It Was Our Israeli “Allies” Who Helped Trump Hijack the 2016 US Elections

Russiagate Flopped but Now Comes the Real Scandal: “Israeli-Saudi-Emirati Gate”

Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Jr. may soon be questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over a possible conspiracy to collude with foreign entities in order to meddle in the 2016 US Presidential election which his father ultimately won.

While Mueller’s initial duty was to attempt and find collusion between the Trump campaign and entities from Russia, thus far the only evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was when the current US President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to essentially beg then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to delay a UN vote so that the incoming Trump administration could vote at the UN in favour of “Israel”. As it were, Russia did not take the bait and the lame duck Obama administration cast a vote in favour of the Palestinian position.

In this sense, what was supposed to be “Russiagate” turned out to be “Israelgate” as the Trump campaign lobbied foreign governments, including Russia on behalf of a foreign power which happened to be the Tel Aviv regime. Here Russia was the victim rather than a co-conspirator. 

Far from the US mainstream media picking up on this treacherous scandal among the Trump family, when a duel US-“Israeli” billionaire Haim Saban praised Kushner for colluding with a foreign regime and implying that he didn’t care whether or not Kushner broke US law, the media went silent.

Now though, it would appear that the Trump family’s collusion with foreign regimes in the alleged procurement of election meddling goes much deeper than that. A new report which first appeared in the New York Times suggests that Donald Trump Jr. met with men from Saudi Arabia, “Israel” and the United Arab Emirates in 2016 where the subject of online perception manipulation was the main topic of discussion. According to the New York Times report,

“Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor.

The meeting was convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team, and it forged relationships between the men and Trump insiders that would develop over the coming months — past the election and well into President Trump’s first year in office, according to several people with knowledge of their encounters.

Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel [a high level “Israeli political media specialist], extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump.

The company, which employed several Israeli former intelligence officers, specialized in collecting information and shaping opinion through social media….

...After Mr. Trump was elected, Mr. Nader paid Mr. Zamel a large sum of money, described by one associate as up to $2 million. There are conflicting accounts of the reason for the payment, but among other things, a company linked to Mr. Zamel provided Mr. Nader with an elaborate presentation about the significance of social media campaigning to Mr. Trump’s victory.

The meetings, which have not been reported previously, are the first indication that countries other than Russia may have offered assistance to the Trump campaign in the months before the presidential election. The interactions are a focus of the investigation by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, who was originally tasked with examining possible Trump campaign coordination with Russia in the election”

This would indicate the strong possibility of collusion with an “Israeli” expert in the kind of things that the disgraced and now closed company Cambridge Analytica did – namely to use psychological manipulation techniques to brainwash US voters into voting for Trump. The report also implies that implicit in the alleged deal was that the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan would offer their backing for Donald Trump once the previously undisclosed alleged deal was sealed.

A lawyer representing Trump Jr. has admitted that such a meeting took place but has denied that any deals took place. According to attorney Alan Futerfas,

“Prior to the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. recalls a meeting with Erik Prince, George Nader and another individual who may be Joel Zamel. They pitched Mr. Trump Jr. on a social media platform or marketing strategy. He was not interested and that was the end of it”.

It is now imperative that Robert Mueller investigates the contents and possible outcomes of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the foreign officials in question and to then make a determination about what kind of deal, if any was made.

What is already abundantly clear is that there are two parallel scandals occurring in the United States at the moment. The first is a fake Russiagate scandal that is based around falsehoods, conjecture and wishful thinking on the part of the US mainstream media establishment which seeks to both undermine Donald Trump’s administration as well as to undermine the increasingly remote prospect of even a minor rapprochement between the US and Russia. Such a prospect was unlikely in the first place due to overriding geopolitical disagreements, but now such a reality is almost impossible.

