Sultan Al Qassemi analyzes how Qatar’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood is affecting its ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the region.
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#Clinton Emails Reveal Direct #US Sabotage of #Venezuela - #wikileaks
TeleSur English - 26.07.2016
As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton led a team committed to delegitimizing the politics of the late Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.
While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks.
In 2010, Clinton asked Arturo Valenzuela, then assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, how “to rein in Chavez.” Valenzuela responded that, “We need to carefully consider the consequences of publicly confronting him but ought to look at opportunities for others in the region to help.”
His answer was in line with the U.S. embassy strategy in 2006, also revealed in WikiLeaks intelligence cables: “Creative U.S. outreach to Chavez' regional partners will drive a wedge between him and them,” said the confidential cable from the embassy. “By refusing to take each of Chavez's outbursts seriously, we frustrate him even more, paving the way for additional Bolivarian miscalculations. We also allow room for other international actors to respond.”
Spain was among the countries willing to help the U.S. in its subversive foreign relations strategy. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright passed on a message from the administration of conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in 2012 expressing intentions “to re-orient Spanish foreign policy so that it can work with the U.S. in Latin America, especially on Venezuela and Cuba ... As a transition in Cuba and something significant in Venezuela (and possibly the Andes) loom, a stronger working relationship between the U.S. and Spain could be very helpful.”
When keeping an eye on regional meetings, Clinton was especially concerned with Venezuela. Responding to a United Nations statement against the coup in Honduras in 2009—that she supported—Clinton shifted the attention to Venezuela: “Ok—but have they ever condemned Venezuela for denying press freedom?” she wrote to Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan.
He responded “I highly doubt it. And that is just the tip of the iceberg,” to which Clinton wrote, “Ah, the proverbial iceberg.”
Clinton was cautious not to respond to all of Hugo Chavez’s “antics,” but her staff insisted that Venezuelan politics were a threat to U.S. interests.
An email advising how to spend USAID funds strongly suggested refraining from backing leftist states like Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba because the money “could undermine real democratic development to hand over ‘ownership’ to populist centralizers.”
Clinton should use language like “‘local ownership’ in a nuanced way” to avoid having her words “used against her by demagogues and kleptocrats,” said the email. Any funds channeled into such unreliable states, it added, must be accompanied by “(h)uman behavioral changes.”
International aid to Venezuela was siphoned off, but broadcasts to counter local “propaganda” were amplified.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors—which runs the Marti stations, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks—requested more funding in a 2010 email forwarded to Clinton to “combat the public diplomacy efforts of America's ‘enemies,’ which he (chairman Walter Isaacson) identifies as Iran, Venezuela, Russia, and China.”
The BBG, with a US$700 million annual budget—now increased to over US$750 million—was “facing increased competition from other governments' forays into international broadcasting ... including Venezuela's teleSUR.”
A month later, when the board was facing cuts, Cuban-born Florida Senator Ileana Ros-Lehtinen suggested focusing resources on high-priority countries like Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.
“Let the fun begin—and let's keep going w(ith) our plans,” responded Clinton.
Another leaked email from Stratfor described the BBG as “responsible for the radio and TV aggressions against Cuba,” which received its own category of state funding of nearly US$40 million. The board separated from State Department control in 1999, officially becoming an independent agency. “Congress agreed that credibility of U.S. international broadcasting was crucial to its effectiveness as a public diplomacy tool,” according to Congress’s 2008 budget on foreign operations.
While giving the cold shoulder to Venezuela, Clinton was cozy with Latin American players that opposed the country's leftist politics.
Her counselor and chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, forwarded her a recommendation for Mari Carmen Aponte to be appointed as U.S. ambassador to El Salvador. Aponte, noted the email, “has consistently fought Cuba and Venezuela's efforts to gain influence in Central America and as a result of her negotiating skills, the U.S. and El Salvador will open a new, jointly-funded, electronic monitoring center that will be an invaluable tool in fighting transnational crime.”
She won the appointment and later became assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Clinton also drew fire for saying, "We're winning!" when the Venezuelan opposition won a majority of seats in parliament in 2015 and for serving as secretary of state while the National Security Administration regularly spied on Venezuela.
