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The forgotten postwar US-Nazi alliance

After 1945 the US had no issues recruiting major Nazi war criminals: Men like Wehrmacht General Reinhard Gehlen and SS Captain Klaus Barbie.

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As the Second World War advanced from its early stages, the United States was assessing which sections of the earth it would hold conquest over. American planners had to remain patient, however. A seemingly endless string of conquests for the Nazis had astonished the world – particularly those in the US – and led to Adolf Hitler being crowned as “the new Napoleon”.

In the summer of 1942, under Hitler’s domineering command of the military, the Germans controlled vast swathes of Europe – from Warsaw to Oslo to Paris, and eastwards onto Athens, Kiev and Sevastopol. It was one major victory after another for the Third Reich, blighted by the narrow failure to take Moscow in late 1941 after a celebrated Russian counterattack, and the inability to gain air superiority over Britain.

Yet, by November 1942, Hitler had plunged deeper into Russian territory than even Napoleon in his pomp 130 years before. By this point, Nazi forces had killed many millions of Russians – much of whom were innocent civilians – in “a war of annihilation”, as Hitler had previously said.

Come early November [1942], 90% of Stalingrad had been taken by German infantry after weeks of fierce house-to-house fighting. The swastika was now flying over the tallest building in Stalingrad city centre. Such news prompted a buoyant Hitler to say in an after-dinner speech in Munich that, “I wanted to take the place [Stalingrad], and you know, we’ve done it. We’ve got it really, except for a few enemy positions still holding out. Now they say, ‘why don’t we finish the job more quickly?’ Well, I prefer to do the job with quite small assault groups. Time is of no consequence at all”.

At this stage, American planners were preparing with certainty for a postwar world split up between the Third Reich and the leader of the Free World. The Nazis would control the whole of mainland Europe and Eurasia, while the US would command the Western Hemisphere, the Far East, and the former British empire. American imperialists gave this unprecedented sphere of conquest a title, “the Grand Area”.

The plans were soon altered, however. Despite Hitler’s assertions, time was catching up on the Germans. Just days later Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Premier, orchestrated another famous counterattack with fresh reserves – smashing the overextended German lines. By November 23 the German 6th Army, which led the conquest over France in 1940, was completely encircled by superior forces.

Come the following year, 1943, it was increasingly clear to the Roosevelt administration that the Germans were heading towards defeat – which is precisely what unfolded two years later. Russia deserved the vast majority of credit for winning the Second World War – which is scarcely ever mentioned – yet Russia was almost destroyed in doing so, losing over 25 million people along with immeasurable damage to her infrastructure.

The US had not suffered invasion or bombing and in 1945 controlled a remarkable 50% of the world’s wealth. The Grand Area was now to be expanded to control as much of Eurasia as possible too. The Americans had a problem to overcome, however – by war’s end the anti-Nazi Resistance had become powerful and contained many Socialist and Communist elements. The traditional order had to be restored.

Resistance factions would not be conducive to American demands and were to be smashed. At this point, the US did not possess the knowledge of infiltration in breaking up undesirable organisations.

Yet there were those who did possess that ability: Nazi leaders who for years had been specialists in undermining the Resistance through covert techniques. Men like Wehrmacht General Reinhard Gehlen, who was head of German intelligence on the Eastern Front (1942-45), where the most atrocious crimes were perpetrated. The US further hired SS Captain Klaus Barbie – “the Butcher of Lyon” – who had performed a key role in destabilising the Resistance in the Netherlands, and from 1942 on, in Nazi-occupied France.

Gehlen himself was initially under the guidance of the US Army, before being overseen by the recently-formed CIA in 1949. Gehlen headed secret espionage activities against the Soviet Union as head of the so-called Gehlen Organisation – with hundreds of ex-Wehrmacht and SS intelligence officers under his command, all with American assurance.

A declassified CIA intelligence document describes him as, “the Master Spy, the Man of Mystery, Spy of the Century”. Later, for 12 years, Gehlen was the first president of the Federal Intelligence Service of West Germany (1956-1968) – and was also the highest ranking reserve officer in the West German military, before being forced into retirement in 1968.

