Ken O’Keefe in Berkley – March 2016 – “Jewish Power” & World Citizen Solutions

Published on Mar 26, 2016

In this talk Ken rips into politically correct barriers and speaks frankly about the challenges we face in the cause of creating a better world. Ken is currently touring the USSA on his ‘Fuck the TSA/Homeland Security Tour’, for the latest dates and times of Ken’s speaking engagements check the Facebook page set up for this purpose; https://www.facebook.com/events/59563…

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A ray of sunshine, US Congressmen Call for Investigation into israel’s Crimes

US Congressmen Call for Investigation into Israeli Crimes

US Senator Patrick Leahy, along with 10 other Democratic congressmen, have called on the US to investigate the possibility of “gross violations of human rights” by Israel’s and Egypt’s security forces, including “extrajudicial killings.”

US Senator Patrick Leahy together with US Secretary of State John Kerry in March, 2014. (Photo credit: leahy.senate.gov)
US Senator Patrick Leahy together with US Secretary of State John Kerry in March, 2014. (Photo credit: leahy.senate.gov)

Leahy, who has in the past sought a greater role for human rights in US foreign policy, made the request in a joint letter, sent to US Secretary of State John Kerry on Feb. 17, suggesting that if the reports of rights violations should be proven, US military assistance should be cut off.

“There have been a disturbing number of reports of possible gross violations of human rights by security forces in Israel and Egypt — incidents that may have involved recipients, or potential recipients, of US military assistance,” the congressmen said in the letter published on Tuesday by Politico.

According to Ma’an, the letter cited findings by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations of “extrajudicial killings by the Israeli military and police of Fadi Alloun, Saad al-Atrash, Hadeel Hashlamoun, and Mutaz Ewisa,” as well as several cases of torture.

“We urge you to determine if these reports are credible and to inform us of your findings,” the congressmen said.

The letter went on to say they had received information that the usual mechanisms in determining the provision of US military assistance and monitoring its use had been “hindered” by a “unique situation” created since the Camp David Accords.

It suggested the US State Department and Department of Defense may be in breach of the Leahy Law — a law named after the Vermont senator that prohibits the provision of military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.

If the reports were proven true, the congressmen said, the US should “take appropriate action called for under the law.”

The letter also cited human rights violations carried out by the Egyptian army, including the 2013 massacre in Rabaa Square and a number of recently documented Egyptian “extrajudicial killings.”

Every year, the US provides over $3 billion worth of military assistance to Israel, and is currently negotiating a package for the next 10 years that is expected to see that amount increase. Hundreds of millions of dollars have also been provided to the Egyptian army since it toppled the nation’s first democratically elected president in 2013.

The letter was sent before a soldier’s gruesome killing of a wounded Palestinian in Hebron caused international outcry last week, an incident one senior UN official branded an “extrajudicial execution” and a “gruesome, immoral, and unjust act.”

Israeli forces have faced repeated criticism for their excessive use of force against Palestinians since a wave of unrest swept Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory last October.

More than 200 Palestinians have now been shot dead by Israeli forces, some in clashes, the majority after they had been accused of attacking or attempting to attack Israelis, with nearly 30 Israelis killed in the same period.

However, human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Israeli forces for opening fire on Palestinians who posed no imminent danger, in killings they say amount to “extrajudicial executions.”

Syrian Front: Over 1000 IDPs Return Home Daily

Report of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (March 30, 2016)

General information on the application of measures for the reconciliation of opposing sides

Specialists of the Russian Centre for reconciliation held consultations with authorities of the Hama and Aleppo provinces. The sides discussed issues of ceasefire regime and humanitarian aid providing. Preliminary agreements with representatives of two inhabited locations of the Hama and Homs provinces have been achieved.

The total number of settlements, the leaders of which have signed reconciliation agreements, has remained 51.

The number of ceasefire application forms signed with leaders of armed groupings has remained 43.

Within last 24 hours, the Russian Centre has received 897 appeals from militants, who had decided to lay down their weapon and return to peaceful life.

Results of ceasefire monitoring

All sides involved in the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic confirm significant reduce of warfare intensity. Thus, on the average, 12-15 violations were registered daily in the early March. However, the number of daily violations has reached 5-7 ones a day.

In general, the ceasefire regime in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic has been observed.

In the course of last 24 hours, 6 ceasefire violations have been registered (Aleppo – 5, Latakia – 1).

In Aleppo, armed formations of Ahrar al-Sham grouping, which had claimed to belong to the opposition, performed shelling with multiple launch rocket systems against Sheikh Maqsood from Sakan al-Shababi.

