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December 16 2019

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Resolution - Craig Murray

«The disillusionment will be on the same scale as Johnson’s bombastic promises. The Establishment are not stupid and realise there will be an anti-Tory reaction. Their major effort will therefore be to change Labour back into a party supporting neo-liberal economic policy and neo-conservative foreign (or rather war) policy. They will want to be quite certain that, having seen off the Labour Party’s popular European style social democratic programme with Brexit anti-immigrant fervour, the electorate have no effective non-right wing choice at the next election, just like in the Blair years.

To that end, every Blairite horror has been resurrected already by the BBC to tell us that the Labour Party must now move right – McNicol, McTernan, Campbell, Hazarayika and many more, not to mention the platforms given to Caroline Flint, Ruth Smeeth and John Mann. The most important immediate fight for radicals in England is to maintain Labour as a mainstream European social democratic party and resist its reversion to a Clinton style right wing ultra capitalist party. Whether that is possible depends how many of the Momentum generation lose heart and quit.

Northern Ireland is perhaps the most important story of this election, with a seismic shift in a net gain of two seats in Belfast from the Unionists, plus the replacement of a unionist independent by the Alliance Party. Irish reunification is now very much on the agenda. The largesse to the DUP will be cut off now Boris does not need them.

For me personally, Scotland is the most important development of all. A stunning result for the SNP. The SNP result gave them a bigger voter share in Scotland than the Tories got in the UK. So if Johnson got a “stonking mandate for Brexit”, as he just claimed in his private school idiom, the SNP got a “stonking mandate” for Independence.

I hope the SNP learnt the lesson that by being much more upfront about Independence than in the disastrous “don’t mention Independence” election of 2017, the SNP got spectacularly better results.»

October 16 2019

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Madrid is making martyrs out of Catalan independence leaders & Spain may not survive the backlash – Salmond — RT World News

«When elected politicians use unelected judges to sentence other elected politicians to 100 years between the nine of them, then things have reached a point which cannot be sustained, and the Spanish state I don’t think will survive this outrage.»

October 08 2019

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Joe Tsai is on Facebook - When I bought controlling interest in the Brooklyn Nets in September, I didn’t expect my first public communication with our fans would be to comment on…

«Fans in China are calling for an explanation – if they are not getting it from the Houston Rockets, then it is natural that they ask others associated with the NBA to express a view.

The NBA is a fan-first league. When hundreds of millions of fans are furious over an issue, the league, and anyone associated with the NBA, will have to pay attention. As a Governor of one of the 30 NBA teams, and a Chinese having spent a good part of my professional life in China, I need to speak up.

What is the problem with people freely expressing their opinion? This freedom is an inherent American value and the NBA has been very progressive in allowing players and other constituents a platform to speak out on issues.

The problem is, there are certain topics that are third-rail issues in certain countries, societies and communities.

Supporting a separatist movement in a Chinese territory is one of those third-rail issues, not only for the Chinese government, but also for all citizens in China.»

September 24 2019

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The attacks on Saudi Arabia merit a firm response - Abqaiq the powder keg

«Consider the cost of recent Western restraint. In May Iran hit four tankers in the United Arab Emirates; in June it struck two more tankers in the Strait of Hormuz; later it took down an American drone. Mr Trump was prepared to retaliate only after that last aggression—and even then he pulled back at the last minute. The attack on September 14th was vastly more consequential. The president has said that America is “locked and loaded”. In Tehran they are watching to see whether he is all talk, as they are in Beijing, Moscow, Pyongyang, and in countries whose security depends on the idea that America will turn up.

If any nuclear negotiations are to succeed, Iran must pay a price for Abqaiq. America wants a more sweeping agreement than the original one, but only the pragmatic faction in Tehran, weakened by America’s approach, will make such a deal. While Iran can hit out again, the hardliners will have a veto over any talks. If America is seen as a paper tiger, they will be able to argue that Iran need not give much ground. On the contrary, they will say that their country should pile pressure on America by accelerating its nuclear programme. America and its allies therefore need to convince Iran that it cannot use violence to get its way.

The first stage of a response is to establish precisely where Saturday’s attack originated and who planned it. America must share this publicly, partly because Mr Trump’s word alone does not carry weight, but also to build a coalition and help stifle the objections of Iran’s apologists. Evidence against Iran could pave the way for new sanctions. Mr Trump has promised more—though America is already doing pretty much all it can. He should be backed by the Europeans, who need to understand that peace depends on deterring Iran, and China, which imports over 9m b/d of oil, much of it from the Middle East.

