Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘You don’t sound like an American,’ TV hosts tell US-Iranian blogger critical of Washington

RT | Feb 17, 2018

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An Iranian-American fashion blogger was told on US television that she didn’t “sound like an American” after slamming Washington’s Middle East policy when the morning show hosts decided to grill her on Iran’s nuclear weapons.

Hoda Katebi, a popular 23-year-old Muslim fashion blogger, was invited onto Chicago’s WGN News live morning show to speak about her book, ‘Tehran Streetstyle.’ But after a brief discussion on Katebi’s childhood in Oklahoma and her traumatic experience of wearing the hijab to school in a predominantly white US state, one of the presenters, Larry Potash, suddenly dropped a bombshell:

Let’s talk about nuclear weapons. Some of our viewers may say we cannot trust Iran. What are your thoughts?”

Katebi, who seemed to be taken aback by the sharp transition from fashion to geopolitics, calmly responded: “I don’t think we can trust this country [the US]. I mean, what has this country done to the majority of countries in the Middle East?” she asked rhetorically.

“When we look at the legacy of imperialism and colonization in the Middle East and we see the legacy of this country and all of the violence that it has not only created but also created the capacity for, a lot of these weapons in the Middle East are completely brought in by the Unites States.”

Katebi’s response prompted the other presenter, three-time Emmy Award winner Robin Baumgarten, to tell the well-informed Muslim woman: “A lot of Americans might take offence to that. You’re an American, you don’t sound like an American when you say [this]… you know what I mean.”

That’s because I’ve read!” Katebi, who studied international relations and Middle Eastern politics at University of Chicago, replied, laughing out loud.

“And I think it's really important that we look beyond these simple narratives that we’re told, whether it’s about Muslim women or about the legacy of this country, knowing that this country literally was built on the backs of black slaves and after the genocide of indigenous people. And I think that there’s a lot we can be proud about, but we can’t let that blindside us to the reality of these situations.”

She later published a short analysis of the interview on her JooJoo Azad blog. “Clearly, this is not the interview they expected,” she wrote. “Identifying me as an Iranian-American, just moments before they wanted me to swiftly and unquestionably denounce Iran and then am immediately called out for not blindly pledging to the USA.

“Of course, both countries deserve their questioning, but the double standards is mind-blowing. Not to mention that what, then, must an American ‘sound like?’ Are they saying that Americans must not question their government, must see the world in black & white, and chose simplicity over nuanced understandings? In that case, you all are doing it right,” Katebi added.

“But furthermore, what an incredibly loaded statement to say to a visibly Muslim woman on live TV, pushing every stereotype of "other," "foreign," and "incompatible with America" that Muslims are so systematically characterized as - and therefore used as justification to commit violence against, both here and abroad. If a white person said the same things as I did I guarantee you their ‘American-ness’ would not have been questioned,” she concluded.

She said that one of the anchors, the award-winning Baumgarten, later called her and apologized.

“The apology was important, but it's also important to be able to use this moment as a teaching tool, and prevent it from happening again. Let's raise the bar,” added Katebi.

Documentary: A Glitch in the Matrix (David Fuller production)

Jordon B Peterson | Feb 17, 2018

A Glitch in the Matrix: Dr JB Peterson, the Intellectual Dark Web & the Mainstream Media: Documentary by Journalist David Fuller.

David Fuller, who worked at the UK's Channel 4 news for a decade as a producer/director, also recently released Truth in the Time of Chaos (, a documentary about my work. In A Glitch in the Matrix, he analyzes and assesses my recent viral interview with Cathy Newman, unpacking the deeper political, psychological and archetypal levels of the clash. Background information can be found in this Medium article:

A Glitch in the Matrix is a Rebel Wisdom production. Extended versions of many of the interviews in the film can be found on the Rebel Wisdom YouTube channel ( Also see:

Video: Rubin Report: JB Peterson/Ben Shapiro: Frontline of Free Speech: Geenstijl Interview with JB Peterson: JB Peterson/Cathy Newman: The dark side of feminism: The Rubin Report: What is The Intellectual Dark Web? Joe Rogan Experience #958: Joe Rogan Experience #1070: Modern Times: Camille Paglia/JB Peterson:

