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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The New Riddle Of U.S. Foreign Policy

No riddle here - Obama and his Pentagon madmen shoot for WWIII with Russia in Syria and Iraq  

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By Dmitri Sedov
04/20/2016

News agencies have been publishing some curious news stories. "The US believes that an offensive by Syrian government forces in Aleppo province could adversely affect the intra-Syrian talks due to begin in Geneva," said the United States’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Samantha Power.


Following a UN Security Council meeting held behind closed doors, Power told journalists that the US was "very alarmed" at such an offensive. As she explained, it "would be devastating, for the people of Aleppo of course, but also to this intricate process where the cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access and political negotiations are all related to one another."

This was then followed by a demand for Russia to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime to force him to "get the regime back with the program."


The battle around Aleppo is intensifying, which cannot but lead to an increase in the number of civilian casualties, yet Samantha Power’s statement carries little concern for the humanitarian situation in the area of conflict. The US Permanent Representative makes a connection between humanitarian access and the difficult political negotiations in Geneva.

But are ISIS representatives involved in the Geneva talks? In Aleppo, the final round of the bitter struggle against ISIS is being played out. It threatens serious consequences for the city and the surrounding populated areas, but the ‘moderate opposition’ is not taking part in this fighting alongside ISIS. So how could the talks be derailed exactly?




If the point at issue is the growing number of civilian casualties, then why does the offensive need to be stopped? What would be the point of a break? The possibility of a respite for the ISIS groups surrounding the area and the chance for them to bolster their numbers with new recruits?

One cannot also help but wonder why the demands to stop the offensive came after Syrian forces had managed to repel a massive counterattack by militants planning to break through the encirclement. This episode of the war was truly dramatic. The militants had initially managed to regain control of a strategic road that provided supplies for the Syrian troops into Aleppo, as well as the road used to supply Aleppo with food, fuel and other essential items. It was seized on 9 April by the groups Jabhat al-Nusra and Jund al-Aqsa, together with Ahrar ash-Sham, the 13th Division of the Free Syrian Army, Failaq Ash-Sham and Ajnad ash-Sham.




However, the militants were driven back by Hezbollah troops, along with the Iraqi military organisation Harakat al-Nujaba, the 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanised Division of the Syrian Army, and soldiers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. 

In a sense, the battle for Aleppo was symbolic. The fighting took place between international terrorist forces and the international forces of states opposing them. And as soon as the trap for the IS militants had snapped shut, Washington immediately began sounding the alarm: stop the offensive, it is too brutal for this war!




Against the backdrop of such concern, the US’ indifference to the militants’ use of chemical weapons seems rather strange. While suspicions that Damascus was using this weapon of mass destruction at the very start of the conflict provoked a huge anti-Syrian campaign, things are looking very different now. There were frequent reports throughout 2015 that the militants were able to produce chemical weapons and were regularly using them on the battlefield. This was officially declared in February 2016 by CIA Director John Brennan. Furthermore, Brennan believes that chlorine and mustard gas manufactured by the militants could end up in Europe. 

Washington’s reaction to this threat is fairly half-hearted, however. It seems that Samantha Power is not that worried about the humanitarian aspect of ISIS militants using chemical weapons, despite the fact that chemical weapons are the most indiscriminate of all the weapons being used in the war. 




What exactly Washington is hoping to achieve in the Syrian conflict is anyone’s guess.



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3 Michigan Officials Charged Over Flint Water Crisis As FEDERAL JUDGE TOSSES $150MN Lawsuit

Corrupt judge declares poisoning of Americans legal  

RT
04/20/2016

Three Michigan officials were charged in connection with the Flint water crisis on Wednesday, just a day after a federal judge threw out a $150 million class-action lawsuit over the lead-contaminated water, claiming the courts lack jurisdiction.


Flint tap water
Update: Calling the charges "deeply troubling" and "extremely serious," Gov. Rick Snyder said the suspected state officials were suspended without pay.

