Category Archives: empire and war crimes

Palestinian Resistance

May 15, 2019 was the 71st commemoration of Nabka (‘the Catastrophe’ as per Palestinians), when in 1948 hundreds of thousands, some say a quarter of a million,  Palestinians either fled or were forcibly removed from their traditional homelands.  Given that timing, many journalists have been covering the March of Return protests in Gaza, ‘anti-Eurovision’ events, as well as describing the ongoing horrors of life in Gaza and the West Bank.

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who’s in charge of this loose cannon of a (waning) empire?

Who’s in charge  may depend on the issues at hand, of course: Bolton, Pompeo, Trump…and let’s not forget Bibi.  If you guess Deep State, I reckon I’m tired of passing the buck by now…I want Names, dammit!

Let’s start with this news most of you know by now:Washington orders US personnel out of Iraq amid war buildup against Iran’, Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2019, wsws.org
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Leaked Report: Douma Chemical Attack Likely Staged

‘Further Evidence US Attacked Syria Based on False Flag’, Tony Cartalucci, May 15, 2019, journal-neo.org*

“Recent revelations mean the US not only falsely accused Damascus of having carried out the attack – but launched military strikes against Syria based on an entirely false pretext. To date, the US has categorically failed to produce any convincing evidence backing their original claims.
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Saber-rattling against Iran hits a ferocious level

Who can leash the Dogs of War before they’re let slip in earnest?  Perhaps Chinese or Russian diplomats?  As allies, both nations would be included in a regional war, and both nations excel in diplomacy.  In the past we’d heard that some of his Generals had known what a nightmare war on Iran would be for US allies…now? Who can say?

Via wsws.org May 11, 2019: ‘With B-52s, carrier battle group in place, US war against Iran on a hair trigger’ (some key paragraphs)
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No Mas Guaidoistas!

‘Venezuela’s Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy; The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela’s self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela’s embassy in DC, which activists are defending’  April 24, 2019, TRNN (the transcript’s at the link)
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Ukraine’s Presidential Elections: March 31

And boy, it’s likely be a wild ride, especially as the World is Watching, the West is already interfering in the election, and Ukrainian politics can get pretty er…kinetic, as in how many ‘Rumbles in the Rada’ have we seen post-Maidan?


As of today there are still 39 candidates vying for the job, and euronews.com claims that this piece contains ‘everything you need to understand about key poll’.  (Even though it’s manifestly biased against Russia and Yanukovitch who’d ‘fled’ as Maidan Uprsings, etc., but still kinda fun) including their category:
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Further War on Maduro’s Bolivarian Venezuela

It’s a bit of a tome, but you can look at individual headlines and decide which ones to read.  I’ll start with today, then work backwards in time, or try to, as the word doc for this diary is in serious disarray by now.

‘Venezuela crisis: Russian military planes land near Caracas’, bbc.com, March 25, 2019

“Two Russian military planes landed in Venezuela’s main airport on Saturday, reportedly carrying dozens of troops and large amounts of equipment.
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