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Australia may send asylum seeker back to danger in Afghanistan

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I’m proud to have been asked to sign the following statement (latest information here):

Prominent Australians urge Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to save the life of Nadir Sadiqi

Nadir’s life hangs in the balance. You alone in this country, Mr Dutton, have the power to decide whether Nadir lives or dies.

Nadir arrived by boat in Australia five years ago, leaving behind his much-loved family and village in Afghanistan and escaping for his life. Nadir had still been a boy when his father had been killed by the Taliban for refusing to fight for them and his two older brothers had been abducted and tortured and presumably murdered. A decade later, it was Nadir’s turn. He was savagely beaten and left for dead because he too refused to fight for the Taliban, this time against Western forces, including Australians.

Nadir has spent five years in detention in Australia, teaching himself and reaching a high level of English and all the while trying to gain permanent protection – not easy when the villagers who could have corroborated his story have been killed or have fled into hiding. Despite his best efforts, Nadir’s claims for protection have been rejected and he has been ordered to return to Kabul in August.

Nadir knows no-one in Kabul. He’s acquired a foreigner’s accent and dresses in western-style clothing and would immediately stand out as an easy target. Bumper stickers on cars in Kabul state that people who work with foreigners should be killed. Any connection or perceived sympathy for the West, makes anyone in Afghanistan a target, but particularly a member of a persecuted ethnic minority like the Hazara, to which Nadir belongs.

The threat to Nadir’s life has been further intensified as a result of the Australian immigration department’s negligent data breach early last year. This led directly to a second Taliban threat that if he ever returned to Afghanistan they would find him and kill him.

The Afghan minister for refugees and repatriation has recently requested that all countries with whom Memorandums of Understanding had been signed should revise them and not return asylum seekers to Afghanistan. Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade currently warns all Australian citizens not to travel there due to the ‘extremely dangerous security situation and the very high threat of terrorist attack’.

Sydney Morning Herald investigation into asylum seekers returned to Afghanistan from Australia under the Howard years found that twenty had been killed and dozens more had disappeared. The first Hazara asylum seeker to be refouled by the Abbott government had been abducted by the Taliban within a month and severely tortured before escaping. Soon after, another Hazara with Australian citizenship was tortured and murdered. The risk for both of these men had been their connection to Australia, an ‘infidel country’.

Renowned expert on Afghanistan, Professor William Maley has stated ‘there should be an absolute moratorium on the involuntary removal of Hazara asylum seekers to Afghanistan’. Phil Glendenning, president of the Refugee Council of Australia and regular visitor to Afghanistan for the past ten years has stated that ‘no one with any knowledge of the situation in Afghanistan could possibly come to the conclusion that conditions are conducive to safe return’.

How can Australia, in the face of such powerful evidence and advice to the contrary, decide it is safe for this man to be returned to this place? We implore you, Mr Dutton, not to return Nadir to Afghanistan.

Buddies Refugee Support Group, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Supported by:

Phillip Adams, AO – Broadcaster, journalist, writer and film producer, Fr Rod Bower – Archdeacon of the Central Coast, Anna Burke MP – Federal Member for Chisholm, Julian Burnside, AO, QC – Barrister, writer and human rights advocate, Jane Caro – Social commentator, writer and lecturer, Mark Darin – radio presenter, Senator Richard Di Natale – Leader of the Greens, Fr Jeremy Greaves – Archdeacon of the Sunshine Coast, Bruce Haigh – Political commentator and retired diplomat, Caroline Hutchinson – Journalist and radio presenter, Mark Isaacs – Author and former recreations manager on Nauru, Thomas Keneally, AO – Author, Dr Carmen Lawrence – Director of Centre for the Study of Social Change at UWA and former state premier, Antony Loewenstein – Independent journalist, Guardian columnist and author, Hugh MacKay, AO – Psychologist, social researcher and writer, Senator Claire Moore – Labor senator, Samille Muirhead – Journalist and radio presenter,Hon Melissa Parke, MP – Federal member for Fremantle,Rod Quantock, OAM – Comedian and writer, Dr Rosie Scott – Novelist, Mark Seymour – Musician, songwriter and vocalist, Jack Smit – Activist and coordinator, Project SafeCom, Frederika Steen, AM – Human rights advocate and retired immigration officer, Senator Larissa Waters – Greens senator, Tim Winton– Novelist

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Apex court stays execution of Asia Bibi

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By: IRFAN HAIDER 
Mayor Alain Juppe (L) unveils a poster in the courtyard of the City Hall in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux in honour of Asia Bibi in March 2015. ─ AFP/File
Asia Bibi pictured with former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2010. ─ AFP/File
Mayor Alain Juppe (L) unveils a poster in the courtyard of the City Hall in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux in honour of Asia Bibi in March 2015. ─ AFP/File
Asia Bibi pictured with former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2010. ─ AFP/File
Asia Bibi pictured with former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2010. ─ AFP/File

LAHORE: Staying the execution of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday admitted for hearing a petition filed by the death-row prisoner who was convicted on blasphemy charges.

A three-member bench at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry admitted the petition for full hearing and also ordered for all records pertaining to the case to be presented before it.

Read: On death row for blasphemy, Asia Bibi makes final appeal to SC

In her petition, the 50-year-old woman has claimed that she had not made any blasphemous remarks, and rather residents of her neighbourhood had leveled the blasphemy allegations against her based on a personal feud.

