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A Security Council resolution that allows the UN to deliver aid across Syria’s borders into opposition-held areas without the permission of President Bashar al-Assad is up for renewal and, as with so many diplomatic manoeuvres in the seven-year war, all eyes are on Russia.

 

The UN relies on Resolution 2165, first passed in 2014, to use two crossings with Turkey to bring aid to millions of civilians in Syria’s rebel-held northwest, many of whom have fled their homes elsewhere in the country. A government offensive to retake the area, which includes Idlib province, is currently on hold after a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia.

 

The lion’s share of cross-border assistance is delivered by groups outside the UN system, but humanitarians say the UN provides a reputational and organisational backbone that bolsters the entire aid operation – one that risks being lost if Russia vetoes the resolution.

 

In an interview on Monday with IRIN’s Ben Parker, UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said there is “no plan B” for delivering UN assistance without the backing of UN resolutions, as the Syrian government is “not willing” to allow aid to cross its front lines to reach rebel-held areas.

 

☰ Read more: The backstory of Resolution 2165

 

UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182, which is the basis for all UN international humanitarian action, states “humanitarian assistance should be provided with the consent of the affected country”. The Geneva Conventions also say the consent of affected states is required but may not be arbitrarily withheld.

In the early years of Syria’s war, many NGOs said that aid was being arbitrarily withheld to border regions and argued that by bringing aid in across borders they were therefore safely within the bounds of the Geneva Conventions.

But that wasn’t good enough for the UN, which had an assertive member state – Syria – saying no to assistance; to work under 46/182 the body needed a Security Council resolution. They got it with 2165, which said that UN agencies no longer had to request permission from al-Assad, they only had to notify Damascus before crossing the border through one of four entry points:

  • Bab al-Hawa, from Turkey into Idlib in northwestern Syria
  • Bab al-Salameh, also from Turkey into northwestern Syria
  • Ramtha, from Jordan into southern Syria
  • Yaroubiyeh, from Iraq into northeastern Syria

In 2018, the Ramtha crossing with Jordan was retaken by the Syrian army. Yaroubiyeh has been used sparingly, partly because of insecurity in Iraq.

As a result, 2165 now mostly matters for northwestern Syria – an area which, according to statistics compiled by the Mercy Corps Humanitarian Access Team and made available to IRIN, holds some 3.3 million Syrians, three quarters of whom live in the wider Idlib area. (However, population statistics in Syria are highly unreliable.)

Although 2165 does not require permission from Damascus, a demanding apparatus of border inspections came with the resolution, staffed by the UN and funded by donors.

New UN hubs sprang up in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and in Amman, from where UN agencies began to organise a regular supply chain for civilians in border areas outside al-Assad’s control.

 

With 2165 set to expire 10 January, Kuwait and Sweden are readying a one-year renewal. The two Security Council members will circulate a draft “soon”, Kuwait’s ambassador to the UN said on Friday.

 

“The resolution allows the UN and its partners to deliver humanitarian aid through the most direct routes to people in need in Syria,” Per Örnéus, Sweden’s special envoy for the Syria crisis, told IRIN. “The mandate is strictly humanitarian, offering a lifeline for millions of people,” he added. “It must be extended.”

 

The resolution has been renewed annually since 2014, but last year’s vote caused friction – and nail-biting for humanitarians working on Syrian aid operations – when Russia singled it out for harsh criticism, saying it threatened Syria’s sovereignty.

 

While al-Assad’s top ally on the Security Council opted not to veto last year, Moscow is sending out mixed signals as the January deadline approaches. Renewal looks more likely than not, but it is far from a sure thing.

 

Major impact

Resolution 2165 was first mooted at a time in the war when Damascus regularly denied UN requests to bring help across its borders to areas dominated by the opposition. It allows the UN to bring shipments in at specific points, as long as it notifies the Syrian government.

 

Humanitarians insist 2165 is crucial, and stress that its importance should not be measured just in terms of the actual quantities of aid delivered.

In 2017, UN agencies like WFP or UNHCR provided only around 20 percent of the cross-border aid deliveries to Syria. NGOs outside of the UN system brought in the rest, often delivering it through local Syrian organisations and importing their aid mostly through commercial channels (the official Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salameh crossings with Turkey) or a separate network of crossings monitored by the Turkish Red Crescent.

Map of Syria border crossings with Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon

 

Most goods – like food and fuel – enter northwestern Syria on a for-profit basis, imported by Turkish or Syrian businessmen.

Aid agencies say more than three million people live in northwestern areas not controlled by the Syrian government, though population estimates in Syria are notoriously unreliable and have in the past often suffered from overcounting.

Without 2165, private traders and NGOs could still bring goods in, as long as Ankara approved. But UN involvement would likely end immediately if Damascus objected, and, while NGOs might be able to fill the tonnage gap created by a UN pull-out, losing 2165 would be a big blow to the humanitarian relief effort.

A source with significant experience of the Syrian aid operation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 2165 brought a “significant increase in the overall response” by helping “what was a fragmented humanitarian community come closer together, coordinate, build institutions, and deliver a more joined-up and effective response as of 2015.”

Mathieu Rouquette of the Syria International NGO Regional Forum, a network of 70 aid groups working in Syria, said the resolution “still underpins access to millions of people in areas that we are not able to reach from Damascus.”

There would be other impacts too.

Aid operations would likely suffer if the UN stopped planning and coordinating deliveries in the Turkish border town of Gaziantep, as many NGOs rely on the UN hub for logistical support.

“The resolution is what underpins the overall architecture of the humanitarian response,” explained Rouquette. “So an end to that would necessarily mean a return to a fragmented humanitarian response.”

Moving to Damascus

Aid workers said the loss of a UN role in the cross-border response would also accelerate the shift of international NGOs from opposition-held areas towards parts of Syria controlled by al-Assad’s government, while enhancing Ankara’s influence over cross-border operations.

The Syrian government has told most NGOs that in order to register in Damascus they must end their “illegal” cross-border work under 2165.

Many international NGOs were originally drawn into cross-border work early in the war by US and EU funding streams geared to shore up opposition regions, while others branched out from working with Syrian refugees. They also filled in the gaps before 2165 when the UN could only assist Syrians in state-controlled areas, except for very rare “cross-line” exceptions, like convoys from Damascus to besieged areas.

Some chafe under the rules laid down by Turkey: Ankara has told international NGOs they can either provide cross-border assistance from Turkey to Syrians in the rebel-held northwest, or work in in northeastern Syria, which is controlled by US-backed Kurdish groups hostile to the Turkish government. They can’t do both.

In 2017, Turkish authorities ordered Mercy Corps to leave the country, apparently as punishment for its work in the Kurdish-held regions.

With al-Assad now back in charge of most of Syria, and the sole remaining cross-border hub in Gaziantep catering to an area of northern Syria that is largely under Turkish tutelage, many NGOs have come to view Damascus as the best option.

“The resolution is what underpins the overall architecture of the humanitarian response.”

Several NGOs have voiced concerns about what being stripped of the UN cover would mean for the overall optics of cross-border work in a place like Idlib province, which is currently controlled by rebel groups – some of whom are designated terrorists by the United States and other countries.

Bab al-Hawa has been controlled by the UN-designated al-Qaeda spinoff Tahrir al-Sham since 2017 and has been at the centre of diversion scandals that triggered Western aid cutoffs and NGOs suspensions. USAID is now rolling out a stricter inspection regime, further tilting the risk analysis for NGOs pondering where to focus their operations.

On Monday, the Charity Commission – the UK government department that regulates and registers NGOs in England and Wales – issued an alert, warning “there is a risk that a terrorist organisation may financially benefit from any aid passing through the Bab al-Hawa crossing.”

Tripping over counter-terrorism sanctions can cause very serious problems for NGOs: legal issues, economic losses, reputational damage, and donor flight. In the face of these risks, UN involvement offers them and their donors a sense of reassurance and legitimacy.

Should the cross-border operation be stripped of its UN participation, it would likely prod more Western NGOs to withdraw from Syria altogether or rebase in Damascus on terms set by al-Assad. And, as a result, the northwestern cross-border response would come to rely even more on the Turkish Red Crescent and other Ankara-friendly groups.

 

Russian roulette

With a resolution expected on the table in the coming weeks, a Swedish diplomatic source told IRIN that Turkey and Russia are now the “key actors” in the battle over 2165. Ankara may influence Moscow’s views, but it is Russia’s vote in the Security Council that will be decisive.

☰ Read more: Moscow’s mood swings

 

Moscow joined Western states in voting for resolution 2165 and extensions of it in 2014, 2015, and 2016. But last year’s vote was different.

In November 2017, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia slammed 2165 as “unprecedented and extreme” and said it “usurps Syria’s sovereignty”. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused the resolution of contributing to “the division of Syria”.

US-Russian conflict in the Security Council was then at a high pitch after Nebenzia cast three successive vetoes to shut down a UN investigation that found the Syrian military had gassed civilians, and many humanitarians feared that 2165’s time was up.

However, Moscow relented and said it would abstain from voting in return for a review of cross-border aid and monitoring procedures by the secretary-general, allowing 2165 to be renewed on 19 December 2017 with 12 votes in favour and none against. (China and Bolivia also abstained.)

While aid workers were relieved, many assumed that the resolution was unlikely to be renewed again in recognisable shape.

But something happened soon after that: Instead of ramping up attacks on 2165 as the vote approached, Moscow fell silent.

IRIN has learned that a Russian diplomat unexpectedly told NGO representatives in Geneva last month that cross-border aid “should remain and should remain as it is”.

Four humanitarian and two diplomatic sources confirmed that Russia voiced support for continued cross-border aid.

Most attributed Russia’s apparent 180 degree turn to the 17 September Turkish-Russian agreement over Idlib, which seems to reflect an unspoken understanding that northwestern Syria will effectively remain in Turkish hands for the foreseeable future.

“The only explanation I can think of is that there was some sort of deal struck between Turkey and Russia as part of the broader negotiations over Idlib in which Turkey sought non-opposition on this to avoid having to let in another wave of refugees”, a humanitarian source told IRIN.

Russia could also have decided that it is not currently in its interest to hand back control over cross-border aid to al-Assad, when it currently has that control itself through the Security Council. Even then, Moscow may of course seek to dilute or amend Resolution 2165.

 

After abstaining from voting on a renewal in 2017, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia as recently as June called the UN secretary-general’s positive review of the resolution  “disappointing” and said “it is essential to work to end the mechanism”, warning that the UN needed to “prepare for the closure of cross-border operations”.

More recently, Moscow has signalled it will not look to block renewal. But some supporters of 2165 worry that Russia may be trying to lull rivals into a false sense of security, while others fear that poorly handled debates or unrelated quarrels could still encourage a veto.

“To be honest, I’m not convinced the renewal will be so easy,” one humanitarian source said, accusing parts of the aid community of showing a “baffling” faith in renewal and of failing to prepare for other outcomes.

On 29 November, Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told the Security Council that terrorist-listed groups are exploiting cross-border support and insisted that the “significant changes” on the ground in Syria in 2018 require “commensurate adjustment of the cross-border mechanism”.

Polyansky did not elaborate, but even if Moscow has decided to let 2165 live until further notice, there are a number of limited amendments that may be in the Russian interest.

Russia could, for example, condition renewal on new language that reinforces al-Assad’s legitimacy or supports reconstruction aid for Syria, which would infuriate Western nations. And while Turkey would presumably oppose the UN’s loss of access through Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salameh, stripping away UN access to US-backed Kurdish areas through the third crossing at Yaaroubiyeh might be another matter.

