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Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 06 04:30

ANGER AT 'SCANDALOUS' EU PROPOSAL TO USE DEVELOPMENT AID TO FUND ARMIES

The controversial proposal would see development funds used for armies The plan, which would see the security forces of unsettled countries funded by the EU's development fund, has been sharply criticised after it was put forward by the European Commission last week. Delegate Reinhad Bütikofer blasted the EU for working on the project “clandestinely without any public debate.”

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 03 17:07

Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link

When you're stuck in the middle of the Central African Republic (CAR) trying to protect the wildlife from armed poachers and the Lord's Resistance Army, then life's pretty tough. And now Microsoft has made it tougher with Windows 10 upgrades. The Chinko Project manages roughly 17,600 square kilometres (6,795 square miles) of rainforest and savannah in the east of the CAR, near the border with South Sudan. Money is tight, and so is internet bandwidth, so the staff was more than a little displeased when one of the donated laptops the team uses began upgrading to Windows 10 automatically.

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 18:36

America Should Exit From NATO and the National Security State

snip: What did U.S. and NATO officials think — that people would simply remain where they were so that they could get blown to bits with the bombs that were being dropped on them, by the U.S. assassination program, or by the massive civil-war violence that came as a result of the U.S. and NATO regime-change operations?

People don’t ordinarily behave in that fashion. Most people prefer to live rather than die and will do anything they can to survive. That’s why those refugees fled to Europe— to escape the horrific consequences of interventionism by NATO and the U.S. national security state in the Middle East.

I wonder if deep down, those who are lamenting and groaning about the Brexit vote realize that: If there had been no U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, no regime change in Libya, no U.S. and NATO bombing and interventionism in Syria, there wouldn’t have been a massive refugee crisis in Europe and, almost certainly, a rejection of Brexit by a majority of British voters.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 30 06:28

Obama’s AFRICOM Nominee Will Seek Authority to Assassinate

Neither oil nor currency issues were discussed at the SASC hearing, where Lt. Gen. Waldhauser assured South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham that he would expand the so-called War on Terror in Africa and seek the authority to assassinate without presidential approval:

Jun 29 17:05

Malaria Vaccine Can Cause Negative 'Rebound Effect,' Study Says

A vaccine for malaria has been a long-time dream for researchers, but it’s no easy feat. Now, a new study on our most advanced vaccine shows its efficacy not only wanes, but it can also make some kids get more bouts of malaria later in life. In a seven-year follow up of the Phase II trial of the RTS,S vaccine—the malaria vaccine that has been in development the longest—researchers found the vaccine significantly dropped in efficacy over time.

Jun 27 16:01

African Grey Parrot May Be Summoned As Witness In Court Trial

A pet parrot may be used in trial of a woman who killed a man, the owner of the bird, a report says.

The bird, a 19-year-old African grey parrot called Bud, has been repeating the phrase “don’t f**king shoot” ever since his owner, Martin Duram, was shot dead in May, 2015.

Jun 25 17:46

Africa's SuperPACs Are Indian — and They're in Trouble

(Why you should care: because America's political influencers aren't alone in wearing out their welcome.)

part of article:
South Africa’s political community is brimming with stories about Indians’ unprecedented influence there, but Pratap Kumar Penumala isn’t celebrating. The Durban-based emeritus professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is worried that the smell of scandal swirling around an India-born family could stir broader anti-Indian sentiment in the country that inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s politics a century ago.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 11:13

U.S. Sets Stage for Libya-Like Regime Change in Eritrea, “Africa’s Cuba”

The United States is methodically setting the stage for a so-called “humanitarian” military intervention against the small northeast African nation of Eritrea, under legal pretexts much like those used to justify NATO’s war of regime change against Libya, in 2011. As in Libya, the U.S. has hijacked the United Nations human rights apparatus to claim a “responsibility to protect” (R2P) Eritrea’s citizens from alleged abuses by their own government. War and regime change are the intended result.

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 10 12:59

NEW NATION, LONG WAR

Rebel forces in southern Sudan began using child soldiers long before seceding from Sudan in 2011. The United States, on the other hand, passed a law in 2008 that banned providing military assistance to nations that use child soldiers. The law was called the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, or CSPA, but after South Sudan’s independence, the White House issued annual waivers that kept aid flowing to the world’s newest nation despite its use of child soldiers. President Obama stated in 2012 that the waiver that year was in “the national interest of the United States.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone in the press needs to have the "male attributes" to challenge her on this issue of those waivers, allowing South Sudan to conscript child soldiers.

Please: don't listen to what Clinton says in her campaign speeches; after all, it was President Obama in 2008, who said, publicly, that she would say ANYTHING in order to get elected.

Rather, look at the history of her actions at the State Department and as New York State Senator: she supported the disastrous war in Iraq; the assassination of Qaddafi in Libya; and created an absolute fiasco of the alleged "Reset" with Russia.

IS this REALLY the person we want running our country?!?

Jun 08 09:32

NIGERIA BECOMES A NUCLEAR POWER

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 02 12:33

Meet The Ten-Year-Old Palestinian Journalist

Janna Jihad, 10 years old, has been reporting from Palestine for two to three years now, sharing with the world the message of “the Palestinian children”.

