MIDDLE EAST

Oct 24 11:51

Cold War II: Interview with Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council

“The sobering up of the Ukrainians will be harsh and painful” -- Nikolay Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian Security Council.

In an interview for Rossiyskaya Gazeta the secretary of the Russian Security Council explained how Russian analysts were predicting the development of the situation in Ukraine a year ago. And he also gave an assessment of the role of the United States and NATO in the events in eastern Ukraine, explained why these events are a continuation of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s plan for the disintegration of the USSR and Russia, and assessed prospects for the development of the multipolar world and the possibility of a future struggle for hydrocarbon resources.

Oct 24 02:24

Western Sponsors Liable for Kiev Basket Case

Washington is even more circumspect than Brussels on the matter of providing hard cash to Kiev, as opposed to lots of hot-air promises of nebulous aid. One gets the feeling that the Western sponsors know full well that this regime is a basket case. Nevertheless, these Western sponsors are liable for the basket case that they created.

Since Washington and Brussels shunted the geopolitical tracks in the first place to create the financial train wreck that is now manifestly the Ukraine, you would think that there might be a sense of obligation on Western governments to salvage the mess. Not a bit of it, it seems.

Furthermore, the train wreck is careening dangerously into the Russian economy. But still, the Western governments adopt an attitude that Moscow must pay for the damages.

Oct 23 23:33

U.S. Leaders: “Listen to this Irish Senator”

Ireland joins Sweden and the British House of Commons to express support for Palestinian statehood.

A similar motion is pending before the Spanish Congress.

Irish Senator Averil Power (at right) stood before the Senate of Ireland this week and offered a motion which calls for the Irish Government to:

“formally recognize the State of Palestine and do everything it can at the international level to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The government parties agreed to the motion “without us actually having to push it to a vote,” Power said.

Oct 23 21:58

ISIL terrorist leader is CIA agent: Chechen president

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov says the ISIL terrorist group's leader, Ibrahim Samarrai who is known by the alias Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, works for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and is financially supported by western secret services.

Oct 23 05:52

How the US Supports the Islamic State (ISIS): One “Accidental Airdrop” vs Billions in Covert Military Aid

snip: While the US claims it has “accidentally” allowed weapons to fall into the hands of ISIS terrorists, in reality, the US has been arming, funding, and aiding ISIS and its terrorist affiliates either directly or through Saudi, Qatari, Jordanian, or Turkish proxies since at least 2011.

Oct 22 22:04

Syria shoots down army jets operated by ISIL

The Syrian government has admitted that the ISIL Takfiri militants have conducted flights by three captured planes belonging to the Syrian army.

Oct 22 14:16

Israel, the US Congress and treason

Alan Hart explains how members of Congress who put Israel’s interests ahead of those of the United States could be charged with treason, despite the US constitution’s narrow definition of a traitor.

Oct 22 13:53

Brazil under CIA Pressure

The activities of non-government organizations are not restricted in any way; their members have close ties with US embassy and consulate staff, as well as USAID workers. The human intelligence is used to discredit the policy of the Dilma Rousseff government. The lies about its ineffectiveness are spread around by all available means. «Experts» forecast collapse in case the President wins another term. They disseminate dubious results of «rating polls» that complicate the vision of reality.

Over two thousand Brazilian political activists, intellectuals, people of art and culture signed a manifest on October 26 highlighting the hostile actions of Washington aimed at prevention of Dilma Rousseff election victory.

Oct 22 13:50

Philip Giraldi: Stopping Cyber Hate

ADL has recently been meeting in California with a British group called the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, which included the Community Security Trust (CST). The CST advocates physical response to anti-Semitic incidents, to include the equipping and training of organized “self-defense” forces. CST is controversial in the UK, partly because many British Jews believe they are adequately protected by the police. It has also been criticized because its Director is the highest paid head of any Jewish organization in the country and its finances are alleged to be non-transparent.

An article entitled “Web giants unite to fight online hate” described the purpose of the California meeting. It reported that a “game changing” agreement was reached with Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft to take steps to stop “the proliferation of racist and abusive comments” and to “force racism and hatred from the web.”

Oct 21 23:07

ISIS shows off new weapons allegedly airdropped by US

The Islamic State has published a new video in which a jihadist shows off brand-new American hardware, which was purportedly intended for the Kurds they are fighting in the Syrian border town of Kobani.

Oct 21 09:18

Soros and the CIA Now Banking on Neves to Defeat Rousseff

President Rousseff’s policies have created powerful enemies within the walls of the CIA in Langley, Virginia and among the board rooms of Wall Street and the West’s most powerful corporations. She succeeded in proving the polls and pundits wrong on October 5 but October 26 remains yet another hurdle.

With Brazilian voters wise to Silva’s puppet strings to Soros and other global bankers, she managed to only come in third on October 5. Silva subsequently endorsed Neves, Soros’s second selection to take over the reins of presidential power in Brazil from Rousseff.

Neves’s chief economic adviser and the man who would become Finance Minister in a Neves presidency is Arminio Fraga Neto. A former close friend and associate of Soros and his Quantum hedge fund.

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Oct 21 06:18

Islamic State wins ground from Syrian government in east: monitor

IS (the terrorists formerly known as Al-CIAda/Al-Nusra) were extremely close to losing last year in Syria. When the anti-Assad propaganda ploy failed miserably, the US and other terrorist states doubled-down by adding more numbers, more money, more weapons, more lies, etc. Now, the US and NATO provide air cover for this foreign mercenary army and bomb the civilians and infrastructure on Syria without even the sheerest veil of international law or constitutionality. Leave the Middle East alone! Deal with the domestic issues at home caused by your war-mongering!

Oct 21 06:07

Here’s why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

IS distracts the world's attention from Israel's atrocities.

Considering the ha’aretz and other Israeli media articles on how Israel (and the US and other backers) create, train, fund, protect, and treat the injuries of IS members. Why should Israel fear its own catspaw?

Oct 20 19:16

‘NYT’ can’t keep its story straight on anti-Semitism in Germany

Three weeks ago the New York Times stunned its readers with a frontpage story proclaiming, “Europe’s Anti-Semitism Comes out of the Shadows.”

From the immigrant enclaves of the Parisian suburbs to the drizzly bureaucratic city of Brussels to the industrial heartland of Germany, Europe’s old demon returned this summer.

Oct 20 19:00

Anti-semitism charge is increasingly being leveled against Israel’s mainstream critics

A very similar charge was made by Matti Friedman, a former AP reporter in Jerusalem, who accused international media, including American outlets, of anti-Semitism for the way they told the story of the Gaza onslaught, as being Israel’s fault, when the real story was that Israel was taking on Hamas just as the US is taking on ISIS. At On the Media (minute 5):

What we’re seeing is extremely critical coverage of the actions of the Israeli government, and I would argue that this [alleged media] interest in the holy land– I think that there’s a very thin line between that and development of a hostile obsession with the moral failings of Jews, which as we know is a very deep thought pattern in the west.

Oct 20 18:44

The Neocons — Masters of Chaos

If you’re nervously watching the stock market gyrations and worrying about your declining portfolio or pension fund, part of the blame should go to America’s neocons who continue to be masters of chaos, endangering the world’s economy by instigating geopolitical confrontations in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Oct 20 17:56

New York Times FAIL: 'McCain No Connections To ISIS?!?'

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

“Conspiracy Theory!!!” cried the New York Times in its recent attempt to defend John McCain against revelations that show the Senator from Arizona providing material support to terrorism. The NY Times was called into action to “debunk” the evidence that McCain had met with terrorists, cannibals, and ISIS militants in Syria after the photographs of those meetings began circulating in the alternative media and more mainstream figures began to pick up on and run with them over the last few months...

Oct 20 11:10

Harper's Foreign Policy Confirms Orwell's Insights

Regarding Israel, Harper, with widespread support in the media, has gone so far as to try to establish criticism of Israel as a kind of Orwellian "thought crime." By declaring repeatedly (and even threatening supportive legislation) that criticism of Israel was anti-Semitic, Harper hoped to establish what Orwell referred to as "protective stupidity" -- a kind of mass denial of the obvious. Freud referred to it as "knowing with not knowing" and when it comes to most of Canada's military adventures, it is epidemic.

Oct 20 11:04

ISIS Conveniently Develops Air Force as NATO Seeks "No-Fly Zone" Over Syria

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

If Wile E. Coyote were a terrorist, his name would be ISIS. At least that is what the mainstream media and Western governments intent on overthrowing the secular government of Bashar al-Assad would have you believe.

According to the mainstream press, despite being highly-trained supermen who are ten feet tall and invincible, ISIS continues to make every public relations step it takes in the wrong direction. The recent announcement that ISIS now possesses an air force is case in point...

Oct 20 09:57

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “Caliphate.”

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

I am having an industrial strength, palm to forehead moment at velocity, upon reading this.

IF this is true, the US military has truly become "the gang that can't shoot (or airlift) straight.

Oct 19 22:00

George Galloway Interviews Kurdish Activist Memed Aksoy

A stone's throw away from the Turkish border, the Kurdish city of Kobane has been seized by Islamic State (formerly ISIS). However, they are meeting fierce resistance with every street being defended by fighters from the YPG youth section of the local PKK. They are young and a significant proportion of them are women. George Galloway speaks with Kurdish Activist Memed Aksoy about the horrors these young fighters face.

Oct 19 13:09

Israel is losing its friends in the world

Israel has lost its international audience. When Netanyahu warns about the nuclear threat from Iran, even those who worry deeply about Tehran’s intentions respond with a weary shrug. The warnings are seen as a diversion — an effort to distract from his refusal to accept a Palestinian state rather than a clear-headed assessment of a present danger. This cannot be good for Israel.

Such was the backdrop to last week’s vote in the House of Commons. The occasion added lustre to the reputation of the politicians — something too rare these days. The hyperbole and rancour of everyday partisanship made way for reasoned argument. Israel had lobbied hard against the motion. It was soon obvious it had lost its best friends.

Oct 19 09:48

Why Military Intervention Will Never “Fix” the Middle East

Who Will Show the Moral Courage to End the US's Middle East Wars?

Oct 19 08:27

US War on Iran Takes Bizarre Turn

It is not Western policy that indirectly spurs the creation and perpetuation of terrorist organizations, but in fact, direct, intentional, unmistakable support.

This support would manifest itself in perhaps the most overt and bizarre declaration of allegiance to terrorism to date, US Army General Hugh Shelton on stage before terrorists of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) and their Wahabist counterparts fighting in Syria, hysterically pledging American material, political, and strategic backing. MEK was listed for years by the US State Department as a foreign terrorist organization, but has received funding, arms, and safe haven by the United States for almost as long.

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"We have met the enemy and he... is us" - POGO

Oct 19 04:51

Germany will seize passports of ISIL supporters

Germany will confiscate passports of citizens who sought to join up with terrorists in Syria and Iraq, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced on Friday.

Oct 18 14:39

Israel ignoring “tectonic change” in world public opinion

Uri Avnery argues that, oblivious to Israelis, a tectonic change in public attitude towards Israel is underway, as shown by the UK parliament’s and Sweden’s decisions to recognise the state of Palestine.

Oct 18 11:58

Tables turned — Israel on the run

With support for the BDS Movement growing globally from organized labour, the potential economic threat to the Zionist regime is staggering

Last month saw the extraordinary possibility of a change in the power dynamic between Palestine and Israel. It confirmed the fact that a heretofore almost unnoticed, nonviolent campaign called Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement has Israel on the run.

Oct 18 11:48

Washington Admits: FSA Equals Fictitious Syrian Army

US President Barack Obama hosted a top-level war council this past week in Washington with the military leaders from 21 countries in attendance – under the official remit of coordinating tactics to defeat the Islamic State extremist group in Syria and Iraq.

Hold on a minute. Congress has approved $500 million to train a new cohort of the supposedly moderate and secular Free Syrian Army; and Saudi Arabia and Turkey are providing bases for that undertaking. But at Obama’s seminal war council on «coordinating» plans there was not one representative from the much-vaunted moderate rebels who are assigned this crucial military role.

Oct 18 11:45

Terror-scaremongering designed to erode freedoms, stamp out dissent

As expected, the recent fabricated ISIS terror scare that swept the headlines of Canada’s Zionist-owned media is being used by the neocon regime in Ottawa to give Canada’s spy agency CSIS more sweeping powers to spy on citizens and protect the identities of informants.

“The federal government will face intense scrutiny – perhaps even a constitutional challenge – when it introduces legislation to give its spies more legal powers,” reported the Ottawa Citizen.

Oct 18 11:42

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively.

