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Jan 25 02:13

With Aleppo Encircled, West Seeks Wildcard to Save its Terror Hordes

The Syrian Arab Army is reportedly close to completely encircling militants that have occupied the northern city of Aleppo since they invaded it from NATO territory in 2012. Once the encirclement is complete, analysts believe the the city will be finally liberated, in a process similar to the retaking of Homs further south.

Jan 24 15:23

Netanyahu trying to provoke war to win election

Uri Avnery explains why many Israelis believe that the sudden flair up on the border with Syria, caused by an unprovoked Israeli attack, was an election ploy by Netanyahu and his companions.

Jan 24 14:44

Western fawning to shore up Saudi House of Cards

The fawning by the American and British governments toward Saudi Arabia over the death of King Abdullah is for good – albeit unspoken – reasons. The oil-rich feudal kingdom is a lynchpin of Western hegemony in the strategically vital Middle East region. At a time when the region is gripped by instability more than ever, the House of Saud now enters a dangerous period of transition, which presents deep alarm to the Western patrons.

Jan 24 14:35

Congress Seeks Netanyahu’s Direction

Showing who some in Congress believe is the real master of U.S. foreign policy, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session and offer a rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s comments on world affairs in his State of the Union speech.

Boehner made clear that Netanyahu’s third speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress – scheduled for Feb. 11 – was meant to counter Obama’s assessments.

“There is a serious threat in the world, and the President last night kind of papered over it,” Boehner said on Wednesday. “And the fact is that there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran.”

Jan 24 12:43

Congress seeks Netanyahu’s Direction - The real master of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Conservative Pat Buchanan once got in trouble by calling Capitol Hill “Israeli occupied territory,” but even he might not imagine what’s happening now – with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu invited to address a joint session of Congress to decry President Obama’s foreign policy.

Jan 23 09:52

Israel to Hold Lebanon, Syria Responsible for Attacks from Their Soil

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So, Israel drone-strikes Hezbollah in Syria, then tells Syria and Lebanon that if Hezbollah retaliates, Israel will attack!

About the usual way of starting an Israeli war!

Jan 22 23:16

The strategy behind Israel’s attack on Iran and Hizballah

Israel has good reason to fear that the Lebanese militia Hizballah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard will seek dramatic revenge for the killing of 12 senior figures from the two organisations in an air strike in Syria on Sunday.

Jan 22 17:54

Congress invites Netanyahu to rebut Obama on Iran, and White House slams ‘breach of protocol’

And on MSNBC today, Noga Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem says that Boehner and Netanyahu were “negotiating behind President Obama’s back” to bring off the invitation.

Boehner’s actual invitation sent out this morning says Netanyahu is being invited by the “bipartisan leadership” of the Senate and House. Says Scott McConnell of Netanyahu’s visit to Congress: “The only question will be how many standing ovations will he receive? I think he had 29 last time around. Should we set up a betting pool on it?”

Jan 22 16:17

Truth Revealed: McCain’s ‘Moderate Rebels’ in Syria ARE ISIS

“Reported along the peripheries of the Western media, it was reported recently that some 3,000 so-called “moderate rebels” of the “Free Syrian Army” had defected to the “Islamic State” (ISIS). While not the first time so-called “moderates” have crossed over openly to Al Qaeda or ISIS, it is one of the largest crossovers that has occurred. With them, these 3,000 fighters will bring weapons, cash, equipment, and training provided to them by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United States, the UK, and perhaps most ironic of all in the wake of the recent terror attack in Paris, France. Indeed, ISIS and Al Qaeda’s ranks continue to swell amid this insidious network of “terror laundering” that is only set to grow.”

Jan 22 16:01

Dutch opposition says it has documents proving Turkey sent arms to Syrian jihadists

The Dutch opposition Christian Democratic Party (CDA) announced that it has confidential documents proving that Turkey had sent weapons to al-Qaeda militants in Syria and that it conveyed the documents to the Dutch government, according to a BBC Turkish report published on Sunday.

Jan 22 14:56

The ISIS comedy continues…

Much of the Western world has reluctantly signed up with America’s counterfeit crusade against the radical group. And now Japan has been suckered into the madness...

One can’t help but laugh at the way in which our loathsome leaders try to pull the wool over our eyes time and again.

These cowards in high places have resorted to fantastical lies and clownish frauds to keep us complacent and ignorant.

This latest chicanery should make you grin.

Just hours after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made an “anti-terrorism” pact with Israel and pledged $200 million towards the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States, ISIS released a video threatening to kill two Japanese hostages.

The infamous British-accented Islamic State fighter, who allegedly beheaded a string of hostages over recent months including American photojournalist James Foley, appears in a new video demanding a ransom of $200 million in exchange for the release of the two Japanese captives.

Jan 22 14:53

The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby

As the hardly left-leaning Thomas Friedman has explained, even espousing the U.S. State Department’s official policy that settlements are illegal and East Jerusalem is an occupied city can stop a career before it starts.

Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. When he told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy often at the behest of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they lashed back as if the term were libelous.

Jan 22 14:49

“Civilization” of the Neocons

The power of the msm – in combination with the brainless masses works wonders.

Imagine – a bunch of French, CIA and Mossad special forces, one of them or a combination of the three, attack a racist, Moslem-insulting publisher in Paris and a kosher supermarket at another end of town – killing altogether 17 people, notwithstanding the ‘suicide’ of the French police chief in charge of investigating the atrocity.

A million and a half people in Paris take to the streets – about 6 million throughout Europe – all screaming or carrying posters with a maddening, inexplicable “Je Suis Charlie” – depicting an utterly brainwashed mindset, brainwashed for decades with Washington directed mind control.

Jan 22 13:32

The Strategy Behind Israel’s Attack on Iran and Hizballah

Israel’s claims of an imminent threat of Hizballah attack are not credible. More likely it wants to subdue the Lebanese militia so that it has a free hand to manipulate the Syrian battlefield to its advantage.

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I think Israel is after that Litani River again.

Jan 22 13:11

Joe Biden: Islamic State gaining in Syria because ‘there are no boots on the ground’

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Here's your rifle, Joe...

Jan 22 00:02

The ‘hasbara’ tweeps who brought down Jim Clancy, and their ties to Israel and the Israel lobby

As the hardly left-leaning Thomas Friedman has explained, even espousing the U.S. State Department’s official policy that settlements are illegal and East Jerusalem is an occupied city can stop a career before it starts.

Veteran CNN journalist Jim Clancy’s resignation this week is one of the odder media fallouts from the Charlie Hebdo Paris attack. On January 7, Clancy got into a late night Twitter spat regarding the French satirical magazine with online adversaries. When he told them they were ganging up on him and practicing “hasbara,” the Hebrew word for “explaining” that describes pro-Israel advocacy often at the behest of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they lashed back as if the term were libelous.

Jan 21 23:58

The ISIS comedy continues…

ISIS’s string pullers in Washington and Tel Aviv are trying to drag the whole world into their farcical stage-play. Thanks to a slew of ‘beheading videos’ and contrived ‘terror incidents’ that struck a number of Western capitals in recent months, much of the Western world has reluctantly signed up with America’s counterfeit crusade against the radical group.

Jan 21 23:17

Inevitable Payback

In this globalised world, if we launch weapons of great destructive power into communities abroad, incinerating and shredding women and children, we cannot avoid the fact that those who identify with those communities – ethnically, culturally and religiously – will take revenge on people here. If we are lucky it will be revenge on combatants. If we are unlucky it will be on our innocents. But either way, the truth is this. We caused it.

Jan 21 18:59

Applauding Israel’s Transgressions

On the one side you have the Syrian Government of Bashar Al Assad backed by Hezbollah and Iran, while on the other you have a who’s who of the region’s nastiest terrorists; from the mismatched posses of Islamic extremists fighting under the Islamic Army moniker, to ISIS and Al Nusra Front, backed by the deep-pocketed Gulf monarchies along with Erdogan’s Turkey and the U.S., with Netanyahu’s Israel added to the mix for good measure. Talk about a true rogues gallery.

Jan 21 12:48

Russian Foreign Minister: Efforts to Isolate Russia Will Not Succeed

Russian FM kicks off annual press conference by reiterating President Putin's statement: "Isolationism policies will not work"

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held his annual end-of-year press conference in Moscow. Fielding questions from reporters for over two hours, the country’s top diplomat spoke about the situations in Ukraine, Syria and Russia’s relations with the West.

More than 370 journalists, including three journalists from Ukraine, were accredited, and the conference was broadcasted online in Russian, English and French on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

Jan 21 11:54

Importance of being Syria’s Assad

President Bashar al-Assad whom the US regarded all through to be “ a huge part of the problem, may also now be part of the solution”

On the other hand, the latest reports from Saudi Arabia show Crown Prince huddled with a delegation of American senators led by John McCain to discuss the Pentagon plan to arm and train the Syrian rebels. It seems for a moment that the ‘regime change’ agenda in Syria is back on the front burner of the Obama administration’s Middle East policies.

However, that will be overlooking the remarks by US secretary of state John Kerry on Wednesday voicing support for the Russian efforts to kick start negotiations between the Syrian government and the opposition figures in Moscow as well as de Mistura’s efforts for an Aleppo ceasefire.

Jan 21 11:26

Israel Bombs Syria, Kills Top Iranian General and Top Hezbollah Commander

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another brazen attack on national sovereignty and human rights, Israel has once again launched a bombing mission onto Syrian soil in defense of death squads and terrorists that it has been supporting – along with the United States, France, and the UK (NATO) – since the beginning of the Syrian crisis.

Some reports attribute the attack to missiles fired from helicopters while others suggest that the attack took place using Israeli drones...

Jan 21 10:50

The Danger of an MH-17 ‘Cold Case’

The Obama administration continues to drag its feet on releasing U.S. intelligence evidence on who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 six months ago, a failure that has given the guilty parties time to scatter and has created a new breeding ground for conspiracy theories.

Now more than six months after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, the refusal of the Obama administration to make public what intelligence evidence it has about who was responsible has created fertile ground for conspiracy theories to take root while reducing hopes for holding the guilty parties accountable.

Given the U.S. government’s surveillance capabilities – from satellite and aerial photographs to telephonic and electronic intercepts to human sources – American intelligence surely has a good idea what happened on July 17, 2014, when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people onboard.

