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A Documentary On The New World Order

December 13th, 2014
A Documentary On The New World Order By Dark Politricks As I have been recovering from a major operation that seems to have gone wrong (just my luck), I have spent hours in bed with my legs raised watching YouTube on my TV. I have an idea for an article about the NHS and my experience of it (lots) which I am working on. Howver as I do that I have... [read more]

Watch the latest films cheaply without downloading from P2P – Total BS!

December 12th, 2014
Watch the latest films cheaply without downloading from P2P - BS! By Dark Politricks There is a lot of talk around the use of Pirate Bay and the new "Instant TV" channels like Netflix or Amazon Prime TV. These people want you to think you can watch the latest films for a cheap amount rather than downloading them from illegal web or Torrent... [read more]

9/11 The Anatomy of a Great Deception – Please Watch This Is If You Want To Know The Basics About 9/1 Conspiracy Theories

October 31st, 2014
9/11 The Anatomy of a Great Deception - Please Watch This Is If You Want To Know The Basics About 9/11 Conspiracy Theories By Dark Politricks I do apologise for some of the grammar mistakes in the first draft of this article but I did state that I have been in and out of hospital lately which has affected my ability to write due to the high doses of... [read more]

Use The Pirate Bay Browser and stick two fingers up to the authorities and corporations who jailed the Pirate Bay creators

September 20th, 2014
Use The Pirate Bay Browser and stick two fingers up to the authorities and corporations who jailed the Pirate Bay creators By Dark Politricks Gottfrid Svartholm Ward and Peter Sunde Help these two prisoners by sending them comfort items whilst they rot away in prison. Gottfrid can only receive letters whilst Peter can get letters, books and vegan... [read more]

Internet Censorship and Surfing Anonymously

September 20th, 2014
Internet Censorship and Surfing Anonymously By Dark Politricks Sometimes it feels like the good old days of the Internet and being anonymous have passed - and you would be right. With restrictive and snooping laws being passed all over the world, firewall filters wrapped around whole countries, Twitter users sued for Re-Tweeting libellous claims and... [read more]

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Watch the latest films cheaply without downloading from P2P – Total BS!



Watch the latest films cheaply without downloading from P2P – BS!

By Dark Politricks

There is a lot of talk around the use of Pirate Bay and the new “Instant TV” channels like Netflix or Amazon Prime TV.

These people want you to think you can watch the latest films for a cheap amount rather than downloading them from illegal web or Torrent Sites.

The problem is it’s just not true.

Being laid up in bed for 3 weeks recovering from an operation has seen me watch a lot of TV. To be honest I have chosen to watch YouTube and shows like The CorbettReport rather than the rubbish on Freeview.

However I do have Netflix on my 3D SmartTV (what a waste of money the 3D Blue Ray player and 3D glasses were!) and I do love it.

I have been known to spent days (and nights when I cannot sleep) watching whole series of shows from the US I have never seen.

On that point why is it that the US love their cop shows so much?

You have CSI in 3 different locations. NCIS in 2. CSI Special X n Y units and so many more to name. I have watched many and the difference between US and UK cop shows is immense.

The US love seeing at least 3 people shot dead per show, the bad guys are either terrorists or threats to national security (fear porn) if not they are pedophiles, murder gangs on a killing spree or lone serial killers/rapists.

Either the US loves being scared shitless before going to bed each night or the US really is that violent.

The problem is that many reports over the years have shown that London is more violent than New York and that although we don’t open car windows and spray Uzis at Burger Kings we tend to use fists, shivs, knives, spoons and whatever is on the nearest table to fight and stick in an opponent.

Walk down any towns high ST on a Saturday night and you will see Police Vans, Fights, Drunken Idiots starting on people for no reason and a lot of drunken girls throwing up on the side of the road.

If our Police shows were realistic they would be full of bored cops taken drunk fools to Emergency Rooms to get their heads bandaged up after a baton accidentally hit them a few times. Instead we just have dozens of deep, mysterious, solo cops who solve crimes whilst keeping their distance from their colleagues and looking moody in every other scene e.g Luther (great show),

Anyway I got given a 30 day free Amazon Prime card in the post the other day. I used it mainly for Christmas shopping but I also got to access their new Amazon TV programmes and films. So I have been “lucky” enough to watch both Netflix and Amazon Prime over the last few weeks. This is my comparison.

