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NATO Wages Desperate Last Battle in Northern Syria

NATO Wages Desperate Last Battle in Northern Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The small northwestern Syrian town of Kassab, located directly on the Syrian-Turkish border, has turned into a pivotal battleground between Syrian security forces and armed militants backed by the ...
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Privatização da Água em Portugal criticada no Parlamento Europeu -

Enquanto se celebrava o sucesso da Iniciativa de Cidadania Europeia "Água e Saneamento São Direitos Humanos!", no Parlamento Europeu, Bas Eickhout, dos Verde...
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redecastorphoto: Pipoca, por favor, enquanto os “Agitadores de Putin” mandam em Kiev

redecastorphoto: Pipoca, por favor, enquanto os “Agitadores de Putin” mandam em Kiev | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Enquanto tudo parece possível, a suposição operacional entre alguns funcionários norte-americanos e europeus é que o Sr. Putin não vai invadir abertamente o leste da Ucrânia, mas ao invés disso, vai optar por um plano intermediário obscuro, usando agitadores locais e forças especiais talvez disfarçados para causar ainda mais agitação em grandes áreas de língua russa do país. U.S. Challenge Now Is to Stop Further Putin Moves, NYT.

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John Kerry Encouraged Turkish Invasion of Syria

John Kerry Encouraged Turkish Invasion of Syria | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Almost buried in a secret recording made of a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office which included intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, army deputy chief of staff Yasar Guler,
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Obama is a lost Case »»» Obama may allow air defense help for Syria rebels

Obama is a lost Case »»» Obama may allow air defense help for Syria rebels | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Obama administration is considering allowing shipments of new air defense systems to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official said Friday.
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Pepe Escobar: Por que a União Europeia não pode “isolar” a Rússia = Entrementes, as ações da Gazprom estão subindo. Compre. Você não se arrependerá.

Pepe Escobar: Por que a União Europeia não pode “isolar” a Rússia = Entrementes, as ações da Gazprom estão subindo. Compre. Você não se arrependerá. | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A chanceler alemã Angela Merkel pode ensinar umas coisinhas ao presidenteBarack Obama dos EUA sobre como estabelecer um diálogo com o presidente Vladimir Putin da Rússia.   Mas... Obama nada ouve. Obama prefere detonar o próprio currículo deprofessor de Direito Constitucional e pôr-se a emitir bobagens pomposas para uma plateia de pressuposta elite eurocrática, no coruscante Palais des Beaux-Arts em Bruxelas, como fez na 4ª-feira (26/3/2014), sobre Putin ser a maior ameaça à ordem global gerenciada pelos EUA desde a IIª Guerra Mundial. Mas não deu muito certo: a maioria dos eurocratas de escol estava ocupada fotografando selfies ou tuitando.  
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TV libia muestra imágenes de un hijo de Gadafi para desmentir malos tratos

TV libia muestra imágenes de un hijo de Gadafi para desmentir malos tratos | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
La televisión estatal libia mostró anoche unas imágenes del hijo del difunto dictador libio Muamar al Gadafi, Saadi al Gadafi, extraditado por Níger a principios de marzo, en las que este último...
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The Obama Paradox by ANDREW LEVINE » CounterPunch

The Obama Paradox by ANDREW LEVINE » CounterPunch | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

 

Barack Obama ran for office promising change; he delivered continuity.  But then, continuity brought change – for the worse.

In 2008, “change” meant whatever voters wanted it to mean.  Like the candidate, the word was a Rorschach inkblot.

Many, probably most, Obama voters had no clear idea what kind of change they expected.  All they knew was that, under George W. Bush, the country had veered dramatically off course.  They thought Obama would fix that.

Some voters did have more specific expectations.  Some thought that Obama would wean the country off neoliberalism.  With a financial and economic meltdown raging, the time was ripe.

Some expected him to restore the rule of law at least to pre-9/11 levels; many hoped and expected that Bush era war criminals would be brought to justice.

Others thought that the Democratic Party would become more like what it had been before the Clintons had had their way with it.

The list goes on.

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LOL »» European Union Says Not Ready to Embrace Ukraine #Ukraine

LOL »» European Union Says Not Ready to Embrace Ukraine #Ukraine | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The European Union is not ready to offer its membership to Ukraine, although such a posibility may arise in the future, President of the European Commission Jose Barroso said Thursday.
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Exercícios para a Pestana »» "The War on Democracy", John Pilger [ Tradução Pª Português] #Documentário #Doc

"A Guerra contra a Democracia" Dirigido por: Christopher Martiin, John Pilger, Sean Crotty O prestigiado jornalista John Pilger examina o papel dos Estados U...
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Poor man »» Anger, Disbelief as Obama Defends US Invasion of Iraq

Poor man »» Anger, Disbelief as Obama Defends US Invasion of Iraq | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it



"The man is a shameless, lying, cynical, and utterly contemptible leader, even among his fellow politicians. He lies to cover the sins of his own nation in invading and occupying a country that posed no threat to us (a war of choice and opportunism about which the American people were deceived by his predecessor), yet he wants to claim moral high ground over Russia for protecting its own vital interests, as well as the ethnic Russians, in Crimea, which Putin has done without firing a shot and with the expressed democratic consent of the people of Crimea. It's one thing to see your government on the wrong side of an issue, but it's quite another to see it consciously engaged in an attempt to deceive the world and its own people about a situation that should not even concern us in the first place."

