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The Ongoing Killing Of a Good Man in 21st Century
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CLOWNIZATION »» Libya Declares Gaddafi Rapes as War Crimes - #OCAMPO #ICC #LIBYA #VIAGRALIARS

CLOWNIZATION »» Libya Declares Gaddafi Rapes as War Crimes - #OCAMPO #ICC #LIBYA #VIAGRALIARS | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
In a huge stride to fight impunity for rape, Libya's cabinet has determined that rape victims from the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi should be recognized as war victims that are entitled to the same compensation.
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#LaSalida? Venezuela At A Crossroads - #Audio

#LaSalida? Venezuela At A Crossroads -  #Audio | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Ukraine. Bosnia. Venezuela. Tear gas. Masks. Water cannons. Ours is an age of riots and rebellions, of radical self-creation in the heady streets: Spain’s indignados, the Occupy movement, Mexico’s Yo Soy 132, and of course the Arab Spring.
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Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Libyan Beach

Seven Egyptian Christians Executed on Libyan Beach | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Seven Egyptian Christians were found fatally shot on a beach in eastern Libya after they were abducted from their apartments, security officials and local residents said, in the second such executio...
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Democracy Murdered By Protest -- Ukraine Falls To Intrigue and violence - By Paul Craig Roberts

Democracy Murdered By Protest -- Ukraine Falls To Intrigue and violence - By Paul Craig Roberts | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Democracy Murdered By Protest Ukraine Falls To Intrigue and violence Paul Craig Roberts Who’s in charge? Certainly not the bought-and-paid-for-moderates th
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Ukraine needs $35bn in aid to ‘stay afloat’ – Finance Minister

Ukraine needs $35bn in aid to ‘stay afloat’ – Finance Minister | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A second-wave of revolution, a missing President, and a treasury that is nearly empty, Ukraine is on the brink of bankruptcy. Kiev’s finance minister said it needs $35 billion in aid by the end of 2015.

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Armed robbery at Benghazi Medical Centre results in strike - Libya Herald

Armed robbery at Benghazi Medical Centre results in strike - Libya Herald | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Armed robbery at Benghazi Medical Centre results in strike
Libya Herald
The hospital receives patients from as far away as Tobruk, Sirte and Kufra.
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BREAKINGNEWS »»» Eastern Ukraine synagogue hit by firebombs #NAZIS #EUNAZI #EU #Ukrainia

BREAKINGNEWS »»» Eastern Ukraine synagogue hit by firebombs #NAZIS #EUNAZI #EU #Ukrainia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Jewish communities in Kiev have beefed up their security arrangements during unrest.
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O que houve na Ucrânia?

O que houve na Ucrânia? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

 

Na Ucrânia houve de tudo, menos uma revolução popular. Tudo começou com uma série de manifestações empilhadas umas sobre as outras: uma juventude ansiosa por se identificar com a União Europeia, uma classe média cansada pelas sucessivas vagas de corrupção dos sucessivos governos, uma insatisfação com o autoritarismo e o fechamento do governo de Viktor Yanukovitch, o desejo de maior ascendência de grupos do oeste do país em detrimento de grupos do leste do país.

A repressão que o governo desencadeou abriu caminho para uma intensificação do descontentamento, açulado pelos partidos de oposição representados no Parlamento e pelo  encorajamento internacional – da União Europeia a políticos norte-americanos, republicanos e democratas.  De todos o mais animado foi o senador republicano John McCain, em dezembro, gritando na praça da Independência (Maidan), foco e espaço das concentrações: “O mundo livre está com vocês! A América está com vocês!” Melhor lembrança da Guerra Fria e do dito “A América para os [norte-]americanos” seria impossível. Como nos velhos “bons” tempos, o alvo continua sendo a Rússia.