If Moscow wants to have 2165 on the table more often, as a source of leverage, it could also seek to cut the time between renewals.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, the Russian UN mission, and representatives of the Syrian government all failed to responded to IRIN’s requests for comment.

(TOP PHOTO: Internally displaced Syrians in northern Aleppo province's Tel Rifaat collect aid supplies. CREDIT: Antwan Chnkdji/UNHCR)

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Houthi Ansarullah Delegation Departs Yemen for Peace Talks in Sweden
Tue Dec 4, 2018 10:44PM
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Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, prepare to board a Kuwaiti plane and head for UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, in Sana’a, Yemen, on December 4, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Delegates from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, escorted by United Nations Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, have flown from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a to Sweden to attend UN-sponsored peace negotiations with representatives from the administration of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Houthis left aboard a Kuwaiti airliner on Tuesday, one day after 50 wounded fellow fighters were allowed to fly to neighboring Oman for treatment in a major boost to peace efforts.

An unnamed senior United Nations official said Griffiths offered to accompany the Ansarullah delegates after they voiced fears that the Saudi-led military coalition, which has imposed an aerial blockade on Yemen and is conducting a devastating aerial bombardment campaign against the impoverished Arab country, might intercept the flight.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for the Ansarullah movement, wrote on his official Twitter page that the Houthis “will spare no effort to make a success of the talks to restore peace and end the aggression.”

Ansarullah officials said that preliminary consultations with Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists could begin as early as Wednesday.

Although no date has been announced for the start of the talks, there are reports they could begin on Thursday.

Britain has presented a draft UN Security Council resolution on Yemen, and called on parties involved in Yemen’s crisis to restart peace negotiations.

“The conflict in Yemen can only be resolved though an inclusive political process,” the draft resolution said.

The draft sets a two-week deadline for warring Yemeni parties to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid, halt attacks on civilian areas and allow unhindered access to the strategic port city of Hudaydah.

Also on Tuesday, tens of Saudi-backed militiamen after Yemeni army troopers, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, thwarted their offensive on al-Qatab area in the Nihm district of Yemen’s province of Sana’a.

Moreover, a young girl lost her life after Saudi military forces and their mercenaries targeted residential buildings in the al-Durayhimi district of the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah with a barrage of artillery rounds and mortar shells.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah movement.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

A number of Western countries, the US and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.

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How the Mainstream Media Turn Villains into Saints



It is sickening the way the press eulogise dead war criminals and US Presidents in particular.  I can remember the BBC gushing over Ronald Reagan when he died and making a tribute programme to the man who unleashed the Contras in Nicaragua and supported the death squads in El Salvador. Ronald Reagan was seen as a beacon of hope for democracy even whilst he did his best to impoverish the poorest Americans.  But this is how our opinion makers work.
George Bush was the man who headed the CIA, a criminal organisation which subverted democratically elected governments in Latin America and brought the regimes of Pinochet and Videla to power in Chile, replete with their torture chambers and mass disappearances.  Bush represented all that was most vile in American politics and the fact that the Clintons are gushing all over his memory should teach us that when it comes to US politics there is no essential difference between Republicans and Democrats.

George Bush was the son of Senator Prescott Bush, a businessman and banker who made much of his fortune trading with Nazi Germany even after war was declared.  But as one of America's leading families, almost akin to  royalty, he escaped prosecution for aiding the enemy at a time of war despite financing Fritz Thyssen one of the largest steel and coal barons who organised finance for Hitler.
People won't remember the shooting down of an Iranian civil airliner Flight 655 by the USS Vincennes of the US Navy. 290 people, including 66 children, were murdered. George H W Bush was not the kind quirky, friendly soul that is made out today.  George H.W. Bush in 1988 responded to the mass murder by saying: "I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don't care what the facts are." was his Trumpian response. 
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Below is an article by Mehdi Hassan on Bush’s legacy.

Tony Greenstein

December 1 2018, 4:38 p.m.

President George H.W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office on Jan. 16, 1991, after U.S. forces began military action against Iraq, code-named Operation Desert Storm. Photo: Charles Tasnadi/AP
The tributes to former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday aged 94, have been pouring in from all sides of the political spectrum. He was a man “of the highest character,” said his eldest son and fellow former president, George W. Bush. “He loved America and served with character, class, and integrity,” tweeted former U.S. Attorney and #Resistance icon Preet Bharara. According to another former president, Barack Obama, Bush’s life was “a testament to the notion that public service is a noble, joyous calling. And he did tremendous good along the journey.” Apple boss Tim Cook said: “We have lost a great American.”

In the age of Donald Trump, it isn’t difficult for hagiographers of the late Bush Sr. to paint a picture of him as a great patriot and pragmatist; a president who governed with “class” and “integrity.” It is true that the former president refused to vote for Trump in 2016, calling him a “blowhard,” and that he eschewed the white nationalist, “alt-right,” conspiratorial politics that has come to define the modern Republican Party. He helped end the Cold War without, as Obama said, “firing a shot.” He spent his life serving his country — from the military to Congress to the United Nations to the CIA to the White House. And, by all accounts, he was also a beloved grandfather and great-grandfather to his 17 grandkids and eight great-grandkids.

Yes I know this was written for his son but it is equally applicable  to the father
Nevertheless, he was a public, not a private, figure — one of only 44 men to have ever served as president of the United States. We cannot, therefore, allow his actual record in office to be beautified in such a brazen way. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” as my colleague Glenn Greenwald has argued, because it leads to “false history and a propagandistic whitewashing of bad acts.” The inconvenient truth is that the presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush had far more in common with the recognizably belligerent, corrupt, and right-wing Republican figures who came after him — his son George W. and the current orange-faced incumbent — than much of the political and media classes might have you believe.
Consider:
He ran a racist election campaign. The name of Willie Horton should forever be associated with Bush’s 1988 presidential bid. Horton, who was serving a life sentence for murder in Massachusetts — where Bush’s Democratic opponent, Michael Dukakis, was governor —  had fled a weekend furlough program and raped a Maryland woman. A notorious television ad called “Weekend Passes,released by a political action committee with ties to the Bush campaign, made clear to viewers that Horton was black and his victim was white.
As Bush campaign director Lee Atwater bragged, “By the time we’re finished, they’re going to wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis’s running mate.” Bush himself was quick to dismissaccusations of racism as “absolutely ridiculous,” yet it was clear at the time — even to right-wing Republican operatives such as Roger Stone, now a close ally of Trump — that the ad had crossed a line. “You and George Bush will wear that to your grave,” Stone complained to Atwater. “It’s a racist ad. … You’re going to regret it.”
Stone was right about Atwater, who on his deathbed apologizedfor using Horton against Dukakis. But Bush never did.
He made a dishonest case for war. Thirteen years before George W. Bush liedabout weapons of mass destruction to justify his invasion and occupation of Iraq, his father made his own set of false claims to justify the aerial bombardment of that same country. The first Gulf War, as an investigation by journalist Joshua Keating concluded, “was sold on a mountain of war propaganda.”
For a start, Bush told the American public that Iraq had invaded Kuwait without provocation or warning.” What he omitted to mention was that the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, April Glaspie, had given an effective green light to Saddam Hussein, telling him in July 1990, a week before his invasion, “[W]e have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.”
Then there is the fabrication of intelligence. Bush deployed U.S. troops to the Gulf in August 1990 and claimed that he was doing so in order “to assist the Saudi Arabian Government in the defense of its homeland.” As Scott Peterson wrote in the Christian Science Monitor in 2002, “Citing top-secret satellite images, Pentagon officials estimated … that up to 250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks stood on the border, threatening the key U.S. oil supplier.”
Yet when reporter Jean Heller of the St. Petersburg Times acquired her own commercial satellite images of the Saudi border, she found no signs of Iraqi forces; only an empty desert. “It was a pretty serious fib,” Heller told Peterson, adding: “That [Iraqi buildup] was the whole justification for Bush sending troops in there, and it just didn’t exist.”

President George H. W. Bush talks with Secretary of State James Baker III and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney during a meeting of the cabinet in the White House on Jan. 17, 1991 to discuss the Persian Gulf War. Photo: Ron Edmonds/AP

He committed war crimes. Under Bush Sr., the U.S. dropped a whopping 88,500 tons of bombs on Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, many of which resulted in horrific civilian casualties. In February 1991, for example, a U.S. airstrike on an air-raid shelter in the Amiriyah neighborhood of Baghdad killed at least 408 Iraqi civilians. According to Human Rights Watch, the Pentagon knew the Amiriyah facility had been used as a civil defense shelter during the Iran-Iraq war and yet had attacked without warning. It was, concluded HRW, “a serious violation of the laws of war.”

U.S. bombs also destroyedessential Iraqi civilian infrastructure — from electricity-generating and water-treatment facilities to food-processing plants and flour mills. This was no accident. As Barton Gellman of the Washington Post reportedin June 1991: “Some targets, especially late in the war, were bombed primarily to create postwar leverage over Iraq, not to influence the course of the conflict itself. Planners now say their intent was to destroy or damage valuable facilities that Baghdad could not repair without foreign assistance. … Because of these goals, damage to civilian structures and interests, invariably described by briefers during the war as ‘collateral’ and unintended, was sometimes neither.”
Got that? The Bush administration deliberately targeted civilian infrastructure for “leverage” over Saddam Hussein. How is this not terrorism? As a Harvard public health team concludedin June 1991, less than four months after the end of the war, the destruction of Iraqi infrastructure had resulted in acute malnutrition and “epidemic” levels of cholera and typhoid.
By January 1992, Beth Osborne Daponte, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau, was estimating that Bush’s Gulf War had caused the deaths of 158,000 Iraqis, including 13,000 immediate civilian deaths and 70,000 deaths from the damage done to electricity and sewage treatment plants. Daponte’s numbers contradicted the Bush administration’s, and she was threatened by her superiors with dismissal for releasing “false information. (Sound familiar?)
He refused to cooperate with a special counsel. The Iran-Contra affair, in which the United States traded missiles for Americans hostages in Iran, and used the proceeds of those arms sales to fund Contra rebels in Nicaragua, did much to undermine the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Yet his vice president’s involvement in that controversial affair has garnered far less attention. “The criminal investigation of Bush was regrettably incomplete,”wrote Special Counsel Lawrence Walsh, a former deputy attorney general in the Eisenhower administration, in his final report on the Iran-Contra affair in August 1993.
Why? Because Bush, who was “fully aware of the Iran arms sale,” according to the special counsel, failed to hand over a diary “containing contemporaneous notes relevant to Iran/contra” and refused to be interviewed in the later stages of the investigation. In the final days of his presidency, Bush even issued pardonsto six defendants in the Iran-Contra affair, including former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger — on the eve of Weinberger’s trial for perjury and obstruction of justice. “The Weinberger pardon,” Walsh pointedly noted, “marked the first time a president ever pardoned someone in whose trial he might have been called as a witness, because the president was knowledgeable of factual events underlying the case.” An angry Walsh accused Bush of “misconduct” and helping to complete “the Iran-contra cover-up.”
Sounds like a Trumpian case of obstruction of justice, doesn’t it?

 A U.S. marshal, left, looking for a suspect, shows a mug shot to a man found allegedly using drugs in a crackhouse, according to police, in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 1989. The police raid was part of President George H.W. Bush’s war on drugs. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP
He escalated the racist war on drugs. In September 1989, in a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office, Bush held up a bag of crack cocaine, which he said had been “seized a few days ago in a park across the street from the White House . … It could easily have been heroin or PCP.”

