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By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
With momentum building for legislation called the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014, the “progressives” who were in Moscow’s back pocket during the “Cold War” are now being mobilized to save Vladimir Putin’s Russia from a tough Western response to the invasion of Ukraine. A NATO summit scheduled for September 4 and 5, 2014, at Newport, Wales, in the United Kingdom, is shaping up as a major target for street protests.
The “Stop the War” coalition, based in London, predicts the “biggest protests in a generation,” in order to stop NATO’s “war on the world.”
Opposition to NATO is building as new evidence has surfaced that the Kremlin is secretly manipulating the global green movement, in order to maintain and increase European dependence on Russian oil and gas supplies.
In an extraordinary statement that failed to generate much attention in the American media, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general and former prime minister of Denmark, publicly warned that Russian agents are working to prevent Western nations from exploiting their own energy resources.
In remarks on June 19, he said, “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations, environmental organizations working against shale gas, obviously to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.” Shale gas can be developed through a technique known as fracking.
The sensational charges made big headlines in Europe, in such papers as The London Times “Russian agents secretly working to undermine fracking, says Nato chief” and the British Independent (“Nato boss claims Russia has secretly infiltrated green groups fighting fracking”).
In the U.S., however, we only found a few stories, in such publications as The Daily Caller and Forbes. Ezra Levant, a Canadian journalist and author of the new book Groundswell, which makes the case for fracking, told The Daily Caller that he wouldn’t doubt that Russia finances the “green” movement, saying, “Vladimir Putin is a former KGB agent—this is what he did during the Cold War. They undermined the West from the West. They financed peace and disarmament groups. They even helped finance the British coal miners’ union to strike against the U.K.”
The Forbes piece, “The KGB’s Successors And The ‘Greening’ Of Europe,” was by William F. Shughart II, research director and Senior Fellow of the Independent Institute and a business professor at Utah State University. He noted that “…shale deposit that have made the United States the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas,” also lie “beneath much of Europe.”
But Europe has not exploited these resources. What’s more, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was a communist propagandist in her native East Germany, is phasing out Germany’s nuclear energy program, making Germany even more dependent on Russian gas than ever before. Pressure to cancel Germany’s nuclear program had come from the German Green Party, which is linked to Moscow and NSA defector Edward Snowden through Hans Christian Ströbele, a member of the German Parliament, and a Marxist attorney.
In response to the report of Moscow’s role in the Green movement, the Russia Today (RT) propaganda channel ran an article by Caleb Maupin, identified as “a political analyst from New York City and…an activist with the International Action Center and Workers World Party.” He asked, “Are we to truly believe that opposition to it [fracking] is merely a Kremlin conspiracy?” He warned that “such remarks” were “dangerous” and constituted “McCarthyism,” a reference to the anti-communist senator from Wisconsin.
In fact, the Workers World Party (WWP) is a Marxist-Leninist political party, and the International Action Center is one of its front groups. The WWP runs a “Stop Fracking” campaign, with WWP organizer Betsey Piette proclaiming, “Stop fracking. Abolish capitalism. Build a workers world!”
Interestingly, the group opposes any U.S. help for Ukraine, viewing with alarm the toppling of Lenin statues in the country.
RT claims that the Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014 would constitute “preparation for a blitzkrieg attack on Russia” because it builds up NATO troops in Europe. The legislation also authorizes direct military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons and small arms, and provides authority for exports of U.S. natural gas to key countries in Europe.
One-time conservative Patrick J. Buchanan opposes the bill, calling it “an ultimatum to Russia that she faces a new Cold War…”
But most of the key figures in the anti-NATO protests come from the political left. They include:
Benjamin is also a co-founder of Global Exchange, a group that sponsors trips to Venezuela and Cuba, which took out an ad in a memorial service booklet in honor of the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army (BLA) member Marilyn Buck, a convicted terrorist who died last year. “Marilyn we appreciate your love and your sacrifices,” it said. The ad featured a quote from Fidel Castro sidekick Che Guevara about a “true revolutionary” being guided by “feelings of love.”
Global Exchange is also a member of the “Hands Off Assata” campaign, which is designed to discourage the FBI from seeking the return of convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, a Black Liberation Army member who fled to Cuba after escaping from prison with the help of the Weather Underground.
At the “No to NATO” rally in Chicago in 2012, Medea Benjamin and her comrades shouted in favor of “clean energy” and “reproductive rights.” They chanted, “Women want justice and peace.”
Earlier this year, Benjamin conducted a strategy session with a group called “People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism, and Racism” (POWIR). They “discussed the importance of continuing to organize against U.S. wars and imperialism, mentioning the big 2012 anti-NATO protest in Chicago,” one report said.