Jan 21 10:45

America Is Open for Business in Iraq (Psst… Wanna Buy an M1 Tank?)

Are Tanks Good for Anything Other Than Profits?

Washington’s rallying cry now seems to be: “Wait for the spring offensive!” In translation that means: wait for the Iraqi army to get enough newly American-trained and -armed troops into action to make a move on Mosul. That city is, of course, the country’s second largest and still ruled by the new “caliphate” proclaimed by Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. All in all, not exactly inspiring stuff.

You can’t have victory if you have no idea where the finish line is. But there is one bright side to the situation. If you can’t create Victory in Iraq for future VI Day parades, you can at least make a profit from the disintegrating situation there.

Jan 21 08:57

ARMS TO AL-QAEDA: U.S. Generals Admit Washington Has Backed Islamic Militants in Syria

If you believe all of the pre-packaged government and corporate media propaganda, then you might think that ISIS is just another evil, grassroots Salafist militant movement, one with no connections at all to foreign intelligence agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan’s ISI.

Well, you might just be wrong…

Jan 21 08:53

Is Barack Obama Actually Trying To Help ISIS Take Over Syria?

That headline sounds crazy, right? It must be untrue, right? Well, read on, because you might be absolutely shocked by what you learn. As you will read about below, the Obama administration has used al-Qaeda fighters and other radical Islamic groups in the past to topple governments. And without a doubt, Barack Obama is absolutely determined to oust Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. In fact, he came dangerously close to taking us to war with Syria earlier in his presidency before backing down in the face of overwhelming public pressure. But what Obama wants to do in Syria has not changed, and he is using the same playbook that he used in Libya and elsewhere to get it done.

Jan 21 08:15

John Baird, Iranian minister invited to 'make or break' Syria talks in Davos

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been invited to a high-level meeting this week about the future of Syria — one that could include his Iranian counterpart.

Jan 21 07:54

Israeli tanks take up positions along Lebanon border

Israeli tanks were witnessed taking up new positions along Lebanon’s southeastern border Wednesday, as UNIFIL and Lebanese Army troops boost their patrols in the area amid tensions following a deadly weekend Israeli strike on a Hezbollah convoy in the Golan Heights.

Jan 21 07:47

TURKEY CAUGHT ARMING AL-QAEDA, ISIS

Jan 20 11:31

Israel Deploys Iron Dome Batteries, Braces for Hezbollah Retaliation

Israel has deployed several Iron Dome anti-missile batteries along its northern border bracing for possible attacks from Hezbollah, after six fighters of the militant group were killed during the raid on the Golan Heights on Sunday, January 18.

Jan 20 10:28

Israel Joins Forces With ISIS? Tel Aviv Bombs Syria for Sixth Time in 18 months

The Syrian conflict continues to develop into a proxy war, pitting various foreign ‘national interests’ against one another, including Iran vs. Israel.

Israel launched its sixth airstrike inside Syria in last 18 months, in what the local media are describing as a ‘targeted killing’ carried out Sunday, killing at least 6 members of Hezbollah and the al Quds Iranian Guard who were fighting ISIS, al Nusra and other terrorist organizations operating in Syria.

Among those killed in the missile attack was Jihad Mughniyeh, son of the former Hezbollah head, Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated by the IDF in Damascus in 2008.

Jan 20 09:54

Hezbollah in Golan Heights to prevent Israel normalization: MP

Hezbollah is collaborating with Syria and Iran to create a "resistant society" in the Golan Heights to prevent Israel from normalizing relations with locals, party MP Walid Sukkarieh said Tuesday, two days after Israel's deadly strike on a military convoy in the area.

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So Israel attacks Syria, but it's Hezbollah's fault the Syrians don't like Israel? Is this guy on drugs?!?

Jan 20 08:55

Israeli security source: We didn't know Iranian general was at site of Syria strike

An Iranian general killed in an Israeli air strike in Syria was not its intended target and Israel believed it was attacking only low-ranking guerrillas, a senior Israeli security source told Reuters on Tuesday.

The source declined to be identified because Israel will not confirm or deny whether it carried out the strike.

Jan 20 08:51

Retired Israeli general suggests Syria attack timed for election effect

Retired Israeli army general Yoav Galant suggested that Israel’s assassination of a senior Hezbollah commander and an Iranian general in Syria on Sunday might have been timed with electoral politics in mind.

Appearing as a guest commentator on Israel’s Channel 2 News, responding to the air strike in Syria earlier in the day, Galant told a story from his time heading the IDF’s Gaza command.

“If you look at the previous elections, [the timing of the assassination of Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari] wasn’t something that was possible only on that date.”

Jan 20 07:26

Israel Attacks Syria in Support of ISIS

Israel and its stooges in the West are for all practical purposes allied with ISIS, while Iran and the State Department-designated “terrorist” organization Hezbollah are supporting the legitimate government of Syria’s efforts to ward off foreign ISIS invaders. This does not mean that Zionists want ISIS to completely take over Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, but they do want these countries to remain in strife and civil war in order to keep them weak and thus preserve Israeli hegemony.

Jan 20 02:51

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Mustapha noted in the interview that in Western countries “the full force of the law” is brought down upon critics of Zionism, whereas anti-Islamic neocon zealots are given a platform on mainstream media to spout lies and deceptions intended to demonize Muslims and Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria and Libya.

Jan 20 00:47

Prime Minister John Key: Isis fight 'price of the club'

Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand's likely military contribution to the fight against Islamic State "is the price of the club" that New Zealand belongs to with the likes of the United States, Australia, Britain and Canada in the intelligence alliance known as Five Eyes.

In his strongest hint yet that the Cabinet will approve a deployment of troops to train Iraqis alongside Australians, Mr Key in an interview with the BBC drew heavily on New Zealand pulling its weight as part of "a club".

Jan 19 23:22

Challenge for Pope: Seize Chance for Religious Renewal

The world now needs a fearless champion with clout, another overturner of money tables, scatterer of vested interests, exposer of hypocrisy and scourge of the unjust... a genuinely heroic figure that ordinary folk around the world can look up to.

In any month nearly 200 Palestinian children are held in Israeli military detention and the numbers remain fairly constant.

His Holiness, on reflection, must know that the situation in Palestine is wretchedly deplorable and an ugly stain on civilization generally and Christendom in particular for allowing it to happen. Praying with villains like Peres and accepting their refusal to allow access to Gaza’s communities doesn’t cut the mustard. Extraordinary evil requires extraordinary measures.

Save you prayers, Holiness, for someone and something more deserving.
Are we just people who use fine and pious words?

Jan 19 22:08

Trolling Russia

The edifice of world post-1991 order is collapsing right now before our eyes. President Putin’s decision to give a miss to the Auschwitz pilgrimage, right after his absence in Paris at the Charlie festival, gave it the last shove. It was good clean fun to troll Russia, as long as it stayed the course. Not anymore. Russia broke the rules.

Neither willingly nor easily did Russia break ranks. Putin tried to take Western baiting in his stride: be it Olympic games, Syria confrontation, gender politics, Georgian border, even Crimea-related sanctions. The open economic warfare was a game-changer. Russia felt attacked by falling oil prices, by rouble trouble, by credit downgrading. These developments are considered an act of hostility, rather than the result of “the hidden hand of the market”.

If the initiators expected Russians to be mad at Putin, they miscalculated. The Russian public is angry with the American organizers of the economical warfare, not with its own government.

Jan 19 20:31

Syrian Ambassador: France allowed Terrorists who commited Charlie Hebdo massacre to fight in Syria

Ambassador al-Ja’afari: I’m sure you’re aware of the alarming reports of Da’esh coming from Camp Bucca in Iraq, the famous American prison in Iraq. Al-Baghdadi, the caliph of Da’esh, was at Bucca. He was released by the Americans, not by the Syrian president. The men who committed the massacre in Paris, they were fighting in Syria and came back to France. France allowed them to go to Syria, where they killed scores of people, and in Iraq. Then they came back, normally, and the French police let them in. The same terrorists. They are good when they kill Syrians, and they are bad when they kill the French.

Jan 19 15:45

Exposed! ISIS Caught Using US Army Tents In New Training Video!

Jan 19 15:07

An Interview with Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja’afari by EVA BARTLETT

snip: Yes, this is what transpired in the media. I didn’t ask to circulate the letter, I wanted it to be shared only by the members of the Security Council, but it was somehow leaked. But I would like to confirm that, yes, I sent a letter drawing the kind attention of the secretary-general and the members of the Security Council to this flagrant and blatant interference in domestic affairs, this violation of our sovereignty, the illegal crossing of our borders. Whenever one of those who cross illegally into Syria gets killed by the terrorists, then the Syrian government is blamed for not protecting him, although they entered Syria illegally. Many journalists have been killed, unfortunately. It is unfortunate, but they are responsible for their own fate. They didn’t enter Syria via the Syrian government. We would have protected them. We would have shown them where to go and where not to go. But they had bad intentions. So, many of them got killed, beheaded, kidnapped.

Jan 19 15:04

US war against ISIL is ‘total fraud’ to create a CIA base: Journalist

A Pentagon plan to arm and train the so-called moderate militants in Syria to fight against the ISIL terrorist group is a “total fraud” and “bogus” claim to carve out a CIA base in the region, an American journalist in Missouri says.

The United States is fighting a “multi-front war” against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because he operates independently from the West, said Dean Henderson, an author and columnist at Veterans Today.

Jan 19 14:29

Challenge for Pope: Seize Chance for Religious Renewal

The world now needs a fearless champion with clout, another overturner of money tables, scatterer of vested interests, exposer of hypocrisy and scourge of the unjust... a genuinely heroic figure that ordinary folk around the world can look up to.

Not many weeks after that bizarre presidential pray-in with the Pope, Israel launched its most recent murder spree, Operation Protective Edge, slaughtering nearly 2,200 including more than 500 children, seriously injuring thousands more, making countless families homeless, wreaking massive destruction on vital infrastructure and causing lethal public health problems.

His Holiness, on reflection, must know that the situation in Palestine is wretchedly deplorable and an ugly stain on civilization generally and Christendom in particular for allowing it to happen. Praying with villains like Peres and accepting their refusal to allow access to Gaza’s communities doesn’t cut the mustard. Extraordinary evil requires extraordinary measures.