She asked the court to strike down her death sentence.

Mother of five children, Asia Bibi has been on death row since November 2010 after being convicted of committing blasphemy during an argument with a Muslim woman over a bowl of water in 2009.

She had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in November 2014 as her final legal recourse, one month after the Lahore High Court upheld the death sentence of Asia Bibi, dashing hopes the conviction might be overturned or commuted to a jail term.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue in Pakistan where 97 per cent of the population is Muslim and unproven claims regularly lead to mob violence.

Also read: Asia Bibi losing hope on death row: family

Two high-profile politicians – then Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti – were murdered in 2011 after calling for reforms to the blasphemy law and describing Bibi’s trial as flawed.

Pakistan’s tough blasphemy laws have attracted criticism from rights groups, who say they are frequently misused to settle personal scores.

Lawyers who defend people accused of blasphemy — and judges seen as lenient — also risk being accused of the crime themselves and regularly face intimidation.

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The Afghanistan War was Planned Months Before the 9/11 Attacks

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Jane’s Defense – India Joined US led plan against Afghanistan in March 2001.

“India joins anti-Taliban coalition”

By Rahul Bedi

India is believed to have joined Russia, the USA and Iran in a concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime. [janes.com]

From April 2001, yet more indications that a mideast war was planned long before 9/11.

 

India Reacts – American government told other governments about Afghan invasion IN JUNE 2001.
In this article published in India in the summer of 2001 the Indian Government announces that it will support America’s PLANNED military incursion into Afghanistan.India in anti-Taliban military plan

India and Iran will “facilitate” the planned US-Russia hostilities against the Taliban.

By Our Correspondent

26 June 2001: India and Iran will “facilitate” US and Russian plans for “limited military action”
against the Taliban if the contemplated tough new economic sanctions don’t bend Afghanistan’s fundamentalist regime. The Taliban controls 90 per cent of Afghanistan and is advancing northward along the Salang highway and preparing for a rear attack on the opposition Northern Alliance from
Tajikistan-Afghanistan border positions.

Indian foreign secretary Chokila Iyer attended a crucial session of the second Indo-Russian joint working group on Afghanistan in Moscow amidst increase of Taliban’s military activity near the Tajikistan border. And, Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (the former KGB) chief Nicolai Patroshev is visiting Teheran this week in connection with Taliban’s military build-up.

Indian officials say that India and Iran will only play the role of “facilitator” while the US and Russia will combat the Taliban from the front with the help of two Central Asian countries, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to push Taliban lines back to the 1998 position 50 km away from Mazar-e-Sharief city in northern Afghanistan.

Military action will be the last option though it now seems scarcely avoidable with the UN banned from Taliban controlled areas. The UN which adopted various means in the last four years to resolve the Afghan problem is now being suspected by the Taliban and refused entry into Taliban areas of the war ravaged nation through a decree issued by Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar last month. [indiareacts.com]

BBC – American government told other governments about Afghan invasion IN JULY 2001.

US ‘planned attack on Taleban’

The wider objective was to oust the Taleban

By the BBC’s George Arney

A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week’s attacks. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July thatmilitary action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.

Mr Naik said US officials told him of the plan at a UN-sponsored international contact group on Afghanistan which took place in Berlin. Mr Naik told the BBC that at the meeting the US representatives told him that unless Bin Laden was handed over swiftly America would take military action to kill or capture both Bin Laden and the Taleban leader, Mullah Omar.

The wider objective, according to Mr Naik, would be to topple the Taleban regime and install a transitional government of moderate Afghans in its place – possibly under the leadership of the former Afghan King Zahir Shah. Mr Naik was told that Washington would launch its operation from bases in Tajikistan, where American advisers were already in place.

He was told that Uzbekistan would also participate in the operation and that 17,000 Russian troops were on standby. Mr Naik was told that if the military action went ahead it would take place before the snows started falling in Afghanistan, by the middle of October at the latest.

He said that he was in no doubt that after the World Trade Center bombings this pre-existing US plan had been built upon and would be implemented within two or three weeks. And he said it was doubtful that Washington would drop its plan even if Bin Laden were to be surrendered immediately by the Taleban. [BBC]

MSNBC – Afghanistan war plans were on Bush’s desk on 9/9/2001

President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News. … The plan dealt with all aspects of a war against al-Qaida, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to military operations in Afghanistan, the sources said on condition of anonymity. [MSNBC]

 


In the summer of 2001, while the American media kept the people distracted with “All Condit All The Time“, the US Government was informing other governments that we would be at war in Afghanistan no later than October.

How lucky for our government that just when they are planning to invade another country, for the express purpose of removing that government, a convenient “terrorist” attack occurs to anger Americans into support for an invasion.

