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ANCIENT remains discovered at an archaeological site in Iraq confirm God sent a group of “aliens” to Earth, according to outrageous claims made in a documentary.
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US-backed Syria force announces final push against ISThe US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday it had begun the "final battle" to oust the Islamic State group from the last scrap of territory it holds in eastern Syria. IS overran large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a "caliphate" there, but various military offensives have reduced it to a fragment. Backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition against IS, the Kurdish-Arab alliance has in recent months cornered the jihadists in a final pocket of territory in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor.



          Consultant - Donor Reporting And Communication Officer      Cache   Translate Page      
Tenders are invited for Consultant - Donor Reporting and Communication Officer. Position Title : Consultant - Donor Reporting and Communication Officer Duty Station : Erbil, Iraq Classification : Consultant, Grade OTHE Type of Appointment : Special short-term ungraded, Six months Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible Closing Date : 18 February 2019 Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. Context: Under the direct supervision of the Programme Support Unit (PSU) Coordinator, and in close coordination with the Head of the Mission Coordination Unit, and Program Managers, IOM Iraq is looking to fill a six-month consultancy position for a Donor Reporting and Communication Officer. Skills in graphic design and relevant graphic design and reporting programs and applications will be highly considered. Core Functions / Responsibilities: 1. Coordinate the compilation of donor, project, program or thematic reports in coordination with Program Units; for project development, reporting and donor liaison purposes; this includes developing concise, monthly reports for key donor countries, highlighting IOM Iraq activities across different projects funded by the same donor. 2. Support the preparation of interim and final donor reports through consolidating and analysing data on programme implementation, including indicators. 3. Support fundraising actions by compiling and analysing information on donor policies and priorities and providing it to management; organising and attending donor/partner meetings and field site visits; and providing general administrative, coordination and technical support. 4. Keep accurate and pertinent records of all correspondence, project development and reporting files and administration information. 5. Perform such other duties as may be assigned. Tangible and Measurable Outputs of the Work Assignment 1. Create donor, project, program or thematic specific reports for key donor countries, highlighting IOM Iraq activities across different projects funded by the same donor. 2. Create partner/donor profiles and tracking tools for key donor countries; and provide general administrative, coordination and technical support for donor liaison. 3. Support the preparation of interim and final project reports through consolidating and analysing data on programme implementation, including indicators. 4. Keep accurate and pertinent records of all correspondence, reporting files and administration information. Performance indicators for evaluation of results Satisfactory completion of tasks indicated in the Terms of Reference (ToR). Required Qualifications and Experience: Education • University degree from an accredited academic institution with seven years of relevant professional experience. Experience • Knowledge and experience of regional issues an advantage; • Previous experience working with IOM and with UN specialized agencies an advantage; • Ensures application of institutional financial policies and guidelines; • Flexibility, motivation and commitment with the job as well as to work in team. Languages Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge in Kurdish and/or Arabic is an advantage. Desirable Competencies: Values • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible. • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct. • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges. Core Competencies – behavioural indicators • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results. • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes. • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate. • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work. • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way. HOW TO APPLY: The appointment is subject to funding confirmation. Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances. No late applications will be accepted. How to apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 18 February 2019 at the latest, referring to this advertisement. For further information, please refer to: http://www.iom.int/cms/en/sites/iom/home/about-iom-1/recruitment/how-to-... In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts online profiles duly completed. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. You can track the progress of your application on your personal application page in the IOM e-recruitment system. Posting period: From 05.02.2019 to 18.02.2019 Requisition: CON2019/10- Consultant - Donor Reporting and Communication Officer - Erbil, Iraq (55820186) Released Posting: Posting NC55820199 (55820199) Released
          A Reporter's Diary From Venezuela: "Insolent American Bastards Should Be Hanged On The First Tree"      Cache   Translate Page      

Via The Saker blog,

Reporter’s Diary from Venezuela.

Georgy Zotov (author of AIF weekly)

This is the personal view of the correspondent on today’s life of Caracas.

Translated by Scott

Day one...

Our Air France flight was grounded in Paris for 5 hours; no one wants to land in Venezuela in the middle of the night, due to the “dangerous criminal situation.” The airliner is half empty, the passengers, judging by nervous conversations, are only Venezuelans. A taxi driver, while leaving the airport, locks the doors, and sweetly warns that after dark, bandits scatter spikes on the roads and rob the stranded cars. “Oh, don’t worry, Amigo, I have an old car. They are not interested in old, cars.” That’s where you understand why Caracas is ranked first in the ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world. It’s too late for supper, but I at least want to exchange my US dollars for Venezuelan bolivars. I ask my cab driver. He violently shakes his head:

“No, no, no. I do not mess with such things, it’s illegal!”

“Whatever,” I laugh at him.

“Tomorrow, someone will take the dollars, maybe even with my hands torn off.” I was wrong…

The following morning, no one at the hotel wants to look at my dollars.

The hotel employee tells me to go to one of the official “exchange stores” but honestly adds: “only Americans, or complete jerks go there.”

In Venezuela, the official dollar exchange rate is 200 bolivars, and the “black market” exchange rate is 2,715. And if you exchange your currency in a bank, then according to this calculation, a bottle of ordinary water will cost 330 rubles, and a modest lunch in an inexpensive cafe—7,000 rubles per person. Judging by the stories on the Internet, in Venezuelan people should simply kill each other for dollars, but this is not the case.

There is also other things different from perception. On western news, it is shown that demonstrators fight with police daily, tens killed, hundreds wounded, the sea of blood. But in Caracas, all is quiet. In an afternoon, people are sitting in cafes and idly sipping rum with ice, while maintenance crews sweep the streets. It turns out that the world ‘s leading TV new sources (including CNN and the BBC) show some fantasy film about Venezuela. “Demonstrations?” yawns Alejandro, a street vendor selling corn. “Well, Saturday there will be one, sort of. On one end of the city will be a rally of opposition supporters, and on the other, Maduro supporters. The police keep them separate to prevent fights.”

Amazing.

You browse the Internet, you turn on the TV, and you see the revolution, the people dying on streets to overthrow the “evil dictator Maduro.” And you come here, and nobody cares.

Then it got even better. Never in my life have I had so many adventures while trying to exchange one currency for another. The country has a problem with cash money, long queues waiting for the ATM, and even the street dealers of “currency” have no “efectivo,” as they call cash. I wander inside a jewelry store and ask if they want some “green.” The answer is “No.” Everyone acts like law-abiding citizens. I am told that police recently started arresting people for private exchange, that’s why people don’t want to associate. One owner of the jewelry store almost agrees.

“What do you have? Dollars? No, I won’t take that.”

“Why now?”

“I take only the Euros …dollar, man, is the currency of the aggressor, they try to tell us how to live!”

Damn it! I have money in my pocket, and I can’t even buy lunch! Finally, a certain woman, nursing a baby in a workplace, very reluctantly agrees to exchange 2,200 bolivars for a “buck.” I want to curse her out, but I have to live somehow. Bolivars seem like a beautiful, unattainable currency, which hides all the benefits of the world, that’s why they are so hard to get. I’m nodding in agreement. The woman calls somewhere, and asks to wait. After 15 minutes she tells me that “there is a problem.” Of course, money is not to be found. Her man couldn’t withdraw them from the ATM, everywhere the ATMs are on a strict daily rate.

“President Maduro is fighting for the strengthening of the national currency,” explained the nursing mother. “We all use our cards to pay for everything.”

I don’t know how it works, but yesterday an exchange rate was 3,200 bolívars for 1 dollar, and today the “bucks” fell to 2,700. I have started to realize that in the very next few days I’ll starve to death with dollars in my pocket. A unique fate, perhaps, that has never happen in history.

In the next kiosk cash for gold place I am offered a plastic debit card loaded with local money, and then I would try my luck withdrawing bills from neighboring ATMs. “Or, maybe not, if you’re not lucky.” Well, of course. By the way, an attempt to buy a SIM card for the phone also fails. They don’t sell them to foreigners, you need a Venezuelan ID card. Yes, and I have nothing to pay for it. The feeling is that the dollar is a gift that no one wants. Sadly, I walk by stores. People come out of there with packages of eggs, bread, packs of butter. The range is not like in Moscow, of course, but again, if you believe the news on TV, Venezuela is suffering from a terrible famine, supermarkets are empty, and people are fighting each other for food. Nothing like that. There are queues, but not kilometers long. In general, television stations in the United States and Europe (and ours too) created their own Venezuela, drawn like a terrible cartoon. I walk into a cafe at random.

“Will you accept dollars for lunch?” I ask hopelessly.

“Yes, at the rate of “black market” they whispered to me.

“But the change will also be in dollars... sorry, no bolivars at all...we’ve been hunting for them ourselves for weeks.”

My first day in Venezuela is over. How unusual. I’ve been here for 24 hours, and I’ve not held a Bolivian bill in my hand. Oh, but there will be more...

Day two...

60 liters of gasoline here cost five cents, and a basket of basic food products - 50 rubles (about 90 cents).

“The gas station,” my driver reaches into his purse and takes out a banknote of 2 Bolivar. The exchange rate of the Venezuelan currency changes every day, and today it is 2,580 bolivars per one dollar. In Russian money, that is 10 cents. “We must now fill a full tank,” says the taxi driver. 60 liters of gasoline cost 1 bolívar, but we give the 2 bolivars bill, because there is no 1 bolivar bill.  I can’t believe that is a full tank of fuel costs FIVE CENTS?

“And how much can you even fill at this price?”

“Once a day for every citizen. And it’s enough for me.”

All the way to the center city, the driver scolds President Maduro, and tells me how much he loves America, and how it will be good when the “guy with mustache” is finally overthrow by the Americans.

I start to think that I don’t feel sorry for Maduro at all. He really corrupted en entire country with such generous handouts. And they willingly take, but no one says “thank you,” just that they want more and more.

On the street there is a long line into a “social supermarket,” a place you can buy 400 types of goods at the solid low prices. These shops were established by the late President Hugo Chavez “to fight inflation and protect the poor.” The stores are funded by the Venezuelan government. The buyer comes with a passport, gets a number, and waits in line until they are allowed to enter and buy a certain set of products. The selection isn’t very impressive, only the essentials: chicken, bananas, pineapples, sausages, milk. A box of these food items costs of equivalent of 50 rubles. CNN and the BBC show videos of Venezuelans wrapped in rolls of toilet paper and sadly wandering across the border with Colombia. The toilet paper is found in absolutely every store, and without any problems. I am once again simply amazed: Western TV news is something from Hollywood, they are not reporting but making fantasy blockbusters. On the BBC website I read that hungry Venezuelan children after school go to take a look at the street vendors cooking meat. I’ve been all over the town. Restaurants, cafes, eateries, during the lunch hour are crowded, and people look well-dressed. The mass hunger, the Western media paints for us, doesn’t exist in reality.

I take a few pictures inside the supermarket, and I am immediately approached by the workers or “Maduro followers.”

“It’s forbidden to take pictures here.”

“Is this a military facility?”

“Leave or we’ll call the police.”

“Listen, everywhere on TV they tell us that there is hunger in Venezuela. I want to prove that the reality is different.”

“We are not interested, we just work here: leave immediately!”

I started to understand perfectly well why Nicolas Maduro lost the information war. Hugo Chavez was often praised even in private conversations, but even Chavez supporters find little positive to say about Maduro.  When people protested against Hugo’s endless nominations as the head of state, he used to meet them with the open arms, smiling and saying : “Guys, what’s the problem? I’m your President, I love you, let’s sit down and talk!” Maduro doesn’t have this image of being one of the guys. He is not able to communicate with the public, and his assistants, like the employees of the social store, can only push and ban and threaten with the police.

On the streets, provincial farmers sell fruits and vegetables: mango, tomatoes, cucumbers. All about the same price of 25 rubles per kilogram. Here, a dozen eggs from street vendors is 4,800 bolivars or about 130 rubles, and that is not cheap. During the peak of oil prices, when a barrel of oil was sold for $150, Venezuela lived on the principle of a rich fool. To develop domestic production? No, what is that nonsense?  We can buy every triviality abroad. Even the managers of the oil production weren’t local, they hired specialists from Europe, and paid them a lot of money. Food imports into the country reached 95 percent. And now the situation is not too different. When I order my meal in a cafe (incidentally, still paying in dollars, all attempts to change dollars to bolivars failed), I get excellent pork. “Where is it from?” “From Colombia.” “And chicken?” “From Brazil, that’s why it’s so expensive.” Even flour for bread comes from neighboring Guyana. Chavez and his successor Maduro wanted to be “people’s presidents,” handing out money left and right. But then oil prices collapsed, food shortages began, and people rebelled. People demand as before: cheap food in supermarkets, gasoline for nothing, and they don’t want to hear anything more or less.

“Chavez was a great guy!” says a fan of the former president, 75-year-old Raul Romero, dressed in a red “chavist” shirt.

 “Maduro is nothing like him! There is speculators on the streets, he does nothing. In his time, Chavez arrested the dealers raising food  prices, closed their shops, confiscated land from landowners, and gave it to the people. We need a firm hand, a real dictatorship!”

In the TV world, Maduro is portrayed as a dictator and executioner, although in Venezuela, he is openly scolded for being meek; they draw cartoon of him, and insult him as much as they can. But who cares about the truth? Much more colorful to show the suffering for the toilet paper.

Day three...

“I got robbed by a COP for my phone. I’m talking on the cell phone outside, he walks over to me, pokes in my side with his gun. “Give me your mobile.” I don’t understand immediately, and automatically continue the conversation. He cocks his gun, and says, “Kill.” I give him my phone. It’s still good, I love being robbed by cops. They are not bandits from the “Barrios,” the poor neighborhoods in the mountains, who can shoot you first and then rummage your corpse’s pockets. I’m lucky, I’ve lived in Venezuela for 27 years and this was the first time I was “hop-stopped.” A lot of people get robbed every year.

I am talking to Mikhail, a citizen of Russia living in Venezuela since the beginning of the nineties. He helps me move around Caracas and instructs me on how to visit the local slums. “You don’t have protection? Oh, who would doubt that. Then leave your watch, phone, and camera at the hotel. Take some money for a taxi, you also have to have some cash in case you get ambushed, otherwise they might get offended and kill you. Sometimes, people get shot in an arm and a leg, that survivable.” After such a nice story, I still go to the “Barrios.” It is there that the supporters of President Nicolas Maduro mainly live. According to CNN and BBC, impoverished people in Venezuela are revolting against the government. Nothing can be further from the truth; it’s a wealthy middle class that goes to demonstrate. Maduro is applauded in poor neighborhoods, because the President gives their residents free food sets enough for a month and gives free (!) apartments. Formally, they belong to the state, but people live in them for generations.

“I will cut a throat for the President,” a heavily-tattooed man smiles menacingly, and introduces himself as Emilio.

“Who else would give me food and a ‘roof ‘ for free? He is our father and benefactor.”

Maduro deliberately does not touch such people, which is why crime in Caracas gushes over the edge. I am advised not to stop on the street to look at anything, but just to keep going, otherwise bandits will have time to look closely at me. That’s why they have constant robberies on the streets, plus the police and the national guard can easily take away your favorite things. No one can be happy about all these. “I love Russians,” told me the businessman Carlos while conversing over coffee near the Plaza de Bolivar.

But you’d better send Maduro economic advisers. Teach him a lesson! He doesn’t know anything about economy. He has one recipe for everything, to give more money to the poor, more free apartments, free food, free gasoline, to build a full communism here. But with this, sorry, any state would collapse.”

The opposition rally in the Western part of Caracas is huge, at least 100 thousand people gathered. The protesters are friendly to me, Russia here is respected. It is not considered an enemy. Zero aggression at all… and then I  wonder about what I see on CNN, videos of the opposition being rolled into a pancake by tanks. The police keep the neutrality, it disappears from the streets, to not give a cause to provocateurs. People are happily waving flying in the sky military helicopter. Many-in t-shirts with the American flag, a man passes by, holding a hand-written poster with the altered slogan of Donald Trump -“Make Venezuela great again.”

“Do you love the U.S.?”

“Yes, adore it!”

“I remember you already had a pro-American President in 1993, Carlos Andrés Pérez. He sharply raised the price of gasoline, 80% of the goods were imported, he drove the republic into billions of IMF debts. People went to demonstrations, and Pérez drowned them in blood, killing 2,000 people…then he fled to America.”

The man freezes, with his mouth open. Finally, he gets the gift of speech back.

“I hope this time the pro-American President will be different.”

“Are you sure?”

“Sorry, I have nothing to say.”

Asking the girl from the opposition how she feels about the US:

“The US is our neighbor, let them change the power here.”

“In countries where the US changed power like Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands people were killed. Are you ready for this?”

Again, she pauses and sighs.

“No, no, no. We are not Africa or Asia. All will go peacefully. Venezuelans will not kill each other.”

Where the opinions splits is the question of whether the free gasoline and free food packages will remain with an American-instilled government. Many are sincerely sure that the “freebies” will remain under a new president. How else? The minority that recognizes that state gifts will be canceled say that they at least “we will be free.” As I said, the protesters are mostly well-dressed, well-off people. By the way, the leader of the opposition, Juan Guido, also has no real economic program promising to “quadruple the oil production.” No one thinks that after that price will fall four times. In short, I get a feeling that neither the President, nor the opposition, know anything about the economy in Venezuela.

The demonstrations in support of Maduro take place at the other end of the city, to prevent the opponents from fighting.

“You Americans are insolent!” screamed an old woman in a red t-shirt rushing towards me.

“Bastards! You should be hanged on a first tree! Cheers to socialism!”

“I’m Russian, grandma.”

The old lady recoils.

“Sorry, please.”

“Don’t get that upset, senora.”

Many people gathered here are joyful, dancing and singing.

A soldier stands in front of me and doesn’t allow me to take any pictures. Not just me, but also other passers-by.

“You can’t take pictures here.”

“Says who?”

“President Maduro.”

No, Maduro is definitely doing everything he can to be disliked. Those gathering here are poor, blue-collared workers and farmers from the suburbs. I am interested , honestly, were you brought here on the busses? “Yes, he did!” says one grandfather, proudly displaying a portrait of Che Guevara.

“But I would walk here for Maduro! It’s a lie that we were paid to be here.”

Other people applaud him happily. I shake hands. “Russians are welcome! Venezuela loves you, you’re home.”

The day of rallies is over. The maintenance crews came to the sidewalk, strewn with plastic bottles, crumpled packs of cigarettes, and other debris left after by a cloud. At the entrance of an old house, old people drink coffee.

“They say that today some general has defected to the side of the opposition,” says one of them.

“Some significant person.”

“What’s this guy’s name?”

“Who knows?”

Venezuela is split in half. And the situation there may change at any moment.


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Bruce (The Big Call)


Even though it has been relatively quiet for a lot of people, what we have received has been very good for us.

...We did hear Iraq put their budget which was passed in the Gazette yesterday. I do not know if everything they have done has been released to the world yet which is fine. At this point it is a moot point. We are not waiting on Iraq for anything... Guess what? For them to have a budget and to have it passed, they had to have a new rate which they do. I know the rate which are on the screens at the banks now. I know the rate for the Dong now.

...I mean this is happening. The rates are there. They are live. They are pulsing at the regular intervals, making the changes relatively every 18 minutes. That is normal.

...I am excited for us, guys. I am very excited for what is coming... I am excited because everything is in position to go. We should be on our way shortly. Let’s see what happens.
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Frank26 (KTFA)

...we are very, very close! The RI of the Iraqi Dinar does not need the budget. The budget needs the reinstatement. That’s why everything is going before the reinstatement. That’s why it’s confusing to many people. They are doing this backwards because they have to. Everything is being set up...And that’s why the RI came out first and that’s why it’s positioned and that’s why they are International and about to make the announcement, IMO of course. The Iranian Central Bank is doing International transactions with Iraq with their own specific currencies. . ..There are a lot of things that are screaming International! Iraq is going in the right direction that the USA wants them to.
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Adam Montana

Article:
"Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met on Thursday with his Iraqi counterpart Adil Abdul-Mahdi in Baghdad."

Barzani meets with Mahdi re: HCL (?) "First visit... since the approval of (the budget)"... It's only been a week! This is moving, and fast.
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Mountain Goat

Article:
"RAISING ZEROS REDUCES THE MONETARY MASS AND NEEDS A DECISION FROM THE TOP"

Abdul Jalil is telling us in this article many important points.

1. the banks are now making money outside of the currency auctions (loans, mortgages, card fees, etc..) and perhaps it’s time not to solely rely on the spread of the currency exchange for bank revenues, thus they can eliminate the auctions and get the project to delete the zeros done now (which includes reinstate the dinar);

2. not raising the zeros complicate contracting with companies;

3. can hold up the funding for the reconstruction efforts;

4. Abdul Jalil is asking – Why did we do all this international banking reforms and comprehensive electronic banking reforms, if we are not going to raise the zeros from the currency? He alludes to the fact that he thought this was part of the reason for all this past work. So where is it then? Why is it taking so long. Do we need to get the GOI involved to force you to do it?

5. Abdul Jalil attitude on this article puts pressure on the CBI to respond. We all need some positive news on this project. WE have not heard anything from the CBI now for over 3 months. Abdul Jalil is saying that it should not be the sole responsibility of the CBI but to get the GOI involved in the decision process too. I happen to know the GOI is involved and they are the hold up so it is NOT the CBI...
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Iraqi Dinar Revaluation and Global Currency Reset News | Dinar Chronicles

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Entry Submitted Anonymously at 4:16 PM EST on February 8, 2019

What I find amazing is that before today everyone was talking about Budget for Iraq has to be published.

Now that an article titled Determination of the implementation date of the 2019 budget every one seems to be ignoring that there is now a date.

The article clearly states:

1. The source added that the newspaper “facts” Iraq will be published on Monday or Tuesday.

2. The Federal Budget Law is scheduled to be published in the Iraqi newspaper “Al-Waqalat” mid-week, and the law will enter into force after its publication.

3. According to the law, any law in the House of Representatives after its ratification by the President of the Republic and published in the fact sheet is in force and if the not appeal the law to the Federal Court, it enters into force.

4. It was signed Last Monday.

If everyone who has been saying that once the budget is published is correct then we should be able to exchange if they are correct.

Also if they are correct we should be able to see the rate change before the weekend is out.

Anonymous
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Maximus016:

The CBI is independent of the GOI. Therefore, the CBI can change the rate at any time.

Speedy:
I think the US is demanding Iraq to do certain things that they do not want to do, the US says do them or you will not have your RV !!! Iraq drags this out, in effect throwing a temper tantrum !!! So until Iraq sees their temper tantrum will not work, and does what they are told, We wait !!!

LinnieQ:
I think you're right Speedy. It's the only thing that really makes any sense.

Briona:
Let's hope this budget is the final delay tactic in this long process, and let this be the last weekend of waiting.

Source: Dinar Recaps
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Lena:

We hear that Iraq is ready, we are waiting for the budget to be published, which it wasn't on Wednesday. It's one of two things either Iraq is not ready or someone is not allowing it to happen. At the same time people are exchanging currency. Seems like we have been here before. Or am I missing something?

Fitzgerald:
LENA YOUR SPOT ON… HEY ARE STALLING OR DRAGGING THIS OUT… ITS THE WEEKEND SO TIME WILL TELL…. JUST BE PREPARED

JCNoble:
lena IMO when the pressure to release is increased to the point where it is greater that the aggregate pressure to hold it, the RV will happen. That has not happened yet.

Pearle:
One thing I do know, it’s time to exchange us and unless a rate in the budget.it semis we won’t get exchanged.

Harambe:
Bloomberg: Why Protests in Zimbabwe Pose Old Problems for a New Leader​

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-25/in-zimbabwe-protest​s-a-new-leader-and-old-problems-quicktake

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DELTA » February 8th, 2019

Baghdad announces the unification of customs duties with the Kurdistan region as of February 17


BAGHDAD - The General Authority of Customs announced on Friday that it will begin implementing the Cabinet Resolution No. (13) for the year 2019 concerning the unification of procedures and customs duties at all border crossings. Effective February 17th.

"The Federal General Authority of Customs and the Kurdistan Regional Customs will start implementing the decision as of Sunday, 17 February 2019, which is considered an important step to regulate the trade and import and export activities," the agency said in a statement received by Iraq Press. The unification of customs tariff fees at all border ports, including the ports of the Kurdistan region (Pervez Khan, Bashmakh, Ibrahim Khalil, Haj Omran, Erbil airport, Sulaymaniyah airport).

The decision also included "the adoption of a unified customs declaration (customs declaration) in Arabic and Kurdish according to the customs law," stressing that "all border ports in the provinces and the region comply with the decisions issued by the Council of Ministers on the protection of national product and agricultural calendar."

The decision referred to "the commitment of all border ports in the provinces and the region to implement their part in the international agreements signed between the Republic of Iraq and other countries, especially with regard to customs exemption, and the abolition of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (186) for the year 2018 on the clearance of containers on the volume of containers and return To the contexts adopted in accordance with the law. "

The Commission also said that the decision also included "the abolition of the current customs points in both (Fayda) (Shiroh - north of Kirkuk) and (Lilan - east of Kirkuk)."

The Commission affirmed that "the decision came to support the private sector through the realization of the principle of fairness in the imposition of fees and to encourage competition between companies on the basis of quality and services in the light of the equal costs among all with the offer that the decision included a significant reduction in imports and the proportion of customs duties of imported goods and goods and the adoption of Unified importation ". Finished (1)

https://www.iraqpressagency.com/

Rommy » February 8th, 2019

Internationalism!

Frank26 » February 8th, 2019

INTERNATIONALISOME !!! I’M GOING TO COPY WRIGHT THIS WORD I INVENTED LOLOLOLOL.

Iobey777 » February 8th, 2019

Wow! Another article telling us it's coming.....IMO ……BOOM!!!

BlaqueBeauty » February 8th, 2019

I dont think its coming...but already here (smile)

Don961 » February 8th, 2019

The discovery of the largest 10 proven oil reserves in the world .. What is the location of Iraq


Economy , 2019/02/08 20:09

BAGHDAD, Iraq -

Five Arab countries - Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE and Libya - have about half of the world's proven oil reserves, based on the 2018 data in the GFP report. link

Samson » February 8th, 2019

Zimbabwe Delays Start of Dollar Trading to ‘Foolproof’ Systems


6th February, 2019

Zimbabwe delayed plans to allow companies and individuals to transfer dollars electronically as it tests systems to ensure they’re infallible, a central bank official said.

The postponement will exacerbate a dearth of cash in the southern African country that’s prevented beer and bread manufacturers from buying raw materials, and led to shortages of food and fuel.

Trading may go live after the central bank has issued its monetary policy statement around mid-February, the official said by phone Tuesday from the capital, Harare. “The system is not yet live, but we will see how it goes by the time of the monetary policy statement,” the official said. Tests are continuing to ensure “everything is foolproof,” he said.

The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries earlier this month said the government should allow banks to trade dollars in a bid to halt the economic collapse, which has seen the official inflation rate surge to 42 percent. The central bank had said on Jan. 29 it planned to test the system until Feb. 1, before going live.

Zimbabwe scrapped its own currency a decade ago to end hyperinflation and adopted a basket of units instead, with the dollar being the most widely used.

The central bank then printed quasi-greenbacks called bond notes and an electronic currency known as RTGS$ to fund rampant government spending. That’s resulted in a convoluted system of exchange rates, with consumers charged different prices depending on how they pay. LINK

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Protesters wearing reflective safety vests have unsettled France for months, halting traffic, chanting slogans and at times clashing violently with police. Promises by President Emmanuel Macron to raise worker pay and cut taxes have not quelled the French demonstrators’ anger, which was originally triggered in December by a proposed fuel tax hike. Nor has the cold […]

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KTFA:JJonesMX:  I found it  curious (even IRAQ in a transitional stage) ....that Christine Lagarde; had no mention of IRAQ  as an emerging country   Amongst the other/s neighboring countries.... Time will tellLaying the Foundations of Good Fiscal Management in the Arab WorldBy Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary FundFourth Arab Fiscal Forum, DubaiFebruary 9, 2019As Prepared for DeliveryGood morning—Sabah Al-Khair! I am delighted to be back in D [...]
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O Amazon Prime Video é o serviço de streaming da empresa de comércio eletrônico Amazon. Com catálogo próprio, oferece boas opções de filmes, séries e documentários mediante o pagamento de uma assinatura, que custa entre R$7,90 e R$14,90. A Revista Bula vasculhou o acervo do Amazon Prime Video e reuniu em uma lista os dez melhores filmes que estão disponíveis para os usuários da plataforma. Entre os destaques, estão “Projeto Flórida” (2018), de Sean Baker; “Relatos Selvagens” (2014), dirigido Damián Szifron; e “Sniper Americano” (2014), de Clint Eastwood. O aplicativo pode ser acessado em computadores, tablets, smartphones e nos modelos mais atuais de Smart TV’s.


          ‘Like It or Not, We Have Lost’: Retired US General Concedes Afghan Defeat      Cache   Translate Page      

“The Taliban are the victors,” says retired US Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc, who saw 69 of his soldiers killed in Afghanistan. “We just haven’t figured that out yet.”

Absorbing the fact that the US has lost militarily in Afghanistan will be a "bitter pill" for the soldiers he fought with, Bolduc told Yahoo News Friday.

"They did what they were asked, they did the right thing, and they watched their teammates get maimed, get killed, and because of the failure of our policymakers and our senior military leaders, they're going to have to swallow this pill," he said.

The retired Special Forces officer says he has the dog tags of all 69 men who were lost during his five years in Afghanistan as a token to remind him of the "price for bad policy and strategy."

Retired US Maj. Gen. Jeff Schloesser, who commanded the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan from early 2008 through mid-2009, tells the outlet, "I lost 184 soldiers there."

Yahoo noted that in the event the US had accepted a Taliban surrender at the end of 2001, "maybe it would have concluded on our terms then," says Bolduc. "Now it's concluding on the Taliban's terms."

"The Afghan military can't win without our airpower right over their shoulder and our guys standing next to them pushing them into the fight. They get their asses handed to them every time they fight the Taliban," said Bolduc.

Afghan Air Force airstrikes reportedly killed three Taliban militants on Friday, however, including the movement's intelligence chief Mullah Ahmad, Sputnik reported. Ahmad was reported to be responsible for planning attacks in Afghanistan's Helmand province, TOLOnews reported, citing Afghan army officials.

This week, Taliban and Afghan officials held peace talks in Moscow organized by an Afghan diaspora group in Russian capital. At the intra-Afghan consultations, Abdul Salam Hanafi, deputy chief of the Taliban's lone political office in Doha, Qatar, told Sputnik News, "Yes, the Americans told us that half of their troops will be withdrawn starting in the beginning of February until the end of April."

Hanafi also reiterated the Taliban's rallying call that foreign forces should not be present in Afghanistan.
https://sputniknews.com/us/201902081072261873-we-have-lost-us-general-afghanistan/

The original mission in Afghanistan was to kill or apprehend the alleged perpetrators of the 911 attacks. This original attack/mission could have been avoided since the Taliban were willing to hand over the Al Qaeda people if the FBI provided evidence linking them to the crime. Neither of these things ever happened.

And if we consider the success of the original military mission, we can see that Al Qaeda was kicked out of Afghanistan by early 2002. The mission was over at that time. Furthermore, the alleged leader of Al Qaeda, Bin Laden, had died in December 2001, but this was covered up so the US had a terrorist threat they could use to excuse the attack on Iraq in 2003.

The entire pursuit of Al Qaeda terrorists was largely misguided since the attacks of 911 were an inside job. The forsensic evidence from the World Trade Centre clearly shows inside involvement. The real threat to the US came from the inside:

911 Truth ~ Experts Speak Out


And when it comes to identifying those that organised this false flag attack there is a lot of material revealing who were involved, who covered it up, and why:

911 and War by Deception


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 10th, 2019.]
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The May Government’s recognition of the American lackey, Juan Guaidó, as ‘interim president’ of Venezuela is the latest episode in what some British politicians still shamefully call the “special relationship” with the USA. The weakness of the British Government makes this meaningless gesture, which was given in the hope of future reward from the Trump administration, pointless. But crawling to the Americans comes as second nature to those sections of the ruling class who believe that their global interests are best preserved through the might of US imperialism.
Though the Trump administration has widened existing divisions within America’s ruling circles over immigration and minority rights, the entire American ruling class wants to establish US hegemony over the world. What divides them is how to achieve it.
Democrat leaders still believe in the ‘new world order’ although they now prefer to call it ‘globalisation’. Trump, on the other hand, represents circles who want to cut back US military expenditure in Europe and north-east Asia so that they can concentrate on controlling the global energy market by taking over the entire Middle East and restoring US imperialism’s hegemony over south and central America. This is why they’re itching to get their greedy hands on Venezuela's vast oil reserves, the biggest in the world.
When it suits them American, British and Franco-German imperialists will bang the drum of “human rights”. So reading from the American script the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says that: “The people of Venezuela have suffered enough. It is time for a new start, with free and fair elections in accordance with international democratic standards. The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end. Those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account. The Venezuelan people deserve a better future.”
The usual lies. But few are taken in these days. Attempts to build another “international coalition” to justify American military intervention and “regime change” have failed at the United Nations and the Organisation of American States. Ten members of the European Union have refused to endorse Juan Guaidó’s empty claim and Turkey has broken ranks with NATO to back the elected Maduro government that is also supported by Russia, People’s China, India, Cuba and Democratic Korea, as well as most of the Third World.
Those in favour of imperialist aggression are the most aggressive and greedy sections of the capitalist and landowning class. They looted and enslaved Africa and Asia in the 19th century, killing millions on their way. They are the people who sent millions to their deaths in two world wars to preserve and increase their fortunes.
They started the Korean War and the American interventions in Indo-China during the Cold War. These are the people who brought death and destruction in the name of “regime change” in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. They are the ones behind the sectarian gunmen who tried the same in Syria.
They are the kind who live the life of Roman Emperors in their grand houses whilst workers slave in their factories for pennies and die broken and destitute in the slums of the great cities of the imperialist heartlands. Now they want to push the clock back in Venezuela.
The governance of Venezuela is a matter for the Venezuelan people alone to determine. They’re going to fight to defend their revolution, We must stand by them and the legitimate government of the Bolivarian republic.



