On the Eve of Paris Climate Talks, ‘Bad News’ for Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

In the last major report before world leaders meet in Paris to draft measures to counter global warming, the United Nations weather agency on 25 November 2015 delivered “bad news for the planet,” warning that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record, breaching the symbolic and significant milestone of 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era.

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The Refugee Crisis Is Europe’s Moral Obligation, and America’s Too

By Katha Pollitt – The Nation

This time, let’s do the right thing

Vienna—“The refugees are showing us the best of Austria,” a Viennese friend told me over tea last month in one of the cozy cafés near St. Stephen’s Cathedral, “and also the worst.” The best would be the many ordinary people who have responded with help to the extraordinary, unprecedented wave of humanity that flowed across Austria’s eastern borders this fall: food and water, clothes and blankets and diapers. At Vienna’s main train stations, volunteers provided weary travelers en route to Germany with meals and, for some, a place to sleep. Even the right-leaning tabloids were full of heartrending stories from the temporary camp at Spielfeld on the Slovenian border, where people were freezing at night in the open air. Nor is this limited to Austria: “Do you know who is taking care of the migrants in Germany?” my friend asked. “Middle-aged women!”

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Military Security and Human Security

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, Nov 26, 2015 – This week’s downing of a Russian jet by Turkey near the Syrian border will complicate even more the mess surrounding Syria.

Putin has called Turkey an “accomplice of terrorists”, and has denounced that the oil extracted by the Islamic State (ISIS), which is vital for its finances, is sold through Turkey, This was an open secret, as it is an open secret that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are in fact financing Sunni terrorism.

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Global Warming’s Unacknowledged Threat—The Pentagon

By Gar Smith* / Environmentalists Against War

During the November 15 Democratic Presidential Debate, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sounded an alarm that “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.” Citing a CIA study, Sanders warned that countries around the world are “going to be struggling over limited amounts of water, limited amounts of land to grow their crops and you’re going to see all kinds of international conflict.”

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Turkey’s Shootdown of Russian Jet: What You Need to Know

Posted by Yves Smith – Naked Capitalism

Yves here. This is going to be a real test of Putin’s leadership. Will he exercise restraint in the face of this level of provocation? And domestically, can he afford to?

While the U.S. and NATO tried to blame Russia, German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel slammed Turkey: “This incident shows for the first time that we are to dealing with an actor who is unpredictable according to statements from various parts of the region – that is not Russia, that is Turkey,” Gabriel said, as cited by DPA news agency. He added that Turkey was playing “a complicated role” in the Syrian conflict.

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Think We Can’t Stabilize the Climate While Fostering Growth? Think Again

By Robert Pollin* – The Nation

Long-term investments in clean energy would curb emissions and create millions of jobs around the globe.

When the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference opens in Paris on November 30, annual global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be about 32 billion metric tons. This figure is 10 percent higher than the 29 billion tons that were emitted in 2009, when the last major UN climate conference took place in Copenhagen.

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How Much is Left of Syrian in the Syrian War?

by Roberto Savio*

ROME, Nov 24, 2015 – The U.S. Congress, under the valiant leadership of Republicans, has vetoed the entry of Syrian refugees, including women and children, into the United States against Obama’s intention to accept 10,000 – a symbolic amount in a country which accepts over 50.000 refugees every year – while Germany is accepting at least 800,000 Syrians.

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As We Adapt to Climate Change, Who Gets Left Behind?

Robert Jensen* – YES! Magazine

A new documentary shows planning options to mitigate a new climate, but questions about the global South are largely ignored.

Climate change is a global process that plays out on the ground in dramatically different ways based on where, and how, we live on that globe. How human communities will adapt to global warming’s effects will depend not only on geography, but also—like so many things in the modern world—on money.

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From Riyadh to Paris via Kabul and Baghdad

By Julio Godoy | IDN-InDepthNews Analysis

BERLIN (IDN) – It happened at least twice in January and February 2014: U.S. senator John McCain expressly thanked “God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar and our Qatari friends” for supporting the Sunni Islamic opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. The first time McCain said so to the U.S. television network CNN in January 2014, the second time one month later during a speech at the Munich Security conference.

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How Islamic Extremism Was Born

Zero Hedge

History takes no prisoners. It shows, with absolute lucidity, that the Islamic extremism ravaging the world today was borne out of the Western foreign policy of yesteryear.

Gore Vidal famously referred to the USA as the United States of Amnesia. The late Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai put it a little more delicately, quipping, “One of the delightful things about Americans is that they have absolutely no historical memory.”

In order to understand the rise of militant Salafi groups like ISIS and al-Qaida; in order to wrap our minds around their heinous, abominable attacks on civilians in the U.S., France, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, Yemen, Afghanistan and many, many more countries, we must rekindle this historical memory.

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By Roberto Savio *

Rome, Nov, 2015 -The focus on terrorism is obscuring the issues of refugees, and it is important to consider its impact on Europe, after the shock of Paris.

Of course, the impact of terrorism in the daily life of ordinary citizens is going to increase the culture of checks and control in place since September 11 2001. Since the New York massacre, the 10.000 planes that take off daily carry citizens who go through vexing security check, and cannot bring liquid on boards, etc. Bin Laden has changed totally our way of traveling. It is no small achievement, and Paris will increase that trend.

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If We Want To Stop Terrorism, We Should Stop SUPPORTING Terrorists

Submitted by George Washington – Zero Hedge

In the wake of the barbaric Paris terror attacks, everyone is arguing over what we should do to stop further terrorism.

Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties.

In reality – despite what the talking heads may say – the methods for stopping future attacks are well known …

I. Stop Overthrowing the Moderates and Arming the Crazies

We know it’s a difficult concept to grasp, but if we want to stop terrorism we should – wait for it – stop supporting terrorists.

Specifically, we’re arming the most violent radicals in the Middle East, as part of a really stupid geopolitical strategy to overthrow leaders we don’t like (more details below). And see this, this, this, this and this. And – strangely – we’re overthrowing the moderate Arabs who stabilized the region and denied jihadis a foothold.

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The Paris Attacks: What to Say? What to Think? What to Do?

By Kamel Daoud * – The Nation

What to say?

The news hit me at night, in Brooklyn. A choking black fear suddenly gripped me, because I am Algerian and know what war means: the destruction of all that is human, rupture, the triumph of blindness in all its myriad forms. For years I’ve watched as the world fell victim to a potentially fatal disease of the heart. I have felt like a hunted man, trapped, the bearer of a plague because of my geographic position: I stand between the killers and the victims. What use are people like me in a time of open war?

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A Politically Incorrect Reflection on the Paris Massacre

by Roberto Savio*

ROME, 17 November 2015 – The media everywhere are now unanimous in their condemnation of the Paris massacre three days ago, calling for unity of the West and intensification of military action against the Islamic States (IS). But would that solve the problem of terrorism? And it is not also time to make reflect on the responsibilities of the West in the rise of terrorism?

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The Tentacles of ISIS Reached Paris, Via Washington

By Talmiz Ahmad*

The Syrian crisis is proof that the United States continues to use radical Salafist Islam as a tool of its foreign policy

On the night of Friday, November 13, three teams totalling eight persons attacked seven targets across Paris. They killed nearly 130 people and injured a few hundred more. Most of the people killed were at a music concert, their night of convivial song and laughter brought to an abrupt and horrific end. The Islamic State of Iraq and [Greater] Syria (ISIS) has rushed to take credit. President François Hollande has described the assault as an “act of war” and declared a state of emergency, the first occasion since the Second World War. The shadow of the five-year fratricidal conflict in Syria had now reached the heart of Western culture.

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