Lawlessness / Ruined – part 42

Jonathan Cook

“How Israel is working to remove Palestinians from Jerusalem” by Jonathan Cook (Jonathan Cook)

An excerpt from the above linked to article follows:

The 350,000 Palestinian inhabitants of occupied East Jerusalem are caught between a rock and hard place, as Israel works ever harder to remove them from the holy city in which they were born, analysts and residents warn.

That process, they say, has only accelerated in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision a year ago to relocate the American embassy to Jerusalem, effectively endorsing the city as Israel’s exclusive capital.

“DPRK’s MIC Rebels Against Kim As Exile Group Is Promoted For Possible Coup” by William Craddick (Disobedient Media)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

After weeks of a sustained media campaign attempting to undermine confidence in the denuclearization talks with North Korea it seems that efforts have been significantly ramped up. New revelations regarding events concerning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and statements coming out of the hermit kingdom itself show a concerted effort from both inside and out of the country to overthrow Kim Jong Un and prevent peace for the Peninsula. These efforts are being assisted not only by the United Nations (UN), but also, surprisingly, the United Kingdom and other European states. The recent developments indicate that a dangerous new chapter is unfolding in the campaign to prevent North Korean denuclearization…

On March 26, 2019, Reuters highlighted South Korean reports of a North Korean statement made by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui on March 15 regarding the positions President Donald Trump had outlined to the North Korean delegation during negotiations at the Hanoi Summit. Most shocking about the statement was the admission that Chairman Kim Jong Un had “faced much opposition and challenges” from the military and defense industry within the DPRK due to their desire for him to not give up nuclear weapons. The North Koreans, who are known for venerating their leadership and extolling their total power would not admit to such weakness unless they were highly concerned about stark realities within their own country.

The pushback from the North Korean defense industry paints the global distribution of DPRK-produced weaponry in a new light. Disobedient Media has previously noted that such dissemination of conventional arms created a very real risk that groups who North Korea never had any intention of supporting would use their weaponry in heinous acts which would then be blamed on the DPRK. The now apparently open opposition to Kim Jong Un from his own defense industry causes doubt as to the extent that North Korean leadership is aware of weapons transfers being conducted in their name…

The North Korean defense industry and military’s rebellion against Kim Jong Un shows a clear desire for regime change. North Korean defectors have openly opined that the Free Joseon movement is centered entirely around removing one member of the Kim family to be replaced by another in the name of “liberation.” All those involved in this regime change attempt ought to remember the many times in history where pretenders to the throne that solicited foreign aid in their quest for power caused not only their own destruction but the ruination of their entire homeland. The exiles will never be allowed to actually take power by their foreign sponsors and North Korea will find itself caught up in the horrors of a war that would no doubt engulf the country should Kim Jong Un be removed from power.

Dear reader: The above article is confusing. If you come from it scratching your head, don’t be dismayed. You aren’t daft. If I didn’t think it was also informative, I would not present here. It’s another snapshot of this ruined world under which we chafe.

Tim Anderson

“Professor Tim Anderson on Christchurch, Syria, Venezuela and US Imperialism” by Tim Anderson (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Damir Nazarov: The murderer of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand issued a manifesto, which did not contain traditional “rightist” criticism of the Jews. Do you have an opinion about that?

Professor Anderson: a survey found It has been said the terrorist in Christchurch may have had an Israeli connection, but that is not yet clear. The stated motivation seems consistent with the general anti-Muslim, anti-Arab current in western culture, especially during the multiple Middle East wars of the past two decades…

DN: Israel has recently made Aleppo a target for airstrikes, what exactly Israel is trying to achieve with such antics?

PTA: The Israeli attacks on Aleppo seem to show a constant effort by the Netanyahu regime to create provocations, perhaps hoping to draw Israel’s western partners further into the Syrian arena, disrupting the emerging victory of the Syrian coalition. It also coincides with upcoming elections in Israel and corruption charges against Netanyahu. Disruption must be a key motive. A senior Lebanese observer recently pointed out that the military integration of Iran, Iraq, and Syria on the Zionists’ “eastern front” is the “biggest fear” of Israel.

DN: Remnants of ISIS are scattered around the province of Anbar and Eastern Syria, but the Pentagon does not allow the militia forces of Iraq to get rid of the terrorists in Iraq, and the same thing in Syria, where the Americans are blocking the Syrian army. Is it safe to assume that Americans are just looking for a reason to stay in the region to fight local independent countries?