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 25 08:40

Europe May Soon be Swept by a New Wave of Migrants

These days, as Europe is engaged in a behind the scenes fight with Turkey to put an end to the flow of illegal migrants along the “Turkish route”, European officials prefer to keep silent about yet another impressive wave of illegal migrants coming to the EU from Africa.

May 24 12:52

Monsanto’s Cotton Rejected Again: Burkina Faso Brings Back Indigenous Varieties

By Christina Sarich

Monsanto has been trying to take over Africa’s cotton for decades with their patented, genetically modified (GM) seed. Not without irony, Burkina Faso is just one of the African countries that has been wary of any of Monsanto’s GM seed, adding to the credo, ‘better off dead, than GM fed,’ when it came to accepting U.S. food aid that was primarily genetically altered...

May 23 13:56

Famine Looms For 50 Million In Africa: UN

May 19 18:59

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.

May 19 09:58

Algeria Readies Itself For Potential Western Shift In Strategy, Moves Closer To Russia, Anti-NATO Bloc

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian crisis drags on and hopes of a peaceful resolution or, at the very least, a return to relative normalcy in Libya seem very distant, Algeria should, by now, begin suspecting that it might soon find itself in the Anglo-American crosshairs. There is now rapidly growing evidence that Algeria is doing just that...

May 11 14:47

Nigerian President Slams Cameron’s Embarrassing Remarks

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s embarrassing remarks about Nigeria drew harsh criticism Wednesday from Nigerian senators and President Muhammadu Buhari who said he would not want an apology but “something tangible.”

Chukwuka Utazi, chairman of Nigeria’s senate committee on anti-corruption and financial crimes, slammed Cameron’s “hypocritical” remarks, saying he was “taken aback” by the comments.

May 11 12:15

Götterdämmerung: Gillian Schutte’s skulduggery

This is where it gets interesting. Guess who is the presiding High Court Judge that on 30 April 2016 gave judgment that the whole sordid affair needs to go to trial? That’s correct children – Judge Mabel Jansen. Although no date has been set it is not presumptive to assume that Judge Jansen would be the presiding judge in that trial as well.

Are you putting two and two together? The maths are quite simple. Kidi Amin is faced with the prospect of a judge presiding over a trial which he hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. Seeing that she did not accede to his demands that the whole matter be dropped – and that he now has to go to trial – one can rightly assume that he views her as an enemy. And what better way of ridding oneself surreptitiously of an enemy than by having the enemy withdraw or be withdrawn due to scandal.

May 11 12:07

South African Judge Mabel Jansen to be investigated

A white South African judge is to be investigated for alleged misconduct after she purportedly said on Facebook that rape was part of black culture.

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) said a top black advocate had lodged a complaint against Judge Mabel Jansen.

The justice minister has been asked to put her on special leave, while the complaint is dealt with, the JSC added.

Judge Jansen was widely condemned after her purported comments went viral on social media at the weekend.

May 10 10:46

Inside Ivory Coast's hidden gold rush

For a long time mining was seen as a dirty alternative to a more wholesome farming lifestyle. But some of the richest gold-mining potential in Africa is luring hundreds of thousands of Ivorians off the land and into the mines.

May 09 14:15

South African Judge Mabel Jansen in race rape row

A white South African judge has been strongly condemned for purportedly saying on social media that rape was part of the culture of black men.

Judge Mabel Jansen said the gang-rape of babies, girls and women was seen as a "pleasurable" pastime.

A petition has been launched to demand her removal as a judge. She said her comments had been taken out of context.

South Africa has been hit by a spate of racism rows in recent months, triggered by comments on social media.

The government has responded by saying that it intends to toughen anti-racism laws.

May 08 10:00

U.S.-Funded Somali Intelligence Agency Has Been Using Kids as Spies

For years they were children at war, boys given rifles and training by al-Qaeda-backed militants and sent to the front lines of this country’s bloody conflict. Many had been kidnapped from schools and soccer fields and forced to fight. The United Nations pleaded for them to be removed from the battlefield. The United States denounced the Islamist militants for using children to plant bombs and carry out assassinations.

May 08 08:16

Hillary Clinton’s Israel, Iran, Iraq & Libya Record Indicates She’s A Proven Warmonger

Looking back over Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record, it’s clear that she is neither a progressive nor a liberal, but a proven warmonger whose record has contributed greatly to war, bloodshed and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa.

May 07 09:37

FLASHBACK - The role of the west in the Rwandan Genocide

In 1993 a peace-keeping mission in Somalia went horribly wrong. Many people were killed or injured. Wounded US soldiers were surrounded by jeering armed mobs.

This happened two days before the UN security council was due to decide whether or not to send peace-keepers to Rwanda. With the support of Russia and the UK, America insisted on only a small, cheap peace-keeping effort. It would be limited to Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali, and there would be no seizing of weapons - only observing.

For Rwandans, the timing could not have been worse…

May 06 12:53

Militants Attack Chevron Platform In Nigeria

Militants Attack Chevron Platform In Nigeria’s Niger Delta

Chevron Nigeria Limited says its Okan offshore facility is currently shut-in and that it is assessing the situation, while resources have been deployed to respond to a resulting spill.

