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Historian and writer Tariq Ali and Professor Noam Chomsky speak in London 29 October 2009 on U.S. hypocrisy toward Iran,  U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the U.S. role as Israel’s enabler and ‘mafia godfather’, Palestinian leadership’s ‘collaboration’ with the U.S. and Israel against a ‘solution’, international law, the hopes for peace in the near future and the double game the Obama Administration plays with its rhetoric and contrary actions. Mr. Ali begins speaking around the 7:00 mark, Prof Chomsky around the 21:00 mark and a Q&A follows where he suggests a “no-state solution” as “the best solution for the whole world”. (1:57:40):

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Amnesty Int’l response to Sudan expelling NGOs following the ICC’s warrant for Pres. al-Bashir. (more…)

Human Rights Watch (HRW) analysis of the current situation in Darfur as the International Criminal Court issues a warrant on Sudanese president Omar al Bashir. (more…)


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Justin Raimondo discusses globalism with Scott Horton. PHOTO: Mises Institute

Scott Horton interviews Justin Raimondo (right) on AntiWar Radio (12/12/08)  (53:44):

Justin Raimondo, the editorial director of Antiwar.com, discusses his article “Beware the New Globalism,” the shift in U.S. empire from Bush’s unilaterism to Obama’s multilateralism, how the economic meltdown is only the latest justification for global regulation, the appeal of smaller and more efficient regional governments, the likelihood of increased international cooperation on Iran sanctions and intervention in Africa under the Obama administration and how the U.S. is eschewing a democratic republic in favor of plutocratic socialism.

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000). He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).

He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a Senior Fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

Justin Raimondo Archives at AntiWar.com



Al Jazeera English: “UN ‘must’ support Bashir arrest”:

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has warned the UN it “must be prepared” for the possible arrest of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, president of Sudan, on genocide charges over
the Darfur conflict.

Louis Moreno-Campo told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that if the court decided to issue a warrant for al-Bashir’s arrest there should be “united and consistent action” to ensure its execution.

Moreno-Ocampo also accused Bashir of promising ceasefires then ordering bombing raids in Darfur, of denying that mass rapes were taking place and of promising justice while witnesses were being tortured.

Moreno-Ocampo also said al-Bashir has been “inciting violence” over the genocide charges by threatening civilians and African Union-UN peacekeepers operating under the council’s authority.

The court last year issued arrest warrants for a Sudanese government minister and for a commander in the government-backed Janjawid group, blamed for many of the atrocities in Darfur.

But Khartoum does not recognise the court and has consistently refused to hand over suspects.

Several African and Arab states have criticised Moreno-Ocampo’s attempt to bring Bashir before the ICC and suggested the Security Council should delay any proceedings.

There has been some support among China, Russia, African and Arab nations for invoking the council’s power to defer Moreno-Ocampo’s prosecution for at least a year, out of fear that an attempt to arrest al-Bashir could cause further chaos in the nation.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey at the UN in New York says there is concern at the organisation that a warrant could make the situation on the ground in Darfur even more difficult for peacekeepers and aid workers.

Bashir announced a unilateral ceasefire by government forces in the country’s western Darfur region earlier in November but anti-government groups dismissed the move as “insincere”.

UN officials say up to 300,000 people have been killed since the Darfur conflict erupted five years ago and that around 2.7 million have been driven from their homes.

However, Sudan says 10,000 people have died in the conflict.

(10,000? That’s not even a good lie.)

This article presents one of the great flaws of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that makes the UNSC’s perceived authority as illegitimate: that the Big Five have veto power — even when one of those States has a clear conflict of interest in the outcome of a vote.

It’s no secret that Russia and China (PRC) have violated the Darfur Arms Embargo. A study showing 30 States to have violated the UN 2004 embargo in its first two years. The 30 States are reported in two categories. Russia and the PRC were among the twelve in Category 1. (The other three Big Five States — the US, UK, and France — were all in Category 2.)

As for the African and Arab nations, a lot of the nations in the African Union buys cheap arms from Russia and the PRC while many Arab nations are receiving nuclear materials to shift to nuclear power grids and have Russia/PRC looking over their shoulder (basically, on behalf of the world community and to display some integrity with their dealings).

Russia/PRC have a lot of these African and Arab nations by the balls, not to mention that they heavily profit from Sudanese violence.

The UNSC is nothing more than a think tank where five States (arbitrarily) pick angels and demons around the world.

The UNSC is a joke.