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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Garrett Ventry "resignation" shows GOP Senate Judiciary Committee hypocrisy

NBC News broke this story today:
Spokesman for GOP on Kavanaugh nomination resigns;
has been accused of harassment in the past

An adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee has resigned amid questions from NBC News about a previous sexual harassment complaint.

by Heidi Przybyla
22 September 2018
WASHINGTON — A press adviser helping lead the Senate Judiciary Committee’s response to a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has stepped down amid evidence he was fired from a previous political job in part because of a sexual harassment allegation against him.

Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party's messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past "allegations of misconduct." More...

Garrett Ventry was a current staff member, or employee, which would seem to give him more standing to keep his position than a job applicant, or an employee asking for a promotion, which is the position of Brett Kavanaugh, and yet there was no talk about the right to due process, or the presumption of innocent that has so animated the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in defense of Brett Kavanaugh. Ventry, was given no hearing, and no right to appeal. The reason he was asked to resign was simple:
Republicans familiar with the situation had been concerned that Ventry, because of his history, could not lead an effective communications response.
Meanwhile, on Fox News, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), the GOP congressman who joked that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been groped by Abraham Lincoln, complained that his favorite job applicant, Brett Kavanaugh wasn't being treated fairly, saying "Where else can you write a letter and convict someone?"

I'll bet the majority of old white men in congress have law degrees, and yet they seem confused over this simple fact: Kavanaugh is not on trial for his freedom, he is applying for a job.

It may not be "fair," but when there are many qualified candidates for a position, it doesn't take much to take any one candidate off the short-list. The real possibility that someone applying for the lifetime position of Supreme Court Justice may be lying about a crime of sexual assault, even one that happened long ago, should be enough. Sorry Charlie, but the job of the Senate is to be fair to the country.

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UPDATED: Where were Brett Kavanaugh's loving parents when he was drinking illegally?

United States President Donald Trump recently attacked Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who is accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape 36 years ago, by asking why she didn't go to her "loving parents," and the police:
We know there are many reasons #whyididntreport, check the hashtag for thousands of details. There is another question the president, and all of us, should be asking, and it is almost certainly the most socially actionable one: Where were Brett Kavanaugh's loving parents when he was illegally drinking because he was underage?

There certainly has been enough testimony and evidence of parties at which underage drinking took place in the ruling class high school environment that Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh, and his accomplice, Mark Judge grew up in. No doubt, they, along with many mutual friends, attended numerous such parties.

So where were the loving parents that allowed this?

Trump knows that one big reason the 15 year old Christine would not have reported the sexual assault was that she would have had to admit to illegal drinking at an illegal party to do so.

Did the 17 year old Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge understand the leverage they would have in sexually assaulting young girls who had already been lured into the illegal activity of underage drinking? Did these maturing legal minds understand the advantage that compromise gave them? Did they understand that even if the sex was consensual, it would still be illegal? On did they expect the alcohol to buy them some cheap immunity?

There is also the question of who provided the alcohol? Was it the younger girls, or the older boys? Or the parents? My money is on the older boys, although some parents may have turned a blind eye to "their young men" raiding the liquor cabinet for a house party, "At least they're drinking at home," might be their excuse. No matter.

What needs to be said is that the alcohol-fueled party culture that was allowed to fester at Georgetown Prep created an environment in which the type of attack alleged by Christine Blasey Ford was encouraged and protected. I have little doubt that she is speaking the truth about what Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge did to her at such a party 36 years ago. I have no doubt that her participation in such a party, at 15, played a big role in her going along with Brett and Mark in covering up the attack even as rumors swirled all around the schools.

None of us should doubt that the type of sexual violence that Dr. Ford alleges Kavanaugh subjected her to, has happened to a great many teenage girls, even especially at the best schools, where illegal drinking is an accepted part of a privileged upbringing, and the young men of the ruling class are invited to join in the corruption from a very early age by their Georgetown Preparation.

UPDATE 24 Sept. 2018:

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Idlib: The Syrian Revolution still Lives in September 2018

Greetings to the Protests of No Alternative to the Fall of the Regime in Idlib

Once again, as soon as the Russians stop raining down bombs for a minute, the Syrian people hit the streets to protest the regime. What a shame they don't get more support from the so-called progressives in the US.

Remember these pictures. A month from now, many of them may be dead if we continue to do nothing. Al Jazeera reported on Friday:
Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria

Rebel-controlled Idlib province witnesses massive protests, as Turkey announces new meeting between Erdogan and Putin.
by Mariya Petkova
14 September 2018

Thousands attended protests in the Syrian city of Maarat al-Nouman against a looming assault on Idlib province, on September 14, 2018 [Mohammed al-Daher]

Istanbul, Turkey - Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Syria's last remaining stronghold to protest against a potential full-fledged offensive by government forces and their allies.

Activists told Al Jazeera that Friday's demonstrations took place in more than two dozen towns and villages in Idlib, a northwestern province that is home to more than three million people.

