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A time to reflect on U.S. regime change adventures

At the heart of our real problem is the corruption of politicians and bureaucrats – old fashioned graft.

Richard Galustian




A time to reflect as we see America embark on more regime change adventures around the world while at the same time constantly provoking Russia, a powerful nuclear power.

2017 was the centenary of the creation of the world’s first Communist State, the Soviet Union, now dead, buried and gone forever, despite the current trend of the Western media to refer to a nonexistent communist Russian threat.

Even the Chinese government that uses the term ‘Communist’ when referring to itself only does so as a means of people ‘control’ whilst itself in fact is the most capitalist country that exists today.

The most extreme ideology in the world today comes from four countries: America, Britain, France and Israel not forgetting the totally corrupt EU bureaucracy that exists in Brussels.

Focussing on these four country’s governments, we must demand change, which may well lead to revolutions. Witness what’s happening in present day France.

So lets advocate ‘regime changes’ through well monitored elections, not easily manipulated electronic ones but paper ballot ones. Beware of new technologies! Let’s aspire to true democracy. We must constantly remind ourselves that technological developments can be dangerous and harmful in the wrong hands, to humans as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawkings told us repeatedly.

Let me pause to make something very clear about one of those four countries; Britain. The Monarchy, well to be more precise, the concept of Queen and Country, is, for many, sacrosanct. The Queen, for a number of people, embodies all that human beings should aspire to and commands great respect, not only for Brits. The same cannot, in good faith, successfully be argued for the rest of her family.

Having said that, all four governments are today shameful and totally unacceptable.

The French people have shown us the way with their “Gilet Jaunes” popular nationalist movement. And what’s wrong with being nationalistic? Only ‘Globalists’ don’t like it.

Not only the French people but Putin has given us, the other day, a wonderful example of how a nation (and Government) should regard its people if anyone has the patience to read his outstanding State of the Nation address to the Russian people.

It also important to further discuss the relevance of Russia.

Lets be reminded, Putin is at heart a Royalist himself; witness his respect for the Romanovs.

At the opening by him of a gigantic and gorgeous cathedral built in the one of the oldest monasteries in Moscow, Putin said he hoped that it would deepen the “understanding of good” in Russian society.

Putin now has done so by delivering what in effect is his manifesto to the Russian people when he gave his most recent State of the Union address.

The West must join in a spirit of partnership and camaraderie with Russia, all world nations in fact, for to paraphrase JFK’s words, we all inhabit this one planet; we all breath the same air.

Only then can we start coping with our real problems, such as climate change, our overall environment; artificial intelligence (AI), starting importantly with our complete rejection on health grounds of 5G technology – also by the way the first step towards AI dominance that Stephen Hawkings predicted -; population control and the obscenity of the direction of science by multi-national corporations that develop, with profit only in mind, our agriculture; what we eat, our weapons and our, mostly unnecessary, new pharmaceuticals. Lastly, admittedly an ambitious ‘ask’, the abolishment of nuclear and biological weapons.

At the heart of our real problem is the corruption of politicians and bureaucrats – old fashioned graft.

Over investment in the defense industry and particularly making mutually assured weapons (MAD) is absolutely insane. The $700 billion and counting US Defense budget is total insanity. Defence parity between nations helps to bring a degree of balance to the competitiveness between countries.

All nations need to have defensive capability and there is a lot of truth in the Romans belief, that dates back to the 4th Century, ’Si vis pacem, para bellum’ a Latin adage meaning “If you want peace, prepare for war”. The ancient Chinese and Greeks had similar sayings that predate the Romans.

However the obscenity of American and combined European expenditure  on defence channeled mostly through the outdated militarily aggressive and unnecessary NATO is yet another insanity that grossly abuses that old true Roman adage.

It is unsustainable that there be so much poverty and austerity in this century, particularly in these four aforementioned countries, while allowing so much money to be spent on ‘defense’.

Even the other super powers, Russia and China don’t come anywhere close to wasting such amounts on defence ….and the US does so while incurring un-repayable debt.

