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Tell Trudeau: Canada must repeat its UN vote for Palestinian self-determination

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La version française suit…Dear Friend,This time last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surprised us all by voting “Yes” on a UN resolution to support Palestinian self-determination. It is very important that we keep this “win,” and that Canada repeat this vote again this year. Join CJPME and the Coalition of Canadian Palestinian Organizations (CCPO) in calling on Trudeau to vote in support of Palestinian self-determination, as well as more than a dozen other resolutions on Palestinian human rights. 

Click here to send an email to the Prime Minister, Canada’s UN Ambassador (Bob Rae), other federal political leaders, and your local MP. 

Please share this campaign:Click here to share on Facebook.Click here to share to Twitter.Send an email to your friendsMore InfoEvery year, there are 16 resolutions related to Israel and Palestine that are voted on by the UN General Assembly. These include resolutions that condemn Israel’s settlements, call for a peaceful settlement, extend aid to Palestinian refugees, and extend the mandate of committees that investigate Israel’s violations of human rights.In 2019, Canada voted “Yes” on a standing resolution in support of Palestinian self-determination.

This came as a surprise to everyone, because it broke with Canada’s recent pattern of voting “No” or abstaining on every Israel-related motion. This one vote aligned Canada with the international majority (163 other countries), whereas its other “No” votes were joined by only a handful of other countries, including Israel, the United States, and some tiny island nations.At the time, CJPME and the Coalition of Canadian Palestinian Organizations wrote to thank the government for this “lone vote” for self-determination and expressed hope that it might be the beginning of a more balanced approach. However, pro-Israel groups condemned the vote and have been putting immense pressure on Trudeau NOT to repeat it. And some people believe that Canada’s voted this way to curry favour with pro-human rights nations in advance of its bid for a UN Security Council seat.Last year’s “lone vote” for Palestine harkens back to a time only a decade ago when Canada used to have a far more balanced voting record at the UN. In 2003, for example, the Chrétien government voted “Yes” on 12 resolutions and did not vote “No” on any.

For whatever reason, Trudeau has mostly decided to maintain Harper’s radical pro-Israel voting pattern. To make sense of these changes over time, CJPME has created a new resource, the UN Dashboard, where you can explore how Canada has voted on these resolutions from 2000-2020.The CJPME Team

Tom, Michael, Khaoula and the rest of the team.

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Guantánamo Prisoners Sent to UAE Risk Forced Expulsion, Secret Detention

Activists from the Guantanamo Justice Campaign, a group calling for the U.S. to close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp, and for the British government to lobby the United States to this end, demonstrate in orange detainee jumpsuits outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
Activists from the Guantanamo Justice Campaign, a group calling for the U.S. to close its Guantanamo Bay prison camp, and for the British government to lobby the United States to this end, demonstrate in orange detainee jumpsuits outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

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One of the very last actions of the Obama administration, on his last day in office in 2017, was to transfer four prisoners from the military prison at Guantánamo Bay — one to his native Saudi Arabia and three for resettlement in a third country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This brought the prisoner population down to 41, a number that has only fallen by one since then.

The men were among 196 prisoners resettled by the Obama administration upon transfer from Guantánamo, effectively but not recognized as refugees, often as a result of the U.S.’s foreign policy and wars. Transferred from Guantánamo in Obama’s attempts to close the facility, for many of these men, who were never charged or tried and were cleared for release, freedom has remained elusive. This is the case for most of the 23 transferred to the UAE between November 2015 and January 2017.

On October 15, 2020, a group of UN Special Rapporteurs expressed concerns over the situation of the remaining 19 transferred prisoners who remain in the UAE, all of whom have been subject to indefinite and arbitrary detention at secret locations since their arrival there and now face the prospect of forced expulsion to their home countries (Russia for one of them and Yemen for the other 18). The experts state that the Yemenis were “were allegedly forced to sign documents consenting to their repatriation, or otherwise remain indefinitely in Emirati detention.”

The other prisoner, Ravil Mingazov, was the only Russian prisoner not to return home in 2004. His seven returnee compatriots have faced ongoing, continuous persecution, both in the Russian Federation and abroad, resulting in one being shot dead by the police and spurious charges and detention for others, including a life sentence for one of the former Guantánamo prisoners. Mingazov has insisted on never being returned to Russia.

The UN experts expressed concerns for the 18 Yemenis in view of the ongoing war in the country. Obama ceased the transfer of Yemenis from Guantánamo in 2010; this was later extended due to the war. In view of the international law principle of non-refoulement, the forced transfer of any of the men would be illegal.

The latest statement follows concerns the experts raised with the UAE authorities in July. Since their arrival in the country, all the men have been held at unknown locations with limited access to family (some visits have been permitted) and legal and medical visits. Some of the men allege they have been tortured at UAE facilities. At least two of them have gone on hunger strike in protest in the past year and there are reports of the men being held in solitary confinement. None have faced any charges or prosecution in the UAE.

Guantánamo prisoners cleared for release were transferred to the UAE in three groups between November 2015 and January 2017, including the largest single transfer of 15 men (three Afghans and 12 Yemenis) in August 2016. At that time, the U.S. thanked the UAE for its “humanitarian gesture” but the risks of transfer there were already evident, as what had become of the prisoners transferred in November 2015 was unknown. U.S. officials allegedly assured prisoners and their lawyers that they would be released from a residential rehabilitation program and reintegrated into Emirati society and allowed family reunification, but that has not happened for any of the men. U.S. lawyers for the men wrote to the UAE authorities on three occasions without a response.

Some blame the Trump administration for failing to track resettled prisoners. However, the UN experts’ demands include that “the UAE authorities disclose the terms of the resettlement programme (with the United States),” an agreement made with the Obama administration. They state, “We are seriously concerned about the secrecy surrounding the terms and mode of implementation of this resettlement programme agreed between the UAE and the United States.”

Transfers of prisoners from Guantánamo by the Obama administration, in some cases, involved trade deals and other benefits; for example, the company of a former political strategist to the Obama administration, who helped to broker the 2009 transfer of Uighur prisoners to Bermuda, won a consultancy contract with the Bermudan government in 2017. Uruguay’s sale of oranges to the U.S. resumed in return for accepting six Guantánamo prisoners in 2016. In spite of the Uruguayan government’s apparent displeasure at hosting the men, it has insisted on several occasions on having one prisoner, Jihad Diyab, a Syrian refugee, returned to the country after his attempts to flee abroad. With many prisoners released by both the Bush and Obama administrations still subject to surveillance and restrictions in various countries, it is possible, as one former U.S. official put it, that “this seems like the UAE is imprisoning them on behalf of the U.S. government.”

The UN experts, in their July 2020 communication, also raised the case of Afghan national Haji Hamdullah, who was one of three Afghan nationals resettled in the UAE and returned to Afghanistan in December 2019. Hamdullah “was forcibly repatriated to Afghanistan, without security assurances, despite his claims of risking torture and ill-treatment in Afghanistan.” He died in Kabul on May 4, 2020.

