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Russia: Takeover of Iraq proves the “total failure” of US, British invasion

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that the spectacular seizure of Iraqi cities by advancing jihadist fighters was a clear sign of the “total failure” of the US-led invasion.

“The events in Iraq illustrate the total failure of the adventure involving the United States and Britain,” Russian news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying, referring to the 2003 invasion that led to the toppling of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

“The unity of Iraq is at risk.”

“We are very worried by what is happening in Iraq. We warned long ago that the adventure undertaken by the Americans and the British would not end well.”

“We stand in solidarity with the Iraqi leadership, the Iraqi people who should restore peace and security in their country but actions of our Western partners cause a huge amount of questions.”

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have spearheaded a major offensive that began late Monday, overrunning several provinces. On Thursday they were advancing on Baghdad.

The United States said it “stands ready” to help Iraq, while Britain said it would not be sending troops back to the war-ravaged country.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Wednesday that the insurgency proved the civil war in Syria was “infecting” the region.

Lavrov said Hague’s comments were the height of cynicism.

“We’ve known that our British colleagues possess a unique ability to distort anything and everything but even I had not expected such cynicism from them,” he told reporters.

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Bashar al-Assad: Dialogue is the cornerstone of my third term

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A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on June 10, 2014, shows President Bashar al-Assad (R) welcoming former presidential candidate Hassan al-Nouri in Damascus. (Photo: AFP-SANA)

By: Sami Kleib

At the start of his third term in office, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seems to be living his daily life as though there is no war in the country. There is nothing in his office that suggests there is a war, save for the sound of artillery fire that could be heard from time to time, from the shelling of the strongholds of those who are now being described as terrorists.

Damascus- All those who were in close contact with him throughout the conflict admit that he has been coolheaded. People close to Assad say the day U.S. President Barack Obama declared the zero hour for the attack on Syria – which he backed down from later – Assad continued, until the very last moment, calling staff to check up on them, one by one.

Though confidence and certainty were in short supply during the war, Assad continued to stress that Syria was the victim of a foreign conspiracy, and that terrorism would spread and even return to stage attacks in the places it had come from. Today, he feels vindicated.

“The West, albeit belatedly, has validated what I have been saying since my first speech after the crisis, because the West feels the fire is spreading to its soil,” Assad said.

Ubiquitous banners containing messages of support for President Bashar al-Assad are the first thing one sees moments after crossing the border from Lebanon into Syria. All the banners carry Assad’s signature and the slogan of his recent election campaign “Together.” Interestingly, major Syrian companies, brand names, and known figures have returned to the habit of signing these banners. This would have been unthinkable in the past few years, as many Assad supporters sought to distance themselves, at least from public support for the Syrian leader.

Will “Together” really be the slogan for the next stage?

Assad believes so. He said “dialogue and the culture of dialogue…” is now the main theme of the stage. This has been proven valid with the not-so-small number of reconciliation deals reached so far. Assad said, “We have reached deals with militants and issued an amnesty for them, so why shouldn’t we have dialogue?”

The deal in Homs was not the result of a regional and international agreement, Assad said, “but the result of dialogue between National Defense Forces and the militants.”

“They know one another, and they are neighbors, which is why the reconciliation was successful,” he added, saying that despite the deep wounds and mutual grudges, the government dealt with the militants with great respect, and let them leave and carry out their lives normally after they handed over their arms.Assad is convinced, more than ever, of the people’s ability to overcome this dark phase of Syria’s history. Perhaps this is exactly what helped him remain calm throughout the crisis.

He said, “I continued to meet with people and delegations. I felt from the first moments of this crisis, which “they” brought to our country to destroy Syria, that people had confidence in the state, its president, and its army. For this reason, I continued to bet on the ability of the people to confront the conspiracy. Elections then confirmed that people did not change, despite the media, the mobilization, and the accusations of blasphemy, and terror and foreign plotting.”

Damascus is the same as Moscow

Assad’s confidence in his people and army is backed by his confidence in his allies. He said, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the Syrian position because he realizes that was is happening to Syria is not the result of popular anger, but the result of a desire by foreign countries to destroy its role, even by violating all international laws and people’s rights.”

Assad continued, “This support was renewed repeatedly, including most recently. President Putin experienced some of what Syria has experienced during the war on it. There were plans for the Russian state, the successor of the Soviet Union, to be mired in wars on terrorist, radical, or separatist grounds. The examples are many, from Chechnya to Georgia and then Ukraine. Putin, by defending Syria, wanted not just to reaffirm the strong alliance between us, but also restore balance to an international order that was dominated since the disintegration of the Soviet Union until Putin’s election by a unipolar system led by the United States and its NATO allies.”

