Rand Paul, o novo falcão III

Rand Paul dá mais uma entrevista em que procura explicar algumas das suas ideias sobre a política externa norte-americana, defender-se de acusações e abordar a questão de como agir contra o Estado Islâmico. Os destaques são da minha autoria mas a entrevista deve ser lida na íntegra na The Federalist. A caixa de comentários, servirá para o necessário carpir de mágoas aos viúvos devotos do isolacionismo.

Rand Paul Responds To His Critics On ISIS And Foreign Policy An exclusive interview with the Senator from Kentucky.

(…)The thing that I in some ways laugh at, because nobody seems to get this, is that I spent the past five years in public life telling everyone that “hey, I’m not an isolationist” … and when they find out I’m not, they say I’ve switched positions, because I’m not the position they were saying I was. You know what I mean? So for five years they’ve been accusing me of being something that I say I’m not. And then when they find out I’m really not, they say I’ve changed my position. You can see how it’s a little bit frustrating for me. (…)

At the same time, I’ve also said all along that I’m not for no interventions. I’m not for saying “we never intervene”, and this is what I’ve spent five years trying to tell people is my policy, I don’t want to be branded as someone who believes in no intervention. In the current situation, I do think this is a judgement call, and I still continue to believe that Congress should vote on it. It’s an imperative that Congress declare war, and I’ve never changed my position on that, but I’ve always said that when we vote then there is a debate, and the debate concerns our vital American interests. And that’s something that even good people can sometimes disagree on. With ISIS, they’re beheading American citizens, they’ve actively said that if they can, and when they can, they’ll come to New York. They’re within, I think a day’s march or a day’s drive of Erbil and the consulate there. I think that they probably would be repelled in Baghdad, but they could be a threat to Baghdad. I think ultimately if left to their own devices, they could organize the same way Al-Qaeda organized in Afghanistan, and if given a safe haven that they could be a real threat to us at home.

(…)In general, I do think the war on the ground should be fought by those who live there. It offends me that sixteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis, it offends me that they finance radical Islam, and it offends me that they get rich off of our buying their oil and they don’t fight. So I’d like to see the first several thousands in the front lines attacking ISIS be Iraqis, but I’d also like to see the Saudis up there, Kuwaitis, Qataris. I’d like to see them fight. Ultimately, and this is where I in some ways I agree with the president, this is a long war against radical Islam, but the ultimate victory over radical Islam will have to come from civilized Islam. (…)

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Compreender o putinismo IX

Alina Kabayeva

No Kremlin, os recursos humanos continuam a ser geridos a partir da confiança nas capacidades profissionais e humanas das pessoas envolvidas na causa pública.

The former gymnast rumoured to be Vladimir Putin’s girlfriend is giving up her career as an MP to take charge of a pro-Kremlin media holding run by an acquaintance of the Russian president.

Alina Kabayeva, 31, will become chairman of the board of National Media Group, which is controlled by Yury Kovalchuk, a finance and media magnate added to US and EU sanctions lists over the Ukraine crisis earlier this year.

He is allegedly Mr Putin’s “cashier”.

The group owns a 25% stake in the vociferously pro-Kremlin Channel One television station and a majority stake in the government-friendly Izvestiya newspaper.

Miss Kabayeva, who was an Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics in 2004, has served for six years as a deputy from the pro-Putin United Russia Party in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament.

O sonho comanda a jihad e burocracia quer dar cabo dela

O jovem conhecido como Mohammad Daniel, Abu Abdul Rahman ou mesmo Mark John Taylor, foi forçado a emigrar. Rumo a vida mais plena, assentou na Síria. A experiência como “soldado de Alá” não terá corrido de acordo com os sonhos revelados pelo Altíssimo. Como se a vida de terrorista não fosse suficientemente agreste, a má sorte parece perseguir o bom muçulmano: um infeliz incêndio queimou o seu passaporte e as autoridades neo-zelandesas parecem não estar muito receptivas a emitirem um novo documento. Parece impossível não percebem os desejos do viajante aventureiro Mohammad Daniel em sair da Síria. O homem pela bondade da missão praticada, merece regressar a casa e em classe executiva, que a viagem ainda é longa. Alguém lança uma petição?

