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By Jaime Ortega.
Not all democrats support Neo-liberals; usually, moderate liberals also have discrepancies with Neo-liberals. Neo-liberals themselves have different ideological perspectives that conflict with one another, but they all unite in eradicating any form of conservatism which traditionally embraces nationalism. These extremist thinkers are trying to change the constitution under which the US was established; into a world where science, technocracy and diplomacy become the thumb of rule.
As I predicted a few years ago, the evident wane of US hegemony will cause a global shift in international affairs directed by geo-strategic players like Russia, China and possibly India. This shift began in the US decades ago with the rise of liberalism, which gained momentum over the years; the new generation of liberal chauvinist, the Neo-liberals, has enforced an ideological scuffle in government directed against conservative values. The decline has extended to the geo-political arena, where other nationalist countries have started to wake up from slumber to permeate their international influence in the world stage with increased military action.
Once one of these aspiring superpowers wages military campaigns without respect for US sovereignty, it’s an unmistakable historical sign that the situation will escalate in the present future. China and Russia have detected weakness on the part of US foreign policy, and have recently launched military campaigns in Ukraine, Crimea, the South East Asian Sea and Syria as part of the forthcoming geo-strategic swing.
Obama’s austere response to Assad’s regime after the Ghouta chemical attack on Damacus in Syria, has clearly shown the Achilles’ heel of US intervention policy after Obama vowed to attack Syrian Army strongholds in retaliation for using sarin-gas on civilians, but flaked soon afterwards from his remark.
The foreign perils brought by neo-liberalism in the past 2 decades has weakened the US military core substituting the phrase ‘peace through strength’ praised by Ronald Reagan, for gibberish progressive jargon which has deteriorated the core-belief of nationalism, patriotism and militarism. This is evident in Europe where liberalism over the decades has tainted the notion of nationalism creating dissension among autonomist, regionalist and separatist that diverge with state sovereignty.
The Neo-liberalist hostility toward national conservatism won’t be left unnoticed. After years of manipulating education and media outlets to demonize religion and military, this has resulted in a battle of moral attrition that won’t favor liberalism as history unequivocally shown in other past civilizations with faded nationalism.
What the American people should expect in the upcoming years are conservative states in the south that will increasingly question federal government proceedings for their national and geo-political demise; these conservative states will eventually veto all reforms initiated by neo-liberal states bearing in mind the present austere antipathy they experience with education, military and religion.
As the economy slows, taxes increase, global hegemony shifts, foreign markets spread, new political dogmas emerge and evident ideological discrepancies start to erode nationalism; Neo-liberals in their quest to control the US government will find themselves wedged in the middle of disunity to implode a second civil war.
The high rise of ignorance started by Neo-liberalism will take part in the political debacle; capitalism will also trigger hate among high unemployed low socio-economic Americans that visualize the government as conspirators against their own people. Ignorance, treachery and materialism will swerve dramatically against those that endorse their values; Materialism, skepticism, slothfulness, the idea of ‘survival of the fittest’, scientific validity, global unawareness and other factors have created the perfect conditions for an abrupt revolution to take place in the US.
Desperation from both political ends will provoke national paradox. Southern separatist will promptly reemerge in great numbers. Political assassinations directed at congressmen will unfold and turn into riots, and riots will turn into political assassinations. Southern states will defy the US constitution and finally separate to become independent.
The military will fathom the situation, abet with southern states and betray the Neo-liberal government which they view as insubordinate. This has become apparent with the Pentagon rejecting Obama’s foreign policy reform in the Middle East as an act of defiance to US sovereignty; just as Bill Clinton cut troops during his administration to cement his legacy, Obama has also cut troops in Alaska, Iraq and Afghanistan to promote an imaginary laissez-faire world for the sake of his legacy without military endorsement; it will inevitably backfire.
The odds of the US splitting into two separate countries will appear soon after an economic recession strikes the foundations of the already precarious financial system. The consequences won’t shuffle in favor of what most liberals predicted as they acted unwisely, vilifying others that opposed their worldview; powerless and without a military to protect their interest, they will view the rise of the military as seditious towards liberty.
The Neo-liberal establishment that once viewed religious followers as primitive thinkers, conservatives as ignorant rednecks, and the military apparatus like brainwashed cavemen will succumb by those it once mocked.
If the split happens under the right circumstances a civil war can be prevented and two nations will arise from the ashes of the old US; If, on the other hand the military decides for all Neo-liberal states to submit all national sovereignty to the armed forces, revolts will spark followed with a brutal civil-war that will annihilate millions of Americans. Considering the size of the US, a civil war could last well over a decade.
Europe will no longer be capable of maintaining global security. The US will cease all foreign occupations; friends and allies will be left behind, and trade laws will change in favor of the new superpowers. Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Israel will suffer the biggest challenges with the abrupt geo-political change. NATO, eroded by liberal influence will militarily succumb with the global shift and lose all powers. Without the US, the world will be supervised by Russia and China.
The US will no longer retain the worldwide influence it once had, and by the time the national split occurs the world will have to curtsy to Chinese and Russian demands. The ancient Persian dominance will notably take place in the Middle East with Iran.
Some people view my prediction farfetched. Those who don’t see these events unfold mostly willingly ignore history is cyclical and not progressive; ignorance, laziness and materialism have created brainless people who believe everything they are told. Manipulating educational institutions to reject alternative theories has made the ignorant population aware of a possible conspiracy aimed at destroying religion and nationalism on behalf of science.
Diplomacy and democracy sponsored by technocrats and Neo-liberalist have completely aggravated the notion of nation, sovereignty and military into a world of fantasy orchestrated with the notion of peace without strength. It’s time to reconsider the serious repercussions Neo-liberalism will pose to the nation’s future once a financial recession shakes the pillars of the US economy while losing power abroad.
Republicans and democrats pan one another in congress, but fail to address the real issue; the ideological phenomena that will destroy the core of American hegemony. The US can survive the next financial turmoil with strong nationalism, but it cannot survive the ideological schism boiling and continue to thrive as a superpower.
Heading toward the second American Civil War
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By Jaime Ortega.
The man who wasn’t aware
There was a man that suffered an accident, broke his spinal cord and ended paralyzed from his feet. He roamed his house in a wheelchair with nothing to do, but to read books, watch television and stare at the neighboring houses through his balcony.
His brother in law concerned for his mental condition, stress and personal affliction, to help ease the pain bought him a telescope so he could observe the night stars. Instead of studying the stars, the paralyzed man routinely spied on the apartments across the street. Staring at people’s windows through his balcony, he realized that one of the apartments always had a locked window blocked with a curtain that screened the blurred light.
As time passed, he became obsessed with spying on his neighbors. One day, observing the mysterious window, he saw two shadows moving violently; panicked, he decided to grab his cell phone and called the police to report assault charges. In the report, he stated to the officers that he saw what looked like “two older people fighting rapaciously” through the blurry window covered with a curtain.
When the police officers arrived to the scene at approximately 11:23pm, knocking on the door, a woman with a cooking apron came out with her two children. The officers explained to her that a neighbor had reported a suspected assault in her apartment.
The mother laughed and told the officers that her two kids started to wrestle in the living room and that nothing other had happened. The officers went inside the apartment to check for anomalies, but seeing nothing was wrong they left and reported a misunderstanding.
The enlarged shadows the paralyzed man witnessed through his balcony were nothing else than an elongated version of two children wrestling — not two people trying to kill each other.
The point of this story is that looks deceive, especially when the windows are closed and the curtains blur reality from fiction.
Miscalculation…but on point
Just like the paralyzed man that miscalculated the situation, so are those viewing the US Government as conspiring against its own populace. In general, politicians help citizens by amending laws to protect their rights to secure their basic freedoms. Democracy is flawed, but despite controversy, history shows that living in the US comes prosperous to immigrants who flee poverty .
One out of three Americans now use Snap-card benefits to prevent starvation. Stats show 44% of American children live amongst low income families. Many of these families use the Welfare system to survive and strive to come out from poverty to achieve greater financial stability.
These and many other signs are important to understand, to discard a government conspiracy against its own people. Past empires just as we see today, had cults among their elites running government, but history shows that the conspiracy traits suggested by NWO advocates never resumed into the general population; instead, assassinations targeting rivalries in power did occur throughout the past.
Historically religious creeds and cults have never unified to represent ‘one common’ vision because difference of interest will always blockade the road for global unity in humanity. The Jesuit priest will never bond completely with the Muslim radical imam or the Mormon priest because their view of the world has become severely altered by their interpretation of faith. This results into dissension, and dissension almost always results in conflict which leads to war.
One reason why massive conspiracy theories targeting all people would never work and will never take place is because through human history, emergent rival powers, almost instinctually take absolute advantage of any government stirring a sudden national crisis against its own people. Obviously such threat would result into a civil war as observed in the Middle East, that after the Arab Spring revolutions, the former authoritarian governments lost all power once the conflicts ended.
Jesus said that “a house divided against itself, will not be able to stand,” and this is a true historical perspective. If the US wages a NWO starting in America, history shows a civil war will automatically spark; meanwhile, Russia and China will lick their chops, take US interest worldwide and split the remnants between the two new superpowers leaving American hegemony a thing of the past.
History suggest that conspiracy advocates that view the future with conspiracy lenses blaming Knight Templars, Illuminati, Masons, Jesuits, Rothschild’s and other cults and families with all current global events, have a biased view of world affairs and distort facts just alike the blurry pictures depicting UFO’s to prove their existence.
Conspiracy theories come in many different forms, from reptilians to UFO’s, demons, hidden monsters, secret elites, ancient cults, super corporations and the list goes on and on. Despite the vast list of conspiracies, even the most avid conspirators get confused in who is running what; once again, blurring fact from fiction into a world of fantasy, drama and evil plots. In other words, imaginary superstitions.
However, the US does have one field sponsored by Neo-liberal propaganda which promotes immediate academic censorship on anything that opposes its core belief. I wouldn’t call it a conspiracy, but a totalitarian system within the US Government that ‘runs lose’ to promote a scientific agenda to extinguish any faith in the metaphysical world.
The US government thus far struggles with unity, internal divisions have shut government on multiple occasions and will continue to fail to achieve a unifying consensus as other superpowers rise. This comes at a time when Neo-liberalism has created dissension between military, nationalism and religious consent.
Conspiracies are challenging the future of the government
During the past two years, after reviewing a myriad of conspiracy theories in social media, I’ve come to the final conclusion that the American people and the US Government no longer hold a trustworthy relationship.
The newer generations not only distrust, but completely blot out any possibility to accredit government accounts in national and international events reported in mainstream media outlets. Politicians and people suffer a static marriage adamant to absolute failure.
The rise of conspiracy theories has started to dwarf the future associated with the next generation of politicians whom aspire to lead the US government one day. According to a recent survey taken by The Daily Journalist, 70% of people believe the government holds some sort of evil plot against its citizens.
Neo-liberals attack on education: Ignorance nourishes foolishness
The seeds of new generations are planted during the augmentation of alternative ideologies within the cultural rise of national affairs. With the rise of democratization and freedom of speech, the US political system automatically allowed for the sudden rise of conspiracies to take place. As a consequence, freedom of speech has evolved into outright demonization of US armed forces by opposing government intervention in foreign lands under the imaginary umbrella of oligarchic tyrannical plots.
With the rise of Neo-liberalism, skepticism has transcended into full ignorance. New schools of social thought have diverted history into a state of scientific paradigm designed to suppress all religious orders, thus crusading a campaign against ignorance in the name of scientific skepticism.
High Schools, universities and colleges fire professors and discipline students who question the current educational curriculum. The hypocrisy of Neo-liberalism is that it strives to find educational reforms ousting religion, but when challenged with alternative theories, these institutions that proclaim to sponsor debate reciprocate as authoritarian regimes censoring opposite ideas that are viewed contrary to their belief system.
A recent poll taken by The Daily Journalist shows that 91% of Americans believe in a supernatural being. The interesting correlation is that historically the educated (the remaining 9%) almost always remained a small minority in other empires; in contrast, the majority subjugated their authority to the reprimands of small influential elites that dictated reforms in the status-quo without popular consensus.
Theocratic, autocratic, totalitarian and democratic based countries share the same moral conundrum, mainly because all political structures always rely on a minority to rule a majority of people. With democracy, the educational system has being usurped by technocrats that foster Darwinian austerity.
The result is that ousting ignorance has boosted ignorance; skepticism has formed more skepticism. Children’s IQ’s have drastically fallen in the US because kids no longer create; they only follow and obey to never question the pillars of modern science. Other well researched theories have festered contingency with Darwinian evolutionary propaganda, which in return suppress alternative historical and scientific knowledge into a category of fantasy, fables, myths and fairy tales.
With history and other fields of study subjected to an evolutionary agenda, all discoveries must oblige with the leading theory to satisfy the national curriculum sponsored by hardcore Neo-liberals that oblige atheism. Subjects like ’Forbidden History’ not only drill holes on the evolutionary version of history, but severely haze our comprehension of the past. With the institutional ban on subjects like ‘Forbidden History’ it is comprehensible why skeptics of Darwinian Theory view education as a safe haven for atheistic propaganda.
Neo-liberals sleep with the US Department of Education to control all sectors of education, turning a blind eye on alternative explanations by immediately gunning down contradictory explanations. Thousands of scientists from all disciplines of academia around the world, conscientiously grieved with the system, kneel down to the modern ‘Catholic Church’ repression – the Darwinian hegemony!
For Neo-liberals it is important to control education at all levels to successfully inculcate Darwinian propaganda because in doing so, the next generations belief-core will blossom ideological warfare against unexplained theories to keep the atheistic lineage alive.