Many Russian delegates are visiting Damascus, including most recently Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister. The man delivered a strong message of support, as strong as those sent out by Sergey Lavrov, Pushkin and others before, or perhaps slightly stronger.

Continued Russian, Iranian support, amid signs of change in U.S. and Western attitudes

Assad’s certainty about the alliance with Russia and Putin’s support is paralleled by great confidence in the Iranian position. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has sent out more than one clear message of support.

Assad said, “The Iranian ally understands that the war on Syria also targets Iran, and the entire resistance camp and its backers.” The Iranian leadership spares no occasion to send signals of support. It was not strange then that President Hassan Rouhani, during his visit to Ankara, made clear Tehran’s desire for a change in Turkish policy on Syria, “which contributed to the war but ended up damaging the largest part of Turkey’s role in the region.”

These remarks are particularly important at this time to respond to all those who believe that current Iranian-American rapprochement could change Tehran’s stances toward the Syrian leadership. As he tends to do, Assad gave an accurate strategic analysis without exaggeration for the regional and international situation, with the following broad outlines:

•“It is not the Iranian ally who will change when it comes to Syria. It is more consistent in its positions than some believe it to be. It is America and the West who have started signaling a change. Terrorism is in their homelands now. An American has blown himself up in Syria, and a Frenchman of Moroccan origin has killed Jews at a synagogue in Brussels.”

•“The West will not be able to do more than it has done to change the equation. They talk about lethal and non-lethal weapons. All kinds of weapons have been available to the armed terrorists for a long time, including anti-aircraft weapons.”

•“Current and former U.S. officials are trying to reach out to us, but they do not dare because of pressure by lobbies.” Here, Assad recalled former U.S. President Jimmy Carter when he wanted to come to Damascus in 2007, but declined to come later saying that the U.S. administration did not let him. He then added, “If a former U.S. president cannot come, then how can a current official come?” It may be understood then that the U.S. senator from Virginia who recently praised Assad and his army’s efforts against criminals was not an isolated case or an individual initiative. The details will be told with time.

•“The Americans have proven themselves to be more rational than the French, even though they are all complicit in the conspiracy. It seems that one of the main causes of French militancy has to do deals with Saudi Arabia and others.” Assad made references to how President Nicolas Sarkozy’s term ended with a financial scandal, just as was the case with Jacques Chirac. “All those who plot go, but Syria remains and triumphs, with all the spectrums of its people and army.”

•Perhaps the country most hostile to Syria after Israel, for Assad, is Saudi Arabia. “Since the Beirut summit where Riyadh offered full normalization with Israel, the hostility intensified. Saudi Arabia wanted to give everything to Israel in return for nothing. It was obsessed with the U.S. reaction following the attacks on the World Trade Center in which Saudis were involved. We, my friend President Emile Lahoud and I, were against it. I threatened Prince Saud al-Faisal to deliver a speech that would torpedo the initiative if our reservations and the reservations of the resistance were not taken into account. I told him at the time: You will sign the initiative and then you will leave, but we will be the ones to bear the rest because we are a country of confrontation [i.e. on Israel’s border]. The king was angered, but we were able to amend the initiative as much as possible, and it came out less worse. I can go back further in time, to our disputes in 1989 under late President Hafez al-Assad. Disputes continued in other summits, but we were keen on bringing Arabs together to support resistance. When the crisis began in Syria, King Abdullah sent his son Abdul-Aziz who asked us to rapidly crush the uprising, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, and offered to help.” For Assad, the motivation behind the Saudi position lies somewhere between “U.S. dictates and personal grudges, producing this hostile attitude from Saudi Arabia.”

As for Qatar, “it continues to support and finance the militants. However, it is currently seeking rapprochement with Iran, and expressing readiness to change some of its positions. But what matters is delivery. We are sick of slogans. What matters is for Saudi, Qatar, Turkey, France, and Western NATO powers to stop backing terrorism if they really want change.”Turkey’s attitude, meanwhile, has not changed yet. But Assad realized that the Iranian move toward Ankara “cannot exclude calls for an end of Turkish support for terrorism, as was clear from the remarks made by President Rouhani.”

Supporting terrorism in Syria prompts Assad not to exaggerate when it comes to predicting the timing for when the conflict could end. “We have stopped the conspiracy at the strategic level. The state will triumph even if will take time to eliminate all terrorists. However, determining the time when the war will end is not logical right now. What is important is that the leadership, the army, and the people are now absolutely certain that victory will come. When Syria triumphs, all Arabs and the resistance will have stopped one of the most insidious plots for their region,” Assad proclaimed.