Nigerian Navy spokesperson, Commodore Chris Ezekobe, who also confirmed the incidenton Thursday, said that the attack occurred about 40 nautical miles from the Escravos terminal, around Warri in Delta State.

A group known as the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for the attack.

(*Cheney's 'pace-maker' must be working overtime , these days . )

May 05 06:45

Zimbabwe Caps Withdrawals As Banks Run Out Of Cash

May 04, 2016 - Zimbabwe announces new limits on cash exports and withdrawals to a maximum of 1,000 US dollars as banks fail to meet demand due to a cash crunch.

May 04 12:18

Hungry and frightened: Famine in Ethiopia

Graham Peebles highlights the role of Ethiopian government policy in accentuating the effects of the drought, which is causing famine affecting up to 18 million people, and laments that anyone has to go hungry in a world which has enough to feed everyone.

May 03 08:00

UK begins troop deployment to South Sudan, Somalia

A team of UK Army soldiers has arrived in Somalia as part of Britain’s plans to deploy hundreds of troops in several African countries, following a pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron.

May 02 09:30

Top cotton producer in Africa drops GMO cotton after horrible quality problems with the crops... 'economically unviable' to grow them

The 10th largest cotton producer in the world is giving up on Monsanto's genetically modified Bt cotton. Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton producer, has been having some serious problems with the quality of the cotton being produced from Monsanto's GM seed. The strands of cotton being produced are far too short, making them unworkable for spinning applications. The yarn produced from GM cotton is weaker and takes longer to spin. The entire region is now planning "tactical withdrawal" of Monsanto's transgenic cotton. The sub-par GM product is proving to be economically unviable.

Apr 29 10:10

South Africa’s Zuma faces corruption charges again

A South African court has revised a 2009 decision to drop graft charges against President Jacob Zuma, saying he should again face a trial over a controversial arms deal in 1999.

“The decision... to discontinue the charges against Mr Zuma is irrational and should be reviewed and set aside,” Judge Aubrey Ledwaba ruled on Friday, adding, “Mr Zuma should face the charges as applied.”

The verdict allows prosecutors to re-open charges against Zuma in connection with a multi-billion dollar arms deal 17 years ago. The embattled leader has denied allegations of accepting bribes from international arms manufacturers at the time.

Apr 29 07:30

Stop Laundering Of Plundered Nigerian Assets Via UK, Reformers Tell Cameron

Britain must end its role as a “safe haven” for white-collar criminals who steal Nigeria’s wealth and resources for personal gain, almost 100 Nigerian civil society groups have told David Cameron.

Apr 27 13:58

Contractor Hired Former African Child Soldiers To Guard US Forces In Iraq

A defense contractor hired mercenaries from Africa for $16 a day to guard American bases in Iraq, with one of the company’s former directors saying no checks were made on whether those hired were former child soldiers.

The director of Aegis Defense Services between 2005 and 2015, said contractors recruited from countries such as Sierra Leone to reduce costs for the U.S. occupation in Iraq. He said none of the estimated 2,500 boys recruited from Sierra Leone were checked to see if they were former child soldiers who had been forced to fight in the country’s civil war.

Apr 27 09:56

War looming large over Western Sahara: Polisario

Polisario Front, a group seeking Western Sahara’s independence from Morocco, says the region could become engulfed in war if the United Nations fails to press for a regional independence vote.

Apr 24 10:05

Zuma wants trade with Iran to rise to $8bn

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma said in Tehran on Sunday that his country plans to increase the volume of trade with Iran to as high as $8 billion by 2020.

Zuma told a meeting of Iranian and South African businessmen that the figure had been agreed on in his meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani earlier in the day.

He added that trade volume between the two countries in 2015 stood at about $350 million, emphasizing that this needs to be increased drastically by relying on the potentials of both sides.

Apr 24 09:28

Africa's Largest Cotton Producer Bans Use of GMO Cotton

Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton producer and the sole West African nation to venture into biotech farming, is dropping genetically-modified (GM) cotton on quality grounds. The world's 10th largest cotton producer, with four of its 19 million people dependent on the "white gold", Burkina Faso earlier this month said it was giving up Monsanto's GM Bt cotton because it had proved uneconomical.

Apr 22 12:57

BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault on Russia

when it comes to a country as large as Russia, with its vast military capabilities, consolidated and wildly popular political leadership, and growing antagonism toward the West, the tools available to the Empire to undermine and destabilize are in some ways more limited.

Indeed, in the context of Russia, the popular mobilization pretext does not apply, and so that weapon in the imperial arsenal is blunted considerably. But there are other, equally potent (and equally dangerous) methods to achieve the desired effect.

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare, each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. While the results of this multi-pronged assault have been mixed, and their ultimate effect being the subject of much debate, Moscow is, without a doubt, ground zero in a global assault against the BRICS nations.

Apr 22 11:33

South Africa president to pay state visit to Iran

South African President Jacob Zuma will make a state visit to Iran for the first time to discuss ways to strengthen fraternal relations between the two countries.

Heading a 180-member politico-economic delegation, Zuma will arrive in Tehran on Saturday at the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Apr 21 07:54

Cameroon: Samantha Power’s Motorcade Mows Down African Child and Flees the Scene

Samantha Power, the neocolonialist wolf in liberal, white, female clothing keeps up appearances even after her motorcade had mowed down an African child during her recent US PR tour of Cameroon.