Most other countries spend, as all nations should, in a prioritized way; putting major infrastructure projects as their first priority in their own countries.

Pertinent also to mention is that 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the murder by the CIA of the Latin American legend, Che Guevara. This is relevant because of statements made by America that, in addition to Venezuela, other US engineered regime changes are coming in Central and Latin American countries.

Controversial for many, Che Guevara was probably the last of the true idealists of our times, naively so maybe, which is what still endears him to so many and for me ranks him amongst the greats, as important a modern thinker as Orwell, Hemingway and Huxley.

In short, Guevara’s ‘beef’ was with oppression of people; an obsession for truth and a hatred of injustice.

Jean Paul Sartre, the great 20th Century French philosopher who spent time with Che Guevara unequivocally described him as “the most complete human being of our age.”

As we see the shameful attempts at regime change now most recently in Venezuela and other Latin and Central American countries, by America, it is important to reflect on Guevara’s warning of the dangers of Imperialism as championed today by these extremists ‘neocons’ of the West.

Guevara’s memorable short speech in 1965 describing the danger of imperialism could have just as easily included the USSR.

It needs to be explained that Guevara was asked by his mentor and closest friend Castro not to damage the relations Castro had forged with the USSR particularly following his (Guevara’s) speech in Algeria where he was critical of the USSR. There is no doubt in my mind that Guevara had equal disdain for the hypocrisy of the Soviet system, as he did for the American one and that he both saw as the new Imperialists empires, following in the tradition of 18th and 19th century Britain, France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

In reality, Guevara wasn’t actually a communist or a Marxist even if he said he was (maybe in his teenage years) but in later life he said so for pragmatic reasons; to counter the US imperialism that existed at the time.

Guevara was a Don Quixote type figure. That doesn’t detract from the fact that he was a formidable intellect; a doctor, a linguist and yes, a true revolutionary, comparable to a Robin Hood. And why not revolt against a corrupt unjust system?

The French have started to do it now. The generation of Americans that opposed the Vietnam war almost triggered a revolution or at least another civil war in America in the 1960s and 70s …and it is again happening now in America.

We have today, in 2019, a similar global uproar. Not dissimilar to the demonstrations all over the world against the Vietnam war that also nearly brought down the Johnson and Nixon US administrations.

It’s time that we stand against and change the regimes of US, UK, France and Israel as they truly are the ‘axis of evil’.

We must wake up before it’s too late.

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I stopped reading at ‘our real problems, such as climate change’. Idiot.

You can call me AL
You can call me AL

Are you blind ?, climate change does not just mean the CO2 levels, it covers everything; have you seen the list of dying animals and more especially bees ?, if not here is one –

Do not ignore it, look at it, read it and think for yourself. Fukushima caused no effect ?, bollocks, THINK…..


To glorify mass murderer Che Guevara is incomprehensible. Che murdered at least 166 people in cold blood. Quotes from Che: ‘hate as a factor in the struggle, intransigent hatred for the enemy that takes one beyond the natural limitations of a human being and converts one into an effective, violent, selective, cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be like that; a people without hate cannot triumph over a brutal enemy,’ and, ‘If any person has a good word for the previous government that is good enough for me to have him shot.’


The conclusion of Russiagate, Part II – news fatigue across America

The daily barrage of Russiagate news may have been a tool to wear down the American public as the Deep State plays the long game for control.

Seraphim Hanisch



Presently there is a media blitz on across the American news media networks. As was the case with the Russiagate investigation while it was ongoing, the conclusions have merely given rise to a rather unpleasant afterbirth in some ways as all the parties involve pivot their narratives. The conclusion of Russiagate appears to be heavily covered, yet if statistics here at The Duran are any indication, there is a good possibility that the public is absolutely fatigued over this situation.

And, perhaps, folks, that is by design.

