Saturday, October 08, 2016

Vietnam. . . Syria
Two very different countries, but each with a long and proud history and culture. Both had to endure a long and bloody war of foreign aggression and terrorism waged against them by outside forces. In both cases, media disinformation played a major role in fuelling war, and confusing public opinion. Finally, Viet Nam won its war for independence and reunification, with active support of a world-wide anti-war movement. Today, Syria is gaining more support as people wake up to the real horrors of this war. Like Viet Nam, Syria is fighting for its very survival as an independent, sovereign state against foreign terrorists seeking "regime change" and "divide and conquer" for their own strategic agendas. Recalling some of the history of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War, may be relevant and constructive in helping Syria win its right to peace too. It is healthy to learn from history, and honour those who struggled for peace and justice in the past. . .

CANLF- is short for the U.S. Committee to Aid the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam.

Started in 1965 and later changed to ISC or Indochina Solidarity Committee in 1973 and closed in 1975 after the end of the war.

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Why Everything You Hear About Aleppo Is Wrong
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What's really going on in Aleppo? Are Assad & Putin exterminating the population for sport?  Is it a war against US-backed "moderates"?  That is what the mainstream media would have us believe.  We speak with Vanessa Beeley, a journalist who just returned from Aleppo for the real story.

It’s really horribly simple: The US and its allies are supporting the world's most bloodthirsty terrorists, while Russia, Iran, Syrian government are fighting them!
YOUTUBE.COM   (24:26)    Streamed live on Sep 29, 2016    RonPaulLibertyReport

Russia-Baiting and Risks of Nuclear War

From, by Ray McGovern, September 30, 2016

As U.S. and Russian officials trade barbed threats and as diplomacy on Syria is “on the verge” of extinction, it is tempting to view the ongoing propaganda exchange over who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014 as a sideshow. That would be a huge mistake

There are advantages to having some hands-on experience, and having watched how propaganda wars can easily escalate to military confrontation. 

In a Sept. 28 interview with Sputnik Radio, I addressed some serious implications of the decision by the US and two of its European vassal states (the Netherlands and Ukraine) to stoke tensions with Russia still higher by blaming it for the downing of MH-17.

In short, there is considerable risk that the Russians may see this particular propaganda offensive (which “justified” the European Union’s economic sanctions in 2014), together with NATO’s saber rattling in central Europe, as steps toward war. In fact, there is troubling precedent for precisely that.

A very similar set of circumstances existed 33 years ago after the Soviets did shoot down Korean Airlines Flight 007 on Sept. 1, 1983, when it strayed over sensitive military targets inside the Soviet Union and the KAL-007 pilots failed to respond to repeated warnings. After the tragic reality became obvious, the Soviets acknowledged that they had downed the plane but said they did not know it was a passenger plane.

However, 1983 was another time of high tensions between the two superpowers and President Ronald Reagan wanted to paint the Soviets in the darkest of hues. So, his administration set out to sell the storyline that the Soviets had willfully murdered the 269 passengers and crew.

US government propagandists and their media stenographers laid on all the Sturm und Drang they could summon to promote the lie that the Soviets knew KAL-007 was a civilian passenger plane before they shot it down. As Newsweek’s headline declared, “Murder in the Sky.”

Exploitation of the tragedy yielded a steep rise in tensions, and almost led to a nuclear exchange just two months later. There is an important lesson, now three decades later, as Western governments and the mainstream media manufacture more endless fear and hatred of Russia.

The Dutch/Ukrainian Follies

On Wednesday, new “evidence” blaming Russia for the downing of MH-17 over eastern Ukraine was made public – brought out of the oven, as it were, at a Dutch Maid bakery employing Ukrainian confectioners. A bite into the evidence and it immediately dissolves like refined sugar – and leaves an unpleasant artificial taste in the mouth.

The Dutch-Ukrainian charade played by the “Joint Investigation Team,” on which Belgium, Australia and Malaysia also have members, is an insult to the relatives and friends of the 298 human beings killed in the shoot-down. Understandably, those relatives and friends long for truth and accountability, and they deserve it.

Yet, as happened in 1983 with the credulous acceptance of the Reagan administration’s version of the KAL-007 case, the mainstream Western media has embraced the JIT’s findings as “conclusive” and the evidence as “overwhelming.”

But it is in reality extraordinarily thin, essentially a case of deciding immediately after the event that the Russians were to be blamed and spending more than two years assembling snippets of intercepted conversations (from 150,000 provided by the Ukrainian intelligence service) that could be stitched together to create an impression of guilt.