Evolution won the battle, but not the war!
As the Neo-liberal community continues to control the national scientific agenda presented in mainstream academic institutions to prevent the rise of religion, social media with help of the internet has help challenge the mainstream agenda creating an alternative channel to funnel history without Darwinian filters.
Methods applied to control people, historically, never turn in favor of those who apply it. People are naturally visceral with top to bottom consensus. As a result of Darwinian scrutiny, creativity and parallel explanations rattled into ignorance, and ignorance has risen sturdily to crusade a campaign against evolution by relating its canon with a plot to subvert people to a New World Order with the ultimate mission to crush religious consent.
The youth labels politicians thanks to Neo-liberalism, as massive conspirators created by secret societies to rule the world by deceiving the government to ultimately permeate their imaginary power around the system to the bottom of the hierarchical structure. It is this mistrust caused by heavy censorship in academic subjects like Forbidden History that has molded into an ideological cancer that will with time destroy the same system by which it was created.
People view the US Government an evil institution designed to hide demonic religious cults that sponsor atheism to create a world free of religion targeting mostly the Christian faith. The problem is that not just Christians, but alternative faiths whether scientific based or not, also view politicians as mass conspirators that promote a New World Order.
So by censoring historical data to fit the theory, even those who believe in evolution now question the scientific standards by which the academic system filters new discoveries.
The rise of Neo-liberalism would have never socially progressed without Darwinian Theory. It is the Darwinian belief system that keeps the neo-liberal establishment healthy, steady and financially prosperous. Eventually like any form of power, history demonstrates, it too will collapse into another social revolution.
The main mission for most neo-liberals is to protect at all cost the theory of evolution to prevent religious progressives from consolidating new ideological reforms to halt the spread of modern scientific thought. Darwinian evolution is the western rational filter to keep Islam, Christianity, Catholicism and Mormonism and other ideological creeds at bay.
Darwinism came from Protestantism
Neo-liberals and liberals easily forget that the liberties they presently enjoy started with the Church of England. The protestant reformation of Europe questioned the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church, challenging its repressive prerogative authority by means of allowing all people to read the bible to foment literacy during the darkest ages Europe has ever experienced. The Guttenberg Press was the first social innovation that led to the imminent rise of education during Europe’s theological reformation thanks to the bible.
The Church of England became a superpower at the time the Spanish Empire, Rome’s military wing, started to decline financially and militarily. With the rise of Protestantism, England started social reforms thanks to the core belief that all men are created equal despite their sinful nature.
England soon experienced incredible financial revolutions. The infamous ‘Industrial Revolution’ galvanized the economy transforming the entire world. Evangelical Christians sponsored by the Queen of England travelled around the globe to places like India, Hong Kong, South Africa, British Columbia and other colonies to help spread literacy and Christianity changing the lives of millions of people.
After centuries of ideological repression from Rome, free thinking and scientific rationality was tolerated which eventually gave birth to the Origin of Species written by Charles Darwin.
It was through Protestantism, that Darwinian evolution sprang a new scientific revolution. Without the Reformation, Europe’s illustrious ‘Enlightenment’ would have never ‘evolved’ under Roman Catholicism. The Protestant movement changed Europe, ceding tolerance to controversial ideals stifled under other religious establishments that reigned prior to it.
Modern evolution spits on the plate that fed it
The Neo-Liberal establishment in the US willingly makes no distinction between Roman Catholicism, Islam and Protestantism. Protestantism was the hand that fed Darwinism, the modern Neo-Liberalist core-belief; Neo-liberals and liberals in return have mocked evangelical Christians labeling derogatory terms, as if all were brainless ignorant fable worshipers.
Ironically religion played a role in the development of most civilizations in history. Science was vital for the subsistence of the Mayans, Incas, Egyptians, Sumerians, Assyrians, Hindus, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Greeks and myriads of other known and unknown cultures. With the discovery of even more ancient civilizations, we are only starting to grasp the technological advancement and mathematical accuracy these religious based cultures possessed; paradoxically many architectural wonders even challenge our technological achievements, showing hard to replicate despite our advancement.
Sadly the Neo-Liberal establishment obliquely has given birth to a conspiracy world that will soon reciprocate against them. Most people in the world are religious by nature, and to try to impose Darwinian scrutiny on new progressive thinkers at the cost of censoring all alternative theories can only result in the public defamation of the US Government that hearten the Neo-Liberalist propaganda with taxpayer money.
To be frank, even though I don’t agree with most modern conspiracies, I do agree that the scientific community has gone out of control with their agenda to manage all fields of study.
In essence, we should stop such fervent agenda from controlling all modern alternative theories that oppose its basic scientific tenants; because Evolution is still till this day, nothing else but a theory on the verge of collapse just as Neo-liberalism will one day revert into the bookshelves of history after another ideological form buries takes place.
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By Jaime Ortega.
African Americans need to clean house before its too late
Picture for one second a world ruled by chaos. A world where opportunities lay waste; where looting, law breaking and tribal sublimation consume the roots of our current, yet not perfect system. A world without police enforcement, a world where greed is in the hands of uneducated people, where governments no longer hold responsibility for anything.
A world where ignorance, violence and lack of personal responsibility fuse to create a society based on the survival of the fittest. A world where drug abuse erodes the minds of talents, zombies are let wild, and laws are created by individuals to subjugate their authority over others using force without diplomacy.
That world, is the utopian planet of Neo-Liberalism. Violence stems from human beings, people then structure hierarchical forms of government to control it, mainly using police and military to close the wounds open by rebellions to secure the interest of the overall majority.
That world is not my world.
Accusing doesn’t solve the problem, it creates it
In the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, Adam instead of recognizing his fault, blamed Eve for eating the prohibited fruit. In the story Elohim condemned the serpent, Eve and Adam; instead of identifying his personal fault confessing his responsibility, pride took control of Adam and accused Eve, the consequences of his actions painfully haunted his future.
Crime and violence in some context represent the prohibited fruit, and what we are witnessing with the rise of ignorance. The African American community is responsible for their actions, and blaming the establishment when other ethnic-minority groups are succeeding makes people unsympathetic to their struggle. Like the story in Adam and Eve, one day it will hunt them if they don’t start cleaning house and dealing with the problems of their community.
Times have changed
African American movements like Black Lives Matter encourage the misconception that police enforcement detains suspects based solely on racial profiling. Frankly, police in general roam the streets everyday minding their own business without participating in political activism that targets Afro-American hatred. Police officers have the difficult task to serve and protect communities from crime, civil unrest and riots.
Long gone the days Jim Crow laws and street lynching were an inescapable reality for most Afro-American communities down south. Unlike half a century ago, the present African American oppression is a prefabricated exaggeration crafted to justify thugs and criminals; blaming instead the lack of social progress, increased crime rates and violence in communities to government passiveness. Victimization has become the new social phenomena to excuse law infringement.
Millions of new minorities nationwide presently reside in large communities amid Afro-Americans looking for new opportunities to flee poverty. Many Hispanics, Middle Easterners, Indians, Asians, Africans and Europeans reside in low income areas searching for ways to grow financially and escape poverty to achieve greater living standards and social prosperity.
New ethnic minorities distrust Afro-Americans
The new ethnic American groups according to recent polls taken in Las Vegas by The Daily Journalist show that most minorities distrust Afro-Americans as a group; labeling them as criminals, pimps, gang affiliated drug dealers, shop lifters, crack heads, violence instigators and lazy people.
The poll suggest 93% Asians, 87% Hispanics, 91% Middle Easterners, 90% Indians, 83% Europeans and 88% of Africans view African Americans the root problem for socio-economic progress on their communities. That includes negative influence in public education for other non-Afro American kids who attend public schools.
Minorities also agreed greater protection must be enforced by police officers to secure local businesses in their neighborhoods, including less public support to organizations that provide Afro Americans constitutional rights to enhance “violent” social behavior.
Media war wages racial intolerance in favor of African-Americans
According to the Center for Disease, Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014 the total number of firearm homicides per year mounts to 11,208, while homicides mount to 16,121. Just like computers, cops commit mistakes; the low number of questionable mistakes reported by mainstream media networks besieged against police enforcement is an insignificant number compared to the total amount of crime ranging the US.
In the past few years growing factions of Afro-American protestors backed by Neo-liberal lobbyist have initiated multiple campaigns against police enforcement evoking an end to violent raids targeting young African-Americans.
While liberal mainstream media plays an important role promoting the anti-police campaign, their cause has backfired on social media. In response to pro-African American network media, internet sites like Liveleak upload on a daily basis prejudiced videos of Afro-American teens beating Caucasians, assaulting stores and instigating violence; the videos have gone viral furthering wider racial antipathy in the web.
Afro-American internal division
African-American communities are divided in opinion. Some African-Americans backup the consensus that police brutality is not justified in their community, shifting the blame to the political system for lack of funding in their neighborhoods to achieve equal opportunities. On the other hand, African-American skeptics point that the government has little responsibility for the rise of ‘thugs and criminals’ and blame their community leaders for failing to address the real issues reflecting change in their neighborhoods to achieve social progress.
For most African-American neo-liberal’s, African American conservatives who disagree with their views are labeled as uncle toms along with other derogatory epithets. Contingencies are also growing strong between Afro-American war veterans who consider their sacrifice as part of their struggle for national freedom, and Afro-American neo-Liberals that view veterans as war criminals protecting a flawed racist political scheme: The flag burning movement sponsored by Neo-liberals free thinkers has created increased altercations between the two groups.
A psychological racial war has started to steadily escalate thanks to this controversial ideological divide, separating African-American communities that protect police intervention, over those who blame the ‘white establishment’ as the root cause for their civil struggle.
Neo Liberals hacked Afro-American resentment
The question for young African-American progressives lingers paradox in the stability of the nation’s future. Using democracy, the neo-liberals have inflated the democratic propaganda in congress to control ethnic issues by victimizing crime as an apologetic form of social injustice. Progressive democracy has not solved, but supplemented the growing animosity between Afro-Americans and new ethnic minorities.
The only solution to free African-American communities from racial stereotypes, and strengthen their broken bonds with the rest of US ethnic groups is by leaving the neo-liberalist agenda. Realistically, an authoritarian run government would radically transform the present failure of the judicial system — thus helping eliminate crime.
Government has being infiltrated by progressive thinkers that no longer sustain rational thinking. A stronger military presence in violent hoods would eliminate crime, stimulate military education and increase job opportunities under which the neo-libertarian utopian model has failed to accomplish.
Democracy is not the solution
History has repeatedly shown democracy to be the perfect system to abuse under the right social environment. We learned that lesson after the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt that hid islamization under the democratic banner led by the Islamic Brotherhood; later halted to a military coup d’état launched by former general Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
The US on their quest to instigate the Middle East to become democratic, rallying revolts against regimes, has helped derail dictatorships into tribal rebellions turning the entire region into an Islamic sinkhole – thus the rise of ISIS, the present chaos in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Ultimately democracy led Hitler into power in Germany. The Popular Front that consisted of a union of communist, Anarchist-syndicates, Marxist and labor movements in Spain also led to a fastidious civil war initiated by progressive egalitarianism.
First end crime, then racial profiling
The US government has to seriously review the judicial system. Prisons around the country swarm violent convicts that poison the system once reinstated back into society.
In order to safe and secure the streets and borders of the US, realist must review history for what it’s worth and use unorthodox methods to end crime from infesting cities. I solidly propose launching a ferocious military campaign in troublesome low income areas across the US to execute criminals with dangerous backgrounds to boost overall security for the nation’s stability ousting also neo-liberal austerity in government.
Democracy has failed to effectively contain the emergent criminal crisis that Afro-American and Latino communities over the decades have developed thanks to America’s drug addiction crisis. The prison system has failed to successfully reinstate dangerous gang members and criminals to society.
Fear is the key asset to stop crime, not granting dangerous criminals the opportunity to conduct more injustice like neo-liberals deem socially acceptable. This proposal will undoubtedly lead to a safer America for innocent hard working African-Americans and other ethnic groups; it would also vanquish the negative stereotype. Ethnic groups can coexist together not under the banner of neo-liberal democracy, but under hard work, unity and nationalism against the outside forces that divide it.
Once the problem of crime is finally solved and crime rates are virtually non-existent. Stiffer anti-racial laws and prosecution should be enforced to help protect hard working citizens from tedious law police misconduct. Only then, police integrity would be against the wall, if it fails to comply with ethnic tolerance; focusing the shift, into cracking down on police officers who defile the badge arresting people based on racial prejudice.
But first is first, we must help African-American and Latino communities by means of cleansing crime once and for all. To prevent a civil war, the US must clean up the gutters of society to maintain national stability at bay; then it must clean up the rooftop so it can preserve its international authority.
No change will drive a civil war
With the current neo-liberal demagogy Americans are doomed to succumb to the natural forces of history. We all win under strong nationalism, but as things stand with the ascension of neo-liberalism branches like Marxism, communism, minarchism and anarchism change is frankly impossible.
To be wise is to look into history and learn from its mistakes. If nothing is done, under a possible economic depression sporadic groups of gangs and criminals will emerge loot, riot and halt the possibility of economic recovery. Unlike the Great Depression where nationalism was deeply in-bedded on Americans, under an economic collapse, today’s generation is likely to revolt and destroy the American Landscape without possibility of recovery.
We must react.
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By Jaime Ortega.
An ideological war between Neo-Liberals and nationalist jeopardizes America’s future. The subdivision of two distinct ideologies menaces to obstruct the future of the United States including its global hegemony. Since the Vietnam War the Neo-Liberal movement has grown significantly larger, stronger and wealthier; its mission, isolate the very fiber that unites American nationalism and exacerbate the military apparatus to diminish its national power.
