Bahrain Crackdown: Regime Files Lawsuit to Dissolve Political Party

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The apartheid Al Khalifa regime’s government filed a lawsuit Monday to dissolve a political party, the second-such organization it had targeted in the last year as part of an intense crackdown on opposition in the island nation.

Waad political party

The country’s so-called Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry accused Waad of “supporting terrorism,” according to a statement. The announcement, coming just a day after Bahrain’s parliament approved a constitutional amendment allowing military tribunals to try civilians, recalled the clampdown that followed the nation’s 2011 Arab Spring protests.

The party could not be immediately reached for comment, but it long had been the target of authorities. One Waad politician previously was arrested and briefly faced charges for speaking to The Associated Press in November during a visit by Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

Bahrain had already dissolved the country’s largest Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, and doubled a prison sentence for its secretary-general, Sheikh Ali Salman.

Regime forces, with help from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, crushed the 2011 uprising by opposition who sought political reform.

Since the beginning of a government crackdown in April, activists had been imprisoned or forced into exile. Bahrain’s main Shiite opposition group had been dismantled. Independent news gathering on the island also had grown more difficult.

Bahrain later made reforms following a regime-sponsored investigation into the 2011 demonstrations and the crackdown following it, but several of them had been overturned in recent weeks. Along with allowing military tribunals, the kingdom restored the power of its feared domestic spy service to make some arrests.

In January, Bahrain executed three men charged of a deadly bomb attack on police. Activists said that testimony used against the condemned men was obtained through torture.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

06-03-2017 | 15:15

Sayyed Nasrallah Advises ’Israel’ to Dismantle Dimona: Ammonia Tanks Unsafe, Wait our Surprises!

Sayyed Nasrallah Advises ’Israel’ to Dismantle Dimona: Ammonia Tanks Unsafe, Wait our Surprises!

Zeinab Essa

Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech on the anniversary of the Resistance Martyr Leaders.

As His Eminence welcomed the crowd gatherings in Baalbek, and Southern Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the scarifying Iranian people and its leadership on the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which fulfilled the prophets’ dreams.

On the anniversary, Sayyed Nasrallah elaborated that we insist on commemorating the Leaders Martyrs Day as a sign of love, loyalty, and firm position as well as continuous Jihad.

He further said: “The real image of Hizbullah and the Islamic Resistance is that of Sayyed Abbas, Sheikh Ragheb and Haj Imad,” noting that “we insist on presenting the Martyr Leaders as models for the resistance’s generations.”

“They are the masters of victory, which had been achieved in their life by their Jihad and patience,” he added, pointing out that “we talk about the great victory on the Syrian field over the US- takfiri scheme, and our role in this victory, we talk about the role of martyrs, who are the Masters of victory.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also hailed the families of all martyrs, the wounded and the liberated prisoners.
In parallel, he hailed the real men of the Resistance fighters, the Lebanese Army and the Syrian army, who are defending us in such a cold weather.

On the “Israeli” continuous threats against Lebanon, the Resistance Leader noted that the “Israeli” leaders and military generals are recently much threatening with the 3rd Lebanese war.
“The “Israeli” army assumes that the strategic Arab surrounding isn’t that of enmity, while that of Hizbullah is a major one,” he said.

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say that “after the election of [US President Donald] Trump for the US presidency, the “Israeli” talk of the 3rd Lebanese war has escalated.”

“This intimidation is not new and it seems that there is a permanent “Israeli” objective to pressure the resistance community in Lebanon, and after Trump was elected US president, this intimidation has returned. Trump’s election does not scare us, even if claims that he will give Netanyahu the green light to wage a war on Lebanon turn out to be true, since the issue of war on Lebanon is not hinging on the American permission.”

However, he assured that “We’ve been hearing the talk of “Israeli” war on Lebanon since 2006.”
“Every other day we hear statements about the third Lebanon war and about the coming vengeance. The new threats are based on the election of Trump, but the policy of the new American administration in the region is not clear,” His Eminence explained.

Meanwhile, he denounced the fact that “the Arab’s cover for an “Israeli” war on Lebanon has increased. There exists some Arabs who are ready to finance an “Israeli” war on the Resistance.”
“The Arab cover that allowed “Israel” to attack Lebanon in 2006 is also still present. The issue is not about the US permission or the Arab cover but rather whether or not they will be able to achieve a victory. This is the main question.”

Acknowledging that “”Israel’s” position is evolving with respect to Hizbullah, and this year we were on the top of the threats to “Israel”,” Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed this fact as “as a sign of pride for us.”

“For “Israel”, political conditions allowing a war over Lebanon have always been there, “but the main question for them is, will they win the war? The main issue is, what the price they are willing to pay is,” he asked.

However, the Resistance Leader assured that “all of “Israel’s” rhetoric about possible war on Lebanon is part of a psychological war. The strength and firmness of the resistance and President Michel Aoun’s unwavering stance will deter “Israel” from waging any war.”

In response to the “Israeli” threats, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a sounding message: “I call upon “Israel” not only to evacuate the Ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle Dimona nuclear facility.”

He also warned the apartheid entity: “Wherever you moved the Ammonia tanks to, it’s to be targeted by the resistance.”

According to His Eminence, “We can turn the threat into an opportunity and to transform “Israel’s” nuclear weapons to a threat to “Israel”, to its existence and settlers.”
“Everyone has become to know that the air war alone does not make a victory,” he mentioned, elaborating that “they know what will happen to them and what the risks are if the missiles hit the Dimona reactor.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also reiterated that the enemy believes in the power and the ability of the resistance in Lebanon and that when it says, it does what it says.

Once again, Sayyed Nasrallah addressed the “Israelis” by saying: “On July 2006, you assumed that you have enough information on the resistance so you attacked. However we surprised you. If your battalions came to southern Lebanon, what will happen to them? We always have something to hide and you will be surprised with what we had hidden, which can alter the course of any fool war that you might wage.”

Moving to the Palestinian cause, the Resistance Leader slammed the fact that “Israel” continues the process of Judaization in a wider range, the Judaization of al-Quds, the expulsion of its inhabitants and even preventing the pray calls.

“The talk emerged of transferring the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds. The importance of this is that the US abandoned the idea of a two-state solution to anyone who believes in this path,” he said, raising the question: “Where is the Arabs’ position and their response to the aggressions of the Zionist enemy?”

