Peter Lavelle meets with Alastair Crooke again to discuss the end of America’s unipolar moment.
On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN investigator and human rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.
The war in Syria made art redundant. Most artists emigrated. Some stayed, or came back, to share something special. With RT Documentary, discover a sculptor who adorns tunnels left by rebel fighters, a daring street dancer, a gallery owner and a jazz band conductor. As the war draws to a close, they are all still fighting in their way, to keep dreams alive.
During the war in Syria, children in areas controlled by Islamist groups were involuntarily recruited as fighters and forced to witness barbaric executions. The Syrian Army has now taken back control, but these children are still haunted by what they saw, what was done to them, and the brainwashing they received. ISIS taught a six-year-old girl to handle weapons and an eleven year old boy had to dig tunnels and fight for Jaish al-Islam, who also turned a teenager into a sniper and then tortured him in prison. A little boy beheads his sister’s doll.
In “Where Childhood Died”, child fighters go back to the tunnels they fought from, while their families, a teacher and a child psychologist talk about the ongoing emotional damage to children, and their attempts to repair it.
Afshin Rattansi speaks to Eva Golinger about the US’ ongoing attempts at regime change in Venezuela to replace President Nicolas Maduro with Juan Guaido. She discusses the history of US regime change in Veneuela and Latin America, the Maduro premiership and attitudes in Venezuela.
Abby Martin: Hands Off Venezuela
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Successive U.S. administrations failed to heed the lessons of a forgotten counterinsurgency success story from Vietnam.
The Trump administration is now using Henry Kissinger’s “decent interval” process of abandonment to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The strategy is simple: negotiate a peace agreement exposing an ally to certain defeat in the long run, impose it, withdraw U.S. troops, cut aid, and finally refuse to re-engage when those the United States once fought move to take over the country.
Washington didn’t get the results it wanted in Afghanistan because it used the wrong strategy. The United States never deployed an effective counterinsurgency strategy because it didn’t have one. Knowing how to kill people is far from sufficient to defeat insurgencies.
Since the Vietnam War ended, U.S. national security strategy has mostly and wrongly defined every path to victory as a technical process of removing violent actors from a tactical area of responsibility. The challenge the United States faced in both Vietnam and Afghanistan was corrupt and incompetent government more than armed insurgency. The former bred the latter.
Read the full article at Foreign Policy
The four-part Al Jazeera documentary about how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with US Jewish groups to spy on, smear, and attack critics, was blocked due to heavy Israeli pressure. It was recently leaked online by the Chicago-based Electronic Intifada, the French website Orient XXI, and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar. Joining Chris Hedges for a two-part interview are Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah and journalist and author Max Blumenthal.
Watch the full documentary here: The Lobby – USA, Episodes 1-4
Related: Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby – A 4-Part Series
Full Interview: Tulsi Gabbard tells Van Jones why she’s running for President in 2020.