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NEWS: US official says success of ISIS has 'energized recruting efforts for all militant groups'

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A U.S. counterterrorism official speaking "on condition of anonymity" has said that "[a]s many as 10,00 foreign fighters -- a third more than in February -- have joined the militants seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Islamic State fighters who have swept across northern Iraq," Sunday's Los Angeles Times reported.[1]  --  "As many as 3,000 of them hold European or other Western passports and thus can travel easily across most borders," Brian Bennett and Richard Serrano said.  --  "Several dozen, perhaps as many as 100, hold U.S. passports, and officials say that number is growing."  --  "[T]he stunning battlefield success of the Islamic State fighters, and its calls for an Islamic caliphate, have energized recruiting efforts for all the militant groups."  --  The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, "is so innovative and is growing so quickly that one U.S. national security official called it the 'Silicon Valley' of militant organizations."  --  Bennett and Serrano described the cases of Americans from Florida, Texas, and Colorado becoming jihadists....

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NEWS: Israeli leaders shedding pretense of support for Palestinian statehood

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On Jul. 11, 2014, at a press conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that "There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan."  --  In a piece posted on Huffington Post, Ryan Grim and Paul Blumenthal noted that "if Israel doesn't relinquish security control, Palestinians cannot establish a state."[1]  --  They also quoted Times of Israel editor David Horovitz, who said:  "That sentence, quite simply, spells the end to the notion of Netanyahu consenting to the establishment of a Palestinian state."  --  Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett have even more extreme views....

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 July 2014 23:45 Read more...
 

TRANSLATION: In Gaza, 'this is anything but a total war'

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On Friday Le Figaro called the Israeli ground operation in Gaza an "incursion" rather than an "invasion."[1]  --  Renaud Giraud said that the conflict "remains a war of low- or medium-intensity, on a territory inhabited today by 1.8 million Palestinians, the grandchildren of the refugees of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.  --  In this asymmetric conflict that is anything but a total war, politics and diplomacy remain in the foreground." ...

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TRANSLATION: Israeli ground operation in Gaza risks heavy losses (Le Figaro)

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Le Figaro (Paris) reported Thursday that the decision to undertake a limited ground operation in Gaza was a partial concession by Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to hawks in his majority and also to tens of thousands of mobilized reservists who are chafing at the bit on Gaza's borders.[1]  --  The operation's objective is the "tunnels allowing commandos to carry out attacks and take civilian or military hostages" whose "openings are very well camouflaged inside houses, which makes them practically impossible to locate.  --  Only a ground operation can make systematic digs possible."  --  "But Benyamin Netanyahu is taking a serious risk," said Marc Henry.  --  "Hamas is dug in, waiting for the Israeli army.  --  The Islamist movement warned Thursday night that the Jewish State was going to 'pay a high price' for this new escalation.  --  Military experts emphasize that an incursion into the Gaza Strip risks causing heavy losses among Israeli soldiers.  --  The back streets of the refugee camps, the roads, the 'suspect' houses, some of which are booby-trapped, constitute an ideal ground for guerrilla warfare against a regular army." ...

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NEWS: Malaysian Airlines 777 down in eastern Ukraine, 298 dead

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Since parts of MH17 are scattered miles apart, it is clear that the Boeing 777 "broke apart at altitude and its parts descended on the currents of the wind until they impacted the earth," the editor-in-chief of Flying magazine wrote Thursday on the Time website.[1]  --  "We can conclude that MH17 came apart at a very high altitude," said Robert Goyer.  --  "And it came apart very violently."  --  Newsweek reported that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko "has invited Dutch investigators to determine exactly what happened."[2]  --  But "[s]eparatist forces on the scene have taken control of the black box recorder that will hold the key to what happened."  --  Nicholas Wapshott offered eight possible causes for the disaster, and suggested that the most probable was that "Pro-Russian separatists shot down the plane on purpose."  --  Time reported that Oleg Tsarev, one of the leaders of the Donetsk People's Republic, denied that they had weapons that can shoot down a plane at 33,000 feet, where the flight was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam with 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.[3]  --  Time's Simon Shuster said the denial "rang hollow." ...