According to His Eminence, “This bad situation of the Arab made Netanyahu said that he had never believed in his life that the Arab states are to be considered as an ally, not an enemy.”

“A day after meeting of Netanyahu and Trump, they announced the death of the negotiation process, and for “Israel”, there is no such thing as a Palestinian state,” Hizbullah Secretary General highlighted, pointing out that “the “Israelis” themselves are unfortunately talking about the final stages of the Palestinian cause.”In response, Sayyed Nasrallah assured the Palestinian people that the world will not remain as it is, nor will the region…”We are witnessing the final chapters of the elimination of the Palestinian cause.”

To them, His Eminence said: “Do not to surrender and continue resistance and confidence in the option of the Resistance.The most important and greatest forms of resistance in Palestine is the uprising of al-Quds and individual operations. The fall of masks and hypocrites who lied to you for decades is very important.”

On another regional level, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that “today Bahrain is an occupied state. There are Saudi forces in Bahrain who have killed the people of Bahrain.”

Moreover, he viewed that “the execution of three Bahraini young men is a Saudi decision, and if they have some wisdom, they wouldn’t have carried out the death sentence against them.”
“He who bets that the Bahraini people is tired after six years has to see the recent scenes and acknowledge that this people will not surrender,” His Eminence vowed.

“Saudi Arabia that created Daesh is the one responsible for hundreds of thousands of martyrs killed in Iraq, Syria and Sinai and other places,” Sayyed Nasrallah continued as he expected Daesh’s defeat.

Elsewhere in his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah praised the Yemeni people for their resistance against the Saudi aggression, saying the Yemenis prevented Riyadh and its allies from achieving their goals of war.

“The Saudis and their allies imagined they could end the military campaign “in only weeks,” but they were “mistaken,” he added, unveiling that there exists confirmed data that “Israel” is a partner in the Saudi aggression on Yemen: a partner in finance and in terms of information and technology.”

His Eminence also underscored that “Every day, there are Yemenis and Saudis who are killed, and thousands of children are starved…Most Yemenis are still sacrificing and resisting the aggressions.”

Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah predicted that “Just like we gained victory in 2000 and in the July [2006] war, we are now approaching victory over the American-Saudi-“Israeli” scheme called Daesh.”

Source: al-Ahed news 

16-02-2017 | 19:00

 

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Sayyed Nasrallah Promises Israelis with Game Changing Surprises!

February 16, 2017

Sayyed Nasrallah speaking in the ceremony held in commemoration of Hezbollah martyred leaders

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah threatened the Israeli enemy with game-changing surprises should it launch any stupid war against Lebanon.

In a televised speech marking the Martyred Leaders Anniversary on Thursday, Sayyed Nasrallah vowed that Hezbollah was preparing for the worst adding that the resistance’s deterrence capabilities and steadfastness of its people are stopping the Israeli enemy from launching any war since 2006 victory.

“We’re proud that the Zionist entity had put us on the top of their list of threats this year. Iran came second and the Palestinian resistance third. But it’s shameful that they didn’t consider any Arab regime as a threat,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that since July 2006 war we were faced by threats of an Israeli war against Lebanon but the Israelis refrained from taking any action since then.

The S.G. reassured Lebanese that any possibility of a future Israeli war is low, especially after some people believed that a US president like Trump would encourage Israelis to attack Lebanon.

“There’re always political pretexts for a war against us, and an Arab cover is found today more than it was in 2006. The matter is that the Israeli is not sure of its victory in any future war and doesn’t need any US or Arab permission, meaning that the resistance has the required defenses and support from our people to deter it,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

The July 2006 war, he said, has made Israelis skeptical about any decisive win, adding that all of the Israeli rhetoric about possible future war on Lebanon is part of a “psychological war.” “Our guarantee is our strength and steadfastness which are preventing the Israeli from any adventure.”

Concerning the Ammonia threat, Hezbollah’s S.G. warned the Israelis that Hezbollah can reach Ammonia tanks anywhere. “The Israelis hurried to empty out its Ammonia container [in the northern occupied city of Haifa] of its toxic content after our threat to target it, but I tell them that we’ll target it wherever it’s taken to,” His eminence said, advising the Israelis to “not only evacuate the Ammonia tank from Haifa, but also dismantle the Dimona nuclear plant” from Negev.

“The Israelis believe that we are serious with our threats and capabilities and that our actions speak,” Sayyed Nasrallah noted.

Questioning the Zionist guts to send ground troops into Lebanon in any future war, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Aerial war alone cannot decide the fate of the battle and cannot achieve victory. Had it not been for the Syrian army’s fighting on the ground in Syria, it would not have been able to achieve decisive victory.”

His eminence reminded the Israelis of 2006 War when they thought they had enough intelligence about Hezbollah’s ammunitions and targets but were astonished with what happened back then. “In 2006 you had intelligence of our ammunition but you were astonished with what you saw after figuring out that you didn’t have enough information,” He said, promising them with surprises that would change the course of any war.

“Circumstances have changed today and the resistance won’t stand in its place to protect itself,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Concerning the Palestinian cause, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed that these days “we are witnessing the final chapters of liquidizing the Palestinian cause and the Arab regimes are quick to normalize ties with the Israeli enemy.”

He added that some Arab representative in Cairo were upset with the Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s speech at the Arab league. “Some Arabs were upset by President Michel Aoun when he tackled the Palestinian cause and the resistance and when he told them that the enemy has transformed the war into an Arab-Arab war.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said that in the meeting between Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump, the latter dropped the US commitment to the two-state solution, which signaled the end to any ‘peaceful negotiations’ between Palestinians and Israelis. “Where is the Arabs’ position and their response to the aggressions of the Zionist enemy,” His eminence wondered, but the Arab answer, he said, is with more killings in more killings in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria, and with more conspiracies against Iran.

“Circumstances are going to change, nothing remains as it is, there are schemes in the region that will be foiled and in the midst of conspiracies a resistance generation is to be born and achieve decisive victory,” Sayyed Nasrallah promised.

On Bahrain, Hezbollah’s secretary general pointed that Bahrain today is a country occupied by the Saudi forces which is killing and slaughtering the Bahraini people, adding that the decision to execute the three Bahraini youth was a Saudi order. “All those who bet that Bahrainis would be exhausted shall review what happened in the past days and be reassured that the solution is rather in listening to their rightful demands.”

