3/8 Real News: "Public Diplomacy/Propaganda Grand Strategy"

SMART POWER: 'PUBLIC DIPLOMACY' & 'STRATEGIC INFORMATION' WARFARE
“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”
Henry Kissinger

" Public diplomacy and propaganda are used interchangeably in this paper..."
Public Diplomacy in Grand Strategy Foreign Policy Analysis (2006) 2, 157–176
‘‘Public diplomacy’’ and ‘‘propaganda’’ are used interchangeably in this paper...the influence of the information revolution is not restricted to the developed world, as
is evidenced even in the resistance it meets from some non-democratic governments.11 Furthermore, one should not underestimate the exploitation of new technologies in third-world public diplomacy that is aimed at the developed world, especially at the U.S. (Manheim 1990).
All this should not obscure the continuing relevance of force (or hard power) to many interstate relations and increasingly terrorism which presents governments with a grand-strategic challenge: how to combine effectively soft and hard national means to obtain desired political outcomes.... the realization of desired political outcomes, especially in the current international system, depends on the government’s ability to manage the complicated balances and tradeoffs that inhere in the relationship between hard force and soft diplomacy.... the traditional and time-honored concern of statecraft; however experience can be drawn on with respect to the newer forms of force and of communications, such as fighting terrorism in the age of global, real-time television and the Internet....

2/19 Honduras:"The Fire the Next Time"; "Turning disaster into opportunity" ; "Honduras is open for business"

NB comments, emphases and most 'US' abbreviations are by the digest

comment: HONDURAS: HELL ON EARTH FROM DECADES OF DOMINATION BY U.S. GLOBAL SOVEREIGNTY
DEATH BY DIPLOMACY, DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT, DEFENSE

HONDURAS AND ITS CARIBBEAN NEIGHBORS, HAVE LIVED AND DIED UNDER RELENTLESS IMPERIALIST ASSAULT FOR CENTURIES.
THE I998 HURRICANE MITCH BROUGHT U.S. ASSAULT ARMED IN 'HUMANITARIAN' SOFT POWER MERGED WITH HARD POWER. CALLED 'SMART POWER, THIS IS NOW U.S. CONQUEST M.O., FROM R2P, 'RIGHT TO PROTECT BY 'HUMANITARIAN BOMBING' IN LIBYA, TO IN 'NATURAL DISASTER AID' FROM HAITI, CHINA, INDONESIA, PAKISTAN TO NEW ORLEANS, INSTALLING ITS MILITARY TAKEOVER UNDER SOFT USAID/NGOS COVER. BILL CLINTON, ON BEHALF OF HIS IMPERIALIST FOUNDATION , DARED DECLARE THAT 'BUILDING BACK BETTER' WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR HAITI. OVER $5BILLION DONATIONS LATER, MILLIONS OF HAITIANS ARE STILL STARVING IN RUBBLE, DYING FROM CHOLERA AS U.S. DIPLOMACY, DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT & DEFENSE DO WHAT IT'S DESIGNED TO DO.

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin,1963
"At the center of this dreadful storm, this vast confusion, stand the black people of this nation, who must share the fate of a nation that has never accepted them, to which they were brought in chains. Well, if this is so, one has no choice but to do all in one’s power to change that fate, and at no matter what risk—eviction, imprisonment, torture, death."
“The Negroes of this country may never rise to power, but they are very well placed indeed to precipitate chaos and ring down the curtain on the American dream”

2/3/12 Stop US War on Iran: join street protests and spread truthful information

2/2 PROBLEM: This issue's incomplete because today, am unable to copy-paste, to add additional important collected materials,Also cannot copy/paste it onto www.burbankdigest.com, or to local addresses.
Readers: please post this as far & wide as possible!

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Day of Mass Action to Stop U.S. War on Iran
NO war! NO sanctions! NO intervention! NO assassinations!
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1170/p/salsa/event/common/public/in...

