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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Slavery in the Gulf States, and Western Complicity

Slavery in the Gulf States, and Western Complicity

Emmett Scott — Russia Insider Jan 10, 2017

This Saudi employer was seen hacking his Indian slave workers to death right in the middle of the road in 2014 in Riyadh.

This Saudi employer was seen hacking his Indian slave workers to death right in the middle of the road in 2014 in Riyadh.

Until 1963 it was still perfectly legal in Saudi Arabia to buy another human being at a slave-market, to use and abuse as one saw fit. That was 1963, the year in which the Beatles cut their first LP and which saw the assassination of President Kennedy.

That slavery was abolished, officially at least, in Saudi Arabia in that year, was only the result of intense pressure from Great Britain and the United States. Other Gulf Arab states were even more tardy in complying with international norms of human decency. Oman, for example, only abolished the institution in 1970; that is, a year after America had put a man on the moon.

Very well, the average reader might think; whilst the Arab states were late in getting rid of slavery, that, at least, is a thing of the past. Though some Gulf States, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, may still violate human rights on an industrial scale (none of them have signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), at least they no longer hold people in bondage. Sadly, that is not the case: for the abolition of slavery in the Gulf States was entirely cosmetic, intended as nothing more than a public-relations exercise. The fact is, slavery still exists in this part of the Arab world, and this is a situation in which the West is fully complicit.

The “abolition” of slavery in the Gulf Arab states coincided with the rise of these nations to economic power and prosperity. As the oil revenue poured in, the demand amongst wealthy Arab families for nannies and domestic “servants” increased. Amongst the Arabs possession of domestic slaves was always regarded as something of a status symbol; and until the mid-60s the son of a wealthy Arab family would typically have assigned to him a youthful slave who would grow up and grow old with his master. Before the 1960s, such slaves tended to be procured from Africa.

With the official abolition of the slave trade in that decade, however, the Gulf Arabs looked around for an alternative supply of “servants”. Such, it was discovered, could be procured from southern Asia; principally from India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. Domestic “servants” were also recruited from predominantly Muslim countries, such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, but, as a rule, non-Muslims were preferred.

These new slaves, imported by the hundred of thousand, were lured to the Gulf States by the promise of a good salary, part of which they could send home to their families. In all the Gulf States, as well as further afield, in Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, the same system of deception and entrapment was put into operation. Under the now-notorious kafala system every immigrant needed a “sponsor”, a Gulf States citizen, who would be the “employer” of the new arrival. What the immigrant victim was not (and is not) told is that their Arab employer has almost absolute power over him/her. Upon arrival, the immigrant usually had (and has) his passport confiscated by his employer, so that he is essentially a prisoner. No law exists which entitles the immigrant to the possession of his passport. Indeed, the law of the land in the Gulf States works precisely to deprive the immigrant of his human rights. An employer can legally demand that an employer remain within a specific geographical radius of the home (or other place of employment). Essentially, the immigrant is a prisoner.

Laws do exist, on paper, which protect the employee from physical or sexual abuse. However, under the statutes of Islamic practice, which applies in all the Gulf States, such laws are essentially meaningless. A sexually abused nanny, who appeals to the police for help, is almost invariably herself accused of adultery and immorality and punished severely for these “offences” – which can entail hundreds of lashes and many years in prison.

In such circumstances, it should come as no surprise that the assault, rape and murder of nannies and other domestic “servants” by Arab “employers” is an every-day occurrence and one that is never or very rarely punished.

When one is deprived of one’s freedom of movement; when one is forced to work at the whim of an employer, without any negotiation or bargaining as regards hours, conditions or payment; when one can be assaulted, raped, and killed, without any hope of protection from the law, then one is a slave, pure and simple. Not “virtually” a slave, but an actual slave.

If all the above is true, two questions immediately spring to mind: First and foremost, why does the world, and the West in particular, tolerate it; and secondly, why do the countries from which these “servants” derive continue to tolerate the use and abuse of their citizens in this way?