I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Miko is absolutely right in his disclaimer, of course… you cannot expect a balance presentation on this topic, because the issue itself is not balanced. There is no balance therefore there cannot be a balanced presentation on this topic, Miko correctly reiterates.

Oct 18 08:56

Who Lost Yemen?

The Huthi’s stunning rise to power is mainly the result of four factors: the incompetence of the interim government installed in 2011, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s desire for revenge against those who ousted him in 2011, Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s sharp turn against the Muslim Brotherhood and the astute political leadership of the Huthi movement itself.

The Huthi movement began in the 1990s as civil rights movement for Yemen’s Zaydis. Zaydism is a form of Shiism adhered to by Yemen’s rulers for 1,000 years until 1962, when Yemen became a Republic. The Zaydis believed that the descendants of the Prophet Mohamed’s family through Fatima, one of his daughters, and Ali, her husband, were the only people qualified to lead the Muslim community, and thus people claiming such descent formed a religious aristocracy in northern Yemen.

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One factor, which goes completely unmentioned here, is the US government's support for the Al-Hadi regime, which was no less corrupt than that of its predecessor.

The late John Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

Oct 18 03:54

Why You Can’t Believe Nary a Word You Read About ISIS

You can’t believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS).

You can’t believe a word France or the United Kingdom say about ISIS.

Oct 18 02:04

A Caliph in a Wilderness of Mirrors

He's invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He's the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. No Tomahawk or Hellfire can touch him. He always gets what he wants; in Kobani; in Anbar province; with the House of Saud (which he wants to replace) trying to make Putin (who he wants to behead) suffer because of low oil prices.

Oct 17 17:54

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively.

I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Oct 17 14:15

American Exceptionalism and Plain Stupidity

On October 2nd US Vice-President Joe Biden finally said what most of those working in the region already know. “America’s key allies in the Middle East are very much responsible for the rise of the Islamic State (IS), funding and equipping extremists – “let’s call them terrorists” – with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria, at any cost.”

Oct 17 12:43

GARDENERS DISCOVER BAG OF ISIS FLAGS IN NORTHERN ISRAEL

Gardeners in the Israeli city of Nazareth Illit discovered a bag containing about 25 ISIS flags.

Israel Police have opened an investigation into the discovery of the flags on Tuesday in an industrial area of northern Israeli city. The possession of materials from the jihadist group was outlawed in Israel several weeks ago.

Oct 17 12:36

Very Encouraging. 4 out of 5 High Schoolers on a Bus have seen 'Loose Change' and know the U.S. Government was behind 9/11

My daughter is a high school student. She rides a bus to and from school. During one of her bus rides, there were 5 students left on the bus and one began a conversation about what is happening in the U.S.. My daughter decided to ask in an off handed manner "Has anyone ever seen the video, 'Loose Change'?"

She was shocked and amazed that 4 of the 5 students had watched it and said "OH, Yeah, the U.S. government was behind 9/11. The government is the one who did 9/11, not some man in a cave in Afghanistan!"

They all began sharing different things about the video and how they totally understand that the government committed 9/11 themselves.

Oct 17 10:18

Illan Pappe & Miko Peled on Zionist Israel

The most brutal occupation by the Zionist Israeli regime, known to the world in this 21st century, capable of far worse than the Gaddafi or Assad regimes, is allowed to continue the blatant daily oppression and colonization of a people unimpeded.

Below are a couple of compelling presentations by brave and bold, historian Illan Pappe, and peace activist Miko Peled respectively. I salute both men, for having the courage to move outside the Zionist narrative they grew up on, to stand up when their principles called for it, to give us an honest appraisal of where Israel as a society stands today, which most Israelis would prefer to remain in denial of, because, to acknowledge the truth, would destroy all of their sustaining myths and leave them bereft of all of the lies which have sustained and justified their existence.

Oct 17 10:04

Obama Knew Arming Rebels Was Useless, But Did It Anyway

As it happens, Syria is hardly the first or most significant place Obama has used his power as Commander-in-Chief in ways that get people slaughtered, even though he knew better, primarily for political purposes.

Obama’s biggest such decision killed a lot of American servicemembers who he sent to fight and die in Afghanistan.

Oct 17 07:50

Veterans and Human Rights Attorneys Seek Information on Toxic Weapons Use in Iraq

“DU is but one example of the toxic legacy left by our wars in Iraq,” said CCR Attorney Jeena Shah. “Veterans who served in Iraq are suffering side effects, while many Iraqis still live surrounded by piles of metal debris left over from the war and with soil and ground water potentially contaminated by DU. The only way to deal with its effects and to ensure it is cleaned up is to have a full accounting of where weapons containing DU were deployed.”

Oct 16 22:35

Islamism in Egypt – untangling the confusion - by Tarek Heggy

Since the assassination of the Egyptian Prime Minister in 1945 and 1948, and dozens of other subsequent assassinations – most notably the assassination of President Sadat on October 6th 1981 and the assassinations perpetrated by the Brotherhood today in Egypt – their own history and the unfolding facts on the ground demonstrate that the Muslim Brotherhood have not forsaken violence and murder but rather have bequeathed this to the currents that are spawned from them. There can be no doubt that Al Qaeda and Hamas, for example, are really two scions of the mentality

Oct 16 22:03

UK, US should hold Bahrain accountable to human rights standards

The UK and the US should force Bahrain to respect human rights despite the Gulf Kingdom’s geopolitical and economic importance for the two and their security agreements, says prominent Bahraini activist, Maryam Al-Khawaja.

Oct 16 21:57

‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

To destroy sectarian identities prevalent in the Middle East region today, the rules would have to be redesigned, not by Paul Bremer type figures, but through the creation of new political horizons, where fledgling democracies are permitted to operate in safe environments, and where national identities are reanimated to meet the common priorities of the Arab peoples.

Oct 16 14:34

Cameron still hasn't got the message on Palestine

Stuart Littlewood examines the spurious arguments used by the British government to try to wheedle its way out of recognising Palestine as a state, as emphatically demanded by the British parliament.

Oct 16 14:28

7 Disastrous Outcomes of Our New War in the Middle East

You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster -- a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car -- and then add, “What could possibly go wrong?”

Such is the Middle East today. The U.S. is again at war there, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria, advising here, droning there, coalition-building in the region to loop in a little more firepower from a collection of recalcitrant allies, and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground.

Oct 16 11:36

Fateful week for US-Iran talks

High expectations have been raised by world statesmen — one Iranian and the other two American — on the eve of the ‘trilateral’ meeting in Vienna today between the US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday expressed optimism about a resolution of the nuclear problem in terms that haven’t been articulated before. He said Iran has the “political will” to clinch a deal. Interestingly, he said this in a national address telecast alive.

The signs are that Iran’s Supreme Leader has authorized the Iranian negotiators to clinch a deal. The Iran Daily newspaper, which is identified with the Supreme leader’s office has showered fulsome praise on Rouhani’s policies seeking detente with the West.

Oct 16 11:32

Modi Bites the American Bullet

The US, like China, is eager to engage Modi who has a reputation for being decisive and “business-friendly”. But unlike in the case with China, there are no detractors or snipers in the Indian strategic community or the corporate media who would play the spoiler’s role.

What the pundits ask instead is what Modi can do for Obama’s America. They want Modi to hasten the purchase of more arms from the US and “tweak” Indian nuclear liability law so that the Westinghouse could export nuclear reactors to India.

They wish Modi would undo the “negative narrative” causing heavy damage to America’s trading interests by giving the green signal on the Trade Facilitation Agreement of the WTO.

They clamor that Modi should “go the extra mile” by taking at least a “minor role” in the US-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 16 10:11

Fabrication in BBC Panorama's 'Saving Syria’s Children'

The report contained harrowing scenes of teenage boys and young men, their skin apparently in tatters, racing into what the report describes as “a basic hospital funded by handouts” to be treated for burns. In one particularly disturbing scene a tableau of young men writhe, drool and groan, seemingly in great distress.

On further viewings, however, this scene in particular is strikingly odd. The young men are quiet and mostly static until spotting the camera upon them, at which point the central figure (Mohammed Asi) raises his arm and the group instantly becomes animated and begins groaning in unison.

Oct 16 10:06

The Center for Jewish Life is stifling free speech at Princeton University

I have never met Slav Leibin.

Nonetheless, it recently came to my attention that he vetoed, with the approval of the Center for Jewish Life, my right to participate in a proposed panel on the recent hostilities in Gaza. Apparently this preemptive act of exclusion was carried out on entirely political grounds. This strikes me as an attempt to stifle the exchange of views on an important, if contentious, issue of concern to many in the Princeton University community — an egregious violation of our community’s values.

Oct 16 06:58

Israel Losing Support In UK Says Ambassador

‘Britain’s ambassador to Israel has warned that the Jewish state is losing support in the UK, blaming the summer offensive in Gaza and increased settlement construction in the Occupied West Bank. His remarks came as a former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as “apartheid”.

The ambassador, Matthew Gould, issued the warning hours after MPs backed a motion to recognize the state of Palestine, albeit in a non-binding vote. Speaking to Israel Radio, the ambassador said the vote in the Commons showed that public sentiment was moving away from Israel.’

Oct 16 06:56

A Shift toward Recognizing Palestine

On Oct. 3, the new Swedish prime minister had announced his government’s intention to recognize the State of Palestine, thereby joining the 134 other UN member states, encompassing the vast majority of mankind, which have already done so.

Europe should not stop there.Imagine that all of the 20 European Union states which have not yet recognized the State of Palestine were to do so and that the EU were then to announce that, if Israel did not comply with international law and relevant UN resolutions by withdrawing fully from the occupied State of Palestine by a specified date, it would impose economic sanctions on Israel and intensify them until Israel did so.

Oct 16 06:51

Putin calling, is Obama hearing?

Big things sometimes happen innocuously in politics.

Reading the transcript of Russian Foreign MInister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Channel Five in Moscow a fortnight ago, one did feel intrigued that almost innocuously, after some scathing criticism of the West’s containment policies toward Moscow, Lavrov switched tack abruptly, toward the end, with some loud thinking that there could still be “something else like reset No. 2 or reset 2.0? between Russia and the US. He left the intriguing thought hanging in the air.

Oct 15 22:53

What is Zionism?

- its history and role over the past 150 years

Today, Zionism has become the most dominant ideology in the western world and is the most significant expression of Anglo-American imperialism, and reached a new stage by ”Project for a New American Century”.

Zionism is, according to its own prominent figures, a religious/political movement the aim of which is to create a socialistic model state for Jews in the land of Palestine where Mount Zion is located. Its roots are found in Judaism and in the middle of the nineteenth century Moses Hess, Karl Marx’s mentor in socialism, developed it into a political movement.

Oct 15 14:18

A shot across the bows of Israel and its stooges

Stuart Littlewood says the UK parliament’s vote in favour of recognising Palestine as a state is a clear instruction to the government to act with honour and decency towards the Palestinian people.

Oct 15 09:24

Mainstream Media A "No Fly Zone" For Truth

...... Such is the nature of war propaganda. Its purpose is to goad a gullible public, made up of individuals who would, in ordinary circumstances, not desire war and, in virtually all circumstances, have nothing to gain from it, into supporting an unfounded, immoral, and costly military operation against a people who are very similar to themselves.

It is precisely because of this fact that the propaganda must be incessant and continual. With every report drumming up support for US military intervention in Syria and coloring every report of events taking place inside or surrounding the country, there is no article in any mainstream media outlet that does not make a series of unfounded claims and reinforce the propaganda narratives provided by the State Department.

Read more at http://www.activistpost.com/2014/10/mainstream-media-no-fly-zone-for-t...

Oct 15 08:25

British Parliament sends a message to Obama: the people see Israel as a ‘bully’

Yesterday the British Parliament voted overwhelmingly (274-12) to recognize a Palestinian state, and if you listened to the debate, one theme above all else explains the crushing victory: The British public has been horrified by Gaza and its opinion of Israel has shifted. Even Conservative members of Parliament cited pressure from the public. As Labour’s Andy Slaughter said, Britain has witnessed a new “barbarism”:

I think that the British people have been on the same sort of the journey as the right hon. Member for Croydon South [Conservative Sir Richard Ottaway] described—it is certainly true of the Labour movement—from being very sympathetic to Israel as a country that was trying to achieve democracy and was embattled, to seeing it now as a bully and a regional superpower. That is not something I say with any pleasure, but since the triumph of military Zionism and the Likud-run Governments we have seen a new barbarism in that country.

