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u/trot-trot · 1 pointr/worldpolitics
  1. "The Trajectory of Justice in America: 2019" by Daniel P. Sheehan, Spring Quarter 2019 at University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in Santa Cruz, California, USA



    (a) "'The Trajectory of Justice in America: 2019' by Daniel P. Sheehan, Class/Lecture #11, 7 May 2019, 'Investigating the Investigation': Listen to Mr. Sheehan explain 'this dance' and 'the law schools' and 'this club' in the United States of America -- start at 52:20 (52 minutes and 20 seconds).":

    Video link:

    (b) Oil, United States of America (USA), Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, And Operation Desert Storm, "Class #2" and "Class #7" in "The Trajectory of Justice in America: 2019" by Daniel P. Sheehan: #5 at

    (c) "The Trajectory of Justice in America: 2019" by Daniel P. Sheehan, Class/Lecture #14, 21 May 2019, "Oil=Money=Power":

  2. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Elmendorf Air Force Base (Alaska, USA) and the 1989 Abbotsford International Airshow in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

    (a) High-resolution photos and the story of the United States Air Force (USAF) F-15 Eagle fighter jets, USSR Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 "Fulcrum" fighter jets, and the huge USSR Antonov An-225 Mriya "Cossak" transport jet in Alaska, USA -- during the Cold War -- in August 1989:

    - "Canadian MiG Flights" by Major Harold A. Skaarup:

    - "Major Bob Wade's MiG-29 Fulcrum flights" in "Canadian MiG Flights" by Major Harold A. Skaarup, published in 2008:


    Via: via

    (b) "2 MIG's Will Be Escorted Over U.S. Territory" by AP, published 30 July 1989:

    (c) A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 Hornet escorts a USSR Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 fighter jet (tail number 315) on 6 August 1989 over the Canadian Rockies to the 1989 Abbotsford International Airshow in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada:

    Description via: ("Major Bob Wade's MiG-29 Fulcrum flights" in "Canadian MiG Flights" by Major Harold A. Skaarup via

    Photo via:

    (d) "Behind the throttle in a MiG-29: At the Abbotsford Air Show, during the dying days of the Cold War, Canadian CF-18 pilot Major Bob Wade became the first Western pilot to fly a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft. Here's how he did it" by Legion Magazine, published 2 August 2016:

    (e) "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle" by Vincent H. Gaddis:

    Source: #20 at or

    - See also: #3a (Daniel P. Sheehan, 5 April 2016, Class #3, nuclear weapons) at

  3. (a) "'The Trajectory of Justice: Rulers of the Realm' by Daniel P. Sheehan, 5 April 2016, Class #3, University of California, USA: 'The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917'-- 31:40 to 47:20 is the story of James 'Jim' Garrison, Mikhail Gorbachev, nuclear weapons, and the very mysterious light inside the Kremlin":

    (b) "The Trajectory of Justice" by Daniel P. Sheehan, 2 April 2015, Class #2, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA: 'Challenges to be Faced this Century' -- From 05:14 to 35:00 listen to his 'detailed story on the Iran Contra Scandal' highlighting 'the covert nature of our [USA] political system'":

    (c) "The Role of the Public Intellectual" by Daniel P. Sheehan, 9 January 2015, Class #11, Santa Cruz Free University, USA: 'Formative Stories and Key Concepts' -- From 10:17 to 29:13 listen to the story of State of New York, USA, Six Indian Nations, land, Mohawk braves, Daniel P. Sheehan, and 'a sweat'":

    Source for #3a, #3b, and #3c: #2c, #1b, #2f at

    (d) Gary Null, host of The Progressive Commentary Hour, interviews Daniel P. Sheehan, 16 August 2016, "The case of the US government genocide of indigenous Americans":

    (e) "Future of TV could be pills that make people hallucinate television shows, Netflix boss says" by Andrew Griffin, published 26 October 2016:

  4. (a) The National Press Club, 18 October 2016, Bradley C. Birkenfeld "talked about his book, Lucifer's Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy, about exposing efforts by Swiss bank UBS to shelter billions of dollars for American clients. Mr. Birkenfeld was a banker for UBS and informed the Justice Department and IRS about the bank's practices in 2007.":

    "'Lucifer's Banker' Book Launch Party" by The National Press Club -- the event was held on 18 October 2016 at The National Press Club in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America:

    (b) Read

    'Supplemental For "Number 7"' -- 911, 9/11, September 11, 2001 -- (#2) at


    Source: "A Closer Look At The Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Phenomenon" at


