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Feb 11 09:34

Zionist and Nazi Moral Disengagement

Zionist values and the hasbara machine dread empathy. Empathy engages with suffering and survivors of Nazi atrocities and their descendants have the privileged capacity to realise there is no difference between suffering under the Nazi or the zionist jackboot – both of which made and make strides because the machinations of moral disengagement duped the German people back then, just as the Jewish people are duped today along with British, Canadian, American, European, Australian citizens whose governments grant impunity to the zionist scourge in Palestine.

Feb 11 09:06

Military maneuver planned in S Arabia

This article as in troop numbers and tank numbers is absolute BEX! The Saudis have lost what little minds they have! ROTFWLMFAO!

Saudi media said some 350,000 forces from the Persian Gulf Arab states and a number of other countries will take part in the Saudi-led military maneuver in the area of Hafer al-Batin in northern Saudi Arabia.

Some 2,540 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 460 helicopters will also participate in the exercise, dubbed “North Thunder.”

In 18 days of maneuvers, the airspace over northern Saudi Arabia will be closed.

Feb 11 04:33

Saudi invasion of Syria: The bluff that could ignite World War III

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem gave a categorical response, saying the move would be seen as an act of aggression and that any invasion force regardless of its stated reasons for entering Syria will be sent back in “wooden coffins”.

Feb 10 21:41

Greece 0 Turkey 3 for the refugee crisis

snip: The EU’s refugee strategy du jour gets dumber and dumber by the day. The EU’s latest effort is to put pressure on Greece to improve its accommodations so that Germany can send refugees back to Greece.

Excuse me for asking the obvious, but where the hell is Greece supposed to come up with the money to treat refugees better when it has no money for its own citizens?

Feb 09 23:00

Falk reprimands Ban Ki-Moon over truth about Israel's crimes

With obvious relish Richard Falk, former professor of international law at Princeton and UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Occupied Palestine, has issued a well deserved slap on the wrist to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for his naivety. It follows Israel's furious reaction to Ban's remark to the Security Council that “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half-century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process”.

Feb 09 17:45

David Irving - Zionist Bankers Main Financiers of Hitler

"I didn't and do not even today, for understandable reasons, wish to reveal that from October 1928, the two largest regular contributors to the NaZi party were the general managers of the two largest Berlin banks, both of Jewish faith and one of them the leader of Zionism in Germany" - Dr. Heinrich Brüning, Chancellor Germany 1930-1932 in a letter to Winston Churchill

Feb 09 13:03

World War III starts in the Middle East? Saudi Arabia and Turkey consider a ground invasion of Syria

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to send ground troops into Syria? If so, how will Russia, Iran and the Syrian government respond?

Feb 09 10:37

ERDOGAN THREATENED TO ‘OPEN DOORS TO GREECE AND BULGARIA’ AND FLOOD EU WITH MIGRANTS – REPORT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “put refugees on buses” and flood Europe with migrants if EU leaders did not offer him enough cash to help curb the influx of asylum seekers, a leaked record of a high-level meeting claims.

"We can open the doors to Greece and Bulgaria anytime and we can put the refugees on buses,” Erdogan was quoted as telling European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk after being told that the EU was offering Turkey €3 billion over two years.

The minutes of the meeting that apparently took place in November in Antalya have been published by the Greek financial news website euro2day.gr

After Tusk mentioned the difficult situation in the European Union, Erdogan, who reportedly demanded €6 billion over two years, said: “So how will you deal with refugees if you don't get a deal? Kill the refugees?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "truth"?!?!?

This hubristic, strutting popinjay wouldn't know the truth if it approached him to embrace him, gently.

And the truth here is, between Russian sanctions, after Turkey downed that Russian fighter, and Erdogan's refusal to allow Kurds to become a viable part of Turkey's political process, Turkey could well be looking at a looming civil war, tearing the country completely apart.

And that... is the truth.

Feb 08 15:25

Richard Falk reprimands Ban Ki-moon over truth about Israel's crimes

Stuart Littlewood recalls an interview with former UN human rights rapporteur Richard Falk in which he exposes “the politics of deflection” – shooting the messenger while ignoring the message – underlying the propaganda efforts of Israel and its allies.

Feb 08 14:19

The Neocons Do Not Want Peace In The World:Paul Craig Roberts

endless wars and endless reaping to benefit the banksters

Feb 08 09:25

Proxy wars? Will it be Saudi (U.S.) versus Russia , Assad & Nasrallah (Iran)? Daesh who?

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”

Feb 07 19:41

Syrian Army And Hezbollah In Heavy Clashes During Assault On Northern Aleppo

Infantry!
Footage released by Syrian state media shows the Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces in heavy clashes during ongoing Syrian Army assault backed by the Russian and Syrian Airforce on the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Feb 07 17:56

UAE says it’s prepared to send ground forces to Syria

A top official in the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of an international coalition.