Apr 16 09:46

Rwanda Genocide - The Israeli Connection

It would be encouraging to imagine a genocide that is totally free of any Jewish involvement. Sadly, the Rwanda genocide doesn’t fit into this mythical category.

Apr 16 08:58

Deafening Silence From Ethiopia

Since November, state security forces have killed hundreds of protesters and arrested thousands in Oromia, Ethiopia’s largest region. It’s the biggest political crisis to hit the country since the 2005 election but has barely registered internationally. And with the protests now in their fifth month, there is an almost complete information blackout.

Apr 15 10:06

FRIDAY’S TOON ~~ ISRAELI ARMS SALES DURING RWANDAN GENOCIDE TO REMAIN SEALED

Supreme Court denies attorney’s petition to reveal defense exports to the African country, citing risk to national security, foreign relations

Apr 14 14:41

The Children’s Crusade

In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a plane of such innocent souls crashes on a deserted island. There, in a paradise of coral and coconuts and wild pigs, the survivors soon revert to a state of nature.

Apr 12 14:50

ACLU Demands Pocomoke Hold New Election After Machine “Malfunction”

Proposal to mail absentee ballots to voters after ballot discrepancy in 1st district race would violate voting laws says civil rights group.

Apr 08 08:24

Keep Your Eyes On Africa’s Latest Virus Outbreak

By Maggie Martin

Mosquitoes are once again in the news … and so are vaccines. Angola, Africa is the site of the latest “outbreak,” this time yellow fever. So far, at least 225 people have died, with over 1,600 reported cases. The outbreak is of particular concern as it first took hold in the nation’s capital of 6 million people, Luanda, in December of last year.

Yellow fever – similar to Zika, chikunguya and dengue – is carried by the now globally dreaded Aedes aegypti mosquito. Unlike the knowingly inflated numbers of the mass hysteria that surrounded Zika, yellow fever has long been recognized as a source of mass casualties in the 40+ countries where it has appeared, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths annually.

While the illness and deaths unfolding across Angola are horrific for those currently in yellow fever’s path, it is notable that the mainstream media is pushing the apparently much larger question: Could yellow fever return to the USA? ...

Apr 05 07:56

For Your Own Good! Embedding Transnational Agribusiness And GMOs Into African Agriculture

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has just released the report For your own good!, which outlines the GMO industry’s expansion across Africa. The report focusses on non-commercial traditional crops, such as cassava, sorghum, sweet potato, pigeon pea, cowpea, banana and rice, which corporations are attempting to genetically modify and roll out under the guise of philanthropy.

Apr 02 06:57

Nigerians Overwhelmingly Reject Monsanto’s Risky GM Maize And Cotton

More than 100 groups representing over 5 million Nigerians, comprising of farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, are vehemently opposing Monsanto’s attempts

Mar 29 21:56

Ayesha Gaddafi as a new leader of resistance against NATO and the Libyan terrorists

She is back! The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi will lead the resistance against NATO and the other Libyan terrorists. Ayesha stated that she is now the leader of the resistance and she is about to create a new secret government.

Mar 25 07:52

Drones Over Malta? Italy Becomes U.S. Drone Base of Operations

Op-Ed by Joseph Cachia

The Italian government has quietly begun allowing armed American drones to fly out from its soil at the Sigonella station (a NATO and U.S. naval air-base) near Catania in Sicily, Italy for military operations against (allegedly) the Islamic State in Libya and across North Africa. This is a breakthrough for Washington, as after more than a year of negotiations, Italy backed down and surrendered...

Mar 23 10:39

The 'WHITE squatter camps' of South Africa: Shanty towns built after the fall of Apartheid are now home to hundreds of families

More than 400,000 white South Africans are thought to live in poverty. The country's population is about 50 million. Those living in squalid conditions are forced to survive on around £28.99 a month.

The squatter camp in Munsieville, near Johannesburg, is one of 80 across South Africa. It is built on the site of an old dumping ground and is home to around 300 people, of which a quarter are children.

There is no electricity, no running water apart from a couple of standpipes, no secure structures and little food. Houses are typically built with bare earth floors, but frequent floods wash away the topsoil and leave decades-old waste exposed.

Hospitals refuse residents care and those living at the camp are regularly rebuffed by potential employers at job interviews.

Mar 23 10:09

A brutal reality in South Africa

Reporters from the Swedish weekly newspaper Nya Tider (New Times) have traveled to South Africa to investigate whether the "Rainbow Nation" is the success story that Swedish establishment media sometimes say – as far as they are at all interested in the land that has been in the media focal point until 1994. We met with politicians, farmers and victims. Thousands of farmers have been murdered in the Rainbow Nation, and the fear is always present.

Mar 22 15:35

Fifth person dies in Guinea Ebola flare-up

A fifth person has died of Ebola in southeast Guinea since March 17, a health official told Reuters on Tuesday, raising concerns that a recent flare-up of the deadly virus could spread.

