The Fijian scrum is one of the most improved set pieces in test rugby. Proved by their ranking position of 10th in the World. You simply don’t become a top ten team without a competitive set piece. And so it proved against Wales. The Welsh scrum, as against England, got in all sorts of trouble. It wasn’t just on one side of the scrum either, both the tighthead and loosehead side struggled. The situation was made even more remarkable by the fact that Wales were 45kg heavier up front – nearly 6kg per man.In credit: The Fiji pack had the Welsh pack in serious botherThe fragility of the Welsh scrum was just one of the reasons that Wales were dragged into an open game. With unreliable set piece ball playing, a structured kicking game is difficult – and at times that is exactly what Wales needed. This is the second game in succession where Wales have managed to win with a crumbly scrum – unless it improves, at some point, it will cost them the game.Gareth Davies building nicelyGareth Davies had a low key build up to this competition. All eyes were on Rhys Webb and those that weren’t were focussing on Mike Phillips’ exclusion. However, Davies now has our full, undivided attention and his performances warrant it. Together with the immaculate Dan Biggar, he has been one of Wales’ key points contributors. Four tries in three games is a magnificent record and continues the try scoring prowess that has seen him dominate the top try scorer charts in the PRO 12 in recent seasons.Maturing: Gareth Davies is starting to feel more comfortable in the No 9 shirtBut his contribution extends beyond points. As we saw against Fiji, Davies has a fast, smooth pass that requires little ‘crabbing’ across the field. His box kick is accurate and defensively he is sound. However Davies’s greatest strength is his ability to snipe around the fringes of breakdowns and in the 6th minute against Fiji he did just that. Even with incredibly slow ball, he had the strength and agility to sneak past the Fijian open side Akapusi Qera – that’s no mean feat. Hat tip Mr Davies.No serious injuries Power game: Scott Baldwin helped Wales to their win with a try Whoever has a full set of Welsh squad Voodoo Dolls must have temporarily lost them for 80 minutes on Thursday evening as no Welsh players appear to have sustained any serious injuries. There were the obvious bumps and bruises that you would expect in a game of this nature but none of the grim stretcher removals that have become commonplace for the Welsh squad in recent weeks. The on field benefits of having no serious injuries are obvious, however the off field benefits are equally important.Worry: Dan Biggar limps off the field but fortunately it was just crampThe Welsh coaches can now focus on Australia and not drafting in additional players. There will be no need to integrate new players into the squad, no lengthy press conferences explaining why certain players have been called and no awkward conversations with players who were excluded from the initial party before being drafted back into the squad. Having said that, knowing the Welsh squad’s luck during this competition, four of them probably will fall down the stairs at the Vale Resort this week and all end up on crutches. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Slight scare, but Wales winWales won, but it wasn’t without a few twitchy moments. Admittedly it was a 15 Certificate type scare and not an 18 Certificate – but it certainly made Welsh supporters flinch on more than one occasion. Wales’ obvious desire for a bonus point and Fiji’s sevens’ inspired approach to the fifteen man game meant that the fixture was played at a remarkable tempo and with incredible width. The Millennium Stadium staff could have added ten feet to the width of the pitch and it still wouldn’t have been wide enough to accommodate the game.On the gallop: George North made a fine run early on but Fiji put up stiff resitanceTo illustrate this point Wales carried the ball 589m and Fiji 566m – numbers that you would usually associate with Super Rugby, not Test rugby. Whilst Wales’s approach played into Fiji’s hands on occasions it did allow Jamie Roberts to show that he is more than a crash ball 12; delivering one of his finest passing performances. An open game also allowed Matthew Morgan, George North and Gareth Davies to make some glamourous line breaks – particularly Morgan whose legs on occasion move so fast that you expect Wile E. Coyote to run into shot and chase him through the streets of Cardiff.Strong opponents: Fiji have proved their resiliance at this World CupBut whilst the game had some wonderfully aesthetic moments for Wales, others were ugly. The scrum once again was worryingly fragile and Wales had a tackle completion of just 79% – as low as I can remember under Shaun Edwards. This very rare low tackle completion is probably due to the amount of ball that Fiji carried in the wide channels – narrow carries are a lot easier to defend. However, and most importantly, Wales got the job done and remain atop Pool A.Matthew Morgan. A pleasure to watchMatthew Morgan missed one tackle of note against Fiji and there will be those who will choose to focus on that instead of the mesmerising