Category Archives: empire and war crimes

#Insanity: US Hot War on Iran; the assassination of Qassem Soleimani

From RT.com, Jan.3, 2019:

“The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has confirmed.

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good holiday wishes to all…

especially the poor and those struggling just to get by in this nation, including the estimated million homeless, some of whom die on the street nightly.  blessings on those being killed slowly by egregious sanctions (war by other means) or killed outright by Amerikan capitalist imperialism.

‘A defiant Evo Morales has said he’ll return to Bolivia by next Christmas, and predicted victory for his Movement for Socialism party in upcoming elections. Morales is in exile after a “coup” and has been accused of “terrorism.”

“For reasons of security I can’t go into detail about the plan we have for returning to Bolivia. But one has to go back to one’s country,” Morales told Reuters in Buenos Aires, Argentina.’

a deep inquiry into the protests in Iran

Including conflicting sources and narratives of news as well as often compromised human rights organizations.  Please feel free to weigh in with suggestions further questions.  It’s longish, but needs must; it’s a large puzzle with many pieces.

First up: ‘An Outrageous Proposal: Peace Boats to Iran’, REZA FIYOUZAT, Dec. 13, 2019, counterpunch.org

One might have imagined from the title his suggestion might have been akin to ‘Flotillas to aid Gaza’, but no; a few bits and bobs:
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catching up on Evo and Bolivia

…mainly by Tweet, because: images and captions, not always text.  Oddly, Mission Verdad English on Twitter hasn’t posted since Dec.6.

You’ll remember that Evo had gone to Cuba to attend to some medical issues on Dec. 7, and was quoted as saying that it was only a temporary visit.  El Pais had reported that Cuba was not Morales’ final destination. They claimed the politician is looking forward to settling down in Argentina once the nation’s newly elected President Alberto Fernandez is sworn into office next Tuesday.

 

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it’s not just what’s IN the $738 billion

bipartisan, House-passed 2020 NDAA…that’s important, but what’s been removed.

According to Andre Damon, wsws.org:

“The most important aspect of the legislation, besides the vast total sum authorized, was the stripping out of the bill of virtually every provision in the original House version that would have set limits on overseas military operations by the Trump administration.

The House-Senate conference removed a ban on US military support for the genocidal war by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and a provision requiring that Trump obtain congressional approval before initiating any military operations against Iran.
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Normandy Four Paris Ukraine Peace Talks

Much of what happened at the Paris Summit is being reported a bit differently, and sometimes rather enigmatically, and will include ‘breaking news’ toward at the end.  This may be the War and Peace report (both literally and figuratively) on the Summit, but in my defense, I’ll ask you to consider that it’s the nexus of proxies for NATO/US Ukrainegate/and Putin’s Russia.

I’ll start with:  ‘Normandy Four agree to ‘stabilize’ eastern Ukraine in Paris communique’, Dec. 9 2019, RT.com

“Prior to the news conference, the leaders said in a joint communique that they agreed to “immediate measures to stabilize the situation in the conflict area in east Ukraine.” Previous attempts by the ‘Normandy Four’ group to simmer down the conflict have achieved mixed results at best.
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Six more European countries join INSTEX

This is potentially very good news for Iran, although I’ve raised a few (so far) unanswered questions below.  If readers know the answers, please fork them over.  ; )

From iranpress.com, Nov 29, 2019
“Six other European countries have joined the INSTEX financial mechanism to fulfill the E3 countries’ (Germany, UK, France) commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden announced in a joint statement that they are in a process of attaching the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) for helping the E3 countries, the European party of Iran’s nuclear deal or JCPOA, to facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran.
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