It seems the reason they always show the new Amazon made series “Ripper St” on their adverts is because that’s the only show they have actually made themselves.

Most of their new shows are Netflix productions like “Orange is the new Black” and many more Netflix shows. Either Netflix made shows or those that are already on Netflix meaning Amazon Prime is redundant.

In their “latest films” section they are showing films such as “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey Jnr. All these films are 2-3 years old and many of them are already on Netflix.

I have Netflix and I wouldn’t swap it for any of these other productions.

If I want catch up TV that isn’t on my smart TV like ITV or CH4 OD I just use my PC and an HDMI cable to watch it on my TV.

If I want a film that is not on Netflix or Amazon I use Pirate Bay.

The authorities and Big Film companies keep saying “there are many legal ways to watch your latest films” - BULLSHIT.

Your choices to watch a film are:

  • After they have been run for months in the cinema.
  • After the DVD has been out.
  • After Sky / BBC / CH4 / Netflix has bought the rights for a year and shown it.
  • If you get a naughty scamp to put the film on YouTube or DailyMotion and you get to watch it.
  • Or you find a version on one of the many other free to view sites out there that show films illegally.

So if you want to watch films that are new you can do the following:

Pay £12 for a seat at the cinema, £5 for ice cream and sit in a cramped seat with teenagers throwing popcorn around and chatting all the time.

Or go to a Torrent site and watch a downloaded shaky camera shot version of the film with heads and talking from the cinema where it’s secretly being shot.

Or you can wait a little and:

  • Buy the DVD for £15
  • Wait for the DVD to come out, wait a day or two, then download the latest P2P BlueRay HD version on PirateBay.

So it’s Netflix and Pirate Bay for me.

If you cannot get past ISP blocks?

Use the Pirate Bay Browser which uses TOR to bounce you to a country that lets you access it & use PeerBlock to stop your ISP thinking you’re downloading BitTorrent data.

Make sure you change your settings to NOT use a random port and set it to 8000, 8888 or 8080. All common HTTP ports when port 80 isn’t in use.

Always set a limit on your download rate so your ISP doesn’t get suspicious and set your upload (seed) limit lower than your download limit (leach). This is because ISP’s are more likely to go after people putting the videos up on PirateBay and then seeding (uploading) than downloading.

Here is a guide to using it > http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2014/09/help-jailed-pirate-bay-creators

So when it comes to watching the latest films I don’t see how 2/3 years is “latest” and therefore I will be sticking to Netflix and Pirate Bay until Hollywood realise that they are on a losing battle.

Until they offer people other ways to watch new releases rather than fork out lots of money at cinemas, pay £15 for a DVD or wait 2 years until TV gets it then people will continue to bypass their pathetic attempts at blocking people downloading new Cinema and DVD releases.

 

Posted in Dark Politricks Articles, Mainstream Media, Rants & Opinion, Television Video & Film.

Tagged with Amazon Prime TV, BitTorrent, Cinema, Netflix, P2P, PeerBlock, Police, Ripper St, The Pirate Bay Browser, uTorrent, War on terror.


No More Khirbet Khizehs



No More Khirbet Khizehs

By DavidSwanson
washingtonsblog.com

“Fields that would never be harvested, plantations that would never be irrigated, paths that would become desolate. A sense of destruction and worthlessness. An image of thistles and brambles everywhere, a desolate tawniness, a braying wilderness. And already from those fields accusing eyes peered out at you, that silent accusatory look as of a reproachful animal, staring and following you so there was no refuge.” — Yizhar Smilansky, Khirbet Khizeh

On the day in 2014 that I read the new English translation of Khirbet Khizeh, Tom Engelhardt published a blog post rewriting recent news articles on the U.S. Senate’s torture report as a 2019 Senate report on drone murders. The 2019 “news” media in Tom’s believable account is shocked — shocked, I tell you — by the rampant murder discovered to have been committed using missiles from drones of all things.

The point is that most of what’s been discussed as news from the recent torture report, and certainly all of the fundamental moral points — has been known — or, more accurately, knowable for years. For the past several years, the U.S. establishment has been repeatedly “banning” torture. It has also been repeatedly discovering the same evidence of torture, over and over again. Leading torturers have gone on television to swear they’d do it all again, while radical activist groups have demanded “investigations.”