In the slick video, which serves as the JIT’s investigative “report,” the intercepted voices don’t say anything about Russian Buk missiles actually being deployed inside Ukraine or shooting down a plane or the need to get the Buk missiles out of Ukraine afterwards. One voice early on says he’d like to have some Buks but – after that – Buks aren’t mentioned and everything in the video is supposition. [See’s “Troubling Gaps in MH-17 Report.”]

There’s also no explanation as to why the Russians would have taken a bizarrely circuitous route when a much more direct and discreet course was available. The JIT’s embrace of that strange itinerary was made necessary by the fact that the only “social media” images of a Buk system traveling on July 17, 2014, before the MH-17 shoot-down, show the Buks heading east toward Russia, not west from Russia. [See’s “The Official and Implausible MH-17 Scenario.”]

In other words, to make the storyline fit with the available images, the JIT had to take the alleged Russian-Buk convoy on a ridiculous trip far out of the way so it could be photographed in Donetsk before doubling back toward the alleged firing site near Snizhne, which could have been reached easily from the Russian border without the extensive detour through heavily populated areas.

Ignoring Inconvenient Evidence

The JIT also had to ignore its own evidence that on the night of July 16-17, 2014, Ukrainian military convoys were pressing deep inside what has been called “rebel-controlled territory.” The obvious implication is that if a Ukrainian convoy could move to within a few miles of Luhansk, as one of the intercepts described, a Ukrainian Buk convoy could have traveled to the east as well.

And, the JIT’s presumed motive for the Russians taking the extraordinary decision of supplying a Buk battery to the rebels – that it was needed to shoot down Ukrainian warplanes attacking rebels on the front lines – doesn’t fit with the placement of a Buk system on farmland south of Snizhne, far from the frontlines.

Indeed, very little about the JIT’s case makes sense.

It also appears that the JIT devoted no effort to examining other plausible scenarios regarding who might have shot down MH-17. The JIT video report makes no reference to the several Ukrainian Buk systems that were operating in eastern Ukraine on the day that MH-17 was shot down.

The Dutch intelligence service MIVD, relying on NATO’s intelligence capabilities, reported earlier that the only anti-aircraft-missile systems in the area on July 17, 2014, capable of shooting down MH-17 were under the control of the Ukrainian military.

But the JIT’s report offered no explanation of where those Ukrainian Buk systems were located or whether Ukraine had accounted for all the Buk missiles in those batteries. 

The JIT’s blinders can be explained by the fact that it was coordinating (and relying on) Ukraine’s SBU intelligence agency, which has among its responsibilities the protection of Ukrainian government secrets.

The shocking reality about the JIT is that one of the major suspects for having shot down MH-17, Ukraine, was pretty much running the inquiry.

Yet, since the JIT’s accusations on Wednesday, the West’s mainstream media has put on its own blinders so as not to notice the gaps and inconsistencies in the case.

But what should be apparent to anyone without blinders is that the JIT set its sights on blaming the Russians for the MH-17 shoot-down in 2014 and nothing was going to get in the way of that conclusion.

That predetermined conclusion began with Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush to judgment, just three days after the shoot-down, putting the blame on the Russians. It then took the JIT more than two years to scrape together enough “evidence” to “confirm” Kerry’s findings.

The Near-Nuclear Clash

As a longtime CIA analyst covering the Soviet Union, the MH-17 case immediately brought to my mind the exploitation of the KAL-007 tragedy for propaganda purposes in 1983.

After KAL-007 went down, the US propaganda machinery, led by the US Information Agency, went into high gear, even doctoring evidence for a U.N. Security Council meeting to “prove” the Soviets knew KAL-007 was a civilian aircraft and still shot it down deliberately.

“Barbaric” was the word used then – and in recent days US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has applied that epithet again to the leaders in the Kremlin.

The same sort of anti-Russian hysteria is in play today as it was in 1983. And we now know based on declassified records that the extreme vilification of Moscow back then led Soviet leaders to believe that President Reagan was preparing for a nuclear war, a conflict that almost got started because of the harsh propaganda, combined with unprecedented military exercises and other provocations… 

In 2016, as we deal with the West’s new hysteria regarding Russia – complete with rehashes of prior propaganda themes and military escalations – the pressing question is whether there are any adults left at senior levels of Official Washington who can rein in the madness before things spin entirely out of control.