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I stick to what I can document. https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/308-12/16561-focus-cheneys-halliburton-made-395-billion-on-iraq-war
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For the record, the operating income of Halliburton from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2011 was about $22 bn. About 1/4 of their revenue was derived from government contracts in re Iraq.
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I would suggest the nations strategic interests aren't one and the same with those being pursued. Haliburton made $39.5 billion off the Iraq War alone. The forces that ensure we are always fighting expensive wars aren't concerned about the interests (and lives)of the soldiers that fight them. Eliminating sanctions against Russia to help locate a hotel in Moscow isn't in the country's interest. Wiping out restrictions on polluting ou air and water only does corporations good. Ignoring science and climate change so that individuals and corporations may profit is not in the country's interest. Wanting a better life for your children isn't immature.
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Reporter’s Diary from Venezuela
This is the personal view of the correspondent on today’s life of Caracas.
Translated by Scott

Day one…
Our Air France flight was grounded in Paris for 5 hours; no one wants to land in Venezuela in the middle of the night, due to the “dangerous criminal situation.” The airliner is half empty, the passengers, judging by nervous conversations, are only Venezuelans. A taxi driver, while leaving the airport, locks the doors, and sweetly warns that after dark, bandits scatter spikes on the roads and rob the stranded cars. “Oh, don’t worry, Amigo, I have an old car. They are not interested in old, cars.” That’s where you understand why Caracas is ranked first in the ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world. It’s too late for supper, but I at least want to exchange my US dollars for Venezuelan bolivars. I ask my cab driver. He violently shakes his head: “No, no, no. I do not mess with such things, it’s illegal!” “Whatever,” I laugh at him. “Tomorrow, someone will take the dollars, maybe even with my hands torn off.” I was wrong…
The following morning, no one at the hotel wants to look at my dollars. The hotel employee tells me to go to one of the official “exchange stores” but honestly adds: “only Americans, or complete jerks go there.”
In Venezuela, the official dollar exchange rate is 200 bolivars, and the “black market” exchange rate is 2,715. And if you exchange your currency in a bank, then according to this calculation, a bottle of ordinary water will cost 330 rubles, and a modest lunch in an inexpensive cafe—7,000 rubles per person. Judging by the stories on the Internet, in Venezuelan people should simply kill each other for dollars, but this is not the case. There is also other things different from perception. On western news, it is shown that demonstrators fight with police daily, tens killed, hundreds wounded, the sea of blood. But in Caracas, all is quiet. In an afternoon, people are sitting in cafes and idly sipping rum with ice, while maintenance crews sweep the streets. It turns out that the world ‘s leading TV new sources (including CNN and the BBC) show some fantasy film about Venezuela. “Demonstrations?” yawns Alejandro, a street vendor selling corn. “Well, Saturday there will be one, sort of. On one end of the city will be a rally of opposition supporters, and on the other, Maduro supporters. The police keep them separate to prevent fights.” Amazing. You browse the Internet, you turn on the TV, and you see the revolution, the people dying on streets to overthrow the “evil dictator Maduro.” And you come here, and nobody cares.
Then it got even better. Never in my life have I had so many adventures while trying to exchange one currency for another. The country has a problem with cash money, long queues waiting for the ATM, and even the street dealers of “currency” have no “efectivo,” as they call cash. I wander inside a jewelry store and ask if they want some “green.” The answer is “No.” Everyone acts like law-abiding citizens. I am told that police recently started arresting people for private exchange, that’s why people don’t want to associate. One owner of the jewelry store almost agrees. “What do you have? Dollars? No, I won’t take that.” “Why now?” “I take only the Euros …dollar, man, is the currency of the aggressor, they try to tell us how to live!”
Damn it! I have money in my pocket, and I can’t even buy lunch! Finally, a certain woman, nursing a baby in a workplace, very reluctantly agrees to exchange 2,200 bolivars for a “buck.” I want to curse her out, but I have to live somehow. Bolivars seem like a beautiful, unattainable currency, which hides all the benefits of the world, that’s why they are so hard to get. I’m nodding in agreement. The woman calls somewhere, and asks to wait. After 15 minutes she tells me that “there is a problem.” Of course, money is not to be found. Her man couldn’t withdraw them from the ATM, everywhere the ATMs are on a strict daily rate. “President Maduro is fighting for the strengthening of the national currency,” explained the nursing mother. “We all use our cards to pay for everything.” I don’t know how it works, but yesterday an exchange rate was 3,200 bolívars for 1 dollar, and today the “bucks” fell to 2,700. I have started to realize that in the very next few days I’ll starve to death with dollars in my pocket. A unique fate, perhaps, that has never happen in history.
In the next kiosk cash for gold place I am offered a plastic debit card loaded with local money, and then I would try my luck withdrawing bills from neighboring ATMs. “Or, maybe not, if you’re not lucky.” Well, of course. By the way, an attempt to buy a SIM card for the phone also fails. They don’t sell them to foreigners, you need a Venezuelan ID card. Yes, and I have nothing to pay for it. The feeling is that the dollar is a gift that no one wants. Sadly, I walk by stores. People come out of there with packages of eggs, bread, packs of butter. The range is not like in Moscow, of course, but again, if you believe the news on TV, Venezuela is suffering from a terrible famine, supermarkets are empty, and people are fighting each other for food. Nothing like that. There are queues, but not kilometers long. In general, television stations in the United States and Europe (and ours too) created their own Venezuela, drawn like a terrible cartoon. I walk into a cafe at random. “Will you accept dollars for lunch?” I ask hopelessly. “Yes, at the rate of “black market” they whispered to me. “But the change will also be in dollars…sorry, no bolivars at all…we’ve been hunting for them ourselves for weeks.”
My first day in Venezuela is over. How unusual. I’ve been here for 24 hours, and I’ve not held a Bolivian bill in my hand. Oh, but there will be more…

Day two…
60 liters of gasoline here cost five cents, and a basket of basic food products — 50 rubles (about 90 cents).
“The gas station,” my driver reaches into his purse and takes out a banknote of 2 Bolivar. The exchange rate of the Venezuelan currency changes every day, and today it is 2 580 bolivars per one dollar. In Russian money, that is 10 cents. “We must now fill a full tank,” says the taxi driver. 60 liters of gasoline cost 1 bolívar, but we give the 2 bolivars bill, because there is no 1 bolivar bill.  I can’t believe that is a full tank of fuel costs FIVE CENTS? “And how much can you even fill at this price?” “Once a day for every citizen. And it’s enough for me.” All the way to the center city, the driver scolds President Maduro, and tells me how much he loves America, and how it will be good when the “guy with mustache” is finally overthrow by the Americans. I start to think that I don’t feel sorry for Maduro at all. He really corrupted en entire country with such generous handouts. And they are willingly take, but no one says “thank you,” just that they want more and more.
On the street there is a long line into a “social supermarket,” a place you can buy 400 types of goods at the solid low prices. These shops were established by the late President Hugo Chavez “to fight inflation and protect the poor.” The stores are funded by the Venezuelan government. The buyer comes with a passport, gets a number, and waits in line until they are allowed to enter and buy a certain set of products. The selection isn’t very impressive, only the essentials: chicken, bananas, pineapples, sausages, milk. A box of these food items costs of equivalent of 50 rubles. CNN and the BBC show videos of Venezuelans wrapped in rolls of toilet paper and sadly wandering across the border with Colombia. The toilet paper is found in absolutely every store, and without any problems. I am once again simply amazed: Western TV news is something from Hollywood, they are not reporting but making fantasy blockbusters. On the BBC website I read that hungry Venezuelan children after school go to take a look at the street vendors cooking meat. I’ve been all over the town. Restaurants, cafes, eateries, during the lunch hour are crowded, and people look well-dressed. The mass hunger, the Western media paints for us, doesn’t exist in reality.
I take a few pictures inside the supermarket, and I am immediately approached by the workers or “Maduro followers.” “It’s forbidden to take pictures here.” “Is this a military facility?” “Leave or we’ll call the police.” “Listen, everywhere on TV they tell us that there is hunger in Venezuela. I want to prove that the reality is different.” “We are not interested, we just work here: leave immediately!” I started to understand perfectly well why Nicolas Maduro lost the information war. Hugo Chavez was often praised even in private conversations, but even Chavez supporters find little positive to say about Maduro.  When people protested against Hugo’s endless nominations as the head of state, he used to meet them with the open arms, smiling and saying : “Guys, what’s the problem? I’m your President, I love you, let’s sit down and talk!” Maduro doesn’t have this image of being one of the guys. He is not able to communicate with the public, and his assistants, like the employees of the social store, can only push and ban and threaten with the police.
On the streets, provincial farmers sell fruits and vegetables: mango, tomatoes, cucumbers. All about the same price of 25 rubles per kilogram. Here, a dozen eggs from street vendors is 4,800 bolivars or about 130 rubles, and that is not cheap. During the peak of oil prices, when a barrel of oil was sold for $150, Venezuela lived on the principle of a rich fool. To develop domestic production? No, what is that nonsense?  We can buy every triviality abroad. Even the managers of the oil production weren’t local, they hired specialists from Europe, and paid them a lot of money. Food imports into the country reached 95 percent. And now the situation is not too different. When I order my meal in a cafe (incidentally, still paying in dollars, all attempts to change dollars to bolivars failed), I get excellent pork. “Where is it from?” “From Colombia.” “And chicken?” “From Brazil, that’s why it’s so expensive.” Even flour for bread comes from neighboring Guyana. Chavez and his successor Maduro wanted to be “people’s presidents,” handing out money left and right. But then oil prices collapsed, food shortages began, and people rebelled. People demand as before: cheap food in supermarkets, gasoline for nothing, and they don’t want to hear anything more or less.
“Chavez was a great guy!” says a fan of the former president, 75-year-old Raul Romero, dressed in a red “chavist” shirt. “Maduro is nothing like him! There is speculators on the streets, he does nothing. In his time, Chavez arrested the dealers raising food  prices, closed their shops, confiscated land from landowners, and gave it to the people. We need a firm hand, a real dictatorship!”
In the TV world, Maduro is portrayed as a dictator and executioner, although in Venezuela, he is openly scolded for being meek; they draw cartoon of him, and insult him as much as they can. But who cares about the truth? Much more colorful to show the suffering for the toilet paper.
Day three…
“I got robbed by a COP for my phone. I’m talking on the cell phone outside, he walks over to me, pokes in my side with his gun. “Give me your mobile.”I don’t understand immediately, and automatically continue the conversation. He cocks his gun, and says, “Kill.” I give him my phone. It’s still good, I love being robbed by cops. They are not bandits from the “Barrios,” the poor neighborhoods in the mountains, who can shoot you first and then rummage your corpse’s pockets. I’m lucky, I’ve lived in Venezuela for 27 years and this was the first time I was “hop-stopped.” A lot of people get robbed every year.
I am talking to Mikhail, a citizen of Russia living in Venezuela since the beginning of the nineties. He helps me move around Caracas and instructs me on how to visit the local slums.
“You don’t have protection? Oh, who would doubt that. Then leave your watch, phone, and camera at the hotel. Take some money for a taxi, you also have to have some cash in case you get ambushed, otherwise they might get offended and kill you. Sometimes, people get shot in an arm and a leg, that survivable.”
After such a nice story, I still go to the “Barrios.” It is there that the supporters of President Nicolas Maduro mainly live. According to CNN and BBC, impoverished people in Venezuela are revolting against the government. Nothing can be further from the truth; it’s a wealthy middle class that goes to demonstrate. Maduro is applauded in poor neighborhoods, because the President gives their residents free food sets enough for a month and gives free (!) apartments. Formally, they belong to the state, but people live in them for generations.
“I will cut a throat for the President,” a heavily-tattooed man smiles menacingly, and introduces himself as Emilio. “Who else would give me food and a ‘roof ‘ for free? He is our father and benefactor.” Maduro deliberately does not touch such people, which is why crime in Caracas gushes over the edge. I am advised not to stop on the street to look at anything, but just to keep going, otherwise bandits will have time to look closely at me. That’s why they have constant robberies on the streets, plus the police and the national guard can easily take away your favorite things. No one can be happy about all these. “I love Russians,” told me the businessman Carlos while conversing over coffee near the Plaza de Bolivar. “But you’d better send Maduro economic advisers. Teach him a lesson! He doesn’t know anything about economy. He has one recipe for everything, to give more money to the poor, more free apartments, free food, free gasoline, to build a full communism here. But with this, sorry, any state would collapse.”
The opposition rally in the Western part of Caracas is huge, at least 100 thousand people gathered. The protesters are friendly to me, Russia here is respected. It is not considered an enemy. Zero aggression at all… and then I  wonder about what I see on CNN, videos of the opposition being rolled into a pancake by tanks. The police keep the neutrality, it disappears from the streets, to not give a cause to provocateurs. People are happily waving flying in the sky military helicopter. Many-in t-shirts with the American flag, a man passes by, holding a hand-written poster with the altered slogan of Donald Trump -“Make Venezuela great again.” “Do you love the U.S.?” “Yes, adore it!” “I remember you already had a pro-American President in 1993, Carlos Andrés Pérez. He sharply raised the price of gasoline, 80% of the goods were imported, he drove the republic into billions of IMF debts. People went to demonstrations, and Pérez drowned them in blood, killing 2,000 people…then he fled to America.”
The man freezes, with his mouth open. Finally, he gets the gift of speech back. “I hope this time the pro-American President will be different.” “Are you sure?” “Sorry, I have nothing to say.” Asking the girl from the opposition how she feels about the US: “The US is our neighbor, let them change the power here.” “In countries where the US changed power like Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands people were killed. Are you ready for this?”
Again, she pauses and sighs.
“No, no, no. We are not Africa or Asia. All will go peacefully. Venezuelans will not kill each other.”
Where the opinions splits is the question of whether the free gasoline and free food packages will remain with an American-instilled government. Many are sincerely sure that the “freebies” will remain under a new president. How else? The minority that recognizes that state gifts will be canceled say that they at least “we will be free.” As I said, the protesters are mostly well-dressed, well-off people. By the way, the leader of the opposition, Juan Guido, also has no real economic program promising to “quadruple the oil production.” No one thinks that after that price will fall four times. In short, I get a feeling that neither the President, nor the opposition, know anything about the economy in Venezuela.
The demonstrations in support of Maduro take place at the other end of the city, to prevent the opponents from fighting. “You Americans are insolent!” screamed an old woman in a red t-shirt rushing towards me. “Bastards! You should be handed on a first tree! Cheers to socialism!” “I’m Russian, grandma.” The old lady recoils.  “Sorry, please.” “Don’t get that upset, senora.” Many people gathered here are joyful, dancing and singing.
A soldiers stands in front of me and doesn’t allow me to take any pictures. Not just me, but also other passers-by. “You can’t take pictures here.” “Says who?” “President Maduro.” No, Maduro is definitely doing everything he can to be disliked. Those gathering here are poor, blue-collared workers and farmers from the suburbs. I am interested , honestly, were you brought here on the busses? “Yes, he did!” says one grandfather, proudly displaying a portrait of Che Guevara. “But I would walk here for Maduro! It’s a lie that we were paid to be here.” Other people applaud him happily. I shake hands. “Russians are welcome! Venezuela loves you, you’re home.”
The day of rallies is over. The maintenance crews came to the sidewalk, strewn with plastic bottles, crumpled packs of cigarettes, and other debris left after by a cloud. At the entrance of an old house, old people drink coffee. “They say that today some general has defected to the side of the opposition,” says one of them. “Some significant person.” “What’s this guy’s name?” “Who knows?” Venezuela is split in half. And the situation there may change at any moment.




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          SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 5-8, 2019: RUSSIAN-SUPPLIED S-300 SYSTEM BECOMING OPERATIONAL      Cache   Translate Page      
On February 5, Israel’s ImageSat International company released satellite images showing positions of the Russia-supplied S-300 air defense system in Syria’s Masyaf. The released image shows 3 of the 4 launchers in an upright position and the fourth covered by a camouflage net. This was the first satellite image showing the launchers in an erected position since their arrival from Russia in October 2018. This may indicate that the system is about to become or has already become operational.
Earlier, Russian media reported that the S-300 system will become combat ready in March 2019 after Syrian S-300 crews would finish their training. However, it is possible that the training course was intensified because of a tense situation in the region.
On February 7, the Russian state-run TV network RT reported citing military sources that Iranian forces preparing to move their weapons supply center from the Damascus international airport to the T4 airbase in the province of Homs. The T4 airbase is currently being used by Iranian forces for operations involving unnamed aerial vehicles.
At the same time, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper released a satellite image showing the alleged positions of Iranian forces in Damascus airport and also claimed that the forces are preparing to withdraw to the T4 airbase.
Iran provides very little details on its operations in Syria. However, even if these reports are confirmed, this would not mean that Syria and Iran are limiting their military cooperation. Iranian positions in the Damascus International Airport area have been repeatedly targeted by the Israeli Air Force since the start of the conflict. So, the redeployment of Iranian forces may be an attempt to de-escalate the situation in the countryside of the Syrian capital.
On February 7, the 1st division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ambushed a group of ISIS fighters in the Damascus desert killing at least 6 of them. According to a military source, the group was likely carrying out a reconnaissance operation in order to prepare for terrorist attacks.
The 45th Brigade of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) launched 50 rockets at positions of ISIS around the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the middle Euphrates River Valley. According to the PMU, the strikes were aimed at preventing ISIS terrorists from entering Iraq.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently finalizing their operation against ISIS in the area. However, a large number of terrorists still control a chunk of the SDF-besieged area.

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03 February 2019
British political analyst says that Venezuelan patriotism and Russian support will be crucial to defending Venezuela from the aggression of the United States that is now intent on reasserting its authority in the international arena at the expense of the Venezuelan people after its defeat in Syria.
Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos’s remarks came during an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper about the reasons behind Washington’s currently attempts to engineer a coup in Venezuela and how Caracas can prevent U.S. from reaching its goals.
“There is more than one reason behind Washington’s attempts to engineer a coup in Venezuela.  I hold the view that there are two key reasons accounting for America’s brazen act of aggression against Venezuela’s sovereignty, and that these are equal in significance to each other,” the analyst said.
He made it clear that one of the reasons for why the Americans are currently trying to overthrow the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro is the fact that Venezuela’s oil industry is nationalised and Caracas pursues an independent foreign policy.
“This deprives American energy companies, such as ExxonMobil, from taking control of Venezuela’s energy sector and exploiting it for their own gains,” Dr. Papadopoulos added, asserting that the US has an unquenchable thirst for oil and has, historically, gone to monstrously criminal lengths to secure control of, and access to, the largest oil producing markets in the world, most notably in the Middle East.
“With Venezuela geographically situated in what is, traditionally speaking, America’s sphere of influence, policy-makers in Washington are determined to take control of the country’s oil and gas industry, even if this means using military force to do so, as the Americans did in Iraq,” the analyst stated.
He emphasized that Venezuela is a major energy player in global affairs since it is , according to some sources, home to the world’s largest crude-oil reserves, while the country also sits on one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world.
The close relationship between Venezuela and Russia
The other reason accounting for the US’ interference in the Latin American country, concerns the close relationship between Venezuela and Russia, according to the analyst, who  indicated that for some 20 years now, Caracas and Moscow have cultivated intimate relations with each other in the political, economic and military spheres.
“Today, Russia is the leading supplier of military hardware to Venezuela, and late last year reports surfaced about Russian plans to construct an air base for itself on the Venezuela island of La Orchila which would host Russian strategic bombers capable of delivering nuclear payloads,” Dr. Papadopoulos said
He went on to say:
“The prospect of a Russian military base in Venezuela, and one that can accommodate Russian nuclear bombers, is something that the Americans will bitterly resist.  Whilst Russia is only responding to the increasingly dangerous presence of NATO on its western border, coupled with both the threatening American missile shield in Eastern Europe and Washington’s diabolical withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US is determined that its tormenting behaviour on the international stage remains unimpeded hence why the Americans are trying to overthrow President Maduro and replace him with the pro-American puppet, Juan Guaido.”
The analyst stressed that a Venezuela led by the legally and electorally illegitimate Guaido would end political, economic and military co-operation with Russia and make the Latin American country, once again, subservient to the US.
In a response to a question about how Caracas can avoid a military confrontation with U.S, Dr. Papadopoulos said: “Russia is the only country that can either deter Washington from embarking on a military confrontation with Venezuela or indirectly defeat an American military campaign against Caracas, with the aim of overthrowing the legal government of President Maduro.”
“I draw a comparison with how Russia came to the aid of Cuba, following the Cuban Revolution, when the country was faced with imminent American military aggression with the objective of overthrowing Fidel Castro.  In that situation, Moscow ultimately ensured the survival of the Cuban Revolution and, with it, the independence and sovereignty of Cuba.  Russia will be all-important in defending Venezuela and the Venezuelan people from the clutches of Messrs. Trump and Bolton.”
Besides the essential support of Russia, both economically and militarily, the prowess of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela and the patriotism and fiercely independent nature of the Venezuelan people  are main obstacles for US quick military intervention against Caracas, as stated by Dr. Papadopoulos, who indicated that the US could ignite a war in Venezuela in which large parts of the Venezuela population and the economic infrastructure of the country are consumed by a fireball.
U.S. has no moral compunction in starting a war
“The US has no moral compunction in starting a war – either through an invasion or a bombing campaign, or through supporting illegally armed groups – so as to seize control of a country’s economic and military infrastructure and impose a compliant government in the country’s capital. Washington rained down death and destruction on Syria but the Syrian people, aided by Russia, thwarted American ambitions in the country.  Because of their defeat in Syria, the Americans are angry – very, very angry, and are now intent on reasserting their authority in the international arena at the expense of the Venezuelan people.  So the world could, at some point, be witness to Washington raining down death and destruction on Venezuela and its people,” the analyst affirmed.
He, in addition, made it clear that economic sanctions are one of the most potent weapons in the US’ armoury hence the Venezuelan Government could be vulnerable to Washington’s endeavours to instigate a coup through economic strangulation of Venezuela’s economy.
“However, providing that Venezuela still keeps producing and selling oil and gas, and providing that Moscow is able to economically assist Caracas, then Venezuela stands a reasonably good chance of prevailing against American aggression,” concluded, Dr. Papadopoulos, the founder and editor of Politics First magazine.
On January, 24, 2019, an open letter- signed by 70 scholars and Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts- was issued in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela.
The letter underlined that actions by the Trump administration and its allies in the hemisphere are almost certain to make the situation in Venezuela worse, leading to unnecessary human suffering, violence, and instability.


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          Có phải Tổng thống Donald Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại?      Cache   Translate Page      

Trang mạng worldpoliticsreview.com gần đây đăng tải bài viết có tựa đề "Tổng thống Trump đã sai: IS vẫn chưa bị đánh bại," nội dung như sau:

Trong chiến dịch tranh cử năm 2016, ứng cứ viên Donald Trump khi đó đã không nói nhiều và cụ thể về chính sách an ninh quốc gia và chính sách đối ngoại, ngoại trừ một điều: Cam kết đánh bại tổ chức Nhà nước Hồi giáo (IS) tự xưng.

Sau khi thắng cử, Tổng thống Trump tăng cường cuộc chiến chống IS, cuộc chiến mà cựu Tổng thống Obama đã phát động và gia tăng hậu thuẫn cho các nhóm vũ trang địa phương tại Syria, bao gồm các nhóm dân binh người Kurd và các lực lượng an ninh tại Iraq.

Cuối cùng, chính sách này đã thu được kết quả. Thông qua chiến dịch quân sự do các nhóm dân binh và người Iraq tiến hành trên thực địa, IS đã mất phần lớn lãnh thổ mà tổ chức này kiểm soát tại cả Iraq và Syria.

Hơn một tháng trước, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố chiến thắng: "Chúng ta đã đánh bại IS tại Syria, lý do duy nhất chúng ta hiện diện ở đó trong nhiệm kỳ của tôi," ông tuyên bố trên trang mạng cá nhân Tweeter, đồng thời ám chỉ ý định rút các lực lượng Mỹ khỏi Syria.

Vừa qua, từ Diễn đàn kinh tế thế giới Davos, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo tái khẳng định thắng lợi đối với IS, cho rằng Mỹ đã "đánh bại IS tại Syria và Iraq cùng với hơn 60 nước khác trong liên minh quốc tế chống khủng bố trên toàn cầu."

Nhiều chuyên gia an ninh đã phản đối tuyên bố của Chính quyền Trump, cho rằng IS tuy bị suy yếu nhưng chưa bị đánh bại hoàn toàn. Giống như các tổ chức phiến quân, IS một lần nữa thay đổi phương thức hoạt động.

Tổ chức này bắt đầu phân tán, chuyển sang hoạt động bí mật và dựa vào phương thức tấn công khủng bố và cách đánh du kích. IS chuyển sang phương thức khủng bố truyền thống. IS đang trở lại phương thức khủng bố ban đầu của tổ chức này.



Mặc dù IS còn kiểm soát một phần nhỏ lãnh thổ tại Syria, nhưng IS vẫn còn khoảng 30.000 tay súng. Số này đang di chuyển đến các khu vực khác trên thế giới, đánh nhau với các lực lượng chính phủ từ Nigeria tới Afghanistan tới Phillipines, trong khi chiến thuật đánh du kích và tấn công khủng bố vẫn được duy trì tại Iraq.

"Sự lạc quan về việc đã đánh bại hoàn toàn IS, mặc dù chỉ là để làm hài lòng dư luận, cũng là quá sớm," Ilan Berman, thành viên Hội đồng chính sách đối ngoại Mỹ, cảnh báo.

Lịch sử sẽ cho thấy điều gì sẽ xảy ra tiếp theo như trước đây. Trong quá khứ, việc đánh bại một kẻ thù dựa trên tư tưởng đòi hỏi 3 yếu tố: Thứ nhất, kẻ thù phải biến mất trên chiến trường và trên lãnh thổ mà họ kiểm soát. Đối với Mỹ, do có quân đội hùng mạnh nên đây là việc dễ dàng.

Thứ hai, tư tưởng, nguồn gốc đã làm nên sức mạnh của kẻ thù phải bị triệt tiêu. Đây là việc hết sức khó khăn, nhất là tư tưởng của kẻ thù bắt nguồn từ tôn giáo.

Thứ ba, các nhân tố về chính trị, kinh tế và xã hội đã cho phép kẻ thù hình thành và phát triển vào thời kỳ khởi điểm phải được thay đổi để ngăn chặn nguy cơ tái trỗi dậy.

Trong chiến tranh thế giới thứ hai, Mỹ đã thực hiện được cả ba nhân tố trên. Đức Quốc xã và Đế quốc Nhật đã bị đánh bại về mặt quân sự và bị chiếm đóng. Điều này cho phép các lực lượng chiếm đóng loại bỏ và vô hiệu hóa các chủ nghĩa bành trướng và tái xây dựng hệ thống chính trị Đức và Nhật để ngăn chặn chúng trở lại.

Mỹ đã định nghĩa cuộc chiến với IS không phải là chiến tranh nơi mà lối thoát là một chiến thắng quyết định, thay vào đó là việc quản lý đe dọa trong dài hạn.

Tuy nhiên, việc chống nổi dậy là hoàn toàn khác. Mỹ không hoàn toàn kiểm soát trên thực địa và không thể bảo đảm cả ba yếu tố nêu trên được thực hiện đầy đủ. Mỹ có thể đánh bại các lực lượng quân sự kẻ thù nhưng không đủ sức để triệt tiêu được chủ nghĩa cực đoan hay thay đổi các điều kiện đã sinh ra chủ nghĩa cực đoan này.

Đó chính xác là tình hình tại Iraq và Syria hiện nay: Bước một cơ bản đã hoàn thành, nhưng bước hai và bước ba là chưa.

Ngay lúc này Mỹ phải quyết định liệu việc nước này tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS có gây ra vấn đề cho tương lai hay không? Liệu việc Mỹ đã phá hủy và làm suy yếu IS có đủ để làm tổ chức này không thể hồi sinh hay không? Nếu Mỹ không đưa ra được câu trả lời chính xác, có thể sẽ phải chịu hậu quả.

Trong khi các phương thức tấn công khủng bố tàn bạo của IS đã tạo cảm hứng cho một số công dân Mỹ làm theo thì logic chiến lược can dự của Mỹ là dựa vào niềm tin rằng nếu IS vẫn còn giữ được lãnh thổ nhà nước tự xưng, IS sẽ mạnh lên và kích động thêm chủ nghĩa khủng bố, một số vụ tấn công khủng bố sẽ nhằm vào các mục tiêu của Mỹ ở nước ngoài hoặc thậm chí bên trong nước Mỹ.

Như cựu Tổng thống George W. Bush đã khẳng định khi đánh giá về cuộc xâm lược Iraq năm 2003: "Chúng ta sẽ đánh chúng ở đó để không phải đối mặt với chúng tại Mỹ."

Thậm chí nếu lời khẳng định này là sự thật, mặc dù vẫn là câu hỏi còn bỏ ngỏ, thì nó cũng không còn tồn tại nữa. Các lực lượng địa phương tại Trung Đông, kể cả các lực lượng chính phủ và các nhóm dân binh như Các lực lượng dân chủ Syria được Mỹ hậu thuẫn, không đủ khả năng ngăn cản IS tái trỗi dậy.

Các lực lượng này cũng không đủ khả năng ngăn chặn IS tấn công các mục tiêu của Mỹ. Mỹ không thể tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS để rồi phải chịu những hậu quả chiến lược.

Đó là lý do Mỹ không nên xem cuộc chiến chống IS như một cuộc chiến thông thường, tức thắng lợi quân sự đơn thuần đã đánh bại hoàn toàn kẻ thù, thay vào đó Mỹ phải có chính sách quản lý thách thức trong dài hạn.

Mỹ nên tiếp tục hậu thuẫn các đối tác chống khủng bố là nhà nước và các nhóm dân binh trên thực địa, bảo đảm rằng các lực lượng này hoàn toàn vượt trội về quân sự so với các lực lượng khủng bố.

Mỹ nên yêu cầu các đối tác giải quyết các vấn đề kinh tế, chính trị và xã hội đang tạo điều kiện cho IS phát triển, trong khi ngăn chặn các đối tác này chuyển đổi sang hệ thống có lợi cho IS. Nhưng rộng hơn, Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại. Các thách thức vẫn đang diễn ra.

Can dự lâu dài của Mỹ tại Iraq từ năm 2003 và hiện nay là tại Syria cho thấy Washington không thể thay đổi căn bản hệ thống sinh thái của chủ nghĩa cực đoan. IS hoặc các tổ chức tương tự sẽ sống sót.

Lý tưởng cực đoan của chúng sẽ tiếp tục sống và tìm cách phát triển khi có khoảng trống quyền lực và trong các góc khuất của Internet, chúng tiếp tục kích động tấn công khủng bố mà không phụ thuộc vào tình hình tại Syria và Iraq, không phụ thuộc vào bất kỳ điều gì mà Mỹ "đã làm ở đó"./.

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Iraqi TV broadcasted a member of the Finance Department requesting that all ministries of the government receive a copy of the revised budget and to get it ratified and ready for implementation starting on Monday.

Iraqi TV aired footage of US troops patrolling downtown Baghdad today

Iraqi TV is reporting that the budget will be printed in the gazette "in the next two days" and will be enforced immediately upon its printing.

US Banks are reporting an "expectation" of exchange activity possibly as early as Monday. Reported IQD screen rates are varying from $4.43 to $4.60...depending on the source.

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I found it curious (even IRAQ in a transitional stage) ....that Christine Lagarde; had no mention of IRAQ as an emerging country Amongst the other/s neighboring countries.... Time will tell

Laying the Foundations of Good Fiscal Management in the Arab World

By Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Fourth Arab Fiscal Forum, Dubai
February 9, 2019

As Prepared for Delivery

Good morning--Sabah Al-Khair! I am delighted to be back in Dubai, this city of tomorrow, where you—its economic leaders—are dedicated to realizing the vision of a better tomorrow.

This vision is predicated on prosperity that is shared by all, benefiting the poor and the middle class, citizens and immigrants alike; and opportunities that are open to all, including women. It is a vision of fairness over cronyism and partiality, and of trust that government policy is oriented toward the common good.

​This is a big vision. But as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum once said “The bigger your vision, the bigger your achievement will be…we cannot let fear keep us small. We have to be brave to be big."

As you know so well, fiscal policy plays a vital role in creating and nurturing this vision of sustainable and inclusive growth—especially as encapsulated in the Sustainable Development Goals. This is because we need fiscal space for spending on health, education, social protection, and public investment—all key priorities in this region.

This is why I wanted to come back to the Arab Fiscal Forum—my fourth time now. In past years, I talked in detail about fiscal policy—the spending and revenue measures needed to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth. This year, I want to go one level deeper—into the foundations of fiscal policy and good fiscal management.

Because without a stable foundation, even the best policies can flounder. Without a stable foundation, fiscal policy will lack credibility.

In this vein, I will address two key pillars of good fiscal management: (i) strong fiscal frameworks; and (ii) good governance and transparency.

Prelude: Global and regional context

Before I do this, let me say a few words about the broader economic context bearing on fiscal policy in the region.

Unfortunately, the region has yet to fully recover from the global financial crisis and other big economic dislocations over the past decade.

Among oil importers, growth has picked up, but it is still below pre-crisis levels. Fiscal deficits remain high, and public debt has risen rapidly—from 64 percent of GDP in 2008 to 85 percent of GDP a decade later. Public debt now exceeds 90 percent of GDP in nearly half of these countries.

The oil exporters have not fully recovered from the dramatic oil price shock of 2014. Modest growth continues, but the outlook is highly uncertain—reflecting in part the need for countries to shift rapidly toward renewable energy over the new few decades, in line with the Paris Agreement.

With revenues down, fiscal deficits are only slowly declining—despite significant reforms on both the spending and revenue sides, including the introduction of VAT and excise taxes. This has led to a sharp increase in public debt—from 13 percent of GDP in 2013 to 33 percent in 2018.

At this juncture, the global expansion is weakening, and risks are rising. Just a few weeks ago, we released our revised forecasts. We now think that the global economy will grow by 3.5 percent this year, 0.2 percentage points below what we expected in October. And risks are up, given escalating trade tensions and tightening financial conditions.

Unsurprisingly, a weaker global environment has knock-on effects on the region through a variety of channels—trade, remittances, capital flows, commodity prices, and financing conditions.

The bottom line: the economic path ahead for the region is challenging. This makes the task of fiscal policy that much harder, which in turn makes it even more important to build strong foundations to anchor fiscal policy.

1. Fiscal Frameworks

The first building block of this foundation is a good fiscal framework. By this I mean the set of laws, institutional arrangements, and procedures needed to achieve a country’s fiscal policy objectives. Such a framework allows governments to map out budgets over the medium term in a way that reflects clear, consistent, and credible goals.

There is scope to improve fiscal frameworks in this region. Some of the weaknesses are short-termism and insufficient credibility.

On short-termism: given that inclusive and sustainable growth is an inherently medium-term goal, fiscal policy needs a medium-term orientation.

Focusing on the immediate horizon makes it harder to implement critical but longer-term reforms in such areas as tackling high public wage bills, designing effective social protection systems, and getting rid of harmful fuel subsidies. Short-termism implies that fiscal policy amplifies rather than tames the waves of booms and busts—making it more difficult to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth.

Turning to fiscal credibility: I am referring to such factors as large amounts of spending kept off-budget and poor risk management. Across the region, it is common for sovereign wealth funds to directly finance projects, bypassing the normal budget process.

And state-owned enterprises in some countries have high levels of borrowing—again, outside of the budget. Addressing these fiscal risks would not only enhance budget credibility and transparency but would help keep a lid on corruption. Budgetary credibility also calls for better risk management, with a more comprehensive budget based on realistic forecasts.

The good news is that numerous countries are already strengthening their fiscal frameworks—many with IMF assistance. Just to give some examples:

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Sudan, Qatar, and Lebanon have all set up macro-fiscal units—a useful first step in strengthening the fiscal framework.

Algeria has recently adopted a new budget law with a strong medium-term orientation, and Bahrain has introduced a fiscal program designed to achieve balance over the medium term.

Mauritania, Morocco, Jordan, and Lebanon are making great progress with medium-term public investment planning and execution.

Egypt now publishes a fiscal risk statement with its budget and produces an internal in-year budget risk assessment. The UAE too is rolling out a fiscal risk management project—with the IMF’s help—and will produce its first fiscal stress test this year.

There is scope for further improvement. Perhaps the oil exporters could follow the example of other resource-rich countries such as Chile and Norway in using fiscal rules to protect key priorities such as social spending from commodity price volatility.

Strong fiscal frameworks have other important benefits. They form the basis for sound debt management. They also allow for better coordination between fiscal and monetary policies, so that the two arms of macroeconomic management work together, not at cross purposes.

2. Good Governance and Transparency

Let me now turn to the second pillar of good fiscal management—good governance and transparency. In this context, governance refers to the institutional frameworks and practices of the public sector. Strong institutions are crucial for legitimacy, for fostering a clearer understanding of policy objectives among citizens, enhancing their voice, and generating buy-in for fiscal policy.

On the other hand, as many of you have said, weak institutions imply a weak policy foundation that could crack and crumble—because there is inadequate legitimacy and public accountability. Even worse, these cracks could also let corruption creep in. And you know so well, this is social poison—it feeds discord, disengagement, and disillusionment, especially among the young. The word corruption, after all, comes from Latin root for rotting, breaking apart—disintegration. And the word in Arabic, fasad, also connotes this idea of rotting or coming undone.

