Paradoxically, on Feb. But in fact, this rhetorical question is nonsensical and not just because NATO has its own airfields in Kosovo as well as Camp Bondsteel, the second-largest American military base in Europe. On Nov. Violence erupted in the evening: a group of men wielding bats pulled up in a black jeep without a license plate and broke into a polling station in Kosovska Mitrovica, smashing the ballot boxes it is interesting that the police and OSCE staff had left that station half an hour before the attack.
A new election date was set for Nov. Nov 17, All this is to say that nothing prevented the alliance from interfering in events in northern Kosovo when it had something to gain from doing so. However, at that time its role was to deter peaceful protests and demonstrations of the strength of the local Serbian population. This was an example of an election which had been initiated by the EU that was literally held at gunpoint.
It is a fact that after NATO troops entered Kosovo, approximately , people were forced to leave according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees , and over Serbs were killed and went missing just during the five-month stay of the international peacekeeping force. In addition, during the infamous wave of violence that took place March , , NATO representatives passively allowed Albanian extremists to burn more than Serb homes and to set fire to, severely damage, and desecrate 35 Orthodox monasteries many of which date back to the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries and some are even under the protection of UNESCO , while also driving over 4, Serbs from the region.
Serb leaders never tire of assuring their citizens that they have no aspirations to join the NATO Alliance. The head of the government does not think that there is a need for the public to vote on the matter. Overall, the article resembles an attempt to shift the bulk of the responsibility for the rapprochement with the alliance onto the shoulders of previous administrations.
The first turning point was the July agreement with NATO to allow transit for the purpose of conducting peacekeeping operations this was primarily needed so that KFOR forces could pass through Serbia. The agreement also includes a detailed description of the legal issues affecting the status, powers, and responsibility of both the military personnel arriving from overseas as well as the servicemen in the host country. All of the above documents, in addition to the recent Logistical Support Agreement, so firmly tie Belgrade to the alliance that no particular purpose would be served by officially joining it which at any rate would be impossible because of the negative opinion of the alliance and the unresolved problem of Kosovo.
And finally, according to the most recent study conducted by a Serbian NGO, the Center for Free Elections and Democracy CeSID , which is funded by Western foundations and states, on the eve of the snap elections for parliament scheduled for April 24th , As might be expected, the EU has refused our invitations. They know that their claims are false. And even this limited cooperation with Moscow was sharply condemned by the EU.
Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to mankind, and suddenly there was light, and warmth, and the gathering at the hearth. The House of Trades in Odessa was set on fire. Officially forty-eight people died, but witnesses, survivors, and journalists say the number may be tragically higher—perhaps up to Inside the burning building, people died of fume inhalations. They were also shot, suffocated by the toxic exhalations of a mysterious greenish gas, beaten to death on the ground after jumping out of windows.
There were rapes, authenticated by autopsies. On that day, there was to have been a soccer match between the teams of Odessa and Kharkov. They were members of Pravy Sektor , Svoboda, and other Ukrainian groups who exalt the leadership of wartime Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera. They were not spontaneous, independent agents. A proper investigation would show that their actions were orchestrated by Kiev, then unleashing its Anti Terror Operation ATO in the Donbass with an act of fiery Wagnerian resonance. At 2 pm, about Kulikovo men and women gathered in front of the House of Trades but were provoked into violent clashes.
Kulikovo members took shelter in the House of Trades, where the horrors of that day began. Some noted the similarity between 2 May in Odessa and the massacre of Khatin not be confused with Katyn on 22 March , when the Nazis, occupying Belarus, gathered civilians in a building and burnt them alive as collective punishment for an action carried out by the partisan resistance. What appears to be evident is that the fire and brutality in Odessa, hero city of the Soviet Union for its resistance to Nazi occupation in WW II, was to serve as a lesson to all those who would stand up in opposition to the Kiev junta.
Today, after two years, not one of those responsible for the massacre is in jail, but some survivors still are.
On March 27, about neo-Nazi Ukrainians attacked a group of relatives of the victims, which every Sunday commemorates the massacre gathering at the House of Trades of Odessa. Though the European Union swear up and down not to be supporting the fascists, their support for Petro Poroshenko belies their vows.
Survivors of the fire note that the fascists have become part of institutions: they head the police and the punitive battalions Azov and Aidar , for example. This includes 9, people killed and 21, injured. OHCHR has regularly observed up to vehicles — cars, minivans and buses — waiting in rows on either side of the road. Passengers spend the night in freezing temperatures and without access to water.
Distress is not all. The OHCHR reports summary executions, enforced disappearances, unlawful and arbitrary detention, and torture and ill treatment:. In addition to being a violation of the prohibition of torture, these cases raise concerns of arbitrary deprivation of liberty and gender-based violence. These places are not accessible to the National Preventive Mechanism and international organizations.
