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Q: What are the root causes of fundamentalism and terrorism in the Muslim world? (Are these issues mostly driven by geo-political problems or religious teachings?)
The biggest single cause of fundamentalism is Saudi oil money. Wahhabism and related strains of fundamentalism would be very minor problems if they were not amplified by Saudi Arabia’s financial and political power.
A lesser cause of fundamentalism is the onset of modernity and mass literacy. In the past, only people with a spiritual and religious vocation would study Islam. Today, all sorts of people, including those with a this-worldly (dunyawi) approach to life, have the tools to dabble in the study of Islam. When engineers study Islam, they often apply the same kind of thinking to Islam that they bring to engineering. Such people often gravitate to literalist or obscurantist readings.
Terrorism is a separate question from fundamentalism. Not all fundamentalists are terrorists! Nor are all terrorists fundamentalists. In fact, the worst terrorists in the world are the USA and Israel. One could argue that US-Israeli terrorism is driven in part by fundamentalist interpretations of the Torah or Old Testament. But that is a minor factor. Terrorism is almost completely driven by politics, not religion. Terrorism (attacking civilians to spread fear) is a military tactic. Almost all terrorism is carried out by the uniformed military forces of nation states. Insurgent groups are responsible for only a small fraction of terrorist attacks. And the most famous insurgent terror incidents, such as 9/11, are false flag operations facilitated by the very states that pretend to be under attack.
Q: Muslims are being violently targeted in different countries, including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Palestine, etc. What’s your take on this phenomenon and the rise of anti-Muslim sentiments?
Muslims are under attack for a number of reasons. Some geopolitical reasons include: Muslim countries are weak and divided, which opens them to attack. The Muslim world has fantastic energy wealth, which predatory powers seek to loot. And after the Cold War ended, the West needed a new enemy, so it used its propaganda apparatus to create worldwide Islamophobia.
But there are also cultural and psychological reasons driving the war on Islam. Most cultures have forgotten their identities. (All cultures are rooted in sacred traditions, which are disappearing.) Muslims have maintained their religious identity better than most other groups, and Islam offers a viable alternative to secularism, as Murad Hoffman has argued. So many non-Muslim groups are jealous, and seek to reinforce their own weak identities by opposing or attacking Muslims.
Q: What factors or forces have contributed to the Shia-Sunni divide in Muslim majority countries? And what’s the role of the Zionist regime in this regard?
The Shia-Sunni problem we have today was engineered by Occupation forces in Iraq, in accordance with the Zionist Oded Yinon plan to balkanize the Middle East on ethnic and sectarian lines. False flag bombings were staged against both Shia and Sunni targets in order to fan the flames of sectarian war. The Zionist regime played the main role inciting these divisions. Just as the Zionists used 9/11 to hijack the American military to go to war against Israel’s enemies, they also took advantage of the US occupation of Iraq to put their Oded Yinon plan into high gear.
Qs on Golan Heights ( Israel)
Q: What is your take on the plan? Is it likely to be successful?
Israel’s ongoing theft of land and resources will end in catastrophic failure, probably within the next two decades. The decision to essentially annex the Golan Heights, like earlier decisions to colonize and eventually annex other lands stolen in the 1967 war of aggression, will contribute to delegitimizing what everyone in the Middle East calls “the (illegitimate) Zionist entity.” As Israel loses its veneer of legitimacy worldwide, not just in the region, at the same time that the West is losing its dominant global position, the power equation will shift against the Zionist settler colonialists. Eventually the Zionist project will become unsustainable, due to a combination of hard and soft power mobilized against it. The soon to be ex-“Israel" will go the way of “French” Algeria or apartheid South Africa.
Q: Israel seized the territory a long time ago, why is considering to take such measures only now?
Arrogant Israel is drunk on the success of its 9/11 false flag attack on the United States, and its more recent success in inserting kosher nostra front man Donald Trump as US president in service to Israel’s planned total takeover of Jerusalem al-Quds and its hoped-for war on Iran. Like a vain, boastful drunk, Israel is committing crimes without awareness of how its actions look to others.
Q: What reaction can we expect from the international community?
The international community will, of course, condemn the move as a violation of international law. But official pushback will be muted. Leaders of the international community are terrorized by the power and viciousness of the Zionists. But below the surface, a tidal wave of resentment and rage is building. Here in the United States, more and more people are learning about Israel’s lead role in orchestrating and carrying out the 9/11/2001 atrocities, and its even more obvious lead role in dragging the US into its disastrous war on Iraq. Likewise, around the world, awareness about the crimes of Zionism is rising. It will not be terribly long before the world’s people will be in a position to force their leaders to put the Zionist project to bed.
Q: Many countries have rejected Israel’s claims over the territory, do you think some countries that have supported Israel like the US may recognize Israel’s claim?
Donald Trump was recruited by organized crime boss Roy Cohn (of the Meyer Lansky syndicate) in the 1960s and has been a front man for Jewish organized crime ever since. So Trump will undoubtedly support Israel in all cases, even the most outrageous. That is what he was put in office to do. (Russia-gate is actually Israel-gate; Trump was put in office by Israel through computer vote fraud and other criminal measures organized by Israel-linked forces.)
