The Incredible Costs of Rebuilding Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Others Under the Ongoing Spread of Extremism
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are putting investment capital into Libya according to a World Bank representative who spoke at the MED2018 in Rome Thanksgiving Day. To drive the 21st century, world leaders and industry moguls are seeing the continent of Africa as the last remaining bastion of undeveloped energy and mining resources before perhaps the planet Mars.
Powerful players including Russia and China have entered this space faster than Africans can say “wrecking ball” and have increased their global sphere aggressively on the resources and at times the many conflicts of these lands. Globalist Europe and Middle East countries like Qatar are also in competitive pursuits to expand their interests. The liberal media in the west failed to report on an entire war that lasted from 1997 to 2011 called the MDJT War (Movement for Democracy and Justice in Chad).
Trump’s Call for New Global Media Network
With big tech advantages like wireless communication, the rapidity of development in African countries far exceeds the time Europe, the US, and even the Middle East took to industrialize. These countries are developing with technology faster than that of their political and civil capabilities leaving them exposed to the indirect rule of either global order expansion or criminal exploitation. So, it is no wonder that the Italian Institute for International Political Studies a liberal organization aligned with with Atlantic Council and liberal press chose to focus last week on Libya, Iran, ISIS among other terror networks and migration.
The problems are real enough and daunting to behold for any one organization or country. Al-Qaeda and ISIS have expanded into Africa following defeats in the Middle East, and other terror networks and state sponsors are also heavily influenced in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. ISIS remains a cyber threat with online financing as well as recruiting globally. Where we disagree comes down to understanding the problems and solutions that should be applied. Often private companies drawn into paid research while prospecting countries in the pursuit of investment opportunity can be misinformed by think tanks that have political agendas. President Trump has not been given credit for any of his Africa and Middle East policy and the media is covering up what is really going on with global migration. HBO is already advertising their latest propaganda mission called ICEBOX which portrays the plight of Latin American immigrants while completely whitewashing even erasing the security issues at the heart of Amazon’s JEDI contract with the US government to provide facial recognition to ICE.
Like so many CNN documentaries, the drama show produced by HBO will no doubt fail to communicate the actual situation on the ground and on the border. CNN’s reporting on the US Counterterrorism strategy claimed it was identical to Obama’s and attacked Muslims as terrorists. Not accurate. The policy which included even environmental terrorism couldn’t be further from the Obama doctrine which if you all remember enabled a foreign enemy, Iran, to board and take hostage a US Naval ship and crew. This leadership can only be described as a long series of stand-down orders while our country was raped and pillaged by international pirates. President Trump’s assessment that CNN does not have enough competition overseas is quite accurate, although I doubt we’re heading for our own version of Russia Today, the Russian state media.
In this series of blogs, I’m going to address Libya, Sudan, and Chad as well as ISIS, al-Qaeda, Iran, and Idlib in Syria. While Trump’s strategy in the Middle East and Africa was not celebrated at the MED 2018 event in Rome, [The Italian Institute for International Political Studies has not released video of the MED2018 panel discussion about sanctions on Iran nor physical security and critical infrastructure.] one of the most illuminating attributes of the discussions by leaders of NATO, the World Bank, European and Middle East dignitaries was the Israeli alignment in contrast to past Palestinian support and perhaps most disturbing is their solution to migration.
Europe to Pay Syria for Accepting Refugees
Among Europe’s security community voiced not in press but at private trade events like international security conferences, members have been speaking out about the toll of migration on Europe’s socialized economies, security, and industry growth. The saddest and most heart-wrenching and actually ludicrous proposals put forth in answer to the migration issue is that Europe will be paying the Assad regime in Syria to accept refugees displaced from the Syrian Civil War who are currently residing in European countries, and this will be an “involuntary” procedure in Europe. Assad who been criticized in the media for chemical weapons, does not want his own people back in Syria and is demanding payment in various forms including reconstruction in order to allow his people to return home, and Europe is insane enough to go along with it though making sure the media makes it look like they care about the safety and security of refugees from war torn countries including Syria and Yemen.
