A pro-Palestine Malaysian NGO brings ICC lawsuit against israel (apartheid state) , the first ever filed

A pro-Palestine Malaysian NGO brings ICC lawsuit against Israel, the first ever filed

ISRAEL IDF UNITED NATIONS

THE NEW ARAB – More that 600,000 Israeli Jews live in illegal settlements on Palestinian land.

A Malaysian NGO has become the first organisation in the world to file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC), claiming that the state has violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.

The resolution, which was passed in 2016, reaffirmed that Israeli settlements on Palestinian land since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a violation of international law.

The Malaysia-based My Aqsa Foundation said Israel’s continued settlement activity in the occupied territories is an insult to the UN’s authority.

“This resolution requires Israel to immediately stop all illegal activities in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” MyAqsa chief executive Noorazman Mohamed Samsuddin was quoted by Free Malaysia Today as saying. “MyAqsa is convinced that the violation of Resolution 2334 will cause chaos and security instability not only in West Asia but also throughout the world,” he added.

MyAqsa’s CEO said that the group formalised the claims against Israel on Wednesday. He added that studies by his NGO had shown that Israel has violated at least 28 Security Council resolutions.

The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2334 in December 2016, however, it is only recommendatory in nature. The UNSC is unable to take punitive action against Israel to force it to abide by Resolution 2334.

Today, more than 600,000 Israelis live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in constructions considered illegal under international law.

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Syria or Southeast Asia – The West lied, lies, and always will

 

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I’m sitting at the splendid building of the Singapore National Library, in a semi-dark room, microfilm inserted into a high-tech machine. I’m watching and then filming and photographing several old Malaysian newspapers dating back from October 1965.

These reports were published right after the horrible 1965 military coup in Indonesia, which basically overthrew the progressive President Sukarno and liquidated then the third largest Communist party on Earth, PKI (Partai Komunis Indonesia). Between one and three million Indonesian people lost their lives in some of the most horrifying massacres of the 20th century. From a socialist (and soon to be Communist) country, Indonesia descended into the present pits of turbo-capitalist, as well as religious and extreme right-wing gaga.

The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Holland and several other Western nations, directly sponsored the coup, while directing both the pro-Western treasonous factions in the military, as well as the religious leaders who stood, from the start, at the forefront of the genocide.

All this information is, of course, widely available in the de-classified archives of both the CIA and U.S. State Department. It can be accessed, analyzed and reproduced. I personally made a film about the events, and so have several other directors.

But it isn’t part of the memory of humanity. In Southeast Asia, it is known only to a handful of intellectuals.

In Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, the Indonesian post-1965 fascism is a taboo topic. It is simply not discussed. “Progressive” intellectuals here are, like in all other ‘client’ states of the West, paid to be preoccupied with their sex orientation, with gender issues and personal ‘freedoms’, but definitely not with the essential matters (Western imperialism, neo-colonialism, the savage and grotesque forms of capitalism, the plunder of local natural resources and environment, as well as disinformation, plus the forcefully injected ignorance that is accompanied by mass amnesia) that have been shaping so extremely and so negatively this part of the world.

In Indonesia itself, the Communist Party is banned and the general public sees it as a culprit, not as a victim.

The West is laughing behind the back of its brainwashed victims. It is laughing all the way to the bank.

Lies are obviously paying off.

No other part of the world has suffered from Western imperialism as much after WWII, as Southeast Asia did, perhaps with two exceptions, those of Africa and the Middle East.

In so-called Indochina, the West murdered close to ten million people, during the indiscriminate bombing campaigns and other forms of terror – in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The above mentioned Indonesian coup took at least 1 million human lives. 30% of the population of East Timor was exterminated by the Indonesian occupation, which was fully supported by the West. The Thai regime, fully subservient to the West, killed indiscriminately its leftists in the north and in the capital. The entire region has been suffering from extreme religious implants, sponsored by the West itself, and by its allies from the Gulf.

But the West is admired here, with an almost religious zeal.

The U.S., British and French press agencies and ‘cultural centers’ are spreading disinformation through local media outlets owned by subservient ‘elites’. Local ‘education’ has been devotedly shaped by Western didactic concepts. In places like Malaysia, Indonesia, but also Thailand, the greatest achievement is to graduate from university in one of the countries that used to colonize this part of the world.

Victim countries, instead of seeking compensation in courts, are actually admiring and plagiarizing the West, while pursuing, even begging for funding from their past and present tormentors.

Southeast Asia, now obedient, submissive, phlegmatic and stripped off the former revolutionary left-wing ideologies, is where the Western indoctrination and propaganda scored unquestionable victory.

The same day, I turned on the television set in my hotel room, and watched the Western coverage of the situation in Idlib, the last stronghold of the Western-sponsored terrorists on Syrian territory.

Russia has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting warning that the terrorists might stage a chemical attack, and then blame it, together with the West, on the forces of President Bashar al-Assad.

NATO battleships have been deployed to the region. There can be no doubt – it has been a ‘good old’ European/North American scenario at work, once again: ‘We hit you, kill your people, and then bomb you as a punishment’.

Imperialist gangsters then point accusative fingers at the victims (in this case Syria) and at those who are trying to protect them (Russia, Iran, Hezbollah, China). Just like in a kindergarten, or a primary school; remember? A boy hits someone from behind and then screams, pointing at someone else: “It was him, it was him!” Miraculously, until now, the West has always gotten away with this ‘strategy’, of course, at the cost of billions of victims, on all continents.