Barbie, formerly of the SS and Gestapo, was recruited by the US Army’s Counterintelligence Corps in 1947 – historians estimate he bears direct responsibility for the deaths of up to 14,000 people. He was accountable for other crimes such as the widespread use of torture, and the deportation of Jewish children to Auschwitz.

Now under his American masters, Barbie was utilised once more to destroy anti-Communist movements in Europe. Eugene Kolb, an ex-Major in the US Army’s Counterintelligence Corps, said decades later that, “We did not have any great pangs of conscience [about recruiting Nazis]”.

Kolb further stated that Barbie’s “skills were badly needed… His activities had been directed against the underground French Communist party and the Resistance”.

Another former US intelligence officer Ed Dobringhaus said, “We went overboard to be nice to that guy [Barbie]. We went out drinking beer once in a while”.

France had twice sentenced Barbie to death in absentia for war crimes. Upon discovering he was operating under US command, the French issued a plea to the US High Commissioner for Germany, John J. McCloy, to hand him over for execution. McCloy allegedly refused the request.

By the early 1950s, Barbie was becoming too hot to handle for the US – instead they sent him to the Vatican-run “ratline”, as Croatian Nazi priests and other fascist sympathisers shipped him off to Bolivia from Genoa, Italy. Barbie resided in South America for over 30 years, enjoying protection from US-backed dictatorships. There he operated as a major drug lord while working for the CIA and secret police.

Barbie was strongly involved in the 1980 military putsch in Bolivia, known as “the cocaine coup” – before at last being extradited to France in 1983 under Bolivia’s new democratic government, dying in a Lyon prison eight years later.

In another major instance, there were no issues in sending over 1,600 Nazi scientists and engineers to the US to work on space programmes, with the further aim of gaining Cold War superiority. Among such scientists was Wernher von Braun, the Nazis’ leading engineer and inventor of the feared V-2 rocket – which killed over 2,700 people in London.

In the US, Von Braun became the driving force behind the Apollo program moon landings – despite earlier US security reports describing him as “a serious potential security threat”. Von Braun had been an SS member and rose to the rank of Major under Hitler.

The highly classified project of spiriting hundreds of Nazi technicians to the US was known as “Operation Paperclip”. It was undertaken despite many of the scientists having notorious pasts. The operation was authorised in 1946 by US President Harry Truman.

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“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

from James Joyce, Ulysses

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It is any surprise that the US would aid & assist the NAZI in Kiev as well as ISIS in Syria? There’s no morals or righteousness associated with the US Gov, they’ll use whatever means, however evil, to achieve their lust for a unipolar world. Beacon of democracy my ass!

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Well done Mr. Quinn, poke ’em straight in the eyes, nazi slime has to be exterminated once and for all!!

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How about those who orchestrated and funded WW1 and WW2? It was not Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination…..How is it that both Dulles brothers were SO eager to get Hitler appointed as chancellor in 1932? How is it that they made oodles of money from the slave Labor in Auschwitz, while we are still told it was an extermination camp? WHY? Why were the Rockefeller’s partners of I.G Farben – why did they give to IG Farben a patent for synthetic rubber, while the U.S. was short on rubber. Why did Standard Oil provide all the fuel to Germany. Every 6-year-old that… Read more »

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And where have you been while the U.S. and 18 other countries sent their planes to bomb my country for 11 weeks back in 1999, you hypocrite? The only European country bombarded after the WWII was Serbia!! And what exactly you are trying to say which is opposite than Mr.Quinn said?? My grandfather fought the WWI, fought Kolubara and Cer Battle, walked thru Albania with other fellow soldiers and breached the Thessalonikhi front making his way home 4 years later. It was my people who lost one third of a population in WWI and lost over 2 million in WWII… Read more »

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You might read my comment again. Do some research and learn that neither WW1 nor WW2 were started by the Germans, orthodox history notwithstanding.
What happened in 1870?
Why is Germany STILL occupied? Nothing to do with Nazis….Do you know what a Nazi IS? Who bombed Serbia?? And WHY?? I know who bombed me!!! And it was not the Nazis
Copying orthodox drivel has little to do with reality.