In recent weeks, the Syrian government, supported by Russia and pro-Iranian militias, has been amassing forces close to areas controlled by rebels in Idlib and northern Hama provinces, threatening a large-scale ground offensive that may result in a "bloodbath", according to the United Nations.

In early September, the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an intense campaign of shelling, air raids and barrel-bombing of opposition-held territories. The Russian-backed bombardment has receded over the past few days.

One of the biggest demonstrations was held in the city of Maarat al-Nouman in central Idlib province, where an estimated 25,000 people, including civilians from neighbouring villages and towns, gathered after Friday prayers, according to local sources.

"We want to send a message to the rest of the world that we are just an oppressed people who want freedom," said Mahmoud Harkawi, 36, who works in a printing house in Maarat al-Nouman. More...
Friday's protests in Idlib once again reveal that at the core of the Syrian Revolution, once you clear away the wood, is the people's demand for democracy and an end to the regime that the world seems intent on forcing on them.

Here is few of the videos that were posted to YouTube on Friday:

Idlib city protest now | 14 September 2018

Live from Syria | Protest In IDLIB | Syria's War | 14 September 2018

Protests in Idlib city demanding the departure of Assad | 14 September 2018

Demonstrations in Idlib | 14 September 2018

The Daily Beast is reporting:
The ‘Final Offensive’ In Syria by Putin and Assad Suddenly Looks Like It’s On Hold

Bombing has stopped, some Syrian army units have redeployed—and anti-Assad demonstrations are erupting. But the rebels may turn on each other.
By Roy Gutman
14 September 2018
ISTANBUL – Just a week after Syria’s northern Idlib province seemed on the brink of a massive military assault by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad backed by Russian air power, tens of thousands of defiant residents took to the streets of Idlib province and beyond on Friday in demonstrations calling for the overthrow of the Assad regime. More...

"In fact, opposition leaders say that one third of the first group of 100 brought in from Dara’a had defected shortly after being brought near the front."

Here are some of the tweets:

As the three million people under seige in Idlib, come under the cross hairs of Russian bombers and ground troops, Amy Goodman and Democracy Now are reporting all week from the Climate Summit in San Francisco, with no time for a show segment on Syria, just as they are all about #NoDAPL as Aleppo was being bombed into the stone age. Others are screaming that everyone in Idlib is Al Qaeda and deserves to die. And so it goes on the white-Left.

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Meanwhile, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard becomes the voice of Assad in the US Congress:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Glenn Greenwald: What would have been different if Clinton won?

30 August, Glenn Greenwald asked this question in the Huffington Post:
“What are these grave differences that the rest of the world is suffering under Donald Trump which they wouldn’t have been suffering under Hillary Clinton?”
Apparently, he is blissfully unaware of the terrible effects the Trump presidency is having on the rest of the world outside of his villa, so I have put together this partial list for his education:

  • Consider these:
  • The Dreamers wouldn't be facing deportation.
  • Thousands of Puerto Ricans would probably still be alive.
  • Hundreds of children wouldn't have been separated from their parents.
  • A Supreme Court likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, and much more wouldn't be in the making.
  • Many Federal judges committed to a white nationalist agenda wouldn't have been appointed.
  • Muslims from many countries wouldn't be banned from visiting the United States.
  • Environmental regulations designed to stem climate change wouldn't have been gutted.
  • A vicious white supremacists/neo-Nazi movement wouldn't feel empowered.
  • Transgender soldiers wouldn't be kicked out of the military.
  • Hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanic-Americans would be having their US citizenship challenged.

For starters!

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Laura's bent @IngrahamAngle on Carter Page

Thursday night on The Ingraham Angle on Fox News, Laura Ingraham made this extraordinary claim about how the Russian government viewed Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page [YouTube 37m40s]:
Russia viewed Carter page as an idiot. They didn't think, they, of course they want to recruit everybody. They tried to recruit ... He's an idiot.. no really. They didn't put that in the FISA application either, correct? That wasn't..There was no red flag about that. How do you get an application to spy on Carter Page when the Russians themselves toss him to the side as not someone [garbled]...?

This is exactly what they want you to believe. They want you to believe that Carter Page was a real light weight, a real nothing. This is the "Carter Page" that Carter Page plays when he is making the rounds on all the US network news shows. He acts like a real doofus. What was Trump thinking when he named this "office boy" his "foreign policy adviser"? I mean, would the FBI even bother opening an investigation on such a nobody if he wasn't connected to the Trump campaign?

But that's not the Carter Page the Russians knew. When he came to Moscow to lecture in July 2016, Katehon wrote:
Carter Page is one of the youngest advisors of Donald Trump. He is an energy and economic development expert, particularly regarding the countries of the former Soviet Union and the socialist bloc in Eastern Europe. He collaborated with the Council on Foreign Relations, where he led a research group on the Caspian Sea region.