Jan 19 14:17

The Syrian Ambassador’s Complaint

This is why they want to privatize the United Nations, so that the influential donors can control the decision-making mechanisms, without giving a damn about the provisions of the Charter.

Dr. Bashar al-Ja’afari, sat down with Al-Akhbar for an interview.
The veteran diplomat, who has held his position at the UN since 2006, and lives restricted to a 25-mile radius of New York City, has much more to say than the half hour allowed. Defiant as always, he discussed the challenges he faces at the UN, explained why he thinks the organization has lost its way, and censured Western states and media for their hostility toward the Syrian government.

Jan 19 13:34

UN observers: Syria strike carried out by two Israeli drones

Peackeepers stationed in Golan report eyewitness account of Sunday attack, dismiss reports that attack was carried out by helicopter.

Jan 19 09:34

Isis poised at Lebanon border threatening an attack from Syria as hundreds of rebel fighters join terrorist group

An estimated 700 fighters from moderate rebel groups are understood to have pledged allegiance to Isis.

Jan 19 08:11

Iranian general killed in reported Israeli strike on Hezbollah in Syria

Iran has confirmed that a senior Iranian general was killed Sunday in an alleged Israeli strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, local media reported.

According to the report, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said General Mohammad Allahdadi was serving in Iran as an adviser to the Syrian Army. A Hezbollah official told AFP that five other Iranian military men were also killed in the strike.

Jan 19 05:10

Iranian General Among Dead in IAF Golan Strike

An Israeli strike on Syria that killed six members of the Iran-proxy Hezbollah terrorist organization also killed six Iranian solders and commanders, including an Iranian general.

"The Israeli strike killed six Iranian soldiers, including commanders, as well as the six members of Hezbollah. They were all in a convoy of three cars," a source close to the Shia Islamist group told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Iranian officials confirmed the claim shortly after, adding that one of those killed was a general in the elite Revolutionary Guard force.

"General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hezbollah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime's helicopters," said a statement on the Guards' website. "This brave general and some members of Hezbollah were martyred."

Jan 19 03:59

Terror in Paris – An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

The editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb knew that the Charlie Weekly approach would work only as long as its ridicule was seen as politically acceptable by both most French people and their government. Defaming national heroes or Jews was out of bounds, but ridiculing Muslims was and is acceptable, and maybe that is why they became Charlie Weekly’s preferred target. That, in turn, made the magazine’s staff targets of Muslim extremists.

Jan 19 00:32

Charlie Hebdo, Zionism & Media Deception

On the program I asked Mustapha if Zionism and the octopus of lobby groups that work on its behalf is as big a driving force behind US and broader Western foreign policy as some contend. “France, the US [and other Western countries] are under the domination of Israel,” Mustapha told me. Mustapha contends that Israel’s agents have supplanted all independent leaders in the West, replacing them with grovelling lapdogs who do the bidding of Israel at all costs, even to the detriment to their own people and nations.

We touched on the recent events in Paris, wherein “Islamist” gun-men are said to have carried out a massacre at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher market. Mustapha pondered whether the attack was stage-managed by the intelligence services, considering the two deceased suspects were being closely surveyed and watched by French intelligence and police for years, their names even showing up on ‘terror watch’ and ‘no fly’ lists.

Jan 18 13:37

Western politics of high-octane emotion

Western governments and their pliable news media are audaciously playing politics with public emotions.

The trouble with this “high-octane emotional politics” is that it stupefies the public from asking some very necessary hard questions of the authorities. By buying into weeping and self-indulgence, the public are at risk of being manipulated like never before.

Just as John Kerry was offering a big hug “to all of France”, the US government this week announced a significant step-up in its military involvement in Syria. The Pentagon unveiled plans to send 500 military personnel to train “moderate rebels” to fight against the elected government forces of President Bashar al Assad.

Jan 18 13:27

Paris Charlie – the Shock Doctrine par Excellence

False flag – converted immediately into public shock, the perfect condition for ramming any police, military and surveillance legislation down the people’s throat.

On 12 January the French Parliament approved with almost unanimity – with one abstention only – the budget for France’s continuous and enlarged involvement in the new war on Iraq, a new war engagement led by Washington and supported by its vassals, UK, Canada, Australia and France. Aircraft carriers and troops were immediately mobilized, not even losing a day.

Jan 18 11:16

Israeli strike in Syria kills late Hezbollah leader's son, sources say

Jihad Moughniyah was killed with four other members of Hezbollah when his convoy was hit by missiles filed from Israeli helicopter, sources tell Reuters.

Jan 18 09:40

Can Obama Untangle from Syria’s Civil War?

Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar would all reject a policy that would allow a regime they regard as an Iranian ally to persist in Syria.

Contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that U.S. officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

The proposal surfaced in two articles in Foreign Policy magazine and in a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Those indicated that it was under serious consideration by administration officials. In fact, the proposal may even have played a role in a series of four White House meetings during the week of Nov. 6-13, to discuss Syria policy, one of which Obama himself presided over.

Jan 18 09:37

Neocons: The ‘Anti-Realists’

This neocon madness – this “anti-realism” – has been playing out in the real world on a grand scale, destroying real lives and endangering the real future of the planet.

The primary distinction between the neocons and the liberal interventionists has been the centrality of Israel in the neocons’ thinking while their liberal sidekicks put “humanitarianism” at the core of their world view. But these differences are insignificant, in practice, since the liberal hawks are politically savvy enough not to hold Israel accountable for its human rights crimes and clever enough to join with the neocons in easy-to-sell “regime change” strategies toward targeted countries with weak lobbies in Washington.

Jan 18 09:35

U.S. Military Trainers for Syrian Rebels to Arrive Within Weeks

The first of as many as 1,000 U.S. military trainers and support personnel will be sent to the Mideast within the next week or so to lay the groundwork for training more moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said.

The trainers, a mix of U.S. special operations forces and conventional forces, will deploy over the next four to six weeks to training sites outside Syria, Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar have been identified as locations for training.

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Oh, REALLY?!? the US military is going to train those alleged "moderate Syrian Rebels", who for the last several years, have been pathologically unable to uproot Al-Assad, and appears, collectively, to be the gang that can't shoot straight?!?

I, for one, am not swallowing that particular koolaid, thank you very much.

What I believe here is that the so called "moderate rebels" are simply a cover for putting covert US troops on the ground in Syria.

There are just two, teeny, tiny problems here: Syria has a mutual defense pact with both Russia and Iran.

Any US boots on the ground in Syria is justification for Al-Assad to invoke those mutual defense treaties with Russia and Iran.

Also, if "training moderate Syrian troops" actually worked, al-Assad would be cooling his heels in a US-controlled hell-hole prison by now, and a US-centric government would have already been installed.

Doing the same thing, in the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Jan 18 09:31

Obama to Senators: Choose U.S. Over Donors

The president urged the lawmakers to “take the long view rather than make a move for short-term political gain”.

On Thursday of last week, President Barack Obama spoke to a group of Democratic senators in a private meeting during a Baltimore hotel political retreat.

He asked the senators not to support a bill, drafted by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) (left) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), which would add further sanctions on Iran during this time of delicate nuclear negotiations between the U.S., its allies and Iran.

One unnamed senator in the room told the New York Times that Obama said that “as a former senator himself, he understood how outside forces — like special interests and donors — can influence senators to act”.

Jan 18 08:54

Busted! Turkey caught smuggling weapons to al-Qaida

Turkish intelligence, under the apparent direction of then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, allegedly has been authorizing the smuggling of arms to al-Qaida cells in Syria, according to informed Turkish sources.

The weapons, said to include rocket warheads, were allegedly smuggled in up to seven container trucks under the direction of Turkish Intelligence, or MIT, but were ordered halted by Aziz Takci, the public prosecutor for the southern Turkish city of Adana.

Takci, however, was subsequently removed from his post, and 13 of his soldiers involved in searching the trucks were charged in court with “espionage,” a charge that can carry up to 20 years in prison.

Jan 17 23:58

Charlie Hebdo: A Convoluted World

Zionist Israelis have a history of false flag terrorist attacks in many countries, even against fellow Jews, to encourage Jews to immigrate to occupied Palestine (Israel), to gain sympathy for their occupation of Palestine, and to push Western Christian government to wage crusading wars, as George Bush described them, against Israel’s enemies; Arab and Muslim World in the Middle East, as we have seen in the terrorist attacks of 911 in the US and the 7/7/2005 London bombing. It seems that the Paris terrorist attack carry the same finger prints. What a convoluted Zionist ideology!

Jan 17 11:10

Can Obama Untangle from Syria’s Civil War?

Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar would all reject a policy that would allow a regime they regard as an Iranian ally to persist in Syria.

Contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that U.S. officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

The proposal surfaced in two articles in Foreign Policy magazine and in a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Those indicated that it was under serious consideration by administration officials. In fact, the proposal may even have played a role in a series of four White House meetings during the week of Nov. 6-13, to discuss Syria policy, one of which Obama himself presided over.

Jan 17 10:44

Gas Theft and Auschwitz Snub… Russia’s Every Right to End the Insults

How many insults does the European Union expect Russia to bear without consequences? Ethnic cleansing of Russian people by the Brussels-backed Kiev regime, a refugee crisis on Russia’s borders, economic sanctions based on groundless accusations hurting Russian society – and now this – the neo-Nazi cabal that seized power in Ukraine with CIA backing last year has repeatedly been found guilty of siphoning off Russia’s natural gas exports to the EU.

Russia’s objective is simply this: to put an end to the Kiev regime’s de facto theft of Russian gas exports to Europe. How much more reasonable can that be?

No doubt the dutiful Western corporate media will crank up the «Putin as arch villain» narrative. Families freezing across Europe will be attributed to the «evil genius» of the «Soviet mastermind».

Jan 16 14:48

China and Russia launching new credit rating agency in 2015

The new Universal Credit Rating Group (UCRG) is being set up to rival the existing agencies Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, and its first rating will be issued this year.

The setting up of UCRG is in its final stages, ready to challenge the ‘Big Three’ that currently dominate the industry, the Managing Director of RusRating Aleksandr Ovchinnikov told Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday.

