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Cameroonian Troops Tortured and Killed Prisoners at Base Used for #US Drone Surveillance #Cameroun #Torture #USA

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Cameroonian Troops Tortured and Killed Prisoners at Base Used for #US Drone Surveillance #Cameroun #Torture #USA

A new report by Amnesty International and research by Forensic Architecture shows U.S. personnel were regularly near where detainees say torture occurred.

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No evidence has emerged that U.S. personnel were involved in torture, but photos and videos from Salak show U.S. soldiers and civilian contractors near the facilities where prisoners were held, and detainees testified to seeing and hearing Americans in uniform during their imprisonment.

“We can’t be 100 percent sure that Americans were aware of the torture,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s lead researcher on a new report about abuses by Cameroonian forces. “But our evidence demonstrates that at Salak these practices occur in places that are accessible and can be visible to U.S. and other foreign personnel.”(...)

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#US should investigate reports of indiscriminate #drone strike from #Mosul '–State Dept-3 mn #Irak #Iraq #Mossoul

#US should investigate reports of indiscriminate #drone strike from #Mosul '–State Dept-3 mn #Irak #Iraq #Mossoul

Ajoutée le 14 mars 2017

The successful liberation of Aleppo enraged western media, but noted filmmaker and activist Elizabeth Kucinich says the narrative needs to be refocused. She traveled to Syria with Dennis Kucinich and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and joins RT America’s Anya Parampil to offer her crucial perspective on the broader humanitarian crisis and greater geopolitical context of the conflict.

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A Mother and Child Trapped in #Obama’s Brutal Family Deportation System - #US #migrations

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A Mother and Child Trapped in #Obama’s Brutal Family Deportation System - #US #migrations

Jayne Alves Vilas Novas and her 2-year-old daughter fled violence in Brazil only to become ensnared in Obama’s nightmarish family deportation system.

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Spiritual blackout in #USA :  #Election2016 by #CornelWest  - The Boston Globe

Spiritual blackout in #USA :  #Election2016 by #CornelWest  - The Boston Globe | News in english | Scoop.it

Spiritual blackout in #USA :  #Election2016 by #CornelWest  - The Boston Globe

By Cornel West   November 03, 2016

The neofascist catastrophe called Donald Trump and the neoliberal disaster named Hillary Clinton are predictable symbols of our spiritual blackout.

The most frightening feature of the civic melancholia in present-day America is the relative collapse of integrity, honesty, and decency — an undeniable spiritual blackout of grand proportions. The sad spectacle of the presidential election is no surprise. Rather, the neofascist catastrophe called Donald Trump and the neoliberal disaster named Hillary Clinton are predictable symbols of our spiritual blackout. Trump dislodged an inert conservative establishment by unleashing an ugly contempt for liberal elites and vulnerable citizens of color — and the mainstream media followed every performance (even his tweets!) for financial gain. Clinton laid bare a dishonest liberal establishment that was unfair to Bernie Sanders and obsessed with winning at any cost — and the mainstream media selectively weighed in for pecuniary ends.

In short, the rule of Big Money and its attendant culture of cupidity and mendacity have led to our grand moment of spiritual blackout. The founder of Western philosophy, Plato, foresaw this scenario. In “The Republic” — history’s most profound critique of democratic regimes — Plato argues that democracies produce citizens of unruly passion and pervasive ignorance, manipulated by greedy elites and mendacious politicians. The result is tyranny — the rule of a strong man driven by appetites, corruption, and secrecy. There is no doubt that Trump meets this description more so than Clinton. Yet neoliberals like Clinton bear some responsibility for the anger and anguish of Trump’s followers — especially those white male working and middle-class citizens who have been devastated by neoliberal economic policies of deregulation, NAFTA, and Wall Street protection. The vicious xenophobia toward women, Mexicans, the disabled, gays, Muslims, Jews, and blacks are the sole fault of the Trump campaign. Yet the rule of Big Money in capitalist USA downplays the catastrophic effects of global warming, of poverty, and of drones killing innocent people — all the common ground of Trump and Clinton.

