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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Trump’s Iran Strategy Is No Strategy At All - Defense One

Trump’s Iran Strategy Is No Strategy At All - Defense One

This Whole Gold Star Mess – Foreign Policy

This Whole Gold Star Mess – Foreign Policy

SWJ Book Review: “A Military History of the Modern Middle East” | Small Wars Journal

SWJ Book Review: “A Military History of the Modern Middle East” | Small Wars Journal

Did Reagan Defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan? | Small Wars Journal

Did Reagan Defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan? | Small Wars Journal

Uranium One Deal: Obama Administration Complicit, Not Just | National Review

Uranium One Deal: Obama Administration Complicit, Not Just | National Review

World Hunger Is Increasing Thanks to Wars and Climate Change

World Hunger Is Increasing Thanks to Wars and Climate Change

Tesla has reached a deal to build a factory in China - The Verge

Tesla has reached a deal to build a factory in China - The Verge

Trump: America’s Gorbachev | The American Conservative

Trump: America’s Gorbachev | The American Conservative

Trump shouldn’t repeat Obama’s mistake in Iraq and Syria - The Washington Post

Trump shouldn’t repeat Obama’s mistake in Iraq and Syria - The Washington Post

Syrian Reconstruction Spells Juicy Contracts for Russian, Iranian Firms – Foreign Policy

Syrian Reconstruction Spells Juicy Contracts for Russian, Iranian Firms – Foreign Policy

Sic Semper Tyrannis : US policy in Islamdom is a chaos. Part 1

Sic Semper Tyrannis : US policy in Islamdom is a chaos. Part 1

The story of Puerto Rico’s power grid is the story of Puerto Rico

The story of Puerto Rico’s power grid is the story of Puerto Rico

Whitefish Company Tapped to Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid - Flathead Beacon

Whitefish Company Tapped to Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid - Flathead Beacon

North Korea: The myth behind the rogue nation’s relationship with China

North Korea: The myth behind the rogue nation’s relationship with China

Breaking Up Tech - Barron's

Breaking Up Tech - Barron's

Big question for U.S. cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 worth the price? - Chicago Tribune

Big question for U.S. cities: Is Amazon's HQ2 worth the price? - Chicago Tribune

Cities chasing Amazon's headquarters should be careful what they wish for : TreeHugger

Cities chasing Amazon's headquarters should be careful what they wish for : TreeHugger

The Case for Assyrian Independence

The Case for Assyrian Independence

Angelus Address: “On Rendering to Caesar the Things that Are Caesar’s, and to God the Things that Are God’s”


Angelus Address: “On Rendering to Caesar the Things that Are Caesar’s, and to God the Things that Are God’s”

“A Christian Is Called to Commit Himself to Concretely to Human and Social Realities, without Opposing ‘God’ and “Caesar’”

https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-rendering-to-caesar-the-things-that-are-caesars-and-to-god-the-things-that-are-gods/

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Losing Friends Wholseale

Losing Friends Wholseale


https://www.stimson.org/content/losing-friends-wholseale

Rebecca Traister: The Conversation We Should Be Having

Rebecca Traister: The Conversation We Should Be Having

The Electric Revolution Is About To Upend Transportation

The Electric Revolution Is About To Upend Transportation

Nuclear Power Play: How North Korea Uses U.S. Fears to Gain Leverage | The National Interest

Nuclear Power Play: How North Korea Uses U.S. Fears to Gain Leverage | The National Interest

Could Iran Sink a U.S. Aircraft Carrier? | The National Interest Blog

Could Iran Sink a U.S. Aircraft Carrier? | The National Interest Blog

Meet the Koksan: North Korea's Super Big 'Gun' That Could Strike Seoul | The National Interest Blog

Meet the Koksan: North Korea's Super Big 'Gun' That Could Strike Seoul | The National Interest Blog

Report: The U.S. Is Not Ready for a War with Russia or China | The National Interest Blog

Report: The U.S. Is Not Ready for a War with Russia or China | The National Interest Blog

Blitzkrieg: How Nazi Germany Crushed France in World War II | The National Interest Blog

Blitzkrieg: How Nazi Germany Crushed France in World War II | The National Interest Blog

Niger Ambush the Result of ‘Massive Intelligence Failure’ – News From Antiwar.com

