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The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to reporters, categorically stated, that the US sanctions on Iran (imposed illegitimately, contrary to international law and accepted codes of practice) would be rigorously enforced and remain in place until the Iranian government radically changes course.
The aggressive tone of this statement is rather startling as if he were talking about part of the US instead of an independent sovereign state that is a member of many international organizations. However, one has to acknowledge that most American states have their own legislation that often conflicts with federal law, and their own policies.
Mike Pompeo does not care one bit whether the US achieves victory by imposing crippling sanctions against the Iranian people or by methods similar to those used against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Or, for that matter, by using toxic substances such as defoliants, as the US did in Vietnam, a country where the land is still poisoned, preventing it from exporting its superb fruit and vegetables.
It is stunning that Mike Pompeo and his colleagues in the US are behaving as if they were living at the beginning of the 20th century instead of the 21st. We have been living in a new era for a long time now, dozens of new states have emerged, and they pursue their own national policies and seek to achieve favorable and peaceful conditions that give all countries an equal chance to develop. It is only the politicians in Washington who, isolated as they are from the civilized world, apparently still believe they are living in a world of slavery and colonialism. It is hard to see any other explanation for statements of the kind made by Mike Pompeo and other so-called US politicians who resort to the Big Stick policy each time the chance presents itself. The way it is done makes no difference: by sending gunboats and battleships to conquer and subdue other peoples, imposing crippling sanctions or using nuclear weapons. The leaders in Washington still believe that the peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America are slaves who only exist to serve their new masters from the US and follow their orders unquestioningly. However, The era of hit and run is over in the world, as Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, has pointed out, quite correctly. Any hostile measure against our country will be responded to by Tehran tenfold. We are capable of protecting ourselves in every field, he added.
A lot of political leaders agree now...
Events that have transpired in and around Syria and the Middle East with the defeat of ISIS during the fall of 2018 clearly prove one thing. The US and Israel, and under Trump the two are inseparable, intend to push Russia and China to nuclear confrontation.
The Pentagon is fully behind this, wanting to stop Russia and China before new weapons systems are fully deployed and Americas perceived nuclear advantage is gone forever. There are other reasons as well, indicating insanity among both American and Israeli commands.
Israel has millions of Palestinian hostages while the US has, over the last two decades, built nuclear shelters in Israel for up to 250,000 Jewish citizens, shelters that include ICBM silos with missiles that can hit anywhere in Europe.
In 2009, I reviewed documentation held by Pakistans ISI outlining a deal between India and Israel to share stolen American ICBM technology with Israel to receive several long-range missiles capable of hitting North America or China, each with up to 10 warheads. The report showed US Army Corps of Engineers drawings for missile silos in Israel capable of housing ICBMs.
American author Jeff Gates sat next to me during the briefing with Pakistans top intelligence leaders.
Running the clock back up to October 2018, American and Israeli pilots are now in Ukraine training to defeat the S300 missile system now deployed in Syria. What is not told is that this training is why Russia just demanded that the US remove White Helmet personnel from Syria, it is obvious as to the reason, Russia believes the US is planning a wide attack on Damascus under the pretext of an alleged gas attack in Idlib Province.
Russia is trying to defuse a situation that has dire consequences, let me explain.
If Israel and the US choose to use standoff weapons to attack Syria and Russian forces inside Syria, legally inside Syria, and it is believed that this is exactly what the US and Israel plan, then retaliatory strikes are within the rules of engagement.
This includes using Russian very long-range air defenses, enhanced S400 or better, which are deployed to protect Russian forces. Potential targets include American B1/B2 heavy bombers out of Qatar, American ships in the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Persian Gu...
The restoration of Syria is the best way to fight terrorists the threat the US makes a show of being so concerned about. By impeding this process, it is shooting itself in the foot.
A real U.S. break with Saudi Arabia is unlikely. America has too much invested in the Saudis, and the Saudis have too much invested in the United States... Trump should be reevaluating Americas relationship with Saudi Arabia before it creates a fresh disaster in the region.
The rapidity with which the US media, and especially dozens of Republican and Democratic senators, attacked Saudi Arabia, blaming it for the atrocious crime, is rather unusual. After all, the Saudi elites have been inclined to behave in such a manner over the last 40 years.
The unholy intrigues in the Orthodox Church are beckoned by completely areligious and profane political objectives. It is a shame that the Constantinople and Kiev Patriarchates are evidently willing to make an expedient, selfish pact with the devil of foreign imperialist ambitions.
Theres a certain strategic logic inherent in the US flexing its muscles to show that it will still retain control over part of the Northern Sea Route in spite of Russias dominating position in the center of it. The point is to put pressure on China and get it to compromise with the US on a new trade deal.
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As its been pointed out by a multitude of experts from both the US and other regions of the world, a barrage of attacks with the goal of eroding Washingtons hegemony at the energy trading market will be one of the main battlefields where the future of Americas economic dominance will be decided.