 


9/11 radio broadcast: “The Director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack—an imminent attack—on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected.” [Memory Hole]
9/11 CBS9 broadcast: “There are contigency plans set to go, and the plans have been set to go for several weeks now on what to do if Osama bin Laden were to plan a very large attack, and they’ve selected targets in Afghanistan, and you can be sure that if it is Osama bin Laden that the US will probably retaliate, and retaliate massively.” WMV video download (172kB)
“To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11.”
Tony Blair. July 17, 2002 [Guardian]

 

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Japan awakes to being an economic slave colony of the US, approaching revolution

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Economist Marc Abela explains in the video that Japanese are awakening to the fact that their government serves interests other than those of the Japanese people:

  • Prime Minister Abe works for increasing and ongoing financial support of US unlawful and lie-began wars, including keeping the US military on bases in Japan.
  • Abe works for increased domestic surveillance similar to the US and UK.
  • Japan, as all former imperialist nations, creates what they use for money as debt. These mechanics are like adding negative numbers forever, and cause increasing, unpayable, tragic-comic total debt.
  • Despite Japan’s debt, they are a leading buyer of US debt with $1.2 trillion.
  • Robotics is not leveraged to decrease work time, but used to drive wages down and cause the people to work ever-increasing hours to survive.
  • Suicides are over 30,000 a year. Since the year 2000, more Japanese died from suicide than died from US atomic bombs at the end of WW2.
  • Japanese corporate media never get to the heart of the most important issues, operating asEmperor’s New Clothes minions for lies of omission and commission.

Marc’s analysis is that these increasingly public-crushing conditions to use the Japanese as work animals will lead to a form of revolution. As always, I recommend the public standing for Emperor’s New Clothesobvious arrests in the obvious areas of supporting unlawful Wars of Aggression, and the trillions-damaging criminal fraud of claiming debt is “money” and good for the public.

This is lawful revolution of the word’s Latin etymology: to turn around. Responsible citizens always and only turn from obvious crimes centering in war and money, demanding rule of law to stop criminal acts that yearly kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions.

Obviously.

I also recommend the analysis of Japan-based journalist Benjamin Fulford for further documentation how Japan serves US .01% interests.

Cultural expression seems a variation of US distraction (6-minute video from Luke):

Earth economics is upside down; a tragic-comedy.

Accelerating technology can and should provide:

  • more personal freedom from labor,
  • more beauty in infrastructure and nature,
  • greater joy in our freedom to create and explore our beautiful, powerful, and diverse virtues (something like “resource-based economics” as researched by The Venus Project).

We know what we have is in contrived Orwellian opposition of what leadership should create. We know that what we receive is literal criminal fraud:

I could go on to literally ~100 areas of crucial concern.

Please understand that I represent likely hundreds of thousands of professionals making factual claims with objective evidence anyone with a high school-level of education can verify. For example, the June 2015 Seizing an Alternative conference (and here, videos here) at the Claremont Colleges had hundreds of professionals presenting data and solutions in over 80 areas of speciality. My paper and videos for this conference is here.

The purpose of education since the “Age of Enlightenment” is to present facts for public verification, and to seize the victory of refuting lies by would-be dictators, especially when such lies are obvious and of crucial public importance.

The path forward as we build a critical mass of humans recognizing the Emperor’s New Clothes truth is to demand arrests and solutions, obviously:

  1. ARRESTS: the first responsible action upon recognizing massive crimes that annually kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions is to demand that law enforcement and military enact arrests of criminal leaders to stop the crimes and begin unwinding the truth of what happened in Earth’s tragic-comedy (four-part article series with videos on arrests as the obvious citizen response).
  2. SOLUTIONS: the .01% with corporate media have suppressed solutions documented beginning with Benjamin Franklin how government can abundantly operate without taxes: monetary and credit reform allow the public to have near-instant prosperity: full-employment, zero public deficits and debt, the best infrastructure we can imagine, falling prices, and release of public TRILLIONS held in “rainy day” accountsFull documentation here.

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Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.

 

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North Korea Blasts U.S. for Germ Warfare Program

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By Janet PhelanThe government of North Korea has leveled accusations that the U.S. is involved in germ warfare research and intends to deploy bacteriological weapons on a large scale. These accusations came in the wake of the recent revelations that the Pentagon mistakenly sent live anthrax to over 65 labs in the United States and also to labs in Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada and Great Britain.

The Korean National News Agency, in a report published on June 4, 2015, called the anthrax “horrible white powder” which has the killing potential of “95 percent.” The report stated that “the US secretly introduced anthrax germs into south Korea for its experiment to seriously threaten the existence of mankind…” The report also stated that “The above-said anthrax germ experiments in south Korea are heinous war crimes committed pursuant to the U.S. scenario for world domination.”

In a separate release, North Korea called for the responsible American officials to be brought in front of the International Criminal Court.

These statements come on the heels of the recent auction of the Needham Report, published in 1952, which documents the use of biological warfare by the U.S. during the Korean War. This rare copy of the report, officially titled “Report of the International Scientific Commission for the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China,” was put up for auction by South Korean filmmaker Lim Jong-Tae, who had stumbled upon it several years ago in a British bookstore.

Prior to his purchase, the Needham Report was considered to have been permanently lost.

According to investigative journalist Jeffrey Kaye, who recently put parts of the Needham Report on his website, “The U.S. collaboration with Japanese war criminals of Unit 731 was formally admitted in 1999 by the U.S. government, though the documentation of that has never been published.”