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And yet, today we have to endure the spectacle of intellectually dishonest historians like Timothy Snyder who equate the Third German Reich with the USSR. Not to mention the various far-right clowns infesting the forums and who keep informing that Hitler wasn’t so bad at all, because he wanted to liberate the poor Russians from the yoke of evil Bolshevik Jews and these idiotic Slavs fought him back instead. Which, of course, implies that the Americans did not do something horrible by taking a scumbag like Barbie under their wings.

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Odd that the people who compare Nazi Germany and the USSR don’t compare both to the western slave empires that eventually defeated both…..

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Of course, Ford and GM continued to operate in Germany throughout the war manufacturing vehicles and such for the German military thus aiding and abetting the Nazi cause. Neither company was prosecuted. It’s my understanding that their factories, save a single exception, were never bombed, Moreover, the Ford Motor Company, whose factory was bombed, sued the US government and received financial compensation for damages incurred from the bombing.

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Herbert Dorsey

What this article didn’t discuss was the fact that many U.S. industrialists assisted Hitler’s rise to power in

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Bush and Ford among them

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Hitler built a reputation as a leader of an anti-organized-labor private army of mostly WWI veterans (later known as “Brown Shirts”). Industrialists and big land owners paid him to break unions and intimidate workers. Since labor was the biggest cost of running an industry, many industrialists in Europe and the U.S. admired Hitler’s methods of suppressing wages. Emil Kirdorf, coal mining magnate, is a good example of an important early supporter of the Nazi party, understandable because coal mining is a labor-intensive business.

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The Ford plant in Germany was using slave labor to increase their profits during World War II. The parent company in Dearborn was fully aware of what was going on and allowed it. Yet Ford was never brought to trial at Nuremberg for this practice, which amounted to crimes against humanity.

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Yes, my assumption has always been that they were planning to use Hitler as they always use people – to do their dirty work for them. Hitler was to bring down Britain and Europe, which America would command under the banner of having ‘freed” them from Hitler.
It’s been a recurring theme for a long time. Just think – they tried it in WWII 70+ years ago, they did it again in Iraq, Libya and Syria just yesterday>
As Mr. Putin pointed out, different Presidents, same theme over and over and over.

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I wish people would concentrate on the Pre-WW2 US-Nazi alliance !

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And how did USSR ‘liberation of Poland go? How many Millions of German POWs (men, women, children) died in the gulags or on the way to the gulags, 4 yrs of systematic abuse of Germans in Prussia from 1943 – 1947 estimated 2 million german women raped. Nazi Germany was also fighting communism and banksters remember. The guys who bankrolled stalin and now run the EU. Europe lost the war to communism. And how many german scientists were taken at forced gunpoint by the soviets?.

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Most people don’t know what Prussia IS or WAS? But everyone has an opinion!!
Go figure 🙁

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Why no condemnation of Western rapists? It’s a bit immoral to exploit rape against women to have a go at the Red Army when “army” had always been synonymous with “rape”.

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do not try and defend communism.

Attrition47
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The USSR wasn’t communist after 1921; do your homework and mind your manners while you’re at it.

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What were they?

Attrition47
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Look it up, it’s interesting; start with the suppression of the Kronstadt Mutiny of 1921.

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That’s not how it works buddy…You make a statement YOU defend it. …which means that it requires some facts…..
When you’ve grown up , get back to me.
Ciao

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Krondstadt. Mutiny. 1921. look it up.

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You need a crash course in comprehension…..WOW

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Then you might refrain from the “orthodoxy” that all Soviets were rapists. That same orthodoxy describes Nazis as rabid killers…..We were occupied by Germany and those “Nazis” of which we had 2 living in our front parlor were extremely disciplined and friendly, according to my mother. They were well aware of the fact that we had an Austrian deserter (he became my uncle and I am still in touch with his children) with a death sentence on his head hiding in our home….that my father was in the resistance, but they never reported him. They played cards together in the… Read more »

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Watch Greatest Story Never Told 6.5 hr documentary. btw i have been called far right, far left, a nazi, a communist and everything else under the sun, the original article was bemoaning german scientists surviving the war, from a very pro russia news site. I didnt call ALL Russians rapists, but the red army was specifically told to rape and take women as booty. Stalin even set up a puppet polish government to get what they wanted. world changes, recorded history and what actually happened is warped. Russia today is a very different place now. I didnt say all soviets… Read more »