That is how it used to be for centuries, and that is how it still works. That is how it will continue to be, until such terror and gangsterism is stopped.

For years and decades, we were told that the world is now increasingly inter-connected, that nothing of great importance could happen, without it being immediately spotted and reported by vigilant media lenses, and ‘civil society’.

Yet, thousands of things are happening and no one is noticing.

Just in the last two decades, entire countries have been singled-out by North America and Europe, then half-starved to death through embargos and sanctions, before being finally attacked and broken to pieces: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya to mention just a few. Governments of several left-wing nations have been overthrown either from outside, or through their own, local, servile elites and media; among them Brazil, Honduras and Paraguay. Countless Western companies and their local cohorts are committing the unbridled plunder of natural resources in such places as Borneo/Kalimantan or the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), totally ruining tropical forests while murdering hundreds of species.

Are we, as a planet, really inter-connected? How much do people know about each other, or about what is done to their brothers and sisters on different continents?

I have worked in some 160 countries, and I can testify without the slightest hesitation: ‘Almost nothing’. And: ‘Less and much less!’

The Western empire and its lies, has managed to fragment the world to previously unknown extremes. It is all done ‘in the open’, in full view of the world, which is somehow unable to see and identify the most urgent threats to its survival. Mass media propaganda outlets are serving as vehicles of indoctrination, so do cultural and ‘educational’ institutions of the West or those local ones shaped by the Western concepts. That includes such diverse ‘tools’ as universities, Internet traffic manipulators, censors and self-censored individuals, social media, advertisement agencies and pop culture ‘artists’.

There is a clear pattern to Western colonialist and neo-colonialist barbarity and lies:

Indonesian President Sukarno and his closest ally the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) were trying to build a progressive and self-sufficient country. Therefore, they had to be stopped, government overthrown, party members massacred, PKI itself banned and the entire country privatized; sold to foreign interests. The overwhelming majority of Indonesians are so brainwashed by the local and Western propaganda that they still blame the Communists for the 1965 coup, no matter what the CIA archives say.’

Mossadegh of Iran was on the same, progressive course. And he ended up the same way as Sukarno. And the whole world was then charmed by the butcher, who was put to power by the West – the Shah and his lavish wife.

Chile in 1973, and thereafter, the same deadly pattern occurred, more evidence of how freedom-loving and democratic the West is.

Patrice Lumumba of Congo nationalized natural resources and tried to feed and educate his great nation. Result? Overthrown, killed. The price: some 8 million people massacred in the last two decades, or maybe many more than that (see my film: Rwanda Gambit). Nobody knows, or everyone pretends that they don’t know.

Syria! The biggest ‘crime’ of this country, at least in the eyes of the West, consisted of trying to provide its citizens with high quality of life, while promoting Pan-Arabism. The results we all know (or do we, really?): hundreds of thousands killed by West-sponsored murderous extremists, millions exiled and millions internally displaced. And the West, naturally, is blaming Syrian President, and is ready to ‘punish him’ if he wins the war.

Irrational? But can global-scale fascism ever be rational?

The lies that are being spread by the West are piling up. They overlap, often contradict one another. But the world public is not trained to search for the truth, anymore. Subconsciously it senses that it is being lied to, but the truth is so horrifying, that the great majority of people prefer to simply take selfies, analyze and parade its sexual orientation, stick earphones into its ears and listen to empty pop music, instead of fighting for the survival of humanity.

I wrote entire books on this topic, including the near 1,000-page : “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”.

This essay is just a series of thoughts that came to my mind, while I was sitting at a projector in a dark room of the Singapore National Library.

A rhetorical question kept materializing:

Can all this be happening?” “Can the West get away with all these crimes it has been committing for centuries, all over the world?”

The answer was clear: ‘But of course, as long as it is not stopped!’

And so, A luta continua!

By Andre Vltchek
First published by NEO – New Eastern Outlook

The Most Credible Arab Voice…

Hussein Samawarchi

A soothing voice, calm body language, and a friendly face. Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is on TV again.

Modern life does not leave too much time for television anymore. People have to run harder than ever to make ends meet; that is why, perhaps, they have become more selective regarding the programs they watch because the time spared for this activity is very limited. But, there’s always time to watch the Sayyed deliver his speech; if not for its calming and reassuring effect, then for a true understanding of what is happening in the region.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s speech commemorating the twelfth anniversary of victory against “Israel’s” last campaign of destruction was nothing less than what is always expected from the leader of the Lebanese Resistance: Dose after dose of encouragement for the common man based on informative current life events’ analysis. The Sayyed has never been known to have ever said anything untrue or exaggerated; his credibility is actually so high, it is said that the part of the “Israeli” public searching for the truth makes it a point to follow up on his television appearances.

Sayyed Nasrallah begins his speech with the usual courtesy he is famed to furnish for everyone. He gives thanks to the heroes of the battlefield along with the country’s armed forces and security forces and then moves on to thank the past and present presidents, prime ministers, and speakers of the parliament. He thanks the victims of the “Israeli” aggression and, generally, all the good people of the world. Gratitude did not spare Iran and Syria for their support.

