Caesar Act and the Novel Weapon of Mass Starvation adopted by Nations against Nations.

Lebanon’s famine

  • Self Inflicted

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  • Imposed by the US

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  • Imposed and Self Inflicted

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  • God punishing stupid people betraying their country

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    U.S. policy toward Iran: Lebanon and Syria as collateral damage


    People take part in a protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, October 20, 2019.

    Over the past months, Lebanon has experienced an economic, financial and social crisis on a scale unseen since 1990. Thirty years of reconstruction of a country devastated by a 15-year war between different confessional communities, with the direct participation of actors from outside of the region, have exposed the inability of Lebanese leaders to solve the deep lying problems of the country.
    Infrastructure essential to the daily life of the population and economic development, such as electricity, roads, railways, waste treatment, have remained in the same state they were in 30 years prior.
    The Lebanese political system with its divisions based on clans and confessions is one of the main reasons for this situation. It remains a barrier to any political negotiation and to the implementation of absolutely necessary structural reforms which have been demanded by the population in the streets and by financial backers.
    In the current situation, predicting the future and catching a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel are incredibly difficult tasks. The Lebanese system, inherited from the colonial era, is at fault, but the responsibility of external actors is too often overlooked.
    Saudi Arabia, for instance, has been trying to weaken the position of Shia party Hezbollah, notably through the support of Sunni jihadist groups in the north of Lebanon, with the silent approval of the former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, a billionaire Saudi national of Lebanese descent, until his assassination on February 14, 2005 in Beirut.
    On its end, the United States shares Saudi Arabia's primary concern: the absolute necessity of diminishing the influence of Hezbollah, and if possible get rid of it.
    However, the "Party of God" is not a mere resistance movement against Israel. It is a fully formed political party, officially participating in Lebanese politics, with appointed ministers. Its role has been essential in the defense of Lebanese sovereignty and in maintaining civil peace despite attempts from jihadist groups coming from Syria to commit terrorist attacks against certain religious groups.
    Attacks which would have plunged Lebanon into another civil war. Contrary to analyses circulated by Western media, the participation of Hezbollah in battles against jihadist organizations and ISIS in Syria were not only meant to defend the Syrian government, but more importantly, the objective was to protect Lebanon from jihadist destabilization strategies.
    Since the formation, in February, of a new Lebanese government led by Professor Hassan Diab and supported by the Hezbollah, Washington has been increasing pressure on Lebanese officials and leaders, insisting that there would be no financial aid from the United States as long as the current government remains under the alleged influence of Hezbollah.
    In May, Republican Senator Ted Cruz introduced a bill which would deny "assistance to any Lebanese government that is influenced or controlled by Hezbollah." In an attempt to force them into submission, the rumor in Lebanon, denied by the American ambassador in Beirut, said that the United States have been pressuring the central bank to avoid injection of U.S. currency into the economy. However, the target of this policy in Lebanon is obviously the Syrian government.
    Isolated (on an international level) as a consequence of European and U.S. sanctions, Syria has relied on Lebanon to maintain minimum commercial and financial activities. Through its support to protest movements against the Lebanese government, which have amplified the economic chaos, Washington intends to remove Syria's last connection to the rest of the world.

    Photo shows blooming flowers in Beirut, capital of Lebanon, March 13, 2019/Xinhua

    The source of the United States' obsessional hostility towards the Bashar al-Assad government is not the so-called violations of human rights identified since the beginning of the war in 2011.
    After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, U.S. neoconservatives already had plans for an operation in Syria meant to deprive Shia Iran of its sole Arab ally. The strategy of suffocation against Iran required the downfall of the government in Damascus.
    However, the disastrous consequences of the war in Iraq and the chaos that ensued forced a change of plans and the United States shifted their focus towards an attempt to stabilize Iraq, temporarily leaving Syria aside.
    Following the rise in power of Hezbollah in Lebanon and the defeat of jihadist organizations in Syria, Washington now feels obliged to reinforce sanctions meant to destroy both of Iran's allies.
    The intention behind the implementation of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, signed by President Trump in December 2019, is to cause the downfall of the Syrian government through a system of global sanctions meant to affect each and every aspect of life in the country.
    Any organization, company or individual participating in projects in Syria will be subject to sanctions, including in fields considered as humanitarian, such as the providing of medication and medical equipment, and the rehabilitation of power stations.
    According to international practice, such a policy could be considered as a crime against humanity: despite being aimed at Syrian leaders, its effects on civilian populations are severe, as was the embargo against Saddam Hussein's regime.
    The anti-Iran obsession of the United States, essentially born after the crisis during which U.S. diplomatic personnel in Tehran was taken hostage for 444 days, from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, is limitless.
    The objective of each U.S. administration, no matter Republican or Democrat, has consistently been the downfall of the Islamic regime, which requires complete isolation of Tehran and the dismantlement of the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah axis at all costs. Even if it means plunging Lebanese and Syrian civilian populations into ever-growing distress and suffering.
     
