Amnesty International: “US & allies war of annihilation” in Raqqa, Syria had devastating toll on civilians.

Note: The direct link to the Amnesty report contained in this post is at the time of writing blocked by the EU and hidden by search engine filters elsewhere. People who think internet censorship is a conspiracy theory please take that on board.

The four-month military operation carried out by the US-led Coalition to oust the Islamic State from Raqqa (Syria), killed hundreds of civilians, injured many more and destroyed much of the city. This report from human rights group Amnesty International documents the experiences of four families whose cases are emblematic of wider patterns. Eight months on, the Coalition remains in denial about the human tragedy resulting from its military campaign.

Amnesty International is urging Coalition members to promptly and impartially investigate allegations of international law violations and civilian casualties, and to provide reparation to the victims and adequate assistance for the desperately needed demining and reconstruction work.

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Trump: “Angry Mob” of “Radical Democrats” Has Become “Too Extreme And Too Dangerous To Govern”

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President Trump on Saturday touted a conservative victory after his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed as the 114th Justice after a contentious and dramatic assault from the left.
Speaking in Topeka, Kansas, Trump framed the Democratic resistance to Kavanaugh as an attempt by an “angry mob” to hijack the proceedings “in their quest for power.”

“They threw away and threw aside every notion of fairness, of justice, of decency and of due process,” Trump said of the anti-Kavanaugh efforts. “What he and his wonderful family endured at the hands of Democrats is unthinkable, unthinkable.”

“Just imagine the devastation they would cause if they of their obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump added. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they have become.”

Trump then used Kavanaugh’s example to illustrate why conservatives need to vote during the midterm elections in four weeks so that Democrats don’t take back the House.

America

The military-industrial-humanitarian complex: Western hegemony spread by virtue signalling?

 

The terms ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democracy’ were once used to describe honourable behaviour and just causes. Now they have become contenders, along with science, socialism and liberal for the dubious honour of being the most abused words in the English language, routinely deployed to justify politically motivated acts of aggression which lead to death and destruction.
Words such as ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democracy’ have acquired a darker and more cynical meaning following their misappropriation to justify the invasion of sovereign nations, effect regime change and promote the spread of Western military, economic and cultural dominance around the world. The mainstream media and many human rights activists, assist these ventures by broadcasting and publishing propagandised news and by tapping into negative emotions such as fear and outrage to soften public opinion and make interference in the political affairs of sovereign states appear justified.
If you remember 2001 and the lies of western politicians and media about Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, supposedly capable of being deployed against western targets within 45 minutes, the strategy was used to swing public opinion behind the US / EU / NATO push for a war that would rid them of a maverick leader.  The public were deceived into accepting the invasion through attention-grabbing headlines crafted to abhor readers with ‘evidence’ of Saddam’s butchery and to generate strong emotional reactions which would cause people to think with their hearts rather than their heads.
One story was written by UK Labour MP Ann Clwyd, and published by the one time newspaper of record The Times  two days before the US-led Coalition of the Willing began pounding Iraq’s cities and infrastructure with carpet bombing attacks. Clwyd claimed that Saddam had demonstrated a ‘human-shredding machine’ into which adversaries were fed and reduced to fish food. It is of course a variation on a scence in the Coen brothers film Fargo in which a wood shredder is used to render a corpse unidentifiable.
The article, under the title “See men shredded, then say you don’t back war” was quoted by other newspapers and by TV and radio news and caused readers to feel revulsion towards Saddam and his regime, and made the anti-war lobby appear sympathetic to a murderous regime dubbed by one tabloid, “The Butchers Of Bagdhad,” and indifferent to the plight of the Iraqi people. The story was challenged by anti – war campaigners and no evidence of such a device has been found. And for the record Saddam was supported by more than half of Iraquis, a popularity he achieved by the simple expedient of using a significant proportion of his country’s oil revenues to provide generous welfare payments.

The Iraqi dictator was certainly no angel, but he did manage to keep down the extremist elements in his country ,and of course, his removal by the the western military powers, USA , UK and France (The FUKUS axis,) facilitated the rise of ISIS some years later. Saddam’s real crimes were well known to US and NATO intelligence services, who kept him informed about the locations of Iranian troops during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, in the knowledge that he would use mustard gas and sarin against them.