The second scandal and in many ways the more important scandal is that it remains clear that members of the Trump campaign team, including Donald Trump’s family members met with multiple high level representatives of foreign regimes. In the course of this meetings, it has already been established that Jared Kushner conspired with the “Israeli” regime to undermine the independence of the United Nations and now there appears to be a high likelihood that Donald Trump Jr. conspired with an “Israeli” psychological warfare expert as well as representatives of the Saudi and Emirati regimes.

This second scandal could prove that there was indeed illegal collusion between the Trump campaign and foreign agents during the course of the 2016 US Presidential election. Thus, the mainstream media are correct to point out the possibility of foreign collusion in the Trump campaign, but they are wrong in pointing to Russia. The reality is that the Trump family conspired with other regimes whose foreign policies are far less benign than that of the Russian Federation.

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US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital Indian-Afghanistan-Iranian Chabahar Project

US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital India-Afghanistan Chabahar Project

Chabahar is among a number of projects of transport and energy networks projects designed to boost Afghanistan’s trade.

US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital India-Afghanistan Chabahar Project

India has pledged more than $500 million to develop the strategically located port of Chabahar.

WASHINGTON/KABUL:  US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear accord and re-impose sanctions on Tehran threatens to derail a project to help build Afghanistan’s economy, endangering a key goal of the US strategy to end America’s longest war.

The Chabahar port, which India is developing with a $500 million commitment, is being developed as part of a new transportation corridor for land-locked Afghanistan that could potentially open the way for millions of dollars in trade and cut its dependence on Pakistan.

Building Afghanistan’s economy would also slash Kabul’s dependence on foreign aid and put a major dent in the illicit opium trade, the Taliban’s main revenue source.

But Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran and penalise financial institutions for doing business with Tehran is clouding Chabahar’s viability as banks, nervous they could be hit with crippling penalties, pull back from financing.

“President Trump’s decision has brought us back to the drawing board and we will have to renegotiate terms and conditions on using Chabahar,” a senior Indian diplomat said. “It is a route that can change the way India-Iran-Afghanistan do business, but for now everything is in a state of uncertainty.”

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Launched in 2016, the joint Iran-India-Afghanistan Chabahar project already was facing holdups. It has yet to see significant traffic apart from some containers of donated wheat from India, and the first shipments of Afghan dried fruit to India are not expected before July.

At least three contracts to build infrastructure at the port now have been delayed, with two Chinese companies and a Finnish group left hanging while bankers seek clarity from Washington before approving guarantees, a person close to the project said.

chabahar port iran india website

India is developing the Chabahar port with a $500 million commitment.

In addition, Afghan traders, who were hoping for an alternative to Pakistan’s port of Karachi, now find themselves cut off from funding and forced to rely on the traditional hawala money transfer system, which is insufficient on its own to transform an economy. Hawala is a trust-based system commonly used in Afghanistan that involves the movement of funds between agents in different countries.

“We know our correspondent banks would not let us pay for imports coming through that port,” said a senior executive at one major Afghan lender.

Chabahar is among a number of projects of transport and energy networks projects designed to boost Afghanistan’s trade and lay the foundations for a mining industry capable of exploiting its billions of dollars in untapped mineral reserves.

Bypassing the border with Pakistan, which last year was closed for some 50 days over various disputes, Chabahar is seen as a way for Afghanistan to consolidate its relationships with India and other regional powers.

“The only way to get India more involved” in Afghanistan’s economic development “is through Chabahar,” said Barnett Rubin, an expert with New York University’s Center for International Cooperation and a former adviser to the State Department and the United Nations. “Our Iran policy is headed for a train wreck with our Afghanistan policy.”

FOREIGN AID

Some 17 years after the US-led invasion to oust the Taliban from power, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s poorest countries, highly dependent on foreign aid.

Apart from illegal opium exports estimated at some $2 billion by the International Monetary Fund, its main products are dried and fresh fruits, and carpets, none of which amount to more than a fraction of the value of the drugs trade.