The central topic of the Sayyed’s speech was the US scheme to assign “Israel” as the major force in the region and how the first phase of this plan was to eradicate Hezbollah to leave a void in the axis of countries refusing to sell the Palestinian cause. He said that “Israel’s” failure to wipe out Hezbollah delayed actioning the remaining phases and even helped in the further failure of breaking Syria and Iran.

The Sayyed explained the Zionist strategies and showed how they all crumbled down to a point where “Israel” now suffers, more than ever, from disarray on all levels; including the cabinet whose ministers fight among themselves continuously. On the other hand, he showed how the resistance and its allies are now, more than ever, stronger in every way.

Global intelligence services, according to the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, are among the parties waiting in line to open negotiations with the Syrian government. Now that it is a matter of little time until Syria declares total victory, the issue of repatriation of foreign terrorists has become a priority in the worries’ scale. The Europeans will not back up a Trump request to give the Golan Heights to “Israel” for good and risk losing relations with the Syrian government whose security cooperation is much needed.

Trump’s administration is slowly facing a growing international isolation, Saudi Arabia has lost its top men in Malaysia and Pakistan as well as its war on Yemen, and Israel who has supported the Syrian so-called rebels in every imaginable way has lost all bets against the legal Syrian government. The situation faced by the enemies of the righteous axis is disastrous.

This was just a part of what the Sayyed had discussed. He promised to continue with new topics and expand some of the ones he had already mentioned when he gives his next speech on the occasion of the victory against “Israel’s” losing tools in Lebanon, the terrorists of “ISIS” and others.

Listening to the Secretary-General of Hezbollah is a true pleasure. No one else can lift away the frustration caused by the Zionist media machine like he does. His strength and positive attitude are contagious just like his tone of voice and manners are loveable. The man is very real in words and actions; he deals with people’s daily concerns. Sayyed Nasrallah warned against falling for shady social media news and statements. He extended a wish that everyone contemplates what they have heard or seen before taking a position. Has social media not proved to be the new age epidemic of modern societies in so many instances?

Thank God for the presence of such decent and professional names in the journalism industry as Mr. Imad Marmal, Mrs. Manar Sabbagh and many more. They are the pillars that hold the ceiling of truth high in the media world that Sayyed Nasrallah is warning us about.

It would be unwarranted to worry about Lebanon in the presence of men like Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.

Source: Al-Ahed News

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ماليزيا وباكستان وإيران وتركيا: الدينار الذهبي الإسلامي

أغسطس 13, 2018

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– يعرف خبراء المال والاقتصاد أن الفارق كبير بين دعوات البعض للعودة إلى الذهب كضامن للاحتياط النقدي للحكومات كضامن لعملتها الوطنية، وبين إصدار عملة جديدة لدولة بعينها أو لدول عدة معاً. وبالمقابل معنى أن تكون العملة الجديدة ذهبية، خصوصاً عندما تكون جامعة لمدى يتخطى دولة واحدة، فالخيار الأول بات غير واقعي منذ خروج الولايات المتحدة الأميركية من اتفاقية بريتون وودز التي أقرّت عام 1945 وربطت الدولار بالذهب بسعر ثابت مقابل اعتماد الدولار عملياً لتسعير سائر العملات، وفي عام 1971 فكت واشنطن ربط الدلاور بالذهب وبقي الدولار مهيمناً على سوق العملات، وأي عودة تستدعي موافقة أميركية مستحيلة، وشمولاً عالمياً مستحيلاً أيضاً، هذا عدا عن ميل الحكومات بلا استثناء للحفاظ على حرية إصدرات نقدية بلا عبء توفير تغطيتها الذهبية وتحمل نتائجها التضخمية للالتفاف والمناورة على الأزمات التي تواجهها في الأسواق والموازنات.

– معلوم أن إصدار عملة جديدة في أي بلد هو شأن سيادي خاص، أكانت ذهبية أم ورقية، كحال الجنيه الاسترليني والجنيه الكندي الذهبي المابل ومثلها رغم قلة التداول عملات الباندا الصينية والجاموس والنسر الأميركيين، وكذلك إصدار عملة عابرة لعدد من الدول شأن يخص الدول المتعاقدة كما هو حال اليورو بين دول الاتحاد الأوروبي، والذي مرّ بمرحلة تساكن مؤقتة بين دول الاتحاد قبل أن يصبح بديلاً كلياً لها، كما هو معلوم أن الخروج الأميركي من ربط الدولار بالذهب عائد إلى كون ثلاثية العملية المالية الأميركية عبر العالم تتكوّن من المكانة التجارية للبضائع الأميركية كشريك تجاري أول لكل بلاد العالم، والمكانة المصرفية للمصارف الأميركية كمهيمن على اللعبة المصرفية، والضلع الثالث لهذا الثنائي هو العقوبات التي استفحل استخدامها، وصارت قيداً حقيقياً على الاستقلال الاقتصادي والنمو لاقتصادات العالم، وصار التفلّت منها ومن آثارها المدمرة أمام التوحش الأميركي في اللجوء إليها مرهون بتحرير التجارة البينية للدول، أي عمليات المتاجرة التي لا تتم مع أميركا ولا بواسطتها، من قيد المرور بالمصارف الأميركية والعملة الأميركية.

