حزب الله فلسفة القوة:ناصر قنديل

قنديل سلّم عون كتابَه الجديد «حزب الله… فلسفة القوّة»

يوليو 20, 2018

استقبل رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون في قصر بعبدا، أمس رئيس تحرير جريدة «البناء» النائب السابق ناصر قنديل، وأجرى معه جولة أفق تناولت الأوضاع الراهنة والتطورات السياسية الأخيرة…

وخلال اللقاء قدّم النائب السابق قنديل للرئيس عون نسخة من كتابه الجديد «حزب الله… فلسفة القوة»، وسلّمه دعوة للمشاركة في حفل إطلاق الكتاب الذي سيُقام في قصر الأونسكو في بيروت يوم الإثنين 30 تموز الحالي، الساعة الخامسة بعد الظهر، وسيتحدّث خلاله رئيس المجلس التنفيذي لحزب الله السيد هاشم صفي الدين.

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Houthi forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi airport attack Saudi Aramco oil refinery in Riyadh

Houthi forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi airport

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces launched a powerful attack against the Saudi military, today, targeting two sites belonging to the latter in both Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

The first attack by the Houthi forces began in southern Saudi Arabia, when their rocket battalion in the Yemeni province of Sa’ada fired a Badr-1 ballistic missile at the Jizan Airbase.

Saudi forces claim they downed the missile before it could hit their military installation in the Jizan region.

Following this attack, the Houthi forces fired another ballistic missile towards a Saudi military gathering in western Yemen.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their rocket battalion attacked the military gathering near the Hodeidah Governorate.

The fate of this missile was not stated.

Yemeni Unmanned Drone Strikes Aramco Oil Refinery in Saudi Capital

July 18, 2018

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The Yemeni air force struck on Wednesday the Saudi capital with a drone which launched several raids on Aramco oil refinery in Riyadh.

In turn, Aramco announced that it extinguished the fire resulting from Yemeni air raid.

The Yemeni army spokesman stressed that the drone strike is a strong start on the track of deterring the Saudi aggression, vowing more military surprises in this regard.

The Yemeni army and popular committees destroyed an armored vehicle for the Saudi-led forces in Jizan.

Source: Al-Manar Website

 

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A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station

 

The Saker

July 17, 2018A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)

US President stirs up a hornet’s nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but it seems that no ‘grand bargain’ was struck on Syria, and on Iran they appear to strongly disagree.

“The Cold War is a thing of the past.” By the time President Putin said as much during preliminary remarks at his joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, it was clear this would not stand. Not after so much investment by American conservatives in Cold War 2.0.

Russophobia is a 24/7 industry, and all concerned, including its media vassals, remain absolutely livid with the “disgraceful” Trump-Putin presser. Trump has “colluded with Russia.” How could the President of the United States promote “moral equivalence” with a “world-class thug”?

Multiple opportunities for apoplectic outrage were in order.

Trump: “Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However, that changed. As of about four hours ago.”

Putin: “The United States could be more decisive in nudging Ukrainian leadership.”

Trump: “There was no collusion… I beat Hillary Clinton easily.”

Putin: “We should be guided by facts. Can you name a single fact that would definitively prove collusion? This is nonsense.”

Then, the clincher: the Russian president calls [Special Counsel] Robert Mueller’s ‘bluff’, offering to interrogate the Russians indicted for alleged election meddling in the US if Mueller makes an official request to Moscow. But in exchange, Russia would expect the US to question Americans on whether Moscow should face charges for illegal actions.

Trump hits it out of the park when asked whether he believes US intelligence, which concluded that Russia did meddle in the election, or Putin, who strongly denies it.

“President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be.”

As if this was not enough, Trump doubles down invoking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server. “I really do want to see the server. Where is the server? I want to know. Where is the server and what is the server saying?”

It was inevitable that a strategically crucial summit between the Russian and American presidencies would be hijacked by the dementia of the US news cycle.

Trump was unfazed. He knows that the DNC computer hard-drives – the source of an alleged “hacking” – simply “disappeared” while in the custody of US intel, FBI included. He knows the bandwidth necessary for file transfer was much larger than a hack might have managed in the time allowed. It was a leak, a download into a flash-drive.

Additionally, Putin knows that Mueller knows he will never be able to drag 12 Russian intelligence agents into a US courtroom. So the – debunked – indictment, announced only three days before Helsinki, was nothing more than a pre-emptive, judicial hand grenade.

