Permalink China Criticizes the U.S. Over Syria, Urges Washington to Stop Stealing the Oil

Since early August, there have been at least 10 oil thefts by US troops in Syria. Some 800 tankers were used to transport stolen oil to US bases outside of Syria. In the meantime, Syrian people have had to queue for hours to fill up at the gas station.
By June 2022, US military’s extraction, smuggling and illegal transaction of Syrian oil, gas and mineral resources has brought an estimated $18.2 bln of direct losses on Syria, making Syria’s humanitarian disaster much worse.
Syria is yet another victim of the US’s “rules-based order” just like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Under this order, the rights and lives of the Syrian people are being taken away, instead of being protected.
We urge the US to respect Syria’s sovereignty & territorial integrity, respond to the call of the Syrian people, stop plundering Syria’s national resources at once, and take concrete action to remedy the pain they have inflicted on Syria.


Permalink US Steals 88 More Tankers of Syrian Oil: State Media

The latest shipment was sent to Iraq in batches through the illegal al-Mahmoudiyeh crossing connecting Hasakah with northern Iraq, said the report. Last week, according to SANA, more than 300 oil tankers were sent from the U.S.-controlled Syrian oil fields in Hasakah to U.S. bases in Iraq. | In Syria, people have struggled to secure gas for cooking and fuel for their cars and businesses. The scarcity of fuel also causes long daily power cuts.  On Aug. 8, the Syrian oil ministry said in a statement that U.S. forces were stealing 80 percent of Syria’s oil production.  U.S. forces and their mercenaries are stealing an average of 66,000 barrels of oil daily in Syria. It added that the country’s average daily oil production is estimated to have reached 80,000 barrels in the first half of 2022.  On Aug. 29, the Syrian oil ministry said in a statement that the U.S. practices in Syria, including its unlawful trafficking of Syrian oil, have so far caused direct and indirect losses of about 107.1 billion U.S. dollars to Syria’s oil and gas sectors.


Permalink Declassified Mossad document reveals military collaboration with Lebanese Christian militias

The report establishes 1958 as the year when contact between Lebanese officials and the Israeli military establishment was first initiated | Almost a week before the 40th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, a document submitted to the Israeli High Court of Justice has revealed Israel’s role in Lebanon’s bloody conflicts, dating back to the 1950’s.  The report establishes 1958 as the year when contact was first made between Lebanese Christian leaders and the Israeli military establishment.  Then-Lebanese President Camille Chamoun requested armed assistance from the Israeli army to counter the 1958 power struggle against groups influenced by Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.  “In the 1950s in the framework of ‘Khalil’ there was a discussion between us about the need to support Christians in Lebanon. Chamoun was in danger of losing his rule,” the declassified Israeli document adds.  In response, the Israeli army and Mossad agreed to prepare an Iranian plane sent by the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to transport weapons from Israeli stocks to the Lebanese Christian militias.


Permalink How Shell and BP financed Britain’s Cold War propaganda machine

Formerly top secret files show how the two oil corporations bankrolled UK covert propaganda operations during the 1950s and 60s. The goal was to secure British access to key oil supplies across the developing world. | “Handsome” sums were provided by BP and Shell to the Information Research Department (IRD), which was Britain’s Cold War propaganda arm between 1948 and 1977, declassified files show.  The IRD used the secret subsidies to fund British covert propaganda operations during the 1950s and 1960s across the Middle East and Africa, where Britain’s oil interests were substantial. Today, the value of the payments would be in the millions of pounds.  Such operations involved setting up newspapers and magazines, funding radio and television broadcasts, and organising trade union exchanges.  The objective was to promote “stability” in these regions by countering the threat of communism and resource nationalism, while improving the “public image” of Britain’s leading oil companies.  Ultimately, the goal was to secure British access to the supply of Middle Eastern and African oil.


Permalink Democracies and War Propaganda in the 21st Century

Abstract | Although the existence of propaganda in liberal democratic states is frequently denied it continues to play a central role especially with respect to war and conflict. Propaganda, understood as a non-consensual approach to influencing beliefs and behaviour, involves a variety of manipulative techniques including deception through lying, omission and distortion as well as incentivization and coercion. Also, it is generated across multiple sites including government, media, academia, think tanks, NGOs and popular culture. A preliminary analysis of the 2011-present Syrian War and UK propaganda indicates how a range of non-governmental and civil society actors, purportedly independent but many with links to Western governments, have been involved in promoting Western government narratives regarding the war and underpinned a misleading impression that Western governments are bystanders to the conflict. As such, the role of the UK in fostering ‘regime-change’ in Syria has remained obfuscated with serious consequences for democratic control over foreign policy.


Permalink Why are Lebanon’s military judges releasing dozens of Israeli spies?