Page lived in Moscow for three years, where he was advising Gazprom. After the reunification of Crimea with Russia and the beginning of operations in Ukraine, he was one of the few American experts who called for understanding the actions of Russia.

Page came out openly against the interventionist policy of NATO, which, in his opinion, provoked Russia with its expansion.

For reference Katehon is the think tank led by Alexander Dugin, and Dugin is Vladimir Putin's ideological mentor. He has been called "Putin's brain." All of this is to say that quite contrary to what Ingraham would have you believe, Carter Page is highly thought of in the most influential circles in Moscow.


When Putin wanted something like Fox News for Russia, he hired former Fox News producer Jack Hanick to create it for him and Dugin to run it. It's called Tsargrad TV. Tsargrad TV covered Carter Page "before, during and after his speech to the New Economic School in Moscow," according to McClatchy. Tsargrad TV, like Katehon, is funded by the same US sanctioned, right-wing nationalist Russian oligarch, Konstantin Malofeev, that finances much of the Dugin/Putin operation.

These connections beg the question: Was Ingraham's bent on the Russian view of Carter Page a result of ignorance, or a purposeful attempt to spread misinformation favorable to the Dugin/Putin/Trump white supremacist project?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Kavanaugh v. Wikipedia: Who is right on Plessy v. Ferguson?

Plessy v. Ferguson was one of the most racist decisions ever made by the United States Supreme Court. Wikipedia describes it this way:
Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896),[2] was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court issued in 1896. It upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities as long as the segregated facilities were equal in quality – a doctrine that came to be known as "separate but equal".[3] This legitimized the many state laws re-establishing racial segregation that had been passed in the American South after the end of the Reconstruction Era (1865–1877). The decision was handed down by a vote of 7 to 1, with the majority opinion written by Justice Henry Billings Brown and the lone dissent written by Justice John Marshall Harlan.
In his Senate confirmation hearings on today, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said that Plessy v. Ferguson was completely overturned by Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. He spoke to it in response to a question from Senator Cornyn:

Cornyn: [4:34:20] "On occasion the Supreme Court has decided that it's just wrong and overruled those previous decisions. I'm thinking about Plessy v. Ferguson for example, which was a scar on our body politic, that said that separate, but equal educational facilities met the constitutional requirement of the fourteenth amendment. But, can you talk about the extraordinary circumstances under which the Supreme Court would revisit a precedent?"

Kavanaugh: "Well, Brown v. Board of Education, of course, overturned Plessy, and, ah, Plessy was wrong on the day it was decided. It was inconsistent with the text and meaning of the fourteenth amendment, which guaranteed equal protection..."

Then he went on to talk about another case. From his answer, it's not clear if he has really given a lot of thought to this landmark ruling. He borrowed that "Plessy was wrong on the day it was decided" line from the Joint Opinion of Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, in which they wrote “[W]e think Plessy was wrong the day it was decided.” And while this Supreme Court nominee was clear in his off-hand opinion that, of course, Plessy was overturned in 1954; Wikipedia is more nuanced. If I believe Wikipedia, the bottomline is that it has not been completely overturned [bold added by me]:
Plessy is widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.[4] Despite its infamy, the decision itself has never been explicitly overruled.[5] However, a series of subsequent decisions—beginning with Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, which held that Plessy's "separate but equal" doctrine is unconstitutional in the context of schools and educational facilities—have severely weakened it to the point that it is usually considered to have been de facto overruled.[1]
Cited by Wikipedia:
[5] The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Interpretation by Charles A. Lofgren
[1] Journal Article, Generality and Equality Frederick Schauer

So which legal opinion is correct?

If Wikipedia is right, and the task of overthrowing Plessy is one the courts have yet to complete, it would be a sorry thing to appoint a Justice that thinks it has already been handled.

So, it would seem that this would be a good time to have some clarity on this question, given the time we are living in, one in which white supremacy is trying for a come-back. Believe it or not, there are white nationalists in the Trump cabal that would like to bring separate but equal back. It is key to their vision of ethnostates. It would be good to hear more from Kavanaugh on this subject, given that he has been nominated by the leader of those trying to make white supremacy dominate again.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ron DeSantis' "monkey this up" comment has a racist history

When Andrew Gillum became the first African-American candidate for governor of Florida in Tuesday's primary, his Republican opponent, Trump fanboy Ron Desantis, was quick to mobilize racism in the hope that by doing so he might win enough white racist support to turn the clock back to when America was racist before, and win the election by doing so. He did this by telling a Fox News host:
"The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state."
After mobilizing what has been a racist meme against African Americans for more than a century, his campaign tried to deny that he knew exactly what he was doing, and claimed it's "absurd" to say "monkey" is a racial dog whistle. Yesterday, DeSanti told Sean Hannity "It has zero to do with race, It has everything to do with whether we want Florida to go in a good direction." He is now claiming that the comment was about Gillum's "socialist policies." Only there are a few problems with that explanation. First, Gillum is not a socialist, although I wish he was. DeSanti is just using that as another smear. He doesn't have to tell people he is African-American. Second, there isn't a long history of a monkey meme for Marxists.  Google "monkey Marx" images and you'll get a lot about the Marx brothers' film "Monkey Business" but not Karl Marx. Google "monkey Obama" images and you'll get literally hundreds of racism images. Maybe some of these images were posted on the racist facebook group Ron DeSantis administered until yesterday, when Media Matters staffer Natalie Martinez called him out.