But very few countries will go along with Trump.
Q: In your view can this enhance tensions between Israel and Syria?
Israel’s move on Golan is designed to raise tensions in service to Israel’s planned war on Iran. It remains to be seen what the outcome will be. It is possible that the US and Israel could lose a war on Iran, even more catastrophically than they lost the Iraq war and the 2006 invasion of Lebanon, precipitating the demise of the Zionist entity within the next decade.
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Censorship Plague Spreading Across America
By Kevin Barrett, for American Free Press
Albert Camus’s 1947 novel used The Plague as a metaphor for fascism. Today the plague of fascist-style intolerance is once again spreading. But the carriers are not so much the paleoconservative nationalists that Antifa hates, as Antifa itself…and the milieu from which it arises.
The core principle of fascism is crushing dissent. And it is Antifa and its allies who are the worst censors and most fanatical enemies of free speech.
On May 10, 1933, 40,000 pro-Nazi Germans gathered in Berlin to stage a gigantic book-burning bonfire. Exactly 85 years later, on May 10, 2018, philosopher and author Gilad Atzmon was barred from the Wil-Mar Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin on the grounds that he was a supposed “holocaust denier.”
In fact, Atzmon does not deny any facts about any of the many 20th century holocausts. But he insists that events in the past must be treated in an open scholarly manner as opposed to religion. Atzmon opposes all forms of history laws. He prefers to remember his grandmother as a victim of the larger holocaust, World War II—which killed 60 million innocent people—rather than giving her special status because she, unlike more than 50 million other innocent victims of that horrific war, happened to be Jewish.
Like the 1930s German authors whose books were burned by Nazis, Gilad Atzmon is a dissident. A healthy society welcomes and embraces heretics like Atzmon. But our society is increasingly unhealthy, sickened by the plague of censorship, which festers in the stinking marshes of political correctness then creeps out to strike down free thought.
Gilad Atzmon has been censored so many times he has lost count. When I informed him that his Madison venue had been abruptly canceled less than a week before the event, he told me “it happens all the time.” Often the cancellations come on the very day of the event, making it difficult or impossible to find alternative locations.
Atzmon is censored because he criticizes Israel’s sacred cows and defends the rights of Palestinians. In this, he resembles the vast majority of censorship victims in America and Western Europe. Is it not odd that Americans and Europeans can critique and mock their own culture’s sacred symbols, yet are forced to kowtow to Israel’s?
I was recently banned from KBOO community radio in Portland, Oregon shortly before I was scheduled to appear. The witch-hunt that terrorized KBOO management into banning me was led by Zionists hiding behind the banner of the Antifa movement.
The previous year I was banned from the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians and Universalists after a hate campaign led by a “liberal Zionist” member. That was the first time I had ever had a speaking event canceled.
Israel lobby groups had tried to cancel my events several times before that. But they had always failed. In 2015, they got me briefly banned from Canada, but it backfired when the ban was quickly lifted and I spoke in many Canadian cities. In several of those cities, B’nai Brith Canada pressured the venue to cancel, but none ever did.
In Edmonton B’nai Brith lodged a hate speech complaint with the local police. After the first half of my talk, two plainclothes officers approached me and identified themselves as members of the Edmonton Police Department Hate Squad. They told me they had no problem with anything I had said. So I can now brag that my talks are “certified hate-free by the Edmonton PD hate squad.”
Over the past three years, it seems that the censorship plague has metastasized and spread not only through community institutions like the Berkeley Unitarian church, the Wil-Mar Center in Madison, and KBOO radio, but in even more virulent form across the internet. Many dozens of history books have been banned by Amazon. Facebook and Google are tweaking their algorithms to hide alternative media. An internet publication I write for, Veterans Today—the most-read veterans publication in America—has been completely banned from Facebook without any explanation. The most likely reason: offending Zionist sensibilities.
The academy is also affected. Professors who question Zionist propaganda, like Anthony Hall, Steven Sulaita, and Joy Karega, have been the focus of hysterical witch-hunts.
I recently interviewed Alan Sabrosky about censorship. Sabrosky, an ex-Marine officer and former Director of Strategic Studies at the US Army War College, is on record stating that “9/11 was a Mossad operation, period.” He told me that the ultimate form of censorship is assassination, and voiced his suspicions about the untimely deaths of two great American Free Press journalists, Michael Collins Piper and Victor Thorn.
AFP is the last print publication braving the Zionist censorship hurricane. Writing for this newspaper may be a dangerous job, but somebody’s got to do it.
I have noticed an ongoing stream of Russophobic war propaganda in recent issues of the Capital Times. For example, editor Paul Fanlund writes: "Do you actually doubt that Russia has successfully attacked our country with an impact it never achieved during the Cold War?" (March 28). I hope that readers not only doubt this absurd statement, but understand that it is the US that is attacking Russia (as well as the Middle East and much of the rest of the world) and not the other way around.
The US Empire, which was established against the wishes of the American people as well as the people of the world, currently uses more than 900 military bases to occupy 130 nations. The Empire's bases surround Russia, and more and more first-strike weapons are being installed, violating a solemn promise that NATO would never expand even one inch eastward—the promise that was the whole basis of the end of the Cold War!