Joseph Goebbels had many insights about the use of the media to deliver and enforce propaganda. One of his quotes runs thus:

The best propaganda is that which, as it were, works invisibly, penetrates the whole of life without the public having any knowledge of the propagandistic initiative.

and another:

That is of course rather painful for those involved. One should not as a rule reveal one’s secrets, since one does not know if and when one may need them again. The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, it should be a big lie, and one should stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

If there has ever been a narrative that employed these two principles, it is Russiagate.

A staggering amount of attention has been lavished on this nothing-burger issue. Axios reports that an analytics company named Newswhip tallied an astounding 533,074 web articles published about Russia and President Trump and the Mueller investigation (a number which is being driven higher even now, moment by moment, ad nauseam). Newsbusters presently reports that the networks gave 2,284 minutes to the coverage of this issue, a number which seems completely inaccurate because it is much too low (38 hours at present), and we are waiting for a correction on this estimate.

Put it another way: Are you sick of Russiagate? That is because it has dominated the news for over 675 days of nearly wall-to-wall news cycles. The political junkies on both sides are still pretty jazzed up about this story – the Pro-Trump folks rejoicing over the presently ‘cleared’ status, while of course preparing for the upcoming Democrat / Deep State pivot, and the Dems in various levels of stress as they try to figure out exactly how to pivot in such a manner that they do not lose face – or pace – in continuing their efforts to rid their lives of the “Irritant-in-Chief” who now looks like he is in the best position of his entire presidency.

But a lot of people do not care. They are tired.

I hate to say it (and yes, I am speaking personally and directly), but this may be a dangerous fatigue. Here is why:

The barrage of propaganda on this issue was never predicated on any facts. It still isn’t. However, as we noted a few days ago, courtesy of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, at present, 53% of US registered voters believe that the Trump campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

That means 53% of the voting public now believes something that is totally false.

Many of these people are probably simply exhausted from the constant coverage of this allegation as well. So when the news came out Sunday night that there was no evidence of collusion and no conclusive evidence, hence, of obstruction of justice by the Trump Administration – in other words, this whole thing was a nothing burger – will this snap those 53% back into reality?

Probably not. Many of them may well be so worn down that they no longer care. Or worse, they are so worn out that they will continue to believe the things they are told that sustain the lie, despite its being called out as such.

C.S. Lewis wrote about this peculiarity of human nature, in particular in the seventh book of his Chronicles of Narnia. After a prolonged and fierce assault on the sensibilities of the Narnians with the story that Aslan, the Christ figure of this world, was in fact an angry overlord, selling the Narnians themselves into slavery, and selling the whole country out to its enemy, with the final touch being that Aslan and the devilish deity of the enemy nation were in fact one and the same, the Narnians were unable to snap back to reality when it was shown conclusively and clearly that this was in fact not the case.

The fear that was instilled from the use of false narratives persisted and blocked the animals from reality.

Lewis summarized it this way through the thoughts of Tirian, the lead character in this tale:

Tirian had never dreamed that one of the results of an Ape’s setting up as a false Aslan would be to stop people from believing in the real one. He had felt quite sure that the Dwarfs would rally to his side the moment he showed them how they had been deceived. And then next night he would have led them to Stable Hill and shown Puzzle to all the creatures and everyone would have turned against the Ape and, perhaps after a scuffle with the Calormenes, the whole thing would have been over. But now, it seemed, he could count on nothing. How many other Narnians might turn the same way as the Dwarfs?

This is part of the toll this very long propaganda campaign is very likely to take on many Americans. It takes being strongly informed and educated on facts to withstand the withering force of a narrative that never goes away. Indeed, if anything, it takes even more effort now, because the temptation of the pro-Trump side will be to retreat to a set of political talking points that, interestingly enough, validate Robert Mueller’s “integrity” when only a week ago they were attacking this as a false notion.

This is very dangerous, and even though Mr. Trump and his supporters won this battle, if they do not come at this matter in a way that shows education, and not merely the restating of platitudes and talking points that “should be more comfortable, now that we’ve won!”

The cost of Russiagate may be far higher than anyone wants it to be. And yes, speaking personally, I understand the fatigue. I am tired of this issue too. But the temptation to go silent may have already taken a lot of people so far that they will not accept the reality that has just been revealed.

