Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Venezuela Describes a “Triumph of Peace” After the Retraction of 10 of the 12 Countries of the Lima Group

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Venezuela Describes a “Triumph of Peace” After the Retraction of 10 of the 12 Countries of the Lima Group

January 12, 2019
On Saturday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described the retraction of ten of the twelve countries that signed the reactionary declaration of the Lima Group against Venezuela as a “triumph of Peace”, resorting to the call by Nicolás Maduro, with respect to modifying their position with respect to point 9 of the document published last January 4. Point 9 questioned the territorial integrity of Venezuela, regarding the case of U.S. oil tankers with Guyana’s guarantee in Venezuelan waters. Thirteen of the 14 members of the Lima Group signed a declaration expressing “concern” over Venezuela intercepting two Exxon Mobile ships “within Guayana’s exclusive economic zone.”
The Venezuelan government issued 12 notes of protest over the declaration providing proof that the ships were in Venezuelan territory and that Venezuelan authorities had not boarded the ships as the government of Guyana claimed.
On Wednesday, January 9, after showing evidence that the Exxon Mobile ships, sent by Guyana, were effectively in Venezuelan territory, President Nicolas Maduro issued a 48-hour deadline for the countries signing this document to retract the point that violated the nation’s territorial boundaries in favor of Guyana, with whom the dispute over Esequibo territory is maintained.
Nicolás Maduro extended the deadline until Monday for the rectification of Canada and Paraguay, which still have not modified their position on the territorial jurisdiction of Venezuela.
“So far we can say that of the twelve countries that dared to sign this document, ten countries have retracted,” Arreaza said, referring to the governments of Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil, Peru, Saint Lucia, Honduras and Colombia.
Paraguay and Canada have yet to do so, so the Venezuelan government extended the possibility to do so until Monday.
“To err is human and to rectify is wise” said the foreign minister, who, in a press conference, read part of each one of the communiqués and notes sent by the countries that reversed their initial position.
“For more differences, for more political attacks against Venezuela and its Government, (the nations that retracted) have been able to ponder the differences and have have arrived at a position that diplomacy and respect for international law prevails and that we do not put at risk the security of our region”.
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister described paragraph nine as “infamous, rude and in violation of international law. The 48-hour deadline demanded by President Maduro to modify their position on that point of the document was met by most of the signatories.
In addition, Jorge Arreza reiterated Nicolás Maduro’s proposal to hold a CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) summit to discuss Venezuela. “There President Maduro would go with the truth of Venezuela, to respond with the legitimacy given him by the Venezuelan people.
The Venezuelan politician also asked for support from Latin American governments to facilitate a dialogue, with understanding and peace, about all the interfering statements and interference in the internal affairs of the countries.
The Lima Group, with the exception of Mexico, issued a declaration disavowing the Venezuelan government and calling for new elections.
On Saturday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza described the retraction of ten of the twelve countries that signed the reactionary declaration of the Lima Group against Venezuela as a “triumph of Peace”, resorting to the call by Nicolás Maduro, with respect to modifying their position with respect to point 9 of the document published last January 4. Point 9 questioned the territorial integrity of Venezuela, regarding the case of U.S. oil tankers with Guyana’s guarantee in Venezuelan waters. Thirteen of the 14 members of the Lima Group signed a declaration expressing “concern” over Venezuela intercepting two Exxon Mobile ships “within Guayana’s exclusive economic zone.” The Venezuelan government issued 12 notes of protest over the declaration providing proof that the ships were in Venezuelan territory and that Venezuelan authorities had not boarded the ships as the government of Guyana claimed. On Wednesday, January 9, after showing evidence that the Exxon Mobile ships, sent by Guyana, were effectively in Venezuelan territory, President Nicolas Maduro issued a 48-hour deadline for the countries signing this document to retract the point that violated the nation’s territorial boundaries in favor of Guyana, with whom the dispute over Esequibo territory is maintained. Nicolás Maduro extended the deadline until Monday for the rectification of Canada and Paraguay, which still have not modified their position on the territorial jurisdiction of Venezuela. “So far we can say that of the twelve countries that dared to sign this document, ten countries have retracted,” Arreaza said, referring to the governments of Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil, Peru, Saint Lucia, Honduras and Colombia. Paraguay and Canada have yet to do so, so the Venezuelan government extended the possibility to do so until Monday. “To err is human and to rectify is wise” said the foreign minister, who, in a press conference, read part of each one of the communiqués and notes sent by the countries that reversed their initial position. “For more differences, for more political attacks against Venezuela and its Government, (the nations that retracted) have been able to ponder the differences and have have arrived at a position that diplomacy and respect for international law prevails and that we do not put at risk the security of our region”. The Venezuelan Foreign Minister described paragraph nine as “infamous, rude and in violation of international law. The 48-hour deadline demanded by President Maduro to modify their position on that point of the document was met by most of the signatories. In addition, Jorge Arreza reiterated Nicolás Maduro’s proposal to hold a CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) summit to discuss Venezuela. “There President Maduro would go with the truth of Venezuela, to respond with the legitimacy given him by the Venezuelan people. The Venezuelan politician also asked for support from Latin American governments to facilitate a dialogue, with understanding and peace, about all the interfering statements and interference in the internal affairs of the countries. The Lima Group, with the exception of Mexico, issued a declaration disavowing the Venezuelan government and calling for new elections. https://www.telesurtv.net/news/venezuela-triunfo-de-paz-rectificacion-grupo-lima-20190112-0011.html Source: Telesur
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Venezuela describe un “triunfo de la paz” después de la retractación de 10 de los 12 países del Grupo de Lima