From the USS Maine to Operation Northwoods to Operation Gladio to the Gulf of Tonkin incident to "nurse Nayirah" to 9/11 and continuing through the current series of chemical weapons false flags, the Empire lies ever-more-outrageously to disguise its aggression—the supreme war crime under the Nuremburg principles. The Capital Times, which opposed the insane anti-Russia propaganda during the Cold War, should be exposing today's Big Lies, not trumpeting them.
By joining the McCarthyist witch hunt against Russia, the Capital Times is betraying its own heritage, and contributing to the likelihood of immanent nuclear war that is expected to kill hundreds of millions of people (or worse, via "nuclear winter"). Shame on you!
By Kevin Barrett, for American Free Press (posted here for Truth Jihad subscribers only - do not distribute!)
The Ides of March—March 15—was a bad day for Caesar. But this year, it is May 15 that portends trouble for the Empire…and the world.
Consider the events lining up for that week. On May 12, US President Donald Trump is expected to kill the Iran nuclear deal, ratcheting up Middle East tensions to the breaking point. If Trump does kill the deal, as French President Macron says he will, the Iranians will undoubtedly pull out and start enriching uranium again, as is their right under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Iran is a signatory in good standing of the NPT, unlike rogue state Israel with its hundreds of nuclear weapons.) When Iran follows Trump out of the nuclear deal, Israel will start screaming “bomb Iran!” And Trump, whose son-in-law Jared Kushner is a kosher nostra princeling, may or may not be able to resist being led by the nose into yet another huge, unwinnable Zionist war.
Another monumental Mideast provocation will follow two days later: the opening of the US embassy in Occupied Jerusalem. This move would be Trump/Kushner’s open declaration of war on the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims. Jerusalem has been administered by Muslims essentially ever since Islam existed. It is in many ways the true spiritual capital of the Islamic world, the place where the Prophet Muhammad ascended through the heavenly spheres and met Moses, Jesus, and other prophets as he approached the divine presence. Every Muslim on earth worthy of the name would willingly die to defend Jerusalem from the satanic Zionists. If the US endorses the Zionist claim to Jerusalem by opening an embassy there, America will suddenly be considered a legitimate target by billions of people—including many Christians, who correctly recognize Zionism as Antichrist. (The career of the real founder of Zionism, the satanic false messiah Sabbatai Zevi, culminated in 1666—just one of many clues suggesting that we are living in the End Times forecast by Christian and Muslim tradition, and that the forces of Antichrist are nearly ready to start World War III by blowing up the al-Aqsa Mosque and building their satanic blood sacrifice temple in Occupied Jerusalem.)
Then the following day, May 15, the Palestinians’ Great Return March will culminate with hundreds of thousands of Palestinian concentration camp inmates trying to walk, unarmed except with bolt cutters to snip the barbed wire, back to their stolen homes. The genocidal Zionists will undoubtedly massacre hundreds or even thousands of unarmed people, as they are in the habit of doing. (The Zionists have already shot many dozens of people dead and wounded more than 5,000 for the crime of congregating to protest too close to the border.)
This series of three massive provocations leading up to May 15 will pit Israel and the nations it secretly controls against the Palestinians and their billions of supporters all over the world. The Palestinians’ major state supporter, Iran, has dozens of military installations in Syria, as well as a battle-hardened ally, Hezbollah, next door in Lebanon. Russia, a supporter of Iran and a major force in Syria, risks being drawn into this imminent conflict.
What makes this situation especially dangerous is that the War Party seems to actually want to draw the Russians in. After the recent two-part Skripal-Douma false flag, the neoconservatives (including John Bolton and Mike Pompeo) as well as a great many liberal armchair warriors were pushing Trump to bomb Syria in a major way—a way that would have killed Russian troops and forced the Russians to sink the US ships that sent the missiles, as Putin promised to do.
As “Nick” writes for The Saker blog:
“The US fleet is now nearing the coast of Syria, where it will meet up with American and other NATO warships already in position. Together, they will make one big flock of sitting ducks.
If the people pushing Trump manage to get him launch a new strike on Syria (and we must expect a new false flag attack) and if the massive increase in NATO firepower means that enough missiles get through to enough targets to kill Russians, then Putin really has no choice but to sink the US fleet.”
The psychopaths pushing for World War III would like nothing better than a “New New Pearl Harbor” (9/11 being the old New Pearl Harbor). They know that getting US ships sunk is a great way to rally the American people for war. The false flaggers blew up the USS Maine in 1898, orchestrated the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, orchestrated the treasonous Pearl Harbor eight-point-plan in 1941, plotted to sink ships in Operation Northwoods (1962), and staged the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964.
Will they do it again come mid-May?
This is an early version of an article scheduled to appear in the next issue of Crescent International, for subscribers only. Do not share or distribute, thanks! -KB
Will the Anglo-Zionist Empire Declare War on Russia and China?
Kevin Barrett, for Crescent International
Some call it the US empire. Others, more accurate, follow geopolitical analyst The Saker in calling it the Anglo-Zionist empire; for its capitals are not just Washington, New York, and Hollywood, but also London and Tel Aviv.