In a January 2020 interview with the Turkish Anadolu Agency news outlet, Hamdullah said, “Worst was our stay in the UAE. It was un-Islamic and against human rights. We were told in Guantánamo about transferring us to the UAE, and a rosy picture was painted for us for our six-month stay in the UAE, so we approved and agreed to this offer by the U.S. Foreign Ministry.” He urged the Afghan government to take action against the UAE.

It is possible that the terms of the U.S.-UAE resettlement agreement mean that the prisoners would only be allowed to remain for a limited period. Senegal agreed to resettle two prisoners on humanitarian grounds in 2016, but they were unlawfully transferred to their native Libya, exactly two years later in April 2018, where they promptly “disappeared.” While some states have reportedly been given cash incentives to accept prisoners, the UAE instead has seen its stock as a global political player rise, including in the war in Yemen, with U.S. backing over the past five years.

The risk to these 19 men cannot be underestimated and is not without precedent. They remain at risk whether they stay in the UAE, subject to a regime of continuing secret indefinite arbitrary detention, or return to their home countries, where they risk further persecution and, potentially, death.

Given that Guantánamo remains open after almost 19 years, it is clear that both the Republicans and Democrats have a poor record on the treatment of the prisoners and a weak grip on human rights. While closing Guantánamo has not been an election issue since 2008, its continuing existence remains a stain on the U.S. In a year that has seen millions of U.S. residents receive little more than complacency from their government in the face of a global pandemic, and as millions file for unemployment and other basic benefits, the question of whose interests Guantánamo protects and at what cost needs to be raised. Demands for the closure of Guantánamo and the release of the remaining 40 prisoners must ensure that prisoners are released to safety and are genuinely set free.

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Azerbaijan corrupts US press

The Azerbaijani government instructed its embassy in Washington to apprise US officials and the press of its account of the Karabakh war, something which is normal and part of its job.

However, the embassy has also contracted public relations agencies for the publication of pre-written articles, obscuring the fact that the authors are paid by Azerbaijan.

According to The American Conservative journal [1], this is a long-standing practice [2], on which the embassy spent $ 1.3 million last year. The commissioned articles shamelessly touted Azerbaijan as a “democracy” or as a “peaceful” state.

The public relations agencies involved are: Livingston Group, Stellar Jay Communications, BGR, the Podesta Group, and DLA Piper.

The newspapers and magazines involved are: The HillThe Washington TimesThe Daily CallerThe National ReviewThe Washington Post, and The New York Times.

These facts shed a harsh light on the alleged neutrality of the press in the United States.

Attached documents

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[1] “How Azerbaijan is Lobbying Washington to Sanitize its War”, Barbara Boland, The American Conservative, October 12, 2020.

[2] “Azerbaijan’s American Media “Manipulation””, Casey Michel, June 10, 2016.

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Fink’s Bar: The Shocking Truth About Bibi, Trump and Why COVID will Kill 6 Million Americans

By VT Editors 

VT:  We are now told that between 2 and 6 million Americans will die of COVID. We also know, from our many months of tracking real statistics on COVID that it is bio-engineered in the US (UNC with USAID funds) and kills based on preprogrammed social engineering criteria. COVID is eugenics, based on Frankist principles from 19th century Poland, where the Netanyahu (Benjamin Mileikowsky) and Trump (Drumpf) ancestors formed a Luciferian pact to replace Christ with the orange buffoon.

We have been reminded that this piece from now deceased Thomas Mattingly points the finger at Israel for the current state of affairs in the US, near civil war, armed gangs of fake prison guards waiting to be deployed to block an election and a suicidal civil insurrection by MKUltra zombie Trumptards.  Read why…

By Thomas J. Mattingly – 15 February 2017

Why the U.S. did not remove Saddam Hussein from Iraq during the First Gulf War has affected all U.S.-Mideast policy since 1990. U.S. President GHW Bush brought a broad coalition of Muslim/Mideast, European and other militaries to Iraq – the largest in history assembled for a single purpose – to oust Saddam. Why did the U.S. not succeed?

Syria’s Assad supported President Bush, as per Bush’s request. Syrian head of state Hafez al-Assad, father of 2014-elected Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, supported the U.S. by sending armored divisions to Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein. However, after the largest bombing campaign since Vietnam, Saddam Hussein survived in Iraq. Why?

Who wanted Saddam in Iraq? The answers are complex; but for now, we can say this: Saddam in Iraq was vital to Bibi Netanyahu and his loyalists – as a balance to Iran.

In U.S. President Bill Clinton’s later years (1997+), ‘Clean Break’ project experts at Project for a New American Century revisited the Saddam/Iraq issue and sought amends.

After U.S. and others destroyed Iraq with Gulf War 1 and US/UN-Iraq sanctions (while leaving Saddam in place), Bibi and his loyalists (NeoCons+) needed a reason for U.S. to remain in Mideast, since Iraq was no longer a threat to Iran. ISIS/ISIL (IS/Daesh) to the rescue… Recently and now, Bibi/Israel, GW Bush, Obama, Hillary, Trump and Putin all need Russia and U.S. to remain in Iraq and/or Syria. If not, then NO ‘raison d’être’ 

Since 1997+, the U.S. has needed permanent war to justify its existence in the Mideast.

Prior to and after October 2015, both Russia and the U.S. needed IS/Daesh. Otherwise, their presence in Mideast would be unnecessary. Other Mideast terrorists were a bonus.

As constitutional and national security crises loom in U.S. and around the world, 9/11 history and Mideast+ conflicts again rear their ugly heads.

To know “What’s Next?” and to avoid World War 3, President Donald Trump and others may need to know how the U.S. arrived at today. Otherwise, Trump and others will repeat the history that they do not know. In two Gulf wars and otherwise, current Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu and others played a significant role in this history. Let us return now to Bibi and the thrilling days of yesteryear…

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Bibi and Fink’s Bar (1990)

In 1990, after returning to Israel and after being Israel’s UN ambassador in New York, and before the First Gulf War, Bibi Netanyahu was in Jerusalem at Fink’s Bar – dining and drinking with high level U.S. Embassy staff and others.

Bibi and his loyalist group at a Fink’s Bar private table in Jerusalem had just stolen five (5) NSA-developed KG-84A cryptographic devices in Golan Heights (with help from Canadians serving with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization), giving Bibi, his loyalists and others real-time access to all U.S. State Department, U.S. Navy and NATO communications.

This is what Bibi Netanyahu said while sitting at the head of that private table in Fink’s Bar (transcribed from a secretly recorded audio of Netanyahu at that meeting – words that few Americans, Israelis or others have seen or heard until today):

“If we get caught, they will just replace us with persons of the same cloth. So, it does not matter what you do.  America is a golden calf; and we will suck it dry, chop it up, and sell it off piece by piece until there is nothing left but the world’s biggest welfare state that we will create and control. Why? Because it is the will of God, and America is big enough to take the hit; so, we can do it again and again and again. This is what we do to countries that we hate. We destroy them very slowly and make them suffer for refusing to be our slaves.” [Confirmed by an “attendee” during a debriefing.]

