I HAD QUIT (FB, Twitter) OVER CENSORSHIP; INFOWARS NOW BLOCKED

NOTE FROM EDITOR: Today’s RT.COM OpEd elicited my response which was also published at their website (see below). I am also republishing here my Feb 3, 2018 editorial about quitting Facebook and Twitter (in 2016).

Chilling precedent? InfoWars block exposes Big Tech as no friend of free speech (RT.COM, Aug 7)

A for ALTZAR web Excellent OpEd! Kudos to Nebojsa Malic, RT! Your piece says almost exactly the same thing I wrote in my August 1997 Washington Times editorial DANCING ‘ROUND THE GOLDEN CALF (originally titled “Dumbing Down of America”). Here’s the opening: “Our country’s traditional character is being systematically destroyed by nihilistic ‘liberals,’ the New World Order’s centurions whose only God is the Almighty Dollar. It is a multi-pronged process carried out by the Wall Street elite and their vassals in government, education, media and the entertainment industry.” 

It is for this very reason that I canceled my Facebook and Twitter accounts last year. If all of us BOYCOTTED them, their censorship would be IRRELEVANT.


REPUBLISHED ON AUG 7, 2018 FROM THE ALTZAR.NET WEBSITE

Feb 3, 2018

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I quit! J’arrête! Lo dejo! Уходить в отставку!

So that’s it. I am quitting Facebook. Ironically, it’s happening a few hours after they had released me from my latest stint in the FB jail. Oh well, at least now more people will find out that I quit and why.

Nine (9) years and three (3) months has been a good ride. I learned a lot. But now it’s time to forget and move on.

NOT ALL “FRIENDS” ARE EQUAL

One thing I learned is that a Facebook “friend” is not necessarily the same as a real life friend. Here’s why not…

As of right now, Feb 3, 2018, I supposedly have 4,630 FB “friends.”  Guess how many bother to reply to my yesterday’s “QUIT FACEBOOK?” post as of this morning?

Three (3) directly. And three (3) through various groups I had founded for a total of six (6). Six out of 4,630! That’s 0.13%. In other words, only one (1) out of 772 of my DB “friends” cares whether or not I stay or go.

And I am not even counting here the 25,656 “friends” I have in the three groups I manage who also had a chance to see my yesterday’s post.

APATHY AND INDIFFERENCE REIGN

So what does that say? To me, it says, that APATHY and INDIFFERENCE reign supreme on Facebook as they do elsewhere in America (see my Nov 2014 election column – DISGUST & APATHY: BIG WINNERS IN 2014 ELECTIONS).

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Freedom, including the freedom of speech, is disappearing in America faster than a piece of cheese in a rat’s mouth. The US Constitution has become a dead letter, something that both our government and large corporations can trample at will.

Yet, most people just shrug and carry on. Hoping for miracles? Or just that “crocodile would eat them last?” as Winston Churchill put it in reference to Hitler appeasers in 1938.

IF ALL OF US QUIT, FACEBOOK WOULD STARVE

As you saw from my yesterday’s post, I have been teeter-tottering on the decision to leave FB for over 4 years now. I was hoping things might get better. Instead, they’ve gotten worse. FB is abusing the trust of its customers. No wonder 60% of Facebook users are spending LESS time now “socializing” on it.

There is one absolute right every customer has: LEAVE. The right to QUIT. And the only thing businesses like FB react to is a loss of user base. Trust me on that. When I ran my own business, I used to consult for top executives of major multinational computer companies.

I am not frustrated or angry. Just pragmatic in how and where I want to spend my time. FB is not the only game in town. So why should I waste my time and emotional and intellectual capital on a platform which will eventually self-destruct and collapse?

I QUIT TWITTER IN 2016! WILL YOU JOIN ME?

I never did like Twitter. Maybe it was because it was meant for people who can only put one or two sentences together (140 character limit). [SNIP – I had just reached that Twitter limit]

Or maybe it was because Hollywood and the Washington politicians loved it. (Back to speaking in sound bites).

But when I really started to hate it to the point of deleting my Twitter account was when I realized that Twitter is just the tool of the New World Order “elite.” In March of 2016, they censored some of my posts (see TWITTER CENSORSHIP – https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthinmedia.org/permalink/834223520057596/).  And in July 2016, Twitter tried to suppress the Wikileaks release of the damning DNC/Hillary emails (among other LAMESTREAM MEDIA, MAJOR INTERNET COMPANIES, COLLUDE TO SUPPRESS THE NEWS OF DNC TRYING TO RIG DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES IN HILLARY’S FAVOR – https://www.facebook.com/groups/439921809487771/).

So after the election was over, and Twitter and all the lamestream media were totally discredited, I quit Twitter and closed my account. I invite you to do the same. Because now you have yet another big reason to do it.

FOR THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT FREEDOM AND TRUTH, LET’S STAY IN TOUCH… VIA OTHER UNFILTERED AND UNCENSORED CHANNELS

To those of you who care about FREEDOM and TRUTH, I say, THANK YOU for your support over the years. Let’s stay in touch. FB is not the only game in town. There are other channels available for me to broadcast the truth. Just as I had been doing for decades before FB was even around.So here are my websites to which you can subscribe.

Just click on the FOLLOW button at the bottom right corner of each home page:

ALTZAR – music, film, arts and spirituality: http://altzar.net

TRUTH IN MEDIA – geopolitical news and analysis: http://truthinmedia.net

YINYANGBOB – personal blog and travelogues: http://yinyangbob.net

STEWARDS OF THE EARTH – https://gaiasteward.wordpress.com/

Hope to hear from you again at one or all of my above websites. You can submit your comments there just as you could on FB. But WITHOUT CENSORSHIP.

Bye, bye… and good luck!