Yet a Washington Post investigation later that month revealed that federal agents had “lured” the drug dealer to Lafayette Park so that they could make an “undercover crack buy in a park better known for its location across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House than for illegal drug activity” (the dealer didn’t know where the White House was and even asked the agents for directions). Bush cynically used this prop — the bag of crack — to call for a $1.5 billion increase in spending on the drug war, declaiming: “We need more prisons, more jails, more courts, more prosecutors.
The result? “Millions of Americans were incarcerated, hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, and hundreds of thousands of human beings allowed to die of AIDS — all in the name of a ‘war on drugs’ that did nothing to reduce drug abuse,” pointed out Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2014. Bush, he argued, “put ideology and politics above science and health.” Today, even leading Republicans, such as Chris Christie and Rand Paul, agree that the war on drugs, ramped up by Bush during his four years in the White House, has been a dismal and racist failure.
He groped women. Since the start of the #MeToo movement, in late 2017, at least eight different womenhave come forward with claims that the former president groped them, in most cases while they were posing for photos with him. One of them, Roslyn Corrigan, told Time magazine that Bush had touched her inappropriately in 2003, when she was just 16. “I was a child,” she said. The former president was 79. Bush’s spokesperson offered this defenseof his boss in October 2017: “At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures.” Yet, as Time noted, “Bush was standing upright in 2003 when he met Corrigan.”
Facts matter. The 41st president of the United States was not the last Republican moderate or a throwback to an imagined age of conservative decency and civility; he engaged in race baiting, obstruction of justice, and war crimes. He had much more in common with the two Republican presidents who came after him than his current crop of fans would like us to believe.

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 George HW Bush, who as the 41st president shepherded the US through a turbulent period in global relations that included the breakup of the Soviet Union and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, has died. He was 94. (Skip the rest)

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 今回取り上げる語は、shepherd /ˈʃɛpəd/ です。この記事の中で shepherded は過去分詞の形で使われており、文脈から判断すると「導く」といった意味だと推測することが出来ます。以下で意味や語源を確認していきます。

 まず意味を Cambridge Dictionary でみると、“to make a group of people move to where you want them to go, especially in a kind, helpful, and careful way” とあり、LDOCE には “to lead or guide a group of people somewhere, making sure that they go where you want them to go” と定義されていました。

 次に語源を OED でみると、“Old English scēaphierde, from sheep + obsolete herd ‘herdsman’.” とあります。

 以上のことから、shepherd は羊飼いの意から「導く、案内する」という意味を持つことがわかりました。(OkaUchi)


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          Egypt appreciates Kuwait leadership, people for support in hard times - FM      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- The Egyptians, at official and popular levels, highly appreciate the Kuwaiti leadership and people for their support, t...
          Review The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986      Cache   Translate Page      

Hooton, E.R., Cooper, Tom & Nadimi, Farzin, The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2: Iran Strikes back, June 1982-December 1986, West Midlands: Helion & Company Limited, 2017

The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2 covers the middle of the conflict. Saddam Hussein had attacked Iran in 1980 with not much of a plan. Things quickly went wrong, and by 1982 Iran was on the offensive invading Iraq. That period is what is covered in this second of four volumes. The book is in large format with small font, which means it packs a lot even though its only 80 pages long.

In 1982 the Iranian leadership was debating what should be the next phase of the war. By that time, Tehran had recaptured almost all of its lost territory. President Ali Husseini Khamenei and the Iranian army believed that they should end the war while they were ahead. On the other side were the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) commander Mohsen Rezai and Speaker of Parliament Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who wanted to invade Iraq and punish Saddam for starting the conflict. The Iranian army believed that the military lacked the heavy equipment and parts to sustain any kind of extended offensive campaign in enemy territory. The IRGC and Speaker Rafsanjani argued that Iran’s overwhelming superiority in manpower and the revolutionary spirit of the Guard Corps could overwhelm the Iraqis and force them to surrender. Initially, they also believed that Iraq’s Shiites would rise up against the government. The latter won, leading to an invasion of Iraq.

From 1982-86 the Iranians made four major attempts to seize Basra. There was Operation Ramadan in 1982 attacking Fish Lake, which was Iraqi defensive line protecting Basra City. 1984 saw Operation Kheibar attacking the Hawizah Marshes and the Majnoon Islands north of Fish Lake. Operation Badr began in 1985 aiming at taking Basra city. 1986 was the year of Operation Wal Fajr 8 that attacked the Fao Peninsula. The strategy in all these offensives except for the last one was for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its auxiliaries the Basij to overwhelm the Iraqi defenses with their manpower, and then the Iranian army would use its armor to breakthrough into the Iraqi hinterland. That never happened as the Iranians only made minor gains in all four pushes. At the peak of Operation Ramadan for instance, the Iranians seized 300 square kilometers of Iraqi territory, but after Iraqi counterattacks that was reduced to 80 square kilometers, none of which had any strategic significance. During Operation Kheibar the Iranians took both Majnoon Islands, but by the end lost one of the islands, and the Iraqis had a bridgehead on the other. In 1986 the Iranians were able to seize the tip of the Fao Peninsula and were then stopped. The Iraqi counterattacks, which relied upon heavy concentrations of tanks were almost always successful in pushing back the Iranians. In the end, Tehran never made the decisive victory it was hoping for.

The authors pin this failure on the Iranian leadership and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC). The Iranian army was questioned for its loyalty especially after a coup attempt early in the war. As a consequence, and because clerics were leading the government, the IRGC was the dominant force in all of the offensives. That force had major shortcomings. First, the Iranians were always short of heavy weapons and parts. This was especially true of the IRGC, which while later acquiring armor, helicopters, ships, etc. was still basically made up of infantry units. Much has been made of the IRGC and the Basij making human wave attacks upon set Iraqi defenses. The authors argue the real problems were a lack of training early on, and the lack of command and control, which led to poor offensive operations. For example, the IRGC would usually carry out extensive ground reconnaissance of the Iraqi positions, attempt to infiltrate them, and then attack from multiple directions to overwhelm the enemy. The issues were the IRGC were often over zealous and attacked before artillery softened up the Iraqis. Because the IRGC lacked radios if it took a position it would simply hold it and not exploit any tactical advantages they might have because it took so long to get new orders to them. They would not fortify their positions, which would make them vulnerable to Iraqi counter attacks. The IRGC lacked artillery and tanks to fight off the Iraqis. There was poor cooperation with the Iranian army, and the air force flew hardly any tactical missions because they couldn’t afford to lose many planes. Finally, Iran was never able to close the material gap it faced against the Iraqis. For example, by 1986 Iran had 1,000 tanks, 1,400 armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), and 600-800 guns versus 3,000 tanks, 2,5000 AFVs, and 1,800 guns possessed by the Iraqis. Even though the Iranians learned from each one of its battles, it’s strategic vision remained committed to using the IRGC in largely infantry attacks upon the Iraqi defenses. For its part, the IRGC was never able to overcome its lack of heavy equipment and problems with its command and control.

The results of the problems with the Iranian forces were staggering losses for few gains. After Operation Ramadan Iran admitted to 7,000 dead. The United States estimated they suffered 14,000 casualties overall versus 8,700 for the Iraqis. In Operation Kheibar, the U.S. believed Tehran faced 20,000 dead against 7,000 by the Iraqis. Despite this, by 1986 the IRGC commander Rezai was still talking about his men overwhelming the Iraqis and leading to victory. For ideological reasons the Iranian leadership continued to commit its revolutionary forces over the Iranian army despite the IRGC being an inferior force.

Despite The Iran-Iraq War Volume 2 being such a short volume it includes quite a lot of information. There are pictures on nearly every page from private collections. There are color prints of armored vehicles and helicopters used by both sides. Most importantly there are maps of all the campaign areas. The text covers the commanders, the units down to brigade level, the settings, the preparations, the attacks, counterattacks and aftermath in a blow by blow description of each Iranian offensive. It’s one break from being a conventional war history is its contention that Operation Wal Fajr 8 wasn’t really aimed at taking Basra, but rather intimidating Kuwait and the Gulf States into not supporting Iraq anymore. That’s based upon the fact that the main Iranian force was deployed in the south where there was limited maneuverability up the Fao Peninsula rather than in the north, which would have provided an easier route to Basra city. Overall, the book is a great read on the tactical and strategic situation in southern Iraq during the middle of the Iran-Iraq War.



          Estados Unidos despide al 41º presidente George H. W. Bush, el patriarca de una dinastía política-familiar      Cache   Translate Page      
La presidencia de George Herbert Walker Bush despegó con la victoria de una coalición poderosa que expulsó a Irak de Kuwait y se desplomó por una crisis económica que le costó la reelección. Los homenajes al fallecido expresidente de Estados Unidos llegan este miércoles al punto culminante con un funeral de Estado en la Catedral de Washington, el primero para un presidente desde la muerte de Gerald Ford en 2006.
          2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, Treasury      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Treasury Department and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency.

The flurry of subpoenas came a day after U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved a brisk schedule for discovery in the case alleging that foreign and domestic government spending at Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel amounts to gifts to the president in violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

The subpoenas target 37 entities, including 13 Trump-linked entities and the federal agency that oversees the lease for Trump's Washington hotel. Subpoenas were also being sent to the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture, all of which have spent taxpayer dollars at the hotel or have information on Trump's finances relevant to the case.

Other Trump entities that officials plan to subpoena include those related to his Washington hotel and its management. Eighteen private entities including restaurants, venues and hotels that compete with the Trump hotel are also being subpoenaed to "illuminate the unfair nature of that competition," said Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh.

"We're seeking to confirm the information that everybody already knows: Trump's violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution," Frosh said. "He's received numerous payments from foreign governments and state governments and they've been funneled, at least in part, through the Trump (hotel) in D.C."

While news organizations have reported how groups representing Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Philippines have hosted events at Trump's D.C. hotel since he took office, the subpoenas offer the best chance to get a complete picture of which foreign and domestic governments are spending at the hotel, how much they are spending and where that money is going. They're also trying to determine how Trump's hotel is affecting the hospitality industry in D.C. and Maryland.

The subpoenas seek to prove that hotel revenues are going to the president through his affiliated entities, including The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust. Most of the records are being requested back to Jan. 1, 2015.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Neither Trump's personal attorney on the case, William S. Consovoy, nor the White House responded to a request for comment Tuesday.

Trump's Justice Department lawyers filed a notice to the court Friday indicating it plans to challenge the Maryland judge's decision to allow the case to move forward. Justice lawyers have argued that earnings from business activity such as hotel stays don't qualify as emoluments and that any discovery would "be a distraction to the President's performance of his constitutional duties."

The president's notice that he may seek a writ of mandamus – to have the appeal heard by a higher court – is considered an "extraordinary remedy" that partly rests on showing Messitte's decisions to be clearly wrong.

Because the president has not released his tax returns, any responsive records would likely provide the first clear picture of the finances of Trump's business empire as well as his Washington hotel.

There is no indication yet that Frosh and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, both Democrats, would push for the president's tax returns, at least in this initial round of legal discovery, given the sensitive nature of such a request and likely additional delays it would cause. But tax returns for some of Trump's business entities, including the state and federal tax returns for the Trump Organization, are also being requested.