Print: JB Peterson, Critical Theory, and the New Bourgeoisie: Deep Code: Situational Assessment 2017, Trump Edition:
Additional relevant links: My new book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: Dr Jordan B Peterson Website: Self Authoring Suite: Understand Myself personality test: Podcast: Reading List: Twitter: Patreon:

Florida Shooting Not Caused by Guns: Miami Herald Reports shooter was on Psych Drugs

Natural News | Feb 16, 2018 | Mike Adams

Nearly every mass shooting over the last 20 years has one thing in common… and it’s not GUNS.

It’s actually psychiatric medications.

And now, to no one’s surprise, we are learning that Nikolas Cruz, the shooter who killed 17 students and staff at a Florida high school, was reportedly taking mental health medications, reports the Miami Herald.

In a story entitled, “Florida school shooting suspect was ex-student who was flagged as threat,” the Miami Herald describes Nikolas Cruz as “a troubled teen with few friends and an obsessive interest in weapons.”

The story quotes Barbara Kumbatovich, an in-law of the family, who “said she believed Nikolas Cruz was on medication to deal with his emotional fragility.”

Other media sources — even the Washington Post — have reported Cruz was treated in a “mental health” clinic, which are of course well known for dosing up patients with mind-altering, psychiatric drugs.

Psychiatric drugs are the common thread in nearly all school shootings

The website details over 100 school shootings carried out by individuals who were taking psychiatric medications. Natural News has reported on this phenomenon for over a decade with stories like:

Illinois Shooter was Treated with Psych Meds Prior to Shooting Rampage
Xanax link to mass shootings confirmed yet again
Mainstream media avoiding any mention of link between psychiatric drugs and violent shootings

The left-wing media, predictably, exploits every school shooting to push its agenda of repealing the Second Amendment and confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens, turning the United State of America into a police state where a corrupt government has a monopoly of firepower. But they refuse to consider the mind-altering effects of psychiatric medication, which emerges in nearly every school shooting in recent memory.

Also read:  In 3 Years, Cops Have Killed 450% More Citizens Than 4 Decades of Mass Shootings COMBINED

Psychiatric medications cause shooters to believe they are playing a video game

The working explanation behind the psych drug link to mass shootings is that psychiatric drugs cause shooters to believe they’re playing a video game. The medication disconnects their brains from the real world, and the actions they’re taking don’t seem “real” to them.

One of the ways SSRI drugs and other psych drugs actually work is by disconnecting the brain from emotional reality. This is widely considered to be a “treatment” for “depression.” See my music video “S.S.R.Lies” for a musical rendition of how this works:

Notably, such drugs do not actually resolve the cause of depression. They merely cause individuals to mentally disconnect from their real life, making the causes of depression seem far away (or not real). This same biochemical mechanism, when combined with a disturbed individual who may have been subjected to extreme bullying by classmates, can cause that person to act out a mass shooting as if they were playing a video game. It doesn’t seem real to them until the drugs wear off, at which point they express extreme sorrow once they realize their actions were real. This is exactly what’s happening now with Nikolas Cruz.

Until America gets serious about the links between psychiatric medications and mass shootings, we’ll never solve this problem (and more mass shootings can be expected).

For ten years, I’ve been warning America about the link between psychiatric medications and mass shootings

As I wrote in Natural News almost a decade ago, in an article entitled, “Orlando shooter, US army Fort Hood shooter both linked to psychiatric drugs:”

Until we halt the chemical holocaust being perpetrated against our world by the psychiatric drugging industry, we will continue to see more of these violent, drug-induced shootings take place. Count on it. Psych drugs cause violence. And the more psych drugs are prescribed, the more violence we’ll see.

According to Medwatch statistics, 63,000 people in the U.S. have committed suicide while on antidepressant drugs (that’s more than ten times the number of Americans who have died from H1N1 swine flu, by the way).

