Lawlessness / Ruined – part 20

“Syrian Military Expert: US Attempts to Help Terrorists Survive Idlib Operations”
by ? (Muralson)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Colonel Mar’ei Hamdan said that the terrorists have transferred mustard gas to Idlib, adding that they are to use the gas in a false-flag operation in a bid to accuse the Damascus government of a chemical attack.

He added that the terrorists in Idlib coordinate these operations with their main supporter, the US, in a bid to frame the Syrian army and push the army plan for Idlib into failure.

Hamdan said that given the fact that the Idlib operations will be the last major anti-terrorism battle in Syria, the US who attempts to maintain the status quo for a foreseeable future, is trying to block the Syrian army’s military operations or lead it into failure after the start.

“Yemeni Dire Situation: Wounded and Sick Left without Treatment” by Sondass Al Asaad (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Thousands of Yemeni innocent civilians have lost their lives due to the ongoing heavy aerial assaults conducted by Saudi warplanes on the strategic port city of Hudaydah and other regions, through which humanitarian aids are delivered, as fighting has intensified between the local resistance and Saudi and Western-backed militants.

As the aggression escalates and the demolition of health facilities, Yemen’s health system has buckled, hundreds of medics have fled and the acute shortage of medication has worsened.

Patients, who need medical attention, lack meanwhile proper treatment as land, marine, and air routes have been all blockaded…

Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen has held talks in Oman with the Houthis, led by spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam who briefed the reasons behind the Houthi delegation’s absence from the Geneva peace talks.

Abdul Salam said that the Geneva talks failed after Saudi Arabia only gave permission to Hadi de-facto administration’s representatives whilst it prevented the Houthis from joining.

Saudi Arabia and a number of regional allies lead the coalition. They have launched their brutal war, code-named ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to crush the Ansarullah movement [Houthis] and to reinstall former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

“Why on this despoiled earth would NDP leaders praise John McCain?” by Yves Engler (Yves Engler)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The NDP hierarchy’s response to noted war hawk John McCain’s death is shameful. Even worse, it reflects a general hostility towards the victims of Western imperialism.

After the U.S. Senator died over the weekend federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted:

John McCain had the courage not to stoop to divisive politics. He showed us that we can disagree in a way that creates dialogue and discussion, not fear and division. Rest In peace.

Rachel Notley also praised a US politician who never met a war he didn’t like…

Even purportedly progressive Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili praised McCain on Twitter…

From Common Dreams:
“Despite the progress we have made, stereotypes and biases clearly still influence corporate hiring strategies,” Sara Steffens, secretary-treasurer of the CWA, concluded in a statement on Tuesday. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“Facebook Job Ads That Let Employers Exclude Women Are Clear Civil Rights Violation, Says ACLU” by Jake Johnson (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

“Facebook is violating federal civil rights law. Period.”

So declared the ACLU on Tuesday after announcing it has filed charges against the social media giant and ten other employers for illegally “excluding all women and non-binary” Facebook users from job advertisements.

Submitted on behalf of three female workers, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the hundreds of thousands of female workers CWA represents, the ACLU’s charges “allege that Facebook delivers job ads selectively based on age and sex categories that employers expressly choose, and that Facebook earns revenue from placing job ads that exclude women and older workers from receiving the ads.”

“Targeting job ads by sex is unlawful under federal, state, and local civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” the ACLU continued.

Salvadoran refugees Josue Flores Rivera and Jaquelinn Madrid Mendoza (Photo by Tamara Pearson)

“Why Mexico’s Next President is No Friend of Migrants” by Tamara Pearson (CounterPunch)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

When it comes to immigration and refugees, Mexico’s progressive president elect, Andres Lopez Obrador, has more in common with US president Donald Trump than you’d expect.

While the world watches on as the US deports refugees and immigrants and locks up children, Mexico is already deporting more Central Americans than the US. Further, between 2016 and 2017, nearly 60,000 Central American children were detained here in migration prisons (officially dubbed “stations”). The US and Mexico are cooperating in patrolling Mexico’s southern border, implementing a security plan that has seen 85% of immigrants deported without a solid revision of their case, and Central American migrants being forced to walk for weeks in order to avoid border officials and gangs who regularly abuse migrants.

