Is the hybrid socialist model better ?

This is my first post after a hiatus of over  a year.

China, Vietnam and Laos are not exactly socialist countries anymore though they are ruled by their respective communist parties. They do not follow conventional development dictate from the West. But their economic growth have out performed many countries.  Thus John Ross argues that the capitalism based economic model does not necessarily sustain superior economic performance.

China’s socialist model outperforms capitalism

By John Ross ( http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1002098.shtml)

The top four fastest growing economies since the neo-liberal “Washington Consensus” was put forward all follow, or are highly influenced by, China’s development model. These countries are China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In contrast, capitalist development models, including the Washington Consensus, have been a failure. Pro-capitalists in China would clearly prefer these facts to be generally unknown since they damage the idea that China should abandon its socialist path of development and adopt a capitalist one.

These facts also have international political implications. The socialist development model followed by China is the creation of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). 

The Washington Consensus is the dominant economic strategy put forward by international economic institutions, such as the IMF and World Bank, and is taught in Western universities. Yet, the overwhelming economic superiority of countries following a socialist development policy, more in line with the Chinese model, shows that it not only outperforms capitalist alternatives but that the CPC has a better grasp on the situation than Western economists.

A factual comparison in the international results of the two economic development approaches – the neoliberal Washington Consensus versus the Chinese socialist development strategy – clearly shows how the latter outperforms the former.

Also telling is that supporters of the Washington Consensus appear to strongly dislike systematic factual comparisons of the two approaches for reasons evident in the following data. 

In order to assess the competing strategies, we will consider China itself as well as three other countries. These are Vietnam, which defines itself as socialist and drew heavily from China’s socialist market economy approach, and Cambodia and Laos, both of which were highly influenced by China’s development model.

A summary of data on the annual average rate of per capita GDP growth, broken into three time periods – from 1993 when data on all four countries is available, post-Washington Consensus in 1989, and after China’s own reforms in 1978 – indicates the success of the Chinese model. 

The data is extremely striking. From 1993-2015, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos ranked, respectively, No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 in world per capita GDP growth – peripheral cases of countries with populations of less than 5 million or dominated by oil production are not included. From 1989 to 2015 China, Vietnam and Laos ranked, respectively, No.1, No.2 and No.3 in the world for countries in per capita GDP growth. And from 1978 onwards China ranked No.1 among all economies in terms of economic growth.

The degree at which economies influenced by the Chinese development model outgrew the world average has been huge. Since 1989 Vietnam and Laos grew three times as fast as the world average. Since 1978 China’s rate of growth was almost six times the world average. 

The contrasts not only in average per capital GDP growth but also in the eradication of poverty are similarly overwhelming. Since 1981 China has lifted 728 million people out of World Bank-defined poverty. Vietnam lifted over 30 million people from poverty by the same criteria. In the rest of the world, in which the dominant model advocated by the IMF was the Washington Consensus, only roughly 120 million people rose above poverty. During this time, 83 percent of all poverty reduction was in China, 85 percent was in socialist countries and only 15 percent was in capitalist countries. 

This data breaks down the claim that capitalism is the main drive behind rapid economic growth and poverty reduction. If capitalism were the motor of economic growth and poverty reduction, then growth would be the most rapid, and poverty reduction the largest, in capitalist countries. Instead it is in China and Vietnam that the greatest poverty reduction has taken place and in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos where the fastest economic growth has occurred. 

China’s socialist development model therefore should be considered a huge success in contrast to the Washington Consensus. Economic development remains the most fundamental issue for the overwhelming majority of the world’s population. 

According to the latest World Bank data 84 percent of the world’s population lives in developing countries. Any objective analysis based on aiming to maximize a countries development potential would therefore start with China’s socialist development model. 

The facts show that China’s policies, which included a dominant role by the State sector, large-scale plans to eradicate poverty and a socialist political orientation, are successful in producing both economic growth and poverty reduction. 

The simple fact that the top four most rapidly growing economies since the Washington Consensus was outlined all use the Chinese socialist development model demonstrates of the superiority in China’s path to capitalist alternatives.

The author is a senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. bizopinion@globaltimes.com.cn

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Goodbye Mr Lee…

I lived in Singapore for many years, and have to admit to have developed a certain hate-love relationship with Lee Kuan Yew and his government, just like most of the people of Singapore.  For LKY was the most talked about person, and one could hear lots of anecdotes about him.  Since Singapore media was a mouthpiece of the government,  one can always heard Mr Lee’s speech in TV and radio as well as in newspapers. But his speeches were always interesting  and far from dreary. He hold remarkably candid view on a number of things. Once I remember him saying his deputy as being wooden.

There is no doubt that LKY is a great statesman and I believe his legacy will have profound impact not only in Singapore, but in China too.  For LKY has shown to the Chinese people  that  a small nation having  mostly Chinese migrants from peasant  background could still achieve highly developed nation status without the ‘democrazy’ model being promoted or forced  by the West to all non-Western countries.

My regret is that I have never met or  seen Mr Lee in-person while living in Singapore for eighteen years. Anyway, RIP Mr Lee.

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Behind the Great Western Firewall Is the Ugly Truth

 Kchew note:
Today is the first day of the year of goat. Xin Nian Kuai Le!.

We know that the existence of the so-called Great Chinese Firewall. But very few people are aware of existence of the Great Western Firewall. Following is an article by a Western writer who have been living in China for the past few years about the matter. The author brought up a number of good points on the inconsistencies on MSM narratives which might need further scrutinies and which I find hard to swallow. However the main point is that most people take these for granted as the TRUTH given the dominant of the Western MSM.