Democrats believe patriotism is a setback for ideological progress. As the ideas of liberal progressives under Bill Clinton reached a climax in the 90’s, new forms of radical social libertarian ideologies creped on the Democratic Party imposing new social reforms to integrate a new system of government and substitute traditional nationalist values at the expense of military cuts. To end patriotism, neo-liberals demonized nationalism using institutions like Universities to promote their cause against military intervention by creating the illusion that pro-nationalist supporters are uneducated warmongers lacking common sense.
As ideological seeds with time successfully harvested anti-military resentment in most educational establishments across the country, the neo-liberalist movement continues to slander nationalist values labeling nationalism a ‘religious crusade’ to increase American influence worldwide. Seeking to destroy patriotism, neo-liberals subtly poison media networks to reproduce their propaganda in exchange for money, favoritism, progressive change and international appeal to satisfy other western nations.
The present results evidently show a decline in patriotism and a downfall in nationalist values. The results are indicative to the decline of US unity in ethnic, social and cultural progress nationwide. Without strong national unity, the US no longer can retain global supremacy, sidelined to witness the inevitable reemergence of other strong nationalist countries like China or Russia as a result of domestic radical neo-liberalism.
What was responsible for the ideological shift?
The blame cannot be exclusively attributed to neo-liberals. To an extent, the deep divide between left and right started in the past by religious ultra conservatives that opposed moderate civil right movements viewing civil change an evil stigma.
For decades, homosexuals, feminist, minorities and non religious citizens felt threatened by religious ultra conservative dogmas. Instead of commending a solution to alleviate the problem and unify the country, the Republicans joined forces with ultra religious factions that coaxed conservatives to gain wider campaign support in-exchange for distancing themselves from emergent moderate progressive ideals.
As time passed, the republican populist gamble to support religious orthodoxy inevitably backfired. The oppressed progressive minority has now transformed into a powerful movement with a vindictive distaste for nationalism and religion. All the unpopular civil right movements of the past now vindicate the ideals of Neo-liberalism, and rebuff the republican caucus as fake form of religious right wing bigotry. The liberal movement is stronger, wealthier and has the power to change elections.
Conservatism, religion and nationalist values were once seen as inseparable twins. The historical truth is that nationalism, religion and conservatism share similar face values, but their basis greatly distinct from one another. This view was not correctly disjointed by republicans.
An atheist can be a patriot and hardcore nationalist without being deeply conservative. A soldier might value the traditionalism of American culture, but might not feel indentified as a religious conservative. Homosexuals might be religious, conservative or traditionalist and might oppose liberalism — yet, the consensus among skeptics is that republicans would rather support straight men, some who might even rally against nationalism. That’s where republican logic and common sense go astray.
Support from radical religious factions has fractured the Republican Party. The high moral standard the Republican Party staked in favor for a few decades ago to accommodate ultra religious consent is now destroying the party’s reputation among increasing progressive voters.
People view the Republican Party as a bunch of blond racist supremacist, religious nut jobs and brainless warmongers. The party needs to exemplify extreme reforms in order to resonate with the biased public perception.
Democrats of the past
Democrats despite advocating for social reforms as pure centrist maintain a grip on conservative economic values. Democrats and conservatives in the past hesitated to change capitalism for other less financially quantifiable systems with stricter fiscal policies. Most democrats and republicans despite televised rhetoric see eye to eye in favor of elites that in return lobby for less financial restrictions to increase their corporate wealth.
Conventionally, the differences between the two parties are not on issues fixing the federal budget, but on social programs and funding military expenditure. At one point or another, the Democratic Party started to cater to other libertarian dogmas to gain wider acceptance from all domestic groups. This new support conceded greater power to democrats, that in exchange rallied against the principles of nationalism, US history in schools, traditionalism and global economic reforms.
Democrats sold their view of American supremacy from the conventional John F. Kennedy outlook of liberal political reforms, to other eccentric forms of neo-libertarian principles which past democrats rejected as plain anti-capitalist and anti-nationalist. Democrats now come in different shapes and colors; Marxist, Trotsky’s, anarchist, communist, minarchist, thugist etc, hide under the democratic veil rallying the banner of neo-liberalism to attain the total annihilation of nationalism.
Nationalism needs to vanquish Neo-liberalism
I believe strong national unity will help the United States stand for itself and rise amidst financial, social and ideological troubles. The present youth that supports the neo-liberal movement has gone out of control, opposing all reforms that sponsor nationalism; it has become a dangerous leftist peg that must be destroyed before it continues to engulf society with anarchist reforms.
I believe African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Caucasians, Middle Easterners, Indians and all other US ethnicities have to fight back against the evil forces that now represent Neo-Liberalism. The nation has to stop the integration of Marxism, Anarchism and communism inside the political class. The future of the nation and the military depend on it.
The liberal government has focused on civil rights scrutinizing on its path national unity as an evil religious crusade to stop domestic reforms. The Neo –Liberal utopia not only mocks, but neglects the sacrifice American soldiers underwent to achieve those freedoms Neo-liberal enjoys.
The danger to cede any control of government to neo-liberals is an issue that must be addressed by the military apparatus without congress approval. As animosity between progressives and republicans continues to grow, the neo-liberals campaign for excessive reforms and cuts in the military budget will weaken America’s stance as a global player. The timing couldn’t be worse, as Russia and China keep threatening US interested, testing America’s response.
The neo-liberal movement must be eradicated from government before it drags the entire country inside a death spiral without return. Once the US loses the number one spot globally, it won’t climb back as history has repeatedly shown with past declining powers.
Let’s spark a revolution, let’s unify the country, let’s back our military and let’s distance ourselves from liberal democrats who are destroying all that America stands for.
Neo-liberalism is part of the larger pie, but not the only slice, other troubles must also be solved.
We don’t need to change capitalism, or systems and solutions that work to our financial benefit. We must however end corruption, lobbying and enforce regulation on companies and banks that abuse the free market. The military does not depend on banks to survive; in fact, it is the banks that depend on military defense to run the economy. The military and strong nationalism is America’s greatest asset, everything else follows short.
History has clearly shown, there is no peace without war, there is no stability without destruction and there is no real reformation without might. Nationalism is the key and military the door. And if not soon dealt with, liberalism after an economic depression will turn democracy into another civil war — A military dictatorship as history shows.
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Interview conducted by Jaime Ortega.
He is considered one of the leading authorities on Islamic extremist networks, financing and operations. He serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project on Terrorism, one of the world’s largest storehouses of archival data and intelligence on Islamic and Middle Eastern terrorist groups. Emerson and his staff frequently provide briefings to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies, members of Congress and congressional committees, and print and electronic media, both national and international. Since 9-11, Emerson has testified before and briefed Congress dozens of times on terrorist financing and operational networks of Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and the rest of the worldwide Islamic militant spectrum.
1) Abu Sayyaf was killed a month ago, how will that affect ISI operations in IRAQ and Syria?
I think the effect will be short lived. ISIS is an organization that has actually learned from the demise of core Al Qaeda. Its leadership structure is only superficially in the form of a pyramid. But those intelligence specialists tell that ISIS has learned the lessons from the demise of the core Al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan by building in redundancy into parallel layers of leadership. So that if one leader goes down—killed or captured—his area of jurisdiction, whether it be ISIS finances or ISIS arms acquisitions or whatever, is not fatally affected. This by the way is one of the reasons why ISIS has remained so resilient in the face of some punishing US led strikes, albeit mostly ineffective. Its an asymmetric terrorist group that has created a symmetrical fighting organization—think of a conventional fighting force like the US Army which has multiple levels of built in leadership redundancy—that btw, is also fighting a symmetrical war unlike other terrorist groups. The only asymmetrical aspect of the ISIS strategy—and I don’t mean to be callous here—is the headline grabbing horrific decapitations and executions of hundreds and hundreds of those it has designated the enemy which it has captured, ranging from Yazidi men to western journalists to Arab soldiers to Shiite civilians.
2) ISIL just captured Ramadi, and are trying to expel Syrian Armed Forces from Palmyra what message does that send to the those countries that support logistically and militarily govern by Haider Al-Abadi and Al-Assad?
Well, they have already as you know captured Palmyra and have gone on to carry out a massive killing spree in the city of Syrian soldiers who did not make it out as well as other “enemies” it designated. But I am not so sure of what your question means. If you are asking me, what is the effect of iSIS victory in Palmyra on those that support Al-Assad, frankly that is limited to only a few entities: Iran, Hizbollah and Russia. And we see that both Iran and Hizbollah have just redoubled their support of Assad’s regime in the belief that ISIS has made too many inroads. If I have misinterpreted your question, let me know.
3) If ISIL theoretically defeated Syrian Armed Forces, and controlled mayor cities in Syria, will Jabat-Al-Nusra oppose an Islamic Caliphate govern by Al-Baghdadi? Would they fight each other, despite greeting their rhetorical alliance combating western forces?
Well, you raise a very interesting question that used to be very hypothetical but given the losses by Assad recently, is not so hypothetical any longer. It is my belief that if the Syrian Armed Forces were defeated, Jabat Al Nusrat would never concede that ISIS had achieved that victory but rather that Al Nusrat itself—not ISIS– was either mostly or partly responsible for the victory. Hence, Al Nusrat would never recognize ISIS as the dominant military and political conqueror of a “liberated” Syria. And since Al Nusrat is an outgrowth and effective franchise of Al Qaeda, it would not agreed to ISIS political dominance of territory that Al Nusrat has occupied or has sought to liberate. For the past year or so, we have witnessed a very tentative cease fire between ISIS and Al Nusrat, who prior to that had been fighting each other with vicious ferocity. But that defacto cease fire I believe would cease to exist if ISIS declared itself the sole political and military heir to the territory of a liberated Syria. And in that scenario, it is my belief that would be a “settling of accounts” between Al Nusrat and ISIS much as we witnessed in Afghanistan in the 1980’s between the 7 different Mujahideen factions once they victoriously ousted the Soviets.
4) The US, and NATO, have financially supported Kurdish Pashmerga Troops, to help fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, but without ground troops are western forces doing enough?
In an answer, no. Vietnam taught us the limits of air power. Air power alone cannot win wars. Boots on the ground are also required. Without American and other Nato boots on the ground, I just don’t see enough firepower by the valiant Kurds.
5) There is intelligence suggesting Recep Erdogan is supporting ISIL, with the help of Intra-Secret/Service-Intelligence in Pakistan because of their former ties with Saddam’s Bathist party who is entwined with ISIL fighting Kurds. Is this possible?
You have now entered the Middle East “Twilight Zone” (remember Rod Serling’s television series from the 1960s’?) where anything is possible and nothing is impossible. The only thing that I know for sure is that Erdogan has dragged his feet in joining the coalition against ISIS; he has refused to clamp down on the infiltration route to ISIS thru Turkey; he has refused to crack down on the illegal sale of black market oil by ISIS thru Turkish middlemen; he hatred for the Kurds is so visceral that he will do anything it seems to hurt them even if it means helping ISIS although indirectly; and finally because ISIS ultimately is the final perfection of the embodiment of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group whose values and belief system Erdogan religiously enforces (sometimes leading critics to charge him with being a self anointed Calif), then yes, anything is possible.
6) Is their a race between Al-Qaeda and ISIL to regain more power in the Middle East? The control of Lybia is not only ISIL’s target, but also Al-Qaeda’s?
Forget Al Qaeda. They are not looking to control the Middle East anymore. At this point they are looking only to hang on to franchises that are now defecting to ISIS. ISIS is the new kid on the block. ISIS is the only player in this race. Just look at the attacks in Saudi Arabia last week and in Tunis three weeks ago. And in northern Algeria. Al Qeda in Yemen is AQ’s only remaining star franchise.
7) Is there any other group outside of ISIL and Al-Qaeda who can present a serious hazard to western targets like the US or Europe?
I don’t see any other transnational group other than Hizbollah with the capabilities of hitting US or Europe. And Hizbollah’s threat is totally controlled by what Iran wants. And since Iran wants a deal with the sanctions lifted, Iran is going to play nice for the time being. But don’t expect that to last forever. And don’t expect Hizbollah to retire into an old age home even while it is still a player to be reckoned with via Israel. Remember until 9-11, Hizbollah was the terrorist group that had killed more Americans than any other terrorist group.
8) If ISIS takes down Assad’s regime, then it will be a battle between Al-Nusra, Ahrar- Al-Sham and ISIS because in Nov 2014, they started to attack each other. In case ISIS battled Al-Qaeda, and that is a high possibility, out of the two who would win? Who would receive more support from Qatar, Kuwait, KSA, Turkey and Pakistan? And who would be more successful in unifying with other jihadist groups like Ansar-Al Islam, Ansar Al-Sharia, Al-Tawid al Jihad, besides other smaller faction groups in the Middle East?
Already, ISIS has been battling the Taliban and winning their skirmishes as Taliban forces have been defecting to ISIS. Now when you raise the question of who would win in an Al Qaeda-ISIS confrontation, its hard to see that direct confrontation emerging at this time because the core Al Qaeda in Afghanistan has been decimated. What remains is Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS has not ventured forth into Yemen at this point. So the only possible convergence of a confrontation between AQ and ISIS would be between AQ surrogates, like Al-Nusrat and Ansar Al Sharia (not really a surrogate of AQ though). In this case, I think that ISIS would win hands down.
As for receiving support from those countries you mentioned, well you have to remember that ISIS is Sunni and so are those are countries overwhelmingly Sunni. Yet, there is no doubt that ISIS has been taking the battle to these Persian Gulf potentates, even though they are Sunni, because they are seen as Western puppets and committing apostasy. The question has been—ever since the US formed the Sunni coalition—how fierce will these Sunni oil rich regimes fight ISIS. Saudi Arabia certainly showed its military capabilities and willingness to flex it muscles going it alone but going against Iranian backed Shiites, a far more easily political target among its dominant Sunni population that ISIS.
