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China is no obstacle to the NWO

James Corbett has produced some excellent videos on the rise of China and its integration into the New World Order. Some have expressed hope that China may act as a bulwark to US led global hegemony but if confirmation were needed that this is a vain hope, it's now clear that China will lead the way in GMO foods and control of the internet. Meanwhile, the Trump theatre rolls into Brussels to be bedazzled by NATO extravagance in its over-budget, hubristic headquarters.

These issues are discussed on #NewWorldNextWeek, now posted on

NATO Woos Trump With 9/11 Wreckage - #NewWorldNextWeek (16 minute video)

cui bono (who benefits)? Those who profit from perpetual war and the enslavement of humanity

"If my sons did not want wars, there would be none."  - Gutle Schnapper, wife of Mayer Amschel Rothschild

Venezuela is at war, again

According to western media, the Venezuelan "opposition" is fighting against a tyrannical dictatorship - repeating the lies which emerged after Hugo Chavez rose to power 20 years ago, continued through a failed coup in 2002 and during the presidency of his successor, Nicolas Maduro.

The reality is that the usual external forces are in the process of attempting regime change, yet again.

"Regime Change”: US Policymakers Openly Plot Against Venezuela by Tony Cartalucci
The US media has been paying increasing attention to the unfolding crisis in the South American nation of Venezuela. As the US media has done elsewhere, it is attempting to portray the unfolding crisis as a result of a corrupt dictatorship fighting against a “pro-democracy” opposition.
In reality, it is simply a repeat of US-driven regime change aimed at toppling Venezuela’s independent state institutions and replacing them with institutions created by and for US special interests.

They've succeeded in Brazil and Argentina, failed in Ecuador but the Latin American "hit list" remains.

Venezuela has oil - cui bono (who benefits)?

On our doorstep

Examining false flags in faraway places is all very well but when they happen on your doorstep and people all around you are wringing their hands in sympathy for the alleged victims, emotional detachment is hard to sustain. However, it is essential to think coolly and rationally. It is impossible to state with conviction that the "bombing" of Manchester Arena was a false flag but the usual pattern of such events is unfolding, not least that the alleged perpetrator was "known to the security services" - that one fact is effectively the signature of a false flag.

Now is the time to absorb as much information as possible, from as many sources as possible, and preserve it. Snippets which "give the game away" are likely to be removed from the mainstream outlets which inadvertently leave clues in their theatrical productions for such events.

One story, repeated across media outlets, which may or may not be significant, is revealed by this search (on DuckDuckGo) "steve homeless man manchester" - is "Steve" who he claims to be? Was he really "pulling nails out of children's faces"? 

Tom Secker, who has done extensive work to examine 7/7 and other false flags, has written the following:

Who Bombed Manchester?by Tom Secker
Last night the Manchester Arena was bombed at the end of an Ariana Grande performance. While the police are saying that the perpetrator died in the attack, there are several reasons to suspect a wider plot.

Piecing together the real narrative will take time but collaboratively we can find the truth - not by parroting unsubstantiated assertions. We need to piece together the evidence, much of which will be circumstantial but there are also likely to be compelling pieces of evidence which render the official narrative false.

Damaged heroes/heroines

Whistleblowers. We have good reason to be grateful to them. Without the information they expose, it would be much harder to piece together the jigsaw of the political economy. However, we should treat all information and sources with circumspection, particularly when they are given prominence in media. Spycraft inevitably includes "turning" trusted sources and it would be exceptional should Chelsea, née Bradley, Manning not have been subjected to deep psychological trauma.  As this article from 4 years ago notes, "be careful what you fall for".

The Chelsea Manning bombshell: Be careful what you fall for by Sophie McAdam
Imagine you´re Bradley Manning, the whistle-blowing soldier with worldwide fame, a hero to many and an enemy of the state to those in the highest echelons of power. You´ve spent over three years awaiting trial in an army prison, with conditions described as ´cruel, inhumane and degrading´. You have been denied visits, shackled and made to strip naked, held in solitary confinement for 11 months, and subject to treatment which most civilized countries classify as torture. Finally, your trial begins. It is conducted in secret and widely criticized for not being fair. After almost three months of court proceedings, a guilty verdict is given. You face 35 years in prison, and even your lawyer is inconsolable.

It may seem harsh or disloyal to abandon or ignore someone who has suffered so but we need to discriminate between the damaged human being who deserves our respect and gratitude and the "stories" that are released to divide, confuse and distract from what really matters. Bradley Manning exposed mass, cold blooded, murder by a US helicopter crew in collusion with their base command. There is no reason to believe this was anything less than the tip of the iceberg of atrocities committed US, NATO and the "coalition of the willing".

We support this corrupt edifice of the political economy; we are responsible.