Oct 14 15:06

New Horizon Conference: Meeting of Minds in Tehran

The 2nd conference “New Horizon: the International Conference of Independent Thinkers” was held in Tehran, September 29–October 1 2014, including over 30 journalists, writers and academics from around the world presenting papers and arguing issues of world geopolitics, with a focus on the Middle East.

Contrary to the shrill cries in the western media that the conference was anti-Semitic, it was unique in my experience in addressing Zionism and US imperialism forthrightly and intelligently, without a hint of racism. The issue of anti-Semitism was addressed and dismissed, as “There is no issue with Jewish people or the Jewish religion,” explained Darya-Bandari, “but rather with Zionism, that secular distortion of Judaism that itself is racist, and has been used as a pretext to dispossess and kill Palestinians.”

Oct 14 15:02

Pepe Escobar: What’s the deal between Iran and the US?

I’ve just spent a frantic week in Tehran as a guest of the New Horizon conference of Independent Thinkers. Here is some of what I’ve witnessed.
Three overarching themes monopolize all important discussions in Tehran at this critical historical juncture:

1) the real possibility of a nuclear deal with the P5+1 on November 24;
2) the end of sanctions and the possibility of Iran soon starting to supply the EU with loads of natural gas;
3) the fight against ISIS/ISIL, which Iranians, as much as the Arab street, refer to as Daesh.

I was quite moved by the profound respect shown to Gareth’s investigative work in Tehran, in contrast to the thunderous wall of silence that greeted his book in the US. Call it yet another reflection of the 35-year old “wilderness of mirrors” – or Wall of Mistrust – opposing Washington to Tehran.

Oct 14 13:21

The UK House of Commons’ Palestine vote: a well meant but futile gesture

Alan Hart explains why the two-state solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict – the premise on which British lawmakers voted in favour of recognising a Palestinian state – is no longer possible.

Oct 14 11:26

More Jews have joined Islamic State, French official says

There are a number of Jews among the more than 1,000 French citizens who have joined the Islamic State, a French government official told Israel's Channel 2 news.

Oct 13 12:02

Ted Rall: Obama a “Reluctant Warrior,” My Ass

From Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya to now Iraq all over again, Barack Obama is as much of a “reluctant warrior” as Genghis Khan.

David Ignatius is to The Washington Post what Thomas Friedman is to The New York Times, the 50-yard line of the world as seen by political elites. Like Friedman (but minus the Mustachioed One’s tortured syntax and penchant for airport-to-Four-Seasons taxicab policy briefings), Ignatius mirrors the views of our wealthy, powerful and oblivious leaders at any given hour of the day.

Oct 13 11:41

Good War and Bad Peace: Perpetual War and the Erosion of Liberty

In a letter written in 1783, Benjamin Franklin said, “In my opinion, there never was a good War, or a bad Peace.” -- That kind of talk today probably would get Ben branded a terrorist or an associate of al-Qaeda, ISIS, or the latest enemy in the perpetual War on Terror. Lindsey Graham definitely would tell him to shut up and then send him to Gitmo.

Oct 13 08:54

The Globalization of War

snip: Realities are turned upside down. “War is Peace” said George Orwell. The media in chorus upholds war as a humanitarian endeavor. “Wars make us safer and richer” says the Washington Post.

The Big Lie becomes The Truth. In turn, upholding The Truth –through careful documentation and investigative analysis of the horrors of U.S. led wars– is casually categorized as “conspiracy theory”.

While Washington wages a “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), those who forcefully oppose America’s wars of aggression are branded as terrorists. War becomes peace, a worthwhile “humanitarian undertaking”. Peaceful dissent becomes heresy.

With unfolding events in Ukraine and the Middle East, humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. At no time since the Cuban Missile Crisis has the World been closer to the unthinkable: a World War III scenario, a global military conflict involving the use of nuclear weapons.

Oct 13 08:49

Nuland Lands in Kiev as US-backed Regime Tools Up for War

The long overdue visit to Kiev this week by Victoria Nuland – Washington’s Ukraine hawk – carries the foreboding imprimatur of US-backed war escalation.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko has flipped to a strident war rhetoric. In a televised appearance this week, the former industry tycoon had swapped his tie and suit for military uniform, and was warning that forces under his command were ready to use «modern fighting techniques».

Oct 13 08:36

New ISIS Training Video Showcases Discipline, “Kung Fu” Skills

New ISIS Training Video Showcases Discipline, “Kung Fu” Skills
Apparently getting kicked in the chest, crawling under gunfire and taking part in Kung-Fu-style mock battles are all part of training for new ISIS recruits. Chilling at first, the video takes a turn for the bizarre during a Bruce-Lee-inspired sequence, complete with flying kicks and dramatic falls. The more routine and effective demonstrations include how to rescue compatriots on the battlefield, the basics of taking apart and reassembling an AK-47 and, most frightening of all, lessons on how to be a martyr.

Oct 12 22:51

A Historic Vote on Palestine in the British Parliament

The idea of Israel is changing in the minds of its allies. It is no longer a cause. It is becoming heavy baggage.

This is not the effect of a larger Muslim community. All Britons today are more likely to be aware of the 14,000 settlements Israel approved during its nine month peace talks with the Palestinians; to wonder where a Palestinian state is going to go , with more than 600,000 settlers in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank; to acknowledge the insouciant racism of Israeli discourse about non-Jews; to recoil at the cost in Palestinian civilian lives of Israel’s definition of its own security.

Oct 12 22:27

Two Types of Virulent Anti-Semitism

Israel has long devoted major funding and great effort to deflecting blame for its policies and practices by raising the black flag of anti-Semitism to discredit responsible and deserved criticism.

As the Palestinian solidarity movement grows across the world, it is obvious that this form of hasbara (propaganda) is failing.

Oct 12 13:33

Which way will the UK Parliament jump when it votes on Palestinian recognition?

Stuart Littlewood looks at how Israel’s flag wavers in the lower chamber of the British parliament are rallying their forces to thwart a motion to unilaterally recognise the state of Palestine.

Oct 12 08:32

Carter unhappy with Obama’s policies in Middle East

Former President Jimmy Carter put down his hammer at a Meadowbrook Habitat for Humanity project Tuesday for a wide-ranging interview that touched on subjects such as the Obama administration’s use of drones, women’s rights and faith.

Oct 12 08:00

Al-Qaeda terror financier worked for Qatari government

An al-Qaeda money man was employed by the Qatari government despite being officially designated a terrorist by the US. Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari channel led hundreds of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda through a terrorist network while working in the Gulf state’s Ministry of Interior.

Oct 12 06:52

Meanwhile, Whatever Happened to Al Qaeda??

Bernie Suarez
Activist Post

Watching world events lately one cannot help but to wonder, whatever happened to the war in Afghanistan? Are U.S. soldiers supposedly still exchanging fire with Al Qaeda as (supposed) payback for 9/11? For a couple years I had been offering cash reward for anyone who can prove the war in Afghanistan to be a real "war" scenario; you know, the one with the video proof of the opposition actually firing back at our positions...

Oct 11 23:12

Judeo-American imperium manipulates Canada into farcical ISIS quagmire

Unbeknownst to most Americans and Canadians who get all of their information from the lamestream media, ISIS is not only not a ‘threat’ in any capacity to the US or Canada, it is a wholly fabricated mercenary army, trained and deployed by the CIA and Mossad to cause problems for countries that aren’t compliant with the Judeo-American empire. Hence, the so-called Jihadists of ISIS only ever attack countries whose governments haven’t fallen completely under the thumb of Tel Aviv and Washington

Oct 11 13:38

THE TRAGEDY OF MODERN DEMOCRACY

Once in power, modern democratic governments behave little differently than many authoritarian states do. Wars are started without consent and for purposes not in the public interest. Secret services carry out acts government would be ashamed to be seen openly doing. Armies for needless wars are conscripted or bribed into existence. Rights people regarded as basic may be suspended at any time. Injustices abound. Many “democratic” states practice illegal arrest, torture, assassination, and, above all, secrecy. Secrecy is so much a part of things today that when citizens do vote, they haven’t the least idea what they are voting for.

Oct 11 12:34

Battle for Baghdad: ISIS now within 8 miles of airport, armed with MANPADS

Islamic State’s offensive on the Iraqi capital intensified as the jihadist fighters advanced as far as Abu Ghraib, a suburb only 8 miles away from Baghdad’s international airport.

Oct 10 22:19

Is this Palestine’s last chance?

Ever since I began taking an interest in the Palestinians’ struggle – nearly ten years ago – those brave people have been cursed with rubbish leadership that has taken them steadily backwards instead of forwards… leadership that studiously ignores Palestine’s friends outside, fails its people inside and allows its territory and resources to dwindle.

The words “unity government” are on everyone’s lips. But is it really a good idea for Palestinians to unite under the likes of Abbas and his cockeyed, lazy PLO? Where are the alternative leaders hiding?

Please don’t tell us there aren’t any.

Oct 10 15:30

The myth of Assad, ISIL and extremism

Joe Biden’s comments last week linking US Mideast allies to the funding and arming of ISIL, Al Nusra & Al Qaeda were preceded by a surprising number of similar comments by current and former western officials in the past month. This is unusual notes Middle East geopolitical analyst Sharmine Narwani, because the West’s narrative for years has been to blame Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies for the proliferation of extremism in the region.

In her latest offering at RT’s Op-Edge, Ms. Narwani examines two secret US documents that tell a different story altogether.

Oct 10 15:10

Is Obama Being Threatened by US Hawks with ‘Security Risks’?

Is there something more significant to the rash of disclosures than mere incompetence among the president’s security detail? Are powerful people within the US government perhaps trying to send Obama a grim warning?

We should bear in mind that the US-led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and the growing confrontation with Russia over Ukraine seem to have entered a critical phase. The US military-industrial complex is pushing for a full-scale and relentless intervention in the Middle East, as well as ever-increasing tensions over Ukraine by goading the reactionary Kiev regime into antagonizing Russia.

With billions of dollars at stake from arms sales, business reports have noted that America’s top weapons companies, such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, are soaring in their stock market values. Every fighter jet sortie in Iraq and Syria, every missile launched, every warship despatched to the Black Sea is rallying stupendous profits for these companies.

Oct 10 12:34

Israeli perception and reality

Jamal Kanj shows how lying is an integral aspect of Zionist culture, and he illustrates this with examples from Israeli leaders spanning decades and prominent US Zionists such as Henry Kissinger.

Oct 10 12:33

Israel and the genocide word

Jonathan Cook argues that the word “occupation” does not adequately describe Israel’s “unique strategy of incrementally destroying the Palestinian people”, a strategy comprising a mixture of ethnic cleansing, apartheid and incremental genocide.

Oct 10 09:58

The ISIS Threat: A Convenient Cover-Up

Ted Baumann
Activist Post

Last week, my colleague Jeff Opdyke reminded us that like all power-hungry states, the U.S. requires enemies like ISIS to keep the population distracted and mobilized against the wrong threats. As he rightly put it: “War … gives government the cover it needs to curtail liberties and freedoms here at home. It gives government reason to rally the citizenry as the long-term health of the nation deteriorates.”

Of course, war does more than just that. War generates massive flows of taxpayer money to the defense industrial sector, which passes some of it on to money-hungry politicians, who vote for more war and thus more money for defense. And so on...

Oct 09 12:08

Naomi Wolf reacts to Isis 'conspiracy theories' critism after she questions whether beheading videos are real

Naomi Wolf stirred controversy over the weekend, after she posted a series of comments on Facebook, in which she questioned the authenticity of the Isis beheading videos and suggested that they "had been staged by the US government".

Oct 09 11:10

Destabilization – US Weapon in a Energy War in Ukraine and the Middle East

These trade negations have been passing under the public’s radar, because they have been taking place very discreetly behind closed doors. The very TTIP’s name is designed to conceal, and was selected by policy and trade mandarins, because of their fears that a public backlash could erupt against the negotiations, as it did in the case of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) talks in 2001. Like the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which was signed in Ottawa between Canada and the EU on September 26, wordsmiths calculatingly picked the name TTIP to try to hide the fact that it is a free trade agreement.

Oct 09 10:57

From Pol Pot to ISIS: “Anything that flies on everything that moves”

In transmitting President Richard Nixon's orders for a "massive" bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, "Anything that flies on everything that moves". As Barack Obama ignites his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the orchestrated hysteria and lies make one almost nostalgic for Kissinger's murderous honesty.

Oct 09 10:56

Notice that ISIS Isn’t Beheading Swiss Citizens

Like the United States, Switzerland has a welfare state and a regulated society.

