The situation with the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. – Press Conference (15 May 2019)

United Nations

Published on 16 May 2019
Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada reported that US authorities “tried to forcibly evict” a group of individuals who were “peacefully” occupying the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC. Moncada told reporters in New York that the activist group, Code Pink, was inside the embassy “with the full authorization of our government in order to prevent the illegal assault of the premises by violent groups, supporters of the coup d’état that took place last April the 30th in Venezuela.” The Venezuelan Ambassador said his country has not “been at war with anyone for the past 200 years” while the United States “in the past 200 years has only had 16 years without wars.” He said, “do we want a war with the United States? Crazy. It makes no sense. But these people I do believe are power-mad and they are driving Latin America as a whole – because this will be a continent-wide problem – to a situation that has never before been seen.” Tighe Barry, a Code Pink activist, said, “there could possibly be a war over an embassy. If the embassy in Washington DC is taken; what says that the embassy in Venezuela, the American Embassy in Venezuela can’t be taken? Which sets a pretext for war.” According to news reports, law enforcement on Monday (13 May) started a process to remove protesters from the embassy.

Iran’s warning to Donald Trump: ‘Don’t test us’

Oorlog Is Een Misdaad

Published on 14 May 2019
Iran’s ambassador to the UK has – in an exclusive interview with Sky News – given a stark warning about the prospect of war in the Middle East. With America threatening to send 120,000 troops to the region, Hamid Baeidinejad broke his silence to spell out his country’s readiness for war in his first ever interview with a British television channel. He was speaking to Sky’s diplomatic editor Dominic Waghorn.

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Mike Pence Plans to Bribe Venezuelan Military Generals to Turn Against Maduro — Covert Geopolitics

In a continuing effort to destabilize the Maduro government and the entire Venezuela, Deep State operative Mike Pence has been reported to have plans of acquiring the services of the military hierarchy including bribery, in order to topple Maduro from power.

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Afghan Boy Dance Goes Viral

[……”In the 1980 s and early 1990 s, Afghanistan was a proxy battleground for the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. One could argue that America was the winner in that battle (the Soviet Union and Afghanistan certainly weren’t), except that US actions then created the threat from the Taliban today. There were no winners”……]

 

Published on 7 May 2019

A video that is going viral online has touched the hearts of thousands across the world. The video shows a boy from Afghanistan dancing in joy after receiving a prosthetic leg. According to Roya Musawi, who shared it on Twitter, the video shows a young boy named Ahmad, who lost his leg in a landmine explosion in the Logar region of Afghanistan. Happiness is evident on Ahmad’s face as he dances around his ward even as other patients smile on.

Many in the comments section also thanked the Red Cross for their work in the war-torn country. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the conflict in the country killed has resulted in the injury, even death, of thousands of civilians, including children.

The small child is one of the many victims of landmine explosions in the war-torn region.

For those too young to know about the backgrounds of what’s going on in Afghanistan:

https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/afghanistans-proxy-warAfghanistan’s Proxy War

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| Feb. 16, 2007

THE PAPERS ARE full of the slow demise of Afghanistan. The Pakistanis are to blame; no, the Afghans; no, the United States. America didn’t do enough or did too much. NATO isn’t stepping up to the plate, or is it the Germans, or the French people. Is it the Taliban, Al Qaeda , or Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence that is pulling the strings? Is President Karzai powerless, or is he boosting the warlords, or is he a puppet for Americans , or all three? The blame is widespread.

But a large part of the problem is being missed. There’s talk about the U S -Pakistan-Afghanistan tripartite, but it’s the wrong one. The focus should be on the Afghanistan-Pakistan-India triangle.

In the 1980 s and early 1990 s, Afghanistan was a proxy battleground for the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. One could argue that America was the winner in that battle (the Soviet Union and Afghanistan certainly weren’t), except that US actions then created the threat from the Taliban today. There were no winners.

America and the Soviet Union brought two other neighbors into that Cold War fight: Pakistan and India. India stood by the Soviet Union as it quietly did in many other areas. Pakistan and its intelligence service became the middleman between the United States and the mujahedeen (later to form the Taliban).

When Soviet forces pulled out in 1989, Pakistan continued to support the rebels; India supported the forces that years later became the North Alliance. Now, 15 years later, the battle over influence in Afghanistan has not stopped. India is working on hearts and minds, opening consulates and providing over $750 million in infrastructure and training support, while Pakistan is trying to bridge the hostility existing since the Afghan and Pakistan governments ended up on different sides. And so the proxy war continues with a different cast.

There is more to this unacknowledged war than merely emotion and history. As long as India and Pakistan remain hostile to each other , Afghanistan is strategically important to both. It is vital to Pakistan that it not have unfriendly powers on both its east (India) and west (Afghanistan) borders, just as from India’s perspective, Afghanistan would provide a good strategic high-ground to squeeze Pakistan. Economically, too, Afghanistan holds great promise. The United States last year tied Afghanistan and Pakistan together through the creation of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones along their mutual border which would get American tax exemptions. Afghanistan also is the l inch pin of the trade routes and energy pipelines to Central Asia. So, if the United States is going to reverse this sad decline in Afghanistan, it will need the support of both India and Pakistan. These two great nations should learn from past mistakes — fighting over Afghanistan is not the solution. The costs are too great for all parties. The United States and Afghanistan need to find ways to invest both nations in helping to make this country a success; they clearly need all the help they can get.

This is going to require a fundamental change in attitudes in both the Indian and Pakistani governments. But there are some concrete efforts that could start the process.

First and foremost, a quadrilateral group composed of India, Pakistan, the United States, and Afghanistan should be created (in addition to the ongoing tripartite group that excludes India). This would put both India and Pakistan in a position where they would need to engage together on solutions to Afghanistan’s problems.

Second, Pakistan should start to allow Indian goods to travel over land through Pakistan to Afghanistan, significantly reducing the costs of much of the assistance that India currently provides. Third, the four countries should put more effort into renewing the long-discussed pipeline through the three nations, providing much needed energy to the region and an alternative to the Iranian pipeline. Eventually, India, Pakistan, and the United States shouldconsider a joint Provisional Reconstruction Team in the northwest of Afghanistan, away from the Pakistan border. All these efforts are going to be hard and long in coming. But, unless a way to mitigate the underlying Pakistan-India tension in Afghanistan is found, this country will continue to be a battleground for this largely unspoken war. What’s more, the benefits of building cooperation and trust in Afghanistan will help address the wider India-Pakistan conflict and enhance security across the region.

XeniaDormandy is executive director for research at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She was previously director for South Asia at the National Security Council.

Balkanization - Weapon of Mass Destruction

[……”In the 1980 s and early 1990 s, Afghanistan was a proxy battleground for the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. One could argue that America was the winner in that battle (the Soviet Union and Afghanistan certainly weren’t), except that US actions then created the threat from the Taliban today. There were no winners”……]

Published on 7 May 2019

A video that is going viral online has touched the hearts of thousands across the world. The video shows a boy from Afghanistan dancing in joy after receiving a prosthetic leg. According to Roya Musawi, who shared it on Twitter, the video shows a young boy named Ahmad, who lost his leg in a landmine explosion in the Logar region of Afghanistan. Happiness is evident on Ahmad’s face as he dances around his ward even as other patients smile on.

Many in the comments section also…

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John Kerry’s Plan to Balkanize Middle East Countries. The Partition of Syria « if Negotiations Fail »

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https://www.mondialisation.ca/john-kerrys-plan-to-balkanize-middle-east-countries-the-partition-of-syria-if-negotiations-fail/5517267