Is there any Russian-Iranian-Syrian dispute in Astana? خلاف روسي إيراني سوري في أستانة؟

Is there any Russian-Iranian-Syrian dispute in Astana?

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The Saudi and the Qatari media are waging a campaign since the end of Aleppo’s battles, Moscow’s Meetings which brought together the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense in Russia, Iran, and Turkey, and the announcement of a truce and Astana process for dialogue, its center is the indication to Russian contradiction with Iran and the Syrian government, and the Russian Turkish rapprochement that disturbs Tehran and Damascus. The symbols of the Syrian factions that are involved with Turkey in the truce and Astana, in addition to the rest of writers and analysts who are affiliated to the axis of Riyadh and Ankara repeat the same speech. In the eve of Astana the voices are raised foreshadowing the aggravation of the dispute between Moscow and each of Damascus and Tehran, and the convergence of each of Moscow and Ankara in return.

If we imagine our position as observers in Tehran and we want to write a perfect scenario for Astana Talks it will be like that. First, the previous political attempts for the dialogue about Syria have been made under the US Russian auspices, and a dominant American preponderance, and because America is an opponent of Iran so the ideal choice is the proving of the success of the Syrian-Syrian dialogue under mono Russian auspices. This requires showing Russia as an honest acceptable mediator by all on one hand, and on the other hand it requires the acceptance of the opposite bank represented by Turkey of that mono role of the mediation of Russia without   demanding an active US partnership, as well as restricting the regional partnership with Turkey, preventing the demand of an active Saudi partnership. Because Washington and Riyadh are two direct rivals of Tehran, and because it was said a lot about the alliance of Ankara and Tehran, so it is useful to focus on the dispute with Ankara this time and retaliate upon Washington and Riyadh which have put veto once on the participation of Iran in Geneva Conference dedicated to Syria, towards excluding Saudi Arabia completely, so this restricts the regional sponsor of the opposition with Turkey and grants Washington which is necessary to attend the weakest level of the representation that does not affect the single Russian auspices.

From Tehran we will see that this scenario gets the interest of Damascus for similar reasons which make it the perfect scenario for Tehran, as in the agenda, it will be important for Tehran and Damascus to prevent making Astana an opportunity that is restricted with the political troublemaking under the slogan of the future of the presidency in Syria as many delegations of the opposition have done it before, as well as frustrating the attempt of Turkey and the armed groups to get a long truce waiting the crystallization of the new US position, without resolving the position toward Al Nusra front, and the recognition of considering the ceiling of the political dialogue the attempt to unify the efforts in the war on terrorism. This requires the fall of the slogan of overthrowing the regime and replacing the talk about a political solution for a transitional phase with the seek to have consensus on the frameworks of the national reconciliation from within the institutions of the constitutional state and under their presidency, in addition to the Turkish commitment of closing the borders, stopping the supply of Al Nusra front and the  participation of its siege, as well as ending the illegal presence of its troops in Syria through the withdrawal or through linking this presence with an agreement with the Syrian government that determines its tasks and its duration within the alliance with Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah within the context of the war on terrorism.

Russia will be grateful for this scenario, because it states what it has said repeatedly that it anticipated to it, and it makes it avoid  Turkey’s making use of the relationship with it to raise its negotiating price with Washington as happened repeatedly, moreover it will enlist the groups which are still within the gray area between Al Nusra and the opposition in front of critical moment, thus the position toward Al Nusra will be a condition to ensure cease-fire instead of applying ceasing-fire which Al Nusra will benefit from it as happened before.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

يناير 23, 2017

خلاف روسي إيراني سوري في أستانة؟

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– يخوض الإعلام السعودي والقطري حملة منذ نهاية معارك حلب واجتماعات موسكو التي جمعت وزراء الخارجية والدفاع في روسيا وإيران وتركيا والإعلان عن الهدنة وعملية أستانة للحوار، محورها الإشارة لتناقض روسي مع إيران والحكومة السورية وعن تقارب روسي تركي مزعج لطهران ودمشق، ويتوالى رموز الفصائل السورية المنخرطة مع تركيا في الهدنة وأستانة وسائر الكتاب والمحللين المحسوبين على محور الرياض أنقرة على ترداد ذات الكلام، وعشية انعقاد أستانة ترتفع الأصوات مبشرة بتفاقم الخلاف بين موسكو وكل من دمشق وطهران وتقارب موسكو وأنقرة بالمقابل.

