UPDATE: Neocons Use Ukraine To Reverse Trump Plan and Wage Global War, by Joachim Hagopian . . . When I read this I was hit in the gut with the non-stop lies these people are willing to tell about this country. It must be their desperation! Are they now turning their efforts for war towards the Ukraine? What other choices are left to them?
!!! Trump’s ties to the past and the resurrection of the Left, by James Petras . . . the only thing not included here is the proxy battle being fought on both sides for Yemen. The results of this if positive, I think, will be planet-changing and planet-freeing. People will begin to breathe again and move forward.
Iran – Trump’s Evil State №1 To Be, by Jean Perier, NEO . . . After detailing all the ugly words abut Iran flying from the mouths of the Trump Administration, Jean Perier asks the operative question, a question only Naill Bradley so far seems to have answered:
Trump has been consistently criticizing Tehran in a pretty harsh manner. His position on Iran is primarily determined by the fact that Trump is one of the most pro-Israeli US presidents in recent decades, so his position on Iran is virtually identical to the views expressed by Israel, and it would be an understatement to say that Tel Aviv hates Tehran. If Barack Obama in the final years of his presidential career was searching for ways to lift anti-Iranian sanctions, even if it was putting Washington on the collision course with its traditional allies in the Middle East (particularly with Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar), Trump feels the urge to return the former status quo.
How else can one explain Trump’s anti-Iranian sentiments?
Trump tells Iraqi PM Abadi that US will expand combat forces in his country . . . so the Iraqi PM ‘got told’ . . . It seems there can be no subtlety here: things are moving too quickly — against him, and Trump can no longer dissemble, even for American consumption . . He’s plainly continuing the efforts of the previous Administration to take control . . . of everything.
“President Trump emphasized the buildup of the United States military,” the readout said on Friday. “President Trump also congratulated Iraqi forces on their recent progress in Mosul [and] thanked Prime Minister Abadi for his leadership.”
Moreover, Trump and Abadi discussed the threat they believed that Iran presented to the entire Middle East region, the White House noted.
Geneva peace talks may be derailed – UN Syria envoy . . . note that France and the UN are notably corrupt, and I believe Syria is not considered to be a part of this Geneva process.
The current situation in some parts of Syria could possibly torpedo the peace process and the upcoming talks in Geneva, the United Nations’ special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said.
“The situation in Eastern Ghouta, which is a town not far from Damascus, potentially threatens the ceasefire and the upcoming Geneva talks,” de Mistura said after meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault in Paris, as cited by RIA Novosti.
[…] While any strategy is still far from complete, there is growing consensus in the White House that tackling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could require gentle nudging of Israel together with assurances to the Arab world that Trump will be more even-handed than his campaign rhetoric suggested. “This is a case where campaign promises run head-on into geopolitical reality and they have to be adjusted accordingly,” said a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Sott Comment: Oh please! Unless there is a ‘tremendous’ carrot, a ‘terrific’ carrot, Israel will need a lot more than ‘gentle nudging!’
Netanyahu positions himself as Trump’s war broker in Middle East, Video: Crosstalk It seems from recent articles that most people are still trying to figure out the strong warlike ‘hate Iran’ line that is coming from Trump. . . but the situation is moving quickly in the Middle East — and just maybe Trump finds he isn’t in charge of it.
A senior Iranian official says Russian warplanes are using the Islamic Republic’s airspace for anti-terror operations in Syria.
US Commander John Nicholson: Fight against Taliban in Afghanistan is a stalemate . . . again, a complex situation, and we’re given little clarity on it. Sott helps us out:
Sott Comment: With ISIS in Afghanistan, a cooperation has arisen between Russia and the Taliban to eliminate this threat (not, as stated, to undermine the US and NATO!). Russia has asked the US for help. Is Trump serious in his intent to partner with Russia and go after ISIS if it means working with the Taliban?
Australia in ‘suspended reality’ between rising China & hegemonic US 🙂 hard to believe!
Sott Comment: The ascension of Donald Trump to the US Presidency has introduced an additional element of uncertainty to the conduct of world affairs. Judging from Mr Trump’s rhetoric, and some of his initial executive orders, such as withdrawing the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proverbial cat has been set among the geopolitical pigeons.
The Australian government appears to have been completely unprepared for the Trump Presidency, and even less so by his decision to scrap American participation in the TPP. The political response has been one of denial, insisting that the TPP could proceed, and even more extraordinarily, suggesting that China and Indonesia could take the place of the departed Americans.
The Reason The Elite Hate Trump So Much: He Is Opposed To The One World Agenda Of The Globalists, by Michael Snyder, Zerohedge . . . Is Michael really saying what I think he is saying?