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    Turkish lira surges 3% after Erdogan reportedly cancels S-400 purchase from Russia
    Published: May 10, 2019


    JULY 12, 2019 /
    Turkish lira slides over possible U.S. sanctions after S-400 delivery
    ISTANBUL, July 12 (Reuters) - The Turkish lira was 1.3% weaker against the dollar on Friday over U.S. sanction worries, after Russia delivered S-400 air defence missile system parts to Turkey.


    U.S., Turkey Move Closer To Full-Blown Crisis After S-400 Deliveries Begin
    July 13, 2019

    The first parts of a Russian S-400 missile-defense system are unloaded at an air base near Ankara on July 12.



    Why the Collapse of the Turkish Lira Matters

    By JAMES CHEN
    Updated Aug 10, 2018

    On Friday morning, the Turkish lira plunged by over 20% against the U.S. dollar, into record low territory,
    extending the currency’s spiraling decline of the past several years. The fall of the lira has accelerated dramatically in 2018, but Friday’s one-day collapse far eclipsed any previous slide.

    Below is a daily chart of the U.S. dollar against the Turkish lira spanning a time frame of one year. Because the dollar is the first, or base, currency in the USD/TRY currency pair, the sharp rise on the chart illustrates the dramatic weakening of the lira against the dollar.


    Looks familiar?

    Source: TradingView

    Severe economic and geopolitical troubles that have continued to plague Turkey combined on Friday to cause the exceptionally sharp currency moves.

    U.S.-Turkey Relations
    Consistently deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Turkey over recent years have risen to alarming levels, dealing a severe blow to both Turkey’s economy and its currency.

    Just last week, Washington announced new sanctions on Turkish officials in response to the detention of an American pastor accused of supporting a 2016 failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Then, on Friday, just as the Turkish lira was in a state of free fall, U.S. President Donald Trump helped exacerbate Turkey’s problems by announcing dramatically increased tariffs on metal imports from Turkey.

    Trump tweeted:

    I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
    The tweet served to place intensified pressure on the plummeting lira, despite President Erdogan’s attempts to limit the damage.

    Rising Inflation, Low Interest Rates
    Concerns about rapidly rising inflation in Turkey – above 15% year-over-year in July – have not been addressed by corresponding hikes in interest rates by the country’s central bank. President Erdogan has pressured the central bank to maintain low interest rates by refraining from implementing much-needed hikes. An artificially low interest rate environment has contributed to additional ongoing pressures on the Turkish lira.

    Potential Turkish Debt Crisis
    Turkey’s massive debt obligation to other countries is evident in the extraordinarily large percentage of its debt that is denominated in foreign currencies. As the lira continues to weaken, this foreign debt becomes increasingly difficult and expensive for Turkey to manage, which should further exacerbate the currency’s decline. A looming debt crisis that potentially involves a Turkish request for assistance or a bailout from the International Monetary Fund could have significant European and global economic repercussions. Turkey’s exceptionally large current account deficit makes the country’s potential to fall into a severe debt crisis even greater. That said, the global threat from Turkey's debt problems is relatively small. According to the Bank of International Settlements global exposure to Turkish loans is $265 billion, or less than 1% of the worldwide total. Still, a Turkish debt crisis could set off unknown consequences throughout the already volatile region.

    No Solution in Sight
    President Erdogan tried to stem currency losses on Friday by urging Turkish citizens to fight the economic war against other countries and use foreign currencies and gold to buy lira. This attempt to generate national fervor in defense of the Turkish currency, however, was not immediately successful. The lira remained heavily pressured against the U.S. dollar well into Friday afternoon.

    Aside from the impact a potential Turkish debt crisis may have on European markets and financial institutions, which could have a rippling effect on other global markets, the falling lira also matters because it helps to further depress an already-weakened euro and further strengthen the U.S. dollar, which has been rising sharply for much of this year.

    As President Erdogan continues to exert an iron grip on the government, economy, and people of Turkey, and the specter of a Turkish debt crisis continues to loom, the country’s economy and currency are apt to remain under heavy pressure.
     
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    Unlike Obama (the saint) who continued his predecessors wars in the Middle East then started his own new direct or proxy wars from Yemen to Libya to Syria and created ISIS (literally) as Trump put it, Trump never started a single military war. He supported and helped eliminating Obama/Clinton baby ISIS, made a deal with Taliban and started withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The only thing he didn’t do is stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia as long as US troops are not put into harms way something every patriotic American should respect him for that but this was not enough for the military industrial complex that don’t care about US lives as long as they sell arms. This is one of the main reasons the deep state along with their corporate media are viciously against Trump. They can’t control him into starting customized military wars.

    Trump will go down in history as the first President who fights wars without military weapons or personal. He fights wars with economic terrorism and the US dollar which is as criminal as killing with bullets if not worse since bullets target military opponents but famine kills innocent masses not much different from what happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

    Time will tell if Trump's mass starvation weapon can seal the deal or backfire…
     
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    Not in total agreement with your last conclusion..

