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August, 1944: The Cold War Begins in Earnest

Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty has written about an August, 1944 mission in which he participated that indicated that the beginning of the Cold War was underway well before VE Day: ” . . . .On August 23, 1944, the Romanians accepted Soviet surrender terms and in Bucharest the OSS rounded up Nazi intelligence experts and their voluminous Eastern European intelligence files and concealed among a trainload of American POW’s who were being quickly evacuated from the Balkans via Turkey. Once in ‘neutral” Turkey, the train continued to a planned destination at a site on the Syrian border, where it was stopped to permit the transfer of Nazis and POW’s to a fleet of U.S. [Army] Air Force planes for a flight to Cairo. I was the chief pilot of that flight of some thirty aircraft . . . .” We note that it was in August of 1944 that the famous “Red House” meeting at which the Bormann flight capital network realized under the auspices of Aktion Adlerflug was launched.


Some Glory! Some Heroes! (Still Walkin’ the Snake in Ukraine)

“Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!” was the salute of the Nazi-allied UPA in World War II. Now, it is to become the official salute of the Ukrainian army. The nature of the UPA’s glory and heroism can be gleaned from the UPA’s Janowa Dolina massacre during World War II: ” . . . . On the night of April 22–23 (Good Friday), 1943, the Ukrainians from the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, together with local peasants, attacked Janowa Dolina. Some 600 people, including children and the elderly, were brutally murdered (see Massacres of Poles in Volhynia). Most homes were burned to the ground and the settlement deserted. The perpetrators, commanded by Ivan Lytwynchuk (aka Dubowy) exercised rare cruelty. Poles, unprepared and caught by surprise, were hacked to death with axes, burned alive, and impaled (including children). . . . After the first wave of murders, the Ukrainian nationalists started searching the hospital. They carried its Ukrainian patients away from the building, while Polish patients were burned alive.[2] Dr Aleksander Bakinowski, together with his assistant Jan Borysowicz, were hacked to death on the square in front of the hospital. . . . .” The UPA slogan “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!” is engraved on the monument in Ukraine to the Janowa Dolina massacre (above right)! A recent exhibition memorializing the OUN/B and UPA– allies of the Third Reich–opened in Ukraine. UPDATE: Pterrafractyl has updated our inquiry, noting that not only has the UPA salute become the official salute of the Ukrainian army, but it has become the official salute of the police as well. As discussed in FTR #’s 1004 and 1014, the fascist Svoboda Party’s militia, C14, and the Nazi Azov Battalion’s National Druzhyna militia have been incorporated into the Ukrainian police establishment. This is not surprising since Vadim Troyan, the former Deputy Commander of the Azov Battalion became: head of the Kyiv police, acting head of the National Police and then Deputy Interior Minister to OUN/B acolyte Arsen Avakov, the main patron of the Azov Battalion.


John Conyers Co-Sponsored House Resolution Condemning Narendra Modi for Promoting Nazi Ideology in Textbooks

In FTR #1015, we noted the issuing of school textbooks glorifying Nazism while Narendra Modi headed the Indian state of Gujarat. In FTR #998, among other programs, we noted John Conyers’ active opposition to the OUN/B successor organizations in power in Ukraine, and his ouster by the #MeToo movement, which displays symptomatic features of an “op.” Of particular interest is the apparent role of far right blogger Mike “Misogyny Gets You Laid” Cernovich–an interesting person to signal the destruction of one of the few actively anti-fascist lawmakers by on ostensibly “progressive” political movement. It is interesting and significant that Modi also co-sponsored a House Resolution condemning Modi’s support for Nazi racism and ideology. ” . . . . The sponsor, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) said the State Department ‘has discussed the role of Modi and his government in promoting attitudes of racial supremacy, racial hatred, and the legacy of Nazism through his government’s support of school textbooks in which Nazism is glorified.’ The resolution said Modi revised school textbooks, which mentioned the ‘charismatic personality of Hitler the Supremo’ and failed to acknowledge the horrors of the Holocaust. . . .” Worth noting in this context is the fact that Pierre Omidyar actively assisted the rise of both the OUN/B fascists in Ukraine and Modi’s BJP/RSS fascists in India, as discussed in FTR #889.