Corruption is the great disruptor of fiscal policy. Without trust in the fairness of the tax system, it becomes harder to raise the revenue needed for critical spending on health, education, and social protection. And governments might be tempted to favor white elephant projects instead of investments in people and productive potential. Add this up, and we have a recipe for unsustainable fiscal policy combined with social discord.

This a global issue—relevant for large and small countries, advanced and low-income economies, and the public and private sectors. Given this, it is no surprise that IMF research found that weak governance and corruption are associated with significantly lower growth, investment, FDI, and tax revenues—and higher inequality and exclusion.

Specifically, we found that improving on an index of corruption and governance by moving from the bottom quarter to the mean is associated with an increase in the investment-to-GDP ratio of 1.5–2 percentage points and a bump up in annual GDP per capita growth by half a percentage point or more. [1] We will have more analysis in the upcoming Fiscal Monitor, which will be devoted to the topic of the fiscal costs of corruption and the role of fiscal institutions.

What is the solution to weak governance and corruption? In the fiscal domain, it calls for heightened fiscal transparency—shining a light on all aspects of the budget and the public accounts. This would provide a more accurate picture of the fiscal position and prospects, the long-term costs and benefits of any policy changes, and the potential fiscal risks that might throw them off course. This region has some room for improvement here.

We know that these kinds of reforms pay off. Take the case of Georgia, for example. Until 2003, it was seen as one of the most corrupt countries in the world. But after that, it reformed its institutions and cracked down on corruption. This, along with tax reform, led to immediate improvements. Tax revenues increased from 12 percent of GDP in 2003 to 25 percent of GDP in 2008, as taxpayers had greater faith in the fairness of the system.

I should note that the IMF has been stepping up its engagement in the area of governance and corruption. Last year, we put in place a new framework predicated on a more systematic, evenhanded, effective, and candid engagement on these issues with member countries. We will be reaching out to leaders in this region to discuss how we can work together to implement this framework.

With better governance, we can replace the “disintegration” of corruption with the “integration” of all into the productive economy. We can replace fasad with islah—reforms to set things right, to reconcile people with one another.

Conclusion

Let me wrap up. I have argued this morning that good fiscal policy requires good institutional foundations. And solid foundations in areas such as fiscal frameworks and governance give citizens confidence that fiscal policy serves the good of all, not just the wealthy or the well-connected.

Let me end with some wise words attributed to the great Ibn Khaldun, “He who finds a new path is a pathfinder, even if the trail has to be found again by others; and he who walks far ahead of his contemporaries is a leader.”

You are the pathfinders, the leaders, the visionaries. We hope that we can give useful guidance, but we look to you to find the right path to make this vision a reality.
Thank you--shukran!

https://www.imf.org/en/News/Articles/2019/02/08/sp0209-md-laying-the-foundations-of-good-fiscal-management-in-the-arab-world?cid=em-COM-123-38361

Samson » February 9th, 2019

International Monetary Fund warns of the gap between the rate of growth of Arab countries and their foreign debts


9th February, 2019

An official warned the International Monetary Fund of the gap between the growth rate of the economies of Arab countries and the level of external debt.

The Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said at the Public Finance Forum held in Dubai on Saturday that there was a significant discrepancy between the level of growth of Arab economies and the size of external debt, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy. Jihad Azour called for the need for further reforms and measures to improve the fiscal policies of Arab countries.

Azour said financial policymakers in the Middle East should take into account the value of the likely increase in debt service costs, improve spending quality and take additional measures to increase investments in physical capital. He also called on the Arab countries to work to support financial institutions by raising the efficiency of the human element. Azour made the remarks at a session entitled "Laying the foundations of the management of fiscal policy in the Arab countries" on the sidelines of the Fourth Forum of Public Finance in the Arab States, which is part of the World Summit of Governments 2019 in Dubai.

The session discussed the financial performance indicators of the countries of the region and their growth levels compared to other countries in the world, in addition to the impact of the decline in oil prices on the financial policies of countries and the accompanying economic slowdown requires the work seriously to improve financial policies and adoption of technological systems to enhance transparency and confidence in governments.

Azour noted that most MENA countries over the last three years have adopted measures to reduce spending and boost revenues, leading to a reduction in the deficit in those countries, but these reforms have not always been conducive to growth.

He added that this does not mean abandoning the reform programs because what is going through the global economy helps the countries of the region to take precautionary steps to avoid the shocks that may result from economic fluctuations.

Azour pointed to the need for some countries to increase tax revenues and work to reduce corporate exemptions, support small and medium enterprises; and expand the tax base so that governments can more equitable distribution of the tax burden.

The meetings of the Forum on Public Finance of Arab States in the Emirate of Dubai, today, on the sidelines of the World Summit of Governments held in the UAE. International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde said on the sidelines of the Arab Finance Forum that oil exporters did not fully recover from the crude price shock of 2014. LINK

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Don961 » February 9th, 2019

Parliamentary Planning: The government sent 40 laws to parliament for approval


It revealed that the Planning Commission and the follow - up to the parliamentary government program to send the government about forty law to the House of Representatives issued during the next legislative term.

Member of the Committee MP Raed Fahmi explained that the most prominent laws are the Federal Law Council and retirement and traffic and other laws affecting the citizen as well as legislation that contribute to strengthen the performance of the government.

He pointed out that the next legislative term will see the passing of a number of outstanding laws in cooperation with the executive branch in order to support the implementation of the government program. link

Samson » February 9th, 2019

Economist offers a way to maintain the strength of the local currency


9th February, 2019

The economic expert, Baqir Kazim, Saturday, presented an effective way to maintain the strength of the local process.

"It is necessary to maintain the balance of the monetary mass in circulation by withdrawing the Iraqi dinar surplus from the need of the domestic market and the stability of the exchange rate," Kazim told Mawazine News. "The importance of providing foreign currency liquidity needed for traders and businessmen to meet the needs Iraqi market".

He added that "the Central Bank of Iraq represents a part of the system of economic solution to the value of the Iraqi dinar and not the whole solution, especially as he was the only contender in the economic arena has achieved monetary achievements in the context of the duty of monetary and his quest to reduce the value of the Iraqi dinar exchange rate against the US dollar in the market Local ".

"The stability of the value of the currency can not be studied in isolation from the facts of economic reality and its basic components," he said.

He stressed that "the most important elements of the value of the currency based on four pillars of the basic and is like a square building, which is based on four pillars or pillars of leverage, represented by monetary and financial policies and development policy, in addition to political skills, ie political stability, social and security and administrative capabilities in the management of the country and the employment policies and wealth Material and human ".

"In economics, they are called policies, which must be integrated and harmonized as a single package in their growth and development so that these policies contribute to the pace of their coherence in raising and enhancing the value of the currency (purchasing power),"Kazem said. LINK

Don961 » February 9th, 2019

Thank you Economist Kazim ... keep building this strong structure by following the blueprint laid out for you ... do not deviate from the plan.. nor use cheap material .. nor take shortcuts that may weaken its integrity .... to build a prosperous present and future for all to enjoy ...

Sunkissed » February 9th, 2019

I'm sure everyone realizes how PREGNANT this article is with ASSURANCE of all of the interpretations that we had about every article and intel to date!!!!!!

This could very well even be considered THE ANNOUNCEMENT to RAISE THE VALUE of the Dinar... bring SMALLS into circulation.. and a mechanism to maintain a proper note count in circulation (which is probably, depositing 000 notes into their bank accounts, using ATMs and M/C cards, rather than cash -- all already in place tasked and set to GO!!!).

Needing foreign CURRENCY LIQUIDITY ----- THAT right there is telling us that the Dinar will be FULLY CONVERTIBLE... that is exactly what foreign liquidity IS!!

The wording "to reduce the value of the currency" could throw people off, because they may not understand that to reduce the "value" in-country/locally, is actually increasing the value for the Iraqi Citizens... and us internationally.

At the end of the article they revisit the value in a summary statement to make sure everyone understands: "RAISING AND ENHANCING THE VALUE OF THE CURRENCY ([which is the] PURCHASING POWER"

~ Sunkissed

Don961 » February 9th, 2019

Will Iraq be able to uncover the truth of the loss of $ 12 billion in the Bremer era?


2/9/2019 5:58:29 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq can submit a request to the United Nations to intervene in the recovery of $ 12 billion lost in the era of former US civil administrator Paul Bremer, the legal expert said.

Al-Tamimi said in an interview with Al-Masalla on Saturday, February 9, 2019, that "the dealings of the international judiciary need proofs of evidence, especially in financial files that need documents and receipts and people who testify to it."

Paul Bremer, an American diplomat appointed by former US President George W. Bush, was appointed US administration chief in Iraq on May 6, 2003, instead of retired general Jay Garner.

And demanded Iraqi political parties to work for the recovery of 12 billion dollars, lost in the era of US civil administrator in Iraq, former Paul Bremer after 2003, according to the Guardian.

"In case of Iraq, the evidence can bring the file to the United Nations because the American presence in Bremer was under a UN Security Council resolution and the United Nations is responsible and monitoring the decision," al-Tamimi said.

Al-Tamimi said that "if Iraq has the evidence and documents to be submitted to the United Nations through the representative of Baghdad in the United Nations and requests intervention to recover money."

Tamimi said: There is an international agreement issued in 2005 that requires the return of money smuggled by money laundering.

And monitored the "obelisk" movement in the House of Representatives to investigate the report of the British newspaper, on the responsibility of Bremer in the loss of 12 billion dollars of Iraqi funds.

Iraqi public opinion is concerned with the issue of the recovery of Iraqi funds and deposits in foreign countries, such as Jordan, which still maintains financial deposits for Saddam Hussein's regime.

The newspaper said in a report published that the United States transferred about $ 12 billion in the form of packages worth $ 100 US to Iraq, and then distributed without control over the expenditure.

According to sources of money and legal experts, the government of Iraq must verify the authenticity of the newspaper, and if this is true, Washington should be asked to recover the money. link

Samson » February 9th, 2019

Vietnam's supporting industries strive to be best in ASEAN


5th February, 2019

Việt Nam has only 21 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in global value chains

Vietnamese enterprises have the potential to participate in regional and global production value chains on par with the leading countries in ASEAN, because Việt Nam has been a top priority choice of multinational corporations.

However, in order to realise this goal, in addition to their own efforts, businesses also need the support of the State.

In the draft plan for sustainable development of Vietnamese private enterprises, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) aims to raise the rate of enterprises participating in regional and global production networks and value chains, equal to the leading countries in ASEAN 4 by 2030.

In fact, it is not easy to achieve this target. Statistics from the MPI show that Việt Nam has only 21 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in global value chains, while this figure in Thailand is over 30 per cent and Malaysia is 46 per cent. Therefore, in order to improve rankings in ASEAN, it is certain that Vietnamese enterprises must "go faster".

However, that does not mean that businesses need to be afraid because Việt Nam has a number of opportunities. Evaluating the opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises to participate more deeply in the global value chain, Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh said that the recent change in global value chains has placed Việt Nam in a more important production base. Full Post Here: LINK

Vietnam : Prime Minister approves plan to implement CPTPP

30th January, 2019

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved a plan to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

He required ministries, ministerial-level and governmental agencies, and People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces increase the dissemination of information about the CPTPP and participating countries among the public, particularly groups likely to be affected by the deal such as farmers, fishing communities, cooperatives, and businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The PM asked for focus to be placed on training officials from State management agencies in fields related to commitments under the CPTPP – such as investment, services, customs, government procurement, trade protection, intellectual property, agriculture, forestry and fishery, labour, and the environment – so that they clearly and precisely understand the specific content in order to implement the deal fully and effectively.

He made the order that information on CPTPP and other FTAs that Việt Nam has joined be made available for domestic firms; along with forecasts about import-export markets, technical requirements, and regulations on goods trade management of participating countries. Full Post here: LINK

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1: 名無しさん@涙目です。(北海道) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:55:14.56 ID:sOK6gOJw0 BE:422186189-PLT(12015)

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地上に届くものの、これまでエネルギーとしての利用が難しかった波長の長い赤外域の太陽光。
京都大学らの研究グループがこの赤外域の太陽光で水素を製造できる新しい触媒を開発した。
革新的なエネルギー材料の開発につながる期待があるという。

http://www.itmedia.co.jp/smartjapan/articles/1902/06/news050.html

>>1
>エネルギーの利用という意味では植物などが行う光合成と競合する。しかし、赤外域は競合しない

なるほどねー
水素以外に何が生成されるんだろ

 

>>1 の書き方だと歴史上初めて赤外帯のエネルギーを取り出すことに成功した!
と読めたもんで

 

>>1
次のエネルギーは水素に決定だわな
原子力も火力も発電所自体が必要なくなる
化石燃料も必要なし
空気も環境も良くなるし、産業革命以上の発見だよ

 

>>67
ノルウェーなんかはもう完全に実用化できてるもんな
北海油田でホクホクやったのに今度は水素でもうまく利用できるとかずるいわ

 

>>67
バカかよw
石油の実用性と水素いっしょにするなよクズwww

 

>>480
ロックフェラーも石油から水素に投資先変えたんやで
現実見ろ

 

>>482
それが失敗してるんだろwww
ビル・ゲイツの財団見てりゃあ何が来るかわかるんだよ

 

>>495
失敗してないぞ
水素時代が確定してんだよ

 

>>497
確定してねえよ
電気の時代になんだよ

 

>>507
あほかよ
その電気を水素で発電するってことだぞ

 

>>513
クソかよ
ほかにいくらでも安く電気が作れるのによう

 

>>521
じゃお前、原発の近くに住めよ

 

>>521
後々水素が一番コスパ良くなるぞ

 

>>544
ならねえよ
い ずれ核融合炉も実用化するしな
それで、1kwあたり水素でいくらになるんだ嘘はき君www

 

>>513
水素から発電する時の効率ってたったの30~40%しか無いって知ってた?

 

>>523
そんなけありゃ十分なんだよ
いくらでも水から作れるからな

 

>>545
同じ面積で太陽光発電なら、その発電量の10倍の電気が使えるわけだが

 

>>1
で、東大は?
ほんと無能官僚ばかり作るだけで糞の役にも立たないよな、東大って

 

>>301
何でや東大関係ないやろ

 

>>301
東大の教授は左翼リベラル系しか居ないらしいからな
無能しかいない

 

>>307
ああ、それで今の行政ってホモだとか移民だとか言い出してんのか。

 

>>301
東大は教授のやりたいことよりも国のための(無駄な)データ取りに比重がある

 

>>301
無能どころか有害官僚だろ
日銀総裁も東大やで
日本を殺すことに全力つくす大学、
それが東京大学
東大官僚30年の結果が今の貧乏な日本だよ

 

>>317
次の大戦で解体だな
NHKとかいらんもんいっぱい

 

>>301
阪大・・

 

>>1

ノーベル生理・医学賞は、エイズ治療薬を発明した満屋裕明さん
ノーベル化学賞でリチウムイオン電池を発明した吉野彰さん
ノーベル物理学賞をネオジム磁石を発明した佐川眞人さん
ノーベル化学賞でフラッシュメモリーを発明した舛岡富士雄さん

 

>>360
青色LEDに通じるものがあるな
光ファイバーだっけあれも日本の発明だったが
騙されて取られたな
そんなのがいくつもあって日本が目の敵にされる理由の一つかね~

 

>>706
西澤潤一の場合は騙されたというよりも
アホな弁理士を使っちゃったんだよ
特許出願の明細書読んでもマジでわけわかんねえから
あれじゃ拒絶査定食らって当然

 

>>1
やっぱ京大なんだなあ

 

関係者は、>>1には冗談抜きで、厳重に警戒して貰いたい。

 

>>494
京都大学の研究者の時点でムリ

 

>>1
のび太さんのH!

 

2: 名無しさん@涙目です。(北海道) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:55:58.99 ID:sOK6gOJw0

京都大学、豊田工業大学、関西学院大学、立命館大学、物質・材料研究機構らの研究グループは2019年2月、
白金を担持した硫化銅/硫化カドミウムヘテロ構造ナノ粒子が、赤外光(赤外線)から水素を生成できる
光触媒であることを発見したと発表した。

波長1100nm(ナノメートル)の赤外光を利用して効率3.8%で水素を製造でき、これは世界最高効率という。
これまで利用できなかった太陽光の赤外域を活用できる新たなエネルギー変換材料の開発につながる成果としている。

波長の長い赤外域は、4割以上と太陽エネルギーの多くを占めるものの、エネルギーとして有効利用する
技術は確立されていない。そのため、もし太陽光の赤外域をエネルギーとして利用できれば「現代社会に眠る
新たなエネルギー資源の発見に相当する」(研究グループ)という。

現在の太陽光の利用に関する研究は可視光を対象としており、エネルギーの利用という意味では植物などが
行う光合成と競合する。しかし、赤外域は競合しないため、真に自然と共存したエネルギー変換を実現できる
メリットがあるとしている。

 

>>2
白金を担持した硫化銅/硫化カドミウムヘテロ構造ナノ粒子が、赤外光(赤外線)から水素を生成できる
光触媒であることを発見したと発表した。

資源量の少ない白金を使うとかどうなん?

 

>>2
太陽光発電と組み合わせれば
ものすごい効率になりそう

 

3: 名無しさん@涙目です。(SB-iPhone) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:56:09.78 ID:45VLdQbJ0
チョッパリ、ちょっと話があるニダ

 

>>3

ホンソレ。

<丶`∀´>歴史を反省するなら、勿論タダでギジュチュをよこす事くらい良心的日本人として当然
の義務ニダ!新日鉄やシャープを見習うニダ!!

 

>>3
チョンはたいしたことないが、
チャンにはガチ警戒必要だな。

これ、iPS細胞なみの発見だぜ。

 

>>3
立命館「ははっ!なんなりとお申し付け下さい」

 

>>246
立命館は中国や!!
孔子学院が校内にあるやろ!!

 

>>3
こっちに来るな!見るな!

 

>>3
じっさい有機ELとかは全部持って行かれたしな

 

>>380
有機ELは日本企業が捨てたんだよ
特にNECのアホが寒チョンに安値で売った
その後ソニーが出光と共同でいいところまで行ったがやめて
ひとりぼっちの出光が韓国と組んだ最悪のパターン
出光の技術といってもいいな今の有機EL

 

>>708
新しいiPhoneが売れないのは、有機ELのせいだと思う

 

>>708
買収されてる役員が多いからね、マジで

 

>>708
そこは任天堂に切られたソニーの時みたく独自でプレイステーション作るくらいの気概がほしかったな

 

関係者は、>>3には冗談抜きで、厳重に警戒して貰いたい。

 

>>3
うるせー
また低空飛行されたいのか

 

>>572
またてw

 

>>572
いや低空飛行してねーよw

 

>>3
昔レイザー社のプロトタイプのノートPCが見本市で盗まれたよなw
4kのディスプレイ三つあってすげー会場湧いたやつw
2台出したら2台とも盗まれたの
4kの折りたたみ式ディスプレイですよw

 

4: 名無しさん@涙目です。(アメリカ合衆国) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 13:56:46.80 ID:6CmJjjtn0
さすがワシらの京大やで

 

5: 名無しさん@涙目です。(福岡県) [GB] 2019/02/08(金) 13:57:00.43 ID:TqQKGnK20
トランプ「我が国の戦略爆撃機を京都に向かわせた」

 

>>5
トロンかよ

 

>>5
戦略爆撃機ギガントから漏れてたの水素だったんだ、パヤオは未来先取りしてるなあ
>>5
京都上空で給油して半島に向かうんですね

 

6: 名無しさん@涙目です。(北海道) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:57:01.58 ID:sOK6gOJw0

研究グループは今回、赤外光のエネルギー変換においてキーになるとされている「局在表面プラズモン共鳴(LSRP)」を
示す硫化銅と、硫化カドミウムナノ粒子を連結させた構造を有するヘテロ構造ナノ粒子を合成。
水素生成における光触媒としての活性を評価した。

その結果、1100nmの赤外光を利用して、これまで報告されている赤外応答触媒の中で最も高いという
3.8%の変換効率を記録した。さらにこの粒子は、太陽光の中でもっとも長い波長である2500nmにも
反応し、水素を生成できたという。

これはつまり、地表に到達する赤外域の太陽光を余すことなく活用できることを意味する。

 

>>6
>これはつまり、地表に到達する赤外域の太陽光を余すことなく活用できることを意味する。

これ太陽光発電が根本から変わるレベルだろ

 

>>17
つまり
今まで設置したパネルはゴミって事だな

 

>>6
>もっとも長い波長である2500nm
10Thzの電波?

 

7: 名無しさん@涙目です。(地図に無い島) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:57:03.92 ID:8MDM9sHI0
石油利権に潰されるなこれ

 

>>7
オイルメジャーが今どれだけの力があるかだな

 

>>7
こういうの発表せずに国内で秘密裏に生成してればいいのに。
火力発電の体で水素燃やしてさ。これできたらエネルギー費用ゼロでしょ
すごいことよ

 

>>149
石油買わなくなったらバレるだろw

 

>>208
ごめん。
バレるをバレルに掛けて、面白いこと言ってるのかと勘違いしてた

 

>>149
確立させてから発表したらいいのにね

 

>>149
特許とかあって早い方がいいんでない?

 

>>149
発表は防御策の一つだよ

 

>>7
ペットボトル、プラスチックを油にかえる会社が潰されたと聞いて戦慄したわ

 

>>310
マジかよ
こえーなんてもんじゃねーな
世の中にはそんな話腐るほどあってキーマンの暗殺とかたまに聞くな
日航ジャンボ機墜落おっとこれ以上は

 

>>310
石油から作るもんを石油に戻してどうすんだよw

 

>>718
紙の再利用みたいなもんだろ

紙の新品な原料は今後も必要だけど
確実に使用量は減るみたいな

 

>>7
さすがに代替エネルギー研究の色んな所に大金を出資してるだろ

 

>>7
石油利権も新たな油田が見つからない限り長続きしないから大丈夫だと思う

あと日本の教授が人工的に炭化水素の選択的生産に成功してるし人工油もそのうちくるんじゃないかな?
そしたら石油メジャーなんて終わりさね

 

>>7>>452
石油の奴らは出資してくるよ
邪魔してくるのは原発利権

 

>>7
セブンシスターズが黙ってない。

 

>>7
そんな力あるなら、ハイブリッドやEVがとっくに潰されてるだろ

 

>>7
13年式G型トラクター買いたし

 

>>7
石油利権が、そもそもおじいちゃん的になりつつあり、産油国はスゲーぜは過去の栄光と自覚しつつある。

 

>>831
UAEが韓国に原発発注する時代なのにな

 

8: 名無しさん@涙目です。(沖縄県) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 13:57:27.27 ID:o2Fiho/R0
実用化までに20年

 

>>8
あっという間じゃん

 

>>8
もう成功してるんでしょ?
工場で大量生産して半年くらいで何とかならないのかね?

 

>>36
理論の完成と利益を出すことは別の問題なんだなぁ
天才が欲しい状況

 

>>379
実用化を可能にしたやつもノーベル賞だな

 

素晴らしいけど
>>8
みたいな感じでだいたい後発の技術に潰されるよな

 

>>158
後発の技術じゃなくて大体はもっと前に実験成功してる先発技術じゃね

 

>>8
インフラどうすんの?
水素社会は来ないと思うよ

 

>>267
水素ステーションでやる予定だからね
家には来ないよ取りに行く形

 

>>267
都市ガス流してる配管に水素流したらいい
いちいち電気に変換せずに水素コンロと水素給湯器でええな
もちろん燃料電池もつこうたらええ

 

 

>>291
ダメだwww

 

>>290
配管ぼろぼろになるのでは

 

>>290
水と電気or太陽光があればどこでも作れるのが水素の魅力じゃね?
好きな場所にスタンド的なものを建てられるから
配管とか必要なさそう

 

9: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [ヌコ] 2019/02/08(金) 13:57:40.66 ID:d0NtT+y80
すげぇ

 

10: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [FR] 2019/02/08(金) 13:58:04.26 ID:g6ROWv640

>これはつまり、地表に到達する赤外域の太陽光を余すことなく活用できることを意味する。

これヤバくね

 

>>10
気温下がりそうだな

 

>>10
中国のはるか上空で作って天明の大飢饉再現させよう

 

11: 名無しさん@涙目です。(新潟県) [FI] 2019/02/08(金) 13:58:09.68 ID:DQ6YJyUn0
さすが母校だわ

 

>>11
金足農からからよく行けたな

 

>>97

 

>>11
放校になったら母校とは言わんのやで

 

>>11
母校の意味わかってる?
2円おくんとちゃいまっせ?

 

>>11
嘘つきはネトウヨの始まり

 

>>11
京大は同じクラスの奴が行ってたなぁ
俺は東工大志望で受かったからそっち行ったけど

京大って面白いというか変な奴がいっぱいいるって聞いたよ
行ったそいつもバイだったし変な奴だったが

 

>>11
お前らは量産型アイドルもどきでしこってろ。

 

>>11
俺らの母校だから
ある意味当然だよな

 

>>11
なんだ後輩か

 

>>11
京産大は入ってねえぞw

 

12: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 13:58:26.67 ID:OdwaKJRt0
ようやくこの域に辿り着いたようだな

 

13: 名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:58:27.31 ID:bQJxg9hs0
まんさんの発明のほうがすごくない?パンチラだけでちんこを硬直させる映像発電とか

 

>>13
パンチラで硬直するのはせいぜい15くらいまでか妖精になってしまった大人たちだけだからな
効率としてはちょっと弱い

 

14: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [IT] 2019/02/08(金) 13:58:29.11 ID:9v6LKFi50
これマジで産業革命級の発見じゃん

 

>>14
ガイアークが巨大化しちゃう!?

 

15: 名無しさん@涙目です。(奈良県) [RU] 2019/02/08(金) 13:58:54.83 ID:+1FoWnuh0
のりか

 

>>15
よう、陣内

 

16: 名無しさん@涙目です。(宮崎県) [AU] 2019/02/08(金) 13:59:02.56 ID:yE9L/NCN0
赤外波長は「朝日ソーラーじゃけん!」あたりで使ってないの?

 

>>16
???次の朝日ソーラーだぞ?

 

>>19

 

>>16
そんなレベルが高い機構ではないよw

 

18: 名無しさん@涙目です。(庭) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 13:59:22.88 ID:ZNV+EnBw0
俺のアドバイスが効いたみたいだな

 

20: 名無しさん@涙目です。(家) [KR] 2019/02/08(金) 13:59:30.67 ID:8YJ9azU/0
太陽から水素が飛んできてるのか(バカ)!

 

21: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 13:59:31.40 ID:KeWv/BfL0
凄すぎ

 

23: 名無しさん@涙目です。(やわらか銀行) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:18.70 ID:7NonEZna0
 あぁ~!水素の音~~!
∧_∧
∧_∧ \プシィ/(∀` )
(*´∀)   只E)ヽ/ ) .只
/   ト、  ○三} \/| {三}
.l_つ 、!-‘  .{三} |   | {三}
| ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄|

 

>>23
これを見に来た

 

24: 名無しさん@涙目です。(空) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:22.75 ID:zNul3VUn0
人間の皮膚細胞に葉緑素組み込めよ

 

25: 名無しさん@涙目です。(浮動国境) [IE] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:23.41 ID:BbKnoC1N0
太陽水流行るで(ヽ´ω`)

 

26: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [DE] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:23.91 ID:e2CSDwPZ0
これって凄いの?
太陽光発電より凄いの?

 

>>26
実用化できれば水素自動車の燃料が安くなる

 

>>34
うーむ、微妙な成果だな

 

>>42
水素が作れれば燃料電池にかけて電気が作れるんだよ。
しかも水素は安価に貯蔵できるし輸送もできる。
まさにエネルギー革命。

 

>>34
変換効率3.8%な上にカドミウムなど毒性の高い物質を使わなきゃならんのならお話にならんだろ
現在のソーラーパネルで発電して水を電気分解している方がまだ高効率なんじゃね?
将来的に何%まで変換効率を引き上げられるかが鍵だな

 

>>76
電気分解の方が良さそうだよな
水素だけより応用効くし技術の進歩もはやいし

 

27: 名無しさん@涙目です。(宮崎県) [AR] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:26.06 ID:lQDudk+40
水素水が安くなるって話?

 

>>27
水素水の新しいビジネスが生まれるんだよ!

 

28: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [BS] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:36.68 ID:rWqRKMC20
それに比べて東大は

 

>>28
俺の母校を馬鹿にすんなよ

 

>>61
東京農大とちゃうで

 

>>28
東大は賞を出す側、マネージメントで外国の賞を取りやすくする側。
どっちも大事だぜ。

 

>>28
あそこは官僚養成校なもんで

 

29: 名無しさん@涙目です。(西日本) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:42.87 ID:mpzFI0Dc0

これはつまり、地表に到達する赤外域の太陽光を余すことなく活用できることを意味する。

これ以上効率を追求するのは不可能ってことか

 

>>29
赤外光の3.8%を活用してるだけだから、理論上はまだ効率上げられるでしょ。
太陽光発電のエネルギー効率ってもともと低いんだけどさ。

 

>>29
残った96.2%でお湯沸かせるかと

 

30: 三河農士 ◆R2srkOAYfTmd (愛知県) [AU] 2019/02/08(金) 14:00:56.52 ID:m1R6j79+0
光合成と競合しないのか。スゴいな。

 

31: 名無しさん@涙目です。(北海道) [EG] 2019/02/08(金) 14:01:03.60 ID:fXaW3lqV0
くれぐれも他国に盗まれないように

 

>>31
ほんそれ。

 

>>64
<丶`∀´>ウリが守ってあげるニダ

 

32: 名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:01:18.91 ID:RfppBb9e0
日本始まる?

 

35: 名無しさん@涙目です。(愛媛県) [OM] 2019/02/08(金) 14:01:54.04 ID:hXD6WqDg0
さすが宇宙鉄人!

 

>>35
一応レスしておこう。17だな

 

37: 名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:02:31.03 ID:/l1Knz1v0
地球寒冷化に貢献しそうな研究だな

 

38: 名無しさん@涙目です。(家) [KR] 2019/02/08(金) 14:02:42.33 ID:8YJ9azU/0
コタツが買い占められるな

 

41: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:03:20.57 ID:HLH/k7MA0
実用化は100年後。

 

43: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:03:25.85 ID:xnwxuY090
ミライ買ってきた

 

45: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:03:38.90 ID:ykWEigcv0
原発オワタ

 

46: 名無しさん@涙目です。(関西・東海) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:03:41.96 ID:LlcpoQ1eO

トヨタミライの勝利か

赤外線利用と脱石油温暖化も防げるかな?

 

47: 名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍) [AR] 2019/02/08(金) 14:04:09.33 ID:7Zg8D2L10

 

48: 名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都) [RU] 2019/02/08(金) 14:04:22.46 ID:Gb4uPmKW0
俺は太陽光で水蒸気生成できるけどな

 

49: 名無しさん@涙目です。(宮城県) [BR] 2019/02/08(金) 14:04:23.39 ID:kfbJFusX0
エネルギーは水素にシフトするってこと?
とりあえずトヨタの株買えばいいの?

 

50: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:04:33.04 ID:xQBbKOPW0
水素は作れても液体になるまで冷やすエネルギーが割に合わない

 

>>50
液化するのは輸送のためだから

作る量を調整できるのであれば
冷やす必要無くなる

 

51: 名無しさん@涙目です。(空) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:04:40.83 ID:QN9miraQ0
まー実用化されたら、ただちに技術を盗まれるだろうが
仮に地球の何処でも簡単に発電でき、電気料金が1000分の1以下になるなら盗まれたところで、対して意味はなくなるな

 

>>51
フリーエネルギー関連のものは特許申請できません

 

>>57
永久機関と勘違いしてない?

 

52: 名無しさん@涙目です。(やわらか銀行) [AU] 2019/02/08(金) 14:04:51.67 ID:cjmY+Q6S0
てことは、てるてる坊主が首吊らんでいいってことやな。

 

54: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:05:16.63 ID:u6jyK9Wj0
朝日ソーラーなどの温水器はその波長を最も効率よく熱エネルギーに変換できるだろ
電気にするよりも高効率の60%のものまあるらしいぞ

 

>>54
朝日ソーラーで作った温水で原子力発電みたいに
タービンを回して発電できんのかね?

 

>>295
太陽熱発電というのがあるぞ

 

 

55: 名無しさん@涙目です。(庭) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:05:32.55 ID:mcwJVIVg0
そうなんだ

 

56: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [DE] 2019/02/08(金) 14:06:39.13 ID:e2CSDwPZ0
アホなこと聞いてる自覚はあるんだけど、地球に溢れてる水は水素と酸素じゃん?
水を分解すれだけで水素なんて無限に作れるのにわざわざ太陽光を利用する理由は何なの?

 

>>56
どうやって分解するの?

 

>>56
再エネの大きな欠点は使いたいときに使いたい量を発電できないこと
だから再エネの利用を進めるには
エネルギーを効率よく貯蔵できるようにしないといけない
そのための研究なんじゃね知らんけど

 

>>56
水を電気分解すれば水素を取り出せるけど、取り出すためのエネルギーと比較して結果がどうかというお話

 

>>56
分解するのにエネルギーや媒体が要る
これは太陽光でって話だから太陽が頑張ってる限りは格安で生成出来るんでね?

 

>>56
大ざっぱに言えば水に光触媒をぶち込んだものを太陽に当てとけば勝手に水素を生成してくれるので、水を電気分解するためのエネルギーが要らなくなる

 

>>102
やっと理解したw
触媒がポイントなんだねww

 

>>56
昔は紫外線
そして可視光線
http://www.jst.go.jp/kisoken/seika/zensen/02doumen/
このスレのは赤外線

これですべての太陽光をエネルギー化できたことになる

 

58: 名無しさん@涙目です。(四国地方) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:06:50.81 ID:hFS6Ksx90
その帯域は普通に熱として使った方がええんちゃう?

 

59: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:06:51.46 ID:H2bgzfsV0
但し、雪国では冬には使えません

 

60: 名無しさん@涙目です。(やわらか銀行) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:07:02.13 ID:m+eNGGJm0
太陽光発電は最高40%だっけ製品ではその半分らしいけど
とりあえず太陽光発電から水素を作る効率を超えないと話にならない感じか

 

62: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [DE] 2019/02/08(金) 14:07:40.67 ID:yQjn1MHp0
植物は赤外光反射しちゃうからな
ボイラー熱の回収とか出来るのだろうか

 

63: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:07:55.10 ID:Nk8s/jPJ0

実用化するのは日本人の役割
特許取るのは韓国人の役割

完璧な作業分担ですね

 

>>63
皮肉ってるつもりだろうけど法律の知識が無いってのは致命的だよ
散々特許庁が警告してるのにガン無視してんだから自業自得

 

>>63
おぃ、漢字間違えてるぞ

誤)特許取る
正)特許盗る

ちゃんと意味まで覚えるんだぞ!

 

65: 名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:08:13.32 ID:yOrw3WtV0
株は何処買えばいいんだ?

 

>>65
イワタニかな・・・

 

>>65
もう上がってるから売れ

 

66: 名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県) [IN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:08:29.27 ID:ESTxYX8I0
!!!!
石油いらねーや燃やすべってことになるの?

 

68: 名無しさん@涙目です。(やわらか銀行) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:09:02.10 ID:6selYRvE0
今までは水素作り出すのにコストが大きかったんだっけ

 

69: 名無しさん@涙目です。(新疆ウイグル自治区) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 14:09:09.14 ID:4tA3JkeU0

 トヨタ大勝利の予感(´・ω・`)?

ホントは人類大勝利になるはずなんだけどなぁ・・・。

 

71: 名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:09:22.68 ID:6yjT7Wlb0
で、その水素で何をするの?わかりやすい例を教えて

 

>>71
発電
いわゆる燃料電池
排出されるのは水だけのクリーンエネルギーだ

 

>>71
今ある火力発電はCO2やらいらんもの絶対出ちゃうだろ?
でも水素は燃やしてもH2Oしか出ないんだぜ?
なおかつ火力発電のいいとこはそのまま

 

73: 名無しさん@涙目です。(福島県) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:09:45.72 ID:LQCJLukj0
本当に本当なのかね?また小保方さんみたいなオチつかないよね?

