Why countries are reluctant to join U.S.-led maritime coalition

TEHRAN – The U.S.-led naval coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf formally was launched in Bahrain on Thursday. But the notable point is that countries have not welcomed this plan. Only a few countries with ineffective naval power have joined the coalition.

*By Mohammad Ghaderi

On July 2019, the U.S. proposed a coalition plan to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf. Mike Pompeo, the U.S. secretary of state, invited U.S. allies such as Britain, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and Australia to join the coalition. Although the U.S. has persuaded its allies on various occasions and even applied pressure on them to join the coalition, it was not warmly welcomed. In August, Britain joined the U.S. military coalition in the wake of a conflict with Iran over oil tanker seizures first in Gibraltar and later in the Strait of Hormuz.

Later the Zionist regime and Australia joined the coalition.

Launch of the U.S.-led marine coalition

The coalition, which reportedly aims to “protect shipping in the Persian Gulf”, was launched on Thursday. The U.S. stated that through the coalition it intends to safeguard region’s oil supply against possible threats. Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has joined the coalition along with the UEA and Saudi Arabia.

James Malloy, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, has claimed that the goal of the coalition is defensive. Malloy said the coalition will last as long as necessary.

Some European countries, including France, has not joined the coalition to avoid escalating tensions in the region. Japan has decided to dispatch its naval forces to the Strait of Hormuz independently, rather than joining the coalition.  It is said that Japan made this decision because it has an amicable relationship with Iran and does not like to be seen as an important country and power in the U.S.-led coalition.

In this regard, the London-based Raialyoum wrote that the announcement of formal launch of the U.S.-led maritime coalition to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf with the participation of only 6 countries reminds the old Arab proverb saying “the mountain was in labor but gave birth to a mouse”. Raialyoum added the limited number of countries joining the coalition reveals that the U.S. influence has been reducing not only in the Persian Gulf region but also all around the world. It seems that the current and former U.S. administrations cannot any longer form coalitions like the ones that launched wars in Iraq, Libya, or Afghanistan with the participation of 30 or 60 countries.

The Arab world digital news and opinion website said that it is noteworthy that three Persian Gulf states namely Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar are absent in the coalition. They have refused to join the coalition not because they have taken a neutral stance toward U.S. controversial measures against Iran, but because they do not trust the U.S. and its current government. The source added that the U.S. government has adopted rash policies that can lead to regional and probably international war; furthermore, the coalition can be an element of “tension” not a guarantee for defense and stability.

Raialyoum stated that we do not believe these six countries – Britain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Australia, and Albania – will be able to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf because most of them, except the U.S. and Britain, do not have effective naval power.

However, the marine coalition is a dramatic and hypocritical show and the U.S. is trying to milk the three states of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain. By its presence, the U.S. only disturbs the region’s security. Washington only takes care of its interests.

The security in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf will only be achieved through the reconciliation between regional countries since they are neighbors and they cannot change their geography. The intervention of countries outside the region will only make the situation more complicated.

* Author: Mohammad Ghaderi , Tehran Times editor in chief 

His page on Twitter : @ghaderi62 – and Gmail address : m.ghaderi62@gmail.com

The Bahrain Gov’t Is Attacking Female Activists – And Trump’s Policies are Emboldening Them

The Bahrain Gov’t Is Attacking Female Activists – And Trump’s Policies are Emboldening Them

By Lucilla Berwick and Bridget Quitter, Ms. Magazine 

In 2017, Bahraini human rights defender Ebtisam al-Saegh found herself sitting in a dark room before a pair of chain smoking officers from Bahrain’s National Security Agency. “No one is going to hear you in this place,” sneered one of the men, who introduced himself as ‘the torturer.’ “No one can protect you here, not the Human Rights Council or any other organization. You know we have a green light from Trump, right?”

It had been a brutal year in the tiny island of Bahrain, the home of the US Navy Fifth Fleet and a key American ally in the Arab Gulf. The government, led by the AlKhalifa monarchy, had begun a severe and ongoing crackdown, which saw all political opposition groups and independent media forcibly dissolved and thousands incarcerated on political charges, amid accusations of rampant torture and due process violations. Ebtisam had recently returned from the UN in Geneva, where she spoke out about Bahrain’s repression.

With her arrest and torture, the government was sending a message: this would not be tolerated.

Women like Ebtisam have long played a central, albeit overlooked, role in Bahrain’s opposition movement. As the government increasingly targeted women for their opinions or those of their relatives, many began to come forward. Our organizations, the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy and Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, have worked with nine women to share their stories. The resulting report, Breaking the Silence, traces the path of these women – from their arrests, through their interrogations and trials, to their detention at Isa Town Detention Centre, Bahrain’s only women’s prison. We uncovered horrific patterns of abuse, from sham trials to torture and sexual violence.

We encountered considerable obstacles to our work from the outset. The Bahraini state is highly resistant to scrutiny, making it virtually impossible to visit the country for research. UN Special Rapporteurs have not been permitted entry since 2006, while human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have been denied access since 2015. However, through regular phone calls with the imprisoned women and their families, as well as analysis of court rulings and medical reports and comments from psychologists and legal experts, we pieced together a coherent picture of their experiences.

As we assembled their stories, the systematic nature of government abuses became clear. During brutal interrogations, the women experienced extreme violence, ranging from threats of rape or death to beatings, sexual assault and witnessing the torture of relatives. To end these abuses, many agreed to sign pre-written confessions, later used by Bahrain’s widely condemned judiciary to convict them. When they attempted to raise their ill-treatment in court, they were dismissed by judges.

Once sentenced, the women were singled out for mistreatment at Isa Town prison due to their political status, as is common across the Bahraini prison system. They reported punitive measures, including restrictions on family visits, religious discrimination, physical assault and medical negligence. Two of the women who remain in prison today, Medina Ali and Hajer Mansoor, have only seen their children once over the past year – a visit that was granted only after significant international pressure.

The legacies of the women’s abuse affect them to this day. Ebtisam reported she can no longer sleep in the dark or tolerate the smell of cigarettes, both of which immediately transport her back to the smoky room where she was tortured. Others reported psychological trauma in their young children related to their prolonged separation. The stigma attached to incarceration also makes returning to society difficult: After being released following an international campaign against her unlawful conviction, Najah Yusuf was fired by her employer who questioned her integrity due to her criminal record.

“Sometimes I speak normally about my ordeal,” Yusuf told us, “but the truth is that I am bleeding from within. It’s painful, and I have no idea when all of this is going to end.”

While abuses in Bahrain may seem distant, the US exerts a huge influence on the country, and American policy has actively contributed to the crackdown. Since Trump’s election, Obama-era human rights conditions on arms sales have been removed and the State Department has approved an unprecedented $8.5 billion worth of arms sales, upgrades, services and training to the country. Despite evidence that some of this funding has gone directly to bodies implicated in the abuse of the women we interviewed, the US places no human rights conditions on its substantial investment in Bahrain.

Trump seemingly gave the “green light” to Bahrain’s crackdown during a state visit in May 2017, where he promised an end to the “strain” his predecessor had placed on US-Bahrain relations. Two days later, Bahraini police opened fire on peaceful protests in the village of Diraz, in what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described as among the “deadliest” operations since Bahrain’s pro-democracy uprising was crushed in 2011. The conservative shift in American domestic policy has also encouraged Bahrain’s rights abuses: days after the White House announced the resumption of federal executions in July 2019, Bahrain executed two torture victims amid international outcry; when asked for comment ahead of the executions, the Bahraini Embassy in Washington, DC explicitly referenced the US decision.

Trump’s barely-concealed enthusiasm for authoritarianism is bolstering a climate of impunity in the region. In Bahrain, this means abusers are free to operate without fear of consequences. When Trump received Bahrain’s Crown Prince to discuss arms deals last month, he made the message very clear: keep buying arms, and we will stay silent on rights abuses.

For the women we worked with, the knowledge that they could be seized again at any point is among the most terrifying aspects of their entire experience. It is time for Congress to make clear that these violations cannot be tolerated.

These nine women have broken the silence. Now it is up to us to raise our voices and make sure that their efforts are not in vain.

Bahrain Crackdown: Health of Hunger-striking Detainee Deteriorating

Bahrain Crackdown: Health of Hunger-striking Detainee Deteriorating

By Staff

Bahraini human rights activist Ebtisam al-Saegh reported that the health condition of detainee Osama al-Saghir has been deteriorating as he fainted in the washroom after spending 15 days of an ongoing hunger strike.

Al-Saghir, sentenced to 60 years in prison for political charges, started bleeding after the incident, al-Saegh said, adding that “although the bleeding stopped, he has been injured and in pain, and is still deprived from making phone calls and going out to the courtyard.”

For his part, Osama’s father said that all what his son demands is a private visit, a jacket and a blanket to feel warm.

Not to mention, it has been 9 months since Osama al-Saghir stopped receiving visitors due to the inspection and humiliation of his mother as she comes to visit him. Osama’s mother suffers from a heart disease, and her son demands granting her a private visit inside the prison while respecting her health situation.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: War on Iran will Bring ‘Israel’, US Domination to an End

September 10, 2019

Sara Taha Moughnieh

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Ashura

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech Tuesday in front of crowds participating in the procession of Ashura (Tenth Day of Muharram) in the Southern Suburb of Beirut.

After offering condolences to mourners for the martyrdom of the grandson of the prophet, he expressed gratitude for the large participation through the last 10 nights of Ashura and saluted the Lebanese Army, General Security and contributes for the successful security measures throughout these nights.

His eminence noted that “Imam Hussein will be looking at your faithfulness and response to his call with pride, as he sees that his message from Ashura has been received and all our deeds emerge from the school of Ashura”.

Thus, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that “Ashura is the day of reformation in the nation of Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein sacrificed his life for the sake of this nation”.

In this context, he pointed out that a country in this nation being occupied is not a passing issue, hence Palestine is our central cause.

Palestine

Hezbollah SG said: “Starting with our central cause, Palestine, we reassure its people that liberation can only be achieved through resistance and stress our continuous commitment to the Palestinian cause. It is the basic pillar in the face of the American-Israeli plot, and the Palestinian people will protect their cause and sanctities. We are with the Palestinian people and their resistance in the West Bank and Gaza. We stand with their prisoners and all their resistance fighters in one team and one battle. Additionally, we reassure our recognition to the rights of the Palestinian refugees to live and work with dignity in Lebanon until they can return to their land.”

He further denounced the Israelis’, specifically Netanyahu’s, actions against the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque dubbing Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu as malicious.