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 06:48 Read more...
 

NEWS & BACKGROUND: Fighting in eastern Ukraine accompanied by warring narratives

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The West is blaming "fighters crossing into Ukraine from Russia with heavy military equipment" for the intensification of fighting in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported Wednesday.[1]  --  Western news sources are largely following this line, describing a crafty but aggressive Russian president as the main instigator of events and supporting the premise underlying new sanctions imposed Wednesday by the United States.[2]  --  Russian sources and sources on the left are telling a very different story of Western aggression followed by a brutal military campaign that has been accompanied by atrocities against Russian-speaking Ukrainians carried out by extreme-right Ukrainian-nationalist militants with neo-Nazi sympathies.[3] ...

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:03 Read more...
 

TRANSLATION: Jean-Claude Juncker 'cannot escape his political identity' (J.-L. Mélenchon)

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On July 11, Parti de Gauche co-founder Jean-Luc Mélenchon commented at length (about 4,800 words) on France's place in the European Union, on the new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and on the alienation toward the political system that the Parti Socialiste is causing in France by pursuing pro-business policies.  --  His remarks are translated below in their entirety.[1] ...

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PHILOSOPHY: Non ignara mali miseris succurrere disco

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A few years ago, Valtin (a Californian psychologist who has been involved in treating torture victims and who writes under a pseudonym) offered a commentary of one of Rousseau's favorites lines from Virgil's Aeneid.[1] ...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 05:53 Read more...
 

COMMENTARY: 'An emerging police state' where 'hostility to truth-telling is an article of faith'

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"As advanced societies are de-politicized, the changes are both subtle and spectacular," said John Pilger on Saturday, marveling at the neo-Orwellianism of contemporary life.  --  The celebrated radical Australian journalist was especially aggrieved at the fact that "In the arts, hostility to political truth-telling is an article of bourgeois faith."[1]  --  The U.S. is usually the aggressor or on the side of the aggressor in contemporary international crises, but the mainstream media affects to believe that the adversary is to blame:  Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Syria, Hamas, etc.  --  Historically, it has been the role of the modern artist to pierce such façades.  --  But no longer.  --  "No Shelley speaks for the poor, no Blake for utopian dreams, no Byron damns the corruption of the ruling class, no Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin reveal the moral disaster of capitalism.  William Morris, Oscar Wilde, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw have no equivalents today.  --  Harold Pinter was the last to raise his voice."  --  BACKGROUND:  To better understand Pilger's bleak conclusions, see a piece of his written in September 2013.  --  There, he explained that he sees the United States and other Western countries as having succumbed to a soft form of fascism.  --  "With not a single tank on the White House lawn," Pilger said, "a military coup has taken place in Washington.  --  In 2008, while his liberal devotees dried their eyes, Obama accepted the entire Pentagon of his predecessor, George Bush:  its wars and war crimes.    --  As the Constitution is replaced by an emerging police state, those who destroyed Iraq with shock and awe, piled up the rubble in Afghanistan, and reduced Libya to a Hobbesian nightmare, are ascendant across the U.S. administration."[2] ...

Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 00:17 Read more...
 

NEWS: Nuclear materials fall into hands of The Islamic State

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"Terrorist groups" have seized about 40kg of uranium that was being kept at the University of Mosul, Baghdad told the IAEA in a letter dated Jul. 8, 2014, the New York Times reported.[1]  --  Iraq's ambassador to the U.N. "said the Islamic State group also took control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin are stored along with other chemical warfare agents," the Associated Press said.[2]  --  Both the U.S. and the IAEA played down the risk the material represents, but "Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich . . . said:  'The sheer fact that the terrorists . . . show unmistakeable interest in nuclear and chemical materials is, of course, very alarming,'" Reuters reported.[3]  --  A former IAEA inspector said that "there should be no enriched uranium in Mosul," Fredrik Dahl said.  --  Fox News was able to locate an expert who said that "There is theoretically the potential for a dirty bomb," however.[4]  --  BACKGROUND: As Adam Curtis pointed out in his three-hour 2004 documentary, "The Power of Nightmares," the "dark fantasy" of terrorists with nuclear weapons has become the principal legitimation of the power of the national security state....