Initially Afghanistan would export agricultural produce – such as pomegranates and grapes – through Chabahar, utilizing a section of a road India paid for and then an extension to the Iranian border that New Delhi built, experts said.

Eventually, those exports could expand to mineral resources, something Trump has expressed an interest in gaining for U.S. firms.

For India, this would mean using a planned railroad to Chabahar to export iron ore from two tracts at the Hajigak iron mine in central Afghanistan that it won the rights to exploit, the experts said.

“The economic piece is really important to get a glimmer of hope for Afghanistan to move beyond a land-locked, poppy-based economy. We are now shooting that in the head,” said Thomas Lynch, a National Defense University expert and a former U.S. Army officer who advised the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on South Asia policy.

“There is no other legitimate and reliable way to do that. You can’t do it by air, you can’t do it through Pakistan because they just extort for everything they do,” said Lynch. “The lifeline runs through Chabahar.”

In addition, by hindering the development of Chabahar, the US will leave Afghanistan dependent on Pakistan, historically its main trade partner and outlet to the world.

That would undermine another Trump goal of pressuring Islamabad to shutter Afghan insurgent sanctuaries on its side of the border and force the terrorists into peace talks.

Afghan officials have lobbied hard for exemptions to the sanctions for Afghan companies operating though Chabahar without success and are waiting for clarity from Washington.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

U.S. Sells Thousands of Really Big Bombs To Tiny “Piss Ant” Excuse For A Real Country, Bahrain…(for protestors or Iranians?)

US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain

US approves $45mn sale of 3,200 bombs & bunker busters to Bahrain
The US has cleared the sale of 3,200 bombs valued at about $45 million, including powerful bunker busters, to Bahrain. The Persian Gulf monarchy is hosting the US 5th Fleet and has been involved in the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen.

The order would consist of 1,500 Mark-82 [500 pounds] general purpose bombs; 600 Mark-83 [1,000 lb] bombs; 600 Mark-84 [ 2,000 lb ] bombs; and 500 BLU-109 [2,000 lb. Penetrator] “bunker busters,”  bombs armed with special warheads designed to penetrate hardened targets, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on Friday.

The ordnance is intended for Bahrain’s US-made F-16 combat jets, and would come directly from US government stocks. Bahrain “will use these munitions as a deterrent to regional threats, strengthen its homeland defense, and execute counter-terrorism operations,” the agency said, as well as “operate with US-led and US-supported coalition operations.”

It was not immediately clear where the US-supplied bombs might be used, and against whom. Bahrain is part of both the US-led coalition fighting against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and the Saudi-led coalition that has fought in Yemen since 2015. As only a handful of IS-held pockets remain in the desert of eastern Syria, it is far more likely the US-supplied bombs will be used in Yemen.

The US does not track whether ordnance it supplies to the Saudis and their allies is used in Yemen, often against civilian targets.

Human rights activists in the US have also condemned Washington for its support for the gulf monarchy, citing its record of suppressing dissidents. In 2011, when Shia Muslims of Bahrain organized protests inspired by “Arab spring” events in Tunisia and Egypt, the monarchy cracked down on them with the help of the Saudi military. Washington has not raised objections to the crackdown, as Bahrain is the home base of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.

In March, the US announced it would sell $1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, including $670 million worth of anti-tank missiles, after the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), lifted an eight-month moratorium on arms sales to Gulf Cooperation Council states.

The State Department is required by law to notify Congress of any arms sales approvals. The final sale has to be cleared by the Senate.

China Set To Launch World’s First and Only Communication Satellite Into Stationary Orbit On Moon’s Dark Side

China Launching Relay Satellite Toward Moon’s Far Side Sunday

 

An artist’s illustration of China’s Queqiao relay satellite, which will relay data between controllers on Earth and China’s Chang’e 4 lander-rover pair on the moon’s far side. Queqiao is scheduled to launch on May 20, 2018; the Chang’e 4 duo will lift off in November or December.