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Bibi Netanyahu Is a Russian Spy

During Bibi’s pre-1988 time in the U.S. as Israel’s UN ambassador, Bibi was also Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard’s “handler” for others in Israel, as per VT staff who worked closely with President GHW Bush and his National Security Council. Then and afterwards, Bibi was also a spy for USSR and Russia, as per VT sources. Thanks to Bibi, U.S. intel stolen by Pollard also went to Russia. That’s what U.S. intel has not yet said (i.e., TS+).

In 1984, during the Iran/Iraq War, Israel bombed Iraq’s nuclear facilities at Osirak – supposedly to protect Israel from a nuclear attack by Iraq. However, during the war, if Saddam had a nuclear weapon, Iraq’s first target would have been Iran – not Israel. So, Israel may have protected Iran (for which some Iranians are begrudgingly grateful).

During the Iran/Iraq War (1980-88), some/many Israelis, Americans and others were saying, ‘Let the Muslims kill each other.’ But before, during and after the war, Bibi’s loyalists needed a strong Saddam in Iraq as a continuing enemy of Iran, which was and is Israel’s most powerful economic and geopolitical rival in the Mideast. So, Bibi and his ‘visionary’ loyalists did not want Saddam to be removed during the 1991 First Gulf War.

President George H.W. Bush learned of the Israeli espionage and theft of NSA KG-84A encryption devices during the First Gulf War, noting that America would be defenseless against Russia in a nuclear war.

As Bibi and his Israeli/Russian/U.S. loyalists wished, the U.S. then pulled out of Iraq earlier than planned — leaving Saddam in place (1991+).

During the First Gulf War (+/-96 hours), an implicit/explicit risk was this: Had Saddam been removed, with subsequent U.S. occupation of Iraq, the occupation would be a foundation for orchestrating geopolitical confrontations that would escalate into WW3 (nuclear+) – with careful ‘guidance’ in Washington and Moscow to ensure the result.

Above is the little-known history of why the U.S. did not remove Saddam during the First Gulf War. The above events influenced all subsequent history in the Mideast. President Donald J. Trump, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s continuing military and foreign policy advisers may or may not know this history.

The above vulnerabilities, combined with spying by Hansen and Pollard (both working for Israel+) and by others more successfully protected by AIPAC, made 9/11 possible – by ensuring that America’s enemies had daily access to decryption keys and intel. You and a few others now know the source of the U.S. nuke weapon launch codes openly conveyed to White House switchboard operators on September 11, 2001.

By 2001, one of the above espionage suspects would assume a U.S. cabinet post; one would become the president’s chief counter-terrorism advisor; and another would be special envoy to Afghanistan during the initial stages of the US-Afghan War. Their close cohorts continue to control the New York field office of the FBI until this very day (including 2016 U.S. elections); and others continue to control the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. We call them “the usual suspects.”

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Bibi ‘Trumps’ America!

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu will visit President Donald J. Trump and the White House on February 15 (today). Trump’s son-in-law and special advisor Jared Kushner has played and will play a role in Trump’s relations with Bibi and Israel – as will Trump’s Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, who has an office near Bibi in Israel.

In VT’s recent Intel Drop, VT authors disparaged Bannon and Kushner as follows:

We are going to take things on with a rough attempt at stating their importance, the biggest disaster is Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner; Kushner is a pig-skinned little toad with an Israeli passport who served in the IDF. He is one of the most unremarkable people on earth, the talent and intellect Uber missed his pickup spot. He is the primary advisor to the President of the United States in areas of national security, behind him is Benjamin Netanyahu and anyone who doesn’t know that Netanyahu both despises the United States and is utterly insane is not paying attention.

“Then we have Steve Bannon, a failed blogger and a real Jew hater who sees himself as the ultimate American tough guy; no military experience, a potty mouth and a long history of screaming at people in line at Starbucks. Like Kushner, Bannon has spent his life as a toad and ass kisser.”

On Trump’s National Security Council, Bannon displaced Trump’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair and Trump’s Director of National Intelligence, who are now “optional.” Bannon and Kushner were two of a small number involved in decision-making processes on Trump’s failed Yemen raid (which killed one or more U.S. special forces soldiers and an indeterminate number of Yemeni women and children) – with questionable results, at best.

A slightly more sane National Security Adviser to Trump (retired Marine Corps General Michael Flynn) will no longer be present as Trump’s counter-insanity adviser.

Given the truth of the above claims about Bibi, Bannon and Kushner, VT’s “Intel Drop” may have sardonically engaged in significant understatement. Too harsh by half?

Postscript

After 9/11, Netanyahu told Israeli media outlets that the events of 9/11 had helped Israel to get U.S. President George W. Bush, the U.S. military and others to ‘wake up to what Israelis face every day.’ As usual, mainstream media ignored Bibi’s 9/11 cheerleading.

As per firsthand knowledge and investigations by VT authors, staff and sources, Bibi and Bibi’s Israeli/U.S./other loyalists were involved in the planning and execution of 9/11. Bibi’s Israeli intel boys and girls were also present in New York and New Jersey on 9/11/01 – openly filming and celebrating 9/11 events. Bibi now returns to celebrate…

9/11 was intended to lead to the U.S. bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq, Syria and Iran — and the takeovers of several other countries, as per U.S. General and NATO commander Wesley Clark (retired).

Bibi, U.S. and others installed Morsi as Egyptian president to order the Egyptian military to join the invasion of Syria to oust Bashar al-Assad. Not! When the Egyptian people and military ousted Morsi, then Russia, China & Mideast nations rushed to fill the void.

Such conflicts were designed to escalate into a nuclear World War 3 with Russia and others – in which the U.S. would lose. This is what Trump, others and we confront today – with Flynn no longer present and Netanyahu in town to persuade Trump & Co.

During the presidency of George W. Bush, I was involved in activities related to Iran. See my Veterans Today article, “Beavis & Butt-head ‘Do’ Iran – and World War 3.”

In the 2000s, Bibi & GW Bush ‘Did’ Iran. In 2017+, will Bibi & Trump reprise the roles?

Former directors of Israeli military and intelligence groups know the above and that Bibi is not good for Israel or Israelis (or for America).  So, they openly opposed Bibi during the last Knesset elections. Regardless, Bibi is Israeli PM; and Bibi controls Israel. In the fairly near future, Israel will probably hold new elections, which Bibi will probably lose.

VT’s recent Intel Drop and other VT articles on U.S. elections indicate that U.S. election skewing and rigging were done by Bibi, Bibi loyalists, an international criminal cabal, and U.S. intel and law enforcement agencies in which Bibi and loyalists have much influence. Democrats say ‘Putin and Russians did it!’ Such BS. However: …

If or since a small group of Israeli/Russian/U.S. oligarchs and mafia types may now control Bibi, Putin and Trump (before and after elections), both assertions may be true.