Tackling the Yemeni conflict, Sayyed Nasrallah said the Israeli was a partner in the aggression against Yemen in addition to the US and Emirati support but added that the “steadfastness of the Yemenis is a myth, the crisis started two years ago with the hope it would take them only weeks to finish it but they were mistaken.” He said Saudi Arabia are bringing mercenaries from some countries to fight a proxy war in its war against Yemen, but the Yemenis are steadfast and firm in their resistance.

“The people who say ‘Humiliation, how remote’ as their motto won’t be defeated,” His eminence assured.

Sayyed Nasrallah held Saudi Arabia responsible for the blood being shed in some Arab countries. “Saudi Arabia created ISIL and it bears the responsibility of hundreds of thousands of martyrs who were killed in Iraq, Syria, Sinai and other places.” But He reassured that as “we gained victory in 2000 and in the July war, we are now approaching victory over the American-Saudi-Israeli project called ISIL.”

Hezbollah martyred leaders ceremony
Hezbollah martyred leaders ceremony

His eminence began his speech with saluting participators in the ceremony entitled “Masters of Victory” that was held in the hometowns of the martyred leaders in Jibsheet (the hometown of Martyr Sheikh Ragheb Harb), Nabisheet (the hometown of Martyr Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi) and Teir Dibba (the hometown of Martyr Leader Haj Imad Moughniyeh).

He paid tribute to Imam Ruhollah Khomeini on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution’s victory which “fulfilled the prophets’ dreams.”

“We insist on commemorating this occasion on the same day (February 16) since 30 years, in order for our generations to take those elite leaders as their role models and establishers of today’s victories,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that all people should hail those leaders who were the basis for our stability and victory, “they are indeed the Masters of our Victory.”

Sayyed Nasrallah also saluted the Lebanese army soldiers and the resistance Mujahideen who are “defending our country and borders in such a cold weather.”

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Saudi – Iranian Dialogue الحوار السعودي الإيراني

Saudi – Iranian Dialogue

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Neither Iran charged Kuwait with the mediation in the Yemeni crisis, nor did the Iranians attend the side scenes of the negotiations, but the Saudi officers did. Iran did not negotiate in Muscat or elsewhere with delegations that represent the government of Mansour Hadi, but the Saudis negotiated with Al Houthis there. The Americans did the same in charging Kuwait with the mediation and in the negotiation with Al Houthis away from any mediation. Neither Iran sent its Foreign Minister to Kuwait with a message to the Gulf Cooperation Council for a call to open Iranian Gulf dialogue, but the opposite has happened, nor it provided the cover for the Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri to take the initiative of adopting the nomination of the General Michael Aoun for presidency, but Saudi Arabia did as was said by the Lebanese Interior Minister Nuhad Al-Mashnouk through his talk about a major international regional settlement that paved the way for the arrival of the General Aoun to presidency. Furthermore the joining of Jordan to Astana was not due to Iranian encouragement, knowing that Iran is one of the sponsors of Astana, but surely Jordan has not taken this step without US Saudi encouragement, and the factions which it pledged to join them to ceasing-fire and the fight against Al Nusra and ISIS are factions that led by Washington and funded by Riyadh.

Tehran is aware that Saudi Arabia which is waging the choice of escalation in Bahrain and Yemen and waiting the improvement of its situation there, before entering into negotiation with Iran needs this negotiation as an interest and for its presence, while Iran wants this negotiation in order to keep the region away from further attrition, destruction, extremism, sects, and risks. Tehran is aware that Riyadh has decided in all the issues which form titles of dispute to follow the choice of the negotiation, but it preferred to stay behind the side scenes, so it chose the Prime Minister Al-Hariri in Lebanon, Jordan in Syria and Kuwait in the Gulf. But Tehran is aware that the time of the direct negotiation has not come yet. Saudi Arabia is waiting till summer to know what will the new US President do in the round of the escalation against Iran and to know whether it is mere a talk in the media or it is a sign of confrontation that can be based on. During this time it will do its best to resolve what can be resolved in Yemen and Bahrain and to improve the conditions of the negotiation hoping to avoid the loss in them, just for that Tehran is aware of the inevitability of the maturity of the choice of negotiation as far as it is aware that it has not matured yet.

The Iranian response by the Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is through the warm welcoming, but the caution concerning the Kuwaiti call for Iranian Gulf dialogue that stems from this assessment, he indicated that “till our neighbors are convinced that we are in need of common cooperation ,with reference to history and geography and the multi common issues between our people and the common threats which we face, then the region will have a real partner such as Iran”.

He stressed that “Iran does not want to threaten the stability of the region, and that the danger in any country threatens the whole region” he hoped that” the message which was sent by the Prince of Kuwait Al Sheikh Sabah Al Ahamad Al-Sabah to Tehran on behalf of himself and the rest of the rulers of the Gulf Cooperation Council came from a true desire”. Showing that “ this desire will be met by a real interaction by Iran also”. He pointed out that “this will be according to the facts and the future vision, provided that, if everyone recognizes that we must go ahead toward different future”.

Waiting for the Saudi summer to see the Iranian reaction.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

الحوار السعودي الإيراني

فبراير 8, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– لم تكلّف إيران الكويت بالوساطة في الأزمة اليمنية، ولا حضر الضباط الإيرانيون كواليس المفاوضات، بل الضباط السعوديون هم الذين فعلوا، ولم تفاوض إيران في مسقط ولا في سواها وفوداً تمثّل حكومة منصور هادي، بل السعوديون هم الذين فاوضوا الحوثيين هناك، والأميركيون فعلوا مثلهم في تفويض الكويت بالوساطة وفي التفاوض مع الحوثيين بعيداً عن أي واسطة، وليست إيران مَن أوفدت وزير خارجيتها إلى الكويت حاملاً رسالة لمجلس التعاون الخليجي للدعوة لفتح حوار إيراني خليجي، بل العكس هو الذي حصل، ولا إيران وفرت التغطية لرئيس الحكومة اللبناني سعد الحريري للمبادرة نحو العماد ميشال عون وتبنّي ترشيحه لرئاسة الجمهورية، بل السعودية هي مَن فعل، كما يقول وزير الداخلية اللبنانية نهاد المشنوق بحديثه عن تسوية إقليمية دولية كبرى جاءت بالعماد عون رئيساً، ولا ذهاب الأردن إلى أستانة جاء بنتيجة تشجيع إيراني، وإيران أحد الرعاة في أستانة، بل الأكيد أن الأردن ما كان ليفعل بلا تشجيع سعودي أميركي، والفصائل التي تعهّد ضمها لأستانة في وقف النار والقتال ضد النصرة وداعش، فصائل تقودها واشنطن وتمولها الرياض.

