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21 August, 2017

A barely known brutal operation by the US-trained Colombian army against civilians

While Colombia is known for one of the worst human rights records in the world, it remains a top recipient of US military aid and enjoys uncritical press coverage in Western media--all while Trump threatens military intervention against Venezuela over unsubstantiated allegations.


Abby Martin spoke to human rights attorney Dan Kovalik, who has recently returned from both countries. In a part of the interview, Kovalik spoke about the "false positive" scandal and the atrocities by the Colombian military against civilians:

           The Colombian military which has been trained by the United States, was responsible for the "false positive" scandal which people may remember. It's fairly recent. The high-water markers between 2002 and 2009, where they killed between about 4,000 and 6,000 civilians, that they knew were civilians, but they dressed them up as guerrillas, would kill them and put uniforms on them, guns on them, in order to push-up the numbers to justify more US military aid.


As pointed out in the summary of a 2015 report by Human Rights Watch:

Between 2002 and 2008, army brigades across Colombia routinely executed civilians. Under pressure from superiors to show “positive” results and boost body counts in their war against guerrillas, soldiers and officers abducted victims or lured them to remote locations under false pretenses—such as with promises of work—killed them, placed weapons on their lifeless bodies, and then reported them as enemy combatants killed in action. Committed on a large scale for more than half a decade, these “false positive” killings constitute one of the worst episodes of mass atrocity in the Western Hemisphere in recent decades.

In September 2008, a media scandal over army troops’ killings of young men and teenage boys from the Bogotá suburb of Soacha helped force the government to take serious measures to stop the crimes, including by dismissing three army generals. Prosecutors are now investigating more than 3,000 alleged false positives by military personnel. Upwards of 800 army members have been convicted for extrajudicial killings committed between 2002 and 2008, most of them low-ranking soldiers. The convictions have covered a handful of former battalion and other tactical unit commanders, but not a single officer who was commanding a brigade or holding a position higher up the chain of command at the time of the crimes. Of the 16 active and retired army generals under investigation, none have been charged.

Today, especially after FARC disarmament, things seem to getting worse in Colombia. As mentioned, it seems that the void left by FARC has been occupied by new paramilitaries on behalf of big corporations. Atrocities, assassinations and human rights violations continue against anyone who dares to question the corporate authority.

The usual suspect behind the mess is well known and always the same: US imperialism.

Δώστε δουλειές σε όλα τα ρομπότ

Οι θεωρίες για την «επέλαση» των ρομπότ, που θα μας πάρουν τις δουλειές, κατακλύζουν τα μέσα ενημέρωσης. Μια νέα μορφή «φουτουριστικού κομμουνισμού», όμως, έρχεται να ανατρέψει όσα μας έμαθαν για την αυτοματοποίηση.

του Άρη Χατζηστεφάνου

Ένα χιουμοριστικό βιντεάκι που κυκλοφόρησε τις τελευταίες ημέρες από την εταιρεία ρομποτικής Boston Dynamic και δείχνει ένα ρομπότ να τα κάνει γης μαδιάμ καθώς προσπαθεί να τοποθετήσει ένα κουτί σε ένα ράφι, τροφοδότησε δεκάδες, σχεδόν πανομοιότυπους, τίτλους εφημερίδων σε όλο τον κόσμο: «Τα ρομπότ δεν θα μας πάρουν τις δουλειές… ακόμη». Η ανθρωπότητα φάνηκε να ξεφυσά με ανακούφιση καθώς ορισμένα από τα πιο εφιαλτικά σενάρια για το τέλος της ανθρώπινης εργασίας έπαιρναν μια μικρή αναβολή.

Ανάμεσα σε άλλες σκοτεινές (αν και συχνά αμφισβητούμενες) προβλέψεις, τα τελευταία χρόνια διαβάσαμε ότι: το 47% των θέσεων εργασίας στις ΗΠΑ θα καλυφθούν από ρομπότ στα επόμενα 20 χρόνια, το 60% όλων των επαγγελμάτων στον πλανήτη μπορούν να αυτοματοποιηθούν κατά τουλάχιστον 30% και εργασίες που σήμερα αμείβονται με 15 τρισεκατομμύρια δολάρια σύντομα θα πραγματοποιούνται από ρομπότ.

Ο συγγραφέας επιστημονικής φαντασίας Πίτερ Φρέιζ, στο βιβλίο του Four Futures, προχωρά το σενάριο της «ρομπο-αποκάλυψης» ένα βήμα παραπέρα εισάγοντας την ιδέα του εξτερμινισμού (exterminism): στο όχι και τόσο μακρινό μέλλον τα κύματα των ανέργων, τα οποία θα έχουν χάσει και τα τελευταία εργαλεία εργατικών διεκδικήσεων όπως οι απεργίες, θα αποτελούν άμεσο κίνδυνο για την επιβίωση των πλουσίων, οι οποίοι θα ελέγχουν τα ρομπότ.

Τότε, οι κάτοχοι των νέων μέσων παραγωγής θα εξετάσουν το ενδεχόμενο μαζικής εξόντωσης των ανέργων με τεχνικές που θα παραπέμπουν στο χιτλερικό ολοκαύτωμα.

Όπως συμβαίνει συχνά σε παρόμοιες καταστάσεις, οι μετριοπαθείς υπoστηρικτές του καπιταλιστικού συστήματος ή οι μετριοπαθείς επικριτές του (ανάλογα με το αν βλέπεις το ποτήρι μισο-γεμάτο ή μισο-ρεφορμιστικό) απαντούν σε αυτά τα εφιαλτικά σενάρια με εξίσου εφιαλτικά απλουστευτικές λύσεις.

Ο σοσιαλιστής, πρώην υποψήφιος των γαλλικών προεδρικών εκλογών, Μπενουά Αμόν πρότεινε τη θέσπιση ειδικής φορολογίας για ρομπότ, μέσω της οποίας το κράτος θα επιτυγχάνει αναδιανομή εισοδήματος για τα ασθενέστερα οικονομικά στρώματα. Πρόκειται για την ίδια γραμμή σκέψης που παλαιότερα μας έδωσε τον φόρο Τόμπιν, για τη φορολόγηση των χρηματοπιστωτικών συναλλαγών – μια ακόμη μετριοπαθή απόπειρα για έναν καπιταλισμό με… ανθρώπινο πρόσωπο.