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Paramilitary invasions in Venezuela: Made in USA

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In the early morning of Sunday, May 3, the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela along with the Special Actions Forces of the Venezuelan National Police repelled an armed invasion by speedboats off the coast of La Guaira, less than an hour from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, recalling past U.S.-backed paramilitary invasions in Latin American states such as the Bay of Pigs in Cuba and the Contras in Nicaragua. As we go to press, the government has issued a maximum alert, with other terrorists having been apprehended in Chuao, west of La Guaira, and other plots suspected.

Venezuelan authorities captured various weapons such as 10 rifles, a Glock 9mm pistol and 2 machine guns along with loaded cartridges of various calibers. Other objects captured were identification documents, satellite telephones, uniforms (including a helmet with a U.S. flag on it) and two notebooks detailing the operation, known as “Operation Gideon.”

Reports have stated that from eight to 10 invaders were killed in the first encounter, along with two being captured. One of the captured is reported to be an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The origin of the speedboats has been confirmed through GPS data on the satellite telephones as taking off from Riohacha, Colombia, which is located in the La Guajira department that borders Venezuela.

While this attempted invasion was taken care of swiftly and efficiently by the Venezuelan government, further action and investigation will be taken to protect Venezuela from more paramilitary invasion or the activation of paramilitary cells already within Venezuela.

Both the U.S. government and the U.S.-backed part of the opposition led by self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó have denied any involvement in the invasion. However, several non-state actors are coming forward and contradicting these statements.

The most vocal of these actors is Jordan Goudreau, a former U.S. Special Operations soldier, who currently owns Silvercorp, a paramilitary contractor that specializes in “strategy” and “procedural executions.” He claims to have been working for months with the U.S.-backed, Guaidó-led faction, formulating a 70 page, $212 million contract to train paramilitaries, many of whom are deserters of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, in order to execute what he confirms as Operation Gideon. This operation planned to invade Venezuela as near to Caracas as possible in order to take Caracas and overthrow the Maduro government.

Goudreau has produced the contract, which includes the signatures of Juan Guaidó, Juan José Rendón, and Goudreau himself. He has even confirmed that Operation Gideon is the same operation outlined by Cliver Alcalá, the Venezuelan ex-military officer who turned himself into the U.S. government after the U.S. placed bounties of millions of dollars on the heads of not only Alcalá, but high Venezuelan officials such Nicolás Maduro and PSUV vice-president Diosdado Cabello, falsely accusing them of being involved in “narco-terrorism.” It is language strikingly similar to that used against Panama’s leader Manuel Noriega before the December 1989 invasion by U.S. imperialism.

But Goudreau also details the vacillation and “backstabbing” of the opposition who would not pay his company’s $1.5 million retainer, and accused opposition leaders of hoarding million of dollars, funds stolen from Venezuela by imperialist countries and given to the U.S.-backed opposition.

Aside from the statements of Goudreau and Alcalá, other connections can be made linking the invasion to U.S.-backed Contra style operations originating from Colombia that are also connected to the Guaidó faction. For example, the captured assault rifles, which are not the same used by Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Armed Forces, match those used in the attempted coup by Guaidó and Leopoldo López on April 30, 2019.

The Venezuelan government and its civic-military union have been preparing for invasions like this as part of its initiative “Escudo Bolivariano” or “Bolivarian Shield.” Recently, Venezuela has intercepted the illegal transport of arms into Venezuela, for which Alcalá has already claimed responsibility. They have also arrested members of the National Guard who allegedly robbed weapons from military detachments in Miranda. They have captured various leaders of the armed opposition such as Rubén Darío Fernández, known as “Búho” who has confessed that another leader and confidant of Alcalá, Robert “Pantera” Colina, was heading a terrorist squad with a goal of assassinating members of the Venezuelan executive branch. “Pantera,” who is seen on video calling for the “liberation” of Venezuela, is reportedly among the eight-10 killed during the La Guaira attempted invasion.

President of the Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello confirms that they have been expecting invasions like this, and is in fact expecting more, which has been confirmed by Goudreau in his statements that other cells are activating. But despite the violence of the U.S.-backed opposition, which tries to take advantage of an economically blocked country in the middle of a global pandemic, Cabello made the following statement on the “arrogant” Venezuelan right-wing,

“We have defeated them in the street, we have defeated them electorally, we have defeated them militarily… Because of this, they have left all their hope in a military intervention of the highest level… Our answer is this: Bolivarian Fury.”

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US plans to launch drone fleet into the Pacific

The US imperialists are continuing their unhinged drive to war against China.

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The US empire stands on its last legs and is in absolute decline. At home, the number of unemployed has hit a record high, standing now at some 28 percent of the population, more than it was during the worst years of the Great Depression in the 1930s and with no hope of recovery in sight. Abroad, it is lashing out wildly in mad provocations, attempting to ignite conflicts it cannot hope to win.

True to form, instead of working to bring their own people out of poverty and destitution, the imperialists continue to pour money into new forms of warfare, with the very real prospect that more people than ever will be plunged into destitution and want.

And now we hear that “the US navy is spending billions of dollars on unmanned systems and recently awarded contracts for the development of ten large crewless surface vessels over the next five years”. (US unleashes drone armada to confront China by Michael Evans, The Times, 11 September 2020)

Instability in the Indo-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific region, comprising all land and sea between the Indian Ocean and the central Pacific, lies over 10,000km from the geographical centre of the United States. Despite this distance, the US finds it absolutely unacceptable that any independent military should have even a presence there, never mind the ability to stand up to American firepower.

With some $5tn-worth of trade flowing through the South China Sea annually, the region lies at the centre of global maritime trade.

The Asian region is home, of course, to China, a country that the US sees as the one of the greatest threats to its waning dominance of the globe. With this in mind, the Americans frequently conduct war games in the region, preparing for a conflict that most of its leadership regards as inevitable.

“US Marine Corps director of expeditionary warfare, Major General Tracy King, has expressed the growing concerns emerging within Washington, saying: ‘The most destabilising event in the 21st century is going to be when China can achieve conventional parity at a time and place of its choosing.’” (US DoD war games raise concerns about China’s military parity by Stephen Kuper, Defence Connect, 31 August 2020)

As with so much in the minds of the arch-reactionary leaders of the US, reality stands on its head.

No-one in their right mind views the ability of China, or any other peace-loving people, to match the military might of rapacious US imperialism as a ‘destabilising event’, much less the greatest of the century.

Indeed, as we have seen so many times – in SyriaLibyaIraqAfghanistan and so many other countries – when the US deems a non-cooperative nation to be weak, it pounces viciously upon it, often backed up by its faithful lackeys in Europe and the middle east, leading to massive loss of life, great internal strife and the ruination of entire countries. In short, destabilisation of the highest order.

