Category Archives: War and conflict

Why Namibian chiefs are taking Germany to court – The Economist explains

Why Namibian chiefs are taking Germany to court

The Herero and Nama peoples are seeking reparations for the 20th century’s first genocide

IN 1904 the Herero people of modern-day Namibia rose up against German colonists, who had seized and settled much of their land. The response of the German army, imbued with racist ideology, was to annihilate them. “Within the German borders every Herero, with or without a gun, with or without cattle, will be shot,” ordered General Lothar von Trotha, its commander. Some Herero died at the hands of Trotha’s soldiers; many more perished after being pushed into the desert or herded into concentration camps.    Continue reading

Donald Trump’s Failing Presidency – By Robert Parry

Donald Trump’s Failing Presidency

April 25, 2017  –

President Donald Trump

Special Report: After his election, Donald Trump had a narrow path to a transformational presidency, but it required breaking the neocon grip on U.S.A. foreign policy and telling truth to U.S. citizens. Already, Trump has failed, says Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

The 100-day mark may be an artificial measuring stick for a U.S. president. Obviously much can happen in the remaining 1,361 days of a four-year term. But Donald Trump’s decisions in his first three months in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.      Continue reading

General Petraeus Speaks on America’s Military Policy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

General Petraeus Speaks on America’s Military Policy – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

David H. Petraeus

General David Petraeus, a retired four-star general, was the Commanding General of the Multi-National Force-Iraq. He served in this capacity from February 2007 to September 2008. He was also the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from September 2011 to November 2012.

General Petraeus is a scholar as well. He earned his PhD from Princeton University in International Relations and has held a number of academic appointments in leading universities. In mid-April 2017 General Petraeus sat with Josette Sheeran, a former Director of the World Economic Forum. The meeting was at the President’s Forum at the Asia Society in New York and it focused on General Petraeus’ views on America’s military affairs. Was the United States right to launch an attack on Syria after it was revealed that chemical weapons were used in that country? General Petraeus replied that the strike was the right action to take. He said that it was a very important moment for President Trump and his team and the event was a dress rehearsal for the national security team. But General Petraeus says that one strike does not a strategy make.

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France confronts more domestic discontent — in French Guiana

France confronts more domestic discontent — in South America

Map of The Guianas

April 18, 2017 – Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist.

You would think that France, with its 400-year history as a colonial power, would be better at managing its overseas territories. Yet a simmering confrontation between the authorities in Paris and protesters in the French department of Guiana burst into violence on April 7, when several policemen were injured (and one hospitalized) during a demonstration.

Three days later, President François Hollande urged the protesters to end their actions and offered to meet with the territory’s elected officials to plan “Guiana’s future.” The activists turned down a meeting but temporarily lifted their barricades to let their fellow Guianese do their Easter shopping.    Continue reading

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CUI BONO – “who benefits” from the gassing of Syrian civilians? – By Uri Avnery

CUI BONO – “who benefits” from the gassing of Syrian civilians?

– By Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

CUI BONO – “who benefits” – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime.

Since I was a detective myself for a short time in my youth, I know the meaning. Often, the first and obvious suspicion is false. You ask yourself “cui bono”, and another suspect, who you did not think about, appears.

For two weeks now, this question has been troubling my mind. It does not leave me.

In Syria, a terrible war crime has been committed. The civilian population in a rebel-held town called Idlib was hit with poison gas. Dozens of civilians, including children, died a miserable death.

Who could do such a thing? The answer was obvious: that terrible dictator, Bashar al-Assad. Who else?

REACTION      Continue reading

The End-of-World Scenario. The Real Danger of Nuclear War – commentary

What Would a US-European-Russian War Look Like? The End-of-World Scenario. The Real Danger of Nuclear War

Since the April 6 missile strike, the Trump administration has issued new threats against Syria and new ultimatums to Russia to end its support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad. On Wednesday, President Trump defended the unprovoked strike and called Assad a “butcher.”

The G7 powers over the weekend lined up behind the US strike and its pretext—the totally unproven claim that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. They endorsed Washington’s renewed drive to topple Assad, Moscow’s only Arab ally in the Middle East.     Continue reading

Donald Trump has Reversed his National Security Policies 180 Degrees

What the U.S. Aristocracy are Demanding: “Donald Trump has Reversed his National Security Policies 180 Degrees”

Donald Trump has reversed his national-security policies 180 degrees, and is now focusing it around conquering Russia, instead of around reducing the threat from jihadists. The reason for this drastic change is in order for him to be able to win the support of the U.S. aristocracy, who had overwhelmingly favored Hillary Clinton during the Presidential contest, and who (and whose ‘news’media) have been trying to portray Trump as “Putin’s fool” or even as “Putin’s Manchurian candidate” and thus as an illegitimate President or even traitor who is beholden to ‘America’s enemy’ (which to them is Russia) for Trump’s having won the U.S. Presidency — which they had tried to block from happening.      

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Mother of All Bombs – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Keep on writing Rosaliene

Three Worlds One Vision

Mother of All Bombs

I am Mother.
Created by Father.
A complex scientific birthing process, they say.
I weighed over twenty-one thousand pounds at birth.
Father spared no expense;
he happily paid the $314 million.

I carried you for nine months
in the womb, my child.
I almost lost you, you know.
They closed the clinic
where I used to get healthcare.

I am Mother.
Created by Father.
My over-pressure waves obliterate
everything & everyone within a one-mile radius.
Look at me with awe & trepidation.
I am Death.

Where is Father?
I am cold & hungry, Mother.
He abandoned us, my child—
to pursue his dreams
of dominating the world.

I am Mother.
Created by Father.
He dropped me from the sky
to plummet to the earth.
My body detonated into gazillion atoms.
My soul became a black hole.

I am beautiful.
I am strong.
I am invincible.
Created in Father’s image.

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Washington’s False Flag: Chemical Weapons Attack pretext for expanded war – commentary

Washington’s False Flag: United Nations Confirmed that US Supported Syrian “Rebels” Were Using Chemical Weapons

Both Trump and Obama have blood on their hands. The Chemical Weapons Attack is being used as a “False Flag”, a pretext and a justification to wage an illegal war of aggression. 

The United Nations in a 2013 report confirms that Syrian opposition “rebels” (supported by Washington)“may have used chemical weapons against [Syrian] government forces.”

The UN report refutes Washington’s allegations that the government of Bashar al Assad was using chemical weapons against his own people.

What the UN mission findings confirm is that the US sponsored opposition “rebels” largely composed of Al Qaeda affiliated groups, financed and supported by the Western military alliance were responsible for these 2013 chemical weapons attacks.       Continue reading

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