Politics is a very fickle subject. Truth is extremely malleable for many politicians, and that is saying it very nicely. But this issue was not just politics. It was slander with a purpose, and that purpose is unchanged now. In fact things may even be more dangerous for the President – even risking his very life – because if the powers that are working behind the people trying to get rid of President Trump come to realize that they have no political support, they will move to more extreme measures. In fact this may have already been attempted.

We at The Duran reported a few months ago on a very strange but very compelling story that suggested that there was an attempted assassination and coup that was supposed to have taken place on January 17th of this year. It did not happen, but there was a parallel story that noted that the President may have been targeted for assassination already no fewer than twelve times.  Hopefully this is just tinfoil-hat stuff. But we have seen that this effort to be rid of President Trump is fierce and it is extremely well-supported within its group. There is no reason to think that the pressure will lighten now that this battle has been lost.

The stakes are much too high, and even this long investigation may well have been part of the weaponry of the group we sometimes refer to as the “Deep State” in their effort to reacquire power, and in their effort to continue to pursue both a domestic and geopolitical agenda that has so far shown itself to be destructive to both individuals and nations all over the world.

Speculation? Yes. Needless? We hope so. This is a terrible possibility that hopefully no reasonable person wants to consider.

Honestly, folks, we do not know. But we had to put this out there for your consideration.

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Schaeuble, Greece and the lessons learned from a failed GREXIT (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 117.

Alex Christoforou



The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine a recent interview with the Financial Times given by Wolfgang Schäuble, where the former German Finance Minister, who was charged with finding a workable and sustainable solution to the Greek debt crisis, reveals that his plan for Greece to take a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone (in order to devalue its currency and save its economy) was met with fierce resistance from Brussels hard liners, and Angela Merkel herself.

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“Look where we’re sitting!” says Wolfgang Schäuble, gesturing at the Berlin panorama stretching out beneath us. It is his crisp retort to those who say that Europe is a failure, condemned to a slow demise by its own internal contradictions. “Walk through the Reichstag, the graffiti left by the Red Army soldiers, the images of a destroyed Berlin. Until 1990 the Berlin Wall ran just below where we are now!”

We are in Käfer, a restaurant on the rooftop of the Reichstag. The views are indeed stupendous: Berlin Cathedral and the TV Tower on Alexanderplatz loom through the mist. Both were once in communist East Berlin, cut off from where we are now by the wall. Now they’re landmarks of a single, undivided city. “Without European integration, without this incredible story, we wouldn’t have come close to this point,” he says. “That’s the crazy thing.”

As Angela Merkel’s finance minister from 2009 to 2017, Schäuble was at the heart of efforts to steer the eurozone through a period of unprecedented turbulence. But at home he is most associated with Germany’s postwar political journey, having not only negotiated the 1990 treaty unifying East and West Germany but also campaigned successfully for the capital to move from Bonn.

For a man who has done so much to put Berlin — and the Reichstag — back on the world-historical map, it is hard to imagine a more fitting lunch venue. With its open-plan kitchen and grey formica tables edged in chrome, Käfer has a cool, functional aesthetic that is typical of the city. On the wall hangs a sketch by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who famously wrapped the Reichstag in silver fabric in 1995.

The restaurant has one other big advantage: it is easy to reach from Schäuble’s office. Now 76, he has been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot in an assassination attempt in 1990, and mobility is an issue. Aides say he tends to avoid restaurants if he can, especially at lunchtime.

As we take our places, we talk about Schäuble’s old dream — that German reunification would be a harbinger of European unity, a step on the road to a United States of Europe. That seems hopelessly out of reach in these days of Brexit, the gilets jaunes in France, Lega and the Five Star Movement in Italy.

Some blame Schäuble himself for that. He was, after all, the architect of austerity, a fiscal hawk whose policy prescriptions during the euro crisis caused untold hardship for millions of ordinary people, or so his critics say. He became a hate figure, especially in Greece. Posters in Athens in 2015 depicted him with a Hitler moustache below the words: “Wanted — for mass poverty and devastation”.