Co-counsel on the case is Washington-based nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The Treasury Department is being subpoenaed to determine not only whether its officials patronized Trump's hotel but also to learn more about Trump's promised donations of profit of foreign government spending at his hotel and similar businesses to the Treasury. In February, The Trump Organization donated $151,470 – what it said was the total amount of spending in Trump's first year in office. The subpoena requests "all communications" regarding that payment.

State officials earlier told The Associated Press that the IRS would likely be subpoenaed, but it was unclear if that would happen on Tuesday or whether it would happen at all.

"We're certainly not ruling that out, just like we're not ruling out seeking the president's tax returns," Frosh said.

The Trump Organization said in an emailed statement to the AP that the company had "voluntarily donated" the profits and "intend to make a similar contribution in 2019." The company did not comment on the case otherwise.

There is a separate federal lawsuit involving the General Services Administration, which oversees the lease for the hotel with the Trump Organization. Democratic lawmakers want to know how Trump was approved by the GSA to maintain the lease of the Trump International Hotel in Washington after he became president.

The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any "elected official of the government of the United States" from deriving "any benefit."

Maine is also expected to receive a subpoena, likely because its governor, Republican Paul LePage, stayed at Trump's D.C. hotel when he had official business to conduct, including discussions with the president. LePage's office did not respond to a request for comment.

On one of those trips last year, Trump and LePage appeared together at a news conference at which Trump signed an executive order to review orders of the prior administration that established national monuments within the National Park Service. President Barack Obama had established a park and national monument in Maine over LePage's objections in 2016.

If there are no delays, legal discovery would conclude in early August.


          Arabic Language - Written, Spoken - Infinit Training Center , Kuwait, Hawalli, Al Kuwait, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait City, Ahmadi,Hawally,Farwaniyah,Ahmadi       Cache   Translate Page      
Basic greetings and introductions
Countries and saying where you are from
Describing things
Ordering drinks and snacks
Describing where things are
Describing characteristics and places
Asking for directions and transportation
Talking about yourself and your family
Counting numbers from one to ten
Talking about Jobs and occupations

Plurals
Using adjectives
Feminine and masculine usage
Possessive attached pronouns
Nouns in definite and indefinite form
Simple questions What’s this? Whose is it? Where is …

Introduction to Arabic culture in relation to:
People at home and in public places
Everyday polite language, everyday religious expressions
Arabic as an international language and dialect
Food and culture
Arabic Hospitality
Skills Work:

The Arabic alphabet, reading and writing
Special emphasis on unfamiliar sounds, weak and strong, short and long sounds
Joining letters to make up words and phrases
Listening comprehension
Practical drills to learn reading and writing and the alphabet

Cost: 75 KWD

Duration: 20 To 30 Hours


          Business English: Writing and Communication - Infinit Training Center , Kuwait, Hawalli, Al Kuwait, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait City, Ahmadi,Hawally,Farwaniyah,Ahmadi       Cache   Translate Page      
COURSE CONTENT
All our Business English courses are designed to meet the specific needs of our clients and will be determined by personal/organisational requirements, existing level and end objectives. However, core subject areas for a Business English course will include:

Fluency enhancement
Improved listening skills for meetings and teleconferences
Role, company and sector-specific vocabulary
Achieving clarity in written English
Effective written communication techniques

Cost: 120 KWD

Duration: 30 To 40 Hours


          Basic Spoken English - Infinit Training Center , Kuwait, Hawalli, Al Kuwait, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait City, Ahmadi,Hawally,Farwaniyah,Ahmadi       Cache   Translate Page      
Basics of communication
Introduction to ;
Building  Powerful Vocabulary.
Learning sentence construction

English grammar in use
Noun, pronoun, Adjective, Verb, Tenses, Preposition, Articles, Conjunction, ;Grammar usage in sentences.

Speaking English for the real world
Everyday communication – Introduction, Shopping Meeting friends, Traveling, Visiting a doctor Telephonic communication, Negotiation, At the movie Theatre, At the office, Meeting relatives….etc

Public speaking skills
Extempore and Group ;Email drafting, Business ;Avoiding spelling mistakes and mispronunciations. Letter writing practice.

Personality development
Manners & ;Building confidence and developing presentation ;Dress code and color pattern.

Job interview skills
Resume ;Job Interview question and ;Mock sessions.

Cost: 75 KWD

Duration: 30 To 40 Hours


          Autocad 2D/3D Autodesk - Infinit Training Center , Kuwait, Hawalli, Al Kuwait, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait City, Ahmadi,Hawally,Farwaniyah,Ahmadi       Cache   Translate Page      
Course Content Taking the AutoCAD Tour • Navigating the Working Environment • Working with Files • Displaying Objects Basic Drawing & Editing • Drawing Lines • Drawing Rectangles • Drawing Circles • Drawing with Snap and Grid • Erasing Objects Drawing with Precision • Coordinate Entry • Using Object Snaps • Using Polar Tracking • Using Object Snap Tracking Manipulating Objects • Selecting Objects in the Drawing • Moving Objects • Copying Objects • Arraying Objects • Rotating Objects • Mirroring Objects • Scaling Objects Drawing Organisation and Inquiry Commands • Using Layers • Using Linetypes • Layer States Object Properties & Measurement • Working with Object Properties • Quick Select • Matching Properties • Measuring Objects Course Requirements: Microsoft® Windows®7, Vista® or XP working knowledge. Drafting and design experience is a plus. Additional Info: Candidates receive comprehensive courseware and upon completion an industry - recognised Autodesk training certificate. PRE-REQUISITES: Altering Objects • Trimming and Extending Objects to Defined Boundaries • Creating Parallel and Offset Geometry • Joining Objects • Applying Fillets • Creating a Chamfer • Stretching Objects Creating Additional Drawing Objects • Working with Polylines • Drawing Splines • Drawing Arcs • Drawing Polygons Annotating the Drawing • Creating Multiline Text • Creating Single Line Text • Using Text Styles • Editing Text Dimensioning • Creating Dimensions • Using Dimension Styles • Editing Dimensions • Using Multi-leaders Hatching Objects • Hatching Objects • Editing Hatch Objects Working with Reusable Content • Using Blocks • Working with DesignCenter™ • Using Tool Palettes Working with Layouts (Drawing Sheets) • Model /Paper Space Principles • Setting up Layouts • Using Viewports Plotting Your Drawings • Printing Layouts • Plotting from Model Space • Plotting Lineweights Creating Drawing Templates • Using Drawing Templates

Cost: 200 KWD

Duration: 50 To 60 Hours


          Advanced Excel - Infinit Training Center , Kuwait, Hawalli, Al Kuwait, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait City, Ahmadi,Hawally,Farwaniyah,Ahmadi       Cache   Translate Page      
Advanced Excel Course - Overview of the Basics of Excel
~ Customizing common options in Excel
~ Absolute and relative cells
~ Protecting and un-protecting worksheets and cells
 
Advanced Excel Course - Working with Functions
~ Writing conditional expressions (using IF)
~ Using logical functions (AND, OR, NOT)
~ Using lookup and reference functions (VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, MATCH, INDEX)
~ VlookUP with Exact Match, Approximate Match
~ Nested VlookUP with Exact Match
~ VlookUP with Tables, Dynamic Ranges
~ Nested VlookUP with Exact Match
~ Using VLookUP to consolidate Data from Multiple Sheets
 
Advanced Excel Course - Data Validations
~ Specifying a valid range of values for a cell
~ Specifying a list of valid values for a cell
~ Specifying custom validations based on formula for a cell
 
Advanced Excel Course - Working with Templates
~ Designing the structure of a template
~ Using templates for standardization of worksheets
 
Advanced Excel Course - Sorting and Filtering Data
~ Sorting tables
~ Using multiple-level sorting
~ Using custom sorting
~ Filtering data for selected view (AutoFilter)
~ Using advanced filter options
 
Advanced Excel Course - Working with Reports
~ Creating subtotals
~ Multiple-level subtotals
~ Creating Pivot tables
~ Formatting and customizing Pivot tables
~ Using advanced options of Pivot tables
~ Pivot charts
~ Consolidating data from multiple sheets and files using Pivot tables
~ Using external data sources
~ Using data consolidation feature to consolidate data
~ Show Value As ( % of Row, % of Column, Running Total, Compare with Specific Field)
~ Viewing Subtotal under Pivot
~ Creating Slicers ( Version 2010 & Above)
 
Advanced Excel Course - More Functions
~ Date and time functions
~ Text functions
~ Database functions
~ Power Functions (CountIf, CountIFS, SumIF, SumIfS)
 
Advanced Excel Course - Formatting
~ Using auto formatting option for worksheets
~ Using conditional formatting option for rows, columns and cells 

 
Advanced Excel Course - Macros
~ Relative & Absolute Macros
~ Editing Macro's 

 
Advanced Excel Course - WhatIf Analysis
~ Goal Seek
~ Data Tables
~ Scenario Manager

 
Advanced Excel Course - Charts
~ Using Charts
~ Formatting Charts 
~ Using 3D Graphs 
~ Using Bar and Line Chart together 
~ Using Secondary Axis in Graphs 
~ Sharing Charts with PowerPoint / MS Word, Dynamically 
~ (Data Modified in Excel, Chart would automatically get updated)

 
Advanced Excel Course - New Features Of Excel
~ Sparklines, Inline Charts, data Charts
~ Overview of all the new features

 
Advanced Excel Course - Final Assignment
~ The Final Assignment would test contains questions to be solved at the end of the Course

Cost: 100 KWD

Duration: 1 To 2 Months


          Office Management and Secretarial Development - Infinit Training Center , Kuwait, Hawalli, Al Kuwait, Al Farwaniyah, Kuwait City, Ahmadi,Hawally,Farwaniyah,Ahmadi       Cache   Translate Page      
Course Content 
Word Processing using Micro Soft Word
Basic Business Computing using Excel
Business Communication using Microsoft Outlook
English for Business
Records Management for Business
Office Operations
Business Documents 
Customer Service 
Diary Management
Filing Systems 
Office Management 
Organizing Meetings 
Reception Duties
Secretarial Procedures
Report Writing 
Telephone Skills
Time Management 
Work Planning
Business Etiquette