Ευτυχώς, πολύ πιο αισιόδοξα είναι τα μηνύματα που έρχονται τα τελευταία χρόνια από το κίνημα του λεγόμενου «πολυτελούς κομμουνισμού», το οποίο βρήκε στέγη σε οργανώσεις όπως η FALC (Fully Automated Luxury Communism – Πλήρως Αυτοματοποιημένος Πολυτελής Κομμουνισμός).

Επαναλαμβάνοντας ένα όραμα, που διατυπώνεται με διαφορετική φρασεολογία εδώ και τουλάχιστον μισή χιλιετία, τα μέλη της FALC μιλούν για μια κοινωνία αυτοματοποιημένης «μετα-εργασίας» με 10ωρη εργάσιμη εβδομάδα, εγγυημένο ελάχιστο εισόδημα, δωρεάν υγεία, παιδεία, στέγαση κ.ο.κ. «Πάρτε για παράδειγμα την Uber», εξηγούσε στην εφημερίδα «Guardian» o Ααρόν Μπαστανί, συνδημιουργός της Novara Media, που συνδέεται με το κίνημα: «Μέχρι το 2030 θα διαθέτει ένα γιγαντιαίο δίκτυο αυτόματων αυτοκινήτων χωρίς οδηγό. Γατί όμως μια τέτοια εταιρεία πρέπει να είναι ιδιωτική και να λειτουργεί με επιδίωξη το κέρδος αντί να ανήκει, παραδείγματος χάριν, στις υπηρεσίες του δήμου;» αναρωτιέται ο Μπαστανί.

Η ομάδα Plan C, που επίσης ευαγγελίζεται τον «πολυτελή κομμουνισμό», δηλώνει ότι αντλεί τις ιδέες της από το «Κεφάλαιο» και τις «Βασικές γραμμές της κριτικής της πολιτικής οικονομίας (Grundrisse)» του Μαρξ, στα οποία όμως προσθέτει και πινελιές από την τριλογία επιστημονικής φαντασίας «Ο Κόκκινος Άρης» του Κιμ Στάνλεϊ Ρόμπινσον, στην οποία δημιουργείται μια σοσιαλιστική κοινωνία στον πλανήτη Άρη.

Απέναντι, λοιπόν, στις τρομολαγνικές προβλέψεις ότι τα «ρομπότ θα μας πάρουν τις δουλειές» οι υποστηρικτές της FALC και του Plan C απαντούν: «Ας έρθουν… και σύντομα».

Αυτό που όλες οι πλευρές δείχνουν βέβαια να ξεχνούν είναι ότι η απόλυτη αυτοματοποίηση της εργασίας δεν απειλεί μόνο τους εργαζομένους αλλά, σε ορισμένες περιπτώσεις, και τους ιδιοκτήτες των μέσων παραγωγής, οι οποίοι χάνουν το βασικό μέσο κερδοφορίας – την υπεξαίρεση της υπεραξίας των εργατών.

Γι’ αυτόν τον λόγο, σε αρκετούς τομείς παραγωγής οι ιδιοκτήτες προτιμούν να μη χρησιμοποιούν ρομπότ αλλά μεγάλους αριθμούς χαμηλόμισθων και αναλώσιμων εργατών. Το ίδιο το οικονομικό σύστημα δηλαδή μπορεί να ακυρώσει ή να αναβάλει την εξέλιξη της τεχνολογίας προκειμένου να διατηρήσει τις παλιές μορφές εκμετάλλευσης, σε έναν ιδιότυπο λουδιτισμό των από πάνω.

Όπως εξηγούσε άλλωστε ο Αμερικανός οικονομολόγος Ντιν Μπέικερ, οι θεωρίες για την επέλαση των ρομπότ έρχονται απλώς να συσκοτίσουν άλλους σημαντικούς παράγοντες αύξησης της ανεργίας που δεν συνδέονται με την αυτοματοποίηση της παραγωγής.

Αν υπάρχει ένα σοβαρό πρόβλημα, εξηγεί ο Μπέικερ, δεν είναι ότι τα ρομπότ παίρνουν τις δουλειές των εργατών, αλλά ότι στο υπάρχον οικονομικό σύστημα λειτουργούν σαν εργαλεία για τη μεγαλύτερη συγκέντρωση πλούτου στα χέρια λίγων. Ενώ θα έπρεπε να είναι φτηνά και να βοηθούν τον άνθρωπο να αυξήσει την παραγωγικότητά του, λόγω του καθεστώτος ευρεσιτεχνιών και των μονοπωλίων που ελέγχουν τα πνευματικά δικαιώματα, παραμένουν ιδιαίτερα ακριβά στην παραγωγή τους και συνεχίζουν να ελέγχονται από μια μικρή ομάδα ανθρώπων.

Η λύση λοιπόν είναι προφανής – αν και διόλου εύκολη στην εφαρμογή της: Δώστε δουλειά σε όλα τα ρομπότ, κοινωνικοποιώντας όλα τα στάδια παραγωγής και καταργώντας το κέρδος προκειμένου να επιτρέψουμε στον άνθρωπο να ζήσει δημιουργικά, απελευθερωμένος από κάθε μορφή αλλοτριωμένης εργασίας.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected an appeal by survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to publish a report into the role of Saudi Arabia in funding Islamic extremism in Britain.

In July, the government announced that the Home Office report, which was commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron, will not be published because of “national security reasons” and the “vast amount of personal information” it contains.

The announcement that the report, completed six months ago, would be permanently shelved has sparked widespread condemnation amid claims the government is trying to cover up substantial evidence of Saudi Arabia funding terrorist organizations in the UK.

Joining the chorus of opposition, a group of 9/11 survivors signed a public letter to May, urging her to publish the report.

The UK now has the unique historic opportunity to stop the killing spree of Wahhabism-inspired terrorists by releasing the UK government’s report on terrorism financing in the UK which, according to media reports, places Saudi Arabia at its center of culpability,” the letter, signed by 15 survivors, read. "The longer Saudi Arabia’s complicity is hidden from sunlight, the longer terrorism will continue.

The British government has rejected their request, however.

Sharon Remoli, who was on the 80th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York when the first plane hit, told the Independent: “The US and the UK continue to protect Saudi Arabia, allowing them to operate freely, with impunity, even supplying them with lethal weapons, as they go about their usual business of inspiring tolerance, committing genocide and human rights violations.

