Recent developments have seen the Syrian war enter a new phase, during which the war has morphed from a proxy war into an open international conflict with the massive increase in Russian and Iranian involvement and the reported deployment of thousands of Iranian military forces to the new Russian backed Syrian Army ground offensive.
A deluge of new videos from the forces aligned with the Syrian Government is a reliable indicator that the three large interconnected military operations in Latakia (far west) , Homs/Hama/Idlib (central west) and Aleppo (north-west) are beginning to achieve their goals.
Another sign was the whining BBC News report about the losses in Aleppo countryside which seems to be the focus of the largest of the operations.
The north-western offensive is being conducted by a claimed 60,000 troops from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Russia. They are throwing everything at this situation in a massive show of will and force.
If the three thousand Iranian Revolutionary Guards are not enough, they will send thousands more, if the 1500 Hezbollah fighters are not enough they will send more. At this point the entire Revolutionary Guard could be wiped out and they would raise and send another. It is a matter of pride and principle at this time.
This has now become a power struggle with ramifications and meanings that go far beyond the future of Syria.
Why is this happening?
It is worth asking why these events are taking place. Why are people killing each other in Syria?
The Causes and reasons for the Syrian war.
A power struggle between different international factions.
What is happening in Syria is a multi-layered power struggle between different factions within the Middle East and the world.
The first faction, the faction who initiated the armed conflict in Syria in order to pursue their geopolitical goals are represented by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and the United States.
Faction 2 is the traditional Axis of Resistance, Syria, Hezbollah and Iran, plus Iraq and Russia.
The prime motivation for Faction 1 to start a war in Syria was an attempt to counter growing Iranian influence in the region.
The toppling of the Iraqi government by the US and allies in the criminal war that started in 2003 saw the moderate Sunni autocrat replaced with a leadership in Iraq that is Shia and both allied with and heavily supported by Iran.
Hezbollah and their allies also became the strongest party in Lebanon meaning that Iran had a land bridge of allies between the Afghanistan border and the Mediterranean sea to the West.
The removal of Iranian influence and the destruction of the Government of Iran was a long-term but extremely difficult goal, (one that was ultimately unattainable it seems), so they turned to Syria as the weakest link in the group of Iranian allies in the region.
When protests began in Syria, they were announced and organised outside Syria,
“Syrian security officers were deployed outside parliament Friday to guard against possible anti-government demonstrations, but by early afternoon, no protesters had gathered.
Campaigns on Facebook had called for a day of “anger” in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Friday and Saturday.
One page, titled “The Syrian Revolution 2011,” has drawn nearly 15,000 virtual fans. The group, which according to news reports was set up by Syrians living abroad.”
At the same time snipers were inserted into Syria in order to target and provoke both sides and foment armed conflict, a classic and well-worn CIA tactic later used successfully in Ukraine.
Footage of Snipers in Syria
Tarpley: Snipers are Randomly Shooting at Syrian Civilians to Create Instability
Later thousands of armed men were inserted into Syria along with a massive amount of weaponry.
This is why there is a war in Syria. When the protests in Bahrain were suppressed and the Saudi military entered Bahrain to assist in their suppression, the West supported these efforts as there is an US Naval base in Bahrain and it is an ally.
In Syria insurgents and arms were funneled in to the country and this is the cause for the catastrophe in Syria.
The Syrian Government has many shortcomings and faults. Discontent in Syria was real, but without the outside assistance it is likely the Syrian protesters would have suffered the same fate of the Bahrain’s and been quietly suppressed and then forgotten.
Monumental Hubris and Callous Indifference.
When the conflict was still at a low-level with only 7,000 deaths, a representative of the Second faction, Russia sought to reach a political deal with the West to end the war.
This entreaty, in February 2012 was simply ignored by the West, who believed that success would be achieved on the battlefield so there was no need to make a compromise to end the war.
The declaration was nonsensical because the Syrian Government made it clear many times that they would never use their chemical stockpile other than in response to an open invasion.
The jihadist proxies of Faction 1 began to conduct false flag massacres and chemical attacks.
In Khan al Assal they killed dozens in March 19th 2013 in a Sarin gas attack attempting to initiate the new war of conquest on the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq war..
The Western media tried to blame the Syrian Government. The Syrian Government invited the UN to investigate.
The UN investigation eventually concluded that the insurgents conducted the Khan al Assal Sarin massacre and a number of other chemical attacks..
“The United Nations Mission collected credible information that corroborates the allegations that chemical weapons were used in Khan Al Asal on 19 March 2013 against soldiers and civilians,” according to the final report “
The Western media simply ignored the report entirely.
When the UN investigators were about to arrive in Syria, the al Nusra front reentered Khan al Assal and murdered hundreds of the local civilians. In an attempt to destroy the witnesses to their sarin attack.
Within days of the UN arrival in Damascus, another, much larger false flag operation was conducted in the East Ghouta neighborhood of Damascus. Hundreds died, the US claimed thousands and came close to attacking Syria, within days before a representative of Faction 2, Russia came up with a face-saving solution where the innocent Syrian Government would rid themselves of chemical weapons implying responsibility.
In exchange the US did not attack Syria.
Following the failure of that plot. The insurgents lost heart and turned on one another, the next eighteen months saw a stalemate develop.
The synthetic terror group ISIL/Daesh were the new pretext. The US largely left the local al Qaeda franchise alone , refused to cooperate with the Syrian state and achieved nothing.
Eventually the insurgents and their supporters regrouped, the dream of the US attacking the Syrian state remained under the guise of a no fly zone to be imposed on Northern Syria.
In fact the cretinous hell bound drones of the Western media were still attempting to push the chemical weapons lies right up until May 2015 when a creature named Peter Baker published this amusing little piece of trash in the New York Times
Demonstrating the determination of the War party along with their complete moral and intellectual bankruptcy
Support for the insurgents ebbed and flowed throughout the war depending on external circumstances.The interim Nuclear deal with Iran in April 2015 may have lent increased urgency to the effort.The complete victory of the insurgents in the crucial Idlib province saw the Syrian government heartland areas come under direct pressure. The SAA largely held their own in the South, Hezbollah were achieving grinding victory in the South West but the insurgents had greater momentum and the Syrian government seemed to lack the forces required to fight a complex multi front war.
The fall of Palmyra in central Syria saw the ISIL group extend their presence and control to the very centre of Syria, where they proceeded to vandalise and desecrate the Syrian and human cultural heritage like the Neo-Bolshevik ,mercenaries of Zion that they are.
Meanwhile, Russia, along with France and Germany, had managed to engineer a deal to end the Donbass war. The Ukraine side never honored the deal continuing to shell the Eastern areas but the Novorussian side remained firm in their ceasefire. The war was over and that was that.
