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Twenty years of war in Iraq

by eurogreen Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 07:36:30 AM EST

On the 20th of February 2003, George Bush the Lesser invaded Iraq, on the pretext, which he knew to be false, that Saddam had stocks of weapons of mass destruction.

The real reason, arguably, was that his neocon clique, closely tied to US oil interests, wanted to confiscate Iraq's hydrocarbons, for profit, and in order to break the power of OPEC.

The political cover was that ordinary, otherwise decent American citizens were baying for blood. They were thirsting for revenge after September 11, 2001, and they wanted to see Muslims killed on their behalf. Afghanistan was not enough.

And they appear to have genuinely believed (some of them, at least) that destroying Saddam's regime would bring freedom, democracy, and prosperity to Iraq.

So, how did that turn out?

Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

I remember the feelings of despair I felt at that time. Also, the certainty that we were being lied to. And the difficulty of getting real information about what was going on.

One blog I found became a daily fixture for me in that period. It's still on line : Where is Raed?

Sunday, March 09, 2003
A BBC reporter walking thru the Mutanabi Friday book market (again) ends his report with :
"It looks like Iraqis are putting on an air of normality"
Look, what are you supposed to do then? Run around in the streets wailing? War is at the door eeeeeeeeeeeee! Besides, this "normality" doesn't go very deep. Almost everything is more expensive than it was a couple of months ago, people are digging wells in their gardens, on the radio yesterday after playing a million songs from the time of the war with Iran (these are like cartoon theme songs for people my age, we know them all by heart) they read out instructions on how to make a trench and prepare for war, that is after president saddam advised Iraqis to make these trenches in their gardens.

The blogger often mentioned a friend he called "G". This turned out to be Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who at that time an architect and military deserter, now a photographer and journalist. Here's his anniversary take on the early days of the US occupation.

American soldiers, stupefied by the Baghdad heat, stood clueless amid that chaos, and Iraqis - accustomed to decades of efficient centralised bureaucracy - were baffled at the rash and arbitrary way the Americans were running the country. Everything was decided on the spur of the moment. Sometimes the soldiers tried to stop the looting, but mostly they just stood by; sometimes they tried to control the massive traffic gridlocks, while at others they drove their tanks into the middle of roads causing even bigger snarl-ups. The Iraqis could not believe that their new colonial masters had made no preparations for what was going to happen after the invasion. Or that the whole adventure was based solely on their might and the messianic half-beliefs of Bush and co. When the myth of American-generated prosperity clashed with the realities of occupation, chaos and destruction followed. All the suppressed rage of the previous decades exploded.

War is never a zero-sum game. I don't know if the instigators of that war profited from it; I know that it didn't turn out well on the basis of any of the motivations I mentioned above :

  • No WMD
  • ExxonMobil seems to be the only American oil company operating in Iraq
  • The revenge motive was clearly perceived by Muslims all over the world, and has triggered an ongoing low-intensity war with no borders.

The real reason, arguably, was that his neocon clique, closely tied to US oil interests, wanted to confiscate Iraq's hydrocarbons, for profit, and in order to break the power of OPEC.

How did Tony "BP" Blair get involved ... and a half-failed attempt by "Royal Shell" Balkenende with side-kick Jaap de Hoop Scheffer -- beyond any merit later installed as NATO SG -- to enter the theater of war in Iraq. The Dutch were blocked by Parliament to participate militarily in the illegal war.

More important for George-Dick-Donald was the "security" of Israel. Ever since the unexpected fall of the Twin Towers, butcher Ariel Sharon with political agitator  Benjamin Netanyahu used their lobbying influence in Washington DC and PNAC leadership urged the removal of Saddam Hussein. The fate a few million Iraqi civilians were discounted in the White House decision for war. The outlier voice of sanity Dominique de Villepin at the UNSC: "War is always the sanction of failure."

War Programming: The Propaganda Project and the Iraq War


'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 09:24:51 AM EST
Comments added online to De Villepin's courageous speech ...

Bashing France was actually a smart move from the Bush administration. It was focusing the attention of american people on a small country which was opposed to war, and somehow hid them the fact that it was not France which was against the war, but most of the world.

... When I think that my country, France, was treated and is still treated as à coward country because of this wonderfull and true speech.... I'm very disappointed by the US. I thought you were à big country, but the only thing you can do is to criticize by using propaganda.... Because of this, French army is now considered as cowardice...