– تصطدم محاولات اللجوء إلى العملات القوية الموجودة في التداول لإجراء العمليات المالية والتجارية بواسطتها، بمخاطرة تهرّب المصارف الكبرى في دول المنشأ للعملات القوية من إغضاب المصارف الأميركية وخشيتها من التعرّض للعقوبات الأميركية بداعي المضاربة غير المشروعة على الدولار، ولذلك تأتي الحاجة لبدائل من خارج السياق التقليدي المألوف، خصوصاً في تبادل السلع الاستراتيجية كالنفط والغاز، والتي تشكل حساباتها المالية مصدر قوة لسيطرة الدولار الأميركي وعبره السياسات الأميركية في العالم، وسبباً للتحكم الأميركي بدول وحكومات، ومحاولات إخضاع وترويض للبعض الآخر، وفي الأشهر الأخيرة دخل العالم مع حالة من اللاعقلانية الأميركية تهدد بتدمير اقتصادات دول، في ظل أزمة اقتصادية أميركية يجري السعي لمواجهتها بالاستناد لسياسة ضرائبية وجمركية تتغوّل تدريجاً لتصير أقرب للعقوبات وفرض الغرامات والخوّات على الاقتصاد العالمي، وفي ظل عجز أميركي عن فرض الهيمنة عبر القوة العسكري فتحل العقوبات بديلاً منها، وصار البديل العقلاني للتعامل الحصري بالدولار الأميركي، وليس للبديل الدائم ولا الشامل عنه ضرورة اقتصادية وتنموية وسياسية للعديد من الدول.

– عام 2003 قام الاقتصادي الآسيوي رئيس حكومة ماليزيا يومها والعائد إلى الحكم الآن، مهاتير محمد، وأثناء انعقاد القمة الإسلامية في بلده وترؤسه لها بطرح مشروع الدينار الذهبي الإسلامي، الذي لاقى ترحيباً نظرياً واسعاً يومها، وبات واضحاً أن جهوداً أميركية حثيثة بذلت لإطاحته ومن ثم إطاحة مهاتير محمد نفسه، وليس خافياً كم كان للسعودية دور محوري في المهمتين. ولم يكن بعيداً عن الإسناد للموقف السعودي بطلب أميركي كل من حكومتي تركيا، العضو في حلف الأطلسي والساعية لنمو تحت العباءة الأميركية يومها، وباكستان الواقعة تحت نفوذ أميركي سعودي مزدوج، والمعتمدة على الدعم المالي السعودي والدعم العسكري الأميركي، يومها، وفيما رحّبت إيران بالمشروع ذهب ترحيبها أدراج الرياح بصفتها دولة واقعة تحت الحصار والعقوبات من الجانب الأميركي وقد وجدت متنفساً في المشروع.

– اليوم وفيما تتحرّر باكستان بفوز حزب الإنصاف ورئيسه عمران خان المناوئين لأميركا والسعودية بالأغلبية النيابية، وتصادم أنقرة وواشنطن على الصعيدين السياسي والاقتصادي وصولاً لحرب عملات تخوضها واشنطن على العملة التركية. ويعود مهاتير محمد إلى سدة القرار الماليزي بمواجهة الهيمنة الأميركية السعودية، وتستعدّ إيران لمواجهة حزمات العقوبات المتصاعدة، يبدو التطلّع للعودة لمشروع الدينار الذهبي الإسلامي أكثر من ضرورة للدول التي يشكل مجموعها السكاني، قرابة نصف مليار نسمة، ويشكل حجم اقتصاداتها ما مجموعه قرابة ثلاثة تريليونات دولار، وفيما تشكل إيران الدولة الوحيدة المنتجة للنفط والغاز تشكل تركيا وباكستان أهم ممرات لأنابيب النفط والغاز وتشكل ماليزيا اهم دولة لمصافي النفط وصناعة البتروكيمياويات، وتشكل تجارة النفط والغاز وصناعة المشتقات قرابة نصف تريليون دولار في الدول الأربع وحدها كقطاع يمكن البدء به فوراً باعتماد الدينار الذهبي الإسلامي كعملة لتبادل النفط والغاز ومشتقاتهما وصناعاتهما، بينما يوضع الدينار الذهبي الإسلامي في سلة العملات المتداولة عالمياً، ويمكن تبادل السلع بواسطته مع دول كروسيا والصين وسائر دول البريكس، وعدد من الدول الأوروبية، عدا أن وضعه في التداول سيتكفّل وحده عبر تسعير العملات المحلية بالقياس له بحماية هذه العملات من الحرب الأميركية عليها وتردّداتها.