 By Jeff Brown
source:
http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/behind-great-western-firewall-is-ugly.html

When I recently signed off of Reflections in Sinoland, saying I was not going to do any more columns for the time being, so as to write my third book, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, I really meant it. But an interesting and thought provoking series of events happened over the last couple of weeks, which has inspired me to write a non-fiction piece again.

This is a plea to everyone reading, that we Westerners had better wake up before it’s too late. If we don’t, we are going to continue to have many repetitions of Ukraine, Serbia, Georgia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, Libya, Mali and the list goes on, non-stop, since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. That was when the West’s elites perceived a genuine global threat to the status quo of capitalism and their dominion over Earth’s resources. Now with the world being more multipolar than ever, we come to China and Russia. As Western Empire’s decline accelerates, in desperation, America is trying to take down these two colossal civilizations. This, even as Russia and China work openly and secretly to interlock their cooperation and resistance. It is clear they are creating a unified front in the face of Western bellicosity. Yes, the United States is delusional and megalomaniac, but it’s frightening to know that if carried to its logical conclusion, it will mean the end of humanity as we know it.

A big part of this plea to my readers is for Westerners to quit using the mainstream media and to start seeking out alternative news sources, as frustratingly fractured as they are, and to invest a modicum of time to do some research and investigation along the way. A good place to start would be all the hyperlinks below and then take advantage of the list of resources at the end of this article. The other plea is to come to terms with just how evil and corrupt our Western governments and capital are, in spite of what we learned in school text books. All of our lives and future absolutely depend on it. You will see what I mean after reading this.

An author friend of mine sent me a hyperlink about Hillary Clinton and her possible political downfall. This is due to America’s decision to destroy Libya, using France and the UK as proxies. It was also a major slap in the face to China and Russia, who did not veto the US led, 2011 UN Security Council vote for a “no fly” zone over Libya. “No fly” as in bombs away, baby, much like Slim Pickens’ Major Kong riding bronco in Dr. Strangelove. We know how this flagrant disregard for international law is playing out. Under the guise of “humanitarian” wars, the West pushes its fatuous, well-worn R2P (so called “Responsibility to Protect”), to overthrow, or at least control, resource rich governments. In reality, R2P really means the West’s “Right to Plunder”.

According to this article series, Hillary apparently went over the heads of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA to push through the bloody regime change. I replied to my friend that given Americans’ predilection to cheer on their government’s slaughter and maiming of millions of dark skinned, mostly Muslims, across the planet (not to mention, by current Kiev proxies, thousands of fair skinned Ukrainians as well), then surely this macho orchestration of Kaddafi’s murder might actually help her win the White House. I then said that even if Queen Clinton is not the Democratic candidate, her replacement will just be another Wall Street-Anglozionist-Russophobe one percenter, so what difference does it make? Think Joe Biden or John Kerry. His closing comment was that I was probably right, but “he despises Bill and Hillary Clinton with a passion”.

That got me to thinking about how much my thinking has evolved and grown in the last 4.5 years of living in China. In 2010, I thought Bill and Hillary were good leaders and capable politicians. I voted for Clinton twice and Obama the first time. By 2012, I futilely wrote in the Green Party presidential candidate on my Oklahoma ballot, as my awareness of the truth was growing. But I still thought that Hillary would make a great president. Not anymore. Being a dual national, that same year, I also voted for François Hollande, thinking that he, as a so called Socialist, would be different than Mini-Me Nicolas “W.” Sarkozy. Wrong again and if I have to, I’ll write in a name on my ballot for France’s elections in 2017.

Working as a school teacher affords me a lot of personal time. We work about 190 days a year and I can usually leave my professional life on campus, so I have my evenings and weekends to myself. As a result, since 2010, I have spent thousands of hours writing books, columns and more importantly, doing the necessary research to generate my work as accurately and as truthfully as possible. It is this massive amount of investigation that has opened my eyes about how the world really works. Especially revealing has been the West and its 500 years of brutal colonialism, with its exploitation of our planet’s human and natural resources. The myth is that the West has nobly done all this in the name of progress and the pursuit of knowledge. But the impetus has been and continues to be profit, Empire and global domination. To legitimize it all in the eyes of its citizens, throw in God, Country and King. Voilà, the annals of history as told by the Princes of Power.

The second thing that happened these last few days was an exchange of emails with another writer friend of mine. This time, it was to congratulate them for having an article published in a heavyweight American newspaper. In their article, they forcefully condemned a Communist country’s use of censorship to control its version of history. To get published in this newspaper is a quite an achievement. It is one of those news sources which is so well respected, that if they print something, it’s the truth. And if they don’t write about an event happening in the world, it never occurred. So, my friend can now stake claim as a mainstream “made” (wo)man in the news establishment world, and I am truly happy for them and their success. It is a dream that many a writer and journalist fantasize doing.

Yes, this Communist country’s censorship is more overt compared to what I like to call the West’s Great Western Firewall (GWF), but the aims and results are identical. Why do countries like Cuba, China, Vietnam, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Ecuador and countless others not have faith in the West’s tried and true GWF, where the state and capital know that merely controlling the mainstream media is enough to define what is true, not true, what happened and didn’t happen? That the alternative media is too diffuse, too fractured and ultimately only constitutes feeble background noise, attenuated over time?

The difference is that for 80% of the world’s people and their governments, they have been the victim of five centuries of Western colonialism and exploitation. And all these countries continue to be ceaselessly assailed by so called Western “civil society” and “democracy” NGOs, to effect psyops, destabilization and ultimately, regime change through assassination, coups and armed uprisings (not to mention the economic and social predations of the IMF and World Bank). With these examples of “superior” Western virtues and civilization trying to tear the 80%’s countries apart, one can empathize with their belief that they need to be more controlling and heavy handed than maybe they would like to be. Being the aggressor and not the victim, the West plays by a different, privileged set of rules. For 500 years, the West has had and continues to own the copyright to the human race’s history books and current events. These other countries must battle against this massive, distorting prism of perceived reality.