China knows this full well, as do Russianorth KoreaIran and others. To them it is a matter of survival to build up their military capabilities in order to avoid conflict, not to encourage it, as they much prefer normalised relations and global peace to war.

“The Chinese military opposes and is not afraid of the US side’s recent escalating provocations against China,” Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Chinese ministry of defence, said at a press conference late in August.

“Some US politicians, in pursuit of their selfish interests, are sparing no effort to undermine the relations between the two countries and the two militaries, and are even attempting to create incidents or military conflicts,” he noted.

“The Chinese military will resolutely safeguard China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests, as well as the peace and stability in the region and the world.”

Wu urged the US politicians in question to “understand the reality, act with reason, stop provocations and help put the relations between the two countries and the two militaries back on the right track”. (China urges US to stop military provocations, Xinhua, 27 August 2020)

These provocations are continuous, and are in flagrant violation of political and military norms. In the last days of August, for example, the US flew a “U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft into an airspace used for live-fire exercises by the Northern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army.

“The trespass severely affected China’s normal exercises and training activities, and violated the rules of behaviour for air and maritime safety between China and the United States, as well as relevant international practices,” reported Xinhua. (China opposes US military aircraft trespass in no-fly zone, Xinhua, 26 August 2020)

Such incidents, which are many and often, drive home the utter absurdity of comments by the US ruling class and its military that China is to blame for the lack of stability in the region. The blame lies solely with US imperialism and its insane quest for world dominance.

Just imagine the reaction of the US if it were to detect a Chinese or Russian spyplane in or even close to its air space. Absolute hysteria would be putting it lightly.

Drone warfare plans

And so we come to the decision by the US navy to begin running unmanned war games, the first of their kind, in the Pacific next year. Warships without crews will be present alongside underwater drones and pilotless aircraft.

“The operation is the latest manifestation of concerns in the Pentagon about China’s ability to threaten America’s carrier strike forces in the Indo-Pacific region,” according to the Times. “Beijing’s navy has long-range anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles, developed specifically to keep US warships out of the region.”

How shocking! No mention, of course, from the Times that it is a fundamental and inalienable right of all nations to protect themselves and their sovereignty from invaders. Or that this is a situation that the mad dogs of the US ruling class have thrust upon the peaceful Chinese nation via unending threats of economic sanctions, as well as military provocations and threats. (US unleashes drone armada to confront China by Michael Evans, The Times, 11 September 2020)

However, in the wild eyes of US imperialism, any threat, real or perceived, to its rapidly declining global dominance cannot and will not to be tolerated.

Previous “US defence department war games have revealed the startling level of Beijing’s military parity with the US and its allies, with many in the US defence establishment concerned about the outcome of any armed confrontation in the Indo-Pacific.” (US DoD war games raise concerns about China’s military parity by Stephen Kuper, Defence Connect, 31 August 2020)

For ‘concern’, read that the US is quite rightly fearful of receiving a thrashing should open conflict break out – a thrashing that could very well sound the death knell for American imperialism.

In light of China’s ‘startling level of military parity’, the US is eyeing up the increased use of drones and other unmanned war machines in an attempt to regain the upper hand, hoping to be able to put itself in the position of attacking China’s naval vessels without taking any human casualties itself.

According to Rear Admiral Robert Gaucher, director of maritime headquarters with US Pacific Fleet, the US is“shooting for early 2021 to be able to run a fleet battle problem that is centred on unmanned. It will … be on the sea, above the sea and under the sea as we get to demonstrating how we can align to the [US Indo-Pacific Command] directives to use experimentation to drive lethality.”

Navy department leaders say that unmanned systems will play a huge role in future maritime operations — particularly in the Pacific should a conflict break out with China. (The Navy Is preparing for a major unmanned battle test in the Pacific by Gina Harkins, Military.com, 9 September 2020)

Such unmanned weapons of war include the Sea Hunter, a 132ft autonomous anti-submarine vessel, the largest uncrewed ship in the world, which is expected to get its first trial in the planned 2021 war games.

It is likely to be the joined by the Unmanned Undersea Vehicles Squadron One, which operates drones to gather intelligence on enemy ships and submarines and to clear mines, the MQ-25 Stingray, an aerial refuelling drone, the MQ-8C Fire Scout, a helicopter, and the MQ-4C Triton, a long-range signals intelligence drone. (US unleashes drone armada to confront China by Michael Evans, The Times, 11 September 2020)

The move towards the increased use of drones in the US arsenal is part of the “modernisation and complete force structure renewal” of the US Marines, which is changing its tactics in order to “counter Beijing”. The effort is being driven by US Marine commandant General David Berger with oversight by defence secretary Mark Esper.

“As part of this focus and force structure overhaul, the Marines are returning to the light, fast and aggressively agile force responsible for the successful Pacific island hopping campaign during the second world war, albeit with a suite of advanced capabilities, ranging from long-range rockets and artillery, fifth generation platforms like the [notoriously expensive and unreliable] F-35 and a suite of overhauled infantry models.”

Later in the above quoted article, we get a glimpse into the twisted minds of the military top brass.

As Major General Tracy King gloated: “We’re gonna have Marines out there sinking ships. You know I’ve even talked to our undersea guys about Marines out there sinking submarines so some of our inside forces can stay hidden and let our adversary worry about me and my hundred guys running around crazy (!) on some island, instead of these capital assets that are really the heart and soul of the joint force.” (Defence Connect, 31 August 2020, op cit)

‘Running around crazy’ is a particularity candid and apt description of US military operations, in which soldiers lack the most elementary discipline and moral fibre, engaging in a whole manner of well-documented war crimes such as looting, rape and indiscriminate killing. Such barbarous antics stand in stark contrast to the highly disciplined armies of China, Russia, the DPRK and others.

Abject poverty at home, but always money for war abroad

These lofty modernisation plans do not come cheap, however.

That American families are increasingly unable to feed, clothe and house themselves is a problem that does not concern the ruling class in the least. They will claim there is not the money available to help, but this parasitic class has no qualms about spending countless billions of taxpayer dollars on military hardware.

The Sea Hunter war machine cost ‘just’ $20m to develop. In early September, the US navy awarded nearly $42m in contracts to six corporate merchants of death to develop new unmanned surface vessels; and the navy wants still more – some “$2bn to build 10 large unmanned surface vessels over the next five years”, in fact.

However, the navy’s fun has been temporarily halted by those politicians in the US Congress who “remain sceptical about whether the navy knows what it wants out of the drone ships”. This has led members of the House armed services subcommittee on seapower and projection forces to try to block the service from buying any of the vessels next year. (The navy is preparing for a major unmanned battle test in the Pacific by Gina Harkins, Military.com, 9 September 2020)

The 2020 US budget for what it} terms ‘defence’ was a $768bn, though real expenditure is estimated to be as high as $924bn. For 2021, the proposed official budget sits at $740bn.
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According to Swedish think-tank Sipri (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), a leading authority on military expenditure which has collected such data since 1949, the US spent $731.8bn on its armed forces in 2019, accounting for 38 percent of the global total. China, by comparison, spent $261bn, while Russia spent a mere $65.1bn.