 

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اغتيال البطش: «حماس» ستنقل المعركة إلى الخارج؟

 الإثنين 23 نيسان 2018

اغتيال البطش: «حماس» ستنقل المعركة إلى الخارج؟

أجّلت «القسام» الإعلان الرسمي لتبني الشهيد البطش لأسباب عدة (الأناضول)

هاني إبراهيم

للمرة الثانية في 2018، يستهدف العدو كادراً في «حماس» في الخارج. فبعد محاولة فاشلة لاغتيال محمد حمدان في صيدا، استشهد المهندس فادي البطش في كوالالمبور، ليظهر أن سياسة الاغتيالات لم تتوقف، وهو ما يضع الحركة أمام اختبار الرد، في ظل قرارها التاريخي والمعروف بوقف العمل في الخارج

لم تكن عملية اغتيال المهندس «القسامي» فادي البطش في العاصمة الماليزية كوالالمبور، فجر أول من أمس (السبت)، استثناء مقارنة بعمليات الاغتيال الإسرائيلية التي ينفذها العدو في اتجاهين: الأول استهداف القيادة العسكرية والأمنية أو الكوادر الناشطين، والثاني قتل العقول المسؤولة عن تطوير قدرات المقاومة خلال السنوات الأخيرة، وهو ما يدفع وفق أوساط قريبة في «حماس» إلى «التفكير جدياً في نقل جزء من المعركة مع الاحتلال خارج فلسطين المحتلة»، لكنه قرار لم يتخذ بعد، خصوصاً أن القرار الحركي على صعيد المكتب السياسي هو تجنّب أي عمل خارج فلسطين.

السبب في هذا الاتجاه في التفكير هو استمرار تلقي «حماس» ضربات قاسية (اغتيال محمود المبحوح في الإمارات، ومحمد الزواري في تونس، وأخيراً فادي البطش، مع عدد من المحاولات منها ما صارت معلنة مثل محمد حمدان في لبنان وأخرى أخفيت لأسباب أمنية)، فيما يتسبب السكوت عن هذه الضربات في خلل في معادلة الردع، إذ لا تفكر إسرائيل في عواقب هذه العمليات، خصوصاً أنها لم تنفذ عملياتها في «دول مفتوحة» (بسبب سهولة الدخول والخروج) فقط، بل حتى في دول مثل لبنان وتونس. ومن بوادر هذا القرار التهديد اللافت لرئيس المكتب السياسي للحركة، إسماعيل هنية، الذي توعد فيه بنقل المعركة إلى الخارج، إذ قال أمس، إن «المعركة مع إسرائيل انتقلت إلى خارج الأراضي المحتلة، وللعدو حساب مفتوح مع الشعب الفلسطيني، لا سيما أنه ينقل المعركة إلى الخارج».

ووفق المعلومات، كان البطش (35 سنة) يعمل مع فريق من المختصين على «تطوير القدرات العسكرية بهدف إنجاز مفاجآت للاحتلال وإيلامه في أي معركة مقبلة»، وهو غادر قطاع غزة عام 2012 لإكمال دراسته العلمية في ماليزيا. وخلال رحلات في الخارج إلى عدد من الدول، التقى عدداً من الخبراء بهدف توفير دعم علمي وتقني يطور القدرات العسكرية للمقاومة بما في ذلك أدوات تتجاوز الوسائل التكنولوجية التي يمتلكها الاحتلال.

‬وبينما تبنت الحركة الشهيد ووصفته بأنه «ابنها العالم»، التزم جناحها العسكري «كتائب القسام» الصمت إعلامياً ورسمياً، لكن وُضعت لافتة كبيرة أمام بيت عائلته مكتوب عليها «القائد القسامي». ووفق مصادر، لم تعلن «القسام» رسمياً التبني لأسباب عدة أبرزها تجنب إحراج الحكومة الماليزية، لأن ذلك قد يؤثر في وضع الطلبة الفلسطينيين هناك، وأيضاً انتظاراً لوصول الجثمان. من ناحية ثانية، يوجب التبني الرسمي في هذه المرحلة حدوث رد عسكري من غزة، وهو ما قد يشوش على «مسيرات العودة» على حدود القطاع.

للبطش أبحاث في مجال الطائرات المسيرة وإنتاج الصواريخ

ووفق التقييم داخل «القسام»، يبدو أن الاستخبارات الإسرائيلية وضعت البطش في قائمة المراقبة خلال السنوات الماضية بعد تقديمه عدداً من الأبحاث التي يمكن للمقاومة الاستفادة منها في مجال الطائرات المسيرة من دون طيار وأيضاً إنتاج الصواريخ التي يمكن توجيهها بدقة كبيرة. وفيما جاء اغتيال البطش قبل يوم من قراره السفر إلى تركيا للمشاركة في مؤتمر علمي، يسود تقدير لدى أمن المقاومة أن الوصول إلى البطش واتخاذ قرار اغتياله جاء نتيجة تواصله مع أشخاص تراقبهم إسرائيل، وتتهمهم بالعمل لمصلحة المقاومة.

في المقابل، أظهرت التصريحات الإسرائيلية حجم سعادة كبيراً باغتيال البطش، إذ قال عضو المجلس الوزاري المصغر (الكابينت) يوآف جالنت، «سنطارد كل واحد حتى لو كان على حافة العالم ونحضره إلى المحكمة أو يموت ويذهب إلى مقبرة». أما وزير الأمن أفيغدور ليبرمان، فقال في مقابلة مع القناة الثانية: «لم يكن الرجل صديقاً ولم يعمل على تحسين البنية التحتية في غزة، لقد كان يعمل على تحسين دقة الصواريخ… تصفية الحسابات مع المنظمات الإرهابية أمر نراه كل يوم، وأفترض أن هذا أيضاً ما حدث في هذه الحالة»، مطالباً السلطات المصرية بمنع نقل الجثمان إلى غزة. وتخشى عائلة البطش من أن ترضخ القاهرة للطلب الإسرائيلي، خصوصاً أن ليبرمان كان قد قال في العشرين من كانون الثاني الماضي إن مصر تنسق مع إسرائيل في عدد من القضايا منها إدارة معبر رفح.

