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Fake, woke & authoritarian: Why does Canada continue to take the insultingly insincere Justin Trudeau seriously?


(Meme via Twitter)

Oct 9, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Canada's pointless prime minister is a vacuous, self-aggrandising, borderline despot incapable of even keeping up the pretence he cares a jot about the people unfortunate enough to be governed by the privileged charlatan.

Just weeks post federal elections, the muppet PM of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has given up all pretense of being a serious politician and instead returned to his norm of idiocy, offensive gaffs, scandals, and increasing the authoritarianism Canadians have endured the past 18+ months (but which Trudeau and other leaders have flouted).

On September 30, the day of Canada's newly-established National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, instead of himself abiding by the words of his (clearly-scripted and hollow) statement, Trudeau skipped off West to hit the waves and walk on the beach with his wife and kids. 

The statement included Trudeau inviting Canadians, "to reflect on the painful and lasting impacts of residential schools in Canada, and to honour survivors, their families, and their communities," and, "to remember the many children who never returned home."

This he did by ignoring requests of Indigenous communities to visit, instead opting for family fun time in Tofino, a holiday town on Vancouver Island.

This is hardly surprising, given he is merely the face of the government of Canada, the same government which has paid lip service to caring about Indigenous peoples, but continues to allow many communities to boil contaminated water rather than solving the dangerous health issue.

Trudeau's choice to go surfing on the very day of the first year of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, was, in my opinion, him revealing how little he cares for the issues he feigns concern over.

A week later, he donned his pretend-sincere face and uttered the empty words, "Travelling on the 30th was a mistake and I regret it."

Nah. He doesn't regret it, he regrets getting caught. Or as a survivor of the genocidal 'residential school' system said, "this just shows us survivors that he doesn't actually want to meet with us. He's just hoping that we will just disappear into the sunset."

Last July I wrote of the sudden media attention regarding the horrific issue of the Canada-wide 'residential schools', where starvation, torture, and sexual, physical and mental abuse were rife.

In a follow up article, I cited an interview I conducted with Roland Chrisjohn, a PhD-educated clinical psychologist and head of the Native Studies department at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, who spoke of Canada's long history of covering up the crimes against Indigenous children imprisoned in the 'schools'.

Trudeau's latest failure to show any semblance of genuine remorse over these crimes was noted in the backlash on social media, including in response to his virtue-signalling tweet after the fact.

From crass to crazy

More recently, Trudeau took to Twitter tweeting about "lighting candles to honour Indigenous women, girls," and adding his own version of inclusivity, 2SLGBTQQIA, that left even the wokest confused, and many mocking his idiocy.

The 2SL of that Trudeauism apparently referred to 'Two-spirit', or "a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit and is used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe their sexual identity."

Although Team Trudeau thought they were ahead of the woke game, he instead, once again, looked like an idiot in a suit pretending to be a leader. One whose Twitter settings should include parental guidance, for his own good.

Trudeau's authoritarianism

While the PM might garner a tad of sympathy from charitably-minded people who perhaps, mistakenly, think the guy has his heart in the right place but keeps mucking up with his idiotic gaffes, many Canadians are rightly pissed off by his, and Canada's, authoritarian streak over the past two years.

Ontario has had one of the longest and most brutal lockdowns in the world – though the tyranny in Australia has superseded that of Ontario.

Earlier this year, Canada decided to re-invent science and declare that natural immunity to Covid-19 isn't acceptable, only the fast-tracked Big Pharma jabs, meaning that many Canadians, myself-included, cannot return to Canada.

In the leadup to the rushed election, Trudeau said unvaccinated citizens should be banned from planes, trains & buses, and called on the populace to shame and condemn the anti-vaxxers as a "danger."

This week, Trudeau announced Canadians aged 12 and up will be forced to be jabbed in order to travel.

And Trudeau's government will tighten the noose further, implementing prison-state rules about travel by the end of November: only fully vaccinated Canadians can travel.  

This is unsurprising to those who have followed Canada's not so subtle slide towards tyranny. Nor is it surprising after over a year of Covid-19-related psychological operations against the Canadian people, with the intent of "shaping and exploiting" information, discouraging civil disobedience, and boosting confidence in the government's narratives on matters pandemic. 

Although I believe that whoever the muppet leader of Canada is, the policies would largely be the same, the Trudeau brand is truly repugnant.

Canadians are doomed with years more fake, woke and authoritarian non-leadership, with no imminent solution in sight other than mass civil disobedience. But sadly, the combination of idiotic and distracting identity politics and the media fear mongering will ensure that this does not happen.

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I'll likely only see my family on a screen from now on, because I don't want the Covid jab. What happened to 'my body, my choice'?

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translate | Sat, 09 Oct 2021 16:59:49 +0000

Ian Jenkins: “George Monbiot’s Far-Right Projection”


image via Off Guardian

Absolutely brilliant article by Ian Jenkins, published at Off Guardian.

"George Monbiot is shocked.

But what has shocked George is not the rising tide of poverty and starvation in the world or the unprecedented transfer of wealth to a tiny number of oligarchs.

