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Concerning the Yemen massacre, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have pleaded woefully for a ceasefire. Then, waving their arms wildly behind their backs, they gesture to Saudi pilots to take off to deliver more American ordinance on civilians Houthis rebels.
In Geneva, the United Nations talkers wave their arms wildly in warning of an unparalleled humanitarian crisis. At the White House, a bellowing idiot billionaire waves a mighty hand at a meeting and says, Sure, call them terrorists of communists, as long as the gas keeps flowing. Yes, The Trump administration is considering designating Yemens Houthi rebels a terrorist organization. After all, this will smooth things over with the 40 Americans paying attention these days.
Todays hypocrites would cause Jesus himself to depart from the path of forgiveness. The brand of Pharisees in Washingtons temples of power make those who crucified God incarnate look like Girl Scouts. I know my readers will forgive the sacrilege here because its about time for some fire and brimstone or big flooding events again. Half the population of Yemen is probably going to die soon, and all because some fabulously wealthy sheiks hate Iranian Shia Islamists and the countrys massive oil and natural gas reserves. Oh, you can throw in that Donald Trump wants to make America great again by pumping more gas into SUVs in the United States than ever before, and you get an idea how come Yemenis must die.
The whole U.S. policy clown show for the last couple of decades has been about propping up an unsustainable American Dream that began after we won World War II at the expense of the Soviets. Ill assume anybody is reading NEO is already up with me on all this. So, now lets looking beyond Donald Trumps alleged ties to Russia, and into his administration chock full of crooked energy deals.
With Yemen missile explosions still lighting the corners of your mind, lets turn to a Trump minion named Wilbur Louis Ross Jr., who just so happens to be the current Secretary of Commerce. Now, this Ross fellow is a slippery little billionaire who runs a private equity firm called WL Ross & Co. LLC. Trumps commerce underboss is notorious for being known on Wall Street as The King of Bankruptcy, or a big, crooked shark in my dear departed Moms lingo. But lets forget financial criminals and the crimes nobodys figured out sentences for, at least for the moment. Ross WL Ross & Co. was the biggest investor in Naviga...
Having announced the countrys unilateral withdrawal from the INF Treaty, Donald Trumps administration is planning to enmesh both Europe and Asia in the new intermediate-range and shorter-range nuclear missiles that Washington decided to create a long time ago. Many countries around the world understand this perfectly.
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If voting changed anything they'd make it illegal? But why doesn't it change anything? After all, it's the elected politicians who steer the ship of state, isn't it? Isn't it? Join James for today's edition of #PropagandaWatch where he explores the hidden history of WWI and exposes the lie that your vote counts.
Dissatisfaction with migrants and other problems are fueling popular anger, which is the underlying cause of far-right and far-left populism and the formation of armed militias.
With Damascus and its allies firmly in control of Syrias largest cities and the vast majority of Syrian territory west of the Euphrates not only has the US-led proxy war against the nation failed with Russian and Iranian forces involved indefinitely the return of additional territory under Damascus control seems all but inevitable.
However, the US still holds territory east of the Euphrates, and as American policymakers like to gloat much of Syrias oil wealth falls within this territory illegally occupied by US troops.
There is also the northern city of Idlib and surrounding countryside the future of which is still nebulous due to the presence of Turkish forces and Ankaras ever-shifting agenda and alliances.
Each side involved in the proxy war has pursued a number of policies diplomatic, political, and military in nature to strengthen their positions before the war finally concludes.
For Damascus, Russia, and Iran decisive military victories across western Syria have served as the central pillar of Syrias victory over the foreign-backed militancy. Diplomatic efforts both within Syrian borders and beyond them continue and also play a significant role in ending the war in all of Syrias favor even including many groups involved in opposing the government now being offered amnesty and reconciliation.
The United States stretched by global wars of aggression, decades-long military occupations, and significantly diminished geopolitical clout finds itself depending more on political ploys than producing any meaningful military or diplomatic leverage.
Staged chemical weapon attacks and increasingly absurd and equally baseless accusations of human rights violations now stand in where American military might once stood.
The repetitive nature of such ploys feeds into a circular process that both exposes Washingtons impotence and serves to exasperate it. Despite this Washington and its many functionaries across political, diplomatic, and information spheres continue feeding into this process. Thus, while the US still has forces in Syria, and continuously seeks to not only sabotage peace in Syria but infect Iran with the same strain of proxy war patient persistence by Damascus and its allies will see to...
It appears that the democracy and values that the US and the EU are so strongly attempting to plant the seed of and protect in Ukraine is finally starting to give fruit. If an 18-year-old boy considers that White Europe is Our Goal means that nothing has gone wrong in his country, then maybe, at least the EU needs to rethink its strategy.