Fox News' Shepard Smith asked "Was that racist or a figment of speech?"

I have composed this blog post to answer his question.

First some history:
The Coon Caricature: Blacks as Monkeys

A hateful association between Blacks and monkeys or apes was yet another way that the antebellum South justified slavery. Blacks were considered by some Whites to be more simian than human, and therefore had no self-evident rights, including freedom. After the Civil War, the emancipation of slaves, and passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15 amendments to the Constitution, White bigots used the association to justify Jim Crow laws, and the use of violence, such as the lynching of Blacks who challenged or threatened the status quo.
This should make clear that what DeSanti's is promoting leads to genocide, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll let these images speak for themselves:

1900s Postcard
1907 Postcard

1900s Postcard

1907 The Little Nigs of Tiny Town comic strip

These images aren't just a part of America's racist past, as Ron DeSanti's reminds us, they are with us still. Skip forward a hundred and one years from the "Little Nigs of Tiny Town," and we are subjected to images like these, minus the N-word.

Anti-Obama Button, 2008 campaign

Anti-Obama T-shirt, 2008 campaign

Anti-Obama T-shirt, 2008 campaign

Cartoon of Michael Jordan as an Ape

Little Monkey 2009
New York Post cartoon comparing President Obama,
and Black victims of police shooting, to apes

Obama as Monkey
Primate in Chief

Obama as Monkey

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

More on Russian promotion of white supremacy worldwide & Trump's SA Tweet

On Friday, I published Was Trump trolling Putin trash with his tweet on South Africa? in which I placed Trump's tweet about "the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers," in the context of the recent Russian-led "white genocide" South Africa meme. I have also written recently about Russia's leadership of the worldwide white supremacist movement in Why didn't Democracy Now disclose Russian ties to racist Charlottesville rally?, and Rev. Dr. William Barber II, please remove your name from this apology for the Trump-Putin white supremacy project.

The US white-Left has played a supporting role in Putin's promotion of white supremacy in the United States. Trump could never had been elected without their backhanded support. I wrote about this in The white-Left Part 1: The two meanings of white and The white-Left Part 2: Why that is the best name for it

In Friday's piece on Russia's work in spreading the white supremacist myth of "white genocide" in South Africa, I focused exclusively on the racist propaganda coming out of the Russia media outlet RT and its affiliates. I fear that the Putin mouthpiece Sputnik was neglected, even though it has been even more prolific in promoting this racist meme than RT. But first, a related video:

This Russian news item reported on an advanced contingent of Afrikaners welcomed to Russia, It was posted to YouTube by Russia Insight with subtitles, 7 July 2018:

Russia Welcomes Afrikaners: 15000 Boers Plan To Move To Russia From South Africa

Adi Slebus: "It's a matter of life and death - there are attacks on us. It's got to the point where the politicians are stirring up a wave of violence."
And now, here is the Sputnik collection. I can't claim this is comprehensive as I keep finding more, and I still have to report to my day job tomorrow. Perhaps some paid journalist could look into this. I still haven't seen another piece place Trump's tweet in its larger context. None have mentioned either the new racist propaganda film on that subject, Farmlands, [ Which no one I asked about it at the Left Coast Forum had even heard of it, including Greg Palast, even though it had 1.5 million YouTube views on Friday, and has added another 100K views in the four days since.] or the Russian offer to resettle white South African farmers. Maybe they should do their day job, so I can lay on the beach in my time off.

This appears to be the piece that kicked off this campaign:

3 March 2018 What Do People Say About Future Confiscation of White Farmers' Land in S Africa?
The South African parliament has adopted the motion to change the country’s constitution in order to pave the way for a planned confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.
This was right after Jacob Zuma had been ousted as president of South Africa in February 2018. His successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, ran on a platform of land reform, and now he was starting to implement it. The Russian campaign for Trump's tweet began with this very first article:

White farmers are being slaughtered and now the South African government is coming for their land.

Where are you, @realDonaldTrump?

RETWEET so POTUS acts. https://t.co/UnhjOXN0iH

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6 March 2018 Ex-Israeli Spec Ops Soldier Trains S Africa's White Farmers to Defend Themselves
Even as the South African government attempts to ease the situation by promising to redistribute land to the black population, the number of assaults on white farmers is continuing to grow.
7 March 2018 Seizure of White Farmers' Land in S Africa 'Severe Infringement on Human Rights'
Sputnik has discussed this issue with Kallie Kriel, the CEO of AfriForum.
Al Jazeera described AfriForum as "the fascist organisation that toured the US and the UK earlier this year in a bid to call attention to what it calls "the plight" of white farmers." The organization claims that it "played a role" in Trump's tweet.