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I find myself in the extraordinary position, as a victim of German occupation, of rehabilitating Hitler….I’ve been called a Nazi and numerous other names. I have been researching WW1 and WW2 for the past 6 years when I discovered that I too was indoctrinated into the orthodox Holocaust myths. Russians, by “definition” were considered the rapists during WW2. That belongs in the same trash can as did the notion of German gas chambers which have long been debunked as does the description and the nefarious deeds committed by German soldiers. What is conspicuously absent in all these scenarios are the… Read more »

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am British, we learnt an entirely different history. i dont follow the narrative much. But to say German soldiers in the same vein as Russian soldiers is kinda just being lazy on allsides i guess. SS were the most culturally and ethnically diverse armies in history, soviets and nazis isn’t entirely accurate either. It does seem to be ideologies rather than a nations will in itself that cause the worst problems, ideologies attack nations, nations consistently have to defend against banksters and their whims. The same people who bankrolled Stalin are in control of the EU now. Germany is still… Read more »

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I suspect your history and mine were similar. It was not until my daughter, who wrote a theses on WW2 Propaganda, told me that the allies did not win the war that I said WHAAAT!!! War is a bitch….There is no black and white….I have had endless discussions with Americans what “no black and white” means. That during war we do things (the lesser of 2 evils) that we would normally never consider. doing. The same goes for Russians soldiers as well as German soldiers. My father, a member of the resistance called the invader “moffen” a derogatory name for… Read more »

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Chopped up? Germany lost about 20% of its 1914 territory, most of it inhabited by non-native German speakers. Britain had yet another civil war and lost about 20% of it’s land, much of that also being occupied by non-native English speakers

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When the Germans advanced through Russia all the able bodied males had a choice to join them or go to the work camps. The girls where put to work in there shall we say pleasure houses or into the fields to produce food for the German Army.Grand Ma and Grandad where got rid of mouths to feed carn’t have that.Roughly by the time the Germans had reached Moscow and Stalingrad around some 2 million Russians had died and around 11/2 million Russian Troops had been sent to the factories and work camps. When the Germans started to get pushed back… Read more »

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

not at all, bomber harris was a disgrace, i suggest you watch the 6 hr documentary Greatest Story Never Told

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Do not try and tell me Stalins people were not happy to be liberated.

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Another point of view, tell me another leader who could have done what Stalin accomplished,maybe Churchill

my2Cents
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Churchill – the bloviating, narcissistic, bi-polar, alcoholic (did I miss anything? Oh yes who received people in the nude….who never saw an opportunity for war that did not make him absolutely giddy with joy!!
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v09/v09p261_Irving.html

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

Churchill was a complete arsehole. Pol Pott or something killed a few million under communism tho

Wesa F.
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Wesa F.

Who liberated Stalins People ?

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Who were Stalin’s people exactly?

Keith Smith
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Keith Smith

6.5 hr long documentary Greatest Story Never Told

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So what? Russia did exactly the same.

Turbofan
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Turbofan

actually no

Marc Leif
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Marc Leif

There were 2 “WWII”s The Great Patriotic War in the east, which was a war against fascism. And the “WWII” in the west, which was a war between 2 competing versions of fascism.

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Vera Gottlieb

Why bother with ethics as long as profits can be made.

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William

“In Italy, like in most of western Europe, the ‘resistence’ had been led and greatly influenced by the survivors of the communists and socialists.” The resistance against fascists and Nazis consisted largely of Communists. They helped defeat the Nazis and were stabbed in the back by the Americans after the war. The resistance saved untold numbers of Jews, Romas and members of other out groups from death. Germany’s Communist party had been the main bulwark against the Nazi party, so as soon as Hitler became chancellor in 1933, he declared the Communist party illegal and thus Communists were the first… Read more »

my2Cents
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my2Cents

Did you forget that the day after Hitler became chancellor Jews declared war on Hitler. They did it again in 1938…Small wonder he put them in camps.

Attrition47
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Attrition47

Dickhead

my2Cents
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my2Cents
my2Cents
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my2Cents

“The USSR wasn’t communist after 1921; do your homework and mind your manners while you’re at it.”