 

74: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [ZA] 2019/02/08(金) 14:09:49.99 ID:MRj9ZF870
文系はFランだけで十分。あと経済学は理系であるべき

 

75: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 14:09:54.37 ID:1Q/V0HC00
遠くにある太陽なんかより地熱エネルギーにもっと目を向けろよ
地球の中心は太陽より高温なんだぞ

 

79: 名無しさん@涙目です。(神奈川県) [IN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:10:32.95 ID:ESTxYX8I0
馬鹿みたいな書き込みしたあとだけどよく考えたらすごいじょん
日本が息を吹き返すチャンスじゃん

 

80: 名無しさん@涙目です。(やわらか銀行) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 14:10:35.61 ID:kXOIQ2pi0
ソースがスプートニクではないから安心した

 

82: 名無しさん@涙目です。(庭) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:10:56.34 ID:HzQISaip0
燃料電池だろ

 

84: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [EU] 2019/02/08(金) 14:11:58.41 ID:StVa9HcG0
アラブは荒っぽいからなあ……
気をつけてね……

 

>>84
日本人は必ず石油に替わる物を作り出すと言ってたが
まあ、まだ一部だ

 

87: 名無しさん@涙目です。(たこやき) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:12:27.66 ID:DG2uhCuG0
トンキン大の交付金半分を京都に回せや!

 

88: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [PH] 2019/02/08(金) 14:12:45.59 ID:E8QCDE3X0
太陽は古来より我が国の領土アルヨ。

 

89: 名無しさん@涙目です。(空) [CO] 2019/02/08(金) 14:12:57.60 ID:wYa8ADhD0
つまり燃料生成にエネルギーを使わなくて良いって

 

91: 名無しさん@涙目です。(愛知県) [AT] 2019/02/08(金) 14:13:09.36 ID:C+I0wt9j0
この成果をもっと大々的に宣伝しようぜ
藤原紀香を広報部長にして

 

>>91
あぁ~~水素の約4%ァ~~

 

>>91
イチサンパァー

 

92: 名無しさん@涙目です。(チベット自治区) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:13:14.19 ID:OEn+NwBV0
<丶`∀´>ノーベル賞級・・・
<丶`∀´>チョッパリ、韓国と共同研究させてやるニダ。

 

94: 名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府) [TW] 2019/02/08(金) 14:13:47.77 ID:2EAwEFov0
宇宙に投資でよかった

 

>>94
宇宙開発に役に立ちそうな案件ですな

 

95: 名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:13:49.03 ID:MMBnTn+k0
>効率3.8%で

 

>>95
地球で1年に消費するエネルギーは
地球に降り注ぐ太陽光で20分分
40年くらい前のデータだから10倍として
3時間分くらいの量かね
まあそれくらい巨大なエネルギーだよ太陽光

 

96: 名無しさん@涙目です。(千葉県) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 14:13:51.08 ID:4qrKgPvY0
無限に作れる水素で全てのエネルギー賄えちゃうの?

 

103: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [RO] 2019/02/08(金) 14:16:38.32 ID:x4hYr0iZ0
石油がいらん時代

 

104: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [ニダ] 2019/02/08(金) 14:16:54.91 ID:FUBlM7320
水素社会の到来か
イーロン始めテスラ信者が死んじゃう

 

>>104
水素発電所で発電した電気で電気自動車が走るだけ

 

>>110
テスラの言い訳は水素作るのにエネルギーが居るから電気で良いという発想だぞ。
水素エンジンは研究開発にかなり金かかるから永遠にトヨタには追いつけない。
これで勝てる。

 

>>119
テスラが言ってるのは、車に燃料電池を積むのが非効率ってことと、水素の物流が難しいってこと。

 

>>132
それでハイパーループは?

 

>>119
トヨタは水素自動車の特許解放してるぞ
他メーカーにも自由に作ってもらって水素インフラ整えないと
権利独占しても電気自動車に勝てなきゃ無意味だからな
まぁ、これに食いついてきそうなのが韓国メーカーだけという惨状だけど・・・

 

105: 名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:17:27.57 ID:IwdfvQSg0
<丶`∀´>京都大学の起源は韓国ニダ

 

>>105
京都大学は日清戦争の賠償金でできた大学だから
日清戦争開戦の経緯を考えるとあながち間違ってないなw

 

106: 名無しさん@涙目です。(庭) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 14:17:31.82 ID:qgDbcWDh0
北大の近赤外線の研究成果を参考にしたのかだけきになる

 

107: 名無しさん@涙目です。(やわらか銀行) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:17:38.77 ID:WV2h1ZN50
長期の宇宙旅行が可能になるね

 

108: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:18:02.98 ID:hgO9G3th0
これでトヨタの未来も開けるな。
後は電池やろう中国を潰すだけだ。テスラ共々

 

113: 名無しさん@涙目です。(庭) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:19:14.58 ID:ZjIT9hQv0
どうせこの光触媒を高校率で量産するまでに何十年もかかる

 

114: 名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府) [CN] 2019/02/08(金) 14:19:14.88 ID:OZbSjWep0
こういうのは実用化されてゴールなんでしよ?
それ以前は眉唾ものだって5chのおじちゃんたちに習った

 

115: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [CM] 2019/02/08(金) 14:19:48.23 ID:WdKzuPvA0
技術を独占するか、広く無料で公開して不動の名誉を得るか。

 

>>115
どのみち永久機関・フリーエネルギー類は特許の申請が出来ないし、出来なくて良いと思う
人類の宝へ

 

>>124
フリーエネルギー類特許結構出てるだろ。

 

>>130
へー
後学の為に実例ください

 

116: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [JP] 2019/02/08(金) 14:19:51.06 ID:J6Vnaznw0
荒ぶるアラブ

 

117: 名無しさん@涙目です。(茸) [GE] 2019/02/08(金) 14:19:58.89 ID:XXciGeRq0
テヘペロ構造南野陽子が、まで読んだ

 

118: 名無しさん@涙目です。(大阪府) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:20:19.11 ID:s6yjuoA30
どうせノーベル賞は我が母校である京大が取るんたろ

 

>>118
高校どこ?北野?附天?

 

121: 名無しさん@涙目です。(東京都) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:22:22.73 ID:JEz3ORBh0
何からつくるの?

 

122: 名無しさん@涙目です。(catv?) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:22:36.28 ID:hgO9G3th0
ついでに言えば石油も終わりだ!
中国テスラ共々散れ!

 

123: 名無しさん@涙目です。(WiMAX) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:22:36.63 ID:VutyF9o30
水素のインフラが整ってたら使えたかも名

 

>>123
ヨーロッパじゃすでに都市ガスに一定割合水素混ぜてるそうだぞ

 

125: 名無しさん@涙目です。(新疆ウイグル自治区) [PH] 2019/02/08(金) 14:22:47.65 ID:lNyJGDQB0
太川陽介スレかと思って脊髄反射的に開いてしまったらこれか

 

>>125
太陽王ルイルイ

 

126: 名無しさん@涙目です。(関東・甲信越) [US] 2019/02/08(金) 14:23:06.75 ID:kA5h4RJkO
(´・ω・`)電気自動車 死亡確認!

 

127: 名無しさん@涙目です。(dion軍) [ニダ] 2019/02/0
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In her first race, Kamala Harris campaigned as tough on crime — and unseated the country's most progressive prosecutor by



Kamala Harris is really destroying her own image with this vanity run for president.  Most people didn't know about her past.  Now they're learning and it's not at all pretty.

In other bad news, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER notes:

 Under the former CEO's separation agreement in September, CBS is supposed to pay for an office for Moonves, and is presumably footing the bill for Moon Rise.

Les Moonves, fired by CBS over claims of sexual misconduct, has created three new companies under the banner "Moon Rise," according to a filing with the California Secretary of State.

The filing says that Moon Rise Unlimited, Moon Rise Technologies and Moon Rise Productions have been registered since Oct. 30, and the presumed parent company lists Moonves as the lone manager.

Who is going to work with that creep?  I can't believe that.  I thought both he and his trashy wife would be humiliated enough to just live in the shadows.  Instead, he's setting up shot and she's back to hosting BIG BROTHER. 


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Friday, February 8, 2019.  Joe Biden contemplates a run as the press attacks Tulsi Gabbard.

Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.

We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the costs of war to a collective credit card for future generations to pay, diverting money that could have been invested in critical domestic priorities. This burden will create a drag on the economy that will last for generations. 
The costs have been extraordinarily high, but these wars have not succeeded even on their own terms. We’ve “turned the corner” in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles. After years of constant war, Afghanistan hardly resembles a functioning state, and both poppy production and the Taliban are again on the rise. The invasion of Iraq destabilized and fragmented the Middle East, creating enormous suffering and precipitating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The region remains a tangled mess—the promise of the Arab Spring crushed, Iran emboldened, Syria devastated, the Islamic State (or ISIS) and its offshoots stubbornly resilient, and a massive refugee crisis threatening to destabilize Europe. Neither military nor civilian policymakers seem capable of defining success, but surely this is not it.
A singular focus on counterterrorism, meanwhile, has dangerously distorted U.S. policies. Here at home, we have allowed an imperial presidency to stretch the Constitution beyond recognition to justify the use of force, with little oversight from Congress. The government has at times defended tactics, such as torture, that are antithetical to American values. Washington has partnered with countries that share neither its goals nor its ideals. Counterterrorism efforts have often undermined other foreign policy priorities, such as reinforcing civilian governance, the rule of law, and human rights abroad. And in some cases, as with U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen, U.S. policies risk generating even more extremism.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have seen up close how 17 years of conflict have degraded equipment, sapped forces’ readiness, and forced the postponement of investment in critical military capabilities. It has distracted Washington from growing dangers in other parts of the world: a long-term struggle for power in Asia, a revanchist Russia that threatens Europe, and looming unrest in the Western Hemisphere, including a collapsing state in Venezuela that threatens to disrupt its neighbors. Would-be rivals, for their part, have watched and learned, and they are hard at work developing technologies and tactics to leapfrog the United States, investing heavily in such areas as robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and quantum computing. China is making massive bets in these and other areas in an effort to surpass the United States as a global technological power. Whether the United States will maintain its edge and harness these technologies for good remains an open question. 
It is the job of the U.S. government to do what is necessary to protect Americans, but it is long past time to start asking what truly makes the country safer—and what does not. Military efforts alone will never fully succeed at ending terrorism, because it is not possible to fight one’s way out of extremism. Some challenges, such as cyberattacks and nuclear proliferation, require much more than a strong military to combat. And other dangers, such as climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, cannot be solved through military action at all. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense in the 2018–19 fiscal year alone. That is more in real terms than was spent under President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War and more than all the rest of the country’s discretionary budget put together. But even as Washington spends more and more, U.S. military leaders point out that funding a muscular military without robust diplomacy, economic statecraft, support for civil society, and development assistance only hamstrings American national power and undercuts any military gains. 
As a candidate, Trump promised to bring U.S. troops home. As president, he has sent more troops into Afghanistan. On the campaign trail, Trump claimed he did not want to police the world. As president, he has expanded the United States’ military footprint around the globe, from doubling the number of U.S. air strikes in Somalia to establishing a drone base in Niger. As a candidate, Trump promised to rebuild the military, but as president, he has gutted the diplomatic corps on which the Pentagon relies. He promised to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, but he has undermined a successful nuclear deal with Iran, has failed to roll back the North Korean nuclear program, and seems intent on spurring a new nuclear arms race with Russia. 

These actions do not make Americans safer. It’s time to seriously review the country’s military commitments overseas, and that includes bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have fought with honor, but additional American blood spilled will not halt the violence or result in a functioning democratic government in either place. 


We've noted that several times before.  We've also noted that foreign policy will be an issue in the 2020 election.  How much of an issue, I don't know.  Even I was shocked by (see Wednesday's snapshot) the "CBS NEWS poll showed that the most pressing topic on the mind of Americans was foreign policy and national security.  Respondents ranked that the number one issue (93%) with jobs and economy second (92%) and healthcare third (80%)."

In Iraq, a death continues to garner attention.

So sad, so tragic. The well-known and award-winning Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashthob Abboud was shot dead on 2 February. We strongly condemn this henious assasination.


: Writer and novelist Dr. Alaa Mashthob Abboud assassinated


activist and novelist, Alaa Mashthob, assassinated in Karbala


  1. "We have the will to end ISIS": Syrian forces prepare for American troops to leave  CBS News
  2. The final showdown with ISIS in Syria is about to go down as US-backed forces gear up for their 'last battle' against the terrorists  Business Insider
  3. Canadian women emerge from ISIS's crumbling caliphate  CNN
  4. End of ISIS? Syrian forces assault FINAL Islamic State stronghold - ‘it's the LAST battle’  Express.co.uk
  5. Trump Is Setting Himself Up for a “Mission Accomplished” Moment With ISIS  Slate
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BAGHDAD - Their home countries don't want them and holding trials in Syria isn't an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq.
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Nguyễn Minh Tâm (Danlambao) - Nền độc tài của Nicolas Maduro đang được tính từng ngày, hiện tại hầu như các nước Liên Hiệp Châu Âu đã công nhận Juan Guaido là tổng thống lâm thời của Venezuela. Hoa Kỳ, Canada và khối Lima đang tiến hành viện trợ nhân đạo cho nhân dân Venezuela. Điều này chắc chắn nước Venezuela sẽ chuyển sang chế độ dân chủ sau 1 thời gian biểu tình liên tục dậy sóng đòi lật đổ chế độ độc tài phản dân hại nước, chiếm lấy nguồn tài nguyên dầu lửa của đất nước làm túi riêng của mình. Một bài học cho các chế độ độc tài khi chống lại nhân dân và cả thế giới.

Đất nước Venezuela rất khác Việt Nam. Họ có nền kinh tế đứng thứ tư thế giới trước đây, và là 1 quốc gia dân chủ, đa đảng, chỉ từ khi Hugo Chavez và tên tài xế trung thành hiện tại Nicolas Maduro đưa đất nước tiến lên CNXH quốc hữu hóa toàn bộ nền kinh tế quốc gia từ năm 1998, đất nước mới tiến sâu vào lụn bại. Nợ nần chồng chất, dân bới rác mà ăn, lạm phát đến 1.000.000%, bị Trung cộng, Nga lũng đoạn. Vì thế chúng ta đừng thấy lạ lùng là tại sao một đất nước theo CS mà có bầu cử quốc hội, đảng đối lập, Juan Guaido không bị “quần chúng tự phát” hay hồng vệ binh, đấu tố”, quăng cứt, rác vào nhà, và thậm chí là đi xe hai hàng đánh đập ám sát… Nghĩa là người dân có hạt mầm dân chủ từ lâu rồi, từ thuở mới sinh ra, chứ không phải như VN, từ phong kiến rồi Maxit CS nhồi sọ, chưa biết dân chủ là gì, chưa thấy và tôn trọng phản biện đối lập v.v…

Nhưng có một điểm chung trong cuộc CM Venezuela và VN là cách thức lật đổ chế độ độc tài.

Trong bài viết: áp lực đám đông, tôi đã nói rõ, lật đổ chế độ độc tài, không có nghĩa là chúng ta phải giết chết từng thằng CS, tiêu diệt toàn bộ cái đám đảng viên CSVN mà phải làm sao để sức mạnh của đám đông, sức mạnh biểu tình của nhân dân triệt tiêu quyền lực của CS để buộc chúng phải thoái vị, hoặc chấp nhận 1 cuộc bầu cử tự do, bầu cử quốc hội, loại chúng ra khỏi nghị trường, loại ra khỏi quyền lực chúng đang nắm giữ.

Dù bạn có giết chết Nguyễn Phú Trọng hay Nguyễn Xuân Phúc khi sức mạnh nhân dân chưa có, khi thành phần đối lập chưa có thì tình hình cũng không thay đổi mấy, Đảng vẫn có thể chọn thằng nào đó kế vị, quyền lực chẳng thay đổi nhiều. Do đó, lật đổ chế độ độc tài là làm sao để sức mạnh đám đông nổi lên, toàn thể nhân dân đứng dậy cùng một mục tiêu, cùng một ý chí triệt tiêu CS, khi đó chính quyền sẽ yếu xuống và khi bộ máy công quyền, quân đội, CA, mật vụ, lung lay phân tán không còn ủng hộ bợ đỡ cho chế độ, thì chế độ độc tài triệt tiêu.

Với Venezuela, bằng những cuộc biểu tình cả triệu người liên tục, kéo dài suốt mấy năm qua, cùng một khẩu hiệu “Maduro từ chức”, nhưng cho đến khi Juan Guaido tuyên bố là Tổng thống lâm thời cuộc CM Venezuela mới chuyển qua bước ngoặt mới. Và cho đến khi Mỹ tuyên bố phong tỏa tài chính toàn bộ Tập đoàn dầu khí quốc gia (PDVSA) của Venezuela, cộng với việc tướng phi công Francisco Esteban Yanez tuyên bố ủng hộ Juan Guaido nhiều sĩ quan quân đội ngã về phía người dân, chúng ta mới tin chắc rằng chính quyền Maduro sẽ sụp đổ theo thời gian, dù anh có chống đỡ cách nào đi nữa.

Nhưng tại sao đến giờ phút này chính thức Maduro vẫn chưa sụp đổ, bởi vì kinh tế Venezuela khác hoàn toàn VN, khác hoàn toàn các nước độc tài khác. Venezuela có trữ lượng dầu lửa lớn nhất thế giới, mà Maduro đã quốc hữu hóa toàn bộ nền kinh tế, cho nên cả nước sống nhờ vào 95% nguồn dầu lửa đó. Có thể nói Maduro đã “bỏ túi” toàn bộ tài sản quốc gia và ông chia chác nhiều phần cho quân đội kinh doanh nắm giữ, chính vì vậy họ rất trung thành với chế độ, dù nhân dân có biểu tình cách nào đi nữa thì nền kinh tế của chính quyền vẩn chưa ảnh hưởng, nguồn sống của họ vẫn còn duy trì, chế độ không nhờ nhiều vào tiền thuế từ xã hội. Nhưng khi Mỹ và các nước Đồng minh phong tỏa kinh tế ngăn chận tẩu tán tài sản và các nước trên thế giới ủng hộ nhân dân Venezuela thì sự tồn tại của chế độ độc tài chỉ còn lây lất, tính từng giờ, từng ngày. Ở đây, chúng ta không bàn về việc Trung cộng hay Nga có nhảy vào hay không, tôi tin rằng chuyện này rất khó xảy ra. 

Như vậy, nguyên tắc để lật đổ chế độ độc tài, đầu tiên là làm sao để người dân vượt qua sợ hãi đứng lên, biểu tình liên tục, cùng một quyết tâm thay đổi xã hội. Đó là sức mạnh duy nhất của người dân. Tiếp theo, được thế giới ủng hộ, thiếu yếu tố này không có cuộc CM nào thành công cả. Trong và ngoài nước cùng một ý chí thay đổi chế độ mới tạo nên sức mạnh thật sự và chính quyền độc tài mới bị cô lập trên thị trường quốc tế, làm suy yếu nền kinh tế, làm mất nguồn thu nhập nuôi dưỡng chế độ. Tiếp theo, từ những sức mạnh đó, chính quyền, quân đội, công an, bộ máy trung thành với chế độ mới rệu rã, hoang mang tâm lý sợ hãi phân mãnh, bất an, bỏ chạy, quay đầu về với nhân dân làm sụp đổ chế độ độc tài. Nghĩa là, có đủ 3 yếu tố này, chế độ độc tài mới sụp đổ.

Với Việt Nam cũng vậy, chỉ khi nào người dân vượt qua sợ hãi chịu đứng lên, thế giới ủng hộ, là bước đầu để thành công. Thành phần CA, mật vụ CS chỉ là phường đầu trâu mặt ngựa, bám đảng kiếm ăn, đổi màu chạy trước nên không quan trọng, nhưng 95% chính quyền VN đã lọt vào tay Hán nô Tàu cộng cho nên chỉ khi nào Trung cộng rung rinh sắp sụp đổ, CMVN mới thành công.

Đi theo những nguyên lý trên, chúng ta hãy khảo sát cách thức Tổng thống Donald Trump tấn công Trung cộng như thế nào?. Ông cũng đi theo 3 bước này.

Bước 1: Làm suy yếu Trung cộng, làm suy yếu tất cả những hệ thống chống đỡ để nó tồn tại. 

Đầu tiên là chiến tranh thương mại. Áp thuế để cân bằng thâm hụt mậu dịch, ra nhiều hiệp định để bảo hộ mậu dịch và kêu gọi các công ty rút vốn nhà máy ra khỏi Trung cộng, làm cho thị trường chứng khoán Trung Cộng lao dốc và nền kinh tế suy yếu thấy rõ. Tấn công vào Cty Huawei, Cty nhà nước núp bóng tư nhân bộ não của Tàu cộng. Trump đẩy mạnh tài sản sở hữu trí tuệ, công tác tình báo, gián điệp mạng, an ninh quốc gia để cả thế giới tẩy chay làm kiệt quệ mấy công ty viễn thông 5G của Trung cộng. Có thể nói trên mặt trận thương mại Donald Trump đã thành công, đến nỗi Tập Cận Bình xin diện kiến trước ngày 1/3 ngày chấm dứt đình chiến, nhưng Trump cũng không thèm gặp. Thật khó dự đoán, không biết Trump có áp thuế 25% lên 267 tỷ hàng hóa còn lại hay không? Bởi, với cách thức tấn công hiện tại, Trump đã làm Trung cộng điêu đứng rồi, nếu áp thuế tiếp tục, dồn Tập Cận Bình vào chân tường, có thể hàng nông sản và nhiều mặt hàng khác của Mỹ sẽ bị ảnh hưởng, cho nên theo tôi, nếu Tập chịu nhượng bộ về cân bằng thâm hụt mậu dịch, và một phần nào đó về ăn cắp bản quyền sở hữu trí tuệ thì việc không áp thuế tiếp tục có nhiều phần lợi hơn cho Hoa Kỳ.

Bởi, cuộc chiến kinh tế này, Trump cũng thừa biết, chỉ làm suy yếu Trung cộng, chứ không thế nào tiêu diệt được nó, muốn thấy hiệu quả thật sự phải sau 5-10 năm, cho nên phải tấn công trên tất cả mọi mặt. 

Về phần quân sự ở Biển Đông, như nhiều lần chúng tôi đã nói, Biển Đông chỉ có thể gầm gừ và khiêu khích, không thể làm gì khác hơn. 

Bước 2: Tấn công và phá hủy hệ thống chống đỡ đó.

Theo tôi, việc đứng lên tự phong của Tổng thống Juan Guaido phải có sự tiếp tay của Hoa Kỳ, bởi vì nó hợp hiến và được dàn nội các của Trump ủng hộ ngay từ đầu rất cấp thời và hiệu quả. Từng diễn biến xảy ra ở Venezuela có một mối tương quan mật thiết nào đó với Hoa Kỳ? Do đó có thể nói, việc Venezuela thành công phải chăng là tiến trình phá vỡ từng nhánh cây, bứng từng gốc bự, chặc đứt từng rễ nhỏ của Trump để tiêu diệt Trung cộng. Bởi Venezuela là nguồn cung cung dầu lửa chính cho Trung cộng. Ngoài chiến tranh thương mại, gián điệp mạng, Trump đã chọn giải pháp cắt đứt nguồn cung ứng dầu lửa và khí đốt cho đất nước này. Dù tổng thống lâm thời Juan Guaido tuyên bố vẫn tiếp tục các hợp đồng mà quốc hội đã thông qua và trả khoảng nợ 60 tỷ dolla mà Venezuela đã nợ Trung cộng để xoa dịu tình hình, nhưng trước mắt Venezuela cũng làm cho Tập cận Bình xay xẩm, mất đi một chí cốt cùng hội cùng thuyền và tương lai đầy những bất trắc khi Juan Guaido xóa bỏ chế độ độc tài, bắt tay với các nước dân chủ, mà Mỹ là nước lọc dầu thô cho Venezuela, cho nên, chắc chắn nguồn dầu lửa của Trung cộng phải bị động khó khăn hơn trước.

Trong khi đó, tình hình Trung đông, do Tết Nguyên đán, việc xây bức tường biên giới, và bài diễn văn thông điệp đầu năm của Tổng thống Trump mà chúng ta quên đi bản tin quan trọng khác. Zalmay Khalilzad,đã thông báo Mỹ sẽ rút toàn bộ binh lính khỏi Afghanistan trong vòng 18 tháng? 

http://nghiencuuquocte.org/2019/02/01/mon-qua-cua-trump-danh-cho-taliban

http://soha.vn/thoa-thuan-my-taliban-tu-mot-to-chuc-khung-bo-tro-thanh-doi-tac-hoa-binh-cua-my-20190129144309328rf20190129144309328.htm

Việc gì đã xảy ra?? Không có việc gì cả, không có chiến sự, không có tổn thất, lực lượng Taliban, IS vẫn còn đó, đang suy yếu nhưng vẫn chiếm giữ 60% lãnh thổ Afganistan, vậy hà cớ gì, hôm trước thông báo rút 7000 quân cùng 2000 quân ở Syria, hôm nay lại thông báo triệt thoái quân toàn bộ. Và trong thời gian tới, phiến quân Hồi giáo Taliban có thể tham gia vào đời sống chính trị của đất nước này. Có thể ứng cử vào chức vụ tổng thống?? Phải chăng có những thỏa thuận ngầm mà chúng ta không thể biết? Tại sao nội các Donald Trump lại chấp nhận một sự nhún nhường đến như vậy? Gần đây Trump cũng kêu gọi các Công ty hãy đầu tư vào Pakistan, Nam Á, Trung á để cải thiện môi trường chính trị khu vực này?

Phải chăng, Mỹ đang bắt tay với phiến quân Hồi giáo Taliban hay khủng bố Hồi giáo cực đoan IS để tấn công Trung cộng và giúp họ xây dựng một Nhà nước Hồi giáo Afghanistan như chúng tôi đã phân tích ở bài viết trước: Tiêu diệt Trung cộng. Chỉ có giải pháp đánh đổi này, Mỹ mới chấp nhận lùi bước đến như vậy, trong khi không có lý do gì để Mỹ phải rút quân cả. Nhớ rằng Hồi giáo Taliban theo dòng Shunni, (cùng với người Duy Ngô Nhĩ), được Pakistan hậu thuẫn từ những ngày đầu, và Pakistan, Afghanistan có đường biên giới tiếp giáp với Tây Tạng và Tân Cương bên Trung Quốc, trong khi đó, người Hồi ở Iran hầu hết theo dòng Shiite, Trump lại cấm vận triệt để và còn tăng cường thêm binh lính ở Iraq để kiểm soát thêm tình hình Iran. Phải chăng kế hoạch cắt đứt mọi nguồn cung cấp khí đốt cho Trung cộng đã dần lộ diện. Iran luôn luôn bị cấm vận. Bây giờ hướng đến là các ống dẫn dầu ở Tân Cương. (Venezuela đã và đang thoi thóp)

Như vậy trong năm nay 2019, Đài Loan sẽ độc lập - tuy nó không bợ đỡ cho Tàu cộng tồn tại, nhưng Đài Loan thất thủ sẽ lột toàn bộ mặt nạ con hổ giấy cho cả thế giới nhận biết và nó phá hủy toàn bộ cấu trúc chính danh của Trung cộng - hay Tân Cương có khủng bố và dân tộc Duy Ngô Nhĩ, Tây Tạng nỗi lên sẽ là bước tiếp theo trong mục đích tiêu diệt Tàu cộng của Donald Trump. Bởi vì, chỉ duy nhất con đường Tân Cương là có thể giựt sập hệ thống bợ đỡ của Trung cộng. 

Bước 3: Nhân dân các nước nhỏ vùng lên.

Quay trở lại Bắc Hàn. Mọi thỏa thuận của Donlad Trump và Kim Jong Un chỉ có giá trị trong nhiệm kỳ đầu của Trump không thể nào qua nhiệm kỳ 2, cho nên chỉ có thư tay, thỏa thuận miệng chứ chưa có Hiệp ước nào được ký kết, và kỳ gặp sắp tới 27-28/2 ở Hà nội cũng vậy, “chúng tôi đã đạt được những điều tốt đẹp” chứ chẳng có một ý tưởng nào khác. Do đó Trump phải diệt hoặc thấy Trung cộng hấp hối trước 2020, chứ không thì Bắc Hàn lật kèo. 

Và Donald Trump sẽ dành món quà này cho các nước nhỏ ra tay.

Không cần nói nhiều các bạn cũng hiểu rồi, nhân dân Trung Quốc, Việt Nam, Hong Kong, Tân Cương Tây Tạng chia 5 xẻ 7 Trung Quốc và biết đâu, Bắc Hàn cũng có 1 phần trong đó.

Tại sao Mỹ phải diệt Trung cộng? Bởi vì trên thế giới này, Trung cộng là quốc gia duy nhất có thể soán ngôi Mỹ, mặc dù thực lực hiện tại Trung cộng chưa thể qua mặt Mỹ, nhưng với lợi thế về đời sống công nghệ số, tương lai Trung Quốc thống lĩnh thế giới về không gian mạng là chuyện có thể. Hãy nhìn Liên minh Châu Âu các cường quốc thế giới về KHKT thời điện tử nhưng không mạnh về công nghệ thời điện toán, cho nên họ già nua và có vẻ lạc hậu với đà tăng trường hiện đại. Ngày xưa Mông cổ làm bá chủ Á-Âu chỉ vì vung kiếm trên lưng ngựa, nhưng khi Châu Âu chế tạo ra những cây súng trường đầu tiên thì Mông cổ sụp đổ, như vậy đừng có nói rằng quốc gia nào đó sẽ tồn tại mãi mãi. Sự phát triển của KHKT sẽ quyết định sự tồn tại của một quốc gia. Hiện tại Hoa Kỳ chỉ hơn Trung Cộng về sản xuất những con Chip, nếu Hoa Kỳ không nhìn ra vấn đề thì Trung cộng sẽ qua mặt và xuất khẩu mô hình Tư bản-Độc tài 2025 đi khắp thế giới. Thật là một đại họa cho thế giới?? Hãy cảm ơn Trump và chắc chắn Trung cộng sẽ bị tiêu diệt trong thời gian tới.

Sài Gòn 9/2/2019

Nguyễn Minh Tâm
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From Ian:

Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel
To say, as progressives sometimes do, that Jews are “colonizers” in Israel is anti-Semitic because it advances the lie that there is no ancestral or historic Jewish tie to the land. To claim that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, when manifestly it is not, is anti-Semitic because it’s an attempt to Nazify the Jewish state. To insist that the only state in the world that has forfeited the moral right to exist just happens to be the Jewish state is anti-Semitic, too: Are Israel’s purported crimes really worse than those of, say, Zimbabwe or China, whose rights to exist are never called into question?

But the most toxic assumption is that Jews, whether in Israel or the U.S., can never really be thought of as victims or even as a minority because they are white, wealthy, powerful and “privileged.” This relies on a simplistic concept of power that collapses on a moment’s inspection.

Jews in Germany were economically and even politically powerful in the 1920s. And then they were in Buchenwald. Israel appears powerful vis-à-vis the Palestinians, but considerably less so in the context of a broader Middle East saturated with genocidal anti-Semitism. American Jews are comparatively wealthy. But wealth without political power, as Hannah Arendt understood, is a recipe for hatred. The Jews of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh are almost surely “privileged” according to various socio-economic measures. But privilege didn’t save the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue last year.

Nor can the racial politics of the United States or any other country be projected onto the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as some have desperately sought to do. Nearly half of all Jewish Israelis have Middle Eastern roots; some, in fact, are black. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolent resistance; Yasir Arafat practiced terrorism. The civil rights movement was about getting America to live up its founding ideals; anti-Zionism is about destroying Israel’s founding ideals.

As for the oft-cited apartheid analogy, black South Africans did not have a place in the old regime’s Parliament, as Israeli Arabs have in the Knesset; nor were they admitted to white universities, as Israeli Arabs are to Israeli universities. Israel can do more to advance the rights of its Arab citizens (just as the United States, France, Britain and other countries can for their own minorities). And Israel can also do more to ease the lives of Palestinians who are not citizens. But the comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa is unfair to the former and an insult to the victims of the latter. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition
Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction, also lashed out at Iran:

"Iran has not provided anything for the Palestinian people. It is shameful that some think that the economic crisis in Iran is because of its support for the Palestinians. We never heard that Iran helped build a school or hospital or university or any other developmental project."

Iran's support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, he explained, does not mean that it supports the Palestinian people. "This is a huge misconception and mistake," he said.

In addition, Abbas loyalists have accused Iran of supporting Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. One official claimed that the Hamas terrorists who staged a coup against the Palestinian Authority back then had received military training in Iran and "some Arab countries."

Another sign that the Arab countries have turned their backs on the Palestinians was provided by the recent convening of Arab foreign ministers in Jordan to build a consensus among Arab states on regional security issues. The Palestinians were not invited.

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah should ask itself why is everyone disparaging the Palestinian cause," said Palestinian political analyst Fayez Abu Shamaleh. "Why is the Palestinian cause no longer at the center of the attention of Arabs and Jews? Even the candidates running in the Israeli election have ignored the Palestinian issue."

The Palestinian fears do not seem unjustified. Several Arab countries appear completely fed up with the Palestinians, particularly the continued bickering between Fatah and Hamas. Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries have tried in the past decade to help the two rival parties resolve their differences, to no avail. Egyptian intelligence officials have devoted years trying to convince Hamas and Fatah to work together for the benefit of the Palestinians.

Instead of doing so, however, Palestinian leaders are preoccupied with blocking Arab participation in a conference that could see the creation of a coalition against Iran -- the same country that Abbas and his loyalists hold responsible for the ongoing divisions among the Palestinians. Might it be possible that the Arab countries are finally rousing themselves from their long slumber and beginning to seek better lives for themselves and their neighbors?
Michael Lumish: "Palestinians" and BDS
Note the use of "Palestinian" in quotes by the creator of the image below.

The reason for this is because he understands that the Arabs who live in the Land of Israel -- which is to say, the land of the Jewish people -- only came into recognizable existence around the time that Paul McCartney was writing "Yesterday."

The people who we call "Palestinians" come from throughout the entire Arab world and that world is a world of conquest by Arabs against non-Arabs. This is not a matter of debate. It is a matter of fact.

It is a matter of known historical knowledge.

Were Israel to be the twenty-third Arab-Muslim state, rather than the lone, sole Jewish state, it would be hailed as the most enlightened country throughout the Middle East. It is only hated by Arabs and their western-left allies because it is the single Jewish state.

Thus, many of us who favor the ongoing well-being of the Jewish people in an entirely hostile world often put the word "Palestinian" in quotes.



Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes
A master's degree in creative writing, followed by a stint writing reports and speeches for an ex-congressman heading a think tank, is generally considered inadequate experience to then serve as the president's deputy national security adviser. Yet that is the path that Ben Rhodes walked to become who writer David Samuels once described as "the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy," aside from Barack Obama. Perhaps it is because of that unconventional route that Rhodes developed visceral contempt for the foreign-policy establishment, which he called "the Blob" and whose ideas he sought to buck—primarily because of the chaotic landscape in the Middle East and, relatedly, an obsessive disgust with the Iraq War.

As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who is expected to announce a 2020 presidential run, makes foreign policy one of his principal focuses, in part to counter critics who considered him ignorant of international issues during the 2016 campaign, he has acquired his own Ben Rhodes. Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Sanders hired Matt Duss as his foreign-policy adviser. It is no coincidence that, since then, Sanders has been more vocal about foreign affairs, articulating a progressive vision for America's role in the world.

