Syrian diplomacy is a screen to prostrate the enemy

2015/09/01
Syrian diplomacy is a screen to prostrate the enemy. Assad

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Islamic State has a very competent media agitation and propaganda, Tatyana Tyukayeva, "Foreign policy" analytical agency expert told Pravda.Ru in an interview.

It is really an established state with its own currency, taxation system, and army.

It could have been eliminated long ago, but it is unfavourable both for Israel, and regional Arabian leaders, that is Turkey, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Each one solves its goals with the help of the IS. Turkey solves the Kurdish matter, Iran believes that IS will weaken the Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia hopes to dethrone Assad with the help of the IS. Israel though is not interested in dethroning Assad, as he is a much more predictable partner for it than those to come.

What about the US, the "divide and rule" concept is still present. As Tyukayeva claims, the recent UN resolution on the interim government in Syria is nothing more than a diplomatic screen to prostrate the enemy.

It is not clear who will surrender first, but Bashar al-Assad is not so weak, as they write in the West. He will be still getting support, including a military one from Iran and Russia, and he is a legitimate president, that is also important, Tatyana Tyukayeva noted.

The conflict in the Middle East is not a conflict between the Shia and the Sunni, as Saudi Arabia tries to present. It is a political conflict between the Saudi Arabia and Iran. When there used to be a sheikh in Iran, the relationships were sound, as both the Saudi King and sheikh were working for the same master, that is Washington.

Today, ayatollah is an anti-American politician. According to the expert, Iran is much stronger, even in the military field, that is why the Saudis are so afraid of the Iranian escaping sanctions.

The only guarantor of their security is the US military power. Without it they won't stand competition with Iran in neighbouring countries, as well as at home: oil-producing regions of the Kingdom are populated with the Shias, which Iran has close relations with. The Islamic State is a secondary threat for the Saudi Arabia, the main one is to stop the Iranian expansion to Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, Iraq. That is why the Saudis will insist on the Assad's withdrawal, who is a pivot of Iran in the Middle East.

Russia should create a coalition against the IS among the Arabian countries (Jordan, Qatar, the UAE) including Bashar al-Assad in the nearest future. If it comes out, it will be a breakthrough, and we'll be able to press the other camp (the US, Turkey, and the Saudi Arabia), Tatyana Tyukayeva said.

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Russia-China relations at ‘historic peak’ despite ‘illegitimate Western restrictions’ - Putin

2015/09/01

With all the differences between Russia and China, the countries face common development targets, such as changing the structure of the economy to favor high-technology sectors, Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Chinese and Russian media.

The Russian president spoke to TASS and Xinhua agencies as he prepared for a visit to China that kicks off on September 2.

A key point in Putin's Chinese visit is taking part in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

“Our two countries were allies in the fight against Nazism and Japanese militarism and bore the brunt of the aggression, and they not only withstood this battle, but won it, liberating enslaved peoples and bringing peace to the planet,” Putin said.

He paid special notice to attempts to falsify the history of World War II.

“Efforts by certain countries to glorify and exonerate war criminals and their henchmen are an outrageous flouting of the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials,” he said, stressing that Russia and China maintain similar views on such causes.

It is a common goal for the two countries to prevent the revival and spread of Nazism and militarism, Putin said.

The president noted that the international situation is “growing increasingly unpredictable.”

“The creation of a new polycentric model is accompanied by growing regional and global instability,” Putin said, adding that the main reason for that is the “deficit of attempts to reach compromise,” with the “persistent desire” of certain states to “retain their dominance in global affairs at any cost,” actually “denouncing the principle of sovereign equality” of all states laid down in the UN Charter.

In this regard Russian-Chinese relations are developing rapidly and have probably “reached a peak in their entire history,” said Putin, mentioning “deep respect” and “consideration for each other’s key interests” among the key factors of this sincere friendship.

Moscow and Beijing work together in all international organizations, be it G20, BRICS or SCO, Putin stressed.

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“Expansion of the Russian-Chinese partnership meets the interests and strategic goals of our two countries,” he said, specifically pointing to the Joint Declaration on cooperation in coordinating development of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt.

With trade turnover already reaching about $88.4 billion, China is Russia’s key economic partner and the “illegitimate restrictions imposed by certain Western countries against Russia” have no negative impact on Russian-Chinese economic cooperation, Putin insists.

