Over the last few months (May, June, July 2020) we have seen increasing numbers of media articles lambasting the Chinese and Russian governments for various supposed or presumed crimes. In almost every case of these articles – little or nothing has been presented to argue an alternative view of this anti-Sino-Russian agenda ( which one would suppose to be one of the virtues of a ‘free” press).
We are told that the Chinese or Russians are ‘highly likely’ to have done this or that, often purely based on ‘opensource’ material- i.e. online authors with a variety of axes to grind about Russia or China, and who invariably use speculation , innuendo or simply falsehoods, to explain their prejudices and their sponsors.
Along with other U.K. media, The Guardian, once a British left-wing newspaper, now continually trots out anti-Russian propaganda, with the latest most absurd article being its allegation that Russian hackers had stolen information about a COVID-19 vaccine from Oxford University. The newspaper reports failed to mention however that the Russian government had in fact previously purchased the vaccine information, so was somewhat unlikely to have also stolen it.
The fictions about Russian involvement in the tawdry Skripal affair and the subsequent death of Dawn Sturgess have been meticulously pulled apart by Craig Murray and others and shown to not only be implausible, but impossible. However as Craig Murray reminds us, simply to argue that the Russian’s were highly unlikely to have been responsible for what happened to Sturgess or the Skripals, does not mean that the Russian government, like most large state agencies around the world- does not engage in illegal international activities.
It should be clear however that the ongoing farcical campaign against President Putin by the Western press, relates less to any real international Russian activities that breach “international norms”-and rather more to do with the annoying habit of the Putin administration of blocking ongoing foreign access to Russia’s state assets, which under President Yeltsin were appropriated by so-called Russian oligarchs and siphoned off through bank accounts managed via the City of London. Now in dire economic circumstances because of Brexit and COVID-9 lockdown, the British government is desperate to regain access to that little gold-mine.
Similarly with the U.S. economy in free-fall, the Americans are desperate to halt the rise of China. China is fast becoming a world leader on the economic and technological innovation front, and with largely comprehensive and safe response to COVID19, appears to have weathered much of the resultant economic storm from lockdown. In contrast, both the U.S. and the U.K. have demonstrated staggering levels of stupidity and incompetence in their response to the virus, which will mean ongoing risks to their economies for years to come.
The United States response therefore, to issues like the Russian Nordstream2 pipelines to Europe and their determination to bring down Huawei’s technological leadership in 5G or the attempt to undermine China’s Belt and Road are simply part of the U.S.’s intent to ensure the U.S. retain its global economic leadership for as long as it can so that American big business can continue to exploit its more vulnerable partners, while its internal infrastructure crumbles.
Along with attacks on Russian and Chinese economic initiatives, we see ongoing American and U.K. attacks on Chinese and Russian vulnerabilities. In China those attacks focus on the Uighur separatist and jihadist concerns ( funded and trained in Syria by the Turks, the Saudis and Western intelligence ‘interests”) and the subsequent Chinese government crackdown on the Uighur population, and also on the Chinese response to sometimes violent demonstrations by young Chinese people in Hong Kong – which again have been supported in their battle for a fictitious Free Hong Kong (something that their former British colonial overseers only appeared to promote in the last few years of the colony once it become clear that HK was going to be returned to Chinese government rule) The waving of American and British flags, singing the Star Spangled Banner and the calls for the “Han Chinese’ to stay out of HK by Chinese Han HK protesters, only highlighted the absurdity of the issues they were demanding. Hong Kong could not survive a year without their economic lifeline to the mainland.
There is no doubt that the Chinese government will be ruthless in its crackdown on dissent, but we should not forget how ruthless both the Americans and the British have been in their exploitation of “the coloured races’ over the last 100 years; From the use of Hong Kong to funnel opium to addicts on the mainland right up to the Japanese invasion of HK in 1941 ( which was only stopped because the Japanese did not have access to the British controlled opium producers ), the atom bombs over Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the Korean genocide where millions of North Korean civilians were exterminated as American and British ( and other ‘allies’ ) bombed every town and city in North Korea, to the millions dead in Vietnam Cambodia and Laos: Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen … the list of barbarity is endless.