    (c) Rick Wiles, host of Trunews, interviews Russian economist Dr. Tatyana Koryagina on American Freedom News in November 2001, weeks after September 11, 2001 (9/11). The interview begins at 07:35 (7 minutes and 35 seconds) and ends at 55:09 (55 minutes and 9 seconds). This interview was rebroadcast on 20 November 2008 by Rick Wiles on Trunews (

    Audio file:

    Via + Much more: #2 at

    (d) In "CONCLUSIONS" (page 208) read from page 226 (start at "In the end, it is irrelevant whether") to page 228 in the book titled "October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan" by Gary Sick, published in 1991: or

    The phrase "les crimes puissants qui font trembler les lois" is from the poem titled "A la France" by French poet André Chénier (born in 1762, died in 1794):


    PDF: and

    - "A la France":é_chénier/a_la_france


    English translation via Google Translate:é_chénier/a_la_france

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u/big_al11 · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

A very long time ago Andre Gunder Frank and Sue Brandford and Bernardo Kucinski showed that barely 8% of the total of IMF and World Bank loans "given" to a country actually ever reach said country. The majority is never given out at all, but stays in the West to service odious "debts" that these countries supposedly owe. The rest of the money is then given to corrupt elites who share it among themselves.

These "debts" have usually been built up by Western countries giving loans to dictators they put in power, overthrowing democratically-elected politicians who tried to stand up to these banks. These dictators usually keep that loan money in Swiss bank accounts and spend it lavishly in the West. When they are overthrown themselves, the people they were oppressing are saddled with huge bills at exhorbitant interest rates.

Finally, former "economic hit man' John Perkins details that these infrastructure projects like damns and the like usually only benefit a small percentage at the top of society, were uneconomical to begin with, and were used as a trap to get poor countries indebted to rich ones so they lost their sovereignty.

u/yacksterqw · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

I see, so you're promoting the myth that Jews have superior rights to land by virtue of being Jewish.

You think being Jewish gives you some sort of genetic right to other people's lands? So some guy in Brooklyn or Ukraine has superior rights than a Palestinian by virtue of claiming descendance from the ancient Jews of 2000 years ago? Or that "Jews" are in fact some sort of exclusive category of people rather than just another religion followed by people who intermixed with lots of other people?

FYI the idea of a "Jewish nation" is relatively modern

>The Wandering Who Gilad Atzmon

Even if the Bible were taken literally, the ancient Jews were the dominant force in the Levant for about 800 years, and there's no reason to take the Bible literally

>Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

u/SchurkjeBoefje · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Evans is one of the most eminent living historians on the subject of Nazi Germany, having dedicated his entire career to researching it.

He and many others, the majority of actual historians, agree that the circumstances and methods in which the Nazis rose to power had little to do with actual democracy. Just because a bunch of people voted doesn't mean it was actually democratic, or adhering to the democratic structure of Germany at the time.

You are the one who is challenging that.

"The slide away from from parliamentary democracy into an authoritarian state ruling without the full and equal participation of the parties or the legislatures"

"Political power had seeped away from the legitimate organs of the constitution onto the streets at one end, and into the small cabal of politicians surrounding President Hindenburg at the other, leaving the vaccuum in the vast area between, where normal democratic politics take place. "

What part of that is 'democratic'? Without the full and equal participation of the parties or the legislatures. How can we call that 'democratic'?

The circumstances regarding the Nazi rise to power are complex, but people like to go "hurr, democratically elected" because that's an easy answer, when the reality is complex and doesn't yield an easy answer. You're the one here putting your fingers in your ears and going "LA LA LA DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LA LA LA CAN'T HEAR YOU".

Read a book, man. Start with this one

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u/vigorous · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

Mearsheimer and Walt wrote up the Iraq war substantiating that claim They are among the few recognizable and respected US commentators with good credentials to have done so.

u/IntnsRed · 10 pointsr/worldpolitics

I don't understand what you mean by "he didn't.'

But either way, Reagan wasn't just criminal, he was a literal traitor -- at least if you believe the "October Surprise" conspiracy theory (which I do).

The "October Surprise" conspiracy theory is that Reagan worked with the Iranian revolutionary gov't to keep the American hostages held hostage.

We have lots of indicators that this actually happened. Consider:

  • Jimmy Carter himself gave an interview with Playboy magazine that he had heard rumors that Reagan/Bush was working with the Iranians to keep the hostages held hostage. But Carter said he felt powerless to do anything about it for fear of being labeled an election whiner and not having enough proof.

  • George H. W. Bush (Reagan's VP and the former CIA director!) lied about him being in Paris where he supposedly met with Iranians. Both French and Soviet intelligence confirmed Bush was there.