Both questions have the same answer: The West profits by the system as do the supplier countries of the workers. The West and Westerners profit in several ways: On the one hand, millions of Europeans and Americans work as professionals in the Gulf States. Salaries tend to be very good, and Westerners’ rights tend to be respected. In fact, Westerners can enjoy an extremely high standard of living in the Gulf; but it is at the expense of the South Asian workers who perform the menial tasks for a pittance.

A meal in a top-range restaurant in Dubai or Qatar, for example, costs a fraction of what it would in Europe – for the simple reason that the South Asian cooks and waiters are paid a subsistence-level wage. Western workers and companies in the Gulf remit vast sums of money to their homelands every year. And there are other reasons for turning a blind eye. Economic relations between Western countries and Gulf States are close and highly profitable to both. These range from the oil trade to the sale of weapons, technology and expertise, to the sale, by the U.S., of dollars, (the “petro-dollar”).

Supplier countries tolerate the abuse of their citizens for basically the same reason: Although many hundreds of thousands (perhaps even millions) of Indians, Sri-Lankans, Philippinos and Bangladeshis, make no money at all in the Gulf, some do; and many (particularly in the building trade) earn a small surplus which they remit to their families at home. These remittances form an important part of the economies of South Asia, and so the abuse of their citizens, which is well-known and publicly discussed, is tolerated by the governments concerned.

Of recent years, however, some Asian countries have made it more difficult to recruit, so that the Gulf Arabs have again turned their attention to Africa. And the harrowing story of one African migrant is the subject of the recently-published, Slave States: the Practice of Kafala in the Gulf Arab Region, by Yasin Kakande (2015).

We should be very clear about all of this: We are talking about the brutal exploitation of millions of people from some of the poorest countries in the world by some of the richest countries in the world, and the world – and the West in particular – turning a blind eye. Such nauseating hypocrisy needs to be highlighted.

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Prince Charles to ‘strengthen ties’ with Gulf dictators. What a wonderful Ambassador he is

Prince Charles to ‘strengthen ties’ with Gulf dictators

Brian Whitaker

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will pay an official visit to Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates in November. An official announcement yesterday said their tour will “help to strengthen the United Kingdom’s warm bilateral relations with key partners” in the Gulf region.

Relations between Britain’s royals and Bahrain’s repressive ruling family are especially warm – and controversial. News of the prince’s visit comes barely a week after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced Bahrain for the “harassment and arrests of human rights defenders and political activists”.

Earlier this year, a report by the British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee accused the government of downgrading human rights issues in its dealings with repressive regimes. It said the government’s failure to classify Bahrain (along with Egypt) as a Human Rights Priority Country “contributes to the perception” that it “has become more hesitant in promoting and defending international human rights openly and robustly”.

The British and Bahraini royal families have regular contact through the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show. In May, the king of Bahrain was seated at the Queen’s right-hand side for an equestrian event at Windsor Castle to celebrate her 90th birthday (see photo).

The November trip will be Prince Charles’s sixth visit to Bahrain.

Britain also has a special relationship with Oman’s anglophile despot, Sultan Qaboos, who once served in the British army. Qaboos was installed as sultan in 1970, with British help. The coup came after it was decided that Qaboos would serve British interests better than his ageing and paranoid father, Said bin Tamur, who ended his days in luxurious exile at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

Although moves by the British government to de-prioritise human rights have been under way for some time, they appear to be accelerating as a result of the Brexit referendum. The government is looking for ways to compensate for lost trade with the EU and the wealthy but autocratic Gulf states are an obvious target market. The Saudi foreign minister has already hinted that Britain could have a free trade agreement with the six GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

AFTER THE REVOCATION OF AYATOLLAH QASSEM’S CITIZENSHIP, BAHRAINIS MUST FINALLY TAKE UP ARMS

by Jonathan Azaziah

The Bahraini tyrants’ revocation of Ayatollah Issa al-Qassem’s citizenship needs to be seen in a greater historical context. Contrary to the deplorably sectarian statement released by the Khalifa regime’s Interior Ministry of Repression and Savagery, Bahrain’s highest-ranking spiritual authority was in fact born in the village of Diraz, just outside of Manama, and is thus as indigenous to Bahrain as the Dragon Blood Tree is indigenous to Yemen’s Socotra. The Khalifa despots on the other hand, like their toxic Wahhabi counterparts in Riyadh, are from Najd and have been ruling illegitimately over the Shi’a majority of the tiny Arab island for more than two centuries. Thus, they aren’t Bahraini and never have been.