El sábado, el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, describió la retractación de diez de los doce países que firmaron la declaración reaccionaria del Grupo de Lima contra Venezuela como un “triunfo de la paz”, recurriendo al llamado de Nicolás Maduro, con respecto a modificar su posición. con respecto al punto 9 del documento publicado el 4 de enero pasado. El punto 9 cuestionó la integridad territorial de Venezuela, en relación con el caso de los petroleros estadounidenses con la garantía de Guyana en aguas venezolanas. Trece de los 14 miembros del Grupo de Lima firmaron una declaración expresando su "preocupación" por que Venezuela interceptara dos barcos de Exxon Mobile "dentro de la zona económica exclusiva de Guayana".
El gobierno venezolano emitió 12 notas de protesta por la declaración que prueba que los barcos se encontraban en territorio venezolano y que las autoridades venezolanas no habían abordado los barcos como afirma el gobierno de Guyana.
El miércoles 9 de enero, después de mostrar evidencia de que los barcos de Exxon Mobile, enviados por Guyana, estaban efectivamente en territorio venezolano, el presidente Nicolas Maduro emitió un plazo de 48 horas para que los países que firmaron este documento retiraran el punto que violaba los límites territoriales de la nación a favor de Guyana, con quien se mantiene la disputa sobre el territorio del Esequibo.
Nicolás Maduro extendió el plazo hasta el lunes para la rectificación de Canadá y Paraguay, que aún no han modificado su posición sobre la jurisdicción territorial de Venezuela.
"Hasta ahora podemos decir que de los doce países que se atrevieron a firmar este documento, diez países se han retractado", dijo Arreaza, refiriéndose a los gobiernos de Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Panamá, Guatemala, Brasil, Perú, Santa Lucía. Honduras y Colombia.
Paraguay y Canadá aún no lo han hecho, por lo que el gobierno venezolano extendió la posibilidad de hacerlo hasta el lunes.
"Errar es humano y rectificar es sabio", dijo el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, quien, en una conferencia de prensa, leyó parte de cada uno de los comunicados y notas enviadas por los países que cambiaron su posición inicial.
“Por más diferencias, por más ataques políticos contra Venezuela y su Gobierno, (las naciones que se retractaron) han podido reflexionar sobre las diferencias y han llegado a la posición de que la diplomacia y el respeto por el derecho internacional prevalecen y que no ponemos en duda. arriesgar la seguridad de nuestra región ”.
El Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de Venezuela describió el párrafo nueve como "infame, grosero y en violación del derecho internacional. La mayoría de los firmantes cumplieron con el plazo de 48 horas exigido por el presidente Maduro para modificar su posición en ese punto del documento.
Además, Jorge Arreza reiteró la propuesta de Nicolás Maduro de celebrar una cumbre de la CELAC (Comunidad de Estados de América Latina y el Caribe) para discutir sobre Venezuela. “Allí el presidente Maduro iría con la verdad de Venezuela, para responder con la legitimidad que le dio el pueblo venezolano.
El político venezolano también solicitó el apoyo de los gobiernos latinoamericanos para facilitar un diálogo, con entendimiento y paz, sobre todas las declaraciones interferentes y la injerencia en los asuntos internos de los países.
El Grupo de Lima, con la excepción de México, emitió una declaración en la que rechazaba al gobierno venezolano y pedía nuevas elecciones.
Fuente: Telesur, traducido por Resumen Latinoamericano, oficina de América del Norte
 