Whatever one calls it, the self-appointed unipolar global hegemon seems to have made Samuel Huntington’s forecast of a “clash of civilizations” a self-fulfilling prophecy. In 2001, the Empire launched a long-term war on Islam—a campaign whose primary beneficiary was Israel—with its 9/11 false flag operation. Then Obama and his mentor Brzezinski, recognizing the foolishness of that crusade, tried to “pivot to Asia.” The pivot’s main purpose was to confront a rising China, using a combination of diplomatic, economic, and military power. In 2017, Donald Trump took over and forfeited both diplomatic power (by playing the buffoon) and economic power (by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership)—leaving military power, coupled with an ineffectual trade war, as the Empire’s only Asian option.
Meanwhile, Syria, one of the “seven countries in five years” targeted by the 9/11 false flag, proved resistant to regime change. Iran, the next domino on the neocon hit list, stepped up to support Damascus. So did Russia. The war on Syria lost momentum and fizzled out.
The Empire’s failure in Syria exposed it as a toothless tiger. In a desperate attempt to wrest global annihilation from the jaws of defeat, the Empire’s masters began playing nuclear brinksmanship games with Russia, raising the very real prospect of a World War III that would likely kill hundreds of millions of people and put an end to most of what passes for modern “civilization.” Simultaneously, on the Chinese front, tensions over Korea—where the Empire’s occupation of the southern half of the country has long been a thorn in the side of China—have combined with jockeying in the South China Sea to raise tensions higher than they have been at any time since Deng Xiaoping began reforming the country in the 1980s.
Such considerations raise the question: Will the Empire launch (or blunder into) a war against Russia and/or China, despite the likelihood that such a war would amount to civilizational suicide? To understand why this terrible and absurd prospect is a real one, we need to understand the worldview of the Empire’s “Platonic guardians.” These are the people who, like the famous guardians in Plato’s Republic, task themselves with protecting their states from foreign and domestic enemies, and believe that lying and murder, including the mass murder of innocents, are noble means to that end.
The Guardians of today’s declining Unipolar Empire oscillate between opposite poles of hard-nosed geopolitical realism on the one hand, and messianic fanaticism on the other. Some, like the late Brzezinksi, lean toward the realism side; while others, notably the so-called neoconservatives, are card-carrying messianic fanatics. Unfortunately, neither the realists nor the neocons respect any moral limits. Like the vast majority of today’s Western elites, they are atheists, followers of Machiavelli and Nietzsche who believe there is no metaphysical grounding for ethics and morality.
Both the realists and the fanatics accept the geopolitical paradigm founded by Mahan’s The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1890) and Mackinder’s The Geographical Pivot of History (1904). According to this paradigm, it is only by a fluke of history that Britain, a small island in the Atlantic, followed by the slightly larger island of North America, managed to found globe-straddling empires dominating the vast supercontinent of Eurasia-Africa. Brzezinksi’s The Grand Chessboard (1998) underlines the difficulty of ruling the world from North America, and suggests that radical measures, such as a Pearl Harbor style event selling the illusion of a “massive, direct external threat” to the gullible public, would be necessary to mobilize sufficient military resources to prolong the Empire’s dominance for even a few more decades.
Ironically, the massive military mobilization following 9/11 may have hastened, rather than delayed, the Empire’s decline and fall. That mobilization was hijacked by neoconservative Zionist fanatics who, despite their high positions in the US government, harbor undisguised loyalty to Israel. These ideologues are driven by a messianic madness which is consciously or unconsciously rooted in distorted interpretations of the distorted extant version of the Torah (Old Testament), as explained by Laurent Guyénot in his magisterial From Yahweh to Zion. They profess a noxious witch’s brew concocted from a toxic mixture of Israeli exceptionalism and its only slightly less rabid twin, American exceptionalism.
The neocons, to Brzezinski’s chagrin, wasted American blood, treasure, and prestige on a bloody attempt to destroy the Middle East on behalf of the Zionist entity. Meanwhile Russia, which had been plundered and reduced to Third World status during the 1990s, rebuilt and re-armed; while China charted a course of long-term double-digit economic growth which, in tandem with a military buildup it can easily afford, put it on course to eclipse the US as the world’s biggest power by around 2030. Worst of all, from the Empire’s perspective, was that its post-9/11 bellicosity drove Russia, China, and Iran into a de facto alliance to defend the emerging multipolar world. Brzezinski’s imperial imperative number one—“prevent the barbarians from uniting”—had been turned on its head; the “barbarians” (meaning independent powers outside the Empire) have been forced to unite!
Today, the declining Anglo-Zionist Empire believes it still possesses an irresistible military force. Yet the inexorable rise of an economically-united and militarily-powerful Eurasia is an immovable object. Which will prevail, and how?
Whatever military edge the Anglo-Zionists may once have possessed is rapidly eroding. Russia, China, and Iran are rapidly modernizing and taking advantage of asymmetric warfare opportunities offered by advances in anti-ship missiles. Today the globe-straddling US Navy, built in response to Admiral Mahan’s outdated observations about the importance of sea power, is a fleet of sitting ducks. And the Empire’s prospects for winning a land war on the Eurasian continent are even more nonexistent than the chances of its ships surviving more than a few hours of all-out war.