In the Aleppo province, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki detachments took efforts to conduct offensive against positions of the government troops in Basufan after performing preliminary bombardment.

Ahrar al-Sham militants carried out shelling with a tank and mortars of positions of the government troops near Hara, Maraanaz and al-Malikia (Aleppo province).

In the Latakia province, Ahrar al-Sham militants opened fire with small arms and mortars against positions of the government troops near Qaramanli.

Russian Aerospace Forces and Syrian Air Forces did not make strikes on armed formations, which follow ceasefire regime and informed the Russian or American Centres for reconciliation about their location.

Humanitarian aid to the population of Syria

Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides has held working session with representatives of the Ministry of the National Reconciliation of the Syrian Arab Republic. The parties discussed issues of humanitarian aid providing.

In course of last 24 hours, the Russian Centre has transported 4.4 tons of humanitarian cargos to the Aleppo province for further delivering aid to citizens of most damaged towns and villages.

Additional information

Leadership of the Russian Centre for reconciliation (Hmeymim airbase) and the American Coordination Centre (Amman) held another teleconference session. The sides discussed situation in different regions of the Republic, ceasefire observing, facts of ceasefire violation, and issues of interaction in providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian population.

According to information received from citizens of the Aleppo province, officers of the Turkish Armed Forces are recruiting militants for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping in Mareaa and Azaz.

Jabhat al-Nusra continues performing provocative acts in Aleppo. Within last 24 hours, terrorists opened mortar fire against Sheikh Maqsood from Ashrafiyah for three times. Kurdish militia detachments fired in respond.

The Russian Aerospace Forces aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic carried out strikes against ISIS terrorist formations near Al-Qaryatayn and in regions of close vicinity to Tadmor (Palmyra, Homs province).

The Russian aviation group has performed 23 sorties at nighttime engaging 54 terrorist objects of ISIS. The aircraft have eliminated 4 control centers, 6 artillery guns and mortars, 3 ammunition depots, 2 POL depots, 18 off-roaders with armament, an air defence system and more than 60 militants.

Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation ordered to send specialists of the International Mine Action Centre to Syria for mine clearance in Palmyra

According to the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation has ordered to send specialists of the International Mine Action Centre to Syria for humanitarian mine clearance in the city Palmyra, which had been liberated from ISIS terrorists by the Syrian Army.

After practical training and a briefing on particularities of humanitarian mine clearance in the historical part of Palmyra conducted in the Nakhabino town (Moscow Region), the servicemen of a compounded detachment of the International Mine Action Centre have embarked on an aircraft of the Military transport aviation at the Chkalovsky airfield and departed to the Hmeymim airbase.

The mine clearance detachment of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Armed Forces is completely autonomous and equipped with the most advanced demining sets and protection suits (selective portable inductive mine detectors IMP-2S, portable explosive device control wire searchers PIPL, portable searchers of proximity explosive devices INVU-3M, combined arms demining suits) as well as life support means (autonomous electric supply systems, field kitchens, tents and containers for accommodation of servicemen).

Along with sapper units the detachment also includes a team with mine-detecting dogs.  During the mine clearance robotic complexes Uran-6 will be used.

Earlier the first group of specialists with engineer equipment and sappers’ mobile camp equipment had embarked on an An-124 Ruslan aircraft and departed to the Hmeymim airbase.


1,000 people displaced inside Syria daily return home


GENEVA, March 30. /TASS/. Moscow welcomes the return of people internally displaced inside Syria to their homes, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the high-level meeting on global responsibility sharing through pathways for admission of Syrian refugees on Wednesday.

“The situation with people internally displaced inside Syria remains in the focus of our attention,” the top-ranking diplomat said. “We see a positive tendency in a stable decline in their numbers over the recent time,” he said, noting that “according to available data, up to 1,000 people return to their homes every day”.

Moscow assumes that “humanitarian assistance and prospects of peaceful life for the Syrians will be a guarantee that internally displaced persons won’t join the army of refugees outside their country,” Gatilov added.

UNESCO missions should not be sent to Palmyra until demining complete

Russia has addressed international organizations, in particular UNESCO, with a proposal to assist in restoring cultural heritage in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra that was recently liberated from terrorists, Gennady Gatilov said.

“Very large territories remain mined both in Palmyra and around it,” Gatilov said. “The issue is on the agenda on taking urgent measures to demine these territories. Without this, measures to restore destroyed monuments should not be taken,” he added.

Opposition’s disunity, absence of Kurds hinder intra-Syrian negotiations

The disunity of the Syrian opposition and the absence of Kurdish representatives in the delegations have a negative impact on the course of the intra-Syrian negotiations, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister went on to say.

