Syrian Peace Process Beginning to Look Realistic | New Eastern Outlook


27-03-20 12:14:00,


Nine years have already passed since the first anti-government protests of Syria’s civil uprising, the so-called “Arab Spring”, organized from overseas by those pulling the strings in the Middle East and North Africa and broken up by the police. This civil uprising phase is said to have marked the beginning of the Syrian Civil War. According to the Spanish online newspaper Público, the West played a crucial role by intervening in the initial stage of the conflict in the Siege of Daraa, which would lead to the escalation of the Syrian conflict into a full-blown civil war. The newspaper goes on to describe how the United States and their allies armed and bankrolled a tiny minority they called “moderate rebels”, and gave the green light to countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to do the same.

Over the years, the civilian population in Syria have suffered terrible losses, and their country’s infrastructure and economy have been left in ruins. The situation has also been made worse by terrorist activities carried out by DAESH and affiliated militants, as well as openly subversive and aggressive policy of the US, a country which is still trying to use militants and various extremist groups to shamelessly plunder Syria’s national assets and energy resources to this day.

The obsession Ankara later developed with protecting its borders with Syria and preventing the Syrian Kurds from establishing their own state on the border with Turkey did nothing to help stabilize the situation in Syria. The United States, Britain and France actually began to direct their trilateral aggression against Syria under the flimsy pretext of protecting the Syrian people from President Bashar al-Assad’s “apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians.” Saudi Arabia joined them, along with a few other Arab countries that intervened in the Syrian conflict under the pretext of protecting the “Sunni” presence in the face of Iranian “Shiite” expansion, and in order to combat the Iranian influence on Syrian territory.

The measures taken by the international community in conjunction with the Syrian authorities to stabilize the situation in the country and bring an end to the bloodshed did not produce any significant results for a long time. Their only significant achievement was probably the decisive victory over DAESH terrorists in Syria and in the Middle East as a whole,

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When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth – Global Research


23-03-20 11:25:00,

First published in October 2009. Relevant to the COVID-19 current crisis

When the Lie becomes the Truth, There is Moving Backwards.

When war becomes peace,

When concepts and realities are turned upside down,

When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction.

When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor, 

When the killing of civilians is upheld as “collateral damage”, 

When those who resist the US-NATO led invasion of their homeland are categorized as “insurgents” or “terrorists”.  

When preemptive nuclear war is upheld as self defense.

When advanced torture and “interrogation” techniques are routinely used to “protect peacekeeping operations”,

When tactical nuclear weapons are heralded by the Pentagon as “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”

When three quarters of US personal federal income tax revenues are allocated to financing what is euphemistically referred to as “national defense” 

When the Commander in Chief of the largest military force on planet earth is presented as a global peace-maker,

When the Lie becomes the Truth, There is No Moving Backwards…


Obama’s “War Without Borders”

We are the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US in partnership with NATO and Israel has launched a global military adventure which, in a very real sense, threatens the future of humanity.

At this critical juncture in our history, the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President and Commander in Chief Barack Obama constitutes an unmitigated tool of propaganda and distortion, which unreservedly supports the Pentagon’s “Long War”:  “A War without Borders” in the true sense of the word, characterised by the Worlwide deployment of US military might.

Apart from the diplomatic rhetoric, there has been no meaningful reversal of US foreign policy in relation to the George W. Bush presidency, which might have remotely justified the granting of the Nobel Prize to Obama. In fact quite the opposite. The Obama military agenda has sought to extend the war into new frontiers.

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The Nobel Peace Prize Is A Sick Joke


26-02-20 08:57:00,

Authored by Ben Barbour via,

The Nobel Peace Prize was founded in 1901 by Alfred Nobel, an arms manufacturer. His family factory first gained notoriety for producing weapons for the Crimean War of 1853-1856. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and various other powerful explosives. These explosives were used to devastate people in conflicts such as the Spanish-American War.

After Nobel’s brother died, because of a journalistic error, the public believed that Alfred Nobel had died. In his obituary, he was portrayed as an amoral businessman who made millions of dollars off of the deaths of others. His critics declared that “the merchant of death is dead” and that Alfred Nobel “became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before.”

According to Live Science, this discovery shocked Nobel, and to improve his legacy, “one year before he died in 1896, Nobel signed his last will and testament, which set aside the majority of his vast estate to establish the five Nobel Prizes, including one awarded for the pursuit of peace.” This may very well have been a genuine act, but it is important to draw parallels between the origin of the award and its not so peaceful recipients. Here are three of the Nobel Peace Prize winners that turned out to be war criminals.


Henry Kissinger won the award in 1973 for his “efforts” to conclude the Vietnam War. What a joke. In 1968, Kissinger helped tank President Johnson’s peace talks on behalf of the Nixon campaign for political gain. Kissinger helped orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia. These bombing operations were known as Operation Menu and Operation Freedom Deal.