“In our opinion, the first ratings [will] appear … during the current year,” Ovchinnikov said, adding that accreditation with the local regulator is already underway.

The news comes on the heels of Fitch’s decision to follow S&P in downgrading Russia’s sovereign credit rating to BBB-, a step above junk level and on par with India and Turkey.

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Jan 16 07:01

Syrian state news agency attacks U.S. plan to train rebels

The Syrian state news agency on Friday attacked U.S. military plans to train and equip Syrian rebels, saying they amounted to support for terrorists.

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"They may be terrorists, but they are our terrorists!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 15 18:17

JE NE SUIS PAS CHARLIE

There are more doubts and questions in the Charlie Hebdo affair than there will ever be answers. In part this is because the French security forces silenced witnesses, killing three assumed perpetrators in a display which seems to say that Dirty Harry movies are now part of French training programs.

And then we have the sudden death by apparent suicide of a police commissioner in charge of the investigation just as he was writing his report alone at night, an event which received little mainline press coverage. A man in his forties in the midst of likely the biggest case of his career just decides to kill himself?

Jan 15 15:54

Italian woman among ISIS fighters

A woman is among the four Italians to have joined the ranks of the Isis militant group, according to Italian media reports.

Jan 15 09:51

Dying ‘good career move’ for French hate-mag

As ever, the Muslim world is responding with restraint and dignity to the latest vile conduct by Western so-called free-speech secularism.

The French so-called satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo – more accurately a hate-inciting, racist rag – has published its first post-massacre edition this week, with print sales going through the roof.

The magazine has abused the principle of free speech as a cynical cover to promote hate speech and in particular to foment prejudice against the Muslim population of France and Europe more generally.

Muslims have become the most vulnerable community in Europe and around the world for persecution by Western state and non-state bigots. Over the past week, Muslim communities and places of worship have been attacked by mobs in Germany and France amid the climate of hatred that the likes of Charlie Hebdo and its state benefactors have been responsible for.

Jan 15 09:42

Bob Carr: Australia’s UN vote on Palestine does a disservice to all sides

A true friend of Israel should be able to send a message about what Australians think.

More Australians winced than applauded when they learned of their country’s very last vote at the end of its two year term on the security council.

It was a lousy way to wrap up a two year term on the security council, given the intense competition to win the seat.

Jan 15 07:09

Nasrallah says met opposition figures for political solution in Syria

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said he had met top Syrian opposition official Haytham Manna as well as other anti-Assad figures in a bid to help end the four-year-old war raging in the country.

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"No, dammit; you're supposed to come to us for help to kick out Assad, then accept our puppet ruler in his place, so we can sell your oil for dollars! Get with the program!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 14 13:46

Watch your language! (even when speaking the undeniable truth)

Willcox: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

Poor Tim Willcox, now terrorized for doing a professional job at the Paris anti-terror march.

In a live TV report the BBC’s Willcox was interviewing people in the crowd and talking to a Jewish woman about her fears of persecution.

She said: “The situation is going back to the days of the 1930s in Europe.”

Willcox replied: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.”

She countered: “We can’t do an amalgam.”

Willcox said: “You understand everything is seen from different perspectives.”

The reporter’s remarks were widely criticized by viewers, with some calling for his resignation.

Jan 14 12:28

The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo

A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous answers are left unquestioned by the corporate media.

Because the real “why” was unexplained in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an obviously false culprit was created, leading to a moronic national discussion in the U.S. media about whether Islam was “inherently” violent.

For the media to even pose this question either betrays a blinding ignorance about the Middle East and Islam, or a conscious willingness to manipulate public sentiment by only interviewing so-called experts who believe such nonsense.

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Jan 14 12:03

France to deploy aircraft carrier to fight ISIS—report

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its fleet will be deployed to the Gulf to support operations against the Islamic State group, a military news site reported on Tuesday.

Jan 14 11:43

“Boots On The Ground”? Obama To Seek Authorization For Military Force Against ISIS

Having unveiled his non-boots-on-the-ground strategy in September, President Obama’s “promise” was quickly proved fragile when General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of ISIS relative to the Iraqi army may be such that he would recommend abandoning Obama’s oft-repeated pledge against returning US ground troops to combat in Iraq. It seems another promise is about to be broken as Bloomberg reports Senator John Cornyn said President Obama told congressional leaders during meeting today at White House he would seek authorization for military force on Islamic State. Boehner’s office, in separate statement after meeting, said Republicans would work with him to build support.

Jan 14 07:23

Netanyahu gatecrashes Paris rally

Gatecrashing Netanyahu's latest offense. Showing up where not wanted.

French President Francois Hollande’s national security advisor, Jacques Audibert, asked him not to come, through his Israeli counterpart, Yossi Cohen. Saying Sunday’s event wanted to demonstrate solidarity with France. Avoid divisive issues. Like Israeli/Palestinian relations.

“(S)everal hours after (he said) he would not be traveling to Paris, his office issued a statement stating that he would in fact be at the march.”

“Hollande’s anger at Netanyahu was evident during (Sunday evening’s) ceremony,” said Haaretz. Held at Paris’ Grand Synagogue. “(A)ttended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community. Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu’s turn at the podium arrived,” he walked out. A snub easily noticed.

Jan 13 15:14

The Unmourned: Another Mass Killing by the Peace Prize Prez

In keeping with the concept of "unmournable bodies" limned by Teju Cole in the New Yorker (more on this below), news arrives today of yet another clutch of unimportant, unmournable deaths at the hands of extremist violence.

Jan 13 14:41

Paris Shooters Just Returned from NATO’s Proxy War in Syria

As with any false flag attack engineered by a government for the purpose of manipulating public perception and pushing through otherwise unjustifiable policy both foreign and domestic, a series of canards are erected to distract the public from the true nature of the attack.

In the recent attack in Paris, France, the canards of “free speech,” “condemning radical Islam,” “tolerance,” and “extremism” have all taken center stage, displacing the fact that the terrorists who carried out the attack were long on the leash not of “Islamic extremists” but Western intelligence agencies, fighting in a Western proxy war, as a member of a well-funded, armed, and trained mercenary force that has, on record since as early as 2007, been an essential component of Western foreign policy.

Jan 13 09:06

“Je suis Ali Abbas”: The Forgotten Victims of State Terrorism

Dr. Halpin’s summary in this case, encapsulates the terror of state origin – the US and the UK in particular.The UK almost always manages to present a beatific face – at first glance.

Massive terrorist attacks were hatched soon after the pretext of cinematographic ‘terrorist’ attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on September 9th 2001.

A splinter of this terror came to Ali Abbas, then 12 years of age and formerly of the village of Zafaraniya, near Baghdad about 10 days after the shocking and ‘aweing’ started.

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Jan 13 08:30

U.S. airstrike in Syria may have killed 50 civilians

Central Command spokesman Ryder said the failure to list the Dec. 28 airstrike was an administrative oversight.

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And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Jan 12 12:55

Taking the mickey: war crimes suspects led Paris anti-terror march

They should have been arrested as soon as they landed in Paris, clapped in irons and dragged to The Hague

I sat down to watch the Paris march commemorating Charlie with curiosity, for this important outpouring of ordinary people’s fears and resolve had been hi-jacked by the French government in a nauseating attempt to de-odorise some of its terror-dealing friends by hosting and parading them at the head of the march.

Jan 12 07:41

Just As The Islamic State (ISIL) Gets Exposed As A Fake US Enemy, A “Wag the Dog” Terrorist Attack in Paris?

With information just breaking that the United States has been air dropping arms, food and medical supplies to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq, supposedly the world’s latest terrorist enemy on steroids, what has been suspected all along is now being confirmed.

To add fuel to the fire, this news comes just as warmonger Senator McCain got busted for secretly and illegally entering Syria to meet with ISIL to coordinate strategy on that warfront.

Jan 11 19:12

Iran FM rejects Der Spiegel claims as ‘ridiculous’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected as “ridiculous” a report by Germany’s Der Spiegel weekly claiming that Tehran is helping Syria build nuclear weapons.

Jan 11 14:45

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Another Staged Event to Incite War and Destroy Freedom?

Many analysts are questioning the dubious timing and nature of all of these incidents, which come at just the right moment to lend credence to the US-led coalition against ISIS.It is nothing short of miraculous that just as various Western countries gear up for military strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, ‘terror incidents’ hit their respective homelands right on cue to give the politicians their belated ‘casus belli’ for joining the campaign to be rid of ISIS.

French politicians and other Western leaders have been pontificating about Western ‘values’ and have selectively invoked ‘freedom of speech.’ “We live in a free and open democracy which has freedom of speech,” the West’s dishonest leaders say.

“Radical Muslims don’t believe in ‘our values,’ hence the necessity to fight them overseas” is the standard establishment talking point, trotted out time and again by the professional script readers fronting as presidents and prime ministers.

Jan 11 08:50

‘Anyone but Bibi’: Israeli PM popularity slumps before elections

More than 230,000 dollars has come in from various donors in the United States. It makes up almost 90% of Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election funds, most of it coming from just three American families.

But even all that money can’t buy popularity – Bibi’s ratings are languishing, as voters look to alternatives, Paula Slier reports.

WEBMASTER ADDITION: Yet another reason for Israel to stage a flood of false-flag terror attacks!

Jan 11 08:44

Israel Big Winners at ICC: Palestinians and US Taxpayers Too!

Turn on Your Smart Phone! Justice Calling! See You in Court!

This past week the International Criminal Court at the Hague accepted the application of Palestine to join the court. This so-called risky move by Palestinian President Abbas was both applauded by the world and sadly panned by the USA and Israel as being provocative and an obstacle to the “peace process”.Strange the USA and Israeli governments attempt to argue against a day in civil court right? Talk about being on the wrong side of humanity! Ouch!

I mean there is NO better way to behave in a civil society with our fellow man than going to court.

Going to court is the most excellent non-violent way to seek justice when injustice exists unchecked. It exposes our bad behavior to objective peers for a judgment that help us all better live together under commonly held values. Yet here we are watching the lost USA and Israel stand-alone against justice! Sad really!

