Category Archives: War and conflict

Hunger: Venezuela’s People Struggle to Survive – Emma Graham-Harrison – Caracas | The Guardian UK

Hunger Eats Away at Venezuela’s Soul as its People Struggle to Survive

The Maduro regime denies its once oil-rich country is in crisis. But on the streets the desperation cannot be hidden

Emma Graham-Harrison – Caracas | The Guardian UK

Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31 million people short of food, many desperately so.

As night falls over Caracas, and most of the city’s residents lock their doors against its ever more violent streets, Adriana Velásquez gets ready for work, heading out into an uncertain darkness as she has done since hunger forced her into the only job she could find at 14.

She was introduced to her brothel madam by a friend more than two years ago after her mother, a single parent, was fired and the two ran out of food. “It was really hard, but we were going to bed without eating,” said the teenager, whose name has been changed to protect her.    Continue reading

Examination of the Facts underlying the threatened Acts towards North Korea – By Yvonne Sam

Examination of the Facts underlying the threatened Acts towards North Korea

By Yvonne Sam

Trump’s don’t- mess- with- America rhetoric and hardcore approach is superior to his predecessors’ playbook on foreign affairs.

It is obvious to the most myopic that President Donald Trump is hell bent on breaking free of Obama’s policies. Such became a reality when North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un became the recipient of his threat of “fire and fury” if Pyongyang continued to threaten the United States. After Trump’s comment the dictator weighed in by announcing, via a statement from its army to state-run news, that it is assessing plans to attack Guam, the home of America’s Andersen Air Force Base. Yes, the dictator was on the receiving end of the alliteration that was heard worldwide, but Trump’s spoken words reflect a desire to do, or at best utter something different following three visible years of bipartisan failure on North Korea.    Continue reading

“Get Trump an Atlas”. Trump Wants to Bomb North Korea With Nuclear Weapons.

Geography 101: “Get Trump an Atlas”. Trump Wants to Bomb North Korea With Nuclear Weapons. Where is the Target Country?

A War on North Korea Will Inevitably Engulf South Korea and the entire Northeast Asian Region

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky – Global Research, August 10, 2017

George W, Bush was known for his total ignorance of geography. “Dubya the Geographer: Someone Buy This Man an Atlas” appears in dubyaspeak.com, Dubya Speaks, We Record the Damage.  

Fast forward to 2017: What about Donald Trump who has his thumb on the nuclear button. What is his knowledge of geography.

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North Korea: Fire, Fury and Fear – Pepe Escobar | Global Research

North Korea: Fire, Fury and Fear 

Alarm bells ringing as rampant speculation breaks out over Pyongyang’s ‘possible’ miniaturized nuclear warheads

Pepe Escobar | Global Research

Beware the dogs of war. The same intel “folks” who brought to you babies pulled from incubators by “evil” Iraqis as well as non-existent WMDs are now peddling the notion that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead able to fit its recently tested ICBM.

That’s the core of an analysis completed in July by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Additionally, USA intel believes that Pyongyang now has access to up to 60 nuclear weapons. On the ground USA intel on North Korea is virtually non-existent – so these assessments amount to guesswork at best.      Continue reading

When You Watch Dunkirk: Remember It Is a Whitewashed Version ….by Robert Fisk | Independent UK

When You Watch Dunkirk: Remember It Is a Whitewashed Version …..

Even in this early stage of the Second World War, ethnic minority British citizens did show enormous courage – one of the bravest ARP men during the Blitz was black, although we have yet to see a film about him

Robert Fisk | Independent UK

Nolan’s new adaptation of Dunkirk fails to acknowledge the bravery of Non-White Soldiers – Black and Muslim Soldiers

In my mother’s family scrapbook, there is a tiny box camera snapshot of a very young Robert Fisk staring at the Luftwaffe-smashed “mole” leading out to sea from the port of Boulogne – sixteen years after British troops evacuated under fire in May 1940 as their comrades stood on the beaches of neighbouring Dunkirk. In the photograph, the right-hand side of the Boulogne jetty remains, in dilapidated, post-war France, just as it was when British soldiers scrambled aboard the last ships to Britain, the concrete, right-hand side of the mole collapsed into the sea, just a few old hawsers showing where it stood.      Continue reading

France: Brand new Macron, same old colonialism – By Eliza Anyangw

France: With this slur against Africans, Macron’s radical pretence is over | Eliza Anyangw

Emmanuel Macron

The French president’s casual slur against Francophone Africans over birth control bodes ill for a progressive French presidency. Plus ça change

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Guyana: PPP GOVERNMENT LAND GIVEAWAY – By Verian Mentis-Barker

PPP GOVERNMENT LAND GIVEAWAY

POSTED BY: VERIAN MENTIS-BARKER – JULY 9, 2017

Source: http://xpressblogg.com/ppp-government-land-giveaway/

To understand this we will have to go back a few centuries to establish the mores of the Guyanese East Indian and the Guyanese African and the learned behavior that shreds the homogeneity constantly challenged in the country’s motto, One People One Nation and One Destiny.

So, those who prefer to be informed by bullet points or lightly tossed baseless banter could check out now.

This is serious stuff.   

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A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight

A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight

The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity

Paul Rogers

Friday, July 07, 2017 by OpenDemocracy.net – by  Paul Rogers

 ‘What seems to be most significant today, and increasingly accepted within the FAO and other agencies, is that climate change is becoming a permanent reality affecting food supplies in many parts of the world. It is not something for the future, but is happening now.’ (Photo: Asian Development Bank/flickr/cc)

Six years ago there were fears of a transnational famine developing across much of eastern Africa. At least 11 million people were at risk in what might have been the worst disaster of its kind since the early 1970s (see “A world in hunger: east Africa and beyond“, 21 July 2011).     Continue reading

Haiti and the Dominican Republic – Systemic xenophobia and racism – commentary

Antihaitianismo: Systemic xenophobia and racism in the Dominican Republic

Published on July 4, 2017 – By Sharri K Hall – Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

Despite their shared heritage, Haiti and the Dominican Republic have existed in a quasi cold war for centuries largely due to the rampant systemic racism that plagues the Dominican government and is cultivated by many Dominican citizens. Antihaitianismo is the present manifestation of racial prejudice, selective interpretation of history, and nationalistic Dominican false consciousness. This antihaitianismo was bred and cultivated in the historic colonialism in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic.    Continue reading

Cricket: In Praise of Pakistan! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Cricket: In Praise of Pakistan! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Pakistan lift the ICC Champions Trophy after beating India during ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s cricket can be contrary. One minute they’re on top and in the other they are down! This can be said of life in general but in sports it takes on a special meaning. When it involves cricket and brings to the stage Pakistan and India it is no longer a battle between bat and ball. It is a clash of history and geography and the outpouring of emotions that is writ large, as in a theater of war.     Continue reading

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