Trump stages visit to Iraq amid mounting crisis over Syria troop withdrawal By Bill Van Auken

27 December 2018 — WSWS

US President Donald Trump staged a surprise visit to an American airbase in western Iraq Wednesday in what appeared to be an attempt to both mollify intense criticism within the military-intelligence apparatus of his decision to pull troops out of Syria, and to reassert his commitment to continued US military operations in the Middle East.

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Bolton Threatens to Force Africa to Choose Between the US and China By Glen Ford

26 December 2018 — Black Agenda Report

The Americans wager that they can exercise veto power over African political alignments by force of arms, through AFRICOM’s massive military infiltration of the region.

“The ‘West’s’ political economies are spent forces, incapable of either keeping up with China’s phenomenal domestic growth or of competing with China in what used to be called the Third World.”

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Labour’s London mayor Sadiq Khan plans to demolish 8,000 council homes By Charles Hixson

27 December 2018 — WSWS

Residents in working class housing estates are organising in opposition to the Labour Party mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s proposed social cleansing “regeneration” schemes.

In February, Khan proposed “mandatory balloting schemes where any demolition is planned as a strict condition of his funding.” Residents “would be at the heart” of decision-making, and there “must be no loss of social housing,” claimed the mayor.

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Why Mattis’ Exit Is A Defining Moment In US Foreign Policy By M.K. BHADRAKUMAR

27 December 2018 — The Indian Punchline – Oriental Review

Within the week, President Trump’s sudden announcement of “total” troop withdrawal from Syria has ripped apart the American political system and exposed its fault lines. Trump’s decision is intrinsically a sound one. He didn’t start the Syrian conflict and he has been on record repeatedly that the US had no business to intervene in it militarily. But his writ as president and commander-in-chief didn’t run large. Astoundingly enough, we know now that the Pentagon defied the president who is also the commander-in-chief.

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