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Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria


Two men, not specified which group of rebels, ride a motorcycle towards an abandoned UN base at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Outgoing IDF Chief Says Yes, We Armed Anti-Government Extremists in Syria

That Israel was assisting rebel groups with extremist ideologies in Syria has been widely believed by a number of observers, who were often derided as “conspiracy theorists” for floating the notion. Eisenkot’s statements confirm those suspicions.

“In January 2017 we began attacking the infrastructure the Iranians were building in Syria,” Eisenkot told The Sunday Times as he awaits his impending retirement. Midway through the year, bombings were ramped up. “We began attacking systematically a number of times each week. Without making any statements. Beneath the radar,” he said.
“We carried out thousands of attacks without taking responsibility and without asking for credit,” he told the outlet, adding that Israel dropped 2,000 bombs on allegedly Iranian targets in Syria in 2018 alone.
Syrian President Bashar al Assad has previously refuted this, telling RT “We had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian.”
“How could they say that we have [Iranian bases]?” he asked. “It is a lie.”
Eisenkot also for the first time admitted that the Israel government armed anti-government groups in southern Syria with light weapons, in part to counter Iran and in part because they “identified Syria as the weak link, where we could cut the Shia crescent.”
That Israel was assisting rebel groups with extremist ideologies in Syria has been widely believed by a number of observers, who were often derided as “conspiracy theorists” for floating the notion. Eisenkot’s statements confirm those suspicions.
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The notion was fueled in part by Israel’s medivacing flights of wounded Jabhat al Nusra fighters to Israeli hospitals under Operation Good Neighbor. Jabhat al Nusra is one of al-Qaeda’s main affiliates in Syria.
The groups armed by Israel are in and around the Golan Heights, of which Israel illegally annexed the western two-thirds in 1967.

“We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance”

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Abu Mohammed al-Golani, center-right, the leader of a Syrian al-Qaida affiliate, thanked Israel for thier support. Militant UGC | AP


Eisenkot’s admission, the first of its kind, follows a report published and then inexplicably deleted by the Jerusalem Post in September. The article detailed a press conference held by senior IDF leaders in which they owned up to sending light arms and munitions to various rebel groups.
The Israelis also supplied more than 3 million pounds of food, more than half a million pounds of clothes, a quarter of a million gallons of fuel, 21 electrical generators, and nearly 25,000 palettes of medical supplies.
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Apparently if you're a Palestinian and you want stuff like medical care or electricity all you have to do is join al-Qaeda & Israel will give it to you. Stay at home & you have to circumvent an apartheid wall, fight Israel's imperialist war on Syria & you'll get medevaced

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Israel also paid the salaries of Fursan al-Joulan, an Islamist group in the area that has been armed by the United States and Saudi Arabia, and trained, funded, and armed by Qatar as well. Members of the 400-strong group were paid $5,000 a month by Tel Aviv.
“Israel stood by our side in a heroic way,” Joulan spokesman Moatasem al-Golani said in 2017. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance.”
Meanwhile, “everyone” in Hader, a Golan Heights village, believes that Israel “tacitly” supports Jabhat al-Nusra, Channel 4 News reported in May, quoting one villager as calling Nusra jihadists Western and Israeli “proxies.”
In November, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon held talks with Syrian rebel groups while he was still in power.