The carpet bombing of Cambodia led to the deaths of 10,000s, if not 100,000s, of Cambodian civilians. The total death count has been estimated to be as high as 500,000 (most estimates range between 150,000-300,000 deaths). The vast majority of these deaths are considered to be civilians because of the indiscriminate nature of the carpet bombing. These bombings also destabilized Cambodia and allowed for the rise of the genocidal ruler, Pol-Pot. The bombing campaign was so gratuitous that it made Congress pass the War Powers Resolution in 1973,

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US Middle East “Peace Deal” Designed to Perpetuate Conflict | New Eastern Outlook


18-02-20 10:53:00,

A deal that is entirely unacceptable to one of its principal parties isn’t a deal at all. In the case of the US-proposed “Middle East peace plan” – unsurprisingly endorsed by the US and Israel and few others – everything about it is designed to sabotage peace and perpetuate conflict – perhaps even expand it.

The London Guardian in its article, “Palestinians cut ties with Israel and US after rejecting Trump peace plan,” would note what are obvious conditions Palestine could not and should not accept:

The blueprint, endorsed by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, calls for the creation of a demilitarised Palestinian state that would exclude Jewish settlements built in occupied territory and remain under near-total Israeli security control.

Demilitarizing Palestine and subjecting it to occupation blatantly illegal under international law and what would undoubtedly be continued Israeli aggression, provocations, and encroachment is akin to unconditional surrender and subjugation – conditions no government could be expected to accept with Palestine being no exception.

An op-ed published by Al Jazeera titled, Trump’s Middle East plan may have a silver lining: Trump’s plan will not make the Palestinians’ lives better, but it could help dismantle the disastrous Oslo order,” would aptly describe the deal as:

Basically, Trump’s plan promises the Israelis an almost full realisation of the Zionist objectives to establish a Jewish state on all of historic Palestine, while offering the Palestinians “prosperous apartheid”, ie life under occupation with more money but no dignity and basic rights.

Of course, promises of money may or may not be fulfilled. A Palestine rendered defenseless and entirely dependent on ill-willed sponsors has no way to ensure such promises are fulfilled.

Thus the “peace plan” is yet another demonstration of Washington’s continued malign presence in the Middle East and its absolute disinterest in changing course. The Guardian would also note that several Arab allies of the US would side with Washington’s proposal, prioritizing joint belligerence toward Iran rather than solidarity with Palestine.

Helping ease Arab allies of Washington out of their pretend concern for Palestine will – Washington hopes – help them focus entirely on US plans to create a united front against Iran as US power and influence in the region slips.

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Encountering Peace – A Personal Note of an Israeli Peace Activist During the Gaza Rockets – Global Research


15-11-19 08:09:00,

What does an Israeli peace activist do when the rockets are flying and the bombs are falling?

I have been going to demonstrations since I was 12 years old – that was 51 years ago. I can easily say that I have participated in hundreds of demonstrations. But I hate demonstrations. They frustrate me. I think in all of these years, there was only one demonstration that I recall that left me feeling empowered – that was after the Sabra and Shatilla massacres in 1982.

I have demonstrated for peace and human rights. I have demonstrated against war and military adventurism. I have demonstrated for social justice and I have demonstrated for a better environment. At demonstrations, I meet a lot of people that I know and it is often nice to catch up with old friends and colleagues, but when it is over, I usually feel that nothing has changed and the demonstration had no impact. More often than not, I go because if it is an important cause, then it is essential that the number of demonstrators be significant. But to feel empowered and to have political and social efficacy, I need to do something more concrete.

During recent years, in the absence of any peace process and any chance of helping to create a peace process, I have focused on building successful, cross-boundary Israeli-Palestinian partnerships. That, too, has become increasingly difficult with the passing of time and the constant deterioration in the state of affairs between the two peoples. Nonetheless, I push on and do what I believe in.

I suppose I live in a kind of schizophrenic reality. Just yesterday I met one of my Palestinian partners in Halhoul, just north of Hebron. I parked my car in front of the Halhoul city hall and joined him in his car. The streets were filled with young kids getting out of school early after ceremonies were held in the schools to commemorate their founding father Yasser Arafat. Many of the kids had the famous black and white keffiyeh draped around their shoulders.

We continued from there to the new industrial area in the city of Tarkumiya where we visited eight large factories to spark their interest in integrating solar energy into their enterprises.

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Peace or the Fight Against CO2: You Have to Choose your Priority, by Thierry Meyssan


30-10-19 11:51:00,

Two policies are being pursued at the global level. The first aims to defend the future of humanity by putting an end to the main current cause of wars: access to fossil energy sources. The second aims to defend the planet by limiting CO2 production, mainly due to the use of fossil fuels. These two policies contradict each other. It is important to choose your priority.

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A colourful entrepreneur, Donald Trump is committed to “Make America Great Again!” by dismantling the American Empire. He has promoted fossil energy production in the United States and is withdrawing US troops from the broader Middle East; a policy he could not have pursued without removing his country from the Paris Agreement.

In a note issued by the White House on October 23, 2019, President Donald Trump’s office announced that the United States no longer needs to wage wars to obtain oil supplies [1].

Gone is the “Carter Doctrine” that responded to the revelations about CIA crimes, the US defeat in Vietnam, the Watergate scandal and the 1974 world oil crisis. To restore self-confidence to his fellow citizens, President Jimmy Carter delivered a major televised speech [2] and the 1980 State of the Union speech [3] in a row. He declared that the US economy’s energy supply required that access to Middle Eastern oil be qualified as a “national security issue”. His successor, President Ronald Reagan, created CentCom, the US military command in the central region, as if the Middle East were suddenly becoming a province of the US Empire.