No wonder John Brennan, a former CIA director under the Obama administration, is fuming.

“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to exceed the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.”

How Syria and Ukraine are linked

However, there are reasons to expect at least minimal progress on three fronts in Helsinki: a solution for the Syria tragedy, an effort to limit nuclear weapons and save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty signed in 1987 by Reagan and Gorbachev, and a positive drive to normalize US-Russia relations, away from Cold War 2.0.

Trump knew he had nothing to offer Putin to negotiate on Syria. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) now controls virtually 90% of national territory. Russia is firmly established in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially after signing a 49-year agreement with Damascus.

Even considering careful mentions of Israel on both sides, Putin certainly did not agree to force Iran out of Syria.

No “grand bargain” on Iran seems to be in the cards. The top adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, was in Moscow last week. The Moscow-Tehran entente cordiale seems unbreakable. In parallel, as Asia Times has learned, Bashar al-Assad has told Moscow he might even agree to Iran leaving Syria, but Israel would have to return the occupied Golan Heights. So, the status quo remains.

Putin did mention both presidents discussed the Iran nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action and essentially they, strongly, agree to disagree. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have written a letter formally rejecting an appeal for carve-outs in finance, energy and healthcare by Germany, France and the UK. A maximum economic blockade remains the name of the game. Putin may have impressed on Trump the possible dire consequences of a US oil embargo on Iran, and even the (far-fetched) scenario of Tehran blocking the Strait of Hormuz.

Judging by what both presidents said, and what has been leaked so far, Trump may not have offered an explicit US recognition of Crimea for Russia, or an easing of Ukraine-linked sanctions.

It’s reasonable to picture a very delicate ballet in terms of what they really discussed in relation to Ukraine. Once again, the only thing Trump could offer on Ukraine is an easing of sanctions. But for Russia the stakes are much higher.

Putin clearly sees Southwest Asia and Central and Eastern Europe as totally integrated. The Black Sea basin is where Russia intersects with Ukraine, Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. Or, historically, where the former Russian, Ottoman and Habsburg empires converged.

A Greater Black Sea implies the geopolitical convergence of what’s happening in both Syria and Ukraine. That’s why for the Kremlin only an overall package matters. It’s not by accident that Washington identified these two nodes – destabilizing Damascus and turning the tables in Kiev – to cause problems for Moscow.

Putin sees a stable Syria and a stable Ukraine as essential to ease his burden in dealing with the Balkans and the Baltics. We’re back once again to that classic geopolitical staple, the Intermarium (“between the seas”). That’s the ultra-contested rimland from Estonia in the north to Bulgaria in the south – and to the Caucasus in the east. Once, that used to frame the clash between Germany and Russia. Now, that frames the clash between the US and Russia.

In a fascinating echo of the summit in Helsinki, Western strategists do lose their sleep gaming on Russia being able to “Finlandize” this whole rimland.

And that brings us, inevitably, to what could be termed The German Question. What is Putin’s ultimate goal: a quite close business and strategic relationship with Germany (German business is in favor)? Or some sort of entente cordiale with the US? EU diplomats in Brussels are openly discussing that underneath all the thunder and lightning, this is the holy of the holies.

Take a walk on the wild side

The now notorious key takeaway from a Trump interview at his golf club in Turnberry, Scotland, before Helsinki, may offer some clues.

“Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.”

Putin certainly knows it. But even Trump, while not being a Clausewitzian strategist, may have had an intuition that the post-WWII liberal order, built by a hegemonic US and bent on permanent US military hegemony over the Eurasian landmass while subduing a vassal Europe, is waning.

While Trump firebombs this United States of Europe as an “unfair” competitor of the US, it’s essential to remember that it was the White House that asked for the Helsinki summit, not the Kremlin.

Trump treats the EU with undisguised disdain. He would love nothing better than for the EU to dissolve. His Arab “partners” can be easily controlled by fear. He has all but declared economic war on China and is on tariff overdrive – even as the IMF warns that the global economy runs the risk of losing around $500 billion in the process. And he faces the ultimate intractable, the China-Russia-Iran axis of Eurasian integration, which simply won’t go away.

So, talking to “world-class thug” Putin – in usual suspect terminology – is a must. A divide-and-rule here, a deal there – who knows what some hustling will bring? To paraphrase Lou Reed, New Trump City “is the place where they say “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.”

During the Helsinki presser, Putin, fresh from Russia’s spectacular World Cup soft power PR coup, passed a football to Trump. The US president said he would give it to his son, Barron, and passed the ball to First Lady Melania. Well, the ball is now in Melania’s court.