Yet, notice something important: Switzerland isn’t the subject of terrorist attacks, and the Islamic State isn’t beheading Swiss citizens. Wouldn’t you think that if radical Muslims hate the United States for its freedom and values, they would also hate Switzerland for its freedom and values, especially since the freedom and values of the United States are similar to those of Switzerland, with one major exception?

So, what’s that major exception? Is it possible that that major exception could provide a clue as to which comes first: terrorism or U.S. interventionism?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me say this straightaway: I do not condone ANY violence, period, end of discussion. That which is hardest, true, good-faith negotiations, is always the best.

However, that having been said, the American government's interventionism and pre-emptive wars (for profit, and maintaining the US dollar as the world's reserve currency) have not won it many friends around the world, particularly if people who have had innocent family members or friends slain, or maimed, as a result of the US government's mucking about with other people's countries.

Oct 09 10:01

Yemen Shiite rebels set sights on strategic strait, oilfields

Shiite rebels who breezed into the Yemeni capital unopposed last month are now widely thought to be moving to cement their grip by snatching a strategic strait and oilfields.

The militiamen known as Huthis stormed into Sanaa on September 21, easily seizing key government installations, and they now man checkpoints and run patrols across the city in almost total absence of the security forces.

The rebels, who Yemeni authorities accuse Shiite-ruled Iran of backing, have refused to quit Sanaa despite a UN-brokered deal to give them more influence with the Sunni-dominated government.

Numerous sources in Yemen say the Huthis are now setting their sights on prized assets like the narrow Bab al-Mandeb strait leading to the Suez canal, as well as oilfields in Marib province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These rebels are very smart, in seizing strategic, revenue producing assets in the region.

I just hope that the Yemenite people get a lot more of their oil revenue, manifesting in schools, health care, and infrastructure projects than they did under al-Hadi.

Time will tell.

Oct 09 09:28

SECRET RUSSIAN SPY BASE IN SYRIA SEIZED BY WESTERN-BACKED REBELS

Rebel forces aligned to Syria’s Western-backed opposition have announced the seizure of a joint Syrian-Russian spy base, which observers say reveals the extent of Russia’s intelligence cooperation with Syria. The base is located at the base of the Tel Al-Hara Mountain, in southern Syria’s Golan Heights region, just south of the border crossing with Israel in the now largely destroyed Syrian city of Quneitra.

Oct 09 06:40

ISIL: From decapitation to Islamophobia

Thanks to the abominable efforts of the Arab puppet regimes, Islam is being depicted as a violent religion, Islamophobia is escalating and the Muslims are gradually bearing the brunt of what ISIL has done and is doing.

Oct 09 06:05

Yemen's new PM quits after Houthis call mass protest

Yemen's new Prime Minister Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak quit his post early on Thursday hours after the Houthi militia called for mass protests against the "foreign interference" they said was behind his appointment.

Oct 08 14:39

Israel’s kosher philosopher

Gilad Atzmon looks at how Israeli “philosopher” Asa Kasher justifies killing Palestinian civilians and offers “a glimpse into Jewish tribal ethno-centrism in which ‘goodness’ is defined solely by Jewish interests”.

Oct 08 14:37

How Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize

Alan Hart outlines a scenario that would enable President Obama to overcome the Zionist lobby in Congress and force Israel to be serious about peace on terms the Palestinians could accept.

Oct 08 14:22

Students at Harvard Believe US Bigger Threat to World Peace Than Islamic State

Students at Harvard University say the United States poses a bigger threat to world peace than the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, according to Campus Reform, a news outlet geared toward reaching college students.

Oct 08 08:32

Syria is Still The Main Target

Whistleblower Edward Snowden, the former employee at US National Security Agency,revealedthat US, UK and Israeli intelligence worked together to create ISIS. In her book “Hard Choices” former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, confessed that the American administration created ISIS, whose primary goal was the destruction of the Arab World. ISIS leader, reported by western media as Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, is actually an Israeli Mossad agent with the name of Elliott Shimon.

Oct 08 07:24

The Question of State Legitimacy - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Zionist lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz,finds “imperative” is that drone attacks and the like be made legal by, for instance, allowing someone in the government to obtain a warrant that allows an assassination (and its “collateral damage”) to take place.

Oct 07 11:27

Washington Is Destroying The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The arrogant fools in Washington, wallowing in their hubris as “the indispensable nation,” have provoked Moscow to the point that Russia now has more deployed nuclear weapons than the US. As a result of Washington breaking its word and putting ABM missile bases on Russia’s border, Russia has developed supersonic ICBMs that can rapidly change their trajectory and cannot be shot down by any missile defense system. Of course, the US corporations making billions of dollars selling Washington a useless ABM system will deny this.

Moreover, those countries, such as Poland, whose governments are sufficiently stupid to accept US ABM bases, would be obliterated before the bases could function. The utter stupidity of Eastern Europe’s bought-and-paid-for governments to put trust in Washington is likely to be the main cause of WW III.

Oct 07 10:53

Is this Palestine's last chance?

Stuart Littlewood explains why Mahmoud Abbas cannot be trusted to stand up for the best interests of the Palestinian people, given his failure to take Israel to the International Criminal Court.

Oct 06 13:47

The question of state legitimacy

Lawrence Davidson considers the role of the United States and Israel in eroding international human rights law and how this could lead to a drastic deterioration in the domestic rule of law.

Oct 06 10:30

Even if we defeat the Islamic State, we’ll still lose the bigger war

Don't agree with the slant of this article but the list was eye-opening:

snip: As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.

Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria. Whew.

Oct 06 10:13

Zerohedge: ISIS, Obama, And Why Everbody Loves The Drone War

Watch the embedded John Oliver video. We're stuck with comedy shows for critical analysis.

Oct 06 10:00

FBI Director Warns of ‘Khorasan’ Threat

In comments on today’s “60 Minutes” program, FBI Director James Comey warned that the Khorasan group is “serious people, bent of destruction” who plan to attack the US “very, very soon.”

Comey insisted the US had to act as if the Khorasan strike was “coming tomorrow,” but conceded that they don’t know whether they plan to attack “tomorrow or three weeks or three months from now.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to FBI Director Comey: if there is a "big bang" in this country, it will mean that neither you, the NSA, the CIA, or the FBI, or military intelligence has been able to protect us, and should be collectively SACKED instantly after such an event occurs.

And the US government has another serious problem: few Americans believe ANYTHING this government says anymore, because it has completely paralyzed and crippled its own credibility.

Should there be a crisis inside this country (like a real, exponential outbreak of ebola here), even if the information the government was disseminating was accurate, it would not be believed.

Oct 06 09:56

Even if we defeat the Islamic State, we’ll still lose the bigger war

As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extend into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980.

Oct 06 09:00

Biden Admits the Origin of ISIS

US Vice President Joe Biden has made the latest in a series of chastening apologies, after the United Arab Emirates expressed “astonishment” at his Thursday remarks. Biden called US allies “the biggest problem” in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

“The UAE’s counter-terrorism approach reflects a pioneering national commitment that recognises the extent of the danger posed by terrorism to the region and to its people,” said Gargash in a press release.

The assertions were in stark contrast to the incendiary remarks Biden uttered in an unguarded moment during a Q&A at Harvard University on Thursday, in which the official accused the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey of inciting radical Sunni elements to raise their weapons against Assad, who belongs to a sect of Shia Islam.

Oct 05 16:14

New Silk Roads and an Alternate Eurasian Century

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let’s call it the BMB. Its likelihood is being seriously discussed at the highest levels in Beijing and Moscow, and viewed with interest in Berlin, New Delhi, and Tehran. But don’t mention it inside Washington’s Beltway or at NATO headquarters in Brussels. There, the star of the show today and tomorrow is the new Osama bin Laden: Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the elusive, self-appointed beheading prophet of a new mini-state and movement that has provided an acronym feast -- ISIS/ISIL/IS -- for hysterics in Washington and elsewhere.

Oct 04 19:11

SYRIA: The Twice Betrayed Christians of Ma’ loula

The Monastery of St. Thecla, including her tomb, has been completely burned, and its holy relics and icons looted, some already surfacing for illicit sale; One lady from Ma’loula, now living in Damascus, explained to this observer how al-Nusra militants handed citizens “certificates of death” and threatened to harm women and children should the men fail to comply with whatever orders were given to them. She recalled how Christians were told to pay tributes to al-Nusra in order to stay alive.

Oct 04 18:19

Palestinian-U.S. relations head for stormy times

Washington’s response to the speech that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered at the UN General Assembly last September 26 confirms that the bilateral Palestinian-U.S. relations are heading for stormy times.

But any policy of confrontation with the U.S. means that Abbas must reject all U.S. bribes, which would inevitably come at the cost of sacrificing the Palestinian resistance.

Oct 04 15:38

ISIL opens 1'st consulate in Turkish capital

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have purportedly opened a consulate in Turkey and use it to issue visas for those who want to join the fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments. Meanwhile The turkish parliament has approved by a majority of three to one a motion allowing its armed forces to cross the border into Syria or Iraq to strike at the Islamic State militants.

Oct 04 14:56

Ryan Dawson's work: Scott Rickard on Libya

Sound quality is uneven but it's interesting :-)

Oct 04 13:33

All the countries—including Sweden—that now recognize Palestinian statehood

When will the UN actually grow some spine with the Israel apologists?

Oct 04 10:08

What Civilian Casualties? To Barack Obama, Women And Children In Syria And Iraq Are A Subhuman Species

One former Obama administration official said the new White House statement raises questions about how the U.S. intends to proceed in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, and under what legal authorities.

Wait, someone actually wondered under what legal authority the Obama administration is killing innocent people? How dare they: don't they know Obama has a Nobel peace prize, so none of his actions are subject to any scrutiny: surely the president himself is his own best moral censor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that these strikes, which are both deeply immoral and illegal in the extreme, are going to a larger regional war which, at some point, will include Russia.

As an American who cares deeply about the future road her country is taking, I cannot support them at all. All people in the world should have the right to peaceful self-determination.

But then again, in the grand scheme of things which originate in Sodom on the Potomac, this may be precisely the plan by those in the bowels of power in DC: a regional war which ultimately leads to war with Russia.

I would very politely like to point out that there is no guarantee of a positive outcome to such a war with Russia, because the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure such an outcome.

And that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

Oct 04 00:42

Spinning in the Grave: Western Media Dig Dirt to Cover Kiev’s Atrocities

Yes, there certainly has been «blatantly false reporting» in Ukraine – by Western mainstream news media, which have consistently failed to convey the extent of violence perpetrated by the Kiev regime against the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine.

The Western media went into supercilious mode this week over evidence of atrocities and mass graves in eastern Ukraine committed by the Kiev regime.
Rather than dealing with disturbing facts that point to the Western-backed regime’s culpability in war crimes, Western media tried instead to divert the focus by claiming that «pro-Kremlin» Russian news outlets were guilty of crude propaganda.

Oct 03 23:16

From Sykes-Picot to “Degrade and Destroy”

The history of the Middle East from the day the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed, until the day the U.S. began bombing ISIS, is filled with lies and half-lies.

The current conflict between the U.S. and its allies is a conflict that can only be understood by a look back to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the 1919 document that allowed Great Britain and France to carve up the Ottoman Empire for their own selfish colonial purposes.

Oct 03 21:13

Biden: Turks, Saudis, UAE funded and armed Al Nusra and Al Qaeda

Washington’s partners in fighting extremism – and trampling all over international laws to do it – are the same ones who have fueled it. The Vice President of the United States just said so. And Americans are snickering over the B-word. Leaders of the free world indeed.

Oct 03 21:12

Joe Biden’s latest foot in mouth

Middle East geopolitical analyst, Sharmine Narwani, examines the breathtaking admission by US Vice President Joe Biden that America’s Sunni coalition partners have funded and armed ISIL & Co. None of the major US networks have reported this story yet – that scoop was left to Russia Today and Al Manar. Less mentioned are Biden’s comments that there are no “moderates” among Syria’s opposition fighters. The only moderates inside that country, he stresses, are “shopkeepers, not soldiers.”

Biden may be known to often put his foot in his mouth, but this time he has done the world a favor, notes Ms. Narwani.

Oct 03 14:20

Netanyahu’s and Abbas’s UN speeches

Uri Avnery compares Binyamin Netanyahu's and Mahmoud Abbass’s speeches at the UN General Assembly, and argues that Netanyahu was addressing “the most primitive voters in Israel” who don’t care what gentiles think.

Oct 03 14:18

The traditional Islamic roots of “Islamic State”

Magdi Abdelhadi says only a fundamental reform of the way Islam is preached and taught in Arab countries would drain the swamp from which the likes of “Islamic State” grow and flourish.

