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Syrian War Report – December 26, 2016: Syrian Army’s Advance In Southern Aleppo

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A battalion of the Russian military police was deployed to Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry reported late on December 23. The battalion entered liberated districts of the city to defend law and order. This was the first deployment under combat conditions of this branch of the Russian Armed Forces since its creation in 2010.

Media reports and local sources say that Russian military personnel secured airports in Aleppo and Damascus and were spotted in the Tyas Airbase, a key Syrian army defense locality in fighting against ISIS in the province of Homs. Last weekend, the battle between ISIS and government forces there turned into a static warfare with the Syrian army, Hezbollah and the National Defense Forces were repelling the terrorists’ attempts to advance in the region. But government will have to work actively if they want to create conditions for a successful offensive operation against the terrorist group.

On December 24, the Syrian army and Hezbollah launched a military operation against Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the Wadi Barada area, northwest of Damascus. The army’s goal in the area is to push remaining militants to surrender and withdraw from the area. As SF predicted, after the liberation of Aleppo, government forces focused on operations to clean the remaining pockets near the Syrian capital.

The Syrian army, Hezbollah, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba have been reportedly deploying troops, battle tanks and artillery south of Aleppo for an operation to secure the city’s countryside and prevent militant offensive operations in the area. Most likely goal of the advance if it takes place will be the Rashidin- Qarasi-Khan Tuman-Al Eis sector along the M5 Highway.

The Turkish military has been deploying more special forces servicemembers, heavy military equipment and artillery units to Syria amid the ongoing clashes between Turkey-led forces and ISIS for the key town of al-Bab in the province of Aleppo. Last weekend, Turkish forces made few more attempts to seize the al-Bab hospital and to enter the town, but failed to do this. By December 26, ISIS terrorist have repelled all Turkey-led attacks and set a full control over the hospital area despite a high involvement of the Turkish Special Forces in the offensive operation. There are lots of photos of a high number of Turkish military servicemen deploying and operating in the area of the fighting with almost no photos and videos of FSA rebels in face to face clashes against ISIS. With the recent reports that FSA militants just run away when they see ISIS members, the Turkish military personnel are pushed to play a key role at the battlefront against ISIS.

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Next step, sanctions please

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Law-breaking, resolution-busting Israel in a sulk after being told to play by the rules.

Nothing could have been more calculated to ruin Hanukka for the Israeli High Command and bring Christmas cheer to the Palestinian Christians and Muslims they have abused and terrorised for decades. Yes,  the UN Security Council finally had the balls to adopt a resolution condemning Israeli “settlements” (posh word for illegal squats) on stolen Palestinian lands.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office says: “Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms.”

That’s good. The BDS boys and girls with be rubbing their hands with glee. It’ll mean a massive boost for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, particlarly as 200 legal scholars and practising lawyers from 15 European countries have assured everyone – including those governments that misuse their power to try to scupper boycotting of Israeli goods and other interests – that BDS is actually a lawful exercise of freedom of expression. It is protected by the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights and any attempt to outlaw it undermines a basic human right and amounts to supporting Israel’s violations of international law.

A not-so-good consequence is that Israel’s attitude problem is likely to ratchet-up anti-Semitism yet again. But Israelis are well aware that Jews worldwide suffer for the Jewish State’s misbehaviour, so the remedy is largely in their own hands.

Still railing against the Security Council, Netanyahu says: “Peace will come not through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties.” He speaks, of course, with his military jackboot on the neck of the Palestinian people. His idea of negotiations, as always, is holding a gun to the head of the other party. As everyone, especially America, knows peace doesn’t suit Israel’s purpose although the pretense of seeking peace does.

And not content with defying the UN, Netanyahu wants revenge on the countries that co-sponsored the resolution, namely New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal. He’s taking petty diplomatic reprisals against NZ and Senegal like recalling ambassadors and cancelling official visits.

Settlements “a flagrant violation under international law”

So what exactly does the resolution say? It condemns all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, and the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions.

The resolution also:

  1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;
  2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;
  3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;
  4. Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-State solution, and calls for affirmative steps to be taken immediately to reverse the negative trends on the ground that are imperilling the two-State solution;
  5. Calls upon all States to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.

The US didn’t have the backbone to support the resolution, only to abstain. Furthermore, despite its tough wording, this was only a Chapter 6 resolution with more growl than bite. The situation clearly calls for a Chapter 7 job as Israel’s actions most definitely “constitute a threat to the peace, a breach of the peace, or an act of aggression” requiring coercive and enforceable measures.

Nevertheless it wasn’t entirely a waste of time. It turns a spotlight on Israel’s criminal conduct, it will have the effect of releasing the brake on various civil society actions against Israel – especially BDS – and it will hasten the day when countries slap sanctions on the rogue state and demand Israel’s expulsion for repeatedly failing to meet the obligations of UN membership.

The US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, explaining America’s reasons for applying her veto, quoted Reagan in 1982: “The United States will not support the use of any additional land for the purpose of settlements during the transitional period….  Further settlement activity is in no way necessary for the security of Israel and only diminishes the confidence of the Arabs that a final outcome can be freely and fairly negotiated.”

She said those words “highlight the United States’ long-standing position that Israeli settlement activity in territories occupied in 1967 undermines Israel’s security, harms the viability of a negotiated two-state outcome, and erodes prospects for peace and stability in the region. Today, the Security Council reaffirmed its established consensus that settlements have no legal validity. The United States has been sending the message that the settlements must stop – privately and publicly – for nearly five decades.”