He is not shocked by the practical collapse of the rule of law or by the brutal actions of police officers in nations claiming to be liberal democracies.

It is possible that these things shock him as well, but if so, there is no sign of this in his recent article for the Guardian.

No. Monbiot is shocked by "leftwingers" being "lured" to the "far right" by "conspiracy theories" in the context of resistance to state measures in relation to Covid-19, including opposition to lockdowns, removal of basic civil rights, mass vaccination with experimental mRNA technology and the prospect of vaccine "passes" or even mandatory vaccination.

In employing these terms Monbiot's article is a distillation of the familiar techniques used to attack dissenting voices on Covid during the past 18 months and for a considerably longer time on other issues such as climate change, Brexit and globalisation.

This form of attack –always in defence of dominant or mainstream narratives and the actions of governments and their corporate "partners" and always expressed in terms of "concern" – employs pejorative terms such as "far right", "white supremacist" without defining them adequately or at all.

We are never asked to consider what we understand by the term "far right" or how the label "conspiracy theory" – itself a category with a fascinating back story and history for employment by state powers to attack critics and deflect legitimate questioning – is being used and no attempt is made to define where the line lies between legitimate questions and analysis and more fantastical or "extremist" explanations of events.

A detailed discussion of these terms goes beyond the remit of this response to Monbiot's article – but it is worth noting that, as would be expected, they are not defined with any clarity by Monbiot.

[Eva's note: This is precisely what this immoral shill did re matters Syria: Smeared those of us who took principled stances against the war on Syria, called us names "genocide deniers", "conspiracy theorists", etc…, and served the dominant narratives & their murderous agenda in Syria.]

However, regardless of what he means by these labels, his piece is so fundamentally based on logically fallacies and so scattergun in the way he employs them that it is sufficient to confront his claims on their own lack of coherence.

Monbiot opens his article with an anecdotal warning that acquaintances of his within the "countercultural movements where my sympathies lie" are "dropping like flies" from the deadly plague of Covid.

This opens of the question of how this assertion matches current data and whether Monbiot's experience matches those of the public at large.

Whether this perception of sweeping pestilence is borne out by statistics or not, Monbiot states that this is not a general plague, visited randomly on all such acquaintances, but is one only affecting those with "anti-vax" beliefs.

These are the crazy folk advocating outlandish ideas like the benefits of "natural immunity" (which Monbiot places in scare quotes, presumably in case his readers might think that the human immune system was a real thing) or "denouncing vaccines and refusing to take the precautions that apply to lesser mortals".

As a result of their sins against "the Science", regardless of readily available statistics on the inefficacy of these "precautions", some have been hospitalised Monbiot tells us – though where this is happening and due what underlying or operating causes is unclear.

It is worth noting at this point that Monbiot is at pains throughout this article to locate himself as part of a "counterculture" or "alternative scene" while devoting the entire piece to repeating mainstream narratives and attacking those who oppose them.

Quite how a Brasenose-educated mainstream journalist (whose previous "activism" earned him a visiting fellowship at Oxford's Green College at the behest of a former UK ambassador to the UN) qualifies as a figure on the "alternative scene" is a question that could quite legitimately be asked.

Not content to bemoan that his "countercultural" acquaintances are putting their own lives at risk – Monbiot then accuses them of "actively threatening the lives of others".

This shifts these non-complying leftists from a state of recklessness regarding their own health and into the realm of criminal intent.

This is a technique that anyone who has been questioning the mainstream Covid narrative will be familiar with – having spent 18 months being accused of wanting to kill grannies and murder the vulnerable: even in the face of mounting evidence that it is the state that has been engaged in the culling of these groups and which has certainly been responsible for their immiseration.

The thought process for this imputation of homicidal intent runs like this: masks, lockdowns and vaccines prevent transmission, transmission equals disease and disease equals death.

There is, of course, ample scientific evidence to question each stage of this chain of causation [see here], but Monbiot merely asserts each causal step as unassailable truth sufficient to impute murderous intent to all who fail to comply with the edicts of the biosecurity state.

It could be said in response that it would be possible to lay similar accusation of "threatening the lives of others" against those, like Monbiot himself, who advance the ideology of "net zero" – which would likely result in innumerable deaths from starvation and exposure to cold – but that would be to adopt the tactics of one's opponent and as Marcus Aurelius put it – "the best revenge is not to be like your enemy".

Having attributed murderous intent on those holding "anti-vax beliefs" Monbiot now casts his net wider to bemoan the passage of "conspiracy theories travelling smoothly from right to left", including the claims of "white supremacists", which he states the misguided children of the left are repeating without knowing their origin.

Monbiot does not trouble himself to identify the nature of these white supremacist claims before moving swiftly on to decry the tragic situation in which:

hippies who once sought to build communities [are] sharing the memes of extreme individualism […] spreading QAnon lies and muttering about a conspiracy against Donald Trump

And bemoan that:

the old boundaries have broken down, and the most unlikely people have become susceptible to rightwing extremism".