The chances of the smooth transition and easy victory over the Muscovite believers that Poroshenko wants so badly are quite slim. There are big scandals, big fights, and big disappointments ahead.
Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization.
Europes ultimate survival will come down to brave and courageous men to thwart any new foreign invasions being delivered to Europes doorstep inside the Trojan Horse of good intentions.
The results of US mid-term elections have evoked an animated response from Arab media outlets and expert circles. Writers are contemplating the potential effect of the new balance of power (Democrats won the majority in the House of Representatives, while Trump still controls the Senate) on the situation in the Middle East.
The Tunisian newspaper Al Chourouk describes the outcome of the mid-term elections as a slap in Trumps face. A Kuwaiti scholar thinks that the Trump administrations honey moon, during which it had a comfortable majority in both chambers of Congress, has come to an end.
The TV channel Al Jazeera reports that the US administration will now be facing pressure from the Democrats to halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia, as a means of stopping the war in Yemen.
The Democrats will, probably, support a reduction in the military budget, which includes decreased financial backing of US involvement in Iraq and Syria.
There is speculation that this will urge Trump to publicize his plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by peaceful means. The President has talked about this extensively, but he is yet to reveal any concrete details to the parties concerned. However, the negotiations on this issue may turn into a challenge for the Israeli side, which is not ready for significant compromises.
Other authors are not as categorical in their assessments. Nevertheless, they do forecast that from now on Trumps political life in the White House will become more complicated. Trumps opponents will throw a monkey-wrench into attempts to implement his decisions and initiatives.
According to Saudi Arabian reports, over the next two years the US administration will certainly be less engaged in international affairs, such as the situation in North Korea, the war in Afghanistan and sanctions against Iran.
Middle Eastern experts believe that the Democrats will surely focus on investigating all aspects of Trumps life and his past. They will most likely start prying into affairs of the administrations closest allies; establish various hearing committees, etc. In fact, House of Representative committees wield substantial power....
Russias plan to construct a robot-built moon base is more sensible of an investment than it might initially seem to those who hadnt thought it through, though the country first has to prove that it has the technology to pull off this feat before it becomes something that the rest of the world can take seriously.
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A new war would lead to the collapse of an
already-debilitated medical infrastructure in Gaza,
Palestinian health officials
By Amjad Yaghi
GAZA CITY Fear has been palpable across Gaza for the past couple of days, not only in homes but also in hospitals and medical clinics. For years, health professionals have warned of a looming collapse of medical services. If Tuesdays nascent, Egyptian-brokered cease-fire doesnt hold, a war would devastate Gazas medical infrastructure, Palestinian health authorities say.
On Monday, Gazans experienced one of the most difficult nights since the war in 2014. After Israeli special forces bungled a covert operation deep inside the strip, the ensuing firefight nearly led to a full-fledged war. The barrage of Isra...
Trauma and racism are an inescapable part of Israeli society, especially on days when the drums of war are beating.
The bike ride along the outdoor platform of Tel Avivs central bus station takes about a minute north to south.
The area, long neglected by the city, has become home to junkies, sex workers, the homeless, asylum seekers, and Palestinian day laborers.
Its also a hub for Israeli soldiers on their way to or from base. Old, half-shredded posters of Eritrean pop singers and fundamentalist Jewish religious figures warning of the End Times line the drab concrete wall that does full justice to the buildings brutalist architecture.
I usually take my time and walk through, out of respect for pedestrians trying to make their way to the sherut (service) taxis yellow mini-buses that travel across the country to places as far as Tiberias or Ashdod whose drivers share a single common attribute: unyielding impatience.
This morning, however, I was late for work and couldnt afford the time to saunter. I crossed the street and turned left on the platform, peddling past a group of soldiers standing at the northern entrance to the station.
Next to them were five female Border Police officers surrounding a man in his...
Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged rocket and missile fire on Monday night, following a botched Israeli commando incursion into the Strip a day earlier. By Tuesday evening, the two sides had announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, but not before at least seven people, all of them Palestinian, were killed, and many others wounded in both Israel and Gaza.
By Mohammed Zaanoun and Oren Ziv / Activestills.org
Pakistans Prime Minister Imran Khan accepted an invitation from his Chinese colleague Li Keqiang to visit China from 2 to 5 November. The official trip and its outcomes are noteworthy for a number of different reasons, but especially when viewed from the perspective of assessing the political puzzle shaping itself in the Indo-Pacific at the moment.
Pakistans importance in the regional game is fairly obvious (while Chinas role is self-explanatory). The nation is located in the region where interests of world and regional players such as China, India, the US, Russia, Japan and Iran collide. And Pakistan is not merely a pawn in the multifaceted rivalry among them.
