2021-08-31: News Headlines

Anonymous007 (2021-08-31). Military Situation In Syria On August 31, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On August 31, Russian warplanes attacked Sham Legion military camp in the Iskan village | On August 31, clashes and shelling between SAA and former rebels continued in southern Daraa | On August 31, clashes and shelling between SDF and Turkish-backed forces were reported near Ain Issa | On August 30, two SDF member were killed by unknown gunmen in Jadida Akidat | On August 30, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions near Tal Tamar | MORE ON THE TOPIC…

Anonymous007 (2021-08-31). Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran And Kazakhstan To Hold Joint Naval Exercises In The Caspian Sea. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Warships from Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Kazakhstan will hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea in early September after the end of the Sea Cup competition, Rear Admiral Sergei Yekimov, head of the Russian delegation, deputy commander of the Caspian Flotilla, told reporters on August 31st."Immediately after the completion of the Sea Cup, we will hold joint exercises, in which the warships of the Russian Navy, the Iranian Navy, Ka…

teleSUR (2021-08-30). Russia Continues Setting Ties With Taliban Amid Uncertainty. telesurenglish.net Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said Moscow is working towards establishing normal relations with the Taliban and will refrain from imposing any outside values. | RELATED: | "Our embassy is continuing to actively operate in Kabul," the TASS news agency reported, quoting Kabulov. | "We need to maintain normal relations with any Afghan government," he said, adding that while Russia is st…

_____ (2021-08-30). The Empire Does Not Forgive. strategic-culture.org The Americans, like the British and the Soviets before them, dug their own graveyard in Afghanistan. | By Chris HEDGES | The Carthaginian general Hannibal, who came close to defeating the Roman Republic in the Second Punic War, committed suicide in 181 BC in exile as Roman soldiers closed in on his residence in the Bithynian village of Libyssa, now modern-day Turkey. It had been more than thirty years since he led his army across the alps and annihilated Roman legions at the Battle of Trebia, Lake Trasimene and Cannae, considered one of the most brilliant tactical victories in warfare which centuries later inspir…

_____ (2021-08-30). 'Refugee Movements Are Not Illegal': EU Rebuked for Plan to Curb Flow of Vulnerable Afghans. commondreams.org The Americans, like the British and the Soviets before them, dug their own graveyard in Afghanistan.

Melvin Goodman (2021-08-30). Robert M. Gates: Poster Child for Bureaucratic Deceit. counterpunch.org From 2001 to 2015, the number of U.S. servicemen and women in Afghanistan exceeded 100,000, although four secretaries of defense (Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel) conceded privately that the war was not winnable and that no strategy would alter our glide path to defeat. In 2019, the last soldier to die in Afghanistan from Ft. Carson in Colorado was Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, who was on his seventh combat deployment in Afghanistan. All four of these secretaries presumably signed at least one deployment order for Sgt. Sartor, one of many victims of deceit as the Pentagon played Russian Roul…

Staff (2021-08-30). The End of the OAS? Mexico Leads Movement to End Almagro's Term. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, August 28, Marcelo Ebrard, Mexican secretary for foreign affairs, announced that Mexico is creating a body to replace the Organization of American States (OAS). | "What is Mexico's proposal? Goodbye OAS, in its interventionist, hegemonic sense, and let another organization come that we will build politically in agreement with the United States, for the 21st century," explained Ebrard. "It is no longer the 19th century, the 20th century, or the Cold War," he highlighted—in apparent ignorance of the fact that empires do not concede. He made these comments on Saturday during his participation in t…

Graham Holton (2021-08-30). 'Morals of the Market': When human rights cover for neoliberal hegemony. peoplesworld.org With the beginning of the Cold War in 1947, Russia attacked the hypocrisy of the United States and what it saw as its lack of human rights: racial segregation in the South; the lack of women's right to choose; its numerous invasions of foreign countries; the shoddy treatment of its workers; and the treatment of …

Staff (2021-08-30). North Korea has apparently restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, IAEA says, citing satellite imagery. rt.com North Korea appears to have restarted its plutonium-producing nuclear reactor at Yongbyon after an almost three-year pause, the UN's nuclear watchdog said in its annual report on the country. | Monitoring of the site through satellite imagery showed indications that the five-megawatt reactor was put back in operation as of early July after apparently being idle since December 2018, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its

_____ (2021-08-30). We Can't Prevent Future Nuclear Wars Unless We Imagine Them Today. commondreams.org Over 50 lawmakers argue the "harmful and wasteful" giveaways "simply enhance the profits" of polluters while harming U.S. taxpayers, industry workers, racial justice, and the planet. | It is now more important than ever to anticipate what the future might hold due to the uncertainty surrounding tomorrow's strategic environment.

Staff (2021-08-30). Hurricane Ida Hits Oil Industry in Black & Native Communities on Louisiana Coast Amid Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Two-thirds of Louisiana's industrial sites lie in the path of Hurricane Ida, including oil refineries, storage tanks and other infrastructure like oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana's Gulf Coast is a major oil and gas hub, with 17 oil refineries, two liquefied natural gas export terminals, as well as a nuclear power plant and many Superfund sites. Oil spills and chemical releases due to climate change-intensified storms are a "worsening, consistent problem" in Louisiana's Gulf Coast, says Antonia Juhasz, a longtime oil and energy investigative journalist. Communities of color living on the Gulf Coast…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-30). Far-Right Ideology Has Cemented Itself In Ukraine Under Zelensky. southfront.org "Democratic" torch march in KievZelensky is incapable or unwilling to deal with the Ukrainian Far-Right. | Written by Paul Antonopoulos, independent geopolitical analyst | Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky was believed to be a reformer and a liberal when he took over the presidency from Petro Poroshenko. The billionaire former president is part of the corrupt oligarchy who from 2014 relied on neo-Nazis to fight and kill Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens in Donbass (Eastern Ukraine). Zelensky, a comedian and actor before b…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-30). Ukrainian Military Propaganda: Patriots Training To Fight Enemies In Kiev Forests (Photos 18+). southfront.org Viktor Pilipenko | Ukraine is firmly following its Western partners, especially in promoting the LGBT community. The Ukrainian army could not avoid this trend, and its LGBT troops provoked another scandal. | The head of Ukrainian LGBT troops Viktor Pilipenko chose not the best way to promote inclusiveness among the soldiers who are fighting alleged Russian threat on the frontlines. | Viktor Pilipenko is an officer who served in the infamous punitive Donbass Batallion. He publicly confessed his homosexuality. Having gained po…

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