  • One of Carter's NSC guys was so upset about the October Surprise that he wrote a book on the topic.

  • The Iranian president of that time, long after he retired from politics, gave a candid interview where he was asked about the issue. He said he was offered deals by both Carter and Reagan, and he took the deal that was best for Iran -- Reagan's deal which required him to hold the hostages until Reagan was sworn in. (The hostages themselves told stories about sitting on the plane on the runway and the plane only taking off after Reagan was sworn in.)

    Later, during Reagan's presidency, he would do repeated similar deals with the Iranians -- the basis for the Iran-Contra scandal and other deals for hostages in Lebanon.

    To me, that adds up to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush working with a hostile foreign power to rig a US election -- i.e. being literal traitors.

    While people talk about Reagan's "landslide" victory, if Carter had freed the hostages in October the election would have been very, very different.

    Edit: Fixed typos on initials of rich people who think it's cool to give their kids 2 middle names.

    > "I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true -- but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not." -- President Ronald Reagan, 4 March 1987.
u/oafishbliss · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

For Iran-Contra or general or what?

Off the top of my head in the general category, Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the US" is a classic overview of 2 centuries of American history. For this Iran-Contra-like skulduggery in international affairs, one largely overlooked work is by the former US State Dept. historian William Blum "Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II".

To me, Iran-Contra is only one of the Reagan administration's crimes, and not really the most vicious or interesting of their crimes. I'd say the most interesting is the skulduggery surrounding the election that put Reagan into the White House, the so-called "October Surprise election" (two separate links).

The October Surprise election scheme had the Reagan/Bush election team working with Iran, then a revolutionary, hostile foreign power holding 50+ American diplomats hostage.

Reagan/Bush worked with Iran to undermine the foreign policy of the sitting American president (Carter) to keep the hostages prisoner until after the election. (Freeing the long-held (444 days) hostages before the election, the so-called "October Surprise", would have sent Carter's popularity through the roof.) In my mind, that is literally being a traitor to your country.*

This is one of those many episodes in American history where there is not 100%, rock solid, incontrovertible proof. But there is a huge amount of overwhelming evidence for the charge. For example:

  • Former president Carter has publicly said he heard rumors about Reagan/Bush working with the Iranians but felt powerless to do anything about it during the election campaign and decided to allow history to be the judge.
  • Both French and then-Soviet (now that we have access to the USSR's archives) intelligence reported the former CIA director/then VP candidate George H.W. Bush (Bush Sr.) and members of the Reagan/Bush election team meeting with the Iranians in Paris.
  • Carter's national security guru Gary Sick takes a strong position that Reagan/Bush traitorously worked with the Iranians to keep the Americans held prisoner and wrote a book on the affair.
  • And the then-president of Iran, now long retired and out of politics, has given interviews about the time and said that president Carter was offering deals to free the hostages, and that also Reagan/Bush were offering deals to keep the hostages prisoner until after the election. He bluntly said he took the deal that was best for Iran -- Reagan/Bush's deal to keep the hostages prisoner and to not release them until Reagan was sworn in as president. And the hostages themselves said that they sat for a long period of time in an aircraft on a runway in Iran, but that the Iranians would not let the plane leave until a certain time -- minutes after Reagan took the oath of office as president.

    We see all sorts of episodes of treachery and skulduggery like this in the histories of other nations.

    But here in the US we whitewash our history and present a highly moralistic, principled view of politics in the US.

    Take the election of 2000, for example. That election was blatantly rigged in numerous ways. But how many Americans are actively conscious of the fact that Gore not only had more votes across the country than did Bush, that Bush's brother was the governor of the key state that decided the election, and/or that the BBC broke news clearly showing that the Bush campaign's Florida head blatantly purged tens of thousands of Democratic voters and prevented them from voting?

    Yes, history and politics can be fun and very interesting if one looks at things based on facts, realism and with objectivity.

    Edit/Footnote: * There is a proven precedent for such skulduggery to win American presidential elections that happened only about a decade before Reagan.

    We know for a fact that during the US war on Vietnam, then-presidential-candidate Richard Nixon worked with Taiwan to pressure South Vietnam to resist ceasefire proposals the US president (Lyndon B. Johnson) was working to negotiate with North Vietnam. The idea was that the failure to get a ceasefire would impact the US election. (LBJ would later drop out and not run for reelection.)