– إذا تخيّلنا موقعنا كمراقبين في طهران وأردنا رسم سيناريو مثالي لمحادثات أستانة فسيكون على الشكل التالي، أولاً إن المحاولات السياسية السابقة للحوار حول سورية تمّت برعاية ثنائية أميركية روسية وبأرجحية أميركية طاغية، ولأن أميركا هي خصم إيران، فالخيار المثالي هو إثبات نجاح حوار سوري سوري برعاية روسية أحادية. وهذا يستدعي تظهير روسيا وسيطاً نزيهاً ومقبولاً من الجميع من جهة، وما يستدعيه من قبول الضفة الموازية التي تمثلها تركيا بهذا الدور الأحادي للوساطة لروسيا من دون المطالبة بشراكة أميركية فاعلة، وحصر الشراكة الإقليمية بتركيا وقطع الطريق على المطالبة بشراكة سعودية فاعلة. ولأن واشنطن والرياض خصمان مباشران لطهران، ولأن أنقرة قيل الكثير عن حلفها مع طهران، فمن المفيد التركيز على الخلاف مع أنقرة هذه المرة، وردّ الصاع صاعين لواشنطن والرياض اللتين وضعتا فيتو ذات مرة على مشاركة إيران في مؤتمر جنيف الخاص بسورية، وصولاً لاستبعاد تام للسعودية يحصر الراعي الإقليمي للمعارضة بتركيا، ويمنح واشنطن التي لا غنى عن وجودها أضعف مستوى للتمثيل لا يمسّ أحادية الرعاية الروسية.

– من طهران أيضاً سنرى أن هذا السيناريو يُعجب دمشق جداً لأسباب مشابهة للأسباب التي تجعله السيناريو النموذجي لطهران، وكذلك في جدول الأعمال، سيكون مهماً لطهران ودمشق قطع الطريق على جعل أستانة فرصة محصورة بالمشاغبة السياسية، تحت شعار مستقبل الرئاسة في سورية، كما درجت وفود المعارضة من قبل، ومنع محاولة تركيا والجماعات المسلحة الحصول على هدنة مديدة، بانتظار تبلور الوضع الأميركي الجديد، من دون حسم الموقف من جبهة النصرة والتسليم باعتبار سقف الحوار السياسي البحث عن توحيد الجهود في الحرب على الإرهاب، وما يستدعيه ذلك من سقوط لشعار إسقاط النظام واستبدال الحديث عن حل سياسي لمرحلة انتقالية بالسعي للتوافق على أطر للمصالحة الوطنية من ضمن مؤسسات الدولة السورية وفي ظل رئاستها، وما يوجبه من التزام تركي بإقفال الحدود وقطع الإمداد عن جبهة النصرة والتشارك في محاصرتها، وإنهاء الوجود غير الشرعي لقواتها في سورية عبر الانسحاب أو عبر ربط هذا الوجود باتفاق مع الحكومة السورية يحدد مهماته ومدته ضمن التحالف مع روسيا وإيران وحزب الله، في إطار الحرب على الإرهاب.

– ستكون روسيا ممتنة لهذا السيناريو، فهو ينطق بما قالت دائماً أنها تتطلع إليه، ويجنبها استعمال تركيا العلاقة معها، لرفع سعرها التفاوضي مع واشنطن كما حدث مراراً، وسيضع الجماعات التي لا تزال ضمن منطقة رمادية بين النصرة والمعارضة أمام لحظة فاصلة، فيصير الموقف من النصرة شرطاً لتثبيت وقف النار بدلاً من وقف للنار تستفيد منه النصرة، كما حدث سابقاً.

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Saudi Arabia was the first accused of the assassination of the Russian Ambassador السعودية أول المتّهمين بقتل السفير الروسي

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The bullets which tore apart the chest f the Russian ambassador in Ankara have been echoed in the world as an international major incident that is not perceived by the analyses or the investigations, which emerge to say that it is an individual incident resulted from mental incompetence, or an exciting sympathetic emotion towards those whom are fought by Russia in Syria, as the killer who wanted to say before he was killed by his comrades from the Turkish police along with his secret. this will not quench the seekers’ thirst of truth about what has happened, as the interpretations of the standing of the Islamist group of Syria from within the former formations of fighting in the countryside of Aleppo, or from within formations that affiliated to Al Nusra front or ISIS, The reason was due to the fact that the accurate political moment in which the assassination has happened is similar to the fuse of igniting a war. The Turkish Russian relations were barely recovered from the crisis of dropping the Russian aircraft and the culture of the hostility against Russia, which the government of the President Recep Erdogan adopted it, the killer is a police man who entered the crime scene through facilities that are difficult to be described as counterfeiting, he was killed quickly by his comrades who are responsible for protecting the place in a way that it is difficult to be justified in the field conditions to confront him after the shooting. He was about to consume his bullets after killing the ambassador and his scrimmage was enough to catch him alive, so this makes the process of the assassination a programmed process from within the Turkish police.