Seattle:
February 4, 2012: Rally 1:30 PM Westlake Center, 400 Pine St. march to military entrance processing station at 2901 3rd. ave. sea. 98121.
Facebook for February 4th

Street protests, other events and outreach will happen in many places around the world: in Ireland at Shannon Air Base (forward NATO base); in London; in Dacca, Bangaldesh; in Calcutta and other cities in India. Search this page for actions in Canada.
Endorsers include (not too late to join endorsers):

1/18 Other Voices: "Choosing Sides..." Arthur Silber

digest intro: OTHER VOICES
Arthur Silber fearlessly rips the mask off US injustice and hypocrisy. Silber doesn't claim to be a revolutionary. As 'recovering' left liberal ('recovering' since while righteously denouncing the US political system & its major electoral arms, shredding 'hopeful' liberal illusions its politicians could make systemic changes, he also suggests that libertarian Ron Paul might, if allowed). A passionate, instructive radical libertarian, Silber is a 'fa real' ally. A few brief edited excerpts from his "Once Upon a Time: Power of Narrative" blogspot:

The Nightmare Made Real: Torture, Murder and Endless Horror Institutionalized and Normalized -- by Democrats
5/3/08 http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2008/05/nightmare-made-real-torture...
I didn't want to write this post. It gives me no pleasure finally to have to make certain judgments, and to recognize it is almost impossible there will ever be any reason to revise or amend them. I have been very harsh in my evaluation of the Democrats and those who ceaselessly work for Democratic electoral victory...Nonetheless, I still had clung to an exceedingly slim thread of hope that at least a few of the Democrats and/or their supporters would act on behalf of the sanctity of human life, of civilization, of the most basic sense of decency. That hope is now gone, probably forever.

1/16 MLK more than ever

digest intro: Why MLK gets bigger & better:

Things were going very badly for the US after unleashing state terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, while declaring justified resistance 'terrorism'. Most of the world turned against US 'global war on terror' and its frontman GWB who added fuel to the fire, and new tactics were called for to advance its bipartisan 'national security' strategy for global domination. After analysis ad debate in all the usual think-tanks, military & otherwise, NGOs, academies and foundations, it was decided then heralded by State Dept. diplomat-in-chief Clinton, that soft power would 'resurge', elevated now to equal-partner with 'hard' power, as 'smart power. The first major trial run was US AFRICOM vs. Libya, in this administration's MENA version of the failed Bush administrations BMENA campaign to conquer the African continent, essential for US global supremacy. (see previous digest issues on 'the Arab Spring' as part of the newly energized and militarized 'strategic non-violence')
Here's why MLK non-violence is more important than ever -- especially opposed to revolutionaries like Malcolm X. Finally there's a 1978 analysis by Carter's Secty. of State, now Obama 'consultant', Zbigniew Brzezinski, of the vital connection to US 'interests' between 'Black Africa and the U.S. Black Movement".

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. Observed for the first time on January 20, 1986, it is called Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Following President George H. W. Bush's 1992 proclamation, the holiday is observed on the third Monday of January each year, near the time of King's birthday.On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty U.S. states...

1/7/12 Celebrate A New Year & A Magnificent Life

'CHEEKY' TEACHER AN INSPIRATION, HE DARES TO STRUGGLE AND WIN!
CELEBRATE HAWKING, LIVING LIFE PASSIONATELY, TO THE FULLEST, FOR HUMANITY AND THE FUTURE

Stephen Hawking dismisses belief in God: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'
In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence
Ian Sample, science correspondent
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/15/stephen-hawking-interview-...
Photograph: Solar & Heliospheric Observatory/Discovery Channel
In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist [and Director of Research in Physics at Cambridge University] said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the final time.
Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21, shares his thoughts on death, human purpose and our chance existence in an exclusive interview with the Guardian today. The incurable illness was expected to kill Hawking within a few years of its symptoms arising, an outlook that turned the young scientist to Wagner, but ultimately led him to enjoy life more, he has said, despite the cloud hanging over his future. "I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I'm not afraid of death, but I'm in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first," he said. "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark".

1/1/12 QME & US Democracy Allies Israel & Saudi Arabia

Making it clear that US runs its client state, not the other way around as US apologists absurdly pretend

U.S. Saudi deal assures Israel's QME:

Morris J. Amitay, former head of AIPAC the Pro-Israel lobby, told ABC a chief aim of the sale is insuring that Saudi Arabia can serve as another regional military counterweight to Iran... "It is an attempt to bolster the Saudis at a time when the Iranians are trying to be a hegemonic power for the entire region,"
"Our six-decade-long security relationship with Saudi Arabia is a primary security pillar in the region. This package continues that tradition."
" Defense Sec. Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nov. 16 letter to congress.
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/critics-slam-obama-administration-hiding-m...

