Stop the Ongoing U.S. Economic Terrorism against Iran and Help Its People! – Global Research

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22-04-19 08:41:00,

You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn’t get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions of Euro pledges by the perversely rich) that the Notre Dame fire did.

However, if disastrous floods had hit 28 out of 31 provinces and affected 10 million people in some European country or in the US, I believe you would have heard about it from Day One.

But now it is Iran. Only the Iranians.

The situation is disastrous but not so much because thousands have died. Rather, because floods of this magnitude are likely to have terrible long-term consequences for agricultural and other production, infrastructure, energy production, transport and daily lives (see pictures below and on the links).

The basic facts about 3 weeks into the disaster are:

28 of 31 provinces affected, the area around Shiraz the most. 78 people have died and 1076 have been injured. 10 million Iranians have been affected and 2 million seem to be in direct need of assistance. More can be studied at the UN OCHA’s Reliefweb.

Please enlighten yourself also by some Iranian media sources and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif’s statements here. And here.

This comes on top of economic sanctions that have already hit virtually every single Iranian very hard when going about their daily lives. The author has seen how this was already bad in 2012-2016 – since then, everything has grown worse.

Here some data by the IMF.

Yes, the corruption is everywhere in Iran but the US sanctions are extremely tight, the loss of oil export income is severe (to benefit Saudi Arabia and others).

And now this flood disaster on top of it all (more background and pictures from Iran’s Fars News Agency here).

The cruelty of not helping in this situation can only be condemned from a humanitarian, human rights and moral perspective no matter what one may otherwise think about Iranian politics and leadership.

Sanctions make humanitarian aid much more difficult

It is well known that the Trump administration wants others to think about Iran and how it puts pressure and threats to bear on other countries to prevent them from cooperating with Iran and bringing humanitarian aid in violation of these US sanctions.

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Ongoing Torture and Abuse of Chelsea Manning – Global Research

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25-03-19 11:11:00,

For heroically revealing US high crimes of war and against humanity in Afghanistan and Iraq, Manning was subjected to appalling affronts to her dignity and fundamental rights.

For nearly seven years as a political prisoner, US authorities ruthlessly violated her 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

A genuine heroic figure, she’s one of America’s best, earlier proceedings against her shrouded in secrecy.

She was unjustly convicted on multiple phony counts of long ago outdated 1917 Espionage Act violations.

Detained for over 1,000 days prior to sentencing and imprisonment, she was horrifically mistreated – tortured in solitary confinement, kept nude in her cell at night and outside for morning inspections, denied virtually every right free people take for granted.

Her years of detention and near-seven-year imprisonment resembled a living death like in Plato’s Cave. People chained to a wall – remaining there throughout their lives, shadows replacing reality.

Wrongful charges and proceedings against Manning were rigged to convict. Doing the right thing was no defense – nor heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

Her horrific mistreatment is happening all over again. For justifiably resisting the Trump regime’s attempt to incriminate her, along with wanting to use her grand jury testimony against Julian Assange, she invoking her constitutional rights, refusing to respond to unjust questioning.

Refusal got her remanded into federal custody once again as a political prisoner, falsely charged with contempt – detained indefinitely for refusing to give grand jury testimony. In the US, constitutional rights don’t matter, nor protection under international and US statute laws.

A statement by her support committee said she’s been placed in solitary confinement – torture by other means. Isolating people in cages for days or longer is a flagrant 8th Amendment violation – reflecting brutal mistreatment of the nation’s most vulnerable.

Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners. The US fails on all counts.

Human and civil rights don’t matter. US prisons are notoriously harsh. Isolated prisoners lack constructive activities. Visits are rare, direct contact with others denied – lousy food delivered through cell door slots, treatment designed to inflict emotional and physical harm.

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The Ongoing Effort by the Corporate State to Kill Alternative Media – Global Research

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11-01-19 08:30:00,

If you read anything today, read Whitney Webb’s “How a NeoCon-Backed ‘Fact Checker’ Plans to Wage War on Independent Media.” The article breaks down Newsguard Technologies, an organization dedicated to censoring news and information outside the orbit of official propaganda. 

The article is truly alarming. It reveals how the government, neocons, the Council on Foreign Relations, large corporations, and Silicon Valley are conspiring to seriously limit your access to information on mobile devices, computer browsers, and social media. 

According to Webb’s research, Microsoft may incorporate Newsguard tech in the browser of an upcoming version of its operating system, which is used by 1.5 billion people around the world. No word if Apple plans to do the same. 

From deplatforming to demonetization, the state and its corporate partners are deadly serious about removing any high profile news from the internet that dispels or challenges its propaganda.  

Of course, it would be far easier to simply remove offending websites and social media platforms from internet domain servers—immediately sending all disfavored content down the memory hole—but under the rubric of soft fascism (as spelled out by Bertram Gross), this approach is eschewed in favor of incremental behind the scenes efforts and a propaganda effort that sells us the fairy tale alternative media is driven by evil Russians (who also flip elections), under the direction of the “New Hitler”, Vladimir Putin. 

A decade ago, I predicted the state and corporations (the essence of fascism, otherwise known as corporatism) would move to kill alternative media. I was wrong about the timeline, as the state often moves in glacial fashion. 

It may be another two or three years, but eventually they will manage to wipe out most alternative media, or media that does not follow official narratives. This doesn’t mean every media outlet or blog at odds with the state will be expunged, only those with high traffic and demonstrable influence. 

Little guys like me will probably be allowed to continue, although it is possible Google and the corporate search engines will not return results on those websites and blogs. 

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