Bob

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FEB 2, 2018

QUIT FACEBOOK? Is it time to hang it up after almost 10 years?

Four signs I have received in last 3 days that it may be time to jump off his bad habit called Facebook: What do you think?

I have been a Facebook user since Nov 2008. But I never really used it until July 2012, when my spirit guides suggested I give it a try. Now I feel I am getting signs from them that I need to get off this bad habit that Facebook has become.

1. The first hints came from Facebook itself. Since late November, I seem to be spending more time in the FB jail for no good reason that I know. Except that someone somewhere in Facebookland doesn’t like my posts and opinions.

And willy-nilly, without any explanation, this PUBLIC (!) company decides to violate my right of free speech under the First Amendment. I find that unacceptable in the US of A.

2. Second, on Jan 31, I was guided by my spirit guides to post this commentary – about the declining business at Twitter and Facebook. Evidently, many other people are starting to feel the same way. https://www.facebook.com/bob.djurdjevic/posts/10212790825020362

3. Third, just today, Feb 2, a post came up from four years ago when I finished my month of voluntary silence. It was the second time in just over a year that I had done something like that: Turned off most of my man-made technology.

BREAKING THE SILENCE: MAN-MADE TECHNOLOGY SUCKS… …SUCKING OUT OUR FREEDOM AND PRIVACY – For more, see… https://wp.me/p1jFeo-uO.

“Will you join me in this “silent revolution”? – I asked at the end of that 2014 editorial.

Alas, I did not heed my own recommendation. The US-engineered coup in Ukraine later that month in 2014 suck me back into geopolitical reporting and analysis. Just like when I worked as a war correspondent for over a decade in the 1990s.

And starting with that coup, things went from bad to worse… in this country and around the world. So I hung in there with developing news.

4. Fourth, I just saw this guest post by Mary about what happened when she quit Facebook in 2015. In word, NOTHING BAD. She can only cite GOOD experiences as a result.

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Check out what she said:

“Last month, I made the decision to say goodbye to my personal Facebook account. It was a decision that was in the back of my mind for a while. I took the plunge on May 6, 2015.

Since then, I’ve learned five important lessons.

1. I Don’t Have As Many Friends As I Thought

One my personal Facebook page, I had hundreds of “friends”. Once I said goodbye to my account, only a handful of them stayed in contact with me.

My birthday was less than two weeks after I made the decision to quit Facebook. In the previous years, most everyone on my friends list posted “happy birthday” to me.

Guess how many thought to call or text me? FIVE.

Most of them were family… which leads me to the next lesson.

2. I Don’t Care

Learning lesson one taught me lesson two. I don’t care about the lack of communication from my former Facebook “friends”.

The true friendships that I have are even more precious to me before. I value the few close friends I have more than I ever valued the fake ones I thought I had.

3. I Have More Free Time

I am amazed at how much time I really do have in a day. I knew I spent a good bit of time on Facebook, but I had no clue exactly how much.

I no longer feel the need to check my feed because I’m bored or out of habit. Instead, I use that time to do something productive or something I really enjoy.

4. I Am Happier

Let’s face it. Facebook is FULL of negativity… and I don’t want that in my life.

I am not the type of person who can just forget about something. So, when I would see a troubling post/picture, it would stay with me for days. I don’t want to focus on negativity in my life. I want to embrace the positive.

Since quitting Facebook, I am happier.

5. I Don’t Feel “Left Out”

I honestly thought that I would feel left out of the loop since quitting Facebook. I’ve found that I don’t. My friends and family inform me of any pertinent information I need to know.

Bonus Lesson #6: My Phone Battery Lasts Longer

It’s amazing how long a phone battery lasts when you are not constantly checking for updates and messages!  – http://moneysavingmom.com/2015/06/5-lessons-i-learned-after-quitting-facebook.html


UPDATE APRIL 11, 2018

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Facebook / Zuckerberg tells Senate hearing ‘we will fight election meddling’

Isn’t that also “election meddling?”

I thought the social media have duty to stay out of the political fray and defend everyone’s right to free speech.

But maybe that was in another America, in another century.

For more on FB’s own meddling, check out my “I QUIT” editorial (Feb 3, 2018)


UPDATE 2 – APR 11, 2018

FIX FAKEBOOK – 100 ZUCKERBERG CUTOUTS ON CAPITOL HILL

As Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg testified on Capitol Hill for the first time, an unnerving sight greeted visitors outside: an “army” of 100 life-sized cutouts of the CEO.

The display was meant to protest “disinformation” ahead of the tech giant’s congressional hearing. The campaign organized by Avaaz, a global activist group, featured 100 cutouts of Zuckerberg wearing a t-shirt that said “fix Fakebook.”

For more, see… ‘Army’ of 100 Zuckerberg cutouts protests Facebook CEO on Capitol Hill https://fxn.ws/2qnQx97


UPDATE AUG 8, 2018

Further on the Truth in Media story I HAD QUIT (FB, Twitter) OVER CENSORSHIP; INFOWARS NOW BLOCKED (Aug 7)

“At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” (George Orwell)

A 25-year veteran of the US House of Representatives and a former presidential candidate, Ron Paul, echoed today in his own words the above famous George Orwell sentiment.

‘Truth is treason in empire of lies’: Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship

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After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman from Texas told RT that social media crackdowns are part of a broader effort to silence dissent in the US.

While social media could be a “real delight” and very informative, the biggest role social networks are playing is “working with the government,” Ron Paul told RT on Tuesday. The government is indirectly regulating speech through companies like Twitter and Facebook, he added.

“You get accused of treasonous activity and treasonous speech because in an empire of lies the truth is treason,” Paul said. “Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

Paul served in the House of Representatives for over 25 years before retiring in 2013 and setting up the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director, Daniel McAdams, found himself suspended from Twitter on Monday, apparently for retweeting a comment by radio show host Scott Horton.

