It’s really just more bellicose threats of war and war by other means for fun and profit, as Tehran and the Palestinians know all too well.
‘Trump stages sham Mideast “peace” ceremony on White House lawn’, Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2020, wsws.org (given permission, I’ll quote liberally, leaving out some of the earlier history Van Auken cites; my bolds.)
“The signing of agreements between Israel and the Sunni Persian Gulf monarchies of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the White House South Lawn Tuesday was proclaimed by US President Donald Trump as the advent of “peace in the Middle East without blood all over the sand,” and universally hailed by the media as “historic.”
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Note: The announcement comes on the day marking 75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From Iranian FM Javad Zarif, August 6: @JZarif
‘75 years ago today, the US gained the infamy of becoming the 1st and ONLY user of nuclear weapons. And against innocents. Today, US & Israeli nukes threaten our region. It’s long overdue to end nuclear nightmare & the #MAD doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.’
Keep in mind that he and President Rouhani have stated unequivocally and repeatedly: ‘Nuclear Weapons are forbidden by our religion’. But Western Powers and media refuse to believe it, and have for a long time. Apparently at Bibi’s urging, the Pentagon under Shrub Bush had stocked up on bunker-busting bombs to use on various ‘underground’ nuclear facilities in Iran.
Note: It’s beyond the purview of this diary to speculate as the many possible reasons AMLO’s election had been celebrated so widely as the ‘Great New Hope for Mexico’.
‘Lopez Obrador’s Visit to Trump is a Betrayal of the U.S. and Mexican People’, Laura Carlsen, July 8, 2020
“To praise a tyrant is to insult a people. López Obrador’s proposed visit to Washington is an insult to the American people, and especially to the 37 million Mexican migrants who live in the United States. The purpose of the state visit with Donald Trump on July 8 is to celebrate the entry into force of the Mexico-United States-Canada Treaty (T-MEC) on July 1. It comes at the worst possible time.
The title is a column from Pepe Escobar, strategic-culture.org, May 5, 2020 (Creative Commons w/ attribution) (h/t: open-thread commenters at MoA) Please consider this by way of a PSA, as my grasp of the subject is minimal.
‘A new, radical paradigm shift is in progress. The U.S. economy may shrink as much as 40% in the first semester of 2020. China, already the world’s largest economy by PPP for a few years now, may soon become the world’s largest economy even in exchange rate terms.
Please consider this by way of a PSA, as it’s hard to imagine that I’ll have the wherewithal to even read, much less respond to any comments.
From the WaPO, Feb. 28, 2020: (I won’t bold anything)
“KYIV —A court ruling in Ukraine has forced state investigators to open a probe into alleged pressure by then-vice president Joe Biden that led to the 2016 dismissal of Viktor Shokin as the country’s prosecutor general, officials said Thursday.
President Trump last year pressed Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for an investigation of this kind, leading to Trump’s impeachment by the House and his eventual acquittal in a Senate trial.
‘Assange blasts court for preventing communication with lawyers, alleges legal team is being SPIED on’, RT.com, 26 Feb, 2020
On the third day of his extradition hearing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has rebuked the court for preventing him from communicating with his legal team, saying his prosecutors have “100 times more contact hours each day.”
Via RT.com, Feb. 5, 2020:
The final vote on the first charge (abuse of power) was 52-48, with Mitt Romney (R-Utah) crossing the aisle to vote “guilty” alongside the Democrats. The vote on the second charge (obstruction of Congress) was 53-47, with Romney returning to the fold. It would have taken 67 votes to convict Trump on either count.
UKRAINEGATE Part 1 – A Not So Solid Prosecutor
The title is an essay by Max Parry, Dec 2, 2019, at his home website at medium.com; he’s kindly given me to permission to repost it. He draws in many more elements and celebrity figures than I’d ever known factored in to make his case; it’s says it’s a 12 minute read but it took me longer in my dotage.
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.
The pink tide needs to be stemmed for good, as with VZ, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, and so on; nor can the sole Indigenous President (and a peasant to boot!) on the planet be allowed to win this election. Note: this a$$hat’s threats came on Oct. 21, with only a portion of the votes announced! Yeah, we know what the US and its client states will do; it’s all part of the CIA handbook, isn’t it? Criminalize the pinko’s ‘regime’, sanction/sanction/sanction and eventually openly endorse the opposition leader, as with Juan Guaido:
Yes, even further than this: (smile)
In his Sept. 29, 2019 ‘CIA sets terms for Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump’s crimes’, Joseph Kishore reports in part:
“The scandal over the Ukraine call has been instigated by the intelligence agencies. It was a CIA agent in the White House who prepared the report that is the basis of the inquiry. It was the decision by a group of Democrats drawn from the military and intelligence agencies that led Pelosi and Schiff, both with longstanding ties to these same agencies, to shift from their previous opposition to impeachment.
I’ll only focus on the Pepe’s Hong Kong portion, as I’ll bring other viewpoints as well. A recent reader asked me to say that my (limited thoughts and content) are in violet, hyperlinks turn blue at c99%; all else is in black. This is longish, but given the current anti-China realpolitik afoot, this is a very big deal in my estimation. Feel free to weigh in, even with contrasting sources and opinions. Dagnabbit, I’d forgotten to see if Joe Biden’s blaming the protests on the Russians on Twitter.
‘Hong Kong, Kashmir: a Tale of Two Occupations’ Pepe Escobar, August 7, 2019, strategic-culture.com (CC w/ attribution):
(I offer the following without comment, as I’m not sure that I have another gasket to blow, at least without self-injury. Although thought crimes are a whole ‘nother matter…)
Or as Bernhard at MoA puts it: ‘Ukraine Election – Voters Defeat Second Color Revolution’, July 22, 2019, moonofalabama.org
He begins with a fairly concise version of the Western-orchestrated revolution in 2014 in which Victor Yanukovitch failed to sign the EU Association deal that would bind Ukraine not only to the West, but to NATO. Russia had countered with a better deal:
“It offered billions in investments and long term loans. Much of Ukraine’s industry depends on Russia and Russian gas was offered to the Ukraine for less than the international market price. Yanukovych, who originally wanted to sign the EU association, had no choice but to refuse it, and to take the much better deal Russia offered.”
‘On Eve Of 4th Of July Parade U.S. Attempts To Lure Iran Into Shooting Down Another U.S. Plane’, July 3, 2019, moonofalabama.org
“Today a manned U.S. reconnaissance plane entered Iranian airspace in a clear attempt to provoke Iran into shooting it down. Such an incident would have created an occasion for Trump to give the American people a special 4th of July fireworks.”
Narratives, cheers, jeers, opinions, detractors; or: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now you may not believe that it was a Big Deal, but you may want to finish this lunker in order to see that it was. Now I’m not sure that Markos Moulitsas had weighed in on it, but…. (just kidding). First up:
G-20: Russia, Iran and the Bid to End US Unilateralism’ June 30, 2019, Salman Rafi Sheik
Kropotkin’s quotation puts me in mind of a purported Q and A with Mahatma Gandhi:
Q: ‘What do you think about Western civilization?’
A: ‘I think it would be a very good idea.’
But imagine that you’re in the Twilight Zone, or in a parallel universe, watching as the fading Western Empire goes full-tilt loose cannon and attempts to exert full command-and-control of the planet. A refusal to cede to the inevitability of a multi-polar world in trade, plus ridiculous nationalistic levels of imposed tariffs, killing sanctions, wars in 40% of the nations on the globe (Africom and re-purposed cold war 2.0 NATO), cyber-space, and more.
Whoosh-worthy Freudian slip aside, this is by way of an open discussion on: what really happened? Everyone seems to have an opinion, as do I, even if mine don’t bear up under scrutiny. (smile) Please chime in…
My belief is that it was a palace coup, or an attempted one, given portions of this reprint of the original June 20 (CIA) New Yawk Times report at the Miami Herald:
“As late as 7 p.m. Thursday, military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.
I do understand that many readers may complain again about the length of this diary.. But I’d ask you to consider what Modi’s victory means not only geopolitically in his search to become a Major Nuclear Power World Leader via Nationalism and militarism, as the West cheers him on. Further consider India having the second highest population on the planet, but ruled by a handful of Modi’s cronies who desire nothing less than ruling Southeast Asia while tied to the US. You might consider as well what it means for the majority Muslim people of Kashmir, caught between Pakistan and India two nations, while Modi intends to use nuclear Pakistan for his own ends.
Now this was written a week before the election, but contains an interesting theory: ‘Explaining Narendra Modi’s Global Image Victory’; Modi’s biggest image-building weapon is neither in his control nor in his consciousness’, Arjun Appadurai, May 22, 2019