It is clear that the Russian dealing with the process is farther than the calendar which was drawn by those who executed the process, by accusing the Turkish authorities of doubt and negligence. Moscow has announced that the Turkish –Russian relationship is the goal, but no one can convince Moscow or others that the one who organized the process and has ensured its facilities and its closed end is an individual or a local group or a terrorist group as Al Nusra and ISIS, What has happened is a professional action by corps that has accumulated knowledge of the interior structure of the Turkish police and maybe the security services and the investigations later. This corps has employed that to create a crisis of confidence between Turkey and Russia that bombs the delicate political military process which the Russians and the Turks are working on after the fall of the project which Turkey has betted on in Syria under the title of the cooperation and the integration of its group and whom sponsored them with Al Nusra front to overthrow Aleppo and to have control on the northern of Syria, but it has positioned in an understanding with Moscow after the recognition of the loss of the project entitled Aleppo, it moved on in separating the engagement between the groups and joining them to the Shield of Euphrates under the title of fighting ISIS, as well as alienating them from Al Nusra front as a goal of the war on terrorism, and what associated with this separation from qualifying the groups affiliated to Turkey to involve in a political process, its ceiling was mentioned the US Russian understanding. Turkey waited to accept it till the end of the major battle of Aleppo. The new political process as described repeatedly by the US Secretary of State John Kerry starts by ceasing-fire between the Syrian army and its allies on one hand and the armed groups sponsored by Turkey on the other hand, and restricting the common fight against Al Nusra front and ISIS, and the participation in a unified government under the leadership of the Syrian President Bashar Al –Assad in preparation for parliamentary and presidential elections.

The first Russian response was the sticking to the Russian Turkish cooperation which will be started by the Foreign Ministers and the Defense Ministers of Russia, Turkey, and Iran in Moscow today, and by activating the meeting under the importance of the assassination process in order to put an executive calendar for the political and military paths, so this meeting is the first goal of the process, the inquiry about the first accused of that targeting leads surely to the party which feels of such targeting by the level of that tripartite coordination and its goals, this party has active background in the Islamic title, it has partnered with Turkey in forming the extremist Islamic groups, organizing them and involving them in the war on Syria, In order to to facilitate their mission, they put under their command special detachments of police and security in Turkey that interact from the position of their knowledge which was formulated by the Turkish President in the time of the collision with Russia and the promotion for the a war, as what was expressed by the assassination. The issue here relates to a country that has intelligence corpse that has hacked the Turkish police by the smooth facilities through one of its detachments and has organized for the process in its two parts, the assassination and the getting rid of the implementer, it did not bet on bombing the Turkish Russian relationship, but it said that the Turkish Russian Iranian meeting is incomplete, it needs for a renovation, and the mission needs for a modification. The same thing was expressed by the incident of burning the buses which came to transfer those who went of the siege of Kafyra and Fouaa in coincidence with freeing the militants from the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo. But Moscow and Ankara have ignored the message and decided to turn around by changing the destination of those who went out and the way which they will trace to avoid the complications of those who  the way and have burned the buses, that was to tell them that we are going without you.

Who watch Al Arabiya TV- Al Hadath in keeping up with the assassination can notice that for many hours there were inquires to Turkish and Russian figures, the question is one about the responsibility of Turkey of the assassination, and the wondering about the recklessness once, the political responsibility, the security negligence, and perhaps the collusion and facilitating the hostile mobilization against Russia for many times. Asking the Russians and the Turks in a way that raises doubts and which completes what the killer has started and implemented the political part of his mission which he wanted to carry it out by targeting Moscow’s meeting. So it is not doubtful the Saudi signature on the process of the assassination asking for a call for a meeting, as was the process of burning the buses at the gates of Fouaa and Kafrya. The formations which built by Bandar Bin Sultan in Turkey, and which sponsored Al Nusra front are still active, as the coordination is still between them and the French services which are angry from the tripartite meeting, or between them and Israel which is most outrageous, or the owners of the reports at the US intelligence about the responsibility of Russia of the winning of the elected President Donald Trump, or that it has  interest in complicating the Russian US understanding from the Turkish gate.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

