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Mar 01 08:14

No Conspiracy Theory Required: We Already Know Who’s Behind the Islamic State

Forget theories. We already know who has conspired to create the Islamic State. The culprits have confessed.

Mar 01 08:13

Ban suggests Israeli attack on UNIFIL post was deliberate

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has suggested that the Israeli regime deliberately targeted a base of UN peacekeeping forces along Lebanon’s southern border last month, in which a peacekeeper was killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We thought they were Egyptians. Honest! It was a really cloudy day! The waves were high ... I mean the sand dunes were high!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Feb 26 07:54

3 militants dead as Lebanon Army advances on ISIS

Four soldiers were wounded and at least three jihadi militants killed Thursday in clashes on Lebanon's northeastern border with Syria, security sources and the Army said.

Feb 26 07:38

Jeb Bush Wouldn't Hesitate to Start 'Third Bush War'

In response to a question, the former Florida governor said his family ties would not prohibit him from engaging in armed conflict in the Middle East.

(*The way this family assumes ownership of the nation , it sounds to me like when it commences , it will be known as Bush War III rather than WWIII , and family ties will have everything to do with it . )

Feb 23 11:05

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

Israel has essentially used the United States as a cat’s paw in the Middle East, manipulating America’s Leviathan military to smash up her enemies.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses.

Feb 23 09:14

UN: Israel Deliberately Targeted Peacekeeper in Lebanon

UNIFIL officials say Israel never even attempted to fire at the Hezbollah forces that were attacking them, and instead focused their artillery directly at the UNIFIL observation tower, with strikes getting closer until they finally hit it, killing soldier Francisco Javier Soria Toledo.

Feb 23 08:43

$1 billion arms grant 'on its way': Lebanon interior minister

Lebanon will soon receive the first shipment of weapons financed through a $1 billion Saudi grant, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said in remarks published Monday.

Separately, Lebanon Monday will receive a shipment of Jordanian weapons, Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel just lost the Litani River!

Feb 22 15:18

Barb Weir interviews moderate Syrian rebels

You must be joking. Since when are Syrian rebels from Syria? They come from Afar, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Australia, Azabaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Britain, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, France…

…but Syria? Please, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Syrian Syrian rebel. And there weren’t that many to start with.

Well, ISIL, ISIS, the Islamic state – whatever you want to call it – they’re paying even better and getting their money from the same places as us

Feb 22 09:24

UN: Israel Deliberately Targeted Peacekeeper in Lebanon

Three weeks ago, Israeli artillery “retaliated” for a cross-border Hezbollah attack, and ended up killing a Spanish soldier with the UN observer force, UNIFIL. The UNIFIL now believes Israel deliberately targeted them.

Feb 22 08:34

Melanie Phillips gets her Zionist arse kicked on Question Time.

Feb 21 15:04

At War With Those “Who Have Perverted Islam”

The latest ISIL political ally to surface is Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

During a speech at this week’s White House conference on countering violent extremism,President Obama described the enemy that calls itself ISIL:

“We are not at war with Islam; we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

That statement is sensible and it is clear. It represents the President’s careful separation of ISIL (initially self-designated as the Islamic State in the Levant) from the world’s Muslim population.

ISIL is not remotely representative of Islam. It steals its language the way extremists out of Jewish and Christian backgrounds pervert those religious communities.

Feb 21 14:57

How, to contain and defeat perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism

American foreign policy and authoritarian Muslim regimes, cause/provoke Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and the despair of no hope.

If perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism (PVIF) in all of its manifestations is to be contained and defeated there’s one thing above all others that must happen – Western leaders, starting with President Obama, must open their minds to the fact that consequences have causes and then address the causes.

There are two main and related causes of PVIF (Perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism):

(1) American-led Western foreign policy for the Arab and wider Muslim world including its double standard as demonstrated by refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law and rejection of the Palestinian claim for justice.

(2) The corruption, authoritarianism and repression of most if not all Arab and other Muslim regimes. In most cases they are regimes supported/endorsed by American-led Western foreign policy.