At some point after the Minsk 2 agreement was reached, Russia decided to intervene in Syria to protect the naval base and other interests. Iran also agreed to send thousands of men and equipment to Syria.
The plot against Syria faced defeat.
The Russian Air Force embarked on a wide-ranging and devastating campaign against any and all insurgent groups in Syria.
Faction 1 increased their weapons supplies to the insurgents and complained loudly but they forgot that it is quite simply none of their business who comprises the Syrian Government.
The days of hegemony are over and now these people, like Ashton Carter and UK Defense Minister Phillip Hammond are revealed as unclothed emperors living in a state of acute delusion.
The reason for supporting Faction 2, and the escalation of the war with all of the suffering it will doubtless entail is that the war being fought by Russia, Syria, Iran and Hezbollah in Syria is the war to end the Empire’s wars of conquest forever.
International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 03. 2015
International Military Review – Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 01. 2015
Su-34 performed strike against a plant, which produced explosive devices in Aleppo province
Russian Mi-24 helicopter Assist SAA unites and pounce on hostiles
Awesome Footage of Two Russian Mi 24 Helicopters Assisting Syrian Army in Attacking al Mansoura
Massacre In Las Vegas:100% Proof Stephen Paddock is being framed.
By now everyone on the planet who has access to the internet or television is familiar with the blood chilling story of the massacre in Las Vegas on October 5th, 2017.
We are told that Stephen Paddock, 64 years of age, meticulously planned the attack, moving dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition into his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and opened fire on the crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in the “Las Vegas Village” located at the foot of the 43 storey complex, having first used a hammer to smash two holes in the windows of the hotel in order to be able to shoot the people below.
At this point there is simply no way that story is even approximately true as photographs taken when the massacre was underway clearly show that the windows in the room Stephen Paddock was supposedly committing this mass murder operation in can be seen to be complete and intact long after the event has supposedly started.
The implications of this are that:
It is physically impossible that the massacre was conducted by a gunman on the 32nd floor room Paddock was supposedly occupying.
It is impossible that the account presented by the LVPD and FBI is accurate and complete.
It is inescapable that if the window was not broken prior to the massacre, someone else with access to the room has broken the window after the massacre in a bid to frame Mr. Paddock.
Therefore Mr. Paddock has been crudely framed by someone connected to the investigation and cannot possibly have been responsible for the killings.
A remarkable and very important video emerged on the internet this week. The video is a 39 minute long interview of a man named Ronald Bernard conducted by a journalist named Irma Schiffer.
There are large gaps in the story Ronald Bernard tells and there is no way to corroborate the claims he makes,, the story Bernard outlines is however broadly corroborated by many confirmed and substantiated facts established in recent decades such as the story told by Belgian woman Regina Louf who claimed to have been abused at an elite party in Belgium at which a young girl was murdered.
The police initially regarded Regina Louf as a fantasist until she was able to direct them to the place where the young girls body had been buried and in addition to that the body still bore evidence of the torture the young girl had suffered prior t0 her death as Regina Louf had described.
More on Regina Louf and Belgium’s well documented problem of elite child abuse and murder:
There is nothing new here, and the interview offers no names of people or institutions and therefore does not fall into the category of “too good to be true” at all in my view.
The Ronald bernard account is just another layer of confirmation. One of many. The importance of the story Ronald Bernard tells lies in the fact that we are hearing the story from the other side, an exceptionally rare event.
If people want to believe that Ronald Bernard is making this stuff up, there is no way to disabuse them of that opinion, there is no way to prove that his story is the truth, but having watched the interview there is no doubt in my mind that the story Bernard tells is substantially true.
I urge readers simply to watch the interview and decide for themselves via this link to the video or scroll to the bottom of this page.
The story Bernard tells is that he was a smart young businessman, acting as a private financial broker when a senior figure notice his talent and invited him “in” telling him that if he chose this path he would have to learn to “put his conscience in the freezer”.
The insider introduced Bernard to his clients and essentially passed his business onto Bernard in exchange for 10% of the earnings.
The role turned out to be a kind of Mr. Fixit, a middle man laundering money and hiding transactions on behalf of elite bankers and intelligence agencies who require these financial instruments to process and launder the money from their drug, weapon and human trafficking operations.
Bernard learned that intelligence agencies are operating as above the law criminal corporations on behalf of their elite masters. Bernard also learned that senior figures within the financial institutions through which the money was passing knew what was happening.
All in all things were going swimmingly, the fact that he was helping these people to start wars, fund terrorism and launder funds obtained through human and drug trafficking was not a problem.
Ronald Bernard was an atheist at this time also so he was not overly troubled by the knowledge that the elites he was working for worshipped a “different” God than most people, they worship Lucifer.
It is worth noting that some people profess themselves to be “light” or benign Luciferians, that may well be the case, or not, but the people who rule the world today are not of that variety, their Lucifer is the destroyer, the blackening force, the force that craves suffering and violent death, the more the better.
People want to debate the nature of Lucifer, that is fine, but the people who matter, those in power, believe in the evil version, an entity interchangeable with Satan, there should be no mistake about that.
One large gap in the story relates to Bernard’s progress within the cult itself, the story jumps wildly from Bernard being an amused witness to a “Church of Satan” ritual that he describes as involving “naked woman and liquor” to the climax of Bernard’s story and the event that precipitated his physical breakdown and fall from grace within the elite, when Bernard states that he was asked to murder a child within a ritual as a kind of “final binding” to the group.
There must be many steps that take place between being an “amused observer” and that request but the story jumps straight from the observer to the potential murderer, hopefully further interviews will flesh the story out in more detail. .
Downfall and Redemption.
After Bernard’s refusal to murder a child and bind himself to the group irreversibly, Bernard appears to have begun to completely break down, his work performance dramatically declined and at some point the group he had been affiliated with abducted and tortured him to in his words “make sure that I didn’t expose them”
At some point after that Bernard completely collapsed physically, suffered multiple organ failure and woke up in the Intensive Care Ward, he later realised that he must have almost died as when he had been taken to the hospital he had observed himself from above, he had looked down and watched the doctors working on his body.
Bernard interpreted that experience to mean that he was something more than simply his body. That he was more than an intelligent lump of meat and that his essence in some form would survive his physical death.
The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion.
The remainder of the interview is Bernard offering his post breakdown view of the world, one standout moment was perhaps when Bernard baldly states that “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” is an accurate depiction of the world today. Which is true but a rather shocking statement from a modern European.
