empire and war crimes

Epic Insanity: US is preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities?

For those who believe that it’s Bolton who’s still  in charge of Trump’s Iranian policy, he seems to have handed it to his Secretary of Gunboat Diplomacy, Mike Pompeo, John Kiriakou’s Bolton’s Long Goodbye notwithstanding.  Pompeo’s apparently been all over the Sunday teevee talking heads programs urging global solidarity in his/their mission to take on punishing Iran.  Trump’s threats a month ago that if it came to war with Iran it would mean ‘the official end of Iran’…, arguably at the behest of his friends Nuclear Netenyahu and Crown Prince bin Salman of the Glowing Orb…may have even gotten tiresome for him.

‘U.N. officials: U.S. planning a ‘tactical assault’ in Iran; the military action under consideration would be an aerial bombardment of an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program, the officials further claimed’, SHLOMO SHAMIR/MAARIV ONLINE, June 17, 2019, jpost.com

Mike Pence proclaiming Imperial Global War, Inc.™

For those who are calling for Trump’s impeachment and mean ‘removal from office’, look who’d be the 46th President of the US of A: a Christianist Evangelical for Global Supremacy…by any means necessary.

From John Wight’s ‘Mike Pence declares war on the world at West Point’, RT.com, May 29, 2019

No Mas Guaidoistas!

‘Venezuela’s Parallel Ambassador Seated at OAS as Activists Defend Embassy; The Organization of American States allowed the ambassador of Venezuela’s self-declared president to participate in his first meeting. The move could signal an attempt to take over Venezuela’s embassy in DC, which activists are defending’  April 24, 2019, TRNN (the transcript’s at the link)

Bolsonaro meets with Torture Haspel, Guaidoistas seize 2 VZ embassies

Sorry, I hadn’t meant to write about Venezuela again so soon, as there are so many other places to cover (China, Pakistan/India, DPRK) but given these two new pieces of news, well, needs must…  And given that Telesur’s terms of use amount to ‘use content at will, but only with attribution, I’ll do so.

‘Far-Right Homage: Bolsonaro Visits CIA Before Meeting Trump on First US Visit’, telesurenglish.net, March 18, 2019

Murderous Threats to Maduro & his Military from the LIMA Group Conference, Updated

...with news from the USNC emergency meeting on Venezuela, called by the USA

Tweet of the month:

the War on Maduro has hit a new level of Surrealism, updated

...for Feb. 23, the date when the alt-troika of tyrrany: Guaido, Trump, and Abrams named as cruch time: 'let the aid caravans in...or risk invasion or what have you'. (see the end of the comments for updates.)

First up: ‘Sir Richard Branson’s Venezuelan-Border PR Stunt’, Joyce Nelson Feb. 19, counterpunch

“On February 15th Sir Richard Branson (whose net worth is estimated at about $4 billion) announced plans for a “Venezuela Aid Live” concert to be held on February 22 in the Colombian city of Cucuta and also live-streamed on the Internet, to raise $100 million for food aid.

Founder of the Virgin Group (400+ companies), Sir Branson is setting up the concert “at the request of” Juan Guaido (who declared himself interim president on Jan. 23) “and jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to draw attention to the crisis in Venezuela. ‘Our goal is to raise $100 million dollars in 60 days and reopen Venezuela’s border so humanitarian aid can finally reach those millions who need it the most,’ said Branson.”

The Coup against Maduro Gallops On...

‘Venezuelans take to streets in push to force Maduro from power; Demonstrators say they are close to achieving objective of forcing president to step down, via the Grauniad, groundhog day (note the photo)

Tens of thousands of Venezuelan protesters streamed on to the streets of the nation’s capital on Saturday for what they described as the final push to force Nicolás Maduro from power.

Génocidaire Paul Kagame, Friend of the Empire

And he’ll never spend a day in the Hague Prison due to the fact that his vast war crimes have been so successfully and breathtakingly  white-washed over the past two decades.

It may be that you’d rather not read this as it’s longish and immensely depressing; I’d have preferred not to need to do the research, paste it together, waken over several nights seeing his nasty, smug face…and the images of those he’d killed so ruthlessly.  But in the end it seemed important to me that the least we can do is to bear witness to the grievous deeds of the Faces of Evil Our Rulers befriend.  Kagame is one of them.

the mysterious disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi [Updated]

Updates are at the bottom.

Aside from Tweeting about #QuestOfRandomClues (beats me), WikiLeaks is most sincerely involved in the probably-not-so-mysterious ‘disappearance’ of the Saudi national WaPo journalist; his oeuvre is here; dunno if right clicking and choosing Open In Private Window will get you past their paywall or not.

Was the assassination of Aleksandr Zakharchenko a prelude to all-out war on Donbass?

On August 31 Aleksandr Vladimirovich Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic was killed by an explosive device in Café Separa in Donestk.  His body guard was also killed, eleven others were injured.

a War and Peace Report on Iran

…both figuratively, as in ‘necessarily longish’, and literally ‘who needs operations like mockingbird when we have SoS arranging a CIA-aided putsch in plain sight?  and as Pepe Escobar reminds us again:
“…Iran is an even more crucial hub of the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – in conjunction to the new connectivity drive between Russia and Iran signed at the landmark Caspian Sea Convention.

Pages