In Russia we saw U.K and U.S. media creating fictitious articles about the little green (Russian) military men in Eastern Ukraine, and Russian tanks rolling over the border into Ukraine , while extolling the virtues of those ‘patriotic’ Ukrainians of dubious lineage, along with the constant analogies to Putin as Hitler as Russia assumed peaceful control of the Crimea ( for several hundred years populated almost entirely by Russians) .
As the British and U.S. begin their rapid slide to long term economic depression, we shall undoubtedly see more strident and likely more ridiculous claims surface about the Russians and the Chinese. However as the Russia/ Brexit media response has shown in recent times; it works! Many of the British and American public are indeed gullible and uneducated enough to believe anything that their government throws at them. Yes, of course the Russians made Brexit a reality by putting a few articles in Russia Today and Sputnik supporting the British exit from the European Europe!!
But, through all of this, we should note that these competing nations appear oblivious to the rapidly developing climate catastrophe, now aligned with catastrophic species loss. War and human deprivation are key drivers of the degradation of our environment; alongside the insane drive for our global populations to ‘consume’ more inanimate things whilst destroying our living world.
Sadly , real human statemanship, intelligence and vision simply does not exist in our time of greatest need.
COVID-19 has demonstrated the remarkable limitations of rational decision-making in a number of Western countries; particularly in Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S; as well as the unlimited capacity for crazed behaviours of some leaders like President Bolsinaro in Brazil.
It would appear that western countries are not generally particularly good at keeping their populations safe.
We see countries desperately trying to ‘re-start’ their economies with subsidies and other mechanisms – attempting to create a return to the old world of constant growth.
We see the United States now calling in its allies and mainstream media across the world; ramping up the anti-Chinese hysteria to try and ensure China does not come out of this pandemic as a stronger super-power and world leader.
And here in New Zealand we see a government which has very capably managed the pandemic with evidence based practice, now pretending that we can return to old ‘normal” . A world of constant growth in a finite world: returning to the constant destruction of our ever more precarious living world for more human ‘progress’. –more tourism, more roads, more building construction more air-flights. …
No government money towards a few ‘greening’ projects can alter the fact that our ‘progress’ is rapidly destroying the living branch we humans are clinging to.
We need a no growth economy now! An economy which understands that if we continue to expand our human boot-print year upon year- we hasten not only all other species’ destruction , but also our own.
That point of no return may have already passed, but we need to act urgently to restore the natural world we are rely upon for our existence- more trees, more sustainable agriculture, and above all, total respect for all living things.
If we thought COVID-19 was big; the environmental crisis the world faces right now will eclipse everything we have ever faced. It’s time to try and reduce the risks to us all-now!
As Craig Murray has eruditely noted, even the greatest of scoundrels who die, have wives, children and other people who love and care for them and who mourn their loss.
That James le Mesurier, likely “ex”-MI6 operative and founder of the White Helmets, was a scoundrel and a man with few ethics is indisputable; however you would certainly not know that from Martin Churlov’s fawning obituary in the Guardian .
What however we do get from that obituary is an acknowledgment of the close ties that Le Mesurier and MI6 had and continue to have with Israeli secret police and military in brutally putting down what Churlov describes as the Gaza “insurgency” ( a curious but telling name for an uprising against the disgusting barbaric ( and internationally illegal) Israeli occupation and imprisonment of Gaza’s population). But again; this should not come as a surprise; we know the U.K. intelligence community’s and UK Military’s longstanding and ongoing involvement with corruption, torture and murder across the Middle East , and its mercenary longstanding involvement with the Saudi regime’s jihadist terror and genocidal campaigns against Shiites.
If you believe Martin Churlov, Le Mesurier was able to somehow mysteriously access large amounts of Western government money to establish and maintain and provide Western logistics to a band of humanitarian workers who operated in areas where the officially recognised Syrian Red Cross could not access because the jihadists would have killed them.
In Wikipedia we are told (without any hint of sarcasm) that: The Times reported that Le Mesurier was “the subject of an intense black propaganda campaign for years by pro-Assad activists and Russian diplomats”. The New York Times reported that the group and Le Mesurier were the target of “unfounded conspiracy theories”. It was alleged that Le Mesurier’s British Army background meant that he was effectively operating as a British state agent. Janine di Giovanni has written the claim he was a spy lacks any evidence. The accusations, from those who are opposed to any Western involvement in Syria and are backers of the Assad regime, include bloggers connected to the English-language Russian media who claim the White Helmets and Le Mesurier were intending to push for regime change in Syria.