Against this backdrop its only logical that countries are seeking ways to turn their backs the dollar or in the very least diminish their dependence on the ever-looming US currency, notes the Neu Zrcher Zeitung. It argues that this trend was triggered by the outright protectionist practices by the Trump administration that were introduced at a time when Washington would start trade wars left and right.
According to the data presented by the CNBC, the United States is currently waging economic warfare against one tenth of the worlds countries with cumulative population of nearly 2 billion people and combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than 15 trillion dollars.
Additionally, the media source would point out that in recent months it seems that Americas unwavering commitment to fight all of the worlds scourges has brought all those governments and the wealthy individuals who support them to a critical mass, joining forces to create a parallel financial system which would be out of Americas reach. Should they succeed, the impact on Americas global posture would be devastating.
It would only be logical if American policymakers were mindful of the fact that at least 25% of the worlds population are now committed to putting an end to the global dominance of the US dollar.
As the infamous green bills are gradually losing their status of the worlds reserve currency, regular Americans will inevitably feel additional financial strain being put on their households. To make the matters worse, the global depolarization effort is being led by Russia and China that have emerged as full-fledged international players in recent decades, and they seem to have little tolerance for being pushed around. Further still, even the fact that Euro was established as a currency by Brussels can be regarded as a part of t...
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-10-18%20James%20Corbett.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett joins Jim Goddard for his bi-monthly appearance on HoweStreet.com. This time they discuss the IMF's attempts to put the crypto genie back in the central bank bottle; drug money and the banksters; the latest on the trade war; and the strange, sudden interest of the lamestream media in the sins of the Saudis.
Israeli authorities had canceled Lara Alqassems student visa because they accused her of being a BDS activist, despite her intention of studying at an Israeli university.
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Israels Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the interior minister to allow Lara Alqasem, a Palestinian American who was barred from entering Israel over her alleged support for BDS, to enter the country so she can begin her studies at Hebrew University. Alqassem had been held at an immigration detention facility since she arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport two weeks ago.
Israels entry law allows the interior minister to deny entry to anyone who actively calls for the boycott of Israel, its institutions, or its settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The court accepted Alqassems attorneys argument that the law only applies to current, active activists, and that she had not been involved with any organizations advocating BDS for over a year.
Alqassem was previously a chapter president of Students for Justice in Palestine, a national student group that supports BDS.
Theres simply no way that legalizing opium for any purposes in Mexico is good for the US so-called soft security if its southern neighbor remains totally corrupt and strict border security isnt in place. It can therefore be expected that the US will either pressure Mexico to keep opium cultivation illegal or will try to find a way to shield itself from the catastrophic consequences if this happens.
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Every time a home is destroyed, people lose a significant part of their world. But in Khan al-Ahmar it isnt just a home it is an entire community, their land, and their place in the world.
By Karen Isaacs
I am tired and my body hurts. I have slept very few hours this week and except for this morning, I have woken up at 5 a.m. while it was still dark. I dont understand why I should have the right to live in my own home and the people of Khan al-Ahmar should not. I dont understand because there isnt a way to understand.
The mother of the house I have been staying at asked me, over a beautiful dinner that she feared might be her last in her home, why they want to do this to destroy our homes, to make us leave. I told her I didnt think there was an answer. It is just racism and discrimination; there is no real reason. Any reason someone can give is not a good enough answer to justify violently displacing people from their homes. There is a reason that destroying an entire village under military occupation and forcibly transferring its people is deemed a war crime.
Every time a home is destroyed, people lose a significant part of their world. But in this case it isnt just a home: it is a community, their land, their school, and their place in the world, which they have worked hard to b...
I believe that it is Facebook itself that is tampering with the election by manipulating what they want people to see. If the alternative media changed everything in the 2016 election due to the availability of more information, Facebook will change future elections due to their manipulation of the information users are allowed to see.
Germany appears to be on a collision course between those who accept the idea of being the worlds welcome center for refugees, and those who think Germany must not only close its borders, but perhaps even send back many refugees. After all, if the German people do not like instability, then the specter of their borders being violated on a daily basis such be simply unacceptable to them.
The alleged murder of Mr Khashoggi is only the latest of a series of Saudi ventures since 2015 that have failed to turn out as planned... The importance of all this is that the essential political underpinnings of sanctions are being eroded.
Where has Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gone? Since mainstream media broke news of the disappearance and alleged death of Jamal Khashoggi, MBS has gotten a little camera shy and somewhat politically withdrawn.
Whatever did happen to our buoyant reformer, who, from the platforms of his friendships so openly spoke wars and violent retributions to those who dared opposed his vision? By vision of course I speak of MBSs ambition to play Nero to a tamed Middle East while his name would suffer no contention on the international scene.
Once feted as a great reformer, or as the Independent put it this February: Saudi Arabias great young reformer, MBS no longer sits a favourite of the ruling class on account of the sins he committed against that very elite.