Yemen

Moving on to Yemen, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “Yemen today is another Ashura… and its people are still standing strong in the face of the outrageous war in which crimes against humanity are taking place yet the whole world is watching silently”.

He added: “A US-British alignment is killing women and children in Yemen only for the sake of selling weapons and armory… and Saudi Arabia’s ongoing assault will only bring it eternal defeat, humiliation and shame in this life and torture in the afterlife. All the goals and slogans they put to justify their war have fallen. It is time for the Yemeni people to be aware of the Saudi/Emeriti goals and unite in their face. Today, we renew our call to stop war on Yemen and its people”.

Bahrain

On another level, his eminence said: “Another year passes and the Bahraini people are still suffering as the Bahrain regime is going far with its normalization with the Zionist enemy and its support for the Zionist Assaults on Palestine, Lebanon and Syria”.

“We tell the Bahraini people that with your peaceful revolution and your firm screams you are performing the big Jihad for the sake of Allah, and this will definitely fruit because this is the promise of Allah. Today, we stand by your side and reassure our faith in your right, truthfulness and firmness”.

US Sanctions

Concerning the US sanctions on Iran, Syria and resistance movements in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq, his eminence considered that “this is an aggression that the US administration is waging to make economic and financial pressure after all its wars against the resistance movements in Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq have failed. This aggression has expanded to also target banks and businesses in Lebanon that are not related to Hezbollah in anyway, and this must be approached and dealt with in a different way”.

“The Lebanese government must defend and protect the Lebanese people and not rush to implement the US resolutions and desires. This file must be opened because the Lebanese economy is being targeted through that,” he added.

Lebanon

On the security level, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that “the Lebanese have toppled Israel’s latest attempt to change the rules of engagement. There are thousands of Israeli violations but after all there are red lines.

The latest violation in the Southern Suburb of Beirut, sending explosive-laden drones for assassination is a significant aggression on us. The resistance’s response came through the borders and by later destroying the Israeli drone yesterday in the sky of the southern village of Ramiyah”.

“Despite all the intimidation, we insist on enhancing our deterrent force which protects our country,” he added.

Israel, Hollywood Army

Sayyed Nasrallah said that “the Israeli Army has turned into a Hollywood Army, and its use of puppets to fool Hezbollah reveals its weakness”.

“You are a Hollywood Army and we learned a lesson from the show you performed. It is that in our future responses, instead of hitting one vehicle we will hit more, an instead of hitting one target we will hit more, and let’s see how many shows you can perform,” Hezbollah SG addressed the Israelis saying.

His eminence reassured Hezbollah’s respect to 1701 resolution which the Israeli is not sticking to and affirmed its right to respond to any attack against Lebanon, considering that there will be no red lines from now on.

“Lebanon has imposed itself on the whole world. Everyone called the Lebanese government after the latest Israeli violation trying to stop us from responding to the attack. Lebanon must know that it is strong with its army, people and resistance equation,” he added.

Lebanon, Economic File

On the economic situation, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that “there could be a solution for the deteriorating economic situation in Lebanon, and the government must hold its responsibility of controlling corruption and financial waste…”

He further assured that “we refuse to fix the situation by raising taxes on the poor. Instead, the government must regain its stolen money from the rich who have stolen.”

“I call on the officials to make efforts to regain the trust of people, or else they would feel that every tax paid is not helping in solving the economic situation, so why pay it? Instead, if people had trust in their government, they would admire it and be part of reformation, this is the natural equation, just like people were ready to sacrifice for the sake of Hezbollah because they had faith in its leadership,” his eminence added.

Iran

“We reassure our rejection to any war on Iran because this war will destroy the region. It will be a war on the entire resistance axis and its goal would be to destroy any hope of regaining Palestine. Thus, on this day, as part of the resistance axis, we state that we will not take a neutral stance in the battle of right against wrong and in the battle of Hussein against Yazid. This supposed war will be an end to Israel and to the US domination in the region,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated.

“Our Imam and leader and the “Hussein” of this era is Imam Ali Khamenei. He is the leader of the axis of resistance and Iran is its center and basic pillar,” he added, vowing: “O leader and Imam, if we were to be killed and burned 1000 times, we will never leave you o son of Hussein… Do we stay after you? May Allah never show us that! In the axis of resistance, we have only seen victories, hope for the oppressed, dignity, and preservation of sanctities,” he stressed.

Source: Al-Manar

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جامعة الدول العربية نحو الإقرار بالموازنات الجديدة… فهل سقط العصر السعودي؟

سبتمبر 4, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

هذا حدث عجيب أن تعود جامعة الدول العربية الى إدانة «إسرائيل» بعد أكثر من عقد على تسلط نهج سعودي مصري قطري إماراتي عليها نجح في تحويلها الى اداة لإدانة القوى المناهضة للهيمنة الأميركية و»إسرائيل»، فأصبح حزب الله إرهابياً وإيران عدوة للعرب، والإرهاب معارضات داخلية، تحت الطلب، تدعو الجامعة بعض قيادييها للحضور بصفات مختلفة لتمثيل بلدانها بالنيابة عن الأنظمة الشرعية فيها.

فما الذي حدث حتى صدر بيان عنها بإدانة الاعتداءات الإسرائيلية الأخيرة؟

وهي اعتداءات متواصلة أصابت سورية بأكثر من مئة وثلاثين غارة وما يقاربها من القصف الصاروخي ولم يصدر في حينه عن الجامعة أي إدانات، بل كانت وزارات الخارجية في بلدان الخليج والإعلام التابع لها في العالم العربي تزعم ان القصف الإسرائيلي يستهدف ميليشيات وخبراء إيرانيين يعتدون على المعارضة السورية وسط ابتهاج مصري أردني مغربي وصمت المتواطئين الآخرين في الدول الاخرى.

أهي تلك الصواريخ من الكورنيت التي أطلقها حزب الله من معاقله الحدودية في جنوب لبنان على مستعمرة «أفيفيم» حيث دمّر مدرعة عسكرية إسرائيلية! فكيف تستطيع هذه الطلقات المحدودة أن تفعل مثل هذا السحر؟

الحقيقة أنّ للموضوع رمزيته المرتبطة بنتائج صراع عسكري في الميادين بدأ منذ أكثر من عقد وشكلت سورية والعراق مسرحاً كبير له.

لقد أدار الأميركيون الصراع بخطة تفتيت هذين البلدين باستخدام الإرهاب الداعشي والأخواني كوسائل لمشروعه بتمويل خليجي كامل ودعم تركي لوجستي وتغطية سياسية عالمية من كل محور الدول الخاضعة للنفوذ الأميركي في العالم.

أم أنّ الجانب الثاني من الخطة الأميركية فجاء على شكل سيطرة على الأمم المتحدة وكامل المنظمات الإقليمية والقومية ومنها جامعة الدول العربية، فبدا ان مهمة هذه الجامعة هي توفير غطاء عربي كامل لإرهاب تحت مسمّى معارضات واستصدار بيانات عند الطلب لتأييد النهج الأميركي الخليجي وإدانة إيران حتى لو لم تفعل شيئاً ومعها أذرعها في لبنان واليمن والعراق وسورية، على حد زعمهم.

فتأمن إسقاط الجامعة العربية بتحالف سعودي خليجي مصري أردني مغربي قطري وضعها على سكة المصالح الأميركية، وبالتالي الإسرائيلية، وجرى طرد سورية من مقعدها في الجامعة وهي من الدول القليلة المؤسسة لها.

هذا الإمساك السعودي القطري بجامعة الدول العربية نقلها من رتابتها اللفظية التي كانت تتجسّد بالابتعاد عن كل ما يسبب اختلافاً بين أعضائها والاتفاق على الامور السطحية، لكنها اصبحت مع السيطرة السعودية الأميركية أداة لإدانة إيران وحزب الله وكل السياسات المعارضة للأميركيين.

يكفي ان امينها العام ابو الغيط ينتمي الى الفريق الوزاري للرئيس المصري انور السادات في مرحلة تطبيق اتفاقية كامب دايفيد المصرية الإسرائيلية. ودوره هذا شجع المحور السعودي الأميركي على تسليمه الجامعة العربية، فأبلى بلاء مسعوراً في العداء لكل القوى المحاربة للأميركيين والإرهاب، حتى انه كان ينتقد هدنة 1701 في لبنان، معتبراً ان حزب الله خرج مهزوماً من حرب 2006 لأنه قبل بالابتعاد عن حدود لبنان مع فلسطين المحتلة 70 كيلومتراً، فهل انتبه أبو الغيط الآن الى أن حزب الله اطلق قذائفه على «افيفيم» من موقع عند الحدود مباشرة ما اضطره الى تبديل رأيه؟

الواقع أن جامعة الدول العربية هي أداة تعكس علاقات القوى العربية في ضوء علاقاتها بالتأثيرات الدولية، لذلك فإن سقوط الاتحاد السوفياتي في 1989 أضعف المحور العربي الموالي للأميركيين وجاء الغزو الأميركي للعراق وتالياً سورية ومحاصرة إيران ليمنح تفوقاً محورياً لهذا الفريق استطاع بموجبه إحداث تغيير جذري في السياسات الرتيبة والكئيبة للجامعة.

فتحوّلت فريقاً يطبق السياسات الأميركية من دون أي تعديل وبما يؤدي الى تأييد السياسات الإسرائيلية وتغطيتها للتقارب السعودي البحريني الإماراتي مع «إسرائيل» ومن دون أي حياء.

هناك جانب أساسي إضافي استعملته جامعة ابو الغيظ للاختباء وهي المعارك المفتوحة في سورية والعراق التي كان المحور السعودي الإماراتي الإسرائيلي يعوّل عليها للانتقال رسمياً الى المرحلة الإسرائيلية الجديدة في العالم العربي.

بيد ان الحسابات لم تتطابق مع نتائج ساحات المعارك، فتمكن محور سورية إيران روسيا وحزب الله من دحر الإرهاب الى مساحات ضيقة في سورية، كما ان الحشد الشعبي نجح في تكنيس الإرهاب من معظم العراق. وكذلك فإن انصار الله اليمنيين مستمرون في الصمود وقتال قوى دولية كبيرة تختبئ خلف الدور السعودي العسكري.

اما إيران فلا تزال صامدة منذ 1980 وتتصدى لأعنف حصار معروف منذ نصف قرن على الاقل كما أنها اثبتت انها قوة اقليمة لا يستهان بها ولا ترتجف لمجرد تهديدات من الأميركيين او حلفائهم.