In recent months important changes have taken place in Pakistans politics, which could have resulted in (but have not as yet) significant alterations to the part of the previously mentioned puzzle that, due to its geographic location, is referred to as the South Asian sub-region.
We would like to remind the readers that the Movement for Justice party, headed by the former professional athlete Imran Khan, won in the scheduled parliamentary elections on 25 July of this year. As a result the Pakistan Muslim League party, headed by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was removed from power. Nawaz Sharif was actually ousted from the post of Prime Minister after the Supreme Court of Pakistan sentenced him to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices.
One of the key issues that Imran Khans pre-election rhetoric focused on was the need to stop the war against India stemming from the Kashmir conflict (de facto uninterrupted but mostly smoldering in nature), and to normalize their relations.
Assertion about the countrys tough financial situation was his second focal point. Thinly veiled hints were made that the financial predicament, the country found itself in, stemmed from the agreement, supported by the former government, to establish the over 3,000 km ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will connect PRCs Western provinces with the Pakistani port of Gwadar on the shores of the Arabian Sea.
Apparently, the Pakistani treasury was depleted as a result of enormous (almost one-time) outlays that will take a long time to pay off. It is importan...
The US mid-term elections have been interpreted by the major medias in terms of the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats. However, continuing his in-depth analysis of the social fabric, Thierry Meyssan sees a clear retreat of the Puritans faced with the Lutherans and the Catholics. Donald Trumps political realignment, just as that of Richard Nixon before him, is close to succeeding.
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The Moscow conference demonstrated that Russia has become a potentially vital bridge between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US at a time when Washington is seeking to end this war that is sapping its resources.
The INF Treaty came about because of strong opposition and huge demonstrations in Europe and the United States. That kind of pressure, coupled with a pledge by countries not to deploy such weapons, will be required again, lest the entire tapestry of agreements that kept the horror of nuclear war at bay vanish.
Had Syrians known what was planned for them by Washington and Tel Aviv, they might have avoided the death and destruction in Syria, for patriotism and wisdom call upon the various factions in the State to put aside their differences and confront the external threats.
On November 9, 2018, Russia hosted the first round of Moscow initiative to resolve the Afghan conundrum, signifying its ever increasing interest in the country that has evolved, over the last 17 years, from a hot-bed of conflict between the US and the Taliban, including Al-Qaeda, to a strategic stalemate between the US and the Taliban, witnessing also the discreet rise of the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K) in Afghanistan, threatening the entire Central Asia and Russia with its tendency to reach beyond the land it comes to inhabit. The rising threat of IS-K explains why Russia has become active in initiating a peace process to achieve its settlement, but for the Western officials, Russian initiative is only an attempt on its part to make things complicated for a peace process that must be Afghan-led & Afghan owned. This is not only ironic given that the West, specifically the US, has failed to end the war in the 17 years, but also factually wrong since Moscow initiative doesnt contradict the idea of an Afghan-led peace process.
As such, while the Moscow initiative deepens Russian role in Afghanistan and there is nothing wrong with deepening ties with ones neighbouring country it does also compliment the concept of Afghan-led peace process in important ways. In other words, contrary to Western projections, the Moscow initiative is nothing about pushing the US/the West out of the game. First of all, the nature of the summit held itself signifies how it was centred on the idea of Afghan-led peace process. For instance, the Afghan High Peace Council, which attended the event, reiterated in its statement that the purpose of the summit was only to discuss the subject of direct talks with the Taliban and [they] asked them [Taliban] to choose the place and the starting time. Clearly, this is an Afghan peace council talking to an Afghan militant group, Taliban, asking them to initiate dialogue. Moscow seems only to fit as a facilitator rather than a dictator of peace terms.
The Talibans response, on the other hand, also shows how they, too, want to make it a totally Afghan-led peace process. For instance, the Taliban emphasised that talks with Kabul were possible only after a formal and full withdrawal of external forces. Now, the external forces are those of the US, and not of Moscow, and no truly Afghan-led peace process can work to a logical and peaceful end as long as Afghanistan and Kabul remain captive to the US geo-political interests; hence, the Talibans demand for US withdrawal.
The very peace process that the US re...
India could possibly give the Taliban recognition in return for their assurance that they will not attack or disrupt Indian-led projects in Afghanistan. Looking at the political side, India does not want to be left out in this highly important Afghan peace process. It wants to have a stake in whatever outcome is reached.
It turns out that, for the geostrategists in Washington, London, Berlin, Paris and Brussels, communism wasnt all that bad, after all, and that it had many quite useful features.
