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Sunday, 21 January

03:04

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

03:03

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

01:41

'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed National"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

Saturday, 20 January

21:22

Free podcast "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Wow, weren't podcasts a growth industry in 2017?

Here's one worth listening to - in fact it's already become one of the most popular podcasts out there - Michael Yardney shares decades of wisdom on money, investing, and wealth.

Nice to hear a bit from Louise Bedford as well, I've watched her speak for the past three years in a row and always learn something new. 

Better still it comes with free resources and links (click on the image below).


Great stuff! Sign up for the free Property Update newsletter while you're there as well. 

20:05

Protest Marches & Civil Disobedience Raise Awareness for Major Issues "IndyWatch Feed National"

We The People are speaking up ....

Are Mass Protests and Civil Disobedience Still Effective?

From an Essay by Micah Fink, Alternet, January 18, 2018

As millions prepare to return to the streets on Saturday, January 20, for a reprise of last years Womens March the largest mass protest in American history people of conscience are actively debating critical questions about the power of protest. Are mass protests and civil disobedience still effective? What are the most effective strategies for achieving lasting social change? What is the connection between protest movements and electoral politics? Do we need more marchers or mayors?

The Power of Protest, a new documentary film were launching on Kickstarter, seeks to answer these questions in the Trump era. The film will follow a year in the life of contemporary social movements like the Womens March, Black Lives Matter, Gays Against Guns, Lancaster Against Pipelines and Indivisible to see how they frame and pursue their objectives during a period of intense social turmoil leading into the 2018 midterm elections, and beyond.

We will also hear from strategic leaders of the civil rights movement, the Tea Party movement and the recent struggle for marriage equality to explore how social and technological changes are transforming what environmental activist Bill McKibben, one of our project advisers, calls the rapidly evolving new science of non-violent protest.

Case Studies in Resistance

The Kickstarter campaign weve produced offers a sample of our approach. It tells the story of a small but influential group of activists fighting to stop construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in the heart of Central Pennsylvanias Amish country.

The 184-mile pipeline is designed to carry fracked gas from the Marcellus shale fields in Northern Pennsylvania to Maryland and the Gulf Coast for industrial use and export to foreign markets. Its original route passed right through the backyard of Mark and Malinda Clatterbuck, whose house sits in a shady hollow in rural Lancaster County.

Mark, a professor of religious studies at Montclair State University, and Malinda, a Mennonite minister, are unlikely act...

18:25

Net Neutrality, the Open Internet, and Nuclear Information theme for January 2018 Antinuclear

Before the Internet, information to the public was very much controlled by the established media print, radio, television. With the world wide web came the opportunity for just about anyone to set up a site, just like this one, and to provide information on any generalist or specialised subject. (Of course, there are disadvantages e.g. the new sites could lack the fact checking rigour expected of professional journalism).

From the point of view of examining nuclear issues, the Internet provided a timely opportunity to bypass the propaganda that is fed to the public via the mainstream media.  That has become more important now, as investigative journalists lose their jobs in the shaky world of commercial media.  The secretive nuclear industry has been having  a field day, or a field few decades, in handing out propaganda to mainstream journalists, who most often swallow it uncritically.

It was only  a matter of time before corporations worked to gain the same kind of control over the Internet, as they used to have over the media in pre-Internet days.

Its in this context, that, on December 15th, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission voted to end the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United StatesNet neutrality requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all data equally, without blocking, throttling or censoring services or websites.

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16:12

20th January nuclear news this week. Antinuclear

The climate of fear. An article by Tony Schwartz, biographer of Donald Trump, describes Trumps main effect on the body politic , after a year in office: Trump has made fear the dominant emotion of our times. This culture of fear is now expressed in actions  USA quietly preparing for war with North Korea, Russias new underwater drone a doomsday weapon, United Nations: Secretary General warns on growing nuclear war danger.

End nuclear weapons and nuclear power we owe this to our children.

Im so sorry that Im not now covering climate change issues its not as if these are going away!

AUSTRALIA

The Peace Boat is on its way to Australia.

Nuclear waste dumping decisions promoted...

13:42

Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives standing for South Australian election, with pro nuclear policy Antinuclear

Among policy positions to be revealed in greater detail in coming weeks are the scrapping of the Safe Schools program, capping the premiers tenure to two terms, and developing a nuclear fuel cycle industry.

Senator Bernardi said the direction of preferences would be subject to negotiation between the major parties.

Cory Bernardis Australian Conservatives to fight for 20 seats in SA election, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/cory-bernardis-australian-conservatives-to-fight-for-20-seats-in-sa-election/news-story/7130de833df916429b388f70b26ff443, MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide@mjowen,  19 Jan 18

Cory Bernardis conservative party will run at least 20 candidates in lower house seats at the South Australian election, mirroring the plans of Nick Xenophons SA Best and heightening the critical role of preferences in determining the outcome of the March 17 poll.

The move comes after the Australian Conservatives ran candidate Joram Richa in the federal seat of Bennelong, in Sydneys north, in a key by-election last month, polling 4.5 per cent of the vote and directing preferences to Liberal John Alexander, who retained the seat....