Reliable accounts from victims and their relatives indicate a widespread pattern of conduct across several SBU departments. Since the outbreak of the conflict, a network of unofficial places of detention, often located in the basement of regional SBU buildings, have been identified from a large number of reliable accounts from victims and their relatives. OHCHR recalls that the prohibition of unacknowledged detention is not subject to derogation. When asked about their fate and whereabouts, SBU officials have systematically denied any involvement.
According to information gathered by OHCHR, the vast majority of those held in the Kharkiv SBU were [sic] not arrested in accordance with legal procedures and have not been charged, despite being held because of their presumed affiliation with the armed groups. On 8 December , in Shchurove village, Donetsk region, SBU officers arrested a year-old woman at her house while they were looking for her son. After OHCHR communicated this case to the Office of the Military Prosecutor, a criminal investigation was initiated into her allegations of ill treatment.
OHCHR believes she is at risk of further abuse. The victims included the wife of an armed group commander and her daughter. The latter was allegedly severely tortured, and both were allegedly threatened with sexual violence. Nor does there seem to be any lessening of support by the Obama administration to this oppressive US protectorate regime—a Nazi-era throwback. Look at the loot they got. It certainly was worth it to the US neoliberal and military establishment—the transfer of wealth from our pockets to theirs.
The answer, so far, is no one. But on this rare trip to the U. For years, Al-Haq and other civil society organizations have worked tirelessly to hold Israel accountable for its violations of Palestinian human rights and international law. And like other defenders of human rights, Al-Haq has a storied history of being subjected to intimidation, threats, and attacks by third parties seeking to undermine our work. These threats do not deter us. To the contrary, they propel us to move forward and signify that we have been successful in working toward our mission to end the Israeli occupation and promote and protect Palestinian human rights.
The Israeli government has played a lead role in vilifying civil society organizations. We are not alone in coming under such attack. The movement to end the occupation through support of BDS has also come under attack. Modeled after the campaign that played an important role in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa, BDS supporters have been working for over a decade to achieve freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians, advocating for Palestinian human rights across the globe.
As the movement has gained momentum, so too have the parties that seek to undermine its work. These threats have become personal. Israel is also not alone. Instead of observing their international legal obligations to hold Israel accountable for violations of human rights, the United States and members of the EU are chilling, punishing, and criminalizing what is protected political speech and one of the most effective non-violent tools available to Palestinians to combat the occupation.
So, who will hold Israel accountable? As a civil society organization, we will continue to fight for an end to the occupation, and freedom, justice, and equality for all Palestinians, but the international community — and particularly grassroots American supporters of Palestinian freedom — will also play an important role. He is currently in the U. The last parliamentary elections before the latest held this month were in Voter turnout for the and presidential elections in the US, for example, were Voting hours for the Syrian parliamentary elections Wednesday were extended for an additional five hours because of such a high voter turnout.
Despite high turnouts in previous elections and indicators like that reported in the International Business Tribune regarding this latest poll, US papers like the New York Times NYT decided to sidestep facts and intentionally indulged in unconfirmed, anecdotal stories to portray turnout as low as possible and the credibility of the elections nonexistent. Large parts of the country that are controlled by insurgent groups did not participate in the voting on Wednesday. Despite a fragile partial cease-fire, government and Russian warplanes have continued to hit areas controlled by nationalists and Islamist rebels, as well as territory held by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.
An American-led coalition is also bombing areas held by the group. With this in mind, poll results in favor of the ruling government should be of no surprise, despite rhetoric circulating in US-European media. It is also ironic that the United States and Europe endlessly expound the virtue of self-determination but now attempt to undermine an exercise in that very self-determination by the Syrian people. It is clear by the statements made by the United States and several European nations regarding the recent elections that the problem was not necessarily the manner in which the elections were held, but who they included.
It was not candidates Syrian law excluded from the elections, but candidates the United States and Europe simply do not approve of. In other words, the US and Europe are doing precisely the opposite of promoting self-determination in Syria and are in fact attempting to undo or otherwise undermine the credibility of the results of the recent elections. Mark Toner, U. Despite the inability or unwillingness of many in Ukraine to vote, the elections were both held and recognized by the US and Europe.
The reason for this hypocrisy should be clear. With any luck, Syria may serve as an example for other nations to follow in resisting and overcoming foreign interference in their domestic political processes. The pro-government forces are advancing in the province of Homs, Syria. On April 21, the clashes are observed near the Arak village and T3 Airport with no confirmation that the SAA was able to take these sites.
In total, explosive devices, including makeshift bombs, have been defused. Since April 2, Russian engineers with the help of Uran-6 robots have cleared hectares of land, 23 kilometers of roads and 10 architectural objects. In the Latakia province, units of al-Nusra and allied militants took efforts to launch offensive on positions of the government troops near Ikko, Bsharfa, Nehshebba and Sandran.
Some 50 NDF fighters have been reportedly taken captive by Kurdish forces in the town of Qamishli iafter fighting between the NDF and the Kurdish militia, Asayish, entered a second day. Separately, the Kurdish units seized Allya prison. Barack Obama ended opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan in , effectively green lighting Afghan opium production and the Afghan heroin trade.