Feb 21 08:56

Lebanon FM signs historic agreement with Cuba

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil signed a cooperation agreement with Cuba Friday in the first official visit by a Lebanese foreign minister to Havana since 1970.

The two officials signed an agreement to boost diplomatic collaboration between their foreign ministries, according to a statement released Saturday by Bassil's media office.

Feb 17 06:26

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite

Once Gadaffi was brutally killed by a mob, advocates of intervention threw a giddy party for themselves, celebrating their own rightness and righteousness and declaring Libya a model for future western interventions. Upon Gadaffi’s fleeing, The New York Times, which editorially supported the war, published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.”

Leading war advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nick Kristof celebrated themselves as humanitarian visionaries and chided war opponents for being blinkered and overly cynical about the virtues of American force. British and French leaders descended upon Libya to strut around like some sort of conquering heroes, while American and Canadian officials held pompous war victory ceremonies. Hillary Clinton was downright sociopathic, gloating and cackling in an interview when told about Gadaffi’s death by mob: “We came, we saw, he died.”

Feb 16 06:57

Connecting the Middle Eastern Dots

This jigsaw compilation is just a small part of the bigger picture painting the existence of the 0.01% of the wealthiest and most powerful group of people; an elite of all elites, who consider themselves the real gifted “Chosen People” and the real “Light onto the Earth” who have the right, the power and the divine obligation to dominate, re-organize and civilize this world even through global wars and the cost of millions of human lives.

Feb 15 13:59

Why We Need the International Criminal Court

Since law is one of the foundations of civilization, shouldn't we make sure that no one stands above it.

The adage that no one should be above the law is of particular importance here. The problem is that there are innumerable cases where some individual or group holds sufficient political power to defy the rule of law.

This issue has not yet been fully confronted because, until very recently, no one has actually brought the crimes of individuals representing large and powerful states, or their allies, to the attention of the Court.

How do you arrest the indicted person if he is Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush or any number of Israeli military and civilian leaders, all of whom may well warrant the Court’s attention.

However, this is about to change due to the decision of the Palestinian National Authority to join the ICC. This has resulted in an ICC preliminary investigation of Israeli war crimes during the 2014 invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Feb 15 08:52

Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town

“Do not seek the treasure. Its an ambush.”
The Israeli Prime Minister will be greeted by cheers and applause from those members of Congress who will be in attendance. Some members will not attend. How many will skip the event could depend on voters who demand their absence.

In attendance, assuming the Prime Minister actually goes through with what has become a highly controversial and increasingly unpopular speech.

Even strong pro-Israel outlets like Fox News, and Liberal Zionist media outlets like MSNBC, are urging Netanyahu to cancel his March 3 moment in the world media spotlight.

The decision by members of Congress to attend, or not to attend, Netanyahu’s speech March 3 is a test of loyalty for members, to their elected president or to the Sheldon Adelson-controlled prime minister of Israel.That is a political decision.It is also a personal moral decision.

Feb 14 13:26

Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Lashes Out About The Occupation

Former IDF soldier Eran Efrati interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and Abby Martin of Russia Today.

Conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza.

Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

This is a shocking interview that everyone should see!

Feb 13 12:55

Tracking the roots of Zionism and imperial russophobia

In order to understand the relationship between the Empire, Zionism and Western russophobia, we must go back to the late 19th century, and focus in particular on British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. The questions raised by his time and foreign policy are the same that arise today on the relationship between the United States and the Zionist network, questions which divide even the most respected observers.

Which, of the Anglo-American Empire and the international Jewry, steers the other?

Feb 13 07:10

Security forces arrest 56 in fresh Bekaa Valley raids

Joint forces from different security branches arrested 56 people after raiding the homes of fugitives in the northern Bekaa Valley early Friday, confiscating quantities of drugs and weapons.

In a statement, the Army said the raids were concentrated in the Bekaa Valley towns of Baalbek, Brital, Hor Taala, Doris and al-Hammoudieh.

The force arrested 56 fugitives suspects, and confiscated 18 cars, two tons of hashish stored in a warehouse in al-Hammoudieh and a large quantity of weapons and ammunition.