PTA: The final stages of the US American occupation are focused on blocking the land connections between Syria, Iraq, and Iran; in practice between Syria and Iraq. Despite the failure of the proxy wars on Syria, there remains the Tel Aviv-Washington fear of what has been called an “Iranian land bridge” from Tehran to Beirut. That, of course, would be of great civilian and commercial as well as military value to those countries, but it is seen as a threat to the US project of dominance in the region. Strategically both Tel Aviv and Washington are trying to keep those independent Arab and Muslim countries divided.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Israel in April of 2018. Shown: Benjamin Netanyahu, Mike Pompeo and Michael Aoun

“Secret Document Reveals Plans for Civil War in Lebanon, Israeli False Flags, and Invasion” by Randi Nord (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Randi Nord follows:

Although the source of the document is Israeli and created in partnership with Washington, no one knows who presented it to Aoun. The Lebanese TV station, Al-Jadeed, initially reported the document on Lebanese TV and a video on its website. Geopolitics Alert translated the report for this article…

The document details American plans to splinter the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, a domestic institution separate from the Lebanese Army. The plans involve Washington investing 200 million dollars into the Internal Security Forces (ISF) under the guise of keeping the peace but with the covert goal of creating sectarian conflict against Hezbollah with 2.5 million specifically dedicated to this purpose.

The document states the ultimate goal is to destabilize the country by creating a civil war in Lebanon which will “help Israel on the international scene.” The United States and Israel plan to accomplish this by supporting “democratic forces,” sounding remarkably similar to the same strategy used in Syria, Libya, Venezuela, and elsewhere.

According to the document, although “full load of our firepower will be unleashed,” they somehow do not anticipate any casualties. They do, however, expect the civil war to “trigger requests” for intervention from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) which Israel must only agree to after extreme reluctance.

The document says Israel will also play an important role by creating “covert false flag operations” as the conflict progresses. Perhaps these operations would include chemical attacks similar to the chemical attacks on civilians in Syria or even direct attacks on Lebanese or Israeli civilians to blame on Hezbollah and justify international intervention.

This Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, shows the informal Rukban camp for displaced Syrians, between the Jordan and Syria borders. Desperate to help Syrians stuck on Jordan’s sealed border, U.N. agencies reluctantly agreed late last year to hand much of the control over aid distribution to Jordan’s military, a Jordanian contractor and a Syrian militia. Since then, the system has broken down repeatedly and only sporadic aid shipments have reached the two remote desert camps on the border. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)

“Syria’s Rukban Now Little More Than a US-Controlled Concentration Camp – and the Pentagon Won’t Let Refugees Leave” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

DAMASCUS, SYRIA — The United States military has rejected offers to resolve the growing humanitarian crisis in the Rukban refugee camp in Syria, which sits inside a 55 km zone occupied by the U.S. along the Syria-Jordan border. The U.S. has also refused to let any of the estimated 40,000 refugees — the majority of which are women and children — leave the camp voluntarily, even though children are dying in droves from lack of food, adequate shelter and medical care. The U.S. has also not provided humanitarian aid to the camp even though a U.S. military base is located just 20 km (12.4 miles) away.

The growing desperation inside the Rukban camp has received sparse media coverage, likely because of the U.S.’ control over the area in which the camp is located. The U.S. has been accused of refusing to let civilians leave the area — even though nearly all have expressed a desire to either return to Syrian government-held territory or seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Turkey — because the camp’s presence helps to justify the U.S.’ illegal occupation of the area.

Though the U.S. has long justified its presence in al-Tanf as necessary to defeat Daesh (ISIS), the U.S. government has also acknowledged that al-Tanf’s true strategic importance lies in U.S. efforts to “contain” Iran by blocking a connection from Iran to Syria through Iraq. Al-Tanf lies near the area where the borders of Syria, Iraq and Jordan meet. Thus, in the U.S.’ game of brinkmanship with Iran, Rukban’s estimated 40,000 inhabitants have become pawns whose basic needs are ignored by their occupiers.

related: “Kurds in Fateful Triangle as US Moves to Redeploy IS Terror Groups” by Finian Cunningham (Strategic Culture Foundation)

So, If those professionals, otherwise known as brave young men and women in uniforms, were given pictures of babies – by their supervisors – to shoot at, would they just shrug and fire away? Israeli soldiers would afterall.

“Why soldiers using an image of Jeremy Corbyn for target practice is not funny or clever.” by Jonathan Cook (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

It is time to stop believing these infantile narratives the political and media establishment have crafted for us. Like the one in which they tell us they care deeply about the state of British political life, that they lie awake at night worrying about the threat posed by populism to our democratic institutions.

