There is a “glaring disconnect” between the loud condemnation of Russian actions in Syria and the actual agreements, discreetly made at the highest level and voiced publicly; such a policy might soon result in an admittance by the US officials that the insistence on removing Assad “was a huge mistake,” according to a British writer and broadcaster.
Article: Israel accused of using trickery to snatch refugee lands - For Palestinian society, land dealing with Israel is considered taboo. But some refugees admitted that Israel had been using various forms of pressure long before the latest lawyers' ruse to persuade families into signing away their rights.
Quicklink: Unless The Democrats Run Sanders, A Trump Nomination Means A Trump Presidency - Quicklink: CurrentAffairs.org's Nathan J. Robinson's article:Democrats need to seriously and pragmatically assess their strategy for defeating Trump. A Clinton run would be disastrous; Bernie Sanders is their only hope. ...Given this reality, every Democratic strategic question must operate not on the basis of abstract electability against a hypothetical candidate, but specific electability against the actual Republican nominee, Donald Trump.Here, a Clinton match-up is highly likely to be an unmitigated electoral disaster, whereas a Sanders candidacy stands a far better chance. Every one of Clinton’s (considerable) weaknesses plays to every one of Trump’s strengths, whereas every one of Trump’s (few) weaknesses plays to every one of Sanders’s strengths. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, running Clinton against Trump is a disastrous, suicidal proposition.
Article: Review: JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters - The book elicits a profound respect for the moral courage demonstrated by both President Kennedy and his Cold War counterpart, Nikita Khrushchev, at moments when so much hung in the balance. The bond these two men developed as a consequence of their taking humanity to the brink and the terror they both felt from looking into the abyss led to a mutual desire to negotiate an end to the Cold War and work toward disarmament.
Six months ago, terrorist groups and their "moderate" comrades were closing in on Damascus. Now the Syrian army is less than 100 miles from Raqqa, the so-called "capital" of the Islamic Caliphate. What changed? Since entering the conflict in September, Russia has equipped the Syrian army with some of the most advanced weapons on earth.
The ceasefire in Syria has begun, and it seems to be holding. According to the Guardian:A fragile, temporary and partial cessation of hostilities has come into force in Syria after 97 fighting groups, as well as the Syrian government and Russian air force, signed up to a ceasefire.
Hillary Clinton has used every dirty trick in the book in order to steal votes and delegates from Bernie Sanders. But this is just the tip of the soulless, power-hungry, blood-drenched iceberg that is Hillary Clinton (Okay, we understand we're stretching our imagery here, but work with us).
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Twitter's decision makes it pretty clear: When viral content threatens powerful interests, the American people are reduced to the political freedoms enjoyed by the likes of Turkey or Egypt.
And this is hardly the first incident revealing Hillary's collusion with the media.
Capital is Lord over all, but, even in a globalized neoliberal world, elections sometimes have non-trivial consequences. The ridiculously long election sea
Enrique Ferro's insight:
African Americans, not just the notables among them, could expect more than Obama-style neglect, or the kind of treatment dealt them in the nineties, when Bill Clinton brought on the mass incarceration of black male youth, ended most forms of welfare support for impoverished families, and cut off opportunities for advancement by instituting economic and trade policies that effectively eliminated union jobs.
From Yahoo News: The number of refugees and migrants trapped in Greece may reach 70,000 in coming weeks, Greece's migration minister said on Sunday, adding that a NATO plan to crack down on smugglers could limit migrant flows significantly. Greece, a primary gateway to Europe for tens of thousands of people fleeing war in the Middle East and beyond, has been inundated with refugees and migrants after border shutdowns through the Balkans, stranding thousands in the country in the past ten days. "We estimate that we will have a number of people trapped in our country which will be between 50,000 and 70,000... I believe in the coming month," Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas told Greek Mega TV.
UN Security Council Resolution 2254 calls for a "ceasefire" in Syria. A "ceasefire", unconditioned according to the resolution, would be for the whole country but would exclude certain groups: [r]eiterates its call in resolution 2249 (2015) for...
Andriy Parubiy, one of the key pro-Western politicians behind Ukraine's 2014 Maidan coup d'état, is complaining about the 'cooling' relationship between Kiev and Washington, Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform reports.
Article: Christine Rohmer refutes Gerald Friedman's analysis of Bernie Sanders economic plan: A Rebuttal & Observation - The wonks are warring over Sanders proposals. Are they looking at all the factors fairly? A possible policy addition is proposed too.
Trump vs. Clinton will appear to most Americans as a choice between something new and risky, and something old and corrupt. In 2016, who do you think the public will choose? If Democrats foolishly nominate Hillary Clinton, they will be the only ones to blame for a Trump Presidency.
Enrique Ferro's insight:
One thing Clinton supporters remain in complete denial about (other than the fact most Americans who don’t identify as Democrats find her to be somewhere in between untrustworthy and criminal), is that a significant number of Sanders supporters will never vote for Hillary. Forget the fact that I know a few personally, I’ve noticed several interviews with voters who proclaim Sanders to be their first choice but Trump their second. Are they just saying this or do they mean it? I think a lot them mean it.
Quicklink: As News Media Changes, Bernie Sanders's Critique Remains Constant - - Quicklink: 'More than 3 decades AGO, Bernie Sanders made no secret of his contempt for commercial TV. It was not just a profit-making enterprise, he said 1979 issue of The Vanguard Press, but an opiatelike vehicle to subjugate the masses with “lies and distortions. And that was just the news programs. Commercials employed “Hitlerian” tactics in which the public is “bombarded” with short, simple messages in keeping with the owners’ mission to “create a nation of morons who will faithfully go out and buy this or that product, vote for this or that candidate.” Anyone who, in the 1960s, read Vance Packard's 'The Hidden Persuaders' are not surprised, but it is time THE current media propaganda IS RECOGNIZED as creators of fear-mongering and promoter of lies that was prevalent in 1939 Germany.
Article: Who Cares About Democratic Primary Results in South Carolina -- a State Democrats Will Lose in November? - What does it matter how Dems vote in the primary in a state (SC) that will NEVER vote Democratic in November? Nor can we extrapolate how desperate blacks vote in a state that is still functionally practicing apartheid to how they will vote in the rest of the country, where they often have won a modicum of power, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindforff
Enrique Ferro's insight:
Over and over, black voters in South Carolina are telling pollsters that even though they may not trust Hillary Clinton, even though they know she and husband Bill passed legislation that hurt black people, like such incarceration policies as mandatory sentencing guidelines, an end to critical welfare programs, and cuts in other benefits, and even though they may be impressed with Bernie Sanders' record of support for civil rights and poverty relief dating back to when he was a college student in the early 1960s (at a time when Hillary Clinton was working for arch-right-winger and Civil Rights Act opponent Barry Goldwater), they think she has a better chance of defeating whoever should be the Republican presidential candidate this November. And so they plan to vote for her for the Democratic nomination.
I understand Bernie Sanders has a huge flock of male chauvinist supporters. That seems implausible, doesn’t it? I’m not disputing that someone is posti
Enrique Ferro's insight:
The Clinton campaign’s knee-jerk “feminism” is creating a hell of its own, and not just for women who refuse to jump on the Clinton bandwagon, but for all women, because it will only confirm in the minds of horrified onlookers that women are not actually so rational as they claim and hence will set the whole feminist movement back decades.
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