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Created in 2008 – posted to YouTube – 3/25/2013.


Published on Dec 27, 2014

Unverified video uploaded to social networking sites purports to show fighting near Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, where Palestinians.

In this report, posted on the Internet on November 22, 2014 by the Palestinian Diaspora Media Center, refugees at the Yarmouk camp in Syria show how they pro.

Opposition activists say Syrian warplanes launched rockets at the Palestinian refugee camp known as Yarmouk.

At least 25 people have been killed in the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. Syrian fighter-bombers fired at least one miss.


Red Brown . . . a little less Green, perhaps.


Published on Oct 9, 2014

In this moving video, NATO Review looks inside the KGB prison where Latvians were locked up, tortured or killed. We hear how today’s leading Latvians were affected by Soviet occupation. And we ask if they see echoes in today’s Russian aggression.

Additional Reference

Pierce, Anne R.  “Beware ISIS strategy that fortifies Russia, Iran, and Syria.”  The Washington Times, March 2, 2015.

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Introducing 21st Century Neo-Feudalism

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One hesitates to add to “Red Brown Green” — fascism anchored by Putin-Khamenei and the KGB-FSA-VEVAK nexus (attach: Assad, Orban, Erdogan) — a potential Red-Blue “nobility”.  However, the democratic open societies must contend with their wealthy — and the will of the wealthy — as well.

In 1980, Feinstein married Richard C. Blum, an investment banker. In 2003, Feinstein was ranked the fifth-wealthiest senator, with an estimated net worth of $26 million.[10] By 2005 her net worth had increased to between $43 million and $99 million.[11] Her 347-page financial-disclosure statement[12] – characterized by the San Francisco Chronicle as “nearly the size of a phone book” – draws clear lines between her assets and those of her husband, with many of her assets in blind trusts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianne_Feinstein – As viewed 3/2/2014

And what’s the walk she talkin’ today?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that it was “arrogant” for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to presume to speak for all Jews on a potential nuclear deal between the United States and Iran.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/01/dianne-feinstein-benjamin-netanyahu_n_6778748.html – 3/1-2/2015.

Let’s take a look at some other respectable sum of money (concentrated around one person):

The J Street lobbying group is running a media campaign opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to the U.S. Congress.
J Street claims to be “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans” but is seen by its critics as a far-left, intolerant lobbying group funded by George Soros, that in no way represents American Jews and friends of Israel.

http://www.worldtribune.com/2015/03/01/soros-backed-j-street-mounts-crusade-netanyahus-speech-congress/ – 3/1/2015.

Related:

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/open_society_institute_osi_

Also: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/soros-ford-shovel-196-million-to-net-neutrality-groups-staff-to-white-house/article/2560702 – 2/26/2014.

Add: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/j-street-accuses-jews-of-racism-blames-jews-for-anti-semitism/ – 8/8/2014.

BackChannels maintains that anti-Semitic expression signals fascist ambitions and intentions, and self-abasing Jews like Feinstein and Soros need not be set apart from non-Jews maintaining and promoting similar sets of attitudes and beliefs.

The Opaque White House

Where is Obama in relation to the cauldron of political poison brewed up on the now fascist far left (post-Soviet, neo-feudal, Putinesque, global)?

In reference below, I’ve included some views on American wealth, class, and related politics, i.e., a new politics of the wealthy.  (By way of disclosure, this editor is like the “lawn jockey”, i.e., on the property – housed and fed – but outside the house: the editor does not enjoy even the pleasure of owning a lawn).

While the White House puts animus toward Israel on display, it has nevertheless not “broken” with Israel in numerous areas of practical defense (if not diplomacy).

Then too, while it pumps for social democratic perennials like hikes in the minimum wage, assessing the American left and far left’s own greed and penury wants for some new body of research.

Related Reference

Smith, Joseph.  “Steyn: The Obama era’s neo-feudalism.”  American Thinker, December 8, 2013.

Steyn, Mark.  “The Post-Work Economy: A permanent dependency class means a citizenry deprived of dignity.”  National Review, December 6, 2013.


Wealth inequality grows each and every day, while the middle class keeps getting pummeled by this Glorious Free Enterprise System. What used to be good, stable jobs are converted into temp positions or contract work — automated, downsized or simply eliminated entirely, they’re replaced in the labor market by the worst-paying, most utterly dehumanizing low-wage gigs that our much ballyhooed “job creators” can imagine and implement.