The point is that at some point “truth and reconciliation” is lies and reconciliation — the lies of pretending that the truth needed to be unearthed, that it was hidden for a time, that the crimes weren’t committed in the broad daylight of television spotlights on a sweaty old man assuring us he was about to start working on the dark side.

Illustrated at right, from the iNakba app, are villages that were destroyed in 1948 to create Israel. Generations of Israelis have grown up not knowing, not wanting to know, pretending not to know, and knowing without confronting the Catastrophe. Israelis are discovering what happened, unburying the hidden truth, filming aging participants’ distorted confessions, and hunting out the outlines of disappeared villages on GoogleEarth.

But what if the truth was always marching naked down the street with trumpets sounding?

In May 1949, Yizhar Smilansky published Khirbet Khizeh, a fictional account of the destruction of a fictional village much like many real ones. Smilansky knew or hoped that he was ahead of his time, so much so that he began the tale by framing it as a recollection from the distant future. The narrator, like the reader, was known by the author to be unable to see for years to come.

What would keep the book alive until that distant day?

Poetry.

It’s not a Senate report. Khirbet Khizeh is a work of masterful insight and storytelling that grips you and compels you to enter the experience of its narrator and his companions, as they do what the author had done, as they imitate Nazis before all the ashes had fallen from the skies above the ovens in Europe.

This book was planted and grew. It’s been taught in Israeli schools. It was a movie on Israeli television in 1978. And now, with a sense that perhaps sleepy eyes are stretching open at long last, the book has had itself translated into the language of the imperial homeland, English.

But how could poetry keep heresy alive?

Several ways, I think. Absolute failure to pay attention, for one. Think about how literature is taught in many U.S. schools, for example. The ability of people to hear the poetry without the meaning, for another. Think about people singing John Lennon’s Imagine without having the slightest idea they’ve just proposed to abolish religions, nations, and private property, or how people throw around the phrase “peace on earth” in December. Perverse but predictable and perhaps predicted misinterpretation, for another. Think about how viewers of the propaganda film Zero Dark Thirty read accounts of torture, for example — as a dirty job that needed doing for a greater cause.

It’s a strain, to me at least, to read Khirbet Khizeh as a celebration of genocide or mass-eviction. And the book not only suffered but also benefitted from being ahead of its time. It pre-existed the mythologies and rhetorical defenses that grew up around the Catastrophe in the decades that followed. When the narrator makes a slight resistance to what he is engaged in, no reader can find anything but humanitarian motivation in his resistance. The idea that this soldier, questioning his fellow soldiers, is engaged in anti-Semitism would literally make no sense. He’s revolted by the cruelty, no more no less — cruelty that every adult and child has to have always known was part of any mass settlement of ancient lands in 1948.

When I was a child, in elementary school, I wrote a story about an eviction of a family from its house, complete with plenty of tear-jerking details. As a good American I wrote about British redcoats evicting patriotic U.S. revolutionaries. My teacher suggested to me that I had a talent for writing. But that wasn’t writing. Had I written of the Native Americans, the Hawaiians, the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, of Diego Garcia or Vieques or the Marshall Islands or Thule or Okinawa or any of the many places about which silence was expected, that might have been writing.

Let us wish no more Khirbet Khizehs on the people of Palestine and many more Khirbet Khizehs on the world.

View the original article at Washingtons Blog

Posted in Analysis & Review, Israel & Zionism, War on terror.

Tagged with Americans, anti-Semitism, British, Diego Garcia, Israel, Khirbet Khizeh, Khirbet Khizehs, Marshall Islands, Native Americans, Nazis, news, Poetry, reconciliation, Senate, Tom Engelhardt, Yizhar Smilansky, Zero Dark, Zero Dark Thirty.


San Diego police sued over tracking cell phones with ‘stingray’



San Diego police sued over tracking cell phones with ‘stingray’

RT.com

Reuters/Zoran Milich

San Diego police have long chosen to withhold details about whether it uses an International Mobile Subscriber Identity catcher (IMSI), which emulates the functionality of a cell phone tower in order to interact with a nearby mobile phone. Commonly known as Stingrays, a popular brand name, they can be used to capture and intercept the contents of communications, including calls, text messages, or internet activity. Many IMSI catchers are used in dragnet fashion, scooping up information about every phone in range.

The First Amendment Coalition presented in the lawsuit a heavily-redacted invoice provided by the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) that confirmed $33,000 was spent to acquire or use IMSI-catching technology, yet SDPD will not provide further information to the group or news organizations, according to the Union-Tribune of San Diego.