Kaye goes on to discuss efforts to debunk the Needham Report by multiple governments, including the U.S. and the U.K. Kaye writes, “The charges of U.S. use of biological weapons during the Korean War are even more incendiary than the now proven claims that the U.S. amnestied Japanese military doctors and others working on biological weapons who experimented on human subjects, and ultimately killed thousands in operational uses of those weapons against China during the Sino-Japanese portion of World War Two. The amnesty was the price paid for U.S. military and intelligence researchers to get access to the trove of research…”The Needham Report details U.S. bacteriological warfare in Korea and China. According to the Report, U.S. planes sprayed plague-infected fleas in both China and Korea. Insects and spiders carrying anthrax were also dropped in China. Plague-infected voles were parachuted down by U.S. planes in Korea, and cholera-infected clams were dropped on a Korean hillside apparently in an effort to contaminate a nearby drinking water supply. 

Testimonies of captured U.S. airmen were also included as buttressing evidence in the report.

WHY IS ANTHRAX BEING MAILED TO SO MANY LABS, ANYWAY? 

The recent reports of the Pentagon accidentally mailing live anthrax to 68 labs in 19 states, as well as to the District of Columbia, Japan, South Korea, Britain, Canada and Australia have resulted in a flurry of attention to the methods used to ensure our collective safety from a potential release. Article after article has appeared in the press in the past couple of weeks discussing the methods by which anthrax is killed and how to ensure that an accidental release does not take place again. One question that is not being asked, however, is why the U.S. government is mailing anthrax to so many labs, worldwide.

According to Inbios, a Seattle lab that was named as a recipient of the live anthrax, that lab did not expect to receive anthrax, live or killed. According to personnel at Inbios, the lab had applied for a potential contract involving detection systems. As part of the winnowing out process, the lab was to receive an unspecified agent at which point it could develop the detection system as part of the bidding process. Inbios states it was unaware that the agent they were being mailed was anthrax.

Stanford University was also named as a recipient of the accidental live anthrax mailing.

According to Lisa Lapin at the Stanford University press office, the Stanford lab is studying immune system response, in order to develop vaccines and treatments for anthrax. Lapin refused to supply a contract number for the Stanford research project, stating only that the contract was with the FDA. A search of contracts with the FDA and Stanford at usaspending.gov did not produce any FDA contracts with Stanford for anthrax research.According to the CDC, there were 321 “organizations or entities” registered as working with live pathogens, such as anthrax. The Government Accountability Office has stated that within those 321 “entities” are 1495 laboratories, which have been accredited to work with live pathogens, and a much larger number working with inert versions of the same pathogen.

There are at least four accidents involving accidental release from U.S. labs reported every week.

WHAT ELSE IS BEING MAILED? 

According to a recent article published in the Hankyoreh, the U.S. has brought other lethal agents into South Korea without informing its government. The highly dangerous botulinum toxin is also named as an agent brought into South Korea for experiments

Behind all this activity involving agents for germ warfare in South Korea is JUPITR. JUPITR is an acronym for Joint USFK Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition. According to Peter Emanuel, Bioscience Division Chief for the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, JUPITR was planned as a military project to enable U.S. forces in South Korea to defend against a germ warfare attack from North Korea.

JUPITR involves state of the art biosurveillance, with environmental detectors as well as mobile labs which can quickly determine if a biological threat is at play. According to a 2014 interview with Emanuel, four different agents are being assessed – anthrax, plague, bacillia and botoxin. It was unclear if these four agents were all sent to South Korea for tests.

One of the consistent problems with determining whether or not an offensive germ warfare program exists is the “dual-use” bugaboo. What this means, in a nutshell, is that in order to create countermeasures, whether they be vaccines or detection systems, one must have the germ itself on hand. This could potentially provide a smokescreen for an offensive biological weapons program.

DONT WORRY, BE HAPPY 

The U.S. has consistently denied that it was engaged in biological warfare in Korea during the Korean War.

Concerning the allegations involving U.S. germ warfare during the Korean War, Jeffrey Kaye wrote:

….the U.S. was not serious about conducting any investigation into such charges, despite what the government said publicly. The reason the U.S. didn’t want any investigation was because an “actual investigation” would reveal military operations, “which, if revealed, could do us psychological as well as military damage.

Referencing the recent mailing of live anthrax, Department of Defense spokesperson Col. Warren stated: “We are investigating the inadvertent transfer of live anthrax from a DoD lab from Dugway Proving Ground.” A separate DoD statement said “There is no known risk to the general public, and no personnel have shown any signs of possible exposure.” 

The Department of Defense has reported that at least 31 people have been put on post-exposure treatment

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Greece’s Lesson For Russia

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by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Greece’s debt can now only be made sustainable through debt relief measures that go far beyond what Europe has been willing to consider so far.”

— International Monetary Fund

Greece’s lesson for Russia, and for China and Iran, is to avoid all financial relationships with the West. The West simply cannot be trusted. Washington is committed to economic and political hegemony over every other country and uses the Western financial system for asset freezes, confiscations, and sanctions. Countries that have independent foreign policies and also have assets in the West cannot expect Washington to respect their property rights or their ownership.  Washington freezes or steals countries’ assets, or in the case of France imposes multi-billion dollar fines, in order to force compliance with Washington’s policies. Iran, for example, lost the use of $100 billion, approximately one-fourth of the Iranian GDP, for years simply because Iran insisted on its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Russian journalists are asking me if Obama’s willingness to reach a deal with Iran means there is hope a deal can be reached over Ukraine.  The answer is No. Moreover, as I will later explain, the deal with Iran doesn’t mean much as far as Washington is concerned.