Even though these Arab regimes have participated nominally in the joint US led coalition against ISIS, their participation has been quite wanting. In the case of Turkey, well its got so many conflicts of interests regarding its own interests visa-vis the players in the ISIS/Syria/Kurdistan/Iran spectrum that Turkey cannot be counted on to be a serious combatant against ISIS. Turkey despises the Kurds and sees their victories as threats to Turkish national security. Turkey also maintains good relations with Iran. And Turkey does not want to pick a fight with ISIS. Conversely ISIS has not shown any real desire to confront Turkey head on or destabilize it unlike ISIS’ attitude towards Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Libya and even Egypt.
As for who would be more successful in unifying the groups, all you need to do is watch how the once-AQ dominated brigades in the Sinai switched over ISIS as did Al Shabab and Boku Haram, certain Libyan factions like we now are seeing with Ansar al Sharia. Military momentum and Islamic ascendancy are certainly with ISIS and those two are as powerful magnets among certain Muslim populations as is the force of gravity in the earth’s atmosphere.
9) Democracy does not to suit well the Middle East. Is this because politics will never take over religion? Is western democracy an illusion to reach in the Middle East?
Well, I would never use the term never. Remember the Protestant Reformation took hundreds of years and cost hundreds of thousands of lives. It just seems at the present time that the stars of democracy are not in alignment for many countries in the Middle East. But I would not put the blame on religion or claim that this is a permanent status.
10) A lot of children seem to adopt religious radicalism with danger. Will the hate towards the west ever change the minds of these Middle Eastern children, of is frantic radicalization a process that cannot be achieved by democracy?
I am not so sure of your question here. There is good reason to associate religious radicalism with danger. And that doesn’t just apply to Islam but applies to all religions. All religions, not just Islam, have their fanatics and killers.
Yet, Islamic terrorism is responsible for an average of about 65 to 70% of all international terrorism annually for the past decade according to US intelligence studies published by NCIS. Why the disproportionate amount of terrorism within the Islamic world? And when one looks at the state sponsored media and educational curriculum being studied in Islamic schools, not only in the Muslim world but also in the west, outside educators, ngo’s and investigators have found a frightening level of continued incitement, conspiratorial allegations against the West and glorification of terrorist violence (rather than an emphasis on pluralism and non violence and equality) that is a natural breeding ground for violence.
When the Palestinian Authority names and honors public squares on the West Bank in the memory of the most horrific terrorists who carried out mass murders, what does that tell the youth? When groups like CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, tell followers in the United States that the FBI is responsible for more “terrorism” than Al Qaeda, what does that invoke in the minds of its followers? When the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, like Sheik Yousef Al Qardawi, issue fatwas saying its religiously ok to kill Americans and Jews, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the consequences. And when Muslim dissidents are murdered in the streets—let alone apostates—because they were condemned as blasphemous for their views, what lesson is drawn by the next generation? You ask whether democracy can reverse this radicalization? I am not so sure. I think we in the west make a huge mistake in equating civil society with democracy.
11) History has shown that in 1258 the brutal seizure of Mongols in Baghdad, gave lasting peaceful effects in the region up to 200 years. We have adopted democracy, but an Iron fist seems to be a better alternative to the sectarian violence shown in the Middle East. Has the issue of extermination, historically seen in 12th century by mongol troops ever been presented in congress as an alternative to defeat global Yihadist to secure national and international interest worldwide?
Whoa, this may be above my pay grade. If we equate modern day authoritarianism (eg the Mubarak regime, the Qaddafi regime) with what you call the “Iron Fist,” there is no doubt that as they say in the American Express commercials, “membership has its privileges.” I personally am not a fan of authoritarianism over democracy but we have to be real here: In the 1930’s, Hitler used democracy to obtain power. So democracy in and of itself without the corollary values of an open pluralistic society is not a viable answer to sectarian violence. If anything, we have witnessed the tragedy of the Arab Spring turning into the Arab Winter because the nascent democratic movements were turned into violent jihadist power plays, leaving most of the populations more disenfranchised and more oppressed than even under their previous authoritarian rulers. But you have raised a civilization question that has never been answered and may never produce a final answer. .
– Will the issue of extermination be seriously examined only after another 9-11 strikes the United States?
Remember what Winston Churchill said right after Czechoslovakia was taken over by the Germans in 1938 with full complicity of Britain and France, “ Democracies act only when there is blood on the street.” How right he was.
12) What is the best issue to resolve the problem?
I don’t have one. Sorry. I can only tell you that we in the west are being been eviscerated by the adopted and delusionally progressive notions of multi-culturalism where no set of moral values is greater than any other. I totally disagree. I believe that the values of western civilization, of the separation of church and state, of gender equality and secularism are values that are morally superior to other sets of value systems. Of course, I will be charged with chauvinism, maybe even “fascism” for saying such a thing. But that proves my point.
If I cede ground to my critics, why should Hitler’s Nazi ideology be deemed morally inferior at the very least to other western value systems? Radical Islamic values are not mine. Nor ought they be accepted by the high priests of morality in today’s world as nothing more than religious fascism? The same goes with the Christian Identity Movement. But no one seems to have a problem recognizing the latter for that dangerous anti-civizational movement it is. Why it is so hard to recognize other values systems for the other regressive movements?
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By Jaime Ortega.
Democracy, either socialistic or pro-capitalist based has had significant problems with sponsoring harsh military policies and mounting fierce national security programs. National security means absolutely nothing if our president and congress don’t apply realistic measures to prevent terrorism from assaulting the US.
The high US national security budget is a disaster. The TSA, just recently announced that 90% of bomb smuggling inside airports “would pass undetected through security screeners.” When they arrested American terrorist David Coleman Headley, despite the FBI email request for information, it was he (Headley) who eventually told the agents he was involved with the Bombay attacks in 2011, proving that relying on emails for counter-terrorism is not effective. The irony is that if Headley wouldn’t have confessed his involvement in the attacks, he probably would of being a free man.
To prevent is to cure, without prevention life is a risky gamble challenged by a group of radical fanatics with clear intentions in what is that they are trying to accomplish — nothing else than the destruction of the US and other foreign allies. The UN subsists as nothing but a global fluke that promotes unrealistic progress and sanctions invented by thinkers who skip the realities of the past to promote new unproven ideas. World history is the only true standard of measurement that should be used when dealing with dangerous groups.
The Mongols until this day have held a record which effectively combated and exterminated Jihad. The aftermath stabilized the region for 200 years without carnage crippling violence in the Middle East. Instead of learning the lessons taught by once the most advanced military power (The Mongols), our military depends on the weak decisions Obama and his acolytes prescribe to our security — In other words a gun of roses!
These useless politicians are nothing but hypocrites who want to go down in history as heroic figures that satisfied worldly demands in their quest to achieve world peace. Even at the cost of surrendering to the most despicable adversaries, weakening our military and national security for the sake of showing their greatness to future generations.
As an imperfect human being, unlike Mr. Bill Clinton, I would have never had the courage to write a book titled ‘My life’ after being responsible for the non-intervention to defend Rwandan Tootsies during the terrible genocide that killed over 800.000 people. The same man who’s security policy forcefully hindered FBI’s agent John Oneill to travel to Yemen and interrogate the terrorist who eventually flew inside the Twin Towers.
Bush was a terrible decision maker, but he did not rescind using force given the state of affairs he inherited. He targeted the wrong countries. Instead of aggressively targeting Iraq; Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar funded Al-Qaeda and other terrorist cells and deserved unsympathetic punishment for their actions. The US should have invaded those countries shot radical clerics in the spot, blow up radical mosques, and executed wealthy Arab extremist sponsoring global jihad. But Arab Gulf Lobbyist probably paid millions of dollars to prevent a full scale US Arabian invasion. Lobbying is bribery and should be abolished because it allows powerful institutions and countries to pay off congressmen in order to get away with punishment, but that is another topic.
Obama on the other hand is a two faced president, strong in rhetoric but weak decision maker who is responsible for the rise of ISIS. Abandoning Iraq, pulling all key US advisers to help advice the weak Iraqi central government, bestowing Nouri Al-Malaki with power that he would later cruelly exert with Shia dominance over a mostly populated Sunni country.
But what is the media focusing on?
I understand civil liberties play an important role in our society, and such problems should be of concerned matters for those who seek change. Gays should be given rights, immigrants should be given citizenship but not without a price, and those who hang the modern day confederate flag (which is the battle flag, not the actual racist war flag) should be given the same rights not to remove their historic symbol from state buildings.
These are all important daily stories that should be given attention, but given the current circumstances, radical Muslim fanatics don’t care about gay rights, immigrants or battle flags, they care about extinguishing our existence for us infidels to bow down to their caliphate by means of imposing the religious sword.
The US foreign policy has weakened over time, and other rising countries will take our decline with great joy to satisfy their own global benefits.
China and Russia cleverly watch the US move. When they feel our policies weaken, they gently strike with venom. Russia annexing Crimea, threatening Poland and Denmark and sending clandestine operations in Northern Ukraine to destroy Poroshenko’s nationalist government has imperialist significance attached to its budge.
Last month China was caught hacking US technology. China is building a remarkable military apparatus (not recreational toys) for imminent expansion, recently bullying the Philippines illegally creating artificial islands in the territorial seas conceded by the Spanish in Asia a few hundred years ago.
What is the US and the EU doing as a response? Endless paperwork and null sanctions to prevent conflict! But these politicians don’t seem to learn from the lessons of the past, instead they incredulously believe in Alice in Wonderland like world.
Could you imagine the Roman Empire at its greatest strength dealing with ISIL as the west has done in the past decade with terrorism? Signing papers, assembling committees and not sending troops to not offend Arabs in the region? No, the Romans would of send their mighty army and wiped out all the insurrection successfully stabilizing the region in the blink of an eye. Carthage was destroyed by the Roman Empire, when Cartage’s momentum was about to challenge the Roman Empire expansion.
That is history, and if anything history has shown that these bland politicians are the reason why emerging world powers fails to last against those who oppose greater force.
But what is going to happen next? Bad things are meant to happen sooner or later because instead of quick effective retaliation with forceful action, our western countries are gambling with the devil for the sake of democracy. Eventually, ISIL will go to a place that represents the hegemony of global capitalism like the city of Las Vegas, detonate two truck bombs in the middle of the Strip, and kill hundreds if not thousands of people from all tongues and languages. We can prevent this gruesome scenery from coming to reality using the force of nature that most western politicians constrain for their own interpretation of liberal justice, that is total annihilation.
Its not hard to acquire a dirty nuclear bomb, all you need is to pay a former KGB, or a former ISI scientist looking for employment with a good tidy sum of money. Its not hard to ship the bomb to South America and Mexico, pay off a few cartel organizations, and then smuggle it through a drug tunnel to the Arizona-Texas border and it will be easier to assemble in the US. The rest is sad news as no one can prevent an attack of that magnitude in US territory, there is just not enough human resources to track everyone — it will happen!
Radical clerics in Europe and the U.S. that speak against our western governments promoting violence, should be captured and executed without trial, their families deported back to their country of origin. Those protesting US action against terrorism, truly excuse violence and should be dealt with for treason and sent to their countries of origin revoking their citizen status without possibility of returning back. It’s not a complicated decision.
The US military should invade Raqqa (ISIL’s capitol) and give a 24 hr warning to evacuate the city for the sake of children under 10, and then drop bacteriological weapons and exterminate everyone over the age of 10 without mercy for the youth are the seeds of radical indoctrination. Then ask ISIL to surrender or start another exterminating campaign in Mosul; eventually they will not only surrender, but be appalled with the same brutality they showed others.
Applying such brutal methods of extermination works miracles and we know this because the Mongols did it first in 1258 ac, it terrified the region flourishing peace for over 200 years. In ISIL’s eyes, you are an animal, you are not a human being, and therefore we must apply that same logic to our enemies, and do it more brutally to win the psychological war.
Democracy is a channel for failure in the Middle East. The Middle East can only be organized with regimes that support totalitarian dictatorships; sadly looking at democracy is utterly a waste of time because religious authority permeates the entire region since the dawn of the Fertile Crescent.
Politics will never integrate in countries where radical Islamic teaching reigns unquestioned. ISIL is gaining great support worldwide and millions of people support its cause. Without stopping this extremist disease, soon places like Las Vegas will be the attraction of Islamic martyrs who will take the life of thousands of innocent Americans.
Time to get down from the cloud, and fix the problem for the greater good.
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By Lawrence S. Wittner.
Today, 40 years after the American war in Vietnam ended in ignominious defeat, the traces of that terrible conflict are disappearing.
Traveling through Vietnam during the latter half of April 2015 with a group of erstwhile antiwar activists, I was struck by the transformation of what was once an impoverished, war-devastated peasant society into a modern nation. Its cities and towns are bustling with life and energy. Vast numbers of motorbikes surge through their streets, including 4.2 million in Hanoi and 7 million in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). A thriving commercial culture has emerged, based not only on many small shops, but on an influx of giant Western, Japanese, and other corporations.
Although Vietnam is officially a Communist nation, about 40 percent of the economy is capitalist, and the government is making great efforts to encourage private foreign investment. Indeed, over the past decade, Vietnam has enjoyed one of the highest economic growth rates in the world. Not only have manufacturing and tourism expanded dramatically, but Vietnam has become an agricultural powerhouse. Today it is the world’s second largest exporter of rice, and one of the world’s leading exporters of coffee, pepper, rubber, and other agricultural commodities. Another factor distancing the country from what the Vietnamese call “the American war” is the rapid increase in Vietnam’s population. Only 41 million in 1975, it now tops 90 million, with most of it under the age of 30 — too young to have any direct experience with the conflict.