– تدرك طهران جيداً أن السعودية التي تخوض خيار التصعيد في البحرين واليمن، وتنتظر تحسين وضعها فيهما، قبل الدخول في التفاوض مع إيران، تحتاج هذا التفاوض مصلحياً ووجودياً، بينما تريده إيران لتجنيب المنطقة المزيد من الاستنزاف والخراب والتطرف والفتن والمخاطر، وتدرك طهران أن الرياض قرّرت في كل الملفات التي تشكل عناوين الخلاف سلوك خيار التفاوض، لكنها آثرت البقاء خلف الكواليس فاختارت الرئيس الحريري في لبنان، والأردن في سورية، والكويت في الخليج، لكن طهران تدرك أن وقت التفاوض المباشر لم يحِن بعد، فالسعودية تنتظر حتى الصيف لمعرفة ما سيفعله الرئيس الأميركي الجديد في جولة التصعيد بوجه إيران واكتشاف ما إذا كانت مجرد زوبعة كلام في فنجان الإعلام، أم أنها علامة خيار مواجهة يمكن البناء عليه. وخلال هذا الوقت ترمي بثقلها لحسم ما يمكن حسمه في اليمن والبحرين، وتحسين شروط التفاوض أملاً بتجنب الخسارة فيهما، لذلك تدرك طهران حتمية نضج خيار التفاوض بقدر ما تدرك أنه لم ينضج بعد.

– الجواب الإيراني على لسان وزير الخارجية محمد جواد ظريف بالترحيب الحار، لكن الحذر بالدعوة الكويتية لحوار خليجي إيراني ينطلق من هذا التقدير، مشيراً إلى أنه «عندما يقتنع جيراننا أننا بحاجة للتعاون المشترك، بالنظر إلى التاريخ والجغرافيا والمشتركات العديدة بين شعوبنا، والتهديدات المشتركة التي نواجهها، ستحظى المنطقة بشريك حقيقي مثل إيران». وشدّد على أن «إيران لا ترغب بتهديد استقرار المنطقة وإن الخطر في أي بلد يهدّد المنطقة بأكملها»، معرباً عن أمله في «أن تشكل الرسالة التي بعث بها أمير الكويت الشيخ صباح الأحمد الصباح إلى طهران، أصالة عن نفسه ونيابة عن باقي حكام دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، رغبة حقيقية»، مبيّناً أن «هذه الرغبة ستقابل بتفاعل حقيقي أيضاً من قبل إيران». وأشار إلى أن «ذلك سيكون وفقاً للحقائق وبنظرة مستقبلية»، شريطة أن «يُقرّ الجميع بأننا يجب أن نمضي نحو مستقبل مختلف».

– بانتظار الصيف السعودي لكل حادث حديث إيراني.

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Bahrain …. toward the resistance البحرين… الى المقاومة

Bahrain …. toward the resistance

يناير 27, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

Six years ago, the people of Bahrain were facing all the provocations of Al-Jazeera shield led by Saudi Arabia, but they remained sticking to the peaceful path. The people of Bahrain who are led today by Islamic movement have sacrificed a lot in all stages, under the banners of Liberalism in the forties, when they were demanding of elections, under the banner of Gamal Abdul Nasser in the fifties, when they were demanding of liberation, and under the banner of the Left, when they were leading the struggle of the trade union which is the most avant -grade in the Arab world. The people of Bahrain did not leave the arenas and no one can call their revolution as the sectarian awakening.

The people of Bahrain insist on the peaceful path despite the cascade of blood that is shed by the Saudi intervention and despite the semi-complete negligence of what is so-called the International Community, comparing with the allegations of the defense for the human rights where the West has interests, so the killers of Al-Qaeda organization become martyrs and its fighters become the heroes of freedom as described by Laurent Fabius the Former French Foreign Minister on the Turkish-Syrian borders. Here the insistence is more than a historic patience; it is a strategic choice and may be it reaches its final stages.

What has happened in Bahrain as a remorseless killing, a felony that did not get an investigation or a trial of youths who were arrested in the movement of the Bahraini street; they were accused of bombing a vehicle of Al-Jazeera Shield’s vehicles, and a summary execution  without an actual trial said that Saudi Arabia which has ordered of killing is drawing a red line for accepting the settlements in the region, it is the recognition of making the people of the Gulf countries slaves for the family of Saud as a precondition for settlements outside the Gulf, otherwise there is no objection by Saudi Arabia from keeping the agitating wars and spending all the money to bring the extremists and the mercenaries to wage them. This means the transformation of Saudi Arabia to a greater opportunity for the dominance of ISIS practically and gradually.

The dominance of ISIS on Saudi Arabia geographically, demographically and militarily as well as the rootedness of its project in it seems as a salvation of ISIS in the light of the defeats which affected it in Iraq, and the difficulty of resilience in the war of Syria, and in the light of the European Russian race to prevent ISIS from the stability in Libya as an expected substitute for ISIS after Iraq and Syria. So it is logical that ISIS will aspire to Saudi Arabia for the next two years. It seems that the rulers of Saudi Arabia do not mind that or they are not aware of it, on the contrary they say to the world; you have to choose between our dominance with our savagery on oil and ISIS’ dominance on it with its brutality.

Saudi Arabia puts the region and the world between the two options of the recognition of humiliated bondage for the people of the Gulf or giving the sources of oil to ISIS. The comparison between what has happened in Iraq and what might happen in Saudi Arabia makes the matter logical, since the background is ready popularly and the devotions to extremism, atonement, and the blood according to the sheikhs of Wahhabism are shown through their public fatawas.

