The American elections are of importance not only for US citizens but for the millions of people in most of the countries and states which are affected directly or indirectly by american politics, …
Source: American Elections in Paris
The American elections are of importance not only for US citizens but for the millions of people in most of the countries and states which are affected directly or indirectly by american politics, …
Source: American Elections in Paris
This time the documentary of Erwin Wagenhofer Lets Make Money caught my attention.
It presents the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about money “creation”, stock and effect upon ordinary people’s lives over time and worldwide.
At the same time, it is shocking and chilling although all of us have already realized the consequences upon our lives.
Nevertheless, it offers (or it would hopefully do) some kind of awareness -even to the most keen supporters of liberalism, and of its evolved and harsher version, neoliberalism- on the financial, social and political events that take place because of banks, World Bank in particular, the whole financial/ economic system together with the elite (1%), all of them against the people (99%).
Image is a powerful tool but equally is speech and words (logos in Greek).
The deeper meaning is that, if someone is an “average citizen” in one of the dominant (or of THE dominant) countries, is convicted to be a “little man” and to bear the corresponding consequences, according to Hermann Scheer. (at about 1:46:00)
One important reason for this posting is also relative to the article about Panama Papers.
The documentary is, among others, a proof that all tax heavens, capitalism, poverty and exploitation are existing and are globally known.
It also proves that corruption is a lot bigger, deeper and higher than presented by the Media.
Capitalism is the corruption and is lethal because it constitutes the core and the essence of international institutions which affect the fates of countries and people.
It is the whole system which is corrupted and not just some individuals, even if these are prime ministers and presidents.
The long hand of propaganda and of “consensus manufacturing”, aims to smear some (or many, it doesn’t make any difference) in order to disorient social resentment and opinion.
Yet, there are people -humans- all over the world who think that their “fate” is to be poor and exploitable.
Curiously enough, they live in “prosperous” and “civilized” western countries.
Can’t wish “enjoy”.
It is more appropriate to write: THINK and ACT.
PS: As my research for the whole version with English subtitles proved a bit tricky, I quote here one extra link … just in case! http://www.veoh.com/watch/v22189967GR4CQTPZ
These are the only whole versions with English subtitles I found and they both work in my computer systems.
Maybe they are the same, maybe not.
In case you can’t open one or both of them (cause of compatibility or software problems) here is the first part in YouTube.
If problems occur, do not hesitate to contact in order to search together for a solution.
It’s been more than a while since my last posting here, due to a combination of lack of time, writer’s block, rich (to an intolerable level) actuality and procrastination.
However, in the meantime I’ve shared tens of articles in TWTP page in FB and I urge you (because it is worthwhile) to follow the site there, if you also want to read a rich and essential selection of articles, news and analysis.
This morning, TV presented the recent and notorious #dieselgate, the attempt of the industrial giant, Volkswagen, to mislead and deceive consumers and authorities about the real emissions of their cars.
Around the scandal, some of the facts which have material, ethical and even political levels are:
Consumers buy low-emissions cars, either because of financial reasons or, hopefully, because they want to contribute in lower emissions, less CO2, saving the planet, i.e. environmental awareness.
They have been fooled and betrayed and in their turn and unwillingly, they betrayed the cause.
States and authorities, very unwillingly, struggle to match profits of industries with laws about the emissions. For this reason they have set standards. They have been defrauded.
Environmental groups and organizations invest all their lame (not by their own fault) influence and contribution to the cause of saving the planet to be defeated, like many other fights, in the name of profit. They have been mocked and disregarded and their hardly achieved victories have been “zeroed”.
It is considered highly probable that Germany itself is under pressure (blackmail) from USA to push/force/impose consent inside EU legislative bodies and member states to sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the well-known threat on economy, civil rights, public health and, eventually, democracy in EU.
The old and “traditional” industrial giant of Germany is said to be in “existential” danger because of the scandal, they have lost their credibility, their stocks fell and the factory could stop working and producing. Skilled workers are threatened with unemployment and even worse, into current economic climate.
The giant will survive, I could bet much on that, the, real responsible or scapegoat, CEO will not … starve but workers will suffer psychological blackmail to “save their jobs” by accepting cut of their wages and even “limited and targeted” dismissals.
What is ironic if not tragic here is that the workers inevitably connect their lives with the industry, the cheating, unlawful, inhumane organism which nevertheless has giant profits.