One of the White Helmet’s key functions ( unlike any other internationally recognised humanitarian mission), was to publicise itself and the supposed military actions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) under Assad. The recent expose of reports made by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) after the allegations by the White Helmets of SAA chemical weapons use in Douma, clearly show corruption at a senior level in the OPCW to manipulate evidence and come to conclusions not supported by their investigators .
Le Mesurier died mysteriously; somehow falling from his balcony at his home in Ankara to his death in the middle of the night without his wife hearing anything. And yes, security cameras reveal no breach of security at his home- so presumably-no evidence of murder.
Did Mesurier jump because he knew he was soon to be exposed to the world as the charlatan he was, and not the humanitarian portrayed so well in the White Helmet’s expensive movie and Western mainstream media?
Or was he pushed because he knew too much? Perhaps we will never know.
We do know from TASS however that the British have been getting increasingly concerned about the ongoing ever-deeper incursions into Idlib in Northern Syria by Russian and SAA troops, where most of their intelligence operatives are working alongside the jihadists and particularly Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) , the Al Qaeda affiliated group funded by the Saudis. A captured British operative in Idlib could reveal much of the very embarrassing support by the British French, US and Turkey of the jihadists (including the White Helmets), and their links to Israeli operatives.
In addition, “Old Boy” Boris Johnson’s Etonian and City of London links might be put even more at jeopardy if any of this little escapade comes to light during the current British General Election…
As with U.S. foreign policy, we need to understand that British realpolitik is simply about the money. How much can I or my cronies get out of this next little war?
Relevant New Antarctica Links
The Dutch investigation into the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17 on 17th July 2014 in Eastern Ukraine where fighting between “Russian-backed” Eastern Ukrainian separatists and government forces was occurring , with the death of all 298 passengers and crew, has finally been released.
The crash followed the disappearance of another Malaysian Airlines plane flight 370 over the Indian ocean on 8th March 2014: again with all passengers and crew lost- a rather unusual coincidence .
To no-one’s surprise, the investigation has indicted 3 Russians and one Eastern Ukrainian, who will be unlikely to face the court because both countries’ extradition laws would forbid their extradition.
Several hours before the investigation results were announced , the “independent” investigative online journalist Bellingcat (according to Wikipedia “Half of (Bellingcat’s) funding comes from grants and donations, the other half from running workshops training people in the art of open-source investigations”, released their more comprehensive list of Russians supposedly involved in hauling a BUK ground to air launcher and targetting system across the Russian/Ukrainian border, shooting down the civilian jet and then hauling it back across into Russian territory. The reasons for going through this elaborate process to shoot down a civilian jet with Malaysian, Dutch and Australian nationals on-board are not explored….
However the OffGuardian notes that Bellingcat’s funding is largely “from the Atlantic Council and the National Endowment for Democracy’- institutions not known for their pro-Russian, let alone neutral stance on anything. Bellingcat is well-known for his very dubious statements and ‘proof” of direct Russian involvement in the Eastern Ukraine war, his curious MI6 related account of the Skripal poisonings (well-debunked by Craig Murray), and his accusations of Syrian (Russian supported) SAA involvement in gas attacks against civilians, recently debunked by leaked reports from the OPCW.
The U.K. express noted that ‘Dutch investigators maintain there is photo and video evidence showing the BUK system used to shoot down the plane came from the 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade, which is based in Kursk, western Russia.” As far as can be ascertained, this “photo and video evidence’ had been provided to the investigative team by Bellingcat’s ‘independent’ journalists.
And, as The Saker notes; the list of these (four) “suspects” can be randomly expanded, up to the country’s top brass. After all, in order to transfer the Buk across the border, a whole interdepartmental operation is necessary. It is possible to take it only from a military unit. And before this – the (Russian) Ministry of Defence. It has to move to the border along roads and through settlements. This means the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which such a movement has to be coordinated with.
And lastly, protecting the border is a prerogative of the FSB. It is clear that any officer of any of the listed departments will not take part in such an operation without the approval of the highest administration.
Well, and the heads themselves will not involve themselves in such complex and dangerous work without having coordinated it first with the Supreme Commander – the president.
While such further accusations will suit many in the Russophobe West- they simply do not stack up as being possible, plausible or rational. For what possible reason would the Russian Government authorise the shooting down of a Malaysian civilian airliner over disputed Ukrainian territory ?
