What in the World is Happening? — Steemit

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30-05-20 11:51:00,

by James Corbett
corbettreport.com
May 30, 2020

OK, I get it. You’re sick of hearing about it.

“There must be something else happening in the world,” I hear you saying.

Well, you’re in luck! I did some digging and it turns out there are other things happening in the world, after all! Things that have nothing to do with viruses or masks or vaccines or contact tracers. (Or, at least, as little to do with those things as possible, given the circumstances.)

Here are a few of them:

1) China and India are at it again

Back in September of 2017 I wrote about the soaring military tensions between China and India over a seemingly insignificant mountain pass in Doklam, a disputed area near the China/Bhutan/Indian border that is claimed by both China and Bhutan. For those who might not remember, that standoff began when Chinese troops began constructing a road in the region without Bhutan’s approval, escalated when Indian troops arrived to stop the construction, and ended when Beijing and New Delhi agreed to mutually withdraw from the region. It was a sudden end to a dangerous impasse between two nuclear-armed regional rivals, and, as many warned at the time, this was unlikely to be the last such border dispute between China and India.

Fast forward three years, and we’re now facing what is already being touted as the biggest face-off between the two countries since that Doklam dispute.

This time, the conflict is taking place over the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the imaginary line through the volatile Kashmir region separating Indian-controlled territory from Chinese-controlled territory. The LAC has been a source of contention between India and China for years, not because the region is home to any large deposit of resource or mineral wealth, but because of its geo-strategic value. Once prized for its importance in trans-Himalayan trading routes, it now stands as a strategic wedge of Indian territory between the Chinese border on the east and the Pakistani border on the west.

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Persian Gulf: what is happening in this region? | New Eastern Outlook

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22-11-19 09:38:00,

Once President Donald Trump realized that he could not change the situation in the Persian Gulf or force Iran to yield by military means, he resorted to his favorite approaches: political extortion, scaremongering and deceptive aggressive propaganda. And even if at first, his actions, to an extent, struck a chord or found a receptive audience in the region, nowadays, most Arab leaders have begun to more and more fully comprehend how egocentric and pushy Washington’s policy is at its very core.

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm (a London-based Arab online newspaper), has a perfectly reasonable opinion about all this. He thinks that the fear-mongering propaganda fixated on the Iranian threat, spun by the United States, is no longer credible, especially if one factors in the rapid pace of political change in the region; Iran’s just battle to defend its rights, and the strengthening of ties between Tehran and its neighbors.  According to Abdel Bari Atwan, it is becoming quite clear that the coastal nations of the Persian Gulf (or more accurately most of them) are gradually escaping the reach of America’s cheap propaganda (meant to elicit fear among them towards Iran), and are beginning to open up communication channels to negotiate with Tehran and resolve any differences via talks, which is indeed a wise policy. One of the arguments he has used in support of his viewpoint is the fact that even Saudi Arabia, which, in the past, was openly hostile towards Tehran, is currently engaging mediators to establish closer ties with Iran’s Ayatollah and conducting secret negotiations with the Ansar Allah movement (banned in the Russian Federation) in Yemen.

Hence, we may now safely state that the current U.S. administration has been actively promoting false propaganda against Iran and its role in the region from the very first day it came to power. However, Tehran has always highlighted the defensive nature of its military strategy; the desire to develop its nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes, and its willingness to help other nations in the region to combat terrorist organizations. During his speech at a ceremony to mark the start of the construction of the second and third reactors at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in the southern port of Bushehr, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI),

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What Is Really Happening in Syria? – Global Research

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12-08-19 02:01:00,

In this episode of “The Beloved Community”, Mark Taliano and Andrew Ashdown shed light on what is really happening in Syria. Their evidence-based, on the ground narratives, are shockingly different from the fake, monochromatic narratives fed to Western populations on the tv and in the news.

We learn that Syria is a secular society, with a secular constitution, blessed with a “full spectrum” of Christian and Muslim communities living and thriving together.

We learn that the Western terrorists, all of them “extremists” who commit unimagineable atrocities, are commanded and controlled by NATO.

We learn that whereas the elected government led by President Assad protects all communities in Syria, including Christian communities, the terrorists exterminate Christians and Muslims and seek to impose their Wahhabi diktats and their extremist interpretations of Sharia Law wherever they occupy.

We learn that Syrians overwhelmingly support their President, their pluralist government, and their pluralist society, as they overwhelmingly oppose the terrorists, their twisted ideologies, and their barbaric ways.