People who have not read the Protocols completely misunderstand them, they believe that this work is an anti -Jew hate tract, a “warrant for genocide” as one professional liar described it, it is nothing of the sort.
Regardless of questions of authenticity this is the most important thing to understand.
The Protocols are written from the point of view of a Satanist or Luciferian who poses as a Jew. This is merely a front. The narrator is not a Jew and he does not like Jews, he sees them as he sees all other people, as a nuisance, an obstacle and a resource to be exploited, lied to and if necessary, destroyed.
The narrator is not describing a Jewish plot and the Protocols does not in the slightest suggest that all or most Jewish people are part of some evil plot, in fact it states precisely the opposite.
My understanding of the plotters is that they are a coalition of the blackened, so there are people from all backgrounds represented and in each case their job is to subvert the institutions and positions they inhabit for the benefit of the broader cult.
So you must have Christians, they are very important because you need them to destroy Christianity from within, to turn it into a travesty and we have seen this take place in all major Christian denominations and the same principle stands for all groups and institutions.
As far as authenticity goes, in my opinion the Protocols are a doctored document based on very good intelligence, almost all of the text appears to be authentic but some elements seem to have been added in an attempt to flatter and manipulate the Russian Czar to whom it was originally presented.
As many have stated, the authenticity of this document at this point is completely irrelevant, the document describes the world that is being built, how it is being built and the type of people who are doing it, if that is a consequence of a hoax document being embraced and implemented after release or the document was authentic when published in 1903 makes almost no difference at this juncture.
The Protocols describe the program in a very direct and powerful way. Many other (more respectable) works such as “Tragedy and Hope” and “Brave New World” provide similar insights to the Protocols, but both are far longer and far less direct.
It should be remembered that the elite want people to be prejudiced, to be ignorant, to lump individuals into massive groups and condemn them en masse.
It is the height of foolishness to allow yourself to be tricked or manipulated into thinking like that, while it is true that a demographically disproportionate number of the engineers and managers of evil come from a nominally Jewish background, that should never be used to smear anyone because of their family or religious background.
It is also the height of blindness to imagine that the numerous non-Jews who propagate evil and play key roles in the tyranny project are to be somehow swept aside and forgotten.
The final point Ronald Bernard makes is that people must overcome the divide and rule con if they are going to depose these evil forces who currently rule the world.
The interview is deeply moving and although it is conducted in Dutch, the language has so many words that are similar to or the same as English that it is very easy to follow what is being said rather than merely reading it on the screen as is the case with many more distant languages.
Please do yourself a favour and watch this video if you have not already done so. Whilst much on YouTube is ephemera and nonsense, this is the exact opposite
Western Backed Insurgents Conduct Sectarian Massacre west of Aleppo.
Death Toll is 126, including 68 children.
Suicide Car Bomber Targeted Shia Evacuees from Idlib.
After more than two years under siege in their hometowns of al Fuah and Kafriya, on April 15th, they got on the buses and began the journey to the relative safety and freedom of Government held Aleppo City.
Only kilometres from their final destination the convoy of buses stopped in the insurgent held Rashideen district west of Aleppo.
Many disembarked and took the chance to stretch their legs. Many children on the buses took the opportunity to escape the cramped environment of the bus.
At some point a supposed Muslim, a fighter from one of the insurgent groups (other than ISIS who do not have any presence whatsoever to the west of Aleppo) detonated a van packed with an estimated tonne of explosives in close proximity to the buses causing the scene to become one of utter carnage and devastation.
The attack is among the most deadly terror bombings of the entire war and the worst since the massacres of last May that killed more than 130 when a large team of suicide bombers attacked the coastal cities of Jab’leh and Tartous, in that case the carnage was caused by at least seven separate human bombs.
More than a dozen insurgents also died in the blast, which appears to have been directed by insurgent factions opposed to the Idlib/Damascus evacuation deal.
The deal remains in place but is only partially complete, an estimated 8000 people remain in al Fuah and Kafriya and Madaya and Zabadani are also only partially evacuated.
Syria resumes evacuation after terrorists kill 112
No party has claimed responsibility for the atrocity and it is likely that the specific offenders will never be identified. Suspicion has fallen upon an outfit named Fawlaq al Sham, who expressed vocal opposition to the evacuation deal. This group was vetted by the US government, labelled moderate and armed with high quality weapons such as the BGM71 TOW missiles.
In truth the insurgency has taken on such a vicious and sectarian character that there was widespread dissatisfaction with the deal. Many fighters wanted to enter al Fuah and Kafriyah and kill everyone there on the basis that they are Muslims of the Shia variety. Almost any of the numerous insurgent groups operating in western Syria are therefore suspects in the massacre.
The culture of hatred and devaluation of human life has grown and spread like a cancerous growth in the Middle East over the past several decades.
In the Middle East, the suicide bombings were initially a largely Shia innovation in Lebanon in response to the murderous Israeli invasion and occupation that commenced in 1982 and continued until the year 2000.
The first Sunni group to engage in these operations on a large-scale was the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas who adopted the tactic in 1993, and proceeded to thoroughly blacken the Palestinian cause and help to justify and obscure Israel’s criminal nature with a series of horrific massacres of Israeli civilians over the succeeding decade.
Following the criminal US/British/Australian invasion of Iraq in 2003 the tactic was embraced by Sunni insurgents and the number of such attacks skyrocketed.
Between 1982 and the Israeli withdrawal in 2000, Hezbollah conducted, by US academic Robert Papes count, fewer than 40 suicide attacks on Israeli occupation forces.
In Iraq and Syria the so-called Islamic State group frequently exceed that in a single month, for example the group claimed to have conducted 85 such attacks in January 2016, more than double what Hezbollah had done in 18 years fighting the Israelis.
The blame cannot therefore be placed at the feet of any one group, however suicide is expressly forbidden in Islam so to claim that the suicide bomber is going to paradise or that there is any ground for suicide attacks in Islam is a fallacy, a lie.
Attacks on military targets are not obvious war crimes in the same way as the Rashideen bus massacre but they do violate the rules the Koran asks Muslims to live by and more importantly clearly run counter to the value on life the Koran demands.
“And do not kill yourselves, surely God is most Merciful to you.”
The whole “We are the soldiers of god and we are fond of death” narrative has been completely bankrupt, an outright aberration from day one and will always be so. If you are a real soldier of god, you value life and do not crave or fetishise death.
In fairness it should be noted that from a military tactical point of view it makes sense for poorly armed militia groups to use human bombs when facing the onslaught of air and ground bombing that accompanies a conventional military offensive. It should also be pointed out that many non-Muslims have conducted suicide attacks, from socialists in Lebanon to the Tamil Tiger separatists in Sri Lanka, who were the most prolific suicide bombers in the world prior to the Iraq war and the emergence of al Qaeda in Iraq as documented by Robert Papes in his work on the topic “Dying to Win“.