As Power also pointed out, the total settler [squatter] population in the West Bank and East Jerusalem now exceeds 590,000 and nearly 90,000 are living beyond the separation Wall which itself cuts well into Palestinian territory.  In the last few months Israel has planned for more than 2,600 new settlement units. “Rather than dismantling these and other settler outposts, which are illegal even under Israeli law, now there is new legislation advancing in the Israeli Knesset that would legalize most of the outposts – a factor that propelled the decision by this resolution’s sponsors to bring it before the Council.”

However, even if every settlement was dismantled Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Jerusalem and blockade of Gaze would still be in place.

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder complains that once again the UN “singles out Israel for condemnation. It is shocking that 14 of the 15 members of this council voted in favor of the resolution.” Whining about Israel being singled out is a favourite refrain, as is another of Lauder’s remarks that peace can only be reached through bilateral talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

People like Lauder don’t seem to comprehend that peace can only be achieved within a the framework of international law and a level playing field. Lopsided negotiation between an armed bully still in possession of stolen property and an unarmed, dispossessed weakling is no basis for a just peace.

Meanwhile J-Wire reports that Christian Zionists in New Zealand – the Flaxmere Christian Fellowship – condemn what their pastor calls “the anti-Israel resolution outlawing Israeli settlements.” He adds: “We are disgusted at the leading role New Zealand played today at the UN. This is a day of shame for New Zealand. This resolution denies the rights of the Jewish People to build and live on the Holy Land of Israel, Land that has been promised to them in an everlasting resolution by a much greater authority than the New Zealand Government or the United Nations but by the God of Nations Himself….

“At a time when we should be celebrating the birth of the Jewish Saviour we have decided instead to back an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Resolution at the United Nations. We condemn the UN Resolution completely.”

All that matters, then, is the mythical rights of the “Jewish People”, not the legitimate rights of the genuine Palestinians. They don’t even get a mention.

The Flaxmere Christian Fellowship website carries a map showing occupied Palestine as all-Israel. It promotes the following statement: “Regarding Israel, we believe it is their God given right to inherit the Bible Land of their forefathers, and this includes Judea & Samaria (West Bank) which is currently the matter of dispute between Israel and those who call themselves Palestinians.

“Part of the problem regarding the Middle East conflict is ignorance. Many people are ignorant of the historical facts not to speak of the Bible narrative. We as a church aim to bring education to people —especially Christians, regarding the unique plan God has for the Jewish People & Israel in these last days.”

Ignorance? Facts? Education? This “Christian fellowship”

  • believes that God has a unique plan for the Jewish people and the Nation of Israel.
  • believes that as Christians they are called to bless and support the Jewish people and if they do so God Himself will bless them.

Inside the church the flag of Israel hangs beside the New Zealand flag. It’s an interesting insight into the mixed-up mind of the Zionist.

Netanyahu’s office states that ​​”Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution.” So he’s banking on Trump being as crazed as he is.  If that turns out to be the case, we’re all in trouble.

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UN Resolution 2334 is good for I$raHell

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UN Resolution 2334 is good for Israel

It is the Israelis who don’t miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

On 23 December the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted to adopt a resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity as illegal, and demanding that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem”.

For once, the USA decided to join the rest of humanity and didn’t veto the resolution.  The message is obvious: if Zionism was a promise to make the Jews people like other people, its failure is colossal. The Jewish State and its lobbies are people like no other. 14 out of 15 members of the UNSC voted against Israel, the US abstained. In the most clear terms, the UNSC denounced the Jewish state’s treatment of the Palestinian people. If Israel would be an ordinary state, as Zionism initially promised,  it would take some time to reflect on the resolution and consider the necessary measures to amend its public image. But as one would expect, the Jewish State did the complete opposite. It took the path of the bully and decided to punish the world.

In his first reaction to the resolution Israeli PM Netanyahu told his followers that the Security Council’s behaviour was “shameful.” He also harshly denounced President Obama’s choice to abstain. A list of American elected spineless characters were quick to cry havoc and promised to correct the damage.  Netanyahu has instructed Israel’s ambassadors in New Zealand and Senegal to “return to Israel for consultations.” A scheduled visit of the Ukrainian PM in Jerusalem next week was cancelled.  Netanyahu also ordered to block the shekel pipeline to some UN institutions.

But things may be slightly more complicated than they look at first glance.  If the One (Bi-National) State is an existential threat to Israel being the Jewish state, then the recent UN resolution is obviously a last attempt to revive the Two-State Solution. It, de facto, legitimises the existence of the Jewish State within the pre-1967 borders.

The resolution provides Israel with a practical and pragmatic opportunity to dissolve the West Bank settlements. Banks and businesses may start to refrain from operating in the occupied territories. Israeli military personnel serving in the occupied territories are about to become subject to the scrutiny of international law. Netanyahu, so it seems, made a fuss about the resolution, but the resolution plays into his hands. It provides him with an opportunity to break the stalemate with the Palestinians. Netanyahu knows it. President Obama knows it, the president-elect will be advised about as soon as he takes some time off Twitter.

But if the resolution serves Israeli national and security interests, why did Netanyahu react like a bully? The answer is simple. Bibi is a populist. Like president-elect Trump he knows what his people are like. He knows what the Jews and the Israelis seek in their leader. They want their king to celebrate Jewish exceptionalism. They want their master to perform contempt towards the Goyim. PM Netanyahu knows very well that David Ben Gurion (the legendary first Israeli PM)  dismissed the UN, famously saying “it doesn’t matter what the Goyim say, the only thing that matters is what Jews do.”