How likely is total war between the US and China?

Despite the mad ravings of the majority of US politicians and military, there are those within the country’s elite who do appear to retain some degree of sanity.

The fact that China is in possession of “the world’s largest navy, with a battle force of 350 ships that includes 130 major surface combatants” gives them pause for thought. “By comparison, the US navy has 296 deployable ships. China’s ground-based missiles have a range of 500km, compared to the 300km range for US ground-based missiles in theatre.

“Experts roundly agreed that immediate conflict remains unlikely, given the huge costs in lives and treasure. Moreover, the nuclear weapons on both sides certainly serve to make leaders more cautious.” (What war with China could look like by Todd South, Military Times, 1 September 2020)

Let us note at this point, however, an important lesson of history: when imperialism becomes desperate, it rides roughshod over any such considerations. Before the outbreak of World War 1, for instance, “The big banks and brokerage houses of course understood that two heavily-armed alliances were on a potential collision course but there had been episodes of sabre-rattling for several years, defused each time by diplomacy.

“Opinion had been influenced by Norman Angell’s best-seller, The Great Illusion (published in 1909), arguing that war had become impossible because global trade and capital flows were too closely interlinked.” (The shock in store for markets – what if Trump refuses to go by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph Economic Intelligence, 29 September 2020)

Yet as we know only too well, a devastating world war broke out just the same! And, indeed, the article cited above continues by pointing out that “within the next decade or less, straining relations coupled with increased Chinese military capability could bring events to the brink”.

General Charles Brown, chief of the US air force has “warned that the next war – a war with a peer adversary like China or Russia – is likely to be highly contested and could see ‘combat attrition rates and risks – that are more akin to the World War 2 era than the uncontested environment to which we have become accustomed’ since the Gulf War.

“‘The US risks losing such a war if its military does not adjust to this new reality,’ Brown soberly noted.” (Ibid)

Of course, the US is very much at risk of losing that war even if it does‘adjust to this new reality’, since China or Russia (or both) would find themselves fighting a just, anti-imperialist war in defence of their homelands and of world peace, adding massively to troop morale, whereas the US would once again be fighting an unjust war of plunder and spoliation.

The US is a mad, senile beast in the final stages of its life, facing downfall and total collapse. We must resolutely expose and oppose its ever-increasing drive towards all-out war with China and Russia.

Should such a war break out, though we all hope it will not, we must work for the defeat of the US and our own imperialist rulers should they come down in support of the aggressor.

Meanwhile, we must also do everything in our power to prove to workers that this drive to war is a product of the capitalist system of production, with its ever-deepening crises of overproduction, and of the imperialist domination of the globe, which leads to regular and desperate struggles for redivision or reconquest of markets in pursuit of profit.

Imperialism means war. Only by replacing it with a workers’ state and a planned economy will we finally be able to usher in an era of global peace and prosperity.

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DHS draft document: White supremacists are greatest terror threat

The documents are slightly different drafts of the same annual threat assessment, which is not yet published.

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None of the DHS drafts POLITICO reviewed referred to a threat from Antifa, the loose cohort of militant left-leaning agitators who senior Trump administration officials have described as domestic terrorists. | Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

By BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN

White supremacists present the gravest terror threat to the United States, according to a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security.

Two later draft versions of the same document — all of which were reviewed by POLITICO — describe the threat from white supremacists in slightly different language. But all three drafts describe the threat from white supremacists as the deadliest domestic terror threat facing the U.S., listed above the immediate danger from foreign terrorist groups.

“Foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for Homeland attacks but probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next year,” all three documents say.

Russia “probably will be the primary covert foreign influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation in the Homeland,” the documents also say.

Former acting DHS Sec. Kevin McAleenan last year directed the department to start producing annual homeland threat assessments. POLITICO reviewed three drafts of this year’s report — titled DHS’s State of the Homeland Threat Assessment 2020 — all of which were produced in August. Ben Wittes, the editor in chief of the national security site Lawfare, obtained the documents and shared them with POLITICO. The first such assessment has not been released publicly, and a DHS spokesperson declined to comment on “allegedly leaked documents,” and on when the document will be made public.

None of the drafts POLITICO reviewed referred to a threat from Antifa, the loose cohort of militant left-leaning agitators who senior Trump administration officials have described as domestic terrorists. Two of the drafts refer to extremists trying to exploit the “social grievances” driving lawful protests.

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Former acting DHS Sec. Kevin McAleenan. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The cut-off date for information analyzed in the earliest draft is August 3, 2020, while the cut-off date for the next two is August 27.

John Cohen, who oversaw DHS’s counterterrorism portfolio from 2011 to 2014, said the drafts’ conclusion isn’t surprising.

“This draft document seems to be consistent with earlier intelligence reports from DHS, the FBI, and other law enforcement sources: that the most significant terror-related threat facing the US today comes from violent extremists who are motivated by white supremacy and other far-right ideological causes,” he said.

Wittes, meanwhile, said the change in language on white supremacist terrorism is significant.

“It diminishes the prominence of white supremacy relative to other domestic violent extremism, and, without being inaccurate, puts it in a basket along with other violent activity that may be more palatable for the administration to acknowledge,” he said.

The threat from white supremacists

The earliest draft has the strongest language on the threat from white supremacists, in an introductory section labeled “Key Takeaways.”

“Lone offenders and small cells of individuals motivated by a diverse array of social, ideological, and personal factors will pose the primary terrorist threat to the United States,” the draft reads. “Among these groups, we assess that white supremacist extremists – who increasingly are networking with likeminded persons abroad – will pose the most persistent and lethal threat.”

The “Key Takeaways” section of the next two drafts calls “Domestic Violent Extremists” the “most persistent and lethal threat,” rather than specifically naming white supremacists.

The document discusses white supremacists in greater detail when introducing the section titled “The Terrorist Threat to the Homeland.” Once again, language in the earliest draft is slightly stronger than the language in the subsequent drafts. The earliest draft introduces the threat from terrorism this way:

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State pushes to list white supremacist group as terrorist org

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“We judge that ideologically-motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the Homeland through 2021, with white supremacist extremists presenting the most lethal threat,” it reads.

The next two drafts refer to “Domestic Violent Extremists” –– rather than “white supremacist extremists” –– as “the most persistent and lethal threat.” All three drafts contain the following sentence further down in the same section: “Among DVEs [Domestic Violent Extremists], we judge that white supremacist extremists (WSEs) will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland through 2021.”

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The second two drafts, meanwhile, allude to violent agitators who have been present at nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.