Brett Eagleson, whose son John died on the 17th floor of the South Tower, told the newspaper the British government is withholding potentially-crucial information. “When the UK government had the opportunity to shed light on the funding of terrorism and had the opportunity to make real inroads on the global fight against terror, they have chosen to take the path of least resistance by putting the cozy relationship with Saudi Arabia before the safety of its own citizens,” he said. “It’s a shameful day for democracy.

Although 15 of the 19 hijackers who attacked New York and Washington were citizens of Saudi Arabia, the authorities in Riyadh have long denied any official role in the attack.

Britain’s Tory government has already faced harsh questions over the viability of its diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia, especially after it emerged that Britain continues to sell arms to the Gulf kingdom. Those very same arms are reportedly being used in the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, where thousands have been killed.

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Sweden to deport 106yo Afghani woman, world’s ‘oldest refugee’

A 106-year-old woman, widely referred to as the “world’s oldest refugee,” is reportedly among the Afghan asylum seekers set to be expelled from Sweden in the coming months.

There is no doubt that the security situation in Afghanistan is serious. At the same time, we have assessed that levels in the conflict vary within and between different provinces in the country. Conflict has thus not reached a level where it affects everyone throughout the country,” Fredrik Beijer, Head of Legal Affairs at the Migration Board wrote.

Bibihal Uzbeki, 106, fled the Taliban incursion into Kunduz, Afghanistan in 2015. She travelled with her family through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Croatia before ending up in Skaraborg, Sweden where she applied for asylum, reports The Local.

When the journey became too arduous, her son and grandchildren were forced to carry her before she was eventually provided with a wheelchair.

It was a difficult journey for the whole family. We carried her until we reached Germany, there a doctor finally gave us a wheelchair,” her son Mohammad told Skaraborg Läns tidning in 2016.

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There have been several protests on the streets of Stockholm decrying the decision to expel asylum seekers in recent months.

Afghan security forces, despite an estimated $700 billion in US military assistance since the 2001 invasion, are still battling the Taliban which has stepped up its attacks in several provinces. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists have also gained foothold in the turbulent state.

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Prominent Chinese economist warns country's debt becoming problem

China’s growing debt is affecting the country and the global economy, according to Charlene Chu, an influential China analyst.

"Everyone knows there’s a credit problem in China, but I find that people often forget about the scale. It’s important in global terms," Chu said in an interview with the Financial Times. Chu, who made her name warning of the risks from China’s credit binge, has predicted that by the end of the year, the country will accumulate $7.6 trillion worth of the so-called "bad" debt.

The comment came the day after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that Chinese debt could be the reason for the next financial crisis as borrowing becomes unsustainable. "International experience suggests that China’s credit growth is on a dangerous trajectory, with increasing risks of a disruptive adjustment or a marked growth slowdown," the IMF report said.

The IMF said China needed three times as much credit last year to achieve the same amount of growth as in 2008. A report in June by the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said China's total debt was over 304 percent of GDP as of May this year.

Moreover, “the household debt-to-GDP ratio hit an all-time high of over 45 percent in the first quarter of 2017 —well above the Emerging Market average of around 35 percent,” the IIF said.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, China has become the growth engine of the global economy. The country has contributed to more than half the increase in world's GDP in recent years.

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Η Γερμανία χρηματοδοτεί την παραπληροφόρηση για την Κούβα

Η Oμοσπονδιακή κυβέρνηση της Γερμανίας χρηματοδοτεί εδώ και τρία χρόνια με κονδύλια από τον εθνικό προϋπολογισμό, ένα πρόγραμμα για να επηρεάσει τα μέσα ενημέρωσης στην Κούβα. Όπως δήλωσε επίσημα στις 25 Ιουλίου 2017 (Drucksache 18/13202, σελίδα 4), ο γραμματέας της κυβέρνησης Marcus Ederer , το γερμανικό Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών έχει καταβάλει από το 2015 συνολικά 60.000 ευρώ στο εργαστήριο "ΤΑΖ-Panter-Stiftung" για νέους Κουβανούς δημοσιογράφους.

Απαντώντας σε ερώτηση της βουλευτού Heike Hänsel του κόμματος “Die Linke”ο γραμματέας της κυβέρνησης υποστήριξε ότι σκοπός του εργαστηρίου είναι “η εντατικοποίηση των πολιτιστικών και εκπαιδευτικών ανταλλαγών με την Κούβα”.

Ο Ederer, o οποίος από το 2002 έως το 2005 εργάστηκε στην γερμανική Ομοσπονδιακή Υπηρεσία Πληροφοριών, είναι σήμερα ένας από τους δύο υφυπουργούς Εξωτερικών της Ομοσπονδιακής Δημοκρατίας της Γερμανίας. Όμως ο πολιτικός, είπε μόνο την μισή αλήθεια. Στην πραγματικότητα, η γερμανική κυβέρνηση επιδιώκει να ασκήσει μία λεπτή επιρροή στην ανάπτυξη των μέσων επικοινωνίας στην Κούβα, για να παρεμβαίνει στα εσωτερικά της ζητήματα. Τέσσερις μόλις μήνες πριν από αυτήν την δήλωση του Marcus Ederer, η κυβέρνηση το είχε αναγνωρίσει ανοιχτά.

Σύμφωνα με την έκθεση Νο 20 της ομοσπονδιακής κυβέρνησης για την Πολιτιστική Πολιτική Εργασία στο Εξωτερικό της 16ης Μαρτίου 2017 (Drucksache 18/11550), παρ. (Γ) με τίτλο: “Ανοίγοντας χώρους για πολιτική δουλειά» στη σελίδα 14 λέει:

Το Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών, μέσω της εντατικοποίησης των πολιτιστικών σχέσεων συμβάλλει σε ένα σταδιακό άνοιγμα στην Κούβα. Σε αυτό το πνεύμα, η προετοιμασία των προγραμμάτων βοηθά στην προετοιμασία του εδάφους. Για παράδειγμα: Υποστηρίζουν από κοινού με το Cuban-European Youth Academy de la Fundación Neueman την πραγματοποίηση εκθέσεων Κουβανών καλλιτεχνών στη Γερμανία. Ένα Εργαστήριο που διοργανώθηκε από το ίδρυμα Panter και χρηματοδοτήθηκε από το υπουργείο Εξωτερικών μας, συμβάλει επίσης στο άνοιγμα στα Μέσα Ενημέρωσης, έναν τομέα που διέπουν αυστηροί κανονισμοί στην Κούβα”.

