The never-told-before story of the meeting that led to the creation of ISIS, as explained by an Islamic State insider.
Since its creation, we have learned about the Islamic State from its enemies. Its story has largely been told by those fighting the group in Iraq and Syria, traumatized civilians who have escaped its brutal rule, and the occasional defector. That is about to change. This is the story of Abu Ahmad, a Syrian operative for the Islamic State who witnessed the group’s lightning expansion firsthand and spent months among its most notorious foreign fighters.
In this series of three articles, he provides unique insight into how Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s political scheming paved the way for the Islamic State’s expansion into Syria, al Qaeda’s efforts to stem the group’s rise, and the terrifying weapons in the arsenal of the self-proclaimed “caliphate.” Some names and details have been omitted to protect Abu Ahmad. Read part two here and part three here.
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From Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump
US militarism expanded exponentially through the first two decades of the Twenty-First Century, and was embraced by both Democratic and Republican Presidents. The mass media’s hysteria towards President Trump’s increase in military spending deliberately ignores the vast expansion of militarism, in all its facets, under President Obama and his two predecessors, Presidents ‘Bill’ Clinton and George Bush, Jr.
We will proceed in this essay to compare and discuss the unbroken rise of militarism over the past seventeen years. We will then demonstrate that militarism is an essential structural feature of US imperialism’s insertion in the international system.
Vast increases in military spending have been a constant regardless of who was President of the United States, and regardless of their popular campaign rhetoric to curb military spending in favor of the domestic economy.
Lire la suite The Rising Tide of Militarism in the 21st Century
The day before September 11, 2001 was like any normal day in New York City. September 10, 2001 was unaware of the earthshaking events which would happen the next day. Similarly, one might think the day before the violence broke out in Deraa, Syria in March 2011 would have been an uneventful day, unaware of the uprising about to begin.
But, that was not the case. Deraa was teaming with activity and foreign visitors to Syria well before the staged uprising began its opening act. The Omari Mosque was the scene of backstage preparations, costume changes and rehearsals. The Libyan terrorists, fresh from the battlefield of the US-NATO regime change attack on Libya, were in Deraa well ahead of the March 2011 uprising violence. Lire la suite The day before Deraa: How the war broke out in Syria
President Obama’s Race for the “Imperial Legacy”: A World of Chaos and Disintegration
President Obama is racing forward to establish his imperial legacy throughout Russia, Asia and Latin America.
In the last two years he has accelerated the buildup of his military nuclear arsenal on the frontiers of Russia. The Pentagon has designed a high tech anti-missile system to undermine Russian defenses.
Professor James Petras
In Latin America, Obama has shed his shallow pretense of tolerating the center—left electoral regimes. Instead he is has joined with rabid authoritarian neo-liberals in Argentina; met with the judges and politicians engineering the overthrow of the current Brazilian government; and encouraged the emerging far-rightwing regimes in Peru under Keiko Fujimori and Colombia under President Santos.
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Les présidentielles américaines phagocytent tout l’agenda politique US de l’année 2016, que ce soit en interne ou en externe. Tout est suspendu à l’élection de novembre prochain. Barack Obama se trouvera un successeur qui aura à gérer une nouvelle page de l’histoire des Etats Unis. La toute puissance américaine a vécu! Et cela, ils sont nombreux à l’intérieur des institutions américaines comme à l’extérieur, les pays satellites, à ne pas encore l’avoir compris ou admis…
Les candidats commencent à se positionner et de nouveaux noms émergent que ce soit dans le camp républicain ou démocrate. Si l’indépendant Donald Trump tente d’obtenir l’investiture répubicaine, elle risque de n’être qu’un flop tant son discours peu structuré ressemble à une caricature de programme et il manque de soutien à l’intérieur du camp républicain. A l’inverse, la candidature démocrate de Bernie Sanders épouse parfaitement les préoccupations de ses concitoyens et reste cohérente avec son parcours. Son souci numéro un est de réintroduire la justice économique et sociale au ceur du débat. C’est ce qu lui vaut autant de succès auprès des couches moyennes de la société. Son appel à une véritable « révolution politique » lui vaut d’être entendu notamment lorsqu’il désignera l’ennemi que sont les banquiers de Wall street et les milliardaires corrompus.
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Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war
Barack Obama’s repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office – and that there are ‘moderate’ rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him – has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.
By Seymour M. Hersh
Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration’s fixation on Assad’s primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn’t adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington’s anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped.
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