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Occupy Frieden – Eine Befragung von Teilnehmer/innen der „Montagsmahnwachen für den Frieden“

Occupy Frieden
Eine Befragung von Teilnehmer/innen der
„Montagsmahnwachen für den Frieden“
Priska Daphi, Dieter Rucht, Wolfgang Stuppert, Simon Teune und Peter Ullrich
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Occupy Frieden
Eine Befragung von Teilnehmer/innen der
„Montagsmahnwachen für den Frieden“
Priska Daphi, Dieter Rucht, Wolfgang Stuppert, Simo
n Teune und Peter Ullrich
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William BLUM: The US Will Eventually Bomb Iran As It Bombed Other Countries; Globalresearch, Apr 19, 2015

Von: „Martin Zeis“ <Martin.zeis>
Datum: 20. April 2015 12:44:54 MESZ
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Betreff: William BLUM: The US Will Eventually Bomb Iran As It Bombed Other Countries; Globalresearch, Apr 19, 2015

Global Research, April 19, 2015 —

The US Will Eventually Bomb Iran As It Bombed Other Countries: William Blum
By William Blum

Obama’s time as leader of the US is coming to an end – his term concludes next year. Wannabe presidents have already joined the race to the White House. And as President Obama goes through the final year of his rule, Washington suddenly changes its tone – now Iran is an appropriate nation to talk to, and it’s okay to meet with Cuban and Venezuelan leaders. But what is in that change?
Has Washington finally dropped its previous policies? What does Obama want to achieve? And will the new, as yet unknown, leader of America make any difference? We pose these questions to prominent historian, author of bestsellers on US foreign policies, William Blum, who is on Sophie&Co today.

TRANSKRIPT (; 24:04 min)

Sophie SHEVARDNAZE (RT) interviews William BLUM

— full transcript attached (6 pages) —

William Blum: I don’t think US foreign policy will change at all, regardless of who is in the White House, Bush or Clinton, or who else is running. Our policy does not change… I can add Obama to that. It wouldn’t even matter which party it is, Republican or Democrat, they have the same foreign policy.

SS:Why do you think it’s the same policy for both parties? Why do you think they are not different from each other?

WB: Because America, for two centuries has had one basic, overriding goal, and that is world domination, at least from 1890s if not earlier, one can say that. World domination is something which appeals to both Republicans and Democrats or Liberals or Conservatives. The idea that we’re the exceptional nation and have something very important to impart to the rest of the world, our marvelous values, American exceptionalism… Each party believes in that very strongly. They don’t argue about that at all, except through their campaign debate, they’ll take certain opposing views just to appear different. But, in power, they have the exact same policy – world domination.


SS: You’ve mentioned Cuba and Venezuela in the beginning of the programme. Now, we witnessed several historic meetings recently, between President Obama and Cuba’s President Raul Castro, also Obama’s meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro – why is Obama now talking with states the US has long considered arch-enemies?

WB: You must keep in mind, first of all, that nothing whatsoever has changed, as of this moment nothing has changed. We have to wait and see what happens, and I’m very sceptical. For example, with Cuba, the main issue is the US sanctions which have played havoc with Cuban economy and society. That has not changed, and I don’t think it is going to change even in my lifetime. So, you can’t apply some kind of changes taking place. Why Obama is saying these things he’s saying now may have to do with his so-called “legacy”. He knows his time is very limited, and he knows he has many enemies amongst progressives in the US and elsewhere. He may want to cater to them for some reason. I don’t know, neither do you know, no one knows exactly why he’s saying these things – but they don’t mean anything yet. Nothing has changed whatsoever.

SS:So you’re saying there’s really no substance in those meetings… Now, looking back, what would you call Obama’s biggest achievements of his two terms – I mean, people say there’s been a reconciliation with Cuba, with Iran, there’s an earnest attempt to end US deployment in Iraq and in Afghanistan, he didn’t move troops into Syria. Would you disagree with all of that?

WB: Yes, all of that. There’s no accomplishment whatsoever. He didn’t move troops into Syria because of Russia, and not because of him making any change. He was embarrassed in that. John Kerry made a remark about “it would be nice if Syria would get rid of its chemical weapons – but that’s not going to happen” he said, and then foreign minister Lavrov of Russia jumped in and said “Oh really? We’ll arrange that” – and they arranged Syria to get rid of chemical weapons. That was, yes, a slip of the tongue by John Kerry, and he was embarrassed to challenge Lavrov. We can say the same thing about any of the things you’ve mentioned. There’s no substance involved in any of these policies. The US has not relented at all over Syria. As I’ve mentioned before, they are bombing Syria’s military assets, they are killing civilians every day. Syria is still a prime target of Washington, and they will never escape. (…)