Feb 11 15:43

Obama “Preacher In Chief” at Prayer Breakfast

President Obama has two years remaining in which to make the morally ambiguous decisions a president must make. His 2015 Prayer Breakfast sermon suggests he knows how he wants to handle those decisions.

President Obama has two years remaining in which to make the morally ambiguous decisions a president must make. His 2015 Prayer Breakfast sermon suggests he knows how he wants to handle those decisions.

Feb 10 19:14

Zionist Kiev Coup & Hizbulla Response to Israel: Mask of Zion, Feb 9, 2015

The Mask of Zion Report returns in nothing less than blistering fashion as the one and only Jonathan Azaziah tackles the life-or-death struggle between the Donbass Resistance and International Zionism’s Kiev coup regime, the historic retaliation Hizbullah carried out for the illegitimate “Israeli” regime’s criminal raid on Quneitra and the end of our rules of engagement with the “anti-Zionist Zionist” gatekeepers. This is one for the ages folks.

Feb 10 14:32

British stooges pitch for Israel ahead of UK polls

Stuart Littlewood examines a document produced by the Board of Deputies of British Jews which seeks to wrest pro-Israel policy commitments from political parties ahead of the 2015 UK general elections.

Feb 09 11:04

Israel’s insolence to Obama may rebound on it

The crisis has been building for six years. Barack Obama arrived at the White House just as Israel elected one of the most right-wing governments in its history, led by Benjamin Netanyahu. At their first meeting Mr Obama reportedly told his Israeli counterpart “not one more brick”.

Mr Netanyahu soon defied the president, and has been doing so ever since.

By taking on the president, Mr Netanyahu risks smashing Washington’s political consensus on Israel and exposing the American public for the first time to a debate about whether Israeli interests coincide with US ones.

The very rift he is fostering with Mr Obama is likely to rebound on him strategically too. He is giving Tehran every incentive to sign an accord with the western powers, if only to deepen the fracture between Israel and Washington.

Feb 09 10:57

Another dubious Islamic State video, more foreign policy folly

The world has been sleepwalked into a handful of senseless wars in the Middle East that have served no other purpose than to fatten the pockets of Western war profiteers and strengthen the Israeli regime’s position in the region.

And we can’t seem to find a way off this deadly trajectory towards doom.

The slickly made video begs a few questions. Who produces IS’s videos for them? Rag-­tag militants simply don’t have the technical prowess required for IS’s latest execution flick. Where do they get the money to finance these projects? How do they have time to make such videos amidst an insurgency against the Syrian regime? And how do they shoot these highly choreographed videos while they allegedly dodge Western coalition airstrikes?

Feb 09 06:42

US shipload of weapons and ammunition arrives in Lebanon

The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon said Sunday that $25 million worth of weapons and ammunition have arrived in Beirut, the latest American assistance to Lebanon’s army as it fights Islamic extremists along the border with Syria.

Ambassador David Hale said the equipment includes more than 70 M198 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery “of all shapes and sizes, including heavy artillery.”

Hale told reporters that Lebanon has become the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. foreign military assistance. He added that weapons worth more than $100 million were given to Lebanon last year and over a $1 billion worth in the last eight years.

He said the U.S. help to Lebanon will continue “until the job is done.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What, I wonder, is the actual meaning of Ambassador Hale's very ominous statement that "...the U.S. help to Lebanon will continue “until the job is done.”?

I wish he had been more specific on that.

Does this mean that the fighting will continue until the world accepts US dollar hegemony at the cost of millions of lives and infrastructure destroyed world-wide?!?

Feb 03 09:57

Addicted to War: Netanyahu boasting, ‘No one is immune to Israeli attacks’

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is facing the prospect of a close contest in the upcoming Israeli elections. To compensate for his failing approach to politics – increased defense spending, austerity, constant war and conflict, with absolutely no prospects for peace – the Israel leader is trying to start tertiary problems around him.

Feb 02 09:37

Netanyahu: The World Has Yet to Blame Iran for Lebanon Attack

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke on Sunday evening with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and noted that to this point, there has been no condemnation of Iran for last week’s attacks near the Israel-Lebanon border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe because the world knows you are full of crap, Bibi!

