TNHP - January 2016

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Lia Tarachansky

A Jew reports from Israel and Palestine

Lia Tarachansky is an accomplieshed journalist and videologist. Lia Tarachansky is also a supreme writer of poetry and prose. Here is one of her powerful poems.

There's no work here

Thank you

A friend thanked me for the work I do
He said thank you.

I wore my heels and went for dinner

There are people here
invisible
People behind the scenes working real work
They pick up bits and drag limbs from rubble
They stay up all night nervously staring at their screens
So many people here
Invisible
Hitting the refresh button with their tired eyes sagging

I gave my cat his medicine

There are people here
they don't get thank yous
They return home at night drenched in sweat and horrors
that will never ease. Not ever. Not a thousand generations
from this.

I drank wine with friends and talked about the situation

There are people here who sit on disconnected phone calls
Suddenly
In the darkness of night which is never really dark
People listening to their hearts speed
as they whisper again and again "hello?"

Then I walked home by the quiet sea.

Please don't thank me
There is no work here. This is no work. Here, there is nothing.
Something to keep the fingers busy
so the brain doesn't wander off. So the brain doesn't wander
off.

I wondered how long before I find love again.

Today there was a person
He put the remains of his son in a plastic bag
from a supermarket. Then fasted for Ramadan.

I remembered to call my mother.

There is no work here
A thousand faces look the other way
There are people here
they lose the ability to distinguish
time from sirens from car alarms
from bursting clouds of dust and rubble
While careless ignant people yell empty threats at the TV

I watched a movie.

Empty, ignant people yell all day
empty threats on the TV but I can't peel my eyes off
I keep my fingers busy
Please don't thank me. There is no work here
Nausea
to keep the fingers busy
so the mind doesn't wander off.

I went to sleep.


Billionaire George Soros advances U.S. schemes

while pretending the peace maker with his NGOs

promoting all from Occupy to refugees to Germany

18 December 2015
 
By F. William Engdah
New Eastern Outlook

Since John D. Rockefeller was advised to protect his wealth from government taxation by creating a tax-exempt philanthropic foundation in 1913, foundations have been used by American oligarchs to disguise a world of dirty deeds under the cover “doing good for mankind,” known by the moniker “philanthropy” for mankind-loving. No less the case is that of George Soros who likely has more tax-exempt foundations under his belt than anyone around. His Open Society foundations are in every country where Washington wants to put ‘their man’ in, or at least get someone out who doesn’t know how to read their music. They played a key role in regime change in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe after 1989. Now his foundations are up to their eyeballs in promoting propaganda serving the US-UK war agenda for destroying stability in Syria as they did in Libya three years ago, creating the current EU refugee crisis.

We should take a closer look at the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis wreaking such havoc and unrest across the EU, especially in Germany, the favored goal of most asylum seekers today. George Soros, today a naturalized American citizen, has just authored a six-point proposal telling the European Union on what they must do to manage the situation. It’s worth looking at in detail. (More)


Is Trotskyism the new neo-conservatism?

'Hilary Benn, the very definition of a first rate second rate man, regaled the Commons and the country at large with a scream from the bowels of mediocrity, willfully dissing the heroism, principle, and courage of people who stood against the vile opportunism he represents.'

12 December 2015

By John Wight
RT

John Wight has written for newspapers and websites across the world, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is also a regular commentator on RT and BBC Radio. He wrote a memoir of the five years he spent in Hollywood, where he worked in the movie industry prior to becoming a full time and activist and organizer with the U.S. antiwar movement post-9/11. The book is titled Dreams That Die and is published by Zero Books. John is currently working on a book exploring the role of the West in the Arab Spring. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnWight1

Given the extent to which some on the left in the West continue to call for the toppling of Assad in Syria (a goal they share with Western governments), is Trotskyism the new neo-conservatism?

At the start of his book, The Global Minotaur, on the whys and wherefores of the global financial and economic crisis, which swept the world at the beginning of 2008, former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis ruminates on “that state of intense puzzlement in which we find ourselves when our certainties fall to pieces, when suddenly we get caught in an impasse, at a loss to explain what our eyes can see, our fingers can touch, our ears can hear.” The name for this psychological condition, he reveals, is aporia, a state of befuddlement that has been much in evidence when it comes to the chaos and tumult that has engulfed the Middle East these past few years. Here, Karl Marx’s admonition that, “The history of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living,” has never been more apposite.