“Sovereign Citizen” Accused of Setting Huge Southern California Wildfire

Many of the perpetrators of mayhem in our society have been followers of right-wing/fascist ideologies, a fact that has not received due notice. In FTR #1011, we noted that Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was a “Sovereign Citizen” and Dimitrios Pagourtzis (the accused Sante Fe, Texas school shooter) was influenced by online fascist ideology. Accused Parkland High School shooter Nikolas Cruz was also influenced by Nazi ideology, as were Columbine shooters Harris and Klebold. Damon Pashilk–accused of setting the 2016 Clayton fire–was also influenced by Nazi ideology. (One of his Facebook posts is pictured at right.) In FTR #1016, we learned that Jarrod Ramos, accused of a mass gunfire-killing at an Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper, was a follower of the neo-Confederate movement. Now we learn that the ironically-named Forrest Gordon Clark–accused of setting the Holy Fire in Southern California–is (like Paddock) a sovereign citizen. With California suffering the effects of drought and with the Golden State in Trump’s political crosshairs, we should be prepared for more “leaderless resistance” wildfire terrorism from fascists.


The Yoga–Nazi Connection

In FTR #1015, among other programs, we highlighted the Hindutva fascism of Narendra Modi, his BJP and its parent RSS, the fascist organization that murdered Mahatma Gandhi and which was modeled on Mussolini’s blackshirts. Hindutva fascist Baba Ramdev is a pillar of Modi’s support and sees yoga as embodying ancient vedic values. “. . . . This narrative about yoga’s ancient roots has become a sacrament for Hindu nationalists, and it is echoed in the West. But it is mostly myth, an idealized origin story of the kind so many would-be nation-builders . . . have fostered about themselves. The oldest Hindu scriptures contain almost no mention of physical postures. The Yoga Sutras, the so-called bible of yoga, include only a few short verses suggesting comfortable postures for sitting. Many of the postures practiced in yoga today appear to have emerged in the 19th and early 20th centuries. . . . . . . . Dozens of modern ashtanga yoga postures are similar or identical to those found in a gymnastic routine introduced to India by the British in the first decades of the 20th century and originally developed by a Danish fitness instructor named Niels Bukh, who later became notorious for his pro-Nazi sympathies. [pictured above, right] . . .” Bukh saw his yoga exercises as a way to realize Aryan supremacy: ” . . . . His system of exercise became highly popular in Germany, and in 1933 Bukh publicly expressed his allegiance to the National Socialist cause and its aim of improving the health of the Aryan race through gymnastics. . . .” The Nazi SS adopted yoga: ” . . . yoga was recommended to death camp guards in Nazi Germany. But that’s exactly what historian and yoga expert Mathias Tietke found as he researched his new book, ‘Yoga In National Socialism’. . . .” More about the SS/Yoga connection: ” . . . . It was seized on by race experts in the party as being the pursuit of ‘Ayran’ people. Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, an S.S. captain and yoga expert, who influenced his chief Himmler and convinced him that ‘yoga can internally arm us and prepare us for the forthcoming battles.’ . . . . Himmler, obsessed as he was with hocus-pocus race theories and mysticism relating to his S.S. ‘supermen,’ carried around a German copy of the Bhagavad Gita with him wherever he went. He regarded the ancient Sanskrit epic as being a blueprint for cruelty and terror, using it, said Tietke, to ultimately justify the Holocaust. He wrote; ‘He identified himself and the SS with the old Indian Kshatriya caste and its publicized attitude of unscrupulous killing for one’s ‘higher purpose.’ . . . . “


Austrian Nazi Coalition Government Raids Office, Officials of Agency Charged with Countering Right-Wing Extremism