There is no attempt to define what is meant by "rightwing extremism" at this point, with Monbiot finding it sufficient to present anecdotal evidence of muttering QAnon hippies – a group I must confess to have never encountered in the ranks of those opposing the Covid agenda, where the QAnon psyop is more likely to be mocked than embraced.

The reader is left none the wiser as to what "extreme individualism" means either. Maybe these "hippies" are inventing their own personal languages or choosing to live as hermits?

But despite the absence of any concrete examples that might act as a warning to the unwary, Monbiot is still concerned that this is a sign of something going "badly wrong in parts of the alternative scene".

In fact, Monbiot is merely employing the fallacy of composition – the logical fallacy so beloved of many on the modern so-called "left", in which an entire, highly diverse, group of people advancing versions of a particular idea can be represented by the most extreme individuals also advancing that idea.

Presumably what we are to believe here is that if a Qanon placard, hastily scrawled in crayon by some fringe nutter, is sighted at a protest or if some misguided basement-dweller comments on a Facebook thread then all attending the protest or commenting on the thread are of one mind with these outliers.

Such shoddy thinking has been the mainstay of those employing agents provocateur to discredit movements and campaigns in the past.

It is at this point – perhaps inevitably given the general adherence to Godwin's Law amongst his milieu – that Monbiot, in an attempt to tie the ideas of these misguided counter-culturalists to the "far-right", embarks on a rather woolly, cherry-picking and historically inaccurate identification of an "overlap" between "new age" and "far-right" ideas – specifically with Nazi ideology.

There has long been an overlap between certain new age and far-right ideas. The Nazis embraced astrology, pagan festivals, organic farming, forest conservation, ecological education and nature worship.

Monbiot draws attention to the Nazis' embrace of "pagan festivals, organic farming, forest conservation, ecological education and nature worship". But then seemingly not quite sure where he is going with this line of thought, and perhaps perceiving the possibility that as a "green" activist himself he is in danger of associating himself with Nazi ideology, he quickly regroups and states that the Nazis also…

promoted homeopathy and "natural healing", and tended to resist vaccination.

At this point, Monbiot at least has the decency to point out that just because someone believes in natural medicine and ecology, they are not necessarily a Nazi, which is very good of him and is no doubt a comfort to many of his readers who would identify themselves as being part of the Green movement.

However, it is what Monbiot fails to say about the Nazis that is most telling.

After all, at the Nuremberg Trials, it was not homeopathic practitioners who stood trial for crimes against humanity, it was the allopathic doctors who had carried out medical experiments on the inmates of concentration camps.

And the Nuremberg Code did not set out prohibitions against "natural healing", but rather against the administration of experimental pharmaceutical products to individuals without their informed consent.

Monbiot also fails to address the Nazi belief in population reduction as central to their views of ecology – especially the targeted removal of those deemed to be inferior and whose presence within the borders of the Third Reich was routinely represented as that of vectors of infection, an unclean influence endangering the health of the Good Germans.

It would not be difficult to find echoes of this Malthusian and eugenicist philosophy today – but Monbiot fails to do so.

It is quite a feat to take the example of the centralised totalitarian state of the Third Reich, obsessed as it was with racial purity, racial "hygiene" and conformity through the process of Gleichschaltung (coordination of all arms of the state around central narratives), and associate it with those who have concerns about matters such as individual rights, the Rule of Law and constitutionality.

Is Monbiot unaware that Nazi ideology was diametrically opposed to these values?

Monbiot also points to a process by which European fascists sought to reinvent themselves in the 1960s and 70s by entering the ecological movement to promote ideas such as ethnic separatism or indigenous autonomy. Though he again fails to explain where, and by whom, these ideas are being raised in the current situation.

Monbiot frames the anti-vaccine movement as:

a highly effective channel for the penetration of far-right ideas into leftwing countercultures".

He then goes on to provide possibly the most bizarre non-example of this that could be imagined – even in a piece as poorly constructed and logically fragile as this – citing the invitation of "anti-vaxxer", and well-known liberal, Robert F. Kennedy Jnr to the Trump Whitehouse as his example.

For several years, anti-vax has straddled the green left and the far right. Trump flirted with it, at one point inviting the anti-vaxxer Robert F Kennedy Jr to chair a "commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity".

One is left wondering at this point whether Monbiot even knows who RFK Jnr is – surely he does – and how on earth he thought this example would be the best one to present to a Guardianista audience (who still see Trump as the personification of right-wing evil), as evidence of right-wing "anti-vaxxers" influencing the left.

Monbiot's article now dissolves into an ill-defined attack on 'conspiracy theories', which he claims are bolstered by Facebook directing vaccine hesitant people towards "far-right conspiracy" groups.

None of these alleged right-wing groups are named or their views described, with Monbiot being content, to:

  • a) make a link, without evidence, between "wellness" movements and antisemitism
  • b) mock the idea of bodily sovereignty (without defining or arguing this as a legal and/or ethical concept) and
  • c) make a vague derogatory reference to beliefs in a "shadowy cabal … trying to deprive us of autonomy".