The need for work could drive any worker and employee to disregard one’s consciousness, views or ideals. After all, that’s the ultimate role and purpose of (manufactured) unemployment within EU and wherever neo-liberalism is ruling and governing.
So, while environmentalists protest outside Volkswagen, workers and residents of Wolfsburg are terrified by the ominous prospects for their place, their works or their businesses.
A similar situation applies at Skouries, Chalkidiki, Greece, where the gold mining has disastrous effects on environment but the workers (think that) they defend their jobs but unwillingly they fight in favor of the interests of the Canadian company and against their children’s future.
Consciousness vs. Living
People vs. Corporate
Ethics vs. Matter
Climate vs. Fraud
Truth vs. Lies
Earth vs. Fossil fuels
Environment vs. Profits
… and the winner is …
who or whatever we, all the people, decide.
Which are your views??
A few days after posting this article, revelations show that European Commission knew and covered the fraud.
Two distinctive facts took place the last days. One peaceful and democratic, such as elections in Denmark, on Thursday and a violent, such as the killing of nine people in a church of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Regardless of the distance and their difference in nature, the two events have common characteristics and each of them underlines the existing problems of racism, xenophobia and anti-immigration in both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
In Denmark, the Danish People’s Party (DF or DPP), a traditionally populist, far-right party that focuses on immigration and social issues is now the second largest in the country and is going to back the coalition of the center-right bloc.
“Danish voters ousted Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt in an election on Thursday and handed power to an opposition centre-right alliance including huge gains for a eurosceptic, anti-immigrant party”, according to Reuters while teleSUR reports: “Anti-immigration and Euroscepticism triumphed in the Thursday elections, as far right and liberal parties were voted in to replace country’s first female prime minister. Denmark’s center-right bloc secured 90 seats in Parliament, out of a total 179, with liberal opposition leader Lars Lokke Rasmussen to take-on the position of prime minister. The backing from the far right party Danish Peoples’ Party (DF), which secured second place in elections Thursday, gives the coalition a majority”.
“The far-right Danish People’s party (DPP) triumphed in the European elections, winning Denmark’s biggest share of the vote as EU-sceptic parties from across the Nordic countries gained further ground in the European parliament”, notes The Guardian.
According to Reuters again: “The party has already managed to set the agenda on some issues without being in government – mainstream parties across the political aisle talked about curbing immigration, following its lead, and DF won an important concession from centre-right parties on its stance on the European Union. Just before the election, the centre-right parties agreed to support British Prime Minister David Cameron’s bid to reform the EU. DF also wants to go further and call an in-or-out referendum on EU membership for Denmark.”
In Europe and inside EU, anti-immigrant parties have gained ground.
“Finland’s anti-immigration Finns party – previously known as the True Finns – increased its number of MEPs to two, but its share of the vote (13%) didn’t match its success in the last national election when it won 19%.” (The Guardian)
In UK elections of early May, the anti-European Union UK Independence Party took 12.6 %, although David Cameron is conservative and eurosceptic enough to announce plans for banning free speech as a form of new counter-extremism laws to tackle terrorism. New laws were due to be introduced in parliament when it would re-open at the end of May, according to The Conversation.
Denmark and UK are the two countries “legally exempt from joining the euro zone unless their governments decide otherwise, either by parliamentary vote or referendum, while the Swedish people turned down euro adoption in a 2003 referendum and since then the country has intentionally avoided fulfilling the adoption requirements by not joining European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM II), which is voluntary”. (Wikipedia)
Greece is not an exemption to this recent “rule” of raising racism. The ultra nationalist, fascist, neo-nazi and (therefore) anti-immigrant and xenophobic party “golden dawn” has 17 of 300 seats of the Parliament and 3 in the EP. (Wikipedia)
Neither is France, with their far-right National Front of Le Pen family, which has boosted its power at the municipal elections. I
n addition, “NF will spearhead a new far-right political bloc in the European Parliament, a long-delayed move that will boost the funding and influence of anti-immigrant and anti-European Union voices in the legislature. The new group, called “Europe of Nations and of Freedoms,” brings together 36 lawmakers from seven different countries. It will give a higher profile to parties that have been marginalized in Brussels, amid close cooperation among the three main party groups since European-wide elections in May 2014”, reports The Wall Street Journal.
On the other hand, in USA, the long history of racism seems to revive – if it ever ended.
