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Group: firstname.lastname@example.org Url: https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email#!forum/the-free-thinkers-email/topics - Philippine Politics [4 Updates] http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/283cdf43c8866405 - Will “They” Really Try to Kill President Duterte? Trump? [1 Update] http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/d09e846661889c78 ============================================================================= Topic: Philippine Politics Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/283cdf43c8866405 ============================================================================= ---------- 1 of 4 ---------- From: Ian Robertson <iansrobert...@gmail.com> Date: Oct 18 02:16PM +0800 Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/3786c5077eaa3 If you were to rely on MSM for your info on the Duterte 'drug war' you would be subject to complete liberal propaganda. If you imagine from MSM that Duterte is trying to transform Philippines from a free-market social liberal democracy into a socialist state you are being fed complete nonsense. For some of the deeper reasons Duterte detests and mistrusts the Americans (and particularly the CIA plant Obama) read this. http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/09/09/obama-duterte-blow-up-what-corporate-media-doesnt-get.html Philippines has labored under the pro-American corrupt 'Yellow-Liberals' (party of the oligarchs) since Marcos was turfed out (by the CIA). Steadily sinking into a swamp of corruption fueled by methamphetamine (shabu locally). Country was drowning in corruption with petty crime completely rampant. Legal system riddled with corruption and bandit-lawyers. Population 'farmed' by a class of oligarchs, and exploited. Scams and bribes everywhere. The remote areas with no real formal government or security, and effectively administered by the NPA (Maoist bandits), deteriorating security in the south with rising extremist Al Qaeda affiliates. (And we all know who funds them). Mainstream politics increasingly funded with Shabu money. 'Honest' politicians can't raise enough money and the drug-funded politicians buy all the votes. Stopping the completely widespread shabu drug trade a national emergency to stem the widespread corruption infesting civil life, politics, and increasingly the army and police. Separating the Philippines from American attempts to provoke China another national emergency. So far Duterte has been a brilliant pragmatist. He has put the fear of god into the drug masters, he has exposed some of the drug corruption reaching to the highest levels of the previous administration, he has stopped all joint military exercises with America, he has already made a rapprochement with China, trade deals already lined up, he has already agreed the basis for a settlement with the Philippines NPA, and brought the socialist fringes into government, he has civil servants scared now to ask for bribes and has put them on notice they will be disciplined if they delay or inconvenience the public. And he has been in power for less than four months. Superman would have been challenged to achieve so much so fast. He is no mealy mouthed political lackey. He says what he means. He has gained a 76% general approval with the Philippines public. Despite much off the Philippines MSM ranged against him. He is viewed as a savior after 500 years of American/Spanish colonialism, followed by almost 60 years of local mestizo-Philippine colonialism - when the formal colonists left after WW2, the mechanisms of colonial exploitation were not dismantled, but were taken over by the ruling local mestizo families. What we are witnessing is the beginning of the liberation of the Philippines from colonialism. No less. But Duterte now has some very unpleasant enemies lining up. The drug masters, the corrupt Philippines 'liberal' establishment, the Philippine oligarchs, and the CIA. And it goes without saying - the entire foreign mainstream media. Recently a friend here who has connections with army and police intelligence made a laconic comment, 'Duterte's grave is already dug'. I hope not. Duterte represents a genuine populist rebellion against the corrupt old order. We should wish him well. Don't believe a damn thing you read of Duterte in the MSM. And if you read in the western press of some sudden popular 'color' uprising against Duterte, then you will know of the who and the why. On 18/10/2016 07:32, Scott wrote: --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. https://www.avast.com/antivirus ---------- 2 of 4 ---------- From: Ian Robertson <iansrobert...@gmail.com> Date: Oct 18 02:22PM +0800 Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/378bb7b88efba I committed a tautology. Apologies. On 18/10/2016 14:16, Ian Robertson wrote: --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. https://www.avast.com/antivirus ---------- 3 of 4 ---------- From: Evan Jones <evanj.ba...