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 »

The Eagle & the Dragon: Rising militarism in Asia Pacific

by Paul Quintos

Pambazuka News | June 08, 2017

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NAFTA’s Dirty Secret: It Lets U.S. Control Canada’s Oil

by Linda McQuaig

the star | June 08, 2017

In the wake of Donald Trump’s fiery threats to end the trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the subject of NAFTA has become much more interesting to Canadians than before, when it mostly consisted of talk about softwood lumber and the dairy industry. Boring.

In fact, Trump or no Trump, NAFTA has always been a potential firecracker of an issue, if only the public knew what was in the deal.

But for more than 20 years, Canadian politicians have largely managed to keep the focus on lumber and cows, distracting us from the truly outrageous aspects of NAFTA: the surrender of Canadian sovereignty in a couple of key areas.

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Qatar-Saudi Arabia spat over ‘terrorism’ has too many plot holes

The Dawn, Karachi | June 12, 2017

KARACHI: The Saudi-Qatari spat is getting uglier by the day; one stark manifestation of this emerged last week when, in a joint statement released by Saudi Arabia and its allies Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, the countries announced they were placing 59 individuals and 12 organisations linked to Qatar on a “terror list”.

Anyone aware of the nature of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) politics will vouch for the fact that this move is unprecedented in the over three-decade-old history of the six-nation bloc of Gulf monarchies. While behind-the-scenes sniping and leg-pulling are nothing new, such harsh measures targeted at one of their own reflects major tension between the Arab potentates of the Gulf. The battle lines within the GCC have been drawn: Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE and Bahrain, are intent on isolating Qatar, while Kuwait and Oman, the other members of the GCC, watch uneasily from the margins.Read More »

Sanders: Corbyn Surge in UK Shows World Rising Up Against Austerity, Inequality

by Jake Johnson, staff writer

Common Dreams | June 09, 2017

Sanders said he has been “impressed” by Corbyn’s “willingness to talk about class issues.” (Photo: Getty)

Responding to the results of the U.K. election, which commentators have already deemed a “political upset” for the ages and a stunning backfire for Prime Minister Theresa May, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday congratulated Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the British people for “rising up against austerity and massive levels of income and wealth inequality.”

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AFL-CIO Report: Santander bank exec looted Puerto Rico’s infrastructure fund

by CAROLYN BOBB

People’s World | May 16, 2017

AFL-CIO Report: Santander bank exec looted Puerto Rico’s infrastructure fund

A key question all Puerto Ricans must ask – should banks like Santander be held accountable for their role in Puerto Rico’s debt crisis? | hedgeclippers.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid rallies by community members in Puerto Rico and Boston outside Santander banks, the AFL-CIO released a new report detailing how former Santander executive Carlos M. Garcia diverted a $1 billion fund dedicated to essential water and sewer projects into a series of financial transactions that ultimately pushed the Government Development Bank (GDB) into insolvency.

According to the report, while Garcia looted the infrastructure fund to support the issuance of billions in GDB notes and sales tax-backed bonds (known by Spanish acronym COFINA), his former employer, Santander, made millions as an underwriter.Read More »

Artificial intelligence: Socioeconomic, political and ethical dimensions

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Chemical weapons attack in Syria was staged, claims MIT expert

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A leading weapons academic has claimed that the Khan Sheikhoun nerve agent attack in Syria was staged, raising questions about who was responsible.

An International Business Times report said:

“Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), issued a series of three reports in response to the White House’s finding that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad perpetrated the attack on 4 April.

“He concluded that the US government’s report does not provide any ‘concrete’ evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground.Read More »

Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risk of Nuclear Annihilation

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Information Clearing House | 11 April, 2017

Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria—and Increases the Risk of Nuclear Annihilation
The anti-Russia bandwagon has gained so much momentum that a national frenzy is boosting the odds of unfathomable catastrophe.

Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots of praise on Capitol Hill. Finally, the protracted and fervent depictions of Trump as a Kremlin tool were getting some tangible results.Read More »