The consequences for our democracy and our economy are perilous and unlikely to be easily remedied.

Donovan, Tim.  “Clueless rich kids on the rise: How millennial aristocrats will destroy our future.”  Salon, July 21, 2014.


W.W.  “The President’s Patriotism: It’s Complicated.”  The Economist, February 20, 2015.

The Economist.  “America’s new aristocracy: As the importance of intellectual capital grows, privilege has become increasingly heritable.”  January 24, 2015.


In the Obama years, disseminating either disinformation or no information, a devoted media helped create the intellectual darkness and vacant servitude required to carry out the strategy of their leftist Messiah–a country without any sense of its own history and traditions, where the low-information voter would slouch towards Obama’s imaginary utopia through a combination of governmental coercion and the hedonist nihilism of a painless, amusement-sodden, and stress-free America managed by a nanny-state.

In the Obama years, we see the resurrection of the economic feudalism of the Dark Ages, a system dominated by wealthy special interests that inhibit the upward mobility of the poor and the middle class.

Sellin, Lawrence.  “Needed: An American Renaissance.”  Western Journalism, February 2, 2015.


California produces more new billionaires than any place this side of oligarchic Russia or crony capitalist China. By some estimates the Golden State is home to one out of every nine of the world’s billionaires. In 2011 the state was home to 90 billionaires, 20 more than second place New York and more than twice as many as booming Texas.

The state’s digital oligarchy, surely without intention, is increasingly driving the state’s lurch towards feudalism. Silicon Valley’s wealth reflects the fortunes of a handful of companies that dominate an information economy that itself is increasingly oligopolistic. In contrast to the traditionally conservative or libertarian ethos of the entrepreneurial class, the oligarchy is increasingly allied with the nominally populist Democratic Party and its regulatory agenda. Along with the public sector, Hollywood, and their media claque, they present California as “the spiritual inspiration” for modern “progressives” across the country.

Kotkin, Joel.  “California’s New Feudalism Benefits a Few at the Expense of the Multitude.”  The Daily Beast, October 5, 2013.


The president will arrive on Tuesday night with a 900-strong entourage, including 45 vehicles and three cargo planes. Advance security teams orchestrating every last detail have combed Brussels already, checking the sewers and the major hospitals, while American military helicopters were last week given the green light for overflights. The city hosts at least four EU summits a year, with each of these gatherings costing €500,000 in extra police, military and transport expenses. “But this time round, you can multiply that figure by 20,” said Brussels mayor, Yvan Mayeur.

Cendrowicz, Leo.  “Barack Obama’s first visit to Brussels to cost Belgium more than €10m.”  The Guardian, March 24, 2014.

With chides like “Colonel, President, Emperor Putin”, the rhetoric has the support of the “The Russian Section” readings plus more than enough reportage on neo-medieval adventures.

With President Barack Hussein Obama, there’s less track in either American history — the Nixon White House caught the “Imperial Presidency label for what that President wished to do with guard uniforms, and it too became an informationally dark presidency — and we know how it ended.  Were BackChannels to knock out a casual “President Caliph Obama”, it would have to be with animosity rather than curiosity matched by observation: he’s just not that.

What may be worrisome is how Obama fits with the presumably opposed spine form by “Putin-Assad-Khamenei”, about whose cooperation should be at this point beyond question.

Add: Putin-Orban (an easy lookup online) and Putin-(khamenei)-Erdogan, where more takes place “behind the curtains” but the style — everyone wants to live in a White Palace! — seems congruent across borders and state interests.

Should one suggest “Putin-Khamenei-Obama” as a unit?

What a troika!

However, I haven’t the data that would bring Obama visibly into the neo-feudal fold, as good as he may be at “political theater” and the separation of a surface politics from the underlying engine room in which his Administration’s realpolitik would seem invented and adjusted.

Post-KGB, now FSB and neo-feudal Putin carry forward the onus of known KGB-Era behavior.

Obama stands forward of only — for the purposes of comparison — the CIA and FBI, which have reputations that overall curry the favor of the American constituency: the press notes their histories and their mistakes, but they are security agencies (include with them Homeland Security, NSA, and all of the defense intelligence offices) believed by the broadest part of the constituency to be operating in the interests of the American public in its totality — and the American Constitution — as opposed to the interests primarily of either America’s plutocrats or America’s “military-industrial complex”.

Related:

Wallender, Lee.  “Decadent Monacracy: White House Secret Service Uniforms During Nixon’s Administration.  Invisible Theme Park, February 2, 2013.

