The #Brazilian #Coup and #Washington’s “Rollback” in #Latin #America
The U.S. power elite have clearly signaled their support for the coup in Brazil, enacted under the guise of an impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff. As Weisbrot explains, "the number one guiding principle in Washington’s foreign policy apparatus is not short-term profit but power... [and]getting other countries to line up with U.S. foreign policy."#USA #LatinAmerica #América #AméricaLatina #EUA #COUP #GOLPE #politics #politica #política #Brasil #Brazil
#US labels #settler attacks as ‘ #terror’ — and #Israel pushes back
Israel #police challenge US ‘terror’ findings #JERUSALEM (AFP) 1 May — Israeli police on Thursday challenged #Washington’s inclusion of #Jewishextremist attacks on #Palestinians in a global terror report, saying such incidents could not be likened to militant attacks. For the first time, the State Department’s 2013 Country Reports on #Terrorism, published Wednesday, included a reference to a growing wave of #racist #anti-Palestinian #vandalism, euphemistically known as “ #pricetag” attacks. “Attacks by extremist #Israelisettlers against #Palestinian residents, property, and places of worship in the #WestBank continued and were largely unprosecuted,” the report said, citing #UN and NGO data. But Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incidents were far from the global terror threats outlined in the report. “There’s no comparison whatsoever between criminal incidents with nationalistic motives and terrorist-related incidents,” Rosenfeld told AFP. The US report noted that “the UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs reported 399 attacks by extremist Israeli settlers that resulted in Palestinian injuries or property damage. “Violent extremists, including Israeli settlers, vandalised five mosques and three churches in Jerusalem and the West Bank.” Defining price tag attacks as “property crimes and violent acts by extremist Jewish individuals and groups in retaliation for activity they deemed to be anti-settlement,” the report said that over the year, the phenomenon had spread into Israel from the occupied West Bank. It acknowledged that Israeli police had set up special units to pursue such cases and the government had designated groups responsible as “illegal associations,” giving authorities broader powers to act against them. “There are a number of ongoing investigations,” Rosenfeld told AFP, saying that four settlers suspected of involvement in a racist graffiti attack on a mosque in northern Israel last month, were taken for questioning on Wednesday and later placed under house arrest.