Given that there are so many wars, both expanding military ones, and of so many sorts of oppressions of the citizenry in various locales in the news (well, alternative news in the main), I’m providing titles and just a taste for most of them, so that you might choose which ones to explore further. I’d thought to include ‘wars on the inconvenient rabble in amerika by presidential budget proposal’, and they are epically Disastrous proposals, but may prove even too much for especially the R team and a few Ds to approve in the end. So, they’ll have to take a backseat, at least for now.
‘US launches raid in Yemen as Trump concludes Middle East trip’ by Bill Van Auken, wsws.org, 24 May 2017
“On Tuesday, as President Donald Trump was wrapping up his three-day trip to the Middle East, US Special Operations troops carried out a raid deep into Yemen, with the US Central Command claiming that they killed seven members of Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Both Centcom and local Yemenis reported that the raid conducted in Yemen’s central Ma’arib province was accompanied by intense air strikes by US planes, drones and helicopters.
A Centcom spokesman claimed that the raid was not aimed at killing or capturing any individual, but rather at capturing computers, hard drives and cellphones that could yield information on the AQAP’s plans.”
‘Libya – Massacre At Brak al-Shatti May Trigger Larger Civil War’; by Richard Galustian, May 23 at Moon of Alabama
“Egypt, the UN and Arab governments try to mediated between the two governments in Libya. A massacre at an air base interrupted the process and threatens to intensify the civil war.
(Cairo) Nobody has their eye on Libya with all “western” media preoccupied with DC machinations, Russiaphobia and the first overseas trip of President Trump.
What about the implosion we are on the brink of seeing in Libya following the murder of all LNA Air Force personnel at the Brak al-Shati AFB?
The death toll in the attack of a Libyan National Army airbase, in south Libya, rose to over 140, a spokesman for Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday.
Remarkably it was militia (called ‘the third force’) of the UN unelected Government of National Accord (GNA) under Faez Serraj that attacked and executed the unarmed men in the Brak al-Shati Air base. There were allegedly foreigners among the attackers possibly aligned with al-Qaeda.
LNA spokesman Ahmad al-Mesmari said on Friday most of the fatalities were maintenance and support Air Force personnel including some pilots. He added the victims included many civilians such as cooks and cleaners who worked at the airbase or were in the nearby area, adding that barbaric summary executions were carried out one by one, all head shots. “Many of the young airmen were returning from a military parade. They weren’t armed but still were executed,” the spokesman said.”
‘US ramps up bombing in Afghanistan as Trump mulls troop surge’ from RT, 24 May, 2017
“As the Pentagon lobbies President Donald Trump to send up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan, US jets have stepped up bombing operations to levels last seen in 2012, in an effort to crush an Islamic State affiliate before it establishes a foothold.
The latest airpower report released by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) shows 460 bombs, missiles and other weapons released over Afghanistan in April. This is more than the ordnance used in the previous two months combined, a sevenfold increase over the 62 weapons used in April of last year, and the most bombs dropped since August 2012, when 589 weapons were used.” [snip]
“The use of MOAB was reportedly a surprise even to Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to a recent profile in The New Yorker. Nicholson was apparently following through on orders by the Trump administration that delegated even more authority to local commanders, and instructed them to “annihilate” IS, rather than simply push it out of territories the terrorist group has occupied.”
(CENTCOM’s press releases can be found here.)
War against Israeli apartheid: ‘Palestinian Prisoners Hunger Strike Enters Day 37’, May 23, by SAMIODUN, the Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network, Black Agenda Report
“Completely unnoticed by US corporate media, 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners are engaged in a hunger strike, a literal fast to the death demanding human rights in Israeli prisons and jails. As with most actions undertaken by prisoners, their tools and options are seriously limited. Most options are in the hands of the authorities, and those of us outside the walls. They’re standing up. We know where the Congressional Black Caucus stands. Where are you standing?
1500 prisoners – out of a total of approximately 6500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails – launched the strike on 17 April 2017, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. Throughout that time, strikers have consumed salt and water only to protect their lives and health.
Palestinian hunger strikers have faced harsh repression from Israeli occupation prison authorities. They have been denied legal and family visits, thrown in isolation and solitary confinement, abusively transferred repeatedly from prison to prison and had their personal belongings confiscated, including in many cases the salt on which they rely.”
At TRNN: Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine; Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people
‘In visit to Israel, Trump escalates attacks on Iran’ by Bill Van Auken, wsws, 23 May 2017
“Donald Trump made clear from the moment of his arrival in Israel Monday that the purpose of his trip, promoted by the White House and the media as part of a quest for “Middle East peace,” is the consolidation of reactionary regional alliance in support of a US military buildup against Iran.
