Headlines of note for July 2018 [updating]…
On the eve of the Trump-Putin summit, shades of the “chatter” that preceded 9/11; scary bed-time tales brought to you by Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, via the “paper of record,” the usual venue for false flag foreshadowing. The bogeyman is back, though now instead of the Arab kufiya, he dons a Russian ushanka…
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top intelligence officer said on Friday that the persistent danger of Russian cyberattacks today was akin to the warnings the United States had of stepped-up terror threats ahead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks…
While Mueller piles on…
Business Insider – Congress to Trump: Cancel Putin summit after new Mueller indictment
The Nation (Stephen F. Cohen) – Summitgate and the Campaign vs. ‘Peace’
Information Clearing House – Reflections on Media Gone Russia-Wild
As it was, the fill-in-the-blank-gate of the month, “treason-gate,” drowned out virtually any coverage of the substance of the talks, save this…
To add injury to the insult…
U.S. Department of Defense – DoD to Provide $200 Million in Security Cooperation Funds to Ukraine
But not without a slight against NATO’s Article V…
If only the occasional sensibility of their words weren’t betrayed by the provocations that rule the day…
Strategic Culture (Alex Gorka) – Sea Breeze 2018: Who Wants to Disrupt Strategic Balance in the Black Sea Region?
Consortium News (Daniel Lazare) – Corporate Media’s About-Face on Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis
Electronic Intifada – Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine
Meanwhile, back in Washington, fallout following the summit…
According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump.
Is General Kelly the General Al Haig of the Trump administration? -Not the “I’m in control” Haig of the Reagan administration, but the chief of staff Haig of the final acts of Watergate, the Haig who, as Len Colodny persuasively argues in Silent Coup (Trine Day), sabotaged Nixon every step of the way. But Kelly is not alone…
Wall Street Journal – Trump, Aides Diverge Further on Russia
Moon of Alabama – Either Trump Fires These People Or The Borg Will Have Won
Club Orlov – US Intelligence Community as a Collapse Driver
Unz Review – The Untouchable Mr. Browder?
Consortium News (reprint of the late Robert Parry) – Guardians of the Magnitsky Myth
Zero Hedge – Russia Liquidates Its US Treasury Holdings
In the wake of the Trump-Kim summit in June, evidently not everyone in the DPRK leadership is on board…
KCNA Watch – FM Spokesman on DPRK-U.S. High-level Talks
Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) — A spokesman of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on Saturday released the following statement:
International society has focused its expectation and attention on the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks for the implementation of the Joint Statement of the DPRK-U.S. summit after the first historic summit meeting and talks were held between the DPRK and the U.S.
We expected that the U.S. side would bring itself with a constructive proposal which would help build up trust true to the spirit of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. We, on our part, were also thinking of doing something which corresponds with it.
It was, however, so regretful to mention what the U.S. side had shown in its attitude and stand at the first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks held on 6 and 7 July.
The DPRK side, during the talks, put forward the constructive proposals to seek a balanced implementation of all the provisions of the Joint Statement out of its firm willingness to remain faithful to the implementation of the spirit and agreed points of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks.
These include taking wide-ranging proactive steps of simultaneous actions in a respective manner such as realizing multilateral exchanges for improved relations between the DPRK and the U.S., making public a declaration on the end of war first on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement to build a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, dismantling the test ground of high thrust engine to make a physical verification of the suspension of ICBM production as part of denuclearization steps and making an earliest start of the working-level talks for recovering POW/MIA remains.
Before the talks, Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, who is also a chief delegate from our side to the talks, was authorized to convey with a due respect to U.S. State Secretary Pompeo a personal letter sent from Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong Un to President Trump.
Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his expectation and conviction that good personal relations forged with President Trump and his sentiments of good faith built towards the latter at the Singapore summit and talks would be further consolidated through the process of future dialogues such as high-level talks this time.
But, the U.S. side came up only with its unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization just calling for CVID, declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.
The U.S. side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war. It took the position that it would even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.
As for the issue of announcing the declaration of the end of war at an early date, it is the first process of defusing tension and establishing a lasting peace regime on the Korean peninsula, and at the same time, it constitutes a first factor in creating trust between the DPRK and the U.S. This issue was also stipulated in Panmunjom Declaration as a historical task to terminate the war status on the Korean peninsula which continues for nearly 70 years. President Trump, too, was more enthusiastic about this issue at the DPRK-U.S. summit talks.
The issues the U.S. side insisted on at the talks are all roots of troubles, which the previous administrations also had insisted on to disrupt the dialogue processes, stoke the distrust and increase the danger of war.