Mar 18 14:17

Russia To Deliver 40 Attack Helicopters To Algeria As Part Of Contract Deal

By Brandon Turbeville

In yet another example of the growing influence and reputation of Russia on the international stage, particularly when it comes to the question of “fighting terrorism,” Algeria will soon receive 40 MI-28 attack helicopters from Russia...

Mar 18 12:23

Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails

Of the 3,000 emails released from Hillary Clinton’s private email server in late December 2015, nearly a third were from her close confidante Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton aide who gained notoriety when he testified against Monica Lewinsky. One of these emails, dated April 2, 2011, reads in part:

Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver . . . . This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc (CFA).

In a “source comment,” the original declassified email adds:

Mar 14 09:01

US-BACKED SOUTH SUDAN, WITH ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’ WITH US OFFICIALS, RAPES, PILLAGES, BURNS PEOPLE ALIVE: UN

“A new report from the UN human rights office is accusing the US-backed government of South Sudan” of “encourag[ing] troops and their militia allies to loot private property and rape women” in lieu of pay.

The UN reported “that civilians suspected of supporting the opposition were burned alive or hacked to pieces by troops, with torture and forced displacement common.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rape, torture, looting and forced displacement, readers, is what is being done in your name, and with your tax dollars. Doesn't it make you proud to be an American?!?!?

And here is the reason why it is happening; as reported at en.wikipedia.org:

One of the major natural features of South Sudan is the River Nile whose many tributaries have sources in the country. The region also contains many natural resources such as petroleum, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, and hydropower.

It is about control over these resources, and making sure that they are only sold in the petrodollar, that US Government-enabled rape, torture, murder, and displacement are happening.

Mar 11 13:39

Zimbabwe: Mugabe In Singapore, Not India - Govt

President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore where he normally receives medical treatment for cancer and cataracts at the state-of-the-art Gleneagles Hospital.

Mar 11 12:13

ZIMBABWE’S MUGABE GOES MISSING AFTER CANCELED INDIA TRIP

Concern is growing in Zimbabwe after a 92 year-old man was reported missing after claiming on Monday he was traveling to India. The missing person’s name: Robert Mugabe.

The veteran Zimbabwean leader, who has been in power for 36 years and is the world’s oldest serving head of state, was reported to have left the country on Monday to attend the World Culture Festival in New Delhi, which kicks off in the Indian capital on Friday.

Since then, however, his whereabouts have become something of a mystery. Mugabe canceled his visit to the festival on Wednesday, with his spokesman George Charamba citing “substantial inadequacies in protocol and security arrangements” and saying that Mugabe would return home in “a couple of days.”

Mar 11 09:10

Hillary Clinton and the Ex-Im Bank Financing of the World’s Largest Coal Plants in South Africa

In 2009, the South African government announced a major energy plan to construct two new coal-fired power stations. The project, which aimed at building the world’s largest coal plants, came under intense criticism by various governments and climate activists, who saw it as a disastrous blow to the fight against climate change.

Yet newly released emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State, reveal that she acted in support of a World Bank loan for the construction of one of the plants.

Mar 11 08:43

Missing Clinton E-Mail Claims Saudis Financed Benghazi Attacks

This missing e-mail from February 16, 2013 only exists in the original leak and states that French and Libyan intelligence agencies had evidence that the In Amenas and Benghazi attacks were funded by “Sunni Islamists in Saudi Arabia.”

Mar 09 08:56

The US Government Just Killed 150 People In A Country They Aren’t Even At War With

By John Vibes

This week, the US government used drones and airstrikes to fire missiles and drop bombs in a country that they aren’t at war with, killing at least 150 people. This act of aggression took place in Somalia, where the US military regularly stages drone strikes and other attacks, despite the fact that they have not declared war on the country. The government claims that every single one of the victims were “militants” or terrorists; however, they have not revealed the identities of the victims and have not provided any evidence to support their claims...

Mar 09 08:50

Flashback 2015 - "SOUTH AFRICAN AGENTS OF DESTABILIZATION / COLOR REVOLUTION"

Attacks on lawful governments of this type are today called “color revolutions”—rose (Georgia), orange (Ukraine), and pink (Kyrgyzstan). They overthrew and murdered Muammar Qaddafi in Libya more than three years ago, reducing the country to violent chaos that continues today.

They overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in February 2014, installing a government laced with the Bandera Nazis and cabinet
appointments made in Washington, in preparation for triggering a war with Russia.

The underlying method of the color revolutions is the mass mobilization of mostly well-meaning people, with a false promise—and false concept—of democracy. It is not new.

Mar 08 10:50

Obama to shore up credibility for U.S. drone program with casualty report

The Obama administration will disclose how many people have been killed by U.S. drones and counterterrorism strikes since 2009, the White House said Monday, lifting one element of secrecy shrouding the controversial counterterrorism program.

Both combatants and civilians the U.S. believes have died in strikes from the skies will be included in the report, which covers the period since President Barack Obama took office. It won’t cover major fighting zones like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, but will focus on the shadowy regime of strikes against extremist targets in other regions such as North Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report will not cover "...cover major fighting zones like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan..." it is so seriously compromised as to not believed at all.

And Obama really believes that this will lend credibility to his program of extrajudicial assassinations?!?

I would love to see the logic, at the White House, which actually led to this conclusion.