As someone who runs a private think tank and who has worked closely with refugee communities, I am astounded that these propositions are the best professionals can do. And private companies especially those working in energy, infrastructure, mining, and transportation logistics should know what they are really paying for. This design will directly fund the Assad, Iran, Turkey axis in major conflicts throughout the Middle East and Africa as the nuclear deal investments in Iran have shown, these countries will fund their military interests over civil infrastructure.
Class Action Lawsuits Under Judgement at the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court is scheduled to accept a case decided differently between the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts on what qualifies as a class action lawsuit in which law firms can file class action lawsuits against large businesses such as Google or in this case, Behr Dayton Thermal Products, LLC, for negotiating large settlements awarding big dollars (most of which often goes to law firms) and in many cases, pennies to plaintiff clients. When there is a split between circuit appeals courts usually the Supreme Court takes it up and resolves it one way or the other.
“Friends of the court” or “amicus briefs” have contributed valuable information that could affect the Supreme Court’s decision this week including the Chamber of Commerce, The American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”), and The National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) (all primarily on behalf of businesses). In a class action settlement, generally a law firm representing a large number of plaintiffs which could amount to hundreds or thousands of people, will sue a large company for what should be the same violation. At some point it is cheaper to pay a settlement than spending even more dollars in legal defense fees. In many settlements however, the law firm walks away with a large part of the settlement which could be millions of dollars and the rest gets distributed across all plaintiffs often reducing the size of each plaintiff’s portion to mere pennies. Does this look like extortion or blackmail?
One case on record involving a class action settlement with AT&T resulted in a penny to each plaintiff. Critics of these kinds of class action settlements argue that the legal codes allowing class actions are being abused by some law firms which are the only benefactors financially in these outcomes. The classification of class actions against large companies including manufacturers has been described as blackmail, and the decision of the Supreme Court could result in either more class action filings described as a shakedown or the elimination of law firms’ ability to easily qualify, file, and settle class actions resulting in big fees for private law firms. The Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts require different details on the Rule 23 requirements. The legal question is the ease or difficulty in forming a class action. Loosen up the requirements and there will be more class actions mainly benefiting the class action law firms.
Private companies responsible for trillions of dollars in jobs and GDP bogged down with meaningless class actions are hoping to put these matters behind them. “The ripple effects of these lawsuits will be felt throughout the economy” as the “costs would not, however be borne by business and governmental defendants alone,” but “passed along to innocent customers and employees in the form of higher prices and lower wages and benefits.” President Trump’s administration and manufacturers in the US benefiting from the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement known as the new NAFTA agreement and other efforts to bring manufacturing back home could find major setbacks in class action filings.
Turning Crisis into Opportunity for Millions of Migrants Currently in International Flux
The 4,000 migrant caravans from Honduras in transit to the Mexico-US border point to two distinct problems that deserve immediate attention. One is the issue of open or closed borders. The other is what to do about the instability causing mass migration.
Multiple mass migrations movements as a result of war, violent crime, and corruption currently threaten the stability of many continents including the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as millions flee their homes in search for safety and employment opportunities risking everything for a chance to live a better life. Currently Central America including countries Honduras, Africa particularly the countries across the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and Syria in the Middle East are the biggest refugee crises currently demanding coordinated solutions from multiple countries.
Coordination by not only the superpower destinations for millions of migrants but also the local governments within the regions of which migration is occurring is also needed across Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East because together they make up global trafficking routes which are growing in arms, narcotics, human slaves, and other commodities being traded between criminal organizations. These include both cartels and terrorist organizations active on these global trade routes perpetuating state-level corruption, violent crime, and black market industries.
Job Stimulus From Manufacturing and Development Could Promote Domestic and International Prosperity with Stability
This requires the US, Mexico, Canada, and Europe to create a 3 prong strategy- a migration policy to provide safety and economic opportunity for incoming migrants; a foreign policy of development that can be implemented in host countries; and last a global security strategy that serves to protect individuals inside these countries while combating ongoing threat.