Ο πραγματικός στόχος της κυβέρνησης πίσω από το εν λόγω εργαστήριο δημοσιογραφίας για τους νέους Κουβανούς, είναι σύμφωνα με αυτό το έγγραφο “το σταδιακό άνοιγμα της Κούβας” και ιδιαίτερα “το άνοιγμα του αυστηρά ρυθμιζόμενου τομέα των πληροφοριών” στο σοσιαλιστικό νησί. Είναι καθαρό ότι για να επιτύχουν στους στόχους τους χρησιμοποιούν την εφημερίδα “TAZ” και τον οργανισμό της Panter.

Μετά την αναχώρηση της ομάδας για την Κούβα, η TAZ δημοσίευσε στις 4 Αυγούστου 2017 κάποια άρθρα από τους συμμετέχοντες στο Εργαστήριο, οι οποίοι όλοι -κατά την ΤΑΖ- “εργάζονταν σε κουβανικά ΜΜΕ”. Όμως στο ίδιο φύλλο της εφημερίδας, δημοσιεύτηκε επίσης ένα άρθρο του Maykel González Vivero, ο οποίος παρουσιάστηκε σαν ανταποκριτής του “Diario de ¨¨Cuba” στην Σάντα Κλάρα.

Όλος ο κόσμος ξέρει ότι το "Diario de Cuba" δεν είναι κανένα κουβανικό μέσο επικοινωνίας και ότι ιδρύθηκε στη Μαδρίτη το 2009 από μια αντεπαναστατική ομάδα με την οικονομική υποστήριξη του “National Endowment for Democracy” (NED) της κυβέρνησης των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών.

Ο βορειοαμερικανός δημοσιογράφος Tracey Eaton δήλωσε στις 27 του Σεπτεμβρίου 2016 στο blog του “Κατά μήκος της Malecon” ότι το “Diario de Cuba” έλαβε μόνο το 2015 συνολικά 283.869 δολάρια από το NED.

Γιατί αποκρύπτει αυτή την πληροφορία η εφημερίδα TAZ; Γιατί αποσιωπά αυτή η εφημερίδα ότι ο συγγραφέας συνεργάζεται επίσης με το κρατικό ΜΜΕ των ΗΠΑ "Μartí News", ένα προπαγανδιστικό όπλο της κυβέρνησης των ΗΠΑ κατά της κουβανικής επανάστασης;

Τελικά, η κυβέρνηση της Γερμανίας έχει πληρώσει για την κατασκευή ενός συγγραφέα, ο οποίος δεν εμφανίζεται ως συνεργάτης των κουβανικών μέσων ενημέρωσης, αλλά είναι συνεργάτης ορισμένων ΜΜΕ των ΗΠΑ και της Ισπανίας, που προσπαθούν να καταλύσουν το Σύνταγμα της Δημοκρατίας της Κούβας.

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ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel pushing Washington to partition Iraq and Syria

The currently stateless Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation?

by Whitney Webb

Part 6 - The role of Israeli ties in pushing the partition plan

The Trump administration’s close ties to Israel may also be a factor in Trump’s willingness to consider Iraq’s partition. Though the U.S. is clearly driving partition in both Iraq and Syria, it is not alone. Israel stands to gain greatly from a partition of Iraq and has worked, like the U.S., to engineer sectarianism there and strengthen the Kurds. The Kurds have received weapons, training, and more from Israel — well before the rise of Daesh, with ties dating back to the 1960s.

Israel has also directly supported the Kurds’ economy. In 2015, despite warnings from Baghdad, Israel was importing as much as 77 percent of its oil supply from Iraqi Kurdistan, funneling much-needed money to the cash-stripped Kurdish regional government.

Israel has long recognized the potential role of the Kurds in dividing countries it and its allies seek to weaken. It is hardly a coincidence that Israel’s Greater Israel project aligns almost perfectly with “Kurdistan.” In the Oded Yinon plan, or the plan for a “Greater Israel,” the use of the Kurds is considered imperative as a means for dividing neighboring countries in order to aid in Israeli plans for greater domination and territorial expansion.

In addition, Israel considers the Kurds an important part of its long-standing goal to destabilize Iran. For instance, WikiLeaks revealed in 2010 that Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad had expressed interest in using the Kurds and other ethnic minorities to topple the Iranian government by manufacturing the country’s division. Given that the partition of Iraq would isolate Iran from Syria, Israel – like the U.S. – views partition as serving multiple goals, ultimately enabling Israel to dominate the entire Middle East.

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20 August, 2017

Mission accomplished: US bloody imperialists put foot on Syria for good


After more than six years of unimaginable catastrophe that killed thousands, created millions of refugees and internally displaced, the Syrian war is still in process, yet, the most ruthless force seems to be achieving its primary target.


As the TeleSur reported:

U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria — who are among Washington's most important and powerful regional allies — told Reuters Thursday that the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria “for decades to come.”

A spokesman from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias headed by the Kurdish YPG, Talal Silo, told Reuters that the the United States has a "strategic interest" in the area, and that U.S. forces will be staying there long after the Islamic state group might be defeated.

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The U.S. military has funded the SDF extensively, also supporting them with air strikes, artillery, and special forces on the ground. It was in March when the then-new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump began distributing arms to the YPG, ahead of their assault in Raqqa. When probed about their long-term strategy, Col. Ryan Dillon, another spokesman for the coalition, deferred Reuters to the U.S. Pentagon, adding that there is “still a lot of fighting to do, even after ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa". Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, in turn, stated, “The Department of Defense does not discuss timelines for future operations. However we remain committed to the destruction of ISIS and preventing its return.”

The head of the YPG revealed last month that the United States has established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria that are controlled by the YPG or SDF, including a major air base near Kobani, which borders Turkey.