13:32

USA quietly preparing for war with North Korea Antinuclear

The US appears to be quietly preparing for nuclear war with North Korea. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/us-appears-quietly-preparing-nuclear-war-north-korea-2018-1?r=US&IR=T, ALEX LOCKIE JAN 20, 2018, 

13:26

Daniel Ellsberg on the dizzyingly insane and immoral history of nuclear weapons Antinuclear

From the beginning of the Atomic Age, says Ellsberg, the true purpose of our nuclear arsenal, the whole terrifying array of warheads and delivery systems in all their vast numbers and varieties, has not been the defense of our country. It has not been, as trumpeted by politicians and generals (and as believed by citizens and schoolchildren), to deter an adversary from launching a nuclear attack against the U.S. It is the maintenance of a first-strike nuclear force not so much for the purpose of launching a deliberate surprise attack on anyone else, but to be ready to respond instantly

Dismantling Doomsday: Daniel Ellsberg on the Risk of Nuclear Apocalypse https://undark.org/article/book-review-ellsberg-doomsday-machine/  The whistleblower who gave us the Pentagon Papers unveils another secret history this one dizzyingly insane and immoral.01.19.2018  Mark Wolverton  

DANIEL ELLSBERG is perhaps the premier whistleblower of all time, the man who in 1971 dragged the Pentagon Papers out of top-secret darkness into the light. Yet even as excerpts from the papers 7,000 pages were being published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other newspapers, Ellsberg was sitting on an entire second set of secrets, having nothing to do with Vietnam: all his material on nuclear policy, such as the operational plans for gen...

13:16

Film company to abandon plans for production in South Australian area if Federal nuclear waste dump goes ahead Antinuclear

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 20 Jan 18, 

John Wayne died of cancer, as did 46 members of the crew of The Conqueror, which was shot in nuclear contaminated environment in Nevada. Not so long ago at a Quorn anti-nuclear meeting one person submitted a written statement from hopefully a up coming film producer that they will cease all ideas of film production within the areas of Hawker and surrounding town...

13:12

Indian villagers displaced forcibly for the cause of unnecessary, uneconomic, nuclear power Antinuclear

The Kovvada Nuclear Reactor was to be built by US nuclear reactor maker, Westinghouse. But, in March 2017, Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy. The company was bled to death because of cost-escalations in two of the four nuclear power plants it designed and is constructing in the United States. Kovvada will benefit only Westinghouse, and no one else. Not the people. Not Indias energy security, said EAS Sarma, former Union Energy Secretary.

India is being bamboozled by the multinationals into signing these agreements with foreign companies

It is not just the US, even Europe is not gung-ho about nuclear. So, Westinghouse and GE have very little business, said Dr Sarma. They are looking for a market and India is fertile ground of them 

If nuclear energy is not as safe or inexpensive then why invest in it? Because nuclear energy is a possible front for weaponisation

In Kovvada, villagers displaced forcibly even as the prospects of Westinghouses nuclear project remain uncertain, DiaNuke.org, JANUARY 19, 2018 Raksha Kumar | The News Minute

The coast curves through northern Andhra Pradesh and forms a giant U. Dee...

13:05

Donald Trump and the culture of fear Antinuclear

I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump. Hes still a scared child, Guardian, 

alone can do it. These five extraordinary words kept coming back to me as I reflected on Donald Trumps first year as president of the US. He made this claim during his speech accepting the Republican nomination in July 2016. At the time, it struck me simply as a delusional expression of his grandiosity. Looking back, I also hear the plaintive wail of a desperate child who believes he is alone in the world with no one to care for him. I alone can do it is Trumps survival response to: I must do it all alone.

There are two Trumps. The one he presents to the world is all bluster, bullying and certainty. The other, which I have long felt haunts his inner world, is the frightened child of a relentlessly critical and bullying father and a distant and disengaged mother who couldnt or wouldnt protect him.

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13:00

Aussie Heatwave Electricity Shortfall, Hospital Emergency Measures, Coal Blamed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t JoNova South Australia and the Australian State of Victoria learned the hard way that when power demand surges, you cant turn up the solar panels. Melbourne hospitals switch off lights as mercury rises Grant McArthur and Aleks Devic, Herald Sun January 19, 2018 7:36pm PATIENTS were left in

12:55

Vast majority of British nuclear bomb tests took place on Aboriginal land Antinuclear

Paul Waldon  19 Jan 18 An excerpt from a book by Rudolph Herzog..

Lorna Arnold, an official historian of the British Ministry of Defense, justified her governments treatment of Aborigines by arguing that, all the time, the latter had NO legal rights a problem general to the 1950s Australian and British society and thus not specific to the atomic tests.

Arnold asserted that the greatest damage suffered by the Aborigines from the tests was to their way of life rather than directly to their health. The fact that the Aborigines interests in the land were neither registered or respected, Arnold wrote, was because of their general situation and was neither new nor peculiar to the weapons trials.
The British military carried out nuclear tests in Australia for almost a decade, with a vast majority of experiments (as claimed) taking place on Aboriginal lands.

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