Jan 11 08:40

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

Speaking outside Elysée Palace in the aftermath of this week’s terror killings in France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned the violence as “an attack on civilization.” Coiffured, sun-tanned and nattily dressed, Sarkozy’s solemn words made him appear like the embodiment of civility.

That’s a quaint turn in etiquette by a politician who is mired in allegations of sleaze and corruption, as well as war crimes.

Sarkozy wasn’t too concerned about “civilization” when he and his British allies launched the NATO bombing campaign of Libya in March 2011 in stark violation of a UN mandate. That seven-month onslaught led to the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi – from whom Sarkozy had gladly received hush-hush political donations in the past, before stabbing him in the back.

Jan 11 08:05

Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Another Staged Event to Incite War and Destroy Freedom?

In Hollande’s Orwellian France, “free speech” is reserved only for those who defame Islam, whereas critics of Zionism and Jewish exceptionalism are first stigmatized and then criminalized – a tribute to the real power behind the throne of that once-free country.

Jan 10 18:28

Who ordered the attack against Charlie Hebdo?

While many French react to the attack against Charlie Hebdo denouncing Islam and demonstrating in the streets, Thierry Meyssan points out that the jihadist interpretation is impossible. While it would be tempting for him to see it as an Al Qaeda or Daesh operation, he envisages another, much more dangerous hypothesis.

Jan 10 15:43

Israel’s March 2015 Elections – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Regardless of the outcome of the March elections, Israel’s habitual violence and its ongoing violation of international laws and the standards of human rights will not change.

It is an unfortunate fact that the same road that leads to Palestinian liberation may simultaneously lead to dangerous Jewish factionalism. But that is the price the Zionists seem destined to pay for having sold their national soul to a racist ideology.

Jan 10 14:10

The farce of Western free speech

Western free speech is nothing but a cynical charade by those in power to maintain their unlawful positions of power.

A satirical magazine championed by Western war criminals for its “free speech” to dehumanize Muslims is hailed as “heroic?” While an informative, serious news channel like Press TV is banned. Now that is farcical cartoon.

Evidently, it’s acceptable to insult Islam, according to Western select use of free speech because it suits political agendas of demonizing Muslim countries so that they can be attacked with Western warplanes or covert terrorist proxies. But it is not acceptable to satirize Zionism or Western ruling classes.

Jan 10 12:59

Why after the Paris massacre Je Suis NOT Charlie Hebdo

There is a fine line between freedom of expression and incitement to religious, racial or cultural hatred, but Charlie Hebdo has strayed some way over the wrong side of that divide.

Jan 10 09:49

A Cruel Blast Of Winter In War-Torn Syria

Jan 10 06:41

Paris attack becomes Political Football in Israel and Palestine

France has recently supported the Palestinian people and their cause at the UN Security Council, causing panic among Israeli officials in Tel Aviv who have said on several occasions that they fear they have lost the entire European continent as a result. They have also expressed worries that the European position, led by France, is turning against the Israeli occupation and in favor of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, independence, and statehood.

Many Israeli analysts have urged authorities in their country to work to regain European support, fearing that losing France would mean losing Europe as a whole. The response to these fears has been an unprecedented campaign of Israeli incitement against Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Europe is still capable of differentiating between a bunch of crazy terrorists, a crazy occupation, and an innocent citizen living under occupation seeking help.

Jan 10 06:35

NATO Trips on Own Lies with U-Turn on ‘Russian Aggressor’

With the flip of a coin, it seems, all this grave anti-Russian bombast is suddenly redundant, with the US-led NATO alliance, through its European civilian cypher Stoltenberg, apparently stretching out the hand of co-operation to Russia.

NATO’s civilian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg this week urged Russia to be a partner against terrorism. He was speaking the day after the deadly gun attack on a magazine in Paris where 12 people, including three police officers, were killed by assailants purporting to be affiliated with radical Islamists.

During a visit to Germany, the NATO general secretary called upon Moscow to be “an ally in the fight against terrorism” – adding: “We think it is important that Russia, which is our biggest neighbor in Europe, and NATO are working together on important issues like fighting terror.”

Jan 10 06:26

A review of David Smith-Ferri’s “Where Days Are Stones”

Notwithstanding, the worlds of journalism and the Arts are seldom bridged. Universities endow “chairs” for poets who eschew the ugly side of human existence, so that those “honored few” may focus on their own cerebral delectations. The prose of modern journalists seldom, if ever, rises to the loftiest levels of observers like Shakespeare, Euripides, Dante, Hemingway or Edna Millay. And yet, as journalists or artists, many strive to weave ourselves into the fabric of our times; to capture the Zeitgeist—to make it knowable; to join the conversation. David Smith-Ferri is one such weaver, one such poet-journalist, who proves his value again in his third collection of poems, Where Days Are Stones (143 pp; Haley’s, Athol, MA; 2014).

“Now there is nowhere to hide
from their message
and the question it implies:
War is a horror. Always.
What am I doing to stop
and prevent it?”

Jan 09 17:49

Dennis Ross: No need for a UN resolution

Ross's accusation reminds me of the The Israel Project's training manual designed to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war. It teaches how to justify the endless occupation, the slaughter, the ethnic cleansing, the land-grabbing, the cruelty and the blatant disregard for international law and UN resolutions

Jan 09 14:25

UK: Qaeda in Syria planning mass attacks on West

Al-Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets,” the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Jan 09 11:22

Snowstorm batters Middle East, two killed in Lebanon

A Syrian man and young boy died in cold weather in Lebanon as a major storm dumped rare snow on parts of the Middle East on Wednesday, bringing misery to thousands of Syrian refugees.

Jan 09 11:00

A Cruel Blast Of Winter In War-Torn Syria

Syrians living in Daraa face freezing temperatures and harsh conditions as a blizzard strikes the region. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Jan 09 10:34

West’s sickening moral hijack of Paris massacre

The Western reaction to the massacre at a French magazine this week is sickening. Western leaders, from US President Barack Obama to Pope Francis, from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to United Nation Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, have all come out in force to issue statements of condemnation and condolences over the mass killing of 12 people by two gunmen at a Parisienne office.

But let’s put the slaughter of the French journalists and two policemen in perspective.

We should not allow the ultimate authors of international violence to hide behind the selective mourning for victims of terrorism.

Jan 09 10:31

Questions, doubts as France grieves

The Wednesday attack at a Paris office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine indeed was a tragic incident. The police say they have launched a manhunt for two suspects in the case and that a third has already surrendered. With France now in a high state of alert, things look set for the case to be over soon. Nevertheless, serious doubts still exist over what prompted the massacre and who will eventually benefit from Paris’ most violent attack in many years.

Sepahpour-Ulrich further expressed regret that in order to demonize Islam, every act committed or presumed to be committed by a national from the Islamic faith is automatically dubbed terrorism “whereas heinous terrorist acts by others is not considered terrorism”.

Jan 09 10:27

“Wait!” Says Dennis Ross. “No Need for a UN Resolution”

Dennis Ross, writing in The New York Times, criticizes Mahmoud Abbas for using international institutions to put pressure on Israel.

Ross's accusation reminds me of the The Israel Project's training manual designed to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war.

Dennis Ross co-founded the (pro-Israel Lobby) AIPAC-sponsored Washington Institute for Near East Policy and has been described as more pro-Israel than the Israelis.

The State Department seems stuffed to the gunwales with people like him and the consequences are worrying.

Jan 08 15:37

Charlie Hebdo killers armed and trained In Syria — terrorism made in France?

Although convicted in 2008, police had arrested Charif in 2005, just days before he planned to travel to Syria

Jan 08 14:33

Who profits from killing Charlie?

And yes, I am Charlie. Not only because they made us laugh; but because they were sacrificial lambs in a much nastier, gruesome, never-ending shadowplay.

Cui bono?

Careful planning and preparation; Kalashnikovs; rocket-propelled grenade launcher; balaclavas; sand-colored ammunition vest stuffed with spare magazines; army boots; piece of cake escape in a black Citroen. And the icing on the lethal cake; faultless Paris-based logistical support to pull that off.

They might have spoken perfect French; others said it was broken French. Anyway, what matters is that they uttered the magic word; “We’re al-Qaeda.”

And just to make sure everyone had the perpetrators implanted on their brain, the killers also said, “Allahu Akbar”; “We have killed Charlie Hebdo”; and “We have avenged the Prophet.”

Jan 08 12:13

MKO, Mossad Mortifying Ignominy in Iran

In their abortive effort to assassinate another Iranian nuclear scientist, Israeli officials only sustained desperation and disgrace in their dastardly elimination campaign against Iran which was apparently in sync with ISIL inhumane brutalities inside Iraq and Syria.

Jan 08 08:24

Follow-Up Open Letter to New York Times Editors

Using its global reach irresponsibly. Betraying its readers in the process. Why don't Times editors tell readers about Obama's Ukrainian friends? Abhorrent ones.

January 2013 open letter to New York Times editors was this writer’s most widely ever read article.

Touching a raw nerve. Showing increasing numbers of people fed up with managed news misinformation rubbish.

Wanting what Times and other MSM scoundrels don’t deliver. Real news, information and analysis.

On issues mattering most. Domestic and geopolitical. Things affecting ordinary people’s lives and welfare directly. At the most perilous time in world history.

Out-of-control US policies make global war possible. Madness if happens. The role of the media is to inform. Fully and accurately.

Telling people what they need to know. Especially on issues mattering most. What’s more important than war and peace?

Jan 08 08:20

‘Obama is Extremely Successful for Powerful Interest Groups’ – Paul Craig Roberts

PCR interviewed by Sputnik: Has President Obama delivered on his pledges? Whose interest has Obama served?

He has achieved the agenda of the neoconservatives and the military security complex. He has demonized Russia and its President. He has broken up the economic and political relationships between Russia and Europe. He has secured the agenda of the Wall Street, by establishing through the Department of Justice that there would be no prosecution of the criminal gangsters that dislocated the American financial system and ripped off millions of people. He has achieved the agenda of the lawlessness of the US, having determined that the people who tortured detainees will not be prosecuted, even though torture is a felony under the US law and is also prohibited under the international law.

Jan 08 08:01

2015—The Year of the Sheep(le) has arrived

We sheep’ll take you down, Harper!