It is far from clear whether Ben Gurion was really dismissive of Goyim. However, he was loved by his people for conveying the image as if he did. Bibi follows the same rule. In the public eye, he is dismissive of the UN, he is full with contempt to the nations and Goyim in general. But in practice he knows that the resolution is essential for the existence of the Jewish state. It is probably the last opportunity to scale down the pretentious Zionist dream and make it fit with the reality on the ground.  Let me reassure you, I don’t hold my breath. In reality it is actually the Israelis who don’t miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

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SAA DISMANTLES 2 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES IN A RIGGED TRUCK IN ALEPPO

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SAA DISMANTLES 2 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES IN A RIGGED TRUCK IN ALEPPO; THE FOREIGN TERRORIST ENABLERS WERE ALLOWED TO LEAVE ALEPPO IN DEAL;

DAMASCUS:

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الرئيس الأسد وعائلته في زيارة لميتم الأطفال في دير سيدة صيدنايا بريف دمشق

The president and the first lady paid a visit to the orphanage at Saydnaayaa on Christmas Eve.

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ALEPPO: 

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 خبر وتعليق... ليلة الميلاد الجديد في حلب

Scenes of Christmas celebrations in Aleppo.

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From Silvia Iranova by email

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Al-Sukkari Quarter:  A truck rigged to explode was identified with the help of local citizens.  They were suspicious because the truck, which was relatively new, was simply left behind by a driver who, as it turns out, was one of the evacuated rodents.  SAA engineers discovered the truck contained over 2 tons of TNT and C-4.  Once dismantled, all explosives were taken to a military area and kept for use in killing Saudis and Chechens.

It horrifies me to tell you that the foreign spies who were holed up in Aleppo were allowed to leave with the other terrorist evacuees. This was a deal struck by the Russians and Iranians in in spite of the SAA’s objections.  As you know, 100+ Syrian soldiers were murdered by the terrorists even though they were hostages over whom the SAA conditioned any evacution.  I am deeply ashamed to have to tell you this.  It’s not a happy day for us.

DAMASCUS:

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You all remember the louse who sent his 12 year-old daughter to her death in a suicide operation in Damascus which we covered?  Well, he’s now roasting in Hell thanks to a member of his own group.  That some Muslims actually view this monster as some kind of hero is testament to their idiocy which has stuffed Islamic culture in the abyss of history since the fall of the Abbasid Caliph, Al-Musta’sim.   He was known as Abu Nimr (Father of “the Tiger”).  This tiger, though, is burning bright in the bowels of Hades. 

Doumaa:  We are pleased to also announce the timely death of another rodent by the name of ‘Ali Kabkab of the Jaysh Al-Islam.  He was also known as “Abu Fahd”, (Father of the “Panther”).  He was killed by an SAA artillery strike while molesting 2 of his comrades who also, mercifully, were sent to Hell with him.

 

HOMS: 

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The terrorists of ISIS are obsessed with the Tayfoor (T-4) AB in the eastern sector of the province.  But, every time they attack, they are repelled and find themselves pursued by a relentless Syrian Army.  The army is now advancing considerably in the area of the Black Hills (Al-Tulool Al-Sood) and most notably in the areas of Al-Shareefa Village southwest of Palmyra.  So far, they have destroyed an armored car with 3 rodents in it and another 12 rats following along.  The number of wounded is estimated at 50.

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Talbeesa Area:  SAA artillery hit pay dirt in the southern part of Al-Mashjar Neighborhood in the southern part of the town.  A rocket launcher was destroyed along with a 12.5 mm cannon.  The number of killed and wounded is 25+ based on intercepted communications of Ahraar Al-Shaam:

Ahmad ‘Abdul-Waahid

Ahmad Al-Bateesh

Saalih Sulaymaan

Muhammd Dughaymish

‘Abdullah Al-‘Utook

The rest were all foreigners. 

DERA’H: 

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In the town of Al-Sanamayn, over 500 individuals, who once sought the destruction of their own country,  passed the test for amnesty.  About 150 of the 500 were actual card-carrying terrorists.  They have now surrendered all weapons to the Syrian Arab Army.  Those who were AWOL or draft dodgers have signed papers permitting them to complete their military service with the right side. 

 

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TERRORISTS MASSACRE SYRIAN HOSTAGES BEFORE LEAVING ALEPPO

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TERRORISTS MASSACRE SYRIAN HOSTAGES BEFORE LEAVING ALEPPO; SYRIAN ARMY ROLLING OVER JAYSH AL-ISLAM IN DAMASCUS.
 

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(From Mustapha Al-Assad)  Merry Christmas to all my readers.

ALEPPO: 

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East Aleppo Massacre 68ffd

Over 100 Syrian soldiers who had been taken hostage during the last 4 years were summarily executed by the 2 murdering terrorist groups: Nusra/Alqaeda and Fath Halab.  This was confirmed by a Republican Guard officer to Al-Masdar News.  The men were between the ages of 18-25 years.  When the Syrian Army high command was negotiating with the terrorists over how they would be evacuated, the army insisted as a condition that the soldiers be released.  The terrorists averred that they had no such hostages and, when they saw they could not smuggle the hostages out, decided to put them to death instead.    

DEIR EL-ZOR:  

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Major General ‘Issaam Zhahreddeen’s Republican Guard soldiers were exceptionally efficient during the last 3 days after ISIS launched a multi-pronged attack targeting SAA positions at Al-Huwayqa, Al-Rushdiyya, Al-Muwazhzhafeen, Al-Maqaabir, the Air Base, Tallat Al-Ruwwaad, Panorama Area, Tallat UmmAbbood.  The attacks were not only foiled, but, were turned against the invading rodents by quick-thinking field commanders who ordered counterattacks using tanks and armored flatbeds.  The number of ISIS rats killed exceeds 40 and the number wounded is over 200.  Weapons and ammunition were also destroyed by the army.

At Al-Jubayla, the Airbase and Al-Jazeera University in the environs of Al-Bughayliyya, the SAA artillery units poured rockets into ISIS concentrations causing a massive explosion to take place in an arsenal.  A major ISIS leader of a unit known for frontal attacks, one Ahmad Al-Dayri (a/k/a “Abu ‘Aa`isha) was sent to Hell with scores of his plague-carrying vermin.

