Tag: Blame

Scapegoating Iran

 

Mr. Fish / Truthdig

NEW YORK—Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is resurgent and has a presence in over 70 percent of the country. Libya is a failed state. Yemen after three years of relentless airstrikes and a blockade is enduring one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. The 500 “moderate” rebels we funded and armed in Syria at a cost of $500 million are in retreat after instigating a lawless reign of terror. The military adventurism has cost a staggering $5.6 trillion as our infrastructure crumbles, austerity guts basic services and half the population of the United States lives at or near poverty levels. The endless wars in the Middle East are the biggest strategic blunder in American history and herald the death of the empire.

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African youth crime: ‘How can you respect someone who doesn’t respect you?’

Martha Ojulo holds a photo of her son, Liep Gony.

It is often noted during outrage about youth crime gangs of a certain ethnicity that this panic has been seen before: fears about white kids, Middle-Eastern kids, Vietnamese kids, stretching back to the 1950s.

 But none of those kids stood out like D does. None of them was tall and black.

“There’s good police, but there’s a lot of bad ones, too.

“How can you respect someone who doesn’t respect you?”

The same submission spells out that youth offending is decreasing, but a smaller group of offenders are committing more crimes, and that those aged 10-17 who were born overseas averaged more offences than those born in Australia.

Meanwhile, he fears being attacked. It has almost been forgotten that, 10 years ago, a Sudanese teenager who also had his troubles with police, Liep Gony, was beaten to death by a pair of men, one of whom had earlier yelled he was going to “take my anger out on some niggers”.

“How are we supposed to assimilate if we keep being told how different we are?” Sebit asks.

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‘Grand Theft Auto generation’ to blame for spike in crime: and skewed statistics

“We’re not actually dealing with more youth offenders but the youth offenders we’ve got are committing more and more offences,” Chief Commissioner Ashton told 3AW.

Source: ‘Grand Theft Auto generation’ to blame for spike in crime: Chief Commissioner

Once again Cardinal Pell has thrown his men to the wolves – it’s everyone’s fault but his | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

Over and over again, Pell gave evidence that it was others who failed to disclose the crucial details he needed in order to act on child sexual abuse

Source: Once again Cardinal Pell has thrown his men to the wolves – it’s everyone’s fault but his | Kristina Keneally | Opinion | The Guardian

‘US’ foreign policy, training of Islamic radicals behind ISIS, Syria crisis’ — RT Op-Edge

America’s major foreign policy and training of Islamist radicals in the past are responsible for “disasters” in the Middle East now, such as Syria and Libya and Islamic State, a former head of the US consulate visa department in Saudi Arabia J. Michael Springmann told RT.

Source: ‘US’ foreign policy, training of Islamic radicals behind ISIS, Syria crisis’ — RT Op-Edge