At the press conference, IDF officials also admitted to striking 200 allegedly Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria in the past year and a half.
On Saturday, Eisenkot admitted that in addition to airstrikes, Israeli special forces also conducted ground raids in Syria.
Back in May, Israel attacked Syria within an hour of President Donald Trump’s announcement of his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran Nuclear Deal).
Former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel struck “nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria” at the time, but Israel has continued to bomb allegedly Iranian targets since then.
“Following this the Iranians decided to retaliate and attack northern Israel. We identified on May 8 serious preparations for a missile attack, led by Quds Force,” Eisenkot said over the weekend, contradicting the innumerable media outlets that reported on the situation as though Iran had initiated the aggression.
Top Photo | Two Syrian rebels ride a motorcycle towards an abandoned UN base at the Quneitra border crossing near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016. Ariel Schalit | AP
Alexander Rubinstein is a staff writer for MintPress News based in Washington, DC. He reports on police, prisons and protests in the United States and the United States’ policing of the world. He previously reported for RT and Sputnik News.

A Chance for a New US Congress to Rethink Knee-Jerk Support for Israel


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A Chance for a New US Congress to Rethink Knee-Jerk Support for Israel

If ever there was a chance to approach members of the U.S. Congress with challenging issues, and a re-examination of oppressive Israeli behavior, this is it. These first few weeks of the new Congress are the time to take advantage of the new energy — otherwise, it will fade away.

The office of Ilhan Omar too was filled with young people. Many were of Somali heritage and many of other diverse backgrounds who came to celebrate not only the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives but a new kind of politician, one that clearly cares about issues that touch those in need. Both Tlaib and Omar are progressive Democrats who came out publicly in support of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, against the state of Israel.

A List of Challenging Issues

There are several important and urgent issues that will be raised during this promising 116th Congress. These are challenging issues because in one way or another they involve Israel. The first issue that it is hoped will make its way to the forefront is Israel’s systematic violation of the rights of Palestinian children. In the last Congress, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act,” or HR 4391. It is a historic bill, as it is the first bill ever to be introduced in Congress that acknowledges Palestinian rights with no pre-conditions. It calls on the U.S. secretary of state to certify that Israeli authorities will not use United States taxpayer funds to support military detention of children.
These violations by Israel, which has signed the Convention on the Rights of a Child, are well documented by DCI, or Defense of Children International; UNICEF, or The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund; and Israeli human-rights watchdog organization B’tselem.
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Israeli police place a Palestinian boy in a chokehold in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 17, 2017. Mahmoud Illean | AP

It is worth noting that this bill — which seeks to protect children, or rather make sure that U.S. funds do not go to the abuse of children — received only 30 cosponsors, while HR 221, a bill to appoint an anti-Semitism envoy, was already passed with 87 cosponsors. This is a bill to appoint an envoy who will hold the rank of ambassador and advise the U.S. government on issues of anti-Semitism.
Since HR 221 was heavily supported by the ADL — the so-called Anti Defamation League, which is a racist organization dedicated to supporting Israeli violence towards Palestinians, and to spreading lies about Palestinians and Muslims, but does it under the cover of a civil rights organization — and NorPac, two heavily Zionist organizations, it is realistic to expect that this envoy will deal more with policing of anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel than actual anti-Semitism.
Another issue that has been on the forefront of all Zionist organizations and is being lobbied heavily is anti-BDS legislation. On all levels —  local, state and federal — Zionist organizations are working night and day to delegitimize the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. Members of the new Congress will have to be vigilant in making sure that anti-BDS language is not inserted into bills that otherwise seem legitimate and that if it does such bills are voted down.
The anti-BDS campaign not only is designed to stop BDS today but is a safety measure to ensure that the U.S. and its representatives will not consider supporting the Palestinian call themselves. People who believe in freedom and justice will do well to push their representatives and demand that they respect the Palestinian call to boycott, divest and impose sanctions on Israel.