Despite the chaos by losing control over various extremist groups trained by CIA, it appears that the US achieves its primary target for permanent military presence in northern Syria. The Nobel Peace Prize(!) holder and proxy-wars expert, Barack Obama, has set the scene for Donald Trump. The US imperialists have learned from the disastrous Iraq war and decided to act "smarter" this time. They reached goal through a few airstrikes and minimum loses, just by training and arming different militant groups. The only problem is that it took longer. By the way, no one could blame them for direct invasion this time.

Syrian war shows emphatically how ruthless the US imperialists are. They won't give up their 'investments' in the Middle East, whatever it takes. And they have 'invested' for decades, especially in two sides, which have enormous ideological differences. On the one hand, the Kurdish communities, organized upon the most progressive ideas in the Middle East. On the other, the Saudis, the most brutal theocratic regime in the region. This fact depicts perfectly that the US imperialists will support anyone - no matter how democratic or tyrannic - who will help them to fulfill their goals.

Despite the geopolitical games through various pipelines, the ultimate plan of the US in the region was to create a continuous surveillance zone that would expand from the Iranian borders through north Iraq and Syria, up to the eastern Mediterranean coast. It appears that mission accomplished.

Through this zone, the US will attempt to:

  • Control all key roads of the pipelines from Gulf States to the north, and therefore, the main energy paths to Europe.

  • Put barriers against the normal functioning of the Syria-Russia-Iran-Hezbollah alliance in various levels.

  • Become a significant and 'annoying' power of tight scrutiny against the Russian presence in the east Mediterranean with the prospect to prevent the expansion of Russian permanent naval and other military bases.

  • Restrict further Sino-Russian economic expansion in the region.

With the ongoing chaos in Middle East, no one can tell to what extent the US will succeed on these goals, but the first key step is completed. Furthermore, there is another big question mark that seems to trouble the US imperialists: Turkey.

It appears that the relationship of the US with this strategic ally and one of the largest NATO armies becomes increasingly problematic. The rapid deterioration of the relations between the US and Turkey coincided with the beginning of the Syrian chaos, probably because Erdogan completely ignored the US interests in the region, by trying to promote his own agenda.

Turkey exploited the Syrian chaos and tried to crush Kurdish resistance. One of the reasons that supported ISIS was to use it against the Kurds. It is a sub-proxy war by Turkey in the area according to its own agenda. The US is probably not very happy with that because it wanted to use ISIS in full force against Assad and considers Kurds as allies.

Things got even worse last month. As Bloomberg reported:

Turkey’s state-run news agency published U.S. base locations in northern Syria, a move that threatens to deepen distrust between the two allies by exposing American soldiers on the front lines of the fight against Islamic State.

In reports published in both Turkish and English on Tuesday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency provided detailed information about 10 U.S. bases in northern Syria, including troop counts and a map of the U.S. force presence in the Turkish version. The reports said that the military outposts are “usually hidden for security reasons, making it hard to be detected.” It said they were located “in the terrorist PKK/PYD-held Syrian territories,” a reference to Kurdish groups that Turkey’s government considers terrorist organizations.

Despite a tight military alliance dating back to the Cold War, Turkey and the U.S. have been at odds for years now over the U.S. backing of Kurdish fighters in Syria who are affiliated with separatist movements inside Turkey. The Turkish government probably leaked U.S. troop locations to Anadolu as retaliation, according to Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Despite fulfilling their primary target, everything shows that the US imperialists will not have an easy job in the chaotic Middle East puzzle.

19 August, 2017

A year after the coup against Dilma Rousseff, slavery returns officially in Brazil


Speaking to Tariq Ali, Alfredo Saad Filho, Professor of Political Economy, SOAS, describes the situation in Brazil nearly one year after the coup to remove former President Dilma Rousseff from office, revealing three key targets for which the neoliberal regime had staged this coup.

As he pointed out:

He [Michel Temer] is the most unpopular president in recorded history in Brazil. He has nothing to show for himself except survival, but for one thing. He has managed to implement the program of the coup. And the program of the coup was, first of all, change the oil exploration law to weaken Petrobras, the state oil company and allow transnational companies to exploit oil in Brazil.

They have also changed labor law. Labor law has been essentially abolished to the point that the ILO [International Labour Organization] and trade unions complain that currently, the law is essentially legalizes slavery. It is possible to have slaves in Brazil today in legal terms because the workers have been left bereft of almost any form of protection.

And the government has a third commitment, which is a change in social security law and pensions, to restrict pensions and cut the rights of workers.

This is what they wanted to achieve by removing Dilma Rousseff and the PT [Workers' Party] from office, and they are doing it.


Filho also said that Lula da Silva, the predecessor of Rousseff in the presidency and the PT party, is still the most popular politician in Brazil, despite the media attacks. He also claimed that the accusations against him were staged to get him out of the political game for good.

In July, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) reported that:

The decision by Brazil’s corruption-riddled parliament to eliminate a swathe of protections in the country’s labour laws will impoverish millions of people and leave workers completely at the mercy of employers who will have unilateral power to set wages, holiday entitlements, working hours and bonuses.

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Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, “This unprecedented dismantling of labour law is a recipe for corporate greed, with a small group of powerful oligarchs who want to turn back the clock to Brazil’s feudal past set to reap huge profits at the expense of ordinary working families. These same industrialists were the cheerleaders for the illegitimate ouster of President Dilma. They are the main beneficiaries of expected cuts to pension entitlements and of the 20-year austerity law, which deprives Brazil’s poor of social security, health and decent education.

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Brazil’s most popular politician, former President Lula Da Silva, has meanwhile been given a 9½ year prison sentence by populist judge Sergio Moro, despite the lack of any real evidence to justify the judgement. Moro is a frequent guest on the Globo media conglomerate, which is owned by the Marinho family, one of the country’s richest families with combined wealth of over USD 10bn.

As described previously, the constitutional coup against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, as well as, the usual actions of the Right opposition in Venezuela against Nicolás Maduro with the help of the US finger, are far more obvious.

The special weight of these countries, together with Argentina, in Latin America, is extremely important for the US imperialism to regain ground in the global geopolitical arena. Especially the last ten to fifteen years, each of them developed increasingly autonomous policies away from the US close custody, under Leftist governments, and this was something that alarmed the US imperialism components.

Brazil appears to be the most important among the three, not only due to its size, but also as a member of the BRICS, the team of fast growing economies who threaten the US and generally the Western global dominance. The constitutional coup against Rousseff was rather a sloppy action and reveals the anxiety of the US establishment to regain control through puppet regimes. This is a well-known situation from the past through which the establishment attempts to secure absolute dominance in the US backyard.

