Gawronski War Information

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Palestine

A delegation from Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement joins the harvest to help Palestinian farmers pick olives and resist Israeli violence.

Roger Waters’ anti-Israel activism has cost the British rock star millions of dollars and an American Express sponsorship, the New York Post reported. All of a sudden, I feel like buying some Roger Waters’ albums!

Sixty years is a long time to mourn a death, even a cold-blooded murder. It is even longer when you must live among those, and under the system of those, who murdered your loved ones. Had this been merely an isolated incident of the Israeli military machine killing Palestinians, one may have already regulated it to the history books. But it was and is not.


Syria

I’m not sure most Americans have figured out what’s happening in Syria, because so much of what we hear is confusing to us, and really, we know so little of the context for it. Is it an insurgency against a brutal ruler? Is it a group of insurgencies struggling for power in a nearly failed state? Is it a proxy war expressing the territorial and ideological interests of the U.S., Russia, Turkey and Iran?

Or something else?

According to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. it is something else — a war between competing national interests to build, or not build, a pipeline to the Mediterranean so natural gas can be exported to Europe. Inconveniently for Syria, that nation lies along an obvious pipeline route.

Which makes it another war between interests for money — something not very hard to understand at all.

Iran

Iran has denied claims made by a senior US naval official concerning Tehran sending arms and missiles to Yemen’s Ansarullah Movement.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Tuesday rejected the allegations made by the head of US Naval Forces Central Command Vice Admiral Kevin Donegan. He went on to stress that these actions are nothing short of “war crimes.”   

Qassemi also criticized Saudi Arabia’s reelection as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, describing it as a catastrophe and a bitter tragedy.

He stressed that Riyadh’s reelection in the council is even more “regrettable” than the Saudis’ atrocities upon its impoverished neighbor.      

Saudi Arabia has been launching airstrikes in Yemen since March 2015. The war was launched in an unsuccessful attempt to reinstate Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resigned as Yemen’s president. The UN puts the death toll from the military aggression at over 10,000. 

European Union

The trade deal set to be signed by the European Union and Canada is a corporate-driven, fundamentally flawed treaty which should not be signed or ratified without a referendum in each countr

India

Mention Gandhi in certain circles and the response might be one of cynicism: his ideas are outdated and irrelevant in today’s world. Such a response could not be further from the truth. Gandhi could see the future impact of large-scale industrialization in terms of the devastation of the environment, the destruction of ecology and the unsustainable plunder of natural resources.


Australia

Asylum seekers who attempt to illegally enter Australia by boat will never be allowed back into the country, even if they legally apply for refugee status or come as a tourist decades later.

Israel

Israel should declare sovereignty over the occupied territories in the West Bank, which is home to Israeli settlers, if the UN adopts any Security Council resolution further condemning illegal settlement activity, Israel’s education minister said.


Iraq

Special forces operations in Iraq and Syria are reportedly hamstrung by fears over war crimes prosecutions being brought against them retrospectively. Special forces operations in Iraq and Syria are reportedly hamstrung by fears over war crimes prosecutions being brought against them retrospectively.

The elite soldiers are fearful of legal reprisals in what critics of full legal oversight are framing as a climate of litigation.

The UK is currently embroiled in a row over attempts to hold troops to account in relation to allegations of abuse and even murder from recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Liban

Michel Aoun has been sworn in as Lebanon’s 13th president after gaining a simple majority in the second round of voting in Monday’s highly-anticipated presidential election in Parliament, putting an end to the country’s 2-1/2-year vacuum.


USA

The Army said Friday it has determined that suicide was the cause of death of a two-star general who was found dead in his home on a military base in Alabama.
Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead July 31 at Redstone Arsenal, two days before he was to assume command of Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

He is the first Army general to commit suicide on active duty since record-keeping began in 2000, according to the Army. Military suicides soared earlier this decade and remain a major source of concern; they typically have affected lower-ranking military members.

Rossi, a West Point academy graduate and an air defense artillery officer by training, had just moved onto Redstone Arsenal and was scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant general when he took command of Space and Missile Defense Command.

A written statement by the Army on Friday made no mention of what might have prompted Rossi to take his own life.

Why would a guy, who had just received a very significant promotion, commit suicide?!?