    That interference by a presidential candidate, Nixon, directly lead to American soldiers being needlessly killed on the battlefields of Vietnam. Yet when we talk about Nixon's numerous crimes, we never talk about him being a literal traitor -- it seems that the only thing people talk about is Watergate. Using "Watergate" to sum up all of Nixon's many crimes is a form of whitewashing.
u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Education matters. Culture matters. If your education teaches you nothing about the stuff to which you refer (if this book isn't central to US history/world history classes), and your culture has a secular "genesis 1:1" that submits that the only thing that's real is the individual, then you get what we've gotten. People can never ever really see the alternatives to those expressed "truths," can never even see that workers, isolated, are easily harmed/destroyed, and that only together (with honest, transparent leadership) can workers move beyond random survival and thrive...

u/jjeremyharrelson · 6 pointsr/worldpolitics

This is silly. Did you wake up this morning and decide to take up geopolitics as a pastime?

Most of the readers here are too far into this to waste time giving history lessons.

If you want to brush up on the subject here are a few books to start with:

Read these books and then do your own research and look into the claims for yourself. Most of his claims are common knowledge, and have been widely reported with frequency over the past decade. They are easily researchable with rudimentary search engine skills.

Your burden of proof logic games are misguided and add nothing to such a prima facia discussion

u/carrierfive · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

No way; I don't buy it. I'd recommend reading the book "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by a former int'l banker.

The author details pretty well the "offer you can't refuse" arrangement the US gave the Saudis in the 70s: Invest most of your oil money in Wall Street or we'll overthrow your petty dictatorship. That was right around the time Jimmy Carter publicly announced the Carter Doctrine (forget the anti-Soviet spin of that doctrine; that was the US claiming hegemony over the Middle East) to let them know we were serious.

And what do you know -- today the US has military bases in Saudi Arabia to shout our domination of that country.

> "The Plan is for the United States to rule the world. The overt theme is unilateralism, but it is ultimately a story of domination....It calls for dominion over friends and enemies alike." -- Investigative journalist David Armstrong, explaining the Pentagon's policy of "full spectrum dominance."

u/You_Dont_Party · 5 pointsr/worldpolitics

>If you think Hitler/Stalin would have handled that the same way, you're ignorant of history.

Considering I have said nothing of the sort, I’m not sure why you’d think that’s a position anyone is taking. Seems like you’re just creating a strawman argument because the argument I made, that the right-wing loves to censor topics, is one you can’t argue against.

>People who think that Trump is a fascist don't have a gnats worth of knowledge what fascism is. Please open up a damn history book and read a thing.

Fascism isn’t only achieved through a Nazi state though, and rhetoric can certainly be fascistic without requiring a nation to reach the depths of becoming a full blown authoritarian hellscape.

Have you read Eco’s dissection of Italian fascism? Have you read about the Weimar Republic and the rise of Fascism in Germany?Perhaps you should, because you might understand the context of fascism in a non-fascistic state, and recognize the many valid comparisons it has to modern far-right ideology. Don’t take my word for it, I can point to any number of Holocaust survivors organizations which have stated the same thing about Trumps policies and rhetoric, and I’m sure they’d love to hear you tell them that they “don’t know a gnats worth of knowledge” about fascism.

u/fitzroy95 · 3 pointsr/worldpolitics

Yes I have, he released a newer revised version a couple of years ago with lots more details

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

u/zherussian · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Indeed! Lenin was the original ivory tower intelligents and Stalin just his mere hitman.

If I may suggest, this meticulously researched biography of young Stalin really tells the story of prehistory USSR well.

u/ScorpM · 7 pointsr/worldpolitics

Read up on the "Project For a New American Century" ( and the neo-con plan for the Middle East. Also, read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" ( specifically the section dealing with the Shah of Iran and how he was placed in power. I'm sure that Noam Chomsky could answer this better than most of us.

That will get you started on the right direction as least.

u/The-Entropic-Man · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Agreed. You should check out the story I wrote. mile 1

u/Ian56 · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Yep. there are lots of other reasons why Israel is an enemy of the US.

They also include spying on US, to obtain US technology or National Secrets.

Selling US technology on to countries that the US did not want it to go to, e.g. military tech to China or nuclear tech to Pakistan.

The head of Pakistan's nuclear weapons development program later sold nuclear tech on to North Korea.

Massive interference in US Foreign Policy making. Pretty much all members of Congress are totally bought by the Israel lobby to act directly against US interests.

The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

The dizzying number of Israel lobby groups and individuals that influence America's knowledge of - and policies towards - the Middle East

u/newsens · 0 pointsr/worldpolitics

The Holocaust (C) is the "new" Jewish religion.