Cost: 150 KWD

Duration: 2 To 3 Months


          Briefing of KUNA main news for Tuesday until 00:00 GMT      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT - His Highness the Amir congratulates deputy head of Kuwait National Guard on receiving France Legion of Honor. MUSCAT - Duqm Refinery...
          OPEC seeks stability of oil market - Kuwait Min.      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) VIENNA, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Oil Minister Bakheet Al-Rashidi said Tuesday OPEC ministers would discuss in Vienna how to deal with current sup...
          Duqm Refinery leadership ink USD 4.6 bln loan agreements      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) MUSCAT, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- Duqm Refinery, a joint venture between Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI also known as Q8)...
          Cmc, convocato ambasciatore del Kuwait      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Custodian of Two Holy Mosques sends message to Kuwait's Emir      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) KUWAIT, 4th December, 2018 (WAM) -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, has sent a verba...
          Kuwait Week kicks off in Cairo      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) CAIRO, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- The 11th Kuwait Week exhibition, themed "Kuwait in Egypt," opened on Tuesday under auspices of Egyptian Prime Minister M...
          Kuwait's ALAFCO, Airline SAS clinch aircraft lease deal      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4, (KUNA): Kuwait's Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) has signed a 10-year deal with the Scandinavian region's national carrier SAS...
          Kuwaiti expert calls for greater investment in energy resources      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4, (KUNA): Chief Executive Officer at Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) Nizar Al-Adsani Tuesday called for developing and investing in all e...
          Kuwaiti and his Egyptian girlfriend caught drunk in Salmiya      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: Hawally securitymen arrested a Kuwaiti citizen and his Egyptian girlfriend who were under the influence of alcohol with a bottle of local ...
          Kuwait - IS-linked suspect trial set for Dec 10      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Ruling withheld against duo in forgery case KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: The Court of Appeals overturned the verdict of First Instance Court that had earlier acquitt...
          Kuwait - Worker threatens to kill boss for not sanctioning leave      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: An employee at the Car Technical Testing Department in Nuwaiseeb Center was arrested for threatening to kill his direct supervisor with a ...
          THE ENGLISH PLAYGROUP: Early Years Teachers       Cache   Translate Page      
Starting TAX FREE Salary £1300- £1500 pm : THE ENGLISH PLAYGROUP: Epg are looking to recruit aspiring educators aged 21+ who are interested in working while completing an Early Years Teacher qualification. Branches all over Kuwait
          THE ENGLISH PLAYGROUP: Primary Classroom Teacher      Cache   Translate Page      
Starting Salary apporx £2150 - £2600 per month completely tax free.: THE ENGLISH PLAYGROUP: The English Primary & Play Group is looking for qualified Primary teachers to join our team. Kuwait, Middle East
          Accounting Vacancies in Kuwait      Cache   Translate Page      
Urgently required for a leading company in Kuwait Should have experience in Handling Trading, Projects and Manufacturing Industry 15 Years Experience Should have handled multiple companies Finance of the Group Well versed in ERP products like SAP, Dy......
          Infecções por superfungos devem se tornar mais comuns, diz pesquisador      Cache   Translate Page      
Segunda, 3 de dezembro de 2018
Por Daniel Mello - Repórter da Agência Brasil 
As infecções hospitalares causadas por fungos multirresistentes devem se tornar cada vez mais comuns, segundo o pesquisador do Instituto de Medicina Tropical da Universidade de São Paulo João Nóbrega de Almeida Jr. “Se existe a superbactéria, existe o superfungo também”, disse o especialista que atua também no Hospital da Clínica de São Paulo ao comparar os fungos resistentes à superbactéria KPC (Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase).

Recentemente, Almeida publicou um artigo no jornal científico Transplant Infectious Disease sobre o primeiro caso de um paciente contaminado pelo fungo Lomentospora prolificans na América do Sul. O rapaz havia feito transplante de medula há cerca de um mês quando foi infectado pelo fungo e acabou morrendo em decorrência da contaminação.

Segundo o pesquisador, o fungo só é capaz de afetar pessoas com o sistema imunológico comprometido. No entanto, caso a contaminação aconteça, a letalidade é de mais de 80%. Como ainda existem poucos laboratórios preparados para identificar esse tipo de infecção, Almeida acredita que possa haver casos não registrados. “Esse fungo não deve ter em grande quantidade no ambiente, como em outros países, mas também porque os nossos laboratórios não são habilitados para fazer o diagnóstico”, afirma.

Existem, entretanto, outros fungos que apresentam uma ameaça maior por poderem infectar não só pacientes com o sistema imunológico fragilizado, mas em situação delicada de internação, como em unidades de tratamento intensivo. Esse é o caso do Cândida auris.

Surtos na América do Sul
Em março de 2017, a Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (Anvisa) divulgou um comunicado de risco para o fungo, responsável por surtos em diversas partes do mundo. Foram registradas ocorrências no Japão, na Coreia do Sul, na Índia, no Paquistão, na África do Sul, no Quênia, no Kuwait, em Israel, na Venezuela, Colômbia, no Reino Unido, nos Estados Unidos e no Canadá. O Centro de Controle e Prevenção de Doenças dos Estados Unidos tem emitido alertas para o fungo.

As ocorrências em países da América do Sul indicam, de acordo com o pesquisador, que em algum momento o Brasil terá de lidar com o Cândida auris. “A gente está se preparando com uma força-tarefa nacional com vários pesquisadores para quando chegar esse fungo no país a gente fazer o diagnóstico correto”, ressalta.

Agrotóxicos e mudanças climáticas
As infecções hospitalares por fungos têm se tornado mais comuns devido ao aumento da resistências de algumas variedades desses organismos. Segundo Almeida, há indícios que o surgimento dos fungos multirresistentes está ligado ao uso de defensivos agrícolas. “A gente acredita [que o surgimento dos fungos multirresistentes acontece] principalmente pelo uso de antifúngicos fora do ambiente hospitalar. Na agricultura, por exemplo, nas plantações, os fungos são os principais biodecompositores, vão destruir verduras, plantas”, destaca.

As mudanças climáticas também parecem ter, de acordo com o pesquisador, uma contribuição para o aparecimento de espécies que não são afetadas pela medicação existente. “O aquecimento global. As alterações climáticas vão favorecer o aparecimento de fungos que crescem em temperaturas maiores. E os fungo que crescem em temperaturas maiores são os potencialmente patogênicos, porque o nosso corpo tem temperatura de 36 graus”, acrescentou.

Apesar da expansão do problema, Almeida enfatiza que não há risco para a população em geral. São os sistemas de saúde que precisam se preparar para lidar com as novas possibilidades de infecção dentro dos hospitais.

          UN envoy urges mobilizing Iraqi society against IS      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- UN Special Adviser and Head of the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da'esh Karim Asad Ahmad Khan said Tues...
          Kuwaiti medical team in Turkey for treating Syrian refugees      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) ANKARA, Dec 4 (KUNA) -- A Kuwaiti medical team on Tuesday arrived in the Turkish city of Hatay adjacent to the Syrian border to perform surgeri...
          12/2/2018: News: End of an era      Cache   Translate Page      

FORMER US president George H.W. Bush, who guided America through the end of the Cold War and launched the international campaign to drive Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait, died at his home in Houston on Friday. He was 94. Tributes...
          El Gobierno de Yemen y los rebeldes hutíes retoman las conversaciones de paz en Suecia      Cache   Translate Page      
Un hombre desplaza a un hospital un niño herido en un bombardeo saudí en la zona rebelde de Saada, el pasado agosto.

Una delegación del movimiento rebelde hutí ha llegado a Suecia para participar en las consultas de paz con el Gobierno de Yemen, después de que fracasaran las anteriores el pasado mes de septiembre en Ginebra por la ausencia de los insurgentes, informaron el Gobierno sueco y un medio yemení.

El avión, de bandera kuwaití, aterrizó ayer en Estocolmo con la delegación de los hutíes a bordo y acompañado del enviado especial de la ONU, Martin Griffiths, que llegó ayer a Saná para supervisar el viaje y que se cumpliesen las garantías de seguridad que pedían los rebeldes, indicó el canal yemení Al Masira, portavoz de los hutíes.

La ministra de Exteriores sueca, Margot Wallström, aseguró en su cuenta de Twitter que la delegación hutí ya ha llegado a Suecia "junto a los enviados especiales de la ONU, Suecia y Kuwait para las consultas previstas sobre el Yemen", auspiciadas por la ONU.

Indicó que espera que "la delegación del Gobierno de Yemen llegue pronto", sin dar más detalles, pues el Ejecutivo reconocido internacionalmente del presidente yemení, Abdo Rabu Mansur Hadi, todavía no se ha pronunciado al respecto.

Asimismo, Wallström afirmó que espera que estas consultas "que se llevarán a cabo pronto" sean "un paso urgente hacia el final del conflicto". Hasta el momento no se ha revelado ni la fecha de inicio ni el lugar preciso en el que se llevará a cabo esta reunión.

LAS GRANDES CIFRAS

  • Al menos 6.800 civiles han muerto
  • 10.700 más han resultado heridos
  • 22 millones de personas necesitan ayuda humanitaria
  • Unos 85.000 niños menores de cinco años han muerto por malnutrición aguda
  • 14 millones de yemeníes están al borde de la hambruna
  • 1,2 millones de personas han sufrido un brote de cólera

Fuente: Naciones Unidas y Save The Children

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SANA'A, YEMEN - DECEMBER 04: Yemeni Houthi delegation members to leave Yemen to attend the UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden on December 04, 2018 at the Sana'a airport, Yemen. Yemeni Houthi delegation, escorted by the UN's envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and the Kuwait ambassador to Yemen left the Houthi-controlled capital Sana'a in a Kuwaiti chartered plane in route to Sweden to attend peace talks with the Yemeni government.

"No escatimarán esfuerzos"

El líder del comité de las negociaciones hutí, Mohamed Abdelsalam, dijo hoy que no escatimarán "esfuerzos para que las consultas tengan éxito, traigan la paz, acaben con la guerra agresiva y con el asedio".

Una de las condiciones para que los rebeldes participaran en las conversaciones de Suecia era la evacuación de un grupo de heridos desde el Yemen.

Esa exigencia se cumplió ayer después de que la coalición árabe liderada por Arabia Saudí, que controla el espacio aéreo yemení, facilitase la evacuación a petición de Griffiths "por razones humanitarias y para construir confianza entre las partes yemeníes de cara a las conversaciones de paz de Suecia", anunció el portavoz de la coalición, coronel Turki al Malki.

El pasado mes de septiembre, la ONU intentó celebrar unas consultas de paz en Ginebra, en las que solo participó el Gobierno yemení dado que los rebeldes se negaron a viajar por esa falta de garantías.

La guerra en el Yemen comenzó a finales de 2014, cuando los hutíes, que cuentan con el respaldo de Irán, se hicieron con el control de Saná y el conflicto se generalizó en marzo de 2015 con la intervención de la coalición árabe.

QUERRÁS VER ESTO

Yemen enfrenta la peor hambruna del último siglo.

TAMBIÉN TE PUEDE INTERESAR

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- La ONU denuncia posibles crímenes de guerra de todas las partes en conflicto en Yemen

- La historia no contada de las víctimas más pequeñas de la brutal guerra en Yemen

- SOS de la ONU: hacen falta 20.000 millones para ayudar a casi 94 millones de personas en 2019


          George H.W. Bush returns to capital to lie in state      Cache   Translate Page      

HOUSTON – George H.W. Bush came back to Washington for a final time Monday, heading for the Capitol to lie in state as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was characterized throughout by what admirers say was decency, generosity and kindness.

Sent off from his beloved Texas with a 21-gun salute, Bush’s casket was carried to Andrews Air Force Base outside the capital city aboard an aircraft that often serves as Air Force One.

Former President George W. Bush, the eldest of the four Bush sons, and his wife, Laura, along with brother Neil Bush and his family, boarded the plane for the cross-country trip to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

On Sunday, students, staff and visitors had flocked to Bush’s presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University, with thousands of mourners paying their respects at a weekend candlelight vigil at a nearby pond and others contributing to growing flower memorials at Bush statues at both the library and a park in downtown Houston.

“I think he was one of the kindest, most generous men,” said Marge Frazier, who visited the downtown statue on Sunday while showing friends from California around.

A similar outpouring is anticipated in Washington this week during the state funeral for Bush, who died late Friday at his home in Houston. He was 94.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public visitation from Monday through Wednesday. An invitation-only funeral service is set for Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are to attend. Bush’s family has not said who will speak at the service. Former President Jimmy Carter also will be there.

Afterward, Bush will be returned to Houston to lie in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church before burial Thursday at his family plot on the library grounds. His final resting place will be alongside Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukemia in 1953 at age 3.