Killings of African-American citizens by the police are proved to be more a social than an “inside” problem.
Last Wednesday, Dylann Roof, a young white man has shot nine people inside a church of the black community in Charleston. Roof confessed, he has been arrested and is charged with hate crimes and possession of guns.
“Roof’s crime cannot be divorced from the ideology of white supremacy which long animated his state nor from its potent symbol—the Confederate flag”, notes Ta-Nehisi Coates in the The Atlantic.
Although the Confederate flag is presented as a “heritage” symbol by its defenders, the not-so-hidden symbolism remains white supremacy. A symbol asks for action and action needs means.
Widespread possession of arms inside USA is fiercely defended by the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) which is tightly connected with conservatives.
Therefore, no gun control has been applied not even after several mass shootings in the past (Aurora, Newtown etc).
Instead, NRA addresses a message to Barack Obama and to Hilary Clinton (!) claiming that: “…the heroes, the ones who are willing to fight and die for his freedoms demands a commander-in-chief worthy of such sacrifice.” [… ]
Obviously, NRA “feels” that Obama and Hilary have or could do what is logic and necessary: Restrict guns or apply serious measures for gun control.
President Barack Obama however, has used “hard rhetoric” (american mutatis mutandis) on free gun market stating, according to The Atlantic: “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.” Not even close but again that’s USA.
A crucial aspect of this new massacre is, again, racism.
Americans seem to have never learned that all the people, inside and outside their country have human rights. Centuries after the invasion in American continent, they (well, many and not all of them, hopefully) don’t accept that people of all races and religions who are american citizens are equal to “whites”. Decades of fights for equal opportunities and rights have not “touched” a portion of american population. Even worse, they have not changed their mindset which is reflected more often than never into their policies inside and outside their country.
The way the two above mentioned facts in Denmark and in USA are connected becomes obvious. When “official” violence which aims to suppress movements and fights is not enough or when policies (global, regional or national) have to be imposed without facing reactions and opposition, the “card” of discord, division, internal fights and hate is used.
While USA faces a raise of their “traditional” racism, Europe itself has a long history of exploitation of humans, whether they are residents of their colonies or newcomers into more powerful countries.
Xenophobia, intolerance and racism are used against people who refuge in European countries to save their lives (article TWTP) and are dictated by the intention of governing elites to deviate people’s minds from the real responsible for their problems.
Nations, races or groups of people are demonized and then victimized when an effort is made to cause fear against difference.
Palestinians are such a victim the last 60 years. Of course, their tyrant and exterminator uses fear to obscure the facts and to persuade ordinary people against them presenting them as “threat” and enemy. It is exactly the same as hate of extremists islamists of ISIS who are obsessed in killing anyone they think as enemy.
Western methods of tackling with them do not differ much and they perpetuate the circle of mistrust, fear, intolerance and finally hate.
As far as it concerns EU, a very obscure side of that (not so sudden) raise of anti-immigrant parties is that they are also “eurosceptics”. This combination hides the notion that EU is somehow “the opposite of racism” and serves equality and human rights. Under this aspect, EU is beatified before the eyes of discontented citizens who have lost quality of life, social security, jobs, homes and rights. They are kept “quiet” and happy because the “good Union” protects them from the bad eurosceptics who happen to be racists and officials do not mention the fact that both uprooted people and fascists are their creation.
No surprise that racism (together with all its instigators as well as manifestations) is spreading after a short period of impairment just in time to manipulate low paid and with no social security people (Greece is a representative example). Xenophobia, intolerance and racism serve the perpetually smoldering purpose of a world dominance of elites.
Also published in: Reader Supported News
Relative article from Consortiumnews.com: Facing America’s Great Evils
Crimes Against Palestinians Do Not Stop
Children of Palestine have been the defenseless living target of Israeli army for a long time.
Since 2000, among the 8,896 Palestinian people killed by security forces were 1,900 children. During 2014, eleven Palestinian children lost their lives while, during the “busy” (because of the elections) first three months of 2015 “at least 30 children across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, sustained gunshot wounds when Israeli forces used live ammunition to quash protests”, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP). Oddly, military regulations “permit the use of live ammunition, only when a direct, mortal threat exists”.
DCIP declared that “found no evidence that the children injured during 2015 posed such a threat to israeli troops or settlers.”