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“Our countries are consistently moving towards the creation of a strategic energy alliance,” he said. Russia-China deals in gas supply and nuclear power generation make energy the key to closer cooperation between the two countries.

Russia and China also have stable contacts in developing high-speed railway transport, aerospace and space rocket industries.

“Both Moscow and Beijing are set to intensify our financial partnership, including mutual settlements in national currencies,” Putin said.

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Putin, who has visited China 13 times since he first was elected president in 2000, acknowledged that he was lucky to watch China ‘on the move’ over a number of years, as the country has been “growing more economically powerful, achieving new targets in building a modern infrastructure and in social development.”

“The development road China has covered over these years is a path of successful economic reform and wise social policy. This experience is of great value for us,” said Putin, adding that Russia and China have very similar industrial priorities and are sharing common development targets.

“There is a lot we can achieve on this basis. And I am sure we will.”

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The Danger of Identity Politics: Who Can be Held Guilty of History?

2015/09/01
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By John Stanton

"...if you sit around and wait for the one who is in power to make up his mind that he should end it, you'll be waiting a long time. And in my opinion the young generation of whites, blacks, browns, and whatever else there is, your are living in a time when there has to be a change...a better world needs to be built...And I will join in with anyone, I don't what color he is, as long as he wants to change the miserable condition that exists on this earth." Malcolm X at Oxford, 1964

"Out here in the fields. I fight for my meals. I get my back into my living. I don't need to fight to prove I'm right, I don't need to be forgiven." Baba O'Reilly, The Who , 1971

"And then they would have to determine how to build their suburbs on something other than human bones, how to angle their jails toward something other than a human stockyard, how to erect a democracy independent of cannibalism. I would like to tell you that such a day approaches when the people who believe themselves to be white renounce this demon religion and begin to think of themselves as human." Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015

When did my genes and "I" become guilty of thinking that they were white?

According to genetic testing results I am part of the Haplogroup R1; specifically, R1a1. Information accompanying the test results indicated that "I", or the group my genes belong to, "appears to have arisen in the Near East or present-day Pakistan during the peak of the Ice Age about 18,000 years ago. Until the Ice Age began to wane about 15,000 years ago, it may have been limited to the area around the Black Sea, a region that remained relatively ice-free and hospitable while much of Eurasia was covered by glaciers and tundra."

Then events transpired so that my genes "decided" they would become "white" and privileged some 12,000 years ago. "R1 is the dominant Haplogroup in Europe today, accounting for well over half of all men. After being confined to the continent's southern fringes during the Ice Age, it expanded rapidly in the wake of the receding glaciers about 12,000 years ago. Various branches of R1 also trace the many migrations that have shaped Europe since then, from the arrival of farmers between about 10,000 and 7,000 years ago to the movements of ethnic groups such as the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings."

Neanderthal Man

I also now know that 3.0% of my DNA comes from the Neanderthal line. I know, too, that "my" son's mother's genes traveled, from what is now called Africa, the opposite direction from my genes, through what is now known as Asia, to what is now the West Coast of North America and, hugging the coast, made their way to Northern Brazil to the mouth of what we now call the Amazon River. Those genes which became known as Amazonian Indian merged with genes from a pool of genes from Portugal. My son's genes will likely merge with those of his wife from what we now call Trinidad by way of what is now known as India and from wherever those genes originated from.

None of this was planned.  

And none of this makes any difference to those from the many bands of the human spectrum who make sure to label me White and Middle Class, just as those from other parts of the spectrum chose to tag others as Black, Asian, Pacific Islander and Latino belonging to Upper, Middle and Lower classes.

In the book Between the World and Me, Coates, I think-though I may be wrong-is saying, in part, that the Species has to stop thinking it is a color, or maybe even a class, but that one must know his/her history. This made me wonder why is it that when many describe the supreme quality of a person they tend to pause and say "human being" and not the tired old clichés belonging to leadership texts? Is this what Coates means when he says "think of themselves as human"?  Or is he saying that being White is to be inherently evil? Or is it that Capitalism, the American Myth, and Whiteness fuzed into one monstrous American Democracy, with Western European origins, is destroying us all? Yet Coates seems to find solace and a sort of contradictory peace in a bastion of Western European culture now known as Paris, France.