Duss also shares Rhodes's deep contempt for the so-called Blob, as Klion's title suggests. Most notably, while working at the Center for American Progress, or CAP, from 2008 to 2014, Duss waged a campaign against the pro-Israel community in Washington. He called out the Washington Free Beacon among other media outlets and organizations that were critical of his misleading and outrageous claims about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

That brings us to the policy positions that Duss and Rhodes share: disgust with the Iraq War, support for the Iran nuclear deal and an American tilt toward the Islamic Republic, deep hostility toward Israel—in Duss's case bordering on anti-Semitism because of his fallacious demonization of the Jewish state—and Saudi Arabia, and a general aversion to deploying American soldiers abroad, among others.

"Rhodes … is the most obvious example of the kind of role that Duss might be expected to play in a Sanders administration," Klion writes.

But as far to the left as Rhodes is, Duss is further out there, a true believer who drank every drop of the progressive Kool Aid. Duss "does identify as a man of the left," Klion notes, "a strong social democrat perfectly at home with Sanders's political program."
GOP leader promises ‘action’ against Democrats accused of anti-Semitism
The Republican leader in the US House of Representatives said he would take action against two Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel if the Democratic majority did not do so.

“If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said according to Capitol Hill reporters writing for a number of newspapers. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

McCarthy noted that he had recently taken action to isolate Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has long associated with white supremacists. The precipitating event for McCarthy was when King wondered in an interview why terms like “white supremacy” were stigmatized.

Statements by freshmen Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were equal to King’s and “more so,” McCarthy said. He did not say what action he might initiate against them.

It’s not clear what statements McCarthy particularly found offensive, but both lawmakers embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, and both have been accused of tweets that cross the line to anti-Semitism: Tlaib in January when she appeared to accuse senators of dual loyalty for advancing a bill that would protect states penalizing commercial Israel boycotts; and Omar in 2012 when she said Israel was “hypnotizing” the world. Omar has in recent days apologized multiple times for that tweet.
The Spin Room Panel: Israeli Votes on the Palestinian Topic
THE SPIN ROOM | What are the Israeli elections about? For years, they've been mostly about security and the Palestinian conflict. How can Israel solve it? Former Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy debate. (h/t Elder of Lobby)


Palestinians Reject Invitation to Attend US Mideast Meeting in Poland
Palestinian officials have been invited to a US conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week, a senior American official said on Friday, but top Palestinian officials said they would not attend.

The senior administration official told reporters White House senior adviser Jared Kushner would discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis at the event.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the US to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and cuts in aid to the Palestinians, saying these had undermined efforts to reach a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict.

“As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event,” the US official said.

Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, “will discuss the administration’s efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and also take questions from the audience,” the official noted.

“We would very much welcome the Palestinian Authority’s perspectives during the discussion, but I do want to emphasize this is not a negotiation but a discussion, and we look forward to fostering a constructive conversation in Warsaw,” he added.

Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat quickly rejected the invitation, writing on Twitter: “Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side.

“Our position remains clear: We are not going to attend this conference and reiterate that we have not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”
Palestinian Authority calls on Arabs to boycott U.S. conference in Warsaw
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in response to the US invitation that the Warsaw conference “is an attempt at bypassing the Arab Peace Initiative and destroying the Palestinian national project.” Erekat said the Palestinians will not attend the conference and have “not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”

Another PA official, Hussein al-Sheikh, also rejected the invitation, and said the PLO was the only party mandated to represent or talk on behalf of the Palestinians. Fatah spokesman Osama Qawassmeh warned that any Palestinian or Arab who accepts Trump’s “deal of the century” would be accused of betraying Jerusalem and Islamic and Christian holy sites. He too emphasized that the PLO was the only party which has the authority to speak on behalf of the Palestinians.

The PA, which has been boycotting the Trump administration since December 2017, has expressed fear that the Warsaw conference’s main goal would be to promote normalization between Israel and some Arab countries.

In the past two weeks, several PA officials have called on the Arab countries to boycott the upcoming conference and to remain committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for normalizing ties between Israel and the Arab countries only after a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

Qawassmeh warned on Saturday that any Arab leader who meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Warsaw conference would be “stabbing Jerusalem and our Palestinian people.” The Palestinians, he added, are opposed to any form of normalization “with the Israeli occupation entity because that would be a free gift to Tel Aviv.”
Foreign Ministry said to see little chance of breakthrough in Israeli-Saudi ties
Saudi Arabia will not normalize ties with Israel or support the Trump administration’s peace plan without significant Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, according to a classified Foreign Ministry document reported by Israeli television Friday.

Israel in recent years has worked to improve ties with Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which, despite having no diplomatic relations with Jerusalem, share a common foe in Iran.

Though Saudi Arabia has stated it will not establish ties with Jerusalem in the absence of a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said improved relations with the Arab world could better the chances of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official familiar with the document, Channel 13 news reported that the memo, drawn up in mid-December, contradicts Netanyahu’s position, arguing the chances of such an “inside-out” formula resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were remote.
Palestinians Approach UN Seeking ‘Top Billing’ in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (satire)
A delegation representing the Palestinian Authority has appeared before UN leadership requesting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to be renamed. As PA representative Mahmoud Said told the UN, “For too long, we’ve been told that we don’t deserve top billing in this conflict. For too long, our children have grown up in a world where they are billed second to the Zionists. Don’t they deserve to live in a world where their biggest problem is the ‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?’”

According to Said, the request has less to do with the Palestinian or Israeli contributions to the decades-old conflict, and more with the self esteem of the Palestinian people. “Our children are already told they are second-class citizens, why should they also be branded as coming second in the name of the struggle with Israel when we’re equal shareholders?”

Israel has also sent a delegation to the UN with the expressed goal of retaining top billing. “We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the leading name in this ongoing war. We won’t sit idly by and let the Palestinians use bureaucratic trickery to ruin all that we’ve worked for,” commented Israeli Government representative Avigdor Benrimon. “‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it, why should anyone care about a conflict without a snappy name? The Balochistan Conflict has been going on as long as ours, but no one’s ever heard of them. You know why? The name is terrible. They should fire whatever PR person thought of it.”
Praising Hezbollah, Russian envoy claims US could spark new Israel-Lebanon war
Russia’s ambassador in Beirut said US policies toward Iran could set off a fresh war between Israel and Lebanon, while championing the country’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.

Though he said renewed fighting between the sides remained uncertain, Alexander Zasypkin accused the United States of inciting “new conflicts” that he said could draw in countries and actors throughout the Middle East.

“As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation,” Zasypkin told the state-owned Sputnik news agency in an interview published Saturday.

“A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces,” he added.

Zaspykin also claimed the US stance toward Iran and Hezbollah was further destabilizing the region.
Suspect in the murder of Ori Ansbacher arrested near Ramallah
IDF and police forces have arrested a Palestinian suspected in committing the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, according to the police spokesperson's unit.

The suspect was been arrested near Ramallah, and was reported to be living in Hebron.

"The joint investigation of the Israel Police and the General Security Service led the Border Police unit of the Border Police, the Shin Bet security forces and the IDF to carry out operations in Ramallah, in the framework of which a suspect was arrested in the murder of Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem," the Border Police spokesperson said in a released statement.

"From the moment that the body of Ori Ansbacher, 19, was found in the Ein Yael area of ​​Jerusalem, a joint investigation team of the Israel Police and the General Security Service to work together to locate every piece of information and evidence that could lead to the identity of the suspect."

"The suspect was arrested in Ramallah, and the suspect, a resident of Hebron, was interrogated by the GSS. There is a gag order on every detail of the investigation, except for what is written in this notice," the statement concluded. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Police: Forensics at scene led to Palestinian suspect in murder of Israeli teen
Israeli police investigating the brutal murder of Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem said on Saturday that forensic evidence unearthed at the scene of the crime led forces to the arrest of a Palestinian suspect Friday night.

Ansbacher, 19, was found dead in the woods at Ein Yael in south Jerusalem late Thursday, with what police said were “signs of violence,” after she was reported missing earlier in the day.

Israeli security forces arrested the Palestinian suspect in Ramallah late Friday for the murder of Ansbacher, who Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said was killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted as saying had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

Police said the forensic evidence at the scene tied the suspect to the murder “without question” and that there would be no need for a confession, according to a Channel 13 report Saturday. The arrest of the suspect was “very quiet,” the police added.

Ansbacher’s family was notified of the arrest over the course of Saturday.

The suspect, a Palestinian resident of Hebron, was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet security services after a raid in the West Bank’s Ramallah/el-Bireh area on Friday night.

According to PA news outlet Wafa, IDF troops searched two residential buildings and the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque, where a 30-year-old employee was arrested. The report said the Israeli troops confiscated security camera footage from the neighborhood, as well as from the mosque.

The raid sparked clashes with some local residents, who hurled rocks at the troops. The Palestinian Red Crescent said two Palestinians were treated for light injuries at hospitals in Ramallah.
Danon to UNSC President: Condemn PA's terror in light of Ansbacher's death
"Condemn the barbaric murder and act firmly against the PA's culture of terror" Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon demanded of the UN Security Council President on Friday.

Following the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, whose body was found in Ein Yael in Jerusalem on Thursday, Danon called for an urgent meeting with Anatolio Ndong Mba, the Equatorial Guinea ambassador to the United Nations, currently serving as the president of the Security Council, and demanded that the Council publicly condemn the terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

"The Security Council's silence will not help in this fight against terrorism, and will only allow the waves of hatred to grow unchecked," said Danon, adding that "while this silence continues, the PA maintains its policy of paying salaries for terrorists and educating its youth with incitement, and a 19-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Israel.

"The Security Council has the responsibility and moral duty to make a clear condemnation of this barbaric murder and to act firmly against the culture of terror in the Palestinian Authority, the very culture that undermines stability in the region and destroys innocent lives," Danon concluded.
Police urge public to stop spreading ‘horrific’ rumors about Jerusalem murder
Police on Friday urged the public to stop spreading “horrific” and baseless rumors on social media surrounding the murder of a teenager whose body was discovered on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found dead Thursday with what police said were “signs of violence” after she was reported missing earlier in the day. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ansbacher had been killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted saying she had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

“Since the murder that took place yesterday, there have been different publications and reports, especially on social media, regarding the circumstances of the case, including horrific descriptions that are irresponsible,” police said in a rare statement.

“We are clarifying that these publications are baseless and hurt the honor of the victim and her family while misleading the public,” police added.

Police stressed they were doing everything in their power to track the perpetrator(s).

“We call on the public not to spread false rumors or disinformation from unauthorized sources,” police said.
IDF Troops Face Off Against 8,000 Palestinian Rioters in Latest Gaza Border Unrest
IDF troops faced off against around 8,000 Palestinian rioters on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, as weekly Hamas-orchestrated unrest continued.

According to Palestinian health officials, two rioters died in the latest clashes.

The Israeli military said it had opened fire in response to explosives and rocks hurled at the border fence.

More than 220 Gazans have been killed in border violence since last March.

Last July, an IDF soldier was shot dead by a sniper on the frontier with the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

An Israeli military spokesperson said soldiers on Friday used riot dispersal equipment and opened fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures.”

The IDF tweeted about Friday’s events, “What prevented 8,000 violent rioters in Gaza from infiltrating into Israel? Some barbed wire & brave IDF soldiers. As rioters threw grenades + explosives into Israel today, our troops stood guard, ensuring innocent Israelis living minutes away stayed safe.”


Hezbollah terror chief chides Israelis for not recycling, in mock ad campaign
An Israeli recycling company has chosen an unlikely star for its environmental ad campaign, Hezbollah terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah.

The terror leader’s face appeared on a towering billboard on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv Wednesday and in a video put out by the ELA Recycling Corporation, encouraging Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.

In the ad, an animated Nasrallah says “I don’t recycle bottles,” with text stating that he has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years, and asking Israelis, “What’s your excuse?”

In the mock video, Nasrallah is speaking Arabic, accompanied by Hebrew subtitles. He introduces himself as a “Youtuber” and public figure.

“Let’s talk for a second about our shared future, Israel. I haven’t recycled in 12 years, but what about you? What am I investing in tunnels for?” he says.

“If only I could leave [my bunker] to recycle bottles,” he laments.

The ELA Recycling Corporation is a nonprofit promoting recycling in Israel.


BDS's binding ties with terrorists
The ugly face of the anti-Israel BDS movement just got uglier. Or, to put it another way, a study of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement removed its mask to reveal some very nasty characters.

According to an 80-page report published this week by the Strategic Affairs Ministry, there are more than 100 different connections linking terrorists groups to organizations that promote anti-Israel boycotts, including “the employment of 30 current and ‘retired’ terror operatives.”

The report sports the catchy title “Terrorists in Suits,” and, as I suspected, beyond BDS’s useful idiots – Roger Waters and his ilk – lies an even darker layer of BDS-ers who are terrorists all dressed up. Connecting the dots, you can trace a line from “terrorists in suits” to terrorists in suicide vests. The lines crisscross through organizations professing to deal in human rights, spreading across continents.

This goes way beyond attempts to shoot down Tel Aviv as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This is about shooting down Israel, period.

As Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan put it: “Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map. Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks.”

The report shows how Hamas and the PFLP (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) have ties to at least 13 anti-Israel NGOs. This includes 20 members now occupying senior positions in NGOs who have previously sat in jail, some for murder. The report “shows how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial and active ties with terrorist groups.”

Follow the money trail and you’ll find the BDS organizations have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, in addition to funds raised through crowdfunding, banks and other means.

Search for the femme fatale and you’ll find Leila Khaled, one of the stars of the study.
BBC World Affairs editor misleads on women’s rights in Iran
In contrast, here is an excerpt from an article by the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson which appeared in the ‘features’ section of BBC News website’s Middle East page on February 1st under the title “The plane journey that set Iran’s revolution in motion”.

“Today, Iran is a lot more easy-going than most outsiders imagine.

The rules about women’s dress are sometimes enforced harshly, but the Islamic Republic has never clamped down on women’s rights in the way you see routinely in Saudi Arabia.

Iranian women run businesses, own property, drive cars and play an important part in politics.

The present government is probably more liberal than any other since the revolution.”


The World Economic Forum publishes an annual ‘Global Gender Gap Report’ which ranks countries in terms of women’s economic participation, educational attainment, health, and political empowerment. The 2018 report put Iran in slot 142 out of 149, with Saudi Arabia one place higher. Despite Simpson’s claim that “Iranian women…play an important part in politics”, the WEF’s sub-index on political empowerment ranks Iran 141 out of 149. Saudi Arabia is ranked 127th.
BBC ignores developments in story it reported in 2014
BBC audiences have not seen any follow-up reporting on that story despite the fact that following a 2015 change in government policy, 1,300 Falash Mura immigrated to Israel in 2017. In October 2018 the Israeli cabinet authorised a plan to bring a further 1,000 members of the community to Israel and the first group arrived this week.

“The first 83 immigrants from Ethiopia, out of a total of some 1,000 approved last year for entry into Israel, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday night after waiting in Gondar for an average of 15 years.

In October, the government approved for immigration 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia who have children currently living in Israel. […]

The immigrants were welcomed by Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog and Aliyah and Integration Minister Yoav Galant, as well as by several well-wishers, including a delegation from the Jewish Federation of Chicago.”


The BBC has to date not found those developments in the story it reported in 2014 worth covering.
Texas museum stands by ownership of painting; Jewish family claims it’s looted
A Houston museum said Friday it “stands by its ownership” of a painting on loan to an exhibition in Germany which is being claimed as Nazi-looted art.

Henri Edmond Cross’ “Regatta in Venice” was loaned by Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts for a show on the French artist at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. Heirs of Jewish French collector Gaston Levy say it was stolen from their family by the Nazis and have filed a legal request for its return.

The Texas museum said it made a legal filing in Potsdam on Thursday. It said in a statement that “based on the facts of the provenance research, the museum stands by its ownership of ‘Regatta in Venice.'”

It said in its filing that no proof has been presented that the plaintiffs are Levy’s rightful heirs, and that Levy didn’t claim compensation for the piece in 1956 when he filed claims for other pieces in his collection, among them other pieces by Cross.

A lawyer for the heirs, Christoph Partsch, said last week that the painting was confiscated by the Nazis in 1940. He said his clients had found out only now about the existence of the missing painting and were demanding its return. He said the family lives in Europe, but didn’t want to further identify them.
21 iconic Israeli movies that you must watch
A melting pot of many different peoples, Israeli culture can be hard to grasp fully through anything but movies.

From classics films that paint a picture of what life was like for Jewish immigrants in the 1950s and ’60s, to portraits of communities often left out of the mainstream, movies let you immerse yourself in Israeli life, if only for a short while.

This list has it all: film series immortalized in Israeli pop culture; cult comedies; wartime movies; films about religious Jews, Soviet immigrants, and Bedouin tribes; and Israeli films that have received international acclaim.

Watch and enjoy as you learn a little bit more about the complicated society that is Israel. We’ve included websites where you can find the movie with English subtitles.
Spray painting a pro-Israeli message with Artists 4 Israel
Graffiti artists are disgusted by the antisemitic and racist graffiti springing up across college and university campuses in the United States, and have formed a rapid response team to combat the problem through art.

Despite the recent surge in BDS efforts, Artists 4 Israel (A4I) has grown exponentially over the last 10 years showing that Israel’s support of the arts and free speech is recognized and having a significant impact. Artists 4 Israel now represents more than 8,000 artists from 26 different countries who are united to overcome bigotry against Israel, the Jews or any other persecuted group. The recent rash of scrawled hate speech and depictions of swastikas is particularly upsetting to urban artists.

“Hate has no place in graffiti and I refuse to let anyone disrespect my chosen art form for such terrible purposes” says Shayne Tuthill, an artist who joined A4I on a mission painting memorials to slain IDF soldiers in Israel. Shayne and others under the coordination of Artists 4 Israel have offered to reclaim the name of street art and defend against the bigots and vandals.

Swastikas and other hateful symbols have been found most recently on the American Federation of Teachers building. This follows incidents at Columbia University, Duke University, Goucher, Cornell, Pomona, UC Davis and far too many other colleges and universities.

Graffiti and street art can and should unite people and beautify communities. Since its inception, Artists 4 Israel has found that to be a core value of most graffiti artists. Originally focusing only on advocacy initiatives in New York City, it was the artists themselves who suggested traveling to Israel to paint over the bomb shelters in Sderot. There, artists from around the world gathered to heroically dodge rockets and defy a war to create murals across the city. When finished, bomb shelters, those distressing reminders of danger, were transformed into an outdoor art gallery that soothed the populace and has become a tourist site that lasts to this day. The artists received the Key to the City of Sderot for their efforts as well as thousands of hugs, kisses and heartfelt thanks from the local community.
How a curious love triangle spurred UK’s cabinet to pass the Balfour Declaration
There was only one Jewish member among the British Cabinet when it debated Chaim Weizmann’s request that it back the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the summer and autumn of 1917.

But Edwin Montagu, who was born 140 years ago this month, was not, as might have been expected, the strongest advocate of what soon became known as the Balfour Declaration. Actually, he was its most bitter adversary.

He railed against the “mischievous political creed” of Zionism, attacked the very notion that Jews were a nation, and ridiculed the idea that, in such a state, Jews “drawn from all quarters of the globe” would even be capable of communicating with one another.

In an angry memo to his fellow Cabinet members in August 1917 he went so far as to declare that the proposal before the government would be “anti-Semitic in result [and] will prove a rallying ground for anti-Semites in every country in the world.”

As the historian Jonathan Schneer wrote: “Ironically, a Jew represented the greatest remaining obstacle to Cabinet acceptance of the Balfour Declaration.”

Inadvertently, however, Montagu would play a possibly critical part in the realization of the Zionists’ dreams. That role had nothing to do with high politics or great principles. Rather, it resulted from the fallout of a bizarre love affair involving Montagu’s political mentor, prime minister Henry Herbert Asquith, and his future wife, Venetia Stanley.



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Dozens Sentenced Over Deadly 2015 Tunisia Attacks
Tunisian court hands down convictions, including life sentences, to dozens involved in 2015 deadly attacks.

Dozens of defendants faced two separate trials over the closely linked shootings, which occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse [File: Fethi Belaid/AFP]

A Tunisian court has sentenced seven people to life in prison over attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 that killed 60 people, many of them foreign tourists.

Dozens of defendants faced two separate trials over the closely linked shootings, which occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse, but many were acquitted.

Four were sentenced to life in prison for the shooting rampage at a Sousse tourist resort in June 2015, which killed 38 people, mostly British tourists.

Five other defendants in the Sousse case were handed jail terms ranging from six months to six years, while 17 were acquitted, prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti said on Saturday.

Three were given life sentences for the attack in March 2015 at the capital's Bardo National Museum, in which two gunmen killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard.

Others found guilty of links to the Bardo attack were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to 16 years, and a dozen defendants were acquitted, Sliti said.

The prosecution will launch an appeal, he added.

The court heard that the two attacks, both claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), were closely linked.

'Duty' to ISIL

Among those who were facing trial were six security personnel accused of failing to provide assistance to people in danger during the Sousse attack.

Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on a beach before rampaging into a high-end hotel, where he was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and grenades, before being shot dead by police.

Four French nationals, four Italians, three Japanese and two Spaniards were among those killed in the Bardo attack, before the two gunmen, armed with assault rifles, were shot dead.

Investigations showed one of the attackers, Yassine Laabidi, who was from a poor district near Tunis, had amphetamines in his body.

His fellow attacker Jaber Khachnaoui, from Tunisia's Kasserine region, had travelled to Syria in December 2014 via Libya.

One suspect questioned in court, Mahmoud Kechouri, said he helped plan the Bardo attack, including preparing mobile phones for Sandi, a neighbour and longtime friend.

Kechouri, 33, said he was driven by a "duty to participate in the emergence of the caliphate".

Other defendants accused of helping prepare the attack said they had only discussed ideas with friends.

Several alleged they were tortured in detention.

'Finally recognised victims'

Victims' family members in France and Belgium watched Friday's hearing via a live video feed.

"It was important for us to see, and especially to hear, to try to understand the role" of each defendant, said one French survivor.

"Arriving at the end of the process will help us to turn the page, even if we can never forget."

The attacks and resulting travel warnings dealt a devastating blow to Tunisia's vital tourism sector from which it has taken time to recover. 

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In the largest battle in the history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Mathew Golsteyn watched to see if the man he believed was responsible for killing two U.S. Marines was coming his way.

Golsteyn, a captain and Green Beret soldier at the time, said he had taken up an ambush position in the Taliban stronghold of Marja when U.S. forces released the man, a suspected Taliban bombmaker known as Rasoul.

What happened next is at the center of an Army investigation that has stretched years, resulting in a murder charge against Golsteyn in December.

Golsteyn didn’t know whether the suspected insurgent, who was unarmed at the time, would walk in his direction. But if he did, to Golsteyn it meant he was going back to insurgent activities and could be legally targeted.

“If [he goes[ any other direction of the 360 that you have available to you but mine, and he doesn’t meet me,” Golsteyn said. “He had been released, and are you going to go back to what you were doing? Or are you going to go somewhere else? If it had been me, this guy’s a— would have beaten feet in a completely different direction.”

The incident first came under scrutiny by the Army in October 2011, the same year Golsteyn was awarded a Silver Star for valor in different actions. Golsteyn said he had planned to join the CIA and go to Iraq in 2012, and in a polygraph test for the CIA he said he had killed an unarmed man and burned the body.

The case has become a cause célèbre among some conservative and veterans groups, and it caught the attention of President Donald Trump late last year after Golsteyn’s wife, Julie, appeared on Fox News. In a Dec. 16 tweet, the president pledged to review the case “at the request of many” and called Golsteyn a “a U.S. Military hero.”

The case also has re-energized long-running arguments about how U.S. troops should behave in combat while guided by rules that their enemies often do not follow, and how the military should treat a war hero if he is suspected of war crimes.

Golsteyn, 38, has rarely discussed the case in public, leaving it to his wife, his civilian attorney Phillip Stackhouse and other supporters. But in a two-hour interview with the Washington Post, he defended his actions and lambasted Army investigators for how they characterized his actions in official reports. Golsteyn said he is grateful for the president’s attention and would welcome a pardon but cannot expect it.

“It’s not an insignificant thing living every day knowing that you’re an enemy of the state,” said Golsteyn, who was recalled to active duty as a major to face the charge. “We are playing for a court-martial. It would be pretty dangerous to be playing for a pardon, and then there is no pardon and we have to go to court-martial.”

The Army has declined to comment on how it has handled Golsteyn’s case. A spokesman, Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, said Golsteyn was charged after new evidence emerged, and an Article 32 hearing is scheduled for March 14 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to assess whether the case should proceed to a trial.

“As an active law enforcement matter, the U.S. Army cannot comment on or release information related to the case,” Bymer said.

Golsteyn met with The Post in Washington at the headquarters of the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union for which Golsteyn serves as chief of operations. He took the job while preparing to move on from Army life, settling in northern Virginia in August 2016, marrying Julie in May 2017 and having a son with her last year. He also has a 12-year-old-son from a previous marriage.

In Golsteyn’s office at work hangs military memorabilia from his career and a photo of him shaking President George W. Bush’s hand in 2002 as a new graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Golsteyn deployed to Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2009 after undergoing heart surgery in 2006 stemming from an accident at the Special Forces Underwater Operations School near Key West, Florida.

In January 2010, Golsteyn was deployed to Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group. As commander of Operational Detachment Alpha 3121, he would lead not only his unit but also about 30 Marines and 300 Afghan soldiers in a major offensive against the Taliban involving a total of 15,000 coalition and Afghan troops.

The Battle of Marja would prove to be far more violent than other missions.

For days, Golsteyn and his troops faced hours of gunfights. Explosives laced the city, and he and other service members were frustrated with rules of engagement that were designed to prevent civilian casualties but limited how aggressively they could target the Taliban.

On Feb. 18, a booby-trapped garage door exploded, killing Sgt. Jeremy McQueary, 27, and Lance Cpl. Larry Johnson, 19, Marine combat engineers deployed alongside Golsteyn’s unit. After a search, Afghan forces detained a man with bombmaking material. But Golsteyn said U.S. forces were told they could not keep any detainees because of the amount of resources doing so would require.

Golsteyn targeted the suspected bombmaker in circumstances that are still mysterious and central to the case. With a criminal charge pending, he declined to answer some questions, including how long the man had been free before he was killed, whether anyone else was with Golsteyn at the time and whether he reported the killing to anyone afterward.

“He probably had anywhere from between …” Golsteyn said of Rasoul, before stopping mid-sentence.

“To be honest, I don’t know because I was out [away from the base]. He had a long walk,” Golsteyn continued. “He had a long time to figure out where he was going in life.”

Rachel VanLandingham, a military justice expert at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, said the specifics of how Golsteyn targeted the man are central to the case. If Rasoul showed hostile intent and Golsteyn used authorized tactics to target him, it would appear he committed no wrongdoing, she said. However, if he “was in actuality lying in wait for this guy,” she said, the situation is different.

“In other words, we may have a legitimate killing based on individual self-defense in response to conduct that demonstrates hostile intent, or we could have premeditated murder,” said VanLandingham, who once served as the chief of international law for U.S. Central Command. “Context of the ambush is everything.”

Golsteyn acknowledged disposing of the man’s body after the shooting and said it was not uncommon for U.S. troops to burn remains that went unclaimed in the war. In his earlier statements to the CIA, he said a couple of other soldiers were involved.

“We had bodies everywhere from aircraft fire, sitting in pools of water and we had to, when we came on them, dispose of them,” Golsteyn said. “There is no one to claim them. There was disease and pestilence, and on top of that it’s a source of booby traps and a huge hazard to our force.”

The case has been clouded by characterizations of Golsteyn’s actions in Army investigative reports.

An agent with U.S. Criminal Investigation Command who watched a recording of Golsteyn’s polygraph test wrote in one early report that Golsteyn told his interviewers that he and one other U.S. soldier had taken the deceased Afghan “back to his residence and assassinated him.” But Army officials conceded at a 2015 administrative hearing known as a Board of Inquiry that Golsteyn did not say that, Golsteyn said. The Army declined to comment.

A panel of three officers voted 2 to 1 that the service had not substantiated that Golsteyn violated the law of armed conflict, but it found he had demonstrated conduct unbecoming of an officer.

The Army initially closed its investigation in November 2013 without finding enough evidence to prosecute Golsteyn, even when offering immunity to his fellow soldiers. It pursued a number of administrative punishments instead, including the suspension of his security clearance, the revocation of his Silver Star and Special Forces tab, and the issuing of a career-ending memorandum of reprimand.

The Silver Star was awarded in 2011 for repeatedly braving enemy fire on Feb. 20, 2010, two days after the Marines were killed. Golsteyn was credited with braving fire during a four-hour battle in which he trudged through mud, returned fire, helped an Afghan soldier who had been shot and coordinated airstrikes.

The Army reopened its investigation in 2016, after Golsteyn appeared on Fox News and acknowledged killing a bombmaker in an interview with Bret Baier.

“There’s limits on how long you can hold guys,” Golsteyn said at the time. “You realize quickly that you make things worse. It is an inevitable outcome that people who are cooperating with coalition forces, when identified, will suffer some terrible torture or be killed.”

Golsteyn told The Post that he has found the Army’s investigation dishonest, and he can no longer stay silent about it.

“I spent half of this hell quiet, and if there is anything I know, it’s that I will not get any semblance of due process – any ability to defend myself – if it’s not in public,” he said. “Because it’s the only thing these guys respond to. They do not obey their own rules.”


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French minister in Iraq warns 'work not over' in IS fightFrance's defence minister warned Friday in Baghdad that "the work is not over" in the fight against the Islamic State group, despite the jihadists facing the loss of their last scrap of territory. "The territorial caliphate, which has not yet been wiped out, is being defeated," minister Florence Parly said in the Iraqi capital. President Donald Trump, who committed late last year to pulling US troops out of Syria, has said he expects a final declaration of victory over IS next week.



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U.S.-backed Fighters Launch Final Push to Defeat IS in Syria

 

Voice of America

 

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday that they had begun an assault against Islamic State to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria.

Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Saturday, "#SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under jihadists' control. ... Village of Baghuz, which is the only remaining #ISIS pocket, will be cleared soon."

"The battle is very fierce," Bali told The Associated Press. He did not say how long the SDF expected the battle to continue.

The SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, is fighting IS in a 4-square-kilometer area that includes Baghuz and is near the Iraqi border.

 

SDF officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated there were about 3,000 battle-hardened IS jihadists, mostly foreigners, in the region. The observatory also estimated several hundred civilians remained in the area as well.

Bali told the French news agency the SDF has "special units whose job it is to direct civilians to corridors they can cross" to safety.

More than 23,000 Syrian civilians and foreign nationals fled eastern Syria this past week as the SDF, which includes Kurdish YPG militia fighters, prepared to move on IS in Deir el-Zour governorate, according to local officials and activists.

The displaced residents, mostly women and children, have been placed in the Kurdish al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate, in northeast Syria.

The administrator of the camp, Nabil Hassan, told VOA that many of the women and children from the new wave of displacement this week were foreign nationals and family members of IS.

 

SDF began an operation in September to rid Deir el-Zour of IS militants. The U.S.-backed fighters' advance has been slowed by fierce fighting from the IS militants.

The civil war that has engulfed Syria began with Arab Spring protests in 2011. The United Nations estimates more than 400,000 Syrians have died since fighting began in 2011. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced internally and about 5 million have sought refuge outside the country, with Turkey hosting nearly 3.5 million of them, according to the Brookings Institution.

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Matt Golsteyn Planned to Join the CIA and Go to Iraq. Now He Faces a Murder Charge.

Matt Golsteyn Planned to Join the CIA and Go to Iraq. Now He Faces a Murder Charge. By Dan Lamothe – Washington Post

In the largest battle in the history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Mathew L. Golsteyn watched to see if the man he believed was responsible for killing two U.S. Marines was coming his way.

 

Golsteyn, a captain and Green Beret soldier at the time, said he had taken up an ambush position in the Taliban stronghold of Marja when U.S. forces released the man, a suspected Taliban bombmaker known as Rasoul.

 

What happened next is at the center of an Army investigation that has stretched years, resulting in a murder charge against Golsteyn in December.

 

Golsteyn didn’t know whether the suspected insurgent, who was unarmed at the time, would walk in his direction. But if he did, to Golsteyn it meant he was going back to insurgent activities and could be legally targeted…

Read on.

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MilitiaMan (KTFA)


Article:
"Iraq, New Iranian Central Bank / "New currency" map is on its way?"

As Frank [Guru Frank26] is saying INTERNATIONALISM is the theme... Converting Dinar into other currencies like the Euro, Ryial, etc.. The AMF is having a meeting on Saturday in regard to Financial Developments. Well what Financial Developments are staring at us..lol. WS [Guru Walkingstick ?] data imo is AMF / AAD - IMF / SDR 3x type of developments that need to be discussed. Kinda like a huddle just before executing the big play.. We shall see.. Shall we not? lol. Is the NEW CURRENCY map on the way, mean the new currency of Iraq is being delivered or has been around the world? Keep in mind Iran told us they did a deal with electricity today and the payments are settled.. In other words past tense...imo.
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Mountain Goat

...I did not say the budget is holding up the RI.

...I said it is foolish to put any one event to say it is holding up the RI... No one knows the date or timing.

...There is no evidence right now that there is any target to RI soon.
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ChrisC (KTFA)

...I think WS [Guru Walkingstick] thought this was going to happen last year because it was supposed to and Trump planned for it to. However, as W [Guru Walkingstick] found out with Maliki, Iran swings a big stick in Iraq and these people are hard to control. Realizing that asking politely and even giving them gift upon gift was not going to work, Trump came up with a new strategy...Trump realized he had to choke out the source...I think all of these sanctions that have made them see stars and tap out was to force them to see the RV as a solution and not something they should continue to interfere with. He now has Iran HAPPY to get dinar and looking forward to it rising in value...
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ADMINBILL (WSOMN)

TO BE CLEAR I AM NOT SUGGESTING THIS WEEKEND. I READ THE TEA LEAVES AND THE INDICATORS ARE POINTING TO SOON. IT'S THE WHEN THAT WE ALL WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO AND ONLY THOSE IN CONTROL KNOW....AND THEY MAY BE LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT TIME. Yes indeed. Another weekend is upon us in Dinarville. But Wait...is there light at the end of the tunnel? My oh my...There IS and it's very bright and getting bigger!
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RayRen98 (TNT)

Iraqi TV broadcasted a member of the Finance Department requesting that all ministries of the government receive a copy of the revised budget and to get it ratified and ready for implementation starting on Monday. Iraqi TV is reporting that the budget will be printed in the gazette "in the next two days" and will be enforced immediately upon its printing. Iraqi TV aired footage of US troops patrolling downtown Baghdad today. US Banks are reporting an "expectation" of exchange activity possibly as early as Monday. Reported IQD screen rates are varying from $4.43 to $4.60...depending on the source. Trying to confirm a possible rumor of exchange activity across the Pond...standby for that one, it could take a while.
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Don961 » February 9th, 2019

Finance calls on ministries and local governments to receive a copy of the budget law


Editorial date: 2019/2/9 12:54

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Ministry of Finance on Saturday, the representatives of ministries and governorates and their councils and non-associated with the Ministry, to receive a copy of the amended budget law and ratified.

A source authorized by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in a statement received by the agency {Euphrates News}, "The Ministry called on the representatives of ministries and governorates and their councils, and non-associated with the Ministry, the Ministry of Finance to receive a copy of the amended budget and ratified, Budget department, starting from next Monday and the days following the week. " link

MilitiaMan » February 9th, 2019

Ask ones self why would they have amended the Budget at this point in time? The IMF is meeting today with the AMF and Iraqi Private Banks. We all know they have a need to know about budget changes for Iraq, as would investors, accounting firms, etc..

