Barbara Barrett, 68, served as the U.S. ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush administration. She also chaired an aeronautics research and development center, The Aerospace Corporation, until 2017.
A former lawyer and test pilot, Barrett is also a board member at the Rand Corporation, a think tank that provides research and analysis to the U.S. armed forces.
She and her husband Craig, the former CEO of American technology giant Intel, are major Republican donors. Barrett ran for governor of Arizona on the Republican Party ticket in 1994, the first woman to do so, but she failed to secure her party’s nomination.
The second piece of that has been to identify the other great threat, which is the Islamic Republic of Iran, which remains the largest sponsor of terror, who has supported Lebanese Hizballah, has supported Hizballah’s actions in Syria. The Shia militias under the stranglehold of the ayatollah who are working in Iraq aren’t working for the best interests of the Iraqi people. You see what’s happened in Yemen – an enormous – an enormous humanitarian crisis. The UN did good work in Stockholm to reach an agreement, but the Iranians won’t let the Houthis actually implement the Stockholm agreement. So the second piece of this is to convince Iran it’s not in their best interest to continue to foment terror and engage in malign activity all throughout the Middle East.
So a – so the next step down from that is how do you do it. One of the pieces of that is our sanctions effort. We have lots of efforts apart from that. With respect to the designation, which actually came into effect just this week, some – the unclassified – some 20 percent of the Iraqi economy is controlled by the IRGC. So my wisdom for those of you who are connected to companies that might be doing business with them or if you’re the general counsel for a European bank that’s doing business with a company that might have a 20 percent shareholder, the IRGC, is you should check your work.
Robert Fisk: I bet they’re not. For I don’t think either Nato or the EU has the slightest interest in chasing the provenance of weapons in the hands of Islamist fighters in Syria or anywhere else in the Middle East – certainly not in the case of Damascus, where the west has just given up its attempt to unseat Assad. Indeed, in a political landscape where “regime change” has become a moral, ethical objective, there can be no moral, ethical investigation of just how the merchants of death (the makers) manage to supply the purveyors of death (the killers) with … Continue reading →
Well before Russia’s military came to Bashar Assad’s aid in Syria, the Obama administration calculated that the Islamic State’s expansion in the region would force the Syrian president into negotiation http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/10/obama-hoped-to-use-isis-as-leverage-against-assad-/ … Continue reading →
America’s dirty little secret: 42 million people are suffering from hunger Hunger in America: 1 in 7 rely on food banks https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/key-statistics-graphics.aspx … Continue reading →
Rank Country/Region External debt Date Per capita % of GDP US dollars US dollars 1 United States 18,286,510,000,000.00 31 March 2017 56000 97 2 United Kingdom 7,499,400,000,000.00 31 March 2017 119000 314 3 France 5,250,608,000,000.00 31 March 2017 75800 213 4 Germany 5,084,360,000,000.00 31 March 2017 61700 148 5 Netherlands 4,124,640,000,000.00 31 March 2017 234000 533 6 Luxembourg 3,900,665,000,000.00 31 March 2017 6733000 6731 7 Japan 3,408,980,000,000.00 31 March 2017 26400 74 8 Italy 2,285,740,000,000.00 31 March 2017 37900 126 9 Ireland 2,203,402,000,000.00 31 March 2017 471000 780 10 Spain 2,036,560,000,000.00 31 March 2017 44100 167 … Continue reading →
Written by Ron Paul Monday June 12, 2017 Just when you thought our Syria policy could not get any worse, last week it did. The US military twice attacked Syrian government forces from a military base it illegally occupies inside Syria. According to the Pentagon, the attacks on Syrian government-backed forces were “defensive” because the Syrian fighters were approaching a US self-declared “de-confliction” zone inside Syria. The Syrian forces were pursuing ISIS in the area, but the US attacked anyway. The US is training yet another rebel group fighting from that base, located near the border of Iraq at … Continue reading →
Nicholas Wilson: “One of the first things that happened was: her husband’s company – Global Capital – did a deal with HSBC in Hong Kong (business deal) and then she was in Saudi Arabia , in April of this year, selling arms for BAE Systems after doing another deal for HSBC – Saudi Arabia are doing a share sale of their national oil reserves – HSBC have got the job because Teresa May went there. Saudi Arabia are the country responsible for I.S. and they support I.S. . We supply arms to Saudi Arabia through …. Soft on crime , … Continue reading →
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy_Cables http://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/documents.html Specific revelations The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad contradicted the Prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that Iran was a year away from making a nuclear weapon. A report written by Mossad said that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. The United States’s Central Intelligence Agency tried to contact Hamas even though they were banned from doing so. The leader of the environmental group Greenpeace was targeted by South Korean intelligence agencies. The President of the United States, Barack Obama “threatened” the Palestinian president to withdraw Palestine’s attempt for recognition at the United Nations. … Continue reading →
ommission Notice: GUIDELINES on the eligibility of Israeli entities and their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967 for grants, prizes and financial instruments funded by the EU from 2014 onwards. Section A. GENERAL ISSUES 1. These guidelines set out the conditions under which the Commission will implement key requirements for the award of EU support to Israeli entities or to their activities in the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. Their aim is to ensure the respect of EU positions and commitments in conformity with international law on the non-recognition by the EU of Israel’s sovereignty over the … Continue reading →
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j01E79451ew Pope Francis compares refugee camps to concentration camps – Daily Mail ROME (CNS) — The Christian church today needs believers who witness each day to the power of God’s love, but it also needs the heroic witness of those who stand up to hatred even when it means giving up their lives, Pope Francis said. At Rome’s Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism. “These teach us that with the force of love and with meekness one … Continue reading →
April 2016 Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, said during an MSNBC town hall: “I think what the president is talking about is having American troops training Muslim troops, helping to supply the military equipment they need, and I do support that effort.” … Continue reading →