Don't miss the conclusion from 14:22, so noble compared to the vulgarity of the US establishment - politicians and media- toward the French at that time!

Bashing peacemakers (progressive left) is a fascist favorite pastime in contemporary politics ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 11:49:54 AM EST
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Well, you walked right into a very obvious trap in both of your posts here, Oui...

Gulf War II = Ukraine war? Well, let's see :

In the case of both wars, there is an aggressor.
In both cases, it is a war of choice for the aggressor.
In both cases, the aggressed/invaded country's government is not without faults.
In both cases, the faults of the invaded country don't go anywhere near justifying an invasion.
In both cases, the government of the invading country put up a barrage of propaganda to justify its actions.

The USA was saving the world from Saddam's WMD.
Russia was saving the world from Nazism.

Both are rather transparent pretexts, and both collapsed for want of any evidence.

One originality of the Ukraine war : I don't recall anyone saying that Saddam was a threat to the existence of the nation of the invader. But Ukraine apparently threatened Russia's existence.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 12:44:53 PM EST
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US Congress voted to remove French fries from the lunch room for House representatives ...

Then Republican Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, Bob Ney, renamed the menu item in three Congressional cafeterias.

Financial ties between Israeli high-tech company Foxcom Networks (renamed Mobile Access Networks), Rep. Robert Ney and Jewish lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has been arrested for fraud. In 2001, Foxcom won a $3 million contract to install antennas for cellular telephones at the House of Representatives. US national security interests ... of course.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 12:37:14 PM EST
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Abramoff Linked to Jewish Ventures | Jewish Journal - Jan. 13, 2006 |

Specifically, Abramoff allegedly using money from a Washington charity he oversaw to fund military-style programs in the West Bank. Indian tribes donated money to tax-exempt charities, believing they were supporting anti-gambling foundations, but the money was redirected to help a "sniper school" in the West Bank, operated by a friend of Abramoff.

According to congressional documents, Abramoff sought night-vision goggles and a vehicle for the sniper-training facility.

Abramoff also allegedly worked on behalf of an Israeli firm that sought to wire the Capitol for cellular phone use. While leading cell phone manufacturers in the United States settled on JGC Wireless to install antennas in repeaters in House buildings, an Israeli company with ties to Abramoff, Foxcom Wireless, ultimately won the bid.

#makeIsraelgreatagain MIGA ... traitors, all of them 🇺🇸 in distress, flag upside down 😡

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 12:38:59 PM EST
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Oui, there are any number of diaries you could have posted the comment concerning Abramoff. Would you kindly refrain from posting random stuff on this one, which commemorates the Iraq war?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 12:47:04 PM EST
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Its so sad what the world has came to be! Almost all kinds of media are twisting things, hiding the truth or revealing only "what suits them" parts. Media is supposed to be an HONEST mean of delivering news to the people, right or wrong, good or bad, it should be delivered as it is.  Everyone got so used to linking the word Muslim with the word Terrorist, seriously! this is not fair nor it is true. Islam is a way of life that some people choose to live by and I swear Islam is all about peace, never have I came across a rule in Islam that ended with hurting someone.

How Baghdad Girl survived the Iraq war with a blog about kittens

There was a girl blogger linked to BooMan also with amazing observations and grieving stories ... I didn't manage to find a link.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 01:00:37 PM EST
Are you thinking of Baghdad burning by Riverbend?
by fjallstrom on Sat Feb 25th, 2023 at 09:05:51 PM EST
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Indeed ... thx for the link ... an amazing woman ... the human side of devastating war ... excellent posts @BooMan

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Feb 25th, 2023 at 09:08:47 PM EST
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Imagine if the "international community", i.e. the US, i.e. the P1, would allow China to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure.

It would be fixed in.....one? Two years??

by Oosterbeek on Wed Feb 22nd, 2023 at 09:00:55 PM EST
I don't see anyone stopping China. They have oil fields in Iraq. But with respect to infrastructure, I imagine they looked at the country risk profile and ran away screaming.

There are plenty of countries where Chinese investors are very active, and contribute strongly to infrastructure and economic growth. Countries which offer good returns, and very, very much lower risk than Iraq.

