Israel Bombs Several Posts in Damascus Countryside from Over Palestine


Israel bombs sites in Damascus countryside- Syria

Israel bombed a number of posts before noon today, unprovoked, and only to add to the pressure on the Syrian people exerted by the NATO Turkish madman Erdogan in the north with his Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist groups, and the escalation in plundering and oppression by the US-sponsored Kurdish SDF separatist terrorists in the northeast of Syria.

A Syrian military spokesperson state to Sana:

“At around eleven and 17 minutes this morning, the Israeli enemy fired a burst of surface-to-surface missiles from the direction of northern occupied Palestine, targeting some points in the Damascus countryside. Our air defenses confronted the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them.”

The Syrian military spokesperson added, “the aggression resulted in two soldiers wounded and some material losses.”

British prominent investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley was within a 100 meters proximity from one of the targeted sites in Damascus countryside, she explains her experience in this thread:

Vanessa Beeley tweeting (thread) from Damascus Countryside near a site that was targeted.

This is the first time in a very long while the US-protectorate known as Israeli carry out aggression in the day time, Israel usually committed its war crimes in the dense of the night and from behind civilian airplanes, or like the last aggression when it bombed a Syrian Army base near Tadmor (Palmyra) tasked to combat ISIS from over the US soldiers illegally deployed in the Al Tanf illegal military base earlier this on the 13th of this month October, which also resulted in a strong response by the resistance axis from both Syria and Iraq against those soldiers who facilitated the aggression.

Mark these Israeli aggressions and its continuous war crimes against the whole region, it will become handy when the Syrians and others retaliate, the Israelis will start crying they’re the victims.

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Saudi Arabia Has It All Figured Out in Lebanon – As It Had With the War in Yemen!

October 31, 2021

Saudi Arabia Has It All Figured Out in Lebanon – As It Had With the War in Yemen!

By Mohammad Yossef

Beirut – Saudi Arabia is escalating its aggression against the nearly completely devastated and ravaged Lebanon. The so called kingdom of goodness is venting its anger and expressing its frustration because of its humiliating defeats in Yemen. Hence it has exhausted all possibilities in other places; Lebanon continues to function as a venue for Riyadh to send its poisonous messages through!

Nonetheless, these messages will definitely fall on deaf ears, as the world is busy in other places and more important issues, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [KSA] will have to wait  for years before it could restore little of dignity, if any!

The Ansarullah or better known as the Houthis have put the kingdom into shame as its military, regardless of all the support it is receiving, has been receiving devastating blows from the Yemenis.

Aside of all its heavy loss, the hotheaded Saudi leadership continues to carry out its merciless war against the Yemenis with no slightest opportunity to win a battle, let alone the war.

The continuous massacres and war crimes by the Saudi forces and its backers have not been able to break the will of the Yemenis to fight and they have been able to achieve real victories across the whole front.

The United States and the United Nations, as many other governments, have dubbed the war as absurd and futile.

Many governments in the world have called upon Riyadh to put an end to the war without any positive answer from the latter.

The Saudi government, in its struggle to draw the attention to its dilemma and big plight in Yemen, has chosen Lebanon as a mail box to send messages to the West, namely the US.

The Americans are busy minding other issues and would not accept any further political turmoil in Lebanon as they are organizing groups of so called civil society and NGOs, and orchestrating efforts to win the majority in the next parliamentary elections due in the few coming months.

Saudi Arabia is exercising pressure on Lebanon and blackmailing the government to force minister of information George Kordahi to resign because of an opinion about the Saudi war against Yemen that he expressed before assuming his office.

The Kingdom threatened to severe relation with Lebanon and to send tens of thousands of Lebanese citizens working there back to Lebanon.

Not only that, but Riyadh has also forced other gulf countries to adopt similar positions against Lebanon.

This Saudi pressure has been shamefully supported by many Saudi-financed Lebanese media outlets and Lebanese parties and figures. Many of the Lebanese tools who work for Saudi Arabia have sided with Riyadh against their country and government calling for its resignation.

This attitude of vengeance by the Saudis was not well received by the French government which still believes that Lebanon should have a government to be able to address its dire situation.

As such, the Saudi pressure will not substantiate any successful possibility to bring the government down, and if it otherwise did, then Riyadh will be held responsible for all the repercussions and consequences that will come after.

Lebanon would wait for friendly countries to support and help in one of its most dangerous critical situations and not like what the Saudis did by pressuring it.

A time for the Lebanese to contemplate about who their real friends are and who are their adversaries and opponents.

Whatever the case is; Saudi Arabia who was defeated in Yemen will not win in Lebanon. Definitely!

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Why is Russia Walking Away from NATO and European Union

October 30, 2021

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By Finian Cunningham


NATO feels no need to concede. Nor does it feel under any moral or political obligation to do so. Russia, on the other hand, is not the Russia of the 1990s, says Paul Robinson in an interview with SCF.

Sometimes things get so bad that one party feels it is best just to walk away from the relationship. That reasoning, notes Professor Paul Robinson in the following interview, seems to be behind Russia’s recent decision to cut diplomatic links with the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Russia has similarly rebuffed relations with the European Union, lamenting that they also have broken down and become dysfunctional. These moves do not signify a sinister Russian agenda, according to Robinson. It simply reflects a frustration with and disillusionment in diplomatic channels that Moscow has pursued over several decades with both blocs. Henceforth, it may be more productive for Moscow to deal with individual states on a bilateral basis rather than through mediation with collective groups. This is because, as Robinson explains, both NATO and the EU have become encumbered with “groupthink” and “group polarization” whereby the blocs have adopted extremely prejudicial attitudes towards Russia. Paradoxically, the group position tends to be not representative of all individual members. He cautions, however, that tensions between East and West may persist and even escalate.

Paul Robinson’s biography includes currently being Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa where he teaches Russian and military history, among other topics. He writes extensively for international media on relations between Russia and the West. Prior to graduate studies at Toronto and Oxford Universities, he served as a regular officer in the British Army Intelligence Corps from 1989 to 1994, and as a reserve officer in the Canadian Forces from 1994 to 1996. He also worked as a media research executive in Moscow in 1995. Robinson is the author of six books, including Russian Conservatism: An Ideology or a Natural Attitude?


Question: You recently described the now suspended NATO-Russia Council as something of a “charade” – where little was achieved in terms of meaningful communication between NATO and Russia. Why was this forum so ineffective? Moscow claims its views were not being listened to. Is that a reasonable grievance?

Paul Robinson: I think that there were perhaps clashing expectations on both sides as to what such an arrangement was for and what it could achieve, which led both of them to feel frustrated with the results. Ultimately, the problem is that they have different perceptions of their interests. As the more powerful party, NATO feels no need to concede. Nor does it feel under any moral or political obligation to do so. Russia, on the other hand, is not the Russia of the 1990s, when NATO-Russia cooperation began. It is stronger, more confident, more self-assertive. It too is not in a mood to concede. The result is an ever-growing confrontation.

Question: Russia appears to be now moving toward trying to set up bilateral communications with individual members of NATO. You have mentioned the problem of “groupthink” and “group polarization”. Can you elaborate on how those dynamics operate and how they limited NATO dialogue with Russia?

Paul Robinson: Groupthink tends to suppress dissent, as dissenters don’t want to cause trouble or stand out from the crowd. The prevailing narrative or dominant position therefore tends to go unchallenged. And, of course, the more it goes unchallenged, the more it becomes accepted as gospel truth and the harder it is to counter it. At present, the dominant narrative in the West is the malign nature of the “Putin regime” and of Russian foreign and defense policy. Groupthink means that even if somebody within NATO disagreed with this, they would be unlikely to challenge it.

Group polarization works slightly differently. It is a process whereby discussion pushes members of a group towards extremes, normally towards an extreme version of the dominant position at the start. Within the EU and NATO, this process has become more pronounced, I think, since the inclusion of eastern European states, some of whom, particularly Poland and the Baltic States, are very hostile towards Russia. Their presence within the EU and NATO has pushed those organizations towards a more extreme version of anti-Russianism than would otherwise have been the case. Both institutions work on consensus, and to reach consensus they concede to the most Russophobic elements.

Question: There appears to be an analogy with how Russia’s diplomatic dealings with NATO have also been manifest with regard to Russia’s relations with the European Union as a bloc. Would you agree that there is something of the same kind of dynamics at play frustrating meaningful dialogue?

Paul Robinson: The EU and NATO have similar membership but are constructed in different ways. EU decision-making is very complex, and it requires the agreement of almost all involved. As a result, it can be very difficult for the EU to come to any sort of decision, let alone come to it quickly. This can make dealing with the EU very frustrating for outside parties, who therefore prefer to deal with individual members. In addition to that, the EU, like NATO, has to take into account the deeply anti-Russian stances of some of its members, and as such will always be more anti-Russia than will much of the EU’s membership. This provides another incentive for Russia to skirt EU institutions whenever possible and deal with members one on one.

