Who would get out first??

2009 Assad Invites President Obama to Visit Syria

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2012

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Final Presidential Debate 2012: 

President Obama Confidant ‘Assad’s Days are Numbered’

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2014

Bashar Al-ASSAD PROMOTION FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2014

Bashar Assad Re Elected as Syrian President After a Landslide Victory 

President al-Assad swearing-in ceremony & full milestone speech

 

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 السيناتور غاراهام و وزير الدفاع الأمريكي كارتر حول الرئيس الأسد و أوباما

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Powell Aid: Only Iran can calm the region

ayatollahkhamenei[1]Colonel (ret) Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief-of-Staff for former US Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell in a recent interview with Iran’s daily Tehran Times claimed that the US policy towards the Islamic Republic and its regional allies, particularly Syria has been against America’s national interests in the region. He asserted that a more economically successful Iran can keep the volatile Middle East region QUIET and PROSPEROUS.

I see Iran as a more stable, mature, increasingly successful, economically successful power, and if she become more successful economically, financially, regionally, and so forth, I think she will become more mature power, able to handle things like keeping the region quiet, and keeping the region prosperous,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson who had worked with Saudi Arabian military leaders, says that Saudi army can attack defenseless neighbors like Bahrain or Yemen – but even though it has the money to bribe foreign governments, it’s no match to Iranian military. Riyadh has always depended on the US and UK to defend its monarchy.

Wilkerson said that AKP’s setback in the recent election is a good sign for region. “I’m glad to see Erdogan lost so significantly his (AKP) majority in the Turkish parliament, because Erdogan was becoming a tyrant, a dictator, and he needed to be trimmed; he needed to be setback. Without Turkey and without Iran, and without them acting maturely, wisely and basically democratically, there is not ever going to be any peace in that region,” he said.

Wilkerson is also of the opinion that Barack Obama should apply his muscle against Israel to resolve Palestinian issue instead of bullying Iran.

Wilkerson has repeatedly said that Washington’s foreign policy is run by pro-Israel lobby groups – and Netanyahu is behind the BOMB, BOMB, Bomb Iran scare. Listen to Wilkerson below.

American Jewish professor Flynt Leverett (Pennsylvania State University) and former Fellow at the New American Foundation, a Jewish advocacy group headed by billionaire Eric Schmidt, CEO Google, said on June 9, 2015: “Today, neither Israel nor Saudi Arabia truly represents most of those it governs. Neither can endorse more participatory politics in the region; neither can endorse proliferation of regional states genuinely committed to foreign policy independence. This also mean that neither can exercise passive political influence to facilitate conflict resolution in contested regional arenas; on their own, Israel and Saudi Arabia can only make things worse.”

If one study Middle Eastern history from some objective source, he will find out that it was not Iran but the Western colonial powers which created the current turmoil in the region by dividing Arab countries into defenseless and failed entities on ethnic, tribal and religion basis. Iran has been victim of the US, Britain and Israeli aggression even before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The situation became worse after the Islamists took power in Tehran.

 

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Thousands of Palestinians still homeless after Israeli war on Gaza

One year has passed since the end of Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip. The offensive which began in July 2014 inflicted heavy humanitarian cost on Gazans. Over 22-hundred people were killed and thousands of homes were destroyed. Now it seems there’s little hope for tens of thousands of displaced people who see no change in their conditions due to the Israeli and Egyptian blockade as well as the failed promises of donor countries to help with the reconstruction of Gaza.

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No “Crisis in Islam”: Just Apathy of So-called “Historians”

by Ramzy Baroud / July 7th, 2015

On the “BBC This Week” program, historian Tom Holland labored to counter the argument that the so-called Islamic State should not be labeled as such: “The Islamic State”.

Holland’s logic in the program seemed more philosophical, concerned with dialectic and logic of language, and hardly situated in any proper historical context.

His comments were in response to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s objection to the BBC’s use of the phrase ‘Islamic State’.  Cameron prefers ISIL – which, itself, stands for the ‘Islamic State in the Levant’ or the cynical qualifier ‘so-called’ to be placed before the phrase.