هذه النجاحات ادت تسلسلياً الى تراجع أميركي وذعر خليجي وتقهقر إسرائيلي حاول ان يقصف الضاحية والعراق وسورية لترميم الوضع المتدهور والاحتفاظ بعلاقاته الحميمية مع الخليج.

لكن قذائف حزب الله على مدرعة افيفيم أكدت على استمرار الانتصار وزادت من معدل الذعر المتفشي وكأنها رسالة من محور إقليمي يشكل حزب الله رأس حربته، الأمر الذي يثبت أن عودة الجامعة الى لغتها التسووية هي نتاج لموازنات القوى الجديدة وقد يترتب عنها الابتعاد الظاهري عن «إسرائيل»، خصوصاً ان هناك رأياً يقول إن افيفيم هي بداية مرحلة جديدة من القتال داخل فلسطين المحتلة وليس ضمن أراض عربية محتلة، كما يحدث منذ 1948.

فهل تنكفئ السعودية عن قيادة الجامعة العربية؟ تراجعها اسلامياً واقليمياً وعربياً يشجع على انحسار دورها في الجامعة العربية انما من خلال المزيد من تعطيل الجامعة وحصر دورها بالمزيد من الحيادية المزعومة؟

US Bases in the Region: The Precious Catch

By Staff

HRW: US-Saudi Aggression Warships Deliberately Attack Fishing Boats, Amount to War Crime

News – Yemen

US-Saudi aggression naval forces have carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since 2018, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Aggression warships and helicopters have been involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including 7 children, and the detention of more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in custody in Saudi Arabia.

The aggression attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to be deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war. US-Saudi Aggression officials who ordered or carried out the attacks or tortured detainees are most likely responsible for war crimes, HRW said in a report.

“Coalition naval forces repeatedly attacked Yemeni fishing boats and Yemeni fishermen without any apparent determination that they were valid military targets,” said Priyanka Motaparthy, acting emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “Gunning down fishermen waving white cloths or leaving shipwrecked crew members to drown are war crimes.”

The report indicated that Human Rights Watch  interviewed survivors, witnesses, and knowledgeable sources about seven fishing boat attacks: six in 2018 and one in 2016. Civilians died in five of them. After they gathered there, aggression forces opened fire with light weapons, killing or wounding several men and boys.

Warships and helicopters were involved in the attacks from short distances away, so the civilian nature of the fishing boats should have been clear. it added. The fishermen waved white cloths, raised their hands, or otherwise showed they posed no threat. In three attacks, aggression forces did not attempt to rescue men adrift at sea, and many drowned.

A fisherman described the attack on his boat: “The helicopter was close, about three meters up. They said [over a megaphone] ‘go forward,’ and four or five [fishermen] went forward, and the rest were near the [boat’s] stern. I was in the middle. Then they hit us with the big gun with bullets.” Seven fishermen died.

The US-Saudi aggression also detained, without charge, at least 115 fishermen, including 3 children, in Saudi Arabia for between 40 days and more than two-and-a-half years, HRW said. Seven former detainees said that Saudi authorities tortured and ill-treated apprehended fishermen and boat crew members and denied them contact with their families, legal counsel, and Yemeni pro-aggression government representatives.

The attacks and detentions severely affected remote fishing communities that lost the primary earners for dozens of families. They have also deterred other fishermen from going to sea. “Before the war, fishing was good,” said the wife of a fisherman. “But we heard that eight men from the neighborhood next to us were killed … so [my husband] stopped going.”

The San Remo Manual on Armed Conflict at Sea, which is widely viewed as reflecting customary laws of war at sea, requires attacking forces to do everything feasible to limit attacks to military targets. Vessels are presumed to be civilian unless they are carrying military equipment or presenting an immediate threat to the attacking vessel. “Small coastal fishing vessels” are specifically exempt from attacks. These vessels must submit to identification and inspection when required, and follow orders, including orders to stop or move out of the way. The laws of war also place a duty on parties to the conflict, whenever circumstances permit but particularly after an engagement, to take all possible measures to search for and collect the wounded and shipwrecked.

The US-Saudi aggression has consistently failed to investigate alleged war crimes and other unlawful attacks, including the attacks on fishing boats, HRW said. No coalition personnel are known to have been disciplined or prosecuted for attacking Yemeni fishing boats.

 Countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and France should immediately cease all sales and transfers of weapons, including warships and helicopters, to Saudi Arabia, and should carefully review sales to coalition members given the possibility they could be used in committing violations, Human Rights Watch said.

“The naval attacks on Yemeni fishing boats make it clear that the Saudi-led coalition is not only killing civilians through countless illegal airstrikes, but also while conducting operations at sea,” Motaparthy said. “How much more proof do countries continuing to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia need to stop all sales, including of warships, or risk becoming complicit in war crimes.”

Leading a coalition of its allies, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall the former regime, which had been friendly to Riyadh, but whose officials fled the country.

The coalition has also imposed a naval blockade of Yemen. The aggression is estimated to have left 56,000 Yemenis dead.

The US-Saudi aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

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Yemen’s Interior Ministry Mourns Martyr Ibrahim Badreddine Al-Houthi as Clashes among Mercenaries in Aden Escalate

August 9, 2019

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The Yemeni Interior Ministry on Friday mourned the martyr Ibrahim Badreddine Al-Houthi, who had been assassinated at the treacherous hands of the Saudi-Israeli aggression.

The ministry confirmed in a statement that it would not hesitate to prosecute and capture the puppets of criminal aggression that carried out the assassination.

In Aden, the clashes between the gunmen backed by UAE and those who follow the fugitive president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi have escalated and reached the presidential palace in Al-Maashiq as reports have indicated that a number of them were either killed or injured.

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

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and injured in the strikes launched by the coalition, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

The coalition, which includes in addition to Saudi Arabia and UAE: Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Kuwait, has been also imposing a harsh blockade against Yemenis.

Source: Al-Manar English Website and Al-Masirah

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تجدّد الفشل الأميركي في مواجهة التنين الصيني وقنابله الدخانية في الخليج تذروها الرياح

أغسطس 10, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

بداية لا بدّ من القول إنه يجب على كلّ متابع للشأن الصيني، وبالتالي لجهود الصين المشتركة مع روسيا وإيران وغيرهما من الدول لإنهاء سيطرة القطب الأميركي الواحد على العالم، ان يتذكر أنّ ما ينفذه الرئيس الأميركي ترامب ضدّ الصين، من إجراءات اقتصادية/ مالية وسياسية وعسكرية، ليست بالإجراءات الأميركية الجديدة إطلاقاً.

اذ انّ العداء الأميركي لجمهورية الصين الشعبية قد بدأ منذ نشأة هذه الدولة، سنة 1949، ومنذ أن قام الجنرال تشين كاي تشيك، زعيم ما كان يُعرف بالكومينتانغ واثر هزيمة قواته امام قوات التحرير الشعبيه الصينية، بقيادة الزعيم الصيني ماوتسي تونغ في نهاية الحرب الأهلية الصينية، التي استمرت من سنة 1945 حتى 1949، نقول حيث قام زعيم الكومينتانغ، مع فلول قواته، بالهرب من البر الصيني المحرر الى جزيرة فورموزا تايوان وسيطر عليها، من خلال وحدات الكومينتانغ العميلة للولايات المتحدة، والتي تمكنت من ذلك بمساعدة عسكرية أميركية مباشرة.

وقد تمادت الولايات المتحدة في عدوانها على جمهورية الصين الشعبية بدعمها هذا الكيان اللقيط، الذي أطلقت عليه اسم تايوان، ومنحته ليس فقط عضوية الأمم المتحدة، وإنما عضوية دائمة في مجلس الأمن الدولي. أيّ انها أصبحت دولة تتمتع بحق الفيتو في ما كانت جمهورية الصين الشعبية محرومة من حق العضوية في منظمة الامم المتحدة بالمطلق، وذلك حتى سنة 1971 عندما بدأت الولايات المتحدة بتطبيق سياسة انفتاح مبرمج على الصين.

ولكن المخططات الأميركية، المعادية لاستقلالية القرار الصيني والهادفة الى وقف التطور الاقتصادي الصيني، لم تتغيّر مطلقاً، طوال سبعينيات وثمانينيات القرن الماضي التي شهدت إقامة علاقات دبلوماسية بين الدولتين. وقد وصلت مؤامرات الولايات المتحدة، ضدّ الصين، قمتها في ربيع سنة 1989، عندما أطلقت واشنطن حملة سياسية وإعلامية دولية ضدّ جمهورية الصين الشعبية، تحت حجة دعم مطالب شعبية صينية، كان قد طرحها محتجون صينيون عبر تظاهرات في عدة مدن صينية، خاصة في ميدان تيان ان مين، الذي شهد احتجاجات وصدامات، منذ أوائل شهر نيسان وحتى أواسط حزيران سنة 1989، بين المحتجين وقوات الأمن الصينية. تلك الصدامات التي انتهت بإعادة فرض النظام في كلّ مكان والقضاء على ظاهرة الثوره الملوّنة في مهدها.

وها هي الولايات المتحدة، ومعها بقايا ما كان يطلق عليه مسمّى بريطانيا العظمى، تحاول إثارة المتاعب أمام الحكومة الصينية المركزية، وذلك عبر إثارة الشغب وحالات الفوضى في جزيرة هونغ كونغ، التي اضطرت بريطانيا الى إعادتها الى الوطن الأمّ، الصين الشعبية، عام 1997، مستخدمة مجموعات محلية مرتبطة بمخططات خارجية، يتمّ تسييرها وتوجيهها من قبل أجهزة مخابرات أميركية وبريطانيا منذ ما يقارب الشهرين، دون أن تقوم قوات الأمن الصينية بأكثر من الحدّ الأدنى لحفظ النظام.

ولكن استمرار هذه السياسة الانجلوأميركية وتزامنها مع استمرار التحشيد العسكري الأميركي، في البحار القريبة من الصين كشرق المحيط الهندي وبحر الصين الجنوبي وخليج البنغال وبحر اليابان وغيرها من البحار، وصولاً الى إرسال حاملة الطائرات الأميركية رونالد ريغان الى بحر الصين الجنوبي، في خطوة استفزازية للصين، نقول انّ استمرار هذه السياسة الأميركية، الى جانب العقوبات الاقتصادية والمالية التي فرضت على الصين، وفِي ظلّ قدسية الحفاظ على وحدة وسيادة جمهورية الصين الشعبية على كافة أراضيها، فقد أصدر المتحدث باسم مكتب شؤون هونغ كونغ وماكاو تصريحاً شديد اللهجة قال فيه: بودّنا التوضيح لمجموعة صغيرة من المجرمين العنيفين عديمي الضمير ومن يقف وراءهم انّ من يلعب بالنار سيُقتل بها.لا ترتكبوا خطأ في تقييم الوضع. ولا تعتبروا ممارستنا لضبط النفس ضعفاً .