What about the opposition abroad? Assad, who had just met with his rival in the election Hassan al-Nouri, did not have a new answer to this question. He said, “We have said we are in favor of dialogue and we engaged the worst of the militants. But what will dialogue with the opposition abroad achieve? Nothing, because, to put it simply, this opposition has no influence whatsoever. It has no ties to the people or the land. They were sold illusions by Western and Arab countries, which they then sold to the people. The elections have exposed them. What comes after the elections is not like what came before. People have said their word and we must respect it.”

What about Geneva then? “It’s over because the circumstances have changed,” Assad said.

Lakhdar Brahimi under suspicion

The conversation then moved on to the mediation efforts led by Lakhdar Brahimi. Assad frowned and became somewhat annoyed. The international envoy had just remarked that Syria could turn into a failed state or another Somalia. Assad recalled the third meeting he had with Brahimi in December 2012, when Brahimi advised him to step down.

From Assad’s statements, one could come out with the impression that the Syrian president never saw Brahimi as an honest broker, not just now, but even in the past, during the war on Lebanon. He has suspicions as to why Brahimi has been consistently appointed to posts in the international organization. No Arab can occupy these posts without American consent, and America could never consent to someone who is a friend of a state of resistance like Syria, he said.

Aoun an honest man

Assad has a tendency to engage in broad strategic analysis rather than focusing on the details, even though he knows them very well. Perhaps Lebanon has become a small detail amid the major international transformations taking place. The most important and permanent ally Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is always the foundation.

“Sayyed Nasrallah has expressed nothing but support and sympathy that neither Syria nor Syrians will ever forget. In Lebanon, we and the Sayyed have the same vision.” In this vision, personal emotions and coolheaded analysis come together. The choices of the resistance allied to Syria “has converged toward ending terrorism coming out of Lebanon or mitigate it to the greatest extent possible in spite of internal divisions,” Assad said.

General Michel Aoun seems to be the closest to Assad’s heart and mind in the battle of the presidential election in Lebanon. Assad recalls many events involving Aoun, including when the man came to offer his condolences for the death of the Syrian president’s brother, and how he reconciled with a senior Syrian officer who was in charge in Lebanon during Aoun’s uprising against Syria.“Since then, Aoun revealed himself to be an honest man who was honorable in adversity and then honorable in reconciliation, and who remained loyal to his position toward us, despite all storms and temptations,” Assad said.

“We do not interfere in the affairs of any Arab country, but we welcome the election of Aoun as president for the interest of Lebanon and brotherly relations,” he added, saying that Aoun is a patriotic non-sectarian figure who believes in Arabism and resistance.

“Make Syria even better than it was”

More than ever, Assad seems confident that “victory is inevitable, even if will take time.” He explained how the state has been developing plans for reconstruction and for the refugees’ return, as well as the economy and living conditions in the coming phase.

At the beginning of his third term, Assad gives the impression that the largest part of the war is now behind him. Perhaps the coming phase will confirm this, especially if the army retakes Aleppo soon. When the major cities are in the hands of the state, the real work will begin to “make Syria even better than it was.”

It is no coincidence for a visitor to Damascus to see many banners signed by longstanding Damascus companies. Clearly, the Sunni capital will have a major role in reconstruction, “just like all communities have contributed in defending the homeland and preventing sectarianism from destroying the secular state.”

In this regard, Assad believed there are no sectarian causes for the war, even if some in the media have been overstating sectarian phenomena. The evidence is extensive in the president’s mind, and he cited “the takfiri-terrorist attacks on moderate Sunnis and Sufis.”

Assad has great hopes amid the great roar of the battle guns. Clearly, the beginning of the third term will be a race between hope and guns, though the president hopes the war will end eventually. Had it not been for the noises of war, Damascus, with its traffic and pedestrians, the presence of the state, and the hustle and bustle at its restaurants, appears almost normal, if not very normal.

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The Globalization of Poverty: Deconstructing the New World Order

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By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
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In these unprecedented economic times, the world is experiencing as a whole what most of the non-industrialized world has experienced over the past several decades. For a nuanced examination of the intricacies of the global political-economic landscape and the power players within it, pick up your copy of:

The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order

by Michel Chossudovsky

Michel Chossudovsky takes the reader through an examination of how the World Bank and IMF have been the greatest purveyors of poverty around the world, despite their rhetorical claims to the opposite. These institutions, representing the powerful Western nations and the financial interests that dominate them, spread social apartheid around the world, exploiting both the people and the resources of the vast majority of the world’s population.

As Chossudovsky examines in this updated edition, often the programs of these international financial institutions go hand-in-hand with covert military and intelligence operations undertaken by powerful Western nations with an objective to destabilize, control, destroy and dominate nations and people, such as in the cases of Rwanda and Yugoslavia.

To understand what role these international organizations play today, being pushed to the front lines and given unprecedented power and scope as ever before to manage the global economic crisis, one must understand from whence they came. This book provides a detailed, exploratory, readable and multi-faceted examination of these institutions and actors as agents of the ‘New World Order,’ for which they advance the ‘Globalization of Poverty.’

