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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! / In reality, McCarthyism never ended in America / Ο επικεφαλής του "σκιώδους συμβουλίου" της ΕΚΤ επιβεβαιώνει ότι η ευρωζώνη είναι μια χρηματοπιστωτική δικτατορία! /With a rising Jeremy Corbyn and a declining Angela Merkel, Brexit has been upgraded to play a much more critical role / 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 / Οι Γάλλοι νεοαποικιοκράτες επιστρέφουν στην Ελλάδα υπό 'ιδανικές' συνθήκες / Μεγαλώνει ο πανικός της Γουόλ Στριτ μπροστά στην προοπτική των κρυπτονομισμάτων

25 April, 2018

MI5 vetted thousands of BBC staff to keep ‘evil’ and ‘subversive’ lefties out

The BBC allowed MI5, Britain’s intelligence service, to vet its applicants in a bid to stop potentially “subversive” people from influencing the broadcast material, new files have revealed.

The documents reveal the extent to which MI5 worked with the broadcaster to politically vet thousands of employees – except for “personnel such as chairwomen” – right until the early 1990s.

According to an account by Paul Reynolds, one of the first journalists to see the BBC vetting files, the broadcaster adopted a policy of “keep head down and stonewall all questions.” For five decades, the BBC had in fact not only failed to admit but in some cases also lied about the existence of political vetting, which could lead to applicants not being called in for appointments or promotions being blocked.

An interview by BBC Director General Sir Hugh Greene reveals how the vetting worked. “We have a staff of 23,000 and in that community we have people of all descriptions, including what you call pansies” – the word had apparently been used by the reporter – “and also communists,” Greene said. “But that’s none of my business. We don’t conduct an inquisition on people who join the BBC,” he added.

There was a “fear,” Reynolds wrote, that “evilly disposed” engineers might sabotage the network at a critical time, or that conspirators might discredit the BBC so that “the way could be made clear for a left-wing government.”

The first collaboration between the BBC and MI5 took place as early as 1933, when a BBC executive, Col Alan Dawnay, began exchanging information with the head of MI5, Sir Vernon Kell, at Dawnay’s flat in Eaton Terrace, Chelsea. They deemed the meetings necessary as it was then the height of political radicalism and the BBC needed “assistance in regard to communist activities.”

Banned organizations included the Communist Party of Great Britain, the Socialist Workers Party, the Workers Revolutionary Party, and the Militant Tendency. On the right, the National Front and the British National Party were also of concern.

A banned applicant did not need to be a member of these organizations – association was enough. Isabel Hilton, who then went on to win an OBE for her reporting, was refused a job in BBC Scotland in 1976 because, she believes, she was guilty by association with a member of the Communist Party at Edinburgh University.

I still feel indignant. It’s the lack of accountability that bothers me and the fact that nobody in the BBC ever apologised, explained – or made any public statement in my defence or to acknowledge their error,” she said, according to Reynolds.

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Βρετανία: Πώς οι μυστικές υπηρεσίες «έκοβαν» τους αριστερούς δημοσιογράφους από το BBC

Για πολλές δεκαετίες το BBC αρνούνταν ότι συνεργαζόταν με την υπηρεσία αντικατασκοπείας και ασφάλειας της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας, MI5, για να περνά από πολιτικό έλεγχο όσους υπέβαλλαν αίτηση για να εργαστούν εκεί.

Όμως στην πραγματικότητα οι διαδικασίες ελέγχου είχαν ξεκινήσει από τις πρώτες μέρες λειτουργίας του BBC και συνεχίστηκαν μέχρι τη δεκαετία του ’90.

Ο Paul Reynolds, ο πρώτος δημοσιογράφος που απέκτησε πρόσβαση σε όλο το αρχείο με τους φακέλους αξιολόγησης που διατηρεί το BBC, αφηγήθηκε λεπτομερώς τη στενή και μακροχρόνια σχέση μεταξύ του οργανισμού και του MI5.