It has long appeared to me that the real point of the drone bombings is to create more terrorists to justify unending and eternal US warfare on parts of the world containing resources the US government wishes to expropriate for American corporations.

This may well be a very cynical assessment; but just because it is cynical makes this no less potentially true.

Mar 03 11:07

How the President of Nigeria Refused to Buy Drones from Tony Blair

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria declined business overtures from former Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Tony Blair, an extract from the explosive new biography by investigative journalist, Tom Bower has revealed.

Mar 02 08:31

British Troops Headed to Tunisia to Keep ISIS Off Libya Border

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon today announced that his nation will be sending a team of ground troops to Tunisia to join that nation’s Libyan border defense operations, aiming to keep ISIS from infiltrating across the border.

The first deployment will be only 20 troops, nominally “trainers,” but Fallon talked up the need to keep ISIS out of Tunisia and hinted that this might just be the first step, adding that Britain is also “urgently” helping to try to form a new unity government in Libya.

Fallon also suggested that once there was a new government in place in Libya, Britain would be open to more expansive military action there, at the invitation of this new faction they are working to install.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, terrific: after the US epic fail in Libya, now the UK's military wants to have a "go" at installing a western-centric government there, a "reconquista", if you will.

Good luck with that!!

And a small memo to British Defense Minister Michael Fallon: those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it, and it appears, sir, that you are moving quite rapidly in that direction right now.

Remember how the American military involvement with Vietnam started?!? By the embedding of US "advisors" with South Vietnamese troops.

And you do recall just how that war ended for the US?!? The word "horrifically" just doesn't even begin cover it.

I know this announcement calls for just a handful of troops, so that you can "sell" this successfully back home in the UK. But trust me; ultimately, this war for the resources of Africa, which the US and UK both covet, will involve thousands of UK (and probably US) troops, with much blood and money spent.

But at the end of the day, as happened in Vietnam, you may well be no less able to control the geopolitical outcome here that was the US able to do in Vietnam.

I would strongly urge you and caution you, please, to reconsider this deployment; because when a country is fighting a war, in order to win, it has to be on the right side of history.

This is something no military or civilian leader of any country should ever, ever forget.

Feb 26 12:06

US Troops Headed to Front Lines in Nigeria’s War With Boko Haram

The Pentagon is prepared to approve a new plan to redeploy ground troops already in Nigeria to the front lines of that nation’s war against Boko Haram, saying they will be positioned close to fighting but in a purely “non-combat role.”

The troops were originally sent to Nigeria for “training” of that nation’s military for the war on terror, and the redeployment would have them in “advisory” roles, putting them right in the middle of the action.

The US has regularly couched ground deployments around the world as “non-combat” roles, and stuck to that official label even after those troops start getting involved in direct combat on a regular basis. The shift closer to the front line suggests Nigeria is simply following this tactic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We know that the Pentagon spokespeople who are assuring the US that these "advisors" in Nigeria will be in purely "non-combat" rolls are lying.

Why?!? Because they open their mouths..... and words come out of them.

And why, you may ask, are US military fighting in Nigeria?!? As reported at http://www.resourcegovernance.org/our-work/country/Nigeria:

Nigeria is Africa's largest oil exporter, and the world's 10th largest oil producer, accounting for more than 2.2 million barrels a day in 2011. Oil revenues totaled $50.3 billion in 2011 and generated 70 percent of government revenues. Nigeria's hydrocarbons sector is at a crossroads as the current administration attempts to pass the controversial Petroleum Industry Bill.

Yes, oil prices are depressed right now; but they will not stay depressed forever (particularly if any rather spectacular war breaks out). The US wants to be in complete control of Nigerian oil, and the money in which that oil is sold.

That's why we are in Nigeria, folks.

Feb 26 10:58

HUNTING BOKO HARAM

The U.S. Extends Its Drone War Deeper Into Africa With Secretive Base

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 25 09:42

Liberia Indicts Several Officials for Corruption

Several former and current officials of the Government of Liberia have been indicted to face prosecution on multiple criminal charges. At least one of the several defendants is spending the night at the Monrovia Central Prison in Monrovia while the court pursues the others. Former Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) was committed to the prison following a writ of arrest issued by Criminal Court C based on a complaint from the anti-graft Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission of Liberia.

The Court in its writ of arrest spotted by FrontPageAfrica at Criminal court C named some of the defendants as former Commerce Minister Miatta Beyslow, Director at Commerce, Steve Flahn-Paye and Aaron Whiegar, amongst others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need those kinds of arrests right here!

Feb 24 12:02

NORTH AFRICA OBSERVER – FEB. 15-22, 2016

Algeria has reinforced its military presence on the borderline with Libya. It is believed that some 50,000 troops have been deployed along the 1,000 km borderline.1 Algeria supports the UN-led political process in this war-thorn country, and is closely working with the Libyan authorities to maintain security on both sides of the border...

Feb 24 11:23

To Wipe Out Terror, The US Is Now Bombing Seven Different Countries

An American bombing raid in Libya on Friday signaled a potentially deepening involvement in the latest front of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State—and underscored the expansion of U.S. airstrikes as a tool to combat Islamist terror groups around the globe.