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 15:52 Read more...
 

NEWS: Donetsk prepares for siege as Ukrainian forces encircle city

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As calls from outside Ukraine for a cease-fire and a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the east fall on deaf ears in Kiev, "Donetsk is steeling itself for a siege," Bloomberg reported.[1]  --  The siege has not begun yet, but Ukrainian troops are encircling the city, the largest in the Russian-speaking region of Ukraine, and residents fearing the worst are fleeing in droves, Denis Hazansky, Daryna Krasnolutska, and Daria Marchak said....

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NEWS & BACKGROUND: Netanyahu deliberately 'made an utterly avoidable nightmare inevitable'

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Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip were Israel's justification for unleashing lethal "airstrikes against more than 150 sites in Gaza," the Washington Post reported Tuesday.[1]  --  "Ashraf al-Qidrah, a spokesman for Gaza’s Health Ministry, said early Wednesday that 24 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli attacks and 152 wounded," William Booth and  Ruth Eglash said.  --  Israel has mobilized more than 40,000 reservists and is "mobilizing two infantry brigades, artillery, combat bulldozers, and tanks along the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion."  --  "Israel said it had undertaken more than 273 airstrikes against the strip on Tuesday," Al Jazeera reported early Wednesday.[2]  --  BACKGROUND: At the origin of this latest round of bloodletting was the abduction and killing of three Israeli youths.  --  On Tuesday, Max Blumenthal, who recently spoke in Tacoma, made the startling charge that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s military-intelligence apparatus are responsible for what is happening, because "[t]hrough a toxic blend of propaganda, subterfuge, and incitement, they inflamed a precarious situation, manipulating Israelis into supporting their agenda until they made an utterly avoidable nightmare inevitable."[3]  --  Rather than tell the truth, Blumenthal said in his Electronic Intifada piece, "Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency imposed a gag order on the national media, barring news outlets from reporting that the teens had almost certainly been killed, and forbidding them from revealing the identities of their suspected killers.  --  The Shin Bet even lied to the parents of the kidnapped teens, deceiving them into believing their sons were alive.  --  Instead of mounting a limited action to capture the suspected perpetrators and retrieve the teens’ bodies, Netanyahu staged an aggressive international public relations campaign, demanding sympathy and outrage from world leaders, who were also given the impression that the missing teens were still alive.  --  Meanwhile, Israel’s armed forces rampaged throughout the occupied West Bank and bombarded the Gaza Strip in a campaign of collective punishment deceptively marketed to Israelis and the world as a rescue mission."  --  Netanyahu's motive, according to Blumenthal, was that he was "still smarting" from U.S. recognition of a Palestinian unity government and "resolved to milk the kidnapping for maximum propaganda value" to undermine the Palestinian cause.  --  The claim that the leadership of Hamas is responsible for the murders is false, Blumenthal said....

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TRANSLATION / ANALYSIS: Why Iraq imploded

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Le Monde diplomatique has devoted much of its July 2014 issue to Iraq.  --  Prominent among the articles the number contains is a probing analysis by Peter Harling, translated below.  --  Harling is an analyst at the International Crisis Group, an establishment NGO with many prestigious names associated with it.  --  He explains why he mostly blames Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the catastrophe, but also looks more deeply into the reasons Maliki acted as he did.  --  In the Middle East today, he concludes, increasingly "[t]he art of governing that is spreading consists in abandoning any ambition to govern at the level of the nation-state.  --  Regimes no longer even try to overcome the splits that divide their societies, whether these be of ideology, development, or repression.  --  Instead, they attack along these fault lines, make them worse, and seek conflict.  --  By radicalizing one part of society, they consolidate their position in another, and spare themselves the trouble of any constructive program:  the fear of what might replace them suffices to keep them in power.  --  They also tend to weaken the national character of their institutions by depriving them of their autonomy, in order to make themselves indispensable.  --  Then they sell themselves abroad in the name of the 'war on terrorism' on the strength of a 'democratic' election that reflects the hysterical vote of one swath of society and the fatal boycott of another."[1] ...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:54 Read more...
 