The U.S. side, during the talks, made a great publicity about suspension of one or two joint military exercises. But suspension of one action called exercises is a highly reversible step which can be resumed anytime at any moment as all of its military force remains intact in its previously-held positions without scraping even a rifle. This is incomparable with the irreversible step taken by the DPRK to explode and dismantle the nuclear test ground.
The results of the talks can’t but be so apprehensive.
We thought that the U.S. side would come with a constructive proposal which accords with the spirit of the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks. But expectation and hope of ours were so naive as to be foolish.
Conventional ways can never create new things. Treading on trite stereotype of all the failure would invite another failure only.
Valuable agreement was reached in such a short time at the Singapore summit talks first ever in the history of the DPRK-U.S. relations. This is attributable to the fact that President Trump himself said he would move towards resolving the DPRK-U.S. relations and the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a new way.
If both sides at the working level reneged on the new way agreed at the summit and returned to the old way, the epoch-making Singapore summit would be meaningless, which was held thanks to the determinations and wills of the two top leaders to open a new future for the interests of the two peoples and peace and security of the world.
The first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks this time brought us in a dangerous situation where we may be shaken in our unshakable will for denuclearization, rather than consolidating trust between the DPRK and the U.S.
In the last few months, we displayed maximum patience and watched the U.S. while initiating good-will steps as many as we can.
But, it seems that the U.S. misunderstood our goodwill and patience.
The U.S. is fatally mistaken if it went to the extent of regarding that the DPRK would be compelled to accept, out of its patience, the demands reflecting its gangster-like mindset.
A shorter way to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula is to remove deep-rooted mistrust and build up trust between the DPRK and the U.S. For this, both sides should be bold enough to be free from old ways which had only recorded failures and resolve the problem in a fresh manner which is never bound by the existing ways. A shortcut to it is also to take a step-by-step approach and follow the principle of simultaneous actions in resolving what is feasible one by one while giving priority to creating trust.
But, if the U.S., being captivated in a fidget, tries to force upon us the old ways claimed by the previous administrations, this will get us nowhere.
If the objective situation does not stand in favor of the denuclearization against our wills, this would rather cast a heavy cloud over the atmosphere of developing bilateral relations which had shown its good movement in its beginning.
Should the headwind begin to blow, it would cause a great disappointment not only to the international society aspiring after global peace and security but also to both the DPRK and the U.S. If so, this will finally make each side seek for another choice and there is no guarantee that this will not result into yet another tragedy.
We still cherish our good faith in President Trump.
The U.S. should make a serious consideration of whether the toleration of the headwind against the wills of the two top leaders would meet the aspirations and expectations of the world people as well as the interests of its country. -0-
The words may be discouraging, but the actions seem to be encouraging…
Washington Post – U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles
Moon of Alabama – Hawks Renew Their Attacks On North Korea Talks
Yonhap news Agency – Seoul to begin process this year for inter-Korean transport links
The venom shall continue to be spat at others…
Pyongyang, July 23 (KCNA) — Japan, a matchless political dwarf, showed again its childish appearance to the world.
At dawn of July 18, Japanese rogues shattered into pieces windows of Korean kindergarten in Tsurumi under the Kanagawa Prefectural Headquarters of the General Association of Korea Residents in Japan (Chongryon)…
…Enraged at the news of Japan samurais’ rude action, the army and people of the DPRK are now burning their hearts with revenge on island barbarians, the sworn enemy of the Korean nation.
Chosunilbo – Kim Jong-un’s Plane Spotted in Vladivostok
South China Morning Post – South Korea scrambles jets to intercept Chinese warplane in its air defence territory
Tom Luongo – Turkey is Getting off the U.S. Reservation
First Kim, then Putin, now Rouhani?…
Bourse & Bazaar – Iran Says Talks With Trump Would be ‘Humiliation’
This amidst escalating rumors of war…
Bloomberg (ISNA) – Iran Warns Trump Not to Threaten Country’s Oil Exports
@realDonaldTrump – To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
Jerusalem Post (Maariv) – Report: U.S. considering military options to keep strait of Hormuz open
Al Monitor – Iran’s Soleimani continues war of words with Trump
Evidently the earlier efforts to tone down the rhetoric are not working…
Jerusalem Post – The Putin-Trump news conference that made Netanyahu smile
She loves me… she loves me not….