READ MORE: California police spent $45mn on spy gear with little oversight

“Without having basic information about whether they even have the technology, let alone how theyre using it… how do we have that conversation about the merits of surveilling citizens,” coalition attorney Kelly Aviles told the Union-Tribune.

The First Amendment Coalition says any details pursuant to the SDPDs use of the surveillance technology – including department rules governing IMSI-catching police work, warrants sought that have come from its use, and training information provided SDPD agents – are required to be disclosed based on California law.

SDPD has shirked the coalitions request for transparency, saying the requests would reveal security or intelligence information and was exempt from disclosure, according to the lawsuit.

READ MORE: Fake cell phone towers may be spying on Americans calls, texts

The San Diego Attorneys Office said in a statement that the US Department of Justice has maintained that use of ISMI-catching technology is allowed to stay secret.

“Information regarding the equipment must not be disclosed because to do so would potentially endanger the lives and physical safety of law enforcement officers and adversely impact criminal and national security investigations, the city attorneys office said.

The city is obligated to follow that direction and will do so absent further direction from the Department of Justice or a court order.

READ MORE: Tracking everywhere: Private companies offer worldwide spying tools

Investigations into Stingray/ISMI-catching technology have found myriad capabilities to surveil phone users, triggering debate over clandestine police tracking. In addition, many police departments using ISMI catchers have signed non-disclosure agreements with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, facilitated by the Federal Communications Commission and Stingray-manufacturer Harris Corporation.

Law enforcement agencies, though, have said it does not track specific contents of calls, and text messages arent intercepted and read.

READ MORE: Arizona judge: Police dont have to disclose public records on StingRay spy tech

These reassurances have not placated civil liberties advocates like Aviles.

This isnt just a technology that focuses on the subject of the investigation, she told the Union-Tribune. It sweeps up of information from all of our cellphones.

She added that the coalition wants to know what happens to intercepted information and whether a warrant is ever obtained before the device is used.

And what is being provided in that warrant and how accurate are they describing the technologys use? she said.

READ MORE: Chicago activists claim police used ‘Stingray’ surveillance during Garner protests

Aviles and the ACLU of San Diego said transparency from SDPD over IMSI technology would not harm police investigations.

Theres nothing more important and potentially dangerous then the unbridled exercise of law enforcement power, said David Loy, legal director for ACLU of San Diego and the Imperial Counties. So we, the public, have the absolute right to know what police department is doing with our money and how its impacting our privacy.

Last month, the ACLU report, titled ‘Making Smart Decisions about Surveillance: A Guide for Communities,’ revealed how California law enforcement took advantage of millions of dollars worth of federal surveillance gear to sidestep oversight by city councils and boards of supervisors. Police also avoided consideration of costs and benefits, leaving the public in the dark as to how law enforcement was using the equipment to track their lives.

View the original article at rt.com

Posted in Analysis & Review, Civil Rights and Privacy, Internet, Police State.

Tagged with ACLU, Amendment Coalition, California, Federal, First Amendment, IMSI, ISMI, Kelly Aviles, law enforcement, Police, power, READ, San Diego, SDPD, surveillance, tracking, Union, Union-Tribune.


Go West Young Han



Go West Young Han

dissidentvoice.org
By Pepe Escobar

November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for Madrid. It arrived on December 9.

Welcome to the new trans-Eurasia choo-choo train. At over 13,000 kilometers, it will regularly traverse the longest freight train route in the world, 40% farther than the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Its cargo will cross China from East to West, then Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, France, and finally Spain.

You may not have the faintest idea where Yiwu is, but businessmen plying their trades across Eurasia, especially from the Arab world, are already hooked on the city “where amazing happens!” We’re talking about the largest wholesale center for small-sized consumer goods – from clothes to toys – possibly anywhere on Earth.

The Yiwu-Madrid route across Eurasia represents the beginning of a set of game-changing developments. It will be an efficient logistics channel of incredible length. It will represent geopolitics with a human touch, knitting together small traders and huge markets across a vast landmass. It’s already a graphic example of Eurasian integration on the go. And most of all, it’s the first building block on China’s “New Silk Road”, conceivably the project of the new century and undoubtedly the greatest trade story in the world for the next decade.