I know my skin color is White and what that means in the most dominant economic, military and cultural power in the United States of America where roughly 17 percent are Hispanic, 12 percent Black, 4 percent Asian, 1 percent Native Americans, and 65 percent White. I do not know what it is like to be anyone else and I would not want to be like anyone else with any other history other than my own and those of my genes.

I know the history of the genocide, slavery and the rape and pillage of Blacks in Africa and America, and the destruction of the Native Peoples in North, Central and South America. I know, generally, of the ancient wars of the Pharaoh's, the Romans, the Muslims and the Greeks and the wanton slaughter and savaging of women and children in those times. I know that the slaves of the ancients were described by Varro as "speaking tools." That belief persisted in the United States for most of the country's history.  I know the history of the Jewish Holocaust, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, the Rape of Nanking, Stalin and Mao's purges and executions, the human sacrifices of the Inca's, the public hangings of Blacks in America's South,  the millions killed by the Belgians, and so on. I have seen what was once a human rendered into pieces.
How should I apply this knowledge?

Is it the System?

Should I attribute the sins of the world to Whiteness? Or should I conclude that the Species itself and the dominant economic and ruling methodology of Capitalism combine to make the "demon" that Coates refers to and the "system" that Malcolm X wants us all to change: That American system, born largely of the British, Roman and Greek Systems, that relies on absurd contradictions and irony. A system that makes those from NWA and Straight Out of Compton, with all the female bashing lyrics, now part of the One Percent elite of corporate America; or the principals of the George W. Bush Administration clearly guilty of war crimes still cashing in on public office; or the poor and largely Black people that can't make $500 bail and waste away in jail; or the White miners in West Virginia killed because the mining company ignored safety rules and is found not guilty of negligence on a legal technicality; or the citizens of Detroit City denied, by a lone judge, the right to clean drinking water. And what should I make of an American society that does not care about corporate surveillance (for profit) and government monitoring of all forms of communication (to maintain security and stability for the corporations to make profits)? Where were the White Rockers, Black Rappers, and Country Music stars when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan raged on or the beach head for the corporate and government's invasion of privacy was the home?

They, all of them, were co-opted by a political, economic and cultural system we deny every day but in which we also live, procreate, operate and profit. With all of our complaints, we don't have a functional alternative to offer. The ballot-box provides no remedy. Presidential and Congressional elections are polluted by money and interests, foreign and domestic, over which voters have no control. Politicians are bought and sold like horses prior to a race. It took a 2016 Republican presidential candidate in Donald Trump, who regularly buys and sells politicians, to acknowledge this fact. The corporate and government elite was shocked and aghast that one of their own would, well, expose Coates' "demon" so openly.

With the extremes of the American Identity Culture, social media, ubiquitous voice and audio recording, surveillance video weaving their way into all facets of American life, speech has become an action to be exercised with caution. It is an interesting coincidence that this comes on the heels of Edward Snowden's revelations of the extent of corporate and government collaboration on tracking the intimate details and movements of Americans.  A poster should be made that reads, "You are to be seen but not heard and you are to speak only when spoken to. Measure your thoughts before releasing them for the record."

Fragmented, Tribal Nation

America continues its push to a more perfect Panopticon. The Atlantic Magazine reports that "A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense." The World Socialists point to the dropping of Democratic Party fundraisers known formerly as Jefferson-Jackson Days. Dismissing Jackson correctly as a dumb, wealthy brut, The World Socialist's state, "Like any other historical figure, Jefferson could not catapult himself out of the times in which he lived. If he embodied more than any other leader the contradictory character of the American Revolution, which posed for the first time the claim of full human equality but had no means of establishing it, this only adds to his fascination as a historical figure. As for hypocrisy, one wonders if Wilder and Jefferson's other critics are prepared to turn over the gains they have made by speculating on the surging stock market of recent decades-money intimately bound up with the super-exploitation of the working class. Unlike Jefferson, who could say with the other revolutionists of '76 that they had staked "our lives, our Fortunes, & our sacred Honor" on a "glorious cause," Jefferson's haters in 2015 have staked absolutely nothing on their subjective and deeply a-historical attacks."