Santayana famously noted, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” 

But the real danger now is that history won’t stop at repeating itself but will continue beyond, plunging over the nuclear precipice.

Ray McGovern is a former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

US Propaganda Machine Now in Overdrive to Fight Russia in Syria

Some extracts from the article:

“…In this war in Syria and broader Middle East, if the truth be known, US-led coalition forces are the true bad guys protecting their fellow bad guys as their proxy war terrorist allies that the US itself created decades ago while at the same time combating the only true fighters against terrorism in Syria – Russia, Syria, Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah and Syrian Kurds…

Without any evidence to back up her completely bogus claim, the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power keeps accusing Putin as the perpetrator of what turns out most likely to be another US staged terrorist rocket attack that a week ago destroyed 18 of 31 trucks killing 21 in a UN aid convoy, thus resulting in suspension of relief efforts to the people of Aleppo…

WHITE HELMETS: terrorists posing as Syrian civil defense, funded by the West.

It’s now come to light that a privately funded NGO security firm owned by a former British military intelligence officer (not unlike Blackwater) hires fake first responders that pose as Syria Civil Defense covertly operating with Western security forces most often in terrorist embedded areas. 

They’re called the White Helmets and most likely last week worked in cahoots with the local terrorists to pull off the false flag so that Empire could conveniently blame Putin for the so-called airstrikes out of some twisted revenge that only diabolical forces of the US crime cabal could dream up…

Obviously, the most damning evidence indicating that the US never intended to honor the ceasefire agreement came when US-led coalition jets attacked a Syrian Arab Army position near Deir Ezzor airbase on Saturday, September 17th that the US feebly claimed was “an accident.” 

The Russians had to call the Americans twice for the hour long airstrikes to finally be called off. The incident that killed at least 70 Syrian soldiers and wounded over 100 allowed sufficient air cover for nearby ISIS terrorists to wage a successful assault within seven minutes after the airstrikes began to advance forward to overtake the attacked Syrian high ground.

The Damasus government intercepted a conversation between the US military and ISIS just prior to the airstrikes, confirming they were premeditated, well-coordinated, and deliberate acts of aggression that violate international law and more than anything else expose US Empire’s true intentions all along in the Middle East to protect its terrorist ally.

The UN convoy attack two days later was mere camouflage in a vain attempt to disguise US criminality for the Saturday airstrikes involving the US, Australian, and UK warplanes. 

Because the Syrian government forces were clearly winning the war against the terrorists and closing in on the final ISIS strongholds of East Aleppo and Raqqa, the Washington neocons were deceitfully using the ceasefire and months of Vienna talks as opportunity for its proxy terrorist allies to regroup and then launch its latest volley in the propaganda war to smear both Assad and Putin with this most recent barrage of verbal attacks… Right now Washington is conditioning Americans for a world war against Russia…

Still another hugely significant development from last Tuesday receiving a Western media blackout again proves that the US Empire and its Western puppets are behind the terrorists. A Russian missile attack destroyed a secret field operations room in west Aleppo province just three days after the Syrian soldiers were killed in the US airstrike. Three caliber missiles from Russian warships were responsible for killing 30 military intelligence officers from the US, Israel, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, confirming  that the US Empire is leading all terrorist operations in Aleppo province…

Where there is no will to achieve peace through diplomacy, as the double-crossing US has demonstrated, Russia, Syria, and Iran have concluded that the only solution is through achieving a military victory against all the terrorists as well as their Western sponsors in Syria…

It was recently reported that US Special Forces are stationed at seven different military bases in Northern Syria. With both Turkish and American boots now on the ground firmly and illegally entrenched on Syrian soil… 

With upwards of 400,000 Syrians killed in the near half dozen year war that the US caused, and over 11 million people displaced constituting half of Syria’s prewar population, it is the US Empire that is truly the most brutally barbaric enemy to the entire world. 

Up to 30 million humans and counting have been murdered around the globe in the 37 nations that the US has attacked just since WWII.

And with all its lies and disinformation, the United States is bent on igniting a global war that will likely dwarf in both death toll and human tragedy the two world wars from the last century combined. So let’s not be fooled by the sleight of hand deadly deceptions spun by the ruling elite’s puppet show from Washington that’s currently waging a genocidal war against all of the humanity.