line breaks that he made. Buy why would you? His attacking performance was truly magical. Morgan has this glorious ability to make it look like he isn’t playing on a claustrophic test rugby pitch and is instead just running carefree on the wide open prairies of North Dakota. He carried the ball 132 metres in just seventy minutes.Evasive: Matthew Morgan made a telling contribution at full-backVery few of which contained the cheap kick return yards that fullbacks regularly accumulate – these were line break metres. Line break metres in which he made experienced Fijian internationals look they had never tackled before. Morgan’s passing was also accurate, having made the line break he regularly delivered supporting players with sensibly weighted passes. Well played Matthew Morgan.Scrummage is beyond a concern Wales eke out a hard-fought win against Fiji with Matthew Morgan shining, Gareth Davies growing into his role but the scrum remaining a concern
Anglican Communion, Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing ENS staffPosted Jun 17, 2013 People This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Latin America, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Rev. Glenda McQueen, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, Bishop of Southeast Mexico Benito Juarez Martinez, Bishop of Northern Mexico and Primate Francisco Manuel Moreno, Bishop of Western Mexico Lino Rodriguez Amaro, Bishop of Cuernavaca Enrique Treviño Cruz, Bishop of the Diocese of Mexico Carlos Touche Porter, and the Rev. Cannon Anthony Guillen.[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Francisco Manuel Moreno, bishop of the Diocese of Northern Mexico, was elected primate of Anglican Church of Mexico on June 14 during the church’s seventh General Synod.Thirty-five delegates and bishops were eligible to vote for their new primate, with 24 votes, or a two-thirds majority, required for election. Moreno, one of two candidates, was elected on the third ballot. The other candidate was Bishop Benito Juarez-Martinez of the Diocese of Southeastern Mexico.The Anglican Church of Mexico and the U.S.-based Episcopal Church have been in a covenant relationship since 1875. In 1995, the Anglican Church of Mexico became an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion.“It was an honor to attend the VII General Synod of the Anglican Church of Mexico and bring greetings from the Episcopal Church and affirm our partnership. Bishop Touché-Porter served as Primate with distinction, and I look forward to getting know the newly-elected Primate, Bishop Moreno,” said President of the House of Deputies the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, in an e-mail to ENS.Jennings, the Rev. Glenda McQueen, the Episcopal Church’s officer for Latin American and the Caribbean; the Rev. Canon Anthony Guillen, the Episcopal Church’s missioner for Hispanic and Latino Ministries; and Bishop Jim Ottley Church Pension Group’s field representative for Latin America, are attending the church of Mexico’s General Synod.Moreno will remain the bishop of Northern Mexico and will replace the Most Rev. Carlos Touché-Porter as primate. Touche-Porter will remain the bishop of the Diocese of Mexico. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Francisco Moreno elected primate of Mexico AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY
The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Re-Imagining task force asks for input through Engagement Kit Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Structure, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Posted Oct 14, 2013 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Task Force for Re-Imagining the Episcopal Church (TREC) has posted its Engagement Kit and invites input and comments from Episcopalians.The Engagement Kit is located here.TREC member the Rev. Craig Loya explained, “This process is designed to continue to engage the church at all levels in an ongoing conversation about how we can re-imagine our structures, governance, and administration in a way that best responds to God’s call at this moment in our common life, and helps most faithfully live into the church God is calling us to become in the future.He continued, “The Engagement Kit is intended to be used by any local, diocesan, or churchwide gathering.”The Engagement Kit is downloadable as a PDF or PowerPoint and includes overviews, guidelines for engagement, facilitator’s notes, charts, etc. There is also an opportunity for online engagement, which is a series of four questions.As posted on the TREC website: “The members of the Taskforce want to hear the memories, hopes and dreams that people have for The Church. We are trying to reach as many people as we can over the next few months. We will use what we hear to help us shape recommendations for The Church’s structure, administration and governance.”TREC member the Rev. Joseph M.C. Chambers pointed out, “The Engagement Kit on the web offers an opportunity for people to participate as individuals, even though it was designed for in-person gatherings. “Data from the Engagement Kit will be used by TREC to help inform the Task Force’s work.Deadline for submitting information is March 14, 2014.For more info, questions or comments, contact TREC members at [email protected] Rector Bath, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY
Save this picture!© Jeremy San+ 37 Share photographs: Jeremy SanPhotographs: Jeremy San Save this picture!© Jeremy SanRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapText description provided by the architects. As the brief was substantial, the overall form of the house needed to be pushed to the envelope limits. Naturally, there are also other considerations; the context and proximity of neighbouring homes, the daily sun path and the prevailing winds. Conceptually, the house is a raised reinforced concrete tube whose open ends are oriented in a general north-south direction. On this site, the prevailing breezes also blow in from the south, from the direction of the nearby coast line. In practice, all rooms have walls that side either east or west, and front north and south. The tubular structure resists east west heat gain thanks to the solid mass of the reinforced concrete but encourages passive cooling through the open north south axis. The north and south facades are treated with timber screens and their contribution is multifold. They are privacy filters for the bedrooms and are the first layer of glare and solar heat reduction to the spaces behind. The timber fins of the screen can also be angled so as to catch a breeze or to increase privacy as and when needed.Save this picture!© Jeremy SanFamily gatherings are a daily occurrence, and large celebratory functions also feature regularly for the client. The first storey is designed to be visually expansive and uncluttered, and encourages the intermingling of space, whether one moves through the garden, living or dining. The perceived spatial boundary is not architecturally delineated in a traditional sense, but by a soldier-line of narrow polyalthia trees along the boundaries of the site. However, architecturally, the trees provide a level of purpose no man-made wall is able to. It shields the house from neighbouring windows but its narrow footprint still allows sun to reach the grass, while freeing up space on the lawn for play and parties. What may not seem so obvious though is that the tines of polyalthias are literally evaporative fingers, combing the air of some of its heat each time the wind blows. The swimming pool is placed centrally between garden and living both as a focal centre and also as a central evaporative cooling surface. Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessCasa Bauzà / Miquel Àngel LacombaSelected ProjectsKindergarden between Palms in Los Alcazares / Cor & AsociadosSelected Projects Share “COPY” Year: Houses Wind Vault House / Wallflower Architecture + DesignSave this projectSaveWind Vault House / Wallflower Architecture + Design Wind Vault House / Wallflower Architecture + Design Architects: Wallflower Architecture + Design Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Singapore ArchDaily Area: 553 m² Area: 553 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/405869/wind-vault-house-wallflower-architecture-design Clipboard CopyAbout this officeWallflower Architecture + DesignOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSingaporePublished on July 26, 2013Cite: “Wind Vault House / Wallflower Architecture + Design” 26 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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New chair for Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis With an income of £24 million in 2003, the independent Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales gives grants to underfunded charities that work to improve the lives of people in local communities, especially those who are disadvantaged and disabled. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Professor Robert Boyd will succeed Joanna Foster CBE as Chair of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, with effect from November 2003.Professor Body has been Principal of St. George’s Hospital Medical School since 1996, Pro Vice- Chancellor for Medicine at the University of London from 2000, and was previously a Consultant Children’s doctor for 30 years.Joanna Foster CBE has served as Chair of the Foundation since 1997 and in accordance with the Foundation’s policy on corporate governance, stands down in November after the maximum of six years in post. Advertisement Howard Lake | 23 May 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