No pano de fundo destas confrontações estão as desigualdades do país. O leste e o sul – junto à Rússia e ao Mar Negro são mais desenvolvidos e industrializados do que o oeste, mais pobre. O leste, de um modo geral, tem seu foco econômico voltado para a vizinha Rússia, de que depende o abastecimento de gás do país, vital para a indústria e para o aquecimento durante o rigoroso inverno. Se a Rússia endurecer a questão do fornecimento de gás, cortando-o ou simplesmente cobrando o preço de mercado, a Ucrânia literalmente congela – em todos os sentidos. Entretanto para o oeste, mais  próximo da União Europeia, a aproximação com esta significaria em tese uma maior autonomia em relação ao governo central e às demais regiões do país, além de mais oportunidades de colher investimentos. Pelo menos em tese.

 

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A LER »» Facebook, Google e You Tube tem lado. O do Departamento de Estado - Viomundo - O que você não vê na mídia

A LER »» Facebook, Google e You Tube tem lado. O do Departamento de Estado - Viomundo - O que você não vê na mídia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Política na Era Digital: Tentando controlar a explosão demográfica

por Luiz Carlos Azenha

A História dos Estados Unidos se confunde com a História das intervenções de Washington para conquistar territórios, trocar ou debilitar regimes ou provocar mudanças que beneficiem os interesses políticos, econômicos ou diplomáticos do império. Isso está fartamente documentado.

Por exemplo, no livro Killing Hope: US military and CIA interventions Since World War II, que descreve as intervenções clandestinas ou abertas promovidas pelo governo norte-americano desde a Segunda Guerra Mundial. Nós mesmos já experimentamos isso, em 1964.

Nos anos 80, quando o conservador Ronald Reagan ocupava a Casa Branca, apoiava governos direitistas ou grupos guerrilheiros que combatiam regimes de esquerda na Nicarágua, El Salvador, Honduras e Guatemala.

Foram guerras brutais na América Central. Através do tenente coronel Oliver North, a Casa Branca fez um arranjo pelo qual vendia armas clandestinamente ao governo do Irã, que sofria um boicote internacional — liderado pelos Estados Unidos! — e usava o dinheiro para financiar os contras, que combatiam o governo de esquerda da Nicarágua. Descoberto o escândalo, o esquema implodiu.

Espertamente, Reagan redesenhou a iniciativa, para atender também aos democratas e garantir dinheiro do Congresso, que estava reticente no financiamento a ações clandestinas da CIA desde a guerra do Vietnã.

Formou-se o National Endowement for Democracy, NED, que passou a transferir dinheiro público para institutos ligados ao Partido Republicano, ao Partido Democrata, à maior central sindical dos Estados Unidos e ao empresariado.

Foi a forma de garantir amplo apoio, nos Estados Unidos, à ideia de “promover a democracia” adequada, ou seja, a democracia que atendesse aos interesses estratégicos de Washington. A estes institutos se juntaram muitos outros, com destaque para a Freedom House e a Open Society, do especulador George Soros.

Formou-se, assim, uma ampla rede horizontal e não hierarquizada de entidades sediadas em Washington, que recebe financiamento público ou de empresas e milionários, para promover no mundo as ideias da privataria. Uma rede que é a fachada pública do aparato clandestino de mudança de regime, que se apoia na CIA e no Pentágono.

Esse aparato atuou, por exemplo, na série de revoluções coloridas do Leste Europeu e, mais recentemente, na Bolívia, Venezuela e Irã, além de incentivar grupos que participaram da dita Primavera Árabe, desde a Tunísia até o Egito. O objetivo não é apenas derrubar governos, mas fragilizar regimes e torná-los incapazes de levar adiante reivindicações nacionalistas; assim, ficam mais vulneráveis à pressão externa.

As mudanças no Egito, por exemplo, preservaram o essencial: uma política econômica neoliberal, dependência de financiamento dos Estados Unidos e não ruptura dos acordos de paz com Israel.

Em sua encarnação do Leste Europeu, as “revoluções coloridas” tinham tido algumas características bem definidas: slogans e imagens de fácil entendimento, mobilização da juventude através de redes sociais, tentativa de unificar grupos de oposição e ações de desobediência civil nas ruas. Foi assim, também, na Primavera Árabe.