By , all US efforts to eradicate Afghan opium ceased. It has been US policy to allow Afghan opium growing and the heroin trade since. US heroin deaths tripled from 3, in to 10, in as a result. Vanda Felbab-Brown at the Brookings Institution. No way out for Uncle Sam is more like it. The report is notable for what it omits, which is any mention of the heroin epidemic, the deadliest illicit drug epidemic in history, or any of the tens of thousands of Americans killed by heroin since Obama took office. Afghan government eradication efforts in , resulted in 1. The NY Times reported that the Afghan government will no longer eradicate opium crops as of Heroin is made from opium.
And to maximize US civilian casualties in the US from heroin. Since ending eradication efforts, US heroin deaths shot up from 3, to 5, to 10, in The heroin death toll continues to shoot up as does the number of heroin users, from the 1,, US heroin users in to 4,, users in As heroin deaths under Obama tripled, so has heroin usage. There were 7, hectares of Afghan opium poppies when the War in Afghanistan began in In , there were , hectares.
By , Afghan poppy fields spread to , hectares resulting in a bumper crop of 6, tons of opium, enough to make , kilograms of heroin, thanks to Obama. Opium yields far greater profit than foods like wheat or corn, so opium production will continue to rise without serious eradication efforts. Afghanistan is by far the number one producer of opium and heroin. Mexico produced tons of opium in , enough to make 16, kilograms of heroin.
An average heroin addict takes 0. US heroin demand is , kilograms a year. The whole world, except Afghanistan, could only produce , kilograms of heroin , not enough for even a third of the mushrooming US demand. Most heroin in the US is coming from US-occupied Afghanistan, there is no other mathematical possibility. There is no other physical possibility. An American now gets killed every 32 minutes by heroin. Afghanistan has been known as the Graveyard of the Empires since Alexander the Great.
Afghan heroin may yet destroy the American Empire. False narratives have proliferated recently about the heroin epidemic. Not true. Only 3. Not US. What has changed is Afghan opium production shot up from 7, hectares to , hectares , a fold increase. As Afghan heroin floods in, heroin use shoots up. Apples and oranges. Heroin is physically addictive within 30 days of daily use. Heroin kills 40x more than cocaine does and over x more than marijuana. Just as there are vast differences between swallowing a pint-size OJ, a Heineken or 3 liters of rum, so too there are vast differences between drugs.
Decriminalizing personal possession of drugs is not comparable to decriminalizing trafficking tons of heroin. Synthetics like W are a drop in the overflowing heroin epidemic bucket. The real US heroin death count in was closer to 20, than to 10, It appears as if certain elements within the US government are afraid of the epidemic of Afghan heroin being discussed and Congressional Hearings, sanctions or worse for what they did in making Afghanistan into the deadliest narco state ever in human history.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan until Fall In mid, the Taliban outlawed opium, within a year it was all but gone, from 91, hectares to 7, hectares Besides prioritizing eradication first, which will take a year if done in earnest, there are additional solutions.
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Second, outlaw precursor chemicals, like acetic anhydride, needed to make heroin from opium. The chemicals to make methaqualone were outlawed in the s. Methaqualone overdoses then stopped. Fourth, buying opium for medical morphine in the meantime, until eradication is complete, will alleviate this surge of heroin shocking and awing America. Fifth, millions of addicts need treatment. Day late, dollar short. Sixth, decriminalizing personal possession in order to focus on big heroin traffickers would result in lower overall prison costs and fewer non-violent drug users serving expensive lengthy sentences.
US government agencies and departments involved in Afghanistan, to present, can come clean and tell all about Afghan opium and heroin. The UN has been given the power to hold inquiries focusing on getting honest answers to honest questions and voting on censure or sanctions against the US government and current Afghanistan regime until opium is eradicated as it was under the Taliban in Obama green lighted the end of US eradication efforts against Afghan opium in , which green lighted the Afghan opium and heroin trade, which green lighted the deadliest illicit drug epidemic ever.
Eradicate the Afghan opium crops, stat, the way the Taliban eradicated the Afghan opium crops, within a year.
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No need to re-invent the wheel on this one. Has the British political establishment had an atrophying episode on the science front? The Cabinet Office had busied itself with proposals in February that, if implemented, would prevent organisations from using tax-payer funds to lobby parliamentarians.
Initially, the ban would have covered academics, effectively eliminating them from the public debates on such matters as transport, genetic modification, stem-cell research, climate change and energy. The point would be to target the logical conclusions to be drawn from certain research that might, just might, lead to a particular policy change. The more relevant the research, the greater the need to keep matters shut. The perverse outcome of such a move would be to effectively open the field to various lobby groups keen on skewing the angle and controlling the discussion.
This prompted a storm of protest from a group that all too readily capitulates in the face of government bullying. Up to 20, academics signed a petition taking aim at the policies, and asking for an exemption. The confusion was compounded by a blurring between the lines of lobbying and scientific research. On Tuesday, Lord Bridges of Headley, parliamentary secretary for the Cabinet Office, announced that exemptions would be put in place with respect to national academies, research councils and the Higher Funding Council for England.