شرطي نفّذ الاغتيال بهدوء عشية اجتماع موسكو الثلاثي ….من قتل السفير الروسي في دار أردوغان؟

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– دوّت الرصاصات التي مزّقت رئتي السفير الروسي في أنقرة على مساحة العالم كحدث دولي من العيار الكبير لن تستوعبه التحليلات أو التحقيقات التي تخرج لتقول بأنه حادث فردي ناتج عن فاقد للأهلية العقلية، أو عن انفعال حماسي تضامني لصاحبه مع الذين تقاتلهم روسيا في سورية، كما أراد القاتل أن يقول قبل أن تُرديه رصاصات لرفاقه من سلك الشرطة التركية قتيلاً ويموت سره معه، ولن تروي عطش الباحثين عن حقيقة ما جرى تفسيرات من نوع وقوف جماعة سورية إسلامية من ضمن تشكيلات القتال السابق في أحياء حلب أو من ضمن تشكيلات تابعة لجبهة النصرة أو تنظيم داعش. والسبب عائد لكون اللحظة السياسية الدقيقة التي وقع فيها حدث الاغتيال يشبه فتيل إشعال حرب، فالعلاقات التركية الروسية لم تكد تتعافى من أزمة إسقاط الطائرة الروسية، وثقافة العداء لروسيا هي ثقافة تحمل حكومة الرئيس رجب أردوغان التوقيع عليها، والمنفذ عنصر شرطة دخل مسرح الجريمة عبر تسهيلات يصعب وصفها بالتزوير وقتله تمّ بسرعة من قبل رفاقه في السلك المولجين حماية المكان بصورة يصعب تبريرها بالظروف الميدانية للمواجهة معه بعد إطلاقه النار، وقد كاد يستنفد رصاصاته بعد إردائه السفير، ومناوشته كانت تكفي للقبض عليه حياً، ما يجعل عملية الاغتيال عملية مبرمجة من ضمن جهاز الشرطة التركي.

– التعامل الروسي مع العملية واضح أنه أبعد من السير وفق الروزنامة التي رسمها الذين وقفوا وراء العملية، بتوجيه أصابع الشك أو التهاون للسلطات التركية، فقد أعلنت موسكو أن العلاقة التركية الروسية هي المستهدَفة، لكن أحداً لا يستطيع إقناع موسكو ولا سواها بأن مَن نظّم العملية ووفر تسهيلاتها وختامها المغلق هو فرد أو جماعة محلية أو إرهابية من عيار النصرة أو داعش، فما جرى عمل احترافي لجهاز يملك استثماراً تراكمياً لبنية داخل سلك الشرطة التركي وربما أجهزة الأمن والتحقيق لاحقاً، وظفها لافتعال أزمة ثقة تركية روسية تفخخ العملية السياسية العسكرية الدقيقة التي يشتغل عليها الروس والأتراك بعد سقوط المشروع الذي راهنت عليه تركيا في سورية بعنوان تعاون وتكامل جماعتها ومَن ترعاهم مع جبهة النصرة لإسقاط حلب والسيطرة على الشمال السوري، لتستدير وتتموضع بالتفاهم مع موسكو عند خط التسليم بخسارة المشروع وعنوانه حلب، والسير بفك التشابك بين جماعاته وضمهم إلى درع الفرات بعنوان قتال داعش، وإبعادهم عن جبهة النصرة كهدف للحرب على الإرهاب، وما يرتبط بهذا الفك من تأهيل للجماعات التابعة لتركيا للدخول في عملية سياسية سقفها مرسوم في التفاهم الروسي الأميركي وانتظرت تركيا لقبوله نهاية حرب حلب الكبرى. والعملية السياسية الجديدة، كما وصفها وزير الخارجية الأميركية جون كيري مراراً تبدأ بوقف النار بين الجيش السوري وحلفائه من جهة والجماعات المسلحة التي ترعاها تركيا من جهة مقابلة، وحصر القتال المشترك بجبهة النصرة وداعش، والاشتراك في حكومة موحدة في ظل الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، تمهيدا لانتخابات برلمانية ورئاسية.