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Obama: Putin-Baiter and Preventive Detainer | Black Agenda Report

Obama: Putin-Baiter and Preventive Detainer | Black Agenda Report | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

Barack Obama is one smooth operator, relentlessly expanding on the fascist domestic and international infrastructure bequeathed him by George W. Bush, the cartoon cowboy imperialist. As we described him in 2012, Obama is truly the “more effective evil” – a president who routinely commits the most brazen aggressions under the lawless doctrine of “humanitarian” intervention, and who has utterly trashed due process and the rule of law on the domestic front. If you want to see fascism built right, get a Black Harvard man to do it – and watch the internal resistance crumble.

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn a line against further NATO incursions and coups at his southern border – a move that most of Earth’s inhabitants undoubtedly applaud, given that polls have long confirmed that the U.S. is seen as thenumber one threat to peace in the world – U.S. public opinion reverts effortlessly to Cold War mode. Obama will have no problem gaining near-unanimous congressional support for the widest range of escalations against Moscow – from sanctions to natural gas wars to preparations for the shooting kind – while the ridiculous U.S. pseudo-Left, personified by Jon Stewart, of the Daily Show, snarks an historically-reversed narrative of post-1991 history in which Russia is constantly moving westward towards theEnglish Channel.

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Ucrânia, Autópsia de um Golpe de Estado

Ucrânia, Autópsia de um Golpe de Estado | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
O movimento de protesto (chamado "Euromaidán") que a Ucrânia viveu recentemente é interessante a vários títulos.   Demonstra como com apoio estrangeiro e sem intervenção militar se pode fomentar com êxito um golpe de Estado civil contra um governo democraticamente eleito.   Desvela a flagrante parcialidade e a falta de integridade dos meios de comunicação dominantes ocidentais que, com argumentos falaciosos, apoiam cegamente o intervencionismo ocidental, e com uma visão maniqueísta da situação qualificam uns de bons e os outros de maus.   E, mais grave, esboça ainda os, até agora etéreos, contornos do renascimento da Guerra Fria que se acreditava enterrada com a queda do muro de Berlim.   Finalmente, oferece-nos uma provável projeção da situação dos países “primaverados”, na medida em que a Ucrânia conheceu a sua "primavera" em 2004, primavera essa geralmente denominada por “revolução laranja”.  
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M of A - Popcorn Please While "Putin's Agitators" Rule in Kiev

While anything seems possible, the operating assumption among some American and European officials is that Mr. Putin will not overtly invade eastern Ukraine but instead opt for a murky middle plan, using localagitators and perhaps undercover special forces to stir even more unrest in largely Russian-speaking areas of the country. 
U.S. Challenge Now Is to Stop Further Putin Moves, NYT

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Putin is watching TV. Calls up his Chief of Intelligence: “Give Tyagnibok a medal for banning the use of Russian in Ukraine. What do you mean he isn't one of ours? Ok, give Yarosh a medal for the idea of blowing up Ukrainian gas transit lines. What do you mean, that's his own doing? How about that cretin Lyashko? How about those cretins from Svoboda—Miroshnichenko and others? So, DO WE HAVE ANY AGENTS ON THE GROUND IN UKRAINE AT ALL?! Where the hell are they? What the hell do you mean they bought a dump-truck of pop-corn and a tanker truck beer and are watching it like a movie?!!!” Hangs up in disgust. Calls again: “How could you let Muzychko get killed?”
via Cluborlov

Indeed Putin can just sit back and enjoy the popcorn. The putschists government is doing its very best to disgrace itself, to in-fight with its ideological friends and to push Russian speaking Ukrainians closer to Russia. Just notice today's decision to suspend even more Russian language TV services in Ukraine. How is that supposed to convince Russian speakers in Ukraine that their voices will be heard?

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Putin’s approval rating hits 80 percent ~ add 1 + [mine]

Putin’s approval rating hits 80 percent ~ add 1 + [mine] | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how despite (or perhaps due to) the situation in Crimea and Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin was enjoying a three-year high in his approval ratings.

On Wednesday, the independent Levada Center released their latest numbers for Putin, and they show that his popularity is growing even more. Putin now holds an enormous 80-percent approval rating. Just 18 percent of Russians appear unhappy with his leadership, the lowest number in years (the other 2 percent are unsure).

