Archive for Juni 16th, 2015

16. Juni 2015

Talk Nation Radio: Waging Peace With David Hartsough

David Hartsough is the author, with Joyce Hollyday, of Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. Hartsough is executive director of Peaceworkers, based in San Francisco, and is cofounder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. He is a Quaker and member of the San Francisco Friends Meeting. He has a BA from Howard University and an MA in international relations from Columbia University. Hartsough has been working actively for nonviolent social change and peaceful resolution of conflicts since he met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956. Over the last fifty years, he has led and been engaged in nonviolent peacemaking in the United States, Kosovo, the former Soviet Union, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Iran, Palestine, Israel, and many other countries. He was also a peace educator and organized nonviolent movements for peace and justice with the American Friends Service Committee for eighteen years. Hartsough has been arrested more than a hundred times for participating in demonstrations. He has worked in the movements for civil rights, against nuclear weapons, to end the Vietnam War, to end the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan and to prevent an attack on Iran. Most recently, David is helping organize World Beyond War, a global movement to end all wars: worldbeyondwar.org

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16. Juni 2015

Türkei: Provinzgouverneur lässt Journalisten festnehmen, die über die Aktivitäten des IS recherchierten

In der türkischen Grenzstadt Akcakale sind auf Weisung des Provinzgouverners am Dienstag vier Journalisten vorübergehend festgenommen worden, die über Aktivitäten des »Islamischen Staates« (IS) recherchiert hatten. Wie die linke Tageszeitung Evrensel berichtete, handelte es sich bei den Verhafteten um den Türkeikorespondenten der Tageszeitung Die Welt, Deniz Yücel, um eine Mitarbeiterin der Wochenzeitung Die Zeit, Özlem Topcu, einen Kolumnisten der Tageszeitung Cumhurriyet, Hasan Akbas, sowie um die Journalistin Pinar Ögünc. Nach rund einer Stunde seien alle vier Journalisten wieder auf freien Fuß gesetzt worden.

Die an Akcakale grenzende syrische Stadt Tel Abyad war am Montag durch kurdische Milizen vom IS befreit worden. IS-Kämpfer sollen sich daraufhin als Flüchtlinge getarnt in die Türkei zurückgezogen haben.

Weitere Informationen zur Lage in Akcakale und Tel Abyad in der Mittwochausgabe der Tageszeitung junge Welt

16. Juni 2015

ISIS Colonel was Trained By Blackwater and U.S. State Department for 11 Years

Op-Ed by Cassius Methyl
June 11, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) A former police commander from Tajikistan was featured in an ISIS video recently where he admitted he was trained by the U.S. State Department and former military contractor Blackwater all the way up until last year.

At a Blackwater facility in North Carolina, Col. Gulmurod Khalimov received“counter-terrorism training.”

“From 2003-2014 Colonel Khalimov participated in five counterterrorism training courses in the United States and in Tajikistan, through the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security/Anti-Terrorism Assistance program,” said US State Department spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala.

According to CNN’s fearmongering report, “The program is intended to train candidates from participating countries in the latest counterterrorism tactics, so they can fight the very kind of militants that Khalimov has now joined.”

In the video he spoke in Russian, giving a speech perfect for a mainstream media report: “Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been to America three times. I saw how you train soldiers to kill Muslims…we will come to your homes and we will kill you.”

What kind of extensive training spans 11 years and what did this person actually learn? Why and how did this person receive Russian training while simultaneously being deeply connected to the U.S.?

If you need more proof that the U.S. government doesn’t have a strategy to deal with ISIS, here it is. It doesn’t get much more blatant than this. Thegroup has captured billions of dollars in American-supplied military equipment, is expanding its territory despite the western world bombing it, and recently leaked documents prove the U.S. predicted — even encouraged — the creation of ISIS. All the while, U.S. trained fighters continue to join the ranks of the ‘Islamic State,’ using weapons that American taxpayers paid for, against other forces equipped with U.S. financed military equipment. Seems legit.