It seems that NATO is still one of their big targets. The Kremlin appreciates—and quite likely directs—their efforts.
Perhaps Congress ought to consider re-establishing House and Senate committees on internal security, in order to name the names of those doing Moscow’s bidding.
By: Brent Parrish
Cliff Kincaid takes Megyn Kelly to task for her water-downed interview with Bill Ayers in this recap of current events for USASurvival.org. Cliff has also got some interesting information on terrorist fugitive Elizabeth Ann Duke, and possible White House involvement in the case.
But getting back to the Megyn Kelly interview with Bill Ayers. Admittedly, I didn’t even bother to watch Megyn Kelly’s interview with Bill Ayers. And here’s why. I have done volunteer work in both jails and prisons. There’s a few things I was taught, and also learned firsthand, about working with “difficult personalities.” One of the most difficult types of personalities to deal with is an actual sociopath.
Q. How do you deal with a real sociopath?
A. As little as possible.
I believe Bill Ayers is a sociopath. He shows absolutely no remorse for his crimes or actions, even after all these years. Ayers can justify and rationalize all of his bad behavior and illegal acts. I believe he is proud of what he has done, and he basks in all of the attention. Sociopaths love to be the center of attention, from my experience.
I’ve also heard Ayers refer to his “enemies” in nebulous terms like “they” and “them”—they did this and they did that. It’s typical of a sociopath to deflect from any responsibility for their own actions and shift all blame onto something else, i.e. projection.
There’s no point, in my opinion, in attempting to have an honest debate with a sociopath like Bill Ayers. He will lie, cajole, deflect, feign outrage—whatever it takes to put the blame and the focus back on his nebulous “enemies.” Don’t think for a minute, when dealing with a sociopath like Bill Ayers, that by directly confronting him with the consequences his crimes might have had on others that they will all of a sudden experience some “come to Jesus moment” and break down and confess all of their wrongdoings and beg for forgiveness. Ain’t gonna happen, as Megyn Kelly is fond of saying.
Furthermore, the more attention you bestow on a sociopath, the more time you give them to size you up. The only thing Megyn Kelly accomplished, in my opinion, was to simply legitimize Bill Ayers by giving him a platform from which to spew his brand of spitting, Marxist moralism.
If I were Megyn Kelly, I would simply say, “No, we’re not giving that piece of shit, Bill Ayers, any airtime on our news network. Hope he rots in hell.”
That’s how you deal with a sociopath … in my oh-so humble opinion.
Back out quiet.
It appears the Democrats and the White House believe they can get some mileage out of a possible impeachment of the president. And let’s get real, folks, with Harry Reid in charge of the Senate, and a lapdog media willing to carry the water for Obama at all times, it would be one helluva uphill fight for the GOP to impeach the president at this present time.
Don’t get at mat me. It’s just reality. With the Senate fully in the hands of the Democrats, and a sizable portion of the American populace willing to eat whatever the major news networks feed them, under current management, impeachment may favor the dems more.
By: Doug Ross
Like you, I spend a lot of time trying to keep up-to-date on the hottest significant news stories. Since we free-thinking folks have to largely bypass vintage media, which have largely become a public relations arm of the Obama administration, it isn’t easy to do. There are thousands of great sites out there, any of which can have a noteworthy news story.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to check thousands of websites for breaking news.
Yes, there are some great aggregators out there: Drudge, Twitchy, etc. But all of them rely upon human editors and, most importantly, don’t give smaller blogs and websites much of their attention.
That’s why we created BadBlue News. It’s a very different type of news aggregator because it uses machine learning and automation to achieve massive scalability in assessing news sources and breaking stories. Here’s how it’s different:
1. It uses social network buzz, not a set of human editors, to determine how important a story is.
2. It levels the playing field for smaller websites and blogs by taking into account traffic patterns; that is, a story on a small blog with 15 retweets might be equivalent to a story on Fox News with 1,000 retweets. The traffic patterns and social buzz are both factored in by BadBlue to offer a much wider range of news coverage than any other aggregator.
3. It never sleeps: BadBlue runs 24×7 and never relies upon human editors making decisions.
BadBlue is growing quickly. From September 2013 to January 2014, page views grew by 20 percent, with Google Analytics reporting the average time onsite is a startling 31 minutes!
In this election year, BadBlue can play an important role for advancing the conservative agenda by cutting through the media censors and offering a level playing field for websites and blogs of all sizes.
I’d love for you to come visit and, if you like it, to tell your friends, tweet about it, or like it on Facebook.
2014 will be a big year for liberty and I believe getting the word out on uncensored news stories — bypassing the state-run media — will be critical.