Feb 07 12:39

Optimism of the will: One man’s hope amid fascism and bigotry in Israel

Uri Avnery explains why he is optimistic despite the deep despair of the Israeli peace camp, the exponential rise of Israel’s home-grown fascism and the fact that the Israeli government is leading the country towards national suicide.

Feb 07 10:05

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

"Syria has to give official consent, to invite, otherwise it will be a war. The same applies to international law," Pavel Krasheninnikov, the head of the State Duma committee, told Interfax on Friday.

Krasheninnikov said that by promising a ground operation in Syria Riyadh now "intends to send troops to the territory of a sovereign state essentially without declaring a war."

Saudi Arabia on Thursday voiced readiness to participate in any ground operations in Syria if the US-led coalition allegedly targeting terrorists decides to start such operations.

US State Department spokesman John Kirby also welcomed the Saudi decision.

Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.

Feb 07 07:07

Forbidden love tales in Israel...

Officials in Israel’s education ministry banned Dorit Rabinyan’s ‘Gader Haya’ (Borderlife) book from being taught in schools because the plot involving a mixed romantic relationship between an Israeli and Palestinian is perceived as “threatening”.

Feb 07 00:21

Israel shoots the messenger: An open letter to Ban Ki-Moon

While I was special rapporteur for Palestine, you chose to attack me in public on several occasions. Now Israel has turned its fire on you......Richard Falk

Feb 07 00:00

Russia Is Preparing the Syrian Army to Repel Any Turkish Incursion

Looks like the Russians and Syrians are preparing to defeat the Turks in detail as they come across the border. Assad's heavy units have been held back through the whole war.It's Assads ace in the hole. Retrained and re-equipped by the Russians the last several months and blooded. The Turks are walking into a big trap!

The source comments, “Russia has red lines that it will allow no one to cross, Russia is preparing a strong Syrian military unit that will serve to repel any Turkish ground incursions, Damascus has the right to defend its borders, and will not stay silent anymore to any aerial violations of Syrian sovereignty, and is preparing for any ground offensive by the Turks with aerial bombardment and ground shelling. Russia considers any plane not operating within the US-Russia coordination agreement to be a threat and will be shot down,.......

Feb 06 14:25

Interview with Saudi Princess Janan Harb [MUST SEE]

Very Interesting Interview with my cousin Janan Harb

Janan Harb, wife of the late King Fahd, interviewed on Going Underground with Afshin Rattansi on RT News. She talks about her relationship with the King, the Saudi Regime and her upcoming film.

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 11:39

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. The peace talks collapsed on Wednesday even before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.

Feb 06 11:13

Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 09:26

Video: Syrian Army Pounds ISIS

The Syrian army troops backed by popular committees have inflicted heavy losses upon ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists during a series of concentrated operations that were carried out against their dens and gatherings in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor provinces.

Feb 06 09:22

Rebels deploy child soldiers to fight in northern Aleppo

This is a disgusting warcrime on the part of the US government and the Pentagram!

The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have begun to use child soldiers in their fight against the Syrian government forces inside the Aleppo Governorate after the latter launched a large-scale offensive to capture much of the province’s northern countryside.

According to local sources, soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) have reported a number of firefights in which children were being deployed by the Islamist rebels to help drive back the government forces.

Some of the children were described as “pre-teen” and unable to properly fire the automatic rifles they were being sent to battle with.

Feb 06 08:59

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Who controls this corridor will control the final outcome of the war in Syria.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 18:35

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

Feb 05 12:29

Seriously? Now They Expect Us to Believe ISIS Leader Is Running Online Suicide Bombing Classes

So we are to believe the [Western intelligence asset] leader of ISIS is regularly participating in scheduled online classes with groups of people via Skype on how to blow one's self up in a public area.

And yet... we are told no one can seem to catch him.

In a world where the NSA can literally hack entire countries and we've been told everything everyone can do online can be monitored 24/7 in real-time... we are told no one has any idea where this guy could possibly be.

How can anyone possibly believe this line of bs?

So what's next for the enterprising young terrorists? Is ISIS going to open up a chain of terrorist community colleges and courses by mail, bombs included?

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Feb 05 09:47

As Yemen Bleeds, British Profits from Weapons Sales “Bury Human Rights”

It is more than possible to speculate why Prime Minister David Cameron has declared it his mission to scrap the Human Rights Act – which is incorporated into the European Convention on Human Rights – it appears he simply does not believe in human rights.

For example, the fact that Saudi Arabia executed – including beheadings – forty seven people in one day last month, displaying their bodies from gibbets, failed to deter him from having British military experts to work with their Saudi counterparts, advising on which targets – and which people, it seems – to bomb in Yemen. Parliament has not been consulted, thus, without a chance to debate and vote, democracy too has been suspended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the money from the arms sales, and Cameron is utterly no less beholden to the military/industrial complex of the UK than is Obama to the military/industrial complex in the US.

And of course, to enter into deals with fanatical tyrants, who so readily kill and maim their own people, one also has to have one's conscience surgically removed; I am sure that this has been the case with both Cameron and Obama.

