Intervention: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s No To The imperialist Procedure [Part I]

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Countercurrents.org | May 17, 2017

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The Venezuela government has recently accused the US of financially propping up violent opposition groups in the country: Promoting an “unprecedented and systematic attempt” to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela. A statement of the foreign ministry of Venezuela said: “US financing and logistical support for violent groups in Venezuela have facilitated an armed sedition”. The statement added: “The US system of power relies on frequent and repeated statements, unilateral extraterritorial sanctions, economic financing of organizations in Venezuela for terrorist purposes, financial blockade, threats of military intervention […] to mask an open process of intervention marked by a rude meddling and violating international law.”Read More »

Intervention: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s No To The Imperialist Procedure – Part II

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Countercurrents.org | May 19, 2017

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The costs to be calculated

The most important part of these intervention-costs lacking in most of these calculations are the cost and price the intervened countries, the societies and the people in these countries had to pay/are paying. In any of the countries going through intervention process, there’s no scope of pursuing productive, democratic, and educational-cultural-intellectual activities in usual, normal way. “Libya War: The Unknown Costs and the Indemnified Interventionists” (Farooque Chowdhury, Countercurrents.org, June 30, 2015) discusses the costs in context of Libya.Read More »

Civil War—Fueled by US Bombs—Is Driving Yemen into Crisis.

Oxfam International | June 08, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Yemeni people are on the brink of famine after two years of conflict. In this time, millions of people have been displaced from their homes. And without adequate access to medical supplies or facilities, every ten minutes a child dies in Yemen due to preventable disease.

Yet at a time when the Yemeni people desperately need an end to violence, President Trump is proposing to sell nearly $510 million worth of weapons, including precision-guided munitions, to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s use of these munitions in Yemen has fueled the conflict in Yemen, creating a humanitarian catastrophe. Tomorrow, Congress will vote on this arms deal that would be used to fuel the war in Yemen. The Yemeni people need peace – not more bombs.Read More »

‘Literal Colonialism’: Blackwater Founder Calls for ‘American Viceroy’ to Rule Afghanistan

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Common Dreams | June 02, 2017

Despite the fact that private contractors have a long record of abuse and deadly criminality, Prince believes that they should have a stronger presence in Afghanistan. (Photo: Melissa Golden/Redux)

Displaying what one commentator called “sheer 19th century bloodlust and thirst for empire,” Erik Prince, founder of the private mercenary firm Blackwater, argued in The Wall Street Journal this week that the United States should deploy an “East India Company approach” in Afghanistan.

The country, he wrote, should be run by “an American viceroy who would lead all U.S. government and coalition efforts—including command, budget, policy, promotion, and contracting—and report directly to the president.”

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In Iraq and Syria, US-Led Coalition Killing Increasing Number of Civilians

Common Dreams | June 04, 2017

Relatives mourn next to bodies of Iraqi residents of west Mosul killed in an air strike targeting ISIS on 17 March 2017. (Photo: AFP/Getty)

With its latest official declaration estimating the number of innocent people killed by airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military has admitted killing 484 civilians since beginning a bombing campaign and ground operations to unseat the Islamic State (ISIS) from strongholds in the two countries.

Though that number is far lower than estimates put forth by independent monitoring groups, the death toll reveals rising casualty levels as the U.S.-led coalition has reportedly loosened restrictions and engagement protocols under President Donald Trump.

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Let’s never forget why Muammar Gaddafi was killed

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Glimpses of life: Intervention-devastated Libya

A Journal of People report

Life in Libya, devastated with imperialist intervention, is difficult: factional fights, blood spilling, death, destruction. Fighting factions have carved up the fourth largest country in Africa into fiefdoms. Uncertainty is permanent company of citizens there in Libya. Many wonder: is the economy operating?

A few media reports present a glimpse of life in the vast and oil-rich country embroiled in violence since the 2011 imperialist intervention toppled and killed Mummar Gaddafi.Read More »

US and Turkey: The Balkanization of the Middle East

by James Petras

Dissident Voice | May 15, 2017

For the past 20 years Washington has aggressively pursued the age-old imperial strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ throughout the Middle East, Southwest Asia and East Africa. Frustrated at its inability to control national policy of various independent nation-states, Washington used direct and indirect military force to destroy the central governments in the targeted nations and create patchworks of tribal-ethno-mini-states amenable to imperial rule. Tens of millions of people have been uprooted and millions have died because of this imperial policy.Read More »

World Bank undermines right to universal healthcare

Commercial healthcare companies undermine the principles of universal healthcare system

by Jane Lethbridge, University of Greenwich

Brettonwoods Project | April 6, 2017

Medical supplies for Kenyan hospital, Credit:: SIM USA

Medical supplies for Kenyan hospital, Credit:: SIM USA

Universal healthcare services funded through taxation and free at the point of access are the most effective ways of funding and delivering public health services. They provide a system of shared risk and universal coverage while the privatisation of healthcare services draws resources away from the public healthcare system. Studies have found little evidence that the private healthcare sector is more efficient or accountable than public systems.1 Instead, public health expenditure in low and middle income countries have been found to produce better outcomes because higher levels of public healthcare funds are invested in healthcare infrastructure as compared to private healthcare investment.2 Commercial healthcare companies also invariably seek to draw profitable middle and upper income patients from the public sector, thereby undermining the principles of a universal healthcare system.Read More »

Manipulation of human rights continues

Granma | 22 March, 2017

To date, Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission has built 1,505,028 homes for the country’s most vulnerable. Photo: TELESUR

A recurring theme over these days has been human rights, giving rise to media manipulations, and involving individuals who, from centers of power or paid by them, are making a veritable feast with the issue, for those wanting to impose their model on the world and others who, working as paid mercenaries, are used for that purpose.

Some, such as Luis Almagro, secretary general of the discredited Organization of American States (OAS), have targeted the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, seeking foreign intervention in the country. This could be due to the fact that the nation’s governments, first led by Chávez and subsequently Maduro, have developed social programs to guarantee the population their basic human rights, such as building and delivering over one million homes, free healthcare for all, eradicating illiteracy, or many other achievements which have been recognized both in and outside the country.Read More »