06/17/15

Permalink Repost: Slouching Towards Gaza

This post offers an account of pivotal events in the history of Israel/Palestine from 1947 to the present through the reflections of a number of informed and articulate commentators. — Vincent Di Stefano [IA]

And What Rough Beast Slouches Towards Gaza? - Operation Cast Lead and the Dismembering of a People


01/11/15

Permalink Je Suis Gaza!



Stephen Lendman Hypocrisy in Paris || Around 40 world leaders attended. Reuters said 44. Some reports said 50. Including around two dozen Western European ones. Current French President Francois Hollande and former one Nicolas Sarkozy were accompanied by Germany's Angela Merkel. Britain's David Cameron. Spain's Mariano Rajoy. Italy's Matteo Renzi. EU Council President Donald Tusk. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker. Other European leaders. Eight African ones. Outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley representing America. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney represents Canada. Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman represent Israel. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov represents Russia. Putschist/oligarch president Petro Poroshenko represents Ukraine. NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoletenberg is there. So is European Parliament President Martin Schulz. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas arrived. One source lists the following participating countries in alphabetical order: Albania. Algeria. Austria. Belgium. Benin. Britain. Bulgaria. Canada. Croatia. Czech Republic. Denmark. Gabon. Egypt. Finland. Georgia. Germany. Greece. Hungary. Israel. Jordan. Latvia. Niger. Mali. Palestine. Poland. Portugal. Romania. Russia. Spain. Sweden. Switzerland. The Netherlands. Tunisia. Turkey. United Arab Emirates. Ukraine. United States. [Where were all these people when Gaza burned???]

Verso: Shlomo Sand banned from speaking in Nice (France)
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Pepe Escobar Who profits from killing Charlie?
Finian Cunningham The farce of Western free speech
Pierre-Alain Depauw Ceux qui sont Charlie sont-ils aussi Dieudonné?
Nicolas Bourgoin Pourquoi la liberté d’expression s’arrête à Dieudonné
Glenn Greenwald In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons
Terrorist Netanyahu, who lead his soldiers to specifically target journalists, joins freedom of speech march


12/25/14

Permalink ISIS Downs Jordanian Warplane in Syria, Captures Pilot

First Coalition Warplane Lost in ISIS War. The US-led coalition has lost its first warplane of the ISIS war in Syria today, as ISIS shot down a Jordanian F-16 with a heat-seeking missile, capturing the pilot. The US denied that ISIS was the one that shot the plane down, but the capture was confirmed. ISIS issued images of the captured pilot being paraded around their capital city of Raqqa. Jordan warned they are holding ISIS responsible for the safety of the captured pilot. That’s probably not going to be a serious concern for ISIS, since Jordan and the other coalition members are already at war with them and bombing them on a daily basis. It’s a much bigger concern for the coalition, as now that ISIS has proven its capability to shoot down coalition warplanes, it’s only a matter of time before they down some more, and as the losses mount, the lack of progress in the war is likely to become a more serious concern.


12/22/14

Permalink Syria downs Israeli drone in Golan Heights: Reports

An Israeli reconnaissance drone has been downed over the southwestern Syrian city of al-Quneitra reportedly by the Syrian army. Citing military sources, media reports said the Skylark unmanned aerial vehicle “was brought down” on Sunday when it was doing reconnaissance over Quneitra in the Golan Heights. Quneitra is located in the demilitarized zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied side of the Golan Heights monitored by the UN peacekeepers since 1974. No further details have been given yet. There has been no comment from the Israeli officials so far.


12/18/14

Permalink The Oil Coup

Mike Whitney Here’s what’s happening: Washington has persuaded the Saudis to flood the market with oil to push down prices, decimate Russia’s economy, and reduce Moscow’s resistance to further NATO encirclement and the spreading of US military bases across Central Asia. The US-Saudi scheme has slashed oil prices by nearly a half since they hit their peak in June. The sharp decline in prices has burst the bubble in high-yield debt which has increased the turbulence in the credit markets while pushing global equities into a tailspin. Even so, the roiled markets and spreading contagion have not deterred Washington from pursuing its reckless plan, a plan which uses Riyadh’s stooge-regime to prosecute Washington’s global resource war.

William Engdahl The Secret Stupid Saudi-US Deal on Syria
The details are emerging of a new secret and quite stupid Saudi-US deal on Syria and the so-called IS. It involves oil and gas control of the entire region and the weakening of Russia and Iran by Saudi Arabian flooding the world market with cheap oil. Details were concluded in the September meeting by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Saudi King... the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been flooding the market with deep discounted oil, triggering a price war within OPEC… The Saudis are targeting sales to Asia for the discounts and in particular, its major Asian customer, China.

xymphora Alternative fairly tale "The Oil Coup" This is likely completely backwards. Kerry probably went to see King Abdullah to try to talk him out of this crazy scheme, part of the ongoing manic-depressive influence of Prince Bandar, but the Saudis, furious with the Americans over the failure to remove Assad and the negotiations with Iran, want to pressure the Americans to follow a more Zionist line. Noticing this is noticing American Empire vulnerability, so we can't go there. Of course, we could even travel a stage higher in questioning the idea that the Saudis, as we're constantly told the 'swing producer' (despite the fact that numerous new sources of hydrocarbons have come on line in the last 20 years), actually have that much power at all. The collapse of oil prices is actually due to a collapse in world demand for oil caused by the complete collapse of the world economy caused by the predations of the 1% and neoliberalism, but we're really not supposed to notice this, so we need an alternative fairy tale.

Itar-Tass: Putin says oil-market price conspiracy between Saudi Arabia and US not ruled out


12/11/14

Permalink Kerry demands open-ended Mideast war resolution

In an extraordinary appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the Obama administration’s demand for a congressional resolution to authorize military action in Iraq and Syria that would be unlimited in scope, time frame and methods. Kerry argued for an open-ended resolution that would set no binding time limit on the war, nor any limit on the geographical area in which US operations could be conducted. He stressed as well that the resolution should not bar President Obama from ordering the use of US combat troops. The three-and-a-half-hour hearing saw Senate Republicans, who will control the panel starting in January, criticizing the White House for not seeking broader authority and presenting a full-scale war plan, while the outgoing chairman, Democrat Robert Menendez, favored a more narrowly focused resolution. None of the Democratic senators expressed opposition to the current war in Iraq and Syria or to its escalation.


12/09/14

Permalink Iraqi Army Discovers Huge Depots of Israel-Made Weapons, Ammunition

"An Iraqi army unit has found around 10 weapons and munition depots where Israel-made weapons and explosives were kept in Hamrin mountains," the Iraqi Al-Ansar news website quoted Sadeq Al-Moussavi, a member of Diyala provincial council, as saying. Moussavi said that the depot contained a lot of explosives, weapons and bombs all made by Israel. || The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime. This is not the first time that such revelations are made about Israeli arms aids to the terrorists in the region. In February, a senior Iraqi military commander disclosed that the weapons used by ISIL in its war against both the governments of Syria and Iraq are Israeli-made. “All weapons seized from the terrorists from 2006 onwards have been advanced weapons made in Israel,” Major General Fazel Al-Barvari, commander of Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Golden Battalion, wrote on his Facebook page.

Haaretz: UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels


Permalink Iran and Russia condemn Israeli aggression on Syria

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham denounced the Israeli aggression which targeted two areas in Damascus Countryside on Sunday afternoon, saying that the aggression proves Israel’s complicity with the terrorists who seek to destroy Syria and murder innocent people. In a statement on Monday, Afkham saying that Israel seeks to exploit the crisis in Syria, but this will backfire on it, calling upon the UN to assume its responsibilities and put a stop to Israeli aggressions. In a similar statement, Official Spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich denounced the Israeli attack, saying that Moscow is deeply concerned over this serious development which requires qualification, stressing that the use of force in relations among states is unacceptable and merits denouncement.

Bill Van Auken Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war


12/08/14

Permalink Syria urges UN to sanction Israel over Damascus airstrikes

Syrian officials demanded the UN impose sanctions on Israel after Tel Aviv conducted airstrikes near Damascus Airport. They say the attack was a heinous crime against their sovereignty by a country which doesn’t hide its policy of supporting terrorism. Tel Aviv committed a heinous crime against Syria’s sovereignty, said Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in two identical letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and to the Chair of the UN Security Council, SANA news agency reported. The attack aimed to support armed terrorist groups in Syria, especially after Damascus made some progress in the cities of Deir Ezzor, Aleppo and Daraa, say Syrian officials. The Syrian Foreign Ministry called for UN officials to impose sanctions on Israel, whose authorities “don’t hide their policies in supporting terrorism.” Damascus also urged UN to take all necessary procedures to prevent Israel from repeating such attacks in accord with UN Charter.

Syrian Radio & TV: Israeli enemy targeted two areas in Damascus Countryside
Syrian Radio & TV: Iran condemned the recent Zionist aggression on Syria
Sputnik News: Syria, Iran Condemn Israeli Airstrikes, Call it Act of Extremism
PressTV: Russia slams Israel Syria airstrikes


Permalink UN reveals Israeli links with Syrian rebels

Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border. Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels. The observer force, UNDOF, was established in 1974 as part of the separation of forces agreement between Israel and Syria. The agreement set up a buffer zone several kilometers wide. About 1,000 UN observers supervised the implementation of the agreement until 2013, when the Syrian civil war severely reduced the force’s ability to function. While Croatia and Austria pulled out and Ireland, Fiji and India agreed to send troops, the increase of attacks on UN forces in recent months caused the force to abandon many of its positions along the front and to transfer its command to the Israeli side of the border. However, cooperation between the IDF and Syrian rebels that was revealed in UN observer reports does not just include transferring the wounded. Observers remarked in the report distributed on June 10 that they identified IDF soldiers on the Israeli side handing over two boxes to armed Syrian opposition members on the Syrian side. The last report distributed to Security Council members, on December 1, described another meeting between IDF soldiers and Syrian opposition members that two UN representatives witnessed on October 27 some three kilometers east of Moshav Yonatan. The observers said they saw two IDF soldiers on the eastern side of the border fence opening the gate and letting two people enter Israel. The report, contrary to previous ones, did not note that the two exiting Syria were injured or why they entered Israel. This specific event is of particular interest in light of what happened on the Syrian side of the border in the exact same region. (Photo: Gil Eliyahu, AP)

Brandon Turbeville Israel Bombs Syria … Again: Hits Agricultural Centers, Warehouses


12/06/14

Permalink Nine people killed in US drone strike in Yemen

At least nine people have been killed in yet another US drone strike in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwa. Local officials said on Saturday that the victims were al-Qaeda militants. "Several drone strikes have targeted al-Qaeda positions in Nusab [in Shabwa province], killing nine members of the network," a Yemeni security source said. Last month, a similar airstrike killed at least six militants in the same province. The Saturday drone strike came two days after Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threatened that it will execute a US journalist Luke Somers who was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sana’a. Some sources say he has been released. The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim countries, such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.


12/01/14

Permalink ISIS Supply Lines Originate in NATO's Turkey

Tony Cartalucci ISIS Menace Was NATO All Along || Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published a video report of immense implications - possibly the first national broadcaster in the West to admit that the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS) is supplied not by "black market oil" or "hostage ransoms" but billions of dollars worth of supplies carried into Syria across NATO member Turkey's borders via hundreds of trucks a day. The report titled, "'IS' supply channels through Turkey," confirms what has been reported by geopolitical analysts since at least as early as 2011 - that NATO member Turkey has allowed a torrent in supplies, fighters, and weapons to cross its borders unopposed to resupply ISIS positions inside of Syria. In one surreal scene from the DW report, anti-Syria terrorists are seen walking across the border and literally shot dead just on the other side by Kurdish fighters. [...] While DW's report claims no one knows who is arranging the shipments, it does reveal that the very torrent of trucks its film crew documented was officially denied by the Turkish government in Ankara. It is a certainty that Turkey is not only aware of this, but directly complicit, as is NATO who has feigned a desire to defeat ISIS but has failed to expose and uproot ISIS' multinational sponsorship and more importantly, has refused to cut its supply lines - an elementary prerequisite of any military strategy.


11/28/14

Permalink Barrett: ISIL Israeli mercenary army

An outspoken American author and Islamic studies expert says the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group is advancing the agenda of the Israeli regime. Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV from Madison that the ISIL is a “mercenary army,” which has been organized by the Zionists. The ISIL has been fighting on behalf of Zionism in order to “destabilize Syria” and “cripple the anti-Israeli resistance” across the region, Barrett said. He also said that the ISIL ideology is similar to the Israeli forces committing crimes against the Palestinians in East Jerusalem al-Quds and elsewhere across the occupied Palestinian territories. He strongly criticized the “Zionist-dominated” Western media for demonizing Muslims by attributing the ISIL atrocities to Islam. The analyst said that the Saudi-backed Wahhabi fanatics and ISIL terrorists were contributing to the Zionists’ global war against Islam.


11/25/14

Permalink US promotes terrorism by funding Takfiris: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States promotes terrorism by financing terrorists and creating division instead of strengthening unity among world nations. The Russian leader made the comments on Friday during a speech at the plenary session of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi. “In Syria, just like in old times, the US and its allies began to provide militants with direct funding and weapons to incite filling of their ranks by mercenaries from different countries,” Putin said, adding that this is how the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has turned into a “de facto army.” “They [ISIL terrorists] are active in a highly effective manner, from the military perspective, they are real professionals,” he stated. Putin also said another reason why the ISIL has gained so much power is because the so-called anti-ISIL coalition, led by the US, is creating division among regional powers. The Russian president went on to say that such “unilateral dictatorship” does not help anti-terror efforts; instead it causes “growing chaos” in stable states. Those who support terrorism should reflect on their actions, said Putin, stressing that the same terrorists they are backing will “someday come and sow death to their countries.”


11/24/14

Permalink Israel provides medical treatment to terrorists wounded in Syria

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA, Israeli occupation forces transported last night two wounded terrorists from Syria to Nahariya hospital in Western Galilee to the north of occupied Palestine in a daily violation of the UN Security Council’s resolutions which are related to countering terrorism. The Israeli Walla website reported Sunday “Last night two wounded were transported from Syria to Nahariya hospital as they suffered moderate-to-serious wounds.” The website indicated that “Nahariya hospital has treated 443 persons wounded in Syria so far.” Members of “Jabhat al-Nusra” terrorist organization spread in the disengagement zone, and they are supported by Israel in spite of the UN condemnation of terrorist crimes perpetrated by this organization.


11/21/14

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

Michel Chossudovsky The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie. Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists. The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel. The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”. The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June.


11/17/14

Permalink #BBCTrending: Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director

Millions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by the 'Syrian hero boy' who manages to rescue a little girl while under gunfire. Now a group of Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind it. They say it was filmed on location in Malta this summer with the intention of being presented as real. Lars Klevberg, a 34-year-old film director based in Oslo, wrote a script after watching news coverage of the conflict in Syria. He says he deliberately presented the film as reality in order to generate a discussion about children in conflict zones.

xymphora "#BBCTrending: Syrian 'hero boy' video faked by Norwegian director" This kind of anti-Assad propaganda - I'd like to know who funds the Shaam News Network - just encourages the conspiracy theories of World Jewry, who are obsessed with the idea that the evidence of all the monstrous atrocities committed daily by the Jews are faked Palestinian movie productions: "‘Pallywood’: A particularly ugly ethnic slur" "Day of catastrophe for ‘Pallywood’ conspiracy theorists" "‘Pallywood’ Killing Was Exactly What It Looked Like".

Tony Cartalucci West's Propaganda War on Syria Exposed Again


11/15/14

Permalink US fighting to overthrow Assad government, not ISIL: Analyst

US airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria is a cover for overthrowing the elected government of Bashar al-Assad, a political activist and radio host in New York says. Despite the US-led military campaign to defeat ISIL, the Assad government is the only party successfully fighting the terrorist group, Don DeBar told Press TV on Thursday. US officials are pursuing the ouster of Assad to weaken Syria and create a “chaotic situation” similar to the one in Iraq and Libya after their former leaders were deposed, DeBar argued. President Barack Obama has asked his national security team to review US strategy toward Syria after concluding that ISIL may not be defeated with Assad in power, officials say.


11/13/14

Permalink 50 Civilians Killed in US-led Airstrikes in Syria

Attacks in Syria by the US-led coalition have killed more than 860 people, including at least 50 civilians. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that at least 50 civilians, including eight children and five women, were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since mid-September. The UK-based group added that 746 ISIL militants and 68 al-Nusra Front terrorists had also been killed. This comes as the US-led coalition carried out three fresh airstrikes against ISIL positions near the Syrian city of Kobani on Tuesday, killing a number of militants.

Jason Ditz US Air War on ISIS Killing Civilians, But How Many?


11/11/14

Permalink US repeats anti-Iran rhetoric amid nuclear talks - Video

The United States has once again resorted to anti-Iran rhetoric to curry favor with Israel amid the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Tehran. Just as nuclear talks between top nuclear negotiators of Iran, the US and EU was underway in the Omani capital, Muscat, US Vice President Joe Biden elaborated on Washington’s stance on Iran’s nuclear energy program while addressing the Jewish Federations of North America's 2014 General Assembly in the state of Maryland on Monday.

PressTV: US "investing" [vasting] trillions to fight wars for Israel


Permalink ISIS EXPOSED: A CIA OPERATION ONE 100%: "The Next Bin Laden is Here" - Don't Be Fooled

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11/10/14

Permalink 5 nuclear scientists assassinated near Damascus - Mossad?

Five Syrian nuclear scientists have reportedly been killed by unknown assailants while riding a bus north of Damascus, near the research center where they worked, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports. “Unidentified attackers murdered five nuclear energy engineers who worked in the scientific research center near the neighborhood of Barzeh, northern Damascus,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. The news agency meanwhile reports that four of the atomic engineers were Syrian, while the other one was Iranian.


Permalink Why is there such an explosion of violence across the Middle East? Here's an alternative view...

Robert Fisk Forget Isis...it's down to West's desire to weaken Arab armies. || What on earth has descended upon the Middle East? Why such an epic explosion of violence? It feels strange to ask these questions of Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, one of President Bashar al-Assad’s close advisers and former translator to his father, Hafez. Her office is spotless, flowers on the table, her female secretary preparing a morning round-up of the world’s press on the Middle East, the coffee hot and sweet. At one point, when she spoke of the destruction in Syria and the mass attacks on the region’s Arab armies, it was difficult to believe that this was Damascus and that a few hundred miles to the east Isis have been cutting the throats of their hostages. Indeed, Shaaban finds it difficult even to define what Isis really is. Not so with America and the war in Syria.


11/08/14

Permalink Khorasan: Pentagon Says Fantasy Terror Group Bombed to Protect Homeland

Pentagon peddles debunked Khorasan myth. Previous attempts attributed to al-Qaeda’s supposed master bomber, Ibrahim al-Asiri, resulted in the fizzle bomb unleashed by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, aka the Nigerian underwear bomber, and the cargo plane bombs allegedly discovered at the last minute by Saudi Arabia’s security boss on October 29, 2010. Khorasan, however, like its exaggerated explosives – including undetectable bombs inserted in the rectums of suicide bombers – does not exist. “You haven’t heard of the Khorasan Group because there isn’t one,” writes Andrew C. McCarthy. “It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorasan — the Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.”


11/07/14

Permalink US airstrikes killed Syrian civilians

A militant group fighting against the Syrian government says US-led airstrikes have killed a number of civilians, including children, near the Turkish border. Ahrar al-Sham said in a statement on Thursday that overnight raids also destroyed one of its bases near the border. US-led airstrikes also struck the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front for only the second time since the coalition was formed in September. Several militants are said to have been killed in the attacks carried out in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.

Glenn Greenwald How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980? || To get a full scope of American violence in the world, it is worth asking a broader question: how many countries in the Islamic world has the U.S. bombed or occupied since 1980? That answer was provided in a recent Washington Post op-ed by the military historian and former U.S. Army Col. Andrew Bacevich: "As America’s efforts to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants extent into Syria, Iraq War III has seamlessly morphed into Greater Middle East Battlefield XIV. That is, Syria has become at least the 14th country in the Islamic world that U.S. forces have invaded or occupied or bombed, and in which American soldiers have killed or been killed. And that’s just since 1980. Let’s tick them off: Iran (1980, 1987-1988), Libya (1981, 1986, 1989, 2011), Lebanon (1983), Kuwait (1991), Iraq (1991-2011, 2014-), Somalia (1992-1993, 2007-), Bosnia (1995), Saudi Arabia (1991, 1996), Afghanistan (1998, 2001-), Sudan (1998), Kosovo (1999), Yemen (2000, 2002-), Pakistan (2004-) and now Syria." -Whew!


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