Credit: CNSA

China will launch the next piece of its ambitious robotic lunar-exploration program on Sunday (May 20), if all goes according to plan.

The nation’s Queqiao relay satellite is scheduled to lift off atop a Long March 4C rocket on Sunday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at about 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT; 5 a.m. on May 21 local Xichang time).

Queqiao will then make its way to the Earth-moon Lagrange point 2, a gravitationally stable spot located 40,000 miles (64,000 kilometers) beyond the lunar far side. From that perch, Queqiao will relay signals and data between Earth and China’s pioneering Chang’e 4 lander-rover duo. That pair will launch late this year and attempt to become the first spacecraft ever to land on the far side of the moon. [China’s Moon Missions Explained (Infographic)]

The moon is tidally locked to Earth, meaning it always shows the same face (the near side) to our planet. So, a relay link is necessary to communicate with spacecraft on the far side, which would otherwise have to send their signals through the moon’s rocky bulk.

Queqiao will also carry an astronomy experiment called the Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer, which will search for radio signals from the universe’s very early days and characterize the solar wind near the moon, among other work. And Queqiao won’t launch alone; the Long March 4C will also loft two small satellites called Longjiang-1 and Longjiang-2, which will perform radio-astronomy research of their own.

The Chang’e program has already achieved a string of successes. The Chang’e 1 and Chang’e 2 probes reached lunar orbit in 2007 and 2010, respectively, and the Chang’e 3 mission put a lander and rover on the moon’s near side in late 2013. The next year, China launched Chang’e 5 T1, a mission that sent a sample-return capsule around the moon and back to Earth to demonstrate the technology needed to survive a fiery atmospheric entry. China plans to launch a bona-fide lunar sample-return mission, called Chang’e 5, in 2019.

The nation also aims to put people on the lunar surface before the end of the 2030s, Chinese officials have said.

The Chang’e program was named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, and “Queqiao” means “bridge of magpies.” This latter moniker comes from a Chinese folktale. In the story, as China’s state-run Xinhua news service explained last month, “magpies form a bridge with their wings on the seventh night of the seventh month of the lunar calendar to enable Zhi Nu, the seventh daughter of the Goddess of Heaven, to cross and meet her beloved husband, separated from her by the Milky Way.”

“Longjiang,” by the way, means “dragon river.” This is apparently a nod to the small satellites’ home base; they were developed by the Harbin Institute of Technology, which is located in Heilongjiang Province. “Heilongjiang” means “black dragon river”; it’s the Chinese name for the big, powerful river that Russians call the Amur, which forms part of the border between Russia and China.

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Google News Has Destroyed Their Own News Website

[I have used the Google News aggregator since 2008, searching for content for the ThereAreNoSunglasses website, but apparently, that will no longer be possible. 

Until now, Google allowed you to arrange a custom website, to search for the topics you prescribe. 

Until now, I searched the Worldwide Web for news on 20 topics, which I would change as needed, whenever news topics went cold…

 

BEFORE (sample): 

 

NOW:

WE SHOULD ALL EXPECT OUR ALTERNATIVE NEWS SITES WILL DRY-UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE.]

Israelis Must Begin By Acknowledging “the Nakba”, If Any of Them Really Think About Peace

Peace begins with Israel ending the Nakba

On Monday, the Trump administration broke with more than 70 years of official US policy and the position of the international community by moving its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. As if to rub salt in their wounds, it was be inaugurated the day before Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (the Catastrophe), when nearly a million Palestinians were displaced and became refugees during Israel’s establishment. In Israel, the Nakba is not only ignored, it is outright denied or even justified. Yet if there is to be peace in this region – and I think it is possible – it begins with acknowledging the Nakba, understanding it, and working to reverse it.