Question: No doubt Russia will now be accused more than ever of trying to split Western alliances by going down the route of opting for bilateral negotiations with individual nations. How do you ascertain Russia’s motives? Is it genuine reaching out, or something more Machiavellian?

Paul Robinson: I don’t see anything Machiavellian in what Russia is doing. While some will accuse it of trying to split NATO and the EU, in reality it’s just pursuing its national interests, and it finds it easier to do so bilaterally than by working with NATO and/or the EU. That’s really all there is to it.

Question: You have expressed doubt about Moscow’s political prudence in closing down the NATO diplomatic links, suggesting that the move leaves Russia open to criticism of being non-communicative and worsening already fraught relations with the West. However, do you not think it is better to clear the air, so to speak, and disabuse any illusions of “partnership”?

Paul Robinson: There are perhaps times when things get so bad that the only thing left to do is walk away. Clearly, Moscow has decided that that time is now. I think that the step is more symbolic than anything else, as the diplomatic links were not achieving anything positive in practice. If relations improve, the links can be quite easily restored. I think, though, that that is very unlikely for a very long time, if ever. The rift seems pretty permanent and I am not optimistic for a reduction of East-West tensions.

Question: At the latest NATO summit of defense ministers held last week there were the familiar accusations of Russia threatening Europe’s security and that of Ukraine in particular. Moscow, on the other hand, points to NATO expansion over many years in contravention of the NATO-Russia Founding Act in 1997, as well as more recently supplying Ukraine with billions of dollars worth of lethal weaponry. Which narrative is more credible: Russia as aggressor, or NATO as aggressor?

Paul Robinson: I consider the situation to be a classic example of what international scholars call the “security dilemma”. Mutual suspicions lead each side to take measures to defend themselves against the other; those measures are then seen as threatening by the other party, sparking further measures, which are in turn seen as threatening, thus inducing yet more measures, and so on, in a process of escalation. So, Russian actions to protect itself induce fear in NATO, which takes action to protect itself, which induces fear in Moscow, which takes measures, etc, etc. Once you’re on this spiral, it’s hard to get off.

Question: U.S. President Joe Biden talks about not wanting a Cold War with China or Russia. But U.S. conduct and policy contradicts this seeming aspiration of not wanting confrontation. What is going on with U.S. policy? Is it deception, duplicity or plain incoherence with nobody in control?

Paul Robinson: I don’t believe that this is duplicity. I do think that policy is poorly thought through, and the likely reactions of China and Russia to U.S. policy are not properly considered. This may be in part because policy is rarely coherent in the sense of being the product of a single will, resulting in a single, clear objective with actions being coordinated carefully with that objective. Multiple, often competing interest groups contribute to policy-making. Economic interests dictate good relations with China. But the military-industrial complex profits from depicting China as a dangerous threat. And so on. The result is some sort of compromise in which the state seeks both to have good relations with China and to “contain”/“deter” China in a way that of course threatens it and may contribute to worsening relations. The fact that the various elements of policy don’t fit each other well is simply a product of how policy is made in a large, complex state such as the USA.

Question: What steps need to be taken by the United States, Russia and China in order to alleviate tensions and improve global security?

Paul Robinson: Those involved need a little less self-assurance and a little more understanding of the other side’s perspective. Military expenditures need to be cut – war between the large powers is unthinkable, given the destruction it would cause, so in my opinion there is no justification for most of the military capacity currently deployed and being developed. The reality is that the richest parts of the world live in considerable security. This is especially true of countries in the West: we have no need for military capabilities. By reducing them we would send positive signals to other parties that could help cut through the Gordian knot of the security dilemma and help to de-escalate international tensions.

Hezbollah Denounces US Decision against MP Al-Sayyed: A Politically-Motivated Targeting of His Patriotism

October 31, 2021

Hezbollah Denounces US Decision against MP Al-Sayyed: A Politically-Motivated Targeting of His Patriotism

Translated by Staff, Hezbollah Media Relations

Hezbollah denounces the American decision against MP al-Sayyed saying it is a politically motivated targeting of his patriotism and decisive stances in the struggle with the enemy.

Hezbollah issued the following statement:

The American decision issued against His Excellency MP Major General Jamil al-Sayyed is unjust, dubious and condemned. It is a clear politically-motivated targeting of the persona of MP al-Sayyed, his patriotism and his clear and decisive stances on national issues, particularly in the conflict with the “Israeli” enemy, the defense of Lebanon’s sovereignty and dignity, and the project of building a real country.

The coherent and solid presentation that MP al-Sayyed presented at yesterday’s [Friday, October 29, 2021] press conference, the questions he asked, as well as the evidence and documents he demanded constitute a strong argument in the face of all those oppressors who offended him, and who and what he represents.

We, in Hezbollah, condemn and denounce this new American aggression. We see it as badge of honor worn by MP Jamil al-Sayyed, proving his firm presence at the forefront of the free fighters who defend the honor of this nation in the face of hegemony, humiliation and arrogance that the Great Satan exercises every day.

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WATCH: Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian Home in Lod

October 31, 2021

Israel demolished a Palestinian house in Lod. (Photo: via WAFA news agency)

Israeli authorities on Sunday demolished a Palestinian house in the Palestinian city of Lod inside Israel, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Israeli forces, accompanied by bulldozers, raided the al-Mahatta neighborhood in Lod and demolished the house, according to eyewitness reports. The house belonged to Ibrahim Touri, a Palestinian man who has Israeli citizenship, WAFA noted.

“The house demolition came under the Israeli pretext it was built without getting a permit from the Israeli government,” Touri told local media, according to WAFA.

In the 1948 war, about 957,000 Palestinians, or 66 percent of the Palestinians who lived in historical Palestine, were expelled and displaced.

The remaining Palestinians continued to live in their cities, which were inside Israel’s 1948 border. They were subsequently given Israeli citizenship.

The Palestinian community today makes up 21 percent of Israel’s total population of more than 9.3 million.

Palestinians in Israel have suffered discrimination from authorities, according to rights groups reports, and have seen many of their homes demolished under the pretext of not having the required permits – which is often not granted or takes a long time to be approved.

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Raising Awareness of Israeli War Crimes, with Palestine Action

October 30th, 2021

By Lowkey


“We’re not breaking the law; what we’re doing is actually rooted in law; it is a lawful act to do something to prevent the greater crime — to act to save lives.” — Huda Ammori, Palestine Action

Earlier this week, rapper Lowkey joined campaigners on the streets of Oldham as they protested at the Elbit Ferranti weapons factory located in the northern English town.

While the post-industrial town of 96,000 people might not seem like a likely flashpoint for the Israel-Palestine conflict, many of the weapons used against the civilian Palestinian population are actually manufactured there by the Israeli arms corporation.

In this interview, Lowkey speaks to the co-founders of Palestine Action, Huda Ammori and Richard Barnard, both of whom have been arrested for their anti-Apartheid activism. Ammori is a Palestinian-Iraqi whose father was chased from his home by Israeli soldiers in 1967. He was forced to flee to Iraq without even a pair of shoes.

The pair discussed what they were trying to achieve with their disruptive tactics and the legal basis for their actions. As Ammori told Lowkey:

People often think when we do these things that we are doing it to defy the law or breaking the law in the process. But we would always say that we’re not breaking the law; what we’re doing is actually rooted in law; it is a lawful act to do something to prevent the greater crime — to act to save lives.

In 2006, at the height of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, nine activists in Northern Ireland forced their way into the offices of Raytheon, a major arms manufacturer. Once inside, they destroyed everything they could, from servers to computers to documents. At their trial two years later, they were found not guilty by a court, the decision spurring Raytheon to close down operations in the United Kingdom.

A similar protest was carried out in 2009 at the factory of Israeli weapons company EDO in Brighton in the south of England. The plant was a key site for the manufacturing of components for Israeli jets that were pounding Gaza at the time. Once again, the courts cleared the protesters of any serious wrongdoing.

Palestine Action hopes that their actions will have a similar effect, and ultimately force British manufacturing to divest from Israeli war crimes.

While much has been made about the unshakeable U.S. support for Israel, the United Kingdom has been receiving much less negative attention. The British military has designated Israel as a “strategic partner” and has sold the country over half a billion dollars worth of arms since 2015. U.K. forces also help train the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), with a small number of British soldiers stationed inside the country as well.

After the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in the summer — an action that left more than 250 dead — then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally thanked his British counterpart Boris Johnson for his “unwavering” support for his state’s actions.

Here, Johnson’s government is at odds with the British public, only around 10% of whom, when polled, say their sympathies lie more with Israel than with Palestine. There is widespread anger at Israeli atrocities. Yet this has not been mobilized into much in the way of direct consequences. Palestine Action hopes to change this.