Three days ago (July 14) a high ranking military officer, Gen. Paul Selva, the third in about as many days, told the US Senate that Russia is “an existential threat to this nation (the US).” Only a few days prior the Senate had heard the same thing from US Marine commander Joseph Dunford and from the Secretary of the Air Force. A few days before that, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned of a Russian “hybrid threat.”

Washington is invested heavily in using Ukraine against Russia. All the conflict there originates with Washington’s puppet government in Kiev. Russia is blamed for everything, including the destruction of the Malaysian airliner. Washington has used false charges to coerce the EU into sanctions against Russia that are not in the EU’s interest.  As Washington has succeeded in coercing all of Europe to harm Europe’s political and economic relationships with Russia and to enter into a state of conflict with Russia, certainly Washington is not going to agree to an Ukrainian settlement.  Even if Washington wanted to do so, as Washington’s entire position rests on nothing but propaganda, Washington would have to disavow itself in order to come to an agreement.

Despite everything, Russia’s president and foreign minister continue to speak of the US and Washington’s EU vassal states as “our partners.”  Perhaps Putin and Lavrov are being sarcastic. The most certain thing of our time is that Washington and its vassals are not partners of Russia.

The Wolfowitz doctrine, the basis of US foreign and military policy, declares that the rise of Russia or any other country cannot be permitted, because the US is the Uni-power and cannot tolerate any constraint on its unilateral actions.

As long as this doctrine reigns in Washington, neither Russia, China, nor Iran, the nuclear agreement not withstanding, are safe.  As long as Iran has an independent foreign policy, the nuclear agreement does not protect Iran, because any significant policy conflict with Washington can produce new justifications for sanctions.

With the nuclear agreement with Iran comes the release of Iran’s $100 billion in frozen Western balances.  I heard yesterday a member of the Council for Foreign Relations say that Iran should invest its released $100 billion in US and Europe companies.  If Iran does this, the Iranian government is setting itself up for further blackmail. Investing anywhere in the West means that Iran’s assets can be frozen or confiscated at any time.

If Obama were to dismiss Victoria Nuland, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power and replace these neoconservatives with sane diplomats, the outlook would improve. Then Russia, China, and Iran would have a better possibility of reaching  accommodation with the US on terms other than vassalage.

Russia and China, having emerged from a poorly functioning communist economic system, naturally regard the West as a model.  It seems China has fallen for Western capitalism head over heels.  Russia perhaps less so, but the economists in these two countries are the same as the West’s neoliberal economists, which means that they are unwitting servants of Western financial imperialism. Thinking mistakenly that they are being true to economics, they are being true to Washington’s hegemony.

With the deregulation that began in the Clinton regime, Western capitalism has become socially dysfunctional. In the US and throughout the West capitalism no longer serves the people.  Capitalism serves the owners and managers of capital and no one else.

This is why US income inequality is now as bad or worse than during the “robber baron” era of the 1920s.  The 1930s regulation that made capitalism a functioning economic system has been repealed.  Today in the Western world capitalism is a looting mechanism.  Capitalism not only loots labor, capitalism loots entire countries, such as Greece which is being forced by the EU to sell of Greece’s national assets to foreign purchasers.

Before Putin and Lavrov again refer to their “American partners,” they should reflect on the EU’s lack of good will toward Greece. When a member of the EU itself is being looted and driven into the ground by its compatriots, how can Russia, China, and Iran expect better treatment? If the West has no good will toward Greece, where is the West’s good will toward Russia?

The Greek government was forced to capitulate to the EU, despite the support it received from the referendum, because the Greeks relied on the good will of their European partners and underestimated the mendacity of the One Percent. The Greek government did not expect the merciless attitude of its fellow EU member governments.  The Greek government actually thought that its expert analysis of the Greek debt situation and economy would carry weight in the negotiations. This expectation left the Greek government without a backup plan.  The Greek government gave no thought to how to go about leaving the euro and putting in place a monetary and banking system independent of the euro.  The lack of preparation for exit left the government with no alternative to the EU’s demands.

The termination of Greece’s fiscal sovereignty is what is in store for Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and eventually for France and Germany. As Jean-Claude Trichet, the former head of the European Central Bank said, the sovereign debt crisis signaled that it is time to bring Europe beyond a “strict concept of nationhood.” The next step in the centralization of Europe is political centralization. The Greek debt crisis is being used to establish the principle that being a member of the EU means that the country has lost its sovereignty.

The notion, prevalent in the Western financial media, that a solution has been imposed on the Greeks is nonsense.  Nothing has been solved. The conditions to which the Greek government submitted make the debt even less payable. In a short time the issue will again be before us. As John Maynard Keynes made clear in 1936 and as every economist knows, driving down consumer incomes by cutting pensions, employment, wages, and social services, reduces consumer and investment demand, and thereby GDP,  and results in large budget deficits that have to be covered by borrowing. Selling pubic assets to foreigners transfers the revenue flows out of the Greek economy into foreign hands.

Unregulated naked capitalism, has proven in the 21st century to be unable to produce economic growth anywhere in the West. Consequently, median family incomes are declining. Governments cover up the decline by underestimating inflation and by not counting as unemployed discouraged workers who, unable to find jobs, have ceased looking. By not counting discouraged workers the US is able to report a 5.2 percent rate of unemployment.  Including discouraged workers brings the unemployment rate to 23.1 percent. A 23 percent rate of unemployment has nothing in common with economic recovery.