– الرد الروسي الأول هو التمسّك بالتعاون الروسي التركي الذي سيبدأه لقاء وزراء الخارجية والدفاع لروسيا وتركيا وإيران في موسكو اليوم، وتفعيل اللقاء بقوة وزخم عملية الاغتيال لوضع روزنامة تنفيذية للمسارين السياسي والعسكري، ما يجعل هذا الاجتماع المستهدف الأول من العملية، والسؤال عن المتهم الأول بهذا الاستهداف يقود حكماً للجهة التي تشعر بالاستهداف من جراء هذا المستوى من التنسيق الثلاثي وأهدافه، والتي تملك بيئة فاعلة في العنوان الإسلامي وتشاركت مع تركيا العمل على الجماعات الإسلامية المتطرفة وتنظيمها وزجها في الحرب في سورية، ولتسهيل مهمتها وضعت بتصرفها مفارز خاصة من الشرطة والأمن في تركيا تتفاعل من موقع ثقافتها التي صاغها الرئيس التركي في زمن التصادم مع روسيا والترويج للحرب مع ما عبرت عنه عملية الاغتيال. الأمر هنا يتعلق بدولة تملك جهازاً استخبارياً قام باختراق الشرطة التركية بسلاسة التسهيلات بإحدى مفارزها ورتب العملية بشقيها، الاغتيال والتخلص من المنفذ، ولم يراهن على تفجير العلاقة التركية الروسية، بل قال إن الاجتماع التركي الروسي الإيراني ناقص، يحتاج لترميم والمهمة تحتاج لتعديل، وهو نفس الشيء الذي قالته حادثة حرق الحافلة التي جاءت تقل الخارجين من حصار كفريا والفوعة بالتزامن مع إخلاء المسلحين من أحياء حلب الشرقية. لكن موسكو وأنقرة تجاهلتا الرسالة وقررتا الالتفاف عليها بتغيير وجهة المغادرين والطريق الذي يسلكونه لتفادي تعقيدات الذين قطعوا الطريق وأحرقوا الحافلة ومن وراءهم، وقالت لهم إننا ماضون بدونكم.

– مَن يتابع قناة العربية الحدث في مواكبة عملية الاغتيال يستطيع ان يسجل على مدى ساعات استحضاراً لشخصيات تركية وروسية والسؤال واحد عن مدى مسؤولية تركيا عن عملية الاغتيال، والتساؤل عن الاستهتار مرة وعن المسؤولية السياسية مرات والتهاون الأمني وربما التواطؤ وتسهيل التعبئة العدائية لروسيا مرات أخرى، وسؤال الروس والأتراك بالطريقة التي تدق الأسافين بينهم، والتي تكمل ما بدأه القاتل وتنفذ الشق السياسي من مهمته التي أراد تنفيذها، بإطلاق النار على اجتماع موسكو الروسي التركي الإيراني، بما لا يدع مجالاً للشك بالتوقيع السعودي على عملية الاغتيال طلباً لبطاقة دعوة للاجتماع بمثل ما كانت عملية إحراق الحافلة على مداخل الفوعة وكفريا، والتشكيلات التي بناها بندر بن سلطان في تركيا وتولت رعاية جبهة النصرة لا زالت عاملة، كما التنسيق قائم بينها وبين الأجهزة الفرنسية الغاضبة من الاجتماع الثلاثي، أو الإسرائيلية الأشد غضباً، أو أصحاب التقارير في المخابرات الأميركية عن مسؤولية روسيا عن فوز الرئيس المنتتخب دونالد ترامب وصاحبة المصلحة بتعقيد مسار التفاهم الروسي الأميركي من البوابة التركية.

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From the video description:

Full Press Conference at the United Nations. Against propaganda and regime change, for peace and national sovereignty. 9 December 2016, the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations. Speakers: Dr. Bahman Azad, Member of the Coordinating Committee for the Hands Off Syria and Organization Secretary of US Peace Council, and Eva Bartlett, Independent Canadian Journalist.

The press conference comes just as the Obama administration waived prohibitions on the delivery of weapons to militant factions in Syria and as Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced the deployment of 200 additional US special forces to Syria, ostensibly for duty in Raqqa. (H/T Uprooted Palestinians )

The additional deployment will up the number of US troops in Syria to around 500.