Alter, Ralph.  “Barack Obama & Richard Nixon: Soulmates?”  American Thinker, November 1, 2008.

Digital History.  “Restraining the Imperial Presidency.” (2014).


America’s most fascistic elements are ultra leftwing organizations like La Raza or the Congressional Black Caucus. These racial nationalists seek gain not through merit, but through the attainment of government privileges. What’s the difference between segregation and affirmative action? They are identical phenomena harnessing state auspices to impose racialist dogma.

The Nation of Islam and other Afrocentric movements, like the Nazis, even celebrate their own perverse racist mythology. Are Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright conservatives? Is Obama?

Flax, Bill.  “Obama, Hitler, and Exploding The Biggest Lie in History.”  Forbes, September 1, 2011.


Pragmatism maintains that people are constantly devising and updating ideas to navigate the world in which they live; it embraces open-minded experimentation and continuing debate. “It is a philosophy for skeptics, not true believers,” Mr. Kloppenberg said.

Cohen, Patricia.  “In Writings of Obama, a Philosophy Is Unearthed.”  Book review.  The New York Times, October 27, 2010.


As had Mr. Kloppenberg for his book, one might spend quite a bit of time online looking for the “real Obama”, the “essential Obama”, the “readable-transparent Obama” — and not find it or him.

Advice to self: follow the money, not the man.


The richest 1 percent of Americans, they found, control 40 percent of the country’s wealth, and the top 0.1 percent control more than a fifth—which would mean wealth in the U.S. is still more concentrated than in China.

Larson, Christina.  “China’s 1 Percent vs. America’s 1 Percent.”  Bloomberg Business, July 28, 2014.


A staggering 35 per cent of household wealth in Russia is owned by just 110 people, the highest level of inequality in the world barring a few small Caribbean islands, a report by a major investment bank says.

The Independent.  “110 oligarchs own a third of Russia’s wealth.”  October 9, 2013.

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Boris Nemtsov – Murdered in Moscow

Russian news agencies say prominent opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot dead in Moscow.

The Interfax news agency cited a law enforcement source as saying that Nemtsov was shot four times by an unidentified assailant late in the evening on February 27 and died of his injuries.

http://www.rferl.org/content/nemtsov-death/26873635.html – 2/27/2015

BBC Report

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31669061 – 2/27/2015.

Loosely Related

Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court has sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 7 days of administrative arrest for disobeying police during an unsanctioned gathering on downtown Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square in support for the people convicted earlier on Monday to prison terms for involvement in the May 6, 2012 clashes between protesters and police.

http://rbth.com/news/2014/02/25/moscow_court_sentences_navalny_nemtsov_to_administrative_arrest_34546.html) – 2/25/2014.


Hille, Kathrin and Courtney Weaver.  “Russia: Left out in the cold: With an economy shrinking, the opposition should be thriving, but the truth is very different.”  Financial Times, February 26, 2015.


http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-activist-stabbed-for-displaying-anti-putin-sticker-on-car-window/509714.html – 10/20/2014.

 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_of_Russia_%E2%80%93_People%27s_Freedom_Party

Link – Re. Red Brown Green Syndicate – Ref. The Spectator

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The Kremlin doesn’t invent anti-European or anti-establishment ideas, it simply supports them in whatever form they exist, customising their tactics to suit each country. They’ll support the far left or the far right — in Greece they support both. Despite its economic plight, the new Greek government’s first act was not a protest against European economic policy but a protest against sanctions on Russia. Only then did it tell its European creditors that it might not pay them back.

http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9447782/how-vladimir-putin-is-waging-war-on-the-west-and-winning/ – 2/21/2015.


The following section has appeared already once on BackChannels but it bears repeating and may be seen in several locations as the fray between the neo-feudal dictatorships and the democratic open societies becomes more obvious and pressing.

Red Brown Green

Red = Soviet, post-Soviet, Putinesque neo-feudal Russia.

Brown = New Nationalist Movements — an allusion to the drifts of Orban’s Hungary and a part of the mix involved in Erdogan’s Turkey.

Green = Islamofascism generally with Ayatollah Khamenei possibly the most central element in driving the form worldwide, from Daesh in Iraq to Hezbollah in Argentina.

Elementary Anatomy

Khamenei

Putin-Assad-Khamenei

Putin-Orban

Putin-Erdogan

Khemenei-Kirchner*

Is it too soon to add Nicolás Maduro?