Bush’s casket was to arrive in Washington on Monday afternoon aboard the U.S. military airplane. The crew was tasked by Trump with carrying out “Special Air Mission 41,” a reference to Bush’s place in the roster of America’s presidents.

Retired Gen. Colin Powell, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was Bush’s top military adviser, said Bush was the “perfect American” for serving his country in so many different capacities and should be remembered for “a life of quality, a life of honor, a life of honesty, a life of total concern for the American people.”

“He was a patriot. He demonstrated that in war, he demonstrated that in peace. He was able to demonstrate that in his four years of service,” Powell said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Trump has ordered the federal government closed Wednesday for a national day of mourning. Flags on public buildings are flying at half-staff for 30 days out of respect for Bush.

Trump, who has not always uttered kind words about the Bush family, offered nothing but praise in the hours after the former president’s death was announced.

“He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family,” Trump said Saturday while in Argentina. “One thing that came through loud and clear, he was very proud of his family and very much loved his family. So he was a terrific guy and he’ll be missed.”

Bush’s passing puts him back in the Washington spotlight after more than two decades living the relatively low-key life of a former president. His death also reduces membership in the ex-presidents’ club to four: Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

One of Bush’s major achievements was assembling the international military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading neighbor Iraq in 1991. The war lasted just 100 hours. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island. He had joined the Navy when he turned 18.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, and forged the longest presidential marriage in U.S. history. Bush enrolled at Yale University after military service, becoming a scholar-athlete and captaining the baseball team to two College World Series before graduating Phi Beta Kappa after just 2 1/2 years.

After moving to Texas to work in the oil business, Bush turned his attention to politics in the 1960s. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the CIA and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.

Soon after he reached the height of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, with public approval ratings that are the envy of today’s politicians, the U.S. economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great communicator – something even he acknowledged – was out of touch with ordinary people.

He was denied a second term by Arkansas Gov. Clinton, who would later become a close friend. The pair worked together to raise tens of millions of dollars for victims of a 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and of Hurricane Katrina, which swamped New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005.

“Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?” he joked in 2005.

In a recent essay, Clinton declared of Bush: “I just loved him.”


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WASHINGTON – Americans will begin saying goodbye to former President George H.W. Bush on Monday when his body arrives in Washington for public viewing in the Capitol Rotunda – a rare honor that will be bestowed on a man who earned the respect and admiration of many with his leadership, bravery and grace.

The public viewing will kick off four days of events that will include a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral on Wednesday and a private service at Bush’s longtime church in Houston on Thursday. But tributes from leaders around the world have been pouring in since his death Friday night.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called him “a perfect American” for how “he served the country in so many capacities.”

“He never forgot who he was,” Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Bush’s presidency, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “He never let it all go to his head. He was a man of great humility.”

Bush, who died at his Houston home at age 94, will be buried Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

In Washington, D.C., he will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda from 7:30 p.m. Monday to 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. President Donald Trump, who ordered federal offices closed for a national day of mourning on Wednesday, is to attend with first lady Melania Trump and other high-ranking officials.

James Baker, Bush’s former chief of staff and secretary of state, called his boss’s tenure in office “a consequential presidency” because of his foreign policy achievements.

“Yes, he’s a one-term president … but he is going to be and was a very consequential one-term president. And I would argue far and away the best one-term president we’ve ever had,” Baker told ABC’s “This Week.”

Bush’s crowning achievement as president was assembling the international military coalition that liberated the tiny, oil-rich nation of Kuwait from invading Iraq in 1991 in a war that lasted just 100 hours. He also presided over the end of the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

At the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was raised in East Germany, told reporters she likely would never have become her country’s leader had Bush not pressed for the nation’s reunification in 1990.

A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over Japan. He enlisted in the Navy on his 18th birthday.

Shortly before leaving the service, he married his 19-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce, in a union that lasted until her death earlier this year.

“He knew what combat was all about,” Powell said on “This Week.” “He knew that combat meant the death of people, people on your side and people on the other side. And so he wanted to avoid a war.”

Bush turned his attention to politics in the 1960s, being elected to his first of two terms in Congress in 1967. He would go on to serve as ambassador to the United Nations and China, head of the CIA and chairman of the Republican National Committee before being elected to two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president.

Soon after he reached the zenith of his political popularity following the liberation of Kuwait, the U.S. economy began to sour and voters began to believe that Bush, never a great orator, was out of touch with ordinary people. He lost his bid for re-election to then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who would later become a close friend.

It wasn’t only former political rivals Bush found easy to befriend.

Roberto Molina, whose family owns Molina’s Cantina, one of Bush’s favorite Tex-Mex restaurants in Houston, said he remembers Bush’s kindness to his staff whenever he would stop by to eat.

“No matter which party you’re affiliated with, everybody seemed to say the same things about President Bush,” Molina said. “He was a down-to-earth person, approachable, and just a good man.”


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          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: On the Brink of WWIII - Why the U.S. is in Syria and How it Dominates Militarily with Space Technology      Cache   Translate Page      
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Travellers on Dec 2 flight from Kuwait to Ahmedabad find baggage missing; airline claims payload limitations forced them to leave bags
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          Houthi-delegasjon ankom Sverige      Cache   Translate Page      
Houthi-opprørernes utsendinger kom tirsdag til Sverige hvor det skal være fredssamtaler med partene i borgerkrigen i Jemen. De kom med et kuwaitisk fly fra opprørerkontrollerte Sana. Om bord var også FNs spesialutsending til Jemen, Martin Griffiths.
          The Cemetery of banned Books: Censorship in Kuwait      Cache   Translate Page      

As the staggering list of banned books in Kuwait becomes public, Esmee Samsworth discusses the impacts of censorship on literature and politics

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          How George H.W. Bush Set the U.N. Up for Post-Cold War Success—and Failure      Cache   Translate Page      
George H.W. Bush grasped the U.N.’s importance like no other U.S. president before or since. Bush turned to the Security Council to resolve crises from Kuwait to Somalia, putting the U.N. at the center of the post-Cold War order. But he also sowed the seeds for big-power tensions at the U.N. that persist to this day.

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          Reis, príncipes, presidentes e ex-presidentes se despedem de Bush      Cache   Translate Page      

O funeral do ex-presidente dos Estados Unidos George H. W. Bush (1989-1993), de 94 anos, morto no último dia 30, reuniu hoje (5), em Washtington, alguns dos principais líderes políticos estrangeiros. A chanceler da Alemanha, Angela Merkel, e o príncipe Charles, além do presidente norte-americano, Donald Trump, o ex-presidente Barack Obama e a ex-secretária de Estado Hillary Clinton.

Também compareceram à cerimônia, na Catedral Nacional de Washington, o rei da Jordânia, Abdullah II, o ex-emir do Catar Hamad bin Khalifa al Zani, pai do atual líder do país, de acordo uma lista divulgada pelo porta-voz da família Bush, Jim McGrath.

No funeral estiveram presentes os ex-presidentes Lech Walesa (Polônia), Carlos Salinas (México), Aníbal Cavaco Silva (Portugal), Toomas Hendrik Ilves (Estônia) e os ex-primeiros-ministros John Major (Reino Unido), Nasser al Mohammed al Ahmed al Sabah (Kuwait) e Yasuo Fukuda (Japão), segundo o porta-voz da família Bush.

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Funeral do ex-presidente George H. W. Bush - Doug Mills/Pool

Cerimônia

O ex-presidente George W. Bush acompanhou o caixão do pai, que estava sendo velado no Capitólio até a Catedral Nacional de Washington. Ele deve fazer o principal discurso.
Depois da cerimônia, o caixão do ex-presidente será levado ao Texas.

O corpo de George H. W. Bush será enterrado ao lado de sua mulher, Barbara, na Biblioteca Bush, que fica na cidade College Station, também no estado do Texas.

Constrangimento

Donald Trump cumprimentou seu antecessor, Barack Obama, mas não fez o mesmo com a adversária nas eleições de 2016, Hillary Clinton. O encontro entre Trump e Obama foi a primeira interação conhecida entre ambos desde a transferência de poder em 20 de janeiro de 2017, há quase dois anos.

Na primeira fila do funeral do ex-presidente, estavam os ex-líderes democratas Barack Obama, Bill Clinton (1993-2001) e Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) ao lado de suas mulheres Michelle, Hillary e Rosalynn. Trump e a primeira-dama, Melania, chegaram pouco depois e se sentaram na mesma fila, ao lado de Obama.

Gentileza

Bush presenteou Michelle Obama com um doce, retribuição do gesto que ela teve com ela no funeral do senador democrata John Mcain. A ex-primeira-dama sorriu e descreveu o ex-presidente como amigo e um "homem maravilhoso" por quem tem muito carinho, especialmente pelo seu senso do humor.

O gesto entre ambos no funeral de McCain viralizou porque os americanos "estão ávidos" por contemplar momentos como esses, que demonstrem "que o partido político não divide" o povo, opinou Michelle Obama em entrevista em outubro.

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          I called George Bush a ‘wimp’ on the cover of Newsweek. Why I was wrong.      Cache   Translate Page      

I called George Bush a ‘wimp’ on the cover of Newsweek. Why I was wrong.In October 1987, when George H.W. Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, Newsweek magazine ran a cover story titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’” The article did not quite come out and declare that Bush was a weakling, and it noted that Bush’s own advisers were worried about the “wimp” label. In 1991, he had the courage to abandon his own “read my lips” vow and instead raise taxes in the cause of restoring fiscal sanity to the federal budget, left badly out of whack by his predecessor, Ronald Reagan. It cost him a second term in office, which he had almost surely earned by bringing the Cold War to a successful, peaceful conclusion and by driving Iraq from Kuwait in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm.



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          12/2/2018: Classified Obituaries: George HW Bush: US president who drove Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait 1924-2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Leaders gather to bid their last farewell to George H W Bush      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Dec 5 (ANI): World leaders and scores of mourners gathered in Washington to bid goodbye to the late 41st President of the United States George H W Bush at the state funeral on Wednesday.

Since Monday, thousands of mourners have paid their respects to the former President, who had once asked "Do you think anyone will come?" when he was briefed in 2011 about his eventual state funeral, according to his spokesman, Jim McGrath.

His casket was taken from Capitol Rotunda to the Washington National Cathedral in a motorcade, while complete state honours were accorded to the late former President, including a 21-gun salute and cannons.

The Bush family, led by former President and H W Bush's son George Bush, was present at the Capitol Rotunda, hands over their hearts, as his casket was loaded onto the hearse.

Thousands of citizens lined the streets in remembrance of the stalwart as the Presidential hearse passed the lanes of Washington on December 5, the national day of mourning across the country.

Over 3,000 people have gathered at the cathedral, including the Bush family, incumbent US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump, former US Presidents and former First Ladies, including Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton along with world leaders like King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan.

Four eulogies, two readings, and numerous hymns are a part of the funeral programme, including a eulogy by the late President's son, former US President George W Bush. Several musical pieces will be performed by the Armed Forces Orchestra and the United States Marine Orchestra.

Trump had earlier marked the day as a "day of celebration" on Twitter by stating, "Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"

The stalwart, who passed away on November 30, is known for his contributions towards the nation as the 41st President of the United States of America, including steering the nation's foreign policy in the wake of the disintegration of the USSR in 1991 while ushering in a 'new world order'.