إذن… هذه رسالة صينية نارية واضحة وصريحة، لا بل أمر عمليات، موجّه لليانكي الأميركي، وليس فقط لبعض أذناب الاستعمار في هونغ كونغ، من سواحل بحر الصين الجنوبي، مفادها: لا تلعبوا بالنار…

وما يزيد أمر العمليات الصيني هذا زخماً وقوة، هو صدوره بعد الجولة الفاشلة، التي قام بها وزيرا الحرب والخارجية الأميركيان، في استراليا وعدد من دول المحيط الهادئ، في محاولة منهما لإقناع تلك الدول بالموافقة على نشر صواريخ أميركية، موجهة الى الصين، على أراضيها ورفض جميع الدول المعنية لهذه الفكرة الأميركية الهدامة. كما انّ أمر العمليات هذا قد تزامن مع وصول حاملة الطائرات الأميركية، رونالد ريغان، الى بحر الصين الجنوبي كما أسلفنا.

إذن وكما جرت العادة فإنّ الولايات المتحدة، ممثلة برئيسها ورئيس دبلوماسيتها، تمارس الكذب والتضليل بشكل فاضح وخطير. ففي الوقت الذي تشنّ فيه إدارة الرئيس ترامب حملتها التضليلية الكاذبة، حول ضرورة الحفاظ على أمن الخليج ومضيق هرمز، وحماية السفن التجارية التي تبحر فيهما فإنها تطلق قنابل دخانية للتغطية على خطواتها الأكثر خطورة على الأمن الدولي، المتمثلة في تعزيز الحشد العسكري الاستراتيجي ضدّ كلّ من روسيا والصين الشعبية، وذلك من خلال:

1 ـ مواصلة إرسال حاملات الطائرات، ابراهام لينكولن ورونالد ريغان، ومجموعتيهما البحريتين الى مناطق عمليات أكثر قرباً من الصين.

2 ـ سحب قاذفات القنابل الأميركية الاستراتيجية، من طراز /B 52/ التي كانت ترابط في قاعدة العيديد القطرية ونقلها الى قاعدة دييغو غارسيا في المحيط الهندي، غرب المحيط الهندي.

3 ـ مواصلة الولايات المتحدة لمناوراتها المشتركة مع كوريا الجنوبية والتي لا تشكل استفزازاً لكوريا الشمالية فحسب، وإنما لجمهورية الصين الشعبية أيضاً، وذلك لأنها تفضي إلى مزيد من الحضور العسكري الأميركي في المحيط القريب من الصين.

وفي إطار قنابل الدخان هذه، فإنّ القنبلة الأكثر إثارة للسخرية هي الهراء الذي أطلقه وزير خارجية نتن ياهو، ايسرائيل كاتس، يوم امس الأول حول احتمال مشاركة إسرائيل في التحالف البحري الذي دعت الولايات المتحدة لإقامته في الخليج.

ولكن هذا الوزير نسي انّ دولته لا تعتبر دولة تملك قوة بحرية ذات قيمة على الصعيد الدولي، على الرغم من امتلاكها غواصات دولفين، الألمانية الصنع، والقادرة على حمل رؤوس نووية، والخاضعة لمراقبة سلاح البحرية الإيراني على مدار الساعه والعديمة القدرة على المناورة ضدّ إيران في أيّ من بحار المنطقة، لأسباب لا مجال للتوسع في شرحها.

اذن هذه التصريحات الإسرائيلية لا يمكن اعتبارها أكثر من قنبلة دخان انتخابية لصالح نتن ياهو ليس إلا. ولا تدخل حتى في استراتيجية الولايات المتحدة الأكثر شمولية. ولمزيد من التوضيح فانّ هذا الوزير، كاتس، كان كمن أراد الاستجارة من الرمضاء بالنار، أيّ أنه أراد أن يغطي على فشل كيانه في مواجهة حلف المقاومة وعلى رأسه إيران بحشر أنف إسرائيل في وضع الخليج، مستنداً الى الوجود الأمني الإسرائيلي الواسع في السعودية ودول الخليج العربية الأخرى.

هذا الوجود الذي تعود جذوره إلى أكثر من عشرين عاماً، أيّ إلى نهاية تسعينيات القرن الماضي، حيث بدأت السعودية والإمارات بإبرام عقود حماية أمنية، للمنشآت النفطية في البلدين، مع شركات أمن إسرائيلية، وهو الأمر الذي مكَّن هذه الشركات الإسرائيلية، وهي في الحقيقة أذرع لجهاز الموساد الإسرائيلي، من إقامة بنية تحتية استخبارية كاملة تخدم الأهداف الإسرائيلية. علماً أنّ هذا الوجود الاستخباري الإسرائيلي الكثيف لا يمثل أيّ قيمة لها تأثير على موازين القوى في ميادين القتال. حيث انّ مناطق هذا الوجود، أيّ السعودية ودوّل الخليج، لم يكن يوماً جزءاً من ميادين القتال ضدّ الجيش الإسرائيلي ، وعليه فإنه وجود لا يختلف عن وجود العصافير في القفص، لا قيمة له ميدانية أو عملية إطلاقاً.

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الخليج في مواجهة فلسطين

أغسطس 8, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

عندما تستقبل دول الخليج مسؤولين إسرائيليين في مؤتمرات علنية ولقاءات سياسية على اراضيها، وتضع بالمقابل منظمات «حماس» و»الجهاد» وغيرها على لوائح الارهاب وهي التي تقاتل «إسرائيل»…

يُمكن الجزم بما يدحض كل شك ان الحلف الإسرائيلي ـ الخليجي المرتقب داخل الطور التحالفي العلني من دون أي ذرة من حياء أو خجل.

عند هذا الحد كان يمكن الاعتقاد أن الخليج ذاهب للتموضع الى جانب مصر والأردن، والسلطة الفلسطينية في مسألة نسج علاقات دبلوماسية تكتفي بالجانب السياسي مع شيء من العلاقات الاقتصادية المرتكزة على بيع سلع إسرائيلية متسترة «بماركات» دول آسيوية وأوروبية.

هنا لا بدّ من الإشارة الأساسية الى هذه العلاقات مع «إسرائيل» اقتصرت على التطبيع الدبلوماسي وسط رفض شعبي أردني ومصري وفلسطيني أرغم كل إسرائيلي يدخل اليهم الاحتماء بكتيبة أمنية على الأقل.

وللامانة، فان هذه الدول العربية، لعبت دور المعرقل لاي خطط عربية على المستويين الرسمي والشعبي تناهض «إسرائيل» وحولت جامعة الدول العربية جامعة أبو الغيط الإسرائيلية برعاية خليجية كاملة تولتها السعودية وقطر ودولة الامارات. لكن هذا الجانب لم يتجرأ على الاعتراف العلني بتطبيعه مراوغاً انما في إطار تعطيل أي ولادة لموقف عربي مشترك مجابه للكيان الإسرائيلي المحتل، أو للإرهاب الداعشي. إلا ان ما يحدث اليوم يشكل بوضوح تحوّلاً خليجياً علنياً صاخباً ابتدأ بمعاداة إيران وسورية والعراق وحزب الله في لبنان، حتى أدرك مرحلة الجهر بما كان يخفيه على مستوى علاقاته السياسية بإسرائيل وتنسيقه السري معها، ذاهباً نحو تحالف يتوغل باتجاه حلف خليجي ـ إسرائيلي واجهته أمن الملاحة بشعارات تزعم الدفاع عن الخليج وبأهداف حقيقية تجعل من العدو الإسرائيلي، «شقيقاً» مزعوماً يحارب من أجل الخليج، ويبادله هذا الخليج العذر والمحبة بمحاربة كل أعدائه.

هنا تذهب الأسئلة نحو تحديد هوية اعداء «إسرائيل»، فيجد المراقب ان السلطة الفلسطينية ليست في هؤلاء لأنها تطبع مع «الكيان المحتل» منذ تسعينيات القرن الماضي وترفض حتى الآن قطع علاقاتها وإلغاء التنسيق الأمني معه، فمن يجابه «إسرائيل» إذاً في فلسطين؟

انهما منظمتا حماس والجهاد ومعهما رهط من تيارات وجبهات وتيارات شعبية تواصل القتال من اجل فلسطين عربية متحررة من الإسرائيليين من جهة والأوصياء عليها من جهة ثانية الذين ينتحلون صفة تمثيل فلسطين.

بما يؤكد ان الخليج السعودي ـ الإماراتي البحريني يندرج في حلف مع «إسرائيل» لمحاربة «أعدائها» الفلسطينيين وهم حماس وشقيقاتها.

ربما لم يكن هذا الأمر بحاجة لبرهان لأن وزير خارجية «إسرائيل» يسرائيل كاتس اعترف انه زار ابو ظبي مشاركاً في العديد من المؤتمرات واللقاءات التنسيقية مع المسؤولين فيها، معلقاً مرحلة بدء علاقات أمنية واقتصادية والطريف انه كشف عن توافق مع الإماراتيين على خط سكك حديد من تل أبيب في فلسطين المحتلة الى الأردن والسعودية والإمارات متفرعاً نحو عمان وقطر ومرتبطاً بالبحرين بخطوط نقل بحرية.

أما الأهداف فتشمل تحالفاً عسكرياً سياسياً اقتصادياً كاملاً، بما يكشف قدرة إسرائيلية على دعم الخليج بالسلاح والقوة العسكرية والسلع الاقتصادية مقابل صناعات خليجية كبيرة ترتكز على تصدير البلح ومشتقاته. هناك إذاً حلف مهمته محاربة اعداء «إسرائيل» في فلسطين، والمنطقة، وتظهر سورية موقع العداء الأساسي للحلف الخليجي ـ الإسرائيلي لانها آخر ما تبقى من دول عربية مجاورة منذ تأسيس الكيان الغاصب في 1948، كما قاتل مجاهدون سوريون العصابات الصهيونية في ثلاثينيات القرن الفائت لذلك لن يتفاجأ أحد إذا باع الخليج الجولان السوري المحتل لـ»إسرائيل» بوحي من تغطيته الاميركية، كما يشمل هذا العداء حزب الله المصنف إرهابياً في الولايات المتحدة و»إسرائيل» والخليج، بما يزيد من انكشاف الحلف الخليجي ـ الإسرائيلي واهدافه المعادية لفلسطين وطناً وأرضاً وشعباً، لذلك يواصل الخليج التحريض على حزب الله في لبنان والعالم بأسره.

