The most powerful country in the world is today experiencing the erosion of its hegemony. When faced with a similar situation in the past, the U.S reacted by attacking a small country. How might it respond today?
There were and are two possible reactions, then and now, said Ernesto Domínguez, from the University of Havana’s Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies (CEHSEU), speaking with Granma: “Assume the decline and attempt to manage it in such a way to preserve a privileged position, or try to detain the process by resorting to the use of force, with several concrete objectives, such as giving a show of power, reaffirming geo-strategic positions, controlling key resources or stimulating the economy with military spending.”"
Palestinians marching with Palestine and Sandinista National Liberation Front flags in 1989.
The Washington Post reports that “the evidence so far suggests they were ‘self-radicalized’ through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and the war in Afghanistan.”
He also told interrogators that him and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, acted alone and not at the behest of a foreign militant organization.
The revelation that the attack was motivated by anger at U.S. foreign policy is hardly unique to this terrorist attack. Faisal Shahzad, the naturalized Pakistani-American citizen who tried to blow up a car in Times Square, also cited U.S. foreign policy in the Muslim world as a factor in why he tried to carry out his attack. U.S. drones “kill women, children, they kill everybody,” he said in court."
This shit with the UK having police arrest vans idling outside of the Ecuadorian embassy, threatening to break down the door for Julian Assange, is flatly ridiculous, and shows that this standoff is about capitalism/imperialism vs justice, and nothing more. How many times has the British government been happily complicit in protecting a male sex offender in the UK?
More than 120 schoolgirls and three teachers have been poisoned in the second attack in as many months in Afghanistan blamed on conservative radicals in the country’s north, Afghan police and education officials have said.
The attack occurred on Wednesday in Takhar province where police said the Taliban, who are opposed to education of women and girls, had used an unidentified toxic powder to contaminate the air in classrooms, leaving scores of students unconscious.
Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the Taliban appear intent on closing schools ahead of a 2014 withdrawal by foreign combat troops."