NEWS & ANALYSIS: Poroshenko to 'continue operation' as Ukraine rebels vow 'fight to end'

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On Sunday the New York Times quoted approvingly a Ukrainian "director of military programs" at a "policy research organization" (don't bother asking how they find these people) who said that in the renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine the government forces had "overcome that psychological barrier in which the military were afraid to shoot living people . . . not simply to shoot living people, but their own people," thus permitting their "recent success."[1]  --  But, said David Herszenhorn, "The biggest test is just ahead.  --  After fleeing south from Slovyansk, large numbers of rebels appeared Sunday to be regrouping in Donetsk, a city of one million, where any push to contain them will involve dangerous urban warfare.  --  Signaling resilience, insurgents on Sunday seized a building belonging to the state penitentiary service. . . . [T]he rebels, after suffering losses, appeared to be searching for weapons."  --  AP reported that the self-described governor of the Donetsk People's Republic declared at a rally attended by thousands that rebels would "begin a real partisan war around the whole perimeter of Donetsk."[2]  -- "[T]he mood was dire Sunday at a rebel checkpoint on the outskirts of Donetsk," Yuras Karmanau said.  --  "'We will fight to the end because we have nowhere left to retreat,' said one of the masked fighters."  --  Residents fear that Donetsk "will be left in ruins like Slovyansk," an inhabitant said.  --  They have reason to fear, as this weekend's promised diplomacy never got off the ground.  --  Reuters, in an analytical piece, said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may be ignoring both European and Russian views in pursuing his military offensive, and instead "show[ing] an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics,"[3] which is virulently nationalistic, even fascistic.  --  "After the success of the offensive in taking Slovyansk, Poroshenko shows no sign of negotiating another truce," said Thomas Grove and Richard Balmforth.  --  "He took triumphantly to Twitter on Sunday:  'My order is now in effect -- tighten the ring around the terrorists,' he wrote.  'Continue the operation to liberate Donetsk and Luhansk regions.'" ...

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 06:56 Read more...
 

NEWS: 'No doubt' Israel headed for fighting with Hamas, former army intel chief says

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Another round of bloodletting has begun in Israel-Palestine.  --  As Monday approached there were riots in Israeli Arab towns, stone-throwing in Jerusalem's Old City, and both rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli Air Force strikes in response.  --  According to Haaretz updates, former army intel chief Amos Yadlin stated that there is no doubt Israel is headed for another round of fighting with Hamas.[1]   --  On Sunday afternoon Palestinian Attorney General Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Uweili said that Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the 16-year-old Palestinian whose body was found in a Jerusalem forest last Wednesday, was burned alive."  --  Hamas is said to be seeking a cease-fire without conditions, but "the Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades said in a press conference in Gaza that the Palestinian factions will not accept a ceasefire that does not include a removal of the blockade on the Gaza Strip and a resumption of normal daily lives in the West Bank and Jerusalem."  --  The chairman of a religious Zionist party (Habayit Hayehudi) complained that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "quiet will be met with quiet" policy "harms Israeli deterrence and allows Hamas to build up from round to round."  --  On Sunday evening Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lieut. Gen. Benny Gantz was meeting with infantry and tank commanders deployed in the northern Gaza Strip, saying that Hamas is responsible for rocket fire from the Strip and "that the security establishment will respond with force if calm is not restored to the south." ...

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 July 2014 21:57 Read more...
 