For over a century, the best response to Plato’s critique of democracy has been John Dewey’s claim that precious and fragile democratic experiments must put a premium on democratic statecraft (public accountability, protection of rights and liberties, as well as personal responsibility, embedded in a fair rule of law) and especially on democratic soulcraft (integrity, empathy, and a mature sense of history). For Plato, democratic regimes collapse owing to the slavish souls of citizens driven by hedonism and narcissism, mendacity and venality. Dewey replies that this kind of spiritual blackout can be overcome by robust democratic education and courageous exemplars grounded in the spread of critical intelligence, moral compassion, and historical humility. The 2016 election presents a dangerous question as to whether Dewey’s challenge to Plato’s critique can be met.

Yet Clinton is not a strong agent for Dewey’s response. There is no doubt that if she becomes the first woman president of the United States — though I prefer Jill Stein, of the Green Party — Clinton will be smart, even brilliant, in office. But like her predecessor, Barack Obama, she promotes the same neoliberal policies that increase inequality and racial polarization that will produce the next Trump. More important, she embraces Trump-like figures abroad, be they in Saudi Arabia, Honduras, Israel, or Syria — figures of ugly xenophobia and militaristic policies. The same self-righteous neoliberal soulcraft of smartness, dollars, and bombs lands us even deeper in our spiritual blackout. Instead we need a democratic soulcraft of wisdom, justice, and peace — the dreams of courageous freedom fighters like Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Joshua Heschel, Edward Said, and Dorothy Day. These dreams now lie dormant at this bleak moment, but spiritual and democratic awakenings are afoot among the ripe ones, especially those in the younger generation.

 

Cornel West is a teacher and philosopher.

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Toxic legacy:Epidemic of birth defects & #cancer in #Fallujah #Iraq after 2004 #US assault- #History #WarCrimes

Toxic legacy:Epidemic of birth defects & #cancer in #Fallujah #Iraq after 2004 #US assault- #History #WarCrimes

Ajoutée le 7 nov. 2016

November 7 marks 12 years since the beginning of the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, which was conducted by US, Iraqi and British troops. It’s alleged that chemical weapons may have been used during the bombardment. Many scientists and researchers believe that an increased rate of health problems among the Fallujah population, including birth defects and cancer, are consequences of those attacks.

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#US -led coalition strike killed dozens of civilian mourners 30km from Kirkuk – Russian MoD #Irak #Iraq

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#US -led coalition strike killed dozens of civilian mourners 30km from Kirkuk – Russian MoD #Irak #Iraq
The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.

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#US air strikes pound #Libya 's Sirte to oust #IslamicState militants - Reuters 17.10.16 #NoCiviliansKilledHere ?

#US air strikes pound #Libya 's Sirte to oust #IslamicState militants - Reuters 17.10.16 #NoCiviliansKilledHere ? | News in english | Scoop.it

Les bombardements US sur Syrte, personne n'en parle ..

Ah oui, j'oubliais, eux ne tuent jamais de civils .... #doublestandards

 

#US air strikes pound #Libya 's Sirte to oust #IslamicState militants - Reuters 17.10.16 #NoCiviliansKilledHere ?

U.S. aircraft hit Islamic State targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the U.S. military said on Monday.

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How #US #Torture Left Legacy of Damaged Minds - The New York Times #HumanRights

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How #US #Torture Left Legacy of Damaged Minds - The New York Times #HumanRights

Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C.I.A. prisons and at Guantánamo.

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Who’s Afraid of ‘ #RussiaToday’? : Information Clearing House - ICH #RT #medias #media #USandEuropeWarPress

Who’s Afraid of ‘ #RussiaToday’? : Information Clearing House - ICH #RT #medias #media #USandEuropeWarPress

Hand-wringing over Kremlin propaganda says more about about US media’s insecurity than it does Putin’s reach.

