I have a few questions about all of this. President Obama has told us that we must participate because we are the "indispensible" nation. We have the most powerful armed forces and the best led military "that the World has ever known". He says that it is up to us to lead the way. I'm wondering why Turkey, a nation with the largest military in NATO, doesn't get involved?
Time and history sometimes intertwine in ways more poetic than linear, such as the multiple crimes associated with the date September 11 and the legacy of bearing witness to suffering that led journalist James Foley to his death in Syria, as Martin Espada explained to Dennis J Bernstein.
As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems-- the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, and the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.
Always there have been media, reporters, and columnists who published false information in order to help the CIA advance undeclared agendas. The difference is that today the CIA's influence is pervasive. Unfortunately, objective reporting is a thing of the past.
The drumbeat for war has been carefully worked out to prepare public opinion in the United States and internationally for a dramatic escalation in military operations in the region, including the direct and open targeting of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Pentagon has supplied at least eight counterinsurgency and military-planning experts to Kiev to help Western-backed Ukrainian forces engaged in tense conflict with Russian-speaking populations in the east.
Washington must stop acting unilaterally, with no regard to other nations’ interests, and should engage in honest cooperation to tackle global problems, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said in an interview with RT and the VGTRK media corporation.
Even as President Obama launches a new war against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, the politics of Official Washington won't allow for pressure on Israel to end one of the principal drivers of that extremism, oppression of the Palestinians, as shown in the case of Tariq Khdeir, described by Marjorie Cohn.
A serious case has been made repeatedly by unknown scholars and globally celebrated geniuses for well over a century that a likely step toward abolishing war would be instituting some form of global government. Yet the peace movement barely mentions the idea.
Putin's plan to turn into lemonade the lemon that Obama handed him in Ukraine in February.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
"For Ukraine, it is the end. It is a complete demise of the Ukrainian state as an industrial country. Nobody wants their products in the West because they are outdated, and they [the West] have their own manufacturers. What they [Ukraine] are doing right now is suicide."
The neocons say the next step in President Obama's bombing raids inside Syria must be to move from attacking the terrorist Islamic State to destroying Syria's air force and air defenses, all the better to achieve the neocons' long-sought "regime change," reports Robert Parry.
1. The event Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 (Amsterdam —Kuala-Lumpur) departed from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol at 10:14 UTC (14:14 Moscow Time) and was scheduled to arrive at its destination at 18:10 local time (22:10 UTC/2:10 Moscow time). Echelon 330, including the 10 kilometers altitude that the crashed Boeing was flying at, was open for international transit flights over the territory of Ukraine. According to the data provided by the airline, contact with the airplane was lost at 14:15 (...)
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Crucial information is hidden in the wreckage and fragments of the crashed airplane, but this very information can easily be eliminated, distorted and concealed. It should not be forgotten that there are always people involved who seek to conceal each and every real fact. An indirect confirmation of this is the fact that on August 8th Ukraine, The Netherlands, Belgium and Australia signed an agreement allowing the disclosure of information regarding the investigation of the crash only at the consent of all parties involved.
First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said that the Federation Council suspends inter-parliamentary contacts with the countries that supported anti-Russian sanctions...
Tras su intervención ante la 69ª Asamblea General de la ONU, el canciller ruso, Serguéi Lavrov, ha concedido una entrevista a RT y a la emisora VGTRK en la que aborda los temas de la actualidad internacional. Les presentamos la entrevista completa.