DAMASCUS:

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Jaysh Al-Islam Announces Full Mobilization of Forces in East Ghouta

Yesterday,  an imbecile and bloated hog delivered a “khutba”, i.e. a sermon or speech, from a location in Doumaa announcing a “general mobilization” of all forces to stop the advance of the Syrian Army.  The victory in Aleppo has shaken the ranks of the Jaysh Al-Islam which has grudgingly joined forces now with Faylaq Al-Rahmaan to block the momentum of the SAA’s campaign to rid the East Ghoutaa of the last vestige of these cannibals.

 

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THOUSANDS OF BOMBS DISMANTLED BY SYRIAN ARMY IN ALEPPO

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THOUSANDS OF BOMBS DISMANTLED BY SYRIAN ARMY IN ALEPPO WITH HUNDREDS OF TERRORISTS CAPTURED TRYING TO HIDE; ONE MILLION CAPTAGON PILLS SEIZED BY SYRIAN SECURITY IN TARTOUS HEADING FOR LATAKIA RATS

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ALEPPO:  Syrian Army engineers are combing the East Aleppo area, specifically: Al-Zabadiyya, Salaahuddeen, Al-Mash-had, Al-Ansaari, looking for IEDs and land mines which the terrorist rodents left behind.  It is imperative to get this job done quickly in order to return citizens to their homes, schools and medical facilities, all of which were compromised brutally by the presence of American-supported and Saudi-financed mass-murdering freaks of nature.  Amazingly, most of the bombs were found in hospitals which the terrorists converted into weapons and ammunition warehouses.

The lies about the SAA and RuAF  bombing hospital facilities have been exposed clearly.  There were simply no hospitals functioning.  They were converted by the terrorists into repositories for their instruments of mayhem.  All hospitals were established in homes or cellars which deprived the citizenry of access to competent medical care.  It has been confirmed to SyrPer that all – and I mean all – homes were booby trapped.  This job will not be easy.

The Syrian Army has discovered the main weapons warehouses of the terrorist group, Ahraar Al-Shaam and Nusra/Alqaeda in Al-Zabadiyya.  They were mostly placed in schools with parents told to self-teach their children only the Qur’aan.  It will take years for these kids to catch up on what a normal educational curriculum would have provided them.

Even just as interesting is the search for the foreign rodents hiding inside the eastern part of the city.  An article provided below claims that the underground facility used by the mostly-American rodents as a command-control center has been discovered and the terrorist-enablers inside have been taken prisoner.

The foreigners will be interrogated properly to obtain as much information as possible to establish a case against the United States, Britain, the Zionist Apartheid State and France for war crimes.  The Saudis, Moroccans, Qataris and the other riff-raff, such as Turks, should be taken to a firing squad.

If you want to know why the Grand Duchy of Fenwyck (i.e. Leichtenstein) is leading, along with Qatar, the charge toward an impaneling of investigators to determine war crimes in Syria, think about the foreigners left behind to face the wrath of the Syrian people.  I asked Monzer in Damascus what all this is about and why this matter is not being brought before the Security Council which, Dr. Ja’afari has argued properly, has jurisdiction over investigative matters such as this.  Monzer told me that the United States knows it should not be brought before the General Assembly, but, has no other choice given Russia’s voting record on such things.  It will be vetoed in the S.C.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Zionist State, Jordan and Morocco are desperate to extract their spies and terrorism-enablers from Aleppo but cannot do this with the permission of the Syrian government which is planning a resounding public relations coup with their capture.  So, it appears the European Union, frustrated by a concatenation of debacles both internally and externally, pushed the Leichtensteinian and Qatari proposal to the GA for debate and vote knowing of its illegality.  They simply have no choice but to pressure both Syria and Russia into relenting on the issue of foreigners.  Note also the ramping up of lies in the MSM regarding the fate of Syrian citizens.  If the truth be told, the United States never cared a bit about the lives of citizens.  If anyone should be investigated for war crimes, it should be Obama and Cameron, Salmaan, ‘Abdullah of Jordan, Tameem and his ape father and banana mother, Erdoghan and Mileikowski (a/k/a Satanyahu).

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 خبر وتعليق...نصر سوري روسي إيراني مشترك على الإرهاب

THE TRIUMVERATE OF TRIUMPH.  WHAT PATIENCE AND DETERMINATION CAN DO.

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(From Silvia Iranova)  Beards shaved off terrorists trying to appear like civilians in Aleppo. 

As you can see from the photo above,  some terrorists have opted to go into hiding either to return to a normal life or to continue their quixotic campaign to bring their anachronisms to every Syrian citizen.  Whatever the case, this is the reason why Ban has been carping about disappearing people.  What the imbecile doesn’t seem to understand is that the government is duty bound to find terrorists and arrest them.

 

HOMS:

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On the Homs-Tartous International Highway, the security services set up an ambush for a driver of a Scania Truck hauling over ONE MILLION CAPTAGON TABLETS destined for terrorists in northeastern Latakia.  It was 175 kilograms courtesy of the Saudi and Qatari insects.  The driver has been arrested and charged.  During his interrogation he confessed to the crime.

Jubb Al-Jarraah:  Over 20 ISIS rodents were killed by a combination of SAA artillery and SAAF bombers.  One of the killed, as reported by a rodents on the ground is the notorious child molester, Abu Bakr Hilfaayaa (id pending).

 

The SAA reportedly foiled numerous attacks by the ISIS cockroaches at Al-Mas’oodiyya, Umm Al-Reesh, Abu ‘Alaayaa, Jabal Al-Shawmariyya, Maksar Al-Hissaan. 