Niger Ambush the Result of ‘Massive Intelligence Failure’ – News From Antiwar.com

Niger Deaths Highlight Growing US Involvement in Africa – News From Antiwar.com

Niger Deaths Highlight Growing US Involvement in Africa – News From Antiwar.com

Violence against women is harming Arab economies, says UN

Violence against women is harming Arab economies, says UN

How this 1967 Vietnam war protest carried the seeds of American division | US news | The Guardian

How this 1967 Vietnam war protest carried the seeds of American division | US news | The Guardian

'Bush embarrassed himself' says Bannon at California GOP meeting - video | US news | The Guardian

'Bush embarrassed himself' says Bannon at California GOP meeting - video | US news | The Guardian

What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world | Thomas Frank | Opinion | The Guardian

What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world | Thomas Frank | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump Voters and Millennials Agree on the Importance of the UN, New Poll Finds - Better World Campaign

Trump Voters and Millennials Agree on the Importance of the UN, New Poll Finds - Better World Campaign

The Fusion collusion | Power Line

The Fusion collusion | Power Line

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise - MIT Technology Review

The Unaffordable Urban Paradise - MIT Technology Review

John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup | The New Yorker

John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup | The New Yorker

5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking

5 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking

At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed: U.N.

At least 46 attacks in area of Niger where U.S. troops killed: U.N.

Sic Semper Tyrannis : America, Desperately Seeking An Enemy by Publius Tacitus

Sic Semper Tyrannis : America, Desperately Seeking An Enemy by Publius Tacitus

Anti-Russia 'propaganda' group urges reporter to drop story on CIA arming Syrian rebels — RT America

Anti-Russia 'propaganda' group urges reporter to drop story on CIA arming Syrian rebels — RT America

NATO report casts doubt on ability to defend against Russian attack on eastern flank | News | DW | 20.10.2017

NATO report casts doubt on ability to defend against Russian attack on eastern flank | News | DW | 20.10.2017

Where North Korean rockets meet US antimissile shields | Asia Times

Where North Korean rockets meet US antimissile shields | Asia Times

China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world's recycling?

China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world's recycling?

Laptops could be banned from checked airline bags due to fire risk - Oct. 20, 2017

Laptops could be banned from checked airline bags due to fire risk - Oct. 20, 2017

Can Technology Facilitate Democracy? The Case of India - The Globalist

Can Technology Facilitate Democracy? The Case of India - The Globalist

White Nationalism Is Destroying the West | Asharq AL-awsat

White Nationalism Is Destroying the West | Asharq AL-awsat

The Iran Deal: The Dog’s Dinner Obama Dished Out | Asharq AL-awsat

The Iran Deal: The Dog’s Dinner Obama Dished Out | Asharq AL-awsat

German Intelligence Warns from New Generation of ISIS Recruits | Asharq AL-awsat

German Intelligence Warns from New Generation of ISIS Recruits | Asharq AL-awsat

Germany: Full Censorship Now Official

Germany: Full Censorship Now Official

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bill Clinton Met With Putin During Uranium One Nuclear Deal

Bill Clinton Met With Putin During Uranium One Nuclear Deal

Insects Are in Serious Trouble - The Atlantic

Insects Are in Serious Trouble - The Atlantic

Dying for the Empire Is Not Heroic

Dying for the Empire Is Not Heroic

Harvard | rescind black achievement award | Harvey Weinstein

Harvard | rescind black achievement award | Harvey Weinstein

Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Hurricane Recovery Contract Spending by the Numbers

Harvey, Irma, and Maria: Hurricane Recovery Contract Spending by the Numbers

Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth

Clinton, Assange and the War on Truth

A White House Fairy Tale About the Trump Tax Plan | The New Yorker

A White House Fairy Tale About the Trump Tax Plan | The New Yorker

Senate Passes Budget Plan That Clears Path to Tax Reform

Senate Passes Budget Plan That Clears Path to Tax Reform

Beware the Shiny “Booms” – Uranium One Scandal to Nowhere?… | The Last Refuge

Beware the Shiny “Booms” – Uranium One Scandal to Nowhere?… | The Last Refuge

Fifty-One GOP Senators Just Voted to Cut $1.5 Trillion From Medicare and Medicaid to Give Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut

Fifty-One GOP Senators Just Voted to Cut $1.5 Trillion From Medicare and Medicaid to Give Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut

An Idiot’s Guide to Running Trump Out of Office | Vanity Fair

An Idiot’s Guide to Running Trump Out of Office | Vanity Fair

Executives of Firm Tied to Trump Dossier Take the Fifth at Committee Meeting - Bloomberg

Executives of Firm Tied to Trump Dossier Take the Fifth at Committee Meeting - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia’s Footprints in Southeast Asia | The Diplomat

Saudi Arabia’s Footprints in Southeast Asia | The Diplomat

Is Liberalism a Dying Faith? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Is Liberalism a Dying Faith? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

The Week With IPS 10/20/2017

   2017/10/20 Click here for the online version of this IPS newsletter   

Can Index Insurance Make African Farmers Climate-resilient?
Wambi Michael
Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change. A number of African governments have either ... MORE > >

Mexican Immigrants Help Sustain Two Economies - and Are Discarded
Daniela Pastrana
They work for years to bolster the economies of two countries. For one, the United States, they provide labour and taxes; for the other, Mexico, they send remittances that support tens of thousands of families and communities. Then they are deported, and neither government takes into account their ... MORE > >

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body
Thalif Deen
The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO). A letter signed by nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups ... MORE > >

The Future for Financing Africa’s Renewable Energy
Wambi Michael
Lack of energy access presents a formidable challenge to Africa and lack of access to financing has been singled out as the biggest reason why over 620 million people living on the continent are stuck in energy poverty.The issue of inadequate financing, especially for renewable energy sources, was ... MORE > >

Zimbabwe’s Diaspora Could Help Revive Ailing Economy
Sally Nyakanyanga
At the dawn of the millennium, Sheila Mponda, 60, waved goodbye to her four children, who were leaving Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom in search of greener pastures. Mponda had just lost her husband and had been a housewife all her life. While the parting was bittersweet, since they established ... MORE > >

An Inequality Beyond Wealth: Gaps in Women’s Health
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women’s access to sexual and reproductive health. In a new report, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) explores the persistent, if not widening, inequalities in sexual and ... MORE > >

To Eliminate Poverty, Better Understanding Needed
Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram
As the United Nations’ Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) comes to an end, more self-congratulation is likely. Claims of victory in the war against poverty will be backed by recently released poverty estimates from the World Bank, entrusted by the UN system to monitor poverty. ... MORE > >

What Do You Really Eat When You Order a Steak, Fish or Chicken Filet?
Baher Kamal
The world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned while announcing the World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13-19 November. The reason, according to WHO, is that most of the drugs currently in the ... MORE > >

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges
Daniel Gutman
The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the United States and Europe and doubts in the international scenario about the environmental impact of these fuels based on ... MORE > >

Ending Poverty in Next 13 years Means Boosting Resilience Now
Jessica Faieta
This month the world marks two key International Days: for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October and for Disaster Reduction, four days earlier. It is no coincidence that they are profoundly connected. Reducing risks related to disasters has never been so urgent—and the Latin America and ... MORE > >

Dams Hurt Indigenous and Fishing Communities in Brazilian Amazon
Mario Osava
The dirty water is killing more and more fish and ‘Taricaya’ yellow-spotted river turtles every day. In addition, the river is not following its usual cycle, and the water level rises or declines without warning, regardless of the season, complained three Munduruku indigenous law students in the ... MORE > >

Trying to Make Immigration an Option Rather than a Need in Latin America
Orlando Milesi
The aim is for migration to become just one option among others for the rural population of Latin America, says Brazilian expert Luiz Carlos Beduschi, referring to an issue that causes concern in the region due to its impact on food security. The theme this year of World Food Day, celebrated ... MORE > >

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Full text: George W. Bush speech on Trumpism

Full text: George W. Bush speech on Trumpism



http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/19/full-text-george-w-bush-speech-trump-243947

Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Trump Tackles the NFL | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Trump Tackles the NFL | TomDispatch

America Has Become Dispensable in Iraq

America Has Become Dispensable in Iraq


http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2017/10/america-has-become-dispensable-iraq/141865/?oref=defenseone_today_nl