Hundreds of Lebanese detainees have been released, despite the serious charges of espionage on behalf of Israel. In the past few months, Lebanese security services have arrested more than 100 people implicated in alleged Israeli spy networks. Among these were young women tasked with photographing locations in the predominantly Shia southern suburbs of Beirut, the main stronghold of Hezbollah, and the primarily Sunni neighborhood of Tariq Al-Jadida in the western part of the city.  For months now, Lebanon has been subjected to an unprecedented covert Israeli assault, during which Israel’s spy agency Mossad has recruited hundreds of Lebanese citizens to do its dirty work. This uptick in espionage activity in the country is no coincidence. Under the guise of private companies looking for employees, the Israeli Mossad is taking advantage of the difficult economic crisis that Lebanon is going through to recruit agents and assign them intelligence gathering missions.


Permalink 31 martyrs, including 6 children, in Israeli continued aggression on the Gaza Strip

of victims of the continuous Israeli aggression for the third day on the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 31, including six children, in addition to wounding more than 260 Palestinians.

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA | The aggression of the occupation has caused great damage to Palestinian homes, properties and infrastructure, which will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis suffered by the Palestinians in the Strip. The Israeli occupation’s prevention of the entry of fuel into the Gaza Strip threatens to stop the medical services provided by hospitals in the coming hours due to the shutdown of the power plant and the shortage of fuel needed to operate the generators. In response to the continuous Israeli aggression, the Palestinian resistance renewed today targeting the Israeli occupation settlements in the occupied city of Jerusalem and on the outskirts of the Gaza Strip.

Times of Israel: Joint List MK: Lapid went to war to win election, ‘at expense of Palestinian blood’ - An Israeli Arab politician slammed Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Sunday, claiming he launched the operation in Gaza in an attempt to win the upcoming Knesset election “at the expense of Palestinian blood” and criticizing the Israeli public, which he claimed had “lost its humanity.” [...] Abou Shehadeh said the thing that frightened him most was that the Israeli society and media had completely aligned behind what he called a “massive machine of destruction.”

Biden praises Israel for saving ‘countless lives’   [no comment...]
Palestinian Authority spox: Israeli aggression on Gaza, al-Quds, Jenin crosses all red lines (PressTV)
IRGC: Israeli crimes in Gaza speed up collapse of usurping, occupying regime (PressTV)
Israeli Premeditated Cold-Blooded Murder (Stephen Lendman)
Gaza: at least 15 dead as a result of Israeli strikes (08/05/22)


Permalink Stephen Lendman: Israeli State Terror in Action – Again!

On Friday, the scourge of Israeli apartheid state terror reared its ugly head again against long-suffering Gazans.: Along with its 2008-09 Cast Lead aggression and three other preemptive wars that followed, the IDF terror-bombed and shelled the Strip many times — murdering civilians, destroying vital infrastructure, attacking Gaza fishermen at sea, shooting Palestinian children for target practice. On August 5, Israeli Yair Lapid regime terror-bombing killed at least 12 Strip residents, including a senior freedom-fighting Islamic Jihad official, injuring about 75 others, some severely, Lapid roaring: His regime will continue terrorizing Gazans for “as long as it” takes to achieve his diabolical aims.

Palestinian Authority spox: Israeli aggression on Gaza, al-Quds, Jenin crosses all red lines (PressTV)
IRGC: Israeli crimes in Gaza speed up collapse of usurping, occupying regime (PressTV)
Gaza: at least 15 dead as a result of Israeli strikes (08/05/22)

Yousef Alhelou |💬 “I think the latest Israeli unprovoked aggression on Gaza which led to the assassination of top Islamic Jihad commander&killing of 31 others so far and injury of 220 across Gaza, first: was aimed at gaining credit for Israeli defence minister and the current ruling poltical party, second: to cause split between Hamas and Islamic Jihad and deepen the geographical separation between Gaza and the West Bank, Third: to change the rules of engagement and to regain the so-called “power of deterrence” Fourth: to test the response of the so-called international community and regional Arab governments whether those friend’s or foes of Israel.”


Permalink Putin and Erdogan in Sochi: What the two leaders discussed and agreed upon

The Russian and Turkish presidents adopted a joint declaration covering issues ranging from grain exports to fighting terrorism

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to Russia’s southern city of Sochi on Friday. The two leaders spent over four hours discussing a broad range of issues, ranging from grain exports to bilateral trade and counter-terrorism efforts. RT outlines the major points of the talks.

Russia’s relations with Erdogan observed – the deliverer of Russian gas to European markets (Tap News)


Permalink Gaza: at least 15 dead as a result of Israeli strikes

Quinze personnes, dont un chef du groupe armé Jihad islamique et un enfant selon les Palestiniens, ont été tuées vendredi dans des frappes israéliennes visant l’organisation palestinienne dans la bande de Gaza.