For 21 years, world politics has been organized around this incredible claim by Washington. The area covered by CentCom has changed several times. It initially included the Horn of Africa to Egypt, the Levant except Israel and sometimes Jordan and Lebanon, the Arabian Peninsula and Southwest Asia. All the wars from 1980 to 2001 were primarily energy resource conflicts (except those in the Balkans, which were the “laboratory” for what was to follow).

Since 2001, the supply of energy to the US economy has become secondary. As capitalism has evolved, priority has been given to the supply of energy and raw materials to the entire globalised economy (and to the detriment of non-globalised regions of the world).

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Operation Peace Spring


15-10-19 08:50:00,

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The ultimate goal of Operation Peace Spring, launched on October 9, 2019 in the face of multi-dimensional terror threats emanating from Syria against our national security, is to ensure the security of our borders, to neutralize terrorists in the region and to save the Syrian people from the oppression of terrorists.

In spite of this, some countries and circles voiced a number of allegations and comments, which were also reflected in various international media outlets.

The Operation is being conducted on the basis of international law, in accordance with our right of self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter and resolutions of the UN Security Council on fight against terrorism.

PYD/YPG is the Syrian offshoot of PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization also by the EU and NATO. During the planning and execution phases of the operation, only PYD/YPG elements and their hideouts, shelters, emplacements, weapons, vehicles and equipment are being targeted. All necessary measures are taken to prevent any harm to civilians and any damage to civilian infrastructure. Allegations that the operation would lead to a new humanitarian crisis and a mass migration flow are fabricated in order to discredit Turkey’s counter-terrorism efforts.

Turkey fought against DEASH terrorist organization in Syria more than any other country and paid the heaviest price. Countries which insist on the mistake of combating DEASH by using another terrorist organization, remain idle to PYD/YPG’s release of DEASH detainees in line with the interest of the terrorist organization and even refrain from repatriating their own citizens who are foreign terrorist fighters in the ranks of DEASH, do not have the right to lecture Turkey on the fight against DEASH.

Turkey has no plans whatsoever to modify the demographic structure in the operation area. Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, PYD/YPG terrorist organization has oppressed and intimidated the local population, the Syrian Kurds in particular, and forcibly displaced them. The crimes which PYD/YPG committed against humanity, first and foremost the practices of ethnic cleansing, have been documented by independent international organizations.

Preservation of the territorial integrity and political unity of its neighbor, Syria, is essential for Turkey. Certain countries, which explicitly or implicitly support the separatist agenda of PYD/YPG terrorist organization, are making baseless accusations against Turkey on this matter.

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Peace Versus Climate – Global Research


23-09-19 08:25:00,

Today, Monday 23 September, the UN in New York is hosting a special meeting on Climate Change. There were massive predominantly youth demonstrations of tens of thousands around the globe, many of them in New York, one of them led by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish 16-year-old climate activist, who is sponsored mostly by various corporate foundations including Soros to act on climate change – preventing climate change, stop climate change.

Others with the same objective, called “Friday’s for the Future”, originated in Germany, students striking every Friday – meaning literally not going to school, on behalf of stopping climate change.

And there is yet another international group, the “Extinction Rebellion” (ER). They all are against the use of hydrocarbons as a major energy resource. Me too. But – what’s the alternative? – Do they promote and push for active research in, for example solar energy? Not that I have heard of. There is no viable revolution without a viable alternative – that has ever been successful.

The worldwide spill-over is apparently enormous. On Saturday some youth groups met with UN Secretary General, António Guterres, telling him that Climate Change is the world’s political issue number ONE. Mr. Guterres did not contradict, yes, it was a key problem and had to be addressed and world leaders needed to commit to take actions. The UN General assembly will further dedicate part of its program to Climate Change.

Wait a minute – Climate Change number ONE? – How about PEACE? – Nobody thought about that? Not even Guterres, whose mandate it is to lead the world body towards conflict solutions that bring PEACE – this is the very mandate that the UN has been founded on. Not climate, but PEACE.

Have these western kids, mostly from better-off families, been brainwashed to the extent that they do not realize that the world has other priorities, namely stop the indiscriminate killing, by never ending US-launched and instigated wars around the globe?

Do they not realize that their brothers and sisters in Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and in many more places of conflict and extreme poverty, are being killed left and right by the US-NATO killing machine,

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‘We want to live in peace’: Father of drowned boy Alan Kurdi urges halt to foreign interventions


04-07-19 06:53:00,

The refugee crisis the world has experienced recently is a result of the foreign interventions in the Middle East and elsewhere, Abdullah Kurdi, a refugee who lost his entire family as they were fleeing Syria, told Ruptly.

“I call on these countries that are supporting wars and providing arms to stop doing that, we want to live in peace,” Kurdi said. He also expressed his hope that his native Syria “will become a better place and these wars will stop in all the countries so that people will stop leaving like I did.”

Kurdi’s wife and two sons drowned when the rubber boat, in which they sought to reach Greece with 13 other refugees, capsized off the Turkish coast. The image of his 3-year-old son Alan, whose body washed up on the Turkish shore in September 2015, has provoked an international outcry and became a symbol of the refugees’ plight, prompting the EU to open its borders to people fleeing the Syrian conflict.