Although Holland asserts that Cameron’s protestation to the use of the phrase ‘Islamic State’ is essentially principled, he does not agree with the Prime Minister. By denying ‘IS’ the right to use the phrase, according to Holland, Cameron is replicating the ‘IS’ strategy of denying any Islamic credentials to their Muslim opponents, describing them as ‘heretics’. Cameron is playing the same game as ‘IS’, according to Holland.

However, in an article published in March by the New Statesman, Holland tries to live up to his own credentials as a ‘historian’ by delving into history, but a selective version of it. His take on Islamic history struck me as alien and foreign draped with what seemed like an authentic reference, but lacking in genuine knowledge in the overall values and meaning of Islam and the spirit of its message.

“The problem faced by the orthodox religious authorities in the Muslim world, however, is very similar to that which confronted the Catholic Church in the 16th century,” he wrote. ‘Very similar,’ he says, yet offers little by way of demonstrating his out-and-out assertion.

In the BBC program, he concluded with another unqualified claim, closing with an earth-shattering remark that ‘Islam’ is experiencing a ‘crisis’.

For someone who protested Cameron’s simple request to apply a ‘so-called’ before ‘Islamic State’, while declaring that there is a crisis in the heart of Islam – a religion that is rooted in a culture that spans over 1400 years, which manifests itself throughout numerous cultures and geographies, the world over – Holland needs to exercise more caution.

History, with all its complexities, cannot be isolated from the present, notwithstanding current political turmoil. To be dubbed ‘history’, it should not be made a landscape for underhanded political ideas masquerading as historical facts, simply because the likes of Holland can utilize past historical references and market them to his audience as genuine analogies.

I found it particularly telling that Holland’s views on history are borrowed from ancient references such as early Islam, 16th century Christianity, etc., but fail to examine a more immediate – and much more relevant – history that made possible the rise of the so-called ‘Islamic State’.

It is impossible that Holland did not know or, at least, appreciate the relationship between western military interventions in the Middle East, especially in Iraq in 2003, and the rise of jihadist groups in the region.

To completely ignore the gradual rise of ‘IS’ from the early fundamentalist outlets that flooded Iraq following the US-British invasion, morphing into the fighting force that it has become, is a catastrophic gaffe to anyone who claims to know history.

While sectarianism exists in Muslim societies, as with any other religious groups in other societies, it was the American Governor of Iraq, Paul Bremer, who initiated the current sectarian violence in the region when he launched his campaign of ‘De-Ba’athification’ of Iraq in May 2003. It resulted in the rooting out of every aspect of the Ba’ath Party’s influence in Iraq, the dismantling of the army, and every aspect of state institutions. It entailed the minimizing of any form of Sunni influence in the country, setting the stage for the takeover by Shia groups, including numerous Shia militias that continue to constitute the Iraqi Army.

Absent from Holland’s speech, and that of other ‘historians’, is the role of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who, although largely disliked by the general public, continues with his political meddling and shady politics.  Blair was the closest ally to the US President, George W. Bush. Together, they turned Iraq into a killing field, where the bloodletting is yet to cease.

Of course, Holland is not alone in promoting the ‘crisis of Islam’ jargon. It was, and remains, at the heart of the discredited neo-conservative thinking. The purpose of such claims is largely to disown any responsibility regarding the mayhem gripping the Middle East, and putting the blame squarely on local actors for their countries’ misfortunes.

Such a discourse does not just absolve the US, the UK and others from any responsibility: it positions them as a victim in a war propelled by Muslims and their own crisis of religion and sect.

“The continued rise of violent, anti-Western, Islamic fundamentalism is one of the defining challenges of our time,” wrote Mark Mardell on the BBC website (July 02, 2015).  ‘IS’, he wrote, “controls vast areas of Syria and Iraq and has more than mere footholds in Libya, Yemen and Nigeria.”

Although Mardell gave all the keywords required to place the rise of ‘IS’ in proper context, he still fails to see it.

What have Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen have in common? Both Iraq and Libya have suffered two massive western wars, and Syria and Yemen are being victimized by unrelenting western intervention. The war on Iraq brought al-Qaeda-turned-IS to the country; the war in Libya divided the country among hundreds of western-armed unruly militias, and so on. Do you see the logic?