Horton, who is also the editorial director of Antiwar.com, was suspended for criticizing journalist Jonathan M. Katz, after Katz complained to Twitter and got former former State Department employee and author Peter Van Buren banned from the platform.

“I’m just hoping that technology can stay ahead of it all and that we can have real alternatives to the dependency on Twitter and other companies that have been working hand in glove with the government,” Paul told RT.

“And if we, some of us, tell the truth about our government, they call us treasonous and say we’re speaking out of line and they’d like to punish us, and I think that’s part of what’s happening with social media,” he added.

Also, see… RON PAUL SPEAKS OUT: HAS US LIED ABOUT MH-17 TO JUSTIFY CONFRONTATION WITH RUSSIA? (Aug 12, 2014)


UPDATE AUG 13, 2018

Social media censorship blowback

The blowback from attempting to stifle ideas and speech has a long history, matched only by the history people have failed to learn from.

Infowars’ Alex Jones claims 5.6 million extra subscribers since being censored, so did he win?

“Infowars has had the highest traffic it’s ever had – 5.6 million new subscribers in the past 48 hours – and so has my radio show,”Jones told the Daily Mail, referring to his newsletter and podcast.

That claim means over 5 million extra subscribers, in just a matter of days, may have signed up to watch him and his Infowars organisation deliver their little nuggets of hate and conspiracy. Not exactly the outcome the would-be censors were looking for. The blowback from attempting to stifle ideas and speech has a long history, matched only by the history of people failing to learn from it.

Social media platforms risk creating the right-wing answer to Star Wars’ Obi Wan Kenobi: strike him down and he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

There have been a range of high profile voices warning against censoring Jones who, while widely-watched, appears to the majority like little more than a vicious but comic figure screaming red-faced diatribes.

Jordan Peterson, the highly-popular Canadian psychology professor who is himself often the target of the political left, commented on Twitter about the Jones case saying: “never persecute someone paranoid, lest you justify his paranoia.”

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/9c27

REVERSE RACISM OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER “ELITE” IS SPREADING

NOW IT IS MOSTLY WHITE CHRISTIANS WHO ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST

“Multiculturalism” has been one of the key mantras of the New World Order “elite.” It is being heralded around the world as “goodness.”  The European migrant crisis of 2015 is a case in point. Because it will supposedly make Europe more multicultural and tolerant.

In reality, “multiculturalism” is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is a thinly veiled reverse racism.  In the past, discrimination against the White Christians was done more subtly. Now it has become quite overt.

Now, now the masks have dropped. All pretense abandoned. “Multiculturalism” has morphed into raw reverse racism. Mostly against White Christians, but also against other minorities, such as in Israel, for example.

I called such reverse racism a “dictatorship of minorities” in my WASHINGTON TIMES Aug 1997 column DANCING ‘ROUND THE GOLDEN CALF (Dumbing Down of America – my title of it):

“The same kinds of people invented the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” and applied it to the unsuspecting Russians. Now, they are trying to ram a “dictatorship of the minorities” down the naive Americans’ throats.”

It is no longer just America that is being dumbed down. The world of Hate and Intolerance is spreading. And the New World Order’s Priests of Hate are ringing their hands in glee. The more hate, the more wars, the more cannon fodder and profit for the “death merchants” and their partners in crime.

MULTICULTURALISM

August 1, 2018

South Africa to change constitution to legalize taking away white farmers’ land WITHOUT COMPENSATOIN

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the ruling African National Congress must initiate a parliamentary process to enshrine in the constitution a proposed amendment, paving the way for land grabs without compensation.

Ramaphosa, who vowed to return the lands owned by the white farmers since the 1600s to the country’s black population after he assumed office in February this year, said on Tuesday that the ANC would introduce a constitutional amendment in parliament.

“The ANC will through the parliamentary process finalize the proposed amendment to the constitution that outlines more clearly the conditions under which expropriation of land without compensation can be effected,” Ramaphosa, a prominent trade union leader and a close associate of Nelson Mandela, said in a televised address on Tuesday.

The millionaire ex-businessman argued that “it has become pertinently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit” about the proposal, which is viewed by the South African white minority as forceful expulsion that can incite violence against farmers.

There have been growing fears that the planned expropriation will deal a blow to commercial farming in the country and might put it on the verge of a food production crisis, like the one that struck Zimbabwe when it unleashed a similar crackdown on white farmers in 1999-2000.

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/9bhc

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Feb 22, 2018

EUROPE: “TOO MANY HAPPY WHITE PEOPLE” IN HUNGARY

A Hungarian city’s bid to become the European Union’s next “Capital of Culture” was allegedly rejected by EU officials because its video entry showed too many smiling, dancing, white Christians, the city’s mayor says.

Székesfehérvár, Hungary’s ninth-largest city, submitted a short video as part of its entry for the 2023 European Capitals of Culture contest, a competition designed to “celebrate the cultural features Europeans share.” Featuring folk dancers, young couples, mothers, babies and even two elderly gentlemen playing chess in a park, the video was rejected. The EU panel of “independent experts in the field of culture” felt it had too many happy white people and not enough migrants, the city’s mayor Dr András Cser-Palkovics has claimed.

Speaking at a press conference after the panel’s ruling, Cser-Palkovics said that his city’s entry never received a fair hearing, and that the panel’s decision was purely political.

According to Cser-Palkovics, one member of the jury of “experts,” whom he identified as a Belgian politician, strongly disapproved of the promotional video, calling it a “propaganda film for white Christian Europe” in which “everyone is white, happy and dancing in the streets.”

He said that the panel criticized the film for leaving out “the poor and migrants” while having too many “crosses and churches.”