Seduced by Greed: the Perils of Environmental Collaboration

Seduced by Greed: the Perils of Environmental Collaboration

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio | naked capitalism

Fossil Fuel Misinformation Helps Quash Community Effort to Ban Fracking in Youngstown, Ohio | naked capitalism

Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now

Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate – now

The U.S. Military's Worst Fear: What if Its Nuclear Weapons Don't Work in a War? | The National Interest Blog

The U.S. Military's Worst Fear: What if Its Nuclear Weapons Don't Work in a War? | The National Interest Blog

How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History - Defense One

How China Is Building the Biggest Commercial-Military Empire in History - Defense One

Let's Walk This Through: If North Korea Launches An ICBM, Then... - Defense One

Let's Walk This Through: If North Korea Launches An ICBM, Then... - Defense One

Why China's Aircraft Carrier Killer Missile Could Be a Nuclear Weapon in Disguise | The National Interest Blog

Why China's Aircraft Carrier Killer Missile Could Be a Nuclear Weapon in Disguise | The National Interest Blog

Our Summer of Fire and the Fires to Come

Our Summer of Fire and the Fires to Come

Our Summer of Fire and the Fires to Come

Our Summer of Fire and the Fires to Come

The Trump Presidency - The Unz Review

The Trump Presidency - The Unz Review

The Military instinct - The Unz Review

The Military instinct - The Unz Review

The Experiment in Freedom is Failing by John W. Whitehead


The Experiment in Freedom is Failing

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/19/the-experiment-in-freedom-is-failing/

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump’s Iran Policy Is More about Rollback than Nukes « LobeLog

Trump’s Iran Policy Is More about Rollback than Nukes « LobeLog

China Is Building Mobile ICBMs (But Is America Paying Attention?) | The National Interest Blog

China Is Building Mobile ICBMs (But Is America Paying Attention?) | The National Interest Blog

America Is Finally Starting to Take Space Seriously (Could It Lead to Star Wars?) | The National Interest Blog

America Is Finally Starting to Take Space Seriously (Could It Lead to Star Wars?) | The National Interest Blog

Thanks, Obama: Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones

Thanks, Obama: Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones

Let's Walk This Through: If North Korea Launches An ICBM, Then... - Defense One

Let's Walk This Through: If North Korea Launches An ICBM, Then... - Defense One

FBI Informant in Russia Bribery Case Alleges Obama DOJ Blocked Him From Congress

FBI Informant in Russia Bribery Case Alleges Obama DOJ Blocked Him From Congress

Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate

Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate

America Has Become Dispensable in Iraq - The Atlantic

America Has Become Dispensable in Iraq - The Atlantic

Raqqa is liberated from Isis but civilians face months of hardship - The Unz Review

Raqqa is liberated from Isis but civilians face months of hardship - The Unz Review

Kurds face transformation of Iraq’s political map - The Unz Review

Kurds face transformation of Iraq’s political map - The Unz Review

Michigan: Four City Council Members Take A Knee for Pledge of Allegiance

Michigan: Four City Council Members Take A Knee for Pledge of Allegiance

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World - Defense One

China Is Quietly Reshaping the World - Defense One

Haviland Smith: Crying terrorism to marshal public opinion - VTDigger

Haviland Smith: Crying terrorism to marshal public opinion - VTDigger

Europe's New Official History Erases Christianity, Promotes Islam


Europe's New Official History Erases Christianity, Promotes Islam

by Giulio Meotti  •  October 18, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • "The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress. They believe that History is on their side, and this faith makes them haughty and disdainful, unable to acknowledge the defects in the post-national, post-cultural world they are constructing." — The Paris Statement, signed by ten respected European scholars.
  • German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière's proposal to introduce Muslim public holidays shows that when it comes to Islam, Europe's official "post-Christian" secularism is simply missing in action.
The European Commission ordered Slovakia to redesign its commemorative coins by eliminating the Christian Saints Cyril and Methonius. (Image sources: Coin - European Commission; Bratislava, Slovakia - Frettie/Wikimedia Commons)
A few days ago, some of Europe's most important intellectuals -- including British philosopher Roger Scruton, former Polish Education Minister Ryszard Legutko, German scholar Robert Spaemann and Professor Rémi Brague from the Sorbonne in France -- issued "The Paris Statement". In their ambitious statement, they rejected the "false Christendom of universal human rights" and the "utopian, pseudo-religious crusade for a borderless world". Instead, they called for a Europe based on "Christian roots", drawing inspiration from the "Classical tradition" and rejecting multiculturalism:

Fr. Warren's Week Reflection: "Apart from me, you can do nothing."


