China’s pioneering initiative to institutionalize trade rules and dispute mechanisms for its New Silk Road is especially impactful in making the World Trade Organization irrelevant in and of itself, but when combined with Trump’s recent moves away from this globalist body, it has the effect of dealing what might be […]
Guten Morgen an die Listen,
dass ein beachtlicher Teil geopolitischer Analysen und Kritik aus dem angelsächsischen Sprachraum kommt, entgeht vielen politisch interessierten Menschen bei uns oftmals auf Grund unzureichender Sprachkenntnisse. Umso kostbarer ist es, wenn solche Fakten gesättigten Texte von dort einer breiteren Leserschaft durch Übersetzung zugänglich gemacht werden. Gerade bei der Beurteilung der gegenwärtigen Optionen und Szenarien für den souveränen Staat Syrien sind solche Dokumente wie dieser LUFTPOST-Brief aus Kaiserslautern unerlässlich.
„Die USA haben weite Teile Syriens besetzt….und tun so, als hätten SIE das Recht dazu und keiner schaut hin ……
„“Der US-Autor Stephen Gowans untersucht die langfristigen Planungen der US-Regierung für Syrien.“
„Die weitgehend unbekannte Besetzung Syriens
durch die US-Streitkräfte“
Von Stephen Gowans
what’s left, 11.03.18
-=Der vollständige Artikel findet sich in deutscher und englischer Sprache im Anhang=-
Stephen GOWANS ist ein unabhängiger politischer Analyst, dessen hauptsächliches Interesse es ist, wer die Bildung der US Außenpolitik beeinflusst.
Seine Texte erscheinen auf seinem Blog ‘What’s left’.
Ciao Stephan Best
Martin Zeis, 15.04.2018 – 16:15
Documented – List of Actions in Response to US Aggression on Syria
Below is a list of local emergency actions compiled by Women’s March on the Pentagon in response to US military aggression on Syria.
Emergency Actions in Response to US Aggression on Syria
April 14, 2018
Below is a list of local emergency actions compiled by Women’s March on the Pentagon in response to US military aggression on Syria. If you are planning or attending an action that is not listed below, please email us to submit your event. US wars of aggression must end now! Click on the location to find the Facebook event pages for each action.
Saturday, April 14
Washington DC: 12:00 PM, White House
Atlanta: 12:00 PM, Little 5 Points Square
Los Angeles: 5:00 PM, Pershing Square
Detroit: 12:30 PM, Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226)
San Diego: 5:00 PM, Horton Plaza Park on Broadway
Fayetteville, AR: 1:00 PM, Corner Of Dickson St. And West Ave.
Champaign-Urbana, IL: 5:00 PM, West Side Park
Philadelphia, PA: 1:00 PM, Dilworth Park (1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102)
Boston: 4:30 PM, Dudley Station Historic District (Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02119)
Sunday, April 15
New York City: 2:00 PM, Herald Square (34th St. & 8th Ave.)
Oakland: 11:00 AM, Lake Merritt Amphitheater (12th Street & Lake Merritt Blvd.)
Minneapolis: 1:30 PM, Hennepin Ave. & Lagoon Ave.
Las Vegas: 1:00 PM, Las Vegas Federal Courthouse (333 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101)
San Antonio: 2:00 PM, 615 E Houston St.
El Paso, TX: 2:00 PM, San Jacinto Plaza
Austin: 1:00 PM, Texas State Capitol (1100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas 78701)
Durham, NC: 3:00 PM, 117 Market St, Durham, NC 27701
Asheville, NC: 2:00 PM, Pritchard Park (4 College St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801)
Seattle: 1:00 PM, Westlake Park (401 Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98101)
Nashville: 3:00 PM, Davidson County Courthouse (1 Public Sq, Nashville, Tennessee 37201)
Boston: 4:30 PM, Dudley Station Historic District (Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02119)
Dayton, OH: 3:00 PM, Courthouse Square (23 North Main St. Dayton, OH 45402)
Mobile, AL: 3:00 PM, Spanish Plaza (401 Government St, Mobile, Alabama 36602)
Fort Lauderdale, FL: 3:00 PM, U.S. Federal Courthouse (299 E Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301)
Palmdale, CA: 6:30 PM, Poncitlan Square (38315 9th St East, Palmdale, California 93550)
Cleveland, OH: 1:00 PM, Public Square
Monday, April 16
Boston: 6:30 PM, Roxbury Crossing
Newark, NJ: 4:00 PM, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, NJ 07201
Cincinnati, OH: 4:30 PM, John Weld Peck Federal Building (550 Main St, Cincinnati 45202)
Spokane, WA: 4:45 PM, Division and Main
Binghamton, New York: 1:00 PM, Binghamton University (4400 Vestal Pkwy East, Binghamton, New York 13850)
Tuesday, April 17
Chicago: 6:30 PM, UIC Taft Hall (826 S Halsted St, Chicago, Illinois 60607)
New York City: 6:00 PM, NYU Kimmel Center (60 Washington Sq S Rm 405, New York, New York 10012)
Johnson City, TN: 5:00 PM, Founders Park (225 S. Commerce Street, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601)
Wednesday, April 18
Tallahassee, FL: 5:00 PM, Integration Statue (75 N Woodward Ave, Tallahassee, Florida 32304)
Saturday, April 21
Chicago: 12:00 PM, Michigan Ave. & Congress Pkwy
Grand Rapids, MI: 5:00 PM, Calder Plaza (300 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503)
Sunday, April 22
Potsdam, New York: 1:00 PM, Potsdam Post Office
Due to a historic data-dump on December 10th, the biggest swindle that occurred in the 20th Century (or perhaps ever) is now proven as a historical fact; and this swindle was done by the US Government, against the Government and people of Russia, and it continues today and keeps getting worse under every US President. It was secretly started by US President George Herbert Walker Bush on the night of 24 February 1990; and, unless it becomes publicly recognized and repudiated so that it can stop, a nuclear war between the US and all of NATO on one side, versus Russia on the other, is inevitable unless Russia capitulates before then, which would be vastly less likely than such a world-ending nuclear war now is.
