Category Archives: War and conflict

Venezuela: Russia and hemispheric geopolitics – Stabroek News Editorial

Stabroek News – October 13, 2019

A number of news organisations, including the BBC, have produced pieces on Russia’s growing global reach, and President Vladimir Putin’s apparent mission to re-establish his country’s influence in world affairs and engineer a return to spheres of influence. He has been aided by the carelessness, lack of judgement and sometimes arrogance of the West, which made it possible for him to make Moscow a player in the Middle East, take the Crimea and bring eastern Ukraine under its ambit.

But all of this, while of interest to Guyanese on account of the small world we live in, is not of immediate moment. In contrast, Russia’s actions across our border are. Once again, with Washington taking the lead, the West made a strategic miscalculation in de-recognising Nicolás Maduro as Head of State and Government in Venezuela, and according interim presidential status to Juan Guaidó.              Continue reading

Analysis: Trump’s Kurdish Treachery Casts Netanyahu as Lone Rider on Paper Tiger

The prime minister’s reckless gamble on a shameless U.S. president unravels before Israel’s startled eyes

    Analysis: Chemi Shalev | Haaretz

The only indication that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recognizes the enormity of his strategic failure is his renewed emphasis in recent days on the traditional motto that “Israel will defend itself by itself.”

In a speech at Thursday’s annual ceremony commemorating the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Netanyahu continued to pay lip service to “staunch” U.S. support but refrained from boasting of Washington’s ability to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Instead, he said, the onus will fall on Israel and its army.          Continue reading

Opinion: Rosh Hashanah 2019: The Year Racism Divided the Jewish People

Rosh Hashanah 2019: The Year Racism Divided the Jewish People

Never in Israel’s history has the struggle for the nation’s soul mirrored so completely the political divides in the countries where the Jews live around the world

Analysis: Anshel Pfeffer | Haaretz

When the history of the Jews from the start of the last exile to the 21st century is written, 5779 will be remembered as the year when the split between the two Jewish peoples was imminent. If we’re fortunate, the events of the last two weeks will have proved to be a turning point when the schism was averted. But it’s far too early to say.

Each of the two greatest Jewish communities ever to exist had a dismal low point this year. Both were caused by racism.          Continue reading

Portugal: Lisbon museum plan stirs debate over Portugal’s colonial past – The Guardian UK

‘Museum of the Discoveries’ would glorify slavery and other historical abuses, critics say

Painting depicting the landing of the Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Brazil, 1500
 A painting depicting the landing of Portugese explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in Porto Seguro, Brazil, 1500. Photograph: Alamy

A campaign pledge to build a museum in Lisbon dedicated to Portugal’s colonial history has sparked a debate over Portuguese national identity, the nature of historical memory and the question of collective guilt.

The controversy centres on the so-called Age of the Discoveries – the period starting in the 15th century when expeditions by Portuguese navigators helped the country lay claim to territories stretching from Asia to South America.

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Canadian students graduate without knowing the meaning of Genocide – By Yvonne Sam

No longer can we hide—Canadian students graduate without knowing the meaning of Genocide

 — By Yvonne Sam

During a speech in the House of Commons in 1948, Sir Winston Churchill changed the quote of George Santayana when he (said) paraphrased, ‘Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it”. http://www.nffonline.com/industry-news/2014/08/28/those-who-fail-learn-history-are-doomed-repeat-itIt . In 1944, Raphael Lemkin a Polish-Jewish lawyer sought to create a new term to describe Nazi policies of the systematic murder of Jewish people. He used the ancient Greek word genos (race, tribe) and the Latin cide (killing) to come up with the new word, “genocide.” http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15573.html   

It has become apparent that genocide and the steps/ antecedents that lead to it are not taught in high schools in Canada.      Continue reading

Video: Humanity- We Live at The Crossroads: THOTH’s PROPHECY – Hermetic texts read by Graham Hancock

Video: Humanity – We Live at The Crossroads: THOTH’s PROPHECY – text read by Graham Hancock

The Hermetic Texts, in which Troth’s Prophecy comes down to us, draw on ancient Egyptian wisdom traditions that are more than 4500 years old.

Graham Hancock is a British author who specializes in theories involving ancient civilizations, Earth changes, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical or astrological data from the past. He has become recognized as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. Learn more at https://grahamhancock.com/

Guyana Politics: Hooliganism and lawlessness will not be tolerated – President

A scene from the protest yesterday (Terrence Thompson photo)

President David Granger today said that every lawful measure will be taken to guarantee the safety of Ministers of Government and to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the country.

He made the statement in a Ministry of the Presidency release today on the protests by the opposition PPP outside the Pegasus Hotel yesterday.

A statement by the Ministry of the Presidency follows:                  Continue reading

Video: The War on Consciousness – Graham Hancock

The War on Consciousness – Graham Hancock

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone.

Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works. The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then of course you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone.    Continue reading

Middle East: Saudi oil attacks push prices up by highest price surge since 1988

Price of Brent crude surges by more than $12 a barrel as 5% of world’s oil supply is wiped out

Saudi Oil Attack

The Saudi oil attacks have triggered the steepest crude market price surge in 30 years and stoked fears for the global economy.

The attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure led to the biggest jump in global prices since 1988 by wiping out 5.7m barrels of production a day – 5% of the world’s oil supply.

The price of Brent crude surged by more than $12 (£9.60) a barrel within seconds as trading began in London, quickly climbing to highs of $70.88 – a rise of more than 19% – before settling lower in a day of record-breaking oil trading. By Monday evening oil was trading at nearly $69, up 15% on the day.                Continue reading

OPINION: 18 Years After 9/11: We Face a New International Terrorist Threat

18 Years After 9/11, We Face a New International Terrorist Threat

Joshua Geltzer | Just Security

Eighteen years ago, Americans woke up to the dire international terrorist threat facing our nation. The tragic 9/11 attacks were swiftly attributed to al-Qa’ida, and in turn it immediately became clear that international terrorism — in particular, jihadist international terrorism — posed a major national security threat to Americans, even in the homeland.

Now, eighteen years later, Americans face a new international terrorist threat. But, unlike in the aftermath of 9/11, we have yet to recognize it as such. Doing so — quickly and explicitly — is essential to improving and accelerating the response of our government and our technology sector to the dangers we face from the growing international white supremacist terrorist threat.          Continue reading

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