U.S. aircraft are now targeting jihadists in seven countries from North Africa to Afghanistan. And ISIS militants aren’t the only extremists in the crosshairs of American warplanes and drones. The U.S. is also still hunting al-Qaeda operatives and Taliban fighters where these jihadists pose security threats to U.S. allies and interests.

But the civilian toll in these attacks can be high, analysts and monitoring groups say. A United Nations report last year alleged that U.S. drone strikes in Yemen had killed more civilians than al-Qaeda operatives. In September, an American warplane fired on a charity hospital in northern Afghanistan, killing 30 patients and staff and wounding dozens more.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These extrajudicial assassinations have absolutely no standing in American law, no matter the mounds of false "justifications" President Obama's attorneys have dug up with which to justify the practice.

They are not only morally wrong; they are also a weapon which radicalizes more young men, leading to a state of perpetual war, which, of course, the US military/industrial complex just loves.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 23 16:15

Libyan army liberates Benghazi city from jihadist cutthroats

Libyan army liberates Benghazi city from jihadist cutthroats:” Nureddin Sabir reports that the Libyan National Army, affiliated to the internationally-recognised Libyan government, has liberated all the positions held by Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorists in Benghazi.

Feb 22 19:37

PCR: The Evil Empire Has The World In A Death Grip

Paul Craig Roberts blogs on the recent release of an updated version of the book "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by the former "hit man" John Perkins.

PCR:
Perkins shows that despite his revelations, the situation is worse than ever and has spread into the West itself. The populations of Ireland, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and the United States itself are now being looted by Hit Man activity.

Perkins’ book shows that the US is “exceptional” only in the unbridled violence it applies to others who get in its way. One of the new chapters tells the story of France-Albert Rene, president of Seychelles, who threatened to reveal the illegal and inhumane eviction of the residents of Diego Garcia by Britain and Washington so that the island could be converted into an air base from which Washington could bomb noncompliant countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Washington sent in a team of jackels to murder the president of Seychelles, but the assassins were foiled. All but one were captured, tried and sentenced to execution or prison, but a multi-million dollar bribe to Rene freed them. Rene got the message and became compliant.

Feb 21 15:39

Ethiopia: Unity in opposition

Graham Peebles argues that the recent huge demonstrations in Ethiopia’s Oromia and Gondar regions could be the green shoots of a popular movement that would eventually depose the country’s quarter-century one-party dictatorship.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 17 21:46

When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: The Truth About the Diamond Industry

Waking Times

Diamonds are timeless, beautiful, symbols of love. They are the world’s most precious gems. Or as the popular slogan of the cartels has simply claimed, “A Diamond is Forever.”

But the astronomical prices paid to the jeweler to possess these beautiful gems, is nothing compared to the ultimate price paid to mine the diamond in another world away.

Feb 16 09:53

SOUTH AFRICA WANTS IT'S MONEY

South Africa Wants Its Money After Aircraft Detained in Zimbabwe

The South African Reserve Bank said rand notes found on a cargo plane impounded in Zimbabwe this week after a dead body was discovered on board should be returned home.

“The aircraft currently detained at Harare Airport is carrying a consignment of South African banknotes that was produced overseas as part of the SARB’s annual production plan,” the Pretoria-based central bank said in a statement on its website https://www.resbank.co.za/Publications/Detail-Item-View/Pages/Publicat... on Tuesday. The bank is working with authorities to ensure the shipment will be released and delivered to South Africa, according to the statement.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 09 10:04

7 FAMOUS BRANDS THAT USE CHILD SLAVES TO MAKE YOUR CHOCOLATE

Children younger than 15 – some as young as 5 – work from 6 am till evening in West Africa at cocoa farms connected to Nestlé, Hershey, Mars, Kraft, ADM Cocoa, Godiva, and Fowler’s Chocolate to produce your favorite chocolates including Reese’s, Kit Kat, M&M’s, MilkyWay and Butterfinger. In September 2015, three class action lawsuits brought in California accused Nestlé, Hershey, and Mars of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses by cocoa suppliers in West Africa while falsely portraying themselves as socially and ethically responsible. Nestlé, Cargill and ADM are currently facing a separate lawsuit brought by three Malian former child slaves in 2005 that accuses the companies of aiding and abetting child slavery in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa market.

Feb 08 14:35

Even More UN Peacekeeper Gang Rapes Reported, This Time in Central Africa

Everyone is outraged, and rightly so, over the “rapefugees” scandal that’s being covered up in cities across Europe, but those same people don’t seen to realize there was already a scourge of mass rapes going on, just at the hands of people in uniforms sent by the UN instead of asylum seekers.

You never see that one on the mainstream nightly news, do ya? The media blackout on United Nations Gang Rapists is even thicker than the one on mass rapes by asylum seekers.

Not even kidding, Europe. You better hope the UN doesn’t call peacekeepers in to help with “violence” related to the refugee influx.

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Feb 08 14:19

The Neocons Do Not Want Peace In The World:Paul Craig Roberts

endless wars and endless reaping to benefit the banksters

Feb 05 09:21

US Estimates: Up to 6,000 ISIS Fighters in Libya

When the US made the decision to launch a war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, they dramatically underestimated the size of the ISIS forces there, aiming to downplay the effort for the sake of selling the war as smaller than it really would be. In Libya, they seem to be going the other way.