*If ever a head of state has experienced an “Oh F***” moment, it has to be Cristina Kirchner who has found herself and her government in the glare of intense global scrutiny in the wake of the death of of Alberto Nisman.  The world has gotten the sense of what would inform her motivation to have Nisman out of the way, and now — as I read the news — it appears the global “Red Brown Green” aspect of a revanch post-Soviet neo-feudal Russia (revanch for those who enjoy privilege at any cost to others, including their own greater constituencies) has become clear as well.

News from Yemen (from back in the USSR/RF) –

During the meeting, the Houthi delegation promised an array of lucrative contracts in exchange for Moscow’s recognition of the Ansarullah’s authority.

The delegation assured that the Houthis will soon take control of oil-rich Marib Province, which they say will yield billions of dollars per day.

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150225/1018721857.html#ixzz3Sy2nA1BY – 2/25/2015.


Let’s not forget Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with the PFLP back in the first week of November 2014.


The abandonment of principle characterizes the geopolitical space operated by The New Gang of Bad Little Boys (and Perhaps One Girl).  No doubt, however, these play hard among themselves as well, but before the press approaches internecine differences, it’s just as well to note the cooperation between “political absolutists” disregarding the ideological and state interests that would be otherwise ascribed to them.  As malignant narcissists — every one of them — what they have in common is the possession and want of immense power and wealth in service to their securing boundless “narcissistic supply” — they would be in their own halls of mirrors eternally glorious — and some day to be remembered as such (or else!).

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Why Bashar Assad Won’t Fight ISIS

Originally posted on TIME:

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has long had a pragmatic approach to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), says a Syrian businessman with close ties to the government. Even from the early days the regime purchased fuel from ISIS-controlled oil facilities, and it has maintained that relationship throughout the conflict. “Honestly speaking, the regime has always had dealings with ISIS, out of necessity.”

The Sunni businessman is close to the regime but wants to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions from both ISIS supporters and the regime. He trades goods all over the country so his drivers have regular interactions with ISIS supporters and members in Raqqa, the ISIS stronghold in Syria, and in ISIS-controlled areas like Dier-ezzor.

The businessman cites Raqqa’s mobile phone service as an example of how there is commerce between the regime, Syrian businesses, and ISIS. The country’s two main mobile…

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Maduro “Wishes to Visit Ecuador”

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Waiting to pounce on me from my inbox this morning: “Please report that Nicolas Maduro wants to visit Ecuador to seek international support . . . .”

My correspondent alludes to a source within Ecuador’s government: ” . . . the visit will be in April or June . . . .”

Is this really such a good time — a good year even — for travel?

With a country, one cannot simply water the plants, check the faucets, lock the doors and leave, and this is not such a good time for Nicolas Maduro for doing even so little as that.

Reuters reported Tuesday, “A teenager was fatally shot at an anti-government protest in the western city of San Cristobal on Tuesday, state officials said, exacerbating tensions in Venezuela amid an economic crisis and crackdown on the political opposition.”

Kluiver Roa was 14 years old.  His father was reputed to be a member of opposition party Copei.  Although an arrest was made, Reuters reporters found cause to call the crime scene circumstances — what actually happened — “confusing”.

Currency devaluation, plunging oil revenues, shortages — no wonder violence has broken out on the streets.

Connection Red Brown Green

Camouflaged police smashed into the mayor’s office and carried him away . . . Mr Ledezma was on a list of people and foreign powers named by Mr Maduro last week as attempting to bring down his administration.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31545963 – 2/19/2015.

Related:

Reuters.  “Russia’s Putin, Venezuela’s Madura discuss oil markets: Interfax.”  January 15, 2015; Pitts, Pietro. “Venezuela’s Asia Tour Backfires as Crude Extends Slump.”  Bloomberg Business, January 16, 2015; Lee, Hailey. “Beijing still funds struggling Venezuela, for now.” CNBC, January 21, 2015.

Reliant on mineral wealth for wealth, the “Red Brown Green” arc of power’s extension into developing South American economies may be suffering from the same malady: the west’s intent to finish off the Soviet Empire.

It has been about 25 years since the Soviet dissolved without also dissolving the “perks” of the Party privileged and all of its direct associates, including associate leadership in distant states.

Is the Party over?

