The Sanctioned Strike Back | Door Rüdiger Rauls |

19-08-20 07:15:00,

Decennialang zijn staten die zich niet onderwerpen aan de belangen van de VS en de waarden van het Westen lastiggevallen met sancties. Zijn er nu tekenen van ontwikkelingen die het einde van deze economische terreur kunnen inluiden? Hebben de VS en het Westen van de waarden zichzelf dodelijke sancties opgelegd?

Een standpunt van Rüdiger Rauls.

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De VS is nog steeds de sterkste economische macht ter wereld, maar de Chinezen zitten hen op de hielen. In tegenstelling tot de Amerikanen hebben zij een plan: zij willen in 2025 de technologische leider worden in tien industriële sectoren. De VS en het Westen als geheel hebben hier niets op tegen, behalve obstakels.

Niet dat het hen aan wetenschappelijke en economische competentie ontbreekt. Maar in tegenstelling tot China ontbreekt het in het Westen aan sociale cohesie. Het is blijkbaar niet meer denkbaar dat de verschillende sociale groepen in het Westen zich verenigen in het belang van de economische ontwikkeling. Volgens het Westen kan dit alleen maar een uiting zijn van een autoritair systeem.

De westerse samenlevingen worden daarentegen opgegeten door de strijd van belangen en maatschappelijke groeperingen om voordelen in de verdeling van de sociale rijkdom. Op politiek niveau komt dit getouwtrek binnen de samenlevingen overeen met de geschillen tussen de westerse staten over de verdeling van de markten.

Ondanks de oppervlakkige gehechtheid aan zogenaamde westerse waarden, zijn ze vijandig tegenover elkaar. Deze vijandigheid en concurrentie komt het duidelijkst tot uiting in het economisch beleid van de VS. Steeds vaker valt de grote broer zijn kleinere broers lastig met tarieven, sancties en economische bedreigingen als ze niet naar zijn pijpen dansen.

Het meest recente en ontmaskerende voorbeeld van de Amerikaanse meedogenloosheid is het Amerikaanse dreigement aan de haven van Sassnitz dat deze financieel zal worden vernietigd als het de aanleg van de Nord Stream 2-pijpleiding blijft steunen. Zijn dit de westerse waarden waarmee men zich pretendeert te onderscheiden van andere bedrijven? De roversbaronnen en de pikorde van het kippenhok zijn daarentegen bijna beschaafd, of in ieder geval voorspelbaarder.

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De vraag is: Waarom doen de Amerikanen dit? Ze pleiten immers al tientallen jaren voor vrijhandel.

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U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan –

22-09-19 12:12:00,

U.S. drone strike kills 30 pine nut farm workers in Afghanistan

Paul Craig Roberts

The warriors who conducted this drone strike from a safe distance in the U.S. without any danger to themselves other than their moral conscience if they have one are henceforth “heroes.”  “Thank you for your service.”

The majority of the people killed by the US military in Washington’s 21st century wars for Israel and the military/security complex’s profits have been women, children, village elders, weddings, funerals, children’s soccer games, and farm workers.   But this is merely the collateral damage of bringing democracy and the American way to the oppressed.

Everytime I go through the Atlanta airport I am subjected to endless recordings thanking our service persons for their service, and informing the rest of us that enlisted military persons will be first to board.  Service to who? How is someone serving the profits of the military/security complex and the state of Israel a hero?  Our “heros” are lowly paid mercenaries serving evil. Thanking them for their service is like thanking Satan for his evil.

Caitlin touched on this recently: 

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The L.A. Teachers’ Strike Is About So Much More Than Wages

18-01-19 05:47:00,

Los Angeles public school teachers began a historic strike on Monday, for the first time in 30 years. Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out of contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that had dragged on for nearly two years. The specific battle is being fought over LAUSD’s refusal to tap into its record $1.86 billion reserve in order to reduce class sizes, hire more support staff, including counselors and nurses, improve infrastructure and more. But more broadly speaking, the L.A. teachers’ fight is symbolic of a bigger struggle to maintain and expand quality public education for all Americans and to secure the rights that the critical stakeholders—teachers, students, parents—have within that system.

The L.A. teachers’ strike comes after several high-profile fights last spring in states like West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, where educators tired of poverty-level wages fought for raises and won. But the L.A. strike is broader than those others, not just in terms of the sheer size of the district and the union, but in the demands the union is making. Although LAUSD has offered a 6 percent raise over two years (not nearly enough of what teachers deserve), teachers want an overall better experience for their 600,000 overwhelmingly nonwhite students. They want more nurses and counselors, smaller class sizes and a halt to the expansion of charter schools.

In usually sunny Southern California, the 2019 teachers strike was launched during a week dominated by cold, windy, rainy weather, 30 years after the last such strike. In spite of the wintry conditions, tens of thousands of teachers, counselors, nurses, union organizers, and even some parents and students, marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles and picketed in front of their schools across the sprawling district. I spoke with several teachers who told me about their large class sizes, aging books, leaking roofs and, most of all, paucity of support staff.

Students needing regular medical attention are attending schools where nurses are on staff for only one or two days a week. School counselors and psychologists are forced to work at numerous schools at once, handling emergencies whenever they can. Students who want to use the library have to wait for the brief weekly window during which the school librarian is on call.

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NATO Sabre Strike Exercise: Scaring Russia With Multiple War Games Of Unparalleled Scale

07-06-18 06:43:00,

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

This year, NATO has already organized about 100 exercises, 20 percent more compared to the same period in 2017. Saber Strike-2018, a large-scale US-led exercise involving 18,000 soldiers from 19 NATO members and partner nations, kicked off on June 3 to last till June 15. The scope of the exercise has been steadily expanding with every year. It was 11,000 troops in 2017, 9,000 in 2016, 6,000 in 2015, 4,700 in 2014 and 2,000 in 2013 – that’s how a relatively small drill turned into the regular deployment of substantial force in the proximity of Russia’s borders. Moscow expressed its concern about it at the NATO-Russia Council’s session held on May 31.

The annual multination training event organized every year since 2010 is being held across the training areas in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Non-NATO countries taking part are Finland and Macedonia. Air assault landings are part of the scenario to hone the skills for launching offensive operations.

Sabre Strike is timed with Swift Response airborne drill in Latvia to culminate on June 8. It involves 800 paratroopers from US, Latvia, Lithuania, Israel and Poland.

There will be more exercises held in 2018 near Russia’s borders, including Trident Juncture, a really big one to take place in late October-early November to involve 35,000 troops from 30 nations along with 70 ships and about 130 aircraft and Anakonda organized by Poland in November. The latter will involve 100,000 servicemen, 5,000 vehicles, 150 aircraft and 45 warships. The scale is mind-boggling. One can imagine how much it costs! The Anakonda scenario includes preemptive strikes. If it’s not an open preparation for war than what is? US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley believes it is. According to him, “Having large-scale NATO forces in the Baltic States and Poland, as well as the lack of transparency – we see serious preparation for a great war.” He knows what is talking about.

In May, NATO held a large Siil (Hedgehog) exercise in Estonia and northern Latvia involving more than 15 thousand troops. The series of training events are conducted against the background of the proposal put forward by Poland to deploy US troops on its soil with Warsaw shouldering the financial burden of base construction.

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