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U.S. Agents Are Filling Key Posts in Argentina*

U.S. Agents Are Filling Key Posts in Argentina*

By Nil Nikandrov

In December 2015, Mauricio Macri became the new president of Argentina. Washington was euphoric over his victory. Naturally this festive mood also permeated the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, where Macri has always been seen as «their man». And there is ample evidence that he isn’t exactly trying to conceal his trusting relationship with those American envoys.

The clues include materials published by WikiLeaks, such as detailed reports by diplomats about their conversations with Macri, in which he in one case urged «the U.. to take a tougher public line with the Kirchners» and even predicted that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner would be forced out before the end of her presidential term.

As expected, Macri arrived at the presidential palace and began an overhaul of state agencies, «cleansing» the government and mass media of Kirshner supporters. He explained these measures by saying that during the 12 years under the «populists» Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández, the agencies of the executive branch of government had been filled with thousands of political appointees from the Front for Victory Party, a mix of Peronists, radicals, and socialists. These people are hostile to the neoliberal program Macri promised to introduce after taking office, and so he needs to get rid of them.

Kirshner supporters and representatives of Front for Victory and its allies dominate Argentina’s National Congress – in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. Congress will return to work in early March, after a lengthy break, and Macri will have to demonstrate a miraculous level of flexibility and willingness to compromise in order to garner parliamentary support for his program. Is Macri prepared for this? That’s extremely doubtful. That is exactly why political analysts think the president began to govern the country by relying on «emergency» decrees. Currently more than four dozen of those are in effect. Rulings were pushed through to raise the rates for gas and electricity. Restrictions were lifted on peso-dollar exchanges. Mass layoffs of workers became a common occurrence, with no regard for the laws that limit arbitrary actions by employers.

Anticipating public resistance, the president gave the police carte blanche to use force – including the use of rubber bullets – to suppress protests. Every day the Argentine media and bloggers publish more stories about the intimidation of demonstrators.

As promised, President Macri immediately began to halt the trials of war criminals. Under what was known as the Process of National Reorganization, the junta that ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983 waged a war against its own citizens. As a result, more than 30,000 Argentines, mostly those espousing leftist ideologies, were killed. A shocking chapter in that dirty war was the practice of «seizing» newborn infants to be given to the families of military officers or politicians who supported the junta. Usually the mothers were killed. The search for those children is still underway, conducted by the Mothers (now Grandmothers) of the Plaza de Mayo association. However, Macri’s supporters deride what these women do. There have been accusations that the association’s work has a «confrontational mindset», plus threats of prosecution for «pleas to disobey the authorities».

From the first days of his presidency Macri has done all he can to express his gratitude to Grupo Clarín, the country’s largest media group, which provided him with a propaganda edge in his election campaign and acted as his primary financial backer. This is why all documents containing incriminating data on Grupo Clarín and its management were removed from government institutions by Macri’s personal order. In order to ensure Clarín’s dominance of the country’s media landscape, the functions of the federal agencies that oversee television and radio broadcasts are being reviewed, legal restrictions on media monopolies are being lifted, and various pretexts are being used to fire journalists who supported the policies of Cristina Fernández. The latest reprisal of this type was the dismissal of Victor Hugo Morales, a popular commentator who worked for Radio Continental. After his victory, Macri showed that journalist the door: the man has too much open admiration for Hugo Chávez and too much imprudently harsh criticism for the new agenda.

Argentines are particularly focused on the new roster of names staffing the country’s management agencies. It is not a secret that some government appointments were recommended to Macri by the US administration, and he approved them with no questions asked. That is precisely how Susana Malcorra became Argentina’s minister of foreign affairs. The Americans have had their eye on her ever since her days at IBM Argentina. Later her career included high-level positions at the United Nations, including a stint as Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff. Malcorra always maintained a constructive working relationship with the U.S. Department of State, guiding American diplomats and intelligence agents into senior management and operational positions within the UN. Materials published by WikiLeaks provide copious evidence of Malcorra’s consistently positive responses to such approaches from the state Department

That is why Diosdado Cabello, who until recently headed the Venezuelan parliament, had this to say about her:

«She was here, I received her in my office, she is the CIA itself».

Venezuela’s leaders have sharply criticized statements made by Malcorra pertaining to the release of so-called political prisoners in Venezuela, whose provocative actions have caused the deaths of dozens of Venezuelans, including police officers and military servicemen.