Other Human Rights Issues

Israel’s human rights violations do not end with the oppression of the Palestinian people. The new draft law that forces the Haredi, or Ultra-Orthodox community, to serve in the Israeli army is a violation of human rights and religious freedom. This community, which is devoted to the Torah and its laws, resides in all parts of the world and does not recognize Israel as their state. However, those who had lived in Palestine were forced in 1948 to become Israeli citizens. They are forbidden according to their religious convictions from carrying arms and so they refuse to serve in the Israeli army. When the Haredi community protests the Israeli conscription, or when they protest the arrests of members of their community, both men and women, they are beaten and abused.
Getting members of the U.S. House of Representatives to even discuss this issue let alone demand that Israel stops abusing the religious and basic human rights of this Jewish community, is challenging at best. However, it is not impossible. The Haredi community in the U.S. is neither small nor weak and when they wish to mobilize they do so very effectively. People who care for the religious rights of minorities would do well to help this Jewish community, which rejected Zionism from its very inception. On this issue, Israel clearly fails the test of religious tolerance, even when it comes to Jewish people because they disagree with the secular, Zionist interpretation of what it means to be Jewish.
If ever there was a chance to approach members of the U.S. Congress with challenging issues, this is it — the next 60 days would be the time to do this. These first few weeks of the new Congress are the time to take advantage of the new energy — otherwise, it will fade away.
Top Photo | In this Jan. 3, 2019 photo, then Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, looks to the gallery from the house floor before being sworn into the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Carolyn Kaster | AP
Miko Peled is an author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