By Adam H. Johnson

September 26, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - "The Nation" - Donald Trump’s taboo friendly posture to Russia has pundits in a frenzy. Every day we have takes in major media outlets insisting Trump is a de facto Kremlin agent, a pro-Clinton Super PAC has launched a Web site to “raise awareness” of “the dangerous Putin-Trump connection” that even comes complete with a hammer and sickle (despite the fact that both Putin and Trump are ardent capitalists), and MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid had on a guest who suggested Putin would invade Ukraine to steer the election Trump’s way. One subgenre of this frenzy is a renewed focus on Russian-funded English language cable network Russia Today, which critics have accused of going to bat for Trump and working to undermine Clinton.

The latest example of this sub-take is Jim Rutenberg, media columnist for The New York Times. In “Larry King, the Russian Media and a Partisan Landscape,” Rutenberg muses on the rise of relativism and the loss of objective truth in media. This is a typical frame when discussing the uniquely sinister nature of RT, and it’s one worth dissecting in detail.  

Rutenberg begins by citing RT’s lockstep support for the Russian invasion of Crimea as evidence it’s not a real news source. However, it’s worth noting, The New York Times‘s editorial board has supported every single US war—Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Libya—for the past 30 years. While its reporting and op-eds on these wars has often been critical, much of it’s coverage has also helped to sell war-weary liberals on the current military mission—the most notable example being Judith Miller and Michael Gordon’s hyping Iraq’s nonexistent nuclear program in the buildup to the March 2003 invasion. Indeed, the image of The New York Times as an objective, unbiased news outlet is precisely how it was able to sell the war in the first place. The difference is one of efficacy, not affect.

In January, for example, The New York Times opposed Obama’s expanding the ISIS war to Libya. Six months later, after Obama started bombing targets in the country, it did a 180 and endorsed the new war. Perhaps media analysts like Rutenberg should spend more time questioning why this is, why the Times always agrees with the US position on starting wars. Either The New York Times dispassionately looked at the evidence and just so happened to agree with the US government 100 percent of the time, or there are other factors, such as ideology and groupthink, beyond the top-down government-control model of an RT. Examining these forces would be a better use of Rutenberg’s considerable influence than being the one-millionth person in US media stoking outrage over a network that reaches fewer than 30,000 Americans a day.

This isn’t to draw an equivalence; indeed, The New York Times and RT are apples and oranges in many ways. It’s essential in proper liberal circles to “other” RT, to remind people how it’s not real news and that, while American media have problems, they’re on a different moral plane. This tic mostly serves the function of signaling one’s “seriousness” and ingratiating oneself to the prevailing orthodoxy. (It certainly can’t provide any new insight, since this is already the conventional wisdom.) And while there are many good arguments to this effect, it’s a tedious form of ideology auditing and not one I wish to indulge for the purposes of this piece. The more important question is not whether RT is “propaganda”; it’s whether the nonstop insisting that it is—in some unique and pernicious way—serves any useful function beyond careerist signaling and anti-Russian point scoring.

The odds are, the average American is far more likely to hear about how terrible RT is than actually watch RT. From The New York Times to Time to BuzzFeed to The Daily Beast to Politico to The Washington Post, virtually every major American news outlet has dedicated considerable time to column inches to reminding us how sinister the Russian-funded network is. The question is, who cares? Russia Today’s reach is relatively minor. What, one may ask, are we so scared of? More speech, as the adage goes, is always better than less speech. Soviet propaganda added urgency to the United States’ taking the civil-rights movement seriously. Japanese propaganda was, according to Douglas Blackmon in his book Slavery by Another Name, one of the primary reasons Franklin Roosevelt sought to end debt peonage for African-Americans in the South. Getting trolled, for lack of a better term, by counties hostile to your interest can have healthy consequences.  

