Tomasz Pierscionek is a doctor specialising in psychiatry. He was previously on the board of the charity Medact, is editor of the London Progressive Journal and has appeared as a guest on RT’s Sputnik and Al-Mayadeen’s Kalima Horra. Shakespeare once wrote that the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. Nowadays, we see the terms ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democracy’ abused to justify death and destruction. Traditionally honorable words such as ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democracy’ have come to acquire a darker and more cynical meaning following their misappropriation to justify the invasion of sovereign nations and to promote the spread of Western military and cultural dominance across the globe. The mainstream media, alongside some human rights activists, assist these ventures by helping disseminate mistruths and by tapping into the emotions of fear, anger and revulsion to soften public opinion and make aggression against a … [Read more...] about The military-industrial-humanitarian complex: Spreading Western hegemony under the guise of virtue
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Melanie McDonagh 10 September 2018 1:50 PM 10 September 2018 1:50 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp To be honest, it’s hard to think of a report by a select committee that is so well-meaning as the one issued today by the Foreign Affairs Committee, headed by Tom Tugendhat, or one that’s more misguided. The gist is that Britain’s non-intervention in Syria has been disastrous for Syria itself and for its neighbours, from Lebanon to Turkey. And the moral is that if humanitarian intervention has a price, so too has non-intervention. As the report says: ‘There has been a manifest failure to protect civilians and to prevent mass atrocity crimes in Syria. This failure has gone beyond the heavy toll paid by the Syrian people to the surrounding region, and had repercussions in Europe and the UK. It is the committee’s view that this failure derives principally not from the actions taken by the international community but … [Read more...] about The myth of ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Syria
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines in the UK and other countries including The Guardian, Morning Star, Daily and Sunday Express, Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Week, and The American Conservative. He is a regular pundit on RT and has also appeared on BBC TV and radio, Sky News, Press TV and the Voice of Russia. He is the co-founder of the Campaign For Public Ownership @PublicOwnership. His award winning blog can be found at www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. He tweets on politics and world affairs @NeilClark66 Libya remains a lawless land, with rival militias fighting battles in the streets of Tripoli and over 1 million people in need of aid. But the West's 'liberal interventionists' aren't interested in the catastrophe they created. "Hundreds escape prison amid deadly clashes in Tripoli," a headline on the BBC News website declared this week. Over 60 people … [Read more...] about Libya in chaos seven years after NATO’s ‘liberation’, but who cares?
By Sami Zaptia. REACH conducted a study of the situation on the ground in Derna (Photo: REACH). London, 5 June 2018: Since July 2017, the eastern Libyan city of Derna has been subject to tight military encirclement. The closure of access points has made it difficult to supply markets, banks and health facilities, which has led to a deteriorating humanitarian situation for those remaining in the city, a report released last week by Swiss based NGO REACH said. The report provides some fresh independent information from the ground in Derna to help provide an accurate picture of the situation, in view of numerous conflicting and polarized Libyan media reports on the state of affairs in the city. The report stated that on 15 May 2018, the conflict in and around Derna escalated sharply, with rapid advances of the frontline, heavy armed group activity and unprecedented levels of shelling. As of 30 May, according to OCHA estimates, roughly 600-1,300 households had been displaced from outlying … [Read more...] about Deteriorating humanitarian situation in Derna: Report
By Arezki Daoud, MEA Risk Lead Analyst – May 31, 2018: The headlines in some of the world’s media read as if something new happened in Paris this week. One of them says “Libyan factions agree to December 10 elections at Paris talks,” suggesting to the reader that there was breakthrough and the first time such agreement was reached. To the chagrin of the conference organizer, French President Macron, this week’s Paris meeting resulted in nothing new that would advance peace and stability in the restive North African nation. If anything, the “conference” may have cemented the positions of the very entrenched interests involved in the Libya crisis. Bringing the protagonists in Paris as if they were royalty simply gave them the impression that they are hold the key to peace in Libya. And that’s not true. Although all of the protagonists in the Libyan drama are responsible for the chaos, the first actor that appears to form the biggest … [Read more...] about Libya: Nothing new achieved in yet another Paris conference on Libya