Friday, January 4, 2019

How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World: A Review

How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World: A Review



How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World: A Review

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The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests.
“There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous “meddler” in the affairs of other nations that history has ever known.”
Dan Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, but most of all he is an anti-imperialist and an author of three books. Kovalik’s first two books tackled the specific US war drives against Russia and Iran. His third installment, The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World, addresses the broad scope of US election meddling abroad. The book provides much needed political and ideological life support to an anti-war movement in the U.S that has been rendered nearly invisible to the naked eye.
The Plot to Control the World is as detailed in its critique of U.S. imperialism as it is concise. In just over 160 pages, Kovalik manages to analyze the various ways that the U.S. political and military apparatus interferes in the affairs of nations abroad to achieve global hegemony. He wastes no time in exposing the devastating lie that is American exceptionalism, beginning appropriately with the U.S. imperialist occupations of Haiti and the Philippines at the end of the 19thcentury and beginning of the 20th. The U.S. would murder millions of Filipinos and send both nations into a spiral of violence, instability, and poverty that continues to this day. As Kovalik explains regarding Haiti, “While the specific, claimed justifications for [U.S.] intervention changed over time- e.g., opposing the end of slavery, enforcing the Monroe Doctrine, fighting Communism, fighting drugs, restoring law and order -- the fact is that the interventions never stopped and the results for the Haitian people have been invariably disastrous.”
“Kovalik wastes no time in exposing the devastating lie that is American exceptionalism.”
US expansionism has relied upon the ideology of American exceptionalism to silence criticism and weaken anti-war forces in the United States. American exceptionalism claims that the U.S. is a force for good in the world and completely justified in its wars of conquest draped in the cover of spreading “democracy and freedom” around the world. Kovalik challenges American exceptionalism by showing readers just how much damage that US expansionism and militarism has caused for nations and peoples in every region of the planet. Russia, Honduras, Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vietnam and many other nations have seen their societies devastated by U.S. “election meddling.” In Honduras, for example, a U.S.-backed coup of left-wing President Manuel Zelaya in 2009 made the nation one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, indigenous person, or trade-union/environmental activist. Thousands of Hondurans have been displaced, disappeared, or assassinated since the coup.
Another important aspect of The Plot to Control the World is its exposure of U.S hypocrisy surrounding the subject of “election meddling.” Since the end of the 2016 Presidential elections, the U.S. military, political, and media branches of the imperialist state have accused Russia of virtually implanting Donald Trump into the Oval Office. The U.S. public has been fed a steady dose of anti-Russia talking points in an apparent effort on the part of the elites to beat the drums of war with the nuclear-armed state. No evidence has been presented to prove the conspiracy, as a recent National Public Radio (NPR) analysis states plainly. However, there is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous “meddler” in the affairs of other nations that history has ever known.
“The author shows readers just how much damage that US expansionism and militarism has caused for nations and peoples in every region of the planet.”
Just ask the much-vaunted Russians. Kovalik devotes an entire chapter to the 1996 Presidential election in Russia that re-elected the wildly unpopular Boris Yeltsin. The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 began an era of “shock therapy” in the newly erected Russian Federation, a euphemism for the wholesale theft and transfer of socialized wealth into the hands of oligarchs and multinational corporations. Millions would perish in Russia from an early death due to the sudden loss of healthcare, housing, jobs, and other basic services. In 1996, President Bill Clinton ensured that Yeltsin maintained his near-total grip on state power in Russia by providing the Russian President with a team of U.S. political consultants and over a billion dollars’ worth of IMF monies directly to the campaign. U.S. political and monetary support allowed Yeltsin to rig the election in his favor despite his dwindling popularity. Kovalik shows that if anyone should worry about election meddling, it should be the people of Russia and not the US elites that control Washington.
The Plot to Control the World takes readers into the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the CIA’s coup of revolutionary Patrice Lumumba continues to haunt the resource-rich nation in the form of endless US-backed genocide. It travels to Guatemala, where the CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz led to a U.S.-backed slaughter of a quarter million Guatemalans under the auspices of several military dictatorships. Kovalik shows us that the election of the fascistic Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil was no aberration, as the U.S. was primarily responsible for the rise in fascism in Brazilthrough its direct role in placing the nation under the control of a military dictatorship in 1964. The military dictatorship predated the CIA’s ouster of Chile’s Salvador Allende in 1973, which handed the once socialist state to Augusto Pinochet’s murderous and repressive leadership.
“The mission is always the same: to destabilize independent nations that refuses to bow down to the dictates of U.S. imperialism.”
The entire skeleton of the U.S. military state is on full display in The Plot to Control the World. The U.S. military state utilizes an array of tools to overthrow democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests. These tools include the U.S. intelligence agencies, so-called Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as the National Endowment for Democracy, and the various branches of the military itself, to name a few. Regardless of the tools employed, the mission is always the same: to destabilize independent nations that refuse to bow down to the dictates of U.S. imperialism. Thus, while Nicaragua, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Vietnam may possess unique histories, their economic and political development has been shaped by the destructive interference of the United States.
Dan Kovalik is not likely to be reviewed in the New York Times or other corporate outlets. That’s because Kovalik unapologetically speaks out against U.S. empire and all that upholds it. In doing so, Kovalik’s The Plot to Control the World walks in the footsteps of anti-imperialists such as Michael Parenti and William Blum. Blum, a former State Department employee, spent his post-State Department life providing humanity with knowledge about how US imperialism operates on the global stage. The New York Times wasted no time in slandering Blum in their obituary . This showed the great lengths that the ruling elites will go to discredit, defame, and condemn critics of the military industrial complex and how important it is for those who oppose war let go of any expectation that the corporate media will cover Kovalik’s work or anyone else who speaks out against war.
“White supremacy is the biggest lie of all and is completely embedded in the ideology of American exceptionalism.”
With that said, one of the reasons that the left in the U.S. is so weak is because it has been numerically and politically isolated by the lies of the Empire. White supremacy is the biggest lie of all and is completely embedded in the ideology of American exceptionalism. Despite the ruthlessness of the austerity and incarceration regimes, many Americans continue to be convinced that the U.S. is the most exceptional nation in the world and do not balk when its military wages wars abroad at the expense of U.S. tax dollars and civilian lives. U.S. imperialism has made sure that Americans feel that they are special colonizers who see the victims of the U.S. military state as savages worthy of slaughter. The Plot to Control the World is based on a different premise: internationalism. The book links the struggle against US imperialism to the needs of the oppressed and working class living in the heart of an empire, making it an essential read for those who are sick and tired of the prevailing narrative of American exceptionalism and want to be armed with the knowledge that is essential toward changing it.
Danny Haiphong is an activist and journalist in the New York City area. He and Roberto Sirvent are co-authors of the forthcoming book entitled American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News- From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (Skyhorse Publishing). He can be reached at wakeupriseup1990@gmail.com
Danny Haiphong is an activist and journalist in the New York City area. He and Roberto Sirvent are co-authors of the forthcoming book entitled American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News- From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror (Skyhorse Publishing). He can be reached at wakeupriseup1990@gmail.com

Monday, December 24, 2018

Pondering the Fate of Syria and the Will of God


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Pondering the Fate of Syria and the Will of God

All people, religious or not, who care about humanity will take strength from the resilience of the Syrian people in the face of overwhelming odds.