Feb 05 09:37

Grabbing a Slice: Neighbors Rush In To Get Their Share of the ‘Syrian Pie’

The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria's neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.

Feb 04 22:26

US Regime Change Talks on Syria hit blind alley

The real danger, however, is that Washington and its allies might now attempt a direct military intervention in Syria out of desperation.

Feb 04 13:29

'It's you who created Daesh!’ shouts woman at John Kerry as press conference winds up.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

Feb 04 10:58

Let’s Talk About Bernie Sanders and the Middle East

Foreign policy has taken a backseat to domestic issues in the Democratic primary thus far.

There are two explanations for this. One is that the Democratic base simply doesn’t see foreign policy — apart from “terrorism,” which at least has a foreign policy component to it — as a key issue. The other is that neither of the party’s two remaining contenders has much to gain from any kind of detailed scrutiny of their own policies and records.

Feb 04 09:21

MEDIA IGNORES DOZENS OF BLACKWATER MERCENARIES KILLED IN YEMEN

While an abundance of attention has been placed on the alarming growth of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the world has largely overlooked the civil war in Yemen, which has been ongoing for nearly a year. After Houthi rebels took control of the government and forced the president to step down, Saudi Arabia intervened in March of 2015 with airstrikes and a naval blockade.

They have since been joined by a coalition of 9 other Middle Eastern and African countries, who are intent on removing the Houthis from power because it’s believed that the Iranians are backing them. Since the Saudi-led intervention began, 7,000 people have been killed by their airstrikes, many of them women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The top executives of Academi are deeply linked in with the US government and military, doing the "dirty work" when the US government doesn't want to directly get their hands dirty.

The rise of the US government's use of private mercenary forces in the 21st century is very troubling, ethically and financially, and it appears as though the practice will continue, unabated.

Feb 04 09:04

Carter Slams 'So-Called' Partners for Not Doing More in Daesh Fight

In recent statements by US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, the US-led coalition against Daesh (Islamic State/ISIL) is less a coalition and more a disparate group following their own interests, suggesting that allies are not pulling their fair share of the weight in the ongoing and costly war.

Feb 04 07:45

Why I Use the Term ‘AngloZionist’, and Why It’s Important

"How long are we going to continue to allow the top 1% of Jews enjoy a bizarre form of political immunity because they hide behind the memory of Jews murdered during WWII..."

"We need to start talking freely about the “elephant in the room” and stop fearing reprisal..."

Feb 04 06:24

International activists tweet for Mohmed al-Qeeq release

On day 46 of his strike, Mohmed al-Qeeq partially lost speaking and completely lost sight and hearing. On day 47, he started to fell intermittently into coma. On day 71, he had a mild-stroke.

Feb 04 06:06

Ex-prisoner reveals tragedies of female captives in Israeli jails

Captive Fatima told the PIC reporter that she lived six bitter years in prison, during which she experienced the wrench of the throes of childbirth, while she was tied up. She was deprived of the most basic human rights.

Feb 03 08:46

Roger Waters tells France: ‘Supporters of BDS, attacked by your judiciary, have my unequivocal respect and love’

Two days ago we posted about the brave pushback in France against legislation that makes it a crime to advocate for boycott of Israel. We were then informed that Roger Waters had sent a letter to the French people, via a French news agency, on this very subject some weeks ago that has never been published. We are publishing it here.

Feb 03 08:41

Time to Welcome Russia as Partner in War to Destroy Daesh - Donald Trump

The United States should welcome Russia as a full partner in the struggle to destroy the Islamic State, Republican preisdential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump told a rally in Milford, New Hampshire.

Feb 02 18:53

Jewish West Bank settlers are as smug as white South Africans in 1980

The great South African black poet Dennis Brutus once told me an anecdote that summed up this smug view. Brutus, who passed on in 2009, was the man who encouraged me to go to southern Africa and see for myself. He had been imprisoned on Robben Island in the 1960s, alongside Nelson Mandela and other national leaders. “One day one of the white warders approached,” Brutus said in his mellifluous voice. “He said, ‘Brutus, you seem like an intelligent man — why do you fight against a system that you will never be able to change?’ He was a decent sort, so I answered, ‘And why do you think you will keep dominating us forever?’ He answered simply, ‘Because America will never stop supporting us.'”

The same self-confident attitude shines through in Weiss’s reports. The settlers are absolutely certain the Israeli government will never uproot them, and behind that is the unspoken conviction that the United States will never put significant pressure on Israel.

Feb 02 07:50

Media Ignores Dozens of Blackwater Mercenaries Killed in Yemen

Of course, a war in the Middle East wouldn’t be complete unless the US was involved in some capacity. Officially, our government is only providing logistical support and intel for the Saudis, as well as the occasional drone strike. However, there is a bit more to it than that, because the Saudi coalition has employed hundreds of mercenaries from South America (mainly Colombians) and Africa. And these people are being led by mercenaries from Academi, formerly known as Xe, which was formerly known as Blackwater.