ولا يُخفي هذا الحلف عداءه لإيران، وبما أن هذا البلد لم يعتد على بلد عربي منذ الفتوحات الاسلامية قبل ألف عام، فيجب البحث عن أسباب أخرى لهذا العداء الخليجي للجمهورية الإسلامية فلا يجد المراقب سبباً إلا في إطار العداء الإيراني للنفوذ الاميركي في الشرق الاوسط.

بشكل يشمل إصراراً إيرانياً سياسياً وعملياً على تحرير فلسطين، فالدعم الإيراني لمجاهدي غزة خير برهان على ربط طهران التأييد الكلامي بالدعم المادي المفتوح.

تكشف هذه المعطيات أن الحلف الخليجي ـ الإسرائيلي يندرج في اطار النفوذ الأميركي على اساس العداء المطلق لفلسطين وسورية وحزب الله وإيران. وهذا يشكل نقلة مدمرة لدول خليجية كانت تؤيد إسرائيل سراً وانتقلت للتأييد العلني وصولاً إلى تحالف لسبب وحيد وهو انها تعتبر عروشها أهم بكثير من العرب والمسلمين أجمعين ولأن الأميركيين الذين يغطونها يريدون منها مثل هذا التوجه فلن تتردّد بفعله للاستمرار في كسب الحماية الأميركية.

وإذا كان الخليجيون يضعون أنفسهم في وجه فلسطين، فإنهم يتناسون أن الفلسطينيين يجاهدون منذ حوالي سبعين عاماً لتحرير بلدهم ولم يستطيعوا. كما ان سورية انتصرت على تحالف غربي ارهابي فيه أكثر من ثمانين دولة، وكذلك حزب الله الذي ينتقل من نصر إلى آخر في وجه «إسرائيل» والإرهاب، وكيف لا تنتبه هذه الدول الى أن إيران صامدة في وجه أكبر قوى عالمية ولن تخاف من حلف إسرائيلي مع خليج ضعيف عسكرياً وقوي بالذهب فقط.

وهكذا ينكشف الموقع الحقيقي لدول الخليج التي وضعت نفسها ليس في وجه فلسطين فقط، بل في مواجهة العرب والمسلمين وكل شعوب الارض المؤمنة بحرية الشعوب وحقها في التطور.

‘Israel’ Concerned about Cracks Hitting US-Gulf Coalition against Iran

August 7, 2019

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The Zionist media outlets mentioned that ‘Israel’ is concerned about cracks hitting of the US-Gulf coalition against Iran, citing the Emirati military redeployment in Yemen.

The Zionist analysts considered that the US refrain from striking Iran after the drone downing incident pushed the Gulf countries into appeasing Iran.

The Israeli reports added that the Zionist officials have been seeking to be part of the coalition aimed at securing navigation in the Persian Gulf, noting that the occupation entity has embarked exchanging data intelligence with the coalition’s states.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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إبن سلمان يطيح بالسعودية حتى في الخليج

يوليو 29, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

الدور الخارجي السعودي يواصل رحلة انحداره الجنونية في سورية والعراق واليمن وقطر وإيران وتركيا مسجلاَ أزمات قريبة من الانفجار مع الكويت وعمان والإمارات. فلم يعد لديه من أصدقاء سوى البحرين بالاستتباع ومصر بالتأييد الخطابي الفارغ، أما الأميركيون فهم أصدقاء وهميون لا يفعلون إلا مصالحهم مع العودة الدورية لابتزاز مملكة آل سعود وسط سخرية عالمية يطلقها الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب في كل مرة ينتزع من الملك سلمان أو ولي عهد محمد أموالاً بالمليارات.

فأين هي المشكلة؟

لا ينتمي النظام السعودي إلى دائرة النظم المتعارف عليها عالمياً. فالوطنية بالنسبة إليه تعني دمج الناس فولكلورياً في عشيرة آل سعود إنّما من دون حقهم الاستحصال على سيطرتها الاقتصادية والسياسية.

كما أنه لا ينتسب إلى دائرة دول جزيرة العرب أو الخليج، فلا يقبل إلا باستلحاقها لبيعة آل سعود كزعامة خليجية وعربية وإسلامية، وإلا فإنه ينصب لها الفِخاخ والمكائد ومشاريع الحروب كما يحدث مع اليمن وقطر حالياً والكويت سابقاً وإيران منذ أربعين عاماً.

ولا ينتسب أيضاً إلى معادلة الدول القومية، ألم يسبق له الاحتراب مع أنظمة البعث في العراق وسورية وليبيا القذافي، مقاتلاً مشروع عبد الناصر بشراسة نادرة وفرت لـ»إسرائيل» فرصة الانقضاض على قواته في 1967.

كما أنه ليس نظاماً إسلامياً، لأنه يستخدم الدين لتقوية نظام آل سعود في ما تعمل الدول الدينية على تدعيم نظامها بتحشيد الناس حوله.

هذا هو النظام السعودي الذي يرفض الأدوار الوطنية والخليجية والعربية والإسلامية والأممية، ما يدل على أنه نظام العائلة الواحدة التي تستبيح لأفرادها السياسة والنفط والمال والدين والمواقع والمناصب.

بهذه المعادلة خرجت السياسة السعودية إلى الجوار العربي والإقليمي والدولي، لكن ما ستر عليها هما النفط والدين في حرميه الشريفين وموسم الحج. هذا إلى جانب الرعاية الأميركية، التي استعملت بدورها الدور السعودي لسببين الاقتصاد ومقارعة الاتحاد السوفياتي في مرحلة ما قبل 1990. هذا ما وفّر للسعودية دوراً وازناً في العالمين العربي والإسلامي، قام على أساس قدرتها على شراء الولاءات بنثر أموال النفط في كل اتجاه يريده أولياء الأمور الأميركيون.

إن ما تسبّب تبديل هذه الوضعية السعودية المريحة هي مرحلة ما بعد انهيار الاتحاد السوفياتي في 1989 لأن الأميركيين وضعوا مشروعاً لتفتيت المنطقة العربية، وذلك للمزيد من الإمساك بها وإنهاء الصراع العربي ـ الإسرائيلي والقضية الفلسطينية والتأسيس التدريجي البطيء لعصر الاعتماد على الغاز.

فوضع آل سعود كامل إمكاناتهم الاقتصادية والدينية وعلاقاتهم مع تنظيمات الإرهاب المتقاطعة مع حركتهم الوهابية في خدمة تدمير المنطقة العربية والشرق أوسطية داعمين فيها حصراً الملكية في البحرين لإبادة تيارات معارضة ديمقراطية فيها، وذلك بتثبيت قواعد أميركية وبريطانية وفرنسية وسعودية وأخرى لمجلس التعاون الخليجي ودرك أردني وأدوار استشارية إسرائيلية وقوات آل خليفة.. كل هذا الانتشار موجود على مساحة 500 كلم مربع من أصل 700 كيلومتر هي مساحة البحرين، وبعديد سكان لا يتجاوز 50 ألف نسمة.

ماذا كانت النتيجة؟

أدرك المشروع الأميركي درجة عالية من التراجع والانسداد في سورية والعراق، وانكمش معه الدور السعودي ـ الخليجي الذي خسر كل أدواته، مُخلياً الساح لتقدّم الدور التركي بديلاً منه، أما العنصر الآخر فهو نجاح الصمود الإيراني في مجابهة أقوى مشروع أميركي ـ سعودي ـ إسرائيلي مع الإشارة إلى نجاح اليمنيين في ردع الهجوم السعودي ـ الإماراتي على بلادهم وانتقالهم من الدفاع المتواصل حتى الآن في جبهات متعددة إلى الهجوم داخل الأراضي السعودية بقوات برية وطائرات مسيّرة وصواريخ وصلت إلى مشارف الإمارات.

لقد شكّل هذا التراجع تقلصاً «بنيوياً» في الدور الإسلامي والعربي للسعودية فلم يتبق لها إلا البحرين ومصر، مع الكثير من الخطابات غير المجدية لرؤساء من دول إسلامية في آسيا الوسطى وأفريقيا، معبأة بمديح عاجز عن وقف انهيار دورها.

حتى أن الرئيس المصري السيسي اعتاد على القول إن الخليج جزء من الأمنين القومي المصري والعربي، مضيفاً بأن السعودية هي رأس هذا الأمن، أما عملياً فلا يسمع أحد صوت السيسي في أزمات الخليج حتى أنه يختبئ في قصره ملتزماً صمتاً عميقاً.

هذا ما يدفع بآل سعود لتكثيف دورهم في آخر ما تبقى لهم من زوايا وهي البحرين المطلة على ساحلهم الشرقي، حيث يتعاونون مع ملكها على إيقاع أكبر كمية أحكام بإعدام عشرات المعارضين لأسباب تتعلق بتهم حول نقل أسلحة وتنظيم جمعيات إرهابية، وهي تهم حتى ولو كانت صحيحة لا تستأهل أكثر من بضعة أشهر سجن، لكنه الذعر الذي يدفع السعوديين وآل خليفة إلى إنهاء حياة كل من لا يواليهم، وعلى السمع والطاعة المعمول بها في أراضي الحرمين الشريفين.

من جهة أخرى، أدى هذا الضمور السعودي في الدور إلى انتفاضة دول الخليج على هذه المملكة التي تمسك بهم منذ سبعينيات القرن الماضي، فشعروا أنها فرصة نادرة للخروج من العباءة السعودية وكانت عُمان البادئة، فاستقلت عن الموقف الحربي السعودي والتزمت سياسة حياد بين الأطراف المتعادية، ويتطور موقفها إلى حدود أداء دور وساطة فعلية بين إيران وبريطانيا والولايات المتحدة الأميركية، وترفض أي تنسيق مع السعودية.

كذلك الكويت المعتصمة بحياد وازن، والمنفتحة على العراق، أما قطر فتمكنت بدفع أموال للوالي الأميركي من النجاة من خطر الخنق السعودي ـ الإماراتي.