The Empire’s only real military card, its ace in the hole, is its purported nuclear first strike capability. US-NATO planners have been bullying the world for decades with nuclear first strike threats, and they continue to underline their ongoing threat against Moscow by ringing Russia with first-strike systems. Naturally the Russians have responded with new weapons designed to deter a US first strike by ensuring that massive retaliation would ensue.
So the underlying dynamic driving the Empire’s increasingly harsh policies towards Russia and China is a “use it or lose it” imperative: Fight World War III now while there is still a chance of “victory” (however pyrrhic), or surrender to reality and accept the Empire’s slow demise. Unfortunately, those who, like the late Brzezinski, have counseled patience in the face of the inevitable, are currently sidelined, while such arch-neocon lunatics as John Bolton, Mike Pompeo, and Benjamin Netanyahu (whose influence is exerted through Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner) are riding high.
Top Russian officials are saying the current moment is more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis. On April 11, Donald Trump endorsed that view, tweeting that “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War.”
Despite the mad messianic fantasies of the Zionists and exceptionalists, one thing is clear to all rational, well-informed analysts: We will have a multipolar world, or none at all. By ignoring the advice of the Qur’an and Sunnah, and failing to insist that power be reserved for the best rather than the worst, we have set ourselves up for planetary disaster.
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Youtube Shooter: Casualty of anti-Iran Culture War?
By Kevin Barrett, for American Free Press
According to The New York Times, her videos were “famous among Iran’s YouTube and Instagram influencers.” We are told that Nassim Aghdam “fled her native Iran decades ago” in search of freedom, glamour, and creative opportunities. As a rising YouTube star, she branded herself “Green Nassim” and put out slick, stylish videos advocating animal rights, healthy living, and veganism.
But then something went wrong. As the New York Times video “Who Was the YouTube Shooter?” tells us: “She explains that even though she was a member of the Bahai faith, which is a persecuted faith in Iran, she doesn’t really like life in the United States. And she says ‘in Iran they kill you with an axe; in the United States they kill you with cotton’—an Iranian expression saying she’s dying a slow death in the United States.” “Welcome to freedom of speech,” Nassim says sarcastically. “Do you think Iran is better than the USA or the USA is better than Iran?”
The issue that finally drove her over the edge was YouTube censorship: “I’m being discriminated against, I’m filtered on YouTube. I’m not the only one,” she said in her final message before attacking YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, and then killing herself.
YouTube has indeed been censoring alternative media outlets. Many leading independent channels, including British broadcaster Richie Allen’s, have been shut down on ludicrously flimsy pretexts—a clear violation of the First Amendment, since YouTube, owned by CIA asset Google, has a de facto monopoly and therefore must be considered a public utility, not a private company.
But why would YouTube try to bury Nassim Aghdam’s “stylishly sexy Iranian girl promotes healthy living” videos? To understand the likely answer, we need to know more about the Zionist-driven culture war against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
At the behest of Israel and its American assets, the US government has been spending billions of US taxpayer dollars to beam pornography and decadence into the minds of the Iranian people. A massive US/Zionist Farsi-language media operation, based in the Los Angeles area, produces programming ranging from hardcore pornography to sexually-titillating fluff, all of it designed to undermine traditional values and promote the idea that the USA is a rich, liberated, sex-saturated paradise. Why? To brainwash hormone-addled Iranian young people into rebelling against their “repressive” Islamic culture and government.
When Nassim Aghdam began making YouTubes, they fit this paradigm reasonably well—so the CIA-Google powers-that-be gave her a free pass, or perhaps even tweaked the algorithms to promote her. The commissars overseeing the anti-Iran culture war must have loved the videos showing “sexy Nassim” dancing happily in front of American and Israeli flags.
But then Aghdam grew disillusioned with American life. She started telling her viewers (most of them in Iran) that the USA is definitely not paradise, that in fact it isn’t any better than Iran. Suddenly, for no discernable reason, the number of views drawn by her videos began to drop. Aghdam, no idiot, realized what was happening. She protested, growing ever-more-critical of the US and the phony “freedom” it pretends to offer. And the more she protested, the more CIA-Google tweaked their algorithms to bury her videos and destroy her career. In a final, desperate gesture of misguided protest, she shot up YouTube’s headquarters and took her own life.
In the same April 8 issue of The New York Times featuring the video about Aghdam, another article appeared headlined “Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit.” The article quoted Edward Shorter, a historian of psychiatry at the University of Toronto: “We’ve come to a place, at least in the West, where it seems every other person is depressed and on medication. You do have to wonder what that says about our culture.”
No need to wonder. What it says is obvious: Western culture has gone completely insane. The New World Order’s orchestrated destruction of tradition and religion has created a world that may look like paradise on the outside—as Nassim Aghdam’s early videos suggested—but is rotting and dying on the inside.