Well, the big three came and went weeks ago now. IMO they established the mechanism for those that needed to adjust the budget for the new phase. This imo is no coincidence. It wasn't imo broadcast-ed much in advance, if at all.

They also in recent time sent the Budget to the Central Bank of Iraq. Hard to imagine with all the fan fare at the book fair with Alak and all those photos of him and the new ultra modern CBI building in the back ground being showcased, is very telling in that they were not imo just show casing books.

They were on day one of the show, show casing Iraq's new CBI and what comes with it. The photos shows Biull Boards, Big Screens, computer screens with CBI data, etc.. imo..
New currencies will come along with the new phase for the CBI and many books are written on the subject of countries currencies. ~ MM

http://www.economy-news.net/co.....p?id=15191

Then we have this one that is almost effectively what I and others (Sunkissed, SW, PP) would suggest is our second article Frank and WS have told us about over time. Or, at least a very good lead up to the actual showing of the dropping of the three zeros. With new currency publicly.

They use the term withdraw the mass in circulation. Well like we heard yesterday. The dropping of the three zeros is what the AMF and IMF want Iraq to do and that is drop the three zeros and become fully Article 8 compliant.

The need to provide liquidity and that is new notes.. imo. The are telling us they are increasing the value of the new currency to the USD.

They are reminded everyone of the importance to value through the 4 pillars of economics, just as described in the FA thread. (Turk Model, pg 5) They are telling us they are going to enhance the value of the IQD and therefy, giving the citizens purchase power. ~ MM

"the Central Bank of Iraq represents a part of the system of economic solution to the value of the Iraqi dinar and not the whole solution, especially as he was the only contender in the economic arena has achieved monetary achievements in the context of the duty of monetary and his quest to reduce the value of the Iraqi dinar exchange rate against the US dollar in the market Local ".

"The stability of the value of the currency can not be studied in isolation from the facts of economic reality "

"In economics, they are called policies, which must be integrated and harmonized as a single package in their growth and development so that these policies contribute to the pace of their coherence in raising and enhancing the value of the currency (purchasing power)," Kazem said.

https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=33394

As for the the Finance Conference being pushed out to summer apparently was not felt to be timed accordingly. The new phase was just not quite ready yet, however, not once they finish the process to completion and have a fully acceptable Article 8 compliant Iraq with a new internationally accepted rate, they'll have more chance of success with investors going forward.

The lack of publicity on the matter is also a good thing. No need for negative attention. Tainting the environment with that is not good business. Investors will want the new and improved mechanisms for trade. They clearly are implementing them now and even go so far as to say starting Monday.

What that will mean exactly, is in a very short period of time will be told. imo ~ MM

http://iraqfinanceevent.com/

Sawco » February 9th, 2019

Did I understand you correctly, MM...……..The investment conference, which is/was to begin tomorrow (2/10), has now been pushed back to this summer...…….?? If you don't mind, please respond.....Thanks, MM...………………………………….

MilitiaMan » February 9th, 2019

Yes it appears as such and in my opinion, it was due to that they have't shown the rate yet. I was expecting them to cancel with out it. So, it in my opinion was done tactfully and professionally. Means nothing to me in regard to the MR.. Just investor confidence. They were not going to have a "White Ellephant" again.. PEr the ICC directly.. imo.. ~ MM

Cleitus » February 9th, 2019

Yes, I agree, MM. "IRAQ IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND 2019...", is one of the topic headings on their website. If anyone would stop to think, how can you be, "Open For Business.." until EVERYTHING is in order, and, that would include the rate?! As you say MM, "Just investor confidence".

MilitiaMan » February 9th, 2019

We have a solid view as I see it. There is nothing bad out there to support we are not in a good place today! Those that were expecting the final rate ahead of the conference, knew in advance if the rate didn't change they would not be having one.. imo..

So them not having one, didn't effect those waiting for the proper time to come in. The main focus is for this to not fail for the citizens, not investors.

The placating of investors imo was smartly done, just as they have placated the citizens very well up til now.. imo ~ MM

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現在空戦を扱ったカードゲーム「Down in Flames - Locked on」。そのキャンペーンシナリオの1つ「デザート・ストーム」をソロプレイで試してみた。

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第1回戦

米軍はF-15Cが1機。イラク軍はMiG-23、MiG-25が各1機登場する。米軍のF-15は超エリートパイロットが操縦している。一方イラク側には地対空ミサイルが登場する。

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第1Round

F-15Cが一気に距離を詰めて中高度まで降下する。SAMによる反撃が怖いが、カードの枚数に勝るF-15が強引に戦いを進める。MiG-23をHSレンジまで引き寄せ、正面からAIM-7Mを発射。MiG-23はカウンターメジャーを発射するが、スパローは騙されずに目標を直撃。最初の1機目を葬った。
さらにF-15Cはもう1機のMiG-25に機首を向けて間合いを詰める。立て続けにスパロー2発を発射するが、これはMiG-25のカウンターメジャーによって躱されてしまった。
MiG-25は反撃のAA-6ミサイルを放つが、これはF-15によって軽くかわされてしまう。しかし中高度に降りてきたF-15に対して地対空ミサイルが発射された。F-15はカウンターメジャーとヨーヨーカード2枚で辛くもこれを躱す。

第2Round

F-15はさらに間合いを詰めてMiG-25と有視界戦闘に入る。ドッグファイトモード。練度と格闘戦能力の優越を生かしてMiG-25の背後3マイルに位置したF-15は、間髪入れずサイドワインダーミサイルを放った。1発目のサイドワインダーは歴戦のイラク軍パイロット(エースカードを使用)によって躱されたが、2発目のサイドワインダーは目標を離さなかった。命中。MiG-25は四散する。
F-15はバーティカルロールカード2枚を使って一気に高度を高高度に戻し、地対空ミサイル網から逃れた。

VP(US/IRAQ)=121/10

第2回戦

米軍がF-16Aが1機、イラク軍はMiG-21が2機登場する。米軍のF-16Aはテストパイロットが搭乗しており、手札が無制限になるという。

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第1Round

F-16Aはテストパイロットの特性を生かすため低空でアフターバーナーを吹かした。手札が9枚から15枚に増える。1機のMiG-21を捉えて距離を詰めて格闘戦。背後を取ってサイドワインダーを発射。それが見事に命中して1機目のMiGを葬った。

第2Round

F-16Aはさらにアフターバーナーを吹かしてカードを溜め込む。中高度に上がったMiG-21に対し、F-16も中高度で対峙。瞬く間に背後を取ってサイドワインダー2発を発射するが、これはMiGパイロットの熟練によって躱されてしまう。残り1発のサイドワインダーを残してF-16は一気に間合いを詰めてガンレンジに目標を捉えた。20mmガトリング砲の一連射を叩き込んでMiGを粉砕した。

VP(US/IRAQ)=87/8

第3回戦

米軍はF/A-18Aが1機。イラク軍はMiG-23、MiG-25が各1機登場する。さらに第2Roundにはイラク側にMiG-21 1機が増援として登場する。米軍にとっては今までにない苦しい展開となるだろう。なお米軍のパイロットは例によって超ベテランである。また逆にイラク軍パイロットは新米である。

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第1Round

F-18AはMiG-23を狙って距離を詰めてAIM-7Mスパローを発射する。1発目はカウンターメジャーによって回避されたが、2発目のスパローが目標を直撃。MiG-23は四散した。

第2Round

F/A-18Aは目標をMiG-25に変更する。一気に距離を詰めてガンコンバット。20mmガトリング砲の一連射でMiG-25を引き裂いた。イラク軍パイロットには成す術もない。

第3Round

最後の目標は増援で登場してきたMiG-21だ。今や手札にエースカード4枚を持つF/A-18にとって、MiG-21を打ち落とすなど射的場の目標を撃つよりも容易い。一気に距離を詰めてヘッドオンから20mmガトリング砲を浴びせる。MiG-21はリアクションカードを出して抵抗するが、エースカードに封じられて四散した。

VP(US/IRAQ)=106/16

第4回戦

最後は米軍はF-14Aが1機。イラク軍はMiG-25が1機とMiG-23が2機である。例によって米軍は超エース。イラク軍は新米である。

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第1Round

F-14Aは超遠距離からAIM-54Cフェニックスミサイルを発射する。狙いはMiG-23。1発はカウンターメジャーによって躱されたが、もう1発が命中し目標は四散した。さらにF-14Aは接近して別のMiG-23をスパローで狙うが、これは発射機会を得られなかった。
MiG-25が正面からF-14に接近。弱いレーダーロックを頼りにAA-6A 1発を発射する。しかしF-14はヴァーティカルロールで軽くかわす。

第2Round

F-14Aは中距離から短距離戦に間合いを詰めて残ったMiG-23と格闘戦に入る。背後を取ったF-14Aはサイドワインダーを2発発射。その1発が命中してMiG-23を撃墜した。残ったMiG-25に対してF-14Aは近接格闘戦に持ちこむ。背後を取ったF-14は20mmガトリング砲を2連射放ったが、MiG-25は巧みな操縦で機銃弾を躱す。

第3Round

MiG-25はアフターバーナーを点火して何とかF-14Aを振り切ろうとする。しかしエースの乗るF-14Aを振り切ることはできない。狙いすましたF-14Aのガトリング砲がMiG-25を粉砕した。3機目撃墜。

VP(US/IRAQ)=119/36

結果

合計VP(US/IRAQ)=433/70
米軍の戦略的勝利

感想

機体性能もさることながら、練度ルールが大きい。これだけ練度差があると、イラク軍としてはどうしようもないと思う。正直な所、人間対人間でプレイしても、今回のシナリオでは同様の結果になるのではないか。

ただソロプレイとしては、イラク軍機をバタバタ落とす快感を楽しめてよかった。

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Islamic State has lost its Syrian base, but its threat remains

If he gets his way, Donald Trump will announce at some point in the coming week that the Islamic State terrorist group has been defeated and its hate-filled caliphate in Syria and Iraq destroyed. This will be the second time the US president has declared victory over the jihadists.

When Trump first made the claim, in December, he was sharply contradicted by his own intelligence chiefs and by British ministers. Now he is being more cautious. But his eagerness to hog the credit for a limited success he had precious little to do with will probably get the better of him, sooner rather than later.

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Continuamos la línea de publicaciones que denuncian la abierta agresión 
del imperialismo, principalmente yanqui, a los pueblos del tercer mundo. El viejo Estado burocrático-terrateniente de Irak, reestructurado tras la invasión conjunta del 2003 comandada por Estados Unidos, está sufriendo las consecuencias de su política entreguista, quienes absurdamente le piden a los yanquis que se retiren del país, como si estos hubiesen actuado desinteresadamente. La patraña imperialista de exportar “libertad”, “justicia”, “democracia” y “paz” en base a bombas, sabotaje y contrapropaganda ha quedado al descubierto una vez más. A pesar de las contradicciones en el gobierno de Irak, allí se observa el desarrollo de la contradicción principal a nivel mundial, entre las naciones oprimidas y el imperialismo.

“El vicepresidente del Parlamento iraquí denuncia comentarios de Trump según los cuales EE.UU. mantendrá parte de sus tropas en Irak para ‘vigilar a Irán’.


El pueblo de Irak víctima de la barbarie iniciada por la agresión imperialista al país. Foto AFP de Ahmad al-Rubaye

Iraquenos queman bandera yanqui
 Mediante un comunicado emitido este domingo por su Oficina, el legislador iraquí Hasan al-Kaabi ha repudiado las afirmaciones del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, por considerarlas una flagrante violación de la soberanía y la voluntad nacional iraquíes. “Irak no dejará que ningún país use su territorio para agredir a otros territorios”, ha agregado el diputado.

En una entrevista publicada hoy en la cadena local CBS, Trump ha admitido que la guerra de Irak fue un “gran error”, pero ha explicado que, como ya se ha invertido en crear una base militar en ese país, es mejor conservarla y usarla para vigilar a Irán.

Con estas afirmaciones “provocativas”, ha continuado Al-Kaabi, el mandatario estadounidense ha pasado por alto por segunda vez la Constitución iraquí. La primera vez, ha explicado, ocurrió cuando Trump realizó una visita sorpresiva a Irak en diciembre pasado, donde se reunió con las tropas de Estados Unidos estacionadas en el aeródromo de Ain al-Asad (oeste de Irak).

La visita secreta de Trump a Irak indignó a políticos iraquíes que vieron la medida como una violación flagrante de la soberanía de su país. Sabah al-Saadi, líder del bloque parlamentario iraquí Islah dijo entonces que el mandatario norteamericano “debería conocer sus límites” y comprender que la época de “la ocupación estadounidense de Irak ha terminado”.

Al-Kaabi ha asegurado además en su nota que el Parlamento iraquí trabajará durante el próximo período legislativo para promulgar una legislación que ponga fin al acuerdo de seguridad con EE.UU.

En los últimos meses los legisladores han insistido en la salida de EE.UU. De hecho, el Parlamento del país tiene previsto analizar en breve un proyecto de ley presentado por el bloque Saerun, en la cual se exige la retirada de uniformados extranjeros de Irak.

En 2011, el Departamento de Defensa de EE.UU. puso fin a las operaciones de combate que comenzaron en Irak desde la invasión de 2003. A partir de 2011, los soldados norteamericanos permanecieron en el país árabe en labores de “formación y entrenamiento”.

Sin embargo, en 2014 Washington, al frente de la llamada coalición contra el grupo terrorista EIIL (Daesh, en árabe), volvió a enviar unos cinco mil soldados en la nación árabe, que según las denuncias, llevan a cabo labores de inteligencia en la frontera con Siria.”

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*Continuation from my submission for last week's Red Snow prompt* "That's not gonna work." Prillhart stood over me, snarfing a loogie out from his sinuses and spit it onto the dirt floor. "Christ, can't you do that somewhere else?" I scowled up at him, shielding the paper that was half filled with my scribbling. "Let me use that as a napkin." He said, showing all of his sand blasted teeth with a shit eating grin. "Just...screw off, okay?" "Fine. But I already told you. It's not gonna work." My eyes fell on the wads of paper strewn throughout our tent as Prillhart's boots crunched over them. This failing simply wasn't an option. If I've learned anything, it's that there was always a way. We were eight months in to a fourteen month deployment and our body odor infiltrated the camp more throrughly than the sand did our crotches. Water could rinse the sand until next time but not the caked on oils from our armpit hair. It became so bad Martinez let us use her razor for awhile but Wilson went straight for his wrists with it first chance he got. Now his body was on a supply plane flying home to his wife. Since that happened I dreamt about Maria every night. Whoever I saw dead in waking life, she'd take their form in my sleep. Same clothes, same blood splatters, but my wife's body. Until one night she appeared in her wedding dress. Her expression was so soft, the lines on her face slacked because she wasn't frowning. She reached for my face and just as I thought she was going to say she loved me, she sighed serenely and said "F*ck you." It was after that I decided to write my first attempted letter. Today was January 24th and I was on attempt twenty nine. As Valentine's day approached, it hissed 'this is your last chancccce' in my ear even though I knew it wasn't a single Valentine's day that had messed us up and one successful gift wouldn't fix us. Maria loved those chalky hearts with the phrases on them so I punted and carved 'I love you' with my M9 Bayonet into a few gummy worms left over from Wilson's last care package. Three worms in an air tight jalapeno jar, three I love you's. Maybe that's all I should send. Maybe that's all I could send. The letters with my heart and soul smeared on the page were messier than yesterday's raid. "Hey, everyone!" Prillhart called from outside the tent just as I stood up to gather the paper wads from the floor. "Herrera's trying... to..." He stopped to cough. "...to write Maria again! After what he did!" "Dammit," I said, bending down, "Prillhart your'e this close to-" And then I stopped dead. His glistening snot, the edges already dried with sand, rested next to the first letter I reached for. Fuzzy black flecks grew on its surface. I drew my pistol. Everyone laughed as I slowly lifted the tent flap and stepped outside. "Let me see your tongue." Prillhart frowned, coughing wetly into his crooked arm. "Get off it man," he was finally able to say, "leave me alone." I could see the same black flecks in his mouth as he spoke. My pistol pointing at Prillhart, I used the other hand to pull out my walkie talkie. "Camp to base, we have an in progress turn, over." Prillhart raised his eyebrows. "An in progress - oh come on, I'm just run down from being on third shift!" He was at a yell by the time he was finished as a generator turned on in the distance. "Relax buddy, we have protocol in place just for this type of situation." Everyone had scattered to their positions and it was just me and him. "Don't," he breathed, "point" he breathed again, "your gun at me." Prillhart whimpered as his lungs violently filled and emptied with air. He took a step forward. A tear fell down his cheek as he squinted his eyes shut, resisting. By the time he opened them, he was gone. "Live turn. Live turn." I said into the walkie talkie. "Engaging, over." First protocol, slow him down. I gave two quick trigger pulls to his left leg, then two at his right as he ran at me. The bullets in his knee caps didn't so much as give him a limp. Two more to each hip shattered what it needed to and he collapsed, Prillhart dragging himself with his arms. Second protocol, get him to the hyperbaric chamber. I tried to lasso him with the rope we got issued the day they explained the mold. But he was smart and grabbed it, pulling himself along its length so fast he was at my feet by the time my brain registered him. His black speckled gums reflected the sunlight as his lips curled over his teeth and before I knew it, he bit straight through my shin, cracking it in half. I loved him, I did. We shit ourselves together so many times in boot camp. We'd been in the same troop each trip to Iraq. But I loved Maria, too. So I pressed the barrel to his temple, right in the place they showed us, and fired. *** Cool, I'm dead. I must be. No pain. Anywhere. Then Martinez's voice. "Everything has been cleaned and disinfected, sir." Dam. Then I remembered Maria...my wife...my lover...my freind...and then I remembered her belly as it began to grow before I left... That's what drew my eyes open. "You're awake." My commanding officer, Major Scott, looked over some paper on a clipboard. "How are you feeling, Herrera?" I gurgled at him. "Good," he said, crossing out a few things with his ink pen. "You did great. We're sending you home and then we'll bring you back once you're all better." "Bleh?" "From your leg. We thank you for your sacrifice, son." I looked down and only my left foot lifted the sheets covering me. "Muthfrokrrrr." Martinez entered the medical tent and Major Scott handed her the clipboard. "Destroy all other copies of his medical records." "Yes, sir." A helicopter approached and Major Scott walked out to receive it. Martinez placed the clipboard on the bed's open space where my right leg should have been and began carting me away. "Wait," I slurred at her. "Wait! Bring me the Jalapeño jar from my tent!" Martinez wordlessly ran from the tent and entered a few seconds later "Prillhart was wrong," she said, placing the jar in my hand. Her lips trembled as she smiled. "Be real with her, Oscar, and she'll forgive you. She can handle it." We stared at each other, the grogginess lifting just enough for me to now remember Prillhart. My eyes widened and I could see his brain misting into fine droplets through the air. The realization screwed my face up as Martinez hugged me and, like a baby, I sobbed into her shoulder as she sobbed into mine. *** Major Scott saluted me. "We're in need of your expertise, son," he yelled over the whirring propellers. "Heal fast!" I saluted him back, stoic and strong, the jar of worms I clung to and Martinez's parting words the only things keeping me composed. I'd be in at least four months of physical therapy. Maybe we could make some progress in that time, figure out a way to move forward. Because if I've learned anything, it's that there was always a way.
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Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the United States, began their last attack on so-called Islamic State held territory on Saturday night. SDF troops, led by Kurdish fighters, have been holding out for the past 10 days. The announcement came from the SDF spokesman, Mustafa Bali, who said it would be the final assault on the remaining two villages. In a Tweet he said: "Our forces have started the final battle to eliminate the last remnants of the ISIS terrorist organisation" The battle is aimed at regaining control of Al-Baghuz in the east of Syria, on the border with Iraq. In the past week and a half more than 20,000 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged area. This latest battle comes just days after President Trump announced that the terrorist group would be stamped out by "next week."
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Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in IraqTheir home countries don't want them and holding trials in Syria isn't an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq. As the final shred of the once-sprawling jihadist "caliphate" crumbles in eastern Syria, Kurdish-led forces backed by the US have captured hundreds more diehard foreign fighters. The American military -- which spearheads an international coalition fighting IS -- has in the past shown itself willing to hand those captured in Syria to the authorities in Iraq.



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الحلبوسي يشارك في جلسة دعم رفع السودان من قائمة الدول الراعية للارهاب .

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          بالفيديو.. بريانكا عارية الصدر في برنامج The Tonight Show      Cache   Translate Page      

حلَّت نجمة بوليوود “بريانكا شوبرا” ضيفةً في برنامج The Tonight Show  مع مقدم البرامج الكوميدي “جيمي فالون” يوم أمس الثلاثاء للترويج لفيملها القدام Isn’t It Romantic?. واختارت “شوبرا”، البالغة من العمر 36 عامًا، إطلالة تتسم بالجرأة والإثارة تتألف من بنطال وسترة بيضاء اللون زُيِّنا بالكريستال البرَّاق بطريقة هندسية راقية من توقيع مصممة الأزياء الإسبانية “تيريزا

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          كيم كارداشيان بتصميم فاضح يشبه قصاصات الورق      Cache   Translate Page      

حضرت الشقيقتان كورتني وكيم كارداشيان حفل توزيع جوائز amfAR الذي أقيم في سلسلة مطاعم ونوادي Cipriani الواقعة في ولاية نيويورك الأمريكية ليلة أمس الأربعاء. وعن اختيار الفتاتين للأزياء، أسدلت كيم وكورتني فُستانان أسودان مُتشابهان، لكن اختلفت الحقبة التي صُنعت فيها الفُستانان، فما ارتدته كيم تمّ إنتاجه في عام 1991، أمّا فُستان كورتني فكان من مجموعة

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          كانيه ويست يهدي كيم كارداشيان فُستاناً جريئاً      Cache   Translate Page      

نشرت نجمة تلفزيون الواقع الشهيرة “كيم كارداشيان” صورةً جديدةً عبر حسابها في إنستغرام، ظهرت بها وهي ترتدي فُستانًا جريء التّصميم لونه ذهبي بينما كانت تقف في خِزانتها الفارهة. جاء تصميم الفُستان وكأنه بودي سوت من الأعلى، وخرقة مربوطة من الأسفل، فضلًا عن الفتحة التي جاءت في مُنتصف البودي سوت وكشفت عن معدتها الممشوقة، إلى جانب

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          وفاة مغني الراب كاديت في حادث سيارة      Cache   Translate Page      

توفي مغني الراب البريطاني “كاديت” عن عمر ناهز الـ28  صباح يوم السبت الماضي خلال توجهه لإحياء إحدى حفلاته الغنائية في ستافوردشاير في العاصمة البريطانية لندن. وعن أسباب الوفاة، أفادت وكالة الأنباء البريطانية أن “كاديت”، واسمه الحقيقي “بلين جونسون”/، لقي حتفه في حادث سيارة، حيث كان على متن سيارة أجرة متوجهًا لإحياء حفله في جامعة “كيلي”

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          حلاق ليبي يرسم صور المشاهير على رؤوس زبائنه      Cache   Translate Page      

قام أحد الحلاقين في مدينة بنغازي الليبية برسم صور عديدة للمشاهير على رؤوس زبائنه، الذين يترددون عليه لقص شعرهم. محمد أحمد صالح 26 عاما أصبح حلاقا بالصدفة فهو حاصل على بكالريوس في الأدب الإنجليزي، ولكنه اكتشف موهبته في الإمساك بالمقص والماكينة وساعدة جارة على تطويرها، كما أثقل موهبته من خلال متابعه مشاهير المصففين عبر الإنترنت.

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          واتسآب تعلن حظر 2 مليون حساب شهرياً      Cache   Translate Page      

اعلنت منصة التواصل المباشر واتسآب ، المملوكة لشبكة الفيس بوك الاجتماعية ، قالت انها تقوم بحظر مايصل الى 2 مليون حساب بشكل شهري ، لمكافحة الازعاج والاخبار المضللة والمزيفة. وذكرت الشركة انه ” في الشهر الماضي قصر التطبيق عملية اعادة ارسال الرسائل الى خمسة اشخاص فقط بدلا من النظام السابق الذي كان يتيح اعادة الارسال

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          وزارة المالية ترد أنباء إيقاف تعيينات 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

ردت وزارة المالية على ما تناقلته بعض المواقع الالكترونية ووسائل الاعلام خبراً مفاده بان الوزارة اصدرت تعليمات بايقاف التعيينات ضمن الموازنة العامة للدولة لسنة 2019. وذكر بيان للوزارة وتلتقه وكالة صدى, ان “هذا الخبر غير صحيح اطلاقاً وقد وجهت الوزارة جميع الوزارات والهيئات والمحافظات ومجالسها باستلام تعليمات تنفيذ الموازنة بدءاً من يوم غد الاثنين، والنسخة

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          اعادة اعمار 35 مدرسة في ايمن الموصل      Cache   Translate Page      

أعلنت لجنة اعمار المناطق المتضررة، اليوم الاحد، عن اعادة اعمار وترميم 35 مدرسة مهدمة في عموم ايمن الموصل. وقال مسؤول اللجنة مزاحم الخياط, إن “مديرية الابنية المدرسية و بالتعاون مع بلديات الموصل وبدعم  من منظمة(UNDP) المشرفة على اعمار المناطق المتضررة باشرت باعمار 35 مدرسة في عموم ايمن الموصل”. واشار الى ان “مدة انجاز اعمار المدارس

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          اعادة 30 عائلة نازحة من عامرية الفلوجة الى قضاء القائم      Cache   Translate Page      

اعلنت الشركة العامة لنقل المسافرين والوفود، اعادة اكثر من 30 عائلة نازحة من عامرية الفلوجة الى قضاء القائم وعنه. وذكر بيان لوزارة النقل وتلقته وكالة صدى، أن “الشركة العامة لنقل المسافرين والوفود اعادت اكثر من 30 عائلة نازحة وبواقع 160 فردا من عامرية الفلوجة الى قضاء القائم وعنه”. واضاف البيان أن “الوزارة عازمة على نقل

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          اعادة اعمار 350 دار سكني في ايمن الموصل      Cache   Translate Page      

اعادت محافظة نينوى اليوم الاحد، اعمار 350 دار سكني في الجانب الايمن لمدينة الموصل. وقال محافظ نينوى نوفل العاكوب ، ان “الملاكات الهندسية في بلديات الموصل انتهت من اعمار وتسليم 350  دار بأيمن الموصل بعد تنفيذها بدعم من منظمة (UNDP)”. واشار الى ان “هناك 250 دار سكني سيتم اعادة اعمارها قريباً”.

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          مليونير يطلب شراء جبل لنحت عائلته عليه      Cache   Translate Page      

في واقعة غريبة من نوعها، كشف أحد مواقع التسويق، عن طلب مدهش، تقدم به للموقع مليونير يبحث عن شراء جبل.ووفقًا لموقع “أوديتي سنترال”، أوضح موقع التسويق، أنه تلقى طلبا غير عادي من شخص يبحث عن جبل أو جرف في بريطانيا لكي ينحت عليه زوجته وأطفاله الثلاثة وكلب العائلة.وأضاف الموقع أن المليونير مستعد لدفع أكثر من

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          الحلبوسي يشارك بفعاليات البرلمان العربي في القاهرة      Cache   Translate Page      

يشارك رئيس مجلس النواب محمد الحلبوسي، اليوم الأحد، بفعاليات البرلمان العربي المنعقدة في العاصمة المصرية القاهرة، تلبيةً لدعوة رسمية من رئيس البرلمان العربي مشعل بن فهم السلمي ورئيس المجلس الوطني السوداني إبراهيم أحمد عمر. وسيعقد البرلمان العربي جلسة استماع مخصصة لجمهورية السودان؛ للتضامن معها، ودعم رفعها من قائمة الدول الراعية للإرهاب. هذا وسيشارك في الجلسة رؤساء

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          المرور العامة تعلن المباشرة برفع الكتل الكونكريتية من الكاظمية      Cache   Translate Page      

اعلنت مديرية المرور العامة،مساء امس السبت، عن المباشرة برفع الكتل الكونكريتية من الكاظمية في بغداد. وقال مدير السيطرة والمخابرة العميد حيدر رشيد القصاب في بيان تلقته وكالة صدى, انه “تمت المباشرة برفع الكتل الكونكريتية الموجودة في مدخل مدينة الكاظمية من جهة ساحة عبد المحسن الكاظمي للسير القادم من منطقة الاعظمية نزولاً الى تقاطع اسفل الجسر

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          انشقاق عقيد في الجيش الفنزويلي عن مادورو      Cache   Translate Page      

أفادت وسائل اعلام غربية، اليوم الاحد، بأن عقيداً في الجيش الفنزويلي، اعلن انشقاقه عن الرئيس نيكولاس مادورو، وتأييده لخوان غوايدو الذي أعلن نفسه رئيسا انتقاليا، واعترفت بشرعيته حوالي 40 دولة. وقال العقيد في سلاح البر، روبن ألبرتو باث خيمينيث، في شريط فيديو بث عبر شبكات للتواصل الاجتماعي، امس السبت “ما عدت أعترف بمادورو رئيسا، وأعترف

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          اسعار صرف الدولار مقابل الدينار العراقي ليوم 10-2-2019 الاحد      Cache   Translate Page      

ارتفعت أسعار صرف الدولار في بورصة الكفاح والاسواق المحلية اليوم الأحد، (10 شباط 2019). وسجلت أسعار بورصة الكفاح – بغداد 120,000 دينارا مقابل 100 دولار، فيما كانت الاسعار ليوم الخميس 119,850 ديناراً.أسعار البيع والشراء في محلات الصيرفة:سعر بيع الدولار = 120.500 دينارا.سعر شراء الدولار = 119.500 دينارا.

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          فنزويلا:نقل حسابات شركة النفط إلى المصارف الروسية      Cache   Translate Page      

أعلنت شركة النفط الحكومية الفنزويلية (بي.دي.في.أس.أيه)، عن نقلها الحسابات المصرفية لمشاريع النفط المشتركة إلى حساب “غازبروم بنك” الروسي. وبحسب وسائل إعلام، فإن شركة النفط الفنزويلية الحكومية طلبت، على خلفية العقوبات الأمريكية، من عملائها تحويل الأموال من مبيعات النفط إلى الحسابات الجديدة للبنك الروسي. فضلا عن ذلك، طالبت شركة النفط الوطنية الفنزويلية الشركاء الأجانب، بما في

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          المالية النيابية:تعيينات التربية لم تتوقف      Cache   Translate Page      

كشفت اللجنة المالية النيابية، اليوم الأحد، حقيقة الأنباء التي تحدثت عن إيقاف التعيينات على ملاك وزارة التربية، التي جرت مؤخراً. وقال عضو اللجنة ناجي السعدي، في بيان ، إنه “بعد الاتصال بوكيل وزير المالية، وطيف سامي السعيدي مدير عام الشؤون المالية، ومدير النقدية، أكدوا عدم صدور أَي كتاب بإيقاف التعيينات”. وأضاف، أن التعيينات “مستمرة وأموالها

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          فرنسا:عشرات الآلاف من “السترات الصفراء” يحتجون للأسبوع الـ13      Cache   Translate Page      

يواصل حراك “السترات الصفراء” في فرنسا، مظاهراته للأسبوع الـ13 على التوالي، احتجاجاً على تردي الأحوال الاقتصادية بالبلاد. ووسط تدابير أمنية مكثفة، تظاهر عشرات الآلاف من أصحاب “السترات الصفراء”، ليل السبت، بالعديد من المدن الفرنسية، وفي مقدمتها العاصمة باريس. واحتشد الآلاف من المتظاهرين في شارع الشانزليزيه وسط باريس، وساروا إلى الجمعية الوطنية الفرنسية، وفيما استخدمت شرطة

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          سويسرا:150 الف دولار لمن يخترق التصويت الالكتروني      Cache   Translate Page      

اكد مركز الاعلام الرقمي بان الحكومة السويسرية اعلنت عن تحد للهاكرز في قدرتهم على اختراق الجيل الجديد من نظام تصويتها الالكتروني، مخصصة مكافئة مالية تصل الى 150 الف دولار لمن ينجح في ذلك.وبين المركز في بيان، ان سويسرا قررت اقامة تمرين يتجسد في انتخابات وهمية للفترة من 25 شباط الى 24 اذار المقبل، ودعت اي

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          ذي قار:غمر هور “ابو زرك” بنسبة 90%      Cache   Translate Page      

أفادت مديرية الموارد المائية في محافظة ذي قار بان نسبة الغمر بلغت 90 بالمئة من مساحات هور ابو زرك بعد ارتفاع حجم الاطلاقات المائية وهي نسبة لم تصل لها منذ عقود عدة. وقال مدير الموارد المائية بالمحافظة حسين علي الكناني في تصريح صحفي ان هذه الزيادة في حجم الاطلاقات المائية تعد الاولى من نوعها منذ

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          أب ينتحر بعد قتل طفله الرضيع في استراليا      Cache   Translate Page      

عثر على أب ورضيعه ميتين في سيارة مركونة في طريق ناء في غابات “Beerwah” الأسترالية، وترجح الشرطة احتمالية أن يكون الأب قد قتل ابنه ثم انتحر. ولوحظ اختفاء الرضيع ووالده قبل يومين من العثور على جثتيهما، في حين ترجح الشرطة أن والده أقله إلى تلك المنطقة البعيدة وأقدم على قتله، ليباشر بقتل نفسه بعدها. وكان

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          علماء يثبتون وجود قنبلة مناخية في روسيا      Cache   Translate Page      

كشف علماء من المركز العلمي لأكاديمية العلوم الروسية في كراسنويارسك، أن ارتفاع الحرارة بمقدار درجتين فقط يؤدي إلى تسارع انبعاث غاز ثاني أكسيد الكربون من تربة القطب الشمالي. وجاء في الموقع الإلكتروني للمركز، أن العلماء صمموا حجرة يمكن التحكم بدرجة حرارتها. واستخدمت في التجارب التي أجراها العلماء تربة جلبت من القطب الشمالي. وصمم الباحثون نموذجا

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          الهندسة العسكرية للحشد الشعبي تغيث مناطق جسر ديالى      Cache   Translate Page      

أعلنت مديرية الهندسة العسكرية في الحشد الشعبي،امس السبت، عن تلبيتها نداءات الاستغاثة التي وجهت اليها من قبل اهالي مناطق جسر ديالى اثر انهيار الجسر القديم بسبب السيول والاطلاقات المائية الكثيفة. وقالت المديرية في بيان وتلقته وكالة صدى، إن سكان مناطق جسر ديالى وجهوا نداءات استغاثة الى الهندسة العسكرية للحشد الشعبي من اجل اغاثتهم عقب انهيار

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          A Telemedicine Consult in War-Torn Areas       Cache   Translate Page      
Guest: William Kennedy Smith, MD
Host: Bruce Japsen
War-torn countries like Darfur, Afghanistan and Iraq are often unable to address even the most basic medical needs of their citizens. A unique volunteer effort, called &lsquo;iCons in Medicine,' could soon change that, using new advances in telemedicine to provide much needed assistance to medical care providers in these areas. Dr. William Kennedy Smith, founding president of iCons in Medicine and the Center for International Rehabilitation in Chicago, tells host Bruce Japsen about an effort to get 300 volunteer physicians to provide 1,000 hours of free consultations to their&nbsp;medical colleagues working&nbsp;in regions ravaged by war, poverty and other devastating conditions.
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The economic success of Asian countries evolves around China's 21st century and it has little to do with democracy. US is a hegemon and has used its military might under the pretext of freedom of democracy to invade countries that is antagonistic to its foreign policy. Iraq is a clear example of invasion by US, UK and its coalition forces on the pretext of 'Weapons of Mass Democracy' (WMD) to destroy Saddam Hussein, loot the Iraqi oil fields and declined the country to poverty. Asian students studying abroad and especially China's young minds should understand that freedom of false speech, freedom of fake news and freedom of misleading speech are prevalent under the abusive flag of liberal democracy. Democracy is a destructive weapon used by western media, government and military. There is no such thing as true democracy, its only vested in divisive multi-party interest. The US promoted Thucydides trap to scare China when in reality there is No Thucydides trap because China adopts a non interventionist policy. Liberal democracy is in decadence. The US shutdown is a failed American liberal democracy because of a Wall.? US Liberal democracy is Vexed, at best its Vexocracy. Within the next decade, I believe the educational hub for higher education will be invested in China, Japan, Sth Korea and in Asia. US Liberal democracy Vs Chinese Socialism is in reality Decadence Vs Prosperity. US has no way to turn around, lost in the woods.
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Remember when President Trump said that 99% of the territory once claimed by ISIS had been recovered? Well, according to Reuters, US-backed forces are trying to take back that last 1% of lost ground before President Trump withdraws US troops in April.

