Friday, December 13, 2019

UK election results: Boris Johnson says he has ‘stonking mandate’ on Brexit — latest news

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Stocks in London have surged while the pound has soared more than 2 per cent in its sharpest rally in nearly three years after the Conservatives garnered a thumping majority in parliament UK general election 2019: live results Boris Johnson wins sweeping victory Opinion: Johnson’s win puts future of the UK in doubt Replay: What you missed last night

The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

by Agha Hussain and Whitney Webb, MintPress News:

The outsized role of U.S. Israel lobby operatives in abetting the theft of Syrian and Iraqi oil reveals how this powerful lobby also facilitates more covert aspects of U.S.-Israeli cooperation and the implementation of policies that favor Israel.

KIRKUK, IRAQ — “We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”

Though he had promised a withdrawal of U.S. troops from their illegal occupation of Syria, Trump shocked many with his blunt admission that troops were being left behind to prevent Syrian oil resources from being developed by the Syrian government and, instead, kept in the hands of whomever the U.S. deemed fit to control them, in this case, the U.S.-backed Kurdish-majority militia known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

UK general election 2019: exit poll predicts 86-seat Conservative majority

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from The Guardian:

Exit polls, first results and the biggest winners and losers after Britain votes in the ‘most important poll in a generation’

NDAA 2020: New $738 Billion Pentagon Giveaway Stripped of Antiwar Measures

from 21st Century Wire:

The final NDAA 2020 bill passed the U.S. House 377-48, giving The Pentagon another $738 billion to continue its endless wars.

Antiwar.com reports

The House version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) set aside an irresponsibly large amount of money for military spending, but it also added some antiwar amendments and other very basic limitations. The House and Senate versions have now been reconciled into a final bill, and materially all of the limitations that the House voted on and approved have been stripped away, in favor of a $738 billion bill that continues spending, but makes no attempt to rein in the military in any serious way.

Unpopularity contest: British voters head to polls to decide who they dislike the least

from RT:

If the reports from across the country are true, British voters are positively skipping to the polls today with one thought on their mind: Who do I dislike the least?

Yep, however the votes stack up come Friday morning, it will be hard to declare anyone a winner in 2019’s general election; it would be more accurate to say we will know who has lost less than anyone else.

This is an unpopularity contest where the winner loses.

When you look at the choices on offer, it’s not really surprising the humble voter will be struggling to decide in which box to put their tick.   

U.N. Threatens United States Cannot Escape Paying Climate ‘Reparations’

by Alicia Luke, Freedom OutPost:

The United Nations warned the United States cannot escape paying punitive climate ‘reparations.’

A new mechanism was established in 2013, but with damage estimates climbing, there is no agreement on where the money might come from or even if it should be paid, although the U.S. is constantly the target of calls for financial reparations because it is rich, successful and a dominant world economic force.

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The Most Significant Afghanistan Papers Revelation Is How Difficult They Were To Make Public

by Caitlin Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone:

The Washington Post has published clearundeniable evidence that US government officials have been lying to the public about the war in Afghanistan, a shocking revelation for anyone who has done no research whatsoever into the history of US interventionism.

In all seriousness it was a very good and newsworthy publication, and those who did the heavy lifting bringing the Afghanistan Papers into public awareness deserve full credit. The frank comments of US military officials plainly stating that from the very beginning this was an unwinnable conflict, initiated in a region nobody understood, without anyone being able to so much as articulate what victory would even look like, make up an extremely important piece of information that is in conflict with everything the public has been told about this war by their government.

Three Major Imbalances – Financial, Trust and Geopolitical

by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

But greed is a bottomless pit
And our freedom’s a joke
We’re just taking a piss
And the whole world must watch the sad comic display
If you’re still free start running away
Cause we’re coming for you!

– Conor Oberst, “Land Locked Blues”

It’s hard to believe 2020 is just around the corner. If the last ten years have taught us anything, it’s the extent to which a vicious and corrupt oligarchy will go to further extend and entrench their economic and societal interests. Although the myriad desperate actions undertaken by the ruling class this past decade have managed to sustain the current paradigm a bit longer, it has not come without cost and major long-term consequence. Gigantic imbalances across multiple areas have been created and worsened, and the resolution of these in the years ahead (2020-2025) will shape the future for decades to come. I want to discuss three of them today, the financial system imbalance, the trust imbalance and the geopolitical imbalance.

Pompeo Goes to Tel Aviv to Pay Tribute to Netanyahu and Prepare War Plans for Iran

from 21st Century Wire:

The war drums are beating again. They’re beating for Iran.

Recent comments by Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett have shocked some, when he stated this week that Israel would consider striking Iran if it ‘came close to being nuclear-capable,’ and proceeded to warns Iran that, ‘Syria will become your Vietnam.

This is clearly a direct threat of war being made by Israel.

America’s Lost War in Afghanistan: Proof Emerges How US Gov’t Deceived Public

by Stephen Lendman, 21st Century Wire:

On Monday, a surprising Washington Post report headlined:

“The Afghanistan Papers — A secret history of the war. At War With the Truth,” saying:

“US officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it.” More on this below.

In its 19th year, endless unwinnable US war in Afghanistan is all about wanting the country used as a land-based aircraft carrier against Russia, China and Iran.

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