SUDDENLY THE WEST IS FAILING TO OVERTHROW "REGIMES" It used to be done regularly and it worked: The West identified a country as its enemy, unleashed its professional propaganda against it, then administered a series of sanctions, starving and murdering children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups. If the country did not collapse within months or just couple of years, the bombing would begin. And the nation, totally shaken, in pain, and in disarray, would collapse like a house of cards, once the first NATO boots hit its ground.
Omar, Tlaib, and the United States of Israel I’m trying to remember when Israel wasn’t the fifty-first state. It receives my tax money and a blank check by the United States government to torture, ethnically cleanse, and murder Palestinians.
Lula: The US is Behind "Operation Car Wash" Posted: Monday, August 19, 2019
Lula: The US is Behind "Operation Car Wash" For former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, events in Brazil since the 2016 coup that deposed President Dilma Rousseff were orchestrated by the US government. "Everything that is happening has the hand of the United States on it... The US created the Lava Jato investigation to take our oil," he said, speaking for the first time after Supreme Court (STF) prevented his transfer to a São Paulo prison. Lula's interview, with veteran journalist Bob Fernandes, aired on TVE, a public television station from Bahia, on Friday, August 16th.
U.S. Sanctions Backfire, Lead To Boost In Russian Oil Exports U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and Iran have had an unplanned side effect: they have increased exports of heavy, sour crude from Russia, Bloomberg reports, adding that calculations have shown Russian oil companies raked in an additional US$905 million at least from these sales between November and July.
Hong Kong: Don't Provoke the Dragon Time was when flying to Hong Kong was a really big thrill – or maybe scare would be a better term. Its old airport, Kai Tak, was right in the middle of bustling downtown Hong Kong. Flying into Kai Tak used up 11 of one's 12 lives.
Targeting Iran A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time. A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region. The alleged sabotage of four oil tankers, two of them Saudi, and the attack on a major oil pipeline are being linked in certain circles without an iota of evidence to Tehran. There is no need to repeat that scenarios of this sort are often manufactured to justify military aggression.
Bacteria-Killing Plastic Toxins Threatens 20% of World's Oxygen Scientists have revealed that a potential new problem associated with the plastic pollution epidemic is the inhibition of growth and photosynthetic efficiency of the bacteria that produces about 20% of the world's breathable oxygen supply, due to toxins in plastic seeping into seawater.
Palestine FM: US Peace Deal Favors Israel's Colonial Policies Palestine foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki slammed the so-called U.S. 'deal of the century' Friday, stating that it is “the consecration of our century-old ordeal: no independence, no sovereignty, no freedom, no justice,” during an address in London.
UN Praises Bolivia's Economic Model The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has celebrated Bolivia's economic model and said that the country must maintain the 'gains' of the last 13 years under leftist president Evo Morales.
The World's Dictatress In his Fourth of July address to Congress in 1821, U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams stated that if America were ever to abandon its founding foreign policy of non-interventionism, she would inevitably become the world's "dictatress" and begin behaving accordingly. No can can deny that Adams' prediction has come true. America has truly become the world's dictatress – an arrogant, ruthless, brutal dictatress that brooks no dissent from anyone in the world.
The Lies That Form Our Consciousness and False Historical Awareness My generation associated dystopias, such as George Orwell's 1984, with the Soviet Union, a country in which explanations were controlled and criticism of Stalin would land a person in the Gulag. We thought of the United States and our life here much differently. But with the passage of time the difference between life in the Soviet Union in the 20th century and life in the Western world today is disappearing. Today, the journalist Julian Assange is undergoing the same kind of state terror and torture as any Soviet dissident, if not worse. The Western media is as controlled as the Soviet media, with print, TV, and public radio serving as a propaganda ministry for government and the interest groups that control government. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter are systematically denying their platforms to those who express views not supportive of the ruling order and its agendas. It has turned out to be easy to get rid of the First Amendment guarantee of free speech as the media have neither the ability nor the intention of exercising it.