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For more, see… https://on.rt.com/8znx


Feb 22, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: NEW (BLACK) PRESIDENT THREATENS WHITES WITH “EXPROPRIATION WITHOUT COMPENSATION”

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country.

The government plans to accelerate land redistribution through expropriation without compensation.

“The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate the redistribution of land to black South Africans,” said Ramaphosa, who was sworn into office to succeed Jacob Zuma as president last week.

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For more, see… https://on.rt.com/8zpz


June 18, 2018

“KILL THE BOER” CALLS RING OUT ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA AS WHITE FARMERS BECOME FAIR GAME FOR BLACK LAND GRABBERS

Calls “Kill the Boer” are ringing out across South Africa. ‘Boer’ is the Dutch and Afrikaans noun for ‘farmer’ and also denotes the descendants of the then-Dutch-speaking settlers in southern Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, descendants of the Boers are also referred to as ‘Afrikaners’ – a South African ethnic group descended from predominantly Dutch settlers.

The question about the chants to “kill the Boers” was raised by minority rights group AfriForum. According to AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets, South Africa’s governing party, African National Congress (ANC), and radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party chanted the slogan recently at their gatherings. There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks primarily against white farmers in 2016-17, AfriForum said.

One of the ways of stopping the violence is giving land back to the South African people, Mlengana said. White farmers, despite being a minority in South Africa, own 72 percent of the country’s farms.

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/97oo


REVERSE RACISM AT US COLLEGES

U.S.: At Harvard University, whites make up less than a quarter of the student population, yet make up more than 70% of the US population

This has led to censorship, intolerance, violence, and the kind of reverse racism that one only talked about in hushed tones around the water cooler. They have become hotbeds of the kind of intolerance and fanatic fascist behavior that they claim the right falls for.

The brainwashing is so intense now that many of these students aren’t so easily swayed back to the world of the living, breathing, hard-working Americans.

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For more, see…  https://thefederalistpapers.org/us/look-liberal-colleges-stir-trouble


REVERSE RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL

I could go on. But you get the picture. I called such reverse racism a “dictatorship of minorities” in my WASHINGTON TIMES Aug 1997 column DANCING ‘ROUND THE GOLDEN CALF (Dumbing Down of America – my title of it):

“The same kinds of people invented the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” and applied it to the unsuspecting Russians. Now, they are trying to ram a “dictatorship of the minorities” down the naive Americans’ throats.”

Don’t get me wrong. Racism of any kind is unacceptable. Because action begets reaction.

The shortsighted “liberals,” who are among the most INTOLERANT segments of our population, don’t realize that they brought the wrath of Donald Trump and some of his bigoted rightwing followers on themselves – by trying to ram their “multicultural” and other reverse racism policies down the throats of the majority of the population.

As a result, American is now more polarized than it has been in over half a century. The only peaceful way forward is to abandon racism of any kind. Which includes the kind of  “multiculturalism” which banishes the “happy white Christians” in Hungary, for example. Or one which wants to expropriate land in South Africa without compensation. Or one which punishes the white student college applicants in America because of the color of their skin.

JE ME SOUVIENS… I REMEMBER

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An American in Serbia: From a Writer’s Notebook


JULY 23, 2018

VISIT TO TAŠMAJDAN PARK, NATO WAR MEMORIAL EVOKES WARTIME MEMORIES

Maybe it’s because today is the 23rd (day of the month). On April  23, 1999, NATO committed one of its most heinous crimes against humanity. It bombed the Serb TV building. Which is in my neighborhood here. 

A walk through the Tašmajdan Park the other day, and again last night, evoked wartime memories of my visits to Belgrade as a Truth in Media war correspondent. And this morning, they bubbled up again like a geyser of emotions. 

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WHY WE CAN AND SHOULD FORGIVE BUT MUST NEVER FORGET

We can and should forgive someone who shows real contrition for the wrongs he or she had done. The ultimate judgment is not up to us. 

“It is not for us to judge (other people),” Patriarch Pavle told me during one of our many meetings. “That’s something God will do. All we can do is try to do our best. (And trust that) He will weigh everything precisely and fairly.”

But we must never forget. Because everything that happens in life is a lesson. We must not forget the lessons our experiences teach us. Lest we want to come back and relive them again.

Yet I sometimes hear people here in Belgrade shrug when the subject of NATO’s bombing comes up. I hear some even want Serbia to join NATO. Like, “who cares.”  Montenegro did it even though it was also bombed in 1999.

Who cares?

The souls of the NATO victims care. Their families care. They will never shrug off the Gang Rape of a Small Country, as I called it contemporaneously in my reports and speeches.

So how dare we forget something like this…

Take a look at this video a posted a couple of years ago on the anniversary of NATO’s attack on Serbia.

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A GANG RAPE OF SERBIA: Another Day of Infamy 3-24-1999– a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – March 24, 2016 – music from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” finale recorded by ALTZAR in 2014 – includes original clips from wartime videos, along with Truth in Media photos


 

VISIT TO THE PARK, WAR CRIME SCENE

After sitting on a park bench for awhile (on July 20), I took a shortcut toward the Palilula market and unexpectedly ended up at a war crimes scene. This is where 16 people died on April 23, 1999 when NATO bombed the Radio and Television Station of Serbia. It was the first such attack on media (Bombing of the Serb TV and other civilians targets in and around Belgrade, 13 images, Truth in Media).

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I was actually in Serbia in April of that year covering the bombing as a Truth in Media war correspondent. And I remember coming back here again in September of 1999 to pay my respects to my Serbian media colleagues who died here. But I had nearly forgotten all about it until I took this shortcut to the market.

May NATO war crimes against innocent Serbian people never be forgotten even if they are not prosecuted the New World Order “kangaroo court” in the Hague.