Feb 02 07:22

Lieberman: Third Lebanon war, fourth Gaza operation inevitable

Israel’s foreign minister has described as "inevitable" a third war with Lebanon and a fourth aggression in the besieged Gaza Strip in the wake of a recent retaliatory attack by Hezbollah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Israel sends drones in and kills people, and because Hezbollah fought back, Israel is now justified in new wars against Lebanon and Gaza?

Feb 02 07:20

Lebanon Foreign Ministry, officials denounce Damascus bus blast

Lebanese officials condemned Monday the bombing that killed six Lebanese pilgrims and wounded about 20 in Damascus one day earlier.

Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry described the attack as "terrorist," and “cowardly.”

Minister Gebran Bassil telephoned the families of the victims to offer his condolences, a statement by the ministry said, a day after a bomb ripped through a bus carrying 52 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims visiting holy sites in Damascus Sunday.

Feb 02 07:19

At least six Lebanese killed in Damascus bus blast

An explosion ripped through a Lebanese bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in a central district of the Syrian capital, killing at least six people and wounded up to 20 Sunday.

Feb 01 09:55

At least 6 dead in Lebanese pilgrim bus blast in Damascus

A blast on a Lebanese bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in a central district of the Syrian capital killed at least six people and wounded up to 20 Sunday, media reports said.

A Twitter account associated with the Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the blast, saying a Saudi member of the group identified as Abu al-Ezz al-Ansari blew himself up inside the bus.f

Feb 01 09:12

UN peacekeeper in Lebanon likely killed by Israel: Video

A new footage released after recent clashes between Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement and Israel suggests that the Tel Aviv regime was likely responsible for the killing of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in the violence.

Jan 30 08:28

Blowback Against Israeli State Terror

Israel claims a divine right to attack any nation, group or individual it chooses with impunity. Considers naked aggression self-defense.

Justifiable self-defense is called terrorism.

Jan 29 12:09

Israel Threatens War Following Clashes with Hezbollah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened war in Lebanon and Syria on Wednesday, saying that Israel is prepared to act “on all fronts” following an attack that killed two Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers near Israel’s northern border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember, Israel started with whole mess a week ago with that drone strike into Syria.

Jan 29 07:49

Spain blames Israel for death of peacekeeper

Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N. peacekeeper during the Israeli military's exchange of fire with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

Jan 29 07:37

Netanyahu: Iran "planning new genocide" against Jews

Is there anyone in the world today that is more irrational, unhinged, and delusional than Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netanyahu is trying to shift the current conflict with Syria and Lebanon to include Iran. I wonder if Israel will strike Iran while Americans are distracted with the Superbowl?

Jan 29 07:17

Lebanon-Israel border quiet after Hezbollah attack

U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanese soldiers were patrolling the border with Israel Thursday, a day after Hezbollah launched a revenge attack on Israel for the recent killing of six party members and an Iranian general in Syria's Golan Heights.

The patrols came after Israel responded to the Hezbollah attack with artillery shelling on several areas of south Lebanon.

Jan 29 07:14

The Next War In The Middle East Has Begun And Israel Vows ‘To Act Powerfully On All Fronts’

Israel and Hezbollah are at war. On top of everything else that is going on in the world, now we have a new war in the Middle East, and nobody is quite certain what is going to happen next. Israel has been preparing for this moment for more than 8 years. So has Hezbollah. According to some reports, Hezbollah has amassed an arsenal of 50,000 rockets since the end of the Hezbollah-Israel war in 2006. If all-out warfare does erupt, we could potentially see tens of thousands of missiles rain down into an area not too much larger than the state of New Jersey. And of course the Israeli military is also much more sophisticated and much more powerful than it was back in 2006. If cooler heads do not prevail, we could be on the verge of witnessing a very bloody war. But right now nobody seems to be in the mood to back down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would not be surprised to see Israel bomb Iran's nuclear facilities the way they did Iraq's.

Jan 28 15:45

Israel set to go "Gaza" on southern Lebanon...