 

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Haiti Mafia families: A failed private sector

The amalgamation of a failed private sector with kidnapping, drug trafficking, and bad government constitutes the most important reason that explains Haiti’s failure in its quest to build a nation-state. Unfortunately, the United States government, symbol of nation building, is often on the wrong side of history in Haiti.

I read on the NBC website about how the private sector in the United States had created 216.000 jobs for the month of November, 2016, the expectation was 165.000. For the last 8 years during the Obama administration 15.6 million jobs have been created by the US private sector. That’s so revealing!

I am not comparing the US economy to Haiti’s considering this country’s long business tradition, and the vast amount of wealth created for the past two centuries. However, I want to stress the responsibility of the private sector in America versus the one operating in Haiti. Sometimes, people straightforwardly ask if there is a private sector in Haiti because there is no evidence that suggests otherwise.

The private sector is “the part of the economy that is not under the government’s control.” It is protected by a bunch of laws that guarantees its growing existence to maturity with only one goal: making profits. In Haiti, there is a concoction of roles. It seems that the private sector, the public sector, and the charities are working together in an evil way to crush the people.
I remember right after the earthquake that destroyed Port-Au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, in January 12th, 2010, I witnessed the rich people intertwining with the poor for a long period of time to benefit from the humanitarian aid. In some other countries, one would see something different. The rich would provide aid to the vulnerable souls. The most disgusting part remains: after a euphoric poor people-rich people interaction, the economic class, at first, monopolized the free international aid distribution. Later, it sold at an expensive price to the poor the same goods that the latter individuals were morally and legally entitled to.

In addition to profit-making, the private sector is morally obligated to create jobs. Without purchasing power, the potential customers won’t be able to consume and pay their bills. Hence, the consequences will be automatically disastrous even for those who own the means of production. Why? Because there is no consummation! — Production will be hurt. No profit. This unbalanced equation is contrary to capitalism whose reality, among others, consists of employers making profits at the expense of employees’ labor. One may thusly summarize this reciprocal relationship:  no jobs, no profits!

I believe that the Haitian private sector doesn’t get it. Right after the Duvalier dynasty’s departure in February 1986, international financial institutions such as the IMF, the World Bank, IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) …tried to impose their view on how to run Haitian finances. In fact, they expected to develop capitalism in Haiti to definitely put an end to feudalism. The only problem is, and continues to be, that the Haitian economic class has never been ready for such an adventure. Under pressure from the aforementioned institutions, the local government sold the cement and flour companies to the private sector. Just one year after the deal, both businesses closed their doors. Then, there followed a shortage of cement and flour. Subsequently, many hundreds of people lost their jobs. Unemployment was rampant. Social unrest created a chronic instability. Worse yet, there is no unemployment benefit in Haiti which could have alleviated the jobless individuals’ burden.

Haiti is a poor country, among others, with 41% unemployment rate, 48% illiteracy rate, and 60% of people living below the poverty line. At the same time, a handful of 5 families controls the entire wealth. I remember talking to an American professor about how many billionaires we have in Haiti. At the beginning, he started to laugh at me. The paradox is that we have several Haitian billionaires. The US government has seemingly tried, on many occasions, to stimulate the private sector in Haiti through many programs such as the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE); the Food Conservation and Energy Act (HOPE II) in 2008; and, in 2010, the Haiti Economic Lift Program (HELP). All of these initiatives have been put in place to stimulate foreign investment in Haiti, and to rally the private sector to redeem itself by profiting from those programs of those open doors via “Eligibility for duty-free treatment under the Caribbean Basin trade partnership Act (CBTPA)”. The main goal was to create jobs; the Haitian private sector didn’t seize the opportunity.

The Haitian Diaspora which is sending more than 2 billion dollars to Haiti each year is not welcome to participate actively in the economic and political process. Those 5 families in command of the economy are hostile to the Diaspora who is trying to invest in Haiti. Yet, “Haitian-Americans are among the most successful immigrant groups in the United States”. Last year, Haiti’s GNP showed a deficit of 2.5 billion dollars because we exported for 1.029 billion dollars, while we imported for 3.445 billion dollars.

Haitian businessmen operate as a mafia organization. They burn businesses, kidnap family members and shoot people like dogs in the streets if you are not one of them…They monopolize all vital aspects of the economy: from tourism, textile, production, government and private institutions. At the same time, they are not taking any serious measures to develop the economy to create jobs for the people. They are fiercely against all sorts of competition. They favor monopoly. Customers are totally screwed up.

Now, let’s talk about the dilemma private sector vs. the public sector.  Everywhere in the world, nations are developing a public/private partnership to better serve the people and themselves. In Haiti, businessmen own the public sector. The rich maintain their grip on governmental institutions. All of them! There is no balance of power, meaning no accountability for any mischief caused by economically powerful individuals. That’s why they have always supported, financed and corrupted presidential candidates in each election.

The last known took place on November 20th, 2016. The big business supported the “statu quo” represented by Jovenel Moïse. He is a businessman who is being investigated for money laundering, racketeering, and drug connection by the country’s highest financial court (Cour Supérieure des Comptes known by its acronym CSC). He was handpicked by Michel Martelly himself, the former Haitian president.

Let me tell a true story that happened last year in Haiti. There is a powerful guy named Jacques Kétant. He was arrested in 2003 because his bodyguard went inside of a school attended by US embassy personnel’s children to murder in broad daylight a government official. Jacqueline Charles, from Miami Herald, delivered her opinion about Mr. Ketant as follow: “Considered the Pablo Escobar of Haiti, Ketant lived a lavish lifestyle in Haiti, where he was an untouchable kingpin until Aristide gave in to U.S. pressure in 2003 and expelled him. He was soon sentenced to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling 30 tons of cocaine from Haiti to the United States.