The US president flew to Tel Aviv directly from Saudi Arabia, where he delivered an inflammatory speech designed to consolidate a military alliance of Sunni oil monarchies and dictatorships against Iran. Portraying the struggle as one of “good against evil” and invoking “god” nine times, Trump made a clear appeal to sectarian divisions to promote what amounts to a holy war by the Sunni regimes against the predominantly Shia Iran.
Trump kept up his anti-Iranian rhetoric in statements made during meetings with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking alongside Rivlin, Trump said, “There is growing realization among your Arab neighbors that they have common cause with you in the threat posted by Iran.
“Most importantly,” he added, “the United States and Israel can declare with one voice that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon—never, ever—and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately.”
An interesting and plausible angle comes from Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria and Bahrain, at RT, May 22: ‘Arab NATO’ reserve force to fight terrorism is ‘myth & propaganda’
“US President Donald Trump on Sunday addressed leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries who gathered for the Arab-Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.
Washington and Middle East countries signed a new pact that promises to provide extra troops to fight terrorists. The so-called Riyadh declaration says leaders of those Islamic countries are ready to provide a reserve force of 34,000 troops when needed.
RT asked analysts where this “reserve force” of 34,000 troops will be used?
Peter Ford said he thinks “it’s a myth.” In his opinion, the Saudis and Emiratis “cannot count on the loyalty of their own troops.”
“It is a symbolic gesture so Trump can look good in the eyes of the American and the wider Western media. Let’s be realistic here: this whole visit was not about advancing the fight against terrorism, or advancing Middle East peace – it was about Trump trying to recover some prestige after his battering back home in Washington. So these symbolic gestures and these pictures of him doing Saudi dancing in Riyadh,” Ford said.
This entire Saudi trip “was designed to restore Trump’s image,” the former ambassador added. “If he were serious, then in his big speech yesterday we would have heard some acknowledgment of the two countries, which are doing most to resist ISIS. That is the government of Iraq and the government of Syria. But Trump did not make any acknowledgment whatsoever of these countries, and he also tried to portray Iran, as the biggest threat in terms of terrorism, while this is a blatant distortion that has not been one single instance that Trump could point to of Iranian-inspired terrorism in the West,” he said.”
A blow against NATO exposé: ‘If NATO Wants Peace and Stability it Should Stay Home’, Ulson Gunnar, May 20, NEO.org
“A curious op-ed appeared in The National Interest, penned by Hans Binnendijk and David Gompert, adjunct senior fellows at the RAND Corporation. Titled, “NATO’s Role in post-Caliphate Stability Operations,” it attempts to make a case for NATO involvement everywhere from Libya to Syria and Iraq in fostering stability in the wake of a yet-to-be defeated Islamic State.
The authors propose that NATO step in to fill what it calls an impending “vacuum left as the caliphate collapses,” heading off alternatives including “chaos or Iran, backed by Russia, filling the void, with great harm to U.S. and allied interests in either case.” The op-ed never explains why Iran, neighboring Syria and Iraq, is less qualified to influence the region than the United States which exists literally oceans away and shares nothing in terms of history, culture, language or shared interests in stability and peace.
The op-ed would literally claim:
‘NATO is the only security organization with the skills and breadth to take on this task. The U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition of 68 partners is ill equipped to engage in this complex task. A more cohesive organization such as NATO should lead, but in ways that allow continued Arab participation. A creative version of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition could provide the answer.’
It was an interesting choice by the authors to showcase one of NATO’s most stupendous and continuing failures in Afghanistan with mention of the ISAF, a force that not only has failed to bring stability to the Central Asia nation in over a decade and a half of occupation, but has presided over the emergence of the Islamic State there where previously it had no presence.
The reality of what NATO is versus what The National Interest op-ed attempts to pass it off as, resembles more of a sales pitch for a shoddy product than a genuine attempt at geopolitical analysis or problem solving. But the truth goes deeper still.”
‘NATO is a Global Wrecking Ball, It Cannot Create Stability’
‘Really Stopping the Islamic State Means Really Stopping Support for It’
Herr Trump is in Brussels for the next two days, and oh, will they be busy courting campaign ‘US out of NATO’ Herr Trumpeter the Tweeter bigtime. But then he’d also campaigned on ‘no regime change’, as well. Yeah well, so it goes…
File this under: all too believable: ‘BWC Violations in Georgia and Ukraine: “Two Grey Research Bio Weapons Banana Republics”, Henry Kamens, May 15, NEO.org
“As Gordon Duff of Veterans Today wrote last year: “Despite treaties prohibiting the use of biological and chemical weapons, treaties prohibiting the development and use of nuclear weapons and the wars, some passive through sanctions and others, wholesale slaughter such as the invasion of Iran in 2003, something entirely different is going on.”
