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Big Three Leaders Are Responsible for War Atrocities

by Oui Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 06:31:10 PM EST

These events stick in my mind as a reminder, true leaders in the world seek peace between nations. Avoid war where possible, don't wager on perceived advantage of might to attack another nation. Use of unipolar power to bully and bribe other nations into submission is morally wrong and will lead to military conflict.

It has been said and written, in the 21st American Century, diplomacy is an art put at the wayside. After the 9/11 attacks on America, the world changed forever. The bully pulpit of George Bush and his neocons strategists couldn't accept the source of Al Qaeda wasn't located in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was build on Osama bin Laden, son of a very rich building contractor in Saudi Arabia. Wealth from Saudis, royalty included, funded the Wahhabist mission across the globe. Preachers with a predetermined mindset of extremism were send to mosques across Western Europe, North Africa, Middle East (Lebanon and Syria included), Caucuses, former Soviet satellite states and across South East Asia.

The domino effect of the spread of Communism was halted, the spread of extremist Saudi Wahhabism was encouraged and coopted with western intelligence agencies for ulterior motives. In Afghanistan and the Caucasus to harm the Soviet Union and in a later stage, the Russian Federation.

Western intelligence has played a belligerent role above and beyond politics ever since the Great War 1940-45 and the formation of OSS under Allen Welsh Dulles. America, France and Great Britain made use of the Nazi Reich officials, kept them in place in order to battle Communism and the Soviet threat from the East. NATO was established and committed to avoid another war by Germany, but soon under British leadership targeted the Soviet "threat" of Communism. During the war against Nazi Germany, the Soviet Army of Joseph Stalin has grown into a formidable foe. During the years of Allied occupation of West-Germany and Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, both sides acquired the power of atom bombs and forced a stalemate or the Cold War.

Bologna station bombing, Gladio, the "war on terror"

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UK Cabinet Reshuffle, Cummings Taylor Made

by Oui Thu Feb 13th, 2020 at 02:52:50 PM EST

Refused to fire his team and succumb to Dominic Cummings, a future British Knight ...

Sajid Javid Resigns as U.K. Chancellor Following Showdown With Johnson

Rishi Sunak - About me

Little Trump in the UK is learning fast! You're fired!

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America Today: Has A Jew A Path to the White House?

by Oui Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 12:52:23 PM EST

Many Jews supporting Bernie Sanders lost family during WWII and the Holocaust. A build-up to a year where the Democrats offer a wide-range of candidates and the party is looking for an answer to unseat the Republican "President by default" in November 2020. Lacking political stability in America ever since the 9/11 attacks, the US is at risk to be devoured from within ... gun violence, opioids crisis, poverty, large scale inequality, the American Dream is not for every citizen, education and healthcare. The American aggression on the battlefields in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa and the Middle East has become part of a populist rightwing movement in the West as a result. There is hope: a Jewish Voice for Peace - Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders: Senator Gets Emotional Talking About Jewish Relative Who Died Fighting Nazis | Newsweek - |

In the clip, the Jewish senator is visibly moved as he discusses the relative with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

"I'm proud of his courage, and willingly going to his own death in order to protect innocent people," Sanders says. "So I'm very, very proud that I have a family member who showed that type of courage and decency."

The Jewish Weekly reported many of Sanders's relatives perished in the Holocaust. His father, Eli, grew up in Slopnice Poland before immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. Almost all of Poland's Jewish population--90 percent--were systematically eradicated during the Holocaust.

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Weimar: Nie Wieder!

by Oui Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 12:19:42 PM EST

The placard shows far-right politician Björn Höcke and reads 'never again' (Photo credit: Reuters/H. Hanschke

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US Foreign Policy About Grabbing Headlines

by Oui Sat Feb 8th, 2020 at 11:39:50 AM EST

Lacking substance and results as the world drifts towards permanent war, militarization, boosting arms sales and making the world in America's image of violence. It's time to say NO THANKS!

Anyone heard the voice of Macron from France this week?