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948, which saw the transformation of half of Palestine’s population into stateless refugees, is not a mere historic event: it has persisted unabated until today.  Since 1967, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were either expelled from or denied re-entry when they traveled outside the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, inside Israel’s recognized borders, its policy of “Judaizing” the south and north of the country often result in a quiet transfer of Palestinians through expropriation of land and demolition of villages, as is occurring in Umm al-Hiran today, where an entire Palestinian community is being destroyed so a town for Jewish Israelis can be built in its place.

Today more than six million Palestinians are homeless due to the 1948 Nakba and its subsequent chapters. Failing to acknowledge their rights will not only lead to continued instability in the region but also prevents any lasting peace. By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump is encouraging Israel to accelerate its dispossession of Palestinians in the city and elsewhere.

Only by revisiting the events of 1948 can one understand the essence of the conflict in Israel and Palestine, as well as the reasons for the failure to solve it. Even if there are still today, despite the clear archival evidence, people who refuse to acknowledge Israel’s responsibility for the catastrophe – the demolition of half of Palestine’s towns and villages and the exodus of 750,000 people – no one denies that the refugees were not allowed to return (in clear violation of the UN decisions and the international law).

The reasons for the expulsion and for the refusal to allow repatriation are the same. From the very onset of the Zionist project in Palestine, the main obstacle for the establishment of the Jewish state was the native population of Palestine. This still remains the problem for Israelis who regard themselves as Zionists, whether they are liberals, socialists or nationalists. The various political groups in Israel differ on the tactics of how to overcome the demographic reality of an Arab Palestinian country. They nonetheless concur on viewing the native Palestinians as a demographic existential threat simply because they are not Jewish.

The Palestinian leadership since the 1980s was willing to compromise on the territorial configuration of Israel, but could never, and will never, lend its consent to the overall Judaization of its homeland. Israeli laws that forbid Palestinians in Israel from commemorating the Nakba, Israeli demands that the Palestinians agree to recognize Israel as a “Jewish State,” – despite the fact that more than 20% of its population is Palestinian – are an insult added to an injury.  Israel is an established fact, but so are the circumstances of its establishment on the ruins of Palestine. For Palestinians territorial compromise does not include a license for a global amnesia or the acceptance of Israeli historical fabrications.

The Nakba defines many of the Palestinians who have been totally excluded by the “peace process”. This is particularly true about the younger generations. Whether in Israel, in the refugee camps or in the exile communities around the world, through cyberspace and actual meetings, these young Palestinians are creating a new vision for Palestine. While it is still not complete or articulated as a political program, it has a striking pair of messages:  a solution for Palestine has to include all Palestinians and cover all historical Palestine, and it has to rectify the worst consequence of the Nakba by implementing the Right of Return.

The Great Return march in Gaza, which was initiated and led by young people, has generated much excitement and enthusiasm. Many others are engaged in oral history projects, interviewing their grandparents and elders about the horrors of 1948, building models of villages and neighborhoods that were destroyed and imagining how the reconstructed ones would look like after they are finally allowed to return home.

American peacemakers, whether cynical or genuine in their efforts, have consistently failed to understand the essence of the conflict in Palestine. If they ever want to solve it, they need to revisit the dispossession of Palestinians that occurred in 1948 and understand its significance and the fact that 70 years later, Israel continues to systematically displace Palestinians from their homes.

With the collapse of the two-state solution, addressing the Nakba and events of 1948 should become the focus of a peace agenda. This is the original sin of the conflict in Israel/Palestine and it must be dealt with in an honest and just manner if we are ever to move forward.

And we should let this young generation lead us on that path. For them, rectifying what happened in 1948 and subsequently is an issue of human and civil rights and not of retribution, and their vision of the future is of a place where normal human life can be resumed, where it was denied for the last seventy years.

About Ilan Pappé

Professor Ilan Pappé is the Director of the European Center for Palestine Studies in University of Exeter and the author of 15 books among them The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2007), A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (2006), The War on Gaza (with Noam Chomsky) (2010) and his latest book in 2014 The Idea of Israel.