The CIA-Google mind-controllers want Iranians to rise up against their country, destroy their religious traditions, turn Tehran into a third-rate replica of Los Angeles…and start taking anti-depressants to cope with the anomie. Maybe it’s a conspiracy by the pharmaceutical companies looking for new markets.
If Americans were aware of what is being done to them, they would rise up in revolution against the New World Order oligarchs who are dumbing them down, annihilating their religion and spirituality, and robbing their lives of value, purpose, and meaning. In so doing, Americans would be following in the footsteps of the people of Iran, who successfully revolted against the NWO’s hellish materialism and decadence back in 1979.
By Kevin Barrett, for Crescent International (reproduced here for my subscribers only - please do not share until it is published at https://crescent.icit-digital.org )
It was supposed to be a triumphal tour. Mohammed Bin Salman, the Crown Prince and de facto despot of “Saudi” Arabia, spent vast sums of money stolen from his people to splatter London with gigantic images of his own pompously grinning face. Billboards and circulating panel trucks vaunted his vivacious visage, singing the young prince’s praises, offering him warm words of welcome, and suggesting that Riyadh would be the perfect place for British investments.
The irony of Bin Salman paying for his own welcome messages—in effect, spending millions of Euros to welcome himself to London—struck some observers as pathetic, others as hilarious. The Saudis have always been the stupidest people in the world with money, and Bin Salman seems to be outdoing his elders at least in this regard. But will such lavish displays really convince the City of London to bail out the bankrupt Saudis from the hole they have dug for themselves in Yemen? Will hard-headed bankers and businesspeople, gazing at the sorry spectacle of BS throwing his unearned money around like an idiot while creating the worst humanitarian catastrophe on the planet, really decide that it’s time to reverse the flow of the world’s biggest financial current, and pump wealth into “Saudi” Arabia rather than out of it? That prospect is about as likely as reversing the flow of the Amazon.
The BS PR message is pure obsequious beggary: “We are modernizing, diversifying, privatizing, embracing neoliberalism and Hollywoodism and Zionism. We will lick the boots of banksters, kowtow to Netanyahu, grope Illuminati orbs with Trump, and build futuristic cities peopled by female robots in bikinis. So don’t worry, we aren’t even pretending to be Muslims any more. Give us more weapons and money!”
This is the first time a Saudi ruler has ever taken a trip hat in hand, begging for cash. Until now, the Saudis always dished out vast sums wherever they went. But today the kingdom is going broke, thanks to BS’s monumental blunder in Yemen. That billion-dollar-a-day Saudi-inflicted genocide couldn’t have come at a more inopportune moment: the new era of low oil prices cooked up by the Anglo-Zionist empire’s plunge protection team, using financial chicanery and unsustainable shale oil mining to target Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. In a monumental case of blowback, the Empire’s own oil spigot, the Saudi regime, is suffering worse collateral damage than the intended targets of the PPT oil-price-collapse operation. But unlike Maduro, who has created the Venezuelan Petro—a new crypto-currency backed by Venezuela’s vast oil reserves—Bin Salman, enslaved to the Rothschild petrodollar, has no choice but to grovel before his Western masters begging for vast sums of money that are unlikely to ever materialize.
Alongside Bin Salman’s orgy of self-gratifying welcome billboards, other equally large signs, paid for by actual British people, protested his visit. “ATTENTION! THE UK SHOULD NOT WELCOME WAR CRIMINAL MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN” read the messages on signs and panel trucks. When BS arrived for his three-day UK visit on March 6, huge throngs of protestors gathered in front of Parliament and Downing Gate holding signs reading: “May! Tell Saudi Prince, stop the slaughter,” “Do Not Welcome Killers,” “Bin Salman Is a War Criminal,” “Hands Off Yemen.”
After three days of high level meetings marred by protests, the harvest of mainstream media headlines was hardly what the clown prince intended: “Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman can expect angry protest mob at Downing Street” (The Times); “Why Mohammed bin Salman's Visit to London was a Fiasco” (Middle Eastern Eye); “Hundreds Gather Outside Downing Street to Protest Against Crown Prince’s State Visit” (The Independent); “Saudi crown prince’s visit to London turns into a bitter and awkward PR battle about his policies” (The Washington Post); “For a Change, Saudi Arabia Is Begging for Money” (Haaretz); “Saudi Crown Prince’s UK Visit Prompts Heavy Criticism” (The Guardian); “Ad blitz masks unease over Saudi prince's visit to UK” (Financial Times); “PM raises human rights concerns in Saudi crown prince visit” (BBC); “'Bizarre' PR drive launched by Saudi Crown Prince” (The Independent).
Following his disastrous UK tour, Mr. Royal BS fled with his tail between his legs across the Atlantic. Arriving in Washington, DC on March 19, he met with his egomaniacal American counterpart Donald Trump the next day, with New York—and Zionist crime kingpin buddy Jared Kushner—next on the itinerary.