Between the two parts of this duality, it is no longer possible for anyone to address the people of Bahrain by asking them to be patience and to endure. The resistance has become an option that no one can denounce it or considered it a haste or emotion. If the Saudis want to weaken the influence of Iran in the Gulf, they are succeeding because they make the people rebel against the advices of Iran to be calm and sticking to the peaceful path because they kill every call for wisdom.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

البحرين… الى المقاومة

ناصر قنديل

– منذ ست سنوات يقف شعب البحرين في الشوارع يواجه كل استفزازات درع الجزيرة بقيادة السعودية، متمسكاً بالمسار السلمي. وشعب البحرين الذي تقوده اليوم حركة إسلامية لم يبخل على النضال العربي بالتضحيات في المراحل كلها. فكان تحت شعارات الليبرالية في الأربعينيات يطالب بالانتخابات، وتحت لواء جمال عبد الناصر في الخمسينيات يطالب بالتحرر، وتحت لواء اليسار يقود النضال النقابي الأشدّ طليعية في العالم العربي، فشعب البحرين لم يغادر الساحات ولا يمكن لأحد تسمية ثورته بالصحوة الطائفية.

– بقي إصرار شعب البحرين على المسار السلمي، رغم شلال الدم المسال بتدخّل سعودي، ورغم التجاهل شبه التام لما يُسمّى بالمجتمع الدولي قياساً بمزاعم الدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان حيث للغرب مصالح، فيصير قتلى تنظيم القاعدة شهداء ويصير مقاتلوها أبطال حرية، كما وصفهم لوران فابيوس وزير خارجية فرنسا الأسبق على الحدود التركية السورية. وهذا الإصرار أكثر من صبر تاريخي، بل هو خيار استراتيجي، ربما يكون قد بلغ مراحله النهائية.

– ما جرى في البحرين من قتل بدم بارد بجرم لم ينل تحقيقاً ولا محاكمة لشبان اعتقلوا من حراك الشارع البحراني، ووجّهت لهم الاتهامات بتفجير آلية من آليات درع الجزيرة، وتنفيذ حكم الإعدام بهم من دون محاكمة فعلية، يقول إن السعودية التي أمرت بالقتل ترسم خطاً أحمر لقبولها بالتسويات في المنطقة. وهو التسليم بجعل شعوب بلاد الخليج عبيدا لآل سعود كشرط مسبق لتسويات خارج الخليج، وإلا فلا مانع لدى السعودية من بقاء الحروب مشتعلة وإنفاق كل المال والمجيء بكل المتطرفين والمرتزقة لخوضها. وهذا يعني تحويل السعودية عملياً وتدريجياً إلى أكبر فرصة لسيطرة داعش.

– سيطرة داعش على السعودية جغرافياً وسكانياً وعسكرياً، وتجذُّر مشروعه فيها يبدو خشبة خلاص داعش في ضوء الهزائم التي يُمنَى بها التنظيم في العراق، وصعوبة الصمود عندما تدور آلة الحرب عليه في سورية، وفي ضوء التسابق الأوروبي الروسي على منع داعش من الاستقرار في ليبيا، كبديل متوقع لداعش بعد العراق وسورية، فيصير المنطقي أن يبني التنظيم خطته نحو السعودية للسنتين المقبلتين، ولا يبدو أن حكام السعودية يمانعون بذلك أو لا يدركونه، بل يقولون للعالم عليكم أن تختاروا بين سيطرتنا بهمجيتنا على النفط، أو تسليمه لداعش بوحشيته.

– السعودية تضع المنطقة والعالم بين خيارَيْ التسليم بعبودية ذليلة لشعوب الخليج أو تسليم منابع النفط لداعش. والمقارنة بين ما جرى في العراق، وما قد يجري في السعودية يصير الأمر منطقياً. فالبيئة جاهزة شعبياً والولاءات للتطرف والتكفير والدم لدى مشايخ الوهابية تُظهرها فتاوى علنية.

– بين حدَّيْ هذه الثنائية لم يعد ممكناً لأحد مخاطبة شعب البحرين بطلب الصبر والتحمّل. فالمقاومة صارت خياراً لا يمكن لأحد استهجانه واعتباره تسرّعاً أو انفعالاً، وإذا كان السعوديون يريدون إضعاف نفوذ إيران في الخليج فهم ينجحون، بأن يجعلوا الشعوب تتمرّد على نصائح إيران بالتهدئة والتمسك بالسلمية، لأنهم يغتالون كل نداء للحكمة.

 

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Iraq Dialogue …. The start of politics حوار العراق… بداية السياسة

 

Iraq Dialogue …. The start of politics

يناير 24, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

When a conference held in Iraq under the name of the dialogue, and in which the President of the Republic participated to grant it the protocol legitimacy, and when the Prime Minister, and the Speaker of the parliament participated in a speech without  compliments, and in which the political and the sectarian components involved to express publically their concerns and obsessions, and when the representatives of the Kurdistan region attend talking frankly about the self-determination and the secession, then this means that it is a public dialogue not a media manifestation that celebrates the victory of Mosul which is about to enter the crucial stage, and when you are invited to participate in this dialogue to attend, to witness, to ask , and to communicate then you have to witness that the Iraqis have surprised you that they started politics in its deep meaning, in  a way that surpasses the narrow limits of managing the authoritarian interests and the competition on sharing them. So the necessary expression must be first for the sponsor of the Dialogue the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and the Head of the Iraqi Institute for the dialogue of thought; Sheikh Dr. Humam Hamoudi who has succeeded away from circulating his name as one of the figures of the politics-making in reserving a seat among the professional policy-makers.

In politics, it is clear that each of the main participants have recorded through his participation his interest by leaving his imprint in the success of the project of the internal settlement which is in circulation, through the attempt of reconciling between democracy that depends on voting and produces according to the Iraqi demography fears of the dominance of Shiites on the political and procedural decision, and a consonance that does not disable the mechanism of the country , confines it and abolishes the democracy, but those important players did not forget scoring points in the major conflict that is about to launch, its title is the Iraq’s Parliament 2018 which will be an image of new balances, but it will draw the new image of Iraq.