Pentagon estimates for Libya have around 3,000 ISIS fighters there, but as officials agitate for an expansion of the war into Libya, US officials are now revising the ISIS presence upward, saying that they now has as many as 6,000 fighters there.

It must be asked, however, if the sudden upward revision, which is coming at the exact time the administration is trying to sell the expansion of the war into Libya, is meant to make the ISIS force there look a lot more imposing than it really is.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(from a song of the same name, and a "J'accuse!" to President Obama)

"You're selling us war... but we're just not buyin'
You've got your talking heads all cued, but we know they're lyin'
Just how many more will you condemn to dyin'?!?
You can't justify this war, so just stop tryin')

(Ahem). Considering just how "brilliantly" our military misadventures in the Middle East and Afghanistan have gone over the last 16 years, one might think that the Pentagon would very seriously consider some other tactic than a reinvasion.

However, unfortunately, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government and military could do is no guarantee that they will not do it.

And also, unfortunately, doing the same thing precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classical definitions of insanity.

This is all about controlling Libya's oil (because the oil prices cannot stay at these levels forever), and natural gas, and assuring that these commodities will only be sold in US petrodollars.

Feb 05 07:54

Congolese army attacked U.N. troops meeting Islamist rebels: U.N

Congolese troops killed two United Nations peacekeepers after civilians accused the Tanzanian U.N. troops of providing supplies to Islamist Ugandan rebels in east Congo, according to a confidential U.N. Security Council report.

Feb 05 07:53

Congo, U.N. troops fire in air to stop clash between machete-armed villagers

Villagers from two major ethnic groups in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo clashed with machetes and batons before dispersing when army troops and U.N. peacekeepers intervened and fired into the air, a U.N. spokesman said.

Feb 04 09:04

US Special Forces to Take Part in Multinational Exercises in Africa

US Special Operations Forces will participate in the Flintlock training exercise in Africa later this month, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in a statement.

Feb 03 10:24

Israel allegedly sending African migrants to other countries through 'secretive deals'

Israel has been accused of 'sending African migrants' to other countries through secret deals that could be in breach of international law. The BBC has said they gathered evidence of the deal after speaking to migrants sent to Rwanda and Uganda.

Feb 01 08:30

France says plans to end operations in CAR after UN report

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says Paris wants to end its military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) later this year after the UN issued a statement detailing the French troops' sexual abuse of children in the African country.

Feb 01 08:26

Over 80 killed, children burnt to death in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants killed 86 people, including children, in their recent attack on villages in northeastern Nigeria on Saturday. Horrifying details of the attacks emerged on Sunday.

Jan 31 13:22

UN ‘PEACEKEEPERS’ RAPE CHILDREN IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

On January 30, senior UN officials disclosed names of the countries whose peacekeepers are accused of sexually abusing and exploiting children aged from 7 to 16 in the war-torn Central African Republic. The UN human rights staff in the Central African Republic (CAR) interviewed several girls who said they were raped, abused or paid for sex by United Nations and EU peacekeepers since 2014. According to the UN press release a girl and a boy aged seven and nine were allegedly abused by French troops in exchange for a bottle of water and a sachet of cookies while the troops were taking part in Operation Sangaris. The report shows that four other girls, aged 14 and 16 said their abusers belonged to the peacekeeping force operating as part of the European Union operation EUFOR CAR.

Jan 28 11:35

Israel supplies South Sudan government with wiretapping equipment

Israel sold wiretapping equipment to South Sudan even after the civil war broke out, and this equipment was used to identify and arrest opponents of the government, a UN report has charged.

The report, compiled by a panel of experts tasked with examining the implementation of sanctions against South Sudan, is the final version of an interim report published in August. It concluded that both sides in the country’s civil war are managing to buy arms and other military equipment despite the sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli arms and communications companies will sell anything to any country, no matter its human rights records, if profits are to be made.

One has to wonder just how soon it will decide to sell its nuclear arms technology to the highest bidder.

Jan 27 12:29

Amnesty International: Apple and Microsoft Using Batteries Made With Cobalt Mined By 7-Year-Old Children In The DRC

A new report by Amnesty International has accused Apple and Microsoft of using batteries made with cobalt mined by underage children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The Atomic Number of cobalt is 27 and the Element Symbol is Co. The Swedish chemist and mineralogist, Georg Brandt discovered it in the year 1735. Cobalt is widely used in batteries and in electroplating. It is estimated that more than 50% of the world’s cobalt is mined from the DRC.

In the past, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund estimated that more than 40,000 children were working in cobalt mines in the DRC.

In this latest report, Amnesty International said it has documented evidence of children as young as seven-years-old working in cobalt mines. The children are reportedly mining the cobalt that is being used in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries. Apple and Microsoft are said to be purchasing these batteries without doing any proper background checks.

Jan 25 17:55

Cameroon: 10,000 Refugees for Biometric Registration

Some 10,000 refugees from 25 countries in the Littoral Region will soon have new identification documents, including Refugee Identity Cards and Attestations, thanks to biometric registration. Given the current state of insecurity in the northern part of the country, the United Nation High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, thought it wise to put in place a viable and efficient identification system.

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