On August 18th, 2015, the US judicial system decided to deport him back to Haiti after serving half of his sentence because the court found him to be cooperative. Many drug dealers have been arrested and sentenced to long prison terms. Upon his return to Haiti, Mr. Kétant was greeted and picked up at the airport by Roro Nelson and Gracia Delva. Mr. Nelson is among former president Michel Martelly’s closest friends for years; some people believe that he was there to welcome Mr. Kétant under Mr. Martelly’s express demand. Similarly, Mr. Gracia Delva, a member of parliament, is a deportee from the United States. Delva is about to be a senator very soon. Among other Martelly allies known for their criminal activities are:  Guy Philippe (pursued by DEA as a fugitive for drug trafficking); Youri Latortue, also senator, has been involved in drug activities, according to Wikileaks; Joseph Lambert, freshly reelected to senate, also has a drug connection; Willot Joseph, newly elected senator, has been implicated in drug trafficking. The Haitian senate is going to be filled up with a bunch of “drug dealers”.

Additionally, it is noteworthy to highlight the case of Clifford Brandt, a well-known businessman. He is also the son of one of the richest families in Haiti. Arrested for kidnapping in 2012, he was sentenced this year to spend 18 years in prison, after a long trial that lasted 4 years. He was identified as the closest friend of Olivier Martelly, former president Joseph Martelly’s son.

Former US ambassador to Haiti, Mr. Brian Dean Curran, in his farewell speech before leaving the country, addressed the chamber of commerce in Haiti by saying: “Yes, well-known drug traffickers. They buy from your stores; you sell houses to them or build new ones. You take their deposits to your banks. You educate their children, and you elect them to positions in chambers of commerce.”
In front of many businessmen of the country, Mr. Dean Curran denounced how they have no respect for themselves by using “dirty money” to make profits. Here is a short prospect about the Haitian bourgeoisie: all deviant actions are welcome to make money including placing corrupted leaders to power.

When Jean B. Aristide got elected to power in 1991, his program was essentially to fight inequality in Haiti. His government published a list of hundreds of businessmen who owed a lot of money to the state. Instead of starting to pay or make payment arrangements, they instead financed a multi-million-dollar military coup against the elected and legitimate president (of course with CIA/State Department’s help). The consequences were catastrophic: 5,000 deaths and 100,000 refugees. Therefore, the private sector in Haiti is against progress and is indirectly fighting social stability. The business sector spent 13 years fighting each attempt to normalize the social and political situation.

The last successful attempt, supported by the Clintons, was to parachute Joseph Martelly into power–a man who admitted that he had been a drug addict/dealer; he was denounced as a spy for “FRAPPH”, a defunct terrorist organization known for its misogyny, brutality, and political assassinations.  While in power, Martelly conceded a contract to Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother, to exploit Haitian gold estimated at 25 billion dollars. That is a typical case of the so-called “Pay to play” game. For five straight years, the former head of state looted public funds, “legalized drug trafficking”, promoted prostitution, domesticated public institutions at the highest level via bribes and huge kickbacks. Here we are enduring Martelly’s dire economic heritage: 3 billion dollars debt, 300 million dollars budget deficit.  Let it be reminded that when Martelly got to the power in 2011, he found 1.9 billion dollars in the public treasure. Furthermore, the country had zero debt. Do the math!

References:

CNBC, Jeff Cox: “US private sector created 216.000 jobs in November…” November 30th

Democratic Policy and Communications Center (DPCC)

www.Investopedia.com

International Trade Administration (ITA) – Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act 2006 HOPE I

Food conservation and energy Act of 2008, HOPE II

Haiti Lift Program Act 2010, HELP

Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act CBTPA

Center for Strategic and International Studies “The role of the Haitian Diaspora in building Haiti back better (June 24th, 2011)

Miami Herald “Cocaine Kingpin Jacques Ketant Back in Haiti”, Jacqueline Charles, August 18th, 2015

Haïti Express-News “ Haïti Mogul Drug Dealer, Jacques Ketant, Accueilli par Gracia Delva et Roro Nelson… » April 19th, 2015

Nouvelliste « Petro Caribe, Un Vaste Crime Économique », May 16th, 2016

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Sudan detains human rights defender Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, again

It seems that this soft-spoken man of the deepest integrity is a threat to those who seek to maintain their brutal power in Sudan. His ability to work with people from all backgrounds, his unswerving commitment to truth and justice, and his international connections and credibility are seen by the ruling elite as dangerous qualities.

Dr Mudawi Ibrahim Adam is in detention again in Khartoum. He was taken by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) from the University of Khartoum on 7th December and is being held without access to his lawyer or his family. He has previously been detained on several occasions, for over a month in 2010 and earlier for a total of 18 months in several spells during 2003-2005.

Dr Mudawi is an award winning human rights defender and someone who has dedicated his life to peacefully working for social development and the rights of all people in Sudan.

He was the founder and Chairperson of SUDO, the Sudan Social Development Organization, which was the largest Sudanese organization providing support to internally displaced people and other vulnerable communities until it was closed down by the authorities in 2009. That closure was subsequently ruled to be illegal by the Sudanese courts but SUDO has still not been allowed to restart operations within the country.

Ironically, Dr Mudawi was criticised by some people this year for agreeing to take part in the Sudanese Government sponsored National Dialogue. His arrest puts in question the sincerity of the Government’s efforts to find a peaceful resolution of the country’s many problems. His detention coincides with an ongoing clampdown on human rights defenders and peaceful protest.

Dr Mudawi is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Khartoum and runs his own successful engineering company. A significant part of his professional work has been focused on bringing clean water and sanitation to communities across Sudan.

In 2005 Dr Mudawi was the inaugural winner of the Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. In the same year he also received the prestigious Human Rights First Prize.