Just the same, while Russia Today toes the Kremlin’s line on foreign policy, it also provides an outlet to marginalized issues and voices stateside. RT, for example, has covered the recent prison strikes—the largest in American history—twice. So far CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and Rutenberg’s employer, The New York Times, haven’t covered them at all. RT aggressively covered Occupy Wall Street early on while the rest of corporate US media were marginalizing from afar (for this effort RT was nominated for an Emmy). Perhaps Rutenberg and those Deeply Concerned about RT can see why there may be a market for RT to fill here. In many ways, RT’s success, to the extent it has had any, is as much an indictment of American corporate media as it is an expression of sinister Kremlin disinformation.

Rutenberg, as many others have, insists RT is uniquely evil because “journalists who stray can wind up beaten or dead.” But even this critique is rather selective. Qatar, Al Jazeera’s patron, is a monarchy that stifles dissent while arming extremists in Syria and Libya. So does Al Arabiya’s patron, Saudi Arabia, which also executes LGBT people for the crime of being LGBT. The BBC’s patron, the British government, helped launch a war of aggression against Iraq that killed over 500,000 people. In April 2003, the United States bombed an Al Jazeera office in Baghdad, killing reporter Tarek Ayoub under suspicious circumstances. If news organizations are judged by the sins of their government patrons, we wouldn’t have government funded media.

Also missing from the posturing over RT is a bit of perspective. For decades the United States has supported similar tactics overseas to push their agenda—from the Voice of America and its assortment of spin offs to “pro-democracy” initiatives that often, with the help of Western NGO and think tanks, funnel money horizontally by sponsoring pundits who write in foreign media outlets. The professional hand-wringing classes make a distinction: that US-backed media are truthful and held to higher standards. While this is true in a strict sense, often times this simply means the United States is better at information war, not that it does less of it. The CIA helped produce, without disclosure, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, two glowing CIA commercials. The US government, via USAID, secretly created a fake social-media platform and infiltrated the hip-hop scene in Cuba to “stir unrest” and undermine the government. The Department of Defense runs a $100 million program to manipulate social media overseas, complete with fake sock-puppet profiles in “Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Pashto.” How many Americans are aware of these practices? Probably a lot fewer than know about Putin’s evil cable network.

The fundamental question is: Why do powerful media outlets feel the need to rush in and play ideological hall monitor and decry such a relatively minor player in American news? If a fraction of this energy went into critically examining our own country’s propaganda techniques and giving voice to the marginalized topics and people, perhaps the market—to the extent there is one—for a “counternarrative” would dry up and render outlets like RT irrelevant.

 

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#US military 'manipulated intelligence to downplay threat of #IS ' - AFP #IslamicState #Terrorism #Syria #Iraq

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#US military 'manipulated intelligence to downplay threat of #IS ' - AFP #IslamicState #Terrorism #Syria #Iraq

Interim congressional report states military was 'significantly more positive' about US efforts against IS, which could have put troops at risk...

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Untold History of #US - #Bush AND #Obama: Age of Terror (Subt.Español) #documentary  58 mn by #OliverStone

The real terrorists are the #US .

Mastermindering "global architecture" and  organized violence across the world since the World War 2

This documentary presents us, with facts, how they proceed since the 09/11/2001 with, first, the #Bush administration and then with the #Obama administration.

Hillary Clinton will continue this madness

Trump ? We dont' really know but, I guess, it is more than probable he will be also a dangerous US president for our world

Damned choice ..  trash or crap

 

 

"Untold History of #US - #Bush AND #Obama: Age of Terror (Subt.Español) #documentary  58 mn by #OliverStone 

 

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

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How #US Trains Vast Numbers of Foreign #Soldiers & #Police With Little Oversight-The Intercept #investigation

How #US Trains Vast Numbers of Foreign #Soldiers & #Police With Little Oversight-The Intercept #investigation | News in english | Scoop.it

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.