South Front – Iran To Remain In Syria To Keep Israel Out: Top Official
Foreign Policy – Russian Jamming Poses a Growing Threat to U.S. Troops in Syria
Al Masdar News – Jihadists set ablaze UN post in Golan Heights ahead of evacuation
Jerusalem Post – Erdogan: ‘Hitler’s spirit’ lives in Israel’s Nation-State Law
Al Monitor – Turkey and Israel spar over Jerusalem
Moon of Alabama – Syria – OPCW Issues First Report Of ‘Chemical Weapon Attack’ in Douma
How a headline is chosen often depends on who does the choosing; note the same factual content in each of the following stories, yet the headlines support opposing narratives…
Fars News Agency – Yemeni Army Captures US Commander
Middle East Soccer – Saudi oil shipment halt: A potential watershed in the Yemen war
Al Monitor – Oil installations hit by protests in southern Iraq
World Socialist Web Site – US-backed Iraqi government guns down protesting workers
Anadolu Agency – Ethiopia: Head engineer of $4.8B dam project found dead
Moon of Alabama – U.S. Negotiates Retreat From Afghanistan
Zero Hedge – Co-Founder Of FEMEN Commits Suicide In Paris
Oriental Review (Andrew Korybko) – Nicaragua’s 10-Military Training Deal Is Really A Pro-US Sell-Out
Strategic Culture (Finian Cunningham) – US ‘Super Spy’ Program May Explain Mysterious Diplomat Brain Injuries
Strategic Culture (Wayne Madsen) – Trump’s Regime Change: Soros-style
Madsen of late however seems to be OK with a Soros-style regime change – even by assassination – in the good ol’ US of A. This is his: Von Stauffenberg Group
Probably a good idea to avoid D.C. come August 10-12… Shut It Down D.C.
In other domestic U.S. news…
Consortium News (Joe Lauria) – Evidence Will Probably Never Be Produced in Indictments of ‘Russian Agents’
Forensicator – Guccifer 2.0 NGP/VAN Metadata Analysis
Consortium News (Ray McGovern) – Moon-Strzok No More, Lisa Page Spills the Beans
Daily Caller (Luke Rosiak) – Gohmert: Watchdog Found Clinton Emails Were Sent To ‘Foreign Entity’
New York Daily News – A look at Paul Erickson, alleged contact of accused Russian agent Maria Butina
Zero Hedge – Putin Claims U.S. Intelligence Agents Funneled $400 Million To Clinton Campaign – sic, $400,000
American Digital News – Peter Strzok, Mission Ridge, and Integrity Applications Incorporated
Consortium News (John Kiriakou) – The Case for Stripping Former Officials of their Security Clearances
Sovereign Man – IRS to revoke 362,000 passports from US citizens
Town Hall (Bob Barr) – Congress Colluded With IRS to Strip Citizens of Passports
It’s Going Down – J20 Prosecutions Crumble: Down with the Courts, Up with Defiance
It’s getting ugly…
Chicago Sun Times – Authorities identify man fatally shot by CPD officer in South Shore
Washington Times – Nurse to stand trial in death of H.R. McMaster’s father
G.H.W. Bush’s cardiologist murdered in broad daylight. Bicyclist road rage or shall we add another to the Bush body count?…
Houston Chronicle – Police release new photo, video of suspect in slaying of Houston doctor
Popula – Bourdain Confidential
Though Alex Jones has walked backed his allegations of murder (saying now that Bourdain’s nose was a vacuum cleaner for cocaine), in his Infowars report of June 8, he brought up a Marrakesh connection between Bourdain and Elon Musk, plotting together there to expose elite pedophilia and whatnot. The subject has indeed been on Musk’s mind of late…
Marrakesh has been a locale where a nexus of curious names seem to converge, including embattled (and now resigned, NYT July 5) EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, who was in Morocco in December of last year in a vaguely official capacity (Bloomberg May 2); Hannah Bronfman, who was married there last year (Brides, 30/5/17); and Sir Richard Branson, who held the fourth annual Blockchain Summit at his Kasbah Tamadot near Marrakesh in early July…
The names of Branson and Bronfman also converge on the NXIVM scandal…
Also involved with the cult was Clare’s sister Sarah Bronfman. In a previously cited April 23 Frank Parlato article at Art Voice, we find an image of an inebriated Sarah and Sir Richard at a NXIVM seminar held on his Necker Island. Sister Hannah was apparently not involved with the cult, however a particular Instagram post of hers may arouse Pizzagaters: Order for pick up 🍕🍕🍕🍕.
Another island paradise…
Earlier stories on the sisters from 2010…
Vanity Fair – The Heiresses and the Cult
For the rest of us, we need not join a cult for sex abuse, we need only go to the airport…
Pentagon playing catch up with China in this field (see our August 31 2016 edition)…
Idaho Statesman – INL specialists left plutonium in their car. In the morning, it was gone
Intercept – Wilderness of Mirrors
The good news of the month is that the bad news we anticipated last month did not happen, with the European Parliament voting 318 to 278 against the copyright reform Articles 13 and 11. This is only a temporary respite however…
Electronic Frontier Foundation: A Key Victory Against European Copyright Filters and Link Taxes – But What’s Next?