As astronomer royal Martin Rees observed, the delay in making the exemption was baffling. Gagging the loquacious scientist has been the business of authorities for centuries. Modern democracies have certainly been twitchy on the subject of allowing scientists to speak readily. They are the moral irritants who wish to see the record kept accurate. In , Canadian scientists were given a good old dressing down in cases where they apparently spoke without ministerial approval.
Something as seemingly inoffensive as discussing techniques behind aging a lobster, a point applicable to the fishing industry, could not see the light of public discussion. The effect of such none-too-subtle gagging or muzzling, as it has been termed was to effectively reduce such scientists as Janet to a state of unwarranted imbecility.
Ignorance had to be feigned for the greater government good. They make me look like an idiot. The freshly-elected Trudeau government has repealed the measure. We are working to make government science fully available to the public and will ensure that scientific analyses are considered in decision making. Good for Trudeau and his new government, but the recent behaviour in Britain on matters of lobbies remains a potential threat to broader discussions of science.
Even in bastions of democratic discussion, enemies of enlightenment can thrive with viral menace. Aiyar states that India must move people out of agriculture into industry and services. He then asserts GM crops will raise yields but they have been opposed by various NGOs on pseudo-scientific grounds. Aiyar then goes on to argue that Bangladeshi farmers are already growing GM brinjal, getting higher yields and incomes, while using less pesticide. However, Aiyar says this is flatly disproved by the simple fact that in the US, which grows a wide variety of GM foods, over three trillion meals have been eaten without any adverse consequences.
He claims activists seek to delay GM crops by using the courts and rented mobs financed partly by dollar inflows. As a consequence, they have increased approval time in many western countries. By referring to lobbyist Patrick Moore in his piece, Aiyer seems to think he can strengthen his argument. As someone associated with the Cato Institute, Aiyar certainly promotes the kind of politically-motivated, irrational, pro-neoliberal ideology that one might expect.
Perhaps he would like to answer this: with GDP growth slowing and automation replacing human labour, where are the jobs going to come from to cater for hundreds of millions of agriculture sector workers who he would like to see removed from the agriculture sector? The number of jobs created in India between and was 2. Part of this agenda is the promotion of GM. But consider that India was almost self-sufficient in edible oils by the mids.
However, its edible oil import bill has increased dramatically since then. GM is offered as a bogus solution. That Aiyar would try to convince his readers of his case by referring to Chengal Reddy displays a certain desperation. Further, new agro-ecological approaches like System of Mustard Intensification are out-yielding these unsafe solutions significantly, ensuring vastly-increased profitability for farmers, if yield is a concern. Let Aiyar scientifically back up his claim that three trillion meals containing GMOs have been consumed without adverse consequences.
His assertion is pure rhetoric. Moreover, the onus should have been on the GMO sector to prove safety prior to the mass release of GM which it never has and not on everyone else to play catch up to prove they are not safe. It is a very convenient tactic that the industry employs. It should come as no surprise that anyone associated with the Cato Institute would attack groups that challenge international capital and its neoliberal globalisation project. Aiyar is irked by hold ups in the sanctioning of the commercialisation of GMOs in India and elsewhere. And there lies the crux of the matter.
Conventional breeding and traditional seeds and patterns of agriculture developed over centuries are better suited to adverse climatic conditions and Indian soils than anything that GMOs can offer. Aiyar claims Bt cotton in India has been a runaway success. Et pour cela, on ne peut pas prendre des demi-mesures. Desde luego los cubanos no comparten este punto de vista. SL: Cuba siempre ha estado dispuesta a abordar todos los temas con Estados Unidos con tal de que se respeten tres principios: la igualdad soberana, la reciprocidad y la no injerencia en los asuntos internos.
Washington used a federal judge to order Argentina to sacrifice its debt restructuring program in order to pay US vulture funds the full value of defaulted Argentine bonds that the vulture funds had bought for a few pennies on the dollar. They were opportunists after easy money and were used by Washington to get rid of a reformist government.
President Kirchner resisted and, thus, she had to go. Washington concocted a story that Kirchner covered up an alleged Iranian bombing in Buenos Aires in In Brazil, Washington has used corruption insinuations to get President Rousseff impeached by the lower house. Evidence is not necessary, just allegations. The great irony is that the impeachment bill was presided over by the corrupt lower house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, who was recently discovered to have stashed millions of dollars in secret Swiss bank accounts perhaps his pay-off from Washington and who lied under oath when he denied having foreign bank accounts.
You can read the sordid story here:. In Washington these are serious offenses as Washington uses the elites to control South American countries. Whenever Latin Americans elect a government that represents them, Washington overthrows the government or assassinates the president. Washington is close to returning Venezuela to the control of the Spanish elite allied with Washington. The presidents of Ecuador and Bolivia are also targeted. Washington has always blocked reform in Latin America. Latin American peoples will remain American serfs until they elect governments by such large majorities that the governments can exile the traitorous elites, close the US embassies, and expel all US corporations.
