Category: WITNESSES TO HISTORY

The U.S. won’t say ‘genocide’ but cares about Armenian democracy?

MAX PARRY—The Western jingoist narrative would lead you to believe the world ‘sleepwalked’ into World War I, an attempt by the victors rewriting history to claim the moral high-ground of fighting for ‘liberal values.’ In reality, the Allied and Central Powers both consisted of colonialists guilty of various genocides. Furthermore, preparations had been made for decades by the opposing sides with the buildup of their armaments and the development of naval and armed forces to eventually fight over the re-division of the world’s colonies. The war came as no shock at all to the powers that be, but was only a surprise perhaps to the working class who were used as cannon fodder in the industrial scale slaughter of its battlefields.

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Google, drone murder and the military-intelligence-censorship complex

ANDRE DAMON—In March, Google admitted to helping the Pentagon develop artificial intelligence software to identify objects in video recordings captured by drones, within the framework of a program called Project Maven. While Google claims that the technology is not being used to kill people, the letter’s authors note that the system can be easily modified to identify human beings for assassination.

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The Family of Nations Needs to Stand Up to the US  

BARRY BARNETT—As previously stated, I exhort my fellow Americans to organize for strikes and more strikes leading up to general strike; and for every organization representing people’s rights, from civil rights legal groups to consumer protection agencies to what unions are left to the Poor People’s March, to announce a unified policy of non-payment of taxes to the government if any more nations are attacked – especially ones like Iran or N. Korea – that would cause perilous destabilization of the world.

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The McCain Cult

GARY LEUPP—The hagiography accumulating around this warmongering clown who would have gone to war with Russia over Georgia in 2008 or Ukraine in 2014 is knee-jerk deference to the system itself, with the assumption that Trump is the deviant one, to be vilified.  Because he’s insensitive to our war heroes in violation with the national cult of military glorification.

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Anti-Imperialists Coming In First And Second in Iraq’s Election Iraqi Communist Party & Moqtada al-Sadr Coalition Projected Winner

STEVEN ARGUE—The U.S. war against Iraq, starting in 1991, has murdered millions of Iraqis, destroyed its economy through privatization and military destruction, created wide scale brutal sectarian chaos, looted Iraqi oil, littered Iraq with deadly depleted uranium, cost U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars, and cost working class families the lives of many sons and daughters, all while lining the pockets of the arms and oil industries.

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Trump Welshes on the ‘Iran Deal.’ Why (2)?

STEVEN JONAS—Hardly an expert, or even half-an-expert, on foreign policy in general and the highly complex Middle East region in particular, the Mooch made it clear that that real reason behind the move is “regime change” (which, by the time this version of my original column is appearing, has become abundantly clear).  Yes, the real reason why Trump welched on the deal (as he seems to have done so many times in his “business” career), that is maintaining/reinstating/increasing the sanctions on Iran, is to try to make life so unpleasant for the majority of Iranians that they will somehow get rid of the Mullahs and install, hopefully for him, another right-wing, but this time pro-U.S. right-wing, government.

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On U.S. Imperialism, Capitalism and Fascism

DAVID W PEAR—Carter and Brzezinski were overjoyed that the U.S. would then have the sweet revenge of giving Russia a bloody Vietnam experience. Carter and Brzezinski gave Afghanistan a Vietnam experience too, in which millions of people were destroyed. Once events in Afghanistan were set into motion, then Carter and Brzezinski added gasoline to the inflamed Islamic fanatics with billions of dollars in U.S. military support funneled through Pakistan. Thousands of mercenaries from Arab countries poured into Afghanistan to join the fight and get paid too. They were called “Afghan-Arabs”. The Brzezinski-Carter scheme would be continued under President Reagan and led to the destruction of Afghanistan, the re-subjugation of Afghan women, and millions of Afghan civilian victims of war.

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