With that said, as a means of protecting this fraudulent throne, there is no amount of barbarity that these monstrous, criminal, dictatorial maniacs haven’t engaged in to inflict pain on Bahrainis and this shouldn’t come across as a shock. Again, like their Saudi brethren, the Najdi Khalifas are darlings of ‘Israel’. Indeed, the Bahraini “King” even bragged about his closeness with the Mossad. And this Manama-“Tel Aviv” alliance is reflected in the crimes committed: Home demolitions, destruction and desecration of sanctities including mosques, tear gas assaults, deadly shootings of unarmed civilians, rapes and other forms of sexual violence, deportations of citizens from the Shi’a majority and then the settlement of foreigners (“Sunnis” of Iraqi, Pakistani and Najdi origin) in their place on confiscated lands, home invasions, arbitrary arrests, torture, and now, revoking the citizenship of anyone who opposes the regime including an elderly cleric who is the spiritual guide to all Bahraini Shi’a and well-respected throughout the Arab-Islamic world. Sounds like Palestine, doesn’t it?! It’s simply beyond egregious. But don’t think that this is a new phenomenon that emerged as some sort of errant current from the “Arab Spring” PSYOP. No. Bahrainis have nothing to do with the “Arab Spring”. They’ve been rebelling against Al-Khalifa’s brutality and alien rule for decades upon decades upon decades upon… Well. You get the picture.

And speaking of pictures, this overview brings us to the BIG, nay, the BIGGEST picture. The corrupted move against Ayatollah Issa al-Qassem, not to mention the banning of Al-Wefaq–Bahrain’s largest political party, not merely “the opposition” as it is called in the Zionist-controlled MSM–and the despicable imprisonment of Sheikh Ali Salman, who Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has repeatedly saluted and demanded to be freed, assuredly will not be the last crimes of Al-Khalifa, a fact upheld by its 233 years of tyranny that is maintained today with American, British and ‘Israeli’ support. When will the atrocities and the oppression stop? When? The “freedom and democracy” model has failed. The “peaceful” activism upheld by the likes of the Khawaja family (Maryam, Zaynab, Abdul Hadi, etc.) and Nabeel Rajab, who, in my view, despite their very real tribulations, flirt WAY too much with the Western NGO-Human-Rights-Industrial Complex, has also failed. And clearly, clearer than the gorgeous waters washing up on Bahrain’s beaches, this is because Najdis don’t understand the language of peace. If the Bahrainis truly want an end to their suffering, and undoubtedly they do, a shift in strategic vision is immensely needed.

For such a change, they should look no further than their Omani cousins who engaged in one of the most epic and perhaps most forgotten struggles in Global South/Arab-Islamic History. In 1962, the righteous, resistant, gallant people of Dhofar inaugurated the Dhofar Liberation Front which would by 1968 become PFLOAG, the Popular Front For The Liberation Of The Arabian Gulf. An infusion of Islamic Liberationism and Socialism, and backed at various points by Nasser, South Yemen, the PFLP and China, PFLOAG led an armed revolution against the British-protected Sultanate and liberated entire provinces of Oman in the mere span of a few years and were on their way to organically deposing the tyrant Said bin Taimur. Thousands of martyrs were given in this battle. But then the British swooped in and carried out a coup in 1970, installing Said’s son Qaboos as his replacement to rule Muscat. Qaboos, a total Anglophile, allowed the Rothschild-financed Brits to fully take over military operations and also called in help from that notorious devil Muhammad Reza Pahlavi aka the Shah of Iran, and by 1976, the Dhofar Rebellion of PFLOAG had been crushed by the UK-led counterrevolution. Nevertheless, this was the closest that any people in the Khaleej had ever come to putting an end to Zionist-Imperialist-backed absolute monarchy. It’s a portion of our history that needs to be reflected on over and over again so the triumphs are internalized and the mistakes are understood for the sake of them not being repeated.