Pope sends message to UN conference on nuclear weapons Pope Francis (file photo). On Tuesday, Pope Francis sent a message to the “United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination.” – RV 28/03/2017 11:15 (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message to the “United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination,” the first part of which is taking place in New York from 27-31 March. The message was read by Msgr Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, … Continue reading →
Aliyev’s critics say the September referendum – which also extended the presidential term from five to seven years — effectively guaranteed a dynastic rule. In 2003, Aliyev succeeded his father, who had ruled Azerbaijan first as head of the Communist Party and then as a post-Soviet president for the greater part of three decades. Aliyev has firmly allied the energy-rich Shiite Muslim nation with the West, helping secure his country’s energy and security interests and offset Russia’s influence in the strategic Caspian Sea region. http://nypost.com/2017/02/21/azerbaijans-leader-names-his-wife-as-first-vice-president/ … Continue reading →
Fox News Bill O’Reilly is more radical than the president in all counts. Tries to corner him and force him to say provocative things, promise impossible things and radical actions. The president refuses as much as he can. … Continue reading →
Speakers: H.E. Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic Alfred Marder, President of the US Peace Council Mary Compton, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council Henry Lowendorf, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Head of the Syria Delegation Joe Jamison, Member of the Executive Board of the US Peace Council, Member of the Syria Delegation Madelyn Hoffman, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action, Member of the Syria Delegation Donna Nassor, Professor and Lawyer also part of US Peace Council … Continue reading →
“Some people give us advice. They say they are worried. Mind your own business! Look at your own actions, “ Not one senior Western politicians have visited since the failed military coup two weeks ago, Turkey, to express his sympathy. And then they say ‘Erdogan has become so angry,’ “These countries and leaders who do not worry about the Turkish democracy, the lives of our people and their future, while they are concerned about the fate of the coup, can not be our friends. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 2016-07-30 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/29/turkey-drops-cases-of-insult-against-president-in-coup-aftermath https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/21-journalists-appear-in-court-in-turkey/2016/07/29/c044cd2c-5569-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html … Continue reading →
“The word that is being repeated often is insecurity, but the real word is war,” “Let’s recognize it. The world is in a state of war in bits and pieces,”
“The world is at war, a piecemeal war. There was the 1914 war with its methods, then the 1939-45 one and now this one.”
“It is not very organic (structured) but it is organized, it is war. This saintly priest, killed right at the moment when he was offering prayers for peace. He is one (victim), but how many Christians, how many innocent people, how many children… Let’s think about Nigeria, for example. We say, well, that is Africa! It’s war. We’re not frightened to tell the truth, the world is at war because it has lost (sight) of peace.”
“to clarify” “Not a war of religion. There is a war of interests. There is a war for money. There is a war for natural resources. There is a war for domination of peoples. This is the war,” “All religions want peace. Others want war. Do you understand?”
“This is serious. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country … It’s the industry of death, the greed that harms us all, the desire to have more money.”
“The economic system orbits around money and not men, women. …
“So war is waged in order to defend money.
This is why some people don’t want peace: They make more money from war, although wars make money but lose lives, health, education.”
“A war can be justified, so to speak, with many, many reasons, but when all the world is as it is today, at war — piecemeal though that war may be — a little here, a little there and everywhere, there is no justification. And God weeps. Jesus weeps.”
“Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade. Thursday, 24 September 2015 … Continue reading →
During Yemen’s 2011 revolution General Hadi was “expected to form a national unity government and also call for early presidential elections within 90 days”. He was the sole candidate in the presidential election that was held on 21 February 2012. (Yemen Ecology, Nature Protection Laws and Regulations Handbook Volume 1) During the 33 years of the rule of first president of Yemen, Field Marshal General Ali Abdullah Saleh (who was a long-time ally of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, supported Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, and fled the country after revolution), and General Hadi’s rule, US had a base in Yemen from which … Continue reading →
On the Necessity of calculus education for all Journalists Thousands Tens of thousands Hundred thousand Hundreds of thousands are very different ==================================================== I cannot believe it is true Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk: “USSR attacked and invaded Germany, I remember it clearly” http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=203_1420750605#LvZI0lbZxqFWiscK.99 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-i–EAfBPw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lng1FFJesYU —————————————————————————- Any State Department: US Has no Ban on Oil Sales from Any Part of Iraq. http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4507327/ 1 May 2013 smile emoticon !!! http://world.time.com/…/can-syrias-rebellion-win-the-war-b…/ Syria’s Opposition Hopes to Win the War by Selling Oil | TIME.com Given the many resolutions on Syria that have hit a brick wall at the U.N. Security Council, and the … Continue reading →
Thailand´s junta-picked national assembly on Thursday chose coup leader General Prayut Chan-O-Cha as prime minister in a one-horse race http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-157430-Thai-army-chief-named-prime-minister … Continue reading →
While India has been demanding a review of the food subsidy limit for several years, the developed countries have refused to play ball. In fact, in the run-up to the Bali ministerial last December, the rich countries had even refused to acknowledge the food security proposal submitted by G-33, which includes countries such as Indonesia, Brazil and China. It was only after a link with trade facilitation was established that food security even came on the agenda for the ministerial. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-stays-firm-on-food-subsidy-blocks-WTO-deal/articleshow/39439868.cms … Continue reading →