To find out more, read this.

u/rockytimber · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

A definitive and indispensable resource on this subject with 100 pages of references.

u/ExileOnMyStreet · 6 pointsr/worldpolitics

He did not throw...oh, for fuck's sake, just google the background.
Then read.

An read some more.

Or watch a movie.

u/shmooly · 11 pointsr/worldpolitics

Hi! I skimmed through one cherry-picked article (Senior researcher: a relation of Mr. Chertoff ) in Popular Mechanics, which is owned by The Hearst Corporation, and therefore I am an authority on the entire extremely complicated and obfuscated subject of 9/11.

*American Free Press revealed that Benjamin Chertoff, the 25-year-old senior researcher who authored the 9/11 article, is related to Michael Chertoff, the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


Army General Wesley Clark: Wars are Planned RE: Memo to take out 7 countries in 5 years:

US MAJOR Stubblebine exposes 9/11 cover up:

"War is a Racket" By Smedley D. Butler, at the time America's most decorated soldier:

Testimony from Controlled Demolition Expert Danny Jowenko (recently deceased) ON WTC7:

What is a False Flag?

u/Sailer · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Jews in the same way there are Greeks or French? What? Jews live in virtually every country, a lifelong way of life. Greeks or French must live in Greece or France, a lifelong way of life, there in those countries, but not everywhere.

Zionists secretive? What? I would never describe Zionists as secretive, but rather as anything but secretive.

I have no difficulty 'owning what I believe'.

I can do better than a transcript - here's the book. I suggest that your library, or anyone's, would be enriched by having this book in it.

u/Lemonbouy · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

The Palestinians had nothing to do with Holocaust, stupid.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (written by an Israeli Jewish Historian):

But I guess Professor Ilan Pappe also is a Nazi according to you?

u/kerat · 41 pointsr/worldpolitics

Well yes. The Iraq war started in 2003, and waterboarding quickly became infamous as an official US policy of "enhanced interrogation".

Some people began calling it torture, but the press didn't. The war began and the press immediately stopped calling it torture because the press generally tows the line drawn by the government.

If you're interested in this sort of thing, have a read through Noam Chomsky's and Ed Herman's Manufacturing Consent. Without being too melodramatic, it may change your life.

u/SuperCharged2000 · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

That should just be called, how to suck the government cock no matter what they say.

> Never appeared before the 1960s?

Lie # 1. This is how they do it. It was popularlized in order to discredit people who didn't tow the line. They go out and find one time in the English language these 2 words were used together and debunked the entire claim.

All part of the plan.

u/jackrousseau · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

> before that it was the Soviet Union

The USSR was a competitor in destabilization for a few decades, but aside from a few places in Africa its influence was generally not as powerful or as disruptive as the West.

An excellent example: (but fuck Amazon, don't buy anything from them)

> that doesn't mean that they wouldn't still be an ideological threat in the region if they hadn't gotten lucky enough to get their hands on these things.

They're made up of ex-Ba'ath officers and disgruntled Sunnis. If America didn't invade Iraq how would IS ever exist? There is a direct line from the invasion in 2003 and their presence today.

u/wakeup2019 · 1 pointr/worldpolitics
  1. The Top 1% in the USA has TWICE as much wealth as the bottom 90% combined! WTF are you complaining about China for???

  2. America’s innovation happens because of INDIANS & CHINESE immigrants. Not because of racist, entitled, ignorant whites

  3. It’s white privilege to ask China to make all the goods & then complain about China’s pollution!🙄

  4. Water??? Have you heard of Flint?? Also, Most Americans are drinking dangerous water that go thru old rusty lead pipes

  5. China has the most aggressive reforestation program in the world, having planted an area the size of France with about 38 billion trees since 1990.

  6. Free-Dumb in ‘Murika. Stupid Empire in decline. US military are thugs and mercenaries on behalf of the oligarchs. Ever heard of General Butler and his testimony to Congress —,”War is a Racket .”

    And here’s an article by a former US marine on the powerless US military:
u/outtanutmeds · 3 pointsr/worldpolitics

>“There’s no official line from the Kremlin – they can’t identify themselves with Lenin, because he was a revolutionary, and they can’t identify with Nicholas II because he was a weak leader,” said Zygar.