While PFLOAG ultimately ended up alone in its fight, Bahrain is in no such boat. The Islamic Republic of Iran, Hizbullah, Yemen’s Ansarullah and PFLOAG’s old ally the PFLP have all voiced their support for the Bahraini people’s peaceful struggle. If they decide to adopt the PFLOAG project, Bahrainis can most certainly expect that such support will not change and because of Hizbullah and Tehran’s ideological, doctrinal, Islamic commitment to aiding oppressed Muslims anywhere in the world, that support may even become direct if Al-Khalifa wages a war on its population similar to what the US-‘Israeli’-Saudi Axis of Evil has done to Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Bahrainis have been afflicted enough. It’s time they take back their country and treat the Khalifas like what these demons REALLY are: invaders, usurpers and interlopers. May Ayatollah Issa al-Qassem have justice! And may the unspeakable offense committed against him be the last straw that finally breaks the Najdi camel’s back! Insha’ALLAH! ‪#‎DeathToKhalifa‬ ‪#‎LongLiveBahrain‬ ‪#‎DeathToSaud

POLITICALLY BANKRUPT; EUROPE AND U.S. STRUGGLE TO SAVE TERRORISTS IN ALEPPO

Ziad Fadel

الجيش السوري

ALEPPO:  From the very beginning of this conflict in March 2011, the West and its Arabian monkey puppets like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, aimed to take over a major Syrian city in order to establish a competing power in the country which could challenge the writ of the Damascus central authority.  Ideally, the fattest prize would have been the capital city.  When that didn’t happen and it seemed too daunting a task, the focus fell on the huge industrial capital in the north, Aleppo which had for, at least 2 years, resisted the efforts of the terrorist cannibals to enter the city.  Aleppo, like Damascus, and like most of Syria, for that matter, is a multifaceted, demographically variegated crazy-quilt of minorities sprinkled throughout the majority Sunni population.  And the Sunnis of Aleppo, are not known for their militancy or fundamentalist thinking.  To the contrary, Aleppo remains Syria’s major center for the Sufist branch of Sunni Islam – a branch known for its spirituality and pacifism.

Damascus could not be broken for reasons we knew, here at SyrPer, having to do with the Zionist front.  The Syrian Army was trained on fighting in the South and on the Golan where it expected all wars to start and end.  Thus, the SAA concentrated its efforts on sealing the border with Jordan to prevent a Zionist Army flank movement from the South and on the Golan which Syria is intent on recovering from the claws of the Zionist rodents who now occupy Arab Palestine (Southern Syria).  Constant assaults on the capital city led to nothing but occasional bombardment of serene, mixed neighborhoods in Jaramaanaa and ‘Adraa.  In the final analysis, the terrorists of Jaysh Al-Islam were only able to infest the Eastern Ghouta from which they are now being slowly, and inexorably expelled.  Other areas in the Qalamoon were eventually deloused.

But, Aleppo, seemingly safe, was vulnerable if only the Saudis could lean on Erdoghan enough to open a new front, a front upon which the Syrian Army did not concentrate.  It was always assumed that the only trigger for Syrian-Turkish conflict was the Kurdish dimension; a matter which was resolved years ago when Abdullah Ocalan was exiled to Greece and, then, Africa.  (He was captured by a Turk special operations unit in East Africa and returned to Turkey where he is doing a life sentence on Imrali Island.)

The Saudis found a receptive ear in Ankara, what with Recep Tayyip Erdoghan in power.  The United States also played a part in opening doors from Turkey to Syria early on in order to arm the terrorists now collecting in large numbers in areas like Hatay, Gaziantep and Adana.  Let’s forget about Hillary Clinton’s own involvement in sending Libyan weapons to Turkey in order to arm the anti-Ba’ath murderers via the criminal efforts of Christopher Stephens, the openly homosexual U.S. ambassador to Libya and a closet CIA agent (just like Robert Ford).  That Benghazi episode will come back to haunt Clinton soon enough, but, it was a window into what was going on with the U.S. and NATO’s efforts to unseat a very popular Syrian president.  That Erdoghan was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood is lost on no one.  He was receptive.