Trump Abandoned US Allies in Syria, Russia Big Winner: Israeli Media

 July 17, 2018

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump is continuing his predecessor Barack Obama’s ‘disastrous’ Syria policy, Israeli website Wallah reported.

Trump abandoned US’ allies in Syria and left them alone, according to the Israeli website.

“When Trump announced he would withdraw US forces from Syria, Obama’s forecast turned to be true: Russia got the bases it wanted in Syria, Iran strengthened its alliance with Assad and Hezbollah,” the website said, referring to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

“All those who trusted the US’ unfounded promises found out that they have to surrender to Putin, Assad, Khamenei and Erdogan,” Wallah said, referring to Russian president, Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and Turkish president.

According to the Israeli media outlet, “Israel is the first side which had to accommodate to the old-new condition in the region. However, instead of accommodating to a weak Syria, Israel had to accommodate to a regime that now controls all of Syria.”

“Iran has emerged victorious from the Syrian war,” Wallah said, stressing that Russian is the big winner in this war as it returned to the region.

Wallah noted meanwhile, that Trump is not annoyed from the current situation, “as he considers that the US forces who are deployed abroad pose economic burden on Washington.

 

SourceIsraeli media

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Ansarullah Leader: Saudi, UAE pushing US projects in ME

Local Editor

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are going to great lengths to further the agenda of the US administration in the Middle East and please their masters.

Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Friday afternoon, Sayyed al-Houthi stated that the Riyadh and Abu Dhabi regimes are struggling with mounting economic crises as they are pouring huge sums of money into the pockets of US statesmen.

He warned that the US and “Israel” are doing their best in order to bring all aspects of Yemenis’ lives under their control, stressing that utter humiliation awaits the Yemeni nation in case it cedes to arrogant powers’ plots.

“Enemies are trying to divert our nation from the right path. They are seeking to transform Yemen into a society beset with problems, diseases and ethical issues,” he pointed out.

He underlined that no Muslim society would become subservient to the US and the Tel Aviv regimes unless it distances from Islamic teachings and ethics.

Al-Houthi went on to say that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are following in the footsteps of the US and “Israel” concerning conspiracies against Islam.

“Yemen is under incessant attack by both the Saudi-led bombardment campaign and propaganda war. We need to foster awareness among strata of the Yemeni society, and promote the culture of Quran,” he commented.

Al-Houthi also noted that Washington and the Tel Aviv tend to brand anyone who stands up against their wishes as “rebel.”

“Enemies are targeting all aspects of our lives. We must firmly resist their all-out aggression.  They want us to recognize a despotic regime installed by the US and “Israel.” The primary goal of the Saudi-led war on Yemen is to control us. Our only choice is to fight off aggressors,” he said.

He further emphasized that the Yemeni nation is entitled to freedom and independence, and does not accept the domination and hegemony of any party.

“Aggressors are expending all their efforts to overrun the western coastal province of al-Hudaydah, but are confronted with stiff popular resistance. They have dismally failed in their attacks. We need to recruit more fighters in a bid to turn al-Hudaydah into a graveyard of enemies,” al-Houthi concluded.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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The ’Israelis’ of the Kingdom Are Present

Latifa al-Husseini

In April, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman declared his position on the normalization of ties with the Zionists during his tour to the United States. He openly told the US magazine, The Atlantic, “The “Israelis” have the right to have their own land. … Our country doesn’t have a problem with Jews. … There are a lot of interests we share with “Israel”.”

This is what is useful to the “young prince”; the gradual normalization of ties, which he actually intentionally expressed through meetings, statements and media platforms launched to promote his position. His various methods work and strive to create and convince public opinion of the usefulness of appeasing the enemy to the point of allying with it. The goal is to confront Iran and portray it as the greatest threat to the kingdom.

Bin Salman relays on a group of writers and broadcasters to spread the concepts of “peace” and harmony with the Jews. Some of those are former Al-Arabiya channel director Abdel Rahman Al-Rashed, as well as writers Ahmad Al-Arfaj, Ahmed Al-Faraj, Turki Al-Hamad, Mohammed Al-Sheikh, Hamza Al-Salem, Saud Al-Fawzan, Suad Al-Shammari and last but not least Daham Al-Enezi who called for the establishment of a Zionist embassy in Riyadh.