A long time ago, I had a girlfriend who had been savagely raped at a young age. She kept a pistol in her purse 24/7, even going to the bathroom, and slept with it under her pillow. She was paranoid and trusting of nobody, not even me in our intimate relationship. Can’t say that I blame her. And she reminds me of China, Vietnam, Cuba and all rest of the 80% of the people of the world, who were and are being savagely raped during 500 years of Western colonialism. Like my old friend, I can empathize with their paranoia and lack of trust.

In any case, the West can be just has heavy handed at censorship as these more criticized countries. Westerners who criticize Baba Beijing for setting up thousands of social media accounts to help control the official government narrative don’t realize that their governments spend billions doing exactly the same thing. If you think all those thousands of comment trolls who haunt mainstream and alternative websites across the planet work for free, think again.

I have learned over the last 4.5 years that my friend’s mainstream acceptance can sometimes come at a cost. They replied to another email I had sent. My original email contained a link for an article that explained the background history of this very same Communist country that my friend wrote about. The revelations in this article that I sent were written by a non-establishment journalist who researches FOIA released documents, testimonies, court documents, interviews, etc., and has contacts in the dark, dank netherworld of spydom. I was very surprised to get back a reply from my writer friend, saying that this investigative journalist is, “a nut case conspiracy theorist”. I wanted to reply to this riposte that I wasn’t sure who was sending it, the friend I’ve known for 30 years, or the one who wrote the article for that high powered, establishment newspaper. I joked to myself saying maybe they wrote it, knowing that the NSA and America’s 15 other spy agencies would store a copy for future reference.

Alvin Toffler said,

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Being outside of the West for the last 4.5 years has afforded me the opportunity to leave the Matrix and its iron fisted control of the Washington-London-Paris consensus. As a born scientist, I am in a never ending quest for the truth, as uncomfortable as it may be to discover. All my research has allowed me the luxury of unlearning and relearning humanity’s ancient and modern history, up to our resulting current events. I am not sure, if I were still living in the West, if I could have broken my brainwashed chains and set myself free from the bondage of its suffocating conventional narrative.

I worked in the corporate world for 25 years before becoming a teacher. Like almost all of us, I felt compelled to spout “the imperial party line” of the West’s tightly scripted version of history and current events. In fact, until 2010, I still believed much of it was true. Conformity is society’s most powerful control mechanism. Those who don’t go along to get along can pay a very heavy price. Just ask Malcolm X, JFK, RFK, MLK, Oscar Romero, Gandhi, Ché Guevara, the four American nuns raped and killed in El Salvador, Jesus Christ and millions of other (less) well known martyrs, whose lives were and still are being cut short, or imprisoned, beaten, raped, tortured, bankrupted, ostracized, or made stateless or jobless. Just in the last week alone are the cases of Sami Al-Arian, Barrett Brown and Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary, which brilliantly leaves in line after line of blacked out text – pages and pages of censored truth. Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it? There are many multitudes like them who are ignored by the mainstream media. And we know that if they are not objectively reported on in the New York Times, Washington Post or on CNN and Fox, then they don’t exist and they don’t matter.

As I wrote in a Reflections in Sinoland column, it takes courage to leave the Matrix and seek the truth. For the multitudes who escape martyr status, sacrifices still often have to be made, both professional and personal. Rejection and ridicule by the vast majority, who is still ensconced in the mainstream propaganda bubble, are commonplace. It means being labeled a conspiracy theorist. In reality though, it is those in the Matrix who are the real conspiracy nuts, for trying to rationalize and justify the world they are selectively presented, in the suffocating cocoon of the GWF. Baba Beijing has its just as ruthless and controlling Great Firewall of China and the outcomes are identical. Only the methodology is different. The big difference is that most Chinese know their information is censored. Most Westerners obediently believe they have “freedom of the press” and that censorship is everybody else’s problem. Sadly, Westerners are deluded, gullible and easily manipulated. But this has been true of all citizens of Empire, since the dawn of civilization.

It is hard to accept and very disillusioning to realize just how irredeemably corrupt and evil are the West’s supposedly democratic systems and the political and business leaders who own the process. All my thousands of hours of extensive research confirm this and nothing surprises me anymore. Especially that false flag operations are not the exception, but the banal norm of imperial national governments. They most certainly have been the weapon of choice since the first civilizations in Sumer, China, India and Africa, and they continue at a fast and furious pace in current events. This article lists many false flags that governments have admitted to, or were exposed by FOIA laws, while they last. False flags routinely change the course of human history. Let’s remember that Maidan in Ukraine was a classic false flag and since then, at least weekly, the West is launching one after another there, which has brought our planet to the threshold of World War III.

False flags are ingrained in the DNA of Empire, to control and manipulate their subjects. Empire keeps on perpetrating false flags relentlessly, because they are so ruthlessly successful at achieving their aims. False flags brilliantly create mass fear and uncertainty among the people and justify the persecution of the group to be dehumanized for exploitation or destruction. The shock and awe of false flags allow governments and capital to herd the masses like sheep, to induce them to gleefully go to war, commit genocide, accept economic servitude and environmentally destructive resource extraction, while wilfully renouncing their free will to the tyranny of fascism and oligarchy, for “security and safety”. It’s been working like a charm since 5,000BC and will undoubtedly continue to work, because of all our embedded social memes for group survival and evolutionary genes for individual survival. At the end of the day, in spite of our “superior” intelligence, we as a species are not much better than a herd of gazelle or a colony of ants.