While Bin Salman’s crude Machiavellian ruthlessness seems to have served him well in his climb to the top of the Saudi power pyramid (over the bodies and fortunes of his peers) the same gangster mentality may not serve him well in his attempt to trick the US into bailing out his bankrupt kingdom. Though BS seems to think his close ties to the President’s kosher nostra son-in-law Kushner are his biggest asset, they will almost certainly turn out to be an even bigger liability. All available evidence indicates that Kushner, a prime target of more than one federal investigation, will be increasingly sidelined from power, and may even be headed for prison, following in the footsteps of his crime capo father. Kushner’s real estate and suspected money laundering empire, like Bin Salman’s oil empire, is staring bankruptcy in the face, thanks to the worst investment in the history of real estate: 666 Fifth Avenue. Kushner bought the satanically-numbered building shortly before the 2008 collapse, took out huge loans with a ten-year due date to cover the losses, and is now scrambling to find a way to pay the piper. In a comic folie-à-deux, Kushner and BS each thinks the other can bail him out. More likely they will both go down together.
Kushner is also the key figure in the risible Trump-Bin Salman “Mideast peace plan.” Of all of BS’s many missteps, the biggest may be his monumentally foolish embrace of the Trump-Kushner scheme to forcibly impose “Mideast peace” by unilaterally handing Jerusalem al-Quds to the Zionists. Since Trump-Kushner announced their impending move of the US embassy to Occupied al-Quds, the Palestinians—along with all other legitimately interested parties, including the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims—have permanently rejected the US as a broker. Even Mahmoud Abbas, not previously known for biting the hand that feeds him, has lashed out at the US and called its ultra-Zionist ambassador David Friedman a “son of a dog.” Obviously this “peace plan” is going nowhere. Like all of BS’s rash moves, including his war on Syria, attack on Yemen, blockade of Qatar, and kidnapping of Lebanese PM Hariri, the peace-through-Kushner effort was a predictable train wreck from the get-go.
Since Jared Kushner cannot save BS from the consequences of his many missteps, the Clown Prince’s last hope is to blow smoke in the eyes of the world by hyping phantasmagorical techno-utopias while announcing “reforms” that, in some cases, seem to amount to an open repudiation of Islam. While most of the Saudi Royals have never been especially Islamic in their behavior, excuse the understatement, BS now wants the whole kingdom to adopt the culture and values of Disney World, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley. BS’s family of overweight, decadent sybarites has always followed the law school of “Shaykh Yerbouti” (and they have plenty of booty, in both senses, to shake). But his efforts to out-Dubai Dubai and turn Riyadh, not to mention the holy places, into party-hearty central are not going to go over well with much of the population of the Arabian Peninsula and the larger Muslim East. A fair number of richly misguided young people, their brains addled by hormones, designer drugs, and unearned bling, may join the new Prince and “party like it’s 1999.” But as Richard Heinberg’s book on impending Saudi oil depletion suggests, it won’t be long before The Party’s Over…at which point the Clown Prince will either suffer the fate of Anwar Sadat and then some, or perhaps join his role models Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison in a drug-inflicted premature demise, in which case his neo-Wahhabi epitaph, scribbled with a stick in desert sand, might read: “Lived fast, died young, left a good-looking corpse.”
BS says “only death” can stop him—meaning he will never give up his absolute power by peaceful means. But regardless of whether the young autocrat goes into exile, prison, or the grave, the demise of his autocracy is easily predictable. What is less predictable is whether the Anglo-Zionist empire will bother making heroic efforts to delay the inevitable.
American Traitors Incite Treason in Iran
By Kevin Barrett, for American Free Press (reproduced here for Truth Jihad subscribers only - please don't share)
Thomas Jefferson’s foreign policy doctrine—restating the key line from George Washington’s farewell speech—was simple and sensible: "Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations—entangling alliances with none." The Founding Fathers’ credo held sway until World War II. Since then, the US has strangled itself in a cat’s cradle of entangling alliances. Worse, it has allowed one of those alliances, the unofficial one with Israel, to drag it into a series of disastrous Middle Eastern wars.
The American agents of Israel who helped orchestrate 9/11 are guilty of treason, which is defined in the Constitution as “levying war against the United States.” They blew up the World Trade Center and bombed the Pentagon in order to trick the US into attacking Israel’s regional enemies: the “seven countries in five years” mentioned by General Wesley Clark, who has cited a neocon memo suggesting that the purpose of 9/11 was “to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
In order to “take out” those countries the neocon-run post-9/11 USA has had to work closely with the relatively small number of Iraqis, Syrians, Lebanese, Libyans, Somalis, Sudanese, and Iranians who are willing to commit treason against their own nations. Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan have been effectively destroyed by American agents of Israel and their bought-and-paid-for local traitors. Lebanon and Iran are next in their gunsights.
But Tehran is putting up a stiff fight. Since 1979 Iran has managed to persist as the Middle East’s only fully independent country, only genuine democracy, and most formidable opponent of Israel.* More than three times the size of Iraq, Iran boasts a population of 80 million. When under attack, Iranians will unite and put their lives on the line for their country, as they proved during the 1980s war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Currently Iran boasts many strategic advantages including thousands of the latest and most lethal anti-ship missiles, which are dug deeply into the mountainous terrain overlooking the Persian Gulf. Using those missiles, Iran can sink all US ships in the Gulf and shut down 20% of the world’s oil supply, inducing a catastrophic global depression.
