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Wars, Refugees And The Complete Lack Of Leadership Everywhere

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  • If Obama had demonstrated real leadership … I think the countdown to catastrophe for Syria, the region and possibly the whole world could have been stopped.
  • A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

Alan Hart, Countercurrents

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refugeeseurope.jpg.pagespeed.ic.fVMOaUCGSE.jpg16 September, 2015 | As the worst refugee crisis since World War II and one with the potential to overwhelm Europe as well as Lebanon and Jordan was gathering momentum (as it still is), the headline over an article in The New York Times by Roger Cohen was Obama's Syrian Nightmare. Cohen's opening shot was, "Syria will be the biggest blot on the Obama presidency, a debacle of staggering proportions."

On the same day Patrick Cockburn said in an article in The Independent that "the mass flight of people  will go on as long as the war in Syria and Iraq continues." (He also noted that there were civil wars in nine Islamic countries and that "none of them show any sign of ending.")

Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent. He is author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews

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A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

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  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
  • Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

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Boatload%20of%20Refugees%2C%20credit-%20UNHC.jpgSeptember 9, 2015 | The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since the horrors of World War II.

Today there are close to 60 million war refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)—“an all-time high as violence and persecution” around the world are on the rise.

The Middle East, North Africa, and Western Asia are particularly hard hit. Millions of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Yemen are fleeing violence and war in their countries. 

Ben Norton is a freelance journalist and writer based in New York City. His work has been featured in a variety of publications. 

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Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War, Dan Sanchez, AntiMedia

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You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to set things right.

 

Should the US trust Iran? That query should probably be turned on its head.

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  • Our conduct since orchestrating a coup to install the shah hasn’t exactly given Iranians good reason to trust our pleas for partnership.
  • Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality

Trevor Timm, Guardian

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Tuesday 8 September 2015 | Americans have spent a lot of time over the past couple months looking at the Iranian nuclear deal with labored skepticism and raised eyebrows. It seems that Obama finally has the votes he needs to secure the deal, but that may not stop congressional opposition from going forward with a “resolution of disapproval.” The opposition would have you believe that the deal is dangerous and Iran is not to be trusted.

Obama hit back, asserting that the deal is built on “unprecedented verification,” not on trust. Still, pundits say that Iran is in it only to pursue “nefarious goals” that will “sucker” the US and Europe into economic relations and put Israel at risk. After all, look at Iran’s shifty and power-grabby record. “We cannot let history repeat itself,” said the hawkish nonprofit Secure America Now, with panties in bunch. We can’t engage in diplomatic agreements with such an irrational entity. I mean, Iran? Are you kidding? They’re nuts.

Trevor Timm is a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality, Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept 

  • In December 2009 - just weeks after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - President Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on al-Majala in southern Yemen. That strike 'killed 35 women and children.' Among the munitions used in that strike were cluster bombs, including ones designed to scatter 166 'bomblets.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

 

Bernie Sanders Should Stop Ducking Foreign Policy

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  • The progressive favorite has views on foreign affairs but has avoided articulating them to voters.
  • Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle.

Norman Solomon, Al Jazeera

Bernie%20Sanders%20Panders%20to%20Israel_0.jpgAugust 5, 2015 | Senator Bernie Sanders has sparked a strong grassroots response in his run for the Democratic presidential nomination on social and economic issues. At the same time, he has given short shrift to foreign policy, military spending and war. That approach should change.

I’m among millions of supporters who are enthusiastic about the clarity of his positions in taking on Wall Street, corporate power and economic inequality. But we also need Sanders to be clear about what he would do as commander in chief of the world’s leading military power.

Norman Solomon is the author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He is the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and a co-founder of RootsAction.org, which is circulating a petition in support of Chelsea Manning’s human rights.

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Bernie Sanders must show he takes race as seriously as class struggle, Syreeta McFadden, Guardian

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  • Racism and capitalism are fire and air - one cannot exist without the other but many progressives can’t see that
  • Bernie Sanders, Speak Up: Militarism and Corporate Power Are Fueling Each Other

Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality

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  • In December 2009 - just weeks after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - President Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on al-Majala in southern Yemen. That strike 'killed 35 women and children.' Among the munitions used in that strike were cluster bombs, including ones designed to scatter 166 'bomblets.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

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propaganda-lies.pngSep. 3 2015 | The New York Times today has a truly bizarre article regarding the U.S. and cluster bombs. The advocacy group Cluster Munition Coalition just issued its annual report finding that cluster bombs had been used in five countries this year: Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine and Sudan. This is what The Paper of Record, in its report by Rick Gladstone, said this morning about the international reaction to that report (emphasis added):

The use of these weapons was criticized by all 117 countries that have joined the treaty, which took effect five years ago. Their use was also criticized by a number of others, including the United States, that have not yet joined the treaty but have abided by its provisions.

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world.

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10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism, Medea Benjamin, teleSUR 

US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy. 

 

 

10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

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US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy. 

Medea Benjamin, teleSUR

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Stars%20%26%20Stripes%20Briefs.jpg4 August 2015 | President Obama, after spending most of his time in office pursuing foreign policies similar to those of George Bush, has now discovered diplomacy. While he hasn’t stopped US military intervention overseas, including his signature drone strikes, he has brokered two historic deals: one with Cuba to begin the process of normalizing relations and the nuclear deal with Iran that he is now struggling to pass through Congress.

US progressives who are delighted to see some progress on the diplomatic front should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US policy towards one that is based on respect, cooperation, and diplomacy, including the following: 

Medea Benjamin is an American political activist, best known for co-founding Code Pink and, along with activist and author Kevin Danaher, the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange. Benjamin was also the Green Party candidate in California in 2000 for the United States Senate. She currently contributes to OpEdNews and the Huffington Post.

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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq, Seumas Milne, Guardian 

The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place.

Benghazi & Hillary: missing the story

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  • The collapse of Libya was a particularly catastrophic event, which - as the African Union accurately predicted - sent a flood of arms and unrest into two continents.
  • Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

Conn Hallinan, Peoples World

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july 13 2015 | The congressional harrying of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over emails concerning the 2012 death of an American ambassador and three staff members in Benghazi, Libya, has become a sort of running joke, with Republicans claiming "cover-up" and Democrats dismissing the whole matter as nothing more than election year politics. But there is indeed a story embedded in the emails, one that is deeply damning of American and French actions in the Libyan civil war, from secretly funding the revolt against Muammar Gaddafi, to the willingness to use journalism as a cover for covert action.

The latest round of emails came to light June 22 in a fit of Republican pique over Clinton's prevarications concerning whether she solicited intelligence from her advisor, journalist and former aide to President Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal. If most newspaper readers rolled their eyes at this point and decided to check out the ball scores, one can hardly blame them.

But that would be a big mistake.

Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus and an independent journalist.

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Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq, Seumas Milne, the Guardian

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The sectarian terror group won’t be defeated by the western states that incubated it in the first place.

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