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Supreme Court Eliminates #US Political #Corruption ! (By Defining It Out of Existence) - The Intercept

Supreme Court Eliminates #US Political #Corruption ! (By Defining It Out of Existence) - The Intercept | News in english | Scoop.it

Supreme Court Eliminates #US Political #Corruption ! (By Defining It Out of Existence) - The Intercept

Unlike the rest of us, the Supreme Court thinks there are too many restrictions on money in politics, not too few.

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The #US Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against #ISIS in Raqqa, and #Syria n #Civilians Are Paying the Price

The #US Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against #ISIS in Raqqa, and #Syria n #Civilians Are Paying the Price | News in english | Scoop.it

The #US Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against #ISIS in Raqqa, and #Syria n #Civilians Are Paying the Price

(...)Thanks to camera phones and social media, the deadly consequences of U.S. military operations are indeed being recorded, shared, and watched around the world on an unprecedented scale. But while civilian deaths are regularly reported in local media outlets in the Middle East, they are seldom reported in detail by international media. (..)

(..) Foreign Policy recently reported that the U.S. military will no longer confirm which nation is responsibility for civilian deaths caused by coalition airstrikes. Centcom began taking responsibility for civilian casualties from its strikes in 2015 (though with numbers far lower than those given by outside reports). Its allies, however, including France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Australia, have pressured Centcom to stop specifying which country carried out which strike. This move will likely make the air campaign in Iraq and Syria more resistant to public scrutiny, making it even harder for civilians to obtain recognition or recompense for harm.(..)

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#US Special Operations Numbers Surge in #Africa ’s Shadow Wars - The Intercept

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#US Special Operations Numbers Surge in #Africa ’s Shadow Wars - The Intercept

Africa has seen the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops of any region of the globe over the past decade.

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The Smear Campaign Against #KeithEllison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington - #US #israel

The Smear Campaign Against #KeithEllison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington - #US #israel | News in english | Scoop.it

The Smear Campaign Against #KeithEllison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington - #US #israel

The Intercept - Glenn Greenwald

Democrats sincere about opposing anti-Muslim bigotry should denounce these ugly attacks on Ellison.

Ever since he announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, the first American Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, has been the target of a defamation campaign that is deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable. At first expressed in whispers, but now being yelled from the rooftops by some of the party’s most influential figures, Ellison is being smeared as both an anti-Semite and enemy of Israel — the same smears virtually any critic of the Israeli government reflexively encounters, rendered far worse if the critic is a prominent American Muslim.

Three days ago, the now ironically named Anti-Defamation League pronounced Ellison’s 2010 comments about Israel “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.” Other Israel advocates have now joined in. What are Ellison’s terrible sins? He said in a 2010 speech that while he “wanted the U.S. to be friends with Israel,” the U.S. “can’t allow another country to treat us like we’re their ATM.”(..)

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Stationing #US troops in Japan will lead to bloody tragedy – ex-PM of #Japan - 26 mn #Imperialism #Russia #USA

Stationing #US troops in Japan will lead to bloody tragedy – ex-PM of #Japan - 26 mn #Imperialism #Russia #USA

Ajoutée le 6 nov. 2016

Russia and Japan haven’t been able to settle the issue of the Kuril Islands and sign a peace treaty since the end of World War II, resulting in a territorial dispute that’s been around for seven decades. But warm ties between the countries’ current leaders could lead to a breakthrough. Many are expecting progress to be made when Russian President Putin is in Japan for a state visit in December. Can the issue of the disputed islands be settled for good? And will Japan’s special relationship with America stand in the way of closer cooperation with Russia? Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama is on SophieCo to discuss.