Every Latin American country that has an American presence has no future other than serfdom. The former president gets demoted to their reverse sides. Tubman was born into slavery, escaped…. Oh dear; this means the situation there remains dire. Not a good sign—too much like news of a terminally ill relative. Nepal has fallen into a troubling,…. Binoy Kampmark , April 22 Seymour Hersh is an American investigative journalist who is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for his article exposing the My Lai massacre by the U.
More recently, he exposed the U. Christopher Stevens was at the U. Ken Klippenstein: In the book you describe Saudi financial support for the compound in which Osama Bin Laden was being kept in Pakistan. Was that Saudi government officials, private individuals or both? SH: Yeah, in exchange for being quiet. KK: You quote a retired U. SH: [Laughs] He was a prisoner of war! They were very unhappy about the attention paid to that because they went in and it was just a hit. We do targeted assassinations.
They understood—the SEALs—that if they were captured by the Pakistani police authorities, they could be tried for murder. They understood that. Can you imagine the intelligence we could have gotten from him? That was the plan. Many sections, particularly in the Urdu-speaking sections, were really very positive about Bin Laden.
Significant percentages in some areas supported Bin Laden. KK: How did it hurt U. Why are we so worried about Pakistan? Because they have [nuclear] bombs. He [Bin Laden] had wives and children there. Did we ever get to them? We never got to them. As I wrote, on the day of the mission he was meeting with the CIA base chief and the shipping company.
He was certainly involved, aware and witting of everything that was going on. KK: In the book you quote a former intelligence official as saying that the White House rejected 35 target sets provided by the Joint Chiefs as being insufficiently painful to the Assad regime. You note that the original targets included military sites only—nothing by way of civilian infrastructure.
Later the White House proposed a target list that included civilian infrastructure. SH: Do you really think that at any time this is discussed? I think I met him before the Pentagon Papers were around. I remember him telling me that he asked that question at a meeting while planning the war [regarding B targets] and nobody had even looked at it. KK: As you point out in your book, Obama originally wanted to remove Assad. The power vacuum that would ensue would open Syria up to all kinds of jihadi groups. Russia actually did a very good job.
Russia also did stuff that was sort of more subtle and more interesting: they renewed the Syrian army. Got new arms, got a couple weeks off, then they came back, got more training and became a much better army. I think they misread the whole resistance. We certainly were not a nonpartisan foreign government inside Syria. So they actually pushed a lot of people to go. We even gave them buses!
They just had a terrible year war with Chechnya. Believe me, the Chechen influence in the Sunni world in terms of jihadism is strong. A lot of people involved in that operation did. So who knows the most about jihadism? KK: In the book you quote a Joint Chiefs of Staff adviser who said that Brennan told the Saudis to stop arming the extremist rebels in Syria and their weapons will dry up—which seems like a rational request—but then, you point out, the Saudis ramped up arms support. SH: Nothing. Of course not. No, no. KK: Just to be clear, the U. SH: Quite the contrary. The Saudis and Qatar and the Turks put money into those arms [sent to Syrian jihadis].
Do we say anything? The border was wide open—Hatay Province—guys were going back and forth, bad guys. Let me talk to you about the sarin story [the sarin gas attack in Ghouta, a suburb near Damascus, which the U. As you know I wrote a story that said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs told the president that information the same day. I now know more about it. This is ludicrous. The issue was not that they [the Syrians] suddenly caved in. There was an official briefing from Ben Rhodes and he said they talked about the chemical weapons issue and what to do.
We took care of a lot of the costs of it. Guess what? We had a ship, it was called the Cape Maid, it was parked out in the Med. The Syrians would let us destroy this stuff [the chemical weapons]… there was 1, tons that was shipped to the port…and we had, guess what, a forensic unit out there. Guess what else we know from the forensic analysis we have we had all the missiles in their arsenal. Nothing in their arsenal had anything close to what was on the ground in Ghouta.
That to me is interesting. Old countries have baggage so heavy it drags, stifles and even drowns. Incapable of getting it off, history becomes the assault of the present for those who wish to grope for the future. Young countries like Australia youth here is only from the perspective of the invasive settlers , struggle to create a baggage to be bound to. Comically, then, a state like Australia yearns to have a blood soaked, folly-driven set of variables that make it a state, when in actual fact, it might do something different. This might, in part, explain the foolish insistence on the part of its vassal politicians to crave the breast of maternal empire, terrified that being weaned off it might lead to yellow-coloured extinction.
The Anzac tradition is one of those desperate calls to cling on. It is an attempt to create a baggage of patriotic necessity, stubbornly masculine and oblivious. Excuses are always needed for creating piles of corpses. It is an attempt to catch up with other nations with centuries of assumed legacies and concocted contributions, be they flags brought down by divine inspiration, or the sign of the Chi-Rho, as Constantine was meant to have witnessed before the Battle of Milvian Ridge in But little Australia only in terms of population must behave like the sullen child of history, hoping to be acknowledged in great patriotic traditions.
