NatCon and the British war on woke

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — Institute of Race Relations

The American hard Right are coming to the UK – and Europe. But, unlike in Hungary, where the gathering of Europe’s extreme-right figures (including the prime ministers of Hungary and Georgia) was an offshoot of the Trump and Bolsonaro supporting US Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the National Conservatism conference in the UK is a project backed by the Washington-based Edmund Burke Foundation. The NatCon participants may not be so brazen in supporting white nationalism as their counterparts in CPAC, but their preoccupations with ‘faith, flag and family’, birth-rates and ‘traditionalism’ also speaks to an Alt-Right and Christian conservative agenda. Several of the organisations represented at NatCon, such as Policy Exchange, the Common Sense Society, Free Speech Union and the Legatum Institute, have been linked to the Atlas Network, an integrated pro-corporate network which grew out of the UK-based Institute of Economic Affairs and has received funding from US billionaire and right-wing libertarian Charles Koch.
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60 Minutes Australia Keeps Churning Out War-With-China Propaganda

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

Listen to a reading ot this article (reading by Tim Foley):

60 Minutes Australia has been playing a leading role in saturating Australian airwaves with consent-manufacturing messaging in support of militarising to participate in a US war against China. A segment they ran a year ago is titled “Prepare for Armageddon: China’s warning to the world,” and features an image of Xi Jinping overlaid with war planes and explosions and captioned “POKING THE PANDA”. Another from a year ago is titled “War with China: Are we closer than we think?” Another from ten months ago is titled “China’s new target in the battle to control the Pacific.” Another from six months ago is titled “Inside the battle for Taiwan and China’s looming war threat.” Another from two months ago is titled “Is the Navy ready? How the U.S. is preparing amid a naval buildup in China.”

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Anatoly S. Chernyaev Diary, 1983

Thursday, 25 May 2023 — National Security Archive


At the Central Committee: “what a humiliating role I am in, doing everything I can to dress a naked, completely naked king”

KAL shootdown “showcased with monstrous obviousness the power and pressure of the ‘military complex’ over our entire life and politics”

On nuclear war: “this vast world, full of fantastic achievements of the human mind and labor, can in a few short minutes fall victim to a nervous breakdown of one of the two ‘superpower’ leaders”

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Russia: Western Creation of the Threatening “Bear” and Pre-Romanov History

Wednesday, 24 May 2023 — Geopolitics and Climate Change

Roger Boyd

“In his present mood, PM [Neville Chamberlain] says he will resign rather than sign alliance with Soviet”
(Sir Alexander Cadogan, British Permanent Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs, private diary entry, May 20th, 1939, quoted in Kotkin 2017, p. 642)

“Russia … a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”
(Winston Churchill, October 1939, quoted in Mettan 2017, p. 176)

“The Russian bear has always been eager to stick his paw in Latin American waters … Now we’ve got him in a trap, let’s take his leg off right up to his testicles. On second thought, let’s take off his testicles, too.”
(Air Force General Curtis LeMay’s advice to President Kennedy during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, quoted in Joshua Rothman, Waiting For World War III, The New Yorker Oct. 16th, 2012)

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