It appears that after Greece, Brazil is becoming a champion in entering rapidly the neo-feudal era through the violent termination of Democracy by the neoliberal regime.

US-backed Kurdish YPG reveals: US military to stay in Syria ‘for decades’

The United States has been funding and supporting the group for months, due to “strategic interests” in the region, a spokesperson revealed.

U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria — who are among Washington's most important and powerful regional allies — told Reuters Thursday that the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria “for decades to come.”

A spokesman from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias headed by the Kurdish YPG, Talal Silo, told Reuters that the the United States has a "strategic interest" in the area, and that U.S. forces will be staying there long after the Islamic state group might be defeated.

"They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) ... and the U.S. administration," Silo said.

The U.S. military has funded the SDF extensively, also supporting them with air strikes, artillery, and special forces on the ground. It was in March when the then-new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump began distributing arms to the YPG, ahead of their assault in Raqqa.

When probed about their long-term strategy, Col. Ryan Dillon, another spokesman for the coalition, deferred Reuters to the U.S. Pentagon, adding that there is “still a lot of fighting to do, even after ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa".

Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, in turn, stated, “The Department of Defense does not discuss timelines for future operations. However we remain committed to the destruction of ISIS and preventing its return.

The head of the YPG revealed last month that the United States has established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria that are controlled by the YPG or SDF, including a major air base near Kobani, which borders Turkey.

In the beginning, American support was secret,” Alan Hassan, a Kurd in northeastern Syria's Qamishli, told The New York Times of the group’s affiliations back in May. “Now it is public. The relationship has changed from undeclared to declared.

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Regional demonstrations show support for Venezuela

Pro-Venezualan rallies have been held in Panama and Argentina during a tour by the U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence. Organizers wanted to show their opposition to the U.S. President Donald Trump's recent comments that he would not rule out the option of military intervention.















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Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly assumes legislative functions

The opposition-led National Assembly will not be dissolved, according to National Constituent Assembly authorities.

Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, ANC, has assumed by decree some of the functions of the country's National Assembly, as it continues to be in contempt.

The National Assembly, which is led by the right-wing opposition, hasn't been dissolved and its members can resume their activities, said ANC President Delcy Rodriguez. She added that opposition leaders ignored their call to attend the session to establish the powers of the ANC voted for by millions of Venezuelans in open and free elections. "The Legislative Power has not been dissolved, as they want to portray in national and international media," Rodriguez said.

ANC First Vice President Elvis Amoroso read the decree in which the assembly "assumes the powers to legislate on matters directly aimed at ensuring the preservation of peace, security, sovereignty, the socioeconomic and financial system, the means of the state and the rights of the Venezuelans."

"If it were dissolved, we would not be making a decree in which only certain functions are assumed," ANC member Diosdado Cabello said. "They can continue to meet and comment as the National Assembly. What we can't allow is that a National Assembly paralyzes the state."

Cabello recalled that the legislative body has been in contempt since swearing in lawmakers whose elections were under investigation for irregularities. The politician said he believes this action destroys the allegations made by the U.S. government that Venezuela is a "failed state."

The ANC said that the opposition had violated Article 349 of the Constitution, which states the authority of that institution.

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Οι λάθος αντιλήψεις του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη

Δεν πρόκειται για άκριτη συστράτευση με τις αερολογίες που διαδίδουν τα μίντια (περί Βαρουφακιάδας κ.λ.π.), αλλά για πολύ συγκεκριμένη και στοχευμένη κριτική των επιλογών του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη, με βάση αυτά που γράφει ο ίδιος. Ο Eric Toussaint, αναλύει τις λάθος αντιλήψεις του Βαρουφάκη, όταν του έγινε πρόταση να αναλάβει το υπουργείο οικονομικών. Έχει ενδιαφέρον να σταθούμε λίγο περισσότερο σε μια από τις προτάσεις Βαρουφάκη.

Όπως γράφει ο Toussaint:

Σημαντικές μειώσεις της φορολόγησης επιχειρήσεων.

Σχετικά με το μέτρο αυτό, ο Βαρουφάκης λέει: «Αυτό θα απαιτούσε σημαντικές μειώσεις του ΦΠΑ και της φορολογίας επιχειρήσεων, διότι έπρεπε να ξαναδώσουμε ενέργεια στον ιδιωτικό τομέα.»

Αναφέρει μια ερώτηση του Τσίπρα:

« - Γιατί θα’πρεπε οι επιχειρήσεις να πληρώσουν λιγότερο; ρώτησε ο Αλέξης.

Του εξήγησα: ο ιδιωτικός τομέας έπρεπε να πληρώσει περισσότερο όσον αφορά το συνολικό φορολογικό εισόδημα, αλλά ο μόνος τρόπος να αυξήσουμε την συνολική του συνεισφορά, ενώ οι πωλήσεις ήταν σε νεκρό σημείο κι οι τράπεζες είχαν πτωχεύσει, ανίκανες να παράσχουν πιστώσεις στις κερδοφόρες επιχειρήσεις, ήταν να μειώσουμε την φορολογία των επιχειρήσεων. Ο Δραγασάκης ήταν σύμφωνος, γεγονός που ηρέμησε τους Αλέξη και Παππά.»

Όπως σχολιάζει ο Toussaint:

           Το να υπόσχεσαι την μείωση της φορολογίας των επιχειρήσεων κατά τρόπο αδιαφοροποίητο είναι απόλυτα ασύμβατο με μιαν αριστερή πολιτική. Πρέπει να αυξηθεί το ποσοστό φορολόγησης των μεγάλων επιχειρήσεων και αυτό να τηρηθεί. Ταυτόχρονα, είναι απόλυτα δυνατόν να μειώσεις το ποσοστό φορολόγησης των μικρών επιχειρήσεων. Εξ άλλου, το να θεωρείς ότι η μείωση της φορολόγησης των επιχειρήσεων θα αυξήσει την συνεισφορά τους στο συνολικό φορολογικό εισόδημα δεν έχει διόλου αποδειχθεί και έχει περισσότερο να κάνει με κάποιο φιλελεύθερο ξόρκι παρά με τεκμηριωμένο συλλογισμό.