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before a situation assessment with Israel's security chiefs that "whoever is behind today's attack will pay the full price."

And as reported: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said: "Israel should respond in a 'forceful and disproportionate manner'"

How did Israel respond last summer against what again, 3 kidnapped teenagers in the West Bank? It was called Opeation Protective Edge, it killed over 2,100 Palestinians, and MOST of the world considered it a rather "forceful and disproportionate" response!!!

Jan 28 11:24

RAW: IDF shell Lebanon border after attack on Israeli military convoy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that Israel is using white phosphorus over a residential area!

Jan 28 10:13

URGENT! Two Israeli Soldiers Killed In Convoy Attack By Hezbollah

Jan 28 08:11

More on Israel's twin hits on Syria- IAF and Shelling

Israeli war planes striking Syria- Presently!- Right now! Second strike in 24 hours
The overall focus of the warmongering media is 'retaliation by Israel'- This is a non credible meme. It can not, should not, be believed- Period. The attack launched by Israel yesterday against Syria was planned and executed by Israel- not retaliatory. (Read yesterday's post- linked above for the explanation of the fact!)

Jan 28 08:02

Israel launches airstrikes on Syria following rocket attack, ‘red line’ warning from Iran

Israeli jets struck several targets in Syria in response to Hezbollah rocket fire into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, the IDF said. The exchange came as Iran warned Tel Aviv of crossing a “red line” with the murder of an Iranian general in Syria.

Jan 28 07:52

UN peacekeeper, 2 IDF soldiers killed: Israel, Hezbollah exchange fire

An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have been killed.

The Israeli Defense Forces vehicle was struck by an anti-tank missile in Har Dov (also known as Shebaa Farms), an area under Israeli control that borders on Lebanon and Syria, the IDF said.

In a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, Hezbollah said it resulted in casualties among “enemy ranks.”

Jan 27 11:29

PressTV via Twitter - Tel Aviv deploys Merkava tanks, personnel carriers to areas near Lebanon border

Jan 23 09:52

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

About the usual way of starting an Israeli war!

Jan 22 13:32

The Strategy Behind Israel’s Attack on Iran and Hizballah

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think Israel is after that Litani River again.

Jan 22 12:56

Iron Dome batteries said deployed as north braces for Hezbollah response

IDF chief says army ‘prepared’ day after Hezbollah members killed in strike; leave canceled for some units near border

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep; Israel's about to go back into Lebanon!

Jan 21 09:51

Israeli forces on alert after reports of infiltration attempt from Lebanon: Israeli media

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Israel is going to invade Lebanon again!

Jan 21 07:54

Israeli tanks take up positions along Lebanon border

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

Jan 19 08:04

UNIFIL, Army boost border patrols after Israeli Golan strike

The Lebanese Army and U.N. peacekeepers intensified their patrols along the Blue Line on the border with Israel Monday as tensions mounted over Israel’s weekend strike on Syria’s Golan Heights which killed six Hezbollah members and a senior Iranian commander.

Jan 18 09:41

Israeli selfie from Miss Universe contest causes stir in Lebanon

A Israeli beauty queen's selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese saying their country's contestant at the Miss Universe pageant should be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy.

Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon Saly Greige smiling together at pageant preparations in Miami, where the winner will be picked on January 25.

Jan 03 12:30

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

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

Dec 27 09:06

Germany to sell four new Sa’ar corvettes to Israel

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 26 08:22

Lebanese Army kills 3 gunmen on Syria border

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

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

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

Dec 22 06:57

Beirut awaits Ankara response in bid to free hostages

Lebanon is waiting for a response from Turkey on whether it was willing to join efforts to free the 25 Lebanese servicemen held hostage by Islamist militants on the Syria border, a senior security source said Monday.

Dec 21 08:31

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 21 08:20

Lebanon PM urges France to expedite helicopter deliveries

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

Dec 14 06:48

Hundreds rally for Lebanon's captive servicemen

The families of Lebanon's 25 captive soldiers and policemen slammed the government Sunday for failing to bring back their men, threatening to take matters into their own hands.