That is not all. If the Abqaiq attack is the work of Iran’s revolutionary guards, they should face direct consequences. That involves covert operations, by cyber-units that can disrupt their communications and finances; and air strikes on guard units outside Iran in Syria. Ideally, these would be carried out by a coalition, but if need be, America and Saudi Arabia should act alone. The risk of escalation should not be ignored, but Iran does not want all-out war any more than Saudi Arabia and America do. Israel frequently launches air strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq without provoking an Iranian escalation.»

September 22 2019

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September 08 2019

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@Reuters [video available]: Thousands of Hong Kong protesters chant the U.S. national anthem and call on President Donald Trump to ‘liberate’ the Chinese-ruled city. More here: reut.rs/2UDOEDV

@spacelabtongs: The Chinese & Hong Kong regimes have embarrassed themselves throughout these months on behalf of all Hongkongers. Now we just want the US Congress to #PassHKHumanRightsAndDemocracyAct to end this nonsense.

@nobias_org: This was done by the NED or National Endowment for Democracy (CIA with a different skin), NED had done similar jobs in many countries, Venezuela, Georgia, Ukraine, Lybia, etc. Their goal is to destory each target and make them become US' puppet.

September 07 2019

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  • Hong Kong Crisis: Made in America (New Eastern Outlook, Aug. 24 2019)

    «Claims that Western interests are driving unrest in Hong Kong to undermine China have been decried across the Western media as “fake news,” “disinformation,” and even grounds for censorship from platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

    Yet a look at the organizations directly involved in leading the unrest and those supporting it reveals unequivocally that it originates in Washington DC – not organically from within Hong Kong itself.

    In order to conceal this fact, the Western media has attempted to portray the unrest as “leaderless.” Yet coordinated protests most certainly have both leaders and organizations directing the majority of the movement’s decisions as well as providing the logistical support necessary for the sustained unrest Hong Kong now faces.»

  • Hong Kong’s political heavyweights & their peculiar ties to Washington (RT World News, Sep. 7 2019)

    «Massive protests which gripped Hong Kong this summer have been portrayed as leaderless. Yet, there were people who held clear sway over the crowds. But who directs them?

    As ‘leaderless’ as the crowds of protesters clashing with police on the streets of China’s Special Administrative Region may have seemed, they still were largely influenced by a whole group of public figures, politicians, parties and organizations. And it turns out that some key figures behind the unrest had longstanding ties with the global “beacon of democracy” – Washington, DC.»

Reposted byschaaf schaaf

August 30 2019

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context for international media: @joshuawongcf, who was just arrested, is NOT the leader of the 2019 hong kong protest movement. there are no leaders. this is a decentralized mass uprising.
— @wilfredchan on Twitter
  • @SandyKum4: Hong Kong Government think political prosecution is useful to stop protest. Hongkonger will not surrender, NEVER!

  • @IntelJaden: Wilfred is right. The CIA are the leaders of this "decentralized" movement.

  • @JoeSmit60712921: It is so decentralised that people gather en mass to beat up anyone who disagrees with them, vandalise shops because they think the shopkeepers do not support them, and throw stones and bricks at police families’ homes. Being leaderless and a “mass uprising” makes it all OK.

July 24 2019

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October 22 2018

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Itch for ‘better INF deal’? Trump’s treaty ‘withdrawal symptom’ destabilizes global order — RT World News

‘The United States would rather pull out because of China. Right now it cannot develop new intermediate-range missiles to confront China, even though China is not a signatory to that agreement,’ former Pentagon official Michael Maloof said, after Donald Trump announced the US intention to scrap the INF treaty.

‘The US is engaged in an arms race with China in the Pacific Ocean, and China has a whole bunch of those missiles that are not covered,’ Iranian political scientist Kaveh Afrasiabi added, calling Trump's announcement a ‘giant leap backward to the Cold War era.’

Maloof blamed Washington for its empty rhetoric and failure to explain what exactly it accuses Moscow of, while Afrasiabi pointed at the US encirclement of Russia by AEGIS ashore systems capable of launching INF-banned missiles in Europe.

‘Nobody knows what those violations are. Is it the idea of developing a new cruise missile?’ Maloof wondered. ‘The treaty does not prohibit that. And the United States is developing new intermediate missiles and cruise missiles. But again they can develop them, they can research but they just can’t deploy.’

‘If president Trump acts on his threat and they go ahead and develop the new intermediate missiles the only place to put them, of course, is in the NATO countries in proximity to Russia which will be a very destabilizing factor,’ Afrasiabi explained.”

