Make America Small Again Part 15

Since the inception of Trump, the United States has stopped inviting UN reporters, who are otherwise globally investigating the state of poverty, migration, freedom of speech and justice. Since May 2018, the Foreign Ministry has completely ceased responding to UN inquiries. In other words, by the end of the year, the United States had ignored 13 such inquiries. Experts feared that the United States’ disregard for the UN system and its international obligations would send a deplorable signal to states that are even more violating fundamental human rights. Trump and the radical right-wing position were that the United States is God’s own state, therefore high above the world community and therefore not subject to the international agreements that underlie global relations between the states. (US halts cooperation with UN on potential human rights violations, Guardian 4/1 2019)

According to ehotelat, the United States made its threats on February 2 and ceased to comply with the INF agreement, which restricts the deployment of medium-range missiles. After 30 years of nuclear rocket peace in Europe, a new confrontation was thus planned. At the same time, the United States stepped up the development of its missile defense and the development of miniature weapons. There were no adults in the White House, so fascist John Bolton was in complete control of the United States’ global buildup and provocation of the world’s states. Bolton’s reasoning was that if you (the United States) have nuclear weapons, they should also be used. The big ones may be problematic because they will hit the United States as well, but small nuclear weapons of 1/3 the size of the Hiroshima bomb (which killed 120,000) are well manageable. Security experts simply point out that the use of mini-nuclear weapons will immediately trigger escalation against large bombs. The development of weapons has again started, for the benefit of the arms industry and for the fear of the rest of the earth’s population. (US to launch nuclear treaty pullout next month after Russia missile talks fail, Guardian 16/1 2019; Trump announces huge expansion of US missile defense system, Guardian 17/1 2019; US nuclear weapons: first low-yield warheads roll off the production line, GuardianĀ March 28, 2019) In March, the United States began production of parts for a new ground-fired cruise missile. It was a new missile that had been developed so that it could be put into production as soon as the INF agreement was terminated. Initially, the missile was to be “equipped” only with a conventional explosive charge, but it could be quickly replaced with an atomic charge. Russia pointed out that when this missile is deployed in the Baltic or Poland, it will be able to reach Russia within 3-4 minutes, giving Russia a very short time to consider any response. With such a short deadline, these kinds of decisions are automated, so that the deployment of US cruise missiles can trigger nuclear war in Europe within minutes. (US begins work on new cruise missile after pulling out of cold war treaty,Guardian 14/3 2019)

On the anniversary of the first pussy-hat demonstrations two years earlier, millions of women worldwide demonstrated on January 19 against cuts and violence against women. Cuts because the neoliberal regime’s cutbacks especially affect women who are economically ranked lowest in society. In the United States, however, the demonstrations were not as great as the previous years, because the right wing succeeded in splitting the women’s movement. The reason was that one of the movement’s leaders, Tamika Mallory, had supported the leader of the Nationa of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, who had previously made anti-Semitic remarks. Mallory subsequently stated that she did not agree with all Farrakhan’s positions, but decided to refrain from taking them away. Then the damage was done and the number of participants in January’s demonstrations lower than the previous years. (Women around the world march against austerity and violence, Guardian 19/1 2019)

In mid-February, the United States held a conference with participants from 60 countries to intensify the destabilization of Iran. The conference failed. The US Vice President started by scolding the EU for undermining US sanctions on Iran. Contrary to the UN and the UN Security Council, in December, the United States tore down the nuclear deal with Iran and launched its own global sanctions on the country. Penalties that also affect, inter alia, European companies that continue to trade with Iran in accordance with the Security Council agreement. The EU therefore provides financial compensation to the companies affected by the illegal sanctions of the United States. Therefore, the EU had only sent low-ranking diplomats to the US Conference. The United States was only supported by its policies from Israel and its allied feudal dictatorships. Parallel to the United States’ s conference held Russia conference with the participation of Turkey and Iran on peace in Syria. Through its long-standing support for jihadists in the country, the West had completely disregarded this process. (Mike Pence chides US allies at Warsaw summit on Iran, Guardian 14/2 2019)

As part of the US trade war against China, the superpower in December caused Canada to arrest Huawei’s CFO Men Wanzhou for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran. US sanctions are already in conflict with the UN and UN Security Council resolutions. At the same time, the United States had put pressure on a large number of governments – including in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Germany – to stop them from partnering with the Chinese communications giant. In March, Huawei struck again. It filed suit against the United States government to reverse the order the government in the fall of 2018 gave state institutions not to buy Huawei products. Huawei is a global leader in 5G communication systems, and the only thing the US is getting out of its trade war against the company is installing more expensive and technologically inferior 5G equipment. (Huawei sues US over government ban on its products, Guardian 7/3 2019)

In March, the Senate passed a resolution banning US support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen. A similar resolution was passed in December, but then the House of Representatives remained controlled by Republicans. It is no more. The resolution marks a sharp break with Trump’s unconditional support for Saudi Arabia’s war – the United States supplying the weapons. It is likely that Trump will veto the resolution, but the political conflict has been stepped up, marking that Trump will have to base his policy on the use of the veto in the future. (Senate passes resolution to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen, Guardian 14/3 2019)

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