Compreender o putinismo VIII

Ocidentais, finalmente podemos pedir as devidas desculpas a Vladimir Putin.

El presidente ruso Vladímir Putin cree que Occidente debe pedirle perdón y por ello ha abierto una página web con un manifiesto que cualquier ciudadano occidental puede firmar. Traducida a varios idiomas, se trata de una carta dirigida tanto a Putin como a todo el pueblo de ruso, y cuyas primeras líneas van directas al grano: «Les rogamos acepten nuestras disculpas por el comportamiento de nuestros Gobiernos y medios de comunicación».


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Olha que coisa mais gira, mais cheia de graça

Campos doou 2,5 milhões um dia depois de morrer


O Comité Financeiro do Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB) informou o Tribunal Superior Eleitoral que recebeu uma doação de Eduardo Campos, o ex-candidato presidencial pelo partido que morreu num acidente de avião, conta a Carta Capital.

Há dois pontos a causar estranheza à imprensa brasileira. Primeiro, o timing: aconteceu apenas um dia depois do acidente aéreo (14 de agosto). E a quantia — cerca de 850 mil euros —, que será, segundo o jornal brasileiro, quase cinco vezes mais do que o património declarado pelo político.

Terror: conferência de doadores

O apoio dificilmente podia ser mais evidente. Claro que continua a haver espaço para trazer à discussão as Grandes Guerras, o império norte-americano e a existência de Israel.

Standing at the front of a conference hall in Doha, the visiting sheikh told his audience of wealthy Qataris that to help the battered residents of Syria, they should not bother with donations to humanitarian programs or the Western-backed Free Syrian Army.

“Give your money to the ones who will spend it on jihad, not aid,” implored the sheikh, Hajaj al-Ajmi, recently identified by the United States government as a fund-raiser for Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.

Rand Paul, o novo falcão II

A opinião de Rand Paul, escrita pela próprio candidato presidencial. Prevê-se o rasgar de vestes na caixa de comentários.

Rand Paul: ‘I Am Not an Isolationist’.

If I had been in President Obama’s shoes, I would have acted more decisively and strongly against ISIS

Some pundits are surprised that I support destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militarily. They shouldn’t be. I’ve said since I began public life that I am not an isolationist, nor am I an interventionist. I look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally.  I still see war as the last resort. But I agree with Reagan’s idea that no country should mistake U.S. reluctance for war for a lack of resolve.

As Commander-in-Chief, I would not allow our enemies to kill our citizens or our ambassadors. “Peace through Strength” only works if you have and show strength. (…)

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Rand Paul, o novo falcão


A intenção de Rand Paul que o deve colocar fora da lista de favoritos dos amantes da paz: “If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress,” Paul told the AP. “I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily.”

E o contexto explicado das declarações do candidato presidencial.

Richard Burt, one of Rand Paul’s foreign-policy advisers, says that the senator’s call to destroy the Islamic State is not merely a matter of political opportunity, but reflects the senator’s broader views about America’s role in the world. When I spoke with Burt, who served as ambassador to West Germany during Ronald Reagan’s second term, he was working with Paul’s team on an op-ed on the Islamic State threat.  Paul, Burt says, “understands that the United States is a global power and that there are occasions where the United States has to use military force.”  “I think this is all based on an approach to foreign policy that thinks in terms of American interests,” he says. “The thing that makes ISIS a particularly serious challenge is that we do have interests” in the Middle East, Burt says — in a thriving Kurdish minority and a stable, successful Iraqi government that integrates the country’s Sunni minority.

Da Turquia

Para os amigos da Palestina unida, com amor.

Hamas Coup Against Abbas Foiled.

A large scale operation mounted from May to August by the IDF and Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) foiled a Hamas network’s plot to carry out a coup in the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria.

The news about the operation was under a gag order until today.

The Hamas infrastructure in Judea and Samaria was controlled by a Hamas HQ in Turkey. The plot was to carry out a series of cruel terror attacks against Israel and create a situation of security instability, then take advantage of that situation to take over the PA.

Israel announced that 93 Hamas terrorists were arrested in the operation. Of these, 46 were taken to interrogation by the ISA. Hamas terror funds amounting to over 600,000 shekels (about $170,000) were confiscated and weapons including 54 guns, 6 handguns and 7 RPGs were seized.