L’armée israélienne a estimé vendredi que 15 personnes avaient été tuées dans ses frappes sur la bande de Gaza, présentées comme visant l’organisation islamiste palestinienne Jihad islamique. Lors de cette « attaque préventive » contre le Jihad islamique et qui n’est « pas encore terminée », 15 personnes ont péri, a estimé un porte-parole militaire israélien, Richard Hecht, lors d’une discussion en ligne avec des journalistes. Les frappes sur la bande de Gaza visaient le groupe armé Jihad islamique, qui a accusé en retour l’Etat hébreu de vouloir « déclencher une guerre » contre le peuple palestinien. Le Jihad islamique a annoncé peu après qu’un de ses chefs a été tué dans une des frappes.

LIVE BLOG: Israel Kills, Wounds Many in Ongoing Attacks on Besieged Gaza (Palestine Chronicle)
Israeli strikes kill several people in Gaza, including senior Islamic militant (Ground News)
Un porte-parole militaire israélien assure que l'opération n'était pas terminée (L'Orient-Le Jour)


Permalink Slovak writer: US loots oil and grain from the lands it occupies in Syria

Bratislava and Prague, SANA- Slovak writer, Milan Antal, has stressed that the US occupation of parts of Syrian territory and the presence of its illegal forces in them constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.

💬 “The United States is plundering resources in Syria, and it is not only stealing oil, but also grain in cooperation with affiliated militias, which compels Syria to import wheat to meet the needs of its citizens, after it was able before the crisis to produce quantities of wheat and export some of it to other countries, including Europe.”

In turn, the Czech Nitsenzirovana Pravda website affirmed that the US is practicing theft and looting in Syria through its illegal forces, noting that this is the custom of the Americans in any country they occupy, all or part of it.


Permalink Meanwhile in Yemen...

A new batch of US military forces has entered Yemen’s southeastern province of al-Mahrah, as Washington continues its aggressive attempts to establish control over oil reserves and plunder natural resources in the energy-rich province‼️


Permalink Mrs. Asma al-Assad participates in Fakhoura locals’ celebration of their lands’ recovery from fires

Damascus, SANA-Following two years of work and intensified efforts to restore thousands of hectares of Lattakia and Tartous villages that came under fires as “green and recovered,” Mrs. Asma al-Assad participated with al-Fakhoura town citizens in their celebration of their victory over fire that hit the region and others.

💬 “Nearly since two years, We and the President, came to this region after fires and the scene was painful and hard, it was painful for us all as Syrians, but it was more painful for you, locals of this land and the families of other villages,” Mrs. Asma told farmers and owners of micro-enterprises. Ms. Asma went on to say that “Maybe at that time, it was easy for a person to give up and lose hope, especially most of villages have become ashes due to fires, but you did not give up or stopped at the relief solutions, instead, you completed and thought in developmental solutions.” She affirmed that what has been achieved in this area in a short time by turning the fire into a victory is considered as an important experience for all of us, not only because we restored these lands green, but also because we developed them to be better than before. She added “We are proud of you and your interest and belonging to your land… proud of your energies and the great results you have achieved during short period… we love you and share work with you to restore lands green and more.”

Permalink The Empire’s 2016 Coup in Turkey – Video

Turkey has remained neutral in the Ukraine conflict and blocked some NATO actions and expansions. There is talk of a neocon coup attempt to oust its elected President. Most Americans are unaware this was attempted in 2016, and Joe Biden openly hinted at another attempt just before he was elected President. On July 15, 2016, a military coup in Turkey attempted to overthrow its popular elected president. More than 250 people were killed, parliament was bombed, and bridges seized. The coup quickly failed. It is unclear if the American empire organized the coup, but there is no doubt the Americans knew a coup was planned and encouraged it. The hard proof was the evacuation of American military and diplomatic families from Turkey four months prior. VIDEO


Permalink Erdogan Warns Sweden, Finland NATO Bids Could Still Be Blocked If Vows Not Kept

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that Sweden and Finland could still have their NATO bids blocked by Turkey if the Nordic nations don’t follow a memorandum that was signed earlier in the week.

Turkey lifted its objection to Sweden and Finland joining NATO after the three countries signed a 10-point agreement on Tuesday. Under the deal, the Nordic nations agreed to respond to Turkey’s extradition requests, lift export controls on Turkey, and not support Kurdish militant groups, including the PKK. Erdogan said that if the deal isn’t followed, Turkey’s parliament could block their membership. "This business will not work if we don’t pass this in our parliament," Erdogan said at the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid.


Permalink Russian Airstrikes On Central Syria Killed Or Wounded 41 ISIS Terrorists In Month

At least 19 ISIS terrorists were killed and 22 others were wounded in central Syria over the last 30 days as a result of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on June 30.