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How Washington's Money-Machine Stays Ahead of Democracy - The Real News  7 mn #DeepState #Corruption

How Washington's Money-Machine Stays Ahead of Democracy - The Real News  7 mn #DeepState #Corruption

Ajoutée le 23 oct. 2016

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have created America's largest network of donors and fundraisers, and together they're delegating Wall Street's favorites to unelected positions within government

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In #Aleppo civilians ‘shouldn’t have to leave,’ in  #Mosul displacement ‘inevitable’ - #US State Dept

In #Aleppo civilians ‘shouldn’t have to leave,’ in  #Mosul displacement ‘inevitable’ - #US State Dept

The US State Department appears to have double standards when it comes to humanitarian crises and civilian displacement due to conflicts. When it comes to Aleppo, the US State Department says civilians “shouldn’t have to leave, they shouldn’t be bombed by their own government and the Russian military.” But when it comes to Mosul, where a US-backed operation to retake the city from ISIS is under way, the State Department says, “Civilian displacement is inevitable.” RT correspondent Gayane Chichakyan explores the contradiction and Janice Atkinson, member of the European parliament, joins RT to discuss the issue.

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‘It’s different’:  #US justifies #Saudi ‘self-defense’ in #Yemen , slams #Russia ’s actions in #Syria

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‘It’s different’:  #US justifies #Saudi ‘self-defense’ in #Yemen , slams #Russia ’s actions in #Syria

The US says Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen was an act of “self-defense” against Iranian missiles on its border. While there are similarities with the Syrian conflict, Washington sees “differences” between the deaths of over 150 civilians, blamed on Riyadh, and the situation in Aleppo.

“It is different,” the State Department’s John Kirby has told AP’s Matt Lee, when asked whether Capitol Hill sees a difference between the recent attack in Yemen and “what you accuse the Russians and the Syrians and the Iranians of doing in Syria, particularly Aleppo?”

The question specifically referred to an airstrike that targeted a funeral service in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, killing more than 150 civilians and injuring over 525.

Located on opposite sides of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Syria bear few similarities, but have one thing in common: a civil conflict between their governments and rebels, which later evolved into larger-scale wars, with the intervention of foreign forces. However, the rules of the game appear to be different for each case. 

For the State Department, the Saudi pledge to investigate the bombing seems to offer some reduction in the significance of its actions.

“The Saudis publicly said that they were going to investigate this as – for the potential of it being, in fact, wrongly implemented and wrongly executed,” Kirby said. That is something, he added, he hasn’t seen the Syrian army or the Russian military do “not once.”

When asked about Russia’s recent demand for an investigation into an attack on a humanitarian convoy in Syria, Kirby said “it’s not exactly been a clarion call.”

Addressing the attack in Sana’a, the UN called the bombing “outrageous” and pointed out constant strikes, specifically at places of mass congregation, which lacked proper recourse.

“Since the beginning of this conflict in Yemen, weddings, marketplaces, hospitals, schools – and now mourners at a funeral – have been hit, resulting in massive civilian casualties and zero accountability for those responsible,” the UN said in a statement Monday.

Yet, when it comes to Saudi Arabia and its intervention in Yemen, the State Department said it is important to remember that Riyadh has a “pressing requirement for self-defense” because of threats it faces from Iranian missiles launched by Houthi rebels near the border.

However, there is no similar judgment regarding Syria, where rebel groups along with Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists presumably hold people at gunpoint in Aleppo.

Kirby accused Moscow and the Assad forces of “a concerted” and “very deliberate” effort to take “to subdue” the city by force.

As RT learned from locals still living in western Aleppo, it was not Russian forces that terrified them.

A woman said that everyone trying to get water from a well was also shot at while children described shells destroying their house.

RT has asked the State Department to comment on whether the people were effectively being “held” in Aleppo.

“I can’t confirm that report. You know I don’t get into battlefield reports; I’m not going to do that,” Kirby. “And your question about being held hostage, there should be – and I’ve seen reports that they’re allowed to leave,” he added, blaming the Syrian government and the Russian military.

The Department’s spokesman also declined to speak about Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists, who remain in the area along with anti-Assad rebels. Moscow has unsuccessfully been asking the US to dissociate terrorists from the so-called moderate opposition.