How about the people? Fuck leaders. The Russian people are wonderful people. They are tough as nails, hard working and resilient. They have been through more atrocities than any other group of people in history, and yet they are a happy people who know how to work together and how to get along. Very few people know that when the Czar was sent into "exile" while waiting to be murdered with his family, Russia had no central government for about 11 months. The Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks were arguing about what kind of central government should be set up, and while they debated, the Russian people performed beautifully for almost a year. Small businesses did well as people traded, bought and sold goods. There were plenty of jobs and the crime rate was very low. All this took place with no central government. This is discussed in the book "Young Stalin" by historian Simon Sebag Montefiore. People don't need corrupt, evil, self-serving megalomaniacs to tell them how to live their lives. If humans are left to themselves without evil bastards making their lives miserable, Russians are living proof that mankind can get along and work together.

u/InterOuter · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

Wise Japanese diplomats and people on Obama's team will remember that the US actively and deliberately manipulated, maneuvered and provoked Japan into attacking the US at Pearl Harbor, as was proven in the book Day of Deceit.

Given the costs of that war to Japan, it is highly likely they've learned some valuable lessons from the US' strategy of starting that war...

> "Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor. It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war." -- Oliver Lyttleton, British Minister of Production, 1944.

u/TheNoize · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

I never denied war crimes. You just made the false, and ignorant assumption that those crimes are directly because communism and Marx and stuff, and I just pointed out you have no idea WTF you're talking about.

Reading Zinn makes you aware. Just like reading Marx, Engels, Proudhon, Chomsky, Abraham Lincoln, Weber, Dr. King, Malcom X, Che Guevara, Trotsky, etc etc.

People illegally flee from America to Mexico just to get dental care, so if "people fleeing" is your best argument for capitalism and against communism...... good luck! XD

>Look, just because Marx said Communism is democratic doesn’t mean it’s not authoritarian and capable of violating human rights.

The father of communism, and one of the most respected genius intellectuals to this day, and defender of human rights, idealizing and describing it as democratic... means communism originally is democratic.

You can choose to pick any random sociopaths and claim they were "communists", and therefore somehow (no explanation provided) that invalidates communism as a whole... but that doesn't make it remotely true. It's just you starting from "communism is bad" and walking back to try to justify your bullshit.

>It would be perfectly “democratic” for all right handed people to vote that all left handed people be killed and their possessions stolen.

No, that would be discriminatory and totalitarian. What a horrible, stupid example.

The bourgeois exploiters weren't just "born left handed". They made the conscious choice, just like today's CEOs and landlords, to exploit other people's labor, instead of getting a real job and career of their own.

>To look at actual history as well, the French reign of terror was extremely democratic.

That reign of terror inspired the founding fathers, and American democratic principles, still in use today.

Soon enough you'll realize the most revered American heroes were "commies" - like Abraham Lincoln, whose goal for the civil war was to free slaves as part of his plan to strengthen worker rights in the USA, as he exchanged letters about ideology and strategy with his friend and supporter overseas, Prof. Karl Marx.

If you're against Marxism, you're on the wrong side of history - you're pro-slavery, pro-Nazi, pro-war, pro-human rights abuses.

>So what specifically about Communism’s economic system makes it immune from these atrocities?

The simple fact that these atrocities had nothing to do with communism, and everything to do with psycho, evil idiots who carried them out, and really didn't have one communist bone in their body. The people they oppressed were communists - but like you said, they were dictators, and didn't give a shit what their people wanted.

u/exoriare · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

While the CIA's participation in the coup was well known, it's not often recognized how the Dulles brothers intentionally used the CIA to subvert the agenda of both President Truman and Eisenhower.

In 1952, the CIA spent 10% of it's entire global budget in Iran, bribing anyone in any position of power. The bribed Islamic leaders to protest, and then bribed the chief of Tehran's police to violently quash the protests (the police slaughtered a dozen protesters, though we have no evidence that this was part of the CIA's plan).

Truman sent his trusted advisor Averell Harriman to Tehran to figure out what was going on, and he was astonished to be greeted by mobs that called him out by name ("Death to Harriman! Death to the USA!"). The CIA-sponsored unrest convinced him that the country was on the brink of erupting into chaos.

It was the same thing when Eisenhower took office - he initially placed all the blame on the UK's obstinate refusal to negotiate oil profits with Iran. The US had just established ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia, with a 50/50 split of oil revenues, but the British insisted they would not pay one penny more. Eisenhower sympathized with Mossadegh, and hoped to help him see the economic crisis through, saying "I want to give him ten million bucks."

Unfortunately, Allan Dulles used the CIA to further flame the chaos, then pointed to the possibility that Iran could be taken over by Communists. Eisenhower gave up, allowing the CIA to pursue their agenda for regime change. (Dulles went on to use the same ploy when he next found himself with a newbie president - this was the Bay of Pigs fiasco that JFK fired him for).