The Dutch investigators say the missile launcher crossed the border from the Kursk Oblast, Russia, into Eastern Ukraine, and returned after the aircraft had been brought down, a one way distance of approximately 130 kms. The BUK launcher would have travelled at a maximum speed of 65 km/hour.
Despite an all-Malaysian crew, and Malaysian passengers being the second largest group of nationals on the plane, and the owner of the airline , Malaysia (along with Russia) was denied access to the plane’s black boxes and other parts of the investigation, while the Ukraine, who may or may not have been the guilty party, was allowed free access and the right to deny the public access to any parts of the information collected by the investigative team. A curious state of affairs.
Malaysia only supports some aspects of the investigative team’s conclusions, and describes the investigation as “politically motivated”
There is much dispute online about the weapon used to bring down the plane, but the current evidence does seem to suggest a Russian -made BUK type ground to air missile with a fragmentation head. The missile appears to have hit the plane primarily in the cockpit area, causing catastrophic immediate damage and immediate loss of flight recording – although curiously little external damage aft of the cabin until the plane hit the ground and exploded. Russia maintains the missile numbers found indicate that it was an early version of the BUK missile which was likely owned by Ukrainian government forces, but the investigation states that it was a recent BUK version only owned by the Russians.
A very curious state of affairs…
As Lord Acton noted: “There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion”.
Having quoted that very useful piece of advice, it is also useful to note that ‘ignorance” and ‘narrow-mindedness’ are comparative things. We could also quote that epitome of evil and narrowmindedness Donald Rumsfield , ex-U.S. Secretary of Defence: Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones..
What we don’t know , we don’t know how to find, let alone know it when we see it!. Our human brains are re-wired from birth to only see those things that are acceptable and useful at a given moment in time. Those things that don’t fit our schema of the world are ‘unsee-able” . Combine that with homo sapiens’ endless proclivity for self-delusion, and we have billions of animals wandering this planet in a complex state of complete ignorance; all with the capacity to kill and ‘de-humanise’ many of their fellow human being and destroy countless other numbers of non-human species. The most ‘wonderful’ extreme example of that delusion is the majority of the population of the United States and its so-called ‘leaders”.
The endless cycle of myth-making in the United States starts with the hype that the United States was founded by their so-called “Founding Fathers’ to espouse justice and freedom from oppression. In reality it was founded to ensure that those who had money in the new American colony , retained and expanded that wealth. The genocide against the indigenous population of North America and the exploitation of black people, first as slaves and then as second class citizens, and the ongoing institutionalized process to keep poor people poor with the bare minimum of state support, puts the lie to those noble statements of the Founding Fathers.
Finian Cunnginham’s elegant summary of the United States’ brutal colonial policy makes it clear that the United States’ wealthy have never limited themselves to extracting profit from those less fortunate in their own populations, but has conducted a centuries’ long endeavour to extract wealth by war and terror from any country unable to defend itself from the United States’ predations.
We should note however that the United States is simply emulating its previous colonial oppressor , “Great” Britain, who in turn emulated their European neighbours’ brutal colonial drives, and which in turn , go back to the empires of Rome and beyond. Exploitation and the brutalising of those more vulnerable (and especially other species) appears to be one of those characteristics of mankind that is contagious. For the sake of the planet , we now have to eliminate that contagion.
However, as Lord Acton noted, confronting that ignorance and narrow-mindedness will not be the answer . To ensure the survival of this planet we must now work to build a world that makes it impossible for human beings to not only exploit each other- but to exploit other living entities . For living things to survive on this planet, we must all learn to co-exist.
It is now very fashionable to talk about George Orwell’s ‘1984’ promulgations from the Oceania government to its population that ‘War is peace / freedom is slavery [and] ignorance is strength.” And it would appear governments are increasingly actively engaging in this double -speak, whether using terms such as “fake news” to undermine the capacity of people to explore and understand the world, or simply through the relentless pumping out of extreme banal “news” to numb the population.
However it is important to note, that if we examine closely, we can see that all ideologies engage in this double-speak. Ideologies destroy our direct understanding of the world – our capacity as individual human beings to directly experience the joy and sanctity of other living things, of all of our glorious living world.