Malcorra believes the world’s most important powers to be the U.S. and China. Her initial statements do not hold out much hope for progress in the relationship between Argentina and Russia – Russia always seems to take a back seat. Apparently Malcorra has wholeheartedly adopted Obama’s opinion that Russia is merely a regional power.

Almost all of Macri’s ministerial appointees have a very close relationship with the U.S. embassy. For example, Argentina’s Ministry of Security is headed by Patricia Bullrich. She was also recommended by Washington. Bullrich oversees the federal police, airport security, the National Gendarmerie (responsible for safeguarding the country’s borders as well as strategically important sites), and the Naval Prefecture (responsible for safeguarding the waterways). Bullrich will have to work actively with the U.S. when creating plans to establish a special service to combat drug trafficking, set up a system of radar stations, and beef up the border patrol.

Kirchner’s appointees are being systematically sacked from the security forces. Potentially disloyal police officers are being forced into retirement. According to the available information,

«friendly intelligence services» will help fill the staffing vacuum. As part of his fierce battle against the Kirchners’ legacy, Macri views collaboration with the CIA, NSA, and DEA as critically important.

Macri appointed Gustavo Arribas, an old friend whom he «trusts unconditionally» to head the Federal Intelligence Agency (AFI). Silvia Majdalani, a former MP and a member of the Republican Proposal Party (PRO), has been appointed deputy director of that intelligence agency. She handled security issues in parliament, completed coursework at the National Intelligence School, and received further training abroad, including in the U.S. In the past, Majdalani has more than once found herself at the epicentre of some serious scandals. For example, as an «unrecognized daughter» she tried to use forged documents to claim the multimillion-dollar estate of a man who had left no heirs. She was sentenced to three years in prison for fraud and would have served the full term if she had not been amnestied. Clearly Argentina’s intelligence services are now in safe hands.

Marcos Molina Viamonte, a U.S. citizen, was tapped to head the Legal and Technical Secretariat of the Presidency of the Argentine Republic. The president ignored the protests of Argentine professionals working in that field, who reminded him that under the law only a citizen of Argentina can hold that position, that Viamonte’s appointment is a threat to national security, and that the NSA will certainly use him to further its own interests.

Laura Alonso will direct the Anti-Corruption Office, which is part of the Ministry of Justice. Although other members of Macri’s team do not advertise their «unofficial» ties to the U.S, Alonso speaks openly of hers. She is a member of the administrative council of the Argentine-North American Cultural Institute (ICANA). She has always been fixated on fighting corruption. This is why Alonso began working with the NGO Vital Voices, which is headquartered in the U.S. That NGO is dedicated to training a new generation of female leaders who can take charge of progressive, i.e., neoliberal, movements and ensure the promotion of «democratic values». In 2008, Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State, presented Alonso with the Global Leadership award, thus guaranteeing her a very promising future.

In October 2015, in the thick of the Argentine election campaign, Alonso published a book, titled Circo Kirchner («The Kirchner Circus»), which resembled a comic book but included quotations from the speeches of Néstor and Cristina that were carefully selected to paint an unflattering picture. The book was advertised through every media outlet owned by Grupo Clarín, which was a sign that it had been written to order. In numerous interviews Alonso has stated that she is searching for information on the «illegal enrichment» of the Kirchners and has spoken of her plans to fight «that family» that «is having an adverse effect on the country».

The signals coming from President Macri and his team confirm their plans to politically «neutralize» Cristina Fernández, who has already announced her intention to return to politics in February in order to prevent the dismantling of the social and economic achievements of Kirchnerism. The dirtiest tactics will be used to compromise the former president. Horacio Verbitsky is an influential journalist who has warned of the very real prospect of trumped-up lawsuits being pursued against Cristina Fernández. Grupo Clarín has laid the groundwork, and its goal is to isolate the ex-president and split the ranks of her supporters.

The attacks on Cristina Fernández will be launched from the Anti-Corruption Office. Laura Alonso is ready for this mission.

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Muslim Group Donating 30,000 Bottles of Water to Lead-Poisoned Flint*

Muslim Group Donating 30,000 Bottles of Water to Lead-Poisoned Flint*

By Everett Numbers

The Michigan chapter of international Muslim organization Who is Hussain? pledged to donate 30,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan, where the local, state, and federal governments have all declared a state of emergency over lead contamination in the water supply.