Unless we get smart and get involved, it brings me to a frightening conclusion: false flags will continue unabated, until they cause the demise of the human race. To put the challenge before us into perspective, here are a few recent cases, going back in time.

Charlie Hebdo. The whole thing stinks to high heaven. Even my Parisian wife was raising her eyebrows: how could they get so many thousands of matching Je Suis Charlie t-shirts on people and color placards in their hands, for mass television exposure, immediately after the incident? A supposed terrorist just happened to “leave” their ID in the getaway car? This is as laughable as Mohammed Atta’s fake passport “found” in the molten rubble of the 9/11 Twin Towers, which the FBI then conveniently “lost”, when even the mainstream media had the temerity to question its validity. But it was enough to “identify” the supposed 9/11 perpetrators immediately after the supposed attack. Ditto Charlie Hebdo.

My extensive research shows that one of the key components of successful false flags is to imprint in the minds of the sheep exactly who the perpetrators are, as soon as it happens, almost like embedding a social meme across the population. If the sheeple are given any time at all to think about it and to ask questions, then the false flag can easily fail. Thus, the 9/11 Nineteen, Lee Harvey Oswald , James Earl Ray, Sirhan Sirhan, the “Communists” who burned down the Reichstag, the Spanish who “blew up” the USS Maine, the North Vietnamese who “attacked” the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin, the supposed Boston bomber brothers Tsarnaev and on and on, were clearly and convincingly identified by the authorities within hours of the false flags. Surely, Nero loudly accused the Christians, as soon as his arsonists were setting fire to Rome, while sending out crisis actors to dramatize these followers’ perfidy. He not only got his grand palace, for which the Roman Senators were refusing to give the (now) burned neighborhoods’ land to build it, but Nero also got to kill thousands of Christians in the process. The hallmarks of a truly successful false flag.

A few hours of research on Charlie Hebdo makes it glaringly apparent that the deep state was involved. The film footage of the police officer supposedly shot in the head at point blank, while lying on the sidewalk, was quickly extirpated by the mainstream media. With millions of views on YouTube in just two days, it was censored. In the West, our masters have learned that the alternative press is like low grade interference. It is too scattered and diffuse to cause critical mass. But when something like the censored Charlie Hebdo hoax assassination goes viral in a matter of hours, then it can become a threat to the official narrative, and often gets censored. On alternative websites, it’s still there. Break out the popcorn and beer, boys and girls, and watch crisis actors help dupe the world.

The shooter supposedly blasts a bullet at point blank range into the cop’s head with a high powered machine gun, yet there is no blood and the “victim’s” head stays intact. Had he really been shot, his skull would have exploded like a gangrenous pumpkin. He wasn’t shot at all. So, a combat trained “terrorist” just happens to miss his target from centimeters away. Yet, all the mainstream media are lined up with their propaganda, saying a police officer was viciously assassinated by the so called terrorists, while lying helplessly wounded on the sidewalk. Later, a Star News reporter had a colossal slip of the tongue and stated that (fake) blood was put on the ground after the fact, which is obviously true. It goes on and on. The supposed hostage taker, Amedy Coulibaly, at a (surprise, surprise) Jewish grocery store, was obviously already handcuffed when he was practically pushed outside into a hail of fire. I wonder what his handler inside was telling him in his final moments? We’ll never know, because dead men don’t talk. Neither can his supposed Charlie Hebdo shooter partners, the Kouachi Brothers, who got cut to pieces the same day.

Speaking of important dead witnesses, there was a top cop, Helric Fredou, investigating the Charlie Hebdo hoax. Lemme see if I got this right. The day after the false flag, late in the night while he was writing his report, Mr. Fredou “commits suicide”. Whatever he was writing was surely destroyed on the spot. The biggest case of his life, one of the great cases of the decade and he offs himself? Yeah, sure. My research shows that deadly accidents, sudden fatal illnesses and suicides happen inordinately often in false flags. Funny how it works out that way. This very important story was largely censored in the West.

There is another Charlie Hebdo story that the West highly censored, A third suspect, Hamyd Mourad, turned himself in, declaring that he had an unassailable alibi – he was in class at high school. Alternative media reported this faithfully, but I found only The Daily Telegraph which reported that Mourad had an alibi. The rest of the MSM Ministry of Truth omitted this key fact, leaving everyone with the impression that he turned himself in, because he was guilty:

• The Washington Post (January 7) “Charlie Hebdo suspect said to surrender; two others at large after Paris terror attack”
• Die Welt (Germany), “One suspect has turned himself in to police in connection with Wednesday’s massacre at the offices of Parisian satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo”
• ABC News (January 7), “Youngest suspect in Charlie Hebdo Attack turns himself in”
• CNN (January 8), “Citing sources, the Agence France Presse news agency reported that an 18-year- old suspect in the attack had surrendered to police”

This is not coincidental. There is a concerted effort by the MSM to act as ventriloquist dummies on TV and marionettes in the newsroom, to do the bidding for the West’s elite owners. The MSM is riddled with CIA agents and “intelligence” NOCs (non-official covers) of all stripes, to help keep everybody singing in unison. A journalist with the courage to spill the beans has turned this truth into a best seller in Germany. Former CIA Director William Casey was just stating the obvious, when he went on record saying,

The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.

There are many, many videos on the internet exposing the Charlie Hebdo false flag: Here is a French SWAT member opening machine gun fire into the backs of his comrades, obviously shooting blanks. Here’s another cop setting off an explosion in the middle of the swarm of cops surrounding him. Had it been a real stun grenade, everybody around him would have been floored by the percussion wave. You can compare all these videos to an “official” mainstream NBC video to see how the latter one has been expertly edited to excise all the incriminating evidence. Winston Smith in 1984’s Oceania would feel right at home in the West’s “newsrooms”, as history is cut, pasted and censored to the requisites of Big Brother. Just like my friend lambasted a Communist country for censorship, the West works tirelessly to control its past too.