US' special fascist democracy friends:

Saudi Arabia's government takes the form of an Islamic absolute monarchy...Interior Minister Prince Nayef as his new heir...
www.wn.com/Saudi_Arabia__A_British_journalist_crying_in_Old_Jeddah
Saudi Arabia's new crown prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz, ultraconservative interior minister directly involved in sending troops to suppress pro-reform protests in Bahrain is close to Islamic fundamentalists..US Secretary of State Clinton called Sultan a "good friend to the United States". It is not known what effects succession would have on reforms to allow women to drive and vote

Ensuring Israel's Qualitative Military Edge, QME
Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Remarks to The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Washington, DC, November 4, 2011
http://www.state.gov/t/pm/rls/rm/176684.htm

12/25/11 Russia: New U.S. / Soros Attempt at 'Russian Color Revolution'

See in context of US "Hegemonic Quicksand" geostrategy: http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/378
and Russia Pays for Refuses to Cooperate http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/377

U.S. to establish new fund supporting NGOs in Russia
December 15, 2011 http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/86623/

12/19 Brzezinski's "Hegemonic Quicksand" & Other Geostrategic Must-Reads

TO KNOW THE CLASS ENEMY, READ BRZEZINSKI
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to president Carter, is now Obama foreign policy consultant.
BRZEZINSKI'S NEOLIBERAL GEOSTRATEGIC ANALYSES HAVE STRONGLY INFLUENCED U.S. IMPERIALISM AND THE WORLD IT RULES. . THE 'NEOCONS'T ACTICALLY SHIFTED COURSE CONVINCED THAT UNDER BUSH, THE POST-SOVIET WORLD PROVIDED A SMALL WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY TO GO FOR BROKE, GRAB IT ALL AT ONCE.
BRZEZINSKI DIDN'T OPENLY CLASH WITH PNAC, BUT, WITH HUGE CAPITALIST 'AID', INCLUDING GEORGE SOROS' 'MOVE ON', LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR A 'WELL PRIMED NEW WORLD ORDER LEADER' AS KISSINGER DESCRIBED OBAMA.
BRZEZINSKI SHEDS UNUSUALLY STARK 'INSIDER' LIGHT ON THE HEGEMONIC PLAYERS & OBJECTIVES METICULOUSLY BURIED UNDER BIG LIES BY STRATEGIC INFORMATION 'NEWS'. TO SAVE THE SHIP OF STATE, MEDIA FRAMES EVERYTHING POLITICAL IN REDUCTIONIST, MIND-FUCKING PARTISAN politics, FOCUS ON NON-SUBSTANTIVE POLITICIANS/POLICIES TACTICAL DIFFERENCES, TO 'DISAPPEAR' THE WORLD-ORDERING & DESTROYING FINANCE CAPITALIST POLITICAL-ECONOMIC SYSTEM - WHICH ONLY BE SUBSTANTIVELY & FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED BY GENUINE REVOLUTION (which U.S. 'revolutions' are designed to avert), NOT BY ELECTORAL-FACE-CHANGES.

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Geostrategic Imperatives,
Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1997
"For the United States, Eurasian geostrategy involves the purposeful management of geostrategically dynamic states and the careful handling of geopolitically catalytic states, in keeping with America's twin interests: the short-term preservation of its unique global power and the long-run transformation of it into an increasingly institutionalized global cooperation.

12/13 Russia Pays for Refusal to 'Cooperate'

GEOPOLITICAL STRATEGIC CONTEXT
digest intro:
US global domination requires permanent, perpetual wars, on world, regional and/or national scales, they all geostrategically interconnected, all under pretext of some noble 'casus belli', with old & new 'partners', carrot and/or sticks tactics depending on conditions - and increasing desperation as its ruling grip on the old world order is outdone, challenged, defeated and doomed.
Trying to understand the 'apocalyptic' chaos and destruction to decide what can be done, is futile by relying on media 'news', 'strategic information', literally covering each new relentless disinformation horror as a sudden out-of-nowhere crisis so the significance and interconnectedness of the 'grand chessboard' pieces are not visible as manipulated elements of the bipartisan US National Security Agenda [US NSS]

Seductively simple and safe information war for imperialist-zionist predators, their pundits and pimps portraying this political-economic system as the best possible. Or if you don't buy that, better believe it's all-powerful and 'if you aren't with us you're with the terrorists', psywar is disarming and dangerous to lull justice and peace seekers with the well-honed 'electoral opposition' scam that by now we should know all ends up on the same basic world-planet destroying course to save finance capital. Or taking the line of least resistance, succumbing to paralysis from the selectively pruned 'trees' bombardment that obscures or obliterates very knowable and available truth - with its clear and urgent directional action signals.

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