It’s hard to feel any optimism about end-of-year reflections when the Isramerican military-industrial-corporate-media empire, which controls our reality, is going through its death throes and taking the planet down with it. If the empire ain’t killin’, it’s dyin’! The need to keep the world in a heightened state of panic means that rational decision-making must be sabotaged, which is why the same crises persist or get worse from year to year while omnipresent solutions to them are actively ignored. In other words, human time, the time associated with progress, stands still, and so every December 31 we reflect on a year that is morally, politically and economically worse than the one previous.

Jan 08 06:59

Paris Shooters Just Returned from NATO's Proxy War in Syria

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Shooters were radicalized in Europe, sent to Syria, returned, have been previously arrested by Western security agencies for terrorism and long on the watch-list of French and other Western intelligence agencies. Yet "somehow" they still managed to execute a highly organized attack in the heart of Europe...

Jan 07 18:58

Charlie Hebdo Killers Armed and Trained In Syria - Terrorism Made In France?

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

It has now been officially revealed (to the surprise of virtually no one) that at least two of the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shootings are French-born individuals who were recruited for and trained in Syria in order to fight against the secular government of Bashar al-Assad.

French police revealed today that the three suspects, Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, were the target of a massive manhunt. Said and Cherif are both French nationals while Hamyd’s nationality is not known at this time.

Cherif Kouachi was no stranger to French law enforcement. He was sentenced to three years imprisonment with 18 months suspended for terrorism charges in 2008 when was convicted of “criminal association with a terrorist enterprise.”...

Jan 07 10:13

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan,” as the U.S. government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal . And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started ). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly . But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.

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And I can nearly guarantee you; the current wars are prologue for future wars, potentially against China and Russia to prevent the end of dominance by the US dollar.

The US government is financially on the ropes, and the only way the members of this government have known, historically, to get off those ropes, is to wage war.

This country experienced two massive depressions, followed, inevitably by war. Although the presstitutes dare not mention it, we are in another massive recession right now, because all the decently paying jobs, which used to support this country's middle class, have been offshored/outsourced to places with nearly slave labor wages.

And please, if you don't believe me, take a look at this; last year, Charlie Rangel, the senior Congressional Representative from New York, introduced a bill to reinstate the draft; but this time, should this be passed, it will be coming for both our sons and our daughters. When last I checked this month, it is still in Committee, waiting for the "right emotional moment" to be passed.

Jan 07 09:25

UN, Turkey Sign Agreement to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Refugees

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have signed an agreement to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, the Turkish Anadolu Agency said Wednesday.

Jan 07 08:51

New UN Report Highlights Israeli Connection To Syrian Death Squads

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

Ever since the Western-backed attack on the secular government of Bashar al-Assad began in earnest in late 2010, Israel had been clearly implicated in providing assistance to the fundamentalist death squad organizations running rampant across Syria. This aid was provided despite an alleged mutual hatred between the Zionist settler state and Islamic fundamentalists.

As the crisis continued to unfold, Israel’s connections to the terrorists (backed by NATO and the GCC) began to grow more and more apparent...

Jan 07 06:40

US admits civilians might have died in coalition air strikes in Syria and Iraq

The US is reviewing the possibility that civilians may have died in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Central Command is carrying out the investigation and has admitted for the first time that members of the general public could have perished.

Jan 06 22:52

ISIS Now Hiring Bankers: In Bid For Legitimacy, Rogue State Opens Bank

stinks of the Libyan set-up doesn't it?

Jan 06 20:16

Targeting Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Syrian refugees have been denied the right to seek asylum and some have been forcibly returned to Syria by the Lebanese authorities and without even a grace period.

Jan 06 19:10

McCain & other top officials accused of illegally visiting Syria

Several senior US and French officials, including US Senator John McCain, entered Syria illegally

Jan 06 10:48

Where Are Bernie Madoff and His Inner Circle Now?

Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, the most extraordinary swindler of the heady pre-recession years, was arrested six years ago on Thursday, but the distrust that his dealings directed toward the financial system is indelible.

Many people know a friend, relative or school acquaintance whose college savings or retirement fund was pillaged by Madoff’s gargantuan Ponzi scheme. The Occupy movement, the Heartland’s vitriolic anger towards bankers, and the proverbial Main Street-Wall Street divide are all linked to the mess Madoff sank himself into. His loss of $65 billion in Americans’ savings rattled what little confidence many Americans still had in Wall Street and the finance industry.

Jan 06 10:40

Wobbles in US-EU axis against Russia

The latest wobble in the Washington-Brussels axis against Russia, as expressed this week by Francois Hollande, has to be seen as good news. In that, at last, finally, official Europe is coming to its senses about the dangerous course the US is driving.

French President Francois Hollande this week called for an end to Western sanctions on Russia. He is the latest senior European political figure to express misgivings about the hostile policy that Washington and Brussels have embarked on against Russia over the year-old Ukrainian crisis.

BBC report added: “Politicians in Italy, Hungary and Slovakia are among those who want the sanctions eased.”

To that list we could append Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece, Czech Republic and Bulgaria, among others.

Last weekend, Czech President Milos Zeman deplored the warmongering attitude of the Kiev regime, denouncing the CIA-installed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as “the prime minister of war.”

Jan 06 09:08

Syria tells U.N. that McCain and former diplomats visited illegally

Syria has complained to the United Nations that U.S. Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith entered the country without visas in separate visits in violation of its sovereignty.

Jan 05 11:47

A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State

I must declare that PCR is simply one of America’s best chroniclers of this sad, brutal era of imperial overreach and moral decline.

Anyone who wants to understand where we’ve been recently, where we are now, and where we’re heading, had better read this book pronto!

These hundred-plus columns hammer home some basic themes:Our Constitution has become little more than “a scrap of paper” (quote attributed to G. W. Bush—and sure does sound like something that moron would say!).

Also, the official narrative of 9/11 is a “hoax.” That preposterous narrative has been used to justify our Nuremberg-Standard “war crimes” against Muslims (killing, wounding, traumatizing and displacing millions) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and Syria.

Jan 05 11:36

Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015

The balance sheet for 2014 and the prospects for 2015 provide us with a complex panorama of negative and positive outcomes. In most cases the advances, are not earth-shattering but open possibilities for further progress. The negative developments, however, have greater and more threatening systemic outcomes.

We will proceed in a telegraphic fashion to outline the positive and negative developments in 2014 and their real and potential symbolic and substantive impacts. In the second part of the essay we will sketch out some of the most important events and the way in which the positive and negative outcomes of 2014 will play out in 2015.

Jan 04 21:48

Jihad Banksters: Islamic State sets first $2bn budget and has opened an Islamic Bank in Mosul

The IS has reportedly prepared its first annual budget, in which it projects a $250 million surplus, and has opened an Islamic Bank in Mosul. The Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has approved a 2015 budget of $2 billion, with an expected surplus of $250 million, a religious leader in Mosul has revealed. The IS group's first budget comes as part of a broad development programme for its declared territory, Naji Abdullah, a tribal leader in the city, told al-Araby al-Jadeed.

Jan 04 15:59

A review of Paul Craig Roberts’ How America Was Lost: from 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State

"Americans need to understand that they have lost their country.The rest of the world needs to recognize that Washington is not merely the most complete police state since Stalinism, but also a threat to the entire world. The hubris and arrogance of Washington, combined with Washington’s huge supply of weapons of mass destruction, make Washington the greatest threat that has ever existed to all life on the planet. Washington is the enemy of all humanity."—Paul Craig Roberts

Today, America’s fundamental strength as the dominant superpower lies not in our military prowess nor alliances, certainly not in our cultural values, nor our now off-shored manufacturing. Principally, it lies in the fact that the dollar is the world’s reserve currency. As the BRICS and other nations begin to realize they are better off without that system, our flimsy superstructure can crash upon our heads.

Jan 04 13:10

As Aleppo Goes, So Goes Syria?

Freezing hostilities in Aleppo could possibly achieve the same for Syria. It’s worth a try.

Jan 04 09:09

Report: US Fails in Attempted Rescues of Jordanian Pilot Held by ISIS

According to multiple reports from different media outlets, US ground troops failed in at least one and by some accounts two attempted rescues of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who last week was shot down over Syria and captured by ISIS.

US Special Forces were said to have been sent on two bids to rescue Kasaesbeh, who was believed to be held on the outskirts of Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, US forces are already engaged in combat operations inside Syria.

Jan 03 12:30

US Army Report:ISIS and Israel working together to counter Assad to cement Israels Energy Grab

ISIS and Israel are working together to counter Assad ..."Fourthly, in 2013 Israel granted oil exploration licenses in the Syrian-claimed Golan Heights, spelling “potential for another armed conflict between the two parties should substantial hydrocarbon resources be discovered.” According to a report to the UN Security Council in early December, Israel has been in regular contact with Syrian rebels, including Islamic State fighters, raising the question of Israel’s role in supporting anti-Assad extremists to cement its control of Golan’s potential fossil fuel resources."

Jan 03 10:37

Dozens Killed as US Escalates Strikes Against ISIS in Syria

Exact death tolls are unclear, but dozens of people were reported killed today as the US escalated its airstrikes against the ISIS capital of Raqqa and the contested city of Kobani.

The US launches daily airstrikes in both places, of course, but reports today are that the number of attacks are the highest since before December 24, when a Jordanian pilot involved in the air war was shot down and captured.

Raqqa is the de facto capital city of the ISIS caliphate, and indeed ISIS controls materially the entire Raqqa Province. In Kobani, ISIS is continuing to fight against Kurdish militias which hold much of the cit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; one would think that the US military would have absorbed this lesson from the Vietnam War, but apparently, they have not.

Jan 03 07:42

Indian jihadist ‘kills 55 for ISIS, quits because no pay’

An Islamic State recruit from Greater Mumbai was intercepted in Turkey, and then interrogated and arrested by India’s secret service. Suspected of killing up to 55 people, he allegedly left because they didn’t pay enough, India’s media reported.

Jan 02 09:40

Kurdish fighters kill Saudi ISIL commander during battle for Kobani in Syria

Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL terrorists in Syria’s northern town of Kobani have managed to kill a senior commander of the Takfiri group.

On Friday, the Kurdish forces engaged in fierce battle with ISIL in Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic.

Osman al-Nazeh of Saudi origin was killed along with a number of ISIL militants in the fight.