This swindle has finally been displayed beyond question, by this, the first-ever complete release of the evidence. It demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt (as you’ll verify yourself from the evidence here), that US President G.H.W. Bush (and his team) lied through their teeth to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev (and his team) to end the Cold War on Russia’s side, when the US team were secretly determined never to end it on the US-and-NATO side until Russia itself is conquered. And this swindle continues today, and keeps getting worse and worse for Russians.
Until now, apologists for the US-Government side have been able to get away with various lies about these lies, such as that there weren’t any, and that Gorbachev didn’t really think that the NATO issue was terribly important for Russia’s future national security anyway, and that the only limitation upon NATO’s future expansion that was discussed during the negotiations to end the Cold War concerned NATO not expanding itself eastward (i.e., closer to Russia) within Germany, not going beyond the then-existing dividing-line between West and East Germany — that no restriction against other east-bloc (Soviet-allied) nations ever being admitted into NATO was discussed, at all. The now-standard US excuse that the deal concerned only Germany and not all of Europe is now conclusively disproven by the biggest single data-dump ever released about those negotiations.
The release on December 10th, by the National Security Archives, of a treasure-trove of all the existing documentation — 33 key documents — that’s been made available to them from numerous archives around the world, and brought together finally for the very first time complete and in chronological order, makes crystal clear that the American apologists’ lies about the lies WERE lies, not accurate accounts of the history, at all. (…)
The Dokument follows in PDF:
The Dangerous Decline of U.S. Hegemony
September 9, 2017
Exclusive: The bigger picture behind Official Washington’s hysteria over Russia, Syria and North Korea is the image of a decaying but dangerous American hegemon resisting the start of a new multipolar order, explains Daniel Lazare.
By Daniel Lazare
The showdown with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a seminal event that can only end in one of two ways: a nuclear exchange or a reconfiguration of the international order.
While complacency is always unwarranted, the first seems increasingly unlikely. As no less a global strategist than Steven Bannon observed about the possibility of a pre-emptive U.S. strike: “There’s no military solution. Forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s no military solution here. They got us.”
This doesn’t mean that Donald Trump, Bannon’s ex-boss, couldn’t still do something rash. After all, this is a man who prides himself on being unpredictable in business negotiations, as historian William R. Polk, who worked for the Kennedy administration during the Cuban Missile Crisis, points out. So maybe Trump thinks it would be a swell idea to go a bit nuts on the DPRK.
But this is one of the good things about having a Deep State, the existence of which has been proved beyond a shadow of a doubt since the intelligence community declared war on Trump last November. While it prevents Trump from reaching a reasonable modus vivendi with Russia, it also means that the President is continually surrounded by generals, spooks, and other professionals who know the difference between real estate and nuclear war.
As ideologically fogbound as they may be, they can presumably be counted on to make sure that Trump does not plunge the world into Armageddon (named, by the way, for a Bronze Age city about 20 miles southeast of Haifa, Israel).
That leaves option number two: reconfiguration. The two people who know best about the subject are Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Both have been chafing for years under a new world order in which one nation gets to serve as judge, jury, and high executioner. This, of course, is the United States.
If the U.S. says that Moscow’s activities in the eastern Ukraine are illegitimate, then, as the world’s sole remaining “hyperpower,” it will see to it that Russia suffers accordingly. If China demands more of a say in Central Asia or the western Pacific, then right-thinking folks the world over will shake their heads sadly and accuse it of undermining international democracy, which is always synonymous with U.S. foreign policy.