The mainstream media absolutely refuses to tell you the truth about the link between psychiatric drugs and violent killings, but it’s the obvious connection in nearly every single shooting that’s taken place in recent memory: The Virginia Tech shooting, the Stephen Kazmierczak Illinois shooting (Stephen Kazmierczak), the Omaha mall shooting, and so on.

Two years earlier, in December of 2007, I publicly predicted more school shootings would take place among psychiatric medication patients:

There will be more. I hate to be accurate about this grisly prediction, because I grieve for the families of those lost to pharmaceutically-induced violence, but the truth is that until we stop drugging our children with psychotropic drugs, the shootings are not going to stop.

Left-wing Hollywood elitists like Jimmy Kimmel want to cry on stage and blame the NRA or President Trump, but the real answer is that psychiatric medications are the root “enablers” behind most mass shootings, and I’ve been reporting this for over a decade. Yet the political influence of the drug giants is so powerful that no serious investigation has ever been conducted into the psych drug medication habits of mass shooters.

America, it turns out, really doesn’t want to stop mass shootings as much as it wants to have easy access to psychiatric medications. Until we take a serious look at this issue, the violence will continue. And even if you ban guns, killers would start using vehicles, bombs, swords or other weapons to carry out their deranged intent.

Now you know the full truth about psychiatric drugs and mass shootings.


US Wants ISIS Sponsors to Rebuild Iraq

Land Destroyer | Feb 16, 2018 | Tony Cartalucci

Like a local mafia that breaks car windows by night and repairs them by day, the United States has enlisted its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners - namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates - to "rebuild" in Iraq in the wake of the defeated, self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) these same states sponsored.

Reuters in an article titled, "Coalition members must help Iraq rebuild, Tillerson says," would report (emphasis added):
The U.S. leads the coalition and hopes that after a three-year fight to defeat the militants it can count in large part on Gulf allies to shoulder the burden of rebuilding Iraq and on a Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement to weaken Iran’s influence in the country, which is run by a Shi‘ite led government. 
The article also reports (emphasis added): 
Donors and investors have gathered in Kuwait this week to discuss efforts to rebuild Iraq’s economy and infrastructure as it emerges from a devastating conflict with the hardline militants who seized almost a third of the country.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be quoted by Reuters as claiming: 
If communities in Iraq and Syria cannot return to normal life, we risk the return of conditions that allowed ISIS to take and control vast territory.
Yet even a causal student of history, military affairs, or modern warfare knows that armies tens of thousands strong, with regional, even global recruiting, training, and logistical networks do not spring up out of poverty or economic ruination. The operation capacity demonstrated by ISIS is only possible with significant state sponsorship.

US Enlists Those Who Sponsored ISIS to Rebuild Iraq 

Mention of Kuwait serving as a venue for "donors and investors" seeking to "reconstruct" Iraq is particularly ironic for those who remember the UK Telegraph's 2014 article titled, "How our allies in Kuwait and Qatar funded Islamic State."

 The article states (emphasis added):
Islamic State (Isil), with its newly conquered territory, oilfields and bank vaults, no longer needs much foreign money. But its extraordinarily swift rise to this point, a place where it threatens the entire region and the West, was substantially paid for by the allies of the West. Isil’s cash was raised in, or channelled through, Kuwait and Qatar, with the tacit approval and sometimes active support of their governments.
And while the article attempts to frame Kuwait and Qatar's state-sponsorship of terrorism as a betrayal of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, the fact remains that such sponsorship was not only well known to Western intelligence and political circles, it was the GCC's ability to raise massive legions of terrorists that formed the cornerstone of the US-GCC alliance against Libya, Syria, Iran, and Shia'a majority Iraq beginning in 2011.

It was revealed in a leaked 2012 US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) memo that the US and its GCC - as well as Turkish - allies sought the creation of a "Salafist principality" in eastern Syria for the specific purpose of "isolating" the Syrian government.

The 2012 memo (PDF) would state specifically that:
If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran). 
The DIA memo would also explain who these "supporting powers" are:
The West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime.
That "Salafist principality" would eventually take shape as the so-called "Islamic" (Salafist) "State" (principality) and be used specifically to both pressure the Syrian government in Damascus as well as create a pretext for the permanent occupation of Syrian territory by US military forces when US proxies stood little chance of holding it themselves.