He had also ordered the invasion of Kuwait to drive out Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and formed a UN-backed 30-nation coalition for the task in 1990.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron had earlier paid their obeisance to the leader and offered their condolences to the Bush family.

Meanwhile, former First Lady Michelle Obama canceled a few dates of her book tour to attend Bush senior's funeral on Wednesday. (ANI)


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It's a fine day for the idea of bipartisanship, as all the somber editorials remember what a swell guy George H.W. Bush supposedly was, reaching out to both parties for bipartisan consensus now and then, at least when it came to confirming David Souter and going to war in Kuwait. (Let's not talk about the cramming of Clarence Thomas unto America's throat.) To mark the passing of Poppy Bush, that gentle statesman, the Republican legislatures in Michigan and Wisconsin, where the GOP held on to legislative majorities through the magic pixie dust of extreme gerrymandering, are doing their best to demonstrate that the era of 'peaceful transfer of power' truly has gone straight down the shitter. Both legislatures are using special lame-duck sessions to wrest as much power away from the Democrats who voters foolishly elected last month before they take office and start appointing members of MS-13 to your local school board.

Fine, so maybe it's more of a tribute to the Lee Atwater side of ol' Poppy.

So far, the fuckery in Michigan has just been getting started, since Republicans there were busy getting ready to screw with voter-passed initiatives they didn't like. With that important correction of the voters' silly mistakes taken care of, now the Rs can focus on more efforts to provide an undertow to the Blue Wave. With Democrats set to become governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, the Rs want to shift some of the powers of each office to the legislature, because after all, those Democrats might govern wrong:


First is a bill that would allow the legislature to intervene in any legal proceedings involving state laws that the governor and attorney general may be reluctant to defend. A separate proposal would shift oversight of campaign finance law from the secretary of state to a six-person commission with members nominated by the state Republican and Democratic parties, a move that would produce deadlock in handling those issues, likely entrenching a status quo shaped by Republican officials.

That was just the start of the power-grab wish list; in addition, Republicans in the state House introduced bills to create a commission that would have authority over the state's schools, as Bridge Michigan explains:

In essence, it would serve as a shadow State Board of Education that would not be accountable to the incoming governor, the elected State Board of Education or the state Department of Education.

And, apparently, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is all in on stacking the commission with his appointees before his Democratic successor takes office.

And the bills' sponsor, Republican state Rep. Tim Kelly, is completely open about his desire to subvert the stupid voters' choices, because the educational establishment is useless, useless:

"The state board is not doing their jobs," Kelly said. "It's time to move forward."

Many more details at the full article; it's a really inspiring look at how one plucky rightwinger can dick over an entire state function!

Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer's transition team issued a statement saying, essentially, this aggression will not stand, man, but if these things pass and Rick Snyder signs 'em, get ready for a whole lotta lawsuits following her inauguration. Assuming it's allowed to go forward.

The real action is across Lake Michigan and down in Wisconsin, where the Republican-held legislature held an all-night session and ultimately passed a whole bunch of bills aimed at limiting Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and AG-elect Josh Kaul from doing their jobs too good. For a nice sense of just how exhausting the whole exercise in subverting democracy felt, see this excellent Twitter thread by Madison Capital-Times reporter Jessie Opoien, who was there for a grueling 23.5-hour shift and managed to write at least two separate articles about what the bastards passed, all while in the midst of the whole shitfest. Salute!

So what did the bastards force through? Around midnight (11 p.m. in the Senate, then a bit after midnight in the House), the Republicans brought forth their first Festivus miracle, a bill to force work requirements for "able-bodied, childless adults under age 50" who are enrolled in the state's Medicaid alternative, BadgerCare Plus, which does not actually cover veterinary care for real badgers. Evers had said he's considering ending the policy, but if Scott Walker signs the bill, tough tootsierolls for Evers, haha -- the bill would give the legislature's Joint Finance Committee power to approve or deny waivers for federal healthcare programs, taking that power away from the governor. In addition, the bill would require some childless adults on BadgerCare to pay premiums, and would charge them for non-emergency visits to ER's, because Republicans are sick of people living the high life on the public dime.

In the wee small hours of the morning, the House and Senate voted to restrict the powers of the governor and AG to pursue or to drop lawsuits. This one is aimed at preventing Evers and Kaul from enacting a central campaign promise they'd both run on, removing Michigan from that stupid multi-state lawsuit aimed at overturning Obamacare. You know, the one that made every Republican pretend they actually support protections for preexisting conditions? If Walker signs that load of elephant bollocks, Wisconsin will have to continue as a plaintiff in a lawsuit that's so bad that three DOJ attorneys withdrew from working on the case (and one resigned) rather than have their names associated with it.

The bill would also allow the legislature to hire private attorneys to defend state laws in court, to prevent the nasty liberals from not vigorously defending Republican priorities. You're damned right that was included out of residual pissiness over other states' decisions not to defend anti-gay marriage laws a few years back. In addition, there was some voter suppression tossed in at the same time, limiting early voting to two weeks prior to a general election (a restriction passed previously, but overturned in federal court). The same bill also restricted the governor's ability to appoint the leadership of Wisconsin's economic development commission, and prohibits Evers from imposing any restrictions on carrying guns in the state Capitol. Guns are a Republican worship object, and his profane hands will not touch them! To top things off, Evers's administration will be limited in its ability to create rules on how state law will be carried out.

UPDATE: One bit of fuckery the Wisconsin Lege didn't manage: before the "extraordinary session," there were plans afoot to change the date of the state's 2020 presidential primary to separate it from a state election in April of that year, in hopes that Dems flocking to the presidential primary would ignore the reelection of a very conservative state Supreme Court judge. I asked Cap Times reporter Jessie Opoien in a Twitter direct message what happened to that, and she says, "They did not end up changing it. I think that bill is dead at this point." Yr Dok Zoom, just going above and beyond, for YOU.

For laughs, House Speaker Robin Vos took to the Twitter machine early this morning to declare this wasn't a Republican power grab. Heck no! It's merely an absolutely necessary effort aimed at "ensuring equal branches of government exist in #Wisconsin especially during this time of divided government," don't you see? Odd the Rs never found that necessary during Walker's terms, when equal branches of government were no big. Historian Kevin Kruse celebrated Vos's bold step into the history books of tomorrow:

Of course, Wisconsin and Michigan legislators only need to pass their marathon bills in the lame duck session because they'll still have Scott Walker and Rick Snyder to sign their little power grabs. Despite being spectacularly outvoted in both states, the Republicans held on to their majorities.

Michigan:

State House Dem candidates received a total of 2,092,164 votes in the 2018 midterm. Republicans received 1,917,150 votes — an advantage of about 175,000 for Democratic candidates.

Still, Republicans will hold a 58-52 majority in the State House during the next term.

In the State Senate, our preliminary count found Democrats received 2,062,494 votes while Republicans received 1,945,209 — an advantage of about 117,300 for Dems. Still, the GOP will hold a 22-16 majority next term.

And Wisconsin:

For the sake of perspective, state Sen. Fred Risser said as the marathon of malgovernance ground to a close, "The Republicans this year are very poor losers … they're trying to undo what the voters have done." And he'd know -- he was first elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 1956.

Of course, if you really want to take the very long view, you could check out historian Eric Rauchway's new book Winter War, which is not about Valley Forge or the Battle of the Bulge, but about, in part, how Republicans went apoplectic -- and apocalyptic -- during the lame duck session of Congress when that socialist monster FDR was about to take office. And as everyone now knows, they were right: The nation didn't survive and we are all dead, the end.

[Nation / Atlantic / Slate / Bridge Michigan / Madison Capital Times / Capital Times / Jessie Opoien on Twitter]

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Patrick Martin has a great article at WSWS on the passing of War Criminal George HW Bush but what I want to highlight from it is one of the comments:


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Just as a matter of record I wonder how much the George H.W. Bush funeral spectacle is costing the taxpayers. We cannot afford Medicare for all but we can afford to squander unlimited taxpayer dollars to parade around and ultimately drop in a hole in the ground the putrid corpse of the man who put Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court.



  • That's a solid point.  How much taxpayer money is going to be wasted on these ceremonial events for a bastard who should have died years ago?

    A national day of mourning?  What are we?  A third world nation?  Day of mourning for a War Criminal who was awful to Americans and even worse to those around the world.

    I'm not mourning and I'm not going to join in the pretense that Bush did anything worthy of applause.

    This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot " for Monday:


    Monday, December 3, 2018.  As the Iraq War continues, a War Criminal passes away.


    Over the weekend, War Criminal George HW Bush went off to spend the rest of his days with Satan.  While the corporate media -- and some appalling liars in the Democratic Party -- tried to spit polish the War Criminal, even non-stop swiping of the tongues could not wash the blood of so many innocents off Poppy Bush.

    On Twitter, the especially stupid insisted Poppy Bush had never gone to war with Iraq (the Gulf War was never heard of by their 'beautiful' minds) and insisted that the family must be allowed to grieve in a criticism free environment.

    The Bush Crime Family?

    That's who we're talking about.  No sympathy for any of the victims, any of the innocents, but how dare you call a War Criminal a "War Criminal" when his teary eyed and greedy relatives hadn't yet divided up the spoils?  The Bush Crime Family excelled at the kind of cons Moms Mabley takes on in Stan Lathan's AMAZING GRACE.  And, as she notes in the movie, they've got the TV and the radio and the newspapers.  All we have is the truth.


    The Bush Crime Family.  Prescott Bush -- Poppy's father -- flirted with overthrowing FDR and, of course, heavy petted with the Nazis.  In 2004, Ben Aris and Duncan Campbell (GUARDIAN) reported:

    George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
    The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.
    His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.

    The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. 


    And on FDR, Scott Horton (HARPER'S) explained in 2007:

    In November 1934, federal investigators uncovered an amazing plot involving some two dozen senior businessmen, a good many of them Wall Street financiers, to topple the government of the United States and install a fascist dictatorship. Roth’s novel is developed from several strands of this factual account; he assumed the plot is actually carried out, whereas in fact an alert FDR shut it down but stopped short of retaliatory measures against the plotters. A key element of the plot involved a retired prominent general who was to have raised a private army of 500,000 men from unemployed veterans and who blew the whistle when he learned more of what the plot entailed. The plot was heavily funded and well developed and had strong links with fascist forces abroad. A story in the New York Times and several other newspapers reported on it, and a special Congressional committee was created to conduct an investigation. The records of this committee were scrubbed and sealed away in the National Archives, where they have only recently been made available.
    The Congressional committee kept the names of many of the participants under wraps and no criminal action was ever brought against them. But a few names have leaked out. And one is Prescott Bush, the grandfather of the incumbent president. Prescott Bush was of course deep into the business of the Hamburg-America Lines, and had tight relations throughout this period with the new Government that had come to power in Germany a year earlier under Chancellor Aldoph Hitler. It appears that Bush was to have formed a key liaison for the group with the new German government.

    Prescott Bush, of course, went on to service as a U.S. Senator from Connecticut, and his son, George H.W. Bush emerged from World War II as a hero.


    The Bush Crime Family.

    Let's move over to Poppy Bush.  Let's start with the rumors.  This is a man so vile, no one blinked an eye when it was rumored he was behind the shooting of then-President Ronald Reagan.  Books have since been written of the allegation. Poppy Bush?  I don't know why others cal him Poppy Bush.  I call him that -- and have for decades -- because of the rumors that he was a pedophile who preyed on kids.  He is that disgusting.


    As Elaine noted over the weekend of Poppy's death:



    I'm not crying.