Perhaps you can explain what the USSR WAS if not communist, and while talking about manners….oh never mind

How old are you?

Attrition47
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Attrition47

Do as you’re told. ;o)

my2Cents
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my2Cents

An empty suit…Oh well.

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Some related references: Jacobsen, Annie. Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America. First Back Bay paperback ed. New York, NY: Back Bay, Little & Brown, 2015. Lichtblau, Eric. The Nazis next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014. Sutton, Antony C. Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler. San Pedro, California: GSG & Associates Publishers, 2002. Talbot, David. The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government. New York, NY: Harper, 2015. Black, Edwin, and Richard Farkas. IBM and the Holocaust: The… Read more »

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William

“Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler’s Rise to Power, 1919 – 1933” by James Pool. This is an excellent but rarely cited book with lots of facts most people don’t know. Among other interesting facts, it reveals that there were Jewish sources of funding for the Nazis. Another book by the same author is “Hitler and His Secret Partners: Contributions, Loot and Rewards, 1933 – 1945′”. Pool emphasizes the rarely reported fact that by the 1930s, Hitler had become one of Europe’s richest men and owned one of Europe’s most valuable collections of art and rare books (Eduard… Read more »

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Please understand that Europe is by and large Socialist. So while in the resistance my father was not fighting socialism, he was fighting the “moffen” (derogatory name for Germans during the war) who had invaded our country because they knew that Britain was going to invade Germany through either Holland/Belgium or France. What were the British doing at Dunkirk around the 20th of May 1940? ….Seems like the “moffen” had good intelligence which is why they invaded Holland/Belgium and France to prevent the British from coming. Hitler called Henry Ford “My mentor” Prescott Bush was the President of Union Banking… Read more »

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Attrition47
my2Cents
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my2Cents

And Wikipedia is an open source and far from being the arbiter of truth. This is standard orthodoxy which keeps the holocaust farce alive and well. It is a hoax. There was NO holocaust. There were no gas chambers….the carpet bombings by the US/UK caused Typhus epidemics – view pictures of emaciated bodies in mass graves..typical Typhus victims – The Anne Frank story is a hoax – Read Prof. Faurisson’s analysis . I believed like you until about 6 years ago. You need to get different sources and learn that nothing you think you know is in fact so. There… Read more »

Attrition47
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Attrition47

In my articles, it is the arbiter of truth, certainly no less than the effusions of corp-0-rat publishing.

Attrition47
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Attrition47

What was so bad about the nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939, that wasn’t bad about the Anglo-French–nazi Pact of 1938?

Isabella Jones
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Mr. Quinn has fallen victim to the unthinking muttering of Western “intellectual elites” with this one bad statement “The Nazis would control the whole of mainland Europe and Eurasia, while the US would command the Western Hemisphere, the Far East,” Well, Mr. Quinn, if The US would command the “Far East” which we all understand to be so called “Asia” [so called by the West. The people of the Oriental countries didn’t used to use the term], which of course includes China, then who on earth are you referring to as “Eurasia”. After all, the Nazis have “Europe” and since… Read more »

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That Pact bring Russians some time, they were pretty aware Hitler’s gonna break it. Now it’s a historical fact.

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‘End of free speech’: Maffick CEO, host slam Facebook’s unprovoked ‘censorship’ after CNN report

This is because of the political content that challenges the US wars. It is absolutely an act of censorship.

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Facebook blocking several pages operated by Maffick Media is nothing short of outright censorship, the company’s CEO Anissa Naouai said, after a US-funded think tank pointed them out to CNN for a ‘hit-piece’.

The actions of the social media giant, which suspended the accounts of In the Now, Soapbox, Back Then and Waste-Ed last Friday without providing any explanation or even contacting the company that ran the pages, is nothing but a simple attempt to get rid of dissenting voices critical of Washington’s policies, Naouai told RT.

It is blatant censorship. What else can you call it?

Unexplained ban

The ban came literally out of the blue even though Maffick did not violate any existing Facebook regulations. “There is no rule that you have to post anything about your funding or personal funding. No one does it, not any of the US-sponsored outlets,” Naouai said. However, that was apparently the stated reason for the blocking as a Facebook spokesperson said the social media giant wanted the pages to become more transparent by disclosing their funding and “Russian affiliations.”