Chris Hedges: The Most Important Battle for Press Freedom in Our Time

October 30th, 2021

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By Chris Hedges


If he is extradited and found guilty of publishing classified material it will set a legal precedent that will effectively end national security reporting.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Scheerpost) – For the past two days, I have been watching the extradition hearing for Julian Assange via video link from London. The United States is appealing a lower court ruling that denied the US request to extradite Assange not, unfortunately, because in the eyes of the court he is innocent of a crime, but because, as Judge Vanessa Baraitser in January concluded, Assange’s precarious psychological state would deteriorate given the “harsh conditions” of the inhumane US prison system, “causing him to commit suicide.” The United States has charged Assange with 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one count of trying to hack into a government computer, charges that could see him imprisoned for 175 years.

Assange, with long white hair, appeared on screen the first day from the video conference room in HM Prison Belmarsh. He was wearing a white shirt with an untied tie around his neck. He looked gaunt and tired. He did not appear in court, the judges explained, because he was receiving a “high dose of medication.” On the second day he was apparently not present in the prison’s video conference room.

Assange is being extradited because his organization WikiLeaks released the Iraq War Logs in October 2010, which documented numerous US war crimes — including video images of the gunning down of two Reuters journalists and 10 other unarmed civilians in the Collateral murder video, the routine torture of Iraqi prisoners, the covering up of thousands of civilian deaths and the killing of nearly 700 civilians that had approached too closely to US checkpoints. He is also being targeted by US authorities for other leaks, especially those that exposed  the hacking tools used by the CIA known as Vault 7, which enables the spy agency to compromise cars, smart TVs, web browsers and the operating systems of most smart phones, as well as operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux.

If Assange is extradited and found guilty of publishing classified material, it will set a legal precedent that will effectively end national security reporting, allowing the government to use the Espionage Act to charge any reporter who possesses classified documents, and any whistleblower who leaks classified information.

If the appeal by the United States is accepted Assange will be retried in London. The ruling on the appeal is not expected until at least January.

Assange’s September 2020 trial painfully exposed how vulnerable he has become after 12 years of detention, including seven in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He has in the past attempted suicide by slashing his wrists. He suffers from hallucinations and depression, takes antidepressant medication and the antipsychotic quetiapine. After he was observed pacing his cell until he collapsed, punching himself in the face and banging his head against the wall he was transferred for several months to the medical wing of the Belmarsh prison. Prison authorities found “half of a razor blade” hidden under his socks. He has repeatedly called the suicide hotline run by the Samaritans because he thought about killing himself “hundreds of times a day.”

James Lewis, the lawyer for the United States, attempted to discredit the detailed and disturbing medical and psychological reports on Assange presented to the court in September 2020, painting him instead as a liar and malingerer. He excoriated the decision of Judge Baraitser to bar extradition, questioned her competence, and breezily dismissed the mountains of evidence that high-security prisoners in the United Sates, like Assange, subjected to Special Administrative Measures (SAMs), and held in virtual isolation in supermax prisons, suffer psychological distress. He charged Dr. Michael Kopelman, emeritus professor of neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, who examined Assange and testified for the defense, with deception for “concealing” that Assange fathered two children with his fiancée Stella Morris while in refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He said that, should the Australian government request Assange, he could serve his prison time in Australia, his home country, after his appeals had been exhausted, but stopped short of promising that Assange would not be held in isolation or subject to SAMs.

The authority repeatedly cited by Lewis to describe the conditions under which Assange will be held and tried in the United States was Gordon Kromberg, the Assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Kromberg is the government’s grand inquisitor in cases of terrorism and national security. He has expressed open contempt for Muslims and Islam and decried what he calls “the Islamization of the American justice system.” He oversaw the 9-year persecution of the Palestinian activist and academic Dr. Sami Al-Arian and at one point refused his request to postpone a court date during the religious holiday of Ramadan. “They can kill each other during Ramadan, they can appear before the grand jury. All they can’t do is eat before sunset,” Kromberg said in a 2006 conversation, according to an affidavit filed by one of Arian’s attorneys, Jack Fernandez.

Kromberg criticized Daniel Hale, the former Air Force analyst who recently was sentenced to 45 months in a supermax prison for leaking information about the indiscriminate killings of civilians by drones, saying Hale had not contributed to public debate, but had “endanger[ed] the people doing the fight.” He ordered Chelsea Manning jailed after she refused to testify in front of a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Manning attempted to commit suicide in March 2020 while being held in the Virginia jail.

Having covered the case of Syed Fahad Hashmi, who was arrested in London in 2006, I have a good idea of what waits Assange if he is extradited. Hashmi also was held in Belmarsh and extradited in 2007 to the United States where he spent three years in solitary confinement under SAMs. His “crime” was that an acquaintance who stayed in his apartment with him while he was a graduate student in London had raincoats, ponchos and waterproof socks in luggage at the apartment. The acquaintance planned to deliver the items to al-Qaida. But I doubt the government was concerned with waterproof socks being shipped to Pakistan. The reason, I suspect, Hashmi was targeted was because, like the Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Al-Arian, and like Assange, he was fearless and zealous in his defense of those being bombed, shot, terrorized and killed throughout the Muslim world while he was a student at Brooklyn College.

Hashmi was deeply religious, and some of his views, including his praise of the Afghan resistance, were controversial, but he had a right to express these sentiments. More important, he had a right to expect freedom from persecution and imprisonment because of his opinions, just as Assange should have the freedom, like any publisher, to inform the public about the inner workings of power. Facing the possibility of a 70-year sentence in prison and having already spent four years in jail, much of it in solitary confinement, Hashmi accepted a plea bargain on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorism. Judge Loretta Preska, who sentenced the hacker Jeremy Hammond and human rights attorney Steven Donziger, gave him the maximum 15-year sentence. Hashmi was held for nine years in Guantanamo-like conditions in the supermax ADX [Administrative Maximum] facility in Florence, Colorado, where Assange, if found guilty in an American court, will almost certainly be imprisoned. Hashmi was released in 2019.

The pre-trial detention conditions Hashmi endured were designed to break him. He was electronically monitored 24-hours a day. He could only receive or send mail with his immediate family. He was prohibited from speaking with other prisoners through the walls. He was forbidden from taking part in group prayer. He was permitted one hour of exercise a day, in a solitary cage without fresh air. He has unable to see most of the evidence used to indict him which was classified under the Classified Information Procedures Act, enacted to prevent US intelligence officers under prosecution from threatening to reveal state secrets to manipulate the legal proceedings. The harsh conditions eroded his physical and psychological health. When he appeared in the final court proceeding to accept a guilty plea he was in a near catatonic state, clearly unable to follow the proceedings around him.

If the government will go to this length to persecute someone who was alleged to have been involved in sending waterproof socks to al-Qaida, what can we expect the government to do to Assange?

A society that prohibits the capacity to speak in truth extinguishes the capacity to live in justice. The battle for Assange’s liberty has always been much more than the persecution of a publisher. It is the most important battle for press freedom of our era. And if we lose this battle, it will be devastating, not only for Assange and his family, but for us.

Tyrannies invert the rule of law. They turn the law into an instrument of injustice. They cloak their crimes in a faux legality. They use the decorum of the courts and trials, to mask their criminality. Those, such as Assange, who expose that criminality to the public are dangerous, for without the pretext of legitimacy the tyranny loses credibility and has nothing left in its arsenal but fear, coercion and violence. The long campaign against Assange and WikiLeaks is a window into the collapse of the rule of law, the rise of what the political philosopher Sheldon Wolin calls our system of inverted totalitarianism, a form of totalitarianism that maintains the fictions of the old capitalist democracy, including its institutions, iconography, patriotic symbols and rhetoric, but internally has surrendered total control to the dictates of global corporations and the security and surveillance state.

There is no legal basis to hold Assange in prison. There is no legal basis to try him, an Australian citizen, under the US Espionage Act. The CIA spied on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy through a Spanish company, UC Global, contracted to provide embassy security. This spying included recording the privileged conversations between Assange and his lawyers as they discussed his defense. This fact alone invalidated the trial. Assange is being held in a high security prison so the state can, as Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, has testified, continue the degrading abuse and torture it hopes will lead to his psychological if not physical disintegration.The architects of imperialism, the masters of war, the corporate-controlled legislative, judicial and executive branches of government and their obsequious courtiers in the media, are guilty of egregious crimes. Say this simple truth and you are banished, as many of us have been, to the margins of the media landscape. Prove this truth, as Assange, Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond and Edward Snowden have by allowing us to peer into the inner workings of power, and you are hunted down and persecuted.