 

AN ACT OF STATE TERRORISM

Looking at this memorial, I contemplated this terrorist strike that took place here the night of Apr 23, 1999.  This was not an act of war against Slobodan Milosevic and his government. This was a war crime, a mass murder of innocent civilians.

And it was an act of terrorism against the two Orthodox churches within a 100 yards of the target, and the tens of thousands of Belgrade residents who live nearby.  That would have included me and my current flat.

Here’s part of the report I filed “live” from Phoenix on Apr 22, 1999.

This just in from a TiM source in Belgrade (4:18AM, local time, Apr 23, 1999):

“Horrible scenes shown on Belgrade’s Studio B (independent) TV station. Injured and dead people are being pulled out of the rubble (at Aberdareva Street). It is estimated that there were at least 70 people inside the Serb TV building when it was struck. This was meant to KILL PEOPLE, not just disable Serb TV. They could have destroyed the transmitters to disrupt, diminish and degrade. They chose to destroy and murder. One of the missiles apparently hit the entrance of the building.”

I know what that feels like. I have had bombs and missiles strike close to me when I was in Serbia in April 1999. In fact, the day before the Serb  TV bombing, I had just returned from Belgrade to my Arizona home. And had filed a report warning that the Serb TV may be the next target.

Here are excerpts from my contemporaneous wartime reports at the Truth in Media website.

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BELGRADE, Apr. 21, 1999 PDT – We’ve just been advised from Belgrade that NATO has signaled that its next target may be the Serb TV headquarters – by advising the foreign journalists to leave the SerbTV premises. Like NBC’s HQ at the Rockefeller Center, the Serb TV offices are in the heart of downtown, surrounded by residential and other office buildings.

The Yugoslav federal minister for information, Goran Matic, led a group of 100 domestic and foreign journalists last night on a tour of Serb TV buildings, so as to show them its purely civilian nature. A number of foreign correspondents reportedly decided to stay at the Serb TV building as another “human shield” against NATO’s madness.

https://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/War/day29up1.html

 

Belgrade              3. Serb TV Knocked Off the Air; Many Civilian Casualties Reported

BELGRADE, Apr. 22, 1999 PDT – NATO’s bombing targets have indeed become amazingly predictable. Just as we warned yesterday that Serb TV headquarters may become NATO’s next target (see Day 29, Update 1, Item 3, Apr. 21), it happened today at about 2:00AM Belgrade time (Apr. 23).

Ron Allen, MSNBC correspondent in Belgrade, has just reported from his hotel in Belgrade that there were apparently “a lot of civilian casualties, and a huge amount of damage over there.”

A TiM source in Belgrade reports that the Church of St. Marko, Holy Trinity, a Russian Orthodox Church, and the professional children theater, “Dusko Radovic” – all within 100 yards of the Serb TV building – were also damaged by the explosion.

“The (Serb TV) building is burning and all of downtown Belgrade is in heavy smoke,” our source reports.

The Yugoslav parliament and Belgrade’s central PTT (post office) are also within a couple of hundred yards or so of  tonight’s target.  It is unclear what damage, if any, they sustained from this NATO missile strike.

This just in from a TiM source in Belgrade (4:18AM, local time, Apr 23, 1999):

“Horrible scenes shown on Belgrade’s Studio B (independent) TV station. Injured and dead people are being pulled out of the rubble (at Aberdareva Street). It is estimated that there were at least 70 people inside the Serb TV building when it was struck. This was meant to KILL PEOPLE, not just disable Serb TV. They could have destroyed the transmitters to disrupt, diminish and degrade. They chose to destroy and murder. One of the missiles apparently hit the entrance of the building.”

TiM Ed.: If there were ever any doubt before that Clinton, Blair, Chirac, Schroeder, Clark and other NATO leaders who are responsible for such wanton murder of innocent civilians, may find themselves one day facing a war crimes trial, such doubts were removed today. In fact, a group of Serbian legal experts from the Law Faculty in Belgrade had already drafted articles of such charges earlier this month.

But as in any trial, one first has to have the accused in custody. Which is unlikely to happen, unless the NATO madmen persist with their march to WW III. Which they are surely going to lose. Or at least, not win. For, there may be no winners in a nuclear holocaust.

https://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/War/day30.html

 

ANOTHER WAR MEMORIAL

Steps away from this war crime scene, I saw another war memorial. This one is to all Serbian victims of the Yugoslav wars during 1991-2000.

 

 

“How many is that?,” I wondered.

THE FORGOTTEN EXODUS

The Wikipedia data, which is based on the”victors” (NATO) statistic for the consumption of the western readers, cite between 35,000 and 40,000 Serbs killed. Additional statistics show that nearly a million refugees (983,000) poured into Serbia, fleeing the wars in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

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And all that happened while the US and western governments and media pinned the blame on the Serbs as “aggressors”. And, in fact, aided and abetted the local warlords in this gigantic act of “ethnic cleansing.”

Check out this Truth in Media page from 1995. We had actually underestimated the number of Serbs driven out of Croatia. Subsequent data put that number at 300,000.

“New World Order” at Work: Serb Exodus (1995)

Over 200,000 Serbs from Croatia, Bosnia were “ethnically cleansed” in the summer of 1995 alone in a U.S.-masterminded and aided “blitzkrieg,” followed by a NATO bombing of Bosnian Serbs in September 1995


 

SERBIA REMEMBERS NIKOLAI II… AND HONORS RUSSIAN CZAR AND HIS FAMILY, SLAIN 100 YEARS AGO

An exclusive special video news report from the streets of Belgrade

When I went to Saint Marko cathedral on July 12 to light a candles for my father and brother, as I usually do, I also stopped at the nearby Russian Holy Trinity church. A sign on the door said that there was going to be special liturgy on July 17 at 11:00 to commemorate the last Russian Csar, Nikolai II.

