Retired U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff from 2002 to 2005, says the escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran today is a continuation of two decades of U.S. policy disasters in the Middle East, starting with the 2003 run-up to war with Iraq under the Bush administration. “America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war and no end in sight? It’s part of who we are. It’s part of what the American Empire is,” says Wilkerson. “We are going to cheat and steal to do whatever it is we have to do to continue this war complex. That’s the truth of it. And that’s the agony of it.”
Trump’s EU Poodles (Image source: Moon of Alabama)
The European poodles who co-signed the nuclear deal with Iran – Britain, France and Germany (the EU3) – have been told by the Trump administration to kill the agreement. Today they started the process to do so. The other co-signers, Russia, China and Iran, continue to support the deal.
In May 2018 the U.S. left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA as the agreement is known, and reintroduced sanctions against Iran.
While the Europeans had said that they would continue to support the deal they have succumbed to the threat of secondary sanctions the U.S. said it would impose against them if they trade with Iran. As all payments between Iran and its trade partners are impeded by the sanctions, trade between Europe and Iran has come essentially to a halt. The Europeans have attempted to set up an alternative trade facilitating instrument known as INSTEX. But the mechanism, which also imposes additional conditions on Iran, has failed to function.
The Europeans could have implemented several other measures to counter the U.S. sanction threat. They failed to do so.
Full article at: Moon of Alabama
Related: Rouhani warns foreign forces in Middle East ‘may be in danger’ | How Europe betrayed Iran: By triggering JCPOA dispute mechanism, EU helps Trump finish job of killing the Iran nuclear deal
We continue our conversation with the directors of “The Great Hack,” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, as well as former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser and propaganda researcher Emma Briant, about Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group’s history as a defense contractor. “We’re in a state of global information warfare now,” Briant says. “How do we know if our militaries develop technologies and the data that it has gathered on people, for instance, across the Middle East … how do we know when that is turning up in Yemen or when that is being utilized by an authoritarian regime against the human rights of its people or against us? How do we know that it’s not being manipulated by Russia, by Iran, by anybody who’s an enemy, by Saudi Arabia, for example, who SCL were also working with? We have no way of knowing, unless we open up this industry and hold these people properly accountable for what they’re doing.”
Portrait of Qassem Soleimani is courtesy of Moon of Alabama, modified by me. Click image to enlarge.
Michele Greenstein takes a deep dive into the origins of Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS) and how the US sought to use it for regime change in Syria.
Lead singer: Donald Trump, piano: Vladimir Putin, background vocals: Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Melania Trump, Barack Obama & Bernie Sanders. Enjoy 🙂
Computer models do a good job of helping us understand climate but they do a very poor job of predicting it.
That is according to physicist Freeman Dyson of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
Dyson says, “As measured from space, the whole earth is growing greener as a result of carbon dioxide, so it’s increasing agricultural yields, it’s increasing the forests and it’s increasing growth in the biological world, and that’s more important and more certain than the effects on climate.”
He acknowledges that human activity has an effect on climate but claims it is much less than is claimed. He stresses the non-climate benefits of carbon are overwhelmingly favourable.
See also: Patrick Moore: The Truth About CO2
Prince Andrew and Queen Elizabeth II (Image source: The Onion). Click image to enlarge.
LONDON—Defending the allegations of sexual assault against Prince Andrew as integral to their rich and storied culture, the British royal family issued a statement Tuesday condemning the media’s ugly attacks on their traditional practice of sexual abuse. “This is one of our most dearly held traditional practices, which can be traced through our family tree for thousands of years,” said Queen Elizabeth II, who noted that if not for their long-standing tolerance of mass sexual perversion, the royal family’s lineage would have broken a long time ago. “Sexual misconduct is a cornerstone of the British monarchy. A complete disregard for consent courses through our regal veins and defines what it means to be a British royal. We invite the media to think twice before interfering in our time-honored history of abusing women and children.” The queen added that Prince Andrew would continue to perform these ancient royal duties in private during this difficult time.
Source: The Onion
Related: The BBC Newsnight Interview with Prince Andrew |
Exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s International Sex Trafficking Ring
Background image of the happy NATO Family is courtesy of Scanpix, modified by me. Click image to enlarge.
In a Newsnight special, Emily Maitlis interviews the Duke of York as he speaks for the first time about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegations which have been made against him over his own conduct.
The Prince, who is the Queen’s third child, also answers questions about the allegations made against him by one of Epstein’s victims, and discusses the impact of the scandal on the Royal family and his work.
See also: Exposing Jeffrey Epstein’s International Sex Trafficking Ring