Political Articles from 2017
5 Reasons America Should Not Fight Iran, Russia and Assad in Syria
by Aaron David Miller and Richard Sokolsky
Posted July 20, 2017
The idea du jour circulating inside the Trump administration and among terrorism experts and Syria watchers alike is that ISIS cannot be destroyed in Syria unless Bashar al-Assad is removed from power and Iran’s presence and influence are drastically curtailed. And in a perfect world, this indeed would be the best possible outcome to prevent ISIS and other jihadi groups, including Al Qaeda, from ensconcing themselves there.
But needless to say, the Middle East isn’t a perfect world. U.S. retaliation against another chemical-weapons attacks, as the White House threatened late Monday, would be both necessary and justified. (Assad and his military would “pay a heavy price,” the statement read.) But pursuing an ambitious mission against Iran, Assad and the Russians in Syria is dangerous, imprudent and unnecessary to protect vital American security interests. Here are five compelling reasons why. More…
Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch to drill for oil in Syria, violating international law
By Justin Gardner
Posted July 18, 2017
While Syria is torn apart by the warring of U.S. imperialists and Islamic fundamentalists – leaving its children to die of starvation – another country plans to take advantage of the chaos by stealing resources from Syria’s southern region. Genie Energy is an American-based oil and gas company with major investors and advisors comprising a who’s who list of war profiteers – Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, Lord Jacob Rothschild, and James Woolsey. The president of their Israeli subsidiary is Efraim “Effi” Eitam, an Israeli military commander who called for expelling the “cancer” of Arabs from Israel.
Together, these warmongers and would-be ethnic cleansers will soon be drilling into a vast oil and gas reserve located in the Syrian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, known as Golan Heights. The move would be in clear violation of international law, specifically the Annex to the Fourth Geneva Convention. More…
The US State of War—July 2017
by Nicolas J. S. Davies
Posted July 17, 2107
Every country destroyed or destabilized by U.S. military action is now a breeding ground for terrorism.
The U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria is now the heaviest since the bombing of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the 1960s-70s, with 84,000 bombs and missiles dropped between 2014 and the end of May 2017. That is nearly triple the 29,200 bombs and missiles dropped on Iraq in the “Shock and Awe” campaign of 2003.
The Obama administration escalated the bombing campaign last October, as the U.S.-Iraqi assault on Mosul began, dropping 12,290 bombs and missiles between October and the end of January when President Obama left office. The Trump administration has further escalated the campaign, dropping another 14,965 bombs and missiles since February 1st. May saw the heaviest bombing yet, with 4,374 bombs and missiles dropped. More…
Declare Your Independence from the Two-Party System
by W. E. Messamore
Posted July 13, 2017
At whose feet should the blame be properly placed for these malfunctions and malfeasances of government today? Who can we rightly say is most responsible for the government of the United States today and the litany of wrongdoings that modern citizens would charge it with?
Surely the two major parties who have held in their hands the levers of government for more than a century and a half now. It is the two parties that perpetuate their continued existence despite the perennial unhappiness with our government, by means of electoral machinations that keep their power over the course of government firmly entrenched.
But independent voters are on the move to fight this entrenchment of misused power and undue influence. The fight for ranked choice voting in Maine threatens a crack in the foundation of the two party electoral tyranny. More…
“Color Revolution” Comes Home? Are Americans Also the Victims of “Regime Change”?
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted July 10, 2017
The United States has perfected the art of regime change operations. The US is the largest empire in world history with more than 1,000 military bases and troops operating throughout the world. In addition to military force, the US uses the soft power of regime change, often through ‘Color Revolutions.’ The US has been building its empire since the Civil War era, but it has been in the post-World War II period that it has perfected regime change operations.
Have the people of the United States been the victims of regime change operations at home? Have the wealthiest and the security state created a government that serves them, rather than the people? To answer these questions, we begin by examining how regime change works and then look at whether those ingredients are being used domestically. More…
Key Government Privacy Watchdog Muzzled During Surveillance Debate
By Andrea Peterson
Posted July 4, 2017
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is in peril. Washington is a busy place these days. Headlines blare about everything from the Republicans’ health care plan to the FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump affiliates and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Amid all that noise, it’s difficult to hear the ongoing congressional debate over the future of some of the government’s most sprawling surveillance programs.
The legal foundation for the government’s spying powers, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act of 2008, will sunset in December if Congress doesn’t move to extend it. In fact, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on its renewal Tuesday.
But as members of Congress weigh their options, a key government watchdog charged with overseeing surveillance activities has been effectively muzzled. More…
You won’t believe this stupid new law against Cash and Bitcoin
by Simon Black
Posted July 4, 2017
This one is almost too ridiculous to believe. Recently a new bill was introduced on the floor of the US Senate entitled, pleasantly: “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017.”
You can probably already guess its contents. Cash is evil. Bitcoin is evil.
Now they’ve gone so far to include prepaid mobile phones, retail gift vouchers, or even electronic coupons. Evil, evil, and evil.
Among the bill’s sweeping provisions, the government aims to greatly extend its authority to seize your assets through “Civil Asset Forfeiture”. Civil Asset Forfeiture rules allow the government to take whatever they want from you, without a trial or any due process. More…
As you celebrate your “freedoms” this July 4th, ponder this threat to those freedoms as your government is hard at work taking them from you.
Video Emerges Of US Allowing ISIS Fighters To Escape Safely in Syria
by Darius Shahtahmasebi
Posted July 3, 2017
Video footage obtained by Al-Masdar appears to show convoys of ISIS fighters fleeing the Syrian city of Raqqa untouched by the U.S. military, which is currently bombing that exact location. As Al-Masdar notes, despite having Kurdish and American drones hovering around the city of Raqqa, U.S. bombs are nowhere to be seen as hundreds of fighters pass safely. The release of this footage comes on the heels of accusations from both Russia and Iran that the U.S. is colluding with ISIS to allow the group’s safe passage into areas controlled by the Syrian government.
After all, this is exactly how ISIS grew exponentially in Syria in the first instance – as a direct result of U.S. foreign policy strategy. In 2012, a classified Defense Intelligence Agency report predicted the rise of ISIS, something actively encouraged by the U.S. establishment. The report stated:
“If the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.” More…
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