US Special Forces have been operating secretly in Libya for months

(The US is secretly on the ground in Libya making ready for an assault against the legitimate government of that country, the Green Revolution government, which the US is calling “ISIS”. Apparently, everyone that doesn’t accept US domination in their country is now “ISIS”)

from WSWS

Teams of United States Special Operations commandos have been active in Libya since last year, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing statements from unnamed US military officers.

The American soldiers are operating from secret bases that were established last year, without any public disclosure, in eastern and western Libya, near Benghazi and Misurata. The US troops are scouting targets and recruiting proxy forces as part of “contact teams,” according to the Post.

Members of the American military “began making visits to Libya last spring and established twin outposts six months later,” military sources told the Post, and US personnel have been “cultivating relationships among forces that are mobilizing for a possible assault against the Islamic State in its Sirte stronghold.”

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Obama’s Next Neoliberal Regime Change: Venezuela president declares emergency, cites U.S., domestic ‘threats’

from Reuters

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro declared a 60-day state of emergency on Friday due to what he called plots from within the OPEC country and the United States to topple his leftist government.

Maduro did not provide details of the measure. A previous state of emergency, implemented in states near the Colombian border last year, suspended constitutional guarantees in those areas, except for guarantees relating to human rights.

Earlier on Friday, U.S. intelligence officials told reporters they were increasingly worried about the potential for an economic and political meltdown in Venezuela and predicted Maduro was not likely to complete his term.

Venezuela’s opposition is seeking to recall the unpopular leader, 53, amid a worsening crisis that includes food and medicine shortages, frequent power cuts, sporadic looting and galloping inflation.

But the former union leader and bus driver has vowed to stick out his term, and accuses the United States of fomenting an undercover coup against him. He pointed to this week’s impeachment of fellow leftist Dilma Rousseff in Brazil as a sign that he is next.

“Washington is activating measures at the request of Venezuela’s fascist right, who are emboldened by the coup in Brazil,” Maduro said during a Friday night broadcast on state television.

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Bathroom Brawl: Obama Administration Using Transgendered to Further Their School Privatization Agenda

by Scott Creighton

Under the left cover of President Barack Obama, his administration has been steadfast in it’s pursuit of the reactionary privatization of the entire public school system. From start to finish, “progressive” President Obama has been working diligently to neoliberalize as much of the state of the United States as he could possibly get away with.

  • Obama’s Public Education Policy: Privatization, Charters, Mass Firings, Neighborhood DestabilizationBruce Dixon, 2009
  • Obama Administration Enables Billionaire Takeover of America’s Public SchoolsDustin Beike, Jan. 2016

This ideology of wringing profits from state functions dates back to Augusto Pinochet’s neoliberal “miracle of Chile”: the Milton Friedman/ Henry Kissinger free-market experiment that took place after the CIA-backed coup in 1973 (on Sept. 11th, 1973 to be exact)

We can now add to his previous attempts at mass firings, the “Race to the Top” and under-funding destabilization campaigns, their most recent effort to undermine the institution of public education: the Bathroom Brawl crisis.

When presidents embark on their last year in office, they tend to attempt to wrap-up as many dangling projects as they can in service to the masters of the universe that they serve. Hence we are now looking at yet another set of phony sarin gas reports from Syria, a project President Peace Prize would love to bring to a conclusion prior to his leaving office. Getting the TPP and the TTIP signed and delivered is another project he would like to accomplish before he leaves.

We can add to that his desire to bring the school privatization project further along before he and his family clean out the linen closet at 1600.

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