You can call it soft power; but Chinapersons generally see it as business.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Feb 23rd, 2023 at 03:15:35 PM EST
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Sadly you sound as if you ve never spoken with an Iraqi. You think Chinese can do businesses there? Open calls for tenders? No government independent of the US has ever been allowed in 20 years. How many green cards? What about the whole US, UK and allies juicy activities in Iraqi Kurdistan ? You really sound like a propagandist or as living in lalaland.
by Oosterbeek on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 07:52:44 PM EST
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You're right, Iraq is one of the few Arab countries from which I don't actually know anyone.
Actually, my first instinct was to respond by saying that for contracts in Iraq these days, it's better to be close to Iran than to the US.

However, concerning the Chinese, we're both wrong. It looks like the new Prime Minister is going big on China.

Indeed, VOA doesn't seem happy about China building infrastructure in Iraq... Thousands of schools.

Cat will like this : Iraq/China trade to be settled in yuan

And...Xi Jinping Meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Sabbar al-Sudani

On the morning of December 9, 2022 local time, President Xi Jinping met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Sabbar al-Sudani in Riyadh.

Xi Jinping noted that Iraq was one of the first Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. Since the establishment of the strategic partnership between the two countries in 2015, China-Iraq relations have seen sound and stable development, and bilateral cooperation in various fields has made steady progress. China appreciates that Iraq has always firmly supported China on issues concerning China's core interests, and China will continue to firmly support Iraq in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and back all factions in Iraq to strengthen unity and cooperation. China is ready to work hand in hand with Iraq to keep deepening the China-Iraq strategic partnership.

Xi Jinping noted that China will continue to support Iraq in economic reconstruction, and help Iraq recover its industry, improve people's livelihood and achieve sustainable development. China believes that Iraq will continue to guarantee the security of Chinese personnel, institutes and projects. China appreciates Iraq's active support for the Global Development Initiative, and welcomes Iraq to join the Global Security Initiative. China appreciates Iraq's efforts to support and promote China-Arab collective cooperation, and is ready to work together with Iraq to implement various outcomes of the First China-Arab States Summit to take the China-Arab strategic partnership to a higher level.

All this (except for the Iran part) is probably a good thing for ordinary Iraqis.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 09:29:44 AM EST
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Sadr is pro China, so the new PM is probably the result of a deal with Sadr after the important protests last spring and summer.
Lets hope they can finally move forward from corrupt airheads organizing events on green agro products when there was 2 hours of electricity per day.
by Oosterbeek on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 02:50:24 PM EST
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Religious sect beats all politics in the Middle East ...

Sunni-Shia Divide: For nearly a century, the nation's 15 million Shiite Muslims have been denied access to political power | Smithsonian - Dec. 2003 |

Real power In Iraq does not lie in Baghdad, nor in Teheran, but by Al Sistani in Najaf.

Imam Ali - Shia holy shrine in An-Najaf al-Ashraf

Mesopotamia, the Cradle of Civilization

EuroTrib archive ...

The New Reality of Iranian Power | Oct. 10, 2008 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 11:43:11 AM EST
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iraq-businessnews | List of International Oil Companies in Iraq
The following is a list of International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Iraq under licences granted by the Ministry of Oil in Baghdad:...
archived: January 2023 price cap mania memorabilia, 2003-2023
"...Since the adoption of the new mechanism in November [2022], the Fed has blocked about 80% of transfer requests to Iraqi banks due to doubts over the final destination of these transfers, according to Saleh...."

Reuters | Iraq to allow trade with China in yuan - state media, 22 Feb
"Iraq's central bank said on Wednesday it planned to allow trade from China to be settled directly in yuan for the first time, in an attempt to improve access to foreign currency...."

Middle East Monitor | Iraq to regulate foreign trade from China in Yuan - state media, 22 Feb
"...The Central Bank has been taking urgent measures to compensate for a dollar shortage in local markets. The cabinet had approved a currency revaluation earlier this month, and set the exchange rate at 1,300 dinars per US dollar, the state news agency reported."

China Daily | Iraq's move enhances internationalization of RMB, 24 Feb

...The Central Bank of Iraq, or CBI, will boost the balances of Iraqi banks that have accounts with Chinese banks in yuan, the CBI said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mudhir Salih, the Iraqi government's economic adviser, stressed that it will be the first time that imports from China will be financed in yuan, as Iraqi imports from China have until now been financed in US dollars only, as reported by Reuters.