Martin Zeis
globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS


Ukraine’s spate of suspicious deaths must be followed by credible investigations

14 month after the US-driven coup d’ètat in Kiev – unleashed by the psyh-op-like killing of approximate 100 people through covered snipers – AI appears waking up …
17 April 2015
Ukraine’s spate of suspicious deaths must be followed by credible investigations
By John Dalhuisen, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director at Amnesty International
The killing of journalist Oles Buzyna on a Kyiv street this week was shocking enough in and of itself.
According to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, the 45-year-old journalist – who was widely known for his pro-Russian views – was gunned down by masked assailants in a drive-by shooting.
But what makes his murder especially chilling is the fact that it is just the latest among a string of suspicious deaths of former allies of Ukraine’s deposed former President Viktor Yanukovych. It came only a day after a member of Ukraine’s political opposition, Oleg Kalashnikov, was also found shot dead in the capital.
This week’s deaths are not alone. Since the end of January, several allies of Ukraine’s deposed former President Viktor Yanukovych have been found dead – many of them in suspicious circumstances.
Oleksandr Peklushenko, a former regional governor, and ex-MP Stanislav Melnyk were also shot. Mykhaylo Chechetov, former deputy chairman of Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, allegedly jumped from a window in his 17th-floor flat. Serhiy Valter, a mayor in the south-eastern city of Melitopol, was found hanged, as was Oleksiy Kolesnyk, ex-head of Kharkiv’s regional government. The body of Oleksandr Bordyuh, a former police deputy chief in Melitopol, was found at his home.
This string of deaths has put the Ukrainian authorities in the hot seat.
Police were initially quick to classify many of them as suicides.
It is certainly plausible that some of the deaths were suicides or accidents. However, in the absence of credible investigations, and given the rapid succession of the deaths within the wider context of Ukraine’s political climate at the moment, nobody can rule out that some of them were politically-motivated killings. But by whom? No-one will know without independent, impartial and thorough investigations.
Most of the deaths took place amid mysterious circumstances. Maybe as a recognition of this, the authorities have opened probes into some of the cases. But Amnesty International has yet to see evidence of a credible outcome of any of these.
They must be followed up by prompt, impartial and effective investigations. All such investigations must be credible if Ukraine is to begin to tackle its pervasive lack of accountability for serious human rights violations. A recent Amnesty International report revealed, for example, how virtually nobody has been brought to account for more than 100 killings, and an even greater number of police beatings and ill-treatment, of protesters during the February 2014 EuroMaydan demonstrations.
Beyond the lingering lack of justice for the EuroMaydan deaths, and the more recent spate of deaths of opposition members this year, the organization has also documented a worrying rise in other forms of persecution.
Opposition politicians are facing mob violence, often carried out by groups or individuals affiliated with the right-wing.
Meanwhile, members of the media are suffering harassment at the hands of the authorities. Among them is the journalist and prominent blogger Ruslan Kotsaba – recently named as Amnesty International’s first Ukrainian prisoner of conscience in five years. He could face more than a decade in prison on the charge of “high treason” and for his views on the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Ruslan Kotsaba was arrested on 7 February in Ivano-Frankivsk, 130 km south-east of Lviv, after he posted a video describing the conflict as “the Donbas fratricidal civil war”. He also expressed opposition to military conscription of Ukrainians to take part in the conflict.
After being formally charged on 31 March with “high treason”, he faces up to 15 years in prison, as well as up to an eight-year sentence on a further charge of “hindering the legitimate activities of the armed forces”. Amnesty International has called for his immediate and unconditional release, and we see his treatment as a brazen restriction on the right to freedom of expression.
The freedom to peacefully exercise that right was one of the fundamental rallying cries of the EuroMaydan protesters.
To now deny Yanukovych’s allies or other opposition members that same right – through imprisonment or death, or through lack of an effective investigation – would be the height of hypocrisy. It is also a betrayal of human rights, which must be protected for everyone, regardless of their political stripes.

Martin Zeis
globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS

Troika2.0 in Athen: Aber Syriza kämpft für die Griechen


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Eine Staatspleite scheint in Griechenland unvermeidbar -wenn kein Schuldenschnitt kommt. Verantwortlich sind für die Austeritätspolitik diejenigen, die Troika aus IWF, EZB (unter Goldman-Manager Draghi) und die merkel-dominierte EU, besonders die Euro-Group. Alle wissen längst, dass die offene Zinsknechtschaft-Krise spätestens im Sommer 2015 kommt. Bis dahin bleiben für beide Seiten wenige Optionen. Die Option der Regierung in Athen ist die verzweifelte Suche nach kurzfristiger Hilfe (wie durch das Gaspipieline-Projekt mit Gazprom) oder weiteren Übergangskrediten. Eine hinterlistige Option der Troika lautet aber: Spaltung von Syriza, Zerschlagung der Regierung Tsipras (wenn schon kein Putsch wie in Kiew möglich ist).

Es ist eine traurige Tatsache, dass Merkel und Schäuble (Berlin), Juncker (EU) und Lagarde (IWF) sich weiterhin rücksichtslos und unbelehrbar zeigen. Sie beharren darauf, aus dem geplünderten Land, dessen Bevölkerung auf dem letzten Loch pfeift, immer mehr Milliarden an Zinsdiensten und Schuldentilgung herauszusaugen, wider jede Vernunft. Denn das Land muss wieder aufgebaut werden…

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Moskau als Hoffnung für Athen: Gaspipeline



Athen spielt die Russlandkarte, nachdem sich Merkel und Schäuble (Berlin), Juncker (EU) und Lagarde (IWF) weiterhin rücksichtslos und unbelehrbar zeigen. Sie beharren darauf, aus dem geplünderten Land, dessen Bevölkerung auf dem letzten Loch pfeift, immer mehr Milliarden an Zinsdiensten und Schuldentilgung herauszusaugen, wider jede Vernunft.Jetzt steht Putin mit Gazprom und einem Pipeline-Projekt bereit.

Mme. Lagarde vom IWF kam sogar mit dem zynischen Pseudoargument „entwickelte Nationen“ hätten noch nie die Schuldenlast beim IWF gestundet bekommen, wie Athen es jetzt nötig hätte: Stimmt, aber das ist das Werk von IWF, EU und korrupter Altregierung, die die Schulden machten bzw. aufdrückten (und denen man 7 weitere Milliarden versprochen hatte, die nun aber der linken Syriza-Regierung verweigert werden). Griechenland wurde von der Troika mit Finanz-Terrorismus auf das Niveau eines Dritte-Welt-Landes zurück gebombt: Ärzte ohne Grenzen muss inzwischen in Athen schon verelendete Kranke in Turnhallen behandeln, wie in kenianischen Flüchtlingslagern.

Es scheint inzwischen klar…

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