No doubt about it. No “need” to kill. But abductions, imprisonments and use of violence against such a great number of adult Palestinians is already reprehensible, furthermore against children. DCIP called UN member states to hold Israel accountable for crimes against Palestinian children.
Just a few days before the elections of 17th March, the report of UN Human Rights Commission about war crimes of summer 2014 in Gaza Strip -when 2,220 Palestinians were killed, of whom 1,492 were civilians (551 children, 299 women)- was postponed for June, in order to facilitate consideration of newly- surfaced evidence.
Assume it was not because John Kerry had earlier criticized UN Human Rights Council for “obsession” with human rights and against Israel, something that “undermines the credibility of the entire organization.”(?)
Even if tortures of prisoners and inhumane and dangerous conditions of detainment have been reported and stigmatized lots of times by numerous Media, organizations and Palestinian Authority, conservative Israeli Media and the government challenge data and reports which show, among others, increased rates of cancer among Palestinian who are detained near nuclear facilities.
Repeated violations of human rights, war crimes, occupation and apartheid are common knowledge but on the other hand, it is also common practice of israeli authorities to distort and to misinterpret the facts.
Palestinians officially joined International Crime Court on 1st April at a signing ceremony in The Hague attended by diplomats and officials from more than 100 countries. They are expected to pursue charges against Israel for violations of international laws and of course, for war crimes immediately after their admission.
Owned tax revenues in exchange of charges for war crimes
Seeking to avoid the process, in a clearly misleading move, Netanyahu decided the release of tax money that had been illegally seized by israeli authorities since last January. The returned amount will not include tax money of March, but only of January and February. Netanyahu’s office stated that the transfer of the tax revenues to PA “was exclusively based on humanitarian grounds and on Israeli interests”.
Although IMEMC News site published at the end of March information taken from Jerusalem Post, according to which the PA will not pursue formal charges “in exchange of the return of taxes”, Palestinian Foreign minister’s statements during the ceremony at the ICC that “the membership brings the world and Palestine closer to ending a long era of impunity and injustice” leave little margin for doubts. Haaretz reported later, that Palestinians deny “halting war crimes charges in exchange for tax revenues” and characterized the report of JP a “spin put out by Prime Minister’s office”. (Israel is not a signatory to the ICC and does not recognize the court’s authority.)
Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti said that, as an official member of ICC, Palestine, “for the first time since 67 years after the establishment of Israel in the historic land of Palestine, there will be a tool, and a means to hold Israel accountable. Israel’s government, its generals and soldiers who continuously commit war crimes against the Palestinians, and Arab nations, must be brought to justice.”
There is no sign of differentiation of israeli policies against Palestinians -quite the opposite. It is understood that Netanyahu’s government is expected to continue demolitions of Palestinian homes, settlements, the occupation and violations of international -humanitarian and other- laws.
In the meantime, although they enjoy the full support of US republicans/ conservatives, their policies cannot afford the intensification of distrust by officials and disdain by citizens in USA.
Impact around the world
The impact of the continuing drama of Palestinian people and the atrocities against them differs in the countries all over the world but remains directly connected to their governments’ policies and their dependence to US conservative cycles.
After the summer 2014 bombings, El Savador, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador have withdrawn their ambassadors in protest while Bolivia has filed a case with the United Nations against Israel’s “crimes against humanity”, with President Evo Morales saying on July 30 “we are declaring [Israel] a terrorist state”, reported teleSUR.
On the opposite side, Australia praised “freedom” and “liberty” in “sister country” Israel – the same country where “the Arab-Palestinian citizens should be decapitated if they betray the country”, according to former foreign minister and a partner of the new government, Avigdor Lieberman’s statement before the elections.
Furthermore, Abbot’s government decided last summer not to refer to Occupied Territories as “occupied”.
The Japanese government announced at the first days of April that they will grant the amount of $ 5 million to the World Food Program in support of the poorest Palestinian families who suffer from food insecurity.
On 2nd April, EU and the Netherlands announced a contribution of about $34.2 million (€31.6 million) to the Palestinian Authority’s payment of its civil servants’ March salaries and pensions, as a first part of 2015 contribution.
EU representative called for a “regular” and “systematic” transfer of Palestinian tax revenues.
Inside EU, several countries’ parliaments have conducted non-binding votes in favor of recognition and Sweden was one of the first countries to recognize Palestine in October 2014.