أما الإمارات، فما أن استشعرت اليأس من السيطرة على اليمن وصمود إيران في وجه الأميركيين والسعوديين والإسرائيليين حتى بدأت تحزم حقائب قواتها من اليمن إلى الإمارات، بشكل تدريجي وتحايلي وسط غضب سعودي منها.

وهكذا يتضح أن تراجع الدور السعودي لا يقتصر على البلاد العربية والإسلامية، لأنه أدرك مهد السعودية في جزيرة العرب ومداها الخليجي المباشر، ما يضعها أمام احتمالين: أما التخلي عن مساندتها للإرهاب الأميركي واكتفائها بإدارة المملكة حصرياً أو استرسالها ببناء علاقات عميقة مع الإسرائيليين وحكام البحرين، على قاعدة الانصياع للأميركيين والاستمرار في الضغط النفطي على روسيا وشراء بضائع صينية لا تحتاجها، وصفقات مع أوروبا لا تجيد استعمالها، يبدو أن رحلة الانتحار السعودي متواصلة لاعتقاد حكامها بأن انسحابهم من تأييد الأميركيين والإسرائيليين لا يبقي لهم أحداً في العالم فيخسرون الحكم والدنيا والدين، وأراضٍ في شبه الجزيرة العربية يحتلونها منذ مطلع القرن الفائت، ويستعبدون سكاناً، قابلين للتمرّد عليهم عند توافر الظروف المناسبة، وهي لم تعد بعيدة.

A Bahraini Activist climbs the London’s roof of Bahraini embassy to stop execution of Two Activists on False Accusations

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A Bahraini Activist climbs the roof of the Bahraini embassy in London to protest against executions and British police storm the building

Bahrain: Execution of Two Activists on False Accusations! UPDATED

Martyr Ali Al-Arab’s Last Words: I Didn’t Kill Him, I Don’t Even Know Where the Incident Happened!

By Bahrain Mirror – Translated by Staff

“I didn’t kill Hisham al-Hamadi, at all, I am satisfied with Allah’s judgement,” those were the last words mouthed by martyr Ali Mohammad al-Arab who was on imminent death row. His family was totally concerned about his fate after a visit that seemed to be the last ever.

Bahrain Mirror cited his mother, who described the last moments of meeting with her son who has been detained for two years, as saying: “Everything was unusual when we arrived at Central Jaw Prison.”

Ali’s family reported that there was tight security measures at the prison, huge numbers of officers and policemen, and double inspection. The first time was when entering the prison’s building, and the second time was before entering the room where they met their son.

“We entered as groups. The duration of the visit was around an hour and a half. Ali said that after having lunch he was moved into a solitary cell like what they did to Ahmad al-Malali. I was handcuffed and remained so until before I entered this room,” Ali narrated.

The mother, who was very confused out of the shock, and asked one of her sons about the year Ali was born, said that Ali was studying Accounting in Saudi Arabia. He turned 25 a few months ago. And he spent more than two years in prison.

“As he told us earlier, the moment he entered Jaw Prison after issuing the verdict was very difficult on him because, according to his jailers, they prepared for him a torture and humiliation party the moment he arrived there,” the mother added.

“He stood in front of us, he was very happy to hug us without a glass barrier after this long period of separation. He looked into my eyes and was very calm as he told me: don’t worry mother, martyrdom is my wish, and here it is coming true.”

The mother recalled that Ali was way stronger than her. He was resilient and very calm until the last moment with him. He didn’t mention writing a will, but perhaps he had told one of his siblings about it: “I don’t know, I just know that he was worried about me and he didn’t want me to cry.”

As a mother, I can bear witness that my son Ali Mohammad al-Arab was subjected to torture, the lady said. During the first visit after his arrest, the mother said she saw him on a wheelchair and that he mentioned the names of those who tortured him.

Ali’s brother also told Bahrain Mirror that during the farewell meeting, his brother stressed total satisfaction with Allah’s judgement, and that he feels he will soon be executed.

“He entered the room wearing the prison’s grey uniform. After we had a short chat, I had a question in my mind about the truth of the accusation filed against him. I asked him: Brother, do you have anything to do with the killing of Hashem al-Hamadi? He replied: Not at all, I have nothing to do with his killing, I even neither know him nor the place where he was killed.”

The policewomen were secretly listening to al-Arabs from the open window in the small visit room. They were listening to every detail, and were surrounded by armed guards. They have clearly seen that Ali didn’t care to any of their behaviors. “Perhaps they wanted to witness the reaction of humans passing through such hard times as we were doing,” the brother added.

Ali’s mother noted that her son didn’t experience imprisonment before: “This is his first time in prison.” His siblings say: “We asked him about his will, but he said the only thing he wanted is Allah’s pleasure.”

Martyr Ali al-Arab’s mother and his siblings couldn’t find words that describe their loved one during that horrible moments. One of his siblings said: “What could I tell more? There wasn’t but a strong calm man. He greeted us and was full with pleasure.”

According to a report issued by Amnesty International in March 2018 on the issue of Ahmad al-Malali and Ali al-Arab and what they were subjected to after arrest: “During detention, the two men were subjected to torture by the security officers, including electrocution and beating. The toenails of Ali al-Arab were also ripped out.”

This Happened in the Small Room, Martyr Ahmad al-Malali’s Father Describes the Farewell Visit

By Bahrain Mirror – Translated by Staff

“I wish I were martyred in a different way, but it finally happened,” these were the words of detainee Ahmad al-Malali who was facing imminent execution by Bahraini regime’s authorities on the issue of killing officer Hisham al-Hamadi, on which there is no evidence but the confessions made under systematic torture; a method that tops all kinds of evidence in Bahraini courts.

Isa, father of martyr Ahmad al-Malali told Bahrain Mirror that his son was pursued by the regime between 2011 and 2017, when he was only 16 years old. Now, as he turned 24, he didn’t enjoy his life, he couldn’t study or work, until he was arrested and accused of assassinating that officer.

Seeking freedom, martyr Ahmad was trying to escape via sea before a military force raided the boat and arrested him. During the urgent and quick visit that came a few hours before the expected execution, Ahmad said:

“I was hiding behind the edge of the boat. Bullets were flying over, so I told myself I wish one of them would hit me so I can be martyred. The bullet, however, settled in my wrist. I wished I could have martyred in another way. But it has finally happened, and this is the most important.”

The Urgent Visit

The urgent visit didn’t go as normal as before. The family received a call in which they were informed that they are allowed a special visit to see their detained son at noon. There number for the members allowed to visit was unlimited. It was a clear that it is a “farewell visit”, the father says. Isa al-Malali narrates that some 35 members of the family came to the gate of Central Jaw Prison to meet with Ahmad.

“The situation was unusual there. Military patrols were roaming the area surrounding the prison. We were divided into groups of five. Each group can enter to meet with Ahmad for 15 minutes and so on…” the father says.

Inspection was tight, the policewomen took off the women’s headscarves, even their headbands. After the inspection, every member was escorted with two police officers. On both sides of the corridor leading to the visit room, there were armed policemen. When the members arrived at the room, other officers were examining the names.

Inside the Room

The visit room has two doors, the one that the family entered through, and the other through which Ahmad entered. “We hugged him, he sat in front of us. He was aware of what was going on. He knew they were his last hours before the execution,” the father describes the situation.

There was a small window inside the room, it was open and the policewomen sitting behind it were listening all what was going on inside. Beside them there were some armed policemen. “You won’t doubt for a single moment that their looks hide killing and death.”

I talked to my son, the father says.

He described his escape attempt and how he was wishing for martyrdom. “We all know that my son is innocent, but unfortunately no one called us to ask about what he was saying over that period. Neither the family of the killed officer, nor the MPs called us. After this visit, only human rights activists called us although they learned that this will happen and that he will be executed after a few hours.

Inside the room, Ahmad asked for forgiveness from all the family members in case he had made something wrong to them during his life. “He wrote his will, he told us, and we will read it after his execution. He refused to give us details. He asked us to read it only after he leaves this world,” the father narrates.

We started performing prayers inside the room, and Ahmad participated with us. We also recited the Ziyara (visit) of Imam Hussein (AS). We were reciting as we heard the policewomen laughing as they were overlooking us from the window, Isa al-Malali explains.

An officer who seemed responsible for the visits entered the room and told me, “bid your son farewell, the visit is almost over,” the father said, adding that martyr Ahmad was the one helping us to stay patient, asking us to trust God and be patient and satisfied with Allah’s judgement and destiny.

“I bid my son who will leave this life at 24 farewell. He is my eldest. I only say that my son is innocent. May Allah avenge from anyone who wronged my son,” the father concludes.

According to a report issued by Amnesty International in March 2018 on the issue of Ahmad al-Malali and Ali al-Arab and what they were subjected to after arrest:

“During detention, the two men were subjected to torture by the security officers, including electrocution and beating. The toenails of Ali al-Arab’s feet were also ripped out.”

 

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Bahrain Wakes Up to Execution of Two Activists on False Accusations!

By Staff

The Manama regime announced on Saturday (July 27, 2019) morning the execution of two political prisoners who were allegedly accused of killing a Bahraini officer in 2017.

In further details, the families of Ahmad Isa al-Malali (24) and Ali Mohammed al-Arab (25) confirmed the news. The two martyrs denied all accusations and stressed that they were forced to made false confessions that were extracted under torture which included unplucking their feet nails and electrocution.

According to the martyrs, the Bahraini court made its judgement based on such confessions extracted under torture and without any single tangible evidence.

This is the second time the ruthless Bahraini regime executes political opposition activists. The first time happened on January, 14, 2017 when martyrs Abbas al-Samea, Sami Mushaima’ and Ali al-Singace were executed in the same way.

The executions came despite calls by Amnesty International that the Bahraini authorities must urgently halt the imminent execution of the two activists “who were convicted after a grossly unfair mass trial after they were tortured to confess.”

Also, the Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society issued a national appeal to stop the implementation of executions a day earlier.

Relatively, three human rights organizations (SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights, Bahrain Forum for Human Rights and Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights) issued a statement in the same respect.

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The Oil Crisis Saudi Arabia Can’t Solve

27 June 2019

Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s CEO Amin Nasr’s message to the press that oil flows to the market are guaranteed, should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Looking at the current volatility in the Persian/Arabian Gulf and the possibility of a temporary closure of the Strait of Hormuz, the Aramco CEO’s message might be a bit overoptimistic. In reality, Aramco will not be able to keep the necessary crude oil and products volumes flowing to Asian and European markets in the case of a full Strait of Hormuz blockade. Even that Aramco owns and operates a crude oil pipeline with a capacity of 5 million bpd, carrying crude 1,200 kilometers between the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, much more is needed to keep the oil market stable.