Assange’s “crime” is that he exposed the more than 15,000 unreported deaths of Iraqi civilians. He exposed the torture and abuse of some 800 men and boys, aged between 14 and 89, at Guantánamo. He exposed that Hillary Clinton in 2009 ordered US diplomats to spy on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other U.N. representatives from China, France, Russia, and the UK, spying that included obtaining DNA, iris scans, fingerprints, and personal passwords, part of the long pattern of illegal surveillance that included the eavesdropping on UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the weeks before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. He exposed that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the CIA orchestrated the June 2009 military coup in Honduras that overthrew the democratically-elected president Manuel Zelaya, replacing it with a murderous and corrupt military regime. He exposed that George W. Bush, Barack Obama and General David Petraeus prosecuted a war in Iraq that under post-Nuremberg laws is defined as a criminal war of aggression, a war crime, which authorized hundreds of targeted assassinations, including those of US citizens in Yemen. He exposed that the United States secretly launched missile, bomb, and drone attacks on Yemen, killing scores of civilians. He exposed that Goldman Sachs paid Hillary Clinton $657,000 to give talks, a sum so large it can only be considered a bribe, and that she privately assured corporate leaders she would do their bidding while promising the public financial regulation and reform. He exposed the internal campaign to discredit and destroy British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by members of his own party. He exposed how the hacking tools used by the CIA and the National Security Agency permits the wholesale government surveillance of our televisions, computers, smartphones and anti-virus software, allowing the government to record and store our conversations, images and private text messages, even from encrypted apps.

He exposed the truth. He exposed it over and over and over until there was no question of the endemic illegality, corruption and mendacity that defines the global ruling elite. And for these truths alone he is guilty.

صهاينة لبنان : استمرار قرداحي بالحكومة يشكّل خطراً على العلاقات اللبنانية العربية

رؤساء الحكومات السابقون: استمرار قرداحي بالحكومة يشكّل خطراً على العلاقات اللبنانية العربية

رؤساء الحكومات السابقون: استمرار قرداحي بالحكومة يشكّل خطراً على العلاقات اللبنانية العربية

السبت 30 تشرين الأول 2021


استنكر رؤساء الحكومات السابقون، ​فؤاد السنيورة​ و​سعد الحريري​ و​تمام سلام​، «المواقف الخارجة عن الأصول والأعراف والمواثيق العربية والدبلوماسية والأخلاقية، التي صدرت عن وزير الإعلام في الحكومة ​جورج قرداحي،​ سواءٌ تلك التي أدلى بها قبل تشكيل الحكومة، أو بطبيعة التبريرات التي صدرت عنه بعد ذلك، لأنّها أصبحت تشكل ضربة قاصمة للعلاقات الأخوية والمواثيق والمصالح العربية المشتركة، التي تربط لبنان بالدول العربية الشقيقة، وتحديداً مع دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، ولاسيما مع المملكة العربية ​السعودية».

وشددوا على أن «الخطوة الأولى المطلوبة، وفي الحد الأدنى، هي في أن يدرك الوزير المعني إلى ما أوصلته مواقفه من إِضرار بالمصلحة الوطنية العليا للبنان، وبالتالي، في أن يبادر ويسارع إلى تقديم استقالته»، معتبرين أن «استمرار قرداحي في الحكومة أصبح يشكّل خطراً على العلاقات اللبنانية- العربية، وعلى مصلحة لبنان وعلى مصالح اللبنانيين في دول الخليج العربي وفي العالم».

ورأى رؤساء الحكومات السابقون، أن «هذه الانحرافات والاختلالات الخطيرة في التوازنات الداخلية والخارجية للدولة اللبنانية، هي التي تفاقمت بدءاً من العام 2011، وتعاظمت منذ العام 2016، والتي ظهرت نتائجها المدمّرة من خلال جميع المؤشّرات الاقتصادية والمالية والنقدية، والتي كان من نتيجتها الانهيارات المعيشية، وكذلك على الصعد الوطنية والسياسية التي أصبح يئنّ منها اللبنانيون الآن. فلقد أصبح واضحاً أن لا حلول تكفي لمعالجة هذه الانهيارات التي يعاني منها لبنان واللبنانيون، من دون تصحيح وتصويب حقيقي لذلك الاختلال الكبير في السياسات المتّبعة من قبل الفرقاء المسيطرين على القرار في لبنان».

وأوضحوا أن «ازدواجية السلطة تفاقمت إلى أن ظهرت على السطح إطباق الدويلة على الدولة، فبات لبنان يتحمّل أوزار مواقف لا تمتّ لمصالحه بصلة، ولا تتناسب مع تقاليده ونمط عيشه وأصول العيش المشترك». وأضافوا: «لقد طفح الكيل أيها السادة، ولبنان لا يمكن أن يكون إلا عربياً مخلصاً متمسكاً بإخوانه الذين أسهموا في دعم استقلاله وحريّاته وسيادته وتألّقه وتفوّقه».

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Russia Deploys a Sukhoy to Qamishli Airport in the Northeast of Syria


Russia Sukhoy fighter jet in Syria - Hmeimim - Qamishli

Russia deployed one of its Sukhoy fighter jets to the Qamishli Airport in the furthest northeast of Syria for the first time, the plane will be stationed in the airport to carry out its objectives from there.

Qamishli International Airpot is in the southwest of the Qamishli city which in turn is on the northeastern Syrian borders with NATO member state Turkey not far from a number of US military bases in the region whether in Iraqi Kurdistan or in Turkey itself.

Locals reported seeing the Russian Sukhoy fighter jet performing several reconnaissance flights over the region.

The Qamishli airport is under the control of the Syrian state and despite endless massive attempts by the NATO armies of uniformed troops and their proxy terrorists to invade it, it’s vital for the millions of Syrians in the northern region and for the Syrian state and the Syrian armed forces to maintain the supply routes from and to the Syrian Jazira region, mainly the Hasakah province.

Russian forces were using helicopters and ground military police to patrol the region in accordance with the de-escalation zones agreements with the NATO member state and Israel’s main regional servant state Turkey.

The Russian forces are planning to expand the airport in Qamishli to accommodate larger and more fighter jets and helicopters and to establish a military airbase in the region which also helps Russia balance the Turkish provocations and blackmailing of Russia itself, and the provocations against the coalition to combat terror (the real combatting of terror) which Russia is the main player in along with Syria, Iran, and a number of countries, especially in light of the NATO continuous expansions to Russia’s borders and the latest Turkish support to the regime in Kyiv militarily, and politically against Russia in eastern Ukraine and in the Crimean Island.

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Saudi Arabia’s ’Lavish Gifts’ to Lebanon

Oct 30, 2021

By Al-Ahed News

Saudi Arabia’s ’Lavish Gifts’ to Lebanon

الهدف إسقاط الحكومة


 ناصر قنديل

القرار السعودي بقطع العلاقات الدبلوماسية والتجارية مع لبنان، والسعي لتعميمه خليجياً، رداً على تصريح سابق لوزير الإعلام جورج قرداحي، هو كمن يطلق طائرة حربية بزعم ملاحقة عصفور يزعجه، لا يفسر إطلاقها حجم الهدف المدعى، فالقرار وما سبقه من حملة غضب مفرط يثيران تساؤلات أبعد مدى بكثير من الحدث ورد الفعل عليه، لو سلمنا باعتباره أزعج حكام السعودية، وأبعد مدى حتى من محاولة تحطيم الشخصية الوطنية وروح الكرامة فيها وإذلالها وصولاً لتطويعها، بداعي التمنين بالحاجة للمال، وفي توقيت تبدو السعودية مثقلة بهمها اليمني الآخذ في التسارع نحو الخسارة الكبرى، ويبدو لبنان في ظل حكومة تعاني صعوبة التعافي، فكلما تعافى فيها جرح تفتحت جروح، والمنطقة ولبنان على أبواب استحقاقات كثيرة، تتيح تفسير حال الاضطراب التي تعيشها قوى إقليمية ومحلية، ما يدفعها مواقف وخطوات تصعيدية تحتمل الكثير من المخاطرة والمغامرة وصولاً للمقامرة، كما كانت حال ما فعله التورط في مجزرة الطيونة، أملاً بتداعيات أكبر منها تجعلها في النسيان.

لا يمكن النظر لحجم الضغط السعودي، والسعي لجعله خليجياً، بالتناسب مع ما تعلنه الحكومة السعودية عن إدارة ظهر تجاه لبنان، أو انزعاج مما يقال بحقها من قبل أطراف لبنانية، فالسعودية منخرطة عميقاً في السياسة اللبنانية، لكن على قاعدة لا للاستقرار في لبنان، ولا لحكومة، أي حكومة في لبنان، وألم يثبت أنه لم يكن مع الرئيس سعد الحريري حصراً، تحت شعار لا للحريري، بل لا للحكومة، لأن شرط اللااستقرار هو اللاحكومة، والذهاب إلى الضغط الأقصى في استعارة لمصطلحات الرئيس الأميركي السابق دونالد ترامب، له وظيفة واحدة، هي الدفع بالانقسام اللبناني تحت عنوان الابتزاز الذي تمثله العلاقة مع السعودية، لوضع مستقبل الحكومة على بساط البحث، عبر دفع فريق لبناني للضغط باتجاه التضحية بالحكومة استرضاء للسعودية إذا تعذر ضبطها تحت سقف الرضا السعودي، وبعد إسقاط الحكومة وما يرتبه من فوضى وانهيار، وإقفال لباب البحث بالحلول السياسية والاقتصادية، والذهاب للانتخابات، يفتح الباب للتدهور الأمني، حيث القوى الحليفة للسعودية تحاول ملء الفراغ في ساحاتها الطائفية.