Politics and scoring points are present; it is clear from the words of Al-Abadi his announcement of the transition from the position of the Prime Minister in a way that is closer to proxy, to become a player who aspires to stay in the arena with the same position, a project of a future Prime Minister with a political speech, its basis is the success in liberating the Iraqi provinces which are under the control of ISIS and restoring them to the Iraqi sovereignty, in addition to his sponsorship of helping the army to get up from the setback of Mosul, targeting the political sect with a symbolism that targets whom he considers them rooted competitors  in the political game, at their forefront the former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, thus the supporters of Al-Maliki responded by saying; that the popular crowd which took upon itself the accomplishment and which was the most prominent party and has protected Baghdad and has paved the way for the reformation of the army has moved on before the new government, where Al Maliki was at the forefront of its sponsors. The problem with Al Abadi was that he has returned the Americans whom were brought out of Iraq by Al Maliki, while Mr. Ammar Al Hakim the Head of the National Alliance for which Al Maliki will belong, and which took over the responsibility of nominating Al Abadi clarified that the seven points which presented by Al Abadi are the alliance project, and that the crowd has been formed by the fatwa of reference and the alliance’s decision. During the dialogue and the communication the Speaker of the Parliament Salim Al Jabouri as the most powerful representative of Sunni participated by saying that the formation of the Iraqi scene within the multiple regions alone ensures the settlement. The Kurds at the spokesman of Barham Saleh announced their sticking to the right of determining the till the secession.

This wide area of the political engagement seems closer to the entry into the serious politics instead of being a division project. The sharp political conflict is waged this time carefully in order not to fall into the traps that make the victory on ISIS a political paper inside the Shiite house, since the popular crowd is a common investment that its assets cannot be distributed, or make this victory a gateway for the exit of the Sunni leaderships from the position of the defeated. The experience has taught all, now they are professing what they have learnt. The emergence of ISIS has showed the Sunnis that the strike of politics do not leave them immune from the dangers of who targets Iraq, even when it makes the title of its war sectarian. The Sunnis have spent high cost for the expansion of ISIS in provinces most of them are from them. Their leaders know how to deal with the disputes under the roof of the quest for consensus, not linking it with the regional variables that strengthen the positions of the countries which present themselves as sponsor for them as Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It became clear their inability to adjust the balances in their favor in the light of the war of Syria, as it is clear that they adapt themselves through their special considerations with the other regional involved in Iraq, not through the Iraqis’ considerations. The Shiite leaders disclose that they learnt the meaning of depriving ISIS from the incubating background, the importance not to neglect what is going on in the Sunni arena, and to be sufficient with the legitimacy of having control over the power according to the simple equations of democracy. Both of Mr. Ammar Al-Hakim and Al Sheikh Humam Hamoudi ensure in explaining the philosophy of the historical settlement which searches in the equation of the balance the need to comply with the need of democracy, while the Kurdish speech about the self-determination does not disturb anyone, so Adel Abdul Mahdi Barham Saleh replied that the Kurds do not want the secession and its circumstances are not mature yet, but when the opposite happens no one will wait our approval. The attendance of the Kurds in Baghdad’s Dialogue is a sign that neither they want nor the circumstances have got mature. Therefore the recalling is a political negotiation and everyone is ready and willing of that negotiation.

The determination and the openness are available, they are main conditions but not sufficient. The difficult equation between the consensus and the democracy is known by the Lebanese people that it is not just a desire. The Iraqis bet on the Saudi understanding and responding to the settlement requirements as they did in Lebanon, but they do not have yet enough signals, while Iran has a high representation through the Chairman of the Commission of the Foreign Affairs in Al Shura Council Alaeddin Broujerdi to say that it blesses, and the Chairman of the Commission of the Foreign Affairs in the Egyptian and the Jordanian Parliaments attend to say that we are awaiting, but this is not enough.

The big question which is faced by the Iraqi Dialogue is how Iraq is not a playground, since through its size, wealth, and its geographical position cannot be outside the attention, so in order not to be a playground it must be a player, and this means to have a clear position in the regional geography, not to be afraid of identifying the compass of its security between a concept that sees Israel as a source of danger, and a concept which sees the danger from Iran, and not to be afraid also from the engagement in forming a security economical bilateral with Syria that is imposed by the challenges, risks, interests, and roles, because without the first part is an internal confusion and variations, and without the second part is a red US line. So will the Iraqis wage the risks through these two issues? Or will the American and the Saudi precede them to cope with the settlements, and thus the complexities will be easy? Or will ISIS precede all and target Saudi Arabia?

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

حوار العراق… بداية السياسة

يناير 16, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– عندما ينعقد في العراق مؤتمر تحت عنوان الحوار ويشترك فيه إلى رئيس الجمهورية لمنحه الشرعية البروتوكولية رئيسا الحكومة والمجلس النيابي للخوض في خطاب بلا مجاملات وتشارك المكوّنات السياسية والطائفية للبوح بصوت عالٍ بمكنوناتها وهواجسها، ويحضر ممثلو إقليم كردستان متحدّثين بصراحة عن حق تقرير المصير والانفصال، فهذا يعني أنه حوار في الهواء الطلق وليس تظاهرة إعلامية تحشد للاحتفال بنصر الموصل الذي يوشك على دخول المرحلة الحاسمة، وعندما تُقيّض لك المشاركة في هذا الحوار حاضراً وشاهداً وسائلاً ومحاوراً، فعليك أن تشهد أن العراقيين فاجأوك بأنهم بدأوا بالسياسة، بمعناها العميق بما يتخطّى ضيق أفق إدارة المصالح السلطوية والتنافس على تقاسمها. والشهادة الواجبة أولاً لراعي الحوار نائب رئيس مجلس النواب ورئيس المعهد العراقي لحوار الفكر الشيخ الدكتور همام حمودي، الذي نجح من خارج التداول باسمه كواحد من شخصيات الصف الصانع للسياسة في ما مضى بحجز مقعد متقدّم بين الصنّاع المحترفين.

– في السياسة، الواضح أن كلاً من المشاركين الرئيسيين سجل بمشاركته اهتمامه وعنايته بترك بصمة في إنجاح مشروع التسوية الداخلية المطروحة في التداول، بمحاولة للتوفيق بين ديمقراطية تعتمد التصويت وتنتج وفقاً للديمغرافيا العراقية مخاوف طغيان الشيعة على القرار السياسي والإجرائي، وبالمقابل توافقية لا تشل آلة الدولة وتكبّلها، وتلغي الديمقراطية، لكن لم يغب عن هؤلاء اللاعبين الكبار تسجيل النقاط في صراع كبير يوشك على الانطلاق عنوانه برلمان العراق 2018 الذي سيكون صورة لتوازنات جديدة، ولكنه سيرسم صورة العراق الجديدة.