Criminal charges were filed against two officials from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and one individual from the Flint water treatment plant, the Detroit News reported. The charges all stem from the lead contamination of water in Flint, which occurred after the city tapped the corrosive Flint River as a drinking supply and failed to properly treat the water.


MDEQ district engineer Michael Prysby was hit with six charges, including misconduct in office, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, and engaging in treatment violations, Detroit Free Press reporter Elisha Anderson tweeted.

Stephen Busch, the drinking water office’s district supervisor for Lansing and Jackson, faces five charges, including misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence and engaging in treatment violations. Emails released by the state show that back in March 2013, Busch wrote that using the Flint River for drinking water might “pose an increased microbial risk to public health” and “pose an increased risk of disinfections by-product (carcinogen) exposure to public health.”


Flint water unsuitable even for bathing; worse than most third world countries

Michael Glasgow, who worked as Flint’s water quality supervisor, faces two charges, including tampering with evidence and willful neglect of duty as a public servant. Glasgow was in charge of making sure the water sampling process in Flint complied with federal law under the Lead and Copper Rule. He confirmed that all homes sampled had their water delivered via lead service lines even though that was not the case.

"This is a case where, hopefully, the accused misconduct of a handful will not create issues with tens of thousands of good, hardworking people doing the right thing to make Michigan a better state," Snyder added.




Since the water from the Flint River was not properly treated, it leached away lead from service lines in the city and became contaminated, exposing the population to poisoned water.

Notably, more charges against other individuals are expected as the investigation by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette unfolds.

The charges come one day after a federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit over the contaminated water, potentially signaling that other similar lawsuits at the federal level could be dismissed as well.


Flint River

In his ruling on Tuesday, US District Judge John Corbett O’Meara said that in order for federal courts to have jurisdiction over the case, the plaintiffs needed to make claims of wrongdoing under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) – something they did not do because the law does not allow for those harmed to seek damages.

The judge said that the core constitutional claim the plaintiffs alleged is that they were deprived of “safe and potable water,” which is addressed by regulations that have been established by the Environmental Protection Agency under the SDWA.


Federal judge sells Flint residents down the river

“Because plaintiffs... have not asserted a claim under the SDWA, only state claims remain. Accordingly, the court finds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction over [the] plaintiffs’ complaint,” O’Meara wrote in his dismissal.

In their lawsuit filed on January 31, the plaintiffs claimed that their constitutional rights were violated and sought $150 million in damages for Flint residents who paid water bills throughout the crisis. They argued that while they paid these bills, the city of Flint and the state of Michigan provided water with “dangerous levels of lead” in it. It also wanted all damaged water lines to be replaced.




The lawsuit named a variety of players in the crisis, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former state-appointed emergency managers of Flint Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose, former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling, and state regulatory agencies.

Flint attorney Valdemar Washington told AP that the lawsuit was not filed under the SDWA because that law only allows plaintiffs to seek injunctive relief, which could force the state to stop providing contaminated water but would not award damages to residents.




Washington said that the lawsuit would be re-filed in Michigan circuit court or the Michigan Court of Claims.

“The dismissal is not a determination of the merits. It’s simply saying what you have pleaded, this court cannot hear because all these claims are precluded by federal Safe Water Drinking Act,” he told the Detroit News. “It’s another speed bump in the road of life.”


Flint residents now relying on bottled water

While this case is destined for state courts, the question remains whether other federal lawsuits over the crisis will also be dismissed. In the case that was dismissed, the claims centered on monetary harm for residents who paid water bills. A lawsuit filed in November, however, targets those who made the original decision to leave the Detroit water system, which complied with EPA safety regulations, and tap the Flint River as a drinking supply. The plaintiffs in that case allege city and state officials violated their constitutional, civil, and due process rights.

“In our case, the focus is on the egregious government conduct which deprived our clients of their rights without due process. Our case is all about the unlawful deprivation of rights without due process,” attorney Michael Pitt told the Detroit News. Because of that, Pitt believes the SDWA won’t stop his case from moving forward.



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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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