In FTR #1016, we highlighted a story about the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), formed by Third Reich veterans in 1956. It is now a coalition partner in the government of that unfortunate country. The first head of the party was SS General Anton Reinthaller (pictured at right): ” . . . . Reinthaller was brought before the Austrian People’s Court and accused of ‘high treason against the Austrian people’, with the three [defendants] labelled as being those most responsible for the Anschluss [Nazi Germany’s annexing of Austria–D.E.] . . . .” ” . . . . Reinthaller died in 1958 and was succeeded as Freedom Party leader by Friedrich Peter, another former Nazi Party member and an officer in the SS. Peter ran the party formally until 1978 and then played an informal role well into the 1980s. . . .” “ . . . . Since December, the FPÖ’s Herbert Kickl has been Austria’s interior minister. . . . .The former president of the Viennese Jewish community, Ariel Muzicant, said in 2009 that Kickl’s texts reminded him of Joseph Goebbels. . . . The specific incident that has crystallized wider concerns in the world of espionage and counterespionage as well as counterterror was a series of raids ordered by the far-right interior minister earlier this year on the offices of the professional domestic intelligence chief, whose organization had in the past conducted and coordinated with Germany its surveillance of right-wing extremists. . . .Peter Gridling, known as the stubborn but politically colorless head of the BVT for the last 10 years, was fired several days after the raids. He had been the object of a virulent campaign by the website unzensuriert.at (known as ‘the Austrian Breitbart’). The former editor in chief of unzensuriert.at is now Kickl’s communications director. . . . as one long-time security adviser to several French presidents told The Daily Beast, ‘The Austrian operation against the intelligence service by the ministry of interior had an impact on every other intelligence service in the West.’ . . . “


Ustachi and the ABN at the World Cup

The Croatian football [soccer] team gave voice to Ustachi and OUN/B fascist ideology in the World Cup matches being held in Russia. ” . . . . The President of the Croatian Football Association, Davor Šuker. . . . had even been photographed in 1996 at the grave site of Ustaša Fuehrer Ante Pavelić.[5] . . . . Even before the Croatian player Domagoj Vida’s remarks became known, one of his teammates staged a provocation, by referring positively to his country’s fascist past during the World Cup in Russia. Following the Croatian team’s victory over the Argentine team, Dejan Lovren enthusiastically chimed in a song of the Croatian singer ‘Thompson’ that starts with the words ‘Za dom – spremni!’ (‘For the Homeland – Ready!’).[1] This had been the slogan of Nazi Germany’s collaborator Ustaša fascist movement, which had ruled the Croatian state between 1941 and 1945 and participated in the Holocaust. . . . Following Croatia’s victory over the Russian team, a video clip emerged showing the Croatian player dedicating his team’s victory to the Ukraine, while chanting ‘Glory to the Ukraine!'[2] This is a slogan of another of the Nazi collaborators – the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalist (OUN). . . . the OUN participated in the Holocaust and murdered over 90,000 Poles, and thousands of Jews. ‘Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes’ (‘Slawa Ukraini! Herojam slawa!’) was their popular greeting. On the same video clip, the Croatian assistant coach Ognjen Vukojević added: ‘This victory is for Dynamo [Kiev] and Ukraine.’ Both the OUN/B and the Ustachi maintained profound links to the Gehlen “Org” and, through that, the CIA and BND in the post-World II period. The Ustachi have been part of the GOP since the immediate post-war period. The Vatican has also been instrumental in maintaining the Ustacha presence on the world stage.


BND Employed Gudrun Burwitz, Heinrich Himmler’s Daughter

Heinrich Himmler’s daughter–the late Gudrun Burwitz–worked for the BND, the last iteration of the remarkable Gehlen organization. We have discussed the Gehlen organization in many programs and posts. Burwitz continued her work for the postwar Stille Hilfe “Silent Help” SS-support organization almost until the end of her life.


The Deeper Meaning of Melania’s Jacket Messaging

Melania Trump’s “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” Jacket has a fascist history: “Me Ne Frego” (“I don’t care” in Italian) was important in blackshirt Italy. The Zara firm that made her coat has a history of crafting garments with fascist overtones, having marketed a shirt that mimicked a concentration camp inmate’s garb and a swastika-enlaid handbag. It also developed a Pepe the Frog skirt.


Key EuroMaidan Coup Player Had Insider Information on DNC “Hack” Before Senior Democratic Officials

Ukrainian Maidan Coup organizer Victoria Nuland knew about supposed Russian “hacks” of the DNC months before senior Democratic Party officials were so informed. In FTR #943, we noted the Ukrainian fascist links to the supposed confirmation of the “Russian” authorship of the “hacks.” We further developed the Urkainian fascist link to the supposed confirmation of the “Russian” hacks in FTR #981. Given Nuland’s strong links to the OUN/B successor organizations in power in Ukraine, it is reasonable to ask if she may have involved them in the U.S. “response” to the Russian “hacks.”