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THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
"Apart from me, you can do nothing."
Around 1990 I was asked by our friars in Kingston, Jamaica, to give a youth retreat. Many think of Jamaica as an island of wonderful beaches and great hotels. That is true in the north of the island. But, most of it is desperately poor, especially, the capital of Kingston. Most of the people lived in shanty towns. On a Friday night we drove miles from the church to pick up the teenagers who were making the retreat. I said, "They all live so far from the church. How do they get to Mass on Sunday?" They walk 8 to 10 miles every Sunday was the reply.
The retreat was amazing. I had never seen a group of teens eager to know more about their faith. They spoke of Jesus as they would a close friend. At Mass Saturday morning they sang a hymn I had heard many times in the US. It is called, We Are Yours. One line goes, "We are poor, yet we have brought the best we could, we are yours, we are yours." For the first time I heard those words sung by truly poor people. These young people had very little of the world's goods. They lived in shacks, sometimes no running water or electricity, poor schooling, little or no medical care, violence and drugs everywhere. They had every reason to despair and give up. But, their lives were Christ centered. Like St. Paul, they would say we can do all things in Him who strengthens us.
St. Paul tells us about his life. Like many of us, his life was a mixture of good times and bad, of joy and sorrow. In fact, his life would have made a great mini-series. On one occasion he was stoned and left for dead. There were plots to kill him and riots against him. He was shipwrecked three times and three times imprisoned. In his own words, he was beaten, betrayed and often without food or drink. And yet, all through his letters we find words like joyful... happy... delighted... cheerful... glad.
Joy was a profound reality in Paul's life, as profound as sorrow. He says whatever the situation, I have learned to be content. The word "content" in Greek means someone who is independent and not enslaved to external events or other people. In other words, Paul was his own man. Paul tells us the secret of his success in life when he says, "I can do all things in Him who gives me strength." Paul relies on an unseen power. His independence comes not by isolation, but by incorporation into Christ. So what does Paul's life say to us?
If you are like most people your life is or has been a mixture of good times and bad, of joy and sorrow, of satisfaction and frustration, of rapture and despair. Some of us will be wealthy or powerful. Others will just about make it and cry to Heaven against the injustice of the system. Most of us will wrestle with faith and doubt, hope and despair, love and lovelessness. The Christian question is, "Will you be able to say with Paul I have learned whatever my circumstances to be content?"
You can only say that if you also can say with Paul, "I can do all things in Him who gives me strength." All things such as the rough times, the ill health, the auto accident, the death of a loved one, the breakup of a marriage and the thousand and one things that plague human existence and turn individual and family life upside down transforming ecstasy into agony and life into death. Only with the strength that is God‑given will you be able to say with Paul, "For the sake of Christ, I am content." Put up with weakness, insults and hardships. "For when I am weak, I am strong."
On the other hand, how do you handle the other side of the coin, the good times? On the average, most of us live quite well when compared to a great many people. We are on the whole well‑fed, well‑educated, well‑housed and loved. How do you live with that? Easy, you say. You may fail to realize that you need God's strength in the good times, as well as, the bad. Pray to Him in times of laughter, as well as, in time of tears. Isn't it true that when all is well and life is just great that is when we are most in danger of forgetting God and putting our trust in everything except God?
We worship a strange God. A God who needs nothing except that He needs to be needed, needed by you. You can lose your God and you will lose Him unless you love Him and have a relationship with Him. Do not just wait until disaster strikes before you go to Him in prayer. Perhaps, from time to time, we need to remind ourselves of those startling words of Jesus, "Apart from me, you can do nothing." Are you able to say in good times and in bad, "I am content because I do all things in Him who strengthens me?"
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
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Alt Facts in Hebron « LobeLog