Nasr’s move to stabilize the market is praiseworthy but should be seen as an attempt to quell fears of traders and financial analysts, especially just before the OPEC+ meeting in Vienna next week. Nasr reiterated that Aramco (aka the Kingdom) is able to supply sufficient crude through the Red Sea, reiterating that the necessary pipeline and terminal infrastructure is there. However, what analysts tend to forget, Nasr’s statement is only linked to Saudi’s oil export volumes, which will likely be not higher this summer than around the level this pipeline can support. The real issue, if it comes to a full-blown conflict, is that not only Saudi oil is being threatened.

At present, between 20-21 million bpd of crude and petroleum products are transported via the Strait of Hormuz. Saudi exports are a vast part of it, but also the UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Iran, will have to look at additional routes. A closure or military action in the region will cause a temporary disruption for all maritime traffic. Besides the options that are the already on the table, such as the Saudi onshore pipeline and the UAE’s Fujairah pipeline,  no other real alternatives are available, as overland trucking or rail transport is minimal. Transferring volumes via the Saudi and UAE’s pipelines is not an option at all, as the total capacity of the two is less than 10 million bpd, representing not even 50% of the current maritime flows through Hormuz. Another thing that should be noted is that pipelines can’t ship crude and crude products at the same time.Related: $4.5-Trillion: The Price Tag of A Fossil Fuel-Free U.S.

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Another consequence of a blockade would be that most available VLCCs and other tankers will either be in the Persian Gulf (and blocked) or will not be able to be rerouted. Before the market will have found a solution for this, days and probably weeks will have gone by, and a price spike for all products is to be expected.  This will likely also be the case for LNG and other commodity flows.

Few analysts are talking about oilfield security and pipeline availability. Any military advisor will put these options as part of his or her 1st phase military action plan. If Iran were to be attacked, or faces a surgical strike by an opponent, all Arab oil and gas infrastructure will become a legitimate offensive target (at least in the eyes of Tehran and its proxies). Geographically seen, Tehran has been dealt the best cards. Looking at the majority of oil and gas production assets and infrastructure in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia, UAE or even Iraq, everything is in reach of short-distance missiles, fighter jets and even drones. Any move against Iran will result in a full-scale attack on Saudi’s Eastern Province (which produces 80% of all its oil and gas), Abu Dhabi’s offshore oil infrastructure and the regional pipelines. Looking at history, denying energy access and diminishing the opponents stability is a no-brainer in military strategy.Related: Shale Executive Sees “Another Round Of Bankruptcies” Looming

It can be taken for granted that Iran, the Houthis, Hezbollah and others, already have prepared their oil and gas infrastructure strategy. Washington, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and even Manama, will be frantically looking for answers, but the geographical situation is disastrous.

Quelling fears in the market is the right thing to do, but reality also needs to be addressed. Nasr’s message is that of an oil company CEO, taking all precautions to deal with a calamity. ADNOC’s Sultan will be doing the same. Still, the oil market is at present a victim of geopolitical power projections of emotional leaders superseding rationality. This confrontation is one of a possibly unprecedented order, not for oil (as sceptics again will state) but with oil as a weapon for defeat or survival. The continuing reference to the Iran-Iraq tanker war during 1980-1988 is out of touch with reality. At this time, it is not going to be Iran denying support or trade with Iraq, but a possible Arab-Iranian confrontation, led by the USA if no countermeasures are being implemented.

Asian consumers will need to prepare for severe price hikes in the most optimistic scenario, but also for a shutdown of vast parts of their economy. Hormuz will not be standing on its own, more is to be taken into account, especially proxy reactions in Yemen (Gulf of Aden) or East Med (Hezbollah).  Negative repercussions for Europeans are also in the picture. Saudi Arabia can do a lot, but saving the global economy if the Gulf explodes is not one of their capabilities.

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Imam Khamenei: Sayyed Nasrallah’s Performing Prayers at Quds is an Absolutely Achievable Aspiration الامام الخامنئي: ما قاله السيد نصرالله عن أنَّه سيصلي في المسجد الأقصى نعتبره أملاً عملياً يمكن تحقيقه

 

By Staff, Agencies

Leader of Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei received Deputy Head of Hamas Political Bureau Saleh al-Arouri in Tehran on Monday.

Heading a high-ranking delegation from the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, al-Arouri arrived in Tehran on Sunday to hold talks with senior Iranian figures in line with the efforts to boost its capabilities to continue the resistance against the occupiers.

During the meeting with the delegation, Imam Khamenei said, “Hamas is in the heart of Palestine and Palestine lies at the heart of the Islamic world.”

The Leader tackled the importance of the Palestinian Cause saying that

“The Palestinian Cause is the most important issue in the Islamic World and victory in its regard cannot be achieved without resistance and struggle.”

Elsewhere in his comments, His Eminence said,

[Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence] Sayyed [Hassan] Nasrallah says: ‘I will pray at Masjid al-Aqsa, God willing,’ is an absolutely practical and achievable aspiration for us”, adding that “If we all act upon our duties, the divine promise will definitely come true.”

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues related to Holy Quds, Gaza and the resistance of the Gazans and conveying the Palestinian cause to next generations.

Imam Khamenei said the resistance of the Palestinian people in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank promises “victory and conquest”.

“God has promised assistance and victory to those who are steadfast in His path. However, the fulfillment of this promise has requirements, the most important of which is Jihad, struggle and tireless effort in various political, cultural, intellectual, economic and military dimensions,” the Leader said.

His Eminence touched on the “treacherous” initiative proposed by US President Donald Trump, dubbed as the “Deal of the Century”, saying there is need for promotional, cultural and intellectual work to confront it.

“The dangerous conspiracy of the ‘Deal of the Century’ is aimed at destroying the Palestinian identity among the Palestinian public and youth. This is the main point to be confronted and we should not allow them to destroy the Palestinian identity by use of money,” Imam Khamenei said.

The Leader was apparently referring to a two-day conference held in Bahrain last month, aimed at rallying support for an “investment” plan in the Palestinian Territories as the first part of the “Deal of the Century”.

“Confronting the Deal of the Century requires promotional, cultural, and intellectual efforts and the other method is to make the Palestinians feel advancement. Today Palestinians are equipped with precise missiles rather than stones and this means the feeling of advancement,” His Eminence explained.

The plan has met broad disdain from Palestinians and others in the Arab world although regional US allies such as Saudi Arabia discreetly support it.

الامام الخامنئي: ما قاله السيد نصرالله عن أنَّه سيصلي في المسجد الأقصى نعتبره أملاً عملياً يمكن تحقيقه

أكد الامام السيد علي الخامنئي أنَّ قضية فلسطين هي القضية الاولى للعالم الاسلامي وأهم قضاياه، مشيدا بالصمود والمقاومة المذهلة للشعب للفلسطيني وفصائل المقاومة ومن بينها “حماس”.

كلام الامام الاخامنئي جاء خلال استقباله نائب رئيس المكتب السياسي لحركة حماس صالح العراري على رأس وفدٍ من الحركة يزور ايران.

اضاف الامام الخامنئي: إنَّ النصر لا يتحقق من دون مقاومة وكفاح، وأنَّ قضية فلسطين ستنتهي حتماً لصالح الشعب الفلسطيني والعالم الاسلامي. وشدَّد على أن صمود ومقاومة الفلسطينيين من سكان غزة والضفة الغربية يقدم بشائر الفتح والانتصار. وقال نعلن دائماً بشفافية عن وجهة نظرنا بشأن القضية الفلسطينية، والدول الصديقة تعلن أن إيران جادة تماماً في هذه المواقف.

واعتبر الإمام الخامنئي أنَّ أحد أسباب العداء مع إيران هو قضية فلسطين لكن هذه العداوات والضغوط لن تؤدي لتراجع إيران عن مواقفها، لافتاً الى أنَّه لو اتحد العالم الاسلامي حول القضية الفلسطينية لكانت ظروفه اليوم أفضل.

ورأى أنه من الحماقة ابتعاد بعض الدول عن القضية الفلسطينية نتيجة تبعيتها لأميركا كالسعودية، ولو كانت تلك الدول دعمت قضية فلسطين لاستطاعت انتزاع التنازلات من الولايات المتحدة.
وختم الامام الخامنئي قائلاً: ليس مستبعداً أن يحقق الفلسطينيون الانتصار واعادة الأرض المقدسة للعالم الإسلامي،

وأن ما قاله الامين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله عن أنَّه سيصلي في المسجد الأقصى فنحن نعتبره أملاً عملياً يمكن تحقيقه.

هذا وقد نقل الوفد الى الإمام الخامنئي رسالة من رئيس المكتب السياسي لحماس اسماعيل هنية أكد فيها أن الحركة في قلب الحركة الفلسطينية كما هي فلسطين في قلب العالم الإسلامي.

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‘Israeli’ Journalist Quits TV Debate to Protest against the ‘Saudi King’s Abuse’

By Staff, Agencies

Advisor to Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and ‘Israeli’ political analyst Eddie Cohen withdrew from a television debate in protest against the ‘blasphemy of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.’

This incident happened during a daily debate on the Zionist “i24news” screen, with the guest Hassan Merhej, a Middle East expert who insulted the Saudi monarch, saying that the king cursed the Saudi red line prompting Cohen to withdraw.

Cohen also claimed that the positions of the King of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the rulers of the UAE represent true Islam, and that they do not practice a policy against the interests of their country.

The debate also dealt with the imposition of sanctions by the United States against Hezbollah Members of the Lebanese Parliament.

Trump Admin Dangles $50Bn Bribe for Palestinian Surrender

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Finian Cunningham
July 3, 2019

President Trump’s senior aide on Mideast affairs Jared Kushner tried last week to sell his much-vaunted “deal of the century” for a Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement. The core of it was a purported foreign investment plan worth $50 billion.

The sales pitch made at a conference in Bahrain amounted to a $50Bn bribe dangled at the Palestinians to accept permanent illegal occupation of their ancestral lands in exchange for foreign investment. Kushner rebranded it as the “opportunity of the century”.

He claimed that political peace depends on a viable economic plan. Others would see that formulation as back-to-front: economic development and prosperity depends on a political solution to decades of injustice against Palestinians.

American diplomacy has been an utter failure for decades with regard to settling this bitter dispute. It would therefore be impossibly naive to expect the Trump administration to succeed. More likely, its blundering and bias will only make this historic problem a whole lot worse.