According to China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, total bilateral trade between China and Iraq surged 51.7 percent year-on-year to exceed $24.8 billion in the first half of 2022.

The Iraqi central bank's latest move addresses the country's dollar shortage, as the US Federal Reserve has imposed tighter controls on greenback transactions by Iraqi commercial banks since November.

The CBI can also boost local banks' cash reserves via the former's accounts with JP Morgan and Development Bank of Singapore, according to the statement. The latter two banks will convert dollars to yuan and pay the final beneficiary in China, Salih said....

by Cat on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 03:51:43 PM EST
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And they appear to have genuinely believed (some of them, at least) that destroying Saddam's regime would bring freedom, democracy, and prosperity to Iraq.

Some probably did. Some other talked about how the US needed to educate a class of colonial administrators, on the British model. Essentially turning the US's system of nominally self-ruling vassals (self-ruling except the infiltration into military, security and surveilliance agencies, the profiling of politicians, the media operations through NGO cut-outs, the assassinations, the strategic build up of militant groups, and the wars), into a system of directly controlled territories. The US firing Garner to avoid rapid election's showed the latter faction being in control.

Coalition Provisional Authority

Garner's credentials and close ties to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld made him an obvious choice for the task. His term, however, lasted only from 21 April 2003 until he was replaced abruptly less than a month later by L. Paul Bremer on 11 May 2003.

Garner's swift dismissal from his post by U.S. authorities came as a surprise to many within the CPA. In an interview with the BBC program Newsnight Garner publicly stated that his preference was to put the Iraqi people in charge as soon as possible and to do it with some form of elections.

Upon assuming the post of chief executive of the CPA in May 2003, L. Paul Bremer also assumed the title of U.S. Presidential Envoy and Administrator in Iraq. He was frequently called Ambassador by numerous media organizations and the White House because it was the highest government rank he had achieved (Ambassador to Netherlands). But Bremer was not ambassador to Iraq, and there was no U.S. diplomatic mission in Iraq until June 2004, after the CPA transferred sovereignty to the Iraqi Interim Government.[9] At the CPA, Bremer moved quickly to install opaque and corruption-prone methods for the withdrawal and transportation of extremely large amounts of cash often transported from the US to Iraq by C-17 transport plane.[10]

The Colonial, ehm Coalition, Provisional Authority was doomed by the massive demonstrations Iraqi Ayatolla Sistani called for. This also doomed ideas for generation-long occupation and educating a class of colonial administrators. And the resistance doomed the idea of quickly moving on and repeating the war and occupation in "Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran" as Wesley Clark's informant told him. Not that it saved the countries on the list from eventually getting the sharp end of teh imperial stick.

by fjallstrom on Sat Feb 25th, 2023 at 09:02:30 PM EST
Someone recently recalled at the UN in an amazing speech the forged evidence used 20 years ago at the same tribune, most accurately


by Oosterbeek on Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 10:02:11 PM EST
Save the date: 20 Mar 2023

wikiwtf: "The invasion phase began on 19 March 2003 (air) and 20 March 2003 (ground) and lasted just over one month,[23] including 26 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq."

by Cat on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 03:22:19 PM EST
Iraq Awaits the End of Its Political Deadlock | Apr 18, 2022 |

In Iraq's parliamentary elections last October, the Sadrist Movement led by the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr emerged as the largest bloc with 73 seats. Its closest Shia competitor, the State of Law coalition headed by former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, won 33. Fatah, a broad coalition that comprises several Iran-affiliated outfits operating within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), garnered a meager 17 seats. To be sure, no one could doubt that Sadr was the Shia victor by an overwhelming margin. This has thrown Iraqi politics into a spin ...

Sadr's supporters vow to remain inside parliament; Iraqi figures react | 31 July 2022 |

Sadr's supporters, opposing the recently-announced nomination of Mohammed al-Sudani for premier, also occupied the parliament building and left the area two hours later upon the cleric's orders.

Sadrist lawmakers quit their seats at the Iraqi parliament last month, in a move viewed as an attempt to pressure their rivals into fast-tracking the formation of a government.

Intense negotiations between rival factions, mainly the Sadrists and Coordination Framework, over the past several months have failed to bridge the divide.