Facebook never contacted Maffick Media directly, though. In fact, it did not even answer the company’s emails and stayed conspicuously silent about the ways that would allow the accounts to be reinstated. “We have not heard a word from Facebook and it has been over three days now,” Naouai said.

The whole situation makes one think that the suspension is in fact connected to the pages’ popularity as well as their critical stance towards US policies, the Maffick CEO said. “We have hosts that talk about things that are not allowed to talk about on other networks like CNN,” she explained.

“If a video that says that gets hundreds of thousands of views on a page that has millions of views, people [in Washington] start to notice that and they get upset. I believe that is why we were targeted: because of our success and because of, as CNN said, high quality of our videos,” Naouai added.

The Maffick CEO also assumed that a recent piece on the US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela might have become a trigger for this drastic measure taken by Facebook. “There is a very … divisive and obnoxious policy taking place right now against Venezuela,” she said, “we do not know if this was the segment that triggered [the suspension] but the timing is convenient.”

“When someone calls out what is happening in Venezuela as a blatant coup it ruffles the feathers of think tanks that spent millions if not billions of dollars to persuade [the audience otherwise] and lobby their interests.”

‘Interrogation’ by CNN

Some details of this whole case may indeed seem odd. Just about an hour after the pages were blocked, CNN published a report on the issue as if they broke the news. “CNN knew that we were going to be blocked before we did,” Naouai said, explaining that, when she found out her company’s pages were suspended, CNN had already published its piece.

Weeks before the blocking, CNN sought to interview some freelancers working with Maffick in an apparent attempt to “dig up some dirt,” Rania Khalek, the American host of Soapbox – one of the video shows Maffick ran on Facebook – recalled.

When the company’s leadership “got wind of it” and offered CNN an interview, it all ended up with a 45-minute “interrogation” loaded with “unethical” questions that “almost any other media organization would even think to answer.”

It felt like a police interrogation: very invasive questions about Maffick and our editorial policies. It was clear that they were doing a hit-piece.

“A CNN journalist repeatedly asked me about my political viewpoints. He was in complete disbelief that I have editorial control over my scripts. He could not understand how it was possible,” Khalek, who was one of those, who gave the interview to CNN, said.

Maffick Media assumed that CNN might in fact pressure Facebook into blocking the accounts. “It is a very competitive market existing in a very political atmosphere that is toxic right now in the US,” Naouai said.

Loophole for state censorship?

CNN itself admits in its piece that it did not just stumble upon the Facebook pages in question independently. Instead, this issue was brought to its attention by the Alliance for Securing Democracy – a part of the German Marshall Fund. This fund is a think tank, which is financed by the US and German governments and has such people as Michael Morell, the former CIA deputy head, and Jacob Sullivan, former Vice President Joe Biden’s top security aide, on its advisory board.

Now, CNN, which stepped on a slippery slope by scrutinizing other media outlets’ funding, had to go to some extraordinary lengths to persuade its audience that the Alliance for Securing Democracy “does not receive any funding” from the German Marshall Fund, while still being a part of it at the same time. However, all these facts just added a new layer to the story.

“You have this US-funded think tank prompting CNN to pressure Facebook to ban our pages. That is an act of censorship,”Khalek said. She thinks the whole scheme was used to circumvent the First Amendment banning the US authorities from directly censoring free speech. “So, they use a middleman to pressure private companies to censor us,” she added, calling it a “legal loophole.”

‘Beginning of an end’

Regardless of who is really behind the ploy, Facebook banning some media pages without any explanation sets a tremendously dangerous precedent, Maffick Media believes. “We had a verified page, which had billions of views, just disappear from online without any kind of comment, any kind of requirement, without breaking any rules. That is unprecedented,” Naouai said.

You have Facebook dictating what people can and cannot see and judging what is good content and bad content. And it is all based on the accusations and criticism coming from a government-funded outlet. If Facebook does it to us, it can do it to anyone,” Khalek warned.

This is because of the political content that challenges the US wars. It is absolutely an act of censorship.

The US establishment apparently seeks to suppress the outlets that “offer a platform to alternative voices that can speak out against US wars and the corporate control over our government in a way that you just do not hear in our corporate media,” the Soapbox host believes.