8 May 2018 139 S Africa Farms May Be Taken From White Owners Without Compensation - Reports
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has targeted 139 farms that they plan to expropriate without compensation in the coming weeks.
This Spring expropriation never happened. This was Russian fear mongering.

16 May 2018 In South Africa White Farmers Reportedly Arm Themselves Amid New Murders, Attacks
The recent murder of an elderly white couple in South Africa has triggered another round of debates of violence against white land owners. According to the South African Crime Intelligence & Community Awareness page, Coleen Engelbrecht was strangled with an iron cord, while the intruders cut her husband’s throat. The killing has become another episode in a wave in brutal farm attacks in rural areas.
This is the same technique use by "Farmlands." South Africa has a very high crime rate, so they focus on cases of brutal bandistry by black criminals on white farmers, and imply a government supported program of "white genocide."

17 May 2018 S Africa Facing Crisis Regarding Violence in Attacks on White Farmers – Activist
Locals are taking up arms to protect their property in South Africa amid a wave of murders and attacks on white farmers. The AfriForum civil rights group has shared its view on the reasons in an interview with Radio Sputnik.
They really like this racist "civil rights" group.

20 May 2018 Attacks on White Farmers in S Africa: Expert Explains How Gov't May Protect Them
The splash of violence has triggered uproar on social media, with many users blaming the authorities for turning a blind eye to racial murders.
Radio Sputnik discussed this with Paul Toohey, chief reporter for the News Corp Australia Network and author of the report "Silent slaughter: South Africa's farmers being attacked, forced from land".
7 July 2018
"A Matter of Survival": South African Farmers Consider Moving to Russia (PHOTOS)

Several members of South Africa’s white Boer and Afrikaner minorities are entertaining the possibility of moving to southern Russia. But it’s not only the local fertile land, which they say was “created by God for farming,” that attracts them – they are certain that it may be a matter of survival.

It was a long trip for the Schlebusch family. They’ve been preparing for this journey for over a year – making presentations, writing emails and a memorandum to their friends in Russia – a distant country on another continent, where they’ve never been before, but which they like for its traditions and support of traditional Christian values. More...
28 July 2018 System of 'Ethnic Domination' in South Africa Has to be Changed - Activist
Members of South Africa's white Boer and Afrikaner minorities are calling for help, saying that they have no place in today's "Rainbow country." Sputnik interviewed Dan Roodt – an activist who has traveled to many world capitals in an attempt to attract attention to their plight.

Dan Roodt retweeted this. Ann Coulter is a regular contributor to Tucker Carlson's racist blog, The Daily Caller. He also retweets Peter Brimelow. [See condition to Kudlow below.]

1 August 2018 S Africa to Legalize Land Seizure From White Farmers by Changing Constitution
Land ownership has been a major irritant in South Africa, whose post-apartheid governments have been trying to take fertile land away from white farmers and hand it over to black owners. Around 10 percent of land in white ownership has been redistributed since.

3 August 2018 Land Grab Targeting White Farmers Won't Make S Africa '2nd Zimbabwe'

5 August 2018 139 S Africa Farms May Be Taken From White Owners Without Compensation - Reports

11 August 2018
South Africa Vows to Avoid Zimbabwe-Style Land Grabs Targeting White Farmers

The South African government's announcement last week that the constitution would be amended to allow for the expropriation of land, the vast majority of which is held by white South Africans, without compensation, has led to fears that the country will erupt in violence almost a quarter of a century after the formal end of apartheid.

South Africa's markets and its national currency – the rand – have stumbled this week after the country's president confirmed in a television address that section 25 of the country's constitution, which deals with property issues, will be amended to allow the state to redistribute land without paying for it. More...
16 August 2018 S. Africa's Gov't May Seize 195 Farms From White Owners – Reports
AfriForum, a lobby group which mainly represents white South Africans, says it has obtained a list of 195 farms which the government plans to seize.
The government’s land redistribution plans are seen by many investors as a breach of property rights.
19 August 2018 White Farmers 'Panicking', Put Their Land up For Sale in South Africa – Reports
"They are confused about the lack of any apparent strategy from the government and many are panicking. So many farms are up for sale, more than we've ever had, but no one is buying."
20 August 2018 'ANC Has Not Paid Sufficient Attention to Land Reforms for 20 Years' – Professor

After Trump's tweet, they really got busy making the most of it:

23 August 2018 South African Government Slams Trump for Remark on Land Reform in Country

23 August 2018 S Africa Attacks Trump as US President Takes on Controversial 'Land Grab' Issue
The long-term problem of land expropriation from white farmers in South Africa took a new turn after US President Donald Trump entered the fray, drawing discontent from the African nation’s government.
23 August 2018 Trump Has No Africa Policy, Tries to Hide It Attacking S Africa - Ex-US Envoy