Alt Facts in Hebron « LobeLog

A Wide-Ranging Agenda: What Trump’s First Asia-Pacific Tour Means | The Diplomat

A Wide-Ranging Agenda: What Trump’s First Asia-Pacific Tour Means | The Diplomat

Beijing visit is central to Trump’s Asia tour, but diplomacy dictates Japan, South Korea must come first | South China Morning Post

Beijing visit is central to Trump’s Asia tour, but diplomacy dictates Japan, South Korea must come first | South China Morning Post

N.K. unlikely to talk until securing ICBM capability that levels playing field: Robert Gallucci

N.K. unlikely to talk until securing ICBM capability that levels playing field: Robert Gallucci

Use Spare Older Workers to Overcome ‘Labour Shortages’

Use Spare Older Workers to Overcome ‘Labour Shortages’



https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/10/use-spare-older-workers-to-overcome-labour-shortages.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

The Lying Game The culture-wars scripting of the Weinstein scandal

The Lying Game

The culture-wars scripting of the Weinstein scandal



https://thebaffler.com/blessed-and-brightest/the-lying-game?utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=57463200&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8vUnW73OFWNjLaESP3drPyiebImHEeXN3PemgFpCm9yjpX44XoCaN2xDIf6xWFe6wn3a84ZXub0QpBQkWeuy5QVNI19Q&_hsmi=57463200

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Duty To Warn » Duty To Warn | Geoengineering Watch

Duty To Warn » Duty To Warn | Geoengineering Watch

Recent Reports Suggest Obama Administration Covered for the Clintons on More than One Occasion

Recent Reports Suggest Obama Administration Covered for the Clintons on More than One Occasion

The "Super-Fuze": The Big Upgrade to America's Nuclear Arsenal That Russia Fears | The National Interest Blog

The "Super-Fuze": The Big Upgrade to America's Nuclear Arsenal That Russia Fears | The National Interest Blog

What post-Weinstein Hollywood can learn from '90s sexual harassment training

What post-Weinstein Hollywood can learn from '90s sexual harassment training

Where the Fires in Northern California Came From, and What Lies Ahead | The New Yorker

Where the Fires in Northern California Came From, and What Lies Ahead | The New Yorker

All the Other Harvey Weinsteins | The New Yorker

All the Other Harvey Weinsteins | The New Yorker

Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice | Power Line

Bombshell Revelations about Russia and Obama’s Department of Justice | Power Line

Death Star: George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to Open Society Foundations - Breitbart

Death Star: George Soros Transfers $18 Billion to Open Society Foundations - Breitbart

Archbishop Auza: 108 Million Are Hungry – ZENIT – English

Archbishop Auza: 108 Million Are Hungry – ZENIT – English

Hopes Dim for Nuclear Disarmament – ZENIT – English

Hopes Dim for Nuclear Disarmament – ZENIT – English

US Vatican Ambassador-Designate Approved – ZENIT – English

US Vatican Ambassador-Designate Approved – ZENIT – English

The Trump administration’s tragic misstep on Iran - The Washington Post

The Trump administration’s tragic misstep on Iran - The Washington Post

Pax Americana may be over, but US remains first among equals

Pax Americana may be over, but US remains first among equals


http://www.atimes.com/pax-americana-may-us-remains-first-among-equals/

Americans Wrote the Russians’ Material « LobeLog

Americans Wrote the Russians’ Material « LobeLog

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Nixon's Children | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Nixon's Children | TomDispatch

The Old Arab Fear Tactic That Came to Washington

The Old Arab Fear Tactic That Came to Washington

From Monty Python to Allah: London's New Mega Mosque

From Monty Python to Allah: London's New Mega Mosque

Is War With Iran Now Inevitable? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Is War With Iran Now Inevitable? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Monday, October 16, 2017

'Casting Couch': The Origins of a Pernicious Hollywood Cliché - The Atlantic

'Casting Couch': The Origins of a Pernicious Hollywood Cliché - The Atlantic

The Movement of #MeToo - The Atlantic

The Movement of #MeToo - The Atlantic

40 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1977

40 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1977


https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/10/40-years-ago-a-look-back-at-1977/542997/

Nafta Needs an Update, Not Repeal


Nafta Needs an Update, Not Repeal


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/opinion/nafta-united-states-mexico.html?_r=0

Invitation to join Khanna-Massie-Pocan-Jones resolution to withdraw unauthorized US forces from Saudi war in Yemen