How do they persuade us of the depth of their concern? They express their horror at the murder of an MP, Jo Cox, and their outrage at the abuse of another, Anna Soubry.

But they don’t really care whether politicians are assaulted, vilified or threatened – at least, not if it is the kind of politician who threatens their power. These political and media elites don’t seriously care about attacks on democracy, or about political violence, or about the rottenness at the core of state institutions. Their outrage is selective. It is rooted not in principle, but in self-interest.

Is that too cynical? Ponder this.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t faced just shouted insults from afar, like Soubry. He was recently physically assaulted, hit on the head by a man holding an egg in his fist. But unlike Soubry, our media expressed no real concern. In fact, they could barely conceal their sniggers at his “egging”, an attack they presented as little more than a prank. They even hinted that Corbyn deserved it.

Shown as Kremlin stooge

The media have been only happy too to vilify Corbyn as a Kremlin stooge and a former Soviet spy. Senior Tory Iain Duncan Smith today called Corbyn “a Marxist whose sole purpose in life is to do real damage to the country” – a remark that as ever went, entirely unchallenged by the BBC giving him a platform. Just imagine a Labour MP being allowed to accuse Theresa May of being a fascist whose only goal is to destroy the country.

But the BBC has never bothered to conceal its intense dislike of Corbyn. Its news shows have even photoshopped the Labour leader to make him look “Russian” – or “more Russian”, as the BBC and the rest of the media mischievously phrased it. Those who protested were told they were reading too much into it. They needed to lighten up and not take themselves so seriously…

The clues as to where all this is leading are not hard to fathom. The white nationalist who drove into a crowd at Finsbury Park mosque in London, killing a worshipper, admitted at his trial that the real target had been Corbyn. An unexpected roadblock foiled his plans.

The fact is that no one in the political or media class cares much whether their constant trivialising of Corbyn’s political programme degrades British political life, or whether their smears could lead to political violence, or whether four years of their incitement might encourage someone to use more than an egg and a fist against Corbyn.

So let’s stop indulging the media and politicians as they cite Jo Cox’s murder and Anna Soubry’s intimidation as evidence of their democratic sensibilities and their commitment to political principle.

The truth is they are charlatans. They will use anything – from the murder of an MP to confections of anti-semitism and smears about treason – to incite against a democratic politician who threatens their domination of the political system.

I think that Jeremy Corbyn’s a faker, but that’s beside the point. He’s the most human of the UK politicians who might have a chance of leading that ruined country. And the Right never ceases in its attack on democracy and light. It would eventually self-destruct, if left to its own devices, as the last most evil member turned on and killed his last remaining ally who was just a tad less evil than he.

From Dissident Voice:
The wreckage of the presidential Mystere Falcon airplane, shot down on approach to Kigali airport on 6 April 1994, at rest after air-to-surface missiles caused it to crash into the presidential compound. Photo by Cranimer, New Vision newspaper, Kampala, Uganda.

“Rwanda: 25 Years on, U.S. Taxpayers Paying Millions for Homeland Security’s Sham ‘Genocide Fugitive’ Trials in Boston” by Keith Harmon Snow (Dissident Voice)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On 6 April 1994, the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, their top military staff and six French crew members were assassinated when surface-to-air missiles shot down the Rwandan presidential jet on approach to Kigali airport. It is now well established that the assassination plot that decapitated the Hutu-led governments was executed by Rwanda’s now president and strongman-for-life, then Major General Paul Kagame, commander of the terrorist Tutsi-Hima army that invaded Rwanda from Uganda.

Now, 25 years later, while Kagame and the Rwanda genocide industry commemorate the 25th anniversary of the so-called 100 days of genocide, U.S. taxpayers continue to pay millions of dollars for yet another bogus asylum show trial targeting another genocide survivor and fugitive from the terrorist Kagame regime. Meanwhile, reporting on the trial in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, the Boston newspapers have not challenged the vested-interests of their quoted sources or the machinations of the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration & Customs Enforcement…

In June of 1994 Mr. Teganya fled Rwanda during the mass exodus of some 2 million Rwandans to neighboring countries. Mr. Teganya ended up in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) at Nyakavogo, a (mostly) Hutu refugee camp that in September of 1996 was attacked by Paul Kagame and the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) in violation of international humanitarian law.

A trial in a federal court in Boston commenced against Jean Leonard Teganya on 11 March 2019. Photographs of the scars of his wounds were shown to the Boston jury by the attorneys from the public defenders office that are representing him.