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16. Juni 2015

Botschafter von Ecuador, Jorge Jurado beim Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentag – Die Universelle Staatsbürgerschaft verankert in der Verfassung Ecuadors – Pressenza

https://www.pressenza.com/de/2015/06/die-universelle-staatsburgerschaft-verankert-in-der-verfassung-ecuadors/

Im Rahmen vom diesjährigen Deutschen Evangelischen Kirchentag zum Thema „Jeder hat das Recht, (s)ein Land zu verlassen, aber wohin?“ erläuterte der Botschafter von Ecuador in Berlin, Jorge Jurado die einzelnen Fortschritte, die Ecuador über seine Verfassung im Bereich der universellen Staatsbürgerschaft (ciudadanía universal) und Ein- sowie Auswanderung machte.

Besonders hob er hervor die große Anzahl der Asylanten und Immigranten, die in Ecuador sämtliche Freiheiten genießen, im Unterschied zur aktuellen Situation in anderen Ländern, auch innerhalb der Europäischen Union.

Botschafter Jurado unterstrich weiter, dass die Zuwanderung aus Gründen politischer Verfolgung, wegen kriegerischer Konflikte sowie ökonomischer Prekarität nicht enden werde, insbesondere in Regionen Afrikas, des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens sowie Osteuropas, solange die Wurzeln des Problems in jedem einzelnen dieser Herkunftsregionen und -staaten nicht grundsätzlich behoben sind. Zudem warf er die Frage auf, ob die entwickelten Länder nicht einen echten Wandel im wirtschaftlichen Austausch gegenüber den oben genannten Regionen und Ländern vornehmen sollten, denn bloß auf die Entwicklungshilfe sich zu verlassen werde nicht ausreichen, um die Lebensbedingungen der Völker in den zitierten Regionen zu verbessern.

Des Weiteren bezog sich Botschafter Jurado auf die tiefgreifenden Veränderungen in der Wirtschaftspolitik Ecuadors, welche den Lebensstandard eines großen Teils der armen Bevölkerung verbessern halfen. Auch erwähnte er die tatkräftige Unterstützung, welche ecuadorianische Auswanderer, die in Spanien, Italien oder den Vereinigten Staaten leben, heute dank der neuen Außenpolitik sowie der neuen Politik der Regierung Ecuadors hinsichtlich der Menschlichen Mobilität (grenzübergreifende Mobilität aller Menschen) erhalten.

16. Juni 2015

The Bomb Iran Lobby Gears Up for 2016 l Sina Toossi, Foreign Policy in Focus

Sina Toossi, Foreign Policy in Focus: A tight-knit group of neocon dead-enders is pushing Iran to the forefront of the GOP’s foreign policy agenda. The emphatic supporters of the Iraq War denounced a nuclear deal that would avoid another catastrophic war.

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16. Juni 2015

Former US Attorney General Files Brief in Lawsuit Challenging Legality of Iraq War l Dahr Jamail, Truthout

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi single mother, is suing members of the Bush administration for their role in the war in Iraq. Shortly after the filing, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark filed an amicus brief in the federal lawsuit, which is challenging the legality of the Iraq war.

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16. Juni 2015

Putschgerüchte: Tausende empfangen Rafael Correa in Ecuador l amerika21

Anhänger der Regierung versammeln sich vor Präsidentenpalast. Rechte Opposition fordert die Absetzung des Präsidenten. Streit um Steuerreformen

Quito. Tausende Regierungsanhänger haben den ecuadorianischen Präsidenten Rafael Correa am Montag in der Hauptstadt Quito empfangen, um ihre Unterstützung für den Reformprozess der „Bürgerrevolution“ zu demonstrieren. Sie reagierten damit auf zunehmende Angriffe der rechtsgerichteten Opposition. Die regierende Partei Alianza País hatte die Bürgerinnen und Bürger zuvor aufgerufen, sich vor dem Präsidentenpalast zu versammeln.