In this expanded edition of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s international best-seller, the author outlines the contours of a New World Order which feeds on human poverty and the destruction of the environment, generates social apartheid, encourages racism and ethnic strife and undermines the rights of women. The result as his detailed examples from all parts of the world show so convincingly, is a globalization of poverty.

This book is a skillful combination of lucid explanation and cogently argued critique of the fundamental directions in which our world is moving financially and economically.

In this updated and enlarged edition – which includes ten additional chapters and a new introduction – the author reviews the causes and consequences of famine in Sub-Saharan Africa, the dramatic meltdown of financial markets, the demise of State social programs and the devastation resulting from corporate downsizing and trade liberalization.

“This concise, provocative book reveals the negative effects of imposed economic structural reform, privatization, deregulation and competition. It deserves to be read carefully and widely.”
– Choice, American Library Association (ALA)

“The current system, Chossudovsky argues, is one of capital creation through destruction. The author confronts head on the links between civil violence, social and environmental stress, with the modalities of market expansion.”
– Michele Stoddard, Covert Action Quarterly

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Ethiopia’s Police State: The Silencing of Opponents, Journalists and Students Detained

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Detention under spurious charges in Ethiopia is nothing new. With the second highest rate of imprisoned journalists in Africa[1] and arbitrary detention for anyone who openly objects to the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) regime’s despotic iron fist, the Western backed government in Addis Ababa is a dab hand at silencing its critics.

Eskinder Nega and Reeyot Alemu are just two of the country’s more famous examples of journalists thrown in prison for daring to call the EPRFD out on their reckless disregard for human rights. This April the regime made headlines again for jailing six[2] bloggers and three more journalists on trumped up charges of inciting violence through their journalistic work. Repeated calls for due legal process for the detainees from human rights organisations and politicians, such as John Kerry, have fallen on deaf ears as they languish in uncertainty awaiting trial. This zero-tolerance approach to questioning of government repression is central to the EPRDF’s attempts to control its national and international image and doesn’t show much signs of letting up.

Stepping up their counter-dissent efforts the regime just this week detained another journalist Elias Gebru – the editor-in-chief of the independent news magazine Enku. Gebru’s magazine is accused of inciting student protests[3] which rocked Oromia state at the end of April. The magazine published a column which discussed the building of a monument[4] outside Addis Ababa honouring the massacre of Oromos by Emperor Melinik in the 19th century. The regime has tried to tie the column with protests against its plans to bring parts of Oromia state under Addis Ababa’s jurisdiction. The protests, which kicked off at Ambo University and spread to other parts of the state, resulted in estimates[5] of up to 47 people being shot dead by security forces.

Ethiopia has a history of student protest movements setting the wheels of change in motion. From student opposition to imperialism in the 1960s and 1970s to the early politicisation of Meles Zenawi at the University Students’ Union of Addis Ababa. The world over things begin to change when people stand up, say enough and mobilise. Ethiopia is no different. Similar to its treatment of journalists Ethiopia also has a history of jailing students and attempting to eradicate their voices. In light of such heavy handed approaches to dissent the recent protests which started at Ambo University are a telling sign of the level discontent felt by the Oromo – the country’s largest Ethnic group. Long oppressed by the Tigrayan dominated EPRDF, the Oromo people may have just started a movement which has potential ramifications for a government bent on maintaining its grip over the ethnically diverse country of 90 million plus people.

Students and universities are agents of change and the EPRDF regime knows this very well. The deadly backlash from government forces against the student protesters in Oromia in April resulted in dozens[6] of protesters reportedly being shot dead in the streets of Ambo and other towns in Oromia state. Since the protests began scores more have been arbitrarily detained or vanished without a trace from campuses and towns around the state. One student leader, Deratu Abdeta (a student at Dire Dawa University) is currently unlawfully detained in the notorious Maekelawi prison for fear she may encourage other students to protest. She is a considered at high risk of being tortured.

In addition to Ms. Abdeta many other students are suspected of being unlawfully detained around the country. On May 27th 13 students were abducted from Haramaya University by the security forces. The fate of 12 of the students is unknown but one student, Alsan Hassan, has reportedly committed suicide by cutting his own throat all the way to the bones at the back of his neck after somehow managing to inflict bruises all over his body and gouging out his own eye. His tragic death became known when a local police officer called his family to identify the body and told them to pay 10,000 Birr ($500) to transport his body from Menelik hospital in Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa town in Oromo state. Four of the other students have been named as Lencho Fita Hordofa, Ararsaa Lagasaa, Jaaraa Margaa, and Walabummaa Goshee.