September 25 2018

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Latin American presidents should serve their people, not US interests – Bolivia's Evo Morales to RT — RT World News

‘There are some serious problems in Latin America. In Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador, the presidents, who used to be the guarantors of the sovereignty and dignity of the people, are now being subjected to political persecution,’ Morales said.

He was referring to Argentina's Cristina de Kirchner, Brazil's Dilma Rousseff and to Rafael Correa of Ecuador, who lost power in their countries in recent years and are now facing various charges, pushed forward by new, US-backed governments.

Washington's ‘extensive political campaign’ in Latina America is headed by US Vice President Mike Pence, the Bolivian leader said, in the run-up to his address at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

‘There are no military coups taking place in Latin America anymore as coups are now happening through congresses and courts. It's yet another mechanism used by the US to deal with presidents fighting against imperialism.’

If those measures prove ineffective, the US resorts to ‘making plots and carrying out provocations,’ Morales said. And when that fails as well, there's talk of military intervention, like it has been talked about regarding Venezuela.”

September 24 2018

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September 12 2018

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Ron Paul: 'Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda in Syria?'

“Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it’s not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist foreign policy increasingly requires Washington to partner up with ‘bad guys’ in pursuit of its dangerous and aggressive foreign policy goals.

Does the Trump Administration actually support al-Qaeda and ISIS? Of course not. But the ‘experts’ who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.”

August 17 2018

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New US sanctions meant to harass Iranian people: Analyst

“I hope that [Western] allies [of the United States] will finally find out that the country we ought to have sanctions against and we ought to pressure to behave decently is the United States and not Iran” ― Jan Oberg, political commentator and founder of transnational.org

August 02 2018

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Do not disobey Allah for the sake of someone you love. Because the heart of the one you love is in the control of The One you disobey
ummomar (via In-Allah-We-Believe)

“The One you disobey” = Satan? Does the author say a friendship or marriage between Muslim and non-Muslim is Satan’s trap?! If so, I can’t believe this is a remark by a person living in the 21st century…

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Countless studies have since shown that exposure to pornography desensitizes men to violence against women, often shaping their sexuality in such a way that they become unable to experience arousal without some element of dominance or violence. The evidence has been so damning that, at times, universities have refused to allow further research on the topic. When a study shows detrimental effects that cannot be reversed, ethics boards will often refuse similar studies to go on. This has happened repeatedly with research on the effects of pornography.
Maya Shlayen, Whose Porn, Whose Feminism (via bintalghazi.tumblr.com)

July 26 2018

mr-absentia
英語を勉強すべきだと信じている英語の信者は、小学校から英語が必修化される、英語を社内公用語にする企業が増えているという情報に踊らされているのである。その情報が正しいのかどうかも検証せずに、無批判で信じ込んでいる。そのような人が今、英語を熱心に勉強している信者だといえる。英語だけを勉強するのは、意味も分からずにお経を覚えるのと変わりはない。
— 成毛眞『日本人の9割に英語はいらない』 (via across the boundaries)

July 19 2018

mr-absentia
I hate when people refer to the Middle East as the “Arab World” or “Islamic World”.

By using the term “Arab World” you are excluding the indigenous Assyrian, Amazigh, Mandean, Copts, Armenian, Persian, Turkoman and Kurdish communities.

By using the term “Islamic World” you are neglecting the presence of Judaism and Christianity (both religions originated there), and are erasing the existence of Zoroastrian, Druze, Bahai, and Yezidi beliefs, among others.

Choose your words wisely. They matter.
assyrian-prince (via Middle East - North Africa - Central Asia)

July 17 2018

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経済下流域に押し流される圧倒的多数の国民: 植草一秀の『知られざる真実』

“日本は荒れ野と化している。

「国破れて山河あり」の状況である。

日本は「戦争をする国」に改変され、原発再稼働が全面的に推進され、圧倒的多数の国民が「新しい貧困」という下流域に押し流されている。

この日本を立て直さなければならない。

日本の再建は、選挙によって、新しい政権を樹立することによってしか成し得ない。

安倍内閣は「数の力」にすべてを委ねて暴走を続けている。

もはや国政に良識も熟議も求めることができない状況が生まれている。

事態を打開するには、選挙で勝つしかない。

その方法はただひとつ。

「共産党を含む共闘体制を構築すること」である。

敵の戦術は極めて明確だ。

反自公勢力を「共産党と共闘する勢力」と「共産党と共闘しない勢力」に分断することだ。

重要なことは「共産党と共闘しない勢力」というのが、実は自公勢力と裏でつながっているということである。

だから結論は明確なのだ。

「共産党とも共闘する勢力」の結集を実現することである”

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