Archiv: Elliott Abrams


21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

07.08.2020 - 23:51 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

Superfalke Elliott Abrams zum Sondergesandten für den Iran bestellt

Abrams, bekannt durch Iran-Contra, ist derzeit Sondergesandter für den Regimewechsel in Venezuela, und obwohl dieser Regimewechsel noch nicht stattgefunden hat, wird er seinen Posten behalten und an der Spitze des Iran-Plans stehen.

06.08.2020 - 21:35 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Circulates Its Latest Iran Weapons Resolution at the UN

The new resolution is almost identical to one the U.S. circulated in June, signaling the Trump administration is unwilling to make changes suggested by allies and opponents on the Security Council.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft acknowledged Tuesday that Russia and China are likely to veto any resolution

06.08.2020 - 21:31 [ WOKV.com ]

Trump’s Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal two years ago but his administration argues it retains the right to invoke the “snapback” of U.N. sanctions because it is a council member. Others disagree.

Hook did not give a reason for leaving, although he has young children and was frequently away from home on travel. He had just returned to the U.S. from an extended trip to the Middle East and Europe during which he tried to drum up support for the Iran arms embargo extension.

06.08.2020 - 21:24 [ ORF.at ]

US-Sondergesandter für den Iran tritt zurück

Nach einer kurzen Übergangszeit soll der Sondergesandte für Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, Hooks Aufgaben zusätzlich übernehmen, hieß es weiter.

11.02.2020 - 19:39 [ antikrieg.eu ]

China und Russland stellen sich gegen US-Sanktionen wegen Unterstützung für Venezuela

Seit 2019 haben insbesondere die Vereinigten Staaten und einige andere Länder auf Druck Washingtons damit begonnen, neue Sanktionen gegen Caracas zu verhängen, die die Wirtschaft, das Leben der Menschen und die Beziehungen Venezuelas zu anderen Nationen ernsthaft beeinträchtigten, erinnerte Geng Shuang.

07.01.2020 - 23:18 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Warum Venezuela jetzt auch noch zwei Parlamentspräsidenten hat

Die US-Regierung drohte nach der Doppelwahl von Sonntag mit weiteren Sanktionen gegen die Regierung von Präsident Maduro. Washington werde die wirtschaftliche und diplomatische Hilfe für das Guaidó-Lager verstärken, hieß es von dieser Seite. „Die USA werden mehr unternehmen, um der Nationalversammlung und ihrer legitimen Führung durch verstärkten Druck gegen die Diktatur, ihre Führer und Verbündeten innerhalb und außerhalb Venezuelas zu helfen“, sagte der US-Sondergesandte für Venezuela Elliott Abrams.

05.10.2019 - 13:09 [ New York Times ]

THE PARDONS; BUSH PARDONS 6 IN IRAN AFFAIR, ABORTING A WEINBERGER TRIAL; PROSECUTOR ASSAILS ‚COVER-UP‘

(25. Dezember 1992)

Mr. Weinberger was scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 5 on charges that he lied to Congress about his knowledge of the arms sales to Iran and efforts by other countries to help underwrite the Nicaraguan rebels, a case that was expected to focus on Mr. Weinberger’s private notes that contain references to Mr. Bush’s endorsement of the secret shipments to Iran.

05.10.2019 - 13:01 [ NPR.org ]

William Barr Supported Pardons In An Earlier D.C. ‚Witch Hunt‘: Iran-Contra

(14.01.2019)

Barr, who is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for his confirmation hearings, ran the Justice Department once before, under President George H.W. Bush.

Back then, the all-consuming, years-long scandal was called Iran-Contra. On Dec. 24, 1992, it ended when Bush pardoned six people who had been caught up in it.

„The Constitution is quite clear on the powers of the president and sometimes the president has to make a very difficult call,“ Bush said then. „That’s what I’ve done.“