In 2010 the Sudanese authorities fabricated charges of financial mismanagement against Dr Mudawi, but were unable to bring any credible evidence to court. It seems they are again seeking to manufacture evidence against him. His driver Adam El-Sheikh was also detained on 7th December. Nora Abaid, the accountant at Dr Mudawi’s engineering company, was detained by the NISS on 12th December. Both are being held without access to lawyers or family and are considered to be at risk of torture.

It seems that this soft-spoken man of the deepest integrity is a threat to those who seek to maintain their brutal power in Sudan.

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How ‘classy’ is the African middle class?

WSJ

It is dubious that African middle classes by their sheer existence promote economic growth. Their increase was mainly a limited result of the trickle down effects of the resource based economic growth rates during the early years of this century. Their position and role in society has hardly economic potential and dynamics inducing further productive investment contributing towards sustainable economic growth.

The middle classes in the global South gained growing attention since the turn of the century mainly through their rapid ascendancy in the Asian emerging economies. One of the side effects of the economic growth during these ‘fat years’, which also benefited the resource rich economies on the African continent, was a rapid relative increase of monetary income for a growing number of households. Many of these in the lower segments of society crossed the defined poverty levels of $1.25 a day. The ominous term ‘middle class’ was part of the effort to quantify this trend and at the same time to classify it.

The concept advocated by this new discourse remained, however, vague and limited to number crunching. The minimum threshold for entering a so-called middle class in monetary terms was critically vulnerable to a setback into impoverishment. After all, one sixth of the world’s population has to make a living with two to three dollars a day. This is a degree of existential insecurity, which motivated Raphael Kaplinsky in his keynote delivered at the General Conference of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) in June 2014 to make the observation that these days everyone not starving is considered to be middle class.

What is ‘the middle’ in Africa’s middle class?

The African Development Bank (AfDB) played a defining role in promoting and transferring the middle class debate onto the continent. Using the two US$ benchmark, it declared some 300 million Africans (about a third of the continent’s population) as being middle class. A year later it expanded its guestimates to 300 to 500 million and declared them to be a key factor.

As problematic as such monetary acrobatics remain the analytical deficit, which characterizes such purely numerical classification. The so-called middle class appears to be a ‘muddling class’. Rigorously explored differentiations remained largely absent – not to mention any substantial class analysis. Professional activities, social status, cultural, ethnic or religious affinities or lifestyle as well as political orientations were in the original discourse hardly (if at all) considered. But all these attributes do matter, if one wants to properly define a middle class as an array of collective identities (once also including reference to class consciousness), whose bearers act in a political and economical way.

More recently, the debate has finally arrived in African Studies too, where scholars have undertaken more serious efforts to claim ownership over what has initially been a discussion imposed by economists from the outside. They offer much more nuanced assessments from the point of view of social anthropology, sociology, political science and economics. This claim to ownership is also reflected in edited, inter-disciplinary volumes both in English and in German.  The compilations show how African Studies have advanced as regards the need for a more profound engagement with the African middle class and the need to deconstruct the mystification of such segments being declared as the torchbearers of progress and development. As alerted in a paper by UNU-WIDER, a new middle class as meaningful social actor does require a collective identity in pursuance of common interests. Once upon a time this was called class-consciousness, based on a class in itself while acting as a class for itself.

Politics, development and the middle class

Politically such middle classes seem not as democratic as many of those singing its praise song assume. While middle classes elsewhere have shown ambiguities ranging from politically progressive engagement to a status quo oriented, conservative approach to policies (if being political at all), this is not different when having a closer look at African realities. In South Africa, the only consistency of the Black middle class in historical perspective is its political inconsistency, as Roger Southall suggested. They are no more likely to hold democratic values than other Black South Africans, but are more likely to want government to secure higher order, rather than basic, survival needs if one trusts the results of an Afrobarometer survey.

It is also dubious that African middle classes by their sheer existence promote economic growth. Their increase was mainly a limited result of the trickle down effects of the resource based economic growth rates during the early years of this century. Their position and role in society has hardly economic potential and dynamics inducing further productive investment contributing towards sustainable economic growth. There is little evidence of any correlation between economic growth and social progress, as even a working paper of the IMF admits. While during the ‘fat years’ the poor partly became a little bit less poor, the rich got much richer. Even the AfDB admits that the income discrepancies as measured by the Gini-coefficient have increased, while six among the ten most unequal countries in the world remain in Africa.

That a sensible political economy analysis needs to differentiate between the rich with political leverage and the rest was even conceded by Nancy Birdsall who is among the most influential and persistent advocates of the support of a middle class rather than a pro-poor developmental orientation. She remains adamant that the middle class is an ingredient for good governance. This is based on her assumption that economic growth continues and inequalities will be reduced, that a growing middle class has a greater interest in accountable government and is willing to support a social contract, which taxes them as an investment into collective public goods to the benefit also of the poor. Dream on!

Caught in the middle?

Meanwhile it is necessary to put the record straight and lift the ideological haze. Already the UNDP’s Human Development Report of 2013, which promoted the middle class hype, predicted that 80 per cent of middle classes would in 2030 come from the global South, but only two per cent from Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent assessments claim that it is not the middle of African societies which expands, but the lower and higher social groups. According to a report by the Pew Research Centre only a few African countries had a meaningful increase of those in the middle-income category.

Multinationals in the retail and consumption sector have already reacted to the dwindling purchasing power of the middle class by reducing investments. Nestle has downscaled its presence in Africa by 15 per cent of its employees. And a report in The Economist, which earlier shifted its doomsday visions of a ‘Hopeless Continent’ towards ‘Africa Rising’ and ‘Continent of Hope’, concluded end of October 2015 that Africans as a worrying trend are mainly rich or poor but not middle class.