خلال سنوات مضت على تولي العماد ميشال عون رئاسة الجمهورية، لم يقم الرئيس بزيارة أي من سورية وإيران، بل بادر في أول زيارة خارجية إلى زيارة السعودية، وضبط إيقاع علاقته بالعرب الآخرين وبسواهم، كالحال مع إيران، على ساعة توقيت عدم إزعاج السعودية، وعندما تحدث وزير الخارجية السابق بكلام تسبب بالغضب السعودي، كان يكفي الاعتذار عن مضمون عنصري ورد فيه بحق البدو، ذهب رئيس الجمهورية لطلب الاستقالة من الوزير شربل وهبة، وخلال كل الفترة الماضية قبل احتجاز الرئيس سعد الحريري وبعد احتجازه، ولبنان بكل أطرافه يدفع فواتير السير تحت سقف ما يرضي السعودية، لكن لبنان لم ينل من كل ذلك سوى المزيد من التجهم والعبوس والتعالي، ومن يراهن أن إقالة أو استقالة الوزير جورج قرداحي ستغير الوضع واهم ومشتبه، ومن يظن أن استقالة الحكومة سيغير الوضع سواء تجاه لبنان أو تجاه من يكون سبباً في استقالة الحكومة، رئيساً أو وزراء، سرعان ما سيكتشف أن لا شيء تغير سوى أخذ لبنان إلى الأسوأ، فليس ثمة مطلب سعودي واقعي من لبنان يتم الضغط لأجل تحقيقه، هناك قرار سعودي بالانتقام من الفشل في لبنان، بدفعه نحو الفوضى واللااستقرار، فما دامت السعودية تفشل في اليمن فيجب إسقاط لبنان على رؤوس أهله، هكذا ببساطة.

كلام رئيس الحكومة تعليقاً على القرار السعودي عاقل وحكيم، تجاه تأكيد الحرص على السعي لفعل كل ما يخدم تحسين العلاقات مع السعودية، لكن دعوة وزير الإعلام للاستقالة تحت عنوان دعوته لتحكيم ضميره لفعل ما يخدم المصلحة الوطنية، في غير مكانها، وإن ذهبت الأمور بهذا الاتجاه ستكون إهانة مجانية ألحقها لبنان بنفسه بلا مقابل، أما إن تفاقمت الأمور وأودت بالحكومة ووصل رئيسها لحد الاستقالة، فلن تكون بعدها في لبنان حكومة وربما لا انتخابات، ولن يجد الذين فعلوا بنا ذلك لا باباً سعودياً مفتوحاً، وربما لا يجدون وطناً يرجعون إليه بعد السفر.

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Yemeni Resistance Close To Liberating Marib after Major Tribal Backing

Oct 30,2021

Yemeni Resistance Close To Liberating Marib after Major Tribal Backing

By Staff, Agencies

Yemeni forces and allied fighters from Popular Committees, backed by tribesmen, are close to liberating the city of Marib as they have made new advances on the last stronghold of Saudi militants in northern Yemen.

They captured the Um Reesh camp after fierce clashes with Saudi-backed militants. The camp is located in the Juba district, south of Marib province.

The Yemeni army also gained control over the Jarsha district.

These are the latest in a series of gains the Yemeni army has made in recent days. Since last year, Marib has turned into a focus of the Yemeni army operations. It is the last stronghold of the Saudi-backed forces.

The Middle East Eye news portal reported on Friday that the Yemeni forces’ recent recapture of al-Juba and Jabal Murad districts had brought them closer to Marib’s provincial capital.

The spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said the Murad tribe, one of the most powerful tribes in Yemen, had played a major role in the latest advances in Marib.

He also noted that the Yemeni soldiers are seeking to liberate Marib city, pledging to secure its residents and their properties.

Local reports said that Yemeni tribal leaders had arrived in the capital Sanaa to hold talks with the Ansarullah resistance movement about a peaceful takeover of Marib city.

The oil and natural gas-rich province of Marib has turned into a focus of the Yemeni army’s liberation operations since last year.

The Saudi-led coalition has been conducting deadly air raids to prevent the Yemeni troops from reaching Marib city.

Saudi Arabia launched a devastating military aggression against its southern neighbor in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies, and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western countries.

The aim was to return to power the Hadi regime and crush the Ansarullah which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned entire Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, however, it has stopped well shy of all of its goals.

Meanwhile, Yemeni forces have gone from strength to strength against the Saudi-led invaders, and left Riyadh and its allies

bogged down in the impoverished country.

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Nujaba Chief: Iraqis to Regain Sovereignty from US Occupation Only Through Gun Barrels

Oct 29,2021

Nujaba Chief: Iraqis to Regain Sovereignty from US Occupation Only Through Gun Barrels

By Staff, Agencies

The Iraqi people’s objective of regaining their sovereignty from the US occupation will be reached only through gun barrels, said Iraqi resistance group Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba Secretary General Sheikh Akram al-Kaabi.

“The Iraqi nation’s decision to restore their sovereignty will be implemented only through the barrels of a gun whose roaring sound will save Iraq from the clutches of the occupier,” al-Kaabi said in a statement published via his Twitter account.

The Iraqi resistance commander also noted that the occupiers have looted Iraq’s resources and blatantly interfered in the country’s affairs to foment unrest.

Condemning the continued US occupation of Iraq, he stressed that despite the Iraqi government’s declaration of a deadline for American forces to leave Iraq in late December of the current year, nothing has happened toward that end.

Back in July, US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi declared that the US mission in Iraq will transition from combat to “advisory” role by the end of the year.

“The delegations decided, following recent technical talks, that the security relationship will fully transition to a training, advising, assisting, and intelligence-sharing role, and that there will be no US forces with a combat role in Iraq by December 31, 2021,” Baghdad and Washington said in a joint statement on July 26.

The agreement, which has effectively given a mere new name to the US military occupation in Iraq, has enraged Iraqi resistance groups, which have played a significant role in defeating Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] in Iraq in 2017.

“The evil US government, through its bullying, arrogance, and disrespect, continues to oppose the decision of the Iraqi people, and demonstrations by millions of [Iraqi] people [are] to expel all foreign forces from the country,” al-Kaabi said.

“The information we receive shows us that the occupying forces have changed some of their illegal routes to enter Iraq,” he said, explaining that they enter Iraq en masse through airliners from Egypt.

The Nujaba SG also said some of the US’ defeated forces in Afghanistan have been already transferred to Iraq.

“This means that the political negotiations with the evil United States have once again proved to be a failure,” he added.

Iraqi resistance groups have persistently demanded the withdrawal of all American forces from the Arab country over their destabilizing activities.

The demand is in line with a law adopted by the parliament in January 2020 in the aftermath of the US military’s assassination of two key commanders of the fight against Daesh, namely Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraq’s Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Baghdad on January 3 of that year.

Yemen’s Cancer Patients Increased by 30% after US-Saudi War


Yemen’s Cancer Patients Increased by 30% after US-Saudi War

By Staff, Al-Masirah

The Director of Yemen’s National Center for Oncology, Dr. Abdullah Thawabeh, confirmed that cancerous tumors in Sanaa have witnessed an enormous increase since the start of the US-Saudi aggression in 2015.

In a statement to Yemeni Al-Masirah network on Thursday, Dr. Thawabeh indicated that the center’s annual statistic before the aggression was up to 4,500 cases, but after it, the annual registered cases increased to 6000, which means an increase of 30%.

It was not the first time the health sector announced such horrible news.

In 2019, the official reports of the Ministry of Health indicated that the closure of Sanaa airport to critical cases caused the death of over 43000 patients, in addition to over 28000 cases of cancer patients, due to the siege and lack of necessary medical supplies.

Meanwhile, the UN has done nothing in dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen for nearly seven years, except for announcing optimistic initiatives and solutions to alleviate suffering without any tangible result on the ground.

The UN didn’t manage to create a medical bridge to transport patients and health conditions, which the coalition of aggression was forced to accept and declare in May 2018, under pressure, a catastrophic humanitarian situation, only for misleading public opinion.

On December 3, 2018, a UN plane evacuated 50 injured people, accompanied by the National Delegation, to Muscat for treatment, a step towards what they called supporting confidence-building efforts ahead of peace talks in Sweden, to be followed by humanitarian flights for incurable medical conditions.

In the face of the determination of the coalition of aggression to underestimate the suffering of the Yemenis in addition to the silence and complicity of the international community, this was the first and last flight.

Neither the UN has pushed for the medical bridge to run at a rate of two trips per month, according to the agreement, nor has it brought the wounded home. Even those who died in the course of treatment were stranded with their families and had to bury their bodies abroad.

Since then, the humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been mere figures and statistics circulated by UN organizations to solicit international sympathy and make money despite the shocking and bloody connotations that have made it the worst crisis in the world.