Erdoghan, also, had other motives.  Aleppo was a major hub for the Ottoman Sultans ruling from the Sublime Porte in Istanbul.  Anyone who ever lived in Aleppo, as your editor has, cannot but take note of the substantial Turkic/Armenian influences in everything from the speech patterns to the cuisine of the inhabitants.  Erdoghan saw the Saudi and American overtures as an invitation to expansion; a justification for the pipe dream of a renewed empire with him as the revivified Sultan (or maybe Caliph).  As absurd as this may sound, nations do not necessarily conduct business based solely on interest.  There is the element of human frailty and gullibility.  There is the element of psychosis which is what sunk Hitler in Russia and what is sinking Erdoghan today in Syria.

It took a long time for the Syrian Army to grasp the tactical challenges of shifting its priorities from the south to the north.  But, with Russian and Iranian assistance, the transition to a country-wide battle, became a reality which we are watching today in Aleppo.

Aleppo is the penultimate goal for the government.  Once it is liberated completely, talk of “political solutions” or “transitional governments” will seem banal, even meaningless.  The U.S. and its allies know this which is why there is an explosion of diplomatic activity to rein in the SAA and its newly energized air force.  They are trying desperately to stop the onslaught which, we predict, will result in the complete routing of the rodents in all of Aleppo City within the next few weeks.  The Arab League, inspired by the cockroach-state of Qatar, is conducting an emergency meeting with a complete focus on Aleppo.  The Qataris, through their propaganda-lie machine, Al-Jazeera, are ramping up the rhetoric, accusing the government in Damascus of “war crimes” and the like. Needless to say, nobody pays much attention to an ugly, overused prostitute like Al-Jazeera.

These kinds of techniques: trying to build up a furor amongst the public to justify direct intervention militarily is not going to work because the Russian administration has made it pellucidly clear that no “pressure will be applied to Syria while it is fighting terrorism”.  This is Qatar’s nightmare.  With a member of the Security Council obstructing the endeavor to save the last remaining Alqaeda rodents inside Aleppo, Qatar’s ruling pack of rodents has to deal now with the fact that it has lost over 100 billion dollars in reserves to support the maniacal war against the Syrian people.

The Saudis are even in a less enviable position.  They have lost their special relationship with Washington.  They are suing for peace in Yemen hoping to save some face through a negotiated return of their immensely unpopular factotum, Al-Haadi, to power.  The recent statements by Houthi leaders indicates that the talks are going nowhere despite Kuwaiti nonsense mentioning a soon-to-be-announced “historic agreement”.  In fact, the Ansaar-Ullah fighting machine has just liberated the Al-‘Amaaliqa military base opening up a Croesus-sized arsenal of weapons to be used for killing Saudis.  The Saudis are up the creek without a paddle, so to speak.  And their leadership is rudderless and naïve.  We are watching to slow descent of the House of Saud into a cesspool of decrepitude.

Yesterday and today, the Syrian Army has advanced deeper into the Al-Raashideen Quarter liberating 8 buildings and killing 4 snipers.  The terrorists here are almost all Alqaeda members and face a terrible destiny as our army batters them relentlessly from the nearby Dhaahiyat Al-Assad.   SyrPer has received accurate reports of deepening ammunition and water shortages amongst the rodents in this area.  We are confident it will fall soon enough because rodent chatter indicates a complete breakdown of morale with openly voluble expressions of lack of confidence in leadership.   There are no supply routes left.

 

 

North Atharyaa:  The SAAF blunted an ISIS suicide operation here by firing rockets at a gathering of terrorist hyenas.  No other details.

 

South of Khanaassir:  The SAAF attacked ISIS leaving scores dead ant wounded.

 

Al-Kallaasa:  17 terrorists killed in a quality operation near the Southern Cemetery where a group of Alqaeda vultures were gathered.  Here are the only Syrians identified among the piles of manure:

Arkaan Hussein Tawfanji

Zhaafir Shaakir Baabaa

Muhammad Anwar ‘Aabideen

Muhammad Husni Al-Qaysi

Zaki ‘Umar Al-Kilaawi

The rest were all foreigners.