Apparently, in false flags, there is a psychological slip of the tongue, where crisis actors can’t help but smile or smirk when they get in front of the camera, for the joy of fooling the world. It’s called “duping delight” and this website has catalogued a bunch of them. Even the million man march in Paris, supposedly led by the defiant leaders of the “free world” was a hoax. Benjamin Netanyahu is waving to nobody. Who needs Kim Jong-un? Heck, he probably gets his best ideas from his Western counterparts. Nobody does censorship and propaganda better than Westerners do. After all, they’ve been writing the playbook for 500 years.

As all false flags are used to manipulate the masses after the fact, it is happening in spades, thanks to Charlie Hebdo. France’s authorities and thus their mainstream media marionettes are already talking about how Charlie Hebdo is France’s 9/11 and the government will be passing a Patriot Act law, like the United States. Sayanora to Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité. You can kiss your Quiche Lorraine goodbye, mes chers. Say hello to indefinite imprisonment, black sites for torture and murder, SWAT teams and military weaponized police replacing cops on the beat, shooting first and asking questions later, while committing what used to be illegal search and seizure. My fellow French citizens, welcome to Angloland’s New World Order. Kafka was a fellow European, remember? It’s reality imitating art.

It keeps on keeping on. Just Google “crisis actors Boston bombing” and you will see real actors pretending to be injured. The hoax double amputee, Jeff Bauman, is photoed after supposedly losing both legs, conscious and sitting up, with a phony tourniquet that is loose. The joke is on us. I’ve had the good fortune to work on major movie and TV sets numerous times in France and China and all the photos and this video look like, well, a movie set. One lady has been interviewed on international TV for at least three different “terrorist acts”, and has apparently even been identified. There are many videos showing similar actors before and after the supposed bombing. Also, the private “security” contractors near where the supposed bombs went off, dressed identically like the two patsy Tsuravev brothers, replete with carbon copy, oversized backpacks are a nice touch. They were from a company owned and operated at the time by Chris Kyle, of American Assassin fame, who has mercifully been put out of his psychopathic misery.

If you believe the official, Hollywood version of 9/11, you are saying on that day, the natural laws of physics, chemistry, gravity and matter were supernaturally suspended. You are insisting that Newton, Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Lavoisier, Mendeleev and all the foundations of science did not apply that morning in New York City and Washington, D.C. No, it was pure Harry Potter. You are claiming that for the first time ever, 815°C, burning jet fuel melted thousands of tons of steel, steel that has a melting point of 1,510°C. That’s more fantastic than alchemy. You are claiming that tens of thousands of massive, bolted, welded, riveted steel I-beams, girders, piers and supports just miraculously gave way, like hot butter, and collapsed at nearly the same rate as an object falling off the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And not just the two 110 story Twin Towers, but WTC 7, which wasn’t hit by an airplane. Yet this massive, 52 story skyscraper (226m/743ft) went down in free fall in six seconds flat. If you had jumped off the top when WTC 7 began to collapse, you would have hit the ground at the same time as the top of its roof did.

There is only one compound that can cut through hardened steel the way the three WTC skyscrapers were brought down in the blink of an eye, and that is military grade thermite, which is what is used for controlled demolition of steel buildings. Its use outside the military is tightly regulated and licensed, just like dynamite is. Independent scientists found military thermite at the WTC sites. They also found pools and puddles of still molten steel, several days after the supposed terrorist attacks. Only military grade thermite can heat up hardened steel and keep it that hot for so long. Otherwise, the steel would have cooled off much quicker.

Again, you have to suspend the natural laws of the Universe to swallow the guffaw, official story about the Pentagon being hit by a Boeing 757. This was a plane with a 38 meter wing span (124ft), still carrying 32,000 liters (8,600 gallons) of highly flammable jet fuel in its wings and two massive jet engines, along with its 47m long (155ft) fuselage, plowing into the outside of the building at several hundred kilometers/miles per hour. Miraculously, that 38m, fuel-filled wingspan supposedly left only a narrow, 19m gash in the Pentagon. Plane wreckage and debris just magically disappeared, no dead bodies, no luggage, no plane seats – it all just evaporated into thin air, like Bewitched. Just as damning, all those supposed 32,000 liters of burning jet fuel did not rage into a towering ball of inferno, for hours on end. Nope, all the contents of the offices right next to where the supposed 115 ton plane careened at flight speed into the Pentagon, were still sitting there. Desks, computers, file cabinets, chairs – even papers and documents were miraculously still sitting on tops of desks right where the fiery “crash” supposedly occurred. A security camera accidentally caught the explosion on film and that massive 757 jetliner never enters the picture, although it looks like possibly a missile on the right came in low for the strike, if it was not blown up from inside. That could explain the damage done. But a 757? No way. Where I grew up, in Oklahoma, we are fond of saying that you can’t stuff ten pounds of manure in a five pound bag. Well, you can’t slam a 38m wide jetliner into a 19m hole.

All of this is just the tip of the iceberg of what a hoax the official 9/11 fantasy story really is. I have studied it for many countless hours, analyzing all the evidence. An outstanding, one hour-forty five minute documentary, Zero Hour, fills out the whole sordid saga. A brave, highly qualified group of 1,500 architects and engineers has come together, to make the public aware of the greatest false flag in modern times ever being pulled off. They all deserve our attention.

