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USA Torture Report: the End of the Lies and the Lies of the End

Introduction

TortureThe US Torture Report that was publicly released on Tuesday, December 9th 2014, and presented by US Senator Dianne Feinstein is a summary of the findings after 6.3 million CIA pages got thoroughly examined. As Reuters explains in its opening paragraph of the opening article the day after the Torture Bomb was exposed:  “The CIA misled the White House and public about its torture of detainees after the Sept. 11 attacks and acted more brutally and pervasively than it acknowledged, …, drawing calls to prosecute American officials.”

The Torture Report is a punch in the stomach of the Wholly Ghosts of Western Civilization, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. The despicable acts performed from US officials or US certified providers of services of torture, which “consists of a second scandal” according to The Guardian, which happened within US premises, which operated under US authority or authority of aligned partners and proxy-states, to which CIA maintained the management of the premises and the overall overview of the torture machine, beyond a defeat of the State of Law within USA also prove the limits of the International System when it comes to protecting the Human Rights of adversaries at the hands of their enemies, in real-time, when their protection is most needed. Through this report, one may draw two certain conclusions: first, USA failed to protect its constitution and to prove credible towards its international obligations to fellow states of the UN and to all members of the human kind, since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights maintains its universality; second, the International System failed also and – once more – proved to be more of a fallacy and a wishful or counter-wishful thinking than what its name supposes it to be. With this report, International System proves it is neither international, nor a system, as far as it greatly failed to protect in the most profound way the dignity and the life of prisoners, for who it de facto accepted to be characterized as “combatants of terrorist organizations” instead of prisoners of war, or just human beings, in order to deprive them of the rights deriving from Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN. 

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The 21st Century War Games and the Greek Position

1by Alexandros K. Liakopoulos, CEO & Chief Strategist, BRIGHTSiGHT VERITAS 3.7.2014
Monographic analysis on war and the international system during “the teenage-hood” of the 21st century, for Foreign Affairs – Greek Edition, issue: April 2014
Translation from the original Greek article to English was done by Mr Konstantinos Mouratidis, Expert on European and International Relations. Athens - June 2014.

 Introduction

The world has changed. It will not change. It changed. This happened already and happens still; and it will continue happening. This is not something that will occur sometime in the future with a definitive and irrevocable event, although there will surely be many of those in the years towards the end of the adolescence and the beginning of the maturity of the 21st century. A series of developments and events are the ones constituting this Big Change to which I refer. It is a mosaic, a medley of revolutionary developments of exponential growth in the industries and technologies of communication, transportation, biology, economy and – of course – strategy and the art of politics.

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''NEVER AGAIN : ILLUSIONS AND REALITIES''

By Ambassador (ret.) Alexandros P. Mallias , Date of Lecture 18.3.2014
This article is based on the text of Ambassador Mallias lecture organised by the YASAR University ( Izmir) , on 18 March,2014

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Never Again, Interrupted!

By Alexandros Mallias, Date of Lecture 25.10.2013
Retired Greek Ambassador Alexandros P. Mallias gave this lecture at the Public University of Prizren under the auspices of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, October 25, 2013. The paper was first published in www.peacefare.net

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Face On In East China Sea: A Chicken Game Made For Giants

1. Introduction: A Game Theory Designed For Giants?

Face On To understand the Strategic Chicken Game developing in East China Sea between China and USA, through Japan or – more precisely – with Japan serving as the facilitator of the process and other nations trying to gain access to the process as well, one needs to primarily understand the nature of the Game and to put it in its concrete historical and geopolitical context, prior to attempting to interpret the hardcore facts. Without such an exercise, one may be lead to wrong conclusions, due to the appearance of things, which might prove completely different from their nature. When Power Giants chose to challenge each other on an important – at least for the one of the implicated parties – strategic environment, which risks to get transformed to Death Ground due to choice and/or due to an accident, as is now occurring in East China Sea, the context can provide with perspective. Without perspective, the Giants’ actions may appear completely incomprehensible, or inconsistent, with other actions of them occurring in the same time, past actions of them, or their future aspirations.

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