@gmail.com> Date: Oct 18 01:43PM +0700 Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/379d0c9f4eb6c Well said Ian! -- -- Currently in Batam Indonesian Mobile: +62 811 777 994 Marine-Projects.net -- "A lie becomes the truth when: the media report it, the academics teach it, and the historians record it." Harland Wolf, Bangkok 2016. -- ---------- 4 of 4 ---------- From: Evan Jones <evanj.ba...@gmail.com> Date: Oct 18 04:24PM +0700 Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/382a4db56210a Dave B just sent this article by PCR Dave B wrote: >This also from a few days ago: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/10/12/regime-change-in-the-philippines-paul-craig-roberts/ October 12, 2016 | Categories: Articles & Columns | Tags: | Print This Article Print This Article Regime Change In The Philippines Paul Craig Roberts When will the neoconservative chant begin: “Duterte must go”? Or will the CIA assassinate him? President Rodrigo Duterte has indicated that he intends a more independent foreign policy. He has announced upcoming visits to China and Russia, and his foreign minister has declared that it is time for the Philippines to end its subservience to Washington. In this sense, regime change has already occurred. Duterte has suspended military maneuvers with the US. His defense minister said that the Philippines can get along without US military aid and prefers cooperation over conflict with China. Duterte might simply be trying to extract a larger pay-off from Washington, but he had better be careful. Washington will not let Duterte move the Philippines into the Chinese camp. Unless, of course, Washington has bitten off more than it can chew in the Middle East, Africa, South America, Ukraine, Russia and China and is too occupied elsewhere to deal with the Philippines. Still, Duterte would do well to request a praetorian guard from China. The view is spreading in Asia that the American era is over, wrecked by disastrous US economic and foreign policies. The rise of Russia and China has birthed what William Engdahl calls the Eurasian Century. http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/10/11/eurasian-century-now-unstoppable.html China’s One Belt One Road approach to Eurasian development is cooperative. The operating principle is that everyone works together to build a future for everyone. This is far more attractive than Washington’s arrogance of organizing the world in the interest of US corporations. As Michael Hudson, James Galbraith, and I have explained, Western economic organization has deteriorated into a system of financial looting. For example, the economy of Greece has been destroyed in order that private banks that over-lent to the Greek government did not have to write down any of the bad debt. Instead, the debt was paid by reducing Greek pensions, cutting education, healthcare and public employment, and by privatizing public companies, such as municipal water companies, with the result being a higher price of water to people whose incomes are falling. The cost of participating in the Western system is imposed austerity and loss of national sovereignty. Economic cooperation with China does not result in such costs. Most likely, Duterte has decided to switch the Philippines’ bet from the US to China. When Japan and South Korea also realign, the “pivot to Asia” is over. Then perhaps even Europe will awaken and the conflict that the neoconservatives are brewing between the West and Russia will be stillborn. Otherwise, mushroom clouds will prevail. Whether there is time for these changes before mushroom clouds make their appearance depends on the outcome of the US presidential election. Americans are an insouciant people and do not understand the stakes. Hillary has promised conflict with Russia. Trump says he sees no point in conflict with Russia. This difference is the only important issue in the election. On 10/18/16, Ian Robertson <iansrobert...@gmail.com> wrote: > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to the-free-thinkers-email+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. -- -- Currently in Batam Offshore Durian Straits 22 to 24 Oct, 2016 In Sydney 14 to 20 Dec 2016 Indonesian Mobile: +62 811 777 994 Marine-Projects.net -- "A lie becomes the truth when: the media report it, the academics teach it, and the historians record it." Harland Wolf, Bangkok 2016. -- ============================================================================= Topic: Will “They” Really Try to Kill President Duterte? Trump? Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/t/d09e846661889c78 ============================================================================= ---------- 1 of 1 ---------- From: Evan Jones <evanj.ba...@gmail.com> Date: Oct 18 01:06PM +0700 Url: http://groups.google.com/group/the-free-thinkers-email/msg/377d6bb81a57f CHAPTER ONE A Cold Warrior Turns ~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~~~ The Bay of Pigs awakened President Kennedy to internal forces he feared he might never control. Supreme Court Justice William 0. Douglas recalled Kennedy saying what the Bay of Pigs taught him about the CIA and the Pentagon: "This episode seared him. He had experienced the extreme power that these groups had, these various insidious influences of the CIA and the Pentagon on civilian policy, and I think it raised in his own mind the specter: Can Jack Kennedy, President of the United States, ever be strong enough to really rule these two powerful agencies? "62 Merton was referring to John Kennedy's rejection, like his own, of the false alternatives "Red or dead" in a speech the president gave at the University of Washington in November 1961. Kennedy had said of this false dilemma and those who chose either side of it: "It is a curious fact that each of these extreme opposites resembles the other. r. Each believes that we have only two choices: appeasement or war, suicide or sur訃ender, r, humiliation or holocaust, to be either Red or dead."72 humanity reached a new age. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima marked a crossroads: either we would end war or war would end us. In her reflec負ions on Hiroshima in the September 1945 issue of the Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day wrote: "Mr. Truman was jubilant. President Truman. True man; what a strange name, come to think of it t We refer to Jesus Christ as true God and true Man. Truman is a true man of his time in that he was jubilant."' President Truman was aboard the cruiser Augusta, returning from the Potsdam conference, when he was informed of the United States' incinera負ion of Hiroshima by the atomic bomb. Truman was exultant. He declared, "This is the greatest thing in history!" He went from person to person on the ship, officers and crew alike, telling them the great news like a town crier. Dorothy Day observed: "`Jubilant' the newspapers said. Jubilate Deo. We have killed 318,000 Japanese." Seventeen years later, r, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, another president, John F Kennedy, under enormous pressure, almost committed the United States to a nuclear holocaust that would have multiplied the explosive power of the Hiroshima bomb thousands of times. Kennedy's saving grace was that unlike Truman he recognized the evil of nuclear weapons. Kennedy resisted the Joint Chiefs of Staff and most of his civilian advisers, who pressured him for a preemptive attack on Soviet missile sites in Cuba. Thanks to the sheer grace of God, to Kennedy's resistance to his advisers, and to Nikita Khrushchev's willingness to retreat, humanity survived the crisis. Kennedy, however, survived it for only a little more than a year. As we shall see, because of his continuing turn from nuclear war toward a vision of peace in the thirteen months remaining to him, he was executed by the powers that be. 1 2 JFK and the Unspeakable Two critical questions converge at Kennedy's assassination. The first is: Why did his assassins risk exposure and a shameful downfall by covertly murdering a beloved president? The second is: Why was John Kennedy pre計ared to give his life for peace, when he saw death coming? The second question may be key to the first, because there is nothing so threatening to systemic evil as those willing to stand against it regardless of the consequences. So we will try to see this story initially through the life of John Kennedy, to understand why he became so threatening to the most pow苟rful military-economic coalition in history that its wielders of power were willing to risk everything they had in order to kill him. ~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~~~ in on his upbringing as a rich young man in a dysfunctional mar訃iage. Seen through that lens, Kennedy was a reckless playboy from youth to death, under the abiding influence of a domineering, womanizing father and an emotionally distant, strictly Catholic mother. These half-truths miss the mark. They do not explain the later fact of President Kennedy's steely resist苔nce to the pressures of a military-intelligence elite focused on waging war. Kennedy's life was formed, first of all, by death-the hovering angel of death reaching down for his life. He suffered long periods of illness. He saw death approach repeatedly-from scarlet fever when he was two and three years old, from a succession of childhood and teen illnesses, from a chronic blood condition in boarding school, from what doctors thought was a com苑ination of colitis and ulcers, from intestinal ailments during his years at Harvard, from osteoporosis and crippling back problems intensified by war injuries that plagued him the rest of his life, from the adrenal insufficiency of Addison's disease2 To family and friends, Jack Kennedy always seemed to be sick and dying. Yet he exuded an ironic joy in life. Both the weaknesses and strengths of his character drew on his deeply held belief that death would come soon. "The point is," he told a friend during a long talk on death, "that you've got to live every day like it's your last day on earth. That's what I'm doing."3 From that perspective, he could indeed be reckless, as he was in sexual escapades that after his death would become a media focus on his life. He could also be courageous to the point of heroism. Death was not to be feared. As president, he often joked about his death's approach. The angel of death was his companion. By smiling at his own death, he was free to resist oth苟rs' deaths. John Kennedy's World War II experience was characterized by a willing要ess to give his life for his friends. Two years before the Hiroshima