Personally it always seemed terribly wrong to me for one person, almost always a more senior person in rank and age to suggest to a foot-soldier that he should conduct an operation where his death is an essential part of the operation.
Just because a tactic makes sense in a certain situation does not mean that it is the right thing to do. It is totally immoral and the foot soldiers are simply being manipulated in a cynical and wicked manner whatever group they represent.
None of that exonerates the Neocon Zionists (nor their “Humanitarian bomber” underlings) who have been the core group responsible for the destabilisation and destruction of the Middle East over the past decades. But there is no doubt that the imperial onslaught has created terrible distortions within the Arab and Muslim world that must be addressed along with the imperial onslaught and the parallel support from Western intelligence for extremists that was the root cause.
It goes without saying that the massacre in al Rashideen did not merit a mention from the new-found ally of the jihadists in the White House.
All the supposed humanitarian concern supposedly created by the Khan Shaykhun false flag incident attack was completely absent when it came to this far larger massacre. The 68 dead children did not merit even a passing mention, let alone a salvo of cruise missiles from the President who makes no attempt to hide his cynicism and hypocrisy.
US Rebels slaughter 100’s of Women and Children in Syria
68 children among 126 killed in Aleppo blast
The Shocking Massacre of Kafriya and al-Fu’ah
Civilians attacked: UN condemns bombing of evacuees, Western media acquit rebels
US Attacks Syria with Cruise Missile Barrage on the Back of Big Lie.
At around 3.40am Damascus time on April the 7th, the US Navy launched a barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles upon the Shayrat Syrian Air Force base in Homs province leaving at least six members of the Syrian military dead along with 9 civilians including four children.
Reports of damage vary widely but an aircraft repair depot containing damaged 8 planes and the radar station appear to have been the greatest losses of material.
The attack appears to have been extraordinarily militarily ineffective,but that is secondary to the fact that a threshold has been crossed, a precedent has been set and once these operations begin they almost inevitably achieve a momentum of their own.
In response Russia has suspended the agreement with the US coalition designed to avoid accidental collision or clashes between the Syrian/Russian and US coalition aircraft.
Paul Craig Roberts:”The establishment has reasserted itself. ”
Alex Jones: “Doesn’t he understand , he is a smart guy, that when he rolls over to these people it only encourages them. They want his head on a spike.”
Paul Craig Roberts:”Well they don’t need his head on a spike if he surrenders to them.”
“I can’t say what he is doing but to me it looks like surrender.” (Source)
Robert Parry at Consortium News provides a credible, albeit anonymously sourced account of the internal machinations:
“the Trump national security team split between the President’s close personal advisers, such as nationalist firebrand Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, on one side and old-line neocons who have regrouped under National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army general who was a protégé of neocon favorite Gen. David Petraeus.”
White House Infighting
“In this telling, the earlier ouster of retired Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and this week’s removal of Bannon from the National Security Council were key steps in the reassertion of neocon influence inside the Trump presidency. The strange personalities and ideological extremism of Flynn and Bannon made their ousters easier, but they were obstacles that the neocons wanted removed.”
“Though Bannon and Kushner are often presented as rivals, the source said, they shared the belief that Trump should tell the truth about Syria, revealing the Obama administration’s CIA analysis that a fatal sarin gas attack in 2013 was a “false-flag” operation intended to sucker President Obama into fully joining the Syrian war on the side of the rebels — and the intelligence analysts’ similar beliefs about Tuesday’s incident.”
Instead, Trump went along with the idea of embracing the initial rush to judgment blaming Assad for the Idlib poison-gas event. The source added that Trump saw Thursday night’s missile assault as a way to change the conversation in Washington, where his administration has been under fierce attack from Democrats claiming that his election resulted from a Russian covert operation.”
Later Parry writes
“logic and respect for facts no longer prevail inside Official Washington, nor inside the mainstream U.S. news media.”
In the space of 24 hours Trump has completely repudiated everything he ever said about Syria and foreign policy in general. The intelligence reports must be pretty damning, they must have concocted a case? Apparently not according to Philip Giraldi, extremely credible former CIA officer who stated:
“The intelligence confirms pretty much the account that the Russians have been giving … which is that they hit a warehouse where the rebels – now these are rebels that are, of course, connected with Al Qaeda – where the rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties. Apparently the intelligence on this is very clear.”
In order to see just how these actions represent a complete repudiation of everything Trump claimed to represent, we need simply to measure the actions against the President’s own words upon inauguration.
The Promise to serve the people rather than the establishment.
“Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another – but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.”
This is a very powerful statement and the way I interpret it is he is saying that when he makes a decision the impact of said decision on the average American will be at the core of the process. It is the promise to govern in the interests of the people,”a nation exists to serve its citizens.”
This is a great litmus test by which to evaluate Trump as President.
Later in the speech the same themes are expressed even more forcefully and the folly of the US foreign policy over recent decades is also discussed.
“For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry;
Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military;
We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
And spent trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
The attack was not in conformity with international law and can therefore be deemed a war crime in and of itself, an act of criminal aggression taken on an evidence free pretext and without the required UN mandate. It is beyond unlikely that anyone will ever be prosecuted for making this illegal order but that is due to the impotence of the administration of international law, the illegality is uncontroversial.
“All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state” (Source)
Even if they eventually hold an investigation and it supports the assertions the US President has made about the origin of the Khan Shaykhun attack, the response was still illegal because there was no UN mandate and no imminent threat- the only situation that provides a legal exception.
” a general prohibition (on the use of force against another nation), subject only to the exceptions stated in the Charter (self-defence and Chapter VII action by the Security Council).
In his crude way, Trump has shown Obama the “correct” way to capitalise on a big lie.
Act before there is time for the real evidence to emerge. Act like a moron and pretend everyone knows what has happened without evidence, or recourse to basic commonsense.
Create facts on the ground with your response, that is, start the war and after that you’re off and away, the situation will now escalate naturally due to the action that you have taken enabling you to ride the big lie all the way to your desired outcome.
The desired outcome here would appear to be the complete destruction of the Syrian government and the dismemberment of the nation, with Israel gifted the Golan,al Qaeda, the Kurds and the Alawi/Shia./Druze/Christians all hosting mini-states in the place of Syria and never-ending bloodshed in its place.
Russian MoD drone footage of aftermath from US missile strike on Syrian Army airbase
RAW: US fires Tomahawk missiles at Syrian military base from USS Ross and USS Porter ships
Syria: Idlib False Flag Triggers International Crisis.