Macron unveils nuclear doctrine, warns EU 'cannot remain spectators' in arms race | France24 |

See my post - US Navy Deploys Low-Yield Nuclear Warheads.

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Big Capitalism and Devaluation of Human Life

by Oui Wed Feb 5th, 2020 at 09:08:17 PM EST

America on the wrong path ... a good listener of the State of the Union address will not get through a very BIG ego of the man. The Republican applause machine does remind me of any format of a 20th century dictator. Shameful. Madam Pelosi get tear-up her invitation papers, but unwittingly the Democrats are empty-handed ever since they lost the majority in U.S. Congress. The Republicans are a much tougher party of NO!

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Denmark: 3 Saudi Spies Linked to Terror Attack In 2018

by Oui Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 01:47:12 PM EST

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Democrats: Iowa Caucus Flunked

by Oui Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 07:30:15 AM EST

Campaign Workers Got Robbed : ZERO results!!

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Skeleton Deal Post-Brexit

by Oui Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 03:25:21 PM EST

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DNC Stacking the Deck Against Bernie Sanders - Again!

by Oui Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 08:14:29 PM EST

Not only Europe raises concern about keeping a level playing field  ... Democracy at stake!

"A Who's-Who" of People Against Progressive Agenda: DNC's Perez Under Fire for Convention Committee Picks | Common Dreams |

Former Congressman Barney Frank, who wrote a 2015 op-ed entitled "Why Progressives Shouldn't Support Bernie," is among those nominated.

Progressives raised alarm this weekend after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez released his picks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees.

The list of nominees, Sunrise Movement political director Evan Weber said, looks like "a who's-who of people explicitly opposed to the progressive agenda."

Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, sparked a flurry of responses when he shared Perez's list on social media Saturday afternoon.

DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez's Bank-Friendly Record Could Kneecap the Democratic Party | The Intercept - Feb. 2017 |

Democrats at a loss on policy and campaign tactics to win an election.

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by Oui Fri Jan 31st, 2020 at 06:23:47 PM EST

    "So let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. And when this happens, when we let it ring, we will speed that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last, free at last -- Thank God Almighty, we're free at last."

    (TIME: Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929 - 1968)

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by Oui Wed Jan 29th, 2020 at 08:14:00 PM EST

Gone down in history as Britain's villain or your very own Benedict Arnold.

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US Ally Soleimani's Global Fight Against Terror

by Oui Tue Jan 28th, 2020 at 08:42:02 PM EST

    * He fought the Iraqi invasion of Islamic Republic of Iran by Saddam Hussein
    • He fought the Soviet invaders of Afghanistan in the 80s
    • He fought the Taliban in the 90s
    • He fought the invaders of Iraq post March 2003
    • He fought Al Qaeda and Islamic State foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq alongside the US coalition

On Jan. 2, 2020, Qasem Soleimani was struck by the Hand of G*d ... the whimp of a Fascist leader in the White House.

Why Afghan Politicians Express Anger And Grief Over Soleimani's Killing | RFERL |

The United States confirmed killing the powerful commander of Iran's elite Qods (Quds) Force in the late hours of January 2 in an air strike near Baghdad International Airport.

The same day, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah expressed his condolences to Iran. In a statement, he acknowledged Soliemani's cooperation with Afghans during decades of war in Afghanistan. Abdullah's statement was not as harsh as his political party's - Jammiat Islami. The lengthy press release on January 3 named Soleimani as a martyr and said the news of his death is received with deep grief and anguish.

Qassem Soleimani in Afghanistan. (Undated photo)

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US Spy Plane Crashed On Taliban Territory Afghanistan

by Oui Tue Jan 28th, 2020 at 04:18:36 AM EST

Unconfirmed reports a high-ranking CIA officer was on board ...