Ο Toussaint έχει απόλυτο δίκιο. Οι φοροαπαλλαγές δεν εφαρμόζονται οριζόντια. Έπρεπε να κατευθυνθούν αποκλειστικά προς τις μικρομεσαίες επιχειρήσεις προκειμένου αυτές να μπορέσουν να ανασάνουν, ενώ αντίθετα, θα έπρεπε να μπουν πρόσθετοι φόροι στις μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις και πολυεθνικές.

Η συγκεκριμένη αντίληψη Βαρουφάκη αποτελεί ένα από τα πιο κλασικά αφηγήματα της νεοφιλελεύθερης ιδεολογίας. Αποτελεί μέρος των περίφημων Reaganomics της κυβέρνησης Ρίγκαν στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 80 και μάλιστα ήταν τόσο αποτυχημένη, που ακόμα και ο Ομπάμα παραδέχθηκε σε μήνυμα του ότι αυτή η αντίληψη πρέπει να αλλάξει.

Ο Ρίγκαν είχε δηλώσει ότι θα κόψει τους φόρους στις μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις ώστε αυτές να επενδύσουν και να δώσουν ώθηση στην οικονομία. Αυτή ήταν η 'ιδέα' σε γενικές γραμμές. Απέτυχε παταγωδώς. Η αντίληψη αυτή μεγάλωσε ακόμα περισσότερο τις ανισότητες και ουσιαστικά συνέβαλλε στη συρρίκνωση της μεσαίας τάξης στις ΗΠΑ, ενώ ταυτόχρονα το δημόσιο χρέος εκτοξεύθηκε. Είναι χαρακτηριστικό ότι ακόμα και κάποιοι 'αστέρες' της δημοσιογραφίας στα Αμερικανικά ΜΜΕ, είχαν επισημάνει ανοιχτά αυτή την αποτυχία, κατά τη διάρκεια της πρώτης θητείας Ομπάμα.

Αυτή η θέση Βαρουφάκη, αλλά και η φανερή άγνοια Τσίπρα, δηλώνουν με τον πιο εκκωφαντικό τρόπο την αδυναμία της Αριστεράς να τολμήσει να εφαρμόσει καθαρά προοδευτικές πολιτικές, ενάντια στις νεοφιλελεύθερες πολιτικές της καταστροφής, τη στιγμή που ακόμα και ένα κομμάτι του Αμερικανικού κατεστημένου έχει παραδεχθεί ανοιχτά ότι αυτές έχουν αποτύχει.

Αυτή τη στιγμή στην Αμερική υπάρχει ένας έντονος προβληματισμός, παρά την παρουσία Τραμπ, από μεγάλο κομμάτι της Αμερικανικής κοινωνίας και ειδικά της νεολαίας, προς αναζήτηση αλλαγής πολιτικών προς μια προοδευτική κατεύθυνση, ενάντια στον νεοφιλελευθερισμό.

Η Ελλάδα, δυστυχώς και με ευθύνη της άτολμης, ευνουχισμένης και παρωχημένης Αριστεράς, θα καθυστερήσει και πάλι να ακολουθήσει τις δραματικές αλλαγές που ενδεχομένως θα συμβούν στο άμεσο μέλλον, όπου ακόμα και οι μήτρες του παγκόσμιου νεοφιλελευθερισμού θα επιχειρήσουν να αλλάξουν το μίγμα της πολιτικής τους, προς μια καθαρά προοδευτική κατεύθυνση. Στην Ελλάδα, στην καλύτερη περίπτωση θα κυβερνάει ένας, υποταγμένος στη νεοφιλελεύθερη ιδεολογία, Τσίπρας. Στη χειρότερη, ο πιο πιστός οπαδός του καταστροφικού και ξεπερασμένου νεοφιλελευθερισμού, Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης.

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Right-wing extremists condemned in Charlottesville, funded and armed in Ukraine and Syria

Having backed a right-wing coup in the Ukraine and right-wing terror groups disguised as “moderate rebels” in Syria, U.S. leaders now confront rising right-wing terror at home. They duly condemn it, but seem blind both to their own hypocrisy and to the domestic reverberations of their cynical foreign policies.

by Whitney Webb

Part 4 - Glorifying foreign extremists not without consequences

The reason U.S. politicians consistently support fascism and right-wing extremism abroad, but not in the U.S., is clear. While supporting such groups domestically is a surefire way to ruin one’s political career, supporting these same types of groups in far-off places is a politically safe tool for projecting the U.S.’ geopolitical will abroad.

As former CIA Officer John Stockwell noted in his book, The Praetorian Guard, “stirring up deadly ethnic and racial strife has been a standard technique used by the CIA” for decades in covert destabilization operations.

But the glorification and support of right-wing violence abroad is not without its consequences. Legitimizing such ideologies – whether in Ukraine, Syria, or elsewhere around the globe – serves to justify them here at home.

While many on both the left and right cite Trump’s election as having “emboldened” these groups domestically, decades of U.S. foreign policy have in fact done much of the emboldening.

Though many of the aforementioned U.S. politicians would disagree, fascism and right-wing extremism do not suddenly shift from being acceptable to reprehensible once they cross the U.S. Border.

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ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel pushing Washington to partition Iraq and Syria

The currently stateless Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation?

by Whitney Webb

Part 5 - Why the sudden change of heart?

ExxonMobil once again emerges as a key player — not surprisingly, given that current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was Exxon’s CEO when the unilateral contract with the Kurds was forged. Tillerson, however, is not the only former ExxonMobil employee with ties to the Trump administration. Ali Khedery — a former Pentagon official who served in the U.S. coalition authority in Iraq, and a former ExxonMobil executive — has repeatedly promoted the division of Iraq.

Khedery is also the founder of Dragoman Ventures, a firm connected to the Committee to Destroy ISIS, which has been instrumental in bringing about the Trump administration’s change of opinion regarding Iraq’s partition. The Committee’s executive director, Sam Patten, also shares deep connections to members of Trump’s campaign and transition teams, as well as to certain Iraqi oligarchs suspected of having ties to U.S. intelligence and insurgent elements in Iraq.