But Mardell is not concerned with any of this as he, like Holland, is busy haggling with irrelevant terminology: “And, it seems to me, once we start passing comment on the accuracy of the names people call their organizations, we will constantly be expected to make value judgments. Is China really a “People’s Republic”?”

Although Mardell is not a ‘historian’, he is a ‘presenter’; a media man should, at least, be aware of some current affairs that are of direct relevance to his topic.

One such current affair, the Arab Spring, had the potential of ending the radicalization of Arab youth by offering them a democratic outlet that did not see a contradiction between Islam and democracy, on one hand, and economic opportunity, on the other.

But every single one of these experiences were quashed by military force, leaving little Tunisia fighting for its nascent democracy against ‘IS’ recruits and their benefactors.

The idea behind the violence is to destroy any possibility of seeing a harmonic marriage between political Islam and democracy, and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ is the demon unleashed against the forces of moderation and modernity in the region.

This is far from being a ‘crisis in Islam’, but a political struggle that will, ultimately, define the future of the region for many generations to come.

Ramzy Baroud is an author and a journalist. His latest volume is The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle (Pluto Press, London). He can be reached at ramzybaroud@hotmail.comRead other articles by Ramzy.

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ISIS vows to defeat Hamas in Gaza

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I would say taking cue from Turkey/Qatar and Brotherhood. Rehmat forgot that Brotherhood collaborated with USA at least since 1953. 

President Eisenhower meets with Islamic scholars, including Said Ramadan

He ignored that Hamas Aknaf Beyt Almakdis opened the gates of Yarmouk to Nusra

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Taking cue from Hillary Clinton, the ISIS has declared Gaza-ruling Islamic resistance Hamas a threat to Islam for taking help from Iran and Syria – two enemies of Israel.

Gazzan Abu Azzam, ISIS leader in a recent video message, thanks to Jewish RitaKatz, has urged all practicing Muslims living in Gaza Strip to rise against ‘apostate’ Hamas. He called Hamas ‘tyrant’ by equating it with two anti-Israel resistance groups; Syrian president Assad and Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah.

He explained: “The Islamic State has its eyes set on Jerusalem and is getting closer day after day to Al-Aqsa Mosque along the path paved by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi and Sheikh Osama Bin Laden.”

The Zionist scrip writer forgot that Osama bin Laden collaborated with CIA all his life and never threatened the Zionist regime occupying Jerusalem. So was Takfiri Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi.

A message to the tyrants of Hamas, you are nothing in our reckoning. You, Fatah and all the secularists, we count you as nothing. Allah willing, we shall uproot the state of the Jews. You are nothing but froth that will be gone as we move in. Allah willing, Gaza will be governed by Shariah despite you,” he continued.

Does the idiot know that the Jewish army, claimed to be world’s fourth strongest military force has failed to destroy Hamas since the later took power in Gaza in 2006. Furthermore, Jewish writer, Donald Neff claimed in March 2015 thatHamas has a nuclear bomb!

Hamas worships the idol of democracy other than God. By God, there are idols that are being worshipped apart from Allah just as in the time of Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him. By Allah, we shall punish you severely if you persist on this apostasy and disgrace. But if you believe in Allah alone, then you are our beloved ones and our brothers,” Abu Gazzan said.

If my memory serves me right – even Netanyahu has never accused Hamas of worshipping idols. History tell us that people worshipped idols during the times of all Biblical prophets who came after Abraham. The Jews worshipped idols (Holy Golden Calf) even when prophet Moses was alive.

Towards the end of the video and following the invitation made by the Gazan members of ISIS to Hamas to revert to the true Islamic faith, a number of Gazan ISIS members gathered together and renewed their pledge to “to listen and obey” the Caliphate Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

The mention of Caliph Al-Baghdadi is the stone which killed the Israeli dogbehind the video. Sheikh Al-Baghdadi (born as Simon Elliot) is a Crypto Jew and Israeli Mossad agent. He received military training in Israel.

ISIS threatens to fight Hamas in Gaza! The video is another Israelipropaganda crap to convince its European and American allies that Hamas like ISIS and Al-Qaeda are all enemies of the west. In fact ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and al-Shabaab are all American created terrorist.