#ItsNotAboutWhatSheSAYSbutWhatSheDOES : Doubling Down on #WallStreet: #Hillary and #TimKaine - Counterpunch
By picking Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton has revealed her true preferences and shown that her move to the left on policy issues during the primaries was simply a tactical move to defeat Bernie Sanders. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.
un email d'Hillary révélé par Wikileaks ... écrit en 2012 à propos de la Syrie et .. d'israel
les vrais terroristes sont parmi nous
La presse dominante a-t'elle repris cet email ? Il ne me semble pas ..
#Clinton : Destroy #Syria for #israel - #wikileaks #HillaryGate #TheRealTerrorists #Obama #IS #terrorism
A newly-released Hilary Clinton email confirmed that the Obama administration has deliberately provoked the civil war in Syria as the “best way to help Israel.”
Un #documentaire, en anglais sous-titré espagnol, du célèbre réalisateur de cinéma Oliver Stone qui nous explique factuellement qui sont les vrais terroristes de ce monde contemporain, ce qui amène des paumés à lancer un camion contre une foule ou attaquer à la hache les passagers d'un train
Untold History of United States - #Bush & #Obama: Age of Terror (Subtitulado Español) 58 mn #OliverStone #History"
joutée le 8 août 2013
"Para cambiar radicalmente la conducta del régimen debemos pensar con claridad y valentía, puesto que si algo hemos aprendido, es que los regímenes no quieren ser cambiados. Nuestro pensamiento debe ir más allá que el de aquellos que nos han precedido, descubriendo cambios tecnológicos que nos envalentonen mediante modos de actuar que no han sido utilizados previamente. Primero, debemos entender qué aspecto de la conducta del gobierno o del neocorporativismo queremos cambiar o eliminar. En segundo lugar, debemos desarrollar una forma de pensar sobre esta conducta que tenga la suficiente fuerza como para llevarnos a través del lodazal del lenguaje políticamente distorsionado, hasta llegar a una posición de claridad. Por último, debemos utilizar este entendimiento para inspirar en nosotros y en otros un curso de acción efectiva y ennoblecedora". - Julián Assange
Cette investigation est une bombe ... les médias mainstreams en parleront-ils ? Dans le contexte actuel de "press war" (contre quoi, contre qui exactement ? Si ce n'est contre les peuples à mon avis avant tout), j'en serais très étonné ..
Et de toutes façons, la dernière péripétie de Kim Kardashian ou un autre mongolien dans le genre , intéressera toujours plus une opinion publique de plus en plus décervelée, sans repères, mais dévouée à la consommation de tout et n'importe quoi, que les informations sérieuses et factuelles.
Pour information , cet article résultant d'une longue et sérieuse investigation . tirée de câbles Wikileaks, prend moins de temps à lire que la vision de la dernière série à la mode ..
How #US Trains Vast Numbers of Foreign #Soldiers & #Police With Little Oversight-The Intercept #investigation
July 13 2016, 4:00 p.m.
An investigation mining diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks shows the shadowy network used to train 200,000 foreign security personnel every year.
Would #Turkey be justified in kidnapping or #drone -killing the Turkish cleric in Pennsylvania? #GlennGreenwald
July 18 2016, 3:23 p.m.
American Exceptionalism in its purest embodiment: the U.S. is not subject to the same rules and laws as other nations.
#NATO , #EU Back #Erdogan Dictatorship by #FinlanCunningham - #TurkeyCoup #Turkey
Turkey is not just some lawless, obscure country where coups break out like rashes. It is a member of the US-led NATO military alliance and a prospective member of the European Union.
The former organization is supposedly charged with maintaining global security, while the Nobel-prize-winning EU is hailed as a beacon of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
Since the Second World War, Turkey has seen at least five military coups: in 1960, 1971, 1980, 1993 and 1997. The latest military uprising at the weekend is the sixth over a 70-year period. That’s almost one every decade. Not even the most volatile African or Latin American banana republic could claim such a tumultuous legacy.
There are even suspicions that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have in some way staged the weekend coup. That’s what exiled Turkish religious leader Fethullah Gulen reckons. The US-based cleric rejects Erdogan’s accusations that he was behind the failed putsch.