A December 2004 Atlantic article reported on a series of war games simulating a US-Iran conflict. The result was simple: “You have no military solution for the issues of Iran,” according to lead participant Sam Gardiner.
Yet pro-Israel traitors in the US government continue plotting to destroy Iran. According to neoliberal Zionist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, the US has given Israel the green light to launch another huge war on Lebanon, with the aim of expanding the war to Iran. (This “US green light,” of course, was actually given not by actual patriotic Americans, but by Israel’s neocon agents.)
Meanwhile the mainstream American media, also dominated by Zionists, relentlessly tries to stir up sedition in Iran. The minuscule minority of Iranians who are actively opposed to their nation’s Islamic Republican constitution are given grotesquely disproportionate, fawningly favorable coverage; while ordinary Iranians, who protest over economic issues and corruption but would die to defend their nation and its constitution, are ignored.
Iraqi traitors like the swindler Chalabi helped the neocons murder more than a million of his countrymen and destroy his country as a modern, technologically advanced society. Somali traitors cooperated with the US-Israeli-orchestrated Ethiopian invasion, occupation, and destruction of their nation. Sudanese traitors helped the neocons orchestrate the vivisection of their country, including the amputation of the resource-rich south which is now occupied by Israel and its friends. Libyan traitors helped Hillary Clinton and her Zionist controllers destroy that country, which formerly featured the highest living standards in Africa. Syrian traitors assisted in the destruction of that nation by an Israel-orchestrated, US-assisted ISIS rampage.
Are there enough traitors in Iran to force “regime change”? No chance. They all fled with the Shah in 1979 and are now living side by side with their Zionist friends in the rich neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Some of them dream of returning to help overthrow the Islamic Republic. But the Iranian people will have none of it. The 2009 “Green Revolution” fizzled, as did recent CIA-Mossad attempts to hijack legitimate demonstrations and turn them into riots.
When will the traitors at home stop inciting treason abroad? When we arrest, try, and sentence them for their crimes, starting with 9/11.
*Israel, which has ethnically cleansed the majority of its rightful voters, is neither a democracy nor a legitimate nation. Though its creation was recommended by the UN General Assembly, it was never implemented by the Security Council. Israel has violated dozens of UN Resolutions thereby eliminating any possible claim to legitimacy.
Mr. Barrett, could you tell us a little about the events of the Day of Ashura and what one can learn from those events?
Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, one of the great tragedies of history. We can learn many things from the events of Karbala, including: *We should try to emulate the example of Imam Hussain and other prophets, saints, and wisdom teachers who have chosen to stand for truth and justice regardless of the odds against them; *We must recognize that the the transformation of the early Islamic polity from a divinely-guided community under the Prophet Muhammad SAAS into an empire led by corrupt power-hungry individuals illustrates the unfortunate fact that large-scale political organization always tends towards corruption. *We are forced to recognize the painful fact that to gain in the next world we may sometimes have to lose battles in this world.
How do you personally feel about Imam Hussein (AS) and his martyrdom?
I very much relate to his situation and try to walk in his path as I try to stand up for truth and justice in the face of difficult if not overwhelming odds. As my 9/11 truth movement colleagues and I try to convince the American people to recognize 9/11 as a coup d’etat by Zionists and imperialists, we find ourselves in a position not unlike that of the followers of Imam Hussein: Standing for truth and justice against a vastly more powerful army commanded by tyrants and oppressors.
Since the day Imam Hussein (AS) was martyred, how has his martyrdom shaped Shia Muslims’ thoughts and actions through different generation?
The martyrdom of Imam Hussein has made Shia Muslims a kind of permanent opposition party within the larger Muslim community. Sometimes this opposition to worldliness and injustice takes the form of political activism, while other times it expresses itself as mystical quietism. At its best it embraces both, as in the case of Imam Khomeini, who was both a mystic and a political activist of the highest order.
How do the events of Ashura relate to our time? Who are the Yazids of our time and who are seeking justice as Imam Hussein and his companions did at that time?
The Yazids of our time are easy to identify. The ones who stand out are those who are the most arrogant and oppressive, notably the Zionists. Personalities like Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu, who glory in the oppression of the Palestinians, are obvious Yazids. Likewise with the billionaire oil sheiks of the Gulf, most obviously Bin Salman, who is creating another Karbala in Yemen. But most of the powerful establishment figures in the world are Yazids of one kind or another. The US military, with its insane nuclear war doctrines, seems to be aiming to turn the whole planet into Karbala.
Despite the fact that the majority of Shia Muslims mourn Imam Hussein’s martyrdom in non-violent ways, Western corporate media outlets try to show Shia Muslims as violent people. What’s your take on how the Shia Muslims are portrayed in the media?
The Western media wants to divide and conquer Muslims. The Western leadership is afraid that Muslims from all schools of thought might unite for truth and justice. So the media reports on Shia Muslims in a way that is designed to marginalize them and prevent their message from being heard by other Muslims and oppressed people in general. Shia Muslims should counter this by downplaying sectarianism, making alliances with Sunni Muslims and other non-Shia groups, and making “promoting truth and justice” rather than “promoting Shia Islam” their main priority.