A glance at the historical incidents of the morning of April 25, , and one sees an opportunistic force invading Gallipoli at the behest of Winston Churchill, then the First Lord of the Admiralty. Churchill had been boasting about his military imagination and intuition. Even before the slaughter on that day began, Churchill was already aware that a good lot of bloodletting would be in store in his effort to put down the sick man of Europe.
His combinations and movements would come with carnage. A good army of 50, and sea-power — that is the end of the Turkish menace. Within a month of the landing by French, British and Australian and New Zealand forces collectively known as Anzac , the Allies found themselves 45, men short. The campaign would last for nine months and see over a hundred thousand deaths, and casualty lists on both sides peaking at a quarter of a million. Historical baggage is useful political ballast, the bird seed for demagogic intent. It feeds the apologetics of war, providing the alibi for the next righteous military action.
Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, was a warring wet dreamer, a dull clerk who wished to be great. Other features always find their message in the Anzac Spirit, sprung forth from Gallipoli. An industry of commemoration soon crept up, barely as the bodies were buried.
Australian servicemen and women, fighting in distant theatres without knowledge, awareness or understanding — this is the Gallipoli heritage, the inverted idea that being on foreign soil for pre-emptive gain is somehow a good idea. Australian resources have been deployed in what was then Malaya during the Emergency, on the Korean peninsula, secretly in Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iraq, with other theatres.
Re-deployed again after September , the invasion theme was embroidered with tortured notions of liberty and freedom. This was always pure nonsense. Its politicians, however, remain desperate to justify their complicity, their desperation in being in the stream of history. The final point of all of this manufacture lies in the strange symbiotic relationship between Turkish contributions and Australian worship. The perverse logic of the Dardanelles engagement remains as an annual reminder, one that Churchill himself alluded to when reminded about the calamity on the election trail.
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This agreement by Kerry enabled the peace talks to begin. Mohammed Alloush now runs it. And the American Government backs their war against Shia. Sometimes, the ways of hiding a foreign invasion of a country can become almost irrelevant, and the only thing that actually still matters is whether the time appears to be ripe, to resume, or escalate, a war that one remains determined to win. So, for the jihadist side in this war, the peace talks might turn out to have been the pause that refreshes.
Syria has the only non-sectarian government in the Middle East. Almost of all of the fundamentalists are foreign mercenaries, salaried jihadists, paid by the Sauds and Thanis, and armed by the Americans. Purple Rain , When Doves Cry. I remember his battle when my work was entertainment law. He battled racist musical industry, left a proud legacy. A straight arrow, no b. Thank you so much Prince Rogers Nelson for the hits you took, for the amazing music, for never selling-out.
Rest in Power Prince. Une analyse politique des verdicts du TPIY est toujours plus instructive. The Saker. Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare — each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. This article is part of a series on Western meddling to foment unrest and destabilize BRICS nations in an effort to ensure the continuation of Western economic and political control over the Global South.
Up next: Part II on the assault on Russia, which focuses on the political, psychological and military aspects that run in tandem with the economic war on Moscow. The U. This assault takes many forms, each tailored to its specific target. These two situations illustrate clearly the very potent forms of subversion via Western-funded political formations and movements being employed against Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bloc of emerging economies also known as BRICS.
Photo: U. Marine Corps. However, when it comes to a country as large as Russia, with its vast military capabilities, consolidated and wildly popular political leadership, and growing antagonism toward the West, the tools available to the Empire to undermine and destabilize are in some ways more limited. Indeed, in the context of Russia, the popular mobilization pretext does not apply, and so that weapon in the imperial arsenal is blunted considerably.
But there are other, equally potent and equally dangerous methods to achieve the desired effect. Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare, each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin.
While the results of this multi-pronged assault have been mixed, and their ultimate effect being the subject of much debate, Moscow is, without a doubt, ground zero in a global assault against the BRICS nations. People walk past a sign indicating the US dollar, top, and euro, bottom, rates of a currency exchange in Moscow, Russia, While Russia is a world class power militarily, it is highly vulnerable economically. For that obvious reason, this area has been a primary focus of the destabilization thrust.
Russia has for decades been overly reliant, if not entirely dependent, on revenues from the energy sector to maintain its economic growth and fund its budget. According to the U. This has been felt by ordinary Russians, whose wages have stagnated while inflation causes prices to shoot upwards and who have had to endure belt-tightening in terms of personal consumption, and at the national level, where the Russian government has been facing a potentially large budget shortfall for This has led many Russian analysts and policymakers to advocate yet again for a decreased dependence on energy revenues.
They argue that the current climate could force economic restructuring away from the critical energy sector. With the change of the technological model, it is not ruled out that oil will become just a stock commodity for the energy and chemical industry. But the analysis must go a step further and explore how the financialization is, in effect, a weaponization process as oil prices become increasingly the playthings of powerful financial institutions, particularly the major banks on Wall Street and in the city of London. And this is no mere conspiracy theory.
