Politics

Who is Really Behind the Islamic State?

The violent rise of the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a classic case of the dog biting its master.

An Article by Prem Shankar Jha published at Tehelka on September 3, 2014

Two-and-a-half months after the latest avatar of a long-existent Islamist army, the Islamic State (formerly Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), cut into Iraq, its ranks swelled to some 30,000 fighters in Iraq and 50,000 in Syria. It has entrenched itself in Mosul, Tikrit, Fallujah and Ramadi in northern Iraq, captured the Baiji oilfield, overran and lost the Mosul dam, and has been generally murdering and pillaging on a scale that has not been seen since Pope Innocent III’s 20-year-long crusade against the ‘heretical’ Cathars of southern France in 1209 AD.

One man could have broken the IS long before it went berserk — US President Barack Obama. Until almost up to the minute that the IS beheaded its second American news reporter, Steven Sotloff, (allegedly on 2 September), the most powerful man in the world was dithering.

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Artículo de Fidel: Triunfarán las ideas justas o triunfará el desastre

Fidel Castro Ruz, 1 septiembre 2014

La sociedad mundial no conoce tregua en los últimos años, particularmente desde que la Comunidad Económica Europea, bajo la dirección férrea e incondicional de Estados Unidos, consideró que había llegado la hora de ajustar cuentas con lo que restaba de dos grandes naciones que, inspiradas en las ideas de Marx, habían llevado a cabo la proeza de poner fin al orden colonial e imperialista impuesto al mundo por Europa y Estados Unidos.

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The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014

In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating itself.

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Behind Obama’s ‘Chaotic’ Foreign Policy

An Article by Robert Parry published at Consortiumnews.com on August 21, 2014

The chaos enveloping U.S. foreign policy stems from President Obama’s unwillingness to challenge Official Washington’s power centers which favor neoconservatism and “liberal interventionism” – strategies that have often undercut real U.S. national security interests.

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Terror against Christians in Iraq

Statement by the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, August 14, 2014

The tragic events caused by the unprecedented terror employed by militants against Christians in Iraq urge the Russian Orthodox Church again to raise her voice in their defence.

About 1,5 million Christians lived in Iraq before 2003. Religious radicalism, banditry, continued terror attacks, killings and discrimination against Christians, which began spreading as far back as ten years ago, have led to a situation in which most Christians have had to leave the country.

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Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

By Melkulangara Bhadrakumar, Strategic Culture Foundation, August 8, 2014

During his visit to New Delhi last week, United States Secretary of State John Kerry was asked at a media interaction where India would stand in Washington’s scheme of things as regards its recent sanctions against Russia.

Kerry accepted that he was disappointed but appeared resigned to India’s stance. “We would obviously welcome India joining in with us with respect to that [sanctions]. But it is up to them. It is India’s choice.”

It does not need much ingenuity to figure out that the SCO is taking the decision to admit India at a defining moment in the post-cold war era politics.

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Whose Security?

How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector.

By Noam Chomsky, TomDispatch, July 1st, 2014

As we are all surely aware, we now face the most ominous decisions in human history. There are many problems that must be addressed, but two are overwhelming in their significance: environmental destruction and nuclear war.

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Christians Under Fire in the Middle East

An Article by Dr. Saliba Sarsar published at Catholic News Agency on August 1st, 2014

The international community has a moral obligation to become more concerned about the plight of Christians and others in the Middle East. It must condemn and help stop the acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated against innocents.

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