Invitation to join Khanna-Massie-Pocan-Jones resolution to withdraw unauthorized US forces from Saudi war in Yemen
Sending Office: Honorable Ro Khanna
Sent By: Geo.Saba@mail.house.gov




Request for Cosponsor(s)
Endorsing individuals: Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK, 1977-1993); Alberto Mora, former General Counsel, U.S. Navy; Barbara K. Bodine, U.S. Ambassador to Yemen (1997-2001); constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, former associate deputy attorney general to President Reagan; Danya Greenfield, Freedom House; Kristen Breitweiser and Monica Gabrielle, September 11th widows and advocates; Stephen Walt, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, FreedomWorks; Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, (R-TX, 1997-2013). Paul R. Pillar, Georgetown University, former National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia; Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (ret.), former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell; Daniel Larison, Senior Editor, The American ConservativeLt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, Military Expert, Defense Priorities; Norman Singleton, Campaign for Liberty

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join us as a co-sponsor for 
H. Con. Res. 81, a privileged resolution to withdraw U.S. forces in a timely manner from the unauthorized hostilities they are participating in alongside a coalition of militaries led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

In Yemen, the Saudi monarchy—with direct U.S. military involvement initiated by President Obama—has been fighting an indigenous Yemeni rebel group, the Houthis, who are entirely unrelated to the Sunni extremists of Al Qaeda or ISIS. Irrespective of debates over how broad the targets of U.S. counterterrorism operations are, U.S.-Saudi hostilities against Yemen’s Houthis constitute a completely separate war that remains unapproved by Congress, in defiance of the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker “made it clear” to the press that “he doesn’t believe the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that Congress passed in 2001 to counter al-Qaeda would apply to the Houthis.”1

In addition to being unauthorized, the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen may actually be threatening our national security. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) opposes the Saudi monarchy’s use of “food or medicine as weapons of war” as it imposes a blockade on imports of humanitarian assistance into the country with U.S. support. “The actions of the Saudis in Yemen undercut our national security interests and our moral values—exacerbating the world’s largest humanitarian crisis,” he added.2 Multiple news outlets have reported that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have become “de facto allies” of Al Qaeda in Yemen in their battle against the Houthis, and that the Saudi-led war has strengthened the most dangerous franchise of this terrorist group. 3 The State Department confirmed in a July 2017 report that “the ongoing conflict” has “enabled al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS’s Yemen branch to deepen their inroads across much of the country.”4

Earlier this year at a Federalist Society event, Andrew McCarthy—former U.S. Attorney, Senior Fellow at the National Review Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies—argued that the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen must be debated and voted on by Congress. “If there is not a threat to the U.S. and the president wants to take military action because he believes it’s in American interests,” he said, “he needs authorization from Congress.” McCarthy added, “And just putting my prosecutor hat back on for a second, if you aid and abet a principal in committing an act, you are treated under the law—at least the domestic criminal law—as if you were the principal. So I don’t really see a big difference between aiding and abetting the Saudis in carrying out attacks or directly attacking that other country ourselves. He concluded, “To me, it’s the same thing and since it’s removed from obvious American interests it would require Congressional authorization to be authorized.”5

Starting in 2015 under President Obama, the U.S. has been a direct participant in coalition-led hostilities in Yemen due to its intelligence assistance in target selection for Saudi and Emirati warplanes conducting airstrikes, and through the provision of midair refueling services during those warplanes’ bombing runs, as reported by The New York Times piece, “Support for Saudi Arabia Gives U.S. Direct Role in Yemen Conflict.”Foreign Policy added that the Saudi coalition’s “daily bombing campaign would not be possible without the constant presence of U.S. Air Force tanker planes refueling coalition jets.”7 Since October, this refueling support for the Saudi-UAE bombing campaign in Yemen has reportedly doubled.8 The New York Times reported in June 2017 that “the Saudis will allow American military advisers to sit in the Saudi air operations control center in Riyadh,” deepening U.S. participation.9