Mission Accomplished

Per Reuters, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have started their assault against the final ISIS enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, a territory that includes two villages near the border with Iraq, as they struggle to wipe the last pockets of what was a nation-spanning caliphate off the map for good (though it's worth noting that ISIS still controls some territory in the part of the country that is mostly back under the control of Syrian government, which has received assistance from Russia and Iran in its struggle to hang on to power).

SDF official Mustafa Bali, speaking to Reuters, described the assault as "the last battle." He later wrote on Twitter that the attack had started and the enclave would "be cleared soon."

The SDF had handled the last 10 days “patiently” as more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the besieged IS enclave, Bali said.

Senior SDF official Redur Xelil told Reuters the force hoped to capture the area by the end of February, but cautioned that IS would continue to pose "great and serious" security threats even after that.

ISIS has been steadily losing ground since the US first joined the fight in 2014. The caliphate lost two of its biggest prizes - Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria - back in 2017.

Syria

However, as DNI Dan Coats claimed during Senate Intelligence Committee testimony late last month, plenty of ISIS-aligned fighters and leaders remain active in Syria, and the US military-intelligence apparatus has spent the months since Trump initially announced his plans to remove the 2,000 US fighters still in Syria warning anybody who will listen about how ISIS will make a come back the second the last US soldier steps foot on to Iraqi soil.

On Tuesday, a top US general said ISIS poses an "enduring threat", a line frequently used by former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who famously quit over Trump's decision. Because, as the logic goes, a US military intervention cannot be considered "a success" until all possibility of a hostile force ever reemerging has been systematically stamped out.


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Some 6,000 languages are spoken in the world, and nearly half of them are endangered, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. One of them is Theron Musuweu Kolokwe's native tongue, Subiya, a Bantu language spoken by more than 30,000 people along the Zambezi River in Namibia, Zambia and Botswana. “I think in my language," he said. "I dream in my language. It’s the language that I was born into. I didn’t have the choice to speak it.” That's because, like other educated young people in Windhoek, the 33-year-old speaks a number of other languages on a daily basis, especially English and Afrikaans. Two years ago, Kolokwe started documenting Subiya. The idea came to him while he was watching YouTube. “Randomly, a video of someone speaking their native tongue popped up,” he recalled. “Then, when I opened it, it caught my curiosity. Then, I was like, I want to also hear my tongue and languages from my country and southern Africa in particular.” Kolokwe is one of dozens of volunteers working with Wikitongues, a nonprofit in New York City that helps people from around the world preserve native languages that have been disappearing. ​Colorful vs. gray When a language becomes extinct, says Wikitongues co-founder Daniel Bogre Udell, a culture disappears and a community loses its identity. That’s happening more often than many can imagine. Udell, however, says language loss is not a natural culmination of progress. “That’s really not an accident of history,” he explained. “It’s because, over the 1800s and 1900s, roughly every country in the world relentlessly worked to forcefully assimilate minorities’ cultures. I think no one would suggest that we need to be religiously or culturally or ethnically homogeneous. So, why would we be linguistically homogeneous? It’s a question about what kind of a world we want to live in: a colorful one or a gray one?” The volunteer-based group began in 2016 as an open internet archive of every language in the world. Nearly 1,000 volunteers have submitted videos in more than 400 languages and dialects on Wikitongues’ YouTube channel. Some, like English, Farsi and Mandarin, are spoken by hundreds of millions of people. Others are unfamiliar, like Bora, spoken by a few thousand people in the Amazonian regions of Peru and Colombia, and Iraqw, spoken in Tanzania. Inspiration and hope The vision behind Wikitongues is simple and clear. It’s all about providing the tools and support people need to save their languages. “Language revitalization at the end of the day is something that has to be done by the community, from the ground up,” Udell said. “There is no way an outsider organization can save someone’s language for them. We’ve had over 1,500 contributors and videos from 70 different countries. We have people from India who record dozens of languages, which is beyond their own. We have another volunteer from Scotland who is one of the last speakers of a variety of Scottish dialects. He’s in the process of reclaiming them, revitalizing, (and) building a dictionary for them.” Wikitongues is also where volunteers from around the world can be inspired by the proof that reviving disappearing indigenous languages is possible. Hebrew is a good example. “Hebrew went extinct in the 4th century BC, and was revived in the 1800s and now once again it’s the mother tongue of half of the world’s Jewish population," Udell said. “One of our tribe partners here in the U.S., the Tunica-Biloxi tribe in Louisiana, has over the past couple of years built a really lively language revival on their community. Their language went extinct in the 1940s. We’ve had contributors from the Cornish community whose language went extinct in the 1700s and was brought back in the 1900s. Their movement really got geared up when the internet arrived and new generations of Cornish speakers find each other online and use the language on a daily basis.” Such revival success stories give volunteers like Theron Musuweu Kolokwe hope that his efforts can save Subiya and other African languages from extinction. Kolokwe’s goal is to create a dictionary, and a curriculum so it can be taught in school. “I want the world to know about my language,” he sais. “I want to promote it, so that generations to come can speak it fluently because there is a huge influx of Western languages around here, especially in Namibia. We all learn [English] in school. It’s the business language, the language of government, and people are neglecting their native languages. So, I want to promote it so more and more people can speak it. And children can be proud of where they come from.” With awareness and technology, Wikitongues puts people in a better position to save and revive their native languages, making the world more colorful and culturally diverse.
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Ngô Nhân Dụng
February 8, 2019

Trong thông điệp liên bang mới đọc trước Quốc Hội, Tổng Thống Donald Trump cho thấy ông đã chọn một đề tài tranh cử cho năm 2020: Chống phá thai. Ông dành một thời gian khá dài nói đến vấn đề này, với nhiều chi tiết và lời lẽ xúc động.

Với đề tài “chống phá thai,” Tổng Thống Trump đã đánh trúng một yếu huyệt của đối thủ trong bài Thông điệp Liên Bang. (Hình: Getty Images)

Ông Trump đã tấn công đúng một tử huyệt của đảng Dân Chủ. Khi tố đảng Dân Chủ theo chủ trương chính phủ lớn, hay tăng thuế, hoặc chi tiêu quá nhiều, đó là những vấn đề xa xôi và trừu tượng đối với nhiều người. Khi nói đảng Dân Chủ ủng hộ phá thai thì ai cũng hiểu, lời nói khích động tâm can các cử tri có tín ngưỡng mạnh. Từ thập niên 1970, những cử tri này là một thành trì vững chắc của đảng Cộng Hòa.

Trong thông điệp liên bang, ông Trump lên tiếng chống phá thai khi nhắc đến một đạo luật mới được thống đốc New York ban hành. Ông Andrew Cuomo ký hôm 26 Tháng Giêng, 2019, đúng 46 năm sau ngày Tối Cao Pháp Viện Mỹ công nhận phụ nữ được phá thai, với phán quyết Roe v Wade. Khi tranh cử năm 2016, ông Trump hứa sẽ bổ nhiệm các thẩm phán tối cao bảo thủ, để lật ngược phán quyết này. Ông hứa sẽ làm cho Roe v Wade “biến mất!” Trong hai năm qua, ông Trump đã đưa hai ông Neil M. Gorsuch và Brett M. Kavanaugh lên làm thẩm phán tối cao. Nếu Roe v Wade bị lật ngược, thì quyền phá thai còn hay không sẽ tùy mỗi tiểu bang.

Phán quyết Roe v Wade năm 1973 cho phép phá thai (trong vòng 24 tuần, nếu trễ hơn thì cấm, trừ khi tính mạng của người mẹ bị đe dọa). Đạo luật mới ở New York nới rộng tầm áp dụng bằng cách thay đổi một vài chữ, viết, “trừ khi tính mạng và sức khỏe của người mẹ bị đe dọa.” Những chữ “và sức khỏe” có thể mở cửa cho nhiều vụ phá thai trễ ngày hơn 24 tuần! Ông Trump suy ra rằng đạo luật đó có thể cho phép dân New York phá thai trễ hơn, tới trước khi đứa bé ra đời.

Ông Trump đã “khai chiến” với lời phê phán nghị viện New York và ông thống đốc đảng Dân chủ. Ông bảo những người đó “sung sướng hân hoan làm một đạo luật cho phép giựt một hài nhi ra khỏi bụng mẹ trước khi sanh.” Ông Trump cũng lên án một dự luật tương tự đang thảo luận ở nghị viện tiểu bang Virginia, ông tố cáo ông Thống Đốc Ralph Northam sẽ “xử tử hình một đứa bé ngay sau khi ra đời.” Người thuyết trình dự luật này ở Virginia, Dân Biểu Kathy Trần đang lãnh búa rìu dư luận trong cộng đồng người Việt ở Mỹ.

Để thông điệp của mình mạnh hơn nữa, ông Trump ca ngợi phong trào chống phá thai với tinh thần “yêu thương đời sống ngây thơ vô tội;” và ông đề nghị Quốc Hội hãy làm một đạo luật cấm phá thai nếu thời gian thai nghén đã dài, không nói rõ bao nhiêu tuần.

Đề nghị trên của Tổng Thống Trump có thể trở thành một đề tài tranh luận trong hai năm tới, giữa hai đảng. Đó là chủ đích của ông. Dư luận càng bàn cãi về phá thai sẽ càng khích động các cử tri Cộng Hòa. Với triển vọng vấn đề này sẽ lấn át các đề tài mà đảng Dân Chủ đưa ra, ông Trump sẽ có lợi thế lớn! Điều này rất dễ hiểu khi chúng ta biết các ứng cử viên tổng thống thường tác động tâm lý cử tri như thế nào.

Khi dân Mỹ đi bầu tổng thống, ứng cử viên mỗi đảng thường nhắm vào hai mục tiêu khi vận động: Thứ nhất, huy động những người vẫn ủng hộ đảng mình hăng hái đi bỏ phiếu và, thứ hai, thu hút những cử tri độc lập.

Tổng Thống Donald Trump có một số cử tri căn bản ủng hộ ông năm 2016, ông sẽ cố bảo vệ lòng trung thành của họ. Nhưng ông cũng cần thu hút những cử tri Cộng Hòa khác, trong đó số người chống phá thai sẽ bỏ phiếu cho ứng cử viên nào cùng chí hướng, họ có thể bỏ qua tất cả những khuyết điểm khác. Năm 2004, cựu Tổng Thống Goerge Bush đã thắng thế khi đưa hai vấn đề chống phá thai và chống hôn nhân đồng tính lên thành đề tài tranh cử, khiến cho người dân bỏ qua vấn đề chiến tranh Iraq mà đối thủ của ông đưa ra.

Hai ngày sau khi Tổng Thống Trump “phát pháo” chống phá thai, tối cao pháp viện Mỹ đã xét xử một vụ liên quan đến quyền phá thai ở tiểu bang Louisiana; một phán quyết sẽ “hâm nóng” đề tài này trong thời gian tới.

Năm 2014, nghị viện tiểu bang Louisiana ban hành đạo luật bắt buộc các bác sĩ hành nghề phá thai phải được làm việc với một bệnh viện, dù họ có y viện riêng làm việc này, lấy cớ rằng nếu có vấn đề khó khăn nào thì bệnh viện lớn mới có phương tiện can thiệp cứu người phụ nữ. Những người chống đối đạo luật trên đã kiện, cho rằng đạo luật đó khiến cho số bác sĩ phá thai còn được hành nghề quá ít, khiến các phụ nữ muốn phá thai không được chăm sóc.

Thứ Năm vừa qua, tối cao pháp viện đã xét đến vụ này, và phán rằng đạo luật ở Louisiana phải tạm ngưng thi hành; một thắng lợi cho những tổ chức ủng hộ quyền phá thai. Phán quyết của tối cao pháp viện có tỷ số 5-4, trong đó hai thẩm phán do Tổng Thống Trump đề cử, Neil M. Gorsuch và Brett M. Kavanaugh đứng về phía thiểu số cùng hai thẩm phán bảo thủ kỳ cựu đã được các tổng thống Cộng Hòa bổ nhiệm, các ông Clarence Thomas và Samuel A. Alito Jr..

Chánh Án Tối Cao John G. Roberts Jr. đứng về phía đa số, cùng bốn vị thẩm phán cấp tiến, do các vị tổng thống Dân Chủ bổ nhiệm. Ông Roberts được phong nhậm chánh án tối cao pháp viện vào thời cựu Tổng Thống Bush, nhưng ông đã từng bỏ phiếu giống các vị thẩm phán cấp tiến.

Tuy nhiên, phán quyết vừa qua của tối cao pháp viện chưa giải quyết dứt khoát vụ kiện đạo luật ở Louisiana, vì không phán rằng đạo luật đó vi hiến. Cho nên, trong thời gian tới, có thể trong năm 2019 hay qua năm 2020, vụ kiện đạo luật Louisiana sẽ được đem ra phân xử. Khi đó, các nhà chính trị hai đảng và các báo đài sẽ bàn luận rất nhiều về vấn đề quyền phá thai và chống phá thai. Đó chính là một không khí chính trị có lợi cho Tổng Thống Trump, khi ông muốn đưa vấn đề này lên thành một đề tài nước Mỹ phải quyết định!

Năm 2016, tối cao pháp viện đã xóa bỏ một đạo luật của tiểu bang Texas, tương tự như đạo luật ở Louisiana. Lý do xóa bỏ, là vì đạo luật đó chỉ mang lại rất ít lợi ích cho các phụ nữ phá thai, trong khi gây ra nhiều cản trở cho họ, khiến họ không được hưởng một thứ quyền mà hiến pháp cho phép. Nhưng các nhà bình luận bảo thủ đã vạch ra rằng hai đạo luật ở Louisiana và Texas không hoàn toàn giống nhau. Hơn nữa, năm 2016 Tối cao pháp viện chưa có hai ông Gorsuch và Kavanaugh!

Ông Trump sẽ tìm cách mô tả đảng Dân Chủ như là một đảng ủng hộ phá thai. Các đạo luật của tiểu bang New York và Virginia, hai tiểu bang đảng Dân Chủ nắm quyền, sẽ được ông Trump đưa ra làm thí dụ. Ông đang chờ nhiều tiểu bang khác, trong đó có New Mexico và Vermont, sẽ đưa ra các đạo luật tương tự như ở New York, để dư luận những người chống phá thai càng sôi nổi hơn! Những cử tri độc lập cũng sẽ được lôi cuốn vào cuộc tranh luận: Có cho phép phụ nữ phá thai sau 24 tuần hay không? Đa số dân Mỹ muốn bảo vệ phán quyết Roe v Wade nhưng nhiều người chống việc hủy diệt các thai quá trễ.

Một điều bất lợi cho đảng Dân Chủ là họ bị mang tiếng chủ trương cho phá thai trễ, trong khi thực tế cho thấy những trường hợp này rất hiếm xẩy ra. Năm 2015, chỉ có hơn một phần trăm (1.3%) các vụ phá thai là trễ sau 21 tuần.

Đảng Dân chủ sẽ khó khăn khi muốn tìm cách tránh tiếng là những người “ủng hộ phá thai trễ!” Ông Trump đã đánh trúng một yếu huyệt của đối thủ! (Ngô Nhân Dụng)






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U.S.-backed forces in Syria were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last enclave held by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) near the Iraqi border.
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Community activists in Caracas who support the government of President Nicolas Maduro  have formed food co-ops to help overcome the economic crisis

by Reese Erlich

Tens of thousands of angry people march in the streets to protest lack of democracy. Women bang on pots to raise alarm over the economic crisis brought on by a socialist president. The United States denounces the leftist government and promises to help bring democracy to the country.

Venezuela in 2019? No, it was Chile in 1973.

Chileans had elected a Marxist president, Salvador Allende, and the U.S. government was seeking to oust him. Allende’s platform rejected the anti-communist foreign policy of the United States and threatened the profits of U.S. corporations. So, in a time-honored tactic of course, the Nixon Administration claimed Allende was an autocrat allied with the U.S.S.R.

With National Security Council head Henry Kissinger as point man, the United States squeezed Chile economically, sponsored trucker strikes, fomented opposition demonstrations, and ultimately supported the coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power. The people of Chile would suffer under a brutal dictatorship for the next sixteen years.

Perhaps the Trump Administration is hoping history will repeat itself, but so far Venezuelans aren’t going for it. Elected President Nicolas Maduro, while politically weakened by recent U.S. maneuvering, still retains a measure of popular support. Unlike the Chilean army, much of the Venezuelan military remains loyal to the government.

As I reported from Caracas two years ago, Maduro survived violent attacks by upper-class opposition leaders on his government. His supporters hope he will do so again, despite massive economic chaos promoted by the United States.

In January the Trump Administration intensified a brutal economic and political campaign to overthrow Maduro. It blocked the state owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, known as PDVSA, from receiving payment for oil shipments to the United States. The administration also orchestrated denunciations of Maduro by U.S. allies in Latin America and Europe.

Venezuela depends on oil exports to earn hard currency. The Wall Street Journal reported that oil production has dropped 10 percent since December. That means the government will have a harder time importing essential goods, like pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and food.

While the U.S. has sanctioned PDVSA, it has also granted waivers allowing Chevron Corporation and two U.S. oil service providers, Halliburton and Schlumberger, to continue operating and making profits in Venezuela. Hmmmm. The U.S. promotion of democracy in Latin America seems, once again, to be attached to corporate interests.

“The Trump Administration is trying to asphyxiate Venezuela,” Carolina Morales, a Venezuelan immigrant rights activist living in San Francisco, told me. “The U.S. claims it favors humanitarian aid to Venezuela, but the best aid is a functioning economy. The sanctions hurt ordinary people.”

Trump and the Venezuelan opposition claim that Maduro orchestrated fraudulent presidential elections in May 2018 and has become an autocrat. The Venezuelan constitution provides that if the presidency is “abandoned,” the president of the National Assembly can assume that office. On January 23, National Assembly head Juan Guaidó swore himself in as president, claiming that Maduro had abandoned his office by conducting fraudulent elections.

However, the major opposition parties had boycotted the 2018 elections because they were badly divided. They made no claims that Maduro had “abandoned” the presidency. The argument-- a thin legal thread created to justify a coup-- arose months later.

Guaidó, until last month, was a virtual unknown. He had never run for national office, and was head of the National Assembly only as part of a rotation system among the opposition parties. Guaidó’s party, Popular Will, is self-described as a social democratic party. The United States will certainly pressure Popular Will to adopt neo-liberal economic policies such as tax benefits for the rich, taking on onerous loans from international banks and privatizing state owned companies, particularly PDVSA.

Venezuelans have been down that path before. Neoliberal economic policies caused a massive economic crisis in the 1990s, leading to the election of Hugo Chávez, according to Luis Salas, a former minister of economy under Maduro. I interviewed him during my last trip to Caracas.

“That era only produced increased poverty and high inflation,” Salas told me.

Venezuelans will likely be worse off under opposition rule than under Maduro, as admitted by Fernando Cutz, a former White House official who worked on Venezuela policy.

“Things probably will get worse for the people of Venezuela before they get better when you actually start doing things for the greater good,” Cutz told the New York Times.

Surely, the opposition owes much of its support to the country's deteriorating economy. Inflation hit a staggering 80,000 percent last year and is expected to go even higher in 2019.

That means workers’ wages are almost worthless. “It’s difficult to get enough money to buy food,” admitted immigration activist Morales.

Stringent U.S. sanctions and fluctuating oil prices have impacted the Venezuelan economy. But the government also made serious errors, according to Rodulfo Perez, a former minister of education in Maduro’s cabinet.

“We should have invested our oil money in the domestic economy,” Perez told me during my last trip. “Such a policy would have strengthened the bolívar fuerte [Venezuelan currency] and reduced the need for imports.”

Trump’s Latin American policy is now spearheaded by John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, and a group of neocons determined to reassert U.S. control of Venezuela’s oil. And, as Bolton has admitted, “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

From a geopolitical standpoint, the neocons see overthrowing the government in Venezuela as a first step towards doing the same in Cuba and Nicaragua.

A U.S. coup is by no means a done deal. “I am optimistic and hoping the government will survive,” said activist Morales. She then added, “I’m also worried. The U.S. could send troops to Venezuela, which would provoke a civil war. There could be thousands of deaths in the streets. That’s why I’m speaking up against this coup.”


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Hugo Chavez è stato assassinato: la notizia è pressoché certa. Poi ci ha pensato l’indegno Maduro, a “terminare” il Venezuela. Ma non da solo: è stato aiutato, nell’opera di devastazione del paese, dai vizi capitali del “bolivarismo” venezuelano. La giusta crociata contro il latifondo ha finito per affidare le terre a cooperative gestite da incapaci, scelti per la loro fedeltà politica. Idem le imprese, simbolo dell’odiata borghesia “coloniale” e parassitaria, alleata dagli Usa: troppe aziende sono state consegnate ai militari, che le hanno fatte fallire. Risultato: il Pil è franato, togliendo al paese la capacità di produrre beni diversi dal petrolio. E quando il prezzo del greggio è crollato, si è spalancato il baratro. La tragedia? Ad affrontarla non c’era più il popolarissimo Chavez, ma l’incolore Maduro. Che poi, di fronte alle proteste, non ha trovato di meglio che forzare la Costituzione, sospendere la democrazia e far sparare sulla folla, salvo poi accusare gli yankee di aver strangolato il Venezuela. Chi oggi si ostina a difendere Maduro – scrive Giuseppe Angiuli, su “L’Intellettuale Dissidente” – dimostra la stessa cecità del potere imperiale neoliberista che ha fatto la guerra a Chavez fin dal primo giorno, cercando anche di deporlo con il golpe del 2002, neutralizzato dal popolo venezuelano che si strinse attorno al suo leader – l’unico che in tanti anni abbia davvero lavorato, giorno e notte, per il benessere della sua gente.
Rifiutarsi di leggere con lucidità la storia recente del Venezuela, scrive Angiuli nella sua accurata ricostruzione, significa innanzitutto fare un torto ai venezuelani, oggi alla fame. Un affronto alla memoria dello stesso Chavez, strenuo difensore del suo popolo. E’ stato grande, Chavez, ma inevitabilmente imperfetto: proprio i suoi errori ottici, secondo Angiuli, hanno creato le premesse di una crisi spaventosa, che oggi – senza più il carisma e l’onestà di fondo del leader – stanno mettendo in pericolo il Venezuela. Il paese perde milioni di cittadini, ridotti a profughi. Mancano cibo e medicinali, e c’è anche il rischio concreto che le sue frontiere vengano violate da un intervento militare ispirato dagli Usa e condotto da paesi come la Colombia e l’inquietante Brasile di Bolsonaro. La domanda che sfugge, nel derby delle opposte tifoserie italiane ed europee, è la seguente: com’è possibile che sia finito nella disperazione di massa uno dei paesi virtualmente più ricchi del mondo? Quella del Venezuela è considerata la prima riserva petrolifera del pianeta: e da parte degli Usa, certamente ostili al regime chiavista, non c’è però mai stato nessun embargo del greggio venezuelano. Al contrario: proprio grazie all’export dell’oro nero, a Caracas negli ultimi vent’anni sono circolati fiumi di petrodollari. Che fine hanno fatto?
All’inizio, miliardi di dollari sono serviti a finanziare il grandioso welfare ideato da Chavez per allievare le storiche sofferenze dei poveri. Ma non un soldo è stato investito nell’economia non-petrolifera. In compenso, grazie al controllo centralizzato della gestione dei cambi, è fiorito il contrabbando di valuta estera. E oggi si mangia acquistando alla borsa nera i generi alimentari che i gerarchi di Maduro – che controllano i petrodollari – fanno sparire all’ingresso del paese, prima che possano raggiungere i supermercati, dove i prezzi sarebbero calmierati per legge. Ma l’attuale tragedia del Venezuela – umanitaria, sociale, politica – non può impedire di guardare col necessario distacco (e col rispetto che merita) a quello che è stato il più clamoroso fenomeno sudamericano degli ultimi decenni: la “rivoluzione bolivariana” di Chavez, per 14 anni alla guida del paese caraibico. Un quasi-capolavoro, fondato su una scommessa di tipo socialista: nazionalizzare il petrolio per finanziare grandiosi programmi di assistenza e liberare la popolazione della piaga cronica della povertà, generata dallo spietato sfruttamento delle multinazionali occidentali.
Nella sua meticolosa ricostruzione sulla crisi venezuelana pubblicata da “L’Intellettuale Dissidente”, Angiuli scrive che la morte di Chavez, nel marzo 2013, è «quasi certamente avvenuta per avvelenamento radioattivo, messo in atto da non ben identificati servizi segreti di qualche paese nemico». Magari gli Usa, che a Chavez non avevano mai perdonato il coraggio e l’indipendenza politica. O qualche entità sudamericana allineata alla Dottrina Monroe, secondo cui l’America Latina deve restare sottomessa a Washington. Il Venezuela di Chavez – poi letteralmente tradito da Maduro – ha rappresentato una grande speranza per tutto il Sud del mondo. Ma sarebbe sbagliato trasformarlo in un culto, osserva Angiuli: perché Chavez ha commesso l’errore (fatale) di basare il riscatto economico nazionale solo sul petrolio, mortificando l’industria e l’agricoltura. Ancora oggi, ridotto alla fame, il Venezuela continua a dividere: da una parte le destre neoliberiste che hanno sempre criminalizzato il chavismo fin dall’inizio, e dall’altra la vecchia sinistra terzomondista, che arriva a perdonare un dittatore come Maduro pur di non ammettere i gravi errori della politica venezuelana, che hanno messo nei guai il paese ben prima che scattasse l’accerchiamento geopolitico neoliberista che ha isolato il governo di Caracas.
Il pensiero unico mainstream «tende a demonizzare alla radice l’intera vicenda del socialismo venezuelano, relegandola nell’ambito del caudillismo alla sudamericana». Per contro, gli epigoni delle residuali correnti marxiste-leniniste si erano illusi di poter finalmente riscattare, in Venezuela, «la tragica sconfitta del comunismo novecentesco», seppellito dalle macerie del Muro di Berlino. All’intera vicenda del “socialismo bolivariano” inaugurato da Hugo Chavez, Angiuli ammette di essersi accostato con emozione, sperando di trovarvi «un nuovo laboratorio politico capace di ripensare l’idea stessa e la pratica del socialismo». Angiuli è stato spesso in Venezuela, a stretto contatto con la società e con gli ambienti filogovernativi. Dopo l’entusiasmo, però, è subentrata l’amara disillusione. Beninteso: a prescindere dall’orrendo regime militare di Maduro, «resta in ogni caso intangibile – precisa Angiuli, a scanso di equivoci – il diritto del popolo venezuelano di costruire il suo futuro in condizioni di libertà, sovranità e autonomia rispetto a qualsiasi intervento di destabilizzazione esterna, a cominciare dalle esplicite minacce di invasione che ultimamente provengono dai governi dell’ultradestra insediatisi al potere delle nazioni vicine, con lo scontato supporto degli Usa che da sempre considerano quella parte del mondo come il proprio cortile di casa».
Detto questo, ammette Angiuli, «è triste giungere alla conclusione di dover affermare che il socialismo venezuelano ha purtroppo tradito una buona parte dei suoi propositi, e oggi non può più costituire un modello positivo di giustizia e di benessere per i popoli oppressi di tutto il mondo». Cionondimeno, il “bolivarismo” di Chavez era partito con le migliori intenzioni. Analizzarne i difetti è indispensabile: provare a capire «cosa non ha funzionato in Venezuela» è fondamentale, per tentare di spiegarsi la drammatica situazione in cui oggi versa il paese che dette i natali al “libertador” Simon Bolivar, «un personaggio passato alla storia quale nemico giurato del colonialismo ispanico». Anche Hugo Chavez ha fatto la storia: la sua presa del potere a Caracas, a cavallo tra il 1998 e il 1999, ha simboleggiato per l’intero continente di Neruda e Garcia Marquez «la più grande sfida di discontinuità storico-politica rispetto alla lunga notte neoliberista, vissuta per alcuni decenni dall’America Latina». Micidiali le dittature militari filo-Usa degli anni Cinquanta, Sessanta e Settanta. Per questo, è naturale che il chavismo abbia suscitato «una grande ondata di legittime speranze fra tutti i popoli».
Ex ufficiale paracadutista dell’esercito venezuelano, tradizionalmente “popolare” anche nei suoi ranghi più alti, Hugo Chavez – autore di un fallito tentativo di colpo di Stato del 1992 ai danni dell’allora presidente in carica Carlos Andres Perez – era riuscito in pochi anni a far coagulare attorno a sé «i migliori sentimenti e le aspirazioni di riscatto delle fasce sociali medio-basse del suo paese, fino a quel momento escluse dal godimento dei profitti della “Venezuela Saudita”». L’ideologia di Chavez? Un mix originale e composito, «che attinge tanto al panamericanismo di Simon Bolivar quanto all’umanesimo socialista di ispirazione massonica caro a Giuseppe Garibaldi e a Salvador Allende». Innegabili le influenze esercitate dal pensiero di Antonio Gramsci e dalla prassi rivoluzionaria di Ernesto Che Guevara e Fidel Castro. «Cuba rivoluzionaria, la piccola isola che da decenni resiste ad un crudele embargo degli Usa, per Chavez costituiva un esempio di dignità e un prototipo da emulare, soprattutto sotto il profilo dell’indipendenza nazionale e della lotta all’imperialismo a stelle e strisce». E proprio a partire dagli accordi di mutua assistenza con la Cuba di Fidel – petrolio in cambio di medici – Hugo Chavez, appena insediatosi alla presidenza, iniziò a «costruire sapientemente il suo modello di integrazione politica latinoamericana attorno ai principi generali di cooperazione, equità e solidarietà».
Lo stesso Che Guevara, nei suoi scritti, aveva ben individuato la “maledizione” dei paesi dell’America Latina, «storicamente condannati a programmare le loro economie non in base ai propri bisogni interni, bensì in rapporto agli appetiti famelici dei loro paesi dominanti». Fin dall’epoca del colonialismo ispano-portoghese, gli europei avevano imposto a quei territori un modello “rentista” o monoculturale, «tutto basato sull’estrazione a costo zero di materie prime»: un “prelievo forzoso” grazie a cui sarebbero state edificate le basi dell’impero industriale e capitalistico dell’Occidente. A partire dal suo esordio, ricorda Angiuli, «uno dei principali meriti politici di Hugo Chavez è stato quello di sottrarre il controllo dell’oro nero del Venezuela a quella ristretta borghesia “compradora” fortemente compromessa col capitalismo a stelle e strisce». Una borghesia che «per decenni, dopo essersi appropriata della rendita petrolifera, era stata abituata a delocalizzare sistematicamente i suoi profitti a Miami, umiliando il paese estrattore con delle infime royalties e con dei contratti-capestro». Fino a quel momento, gli immensi giacimenti petroliferi non avevano mai consentito al Venezuela di trarre risorse per investimenti sociali. A questo ha provveduto proprio Chavez, all’inizio del suo mandato, con una nossa clamorosa: nazionalizzare la compagnia petrolifera Pdvsa, per poi tenere alto il prezzo del greggio premendo sull’Opec – insieme all’Iraq di Saddam e alla Libia di Gheddafi – al fine di contenere i volumi di estrazione.
Destinare la rendita petrolifera alla spesa assistenziale finalizzata ad appianare le gravi diseguaglianze sociali del suo popolo – prosegue Angiuli – ha costituito indubbiamente l’atto più rivoluzionario compiuto da Hugo Chavez. Interventi imponenti, per garantire servizi sanitari anche nei “barrios” più poveri e alfabetizzare milioni di venezuelani, compresi i gruppi indigeni. Diritti: la nuova Costituzione varata da Chavez nel 1999 «contiene sulla carta alcuni principi inediti che possono fare da insegnamento anche alle democrazie più avanzate». E’ fondata su una netta separazione fra i poteri e contempla molteplici strumenti di democrazia diretta: c’è anche l’istituto del “referendum revocatorio”, che consente perfino di far dimettere il presidente a metà mandato, mediante una consultazione popolare indetta dal basso. La nuova Carta, poi, decreta l’intangibilità di Madre Natura quale soggetto titolare di diritti. E in più tutela l’identità etnoculturale delle comunità dei nativi amerindi, «facendosi così portatrice di un generale messaggio di rinascita dell’orgoglio indigeno», dopo secoli di sottomissione ai “conquistadores” e ai “gringos”.
Il primo decennio del chavismo, riconosce Giuseppe Angiuli, è stato contrassegnato «da un risveglio delle coscienze del popolo venezuelano e da una straordinaria voglia di partecipare a riscrivere la storia del proprio paese da parte di milioni di persone, fino ad allora del tutto escluse dalla scena politica e incapaci perfino di intendere lo stesso concetto di cittadinanza». Solo gli osservatori più prevenuti, sottolinea l’analista, possono avere finto di non accorgersi della reale genuinità che ha connotato i primi anni del processo politico “bolivariano”, contraddistinti da un fermento rivoluzionario autentico, addirittura emozionante. E contro l’imperialismo mercantile “yankee”, Chavez s’è mosso anche a livello geopolitico: ha dato vita all’Alba (Alianza Bolivariana para los pueblos de nuestra America), reclutando Cuba, la Bolivia del leader sindacale Evo Morales, l’Ecuador dell’economista Rafael Correa, il Nicaragua sandinista, l’Honduras di Manuel Zelaya e vari piccoli Stati insulari caraibici. Checché ne dicessero i media occidentali, sottolinea Angiuli, il governo di Chavez – fino alla sua rielezione nel 2012 – è sempre stato largamente supportato dal popolo venezuelano. Ma oggi, ribadisce, il Venezuela non sarebbe in crisi nera, se lo stesso Chavez non avesse commesso clamorose ingenuità sul piano economico.
Dopo aver distribuito soldi a pioggia per «contrastare la povertà più estrema di una parte significativa della popolazione», il chavismo ha mancato l’appuntamento con lo sviluppo, nonostante la felice congiuntura petrolifera, col prezzo del barile rimasto sopra gli 80 dollari fino al novembre 2014. Nonostante il fiume di valuta forte, piovuto su Caracas per almeno un decennio, il governo «non ha mai messo in campo alcuna seria misura per provare a debellare il vero cancro comune a tutti quei paesi la cui economia, come quella del Venezuela, si basa su un modello “rentista”», ovvero: «La dipendenza dalla estrazione della materia prima quale unica risorsa del proprio modello di sviluppo». Nonostante i tanti proclami, non è mai riuscito a diversificare le attività produttive: anzi, i governi chavisti hanno attuato «una massiccia politica di disincentivo al lavoro delle piccole e medie imprese», determinando così una contrazione drammatica del Pil, in quei settori, «con la conseguenza che la classe media è progressivamente scomparsa». Paradossale: «Oggi i venezuelani conducono in media un tenore di vita clamorosamente più basso di quello che si ricordi anche negli anni più bui della notte neoliberista dell’America Latina». E scontano «una diffusa scarsità di prodotti di prima necessità che oggi forse non si riscontra nemmeno a Cuba, paese ininterrottamente sotto embargo da più di mezzo secolo».
Pessimo il bilancio dall’agricoltura: buona l’idea di una riforma agraria per smantellare i latifondi improduttivi. Ma poi è subentrata «una deriva ideologica di tipo estremistico velleitario, che ha condotto ad una espropriazione generalizzata delle terre anche di media dimensione». Terre assegnate «a improvvisate cooperative di lavoratori che non si sono mai realmente dimostrate all’altezza del loro compito», e con incarichi direzionali «troppo spesso affidati obbedendo unicamente a meri criteri di fedeltà politica». Risultato: la produzione agricola è crollata, ricorda Angiuli, persino per i più tipici prodotti alla base della dieta venezuelana: riso e farina di mais, frutta e verdura, polli d’allevamento, uova e caffè. Stessa sorte ha colpito l’industria: «Una analoga degenerazione demagogica del chavismo, nel segno del collettivismo spinto – scrive Angiuli – ha condotto negli anni a una diffusa e capillare occupazione delle fabbriche», da parte di «settori disinvolti delle forze armate». I militari, «arrogandosi il diritto di agire sempre e comunque nell’interesse del “pueblo” e contro l’odiata borghesia nazionale», si sono spesso impadroniti «con modalità arbitrarie e violente» dei mezzi di produzione, «lasciandoli cadere quasi sempre e molto presto in malora e facendo così crollare la produzione anche in quei settori nei quali – prima del chavismo – il Venezuela riusciva tranquillamente a soddisfare il suo fabbisogno interno, raggiungendo perfino l’obiettivo di esportare una discreta quantità di merci all’estero: ferro, acciaio, automobili, caffè».
L’aspetto più inquietante di questo fallimento economico di dimensioni catastrofiche, scrive Angiuli, non risiede neppure nella pianificazione centralistica stile Urss e Cina maoista: il paradosso sta nella pessima gestione dell’oceano di petrodollari. Fino al 2013, il petrolio rappresentava ancora il 95% dell’export. Anziché sfruttare quell’enorme massa di denaro per rendere il Venezuela più autonomo economicamente, i governi socialisti «hanno finito per accentuare oltre ogni limite il tradizionale carattere “rentista” dell’economia venezuelana, legandone le sorti in modo irreversibile alla ciclicità dell’andamento del prezzo degli idrocarburi». Gli effetti di questa politica sono esplosi a partire dal 2015, con il crollo della quotazione del greggio: di colpo, il Venezuela ha incassato meno soldi, sia per il welfare che per pagare l’enorme volume di importazioni, cresciuto negli anni col progressivo calo della produzione interna di beni primari. Risultato: «La scarsità di prodotti sugli scaffali dei supermercati si è manifestata in modo crescente e irrimediabile». Ecco perché, osserva Angiuli, sta semplicemente mentendo, Maduro, quando si sforza ogni giorno di attribuire l’odierna crisi alla guerra economica orchestrata dall’odiato imperialismo yankee. Le sanzioni americane – varate da Obama e inasprite da Trump – non bastano a spiegare la catastrofica penuria di generi di prima necessità.
Le stesse sanzioni, peraltro, non hanno impedito alle grandi banche d’affari statunitensi, prima fra tutte la Goldman Sachs, di investire copiose somme nell’acquisto di buoni obbligazionari emessi dalla compagnia petrolifera Pdvsa: «Un elemento che smaschera tanto l’ipocrisia del capitalismo a stelle e strisce quanto quella della retorica antimperialista così tanto sbandierata dal governo di Caracas». Inoltre, sebbene Trump abbia proibito nel 2018 l’acquisto di titoli del colosso petrolifero venezuelano, «nessun embargo commerciale petrolifero è mai stato decretato da Washington verso Caracas». Lo confermano i numeri delle esportazioni, che ora – non a caso – Maduro ha addirittura proibito di diffondere, roprio per non compromettere il suo vittimismo retorico che attribuisce al nemico imperialista la causa di ogni male. L’altra verità che Maduro nasconde, continua Angiuli, è che il suo Venezuela ha affidato a una ristretta oligarchia – società riconducibili all’establishment militare – l’intera gestione del cambio dei dollari necessari per accedere al mercato delle importazioni di beni dall’estero. Sono questi privilegiati ad accedere ai dollari, e in modo truffaldino, cioè con un cambio alterato sopravvalutando il bolivar: se la moneta venezuelana era stimata 1.000 a 1, rispetto al dollaro, l’élite governativa monopolista ha invece intascato 10 bolivar per ogni dollaro destinato ad acquistare beni dall’estero.
Una volta che gli importatori della ristretta cerchia governativa hanno acquisito i dollari ad un cambio preferenziale e privilegiato, quella valuta forte, «ufficialmente necessaria per pagare le merci che si dovrebbero importare dall’estero», ha finito in realtà per alimentare «un circuito vorticoso e perverso, con cui gli stessi importatori filogovernativi sono troppo spesso riusciti ad occultare clandestinamente sia la valuta che le stesse merci importate». Una colossale frode valutaria, insomma, «che ogni giorno sottrae ricchezza al paese caraibico», e oggi costringe i venezuelani a lasciare le loro case. Elementare: «Se la moneta venezuelana viene scambiata sui mercati ad un valore reale spesso anche di 100 volte inferiore a quello con cui viene scambiata dagli organismi governativi, tutti coloro i quali sono nelle condizioni di mettere le mani sulla rendita petrolifera, una volta ottenuti i dollari col sistema del cambio preferenziale, ne investono effettivamente solo una parte nell’attività di importazione». E al contempo, aiutandosi con sovrafatturazioni fittizie (di merci mai effettivamente acquistate) occultano facilmente grandi quantità di valuta forte, trasferendole dei paradisi fiscali, «ovvero alimentando il mercato nero del dollaro all’interno degli stessi confini del Venezuela». Lo si capisce già all’aeroporto, appena si sbarca a Caracas: si viene assaliti da “agenti del cambio in nero” che offrono disinvoltamente i bolivar in cambio di dollari (o euro) secondo un rapporto di cambio molto distante da quello ufficiale.
Per questo, aggiunge Angiuli, da quando si è diffusa la pratica governativa di sopravvalutare artificiosamente il bolivar, «il traffico di valuta è diventato di gran lunga il business più redditizio per chiunque riesca a venire in possesso di una certa quota della rendita petrolifera incamerata dal Venezuela». Negli anni, il fenomeno ha acquisito dimensioni impressionanti e incontrollabili. E il suo principale effetto nefasto sull’economia del paese è il generale disincentivo verso l’avvio di qualsiasi genere di attività produttiva. L’ex ministro per la pianificazione economica Jorge Giordani, grande amico di Chavez (dimessosi nel 2014 da ogni incarico governativo in polemica con Maduro) ha pubblicamente denunciato il furto, attraverso questo meccanismo fraudolento, di qualcosa come 25 miliardi di dollari dall’organismo governativo addetto alle operazioni di cambio su larga scala. E oltre al mercato nero di valuta, c’è anche la piaga che colpisce gli approvvigionamenti: il cibo, i medicinali e i prodotti manifatturieri che dovrebbero entrare in Venezuela a prezzo calmierato vengono in gran parte intercettati e rivenduti clandestinamente. Borsa nera: «Un formidabile, gigantesco contrabbando di merci vendute al mercato nero a prezzi molto più alti di quelli che il governo si sforza inutilmente di imporre nelle catene dei supermercati popolari», nei quali ormai scarseggia di tutto, dallo shampoo al dentifricio, dal sapone alla carta igienica.
Giuseppe Angiuli lo descrive come «il disastro di una economia nazionale ormai strutturalmente e capillarmente fondata sul malaffare, sulla frode valutaria e sulla speculazione parassitaria, con un sistema di complicità e protezioni che purtroppo investe anche le sfere più alte del potere centrale». A questo si aggiunge l’iper-inflazione scatenata irresponsabilmente dalla banca centrale del Venezuela, «ricorsa in questi anni in misura sempre più massiccia alla stampa di cartamoneta priva di ogni copertura e valore reale». Tra il 1999 e il 2016, la massa monetaria circolante nel paese è cresciuta di circa il 33.000%. Inflazione folle: nel 2017 si è attestata al’830%, per poi raggiungere l’anno seguente il 4.684,3 percento, vero e proprio record mondiale. Secondo il Fmi, si viaggia ormai verso il “milione per cento” su base annua. Una catastrofe: paralisi economico-produttiva, l’iper-inflazione, crollo del valore reale dei salari. Generale impossibilità di procurarsi da vivere lavorando. Collasso del sistema sanitario nazionale, scarsità di viveri e medicinali, drammatico aumento della mortalità neonatale e della denutrizione infantile. Tutto questo sta oggi facendo vivere al Venezuela «un esodo di proporzioni bibliche dei suoi cittadini verso l’estero, come non si era mai visto nella storia recente del paese».
Un fallimento così apocalittico, osserva Angiuli, avrebbe dovuto obbligare da tempo il governo Maduro ad adottare misure radicali, in forte discontinuità rispetto alle politiche suicide fin qui condotte. Di fronte all’esperazione popolare, sfociata in drammatiche proteste, Maduro ha risposto violando la Costituzione, truccando le elezioni e ordinando all’esercito di sparare sulla folla. Hugo Chavez non l’avrebbe mai fatto. Anzi: il “comandante” accettò lealmente il verdetto del referendum perduto, attraverso cui i venezuelani avevano bocciato la sua proposta di riforma costituzionale in senso presidenzialista. Maduro è solo, spelleggiato esclusivamente dai militari. Diversi dirigenti chavisti storici della prima ora – come l’ex ministro dell’ambiente Ana Elisa Osorio, l’ex ministro dell’economia Jorge Giordani, lo storico presidente della Pdvsa Rafael Ramirez e l’ex procuratrice generale Luisa Ortega Diaz – sono stati delegittimati ed emarginati. Qualcuno è riparato all’estero «per sottrarsi alla furia vendicatrice della cricca di potere vicina a Maduro».
Non sappiamo quale futuro attende il Venezuela, conclude Angiuli, ma dopo vent’anni di chavismo «i risultati dell’economia del paese parlano un linguaggio implacabile, che non ammette repliche». Un fallimento di dimensioni così catastrofiche dimostra «l’evidente sconfitta politica del gruppo dirigente cresciuto all’ombra di Chavez, che non si è dimostrato all’altezza dei propri compiti storici». I meriti dell’azione ispiratrice dei primi anni del chavismo «andrebbero rivalorizzati e recuperati», ripensando le radici dottrinali del socialismo “bolivariano”, «che andrebbero rinforzate e vivificate». Attenzione: a livello geopolitico, il Venezuela resta «un attore decisivo per la possibile formazione di un nuovo mondo multipolare». E infatti, sottolinea Angiuli, «attorno alla tenuta dell’indipendenza del paese da eventuali aggressioni militari esterne si gioca gran parte del suo futuro». Certo, la catastrofe sociale potrebbe sfociare in esiti terribili. E se il Venezuela «dovesse progressivamente subire delle aggressioni militari da parte degli Usa o di paesi vicini governati dall’ultradestra, come la Colombia o il Brasile», secondo Angiuli occorrerà battersi «a difesa della sacrosanta intangibilità dei suoi confini e della sua legittima sovranità». Quello che non serve, per aiutare il Venezuela a uscire dall’incubo, è continuare a «fornire un sostegno acritico e fideistico al governo di Maduro». Meglio rileggere con onestà la grande storia di Hugo Chavez e anche i suoi limiti, onde avviare al più presto «quegli interventi indifferibili e vitali che il popolo venezuelano si attende, e di cui oggi non può più fare a meno».