In addition there are those who are fluent in Hebrew. They compete on social networking sites to attract Zionist activists from within the occupied territories and interact with them under the title of “electronic peace”, at least until now. They have the absolute freedom to court figures within the usurping entity and its axis as long as they agree on attacking the Islamic Republic and inciting against it.

Because tweeting in Hebrew is not a crime in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi writer and programmer, Louay Al-Sharif, addresses the Zionists all the time through his Twitter account. He chooses to tweet in Hebrew to comment on local or even regional news. A few months ago, he recorded a video clip in which he said that “Saudi Arabia has never threatened any of ‘its neighbors’.” He also called on ” the ‘people of “Israel”’ to read the news accurately.” This message was well received by Tel Aviv, so much so that it took care of broadcasting it.

Al-Sharif, who is known for his strong relationship with the royal court and for his role in the Saudi Crown Prince’s “MiSK” Foundation, allocates his [Twitter] account to acquaint his more than 150,000 followers to the “people” of “Israel” and their history. He claims to interact with Zionist tweeters based on his interest in “Jewish heritage”.

Similarly, Abdul Rahman al-Qahtani, who presents himself as a person interested in Hebrew and is fond of Bin Salman, is also active. Al-Qahtani’s posts highlight his focus on attacking Iran and resistance movements in Palestine and the region. He even retweets Zionist and American activists who attack Hamas and glorifies the crown prince. He is keen to use the flag of “Israel” in most of his Tweets that are related to the usurper entity and Saudi Arabia.

In turn, the phenomenon of tweeting in Hebrew has begun spreading among Saudi activists on Twitter. One of them, Abu Omar, identifies himself as having a BA in Hebrew. His account might be real or fake. However, its content centers on his “easy” experience in learning Hebrew, the idea of “peace” with the enemy and criticizing the Palestinians. Another Saudi tweeter (the centrist) says: “The time has come to learn Hebrew!”

Meanwhile, Mohammad al-Ghalban pioneers the Saudi figures that master the enemy’s language. He has a PHD in Hebrew. He is a professor of Hebrew and Jewish studies at the Department of Modern Languages ??and Translation at the College of Languages ??and Translation at King Saud University in Riyadh. He has an MA and a PHD in Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Near Eastern Languages ??and its Cultures in the Indiana-Bloomington University, USA. His general specialization is Hebrew, and his secondary one is in Jewish studies. He has more than 20 years of experience in Modern Hebrew and translation. Not only that, but King Saud University presents him as someone who has extensive knowledge of what appears in Zionist media, is well-informed in “Israeli” and Jewish studies and abreast with the provisions of Jewish religious laws and cultures. He is even fluent in “Yiddish” which is the language of Ashkenazi Jews.

Al-Ghabban believes that the negative attitudes in Saudi Arabia towards the study of Hebrew will change, noting that “a decade ago it was seen as an enemy’s language, but now it is the language of the other,” as he puts it.

The Hebrew Language Program is one of the programs of the Department of Modern Languages and Translation at the College of Languages and Translation at King Saud University. It was activated when the Language and Translation Institute was transformed into a College of Languages and Translation at King Saud University under the 1994 Royal Decree. It is the only program in the Gulf region in general and in the Kingdom in particular that grants a bachelor’s degree in translation from and to Hebrew.

Saudi Arabia is not likely to stop these activities but rather expand them and perhaps open more institutes that teach Hebrew. In this context, Louay Al-Sherif spoke about the allocation of an educational platform for the teaching of languages, including Hebrew that will be launched soon in the Kingdom. Will Bin Salman be the first to join or will there be no need for it in light of the full understanding and harmony with the Zionists?

It can be said today that Saudi Arabia is unable to surprise Arab public opinion in general and the Saudi one in particular, as it placed it at the heart of its normalization policy. It is only concerned about its hostility towards Iran, and nothing else. Originally, it derives from the former Mufti Abdul Aziz bin Baz’s fatwa regarding reconciliation with the Jews.  Justifications for the ratification of the upcoming agreement of humiliation with Tel Aviv derive from this fatwa. But the question is why was the announcement delayed, especially since the popular base is ready for it? What is the Royal Court waiting for following the secret meetings between Bin Salman and Zionist officials in the occupied territories and before that in the United States in March and April, according to leaks by “Israeli” and American media?