Correa war am Sonntag nach einer Europareise nach Ecuador zurückgekehrt. Dort hatte er am Gipfeltreffen der Europäischen Union und der Gemeinschaft lateinamerikanischer und karibischer Staaten (Celac) in Brüssel teilgenommen, um im Anschluss nach Mailand zu reisen. Dort hatte er den ecuadorianischen Expo-Pavillon besucht.

In seiner Abwesenheit mobilisierten sich Gruppen und Parteien der rechtsgerichteten Opposition, um Correas Absetzung zu fordern. Die zum Teil gewalttätigen Proteste begründeten sie mit Gesetzesinitiativen der Regierung, die Steuerreformen unter anderem bei Erbschaften und Immobilienspekulationen vorsehen. Von Regierungsseite werden die Mobilisierungen als Versuche zur Destabilisierung des Landes und Vorbereitungen für einen Putsch gewertet.

Bei seiner Rede vor tausenden Anhängern griff Correa seine politischen Gegner am Montag hart an. Die Opposition lege es auf eine Schwächung der Regierung an, „um dann einen Staatsstreich durchzuführen“, sagte er. Er forderte die Opposition auf, Beweise vorzulegen, dass die Reformen die Armen und den Mittelstand treffen. Dies hatten Regierungsgegner zuvor behauptet.

Zugleich forderte Correa seine Widersacher auf, gemäß der Verfassung ein Abwahlreferendum gegen ihn anzustrengen. „Also los, Oppositionelle, lasst uns ein solches Referendum abhalten und ich werde euch einmal mehr besiegen“, sagte Correa. Die Regierungsgegner würden mit „aller Kraft, mit Gewalttätigkeiten, mit unendlicher Wirtschaftsmacht und den Medien“ gegen ihn kämpfen. „Aber wir haben Euch an unserer Seite und deswegen werden wir siegen“, so der Präsident.

Die andauernden Mobilisierungen der Opposition bezeichnete Correa als legitim. Jeder in Ecuador habe das Recht auf Protest, solange dieser nicht in Gewalt umschlage. Er spielte damit auf die zunehmende Aggressivität bei den Demonstrationen seiner Gegner an. Die Anhänger des Regierungslagers kündigten indessen an, ihre „Revolution in jeder Ecke dieses Landes zu verteidigen [4]„.

Unterstützung erfuhr Ecuadors Präsident unter anderem vom Generalsekretär der Union südamerikanischer Nationen (Unasur), Ernesto Samper. Der ehemalige kolumbianische Präsident schrieb beim Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter: „Wer die Regierung von Rafael Correa unter vorgeschobenen Gründen destabilisieren will, sollte wissen, dass die Unasur sich diesen antidemokratischen Versuchen entschieden widersetzen wird.“

16. Juni 2015

Bundesweites Bündnis* mobilisiert gegen Griechenland- und Flüchtlingspolitik der BRD / Demo 20. Juni Berlin

Aufruf zu Kundgebung am Oranienplatz und Demo zum Brandenburger Tor, Sonnabend, 20. Juni, ab 13 Uhr

Bundesweites Bündnis* mobilisiert gegen Griechenland- und Flüchtlingspolitik der Bundesregierung / Demo am 20. Juni in Berlin

Das Motto lautet: „Europa. Anders. Machen. demokratisch – solidarisch – grenzenlos”      Das Bündnis fordert einen grundlegenden Richtungswechsel in Europa, weg von der „neoliberalen Kürzungs- und Abschottungspolitik hin zu einem solidarischen Europa”.

Der  Aufruf sowie die Möglichkeit, diesen noch zu unterstützen, findet sich im Internet: http://europa-anders-machen.net/aufruf

Treffpunkt: Sonnabend, 20. Juni um 13 Uhr Oranienplatz Berlin-Kreuzberg. Die Route führt  zum Regierungsviertel und dann zum Brandenburger Tor

Vor dem Brandenburger Tor findet ab 16 Uhr eine unter anderem von antirassistischen Gruppen organisierte Kundgebung samt Konzert stattfindet.

Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Geflüchteten, Bündnis für Bedingungsloses Bleiberecht, Republikanischer Anwaltverein, Gregor Gysi und von den Künstler_innen Antinational EmbassyMono & NikitamanGrup YorumSPOKE P KAYEAmewu,Carmel Zoum u.v.a.m.
Mehr Info: www.refugees-welcome.info; https://www.facebook.com/RFGSWLCM

* Bündnis, getragen von Attac, Teilen der Gewerkschaften, sozialen Bewegungen, der Grünen Jugend, der Partei Die Linke sowie antirassistischen und linken Gruppen

16. Juni 2015

Ukraine and the Apocalyptic Risk of Propagandized Ignorance l World Beyond War

By David Swanson

http://worldbeyondwar.org/ukraine-and-the-apocalyptic-risk-of-propagandized-ignorance/

I’m not sure if there’s been a better written book published yet this year than Ukraine: Zbig’s Grand Chessboard and How the West Was Checkmated, but I’m confident there’s not been a more important one. With some 17,000 nuclear bombs in the world, the United States and Russia have about 16,000 of them. The United States is aggressively flirting with World War III, the people of the United States have not the foggiest notion of how or why, and authors Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong explain it all quite clearly. Go ahead and tell me there’s nothing you’re now spending your time on that’s less important than this.

This book may very well be the best written one I’ve read this year. It puts all the relevant facts — those I knew and many I didn’t — together concisely and with perfect organization. It does it with an informed worldview. It leaves me nothing to complain about at all, which is almost unheard of in my book reviews. I find it refreshing to encounter writers so well-informed who also grasp the significance of their information.

Nearly half the book is used to set the context for recent events in Ukraine. It’s useful to understand the end of the cold war, the irrational hatred of Russia that pervades elite U.S. thinking, and the patterns of behavior that are replaying themselves now at higher volume. Stirring up fanatical fighters in Afghanistan and Chechnya and Georgia, and targeting Ukraine for similar use: this is a context CNN won’t provide. The partnership of the neocons (in arming and provoking violence in Libya) with the humanitarian warriors (in riding to the rescue for regime change): this is a precedent and a model that NPR won’t mention. The U.S. promise not to expand NATO, the U.S. expansion of NATO to 12 new countries right up to the border of Russia, the U.S. withdrawal from the ABM Treaty and pursuit of “missile defense” — this is background that Fox News would never deem significant. U.S. support for the rule of criminal oligarchs willing to sell off Russian resources, and Russian resistance to those schemes — such accounts are almost incomprehensible if you’ve consumed too much U.S. “news,” but are explained and documented well by Baldwin and Heartsong.

This book includes excellent background on the use and abuse of Gene Sharp and the color revolutions instigated by the U.S. government. A silver lining may be found, I think, in the value of nonviolent action recognized by all involved — whether for good or ill. The same lesson can be found (for good this time) in the civilian resistance to Ukrainian troops in the spring of 2014, and the refusal of (some) troops to attack civilians.

The Orange Revolution in Ukraine in 2004, the Rose Revolution in Georgia in 2003, and Ukraine II in 2013-2014 are recounted well, including detailed chronology. It’s truly remarkable how much has been publicly reported that remains buried. Western leaders met repeatedly in 2012 and 2013 to plot the fate of Ukraine. Neo-Nazis from Ukraine were sent to Poland to train for a coup. NGOs operating out of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev organized trainings for coup participants. On November 24, 2013, three days after Ukraine refused an IMF deal, including refusing to sever ties to Russia, protesters in Kiev began to clash with police. The protesters used violence, destroying buildings and monuments, and tossing Molotov cocktails, but President Obama warned the Ukrainian government not to respond with force. (Contrast that with the treatment of the Occupy movement, or the shooting on Capitol Hill of the woman who made an unacceptable U-turn in her car with her baby.)