“This, of course, would be preferable,” he said, answering a question about the need to unite the opposition groups into a single delegation.

“In order to achieve results, ideally it is necessary to have two sides: the government delegation and the opposition delegation,” Gatilov said. “But the real situation is such that it (the opposition) cannot unite due to the existing contradictions between different groups.”

According to the Russian deputy foreign minister, the UN leadership and the UN special envoy for Syria realize this. “They call upon all countries that have the corresponding influence on individual groups, to exert efforts to bring them to a common platform,” he said. “It is no easy task, because there are contradictions not only between the groups, but also within them, between their individual members. This has a negative impact on the course of the intra-Syrian negotiations.”

According to the high-ranking diplomat, “The same applies to the absence of Kurds at the negotiations.” “The Kurdish opposition has still not been presented [in the negotiations],” he said. “This situation needs to be corrected.”

On March 24, the first round of indirect intra-Syrian talks ended in Geneva. Their participants — a delegation of the Syrian government and a delegation of the opposition – did not meet each other but communicated through special envoy of the UN secretary general on Syria Staffan de Mistura. Discussions are due to resume in the first half of April.

On Saturday, Russia’s envoy to the UN office and other international organizations in Geneva Alexei Borodavkin told TASS that overall, “the delegations have demonstrated a serious approach and an intention to discuss practical ways of getting out of the Syrian crisis. No one, and this has been noted by the special envoy [Staffan de Mistura], tried to blame the other side for illegitimacy,” Borodavkin said.

According to the diplomatic official, “it is important to ensure presence of a wide spectrum of Syrian opposition groups in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution and the documents of the International Syria Support Group in this round [of talks].” Meanwhile, Borodavkin said, “as de Mistura pointed out the delegations from the local patriotic opposition proved themselves as professionals, having prepared position papers, and demonstrated a serious approach to the discussion of all aspects of the Syrian settlement.” “The result of the round [of talks] inspires cautious optimism,” Borodavkin added.

Parties supporting Syria peace should break away from terrorist groups

To see a truce achieved in Syria it is necessary that the parties supporting the peace process break away from terrorist groups, Gatilov noted.

“The main task as concerns the ceasefire is to determine the parties to which the truce applies, and those that continue hostile activity and reject a political settlement, against which military operations will continue,” the diplomat said.

He said this was the subject matter of a dialog with American partners. “Of course, everybody voted for the UN Security Council resolution on those groups that must be recognized as terrorists, but there are certain nuances – some terrorist groups have turned out to be intermingled with each other,” he went on.

“Those who recognize the political process and are ready to participate in the ceasefire must simply break away from terrorists adhering to other positions,” Gatilov said.

“Then, strikes won’t target them. If they are really in favor of a peace dialogue, they should behave respectfully,” the top diplomat added.


The army establishes control over a hill in eastern Hama, destroyed 5 vehicles for terrorists in Daraa and Sweida
30 March، 2016
Provinces, SANA

The army continues its operations against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations all over the country, taking control of more areas and destroying vehicles and weapons for the terrorists.

Hama

An army unit, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, carried out operation against ISIS fortified sites and gatherings in which established control over Tabaret al-Dibe hill in Salmiya area the eastern countryside of Hama province.

During the operation, many of ISIS terrorists were killed and their vehicles and fortified sites were destroyed.

Sweida

An army unit targeted a gathering of ISIS terrorists in Bir al-Tanmiyeh area in the eastern countryside of the southern Sweida province, destroying 4 vehicles transporting terrorists, arms and ammunition, a military source told SANA on Wednesday.

Daraa

In the eastern countryside of the neighboring Daraa province, an army unit hit movements of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the northern side of Tuloul Khleif near Um Walad village, located on border with Sweida, destroying a car equipped with a heavy machinegun.

Deir Ezzor

Army continued its operations against ISIS gatherings and fortified sites in Deir Ezzor province.

Field sources told SANA reporter that an army unit conducted an operation in al-Mattar al-Qadim neighborhood in the southern parts of Deir Ezzor city.

A 20-meter long tunnel was detonated by the army during the operation, killing many terrorists and injuring many others.

Assad: Not All Countries Ready to Accept Palmyra Liberation

The video above includes comments from a Pentagon spokesperson who offers the view that Russia is playing a positive, constructive role in Syria. But in the article below from Press TV, we see Gen. Philip Breedlove basically dissing Russia as a threat to world peace and announcing the deployment of an additional US armored brigade in Eastern Europe, right on Russia’s doorstep.