    U.S. Moves Closer To Digital Dollar


    On June 30th, 2020, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on the future of the digital dollar. The pressures to create a digital USD are mounting as China recently began testing its own digital currency - the DCEP, which will be included in popular applications like WeChat and AliPay. Of particular concern is widespread adoption of a digital yuan in emerging markets and in international trade.

    In God We Trust. Macro of a US dollar lettering in the back...


    The idea of a dollar-backed digital currency gained mainstream media attention last year during the Libra congress hearings, where Facebook introduced a new type of digital unit backed by a basket of currencies and commodities.

    Although David Marcus insisted that Libra users will not have to put their trust in Facebook and that Libra was a decentralized currency, regulators weren’t buying it and expressed concern over the long-term threat to the traditional financial system. On July 9, 2019, regulators requested a moratorium on the project.

    In December, Libra released a new roadmap, proposing several digital-fiat currencies deriving their values from the USD, British Pound, Swiss Franc and others, thus creating an efficiency layer on top of the current financial system. Users would be able to access these digital currencies through a wallet installed on their phone, and potentially through WhatsApp chat and Facebook Messenger.
     
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    Unlike Obama (the saint) who continued his predecessors wars in the Middle East then started his own new direct or proxy wars from Yemen to Libya to Syria and created ISIS (literally) as Trump put it, Trump never started a single military war. He supported and helped eliminating Obama/Clinton baby ISIS, made a deal with Taliban and started withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The only thing he didn’t do is stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia as long as US troops are not put into harms way something every patriotic American should respect him for that but this was not enough for the military industrial complex that don’t care about US lives as long as they sell arms. This is one of the main reasons the deep state along with their corporate media are viciously against Trump. They can’t control him into starting customized military wars.

    Trump will go down in history as the first President who fights wars without military weapons or personal. He fights wars with economic terrorism and the US dollar which is as criminal as killing with bullets if not worse since bullets target military opponents but famine kills innocent masses not much different from what happened in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

    Time will tell if Trump's mass starvation weapon can seal the deal or backfire…
    Economic terrorism.” This is the excuse that the incompetent ones invariably bring up as a way to save face.

    Let’s face it, when Trump was elected, the “axis” ridiculed and mocked him since day one. Iran’s leader famously said “This guy (referring to Trump) cannot do anything....”

    They’re not laughing anymore, now are they...?

    Of course Trump’s strategy will work, because he’s not doing it from a standpoint where he’s trying to prove something about himself. This is why he is the only American president to have met the leader of North Korea!
     
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    Wondering if Samir Geagea and the Gemayels will allow their hungry countrymen open cans of tuna fish and sardines with Persian writing on them...


    بواخر وسفن ايرانية تستعد للانطلاق الى لبنان محملة

    البناء:
    برز تحذير وزير الخارجية الفرنسية جان إيف لودريان أمس، من أنّ «الوضع في لبنان أصبح مزعجاً»، وأكد أن «تفاقم الوضع الاجتماعي ينذر بالعنف». وقال لو دريان: «على الحكومة اللبنانية تنفيذ إصلاحات حتى يتسنى للمجتمع الدولي مد يد المساعدة».


    وحذرت مصادر مطلعة من اتجاه الوضع في الشارع الى مزيد من التأزم مع ارتفع أسعار المواد الغذائية والخبز وتقنين المحروقات، مشيرة لـ«البناء» الى أن «السياسة الأميركية مستمرة في سياساتها التدميرية للبنان لخنقه الى الحد الأقصى في موازاة ضخ طروحات تفاوضية بملفي النفط وفلسطين»، مضيفة أن «سياسة العقوبات الاميركية بلغت ذروتها لاخضاع لبنان، فهي تستخدم كل أنواع الضغوط المالية والاقتصادية والسياسية والاعلامية لتجويع الشعب ليخرج الى الشارع ثم تعمل على استغلال مطالبه في المفاوضات»، محذرة من «مخطط أميركي لتكرار مشهد 17 تشرين الماضي»، وتساءلت المصادر: ماذا تنظر الحكومة؟ هل يمكن المراهنة على صندوق النقد الدولي بعد موقف رئيسته الأخير الذي نعى المفاوضات؟ ولماذا لم تضع الحكومة خيارات بديلة كالتوجه شرقاً لا سيما العروض الصينية والايرانية وتعمل على تنفيذها سريعاً قبل حدوث الانهيار الأخير؟

    وقد أفادت معلومات «البناء» أن «بواخر وسفن ايرانية تستعد للانطلاق الى لبنان محملة بالمواد الغذائية والمحروقات وغيرها، على أن تصل الى لبنان خلال أسبوعين وذلك في اطار الدعم الايراني للبنان لكسر الحصار المفروض عليه من قبل الاميركيين»، مشيرة الى «اتصالات لتلقف هذه المساعدات على المستوى الرسمي».
    البناء
     
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    PM Diab said it all:
    Foreign interference using internal divisions, chaos and unrest and the degradation of the LL is intentional...


     
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