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With friends like Washington, Brussels needs no enemies

With friends like Washington, Brussels needs no enemies | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama addressed the ministers of the EU-US Summit in Brussels with high-sounding, candy-coated phrases in an apparent effort to mask deep strains in the transatlantic partnership.
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Steven Seagal: Putin possibly the "greatest world leader alive today"

Steven Seagal: Putin possibly the "greatest world leader alive today" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Action star and Russian president forge bromance fueled by testosterone, mutual love for martial arts
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IMF "Shock Treatment" for Ukraine: Collapse of the Standard of Living

IMF "Shock Treatment" for Ukraine: Collapse of the Standard of Living | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
On March 27, Ukraine's interim coalition government announced concrete policy measures as part of its agreement with the IMF: a 50 percent increase of the retail price of gas coupled with the dereg...
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Happy Geopolitical Hour »» PEPE ESCOBAR :: 'US desperate to isolate Russia on all fronts'

Happy Geopolitical Hour »» PEPE ESCOBAR :: 'US desperate to isolate Russia on all fronts' | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

The Obama administration is taking no prisoners trying to “isolate” Russia on all possible fronts – with negligible results so far.

Here I outlined some reasons why Asia won’t isolate Russia. And here some reasons why the EU cannot afford to isolate Russia. Yet the Obama administration is relentless, and bound to keep attacking on three major fronts – the G20, Iran and Syria.

First, the G20. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop threw a balloon, speculating that Russia and President Vladimir Putin could be barred from the G20 summit in Brisbane in November.

The reaction of the other four BRICS member-nations was swift: “The custodianship of the G20 belongs to all member-states equally and no one member-state can unilaterally determine its nature and character.”

US-subservient Australia had to shut up. For now.

The BRICS, not by accident, are the key developing world alliance inside the G20, which actually discusses what matters in international relations. The G7 – which ‘expelled’ Russia from its upcoming meeting in Sochi, transferred to Brussels - is just a self-important talk shop.

 
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CrossTalk: Cry me a river

With the return of Crimea to Russia, the US and NATO now deem Russia to be a serious security threat. What conditions does IMF propose to Ukraine? And has Br...
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"Los nadie no son seres humanos, sino recursos humanos"

"Los nadie no son seres humanos, sino recursos humanos" | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Los intelectuales reflexionan sobre ecología y espiritualidad en una jornada interreligiosa
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Obama Paints Crimea Secession as Worse than Iraq War - #ObamaEducatingSheeps

Real News @ http://RevolutionNews.US — Obama Insists US 'Sought to Work Within the System'... With fully one Ukrainian soldier confirmed dead and several oth...
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OTAN: 60 años de crímenes 'humanitarios'

OTAN: 60 años de crímenes 'humanitarios' | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
EE.UU. y Europa no quieren controlar Ucrania y no buscan un conflicto con Rusia, sino que la OTAN ya hace 60 años que no hace sino llevar democracia, afirmó Barack Obama en un reciente discurso en el Palacio de Bellas Artes de Bruselas.
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R2P: The Tables Turn on the West in Crimea | New Eastern Outlook

R2P: The Tables Turn on the West in Crimea | New Eastern Outlook | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it

R2P, or the “responsibility to protect,” was a geopolitical tool used by the West after thoroughly destabilizing a nation through armed proxies to then intervene militarily, enact regime change, occupy, and reorder the nation both economically and sociopolitically. It has been used to devastating effect in Serbia in the carving out of Kosovo, as well as more recently in Libya. 

In Kosovo, the Canadian National Post would report in their article, “U.S. supported al-Qaeda cells during Balkan Wars,” that: 

In the years immediately before the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the al-Qaeda militants moved into Kosovo, the southern province of Serbia, to help ethnic Albanian extremists of the KLA mount their terrorist campaign against Serb targets in the region. 

The mujahedeen “were financed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates money,” said one Western military official, asking anonymity. “They were mercenaries who were not running the show in Kosovo, but were used by the KLA to do their dirty work.” 

The United States, which had originally trained the Afghan Arabs during the war in Afghanistan, supported them in Bosnia and then in Kosovo. When NATO forces launched their military campaign against Yugoslavia three years ago to unseat Mr. Milosevic, they entered the Kosovo conflict on the side of the KLA, which had already received “substantial” military and financial support from bin Laden’s network, analysts say.

This reveals that the war itself was initially precipitated by NATO and thereafter expanded through the intentional training, funding, and arming of terrorists imported into the region with the specific goal of creating enough bloodshed to justify NATO intervention and the subsequent geopolitical reordering of Serbia.

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redecastorphoto: Pepe Escobar − A União Europeia não anexará a Ucrânia

redecastorphoto: Pepe Escobar − A União Europeia não anexará a Ucrânia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A nova Ucrânia de “Yats”, Tyahnybok e Yarosh assinou, na maior correria, os itens políticos de um acordo de associação com a União Europeia (EU) em reunião em Bruxelas, na 6ª-feira passada (21/3/2014).   Nada menos de 30 burocratas (nomeados, não eleitos) da UE também assinaram o documento, entre os quais o presidente do Conselho Europeu, Herman Van Rompuy e o presidente da Comissão Europeia (CE) Jose Manuel Barroso.   É o mesmo negócio que o ex-presidente Viktor Yanukovich decidira rejeitar em novembro passado – rejeição que, na sequência, levou aos protestos na Praça Maidan, a um putsch apoiado pelos EUA apesar de recheado de atores fascistas e neonazistas, o que levou Moscou a assumir o controle da Crimeia sem disparar um tiro.
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