Go west, young Han. One day, if everything happens according to plan (and according to the dreams of China’s leaders), all this will be yours – via high-speed rail, no less. The trip from China to Europe will be a two-day affair, not the 21 days of the present moment. In fact, as that freight train left Yiwu, the D8602 bullet train was leaving Urumqi in Xinjiang Province, heading for Hami in China’s far west. That’s the first high-speed railway built in Xinjiang, and more like it will be coming soon across China at what is likely to prove dizzying speed.

Today, 90% of the global container trade still travels by ocean, and that’s what Beijing plans to change. Its embryonic, still relatively slow New Silk Road represents its first breakthrough in what is bound to be an overland trans-continental container trade revolution.

And with it will go a basket of future “win-win” deals, including lower transportation costs, the expansion of Chinese construction companies ever further into the Central Asian “stans”, as well as into Europe, an easier and faster way to move uranium and rare metals from Central Asia elsewhere, and the opening of myriad new markets harboring hundreds of millions of people.

So if Washington is intent on “pivoting to Asia,” China has its own plan in mind. Think of it as a pirouette to Europe across Eurasia.

Defecting to the East?

The speed with which all of this is happening is staggering. Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the New Silk Road Economic Belt in Astana, Kazakhstan, in September 2013. One month later, while in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, he announced a 21st-century Maritime Silk Road. Beijing defines the overall concept behind its planning as “one road and one belt”, when what it’s actually thinking about is a boggling maze of prospective roads, rail lines, sea lanes, and belts.

We’re talking about a national strategy that aims to draw on the historical aura of the ancient Silk Road, which bridged and connected civilizations, east and west, while creating the basis for a vast set of interlocked pan-Eurasian economic cooperation zones. Already the Chinese leadership has green-lighted a $40 billion infrastructure fund, overseen by the China Development Bank, to build roads, high-speed rail lines, and energy pipelines in assorted Chinese provinces. The fund will sooner or later expand to cover projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe. But Central Asia is the key immediate target.

Chinese companies will be investing in, and bidding for contracts in, dozens of countries along those planned silk roads. After three decades of development while sucking up foreign investment at breakneck speed, China’s strategy is now to let its own capital flow to its neighbors. It’s already clinched $30 billion in contracts with Kazakhstan and $15 billion with Uzbekistan. It has provided Turkmenistan with $8 billion in loans and a billion more has gone to Tajikistan.

In 2013, relations with Kyrgyzstan were upgraded to what the Chinese term “strategic level.” China is already the largest trading partner for all of them except Uzbekistan and, though the former Central Asian socialist republics of the Soviet Union are still tied to Russia’s network of energy pipelines, China is at work there, too, creating its own version of Pipelineistan, including a new gas pipeline to Turkmenistan, with more to come.

The competition among Chinese provinces for much of this business and the infrastructure that goes with it will be fierce. Xinjiang is already being reconfigured by Beijing as a key hub in its new Eurasian network. In early November 2014, Guangdong – the “factory of the world” – hosted the first international expo for the country’s Maritime Silk Road and representatives of no less than 42 countries attended the party.

President Xi himself is now enthusiastically selling his home province, Shaanxi, which once harbored the start of the historic Silk Road in Xian, as a twenty-first-century transportation hub. He’s made his New Silk Road pitch for it to, among others, Tajikistan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, and Afghanistan.

Just like the historic Silk Road, the new one has to be thought of in the plural. Imagine it as a future branching maze of roads, rail lines, and pipelines. A key stretch is going to run through Central Asia, Iran, and Turkey, with Istanbul as a crossroads site. Iran and Central Asia are already actively promoting their own connections to it.

Another key stretch will follow the Trans-Siberian Railway with Moscow as a key node. Once that trans-Siberian high-speed rail remix is completed, travel time between Beijing and Moscow will plunge from the current six and a half days to only 33 hours. In the end, Rotterdam, Duisburg, and Berlin could all be nodes on this future “highway” and German business execs are enthusiastic about the prospect.

The Maritime Silk Road will start in Guangdong province en route to the Malacca Strait, the Indian Ocean, the Horn of Africa, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, ending essentially in Venice, which would be poetic justice indeed. Think of it as Marco Polo in reverse.

All of this is slated to be completed by 2025, providing China with the kind of future “soft power” that it now sorely lacks. When President Xi hails the push to “break the connectivity bottleneck” across Asia, he’s also promising Chinese credit to a wide range of countries.