As United States ‘ gunboats’ sail into the Persian Gulf to confront a completely imaginary threat from Iran; as we witness UK politicians floundering to come up with some deal to exit or not exit the EU, and as we witness Vladimir Putin and his capitalist Russian entourage in total denial about climate change; as we see literally crazed American decision-makers like Marco Rubio, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo ( “We lied we cheated, we stole” – and we murder and torture and commit genocide)
move inexorably forward to a completely fictitious casi belli and lethal wars in Venezuela ( or anywhere else in the world that they have decided they don’t like), the world burns. (We are now at record-breaking levels of 415 carbon dioxide parts per million and accelerating) The combined and inter-related drivers of climate change and species loss are causing the world to move ever faster to environmental breakdown.
Perhaps having these very stupid psychopaths in positions of (human) power across the world is Gaia’s way of ensuring that humanity will no longer, in a few very short years, be able to continue to devastate the living world.
It is then more than a little disturbing to hear from greatest of powerful fools Donald Trump that:
Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
The United States has displayed a woeful and complete lack of moral and intellectual rectitude for over a century on this planet. Inflicting the United States on the rest of Universe to plunder, destroy and murder ( assuming there are other living entities ‘out there” ) is not exactly good for the rest of our Universe.
While it would appear that Putin has some modicum of intellect, ( but with a very narrow focus of Russian nationalism and capitalist economics, and no insight or long term view of the world’s need for survival), its very clear every American politician and policy maker with any influence in Washington has such a limited understanding of the world beyond America’s borders, and such a distorted understanding of their barbaric violent history, let alone an understanding of climate and species loss, as to render any rational decision-making impossible. The extraordinary ‘Russia-gate’ accusations and investigations have unsurprisingly not come up with any Russian collusion or electoral hacking despite the best efforts of the American corporate media and politicians . Pure logic would have shown that it would be impossible to sway a sufficient proportion of the largely uneducated American public with rational arguments. The last presidential election choice between a small boy with matches and a psychopath did not leave the Russians with much room to maneuver!
And in China, under General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Belt and Road initiative is well on its way to vastly increasing consumerism across Eurasia and its resultant environmental depredations, and further despoliation of the remaining few natural environments in Laos, Burma and beyond with railways, roads, dams and the other usual marks of human “progress” .
It would thus be very helpful if a higher power could lock away those in Washington and their ‘Defence’ department, along with a few of those somewhat less malignant cancers on the planet, despoiling our planet for their own safety and the safety of all other living things on this planet, for the rest of their lives.
The world has no leadership of anyone with a modicum of intellectual or moral rigor. The human race is being inexorably ‘lead’ by incompetent fools towards disaster. We have to turn away from pushing the living world to catastrophe. And make no mistake; a superficial blaming of capitalism for the world’s woes is not enough. Our depredations of the environment go back far further than the 19th century Industrial Revolution (although the damage has been greatly exacerbated by that revolution) .
Richard Attenborough ably delineated the massive damage to the Mediterranean world by Roman and other ‘civilizations” in destroying the natural forests of the region, and changing the climate of the Mediterranean world . Its also likely that pre-Roman civilizations are also largely responsible for the almost total loss of forests and habitat in North Africa. We not only have to remove capitalism as a driver for “progress’ – we also have to instill in every human being an understanding that we cannot survive without our fellow species- that all life is sacred.- and that human “progress” is a self-absorbed, self-perpetuating, myth. All human change has to be balanced against the inevitable loss of species and habitat to other species- and we can no longer afford that species loss
As George Monbiot notes: A system based on perpetual growth cannot function without peripheries and externalities. There must always be an extraction zone, from which materials are taken without full payment, and a disposal zone, where costs are dumped in the form of waste and pollution. As the scale of economic activity increases, until capitalism affects everything from the atmosphere to the deep ocean floor, the entire planet becomes a sacrifice zone: we all inhabit the periphery of the profit-making machine.
The recent Guardian article penned by Luke Harding – of famed ‘the Russians are invading Ukraine with a convoy of (mythical) tanks” and other anti-Russian hysteria, and co-author Dan Collyns, alleges that Paul Manafort, U.S. convicted felon and former Republican campaign chief for Donald Trump’s election campaign, met and conspired with Julian Assange of Wikileaks to ensure Hilary Clinton was not elected President.