However, if the social media giant and the likes of it will just continue to randomly block media resources while having “no grounds” to do so, it could create very serious problems for society, Naouai believes.

That would be the beginning of an end of free speech.

 

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If the Anti-Iran conference in Warsaw was the opening act, the annual Munich Security Conference was the main event. Both produced a lot of speeches, grandstanding and virtue-signaling, as well as a lot of shuffling of feet and looking at the ground.

The message from the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia was clear, “We are still committed to the destruction of Syria as a functional state to end the growing influence of Iran.”

Europe, for the most part, doesn’t buy that argument anymore. Germany certainly doesn’t. France is only interested in how they can curry favor with the U.S. to wrest control of the EU from Germany. The U.K. is a hopeless has-been, living on Deep State inertia and money laundered through City of London.

The Poles just want to stick it to the Russians.

Everyone else has a bad case of, “been there, done that, ain’t doin’ it again.”

They know supporting the fiction that the War in Syria was a war against the evil President Bashar al-Assad is counter-productive.

The geopolitical landscape is changing quickly. And these countries, like Hungary, Italy, and the Czech Republic, know that the current policy trajectory of the Trump administration vis a vis Russia, Iran and China is a suicide pact for them.

So they show up when called, receive our ‘diplomats’ and then pretty much ignore everything they said. This is what happened, ultimately, in Munich.

Even the EU leadership has no illusions about the goals of the U.S./Israeli/Saudi policy on Syria. And that’s why they refused to shut Russia and Iran out of the Munich Security Conference despite the hyperventilating of Pompeo’s amateur-hour State Dept.

The Syria Hangover

These countries are struggling with the after-effects of eight years of war displacing millions who Angela Merkel invited into Europe for her own political purposes.

The resultant chaos now threatens every major political power center in Europe, which could culminate in a Euroskeptic win at the European Parliamentary elections in May.

Continuing on this road will only lead to Russia, Iran, Turkey and China forming a bloc with India to challenge the economic and political might of the West over the next two decades.

So it was no surprise to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu glad-handing looking for support to beam back home for his re-election campaign.

It was also no surprise to see NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg grovel at the feet of the U.S. over the shared mission because he knows that’s where the gravy flows from.

But there was no statement of purpose coming out of Munich after two days of talks. Warsaw already set the stage for that. Vice-President Mike Pence fell completely flat as the substitute Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looked sad and confused as to why no one applauded him for his cheap and empty rhetoric about how evil Iran is.

The Syria operation was put together by the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar with the expressed purpose of creating a failed state of ungoverned fiefdoms. Syria was to be carved up piecemeal with a great land grab for all major partners getting a piece.

Israel gets a buffer zone east of the Golan Heights, Turkey gets Idlib, Afrin and Aleppo. The Kurds get everything east of the Euphrates. And Europe gets pipelines from the Arabian peninsula.

Meanwhile Iran loses Syria and Lebanon, Russia gets pushed out of the European gas market (along with the putsch in Ukraine) and the center of the country is a hot mess of terrorism which can be exported all around the region and further directed against Russia and Iran.

It all looked so good on paper.

But, as I’ve described multiple times, it was an operation built on perception and the false premise that no one would stand up to it.

In came Russia in October 2015 and the rest, unfortunately for the neocons, is just a chase scene.

Sanctions Cut Both Ways

Because for Europe, once it became clear what the costs would be to continue this project, there was little to no incentive to do so. That’s why they sued for peace with Iran by negotiating the JCPOA.

For every MAGApede and Fox News neocon who excoriates Obama for giving Iran $150 billion dollars (of their own money back which we stole) I remind you that it was Obama in 2012 that signed the sanctions which froze that money in the first place.

The JCPOA was signed because in 2014 the Syria operation looked like it was on auto-pilot to success. Iran could have their money back because it wouldn’t matter. They would be vassals and the money wouldn’t buy them anything of substance.

It was Russia and China’s making the move into Syria that changed that calculus.

That’s why the only ones who keep pushing for this balkanization strategy are the ones who still stand to gain from it. The U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. It was clear in Munich that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was the man everyone wanted to talk to.

Everyone has cut bait. Even the Saudis are hedging their best cozying up to Vladimir Putin.