23 August 2018 South Africa Summons US Charge D'Affaires Over Trump's Tweet - Reports

24 August 2018 'Wrong Path': DoS Comments on Possible Consequences of South African Land Reform
The government of South Africa risks going down the wrong path if it continues land expropriation without compensation, US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing.
24 August 2018 ‘Playing With Dynamite’: Trump Stokes Racial Tensions in South Africa
US President Donald Trump has become the latest international leader to express solidarity with the white farmers.
Peter Dutton, then Australia's minister of home affairs, was the only other "world leader" they mentioned, however they did quote Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston:
"So we see that there's a kind of ‘White International' erupting, a white reactionary international, which I dare say also carries the seeds of fascism, particularly given the unsettled history in South Africa. Where by the way, the European invasion commenced in 1652, as opposed to the 1890s in Zimbabwe — once Rhodesia — which suggests that the roots of white supremacy and racism are much deeper in South Africa."
24 August 2018 Trump's Tweet on Land Reform 'Serves Only to Polarize Debate'

LATE BREAKING: Trump attacks Google!

When Putin wanted his own "Fox News" for Russia, he got his chief financial backer, Russian billionaire Konstantin Malofeev, to fund it; his ideological mentor Aleksandr Dugin, to run it; and former Fox News founding productor and Sean Hannity producer, Jack Hanick to create it. On the other hand, Trump wants the kind of control over all media that Putin enjoys in Russia. In his continuing efforts to achieve this in the United States he is going after Google:
He has put his white supremacist economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, on the job. A few hours after Trump's tweets, Kudlow said the Trump administration is "taking a look" at imposing regulations on Google. Kudlow has come a long ways from his Students for a Democratic Society [SDS], antiwar organizer days. Last week Larry Kudlow hosted neo-Nazi Peter Brimelow as a guest at Ludlow's home for Ludlow's birthday party. Brimelow founded the white supremacist site VDare almost 20 years ago. Most recently Brimelow has come out in support of Trump on South Africa, writing in VDare:
President Donald J. Trump has finally addresssed the plight of white farmers in South Africa, to the outrage of the Main Stream Media, which had NOT GIVEN PERMISSION for this story to be told.
VDare has been pushing this South African "white genocide" nonsense since at least March, [when the Russia effort also apparently started] with articles like, Congress Passed Lautenberg Amendment To Rescue Soviet Jews—Why Not For White South Africans? (But Trump Can Take Executive Action NOW), 12 March 2018. In support of Trump's white supremacist South Africa policy, it reprinted a piece Brimelow wrote in support of white-rule Rhodesia back in 1979. They still celebrate Rhodesia, as did Dylann Roof and many other latter-day klansmen.

After Robert Costa in the Washington Post, broken the news about Kudlow's dinner guest, he claimed not to be aware of Brimelow's views. This is hard to believe because just the day before the birthday bash, a White House speechwriter was dismissed on the news that he had spoken next to Brimelow on a 2016 panel. Brimelow has been a guest at Kudlow birthday parties for years, Brimelow, for his part says "I've known Larry for nearly four decades and like him." Therefore I think it is safe to conclude that our white supremacist president has put one of his white supremacist underlings to the task of bringing Google to heel. If they succeed, we are all in very big trouble, and I will definitely have trouble researching articles like this. I fear that is the ultimate point.

MSNBC is saying that this Google meme also originated in Moscow.

More, later....

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Was Trump trolling Putin trash with his tweet on South Africa?

File Under: Why We Do The Things We Do

When, after 579 days in office, US President Donald Trump finally got around to mentioning Africa in a tweet, it was to support a white supremacist meme about so-called "white genocide" in South Africa:
The Washington Post reported:
Former U.S. diplomats and South African leaders denounced Trump’s declaration in a tweet late Wednesday that he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to monitor the “large scale killing” of white farmers and the government’s expropriations of their land.

White-nationalist groups have for years spread false claims about the murder rates, assertions that have been widely debunked. Local police data shows the number of people murdered on farms has dropped by half over the past two decades — from 140 in 2001-2002 to 74 in 2016-2017, according to the Associated Press.
While the tweet brought criticism from many quarters, Trump's deplorables ate it up:

Daily Stormer got giddy!

Breitbart was on it

Coincidentally, on Thursday, Democracy Now reported on how VDARE founder, Peter Brimelow was given a birthday party at the home of Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow. He may also be a fan of Russia. When, in April, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced new sanctions against Russia for its support of Assad's use of chemical weapons in Syria, Kudlow caused a row by accusing Haley of "momentary confusion."

VDARE was on this story, as was David Duke, and Richard Spencer.
VDARE supports Trump's tweet

The Washington Post piece goes on to talk about where Trump's tweet appeared to come from:
Trump’s tweet appeared to come in response to a segment on Fox News in which host Tucker Carlson railed against a plan by South Africa’s governing party to pursue constitutional changes allowing the government to redistribute land without compensating the owners. The measure is designed to redress racial inequalities that have persisted for nearly a quarter-century after the end of apartheid in 1994.