Dec 31 06:47

Ken O'keefe on PressTv exposes Obama, Bush, ISIS, Bankers, Syria

Dec 30 09:47

Israel, Iran, and ISIS - U.S. Policy Towards Syria is Wrong says Wilkerson

Larry Wilkerson: There will no solution in Syria without cooperation of Iran but U.S. policy is blocked by Israel's agenda

Dec 30 07:46

ISIL militants equipped with US anti-tank missiles: Report

The ISIL Takfiri group has released a photo showing one of its members preparing to launch a US-made TOW anti-tank missile against rival terrorists in Syria's strategic and mountainous Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon.

Dec 30 07:04

American helicopters drop boxes of weapons in ISIL-held areas in Iraq; US previously airdropped weapons captured by ISIL in Syria

Volunteer forces fighting against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists say US military aircraft have dropped weapons in areas held by the terrorist group in Iraq. American helicopters dropped boxes of weapons in Yathrib and Balad districts in Iraq's Salahuddin Province, according to the fighters. The report comes as the Iraqi army and volunteer fighters appear to be gaining the upper hand and making significant gains against ISIL. In October, a video showed the terrorist group captured a bundle of US weapons airdropped in the Syrian border town of Kobani. [Notice that whenever I-CIA-SIS is poised to lose an area, its US handlers immediately spring to the rescue? ISIS is a CIA/MOSSAD Frankenstein.]

Dec 29 09:02

US, allies conduct 12 air strikes against the Islamic State

The United States and allies carried out 12 airstrikes Saturday against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Combined Joint Task Force reported, according to Reuters.

Strikes near Kobani, a Syrian town along the border with Turkey, destroyed Islamic State buildings, vehicles and fighting positions.

Attacks near Al Asad, Mosul, Fallujah, Al Qaim and Baiji in Iraq also destroyed buildings, vehicles and a refinery.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good shooting there, Tex! Kinda makes me wonder if that refinery wasn't the real target all along!

Dec 28 08:36

Jihadi hunters... or fantasists? They said they risked their lives to battle ISIS in Syria. So why do witnesses insist these UK fighters were miles from action... and only in it for money?

o the world, they were the heroic former British soldiers who risked their lives in battle against IS in order to avenge the beheading of aid worker Alan Henning.

Yet an investigation by The Mail on Sunday, drawing on testimonies by ex-soldiers who were with them, can show that Jamie Read and James Hughes greatly exaggerated their story of having gone out to Syria to fight – and, in fact, went there to obtain videos and pictures to sell for financial gain.

Dec 27 10:49

US Massing Thousands of Vehicles in Kuwait for ISIS War

For years, the US was wondering what it was going to do with many thousands of war vehicles it shipped to Afghanistan when the drawdown left so many of them in surplus. At times they talked about giving them away, or shredding them.

Instead, 3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. Officials simply found another war for them.

The bulk of the vehicles are MRAPs, used by ground troops to resist IEDs in travel, and that points to the buildup being done with an eye on an eventual US ground war in Iraq and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No us troops on the ground" in Iraq or Syria, MY ASTROLABE!!

Dec 27 09:06

Germany to sell four new Sa’ar corvettes to Israel

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was purchasing four New Saars-class Corvettes from Germany. Dubbed "the Son of Saars," the next generation vessels are for the protection of Israel's offshore gas fields.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which used to be Gaza's and Lebanon's oil fields!

Dec 27 08:08

Syrian gov't 'ready to participate' in peace talks in Moscow: state media

Syrian state-run TV said Saturday that the government is prepared to take part in peace talks hosted by Russia next month, but the unnamed foreign ministry official it cited suggested the scope of the negotiations would be limited to "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference held in Syria itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is going to end-run the US in Syria!

Dec 26 11:11

Rebels in Syria’s Aleppo Announce ‘Total Merger’

Rebel factions in Syria are announcing new alliances and umbrella factions every few weeks, usually restricted to small factions or small amounts of territory. Today’s seems to be one of the biggest.

This new announcement, reported by rebel mouthpiece the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, is in the key northern Aleppo Province, where Syrian military forces are trying to take the city of Aleppo, once the nation’s industrial and financial capital.

The new alliance includes the Islamic Front and several smaller factions, who have agreed to a “total merger under one flag and united leadership.” The united group will be called the Shamiyya Front

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: do some of these rebels include the White House's alleged "moderate, vetted rebels"?!?

Dec 26 08:22

Lebanese Army kills 3 gunmen on Syria border

The Lebanese Army shot dead three militants in the northeastern border region near Arsal overnight, state-run National News Agency said Friday.

It said among the fatalities was Adham Shedad, a Syrian militant from Nusra Front.

A source in the town told The Daily Star that a group of gunmen tried to sneak into Lebanon from Syria near an Army checkpoint in Wadi Hmeid on the outskirts of Arsal, prompting troops to open fire.

Dec 25 09:53

Israeli intelligence: Danger of spillover from Syria war increasing

The civil war in Syria has become a strategic draw. Neither camp is able to defeat its rival and the fighting is focused on local battles for control, which cannot bring victory to either side.

Dec 25 09:49

Israel Court Throws Out Objections, Lets Oil Drilling Start in Syria’s Golan

The Israeli High Court has thrown out the last objections from environmental groups and approved Afek Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of politically well-connected Genie Israel, to begin exploratory drilling in the Golan Heights.

Dec 24 07:09

IS captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria

Islamic State (IS) militants have captured the pilot of a Jordanian warplane that crashed in northern Syria, Jordan's military has confirmed.

The jihadist group claimed it had shot down the jet with a heat-seeking missile near the city of Raqqa.

Dec 23 09:45

Millions of Syrian refugees scattered throughout the Middle East

More than one million Syrian refugees currently living in Lebanon, with some 300 residing in the country's Bekaa Valley. Because authorities have barred the United Nations from opening official camps, the refugees are strewn across some 1,700 communities throughout the country.

Dec 22 07:47

Syria says Israeli drone downed in Quneitra

Syria said on Sunday that an Israeli drone had been brought down in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

State media said the drone was flying above the village of Hadar when it was downed. It was not immediately clear whether it had been shot down or had crashed.

Dec 21 08:31

BEX ALERT - Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the usual anonymous source, intended to demonize Putin as a jew-hater.

Dec 21 08:20

Lebanon PM urges France to expedite helicopter deliveries

Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighboring Syria, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

Dec 18 12:22

American ‘used cars’ used by ISIS

A Texas plumber says he has no idea how his old company truck ended up in a jihadi photo from the front lines of the war in Syria produced by the militant group ISIS

The New York Daily News reported that Mark Oberholtzer of Texas City traded the company car in at a dealership in 2013 and hadn’t thought of it since.

On Monday, however, the Ansar al-Deen Front, a Syrian militant group, posted a photo featuring the black Ford F-250 pickup with an anti-aircraft gun mounted on the truck bed and the logo of Oberholtzer’s Mark-1 Plumbing Company and contact information emblazoned on the doors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, whoever bought the truck here in the US and shipped it to ISIS is materially aiding the enemy in time of war. I think that is called treason.

Dec 18 09:07

ISIS’ Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory

It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS).

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a defacto NATO invasion by proxy.

Dec 17 11:58

Pro-Israel American Conservative: Thank God for ISIS... US Will Be in Middle East Forever

Dec 16 08:26

Al-Qaeda faction in Syria claims to have U.S.-supplied anti-tank weapon

As extremist rebels in Syria lay claim to fresh weapons, a new video circulating online purports to show an al-Qaeda-linked group fielding U.S.-supplied anti-tank weapons that may have been intended for more moderate factions in the conflict.

Dec 15 13:06

REPORTS OF US AIRFORCE CARGO PLANES DELIVERING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ARMS TO ISIL/ISIS

US has delivered weapons to the terrorist group ISIS (Daesh, in Arabic) in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, west of the capital of the northwestern province of Nineveh, Mosul, which has become since last June a bastion these takfiri gangs, according to an Iraqi parliamentary.

"Three US aircraft carrying advanced weapons, clothes and food for ISIL, have landed at the airport in Tal Afar," reported Sunday Nahla Al-Hababi, the representative of the Nineveh province in the Iraqi parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But aren't they the BAD GUYS?!?

Dec 15 08:07

Exactly how the US trained and armed ISIS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 15 08:07

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 14 06:40

‘Suicide Drones’ and the Spoils of War: Israeli arms manufacturers look to cash in on the war in Gaza

Three weeks after Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip concluded, Israeli military and political leaders attended a conference next to Ben Gurion Airport to sell the successes of what Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians including 521 children. The annual conference, named “Israel Unmanned Systems 2014,” took place in business-as-usual atmosphere — even with a complimentary beer keg. But the fare was anything but humdrum. Among the offerings were suicide drones, “loitering munitions” that need to explode; a 16-year-old showing off high-tech robots designed by fellow high schoolers and future drone makers; and “premature” weapons, armaments that have not been fully tested before they are used on a live Palestinian population. Such is Israel the military power.

Dec 13 20:59

Israel Joining ISIS

Dec 13 08:04

Spending Bill Grants Half-Billion to ISIS-Linked Syrian Rebels

The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill rammed through Congress provides a half-billion dollars to arm and train ISIS-linked Syrian rebels who could potentially launch terrorist attacks against the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"and please make it a BIG one!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 12 09:01

State Dept: Rebels Are Never Going to Defeat Assad Militarily

a grim assessment of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebels, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday that the country’s armed opposition will not be able to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad now or in the foreseeable future, despite the existence of a Pentagon program to train and equip 5,000 rebels per year.

“We do not see a situation in which the rebels are able to remove him from power,” Brett McGurk, one of the State Department’s point men in managing the ad hoc international coalition battling the Islamic State, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “It will have to be a diplomatic process.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Or we can just invade." -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 12 07:48

Israeli military sees no reaction to strike on Syrian territory

Israel doesn’t expect a Syrian or Lebanese response to an airstrike in Syria attributed to Israel earlier this week since they are too tied up with that country’s bloody civil war and can’t afford to open another front, a senior Israeli military officer said Wednesday.