This isn’t by any means the first time we’ve heard statements of a contradictory nature emerging from various US officials. Is the US government exhibiting a collective case of bipolar disorder? Perhaps, but it occurs to me that another possible explanation is that within the government are rogue elements that are acting outside of the president’s authority. Obama at the moment seems to be trying, not matter how clumsily, to steer the US away from an open conflict with Russia. But I would say it’s also a safe wager that there are those within the government intent on thwarting him in that effort.

Similar type forces are also operating within the British government–and of course the Zionist-controlled media is a factor in this passion play as well. A headline that appeared today at the neocon Foreign Policy magazine is quite illustrative: “Putin’s Attack Helicopters and Mercenaries are Winning the War for Assad.” The article refers to Putin as “the Russian strongman” and accuses him of “lies and distortions.”

By any rational, sane assessment the liberation of Palmyra is a wonderful thing for humanity, and it would not have been possible without Russian air support. In the 10 months the city was under ISIS control, its vast wealth of Greco-Roman antiquities underwent extensive damage. But indications are that portions of it are salvageable, and archaeologists the world over are already starting to discuss possibilities for restoration.  This is humanity’s collective cultural heritage, and every human being on the planet who values that heritage owes Putin a debt of gratitude.

Foreign Policy was founded by Samuel Huntington, the progenitor of the “clash of civilizations” theory. That a Zionist, neocon news outlet would accuse a man like Putin of “lies and distortions” is not merely a case of blatant caviling. It borders upon the felonious.

Should Hillary Clinton win the presidency, I suspect a war with Russia will become a foregone conclusion. Hillary’s comparison of Putin to Hitler is not the only reason I say this. Her personality is the other reason. Mrs. Clinton strikes me as someone who could easily be manipulated by the Zionists in the State Department, much more so than Donald Trump. The latter, for all his shameless pandering to AIPAC and his dubious honors from the Algemeiner, is far less likely to be finagled or cajoled into a war with Russia than Clinton. “America is a thing you can move very easily.” So said Benjamin Netanyahu famously in 2001. A Hillary Clinton presidency, should such come to pass, could well see those words borne out more precariously and dangerously than under any previous predecessor.

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US to Employ Additional Armored Brigade in Eastern Europe

Press TV

The United States is stepping up its military presence on Russia’s backdoor by deploying an additional armored brigade in Eastern Europe, the Pentagon says.

US General Philip Breedlove, the top US commander in Europe, said in a Wednesday statement that the brigade will begin continuous rotations from early 2017.

The new measure, which will bring the US Army’s presence three fully manned combat brigades, was stated as a response to “an aggressive Russia” amid a crisis in eastern Ukraine.

“This army implementation plan continues to demonstrate our strong and balanced approach to reassuring our NATO allies and partners in the wake of an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe and elsewhere,” Breedlove said.

“Our allies and partners will see more capability,” he added. “They will see a more frequent presence of an armored brigade with more modernized equipment in their countries.”

The Pentagon’s proposed budget, unveiled by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last month, shows a four-fold rise for operations in Europe, standing at $3.4 billion.

According to Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Seal, “These efforts demonstrate strong alliances and partnerships backed by demonstrated capability, capacity and readiness to deter aggression.”

“We have been clear that we will defend our interests, our allies and the principles of international order in Europe,” she added.

The US and its allies accuse Moscow of supporting the Russian-speaking fighters in eastern Ukraine, and supplying their troops with military aid, reinforcements, and resources, allegations the Kremlin denies.

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Syrian Army prepares encirclement of al-Sukhna as ISIS starts escape from al-Qaryatayn

Syrian Free Press

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Other than some laughable exploits attributable to the lackeys serving the conflicted strategies of the CIA and Pentagon in northern Aleppo, there isn’t a lot to write about as the cease-fire continues fairly successfully. 

Yesterday, the SAA liberated Western Al-Hazm (Al-Hazm Al-Gharbiyya), which you can see on the map overlooks Al-Qaryatayn.

The SAA also cleared out Elevation 861 in Al-Hazm giving the army an unobstructed look straight down into the town where the SAF continues to pummel ISIS rat positions.

According to our source, the SAF decisively put out of commission 6 vehicles, 2 of which were cannon-armed pickups.

The rate of bombings by the air force is a clue to how long the terrorists are expected to hold out.  Also just liberated are Al-Raaqima Elevation and Dhahr Al-Kharnoobi.

We are watching nightly efforts to evacuate Al-Qaryatayn of ISIS family members.  I can confirm that many cars and vans containing these non-combatants have been stopped and those inside taken to detention facilities outside Homs.