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Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 17:12

Here’s How This Bus Driver Handled a Young Refugee Punk: “Kept Beating Him Senseless”

Despite what official government mouthpieces may be spouting, the people are not going to put up with violent behavior and assault from any so-called refugees – from a Muslim country or anywhere else!

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Feb 01 14:11

Death Penalty: A State of Assassins !!

“Israel” is out of this debate, simply because it is so “democratic” and never committed such a punishment but once in 1962 against Eichmann, the Nazi. The human blood and life for “Israel” is so precious, specially the Jewish one as it never executed anyone from the “chosen people”, the beloved sons of God !!!

Can you believe this? I don’t, simply because I have witnessed the mass-killing Israel executing the whole people of Palestine. Inside “Israel” the conditions are perfect for the Jew “citizen” but in the occupied Territories, it is hell for the occupied natives !!! “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.” David Ben-Gurion (the father of “Israel”), May 1948, to the General Staff. From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.

Feb 01 13:57

Saudi Arabia Bombs Day Care Centre for Blind Children in Yemen, U.S Silent

Saudi Arabia continues to shock the world with its crimes against civilians in Yemen. On this occasion, the Saudi-led coalition attacked the day-care centre for blind children, located in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a.

Whilst exact information about the victims of the air raid are not confirmed, it has been reported at least 3 are dead. The blow to the Yemeni civilians was inflicted at a time when they were all sleeping. This explains the complete lack of reaction to a war crime by the USA, European countries, as well as the so-called “human rights” organizations who like to talk about non-existent victims of the Russia, Syria and other undesirables to the West countries.

Feb 01 08:37

FLASHBACK - Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad

From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world's terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the "straight to beheading YouTube clip" purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria's president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe's dominant - and belligerent - source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.

Jan 31 15:43

The usurped rights of Israel’s Palestinian citizens

Jamal Kanj explodes the myth of Israeli democracy, noting that Israel’s Palestinian citizens face discrimination in education, health care and housing, in addition to having their mobility restricted, living under martial rule and being continually dispossessed of the little land they own.

Jan 31 15:29

Obama's Christian Holocaust-- Throughout the Middle East

It's a Christian Holocaust, alright. With all the killings, crucifixions, and beheadings. Not because Obama is a secret Muslim, God knows. Au contraire. He's a Church-going Christian, as countless photo-ops show. So let's not go overboard. Those images of martyred Christians must upset him when they hit the internet. What will the American people think? But business is business. And this Christian genocide is part of the cost of doing business with the Turks and the Saudis and the Gulf monarchies. It's a shame that the number of Iraqi and Syrian Christians dead or fled already number in the millions. But what can Obama do? As President he has to put our national interests first. And in his mind our national interests lie in world domination. With the power of life and death over every single person on the globe-whose inmost thoughts the NSA must know!

Jan 31 09:05

25 pro-Saudi mercenaries killed in Yemen’s Ma'rib

Fighters of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and military units have killed more than two dozen mercenaries fighting for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Jan 31 05:47

The emperor has no clothes: The West Bank, settlements and the two State Solution

Each and every US administration as well as the European governments has been complicit in the crimes committed by Israel. However, it is time for the rest of the world to wake up and end the illusion. The illusion that Israel has legitimacy, the illusion that Israel is somehow the answer to the holocaust and to anti-Semitism, and the illusion that some parts of Palestine are occupied while others are not. It’s time to call out loud and clear that all Israeli settlements everywhere are illegal and just as in the tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” the emperor had no clothes, Israel too has no legitimacy

Jan 31 05:45

War in Syria: Russia’s ‘rustbucket’ military delivers a hi-tech shock to West and Israel

Their army’s equipment and strategy was “outmoded”; their air force’s bombs and missiles were “more dumb than smart”; their navy was “more rust than ready”. For decades, this was Western military leaders’ view, steeped in condescension, of their Russian counterparts. What they have seen in Syria and Ukraine has come as a shock.

Jan 30 18:19

Syrian Army outflanks ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo – Map update

Pretty soon they will have ISIS in a Cauldron and they will be rolled up and destroyed Like G.A. Custer at the Little Big Horn,which is why Erdogan is screaming bloody murder!

Earlier today, Tiger Forces captured the village of Tanouza as government troops continue to defeat ISIS fighters in eastern Aleppo. Just yesterday, the Syrian Arab Army captured Afesh village while also advancing from newly liberated Wadiah. The main government push seems to be west from Kuweiris Airbase towards the city of Aleppo; meanwhile, sporadic clashes continue relentlessly a few miles from Deir Hafer and Al-Bab.

Regrettably from an Islamist perspective, local ISIS fighters witness themselves desperately trying to predict the next advance by Tiger Forces. Meanwhile, government troops find themselves in high morale as they continue to seize momentum while gradually passing through a collapsing Islamic State line of defence.