It all goes back to the murder of the JFK, by the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff doesn’t it? In fact, in their heart of hearts, Americans know the truth. Since the Warren Commission, in its annual Gallup poll, a majority of Americans believe the deep state killed Kennedy. A solid majority believe the same deep state was responsible for Martin Luther King’s murder. A solid plurality of Americans think there was a cover up about 9/11. This plurality will surely grow to a majority with the help of groups like AE911.

It’s not just Americans who recognize rotten fish when they smell it. My high school daughter was fascinated by all the evidence I showed her and my wife about Charlie Hebdo, so she agreed to watch Zero Hour. She not only watched it, but took it to school and gave it to her Theory of Knowledge teacher, who in turn showed it to the class. Hats off to the prof. They would surely have been fired had they done that in the United States. The shocking result: my daughter said all of the students already knew that 9/11 was perpetrated by the American government. And it is their sense of resignation to do anything about that I find so disturbing and shameful. My wife too was just as telling. After looking at all the evidence about Charlie Hebdo and glancing over at the TV screen and seeing millions of sheeple wearing their t-shirts and holding up their absurd Je Suis Charlie placards, she said, “OK, so what can you really do about it”? It is this feeling of helplessness that is so damning of the West’s state of affairs. Our so called democracy is a hollow mirage.

This brings me to the crux of this article. In spite of our evolutionary tendencies to deny and block out unpleasant events, deep down, we know our governments and capital are committing very bloody and disastrous false flags. And it is our acquiescence to all these false flags that is giving the Princes of Power a carte blanche to drive the human race towards a dystopian, fascist future. After all, if our leaders can murder their own president and get away with a coup d’état in Dealy Plaza in broad daylight, they can bring down the 9/11 towers and will surely do much worse, confident of humanity’s powerlessness. And it makes the Iraq’s, Ukraine’s and all the other false flags just that much easier for them to pull off.

Until we rise up and protest openly against our leaders’ false flags, we will have no freedom in our future and probably no future at all. For our very survival, we must, in mass, get informed of the truth and stop saying, “No, it can’t be”, because it is. False flags is where it all starts and where the nightmare has to end. The Princes of Power are playing for keeps and it’s either us or them, now or never. Who knows how long internet freedom and FOIA laws will stay on the books? Another 9/11 sized false flag is inevitable, at which point we can kiss goodbye the alternative media and a still relatively open internet.

OK, I said it. I don’t think this article will be appearing in a mainstream newspaper any time soon. Such is life. But I can live with that.

Postscript: The United States just weighed in as having the 49th most free press in the world, behind Malta, Niger, Burkino Faso, El Salvador, Tonga, Chile and Botswana. You can rest assured this story will not see the light of day in the mainstream West. Stand tall, stand proud.

Alternative News, Information and Research Sources: Operation Get Smart

In 1807, Thomas Jefferson wrote,

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day.

Great advice to us all, two centuries later. The disinformation, propaganda and myth making have never stopped. So, quit flagellating yourself by wasting time accessing the mainstream media. You know they are marionettes for the One Percent, and that includes PBS, NPR, BBC and ersatz “liberal” aggregators like Huffington Post and Slate. When I stopped, I felt like I got off bad drugs. My mind cleared and I could think objectively again. At the end of the day, whose voice has the most credibility: the world’s victimized 80% or the West’s aggressor 15% (20% if you throw in vassal Japan, South Korea and the other usual suspects)?

Instead, use that time to read the following books, as weapons of truth to combat Western Empire. All three are exhaustively researched and referenced. Like William Blake’s cleansed Doors of Perception, they literally changed my life:

• JFK and the Unspeakable, by James W. Douglass. This was the American deep state’s great first false flag, a coup d’état that changed the world for worse, much worse. Our slippery slope started here.
• NATO’s Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe, by Daniele Ganser. A gripping, sordid account of how NATO has killed, assassinated, maimed and terrorized thousands of their own European citizens and leaders, while overthrowing a few more, and most assuredly still are.
• Killing Hope, by William Blum. It’s all here, a detailed dirty laundry list of the CIA’s endless coups, assassinations, psyops, (mainstream) propaganda, destabilization, running drugs, partnering with the Mafia, ad nauseam, across the four corners of the planet. The heart of the deep state.

On the internet, only two “mainstream” Western sources are listed here. The Guardian is usually good, but their bias against Russia since the 2014 Ukrainian junta has been servile abomination. If you want to really know what’s going on in the Middle East, its history and interrelationships, Robert Fisk at The Independent pushes his editors to the limit. My daily dose from A-Z is Al-Jazeera, Global Research, Global Times, The Guardian, RT, Russian Insider, Saker, Sputnik News, teleSUR and Voltaire. For several, like Paul Craig Roberts, American Conservative and ICH, I get email alerts. They all get looked at in cycles, over the days and weeks. I’m still looking for alternative Indian and Brazilian websites in English, and I’m committed to finding one in South Africa, to fully cover BRICS.