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The announced withdrawal of the remaining 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria and a partial withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean an end to the Pentagon’s aggressive militarism and endless U.S. wars – in Syria, in Afghanistan, in the region or globally.The U.S. military has 170,000 troops stationed outside the U.S. in 150 countries, in more than 800 overseas bases. Nearly 40,000 are assigned to classified missions in locations that Washington refuses to even disclose. Because the Pentagon has continually renamed and shuffled its forces in the Middle East, it’s impossible to know how many troops are on standby and how many are on rotation. But this surprise “troop withdrawal” announcement — regardless of its limitations, regardless of U.S. military strength — exposes the increasingly untenable U.S. imperialist global position and the fraying condition of all of its historic alliances.The announcement has opened a chasm within U.S. ruling circles. Resignations from the Trump administration and ensuing denunciations are calling the attention of the masses to the heated conflict.The top echelons of the Democratic Party and corporate media “talking heads” are in an uproar of opposition. They are attacking Trump for “caving in” to Iran and Russia and allegedly endangering national security — by which they mean he is harming U.S. imperialist interests. Their charges only confirm that both the racist Trump and his ruling-class opponents are imperialist war criminals and enemies of the people of the world. The pro-militarist criticisms of Trump are themselves reactionary.A progressive working-class analysisTrump’s abrupt announcement — with no known discussion with policy makers, without any consultation with co-conspirators in the NATO war alliance — is indeed a departure from the U.S. hegemonic strategy of the past 75 years.That departure is behind “Mad Dog” Mattis’s resignation as Trump’s Secretary of Defense. Mattis, lauded as the “grownup” in the Trump cabinet, has bulwarked relations with U.S. allies using his Pentagon position. His nickname comes from his infamous statement about U.S. war in Afghanistan: “It’s fun to shoot some people. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot.” (New York Times, Feb. 4, 2005) Mattis is also notorious as the U.S. commander responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Iraqi civilians in Fallujah in 2004.Mattis’ resignation reflects how the announced withdrawal is a dramatic break with countries that have collaborated with the U.S. in Syria, such as France, Germany, Belgium and Britain. All of them are former colonial powers that destroyed Indigenous cultures and looted the Americas, Africa and Asia. The rulers of these countries were all determined to re-colonize the Arab world after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Other willing partners in imperialist crime were Saudi Arabia and Israel. They were willing to commit to war on Syria based on the assumption they would share in the looting of the country. Their official threadbare cover was that they were fighting a “war on terror.” Trump surprised them with this major U.S. policy shift in the region, which increases imperialist instability. U.S. tries to exploit national differencesAccording to numerous media reports, Trump made his decision based on a long phone call with Turkish President Erdogan. Erdogan has threatened to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces in northeast Syria, where U.S. troops are based. Erdogan made it clear that the U.S. cannot have Turkey as an ally and also have a Kurdish U.S.-proxy statelet. This is an unsolvable dilemma for the U.S. imperialists, whose corporate rulers have not been able to destabilize Syria and carry out “regime change.” Washington’s open demand from day one was the resignation of President Bashar Assad and all existing government officials. It hasn’t happened.The U.S. goal was the appointment of a Syrian government, subservient to Western interests, which would establish an electoral process under the control and vetting of the major imperialist powers. This is the meaning of the vague term “regime change.”On Washington’s drawing board, it looked like an easy plan.To this end, the U.S. political-military establishment attempted to exploit every possible difference, based on the many religious, ethnic and national groups within Syria, including the Kurdish forces. The entire U.S. and Western effort was to carve Syria into pieces, all in the name of “defending” oppressed nationalities and “democracy.”This effort to weaponize sectarian differences was implemented with the influence of the reactionary Saudi regime. Foreign-funded mercenary death squads operated openly in Syria. Supplies were air-dropped in massive quantities. The outside imperialist and Saudi efforts sought to mobilize reactionary elements in the majority Sunni Arab population against Christians, Alawis, Druzes, Shi’a, Yazidis, Armenians, Kurdish, Turkmen and numerous smaller national, ethnic and religious groupings and recent refugees. Among Syria’s 23 million population (counting those who have recently left the country) are more than a half million Palestinian refugees and 1.5 million Iraqi refugees.The U.S. spent eight years orchestrating participation of Western imperialist powers and Gulf monarchies in its imperialist endeavor. Despite four years of bombing that decimated the country’s infrastructure, the introduction of tens of thousands of heavily armed and well-funded mercenaries, intense international political pressure, and strangling economic sanctions, Syria still remains unconquered. Solidarity combats sectarian division in SyriaSyria resisted the attempted takeover on two fronts. Of course, the government organized a defensive military struggle. But the most important weapon was the constant