Obviamente, os movimentos não teriam tido sucesso se não existissem condições políticas e sociais para tanto: desemprego, ausência de serviços públicos e uma demografia favorável (grande número de jovens descontentes). Diante de um quadro de mudança inevitável, por que não aproveitar e influir nela?

Mais recentemente, a este esforço por mudanças pró-Estados Unidos se juntaram as principais empresas do mundo digital. Antes, uma explicação se faz necessária.

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Gorbachev: Bulldoze EU & US aides from Ukraine and let the people decide - YouTube

The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is visiting Kiev to meet the new interim leadership. She's there to discuss measures to keep the country afloa...
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We Created Chávez by George Ciccariello-Maher #Book

We Created Chávez by George Ciccariello-Maher #Book | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution by George Ciccariello-Maher. This history of Venezuelan politics from below tells how militants, students, women, Afro-indigeneous peoples, and the working-class brought about Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution and, ultimately, brought Hugo Chávez to power.
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#LaSalida? Venezuela at a Crossroads | The Nation

#LaSalida? Venezuela at a Crossroads | The Nation | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Ukraine. Bosnia. Venezuela. Tear gas. Masks. Water cannons. Ours is an age of riots and rebellions, of radical self-creation in the heady streets: Spain’s indignados, the Occupy movement, Mexico’s Yo Soy 132, and of course the Arab Spring.
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The Vineyard of the Saker: Justice "European style" or how EU politicians have lost any sense of self-respect

The Vineyard of the Saker: Justice "European style" or how EU politicians have lost any sense of self-respect | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

The EU is really terminally degenerate.  These two pearls come off the BBC website at the same time:

EU imposes Ukraine sanctions after deadly Kiev clashes (which the EU blames entirely on the government, nevermind that 13 unarmed cops were murdered by sniper fire overnight)
Germany arrests three suspected Auschwitz guards (the three arrested men are 88, 92 and 94 and had therefore to be brought to a prison hospital)

I honestly don't know what to think about European politicians.  Are they just completely insane?  Have they lost any remaining drop of common sense?   Do they really not see how ridiculous and despicable they are?  How can they even look at themselves in the mirror and not die of shame?

Every time I hear or see any of these self-enamored pompous asses I feel like flushing a toilet and forgetting what I just saw.

Yeah, I agree with Mrs. Nuland - fuck the EU!

The Saker

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Susan Rice Has No Regrets On Benghazi Remarks - TIME Yeah! Goal was Destrution of Libya - is done

Susan Rice Has No Regrets On Benghazi Remarks - TIME Yeah! Goal was Destrution of Libya - is done | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Susan Rice Has No Regrets On Benghazi Remarks
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National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday she had no regrets about statements she made in 2012 on the attacks at the U.S.
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(2014/02/25) George Ciccariello on Venezuela, tales from Texas, privileged white dudes being awful

(2014/02/25) George Ciccariello on Venezuela, tales from Texas, privileged white dudes being awful | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Episode #943: Jamie shares tales from Texas, followed by Allison's interview with George Ciccariello (@ciccmaher) about the situation in Venezuela (also read Veronica Flores on the feminist movement in Venezuela). Then Allison discusses her article abo...
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MANDATORY »»» ​PEPE ESCOBAR »»» Will NATO annex Ukraine?

MANDATORY »»» ​PEPE ESCOBAR »»» Will NATO annex Ukraine? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Anyone who believes Washington is deeply enamored of ‘democracy’ in Ukraine must hit eBay, where Saddam Hussein’s WMDs have been found, and are on sale to the highest bidder.
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Rice: U.S. Backs Ukrainian People, Cautions Russian Involvement - NBC News

Rice: U.S. Backs Ukrainian People, Cautions Russian Involvement - NBC News | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Rice: U.S. Backs Ukrainian People, Cautions Russian Involvement:National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday during an appearance on Meet the Press that it "would be a grave mistake" for Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in the Ukraine crisis.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/rice-u-s-backs-ukrainian-people-cautions-russian-involvement-n36606
National Security Adviser Susan Rice said “the United States is on the side of the Ukrainian people” and wants to see democratic elections and “the opportuni...