Take biological weapons for instance, as highlighted by a recent media release. The Russian foreign ministry reported that the US is surrounding Russia with labs specialising in biological weapons.
The Russian Foreign Ministry is now making official what many insiders know is true – that there is a US “military-biological infrastructure” on the borders of Russia and this is a “real and present danger”. To add injury to insult, the MFA describes how the US is refusing to answer questions as to what is being dispatched from these alleged military bio weapons labs.
(A) Message was published on MFAs’ web-site because of disagreements with American position, outlined in State Departments’ report towards abidance of disarmament and non-proliferation agreements by States. The MFA also writes about US imposing sanctions based on “far-fetched excuses” and intensification of NATO bases close to Russia’s borders. After follows blocking the Convention which prohibits biological and toxic weaponry. It is indicated that US blocked the researching work on compromise exactly at the decisive moment.”
Silverman has repeated many times in the Russian and Georgian media that this lab, and the PR associated with it, are attempts to bypass the Bio Weapons Convention (BWC), which prohibits research into, and the development of, bioweapons. Basically, this treaty bans anyone from conducting further research into dangerous biological agents (substances) which can be weaponised.
The BWC is a legislative charter (binding treaty), and prohibits the existence of biological weapons and their use, and also the testing of them on humans.
The US based Veterans Today publication has identified bioweapons facilities in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Libya, Romania and, of course, the United States.
All these labs claim to be studying various diseases. However this curious and unexplained research, which seldom or never leads to any findings, is little more than a childish cover for mischief, which in Georgia, as we can read below, is now long proven.”
What do you think?
War by other means, and yeah, this is startin’ to piss.me.off:
‘US Policymakers Openly Plot Against Venezuela’, May 24, 2017, Tony Cartalucci, land destroyer (LD)
“The US media has been paying increasing attention to the unfolding crisis in the South American nation of Venezuela. As the US media has done elsewhere, it is attempting to portray the unfolding crisis as a result of a corrupt dictatorship fighting against a “pro-democracy” opposition.
In reality, it is simply a repeat of US-driven regime change aimed at toppling Venezuela’s independent state institutions and replacing them with institutions created by and for US special interests.”
The “opposition” is comprised of US-backed political parties and US-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) many of which are listed on the US State Department’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) website.”
“Trump’s show of support for Saudi Arabia sent a message: the US backs the repression in the Gulf. Expect violence in Bahrain to continue.
On Sunday, a Bahrain court sentenced Sheikh Issa Qassim, Bahrain’s most prominent Shia figure, to a year in prison, suspended for three years. It was a guilty verdict in a clearly politicised trial that was undoubtedly a travesty of justice, but there were fears that he would receive a much more severe sentence.
A small glimmer of hope after a torturous six-year struggle? Not in Bahrain.
Within hours, security forces armed with tear gas and shotguns entered the sheikh’s hometown of Diraz, in an aggressive show of force.
On Tuesday evening, the Ministry of Interior announced that five “outlaws” – or simply protesters in normal terms – had been killed during this onslaught.
This marks the bloodiest day in Bahrain since the protests began in 2011. It is nothing short of a massacre.
As the situation continued on Wednesday, there were reports of hundreds injured, and at least 250 people in detention, as well as internet services being cut out.”
You’ll remember that the Shia majority population is ruled (and oppressed) by the Sunni Al Kalifah ruling family minority (even if a bit of an over-simplification). In 2011 Saudi tanks helped…quell the protests, the bastids.
I should have invited you all to include other links and stories, perhaps on what’s further afoot in the Syrian proxy ‘wars’, or ‘claimed to be afoot’ in the #notProp msm?
From worldbeyondwar.org: ‘Veterans [to] Oppose Trump Policies, Wars; Rally at Lincoln Memorial; March to White House’
“On Tuesday, May 30, at 11:00 am, veterans and supporters will mass at the Lincoln Memorial. Speakers include Veterans For Peace President Barry Ladendorf, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, David Swanson, Medea Benjamin, Chris Hedges, Brian Becker, Col. Ann Wright, Mara Verhayden Hilliard, Michael McPhearson, and Matt Hoh. Music will be provided by Lyla June Johnston, Pat Scanlon, Ariel Zevon, and the Fugs, who will lead an attempt to exorcise the White House as they did 50 years ago.
“Donald Trump and company are hell-bent on destroying what’s left of our democracy, the environment, and whatever chance we have of world peace. Veterans will not be silent while he does it,” says Matt Hoh, former Marine Captain (two tours in Iraq) and State Department official, who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over U.S. strategic policy and goals.”
A small quibble: Abbie’s schtick was to levitate the Pentagon, not the WH (among other great pranks against the Machine), but I hadn’t remembered the Fugs had…helped.
‘I like war’ by anthony freda