Here Monbiot blurs the concept of some form of biological purity with the legal idea of bodily sovereignty, a piece of linguistic and conceptual legerdemain that he employs again later in his conclusion.

To be fair, in his talk of "shadowy cabals" Monbiot doesn't mention pan-dimensional lizards or the Illuminati – but he may have just run out space to include these.

He is also not clear on where there leads people criticising high-profile globalist organisations such as the World Economic Forum – who far from being "shadowy" publish all of their plans on a glossy website and upload talks and panel discussions from their glitzy annual meetings at Davos.

Of the censorship of legitimate opinion on Facebook, which will be far more familiar to most than being steered to a neo-Nazi group, Monbiot makes no mention.

Monbiot then surrenders any pretence at argument and reminds the reader that they "should never discount the role of sheer bloody idiocy" amongst critics of the biosecurity state and brings up the "Pureblood" meme.

There's a temptation to overthink this, and we should never discount the role of sheer bloody idiocy. Some anti-vaxxers are now calling themselves "purebloods", a term that should send a chill through anyone even vaguely acquainted with 20th-century history.

If you are unfamiliar with this fringe social media phenomena, it is one in which the unvaccinated borrow a term from Harry Potter to distinguish themselves from those who have received an mRNA injection. This is, without doubt, a distasteful and counterproductive meme – though its origin is difficult to establish – and provides an open goal for Monbiot (and others) to link those opposing vaccine mandates with the racial pseudoscience of the Nazis.

Ironically here Monbiot states that one cannot expect people this stupid to "detect the echo of the Nuremberg laws", while being completely blind himself to the other striking contemporary echoes of these discriminatory laws.

It is clear that the current parallels with the Nuremberg Laws do not proceed from those using the "Pureblood" label, who do not seem in any way interested in discriminating against the vaccinated or in excluding them from normal participation in society or from accessing basic services.

In addition, though quick to raise the spectre of the Nuremberg Laws, it is worth observing that Monbiot appears have no interest whatsoever in the Nuremberg Code.

It is in the next section of his article that Monbiot comes closest to touching on something approaching truth, as he describes, without explicitly stating it to be the case, the breakdown in the relevance of a left/right divide experienced by so many over the past 18 months.

I believe this synthesis of left-alternative and rightwing cultures has been accelerated by despondency, confusion and betrayal […] there has been an almost perfect language swap. Parties that once belonged on the left talk about security and stability while those on the right talk of liberation and revolt.

He accurately describes the disillusionment of many who would have considered themselves to be on the 'left' as they watched "left-ish" political parties become acquiescent or even supportive of corporate power, while a libertarian right has arisen which rails against excessive corporate control, resulting in what he describes as a "perfect language swap" in which "parties that once belonged on the left talk about security and stability while those on the right talk of liberation and revolt".

Putting aside the complete lack of evidence for this in the actions and language of the Conservative Party that governs his own country – there is still some truth to what Monbiot says here. In the past 18 months the most unquestioning and aggressive support for Covid policy has been found on the left, a position Monbiot proves as eager to defend as any other member of the "Lockdown Left" – as they have come to be known by many disappointed and outraged people of the left (myself included).

Monbiot then seeks to utilise necessity, the "tyrants plea" as Milton put it, to override the objections that some on the left may have to the criminal record of Big Pharma or their potential revulsion at the "coercive political control" of the responses to Covid.

Mass vaccination is "needed" and lockdown and other measures are "required to prevent Covid-19 spreading" – though ample data points to none of this being the case.

He then extends this free pass to tyranny to the fight against "climate breakdown" and the "collapse of biodiversity", which he tells his reader have made "powerful agreements struck by governments" necessary – something which he admits can be hard to swallow for a left, particularly an environmental left, resistant to such power plays and instead focused on the "local and the homespun".

Doubtless such cottage industry approaches to the environment do exist, but there is also a multi-billion dollar oligarch-funded environmental lobbying and PR industry which promotes the case for heavy-handed and society-changing 'climate action', and which has brought to the attention of the world such pre-fabricated prophets of doom as Greta Thunberg and funded astroturf movements such as Extinction Rebellion.

Notably Monbiot makes no mention of this whatsoever.

Feeling that he has made his case – though in fact no case has been made at all – Monbiot now arrives at his solutions, which he finds in the "hippie principle" of "balance". (Though quite where this principle is expressed and who the particular "hippies" are Monbiot does not trouble himself to relate).

Monbiot is careful not to lose his "left" audience at this point, and emphasises that this "hippie principle" is not the "compromised, submissive doctrine that calls itself centrism" as this leads to "extreme outcomes" such as the "Iraq war, endless economic growth and ecological disaster".

Instead, he proposes the "balance between competing values in which true radicalism is to be found".

Remarkably he locates this "balance" in "reason and warmth, empiricism and empathy, liberty and consideration" having demonstrated scant evidence of any of these values throughout the rest of his article.

Presumably it's this 'reason, warmth etc ' that leads to outcomes such as curtailment of civil liberties, mandatory vaccination and depopulation through pursuit of utopian goals such as zero carbon.

