Trump-Iran: Backfiring?

When the civilized conscience of the world rejects the murder of a prestigious Iranian figure, Qasem Soleimani, Donald Trump celebrates it.

What’s more striking is that the head of the White House is proclaimed aware of such offense typically gangster-like.

This was reported on Monday from Tehran by a correspondent of the Associated France Press (AFP), Marc Jourdier.

As the journalist wrote, Trump declared: Soleimani’s bloody devastation is over after the United States struck him down.

A little later, Trump threatened Iran with "major reprisals."

When did he do it? Almost at the same time that the Iraqi Parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from its territory.

The AFP warned that after the murder of General Qasem Soleimani, the "architect of Iranian intelligence," the world fears a conflict.

He added the case of Abu Mehdi Al Muhandis, whom he called number two of a pro-Iran paramilitary coalition, Hashd al Shaabi.

The French agency also commented that Trump returned to Washington on Air Force One, after 14 days of vacation in Florida.

He did not issue statements that would ease people.

On Saturday, there was a demonstration at the Torch of Friendship, where Miami residents asked Trump to prevent a conflict with Iran.

They were referring to the president's threats to destroy 52 targets of that nation like the number of hostages during the situation in 1979 at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Just hours ago, witnesses said, several rockets struck near that embassy without any casualties.

For more than two months, dozens of rockets have fallen in areas where there were U.S. diplomats and military in Iraq.

Observers insisted on preventing the murders of Soleimani and Al Muhandis from generating "an unusual agreement against the United States in Iraq."

Equivalent to say? Strengthening the domestic unity against the empire.

One of the many events surfacing from the situation in that side of the world.

Also, at the Parliament a large number of its members joined their voices to shout: "No to the United States!"

After that demonstration Trump threatened Iraq with "very large" punishments if they forces his troops out of the country.

"They will make the sanctions against Iran seem almost weak," added the president.

Donald Trump in election year only acts spurred by them, but not without backfiring results.

Chile: Thousands March Against Dictatorship-Era Pension System

Chile's private pension system forces workers to deposit a portion of their wages into funds that deliver paltry pensions upon retirement.

Thousands of Chileans in dozens of cities throughout the country took part Sunday in the third day-of-action to demand the end of the private pension system, imposed on workers in 1981 during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.

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More than 70,000 people marched in the capital of Santiago alone, despite heavy rains.

“This is an expression that Chile has definitely awoken and will not stop until we are finished with the AFP system,” said Luis Mesina, a spokesperson for the organizers, referring to the system's Spanish acronym. 

Sunday's rallies and marches were the third time Chileans took to the streets to demand an end the system that forces workers to deposit a portion of their wages, plus an administrative fee, into accounts managed by private funds, which are supposed to be reinvested in the economy. 

The pension funds, which vary according to market conditions, have suffered a hit with the recent slowdown in the Chilean economy. Many workers ultimately retire with a pension that pays less than the minimum wage.Chile's President Michelle Bachelet previously announced that her administration would work on a reform but organizers of Sunday's protest are frustrated with the lack of progress from the government on the issue. 

Earlier this year the Bachelet government abandoned its proposal to create a state-backed public pension system.

“We are not interested in this indolent government because they do not want to hear us, it answers to the AFP's, large national and international corporations, it answers to capital,” Medina told El Ciudadano.

Medina added that starting Monday workers would begin to withdraw their money from two U.S.-owned providers of the private pensions, Provida and Cuprum. 

In a speech to the crowd in Santiago, Medina said those two providers had engaged in tax evasion to the tune of US$420 million.

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The deficiencies of the system came to a head when news emerged earlier this year that Myriam Olate, an official with the country's gendarmerie and the ex-wife of the head of the lower house of Congress, was receiving an exorbitant pension, in dramatic contrast to the pensions of average workers.

Olate was receiving a monthly pension of approximately US$8,450 a month, while most retired workers receive an average of just US$300 a month.

Chile's pension system was imposed on the country by the Pinochet dictatorship. It was promoted by the so-called Chicago Boys—economists trained in the United States who implemented Chile's neoliberal economic model during the military government from 1973 to 1990.

Critics of the system say it should not considered a social security system, but rather a forced savings scheme.

The next demonstration against the private pension system will take on November 4. Organizers have called for national strike on that date.

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U.S. Embassy in Cuba: Condition, the Decency

The main brake lies in the sort of relationship existing between North American diplomats and the Cuban civil society.  

Thus wrote this Tuesday a journalist from the French agency AFP, Alexandre Grosbois, repeated by the New Herald in Miami.

It would be necessary to begin clarifying what does this society mean for Washington?

So far a group that includes groups fully developed in the island for many years to which they have openly given generous amounts of money.

Some of them grew really angry some time ago with the former senator John Kerry because he hindered the delivery of 20 million dollars for their actions against Cuba.

What was the pretext? Fighting for democracy and the human rights under the parasol of official institutions of the North American government.

Among them, as an example, their Agency for International Development USAID.

As it’s known, that entity has been expelled from several countries due to the services they give to the CIA.

Cuba denounced before the First World Conference of Internet about seven months ago the use in its territory of information technologies and communications with subversive purposes.

Among those deeply involved appeared the USAID, mother of the secret program Zunzuneo, a.k.a. the Cuban Twiter.

But the most brutal expression in the behavior of the U.S. Interests Office in Havana is in short Mr. James Cason.

He wrote a dirty history since in September 2002 the republican president George W. Bush, so far-right as ignorant, put that office in his hands.

There is one event, among so many, that summarizes his work, it took place on July 4, 2005 and was reported by the New Herald and news agencies.

Back then, on Independence Day of the United States, he gathered in the gardens outside his residence the heads of the "dissident" groups to celebrate that day.

He also orchestrated in those diplomatic grounds a charade of elections at the same time and day that took place in the United States.  

This along with the long chain of provocative declarations and concrete actions of open subversion.

Late last May, on the eves of the new meeting between both governments, a Cuban official declared that it is pending to solve "the régime of diplomats’ movement".

And he added, "Plus his behavior", an idea related to his work regarding the so-called promotion of democracy.

The aforementioned AFP journalist, Alexandre Grosbois, commented that that activity angers Havana, later he explained the reason why.

To achieve this goal he turned to Marc Hanson, from the center Washington Office for Latin America (WOLA).

In Cuba, - asserted the expert - "those activists have a tendency to be working or acting in the opposition to the Cuban government".

Grosbois adds that, despite everything, the North American mission offers Cuban internet access and "training at their own headquarters or at the official residences".

Later on he remembers that President Raul Castro noticed that the reopening of a North American embassy won't be possible until the rectification of certain "behaviors."

“I spoke the president (Barack Obama) concretely about what worried me the most is that (the North American diplomats) keep doing the illegal activities they have done up to now", like the training to "independent journalists, either at the Interest Office or at the diplomats' houses".

The AFP correspondent, Grosbois, added another quote from the words of the Cuban leader:

"Those things can’t be done. Simply, what we say is that we all must stick to the agreements on the behavior of diplomats, approved in the Vienna Convention of 1961."

Alexandre Grosbois dared saying, the day the Interest Office becomes an embassy, and it would be very delicate to justify this sort of activities.

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