The US also provided Saddam with cluster bombs and helped him acquire chemical precursor agents. US-based Human Rights Watch estimated that Saddam killed at least 290,000 of his own people while in power.  However, this figure is dwarfed by the number of Iraqis believed to have died in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, due to occupation forces, sectarian violence or ISIS – this figure is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, if not in excess of a million.

The psychological shock-and-awe strategy was again employed in the lead up to NATO’s bombing of Libya, as the US and UK’s on-off relationship with Gaddafi took a turn for the worse after he planned to start selling oil in dinars (a new gold-backed pan-African currency) instead of US dollars or euros, and encouraged his African neighbors to follow suit.

The release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server in late 2015, just as the 2016 election campaign was getting under way revealed that such a move would have strengthened African economies and led to competition between the dinar and the dollar or euro. In fact there is in progress now a move led by Russia and China to dump the US$ as reserve currency and move to a system of settling cross border trades in the vendors currency. And earlier this year, China launched the Petroyuan, a gold-backed contract for trading oil futures, on the Shanghai stock & commodity exchange. So old Mad Dog Muammar was just unfortunate enough to be ahead of the game when he had no powerful allies to back him up.

On this occasion, we were treated to the excuse that bombing Libya and supporting the anti-Gaddafi rebels, including Al-Qaeda-affiliated elements, was necessary as Gaddafi was about to commit a massacre against the people of the rebel-controlled city of Benghazi. Another emotive claim designed to mould public opinion into accepting the war affirmed that Gaddafi was giving his soldiers Viagra so they could commit mass rape. An investigation by Amnesty International found no evidence to support this allegation and revealed that on several occasions anti-Gaddafi forces in Benghazi had made false allegations or manufactured evidence of human rights violations.

Without any sense of irony American, European and British politicians and the media now try to justify censorship of news and opinion, seeking to justify this illiberal and undemocratic activity by claiming it is necessary to silence those who spread ‘fake news’. Do we really believe governments and the media are going to censor themselves? Do we believe Google are suddenly going to cease and desist from suppressing factual information and opinions critical of their cronies in Washington? Do we believe Facebook are going to remove the globalist bias from their algorithms and give equal prominence to news and ideas that do not support Zuckerberg’s world domination agenda? Do we look as though we were born yesterday?

The concern of governments and their corporate friends about fake news is that with the rise of new media real news will leak out into the public domain and expose the fact that governments have been feeding us fake news since the modern era began with the protestant reformation.

Why The Western Democracies Are Failing


For too long the democratic nations of the world, which are mostly in North America and Europe, with some outposts such as Autralia, have followed the lead of The United States of America both economically and socially. And the USA has been leading us to disaster for fifty years.

Forget this week’s utter fiasco of Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the upreme court, and the utterly pathetic attempt by the Democrats to prevent President Tump’s nominee’s conformation. It doesn’t matter whether Brett Kavanaugh becomes a justice of the Supreme Court or not; one more Deep State lackey will change nothing.

For years, the Courts and elected assemblies of has looked the other way as the banking cartel colaborated with central banks and global corporations to rob one class of citizen (ordinary, working people) and reward another (the elite).

As a result, the American economic empire faces a catastrophic crisis as wealth concentrates in fewer hands, and the debts of the have nots (both nations and individuals, become overwhelming. The resurgence of nationalism in Europe is one symptom, the increasing number of regional conflicts and rising tensions between the western democracies and the non – democratic eastern bloc, is another. And the upsuge in Islamic fundamentalism is the third and probably the most dangerous. All this is being played out to the accompaniment of internal schisms, social breakdowns, and dangerous political scuffles.

Why, you might well ask.

If you work by the hour, the boss can buy your time. That’s what it really means to say someone is “rich” – he has more time because he can control not only his own, but yours, too.

Somebody who had $1,000 worth of stocks in 1971 could buy approximately 250 of the average working man’s hours. Today, that $1,000 worth of stocks is worth about $28,000… which, at today’s $26-per-hour average, will buy 1,077 hours of the typical working man’s time – four times as much as in 1971.

In other words, compared to the wage earner, the capitalist is four times as rich.