Jan 30 17:41

Has Israel normalised its psychologically disoriented apartheid system?

The extreme militarization of any nation requires an enemy, or at least the concept of an enemy and in the presence of the ‘imaginary’ enemy, the healthy suspicious and cautious tendency develops into a full fledged delusion of national persecution, that tends to use tools that are beneath a democracy, the tools of a dictatorship and implemented apartheid . The article argues how Israel has normalised its disoriented concept of the “imagined enemy” to justify its apartheid regime and the on going oppression of the Palestinians.

Jan 30 15:03

On the down side of institutionalised religion

Lawrence Davidson explains why religion should be confined to the individual and local charity level and points to the lethal consequences when religion claims for itself the trappings of secular power or attaches itself to the institutions of power.

Jan 30 10:13

Brainwashed Palestinians

At the beginning of the Oslo deceptive mirage of “peace”, the zionists hosted several Palestinian “writers” for a month course in the Kibutz of Ein-Herod. In this course, the zionists taught some Palestinians writers the “culture of peace”, ie, the culture of accepting the zionist discourse and believing the zionist lies of “the Promised Land” and “the Chosen people” … this course had done its effect on this pseudo-writer to the degree he had been obsessed with the zionist discourse and believing its myths !!

Jan 29 17:23

Witches’ Brew of Israeli Extremism

The demons are dancing tonight. On days like today, which bring news of serial bizarre developments within Israel’s extreme-right, it calls to mind witches madly cavorting on broomsticks or laughing gleefully beside a boiling cauldron. It’s a real Witches’ Brew.

Jan 29 13:24

TALIBAN CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN HIGHEST SINCE U.S. INVASION

The Taliban controls more of the country than at any time since U.S. troops invaded in 2001, notes the quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fragile economy is worsening. One of the few bright spots of the troubled reconstruction effort — getting more girls in school — has been tainted by allegations of fraud.

Jan 29 11:53

Rouhani: US, Iran Must Work Together to Calm Middle East

With the lifting of sanctions, Iran is poised to play a more active role in international diplomacy. During his visit to Italy, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that if the United States has any hope of solving conflicts in the Middle East, it needs Tehran’s help.

President Rouhani is conducting a four-day visit to Rome and Paris to shore up international business contracts, now that Iran is no longer isolated by sanctions.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gestures at the conclusion of his press conference, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. The implementation of a historic nuclear deal with world powers is expected to pave the way for a new economic reality in Iran, now freed from harsh international sanctions

Iran to Push Long-Awaited Trade with Europe After Lifting Sanctions
Speaking in Rome, the president stated his hope that Tehran and Washington can work together to solve regional problems in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Rouhani is absolutely correct in his assessment; however, with Israeli pressure consistently working against this kind of rapprochement, unfortunately, it may only happen when pigs fly.

Jan 28 22:53

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

One cant understand the Palestinian-zionist conflict without bringing the whole geopolitical context that happened for half a century (and even beyond that) before the actual ethnic cleansing of Palestine:

First, Palestine was inhabited by the native Palestinians (regardless of their religion) for Thousands of years before the zionist thought to build their "jewish state" in Palestine.

Jan 28 15:40

EXCLUSIVE: The Secret Behind the Next Global Crash

Selected Persian Gulf traders, and that includes Westerners working in the Gulf confirm that Saudi Arabia is unloading at least $1 trillion in securities and crashing global markets under orders from the Masters of the Universe – those above the lame presidency of Barack Obama.

There has been a huge increase in the Saudi and Abu Dhabi dump since the start of 2016. A Persian Gulf source says the Saudi strategy “will demolish the markets.” Another referred to a case of “maggots eating the carcass in the dark”; one just had to look at the rout in Wall Street, across Europe and in Hong Kong and Tokyo on Wednesday.

So it’s already happening. And a crucial subplot may be, in the short to medium term, no less than the collapse of the eurozone.

The Crash of 2016?

Jan 28 11:29

David Cameron urged to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia over fears weapons used against Yemen civilians

David Cameron has been urged to immediately suspend all arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid growing fears that British-made weapons may have been used to bomb hospitals, schools, markets and other civilian targets in Yemen.

A United Nations report said the Saudi-led bombing campaing in Yemen had involved “widespread and systematic” targeting of civilians “in violation of international humanitarian law”.

Britain is a leading arms supplier to the Saudi regime and has military personnel working with the Saudi forces on the ground, although the Government insists its officials only work in a “liaison” role and do not assist in the selection of targets.

UK selling invasive spying equipment to Saudi Arabia and others
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn have written to the Prime Minister demanding to know whether UK personnel on the ground have seen evidence of strikes that could have breached international humanitarian law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Hilary Benn and Jeremy Corbyn: Cameron's hands are soaked in blood over this; he knows it, the Saudi Government knows it, you know it, and the world knows it.

That the intelligence resources of MI5 and MI6 are impotent to know how those weapons are being used is an utter impossibility, no matter what Cameron says.