The network was assisted by an additional array in Jordan and on carriers, who carried funds amounting to over 2 million NIS into Judea and Samaria for the purchase of weapons and hideout apartments.

The military infrastructure was headed by Riad Nasser, 38, of Deir Kadis in the Binyamin region, who has served several stints in jail for Hamas terror activity.

Nasser was recruited by Saleh Alaruri, 47, who is in charge of the Hamas infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, and who is currently in Turkey. Nasser’s interrogation revealed a carefully crafted plan for toppling the PA government of Mahmoud Abbas.

Um ano depois da guerra justa


Contra os tipos a soldo da CIA e da Mossad.

One Year after Historic Attacks, Egypt Has Yet to Aid Christians

Few church buildings restored as Copts struggle to rebuild their lives.

One year after the attacks, Mina Thabet can still see the ruins in his mind; a seemingly endless series of scorched, hollowed-out church buildings, schools, homes and businesses stretching out across Egypt.

On Aug. 14, 2013, thousands of Muslims began a four-day rampage throughout the country seeking revenge for the military-backed, popular ouster of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. They attacked anything remotely associated with Christ, Christians or Christianity.

When it was over, Thabet, a well-known Coptic human rights activist, went to survey the damage. He said it was a life-changing experience.

“I visited Minya – it was awful,” he said. “When I got to the Corniche area, I saw how much damage had been done, and I saw the bathroom that had what remained of two people who were burned alive inside.”

A year has passed since the attacks, but Mina and others say that Christians are still struggling to rebuild their lives. After the first day of attacks, then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, now the nation’s president, publicly promised that the army would restore all church buildings destroyed in the attacks. Only five of the 32 destroyed church buildings have been rebuilt.

More importantly, Mina and others said, Christians have received no government assistance to replace more than 100 homes, businesses and other personal property lost in the attacks.

“There were three stages for rebuilding and renovating churches,” Mina said. “Of the three stages, they haven’t finished the first step, which doesn’t even include 10 churches. They haven’t done anything to help the people.”

Alcança, quem não cansa

Mas é capaz de ser mais prudente esperar sentado.

El Vaticano pide a los líderes musulmanes que condenen la violencia y persecución que sufren cristianos, yazidíes, y otras minorías religiosas y étnicas en Irak.
En una declaración, el Pontificio Consejo para el Diálogo Interreligioso pide a líderes religiosos, sobre todo a los musulmanes, que condenen abiertamente la violencia y den un paso contra los yihadistas y sus actos críminales. No hacerlo dañaría la credibilidad de cualquier religión, de sus seguidores y líderes,asegura la declaración
El documento también subraya que ningún motivo ni religión puede justificar esta violencia, e incluye una lista con los crímenes cometidos por los yihadistas que pretenden imponer un Estado islámico.
Entre ellos destacan la decapitación y crucifixión por motivos religiosos; la conversión forzada al Islam, o el pago de un impuesto en su lugar; los secuestros de mujeres y niñas, y la destrucción de lugares de culto.
 El documento reconoce que la mayor parte de instituciones religiosas y políticas musulmanas se oponen a los yihadistas. Sin embargo, aclara, esta oposición no ha evitado más ataques. (…)




Por forma a aplicar as mesmas regras universais às relações internacionais, Vladimir Putin acede a fazer mais um referendo, desta vez no Leste da Ucrânia. Polónia, Finlândia, Moldávia, países bálticos, Geórgia e Azerbaijão são os países que se seguem na “short list” onde a Rússia deseja prosseguir a democracia. A questão é: “Considera prioritário o envio de ajuda humanitária suiça?”

Visionamento recomendado

Apesar dos especiais cuidados que os meios de comunicação social devem ter na abordagem ao tema do terrorismo, aconselho o visionamento do trabalho da Vice, o primeiro orgão de comunicação “embedded” com o grupo terrorista Estado Islâmico.

The Islamic State (Part 3)- O passeio com a polícia da virtude e dos bons costumes islâmicos.

The Islamic State (Part 2)- A doutrinação de crianças na moral do grupo terrorista.

The Islamic State (Part 1)- O jornalista Medyan Dairieh inicia a reportagem na cidade de Raqqa (Síria), onde o grupo jihadista procura dominar a resistência oferecida pelo exército do ditador Assad.