In July , Sen. Sherrod Brown, chair of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, opened a hearing to probe just how connected major Wall Street banks were to the holding of physical oil assets, and the attendant ability of these companies to manipulate oil prices. According to Morgan Stanley, in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area alone, by , it had leases on oil storage facilities with a total capacity of 8.
Morgan Stanley also had storage facilities in Europe and Asia. As noted in the report:. Due to their physical commodity activities, Goldman, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley incurred increased financial, operational, and catastrophic event risks, faced accusations of unfair trading advantages, conflicts of interest, and market manipulation, and intensified problems with being too big to manage or regulate, introducing new systemic risks into the U.
He plainly outlined how the big banks manipulate global oil markets:. A fundamental point necessary to understanding many of our manipulation cases is that financial and physical energy markets are interrelated … a manipulator can use physical trades or other energy transactions that affect physical prices to move prices in a way that benefits his overall financial position. Indeed, in late Russian President Vladimir Putin implied strongly that the oil plunge had less to do with economic factors than with political decisions.
Could it be the agreement between the U. It could. With U. Of course, the other major impact of the oil plunge on Russia has to do with the burgeoning energy-trade relationship between Russia and China. In so doing, not only have the contracts been rendered less profitable for Russia, they are now subject to decreasing demand from China, which is experiencing its own economic slowdown.
Facing the prospect of significantly less revenue than it anticipated coming from the deals with Beijing, Russia has been forced to adjust its own estimates and outlook for the coming years. The overall impact of Western sanctions against Russia is a hotly debated subject. Russian media tends to downplay the overall impact of the sanctions, while the Western media paints a picture of imminent collapse. In reality, the sanctions had little immediate, direct impact on the Russian economy, but the indirect bruising might be significant, particularly over the medium- and long-term. Prolonged sanctions may compound already declining productivity growth.
The cumulative output loss could amount to 9 percent of GDP over the medium term. But, looking beyond the raw numbers, one must realize that the policy prescriptions outlined by the IMF and leading economists internationally are perhaps the actual target for the West. However, the subtext of the recommendations is that austerity, which by its very definition starves public programs of much needed funding, is the way to go for Russia. Whether that strategy has been, or will be, effective likely depends on perspective.
Israeli regime officials claim the wall is meant to prevent the potential entry of Hezbollah fighters to conduct attacks. Israel waged two wars on Lebanon in and About 1, Lebanese, most of them civilians, lost their lives during the day war in the summer of The recent wall construction came two days after the Israeli army started a military drill in the northern occupied territories.
The military exercise reportedly involved large numbers of Israeli aircraft, vehicles and army troops. The Israeli army also held a two-day general drill in and around the northern city of Safed on the weekend. The young Salman called the Saudi delegation and told them the deal was off. Even the Prince is not that erratic. As a GCC-based oil market source reveals,. Among the more than a million refugees that have flooded into Europe over the past year are the Afghans, the second-largest group behind the Syrians.
Yet the humanitarian crisis affecting this land-locked South Asian country, like most news regarding Afghanistan, has received little attention in the United States. Robert Crews , an associate professor of history at Stanford, said,. This has been particularly attractive as a way of explaining why the American intervention in that country, despite costing more than 2, American lives and roughly a trillion dollars, has achieved so few of its goals in over 14 years.
The work explores the extent to which U. Image credit: Andrew Duhan. Crews starts from the premise that the way Americans conceptualize the country —in journalism, public-policy debates and scholarly work — remains mired in stereotypes that bear little resemblance to historical reality. Drawing on a variety of archival and secondary sources in Afghanistan, Europe and the United States, as well as first-hand oral histories he collected personally from Afghans in half a dozen countries, Crews portrays an Afghanistan that is hardly a static and backward collection of tribes or ethnic groups, but rather a central global player in modern politics.
Among the people whose stories inform his narrative are Afghan traders in Africa, poets in Iran, scholars in Iraq, pilgrims in Jerusalem, seafarers in India, entrepreneurs in Australia, carpenters in California, students in Turkey, workers in London and a novelist in Denmark. Crews became fascinated with Afghanistan in the late s, when he lived with Afghan merchants in Uzbekistan while working on a project in Central Asia.
Crews begins his book by examining the making of the Afghan nation-state within and beyond its borders as they exist today, exploring interactions between a sizeable Afghan diaspora abroad and the rulers of the kingdom in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He then takes up the pivotal period of the s and s, in which Afghanistan became deeply embedded in global financial networks.
Along the way, the country became a major supplier of opium and cannabis to satisfy world demand. Reliance on Afghan militias, night raids, assassinations and imprisonment without charge were the logical outcomes, he added. Crews calls for new approaches to Afghanistan, especially how we imagine its past and act in the present. La circulation des gens entre ces deux pays est importante et constante. Officiellement, le Liban un pays avec seulement 4. Il est aussi inhabituellement franc.