The member of Syriza and of the European parliament Sofia Sakorafa stated that “There is a fixed commitment of the Greek government to recognize Palestine as a state […] I estimate that very soon the Greek government will also raise the issue.” Similarly have expressed 138 countries within the UN.
A possible result of the continuing Palestinian suffering could very well verify the article of Yousef Munayyer in New York Times after the elections, “Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for Palestine”.
Denial of peace, occupations, violations of human rights, crimes, tortures, killings, demolitions and settlements will turn the states (apart from the entire international public opinion) against Israel.
Rising of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement is a proof of such a shift and a hope for the future of Palestinians.
The voting of 1st April in Nigeria, gave nearly 54%, of the 60 millon registered voters, to Muhammadu Buhari (of All Progressives Congress-APC party) who is going to be the successor of the former president Jonathan Goodluck (of People’s Democratic Party-PDP).
The 72-year-old new president was a professional soldier and has a history of two coups, one in 1980s which overturned the elected president -to be overthrown himself later- and an older coup d’état in 1966 by which he ousted the military dictator Ajuiyi Ironsi.
In much troubled as much as rich country (with poor people) Nigeria, it is the first time that an opposition candidate wins an incumbent. A first is also the phone call from Jonathan Goodluck to Buhari after the results to congratulate him.
In Nigeria, where people vote according to ethnic criteria, the choice of his vice president Yemi Osinbajo gave to Buhari the votes of both clans (Buhari is member of Hausa ethnic group, while Osinbajo is of Yoruba. Goodluck is of Ijaw).
Even if 40% of the population does not belong to any of these three ethnic groups, they are the ones who have ruled Nigeria since the country won its independence in 1960.
The country has a heavy burden of problems with dominant the security problem caused by Boko Haram.
The new president announced in his first formal speech: “Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort … In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do.”
During the election, Boko Haram killed more than a dozen voters in an attempt to disrupt the vote, which it referred to as “not Islamic”, reports teleSUR.
Nigeria has the largest population as well as economy of African countries. It is a distinct example of a rich country in which 48% of the population suffers from extreme poverty and the country itself from widespread corruption.
To these problems has been added the plague of Boko Haram.
On the occasion of Easter, APC called Nigerians “to come together irrespective of the fault lines separating them, for a national rebirth, in the spirit of Easter…”
The two dominant religions in Nigeria are Christianity -47% of the population- and Islam -51%.
Western nations’ bad foreign polices in the region have intensified the country’s polarization due to ethnic groups or religion.
The West’s exploitation of Nigeria’s natural resources, particularly oil and natural gas has deepen the economic gap between the population and, the profit hunting by the large oil companies have caused severe environmental problems.
A hard way is laid ahead for the new president of the tough-tested Nigeria.
Read also: Nigeria Beyond the Elections – teleSUR
“Nobody’s Ambition Is Worth The Blood Of Any Nigerian” – BuzzFeedNews
A historic and long awaited agreement has been reached, against all odds, especially of those fearing such a deal, and a couple of days after the expiration of the deadline of end of March.
On 2nd April, a framework agreement has been reached in Lausanne, Switzerland between Iran and the P5+1 (US, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany).
The framework agreement reached, calls for the removal of UN imposed sanctions against Iran while the issue of other sanctions will be discussed within bilateral formats, e.g. Iran – USA.
“I am convinced that if this framework leads to a final compromise deal, it will make our country, our allies, and our world safer,” US president Barack Obama said on Thursday.
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said on Friday: “I, hereby, declare in a straightforward manner now that enrichment and all nuclear-related technologies are only aimed at Iran’s development and will not be used against any other countries and the world has acknowledged very well today that Iran is seeking peaceful purposes.”
Both president Rouhani and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said that the sanctions will be lifted after a final deal will be reached. However, there seem to be a difference of interpret of the framework, as Iranian president said that all the UN and economic, financial and banking sanctions against Iran will be annuled the moment a final nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers goes into effect while John Kerry stressed that the removal of the sanctions will come in phases.
Drafting of the deal will start soon to prepare the Joint Plan of Action by the July 1 deadline.
Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, at a joint press conference with the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said :
“The European Union will terminate implementation of all nuclear related economic and financial sanctions. And the United States will cease the application of all nuclear related economic and financial sanctions simultaneously either IAEA verified implementation by Iran of its key nuclear commitments.”