Bomb Iran Half Way Back to the Stone Age Is it just a coincidence that TV networks are re-running old "Dirty Harry" films just as a powerful US Naval armada and Air Force B-52 bombers are headed for what could be a clash with Iran? Here we go again with the "good guys" versus the "bad guys," and "make my day."
'Pity America, because of this crazy Trump!' Here's what Iran's man in Iraq would say to Mike Pompeo Mike Pompeo went to put the thumbscrews on the Iraqi government this week. No more electrical power from Iran, he told them, and make sure those pesky Iranians don't attack our boys in that great American base in Iraq which Trump was boasting about. The New York Times numbingly told us that his trip was "shrouded in secrecy" – if only it had been. Then at least the US secretary of state could have paid a visit to Iran's most important supporter in the Iraqi parliament.
China Confirms Retaliatory Measures Against US Tariffs China's Commerce Ministry released an official statement Friday stating that the Asian country will be taking "necessary countermeasures" to Donald Trump's announcement of increasing tariffs on Chinese goods entering the United States.
Nicaragua Asks Opposition to Respect Peace Talks The Sandinista government is concerned that the country's opposition are not engaging with peace negotiations in good faith, due to the fact they refuse to condemn U.S. sanctions on the country.
Pandering to Israel Means War With Iran The United States is moving dangerously forward in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to provoke a war with Iran, apparently based on threat intelligence provided by Israel. The claims made by National Security Advisor John Bolton and by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that there is solid evidence of Iran's intention to attack US forces in the Persian Gulf region is almost certainly a fabrication, possibly deliberately contrived by Bolton and company in collaboration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Trump's Iran Policy Is Becoming Dangerous Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2019
'Hands off Ilhan': Black Women in Solidarity with Ilhan Omar What 'upsets (Donald Trump and) his goons … is that they can't stand that a refugee, a black woman, ... a Muslim shows up in Congress thinking she's equal to them.' Dozens of women from the Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of African-American advocates, gathered Tuesday in support of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar who has been a target of hate-speech and trolling by right-wing politicians and their supporters.
Ecuador Embassy Staff Contradicts Allegations Against Assange Fidel Narvaez was the consul in London for 6 of the 7 years that Julian Assange stayed at the embassy, speaking to Russian outlet RT he said; "his alleged breach of asylum conditions" and altercations with diplomatic staff were a "smokescreen" and that "a couple of isolated incidents with security guards" was not improper conduct.
Arresting Members of the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Would Be Unlawful Washington, DC – We told the State Department that if they enter the Venezuelan Embassy, they are violating international law, and if they arrest members of the Collective for trespass or unlawful entry, these will be unlawful arrests. Members of the Collective are in the embassy with the permission of the elected government of Venezuela.
Colombia: Nationwide Strike Against Duque's Neoliberal Policies Workers, farmers, teachers, students, and pensioners are staging a nationwide "Peace and Justice" strike to reject President Ivan Duque's neoliberal policies, supporting Indigenous rights and defending the peace process in Colombia being left behind by the head of state.
US Ends Sanction Waivers for Countries Importing Iranian oil U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to eliminate all waivers issued to eight economies allowing them to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions, the White House said on Monday, while vowing to ensure global oil market was well supplied.
China Unilaterally Rejects US Sanctions Against Iran China consistently opposes unilateral U.S. sanctions against Iran, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday amid reports that Washington is expected to announce that buyers of Iranian oil must halt imports soon or face sanctions.
EU Lawmakers Praise Evo Morales On Economy And Equality On Thursday, 19 lawmakers in the European parliament wrote a letter to Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales, in praise of the country's progress on development and social equality. The signatories include those from Europe's most prominent leftist parties, such as Spain's Podemos, France Insoumise and Germany's Die Linke.
Who Is Ecuador's Ricardo Patiño, Latest Victim of 'Lawfare' Persecution? On Thursday, the Ecuadorean Attorney General's office announced the solicitation of a Red Notice request to Interpol for the capture of the foreign minister under former President Rafael Correa, Ricardo Patiño. As the goverment ramps up its attacks on the opposition, this opposition leader and vocal critic of the current government President Lenin Moreno has come under the gaze of lawfare attacks.