bomb虹ng, Kennedy was a Ya boat commander in the South Pacific. On the night of August 1-2, 1943, he was at the wheel of his Ya 109, patrolling Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands, a corridor of water used by Japanese destroy苟rs. It was a moonless night. A ship suddenly broke through the black, headed for the 109. As a man forward shouted, "Ship at two o'clock!" Kennedy spun the wheel. The Japanese destroyer smashed into the 109 and cut a giant strip off its starboard side. "This is how it feels to be killed," Kennedy thought, while being thrown through the cockpit. There was a ter訃ific roar, r, as the gasoline aboard went up in flames. The section of the boat Kennedy was on stayed afloat. He discovered four of his twelve crewmembers still on it. Two others were never seen or heard from again. Six more were scattered in the water but alive. Kennedy, who had been on the Harvard swimming team, swam through the dark to shouts, finding his badly burned engineer, McMahon. He coaxed and cajoled others not to give up, then towed McMahon a hundred yards back to the floating hulk identified by a crew member's blinking light. All the survivors in the water reached the tilted deck and collapsed on it. They wondered how long it would take for them to be rescued by PTs from their base on Rendova Island, forty miles away. When daylight and noon came with no rescue, the group abandoned the sinking hulk. They swam to a small, deserted island, in the midst of larger islands with Japanese soldiers. Nine of the crew held onto a two-by-six tim苑er and kicked and paddled their way to the island. Kennedy again towed McMahon, holding a strap from McMahon's life preserver in his teeth. Kennedy would swim in ten-minute spurts, then pause to rest and check on McMahon. A chronicler of this episode described it from McMahon's point of view: "Being a sensitive person, McMahon would have found the swim unbear苔ble if he had realized that Kennedy was hauling him through three miles or so of water with a bad back. He was miserable enough without knowing it. Floating on his back with his burned hands trailing at his sides, McMahon could see little but the sky and the flattened cone of [the volcanic island] Kolombangara. He could not see the other men, though while all of them were still together, he could hear them puffing and splashing. He could not see Kennedy but he could feel the tugs forward with each stretch of Kennedy's shoulder muscles and could hear his labored breathing. "McMahon tried kicking now and then but he was extremely weary. The swim seemed endless, and he doubted that it would lead to salvation. He was hungry and thirsty and fearful that they would be attacked by sharks. The awareness that he could do nothing to save himself from the currents, the sharks or the enemy oppressed him. His fate, he well knew, was at the end of a strap in Kennedy's teeth."4 With Kennedy and McMahon leading the way, it took the eleven men four hours to reach the little island. They staggered up the beach and ducked under trees, barely avoiding a Japanese barge that chugged by and failed to see them. When early evening came with no sign of help, Kennedy told the crew he would swim from the island out into Ferguson Passage, a mile and a half away, where the PT boats usually patrolled after dark. He took the 109's 4 JFK and the Unspeakable lantern, wrapped in a life jacket, to signal the boats. Kennedy swam for half an hour, r, forded a reef, then swam for another hour, r, reaching his intended point of interception. He treaded water, waiting in the darkness. After a while, he saw the flares of an action beyond the island of Gizo, ten miles away. The PT boats had taken a different route. Kennedy tried to swim back to his men. He was very tired. The swift cur訃ent carried him past the island, toward open water. New Yorker writer John Hersey interviewed PT 109 crewmembers and wrote their story of survival. He described Kennedy's hours of drifting toward almost certain death: "He thought he had never known such deep trouble, but something he did shows that unconsciously he had not given up hope. He dropped his shoes, but he held onto the heavy lantern, his symbol of contact with his fellows. He stopped trying to swim. He seemed to stop caring. His body drifted through the wet hours, and he was very cold. His mind was a jumble. A few hours before he had wanted desperately to get to the base at Rendova. Now he only wanted to get back to the little island he had left that night, but he didn't try to get there; he just wanted to. His mind seemed to float away from his body. Darkness and time took the place of a mind in his skull. For a long time he slept, or was crazy, or floated in a chill trance. "The currents of the Solomon Islands are queer. The tide shoves and sucks through the islands and makes the currents curl in odd patterns. It was a fateful pattern into which Jack Kennedy drifted. He drifted in it all night. His mind was blank, but his fist was tightly clenched on the kapok around the lantern. The current moved in a huge circle-west past Gizo, then north and east past Kolombangara, then south into Ferguson Passage. Early in the morning the sky turned from