We saw what needed to be done and we decided to do it. We reached out to schools, neighbours, friends, mosques, anyone and everyone to help us by donating a case of water, or money towards a case,” Dr. Aziza Askari, the head of the non-profit’s chapter told the Washington Times.

Two years ago, Flint officials switched the city’s water source in an attempt to save money, but neglected to take proper precautions. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has received the brunt of the blame, allegedly ignoring citizen complaints of lead in the water for months.

By distributing gifted water bottles, as well as fundraising to buy more, Who is Hussain? hopes to allay some of the burden on the community.

Prophet Mohammed taught us ‘Your neighbour comes before your own household,’” filmmaker and Who is Hussain? volunteer Mohammed Almawla told the Times. “As a resident of Detroit, this is not only a Flint problem, this is a Michigan problem, and I feel obligated to help to the best of my ability.”

The name Who is Hussain? honors Hussain ibn Ali, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad venerated by Shia Muslims. He was refused water for days before being killed in a massacre. The organization has taken part in blood donations, food drives, and other charity work since 2012.

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U.S. to Pay Iran $1.7bn in Debt, Interest*

U.S. to Pay Iran $1.7bn in Debt, Interest*

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a press conference during the E3/EU+3 and Iran talks in Vienna on January 16, 2016. (AFP photo)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that Washington is slated to repay Iran a $400 million debt, along with an additional $1.3 billion in interest.

Kerry made the announcement on Sunday, adding that the payments date back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, according to the AFP.

The news comes only a day after President Barack Obama signed an executive order, lifting U.S. economic sanctions on Iran.

The repayment, arranged after an international legal tribunal, is separate from the tens of billions of dollars in frozen assets that Tehran can now access.

Iran and the P5+1 – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – finalized the text of the JCPOA in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015.

Under the agreement, limits are put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

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U.S. Treasury Imposes New Ballistic Missile Sanctions on Iran*

U.S. Treasury Imposes New Ballistic Missile Sanctions on Iran*

The U.S. Treasury says it is imposing new ballistic missile sanctions on Iran after Tehran released five American prisoners. The move also comes less than a day after some of the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program were removed by the U.S and E.U.

From Infowar.comWashington has imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals for helping to supply Iran’s ballistic missile program, the Treasury Department stated.

Iran’s ballistic missile program poses a significant threat to regional and global security, and it will continue to be subject to international sanctions,” Adam J. Szubin, acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in a press release.

We have consistently made clear that the United States will vigorously press sanctions against Iranian activities outside of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – including those related to Iran’s support for terrorism, regional destabilization, human rights abuses, and ballistic missile program.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says it will also block the assets of Mabrooka Trading, a company based in the United Arab Emirates, for providing Iran with parts used in their ballistic missiles. Others sanctioned include companies and individuals involved in the program, which supervised the testing of two ballistic missiles in 2015.

President Barack Obama’s administration delayed implementing the sanctions for more than two weeks, while negotiations to release two U.S. prisoners being held in Iran were taking place, Reuters reported, citing its sources.

The U.S. move comes after an Iranian missile test carried out in October that broke a U.N. Security Council resolution restricting the development of missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

On December 31, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran should expand its missile program in response of U.S. threats to introduce new sanctions.

Iran needs to step up its missile capabilities in response to aggressive actions by the U.S., which is threatening to impose more sanctions over a missile test that Iran held in October, Rouhani wrote in a letter addressed to Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan. The president says Iran has a right to continue developing its missiles since they are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

As the U.S. government is clearly still pursuing its hostile policies and illegal meddling … the armed forces need to quickly and significantly increase their missile capability,” Rouhani wrote.

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Cher Donated 180,000+ Bottles of Water to the Town of Flint after Mass Poisoning*

Cher Donated 180,000+ Bottles of Water to the Town of Flint after Mass Poisoning*

Two years ago, the state of Michigan decided to switch the city of Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, a notorious tributary that runs through the town and is known to locals for its filth.

Most of the residents thought talk of the switch was a joke, but it turns out the industrial town did it to save money, reports CNN.

For eighteen months, officials assured residents that the water – which would sometimes come out of the tap brown – was safe. But really, none of the residents believed it. Especially when an increased number of individuals were experiencing hair loss and rashes.