Muqtada al-Sadr's `final withdrawal' from politics announcement spurred followers to violently force their way into Baghdad's presidential palace | Al Jazeera - Aug. 31, 2022 |

Al-Sadr's statement, published on Twitter, came after months of protests by supporters backing his call for new elections and for the dissolution of the Iraqi parliament, which has seen 10 months of deadlock - representing the longest Iraq has gone without a government.

"I hereby announce my final withdrawal," al-Sadr said.

He added that "all the institutions" linked to his Sadrist Movement will be closed, except the mausoleum of his father, assassinated in 1999, and other heritage facilities.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 08:13:20 PM EST
A quiet Revolution in Baghdad ..

American forces provide security for reconstruction works performed by China under contracts with Iraq ... 😄

Study says nearly half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors

    "Using contractors mercenaries allowed America to fight a war that a lot of Americans forgot we were fighting."

Ideal template for the next war against Russia ...  

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Feb 28th, 2023 at 08:14:45 PM EST
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"If it were only the money, that would be outrageous enough," Hartung, the director of the arms and security program at the Center for International Policy, said of instances where the Pentagon's reliance on contractors backfired. "But the fact it undermined the mission and put troops at risk is even more outrageous."
T. Roosevelt, George Marshall, Doug MacArthur, Mark Clark, Wesley Clark, or George W. Bush et seq.
by Cat on Wed Mar 1st, 2023 at 12:14:48 PM EST
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It's been a while, indeed. When Iraq was invaded I was still in school and not particularly connected to the English language media sphere. That changed by 2006, which really was a remarkable time on reflection. You had the heroes of the most popular science fiction show live under occupation and run an insurgency, including suicide bombings. As far away as Japan you'd get series with a similar premise, wherever the Bushists went they encountered mass demonstrations. Of course, it didn't last. I distinctly remember when the Democrats rode the general anti-war feeling to considerable success in the midterms, held a sleep over in the senate over the budget bills, and then funded the war without any bells or whistles. Obama, who Helen correctly pegged as very much a Tony Blair type, came in and popular culture went back to the Clancy baseline and Libya, just as much a war of aggression under false premises, went off without a hitch.
by generic on Wed Mar 1st, 2023 at 12:23:14 PM EST
that's an extraordinarily succinct time capsule.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Mar 2nd, 2023 at 10:21:15 AM EST
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What is Tony Blair doing in Africa?, 10 Feb
RWANDA HAS been at the centre of world attention lately. From accommodating Britain's first offshore immigration detention centre (yet to receive its' first resident), to joining the Commonwealth, to backing of the 'M23' militia currently destabilising its' giant neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo, to president Paul Kagame continuing to face questions about current political oppression and his role in the 1994 genocide.

But one story has slipped under the radar. And that involves Britain's former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Since being wrenched from Number 10 in 2007, Blair and his charity has been earning big money from several African nations, not least Rwanda, for services helping those nations develop and implement policy.

Does Africa, still recovering from colonialism, really need Blair to tell them what to do? Probably not, but his policy advice may not be his real selling point. Because the true value of Blair lies in his contact book; making introductions between African heads of state and international financier big cheeses like the Rockefeller Foundation[, Clinton Foundation, ICC, and UN]....

GOOG KEYWORD, Tony Blair Foundation. RESULTS: 10,900,000 unique and subsidiary "programs"
by Cat on Sun Mar 5th, 2023 at 03:37:49 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Independent | Blair wants asylum-seeker camp in Africa, 2004
foundation story
Hansard | Windrush, 2018
invoking Blair-Brown
truthout | UK Wants to Incarcerate Asylum Seekers "Offshore" on Abandoned Oil Rigs, 2022
invoking Boris Blair
Hansard | Nationality and Borders Bill, 2022
invoking Blair

Rishi Sunak's plan for small boats 'will lock up people fleeing war', 5 Mar humanitarian law

...The prime minister is set to publish new legislation this week aimed at detaining and deporting all those who enter the UK via small boats crossing the Channel.

A Whitehall source briefed on the plan confirmed that even children could be detained with their families, as the government seeks to stop an estimated 60,000 people a year from making the perilous journey from mainland Europe.