History in the right hands is like a flashlight helping to penetrate the fog of obfuscation that shrouds the issue of war and conflict in the present. However, in the wrong hands it is a crutch employed to support a paucity of analysis and critical thinking. In other words, there is a marked and crucial difference between drawing a conclusion from the facts and applying a conclusion to those facts. Those who fall into the latter category do so out of opportunism or ignorance, though when it comes to the fate of nations both are deserving of equal contempt. (More)


MI6 and Libya torture

Is this the road to criminal trial for Blair and Straw?

19 December 2015

By Jon Wight

John Wight has written for newspapers and websites across the world, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is also a regular commentator on RT and BBC Radio. He wrote a memoir of the five years he spent in Hollywood, where he worked in the movie industry prior to becoming a full time and activist and organizer with the US antiwar movement post-9/11. The book is titled Dreams That Die and is published by Zero Books. John is currently working on a book exploring the role of the West in the Arab Spring. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnWight1

Details of the relations between Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi and the British government and intelligence agencies under Tony Blair are unravelling by the week, confirming that Blair is even more mendacious than commonly believed.

That Blair is a poster boy for corruption, mendacity, opportunism, and ruthless ambition is by now a received truth. The man who took Britain into the war in Iraq on the coattails of the Bush administration in 2003 did so imbued with a messianic desire to become a major international player, basking in the embrace of a political establishment in Washington whose support and endorsement he valued more than that of the people in his own country who elected him and whose interests he was supposed to represent.

Currently, in the Supreme Court in London, legal proceedings are under way to sue both former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and British intelligence agencies over their role in the rendition to Libya from London of anti-Gaddafi Libyan dissidents, where they were subsequently tortured. (More)


09 December 2015

China builds bridge across Indian Ocean vs U.S., India

By Jhinuk Chowdhury

Jhinuk Chowdhury is a project intern with Mantraya and is a lead researcher in Mantraya’s China and South Asia project.

Strategically located Maldives, sitting across major sea lines in the Indian Ocean, including the East-West shipping route that transports oil from Middle East to East Asia, has drawn attention of many major powers like the US, Russia, UK and quite naturally India. The latest great power that has set its eyes on this island nation is China. maldives_map

It is interesting how China’s foreign policy towards Maldives has been directly commensurate with its Indian Ocean strategy. Till the early 2000, most of the People’s Liberation Army – Navy (PLA-N)’s operational patterns in the Indian Ocean has been non combatant and focused on protecting its sea lines of communication (SLOC). China’s restrained posture in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) was for two reasons. (More)


17 September 2015

Culture Shock: Hear the rational voice of Syria's Assad

The man Washington neo-cons say is blood thirsty tyrant

‘West tearful for refugees with one eye, aiming gun with the other’ – For full video interview and text click HERE


Retired U.S. Major General Paul Vallely

says ‘US delusional on progress in Syria’

29 December 2015

RT

It seems delusional to praise US Secretary of State John Kerry's push to end the war in Syria because he has made no progress other than attending meetings in Vienna and other areas, says Paul Vallely, a retired US Army Major General.

RT: The US State Department published an article praising Secretary of State John Kerry's push to end the war in Syria through the recent UN resolution. But there is no mention of Russia's role in that process. Why is that, do you think?

Paul Vallely: It seems rather delusional to me after I read that report today hailing the progress of the State Department and John Kerry. I see no progress that he has made whatsoever other than attending meetings in Vienna and other areas. The real success was with Iraq forces seizing Ramadi, and hopefully they’ll be holding the area. And the other success is that if we can go to a ceasefire, except for the ISIS [Islamic State/IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL], the Russians and the other coalition forces have to continue to neutralize and destroy the ISIS forces. At the same time, let’s have a truce and a ceasefire with some of the rebel organizations as well as the bombing on civilian areas. And I think this is the biggest thing that the Russians and the Syrian government can move forward to, but they’ve got to keep a ‘full-court press on’ - what we call in American basketball, if I may, to destroy and neutralize all of ISIS in eastern Syria and northern Iraq as well. (More)


Syria now has military might to clear its skies

of all uninvited NATO war planes and missiles

07 December 2015
 
By Finian Cunningham

Syria is ready to deploy the fearsome S-300 air-defence system supplied by its Russian ally. The anti-aircraft surface-to-air missiles will give Syria control over its territory and the capability to shoot down any intrusive warplane or missile. NATO warplanes beware!

The fatal shoot-down of a Russian fighter jet by a Turkish F-16 two weeks ago has given urgency to installing the air-defence system. It is as much in Russia’s interest as it is in Syria’s to have air cover – and the S-300, and its newer generation, the S-400, are reckoned to be the best technology in the world for that job. (More)


 

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