– السياسة وتسجيل النقاط حاضران، فالواضح من بين سطور كلمة العبادي إعلانه الانتقال من رئيس حكومة الضرورة بطريقة أقرب للوكالة، ليصير لاعباً طامحاً للبقاء في الملعب وبالمنصب ذاته، مشروع رئيس حكومة مقبل بخطاب سياسي قوامه، النجاح في تحرير المحافظات العراقية التي استعادها من يد داعش للسيادة العراقية، ورعايته لقيامة الجيش من نكسة الموصل، وتصويبه على الطائفية السياسية برمزية تستهدف من يراهم منافسين متجذّرين في اللعبة السياسية، وفي مقدمتهم الرئيس السابق للحكومة نور المالكي، ليردّ مناصرون للمالكي بالقول، الحشد الشعبي الذي تولى الإنجاز أبرز من حمى بغداد، وأفسح المجال لإعادة بناء الجيش انطلق قبل الحكومة الجديدة والمالكي كان في مقدمة رعاته. والمشكلة مع العبادي أنه أعاد الأميركيين الذين أخرجهم المالكي من العراق، بينما يوضح السيد عمار الحكيم كرئيس للتحالف الوطني الذي ينتمي إليه المالكي والذي تولى تسمية العبادي، أن النقاط السبع التي عرضها العبادي هي مشروع التحالف، وأن الحشد تشكل بفتوى المرجعية وقرار التحالفز ويدخل على خط الحوار والتجاذب رئيس مجلس النواب سليم الجبوري كممثل أقوى في الساحة السنية ليقول إن تشكيل المشهد العراقي ضمن الأقاليم المتعددة، وحده يضمن التسوية، ويعلن الأكراد بلسان برهم صالح تمسكهم بحق تقرير المصير حتى الانفصال.

– هذه المساحة الواسعة من الاشتباك السياسي تبدو أقرب لتمرين الدخول في السياسة الجدية، بدلاً من أن تبدو مشروع انقسام، فالصراع السياسي الحاد يُخاض هذه المرة بعناية عالية لعدم الوقوع في فخاخ تجعل النصر على داعش ورقة سياسية داخل البيت الشيعي باعتبار الحشد الشعبي استثماراً مشتركاً لا يمكن توزيع أرصدته، أو تجعل هذا النصر مدخلاً لخروج القيادات السنية في موقع المهزوم. فالتجربة علمت الجميع وها هم يجاهرون بما تعلّموه، أن ظهور داعش قال للسنة بأن الإضراب عن السياسة لا يتركهم بمنأى عن مخاطر مَن يستهدف العراق، حتى عندما يجعل عنوانه حرباً مذهبياً، فقد دفع السنة ثمناً غالياً لتمدّد داعش في محافظات أغلبها منهم، وتعلم قادتهم معالجة الخلافات تحت سقف السعي للتوافق، وعدم ربطه بمتغيرات إقليمية تعزز مواقع الدول التي تقدم نفسها كراعٍ لهم، مثل تركيا والسعودية، بات واضحاً عجزها عن تعديل الموازين لصالحها في ضوء حرب سورية، كما هو واضح أنها تتأقلم بحساباتها الخاصة مع المعنيين الإقليميين الآخرين في العراق، وليس بحسابات العراقيين. كما يفصح قادة الشيعة أنهم تعلموا معنى حرمان داعش من البيئة الحاضنة، وأهمية عدم إدارة الظهر لما يجري في الساحة السنية، والاكتفاء بشرعية إمساك السلطة وفقاً لمعادلات الديمقراطية البسيطة، كما يؤكد كل من السيد عمار الحكيم والشيخ همام حمودي في شرح فلسفة التسوية التاريخية، الباحثة عن معادلة توازن الحاجة للتوافق مع الحاجة للديمقراطية، بينما لا يقلق أحداً الكلام الكردي عن حق تقرير مصير، فيجيب عادل عبد المهدي برهم صالح في منصة الحوار ذاته، الكرد لا يريدون الانفصال وظروفه ليست ناضجة، وعندما يحدث العكس لن ينتظر أحد موافقتنا، ومجيء الأكراد لحوار بغداد علامة على أن لا هم يريدون ولا الظروف نضجت، وأن التذكير هو تفاوض سياسي، والجميع جاهز وراغب بهذا التفاوض.

– تتوافر العزيمة وتحضر المصارحة. وهما شرطان أساسيان لكنهما غير كافيين، فالمعادلة الصعبة بين التوافق والديمقراطية يعرف اللبنانيون أنها ليست رغبة فقط، ويراهن العراقيون على تفهّم سعودي وتجاوب مع متطلبات التسوية، كما فعلوا في لبنان، لكن ليست لديهم بعد إشارات كافية بينما تحضر إيران بمستوى تمثيل عالٍ عبر رئيس لجنة الأمن والخارجية في مجلس الشورى علاء الدين بروجردي لتقول إنها تبارك، ويحضر رئيسا لجنة الشؤون الخارجية في البرلمانيين المصري والأردني ليقولا إننا ننتظر، لكن لا يكفي أهل العريس والمدعوين ليكتمل العرس، بينما العروس وأهلها غائبون.

– السؤال الكبير الذي يواجهه الحوار العراقي هو: كيف لا يكون العراق ملعباً، وهو بحجمه وثرواته وموقعه الجغرافي لا يمكن أن يكون خارج الاهتمام، فكي لا يكون ملعباً يجب أن يصير لاعباً. وهذا يعني أن يملك موقعاً واضحاً في الجغرافيا الإقليمية، لا يخشى تحديد بوصلة لأمنه وسط تجاذب بين مفهوم يرى «إسرائيل» مصدر الخطر وآخر يرى الخطر من إيران، ولا يخشى الانخراط في تشكيل ثنائية أمنية واقتصادية مع سورية تفرضها التحديات والمخاطر والمصالح والأدوار، ودون الأولى ارتباك داخلي وتباينات، ودون الثانية خط أحمر أميركي، فهل يقدم العراقيون على خوض المخاطر فيهما؟ أم يسبقهم الأميركي والسعودي بالتأقلم على خط التسويات فتهون التعقيدات؟ أم يسبق داعش الجميع ويضرب ضربته في السعودية؟

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Trump has Opportunity to End Obama/Clinton Weapons Sales to Anti-Woman Tyrants

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By Robert Barsocchini | Blacklisted News | January 22, 2017

I attended the women’s rights rally in Portland, Oregon, today to support women worldwide and urge Trump to end Obama and Hillary Clinton’s record weapons deals with the most repressive state for women in the world, the totalitarian dictatorship of Saudi Arabia.