في سياق متصل، قال المحلل العسكري في صحيفة «معاريف» العبرية، يوسي مليمان، إن التفاصيل تشير إلى أن العملية جاءت باحترافية تشابه طرق الاغتيال التي يستخدمها «الموساد»، وهي تشابه عملية اغتيال فتحي الشقاقي عام 1995، وعدداً من العلماء النوويين الإيرانيين في أوقات أخرى (استهدف البطش عبر شخصين كانا على دراجة نارية وأطلقا عليه 10 رصاصات أصيب بـ4 منها، إحداها اخترقت رأسه من الخلف، ليستشهد من الفور). ويقول مليمان إن «ماليزيا التي لا تربطها علاقات رسمية بإسرائيل أصبحت أخيراً قاعدة تدريبات لعناصر حماس العسكرية، والبطش كان ناشطاً في القسام… وقد كتب مقالات عدة عن تسيير الطائرات كهربائياً، وكان يعمل على تطوير قدرات حماس الهجومية».

أما القناة العاشرة، فقالت إن عملية الاغتيال في ماليزيا «محاولة لضرب الدفء الذي تمنحه الدولة الآسيوية لحماس، إذ إنها تجنّد الطلاب هناك وتؤهلهم عسكرياً في تركيا ثم ترسلهم إلى الضفة الغربية لتأسيس خلايا مسلحة». في غضون ذلك، قالت السلطات الماليزية إنها فتحت تحقيقاً في الحادثة وطلبت مساعدة «منظمة الشرطة الجنائية الدولية» (انتربول) و «منظمة الشرطة في دول جنوب شرقي آسيا» (آسيانبول).

يذكر أن البطش أب لثلاثة أطفال، وقد حصل على درجتي البكالوريوس والماجستير في الهندسة الكهربائية من الجامعة الإسلامية في غزة أواخر 2009، ثم حصل على قبول من جامعة مالايا الماليزية لدراسة الدكتوراه. وخلال دراسته، أعدّ عشرات الأبحاث أهمّها عن رفع كفاءة شبكات نقل الطاقة الكهربائية باستخدام تكنولوجيا إلكترونيات القوى، كما عمل محاضراً في جامعة ماليزية خاصة. ونتيجة لكفاءته العلمية نال عدداً من الجوائز العلمية الرفيعة منها منحة «خزانة» الحكومية المعدّة للماليزيين، لكنه كان أول عربي يحصل عليها في 2016. وقد كان في طريقه لإمامة صلاة الفجر في أحد المساجد في ضاحية غومباك في العاصمة.

South China Sea: Failing to Find Asian Allies, US Invites UK to Meddle

December 16, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Parroting the US State Department’s rhetoric, almost verbatim to justify the decision, a UK envoy vowed to fly warplanes over, and sail warships through the South China Sea over “concerns” regarding “freedom of navigation there.”

Reuters in its article, “British fighters to overfly South China Sea; carriers in Pacific after 2020: envoy,” would report:

The envoy, Kim Darroch, told a Washington think tank that British Typhoon aircraft currently deployed on a visit to Japan would fly across disputed parts of the South China Sea to assert international overflight rights, but gave no time frame.

Speaking at an event also attended by Japan’s ambassador to Washington, Darroch said that most future British defense capacity would have to be directed toward the Middle East, but added:

“Certainly, as we bring our two new aircraft carriers onstream in 2020, and as we renew and update our defense forces, they will be seen in the Pacific.

The time frame of 2020 assumes that the United States will still have any significant presence in the region, somehow reversing the otherwise irreversible retreat it has been undergoing throughout Asia-Pacific over the past decade.

The US Has Run Out of Friends in Asia, So Brings Along Europe

Client regimes the United States and its European allies have cultivated throughout the region have either turned on them or have been effectively removed from power, or even the prospect of ever holding power again.

The Philippines, quite literally a territory of the United States until the end of World War 2, and a nation that vacillated between independence from and interdependence with Washington for decades since, has recently become more vocal about perceived inequities in Manila-Washington relations. This is primarily because of the much more significant – and growing – ties Manila has with Beijing.

US-backed opposition forces in Malaysia have repeatedly tried and failed to oust the ruling government in street protests led by Anwar Ibrahim’s political alliance under the brand name “Bersih.”

In neighboring Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra and his political opposition party were ousted from power in 2014 and have since been incrementally picked apart through legislative and judicial proceedings. Even as Shinawatra clung to power, Thailand’s establishment began shifting away from Cold War ties with the US and toward closer ties with not only Beijing, but also Moscow as well as its regional neighbors.

In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party are increasingly hemorrhaging political legitimacy as her followers carry out what could be described as genocide against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. The United States has cynically elected to draw an increasing amount of attention to this in a bid to prevent Suu Kyi from double dealing with both Washington and Beijing.

Vietnam has recently showed reluctance to sign the US-initiated and dominated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, being one of the few nations in Southeast Asia to have agreed to it in the first place, while Cambodia’s previously pro-Western government headed by Hun Sen has become increasingly vocal about US meddling both in Cambodia, and across the region, openly taking Beijing’s side in the South China Sea dispute.