But it is Monbiot's penultimate paragraph that contains his most dangerous piece of (un)reasoning. We might seek "simplicity" he regretfully opines, like some modern-day Mrs Merdle, but…

the human body, human society and the natural world are phenomenally complex and cannot be easily understood."

All things which may be true, but which do not imply that we should not seek to understand them.

The conclusion that Monbiot draws from this is chilling:

Life is messy. Bodily and spiritual sovereignty are illusions.

The consequences of this statement cannot be overstressed. If bodily sovereignty is an illusion, where does the bar exist to the intervention of the state or any other coercive force on the individual?

There would, for instance, be no bar to rape, or to forced abortion, sterilisation or any other surgical or medical intervention on the human body.

After all, where there is no sovereignty there can be no consent.

It is to defend the idea of "bodily sovereignty" that the Nuremberg Code was drafted, and it was the discarding of this fundamental ethical concept that gave license to the experiments of Mengele.

Yet Monbiot does not pursue this idea to its logical conclusion, content to dismiss its potentially horrific consequences with a shallow and unsubstantiated statement: "there is no pure essence; we are all mudbloods".

Here Monbiot, as he does earlier in his article, possibly wilfully, appears to confuse some biological idea of bodily purity (or absence of contamination), to which he attributes connotations of racial purity, with the legal/human rights notion of bodily sovereignty. What he means by "spiritual purity" is, again, anyone's guess.

Monbiot concludes with a nakedly hypocritical recipe for "enlightenment" as coming from…

long and determined engagement with other people's findings and other people's ideas".

Having displayed absolutely no interest in engaging in any such activities himself. "Self-realisation" he tells us, "requires constant self-questioning" – though he clearly deals in unchallengeable absolutes – and that

true freedom emerges from respect for others".

Ignoring the inverse case that true tyranny comes from demonising, misrepresenting and disrespecting other people and their views, or by lotting together diverse individuals and ideas under ill-deserved labels such as "far-right" or "conspiracy theorist".

It is hard to overstress how dangerous the ideas in Monbiot's article are – a fact made worse by their seeming ubiquity in current mainstream publications and by the casual way they are introduced in relation to a range of issues to discredit legitimate questioning of dominant narratives.

The true danger we face comes not from those on the left being "seduced" by the ideas of the "far right" – a phenomena for which little evidence seems to exist. But rather that anyone would be seduced by the faux-left and superficially "spiritual" and "equitable" concepts offered by Monbiot and others.

Ideas which, when their ill-evidenced assumptions, spurious reasoning and hypocrisy are exposed, potentially light a path to horrendous destinations."

translate | Fri, 08 Oct 2021 16:40:47 +0000

There are positive developments on the ground in Syria, but for America it’s sanctions and suffering as usual


Sep 30, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Jordan is re-opening its border crossing with Syria and resuming flights to Damascus. In Syria, more armed groups lay down their weapons but while these positive developments occur, the US hunkers down to inflict more pain.

On September 29, Jordan's Nassib border crossing to Syria re-opened, meaning a resumption not only of travel but of trade between the two nations. In early October, Royal Jordanian will start flying again to Syria's capital.

In Syria's south, after years of the government and allied attempts to restore full peace, the last armed groups have finally laid down their weapons in Dara'a, which journalist Vanessa Beeley wrote about after her recent return there.

And while the Biden administration recently changed talking heads for a Syria related diplomatic position, little else has altered regarding America's position on Syria.

Sanctions against the Syrian people have continued under Biden, and the at least 900 US troops illegally occupying Syria remain.

Same old, same old, for Syrians, who have endured 10 years of foreign war and terrorism against their country, as well as ten years of some of the most obnoxious lies and war propaganda.

Read here

In their September 13 meeting in Moscow, Presidents Assad and Putin made clear that while Syria continues to work towards restoring stability, doing so has been hampered by the presence of foreign troops not invited by the Syrian government and not under a mandate of the UN.

While speaking diplomatically, it is clear they meant the US and Turkish troops occupying areas of Syria, which—along with the proxy forces they support—bring the opposite of peace to Syrians.

Yet, type "Syria" into your search engine of choice and you will still come across screaming headlines of inexplicable "violence" in Syria, and that Syria is "not safe" for the return of refugees. Many of these recent claims emanate from a recent update from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

But this is not true. In fact since September 2015, nearly 1 million Syrians have returned to Syria, with another nearly 1.4 million internally displaced refugees re-settling, according to the September 27, 2021 bulletin of the Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides and Control of the Movement of Refugees.

What the delusional articles, omit are the real factors that make life in Syria difficult, and dangerous: the continued presence of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in Idlib, terrorizing the population and firing on civilian areas in surrounding Hama and Aleppo provinces; and the deadly Western sanctions against Syrians, among still other preventable factors.

Starving and thieving Syria

The latest from the UN commission refers to the fuel shortages and food insecurity without a mention of the many brutal Western sanctions against Syrians, once again showing the supposed impartiality of the UN is non-existent.