Detaining journalists and students without fair judicial recourse may serve the EPRDF regime’s short term goal of eradicating its critics. However, the reprehensible silencing of opponents is one sure sign of a regime fearful of losing its vice-like grip. Ironically the government itself has its own roots in student led protests in the 1970s. No doubt it is well aware that universities pose one of the greatest threats to its determination to maintain power at all costs. Countless reports of spies monitoring student and teacher activities on campus, rigid curriculum control and micro-managing just who gets to study what are symptoms of this. The vociferous clamp-down on student protesters is another symptom and just the regime’s latest attempt to keep Ethiopia in a violent headlock. The regime would do well to remember that stress positions cause cramps and headlocks can be broken. It can try to suppress the truth but it can’t try forever.

Paul O’Keeffe is a Doctoral Fellow at Sapienza University of Rome. His research focuses on Ethiopia’s developing higher education system.

[1] http://www.cpj.org/2014/05/ethiopia-holds-editor-in-chief-without-charge.php 
[2] http://allafrica.com/stories/201404290650.html
[3] http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/may/22/ethiopia-crackdown-student-protest-education
[4] http://www.war-memorial.net/Aanolee-Martyrs-memorial-monument-and-cultural-center-1.367
[5] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27251331
[6] http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/05/05/ethiopia-brutal-crackdown-protests

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79 riot police respond to ‘mostly black’ party as ‘mostly white’ party allowed to continue across street

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BY SHEPARD AMBELLAS

(Credit: Matti Paavonen/Wikimedia Commons)

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IN WHAT CAN ONLY BE CONSIDERED FAILED POLICY AND OVERKILL, 79 RIOT POLICE RESPONDED TO BREAK UP A UNIVERSITY PARTY

According to Courthouse News Service, a party hosted by “mostly black” students from the University of California was shutdown by dozens of cops as a “mostly white” party was able to continue just across the way.

Shockingly CNS reported:

Rayven Vinson et al. sued Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and 12 named LAPD officers in a federal complaint of excessive force, false arrest, malicious prosecution and other claims.

The students say that during the early hours of May 4, 2013 police raided their party at 1222 W. 23rd St., while allowing a party to continue in the house across the street.    

Matthew Walsh, who attended the party of mostly white students, told USC Annenberg TV News that the LAPD’s treatment of minorities across the street couldn’t have been more stark.

“Our party didn’t actually get broken up by LAPD, a lot of people just left on their own volition,” Walsh said. “The attitude of the police officers toward the two parties was completely different. It was absurd, I couldn’t believe it.”

Moreover, a reported 79 riot police wielding batons formed a skirmish line on a street nearby, terrorizing residents and students.

“Named as defendants are LAPD officers Carlyle, Rose, Moran, Rockett, Peaker,Wolfchief, Ayala, Cordoba, Barrientos, and Marx, and Sgts. Cordoba and Washington.”, the report by CNS reads.

 

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A Populist Path to Power?

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By Patrick J. Buchanan


“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

If Thomas Jefferson’s benign reflection on Shays’ Rebellion, that uprising of farmers in 1786 and 1787, is not the first thought that comes to mind today for his fellow Virginian Eric Cantor, surely it is understandable.

For the rebellious subjects of the 7th Congressional District just voted to end Cantor’s career as House majority leader.

Many lessons are being read into and taken away from Cantor’s defeat. But that election has also revealed a populist path, both to the Republican nomination in 2016 and perhaps to the presidency.

For what were the elements of Randolph-Macon College professor Dave Brat’s victory and of Cantor’s defeat?

First, the perception that Cantor was willing to do a deal with Barack Obama to provide a partial amnesty to illegal immigrants — while the media provided wall-to-wall coverage of the latest invasion across our southern border — proved devastating.

Talk radio, led by Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, pounded Cantor on the issue of illegal immigration, the emotive power of which our Beltway elites will never understand.

For like Eurocrats, the leaders of our Beltway parties call to mind the “sophisters” and “calculators” of Edmund Burke’s depiction.

They do not understand people of the heart to whom illegal and mass immigration means the disappearance of the country they grew up in and the dispossession of their children of what is most precious to them.

Then there is populism. Cantor spent $5 million, an astonishing sum in a congressional primary, 50 times what Brat spent. Yet he only reinforced his image as a poodle of Wall Street and K Street.

Of the bank bailout that Cantor supported, Brat was brutally effective.

“All the investment banks up in New York and D.C. … those guys should have gone to jail. But instead of going to jail … they went onto Eric’s Rolodex. … And they’re sending him big checks.”

Brat also had going for him that he is an outsider, when those in the capital are widely disliked, distrusted or even detested by Middle America.

Anti-establishment, outsider, defender of national borders — these were the cards Brat was holding, even if he had little money or organized support.

