If you have been greatly puzzled as to why Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi hasn’t been interviewed by American corporate media outlets on facts surrounding the shocking extrajudicial murder of Qassem Soleimani – here is your answer…
Since the U.S. killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis earlier this month, the official narrative has held that their deaths were necessary to prevent a vague, yet allegedly imminent, threat of violence towards Americans, though President Trump has since claimed whether or not Soleimani or his Iraqi allies posed an imminent threat “doesn’t really matter.”
While the situation between Iran, Iraq and the U.S. appears to have de-escalated substantially, at least for now, it is worth revisiting the lead-up to the recent U.S.-Iraq/Iran tensions up to the Trump-mandated killing of Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in order to understand one of the most overlooked yet relevant drivers behind Trump’s current policy with respect to Iraq: preventing China from expanding its foothold in the Middle East. Indeed, it has been alleged that even the timing of Soleimani’s assassination was directly related to his diplomatic…
“If you do not specify and confront real issues, what you say will surely obscure them. If you do not alarm anyone morally, you yourself remain morally asleep. If you do not embody controversy, what you say will be an acceptance of the drift of the coming human hell.”
– C. WRIGHT MILLS (1916-1962) American sociologist
fter listening to a powerful 1969 public address by Political Sociology Professor G. William Domhoff posted at Our Hidden History channel on YouTube, we found the following 2017 keynote presentation by Professor Domhoff, nearly 50 years later, to be of great interest and thus worth sharing with others.
Professor Domhoff was the keynote presenter at the Annual Meeting of the California Sociological Association held in Sacramento on November 18, 2017. Given the historical trends which have occurred since 1969 where the Vietnam War saw the unnecessary and tragic perishing of millions of innocent Vietnamese and near sixty thousand Americans, it appears the distinctly powerful messages of political sociologists like Professor Domhoff have yet to fully reach mass consciousness, evidenced by similar tragedies reported as current events as of late-2019.
Without going into a lengthy description of today’s Vietnam-like tragedies occurring around the Earth, and keeping in mind the internet rules against being overly weighted down with information which busy people tend to reject in favor of rapid-fire shorts bursts of news/analysis, we would point out some of the situations around the world related to the continuum of academic thought in the Political Sociology field by Professor Domhoff from 1969-today.
The Power Elite are involved in dramatically and rapidly evolving societal demand for positive change actions in what seems – to the stunned deer-in-headlights observers as is this writer – like every nation on the planet. As more people become aware of the “rubber meets the road” facts and details surrounding neoliberalism, the focus of 50-years of academic work by Political Sociologist G. William Domhoff, the Elite are becoming faced with more and more strenuous challenges to their attempts at maintaining world-record imbalanced status quo power.
The familiar phrase “wars and rumors of wars” remains the primary source of stress for many who’ve made the sometimes regrettable choice of pursuing greater awareness of world affairs, particularly the kind of awareness suppressed, deformed or omitted by corrupt business magnates, government officials and Elite corporate media titans.
The #1 challenge for peace activists around the Earth is building walls sufficiently strong enough to prevent any more outbreaks of war, and to end already ongoing deadly conflicts, whether it is in the Middle East, South America, Africa, or elsewhere.
Perhaps in the future – when civilization has long since abolished criminally insane, suicidal, unnecessary, catastrophic war on the human family – Professor Domhoff himself along with his like-minded colleagues, or later on by future generations, will find ultimate relief in finding his/their decades of effort have turned out successful.
We’ll stop and let vital knowledge foundation-building academic messenger Professor G. William Domhoff speak for himself.
“During his bloody coup, Pinochet had fully relied on the active support of the CIA and the US Department of State under Henry Kissinger. When implementing the toughest austerity program ever carried out in a Latin American country, the “Chicago Boys” received the full backing of the IMF. Regardless of all human rights violations, IMF loans to Chile doubled in the year after Pinochet’s coup, only to quadruple and quintuple in the following two years.”
Read the review of Ernst Wolff’s book on the history of the International Monetary Fund, “Pillaging the World”.
No other financial organization has affected the lives of the majority of the world’s population more profoundly over the past fifty years than the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Since its inception after World War II, it has expanded its sphere of influence to the remotest corners of the earth. Its membership currently includes 188 countries on five continents.
For decades, the IMF has been active mainly in Africa, Asia and South America. There is hardly a country on these continents where its policies have not been carried out in close cooperation with the respective national governments. When the global financial crisis broke out in 2007, the IMF turned its attention to northern Europe. Since the onset of the Euro crisis in 2009, its primary focus has shifted to southern Europe.
Officially, the IMF’s main task consists in stabilizing the global financial system and helping out troubled countries in times of…
n ThursdayOctober 24, 2019 a meeting was convened at the United Nations to present findings of a study conducted through interviews of hundreds of Syrians about their experiences inside Internally Displaced Citizens (IDC) refugee camps, particularly those located at Rukban and Al-Tanf.
In a briefing titled “Humanitarian Situation in Syria” presented by the Director of the Foundation for the Study of Democracy, Mr. Maxim Grigoriev describes why the refugee camps are misnamed, and that they are in reality brutal prison camps where tremendous levels of terrorist-led gruesome human rights violations have occurred.
Murder, forced detention, abuse, torture, forced prostitution, rape and sexual harassment are some of the crimes reported from witnesses in interviews conducted with (2) days of the witness/Syrian citizens’ leaving the refugee camps and relocating to Syrian government controlled areas.
The American military in charge of the refugee camps in high likelihood do not wish for this information to reach a wider public, as the personal witness testimonies paint a severely critical picture of the United States military’s collaborative, commandeering role with terrorists in the camps, including members of ISIS.
As already noted, the meeting was held at the United Nations in New York on Thursday October 24, 2019. It is important to note that the participants in this meeting were totally unaware of what was to occur within just 48 hours afterward.
Every man and woman who reads these words will by now be fully familiar with the SaturdayOctober 26, 2019 reported death of ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which was immediately the top focus of/on virtually every media platform on Earth.
We would ask those who pass this way to view the entire 57-minute meeting video and consider possible answers and/or commentary on the following question:
Was the Saturday October 26, 2019 raid on an Idlib, Syria compound, – reportedly conducted for either capturing or killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – carried out specifically in response to the extremely shocking and revealing October 24, 2019 United Nations meeting?
Perhaps it would be helpful in answering that important question to consider the level of response, or non-response/silence, coming from the administration of United States President Donald Trump regarding the October 24, 2019 meeting at the United Nations.
What are people across the Earth to make of two separate, hugely important, related and starkly contrasting events – central to the future of Syria and its people, along with the Middle East region and the world – taking place just a matter of two days apart?
Palestinians are at the heart of the conflict in the M.E Palestinians uprooted by force of arms.. Yet faced immense difficulties have survived, kept alive their history and culture, passed keys of family homes in occupied Palestine from one generation to the next.
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