Trump De-Cloaks as Puppet of Evil.
April 7th, 2017.
The Khan Shayhkun Massacre.
On April 4th several Su22 jets belonging to the Syria Air Force attacked a town named Khan Shaykhun (population approx 50,000) in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.
According to the Syrian and Russian military, the warplanes targeted militant warehouses, arms depots and production facilities on the outskirts of the town.
Following the attacks a number of people in the area it is claimed, began to suffer symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. The division between the people who died as a result of high explosives versus chemical exposure has not been made clear, however it is claimed that more than 80 people died following the attack of the warplanes and the subsequent toxic exposure.
There is no clear indication what chemicals the people were exposed to nor the source of the exposure.
Russia and Syria claim that the Syrian Air Force unwittingly bombed an insurgent chemical production facility, inadvertently causing the exposure of civilians to toxic chemicals the insurgents were using to produce weapons.
According to Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer the US government intelligence indicates that it was not an attack by the Syrian Government using chemicals.
“The intelligence confirms pretty much the account that the Russians have been giving … which is that they hit a warehouse where the rebels – now these are rebels that are, of course, connected with Al Qaeda – where the rebels were storing chemicals of their own and it basically caused an explosion that resulted in the casualties. Apparently the intelligence on this is very clear.”
The entire Western media and the anti-Syrian government activists supported by the West and their allies claim that the warplanes launched the chemicals themselves and tellingly the Israeli government fresh from air strikes in direct support of the Islamic State near Palmyra, chipped in within hours of the incident:
Beyond what is implied by commonsense and logic there is almost zero evidence to support either hypothesis. According to the Western media we already know that the Syrian Government were responsible because we all “know” having dutifully digested more than six years of propaganda on the subject that Bashar al Assad is a “really, really horrible person” and that is the end of the matter.
The argument is completely circular, utterly vapid and echoes the script from numerous previous seasons of regime change propaganda directed against Syria and many other targets.
The Motive,Timing and Possible Beneficiaries of this event.
Only days earlier, on March 3oth, US Secretary of State Tillerson made what seemed at a time a mundane statement to the effect that the US had accepted that the regime change operation in Syria had failed and would henceforth focus on battling the jihadists of ISIS and al Nusra.
“The Trump administration doubled down Thursday on prioritizing the fight against ISIS over ending the Syrian civil war and getting rid of its main protagonist, President Bashar al-Assad — a suggestion that was swiftly criticized by hawks on the Hill.”
“Indicating a possible shift in US policy on the war in Syria from the days of the Obama administration, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on a trip to Turkey that the “longer-term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people.”
CNN further reported that the comments had been echoed by the US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
“US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was even stronger about the Trump administration’s decision not to push for Assad’s departure. “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out,” Haley told wire reporters Thursday.”
The Independent delivered a longer quote from the same briefing.”You pick and choose your battles and when we’re looking at this, it’s about changing up priorities and our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” US Ambassador Nikki Haley told a small group of reporters on Thursday. (Source)
These statements at the time seemed little more than a bland acceptance of the blindingly obvious fact that unless the US was willing to wage a war against Russia, it was not going to get its way in Syria.
The War Party predictably reacted with fury to this development and the seasoned warmongers Senators McCain and Graham were equally predictably at the forefront, as CNN further reported:
“The comments drew heavy criticism from Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, Republicans who have long advocated for an increased US military presence in Syria against Assad and his Russian allies.”
“This overlooks the tragic reality that the Syrian people cannot decide the fate of Assad or the future of their country when they are being slaughtered by Assad’s barrel bombs,”McCain said in a statement.
The motive to change this situation is so obvious and powerful that it scarcely bears stating.
Less than a week after this setback, the War Party have the situation back in hand. The President has more than blinked he has bent and broken, revealing the mendacious and cowardly individual behind the brash front.
At this early stage only two days after the event, Khan Shaykhun is emerging as a triumph, exactly the tonic required to get the West back on track towards the complete destruction of Syria with the war party returned to their rightful place at the helm using the US military and taxpayer to destroy the Middle East as per Israel/Big Oil and the munitions industry demands and needs on the back of whatever lie is required.
This is the way things are supposed to be, this is a restoration and now that Trump has broken they can call of the dogs and cease all the Russia-gate nonsense and return to the mundane but immensely profitable business of endless war and world domination whilst putting the finishing touches on the police state.
Layers of Lies.
It is worth noting that in the fact based world there was never any actual evidence that the Syrian Government forces had ever used chemical weapons, anywhere, however UN investigations of a series of attacks in a village named Khan al Assal in early 2013 concluded that Syrian insurgents had used Sarin gas in a series of attacks leading to the deaths of government soldiers and civilians who supported the government.
UN’s Carla Del Ponte Stupefied By Syrian Opposition Sarin Use
These reports were simply ignored by the entire Western media and hidden behind the massive false flag chemical weapon attack several months later in 2013, in outer Damascus. That was the attack that took place two days after a UN Investigative team arrived in Damascus to investigate the Khan al Assal attacks.
How helpful and considerate it was of the Syrian leader Bashar al Assad to conduct a massive atrocity within driving distance of the UN investigators Damascus hotel. How beneficent of Assad to provide the then US puppet Obama with the cassus belli Obama had written into the script almost precisely one year earlier!
In the world of reason and logic, it was obvious on day one that the narrative Westerners were being force-fed about the al Ghouta attack was puerile nonsense, for them to think they can repeat that nonsense four years later when the narrative is beyond ludicrous is proof of the unshakeable fanaticism of the war party, but also of their total creative and intellectual poverty.
The Situation in Idlib.
In Idlib governate, the last remaining Syrian Army positions of substance fell to the combined insurgent forces led by al Qaeda, in March 2015. Back then the jihadist coalition was going by the Army of Conquest title, these days they are Hayat Tahrir al Sham.
Despite the Russian support over more than eighteen months the Syrian Army and their allies have made zero progress in Idlib since 2015, recently agreeing to evacuate the only towns in Idlib that remained under Government control, making a deal to evacuate the government held Shia majority villages of al Fuah and Kafiryah in exchange for letting the insurgents evacuate two long besieged villages in the Damascus countryside Madaya and Zabadani.
The deal essentially ended the tiny remaining ground war in Idlib province, ended all urgency of the Syrians and their allies doing anything in Idlib at all. Idlib is now simply a rear area, the only battles on the ground in Idlib are the intra-jihadist civil wars that break out intermittently.