Read here

I have written repeatedly about the deadly impact of sanctions, noting that they impact Syria's ability to import medicines or the raw materials needed to manufacture them, medical equipment, machines and materials needed to for prosthetics, among other things.

The food insecurity mentioned by the UN commission comes as a direct result of sanctions which, "cripple a state's economy; disrupt the availability of food, medicines, drinking water, and sanitation supplies; interfere with the functioning of health and education systems; and undermine people's ability to work."

Deliberating causing the devaluing of the Syrian pound (as US envoy James Jeffrey boasted about) is not targeting the Syrian government, it is targeting the Syrian people. Western leadership have blatantly said sanctions will continue until Assad is deposed.

More recently, journalist Dan Kovalik was in Syria. He noted that, "10 years ago, abject poverty in Syria affected less than one percent of the population. By 2015, this had risen to 35 percent of the population. The rise in food prices – up 209 percent in the last year – is also noted."

Indeed, the comparison of pre-war Syria and lack of abject poverty then rings true to what Syrians have told me over and over again in my visits to their country since 2014: that they were living well, in safety, and in harmony.

As for the increasingly debilitating effects of the sanctions, I saw life get increasingly more expensive. Syrians got more desperate during the 6 months I spent there last year, and again even more so this May and June, with skyrocketing prices meaning Syrians, in spite of working multiple jobs, can't afford to put food on the table.

Under the Biden administration, the illegal US forces continue to pillage Syrian oil. Last year, I wrote about this theft of around $30 million a month. In March 2021, Syria's petroleum minister compared the illegal US forces to "pirates" for plundering Syria's oil, saying the US occupation inflicted over $92 billion in damage on Syria's petroleum sector.

Turkish-backed terrorists imprison, torture and kill civilians (including children) in northeastern Syria, with Turkish forces themselves routinely shelling Syrian villages. Meanwhile, before his meeting with President Putin, Turkey's Erdogan sent still thousands more troops into Syria.

These are all factors contributing further to Syrians' hellish circumstances and poverty, as well as factors omitted by most media and UN reports on Syria.

Peace-bringing reconciliation initiatives ignored

When armed groups reconcile with the state, laying down their weapons, they're largely ignored by Western leaders, media and the UN.

Indeed, the same UN report mentioned earlier claimed that under Assad's leadership there seems to be, "no moves to unite the country or seek reconciliation."

Reconciliations have been ongoing since the Reconciliation ministry was established in 2012. Although the process is not perfect—the state cannot guarantee that armed groups who promise to cease violence against the state and population will adhere to their word—it is still the most peaceful option of enabling armed Syrian men to reintegrate into society, if they so choose.

How would America deal with such men on US soil? Kill them without blinking, most likely.

I interviewed the Minister of Reconciliation in 2014 and 2017, after the successes of returning peace to Homs, Aleppo, Madaya, al-Waer, among others.

The objectives of Reconciliation are the obvious restoration of security and enabling Syrians to return to their lives. But also, according to Minister Haidar, helping Syrians resolve their suffering in all respects: "Their security and safety, the economy, social services, education, the large number of martyrs and injured, the kidnapped, the missing, the internally-displaced… We are trying to find a solution to each one of these cases. That is the deepest meaning of 'reconciliation': to return people to their normal lives."

In our 2017 conversation, I asked the Minister whether Syria had any outside support for Reconciliation. Only, he said, from countries who are friends of Syria.

He said even the UN wasn't interested.

"The UN during this period was siding with the Western policies, and not mentioning the achievement that the Syrian government has reached from these efforts. Western governments were against this project because it considered it a victory for the Syrian government and a major pillar for the unity of the Syrian people and the Syrian territories."

At the end of our conversation, he made one particularly poignant point: "Most of the people that support the reconciliation process are the martyred's families. For example, I was in a Latakia suburb and there I met a mother of four martyrs. She said, 'I lost 4 children and I don't want other mothers to suffer what I suffered.'"

Incidentally, the minister is also father of a martyr: His son was gunned down by terrorists in 2012, in what Haidar described as an attempt to assassinate himself.

Dara'a, a long-awaited reconciliation

The UN commission called the restoration of peace to Dara'a al-Balad an unfolding tragedy. That's right, it is utterly tragic that armed extremists who have shelled, killed and maimed civilians for years are finally laying down their weapons.

As Vanessa Beeley wrote, "The armed groups that had committed multiple war crimes and atrocities against Syrian civilians and anti-terrorism armed forces had no intention of relinquishing their campaign of retaliatory crimes against anyone they considered to be loyal to the Syrian government and state. A vicious offensive was unleashed by these extremist gangs formerly associated with terrorist Al Qaeda and ISIS factions in the southern region."

Further, it is truly tragic (sarcasm) that those terrorists can no longer shell and snipe the state hospital, preventing civilians from getting medical care, as they have done for years.

As I wrote, in May 2018 before Daraa was fully liberated, in a hired taxi I went to areas which were under fire from terrorists, and took a perilous high speed ride to the state hospital, down a road exposed to terrorist sniping from less than 100 metres away.