Oct 03 11:11

NYU prof talks about media, propaganda and the use of "conspiracy theory" lable to stifle debate

"Mark Crispin Miller is professor of media studies at New York University,and the author of the several books. In this discussion he talks about the media, propaganda, and the use of the weaponized term “conspiracy theory” to marginalize those who speak out on issues like the 9/11 controlled demolition evidence."

Listen to interview here (1hr): http://noliesradio.org/archives/89386

Oct 03 10:14

Biden blames US allies in Middle East for rise of ISIS

US Vice-President Joe Biden has accused America’s key allies in the Middle East of allowing the rise of the Islamic State (IS), saying they supported extremists with money and weapons in their eagerness to oust the Assad regime in Syria.

America’s “biggest problem” in Syria is its regional allies, Biden told students at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University on Thursday.

“Our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,” he said, explaining that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “so determined to take down Assad,” that in a sense they started a “proxy Sunni-Shia war” by pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons” towards anyone who would fight against Assad.

“And we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them,” said Biden, thus disassociating the US from unleashing the civil war in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perfectly predictable from a man - and the administration he represents - who is pathologically incapable of taking responsibility for ANYTHING!!

That Obama knew this was going on for years, but was impotent to do anything about it?!?!?

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Oct 03 09:30

Fox’s new poll and the lie that could lead to more war

I’m guessing most Americans imagine annihilation when they hear the word “defeat.” But it’s worth noting that when he talks about his plan to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, the president is not. And that, ultimately, gets to the heart of why the campaign against ISIS remains so worrying, and why Obama’s depiction of it when he’s speaking to the nation at large is still so reckless. As the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky argued weeks ago (while calling on the president to intervene), and as Obama himself has explained when speaking with journalists or experts, destroying ISIS is well outside U.S. capacity. It’s something people in the region will ultimately have to do for themselves.

To avoid being sucked into another doomed invasion and all-out war, that’s something Americans should’ve understood from the beginning. It’s something the president should have told them. He didn’t; they don’t; and the new poll from Fox may be just the beginning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This writer does a marvelous job of missing the point entirely.

Those in the bowels of power in DC desperately want another major war as a way to potentially get out of the economic crud in which their policies have placed this country, and misdirect people away from the real, honest causes of their financial misery.

In World War I and World War II, the US got out of the financial messes it was in through war. However, I would strongly caution to those few adults in the bowels of power that World War III may not produce the desired result here.

They want control over all Middle East oil, and the currency in which that oil is sold.

The US public is being "groomed" for another major war in the Middle East, plus a war against Russia.

The US has gone out of its way to surround Russia with nuclear missile encampments on its borders.

I would like to politely point out that the US military does not have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes the military option here so scarily dangerous.

Oct 03 08:05

EID AL- ADHA MUBARAK

To all of my Muslim family and friends, EID MUBARAK! May your prayers for Peace and Justice become a reality in the coming year.

To my Jewish friends and family, may you be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Oct 02 09:00

The five-point plan used to justify fighting wars is being deployed in media again

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DC and London are desperately selling these wars as hard as they can.

Their problem?!?

Neither the Americans nor Britons are buying, and the credibility gap between the situation on the ground and what citizens of both countries are being told is an absolute chasm.

And this time, thanks to alternative media, citizens of both countries know this.

Sep 30 10:37

New US Marine Corps Crisis Unit To Be Based in Kuwait

The US Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.

Sep 30 10:01

US Expands Syria Strikes: Not Just a War Against ISIS

US airstrikes seem to be expanding in scope today in Syria, with four different provinces of the country hit in attacks, including areas where ISIS is virtually non-existent.

President Obama has been insisting it is an oversimplification to say this war is America versus ISIS. Indeed, that’s the case, but while the president is seeking to downplay the scope of the conflict, the signs are that he’s at war with actually a much broader swath of the Syrian rebellion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious to even a casual observer of the current geopolitical scene that these bombings of Syria are engineered to generate regime change in Damascus.

The questions which need to be asked are, will Al-Assad attempt invoke the mutual defense pact Syria has with Iran, to assist him against the US, and if that happens, what will Russia do to prevent any attacks against Iran, and stop the US from bombing Syria?

Sep 30 09:28

In the shadow of Iran a new UAE oil port is transforming energy sector

In response to Iran’s strategic grip over oil passing through the Strait of Hormuz, a new export route for crude from the Persian Gulf is growing on the coast of the Arabian Sea, with the potential to transform global energy markets.

Giant tankers now queue in lines stretching for miles to load oil or refuel at Fujairah – a sleepy sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – after the government invested billions of dollars into building a giant oil pipeline across the rugged Hajar mountains, with the aim of ending the potential stranglehold that Iran could place on the nation’s exports of crude.

The 21-mile-wide Hormuz channel handles a third of the world’s oil-tanker traffic and connects the Persian Gulf’s sheikhdoms to the Arabian Sea. Fears that Tehran could choke off exports shipped through it have been a concern weighing on oil markets for decades.

Sep 30 09:09

Israel PM warns Iran greater threat than IS jihadists

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday at the United Nations that a nuclear-capable Iran would pose the gravest threat to the world, far outstripping the jihadist terror from Iraq and Syria.

"Make no mistake, ISIS must be defeated," Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly, referring to the Islamic State group.

"But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to win the battle and lose the war."

Netanyahu spoke a week after US President Barack Obama took to the UN podium to appeal for international support for the US-led coalition firing air strikes to defeat the IS jihadists.

The prime minister took a swipe at Iran's "smooth-talking" President Hassan Rouhani, accusing him of seeking a deal on Tehran's nuclear program without scrapping any bomb-making capacity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so, Israel's nuclear capabilities are absolutely no threat to the world, Prime Minister Netanyahu!?

And IF the US government had any male attributes whatsoever, it would follow the letter of its own law, because under the Symington Amendment, the US is forbidden to give either any any money or military aid to a country which has either a nuclear weapons program or nuclear energy program, but refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, and refuses to allow its nuclear sites to be inspected.

Israel is such a country.

The US government breaks its own laws with impunity.

So why should civilians believe, for a second, that they need to obey any laws Congress passes?!?

The stench of these double standards stinks to high heaven.

Sep 26 06:00

Qatar's Emir: We don't fund terrorists

In his first-ever interview as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani defended his country against allegations of funding terrorism and pledged support for the fight against ISIS for the long haul.

"We don't fund extremists," the Emir told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. "If you talk about certain movements, especially in Syria and Iraq, we all consider them terrorist movement."

Sep 25 09:48

Bahraini fighter jets join Syria strikes

Bahraini fighter jets have joined US-led air strikes in Syria to prevent extremist fighters from expanding throughout the region.

The US operation included the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) and military forces from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Jordan, which was part of an international action plan to stamp out the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I try to stay as logically focused as humanly possible, when I am posting.

But there is one thing I want to share with our readers, because I am pretty sure that some of you will have a resonance with this.

Monday, when we got the news here on Oahu that President Obama had begun a a series of air strikes against Syria, I felt as though he had knocked on our door; I had graciously let him in; and then he proceeded to knock this 65 year old gal to the floor with a sucker punch to my gut.

That is how completely betrayed I feel by this government right now.

And for God's sake, look at the company the US government is keeping in this Administration's "Coalition of the (allegedly) Willing, 2014"!!!

Saudi Arabia, which carries out beheadings frequently, and Bahrain are two of the worst human rights abusers on this planet, and probably on a couple of others as well. (do we call that Species rights abuse on other planets?!?)

So THESE are our allies, chosen in order to take out Bashar Al Assad, who has done absolutely NOTHING to the United States?!?

President Obama, there is nothing that can take the moral stench out of this decision you have made, nothing whatsoever.

The country I used to believe I lived in exists no more; that is one hell of a hard reality to get my head around, but it is the absolute, stone cold truth.

Sep 24 10:39

Who's Funding ISIS? Wealthy Gulf 'Angel Investors,' Officials Say

A small but steady flow of money to ISIS from rich individuals in the Gulf continues, say current and former U.S. officials, with Qataris the biggest suppliers. These rich individuals have long served as "angel investors," as one expert put it, for the most violent militants in the region, providing the “seed money” that helped launch ISIS and other jihadi groups.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: Qatar has just been added to the Special High Interest Targets list for refusing to help Europe's sanctions-created oil shortage, and ISIS will be the excuse for the invasion.

Sep 24 08:57

U.S. briefed Israel of intention to attack jihadi targets in Syria

U.S. wanted to avoid Israel mistakenly identifying Arab military airplanes flying over Syria as enemy aircraft heading toward its air space.

Sep 24 08:50

Arabs draft resolution on Israel nukes

A number of Arab countries have circulated a draft resolution against the Israeli regime for its nuclear arsenal at an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting.The draft resolution, which is backed by 18 Arab countries, expresses deep concern about Israel’s nuclear capabilities. It further calls on the Tel Aviv regime to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The draft is similar to previous draft resolutions proposed at the meetings of the Vienna-based IAEA.

The Tel Aviv regime, which is widely believed to be the only possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East, reportedly maintains between 200 and 400 atomic warheads.

Furthermore, Israel has never allowed any inspection of its nuclear facilities and continues to defy international calls to join the NPT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Sep 24 08:24

Yemen rebel chief hails takeover in capital as 'revolution'

The leader of a Shi'ite rebel group on Tuesday hailed the takeover by his fighters of much of the Yemeni capital after four days of fighting last week as a "successful revolution" for all citizens.

Abdel Malik al-Houthi's televised speech, his first since Sunday's capture of large parts of Sanaa on Sunday, underscored the dramatic power shift toward the rebels, assailed by government forces for over a decade but now guarding key sites in the capital unopposed.

Yemen's president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday signed power-sharing agreement with the Houthi insurgents, named after their leader, after they had pushed deep into the capital in a fight which killed about 200 people and left them in control of the central bank and several military bases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Yemen are going to expect this power sharing agreement to yield some tangible results in their lives, and soon.

Hopefully, it will end the horrific violence which has wracked this country for years.

It was, however, not the outcome the US wanted to see happen here, so we will see how long the new arrangement is allowed to function.

Sep 24 08:17

Not a saviour: Qatar says it won't liberate Europe from dependency on precarious Russian gas

Wealthy gas producer Qatar has no plans to pitch in as an alternative supplier as Europe seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, Doha's energy minister told a German newspaper Tuesday.

"Qatar doesn't see itself as an alternative to other producers and exporters. We producers complement each other," Energy Minister Mohammed al-Sada told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

Sep 23 15:12

Peter King on ISIS: Be Ready for Attacks on US Soil

Intensifying U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) could provoke members of the terror group already on U.S. soil to stage attacks here, Rep. Peter King tells Newsmax TV.

"First of all, these people would've attacked us anyway, but they may feel an urgency to do it now to show that ISIS can fight back, that ISIS is not going to take this," King, a New York Republican, said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show."

"We always have to be alert to them, [but] we have to be even more so now because they want to show . . . the Muslim world they're not going to sit back and take [it], they're going to fight back."

King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said he approves of intensified U.S. airstrikes against jihadists in the Middle East, although he wishes it had happened sooner.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Congressional Representative Peter King: if in fact ISIS (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) is able to attack the mainland, it means that every bit of surveillance, crotch groping at the airport, and spying by this government, has led to absolutely no actionable intelligence to prevent this from happening.

Should that happen, every security agency in the USA, the CIA, the DHS, FBI, and NSA, and DIA, have all failed, collectively and spectacularly.

Sep 23 14:44

Islamists on verge of victory in Yemen as Prime Minister quits

The armed conflict between Islamist-led rebels and Yemen's government forces intensified as it spread into the capital city of Sana`a as that Arab country on the Arabian Peninsula descends into a full-scale civil war and its Prime Minister resigned on Sunday, according to Thomas Kirkland, an expert and consultant in Islamic terrorism.

Sep 23 10:09

ISIS: Does President Obama Understand What He’s Getting Us Into?

Given the US’s wretched track record in the Middle East, including support for Israel’s recent massacre of innocents in Gaza, why would anyone here or abroad imagine yet another American military intervention would succeed when previous invasions, raids, bombing campaigns, occupations and economic sanctions have utterly failed?

The coming battle with Islamic State insurgents showcases American political immaturity, is emotionally driven and lacks a coherent political and military strategy. It is also unnecessary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that Obama knows precisely what he is doing, but doesn't care about the consequences, in terms of loss of American life.

His faux populism aside, he has always, is, and will always be, the supreme tool of the corporations which vetted him, and put him into power twice.

And those corporations see war as a massive means for private profit. particularly those in the military industrial complex.

