Mês: agosto 2017

Truth

THE WEAPONIZATION OF HISTORY AND JOURNALISM   we don’t need no stinkin’ facts Paul Craig Roberts Aug. 28. 2017   In the United States, facts, an important element of truth, are not important. They are not important in the media, politics, universities, historical explanations, or the courtroom. Non-factual explanations of the collapse of three World Trade Center buildings are served up as the official explanation. Facts have been politicized, emotionalized, weaponized and simply ignored. As David Irving has shown, Anglo-American histories of World War 2 are, for the most part, feel-good histories, as are “civil war” histories as Thomas DiLorenzo and others have demonstrated. Of course, they are feel good only for the victors. Their emotional purpose means that inconvenient facts are unpalatable and ignored. Writing the truth is no way to succeed as an author. Only a small percentage of readers are interested in the truth. Most want their biases or brainwashing vindicated. They want to read what they already believe. It is comforting, reassuring. When their ignorance is confronted, they become angry. The way to be successful as a writer is to pick a group and give them what they want. There is always a market for romance novels and for histories that uphold a country’s myths. On the Internet successful sites are those that play to one ideology or another, to one emotion or the other,...

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Space

Russia, China to Join Together in Space Exploration Effort   Peter Korzun Aug. 29, 2017   China and Russia are set to sign a milestone agreement in October on joint space exploration from 2018 to 2022, sending manned missions to the Moon for the first time. The bilateral agreement will cover five areas including lunar and deep space exploration, developing special materials, collaboration in the area of satellite systems, Earth remote sensing, and space debris research. This is the first bilateral agreement to cover a partnership spanning five years. It is to be signed against the background of space exploration race the US is trying to win, so the two partners decided to join the efforts. In February, the Trump administration asked NASA to look into the possibility of manning a heavy-lift rocket mission, expected to be launched in 2018, setting the stage for a human return to the Moon. Russia’s Glavkosmos space launch operator is also working with Chinese partners on joint experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS). China was interested in buying the world’s most powerful Russian-made RD rocket engines produced by Energomash while Russian Space Systems showed interest in Chinese electronic technology. The first module of China’s space station Beijing is expected to be launched in 2018. The project is to be completed in 2022. According to the plans, a Chinese mission will be sent to Mars in 2020...

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Papa Francisco

Why Pope Francis keeps overflying India   M. K. Bhadrakumar Aug. 28, 2017   Pope Francis has been to Asia three times in as many years since ascending to the papacy in 2013. He has been to South Korea in 2014 and visited Sri Lanka and the Philippines in 2015. The Pope is returning to Asia again in November – to visit Bangladesh and Myanmar. Alas, the Holy Father is again overflying India en route to his Asian destinations. Strange, isn’t it? Keeping aside the Philippines, the Christian population in all the other countries put together – South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar – comes to less than the size of the Christian population in India. Christianity was introduced to India in 52 AD by Thomas the Apostle who visited Muziris in Kerala. Yet, Pope Francis keeps overflying India, but never sets foot on Indian soil to bless our country and its people. So, one day recently I wrote to an Italian friend of many years, a brilliant intellectual and humanist who is close to the Vatican, expressing my bewilderment. His reply went like a lancer straight into my heart. He wrote back: “Pope wants to go to India but Modi has not yet invited him” and the Vatican is “very careful in not trying to push things… But India IS a priority for the Pope.” Is it electoral...

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Putin and Trump

Vladimir Putin is more trusted globally than Donald Trump, survey shows   Adam Garrie Aug. 16, 2017   The results contain many surprises especially from South Korea, India and Turkey The American Pew Research Center has conducted a survey across the world which asked citizens of various countries which leader they trusted more: Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump? The survey excluded the United States and Russia. The results show that in the majority of countries surveyed, Putin is the clear winner. Here’s the chart breaking down the results:   While one might expect traditional American allies to have more trust in Trump and traditional Russian allies to have more trust in Putin, this was not always the case. While Greece is technically a member of NATO and the EU, the people of Greece overwhelmingly trusted Putin in far more favourable numbers vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Greece has fraternal ties to Russia as a fellow Orthodox nation which has been on the same side of conflicts against Turkey as well as on the same side in both World Wars.  By contrast the relationship between Greece and the EU  has become openly hostile and Athens’ relationship with NATO has delivered little for Greece. President Putin’s recent visit to Greece was hailed as a success as the Russian leader proved to be highly popular among ordinary Greeks. Russia of course helped Greece to...

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Russiagate

A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack   Patrick Lawrence Aug. 09, 2017   Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system. It is now a year since the Democratic National Committee’s mail system was compromised—a year since events in the spring and early summer of 2016 were identified as remote hacks and, in short order, attributed to Russians acting in behalf of Donald Trump. A great edifice has been erected during this time. President Trump, members of his family, and numerous people around him stand accused of various corruptions and extensive collusion with Russians. Half a dozen simultaneous investigations proceed into these matters. Last week news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury, which issued its first subpoenas on August 3. Allegations of treason are common; prominent political figures and many media cultivate a case for impeachment. The president’s ability to conduct foreign policy, notably but not only with regard to Russia, is now crippled. Forced into a corner and having no choice, Trump just signed legislation imposing severe new sanctions on Russia and European companies working with it on pipeline projects vital to Russia’s energy sector. Striking this close to the core of another nation’s economy is customarily considered an act of war, we must...

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