Obviously, this tweet was prompted by the Tucker Carlson report on Fox News, all the media commentators agree, and Trump even points to that in his tweet.

The funny thing is that this South Africa land seizure story really hasn't received much coverage on Fox News. As near as I can tell, this is the first story they have run on this subject, at least in awhile - I didn't go back more than a few months. On 22 July they ran 11 taxi drivers killed in South Africa ambush after attending funeral, by Travis Fedschun, on the website, but it made no mention of land seizures, alleged murdered farmers, or "white genocide." In fact, the story didn't even reveal the ethnicity of the murdered taxi drivers.

But it's gotten a lot more coverage now. Since the Tucker Carlson report prompted Trump's tweet, they have run: Inside South Africa's racist land seizuresTrump speaks out about Africa again, and many cringe and Tucker: Our ruling class believes in collective punishment. Clearly, they are now on a roll with this story.

So, if the Tucker Carlson report was the catalyst for Trump's tweet, where did Carlson's report come from?

While much of this South Africa "white genocide" mythology has been around since the end of apartheid, it has gotten a big boost recently in worldwide white supremacist circles, especially from Putin's Russia.

On 25 June 2018, the Lauren Southern documentary Farmlands was released. [YouTube 1:13:31] Calling Farmlands "a complete failure," AltNewsMedia wrote:
The opening proposition of the documentary is that in present day South Africa the white farmers and white people in general are being subjected to a terrible persecution that the State is endorsing through lack of response. From the outset it appears that Southern and her production associates have entered into this endeavour with the intent to portray a pre-written narrative that there is a proto-genocide of white people taking place in South Africa, which they have subsequently tried to fit the content to.
What we get is a series of interviews with victims of horrific crimes of banditry and an attempt to link these crimes with an overt policy of racism towards white people.
They even go to a city to talk to a white business owner who has suffered multiple raids to try and illustrate the point that it is not just the remote nature of the white farmlands that is leading to these attacks.

They do all these things and none of them join up to support their narrative.
Jared Taylor, from American Renaissance, is also an RT guest
In less than two months the YouTube posting has received 1.49 million views, so while this critic obviously found it wanting, it has nevertheless played very big in white supremacist circles worldwide and has popularized an updated version of the old mythology. Southern retweeted Trump's white genocide tweet with the comment, "This is huge."

Finding Farmlands possible connections to Putin's Russia remains on my to-do list, however a quick search of Lauren Southern's Twitter feed turned up this picture of her with Aleksandr Dugin, who has been described as "Putin's brain," and that may give us a clue:
I do think that Russia puts a lot of money into documentaries that serve the Putin/Dugin agenda. Some of that money is so well camouflaged that the recipients may not even be aware of the ultimate source.

Whether there were direct or indirect connections between Southern's film and Putin's project, its release at the end of June was very fortuitous for a white nationalist propaganda program the Kremlin was just starting to promote big time.

Less than two weeks after this film debuted, Putin announced that he was granting Russian land to 15,000 white South African farmers. As reported by The Impious Digest:
Putin Grants Free Russian Land To 15,000 Christians Facing “White Genocide” In South Africa

10 July 2018
By Sorcha Faal
A truly heart breaking new Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that President Putin has personally authorized the granting of free farm land in Russia to up to 15, 000 Christian men, women and children preparing to flee from South Africa as “a matter of life and death”—whose farms there, their ancestors have worked since the 18th Century, have all now been seized from them without payment, and whose “white genocide” extermination of the “Hitler of South Africa” now warns is near—but whom have all, also, been “rejected from protection” by the West who have, once again, turned their backs on God—with Canada outright rejecting their refugee status, the United States ignoring a petition signed by thousands to aid these Christian refugees, and the European Union not even able to be considered as it has been completely taken over by “degenerate liberalism”. More...
A day earlier, RT had reported:
‘A matter of life & death’: 15,000 white South African farmers seek refuge in Russia, report says

9 July 2018
A delegation of 30 South African farming families has arrived in Russia’s farmbelt Stavropol Region, Rossiya 1 TV reports. The group says it is facing violent attacks and death threats at home.

Up to 15,000 Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, are planning to move to Russia amid rising violence stemming from government plans to expropriate their land, according to the delegation.

“It’s a matter of life and death – there are attacks on us. It’s got to the point where the politicians are stirring up a wave of violence,” Adi Slebus told the media. More...
This campaign has been launched to use confusion over a constitutional struggle in South Africa to build the Russian led worldwide white supremacist movement.

On 1 August, RT ran this story, with tags lines virtually identical to the ones Tucker Carlson would run [6:54 minute Fox News report vs. 6:32 minute RT report] three weeks later.