black to gray, and so did Kennedy's mind. Light came to both at about six. Kennedy looked around and saw that he was exactly where he had been the night before when he saw the flares beyond Gizo. "5 Kennedy swam back to the island, stumbled up on the beach, and col衍apsed in the arms of his crew. He said later of the experience, "I never prayed so much in my life."6 As is well known from the story of PT 109, eventually Melanesian natives came to the aid of the eleven Americans. The natives carried Kennedy's SOS message, scratched on a coconut shell, to an Australian Navy coastwatcher, Reg Evans, who was working behind enemy lines. Evans radioed the U.S. Navy for assistance. In the meantime, Kennedy and fellow officer Barney Ross, not realizing the nearness of their rescue, almost died in another failed effort to signal PTs at night in Ferguson Passage. They found a dugout canoe, and paddled it into high waves in the darkness. The canoe was swamped. The waves threw the two men against a reef, but they again survived. Kennedy's crew never forgot his commitment to their lives. They reunited with him periodically after the war. What Kennedy took first from his war C Cold Warrior Turns 5 experience was a heightened sense of the precious value of his friends' lives. Among the wartime deaths he mourned besides the Ya boat casualties were those of his brother Joe Kennedy, Jr., and brother-in-law Billy Hartington. He knew many others who died. He reflected, too, on the repeated nearness of his own death. As we have seen, since childhood chronically poor health had brought him near death many times. Illness, pain, and the process of almost dying came as a lifelong discipline. After JFK's assassination, Robert Kennedy wrote of his brother: "At least one half of the days that he spent on this earth were days of intense physical pain. He had scarlet fever when he was very young, and serious back trou苑le when he was older. In between he had almost every other conceivable ailment. When we were growing up together we used to laugh about the great risk a mosquito took in biting Jack Kennedy-with some of his blood the mosquito was almost sure to die. He was in Chelsea Naval Hospital for an extended period of time after the war, had a major and painful operation on his back in 1955, campaigned on crutches in 1958. In 1951 on a trip we took around the world he became ill. We flew to the military hospital in Oki要awa and he had a temperature of over 106 degrees. They didn't think he would live. "But during all this time, I never heard him complain. I never heard him say anything that would indicate that he felt God had dealt with him unjustly. Those who knew him well would know he was suffering only because his face was a little whiter, the lines around his eyes were a little deeper, his words a little sharper. Those who did not know him well detected nothing."7 After the Ya 109 crew's rescue, Kennedy wondered at the purpose of a life that had been spared again, this time through the circular pattern of deep訃unning currents and the compassion of Melanesian natives.' Preventing another war became John Kennedy's main motivation for entering politics after the Second World War. When he announced his can苓idacy for Congress on April 22, 1946, in Boston, Kennedy sounded more like he was running for president on a peace ticket than for a first term as a Democratic member of Congress from Massachusetts: "What we do now will shape the history of civilization for many years to come. We have a weary world trying to bind the wounds of a fierce struggle. That is dire enough. What is infinitely far worse is that we have a world which has unleashed the terrible powers of atomic energy. We have a world capable of destroying itself. The days which lie ahead are most difficult ones. Above all, day and night, with every ounce of ingenuity and industry we possess, we must work for peace. We must not have another war."9 Where had this twenty-eight-year-old candidate for Congress forged such a vision of peace in the nuclear age? After his bad back and colitis had forced his discharge from the Navy, Kennedy had attended the San Francisco conference that founded the United Nations in April-May 1945, as a journalist for the Hearst press. He later told friends it was his experience at the UN meeting and at the Potsdam con- 6 JFK and the Unspeakable ference in July that made him realize that the political arena, "whether you really liked it or not, was the place where you personally could do the most to prevent another war. "'0 However, what he witnessed in San Francisco, even before the war was over, was an intense conflict between wartime allies. On April 30 he warned his readers that "this week at San Francisco" would be "the real test of whether the Russians and the Americans can get along."11 11 -- You received this digest because you're subscribed to updates for this group. You can change your settings on the group membership page: https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email#!forum/the-free-thinkers-email/join . To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it send an email to the-free-thinkers-email+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com.