Schäuble rejects the criticism that austerity caused the rise of populism. “Higher spending doesn’t lead to greater contentment,” he says. The root cause lies in mass immigration, and the insecurities it has unleashed. “What European country doesn’t have this problem?” he asks. “Even Sweden. The poster child of openness and the willingness to help.”

But what of the accusation that he didn’t care enough about the suffering of the southern Europeans? Austerity divided the EU and spawned a real animus against Schäuble. I ask him how that makes him feel now. “Well I’m sad, because I played a part in all of that,” he says, wistfully. “And I think about how we could have done it differently.”

I glance at the menu — simple German classics with a contemporary twist. I’m drawn to the starters, such as Oldenburg duck pâté and the Müritz smoked trout. But true to his somewhat abstemious reputation, Schäuble has no interest in these and zeroes in on the entrées. He chooses Käfer’s signature veal meatballs, a Berlin classic. I go for the Arctic char and pumpkin.

Schäuble switches seamlessly back to the eurozone crisis. The original mistake was in trying to create a common currency without a “common economic, employment and social policy” for all eurozone member states. The fathers of the euro had decided that if they waited for political union to happen first they’d wait forever, he says.

Yet the prospects for greater political union are now worse than they have been in years. “The construction of the EU has proven to be questionable,” he says. “We should have taken the bigger steps towards integration earlier on, and now, because we can’t convince the member states to take them, they are unachievable.”

Greece was a particularly thorny problem. It should never have been admitted to the euro club in the first place, Schäuble says. But when its debt crisis first blew up, it should have taken a 10-year “timeout” from the eurozone — an idea he first floated with Giorgos Papakonstantinou, his Greek counterpart between 2009 and 2011. “I told him you need to be able to devalue your currency, you’re not competitive,” he says. The reforms required to repair the Greek economy were going to be “hard to achieve in a democracy”. “That’s why you need to leave the euro for a certain period. But everyone said there was no chance of that.”

The idea didn’t go away, though. Schäuble pushed for a temporary “Grexit” in 2015, during another round of the debt crisis. But Merkel and the other EU heads of government nixed the idea. He now reveals he thought about resigning over the issue. “On the morning the decision was made, [Merkel] said to me: ‘You’ll carry on?’ . . . But that was one of the instances where we were very close [to my stepping down].”

It is an extraordinary revelation, one that highlights just how rocky his relationship with Merkel has been over the years. Schäuble has been at her side from the start, an éminence grise who has helped to resolve many of the periodic crises of her 13 years as chancellor. But it was never plain sailing.

“There were a few really bad conflicts where she knew too that we were on the edge and I would have gone,” he says. “I always had to weigh up whether to go along with things, even though I knew it was the wrong thing to do, as was the case with Greece, or whether I should go.” But his sense of duty prevailed. “We didn’t always agree — but I was always loyal.”

That might have been the case when he was a serving minister, but since becoming speaker of parliament in late 2017 he has increasingly distanced himself from Merkel. Last year, when she announced she would not seek re-election as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, the party that has governed Germany for 50 of the past 70 years, Schäuble openly backed a candidate described by the Berlin press as the “anti-Merkel”. Friedrich Merz, a millionaire corporate lawyer who is the chairman of BlackRock Germany, had once led the CDU’s parliamentary group but lost out to Merkel in a power struggle in 2002, quitting politics a few years later. He has long been seen as one of the chancellor’s fiercest conservative critics — and is a good friend of Schäuble’s.

Ultimately, in a nail-biting election last December, Merkel’s favoured candidate, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, narrowly beat Merz. The woman universally known as “AKK” is in pole position to succeed Merkel as chancellor when her fourth and final term ends in 2021.

I ask Schäuble if it’s true that he had once again waged a battle against Merkel and once again lost. “I never went to war against Ms Merkel,” he says. “Everybody says that if I’m for Merz then I’m against Merkel. Why is that so? That’s nonsense.”

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