There is a wonderful line in the second Sherlock Homes movie where the Moriarty character states that (and this is a very loose re imagining) that when the war comes, he wants to be the person who controls both the bullets and the bandages.

And of course, banks love wars, because they have absolutely no scruples about to which countries they lend money, because it will all be paid back at interest (actually, paid back by the citizens of those countries waging war!).

Sep 22 12:06

Obama ‘ready for Syria ground war’ as Kurds flee

The United States will have to resort to sending “some troops on the ground” in Syria should President Barack Obama aim to destroy the Islamic State or Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, a senior U.S. Congressman told this week’s Sunday Times.

The west is facing a “long, hard war” against ISIS, Republican Peter King said, adding that Obama was reviewing his refusal to send ground troops after military advisers said they would be needed.

These remarks come after 70,000 Syrian Kurds poured into Turkey since Friday fleeing an offensive by ISIS militants in northeastern Syria, the U.N.'s refugee agency said Sunday.

By ruling out sending troops to Syria, King said Obama is sounding an “uncertain trumpet.”

Following General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, address to Congress in which he said that ground intervention may be necessary; King said the “military message is getting through” to Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Representative King: sir, military intervention here in the Middle East is the LAST approach the US should be taking at this time.

Americans understand that this is all about Middle Eastern oil, and in what national currency it will - or will not - be sold.

I would like to politely remind you that the US government does not have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength, to insure a positive outcome to such a military action. And if you don't believe me, take a good hard look at the debacles which have happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.

And any military attack against the sovereign nation of Syria will be considered by the rest of the world a blatant act of war upon it.

We understand, very clearly, that what the US and Israel hopes will happen here will be for Syria and Iran to invoke their joint mutual defense act, as the "reason" for attacking Iran, and creating regime change there.

But there is one piece of the equation you are deliberately NOT discussing with the American people, and that is: if either Syria and/or Iran are attacked, just what precisely will Russia and China do?!?

I do not think you believe that either Putin or the Duma, or the Chinese leadership, will sit collectively on their hands and start singing "Kumbya".

So is THIS your strategy for engaging in a war with Russia and China?!? If so, sir, you had better think again, and very carefully, about this.

Because of the US military not having the resources to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia, the US military will most likely employ its nuclear capabilities. And THAT is where things get truly ugly; the unintended consequences to this may be both horrific... and irreversible.

Sep 22 11:26

Strange Bedfellows: To Fight ISIS, US Now Supports Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Other Terror Groups

US Mideast relationships get stranger every day. The US has come to the defense or has given aid to three rather unlikely groups in the past few weeks.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which directly supports the YPG, on Washington's list of proscribed terror groups
"Moderates" fighting to overthrow Syrian president Assad. Those moderates just signed a non-agression pact with ISIS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has become painfully obvious in this administration that the primary criteria for joining it, even above cronyism, is the pathological inability to think any scenario to its logical conclusion.

Sep 21 14:54

Saudi Arabia sends warplanes to Yemen to counter revolutionaries

Saudi Arabia has reportedly deployed warplanes to Yemen in a bid to confront revolutionary Ansarullah forces, sources say.

Sep 21 09:35

Yemen TV building on fire as mortars hit capital

Yemen's state-run television building caught fire after a three-day mortar attack by Shiite rebels who are protesting against the government, residents and a TV employee said Saturday.

After weeks of protests and clashes, the conflict intensified on Thursday when the Shiite Houthi rebels clashed with the army on the outskirts of Sanaa.

Sep 20 08:04

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

*This piece has gone viral. Keep it going!

Sep 16 10:55

Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces

America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate hearing that highlighted how quickly the theoretically limited mission could mushroom into something much more involved.

Under the plan Obama is pursuing, the United States would beef up its ongoing efforts to work with Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq and train some 5,000 rebels associated with the Free Syrian Army, who would be able to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, with intelligence and air support from the U.S. military.

The president has said repeatedly that the operation would not involve boots on the ground. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed early in the hearing, held before the Senate Armed Services Committee, how that could change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We already have troops on the ground in Iraq, as of 1 July of this year. As reported at vicenews.com:

President Barack Obama ordered up an additional 200 American military troops for deployment in Iraq on Monday, where they will be tasked with helping secure the US Embassy and the Baghdad International Airport. This latest move to increase US military presence in Iraq comes as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues capturing territory in the country, and will bring the total number of US troops on the ground nationwide to 750.

It is only a matter of time before there will be US troops on the ground, engaging in combat, in Iraq.

And Obama's problem is that he cannot delay this reality becuse of how much money ISIS is making daily from the oil fields they have conquered (about 3 million per day, and the medium of exchange here is NOT the US dollar.)

Please remember: we got started in that horrendous war in Vietnam through the sending of "advisors". And we all know just how well THAT ended.

And does anyone out there (I'm talking about YOU, White House, Pentagon, and State Department) remember a Shiite Cleric by the name Moktada al-Sadr?!?

He and his organization were extremely powerful before the American forces left, and a question I hope everyone in those conference rooms in Sodom on the Patomic will be asking is, how is this guy going to react to another US military invasion of Iraq?!?

The short answer: I am betting, not well.

Sep 16 10:30

Balkanization and US’ full spectrum dominance

THE tentacles of the balkanization policy of fragmenting states into small entities has spread worldwide initiated by civil rights societies at first with protests which have the flare of popular uprisings against the incumbent governments for democracy, human rights, minority rights and secularism. More is yet to come in the Middle East using local collaborators and once the West has achieved its objective it will discard them as they did with Saddam Hussein and are now in the process of doing with Nouri Al-Maliki in Iraq. One must remember how Al-Qaeda had been declared enemy “Number One” by the US-NATO yet Al-Qaeda is fighting on the side of the US-NATO in Syria (Al-Nusrat) and Al-Qaeda groups (LIFG) listed among the UN terror list deposed Muammar Gaddafi and destroyed Libya, which ranked as the number one country in Africa under the UN Human Index.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

What gives this country the moral right to be doing this?!?

The short answer is, there is no moral rightness to these actions, if they come from outside the countries the US and Israel want to see broken up.

Sep 16 10:01

The New "Regime Change" Plan - Attack Damascus From The South

There are serious active preparations for a new attack on Damascus. Anti-government forces, including the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, have been trained and equipped in Jordan and are now moving into their starting position in Quneitra governate in south-west Syria. (A similar plan in spring 2013 was only partially executed and later aborted.)

The anti-government forces now control a 40 miles (70km) long, three miles (5km) wide strip from Jordan along the Golan frontier up to Lebanon. This strip can be used to infiltrate into Hizbullah territory in south Lebanon but its main purpose is likely an attack on Damascus from the south. The Syrian military would have great difficulties to dislodge the anti-government forces from this strip as it is covered by Israeli anti-air and artillery fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When will this Administration collectively man up, and tell the American people the truth?!?

I am really, thoroughly disgusted with this government, and the interminable amounts of codswallop it expects Americans to swallow on a daily basis, in terms of the damned lies they are trying to get us to believe in to support this war.

This whole ISIS pretext for US military involvement, is about regime change in Syria and Iran, period, end of discussion.

The big questions here are, how soon Al-Assad will want to invoke his mutual defense pact with Iran, and just what Russia will do if, in fact, that mutual defense pact is invoked by Al-Assad.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against Russia getting involved militarily against the US in Iran's behalf.

And the hell of it is, neither the US nor Israel can reasonably expect to successfully wage a conventional war against Russia; they don't have the money, the manufacturing, or the troop strength to make this happen.

Additionally, I do not want to see the best and brightest of our military be killed or maimed for life over what is essentially a war for private profit.

And that is the dirty little secret of all wars; they are all ultimately about private profit.

Sep 15 09:39

WHY DID THE WEST CREATE ISIS WHEN THEY ALREADY HAD ZIONISM?

If America had been truly serious about putting Iraq on the right path and instituting a genuine democracy, it would have issued legislation to protect human dignity and the right of the people to live within a framework of liberty, peace, security and safety! Instead, the United States did just the opposite, disrupting Iraq’s civilizational project.

“Strangely enough, America today is fighting ISIS, and has sent experts to Iraq for that very purpose. For whom? For the love of Iraqis? And for whose benefit does America support ISIS and provide it with weapons in Syria? For whose benefit does it support the al-Nusra Front? … Today it is essential for us to stand against, pay careful attention to, and analyze carefully, all American and Israeli plans. We must all join to defeat their criminal designs for undermining Iraq, and their tool of implementation, ISIS.”

Sep 15 07:14

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is worth saving and forwarding to your friends!

Sep 14 09:03

Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”

America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama is promising. And it’s clear that airstrikes alone won’t beat back the extremist group. Which means that if the President wants to have any hope of meeting his far-reaching goal of destroying ISIS, he’s going to have to rely on private military contractors.

At least, that’s what the contractors are hoping.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Concealment: that is what this administration is all about; lies, lies, and more lies, to achieve its geopolitical goals.

There is no real difference between the objectives of Bush and Obama: control of Middle Eastern Oil, and having it paid for only with US dollars; the destruction of America's middle class through outsourcing/offshoring; and the destruction of any competing currency, like the Russian ruble or the Chinese yuan, through war if necessary.

So our best and brightest in our military will die, and be maimed for life, ultimately for corporate pursuit of private profit; cold comfort for their friends and family, but this is the hard truth.

Once you understand this, all the military misadventures in which this country has been mired ever since 2001 come into clear, sharp, and painful focus.

We are not having our freedoms protected by these wars; we are not any more safe because them, or because of the extrajudicial assassinations, upon which which President Bushbama is so keen, which have occurred.

After 9/11, the horrific pieces of legislation which have been put into place, like the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA guarantee that the protections which used to exist under a rule of law, guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, no longer exist.

Sep 14 08:06

The American Establishment Combats Resurgent “Isolationist” Threat

It had become apparent in 2013 that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and this was given empirical confirmation by a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive.[1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global intervention.[2] Opposition to the alleged resurgent isolationism united all sectors of the mainstream establishment–liberals, moderates, and conservatives, the ultra-interventionist neoconservatives and the more moderate traditional foreign policy establishment.

Sep 13 11:28

Congress Sees New War on ISIS as Ticket Out of Sequestration

“When America has a visible enemy, America usually unites,” noted an upbeat Sen. Bill Nelson (D – FL). And unity in Congress means runaway military spending.

The White House declaration that “we are at war” with ISIS is an extremely welcome sign to Congressional hawks, not just because they’re really into war, but also because it’s a great excuse to ditch sequestration and start hiking spending anew.

“We should have found a way to get rid of sequester long ago,” noted Senate Armed Services Chair Carl Levin (D – MI), who expressed hope that the new war “will help a little bit” with that. Sens. John McCain (R – AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R – SC) both declared anything short of a full end to spending caps a “great disservice” to the country, and a threat to the war goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how many of these warmongers in Congress, in both parties, own extensive shares in the military industrial complex.

We have homeless Vets sleeping in our streets; our public education system is a mess; our prisons are in a mess;and the previous wars in which this country is engaged have left the US morally and fiscally bankrupt.

So what does Congress want to do?!? Create more wars.

And we can see how catastrophically those wars have gone; Iraq is in meltdown; Afghanistan, 13 years on, can not be characterized as a military "win" in any way, shape or form; and Libya?!? Melting down in front of our eyes as I type this.

No one in Congress who supports these wars is worthy of being re-elected in the mid-terms in 2014; not one single person.

It is unfortunate that the US government doesn't have a voting mechanism for "none of the above", which would necessitate another election, until we finally get Congressional Representatives who actually represent We the People; not the huge corporations which fund election cycles.

Sep 13 10:20

Obama’s ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar

Andrew J. Bacevich, the Boston University political science professor and former Army colonel who lost his son in the Iraq war in 2007, in a recent Reuters article.

I have spent the past several days outlining my deep concerns about the “ISIS crisis” and Obama’s willingness to employ extreme propaganda in order to once again embark on another poorly thought out military campaign here and here. What I have also come to realize is that his latest war plan is brazenly illegal and unconstitutional.

While critics have been questioning the legality of U.S. military campaigns consistently since the end of World War II, one trend has become increasingly clear. With each new President and each new war, we have witnessed those who hold the office act more and more like dictators, and less and less like constitutional executives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Obama orders the first bombing in Syria, it will be an unspeakable act of war against a sovereign nation which has not attacked, or done anything to harm, the United States.

Syria will have its Ambassador to the UN complain, but any discussion of this in the Security Council will be null and void, because the US will veto any resolution to attempt to get the bombing to stop.

This will be be both a violation of US law, and a violation of international law.