Although the recent caravan of 4,000 migrants allegedly organized by for former Honduran legislator and member of the radical leftist Libre party for political gains in the US midterm elections, these individuals and millions more may present an opportunity both timely and unique. Manufacturing and infrastructure development can be a positive draw for millions of migrants to areas of safety and economic opportunity if the new trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada the North American Trade Agreement and development agendas in allied countries could be coordinated with ongoing response to migration. The employment process could also be utilized for vetting as well as training and international placement. The same model can be applied in fact to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East as ongoing African conflicts and renewed fighting in Syria continue to displace innocent people as well as flush out combatants.
AID in the form of housing, food, medicine and other amenities could be shared with employer responsibilities applied towards job sites for construction and development as temporary relief while local communities are being built or to supplement urban growth around those enterprises. Ultimately the migration crises could be used to promote economic growth across superpowers and developing allied countries enabling the teaming up of employers, managers, and labor.
This is also timely with congressional reform about to take shape on AID programming in which development financing and AID may be rolled up and consolidated under fewer government agencies working internationally.
Nearly a year ago, on October 16, 2017 Iraqi and Iran-backed paramilitary forces captured the oil province of Kurkuk from the security forces and Peshmerga of Kurdistan. Now, Kurdish activists are calling for a one hour strike in protest to military rule scheduled for the one year anniversary of the event. The land is currently in dispute, the Kurdish people under Iraq’s military rule, and the institution of new customs points between Kurkuk and Erbil has initiated a price war. Kurdish businesses located in Erbil are encouraged to close their shops beginning at 9 in the morning.
In Turkey, over 150 Kurds have been arrested with over 50 thousand in prison in Turkey. Mehmet Serif Camci who is HDP’s Diyarbakir provincial Co-chair, Kibriye Evren, Abdurrahman Gok, Semiha Alankus, Cihan Olmez, and Nurettin Turgay were among those recent arrests.
At a recent press conference in New York, two Kurdish journalists, Majeed Gly and Rahim Rashidi from Rudaw news network approached President Trump on the Kurd’s hour of need. The president said, “We are helping them… Kurds are great fighters. And they are a great people.” The US and Saudi Arabia are supporting the Kurd’s fight in the region and working to set up investment ventures to develop Kurdish lands.
Kavanaugh: One of the Most Critical Appointments in US History
The rise of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court comes at a transformational time in the relationship between private and public sectors; changes in culture and worldviews; and new areas of constitutional law and security. With the high volume of litigation hitting the courts, the appointment of Justice Kavanaugh arrives as this litigation will decide on matters including freedom of speech, monopoly control, privacy of information and communications, gender identity, religion, and some important claims involving foreign countries and global security issues.
Political control in these areas has been the driving force in the extreme and emotional rivalry witnessed between democrats and republicans in recent weeks, and some of these areas may play a part in reshaping the parties’ identities themselves. It is also worth pointing out that last week, the white house also released President Trump’s counterterrorism strategy to the public, and this strategy is important to see in connection with some of the decisions currently before the Supreme Court.
Corporate Interests and Government Representation of Consumers
Here is a look at some of the decisions before the Supreme Court that have been overshadowed by other topics in recent media coverage. There are a number of decisions to be determined involving major internet providers and communication services including cell phone and internet services, the issue of monopoly ownership, speech, and privacy. U.S. Telecom Association, TechFreedom, AT&T, and Berninger all have appeals against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). FCC regulation, internet access, monopoly strength, and the freedom of speech are all important matters of discussion across these appeals while Zappos.com Inc. v. Stevens is timely regarding the privacy and storage of online user of information.
Facebook’s Public Policy Chief, Joel Kaplan, attended the Kavanaugh hearings in favor of the judge’s nomination and demonstrated an internal transformation within the company currently undergoing litigation regarding its handling of user information and privacy having also ramifications on its international relations.