While the US declares ISIS more or less defeated, the fact remains that militants still fighting on in Syria include ISIS fighters in their ranks - and despite superficial differences - those particularly fighting in and around Idlib province in northern Syria are indistinguishable from ISIS in both terms of extremist ideology and from which states they receive their funding and weapons.

Rebuilding or Retrenching? 

A similar slash and burn method was used in Iraq to invite a greater US role in Iraqi security in a conflict that cut a swath of destruction across Iraqi territory, particularly in Sunni-majority regions of Iraq.

The conflict created an opportunity for the US to strengthen Kurds in northern Iraq to further isolate and diminish the power of the Shia'a majority-led government in Baghdad, as well as create a pretext for US-GCC "rapprochement" as Reuters put it - to knock Sunni-majority regions of Iraq out of Baghdad's orbit.

Reports in October last year indicated that the US was particularly interested in Iraqi highways connecting Baghdad with Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Analysts speculated that this was literally an inroad into Iraq the US and its GCC allies could use to not only build a permanent foothold in Iraq upon, but also a logistical corridor the "coalition" could use to bring in a future wave of militants aimed at rolling back Iran and its allies in neighboring Iraq and Syria.

Unlike in Syria where Russian airpower in 2015 quickly targeted and eliminated ISIS' logistical networks streaming out of NATO territory in Turkey, highways in Iraq controlled by US contractors with a possible US military presence there as well would make repeating Russia's success infinitely more difficult.

Kurdish media has also reported that the money Secretary Tillerson lobbied the GCC to contribute would also flow into northern Iraq. While under the guise of reconstruction aid, the investments in truth will give the GCC greater influence over the Kurds as well.

Pushing Out Iran 

While the United States attempts to credit itself and its GCC partners with the defeat - rather than the creation of ISIS - it was in fact Iran's role in both Iraq and Syria that provided the key to the organization's defeat.

From across the Western media itself, articles like The Atlantic's "The Shia Militias of Iraq" and PBS' "Iraq's Shia Militias: The Double-Edged Sword Against ISIS" admit to the central role Iran and its allies within Iraq played in defeating ISIS.

The wars the US and GCC launched against Syria and Iraq by proxy were aimed primarily at Iran. The rise of ISIS emerged from the proxy conflict's failure to topple the Syrian government and move quickly onward to Iran.

The momentum of the West's proxy campaign against Iran has been broken, leaving the West searching for footholds, while it continues whittling away at both Damascus and Tehran.

While the US claims it must "weaken Iran's influence" in Iraq, it is only because it seeks to impose its own will on both Baghdad and the Middle Eastern region itself. For Iran, ties with Iraq, Syria, and the rest of the Middle East are owed to geographical proximity, shared history, and socioeconomic and religious ties that stretch back centuries. For the United States, its presumed role in the region stems solely out of its desire for hegemony - economic and geopolitical - in the same vein as traditional colonialism.

Watching the Footholds 

Iraq has proven a desire to prevent its involuntary reordering in the wake of ISIS. Baghdad mobilized military forces that swiftly rolled Kurdish forces back to their pre-ISIS boundaries after Kurds took, and announced they would then hold them after ISIS forces vacated them.

A similar story appears to have unfolded regarding US attempts to control Iraqi highways leading out of Baghdad toward Iraq's neighbors to the west and south. Iraq appears determined to assert its control over its own territory.

However, investments in the form of both obvious and more subtle footholds will likely still develop in the wake of ISIS' defeat. What the US-GCC backed ISIS campaign destroyed will be rebuilt - and likely by US-GCC contractors representing US-GCC interests.

Watching these footholds develop and gauging Baghdad and its Iranian allies' response to them will be essential in discerning what future opportunities the US-GCC might attempt to exploit amid their next attempt to reassert control over a Middle East quickly slipping away from them.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.