Why I see a war in the Donbass as (almost) inevitable

October 29, 2021

Why I see a war in the Donbass as (almost) inevitable

First, I want to present the parties to the conflict and describe their intermediate objectives and final goals

EntityIntermediate objectiveGoal
The USA+UK+3B+PForce Russia to openly interveneRecover total control of Europe
The EU (mostly northern)Force Russia to openly interveneDeflect blame from its own leaders and failures
The Nazi regime in KievForce Russia to openly interveneCut-off the disloyal eastern Ukraine and retain political control of the rest of the country
The LDNRSurvive until Russia intervenesIntegrate with Russia
RussiaPrevent any escalationPartition the Ukraine

The first thing we notice is that three of the main actors (USA+UK+3B+P+EU+U) want to force Russia to intervene.  Why? Because as I have written a million times already, the goal is not to defeat Russia militarily, the goal is to defeat Russia politically.  Any Russian intervention will be used by the Anglos to “prove” that “NATO is vital for European security” and for the 3B+PU gang to prove its utility to their Anglo masters.

As for the Nazi regime in Kiev, it main goal is to survive, blame the destruction of the Ukraine on Russia and to get rid of disloyal territories.  The fact that these eastern Ukrainian territories would be liberated and/or recognized by Russia would allow the Ukronazis to declare an eternal state of emergency, destroy whatever little is left from the opposition by calling them “traitors/collaborators” and to blame any internal problems on Russia.

For the LDNR things are much simpler, in a stark way: they need to be capable of surviving long enough until Russia is forced to intervene.

Now let’s look at what the outcomes the main parties want to avoid:

EntityWhat to avoidWhy
The USA+UK+3B+PAn open war with RussiaUnwinnable and potentially suicidal
The EU (mostly northern)An open war with RussiaUnwinnable and potentially suicidal
The Nazi regime in KievLDNR survival without a Russian interventionPolitically suicidal
The LDNRA quick Ukronazi breakthrough their linesIt would be a bloodbath
RussiaAn open war with the USTaking control over much/must of the UkraineUnwinnable and potentially suicidalEconomically suicidal

Now we can look at what “tools” each side has

Entity“Tools”Desired effect
The USA+UK+3B+PProvide weapons and PR supportEncourage the Ukronazis to escalate
The EU (mostly northern)Provide weapons and PR supportEncourage the Ukronazis to escalate
The Nazi regime in KievEscalateForce Russia to intervene
The LDNRSurvive until Russia intervenesIntegrate with Russia
RussiaDelay any open intervention for as long as possibleIntegrate with only the eastern Ukraine

It is absolutely crucial to keep the following things in mind:

  • Neither the Ukronazis nor their bosses in the West believe for even half a second that the Ukraine can win militarily.  They all *know* that the LDNR+Russia will win any military confrontation, and it is their goal to secure a bloody Ukrainian defeat.
  • The main target of the current strategic PSYOP are not the Russians, but the Ukrainian people: by telling them that a) you now have super dooper Wunderwaffen and b) we got your back, the West wants to convince the Ukrainians that they are safe from an outcome like 08.08.08.
  • The Russians *know* that this is a trap.  The problem is that with every passing month the Ukraine acquires more and more capabilities to, no, not defeat Russia, but to force Russia to take the bait.  Remember their idiotic attempt at forcing their way under the Crimean Bridge?  Well, this entire Bayraktar thing (whatever this really was) is exactly the same, but unlike the Ukie Navy which does not exist, there are between 6-12 (depending on sources) Bayraktars available to the Ukraine, with a range of 150km and a weapons range of 8km.  If and when future Bayraktars eventually fail, as they will, then the Ukies could use even outdated cruise of tactical-operational missiles.  In other word, and only in this sense, time is on the Ukie side: the more the West provides them with toys to provoke (as opposed to win), the worse the internal situation, the more incentive they have to do something really provocative.

In the last couple of days, I advocated for a no-fly zone over the LDNR.  I still do.  But I need to clarify the following:

Any Russian no-fly zone over the LDNR will be used by the West to send Ukies in harms way, thereby, again, to escalate the conflict.  Yes, a no-fly zone would buy Russia more time, but does she still need more time and, if yes, how much?

I don’t think so.  Yes, between 2013 and 2021 Russia vitally needed time to prepare for any contingency.  But now I think that any further delays would be counter-productive: it will make Russia look weak and hesitant and providing no objective benefits (not military not political).  Militarily, economically and politically, Russia is now stronger than she ever was in a very long time.

Frankly, the entire Ukrainian issue is just the tip of a much bigger political iceberg: it appears that, once again, the united West needs to get a brutal smackdown (political and military) from Russia.  I want to illustrate the Russian approach with the following personal recollection:

Many years ago, in 1993, I spent a entire night talking to two officers of a special forces unit whose main mission was to protect Russian nuclear weapons not by passive, static, defenses, but by proactive counter-infiltration methods: they would not stand guard around the weapons, but they would do what an attacker would do: hide in its proximity and try to detect any intruder even before he got anywhere near the Russian nukes.  They mentioned their training and one of them said this: “yes, sure, we study martial arts, but for us to run around a hot room in a Karategi or in shorts (he was referring to the typical outfit Karate or MMA fighters wear) makes no sense.  Our terrain is the Taiga, thus we need to train fight, even hand to hand, in full winter combat gear with backpack, weapons, ammo, food, radios and more (50kg easily).  In this terrain, which only we are truly trained to survive, we can run circles around any super dooper western special forces intruders, we can watch them slowly die without even engaging them and then, when they will be too weak, exhausted and desperate to even move, we will come out and just spit at them, without even having to fire one bullet“.

1000 years of existential warfare have taught the Russians to take their time, even a long time, to wait until their enemy is at its weakest and you are at your strongest before engaging him.  But that approach has its potentially negative aspect: it won’t work against an enemy who was not send in to win, but who was sent in to lose.

If your enemy is dead set on losing, then you really have no choice other than the choice of how/when to defeat him.

Furthermore, the Ukies are not the enemy, they have no agency, the real enemy is the West and it is this collective West which Russia must defeat, not its Ukrainian cannon-fodder.

Even if the Russian succeed in, somehow, getting the Ukie back from the brink (which already happened twice in the past), this only guarantees that the next time around the Ukies will come up with an even more “provocative provocation”.  So why wait any further?

So the real battle is not for the LDNR or the Ukraine, it is a battle for the future of the European continent.  Russia needs to do what she did to Georgia in 08.08.08 not “just” to the Ukronazis in Kiev, but even more so to their patrons in the US and EU.  Yes, the Ukie military must be de-fanged, but in such a way which would force the EU leaders to come back to their senses and give up their current war (80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic) against Russia.

Every century or so, the rulers of Europe like to unite to take on Russia.  The past teaches them nothing because they are too narcissistic and too ideological to see that they are the ideological heir of Napoleon and Hitler (and many others before these two).

I don’t see any options left for the Kremlin but to “remind” these western ruling elites of how their previous attempts ended, and they need to do so not by words, or even by military exercises inside Russia, but by action, clear, unambiguous and observable actions.  Nothing short of that kind of action will bring the western ruling classes back to reality.


PS: I have been listening/reading the Russian corporate/social media and there is A LOT of talk about “enough is enough”.  Interestingly, talk show hosts are also expressing their frustration with what they see as a non-existing response from the Kremlin.  With each Ukie provocation, the percentage of Russians who say “now that’s enough!” rises.  Might this be the explanation for the Kremlin’s lack of action?  Are they waiting until the percentage of Russian in favor of direct action reaches a certain level?

PPS: so far there STILL is no evidence whatsoever that the Ukies conducted a Bayraktar strike in the LDNR.

PPPS: Just to clarify, when I mean that Russia needs to act, I am not talking hours or days, but weeks and months.  But no more than that.

PPPPS: The Pentagon is now asking all EU colonies to sell lethal weapon systems to the Ukraine.


جميل السيّد مدافعاً بالهجوم: فيلتمان خائف!

الجمعة 29 تشرين الأول 2021

جميل السيّد مدافعاً بالهجوم: فيلتمان خائف!


ظهر النائب جميل السيد، اليوم، في مؤتمر صحافي من مجلس النواب خصّصه للرد على إدراج الخزانة الأميركية اسمه في العقوبات، كمن يحاصر «معاقبه» بجملة نقاط اتخذ بها وضعية الهجوم بدل الدفاع عن «براءته». ففي معرض تفنيد خلفيات التدخّل الأميركي، كشف أن أصدقاءه الأجانب من سفراء وغيرهم، كانوا ينقلون له باستمرار انزعاج الأميركي منه، وأنه في الفترة الأخيرة «نصحه أحدهم بالانتباه، كونه بدأ يتحدّاهم ولم يعد يزعجهم فقط، وذلك على خلفية تحضيره منذ 6 أشهر لدعوى في الأمم المتحدة للمطالبة بتعويض واعتذار عن فترة اعتقاله لمدة 4 سنوات في قضية اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري». وعزا إدراجه على العقوبات إلى «جملة تراكمات… ومن عجّل بالقرار هو جيفري فيلتمان السفير الأميركي الأسبق في لبنان، والمبعوث الأميركي الحالي للقرن الأفريقي، كون ملفّاته التي ستصل إلى الأمم المتحدة تثبت أن سفيراً عمل لسنوات على اعتقال رجل أمني في لبنان اعتقالاً سياسياً».