Hugo Chavez è stato assassinato: la notizia è pressoché certa. Poi ci ha pensato l’indegno Maduro, a “terminare” il Venezuela. Ma non da solo: è stato aiutato, nell’opera di devastazione del paese, dai vizi capitali del “bolivarismo” venezuelano. La giusta crociata contro il latifondo ha finito per affidare le terre a cooperative gestite da incapaci, scelti per la loro fedeltà politica. Idem le imprese, simbolo dell’odiata borghesia “coloniale” e parassitaria, alleata dagli Usa: troppe aziende sono state consegnate ai militari, che le hanno fatte fallire. Risultato: il paese ha perso la capacità di produrre beni diversi dal petrolio. E quando il prezzo del greggio è crollato, si è spalancato il baratro. La tragedia? Ad affrontarla non c’era più il popolarissimo Chavez, ma l’incolore Maduro. Che poi, di fronte alle proteste, non ha trovato di meglio che forzare la Costituzione, sospendere la democrazia e far sparare sulla folla, salvo poi accusare gli yankee di aver strangolato il Venezuela. Chi oggi si ostina a difendere Maduro – scrive Giuseppe Angiuli, su “L’Intellettuale Dissidente” – dimostra la stessa cecità del potere imperiale neoliberista che ha fatto la guerra a Chavez fin dal primo giorno, cercando anche di deporlo con il golpe del 2002, neutralizzato dal popolo venezuelano che si strinse attorno al suo leader – l’unico che in tanti anni abbia davvero lavorato, giorno e notte, per il benessere della sua gente.


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"Israel Escalates in Response to Iran" Would this be the same Israel that pushed for the Iraq invasion, with Netanyahu predicting it would benefit the Israelis, and the NeoCons predicted would lead to toppling Iran's government? Who is acting "in response" to whom?
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Reading Brumberg and others confirms for me that President Trump’s gut instinct to pull back from American military engagement in the Middle East (including Afghanistan) is the right thing to do at this time. The question is: pull back how far? Moving US Special Forces from Syria to Iraq to “watch Iran” was the Bolton/military answer. The Iraqi government reacted as could be expected: are US Special Forces being paid to sit around and ‘watch’ someone? No way! Certainly the US Navy can stay within shooting distance of all places of interest, thanks to the geography. Ground troops will be stationed around the region, ready for action. Maybe some should be stationed in Israel, since its security is the key commitment of the US. In any case, I don’t see ‘bringing the boys home’ as the president bragged.
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Thank you Ms Assal Rad. Perhaps you could have commented the following for the benefit of many our dear countrymen who were either too young to remember or were not born yet at the times of the uneducated puppet Pahlavi and his imbecile and corrupt followers. The educated Iranian society was seriously disappointed in Pahlavi, his family, his corrupt and stupid followers, and his foreign supporters such as US and Israel. During my travel to Iran in 1975 many of our educated people including many of the physicians had already switched and were switching from the western block to the Eastern block ideology! Obviously this phenomenon was known to the Security apparatus in Iran and the CIA and the migration had to be stopped. Otherwise, the communists would have taken over the country and they would have killed the entire Pahlavi family and their followers just like what Kareem Ghassem did in Iraq in 1958. It didn’t take too long for the US and the CIA to plan and execute the removal of the Pahlavi and his followers especially following the Jimmy Carter and zbigniew Brzezinsky’s visit to Tehran. Of course the best group that could withstand and reject the influence of the Communist party directed by Moscow was the aged Nationalists, Islamist hardliners and the Islamist socialist groups who were armed and had been opposing the Pahlavi for many years. Well as usual the end of this overthrow wasn’t calculated and the islamists were gradually purged the Nationalists and the socialist islamist group! This major failure of the US foreign policy towards Iran didn’t set well well with the US policy makers lead by Reagan. Reagan by extending an olive branch but at the end he betrayed the Islamists by encouraging Saddam Hossain of Iraq to attack Iran militarily in 1980. This betraying was just like what Reagan did with the Mojahedins in Afghanistan after the Mojahedins kicked the Russians out of Afghanistan! The wounds are very deep and old and I don’t see a way out of this political stalemate between the US and Iran especially during Trump’s administration and presence of Pompeo and Bolton! AliMostofi, you better apologize because you don’t understand or you don’t want to understand the position of the Iranian people with the domestic politics or their regional and international foreign policy! So SDFU!
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Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang – pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.

It’s the oil, stupid. But there’s way more than meets the (oily) eye.

Caracas has committed the ultimate cardinal sin in the eyes of Exceptionalistan; oil trading bypassing the US dollar or US-controlled exchanges.

Remember Iraq. Remember Libya. Yet Iran is also doing it. Turkey is doing it. Russia is – partially – on the way. And China will eventually trade all its energy in petroyuan.

With Venezuela adopting the petro crypto-currency and the sovereign bolivar, already last year the Trump administration had sanctioned Caracas off the international financial system.

No wonder Caracas is supported by China, Russia and Iran. They are the real hardcore troika – not psycho-killer John Bolton’s cartoonish “troika of tyranny” – fighting against the Trump administration’s energy dominance strategy, which consists essentially in aiming at the total lock down of oil trading in petrodollars, forever.

Venezuela is a key cog in the machine. Psycho killer Bolton admitted it on the record; “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.” It’s not a matter of just letting ExxonMobil take over Venezuela’s massive oil reserves – the largest on the planet. The key is to monopolize their exploitation in US dollars, benefitting a few Big Oil billionaires.

Once again, the curse of natural resources is in play. Venezuela must not be allowed to profit from its wealth on its own terms; thus, Exceptionalistan has ruled that the Venezuelan state must be shattered.

In the end, this is all about economic war. Cue to the US Treasury Department imposing new sanctions on PDVSA that amount to a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela.

Economic war redux

By now it’s firmly established what happened in Caracas was not a color revolution but an old-school US-promoted regime change coup using local comprador elites, installing as “interim president” an unknown quantity, Juan Guaido, with his Obama choirboy looks masking extreme right-wing credentials.

Everyone remembers “Assad must go”. The first stage in the Syrian color revolution was the instigation of civil war, followed by a war by proxy via multinational jihadi mercenaries. As Thierry Meyssan has noted, the role of the Arab League then is performed by the OAS now. And the role of Friends of Syria – now lying in the dustbin of history – is now performed by the Lima group, the club of Washington’s vassals. Instead of al-Nusra “moderate rebels”, we may have Colombian – or assorted Emirati-trained – “moderate rebel” mercenaries.

Contrary to Western corporate media fake news, the latest elections in Venezuela were absolutely legitimate. There was no way to tamper with the made in Taiwan electronic voting machines. The ruling Socialist Party got 70 percent of the votes; the opposition, with many parties boycotting it, got 30 percent. A serious delegation of the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts (CEELA) was adamant; the election reflected “peacefully and without problems, the will of Venezuelan citizens”.

The American embargo may be vicious. In parallel, Maduro’s government may have been supremely incompetent in not diversifying the economy and investing in food self-sufficiency. Major food importers, speculating like there’s no tomorrow, are making a killing. Still, reliable sources in Caracas tell that the barrios – the popular neighborhoods – remain largely peaceful.

In a country where a full tank of gas still costs less than a can of Coke, there’s no question the chronic shortages of food and medicines in local clinics have forced at least two million people to leave Venezuela. But the key enforcing factor is the US embargo.

The UN rapporteur to Venezuela, expert on international law, and former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council, Alfred de Zayas, goes straight to the point; much more than engaging in the proverbial demonization of Maduro, Washington is waging “economic war” against a whole nation.

It’s enlightening to see how the “Venezuelan people” see the charade. In a poll conducted by Hinterlaces even before the Trump administration coup/regime change wet dream, 86% of Venezuelans said they were against any sort of US intervention, military or not, 

And 81% of Venezuelans said they were against US sanctions. So much for “benign” foreign interference on behalf of “democracy” and “human rights”.

The Russia-China factor

Analyses by informed observers such as Eva Golinger and most of all, the Mision Verdad collective are extremely helpful. What’s certain, in true Empire of Chaos mode, is that the American playbook, beyond the embargo and sabotage, is to foment civil war.

Dodgy “armed groups” have been active in the Caracas barrios, acting in the dead of night and amplifying “social unrest” on social media. Still, Guaido holds absolutely no power inside the country. His only chance of success is if he manages to install a parallel government – cashing in on the oil revenue and having Washington arrest government members on trumped-up charges.

Irrespective of neocon wet dreams, adults at the Pentagon should know that an invasion of Venezuela may indeed metastasize into a tropical Vietnam quagmire. The Brazilian strongman in waiting, vice-president and retired general Hamilton Mourao, already said there will be no military intervention.

Psycho killer Bolton’s by now infamous notepad stunt about “5,000 troops to Colombia”, is a joke; these would have no chance against the arguably 15,000 Cubans who are in charge of security for the Maduro government; Cubans have demonstrated historically they are not in the business of handing over power.

It all comes back to what China and Russia may do. China is Venezuela’s largest creditor. Maduro was received by Xi Jinping last year in Beijing, getting an extra $5 billion in loans and signing at least 20 bilateral agreements.

President Putin offered his full support to Maduro over the phone, diplomatically stressing that “destructive interference from abroad blatantly violates basic norms of international law.”

By January 2016, oil was as low as $35 a barrel; a disaster to Venezuela’s coffers. Maduro then decided to transfer 49.9% of the state ownership in PDVSA’s US subsidiary, Citgo, to Russian Rosneft for a mere $1.5 billion loan. This had to send a wave of red lights across the Beltway; those “evil” Russians were now part owners of Venezuela’s prime asset.

Late last year, still in need of more funds, Maduro opened gold mining in Venezuela to Russian mining companies. And there’s more; nickel, diamonds, iron ore, aluminum, bauxite, all coveted by Russia, China – and the US. As for $1.3 billion of Venezuela’s own gold, forget about repatriating it from the Bank of England.

And then, last December, came the straw that broke the Deep State’s back; the friendship flight of two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers. How dare they? In our own backyard?

The Trump administration’s energy masterplan may be indeed to annex Venezuela to a parallel “North American-South American Petroleum Exporting Countries” (NASAPEC) cartel, capable of rivaling the OPEC+ love story between Russia and the House of Saud.

But even if that came to fruition, and adding a possible, joint US-Qatar LNG alliance, there’s no guarantee that would be enough to assure petrodollar – and petrogas – preeminence in the long run.

Eurasia energy integration will mostly bypass the petrodollar; this is at the very heart of both the BRICS and SCO strategy. From Nord Stream 2 to Turk Stream, Russia is locking down a long-term energy partnership with Europe. And petroyuan dominance is just a matter of time. Moscow knows it. Tehran knows it. Ankara knows it. Riyadh knows it.

So what about plan B, neocons? Ready for your tropical Vietnam?


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More than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from ISIL-held areas in the eastern Deir Az Zor province [Chris McGrath/Getty Images] The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces were locked in fierce fighting on Sunday in their final push to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the last […]

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          وظائف جديدة بالشركات النفطية في ذي قار      Cache   Translate Page      

 روابط التقديم على فرص العمل الجديدة التي اعلن نها النائب الاول لمحافظ ذي قار ورئيس مكتب التشغيل النفطي عادل الدخيلي، اليوم الاحد، في الشركات النفطية العاملة في المحافظة . رابط الاستمارة الخاصة بجميع مناطق المحافظة ما عدا الرفاعي والنصر والقلعة والفجر . https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QeMb … 29hDVDteDnJp4gfeOSQ5FsmW0 رابط الاستمارة الخاصة بمناطق الحقل الرفاعي والنصر والقلعة والفجر .

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          باحثون إيرانيون يتوصلون الى علاج لدوالي الحبل المنوي      Cache   Translate Page      

نجح باحثون إيرانيون من تقديم طريقة لعلاج دوالي الحبل المنوي لدى الرجال، والتي تمكنهم من تقديم حلول للحد من المضاعفات الناتجة عن المرض وتعزيز الخصوبة لدى الرجال الذين يعانون من العقم. وذكرت وكالة مهر الإيرانية، أن دوالى الخصية (VAR-ih-koe-seel) هو تضخم فى الأوردة داخل كيس الجلد الفضفاض الذى يحتوى على الخصيتين (الصفن)، وتشبه دوالي الخصية

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          هيئة النزاهة تضبط تلاعب بعقار مساحته 153 دونماً بموقع متميز في كربلاء      Cache   Translate Page      

أعلنت هيئة النزاهة، الاحد، عن ضبط عمليات تلاعبٍ وتزويرٍ في تحويل ملكية أحد العقارات البالغة مساحته (153) دونماً، العائد إلى مديرية البلديات في محافظة كربلاء. وذكر بيان للهيئة تلقته وكالة صدى، إن “فريق عمل مكتب تحقيق كربلاء قام بإجراء تحرٍّ وتدقيقٍ وتحقيقٍ شمل دائرة عقارات الدولة ومديرية التسجيل العقاري الأولى ومديريَّتي الزراعة والبلديات في كربلاء

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          زيارة مرتقبة لوزير الاقتصاد الألماني إلى العراق      Cache   Translate Page      

دعا وزير التخطيط نوري الدليمي، الأحد، الخبرات الألمانية إلى المساهمة في المشاريع الاستثمارية في المناطق المحررة، فيما كشف السفير الألماني لدى بغداد سيريل نون عن زيارة مرتقبة لوزير الاقتصاد الألماني بيتر ألتماير إلى العراق. وقالت وزارة التخطيط في بيان تلقته وكالة صدى، إن “وزير التخطيط نوري الدليمي استقبل السفير الالماني لدى العراق سيريل نون، وتم

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          موعد افتتاح مراب النهضة الكبير وسط بغداد      Cache   Translate Page      

 أعلنت وزارة النقل اليوم ان موعد افتتاح مرآب النهضة الكبير وسط العاصم بغداد سيكون مطلع نيسان المقبل .ونقل بيان للوزارة ان الملاكات الهندسية تضاعف ساعات العمل لانجاز المشروع بأقرب وقت ضمن المواصفات العالمية ، حيث سيتم افتتاح مرآب النهضة مطلع شهر نيسان المقبل .ويقع المرآب وسط العاصمة بغداد في منطقة النهضة ويعد احد المعالم المعمارية

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          مجلس ديالى يحذر من انهيار سدين وغرق اغلب مناطق المقدادية      Cache   Translate Page      

حذر مجلس محافظة  ديالى، الأحد، من انهيار سدي حمرين والصدور جراء استمرار التجاوز على المناطق المحيطة بالسدين والاهمال الحكومي في صيانتهما، مشيرا الى ان انهيار السدين سيتسبب في غرق اغلب مناطق المقدادية. وقالت عضو المجلس ايمان عبد الوهاب في تصريح صحفي , إن “الموارد المائية في محافظة ديالى لا تعلم حجم الكارثة التي قد تسبب

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          مجلس بغداد:الحشد الشعبي استنفر جهوده لانهاء أزمة المياه في النهروان      Cache   Translate Page      

اكد مجلس محافظة بغداد، الاحد، ان الساعات القليلة المقبلة ستشهد انتهاء ازمة شح مياه الصالحة للشرب في مناطق النهروان جنوبي العاصمة، مبينا ان الحشد الشعبي استنفر كافة طاقته لانهاء الازمة. وقال عضو المجلس سعد المطلبي في تصريح صحفي، ان “الجهات المختصة أطلقت أطلاقات كبيرة  من المياه باتجاه جسر ديالى لدفع مياه الصرف الصحي التي لوثت

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          الاستخبارات العسكرية تطيح ببراد اسلحة داعش في الموصل      Cache   Translate Page      

تمكنت مفارز الاستخبارات العسكرية اليوم الاحد، الاطاحة باحد الارهابيين في مخيم حمام العليل بالموصل. وذكر بيان تلقته وكالة صدى، ان “مفارز الاستخبارات العسكرية في مقر الفرقة 20 وبالتعاون مع استخبارات الفوج الاول لواء المشاة 43 تمكنت من الاطاحة باحد الارهابيين المهمين المندسين في مخيم حمام العليل بالموصل اذ كان يعمل براد لاسلحة عصابات داعش”. واوضح

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          بالوثيقة:الموافقة على نقل العراقيين المتوفين بسبب العلاج من الخارج مجاناً      Cache   Translate Page      

بالوثيقة.. الموافقة على نقل العراقيين المتوفين بسبب العلاج من الخارج مجاناً.

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          RFE/RL: Heavy clashes reported in ‘final battle’ against IS in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S.-backed forces in Syria were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last enclave held by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) near the Iraqi border. Read more here.

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          Iran's Revolution: Political Quake Still Shaking Middle East      Cache   Translate Page      
The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an earthquake that upended the political order in the Middle East, and the aftershocks are still being felt 40 years later. When Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the shah's last government in February 1979 it was a moment that for many was completely "unthinkable, unexpected", said Clement Therme, a researcher on Iran at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "The victory was an immense surprise for the Middle East and the world," Therme told AFP. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had been a seen as a pillar of stability and bulwark of U.S. influence in a region where Cold War tensions were playing out with the Soviet Union. But the tumult of the revolution soon ended that spectacularly. "One of the founding events for the foreign policy of the new regime was the taking hostage of American diplomats," said Therme. The saga at the U.S. embassy in Tehran ran for 444 days from November 1979 and ruptured ties between Washington and its one-time regional ally. And events in Iran did not just reverberate on the global stage: across the region it fired up political Islam that represented a major threat to monarchies and ruling elites. "For Sunni Islamist movements and for the Shiite minorities in the region", the message of the Iranian Revolution was "a source of inspiration", Therme said. According to the official narrative of the Islamic Republic, the revolution did not stop in 1979 with the overthrow of the monarchy but remains a process that is still going on. "The Islamic Revolution has three levels in the view of the Imam (Khomeini); one is Iran, the other is the Islamic world and the last one is the world of the oppressed," said Abdullah Ganji, editor-in-chief of ultra-conservative Javan daily. War and isolation "We did not have any plans at the beginning for the Islamic Revolution to go beyond Iran's borders," Ganji told AFP, drawing a distinction with Soviet military interventions abroad. But he said the changes in Iran inspired a string of startling events in the Middle East: attacks against U.S. embassies, protests by Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia and the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981. The convulsions rattled rulers around the region and fears of Tehran were "among the reasons that led to the invasion of Iran by Iraq" in September 1980, said Therme. The bloody conflict with Saddam Hussein's forces ended in 1988 after hundreds of thousands of lives had been lost. While it strengthened Islamic rule at home in Iran, it left the country cut off from most of the rest of the world. Except for some key allies: most notably Syria and the Shi'ite movement Hezbollah that arose after Israel's invasion in 1982.   "There was a division in the Arab world between supporters and opponents of the 'axis of resistance' promoted by the Islamic Republic," said Therme. 'New strategy' Ganji said that after the war with Iraq, Tehran developed a "new strategy" aimed at confronting U.S. influence around the region. "The strategy of the Islamic Republic over the last 30 years has been preventing America from having a foothold in the Middle East," he said. From Syria to Yemen to Lebanon, the standoff between Washington and its allies and Tehran continues to shape events. The U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia see Iran's hand pulling the strings in a raft of hotspots. Tehran has helped prop up Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during nearly eight years of civil war, is accused of aiding Shi'ite Huthi rebels in Yemen and maintains Hezbollah as a major threat against Israel. But Iranian officials insist the U.S. is really responsible for the conflicts and that allegations of regional meddling are used as an excuse to target the Islamic Revolution. Last year, the U.S. pulled out of a landmark 2015 accord on Tehran's nuclear program and reimposed sanctions, citing in part Iran's role in regional conflicts. Conservative Iranian politician and analyst Amir Mohebbian said the West's "massive arms sales" to Arab monarchies in the Gulf are justified because "Iran remains a danger" to U.S. designs in the Middle East. Analyst Therme said that "militant anti-Zionism" has been one of the constants of Iranian foreign policy since Khomeini transformed the country. But now the current geopolitical aims of Tehran seem focused mainly on one goal, he said: "First and foremost to ensure that (the Islamic Republic) endures."
          News, Rumors and Humor Saturday Night 2-9-19      Cache   Translate Page      
TNT:Saturday UPDATE for February 9, 2019Iraqi TV broadcasted a member of the Finance Department requesting that all ministries of the government receive a copy of the revised budget and to get it ratified and ready for implementation starting on Monday.Iraqi TV aired footage of US troops patrolling downtown Baghdad todayIraqi TV is reporting that the budget will be printed in the gazette "in the next two days" and will be enforced immediately upon its printing.US Banks are reporting an "expectat [...]
          Germany seeks to increase investment with Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
Germany seeks to increase investment with Iraq...
          2/10/2019: COMMENT & FEATURES: The middle east’s tectonic shifts      Cache   Translate Page      

there is a tendency to view the middle east as largely unchanging, now that the chaos unleashed after the arab spring appears to have dissipated. It’s the status quo – again. Gaza is still Gaza. Iraq is Iraq. egypt is egypt. but that analysis ignores...
          Junior rugby team collects goodies to send to soldiers serving in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
GENEROUS junior rugby league players have donated more than a dozen shoeboxes filled with tasty treats to soldiers serving their country in Iraq.
          FLASHBACK: Why are Washington's foreign policy think tanks spoiling for more war? Look at their donors.      Cache   Translate Page      
War is first and foremost a profitable racket. Washington, DC, may be the only place in the world where people openly flaunt their pseudo-intellectuality by banding together, declaring themselves "think tanks," and raising money from external interests, including foreign governments, to compile reports that advance policies inimical to the real-life concerns of the American people. As a former member of the House of Representatives, I remember 16 years of congressional hearings where pedigreed experts came to advocate wars in testimony based on circular, rococo thinking devoid of depth, reality, and truth. I remember other hearings where the Pentagon was unable to reconcile over $1 trillion in accounts, lost track of $12 billion in cash sent to Iraq, and rigged a missile-defense test so that an interceptor could easily home in on a target. War is first and foremost a profitable racket.
          Trump's Syria 'pullout' is a reconfiguration of forces with an aim towards toppling Iran      Cache   Translate Page      
US President Donald Trump again this week portrayed his plan to pull troops out of Syria as a "victory homecoming" and "an end to endless wars". Then, in stepped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify what's really going on: it's a "tactical change" to put Iran in the crosshairs. The purported pullout is not a return of US military from the Middle East, as Trump has been trumpeting with self-congratulations. It's more a reconfiguration of American military power in the strategically vital region, and in particular for greater aggressive leverage on Iran. In his State of the Union speech to Congress this week, Trump talked about giving a "warm welcome home to our brave warriors" from Syria. Supposedly it was "mission accomplished" for the US in defeating the ISIS terror group in that country. It should be pointed out that ISIS would not have been in Syria or Iraq if it were not for criminal American military interventions, covert and overt, in those countries.
          Iran ahead of Turkey in exports to Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
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          2/11/2019: FRONT PAGE: Archaeologist helped to restore National Museum of Iraq after the US invasion      Cache   Translate Page      

Lamia Al-gailani, who has died aged 80, was an archaeologist and one of the first Iraqi women allowed to excavate in her own country. She was an expert in cylinder seals, which had been used to print cuneiform and pictographic impressions on to...
          2/11/2019: Obituaries: Archaeologist helped to restore National Museum of Iraq after the US invasion      Cache   Translate Page      

Lamia Al-gailani, who has died aged 80, was an archaeologist and one of the first Iraqi women allowed to excavate in her own country. She was an expert in cylinder seals, which had been used to print cuneiform and pictographic impressions on to...
          Jill's latest excuse      Cache   Translate Page      
BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


DISGRACED FORMER EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES JILL ABRAMSON IS NEWLY DISGRACED AS A RESULT OF PLAGIARIZING THROUGHOUT HER NEW BOOK 'MERCHANTS OF TRUTH.'  ATTEMPTING TO DIG HERSELF OUT OF HER HOLE, JILL IS INSISTING THAT SHE DIDN'T PLAGIARIZE, SHE JUST HAD A "CITATION ERROR."


MEANWHILE, 28-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN LYNCH -- OF CONNECTICUT'S 'NOTORIOUS' LOS SOLIDOS GANG -- DENIED LAST MONTH THAT HE ROBBED THE MASCOMA BANK BRANCH IN WHITE RIVER JUNCTION. 

FEBRUARY 12TH, HIS ATTORNEY NIKKI SOUTH WILL ARGUE HIS CASE IN COURT.  REACHED FOR COMMENT, SHE DID NOT RULE OUT TAKING A PAGE FROM JILL ABRAMSON'S BOOK AND ARGUING THAT STEPHEN LYNCH'S ACTIONS WERE ALSO ACTUALLY A "CITATION ERROR."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.


We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the cos