«Κανόνας: Κράτα το κεφάλι χαμηλωμένο και αντιστάσου σε όλες τις ερωτήσεις» – Αυτό συμβούλευε ένα παλαιότερο στέλεχος του BBC το 1985, δηλαδή λίγο καιρό προτού ο Observer εκθέσει με λεπτομέρειες το έργο που γινόταν στο Δωμάτιο 105 των κεντρικών του BBC.

Μέχρι εκείνη τη στιγμή όμως, το BBC αρνούνταν συστηματικά τις κατηγορίες ότι οι εργαζόμενοι περνούσαν από πολιτικό έλεγχο, πρακτική που εφαρμοζόταν για περισσότερες από πέντε δεκαετίες.

Ήδη από το 1933 ένα στέλεχος του BBC, ο Col Alan Dawnay, είχε ξεκινήσει να ανταλλάσσει πληροφορίες με τον επικεφαλής του MI5, Sir Vernon Kell, σε ανεπίσημες συναντήσεις στο Chelsea.

Σε μια τέτοια περίοδο πολιτικού ριζοσπαστισμού και οι δυο πλευρές θεωρούσαν ότι το BBC είχε ανάγκη για «βοήθεια σε σχέση με τις κομμουνιστικές δραστηριότητες». Οι ανεπίσημες συναντήσεις έγιναν και επίσημες δύο χρόνια αργότερα, με βάση μια συμφωνία μεταξύ των δύο οργανισμών που όριζε ότι όλο το νέο προσωπικό θα έπρεπε να περνά από έλεγχο, «με εξαίρεση το προσωπικό όπως οι καθαρίστριες».

Ο φόβος ήταν ότι εχθρικά διακείμενοι τεχνικοί θα μπορούσαν να σαμποτάρουν το δίκτυο ή ότι συνωμότες θα μπορούσαν να επηρεάσουν την αξιοπιστία του BBC, με σκοπό «να ανοίξει ο δρόμος για μια αριστερή κυβέρνηση».

US-backed coalition bombs wedding party in Yemen, killing dozens

Weeks after President Donald Trump thanked Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince for his country's use of U.S. military power, the U.S.-backed coalition bombed a wedding party in Yemen, killing at least 20 civilians including the bride. The number of casualties is expected to rise.

On social media, journalist Glenn Greenwald reminded readers of the U.S. connection to Saudi Arabia's assault on the impoverished country, which has led to what the U.N. has called "the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time"—and which would not be possible without U.S. support.

The massacre at a wedding in Houthi-controlled Hajjah province took place just weeks after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) visited the U.S., posing for photos with wealthy business leaders and meeting with Trump at the White House.

The president praised Saudi Arabia for its support of the U.S. in the arms trade, "in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world," and told the press that civilian casualties in the Saudi-led coalition's war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen "did not come up in a major way."

Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have so far managed to escape official blame for Yemen's humanitarian crisis by setting up a panel to investigate strikes that have killed civilians, which largely cleared the coalition of responsibility.

Human Rights Watch has decried the panel for "failing to meet international standards regarding transparency, impartiality, and independence,"

More than 10,000 civilians have been killed in the war in Yemen since 2015, and another two million people have been displaced, according to the United Nations.

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24 April, 2018

The selective progressiveness of the fake Left

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Trump's rise in power helped towards the complete exposure of what is considered 'Left' in America, which is actually the neoliberal establishment with a Lefty mask, and has nothing to do with the real Left.

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and all the mainstream media of the neoliberal machine exhibited a totally selective progressiveness, which can be identified in multiple cases. Take for example their behavior against two different groups in America. The fake Left has no problem to express its progressiveness in favor of the LGBT community, but has literally declared war against the working class and labor rights, not only in the US, but in every mature capitalist country in the West.

But now, with Trump in power, there is plenty of evidence for the hypocrisy of the fake Left inside and outside the US. Because the other key feature of the real Left is that it is permanently and unconditionally anti-war.

Well, guess what: the 'Lefty' Obama and his associate Clinton expanded the US wars through their proxies in Syria, destroyed Libya, and opened the road for the US to participate in war crimes against civilians in Yemen, as we speak. The result? More destruction, chaos and human suffering. Why did they do that? Again, because they represent the fake Left. They are just neoliberals who have been bought by the US corporate interests that constantly promote for-profit wars.