In the meantime, we are watching the slow encirclement of Al-Sukhna where a few hundred ISIS rats are holed up.  Terrorist chatter indicates a desire to abandon the town before the Syrian Army’s 7-day respite is to end.

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At Tafha Village, about 80 kms from Homs City, the SAF, pummeled rodent positions near Jubb Al-Jarraah.  We are seeing a pattern developing of ISIS terrorists sending their families away from the infernal scenes about to envelop the area.  This usually is followed by the SAA invading the area.  The same is taking place at Al-Busayri Village.

The liberation of Palmyra is having salubrious effects on the army’s morale.  This was a victory which resonated remarkably with the population making the army seem even more efficacious, more competent than many had thought.

It is true that Russia played a role in wiping out the terrorist presence, but, it was also the formidable coordination between the Syrian Air Force and the army on the ground which impressed so many, leading a substantial number of writers to start questioning whether the war would end soon with a stunning victory at Aleppo.

Writers are also beginning to ring the alarm bells for Erdoghan whose durability is now being questioned.

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SOURCES:
By Ziad Fadel, Syrianperspective4
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War Press Info Network at:
https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/al-sukhna-al-qaryatayn/
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Striking Similarities Between ISIS & israel

The Striking Similarities Between ISIS & Israel’s Middle East Agendas

#JSIL, the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant, illustrates that Israel is not held to the same standards as other actors in the Middle East like ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but instead is given a pass for human rights abuses and war crimes that we condemn in groups like Daesh.

MINNEAPOLIS — What if I told you there’s a group of religious extremists destabilizing the Middle East?

Since their arrival in the region, this terrorist group has systematically oppressed the indigenous population and imposed strict rules over the practice of religion, both Islam and Christianity, and even attacked places of worship.

During one of this group’s most brutal, extended assaults in 2014, at least 2,300 people were killed, many of them children and most of them civilians. About 10,000 were wounded and at least 300,000 left homeless in the aftermath.

They’re engaged in a violent struggle to secure the region’s energy resources, and have engaged a lengthy blockade over a crucial port, preventing everything from crayons to medical supplies from reaching the region’s starving population.

Water and power are unreliable, and unemployment is rampant.

And this terrorist group regularly kills journalists, demolishes homes, hospitals, and schools, and targets key agricultural staples like olive trees to further damage the ability of the local population to survive.

You may have assumed I was talking about Daesh, an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group commonly known as ISIS or ISIL in the West.

But, actually, through its ongoing occupation of Palestine, Israel’s carried out all of these atrocities.

That’s the genius behind the hashtag #JSIL, created in 2014 by Rania Khalek, along with Max Blumenthal and other supporters of Palestinian liberation and human rights. JSIL stands for the Jewish State of Israel in the Levant, a play on ISIL, one of the names for Daesh.

JSIL illustrates that Israel is not held to the same standards as other actors in the Middle East, but instead is given a pass for human rights abuses and war crimes that we condemn in groups like Daesh.

Joining me to talk about this is Rania Khalek, an associate editor at the Electronic Intifada and a journalist whose work focuses on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, as well as its influence on the military-industrial complex and the police state.

Watch the latest full episode of Behind The Headline with Mnar Muhawesh

 

How The USA Continues To Arm al-Qaeda

How The U.S. Continues To Arm al-Qaeda

Exhibit 1

According to rebels in the Turkish border zone, weapons have flowed steadily into Syria since the ceasefire began. Even those who hope for a political settlement aren’t betting on one any time soon. Instead they’re stockpiling for the next round, which they expect will be as desperate as the last.

“We ask the Friends of Syria and they give us,” [Colonel Hassan Rajoub, commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Division 16], said with a smile. “They have just now given us new supplies of everything. But we want some special weapons to give us a little bit of leverage.”

[S]everal FSA commanders said the United States had been forthcoming during the ceasefire period, replenishing arms stocks and leaving open the possibility that some anti-aircraft missiles might be released into northern Syria.“We expect a surprise,” said one satisfied commander.

“The U.S. military commanders are always with us,” Rajoub said. “We ask. They are very cooperative. They understand our needs.”


Around Aleppo, It’s Not Peace—Just a Break, Thanassis Cambanis, Century Foundation, March 28 2016

Exhibit 2

Hard-core Islamists in the Nusra Front have long outgunned the more secular, nationalist, Western-supported rebels. According to FSA officers, Nusra routinely harvests up to half the weapons supplied by the Friends of Syria, a collection of countries opposed to Assad, and has regularly smashed FSA factions that were corrupt and inefficient — or that Nusra thought were getting too strong or too popular.


The Syrian Revolution Against al Qaeda, Thanassis Cambanis, Foreign Policy, March 29 2016

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