 

British Propaganda and Disinformation–An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition

 

Wayne MADSEN

When it comes to creating bogus news stories and advancing false narratives, the British intelligence services have few peers.

In fact, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI-6) has led the way for its American “cousins” and Britain’s Commonwealth partners – from Canada and Australia to India and Malaysia – in the dark art of spreading falsehoods as truths. Recently, the world has witnessed such MI-6 subterfuge in news stories alleging that Russia carried out a novichok nerve agent attack against a Russian émigré and his daughter in Salisbury, England. This propaganda barrage was quickly followed by yet another – the latest in a series of similar fabrications – alleging the Syrian government attacked civilians in Douma, outside of Damascus, with chemical weapons.

It should come as no surprise that American news networks rely on British correspondents stationed in northern Syria and Beirut as their primary sources. MI-6 has historically relied on non-official cover (NOC) agents masquerading primarily as journalists, but also humanitarian aid workers, Church of England clerics, international bankers, and hotel managers, to carry out propaganda tasks. These NOCs are situated in positions where they can promulgate British government disinformation to unsuspecting actual journalists and diplomats.

For decades, a little-known section of the British Foreign Office – the Information Research Department (IRD) – carried out propaganda campaigns using the international media as its platform on behalf of MI-6. Years before Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, and Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir became targets for Western destabilization and “regime change.” IRD and its associates at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and in the newsrooms and editorial offices of Fleet Street broadsheets, tabloids, wire services, and magazines, particularly “The Daily Telegraph,” “The Times,” “Financial Times,” Reuters, “The Guardian,” and “The Economist,” ran media smear campaigns against a number of leaders considered to be leftists, communists, or FTs (fellow travelers).

These leaders included Indonesia’s President Sukarno, North Korean leader (and grandfather of Pyongyang’s present leader) Kim Il-Sung, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser, Cyprus’s Archbishop Makarios, Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Chile’s Salvador Allende, British Guiana’s Cheddi Jagan, Grenada’s Maurice Bishop, Jamaica’s Michael Manley, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Guinea’s Sekou Toure, Burkina Faso’s Thomas Sankara, Australia’s Gough Whitlam, New Zealand’s David Lange, Cambodia’s Norodom Sihanouk, Malta’s Dom Mintoff, Vanuatu’s Father Walter Lini, and Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah.

After the Cold War, this same propaganda operation took aim at Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, Somalia’s Mohamad Farrah Aidid, and Haiti’s Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Today, it is Assad’s, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s, and Catalonian independence leader Carles Puigdemont’s turn to be in the Anglo-American state propaganda gunsights. Even Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, long a darling of the Western media and such propaganda moguls as George Soros, is now being targeted for Western visa bans and sanctions over the situation with Muslim Rohingya insurgents in Rakhine State.

Through IRD-MI-6-Central Intelligence Agency joint propaganda operations, many British journalists received payments, knowingly or unknowingly, from the CIA via a front in London called Forum World Features (FWF), owned by John Hay Whitney, publisher of the “New York Herald Tribune” and a former US ambassador to London. It is not a stretch to believe that similar and even more formal relationships exist today between US and British intelligence and so-called British “journalists” reporting from such war zones as Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, and the Gaza Strip, as well as from much-ballyhooed nerve agent attack locations as Salisbury, England.

No sooner had recent news reports started to emerge from Douma about a Syrian chlorine gas and sarin agent attack that killed between 40 to 70 civilians, British reporters in the Middle East and London began echoing verbatim statements from the Syrian “White Helmets” and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In actuality, the White Helmets – claimed by Western media to be civilian defense first-responders but are Islamist activists connected to jihadist radical groups funded by Saudi Arabia – are believed to have staged the chemical attack in Douma by entering the municipality’s hospital and dowsing patients with buckets of water, video cameras at the ready. The White Helmets distributed their videos to the global news media, with the BBC and Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News providing a British imprimatur to the propaganda campaign asserting that Assad carried out another “barrel bomb” chemical attack against “his own people.” And, as always, the MI-6 financed Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-Assad news front claimed to be operated by a Syrian expatriate and British national named Rami Abdel Rahman from his clothing shop in Coventry, England, began providing second-sourcing for the White Helmet’s chemical attack claims.