This just reeks of « wet work », probably for a number of reasons, and makes no emotional sense whatsoever.

Right now, I am as apt to believe this as I am that Vince Foster committed suicide.

And with a government which lies to the American people so consistently, it is very hard to take anything, such as this announcement that Rossi’s death was suicide, without questions being raised


France

Despite initial denials, it appears that at least three of the five French citizens who were killed in an airplane crash in Malta earlier this week were employees of the country’s external intelligence agency. The crash happened in the early hours of Monday near the village of Luqa in southern Malta. Early reports identified that the plane as a light aircraft and was carrying five French citizens when it crashed, shortly after taking off from the nearby Malta International Airport. Initial statements from Maltese and French government officials said the plane was on a local flight route and had not been scheduled to land outside of the Mediterranean island. The five passengers were identified in press statements as “customs officers” who were conducting a joint project with their Maltese counterparts.

Venezuela

While several years ago it was perhaps debatable in polite society that Venezuela’s socialist economy would collapse ultimately unleashing hyperinflation, any doubt was put to rest early this year when the IMF’s own inflationary forecast confirmed as much.

However, while the international community had long accepted the inevitable fate of Maduro’s socialist paradise, the local government sternly refused to admit reality and to avoid confirming what the local population already knew, it insisted on keeping the highest denomination bill in circulation at 100 bolivars, whose worth is approximately 8 cents on the black market, turning the most basic transactions into logistical nightmares and saddling banks with crippling money-handling costs. Economists and central bank employees say Mr. Maduro didn’t want to acknowledge the country’s inflation problem by printing bigger notes. I don’t know what the Vegas odds are of this government just falling apart at the seams, and how soon, but it looks like simply a matter of time before Maduro gets thrown under the proverbial bus for the financial woes Venezuela is experiencing.

And let us not forget the US government’s involvement in this. Last March, President Obama renewed sanctions on the country, via executive order, and characterising it as « a threat to National security. »

Obama extends order declaring Venezuela a national security threat

And one almost has to shake one’s head at the reasons given for this, considering the « No-fly » zone the FAA has just imposed on a certain area of North Dakota, to prevent any press whatsoever from reporting what is going on here in terms of the Standing Sioux’s protest against a proposed pipeline here. The article goes on to say:

« In renewing the order, the president mentioned the same list of abuses cited last year: persecution of political opponents, curtailment of press freedoms, use of violence and human rights violations. »

This EO now appears hysterically hypocritical and ironic, in light of current events in this country.

Japan

On Thursday the Chinese Defense Ministry accused Japan of targeting and endangering the safety of Beijing’s military aircraft. Tokyo and Beijing are in the midst of a long-standing dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea, called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku in Japan.

Fighter jets and patrol ships from both countries have been hounding each other near the small, uninhabited islets, seemingly setting the stage for an impending confrontation. Beijing’s planes have been chased 407 times by Japanese fighter jets in the six months preceding September. This marks a roughly 75 percent increase from 231 incidents over the same period last year, according to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force. Japan’s playing picador with Chinese military aircraft is engineered to ratchet up tensions, rather than calming them.

I am certain that the US government is « egging Japan on » in these very dangerous actions.

Russia

Russia has not been included in the new composition of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) due to a confrontation at the diplomatic and informational fronts with the United States and its allies, deputy secretary of the Russian Civic Chamber Sergey Ordzhonikidze told Life Zvuk radio station.
« This is a part of an informational political war against our country led by US, when they worked with a great number of countries in order to prevent us from being elected (to HRC) and show that we are the main violators of human rights, » Ordzhonikidze said noting that such actions were in response to Russian military presence in Syria. Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

And Saudi Arabia, which still permits female genital mutilation; whips prisoners to death; does not allow any political opposition; is bombing innocent Yemini people to death, including women, children, and the medically fragile elderly to death, and starving Yemeni children to death with a naval blockade, gets elected to the UN’s Human Rights Commission?!?

Sorry, I don’t get it; not at all. What a lousy joke to play on the world, and right on the eve of Halloween!

This is no treat; it is a trick, and an insult, of the cruelest, most ironic and hypocritical magnitude to humankind.

The UN has just lost all relevance and credibility, in my judgement, to have made this move.