The theory that Erdogan’s regime was itself involved in facilitating the coup fits in with Erdogan longterm project of arrogating more and more executive powers as president, turning what is nominally a secular parliamentary state into an Islamist authoritarian theocracy.
#Histoire d'1 des nombreux crimes IMPUNIS de l'Etat d' #israel .Ici au #Liban ds un village:106 civils tué, massacrées, atomisées en 20 mn #ONU #justice
Wednesday 6 July 2016 10:06 UTC
Thursday 7 July 2016 12:07 UTC
With attempts to get justice blocked, residents are trying to preserve the memory of 106 people killed in an Israeli raid on a UNIFIL compound
QANA, Lebanon - Atop a hill overlooking the historical land of Galilee, in a town where Jesus is believed to have transformed water into wine, the skeleton of an Israeli tank stands intact.
Behind it a church lies in ruins, its interior completely gutted. The floor is still carpeted with remnants of broken glass, burnt pieces of cloth, rusty bits of artillery and wooden poles that once supported the roof.
A simple and linear monument facing the adjacent road bears the names of the 106 people who lost their lives in the span of five minutes 20 years ago when Israel bombed the headquarters of the Fijian battalion of the UN interposition forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) – an act that has gone down in history as the Qana massacre.
At that time, more than 800 civilians were in the compound, seeking refuge from Israel’s operation “Grapes of Wrath” - a 16-day attack on south Lebanon with the declared intent of crushing Hezbollah.
Jamil (Jimmy) Salame, a 49-year-old father of three, was inside when the bombs started to fall that bloody April.
Limping heavily on one leg, Salame trots towards visitors as they cross the threshold of the memorial site. As the self-proclaimed gatekeeper, he spends every day of the week recounting visitors the same story he has been telling for two decades.
“Every day on the radio we got news of a new village being shelled by Israel, so many people from the area came to Qana to find shelter in the UN compound,” says Salame, who at the time was working as a handyman for the Fijian battalion.
“It was little before 2pm on a Thursday when we heard the shelling getting closer and closer. We all knew Israel would bomb Qana, but we thought our families would be safe inside the UN compound.”
They were proved terribly wrong.
“All I could see was fire and blood. I saw corpses and injured people – some were missing a leg, an arm, an eye,” he says.
In a pouch strapped around his waist, he still keeps proof of what he witnessed, freely showing grizzly pictures he managed to take on the day of the massacre. Salame says that, despite the shock and the pain caused by the shrapnel that ripped through his arm and leg, he knew he had to record what he saw so that one day the world would know what happened here.
As he flicks through the photo book, the images of bodies torn apart or lying lifeless on the blood-soaked ground starkly illustrate the scale of destruction.
“I still see it before my eyes as if it was happening now,” says Salame. “These images have been in my mind every day for 20 years.”
For him, the UN compound had been a second home. His father abandoned the family when he was a toddler, leaving his mother to provide for four children.
He started working as a handyman for the Fijian battalion at the age of 20 to help his family and quickly developed a tight relationship with the international troops who were first mandated in 1978 to monitor the peace between Israel and Lebanon after Israel invaded following a string of raids by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
“I learnt English with them, word after word, and they gave me food to bring home,” he says. “They were like my brothers.”
While he does not know how to read or write English or Arabic, Salame has other tools to keep the memory alive.
“I want to tell everyone what happened here because no one talks about it in other countries,” he says. “They say the shelling lasted 16 days, but to us each day felt like a year. I want everyone to know what Israel did, it shall not be forgotten.”A village destroyed
Israeli officers claim the shelling was caused by a computer error while attempting to target Hezbollah fighters firing in the proximity of the Fijian base.
The technical survey conducted by the UN, however, concluded that it was “unlikely that the shelling of the United Nations compound was the result of gross technical and/or procedural errors.”
Contrary to repeated denials by Israeli officials, a video confirmed the presence of two helicopters and a remotely piloted vehicle above the area of Qana before the attack, seemingly contradicting Israel’s claim that it was unaware of the presence of civilians in the UN compound.
Much to the fury of residents, both the UN investigation report and the video were at first concealed due to intense political pressure from the United States and Israel. However, they were quickly leaked to The Independent by UNIFIL, sparking widespread outrage.