That’s no doubt why so many regional players decided to give the Bahrain event this week a clunking big miss.

Like his father-in-law in the White House, Kushner comes from a real estate background before Trump appointed him as his top aide on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. For the past two years, Kushner has been working on a “master plan” to end the eight-decade-old conflict. That conflict has been at the center of most other disputes and tensions in the region. Trump has billed his son-in-law’s peace plan as the “deal of the century”.

In Bahrain, the Trump administration gave the first-ever preview of its peace plans. Skeptics of Kushner’s ability to deliver a realistic, workable framework were not to be surprised. The boyish-looking Kushner looked way out of his depth as he presented his vision of business and investment as the supposed key to peace. He invited the audience to “imagine” Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza bustling with enterprise and trade. That entrepreneurial “promised land” would arrive if the Palestinians accepted Kushner’s vision of a $50Bn foreign investor fund.

What that boils down to is Palestinians accepting the present status quo of illegal occupation by Israel and in effect surrendering their historic claims for sovereign statehood. Moreover, the $5oBn in investments that Kushner was swooning about are not existing funds. They are only promises of potential investment, which may never actually be delivered.

Nowhere in the Trump administration’s “deal of the century” is there any attempt to redress historical violations of Palestinian national rights. There is no mention of the right of return of millions of Palestinians displaced by the 1948 war that established the sate of Israel. Nor of returning land annexed during the 1967 war. Illegal occupation is merely a fact on the ground that needs to be officially recognized as Israeli territory, according to the Trump administration. In the same way that Trump earlier this year officially recognized the occupied Syrian Golan Heights as part of Israel.

Kushner’s bias in a supposedly peace mediator role is flagrant. He is Jewish and a family friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kushner’s wife, Ivanka, Trump’s daughter, is a convert to Judaism. Last year, she personally unveiled the controversial new American embassy in Jerusalem, which Trump had promised to Netanyahu on his election in 2016 in recognition of the city as the capital of Israel. That move was seen by Palestinians as a betrayal of their historic claim to East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

During the past two years, the Trump administration has cut off development aid and diplomatic links with Palestinian authorities. Respected Palestinian negotiators like veteran envoy Hanan Ashrawi have been denied travel visas to the US. The consultation conducted by Kushner with the Palestinian side in formulating his peace plan has been minimal.

During a recent interview in the US, Kushner revealed his colonial-type mindset when he asserted that the “Palestinians were not ready yet for self-government”. In other words, in this supposed mediator’s view, he is saying that there will be no foreseeable state of Palestine. That is, the Palestinians must accept their inferior status as an occupied people while the state of Israel is permitted to continue annexing more and more of their ancestral land. Indeed, Kushner is believed to have personal business investments in the construction of new Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

It’s no wonder then than his so-called “deal of the century” amounts to a shallow business plan bereft of any deep historical, political issues. Palestinians are expected to shut up and surrender their historic rights for statehood by accepting a quixotic vision of economic wonders descending on them while living under permanent marginalization and deprivation. A UN report last year found that Gaza will no longer be habitable in a few years due to water and power shortages.

The Trump-Kushner proposal is the sort of con job that real estate agents excel at. Everything is reduced to the value of money while prospects are talked up with the most ludicrous glamor. Unscrupulous real estate agents would have the temerity to sell a cardboard box as if it were a penthouse suite. Trump and his son-in-law would seem to be of that same wheeler-dealer ilk.

After two years of bragging about its big Middle East “vision”, what people saw this week was little more than a glossy brochure of hype over historical realities. Indeed, it would seem that the purpose of the hype is to bury the hard historical problems that underly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The excessive emphasis on billions of dollars of investment by Kushner is an attempt to seduce Palestinians into relinquishing their political and moral rights.

This week, however, while the Trump administration was making its sales pitch in Bahrain, it was notable that there was no Palestinian delegation present. All across the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinians shut their businesses in protest and took to the streets to burn effigies of the “deal of the century”.

Israeli government representatives were also not in attendance. That was only after the White House belatedly pulled their invitations in the weeks before the Bahrain conference took place. No doubt that hasty move by the White House was meant to minimize the embarrassing spectacle of a Palestinian boycott by also not having an official Israeli delegation.

Russia and China also gave the Kushner presentation a miss. Some Arab countries, such as Iraq and Lebanon, did not attend either. Iran, a major regional player and supporter of the Palestinian cause, was not represented. The European Union sent only technical-level officials; EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was not present.

The glaring absences reflect the lack of international credibility of this White House’s peace efforts for the Middle East. The “deal of the century” is more seen as the “con of the century”.

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Hezbollah: Lebanon Will Never Bow to Economic Scarecrow Used to Impose Resettlement of Palestinians

June 29, 2019

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Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stressed that the US-led conference in Bahrain has failed due to the absence of all the Palestinian forces, adding that it exposed the Gulf regimes who appeared clearly as being away from supporting the Palestinian cause.

Sheikh Qassem added that all the Palestinians have become more convinced that the military resistance is the only way to liberate Palestine, away from all the dishonest promises.

His eminence also stressed that Lebanon rejects the resettlement of the Palestinian refugees despite the use of the economic scarecrow, noting that the crisis in the country would be solved within the limits of the sovereignty.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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The Only ‘Deal’ On the Table Is For the Normalization of Ties between ‘Israel’ and Gulf Monarchies

By Darko Lazar

While lounging in the lobby of Manama’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, American rabbi Marc Schneier told The Times of ‘Israel’ this week that the normalization of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Tel Aviv is “possible” by the end of the year.

The New York-based Schneier, who gained notoriety when he became ‘special adviser’ to the Bahraini monarch, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, made the comments as Manama played host to the unveiling of the Trump administration’s much-hyped proposal for ending the ‘Israeli’-Palestinian conflict.

According to Schneier, the Bahrain gathering generated “tremendous momentum” for the normalization of ties.

But he warned that rapprochement is impossible in the absence of “some kind of resolution between the ‘Israelis’ and the Palestinians.”

Enter Jared Kushner and one of the most comprehensive PowerPoint presentations anyone has ever seen.

‘The opportunity of the century’

The Trump administration’s new Palestine proposal, which claims to offer the region an economic pathway forward, while ignoring the ‘Israeli’ occupation of Palestinian territories, has not been enthusiastically received in the Middle East.

Reactions to the 140-page document – which refers to “Palestinian society” rather than a state and makes no reference to Palestinian refugees – range from skeptical to outrightly rejected.

The Palestinians have boycotted both the plan and the Manama meeting, accusing the White House of attempting to “liquidate the Palestinian cause”.

But despite the fact that one of the principal parties to the conflict is now completely excluded from the process, Trump administration officials appear determined to forge ahead with their plans.

At the glitzy two-day event in Manama, one of the plan’s architects and US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, used his PowerPoint presentation to outline how USD 50 billion would be deployed to jumpstart the Palestinian economy by creating jobs, reducing poverty and doubling Palestine’s GDP.

It didn’t even matter that no one seems to know much about where all this money would come from.

For Kushner, this is intentional departure from “conventional wisdom”. It’s no laughing matter either. He dismissed the mocking description of Trump’s plan as the “deal of the century” and said it is “better referred to as the opportunity of the century”.

But for whom, exactly? It can’t be the Palestinians.

The idea that businessmen like Kushner and Trump, who have repeatedly taken an unapologetically pro-‘Israel’ line, should be trusted to deliver a just peace is a joke that needs no punch line.

For the current leadership in both Tel Aviv and Washington, even a Palestinian state comprising the territories occupied by ‘Israel’ in 1967 is more than they are willing to accept.

Instead, the Palestinians are being offered the mere promise of money in exchange for their nationhood, their religious sanctities, and acceptance of life under occupation.

So, no, this is not an “opportunity” for the Palestinians.

This is an “opportunity” to showcase the normalization of ties between Gulf monarchies and ‘Israel’, as well as create the right conditions to remove the only real obstacle to rapprochement among Washington’s main regional allies.

That said, the Trump White House isn’t actually hoping to clinch a ‘deal’ with the Palestinians in the true sense of the word. Rather, Gulf leaders still fear popular backlash aimed at their now publicly cozy relationship with ‘Israel’, and they have to be able to blame the Palestinians for rejecting “the opportunity of the century”.

This doesn’t mean that the Palestinian cause is going away. But Palestinians are likely to be subjected to further marginalization, pressure, economic strangulation, and the tightening of the ‘Israeli’ occupation in the West Bank.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, hinted as much when he sat down for his first televised interview with an ‘Israeli’ network this Wednesday.

Al Khalifa told ‘Israel’s’ Channel 13 that Palestinians made “a mistake not showing up” to the Bahrain conference.

“It is always a mistake to miss an opportunity to achieve peace,” he added. “This was an opportunity that we wanted to see them here, but they chose not to come.”

And then he told the occupiers of Palestinian lands that they were the real peace doves.

“We know that [‘Israel’] is a ‘country’ that exists and its people do want peace,” Al Khalifa said. “We want the Arabs to feel that ‘Israel’ is a ‘country’ that belongs here… it is part of the heritage of this region.”

When asked if an ‘Israeli’ prime minister would be landing in Manama in the foreseeable future, the Bahraini diplomat said, “We do want to see normalization.”

If it weren’t for Iran, we would already be friends

The secret ties between Tel Aviv and the Gulf monarchies date back many decades. They are now being thrust into the public sphere for a number of reasons, including the Trump presidency and the growing need for more open military, technological and economic links.

But the main motivation is their shared hostility and hatred toward a more powerful Iran.

In his interview with ‘Israel’s’ Channel 13, the Bahraini foreign minister claims that, “If it was left to the Arabs and ‘Israelis’, we would have been much closer to peace than today.”

“But Iran is exacerbating the issue with money and weapons and with soldiers of militias,” Al Khalifa added.

In other words, if it weren’t for the Iran-led Resistance challenging the ‘Israeli’ occupation of countless Arab states, the Palestinians and others would have little choice but to accept the sort of ‘deal’ that’s on offer today.

In the eyes of the Gulf monarchs, as well as policy makers in the US and ‘Israel’, this is of course Iran’s true crime.

This is also the type of “behavior” that American officials want Tehran to work on.

This is the context in which the current normalization of ties between Tel Aviv and the Gulf states is unfolding.

As Washington presses ahead with its “pressure campaign” against Iran, there is an awareness that the US needs to consolidate its position in the only part of the region where it still exercises any real influence.

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