What appears to be happening here, is that Obama is playing picador with Syria in order to cause Syria to invoke its mutual defense pact with Iran.

At that point, the US government will scream about Iran and Syria daring to fight back, and attack Iran, which has been, the P5+1 negotiations not withstanding, been the goal all along.

Israel may well coordinate some military activity with the US because it wants to see Tehran burning in flames, and "regime change" happening here.

But the two thousand pound gorilla, snoring on the Steinway here, is Russia. Numerous Russian political and military leaders have stated, over the past several years, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

So ultimately, all these military misadventures are headed toward a war with Russia that the US government and military most likely cannot win, because we do not have the manufacturing, the money, or troop strength to insure a positive outcome.

However, in watching the corporate presstitutes' attempts to "groom" a war weary American people for war, and more war does not seem to be working this time, and DC is beginning to realize that its propaganda is not working.

We the People must speak out peacefully and honestly: let's fix the problems here at home before we have the hubris to tell other countries how to run their lives. No more war; no more funding for war; and no more corporate-funded candidates who do the work their corporate masters demand of them, but conveniently forget their alleged constituents.

Because if this doesn't end soon, we will see the entire world engulfed in a nuclear war which could well obliterate life as we know it.

Sep 10 11:43

Obama’s Islamic State strategy relies on allies with own reputations for brutality

Whatever strategy President Barack Obama lays out Wednesday to combat the Islamic State is sure to rely heavily on buy-in from rival Muslim powerhouses Saudi Arabia and Iran – one a Sunni Muslim kingdom with its own grim penchant for beheadings and the other a Shiite pariah state that’s executed thousands of dissidents.

Though hardly ideal, these partners are vital to any serious effort to weaken the Islamic State, according to foreign policy analysts who are tracking the U.S. response. Depending on hardline Islamist theocracies to help in the fight against an even more militant, self-proclaimed caliphate is among the many uncomfortable scenarios Obama must accept if he’s serious about wading deeper into Middle Eastern wars.

Sep 09 11:08

American Imperialism and the Rise of Islamic Extremism in Syria and Iraq

While the ostensible target of the expanded war drive in the Middle East is now ISIS, behind the scenes the American ruling class is seeking to utilize the crisis surrounding ISIS to rejuvenate the “war on terror” and prepare action against the Assad government—to finish what it started. Assad has traditionally been a close ally of both Iran and Russia, the latter a target of an escalating war drive set off by the right-wing US and German backed coup in Ukraine.

ISIS is not, as the American government and mainstream media insist, an inexplicable “evil” force or a “cancer.” The success of ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups in Syria and Iraq is very much a product of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an ongoing fraud, to attempt to sell the American people into endless war in the Middle East.

I, for one, am not buying.

And no matter WHAT the President says in his national address tomorrow, there will be an horrific discrepancy between what he says...and what finally happens on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

Sep 08 10:18

US Officials: New War on ISIS Will Take Years

Even though US officials still don’t really have an idea of how they will actually defeat ISIS, they do seem to at least agree that wiping the group out in both Iraq and Syria is going to take a very long time.

President Obama had qualified the war as not a question of “weeks” early on, though officials are now saying that it’s going to be more like years, and likely not just a couple of those.

The Pentagon planners are envisioning a “minimum” commitment of 36 months, which in keeping with their usual grossly optimistic estimates, could mean far, far longer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, Defense Contractors and Private Paramilitary Personnel providers; on your mark...get set...SALIVATE!!

Sep 08 10:07

Israel preparing for ‘very violent’ war against Hezbollah, TV report says

Just 10 days after a ceasefire ended a 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict, the Israeli army is “making plans and training” for “a very violent war” against Hezbollah in south Lebanon, an Israeli TV report said Friday night, without specifying when this war might break out.

The report, for which the army gave Israel’s Channel 2 access to several of its positions along the border with Lebanon, featured an IDF brigade commander warning that such a conflict “will be a whole different story” from the Israel-Hamas conflict in which over 2,000 Gazans (half of them gunmen according to Israel) and 72 Israelis were killed. “We will have to use considerable force” to quickly prevail over the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, “to act more decisively, more drastically,” said Colonel Dan Goldfus, commander of the 769th Hiram Infantry Brigade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel is going to invade Lebanon, and will go right to the Litani River, because they desperately so need the water.

This again underscores the Israeli government's stance that they don't want a true, just, and lasting peace in the region, but territory, and by any means necessary.

Sep 08 09:55

‘Property of US Govt’: Islamic State jihadists armed with US military weapons

Islamic State fighters appear to be using captured US military issue arms and weapons supplied to moderate rebels in Syria by Saudi Arabia, according to a report published on Monday.

The study by the London-based small-arms research organisation Conflict Armament Research documented weapons seized by Kurdish forces from militants in Iraq and Syria over a 10-day period in July.

The report said the jihadists disposed of “significant quantities” of US-made small arms including M16 assault rifles and included photos showing the markings “Property of US Govt”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, at intense velocity, upon reading this article.

Welcome to the Obama Administration, where one of the most intense prerequisites to employment is the inability to think ANYTHING through to its logical conclusion!!

Sep 06 10:59

Obama strategy to beat Islamic State likely to draw U.S. into years of conflict

The U.S.-led international strategy to combat the Islamic State that President Barack Obama sketched out Friday is likely to require years of thorny diplomacy and deeper U.S. military involvement in conflicts that he’s struggled to avoid.

Obama’s remarks at the end of a NATO summit in Wales offered the administration’s most in-depth explanation to date of how it plans to fight the Islamic State, the transnational extremist group that has seized control of an area as large as Jordan straddling the dividing line between Syria and Iraq.

The nascent strategy calls for working with European and Arab allies to confront the group not only in Iraq, where the U.S. is conducting airstrikes to assist government-aligned fighters, but also in Syria, where the United States has failed to fulfill its years-long promise to help build a moderate rebel force.

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Let me tell you precisely what this drive is to "sell" the American people on a new invasion of Iraq, and Syria, and possibly, Libya.

This is not about "protecting American freedom and democracy" (what paltry bits of it are left to the American people, after the passage of the Homeland Security Act, the Patriot Act, and the NDAA).

This is about making sure that all the oil developed and sold in the region is only sold to those entities the US wishes to sell to, and only in the US dollar.

Although the guy got a lot wrong, Carl Marx was absolutely correct, when he stated, "All wars are economic". War is about obtaining geopolitical objective byS other means than negotiations.

The innumerable deaths, the maimings and tearing apart of innocent families, and the destruction of homes, schools, and infrastructure, means nothing, and have utterly no moral repercussions, to those who believe that war is the only way to ensure the economic viability of the US dollar.

IF the US government had spent just a fraction of the money they have spent on the wars toward a sustainable renewable energy which can drive a tank, or power a plane, none of these catastophes like the war in Iraq; the war in Afghanistan; and the war against Libya, would never, ever have become necessary.

So what is the US government's answer to these absolutely, catastrophically failed wars?!?

MORE WAR.

So, again, the price in blood and money of these endeavors, is all about private profit for US and multinational corporations.

That is why countless of our finest military personnel will wind up dead, or maimed for life: private corporate profit, period, end of discussion.

And of course, bankers love war, because all sides come to them for the loans at interest,with which to support these wars.

We are headed toward absolute disaster, by continuing these failed national policies.

But of course, the people creating these wars do not care: they have their bunkers, and it won't be their kids, getting killed and maimed for life.

And even if the draft comes back in this country (and remember: Charlie Rangel, last year, introduced draft legislation which will be coming for BOTH your sons and your daughters), the elite always, somehow, find a way out for their kids.

Sep 05 09:17

House Leader: Congress Could Force War on ISIS to Escalate

Hawkishness toward ISIS has become fashionable these days among US politicians, and even the ever-escalating war against ISIS in Iraq, and talks of expanding it into Syria, aren’t nearly enough for many Congressmen’s tastes.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R – CA), the House Majority Leader, pushed for a bigger war, and sooner, insisting in a new interview that “if the president won’t act, I think we have to take some action to move forward.”

Four different House committees are expected to hold hearings next week on ISIS, and Rep. McCarthy insisted that they needed to come up with a “concise foreign policy doctrine” for the war.

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Memo to Representative McCarthy: it is easy for those of you in the bowels of power to talk about going to war, when it is not your sons or daughters who will be killed, or maimed for life, in a military action which is only, and solely, about the protection of private, corporate profit.

But this time, sir, Americans will not be so willing to ride the war train, because they know that the ultimate objective is NOT about preserving our "freedoms" or "democracy", but about whose currency is the reserve currency of the world.

The last 3 military misadventures undertaken by the US military have concluded in catastrophic disaster; Iraq is a mess; Libya is about to be overtaken by a caliphate; and Afghanistan is a brutal and bloody war of attrition, 13 years on, in which the US and NATO forces are losing spectacularly.

It appears that the American political class are pathologically incapable of resolving their differences with countries around the world, other than overthrowing regimes, and replacing them with tin-pot dictators, which ultimately get overthrown by the people of those countries, so losing those countries yet again.

Sep 02 15:04

GREATER ISRAEL: The Land of Israel’s future borders as given by the Torah…can’t wait for this

Genesis 15:18 reads: “To your descendants I give this land from the River of Egypt to the Great River, the river Euphrates.”

Moses announces to the Jews in Deuteronomy 11:24, that “Every place where you set the soles of your feet shall be yours. Your borders shall run from the wilderness to the Lebanon and from the River, the river Euphrates, to the western sea.”

Sep 02 12:56

THE MOTHER OF ALL BLOWBACK

Given that the US had made an unbelievable mess of its Mideast policies, the president is right to pause and think, something his shoot –from- the- lip Republican critics rarely do. They are demanding the US attack both Iraq and Syria without asking “what then oh brave Washington warriors?” These are the Republicans who ardently supported George Bush’s catastrophic invasion and destruction of Iraq.

The problem is that too many cooks in Washington are spoiling its Mideast soup.

Sep 02 06:17

To Everyone Saying Russia Is "Isolated", Here's A Map

While NATO is happy to provide Russia with geographical advice, we thought the following map of "the world" will help explain President Obama's increased use of the term "isolated" when it comes to Russia...

Sep 02 06:09

Jim WIllie: Saudi's are on the verge of joining Russia in non-dollar oil sales

Last week, Russia announced an game changing shift for energy in which they are now allowing the sale of oil and natural gas to be done in both Roubles and Yuan, bypassing the dollar and cracking the 40 year old petro-dollar system. And on Aug. 31, Dr. Jim Willie reported during an interview with TFMetals Report that this break away from U.S. hegemony over the purchasing of oil is not being limited to just Russia, but that the foundational country of petro-dollar origin, Saudi Arabia, is in talks with the Eurasian energy giant to join them in a partnership that will also disconnect the Arab Kingdom from the dollar, and open energy sales within the OPEC nations to be done in Roubles, Yuan, and perhaps even the Euro.

Sep 01 09:16

Perpetual war, indefinite detention, and torture: The U.S. and Israel’s shared values

The United States and Israel have "shared values" but not when it comes to upholding democracy and the rule of law. Their shared values are perpetual war, torture, indefinite detention, and military courts. Guantanamo is a perfect example of this. Both states have been in a state of perpetual war for quite some time with Israel against the Palestinians since its founding in 1948 while the U.S. can trace back its war to its founding in 1776 and the colonization of Native American lands. Today's global war on terror is the latest chapter in that saga. Under perpetual war, the United States and Israel can justify a litany of draconian policies, such as indefinite detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing.

Aug 29 10:52

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video as the US invades Iraq for the third time, Kiev fakes an invasion by Russia, Libya's US puppet rules are driven from office, and a new flood of TV commercials hits the corporate media networks reminding all 18 year-olds that they MUST register for selective service.

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Aug 27 08:24

Lockdown in Cardiff: City turned into high security 'prison' with 10 mile 'ring of steel' ahead of Nato conference

Police have erected nine feet high security fencing around Celtic Manor resort in Newport and Cardiff city centre.

150 world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron will meet in South Wales on September 4 and 5.

Kim Howells, former foreign office minister, fears that home grown Islamic State terrorists could be planning to attack.

More than 9,000 officers from across the UK have been drafted in to police event and traffic disruptions are likely.

The total cost for security is not yet known and is expected to be published after the summit by the Government.

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People of Cardiff, you have my utter and complete sympathy.

I remember when President Obama was here for the APEC conference (the Asian Pacific Economic Conference) and Mike and I were headed down the hill to drop me off at church, so that I could sing with our choir, and the entire bloody cross-street was blocked off with soldiers carrying loaded rifles, and no one could get through.