Jimmy Carter Lectures Trump: US Is 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World' During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China's growing economy and expressed concern that "China is getting ahead of us." Carter, who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979, said he told Trump that much of China's success was due to its peaceful foreign policy.
Mexico, China Vow to Protect Firms Against US Sanctions on Cuba Several nations in the world have come out against the Trump administration's unilateral decision to allow the complete application of the controversial Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, opening the doors to a flood of lawsuits over alleged confiscation of property by the Cuban state.
"Assange’s Judge a Disgrace to the Bench" Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Assange’s Judge a Disgrace to the Bench, Former UK Ambassador Says Both Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are now in jail, both over offenses related to the publication of materials specifying U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, and both charged with nothing else at all. No matter what bullshit political and MSM liars try to feed you, that is the simple truth. Manning and Assange are true heroes of our time, and are suffering for it.
Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory' President Donald Trump: Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced its unanimous rejection of a request to investigate American military and intelligence professionals who served in Afghanistan. This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law. We welcome this decision and reiterate our position that the United States holds American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards. Since the creation of the ICC, the United States has consistently declined to join the court because of its broad, unaccountable prosecutorial powers; the threat it poses to American national sovereignty; and other deficiencies that render it illegitimate. Any attempt to target American, Israeli, or allied personnel for prosecution will be met with a swift and vigorous response.
JOHN PILGER: Assange Arrest a Warning from History Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight, says John Pilger. Dissent has become an indulgence. And the British elite has abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice.
Venezuela Rejects Asylum Removal and Arrest of Julian Assange Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza published a statement on Twitter stating that President Maduro, on behalf of the government and the people, "expresses his most categorical rejection of the atrocious decision that deprived Australian-Ecuadorean Julian Assange of the right to diplomatic asylum."
US Vice President Mike Pence told the UNSC that "the time has come" for the UN to recognize Guaido as Venezuela's "legitimate president" and accept the latter's representative to the world body. He added that the US would circulate a resolution to this effect, but offered no details on its timetable. A previous US resolution at the UNSC was vetoed by Russia and China on February. Pence went on to reiterate the warning that "all options are on the table" to oust the Maduro government. "This is our neighborhood," he told reporters afterward, calling on Russia to cease its support to the Maduro government.
Correa Says Moreno INA Papers Probe Led to Facebook Page Block The INA Papers alleges Moreno's link to a firm which deposited millions to an offshore company, whose owner put money in Moreno's brother's shell company. Early Friday, former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa confirmed that his Facebook account had indeed been blocked, just one day after the ex-head of state publicly criticize Lenin Moreno for the withdrawal of asylum previously granted to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.
Paraguay to Formally Withdraw From UNASUR The government of Mario Abdo is now the third to formalize its abandonment, joining Colombian President Ivan Duque, who on Aug. 27, 2018, and Ecuador's Lenin Moreno, who on March 14, 2019, made a similar decision. Since April 2018, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru suspended their participation, leaving Venezuela, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and Uruguay as active members.
Putin Wants the Rights of Assange to Be Observed Press secretary for the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he currently can't make any detailed statements on the overall situation but stated that "We, of course, hope that all of his rights will be observed."
Least We Forget:WikiLeaks: Collateral Murder (Iraq, 2007) Video footage from a U.S. Apache helicopter in 2007 leaked by U.S. Army intelligence analyst and whistleblower Bradley Manning to Wikileaks. The video shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well.
World Demands Lula's Liberty on 1st Anniversary of Captivity People are gathering all over the world to commemorate the first anniversary of the imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. The most revered leftist leader from Worker's Party (PT) in Brazil, was arrested last year on April 7 prior to the country's presidential election in 2018 which saw the victory of far-right Jair Bolsonaro.
Reuters Confirms That Bolton Torpedoed the Hanoi Summit An explosive report by Reuters confirms that John Bolton sabotaged the denuclearization talks between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump in Hanoi in February. According to a March 29 exclusive by journalists Lesley Wroughton and David Brunnstrom: