02/06/23

Permalink Human Rights front groups (“Humanitarian Interventionists”) warring on Syria

This page will continue to expand as more so-called “Human Rights” groups are outed for propagating anti-Syria war rhetoric and false allegations against the Syrian government and Syrian Arab Army. As it is, the list of players is quite extensive. Below, I’ll list the known HR front people and groups (many, if not most, with links to the US State Department and criminals like George Soros). As Rick Sterling wrote in his “Humanitarians for War on Syria” (March 2015): 💬 A massive campaign in support of foreign intervention against Syria is underway. The goal is to prepare the public for a “No Fly Zone” enforced by US and other military powers. This is how the invasion of Iraq began. This is how the public was prepared for the US/NATO air attack on Libya. 💬 The results of western ‘regime change’ in Iraq and Libya have been disastrous. Both actions have dramatically reduced the security, health, education and living standards of the populations, created anarchy and mayhem, and resulted in the explosion of sectarianism and violence in the region. Now the Western/NATO/Israeli and Gulf powers, supported by major intervention-inclined humanitarian organizations, want to do the same in Syria.


01/19/23

Permalink China [correctly] accuses US of oil theft

American “occupation troops” stationed in Syria are “looting” the country’s resources, Beijing said | China has blasted the United States for its “banditry” in Syria, claiming that Washington’s years-long military occupation and the “plundering” of Syrian resources have placed the country on the brink of a “humanitarian disaster.”  Addressing reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked to comment on recent reports in Syrian media that US forces had transported a large quantity of “looted oil” from Syria to Iraq earlier this month. 💬 “We are struck by the blatancy and egregiousness of the US’s plundering of Syria… Such banditry is aggravating the energy crisis and humanitarian disaster in Syria,” he said, citing Syrian government statistics purporting that “over 80% of Syria’s daily oil output was smuggled out of the country by US occupation troops” in the first half of 2022. 💬 “Whether the US gives or takes, it plunges other countries into turmoil and disaster, and the US gets to reap the benefits for its hegemony and other interests,” he added. “This is the result of the US’s so-called “rules-based order.””  On January 14, Damascus’ state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that “a convoy consisting of 53 tanks loaded with stolen Syrian oil” were brought from the country’s Hasakah province to US “bases in Iraqi territory,” noting the operation was carried out alongside local Kurdish militants which have long received American backing. The outlet also stated that 60 additional trucks smuggled stolen oil and wheat into Iraq earlier this month.  US forces were first sent to Syria in 2014, beginning with a contingent of special operators followed by more conventional ground troops the next year, most embedded with Kurdish fighters in the country’s oil-rich northeast. Though then-President Barack Obama maintained the deployment was focused only on combating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists, Washington had long intervened in Syria’s war against jihadist groups, sending and overseeing countless arms shipments to rebels seeking to overthrow the government in Damascus beginning as early as 2013.

China urges U.S. to stop plundering Syrian oil resources (SANA)
US occupation continues to loot oil from Syria’s Al-Jazira region (SANA)
American forces transport 53 tanks loaded with stolen Syrian oil towards Iraq (Dearborn News)
US occupation steals 53 Syrian oil tankers, smuggles them to Iraq (almayadeen.net)


01/14/23

Permalink Sweden Rejects Four Extradition Requests From Turkey - Report

The Swedish government will not extradite four people sought by Turkey, which says they are connected to a U.S.-based cleric it accuses of being behind a coup attempt in 2016, news agency TT reported on Thursday, without citing sources. | The extradition requests were made in 2019 and 2020, before Sweden and Finland signed a three-way agreement with Turkey aimed at overcoming Ankara's objections to the two Nordic countries joining the NATO military alliance. Sweden's High Court decided last summer the four could not be extradited, TT said, leaving the government no choice but to follow its decision. Sweden's Foreign Ministry could not comment immediately on the report.  Turkey called a separate decision by the High Court in December to block the extradition of Turkish journalist Bulent Kenes a "very negative" development.


01/06/23

Permalink Saudi-led coalition killed, injured over 3,000 Yemenis in 2022

The Saudi-led coalition has killed and injured more than 3,000 civilians in Yemen as the war on the country goes to its eighth year. | The Saudi-led coalition, through the criminality it is imposing via airstrikes against the people of Yemen, has killed and injured more than 3,000 civilians, including women and children, a Yemeni rights group said on Monday.   The Humanity Eye Center for Rights and Development issued a report on Monday that showed the number of casualties of the war on Yemen in 2022 alone was as high as 3,083 - 643 murdered citizens and 2,440 others wounded. Some 102 children lost their lives and 353 others sustained injuries, with 27 women killed and 97 others wounded, the report added. "The aggression against Yemen has resulted in the injury of 2,440 civilians, including 353 children and 97 women, since the beginning of 2022," the report said.


01/02/23

Permalink Israel strikes Damascus airport, Syria says

Two people were killed in the attack, according to the Syrian military | Damascus International Airport was forced to suspend operations early on Monday after an Israeli missile strike left two soldiers dead and damaged the facilities, the Syrian Defense Ministry has said.  Israeli planes struck the airfield and surrounding areas at around 2:00 am local time, the ministry wrote in a post on Facebook.  The missiles came from the direction of the Sea of Galilee, also called Lake Tiberias, located in Israeli territory, around 100 km southwest of Syria’s capital. 💬 “The aggression left two military personnel killed and two others wounded, causing material damage and putting the airport out of service,” the post read.  The Israel Defense Forces have not confirmed the strike, in line with their long-standing policy of not discussing operations outside the country.

Damascus airport resumes operations following Israeli strikes – Transport Ministry
Israeli Strikes Cause Damascus Airport to Suspend Service, At Least 2 Killed


12/27/22

Permalink Scoop: U.S. Jewish leaders warn Israeli officials over incoming right-wing government

Several U.S. Jewish leaders during a meeting with Israeli officials earlier this month warned that racist and extremist moves by the new Israeli government could seriously hamper support for Israel among Jews in the U.S., six sources who either attended the meeting at the Israeli embassy in Washington or were briefed on it told Axios. | Why it matters: The incoming Israeli government is expected to be the country's most right-wing ever. A senior Israeli official said the meeting at the embassy represented the anxiety the organized U.S. Jewish community has about the incoming Israeli government over its expected policies towards Jews in the diaspora and against democratic values.  The Dec. 7 meeting was attended by representatives of several mainstream U.S. Jewish organizations that are the backbone of the pro-Israel community in the U.S. They are all regular interlocutors of the Israeli embassy.  Driving the news: The representatives of the Jewish organizations were invited for a meeting with Shuli Davidovich, the head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry bureau for the diaspora, who asked to hear their thoughts about the political situation in Israel, according to the sources, who requested anonymity to speak freely about what was discussed in the meeting. The meeting took place against the backdrop of the negotiations between Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and the radical right-wing and ultra-orthodox parties. According to sources who attended the meeting, the atmosphere was very difficult and almost all of the attendees raised concerns about the policies of the incoming Israeli government.


12/13/22

Permalink Türkiye: We discovered $12 billion worth of oil on Mount Gabar

Speaking after the cabinet meeting, President Erdoğan announced the discovery of 12 billion dollars worth of oil in Gabar Mountain 💬 “One of the 10 greatest discoveries made on land in 2022.” In the Presidential ComplexPresident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in front of the cameras after the meeting with his elder brother, addressed the nation. Standing in front of the cameras after the cabinet meeting, President Erdoğan talked about oil exploration activities. Announcing the discovery of 12 billion dollars worth of oil in Gabar Mountain, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan used the following statements: 💬 “We discovered 150 million net oil reserves in Gabar Mountain. It is one of the top 10 discoveries made on land in 2022. The reserve value is approximately 12 billion dollars.  We are soon inaugurating the facility in Saros, which enables the transfer of natural gas from the ships under construction to the national grid. We also intensified our oil exploration activities on land. We started to produce oil from wells where concrete was poured, saying that there was no oil before. The production of Turkish oil, which was 40 thousand barrels, increased to 65 thousand barrels today. Comment here (in Russian)


12/11/22

Permalink Russia to send Iran top fighter jets in return for kamikaze drones

Iran is to receive top-of-the-range fighter jets from Russia “within the next year” in exchange for the kamikaze drones sent to the battlefield in Ukraine, US sources said on Friday night. | Downing Street and the White House warned that the new "sordid deals" amount to a "large scale military partnership" between Tehran and Moscow. The US later warned that Russia was expanding and modernizing its nuclear arsenal, already the largest in the world. Russia is planning to send Tehran advanced military equipment and components, including helicopters and air defence systems, US intelligence sources said. Biden administration officials said Iranian pilots were already being trained in Russia on how to fly the Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet, indicating Iran 💬 “may begin receiving the aircraft within the next year.”


12/10/22

Permalink "20 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank were shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces in the last three weeks."


12/09/22

Permalink Lebanon Arrested 185 Suspected Of Spying For Israel After Economic Crisis

Lebanese security forces have arrested 185 people suspected of spying for Israel since the start of the country’s economic crisis three years ago, the AFP reported on December 7, citing two security officials. | One of the unnamed officials told the news agency that the number is up from a previous average of four or five arrests per year. Between April 2009 and 2014, around 100 people were arrested on charges of spying for Israel. At the time, most of the suspects were either military personnel or employees of the telecommunications sector.  Lebanon economic crisis started in 2019. Since then, the national currency has plummeted in value, banks have frozen accounts and most people have struggled to make ends meet amid never-ending shortages.


Permalink Xi Jinping arrives in Saudi Arabia - China aims to control entry into the Persian Gulf

Объясняет Readovka | The Chinese leader plans to discuss both economic and military cooperation with the Saudis. The Middle Eastern countries are very important trading partners for China - they account for half of its oil imports.  The key route for Middle Eastern oil products to China is by sea through the Strait of Hormuz. Xi Jinping seems concerned about protecting it. Recently joint military exercises of China, Russia and Iran have taken place in the region, and a Chinese naval base will soon be established in Pakistan. Xi and the Saudis' talks on joint military activities are therefore a logical extension of China's policy in the region. The Chinese plans in the Middle East could be thwarted by the Americans, who maintain a significant military presence there.  On the other hand, China has already succeeded in securing its interests in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in 2017. The Middle Kingdom has established a military base in Djibouti and has in principle expanded its presence in East Africa, despite its close proximity to US and French military bases.  China's policy of protecting its trade routes and straits is thus becoming evident. China is gradually becoming a full-fledged superpower and is acting very intelligently to diversify its risks. For example, China simultaneously protects its energy supplies from the Middle East and expands cooperation with Russia in the same field. (www.DeepL.com/)

Объясняет Readovka | The union of the Arabian oil well and the conveyor belt from the Celestial Empire | Colleagues have rightly noted the importance to the PRC of the Riyadh talks, but, as they say, it is a double-edged sword. Companies from the two countries have signed contracts worth almost $30bn - mostly in energy, transport, construction and IT.  Against the background of the Saudis' oil war and the sanctions war on microelectronics it is easy to identify a major loser: the US. It can be argued that menacing rhetoric from across the ocean has pushed the major economies of the Middle East and Asia towards closer cooperation - the opposite of what Washington would like to see.  Sino-Saudi economic relations are going well, with trade reaching $80 billion in 2021 and surpassing the $100 billion mark this year.  The two economic giants complement each other seamlessly in the energy market: OPEC, led by Saudia, produces 33 million barrels of oil per day (mboepd), with more than 20 mboepd available for export. China, on the other hand, provides only one-third of the oil it needs for its domestic industry.  In this context, it is interesting that only the Gulf monarchies are currently able to increase production without incurring political and logistical costs. Because of the civil wars and sanctions embargoes imposed by the USA, Venezuela, Iran and Libya have withdrawn from the market and supplies from Russia could decrease in the near future. In such circumstances, it is Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE that can provide additional supply of up to 2m b/d. For the Chinese economy, which is growing at around 5% per annum, this would be a huge boon.  The economic wars in recent years have led to increasing inflation, falling revenues and the disruption of supply chains. Against this backdrop, Sino-Saudi relations seem exceptional: the difference in culture, religion and political structure does not prevent cooperation when mutual economic benefits are at stake.(Translation: www.DeepL.com/)


12/06/22

Permalink Israeli defense firms lead explosive growth in Mideast arms sales — study

Israel’s Elbit Systems was among the world’s top arms manufacturers last year, leading a Middle Eastern region that saw weapons sales grow more than anywhere else in the world, according to research published Monday. | Globally, sales of arms and military services among the world’s top 100 arms companies grew to $592 billion in 2021, according to the latest report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).  The 1.9 percent rise came even as the industry was limited by worldwide supply issues related to the pandemic, with the war in Ukraine increasing demand while worsening supply difficulties.  Meanwhile, sales from the eight largest Chinese arms companies rose 6.3% to $109 billion in 2021. European companies took 27 of the spots on the top 100, with combined sales of $123 billion, up 4.2% compared to 2020. The report also noted a trend of private equity firms buying up arms companies, something the authors said had become increasingly apparent over the last three or four years. This trend threatens to make the arms industry more opaque and therefore harder to track.

Israel lobby moves to label NGOs exposing Zionist crimes as "terrorists" (Vanessa Beeley)
Drones and Death: The Israeli Connection (Ed Kinane)(02/06/10)
For Israel, a reckoning (John Pilger)(01/17/10)


12/05/22

Permalink Iran Morality Police Status Unclear after 'Closure' Comment

An Iranian lawmaker said Sunday that Iran's government is “paying attention to the people’s real demands,” state media reported, a day after a top official suggested that the country’s morality police whose conduct helped trigger months of protests has been shut down. | The role of the morality police, which enforces veiling laws, came under scrutiny after a detainee, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, died in its custody in mid-September. Amini had been held for allegedly violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress codes. Her death unleashed a wave of unrest that has grown into calls for the downfall of Iran's clerical rulers.  Iran's chief prosecutor Mohamed Jafar Montazeri said on Saturday the morality police “had been closed," the semi-official news agency ISNA reported. The agency did not provide details, and state media hasn't reported such a purported decision. Iranian prosecutor general indicates suspension of ‘morality police’


11/18/22

Permalink Kiev has reportedly received mysterious “strategic materials”

Kiev has reportedly received mysterious “strategic materials” | Citing three “senior European diplomatic officials,” Haaretz reported that Washington approached the Israeli government several weeks ago, "pressing it" to supply Ukraine with anti-aircraft batteries. While Israel refused, it agreed to fund the “strategic materials” instead. Several million dollars were transferred to “a NATO member state that is deeply involved in supplying military equipment to Ukraine,” the report explained. This state then purchased the materials and sent them to Ukraine. Haaretz’ sources demanded that the nature of these materials be kept a secret, while Tel Aviv asked all parties involved in the deal not to publicly reveal it, “in order not to anger [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”  The Haaretz report did not name the NATO member involved in the deal. However, it resembles an earlier gray-market deal involving Poland. Back in September, Hebrew news site Zman Yisrael reported that at least one Israeli defense contractor was shipping anti-drone systems to Poland, with Warsaw then sending them on to Ukraine. The Israeli government reportedly turned a blind eye to this arrangement, despite its official refusal to supply any offensive weapons to Kiev.  With a change in government set to bring Benjamin Netanyahu back into power in Israel, Haaretz’ sources said that it would be up to the veteran right-winger whether to repeat the “strategic materials” deal.


11/17/22

Permalink Kahanist Extremists To Take Power in New Israeli Government

Miko Peled | During his previous terms in office, Benjamin Netanyahu oversaw some of the most brutal attacks on Gaza, attacks that caused thousands of civilian casualties. He was also indicted on corruption charges, and yet enough Israelis found him suitable to return to the post of Prime Minister, and he was elected with a comfortable majority.  In the United States, Netanyahu is respected in spite of his 2002 appearance in the U.S. House of Representatives saying that, “If you take out Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.” The Iraq War cost countless lives and billions of dollars and caused disastrous reverberations in the region.


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The US occupation forces on Monday brought out 123 tankers loaded with Syrian oil from al-Jazeera fields toward Iraqi lands, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency. The report said that the US occupation forces on August 21 transported a convoy of 137 tankers filled with stolen oil to their bases in Iraq. On August 8, the Syrian Oil Ministry said that the US and its mercenaries were stealing an average of 66,000 barrels of oil per day in Syria, about 80 percent of Syria's daily oil production. As a matter of fact, the US has been stealing Syria's oil for several years. But now, in the context of factors such as the ongoing Ukraine crisis holding oil prices near their highest levels in years, the US can gain far more from stealing Syria's oil. (S)


11/07/22

Permalink Ukraine eclipses the sun: Europe's reparations will be done differently

Elena Panina (Елена Панина) | "COP27 Talks Begin With Deal to Discuss Climate Reparations," reads a headline over at Bloomberg. That's a mouthful, but what's the substance? It turns out that at the 27th climate summit which opened in Egypt, rich countries agreed for the first time not to block a discussion (!) about compensation (!) to undeveloped countries for global warming damage.  But before that there was a 48-hour haggle on the sidelines which ended with a "compromise": to focus not on the compensation itself, but on "cooperation and assistance". The decision is to be taken "no later than 2024". In other words, there will be no money.  Just as no one has yet seen the promised $100 billion annually from developed countries "to save the climate. This is mere pennies compared, for example, to the $693bn the G20 countries spent on supporting the fossil fuel industry in the "herbivorous" year of 2021.  Now, in a year of "record heat waves, droughts and floods," compounded by an energy crisis and the reopening of coal mines in Europe, old calculations about the energy transition are going in the bin. That is where they belong. After all, the grand scam of plundering money from the Old World "to repair the weather" is no longer very necessary. It has been overshadowed by the "Ukrainian crisis", which has brought and will continue to bring the beneficiaries far greater dividends. (www.DeepL.com/)(AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell)

COP27: Will Rich Nations Walk Their 'Loss and Damage' Talk or Sweep It Under Rug Again? (Sputnik News)


11/05/22

11/03/22

Permalink Israel’s Secret, Illegal Biological War Against Arabs

The Cradle | In September, a highly revealing academic paper was published exposing the details of a previously hidden operation by Zionist militias during the 1948 Nakba (or “Catastrophe”), in which chemical and biological weapons were used to poison Palestinians, intervening Arab armies, and the citizens of neighboring states with typhoid, dysentery, malaria, and other diseases. Working by stealth, Zionist militants poured vast quantities of infectious bacteria into wells and aqueducts providing villages, towns, and cities with water, in direct violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, which strictly prohibits “the use of bacteriological methods of warfare.” The local epidemics created by this man-made disaster greatly assisted the forcible conquest of Palestinian territory by armed Jewish militias with their capture made permanent, while hindering the progress of advancing Arab armies.


11/02/22

Permalink ISIS Fighting Russians in Ukraine

Penny For Your Thoughts | ISIS is a western proxy. It’s a NATO irregular mercenary army. It functions as a sort of ‘stay behind army’ along the same vein of what was created by NATO after WW2. These stay behinds may or may not include special forces. The facts of that being the reality speak for themselves. [...] Ukraine is relaxed and unhurried about arresting the ISIS mercenaries because they are useful to them. MORE


10/29/22

Permalink Saudis ‘second largest investors’ in Twitter after Musk takeover

Kingdom Holding Company and the private office of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will maintain their stake in Twitter after Musk took control of the social media company | Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), along with the private office of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will continue their ownership of Twitter shares valued at $1.89bn after Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media company, making them jointly the second largest investors, according to a statement released by the Saudi prince.  Bin Talal, who shared the statement on his Twitter account on Friday, and made reference to Musk as “Chief Twit”, stated that the deal was in line with the long-term strategy of KHC.


10/20/22

Permalink The U.S. And the Europeans Have Gone Too Far

Mohammad Marandi / Eva K Bartlett | 💬 "I think it is obvious: the U.S. and the Europeans have gone too far. They have simultaneously escalated the conflict with Iran, with Russia, with China and with other countries. I think they are now trying to achieve much more than they are able to. And the war and the sanctions that the U.S. is imposing on the oil-producing countries - will lead to enough consequences for themselves as well. Iraq is destroyed almost to the ground, Syria and Libya and Sudan and Venezuela are all under sanctions for no legitimate reason. This means that the U.S. is reducing oil production all over the world. And now that they have imposed sanctions on Russia, they have caused a huge energy crisis. [...] Obviously, Russia and Iran will cooperate because they are targeting the U.S. and against Europe. Russia and Iran are concerned about NATO's support for extremists, whether it's ISIS* or the Nazis in Ukraine. There is really no difference between the two."

Weapons supplies to Ukraine bring NATO closer to direct clash with Russia — MFA (TASS)
U.S. Regime Now Applies Maximum Brutality to the Ukrainian People (Eric Zuesse)


10/11/22

Permalink Dozens of Israeli armored vehicles, helicopters invade Jenin, kill 2, injure 11

Once again, invading Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians – a teen & a 24-year-old. 27 Palestinians have been killed at Israeli hands since the beginning of September; one Israeli has also been killed. Reposted from IMEMC – the International Middle East Media Center, October 8, 2022

On Saturday dawn, many armored Israeli military vehicles invaded the Jenin city and Jenin refugee camp in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, killing two Palestinians and injuring at least eleven, three seriously.  Undercover soldiers first invaded Jenin and Jenin refugee camp, then dozens of armored military vehicles invaded the refugee camp from several directions, leading to protests.  Medical sources at Ibn Sina Specialist Hospital in Jenin said the soldiers killed Mahmoud Moayyad Sous, 18, after shooting him with a live round in the neck and added that the soldiers also shot seven Palestinians, three seriously.  One of the seriously wounded Palestinians, Ahmad Mohammad Hussein Daraghma, 24, from Tubas in the northeastern West Bank, succumbed to serious wounds he suffered during protests in Jenin city.  Medical sources at the Jenin governmental hospital said Ahmad suffered serious gunshot wounds to the head and succumbed to his injuries.

12-year-old dies from injuries after Israeli soldier shot him Sept 28 in Jenin (IMEMC/If Americans Knew)
Israeli forces kill two more Palestinian teens (IMEMC/If Americans Knew)


10/10/22

Permalink US proposes to stop arms sales to KSA as comeback for OPEC+ support

In light of Saudi Arabia's decision to support OPEC+ oil production cuts, US Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal and Democratic Representative Ro Khanna proposed a legislation to stop Washington from providing weapons to Riyadh, arguing that what the US regards as the kingdom's support for Russia deserves a "far-reaching review of the US-Saudi relationship."  In an op-ed for Politico on Sunday, the reps urged Congress to halt arms sales until it withdraws its “embrace” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding: "The Saudi decision was a pointed blow to the US, but the US also has a way to respond: It can promptly pause the massive transfer of American warfare technology into the eager hands of the Saudi".  The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)'s member states voted on October 5 to cut their production of oil and agreed to reduce their oil production by 2 million barrels a day in light of the world's surging energy crisis, a delegation source told Russian news agency Sputnik - which the US regarded as a hostile act.


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