Kurdi also lamented the death of a girl from El Salvador, who drowned in the Rio Grande alongside with her Father on their way to the US.

“The image of the girl who sank in the Mexican river made me remember what happened to my child,” he said. “In the last four years, there were lots of tragedies related to children and it makes me cry, it reminds me of my kid.”

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The father, who still struggles to overcome the tragic loss of his loved ones that makes him “cry every day,” added that he and his family had no other choice but to flee from what he called the “inhumane tragedy” his country has gone through.

“Nobody will feel that, only the people who lived it,” Kurdi told Ruptly.

Yet he advised other refugees and migrants embarking on perilous journeys in an attempt to find better future somewhere away from home against taking such a risk,

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Trump *Is* a Peace President, but It’s Simply Not Enough


26-02-19 08:47:00,

‘To carry through on Trump’s promise of realignment in American grand strategy will require a class, or counter-elite, to help him or future presidents like him’

“Merchants of death” was a sobriquet once applied to the arms industry, notably by the journalists F.C. Hanighen and H.C. Engelbrecht in the title of a book they published in 1934. Today the real merchants of death are not the arms dealers but those who sell the idea of war within America’s policy elite, both inside and outside of government. They possess a monopoly on respectability, and politicians who thirst for respect from the real governing class need little incentive to adopt the ideas of the smart set. Those who don’t play along get the treatment meted out to Ron Paul or Tulsi Gabbard—or Donald Trump.

Trump does not crave respectability. He supplies whatever desire for approval he feels from his own reservoir of self-esteem. This makes him seem arrogant and perversely proud of his ignorance, so far as his enemies see it, but in fact it means he is largely immune to the ideological virus to which virtually all other politicians are susceptible. Trump knows that the foreign policy establishment is bankrupt. And that’s what makes him a president who can actually give peace a chance.

Expert opinion holds that the U.S. should be deeply involved in Syria, even to the point of fighting a two-front war with Bashar al-Assad and groups like the Islamic State. The same experts believe that the U.S. should not plan to leave Afghanistan any time soon. On the contrary, in moments of candor, many a general and think-tank apparatchik will remind you that the U.S. has happily had forces in Germany and Japan for about 70 years, so why not Afghanistan, too? Toward Russia, our policy must be one of renewed Cold War. NATO should expand indefinitely. War with Iran is inevitable, at least as far as the Republican part of the foreign policy establishment is concerned. Saudi Arabia’s wars are our wars, too. And North Korea should cause us all to lose sleep at night.

Trump dissents from almost all of this, with the regrettable exception of his support for Mohammed bin Salman’s war in Yemen. He would like to get out of Syria and Afghanistan.

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“War Summit” or “Peace Conference” in Warsaw: Netanyahu Demands Mass Murder of Iranians – Global Research


15-02-19 07:47:00,

Bibi Netanyahu misspoke. During a “peace conference” in Warsaw, Poland he said Israel wants war with Iran, then he turned around and said that’s not what he meant and “war” in Hebrew has a different meaning. 



Israel’s PM Netanyahu talks of “war” with Iran, then changes his tune.

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— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) February 14, 2019

Israel has pushed the idea of a “war” against Iran for decades. Iran sits atop a list of countries Bibi and the Likudniks want to take out. It was “mission accomplished” in Iraq and Libya, but a failure in Syria. Iran is a tough nut to crack and not a pushover like Iraq (where twelve years of brutal sanctions worked to soften the country up prior to the Bush dynasty’s second round of “creative destruction”). 

Here’s Bibi calling for mass murder in the lead-up to his destruction of Iraq. I say “his” because the “war” was orchestrated by a coterie of Likudnik operatives in the Bush administration. 

“If you take out Saddam,” Netanyahu told Congress in 2002, “I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region. And I think that people sitting right next door in Iran… will say the time of such regimes, of such despots is gone.”

— Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) February 14, 2019

If you believe there are multiple meanings of the word “war” in Hebrew and Bibi misspoke or his true meaning was lost in translation, you’re not paying attention. The Israeli state is eager to kill Iranians and flatten Tehran in similar fashion to Aleppo or Fallujah. 

Bibi will need Sunni Arabs—in particular the vicious Wahhabi brand—Europe, and of course the United States, for his master plan to be a success. That’s what’s going on right now in Poland—a sort of pre-war powwow, getting all the ducks lined up in a row. 

But if you listen to the wife of a former Federal Reserve chairman, Netanyahu and VP Pence are in Poland to honor Jews who died in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

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Peace for Syria or a New Kurdistan as a Regional Stabilizing Factor | New Eastern Outlook


04-01-19 01:17:00,


The US will withdraw her troops from Syria. Will they really? – Let’s take Trump at his word, just for argument’s sake. Though in the meantime, RT reports that the withdrawal may be slower than anticipated, to allow Erdogan making his own “strategic arrangements”, while US troops depart. During his flash visit to the US troops in Iraq on Christmas Day, Mr. Trump already indicated that any US intervention – if necessary – would be launched from Iraq. Of course.

The US will not let go of such a strategic country with access to Four Seas, as promoted by President Bashar al-Assad, linking the Mediterranean, the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf into an energy network. Washington had the full dominion of Syria in mind as the pivotal country in the Middle East, already when Washington first attempted to “negotiate” with Bashar’s dad, Háfez al-Ásad, in the late 1990s, and then after his death in 2000, the secret gnomes of Washington continued the process of coercion with Háfez’s son and heir, Bashar. To no avail, as we know.

