Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Other Shoe


Moon of Alabama, Syrian war update:  There are signs that the long expected liberation of the Daraa region in southwest Syria is about to begin. After a month of negotiations between Russia, Israel, Jordan and the U.S. no peaceful solution has been found. The various terrorist forces in the (green) area, including al-Qaeda aligned HTS and groups loyal to the Islamic State, have rejected all negotiations. For over a month Russian negotiators tried to convince locals to give up and to reconcile with the government. But the hardliners under the rebels have killed anyone who talked with the Russians. The U.S. government has warned against a Daraa operation and threatened to intervene...  The Russian military is warning of a false-flag "chemical incident" in Deir Ezzor governorate. The Syrian Observatory reports that Islamic State remnants in the southeastern desert and in the Rukban camp, both under cover of the U.S. occupied zone around al-Tanf, prepare for a large attack on Syrian government forces. It claims that such an attack is an attempt to occupy the zone between al-Tanf and Albu Kamal at the Euphrates. Both operation would be planned diversions intended to draw Syrian forces away from Deraa and could provide excuses for U.S. intervention on the opposition side... 

Caitlin Johnstone: ​
Rumors are again swirling of an impending false flag chemical weapons attack in Syria, just as they did shortly before the highly suspicious Douma case in April. Warnings from Syrian and Russian intelligence, as well as US war ship movements and an uptick in US funding for the Al Qaeda propaganda firm known as the White Helmets, give these warnings a fair bit of weight.

The European Union is funding a project to prosecute Israel Defence Forces (IDF) officers for committing violations against Palestinian civilians, according to Israel Hayom, which quotes a local human rights organisation.

Civilians are fleeing Hodeidah after hundreds were killed in the Saudi-led coalition’s bomb campaign to take the strategic Yemeni port from Houthi rebels. The death toll and the disruption of vital supply lines has alarmed the UN.
Saudi Arabia will be lonely on the UN Human Rights Council, without the Americans.
​ Nikki Haley's statement below:​

“Earlier this year, as it has in previous years, the Human Rights Council passed five resolutions against Israel — more than the number passed against North Korea, Iran and Syria combined,” Nikki R. Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, said in a speech on Tuesday.
“This disproportionate focus and unending hostility toward Israel is clear proof that the council is motivated by political bias, not by human rights.”
“If the Human Rights Council is going to attack countries that uphold human rights and shield countries that abuse human rights, then America should not provide it with any credibility,” Ms. Haley said.
​This has nothing to do with leaving the Human Rights Council. This is imperial business as usual: 
The much-discussed report entitled "'War of annihilation': Devastating Toll on Civilians, Raqqa - Syria" revealed the US-led coalition launched "disproportionate or indiscriminate" attacks on buildings full of entrapped civilians "using wide-area effect munitions." The human rights watchdog raised the question whether the coalition conducted "rigorous surveillance prior to the strikes."
"I don't understand why they bombed us... Didn't the surveillance planes see that we were civilian families?" asked Rasha Badran, an air strikes survivor, whose 39 family members including a one-year-old girl named Tulip were killed in three separate US coalition strikes.

​Wars drive injured humans to desperate journeys far away. The US has long had secret wars and secret criminal allies in Central America. That is where the hot flow of traumatized families is coming from. The American Academy of Pediatrics: ​ 
In the dramatic increase in arrivals that began in 2014 and continues at the time of writing thispolicy statement, more than 95% of undocumented children have emigrated from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador (the Northern Triangle countries of Central America), with much smaller numbers from Mexico and other countries. Most of these undocumented children cross into the United States through the southern border.2 Unprecedented violence, abject poverty, and lack of state protection of children and families in Central America are driving an escalation of migration to the United States from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

I can only find stories about this Wal-Mart in Brownsville, where they hold 1500 boys. This is the least horrible detention center, I guess, what they are giving tours of. Up the road from us in Hutto there is something for families where they separate parents and children at night in locked cells. No pictures. The internet is not being fed factual information on this, mainly commentary. My understanding is that thousands of children have been lost to tracking, too.

Moon of Alabama notices that every time the US runs a "counter drug" program, that drugs increase dramatically. (The programs might just limit attacks to the CIA's competition. Manuel Noriega used to do business with the CIA drug runners, but later he became more useful as a target for invasion.)

This is another story about what Bernie Sanders was doing in the 1960s, while Hillary Clinton was campaigning for Barry Goldwater. (That's Bernie, chained to some black ladies,  getting arrested in Chicago.)

Tom Luongo has an article about tipping points in societal perception and orientation. Bernie Sanders was involved in that process, above. First come the innovators. They are a couple of percent, then the early adopters, which brings the new-view up to 16%, but the next leap is hard to bridge, because the 'early majority" folks are far more socially cautious, and need to feel like they are part of a big, coherent group. Tom looks at immigration as a core, deep-brain, group identity issue, and how that is working in German politics now. Merkel may not be able to hold a "center" that lets in a flood of people who will never act like Germans, and will never want to. (This is a case in point, but the principle is really important as we all move to some, yet unseen, new understandings.

The amount of ocean rise from antarctic ice melt has tripled over the last 5 years, and is accelerating.
Inexorably Changing

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