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Lies Which The West Manufactures And Then Consumes

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After my work in the Middle East had finished, at least for the time being, I was waiting for my flight to Santiago de Chile. In Paris. I could count on a few 'free' days, processing what I had heard and witnessed in Beirut. Day after day, for long hours, I sat in a lounge, typing and typing; reflecting and typing.

As I was working, above me, France 24 television news channel was on, beaming from a flat screen.

The people around me were coming and going: West African elites on their wild shopping sprees, shouting unceremoniously into their mobile phones. Koreans and Japanese doing Paris. Rude German and North American beefy types, discussing business, laughing vulgarly, disregarding 'lower beings', in fact everyone in their immediate radius.

No matter what was happening in my hotel, France 24 was on, and on, and on. Yes, precisely; for 24 hours, recycling for days and nights the same stories, once in a while updating news, with a slightly arrogant air of superiority. Here, France was judging the world; teaching Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, about themselves.

In front of my eyes, above me, on that screen, the world was changing. For many months I had been covering the nightmarish riots of the treasonous violent ninjas in Hong Kong. I was all over the Middle East, particularly Lebanon, and now I was on my way to my second home, Latin America, where socialism has kept winning elections, but was getting beaten, even terrorized, by the corrupt and crooked Western empire.

All that France 24 kept showing, I have been habitually witnessing with my own eyes. And more, much more, from many different angles. I have filmed it, written about it, and analyzed it.

In many countries, all over the world, people have been sharing their stories with me. I have seen barricades, photographed and filmed injured bodies, as well as tremendous revolutionary enthusiasm and excitement. I have also witnessed betrayals, treasons, cowardice.

But in the lounge, in front of the television set, everything appeared pretty groovy, very classy, and comforting. The blood looked like a well-mixed color, the barricades like a stage of the latest Broadway musical.

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People were dying beautifully, their shouts muted, theatrical. The elegant anchor in a designer dress was beaming benevolently, whenever people on the screen dared to show some powerful emotions, or were grimacing in pain. She was in charge, and she was above all of this. In Paris, London and New York, powerful emotions, political commitments and grand ideological gestures, were made outdated, already a long time ago.

During just the few days that I spent in Paris, many things have changed, on all the continents.

The Hong Kong rioters were evolving; beginning to set on fire their compatriots simply because they dared to pledge their allegiance to Beijing. Women were unceremoniously beaten, with metal bars, until their faces were covered in blood.

In Lebanon, the big clenched fists of the pro-Western regime-change Otpor were suddenly at the center of the anti-government demonstrations. The economy of the country was collapsing. But the Lebanese 'elites' were burning money, all around me, all around Paris and all around the world. Poor Lebanese Mise'rables, as well as the impoverished middle class, were demanding social justice. But the rich of Lebanon were mocking them, showing. They had it all figured out: they have robbed their own country, then left it behind, and now were having a great ball here, in the "City of Lights".

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There are a few who care, Andre, and for us I hope you keep up your pertinent observations and poignant words.


You are one of very few who deserves being thanked for your service.



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Thank you for your humanity Andre. I see evidence of your observations of elite controlled culture in my corner of the US. Some of us are trying to awaken those who prefer to stay asleep, but it's a tough job. What choice do we have but to keep trying?

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Excellent piece of writing ))))

I followed a link to your book on the Belt and Road Initiative......made me wonder what you think of this

https://www.occrp.org/en/plunder-and-patronage/

I don't think it's too far off your topic here.

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Love your mini-bio, Bob.

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Brave, insightful article. Thanks, Andre.

ALon those lines, consider the latest insanity from the MSM. click here

One takeaway from this bizarre campaign year is that the treatment of Tulsi Gabbard by MSM puts the imprimatur on the opinion that you can do anything like launch wars, sell weapons to nazi outposts and head-chopping caliphates just don't dare go anti-establishment, the unforgivable sin. Once upon a time the MSM presstitutes maintained at least a semblance of professional decorum as they crafted their subtle justifications for the blood thirst of the ruling elite. But with Trump's refusal to ask the deep state's permission for his zigzagging initiatives, and now Gabbard's pointing to the War Elephant pissing at the foot of the debate stage, they have been driven to throw all pretense overboard. The result is an embarrassing display of derangement in defense of the Clinton power clique that still governs the neocon wing of the duopoly as evidenced in the NYT, NPR, WaPo, Fox, MSNBC, CNN propaganda mill. And the mill's surprising success in turning this derangement into acceptable memes swallowed whole by middle brow liberals and bandwagon intellectuals is also now successfully seeping into the editorial content of Mother Jones, The Daily Beast and the rest of the so-called enlightened opinion makers.

But probably the most revealing aspect of the bourgeoise jihad against what Tulsi Gabbard represents is that the democratic party has taken that final step in swearing allegiance to the military-security-state: it has gotten its rank and file to consider anything that questions authority to be unpatriotic, echoing the older generations stupefyingly incoherent retort of "Love it or Leave It" to anyone suggesting military globalization is un-American. The candidates, with the exception of Gabbard, know this and stumble over each other to defend America's wars and interventions while spouting patriotic platitudes. As I've pointed out before, in this regard Harris, who always looks and sounds like she just rolled out of bed after all night binge is the worst of the worse, followed closely by Biden who never misses an opportunity to go red face when concluding his debate summation with shouts of America is Great!

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John, I read Andre' well-received and your comment equally so.

Pacchatto arrivato, grazie multo.

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"The Hong Kong rioters were evolving; beginning to set on fire their compatriots..." One idiot out of a population of 7 million. Stop distorting.

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As Tim Crusader wrote, stop distorting. When white collar workers protest police action (and celebrate the pro-democracy election win) on their lunch break, it undermines your characterization of "nightmarish riots of the treasonous violent ninjas in Hong Kong". The pro-Beijing view doesn't seem very progressive to me.

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