I knew that he and his family were brutally murdered on that day exactly 100 years ago. So I made a note to be sure to come back and attend the service. Instead, I was an eyewitness to and a reporter from a large procession that wound its way from the Holy Trinity Church, past the Parliament Building to Terazije and down King Milan street.

Here’s an exclusive special video news report about this event. Be sure to pay careful to attention to my narration about a conversation I had with two Russian officers who were part of the procession. The conversation was in Serbian and the two officers were most likely Serbs.

“So why wear a Russian military uniform?” I asked one of them.

“Because he is a spy,” the officer who was marching behind him joked. Or maybe he did not. 🙂

Anyway, it was exciting and to be the first to file a “live” report from such an important event.


 

A PHOTO ALBUM FROM THE EVENT


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY… JULY 16, 1918

100 YEARS AGO: CZAR NICHOLAS II AND HIS FAMILY EXECUTED BY COMMUNISTS

Czar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks on this day in In Yekaterinburg, Russia, bringing an end to the three-century-old Romanov dynasty.
Crowned in 1896, Nicholas was neither trained nor inclined to rule, which did not help the autocracy he sought to preserve among a people desperate for change. The disastrous outcome of the Russo-Japanese War led to the Russian Revolution of 1905, which ended only after Nicholas approved a representative assembly–the Duma–and promised constitutional reforms.
The czar soon retracted these concessions and repeatedly dissolved the Duma when it opposed him, contributing to the growing public support for the Bolsheviks and other revolutionary groups. In 1914, Nicholas led his country into another costly war–World War I–that Russia was ill-prepared to win. Discontent grew as food became scarce, soldiers became war weary and devastating defeats at the hands of Germany demonstrated the ineffectiveness of Russia under Nicholas.
In March 1917, revolution broke out on the streets of Petrograd (now St. Petersburg) and Nicholas was forced to abdicate his throne later that month. That November, the radical socialist Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir Lenin, seized power in Russia from the provisional government, sued for peace with the Central Powers and set about establishing the world’s first communist state.
Civil war broke out in Russia in June 1918, and in July the anti-Bolshevik “White” Russian forces advanced on Yekaterinburg, where Nicholas and his family were located, during a campaign against the Bolshevik forces. Local authorities were ordered to prevent a rescue of the Romanovs, and after a secret meeting of the Yekaterinburg Soviet, a death sentence was passed on the imperial family.
Late on the night of July 16, Nicholas, Alexandra, their five children and four servants were ordered to dress quickly and go down to the cellar of the house in which they were being held. There, the family and servants were arranged in two rows for a photograph they were told was being taken to quell rumors that they had escaped. Suddenly, a dozen armed men burst into the room and gunned down the imperial family in a hail of gunfire. Those who were still breathing when the smoked cleared were stabbed to death.
The remains of Nicholas, Alexandra and three of their children were excavated in a forest near Yekaterinburg in 1991 and positively identified two years later using DNA fingerprinting.
The Crown Prince Alexei and one Romanov daughter were not accounted for, fueling the persistent legend that Anastasia, the youngest Romanov daughter, had survived the execution of her family. Of the several “Anastasias” that surfaced in Europe in the decade after the Russian Revolution, Anna Anderson, who died in the United States in 1984, was the most convincing. In 1994, however, scientists used DNA to prove that Anna Anderson was not the czar’s daughter but a Polish woman named Franziska Schanzkowska.

A special exclusive news report

 

 

PUTIN SLAMS AUSTRIAN INTERVIEWER IN GERMAN FOR BADGERING HIM

Russian president offers a lesson in belligerent media handling Trump could learn from

Vladimir Putin’s interview with Armin Wolf, a reporter with the Austrian state ORF TV channel, in advance of the Russian president’s today’s visit to Austria, was a work of art.

As if to justify his last name, the reporter attacked Putin like a wolf, rudely interrupting the Russian president before he could finish his answers. It is a tactic that other lamestream media reporters (i.e., Megyn Kelly of Fox News) also used when Donald Trump was running for president.

Unlike Trump, Putin never lost his cool. Instead, he slammed the Austrian media hound dog, the Wolf if you prefer :-), resorting to perfect German so that both the reporter and the Austrian audience would get the message.

Take a look at this excerpt from the interview.


Putin also took a swing at George Soros, the controversial American-Hungarian billionaire  who has supported numerous NGOs in different countries, including in the Ukraine.

There is such a person in the US, Mr Soros, who interferes in affairs all over the world.  There are rumors circulating now that Mr Soros is planning to make the euro highly volatile. Experts are already discussing this.

Ask the [US] State Department why he is doing this,” Putin said“The State Department will say that it has nothing to do with them – rather it is Mr Soros’ private affair.”

Putin also commented on the Korean crisis.

“If the North Korean leader is backing up his intentions with practical actions, for example, giving up new tests of ballistic missiles, new nuclear tests, the other side should reciprocate in a tangible manner,” he said, calling regular US military drills in the area “counterproductive.”

For more, see… https://on.rt.com/96uiA

WHAT BIBI WANTS, BIBI GETS

America’s de facto President stages a dog and pony show in Tel Aviv

Netanyahu claims Israel has proof that Iran lied and violated 2015 nuclear treaty

Have you ever seen any head of state give a speech in which he used slides and props like a computer salesman?

I have not. The closest any politician came to it in my experience was Ross Perot. The former head of the then largest computer services company in the world, used charts and graphs in his 1992 presidential campaign as if he were at an IBM board meeting to make his case against NAFTA and other globalist projects.

But Perot was not a head of state. So this evening, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made history when he used slides, charts and props to make his case that Iran has lied and violated the 2015 nuclear treaty.