Therefore, the question, “Will Syria ever Become a “Normal” Country Again?” – sounds almost rhetorical. Syria is one of those predestined countries to “fall”, decided by the empire, of course, long before the ascension to the throne by Mr. Trump. Others include and are well outlined in the PNAC (Plan for a New American Century) – Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, Lebanon – and Iran. As we see, the plan is progressing nicely – and letting go of any of the ‘milestones’ within this plan – is simply not in the cards. Deviations are not tolerated. That’s presumably why James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned as Secretary of Defense upon Trump’s announcement to withdraw from Syria. The Pentagon has its mandate, given by the Military Industrial Complex.

So, war or peace (and war it is) has become full spectrum Pentagon territory, not to be meddled with. It has nothing to do with terrorism, or saving the world from terrorism – it is pure and simple ´calcule’ for profit from the war machine, from stolen and confiscated oil and gas and, ultimately but not lastly, for full power dominance of the world. The Middle East is one of those focal points of the empire that needs to be plunged in eternal chaos.

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The Nobel Peace Prize in Support of War


17-12-18 07:47:00,

Published on Dec, 6, 2018 
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The Nobel Peace Prize in Support 
of War

Terje Maloy

On December 10, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony will be held in Oslo, the capital of Norway. This analysis will try to look at how the prize fits in the bigger picture, but first, some general background is appropriate:
Norway is a member of NATO and has close ties to the United States and Great Britain. The political, economic and bureaucratic elites are firmly integrated in transatlantic networks, a nexus of economic connections, think tanks, international institutions, media and a thousand other ties that bind. They tend to identify with the liberal wing of the empire, (i.e. the Democrats, not the Republicans), but will work with any US administration. The members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee are selected by the Norwegian parliament, and the Committee is nominally independent.
Despite being considered – and where the population considers itself – a ‘peace nation’, there are few countries that have eagerly joined more wars than Norway, from the attack on Yugoslavia in 1999, Afghanistan 2001, the occupation of Iraq, Mali, Libya 2011 and the ongoing occupation of Syria. Norway spends large sums of money supporting the joint Western effort to control the rest of the world through comprador intermediaries in non-governmental organizations.
This analysis will discuss some (overlapping) points about the Nobel Peace Prize:

  1. The prize reinforces certain grand narratives, the most important one being We are the good, and thus have the right to decide the fate of the rest of the world.
  2. It creates symbols for regime change operations. It beatifies modern day ‘good natives’ complaining about cruel treatment and pleading for the West to do something to liberate them (but are often remarkably unable to see Western abuses).
  3. It reinforces general reasons to start wars, by making specific themes very important at the same time they are being used to justify military action.
  4. It reinforces the narrative that enemy fights with illegal and cruel weapons. The focus on chemical weapons, as opposed to napalm or sanctions, is one example.
  5. It sanctifies peace treaties that are more like unilateral surrenders, advantageous to Western imperialism and capitalist interests.

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America Has No Peace Movement – Blame the ‘White Supremacists’


19-11-18 11:01:00,

America Has No Peace Movement – Blame the ‘White Supremacists’

The United States of America has no peace movement even though the country has been mired in unwinnable wars since 2001 and opinion polls suggest that there is only lukewarm support among the public for what is taking place in Afghanistan and Syria. This is in part due to the fact that today’s corporate media virtually functions as a branch of government, which some might refer to as the Ministry of Lies, and it is disinclined to report on just how dystopic American foreign and national security policy has become. This leaves the public in the dark and allows the continued worldwide blundering by the US military to fly under the radar.

The irony is that America’s last three presidents quite plausibly can be regarded as having their margins of victory attributed to a peace vote. George W. Bush promised a more moderate foreign policy in his 2000 campaign, Obama pledged to undo much of the harsh response to 9/11 promulgated by Bush, and Donald Trump was seen as the less warlike candidate when compared to Hillary Clinton. So the public wants less war but the politicians’ promises to deliver have been little more than campaign chatter, meaning that the United States continues to be locked into the same cycle of seeking change through force of arms.

Just last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to a BBC journalist and said Iran must do what Washington demands “if they want their people to eat.” Pompeo’s comments should have shocked the public, but they were not widely reported. If Pompeo spoke for the Administration, that means that Washington is now ready, willing and often able to starve civilians and deny them medicines as a foreign policy tool. Iran is now on the receiving end, but the US has also been supporting similar action by the Saudi Arabians in Yemen, which has resulted in widespread starvation, particularly among children. The current policy recalls former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s infamous comment that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children due to sanctions had been “worth it.”

It is hard to believe that most Americans support Pompeo. To be sure, there are a number of groups in the United States that have the word “peace” or “antiwar” somewhere in their titles.

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China’s “Peace Ark” Ship Makes Historic Visit To Venezuela After Maduro Visits Beijing

China’s “Peace Ark” Ship Makes Historic Visit To Venezuela After Maduro Visits Beijing

24-09-18 08:48:00,

For the first time, a Chinese naval ship has traveled to Venezuela, following the visit by President Nicolas Maduro to Beijing earlier this month, where he had asked China’s leadership for economic support following the collapse of its economy, said Channel NewsAsia.