With President Trump bringing more and more neo-conservatives, discredited from their massive anti-Iraq propaganda operations during the Bush-Cheney era, into his own administration, the world is witnessing the prolongation of the “Trump Doctrine.”

The Trump Doctrine can best be explained as follows: A nation will be subject to a US military attack depending on whether Trump is facing a severe political or sex scandal at home.

Such was the case in April 2017, when Trump ordered a cruise missile attack on the joint Syrian-Russian airbase at Shayrat, Syria. Trump was still reeling from the resignation of his National Security Adviser, Lt. General Michael Flynn, in February over the mixing of his private consulting business with his official White House duties. Trump needed a diversion and the false accusation that Assad used sarin gas on the village of Khan Sheikoun on April 4, 2017, provided the necessary pabulum for the war-hungry media.

The most recent cruise missile attack was to divert the public’s attention away from Trump’s personal attorney being raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a sex scandal involving Trump and a porn actress, and a “tell-all” book by Trump’s fired FBI director, James Comey.

Although these two scandals provided opportunities for the neo-cons to test Trump with false flag operations in Syria, they were not the first time such actions had been carried out. In 2013, the Syrian government was blamed for a similar chemical attack on civilians in Ghouta. That year, Syrian rebels, supported by the Central Intelligence Agency, admitted to the Associated Press reporter on the ground in Syria that they had been given banned chemical weapons by Saudi Arabia, but that the weapons canisters exploded after improper handling by the rebels. Immediately, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Syrian rebel organizations operating out of Turkey claimed that Assad had used chemical-laden barrel bombs on “his own people.” However, Turkish, American, and Lebanese sources confirmed that it was the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) that had badly bungled a false flag sarin nerve agent attack on Ghouta.

Few Western media outlets were concerned about a March 19, 2013, sarin nerve agent by the Bashair al-Nasr Brigade rebel group linked to the US- and British-backed Free Syrian Army. The rebels used a “Bashair-3” unguided projectile, containing the deadly sarin agent, on civilians in Khan al-Assal, outside Aleppo. At least 27 civilians were killed, and scores of others injured in the attack. The Syrian Kurds also reported the use of chemical weapons on them during the same time frame by Syrian rebel groups backed by the United States, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. The usual propaganda operations – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Doctors Without Borders, the BBC, CNN, and Sky News – were all silent about these attacks.

In 2013, April 2017, and April 2018, the Western media echo chamber blared out all the same talking points: “Assad killing his own people,” “Syrian weapons of mass destruction,” and the “mass murder of women and children.” Western news networks featured videos of dead women and children, while paid propagandists, known as “contributors” to corporate news networks – all having links to the military-intelligence complex – demanded action be taken against Assad.

Trump, now being advised by the notorious neocon war hawk John Bolton, the new National Security Adviser, began referring to Assad as an “animal” and a “monster.” Bolton, along with Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Irving Lewis “Scooter” Libby, helped craft similar language against Saddam Hussein prior to the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq. It was not coincidental that Trump – at the urging of Bolton and other neocons – gave a full pardon to Libby on the very same day he ordered the cruise missile attack on Damascus and other targets in Syria. Libby was convicted in 2005 of perjury and illegally disclosing national security information.

The world is being asked to take, at face value, the word of patented liars like Trump, Bolton, and other neocons who are now busy joining the Trump administration at breakneck speed. The corporate media unabashedly acts as though it never lied about the reasons given by the United States and Britain for going to war in Iraq and Libya. Why should anyone believe them now?