Yes, hospitals, schools, ambulances, residences, and non-combatants are being bombed to hell in Yemen, and those attacks most probably have included British arms.

But I am sure the Cameron is salving his conscience by thinking just how much money British arms dealers are making through these deals, and that, for him is the only thing which matters.

And gentlemen, please remember this: Saudi Arabia was invited to your country's Arms Fair just last fall. As reported at http://www.independent.co.uk/ last September:

The list of countries invited by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to attend the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) exhibition next includes countries criticised by campaigners for gross infringements of civil liberties, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Thailand. The invitation to Azerbaijan has been made despite a rebuke from a Government minister over its draconian imprisonment of a journalist for “questionable allegations”. Foreign Office minister David Lidington said Britain “will take every opportunity to raise concerns over human rights” in the country. Three countries asked to send a high-level delegation to DSEI - Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Colombia - also feature on the Foreign Office’s own list of “countries of concern” in the implementation of human rights for their citizens.

Money has no morals, and particularly money for arms from countries with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun, such as Saudi Arabia.

So, the British government invited Saudi Arabia to last Fall's Arms Fair, and expected a different outcome than seeing their weapons used against innocents in Yemen?!?

THAT, gentlemen, is hypocrisy and stupidity, writ large, and the British government collectively, should be ashamed of itself for having allowed this to happen.

Of course, in the real world, before attaining high office, most politicians have had their conscience surgically removed, because it prevents the pain of any moral equation getting in the way of money making, or receiving licit (and illicit) donations from lining their campaign coffers.

Jan 28 11:19

U.S. PLANS TO REPLENISH SAUDI MISSILES USED IN AIR STRIKES ON YEMEN THAT U.N. SAYS MAY CONSTITUTE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in neighboring Yemen has targeted civilians with air strikes and some of the attacks could be a crimes against humanity, United Nations sanctions monitors said in an annual report to the Security Council. The report by the U.N. panel that monitors the conflict in Yemen for the Security Council, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, sparked calls by rights groups for the United States and Britain to halt sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in such attacks.

Jan 28 10:44

Will America go to war for the Philippines?

In places like the Middle East, where the United States is perceived to be engaged in a gradual strategic retreat, China is on the offensive. The Asian powerhouse has been reaching out to key American allies such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt. as well as to post-sanctions Iran, which is expected to play an even more consequential role in creating a post-American order in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The spin is that China is "invading" our turf, but the US is a collapsing empire and it is natural for other nations to move into the vacuum created by the fall of the US.

Jan 28 08:34

Toronto film executive pulls support for York University film program over Israel mural

A Toronto film industry executive is pulling his company’s support for York University’s Cinema and Media Arts program due to a mural he said is “anti-Israel.”

“It made me sick to my stomach and very angry,” Paul Bronfman said this week when describing his initial reaction to learning of the portrait. “We live in an amazing city, an amazing country, and to have this happening under our noses is disgusting. It’s subtly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. It’s anti-Canadian.”

The mural is currently displayed in the York University Student Centre. It shows a person looking at a bulldozer close to a building while holding rocks. The person is shown wearing what looks like a Palestinian flag with a map of Israel without its borders. At the bottom of the mural, the words “justice” and “peace” can be seen along with other text.

Jan 28 06:39

Germany and the UNO against Syria

The neo-conservatives and liberal hawks who have been preparing the war against Syria since 2001 have been relying on several states from the UNO and the Gulf Co-operation Council. While we know about the role played by General David Petraeus in launching and pursuing the war until today, two personalities - Jeffrey Feltman (number 2 at the UNO) and Volker Perthes (Director of the main German think tank) - have remained in the shadows. Together, with the support of Berlin, they have been using and are still manipulating the United Nations in order to destroy Syria.

Jan 27 19:58

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

Jan 27 11:44

Yemen: the devastation of a nation, largely ignored

“We are waiting to see when we will die” – the words of a resident of the besieged city of Taiz in Yemen, retold by a British Yemeni at a meeting with cross-party MPs in Westminster last week.

Taiz has been under siege by rebels for months, cut off from humanitarian aid, with no electricity, no schools, and where the vast majority of health facilities have closed.

Britain’s international development committee (IDC) had invited representatives of the Yemeni diaspora to contribute to our inquiry into the crisis in Yemen. We were shocked to hear about the desperate situation in Taiz, which bears a worrying resemblance to Madaya in Syria. But the world is watching Syria while the crisis in Yemen is largely ignored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations: you have paid for this slaughter with the US-government enabled military and intelligence aid to Saudi Arabia.

Take a good hard look at the faces of these young women in the picture at the top of the article; doesn't it make you proud of what the US government has allowed the Saudis to do here?!?

The killing of civilians?!? War crimes.
The bombing of hospitals, schools, and ambulances?!? War crimes.

But making sure that Yemen cannot choose its own destiny?!?

Priceless, to those who want to see Yemen's oil only sold in US dollars, and Al-Hadi returned to power.