The monopoly issue in trade extends into critical infrastructure of the U.S. and was discussed with the issue of private ownership in President Trump’s counterterrorism strategy. City of Cibolo, Texas v. Green Valley Special Utility District will get into these areas with respect to water management.
Surfacing now is the latest scandal involving Chinese espionage and Apple manufacturing in China with the discovery of suspicious hardware found in cell phones and personal computers. However, Apple also provides a lot of medical imagery equipment and other professional equipment less visible to the public.
Global Trade and Security
The extent of the security breach will directly affect ongoing trade, diplomacy, and security with the Chinese government and businesses. This could have served as a factor in the recent shift to increase domestic manufacturing facilities in the US, and those in Canada and Mexico with the new NAFTA agreement. Not only could compromised oversees manufacturing pose national security threat but also financial liability to companies with catastrophic losses in intellectual property including trade secrets.
Further into the area of national security however, the Supreme Court will decide on two claims involving foreign governments, Bank Markazi, Iran’s central bank, versus Peterson, the family member of a fallen Marine who died during a terrorist attack. This case is perhaps the most important Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA). Republic of Sudan v. Opati represents another terrorism related matter of extrajudicial killing by a foreign government and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).
While it is good for the US to hold foreign governments accountable for the killing of individuals committed on US soil, the public should be aware of the government’s share of financial damages paid on behalf of victims as this may be an important issue of reform. Another important factor here is the citizenship process for victims who are refugees and expatriates fleeing persecution in their home country. On the end of the national security spectrum is Lucio-Rayos v. Sessions which involves the criminal backgrounds of noncitizens, migration issues, and border security.
Issues of National Identity
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission involves gender identity and transgender related law with respect to employment. Religion and free speech is also at its most precarious and pivotal moment with several cases on appeal. The American Legion and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are in lawsuits with the American Humanist Association is seeking to remove cross shape burial markings from a national memorial site for buried WWI heroes, a ruling that could be applied to other faith based communications in the country.
Kennedy v. Bremerton School District involves a public school coach who prayed with students before a sporting event. The Supreme Court will decide whether Coach Kennedy is a public employee or private citizen exercising his rights as an individual.
Honeywell Int’l Inc. v. Mexichem Fluor Inc. involves the Clean Air Act and the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency, an institution hit by substantial budget cuts early on in the Trump administration’s efforts to stimulate the energy industry. These are just some of the important issues facing the Supreme Court and perhaps provides answers for some people still baffled by the hysterics of the Supreme Court appoint of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The hysterics are far from over. Now each of these issues will take on the form of turf battles not only between democrats and republicans but between public and private institutions and likely where national security and economics are concerned with increasing foreign meddling.
Kurdish independence is being used to build more pressure on Iran in the region. This is especially visible in the opening of Kurdish and Saudi relations following recent Kurdistan’s elections and after sustaining attacks from Iran targeting Kurdish leaders in past weeks. What better ally for an infant state than the wealthy Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and long time nemesis of Iran signaled in the recently opened flight paths between the two countries. The flight suggests material support for the Kurds in ongoing efforts to harass Iran.
Supporting greater autonomy for Kurds in the Islamic Republic, the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG)is a key accelerator in the slowly collapsing Iranian regime. A delegation from Riyadh which met with the KRG in Erbil opened economic ties for Saudi investment. Saudi investors and members of the KRG completed the first round of a conference to pursue investment opportunities in the region of Kurdistan. This particular region is on its way to become an important center of investment and trade, an industrial center for Iraq, agriculture, and travel hub including a tourism industry. The Saudi government is also opening a consulate to improve its affairs with all ethnic and religious groups in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.
Iran, and Shia minorities in Iraq are criticizing the advances, but the Iranian government has done little for its Kurdish minorities in the past 4 decades. Kurdistan welcomes major investor relationships as its past financial support has come mainly from its own diaspora communities living abroad.
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