Now, mix the Silk Road strategy with heightened cooperation among the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), with accelerated cooperation among the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with a more influential Chinese role over the 120-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) – no wonder there’s the perception across the Global South that, while the US remains embroiled in its endless wars, the world is defecting to the East.

New banks and new dreams

The recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing was certainly a Chinese success story, but the bigger APEC story went virtually unreported in the United States. Twenty-two Asian countries approved the creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) only one year after Xi initially proposed it. This is to be yet another bank, like the BRICS Development Bank, that will help finance projects in energy, telecommunications, and transportation. Its initial capital will be $50 billion and China and India will be its main shareholders.

Consider its establishment a Sino-Indian response to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), founded in 1966 under the aegis of the World Bank and considered by most of the world as a stalking horse for the Washington consensus. When China and India insist that the new bank’s loans will be made on the basis of “justice, equity, and transparency”, they mean that to be in stark contrast to the ADB (which remains a US-Japan affair with those two countries contributing 31% of its capital and holding 25% of its voting power) – and a sign of a coming new order in Asia. In addition, at a purely practical level, the ADB won’t finance the real needs of the Asian infrastructure push that the Chinese leadership is dreaming about, which is why the AIIB is going to come in so handy.

Keep in mind that China is already the top trading partner for India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It’s in second place when it comes to Sri Lanka and Nepal. It’s number one again when it comes to virtually all the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), despite China’s recent well-publicized conflicts over who controls waters rich in energy deposits in the region. We’re talking here about the compelling dream of a convergence of 600 million people in Southeast Asia, 1.3 billion in China, and 1.5 billion on the Indian subcontinent.

Only three APEC members – apart from the US – did not vote to approve the new bank: Japan, South Korea, and Australia, all under immense pressure from the Obama administration. (Indonesia signed on a few days late.) And Australia is finding it increasingly difficult to resist the lure of what, these days, is being called “yuan diplomacy”.

In fact, whatever the overwhelming majority of Asian nations may think about China’s self-described “peaceful rise”, most are already shying away from or turning their backs on a Washington-and-NATO-dominated trade and commercial world and the set of pacts – from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) for Europe to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for Asia – that would go with it.

When dragon embraces bear

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a fabulous APEC. After his country and China clinched a massive $400 billion natural gas deal in May – around the Power of Siberia pipeline, whose construction began this year – they added a second agreement worth $325 billion around the Altai pipeline originating in western Siberia.

These two mega-energy deals don’t mean that Beijing will become Moscow-dependent when it comes to energy, though it’s estimated that they will provide 17% of China’s natural gas needs by 2020. (Gas, however, makes up only 10% per cent of China’s energy mix at present.) But these deals signal where the wind is blowing in the heart of Eurasia. Though Chinese banks can’t replace those affected by Washington and EU sanctions against Russia, they are offering a Moscow battered by recent plummeting oil prices some relief in the form of access to Chinese credit.

On the military front, Russia and China are now committed to large-scale joint military exercises, while Russia’s advanced’S-400 air defense missile system will soon enough be heading for Beijing. In addition, for the first time in the post-Cold War era, Putin recently raised the old Soviet-era doctrine of “collective security” in Asia as a possible pillar for a new Sino-Russian strategic partnership.

Chinese President Xi has taken to calling all this the “evergreen tree of Chinese-Russian friendship” – or you could think of it as Putin’s strategic “pivot” to China. In either case, Washington is not exactly thrilled to see Russia and China beginning to mesh their strengths: Russian excellence in aerospace, defense technology, and heavy equipment manufacturing matching Chinese excellence in agriculture, light industry, and information technology.

It’s also been clear for years that, across Eurasia, Russian, not Western, pipelines are likely to prevail. The latest spectacular Pipelineistan opera – Gazprom’s cancellation of the prospective South Stream pipeline that was to bring yet more Russian natural gas to Europe – will, in the end, only guarantee an even greater energy integration of both Turkey and Russia into the new Eurasia.

So long to the unipolar moment

All these interlocked developments suggest a geopolitical tectonic shift in Eurasia that the American media simply hasn’t begun to grasp. Which doesn’t mean that no one notices anything. You can smell the incipient panic in the air in the Washington establishment. The Council on Foreign Relations is already publishing laments about the possibility that the former sole superpower’s exceptionalist moment is “unraveling”. The US-China Economic and Security Review Commission can only blame the Chinese leadership for being “disloyal”, adverse to “reform”, and an enemy of the “liberalization” of their own economy.

