by Wayne Madsen, Strategic Culture
It has been the policy of the Barack Obama administration to oppose the granting of independence by European colonial powers to any more territories in the Caribbean. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the leaders and people of six Dutch territories in the Caribbean in July 2013 that the Netherlands was prepared to grant independence to the islands but that the United States was adamantly against the idea. Continue reading CIA Assassination Furthered Dutch Neo-Colonialism
A US assassination drone attack has killed at least five people and wounded three others in Pakistan’s mountainous northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
Pakistani intelligence sources said the aerial attack targeted a compound in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan on Thursday.
North Waziristan is considered a stronghold of pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan; the Pakistani army has been conducting a major offensive against the militants there since June 15.
On November 11, at least four people were killed when the US military conducted a drone strike in the same area. At least four people were also killed in a US assassination drone strike in the South Waziristan tribal region on October 30. Continue reading US drone attack leaves five dead in Pakistan
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to urgently assist the Libyan army in its fight against Islamist militants.
“When we deal with terrorism only in Iraq and Syria, Libya will begin to be an attractive region for terrorists affecting the stability of… Libya and its neighbors. We will need the same measures happening in Iraq and Syria to be taken in Libya,” Sisi said in an interview with France 24.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria and is now facing US-led airstrikes that have so far failed to stop the advance of its militants.
“The international community – Europe and the Americans – must help the Libyan national army regain its position and combat terrorism in Libya to restore security and stability,” Sisi added. Continue reading Sisi calls on US, Europe to intervene in Libya
As talk in the US about the possibility of sending ground troops to Iraq increases, Baghdad has reiterated its opposition to the deployment of any ground forces from countries of the international coalition to take part in fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This as the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced the start of a comprehensive strategy to retrain the Iraqi army. The announcement coincided with Iraqi forces seizing control of the Baiji oil refinery.
Iraqi defense minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, said: “The Iraqi government will not allow ground coalition forces to enter Iraq in order to participate in the war on terrorism.” Continue reading Iraq renews opposition to deployment of foreign troops as army makes progress against ISIS
There are increasing tangible signs that the US is considering a ground intervention in Iraq. Several developments on the battlefield led the US to accelerate its steps in this direction. The significance of these developments lies not so much in the nature of the military achievements themselves but in their repercussions on the geostrategic equation in the region.
One might say that what happened on the ground in the past few weeks in Iraq was not originally linked to strategic goals. In the end, as the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reached the outskirts of Baghdad, the Iraqi government and its allies did not have the luxury of long-term planning since it was necessary to stop the advance of the takfiris. Iraq’s top Shia cleric, Sayyed Ali al-Sistani, issued the “righteous jihad” religious edict. This led hundreds of thousands to volunteer in what came to be known as the “popular mobilization,” and a human dam made ISIS reach, what is known militarily as, the peak of its expansion. Continue reading Why is the US administration pushing for a ground intervention in Iraq?
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge says Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he can consider arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.
Judge Barry Kurren said Friday that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect.
Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. sued the county earlier this week to stop the law. Local businesses joined the lawsuit. Continue reading Maui’s GMO Ban Blocked By Federal Judge
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee said during the latest nuclear talks in Oman that the United States presented an 8-page recommendation that took the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) “back to zero.” Continue reading Iran official: US proposals in Oman ‘back to zero’
by Wayne Madsen, The Wayne Madsen Report
David Cohen, the Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and his band of neocon Zionists who randomly freeze accounts and bring sanctions against foreign officials and businessmen who do not comport with neocon diktats have now targeted Yemeni leaders. Cohen has systematically brought sanctions against any leaders who pose a threat to Zionist designs, whether they are leaders of Yemen who reject a Zionist plan conceived by former U.S. ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein to carve up Yemen into six provinces dominated by a pro-U.S. government, Hungarian anti-European Union nationalist politicians, or Russian-speaking leaders of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Continue reading Treasury Department Neocons and Zionists play dangerous games in Yemen
by Mark P. Fancher, The Black Agenda Report
AFRICOM’s primary project is to transform the militaries of the continent into dependencies and pawns of U.S. foreign policy. It’s second most import objective is the hide Washington’s actual intentions behind a “humanitarian” mask – such as participating in the search for Nigerian schoolgirls from Boko Haram. Some African journalists are eager to be part of the ruse.
“AFRICOM is courting journalists and attempting to direct media coverage of U.S. military activities.”
The greatest danger to Africa posed by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) involves neither drones nor armed troops. It is instead the command’s sinister, cynical use of manipulative deception. With Houdini-like misdirection it opportunistically draws attention either to its military operations or to its purported humanitarian missions. All the while it is simultaneously engaged in low profile, seemingly harmless psychological operations that have the potential for long-term devastating effects on the African continent. Continue reading From Puppet Soldiers to Puppet Journalists: AFRICOM Grows Its War Machine