Invert it, and you see about the same thing. A working man would have had to labor for 212 hours to buy the 30 Dow stocks in 1971. Today, his time is much less valuable; he has to sweat for over 1,100 hours to buy the Dow.

It is this hollowing out of the middle class (not the middle class in the British sense, where the class system is much more complicated,) that is behind the chaos in the democratic world. The group in the middle is getting smaller, the’poor’ are growing exponentially in number and the rich are getting richer and more out of touch with the realities other classes face. It cannot end well.

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Is US Department Of Defence Regime Change Agency Planning Color Revolution In Nicaragua

Protestors in Nicaragua – but do they know what they are protesting about (Picture: Al Jazeera )

 

As civil unrest takes hold in the Central American republic, we are seeing reports that Nicaraguan student protest leaders have met with Washington DC, neocons, a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the ludicrously misnamed National Endowment for Democracy (NED), boasts of spending millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” against Daniel Ortega

Corporate mainstream media outlets are portraying the violent protest movement sweeping Nicaragua as a progressive grassroots upswell but the country’s student leaders have suggested otherwise.

In June this year, young Nicaraguan political activists went on a junket funded by US taxpayers to Washington DC, hosted by right-wing advocacy group Freedom House. The Nicaraguans were there to lobby Donald Trump and other right-wing US government officials for help in their fight against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

During the trip, the young activists posed for photo-ops with leading Republican Party neocons and warmongers including Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Nicaraguan party also had meetings with top officials from the State Department and the US government soft power organization USAID. There, they were reportedly assured they would have Washington’s full-throated support in the event of a rebellion against Ortega.

A month before those meetings , a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), revealed that organizations backed by the NED have spent years and millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” in Nicaragua.

This article, openly boasting of US meddling was repoted by the Latin America news website Global Americans, and was reputedly authored by US academic Benjamin Waddell, the academic director of the School for International Training in Nicaragua. Following publication of this piece, Global Americans replaced the term “insurrection” with the less incendiary word “change.” The original headline can however still be seen in the article’s URL.

Waddell’s article offers a remarkably honest assessment of the impact of the National Endowment for Democracy’s long term activities in Nicaraguan domestic politics. The author’s conclusions tended to confirm assertions made by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and members of his government, who have claimed the protests are a carefully staged plot backed and organised by Washington.

“International press has depicted the rapid escalation of civil unrest in Nicaragua as a spontaneous explosion of collective discontent, triggered by the government’s changes to its insolvent social security system and rooted in more than a decade of authoritarian rule by the Ortega-Murillo family,” Waddell wrote. “And while the underlying causes of the turmoil are rooted in government mismanagement and corruption, it’s becoming more and more clear that the U.S. support has helped play a role in nurturing the current uprisings.”

In another striking passage, Waddell concluded, “the NED’s current involvement in nurturing civil society groups in Nicaragua sheds light on the power of transnational funding to influence political outcomes in the 21st century.”

The USA has a long history of meddling in the domestic politics of small, thirds world nations, often unsuccessfully and frequently with catastrophic results. The NED has been one of the leading agent of US soft power since its founding in 1983, at the height of the Cold War, its function being to fund and organise opposition to governments that refuse to serve US geopolitical ambitions.  The first NED success took place in Nicaragua, where it incubated anti-Sandinista media outfits like the La Prensa newspaper and right wing political groups.

In 1990, the Ortega’s party, the Sandinistas, were defeated at the polls by the right-wing candidate Violeta Chamorro, whose family happened to own La Prensa. Chamorro’s victory represented the culmination of nearly $16 million dollars in NED grants to anti-Sandinista political parties and media outlets.

More recently we have seen US led regime change efforts either fail ignominiously, as in Afghanistan and Syria, succeed catastrophically as in Libya, under Colonel Gadaffi Africa’s more prosperous and socially advanced nation, now after Libya was bombed by he US, France and UK (the FUKUS axis,) it is a failed state enmired in a tripartate civil war, or simply achieve the opposite of what was intended as in Ukraine where a deeply corrupt but democratically elected government was overthrown in a CIA engineered coup, only to be replaced by an equally corrupt neo – Nazi government.

Kermit Roosevelt, a member of the famous American political family but who made his contributions to the nation in the shadowy world of spy craft, even bragged about it publicly in his book Countercoup, revealing there was a manual in circulation at the CIA dealing with how you overthrow governments.

