A new US Congress report on the proliferation of drones has confirmed a huge rise in the number of countries that now have military unmanned aerial systems. The US 012 report on the proliferation of UAVs. The report examines both the proliferation of UAVs, commonly known as drones, and examines US and multilateral controls on the export of drone technology.
20 January 2014 — Counterpunch
Caracas – A recent article in the Washington Post reveals – I believe with a considerable degree of accuracy – some important and terrifying facts about the counter-insurgency tactics employed by the Colombian government as well as the role of the United States as an advisor that actually directs and controls anti-guerrilla operations. Another virtue of the article is that, though uncritical and triumphalist, it nevertheless shows how the political relation between the two countries may, without fear of exaggeration, be dubbed neocolonial.
New at Strategic Culture Foundation 16-22 June 2013: Iran / Syria / Turkey / Obama’s Nukes / Glass-Steagall? / Colombia-Venezuela / Israel / Georgia
22 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation
The East is a Delicate Matter: Iran Goes against All Predictions
22.06.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ
Admittedly, nobody in the world, not even Iran, was able to predict the victory in the presidential elections, a victory even more decisive since Hassan Rouhani, the «reformers’ protégé», had not even been reckoned a favourite. It really is true that «Persia is a country of miracles». Now that the initial delight of pro-Western liberals and the sprinkling of ashes on turbans among Iranian conservatives («principalists») has died down, the time has come to take stock. So was it the defeat of the ruling regime, as had been desired in the West, or in many ways a brilliant manoeuvre by the country’s Supreme Leader («rahbar») Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?..
5 March 2012 — williambowles.info
TUMEKE!: What Wikileaks reveals about New Zealand
What Wikileaks reveals about New Zealand. The latest Wikileaks leak from corporate security advisor Stratfor is delicious reading for how their masters of the universe god complex becomes our reality. The contempt many regard our passive …
Julie Lévesque: SOCIAL MEDIA “TACTICAL INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION” – Spying and Propaganda using Facebook, Twitter
A new study by the Mediterranean Council for Intelligence Studies’ (MCIS) 2012 Intelligence Studies Yearbook points to the use of social media as “the new cutting edge in open-source tactical intelligence collection”. IntelNews.org’s Joseph Fitsanakis, who co-authored the study, reports: Continue reading this...
The extremely fast footwork is Cali Colombian Style Salsa. Colombian style salsa is all about dancing on point to every instrument, vocal and speed of a salsa, boogaloo or charanga song. It is not on 1, 2 or 3 count. This is an advanced level salsa — aka John Jairo ” Piña” Rodriguez- Cali, Colombia. Bailarin extremadamente agil, veloz y a tiempo. De Nuevo Calena 04. Orange County Salsa Festival 2009
Posted by: Karel Vereycken, Paris on 8:58am 30/9/07 Last Updated on Sunday, September 30, 2007 11:43
[In light of the alleged pullout of US troops from Iraq and in spite of its age, I thought this worth getting a wider exposure. Transferred from my original which can be found here]
“While greed may be good, war is better” — Forbes.com, comment on DynCorp’s financial profits on the stock markets.
3 December 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Iran and the Strategic Encirclement of Syria and Lebanon
02.12.2011 | 10:26 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA (Canada)
The encirclement of Syria and Lebanon has long been in the works. Since 2001, Washington and NATO have started the process of cordoning off Lebanon and Syria… While Washington is engaged in its naval build-up, the mainstream media networks controlled by the Saudis and Arab clients of the U.S. are focusing on the deployment of Russian naval vessels to Syria, which can be seen as a counter-move to NATO… France has sent its military trainers into Turkey and Lebanon to prepare conscripts against Syria… The so-called Free Syrian Army and other NATO-GCC front organizations are also using Turkish and Jordanian territory to stage raids into Syria… What the world is facing is a pathway towards possible military escalation that could go far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East and suck in Russia, China, and their allies…
22 August 2011 — Information Clearing House
The Strange Calm Over Tripoli?
By Franklin Lamb
Looking over the skyline of Tripoli at 7:30 a.m. 8/22/11 from the 26th floor of the Corinthia Hotel it seems that it’s just about over for the Qaddafi regime.
29 September, 2010 — National Security Archive
Ambassador Cited Accused Colombian General’s Reliance on Death Squads
“Systematic” Support of Paramilitaries “Pivotal to his Military Success”
Infamous General a “Not-So-Success” Story of U.S. Military Training
For more information contact:
Michael Evans – 202/994-7029
Washington, DC, September 29, 2010 – The U.S. ambassador to Colombia reported in 1998 that the “systematic arming and equipping of aggressive regional paramilitaries” was “pivotal” to the military success of Gen. Rito Alejo del Río Rojas, now on trial for murder and collaboration with paramilitary death squads while commander of a key army unit in northern Colombia.
The Secret “Biographic Note” from Ambassador Curtis Kamman is one of several documents published today by the National Security Archive pertaining to Del Río, whose trial resumes this month after years of impunity and delay. The documents are also the subject of an article published today in Spanish at VerdadAbierta.com, the leading online gateway for information on paramilitarism in Colombia. The article was also published in English today on the Web site of the National Security Archive.
“The collection is a unique and potentially valuable source of evidence in the case against Del Río, reflecting years of reports linking the senior army commander to paramilitarism,” said Michael Evans, director of the Archive’s Colombia Documentation Project. “As Del Río’s trial resumes, the court should examine the contemporaneous accounts of U.S. officials who were required by law to monitor and certify Colombia’s human rights performance.”
Other revelations include:
* The U.S. embassy takes a favorable view of Col. Carlos Alfonso Velásquez, who called for an investigation of Del Río’s ties to paramilitary groups, noting that his statements “add credibility to our human rights report.”
* A report on a conversation with Col. Velásquez, who told U.S. military officials that cooperation with paramilitaries “had gotten much worse under Del Río.”
* Documents reporting conspicuous increases in anti-paramilitary operations after Del Río’s transfer out of northern Colombia. The embassy said it was “more than coincidental that the recent anti-paramilitary actions have all taken place since the departure from northern Colombia of military personnel believed to favor paramilitaries.”
* The embassy notes a disturbing instance of possible military-paramilitary complicity in a paramilitary attack outside Bogotá just weeks after Del Río took command of the nearby military brigade.
* The shifting U.S. opinion about Del Río is clearly evident in two U.S. military reports from early 1998. In the first, Del Río, who attended the U.S. Army School of the Americas, is lauded as a U.S. military training “success story.” But a second, corrected, report from March 1998 lists Del Río instead as a “not-so-success” story, citing his alleged paramilitary ties.
Visit the Archive’s Web site or VerdadAbierta.com for more information about today’s posting.
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