Al Jazeera English – Live US, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Sports, Weather & Business News
The American Conservative
Antiwar.com
China Daily Website – Connecting China Connecting the World
China | South China Morning Post
chomsky.info : The Noam Chomsky Website (his website is always outdated, but he’s all over the internet)
Chris Hedges, Columnist – Truthdig
ClubOrlov
CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Deena Stryker
Fort Russ
Trends Monthly – Trends Research Institute
Fire Dog Lake (I contribute to this website)
Globaltimes.cn | Latest China, world news and business stories, comments from the Global Times
Guardian | World news | The Guardian
Global Research
The Greanville Post • Vol. VIII
Hidden Harmonies China Blog | 中国博客 探索和谐
INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE
Russia & India Report: Top Stories
The Intercept
The Journal | Articles & Archives | Life+Outdoors | Field Notes (great site for science, history, etc.)
MintPress News | Independent, non-partisan journalism
The Nation
New Eastern Outlook
Oped News (I contribute to this website)
Oriental Review | Open Dialogue Research Journal
Outlookindia.com
Paul Craig Roberts – Official Homepage
People’s Daily Online – Home Page
Asia Times Online :: the best of Pepe Escobar
Press TV
Réseau Voltaire (in French, the English version is below)
The Independent | Robert Fisk
RT
Russia Insider: politics and news
Sputnik international
teleSUR
This Modern World
TomDispatch
Truthout
The Vineyard of the Saker
Voltaire Network
Worldbulletin – News on Turkey, Middle East, Muslim World, Latest News, Culture&Islamic History Worldbulletin News
World Socialist Web Site – Marxist analysis, international working class struggles & the fight for socialism
Xinhua – English.news.cn
新华网_传播中国报道世界

While it is not strictly politics, to keep up on the latest in Science and Technology, I read ZME Science almost daily.

Want a fun, low cost honorary degree in Chinese Studies? Jeff’s book, 44 Days, will have you laughing while learning and becoming an expert on all things Middle Kingdom. If you live in China, buy it on the 44 Days website, clicking on either Print Book, Ebook or Color Ebook.

Author’s Bio:
Jeff J. Brown is the author of 44 Days Backpacking in China: The Middle Kingdom in the 21st Century, with the United States, Europe and the Fate of the World in Its Looking Glass (2013), Reflections in Sinoland – Musings and Anecdotes from the Belly of the New Century Beast (2015), and Doctor WriteRead’s Treasure Trove to Great English (2015). He is currently writing an historical fiction, Red Letters – The Diaries of Xi Jinping, due out in 2016. He is a member of The Anthill, a collective of authors who write about China, and also submits articles on Oped News and Firedog Lake.

In China, he has been a speaker at TEDx, the Bookworm Literary Festival, the Capital M Literary Festival, the Hutong, as well as being featured in an 18-part series of interviews on Radio Beijing AM774, with former BBC journalist, Bruce Connolly. He has guest lectured at international schools in Beijing and Tianjin.

Jeff grew up in the heartland of the United States, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University. He went to Brazil while in graduate school at Purdue University, to seek his fortune, which whet his appetite for traveling the globe. This helped inspire him to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia in 1980 and he lived and worked in Africa, the Middle East, China and Europe for the next 21 years. All the while, he mastered Portuguese, Arabic, French and Mandarin, while traveling to over 85 countries. He then returned to America for nine years, whereupon he moved back to China in 2010. He currently lives in Beijing with his wife and younger daughter, where he writes, while being a school teacher in an international school. Jeff is a dual national French-American.

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Free speech for those who agree with them only

Kchew note: Free speech is an abstract concept like freedom. In practice, there is no such thing as free speech, as one has to conform to certain standards or norms where one lives. Obviously some societies are more tolerant on certain matters than others. Hence the keyword is not ‘free’ but ‘tolerant.

For example, the Chinese are more tolerant on religious issues than says the Muslim communities. Therefore different family members of a Chinese family may have different religious belief. Even on the subject of food, the Chinese are certainly most tolerant, as they are free to eat most food compared to a Muslim, a Jew or a pious Catholic. For people of the West, scolding and mocking politicians openly is a fair game, and this seems to be the essence of the ‘so-called free-speech in the West. Even then being tolerant means that there has to be limits. If one curses another person’s mother, the threshold of tolerance is reached in any sane person, and therefore one should not be surprised of a vigorous response. The Chalie Hebdo incidence gives us much food for though on what is the freedom of speech really about. Following is an opinion from a former US judge.

What Freedom of Speech?

by Andrew P. Napolitano, January 15, 2015

The photos of 40 of the world’s government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not among them was a provocative image that has fomented much debate. The march was, of course, in direct response to the murderous attacks on workers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a pair of brothers named Kouachi, and on shoppers at a Paris kosher supermarket by one of the brothers’ comrades.

The debate has been about whether President Obama should have been at the march. The march was billed as a defense of freedom of speech in the West; yet it hardly could have been held in a less free speech-friendly Western environment, and the debate over Obama’s absence misses the point.

In the post-World War II era, French governments have adopted a policy advanced upon them nearly 100 years ago by Woodrow Wilson. He pioneered the modern idea that countries’ constitutions don’t limit governments; they unleash them. Thus, even though the French Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, French governments treat speech as a gift from the government, not as a natural right of all persons, as our Constitution does.

The French government has prohibited speech it considers to be hateful and even made it criminal. When the predecessor magazine to Charlie Hebdo once mocked the death of Charles de Gaulle, the French government shut it down – permanently.

The theory of anti-hate speech laws is that hate speech often leads to violence, and violence demands police and thus the expenditure of public resources, and so the government can make it illegal to spout hatred in order to conserve its resources. This attitude presumes, as Wilson did when he prosecuted folks for publicly singing German songs during World War I, that the government is the origin of free speech and can lawfully limit the speech it hates and fears. It also presumes that all ideas are equal, and none is worthy of hatred.

When the massacres occurred last week in Paris, all three of the murderers knew that the police would be unarmed and so would be their victims. It was as if they were shooting fish in a barrel. Why is that? The answer lies in the same mentality that believes it can eradicate hate by regulating speech. That mentality demands that government have a monopoly on violence, even violence against evil.

So, to those who embrace this dreadful theory, the great loss in Paris last week was not human life, which is a gift from God; it was free speech, which is a gift from the state. Hence the French government, which seems not to care about innocent life, instead of addressing these massacres as crimes against innocent people, proclaimed the massacres crimes against the freedom of speech. Would the French government have reacted similarly if the murderers had killed workers at an ammunition factory, instead of at a satirical magazine?