TRANSLATION: PNB's fine was 'imposed by the North American empire' (J.-L. Mélenchon)

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In his latest statement, published Wednesday and translated in its entirety below, Parti de Gauche founder Jean-Luc Mélenchon analyzed the historic record fine levied by the U.S. Department of Justice on the French bank BNP Paribas, and discussed the midterm budget votes in France's National Assembly....

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COMMENTARY: 'Economist' calls for 'tougher measures' against Russia

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As the Economist saw it on Saturday, "Russia has, in effect, already invaded eastern Ukraine," and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is "under intense pressure not to extend the temporary ceasefire that Mr. Putin persistently and disingenuously calls for."[1]  --  "The question for Mr. Putin is how far he is willing to go if Ukrainian forces seem to be gaining the upper hand over the rebels. In a pure military contest Kiev is likely to prevail, given enough time.  --  'Even just standing still will require Russia to put in more resources,' says Mark Galeotti of New York University.  --  Mr. Putin may not be able to avoid this.  --  Igor Korotchenko, a military analyst and editor who is close to the defense ministry, argues that Russia should step up its support to anti-Kiev forces following the precedent of America’s support to Syria’s rebels."  --  The Economist, for its part, it seems, would like to see more violence.  --  "The question for the West is how much of an appetite it has for tougher measures.  The recent cycle of threats of more sanctions, followed by meek postponements, does not bode well."  --  COMMENT:  The neoliberal Economist, which may be considered to be the voice of Western capital, blames the fighting on Russia.  --  On the left, it is easy to find narratives according to which all the aggression is on the Ukrainian/Western side and Russia acting defensively.  --  The existence of such diametrically opposed narratives enable both sides easily to justify escalation as defensive, make it harder for either side to back down, and greatly increase the dangerousness of this situation....

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NEWS & COMMENT: Intensified fighting in eastern Ukraine

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"[F]ighting appeared to intensify" Friday as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko "continued an offensive against pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine," even as he said he "would be willing to resume peace talks" on Saturday, USA Today reported.[1]  --  But the Wall Street Journal said Poroshenko "said he hadn't received a response" to his proposal of Minsk as a venue for talks and said Russia was "massing thousands of troops on its border with Ukraine."[2]  --  Even as Poroshenko attacked pro-Russian separatists in the east with heavy weapons, he "shook up his faltering military Thursday, appointing a new defense minister and top general" and making a belligerent speech to parliament in Kiev, the Associated Press reported.[3]  --  Angela Merkel and Barack Obama, solidly in the Ukrainian camp, agreeing Thursday "that the U.S. and Europe should levy further costs on Russia if it doesn’t de-escalate the situation quickly."  --  Deutsche Welle, though, said that Poroshenko's decision Monday to end a cease-fire came over the objections of Merkel.[4]  --  Ukrainian rhetoric is harsh:  its defense minister characterized the aim of the fighting as "liquidating terrorists," and hundreds of Ukrainian civilians are said to have died.  --  On Friday, however, AP said that no one really knows what is going on in eastern Ukraine.  --  "It is nearly impossible to prove or disprove the claims from opposing sides, since the fighting consists of intermittent clashes with no fixed front line and it is dangerous for journalists and other observers to travel around," David McHugh said.[5]  --  While Western corporate- and state-owned media gaze calmly at the fighting, Russian media describe the situation in dire terms.  --  Russia Today called the situation "horrendous" and published an interview with Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois, in which Boyle said that the situation in eastern Ukraine "is degenerating into outright genocide, if it is not there already. . . . President Putin needs to shut off all the gas [to Ukraine] in the name of the genocide convention."[6]  --  "I am afraid we are going to see a humanitarian catastrophe over there [in Ukraine] in the next three weeks," Boyle said.  --  COMMENT:  The Western-engineered Ukrainian "revolution" has replaced Russian-leaning oligarchs with pro-Western ones whose foreign allies are trying to keep Moscow at bay with the threat of sanctions.  --  This threat would appear to be working: on the Fourth of July, the Kremlin released a friendly telegram Vlaidimir Putin sent Barack Obama, but the White House spurned the olive branch:  it "confirmed to POLITICO that it has seen the statement but had no comment."[7] ...