The hospital was battered and partially destroyed from terrorists' mortars, and mostly empty of patients. The director showed me destroyed wards and off-limits areas due to high risk of snipers.

In that article I noted that upon my return months later, I was able to see just how close the near terrorist headquarters had been to the hospital: 50 metres away, hence the extreme risk of being shot while inside the hospital.

Read here

So yes, UN and Western media, shed your tears that another reign of terror has come to an end.

And keep ignoring the brutal Western sanctions as you churn out more war propaganda against the Syrian people and ignore positive developments on the ground. Because you care so much for the Syrian people…

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WATCH: COVID19/11 – Eva Bartlett Episode Fourteen of Narratives Intertwined


Published on Off Guardian, Sep 29, 2021

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Hi friends,

I'll add a personal introspection with this share.

Doing this video was a bit challenging. Not because of the content, but because I always feel I'm overlooking something, or what I have to say is not enough.

But, in the end, I recorded what I could, because I believe we need to encourage others to speak out, to not feel isolated and vulnerable.

You can watch the brief clip on Off Guardian's Odysee channel

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It’s utterly unacceptable that Canada’s military ran a secret psyops campaign to manipulate & control the public’s views on Covid


Sep 28, 2021, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

The plan, devised by the Canadian Joint Operations Command, relied on propaganda techniques like those used during the Afghan war. What on earth is going on in the upper echelons of Ottawa?

High-up elements of the Canadian Forces have been waging psychological operations on the public over Covid-19 to manipulate their emotions and thoughts, and to gauge their reactions. While this is not uncommon around the world, getting caught is.

A new article in Canada's National Post states that the Canadian Joint Operations Command used "propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghanistan war" on the Canadian public.

The Post cites a December 2020 investigation by retired Major-General Daniel Gosselin, who was asked to look into it by then-Chief of the Defence Staff General Jon Vance.

According to the article, the federal government was innocent and not aware of the plan – a claim I find unbelievable, considering the amount of gaslighting and knowingly pointless regulations the government has subjected Canadians to since the start of the pandemic scare.

The plan involved "shaping" and "exploiting" information, the Post noted, to "head off civil disobedience by Canadians" and "bolster government messages about the pandemic."

Among the stranger aspects was scaring Canadians with stories of a wolf invasion.

This, according to the Post, involved Canadian Forces' military information operations staff forging a letter from the Nova Scotia government warning about wolves on the loose, in September 2020.

The Post claims the letter's release was inadvertent, and basically ran with the Canadian Forces' claim that this was down to a few bad apples, reservists who "lacked formal training and policies governing the use of propaganda techniques." 

Canadian journalist Dan Dicks, who was among the first to report on and analyze the wolves story, noted at the time that it was a classic example of a psychological operation.

Dicks has also pointed out what the National Post omitted, highlighting:

"They created a fake letter from the government saying there are dangerous wolves, and they set up loudspeakers in the area, projecting out wolf noises. This isn't just research, this isn't just a training exercise, they're actively engaging in this psychological operation to scare people using loudspeakers.

'Psyops', he noted, is a term used "to denote any action which is practiced mainly by psychological methods with the aim of evoking a planned psychological reaction in other people," and they are "aimed at influencing a target audience's value system, belief system, emotions, motives, reasoning, or behaviour."

Canadian journalist James Corbett likewise commented on this at the time, pointing out how a rumour is floated to see how the public reacts:

"This entire coordinated campaign to convince an entire public of a threat that doesn't exist, in order to test how they will react to that, what will the public respond to and how will they respond? That really speaks volumes to the world we are living in. And you really think they are going to do all of that, but they are never going to use that for any nefarious purposes?"

An article in the Ottawa Citizen noted at the time that Canada's Department of National Defence claimed: "The fake letter wasn't meant to be released to the public and an investigation is underway to determine how that happened. The letter was an aid for the propaganda training."

The department also claimed to not know why the loudspeaker was set up to transmit wolf sounds.

I guess a member of the public who read the letter must have taken it upon themselves to set up the loudspeaker then, hey?

The same Ottawa Citizen article cites Bard College professor Emma Briant, who specializes in researching military propaganda, calling the stunt a "major violation of ethics."

UK "anti-masker" razor-blade poster hoax

The "shaping" and "exploiting" of information on Covid-19 to gauge and shape the public mood is, of course, not unique to Canada. To give another example, in May 2020, the UK Column obtained a leaked internal document of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) from March 26, 2020, which advised:

"Use the media to increase the sense of personal threat. Use the media to increase the sense of responsibility of others. Use the media to promote positive messaging around actions. Tailor the messaging and use and promote social approval for desired behaviours."

I recently spoke to UK-based journalist Iain Davis on a variety of issues pertaining to fear porn and media hype around the issue of Covid-19. 

In our interview, Davis spoke of another hoax that appeared on the BBC last July: a Cardiff woman who claimed she had been cut by a razor blade allegedly stuck on the back of an 'anti-mask' poster.