“This is a failed government that cannot bring the sons of its institutions back to their mothers,” Omar Haidar, a member of the captives’ families committee told hundreds of people at a solidarity rally for the hostages in Downtown Beirut.

Dec 14 06:40

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

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

Dec 10 08:31

Israel stealing Lebanon’s gas: Lebanese speaker

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri says Israel is stealing oil and gas from underwater reserves off the coast of southern Lebanon.

Dec 05 07:17

ISIS commander threatens Lebanon over arrest of wife

An ISIS commander threatened to kidnap Lebanese women and children and end negotiations over the captive servicemen unless his wife and children, detained by authorities last week, are released soon.

Dec 02 08:15

Lebanese Army arrests ISIS leader Baghdadi’s wife

The Lebanese Army has arrested one of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s wives on the Lebanon-Syria border, security sources told The Daily Star Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good thing he has spares! :)

Dec 01 09:34

Lebanon investigates 55 state workers over real estate corruption

Fifty-five civil servants are being investigated for corruption as part of a widespread crackdown on dishonest real estate dealings, including the theft of public property and embezzlement, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Monday.

Nov 18 06:49

Lebanon leaps to 14th place on global terror index

Lebanon ranked 14th on the Global Terrorism Index due to car bomb attacks in Beirut’s southern suburb and in east Lebanon in addition to armed violence in Tripoli, according to the 2014 report published Tuesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

The report said Lebanon was among 24 countries that had lost over 50 lives to terrorist attacks, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, China and Mali.

Nov 07 09:16

Hezbollah pre-empts Israeli action in south, West Bekaa

According to German intelligence security reports, Israel has recruited agents in Shebaa and Arqoub. A source familiar with the matter told The Daily Star that these agents are thought to be cooperating with terrorist cells related to takfiri organizations in the two Palestinian camps of Shatila and Burj al-Barajneh in Beirut.

The cells are composed of hundreds of militants who sneaked into Lebanon among Palestinian refugees from the Damascus camp of Yarmouk and are waiting to be given the green light to attack Hezbollah posts and institutions in Beirut’s southern suburbs.

Attacks had been planned in Tripoli and Arsal, and there was even the possibility that Beirut might be attacked, according to the source. But the Lebanese Army succeeded in thwarting these plots, and remains completely ready to confront any extremists in whichever region.

Nov 06 06:42

Israel, jihadists seeking to ignite civil war in Lebanon: Ibrahim

Israel and Islamist militants are seeking to ignite civil war in Lebanon, General Security head Abbas Ibrahim wrote in an editorial published Thursday.

"Independence Day arrives while Lebanon battles the odds ... in an ordeal not destined to end until [Lebanon’s] inevitable victory in the battle for existence and identity in the face of organized terrorism, which is seeking to ... strike at its elements of existence through inciting [sectarian] strife and setting the stage for a civil war by targeting the military institution and other security agencies,” Ibrahim said in the article for the November issue of General Security Magazine.

“Zionism is equally as dangerous [a threat] as takfiri terrorism,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel still wants that Litani river!

Nov 04 07:03

Lebanon NewsNov. 04, 2014 | 11:00 AM (Last updated: November 04, 2014 | 12:57 PM)Nasrallah: Hezbollah achieving 'great victory' in Syria

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah boasted Tuesday that his party had the upper hand against Islamists in Syria, while warning Israel that the resistance was ready for any conflict on Lebanon's southern border.

Nov 04 07:02

Are The Central Bankers Pushing Ukraine To Start The War Again?

Euro zone manufacturing is in decline. US manufacturing declined. GM is channel stuffing once again to boost sales. US construction is down, showing housing is imploding on itself. First time home buyers collapsed to a 27 year low. Spain wants to impose a Google tax. Those who purchased a policy last year from Obamacare do not want to signup again because of the higher premiums. Canada is banning visas from West Africa. FEMA drill scheduled for Nov for Ebola. Morocco on high alert over terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda. Central bankers pushing Ukraine back into war with the South Eastern people. The Islamic State flowing into Lebanon which allows the US to bomb in this region.