Witnesses for the prosecution, flown in from Rwanda for the trial in Boston, swore under oath that Mr. Teganya wore the hats, shirts and scarves of the ‘extremist Hutu’ parties. Prosecution witnesses described in great detail the insignia that was on Mr. Teganya’s hat: a machete and tool. He helped commit genocide, the U.S. prosecutors and immigration agents in Boston said, then tried to claim asylum.

‘The defendant had a problem,’ Assistant US Attorney Scott L. Garland told a jury in US District Court in Boston during opening arguments in the trial against Teganya,’ reported the Boston Globe. ‘His problem was that his application for asylum would be denied if the US found out what he had done in Rwanda, because persecutors cannot claim asylum.’

More than two weeks of hearings later, witnesses for the defense described Mr. Teganya as an amicable, quiet man devoted to helping other people. They described an intelligent, sensitive and caring fellow student who did not participate in party politics. More than 15 witness stated under oath that Jean Leonard Teganya never wore the signature clothing of the more radical Hutu political parties.

Where and how were the Rwandan prosecution witnesses to Mr. Teganya’s alleged crimes identified and who identified them? These are some of the pivotal questions that an ICE agent on the witness stand at Mr. Teganya’s trial was unable or unwilling to answer with conviction.

Did the ICE agent commit perjury?

As the cataclysm unfolded in Rwanda in 1994, the western media reported from behind the RPA lines. The RPA narrative became the mainstream establishment narrative (that remains the predominant one): Tutsis as victims, Hutus as killers.

When the United Nations High Commission for Refugees special rapporteur Robert Gersony reported on the RPA’s widespread killing of scores of thousands of Hutu inside Rwanda, the report was squashed: all Hutus were killers, all Tutsis were victims. Gersony went silent and stayed silent.

“Indigenous and Afro-Colombian land defenders at risk from business interests backed by paramilitary forces” by Brent Paterson (Rabble)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Indigenous and Afro-Colombian land and water defenders are facing increased risks of violence due to commercial exploitation and the ongoing conflict in Colombia.

The department (province) of Chocó in western Colombia includes six Indigenous communities and 12 collective Afro-Colombian territories.

With the demobilization of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in this area beginning in 2016-17, right-wing Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces (AGC) paramilitary forces and the left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) have battled for control of this territory, notably in Curvaradó and the wider Bajo Atrato and Urabá region in Chocó.

The fighting has meant armed incursions into these territories, a restricted ability to farm, and severe constraints on mobility and the ability to access needed medicines…

Amazon Watch has reported, “According to CIPJ, cattle ranchers and palm oil and banana growers have counted on the support of the AGC to intimidate, threaten and kill the community leaders who are defending their land from the expansion of agribusiness and commercial logging interests in the region.”

The Pulitzer Center has noted, “Rich in natural resources, over three-quarters of the land in Chocó is covered with tropical forests. But the forests are under threat from mining-related deforestation. Chocó is also Colombia’s top gold-producing region.”

In fact, as highlighted by Amazon Watch, “Chocó is where almost half of all the forest cover loss in Colombia from mining activities happens.”

“Canada is warming faster than we thought. What can we do about it?” by Bronwen Tucker (Rabble)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A new report leaked one day early from Environment and Climate Change Canada shows that Canada is experiencing warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, with Northern Canada heating up at almost three times the global average.

The changing climate report was prepared in a similar way to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, as a synthesis of hundreds of peer-reviewed studies. It included details on a familiar catalogue of the impacts we can expect, not limited to increases in precipitation (particularly in winter), “extreme fire weather” and water supply shortages in summer, threatened freshwater systems, marine ecosystem collapse and a heightened risk of coastal flooding. As the Toronto Star noted, the report concluded that “even if countries around the world stick to their commitments under the 2016 Paris Agreement, Canada is still likely to experience a range of consequences like rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers and Arctic ice cover, increased risk of summertime water shortages and more frequent droughts, floods and wildfires.”

In some ways, this information is new — the degree and scope to which this land has and will be impacted has never been collated with this much certainty before. The idea that Canada will be impacted more than average by climate change may alert some people who have bought into the selfish and false talking point that we will not be terribly adversely impacted by this crisis, that it could even be a good thing for us. It may jolt others out of complacency. But for people who are already grappling with the full scale of the climate crisis, there’s been more than enough scientific evidence and Indigenous knowledge shared to indicate that this is an emergency. As the Northwest Territories Chapter of the Council of Canadians wrote, “We’ve seen the changes; now we have the data. But still there are people crying ‘fake news.’ Those of us wanting a livable planet need to step up the push for a Green New Deal for Canada and the NWT.”


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