It appears the power mad — political species “Narcissus communist proto-fascist”  — were dependent on climbing oil revenues — the miraculous abundance of “black gold”, and all of it theirs for the taking — for sustaining and growing both the functional and symbolic elements of power within their spheres of control, from state’s military equipage to the payouts in patronage that created the “nomenklatura”, which along today’s neo-feudal path appears to be a “Newest Nobility”, now rapidly deflating while being urged toward productive development investment — including investment in human development — and (gasp!) rule of law.

Financially strangling, the politically dying may be expected to put their people in their own place first, i.e., the privileged may be counted on to make themselves the last to give up privilege.

End Games, New Games

In the Awesome Conversation on Facebook, I often remind that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe — another old Soviet tentacle — remains in power.  What he has done to Zimbabweans, including the reintroduction of cholera in relation to withholding from a rival funds for water sanitation chemicals, seems of no account: in the “one man, one vote, one time” democratic ways of much of Africa, Mugabe will celebrate turning 91 this Saturday.

Although no less than Vladimir Putin has called Mugabe a dictator (at least once and back in 2009), which is sayin’ somethin’, the point is the worst of national leaders, truly despots, have long demonstrated their possession of the means, wherewithal, and will for remaining in power to the natural end of their lives.

As our “malignant narcissists” appear to reject criticism, eliminate rivals, and cultivate a ceaseless “narcissistic supply“, one must expect politically geological aftershocks — or revanch birth pangs — basically kicking (whether leaving the world or coming into it) from the Fall of the Soviet Union and the latest squeeze on the oxygen supply that is cold hard cash at the wellhead.

Update – February 27, 2015

The regime’s favourite charge to level at hostile politicians is plotting to overthrow the government, often in conspiracy with the United States. But it is the president, Nicolás Maduro, who is staging a coup against the last vestiges of democracy. Venezuelans call it an autogolpe, or “self-coup”.

The Economist.  “Venezuela’s crackdown: A slow-motion coup: The authoritarian regime is becoming a naked dictatorship.  The region must react.”  February 28, 2015 (Print Edition).

Reference

BackChannels Library.  “Russian Section.”

BBC.  “Venezuela police raid arrests Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma.”  February 19, 2015.

Dawisha, Karen.  Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?  New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Donkin, Tom.  “Venezuela’s financial crisis – in 90 seconds.”  BBC Latin America & Caribbean, February 12, 2015.

Newsday.  “Big bash for Mugabe’s 91st — A feast of wild animals, he’ll get a lion too.” February 23, 2015.

Newzimbabwe.com.  “Putin rebukes ‘dictator’ Mugabe.  December 11, 2009.

Onslow, Sue.  “Robert Mugabe and Todor Zhivkov”.  Cold War International History Project, e-Dossier No. 35.

Ramirez, Carlos Eduardo.  “Venezuelan teen dies after being shot at anti-Maduro protest.”  Reuters, February 24, 2015.

Romero, Simon and Girish Gupta.  “Amid a slump, a crackdown for Venezuela.”  The New York Times, CNBC reprint, February 23, 2015.

Wikipedia.  Antonio Ledezma.

Wikipedia.  María Corina Machado.

Reference – Red Brown Green

“He is alive, as long as nations are alive and struggle for consolidating independence, justice and kindness. I have no doubt that he will come back, and along with Christ the Saviour, the heir to all saintly and perfect men, and will bring peace, justice and perfection for all.”

Dehghan, Saeed Kamali.  “Ahmadinejad’s claim that Chavez will be resurrected with Jesus ‘went too far'”.  The Guardian, March 7, 2013.


Investigative Project on Terrorism.  “Israel: Iran-Venezuela Axis Traffics in Terror, Uranium.”  May 28, 2009.

Mahjar-Barducci, Anna.  “Bolivia, Venezuela, Supply Uranium to Iran.”  Gatestone Institute, October 6, 2010.

Sofer, Roni.  “Israel: Ties to South America aiding Iran’s nuclear program.”  YNet News, May 25, 2009.


Posted to YouTube 2/11/2015.


Posted to YouTube 5/8/2014.

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Link – Hanson – Obama – Putin

 . . . As the ruble crashes, as Russia’s oil income dives, and as sanctions start biting the man in the street, Putin, in counterintuitive fashion, is apparently more popular than ever.

Why? Because he has become an easy mechanism for ordinary Russians to vent frustration and anger over what they perceive as a too-powerful and bullying West.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414270/how-empower-violent-extremism-victor-davis-hanson – 2/24/2015.

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