευθερία και τα δικαιώματα με προαπαιτούμενα. Να δίνουν στη βία γενικά χαρακτηριστικά και στην αντιμετώπισή της γλυκερές συνταγές, όπως το «αγάπη μόνο» και «θετική ενέργεια».

του Κώστα Βαξεβάνη

Η βία έχει αιτίες, το άδικο επίσης και ο επιπόλαιος (ναι πολλοί έλληνες νεοφιλελεύθεροι είναι θλιβερά επιπόλαιοι που θέλουν να έχουν άποψη) ισαποστασίτης σύμμαχος των άδικων και ισχυρών. Φταίνε τα δύο άκρα. Οι ακροδεξιοί φασίστες στην Αμερική και απ’ την άλλη οι διαδηλωτές της Δημοκρατίας. Οι οπαδοί του στρατηγού της δουλείας Ρόμπερτ Έντουαρντ Λη και όσοι έχουν το θάρρος να πουν πως στον 21ο αιώνα δεν μπορούν να υπάρχουν δούλοι.

Από τη μία ο Χίτλερ με τη βία των κρεματορίων και από την άλλη οι εβραίοι με τη βία της άρνησής τους να καούνε στους φούρνους. Και στη μέση όσοι είναι κατά της βίας απ’ όπου και αν προέρχεται και από το θύτη και από το αμυνόμενο και αδύναμο θύμα. Μην κοιτάτε που η παγιωμένη ιστορική καταγραφή και η παγκόσμια κατακραυγή δεν αφήνει τους σύγχρονους ισαποστασίτες να ψελλίσουν την καταδίκη τους για τη «βία των Εβραίων» στο Ολοκαύτωμα. Απλώς δεν τολμάνε.

Κουβέντα δεν άρθρωσαν οι εν Ελλάδι οπαδοί του φιλελεύθερου κόσμου για όσα έγιναν στη Βιρτζίνια. Τα πολύ φιλελεύθερα sites, δεν έβαλαν καν τη φωτογραφία της Heather Heyer που δολοφονήθηκε από το νεοναζί, ούτε φυσικά έγραψαν το όνομα μιας άγνωστης ακτιβίστριας που (όπως και για τους έλληνες διαδηλωτές) ενδεχομένως τα ήθελε και τα έπαθε. Έτσι όμως συμβαίνει εδώ και καιρό. Λίγο αφότου έληξαν το θέμα της εκλογικής (και όχι κοινωνικής και πολιτικής) επικινδυνότητας με τη Χρυσή Αυγή, τα κόμματα και τα κομματίδια του Συνταγματικού τόξου, επέστρεψαν στη γνωστή υποκρισία. Ο Μαδούρο είναι ένας επικίνδυνος δικτάτορας που εξ αντανακλάσεως ενοχοποιεί και τον Τσίπρα και οι διαδηλωτές της αντιπολίτευσης βαριοί δημοκράτες που δεν ανέχονται την αδικία.

Στο ενδιάμεσο βέβαια διαφεύγουν μερικές λεπτομέρειες, πως για παράδειγμα η Βενεζουέλα είναι η πρώτη χώρα σε αποθέματα πετρελαίου η οποία πολύ ενδιαφέρει τους Αμερικάνους που δεν μπορούν να τα εκμεταλλευτούν εξαιτίας του Μαδούρο, είτε είναι, είτε δεν είναι δικτάτορας. Εν ολίγοις η Βενεζουέλα είναι το Ιράν ή το Ιράκ της Λατινικής Αμερικής και δυστυχώς δεν είναι η Σαουδική Αραβία στην οποία μπορεί να κόβουν κεφάλια και χέρια, αλλά είναι όσο πρέπει συνεργάσιμοι, πράγμα που σαφώς δεν θέτει θέμα δικαιωμάτων, καταδίκης και άλλων διαμαρτυριών.

Οι έλληνες νεοφιλελεύθεροι, Τραμπαλίζονται στο ρυθμό της συντηρητικής αθλιότητας που γεννά νέους διαχωρισμούς και βία κρυμμένα κάτω από την υποκρισία για την ελευθερία και τη Δημοκρατία. Ανήκω στην κατηγορία αυτών που υποστηρίζουν πως ο νεοφιλελευθερισμός είναι ο φασισμός με ανθρώπινο πρόσωπο. Η καθιέρωση των κανόνων του κυνισμού και των ανισοτήτων και η τροποποίησή τους με τρόπο που να εμφανίζονται ως λειτουργίες φυσικής επιλογής. Δεν είναι τυχαίο που ο Μίλτον Φρήντμαν και η Σχολή του Σικάγου, οι θεμελιωτές του νεοφιλελευθερισμού, υπηρέτησαν χωρίς τύψεις τον δικτάτορα της Χιλής, Αγκούστο Πινοσέτ και τη Μάργκαρετ Θάτσερ.