“After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret files,” he said. “In 2017 Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran.”

Netanyahu explained that “half a ton” of documents from the secret Iranian archives were obtained by Israel in “a great intelligence achievement.” He claimed that the files contain incriminating evidence that Iran has been working to develop a nuclear bomb as part of a program called “Project Amad.”

You can watch the entire Bibi dog and pony show here which was broadcast nationally this evening out of Tel Aviv.

I watched it. By chance. I was searching for something on the web when Bibi’s speech popped up on Fox News.

When he was finished, I must say Netanyahu made a strong case against Iran. And for why Donald Trump should pull the US out of the Iran nuclear treaty on May 12. But there is always the other side of a coin.

But he offered no real explanation how “half a ton” of Iran’s most sensitive nuclear documents were snatched away by Israel from Iran’s top secret site. That sounds like something right out of a James Bond film. And as we all know, Bond was a fictional character.

For all we know, both Bibi’s slides and those document files could be mockups. In other words, fake. Just like that nuclear bomb cartoon the Israeli prime minister embarrassed himself with when he paraded it before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012.

 

“TRUST BUT VERIFY”

So before Trump wholeheartedly embraced everything Netanyahu said today as gospel truth (which the US president has already done!), he should have heeded the advice of one of his predecessors. It was Ronald Reagan who coined the phrase “trust but verify” when he negotiated with Gorbachev, the head of the Soviet Union in the 1980s.

Alas, this is 2018, And Trump’s Middle East policy can be summed up as “trust and bombast.” And bomb anyone Israel considers an enemy.

Netanyahu’s dog and pony show also brought back memories of two other historical events – one from business, another from political history.

THE IBM S/360 DECEPTION

During the half a century of the two Watson’s leadership, IBM had built up a reputation of being lily white and holier than Thou when it comes to telling the truth. The 1956 Consent Decree, in fact, compelled it to do so.

So when IBM announced its now legendary S/360 line of computers in April 1964, which changed the world of computing for ever, few people had even an inkling that some of the computer models on display were cardboard or wooden cutouts. The world had to wait 26 years for IBM to come clean.

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Tom Watson Jr, the IBM CEO who made the announcement, fessed up in his 1990 autobiographical book “Father, Son & Co”

“Not all of the equipment on display was real,” Watson wrote.  “Some units were just mock-ups made of wood..”

He claimed, in an effort to exculpate himself, that IBM had disclosed that “to our guests.” But even this writer, who spent over 8 years with IBM during the mainframe hay days, and several decades following the company as an analyst, had never heard of this 1964 IBM deception until 1990. (see Mainframe at 40, Apr 2004).

NETANYAHU: SHOW US THE BEEF

So if even the pristine IBM was capable of such a ruse, why should we trust Bibi’s slides and props? After all, we know that when he said, “Iran lied; big time,” it was the pot calling the kettle black.

Which takes us back to Regan’s “trust but verify.” I did not hear Netanyahu saying that he invited Iran’s friends and allies, like Russia, Lebanon, Venezuela etc., to verify the authenticity of the “half a ton” of documents Israel supposedly stole from Iran.

Until such time that an independent body of international experts affirms that what Netanyahu said is true, we have no more reason to believe him than we did Iran when that country claimed that it had ended its nuclear weapons program.

So a wise independent observer should keep his mind open. and not be swayed by a powerful visual marketing pitch Netanyahu delivered today. As Trump was, for example.

But then, that’s how “stable geniuses” behave. They think they know everything and do not require proof.

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UPDATE APRIL 15, 2018

WHO’S AMERICA’S BOSS? NIKKI OR DONALD? ACTUALLY, NEITHER. IT IS BIBI.

Nikki Haley reverses Trump, says US troops are to stay in Syria

She is “a tsunami of fresh air,” Israel’s PM Netanyahu lauds Haley

The US will not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals are accomplished there, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US currently has over 2,000 troops in Syria and a number of contractors. 

Haley added that the US wants to ensure that chemical weapons are not used in a way that is of risk to US interests, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is defeated, and Iran’s actions are monitored.“Be very clear, if we leave, when we leave, it will be because we know that everything is moving forward,” Haley added (click here for more).

Yet less than three weeks ago, Donald Trump, who is ostensibly Nikki’s boss, and the US president, said the opposite:

“We’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’ll be coming out of Syria like very soon. Let the other people take care of it now,” Trump said at an Ohio public event. “We are going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.” (Mar 29, 2018 – see LIKE CUBA, LIKE SYRIA?).

 

This was not the first time Nikki had contradicted Donald and successfully sabotaged the President’s overtures toward peace. Last July, Trump and Putin met for the first time on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany,. And it was love at first sight.

“I had a tremendous meeting yesterday with President Putin,” Trump said on July 8  while speaking with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

It must have been. The meeting was scheduled to last 30-40 minutes. It went on for 2:16 hours. Even Melania could not pry her husband away from Putin (see https://wp.me/p3QU1S-2kr).

But Nikki did.

‘We cannot trust Russia & we won’t ever trust Russia’ – she squawked the same day in a CNN interview.

This was the Truth in Media comment the same day (July 8):

Right on cue. Now it remains to be seen who is in charge here – Trump or the NWO foreign policy masters.

If it is the former, Trump should fire Haley immediately for insubordination. It is the President, not the UN ambassador, who makes foreign policy.

And if Trump does not, then well… we’ll also have an answer as to who is in charge, won’t we?”

Less than three weeks later, we got our answer. Haley and her backers won. Trump backed down. And a new round of Russia sanctions was imposed (see Who’s whose flunkey? – Nikki Haley: Another Adherent of the Nothing Creed, Dec 2017).

And Nikki scored for again in December 2017, when Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel (see ANOTHER DAY WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY).

What dives Nikki such power?