The usual suspects carp that upstart China is upsetting the “international order”, will doom “peace and prosperity” in Asia for all eternity, and may be creating a “new kind of Cold War” in the region. From Washington’s perspective, a rising China, of course, remains the major “threat” in Asia, if not the world, even as the Pentagon spends gigantic sums to keep its sprawling global empire of bases intact. Those Washington-based stories about the new China threat in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, however, never mention that China remains encircled by US bases, while lacking a base of its own outside its territory.

Of course, China does face titanic problems, including the pressures being applied by the globe’s “sole superpower”. Among other things, Beijing fears threats to the security of its sea-borne energy supply from abroad, which helps explain its massive investment in helping create a welcoming Eurasian Pipelineistan from Central Asia to Siberia. Fears for its energy future also explain its urge to “escape from Malacca” by reaching for energy supplies in Africa and South America, and its much-discussed offensive to claim energy-rich areas of the East and South China seas, which Beijing is betting could become a “second Persian Gulf”, ultimately yielding 130 billion barrels of oil.

On the internal front, President Xi has outlined in detail his vision of a “results-oriented” path for his country over the next decade. As road maps go, China’s “must-do” list of reforms is nothing short of impressive. And worrying about keeping China’s economy, already the world’s number one by size, rolling along at a feverish pitch, Xi is also turbo-charging the fight against corruption, graft, and waste, especially within the Communist Party itself.

Economic efficiency is another crucial problem. Chinese state-owned enterprises are now investing a staggering $2.3 trillion a year – 43% of the country’s total investment – in infrastructure. Yet studies at Tsinghua University’s School of Management have shown that an array of investments in facilities ranging from steel mills to cement factories have only added to overcapacity and so actually undercut China’s productivity.

Xiaolu Wang and Yixiao Zhou, authors of the academic paper “Deepening Reform for China’s Long-term Growth and Development”, contend that it will be difficult for China to jump from middle-income to high-income status – a key requirement for a truly global power. For this, an avalanche of extra government funds would have to go into areas like social security/ unemployment benefits and healthcare, which take up at present 9.8% and 15.1% of the 2014 budget – high for some Western countries but not high enough for China’s needs.

Still, anyone who has closely followed what China has accomplished over these past three decades knows that, whatever its problems, whatever the threats, it won’t fall apart. As a measure of the country’s ambitions for economically reconfiguring the commercial and power maps of the world, China’s leaders are also thinking about how, in the near future, relations with Europe, too, could be reshaped in ways that would be historic.

What about that “harmonious community”?

At the same moment that China is proposing a new Eurasian integration, Washington has opted for an “empire of chaos”, a dysfunctional global system now breeding mayhem and blowback across the Greater Middle East into Africa and even to the peripheries of Europe.

In this context, a “new Cold War” paranoia is on the rise in the US, Europe, and Russia. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who knows a thing or two about Cold Wars (having ended one), couldn’t be more alarmed. Washington’s agenda of “isolating” and arguably crippling Russia is ultimately dangerous, even if in the long run it may also be doomed to failure.

At the moment, whatever its weaknesses, Moscow remains the only power capable of negotiating a global strategic balance with Washington and putting some limits on its empire of chaos. NATO nations still follow meekly in Washington’s wake and China as yet lacks the strategic clout.

Russia, like China, is betting on Eurasian integration. No one, of course, knows how all this will end. Only four years ago, Vladimir Putin was proposing “a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok”, involving a trans-Eurasian free trade agreement. Yet today, with the US, NATO, and Russia locked in a Cold War-like battle in the shadows over Ukraine, and with the European Union incapable of disentangling itself from NATO, the most immediate new paradigm seems to be less total integration than war hysteria and fear of future chaos spreading to other parts of Eurasia.

Don’t rule out a change in the dynamics of the situation, however. In the long run, it seems to be in the cards. One day, Germany may lead parts of Europe away from NATO’s “logic”, since German business leaders and industrialists have an eye on their potentially lucrative commercial future in a new Eurasia. Strange as it might seem amid today’s war of words over Ukraine, the endgame could still prove to involve a Berlin-Moscow-Beijing alliance.

At present, the choice between the two available models on the planet seems stark indeed: Eurasian integration or a spreading empire of chaos. China and Russia know what they want, and so, it seems, does Washington. The question is: What will the other moving parts of Eurasia choose to do?