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ALEPPO: GRAVEYARD FOR ERDOGHAN’S RODENTS; ERDOGHAN’S FLACCID SAILS FILLED WITH BRITISH WIND; YAWN

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 ALEPPO:  Erdoghan is still trying to get the army to do more than position some soldiers and tanks on the Syrian border. He is trying desperately to convince General Necdet Ozel to commit to the Saudi plan to stop the advance of the Syrian Army in virtually every area of the country, especially Aleppo.  SyrPer has a unique window into the situation there what with so many relatives inside the city and so many nephews in the Syrian Army.  Nobody has a more pellucid view of the situation than SyrPer.

Jam’iyyaat Area of Al-Zahraa` Quarter:   A suicide truck driven by a Nusra/Alqaeda rodent went BOOM! yesterday after an alert infantryman saw it approaching the western entry into this area.  He called in a Kornet anti-tank rocket operator who was nearby.  It was the same old story.  Wael says the soldier who fired the Kornet was a veteran of the Central Prison siege and had 6 suicide trucks under his belt.  It was a no-brainer.  A Scandia truck loaded with TNT and C-4 enhanced by gallons of petrol charged at the SAA defenses.  The driver did not get terribly close as the thread-guided rocket hurtled through the air straight at the truck’s payload.  The explosion was enormous as soldiers could see the drivers body parts fly into the air like the burning pages of a newspaper stirred by a strong wind.

We can confirm the death of Abu Muhammad Al-Uzbeki (from Uzbekistan) here yesterday.  He was incinerated and reduced to a pile of ashes.  Only his rotted teeth, perforated by years of chewing on his own toenails and having the appearance of crenelated bricks, survived the tent of fire which erupted around him.   He was a leader of Kateebat Sayfullaah Al-Sheeshaani.   Also killed was Riyaadh Al-‘Abid, a leader of the Nooreddeen Zangi group.  The Jam’iyaat area is now totally liberated.  British morons in Turkey licking their ulcerating wounds.

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Al-Raashideen in the First District:  Rats continue to attack and fail here.  Yesterday, spotters confirmed 6 killed or wounded.

Layramoon:  More fighting as the SAA advances.  However, this area has been difficult.  We just cannot prevent the rodents from collapsing and coming back.

Al-Zaydiyya:  SAA and PDC took on a group of Ahraar Al-Shaam rodents and killed these who carried valid Syrian papers:

Hishaam Muhammad ‘Aql

Faysal ‘Ali Hassan Bahlawaan

Hassan Mas’ood Al-Akrat

Muhammad Firaas Shu’ayb

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 Other rats killed in action as acknowledged by rodent websites include:

‘Ali Hamdu Qinti

Hudhayfa Haytham Qinti

Saamir Radhwaan Mirjaan

Kaamil Abu-Hifss

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Syrian Army victorious in these areas:  Bustaan Al-Qassr, Qaadhi ‘Askar, Al-Judayda, Al-Mansoora, Scientific Research area, Al-‘Aamiriyya, Binaan Al-Hiss, Khirbat Al-Ma’aassir.


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Behind the Greek Economic Crisis. The Unspoken History of Foreign Intervention

EDITOR’S CHOICE | 07.07.2015 | 09:53

Focusing exclusively on the monetary aspects of the Greek crisis the media misses much of what disturbs the Greeks and also what might make a solution possible.

For over half a century, Greeks have lived in perilous times. In the 1930s, they lived under a brutal dictatorship that modeled itself on Nazi Germany, employing Gestapo-like secret police and sending critics off to an island concentration camp. Then a curious thing happened: Benito Mussolini invaded the country.

Challenged to protect their self-respect and their country, Greeks put aside their hatred of the Metaxis dictatorship and rallied to fight the foreign invaders. The Greeks did such a good job of defending their country that Adolf Hitler had to put off his invasion of Russia to rescue the Italians. That move probably saved Josef Stalin since the delay forced the Wehrmacht to fight in Russia’s mud, snow and ice for which they had not prepared. But, ironically, it also saved the Metaxis dictatorship and the monarchy. The king and all the senior Greek officials fled to British-occupied Egypt and, as new allies, they were declared part of the “Free World.”