The authors of the Guardian story, Dan Collyns and Luke Harding, were in Ecuador recently with Equadorian , Fernando Villavicencio, who ‘assisted’ with this story and who they had previously worked with on other evidence -free stories. Villavicencio ( Fernando Villavicencio, oil exsindicalista refugee in the US) has fabricated claims about people visiting Assange in the past. In May he claimed Farage visited Assange on 28 April 2009, a month after Ecuador initiated its 8 month-long isolation of Assange, banning phone calls, all visits and internet. Assange’s isolation at the Embassy coincided with the defeat of Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa to U.S. supporter Lenin Moreno. The Guardian article states ; based on the allegations from Villavicencio, that Manafort entered the Equadorian Embassy in London where Assange is currently in refuge, and spoke to Assange, on several occasions. But as Craig Murray notes , the Equadorian Embassy security files, let alone the London Police records, strangely show no evidence of such meetings. Embassy employees who were there during that entire time period also say they never saw Manafort or heard of his visit.
Assange and Wikileaks; and also separately, Paul Manafort, are now proposing legal action against the Guardian. Wikileaks is raising money here for their legal appeal. In likely response to these legal threats, the Guardian has now edited its original story to soften the tone of the allegations. See the edits here at https://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/1706143/diff/0/1. If both libel actions are successful against the Guardian; its capacity to survive financially are questionable -as will be its reputation as a reputable news-source. Why then would the Guardian take such a risk? It is to be noted that legal libel proceeding costs in the U.K. can be up to 140 times the costs of similar proceedings in Europe ( ironically this is a Guardian link) .
Wikileaks’ crime is not only that it did the unpardonable; it published leaked information that accurately and truthfully described war crimes committed by both the U.K. , the US and other Western states, but more importantly Wikileaks also has put into question the very lucrative financial dealings of the City of London and also the Maltese government. Without these illegal financial dealings, (primarily via Russian ‘oligarchs’ who have fled Russia), it is possible that the City of London and much of the British economy, could collapse.
These murky financial dealings intermesh with much of the terrorist activities carried out by Western (particularly U.S.) intelligence agencies to ensure their corporate sponsors retain their supplies of cash regardless of the impacts on lives and the local environment. South American right wing governments and their military/intelligence agencies have played a key role in these activities – hence the arrival of the very dubious Fernando Villavicencio and his timely allegations of collusion between Trump, Assange and the Russians.
Jimmy Llama notes many convoluted links to neo’liberal’ thinktanks, shady corporates and U.S. and other individuals such as Bill Browder, famed for instigating the U.S. Magnitsky Act ( Russia has now accused Browder of Magnitsky’s murder) and a key player in the Russiagate allegations.
These allegations are one of many determined concerted media efforts to ensure that once Assange is no longer under the protection of the Ecuadorian London Embassy, there will be limited public backlash against those governments responsible for his subsequent deportation to the U.S. – his show-trial and likely disappearance..
That process is after all , standard practice already by the United States and others; make allegations against someone you don’t like or need , inform the necessary Western authorities, and a drone can eliminate any unnecessary evidence forthwith.
Julian Assange and Wikileaks have indeed played a very dangerous game- unmasking the extremely brutal and vicious international game of exploitation and greed by those in positions of power in the name of “democracy and freedom”…
On the 7th October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro, former paratrooper captain in the Brazilian Army and publicly evowed supporter of military dictatorship, torture and murder, was elected President of Brazil.
Bolsonaro, a supposed Christian, and hater of gays, communists, leftists, minorities (who form a majority of Brazil’s population) , environmentalists, and any one else who disagrees with his puerile view of the world, vows to create a Brazil where ‘Brazil (is) Above Everything, God Above Everyone’.
As Pepe Escobar notes; The record reveals Bolsonaro as a racist, misogynist, homophobic, weaponizing thug, favoring a white, patriarchal, hierarchical, hetero-normative and “homogenous” Brazil; an absurdity in a deeply unequal society still ravaged by the effects of slavery and where the majority of the population is mixed race.
Bolsonaro demonstrably has very limited intelligence and psychopathic instincts, and yet a majority of voters enthusiastically supported his election as president. How could that be? Fearful of urban violence , political and systemic corruption and economic failure, they voted for a man who, despite all the evidence to the contrary in his career history, promised economic stability and growth , safety and an end to corruption. Blaming the lack of those things on the reds and all who opposed him, seemed to make perfect sense to a population flooded with media messaging that seemed to confirm those views.