The U.S. still needs to project power globally to support the dollar and its obscene fiscal debauchery. Israel is staring at a future in which its myriad enemies have won and the Saudis need to rule the Sunni Arab world by leading them in a war against Iran.

The Warsaw Summit was a triumph only insofar as the U.S. can still call its allies to attention and they’ll do so. But that’s about it. But it was clear at Munich that Europe isn’t buying what the U.S. is selling about its relationship anymore.

It’s an not only an abusive one with Trump applying maximal economic pressure but also a wholly unrealistic one. Foreign policy midgets like Pompeo and Pence were literally pleading with everyone to not undermine their latest plan to make the world safe for Israel and Trump’s moronic Energy Dominance plan.

Whistling in Munich

In the end, the whole Munich affair looked like a bunch of people gathering to whistle past the graveyard of the fraying post-WWII institutional order. Trump wants Europe to pay for NATO so we don’t but Europe doesn’t want NATO on Trump’s terms which put them in the cross-hairs of his power play with Russia and China over the INF treaty.

Putin has built a version of fortress Russia that is for all practical purposes impregnable, short-of an all-out nuclear conflict which no one except maybe the most ideologically possessed in D.C. and Tel Aviv wants.

The naysayers have had their day but the weapons unveiled by Putin at last March’s State of the Union address changed the board state in a way that requires different tactics. I said so last March and it identified a shift narrative for all of us as to what Putin’s long-game was.

These new weapons represent a state change in weapons technology but, at the same time, are cheap deterrents to further escalation.  They fit within Russia’s budget, again limited by demographic and, as I pointed out in a recent article, domestic realities

…[They highlight] we’re not winning in technology.  So, all we can do is employ meat-grinder policies and force Russia and her allies to spend money countering the money we spend.

It’s a game that hollows everyone out.  And it’s easier for Putin to sell the defensive nature of his position to Russians than it is to sell our backing Al-Qaeda and ISIS to defeat them.  Because that reality has broken through the barrier to it.

And that’s why Europe is so unwilling to go along with Trump on the INF Treaty, Iranian regime change and even his Arab NATO plan. They are the ones being asked to be on the front lines, pay for and fight a war against their best interests.

And that’s why no one was willing to join the latest ‘coalition of the willing’ in Munich to perpetuate the conflict in Asia. They’ll go along with Trump’s plans in Venezuela, it doesn’t cost them anything strategically.

But even Merkel knows that in light of the events of the past three and a half years, the right move for Europe is to cut a deal with Russia and Iran while keeping their head down as the U.S. loses its mind.


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It is discouraging to see Trump participate in the attempt to chase Maduro out of office.

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A full court press is taking place in Florida today (Presidents Day) with Republicans, Democrats, expatriates from Cuba and Venezuela and the fascist warmonger ministry of propaganda that constitutes the US media all denouncing Maduro and blaming him for the hardships imposed on Venezuelans by Washington’s sanctions and attacks on Venezuela’s currency . Even “liberal” NPR is reading off the same fascist warmonger script. NPR managed to report on Venezuela without mentioning the sanctions, without mentioning the theft of Venezuela’s gold foolishly entrusted to the US and British central banks, or the orchestrated protests funded by US-financed NGOs that are small in comparison with the crowds that support Maduro that are never mentioned in the US media. In other words, NPR is just another part of the whorehouse brigade.

What Americans forget, or never knew, is that the Cuban expatriates are the descendents of the corrupt Batista crowd that had looted Cuba for years and were thrown out of Cuba by Castro. The Venezuelan expatriates are from the rich elite that couldn’t adjust to Chavez running the country for the people instead of for them, and some of these expatriates were involved in the failed CIA coup against Chavez. All of these expatriates are nothing but shills for Washington’s takeover so that they can get back in on the take.

It is discouraging to see Trump, who the Democrats, the media, and the military/security complex are attempting to chase out of office participate in the attempt to chase Maduro out of office.

It is discouraging to see Washington’s vassals in Europe and in the Organization of American States throw all truth to the wind and line up with Washington’s lies.

It is discouraging that within Western civilization lies dominate all aspects of domestic and international policy. Truth has been stamped out.

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