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Libya's biggest asset could also be its greatest liability - The National

Libya's biggest asset could also be its greatest liability - The National | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Libya's biggest asset could also be its greatest liability The National The Al Qaaqaa and Al Sawaaq militias from Zintan, who are loosely aligned with non-Islamist forces, then made a quasi-coup attempt, demanding the entire GNC resign at once or...
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Police attacked with grenade at Tunisian consulate in Libya ...

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Gunmen fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a police car parked in front of the Tunisian consulate in Libya's eastern Benghazi city on Saturday, security officials said. Security officials said it was ...
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Violent protest will not help Venezuela

Violent protest will not help Venezuela | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Letter: This is not the first time that the sections of the opposition have sought to oust the elected government by unconstitutional means
Quociente Cultural 's insight:

Solidarity for the democratically elected Venezuelan government...

Open letter from John Pilger

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Four Myths About Russia

Four Myths About Russia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The forthcoming Olympic Games in Sochi have served as a hook for Western commentators to indulge in a prolonged round of Russia-bashing. A collection of negative preconceptions about Russia continues to dominate discussions of that country. Four of them are particularly prevalent, but none are true. Here are the reasons why. Myth 1: Vladimir Putin has turned Russia into a political dictatorship similar to the Soviet Union. As a Globe and Mail editorial put it: “Communism is officially dead, but the state led by Mr Putin has preserved and resurrected many of its worst characteristics.” The ‘worst characteristics’ of the Soviet Union included an artificially-induced famine which killed around six million people; a ‘Great Terror’ in which 680,000 people were executed; and the deportation of entire nations, such as the Chechens, to Siberia and Central Asia. Communism was a system with a ...more
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▶ Austeridade a Saúde e a Vida dos portugueses está em risco.... - YouTube

O Bastonáio da Ordem dos Médicos, José Manuel Silva, diz em entrevista que a saúde dos portugueses está em risco por causa da obsessão financeira do ministro...
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Is San Francisco losing its soul?

Is San Francisco losing its soul? | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The big pay cheques of the tech boom are changing the City by the Bay as Twitter and Google millionaires take over its bohemian haunts. Could this be the end of the city as we know it? Zoë Corbyn reports
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George Ciccariello-Maher Author of "We Created Chavez," on unrest in #Venezuela

George Ciccariello-Maher Author of  "We Created Chavez," on unrest in #Venezuela | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Follow on Twitter @ciccmaher
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The geopolitics of the Ukrainian conflict: back to basics

The geopolitics of the Ukrainian conflict: back to basics | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Looking at the amazing footage coming out of not only Kiev, but also from many other cities in the Ukraine, one can get the idea that what is taking place is absolute total chaos and that nobody controls it.  This is a very mistaken impression and I think that this is a good time to look at who the actors of this conflict are and what they really want.  Only then will we be able to make sense of what is going on, who is pulling the strings behind the curtain, and what could happen next.  So let us look at the various actors one by one.

The dissatisfied Ukrainian people

There can be absolutely no doubt that a large segment of the Ukrainian population is deeply unhappy with the regime in power, Yanukovich himself, and what has been going on in the Ukraine for many years.  As I have written many times before, the Ukraine is essentially in the hands of various oligarchs, just like Russia in the 1990s, but only worse.  The vast majority the Ukrainian politicians are for sale to the highest bidder, this is true for the members of Parliament, the Presidential Administration, the regional governors, the government and, of course, of Yanukovich himself.  Collectively, these oligarchs also own the media, the courts, the police, banks and everything else.  As a direct result of that, the Ukrainian economy has been going down the tubes for years and currently is pretty much in ruins.

It should therefore surprise nobody that most Ukrainians are unhappy and what they want is prosperity, safety, the rule of law, business opportunities, the means for personal, social, professional and spiritual development.  Basically, they want what every human being wants: decent living condition.  Some of them see the EU as the best hope of achieving this goal, others see a participation in an economic union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan as a much better option.  The exact ratio really does not matter for a simple and mostly overlooked reason: the people of the Ukraine don't matter at all in this conflict, they are just pawns used by all sides.

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