America’s “New Scientist’ has recently stated the sad truth that “Antagonism isn’t absolutely good or bad. Daniel Nettle speculated that all personality traits evolved to have trade-offs, and that’s why variation exists in personality. From an evolutionary perspective, agreeableness has both benefits (attention to mental states of others; harmonious interpersonal relationships, valued coalitional partnerships) as well as costs (subject to social cheating and exploitation; failure to maximize selfish advantage). Nevertheless, because of the existence of such wide variation in this trait, highly antagonistic leaders can arouse and influence wide swaths of people who score high in this trait through their rhetoric and messaging”.
The irony seems lost on his supporters that Bolsonaro as a true fascist ( a supporter of extremist violence and corporate profit above all things ), is so deeply imbedded in military corruption and has such an extraordinarily narrow fundamentalist view of the world that Brazil could well be headed for a nightmare world…
And yet, as FAIR notes, the Western financial and conservative media is waxing enthusiastically about his election as a a great step forward for the free market; and as Pepe Escobar notes, a nail in the coffin of the independent BRICS global financial market structure.
Bolsonaro’s supreme lack of intellectual capacity will give him the capacity to destroy – once and for all – the lifeblood of this planet ; the Amazonian rainforests that are truly the lungs of this earth, and whose indigenous guardians he has pledged to destroy .
As the Guarani said recently: “If indigenous peoples become extinct and dead, the lives of all are threatened, for we are the guardians of nature. Without forest, without water, without rivers, there is no life, there is no way for any Brazilian to survive. We resisted 518 years ago, we fight in victory and defeat, our land is our mother. As long as the sun still shines, and while there is still fresh air under the shade of a tree, while there is still a river to bathe in, we will fight.”
Jair Bolsonaro- (or “The Legend’, as his supporters like to call him) -an ex Brazilian Army Captain, is flying high in the polls for the Brazilian Presidential elections in October.
He appears to be extending his lead over his major left-wing rival , who replaced the imprisoned ex President Lula on the ballot list. Senator Bolsonaro stands, he says, for economic stability and an end to the corruption that characterised the left wing governments of Lula and Rousseff, and their right wing successors led by President Temer.
The Brazilian and international media tend to describe Bolsonaro as a ‘firebrand’, ‘misogynist’ or a ‘far-right’ politician- adjectives which do nothing to describe the brutal reality of this pathetic little man. Bolsonaro has consistently informed the media and his supporters that he is in favour of mass-murder ( 30,000 deaths will not be enough he says) , torture and terrorising those political opponents.- a return to the ‘good old days’ of the U.S. supported Brazilian military dictatorships (1964-1985) which tortured and murdered the left, the poor , and the indigenous populations of Brazil, and enabled vast tracts of Brazil rainforests to be forever destroyed – all in the name of ‘economic stability’; ( which in reality means big business giving little ‘favours’ to the military in exchange for their brutal support).
Bolsonaro’s stream of vicious and violent narratives are even, in the Latin American press described as simply ‘outrageous”, rather than the obscene ravings of an extremely damaged human being. Bolsonaro in reality exhibits all the incoherent rage and ignorance of one who has been systematically brutalised himself.
His tirades of threats and abuse against the left, Brazilian LGBTIQ communities, the poor, the native American populations, Chinese business and environmental agencies, are classical examples of one who has spent his entire life in fear of that which he cannot understand. His short incoherent streams of angry invective characterise one who has been brain damaged; whose only known response to these perceived threats is to lash out with brutality and anger.
In a world where the remnants of the Brazilian rainforests- the ‘lungs’ of our world; may be the one thing which sustains life on this planet for a little while longer, we now have the very real potential for this supremely damaged man to lead our world faster and deeper into disaster.
In a world where the wisdom of the indigenous populations of South America may be the one thing that can lead us back from the brink of global environmental catastrophe; we find Bolsonaro- the ultimate symbol of the folly of mankind.
Read the fascinating account of Bolsonaro’s triumphant first round lead in the Brazilian presidential elections here and the role of the ultra-rightests in world politics.
A very detailed account of the rise of Jair Bolsonaro, and the fate of the major Brazilian political parties over the past few decades here