Prior to the coup, the US was widely adored in Iran. Unlike the French & British, the US had no history of oppressive colonialism, and the fair deal offered to the Saudis suggested that the US would be a great partner. The CIA smashed this promising future into a thousand pieces and unleashed a legacy of terror that we're still dealing with today.

u/Netanyahu_GOP_POTUS · 16 pointsr/worldpolitics

These people:

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Starred Review. In his latest work, renowned Israeli author and academic Pappe (A History of Modern Palestine) does not mince words, doing Jimmy Carter one better (or worse, depending on one's point of view) by accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity beginning in the 1948 war for independence, and continuing through the present. Focusing primarily on Plan D (Dalet, in Hebrew), conceived on March 10, 1948, Pappe demonstrates how ethnic cleansing was not a circumstance of war, but rather a deliberate goal of combat for early Israeli military units led by David Ben-Gurion, whom Pappe labels the "architect of ethnic cleansing." The forced expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians between 1948-49, Pappe argues, was part of a long-standing Zionist plan to manufacture an ethnically pure Jewish state. Framing his argument with accepted international and UN definitions of ethnic cleansing, Pappe follows with an excruciatingly detailed account of Israeli military involvement in the demolition and depopulation of hundreds of villages, and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Arab inhabitants. An accessible, learned resource, this volume provides important inroads into the historical antecedents of today's conflict, but its conclusions will not be easy for everyone to stomach: Pappe argues that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues today, and calls for the unconditional return of all Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation.

u/samfaina · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

It's more than that it "never stopped" -- the US callously broke the agreement it made with Gorbachev not to expand NATO to the east.

In the so-called Cold War, the USSR surrendered. It withdrew from eastern Europe and allowed itself to be broken up into over a dozen different countries -- but the US gov't acted treacherously and has never ended US aggression against Russia.

The entire Cold War strategy of provoking Russia and encircling it with military bases continued. The US pushed NATO east, and it tore up the ABM treaty placing an anti-missile base in Poland using the laughable excuse that we did that "because of Iran." Clearly the US wants to negate Russia's nuclear deterrence.

Twice in one decade the US has funded the overthrow of Ukraine's -- the historic birthplace of all of Russia -- government, with this last coup d'etat being a blatant violent and bloody affair.

Is it any wonder Russia is responding? We certainly have tried hard enough to provoke them!

> "Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor. It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war." -- Oliver Lyttleton, British Minister of Production, 1944. The book "Day of Deceit" proves that the US carried out a deliberate, successful policy to provoke Japan into attacking the US so the US could enter WWII.

u/HitlerWasASensitiveM · 3 pointsr/worldpolitics

All Israel is doing is creating thousands of new angry, raging Muslims (and many non-Muslims too including me and many Europeans). The seeds for vengeance are being sown today. Ten years from now when Americans have forgotten about this massacre, Americans will be asking "Why do the Muslim world hate Jews so much to kill thousands of them?" Because the hatred for Jews today started with this:

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

The renowned Israeli historian revisits the formative period of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred, and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing".

Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. Indispensable for anyone interested in the Middle East.

"In his latest work, renowned Israeli author and academic Pappe (A History of Modern Palestine) does not mince words, doing Jimmy Carter one better (or worse, depending on one's point of view) by accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity beginning in the 1948 war for independence, and continuing through the present. Focusing primarily on Plan D (Dalet, in Hebrew), conceived on March 10, 1948, Pappe demonstrates how ethnic cleansing was not a circumstance of war, but rather a deliberate goal of combat for early Israeli military units led by David Ben-Gurion, whom Pappe labels the "architect of ethnic cleansing." The forced expulsion of 800,000 Palestinians between 1948-49, Pappe argues, was part of a long-standing Zionist plan to manufacture an ethnically pure Jewish state. Framing his argument with accepted international and UN definitions of ethnic cleansing, Pappe follows with an excruciatingly detailed account of Israeli military involvement in the demolition and depopulation of hundreds of villages, and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Arab inhabitants. An accessible, learned resource, this volume provides important inroads into the historical antecedents of today's conflict, but its conclusions will not be easy for everyone to stomach: Pappe argues that the ethnic cleansing of Palestine continues today, and calls for the unconditional return of all Palestinian refugees and an end to the Israeli occupation."

u/zonkeramos · 2 pointsr/worldpolitics

I haven't read Shirley's book, but it seems obsolete, given the evidence that Robert Stinnett uncovered.