U.S.-funded groups organized a Ukrainian opposition, funded a new TV channel, and promoted regime change. The U.S. State Department spent some $5 billion. The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State who handpicked the new leaders, openly brought cookies to protesters. When those protesters violently overthrew the government in February 2014, the United States immediately declared the coup government legitimate. That new government banned major political parties, and attacked, tortured, and murdered their members. The new government included neo-Nazis and would soon include officials imported from the United States. The new government banned the Russian language — the first language of many Ukrainian citizens. Russian war memorials were destroyed. Russian-speaking populations were attacked and murdered.

Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine, had its own parliament, had been part of Russia from 1783 until 1954, had publicly voted for close ties to Russia in 1991, 1994, and 2008, and its parliament had voted to rejoin Russia in 2008. On March 16, 2014, 82% of Crimeans took part in a referendum, and 96% of them voted to rejoin Russia. This nonviolent, bloodless, democratic, and legal action, in no violation of a Ukrainian constitution that had been shredded by a violent coup, was immediately denounced in the West as a Russian “invasion” of Crimea.

Novorossiyans, too, sought independence and were attacked by the new Ukrainian military the day after John Brennan visited Kiev and ordered that crime. I know that the Fairfax County Police who have kept me and my friends away from John Brennan’s house in Virginia have had no clue what hell he was unleashing on helpless people thousands of miles away. But that ignorance is at least as disturbing as informed malice would be. Civilians were attacked by jets and helicopters for months in the worst killing in Europe since World War II. Russian President Putin repeatedly pressed for peace, a ceasefire, negotiations. A ceasefire finally came on September 5, 2014.

Remarkably, contrary to what we’ve all been told, Russia didn’t invade Ukraine any of the numerous times we were told that it had just done so. We’ve graduated from mythical weapons of mass destruction, through mythical threats to Libyan civilians, and false accusation of chemical weapons use in Syria, to false accusations of launching invasions that were never launched. The “evidence” of the invasion(s) was carefully left devoid of location or any verifiable detail, but has all been decidedly debunked anyway.

The downing of the MH17 airplane was blamed on Russia with no evidence. The U.S. has information on what happened but won’t release it. Russia released what it had, and the evidence, in agreement with eye-witnesses on the ground, and in agreement with an air-traffic controller at the time, is that the plane was shot down by one or more other planes. “Evidence” that Russia shot the plane down with a missile has been exposed as sloppy forgeries. The vapor trail that a missile would have left was reported by not a single witness.

Baldwin and Heartsong close with the case that U.S. actions have backfired, that in fact whether the people of the United States have any idea what is going on or not, the power brokers in Washington have Second Amendmented themselves in the foot. Sanctions against Russia have made Putin as popular at home as George W. Bush was after he’d managed to exist as president while planes were flown into the World Trade Center. The same sanctions have strengthened Russia by turning it toward its own production and toward alliances with non-Western nations. Ukraine has suffered, and Europe suffers from a cut-off of Russian gas, while Russia makes deals with Turkey, Iran, and China. Evicting a Russian base from Crimea seems more hopeless now than before this madness began. Russia is leading the way as more nations abandon the U.S. dollar. Retaliatory sanctions from Russia are hurting the West. Far from isolated, Russia is working with the BRICS nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and other alliances. Far from impoverished, Russia is buying up gold while the U.S. sinks into debt and is increasingly viewed by the world as a rogue player, and resented by Europe for depriving Europe of Russian trade.

This story begins in the irrationality of collective trauma coming out of the holocaust of World War II and of blind hatred for Russia. It must end with the same irrationality. If U.S. desperation leads to war with Russia in Ukraine or elsewhere along the Russian border where NATO is engaging in various war games and exercises, there may be no more human stories ever told or heard.

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