The naval medical ship, known as the “Peace Ark,” had moored on Saturday at the port of La Guaira near the Venezuelan capital.

#PICTURES | Hospital ship “Peace Ark” arrived in the port of La Guaira to consolidate cooperation and friendship ties between 🇨🇳 & 🇻🇪 as well as medical and academic exchange with this sisterly Asian Power#BuquesDePaz

— Foreign Affairs 🇻🇪 (@MFAVenezuela) September 22, 2018

Maduro, whose socialist government is facing a severe backlash in Venezuela as the economy continues to collapse with the fifth year of depression and hyperinflation, visited Beijing earlier this month. China’s government promised to aid the country but did not make public if any new loans were issued.

In the last decade, China has provided Venezuela will billions of dollars in credit, in particular, the oil-for-loan program that helped China secure cheap energy supplies for its fast pace economy while also supporting an anti-Washington movement in Latin America.

According to Maduro, the “Peace Ark” will be moored in Venezuela for a little more than a week. During the visit, Chinese and Venezuelan officials will host several meetings and inspect medical facilities in the country.

Hospital ship “Ark of Peace” (He Ping Fang Zhoude) of the People’s Republic of China up to the Port of La Guaira, Vargas state.#RumboAlMillon #BuquesDePaz #Venezuela 🇻🇪 🇨🇳

— Cuerpo Combatiente 2K (@CCPDVSAGASANACO) September 23, 2018

The “Peace Ark” had received warm greetings from Venezuela’s top military officials.

Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, who welcomed the hospital ship, told the sailors: “This is how you undertake diplomacy in the world… with concrete actions of cooperation and not stoking the false voices of those who beat the drum of war.”

He later tweeted the visit was a manifestation of “true diplomacy of peace”

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Make PEACE GREAT again!

Make PEACE GREAT again!

18-06-18 08:28:00,

Ik hoop wel dat de demonstratie op 7 juli in Brussel tegen de NAVO groot wordt.” Tijdens een fietsvakantie door Noord-Duitsland bezoek ik een vriendin in Bremen. Zij haalt me met deze woorden uit de natuur en cultuur weer naar de politieke werkelijkheid. Ze begint over de twee-procentsnorm die de NAVO de lidstaten denkt te kunnen opleggen.

(Door Martin Broek, oorspronkelijk verschenen op konfrontatie)


Koud terug in Amsterdam bezoek ik een avond georganiseerd door Studenten Internationale Betrekkingen, Rood en Niet in mijn Naam. Een aftrap naar de anti-NAVO demonstratie? Enigzins. De titel is Permanente oorlog in het Midden-Oosten; is het einde in zicht? Sprekers zijn Sadet Karabulut (SP-kamerlid), Ludo de Brabander (schrijver en vredesactivist van het Vlaamse Vrede) en Sinan Can (documentaire maker, veelal over oorlog en conflict in het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika).


Alle drie de sprekers betogen dat je met bommen geen conflicten op kan lossen en zeker geen vrede kan brengen. Opmerkelijk is dat ze de start van de huidige conflicten allemaal ergens anders leggen. Sadet Karabulut begint op 11 september 2001, in lijn met een nieuwe brochure van de SP over de Permanente oorlog. Die maakt van de oorlog tegen Irak een onderdeel van de strijd tegen het terrorisme, terwijl die oorlog al in het najaar van 1990 begon, nooit meer ophield en in 2003 verhevigd werd.

Ludo de Brabander laat het conflict in het begin van de vorige eeuw beginnen, als de koloniale machten hun politiek met onderdrukking en geweld vorm geven. Hij haalt een stadswijk in Damascus aan die in die tijd is gebouwd omdat de Fransen hem hadden vernietigd bij het neerslaan van een opstand. (Hij schreef er al over in zijn laatste boek.)

Sinar Can doet er nog een schep bovenop. Hij verteld hoe Libië in de Romeinse tijd niet bestond, maar dat het drie afzonderlijke provincies waren. Dat die structuur altijd dominant is gebleven en nu met het uiteenvallen van het construct Libië weer aanwezig is. Als je niets doet aan de grondoorzaken blijven conflicten woekeren, was zijn boodschap.


Staten, de elite, de 1%, ze hebben belangen te verdedigen en soms doen ze dat militair. Die belangen bestaan uit grondstoffen,

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Peace Pilgrim – zonder geld 10duizenden kms op weg naar vrede – De Lange Mars Plus

Peace Pilgrim – zonder geld 10duizenden kms op weg naar vrede – De Lange Mars Plus

06-06-18 01:26:00,

Ze wandelt jarenlang duizenden kilometers van de west- naar de oostkust van de VS, gekleed in blauw met weinig anders dan een kam, tandenborstel, een balpen en zonder een cent op zak. Ze noemt zichzelf Peace Pilgrim. Deze pelgrimstocht duurt de rest van haar leven. Haar verleden en haar naam laat ze achter zich. Wat overblijft is haar roeping anderen inspireren om te werken aan vrede.

Ze is klaar om haar tientallen jaren durende wandeling te starten en vol te houden nadat ze innerlijke vrede heeft gevonden. Zij kan dit gemakkelijk volhouden omdat deze roeping haar onuitputtelijke energiebron is.

