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Russia, China veto western-backed Syria resolution at UN Security Council

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2012

Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that threatened Syria with more sanctions.

­It was the third time in nine months that Russia and China used their powers as permanent members of the 15-nation council to block resolutions on Syria. There were 11 votes in favor of the resolution. Russia and China voted against it, while South Africa and Pakistan abstained from voting. Read the rest of this entry »

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West’s policy on Syria could ignite WWIII

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 5, 2012

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‘Obama misinterpreted his mandate’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2012

Having been elected on a wave of hope four years ago, Barack Obama now faces a significant drop in popularity among disillusioned Democrats.

Back then, a historic campaign turned US politics into a pop culture phenomenon. The Democratic candidate achieved unprecedented support, international fame and a record-breaking US $650 million in donations. Thousands of New Yorkers celebrated the victory, clutching an enormous American flag hand-sewn by Obama supporters.

But the winds have changed – and the same very Democratic symbol waved in honor of the president-elect in 2008 has been donated to the movement that became a phenomenon in 2011.

David Mafouda, who fundraised for Obama in 2008, organized the flag project after being inspired by his rhetoric – a dream shattered by the subsequent years of “politics as usual”.

“Currently what’s inspiring me is OWS. That’s why I brought the flag to OWS,” he told RT. “And the thing that inspired me about it is the fact that it’s a grass roots movement that had a very clear and transparent process.” Read the rest of this entry »

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American police: To serve and protect (the 1%)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 7, 2011

The ongoing anti-greed Occupy protests have seen too many instances of police using brutal tactics against demonstrators. Some says the US is militarizing its police force and squashing the very freedoms it is so keen to preach internationally.

In recent months, US police officers have made an enemy out of those citizens using their freedom of speech to protest against corporate greed and corrupt politics, reports RT’s Marina Portnaya.

Today’s breed of law enforcers are dressed in riot gear and armed with heavy weaponry, body armor, flash bangs, tear gas, and potentially lethal projectiles. As tens of thousands of Americans assemble, cops have been accused of creating confrontation, not defusing it. Some veterans of the force can’t help but resent the situation.

“It’s a travesty of democracy, the way the police are totally suppressing the people’s right to assemble and to protest. I joined the force to protect people’s rights to assemble and protest, not to squash them,” said Ray Lewis, retired Philadelphia police captain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia, China Veto Syria Sanctions

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 5, 2011

Veto sometimes good and sometimes not
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US considers exploiting Bin Laden’s death to bilk Afghan war

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 4, 2011

Bin Laden’s death is unlikely to improve life in war-torn Afghanistan where the US-led coalition has been sinking only deeper in the pandemonium of war for the last nine-and-a-half years.

The US rhetoric surrounding the Afghan vortex has consistently gone in circles, talking about “progress” and speedy solution to the problem the Afghan War has evolved into.

In fact, the war in Afghanistan has grown visibly worse over the years.

The tremendous cost of the campaign, both in human lives and US dollars, suggests the temptation is big for Washington to declare “mission accomplished” and leave the country now that the man who was the reason for going to war in Afghanistan has been killed.

Since 2003, Washington has repeatedly proclaimed turning points in a conflict that critics call a failing quagmire.

Former US State Department official Matthew Hoh says “The reality is that things are stalemated. That things are worse than they were this time last year. Every year as we send more troops to the conflict, every year as we spend more money on the conflict, the insurgency grows in size, Karzai’s government gets weaker and the violence gets worse.” Read the rest of this entry »

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