Chuck Spinney: Divide Iraq? Get a Brain….

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Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Should the West Partition Iraq?

Some people still cling to the belief that a formal partition of Iraq into three states — sometimes referred to as Shiastan, Sunnistan, and Kurdistan — would cure the chaos the United States created when it invaded Iraq in the Spring of 2003.  Partition is a simple idea that grabs the imagination. But the nation-building wannabes inside the beltway have a poor track record when it comes to creating designer nations in the Middle East.

Attached herewith is an exchange between Ambassador Edward Peck and the historian William R. Polk.  Together, they explain succinctly why the principle of parsimony does not hold when it comes to Iraq: there is no Occam’s Razor to cut through the mess we created in Iraq.  Moreover, as Polk suggests, the destructive effects accompanying partition will continue the spillover into Syria and Turkey.  And while Lebanon is not mentioned, what affects Syria affects Lebanon and the Palestinian question.

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Sep 5

Baroness Shirley Williams: American Democracy for Sale — A Warning to Us All …

Baroness Shirley Williams

Baroness Shirley Williams

American democracy is up for sale, and it’s a warning to us all

By the end of June this year, $388m had been contributed to the campaigns of presidential candidates in 2016

It is imperative in a democracy that those opposed to the government of the day can cherish the prospect of peacefully changing its leaders and its policies. Otherwise the alternatives are some form of violent action, a revolution or a coup.

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Sep 1

Robert Steele: Death of a Nation — All Crazy, All Black, All Prisoners [Deal with It!]

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Death of a Nation –All Crazy, All Black, All Prisoners

Robert David Steele

Donald Trump, speaking of recent murders, says we do not have a gun problem; we have a mental health problem. As scary as Donald Trump can be in his encouragement of white supremacists who favor “open season” on illegal immigrants,[i] there is a great deal about The Donald that is authentic and relevant to our current situation. He’s right. He has also failed to complete the thought. These are not individual mental health problems; these are part of a national mental health problem. For over a decade I have been sounding the alarm on “cognitive dissonance,” which is what you get when you allow the 1% to screw over 99% of the public at home and abroad, 99% of the time.

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Aug 31

Worth a Look: Traditional Electoral Reform Activists

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Activist Individuals and Organizations

If you or your organization are missing send JPEG logo, home page link, and one sentence to robert.david.steele.vivas [*at*] gmail.com.

List as originally created by Robert Steele, then candidate for the Reform Party nomination for the presidency, in 2012. Original and more at We the People Reform Coalition.

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Aug 29