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Joachim Hagopian is a West Point graduate and former US Army officer… After the military, Joachim earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a licensed therapist in the mental health field for more than a quarter century. In recent years he has focused on his writing, becoming an alternative media journalist. His blog site is at

Friday, September 16, 2016

Through travel, we can experience and marvel at the rich and diverse cultures, environments and species that share our world. We come to appreciate that this is the only world we have, and everything is interconnected. 
What we do (or don’t do) in one place, can have impacts on the other side of the world, in all sorts of ways. 
It is a sobering thought that the simple act of shopping somewhere, can be causing horrendous slaughters somewhere else.
From this. . . 

To this. . .

September 22 is World Rhino Day 

In Vietnam, the Javan rhino now survives only on a postage stamp. . .

Sadly, Vietnam no longer has any rhinos. The last one was illegally killed for its horn. Only very rich people can afford rhino horn. They may believe the myth of medicinal benefits, or that it gives them social status. Actually, it’s just keratin, like finger nails. 

Vietnam and China are two of the main markets for rhino horn, and this consumer demand means that in Africa the killing of rhinos goes on, with thousands of these magnificent animals being poached towards extinction. 

ENV (Education for Nature-Vietnam) and TRAFFIC (the wildlife trade monitoring group) are successfully conducting a “rhino horn demand reduction campaign” in Vietnam, because when the buying stops the killing can too. 

This campaign features Vietnamese cultural concepts of “C” (“Strength of Will”) and “Vượng từ Chí, Lụi vì sừng” (“Gain prosperity through inner strength – Invite hardship using rhino horn”) to change habits and false perceptions. Success, masculinity and good fortune come from inner strength of character, not externally from rhino horn.

Wealthy business people and high profile local celebrities are being encouraged to genuinely enhance their status by becoming leaders in corporate social responsibility and wildlife protection.  The message has so far reached millions in the Vietnamese community. The good news is that it is now showing measurable success, with rhino horn consumption rates in Vietnam falling.

The behaviour change impact of the campaign was evaluated at the end of 2015 and shows promising results: 15% of the target audience consumed rhino horn in the last 6 months, but 73% last consumed rhino horn over 12 months ago. 18% more rhino horn users (from 46% in 2014, to 68% in December) now recommend their friends not to consume rhino horn. This is positive, although more work still needs to be done.

Unfortunately, the news out of Africa is not so positive.   

Although it is encouraging to see South Africa’s poaching levels fall slightly, poaching losses are still extremely high. 1,175 rhinos were poached in South Africa during 2015, a slight decrease on the previous year when a record 1,215 rhinos were illegally killed.  

Worryingly, the crisis has spread to neighbouring countries in southern Africa, with Namibia and Zimbabwe experiencing an exponential increase in poaching. During 2015, Namibia lost 80 rhinos to poaching, up from 25 in 2014 and just two in 2012. In Zimbabwe, it is reported that at least 50 rhinos were poached last year, more than double the previous year. 

For Africa as a whole, the total number of rhinos poached during 2015 was the highest in two decades. Obviously, much more work needs to be done to raise awareness and compassion, and to enforce the laws against wildlife crime.

Bruce McPhie
September 17, 2016

Learn more:

Bring an End to the Killing of Rhinos
Education for Nature-Vietnam's campaign to bring an end to the killing of rhinos: 

TRAFFIC’s Chi Phase II: “Vượng t Chí, Li vì sng”

Save the Rhino - Poaching statistics

Watch the short video with Hong Nhung (1:17) 

Wildlife Consumer Behaviour Change Toolkit
From practical experience, TRAFFIC knows that this approach is working to change the consumption behaviour of wildlife consumers. To extend their expertise to other species, TRAFFIC has developed the Wildlife Consumer Behaviour Change Toolkit, a knowledge bank where tools/information can be found for behaviour change to reduce consumption of endangered wildlife:

TRAFFIC Wildlife Witness
TRAFFIC has partnered with Taronga Zoo, Singapore to create the first global community action smart phone app in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. This app allows tourists and locals to easily report wildlife trade by taking a photo, pinning the exact location of an incident and sending these important details to TRAFFIC.  
More information:


If you observe wildlife or products made from wildlife in restaurants, markets, hotels, or elsewhere in Vietnam, let us know immediately. 

Call our toll-free hotline number - 
1800 1522


If you are in Hanoi on 
September 23 and 24
you are welcome to attend the 
World Rhino Day events:

September 23 & 24, 9:00am - 5:00pm:
Contemporary art exhibition, “Art & Your Social Status”.
September 23, 7:00pm - 9:00pm:
Award-winning rhino movies. Discussion with curator, director and film crew.
3rd Floor, Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Center, 50 Dao Duy Tu.