Previous plans to deport those entering the UK by small boat to Rwanda have been rejected by the courts, but No 10 and the Home Office are proposing to insert a "brake" on human rights legislation in an attempt to stop legal challenges....

by Cat on Sun Mar 5th, 2023 at 09:54:14 PM EST
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euractiv | [von der Leyen] praises [Meloni]'s stance on migration following shipwreck, 8 Mar frontex foreign policy
..."It is clear that migration is a European challenge that requires a European solution," stated von der Leyen, adding that EU lawmakers need to finalise the legislation that forms the bloc's New Pact on Migration and Asylum [2020].

It also refers to an upcoming EU Resettlement Forum* in May that will look at "how to continue supporting at the EU level Italy's experience with humanitarian corridors." ...

* no such event announcement has been intercepted by Google. Last relevent EC-sponsored forum occured Nov 2022, "Migration management: High-level Forum on legal pathways to protection and resettlement cooperation"
...The Commission will continue working to leverage the experience of international partner countries and other key stakeholders on labour mobility schemes. This includes working more closely with the Global Taskforce on Refugee Labour Mobility, a coalition of partners that aims at promoting complementary labour pathways.

Next steps

In early 2023, the Commission will publish a call for proposals for transnational Union actions under the [2021-2027] Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund to support sharing best practices and creating integration partnerships. This will include [€9.88B] funding for projects focusing on community sponsorship and complementary pathways linked to work....

Accordingly, the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) published an agenda this month, "EUAA External Cooperation Strategy," describing the agency's "evolving role in the external dimension of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS)," chiefly Third-Country Support as well as Resettlement and Humanitrarian Admission objectives (p 7)
by Cat on Wed Mar 8th, 2023 at 07:27:35 PM EST
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Italy's leaders, attacked on migrant tragedy, blame Russians, 14 Mar EU values
On the defensive [despite vdL's "praise"] after a deadly migrant boat shipwreck near an Italian beach, Italy's right-wing government is contending that Russian mercenaries in Libya are behind an uptick in migrant arrivals in alleged retaliation for Western support for Ukraine.
Building on that assertion, Brothers of Italy lawmaker Silvio Giovine on Tuesday depicted the migratory flows toward Italy as "retaliation against Europe and the West."

The far-right lawmaker claimed that members of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Libya aim to destabilize the North African country. For years, fighting among rival Libyan militias has left the country a largely lawless land where traffickers and smugglers can thrive.
Last week, a Cabinet decree targeted smugglers by making it a distinct crime if a shipwreck or capsizing results in multiple migrant deaths, with conviction bringing up to 30 years in prison.

[PM Georgia] Meloni and some of her ministers have come under fire by critics -- opposition leaders and humanitarian groups -- which contend the Feb. 26 shipwreck might have been avoided had Italian Coast Guard rescue vessels been quickly dispatched as soon as the migrant boat, which set had sailed from Turkey, was spotted by a patrol plane operated by the European border agency.

The premier contends she is blameless, saying on Monday night that "my conscience is clear."

by Cat on Tue Mar 14th, 2023 at 06:15:30 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 8th, 2023 at 12:43:17 PM EST
India and Hard Talk

America sets fires first, then sells fire extinguishers!
America sells narratives along with weapons in the world

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 14th, 2023 at 09:56:31 PM EST
Creator of Homeland Security sez
20 years on, it's clear our collective memory of the Iraq War is simply wrong, 17 Mar NY Post
The painful truth is we made terrible errors in Iraq after Saddam was overthrown that took an awful human toll on Americans and Iraqis.

It is not surprising so many Americans think of our intervention in Iraq with a mixture of anger and shame and therefore believe we should now trim our idealism and cut back what we do to protect our security beyond our borders.

But these bad memories are incomplete.

If Iraq illustrated Washington's capacity for enormous incompetence, it also revealed our great national capacity for patriotic service, heroism, perseverance[,] and self-correction.

In the end, those fine qualities did not just save Iraq and the world from Saddam but defeated two waves of post-Saddam Islamist extremism in Iraq under President Barack Obama's leadership and stabilized the country.
Joe Lieberman was a US senator from Connecticut and the 2000 Democratic nominee for vice president [and 2004 Democratic independent "Joementum" nominee for president]

G.W. Bush Institute | A Catalyst Conversation with Joe Lieberman and Will Hurd, 2022
by Cat on Fri Mar 17th, 2023 at 11:16:30 PM EST
by Cat on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 04:05:36 PM EST

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