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PressTV – Headlines that too often note a lack of reality-based thinking, or insanity 🙂
- Greece warns IMF to stop ‘playing with fire’
- US instrumental in ME bitter events: Leader
- ‘Daesh executes dozens of civilians in Syria town’
- Hundreds of immigrants arrested in US
- US blocks Palestinian from heading UN mission
- UK jets intercept two Russian bombers
- ‘Egypt sought Israel OK in islands transfer to Saudi’
- Russia may return Snowden to US as ‘gift’
- Don’t meddle in our politics, EU tells US
- Trump considering ‘new order’ on immigration2
- US will defend Japan against China: Trump
- Over 17mn Yemenis food insecure: UN
- ‘Trump in no position to threaten Iran
- ‘Iran role model of freedom, dignity’
- Japanese urge shutdown of nuclear power plants8hr
- Putin says Russia-US ties need to be restored
- Trump: ‘I don’t want to condemn Israel’
- CIA chief in Turkey as US seeks better ties
[…[ Rising levels of Northern California’s Lake Oroville, a reservoir contained by the Oroville Dam, the largest dam in the US, led to severe erosion of a paved spillway that helps divert overflow water into the Feather River behind the dam.
On Tuesday, a chunk of the spillway collapsed, sending mud and debris into the river, as officials with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) temporarily ceased the overflow route to inspect the problem. Yet flows had to continue as the reservoir continued to rise. The section of collapsed spillway has grown to more than 200 feet wide and 30 feet deep, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. If the reservoir continues to balloon, authorities say they will have to use an emergency spillway, which is essentially a nearby wooded hillside.
[…] The DWR says the public is not currently at risk, as the US Army Corps of Engineers has said the main dam is sound.
“None of this emergency we have now is affecting the integrity of the dam itself,” said Bill Croyle, deputy director of the DWR. “I think that’s important … there’s no risk to the public.”
U.S. Fingerprints on Attacks Obliterating Yemen’s Economy . . . this article was not always ‘available – ?’ to me, so I’ve printed a good deal of the story.
The Saudi-led coalition is hitting civilian targets, like factories, bridges and power stations, that critics say have no clear link to the rebels. In the rubble, the remains of American munitions have been found.
But over the summer, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia sent warplanes over Yemen and bombed the Elaghils’ factory. The explosion destroyed it, setting it ablaze and trapping the workers inside.
The attack killed 10 employees and wiped out a business that had employed dozens of families.
“It was everything for us,” Mr. Elaghil said.
The Saudi-led coalition has bombed Yemen for the last 19 months, trying to oust a rebel group aligned with Iran that took control of the capital, Sana, in 2014. The Saudis want to restore the country’s exiled president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who led an internationally recognized government more aligned with its interests.
But instead of defeating the rebels, the campaign has sunk into a grinding stalemate, systematically obliterating Yemen’s already bare-bones economy. The coalition has destroyed a wide variety of civilian targets that critics say have no clear link to the rebels.
It has hit hospitals and schools. It has destroyed bridges, power stations, poultry farms, a key seaport and factories that produce yogurt, tea, tissues, ceramics, Coca-Cola and potato chips. It has bombed weddings and a funeral.
The bombing campaign has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country, where cholera is spreading, millions of people are struggling to get enough food, and malnourished babies are overwhelming hospitals, according to the United Nations. Millions have been forced from their homes, and since August, the government has been unable to pay the salaries of most of the 1.2 million civil servants.
Publicly, the United States has kept its distance from the war, but its decades-old alliance with Saudi Arabia, underpinned by tens of billions of dollars in weapons sales, has left American fingerprints on the air campaign.
Many strikes are carried out by pilots trained by the United States, who fly American-made jets that are refueled in the air by American planes. And Yemenis often find the remains of American-made munitions, as they did in the ruins after a strike that killed more than 100 mourners at a funeral last month.
Graffiti on walls across Sana reads: “America is killing the Yemeni people.”
President-elect Donald J. Trump has not said whether he will continue United States support for the war, but has been very critical of Saudi Arabia, saying it does not “survive without us.” At a rally in January, he said Iran was “going into Yemen” and was “going to have everything” in the region, but he did not clarify how he would respond.
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One final video — from David Icke that I published at the end of December, as I began to try to figure out President Trump. While I don’t expect you to listen to it in entirety — a few minutes will give you the idea, at the time I found it extremely instructive as to the spiritual reasons we elected such a leader — and like most people, I continue to be grateful that we didn’t elect Hillary, or I think we might already be in a war . . .