Yet were these not the same issues and stances of the candidates and parties that jolted Europe in May by running first in the EU elections?

In the endless struggle between populism and the establishment and between nationalists and internationalists, populists and nationalists appear, at least temporarily, to be in the ascendancy worldwide.

Vladimir Putin’s approval is over 80 percent.

Why? He stands for national sovereignty and the rights of Russians, wherever they may be. And in hearing his claim that Crimea is Russia’s, are there not echoes of Reaganite nationalism in the Panama Canal debate:

“We bought it. We paid for it. It’s ours. And we’re gonna keep it.”

The nationalist card is also being played by Beijing with its claim, wildly popular in China, to all of the islands in the East China and South China seas.

And nationalism is being invoked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in calling for rearmament and amending Japan’s pacifist constitution.

Cantor’s defeat seems certain to halt any Republican move to accommodate Obama on amnesty. Should House Speaker John Boehner try to move ahead on even partial amnesty, says Rep. Steve King of Iowa, it “would blow up the caucus.”

Consider, then, the political terrain six months before the preseason of 2016 begins.

According to every national poll, Americans believe that our country is on the wrong course, that it is less respected than it has ever been abroad and that our children and their children will most likely not know the good life that we have had.

Americans disapprove of the president and have little confidence in either party or in Congress. Few believe that the government is as well-run as it was in World War II or when Ike was creating the federal highway system or America was sending astronauts to the moon.

The landscape looks inhospitable for establishment candidates, such as Jeb Bush, who says illegal aliens crossing our border are engaging in an “act of love” and who is a proud and principal promoter of the Common Core curriculum being imposed on the nation’s schools.

Nor does the terrain seem favorable for former first lady Hillary Clinton. Though she may have had to scratch and claw her way out of debt and destitution when she and her husband were “dead broke,” she is seen nationally, and not incorrectly, as the queen of the establishment, someone who banks six-figure fees for half-hour lectures.

No two people ever milked a political office for more than these two have milked the presidency of the United States. And no two people are more wired in to the Hollywood, Wall Street and Washington elites.

If Jeb and Hillary are both in the lists in 2016, it will be God’s gift to pitchfork populists.

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Syria: Zio-Nazi new President-elect Rivlin gets letter of congratulation from Al-Nusra Zio-Wahhabi RAT’s

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Zio-Wahhabi RAT’s Al-Nusra  wishes Rivlin well, says it’s eager for the moment when I$raHell and the rebels celebrate victory over Assad, Iran and Hezbollah.

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President-elect Reuven Rivlin received a letter of congratulation on his election victory from an unexpected source on Wednesday: Syrian rebels.

According to Ma’ariv, Mohammed Adnan, the chairman of a group called, the Revolutionary Congregation for Syria’s Future, sent Rivlin a letter, stating that “as a Syrian rebel,” he was looking forward to “new ties based on honesty and sincerity between the Syrian and Israeli people.”

“I will be so glad be to be the first one of the well-wishers to you, Mr. Reuven, president of the State of Israel,” Adnan added.

Adnan said that he was “eager for the moment” when both Israel and the Syrian rebels celebrate victory “over the outlaw trinity of the Assad family, Hezbollah, and Iran.”

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Zio-Nazi cancer could strike Iran in matter of months

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Zionist RAT Cruz (R-Texas) told the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs that Khamenei appears confident that “there is no credible deterrence from the US.”

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An Israeli strike against Iran “could happen in a matter of months,” Sen. Ted Cruz reportedly told a US Jewish security group.

Cruz (R-Texas) at a meeting of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, or JINSA, said Tuesday that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei appears confident that “there is no credible deterrence from the United States” to prevent the Islamic Republic from progress in its nuclear development.

“That means that if they keep going forward, I think if it comes down to it, I have real confidence that the nation of Israel will act to preserve her national security, even if this administration will not act first. And that could happen sooner rather than later — that could happen in a matter of months,” he told JINSA’s Spring National Leadership Meeting in Washington, according to the Daily Caller, the only media present at the meeting.

Cruz met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel in May.

The Texas Republican said he believes the Obama administration has been practicing “a policy of weakness and appeasement” when it comes to Iran and that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is a responsibility of the United States.

“I don’t think Israel should have to act to prevent Iranian nuclear-weapons capability because it is so profoundly in US national security interests that we should act, rather than forcing Israel to act, but I do take some comfort that if this administration will not defend our interests, at the very least Israel will defend her interests,” Cruz said. Cruz reportedly is considering a bid for the presidency in 2016.

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Obama Human Right’s: 4-Year-Old Aisha Lost Her Face in a U.S. Drone Strike

NOVANEWS
By: MATT LEMAS
Expressen journalist Terese Cristiansson holds up a photo of Aisha after the strike.