Jan 27 08:43

Moscow Snowbound, Litvinenko Poisoned, and the Syrian War - by Israel Shamir

I was contacted by Israeli Army Radio, as a Hebrew-speaking journalist in Moscow. What do I think about British justice accusing Vladimir Putin personally of Litvinenko’s murder? What do people of Moscow think of their President being a murderer? READ MORE

Jan 27 07:22

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

This conflict is part of a regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are bombing Yemen in order to defeat the Houthi rebels, who have been resisting government repression for a long time. Iran has been accused of supporting the Houthis, although Iran denies this. Yemen is strategically located on a narrow waterway that links the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea. Much of the world’s oil passes through this waterway.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And to Secretary of State Kerry, sir I have a short memo: you cannot feign "concern" for the number of civilians being slain in Yemen, when it is the United States government which is funding, enabling, and providing intelligence for the strikes; your, and your boss's hands are covered in the blood of Yemenite women, children, and the medically fragile elderly.

When the Saudis are bombing hospitals, schools, ambulances, and housing here, the US government is completely complicit in this slaughter.

You know it, Americans know it, and the world knows it.

So please, do not even go there, when you express "concern" about civilians slaughtered in Yemen for domestic consumption; you back this war to the hilt, in order to attempt to get Al-Hadi back as the US-favored dictator, and the war crimes committed by Saudi troops to achieve this end do not really bother you in the slightest; otherwise, you would have it stopped.

Jan 27 02:23

CBC, Peter Mansbridge: Cut the crap, tell the truth or shut up.

http://letterstothebeast.com/2016/01/22/cbc-peter-mansbridge-cut-the-c...

...And however mistaken you may believe regarding my interpretation of your reporting is, I would like to remind you of two very important facts: In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Mansbridge, you told me that Iraqi soldiers were removing babies from incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals, throwing them on the floor, stealing the incubators and taking them back to Iraq. And in 2003, you told me Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction.”

Jan 27 01:54

Mission Accomplished: Tehran and Washington Trigger a Diplomatic Coup

The “diplomatic coup” triggered by Iran and the US has given rise to a new era in Tehran’s relations with the international community.

Jan 26 23:27

Rights of Palestinian Israel citizens

Israel can’t continue to use the Jewish victims of the Holocaust to justify its racist and malevolent policies against non-Jewish citizens of Israel.

Jan 26 18:54

UK's leading pro-Palestine campaign group blocks call to expel Israel from the UN (again)

There is ample reason for calling for Israel’s expulsion from the UN. It chimes very well with the ‘Sanctions’ element of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). And it is a good fit with the sort of measures that, in the ‘Call to Action’ by the BDS Movement, should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law

Jan 26 14:34

UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign blocks call to expel Israel from UN

Stuart Littlewood asks where does the Palestine Solidarity Campaign – the UK's leading pro-Palestine campaign group – go from here, now that it has rejected a proposal to seek Israel's expulsion from the UN for persistently violating international law?

Jan 26 14:32

American Jews and Israel: A divorce in the making?

Alan Hart argues that fear by US and European Jews that anti-Israeli sentiment created by Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians might turn into anti-Semitism is turning these Jews away from the Zionist state.

Jan 26 10:59

Citing Terrorism Concerns, John Kerry Supports Saudi Bloodbath in Yemen

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a conflict that has killed over 2,400 civilians. As justification, the secretary reiterated false claims that Riyadh is battling al-Qaeda.

Jan 26 09:07

West in Middle East: Color revolutions fail, shift to nuclear blackmail

John Weal, Rear admiral of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy, claimed that it's permissible to use Trident ballistic missiles against the Islamic State in Syria, which are capable to deliver nuclear weapons at the distance over11,000 kilometres. 'The Admiral is either crazy, or it's an attempt of the West to transform the case into a phase of nuclear blackmail regarding the Middle Eastern countries. The West is not capable of establishing control over the oil-producing area of the Middle East and the North of Africa. Iran, Russia, and China gain more and more influence there. China currently intents not to only develop its military compound, but also the South Stream, and the Silk Road through Iran and former Soviet Republics of the Central Asia. The Anglo-American civilization looses its dominant positions in the world. Thus, there is no choice but a shift to the nuclear blackmail'.

Jan 26 07:49

Kazakhstan will supply weapons and military equipment to Jordan

"Despite the large distance between the two countries, great opportunities exist for development in economic and military-political cooperation," the press service noted. Jordan also agreed to take part in the 4th International Exhibition of Weapons Systems and Military Equipment KADEX-2016 that will be held in the Kazakhstani capital on June 2-5.

Jan 25 19:16

Palestinian Woman Kicked in Head as Jewish Mob Debates Whether to Kill Her

A ?Palestinian woman from Haifa attacked and detained by [Jewish] ?Israeli passersby in Tel Aviv. Passers-by are arguing about whether or not to beat and kill her. One woman claims she saw she had a knife and screams and demands her execution. Someone kicks her in the head. If not for the intervention of some of the bystanders who stop the lynch this would have been reported as another "stabber terrorist" that was "neutralized" .