In his book "Day of Deceit" Stinnett documents that the Roosevelt administration definitely knew of the attack before Dec. 7th, but more than that, had a policy to provoke Japan into attacking the US. Prior knowledge of the attack has been a theory for many years, and many people talked about it immediately after Pearl Harbor, but Stinnett unearthed much new evidence from the US gov't itself using Freedom of Information Act requests.

The most startling evidence is a US gov't document written by a Naval officer who proposed provoking Japan into attacking the US. This officer was in contact with FDR and the highest Navy admirals on a daily basis. The memo proposed 8 steps which would provoke Japan to attack the US, and the US gov't then enacted all 8 steps and Stinnett documents these.

Stinnett also offers evidence and testimony that the US gov't had broken the Japanese naval codes (the US gov't only claims to have broken Japanese diplomatic codes) before Pearl Harbor and not afterward like the US gov't and our history books claim.

Stinnett's theory is that with the fall of France in the spring of 1940, the US was shocked and feared that Britain might fall to Germany; the administration then enacted a policy of provoking Japan into attacking the US so that the US could enter the war in Europe in a "backdoor" fashion and have the country united in the war effort as a result of the attack.

Edit: Clarity.

u/anechoicmedia · 1 pointr/worldpolitics

>Whites and blacks smoke week at the same rate, but where it has been made illegal, blacks are four more times likely to be incarcerated for it.

This is a tiresome, misleading talking point.

Template Response: The Use of Drug Arrest Rates to Claim Generalized Racial Bias in Law Enforcement


There are several dimensions along which this is wrong or misleading.

Surveys Understate Black Drug Usage

The standard evidence that drug use rates don't differ by race comes from surveys of the general population, but blacks are more likely than whites to lie about using drugs. This is seen in situations where we have both self-report and urine test data:

More broadly, blacks under-report all criminal behavior in surveys relative to whites.

There Are Qualitative Differences Between Black and White Drug Use

The police are not uniform filters on society, trying to arrest a representative sample of drug users. "Drug users" generally are not the primary concern of the police, who have more important laws to enforce and problems to deal with. The police are more likely to arrest drug users and dealers when their activity is conspicuous or otherwise intersects with their domain of concern. There are reasons to believe that, all else being equal, blacks engage in behavior that puts them far more at risk of being caught by police for petty drug crime:

Black-white differences in reported drug-purchasing behavior in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • twice as likely to buy outdoors (0.31 versus 0.14)
  • three times more likely to buy from a stranger (0.30 versus 0.09)
  • significantly more likely to buy away from their homes (0.61 versus 0.48)

    There Are Benign Explanations For Black-White Drug Arrest Disparity

    As stated above, busting everyone with a joint is not the goal of most police. The efforts of the police are focused on violent and property crimes. Blacks and black-dense areas have high violent and property crimes generally, which gives blacks more potential interactions with the police in which drugs can be found. Evidence for this explanation is that black drugs users are more likely to use in areas with high crime rates., putting them at obvious risk for police encounters.

    Drug Arrests Are Not Representative of Racial Disparities in Law Enforcement

    The focus on drug arrests in particular is a telling distraction, as the racial arrest disparity is higher for more violent crimes:

    Offense Type | % Black of UCR Arrests
    Murder | 50
    Violent Crime | 39
    Property Crime| 29
    All Crime|28

    And on these more-important violent crimes, we have reliable, representative data on crime offenders from the NCVS, and can see that there is no aggregate bias in violent crime policing:

    Offense Type | NCVS % Black | UCR Arrestees % Black
    Rape | 34 | 34
    Robbery |61 |56
    Assault | 27 |33

    Finally, drug offenders in total are only a small part of the incarceration picture:

    Offense Type of Incarcerated by System

    percents sum in columns

    Offense Type | Youth | Local, Not Convicted | Local, Convicted | State | Federal |
    Violent |40% |31% |22% |53% |07%
    Property |24 |25 |25 |19 |06
    Drug | 6 |25 |23 |16 |50
    Public Order |11 |18 |30 |11 |23

    Incarcerated Population by System

    excluding immigration detention and territorial prisons

    System | Population, 1000s | Percent
    Youth | 34 | 1.5%
    Local, Not Convicted | 451 |20.1
    Local, Convicted | 195 | 8.7
    State |1351 |60.3
    Federal | 211 | 9.4

    Data source: Prison Policy Initiative, 2016

    Note that this may overstate the share of drug-only offenders, as the incarcerated often plead down from higher sentences they may have faced at trial.

    Most of those incarcerated are in state prisons or local jails awaiting trial, and of those most are there for violent offenses; Drug offenders can only represent them so much, and as demonstrated above, the claimed bias in drug arrest rates, even if true, is not generalizable to violent crime arrests.