Terese Cristiansson holds up a photo of Aisha after the strike. (Photo: Expressen)

On September 7th 2013, an American drone in Afghanistan struck a car carrying 15 passengers. Everyone was killed in the attack except for one — a four-year-old girl named Aisha.

The girl was traveling with her parents, a sibling, and other relatives to their home in Gamber, a village in the Kunar province of Aghanistan.

Referred to by the locals as “American birds,” U.S. drone strikes are a common fixture in Kunar, where the Taliban reportedly has a strong presence.

The wreckage was discovered by Aisha’s uncle, Meya Kan, and other villagers on the road after they received a phone call from a neighboring village.

Kan saw body parts strewn all around the wreckage, and assumed everyone was dead — until he he heard a voice calling out for water.

It was Aisha.

Upon being pulled from the ruined vehicle, the four-year-old girl was unrecognizable. She’d lost both eyes and her nose.

The Investigation

Journalist Terese Cristiansson came across Aisha’s story while Swedish newspaper Expressen was interviewing Afghan hospital personnel about children who were injured after being forced to plant roadside bombs.

The doctor she met with, Humayoon Zaheer, couldn’t refer her to any roadside bomb injuries within the hospital. Instead, he related one particularly gruesome tale — the story of Aisha.

“We had another case here,” Zaheer told Expressen. “She came in a couple of weeks ago, in September. A little girl who had lost her face in a drone strike. It was a very unusual case. I’ll never forget it.”

Expressen reports that Aisha was brought into the hospital with her nose, both eyes, and one hand missing.

Expressen journalist Terese Cristiansson holds up a photo of Aisha after the strike.
Terese Cristiansson holds up a photo of Aisha after the strike.

The girl was shuffled to two different hospitals in Afghanistan before being transferred to a medical facility in the capital of Kabul, the only place in the country capable of treating her severe injuries.

A few days after being in Kabul, Aisha was visited by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who was at the hospital for a goodwill mission.  In an interview with the Washington Post five months after the attack, Karzai recalled that seeing Aisha at the hospital was his “worst day in office.”

“The worst of it was when I went to visit a little girl in the French hospital who had no face, who was 4 1/2 years old, who had no face, completely blown off from the chin up to the eyes. She was blinded — her eyes were there but were blinded. Her arm was also not there. And she had lost the whole family, the entire family, 14 of them, in the bombing in Kunar. And that day . . . [note: there is a 39-second pause as Karzai struggles with his emotions] . . . that day, I wished she were dead and not alive, so she could be buried with her parents and brothers and sisters.”

Following the president’s visit, Aisha was moved across the globe to a hospital in the United States — without the consent of her remaining family. The girl’s two uncles were not allowed to accompany her.

It was at this point — five weeks after the initial strike — that Cristiansson sought to find Aisha. The girl’s uncles granted the journalist power of attorney, which made her the family’s official representative.

Through her research, she discovered that Aisha had been flown to the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Washington. From there, Aisha was put in the care of Solace for Children, a relief organization that treats Afghan children with war injuries, then finds them foster families until they can be flown back to their homes.

As the representative of Aisha’s family, Cristiansson reached out to Solace, but the organization said they’d been told that the girl didn’t have any relatives. After the journalist confirmed to the organization that Aisha did in fact have living family in Afghanistan, Solace declined to participate in any further questioning.

For weeks, Cristiansson was blackballed by the organization and heard nothing about Aisha’s condition. To both the journalist and the girl’s family, it seemed like a cover-up. Aisha’s two uncles believed that the U.S. military was withholding their niece to limit negative coverage of drone strikes.

“They probably don’t want her to become a poster girl for drone repercussions,” they told Expressen.

During this time, the International Security Assistance Force told Cristiansson that the September strike was performed because there were eight Taliban affiliates in the vehicle, and that they regret the civilian casualties.

The family of Aisha, however, said otherwise.

“How could they [commission an air strike?] They are not Taliban and there were several women and children in the car,” said Hasrat Gul, one of Aisha’s uncles.

It was not until March of this year that the family was finally updated on Aisha’s condition. When Cristiansson visted them, they told her that Aisha had been placed with a Muslim foster family in the United States. They added that her wounds had healed, but she’s still without her hand, eyes and nose.

In the end, the two uncles stressed that they just want Aisha to come home, rather than being stuck “in a country that killed her mother, father and little brother.”

“She belongs at home with us,” Meya Jan said.

The Toll of The Drone Program

2014 marks the fifth year of the U.S. drone program under President Obama, and it’s estimated that over this period at least 2,400 people have been killed. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that between 416 and 951 civilians, including 168 to 200 children, were among those who’ve died in Pakistan alone.

Additionally, both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International condemn the drone program, citing civilian casualties in Yemen and Pakistan that violate laws of war.