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Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger

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Watch Your Left - New, Young Progressives

by Oui Mon Jan 27th, 2020 at 03:45:34 PM EST

Democratic Voters Moving Left On A Range of Issues | The Atlantic - Nov. 2918 |

The New Power of the Progressive Movement In Democratic Politics | Pacific Standard - Feb. 2019 |

Joe Biden's Frontrunner Success Shows Identity Politics Aren't Moving Democratic Voters (May 2019)

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Yad Vashem and Holocaust: Putin's Private Party

by Oui Fri Jan 24th, 2020 at 08:16:47 PM EST

Coming week Israel and the occupied territory of Palestine will receive word from the White House how the West Bank will be carved up to the advantage and "security" of the Jewish settlers. Trampling on the historic rights of the Palestinian people living in the Middle East as refugees. With the signature of the man in the White House, the UN Security Council Resolution will be dropped in the trash bin of US History, including the Rights for Independence and Freedom of all people. The Third Intifada just ahead with all the bloodshed of innocents?

Trump's peace plan may polarize the Middle East it seeks to calm | Ynet News |

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Brexit: Digital Approach #SettledStatus In UK

by Oui Thu Jan 23rd, 2020 at 08:30:05 AM EST

Digital Approach #SettledStatus In UK

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Last Obama Stronghold In Libya About to Fall

by Oui Sun Jan 19th, 2020 at 01:37:45 PM EST

It is well known that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton favoured the coalition of Turkey, Qatar and Morsi of Egypt for rapprochement to Iran. This proved to be a too daring policy and was shut out of the air by Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Emirates and most important the opposition Republicans in Congress.

After removing Colonel Gaddafi from power in Libya, the struggle for the nation and its fossil fuels supplies began. The dozens of tribes in Libya sought new alliances. A protected CIA asset from Alexandria, Virginia, returned from exile to set up a militia centred around Benghazi and the oil infrastructure on the coast. Haftar eliminated strongmen competition and his influence grew supported by the Sunni Arab states.

    Khalifa Hifter was once a top military officer for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but after a disastrous military adventure in Chad in the late 1980s, Hifter [also spelled Haftar, Hefter] switched to the anti-Gadhafi opposition. In the early 1990s, he moved to suburban Virginia, where he established a life but maintained ties to anti-Gadhafi groups.


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    The episode and others like it, the officials said, reflect a Libyan culture rife with corruption, kickbacks, strong-arm tactics and political patronage since the United States reopened trade with Colonel Qaddafi's government in 2004. As American and international oil companies, telecommunications firms and contractors moved into the Libyan market, they discovered that Colonel Qaddafi or his loyalists often sought to extract millions of dollars in "signing bonuses" and "consultancy contracts" -- or insisted that the strongman's sons get a piece of the action through shotgun partnerships. [Source: McClatchy and Business Insider]

The Morocco Agreement of 2015 was ratified by a unanimous decision of the UN Security Council. It established to GNA government in Tripoli and lasted until the end of 2016 with the loss of Democrats to the Republicans of Trump.

The GNA was supported by Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Greece and the global powers. After the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt, strongman Gen. Sisi turned to the Sunni States of the Gulf for funding and economic recovery. The Suez Canal was widened for higher proceeds of shipping and initiatives were started for industrial zones offering a great number of jobs.

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The EU28 Is Dead - Long Live the New EU3!

by Oui Fri Jan 17th, 2020 at 12:08:29 PM EST

We have all become Anglo-Saxons now.

UK must get post-Brexit 'defence privileges', says German minister | The Guardian |

The European Union should offer Britain "privileged third-party status" in defence and foreign policy cooperation after Brexit, the German defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has said in a speech in London.

She said that such status should include access to projects such as Future Combat Air System, the Franco-German stealth jet programme.

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Environment Anarchists

by Oui Mon Jan 13th, 2020 at 08:38:32 PM EST

Of course ... domestic terror!

Revealed: US listed climate activist group as 'extremists' alongside mass killers | The Guardian |

A group of US environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as "extremists" and some of its members listed alongside white nationalists and mass killers.

The group have been dubbed the Valve Turners, after closing the valves on pipelines in four states carrying crude oil from Canada's tar sands on 11 October 2016 which accounted for about 15% of US daily consumption. It was described as the largest coordinated action of its kind and for a few hours the oil stopped flowing.

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