Even the language used in the West is deceptive. The Greek “bailout” does not bail out Greece.  The bailout bails out the holders of Greek debt. Many of these holders are not Greece’s original creditors.  What the “bailout” does is to make the New York hedge funds’ bet on the Greek debt pay off for the hedge funds. The bailout money goes not to Greece but to those who speculated on the debt being paid.  According to news reports, Quantitative Easing by the ECB has been used to purchase Greek debt from the troubled banks that made the loans, so the debt issue is no longer a creditor issue.

China seems unaware of the risk of investing in the US. China’s new rich are buying up residential communities in California, forgetting the experience of Japanese-Americans who were herded into detention camps during Washington’s war with Japan. Chinese companies are buying US companies and ore deposits in the US.  These acquisitions make China susceptible to blackmail over foreign policy differences.

The “globalism” that is hyped in the West is inconsistent  with Washington’s unilateralism. No country with assets inside the Western system can afford to have policy differences with Washington. The French bank paid the $9 billion fine for disobeying Washington’s dictate of its lending practices, because the alternative was the close down of its operations in the United States.  The French government was unable to protect the French bank from being looted by Washington.

It is testimony to the insouciance of our time that the stark inconsistency of globalism with American unilateralism has passed unnoticed.

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India’s Foreign Policy: Interdependence of Delhi – Beijing –Washington Relations

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On May 26, 2014 Narendra Modi was sworn as the 16th Prime Minister of India – «the largest democracy of the world».

Long before it happened experts had been saying that Modi’s coming to power would mean a more independent foreign policy. His predecessor Manmohan Singh, [a former World Bank official] depended on the support of the Indian National Congress led by its General Secretary Sonya Gandhi. The foreign policy was fickle and subject to outside influence.

The new India’s strategy to large extent depends on the personality of Narendra Modi, who is known for his backbone and clear vision of India’s role as an independent actor in international politics. The focus on national interests has become tangible in the contemporary foreign policy based on the India First principle.

The Narendra Modi government puts China on the foreign policy priority list. For instance, Chinese investments are expected in Gujarat, the state led by Mr. Modi till 5/26. Even before the election Chinese diplomats linked the investments with the Modi’s personality, they believed him to be a strong leader able to position India as an independent «center of gravity» on the international arena.

Beijing welcomes the reluctance of new Indian Prime Minister to take part in the schemes aimed at «containment» of China in the Asia Pacific. 

The Chinese leaders like the business style of Narendra Modi during his days as the Gujarat governor, they are interested in the Indian economy picking up the growth tempo over 8% as it had once before. They would also like to strengthen the economic ties between Delhi and Beijing.

China is also interested in using its dollar reserves for investments in transport infrastructure and creating industrial corridors in India (Japan and South Korea are seen as potential investors). The potential Chinese investments are estimated to be equal to $300 billion. According to Mr. Modi’ estimations, India needs approximately $1 trillion investments.

Besides, Indian and Chinese leaders have common interests in the Eurasian oil and gas transit system. Recently they have launched the construction of promising Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline. China wants to avoid the sea route going through the Malacca Strait; it is looking for shorter and safer alternatives. India also prefers more reliable land energy transits.

Experts believe that supposedly a new stage of mutual trust is reached no matter some differences on key issues remain. They suggest that Indian Prime Minister became more interested in receiving Russian natural gas through China.

Narendra Modi believes the idea of US-centered world has not come to fruition and the new world system requires closer coordination between India, China and Russia to stabilize the international situation. For instance, such coordination is possible in Afghanistan after ISAF winds the operation down. The three world actors are interested in maintaining the territorial integrity of the country. The surge of Islamic radicalism spreading beyond the Afghan borders would threaten western parts of China (the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), western regions of India and Central Asia. Some Indian analysts emphasize that the effectiveness of coordination would be enhanced in case Iran joins the efforts applied by India, Russia and China.

China, India, Russia, Pakistan and Central Asia have an important role to play in the region where Iran and Saudi Arabia are key players. Delhi and Beijing have stable multilateral relationship with Tehran and Riyadh. Since the very start of Arab Spring Iran displays political tact and restraint towards the Shia communities of Arabian Peninsula and adjacent states.

India joining the Shanghai Organization of Cooperation along with Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia as full-fledged members would significantly change the balance of forces in Eurasia and globally.

Note: The Shanghai Organization of Cooperation is a regional group founded in 2001 by China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. At first the prime mission was the fight against terrorism and regional security. In parallel the activities spread on economy. The group’s clout has been growing. There are five states with the status of observers – Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, India and Pakistan. There more countries are dialogue partners. In 13 years the Shanghai Organization has grown to become a regional political center linking the leading economies of Eurasia. 

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping at the 2014 BRICS summit

In September Xi Jinping visited India to discuss the bilateral relations and would-be joint projects. It was the event of special importance. The both sides base their relationship on the notion of the world gravity center shifting to the East – the Asia – Pacific.

The talks between Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi were far from being plain sailing; the both vigorously defended their interests. The new Chinese initiative of «new silk road» makes India weigh the pros and cons of participation in the project. Delhi wants free access to the Chinese market for its commodities and technology (the India’s deficit of trade balance in 2007-2013 was equal to $169 billion). The parties strive to reach an agreement on the border delimitation but have so far made little progress on the way.