Source: Al-Ahed

لم ولن تُكسَر معادلات 12 تموز 2006

 

يوليو 13, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– لا حاجة للقول إنّ معادلات حرب تموز 2006 أبعد من لبنان وقد تموضع على ضفتيها حلفان هما ذاتهما لبنانياً وعربياً يتقابلان اليوم في سورية. كما لا حاجة للقول إنّ الحرب على سورية كانت أبرز محاولة لكسر معادلات حرب تموز بكسر ظهر القلعة التي استند إليها حلف النصر في تموز. ولا حاجة للقول أيضاً إنّ أوّل القلق من نتائج معادلات تموز كان «إسرائيلياً» على ما سيحدثه النصر في فلسطين، تأسيساً على ما فعله نصر العام 2000 في الداخل الفلسطيني، فكانت الانتفاضة وتلاها الانسحاب «الإسرائيلي» من غزة، ولا مجال لقطع الطريق على المزيد إلا بكسر معادلات نصر تموز.

– حشد الفريقان للحرب التي تلت تموز، وأشعلها الذين خسروا الحرب، بعدما رصدوا خمس سنوات للتجهيز والتحضير والاستعداد والحشد. فكانت حرب سورية، وكان أوّل الجديد فيها أن أشهَر المال الخليجي تموضعه من مجرد العمل في الكواليس لتشجيع «الإسرائيليين» على سحق المقاومة في 2006 إلى تمويل الحرب على سورية وحشد التكفيريين من كلّ أصقاع الأرض لخوضها. وكان ثاني الجديد تموضعاً تركياً قطرياً في ضفة الحرب بإغراء مشروع تسلّم الأخوان المسلمين للحكم في تونس وليبيا ومصر واليمن وصولاً إلى سورية. وكان ثالث الجديد تجنيد الإعلام والفتاوى لتحويل الحرب فتنة مذهبية تنهش المنطقة ولحم شعوبها لمئة عام.

– نجح حلف المنتصرين في تموز 2006 بإدراك نوع وحجم الحرب خلال عامها الأوّل الذي كان الصمود فيه على عاتق القلعة السورية، خصوصاً شجاعة الرئيس السوري. وخلال العام الثاني بدأ حلف حرب تموز يتصرّف كحلف في حال حرب، لم تلبث المستجدات أن زوّدته بمصادر القوة التي لم تكن في حسابات قوى الحرب الآتية من حلف المهزومين في تموز، وكان التموضع الروسي السياسي والدبلوماسي، فالعسكري أبرز هذه المستجدّات، وكان الفشل في تفتيت وحدة السوريين على أساس خطوط الفتنة المذهبية رغم سخاء المال وسواد الفتاوى. وكان تماسك الجيش السوري الأسطوري وبطولات المقاومين معه مصدراً لتغيير في وجهة الحرب، باتت ثماره الأخيرة شبيهة بالأيام الأخيرة لحرب تموز 2006 بشارة نصر أكيد.

– كما في حرب تموز، في الحرب التي أردات محو آثارها وفشلت. زادت المقاومة قوة وزادت تحالفات سورية تأثيراً في المعادلات الدولية، فروسيا اليوم غير روسيا قبل الحرب على سورية. وفي المقابل أصاب أعداء المقاومة وسورية ضعف ووهن غيّرا صورة المشهد الإقليمي. فالسعودية الغارقة في حرب اليمن و«إسرائيل» المرتبكة أمام الانتصارات السورية هما غير السعودية و«إسرائيل» قبل حرب سورية وقبل حرب تموز، وما ينجزانه في مجال التطبيع والتحالف أعجز من أن يغيّر المعادلات الجديدة. ففلسطين تستعدّ لتلقي عائدات النصر الجديد بمثل ما تلقت عائدات الانتصارات التي سبقت، وتستعدّ المنطقة ويترقب العالم المواجهة الجديدة، التي يريدونها تحت عنوان «العدو هو إيران» وستفاجئهم فلسطين بفرض روزنامة حربها وشعارها «العدو هو إسرائيل».

– حقائق حرب تموز كمعادلاتها تترسّخ ولا تنكسر. وأولى هذه الحقائق أنّ الصراع في المنطقة سيبقى عنوانه تحرير فلسطين، وأنّ كلّ محاولة لتجاهل هذه الحقيقة تنتهي بتهميش صاحبها من صناعة المعادلات بدلاً من تهميش القضية الفلسطينية، وها هو حلف المقاومة بلسان السيد حسن نصرالله يبشّر بمئات آلاف المقاتلين في الحرب المقبلة، من لبنان وسورية والعراق واليمن وممّا بعد ما بعد العراق واليمن إلى إيران وممّا بعد ما بعد إيران.

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