Vietnam has also made a remarkable recovery in world affairs. It now has diplomatic relations with 189 countries, and enjoys good relations with all the major nations.
Nevertheless, the people of Vietnam paid a very heavy price for their independence from foreign domination. Some 3 million of them died in the American war, and another 300,000 are still classified as MIAs. In addition, many, many Vietnamese were wounded or crippled in the conflict. Perhaps the most striking long-term damage resulted from the U.S. military’s use of Agent Orange (dioxin) as a defoliant. Vietnamese officials estimate that, today, some 4 million of their people suffer the terrible effects of this chemical, which not only destroys the bodies of those exposed to it, but has led to horrible birth defects and developmental disabilities into the second and third generations. Much of Vietnam’s land remains contaminated by Agent Orange, as well as by unexploded ordnance. Indeed, since the end of the American war in 1975, the landmines, shells, and bombs that continue to litter the nation’s soil have wounded or killed over 105,000 Vietnamese — many of them children.
During the immediate postwar years, Vietnam’s ruin was exacerbated by additional factors. These included a U.S. government embargo on trade with Vietnam, U.S. government efforts to isolate Vietnam diplomatically, and a 1979 Chinese military invasion of Vietnam employing 600,000 troops. Although the Vietnamese managed to expel the Chinese — just as they had previously routed the French and the Americans — China continued border skirmishes with Vietnam until 1988. In addition, during the first postwar decade, the ruling Vietnamese Communist Party pursued a hardline, repressive policy that undermined what was left of the economy and alienated much of the population. Misery and starvation were widespread.
Nevertheless, starting in the mid-1980s, the country made a remarkable comeback. This recovery was facilitated by Communist Party reformers who loosened the reins of power, encouraged foreign investment, and worked at developing a friendlier relationship with other nations, especially the United States. In 1995, the U.S. and Vietnamese governments resumed diplomatic relations. Although these changes did not provide a panacea for the nation’s ills — for example, the U.S. State Department informed the new U.S. ambassador that he must never mention Agent Orange — Vietnam’s circumstances, and particularly its relationship with the United States, gradually improved. U.S.-Vietnamese trade expanded substantially, reaching $35 billion in 2014. Thousands of Vietnamese students participated in educational exchanges. In recent years, the U.S. government even began funding programs to help clean up Agent Orange contamination and unexploded ordnance.
Although, in part, this U.S.-Vietnamese détente resulted from the growing flexibility of officials in both nations, recently it has also reflected the apprehension of both governments about the increasingly assertive posture of China in Asian affairs. Worried about China’s unilateral occupation of uninhabited islands in the South China Sea during 2014, both governments began to resist it — the United States through its “Pacific pivot” and Vietnam through an ever-closer relationship with the United States to “balance” China. Although both nations officially support the settlement of the conflict over the disputed islands through diplomacy centered on the ten countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, officials in Vietnam, increasingly nervous about China’s ambitions, appear to welcome the growth of a more powerful U.S. military presence in the region. In the context of this emerging agreement on regional security, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and U.S. President Barack Obama will be visiting Vietnam later this year.
This shift from warring enemies to cooperative partners over the past 40 years should lead to solemn reflection. In the Vietnam War, the U.S. government laid waste to a poor peasant nation in an effort to prevent the triumph of a Communist revolution that U.S. policymakers insisted would result in the conquest of the United States. And yet, when this counter-revolutionary effort collapsed, the predicted Red tide did not sweep over the shores of California. Instead, an independent nation emerged that could — and did — work amicably with the U.S. government. This development highlights the unnecessary nature — indeed, the tragedy — of America’s vastly destructive war in Vietnam. It also underscores the deeper folly of relying on war to cope with international issues.
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Interview conducted by Jaime Ortega.
Sergio Lardón Rusiñol.
Expert professor of Spanish Political science and Law
1) What does PODEMOS offer to Spain that the PSOE or PPV do not? Why is Pablo Iglesias consider the new hope for Spain’s youth?
PODEMOS uses social networks as the main tool to reach their political goals. Thanks to social networks, they can send a message to everyone and it reaches them instantly. They use three tools: Twitter, Appgree and Reddit. Of course they have a Web where you can find any information that you need to know about their structure and funding regarding PODEMOS. Thanks to these tools all citizens independently if he or she support Podemos, can participate in open debates.
PODEMOS is the political force in Spain who uses social media more and better than other parties. Nowadays, Internet is becoming more usual to get information, especially among younger people. Here PODEMOS is present and develop an intensive use of it. In recent months, some leaders of Podemos have been accused of corruption scandals. In every social network PODEMOS gave his supporters arguments to contrast the publications published in newspapers.
PODEMOS represent the fight against inequality that the crisis and austerity measures has generated in Spain. The images of evictions of families with children, the deterioration of public services as the Health System or the citizen who lost their money savings in Bankia after the scandal of “preferentes” is the best oil to boost parties like Podemos. But we can not forget that the origin of PODEMOS is the 15-M (massive protest in Puerta del Sol in Madrid in May 2011). When the 15-M started, they didn´t have a political party who received their support, now with PODEMOS this possibility has become real.
The economic crisis has broken the social contract in the Spanish society. Spanish people feel that they have no future and no jobs, and therefore they could not develop a normal life. This situation provokes frustration and many parts of society are staying outside of the system. Precisely, this layer of society is being mobilized by PODEMOS.
2015 will be a year of rupture in Spain’s political landscape.
The traditional parties who have been ruling Spain during fourty years have lost their power and now should share the power with other formations, not only Podemos could represent the left, but other parties in the right side are growing in the polls as the case of Ciudadanos or UPyD. The last poll of CIS (Sociological Research Centre) show how the younger (-25) don´t support and don´t feel identified with the traditional parties. This tendency is growing and represented a great challenge for PSOE and PP.
Without doubt, Podemos reflect a generational change in Spain. A generation born in a democratic Spain, that didn´t live the transition and neither participated in this political process. Both PP and PSOE have been ruled by the same political and economic elite. The reality is that Spain has changed and a new generation, before or later, will arrive to public institutions. In this sense, in my opinion, the recent abdication of the former king Juan Carlos I is not casual and Felipe VI, independently if you believe in monarchy or not, connects better with this sociological change. In fact, in spite of recent scandals the monarchy is one of the most value political institutions by Spaniards, even Pablo Iglesias has showed his interest to interview the new monarch and exchange points of view.
2) How did PODEMOS gain so much political terrain in such short period of time?
One of the major successes of PODEMOS is the use of political language. For example, in his book “Disputar la Democracia” (Contested Democracy), Pablo Iglesias made some references to the democracy concept, a concept that is accepted as positive and the public opinion consider it as fundamental to defend. So, in this sense, according to Iglesias PODEMOS must show this concept and the public opinion must associate this concept with the position that you are defending. For example, the Health System support by the state is a democratic right, however, the austerity program that damages this system is antidemocratic. I wrote this example, but there are other concepts with similar situation as human rights or empowerment of citizens.
In Europe the political debate has develop about the left and right axis. PODEMOS wants to break it and introduce another axis. The “people” and the “caste”, in other words, the persons who suffer the austerity programs against the persons who have a privilege position and never suffer it. We can take the owns words of Pablo Iglesias (leader of PODEMOS) to understand their position: “The power is not afraid of the left, they’re afraid of the people”.
Normally, the 15-M is established as the turn point of political history of Spain and the roots of Podemos. It is true, but in 2012 there were political election in Galicia, a north region of Spain where for first time was set up a left alternative to PSOE with possibilities to win an election against the Popular Party or Conservatives. Curiously, Pablo Iglesias participated as adviser of this formation and in some declaration he explained that this experience gave him knowledge that yes, an alternative to PSOE is possible.
3) A lot of socialist voters are turning to PODEMOS, does PODEMOS plan to help the working class by heavily taxing the wealthy (Corporations, Monolopolies…)?
PODEMOS has modified their policies in several occasions including their political and economic programs. When they present their program to European Parliament election, they propose don´t pay part of the public debt or reduce retirement age to 60. However, when the poll were shown it gave them the possibility to gain the election of their message to be moderate and today their political and economic program is like the program of social democratic party, in fact the Nordics countries are in many aspects their reference. PODEMOS argues that the reason of this change is that the program to European Parliament is different regarding the program of national elections.
PODEMOS has proposed their economic program in the documente “Proyecto Económico para la Gente” (An economic project to the people), that was elaborated by two prestigious university teacher, Vicenç Navarro and Juan Torres López. One of the first priorities is to facilitate the funding of the families and small/medium size enterprises, with different tools as ICO (Instituto de Crédito Oficial) with a Public Bank.
One of the most important economic proposals of PODEMOS is the reduction of the workday to 35 hours by week. From his point of view, this measure would suppose a growth of demand in the labor market and could down the rate of unemployment. The critics of this demand defend that this measure is flawed; in fact, this measure was tried in France during the 90´ and didn´t give the resulted expect.
One of the elements, in my opinion that characterize PODEMOS is their revivifications of national-popular interest. In 31 of January, PODEMOS called a great manifestation in Madrid and they labeled as “La marcha por el cambio”. In this meeting, the leaders of PODEMOS alluded concepts as patria (fatherland) or nation. In fact, they made reference to May of 1808 when the people of Madrid initiated an important riot against the Napoleon Army and this historic moment is considered as one of most important in the foundation of modern Spanish nation. In my opinion, it could be counterproductive that PODEMOS, who want to regenerate the political life in Spain, claim a riot that precisely brings to Spain more obscurity and banish any aspiration of freedom and liberty during the XIX century, the riots of May in Madrid, gave them power and supported the absolute monarchy of Fernando VII and definitely led away the liberal ideas and the illustration it represents.
4) How does PODEMOS plan to keep up with pension plans, employment, and get rid of the Spanish brick bubble that has damage the Spanish economy?
For PODEMOS, the capitalism and Business Company are not necessary caste. They establish clear distinctions. On the one side, the great economic power, represented for example with Santander Bank or entrepreneurs like Florentino Pérez, are caste. Entrepreneurs who obtain substantial economic benefits because they get public contracts, were defined by PODEMOS in this situation as “Capitalismo de amigos” (friendship capitalism). On the other hand, we find the small and medium size enterprises who sustain the system because they pay high tax, meanwhile the other simply don´t pay, according with the PODEMOS vision.
Some economists in Spain estimate that the cost of corruption is approximately €40bn. Both the PSOE (socialist party) and PP (conservative party) have important cases involving corruption. The business association and unions also have corruption scandals. Even the Monarchy or Army, both of the most important and value for Spaniards institution suffer the problem of the corruption. A part of the fact that this landscape fueled the support of PODEMOS, also provides the argument to build one of the most important aspect of their political narrative, the crisis of the regime of 1978 born with the transition from Franco to democratic Spain. They defend that this degradation of public life in Spain is consequence of political and economic failure of this system and the economic crisis have accelerated it. As consequence the consensus that was accepted in 1978 like Monarchy, territorial organization or political style now is not valid, as consequence we need to change everything and give the voice to the Spanish people.
On the other hand, PODEMOS also propose the creation of an especial government agency to haunt the tax fraud. In Spain, the estimation is that approximately a 20-25% is black economy and in addition the company establishes some of their benefits in tax heavens. In PODEMOS opinion, the tax income will improve if the government cope the two situations mentioned before.
The nationalization of some strategic sectors is another measure that PODEMOS contemplate. This option is allowed in the Spanish Constitution and gives to Spanish government the possibility to fix prices, minimum services or expropriate the private property. For example, PODEMOS has announced that if they govern the country the energetic sector will be restructured and will obligate to companies supply energy to the families that nowadays have not the possibility to pay for it.
5) According to a lot skeptics in the EU, PODEMOS is not a viable option to rule Spain. Do you agree?
Many specialist critique the economic program of PODEMOS because it supposes an increase of public spending and to funding it, there is only one way, escalation of public debt and more tax to citizens and business. On contrary, it would be necessary to low tax and reduce the public debt and focus our effort in reduce our bureaucracy and improve the facilities to do business in Spain.
Other of the measures of PODEMOS is the debt auditing removing the part that will be illegitimate. However, this plan crashes with a practical problems. When Spain issue debt, the persons or companies that buy this debt don´t know if their money will spend in building a hospital or fuel political corruption. So, how will PODEMOS establish the difference? It is technically difficult what creditors have the illegitimate debt and who don‘t. In any case, nowadays a majority of economist believe that is necessary to establish a new vision regarding the debt in south of European countries. Authors with a great prestige as Kenneth Rogoff or media as Financial Time defend the better option assuming that this debt is unaffordable, and as consequence a part of this debt must be forgotten.
– President of the ECB, Mario Draghi, IMF president Christine Lagarde, and European Commission president Jean Juncker oppose change in Spain with PODEMOS. Will it affect the relationship with the EU if PODEMOS wins?
For PODEMOS the austerity policy must end. They propose that the European Investment Bank become the tool to develop a great public inversion in infrastructures to boost the European economy.
PODEMOS defend the modification of the European Central Bank as prerequisite to overcome the economic crises. The ECB must include in its statutes the goal of full employment and achieve the social welfare. In this sense, the ECB must buy, without any kind of restriction, public debt of European countries like the United Kingdom and United States did.