Mankind Rise Up

thecrowhouse | Feb 16, 2018

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Media Scoundrels Cheerlead Phony Indictments of Russian Nationals

They find new ways of sinking to new lows, featuring disgraceful rubbish. A contemptible NYT editorial headlined “Stop Letting the Russians Get Away With It, Mr. Trump,” saying:

“Are you sure you still want to call it fake news, Mr. President?”

“He dismissed the Russian subversion effort as a hoax by his opponents and the media despite voluminous evidence to the contrary – including the consensus of the American intelligence community – that it did in fact happen, and is sure to happen again.”

“Now come the indictments…(T)he(ir) sheer scope…is breathtaking,” suggesting a connection to Putin.

Fact: A same day article discussed the shameful witch hunt indictments, proving nothing but Washington’s dark side – not laying a glove on Russia or Trump, the Times and other media scoundrels implying it anyway.

Russian nationals are charged with the “crime” of free expression, using social media and other means to express views, what millions of people worldwide do all the time – in America a First Amendment right.

The Times disgracefully called it “collusion…impact(ing) on the election.” In a lead article, the Times turned truth on its head, claiming the indictments “unveiled a sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and to support the Trump campaign.”

Rubbish! The Times ludicrously called on Trump to “take aggressive measures to protect American democracy,” including by imposing more illegal sanctions.

The neocon/CIA house organ Washington Post headlined “What Trump still doesn’t get about Russian interference in the election,” saying:

DOJ indictments of 13 Russian nationals “presents powerful evidence that Moscow staged an attack on the United States’ democratic political process” – a bald-faced lie.

WaPo: “The indictment…undercuts any lingering suggestion that Russian interference is a myth or a hoax…”

They prove absolutely nothing – no Russian US election meddling, no Trump team improper or illegal dealings with Russia, no criminality by anyone.

WaPo: “(T)he evidence of a Russian assault on the US election is a serious development in and of itself that any responsible president would respond to in a serious way.”

“Such an attempt to delegitimize the American system could only have gone forward with the knowledge and approval of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.”

“It reflected the Kremlin’s all-too-accurate judgment that a divided and polarized US electorate would be vulnerable to the same sort of dirty tricks Russia has pulled in Europe.”

No Russian “assault” on the US electoral system occurred. No evidence suggests it.

Blaming Putin for what never happened continues WaPo’s disgraceful assault on a preeminent world leader – unmatched in the West. Claiming Russia interfered in European elections is another bald-faced lie.

WaPo: “The grand jury’s indictment shows how far Russia is willing to go to manipulate and discredit our democracy. “

No US democracy exists to discredit. America’s debauched system discredits itself – tyranny, not governance of, by and for everyone equitably.

Here’s a sampling of other headlines following the witch hunt indictments:

Wall Street Journal: “Russians Charged With Interfering in US Election” – the Journal falsely claiming “a systematic effort to discredit the results of the 2016 election.”

CNN: “How the Russians ran a shadow campaign,” citing a “Kremlin-linked troll group.”

Fox News: “13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections,” claiming a sophisticated plot to wage ‘information warfare’ against” America.

MSNBC: “Indictment crushes Trump’s ‘hoax’ claims about Russian interference”

ABC News: “ ‘Putin’s chef’ among Russians indicted by Mueller” – referring to businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.

CBS News: “Rod Rosenstein announced indictments of Russians in US election meddling”

NBC News: “ ‘Information warfare’: How Russians interfered in 2016 election”

USA Today: “After Mueller indicts Russian nationals, Trump insists: ‘No collusion’ “

AP News: “Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race”

Reuters: “US charges Russians with 2016 US election tampering to boost Trump”

Chicago Tribune: “President Trump’s ‘Russia hoax’ turns out to be real in 37-page indictment”

Los Angeles Times: “Now we know for sure: The Russia story is not a ‘hoax’ “

The BBC: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has dropped another Friday blockbuster…”

London Guardian: “Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians strikes at the heart of the meddling matter”

Al Jazeera: “US charges 13 Russians, 3 firms with election meddling”

Friday’s “bombshell” was all smoke and no fire. It revealed lots more about America than Russia – more proof that its deeply corrupted system is too debauched to fix.

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