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He writes for Asia Times Online where this article first appeared and may be reached at [email protected]. Read other articles by Pepe.

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Paramount is now canceling screenings of Team America: World Police



Paramount is now canceling screenings of Team America: World Police

Bryan Bishop
The Verge
December 18, 2014

Just a day after Sony decided to cancel the debut of the embattled comedy The Interview, Paramount Pictures is now pulling the comedy Team America: World Police from release.

The Alamo Drafthouse, which had scheduled Team America as a fill-in for the Seth Rogen comedy after yesterday’s development, confirmed that it’s December 27th screening had been canceled, as did Cleveland Cinemas, which had booked the film for a 2015 midnight screening way back in October.

From South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Team America: World Policeis a 2004 satire sending up action movies (complete with the memorable musical number “America, Fuck Yeah”). The villain of that film was North Korea and Kim Jong-il the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and seemed an appropriate replacement in the wake of Sony’s decision.

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Leaked Emails: Obama Exerted Influence over “The Interview”



Leaked Emails: Obama Exerted Influence over “The Interview”

By Robert Barsocchini
washingtonsblog.com

Antiwar.com’s Dan Sanchez has just reported on leaked emails that reveal that the Obama regime exerted influence over the movie The Interview “to encourage assassination and regime change in North Korea”.

Regarding the threats of bombings of theaters if the film was shown, Obama has been personally encouraging people to “go the movies” anyway, while hardliners like Mitt Romney have specifically encouraged people to go see The Interview.

This is not the first time strongman Obama has been closely involved with promoting or influencing Hollywood movies spouting negative propaganda about countries Obama and the US want to invade and conquer. Michelle Obama personally presented the Academy award for “best picture” for the film Argo.

Argo whitewashed the history of US aggression and genocide against Iran. Since 1953, the US has been an accomplice in the torture and killing of over a million Iranian citizens, thousands with chemical weapons.

The Interview almost certainly whitewashes the history of US genocide against Korea, and apparently depicts US forces causing the North Korean leader’s head to explode.

In its aggressive attacks against North Korea in the early 1950s, the US intentionally targeted civilians and flattened entire villages and cities, including Pyongyang. The attacks killed up to 4 million people, mostly civilians, most of whom were killed by the US, many through direct and intentional targeting, such as the machine-gunning of women and children by US soldiers at No Gun Ri.

Scholar Chalmers Johnson finds the North Korea of today a proud, struggling nation that, unlike the US public, is very aware of what was done to it by the US, and sees the aggressive, threatening stance the US has since maintained towards that country.

Johnson also notes that the worst act committed against Koreans by a “Korean” government was the bayoneting of thousands of students by the US-backed South Korean dictatorship in the late ’80s.

The Interview would almost certainly be another exercise in genocide denial for the US, a country that has gotten away with all of the crimes, including multiple genocides, it has thus far committed.

However, though we may be happy when Holocaust deniers and the like decide to hold their tongues, it is extremely unfortunate that Sony’s decision not to release such a film was brought about not by free will but threats of violence from unknown sources, which are to be condemned as threats against speech itself.

According to the leaked emails, Sony was hesitant about depicting the assassination of the North Korean leader, but was “encouraged” by the Obama regime to go forward with it.

It may be useful to imagine how we would feel about the reverse: a slapstick buddy comedy about the infiltration of the country considered the most dangerous in the world – the USA, not North Korea – and the “comedic” assassination of Obama by having his head catch on fire and explode.

It is also relevant to note that North Korea’s official complaint about the film, that it incites terrorism against North Korea (which is what the Obama regime apparently intended), is the same reason the US government has given countless times over the course of its existence to justify brutally crushing free speech and protest – facts all but fully ignored or suppressed in dominant US discourse.

And, as Antiwar.com and Wired report, “North Korea almost certainly did not hack Sony”.

Robert Barsocchini focuses on global force dynamics and writes professionally for the film industry. He is a regular contributor to Washingtons Blog, and is published in Counter Currents, Global Research, State of Globe, Blacklisted News, LewRockwell.com, DanSanchez.me, Information Clearing House, Press TV, and other outlets. Also see: Hillary Clintons Record of Support for War and other Depravities. Follow Robert and UK-based colleague, Dean Robinson, on Twitter.

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