ورفض المدير العام الأسبق للأمن العام استخدام كلمة «أنا بريء» لاعتباره أنها تنمّ عن ضعف وأنه ليس بمعرض الدفاع عن النفس، مؤكداً أنه لن يتراجع عن الدعوى التي في صدد تحضيرها وتقديمها في الأمم المتحدة لطلب التعويض والاعتذار عن فترة اعتقاله في قضية الحريري. واكتفى بتفنيد نواقص وخلفيات قرار الخزانة التي اتهمته بالاستفادة من الفساد المستشري في البلد لضرب سيادة القانون، طارحاً جملة أسئلة: «إن كان تحويل الـ 120 مليون دولار الذي تتهمونني به قد تم بالفعل، فسيتم عبر مصرف. فمن أي مصرفٍ تم التحويل؟ وإلى أين؟ متى وكيف؟ وأين المستندات؟ ومن هو المسؤول الحكومي الذي ساعدني في ذلك، ومن المفترض أنه شريكي في التحويل؟». وعن الاستثمار الخارجي الذي تحدّث عنه القرار، سأل: «ما هو هذا الاستثمار الخارجي؟ ولماذا اكتفيتم بعناوين عامة كهذه، في حين أن إدانتكم للآخرين كانت بالأرقام؟».

واستعان اللواء السيد بسرد تاريخي للسنوات السابقة، وتحديداً بمظلومية السجن لسنوات أربع في قضية اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري، فذكّر أنه بين الأعوام «2005 – 2009 كان مكشوف السرية المصرفية وخضع للتدقيق الدولي، واضطرت عائلتي إلى الاقتراض في حينها». وبين الأعوام «2005 و2018، لم يكن لديّ مسؤولية في الدولة، وكنت أقاتل المحكمة الدولية من جيبي»، مضيفاً: «في عام 2018 أصبحت نائباً لا مسؤولية تنفيذية لديّ، لكني أقاتل الجميع وعلى رأسهم النظام المصرفي».

تحصّن الرجل بجيشٍ ممن سمّاهم «الشهود» على حفاظه على القانون وسيادته. إذ اعتبر أن كل المواطنين اللبنانيين هم شهوده، كذلك ضباط وقادة وعناصر الجيش والأمن العام. وفي الشهود أيضاً: «البطريرك الماروني مار نصر الله بطرس صفير – المعادي لسوريا – حين استثنى الأمن العام خلال إدانته للفساد». وقد اتخذ من السفارات الأجنبية وعلى رأسها الأميركية «التي كان تواصلها يوميّاً مع الأمن العام وأمنها وأمن رعاياها مرتبط به»، شاهدةً بدورها. وطالب بمنحه تأشيرة للذهاب إلى الولايات المتحدة: «أريد مقارعتكم في عقر داركم»، متحدّياً الجانب الأميركي أنه في حال إثبات تحويله مبلغ 120 مليون دولار إلى الخارج، سيذهب نصفه إلى تمويل البطاقة التمويلية والنصف الآخر لإنماء منطقة بعلبك الهرمل.

وفي معرض تأكيد الخلفيات السياسية للقرار، توجّه إلى السفيرة دوروثي شيا، بالقول: «من هو مع إسرائيل فهو معكم، ومن هو ضد إسرائيل فهو ضدكم. تتشرّفين بزيارة ومصافحة أركان الدولة الملطّخة أيديهم بالدماء، وفي الوقت عينه تدّعي أميركا محاربة الفساد في لبنان»، مؤكداً إيمانه بالمقاومة «المحصورة في لبنان»، قبل أن يستدرك موضحاً: «لم تفرض عليّ العقوبات فقط لأنني ضد إسرائيل، إلا أن موقفي هو جزء من خلفيات القرار».

أمّا في ما يخصّ تهمة التحريض «على قتل متظاهري انتفاضة 17 تشرين»، فذكّر السيد أنه وفي كلمة من مجلس النواب اعتبر أن «من يهدّد حرمة منزله ويحاول اقتحامه كما فعل المتظاهرون يومها يستحق إطلاق النار، كدعوة لكل مواطن يتهدّد أمنه وأمن عائلته»، مضيفاً «لم أطلب بشكل رسمي من جهاز أمني أو أي مسؤول قتل الناس».

وبدا لافتاً أن السيد تقصّد عدم الحديث عن رجلَي المقاولات؛ «متعهّد الجمهورية» جهاد العرب، وصاحب إمبراطورية خوري للمقاولات داني خوري، اللذين أدرجت الخزانة الأميركية اسميهما على لائحة عقوباتها إلى جانبه.

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Erdogan Beefing Up Turkish Army in Idlib to Protect al Qaeda Terrorists


Erdogan beefs up Turkish forces to protect Al Qaeda in Idlib

Erdogan, the Turkish madman is up to nothing good, as usual, NATO’s top leader is beefing up his forces in ‘Al Qaeda last stronghold’ in the Syrian Idlib province anticipating an imminent military operation by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies to clean the province from Al Qaeda and its affiliates, the madman and sultan wannabe continues to place conscript Turkish troops as human shields to protect the terrorists he considers more loyal to him.

Multiple sources confirmed the entry of large columns of military vehicles and tanks into the Idlib province in the northwest of Syria through the Kafr Lucin border crossing over the past two days, previous columns entered through the same crossing on the 21st of the month.

The video is also on BitChute.

These new units are added to the already beefed up Turkish army units in the observation posts especially the ones in the Zawya Mountain region of Idlib province, which have been only grown in numbers instead of reducing them as Erdogan’s own commitments before the Russian President Putin and in line with the multiple agreements within the framework of the Astana de-escalation zones, Idlib Agreement, Moscow Agreement, and even the Adana Accord signed when Erdogan was still the mayor of Istanbul and months only before he was jailed for inciting radicalism against the secular state of Turkey.

Under the initial agreements to establish the de-escalation zones and within its points, the Turkish army would establish 11 military points to serve as observation posts to monitor the radical terrorist groups under Turkey’s control and to work on disarming them from medium and heavy weapons. Instead, Erdogan increased the number of those zones with dozen new ones and instead of disarming the radical terrorists, most of who are from Al Qaeda Levant which keeps changing its name (Nusra Front, ISIS, HTS, FSAHamzat, Sultan Murad..), Erdogan beefed up their numbers with new recruits, supplied them with more heavy weapons and high-tech drones and pushed many of them into suicide missions to bomb the Russian base in Hmeimim!

The latest augmentation in the number of Turkish troops in the Idlib province is yet another proof that Turkey is not to be trusted in any agreement, Erdogan, the NATO leader is a flipflop on the personal and political levels, the Turkish Army is still hoping to drag its NATO brethren into a confrontation with the Syrian Army and its Russian allies in Syria, and hoping that a large number of the Turkish soldiers get killed in such confrontation to shore up his dwindling support base in his country due to the devastating economic crises created by his military adventures abroad by gaining more support for those ‘fallen soliders’ in order for the people to forget their pressing economic issues, this cheap policy works well in the USA and other western countries, why shouldn’t it work for Turkey? Believes the up to no good flipflop Erdogan.

Even Trump is Smarter than Erdogan: 37 More Turkish Soldiers Killed in Idlib

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Al-Manar, Al-Masirah Channels Launch Friday Extensive Documentation of Saudi-led Aggression Massacres on Yemen: Video

October 28, 2021

Al-Manar and Al-Masirah TV Channels are scheduled to launch an extensive documentation project which records all the massacres committed by the US-Saudi-led forces and mercenaries in Yemen.

An interactive map will come-to-light on the official websites of the two TV channels at 8 p.m. and reveal in an innovative way the massacres committed by the aggression with all the available data and figures.

The interactive map is aimed at preserving and perpetuating the sacrifices of the Yemeni civilians before the Saudi-led aggression.

“So as Rights Remain Preserved,” was the motto of the documentation that represents a reference for right activists, academicals, media outlets and public opinion, using photos, videos and demonstration tools.

Al-Manar English Website is also part of the project and will display the interactive map with data translated in English. Click here.

Yemen has been since March 25, 2015 under aggression by the Saudi-led coalition in a bid to restore power to fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is Riyadh’s ally.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis have been killed or injured by US-Saudi-led airstrikes.

The Arab impoverished country has been also under harsh blockade by the coalition which includes in addition to the Kingdom, the UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco and Sudan.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Documentation Project of Yemen Massacres

Saturday – October 29, 2021

Massacres Map of the Saudi-American aggression on Yemen


This work is one of the largest documentation projects that records massacres committed since the start of the Saudi-US aggression on Yemen, on March 26, 2015, based on information released by well-known sources.