Want zegt ze, innerlijke vrede is de basis van vrede van ieder en daardoor van de mensheid als geheel. Alleen als je vrede hebt met jezelf, straal je dit uit in woord en daad en kan je anderen overtuigen deze vrede te zoeken.

Ondanks dat ze zonder geld leeft, mist ze zelden meer dan drie of vier maaltijden achter elkaar. Het deert haar niet, want zegt ze ik weet hoe lang ik zonder voedsel kan, ooit vastte ik 45 dagen achter elkaar. Haar probleem is niet dat ik ze te weinig eten heeft, maar dat ze te veel krijgt.

Ze accepteert geen geld. Ze zal nooit om onderdak of voeding vragen, ze zal dit wel aannemen als ze het aangeboden krijgt.

De eerste jaren is haar doel 10.000 en later 25.000 mijl te lopen voor vrede. Ook wandelt ze in Canada en in delen van Mexico. Nadat ze 25 k mijl heeft gehaald is ze gestopt met tellen. Dan is ze 11 jaar verder. Gemiddeld loopt ze 25 mijl per dag, maar dit worden er al snel 50 als ze geen onderdak krijgt aangeboden.

Tijdens haar leven treedt ze in talloze tv programma’s op, geeft lezingen, staat talloze keren in de kranten, want haar tocht gaat niet ongemerkt voorbij. Ook is ze talloze keren een luisterend oor voor mensen die haar mening of raad vragen. Nooit dringt ze zich op, ze handelt alleen als dat van haar gevraagd wordt.

Als het overdag erg warm is, loopt ze ‘s nachts,

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Peace Is a Cliché: When the West Cannot Control the World Unopposed It Means War | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Peace Is a Cliché: When the West Cannot Control the World Unopposed It Means War | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

03-06-18 02:04:00,

Featured image: Kibera Slum in Nairobi with over 1 million inhabitants

The West likes to think of itself as a truly “peace-loving part of the world”. But is it? You hear it everywhere, from Europe to North America, then to Australia, and back to Europe: “Peace, peace, peace!”

It has become a cliché, a catchphrase, a recipe to get funding and sympathy and support. You say peace and you really cannot go wrong. It means that you are a compassionate and reasonable human being.

Every year, there are “peace conferences” taking place everywhere where peace is worshipped, and even demanded. I recently attended one, as a keynote speaker, on the west coast of Denmark.

If a heavy-duty war correspondent like myself attends them, he or she gets shocked. What is usually discussed are superficial, feel-good topics.

At best, ‘how bad capitalism is’, and how ‘everything is about oil’. Nothing about the genocidal culture of the West. Nothing about continuous, centuries-long plunders and benefits that virtually all Westerners have been getting from it.

At worst, it is all about how bad the world is – “all people are the same” cliché. And, also, there are increasingly, bizarre, uninformed outbursts against China and Russia which are often labeled by Western neo-cons as “threat” and “rival powers”.

Participants of these gatherings agree “Peace is Good”, and “War is Bad”. This is followed by standing ovations and patting each other on the back. Few heartfelt tears are dropped.

However, reasons behind these displays are rarely questioned. After all, who would be asking for war? Who’d crave for violence, terrible injuries and death? Who’d want to see leveled, charred cities and abandoned, crying infants? It all appears to be very simple, and very logical.

Image on the right: Peace? 3 years old Iraqi child with cancer, Mohammed in Kos Greece

But then, why do we not hear too often that “peace speech” pouring from the devastated and still de facto colonized African or the Middle Eastern countries?

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“Peace Negotiator” Mike Pompeo: There is a CIA Plot to Assassinate Kim Jong-un? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

“Peace Negotiator” Mike Pompeo: There is a CIA Plot to Assassinate Kim Jong-un? | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

27-05-18 10:03:00,

UPDATE: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang on a two day visit “to press leader Kim Jong-un for details on his plans for denuclearisation.”

It was a polite and courteous welcome, Asian style.

But with Pompeo in charge of negotiations, what are the prospects?

Back in October 2017, Pompeo  hinted in no uncertain terms when he was head of the CIA:

“If Kim Jong-un suddenly dies, don’t ask me about it … “

“With respect, if Kim Jong-un should vanish, given the history of the CIA, I’m just not going to talk about it,”

“We are going to become a much more vicious agency…” 

And that’s the guy who’s in charge of “negotiating peace” with North Korea.

Fruitful negotiations? According to the New York Times, there was “distrust on both sides”.

Pyongyang negotiates with a U.S Secretary of State (former CIA Chief) who casually announced last October that Kim Jong-un was on the CIA’s assassination list.

Not surprisingly, hours following Pompeo’s departure,  Pyongyang accused the Trump administration of pushing a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization.” A mild understatement.

Michel Chossudovsky, July 8, 2018 ( text below published by GR on May 27, 2018)


In May of last year, the DPRK accused both the CIA (headed by Mike Pompeo) and the ROK’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) of “a failed plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un with a biochemical bomb at a military parade in Pyongyang.”

Neither the CIA nor the White House responded to these accusations.

While press reports acknowledged the CIA’s “long history” of political assassinations, the DPRK’s accusations were casually dismissed.