Φυσικά όταν μιλάμε για έλληνες νεοφιλελεύθερους, μιλάμε για έναν συντηρητικό συρφετό που επικαλείται την τυποποίηση του νεοφιλελεύθερου για να καλύψει τις θεωρίες που ντρέπεται να πει φωναχτά, όπως: οι Αριστεροί είναι σκουλήκια, η πολύ ελευθερία βλάπτει, η Χούντα πέτυχε οικονομική ανάπτυξη, δεν υπάρχουν νεκροί στο Πολυτεχνείο και άλλα τέτοια. Με αυτή την έννοια οι εγχώριοι νεοφιλελεύθεροι είναι περισσότερο Τραμπαρίφες παρά οτιδήποτε άλλο.

ΥΓ: Για να τελειώνουμε με τις θεωρίες περί μαύρου και κόκκινου φασισμού. Ο φασισμός, είναι μια απάνθρωπη αυταρχική θεωρία που αποδέχεται ανωτερότητα κάποιων ανθρώπων και εθνών έναντι άλλων, προβλέποντας μάλιστα τη συνειδητή εξόντωση των υποδεέστερων και κατώτερων. Ο κομμουνισμός είναι μια κοσμοθεωρία ισότητας και κοινωνικής δικαιοσύνης που δεν προβλέπει στη θεωρία της ανωτερότητα και εξόντωση ανθρώπων. Το αν υπήρξε στρεβλή εφαρμογή με μέτρα βίας δεν κάνει τη θεωρία του κομμουνισμού, φασισμό, αλλά αυτούς που την εφάρμοσαν με αυτό τον τρόπο υπόλογους. Εν ολίγοις ο έλληνας κομμουνιστής που σκοτώθηκε για να απελευθερωθεί η Ελλάδα, δεν είναι το ίδιο πράγμα με τον φασίστα συνεργάτη των γερμανών Ναζί που κάρφωνε και σκότωνε συμπατριώτες του και στη συνέχεια έγινε εθνικόφρονας πατριώτης με σύνταξη. Τα άλλα είναι για να ξαναγράφουν βολικά την ιστορία διάφοροι «επιστήμονες» και αγγούρια Καλυβιώτικα.


Right-wing extremists condemned in Charlottesville, funded and armed in Ukraine and Syria

Having backed a right-wing coup in the Ukraine and right-wing terror groups disguised as “moderate rebels” in Syria, U.S. leaders now confront rising right-wing terror at home. They duly condemn it, but seem blind both to their own hypocrisy and to the domestic reverberations of their cynical foreign policies.

by Whitney Webb

Part 2 - The U.S.-backed fascist-nationalist takeover of Ukraine

Nowhere in recent years has U.S. political support for right-wing fascists, and even neo-Nazis, been more florid than in Ukraine. In 2014, after the successful ouster of the country’s democratically-elected president in what leaked phone calls later confirmed was a U.S.-backed coup, Ukraine came under the rule of a new administration led by billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko. Despite the U.S.’ assertion that the change in Ukraine’s government in 2014 was not a coup, Poroshenko himself has labeled it as such.

Poroshenko’s administration contained several high-level officials with direct links to neo-fascist groups. As FAIR reported in 2014:

The new deputy prime minister, Oleksandr Sych, is from Svoboda; National Security Secretary Andriy Parubiy is a co-founder of the neo-Nazi Social-National Party, Svoboda’s earlier incarnation; the deputy secretary for National Security is Dmytro Yarosh, the head of Right Sector. Chief prosecutor Oleh Makhnitsky is another Svoboda member, as are the ministers for Agriculture and Ecology.

Svoboda, in particular, is undeniably fascist. Their leaders consistently make anti-semitic and racist statements and they have called for those opposing their brand of ultra-nationalism, whom they derogatorily label “Ukrainophobes,” to be criminally prosecuted. Ukraine’s Right Sector, which also boasts high-ranking officials in the Kiev-based government, is an openly neo-Nazi militia known for their skinhead style of dress and glorification of street violence.

Although the coup gave unprecedented power to Svoboda and its ilk, U.S. politicians – instead of condemning the fascist nationalists that had taken over Ukraine – openly supported them. They exhibited no qualms about putting them into power despite that fact that the far-right is a tiny fraction of the Ukrainian electorate.

Indeed, Sen. John McCain, who was quick to condemn such groups in Charlottesville, shared a stage, in the early days of the coup, with Oleh Tyahnybok, the leader of Svoboda, who once called for the liberation of Ukraine from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.”

McCain’s appearance was followed by a more discreet visit made by then-director of the CIA John Brennan to Kiev. In addition, the leaked recording of a phone call made at the time between Victoria Nuland, then-assistant Secretary of State, and Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, revealed that the U.S. effectively selected who would replace Ukraine’s deposed president Viktor Yanukovych.

In addition, every Senator named above, along with the Obama administration, pushed to fund the new, openly fascist regime, to the tune of $1.3 billion in 2014 alone. Even as evidence has emerged that the Ukrainian government has been actively targeting ethnic minorities, the U.S. political establishment – now with Donald Trump at the helm – continues to openly support the fascist government in Kiev.

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