Just this March, the United Nations criticized American drone procedure for “the lack of transparency regarding the criteria for drone strikes, including the legal justification for specific attacks, and the lack of accountability for the loss of life resulting from such attacks.”

Nevertheless, the White House has held firm on their stance when it comes to drones.

In September of 2013, the same month Aisha was so badly injured in the devastating attack, the Obama administration denied claims from the aforementioned human rights organizations that laws were being broken.

Obama’s Chief Spokesman Jay Carney said current counterterrorism methods are “lawful” and “effective,” and that other methods would only increase civilian casualties.

In an interview with The New Yorker, President Obama asserted that the use of drones is only necessary when terrorists can’t be captured, and stated that his goal isn’t to “go around blowing things up.” He mentioned that he “wrestles” with the idea of civilians being caught in the crossfire.

“What I’ve tried to do is to tighten the process so much and limit the risks of civilian casualties so much that we have the least fallout from those actions,” Obama told the New Yorker. “But it’s not perfect.”

But accepting those types of imperfections is what led to Aisha’s horrific injuries. Isn’t it time we open our eyes and start to make a change?

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U.S.-Venezuela coup plot exposed & thwarted

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Plan to “annihilate Maduro” and other leaders

On Venezuelan TV, Jorge Rodríguez, mayor of Libertador municipality in Caracas, quotes from emails written by Maria Corina Machado.

In a dramatic televised exposé May 28, email messages from Venezuelan ultra-right opposition leaders reveal the direct role of the U.S. State Department in financing and instructing Venezuelan coup plotters.

The incriminating emails, “many, many” captured by Venezuelan authorities, proves that the violent attacks which began in February 2014 and latest coup plot was coordinated by Washington.

On Venezuelan TV, Jorge Rodríguez, mayor of Libertador municipality in Caracas, quoted from emails written by Maria Corina Machado to an accomplice, professor Gustavo Tarre of the Central University of Venezuela. Tarre was a leader of the right-wing Christian Social party, COPEI.

Machado, active in the April 2002 coup against president Hugo Chávez, prides herself on being one of the most aggressive in pushing for the government’s overthrow.

In one email, she complains that some in the opposition only “send formal declarations and tweets. No, I’ve already decided and this struggle is until this regime is gone and we fulfill our promise with our friends in the world… Kevin Whitaker already reconfirmed the support and indicated the new steps. We can rely on a bigger checkbook than the regime’s, to break the ring of international security that they have created …”

The checkbook is of course signed by Washington.

Who is Kevin Whitaker? He became U.S. ambassador to Colombia in April 2014, having been appointed by President Obama. Whitaker has been assigned previously to Honduras, to Venezuela from 2005 to 2007 and was in charge of the State Department’s Office of Cuba Affairs from 2002 to 2005.

Rodríguez, also president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), asked on TV, “Does the U.S. State Department know that when the Venezuelan ultra-right attempts its criminal events that violate our constitution of peace, of democracy, it is  asking for instructions and authorization of a State Department official? Does President Obama know of this? Does Secretary of State John Kerry?”

The Bolivarian government has complained of the role of right-wing forces in Colombia against Venezuela, including ex-president Alvaro Uribe’s links to paramilitary groups operating on the border, poised for armed intervention.

Obviously Whitaker’s ambassadorship is not confined to Colombia, and Venezuela’s complaint of interference from Colombia is not imaginary.

Machado wrote in another email: “I believe the time has come to join forces, make the necessary calls, and obtain the financing to annihilate Maduro… and the rest will come falling down.”

As late as May 23, Machado’s email: “I’m fed up with waiting. We have to take out this trash — starting with the one heading it and by taking advantage of the world situation with Ukraine and Thailand as soon as possible.”

The latest assassination plans against President Nicólas Maduro, National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello and other leaders, are because U.S. imperialism has failed to unseat the revolutionary government either by elections or economic sabotage.

Despite 15 years of U.S. machinations, the masses back the revolutionary process and have overcome many difficult challenges.  But the plans in Washington continue.

Machado is not the only one involved in the coup plans. Others are implicated, including William Brownfield, former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela, Pedro Mario Burelli, former director of the oil industry PDVSA, who now lives in Washington, and fugitive banker Eligio Cedeño, now in Miami.

The emails and phone calls of the opposition were intercepted by court order obtained by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service. The government is proceeding with prosecution of Machado and others for plotting criminal actions.

If Venezuela’s revolution were overthrown, U.S. imperialism and its right-wing stooges would unleash a bloodbath reminiscent of the fascist terror that reigned from Argentina to Chile in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation stands with the Bolivarian Revolution, its government and people. It is vital that we in the progressive movement inform the people of the United States of U.S. government plots and mobilize in the Revolution’s defense.

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