One of the central issues of the political discourse of PODEMOS is the article 135 of the Spanish Constitution, a reform imposed from Berlin and Brussels. In the article, it stays fixed that the pay of Spanish debt has priority regarding the social welfare. PODEMOS aim to derogate this article and give priority to social welfare. However, the critics believe that the public debt does not belong to an abstract entity as one state, but belong to Spanish citizens and who must be paying it. As a consequence, we must impose a debt limit to not damage the Spanish economy.
Recently has been discovered the name Luxleaks, where we discover like a country of the European Union as Luxembourg and his administration negotiated with multinational companies a tax heaven for them. PODEMOS criticized this reality and defends the necessity of establish a European common system to avoid the heaven tax countries, because it undermine the cohesion of European Union.
PODEMOS have their political fate linked with Syriza, for better or worse. If the Government of Tsipras cope the pressure of Berlin and Brussels and achieve the success in their political confrontation, PODEMOS will be perceived like a valid and trusted political option. In fact, from mass media who give support to PP and the own Spanish Government have defended that there is no option for Greece, like there is in Spain. If finally the Spaniards discover that yes, there is a more important an different way to deal with the economic policy, Rajoy has an important problem in his hands.
Some newspapers have published that the Troika want to have a strong position regarding the demands of the new government of Athens because they understand that to stop Syriza also could potentially stop PODEMOS in Spain, and they need to act to that, because Spain is too important to the Eurozone that one fail in Spain could provoke a collapse of the entire European system.
– A lot of EURO skeptics have turned against Germany and France for imposing their rule over other countries with less financial power like Spain. Is there a possibility that Spain leaves Euro?
Definitely not, too expensive and risky to the Eurozone and European Union, if you take in consideration the importance and seize of Spanish economy and the domino effect that could generate if Spain leaves Euro, especially regarding France or Italy.
6) Will PODEMOS give Catalunya, and the Basque Country leeway to declare independence from Spain following the track of PSOE?
The Basque Country has a special fiscal treatment. In 2012 the goal of Artur Mas (the head of Catalonian Government, the Generalitat), was to get the same special treatment for Catalonia, however the central government in Madrid reject this idea and as consequence the parties in Catalonia decided to take the way of independence. In any case, what happen in Catalonia could happen in the Basque Country but for now, the independence of Baste Country or its vindication is not part of a political agenda in Spain, at least in short term.
PODEMOS in Catalonia has a political speech which confronts the regeneration speech of PODEMOS. The independency generates in Catalonia a feeling of illusion. In the rest of the country PP and PSOE don´t provoke a positive response to help Spain‘s future. In Catalonia, the independence is viewed as a possibility to build up a new country, a better country. Taking in consideration the polls, PODEMOS in Catalonia would be the three or four political parties in an electoral process, but a party with a paper hinge.
In any case, PODEMOS defend the right of Catalonian people to decide their future, in other words, they accept the principle of auto-determination. However, this position is not clear because obviously if they defend openly the right of Catalonian people to decide their political future they will suffer a decline in polls. PODEMOS try to solve this problem with the idea that Spain need a new “Proceso Constituyente” meaning a complete revision of Constitutional Law, but in my opinion this solution won’t fix the problem, if Catalonia decide finally leave Spain, what will PODEMOS do? The response or perception could determinate the vote of many Spaniards.
7) PP and PSOE accuse PODEMOS of lack of preparation. On their view, PODEMOS capability to improve Spanish politics is far from realistic, claiming its not organized well. What does PODEMOS response about these allegations?
One of the most important handicaps of PODEMOS is appear to public opinion as a political force who could govern the country in an efficient way. PODEMOS need that the citizens in Spain imagine Pablo Iglesias in a meeting in Brussels as Prime Minister and defending the Spanish interest. In this sense the image of Pablo Iglesias is credible negotiating with Angela Merkel, if Podemos can transmit that they are a valid option, a serious option, then PODEMOS could win the next elections.
PODEMOS is a transversal party. Here reside one of their strongest points, they need to obtain support of all segments of society. Without doubt, it is a strength and a prerequisite to gain a general election in Spain, but also it could become a weakness because cit ould generate internal contradictions and a lack of cohesion in their political project.
An important problem of PODEMOS is that their support rest in urban areas, but lack structure in rural areas. For now, this problem is due because the party does not sufficient structure in all parts of the territory, we can not forget that this is a party with just one year of experience. Probably, we will see this problem reflect in the next election in March 22 in Andalucia, a vast region of Spain with an important vote from rural areas, and PODEMOS had not time to gain, step by step these potential voters.
The big coalition between PP and PSOE is not probable, but not completely rejected. Some business association and important political and social figures in Spain have shown their support to this idea, especially if PODEMOS become the winner in the next election. I think that this scenario is possible only if PODEMOS could become a real option, but a grand coalition follows the German model and will be probably the electoral and political destruction of PSOE, as their voters never forget it and will be the next PASOK.
It is true that PODEMOS has a lot of merits and they count with excellent strategist. But also is true that without the electoral and political dissolution of the PSOE the ascension of PODEMOS would be impossible. The economic crisis simply has destroyed the socialist party in Spain and it is difficult to know if this party will be recovering to its former position. In my opinion, the consequences of economic crisis only have accelerated this process because the socialist party has already shown an internal crisis. The true is that the present socialist party is unable to present a credible project to Spanish society and a credible project of Spain as country. Nowadays, the PSOE seem to become the regional party of the south and poorest part of Spain, specifically Andalucia, and the support will be limited to this region.
8) Other critics point out that PODEMOS is a hidden communist ideological party. Has PODEMOS classify itself more towards socialism, communism or neither? If its not communist why do critics compare Pablo Iglesias with Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela, or SYZIRA in Greece?
There are several elements that allow us to link PODEMOS will adopt some strategies used in Latin-American countries, mainly in Venezuela. In first place comes the CEPS Foundation, where the more important leaders of PODEMOS are member of this foundation. CEPS received between 2002 and 2012 3.7 millions of euros in political and economic advisory.
Especially relevant is the role of Juan Carlos Monedero, number three of PODEMOS and was personal adviser of former President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. In fact, Monedero participated in the redaction of current Constitution of Venezuela. Even other members of Podemos and regional leaders such as Luis Alegre (Madrid) or Gemma Ubassar also have collaborated with countries as Venezuela, Ecuador or Bolivia.
We must detail that these people mentioned are social scientist and it is normal that they give support and advise to other countries, especially countries from Latin-America, a region with strong ties with Spain. There are also more examples of collaboration between other social scientist from Spain who give advice to other countries, these might not precisely be leftist governments otherwise the opposition parties will try to gain the power.
More than the international ties between PODEMOS and Latin-American governments, from my point of view, there is other question that could damage the public opinion of PODEMOS. It is their connection with ETA or Batasuna, the basque terrorist group. I think that this link simply is not true and the accusation have no kind of foundation. However, the Spanish public opinion has suffered from ETA. This strategy is not new, when the 15-M surge, some political and media sector accused this movement that received support from Batasuna and ETA or recently, in the city of Burgos, had developed a strong movement against some decision of the authorities that some members of the Spanish government defined the protest. In some cases violent protest as terrorism act linked with ETA.
In this sense, other interesting questions is the relation of PODEMOS with Iran. Pablo Iglesias develop a program of political debate named “Fort Apache” which is broadcast in Hispan TV, the Spanish language TV of Teheran. As consequence, Pablo Iglesias, for representing PODEMOS, was accused of receiving funding from Iran. In response, Iglesias argued that this program, Fort Apache, sold by a Spanish tv producer independent of Iglesias, to Hispan TV.
9) Will Spain’s and US friendship be put in jeopardy with PODEMOS in power? What does PODEMOS expect from the US in response, if PODEMOS wins the elections?
Only NATO has been mentioned by PODEMOS in their political program. In the manifesto “Mover Ficha” (Move Piece), in the foundational manifesto of PODEMOS, we found that this party proposes the exit of Spain from NATO alliance with a referendum. Traditionally, the left parties in Spain have a critical view regarding the NATO.
A government with PODEMOS could crash with United States of America in several areas. The first, already mentioned, is NATO. The foreign policy of Washington in Latin America, specially the cases of Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela or Cuba would be another area of possible confrontation. However, there is not an inherent confrontation, with the recent rapprochement of Cuba-USA relation not understood by conservative forces in Spain. Until now, one of the criticisms about PODEMOS was precisely the idea of this new party to build another kind of relation between EU and Cuba.
The Middle East is another issue where a possible government of PODEMOS could crash with USA. In this sense, we could highlight the support of PODEMOS regarding Palestinian cause against Israel. However, this position is not new in Spain’s political landscape because traditionally, the left in Spain advocates to the creation of Palestinian State, which is lighter than on 1986 Spain not establish a normal diplomatic relation with Israel. Nowadays we are living tension in Ukraine, between Russia and United Stated and European Union on the other side. PODEMOS, does not specify very closely their foreign policy, but in this case probably adopt a posture of dialogue and understand Russia. PODEMOS wants to build a trustful relation between European Union and Russia because both international actors share common geopolitical and economic interest.
At the present, EU and United States are developing negotiation for the creation of a common free trade area; this possible agreement is label as TTIP. PODEMOS is contrary to this agreement because the sign of this treaty would be a disaster to industry and economy of European Union and for Spain. The confrontation with TTIP is not only with United States also reaching the European Institutions. The GUE/NGL group in European Parliament, the five MEP´s of Podemos belong this group, and disagree with the idea of TTIP.
10) What would Spain look like in the future with PODEMOS in power, if they indeed win the elections?
Without doubt, PODEMOS scare the political elite who is ruling Spain since the death of Franco. If Podemos win and conquer the power the reasons are obvious, but if the finally fail, PODEMOS will be an important wake-up call. In fact, just days after the election of 25 May to European Parliament, the government of Mariano Rajoy launched an economic package to fight the rate of unemployment among the younger.
The Spaniards are aware that voting PODEMOS won’t solve the problems of the country in a few months. The unemployment rates will not descent from 25% to 5% with the magic prescription of PODEMOS. But they aspire to get the country back on its foot. A country without evictions, without corruption, a country with decent political leaders. For them, PODEMOS could represent the opportunity to regenerate the political system.
The majority of experts coincide that the Spanish economy is recovering, and during 2015 the growth could achieve progress up too 3%. This will be more employment and the economic situation would improve. It is obvious that one of the main reasons to break forth is the economic crisis. The important question is to know is this recuperation will be sufficient to government. It seems, that the Popular Party bases for his political fight to send two essential messages to public opinion. One, the economic crisis is past, and second, PODEMOS is a menace to economic recuperation, so you should vote for us, lest you desire chaos to come to Spain.
PODEMOS defend the necessity of expansive policies with the goal to reactivate the economy and from this posit start to decrease the unemployed helping business improve, so the economy will enter in a virtuous cycle and Europe will be competitive and afford the debt problem in a better situation.
PODEMOS believe that Spain needs to change its economic model. The last economic development was based in two main pillars. On one side, the easy credit to families and companies. On the other side, a housing bubble that finally burst in 2008. PODEMOS defend the necessity to change the model to another base and add value and high quality, but in this sense nobody could counter it, and this position is shared with every political party in Spain.
In my opinion, in case to obtain the power PODEMOS will cope with three main problems or spaces where they will find opposition. The first is the international institution like European Union or International Monetary Fund who believe that austerity and freedom market, without any kind of state control, are the key to a healthy economy. The second, PODEMOS will suffer a strong internal media campaign, confrontation with the most important companies in Spain (who already show their preoccupation with PODEMOS) and an important part of Spanish citizens, in this sense we should remember that the recent polls show that a growth among the people who say they will never vote for PODEMOS. In the last, but not least important, the own structure of state. Spain has an important number of public civil servants who rule the state, PODMOS could find that these people don´t support or not agree with them, and PODEMOS can´t change them. PODEMOS will need the support of the high rank official of public administration because without them, to implement the political program is impossible.
PODEMOS has launched a goal maybe too high. PODEMOS must obtain the victory in 2015 because if they don´t get the disillusionment and frustration could provoke the disappearance of this newer political party and other parties as PSOE and IU with a solid national and regional structures could recover their lost votes again.
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Questions by Jaime Ortega, interview by Barry Chemish.
I want to thank investigate journalist Barry Chamish for interviewing historical researcher Jon Phelps in his weekly radio show, using my questions and correcting me on some of my historical misconstrues for the benefit of the public.
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By Pramod Sedhain.
Despite the change of government following the uprising in 2011, Libya is still in conflict with the emergence of several militia outfits. The Libyan post-revolution transition has seen flared-up conflict in country. After the overthrow of the most provocative dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the country failed to guarantee the country’s safety and democracy. Gaddafi was murdered by rebel forces on 20 October 2011 in a culvert at his hometown in Sirte.
People had hoped that Gaddafi’s fall would see stability in the country. They had hoped that the fall of Gaddafi regime would bring democratic changes in the country. However, the revolution only changed the system but failed to secure democratic system. The six-month long civil war toppled the 42-year dictatorial regime but power-struggle still continues in Libya.
Libya’s transition is undoubtedly heading towards tragedy. Several militia groups are battling to gain political power by force. The interim authority is losing the grip of power. Libya is currently surrounded by fault line and Libya’s militia groups have overshadowed the government and leading to lawlessness. These militia groups claim to be legitimate giving threat to the entire democratic process. Libyan capital has seen several rival militias’ governments . International recognition central government operating only in the eastern city of Bayda .
Extremist groups continue to expand more territorial control and secure some of the significant energy resources. Militia groups have become a fashion with the idea that well-armed militias can easily generate income, social identity and power supremacy. The situation in Libya is getting worse with power struggle getting more chaotic and violent. Rival factions, which are more powerful than the government, have seized several places with their respective self-ruling army.