We assure, through this project, that the blood of Yemen’s oppressed martyrs and injured will persist in the conscience of the free people. This blood will also constitute a mark of disgrace for all who contributed to the bloodshed in Yemen.


Documentation of widespread massacres perpetrated by the Saudi-US aggression across Yemen through an interactive and innovated map that can be considered a reference to rights activists, media outlets and journalists as well as to specialists and public opinion.

Definition of a Massacre:

A killing is considered a massacre in this project when at least one civilian gets martyred by Saudi-led aggression fire.

Map Characteristics:

  • Every dot on the map represents a massacre
  • Dots are classified by colors, every color refers to a year
  • The color of dots gets bolder as per the number of martyrs
  • Every massacre is recorded according to:
    • Date of the massacre
    • Place of the massacre
    • News summary
    • Link of the news story
    • Number of martyrs
    • Number of injured
    • Related photos and video (if available)
  • The map allows the search feature according to:
    • Place of the massacre (mainly provinces)
    • Date of the massacre
    • Keywords
  • Yemeni Center for Human Rights was considered the main source regarding the number of victims. Hence, there would be an overlap between the toll which appears on the map and the news summary
  • Areas where the massacre occurred are approximate

Characteristics of the Interactive Frontpage:

  • Represents statistical reference to massacres
  • The map is the source for figures on the frontpage


We don’t claim that this project has covered all massacres committed by the US-Saudi aggression on Yemen. Therefore, we are glad to receive any addition, either on the level of massacres or the visual material at:

Thanks to all who contributed to this work.

Saudi Arabia Summons its Ambassador from Lebanon

29 Oct 21

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen net

Saudi Arabia summons its ambassador in Lebanon for consultations, asks the ambassador of Lebanon to leave the kingdom within 48 hours, and decides to halt all Lebanese imports to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia Orders Lebanese Ambassador to Leave Kingdom, Recalls Envoy to Beirut
The diplomatic situation escalates between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon

Saudi Arabia summoned its ambassador in Lebanon for consultations today, while it requested the ambassador of Lebanon to leave the kingdom within 48 hours and decided to stop all Lebanese imports to the kingdom.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that “the Kingdom’s government regrets the outcome of the relations with the Lebanese Republic due to the Lebanese authorities’ ignoring of the facts and their continued failure to take corrective measures that ensure observance of the relations.”

“The Kingdom has long been keen on maintaining relations based on what it holds for the dear Lebanese people,” the statement continued. 

The statement added that “in the interest of the safety of [Saudi] citizens in light of the increasing instability of the security situation in Lebanon, the Kingdom’s government confirms what was previously issued regarding banning citizens from traveling to Lebanon.”

Mikati: Saudi Arabia’s decision regretful

On his part, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced that he regrets Saudi Arabia’s action against Lebanon, wishing that it would “reconsider its decision,” and stressing that work will be ongoing to do what needs to be done.

Mikati also asked Lebanon’s Information Minister, George Kordahi, to make the appropriate decision to fix Lebanon’s Arab relations, also calling on Foreign Minister Abdallah Bou Habib to stay in Beirut and establish a crisis management cell to deal with the current unfolding events.

Abdul Salam to Lebanese people: Do not be afraid of the Saudi regime’s actions

The chief of Sanaa’s negotiating delegation, Mohammad Abdul Salam, commented on Saudi Arabia’s decision, stressing that Saudi Arabia’s continued policy of haughtiness will not cover the aggression’s humiliating failure in Yemen.

Abdul Salam told the Lebanese people to not be afraid by the “Saudi regime’s actions,” for it attempts to bare its teeth, though it has none, as they were broken by the blades of Yemen.

This comes after statements published by the Lebanese Minister of Information, George Kordahi, in which he described the Yemen war as “Futile,” adding that the “Yemeni Ansar Allah movement has been defending itself in the face of external aggression against Yemen for years.” The statement provoked international and local reactions. 

Commenting on this, in a press conference on Wednesday, Kordahi affirmed that he will not apologize since he has not offended or attacked anyone. He reassured that he is against the futile war on Yemen.

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بين لبنان ومأرب حبل السرة

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في ظل موقف أميركي هذا إطاره تحضر السياسة السعودية التي تقوم على استثمار غياب سياسة أميركية واضحة، التي ترتكز على ثلاثة عناصر، الأول هو رفض أي تساهل مع أي مسعى لمساعدة لبنان على الوقوف على قدميه، كما تقول الوقائع التي تبلغتها الحكومة اللبنانية من دول خليجية كانت راغبة بالانضمام إلى خطوات شبيهة بخطوات العراق في مجال عقود الفيول والنفط، أو خطوات الأردن ومصر المسقوفة بقرار أميركي، والعنصر الثاني هو حصر الدعم السياسي والمالي بالقوى التي تبدي الاستعداد لخوض المواجهة المفتوحة مع حزب الله وعلى رأسها حزب القوات اللبنانية، والعنصر الثالث هو اعتبار لبنان صندوق بريد قابلاً للتوظيف في المعركة الرئيسية التي تدور تحت سقفها كل السياسات السعودية الراهنة، وهي حرب اليمن، وجوهر الرسائل التي تهتم لها السعودية هي تلك الموجهة لحزب الله، لرسم معادلة تربط كل تأزم في الوضع السعودي في اليمن، بصناعة تأزم مواز في لبنان، اعتقاداً منها بأن هذا سيزعج الحزب ويربك حركته، وربما يفتح الباب لمقايضات ترغبها الرياض، عنوانها تخفيف ضغط هنا مقابل تخفيف ضغط هناك، لم تفلح بعد ولا مرة بتحقيق أي اختراق.

السياسة الأميركية تجاه لبنان تقوم منذ معادلة سفن كسر الحصار على إقامة توازن بين خط أول يقوم على رعاية المناخ المعادي للمقاومة، سواء على الصعيد القضائي في مسار التشهير بحلفائها وملاحقتهم لإرباك حركتها السياسية عشية الانتخابات، وربما للحؤول دون مسار قضائي سليم في قضية انفجار مرفأ بيروت، ينتهي بكشف حقائق لا يرغب الأميركي بظهورها، والاستعداد لتجميع القوى التي تلوذ بالرعاية الأميركية تمهيداً لتجميعها وتحفيزها نحو المسار الانتخابي، من جهة، وتأتي في هذا السياق كل خطوات العقوبات الجديدة، ومن جهة ثانية، الدخول في سباق إثبات الاهتمام بمنع لبنان من السقوط مع المقاومة التي أظهرت قدرتها عبر سفن كسر الحصار على المبادرة، وتأتي في هذا السياق الخطوات التي تخص نقل الغاز المصري والكهرباء الأردنية عبر سورية، والتي قطعت شوطاً مهماً خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية، وفي كل هذا لا تبدو واشنطن مستعدة لما هو أكثر، فهي ليست طرفاً في رعاية مسار خروج لبنان من الأزمات، ولا تزال تتعامل مع الملف اللبناني بالقطعة، كما تفعل في ملف ترسيم الحدود البحرية، بانتظار أن تتبلور لديها صورة واضحة لسياساتها في المنطقة، والتي لا يزال ملف علاقتها بإيران من بوابة مصير التفاهم النووي مفتاحها الرئيسي.

الأزمة التصاعدية التي برزت مع الكلام الصادر عن الوزير جورج قرداحي قبل تعيينه وزيراً، حول حرب اليمن، بقي مادة سعودية حاضرة بقوة بوجه لبنان وحكومته، على رغم توضيحات قرداحي، ومواقف رئيس الحكومة ووزير الخارجية، ووصل الأمر إلى تبلغ مسؤولين لبنانيين كبار عبر دول خليجية أن السعودية ستذهب للمزيد من التصعيد ما لم يستقل الوزير قرداحي أو تتم إقالته، وهذا الإفراط في استثمار قضية صغيرة الحجم، لا يمكن فهمه بذاته، بل بحجم التحولات الكبرى التي تشهدها معارك مأرب، والتي تضغط على الموقف السعودي بقسوة وبسرعة، فمأرب قلب اليمن ونقطة وصل الشمال بالجنوب، قاب قوسين من السقوط بيد أنصار الله، بعدما نجح الأنصار بتحرير العديد من مديرياتها، ويفاوض زعماء القبائل في المدينة على تسليمها بتفاهم سياسي، بما يدفع الذين يراقبون مشهد المنطقة من بعيد يربطون تفاصيلها ببعضها بحبل سرة، يتوقعون على أساسه مزيداً من الغموض والفوضى في آفاق التطورات في الساحات الساخنة، بانتظار أن تحسم نتيجة المفاوضات التي يفترض أن تبدأ نهاية تشرين الثاني المقبل، في فيينا حول الملف النووي الإيراني، لتستعيد واشنطن المبادرة وترسم سياستها الإقليمية التي سيكون لبنان في قلبها.

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