20 November 2015   Leave a comment

Glenn Greenwald is one of the sharpest and most persistent critics of American foreign policy.  Democracy Now held an interview with him about the rise of the Islamic State and the reluctance of the US media to question seriously US policy in the Middle East.  Both sources are well-known critics from the left so readers should keep that bias in mind.  The exchange is remarkable, particularly the part which deals with a secret, but now-leaked memo, which suggests that the US actually encouraged the rise of the Islamic State to overthrow Assad in Syria.  The memo is quoted and it is particularly disturbing.

A luxury hotel in Mali has been attacked by extremists, although no group has as of now claimed responsibility for the attack.  Mali has been wracked by a number of different extremist groups and it is not at all clear that this attack, which left 27 dead, is associated with the terror attacks in Paris.  Suspicion has fallen on an Algerian radical, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was the leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.  If that turns out to be the case, then the group has successfully revived itself after a period of relative quiescence.

Today is the 105th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution which began on 20 November 1910.  The revolution raged for a decade and resulted in perhaps as many as 1.5 million deaths.  Mexico became an independent state in 1821, but it was ruled by wealthy landowners who were largely of Spanish descent.  The poor, called mestizos because of their roots in the indigenous peoples of Mexico, rose up in the revolution.  The revolution was likely the bloodiest conflict on the North American continent to date.

Emiliano Zapata

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Posted November 20, 2015 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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