SHIFTING SANDS OF THE OPEN DESERT

You can’t just start the clock on 9/11 and forget 50 years of unjust oppressive Western foreign policies in the Middle East."

Mehdi Hasan

Thank God someone finally said this. I’m so sick of stating that Western intervention and invasion of other countries fuels terrorism only for people to respond 'They did 9/11 first!' 

In 1953 the UK & the US staged a coup of the democratically elected leader of Iran and installed a dictator who was more to their liking. Today the US continues to support brutal dictators (such as in Saudi Arabia) where it suits them to do so. Palestine has been occupied for decades. The list of Western imperial foreign policies over the past decades could go on and on.

9/11 was not only only a result religious extremism and it certainly was not because 'they hate our freedoms.' Terrorism is often primarily politically motivated and anyone who is serious about preventing it had better take some fucking notice of this fact.

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A Blue Tuareg, one of the Yemeni resistance fighters who are carrying out attacks across Aden on British targets. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1956

A Blue Tuareg, one of the Yemeni resistance fighters who are carrying out attacks across Aden on British targets. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1956

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My grandfather died with his gaze fixed on a land imprisoned behind a fence. A land whose skin they had changed from wheat, sesame, maize, watermelons, and honeydews to tough apples. My grandfather died counting sunsets, seasons, and heartbeats on the fingers of his withered hands. He dropped like a fruit forbidden a branch to lean its age against. They destroyed his heart."

Maḥmoūd Darwīsh, Memory for Forgetfulness

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Remains of machine gun rounds fired by the Israeli occupation forces in Ramallah.

Remains of machine gun rounds fired by the Israeli occupation forces in Ramallah.

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Afghanistan: U.S. Air Strike Killed A Women & Two Children On Monday Night
A U.S. air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a woman and two children, the Afghan president’s office said on Tuesday.The bombing took place in Khost on Monday night (April 14th), a statement said. The U.S.-led military coalition ISAF said it was looking into the incident.Air strikes that have killed or wounded hundreds of Afghan civilians are a serious source of tension between the two countries and one of the main reasons President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign an agreement that would allow U.S. forces to stay beyond 2014.”The Afghan President called the strike a violation of agreements between the two countries and strongly condemned it," the statement said.

Afghanistan: U.S. Air Strike Killed A Women & Two Children On Monday Night

A U.S. air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a woman and two children, the Afghan president’s office said on Tuesday.

The bombing took place in Khost on Monday night (April 14th), a statement said. The U.S.-led military coalition ISAF said it was looking into the incident.

Air strikes that have killed or wounded hundreds of Afghan civilians are a serious source of tension between the two countries and one of the main reasons President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign an agreement that would allow U.S. forces to stay beyond 2014.

The Afghan President called the strike a violation of agreements between the two countries and strongly condemned it," the statement said.

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In Gaza, an Israeli soldier remains in prison. The world knows his name and the conditions to set him free. 7,700 Palestinians wallow in Israeli dungeons. The world cannot mention their names because it never bothered to learn them."
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Separatist graffiti in Aden calls for Southern independence [Reuters]

Separatist graffiti in Aden calls for Southern independence [Reuters]

The problem is not that poor countries cannot manage to drag themselves up the development ladder, the problem is that they are actively prevented from doing so. Beginning in the early 1980s, Western governments and financial institutions like the World Bank and IMF changed their development policy from one that was basically Keynesian to one that remains devotedly neoliberal, requiring radical market deregulation, fiscal austerity, and privatization in developing countries as a condition of receiving aid.

We were told that this neoliberal shock therapy – known as structural adjustment – would help stimulate the economies of poor countries. But exactly the opposite happened. Instead of helping poor countries develop, structural adjustment basically destroyed them. Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang has demonstrated that while developing countries enjoyed per capita income growth of more than 3% prior to the 1980s, structural adjustment cut it in half, down to 1.7%. When it was foisted on Sub-Saharan Africa, per capita income began to decline at a rate of 0.7% per year, and average GNP shrank by around 10%. As a result, the number of Africans living in basic poverty nearly doubled. It would be hard to overstate the degree of human suffering that these figures represent.

Robert Pollin, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, estimates that developing countries have lost roughly $480 billion in potential GDP as a result of structural adjustment. Yet Western corporations have benefitted tremendously. It has forced open vast new consumer markets; it has made it easier to access cheap labor and raw materials; it has opened up avenues for capital flight and tax avoidance; it has created a lucrative market in foreign debt; and it has facilitated a massive transfer of public resources into private hands (the World Bank alone has privatized more than $2 trillion worth of assets in developing countries).

Poverty in the Global South is not just a static given; it is being actively created. And the striking thing is that these atrocities are being perpetrated under the cover of aid. In other words, not only does aid serve as a powerful rhetorical device that cloaks takers in the guise of givers, it also operates as a powerful tool in the global wealth extraction system.

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April 17 Palestinian Prisoners Day - Solidarity with the continued struggle of the over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons. 
Every year Israel arrests thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to suppress any resistance to its continued occupation and colonization, the result being the imprisonment of approximately 800,000 Palestinians since 1967. Since the beginning of 2013, 12 Palestinians have been killed during arrest operations by Israeli Occupying Forces , while another three have died as a result of medical neglect and another of torture. 
As of March 1, 2014 there were 5224 Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees, 210 children, 21 women, and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

April 17 Palestinian Prisoners Day - Solidarity with the continued struggle of the over 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently being held in Israeli prisons. 

Every year Israel arrests thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to suppress any resistance to its continued occupation and colonization, the result being the imprisonment of approximately 800,000 Palestinians since 1967. Since the beginning of 2013, 12 Palestinians have been killed during arrest operations by Israeli Occupying Forces , while another three have died as a result of medical neglect and another of torture. 

As of March 1, 2014 there were 5224 Palestinian political prisoners being held in Israeli prisons. These include 183 administrative detainees, 210 children, 21 women, and 11 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

You can’t ask a mother to moderately snatch her baby out of a burning house. Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary’s life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime."

Angela Davis

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