reliance on the fact that Syria is a mosaic of many religious, ethnic and national groupings that are all able to coexist through a secular state. The positive face of the struggle to maintain national independence was visible in every picture, every delegation, every mobilization and every mass rally. These stressed the rich cultural diversity and the unity of the whole people.Syria also invited Hezbollah’s well-organized military units from Lebanon, and then Iranian and Russian military assistance, to aid in defense against this imperialist attack, part of an expanding regional conflict.Almost all the tens of thousands of reactionary foreign mercenaries funded and trained by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have now been defeated, along with the fanatical ISIS forces who held large areas of Syria. Though each armed group was capable of massive destruction, the different mercenary militias were divided and competed with each other, based on who was sponsoring them. National pride in Syria’s accomplishments and defense of Syria’s sovereignty succeeded in keeping the country intact. Diminishing U.S. ability to dominate globeThe U.S. has been dealt a different but similar failure in Afghanistan. Despite an open and direct U.S. invasion of the country in 2001 and years of occupation, with the rotation of a million troops, Washington’s brutal “pacification” program in Afghanistan has failed. Corruption may be endemic in an occupation, but so is resistance. Today, not one base of occupation or one national road in the country is secure. The Afghanistan war is now the longest in U.S. history, with no end in sight and no prospect of establishing a stable puppet regime. An additional crisis for U.S. imperialism is mounting international opposition to the civilian casualties and starvation in Yemen. Even with U.S.-supplied high-tech arms and a U.S. naval blockade, its proxy, Saudi Arabia, has not succeeded in crushing resistance in Yemen. Meanwhile, against all possible odds, the Palestinian resistance continues against U.S.-proxy Israel. This resistance is a 21st-century reality that even the latest generation of U.S.-provided weapons cannot seem to reverse.Despite the confident, aggressive tone of Trump’s sudden announcement, it nevertheless reflects a diminishing U.S. capacity to dominate the world — regardless of who is in the Oval Office. The current media and political brouhaha is about where to lay the blame for this diminished capacity, and how to reverse the slide of U.S. power.Media speculation is that Trump, faced with a wall of political opposition for his racist, sexist and anti-migrant actions, is cynically trying to shore up his own base. Though Trump’s base is racist and right-wing, it sees no interest for itself in another U.S. war — just like every other sector of the U.S. masses.Trump actually made campaign promises to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and end U.S. involvement in Afghanistan — but no one in U.S. ruling circles expected him to follow through on those promises.Why Syria is on U.S. hit list Syria has been targeted by the U.S. for decades based on its militant Arab nationalism, its support of the Palestinian struggle, its opposition to the Israeli state — which is an imperialist beachhead in the region — and its nationalized oil and state-regulated economy. Before being placed on the U.S. hit list, Syria had a relatively high standard of living and rate of development in the region. The U.S. effort to destroy Syria moved into high gear when President George W. Bush included Syria in his 2002 “Axis of Evil” list of countries slated for overthrow. In 2013, Washington imposed economic sanctions on Syria that were intentionally dislocating. Washington charged Syria with not making the “right decisions” at the time of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Wikileaks documents exposed CIA subversion plans in 2006, and its efforts in fomenting dissent and supplying weapons drops by 2009. In 2011 U.S. operatives began to manipulate the mass ferment that toppled U.S.-supported military dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia, called the “Arab Spring.” This ferment gave the U.S. an opening for undercover efforts to topple the anti-imperialist governments in Libya and Syria. Seven months of U.S. bombing did succeed in ripping apart Libya in 2011, thereby shredding every development gain in a country that had enjoyed the highest standard of living in Africa. The extensive development aid that Libya had provided throughout Africa was left in ruins. The U.S. immediately seized the opening to position new military bases throughout Africa. Obama administration officials, especially Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all but announced that they expected a similar and even faster success in Syria. The early predictions were that, under direct U.S. pressure, the Syrian government would collapse within weeks. Washington invited all its allies to participate in the shredding of Syria. Not wanting to be left out of the promise for future looting, France, Britain Turkey, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE funded proxy attack forces. Jordan