By introducing a privileged resolution to withdraw unauthorized U.S. forces from this conflict—an idea endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “to reassert its authority over the executive branch when it comes to war power”—we aim to restore Congress as the constitutionally mandated branch of government that may declare war and retain oversight over it.10 Our bill strengthens U.S. governance to better comport with the Constitution, assists in reducing a genuine threat to national security posed by the expansion of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and promises to assist in ending the senseless suffering of millions of innocent people in Yemen, as aid experts warn that Yemen may soon experience “a famine of Biblical proportions.”11

To join us as a cosponsor, or for other inquiries, please contact 
Geo.Saba@mail.house.gov at Rep. Khanna’s office, Seana.Cranston@mail.house.gov at Rep. Massie’s office, Keane.Bhatt@mail.house.gov at Rep. Pocan’s office, or Raymond.Celeste@mail.house.gov at Rep. Jones’s office.

Sincerely,

Ro Khanna                       Thomas Massie                Mark Pocan                       Walter Jones                    

Member of Congress       Member of Congress        Member of Congress        Member of Congress
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1 "Congress raises alarm over US confrontation with Yemen's Houthis," Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor, March 30, 2017. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/03/congress-raise-alarm-us-confrontation-yemen-houthis.html

2  “Senators Try To Rein In Saudi Arabia’s Brutal U.S.-Backed Campaign In Yemen,” Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Huffington Post, September 13, 2017. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-us-saudi-yemen-war_us_59b9b4eae4b0edff971920fb

3 "Al-Qaeda claims it is ‘fighting alongside’ US-backed coalition forces in Yemen," Bethan McKernan, the Independent, May 2 2017. 
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/al-qaeda-group-leader-claims-fighting-alongside-us-backed-coalition-forces-yemen-a7713321.html

“Pro-government tribal leader among dead in US raid in Yemen,” Maggie Michael, Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press, Feb. 16, 2017. 
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d927fc2962f44a6d8edf6a790b556bbc/pro-government-tribal-leader-among-dead-us-raid-yemen

"How Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger – and richer," Yara Bayoumy, Noah Browning and Mohammed Ghobari, Reuters, April 8, 2016. 
http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/yemen-aqap/

“Al Qaeda Helps Pro-Saudi Forces in Yemen,” Maria Abi-Habib, Mohammed al-Kibsi, Wall Street Journal, Jul. 17, 2015. 
http://topics.wsj.com/documents/print/WSJ_-A005-20150717.pdf

4 “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016,” Department of State, July 2017.
https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/272488.pdf

5 “The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches,” Federalist Society for Law & Public Studies, July 7, 2017. 
https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4675981/war-powers-1

6 “Support for Saudi Arabia Gives U.S. Direct Role in Yemen Conflict,” Mark Mazzetti, Shuaib Almosawa, August 24, 2016. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/world/middleeast/yemen-saudi-arabia-hospital-bombing.html

7 "In Yemen, a Saudi War Fought With U.S. Help," Paul Mcleary, Foreign Policy, November 23, 2015.
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/23/in-yemen-a-saudi-war-fought-with-u-s-help/

8 "U.S. Doubled Fuel Support For Saudi Bombing Campaign In Yemen After Deadly Strike On Funeral," Samuel Oakford, The Intercept, July 13 2017. 
https://theintercept.com/2017/07/13/u-s-doubled-fuel-support-for-saudi-bombing-campaign-in-yemen-after-deadly-strike-on-funeral/

9 "Saudi Arabia Tries to Ease Concerns Over Civilian Deaths in Yemen," Eric Schmitt, New York Times, June 14, 2017. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-arms-training-yemen.html

“Bipartisan Effort: 55 U.S. Representatives Call on Trump to Come to Congress Before Taking Military Action in Yemen,” Office of U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, April 11, 2017. 
https://pocan.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/bipartisan-effort-55-us-representatives-call-on-trump-to-come-to

10 “Exclusive — Rand Paul on Afghanistan, Yemen: Trump Should Trust ‘Instincts,’ Stop Listening to Generals ‘Who Talk in His Ear,’” Matthew Boyle, Breitbart News, September 15, 2017. 
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/15/exclusive-rand-paul-on-afghanistan-yemen-trump-should-trust-instincts-stop-listening-to-generals-who-talk-in-his-ear/

11 “Veteran aid expert Egeland warns of 'Biblical' famine in Yemen,” Tom Miles, Reuters, May 3, 2017.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-aid-idUSKBN17Z1GG