The larger pattern thats becoming apparent is that the UK is seeking to reestablish itself as an important economic and military power in the Indian Ocean Region, albeit on a much lesser scale than what it used to be but nevertheless still playing a part in this increasingly competitive area through which most of the worlds trade traverses.
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One thing that is most predicated about the American political landscape is the pack-of-lies that flows before elections, especially under the Trump administration. We have heard so many recently that most have even stopped trying to separate the truths and half truths from the lies which have snowed under the political process.
Russiagate, the alleged meddling in the 2016 elections, is just for starters. Whether it is allegations of WMDs in Iran or North Korea, or the ills of fake news, spies-for-hire, the agendas of CNN or the real agenda of the Washington Post, there is always an allegation, always a rebuttal, and so much noise is made we no longer want to engage with whether any of it is accurate or not.
We have become what Peter Finch warned we would become in his famous rant in Network people who just want to stay in our smaller and smaller worlds with our steel-belted radials, hoping everyone will feed us news, however they want and leave us alone.
Much of what is reported has truth. But what are we to believe anymore? If someone tells us outright lies and spices them up with a measure of truth, does that justify the lie?
Casualties of Democracy
Politics is not about right or wrong any more but blatant lies. Many of these just come naturally, the rest as part of the subterfuge. As Soviet citizens discovered, the way to interpret the news is not to listen what is said, but to understand why it is being said.
At present immigration is being made into a huge topic in the US. The US was founded and built by immigrants, so why are they suddenly news? Because this is the standard trick rolled out when a government feels it is in deep trouble. The very nature of democracy makes immigrants the easiest target when you are too afraid to alienate everyone else.
Every policy and every political statement affects someone. Even if 99% of people are better off as a result of them, there are always some who lose out. Politics is all about choosing who you can afford to hurt to help your chosen constituency, and how you can then explain that.
This is why the poor, those who can exert the smallest influence on the economy, are always blamed for economic problems. Cutting welfare doesnt help any country generate more income....
What was World War One about? How did it start? Who won? And what did they win? Now, 100 years after those final shots rang out, these questions still puzzle historians and laymen alike. But as we shall see, this confusion is not a happenstance of history but the wool that has been pulled over our eyes to stop us from seeing what WWI really was. This is the story of WWI that you didn't read in the history books. This is The WWI Conspiracy.
Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza over 70 times this year alone, according to the UN. And those are only the incursions we know about.
Since Israeli special forces troops got into a deadly firefight with Hamas commandos deep inside the Gaza Strip Sunday night, Israel has dropped dozens of bombs and missiles into Gaza and Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.
The New York Times described the special forces raid as the first known Israeli ground incursion into Gaza since Operation Protective Edge, in July 2014.
That couldnt be further from the truth.
Since the start of 2015 through the end of October 2018, the Israeli army made 262 known ground incursions and operations to level land inside the Gaza Strip, including over 70 this year alone. This does not include the unknown number of covert operations like the one that went awry on Sunday.
As one retired Israeli general explained on national television, such covert raids across enemy lines are actually...
If Hamas allows Israel to drag it into another lopsided fight, it will not only cost the lives of countless innocent civilians in Gaza, it will also distract from ongoing mass resistance to the siege.
Israels killing of Hamas commander Nour Baraka on Sunday and the predictable response from the Islamist movement have sparked fears of renewed hostilities between the two sides. Although it remains unclear whether Barakas killing was planned or the result of a botched Israeli intelligence-gathering operation, many observers see parallels with Israels 2012 assassination of Ahmad Al Jabari, then the head of Hamas military wing. That incident set off eight days of fighting in which six Israelis and 167 Palestinians were killed.
If the deadly exchange six years ago was about avenging a senior Hamas commander, its casualties, even according to the Israeli militarys official figures, were mostly civilian. The same outcome would surely follow another confrontation, as any sustained Israeli...
In geopolitics events are rarely what they seem to be. This is especially true when we look more closely at the otherwise bizarre war launched this spring under the guise of trade war, supposedly redressing Americas huge annual balance of trade deficits, the most extreme being that with China. The true driver behind Washingtons otherwise inexplicable tariff war attacks on especially China make sense when we view them through the prism of a new Administration report on the defense industrial base of the United States.
In early October a US Government inter-agency Task Force, headed by the Department of Defense (DoD) released the unclassified part of a year-long study on the domestic industrial base required to provide vital components and raw materials for the US military. Titled Report Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States, the Interagency Task Force document was commissioned a year ago in a little-noted Executive Order 13806 of the US President.
The report is the first such detailed analysis of the adequacy or lack of, of the industrial supply chain that feeds vital components to the US Military in recent years.
The 300 Gaps
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