provided open-border training camps. Israel provided backdoor access through the Syrian province of Golan that Israel has occupied since 1967. An endless series of international conferences on Syria, hosted by the United Nations or the European Union, were held in Geneva, Washington, London, Paris, Brussels and Berlin. A rotating assortment of collaborators who had no base in Syria were appointed to set up a new proxy government. These puppet forces could not agree with each other and their contending backers maneuvered endlessly.The existing Syrian government was never a participant in any meaningful way in these grand conferences to decide the future of their country. Then Secretary of Defense James Mattis repeated the arrogant U.S. demand as recently as August 2018: “Our goal is to move the Syrian civil war into the Geneva process so the Syrian people can establish a new government that is not led by Assad.” Other “humanitarian conferences” were held to focus on the 5.5 million Syrian refugees who had fled the destruction. But the conferences’ real purpose was also to raise demands for a “negotiated settlement” that gave international bodies some effective control over Syrian sovereignty.Each of these conferences made it clear that no aid in reconstruction or resettlement would be forthcoming unless there was a government in place that was to their liking.Additional in the effort to legitimize the U.S. takeover was a multi-pronged effort on social media to demonize Syria and its leadership. It was a campaign intended to silence and demoralize any opposition.Many good community-based activists, who knew little about Syria, were taken in. Even those who resisted the U.S. war message absorbed a deep suspicion of the forces fighting to defend Syria, as a secular state, from the concerted effort to pull it apart. What is role of Turkey and Kurds?The day before Trump’s Dec. 18 announcement to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, there was a meeting in Geneva on Syria — one that excluded the U.S. and imperialist EU countries. Instead, meeting on the future of Syria were the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and, surprisingly, Turkey.These three countries are opposed, for different reasons and interests, to the uninvited, massively destructive U.S. role in Syria. At the recent conference, according to the Guardian newspaper, they pledged to move forward with “a viable and lasting Syrian-owned, Syrian-led, UN-facilitated political process.” (Dec. 18) Turkey, an especially strategic member of the U.S.-commanded NATO military alliance, has been sharply opposed to the U.S. use of the YPG Kurdish forces in Syria. Turkey is engaged in a decades-long war against the national aspirations of the 15 million oppressed Kurdish population in Turkey, where the Kurds make up almost 20 percent of the population. The much smaller Kurdish minority in Syria, amounting to 1.5 million, decided to take advantage of the vacuum created by the weakened central Syrian government to establish a long-sought Kurdish homeland as an autonomous area. They did not, however, call for the overthrow of the Syrian government or of President Assad’s ouster. The political umbrella representing the Syrian Kurds, the SGF, has held official meetings with the Syrian government in Damascus. At these meetings President Assad made it clear that the government welcomed “open doors” and discussion with the Kurds, but that all foreign occupiers, including the U.S. and Turkish forces, must leave Syria. The Syrian Kurdish delegation made it clear that their goal is a political deal to safeguard their autonomy. The Syrian central government, engaged in a struggle to save the whole country, did not oppose Kurdish autonomy. The future federated status of the Kurds was left open. (tinyurl.com/ycrvng9b)In May 2017 Washington, anxious to create a statelet or proxy state in the oil-rich area of northeast Syria, armed the Kurdish YPG forces in an effort to create an army dependent on the U.S. With al-Qaeda ISIS forces on one side and a U.S. bombing onslaught on the other, the Kurdish YPG militias were boxed into an alliance with the U.S.The Turkish regime appeared apprehensive that U.S. arms supplied to Iraqi Kurds with the U.S. aim of keeping Iraq divided, and U.S. arms supplied to Syrian Kurds with the U.S. aim of keeping Syria divided, would easily reach the more numerous and more oppressed Kurds in Turkey. Current hand wringing by the U.S. media that Trump’s announced withdrawal means a U.S. military presence will no longer “protect” the Kurds in Syria is disingenuous. The U.S. goal all along has been to establish its own base in the region and keep all other forces divided and in contention.Now Turkey’s participation with Russia and Iran in the recent conference, and the growing possibility of Turkey’s break with NATO — perhaps even military intervention where Turkey’s army confronts U.S. forces — has caught Washington in a tangled web of its own making.Russia, Iran or — ? Which country is next?Russian and Iranian assistance to Syria is defensive in character.If the U.S. were to succeed in overturning the government in Syria — as it did in Iraq and Libya — certainly