Conditionally India supported the idea of Bangladesh-India-China-Myanmar «economic corridor». It endorsed the implementation of the project based on peaceful and stable cooperation. During Xi’s visit, India was granted 20 billion dollars of investment in five years.   

Experts point out a number of factors to exert long-term influence on the India-China relationship.

First, Mr. Modi realizes that the Indian people are not ready for closer relations with China. The historic memory of 1962 is still fresh in memory to keep the majority of Indians away from rapid rapprochement with China. In China and India there are influential circles who believe that the relationship is too complex for quick solutions.

Note: In 1962 India and China faced each other in an armed clash as a result of border dispute caused by absence of clearly defined borders between British India and Tibet. 

Second, India has no tradition of making abrupt foreign policy turns. It corresponds to such specific features of Indian civilization as continuity, reasonable caution and respect of the past. Incumbent Foreign Minister of India Sushma Swarage believes that the foreign policy (in general terms – author’s remark) does not fluctuate with the government changes. The foreign policy acquires new dimensions. More attention will be given to the Asia-Pacific region (Japan is the leading foreign investor in Indian economy, South Korea also invests a lot), but the final road map of Delhi’s policy in the East is not clear as yet.

Third, the Modi’s government sees a direct link between the modernization of Indian economy (comprehensive national strength) and foreign policy. The government sets the goal of building a «just society» – that is the basis of the Modi’s internal and external agenda.

Fourth, there is an unsettled border dispute that hinders the further development of the bilateral relations. The agreement on the delimitation is to be approved by Indian parliament and the Chinese Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Getting it through is not a bed of roses. Hard work is to be done for normalizing the bilateral relationship between the states-civilizations.

Visiting the United States in September Narendra Modi made remember that India is an important international player. Delhi believes that external ties, including military cooperation, should foster economic prosperity and create new working places.

The US sanctions imposed by the Clinton administration after India and Pakistan conducted nuclear tests in 1998 are still remembered. Delhi understands well that the US wants it to join the efforts aimed at China’s containment.

India does not feel it is obliged to be a party to creating a «security cordon» to cut China off.

Former Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal, one of the most eminent foreign policy experts, says, «The US would want to build a network of relationship with countries threatened by China’s rise as a card to have against China, but play it only if its own interests are directly threatened, but not to defend those of others. In other words, US would bring under its strategic umbrella key Asian countries and control their policies towards China in a way that serves US interests primarily. India would not like to slip into a relationship with the US which is a diluted version of Japan’s relationship with it». 

It’s not easy to implement the policy of «India’s interests go first» in the contemporary world. But the very existence of the state-civilization presupposes independent foreign policy. That’s why the triangle Delhi-Beijing-Washington is to be a balanced relationship. 

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Amnesty International Highlights Extrajudicial Killings in Kashmir

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By Sajjad Shaukat

In its report on July 2, this year, the Amnesty International has highlighted extrajudicial killings

of the innocent persons at the hands of Indian security forces in the Indian Held Kashmir.

The report points out, “Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered

Kashmir…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) allows troops to shoot to kill

suspected militants or arrest them without a warrant…not a single member of the armed forces

has been tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir…this lack of

accountability has in turn facilitated other serious abuses…India has martyred one 100,000

people. More than 8,000 disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police.”

The report emphasized on India “to revoke a draconian law AFSPA which provides immunity to

security forces, also calling for an independent and impartial inquiry into cases of abuse.

In its previous reports, Amnesty International has already pointed out grave human rights

violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir, revealing, “The Muslim majority population in

Kashmir Valley suffers from repressive tactics of the security forces. Under the Jammu and

Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act,

security forces personnel have extraordinary powers to shoot suspected persons.”

Indian army, paramilitary troops are perpetrating heinous crimes under the cover of these laws,

especially AFSPA which was introduced in 1990—with full impunity to the troops, as no

incident is either reported by the media or prosecuted at any court of law in IOK or India.

However, the report of Amnesty International has a missing part as well. It does no indicate to

the mass graves phenomenon, making headlines at international media since 2009. Many mass

graves have been unearthed in different parts of Indian controlled Kashmir, fully filled with

dumped bodies generally termed as missing persons.

In this respect, European Union passed a resolution on May 11, 2011 about human rights abuses

committed by Indian forces in the Indian held Kashmir. Particularly, in 2008, a rights group

reported unnamed graves in various regions of the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). In this

context, in August, 2011, Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC)

officially acknowledged in its report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have

been buried in unmarked graves. Notably, foreign sources and human rights organizations

including Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) have disclosed that unnamed

graves include thousands of persons, killed by the Indian forces in the fake encounters including

those who were tortured to death.

A recent report on human rights violations by Indian Army and its paramilitary forces in Indian

Occupied Kashmir revealed that since 1989, there have been deaths of 93,274 innocent

Kashmiris, 6,969 custodial killings, 117,345 arrests and 105,861 destructions of houses. Indian

brutal security forces have orphaned over 107, 351 children, widowed 22,728 women and gang

raped 9,920 women.

