James Petras recently published “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015”. What follows are my distillations of his positive and negative lists of events of 2014 and his 2015 speculations.
Positive Developments in 2014 Read more about James Petras on the Good, Bad & Ugly of 2014
First, two important considerations:
From the Oxford Dictionary:
rendition (also extraordinary rendition): The practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.
The apt “OILigarchy’”coinage belongs to Jacqueline Marcus in “When It Comes to Expanding the US Oil Empire, Expect Chaos in Ukraine and Nigeria.” She writes:
While climate change escalates to an emergency crisis, a growing national security concern, the US OILigarchy-government is on a "search and seize mission" for the very product that is obliterating our earth: Polluting Oil.
Why are we, the United States, actively enabling a coup government that is brutally massacring its own people? A government conceived from a violent coup, that we also actively enabled, against an elected president.
Recent US polls indicate that our citizenry does not want our government actively intervening in Ukraine and yet that collective decision has NO IMPACT on our leadership. These poll results come, mind you, in spite of the overwhelming jingoistic, anti-Russian propaganda being whipped up by our -- but not really our -- mainstream corporate media. Read more about New Kiev Govt A Fascist Regime Helped by US Death Squad Diplomacy
Forgive my flippant sarcasm. Actually I feel serious concern with every unfolding fresh hell I manage to hear about the Ukraine fiasco -- no thanks to our corporate media propaganda. Read more about E. Ukraine 'Terrorists’ Threaten w/ Voter-Ballot Paper-Cuts?
"The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war."
Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: Read more about Obama/Holder Try to Neuter Few Real Media Watchdogs Left
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky maintains that Neo-Nazi mobs in Odessa were supported by the illegitimate Kiev regime, along with mentoring US/NATO military strategists, in a “terrorist operation” which aimed at killing innocent civilians.
Chossudovsky declares: Read more about Slaughtering Syrians/Ukrainians-Part of US Military Doctrine
On Friday in the White House Rose Garden Barack Obama held a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during which the U.S. President expressed full support for a harsh crackdown against “pro-federalism”, pro-Russian, anti-coup Kiev government protesters in eastern Ukraine at the same time threatening Russia.
Bill Van Auken in “Appearing with Germany’s Merkel, Obama backs Ukraine crackdown” quotes Obama: Read more about From Rose Garden Obama Endorses Nazi Shock-Troop Terrorism
It comes as no surprise to at least some citizens that the CIA is an intelligence agency that operates outside US law and defies congressional oversight. Interestingly this week, one of its strongest and most consistent apologists, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has outrightly charged the CIA with perpetrating criminal behaviors.
Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey in “high crimes and misdemeanors” write: Read more about CIA Criminality Grounds for Impeachment
David Talbot in “JFK Assassination: CIA and New York Times are Still Lying To Us” sums up our (but not OUR) media’s recent sentimental and titillating but shallow and manipulative coverage of the circumstances surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas 50 years ago. Read more about Biggest JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theorist Was RFK
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya in “An Israeli-Saudi-US conspiracy? Saudi Arabia’s 'Chemical Bandar' Behind the Syrian Chemical Attacks?” writes:
Nothing the US claims about what happened in Syria adds up. We are being asked to believe an illogical story, when it is much more likely that it was Israel and Saudi Arabia who enabled the Obama Administration to threaten Syria with war.
So as of last Sunday the US State Dept. closed down 19 foreign embassies and facilities in North Africa and the Middle East due to an ongoing “terror alert” begun last Friday based on what Thomas Gaist in "US officials cite deadly drone strike in Yemen to defend NSA spying operations" reports US officials call a "need to exercise caution.” Gaist declares this a “euphemistic way of saying the government does not have credible, specific evidence to offer to the public.” Read more about Real Global Terror Alert or NSA-Justifying Scare Tactic?
Chris Hedges calls out the “vast subterranean network of governmental and intelligence agencies from around the world dedicated to destroying Wikileaks and arresting its founder, Julian Assange.”
According to Hedges, on Hans Crescent Street in London is a red-brick building housing the Ecuadorean Embassy and in some of its rooms lives the “world’s best-known political refugee.”
Julian Assange was offered sanctuary there beginning last June. Read more about Being Julian Assange