There is no one – no institution – that Russia or China can appeal to in such circumstances because the U.S. is also in charge of the appellate division. It is the “indispensable nation” in the immortal words of Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State under Bill Clinton, because “we stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future.” Given such amazing brilliance, how can any other country possibly object?
Challenging the Rule-Maker
But now that a small and beleaguered state on the Korean peninsula is outmaneuvering the United States and forcing it to back off, the U.S. no longer seems so far-sighted. If North Korea really has checkmated the U.S., as Bannon says, then other states will want to do the same. The American hegemon will be revealed as an overweight 71-year-old man naked except for his bouffant hairdo.
Not that the U.S. hasn’t suffered setbacks before. To the contrary, it was forced to accept the Castro regime following the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and it suffered a massive defeat in Vietnam in 1975. But this time is different. Where both East and West were expected to parry and thrust during the Cold War, giving as good as they got, the U.S., as the global hegemon, must now do everything in its power to preserve its aura of invincibility.
Since 1989, this has meant knocking over a string of “bad guys” who had the bad luck to get in its way. First to go was Manuel Noriega, toppled six weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall in an invasion that cost the lives of as many as 500 Panamanian soldiers and possibly thousands of civilians as well.
Next to go was Mullah Omar of Afghanistan, sent packing in October 2001, followed by Slobodan Milosevic, hauled before an international tribunal in 2002; Saddam Hussein, executed in 2006, and Muammar Gaddafi, killed by a mob in 2011. For a while, the world really did seem like “Gunsmoke,” and the U.S. really did seem like Sheriff Matt Dillon.
But then came a few bumps in the road. The Obama administration cheered on a Nazi-spearheaded coup d’état in Kiev in early 2014 only to watch helplessly as Putin, under intense popular pressure, responded by detaching Crimea, which historically had been part of Russia and was home to the strategic Russian naval base at Sevastopol, and bringing it back into Russia.
The U.S. had done something similar six years earlier when it encouraged Kosovo to break away from Serbia. But, in regards to Ukraine, neocons invoked the 1938 Munich betrayal and compared the Crimea case to Hitler’s seizure of the Sudetenland.
Backed by Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dealt Washington another blow by driving U.S.-backed, pro-Al Qaeda forces out of East Aleppo in December 2016. Predictably, the Huffington Post compared the Syrian offensive to the fascist bombing of Guernica.
Fire and Fury
Finally, beginning in March, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un entered into a game of one-upmanship with Trump, firing ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, test-firing an ICBM that might be capable of hitting California, and then exploding a hydrogen warhead roughly eight times as powerful as the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima in 1945. When Trump vowed to respond “with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” Kim upped the ante by firing a missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
As bizarre as Kim’s behavior can be at times, there is method to his madness. As Putin explained during the BRICS summit with Brazil, India, China, and South Africa, the DPRK’s “supreme leader” has seen how America destroyed Libya and Iraq and has therefore concluded that a nuclear delivery system is the only surefire guarantee against U.S. invasion.
“We all remember what happened with Iraq and Saddam Hussein,” he said. “His children were killed, I think his grandson was shot, the whole country was destroyed and Saddam Hussein was hanged…. We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq…. They will eat grass but will not stop their nuclear program as long as they do not feel safe.”
Since Kim’s actions are ultimately defensive in nature, the logical solution would be for the U.S. to pull back and enter into negotiations. But Trump, desperate to save face, quickly ruled it out. “Talking is not the answer!” he tweeted. Yet the result of such bluster is only to make America seem more helpless than ever.
Although The New York Times wrote that U.S. pressure to cut off North Korean oil supplies has put China “in a tight spot,” this was nothing more than whistling past the graveyard. There is no reason to think that Xi is the least bit uncomfortable. To the contrary, he is no doubt enjoying himself immensely as he watches America paint itself into yet another corner.
The U.S. Corner
If Trump backs down at this point, the U.S. standing in the region will suffer while China’s will be correspondingly enhanced. On the other hand, if Trump does something rash, it will be a golden opportunity for Beijing, Moscow, or both to step in as peacemakers. Japan and South Korea will have no choice but to recognize that there are now three arbiters in the region instead of just one while other countries – the Philippines, Indonesia, and maybe even Australia and New Zealand – will have to follow suit.
Unipolarity will slink off to the sidelines while multilateralism takes center stage. Given that U.S. share of global GDP has fallen by better than 20 percent since 1989, a retreat is inevitable. America has tried to compensate by making maximum use of its military and political advantages. That would be a losing proposition even if it had the most brilliant leadership in the world. Yet it doesn’t. Instead, it has a President who is an international laughingstock, a dysfunctional Congress, and a foreign-policy establishment lost in a neocon dream world. As a consequence, retreat is turning into a disorderly rout.
Assuming a mushroom cloud doesn’t go up over Los Angeles, the world is going to be a very different place coming out of the Korean crisis than when it went in. Of course, if a mushroom cloud does go up, it will be even more so.