Even Indonesia finds itself increasingly repelled by America’s overbearing stick and its increasingly unappealing carrot.

Collectively, the region is attempting to rebalance itself to accommodate and cooperate with the rise of China, and create checks and balances in the void America’s mismanaged “Pacific Century” has left.

The Specter of Empire  

It is perhaps ironic that the United States finds itself increasingly isolated in Asia amid its own attempts to isolate Beijing. It is also ironic that it is ending its “Pacific Century” the same way it began, side-by-side European nations attempting to impose Western interests on a region of the planet quite literally oceans away.

However, unlike during the age of empires, the US and any European nation that joins it in Asia-Pacific today, will find a region of the planet on parity with Western technology, wealth and power. Militarily speaking, the number of facilities the US and its European allies can exploit in the region are shrinking both in number and in relative significance to growing Asian military power – including China’s expanding Pacific forces.

However, in addition to military power, the US still maintains vast political and media networks throughout Asia. The US State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) aims to indoctrinate thousands of young Asian students and professionals, provide them with both fronts to operate as well as significant financial and political support to continue their work, all in an effort to transform the region’s values and principles to align with Washington’s interests.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), its subsidiaries, and “aid” organizations like USAID all continue to build opposition fronts aimed at pressuring and altogether overthrowing political establishments across Asia. Together, this signifies a US that may be in retreat, but a US that still poses a potent threat to peace, stability, and prosperity across the region.

The inclusion of British forces in Asia-Pacific to augment US provocations presents a threat to Asian stability. With Asia increasingly trading among themselves and with the rest of Eurasia, instability brought by US-European meddling is perhaps the only threat that could actually undermine “freedom of navigation,” trade, and economic growth – the very things the US claims its presence in Asia-Pacific is meant to protect.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook.”

The Real Secret of the South China Sea

July 27, 2016

by Pepe Escobar for Sputnik News

The Real Secret of the South China SeaThe South China Sea is and will continue to be the ultimate geopolitical flashpoint of the young 21st century – way ahead of the Middle East or Russia’s western borderlands. No less than the future of Asia – as well as the East-West balance of power – is at stake.

To understand the Big Picture, we need to go back to 1890 when Alfred Mahan, then president of the US Naval College, wrote the seminal The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Mahan’s central thesis is that the US should go global in search of new markets, and protect these new trade routes through a network of naval bases.

That is the embryo of the US Empire of Bases – which de facto started after the Spanish-American war, over a century ago, when the US graduated to Pacific power status by annexing the Philippines, Hawaii and Guam.

Western – American and European — colonialism is strictly responsible for the current, incendiary sovereignty battle in the South China Sea. It’s the West that came up with most land borders – and maritime borders — of these states.The roll call is quite impressive. Philippines and Indonesia were divided by Spain and Portugal in 1529. The division between Malaysia and Indonesia is owed to the British and the Dutch in 1842. The border between China and Vietnam was imposed to the Chinese by the French in 1887. The Philippines’s borders were concocted by the US and Spain in 1898. The border between Philippines and Malaysia was drawn by the US and the Brits in 1930.

We are talking about borders between different colonial possessions – and that implies intractable problems from the start, subsequently inherited by post-colonial nations. And to think that it had all started as a loose configuration. The best anthropological studies (Bill Solheim’s, for instance) define the semi-nomadic communities who really traveled and traded across the South China Sea from time immemorial as the Nusantao – an Austronesian compound word for “south island” and “people”.

The Nusantao were not a defined ethnic group; rather a maritime internet. Over the centuries, they had many key hubs, from the coastline between central Vietnam and Hong Kong to the Mekong Delta. They were not attached to any “state”, and the notion of “borders” didn’t even exist.Only by the late 19th century the Westphalian system managed to freeze the South China Sea inside an immovable framework. Which brings us to why China is so sensitive about its borders; because they are directly linked to the “century of humiliation” – when internal Chinese corruption and weakness allowed Western barbarians to take possession of Chinese land.

Tension in the nine-dash line

The eminent Chinese geographer Bai Meichu was a fierce nationalist who drew his own version of what was called the “Chinese National Humiliation Map”. In 1936 he published a map including a “U-shaped line” gobbling up the South China Sea all the way down to James Shoal, which is 1,500 km south of China but only over 100 km off Borneo. Scores of maps copied Meichu’s. Most included the Spratly Islands, but not James Shoal.

The crucial fact is that Bai was the man who actually invented the “nine-dash line”, promoted by the Chinese government – then not yet Communist – as the letter of the law in terms of “historic” Chinese claims over islands in the South China Sea.

Everything stopped when Japan invaded China in 1937. Japan had occupied Taiwan way back in 1895. Now imagine Americans surrendering to the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942. That meant virtually the entire coastline of the South China Sea being controlled by a single empire for the fist time in history. The South China Sea had become a Japanese lake.

Not for long; only until 1945. The Japanese did occupy Woody Island in the Paracels and Itu Aba (today Taiping) in the Spratlys. After the end of WWII and the US nuclear-bombing Japan, the Philippines became independent in 1946; the Spratlys immediately were declared Filipino territory.In 1947 the Chinese went on overdrive to recover all the Paracels from colonial power France. In parallel, all the islands in the South China Sea got Chinese names. James Shoal was downgraded from a sandbank into a reef (it’s actually underwater; still Beijing sees is as the southernmost point of Chinese territory.)