Latin America far surpasses any region in sending humanitarian aid and rescue experts to Ecuador for earthquake relief, with Venezuela sending almost a third of all rescue specialists and Palestine sending 19 —19 more than the United States. Latin America sent a total of rescuers, with even impoverished and violence-ridden Honduras sending a rescuer. Europe also sent almost rescuers, some collectively with most of the rest from France and Spain.
Though U. Correa said Tuesday that South America should have its own Secretary of Natural Disasters, since no one country could have enough resources possible to mobilize in such large-scale emergencies. Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in the continent, with a population barely above 16 million.
Watch video here. In this programme Vanessa discusses the UK, US and UN complicity in a genocidal war of aggression and the crippling economic and humanitarian land, air and sea blockade of 27 million Yemeni people. Ils ne veulent pas ce gaspillage des fonds publics.
Alger vaut bien une messe! Et elle ne concerne pas uniquement la presse. Ce processus ne fait que commencer. Nous lisons:. Pas du fait du massacre au sarin. Pas seulement. Que claironne cette excellente personne dans cet article interminable? La catastrophe cataclysmique irakienne? Aucun regret, aucune autocritique. Aucun doute!
Nul ne doute! Le journal Le Monde est devenu coutumier des attaques ad hominem. Il a mille fois raison! The coalition of these militant groups launched an operation in Lattakia codenamed Rad al-Madhalem. The goal of the operation is to drive back the Syrian army units from the border with Turkey and repel the offensive on Jisr al-Shughour.
The SAA is deploying reinforcements to the area. Amid the escalation on the border of Latakia province and in Aleppo City, the Syrian government reportedly delayed the long-awaited offensive through the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway and redeployed some part of the military grouping located there to other fronts. The government does not want reporters talking to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. But why? This form of gag order was originally imposed only by a judge. While it is the attorney general who approves the SAMs, the initial impetus for gagging the prisoner typically comes from a federal law enforcement or intelligence agency — in this case, the FBI.
Tsarnaev was placed on SAMs August which must be renewed every days. But what happened next was downright Kafkaesque. The stated reason? For one thing, if Tsarnaev was allowed to exercise that right to free speech, he would be able to actually tell us how he feels about his privacy. The motion described in great detail the conditions under which Tsarnaev was to be held essentially incommunicado, as well as the justifications offered by the government. Are they even more draconian now?
Attorney Bradley P. Our economy has increasingly been financialized, and the result is a sluggish economy and stagnant wages. This debt dynamic is in fact themajor explanation for why the U. As a statistical measure, financialization is the degree to which debt accounts for a rising proportion of income or the value of an asset, such as a company or piece of property. The ratio tends to rise until defaults lead to a crisis that wipes out the debt, converts it into equity, or transfers assets from defaulting debtors to creditors.
For a century and a half following the Norman conquest of England in , Normandy and England were linked by Norman and Frankish rulers. Archaeological finds, such as cave paintings, prove that humans were present in the region in prehistoric times. Celts invaded Normandy in successive waves from the 4th to the 3rd century BC; when Julius Caesar invaded Gaul , there were nine different Celtic tribes living in Normandy. The Romanisation of Normandy was achieved by the usual methods: Roman roads and a policy of urbanisation.
Classicists have knowledge of many Gallo-Roman villas in Normandy. In the late 3rd century, barbarian raids devastated Normandy. Coastal settlements were raided by Saxon pirates. Christianity began to enter the area during this period. In , Germanic tribes began invading from the east; as early as , the area between the River Somme and the River Loire came under the control of the Frankish lord Clovis. Vikings started to raid the Seine valley during the middle of the 9th century; as early as , a Viking fleet appeared at the mouth of the Seine, the principal route by which they entered the kingdom.
The fiefdom of Normandy was created for Rollo. In exchange for his homage and fealty , Rollo gained the territory which he and his Viking allies had conquered; the name "Normandy" reflects Rollo's Viking origins. To this day, in Norwegian language the word nordmann denotes a Norwegian person; the descendants of Rollo and his followers adopted the local Gallo-Romance language and intermarried with the area's native Gallo-Roman inhabitants.
Rollo's descendant William became king of England in after defeating Harold Godwinson , the last of the Anglo-Saxon kings, at the Battle of Hastings , while retaining the fiefdom of Normandy for himself and his descendants. Besides the conquest of England and the subsequent subjugation of Wales and Ireland , the Normans expanded into other areas. Norman families, such as that of Tancred of Hauteville , Rainulf Drengot and Guimond de Moulins played important parts in the conquest of southern Italy and the Crusades. Insular Normandy remained however under English control.
His successors, however fought to regain control of their ancient fiefdom. The Charte aux Normands granted by Louis X of France in — like the analogous Magna Carta granted in England in the aftermath of — guaranteed the liberties and privileges of the province of Normandy. French Normandy was occupied by English forces during the Hundred Years' War in — and again in — Normandy lost three-quarters of its population during the war. Afterward prosperity returned to Normandy until the Wars of Religion ; when many Norman towns joined the Protestant Reformation , battles ensued throughout the province.
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