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 17:48 Read more...
 

BACKGROUND: NY Times gearing up for a new crusade

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Are you ready for a new crusade?  --  Now that ISIS has declared itself, as "The Islamic State," to be a new caliphate, the New York Times seems to be gearing up for renewed combat.  --  On Thursday, it posted a snazzy interactive multimedia website devoted to presenting the latest developments and declared that ISIS (for some reason the Times is refusing to adopt its new name) is now a "rogue state."[1]  --  We all know what that means.  --  The texts of the Times' tendentious commentary are presented below; click on the link to see how they are superimposed on satellite pictures of Mesopotamia....

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 08:13 Read more...
 

UFPPC statement: Haven't we done enough?

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UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."

HAVEN'T WE DONE ENOUGH?

July 3, 2014

[NOTE TO READERS: We consider the present crisis in Iraq to be an epochal one and are therefore taking the opportunity to review at some length our engagement with the issues it raises.]

On June 25, Prof. Juan Cole said that "the whole country of Iraq . . . is in its last throes."  The vast plain where the Tigris and the Euphrates meander toward the Persian Gulf has often witnessed historic spasms.  Iraq is part of the Tigris-Euphrates watershed known as Mesopotamia, where the Romans fought it out with the Parthians and suffered one of their most serious defeats when Crassus and seven Roman legions were defeated at Carrhae in 53 BCE.  Negotiations over a truce went sour, and Crassus, the wealthiest man in Rome, was killed.

That was only one of dozens of epochal moments in a region that European imperialists like Halford Mackinder (1861-1947) identified as a "pivot" or "heartland" of world history in his famous 1904 article, "The Geographical Pivot of History."  The region's centrality goes back to the days when Bronze Age societies initiated the first real arms race.  It's telling that for all the subsequent (and current) hand-wringing about democracy in Iraq, the initial (and fraudulent) justification of the United States in Iraq invoked new weapons technology.

Now Iraq seems to be breaking apart.

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NEWS & COMMENT: Poroshenko unleashes 'full-scale fighting' & 'open warfare' in eastern Ukraine

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Fighting resumed this week in eastern Ukraine after the new president, Petro Poroshenko, went on the attack against pro-Russian militants in more than 100 places.  --  The New York Times reported late Wednesday that a "Russian statement [that] was unusually harsh . . . signaled blistering outrage in Moscow over the renewed military effort to end the rebellion."[1]  --  The day before, Russian President Vladimir Putin "reiterated his commitment to protecting 'Russian people' wherever they live," David Herszenhorn said.  --  USA Today reported that "five Ukrainian troops and hundreds of pro-Russian separatists were killed as government forces engaged in more than 100 clashes since late Monday night."[2]  --  Deutsche Welle reported that after a diplomatic meeting in Berlin initiated by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, saying the situation had "dramatically escalated . . . and might get totally out of control," the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France said they had agreed on conditions for a cease-fire and talks would reopen no later than Saturday.[3]  --  The U.S. is expressing support for Ukraine's attacks, IANS reported.[4]  --  So is Thomas Friedman, who noted with approval in his syndicated column that Poroshenko's lethal attack followed three days after in Brussels he "signed a trade pact with the European Union that will lower tariffs on Ukrainian exports to the 28-nation E.U. market in return for Ukraine implementing anti-corruption, transparency, and quality-control reforms designed to bring its economy up to Western standards."[5]  --  He trotted out the Putin = Hitler line for the occasion:  "Today, Poroshenko -- fed up with Putin’s Goebbels-quality lying -- moved forces to regain control of eastern Ukraine and his country’s right to choose its future.  Putin is clearly afraid of more sanctions.  It is time the U.S. and EU imposed them."  --  Friedman endorsed the idea that Russia must be considered "a revisionist empire hostile to the West." ...

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