“Violent extremists almost certainly will continue their efforts to exploit public fears associated with COVID-19 and social grievances driving lawful protests to incite violence, intimidate targets, and promote their violent extremist ideologies,” the second and third drafts reviewed by POLITICO say. “Simple tactics – such as vehicle ramming, small arms, edged weapons, arson, and rudimentary improvised explosive devices – probably will be most common.”

All three documents note that 2019 was the most deadly year for domestic violent extremists since the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.

“Among DVE [domestic violent extremist] actors, WSEs [white supremacist extremists] conducted half of all lethal attacks (8 of 16), resulting in the majority of deaths (39 of 48),” the drafts read.

The assessment comes as DHS has faced scrutiny for its response to increasingly violent domestic extremism during the Trump era. Top DHS officials have spent years grappling with how to do more to combat the threat, and long chafed at what they called disinterest from the White House. Two former top DHS political appointees told POLITICO last month that White House national security officials shied away from addressing the problem and didn’t want to refer to killings by right-wing extremists as domestic terrorism.

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But two former DHS chiefs both tried to make the burgeoning threat a priority for the department. As DHS secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen pushed then-national security adviser John Bolton to make domestic terrorism a focus of the administration’s counterterrorism strategy. And then-acting Sec. Kevin McAleenan also worked to highlight the threat, lobbying Congress to spend more on efforts to prevent radicalization.

Current DHS leaders also have acknowledged the lethality of white supremacist extremists.

“I have no qualms criticizing the white supremacy threat,” said Ken Cuccinelli, DHS’s second-in-command, in a recent interview on MSNBC. “Neither does the secretary, neither does the Department of Homeland Security. We recognize when those people act out violently, that they show the highest level of lethality, meaning if you compare the number of violent incidents to the numbers of deaths, the numbers of deaths relative to the incidents is very high compared to other types of threats.”

DHS leaders have been much more vocal of late in highlighting federal efforts to target Antifa. In a recent Fox News interview, host Tucker Carlson asked Acting DHS Sec. Chad Wolf why the Justice Department hadn’t arrested and charged the leaders of Antifa and Black Lives Matter. “This is something I’ve talked to the AG personally about, and I know that they are working on it,” he replied.

And Attorney General Bill Barr has zeroed in on the group in the context of the federal law enforcement response to long-running vandalism, violence, and unrest in Portland, Oregon. After U.S. Marshals killed a murder suspect, Michael Reinoehl, who had described himself online as “100% ANTIFA,” Barr touted the operation as a success. The suspect tried to escape arrest and “produced a firearm,” according to a statement from Barr.

“The tracking down of Reinoehl — a dangerous fugitive, admitted Antifa member, and suspected murderer — is a significant accomplishment in the ongoing effort to restore law and order to Portland and other cities,” Barr said.

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Pompeo, Trump unleash new phase of aggression vs. China

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On July 22 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered the latest blast of aggressive rhetoric against China in a speech at the Nixon Library in California. Pompeo openly called for regime change in China, saying that “if we don’t change China, China will change us.” In almost hysterical language Pompeo made it clear that the U.S. ruling corporate and political elites are terrified of China’s socialist development and its emergence as an independent country with its own interests and capabilities.

Pompeo’s choice of the Nixon Library as the venue for his speech was no accident. In a maneuver to isolate the Soviet Union, former President Richard Nixon pursued a “thaw” in relations with China beginning in the early 1970s that led to the integration of China into the global market. Pompeo cast his speech in historic terms — the Trump administration was reversing the fundamental policy set into motion by Nixon nearly five decades prior and instead turning to unmitigated hostility. “President Nixon once said he feared he had created a Frankenstein by opening the world to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party]. And here we are.” Pompeo said, invoking crude, demonizing imagery.

He characterized China as a country of oppression, with no freedom of expression or human rights. In Pompeo’s presentation, it is a place so steeped in the evil domination of the Communist Party that only an American-led campaign to end the current system and bring Western “freedom and democracy” to the country will save the Chinese people from their fate.

 U.S. aggression ramps up

In the past two months the already harsh turn of imperialist policies and actions directed against China, which has been building for years under both the Obama and Trump administrations, dramatically intensified.

Congress has passed several measures interfering in the internal affairs of China and considering legislation which would abrogate the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act. This could set the stage for military confrontation over the island, which is rightfully claimed by China as part of its national territory. U.S. naval provocations have continued in the South China Sea, with ships of the Australian navy recently joining in as part of their country’s increasing subordination to U.S. military power.

U.S. diplomats and agents of semi-official bodies like the National Endowment for Democracy have pushed a vision of regime change in Hong Kong, an integral part of China, seeking to destabilize the territory and promote a radical separatist agenda which has little actual support among the local population. The U.S. Defense Department has spearheaded a campaign to force the closure of Confucius Institutes, which provided support for Chinese language education at universities and other schools across the country.

And the drumbeat of lies and distortions about the origins and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, through which the Trump White House seeks to cover up its catastrophic failures in managing this public health disaster, has sought to demonize China and frighten U.S. workers into hostility towards their supposed enemies. This has led to racist attacks on people of Chinese or other Asian ancestry in cities across the United States.

In just the last two weeks, anti-China aggression has further accelerated. Federal agents have been arresting both American and Chinese academics at universities like Harvard and Stanford for ties to China in an effort to stifle scientific research and other intellectual activities. Four scholars have been arrested in the last week alone. The Trump administration is planning a ban on travel to the United States by any member of the Chinese Communist Party or their families, which would affect over 270 million people.

The Chinese consulate general in Houston was forcibly shut down on 72 hours notice, a symbolic gesture aimed at the first diplomatic office established when the two countries normalized relations in 1979. As with Pompeo’s speech at the Nixon Library, these moves make clear that the U.S. government intends to terminate the policies of engagement with China which have underpinned the last 40 years, and put the United States and China on a collision course which threatens to break out into open warfare.

China poses no threat

This portrayal of China as a nightmare of oppression and as an aggressive, expansionist empire is a ridiculous parody of reality. Since the end of World War II it has been the United States that has sought to dominate and exploit working peoples wherever they could be brought under U.S. control. U.S. corporations have extracted resources and drained profits from the labor of hundreds of millions of people in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as at home.

The U.S. military machine has maintained a network of bases, and has conducted active, often clandestine, operations, in more than 100 countries to repress any social or political movements which do not conform to American policy interests. Wars have been fought from Iraq and Afghanistan to Somalia and the Caribbean. The CIA and other secret agencies have overthrown, directly or through proxy “color” movements, governments from Iran and Nicaragua to Indonesia and Ukraine. All of this has been to secure and maintain the profits and power of U.S. corporate and political elites.

Over the last 70 years China has devoted itself to developing its modern economy according to the principles of what the Chinese leadership refers to as market-socialism, with public ownership of the core industries and infrastructure. It has greatly enhanced the livelihood of its 1.4 billion people, more than doubling life expectancy, drastically reducing infant mortality, providing comprehensive public education and lifting more than 800 million people out of poverty.