What the BBC did not bother investigating was that the poster in question was laminated, thus stiff, and the razor blade stuck flat to the back of it, making it virtually impossible that the woman had actually cut herself.

"When you took it off the wall, it would have been like a card, not a piece of paper you could scrunch up, it would have been a stiff card," David said.

Nor did the BBC question why she threw away the 'evidence' instead of turning it over to the police she had contacted. They didn't look into her apparent history of outlandish and improbable claims, like being disemboweled and walking to hospital holding her intestines in, nor her admitted history of self-harming, lending credence to the likelihood she staged the sliced-hand photo.

While this story seemingly originated from an unstable individual, it was pushed unquestioningly by British state-owned media.

Further, as Davis noted, the nonsensical razor poster story re-emerged two months later, this time with London transport warning of "anti-mask posters with razor blades."

In this story, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union cited by the BBC actually said it wasn't aware of any razor-blade incidents. Yet the BBC ran with the claims nonetheless (using the previous unstable person's photo to support the claims).

These were not the first razor-blade poster stories, though. In 2020, the BBC and other media ran stories claiming razor blades (and needles) had been put behind anti-5G posters, again not providing any actual evidence to back the claims.

Anti-mask, anti-5G… and 'razor-blade posters'. Clearly, this looks like another psyop to indoctrinate the public into equating people who have legitimate and science-based concerns about particular issues as being not only bat-s**t crazy, but dangerous, a menace to society.

But these stories are being cooked up in underhand ways by some powerful forces that shouldn't be engaged in these matters, while the masses actually concerned about these issues are raising their concerns in peaceful manners: petitions, peaceful demonstrations, scientific papers… All that is easily obscured by a few tabloid stories with screaming headlines.

According to Davis, the point is "to seed the idea into the public imagination to associate people that question vaccines with extremism, ultimately with terrorism. There is a lineage going back quite a few years where you can see this narrative being seeded into the public consciousness. It has really ramped up in the last couple of months."

Indeed, in November 2020, the Ottawa Citizen revealed the Canadian Forces' desire to "establish a new organization that will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Canadians," noting they've already spent over $1 million to "train public affairs officers on behaviour modification techniques of the same sort used by the parent firm of Cambridge Analytica."

While noting nominal opposition and concern by the defence minister, the Citizen reported that "work is already underway on some aspects of the plan and some techniques have been already tested on the Canadian public," as well as that "a series of town halls were already conducted last week for a number of military personnel on the strategies contained in the draft plan."

Dan Dicks, in his commentary on the wolves scare story, aptly opined, "It frustrates me so much that the government is actively trying to silence me as being 'fake news' or putting out 'false information', when they are actively engaged in propaganda campaigns to distribute false information designed to scare Canadians."

Indeed, we who speak out on uncomfortable issues are censored, ostracized, and labeled as 'conspiracy theorists', while governments are actively spewing misinformation and manipulating the masses.

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Iain Davis, of In This Together, on “pandemic” narratives & on “exercising our inalienable rights”


Recently, I spoke with UK-based writer Iain Davis, author of the blog, In This Together, and also a contributor to 21st Century Wire, the UK Column, Off Guardian, Zero Hedge and the Corbett Report, and author of several books.

Iain has worked in health and social care most of his life, working predominantly with people with mental health, substance misuse and acute housing needs, and has always maintained a keen interest in geopolitics. Read more on his about page.

We discussed why he was from early on skeptical of the pandemic narratives, as well as some of the crazy measures taken in the UK, fear porn in the media to further demonize those who choose not to take an experimental, and highly risky, Covid jab. He also highlighted ways to resist the absurd measures being imposed under the pretext of public health.

Follow Iain:

https://odysee.com/@InThisTogether:d

https://www.bitchute.com/channel/in-this-together/ https://steemit.com/@oyddodat https://www.minds.com/InThisTogether/

Visit his website for still further links as well as to purchase his books.

From his about page:

"I speak out because I know humans have the capacity for immense strength, compassion and solidarity. I've seen it every day, throughout my working life. However, we are constantly pitted against each other by an establishment built upon the concept of 'divide and rule.' These divisions can only ever lead to conflict. Often, that is the intention.

Yet division is not innate to us, rather we have it thrust upon us by leaders who promise solutions but operate a strategy of tension. I firmly believe that we, the people, have the capacity build a better society. I hope, through my writing and content creation, I can contribute, in a small way, towards reinvigorating critical thought."

*Please consider supporting his work!

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https://off-guardian.org/2021/09/12/9-11-truth-is-not-a-matter-of-perspective/

https://consentfactory.org/2020/10/13/the-covidian-cult/

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Swine flu, Bird flu 'never happened': Probe into H1N1 'false pandemic'

Yes, WHO faked a pandemic and is now lying about it, my Forbes article

Can We Trust the WHO?

*Legislative easement

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities

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*Observations from Syria during the early months of the "pandemic"

March 31 updates from Damascus

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*Razor blade anti-mask story

Inalienable Rights – A Suggested Solution To The Covid Coup d'état & How To Resist It

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