. . . I hope at least some of you will take the time to read this heartfelt article about the life and death of Thomas Merton, a man my ex-husband always admired. (Somewhere, I have a small book of his writings that I hope our son will someday find of interest.)
Fifty years have elapsed since Thomas Merton died under mysterious circumstances in a cottage at a Red Cross Conference Center outside Bangkok, Thailand where he was attending an international inter-faith monastic conference. The truth behind his death has been concealed until now through the lies and deceptions of a cast of characters, religious, secular, and U.S. governmental, whose actions chill one to the bone. But he has finally found his voice through Hugh Turley and David Martin, who tell the suppressed truth of Merton’s last minutes on earth on December 10, 1968.
This is an extraordinary book in so many ways. First, because the authors prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Trappist monk and anti-war writer Thomas Merton was assassinated and did not die in a fabricated accident, as has been claimed for all these years.
[…] because it greatly expands our understanding of that fateful year – 1968 – by adding the prophetic Merton’s name to the list of well-known anti-war leaders – MLK and RFK – who were slain that year by U.S. government operatives intent on crushing the growing opposition to their genocidal war waged on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The links between these assassinations are made manifest as one follows the authors’ brilliant analysis that allows an informed reader to see the template common to them all and one that clearly leads to intelligence agencies practiced in the arts of murder and cover-up.
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Nobel peace prize for Trump? Russian senator says US taking undue credit for Korean deal that’s been stoking for decades
A Russian senator has described calls to award Donald Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the Korean peace deal as an attempt by the US to take credit for the resolution of a conflict that it had been stoking for decades.
“I see this as an attempt to make the United States an exceptional and only contributor to the ‘Korean turnaround.’ Of course this is not true. If the US has ever played any exceptional roleit was their role in provoking tensions on the Korean peninsula and constant provocations aimed against DPRK,” the Chair of the Russian Upper House Committee for International Relations Senator Konstantin Kosachev told TASS on Saturday.
Kosachev added that he was convinced that the North Korean nuclear program had been launched as a reply to numerous hostile actions by the US and that the latest news of looming settlement were a result of a collective effort by many nations, including significant contributions from Russia and China.
Kosachev also noted that the proposed nomination of Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize was akin handing the award to Barack Obama in 2009.
The Russian senator’s statement came soon after US Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that US President Donald Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize if he manages to successfully negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. “Donald Trump convinced North Korea and China he was serious about bringing about change. We’re not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize,” Graham tweeted.
Shooting for Nobel Peace Prize? Trump says Kim talks in next 3-4 weeks while hogging credit for breakthrough
. . . and . . . who is ‘for real’ here. . . and it is important that we understand . . . 🙂 ~J
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Russia’s commitment to further contribute to the normalization of ties between South and North Koreas in a Sunday phone conversation with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, according to the Kremlin’s statement.
“Russia’s readiness to further promote the establishment of the practical interaction between South and North Koreas was confirmed, in particular, through the implementation of large-scale trilateral infrastructure and energy projects,” the statement read.
The Russian president stressed the importance of all involved parties’ continued efforts to support the political solution for the existing issues, taking into account the settlement roadmap suggested by Russia and China.
“The topical issues of the bilateral agenda have been discussed with emphasis on the expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas. The schedule of contacts on the highest level has been agreed upon,” the statement read.
The conversation between the president took place days after a historic one-day summit in the village of Panmunjom. The meeting led to a long-awaited breakthrough in the relations of two countries, which have further escalated during last two years over North Korea’s nuclear tests and South Korea’s joint military drills with the US, Japan.
The two leaders signed a joint declaration, agreeing to take measures to support international efforts aimed at denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and proceed with reunion programs for the separated Korean families.
Haley is viewed positively by some 63 per cent of US voters, while only 39 per cent gave their approval of US President Donald Trump.
This screenshot of the Roundtable Groups from the incredible video: PROOF NWO & ILLUMINATI ARE REAL & HISTORY IS A LIE hit me between the eyes. Of course! They don’t even hide it; there it is on the upper right: The United Nations. These groups are all about corporate moneymaking, so Nikki’s words (below) ring true, and sadly the American people haven’t a clue.
Have you been nice or naughty to US this year? Washington again threatens UN voting poopers . . . looks like she is still at it.
The US is unhappy that too many members of the United Nations fail to vote the way the US wants them to. It prepared lists of those that are safe from America’s aid-cutting ire and those who should be afraid – like Cuba and Iran.
The Trump administration has been pursuing the ‘America first’ agenda quite aggressively. US Representative at the UN Nikki Haley was quite vocal in pressuring other members of the organization to do more for Uncle Sam. The UN, as an organization, and other nations, Haley insists, have long been taking US financial contribution for granted while Americans didn’t get what they deserved for it.
“The American people pay 22 percent of the UN budget – more than the next three highest donor countries combined. In spite of this generosity, the rest of the UN voted with us only 31 percent of the time, a lower rate than in 2016,” the US envoy said in a statement.
That may have something to do with America’s much-criticized decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or its failure to vote with the majority of UN nations to condemn the glorification of Nazism. But Haley thinks the disparity is because Americans “care more about being right than popular and are once again standing up for our interests and values”.