In 2005, a group of survivors filed a lawsuit in an American court against former Israeli Army chief of staff Moshe Yaalon. The United States District Court dismissed the complaint, claiming that Yaalon was entitled to immunity under the Foreign Sovereignty Immunity Act.
The misery of losing 100 lives in a close-knitted community, combined with frustrations over their inability to get international justice, means that twenty years on wounds have been slow to heal and many of the victim’s relatives still cannot find closure.
The trauma was further compounded when 10 years ago, Israel again launched a war against Hezbollah in 2006, devastating much of south Lebanon. Qana was hit once more and 28 people were killed in a single airstrike on 30 July 2006.
“Everyone here does their bit,” says Imad Sbeity, a Qana resident. “Some clean the memorial, others drive the tourist bus, and so on.”
Salame has stayed on as a tour guide on a volunteer basis for decades, living off visitor’s tips and says that no matter how hard times get, he will keep doing his job. Salame feels it is important to keep telling people about the horrors that happened in the village which remains a tourist destination for the faithful who believe Jesus performed his first miracle here.
“He has three children and gets no salary from the municipality, all he does is on a voluntary basis,” Sbeity told MEE.
Many of the survivors – some of whom lost more than one relative - continue to congregate at the cemetery every week to mourn the dead.
But few lost as much as Sadallah Balhas. The Israeli attack in 1996 killed 31 members of his family and also cost him his eye. Before passing away a few years ago, he was well-known for wearing a pendant with pictures of his deceased relatives and acting as a key driving force behind the lawsuit against Yaalon.
“That is not something anyone can forget nor, I dare say, would want to forget,” says Nicholas Blanford, a journalist who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the shelling and who wrote a recent piece to mark its 20th anniversary.
“I think there will always be a bond among those who experienced the massacre, whether the civilian survivors, the UNIFIL troops or the journalists.”
What I saw that day “was the most harrowing and traumatic experience I have had. I found it hard to walk into butchers' shops because the smell of blood and fresh meat would take me straight back to Qana,” he adds.
The memory was so harrowing that Blanford says that for years he would watch a video of the massacre on its anniversary.
“It was not the images that upset me - the images have always been there in my mind. It was the sounds - the screams, the wailing, that would move me most and take me back to Qana,” he says.
As Salame locks the door to the memorial behind him for the day, he says that he will never forget the tragedies that befell his small but ancient village.
“We cannot change what happened,” says Salame. “The only thing left to do is prevent our stories from going unheard.”
#USA State #Terrorism and #Racist Violence in the Age of Disposability: Expanded Version - Truthout
When fear and terror become the organizing principles of a society in which the tyranny of the state has been replaced by the despotism of an unaccountable market, violence becomes the only valid form of control. The system has not failed, says Henry Giroux.
#Documentary 58 mn : " #Ukraine - The Masks of the revolution" by #PaulMoreira , in french with English Subs
Ajoutée le 13 mars 2016
Documentary Project "Ukraine: The masks of the revolution" broadcast on the French TV channel Canal +. Ukrainian Embassy in Paris asked to take the broadcast of the film in France of the air. But what is in there that the Ukrainian authorities are so afraid of? Maybe the truth? Until now Europe does not know all of what actually happened and continues to happen in Kiev and across the country as a whole. Instead of this movie representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy in France have offered TV people to show on TV their version of events which is a hastily assembled fragments of formulaic propaganda, which most of Ukrainian TV channels are stuffed by. Premiere of documentary film directed by Paul Moreira, was held February 1, 2016. The plot tells the story of the tragic events that took place in Odessa: the fire in the House of Trade Unions and the burning of about 40 people (according to official figures) and 300 (unofficial sources). Director, talking about the shooting of the film said that his aim was to show the world the bloody history of Ukraine and Odessa in particular: "In the heart of Europe, people are burned alive and everyone is silent about that."
A french immigrant testifies : " #israel is a dictatorship. But other than that, it’s paradise." - Haaretz
Liat Elkayam Jul 02, 2016 6:39 AM
Arrivals / Departures: A French immigrant says Israel is special even though the authorities deported his girlfriend; an Israeli immigrant says he prefers Western Europe to his homeland, although he thinks Russians are the best people.
Hello, can I ask why you’re traveling?