Armed fighters have hijacked people’s desire for democracy and stability. Brigades of fighters have gone out of control and unreliable central government’s initiatives to disarmament have failed. There have been growing conflicts between regional, religious and tribal groups in almost every major city with the internationally recognized government losing the major ground. Fragile ethnic and tribal balance has led to anarchism, lawlessness and impunity.
Deep division between former revolutionary factions has encouraged several radical terrorist groups. Global extremist groups have expanded their ground in Libya and their foothold is everywhere now. World’s most brutal and powerful terrorist group Islamic State (IS) has already a strong presence in Libya. Local extremist groups’ ties with global terrorist groups are the signs of growing threat and challenges to global security and regional stability.
Libya’s extremist militia factions have alliance with global terrorist networks with the country now becoming an extremist hub and recruitment centre. Libya has become the initial contact point for recruitment and training for international terrorist groups. African extremist youths’ training in Libya is sure to destabilize the entire region. Some groups already have allegiance to Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. This notorious group kidnapped 21 Egyptians there.
Libya is not only facing domestic chaotic situation but is also undergoing the biggest terrorist threat for the entire world. New international military intervention is necessary to prevent future terrorist attacks. The Western countries should not only monitor and track the terrorist activities but should need to initiate military action against them. Delay in military action will create a vacuum for radical militant groups.
Western nations should not avoid or underestimate Libya because they have moral responsibility to take the country to a democratic path. Western nations, which were involved in intervention in Libya (air and naval, arms shipment for rebels and formation the anti regime collation to topple Gaddafi regime) need to go for second intervention to disarm the militias and prevent the country from, becoming another Somalia.
Western nations, which were the architect in the task of removing the Gaddafi regime, have the moral obligation to political stability in Libya. The United States and France, especially, who led the NATO intervention campaign to topple the regime have to demonstrate another responsibility to create stability in Libya. Failure on their part will shatter the Libyan people’s hopes and the country’s future.
Warlord and extremist militia could destabilize the whole region. Growing uncertainty, instability and civil war in Libya will have direct impact on the neighbors’ fragile border in Algeria (982 km), Chad (1,055 km), Egypt(1,115 km), Niger (354 km), Sudan(383) km, Tunisia(459) km and far from the boarder like Mali situation in 2013.
The European doorstep, Libya is currently treading on a dangerous path even more than Iraq and Syria. Libya, the oil-rich North African nation was once the highest country in terms of per capita GDP in the region. Now almost country significant territory has become an armed smuggling route for extremist. The 1,759,541 sq km area nation has three traditional parts – Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica.
They have now become hostile with each other while some regions wanting to separate from Libya. Political power and economic sharing negotiation is taking place with the facilitation from the international community. But, political stability is not possible without disarming the militant groups. Therefore, short term ground intervention and formation of professional and strong state security force, disarmament of all militia and tribal groups, massive surge operation of extremist groups is important.
There is a need to deploy international peacekeepers for a certain period under the leadership of African Union (AU) on the ground. Without effective control of the borders, extremist groups, smuggling routes, as well maintaining of law and order, political solution is not possible.
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Full Video of mass beheading of Egyptian Christian Coptic’s
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The new cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has provoked a strong unease among the Muslim world, despite its conciliatory message.
The Islamic State has described as “extremely stupid” the new issue of the satirical cartoons of Mohammed, after the terrorist attack in which 17 people were killed including the three jihadists: “Charlie Hebdo published cartoons back again concerning the Prophet and this is an extremely stupid act “, said the radius of the organization of the Islamic State.
The cover of the first issue of the magazine after the attack shows a sorry Muhammad and crying holding a poster with the message ‘Je suis Charlie’ (‘I’m Charlie’) under the phrase ‘All Is Forgiven’ (‘It’s all forgiven ‘).
Far from appeasing the spirits, the gala publication has also raised rage in Iran, which he described as “insulting gesture” the new cartoons “because they undermine the feelings of Muslims.”
“We condemn terrorism around the world, but at the same time condemn this insulting gesture weekly” said the spokesman of the Iranian diplomacy, Marzieh Afkham. “The drawing undermines the feelings of Muslims and can repeat the vicious circle of terrorism,” he added.
New wave of anger
“The abuse of freedom of expression, which is currently widespread in the West, is unacceptable and should be avoided,” said the Iranian spokesman.
The moderate president, Hassan Rohani, last week condemned “violence and terrorism”, whether in the Middle East, Europe and America, and considered that the attack on Charlie Hebdo would provoke a wave of Islamophobia.
On Tuesday, an Egyptian official agency said the cover of the publication is a “provocative act unjustifiably for feelings and a half billion Muslims worldwide love and respect the prophet.”
In a statement on its website, Dar el Ifta entity-an Egyptian official responsible for issuing fatwas (religious edicts) – ask those responsible for the weekly refrain from posting new cartoons against Muhammad and warns that disclosure will cause a “new wave of anger “in France and West complicating” coexistence and dialogue among civilizations pursuing Muslims. “
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A boy raises his gun, pulls the trigger and shoots two alleged Russian spies. It is the disturbing video released Tuesday by the media division of the self Islamic State (IS), which warns against any attempt by Western intelligence agencies operating in the lands of the caliphate proclaimed between Syria and Iraq.
“They have confessed to working for the Russian intelligence (FSB, Federal Security Service), who were recruited in Russia and sent to the Islamic State. By the grace of Allah, are now in the hands of the puppies of the caliphate,” says an adult fighter before the child, not exceeding ten years of age.
The video, 7 minutes and a half, including the interrogation of the executed. The detainees said that the Russian FSB (former KGB) ordered them to liquidate a senior IS member. “They also asked us to get information about Russian IS fighters shipped to Russia,” says one of the detainees of Kazakh nationality. The video, carefully edited, omitted the name of the target.
A slow, with the usual effects on the production of Al Hayat-the media division of IS for languages other than Arabic camera fragment shows the cold-blooded execution conducted by the minor. “After the caliphate became a land of Hijrah (emigration) and jihad (holy war), his enemies thought they could send their spies and agents to plot against the Islamic State, but Allah revealed their efforts and thwarted Putin’s plans” warns a voice input mode in Russian with translations in English and Arabic.
The video concludes with a fragment of a previous interview, released in late 2014, in which the child calls himself Abdullah and being from Kazakhstan- declares its intention to be “mujahideen” (holy warrior). “I will be one of your murderers, infidel,” said smiling. Not the first time the IS discloses videos that boasts of using children in their actions. Two months ago they released a video showing children recruited by the IS in a training camp in the province of Nineveh in northern Iraq.
A forced quarry
The use of child soldiers is a practice that IS successfully tested in neighboring Syria to shelter from a brutal civil war. “Childhood has, from the outset, a priority propaganda IS through meetings ‘dawa’ (preaching) and the days of rest. They are the next generation, which can perpetuate the existence group, “explained a few months ago newspaper expert Ayman al Tamimi.
In the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital “de facto” caliphate proclaimed in late June, the IS fighters have established training camps to inoculate their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam to a promising legion of beardless. Among the lessons taught the organization schools the atrocious lesson of beheading “infidels”.
Several parents were forced to send their children to camp reported the web ‘Syria Deeply’ to their offspring tested the skills of chopping heads blue eyed blonde dolls dressed in the orange uniforms worn at Guantanamo. The “brainwashing” as some have dubbed-parent has manufactured loyal and enthusiastic “mujahideen” as revealed in August Vice US News web. In one of the videos filmed in Raqqa, the youngest of a classroom IS yells at the camera: “We promise car bombs and attacks will destroy the enemies of religion, to all those who fought IS.”.
In Raqqa and in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, children attend the stoning or crucifixion perpetrated in public places and in broad daylight. At his headquarters also an edict applied to the school curriculum deep pruning. “The following materials are permanently deleted: music, nationalist education, social studies, history, drawing, sports, philosophy ..” declared the statement.
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By Jaime Ortega.
No one would have said it a year ago. Just six months ago, on the eve of the European elections, not even glimpsed the polls. Today, however, is emerging with increasing firm strokes as an unavoidable reality. PODEMOS, the new party born of rage in the streets, young teachers who question the above and down system lighting in Transition breaks with the interchangeable hegemony of the PP and the PSOE. It shatters the bipartisan game and breaks like a cyclone in the political landscape. General elections were held today, they would be the winners with 28.3% of the vote.
The rise has been meteoric, like an explosion. A real big bang. Last May, the European elections, surprised the country that reap 1.2 million votes, 7.9% of the vote, which allowed to be released in the Strasbourg Parliament with five seats. Three months later, in late August, on an early survey course multiplied and almost tripled its intention to vote up to 21.2% – which was ranked as the third political option at only one point the PSOE and nine of PP. Today, surpasses not just socialists, but PP’s party.
As of today PODEMOS will present itself as the first political force in Spain, with an intention to vote almost four times higher than that obtained in Europe, surpassing PP by two points, which achieved 26.3% – and more than seven to the PSOE, which would collect only 20%.
With these results, the Congress of Deputies would be divided into three blocks – dominate the left, half a dozen mini-groups, none of which would reach the 5% representation.
The pacts to form a solid government would be very difficult. The two possibilities openly present enormous complications: PODEMOS-PSOE agreement or a large PODEMOS-PP coalition.
In both cases, the future of the Socialists presents itself as a dark shadow, on the verge of dissolution phagocytosed by the novel Push Party run by Pablo Iglesias. Doomed to final eviction from their traditional voters, for it would be unthinkable to go together right .
The scenario that draws the survey may well be described as historic. It has never happened in Spanish politics: Come out of nowhere and take the win in an instant, like a magnet attracting from discomfort, disappointment, the desire to change and even rupture of a large part of the citizenry.
The reasons for this dramatic turnaround are evident to all, although both the traditional formations have tried to ignore: the sacrifices imposed by blood and fire to overcome the crisis, rampant corruption of some while most drowning or lack of prospects for young people are few.
If the data harvested PP and PSOE are compared with those obtained three years ago in the general election, the collapse is drawn in all its dimensions.
PP 18 points left
The PP has been left on the road 18 points and the PSOE, almost nine. Current forecasts voter dynamite theory as a fixed floor, or sits much lower than previously thought. The collapse of the ruling training, PP, is perhaps the most striking. The 44.6% who clinched the victory with an absolute majority has vanished in just three years. Never before for citizens had lasted so little.
The rejection of the Spaniards to this party and its government is increasing. Just 14.6% pose Rajoy as having a good image, compared to 56.5% who neglects him as badly or very badly. And this group includes one in five of those who gave their vote. The percentage of those who reject Him fires among the youngest to over 68%. Rajoy is a president who clearly does connect with youth.
But if the image of the leader is ailing, the whole government is ruinous. Less than 10% value to be good compared to 63% who suspends him unreservedly, including one in three popular voting. And although these percentages become evident, Rajoy refuses to make changes. His stated intention is to exhaust the legislature with the same faces with which it began.
The drift of the PSOE in the last three years has been too painful. True, started from an electoral defeat, but away from starting the process of regeneration have only deepen their misfortune. The new leadership of Pedro Sánchez has been welcomed but may come too late, when the electoral base of the party as been undermined by populist forces newly minted.
Socialist voters, especially young people, are tired of waiting. The PSOE knew three decades to embody the spirit of change, but that thrust and that ability to engage with the street just shows nothing is left. Now, is can the training aims to lead this second postdemocratic transition and, for the moment, a large part of the population says to be is excited about their message.
The fact is that the new force led by Pablo Iglesias has entered the national political scene stealing followers left and right. With their appearance not only severely wounded are both great, also have good braking root expectations caressing smaller parties.
This is the case of United Left (IU) -4.2% – which lost nearly three points over the result achieved in general and becomes a mirage 10% of the votes polled in the European elections.
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By Jaime Ortega.
The leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in the air strike attack on Saturday launched by the US-led international coalition against the jihadist organization meeting of the Iraqi people in a border with Syria. This has been confirmed on Sunday by two Iraqi officials quoted on state television and the Ap.
An official of the Iraqi intelligence service has ensured that Islamic State informants have moved Al Baghdadi to a safe-haven, injured in the bombing which hit the Iraqi city of Al Qaim border with Syria, where it was held a meeting of the leaders of the group who proclaimed a caliphate somewhere between Syria and Iraq. A member of the Iraqi military, meanwhile, said that the leader of the IS has been hit by the attack.
Iraqi state television also reported the same story. None of the sources, however, has detailed the extent of the injuries presenting SI leader. The chain of Saudi Al Arabiya television said yesterday, citing tribal sources, Al-Baghdadi-the self proclaimed caliph of all Muslims would be in “critical condition”. News about the possibility that the leader of the IS have been victims of airstrikes have circulated several times in recent months.
United States without confirmation
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said yesterday in a statement late on Friday that carried out a series of air strikes on a convoy ten armored vehicles around Mosul could move SI leaders. “We can not confirm whether the IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was present,” the CENTCOM spokesman Patrick Ryder.
Dozens of people were killed in the bombing, including the leader of the IS in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar and jihadist organization responsible for the Al Qaim, a strategic location on the route between the broad areas controlled by the IS Syria and Iraq.
Two Witnesses told Reuters yesterday that the attack was directed against a home that housed a meeting of senior IS members. According to Mohamed al Karbuli, a deputy of the province of Al Anbar, “the international coalition struck a meeting of the leaders of the IS Saturday afternoon, killing and wounding dozens of people.” The politician added that the fighters had reached IS nearby a hospital in panic and ordered his immediate evacuation to their wounded so he could be treated.