Russia and Iran, which both resist U.S. domination, seem likely to be next on the U.S. list for attack.The antiwar movement also needs to remain vigilant. U.S. forces are still massed on the ground in the Near East, in drone bases in African countries, in naval convoys off the shores of China and in the Far East. There are still U.S. troops, aircraft carriers, nuclear subs and drones in the immediate area of Syria, looking for a new opportunity or a staged provocation. As the Pentagon did in Iraq, there are many ways to rebrand or rename U.S. troops in Syria and launch a new imperialist initiative.Antiwar and progressive forces need to maintain a clear and consistent demand to bring all U.S. troops and advisors home, close the bases, and end all occupation and sanctions. Sara Flounders has traveled twice to Syria in solidarity delegations during the U.S. war against that country. She is co-director of the International Action Center and helps coordinate the United National Antiwar Coalition, the Hands Off Syria Campaign, and the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Help by sharing this information March 23, 2021 Find out more News to go further News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia February 12, 2021 Find out more British-German surveillance technology provider Gamma International infringed on its human rights obligations with products such as “state trojan” FinFischer. This was confirmed by the United Kingdom’s OECD National Contact Point (NCP) on Thursday in the final assessment of a complaint submitted by human rights groups. The NCP calls on Gamma – explicitly including other companies affiliated with the corporation – to implement effective human rights standards. March 3, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UK rebukes producer of surveillance software Follow the news on United Kingdom Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened February 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts United KingdomEurope – Central Asia The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Bahrain Watch, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Privacy International and Reporters Without Borders in 2013 submitted a complaint at the NCP in London against Gamma, and a parallel complaint at the German NCP against Munich-based surveillance company Trovicor GmbH. The non-governmental organizations accuse the companies of sharing a responsibility for arrests, imprisonments and torture of opposition members, journalists and dissidents in the Arab Gulf state of Bahrain by supplying surveillance technology and technical support. “The final statement of the British OECD National Contact Point confirms our complaint,” said Christian Mihr, executive director of Reporters Without Borders Germany. “At the same time the fight for substantial restrictions of exports of surveillance technology to authoritarian states must continue.” ECCHR deputy legal director Miriam Saage-Maaß added: “The decision of the British NCP is of fundamental importance! The German Gamma affiliate FinFisher Labs in Munich must also comply with it.”“The OECD report unfortunately underlines the lack of cooperation by certain companies that export surveillance technology, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. If they are unable to behave reasonably of their own accord, it is up to governments and legislators to force them to do so.”The British OECD NCP criticized that Gamma did not put in place a due diligence process and did not commit to any binding standards for the observance of human rights. Moreover, the company did not cooperate with the NCP to the necessary extent. In spite of overwhelming publicly accessible evidence, Gamma refused to provide information on the sale of FinFisher technology to Bahrain. The NCP invokes that it is not equipped with investigatory powers of its own, and therefore could not confirm this specific accusation.The German NCP, which is tied to the Federal Ministry of Economy, rejected the complaint against Trovicor in December 2013, deciding that it could “only conduct a further examination of the general risk management of Trovicor.” It considered the evidence regarding other topics of the complaint as not substantial enough to warrant further scrutiny. “The fact that the National Contact Points in Germany and in the United Kingdom diverged in their assessments of the complaints is once again evidence of the failings in the German complaint procedure,” said Miriam Saage-Maaß. “The German NCP must be restructured to be more independent – for example by placing it, as does the UK, under the supervision of a board that appoints civil society representatives as well.”—-Press contacts:Reporters Without Borders Germany / Silke Ballweg and Christoph Dreyer / [email protected] /www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de / T: +49 (0)30 60 98 95 33-55European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights / Anabel Bermejo (Media & Communication) /[email protected] /T: +49 (0)30 6981 9707 /Mob: +49 (0)172 587 00 87 Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing News Organisation RSF_en
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