In 2010, the Clinton state department organized the biggest weapons sale in US history. The sale was to strongman Abdullah Abdullaziz, who had women executed as punishment for being raped. The Kerry state department followed the deal with a sale of almost a billion dollars worth of illegal cluster bombs to the dictator. Obama approved both deals.

Bloomberg reports Clinton’s weapons sales to woman-oppressing dictators increased dramatically after the tyrants ‘donated’ to what Harper’s magazine calls the Clintons’ ‘slush fund’, the Clinton Foundation.

An unfortunate aspect of much of the current anti-Trump upheaval around the country is that similar actions were not undertaken when policies Democrats would or will oppose if Trump carries them out were not opposed by Democrats when Obama and Hillary Clinton performed them.

However, this is largely because the general public is kept ignorant of most of these policies.  Such actions, Dr. Chalmers Johnson has noted, are “kept secret” from the US-American public.

Respected analysts this week highlighted the disparity between Obama’s treatment in the neoliberal press and his actual record.

John Pilger quotes a typically sycophantic example of a description of Obama, this one from The Guardian:

“But the grace. The all-encompassing grace: in manner and form, in argument and intellect, with humour and cool … [He] is a blazing tribute to what has been, and what can be again … He seems ready to keep fighting, and remains a formidable champion to have on our side … The grace … the almost surreal levels of grace …”

Nicolas J S Davies outlines the reality: Obama, whose political career has been sponsored by, among many other similar elements, lethal weapons manufacturer General Dynamics, “has increased U.S. military spending beyond the post-World War II record set by President George W. Bush. Now that Obama has signed the military budget for FY2017, the final record is that Obama has spent an average of $653.6 billion per year, outstripping Bush by an average of $18.7 billion per year (in 2016 dollars).

In historical terms, after adjusting for inflation, Obama’s military spending has been 56 percent higher than Clinton’s, 16 percent higher than Reagan’s, and 42 percent more than the U.S. Cold War average…”

Under Obama, “… the U.S. and its allies dropped 20,000 bombs and missiles in his first term. In his second term, they have dropped four times that number, bringing the total for Obama’s presidency to over 100,000 bombs and missiles striking seven countries, surpassing the 70,000 unleashed on five countries by George W. Bush.”

Pilger notes Obama ordered an average of 72 explosive devices to be planted and detonated every day in 2016.

Davies continues that Obama has used the US’s Central American model of favoring proxy-armies and death-squads over sending in US troops, and has thus provided arms and ignited and fueled conflicts that have killed hundreds of thousands around the world.

But the strategy has also included “a massive expansion of U.S. special operations forces, now deployed to 138 different countries, compared with only 60 when Obama took office.”

Pilger notes this “amounted to a full-scale invasion of Africa.”

Highlighting what these US operations and hegemonic expansion mysteriously achieve, Oxfam this week released a report noting that about 8 people now control as much wealth as half the world’s population.  This is down from 16 people within the past year or so, and around 70 people before that.

Within the US, while thousands of the poorest people in places like Detroit had their water turned off in violation of the universal declaration of human rights, Obama allocated a trillion dollars to the nuclear arsenal, in violation of legal obligations and agreements.

And while he has refused to prosecute torturers and war criminals from the Bush Jr. regime (let alone his own), he has waged a campaign of persecution against those who have exposed torture and war crimes.

Amnesty International and other groups note a highlight of Obama’s presidency was his recent commutation of the sentence of US political prisoner Chelsea Manning, who released documents exposing some US war crimes.  But the commutation came after an offer from another, higher-value whistle-blower and political prisoner, Julian Assange, to accept extradition to the US in exchange for clemency for Manning.

Others note Obama has deported millions of people and increased military aid to human rights violators like Israel and Saudi Arabia more than any other president.

While at least some Democrats would express opposition to these actions if they were performed by Trump, this cannot necessarily be called hypocrisy, since the US and Western propaganda model (corporations dumping billions into favored media outlets to overwhelm the market) prevents the vast majority of them from knowing Obama undertook the actions himself.

This is not new.  Similar demonstrations expressing disgust were carried out by Democrats and others during the inauguration of Bush Jr., but not in opposition to policies carried out by Clinton such as his genocide in Iraq that killed some 500,000 children, his support for terrorist Paul Kagame in Rwanda, which has contributed to the deaths of millions, or Clinton’s aggression against Yugoslavia.

Continuing to illustrate how these and other crimes are “kept secret” from or distorted for the US and Western public, Reuters this week said the US/NATO aggression against Yugoslavia was carried out in response to Serbia “killing about 10,000 ethnic Albanian civilians there.”

But Noam Chomsky and other US/Western propaganda analysts note that according to the West’s own monitors, including the British Parliamentary inquiry into the matter, this is a reversal of the chronology.

In the year before the US/NATO attack, about 2,000 people were killed due the conflict in Yugoslavia, with more killings attributed to the KLA – the terrorist-integrated guerilla force backed by the US and Western countries – than to the Serbs.  Before the US/NATO attack, the killings had mostly subsided, but the KLA continued to carry out provocations to, as it stated, try to instigate NATO intervention on its behalf.

Wesley Clarke, the NATO commander at the time, said bombing Yugoslavia would cause more deaths and atrocities than would occur without Western bombing. Others agreed, but, with Hillary Clinton’s urging, Bill Clinton began bombing the country, leading to the “about” 10,000 deaths Reuters this week says the bombing was a response to.

The Reuters article also mysteriously fails to mention that if the US had intervened to prevent atrocities, it would not have been supporting what Dr. Michael Parenti, in a book on the topic written under the supervision of Balkan experts, notes were worse atrocities carried out by Turkey (against the Kurds) and other regimes around the world.

Through countless similar distortions and omissions, the US/Western propaganda model thus continues to keep Democrats uninformed and thus complacent or supportive of politicians who carry out actions Democrats sometimes vehemently oppose when the same actions are planned or carried out by Republicans.

Comparable dynamics are also true in reverse.

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