According to the London-based monitoring group, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out more than 370 airstrikes on ISIS’s areas of influence in the central region during the said period. Most of the Russian airstrikes targeted hideouts and equipment of ISIS cells in the eastern Homs countryside, the eastern Hama countryside and the southern countryside of Raqqa. At least nine terrorists of ISIS were killed in the most recent wave of Russian airstrike, which targeted the outskirts of the town of al-Resafa and Mount al-Bishri in the southern Raqqa countryside. Several vehicle and heavy weapons of the terrorist group were also destroyed. The airstrikes were a response to a recent ambush by ISIS cells that claimed the lives of 14 Syrian service members and civilians who were traveling from Raqqa to Homs.


Permalink Israel Murders Iranians While Biden Kills the Iran Deal

Connor Freeman | In a clear message to Tehran, an American B-52 flew over the Persian Gulf as soon as Joe Biden entered the White House. Biden promised to return the U.S. to the Iran nuclear deal. But indirect talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which began last April, have stalled for three months without a resolution in sight. Counting on the reliable support of Biden and bipartisan Iran hawks in Congress, the nuclear-armed Israeli apartheid regime intends to kill the deal entirely. [...] Formally known for years as “Israel’s man in Washington,” President Biden is essentially pursuing ultra-Zionist Donald Trump’s foreign policy regarding Iran and supporting, tacitly or otherwise, Tel Aviv’s relentless attacks against Iran and its allies. Biden is continuously imposing yet more sanctions, increasing the “Maximum Pressure” on the economically crippled Iranian people.


Permalink Compassionate dog buries dead cat that was hit by car in Egypt - VIDEO

Heart-wrenching footage shows the moment a stray dog tried to bury a cat that died after being hit by a car in Egypt. The merciful dog was seen first carrying the poor cat to the soil and then digging the ground with its nose to bury the dead feline.


Permalink 40-Truck US Convoy Loaded With Stolen Wheat Smuggled Out of Syria: Report

Syrian media regularly report on the movements of US military convoys into and out of the country, saying Washington brings supplies and military equipment in, and carries foodstuffs and crude oil out.

US forces and Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces militia units snuck a 40-truck convoy of vehicles loaded with Syrian wheat supplies out of the country via the al-Waleed border crossing point between Syria and Iraq northeast of al-Hasakah city, the Syrian Arab News Agency has reported, citing local sources. The sources further indicated that US forces had separately taken a convoy containing 36 defective military vehicles from the town of Tel Hamees in northeastern al-Hasakah province to Iraq using the same crossing. The wheat supplies were said to have been pilfered from Syrian Jazira, part of the Fertile Crescent.

US occupation loots new quantities of Syrian wheat (SANA)
US military expands bases in eastern Syria, reinforces them with air systems (PressTV)


Permalink Israeli forces kill three young Palestinians, injure 10 others in occupied West Bank

Israeli forces killed three young Palestinians and injured at least 10 others during a military raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern part of the West Bank in the wee hours of the Friday morning, reports said.

The latest aggression came amid growing tensions in the occupied territories fueled by a wave of incursions, arrests, and arbitrary killings by the Israeli army.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that the Israeli troops stormed the eastern neighborhood of the Jenin refugee camp early on Friday and opened fire on the vehicle in which the men were traveling. The report added that the incident triggered a gun battle with local residents, leaving at least ten people injured. They were ferried to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Palestinian medical sources identified the victims as Youssef Nasser Salah, 23, Baraa Kamal Lahlouh, 24, and Laith Salah Abu Srour, 24.

UN rights chief urges Israel to open criminal investigation into Palestinian journalist’s death. (PressTV)


Permalink And Western media & pundits wanted you to believe this man is crazy

Full Interview HERE (English subtitles + Transcript) (Syriana Analysis)


Permalink Russia Strongly Condemns Israeli Airstrike on Damascus Airport

A military source told Syrian media that Israel carried out an act of "aerial aggression" on Friday morning, targeting unspecified facilities south of Damascus. The attack was said to have injured one civilian and caused material damage, with most rockets shot down by local air defences. Israel, as usual, has not commented on the strike.
Moscow "strongly condemns" Israel's act of aerial aggression against Damascus International Airport and demands that Tel Aviv stop the "vicious practice", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.

💬 "In connection with this [attack], we are forced to reiterate once again that the ongoing shelling of Syrian territory, in violation of the basic norms of international law, is absolutely unacceptable. We strongly condemn Israel's provocative attack on this extremely significant piece of Syrian civilian infrastructure." "Such irresponsible actions create serious risks to international air traffic and put the lives of innocent people in grave danger. We demand that the Israeli side stop this vicious practice."

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