Nor is oil the only resource that has swayed the Trump administration and its corporate allies to view partition favorably. Iraq’s Anbar province was recently found to contain nearly a tenth of the world’s total deposits of phosphates, a key ingredient in the production of nitrogen fertilizer. Now — with control of more than 70 percent of the world’s phosphate supply, and with markets reaching a point where demand is beginning to outstrip supply — the world’s largest producer of nitrogen fertilizer is eager for access to Anbar province.

That company, Koch Fertilizer Inc., is owned by the infamous Koch Brothers. Fully one-third of Trump’s entire transition team had ties to Koch Industries.

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18 August, 2017

Donald Trump in rescue of the DNC establishment!


Recent Trump's back and forth against clear condemnation of racist violence on the context of the horrible incident in Charlottesville, proved that he is completely incapable of leaving behind, or at least smoothing, his dangerous far-right rhetoric and positions. Trump already finds himself in a difficult position as he sees his popularity in free fall, and the only way to maintain his hard core of white nationalist voters, is to keep the profile of the 'hothead cowboy', even if he has to dangerously provoke North Korea.

On the other side, the neoliberal establishment of the Democratic party appeared to be completely incapable to acknowledge responsibility for the shocking defeat in 2016 election. Almost everyone else was blamed apart from Hillary Clinton, or the DNC failed strategy: Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, the Russians, the most progressive voters who didn't want to vote another corrupted and warmongering banking/corporate puppet like Clinton.

No matter what's happening around, the DNC establishment simply ignores the scream of the American society for a radical change down to the roots of the Party, away from the lobbyists and the super PACs. The Dems are in total denial. They can't even give a chance to someone that simply supported by Bernie Sanders, as has been proved by the election of Tom Perez as the chair of the DNC, early this year. Perez defeated Keith Ellison, who was supported by progressives within the party, including Sanders and Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren.

Indeed, the Democrats seem to promote another establishment puppet for 2020, instead of seeking a true, radical change for the Democratic Party. As Mintpress News reports:

Kamala Harris, a career prosecutor who served as California’s attorney general and is now a United States senator, is seen by liberals as the Democratic Party new “rising star”. Democrats are already touting the possibility of a 2020 presidential run, and any inkling of criticism, regardless of how genuine, faces a backlash from influential people in the political and media arena.

Critics are attacked on multiple levels. First, defenders argue Harris is a cog working within a larger unjust machine. Condemning her political decisions is frivolous because “she’s doing her job.” They also argue critics are “purists” in search of a politician without imperfections. This assertion, while undoubtedly pretentious, is intended to malign leftists as immature and unable to understand the dirty realities of politics.

The third component of attacks involves malicious misrepresentation, a claim that critics reject Harris because she is a woman, or more specifically, a black woman. By weaponizing neoliberal identity politics, even the whitest liberals freely manipulate the wider discourse on race and gender in order to shape it into their favor.

Trump's behavior becomes the perfect tool in the hands of the DNC establishment to demonize the most progressive voters and force them to compromise with a neoliberal candidate for the 2020 election. People around the Democratic party have gone as far as equalizing the alternative right with the -now called - alternative left, in terms of violence.

This was a tactic that was excessively implemented in Greece, where after the burst of the crisis, the then political establishment which bankrupted the country, with the help of the mainstream media, was equalizing the 'radical left' with the Golden Dawn neo-nazis, in order to prevent voters to vote for the then unpredictable, rising political power, the leftist SYRIZA.

Indeed, as Mintpress News also reports:

Liberal and centrist Democrats did not necessarily coin the label “alt-left,” however, in recent months, the term was popularized by them. It was deployed against anyone on the left who challenged their politics, especially those perceived as supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders or members of the Democratic Socialists of America.

But in a recent press conference, President Donald Trump blamed “both sides” for violence in Charlottesville on August 12. He invoked the “alt-left,” a term largely unknown to the wider public and establishment press, and promoted a false equivalency in remarks rife with apologism for neo-Nazis. Republican politicians from Speaker Paul Ryan to Senator Marco Rubio condemned Trump for refusing to assign all of the blame to white supremacy groups. And, in the span of seconds, Trump made a label liberals and Democrats had reflexively employed toxic.

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The Washington Post’s Alex Horton and Dave Weigel produced a piece attempting to define the genesis of the “alt-left” label. Horton and Weigel acknowledged the term was used by “some right-wing websites, commentators and Fox News personalities” to describe “a violent segment of left-wing activists — the alt-left.” Both ignored its prevalent use by Clinton Democrats and other centrists and liberals fed up with Sanders supporters and their “purism.”

Several prominent Democrats, who see themselves as a part of #TheResistance, suggested progressive critiques of identity politics and demands from the left were the product of an “alt-left” that increasingly seems to be converging with the worst elements of the “alt-right” (the term for far right groups that includes white nationalists).

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There simply can be no equivalency between the “alt-right” and the “alt-left.” Nor is the “alt-left” responsible for any threat the rise of the “alt-right” may pose to the country. It is neo-Nazis and neo-Nazis alone, who are responsible for their acts, and any centrist or liberal Democrat, who equates their acts with the behavior of the “alt-left” or invokes the “alt-left” to marginalize dissent is cravenly attempting to stunt movements for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice, which threaten the Democratic Party establishment.

There is no doubt that the DNC establishment seeks to restore power without changing current status. Which means that it is completely devoted to its corporate donors who have been enormously benefited from the domination on the neoliberal ideology at the expense of the majority of the American citizens.

The hypocrites around DNC establishment demand from everyone to align with them in order to confront the 'scary monster', Donald Trump. While they openly condemn Trump's racism, they pray quietly for more far-right provocative behavior by him because this will give them more power to crush any truly progressive criticism against their routine functioning, dominated by these rich donors.

Most importantly, they seek to crush any prospect for a new, truly progressive and independent political movement under Bernie Sanders, away from the bipartisan dictatorship. Once Bernie will dare to make such an attempt, they will fiercely seek to finish him politically by using the known story: he will be considered responsible for breaking the unity of the Democratic Party and letting someone like Trump remain in power. Bernie knows it. That's why he rushed to endorse Hillary Clinton after his defeat in the primaries due to the dirty war from inside the DNC.

Just keep in mind that these hypocrites who condemn Trump's far-right behavior and actually blackmail everyone from the left in order to be aligned behind them, belong to the same syndicate which, under Obama administration, had overthrown a democratically elected government in Ukraine and brought the far-right nationalists and neo-nazis in power.