Agreements on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear issue would be endorsed by a new UN Security Council resolution.
According to The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) parameters as published in the Fact Sheet released by State Department, Iran has agreed on various adjustments and reductions of its nuclear program and inspections of IAEA.
Opposition to the agreement
Not all the western officials consider that the agreement is a victory of sober diplomacy and beneficial for peace.
On the opposite side of the porgressive public opinion in the whole world where the deal is considered historic and decisive for the desired peace, balance and stability in the region of the larger Middle East area, there are the ultra-conservatives in US and their protégé Netanyahu.
They have already delivered rhetoric of subversion; they present the framework as a “triumph” of Iran against American allies (Saudi Arabia and Israel) and characterize “theater” the statement of president Obama.
A provocative statement was made on Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter who said that even if a deal was reached, the US reserves the right to bomb Iran.
Senator McCain (R-Az), also expressed his “concerns”: “President Obama is hailing this framework as something that could enhance the prospects for peace in the Middle East. For those of us who have looked forward to bombing Iran for some time now, that would be a doomsday scenario.” (…)
No one mentions the recent release of Pentagon’s declassified reports of 1987 which admit that Israeli scientists were capable of producing a hydrogen bomb by that time. The declassification is named by israeli media “Obama’s revenge” for the speech of Netanyahu against Iran in Congress where he was invited by Republicans.
Although trust is difficult to be established after more than 35 years of mutual “demonisation”, Iran is expected to play an important role in the -always- troubled region of Middle East and its contribution (diplomatically and politically) will be valuable both for the West and for the neighbor countries.
US have multiple open fronts worldwide militarily, economically and politically (Russia, Venezuela, ISIS, Ukraine) and the period until the, hopefully, final deal will probably offer them a “breath”.
What is most important after this great step is the problem of the global nuclear energy as a whole and as a danger for humanity, especially in the face of the threat by ISIS and their branches in many countries.
Late at Thursday, according to media from all around the world, an agreement has been reached between Iran and the West.
Mother Jones – BREAKING: Iran Nuclear Deal Reached
Sputniknews – Breakthrough Deal Reached atIran Nuclear Talks in Lausanne
AFP: Iran Deal Reached in Switzerland
We’ll come back more analytic soon.
Together with welcoming you readers and, hopefully, permanent (free) subscribers of this effort-blog, I esteem that the first approach-article, should better be an overview rather than a specific event.
In this historical, in multiple levels and countries, period of the world, “things happen” with such a speed that makes it difficult for the people to follow and perceive the whole picture. Each region and each country confronts their current issues in politics or economy and, in disproportionate analogy, life and death, peace and war, living or surviving.
On another level, the “global routine” of politics and diplomacy goes on by handling, managing, manipulating or planning the next day or days.
In this frame, a number of war fronts remain open or are being created under the need (or the pretext) to stop other wars, restrain the spread of “universal enemies”, namely extremists, killers, haters but nevertheless, ex-allies and “by-products” of older political expediencies.
In a book I read a long time ago, Still Life with Woodpecker (1980), Tom Robins recounts (my translation from the Greek edition): “Once upon a time, Hawaii had problem with rats. Then, someone came up with a brilliant idea; Import mongooses from India. Mongooses would kill rats. It worked. Mongooses killed indeed rats. Mongooses killed chicken, piggies, birds, cats, dogs and toddlers. There were witnesses about mongooses which attacked motorbikes, electric lawn machines, cars of golf and others. Hawaii now has more mongooses than the rats it had in the past. Hawaii exchanged its problem of rats with a problem of mongooses. But Hawaii was determined not to allow something like this happen again”.
Sadly as much as alarmingly, USA (mainly and more than any country or coalition) does not seem to share the knowledge of Hawaiian lesson. American politics, policies, and as a consequence, their strategic alliances, insist in attempting to extinct rats with mongooses. In the present, alike with the near or distant past, they “plant” exterminators, oppositions and enemies of their enemies. As a result, the “crop” are threats and fear, fundamentalism and terrorism. Iraq, Libya, Nigeria and Ukraine (for example) share this same denominator. Friends, shadowy friends, pawns and tools of a certain conjuncture and need, are possible threats of the day after tomorrow. Sad as much as non wise.
The story goes on (and on) all over the world and one of our aims is to present, to synthesize and to analyze the interrelation between the facts, their source and their consequences – hopefully.