Finally, we are left wondering how Western governments could have deceived us for so long, and when will Western populations demand an end to the holocaust being perpetrated by governments that falsely claim to represent “the people”.

Listen to the podcast below. Transcript follows.

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TRANSCRIPT

John Shuck [00:00:46] My name is John Shuck and you are listening to The Beloved Community. The Beloved Community is on the second Friday of every month between 9 and 10 a.m., looking at spirituality, social justice, various issues regarding activism, what’s happening in the world, alternative viewpoints to official narratives, and we have one this morning. My guest is from Hamilton, Ontario. His name is Mark Taliano and he’s written a book called “Voices from Syria.” He’s a former high school teacher, author, and activist, and independent investigative reporter, and a research associate with the Center for Research on Globalization. Also known as Global Research. In 2016, he traveled to Syria with the Third International Tour of Peace where he spoke with and listened to many Syrian citizens. In his book “Voices from Syria,” Mark combines years of research with on the ground observations to present an informed and well-documented analysis that refutes mainstream media narratives about the dirty war on Syria.

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What’s Happening in the “Land of the Free” and the “Home of the Brave”? – Global Research

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29-06-19 06:32:00,

There’s something happening here/What it is ain’t exactly clear.” – Buffalo Springfield

The Sunday newspaper had been left on the park bench.  Its book page had lists of best-sellers, as if numbers two through ten could be the “best” along with number one.  Absurdities were everywhere for the taking.  On the Non-Fiction Hardcover list, numbers 3, 5, and 10 each had the word fuck in the title.  The books were published by two old and respected publishing houses: Harper and Little Brown.  However, something was odd, for the word fuck was spelled f*ck.  These books were about hope, acceptance, and living the good life, cliché topics in a feel-good culture: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Everything is F*cked, and Calm the F*ck Down.  It seemed you had to be f*cked first before you could accept the hope that the good life was coming your way. He wondered if these publishing houses thought that by eliminating the “u” they kept their hands clean and were not descending into the gutter with hoi polloi, while simultaneously titillating potential readers.  Did they think readers would be offended by the word fuck, but would not be by f*ck?  Then it occurred to him that he didn’t know what the fuck non-fiction books were anyway.  Maybe he had been wrong all his life and the opposite of up was non-up, not down.

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On every table in the seaside resort’s breakfast room there was a brightly colored flower in a clear watered vase.  When he picked it up to smell the orange blossom, there was no smell and the water didn’t move.  He imagined an ersatz form of plastic happiness, a conjurer’s delight, where everything was a trick, nothing moved, not even water.

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Leaving the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in southern California where white and black Marines were regularly fighting and there were even some killings never reported by the press, the two young Marines escaped the tense and claustrophobic atmosphere on a weekend pass.  It was early February 1967, and they took an overnight bus up the coast to San Francisco where they wandered around and found a breakfast restaurant near Union Square. 

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What In The World Is Happening This Week? : The Corbett Report

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03-03-19 10:10:00,

Are you sick of Smollett? Fed up with fake news? Tired of tawdry tabloid trash? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s a number of interesting stories from around the world that you might have missed if you’re only following the dinosaur media newsfeed.

Find out all the news that’s unfit to print in the lamestream dinosaur press in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report Subscriber.

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vol 9 issue 09 (March 02, 2019)

by James Corbett

corbettreport.comMarch 2, 2019

Are you sick of Smollett? Fed up with fake news? Tired of tawdry tabloid trash? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Here’s a number of interesting stories from around the world that you might have missed if you’re only following the dinosaur media newsfeed.

The Trump-Kim summit has ended with a whimper

The “huddle in Hanoi” is over and Team Trump either sent a strong message or presided over a catastrophic collapse in talks depending on which lamestream news outlet you go to.

“Sometimes you have to walk,” explained the prevaricator-in-chief at the anti-climactic press conference for this diplomatic nothingburger.

There’s a lot of he said / she said regarding who offered what, but the long story short is that the talks were doomed from the get-go. Or perhaps Kim should just trust that Uncle Sam has his best interests in heart when they double-dog cross-my-heart promise to ease sanctions after he’s disarmed. I mean, we saw how well that worked out for Libya and Iran, right?

Still, let’s keep it in perspective: Talks (even failed talks based on unreasonable expectations) are better than no talks, and at least no one is lobbing missiles over Japan’s head anymore. And as I’ve pointed out before, the real peace on the Korean peninsula will come through North/South talks.

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