Al Baghdadi headed -for US offering a reward of $ 10 million (about 8 million) – has to date only one public appearance. It took place last July in a mosque in Mosul, Iraq’s second city in jihadist hands since June, five days after he was proclaimed the Caliphate. His organization, with a solid structure, has captured several tens of thousands of foreign fighters and consolidate administration in the territories of Syria and Iraq under his yoke
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By Jaime Ortega.
It was a referendum that went against President Barack Obama and all he lost, but Ronald Reagan never had a Republican majority in the House of Representatives either, and prompted a revolution when Bill Clinton achieved its major legislative successes after losing by a landslide on the elections of 94.
The key in both cases, was an opposition (Democrat with Republican Reagan and Clinton) willing to agree in the general interest and a very different style of President Obama.
Rand Paul the Republican Senator from Kentucky and one of the leading contenders for the Republican nomination in 2016, showed sparks of interested from the American voters. On the contrary, he decided to bomb Obama laws from the new Senate President, who has no other choice but to veto the proposed bill.
“Republicans today ignore the constructive engagement and all its platform in this election that has led to the demonization of Obama,” Robert Reich, the labor secretary under Clinton. “Obama has done virtually nothing to earn that commitment,” responded Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez.
To suddenly become responsible and government party, the Republicans will have to overcome first the civil war that divided Wall Street and big business on the one hand and the Tea Party on the other, very difficult if not even acknowledge that it exists.
Usual punishment on the party in office
The midterm elections almost always punish the party in office. This has happened in the last century and this time was no exception. Since 1898 the party has only increased the chairmanship seats in the House of Representatives in four mid-term elections: 1902, 1934, 1998 and 2002.
In 2014 that was in the game, especially the majority in the Senate and Republicans six more seats needed to regain control in 2006, they have achieved and surpassed.
Like any midterm election there has been the prelude to the next presidential in 2016. Republicans have received a vote of confidence to end the ‘guerrilla war’ they have with the Democrats and the executive, but nobody believes a miracle, so we must prepare for two years of blockade and rule by decree in the US.
Poll after poll, the electorate has expressed frustration and suspended the management of the entire political class, Democrats and Republicans alike, so that the effect of yesterday’s results in the upcoming presidential election and depends on what you do to each other from today to change that mood.
If the middle and lower classes are still seeing the benefits of recovery, with stagnant or falling wages, and the Republicans, rather than cooperate with Obama, block their major reforms, today’s victory may be futile to get the jackpot which is the White House. Democrats probably will advance the nomination and Hillary Clinton can emerge stronger.
Weak domestic political institution
The American presidency has a weak interior that includes foreign policy and strong political institution. When the opposition, in this case the Republican party is in control of both houses of Congress, the president has two choices: deal with the enemy if possible, or rule by decree in what you can and concentrate efforts on abroad.
Not to be left alone, both options will have to consider the main candidates of his party to succeed him in 2016 as a concerned electorate, especially the parlous state of the country’s infrastructure, increasing internal and external image of insecurity and an increasingly unequal distribution of wealth.
If Obama gives in to Republican pressure to increase defense spending, intensifying the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to postpone a deal with Iran or tougher sanctions on Russia risks losing the support of many Democrats.
Hours before the polls closed, the president acknowledged in the radio station WNPR “This year was probably the worst for Democrats since Dwight Eisenhower” because “at stake many states where Republicans have the advantage.” Such sincerity, contradicting his own vice president, Joe Biden, who had just anticipating a Democratic victory in the Senate by one or two seats, sounded foreboding. Low turnout, especially among young people and minorities, who did the rest.
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Professor Julian French.
On 30 January, 1902 faced with global over-stretch the British forged the Anglo-Japanese Treaty with the Empire of Japan. To conceive of such a treaty London had to a) take a global view; b) recognise its own growing weakness; and c) understand the need for capable allies that could ease pressure on British strategy world-wide. With cuts planned between 2014 and 2020 greater than Europe’s entire annual defence investment and set against the huge defence investments being made by the illiberal powers America’s claim to be the only military power present in strength in every region of the world looks increasingly threadbare. In other words, American strategy does not add up and the Americans need a rethink.
Amidst the deep, rich black seams of Summit blah, blah that emerged from the September NATO Summit like so much Welsh coal dust on the west wind one phrase stuck out. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked of a “core coalition” to take on Islamic State (IS) comprising the US, UK, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark (most notably in that order). It was nothing less than a reconceptualisation of US strategy in a world in which the West is no longer a place but an idea.
However, the implications of such a coalition-led US strategy for America’s four cornerstone military allies Australia, Britain, France and Japan are enormous. Implicit in shifting US strategy is a witting or unwitting assumption that the changing correlation of emerging force will progressively work against Washington and by extension its allies. Indeed, whilst the US will remain the world’s leading military power the ability of illiberal powers to complicate US strategic calculation will increase.
Therefore, given the importance of allies and partners US strategy must be recast on on four interlocking principles. 1. For Washington to prevail in the multi-dimensional, multi-spectral security environment of the twenty-first century the US must be at the core of a world-wide security web of democracies and states with shared mutual interests. 2. Much like Churchill’s 1945 vision of British strategy US strategy must leverage three concentric circles of power; NATO, Asia-Pacific allies, and partners across Asia and the Middle-East. 3. US Strategy must establish force generation and command and control principles built on NATO Standards that forge allies and partners into effective coalitions. 4. Like the British of 1902 US Strategy must encourage its four core allies to generate ‘Mini-Me’ command and control hubs individually and in tandem and/or in partnership with each other.
US European Command (EUCOM) must be the pivot of interlocking core and broad coalitions because it has such experience of working with allies and partners and can act as an effective broker, experimenter and mentor for both allies and partners alike. Indeed, EUCOM’s commander (COMEUCOM) who also doubles up as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), has a vital role to play as the lynch pin between allied and partner forces, on the one hand, and other US Combatant Commands worldwide. Unfortunately, EUCOM is increasingly the poor sister of its COCOM counterparts, most notably Central Command (CENTCOM) because Washington places capability before strategy.
Critically, a unifying force concept is needed that could promote all-important unity of effort and drive forward both core and broad coalitions. Specifically, in the context of coalitions the US and its core allies need a Four-Forces-in-One Concept that would make the most out of the little bit of everything not much of anything forces they all possess.
Take the British Future Force as an example which today reflects neither strategy nor affordability but a strange amalgam of the two. Coalitions focused on the US are at the very heart of British security and defence strategy. However, to be central to a US-friendly network of sufficiently-capable modular, adaptable and agile coalitions London will need a Hub Force strong enough to command coalitions, agile and expandable over time and built around and upon command assets across the six domains of conflict.
A Core Force agile enough to work across government with other departments and civilian agencies, adapted and adaptive to lessons from the campaign in Afghanistan. An Integrated Force to provide planning and to promote ownership of planning for complex contingencies and consequence management both at home and with allies and partners. Finally, an Effect Force able and geared to take on robust forced entry missions as and when required either in lead or as part of of US-led coalitions.
Whilst the the Americans still possess the only truly strategic force i.e. a force that can do everything, all-of-the-time, everywhere sort of, that force today faces many of the same challenges the British faced in the late nineteenth century. Still immensely strong on paper like the British a century ago the US faces emerging challenges to its home-base, threats to its world-wide lines of communications and to its key allies and partners from threats that merge security and defence, civilian and military, national and international.
In a sense history is coming full circle for the Americans. Like the British a century ago the US will needs allies and partners more not less. Of late poor American leadership and the lack of any clear US idea of the role and utility of allies has seen its vital alliances and partnerships lose cohesion. That must stop. The West needs clear American strategic vision and a clear idea of the vital role of allied and partner armed forces in American strategy in a world that is undoubtedly safer when the US and the World-wide Western Security Web is strong.
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By The Daily Journalist
The alerting services of NATO detected and monitored an “unusual” and unexpected activity of the Russian Air Force in the last two days. In a statement issued this afternoon, the Atlantic Alliance alerted that have been detected up to four different groups of fighter jets and Russian nuclear bombers “making significant military maneuvers in the European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Atlantic Ocean addition to the Black Sea. ”
This recent Russian airspace movement forced fighters to mobilize up to six different European countries, as these jets moved. The first, about three in the afternoon when the NATO radar found and followed four Tu-95 bombers and four Il-78 in formation, who arrived from mainland Russia and flying over international airspace in the Norwegian Sea.
The formation broke, and various devices were intercepted and followed by Air Force planes from Norway, Portugal and the UK.
Keeping a very mild language, NATO from its headquarters in Belgium, has warned that Russian planes prevented radio contact with air traffic control authorities of the continent and were not using transponders which “poses a potential risk to civil aviation because drivers can not detect this type of appliance and ensure non-interference, “said the statement.
Simultaneously, this afternoon, four planes were tracked by Turkish aircraft’s over the Black Sea. Like seven, Tuesday, on the Baltic also intercepted and identified by German aircraft’s. So far this year, 100 NATO Russian intrusions were officially detected, all recorded in 2013.
The gas summit goes on
The timing for this new challenge Moscow is far from casual. Neither the affected territories. The airspace violations have taken place to begin with, in the vicinity of Norway, the country’s new Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg. And just as he gave his first official speech … and focused on relations with Russia. A few days after a Russian spy plane was detected over NATO territory since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As if that were not enough, while the alerts distributed throughout Europe, with negotiators from Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission met in Brussels to try to reach a final agreement on gas supplies in the region. Stalled negotiations with Moscow,and these are now pressed for the winter. That, in a very timely manner, and despite what was expected, ended Wednesday without understanding.
Moreover, these days Europe is just another complicated board game, which is played to decide the future of the two warships that France has built but whose delivery to the Russian Navy has been blocked after sanctions by the intrusion of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.
Dmitry Rogozin, a senior member of the Russian Defense Ministry said this morning that it had received the invitation to deliver the first Vladivostok, one of the two amphibious assault ships purchased by 1.200 million in November. And it showed a picture of a letter received from Paris. However, the government said yesterday through defense minister, Jean-Yves le Drian, that Hollande “has not made a final decision and is not expected to be made at short notice either.”
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Interview conducted by Jaime Ortega.
Melissa Brower, is a public affairs specialist for the CDC.
1. Everyone talks about Ebola, (perhaps media hype) but isn’t KPC, MSRA, CRE or C. DIFF presently a more dangerous threat to the US than the African disease considering they’re 20.000 cases per year? – In your opinion, has the media done a fair job reporting on these new super bacteria diseases considering the amount of deaths caused by Super-Bacteria as oppose to media coverage on Ebola?
It is true that drug-resistant infections do infect and kill many more people in the United States than Ebola. However, the media attention on Ebola right now is not surprising given that the recent U.S. cases represent the very first time that this frightening disease has been seen in the United States.
2. Why is super-bacteria so deadly? And can antibiotics cure a patient been infected?
People infected with drug-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer and more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection. When the drug of choice for treating their infection doesn’t work, they require treatment with second- or third-choice drugs that may be less effective, more toxic, and more expensive.
3. Should people be more concerned about Ebola, or more aware about the spread of super bacteria? Which of the two is easier to get infected with?
Ebola virus is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, sweat, urine, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola. Healthcare providers caring for Ebola patients and the family and friends in close contact with Ebola patients are at the highest risk of getting sick because they may come in contact with the blood or body fluids of sick patients. People also can become sick with Ebola after coming in contact with infected wildlife. For example, in Africa, Ebola may spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.
Drug-resistant infections can spread in multiple ways, depending on the specific infection. Please see the CDC website for more information about specific infections, including MRSA, C. difficile, and CRE.
4. Have antibiotics used by humans cause to some degree super bacteria to become more resistant? (Perhaps also farm animal antibiotics used in animal farms)
Studies indicate that 30-50% of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or inappropriate. There is no doubt that overprescribing and misprescribing is contributing to the growing challenges posed by Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. See the antibiotic resistance FAQ linked here for more info.
5. Are viruses like Ebola easier to stop than Super Bacteria? Have we contained Super Bacteria or found the right strategy?
Antimicrobial stewardship interventions have been proven to improve individual patient outcomes, reduce the overall burden of antibiotic resistance, and save healthcare dollars. If everyone — healthcare providers, hospital administrators, policy makers, and patients — works together to employ effective antibiotic stewardship programs, we can improve patient care, more effectively combat antibiotic resistance and ultimately save lives.
See this link for information on Ebola prevention.
6. Has the government contribute to help control Super bug disease? Could they do anything more effectively to prevent more deaths?
Check out this link for information on the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.
7. KPC, is the worst out of all Superbacteria strains, or is there a more deadly strain?
There are other infections, such as MRSA and C. difficile infection, that are more widespread and therefore kill more people in the United States. However, CRE is very concerning because it is on the rise among patients in medical facilities and these bacteria have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics we have today. Almost half of hospital patients who get bloodstream infections from CRE bacteria die from the infection. For more information, see our recent report, Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013, which gives a snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs that have the most impact on human health.
8. Have antibiotics stop to function at the virus and bacteria level? What is next?
If you are asking what steps are being taken to combat antibiotic resistance, please see the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Also see CDC’s drug resistance website for additional information.
9. Ebola cases are nothing new to the US. Why is Ebola so popular now as oppose to the isolated cases in the past?
On September 30, CDC confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. This person had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
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By Alton Parrish.
The lifelike robot, which has smooth silicone-based skin, was jointly created by aLab Inc., Osaka University, Shibaura Institute of Technology and Shonan Institute of Technology.
The Aiko Chihira android is equipped with 43 servomotors that move her arms and hands. While it is common to see androids and robots that can interact and converse, one that has also mastered sign language is unusual.
Toshiba anticipates having enhanced Aiko Chihira’s technology so much by 2020 that it will be able to serve as an actual guide for foreign visitors to the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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