So whereas it could be posited that the Syrian military have the motive to conduct a chemical weapons attack in a place like Der ez Zour, where a large Syrian force is entirely surrounded by ISIS and under constant ground attack and a similar argument could be made regarding other areas where the Syrian army are engaged in large-scale ground warfare, such as against ISIS in eastern Homs or against Tahrir al Sham in northern Hama. The simple fact is that the Syrian Army have not engaged in large-scale battles in Idlib since 2015, the Syrian Army has little or no presence in Idlib and therefore no realistic motive to resort to the desperate measure of the chemical attack.
There was nothing the Syrians and Russians could achieve in Idlib that would be helped by the use of chemicals, quite the opposite.
The insurgents on the other hand, are losing the war, slowly and painfully, only days earlier the US government has basically admitted the cause is lost. Their situation is desperate, they have obvious and powerful motives to either capitalise on the accidental dispersion caused by an attack on their weapons depot or even to propagate the whole thing. They are the ones who need the situation to change, they are the ones who need some event to cause the President to pivot 180 degrees in the space of a day as he just did.
They have everything to gain and nothing to lose, a history of chemical weapons false flag attacks. The scales of probability are entirely lopsided in every matter pertaining to motive.
At the point when the image of the Syrian state is being rehabilitated, at the point they are receiving massive assistance of all kinds from the Russian government, the Syrian government we are expected to believe just decided to flush the whole thing down the back for no discernible military purpose.
Trump Goes Full Retard (and the critics are gasping with joy)
Overnight President Trump has apparently been lobotomised and today we have seen the President completely break and capitulate to the war party in order to save himself.
The cad, coward and weak-minded fool that he is can no longer be hidden or denied.
As luck would have it, the King of Jordan was visiting DC and the US President took the opportunity at the joint press conference to address the Khan Shayhkun incident.
There are some real gems of black comedy here, President Trump not only knows that the Syrian Government are the culprit “These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated.” (Source)
He also magically knows the details of the chemical that was used just a day after it happened:
“a chemical gas that is so lethal — people were shocked to hear what gas it was — that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. Many, many lines.”(Source)
Although characteristically the President did not provide any specific details or evidence supporting these claims.
So did the US send technicians into al Qaeda held Idlib, which the US has itself been bombing regularly in recent months, grab some samples, take them to a lab to have them analysed and then transmit the results to the awaiting President and all his new-found War Party cohorts all in the space of 24 hours?
Clearly the President is simply talking crap based on nothing, using the same low tactics he has been targeted with on the Russia issue. The same low tactics they used against Saddam and Gaddafi and every other manufactured bogy.
Even in the world of lies the people who conjure these narratives are cheap imposters. It is simultaneously pathetic and despicable and if they get their way, no matter what happens it is a rock solid guarantee that whatever steps the US takes to destroy the Syrian state the world will feel the negative repercussions in terms of regional instability for decades.
The Nightmare Renewed.
There will be no happy ending, we know it, we have been on this ride several times before and we know how it ends, even better we know that it never ends, as the US mission in Afghanistan enters its sixteenth year with no end in sight and after ISIS the violence in Iraq will not end. The same US military that beseeched Obama for tens of thousands of extra troops in 2009 are now performing the exact same maneuver with the Chaos Clown who had already gone a long way towards proving his fealty with a $54 billion request to increase the budget of themost bloated and unnecessary department of any government anywhere, ever.
Obama was the first US President who did not preside over a single day of peace and Trump is already all but guaranteed to be the second.
Any military operations, covert or otherwise the US government undertakes against the Syrian government will threaten regional or global war, will accelerate the destruction of the Syrian state, will be contrary to international law and thus subject to sanction as aggression and beyond all that, anyone with a lick of sense knows that there is one very simple rule in the Middle East, the more the US military does, the worse things get.
The President knows this perfectly well, he stated repeatedly throughout the campaign that over the past fifteen years the US has expended trillions of dollars in wars that never end and achieved nothing.
Once Rexxon started threatening North Korea with war it was pretty clear that Trump is not really the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump is better described as the tenth President of the post- executive Presidency, he is puppet number ten to have played the role since the rulers made clear their active displeasure with the last man to defy them by having him shot to death in the full light of day and the full complicity of the security detail. When the brother didn’t get the message the same group underlined it by rubbing him out too when he had the temerity to run for office.
Trump is not going to be judged against George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln or even Kennedy, Trump will be judged alongside the rest of the puppets, quality individuals such as Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, George H.W Bush, George.W Bush, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.
The pattern is established and the reasons for the repetition of cataclysmic errors go far beyond the shortcomings of whatever puppet is currently playing the President or which Generals command the campaign.
It has taken only 75 days of intense undermining to cause a complete rethink, a complete repudiation of not only the campaign rhetoric but the excellent words of the inaugural speech also and this comic gem stands out as the precise moment that President Trump announced himself openly as a fraudster and a sellout, just like Obama and the rest of them.
“I like to think of myself as a very flexible person. I don’t have to have one specific way, and if the world changes,I go the same way, I don’t change. Well, I do change and I am flexible, and I’m proud of that flexibility. And I will tell you, that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me — big impact. That was a horrible, horrible thing. And I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it doesn’t get any worse than that.” (Source)
Unless, you were to consider for a moment, the far more deadly US air attack in Mosul that slaughtered many more of the exact same people as we are told died in Idlib but this event, one for which he bore direct command responsibility, did not elicit any public comment whatsoever from the President, who prefers to tweet on topics such as the ratings of the Arnold Schwarzenegger version of the Apprentice, the size of the crowd at the inauguration and other similarly weighty topics. Especially those that have a feel-good quality.
Trump continued: “And I have that flexibility, and it’s very, very possible — and I will tell you, it’s already happened that my attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much. And if you look back over the last few weeks, there were other attacks using gas. You’re now talking about a whole different level.” (Source)
Now that Trump has proven his cowardice and loyalty to the empire of lies, presumably all the “establishment issues” will miraculously disappear. After all they will tell each other “we can’t be infighting when there are wars to be fought.”
Trump has ‘drunk the Kool Aid’ on Syria narrative
‘These heinous acts by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated’ – Trump on alleged chemical gas attack
Trump Just Announced He is Illuminati (2017). Will finish what Bush and Obama started
Here we have the maniacs who can never spill enough blood, fulminating upon the next US move to create chaos in the Middle East whilst fulfilling the master Israel’s needs. These midwives and mavens of mass murder are all but foaming at the mouth with gleeful anticipation.
There have never been worse people than these anywhere. Ever. Over the passage of time it is sadly becoming clear that the US is going to remain the most destructive and murderous force on the planet unless and until it collapses or is destroyed. Hell awaits think tank psychopaths, hell awaits.