Nov 03 08:12

Stupid wars

What is Washington's strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the jihadist militants? What is Washington's endgame? CrossTalking with Ken O'Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

Nov 02 08:10

Salafist leader calls on Lebanon to return weapons, lift warrant

A prominent leader of the Salafist movement in Lebanon called on the government to return his weapons seized at his colleague’s residence in Tripoli, stressing his right to defend himself.

Sheikh Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal, a pioneer of the Salafist movement in Lebanon, said in an interview with Ash-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper published Sunday that the weapons seized at the residence of Sheikh Bilal Deqmaq Friday belonged to him.

He called on the government to lift an arrest warrant that was issued against Deqmaq and to return the confiscated weapons.

Shahhal said Deqmaq had moved the arms to his own residence after rumors about possible Army raids on Shahhal’s residence and that of hard-line Akkar MP Khaled Daher.

Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

After engaging in out-of-area invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Syria and, again in Iraq, against the «Islamic State,» the «North Atlantic» military bloc has transformed itself from a Cold War defensive alliance into a global offensive axis of nations that acts with or without United Nations authorization.

Oct 30 09:32

PFLP-GC steps up Lebanese border presence

A security source told The Daily Star that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command has recently fortified its military posts over a 14-kilometer-stretch of the Lebanese border in the Bekaa Valley, in coordination with Hezbollah and Syrian military figures.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said that the recent security measures were aimed at protecting border areas in the western and eastern Bekaa Valley from possible attacks by the Nusra Front, ISIS and the Free Syrian Army.

Oct 26 07:31

Army pounds militant hideouts in north Lebanon

Lebanese Army helicopter gunships blasted militant hideouts in north Lebanon Sunday as fighting between the military and jihadists in the city’s old souks intensified sharply overnight.

Oct 23 08:57

Man suspected of having Ebola quarantined in Lebanon, minister says

Lebanon's health minister says a Lebanese man who arrived from West Africa is suspected of having Ebola and has been quarantined, the first such case in the country.

The minister, Wael Abu Faour, said on Thursday that the Lebanese national reported himself to hospital after fearing he was displaying symptoms of the disease.

Abu Faour says the man arrived from a West African country earlier in the week. He did not provide more details.

Oct 13 07:56

Billions set aside for post-Saddam Iraq turned up in Lebanese bunker

More than $1bn earmarked for the reconstruction of Iraq was stolen and spirited to a bunker in Lebanon as the American and Iraqi governments ignored appeals to recover the money, it has been claimed.

Stuart Bowen, a former special inspector general who investigated corruption and waste in Iraq, said the stash accounted for a significant chunk of the huge sums which vanished during the chaotic months following the 2003 US-led invasion.

Bowen’s team discovered that $1.2bn to $1.6bn was moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping – and then pleaded in vain for Baghdad and Washington to act, according to James Risen, a journalist who interviewed Bowen for a book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War, to be published this week.

Oct 07 07:23

Two IDF soldiers wounded as two explosions near Israel-Lebanon border

IDF fires artillery at two Hezbollah targets near border, calling events 'a flagrant violation of Israel's sovereignty.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Israel is trying to restart the war with Lebanon!

Oct 07 07:22

IDF chief threatens to 'knock Lebanon back 70 or 80 years'

In an interview published Friday, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz addressed the prospect of a future war with Hezbollah by threatening to "take Lebanon and knock it back 70 or 80 years, in all areas."

Discussing how the next war would play out, Gantz also stated that it was possible the Israeli army would "need to capture Lebanese territory."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel still wants that Litani river!

Sep 27 07:09

Lebanese prime minister pleads for help against extremists

In an emotional appeal to world leaders meeting in New York, Lebanon's prime minister on Friday said his country is facing a "fierce terrorist onslaught" and a national disaster created by more than a million Syrian refugees flooding the tiny nation.

Sep 25 07:54

Pentagon War Plans in 2001: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, & Iran

Here is the transcript of Gen. Clark’s account.
CLARK: About 10 days after 9/11, I went to the Pentagon, and I saw [Defense] Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz. I went downstairs to say hello to some of the people on the joint staff that used to work for me.