As it turns out, the town was being poisoned by lead, which was seeping into the water supply along with iron. The Flint River is highly corrosive, which caused the iron water mains to erode and contribute to the travesty.

The damage has been done to the pipes, however, which is why President Obama declared the town’s tainted supply of water a state of emergency. People have literally run out of clean water and are in a very precarious situation.

Aid is being offered, but not enough, which is why Cher, a celebrity singer and actress, has done something amazing to assist the wonderful people of Flint.

It was reported in a press release that Cher partnered with Icelandic Glacial™ to donate 181,440 bottles of water to the residents without clean water.

After reading about the catastrophic situation, Cher was moved to help the 100,000 residents that have not had access to clean water in over a year.

She contacted her friend Brad Horwitz, an investor in Icelandic Glacial, who reached out to the company’s Chairman and Co-Founder, Jon Olafsson, about the singer’s desire to purchase water for Flint’s residents.

The company committed to doubling Cher’s purchase which is being trucked into Michigan beginning Monday, January 18th.

The bottled water will reach The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, January 20th. FBEM will then begin the process of distributing it to individuals in need. Most of the water, it is assumed, will be used for drinking, cooking, and washing.

Community centres, food banks, and fire house focusing on low-income housing areas where 40% of Flint’s population is living below the poverty line will be the first areas of focused.

In addition, all bottles will be returned to the food banks so they may be recycled. Money acquired from the recycling process will go right back into the food banks.

In recent weeks, Cher has taken to social media to express her criticism on the state’s lack of response and commitment to Flint while children were being poisoned by the toxic water.

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Russia Kills 60 Militants in Deir Ez-Zor, Where ISIS Massacred Civilians*

Russia Kills 60 Militants in Deir Ez-Zor, Where ISIS Massacred Civilians*

The Russian Air Force in Syria has eliminated 60 Islamic State militants in eastern Deir ez-Zor province, the Defense Ministry reported. Several days ago mass execution of civilians were reported there.

“The Russian Su-34 bombers have struck terrorist strongholds near the village of Bagilya in the Deir ez-Zor province where Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have recently executed 300 civilian from the local population for the sake of intimidation,” Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said.

Over the weekend, Islamic State jihadists have reportedly slaughtered up to 300 people in the Deir ez-Zor province, killing “whole families” for alleged cooperation with the Syrian Army.

The airstrikes also destroyed three trucks with ammunition, two SUVs with mounted Zu-23 anti-aircraft cannons, he said.

Konashenkov said the Russian Air Force is continuing its operation “to deliver food and essential items to areas blocked by terrorists” in Syria.

On Monday, over 40 tons of humanitarian aid from Russian Defense Ministry and Syrian government was parachuted to the encircled city of Deir ez-Zor and other areas, he said.

“According to the reports received by the Syrian leadership from the settlements where the humanitarian aid was delivered, all the cargo has been received and is now being passed to the residents,” he stressed.

Over the last four days, Russian warplanes have carried out 157 sorties and struck 579 terrorist targets in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Raqqa, Konashenkov said.

Around 20 jihadists and three SUVs with heavy machineguns were destroyed in an airstrike by Su-24 bombers on IS strongholds in Latakia, he added.

Russian Su-25s eliminated an IS field camp in Homs province, based on information received from the Syrian opposition, the spokesman said.

“A few days ago, one of the units of the [anti-terroist] opposition received information about the location of the Islamic State field camp near the village of Kissin in the Homs province,” he said.

The air strike against the target was carried out after the information was verified via surveillance drones and the anti-terrorist information center in Baghdad.

“The command of the Russian Air Force continues its cooperation with the units of the [anti-terrorist] opposition in Syria, which are fighting Islamic State, Jabhat Al-Nusra and other terror groups,” Konashenkov said.

Russia is also continuing to target the illegal oil trade, which is the main source of income for the terrorists, the MoD spokesman said.

“Russian war planes have destroyed a large warehouse of combustive-lubricating materials and an oil pumping station in the province of Raqqa,” he said.

In Aleppo province, air surveillance discovered a column of trucks carrying smuggled oil towards the Turkish border.

Twenty-three oil tankers were destroyed in an airstrike by Russian Su-24 bombers, Konashenkov added.

Russia has been bombing IS and other terror groups in Syria since September 30, 2015, at the official request of President Bashar Assad.

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