“America is Today’s Nazi Germany” by Eric Zuesse (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The U.S. and its allies — in this case mainly the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia — are systematically blocking food from reaching tens of millions of people, Houthis, who live in Yemen and are surrounded by the U.S. alliance’s engines of death. The U.S. alliance’s goal is to slaughter them all. The Sauds want the land — not the people…

The U.N. has been brought into this scheme of mass-slaughter. The responsible U.N. Agency is the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Its leadership is mainly Mark Lowcock, who keeps silent about the genocide, except for rare occasions in which he says that if something is not done, then more tragedy will somehow happen in Yemen — in other words, platitudes, in the face of what might turn out to be the biggest genocide since World War II. (And most of Hitler’s slaughtering killed even more non-Jews than Jews, because the vast majority of people everywhere didn’t want to be ruled by him and resisted his rule. The U.S. aristocracy and its allies haven’t yet matched what Germany did in that time, but they’ll surpass it if they attack Russia as Hitler did — which could happen.)

“Mike Pence Rattles Nazi Skeletons” by Finian Cunningham (Information Clearing House)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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September 17, 2018 “Information Clearing House” – US Vice President Mike Pence may not have meant it, but his recent admonition to Paraguay to respect “historic relationships” between that country, the United States and Israel clumsily provoked sinister memories of the past.

The move followed the decision last week by Mario Abdo Benitez, the newly elected president of the South American state, to reverse an earlier order to relocate Paraguay’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Benitez’ predecessor, Horacio Cortes, had followed the Trump administration’s decision earlier this year in May to move the US embassy to Jerusalem…

Given the backsliding from the US over a wide range of its own past commitments, Washington’s exhortation to Paraguay rings decidedly hollow…

But it was the oblique, sonorous mention of “historic relations” made by Pence to the Paraguayan leader that is intriguing, if not a sign of gross insensitivity in this White House. The vice president didn’t spell out what he meant. But given the history between the three states, much of it sinister, it was an unfortunate allusion by Pence. It is hardly an impetus for finding agreement on the Jerusalem embassy issue.

Firstly, there is Paraguay’s dark and not-too-distant past of military dictatorship under Alfredo Stroenesser. Under his decades-long rule with an iron-fist, Paraguay gained the moniker of being a “poor man’s Nazi regime”. The comparison was not merely rhetorical.

Stroenesser was notorious for running death squads and torture centers against political opponents. Thousands were disappeared or murdered under his regime (1954-1989). Moreover, the oppression was conducted as part of the US-led Operation Condor program in which the CIA recruited South American dictatorships to eliminate emerging socialist movements. During the 1970s, Stroenesser was a key player in the fascist Operation Condor along with Chile’s Augusto Pinochet and the other US-backed military juntas of Argentina and Brazil.
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From Common Dreams:
The White House’s resident immigrant hawk, Stephen Miller, and a group of like-minded aides are pressing ahead with policies designed to drastically reduce the number of people entering the U.S. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

“‘Unconscionable’ and ‘Appalling’: In Affront to Those Fleeing US-Backed Wars and Persecution, Trump Slams Door on Refugees” by Jake Johnson (Common Dreams)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Launching yet another bigotry-driven attack on those fleeing wars and humanitarian crises in which the U.S. is playing an active and deadly role, the Trump administration announced late Monday that it is reducing America’s refugee admission limit for 2019 to a record-low 30,000.

Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, called it an “appalling” announcement.

“At a time when the world is facing the largest displacement crisis in recorded history, it is unconscionable that the Trump administration would further dismantle the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program by setting a cap of 30,000 refugee admissions for fiscal year 2019—the lowest resettlement cap in the program’s history,” Win Without War director Stephen Miles said in a statement slamming the White House’s decision.

“What’s more,” Miles continued, “the U.S. has a direct moral responsibility to open its doors, not slam them shut, given that our own nation is an active combatant in many of the very conflicts and humanitarian crises driving the global refugee crisis.”

Harel Arnon

“Justifying landgrab, Israel says it is ‘allowed to ignore international law’ anywhere it wants” by Jonathan Ofir (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Israeli government has recently claimed that it can “legislate anywhere in the world”, that it is “entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries”, and that “is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires”. This was written in an official response letter to the Supreme Court last month.

On the face of it, these are audacious claims. Is it really that bad? I would say that it’s even worse. The background to these statements is a new law from last year, which legalizes outright theft of Palestinian land.

Several Palestinian human rights organizations have challenged the law in court. The plaintiffs are Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) on behalf of 17 local Palestinian authorities in the West Bank. The Israeli government was represented by a private lawyer, Harel Arnon, because Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit refused to defend the law in court, since he deemed it illegal by international law already when it was first passed.


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