Where is American society/culture going with all this? It is certain that in this most Capitalist of societies, there will be commodification and cash to be made in the Identity Industry. The corporations have been target marketing for some time now to Blacks, Whites, Asians, Mixed, and LGBT: Fragmented markets for a fragmented nation: Just so.

Perhaps Identity Papers complete with genetic testing results are in order, or maybe public self-flagellation for those being White and therefore guilty of the woes that beset the Species and the environment.  Reeducation Camps might be an option, or is college becoming the modern day reeducation camp?

Safe Spaces carried too far will turn the confines of the home into that cave-like safe space in which people will communicate with society only via the Internet and with a false identity.  Nearly two million American children are being home schooled and that trend is increasing. Between corporate privatization and parental frustration with traditional 19th Century based K-12 learning modes-in both public and private schools-home schooling is on the rise.

With the religion of the mythic Judeo-Christian Gods demolished, the religion of the secular and its human gods is ascendant. Watching or reading the bombastic media and its featured commentators and guests brings the feeling of sitting in a Catholic confessional booth.  "Bless me Father for I have sinned somehow and if I did not consciously sin then one of my ancestors, or my genes, did, and, in the future might."

Who will be the judges and guides in this new America that aims to be classless and colorless, and aims to reeducate all of America? It would be an extraordinary day when all Americans think that they are of no color or class, just a collection of histories and genes assembled into one United States. I'm all for it. But the history of the Species speaks against the successful implementation of a such a blank slate society.    

I don't think I'm White.  I think I am a human being.  I don't know what it is like to be rich and in the top 20 percent of money makers in the USA.  I know that I'm color-labeled as White and class-labeled as Middle by the identity and false consciousness hunters that roam the American landscape.

I know I agree with Dave Chappelle, famed comedian with $10 million in the bank, who is labeled as Black and Wealthy. But I'm not a smart guy and I think that he is a human being and really funny guy with great observations of the human condition. I think that way of George Carlin, Chris Rock and the late Robin Williams. According to Chappelle "I support anyone's right to be who they want to be. My question is: To what extent do I have to participate in your self-image?'

Nope, "I" don't need to be forgiven and neither do my 18,000 year old genes.

John Stanton


John Stanton is a Virginia based writer. Reach him at captainkong22@gmail.com

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Donald Trump: ‘2nd Scottish independence referendum would be crazy’

2015/09/01

US Republican hopeful for the presidential race Donald Trump has waded into the debate over a second Scottish independence referendum, calling the idea ‘crazy.’

I don’t know how they can do that – go through all that again. I’ve never heard of a thing like that. It’s crazy,” Trump, who owns a golf course in Scotland, told the Press and Journal newspaper.

You would’ve thought that Cameron, or whoever was planning it, would’ve said ‘We’ll do this now, but if we win you can’t do it for another 50 years.’”

Trump has a fraught relationship with Scotland despite his business interests there. In June the American tycoon clashed with the SNP’s Alex Salmond over plans to build a windfarm off the coast of Trumps Aberdeenshire golf resort.

However, Trump maintained he did not want to become mired in Scottish politics as his campaign to replace Barack Obama as US president continues.

I didn’t want to get involved in it, but people asked me and I think Scotland is better being unified as opposed to being independent,” he said.

I felt it gives it more strength, so it certainly seemed to me, but it’s not my issue.

Trump compared his struggle with Aberdeen Council for planning permission for his golf course to his foray into politics, saying the experience would stand him in good stead.

The plans were initially rejected by councilors, before being approved by MPs.

My whole life has been a life of winning. I’ve won many, many battles over the years, and I’ve lost very few,” he told the Press and Journal.

Everyone laughed at us in Aberdeen when I proposed it for that land. But not only did we get it – it’s one of the great gems of Scotland now and it’s going to get better and better and better. It’s a landmark.

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70 migrants pay lives for Europe

2015/09/01


A lorry with dead migrants was found on one of the Austrian motorways not far from the Hungarian border. Migrants were moving to Vienna, but it was too crowded in the lorry. The passengers just did not get enough air and died because of suffocation. In total, 70 people were killed in the car accident. According to the police, the driver refused to stop the lorry. Before the bodies were found, the vehicle had stood for some hours on the side of the road. Some people allegedly died before entering Austria.

According to the Frontex Agency data, 340,000 migrants have arrived to the EU territory since the beginning of 2015.

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