Jan 25 18:21

Israel, Saudi Arabia, Defense And Oil Spent Nearly One Trillion Urging DC For More War In 2015

The defense industry spent millions lobbying the federal government last year, but they weren’t the only ones urging the country toward more war. Countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia, and even oil and computer industry representatives, also got in on the act. According to OpenSecrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics, the defense and aerospace industries spent a combined total of $56,272,948 on D.C. lobbying efforts last year. That’s down from the all-time high in 2013, when the industry spent over $78 million on lobbying.

Jan 25 17:03

Why is the Syrian civil war is at a decisive point

Talks in Geneva may produce little of substance, but winners and losers are starting to emerge

Jan 25 16:19

Yemen's healthcare system left in tatters due to Saudi bombing campaign - supported by Britain

Yemen’s healthcare system is in tatters, with 130 attacks on facilities since a bombing campaign (supported by Britain) began. Enough is enough, says Médecins Sans Frontières

Jan 25 15:45

Media Silent as US Helps Saudis Starve Half a Million Yemeni Children

While the media was flooded with images of the starving children of Syria, the thousands of children suffering from Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed onslaught on Yemen made far fewer headlines.

Jan 25 10:13

US ABETS SAUDI WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

Jan 24 11:44

This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years — a full generation — since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, causing extensive damage to the country’s electrical, water, and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences. A quarter-century later, the U.S. is still bombing, and over 3,400 U.S. troops are in the country. It’s part of a larger war raging in northern Iraq and Syria, with a ferocious, merciless entity driving the destruction: the Islamic State.

Jan 24 11:39

White House 'Deeply Concerned' With Rising Civilian Death Toll in Yemen

The White House expressed deep concern about reports of harm to civilians amid escalating violence in Yemen, and called on all sides to the conflict to resume peace talks.

Jan 23 22:28

Former Education Ministry Official Praises Bernadotte Assassination, Hints Swedish Foreign Minister Deserves Similar Fate

Zvi Zameret, the former director for instruction for the Israeli education ministry has written an op-ed in Makor Rishon, Sheldon Adelson’s pro-settler newspaper, praising the 1948 assassination of UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte by Yitzhak Shamir’s Lehi gang.
Zameret hints that Wallstrom herself should share a similar fate to Bernadotte.

Jan 23 22:18

Islamic State Coming to the End of the Road

The Islamic State(also known as Daesh) is the bastard child of the US’s drive to achieve regime change in Syria.To that end the US and its allies instigated an armed insurrection against the Syrian government.

Jan 22 22:38

Israel’s Right-Wing Comes Out, Slurs Flying, Against US Ambassador Shapiro

While addressing Israel’s leading national security think tank on Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro offered a harsh, relatively unprecedented assessment of the country’s apartheid legal system.

After the speech received media coverage in Israel, Netanyahu shot back: “The ambassador’s statements … are unacceptable and wrong.”

Jan 22 15:01

Qatar's bubble to burst any moment

It is an open secret that Qatar is one of the main sponsors of Syrian terrorists. It should be noted in fairness that Qatar was attempting to play the role of a mediator since the beginning of the conflict in Syria. Qatar suggested keeping Syrian President Assad in office while restricting his powers to the benefit of the government. Qatar offered to keep Assad the chief of the armed and security forces of Syria to subordinate the police to the prime minister. In essence, Qatar offered Syria to refuse from secular principles and divide the Syrian people on the basis of confessional principle...

Jan 22 13:42

British Parliamentarians pay Homage to Dick Cheney

On 3rd December 2015 at the United States Capitol in Washington a statue was unveiled in honour of Richard “Dick” Cheney, former vice President to George W. Bush. In line with all other past vice-presidents a marble bust will now rest alongside all other United States vice-Presidents.

Coincidentally, the previous day witnessed the British parliament, specifically the House of Commons, inadvertently honour Cheney in the debate on whether to extend the military intervention aimed at ISIS in Iraq into ISIS’s supposed heartland in Syria.

Jan 22 10:36

Pentagon Frantic on How to Counter Successful Russian/Syrian Campaigns Against ISIS

they need to keep their mercenary proxy army from being wiped out in their entirety

Jan 22 05:05

Syria Lies Dept: 60 Minutes declares the Russian intervention a flop

Taking no chances, CBS 60 Minutes program also manages to denigrate the brave Syrian Arab Army, just about one of the most heroic forces fighting ISIL and other brutal terrorists in the Middle East.

Jan 21 23:26

Yemen: Britain and Saudi Arabia Shoulder to Shoulder in Atrocity

“British military advisers are in control rooms assisting the Saudi-led coalition staging bombing raids across Yemen that have killed thousands of civilians, the Saudi Foreign Minister and the Ministry of Defence have confirmed

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