In December 1947 all the islands were placed under the control of Hainan (itself an island in southern China.) New maps — based on Meichu’s — followed, but now with Chinese names for the islands (or reefs, or shoals). The key problem is that no one explained the meaning of the dashes (which were originally eleven.)

So in June 1947 the Republic of China claimed everything within the line – while proclaiming itself open to negotiate definitive maritime borders with other nations later on. But, for the moment, no borders; that was the birth of the much-maligned “strategic ambiguity” of the South China Sea that lasts to this day.

“Red” China adopted all the maps — and all the decisions. Yet the final maritime border between China and Vietnam, for instance, was decided only in 1999. In 2009 China included a map of the “U-shaped” or “nine-dash line” in a presentation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; that was the first time the line officially showed up on an international level.
No wonder other Southeast Asian players were furious. That was the apex of the millennia-old transition from the “maritime internet” of semi-nomadic peoples to the Westphalian system. The post-modern “war” for the South China Sea was on.

Gunboat freedom

In 2013 the Philippines – prodded by the US and Japan – decided to take its case about Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) in the South China Sea to be judged according to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Both China and Philippines ratified UNCLOS. The US did not. The Philippines aimed for UNCLOS – not “historical rights”, as the Chinese wanted — to decide what is an island, what is a rock, and who is entitled to claim territorial rights (and thus EEZs) in these surrounding waters.UNCLOS itself is the result of years of fierce legal battles. Still, key nations – including BRICS members China, India and Brazil, but also, significantly, Vietnam and Malaysia – have been struggling to change an absolutely key provision, making it mandatory for foreign warships to seek permission before sailing through their EEZs.

And here we plunge in truly, deeply troubled waters; the notion of “freedom of navigation”.

For the American empire, “freedom of navigation”, from the West Coast of the US to Asia – through the Pacific, the South China Sea, the Malacca Strait and the Indian Ocean – is strictly subordinated to military strategy. Imagine if one day EEZs would be closed to the US Navy – or if “authorization” would have to be demanded every time; the Empire of Bases would lose “access” to…its own bases.

Add to it trademark Pentagon paranoia; what if a “hostile power” decided to block the global trade on which the US economy depends? (even though the premise — China contemplating such a move — is ludicrous). The Pentagon actually pursues a Freedom of Navigation (FON) program. For all practical purposes, it’s 21st century gunboat diplomacy, as in those aircraft carriers showboating on and off in the South China Sea.The Holy Grail, as far as the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is concerned, is to come up with a Code of Conduct to solve all maritime conflicts between Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and China. This has been dragging on for years now because mostly the Philippines wanted to frame the Chinese under a set of binding rules but was only ready to talk until all ten ASEAN members had agreed on them first.

Beijing’s strategy is the opposite; bilateral discussions to emphasize its formidable leverage. Thus China assuring the support of Cambodia – quite visible early this week when Cambodia prevented a condemnation of China regarding the South China Sea at a key summit in Laos; China and ASEAN settled for “self-restraint.”

Watch Hillary pivoting

In 2011 the US State Department was absolutely terrified with the planned Obama administration withdrawals from both Iraq and Afghanistan; what would happen to superpower projection? That ended in November 2011, when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton coined the by now famous “pivot to Asia”.

“Six lines of action” were embedded in the “pivot”. Four of these Clinton nicked from a 2009 report by the Washington think tank CSIS; reinvigorating alliances; cultivating relationships with emerging powers; developing relationships with regional multilateral bodies; and working closely with South East Asian countries on economic issues. Clinton added two more: broad-based military presence in Asia, and the promotion of democracy and human rights.

It was clear from the start – and not only across the global South — that cutting across the rhetorical fog the “pivot” was code for a military offensive to contain China. Even more seriously, this was the geopolitical moment when a South East Asian dispute over maritime territory intersected with the across-the-globe confrontation between the hegemon and a “peer competitor”.

What Clinton meant by “engaging emerging powers” was, in her own words, “join us in shaping and participating in a rules-based regional and global order”. This is code for rules coined by the hegemon – as in the whole apparatus of the Washington consensus.

No wonder the South China Sea is immensely strategic, as American hegemony intimately depends on ruling the waves (remember Mahan). That’s the core of the US National Military Strategy. The South China Sea is the crucial link connecting the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf and ultimately Europe.And so we finally discover Rosebud — the ultimate South China Sea “secret”. China under Clinton’s “rule-based regional and global order” effectively means that China must obey and keep the South China Sea open to the US Navy.

That spells out inevitable escalation further on down the sea lanes. China, slowly but surely, is developing an array of sophisticated weapons which could ultimately “deny” the South China Sea to the US Navy, as the Beltway is very much aware.

What makes it even more serious is that we’re talking about irreconcilable imperatives. Beijing characterizes itself as an anti-imperialist power; and that necessarily includes recovering national territories usurped by colonial powers allied with internal Chinese traitors (those islands that The Hague has ruled are no more than “rocks” or even “low-tide elevations”).

The US, for its part, is all about Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny.  As it stands, more than Russia’s western borderlands, the Baltics or “Syraq”, this is where the hegemon “rules” are really being contested. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. That’ll be the day when the US Navy is “denied” from the South China Sea; and that’ll be the end of its imperial hegemony.

 

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