It is probably worth noting that Rep. Ron Paul Jr. spent a week in Russia in the intervening period because he is widely seen as a messenger between Trump and Putin. I do not as yet see a connection to this story.

On RT, the story went relatively quiet for a while, and then this week, they started hitting it hard every day. On Sunday they lead with:

South African winemaker warns land seizures could be ‘disastrous’ for industry & economy

Land expropriation in South Africa is touching almost all spheres of business in the country, and wine making is no exception. RT has talked to a South African wine producer concerned about the land seizures.

19 August 2018 | 11:03 GMT

That was followed on Monday with this:

‘Panicking’ white farmers putting land up for sale in South Africa – report

South Africa’s white farmers have been desperately trying to sell their lands at record pace ahead of planned government land seizures, according to a local farmer’s union. However, there are no buyers.

20 August 2018 | 10:41 GMT

And then this:

Land seizures begin in South Africa after owners refuse govt lowball buyout offer - report

South African authorities have reportedly started seizing white-owned land after negotiations on buying out the properties stalled. The first seizures are targeting game farms in the Northern province of Limpopo.

20 August 2018 | 15:29 GMT

Wednesday, they kept up the drumbeat with this:

South Africa’s land expropriation could trigger default, warns agricultural bank

Seizing privately-owned land without compensation could be costly for the South African economy. The government would be forced to bail out banks as farmers stop investing and paying off debts, warns state-owned Land Bank.

22 August 2018 | 06:49 GMT

That same day, Tucker Carlson ran his first South Africa land seizures piece. Then Benedict Donald sent a tweet clearly supportive of the Kremlin campaign. This allowed RT to crow:

Trump orders Pompeo to ‘closely study’ South Africa’s land expropriation

US President Donald Trump has expressed concern over the fate of white farmers in South Africa, where the extremely controversial land redistribution reform might leave owners without their properties or any compensation.

23 August 2018 | 02:52 GMT

RT knew it had landed a big fish, and since the US Presidential endorsement of the Kremlin campaign had now created an international incident, they were able to follow that with this:

‘Misinformed’: South Africa rejects Trump tweet on land seizures & ‘killing of farmers’

The South African government has slammed US President Donald Trump’s “narrow perception” over land seizures in the country after he ordered US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study the situation.

23 August 2018 | 11:21 GMT

And this, still on Thursday, pointing to a tweet effect that everyone in the self-centered western media, including this excellent Washington Post piece, seemed to have missed:

Rand sinks after Trump questions land confiscation from white farmers in South Africa

The South African rand slumped almost two percent on Thursday, following US President Donald Trump’s tweet about the country's land reforms. Trump's comment raised fears about the possibility of US economic sanctions.

23 August 2018 | 12:05 GMT GMT

I'd suggest we look for someone in the Trump orbit that was short selling the rand prior to Trump's tweet. In any case, RT was just eating it up. After State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed that Trump and Pompeo had discussed South Africa, adding “expropriation of land without compensation would not be a good thing” and would send South Africa down the “wrong path,”, the Kremlin went with this story:

State Dept warns South Africa of ‘wrong path’ amid land expropriation row

Expropriation of land without compensation “would not be a good thing” and would send South Africa “down the wrong path,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters amid a diplomatic row with Pretoria.

23 August 2018 | 20:47 GMT

In less than a week after RT had started pounding its South Africa drum, its reverberations were being felt around the world, thanks in large part due to the support of President Trump. Still, the catalyst for Trump's tweet was the single Fox News report, not anything from Russia media, right?

Is it possible that Tucker Carlson and Fox News were playing the role of cut out, much as WikiLeaks did during the election -- cut out between the Russia source and Donald Trump? I mean, he could hardly admit that the inspiration for his first presidential tweet mentioning Africa came from the Kremlin!

When we look for connections between Fox News and Putin's Russia, this particular "conspiracy theory" has a lot going for it. For one thing, there is Jack Hanick, Sean Hannity's former director. He was one of the founding producers for Fox News, where he worked from 1996 to 2011. When Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev wanted to create the "Fox News" of Russia in 2014, he hired Hanick to create Tsargrad TV, and hired Dugin to run it. Hannick has traveled extensively between the US and Russia. He celebrated Trump's victory at Konstantin Rykov’s election night party in Moscow.

Tucker Carlson's Fox News show has also shared a number of repeat guests with RT and Sputnik, including Max Blumenthal, Stephen Cohen, and Glenn Greenwald. Clearly, they also shared this South Africa story in a timely matter. The question is: Was that just coincidence and Putin's good fortune, or was it something else?

The bottom line is this: Everybody is decrying Trump's South Africa tweet, but nobody is saying that he is carrying Putin's water, and once again, he is carrying Putin's water!

Tucker Carlson on need for country to have a common race or religion

Tonight, while in a heated argument with former Hillary Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein, Tucker Carlson let slip his racist view that country needs to have a common race and religion, before taking it back to his common language cover story.

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