Via Wikimapia: http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.191265&lon=37.149051&z=18&m=b
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Syrian Army Strikes Terrorists across Country

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Syrian armyThe Syrian army, backed by air force, continued Monday targeting ISIL terrorists’ positions destroying their vehicles and weapons.

Homs

The army’s air force continued conducting sorties against the gatherings and movements of ISIL terrorist organization in Palmyra countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them.

Many vehicles for ISIL terrorist organization, some of which equipped with machineguns, were destroyed in the sorties in the vicinity of al-Shaer oil field and third oil-pumping station, 40km east of Palmyra city, a military source told SANA.

Deir Ezzor

Army units destroyed vehicles and fortified positions for ISIL terrorist organization in the neighborhoods of al-Arfi, al-Ummal and al-Damen in Deir Ezzor.

The army’s air force destroyed vehicles, some of which equipped with machineguns, in al-Bghailiye village, 4 km west of Deir Ezzor.

Sweida

Over the past few hours, units of the army and the armed forces destroyed gatherings of the ISIL terrorists in the northeastern countryside of the southern Sweida province.

An army unit carried out concentrated bombardments against a gathering of the ISIL terrorists in Khirbat Sa’ad village in the northeastern countryside, inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and destroying two of their machinegun-equipped vehicles.

A unit of the army killed all members of a terrorist group affiliated to the ISIL that was moving towards al-Ghabeb valley.

Daraa

A unit of the army and the armed forces foiled an attempt by a terrorist group affiliated to al-Nusra Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant) terrorist organization to infiltrate into one of the military posts in Daraa al-Balad area.

A unit of the army clashed with a terrorist group that infiltrated from the surroundings of Bilal al-Habashi Mosque towards one of the military posts in Daraa al-Balad.

Most of the terrorist group members were killed or injured while the others were forced to flee.

Source: Agencies

02-05-2016 – 19:31 Last updated 02-05-2016 – 19:31

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Fake “Arab Spring” which miraculously never affected Gulf dictatorships was an opportunity for USA to increase sales of chemical and biological weapons

US chemical arms sales up in Arab Spring

The United States significantly increased exports of chemical and biological weapons to authoritarian African and Middle Eastern governments during popular uprisings that swept the region in early 2011, according to a report.

During the roughly two years of Arab Spring protests, the US State Department, under Hillary Clinton, approved $66 million worth of so-called Category 14 exports–defined as “toxicological agents, including chemical agents, biological agents and associated equipment”–to nine Middle Eastern and African governments, whose affiliated groups were stocking Clinton family interests with cash, The International Business Times reports.

That represented a 50 percent increase in such export approvals to the same authoritarian governments over the two years prior to the Arab Spring, according to the report, which is based on a review of State Department documents.

Most notably, the documents reveal, the Clinton’s State Department cleared Egypt to continue purchasing arms Washington classified as “toxicological agents,” at a time when Hosni Mubarak’s forces were widely using tear gas, a toxicological agent, as part of their bloody crackdown against protesters demanding his ouster.

The arms sales came as a group closely associated with the Mubarak regime paid Bill Clinton, Hillary’s husband and former US president, a $250,000 speaking fee in 2010, and in 2012, a firm associated with the company that produced tear gas for Egyptian security forces, paid $100,000 to $250,000 for another Bill Clinton speech.

In 2010, just months before the Egyptian revolution, the State Department’s export authorizations to Mubarak government for chemical and biological agents saw a 38 percent increase, according to the documents reviewed by IBTimes.

Algeria received more than $6 million worth of State Department authorizations for chemical and biological weapons in fiscal 2009, of which $5.8 million were for items classified as “tear gases and riot control agents.”

The next year, the Algerian government, whose security forces used tear gas on Arab Spring protesters in the capital, gave $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the report said.

Also in 2010, Clinton’s first full fiscal year in office, Saudi Arabia was authorized to receive $18 million worth of chemical and biological arms. Riyadh, one of the Clinton Foundation’s largest donors, had received less than $5 million in such authorizations in 2008 and 2009.

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