Mr. Roosevelt’s best-known exploit was as director of the 1953 coup that overthrew the leader of Iran, Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, a nationalist who concerned Washington because he was supported by the Iranian Communists at the height of the cold war.

So it seems to me this was a playbook coup d’état is something reheared by the CIA many times over decades. The is no denying Washington’s role in the Ukraine regime change of course, Vitoria Nuland, at the time Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, working with the US Ambassador, in a famous open mic moment complained that the US had spent a billion dollars organising the coup with the aim of getting Ukraine into the European Union and thus controlling Black Sea shipping routes to Russia’s only warm water ports, only to find the right wing extremists they had supported were not acceptable to the EU. Many copies of the recording made of that slip up still exist, here’s a link to a BBC transcript.

Ukraine was a particularly embarrassing fail for the US DoD Regime change Agency,

What is surprising is that the warmongers of Washington have learned nothing from all this and, as we can see from the reports coming out of Nicaragua, are getting ready to make the same foreign policy mistakes all over again.

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Assad Prepping Chemical Weapons; US Diplomat claims. Russia Threatens Attack On US Base

The situation in Syria is deteriorating rapidly in Syria as the Assad government prepares for its final assault on Idlib, the last stronghold of the head amputating, journalist roasting, murdering, torturing, sex slave taking, raping, thieving, kiddie fiddling  ISIS / Al Nusra extremists (better known perhaps as Barack Obama’s beloved moderate rebels.)  Russian jets have been bombarding rebel positions in Idlib Province as the Syrian Army initiates a ground invasion which Damascus has described as coming in a “phased” approach.

The White House responded to the Syrian and Russian bombing campaign by vowing it would act “swiftly and vigorously” should chemical weapons be used, conveniently forgetting that in other cases where the US has alleged the Assad regime has used gas against its own people, in efforts to justify direct intervention in Syria, Putin has faced down The Pentagon, while subsequent investigations by the independent OPCW (Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons) inspectors has found no evidence of the Assad government’s involvement, and on the famous ocasion when the cildbrain Barack Hussein Obama claimed he had irrefutable evidence that Assad was responsible for a poison gas incident, the inspectors found very strong evidence that the gas cannisters were fired by the rebels into a civilian area under the control of the Assad government. Furthermore the gas used was discovered to have originated in the USA.

Just a day ago US diplomats claimed there’s “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian forces, citing intelligence of such activities. We remind you again that at the end of last month and early this month the Russian government was warning that a false flag gas attack was being prepared by US agents to justify interference in the final defeat of the CIA sponsored bid to oust Assad and replace him with a government beholden to the Islamic fundamentalist monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Readers should also bear in mind that as with previous allegations of illegal weapon use by the Syrian regime, the “US Intelligence” comes from the rebels themselves, hardly what a sane person would call a reliable source (although the mass murderer and war criminal Obama was happy to believe their every word.

America’s top general has now confirmed the Pentagon is drawing up military options to attack Syria and is in currently in close discussion with the White House over the plans.  Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters on Saturday during a trip to India, according to Reuters:

he was involved in “routine dialogue” with the White House about military options should Syria ignore U.S. warnings against using chemical weapons in an expected assault on the enclave of Idlib.

President Trump has already ordered Tomahawk missile attacks on Syria twice, in the past 2 Aprils.

However, Gen. Dunford noted that no decision has been made to intervene militarily in response to Idlib. “But we are in a dialogue, a routine dialogue, with the president to make sure he knows where we are with regard to planning in the event that chemical weapons are used,” he told a group of reporters.

Dunford added in reference to his talks with President Trump: “He expects us to have military options and we have provided updates to him on the development of those military options.”

The fact that Russia has stationed a flotilla of warships in the eastern Mediterranean, off Syria, may influence the final decision of the Pentagon and the Department of Defense of course, as it has before.

Trump had previously bombed Syria twice after allegations that Assad ordered a chemical weapons attack  in April 2017 and April 2018 the former was in response to a claimed sarin attack on Idlib.

White House officials have vowed to hold Assad responsible for any chemical attack allegations that emerge. Given that all previous allegations of chemical weapons use has not been proved, it seems to this publication the USA is simply desperate for war.

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