Apparently, Washington believes the UN is a vending machine that spews out loyalty in exchange for greenbacks, and, lately, the machine has not been working as good as it should. “This is not an acceptable return on our investment,” Haley said. [emphasis added — Also, does she sound a bit like a grade school teacher scolding children? ]
“When we arrived at the UN last year, we said we would be taking names, and this list of voting records speaks for itself,” the ambassador’s statement threatened. And the State Department was kind enough to produce the names of nations that had been nice and naughty in 2017.
The ‘nice’ list starts with Israel and goes through the usual allies like Canada and France, ending with Ukraine and the Czech Republic. The ‘naughty’ list includes Iran, Syria and North Korea, Cuba, Bolivia and Venezuela, which hate those economic sanctions the US likes so much, as well as Zimbabwe, Burundi, Turkmenistan and South Africa.
The US threats to cut direct foreign aid, voluntary contributions to various UN programs or possibly mandatory dues to the UN budget, are damaging and only show “that ‘America first’ means ‘America only, we don’t care about the rest of the world,’” Phyllis Bennis from the Institute for Policy Studies Program told RT.
“The UN budget is determined on the basis of the percentage of the world economy in each country. The US is charged 22 percent of the budget because it is considered to have control of 22 percent of the world economy. In fact, that is more than that, so the US is paying less than it should,” she pointed out.
Historically, in the late 1980s and 1990s, the US paid a minimum necessary to retain its vote at the UN General Assembly, but it didn’t quit, she said. That is because, for Washington, it is a useful instrument of foreign policy and has been since the UN’s creation.
Bennis added that the notion that the UN is an institution, in which you invest monetarily to get a return on, “speaks more to the corruption of the profit motive governing US foreign policy than it says about the United Nations.”
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Intervening on 24 April 2018 at the GEOINT 2018 Symposium, General Raymond A. Thomas III (Commander-in-Chief of Special Operations (USSOCOM)), has revealed the extent of the e-war between the United States and “the enemy” (Russia understood).
He considers “the enemy” is succeeding in disrupting or systematically disabling the US systems in Syria making it impossible for the Pentagon to survey the combat zone. During the tripartite attack of 14 April, the Russian army succeeded in hacking the GPS transmissions with the effect that some missiles were diverted. Worse still, the systems for friend/enemy recognition have stopped working. In these conditions, using planes for surveillance was not only a waste of time but also dangerous.
Translation Anoosha Boralessa
In the wake of successful drills involving the Russian electronic warfare system Krasukha-4, Sputnik looks into why such systems are of paramount importance to the defense capability of the country’s army.
During the war games Russia conducted earlier this week, Krasuha-4 operators managed “to blind” the navigation systems and means of targeting high-precision weapons used by Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers, which played the role of enemy aircraft during the drills.
As a result, the “enemy” was unable to detect mock-up targets and launch an airstrike on them.
Mask comes off? Mattis says Pentagon moving away from terror war, now focusing on China and Russia – who were the targets all along!
The Pentagon is moving away from the war on terror, choosing instead to primarily focus on deterring “strategic competitors” China and Russia, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stressed while testifying before a Senate panel on Thursday.
Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee via written testimony:
The global situation is sobering. Russia is modernizing its full range of nuclear systems while espousing a theory of nuclear escalation in military conflict. China, too, is modernizing and expanding its already considerable nuclear forces, pursuing entirely new capabilities. China is also modernizing its conventional military forces to a degree that will challenge U.S. military superiority.
While recent events have given rise to a sense of positive movement, North Korea’s nuclear provocations threaten regional and global peace and have garnered universal condemnation by the United Nations. Iran’s nuclear ambitions also remain an unresolved concern. Globally, nuclear terrorism remains a tangible threat.Mattis testified alongside Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In addition to China and Russia, the Pentagon identified Iran and North Korea as strategic competitors that threaten the United States.
In his written testimony, Mattis explained:
Although the Department continues to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, long-term strategic competition – not terrorism – is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.
Nations as different as China and Russia have chosen to be strategic competitors as they seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models and pursue veto power over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions. Rogue regimes like North Korea and Iran persist in taking outlaw actions that undermine and threaten regional and global stability.
The defense secretary said conflict between the two countries in Syria is “very likely… because Iran continues to do its proxy work there through Hezbollah.”
Mattis later told lawmakers in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, “I can see how it might start, but I am not sure when or where.” Mattis’ counterpart, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, met with Mattis after the hearing, according to the Jerusalem Post. Liberman also met with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who he called a “loyal friend to the state of Israel” in a tweet.
At NATO conclave in Brussels, Pompeo warns Turkey against buying Russian S-400 missile system – Turkey dismisses US warning
Trump: If Dems Win Midterms, They’ll Impeach Me; Stocks Could Be Up 60% But “I Have To Do Things” (3 videos)
Timed to coincide with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Trump spoke at a Michigan rally on Saturday night. Here are some of the highlights.
. . . and the latest from George Webb:
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A bit of this and that: