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Jul 24 09:03

Strip-Mining The World

A gigantic mine engages in every conceivable destructive practice—strip mining, heap leaching, tailings dams and ponds and so on. It pays such low wages its workers only make ends meet by borrowing from the company at usurious rates. The mine has befouled the air and poisoned the water. Many workers are chronically sick and their children are afflicted with birth defects. The mine’s absentee owners know that the mine is played out and the tailings dam is structurally unsound. They close the mine, count their profits, and move on. A month later the dam gives way. A deluge of noxious sludge inundates the town below the dam, sparing no one and rendering the area uninhabitable.

The government is a strip mining operation, plundering the dwindling residual value of a once wealthy America. Forget ostensible justifications, policy is crafted to allow those who control the government to maximize their take and put the costs on their victims, leaving devastation in their wake.

Jul 22 08:32

Kenya Beheadings: Radical Islamists Targeted Christians

"The Christians were asked to recite the Islamic dogmas, which they could not, hence they were killed," a source told Morning Star News.

The militants shot, hacked to death, and beheaded the Christians.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 08:06

CAMEROONIAN TROOPS TORTURED AND KILLED PRISONERS AT BASE USED FOR U.S. DRONE SURVEILLANCE

Troops in the West African nation of Cameroon have tortured prisoners at a remote military base that is also used by U.S. personnel and private contractors for drone surveillance and training missions.

As the U.S. military has fortified the Cameroonian site, known as Salak, and supported the elite local troops based there, the outpost has become the scene of illegal imprisonment, brutal torture, and even killings, according to a new investigation by The Intercept and the Goldsmiths, University of London-based research firm Forensic Architecture, based on extensive research by Amnesty International. Nearly 60 victims held at Salak described to Amnesty International how they were subjected to water torture, beaten with electric cables and boards, or tied and suspended with ropes, among other abuses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military absolutely cannot tolerate the practice of torture anywhere it functions on this planet, period, end of discussion.

When the US either tortures, or outsources, or ignores torture where it operates, the following happens; people around the world rightly understand that Americans have utterly no concern regarding human rights or human dignity, when it comes to prisoners of war; they don't care that the information is not actionable, and is simply stated to get the torture to stop; and it gives carte blanche to anyone around the world to torture American military and civilian personnel.

Back during World War II, there was an interrogator, Hanns Scharff, who only used kindness as his MO. Because of his effectiveness, humanitarianism, and his gentleness, he was so respected by the US that he was brought over to the US to lecture to the American military about interrogation.

I sincerely wish that the US military would consistently abide by this man's code of ethics; but then again, he was a truly civilised human being, for whom the ends did not justify the means.

Hanns Scharff

Jul 18 10:14

European Parliament Votes to Allow EU Aid to Be Spent on Third World Militaries

The proposal to change the so-called Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) — an EU fund worth US$2.62 billion (€2.3 billion), charged with disbursing money for peace-building activities in conflict-ridden developing countries is avowedly part of the European Commission's "capacity building in support of security and development" initiative.

The proposals have been engulfed in legal controversy since their launch by the Commission in 2016. While the European Commission claims the move would strengthen the EU's ability to shore up state institutions in countries whose development has been hindered by violence, critics claim it's a covert attempt to divert financial resources away from traditional aid projects, to the EU's increasingly embattled military operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I absolutely side with the critics on this one.

Africa is one of the most resource-rich, relatively unexploited continents on the face of this earth; therefore, Europe, just as does the US and China, wants to expropriate those resources, to which it has absolutely no moral right; make sure the regimes in these countries are Western-centric; and that these resources are only sold to specific countries, and only sold in Euros.

These European military operations in sub-Saharan Africa get little or no press here in the States; they should.

Jul 14 14:00

Sex Robot Shock: Increasing Sophistication Of AI Will Cause Massive Issues, Experts Warn

Will this phenomenon plague “rich” people in the West, i.e. White people? Yes, most likely. It might seem like a minor issue, but it is not, for it has the potential to wreck havoc on the reproductive health of our people.

Jul 11 10:27

FLASHBACK - GEORGE SOROS STYLE DESTABILIZATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

A top member of South Africa’s ruling social democratic party says that the United States is trying to foment regime change in his country, and that Washington must clarify the “irregular activities” of some of its diplomats there.

“There seems to be irregular activities coming from the US Embassy,” Keith Khoza, a spokesman for the African National Congress Party, said.

The ANC will relay its concerns to Washington through diplomatic channels, he said.

Jul 10 12:59

Libs Freak After Macron Says Africa's Problems Are 'Civilizational,' Women Have '7 or 8' Kids

Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron is taking heat from leftists on Twitter for comments he made about Africa, while many on the right are hailing him as "our guy."

Jul 08 14:17

Trump escalates US drone war in Somalia

Jul 08 13:34

The poison of commercialisation and social injustice

Graham Peebles recounts the harm done to societies by commercialisation, and says an alternative built on sharing, common purpose and recognition that collaboration, not competition, is the way forward, is beginning to take root.>>

Jul 06 08:09

Zimbabwe 2.0: South Africa President Proposes Land "Expropriation Without Compensation"

With every passing day the formerly booming nation of South Africa is getting ever closer to the formerly banana republic of Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday, South Africa's ruling African National Congress proposed at its 5th annual national policy conference that in addition to potentially nationalizing the country's central bank, that land expropriation without compensation should be allowed where it is "necessary and unavoidable," President Jacob Zuma said.

Jul 06 07:52

ANC decides South Africa should downgrade ties with Israel

South Africa’s ruling party wants to sharply downgrade ties with Israel.

At its national policy conference on Tuesday, the African National Congress adopted a recommendation “to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel to a liaison office in a bid to reduce diplomatic ties,” the Mail & Guardian newspaper reported.

Jul 05 14:35

Zimbabwe 2.0: South Africa President Proposes Land "Expropriation Without Compensation"

With every passing day the formerly booming nation of South Africa is getting ever closer to the formerly banana republic of Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday, South Africa's ruling African National Congress proposed at its 5th annual national policy conference that in addition to potentially nationalizing the country's central bank, that land expropriation without compensation should be allowed where it is "necessary and unavoidable," President Jacob Zuma said.

Ordinary South Africans are meanwhile keeping close tabs on the policy conference, adamant that the ANC come up with solutions to overcome deep poverty, the uncontrollable rise in unemployment and inequality.

The ANC should once again become "the party that people voted for so many years ago," says Mbali Nyando, lamenting that 22 years into democracy, the living conditions of the people, black people in particular, are "deteriorating rather than improving."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I predicted this turn of events many years ago; and the problem is, without education on how things work, this expropriation of businesses and land cannot possibly work. It is doomed to be an epic fail, worsening the situation in South Africa to the point where there well be a revolution against the ANC, because it has not delivered to its people, in over 22 years.

Jul 05 09:20

Rand Tumbles On Report South Africa Seeks To Nationalize Central Bank

The South African rand has tumbled following a report confirming recent speculation that South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will propose that the country's central bank, the Reserve Bank be nationalized and wholly owned by the state, according to three people familiar with the discussions quoted by Bloomberg.

Jul 05 08:53

White Genocide in South Africa

Jul 04 09:09

AS AMERICANS CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE, US BOMBS YET ANOTHER SOVEREIGN NATION

In the midst of festivities leading into Independence Day, the U.S. opportuned the distraction to bomb yet another sovereign nation in the name of fighting terrorism, launching airstrikes against al-Shabaab militants rebelling against the U.N.-backed Somali government headed by U.S. citizen, President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed.

These strikes on Sunday follow the granting of expanded powers to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) by President Trump earlier this year, and seems to be the second of its kind.

“We are currently assessing the results of the operation, and will provide additional information as appropriate,” AFRICOM spokesman Chuck Prichard asserted Monday.

Following the airstrikes, AFRICOM spokesman Patrick Barnes also noted, “U.S. forces remain committed to supporting the federal government of Somalia, the Somali National Army and our AMISOM partners in defeating al-Shabab and establishing a safe and secure environment in Somalia.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the 21st century, it appears that the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America know of no other way to resolve their geopolitical differences other that war, and that...is profoundly unfortunate for the future of the entire world.

Jul 03 09:58

‘Our future is slavery, West gets everything’: RT Doc digs deep in mineral-rich, money-poor Congo

RT Documentary travels to the vast, near-landlocked Democratic Republic of Congo, prized for its mineral resources, but plagued by centuries of colonial rule, dictatorship, civil wars and lawlessness, and meets people trying to make a living in one of the most desperate places on Earth.

The documentary crew’s key to understanding the country, seven times the size of Germany, was Bernard Kalume Buleri, born in 1960, the same year DRC was granted its independence from Belgium. Buleri served as an interpreter, guide, and finally the hero and symbol of the country, having been a direct participant in some of its bloodiest chapters.

Jun 22 08:59

Nigeria will pass US as third most populated country by 2050

The world's population is growing.. and quickly!

In just the next seven years, India, which now has 1.3 billion people is expected to overtake China as the most populous country in the world.

According to a United Nations report, by 2050, Nigeria, now the seventh largest country is projected to pass the U.S. population of around 326 million people as the third most populated.

Director of the Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division, John Wilmoth says, "The population in Africa is notable for its rapid rate of growth, and it is anticipated that over half of global population growth between now and 2050 will take place in that region."

The U.N. forecasts that the following nine countries will see most of that growth: India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and Indonesia.

Jun 20 10:03

Qatar’s conflict with neighbours can easily set Horn of Africa alight

It began as a squabble between Arab allies, but the standoff between Qatar and its neighbours is threatening to engulf the Horn of Africa. When Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and the Maldives declared at the beginning of June that they were severing diplomatic relations with Qatar it appeared to be of interest mainly to the Arabian Peninsula – and the Gulf in particular.

The Saudis and their allies accused Qatar of backing international terrorism. The US, which has the Al Udeid air base in Qatar, looked askance, but did little more than use its good offices to try to ensure that the war of words did not flare into an open conflict.

But the countries just across the Red Sea have found themselves dragged into the dispute. After prevaricating for some time, Eritrea, which had hitherto good relations with Qatar, fell into line with the Saudis and broke ties with Qatar.

Jun 20 09:25

Xi: BRICS cooperation will usher in new 'golden decade'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that BRICS cooperation would be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade."

Xi made the remarks when meeting with the heads of delegations from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, who are in Beijing to attend the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting, which also included Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh.

Xi extended congratulations on the success of the meeting and thanked other BRICS members for their support.

He said that BRICS countries faced the common task of safeguarding domestic stability and development, creating a favorable international environment and working to make the international order more just and equitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRICS is a brilliant concept, and should benefit all members quite nicely, both economically and socially.

Jun 20 09:10

COLONIALISM IN TANZANIA, GMOS ENFORCED BY LAW, FARMERS FACE PRISON FOR TRADITIONAL SEEDS

As the Western establishment continues to try and crush Syria, Venezuela, Iran and the Philippines, the empire is setting its sights on a new target which is receiving itself less attention: Tanzania.

Although not in the form of bombs and sanctions (yet), the G 8 is moving to force Tanzania to accept GMOs and patented seeds under the guise of developmental assistance and aid to one of the world’s most impoverished nations. The G 8 is doing so through its NAFSN (New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition) which was created in 2012. Its publicly stated goal was to end poverty for 50 million people and it is funded by the EU, U.S., UK, World Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. One of its many partners in Tanzania is of course, Monsanto.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Jun 19 09:39

'At least two dead' as holiday hotspot in Mali is stormed by gunmen who took hostages in resort popular with Western tourists

At least two people have been killed and 20 were taken hostage after an African resort popular with Westerners was stormed by gunmen shouting 'Allahu Akhbar'.

Shots were heard by local residents near Le Campement Kangaba, to the eastern edge of the Malian capital, Bamako, with plumes of smoke also seen billowing into the air.

Stunned faces of those who were captured could be seen through the windows of buses that were ferrying them to safety after they had been rescued.

Jun 19 09:13

REPORT: LEAST PEACEFUL NATIONS ON EARTH WERE ALL GIVEN ‘DEMOCRACY’ BY THE US

The United States has a pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations, while ignoring the consequences. One major result from the list of countries the U.S. has invaded this century is that they make up the top of the “least peaceful” nations in the 2017 Global Peace Index.

The 2017 Global Peace Index is another reminder that the United States’ seemingly endless pattern of pushing for regime change in sovereign nations that have done nothing to the U.S. has indeed resulted in a significant amount of blowback—most of which will be misrepresented, if not ignored by the mainstream media.

Jun 15 09:57

Africa Now Showing Mini Ice Age Cooling Trends

With the amplification in changes of weather systems as we enter the first stage of Earths 2015-2035 Mini Ice Age cooling, we should start to see stronger storms earlier in the seasons and completely out of season storms which we are seeing in California. Strongest winter storm in 30 years in South Africa, Massive floods in Accra Ghana 2016, 2016 and early rains in 2017. Kenya record cold 2016 and below average temps in 2017. The dots are there to connect if you look.

Jun 12 10:56

Pentagon Uses New Authority to Strike Somali Terrorist Outpost

The U.S. military used the expanded authority President Donald Trump granted to the Pentagon in March to strike a terrorist outpost in Somalia on Sunday, officials said.

Together with Somali partners, the Pentagon used a drone to target a command and control and logistics hub 185 miles southwest of Mogadishu — the nation’s capital — to kill multiple fighters with al-Shabab, a terrorist organization aligned with al-Qaeda, according to the Pentagon.

The outpost was described by a military official as a mid-level operation, not a high value target.

According to Pentagon Chief Spokeswoman Dana W. White, the bombing was in response to al-Shabab’s recent attacks on the Somali military and used the new authority the Department of Defense received from Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are told, by the presstitutes, that the US military is in Somalia to, allegedly "fight terror".

However, the painfully honest reasons for the US intervening in Somalia are the same for all other US military interventions; to regime change a government if it is not to the US government's liking (or protect it, if it is); expropriating that country's resources to which neither the US government, nor its minion multinational corporations have any moral right; and make sure that those resources are only sold in American dollars.

And if you don't believe me, please take a good, long look at the following article from indexmundi.com:

Somali natural resources

Jun 10 09:17

West Africa seeking 50 million euros from EU for anti-Islamist force

The countries of West Africa's Sahel region are requesting 50 million euros ($56 million) from the European Union to help set up a multinational force to take on Islamist militant groups, Mali's military chief said on Saturday.

The vast, arid zone has in recent years become a breeding ground for jihadist groups - some linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State - that European nations, particularly France, fear could menace Europe if left unchecked.

Jun 10 07:36

Monsanto and big ag colonizing Africa, criminalizing traditional seed exchanges

Of the many concerns surrounding the dominance of agrichemicals companies and GMO foods, the most frightening dimension is that corporate manufactured seed is wiping out global biodiversity in food crops and creating a punitive legal framework for our total dependence on these companies for food.

Jun 07 11:25

ISIS RECRUITER WHO RADICALISED LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKERS WAS PROTECTED BY MI5

The terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades. The same network was heavily involved in recruiting Britons to fight with jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Police have confirmed that Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba were the three terrorists shot dead after participating in a brutal van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.

According to press reports, both Butt and Redouane were longstanding members of the proscribed extremist network formerly known as al-Muhajiroun. After 9/11, the group operated under different names such as Shariah4UK, Muslims4Crusades and Islam4UK. Originally founded by Lebanese firebrand, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was banned from returning the UK after the 7/7 attacks, the network was later run by Bakri’s deputy, Anjem Choudary.

RED FLAGS, MISSED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why were British intelligence and police unable to stop this from happening?!?

The biggest question now, is, cui bono?!? Who benefits from allowing terrorists to strike at random in the UK?!?

Let's just say that those in the bowels of power in the UK, fronted by Prime Minister May, have benefited greatly, and see their wish of putting the internet under total government control coming nearer;
THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT; The British Deep State has passed a bill to abolish cryptography; Cryptography killed by back-door legislation; and wants to toss human rights laws that hurt terror suppression. Theresa May rip up human rights laws which impede new terror legislation.

And how does one accomplish creating fertile ground in the minds of the British voters to accept such draconian laws which may be shaping up here?!?

It is very simple; by allowing terror to happen, then using the dead and wounded bodies as a "bloody shirt" to wave at the crowds, while you are demanding these changes in the law.

And Prime Minister May, a word here, please; the kinds of legislation you have both passed, and are proposing, will not alleviate
the kinds of terror attacks under which the UK, and Europe, have been suffering.

When the countries from which many of these refugees come have been regime changed, generally through war, and those wars have left them with absolutely no power over their own personal and national destiny; when people have been broken, by the sheer depth and breadth of their dispossession, courtesy of countries like the US and UK, which have a pretty dismal track record of accusing a country of doing something it didn't; invading and regime changing that country in order to expropriate resources to which they have utterly no moral right, such individuals are ripe for radicalisation and violence.

You, and the rest of the British government, must understand that to expect otherwise is both disingenuous, and very dangerous for your people, as recent events have proven.

The biggest resource that your country, and the US, want to control, are energy resources in the Middle East and Africa.

And here is my proposal, which is guaranteed to ratchet down your, and my, country's eternal lust for controlling fossil fuels.

Both countries have some of the best scientists and engineers in the world; I suggest that the US and UK develop an energy consortium, and challenge scientists and engineers from both countries to develop workable, alternative energy solutions, then patent the result and sell it, dividing the resources equitably, and making sure that the universities which were the brain trust on this get handsomely compensated for their efforts.

Both your and my countries can do this; if there is a will, there is a way, Madam Prime Minister.

But if there is no push toward such a solution, the world will know that random terror attacks in the UK and beyond are, in your perspective, "just the cost of doing business" in your country's militant resource-scrambling and extraction around the world.

Jun 06 10:17

EU agrees to hand over £43MILLION to fund new counter-terrorism force in Africa

EU chiefs have agreed to dish out a whopping £43 million (€ 50 million) to fund a new African joint military force as part of a counter terrorism offensive.

In a bid to combat jihadist groups active in the Sahel region, the EU pledged to fund a force made up of troops from Mauritania, Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso and Niger – known as the Sahel G-5.

The force will also attempt to tackle trafficking networks and illegal migration in the region.

In the Mali capital Bamako, Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said: “Stability and development of the Sahel region are crucial not only for Africa but also for Europe.”

Abdoulaye Diop, Mali’s foreign minister, said on Monday the new force would have some 10,000 soldiers and police officers and would become operational by the end of the year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Natural Resources: Mauritania

Natural resources: Mali

Natural Resources: Chad

Natural Resources: Burkina Faso

Natural Resources:
Niger

In looking at the above information, it is impossible to conclude that this alleged "war on terror", courtesy of the EU, is not actually a war for resources, in this "embarrassment of riches" area of Africa, located in the Sahel

The pattern here is painfully clear. Invade; regime change those governments not to their liking; expropriating resources to which the EU has utterly no moral right; and making certain those resources are only sold in specific currencies, and only sold to specific countries.

And the lot of the countries, and people, which will experience this resource theft, courtesy of the EU?!?

I would suggest that their quality of life will be much worse than they are experiencing today. After all, take a good, hard look at those countries the US has invaded, like Iraq; Libya; Afghanistan, and Somalia; what happened there will most probably be repeated in the Sahel.

But of course, for Brussels, it's "profits uber alles, baby!!", and who cares about the "collateral damage" against those who actually live in those countries about to get stripped and financially raped for their wealth?!?

Jun 05 17:35

Manchester atrocity: UK government must come clean about its relationship with Libyan Islamists

Mohamed El-Doufani argues that British governments provided a safe haven for Libyan Islamists whom it used as tools to destabilise Muammar Gaddafi's regime, and says that following the Manchester atrocity it must come clean about its links with them.

Jun 05 11:36

SALMAN ABEDI PARTICIPATED IN BRINGING DOWN MUAMMAR GADDAFI

According to the BBC’s evening programme, Newsnight, Salman Abedi (author of the Manchester attack) and his father, (Ramadan Abedi, an MI6 agent), took part in bringing down the state of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Jun 02 09:53

The Crusades When Christianity Pushed Back after Four Centuries of Being Attacked: Charles "The Hammer" Martel

The year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault. Islam, born a mere 110 years earlier, is already in its adolescence, and the Muslim Moors are on the march.

Growing in leaps and bounds, the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is known, has thus far subdued much of Christendom, conquering the old Christian lands of the Mideast and North Africa in short order. Syria and Iraq fell in 636; Palestine in 638; and Egypt, which was not even an Arab land, fell in 642. North Africa, also not Arab, was under Muslim control by 709.

The only thing the Frankish and Burgundian European forces have going for them is their leader, Charles of Herstal, grandfather of Charlemagne. He is a brilliant military tactician who, after losing his very first battle, is enjoying an unbroken 16-year streak of victories.

May 30 10:21

FBI KNEW SALMAN ABEDI WAS PLOTTING ATTACK & WARNED UK WHO TOOK NO ACTION TO STOP IT

The massive Western police state, that is seemingly expanding at an exponential rate, is there to protect us — or so we are told. However, all the spying, phone call intercepts, spied on emails, facial scanners, CCTV cameras, and loss of freedoms did not stop Salman Abedi from murdering innocent people by detonating a bomb inside the Manchester Arena. What’s more, as we are now finding out, British intelligence was warned ahead of time that Abedi was plotting a terror attack in the UK — and they did absolutely nothing to stop it.

Several months before this terrorist blew himself up at the Ariana Grande concert, FBI agents are said to have to have informed British officials that the 22-year-old was part of a North African Islamic State cell based in the north west of England that was plotting an attack in the UK, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the deep British state wanted something like this to happen, in order to enforce Prime Minister May's draconian desire to control the net; ban cryptography; and support British sympathies for further British military interventions in Africa and the Middle East.

May 27 09:55

The death of a Navy SEAL reveals US mission creep in Somalia

It hasn't happened since the infamous Black Hawk Down battle in 1993.

Last month, a US soldier was shot and killed fighting in Somalia. Reports indicate the Navy SEAL was serving alongside his Somali counterparts — not advising from the operating base — as they battled al-Shabab militants.

New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman has covered Somalia for more than a decade, and writes about it in his new book, “Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival.”

Gettleman is skeptical of Washington's official explanation that dozens, perhaps hundreds of US soldiers are in Somalia simply to offer advice.

"Many of us suspect this is not simply advise and assist, that American troops are fighting toe-to-toe with al-Shabab militants," he explains. "The fact that a Navy SEAL was just killed in combat in a spray of bullets fired at a vehicle pretty much confirms what we had always suspected."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our military are obviously not in Somalia as "advisors"; they are there as soldiers, fighting Al-Shabab militants.

And why is the US military in Somalia?!?

Here...is the answer.
Somali natural resources

The tired cycle repeats; regime change the government to one which is western-centric; expropriate that country's resources to which the US government and its corporate minions have absolutely no moral right; and insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

This is why the US military is in Somalia, period, end of discussion.

May 26 09:32

Italy signed an agreement with Libya, Chad and Niger to contain the influx of migrants

Italy signed on Sunday (May 21st) an agreement with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants by strengthening border controls and creating new reception centers in African countries. An emergency motivated by this figure:
50,041 migrants have arrived on the Italian coast since the beginning of the year, an increase of more than 45% compared to the same period last year, according to the report released Monday by the Ministry of the Interior.

May 24 10:41

Upping the Bloodshed: Ukraine Breaches Embargo to Fuel South Sudan Civil War

The United Nations has accused Ukraine of defying an international embargo on South Sudan, supplying the country with weapons and exacerbating a growing humanitarian crisis in the process. It is unclear whether the European Union will take action, given the bloc's desperation to integrate the country into its folds.

In Imvepi, northern Uganda, men, women and children queue for food and water of questionable drinkability in the intense heat of the north-east African sun, at a hastily constructed refugee camp. These unfortunate individuals have all fled — mostly on foot — across the South Sudan border, escaping ever-burgeoning bloodshed in their home country. The causes of the conflict are manifold, pitting government forces against opposition elements and split across tribal lines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I see this as brilliantly hypocritically ironic on the part of the UN, to condemn Ukraine for providing weapons to South Sudan, while not condemning the US for providing a $350 million dollar weapons deal to Saudi Arabia, with which that country will perfect its genocide in Yemen, and ultimately, fight a proxy war for the US and Israel against Iran.

The UN's silence, when it comes to human rights violations, can be bought at a price; apparently, with Saudi Arabia and the US, that price has been met.

May 22 14:35

The tragedy of world-wide forced displacement

Graham Peebles stresses the misery driving people to migrate, and the miserable conditions they endure en route to and after arriving at their destination, and calls for compassion in treating these victims of circumstance.>>

May 20 08:37

The U.S. is waging a massiveshadow war in Africa, exclusive documents reveal

Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe.

Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. It’s the latest sign of the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the continent, one that represents the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the globe.

May 19 13:25

The war you’ve never heard of

Today, according to U.S. military documents obtained by VICE News, special operators are carrying out nearly 100 missions at any given time — in Africa alone. It’s the latest sign of the military’s quiet but ever-expanding presence on the continent, one that represents the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops to any region of the globe.

In 2006, just 1 percent of all U.S. commandos deployed overseas were in Africa. In 2010, it was 3 percent. By 2016, that number had jumped to more than 17 percent. In fact, according to data supplied by U.S. Special Operations Command, there are now more special operations personnel devoted to Africa than anywhere except the Middle East — 1,700 people spread out across 20 countries dedicated to assisting the U.S. military’s African partners in their fight against terrorism and extremism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not at all about "...assisting the U.S. military’s African partners in their fight against terrorism and extremism."

It is the perennial American Deep State's fight for resources, to which the US government, and the corporations it supports, have utterly no moral right; to insure that the governments of Africa are Western-centric, even if they need to regime change those government; and it is about insuring that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Oh, and it is to keep Russia and China away from those resources as well.

May 19 08:45

New Chinese Military Base in Africa Presents Security Concerns for US

China’s first non-domestic military outpost is slated to be finished by the end of the summer, according to Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, who said the base presents security concerns to the US.

The 90-acre naval base is located a mere four miles from the headquarters of US African Command, Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti, where some 3,000 to 4,000 US personnel are stationed at any given time.

Under Waldhauser’s watch, the US hopes to keep tabs on what China does and does not do at the new base. Waldhauser recently requested an audience with Djibouti President Ismail Omar, to whom he "expressed [US] concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese should not do at that location."

May 19 08:44

US Military Conducting Nearly 100 Special Ops in Africa at Any Time - Report

"At any given time, you will find SOCAFRICA conducting approximately 96 activities in 20 countries," SOCAFRICA commander Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc stated in the report.

May 18 19:45

The U.S. is waging a massive shadow war in Africa, exclusive documents reveal

Six years ago, a deputy commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command gave a conservative estimate of 116 missions being carried out at any one time by Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets, and other special operations forces across the globe.

May 17 14:01

The Fall of South Africa | Simon Roche and Stefan Molyneux

The mere mention of South Africa in a discussion provokes deep images of institutional racism, discrimination and horrific violence. Stefan Molyneux is joined by Simon Roche for an in-depth look at the controversial history of South Africa, the untold story of Apartheid, rising criminality, an astronomical murder rate, President Jacob Zuma's reign of terror, the epidemic slaughter of white farmers, Afrikaner boer land confiscation and the growing possibility of civil war.

May 16 09:16

Ivory Coast mutiny result of US-France policy: Commentator

Randy Short, a political commentator, believes the current army mutiny in Ivory Coast is a “blowback” of the United States and France’s policy of toppling Laurent Gbagbo’s “sovereign” government, adding that President Alassane Ouattara had no right to seize power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another botched-up regime change?

May 15 08:40

GERMAN "MARSHALL PLAN" FOR AFRICA

In January 2017, the Minister of Economic Cooperation of Germany Gerd Muller offered to launch a new “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The minister’s rhetoric appealed to help African countries to develop their own economics with the support of the EU, and both sides would benefit from it. However, historical connotations with the original Marshall Plan have same frightening points. What if Africa would be lead into a new economical bondage, this time depending not on IMF and the World Bank (the debts to this structures will continue to grow), but in addition on the European Union? What if the bondage would be deeper, just like it happened with Germany and France in post-war years? These countries had to sign package agreements, buying imposed goods and services, including cultural.

May 09 13:12

As Boko Haram Release Hostages, Why is Nobody Asking the Obvious Questions?

The now infamous #bringbackourgirls achieved quite literally nothing of positive value. Virtue signaling, changing your profile picture, adding a “French Solidarity Flag Filter” to your photos does nothing. But even if you do nothing of actual value…You should still be asking questions about why no one else is doing something. Especially if you are either the Government or the World Media.

May 08 09:14

BREAKING - CLEANING CORRUPTION IN GHANAIAN PORTS BY PRESIDENT MILLS

African leaders are getting tired of seeing their nations and their people robbed of what is rightfully theirs. Corruption and greed has kept the good from showing itself, but change is in the air for Ghana.

May 08 06:46

OBAMA DID A HIGHLY SUSPECT $400M + ARMS DEAL ON HIS FINAL DAY AS PRESIDENT, US LAWMAKER CALLS FOR PROBE INTO POSSIBLE $418M ARMS SALE TO KENYA

A North Carolina congressman is calling for a probe into a potential $418 million contract between Kenya and a major U.S. defense contractor announced on President Obama's last day in office -- a deal the lawmaker claims reeks of cronyism.

Republican Rep. Ted Budd wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate a deal between the African nation and New York-based L3 Technologies for the sale of 12 weaponized border patrol planes. He said he wants to know why a veteran-owned small company in North Carolina – which specializes in making such planes – was not considered as the manufacturer.

IOMAX USA Inc., based in Mooresville and founded by a U.S. Army veteran, offered to build Kenya the weaponized planes for roughly $281 million – far cheaper than what its competitor, L3, is selling them for.

"Something smells wrong here," Budd told Fox News. "The U.S. Air Force bypassed IOMAX, which has 50 of these planes already in service in the Middle East."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Pure coincidence", my ASTROLABE?!?

If there was ever a political animal in the White House who understood how to milk crony capitalism, it was President Barak Obama.

I am quite certain that President Obama received his (covertly done) reward from L3 when then deal was struck; after all, being President of the Unhinged States of America is generally all about the money and deals you can conjure up afterward.

May 05 15:33

Secret US Military Base Discovered via FOIA In Libya

The United States has been discovered to have established a military base in al-Wigh, an oasis in southernmost Libya, was Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documentation going back as far as 2015 on its establishment and operation.

May 04 09:37

White South Africans Are Preparing For “The Slaughter and Removal of All Whites Within Five Years”

Back in March, the President of South Africa made a shocking suggestion, which left many white landowners fearing that they may face a race war in the near future. In a speech, Jacob Zuma announced that he wanted the government to begin confiscating white owned lands, before redistributing them to black South Africans.

Zuma wants a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” to help decide which lands need to be taken, and has said that “We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution.” It’s believed that Zuma is calling for this radical action in response to the rise of a rival political party known as the Economic Freedom Fighters, who have long called for the confiscation of white owned lands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have seen the "Zimbabwification" of South Africa coming for quite some time now.

After 22 years of being in control here, the ANC has done a really bad job of remedying the working conditions of the average, working South African, and unemployment, education, economy, and corruption remain huge problems, nearly a quarter of a century on.

President Zuma, refusing to take responsibility for anything bad which happened on his watch (taking a page from the Hillary Clinton playbook, I see), has decided to blame all of South Africa's ills on its European-descendant minority, as though that is going to cure all the other problems, which it will not.

For farms to flourish, farmers need to be educated as to how to insure that the lands prosper; anyone taking over these farms, unless they are educated in agronomy, will most likely fail, and the land will be lost, possibly for generations.

And ultimately, Zimbabwe had to do what most thought was unthinkable, when European-origin farmers were banished from their farms:2015: Mugabe is asking back the white farmers he chased away

If white South Africans have an ounce of sense, they will sell what they have now, even if at a loss, and leave, if they possibly can, and travel to a country which will accept them as refugees; unfortunately, this gets tricky, the older they are.

Apr 29 08:38

U.S. SIGNALS POSSIBLE AIRSTRIKES IN SOMALIA BY ASKING AID GROUPS FOR THEIR LOCATIONS

U.S. OFFICIALS THIS WEEK requested the geographic coordinates of aid groups working in Somalia, according to a document obtained by The Intercept — a move that could indicate an escalation of military action against the Shabab. The notice to NGOs comes a month after President Trump declared portions of the country an “area of active hostilities,” giving the military wider scope to launch strikes that could potentially kill more civilians.

Apr 25 08:20

Canadian Missionaries In Africa And The NGO Model

For more than a century Canadians have gone abroad to do “good” in poorer parts of the world. Whether they spurred positive change or simply became foreign agents should be of interest to international non-governmental organizations.

Apr 21 06:31

Leprosy Outbreak In Nigeria - Are The US & Europe Next?

The same area of Nigeria also has a major fatal meningitis outbreak.

Apr 20 09:08

US Now BOMBING Somalia, Guess Why?

Apr 19 09:18

Zakharova: US leading the world into Catastrophe

Apr 17 09:49

Trump Invades Somalia

Bookmakers must be wondering how many wars he’ll wage during his tenure.

He continues Bush/Cheney/Obama wars, escalated them in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, likely intends more combat troops for Afghanistan, threatens nuclear war on the Korean peninsula, and targets Somalia for the first time since US forces were withdrawn in 1994.

Sending dozens, perhaps scores, even hundreds of US combat troops isn’t exactly an invasion. Besides, US special forces operated there at times for years – illegally on the territory of another country.

Big things usually start small. US forces in Somalia may signal many more to come. Obama waged a covert drone war on the strategically important Horn of Africa.

It’s near the Bab el-Mandeb strait chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea. Millions of barrels of oil flow through it to the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The excuse given is just more grade-A bovine excrement.

As are all the other US military "interventions", this is about power projection in the region; expropriating resources to which the US government has utterly no moral right; making certain that the existing government of that country is US/Western-centric, even if that means regime change; and making sure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Oh, and speaking of "power projection" in the Persian Gulf, the US government , with the permission of the former President of Yemen, President Saleh, has "expropriated" two Yemeni islands, upon which they have built two huge naval bases, and those island are Socotra and Masirah.

Massive US Military Buildup on Two Strategic Islands: Socotra and Masirah

Apr 17 09:33

U.S. Sends “Dozens” Of Soldiers To “Advise” In Somalia

By Brandon Turbeville

As if America’s previous experience in Somalia was not memorable enough, the United States is committing “dozens” of troops to the embattled semi-failed state under the ever-present guise of “fighting terrorism.”...

Apr 14 13:17

Steve Bannon told to bury the hatchet with Jared Kushner

The rift between Mr Bannon and Mr Kushner

Sources in the White House said that Mr Trump had told Mr Bannon: “We gotta work this out” and to “cut it out” over the rivalry against the president’s son-in-law, whose influence has grown.

Mr Bannon is said to doubt that the peace will last. Nevertheless his supporters say that he is prepared to fight what he recognised as an all but unwinnable battle against a member of Mr Trump’s family.

Apr 14 11:04

Dozens of more US troops dispatched to Somalia

The US military has dispatched dozens of troops to Somalia on a mission allegedly aimed at training the African country’s forces to confront terrorist groups.

A US military official said on Thursday that about 40 soldiers from the US Army's 101st Airborne Division had been deployed to Somalia as part of an effort to enhance the capabilities of local forces in their fight against terrorism.

"United States Africa Command will conduct various security cooperation and/or security force assistance events in Somalia in order to assist our allies and partners," said Pat Barnes, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman.

Barned added that the troops had arrived in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on April 2 from the Fort Campbell army base in the US state of Kentucky, and were carrying out a train-and-equip mission expected to continue until the end of September.

The official claimed that the deployment had been at the request of Somalia’s government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the US military is doing in Somalia is what it typically does in other countries; arranging for the expropriation of natural resources to which the US government has absolutely no moral right; insuring that its government is US/Western-centric, even if that involves regime change, and insuring that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

And if you want to see why the US military is in Somalia, you need go no further than the following article:

Somalia's natural resources

Apr 14 10:40

US sending dozens more troops to Somalia

The US is sending "dozens" of additional troops to Somalia to train and equip the Somali National Army and the forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia there.

Apr 13 09:17

Nigeria ‘foils Boko Haram attack on UK & US embassies’

Nigeria’s secret police have thwarted a plot by militant Islamist group Boko Haram to launch attacks on the UK and US embassies in the capital Abuja, the country’s Department of State Services (DSS) has said in a statement.

The DSS says it has arrested five people who had planned terrorist attacks on the embassies, as well as other Western “interests,” to take place on March 25 and 26.

Apr 11 11:23

Jackson Browne - Lives in The Balance

Apr 05 07:12

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PLANS ECONOMIC AND MILITARY OFFENSIVE AGAINST AFRICA

Trump has chosen retired US Air Force Colonel Rudolph Atallah to serve as Africa director on the National Security Council (NSC). Attalah was previously director of the US Special Operations Command Sub-Saharan Africa Orientation Course, which prepares US soldiers and government officials for deployment to the region. Trump’s leading choices to head the State Department’s Africa Bureau include Jeff Krill, the former vice president of Kosmos Energy, a company with substantial financial interests throughout West Africa, and retired US Army intelligence officer Charles Snyder.

During his first three months in office, Trump approved major expansions of the US Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) interventions in Somalia, Libya, Nigeria, and several other unnamed Central and West African countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though President Trump's "plan" for Africa is to keep the continent as subservient to Western economic needs as humanly possible.

Apr 04 13:35

SOUTH AFRICA JUNK CREDIT RATING - Credit Rating Has Been Cut to Junk Status. Sends Currency Tumbling

South Africa’s rand tumbled on Monday afternoon after credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the country’s the credit grade to junk status, saying a cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma last week had put fiscal and growth outcomes at risk.

Apr 04 06:58

Credit rating agency downgrades South Africa to junk status

An international credit rating agency has downgraded South Africa to junk status, following the country's controversial cabinet shake-up last Friday.

Apr 03 11:13

The Saudi-Led Coalition’s Slaughter of Somali Refugees

Reuters has produced a follow-up report on the slaughter of dozens of Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen:

“According to survivors’ accounts, the vessel carrying the refugees across the Red Sea was hit by shelling from a coalition warship, without any warning, followed by shooting from an Apache helicopter overhead,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said last week.

The coalition, which receives U.S. arms and logistical support, has denied responsibility.

The survivors’ accounts confirm that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the attack, but then there was no one else that could have carried out the attack. Only one side of the war controls the skies in and around Yemen, and that is the coalition. The Somali government has publicly accused coalition forces of carrying out the attack, and since Somalia is a member of the coalition they are in a better position than most to have reason to believe this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, war crimes are what we DO!!" - Official Saudi spokes-slug.

Apr 02 08:21

War-Ravaged South Sudan Draws $500 Million Oranto Oil Bet

Nigeria’s Oranto Petroleum International Ltd. plans to bet half a billion dollars that Africa’s newest nation can end a three-year civil war and create the conditions to revive its oil industry.

Oranto, a closely held company part-owned by the Eze family that also has assets in Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria, plans to invest $500 million to develop the oil block awarded by South Sudan earlier this month.

Mar 31 07:22

Trump Relaxes Combat Rules for US Troops in Somalia

At the request of African command leaders , President Trump has relaxed combat rules for US troops and operations inside Somalia today , giving the generals more leway in how they conduct their offenses , and removing several restrictions in place to prevent civilian deaths, in US attacks

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Mar 30 10:25

US Wars Escalate Across Middle East, With No End in Sight

Hardly a week goes by lately without the US sending more ground troops to Syria. At the same time, more troops are headed to Iraq, amid record numbers of US airstrikes and soaring civilian deaths that go along with them. Officials are also pushing heavily for the Trump Administration to sign off on an escalation in direct US involvement in Yemen.

President Trump’s promise to “fight to win” is seen as driving a lot of these escalations, or at the very least giving top military officials reason to think they can push military escalations as a matter of course across the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the signs are that this escalation is far from completed.

This has led to more troops, more strikes, less restrictions, and basically more of everything, though some former officials are cautioning that the one thing that seems not to be coming with it is an escalation of planning for what to do after the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; unless there is a unified and coherent US military strategy for these troop escalations, just throwing more troops at the situations in these countries will not help.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:52

US General Wants to Hike Intervention in Somalia

US African Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser today confirmed that he is still seeking increased authority to carry out attacks in Somalia, seeking President Trump’s permission for more “flexibility” in carrying out airstrikes and using ground troops in the country.

It was reported last month that the Pentagon was looking to expand involvement in Somalia, though Waldhauser today confirmed that the White House has not granted them the permission that they were seeking, leaving unclear what the holdup is, as the Trump Administration is sending more and more forces across Africa.

According to Waldhauser, the changes would not just open up an increase in operations in Somalia, but also allow the pentagon to provide increased direct aid to the Somali National Army, including potentially putting embedded troops in with them in areas close to combat forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, that's what they're calling "advisors" these days at the Pentagon, "embedded troops?!?

There's the alleged "good reason" why the American military is in Somalia, i.e., fighting the "good fight" against Al-Shabaab, the African "flavor" of Al Qaeda.

And then, there is the "real reason why the US is in Somalia. And that can very easily be found and identified by the Index Mundi, sourced from the CIA Fact Book:

Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves

A lot of what you see here keeps the 21st century world humming, and again, the US government wants to expropriate these resources, to which it has no moral right; insure that the government is Western-centric; and lastly, insure that these resources are only sold for US dollars.

Any questions?!?

Mar 21 09:38

Trump Expands Special Forces Deployments Around Africa, Mideast

Reports from earlier this month that Pentagon has been increasing deployments of special forces around the Middle East and Africa appears to be continuing apace, with the most recent reports suggesting that President Trump has expanded the deployments into Central Africa, and is continuing the policy across the region.

The use of small-scale special forces as an alternative to larger deployments of regular combat soldiers became popular in the Obama Administration as a way to keep official troop levels comparatively low while getting into more and more military operations around the world.

While President Trump has been deploying larger numbers of regular ground troops into Syria and Iraq, the special force deployments have continued apace, and those familiar with the situation say he is likely to remove current restrictions on the special forces carrying out raids into Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a saying in French, and the approximate translation is, "The more things change, the more they remain the same", and I am seeing this as a very honest leitmotif for the Trump administration's early months.

The US government is continuing to flex its military muscle around the world to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; make sure that the rulers in the countries which have those resources are western-centric; and insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars.

I...am not amused.

Mar 20 12:14

THE GLOBAL FAMINE BEGINS: UN ANNOUNCES THAT THE WORST FOOD CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa. Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya. And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa. The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done. When I write about economic collapse, this is the kind of thing that I am talking about, and we are starting to see alarming conditions spread across the globe. Many believe that we could never possibly face this kind of food crisis in the western world, but unfortunately wishful thinking will only get you so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how much of this famine is from natural causes, and how much is man-made, through these horrific wars affecting not only Yemen, but also many countries in Africa as well.

War is a great method for depopulation, if governmental leaders have the morals of a dead tree stump. (And you KNOW I will get massive complaints from dead tree stumps on that one!!)

Mar 18 09:22

WHICH "WAR TORN" COUNTRY? - U.S. SLAUGHTER IN SOMALIA, YEMEN AND SYRIA

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.
An Apache attack helicopter shot up the refugees' boat. There are Saudi, United Emirati and U.S. Apache helicopters in or around Yemen. It is unknown which of them ordered and which executed the strike. These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I remember something the brilliant comedian (and near-prophet) George Carlin once said, and I am paraphrasing here, but the concept was that the US government, and military, were very adept at killing brown people; unfortunately, that hasn't changed since Carlin's death.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist and witness, I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical disputes through moral, hard-won diplomatic negotiations, rather than through war.

Unfortunately, there is, apparently, a tumultuous river of blood-lust running through the veins of the American Deep State, and a deeply held conviction that killing is always the preferred way of resolving disputes, rather than negotiating. In the minds of the members of the Deed State, slaughter is potent; it creates death and fear.

And it doesn't seem to matter which party is in power; the US government's enthusiastic participation in war crimes remains the same.

The Saudi war crimes in Yemen are atrocious and unspeakable, yet the US government continues to sell the bombers, and the bombs, for this genocide, and provide guidance for the bombing runs. Additionally, because Saudi forces have closed Yemeni ports, the Yemeni people, particularly the children, are starving to death.

This is what the US complicity in Saudi war crimes has "accomplished" for the Yemeni people:

Images: wounded and dying Yemeni children from Saudi bombing strikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death because of Saudi port blockades

The images you are seeing are real; this is the unspeakably ugly face of this country we are projecting abroad, through these horrific wars, and the US government's complicity in war crimes.

I would like to think my brother and sister Americans have not been so sedated by social media, coupled with drugs and a completely dumbed-down education, that they cannot see what is happening, and in the most peaceful way possible, tell the US government that these wars must stop.

Mar 17 10:02

Beijing Goes Global: China to Expand Marine Force by 400%; First Overseas Military Base Almost Complete

Chinese media is reporting the People’s Liberation Army’s ambitious new plans following the announcement of a 7 per cent increase to $AU200 billion in defence spending last week.

Chinese officials have stated this is to protect arterial maritime trade routes and enforce its growing overseas interests.

“What growing overseas interests” you might ask? Well, China has been in the process of building their first overseas military base in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. And that base is expected to be completed this summer.

Mar 14 06:52

The Empire’s Fifth Column in Africa: Morocco

In 1984 Morocco turned it’s back on Africa because the Organisation of African Unity refused to support it’s 1975 conquest of Western Sahara. For the next few decades Morocco followed the example of apartheid Israel and looked only towards Europe and America. Morocco, for example, applied (and failed) to join the European Economic Community in 1987. While today (since 2008) it is considered an “advanced” EU neighbour. And militarily it became a NATO partner in 1994 and a major non-NATO US ally in 2004.

Morocco in other words did everything it could to be an honorary white man: it shamelessly raped part of Africa and looked down on the black man. And the white man rewarded it by investing in it.

Mar 06 09:21

"It's A Declaration Of War": South Africa's President Calls For Confiscation Of White Land

After South Africa's embattled president Jacob Zuma pledged, in a surprising address to parliament one month ago, to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality (in a State of the Nation address which was disrupted by a fistfight), it now appears that Zuma's intentions to convert what was until recently Africa's most prosperous economy into a new Zimbabwe were all too real, and as the Telegraph reports, the South African president officially called on parliament to change South Africa’s constitution to allow the expropriation of white owned land without compensation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And when you listen to all these black activists screaming about slavery reparations, you have to understand it could happen here!

Mar 01 07:34

TWENTY MILLION African migrants heading for Europe: European parliament president warns that a huge number will arrive in the 'next few years' unless action is taken 

As many as twenty million African migrants could come to Europe in the near future, according to the new president of the European parliament.

Antonio Tajani said Europe needs to do more to help asylum seekers in order to quell migration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Stopping all the wars that MADE them refugees might be a good place to start!

Feb 20 12:09

Ethiopia: From peaceful protest to armed uprising

Graham Peebles says what began as a protest movement in Ethiopia in November 2015 is in danger of becoming a fully-fledged armed uprising, thanks to the government's brutal repression and the silence of donor states.>>

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 10:00

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

A corporate descendant of the notorious guns-for-hire firm just got a $204 million contract to support American troops in Africa.

A mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa, supporting a shadowy American U.S. Special Forces commando operation targeting the Lord’s Resistance Army.
In late January, a source on the ground in Central African Republic spotted a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter with the registry number N408RC carrying American Special Forces troops.

The LRA, a cultish band of thieves and rapists led by warlord Joseph Kony, is most active in the forested region where Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo meet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kony and "The Lord's Resistance Army" are the "good reason" for US troops to find themselves in Africa; the "real reason" the US is in Africa, however, is quite simple; an embarrassment of barely exploited resources, which the US government wants for itself, and its geopolitical cronies.

The Natural Resources of Africa

Feb 14 09:23

Invasive Armyworms Threaten to Bring Mass Hunger to Africa

An African staple crop is under threat from an alien arrival on its shores: the devastating fall armyworm that was first detected on the continent last year.

Feb 12 17:05

Zimbabwe 2.0: South Africa's President Vows To Redistribute White-Owned Land And Businesses

In a stark flashback to the events that led to Zimbabwe's terminal collapse into banana republic status, as well as unleashing hyperinflation and economic devastation, on Thursday South African President Jacob Zuma pledged to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality, in a State of the Nation address which as the WSJ reports was disrupted by a fistfight, walkouts and a release of pepper spray in the parliamentary chamber. It appears South Africa is not fond of implementing "Rule 19."

Scenes of verbal and physical clashes inside the parliament, some 27 years to the day after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, as well as Zuma's contentious speech, highlight the precarious future course facing Africa’s most developed economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions South African President Zuma has to ask are, how does he do this without causing successful businesses to flee the country, and just how is he going to "redistribute" South African Land?!?

And what is he going to do about the large mining conglomerates, making billions of dollars in earnings, while paying generally low wages to their workers?

But we have seen very clearly what these kinds of moves have meant to Zimbabwe's economy, as reported in the following articles recently:


‘Death Spiral’ Looms for Zimbabwe Economy as Cash Runs Out

How South African President Zuma is going to be able to make these changes he has promised, without experiencing the problems Zimbabwe has experienced economically by making these same kinds of changes, is going to be a real challenge.

Feb 12 13:48

Morocco Second (Official)

Thanks Carl! I have had the flu bad. This made me laugh so hard I cleared my lungs!

European countries might think that they are the best choice for the second greatest country after the US. But we in Morocco think otherwise. Here's why America First Morocco Second

Feb 11 08:42

IBM TO TRAIN 25 MILLION AFRICANS FOR FREE TO BUILD WORKFORCE

International Business Machines Corp. (IW 1000/36) is ramping up its digital-skills training program to accommodate as many as 25 million Africans in the next five years, looking toward building a future workforce on the continent.

The U.S. tech giant plans to make an initial investment of 945 million rand (US$70 million) to roll out the training initiative in South Africa, a country where 31% of 15-to-24 year-olds are unemployed, according to Statistics South Africa.

At the same time, the program will be started at IBM’s offices in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, enabling an expansion of the project across the rest of the continent.

“Africa will have the largest workforce by 2040 and IBM wants to lay the foundation blocks to build a digital workforce,’’ Juan Pablo Napoli, head of IBM Skills Academy, said by phone from Dubai.

“We will be providing a free cloud-based learning platform able to train people from basic computer skills to high-end app development.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although this does look good for African workers hungry to work in the world of computers, the skeptic in me has to wonder; what's the quid pro quo for IBM?!?

That only, ultimately, its equipment will be used, without any possibility of using other digital tools which may be far better, and cheaper?!?

Feb 05 08:11

Russia’s Long-Term Strategic Goal Is Direct Access to the Atlantic Ocean

Crimea's reunification with Russia was not just a serious blow to NATO's attempt at encirclement; now that its Mediterranean fleet has a permanent home (i.e., not just "leasing"), Russia can project its own political and military influence in the region.

Moscow has already beefed up its naval base in Tartus, Syria, and has even made political inroads with Trukey, despite NATO's best efforts to sabotage relations between the two nations. And let's not forget that Cyprus now allows Russian naval vessels to use its ports.

As a result, Russia is now an uncontested power in the Mediterranean.

Russia is now poised to break out of the Mediterranean. Moscow's ultimate goal is direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, most likely with a port in Morocco.

Feb 03 10:09

THE U.S. PLAN TO TOPPLE ALL 7 COUNTRIES ON TRUMP’S REFUGEE BAN LIST

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more I look at the first actions of the Trump presidency, the more I am terrifyingly convinced that the real winner of last November's election was the power-hungry, money mad, and deeply psychotic, American Deep State.

The hard, inescapable reality here is that the American Deep State is all about expropriating resources from countries to which it has no moral right; insuring those countries are run by US/Western-centric governments; and insuring that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

The blood and money spent is of no consequence to those people running the American deep state, as long as their financial/geopolitical objectives are obtained.

And those American military killed or maimed for life in the process of achieving their financial goals?!? Merely collateral damage, for the sake of private corporate profit.

Of course, politicians cannot possibly say that to grieving families and friends of those killed or maimed; they are assured with such nostrums as "They died to protect this country and the American way of life."

No; these military died and were maimed for life to protect and enrich private corporate profit.

That is simply the bottom line here.

Feb 01 14:27

Searching for peace in a troubled world

Graham Peebles sees inequality at the heart of conflicts and says to achieve piece one must begin by instilling in individuals the principle of sharing, from which cooperation, tolerance and understanding will flow.

Jan 27 14:42

Creating Frankenstein: Saudi Arabia’s ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

James Dorsey views Saudi Arabia's role in spurring political violence in sub-Saharan Africa, noting the Saudis spent $100 billion in 50 years on promoting an intolerant, supremacist, anti-pluralistic version of Islam.

Jan 27 13:51

America Has A Moral Obligation To Help Rebuild The Ravaged Middle East

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none” - Thomas Jefferson

It is unfortunately incumbent upon the new administration to also pay the proverbial bill, and to fix and rectify the mistakes of the past.

It would be altogether grossly irresponsible and cruel to now leave the entire world in smoke and shambles, burning embers of once great civilizations that have often existed for thousands of years uninterrupted and unmolested.

Jan 24 15:56

Life In The African American Aristocracy

For the most part these families are descended from the children of white slaveholders, from ancestors bought and freed by slavery-hating whites, from ancestors descended from free Negroes (non-slaves) or ancestors who bought their own freedom with hard work and cash.

Jan 20 12:42

Putin finds partner in Africa: oil fields under control

Vladimir Putin has invited the President of Uganda to visit Moscow. As the same time, it has been reported that Russia may play a role in Museveni's oil saga...
-Why is namely Uganda willing to cooperate with Russia? Which role does it play in the region?
-This country is quite stable. Museveni has been ruling the country for as long as 31 year. When he came, he abolished all the parties and then democratic order was returned, parties restored. Each elections won by Museveni were alternative ones, candidates were quite real. Results were not contested. Museveni carried out one of the most successful campaigns in Africa on combating AIDS, he introduced free elementary education. However, oil has been also found in Kenya and Tanzania, the whole region is covered with oil fields, but we have worked with Uganda only so far...

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 15 04:39

Can Trump Fix the Economy In 2017?

Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939) is an American economist, journalist, blogger and former civil servant. He reached the height of his government career when he became the United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan in 1981.

Dr. Roberts elucidates how Trump can fix the the Economy.

I cannot assure you that Trump is not another fake like Obama. But it is a mistake to begin with this assumption. Why write off in advance the only person with the courage to put his life on the line and take on the corrupt and evil Washington establishment?

Jan 14 13:15

Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory?

So get out the popcorn, and put your feet up: the entertainment is about to begin!

Cold war drama fizzling fast

“It wouldn’t be a bad opening for a Tom Clancy novel about the Cold War” – that’s how the Los Angeles Times described the sequence of events leading up to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (“spies”) and the latest face-off between Washington and Moscow.

Indeed the whole episode of has about it a fictional aura, which is, after all, only appropriate, since the entire basis of this latest cold war drama is pure invention.

Jan 14 13:12

The Establishment Is Trying To Steal The Presidency From Trump And the Liberal-Left Is Helping

Where is the liberal-left’s moral conscience?

The US military, the CIA, and their whores in the US media are undemocratically pursuing their own agenda independent of the policy of the president-elect.

We could dismiss Trump’s admission as throwing a bone to the CIA so they can feel vindicated and get off his back, and the statements by Tillerson and Mattis could be dismissed as what has to be said in order to be confirmed.

Jan 14 13:05

US Intel Agencies Try to Strong-Arm Trump Into War with Russia

The big shots who run the country are trying to strong-arm ‘the Donald’ into carrying their water so the depredations can continue...

Powerful elites are using the credibility of the US Intelligence agencies to demonize Russia and prepare the country for war.

Last week’s 25-page report, that was released by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, illustrates to what extent intelligence is being “fixed around the policy”.

The Intelligence Community has been coerced into compromising its credibility to incite fear of Russia and to advance the geopolitical ambitions of deep state powerbrokers.

Jan 14 12:59

Risks and Opportunities for 2017

Just a few days into 2017 and we can already say with a great degree of confidence that 2017 will be a historical year. Furthermore, I submit that 2017 will be the “Year of Trump” because one of roughly three things will happen: either Trump will fully deliver on his threats and promises, or Trump deliver on some, but far from all, his threats and promises or, finally, Trump will be neutralized by the Neocon-run Congress, media, intelligence community. He might even be impeached or murdered.

Of course, there is an infinity of sub-possibilities here, but for the purpose of this discussion I will call the first option “Trump heavy”, the second one “Trump light” and the third one “Trump down”.

Jan 13 03:57

Review of The CIA As Organized Crime

The kind of revelation that Valentine has provided needs to be presented judiciously and dispassionately as it is shocking to the uninitiated.

If you want to learn about the CIA as a deep state within the surface state, read this book.

Priceless explanations abound in paragraphs. Valentine writes that the government wages psywar against the American public in various ways for various purposes.

Jan 13 03:54

The Neocon’s declaration of war against Trump

This is a political coup d’etat...an attempt at removing Donald Trump from the White House.

After several rather lame false starts, the Neocons have now taken a step which can only be called a declaration of war against Donald Trump.

It all began with CNN published an article entitled “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him”

Within one short week we went from allegations of “Russian hacking” to “having a traitor sitting in the White House”

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 13:05

Stephen F Cohen: Who Are the Real Enemies of US National Security?

If anti-Trump American forces are behind untrue allegations of this magnitude, those forces are the primary enemies of US national security and should be investigated fully and publicly.

Cohen raises the following issues, which he and Batchelor discuss:

Two conflicting interpretations are suggested, says Cohen. Either Trump is about to become a potentially seditious American president. Or powerful US forces are trying to destroy his presidency before it begins, perhaps even prevent him from taking office.

Jan 12 04:15

The biggest moments from Donald Trump’s fiery press conference

“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen, and it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know..."

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference Wednesday since winning the election and answered questions about his relationship with Russia, arrangements for the future of his business, and some of his plans for the first days of his administration. Trump vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare within the “same hour,”. He also promised to name a Supreme Court nominee within the first two weeks after he takes office. The event was marked by tense exchanges...

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 10 11:49

Cash From Corrupt African Mining Deals Flowing Freely Through London Markets – Report

British financial regulators are failing to stop money generated in “corrupt” African mining deals from being laundered through UK markets, says a new report, that also singled out a City hedge fund for being involved in “bribery in its purest form.”

The report from NGO Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), an organization that fights corporate misconduct, says there has been a “repeated failure of the UK regulatory authorities [to stop the corrupt practice] over a 10 year period.”

Jan 10 11:09

MOROCCO BANS PRODUCTION AND SALE OF BURQAS…

Jan 09 10:30

Ghana's New President Caught Plagiarizing Speech From Bill Clinton, George Bush

Talk about cultural appropriation...

Jan 09 07:09

Charges Dropped Against UN Peacekeepers Accused Of Child Abuse In CAR

The New York Times has reported that “a panel of French judges has decided not to bring charges against soldiers accused of having sexually abused children while on a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic”.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 03 13:42

How Your New Smartphone Funds Africa's Deadliest War

The minerals used to power your smartphone are helping fund Africa's deadliest war. How is the world fighting this conflict-funded industry?

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 23 10:28

Nigerian Authorities Seize 2.5 Tons Of Fake Plastic Rice

Nigerian authorities have intercepted a shipment of around 2.5 tons of fake rice, allegedly from China.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 20 13:16

Commandos Without Borders: The US's Elite Troops Partner With African Forces But Pursue US Aims

Al-Qaeda doesn’t care about borders. Neither does the Islamic State or Boko Haram. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc thinks the same way.

“[T]errorists, criminals, and non-state actors aren’t bound by arbitrary borders,” the commander of Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) told an interviewer early this fall. “That said, everything we do is not organized around recognizing traditional borders. In fact, our whole command philosophy is about enabling cross-border solutions, implementing multi-national, collective actions and empowering African partner nations to work across borders to solve problems using a regional approach.”

Dec 20 13:07

Council on Foreign Relations – The Power Behind Big News (Fake News)

This is a video on NEWS FABRiCATiON and also about the powers that REALLY run the big media. It is no secret.

From World War II to the present the Establishment has maintained it’s LOCK grip on the Presidency. The subservient media keeps such information from becoming news.

The Elite however, occasionally have difficulty ruling themselves.

Dec 19 17:12

The Bad Losers (And What They Fear Losing)

As the worst loser in American electoral history, she must blame Russia, rather than recognize that there were multiple reasons to vote against her.

If the 2016 presidential campaign was a national disgrace, the reaction of the losers is an even more disgraceful spectacle. It seems that the political machine backing Hillary Clinton can’t stand losing an election.

And why is that?

Because they are determined to impose “exceptional” America’s hegemony on the entire world, using military-backed regime changes, and Donald Trump seems poised to spoil their plans.

Dec 19 14:47

Russophobia and Sinophobia – Pepe Escobar

As the asinine regime change attempt on Trump fades into the annals of failed color revolutions, keep your focus on the South China Sea.

It’s by now crystal clear the coup-in-progress against Donald Trump is a made in USA regime change op using standard hybrid war techniques such as manipulation of public opinion by mainstream media.

The coup has been articulated by the usual suspects, from neocons to neoliberalcons, “humanitarian” imperialists included, with a special starring role for their pet agency, the CIA, which during the Bush-Obama continuum further specialized in fake “intelligence”.

Dec 19 10:18

COMMANDOS WITHOUT BORDERS: THE US'S ELITE TROOPS PARTNER WITH AFRICAN FORCES BUT PURSUE US AIMS

A SOCAFRICA planning document obtained by TomDispatch offers a window onto the scope of these "multi-national, collective actions" carried out by America's most elite troops in Africa. The declassified but heavily redacted secret report, covering the years 2012-2017 and acquired via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), details nearly 20 programs and activities -- from training exercises to security cooperation engagements -- utilized by SOCAFRICA across the continent. This wide array of low-profile missions, in addition to named operations and quasi-wars, attests to the growing influence and sprawling nature of US Special Operations forces (SOF) in Africa.

Dec 19 09:28

America’s Elite Troops Partner With African Forces But Pursue US Aims By Nick Turse

Publicly, the command claims that it conducts its operations to "promote regional stability and prosperity," while Bolduc emphasizes that its missions are geared toward serving the needs of African allies. The FOIA files make clear, however, that U.S. interests are the command’s principal and primary concern – a policy in keeping with the America First mindset and mandate of incoming commander-in-chief Donald J. Trump – and that support to "partner nations" is prioritized to suit American, not African, needs and policy goals.

Shades of Gray

Bolduc is fond of saying that his troops – Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, among others – operate in the "gray zone," or what he calls "the spectrum of conflict between war and peace." Another of his favored stock phrases is: "In Africa, we are not the kinetic solution" – that is, not pulling triggers and dropping bombs. He also regularly takes pains to say that "we are not at war in Africa – but our African partners certainly are."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, US government troops are in combat in Yemen; Iraq; Syria; Afghanistan; Libya; Somalia; Cameroon, Djibouti; South Sudan; and Niger?!?

Forgive me, but am I having a "senior moment", in recollecting, Constitutionally, that only the US Congress has the power to declare war?!? Well, checking my facts, I found this at Wikipedia:

War Powers Clause

But under the Bushbama Presidencies, and particularly after 9/11, all of a sudden, you have Congress abandoning this responsibility entirely, and from the moment of the passage of the "Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq" in 2002, you have seen the ability to start, or enhance wars, swiftly move from the Legislative branch of the American government to the Executive branch.

Africa has an abundance of riches, in terms of its natural resources; and ultimately, all wars are economic.

These military actions in Africa, by the US military, are certainly not about African nations being able to fulfill their own destinies, and develop their economies to take care of their citizens.

They are created to expropriate the continent's resources, to which the US government has absolutely no moral right; make insure that they are controlled by US/Western-centric leaders and corporations; and only sold in US dollars.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 16 09:31

African Gang Terrorises Beachgoers, Beats, Whips Workmen Until They Black Out

A man who was savagely beaten and whipped by a gang of up to 30 men on a Melbourne beach has called his attackers “animals”.

When a gang of African teens began destroying temporary fencing outside St. Kilda Life Saving Club, two landscapers working there yelled at the men to leave the worksite but instead, they attacked.

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