Ultimately, after we turned around and got back home, I had to call our director, and explain that I was unable to get to church because of all the guys carry rifles, and he was quite understanding.

It felt rather as though the Constitution and Bill of Rights had been suspended on Oahu for that day, and I found myself very, very angry.

Aug 25 13:33

Egypt And United Arab Emirates Said To Have Secretly Carried Out Libya Airstrikes

Twice in the last seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed up to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, four senior American officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam.

Aug 25 10:52

VIRTUAL 9-11: Will the US & Israel Hack The US Banking System Computers and Falsely Blame It On Iran (or Syria or Russia or China)?

So what it looks like is being planned, and pre-sold to the American people with all these stories about celebrities' personal information being hacked and made public (an activity that produces no profit for the hackers other than news headlines), and the "Syrian" (nudge nudge wink wink) hack of the AP Twitter feed that shocked the US stock market, is that the US Government will itself take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran /Russia/ China/Al Qaeda/Syria/Arabs and others to be named as convenient. This gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks, to set the stage.

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Reposted in light of Today's warming from Wall Street of an impending cyber-attack, along with the wag-the-ISIS from the corporate media.

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Aug 24 10:26

ISIS are Sunni Impostors & Saudi-CIA Shills

Left. John McCain meets with Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS in Aleppo in April 2013. Source

ISIS pretends to lead a Sunni resurgence but in fact they are not Sunnis.

David Livingstone explains they are Salafis, a longstanding
Illuminati proxy aimed at dividing and conquering the Muslim world. - See more at: http://henrymakow.com/2014/08/ISIS-are-Sunni-Impostors%20.html#sthash....

Aug 16 09:37

Gaza, Ukraine: The War Drums are Sounding the Alarm

As a writer of articles reporting news events of the world, I often seek to expose the concealed truth beneath the layers of a monolithic state sponsored propaganda machine called mainstream media that simply spreads the lies our leaders tell. And as perilously out of control the earth appears to be spinning this year, no events or developments cut to the core of what it means to be human than responding to what has been taking place this summer in Gaza.

2014 may go down in history as the year that the West initiated the Second Cold War on its way to initiating the Third World War. Spearheaded by arrogant American Empire power lusting desperately for global hegemonic control, this year the US rush to war is backed by its usual suspects, Europe-NATO-British Commonwealth, and its usual Middle East partners-in-crime Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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What we have in Gaza, and Eastern Ukraine,are war crimes against helpless citizens, women and children, who are killed by both the IDF and Poroschenko's troops with impunity.

But the war against the world's citizens doesn't end there.

We are witnessing some shocking repression right here in the United States, as the police become more militarized, courtesy of their Israeli trainers, and feel that throwing tear gas cannisters at peaceful protestors; spraying them with pepper spray; and shooting them with rubber bullets, are all standard practices against peaceful protest.

There is a law in physics that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction; so too with poliical and physical repression.

Ask the people whooverthrew the reign of Batista in Cuba; the people overthrew the Shah of Iran; and the Romanian people overthrew Ceausescu.

And please remember: all wars are banker's wars, because banks profit from all sides, at usurious interest rates, and countries may need decades to pay back all the capital, plus the interest on the loans they take in order to wage wars.

But the biggest war crime of them all is starting a war that has no basis whatsoever in terms of national defense, which is what the US government is getting ready to do.

It is about saving the currency, when ultimately all the blood and money spent is to fatten the coffers of private corporations. It is not about freedom; it is not about protecting our rights; war is a method to insure the supremacy of the US dollar in international trade, period, end of discussion.

Aug 05 09:47

Crisis in Ukraine may convince NATO on regional HQs

NATO’s top commander has begun entertaining the idea of a regional headquarters specifically focusing on Article 5 violations – which requires members to come to the aid of another member if it is attacked – ahead of an alliance gathering in Wales.

“Right now, I think the nations agree that we have the force structure we need. We just need to adapt it. For over 12 years, we have been fighting very successfully together in Afghanistan. We focused on the counter-insurgency fight. And now as the mission changes to resolute support, it is time for the existing force structure to begin to train for more Article 5 kinds of defense missions,” Turkey SACEUR Gen. Philip Breedlove told CNNTürk and the Hürriyet Daily News during a visit to U.S. troops based in Gaziantep, adding that the alliance’s military wing was looking into a broad set of measures to make NATO more responsive to threats from Russia.

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Forgive me, General Breedlove: upon reading that statement: "For over 12 years, we have been fighting very successfully together in Afghanistan." our Bovine Excrement Meter imploded and rekitted, spectacularly.

The next time this happens, sir, we will be forced to charge NATO for a replacement; and I can assure you, this is not a cheap unit!!

How, sir, you could characterize NATO's fighting in Afghanistan as "successful", when in 12 years, you have been pathologically incapable of putting down the insurgency?

Was there not a General who just got killed there this morning?!?

General, your evaluation here of the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, with regard to NATO participation, appears to be dangerously out of touch with reality, and casts a large shadow upon NATO's collective judgement.

And alleged threats from Russia?!? General,forgive me, but are you suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder) on this issue?!?

The duly elected government of Ukraine was sacked in a Western/EU/UCB- sponsored putsch, and a Western-Centric government was installed.

It was at that point that Crimea, which had been historically affiliated with Russia into the 50's, when it was annexed by Kruschev to Ukraine, voted, in a free and fair election, monitored by international observers, to re-join the Russian Federation.

Russia did nothing wrong here, and there is no "crisis" in Crimea; the crisis in Ukraine at the moment is all the fault of the West.

The military situation in Ukraine degrades by the day, due to protests against conscription, and Poroschenko's penchant for blowing up living quarters of separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

As you well know, General, these actions are war crimes.

And lastly, sir, UKRAINE IS NOT A MEMBER OF NATO.

Aug 02 08:56

Globalists Push EU-style “Union” for Middle East

As if globalist scheming had not yet caused enough death and destruction in the Middle East, the global government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations and various outfits associated with the secretive Bilderberg group are now pushing a radical new plot for the region: a European Union-style regional regime to rule over the Arab, Turkish, Kurdish, and other peoples who live there. The sought-after “Middle Eastern Union” would put populations ranging from Turkey and Jordan to Libya and Egypt under a single authority.

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Just a quick question here: has anyone pushing this agenda talked with any one in Tel Aviv about this?!?!?!?

I would tend to think that hasn't quite happened yet!!

Jul 27 08:16

High-Level American Intelligence and Counterterror Officials: Islamic Terror Is Motivated by U.S. Support for Tyrants in the Middle East and U.S. Support for Israel

“Only a Fool Wouldn’t Know that Our Relationship with Israel Causes Us War with Muslims”

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Gee, ya think?

Jul 23 11:30

A Simple Solution to the Israeli/Palestinian Problem

The Israeli/Palestinian problem can be easily solved because the solution is very simple.

Unless Israel wants to become an internationally recognized Apartheid state shunned by the whole world, a just and equitable solution needs to be worked out. A solution that shelves the idea of two countries living side by side because the facts on the ground dictate otherwise. Israelis are living all over the territory that was earmarked for a Palestinian state. And since the Israelis don’t want to give up one inch of that territory, the only solution left is One Country.

But we have a twist.

It would be a federation of 5 states: Israel, West Bank, Gaza, Galilee and Negev with Jerusalem as the country’s Capital and Palestine as its name – a name that’s been around since the time of Christ if not as far back as the time of the Philistines. The Golan Heights would be returned to Syria in exchange for a comprehensive peace with not only Syria but Lebanon.

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Israel will not go along with that. They want one country and for it to be the Jewish state. All others not welcome.

Jul 23 09:53

ISIS gains highlight ‘aggressive’ use of water as weapon of war

Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, generating fears that the Al-Qaeda splinter group could turn off the taps to the Shiite south of Iraq, sparking a massive humanitarian crisis.Last month’s ISIS-led offensive across Iraq saw it overrun cities and battle for oil refineries as the national army melted away, but it has also been waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams and desalination plants in a bid to solidify its territorial gains.

Control of water is seen as key to the viability of the fledgling caliphate declared by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Without water, seasonal droughts cannot be managed, electricity cannot be generated, proper sanitation practices are near impossible and the local economy grinds to a virtual halt.

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The Sunni rebels have been very savvy in terms their strategy of controlling both the oil and the water of the region.

And the US government appears clueless as to how to respond. When Baghdad falls (which it may well do), the US government will have lost Iraq twice, militarily, and once, economically, because with the fall of Baghdad, the US government will have no say as to who gets Iraq's oil, and in what international currency it will be sold.

Jul 22 08:06

The Middle East, untangled and unknotted

Slate has published a fascinating grid explaining all the relationships between different groups entangled in the Middle East. Countries that hate each other have a red cranky face, countries that like each other have a green smiley face, and the yellow confused faces mean the two countries have a complicated relationship. If you go to the link, each point on the grid is clickable, and reveals a short summary of the relationship. At last, we can understand everything…until the faces change next week.

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Take a look at Israel. They are friends only with the US (which is not in the Middle East, so I have no idea why they are even on this chart) and the recently re-captured Egypt.

Jul 20 07:58

“The Israeli Dream”: The Criminal Roadmap Towards “Greater Israel”?

The concept of a “Greater Israel” according to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, is a Jewish State stretching “’From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.’

Rabbi Fischmann, of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, stated to the UN Special Committee on 9th July 1947 that:

The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon’”, wrote Michel Chossudovsky. (1)

Thus “from the Nile to the Euphrates.” Herzl’s detailed thesis was written in 1904.

Jul 15 08:01

U.S. warns against Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, citing civilian risk

The United States on Monday warned against any Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, saying it would put even more civilians at risk than are currently in the crossfire of attacks on Hamas.

But the White House stopped short of criticizing Israel over the civilian toll so far in Gaza of the offensive, saying the government had a “right” and “responsibility” to defend their citizens against rocket attacks.

“Nobody wants to see a ground invasion because that would put more civilians at risk,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during his daily press briefing.

The comments apparently reflect growing US concern over a possible escalation of the conflict, which Washington has offered to use its regional leverage to mediate.

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"....Regional leverage..."?!?!?

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FLIPPING KIDDING ME.

Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan are melting into a maelstrom of instability, and the US government has managed to scotch any real possibility of achieving a deal with Iran on its nuclear energy program.

IF those results are considered "leverage" in the region, please tell me: what does epic fail look like?!?

And were I a betting woman, I would bet that Israel will go ahead with a ground invasion just at a time when the world is otherwise distracted; let's say, dealing with a head-on military collision between Russia and Ukraine.

Jul 14 09:48

Arab League urges immediate end to Israeli aggression on Gaza

Despite international calls for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Tel Aviv regime was hitting Gaza “with growing force” and that there was no end in sight.

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This attack is a PR disaster for Israel.

But this attack is only going to backflash on the US! Remember that the Petro-dollar deal put into place to prop up the US dollar following Nixon's ending of gold convertibility was for the Middle East oil nations to sell their oil only for US dollars in exchange for which the US would hold Israel's aggressions in check. This latest attack by Israel and their obvious attempt to spread the conflict into Lebanon, Syria, and Iran will send a message to those oil nations still using the dollar that the United States cannot keep its end of the Petro-dollar deal! That will accelerate the trend of nations dropping the dollar in favor of the Yuan and Ruble!

Jul 14 09:08

Kurdish leader in Turkey to push for independence from Iraq

The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region will meet Turkish leaders on Monday as Ankara keeps a close eye on moves for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan amid the chaos in its conflict-torn neighbour.

Massud Barzani is due to meet President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara in separate meetings from 1100 GMT.

The visit comes as lightening gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) — formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — in Iraq have alarmed countries in the region and sparked calls for Kurdish autonomy to counter the radical Islamist threat.

In an interview this month, Barzani said Iraq’s Kurds would hold an independence referendum within months, adding that the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided by IS’s actions in Iraq.

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Barzani's timing here is a shrewd move.

An independent Kurdistan would solidify it's hold over its oil revenue,and remove the shakles of a compltely, pathologically disfunctional government in Baghdad.

It's Peshmerga fighters have the capabilities and discipline to hold off the ISIS/ISIL militants, and the Kurd's cultural cohesion - and history - make this an opportunity worth seizing for the Kurdish people.

The rest of Iraq may already be lost; its military cannot hold against the invaders, and the US government doesn't want to go back in militarily in an election year. Unfortunately for the US government, when Baghdad falls (and this appears to be only a matter of time), the US will have lost Iraq twice militarily, and once, completely economically, because it will have no say in to whom Iraq's oil will be sold, or in what national currency.

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