What are Trump’s options in Syria
‘We are compelled to take own action’ if UN fails in Syria – US envoy
The legendary Commander of the Somali (armoured) Battalion of the Donbass Militia forces Mikhail Tolstykh, known as Givi has been killed in an early morning attack on his office in the military headquarters of the DPR militia in Makiyivka near Donetsk.
There are differing accounts of the attack, with claims that a bomb was placed in or near Givi’s office but other claims that there was an attack by an incendiary rocket system named the RPO-A Shmel.
A Devastating Blow.
The loss of Givi is a monumental, truly devastating blow against the Donbass militias and follows the recent assassination of the Luhansk militia commander Oleg Anashchenko, killed by a roadside bomb attack on his vehicle on February 4th (Source) and the October assassination of Motorola an attack that resembles the killing iof Givi in many respects.
There has been a recent intensification of military attacks on the self-proclaimed Donbass Republics by the Ukraine military and their allies focused on the town of Avdiivka that left dozens of soldiers and civilians dead on both sides of the contact line. (Source)
The renewed Ukrainian assaults are widely perceived as an attempt to provoke Russia to become overtly involved in the Eastern Ukraine war and then use this involvement to curtail all attempts at rapprochement between Russia and the US, an oft stated aim of the new US President that potentially threatens the flow of money and weapons that are keeping the Ukraine military afloat.
Putin: Ukraine is extorting cash through war
Who was Mikhail Tolstykh?
The details of Givi’s life are that he was born in 1980 in the Ukraine, he was from the eastern town of Ilovaisk, he spent some time in the Ukraine military prior to the Donbass war.
The nickname is used in Russia to refer to people of Georgian background, Givi was not from Georgia nor had even been there, but his great-grandfather was an ethnic Georgian.
Givi came to prominence initially due to his ostentatious display of courage caught on film in late 2014 when he remained nonchalant as a barrage of rockets was landing in his close vicinity.
It is hilarious to watch him simply ignore the threat to life and limb, calmly chatting as his fellow soldiers run for cover.
Givi and MLRS “Grad” shell strike.
Givi played a significant role in many successful military operations including the Battle Of Ilovaisk and the Second Battle of Donetsk Airport when he earned a degree of infamy after aggressively confronting captured Ukrainian soldiers and cutting their badges from their uniforms and forcing the captives to “eat” them.
[eng subs] Givi & Motorola talk to captive UAF colonel
Givi had been subjected to previous attempts on his life, but these earlier attempts were very amateurish, little more than drive by shootings in stark contrast to the highly professional killings of recent times.
Givi was the classic inspirational field commander, the fact that he was a native of the Donbass region makes his death an exceptionally heavy blow, even when compared to the Motorola killing. When they killed Motorola I thought, it could be worse, it could be Givi, and now they got him.
The short simple answer is that the Ukraine Government and military and their supporters benefit greatly from this event. There is no point speculating at this early stage as to the identity of the perpetrators, however it seems to me that the commitment and ability of the Ukraine Government and their Western backers has been widely underestimated.
There are people in Western Intelligence who are good at their jobs, they know how to compromise people, how to turn people and force them to collaborate in operations and it seems that the underestimation of these agencies and an overestimation of the support the militia have within the Donbass has left the door open for the Ukrainians and their allies to enlist people on the ground in Donetsk to help them carry out these operations.
The Ukraine Government signed onto the Minsk accord in early 2015 and in the succeeding two years have refused to attempt to implement the deal point-blank. The heads of the self-proclaimed Republics offered to meet and negotiate with the Ukraine Government and this offer was flatly refused.
Over the two years of low intensity warfare that followed the signing of the second Minsk accord, the Ukraine has been on the offensive, seizing a number of settlements from the Donbass militia forces whole their Western sponsors continue to pretend that the Donbass militia are responsible for this situation.
Until the leaders of the Western nations supporting the Ukraine take a more honest approach and consequences are imposed on the Ukrainians for their mendacity, the senseless killing will continue indefinitely.
URGENTLY! The first images from the place of death of Givi
The Future of Australia Day (and a Short History of Oz Rock)
The Australia Day Memory.
I have one memory of Australia day from childhood, I assume it is an amalgam of several different Australia days from the early 1980s.
The day is scorching. I am at a gathering with my extended family. It is the middle of the day, people are drinking beer and meat is being cooked on a barbecue. Cricket is on the television and people are clustered around it watching Australia who are losing badly and someone comments “At least you’d think they could win on bloody Australia Day” and it is all downhill from there.
The fact that we were celebrating the beginning of the colony and therefore the beginning of the land genocide of the indigenous population never occurred to us for a moment. The reason for this was ignorance and complacency.
Sadly many Australians still live in that world of ignorance and complacency but far fewer than at that time as attested by the large demonstrations yesterday against the national holiday being on the date of the beginning of the colony.
The date of the national holiday has little practical importance but it becomes insulting when people become indignant and upset when indigenous Australians refer to the date as “Invasion Day” missing the fact that the choice of this date makes it impossible for indigenous Australians to view it as a day for celebration.
The British, it should be remembered, classified Australia as terra nullius (nobody’s land) pretending the indigenous people did not exist, thus saving themselves the trouble and expense of negotiating with them and enabling the wholesale theft of the continent at almost no cost.A musket here, a blanket there.
It is sadly typical act of arrogance to expect indigenous Australians to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of the land genocide that began in 1788.
The intent of the entire national day project (unity and celebration) is thus defeated, and will always be defeated while the date is January 26th. In some major cities more people are protesting the date than celebrating it already.
“The crowd at Federation Square – estimated by some to be up to 50,000 people – is believed to have eclipsed the number of people who attended the earlier Australia Day march along Swanston Street.” (Source)
Given that the nation was born on the New Year and the nation has tried to have a more constructive and inclusive relationship with the indigenous population who were simply treated as non-entities by the British, New Years Day would be a better choice for the national day of celebration .
People Should Simply Ignore the Government and Start Celebrating Australia Day on New Years Day or another.
The Government has the ability to make January 26th a public holiday and stage their tiresome and corny ceremonies but they do not have the power to make anyone participate in or pay attention to any of it. Nor do they have the ability to prevent anyone celebrating Australia Day on a different date.
It seems like a good idea to me to begin to stage Australia Day on another date and this will provide a positive outlet to celebrate Australia that would provide a nice compliment to the entirely negative (with good reason) Invasion Day movement.
The logical choice, with the built-in advantage that it is already a public holiday and the day the nation actually came into being would be New Years Day.