According to The Guardian (May 5, 2017)

Guardian screenshot, May 5, 2017


Mike Pompeo’s Unannounced May 1, 2017 Mission to Seoul 

What the Western media failed to notice was that the announcement of the alleged assassination attempt  directed against Chairman Kim (May 5, 2017)  took place 5 days AFTER Mike Pompeo’s arrival in Seoul on the weekend of April 29-30 for (unannounced) consultations with his intelligence counterparts on May 1.  

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“How Dare you Say Peace is the Answer.” … Fear is a Much Better Alternative | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

“How Dare you Say Peace is the Answer.” … Fear is a Much Better Alternative | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

28-02-18 03:22:00,

obama soldiers

Relevant article selected from the GR archive, first published by Global Research on February 28, 2015

The following email was sent to me by a Global Research reader, widow of an American serviceman, an unspoken victim of  America’s wars.

Her response shows how effective war propaganda has become, in turning concepts up side down.

Western civilization is threatened, the ISIS bogeyman seeks World domination. Our American way of life is threatened. 

She blames the enemy for the death of her husband, rather than the US government. 

I offered to send her my book regarding the impacts of nuclear war. I signed my email with the words “For Peace”.

She responded by saying:  “How dare you think peace is the answer.”

War is the solution, she says. “total annihilation is the answer. .. What we have to do is to teach nations to fear us”:  

Have we become so complacent of fear that we will not use mass destruction against the Middle East. We did it against Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end all threats from  those who have no regard for other humans?  [first email]

 In response  to your email, I am a military brat  and have good experience with war.

Have you ever been to a little place called Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iran, or Iraq.  I had 6 very good friends, drafted  to Vietnam, who never returned.

I am a war widow and raised an 18 month old son, alone!!

How dare you think peace is the answer.

For countries, that threaten our way of life, war is not good enough to slap hands, total annihilation is the answer.

If we had done that,  ISIS would not be beheading people.

They are encouraging our own people to join ISIS to retaliate against America.

Are you ready to live under ISIS world domination? Remincent of a little man named Adolf Hitler, who annihilated 6 million  Jews.

If we can teach nations to fear us, then we wouldn’t  need war, then our precious military would not die on foreign soil,

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Orwell en de NMBS: ‘War is peace’. ‘Investeren is desinvesteren’

Orwell en de NMBS: ‘War is peace’. ‘Investeren is desinvesteren’

09-02-18 05:03:00,

Het met veel bravoure aangekondigde investeringsplan 2018-2022 van de regering-Michel zet de lijn verder: onderfinanciering combineren met het stellen van te hoge eisen voor wat de NMBS geacht wordt te doen. Zo bereidt de regering verder de weg voor naar privatisering in 2022. Een nuchtere kijk op de echte beleidsintenties.

De beleidskeuzes van de regering-Michel over de NMBS blijven verbazingwekkend voorspelbaar. Net als de regeringen van de voorbije twintig jaar ervoor krijgt de NMBS de opdracht steeds meer te presteren zonder daarvoor voldoende middelen en personeel te krijgen. Die beleidskeuze van deze regering gaat weliswaar door op de besparingsijver van voorgaande jaren, maar onderscheidt zich toch door zijn hardnekkige ijver om met het openbaar vervoer komaf te maken.

Het resultaat van de zo gecreëerde kloof tussen middelen en verwachtingen is gegarandeerd meer ontevreden reizigers, die door media en politici doorverwezen worden naar het NMBS-personeel als enige ‘verantwoordelijke’. Niet de regering maar het treinpersoneel is immers de schuldige.

Als dat personeel dan af en toe staakt uit een gevoel van onmacht tegen de verloedering van hun dienstverlening wordt dat dan weer vertaald in een zoveelste argument contra datzelfde personeel. Stakingen worden telkens voorgesteld als enorm in omvang en frequentie, terwijl ze in statistische vergelijking met de woelige jaren 1970 en 1980 in feite fel zijn afgenomen. In de perceptie lijkt het echter wel het omgekeerde.

Het is op deze website al tientallen malen herhaald. Zo voert de regering het citaat van de Amerikaanse filosoof Noam Chomsky uit: “Eerst ga je die diensten onderfinancieren voor wat ze worden verondersteld worden te doen. Vervolgens ga je de gebruikers opjutten in hun klachten over die dienst. Zo maak je de geesten rijp voor privatisering. Vervolgens passeren de bedrijven langs de kassa.”

Wegbereiding voor 2022

In theorie moet het volgens de EU-richtlijnen vanaf 2022 mogelijk worden voor privé-bedrijven om de uitbating van bepaalde lijnen over te nemen. Aan de hand van eerdere privatiseringen in andere landen kan zo al voorspeld worden wat dat gaat worden. Vette brokken zoals Brussel-Gent-Oostende, Brussel-Antwerpen, Brussel-Leuven gaan dan snel voor de bijl. Kleine oninteressante lijnen als Kortrijk-Poperinge, Oudenaarde-Ronse, Herentals-Hamont, Denderleeuw-Geraardsbergen, Gent-Eeklo zullen in openbaar beheer blijven. Beste reiziger, u was verwittigd.

Beleid mag je niet beoordelen aan de hand van wollig uitgesproken intenties maar aan de hand van zijn concrete consequenties.

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