And while the neoliberal pundits of the fake Left corporate media were attacking Trump for his racism against women, immigrants, etc., they were immediately allied with Fox when Trump decided to bomb Syria twice: last year and this year, this time together with his neocolonial friends.

And the latest bombing showed beyond doubt how deeply the forces of the global neoliberal regime are committed to one of the common goals, which is non-stop, for-profit wars. The new golden boy of the regime in Europe, Emmanuel Macron, together with Theresa May, immediately aligned behind Donald Trump and joined him. Yet, the media promoted Macron as the 'new' in the French politics and almost painted him as a 'progressive' young politician who will fight the old political norms and crush the far-right danger. Guess what: the 'new', 'fresh' Macron has declared war against the French workers and unions, which is, by the way, another common goal of the forces of the neoliberal regime globally.

Selective progressiveness and hypocrisy is mind blowing in this case. Double standards adopted by the fake Left is a situation that has become permanent and beyond doubt. The airstrikes against Syria were completely illegal, under the pretext of the alleged chemical weapons attack against civilians by the Syrian army, without any substantial evidence. Yet, the fake-Left leaders and media mechanisms remain silent in front of the crimes of Israel against unarmed Palestinians, or, the war crimes of the US-backed Saudi regime against thousands of civilians in Yemen.

The fake-Left pundits are not permitted to decline from the common "script" written by their rich bosses at the top of the neoliberal regime hierarchy because they will immediately lose their job and their golden paychecks. And so, some conservative pundits are the only ones now in the mainstream media who have the courage to tell the truth about war and the related narratives. Watch Tucker Carlson(!) as he challenges pro-war neoliberal who, of course, adopts the foolishly simplified narrative 'if you are against intervention = you are probably a Russian tool':



But it's even worse. How about the fake-Left media nostalgia for the war criminal George W. Bush?

The real Left equally defends and fights for the rights of every group, either it's the LGBT community, the workers, the immigrants, etc.

Today, those who are closer to the real Left in the US, like Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein, will be confronted fiercely by the establishment, especially now that their popularity is rising. Because when the real Left will come in the frontline of the US politics, it could really change the game in favor of millions of Americans. The neoliberal regime will fight this perspective, no matter if its fake-Left mask will eventually fade completely in the eyes of the American voters.

Russia had no interest in Skripal, UK hiding spy & daughter to stop them talking

The UK security services are most likely hiding the Skripals as they do not want them to reveal any details about their case, former Czech spy Karel Koecher told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze.

[Former Russian double agent Sergei] Skripal most definitely wasn’t a victim of any kind of operation or attack from the Russian side,” said Koecher, who was a Soviet mole who successfully penetrated the CIA. He went on to say that “as far as Russia is concerned, and I honestly believe it, they had absolutely no interest in Skripal at all,” adding that the mere fact that Moscow had previously agreed to swap him for Russian agents was evidence of that.

Attacking the former agent after he was swapped would “totally destroy Russian credibility as far as [spy] exchanges are concerned,” said the former Czech spy. He then explained that a spy swap is almost the “only way” to get agents with no diplomatic cover back in the event that they are caught or arrested. The Russian authorities would never put this mechanism in any kind of danger “because they certainly have to get their people back if they get into trouble.

The whole Salisbury incident in which Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned looks more like a false flag attack, Koecher told Shevardnadze. The Skripals might just have become a “good opportunity” for “some kind of scenario of anti-Russian operations,” he said. “Maybe, it was just made up to have some kind of reason to escalate the anti-Russian operations and sanctions in public,” he suggested.

The UK security services are apparently hiding the former Russian double agent and his daughter “as much as they can,” Koecher said, adding that they would probably never let the two meet with Russian officials because London apparently fears that they could disclose facts which it does not want to become available to the public.

The whole thing is so suspicious, you know, you cannot know what he [Sergei Skripal] is going to say,” Koecher said. “So even if he agrees to say what they [the British intelligence] tell him to say, he might change his mind when he is speaking on camera,” the former spy added.

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