Meanwhile, in Greece, the Germans looted much of the industry, shipping and food stuffs. The Greeks began to starve. As Mussolini remarked, “the Germans have taken from the Greeks even their shoelaces…”

Then, the Greeks began to fight back. In October 1942, they set up a resistance movement that within two years became the largest in Europe. When France could claim less than 20,000 partisans, the Greek resistance movement had enrolled about 2 million and was holding down at least two divisions of German soldiers. And they did it without outside help.

As the war’s outcome became apparent, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was determined to return Greece to the prewar rule of the monarchy and the old regime. He was motivated by fear of Communist influence within the resistance movement.

Churchill tried to get the Anglo-American army that was getting ready to invade Italy to attack Greece instead. Indeed, he tried so hard to change the war plan that he almost broke up the Allied military alliance; when he failed, he threw all the soldiers he still controlled into Greece and precipitated a civil war that tore the country apart. The Underground leaders were outsmarted and their movement was smashed. The bureaucracy, police and programs of the prewar dictatorship resumed control.

After the war, with Britain out of money and no longer able to sustain its policy, London turned Greece over to the Americans who announced the “Truman Doctrine” and poured in money to prevent a leftist victory. American money temporarily won the day, but the heavy hand of the former regime created a new generation of would-be democrats who challenged the dictatorship.

This is the theme beautifully evoked in Costa Gavras’ film “Z,” starring Yves Montand. As the film shows, the liberal movement of the early 1960s was overwhelmed by a new military dictatorship, “the rule of the colonels.”

When the military junta was overthrown in 1974, Greece enjoyed a brief period of “normality,” but none of the deep fissures in the society had been healed. Regardless of what political party chose the ministers, the self-perpetuating bureaucracy was still in control. Corruption was rife. And, most important of all, Greece had become a political system that Aristotle would have called an oligarchy.

The very rich used their money to create for themselves a virtual state within the state. They extended their power into every niche of the economy and so arranged the banking system that it became essentially extra-territorialized. Piraeus harbor was filled with mega-yachts owned by people who paid no taxes and London was partly owned by people who fattened off the Greek economy. The “smart money” of Greece was stashed abroad.

The Current Crisis

This state of affairs might have lasted many more years, but when Greece joined the European Union in 1981, European (mainly German) bankers saw an opportunity:  they flocked into Greece to offer loans. Even those Greeks who had insufficient income to justify loans grabbed them. Then, the lenders began to demand repayment. Shocked, businesses began to cut back. Unemployment increased

Opportunities vanished.

There is really no chance that the loans will be repaid. They should never have been offered and never should have been accepted. To stay afloat, the government has cut back on public services (except for the military) and the people have suffered. In the 2004 elections, the Greeks had not yet suffered enough to vote for the radical coalition led by the “Unity” (SYRIZA) party. Only 3.3 percent of the voters did.

Then, after the 2008 financial crash came years of worsening hardship, disapproval of all politicians and anger. It was popular anger, feeling misled by the bankers and by their own foolishness. There was also hopelessness as Greeks realized that they had no way out and began to turn to SYRIZA. After a series of failed attempts to secure a mandate, SYRIZA won the 2015 election with 36.3 percent of the vote and 249 out of 300 members of Parliament.

Today, the conditions that impelled that vote are even more urgent: the national income of Greece is down about 25 percent and unemployment among younger workers is over 50 percent. So where does that leave the negotiators?

Faced with German and EU demands for more austerity, the Greeks are angry. They have deep memories of hatred against the Germans (this time, not soldiers but bankers). They have been, time after time, traduced by their own politicians. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras must know that if he is charged with a “sell-out,” his career is finished.

And the bail-out package offered by the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank is heavily weighted against Greece. Greeks also see their option of exiting the Euro as similar to stances taken by Britain and Sweden in not joining in the first place – although a painful adjustment for the Greek economy would be expected if Greece undertakes an unprecedented departure from the European currency.

However, unless the IMF and ECB offer a real chance for a better life for Greeks by forgiving most of the debts, I believe that the Greeks might well vote on Sunday to reject the austerity demands and leave the Euro.

William R. Polk, globalresearch.ca

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