Fortunately, the debate has now created sufficient awareness within the scholarly community to explore fact and fiction of the assumed transformative power of a middle class. This also includes the need to sensitize towards ideological smokescreens close to the neoliberal paradigm, which try to make us believe that a middle class is the cure. In reality, little has changed as regards leverage and control over social and political affairs. José Gabriel Palma had already summed up what really matters: ‘It’s the share of the rich, stupid!’

Despite such conclusion, however, the current engagement with the African middle class phenomenon is anything but obsolete. Independent of their size, its members signify modified social relations, which deserve attention and analysis – with the emphasis on the latter. Göran Therborn stresses that discourse on class – whether right or wrong – is always of social relevance. The boom of the middle class debate is therefore a remarkable symptom of our decade. Social class will remain also in the future a category of central importance.

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The second coming

Trump is the second coming of the familiar phenomena of political impossibilities that become not only tangible realities but almost immoveable beams of obstruction. What is particularly disgusting about the Trump moment is that despite all his toxic flaws, a whole bunch of people believes him.

At the risk of evoking the wrath and ire of my own faith community, I am using the metaphor of Donald Trump’s victory to describe the ascendancy of so many things that are so wrong with the idea of a Trumped up world. Like most sane and caring quarters of humanity, I was and remain somewhat shell-shocked by the US election result not least its decisive outcome.  Even though it could have gone either way, I had no idea that it veered so far away from an ethical universe.  During his thundering and violently divisive approach to the White House, Trump already created the sort of racist, misogynist, anti-migrant, anti-anything that is not full-blooded American sentiment. Whatever that means. Whoever those are including himself, his many wives and children. Even in locker rooms, his coming is a bizarre apparition.

He is certainly anti-anything thoughtful, decent, kind, inclusive, nuanced. Which brings me to the second coming.  A second coming of a rabid re-invention of a polarised and razor thin interpretation of privileged whiteness.

America is in an era that has been marked by a new civil rights movement, one that has necessarily taken social and racial solidarity global again. This internationalism had in many ways diminished since the end of the South African apartheid colonial struggles.

Globalised struggle was subverted by most countries’ hard battle to remain afloat in the midst of ongoing assaults of market fundamentalism, state retreat, social exclusion and disenfranchisement that accompanies society’s underclass and marginalised. The ‘Blacklash’ against Obama has been apparent by the increased lynching of Black people. Although largely seen as male targeting men, several Black women and girls have also been targeted. The othering of non-whiteness has been a rehearsal of the second coming. A rehearsal to lynch the reality that America and the world beyond are not the White bastions.

Attempting to recreate and impose a misplaced post-Darwinism imagination on the rest of the world is beyond naïve. In today’s global power matrix, it is a risk that the US dare not assume will be met with passively. Because it isn’t. The world beyond the United States has moved on and the centrality of the United States as the axis of global power has plummeted probably beyond repair. Like Great Britain before, their era of invincible imperial domination has ended. However, like a macabre scene, the decapitated chicken runs dead with its head off causing chaos and bloodletting in their wake particularly for those who do not know they are dead yet.

Hillary Clinton remains a deeply divisive candidate who polarised many of my friends on the progressive left. She has a recent history of presiding over Gaddafi’s extra-judicial killing and her centrist, hawkish stance did not differentiate her from the bland Establishment . Unlike Bernie Sunders, she just did not evoke excitement and support. Hers and Bill’s race baiting when she ran against Obama in the 2008 are also not entirely forgotten. And of course the rumours that she ran her husband’s many mistresses out of town have not been quashed. And still, she is a better option if only because she is a known quantity and a somewhat familiar adversary particularly in the Global South. So I remain annoyed at my friends who opted to sit this one out or to vote elsewhere thus splitting the vote and enabling the second coming.

The community insurrections in Ferguson and Baltimore have resonance with the demands made in Cairo and Tunis in 2011. Across South African metropoles the protests are part of a constant reclamation and reiteration of every liberation dividend that was conceded in 1994.  It is from one of these cities that I write, a country that is facing its own paradox of a leader who defies insurmountable odds, using or bypassing democratic, legal and constitutional processes. So Trump is the second coming of familiar phenomena of political impossibilities that become not only tangible realities but almost immoveable beams of obstruction.

His comments on trade policy are complicated mainly because they are zealously protectionist, part of the re-invention of a great America in which Trump predicts America will  ‘win so much that they will get sick of it‘. A world without bi-lateral agreements and international trade obligations that require reciprocity and demand full access to markets for the bullying Northern countries. Trump’s reluctance to proceed with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP] has caused some consternation from markets and cautious relief from some countries in the southern hemisphere who have been resisting the potential assault of the global mode of free trade.

Yet Trump is coming from such a toxic place of  ‘Ameri-absorption‘ that any potential gains must be counted and calculated carefully. Indeed the climate denialists have come out to play and global action in this regard is unlikely to be easy. The second coming of increased militarisation of international life and domestic instruments notably the US police give me a cold sweat. How Trump will deal with the insurgencies that sometimes arise on my continent given his hawkish tendencies can only be speculated.

His remarks on South Africa as a crime-ridden mess were ill judged and inflammatory, typical of a parochial invention of Africa as a basket case that Trump favours. And, unfortunately for him, we have long memories. There are multiple democratic deficits that have been revealed about the US electoral system (re-counting in three states is taking place at the time of writing) and I have proposed external election monitoring particularly from African, Asian and Latin American countries.  What is particularly disgusting about the Trump moment is that despite all these and his flaws, a whole bunch of people believes him. Along with Brexit, the Global South can only ponder and recalibrate these moments. The re-invention that he represents is as thin and fragile as a reed and subject to the sort of head winds that varied social forces can easily demolish or manipulate for their own ends.

This article first appeared in Women In and Beyond the Global website.

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