It’s not what. It’s who. And in a word, it is Bibi.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, seems to be her real boss and biggest fan.

In early March, Netanyahu told Nikki that she was like a “tsunami of fresh air” at the UN.

“I wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the defense of Israel and the truth that the president and you bring into these cloistered halls that are so damp, you know, with anti-Israel venom,” Netanyahu said Thursday in his meeting with Haley at the United Nations in New York. “It’s not a breath of fresh air, it’s like a tsunami of fresh air.” (from Times of Israel, Mar 8, 2018).

So Haley might as well be recognized as Israel’s ambassador at the UN. And Bibi as America’s real boss. Because the president we currently have at the White House is cow-towing to both of them.

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UPDATE JULY 16, 2018

BIBI APARTHEID

Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated

Like Botha’s South Africa, Like Bibi’s Israel

Law will ‘reveal ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance’, Hebrew University professor says

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The proposed legislation being pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi), Israel’s PM, would allow the state to “authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community”.

Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.

In its current state, the draft would also permit Jewish religious law to be implemented in certain cases and remove Arabic as an official language.

Many Israeli neighbourhoods and towns are already effectively segregated, with residents either vastly Jewish or Arab. In many places, it is tough for an Arab to move in, although segregation is not legal.

Writing in the progressive-leaning Haaretz newspaper, Mordechai Kremnitzer, from the faculty of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the bill would “remove the mask so as to reveal the ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance”.

For more, see…  https://goo.gl/bmdQt5


ANOTHER CAVE-IN FOR PUTIN, RUSSIA

Russia extends overflight privileges of US carriers ahead of deadline

On Monday, the tough-talking Nikki Haley, the virtual US president and the unofficial Israel’s ambassador at the UN, announced new and tougher sanctions on Russia. They followed this weekend’s US-UK-French missile attacks on Syria which went unanswered by Russia despite Putin’s bluster and the flurry of his officials’ threats beforehand (see PUTIN: TALK IS CHEAP, ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS, 

What was Russia’s response to these new sanctions?

A cave in. An utter and complete cave-in. Here’s an RT.COM story about it:

Moscow has extended overflight privileges of US carriers flying over Russia, hours before they were due to expire, the US State Department said, noting that it continues working with Moscow to secure “benefits” for US companies.

The US State Department announced that it has been relentlessly working with Moscow to extend an agreement which allows American passenger and cargo planes to fly in Russian airspace, drastically saving time and fuel on long-distance flights. Hours before the overflight agreement was due to expire at 7:59pm (2359 GMT), the State Department confirmed that Russia granted the much-needed extension.

“The Ministry of Transport informed us today that it will extend overflight approvals for US airlines for operations on three routes through October 28, 2018,” the US State Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Tuesday. “The Ministry of Transport extended approvals for all-cargo flights from Asia to Europe through April 20.”

Putin might as well be a card-carrying member of the New World Order. His job is to be a patsy and play a bogey. Because without such “enemies,” the NWO motto – “perpetual war for perpetual commerce” would fail. With such “enemies,” the NWO flourishes.

What a bunch of fools the Russians who voted for him last month are. As are the millions of others around the world who see Putin as a hero who will free the world from the American-Israeli hegemony.

Yeah, right. Like Philippe Pétain saved France from Hitler? Or Gorbachev saved the Soviet Union from the West?

Lest we forget: Putin suggested to Bill Clinton in 2000 that Russia should join NATO.

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TRUMP IS (FINALLY) COMING TO BRITAIN

And the Queen Does Not Look Amused

How Crass Has Replaced Class in Last 60 Years

It’s been a long time coming. The British had to swallow a lot of pride and forget many insults which their leaders hurled at Donald Trump during the election when they extended this invitation for the US president to visit them.  And many still may be holding their noses when Trump finally does arrive for a state visit. But here it is… the date has been announced.

And it will be Friday the 13th! (of July). This irony is the a small consolation for a nation that once “ruled the world,” and now has to bow before an American real estate wheeler-dealer who calls himself . Nevertheless, many anti-Trump protests are also expected across Britain, like the one shown in this photo.

What about the Queen? How does she feel about being arm-twisted into inviting someone like that to the Buckingham Palace? Well, she does not look amused, does she?

While Trump, on the other hand, will be living his dream. He is already reportedly getting his hairdresser to work on his hair design for that event. 🙂 [written tongue-in-cheek – to see more of these wonderfully photoshopped Trump-Queen spoofs, click on https://goo.gl/wxQrZA)

Meanwhile, here’s a New York Times story about Trump’s upcoming visit to Britain.

It may surprise you to know that Trump will be only the third US president to be honored with a state visit to Britain. Only two American presidents had been there on a state visit before: George W. Bush, in 2003; and Barack Obama, in 2011. As part of a triumphant tour of Europe in 1961, President John F. Kennedy also traveled to London, but was not granted the pomp of a state visit. Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, had a private dinner with the queen.

Why Did the Kennedys Not Get a State Visit?

Considering how popular the Kennedys were in the global post-election euphoria in 1961, you may be wondering why the young Queen Elizabeth II, who was about the same age, resented them?

Because they were rich, handsome and immensely popular, real “rock stars” even before such words entered the English language. Jack and Jackie represented the American glitz and glamor and everything else the shy and modest young queen loathed.

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(Any similarity between Jack and Jackie and Donald and Melania is, I am sure, purely coincidental 🙂 About the only thing they have in common is – money!).

For more on that, check out the Real Reason Queen Elizabeth II Didn’t Like Jacqueline Kennedy).

And yet now, in 2018, the 92-year old Queen has buckled under the pressures of business and politics, and has agreed to host the man would not have been even qualified to serve as a footman when she was a young monarch.

How things have changed in the last 60 years. Crass has now replaced class.