Warumpi Band, Black Fella White Fella
Growing up most of the big Australian heroes were sports players. We were told that the batting of Don Bradman and the winning runs of Phar Lap, the champion racehorse of the day, “kept people going” during the depression of the early 1930’s. The whole line is infantile nonsense in retrospect but that has been the standard in Australia.
Recently a video was posted on the internet showing Ukrainians in Kiev staging a march celebrating the life of the Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. I cruelly commented “Who or what else do they have to celebrate?”Yet if we cast aside our sporting heroes, whose achievements are made in an entirely insignificant field, the same question could easily be asked of Australia.
“Who or what do we have to celebrate?”
There are many practical things of course,there is so much we take for granted having never known any different. In terms of culture it becomes more difficult.
Between the mid 1970s and late 1980s Australian music, pop music seemed to go through a real heyday with a lot of great music being created in a short time and although several of the bands that were part of that broad wave, such as Midnight Oil, INXS, the Divinyls and Icehouse rose to international prominence, many of them were well past their best by the time it happened meaning that much of their best work remains neglected.
Here is a small sample of some personal favorites from this era and earlier with some brief explanatory notes where appropriate.
The Easybeats were one of the greatest bands of the 1960s,and are rightfully celebrated as the first great Australian band. Their greatness is undisputed however the Australian part of the story is cloudy.
The Easybeats were a British style band composed almost entirely of Brits who formed in a Sydney migrant hostel that still operates, today the site hosts a prison for people who are awaiting deportation named the Villawood Detention Centre.
They were not just British they were just off the boat. So, they were not Australian but they were a truly great band based in Australia, their brilliance must have helped other local musicians, they set a great example. Friday On My Mind is far and away their best known tune but they had numerous classics.
The Easybeats – Friday on My Mind
Friday On My Mind is a brilliant song but it is very British and very white, Good Times is a little funkier, less Beatles more Stones, this song was a massive hit decades later when covered by INXS.
The Easy Beats “Good Times”
Eagle Rock by Daddy Cool.
This song has been so overplayed that it has become easy for Australians to despise it, a fresh listen reveals Eagle Rock is a classic piece of pop blues reminiscent of a boppier Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1971 it was still a chart topper as late as 1990 when it hit number one in New Zealand.
AC/DC were drawn from the same group of British immigrants who formed the Easybeats. The guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young were the brothers of Easybeat George, who assumed production duties with AC/DC.
All of the important members were Brits, even those who came from outside the core coterie and after Bon Scott died in 1980 they became a completely British band.
Few guitarists have matched the heavy catchy riffs of Malcolm and Angus Young. I must admit that having been a big drinking band for me, I have never loved the as much since I stopped.
This is a classic typical AC/DC track with a simply brilliant video of them driving through Melbourne on the back of a flatbed truck. When Bon Scott was alive they were one of the greatest ever hard rock acts, they were pretty mediocre after his death except for Back in Black, the first post Bon Scott album.
IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP (IF YOU WANNA ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) – AC DC
Cold Chisel came from Adelaide, Australia’s fourth largest city and not a noted cultural centre. Cold Chisel oved from Adelaide to Melbourne and then Sydney, where they finally found success.
The band never achieved great international success and this was a loss to the rest of the world. They were a strangely literate bluesy hard rock band capable of brilliant straight pop songs such as “Forever Now” as well as pub rock classics such as “Cheap Wine”. Interpersonal relationships within the band were often troubled with drunken internal brawls a regular item on the menu and they never made the international impact they deserved, but the work stands up very well.
Cold Chisel – Cheap Wine
Cold Chisel – Saturday Night
Cold Chisel – Forever Now
The Divinyls were a pop rock outfit in the Easybeats and (to a lesser extent) AC/DC tradition, they opened their set for many years with their brilliant version of the Easybeats “I’ll Make You Happy”, they were a brilliant band who achieved international success in the early 1990s when they were a crass imitation of their former selves with tracks like “I Touch Myself”
Chrissy Amphlett was a great singer and songwriter along with guitarist Mark McEntee, but because Chrissie Amphlett played quite a rough female character when Olivia Newton John style Kewpie dolls were the fashion they struggled for many years to make any international impact and even in Australia their greatness seemed to be under rewarded-Science Fiction is one of the greatest pop singles released anywhere anytime,yet it only reached number 13 on the Australian charts on release in 1983.(Source)
Divinyls ~ Science Fiction
Divinyls ~ Only Lonely
Icehouse were a vehicle for the classically trained Iva Davies.They had many great songs,my personal favorite is probably “Can’t Help Myself” but their most important song without a doubt is “Great Southern Land” one of the few truly great songs written about Australia.
Icehouse – Can’t Help Myself
Icehouse – Great Southern Land
INXS started in the late 1970s as a run of the mill post punk type outfit. By the third album Shabooh Shabaah in 1982 they were writing some excellent songs such as Don’t Change and the One Thing and had created a semi-original sound, a strange hybrid of synth heavy pop rock.
With their fourth album the Swing in 1984 the group improved immensely and created some of the best songs in the history of Oz Rock. Two albums later they became massive with the firstthreesingles from 1987’s Kick making the top 3 in the US, after that they basically fell off but they made a string of classic singles right through the 1980s, this track from 1984’s the Swing is a high point.
INXS – Love Is (What I Say)
Midnight Oil are probably the greatest band Australia has produced, they were very idiosyncratic, they did not sound like any other band at all and they were the most ostentatiously Australian band of all yet still managed to achieve mass international success due to the quality of their work which speaks for itself.
Midnight Oil – Saturday Night at the Capitol part 9 – Lucky Country
One of the reasons I really love Midnight Oil is the fact they were one of the very few people in Australia who made some attempt to understand and explain what is going on.
Some of their lyrics are very interesting and thought-provoking, even to those who don’t share their political views, these passages from the 1983 classic “Power and the Passion” provide a great pocket glimpse into Australia then and now.
“People, wasting away in paradise…..
Sunburnt faces around, rhe skin so brown
Smiling zinc cream and crowds, some days the beach never a cloud
Breathing eucalypt, pushing panel vans
munch junk food, laughing at the truth
cos Gough was tough til he hit the rough
Uncle Sam and John were quite enough
Too much of sunshine too much of sky
It’s just enough to make you want to cry…….
I see buildings, clothing the sky, in paradise
Sydney, nights are warm
Daytime telly, blue rinse dawn
Dad’s so bad he lives in the pub, it’s underarms and football clubs
Flat chat, Pine Gap, in every home a Big Mac
And no one goes outback, that’s that
You take what you get and get what you please
It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”
Songwriters: James Moginie / Martin Rotsey / Peter Garrett / Peter Gifford / Robert Hirst