It would be the disappearance and suspected murder of one prominent journalist and retired intelligence officer: Jamal Khashoggi, that broke the proverbial camels back not the many grave human rights violations, not the aberration of a doctrine advocating bloodshed, not the engineered famine of Yemen, not the wanton massacre of civilians in Yemen, and certainly not the countless infringements on other nations sovereignty.
I would say that the worlds outrage over Khashoggis death betrays Western society moral relativism, and most importantly the irrationality of its self-righteous anger. Outrage today is a trend underpinned mostly by status than principles.
While the murder of children warrants but a few whispers of opposition, one missing prominent journalist will force governments to face off even the most powerful of lobbies even if it means endangering the war industry.
As we have seen transpired over the past few days, Saudi Arabias link to the West is dependent on its ability to sustain Americas war complex, and to grace PR firms and lobbyists with millions of dollars worth of hush money.
As Tom Freeman writes in TomDispatch: In 2016, according to FARA records, they [Saudi Arabia] reported spending just under $10 mil...
Getting to the bottom of the Jamal Khashoggi disappearance is a bit like peeling an onion. The trick will be to see how a bit of extreme brutal behavior by the Saudis can be manipulated by all interested parties to produce a solution that doesnt damage anyone too much.
Russia is working on its own plans to host North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Moscow or Vladivostok. Moscow can offer lucrative economic projects that will make Pyongyang more amenable to dismantling its nuclear and missile programs.
Since the de-facto partition of Syria is already a fait accompli at this point, the next goal of the US and its allies is to compete with its rivals over the reconstruction of their respective spheres of influence in the country.
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The seventh anniversary of the killing of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on October 20, 2011 provides us with an opportunity to reassess those dramatic events which caused a major step backwards in the countrys development. With the fall of its leader, the countrys power hierarchy collapsed, leading to the disintegration of both government authorities and the armed forces.
The triumph of the February 17th Revolution and the fall of the dictatorship was initially greeted with euphoria, but this mood was not enough to prevent the country from falling apart. The victors, who had seized power with the support of NATO and an unlikely coalition of various armed groups, were unable to prevent the countrys descent into chaos. That coalition split apart in 2014, and the country has effectively been split in two ever since. There are now two opposed territories, one headed by Tripoli in the west of Libya, the other headed by Tobruk, in the east. Each has its own government, parliament and armed forces.
What is more, the capital, Tripoli, is controlled by four main armed groups, which, together, prop up the Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj. Their official role is to guarantee security, serve as a police force, and guard the airport, government organisations and prisons etc. According to many experts in the region, these armed groups have built up an unprecedented level of control over both public and private organisations. They are involved in business and a wide range of illegal schemes: these include various forms of smuggling, especially of oil.
This situation gives rise to rivalry with other armed groups which came to Tripoli as victors after the collapse of the regime, but these newcomers have been sidelined as time has passed.
They were angered by Facebook posts in which commanders of pro-government militias showed off their luxury cars and flats. That explains why, at the end of August, the commanders of 7 brigades from Tarhuna, 45 km south of the capital, adopted the slogan An end to corruption! and moved their forces against the alliance of four armed groups.
Despite calls by the Government of National Accord for peace, serious armed clashes have broken out in several parts of Tripoli the worst eruption of violence in the city in the last four years. Between August and the end of September, 115 people were killed a...
A well-known human rights activist received a call warning that law enforcement will take steps against him over any illegal speech, act, or behavior in relation to Khan al-Ahmar. Activists are camped out in the village, hoping to stop the imminent demolition, which the ICC warned would be a war crime.
By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man and Yael Marom
Israeli police appear to have warned at least one well-known Israeli human rights activist that law enforcement will take steps against him if he says or does anything illegal in relation to the imminent destruction and forced displacement of Khan al-Ahmar.
You dont have to speak with me, the man, who identified himself as a detective serving in the Jerusalem area, said at the start of the call to Guy Hircefeld Wednesday afternoon, emphasizing that the conversation was not an interrogation of any sort.
As you surely know, there is an eviction at Khan al-Ahmar, are you familiar [with it],...
Fatou Bensouda says she wont hesitate to take appropriate action, should the West Bank village be demolished. British Prime Minister Theresa May says demolition will be a major blow to two-state solution.
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda issued a stern warning to Israel officials on Wednesday, saying she will not hesitate to take any appropriate action should they demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar and forcibly transfer its residents.
Bensoudas warning comes as Israeli authorities ramp up their attempts to destroy the village and remove its residents, who have lived in Khan al-Ahmar for over 40 years.
The ICC prosecutor also expressed concern about the continued violence at the Gaza-Israel border, several hours after a rocket fired from the Strip struck a home in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva. In response, the Israeli Air Force struck 20 targets it said belonged to Hamas.
Bensoudas full statement:
I have been following with concern the p...
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