Kirby says it’s unlikely they would want to leave Aleppo, hinting that the responsibility also lay with Russia.

“They’re not likely to want to leave while they’re continuing to be bombed,” he said.

When specifically asked whether it was America’s strategy to let Al-Qaeda run the area, Kirby declined to answer.

Washington has been supplying rebels with arms, some of which it has admitted ended up in the hands on terrorists.

 

In September, a US military spokesman said that rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and about one-quarter of their ammunition to Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front, now known as Jabhat Fatah al Sham, in exchange for safe passage.

When it comes to Yemen, the US also played, though indirectly, its part in the conflict aiding Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners with weapons, often used in attacks targeting civilians. Following the airstrike, the White House said it would reassess its help to Saudi Arabia.

Despite massive casualties and some opposition among lawmakers, US-Saudi arms sales have been thriving with the Senate just recently blocking a bipartisan bill that would stop the deal with Riyadh.

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#US Admits #israel Is Building Permanent #Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion - #zionism

#US Admits #israel Is Building Permanent #Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion - #zionism | News in english | Scoop.it

#US Admits #israel Is Building Permanent #Apartheid Regime — Weeks After Giving It $38 Billion - #zionism

Oct. 6 2016, 3:29 p.m.

After serving as key protector of South Africa's apartheid, U.S. playing the same role for Israel.

 

n 2010, Israel’s then-defense minister, Ehud Barak, explicitly warned that Israel would become a permanent “apartheid” state if it failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians that creates their own sovereign nation and vests them with full political rights. “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River there is only one political entity called Israel, it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic,” Barak said. “If this bloc of millions of ­Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”

Honest observers on both sides of the conflict have long acknowledged that the prospects for a two-state solution are virtually non-existent: another way of saying that Israel’s status as a permanent apartheid regime is inevitable. Indeed, U.S. intelligence agencies as early as 45 years ago explicitly warned that Israeli occupation would become permanent if it did not end quickly.

All relevant evidence makes clear this is what has happened. There has been no progress toward a two-state solution for many years. The composition of Israel’s Jewish popu(...)

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Lawsuit:  #US foreign aid to #israel (3 billions US $/year) is illegal #MikoPeled #nuclear #Palestine #Droit

Lawsuit:  #US foreign aid to #israel (3 billions US $/year) is illegal #MikoPeled #nuclear #Palestine #Droit

As the United States and Israel negotiate a foreign aid package that would send $40-$50 billion to Israel, a lawsuit has been filed in US district court that alleges US aid to Israel violates a decades-old law prohibiting aid to nuclear powers that fail to sign a nonproliferation treaty. Miko Peled, Israeli peace activist, joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario and says there is “no question it is a valid lawsuit” and “America is in collusion with Israel,” ignoring crimes the country commits as well as their potential nuclear weapons program.

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#JimmyCarter: The #US Is an “ #Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” - The Intercept #corruption

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#JimmyCarter: The #US Is an “ #Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” - The Intercept #corruption

According to the former president, Americans are now experiencing "a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors."

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In #Africa, the #US Military Sees Enemies Everywhere - The Intercept

In #Africa, the #US Military Sees Enemies Everywhere - The Intercept | News in english | Scoop.it

Pendant ce temps, nouvelles, dont on parle non pas peu mais pas , de l'Empire paranoïaque et TERRORISTE

 

In #Africa, the #US Military Sees Enemies Everywhere - The Intercept

Nick Turse, 11.07.2016

Across Africa, 1,700 Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other military personnel are carrying out 78 distinct “mission sets” in more than 20 nations.

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#Obama Administration Finally Releases Its Dubious #Drone Death Toll where #US is not officially at war-The Intercept

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#Obama Administration Finally Releases Its Dubious #Drone Death Toll where #US is not officially at war-The Intercept

After seven years of secrecy, the White House released a tally of civilians killed by drone strikes in nations where the U.S. is not officially at war.

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