    In the media lies that will follow, will anyone note the front page headline that most remember from that time?


    george w bush a homosexual and pedophile 11


    Probably not.


    The prostitution inquiry was said to involve both men and underage boys.  There was also the Larry King scandal (not the talk show host).  But the whispers around Poppy Bush were loud and maybe it was living where I did (the Bay Area) where his mistress (not Jennifer, the other one) lived on a house boat made the rumors fly a little more?  Who knows?

    But the rumors also included that he was part of the conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy and that he was in Dallas at the time.  He insisted that must have been some other George Bush.

    But he is so vile that these rumors and much more never seemed implausible.

    In the 80s, in Reagan's second term, I was asked by a friend with THE POST why I loathed Bush so much when I disagreed with Reagan?  Reagan did a lot that I feel was wrong.  But that's normal when you are on opposite ends of the political spectrum.  When it came to Poppy Bush, my problem was that you got the feeling he would sell his own mother to the Saudi royals if he thought it would advance him in any way.

    Willie Horton.

    It is appalling that in the so-called #MeToo environment, we're embracing a racist.  That is what Poppy Bush was.  You don't use a scare tactic, a racial scare tactic, in an attempt to win the presidential race in 1988 and get to pretend you didn't.  It was his campaign.  He could have stopped it at any time.  He could have prevented it.  But he went with it and he embraced it.  And it's so very telling of how far we have not come that in 2018 a racist is being mourned.

    So much of his history -- all?  - requires that we rebuke him, not mourn him.  Let's note the late Robert Parry (CONSORTIUM NEWS):

    Though the circumstances are obviously quite different, Philby’s recognition that his patrician birth and his powerful connections gave him extraordinary protections could apply to George H.W. Bush and his forceful denials of any role in the Iran-Contra scandal – he falsely claimed to be “out of the loop” – and also the October Surprise issue, whether the Reagan-Bush dealings with Iran began in 1980 with the obstruction of President Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free 52 U.S. Embassy hostages seized by Iranian radicals on Nov. 4, 1979.
    Carter’s failure to secure the hostages’ release before the U.S. election, which fell exactly one year later, doomed his reelection chances and cleared the way for Reagan and the Republicans to gain control of both the White House and the Senate. The hostages were only released after Reagan was sworn in as President on Jan. 20, 1981, and as Bush became Vice President.
    We now know that soon after the Reagan-Bush inauguration, clandestine U.S.-approved arms shipments were making their way to Iran through Israel. An Argentine plane carrying one of the shipments crashed in July 1981 but the incriminating circumstances were covered up by Reagan’s State Department, according to then-Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East Nicholas Veliotes, who traced the origins of the arms deal back to the 1980 campaign.
    This hard-to-believe reality – that the tough-guy Reagan-Bush administration was secretly shipping weapons to Iran after Tehran’s mullahs had humiliated the United States with the hostage crisis – remained a topic for only occasional Washington rumors until November 1986 when a Beirut newspaper published the first article describing another clandestine shipment. That story soon expanded into the Iran-Contra Affair because some of the arm sales profits were diverted to the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Contra rebels.
    For Bush, the emergence of this damaging scandal, which could have denied him his own shot at the White House, was time to test out his ability to “deny everything.” So, he denied knowing that the White House had been secretly running a Contra resupply operation in defiance of Congress, even though his office and top aides were in the middle of everything. Regarding the Iran arms deals, Bush insisted publicly he was “out of the loop.”
    Behind closed doors where he ran the risk of perjury charges, Bush was more forthcoming. For instance, in non-public testimony to the FBI and the Iran-Contra prosecutor, “Bush acknowledged that he was regularly informed of events connected with the Iran arms sales.” [See Special Prosecutor’s Final Iran-Contra Report, p. 473]

    But Bush’s public “out of the loop” storyline, more or less, held up going into the 1988 presidential election. The one time when he was directly challenged with detailed Iran-Contra questions was in a live, on-air confrontation with CBS News anchor Dan Rather on Jan. 25, 1988.

    Let's stay with Parry to note this from 2000, on how Poppy Bush covered up for terrorism:


    In early fall of 1976, after a Chilean government assassin had killed a Chilean dissident and an American woman with a car bomb in Washington, D.C., George H.W. Bush’s CIA leaked a false report clearing Chile’s military dictatorship and pointing the FBI in the wrong direction.
    The bogus CIA assessment, spread through Newsweek magazine and other U.S. media outlets, was planted despite CIA’s now admitted awareness at the time that Chile was participating in Operation Condor, a cross-border campaign targeting political dissidents, and the CIA’s own suspicions that the Chilean junta was behind the terrorist bombing in Washington.
    In a 21-page report to Congress on Sept. 18, 2000, the CIA officially acknowledged for the first time that the mastermind of the terrorist attack, Chilean intelligence chief Manuel Contreras, was a paid asset of the CIA.
    The CIA report was issued almost 24 years to the day after the murders of former Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and American co-worker Ronni Moffitt, who died on Sept. 21, 1976, when a remote-controlled bomb ripped apart Letelier’s car as they drove down Massachusetts Avenue, a stately section of Washington known as Embassy Row.
    In the report, the CIA also acknowledged publicly for the first time that it consulted Contreras in October 1976 about the Letelier assassination. The report added that the CIA was aware of the alleged Chilean government role in the murders and included that suspicion in an internal cable the same month.

    “CIA’s first intelligence report containing this allegation was dated 6 October 1976,” a little more than two weeks after the bombing, the CIA disclosed.
    Nevertheless, the CIA – then under CIA Director George H.W. Bush – leaked for public consumption an assessment clearing the Chilean government’s feared intelligence service, DINA, which was then run by Contreras.
    Relying on the word of Bush’s CIA, Newsweek reported that “the Chilean secret police were not involved” in the Letelier assassination. “The [Central Intelligence] agency reached its decision because the bomb was too crude to be the work of experts and because the murder, coming while Chile’s rulers were wooing U.S. support, could only damage the Santiago regime.” [Newsweek, Oct. 11, 1976]

    Bush, who later became the 41st president of the United States (and is the father of the 43rd president), has never explained his role in putting out the false cover story that diverted attention away from the real terrorists. Nor has Bush explained what he knew about the Chilean intelligence operation in the weeks before Letelier and Moffitt were killed.


    We could go on and on.  Poppy Bush was so vile that nothing could emerge at this point that would shock anyone.

    He started the Gulf War with lies.  There was no need for it.  Then-Senator Al Gore was against it.  So, even in the lead up, were a large number of Americans -- at least 48% felt that the US government was wrongly rushing off to war.  But Poppy wanted his war.  He knew lies were the way to get it, so he had a young woman pretend to be a hospital volunteer (she was from the royal family in Kuwait) lie to the world in front of a Congressional caucus that Iraqi soldiers were tossing babies out of incubators in Kuwait -- hundreds of babies.  It was a lie and it was used to sell the war and only after it was over did Americans learn that the testimony and the identity of the 'witness' had all been lies.


    Lies is what the media's offering now.  The Bush crime Family has always been so very good at spinning.  Here's Joan Didion from THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS in 1988:

    In August of 1986 George Bush, traveling in his role as vice-president of the United States and accompanied by his staff, the Secret Service, the traveling press, and a personal camera crew wearing baseball caps reading “Shooters, Inc.,” and working on a $10,000 retainer paid by a Bush PAC called the Fund for America’s Future, spent several days in Israel and Jordan. The schedule in Israel included, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, shoots at the Western Wall, at the Holocaust memorial, at David Ben-Gurion’s tomb, and at thirty-two other locations chosen to produce campaign footage illustrating that George Bush was, as Marlin Fitzwater, at that time the Bush press secretary, put it, “familiar with the issues.”
    The Shooters, Inc., crew did not go on to Jordan (there was, an official explained to the Los Angeles Times, “nothing to be gained from showing him schmoozing with Arabs”), but the Bush advance team had nonetheless directed, in Amman, considerable attention toward improved visuals for the traveling press. The advance team had requested, for example, that the Jordanian army marching band change its uniforms from white to red; that the Jordanians, who did not have enough helicopters to transport the press, borrow some from the Israeli air force; that, in order to provide the color of live military action behind the Vice-President, the Jordanians stage maneuvers at a sensitive location overlooking Israel and the Golan Heights; that the Jordanians raise the American flag over its base there; that Bush be photographed looking through binoculars studying “enemy territory,” a shot ultimately vetoed by the State Department since the “enemy territory” at hand was Israel; and, possibly the most arresting detail, that camels be present at every stop on the itinerary.
    Some months later I happened to be in Amman, and mentioned reading about this Bush trip to several American embassy officials. They could have, it was agreed, “cordially killed” the reporters in question, particularly Charles P. Wallace from the Los Angeles Times, but the reports themselves had been accurate. “You didn’t hear this, but they didn’t write half of it,” one said.


    Iraq suffered under Poppy Bush and under Bully Boy Bush and it continues to suffer today:


    Forward deployed to Iraq and providing the core of the Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve headquarters, the of XVIII Airborne Corps are supporting our partners in the fight against ISIS. Stay up to date with the .






    That's right, US forces remain in Iraq.

    Barack Obama in 2008 (and Nancy Pelosi in 2006) campaigned on the promise to get all US troops out of Iraq.  Never happened, did it?

    When do US troops get to leave?

    When is the war over?

    When ISIS is defeated?  That still hasn't happened.


    ISIS never left Iraq and, despite then-prime minister Hayder al-Abadi's claim in December 2017, was never vanquished. Now, PBS reports, it "has risen again at the nexus of four provinces, Kirkuk, Salahuddin, Diyala and Sulaimania."  From THE NEWSHOUR report:





  • DLER GHAZI:
    ISIS will always exist in Iraq and in Syria, and that's because of the political instability in the region.
  • SIMONA FOLTYN:
    Dler Ghazi works for the Kurdish counter-terrorism service. He was in charge of security in Tuz Khurmatu for ten years until the Iraqi Government forced his unit to withdraw last October. I met him in the Kurdish city of Suleimania.
  • DLER GHAZI:
    The presence of ISIS in our area is because of the security vacuum between us, the government of Iraqi Kurdistan, and the government of Iraq. And in addition there's a political crisis between us that has allowed such groups to spring up between our borders.
  • SIMONA FOLTYN:
    Ghazi agrees to take us to the Kurdish areas that have been most affected by ISIS' resurgence.
  • DLER GHAZI:
    This is the last outpost, a little bit further it's ISIS. These guys are volunteers, they are from Tuz Khurmatu and the area. They are volunteering to defend this region from ISIS.




  • SIMONA FOLTYN:
    There's no doubt that ISIS has exploited the conflict between the Kurds and the Shia-led government in Baghdad. To find out just how much control the militants have managed to assert over civilians, I travel to rural areas near the Sunni town of Hawija. Hawija was an ISIS stronghold for three years, and was one of the last towns security forces freed in october 2017. Soon after, the government declared victory over ISIS in Iraq. Now, less than a year after Hawija was retaken by the Iraqi government, ISIS has regrouped and is terrorizing the population.




  • And ISIS continues to launch attacks such as the one noted by Baxtiyar Goran.




    ISIS launched two separate attacks on the Iraqi security forces near ’s Rashad sub-district tonight, 2 security personnel/civil killed and 4 others wounded.



    And there's also the attack in Falluja.





    : Increasing activity in the area of . Photos shows an squad storming a building of Iraqi army guards and killing all of them in north western Fallujah





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