One of the generals called me in and said, “Sir, you gotta come in and talk to me.” I said, “Sir, you’re too busy.” And he said, “No, no! We’ve made the decision — we’re going to war with Iraq!” This is on or about the 28th of September. I said, “We’re going to war with Iraq? Why!?” He said, “I don’t know!” He said, “I guess they don’t know what else to do.” So I said, “Did they find some information connecting Saddam to al Qaeda?” He said, “No, no, there’s nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess its like we don’t know what to do about terrorists, but we’ve got a good military and we can take down governments.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK , folks; if it wasn't clear to you that these invasions are part of a long-form plan before reading what General Clark had to say, I would like to hope that you do now.

There was a marvelous line in the second Sherlock Homes film, where the Moriarty character says that he wants to control the market on bullets and bandages for the coming war.

And this is no different than the military industrial corporations which are collectively SALIVATING over the next major military confrontation the US will be having, because the profitability of such a war for them will be extraordinarily high.

Wars are NEVER about our safety, security, and alleged "freedoms"; it is all about private corporate profit, and this is why our young men and women in uniform are going to die and get maimed for life in the horrendous military confrontation I see coming, which may well engulf the entire world.

Sep 24 07:44

Concealed By U.S. Airstrikes Israel Opens Nusra Path To Lebanon

Under the protection of the U.S. attack on IS and other targets Israel now practically established a no-fly-zone next to the Golan which will allow Jabhat al-Nusra to safely use the corridor and to attack Hizbullah in Qalamoun and in south Lebanon. It also opens space for new attacks on Damascus.

The U.S. attack on the IS in Syria will, as the NYT headlines express, have as little effect as such attacks have in Iraq. Without coordinating air attacks with a capable, available ground force like the Syrian army such strikes on IS will make no conceivable difference. I have yet to see any report that the U.S. planes have hit some of the major weapons or ammunition depots the IS captured from the Iraqi army. There are some 50 main battle tanks and lots of heavy artillery pieces in the hands of IS. What is done to disable those?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have only one word for this approach: insane.

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

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

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Sep 16 07:29

Dozens of Nusra fighters killed along Lebanon-Syria border

The Lebanese Army clashed with fighters from Nusra Front overnight, as the militants sought to cross into Lebanon after suffering heavy casualties in clashes with the Syrian army.

Al-Manar reported that the Syrian Army had killed dozens of Nusra Front fighters in an ambush in the Qalamoun border region of Flita, some 7 kilometers from the border with Lebanon, shortly before midnight.

Sep 15 07:58

Lebanon's blackout begins to ease

The electricity shutdown that Lebanon has been experiencing since 9:30 a.m. Monday would be fixed in a matter of hours, Electricite du Liban said in a statement, with power already having been restored to some areas.

“The network received a shock on the Boushrieh- Jamhour 66 Kv line, which resulted in the disconnection of all production units from the network and stopped electricity flow to most Lebanese areas,” EDL’s statement said.

An EDL executive had confirmed the blackout to The Daily Star earlier Monday, and said the incident was due to a malfunction at the Zahrani power plant.

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 12 09:52

France, US provide additional funds for Lebanon

The United States announced an additional $103.8 million in humanitarian aid for Lebanon to help the country cope with the impact of the Syrian crisis, while France has contributed 7 million euros to the International Support Group for Lebanon Fund.

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 02 14:31

Former Mossad Officer Implicates Israel in 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing

In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon and President Reagan sent 1800 Marines to Beirut to act as peace keepers. Israel resented the interference and used the US presence to commit a False Flag operation that killed 242 Marines.

The purpose was to align the US with Israel and create animosity towards the Arab world.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 07:33

A World Map Without Lebanon

"The statement from the [Lebanese] presidential palace mentioned that during a news conference in Switzerland, Netanyahu said it is not a secret that Israel will attack Lebanon, adding that it will do so with the support of the United States, the West and Arab states from the Gulf. He was also reported to have said that 'in the new world map there is no state called Lebanon'."

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