And how hypocritical was it of the French government to claim it defends free speech! In France, you can go to jail if you publicly express hatred for a group whose members may be defined generally by characteristics of birth, such as gender, age, race, place of origin or religion.

You can also go to jail for using speech to defy the government. This past weekend, millions of folks in France wore buttons and headbands that proclaimed in French: “I am Charlie Hebdo.” Those whose buttons proclaimed “I am not Charlie Hebdo” were asked by the police to remove them. Those who wore buttons that proclaimed, either satirically or hatefully, “I am Kouachi” were arrested. Arrested for speech at a march in support of free speech? Yes.

What’s going on here? What’s going on in France, and what might be the future in America, is the government defending the speech with which it agrees and punishing the speech with which it disagrees. What’s going on is the assault by some in radical Islam not on speech, but on vulnerable innocents in their everyday lives in order to intimidate their governments. What’s going on is the deployment of 90,000 French troops to catch and kill three murderers because the government does not trust the local police to use guns to keep the streets safe or private persons to use guns to defend their own lives.

Why do some in radical Islam kill innocents in the West in order to affect the policies of Western governments? Might it be because the fruitless Western invasion of Iraq killed 650,000 persons, most of whom were innocent civilians? Might it be because that invasion brought al-Qaida to the region and spawned ISIS? Might it be because Obama has killed more innocent civilians in the Middle East with his drones than were killed by the planes in the U.S. on 9/11? Might it be because our spies are listening to us, rather than to those who pose real dangers?

What does all this have to do with freedom of speech? Nothing – unless you believe the French government.

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution. The most recent is Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom. To find out more about Judge Napolitano and to read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2014 ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO

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Terrorism, no if and but …

Condemn terror, but query cartoon content

Kchew note: The Paris massacre is indeed shocking and more so than the hostage crisis in Sydney. Twelve people died, and the harrowing picture of policeman who fell on the floor and was about to be killed will forever be etched in our minds. All acts of terrorism must be strongly condemned and there should be no if and but, as the excellent article from Global Times tells us.

From the Chinese perspective, many can relate that whenever there are act of terrorism committed in China, the Western media will just report such incidents as attack or act of “terrorism” (in quote), as if doubtful of the nature of terrorist attack on China. What’s more, they would give prominent coverage to the overseas supporters of the terrorist group in defending their brutal acts.

The clash of values between the West and Islam world is a serious one, and I believe will escalate further. The West truly value their freedom of expression. But in practice this freedom is not without limits, as materials that are deemed to be anti-Semitic, anti-gay or pro-Nazi in nature are prohibited in many Western countries. Meanwhile, to a Muslim, picture or worse caricature of Prophet Muhammad is a big taboo and deemed as an unforgivable affront where offenders can be subject to horrific consequences. This clash can also be viewed as a clash of fundamentalists, with Muslim fundamentalists on one side, and the Western liberal fundamentalists on the opposite side. Both believe that they are on the right side of history.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/900870.shtml

Many countries have condemned the brutality of the terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. But in some non-Western societies, particularly Islamic societies, the responses may be much more complex. While recognizing diversified values, we believe that at this time, condemnation of terrorist attacks should be unconditional. Any other choice does not serve the common interests of humanity.

The West often shows a lack of firmness when responding to terrorist attacks that have happened in China. Even after China officially determines their terrorist nature, Western mainstream media puts quotation marks when describing these bloody assaults as “terrorist,” saying that it is a claim of the Chinese government. This always upsets Chinese people.

Now Chinese society has to make a choice when such attacks happened in a Western country: Should we behave in a tit for tat manner or reject these double standards to resolutely join in the global condemnation? We choose the latter, as we have done on each and every occasion.

Combating terrorism needs a high level of solidarity among the international community. The world is always unified in its response to terrorist attacks that happened in the West, but when it’s the West’s turn to react to such attacks in countries like China and Russia, they often beat about the bush.

From the perspective of the East, what Charlie Hebdo has published is not completely defendable and it is understandable that some Muslims feel hurt by the cartoons in the magazine. But it cannot be used to justify such an attack that has gone beyond the civil boundaries of all societies. Almost all terrorist attacks bear their own deep-seated causes, but people should only hold one response toward them: resolute opposition and crackdown.

We notice that many Western leaders and mainstream media outlets highlighted their support for press freedom when commenting on the incident. This remains open to question. Press freedom lies as part of the West’s political and social systems and is a core value. But in these globalized times, when their acts contradict with the core values of other societies, the West should have the awareness to ease conflicts, instead of heightening them in accordance with its own values in a zero-sum manner.

As the West holds absolute dominance in global opinion, non-Western societies can scarcely get their disagreements heard by the world. The West has to consciously control its use of “soft power” that can verbally abuse those it doesn’t favor.

Some Islamic groups indeed feel hurt during their clashes with the West due to artworks. Even if the West thinks it is right to uphold press freedom, it’s still worthwhile respecting the feelings of others. If the West thinks of globalization as an absolute expansion and victory of certain values, then it is in for endless trouble.

Whatever is said here won’t reduce our condemnation of the Paris attack and unshaken opposition against using violence to address cultural contradictions. Terrorist attacks are absolutely inexcusable, but meanwhile, it would be wise not to intensify the sensitive elements against the complicated backgrounds. Condemning terrorism doesn’t necessarily mean supporting controversial cartoons.

It’s inspiring that mainstream opinion worldwide supports Paris. But if the West can be milder in expressing cultural clashes and consider the feelings of many others, it would be very rewarding and respectable.

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