It is notable that by showing a sense of great optimism for peace of the region, Pakistan had

agreed with Indian old demand to strengthen the Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in order

to resolve the outstanding issues, especially main dispute of Kashmir. In this regard, during the

visit of India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to Pakistan on September 9, 2012,

Islamabad and New Delhi also signed agreements of liberalized visa regime and a memorandum

of understanding on cultural exchanges in addition to agreeing on new cross-Line of Control

(LoC) Confidence Building Measures related to trade and travel.

While, as part of delaying tactics for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute, Indian rulers availed

various crises to suspend the process of Pak-India talks. For example, in 2002, under the

pretension of terrorist attack on the Indian parliament, New Delhi postponed the process of

dialogue. Again, in 2008, India suspended the ‘composite dialogue’ under the pretext of Mumbai

And, as part of anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan approach, leader of the BJP and Prime Minister of

India Narendra Modi who is giving impetus to Hindu chauvinism not only accelerated

unprovoked firing at the LoC in Kashmir including Working Boundary in Sialkot, but also

cancelled the Secretary level talks with Islamabad. Now, he is raising baseless issue like Mumbai

mayhem and terrorism as pre-conditions to advance the Pak-Indian dialogue. But, he ignored the

fact that on July 19, 2013, Indian ex-investigating officer Satish Verma disclosed that terror-

attacks in Mumbai in November 26, 2008 and assault on Indian Parliament in January 12, 2001

were carried out by the Indian government to strengthen anti-terrorism laws. Besides, Modi

regime hurriedly decided to forcibly annex disputed territory of the State of Jammu and Kashmir

(J&K), uncovering its intentions to wrap up the article 370 of the Indian constitution which

ensures a special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Nevertheless, New Delhi is determined to keep its hold on Kashmir. It also wants to blackmail

Pakistan by stopping the flow of rivers’ water towards Pakistan as major rivers of our country

take origin from the occupied Kashmir.

In fact, the Amnesty International report which has specified serious human rights violations in

Indian Occupied Kashmir, endorses the stance of Kashmiri people and Pakistan’s official

contention, aimed at awakening the conscience of international community over serious human

Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute and Indian government’s propaganda of

describing mass Kashmiri resistance as terrorist activity is an attempt to nullify the indigenous

nature of freedom struggle in J&K.

Pakistan being a legitimate party to the dispute, by virtue of partition plan and UN resolutions,

has right to support the cause of the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people.

Undoubtedly, despite India’s harsh and repressive measures like crackdowns, curfews, illegal

detentions, massacre, targeted killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape,

breaking the legs, molestation of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounter,

war of liberation which intensified since 1989 continues by the Kashmiri freedom fighters.

Nonetheless, Kashmiri movement for self- determination can not be suppressed through

extrajudicial killings.

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Samsung officials slam anti-Semitism in wake of merger debate

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Samsung Electronics headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, file (AFP)

In reporting on business deal, South Korean media had cited ‘merciless’ Jewish power on Wall Street
The Times of Israel

Two CEOs in the Samsung conglomerate condemned anti-Semitism after their companies’ proposed merger spurred anti-Semitism in the South Korean media.

In a July 12 letter to the Anti-Defamation League, Joo Hwa Yoon of Cheil Industries and Chi Hun Choi of Samsung C&T unequivocally condemned anti-Semitism.

“We are a company that is committed to respect for individuals and enforces strict non-discrimination policies,” they wrote. “We condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms.”

On July 17, the shareholders of Samsung C&T, a construction company, will vote on a merger with Cheil Industries. Both are subsidiaries of the Samsung Group, South Korea’s largest family-controlled conglomerate. The merger is part of a consolidation effort.

In reporting on the proposed merger, at least two South Korean media outlets blamed Jews for attempting to block the deal. One publication wrote that Jewish power on Wall Street “has long been known to be ruthless and merciless.” A columnist wrote that “Jews are known to wield enormous power on Wall Street and in global financial circles” and “It is a well-known fact that the US government is swayed by Jewish capital.”

The ADL welcomed the company leaders’ condemnation.

“We are heartened that these South Korean corporate leaders are taking a clear and public stand against anti-Semitism,” Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, said in a statement. “This statement makes unequivocally clear that anti-Semitism has no place in South Korea and within their companies.”

Last week, the ADL called on the South Korean government to condemn the remarks.

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Okinawa Governor to Overturn US Military Base Approval

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Sputnik

TOKYO — Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture Governor Takeshi Onaga is expected to revoke his predecessor’s approval for a US military base, local media reported Friday, citing sources.

Construction plans for the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma to a less populated area in the prefecture are part of a 2006 intergovernmental agreement. In recent months, there have been renewed clashes between the local population and police over environmental concerns and opposition to the US military presence.

An advisory panel is due to submit a report to Onaga by the end of July, outlining the flawed nature of the previous governor’s approval, providing grounds for its cancellation, sources told Kyodo news agency.

Onaga, governor since December 2014 and former mayor of a coastal area near MCAS Futenma’s new location, has previously voiced opposition to the project.

In December 2013, his predecessor, Hirokazu Nakaima, approved a Japanese government application to reclaim land in the Henoko coastal area to enable construction at the site of the new base, 30 miles northeast of its current location in Ginowan.

Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and his US counterpart Ashton Carter reaffirmed the relocation plan this April.

Over half of the 47,000 US troops deployed in Japan are based in Okinawa. Military sites are estimated to account for nearly 18 percent of the prefecture’s entire land mass.

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