Dec 12 07:47

Mapping out the tapestry of Syria’s civil war of attrition

The year is drawing to an end with talk of how the rebels are on the verge of collapse, after gains by the regime and ISIS. The reality is more nuanced, however.

Dec 11 16:32

US Stops Paying Northern Syrian Rebel Salaries

“Vetted, moderate” rebels in northern Syria are joining al-Qaeda left and right these days, according to commanders familiar with the situation, as the US has suddenly and without explanation stopped paying them salaries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Piggy bank empty?

Dec 11 13:24

Kerry Demands Open-ended Mideast War Resolution

In an extraordinary appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the Obama administration’s demand for a congressional resolution to authorize military action in Iraq and Syria that would be unlimited in scope, time frame and methods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A carte blanche for the endless war first suggested by the Project for the New American Century.

Dec 11 08:21

Obama asks Netanyahu why he bombed Syria

Dec 09 12:28

No agreement with US until settlement of Syria no-fly zone issue: President Erdo?an

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an has said Ankara and Washington are “on the same page” about equipping and training moderate Syrian rebels, but differences remain over the no-fly zone and safe zone issues, thwarting the striking of a deal.

Dec 08 13:38

AIDING ISIS: Israel Bombs Syria For Fifth Time in 18 Months, Gives Arms, Medical Aid to Militants

As is customary, Israeli officials refused to ‘confirm or deny’ the bombing raid, in what the Jerusalem Post describes as, “Maintaining a policy of ambiguity that is meant to allow the other side to save face and to stave off retaliation”.
Israel is claiming this, its fifth unprovoked airstrike against Syria in 18 months (see full list of attacks below), was carried out as a ‘defensive measure’, claiming that Syria was “hiding sophisticated weaponry destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon”. One Lebanese TV correspondent claimed that Israel struck 10 crucial intelligence-linked locations in Syria that “belonged to Iran”. The same news outlet also reported other explosions heard near the Israeli-Lebanese border, allegedly from IDF airforce maneuvers.

Dec 08 11:21

Syria: Israeli jets bomb army facilities near Damascus airport

Israel has remained tight-lipped about Syrian reports that Israeli planes attacked Syrian military targets in the Damascus area on Sunday.

Dec 08 10:27

Israel Acts as ISIS’ Air Force … Repeatedly Bombs Syria

Israel has repeatedly bombed Syria over the last couple of days.

The attacks have been close to the Syrian capital Damascus, and have reportedly taken out agricultural facilities and warehouses.

As we’ve asked for years, why are we and our allies fighting on the same side as terrorists?

Dec 08 08:42

UN Reveals Regular Contacts Between Israeli Army and Syrian Rebels: Reports

United Nations (UN) observers in the Golan Heights border territory between Israel and Syria have submitted a series of reports to the UN Security Council detailing regular contacts between members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and radical Islamist Syrian opposition forces, UN Tribune says.

Dec 08 08:19

Syrian govt, opposition to meet for talks in Moscow - Assad's aid

Syria’s government and opposition will hold talks in Moscow on the resolution of the Syrian crisis, advisor to the Syrian president Bouthaina Shaaban told RT Arabic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may explain Israel's bombing campaign over the weekend. Neither Israel nor the US want the crisis in Syria to end.

Dec 07 09:47

Israeli airstrikes hit near Damascus airport – Syrian state TV

Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports.

"The Israeli enemy committed aggression against Syria by targeting two safe areas in Damascus province, in all of Dimas and near the Damascus International Airport," the report said, adding that there were no casualties.

A Syrian military source confirmed to RIA Novosti news agency that the country’s main airport was targeted.

Residents in the Syrian capital said they heard loud explosions.

According toLebanon's Al-Manar television, the Israeli jets bombed areas near the smaller airport at Dimas.

Dec 07 09:44

UN report reveals Israeli links with Syria Takfiris

A report recently submitted to the UN Security Council has revealed that the Israeli regime’s military has regular contacts with Takfiri militant groups operating against the Syrian government.

The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which has monitored the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights since 1974, said in the report that Israeli officers and the foreign-backed terrorists have “direct cooperation” on the Syrian border over the past 18 months, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

The UNDOF further said they saw Israeli soldiers “on the eastern side of the border fence opening the gate and letting two people enter Israel.”

The peacekeepers also acknowledged that Israel has been admitting injured militants for medical treatment in Safed and Nahariya hospitals.

Dec 07 09:43

Mossad training ISIL terrorists: Putin aide

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reports.

Alexander Prokhanov told Press TV that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

Dec 07 07:30

New US Command Signals Escalation in Iraq, Syria

The Pentagon has announced today the creation of a new military command, dubbed Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, which will oversee the war against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.

The new command, and by extension the war, will be placed under the charge of Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, who was previously in charge of a V Corps, US ground troops in Germany.

Dec 07 07:16

John Baird says Canada won’t join U.S. in airstrikes in Syria

Canada has no plans to follow its neighbour the United States in expanding airstrikes against the Islamic State group into Syria, the country’s top diplomat said Saturday during a visit to the Middle East.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada has a responsibility to contribute to the U.S.-led bombing campaign in part because the Islamic State group has attracted Canadian fighters to its ranks. But he insisted that support would be confined to Iraq for now.

“At this time we’re focusing on our current mission . . . We’ll stick with Iraq,” he said at a security conference in the Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain.

Dec 05 12:03

Pentagon in Denial About Civilian Casualties of U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

The Pentagon accepts that with many hundreds of allied bombings aimed at Islamic State targets since August, there is a “continued risk inherent in these strikes” for civilians on the ground. But that doesn’t mean the United States will offer compensation if it kills them.

The United States is not planning to grant compensation for civilians killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Foreign Policy has learned, despite claims by credible groups that at least 100 noncombatants may already have died in the 16 weeks of U.S.-led bombings.

The decision, confirmed by a senior spokesman for U.S. Central Command (Centcom), the military command organization in charge of the air war, marks a significant departure from recent conflicts, in which payments have regularly been made to those affected by U.S. military actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hell, these people are just 'collateral damage'; they don't matter in the larger scheme of things, and the babies would have grown up to be terrorists we'd have had to kill anyway!!" - Official Pentagon Souse.

Dec 05 11:49

House Approves Expansion of Military Operations Against ISIS

In a 300-119 vote, the House has approved the newest annual military spending bill, pumping another $585 billion into the Pentagon for assorted wars, including the newest war against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are making deals around the globe to get what they want. What is the US government doing?!? Creating wars and more wars.

And BTW: any military professional worth their salt will tell you, and in no uncertain terms that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. And this will, ultimately, translate, into more boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

I don't know precisely when this level of escalation will take place; but trust me, it will.

Dec 05 11:00

QUESTIONS FOR JEREMY SCAHILL, AUTHOR OF “DIRTY WARS, The World is a Battlefield”

For the people of Syria and the wider region, America’s dirty war against their countries is much dirtier than you present it, and for the wars to be successfully pursued many in the administration, media, NGOs, academia, diplomatic corps must be complicit to some extent or other in order for there to be a very muted response to the wars.

Your book was published in 2013. Could you please explain why you have given no attention at all to the role of Robert Ford in Syria’s crisis? (He is not listed in the index at all.) There are two brief references to John Negroponte in your book, on pages 186 and 207. They are both relatively benign and forgettable, despite Negroponte’s being the US director of national intelligence and his earlier suspect diplomatic service in Honduras. One would expect him to figure largely in the US dirty war. Why is Negroponte almost invisible in your book?

Dec 03 09:24

Anti-ISIL strikes changed nothing: Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the US-led airstrikes against the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group have failed to change anything on the ground in the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They weren't supposed to. The US needs ISIS|L to exist as the new enemy to wag at the world.

Dec 02 09:30

Syria opposition calls for direct talks with Assad government

A senior Syrian opposition figure has asked for direct talks with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the crisis in the Arab country.

Dec 01 09:31

US-backed Syrian rebels aided by al-Qaida militants push forward on southern front

Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power.

The advances appear to be a rare visible success story from efforts by the U.S. and its allies to train and arm moderate rebel fighters.

Nov 21 08:31

Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About

The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie.

Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

Nov 20 07:27

Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, he will ignore the limits, but it looks good in the newspapers!

Nov 18 12:16

Fake Video Footage: The West’s Propaganda War on Syria Exposed Once Again

While the Daily Mail claims “experts” claimed “they have no reason to doubt its authenticity,” those who have witnessed the West’s intentional, systematic deceit throughout the duration of the Syrian conflict could cite many reasons. With it now confirmed that the above mentioned video is a hoax, yet another reason still can be cited.

Indeed, the video was a complete hoax – a literal production filmed in Malta, not Syria, and consisting of actors, actresses, and special effects. The UK Mirror in its article, “Footage of Syrian ‘hero boy’ dodging sniper’s bullets to save girl revealed as FAKE,” would finally admit:

Lars Klevberg, 34, from Oslo, devised the hoax after watching news coverage of the troubles in Syria.

He told BBC Trending: “If I could make a film and pretend it was real, people would share it and react with hope.

“We shot it in Malta in May this year on a set that was used for other famous movies like Troy and Gladiator.

Nov 18 12:13

US unleashes the dogs of war upon Syria

An American peace activist says the United States has unleashed “the dogs of war” upon Syria by officially announcing the training and arming of anti-government militants.

Nov 17 16:02

Obama "Would Order" US troops into Combat if ISIS Got Nuclear Weapons

Considering all the spin regarding ISIS goading the NATO nations into attacking them... this headline just screams -FALSE FLAG - to me.

Why on earth would Obama make such an absurd statement unless the masses are being set up for some sort of perception managed psychological operation, that has yet to be unleashed?
When one reads what Obama says.... he set the bar low. I mean quite low.
ISIS won't have to use a weapon.

It just has to be alleged that ISIS possesses some sort of nuclear weapon

Nov 17 08:25

Netanyahu warns Obama: Both Islamic State and Iran must be defeated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "BiBi" Netanyahu appearing on United States television on Sunday said he wholeheartedly supported President Barack Obama and the U.S.-led coalition's military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, but he warned against Obama being soft on Iran.

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Here's your rifle, Benjamin...

Nov 16 09:51

Officials: Egypt warplanes bombing Libyan militias

Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias that have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Wednesday that Egyptian warplanes have bombed militia positions in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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