The stark contrast in the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in China and the U.S. clearly highlights China’s achievements, as they have created a country in which public health is a human right, not a source of profits for private corporations. China does not maintain a global web of military bases. Its only overseas facility is part of a UN sponsored effort to control piracy off the east African coast, a multinational program to which China contributes forces.

China has become a significant provider of development assistance in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and its Belt and Road Initiative is even helping European states like Italy and Serbia to improve their trade infrastructure. In the COVID-19 pandemic China has become a major source of medical assistance to poor countries struggling to cope with the virus. And China has made it clear that when it develops a safe and effective vaccine for the Coronavirus it will make it available as a public good.

China had a long history of being the most advanced economy in the world, as a source of highly valued goods and as an inspiration for others to emulate. Western imperialism overpowered China in the 19th century, and China fell into a long era of humiliation and economic decline. The revolutionary struggle which led to the creation of the People’s Republic in 1949 gave China the ability to once more control its own destiny, and the Chinese people have worked long and hard to bring their country back to a place of respect and responsibility in the world. China’s rise does not constitute a threat to other peoples or countries.

The anti-China campaign which is being pushed by the U.S. ruling class and their political minions in both major parties is a dangerous and irrational response to what they perceive as a threat to their continued power and domination of global affairs. In the current context of increasing authoritarianism in the federal government under Trump, the possibility of a real outbreak of military confrontation with China as a way to manipulate domestic politics is growing.  

The threat of war is real. We must oppose it with the truth about China, and with the facts about American imperialism’s aggressive policies and actions. We must speak out against war, and push for peace, whenever and wherever we can.

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Treason Ambassador: ‘If Biden wins, Israel abandoned, US to give Iran Nukes…thus, Biden dies’

By VT Editors

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the Kohelet Forum Conference at the Begin Heritage Center, in Jerusalem, on January 8, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90) US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday told a United Arab Emirates news site that a Joe Biden win in next month’s US elections would see American policy on Iran shift in a way that would be damaging to Israel and the Gulf states.

VT: Friedman is fishing for two things:

  • Cash from UAE human traffickers (this is the world HQ for human trafficking) to pay off Proud Boys and Nazi thugs
  • Help in murdering Joe Biden

US envoy Friedman: If Biden wins, it will be bad for Israel and Gulf on Iran

American ambassador tells Emirati website that Democrat nominee would undermine efforts of Trump administration to reverse nuclear deal

*Times of Israel: Friedman told al-Ain that Iran was the “most consequential issue of the election.” “As you know, Joe Biden was part of the Obama administration that negotiated and implemented the Iran deal, something that President Trump — and I share his view — thinks was the worst international deal the US has ever entered into,” Friedman said in an excerpt from the interview posted to Twitter.

“It created a path for Iran to get a nuclear weapon,” he said.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal, which gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for UN-verified guarantees that it is not seeking nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration and Israel had expressed concern that the deal emboldened Iran, increased its support for terror, and had a sunset clause that would ultimately allow Iran the bomb.

Since breaking from the accord, the United States has slapped wave after wave of sanctions on Iran that have crippled its economy.

“We are in a very good place in terms of the sanctions we have imposed upon Iran, and we think if we continue down this path, Iran will have no choice but to end its malign activity,” Friedman said.

“We worked really hard to get Iran, I think, to a much better place. I would hate to think a new administration would undermine that but, regrettably, if Biden wins, I think they might,” he added.

In a separate quote to al-Ain, cited by the Axios news site, Friedman warned that a shift in Iran policy would also affect the Gulf countries.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal, which gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for UN-verified guarantees that it is not seeking nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration and Israel had expressed concern that the deal emboldened Iran, increased its support for terror, and had a sunset clause that would ultimately allow Iran the bomb.

Since breaking from the accord, the United States has slapped wave after wave of sanctions on Iran that have crippled its economy.

“We are in a very good place in terms of the sanctions we have imposed upon Iran, and we think if we continue down this path, Iran will have no choice but to end its malign activity,” Friedman said.

“We worked really hard to get Iran, I think, to a much better place. I would hate to think a new administration would undermine that but, regrettably, if Biden wins, I think they might,” he added.

In a separate quote to al-Ain, cited by the Axios news site, Friedman warned that a shift in Iran policy would also affect the Gulf countries.

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As war goes on, Armenia asks Trump if he gave Turkey F 16s to aid Erdogan’s New Holocaust

By VT Editors 

RT/Moscow: Armenia’s prime minister wants clarification from the US about the sale of F-16s to Turkey, claiming the advanced jets are bombing civilians amid the ‘existential’ battle with Azerbaijan over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh.–

Turkey and Azerbaijan strongly denied the claims, but the rebuttals have not prevented Armenia from raising the issue of Ankara’s perceived involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh fighting with its major NATO ally, the United States.

Last Thursday, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, the New York Times reported on Monday. Washington “needs to explain whether it gave those F-16s [to Turkey] to bomb peaceful villages and peaceful populations,” Pashinyan told the Times.

According to the Armenian leader, O’Brien “heard and acknowledged” his grievances and promised to arrange a separate phone call with President Donald Trump. That conversation did not take place, however, as Trump announced he had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly afterward.

Yerevan has long insisted that Turkey’s backing of Armenia’s arch-foe Azerbaijan is not restricted to diplomatic and propaganda support. In recent days, Armenian officials have repeatedly accused Ankara of funneling Syrian mercenaries into Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as deploying US-built F-16 fighter jets to aid Azerbaijani troops on the ground.READ MORE: Azerbaijan has ‘handed over’ command of its Air Force operations in Nagorno-Karabakh to Turkey, Armenian Defense Ministry claims

The Turkish Air Force, one of the largest within NATO, is in possession of an estimated 245 F-16C/D aircraft assembled locally by Turkish Aerospace Industries.

Hostilities broke out again between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, with both sides blaming each other for firing the first shots.

The disputed enclave, populated by ethnic Armenians but internationally recognised as an illegally-occupied territory of Azerbaijan, has seen many military flare-ups over three decades. But the current one poses an “existential threat” because of the Turkish factor, Pashinyan told the Times.

READ MORE: Armenia warns it will deploy Russian-made Isubuilt F-16 jets in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Armenia has always been wary of Turkey, not least because of the bitter 20th century legacy of the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire – which killed an estimated 1.5 people – but also due to its long-standing military and political support for Azerbaijan.

According to officials in Yerevan, Turkish officers are commanding Azerbaijani Air Force operations in Nagorno-Karabakh. Last week, Armenia’s military claimed that a Turkish F-16 shot down their Su-25 attack aircraft, leading to the death of a pilot.

A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied Yerevan’s claim, and Ankara’s Defense Ministry said Azerbaijan’s military is able to fight a war on its own. Baku, in turn, also dismissed Armenian assertions as “lies and provocation,” noting that its air force does not have F-16s in its inventory.

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