An interesting analysis published at 21st Century Wire takes the view that Obama’s lifting of the prohibitions on arms deliveries to Syria will mean “unlimited arms” for terrorists operating there, including possibly anti-aircraft weaponry. Add that to the additional troops being deployed, who no doubt will provide training on the new weapons systems, and the stage could be set for a protracted war that could go on for years–that is if it doesn’t escalate into a broader conflict between the major super powers.

Trump is a new phase in the global politics ترامب ونهاية زمن المقاربة التقليدية!

نوفمبر 18, 2016

Written by Nasser Kandil,

It is not discussible the status occupied by America in the policy-making in the world, or the size of the importance of our region in the global policy and the size of its influence by the US policies, as it is ridiculous to suggest the arrival of the US President who is a friend and a supporter of the issues of our nations and who wants the good for our countries, in the status occupied by Israel in making the US policy, in addition to the agreed positions of the competitors on the US presidency, as long as our countries are holding the banner of the national independence and have wealth and the features that make them under the colonist aspirations for any foreign ruler. As it is ridiculous that those who feel sad regarding the loss of Hillary Clinton and have linked their calls for the steadfastness of the armed groups in Syria and the prolonging of the war in Yemen with the bet on her arrival to the White House, moreover they preach and talk about the racism of Donald Trump who is winner in the race to the White House, recalling his supportive speeches to Israel.

Every sane person in our countries know that the change in the future of our issues is made by our not by the bets on who will move to the White House, because all of them are equal in their hostility to our freedom and our cause of Palestine. But this must not hold up our minds about reading the phenomena and monitoring the changes and getting the meanings. These conditions are needed by the one who search for the effectiveness of his wars and resistance to know who the enemy is and what are his strategies, plans, and backgrounds, and to measure the impact of his resistance and steadfastness on making something remarkable in changing the policies of the decision-center in the war. Whether did he succeed in sending a message of despair and fatigue to his people, elites, and the decision-makers? Thus the checking of the US elections and their results is similar to the reading in the language of the reality TV of Baker- Hamilton report after the US failure in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan or Winograd report after the Israeli failure in crushing the resistance in the war of July in 2006 in Lebanon.

The US presidential elections have occurred as their previous ones on the rhythm of major changes in the world. The arrival of Bill Clinton to presidency in 1992 was the start of the war industry in Europe to inherit the disintegration of the Soviet Union, and the war of Yugoslavia was to accelerate the birth of the European Union as a political economic way to attract the countries of the Eastern Europe which emerged from under Russia’s cloak.

The arrival of George W Bush was the Republic completion of the eastern wars after the winning of the harsh and the soft wars of Europe including the colored revolutions which besieged the exhausted Russia. The two wars of Afghanistan and Iraq have occurred as a translation of the new phase of the imperial war which the President was suitable for it, while Barack Obama has recognized the US failure of the harsh wars of the East and the bet on the Soft war through having an understanding with Iran and another with Russia to seize the chance by taking Syria out of the political geography of the Russian Iranian center without getting involved in a war, and through thrusting with the bloody promises and the hopes for the Ottoman memory, as well as awakening the Muslim Brotherhood tribalism through the tense employment of the combination between the popular anger and the giant media machine Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya which were prepared and supplied for such a day, they got bought credibility over the years to reach the day on which it was raised the slogan “the people make their revolution”, “the people want to overthrow the regime”, in order to make the Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt and Tunisia waiting for Syria, in addition to the money that was spent in vain in the intelligence, and plots accompanied with Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore the brutal ruthless investment of Al Qaeda organization with all its meanings for the killing and dissemination of death, division, fragmentation, and the wars of strive till the people scream, the resistance gets exhausted, the regimes are overthrown and thus the white flag is raised.

As an outcome of the two mandates of Barack Obama the soft wars failed due to the steadfastness of Syria, its people against the strives, its army against the terrorism and the war, and its President against the intimidation and the temptations. With the process of the Syrian steadfastness the resistance forces have been awakened along with the support of Iran and Russia to prevent the poisoned change of the political geography under the mantle of “the people make their revolution”,  as well as the negotiations were overlapped with the battles, all the tricks of politics have been tested but the most important question between the two camps of war in the region

Was America defeated?, the defeat is no longer the annihilation of the army or the surrender of the emperor as in the World War II, but the change of  the choices and the resort of the people to the ballot boxes in the arena of the war decision-making to announce their fatigue, their desperation and their intention to get more attention of their livelihood and their boring from attractive promises, and being asked for more patience because the war is almost ending with a victory that will bring revenues on the rulers, allies, and the people.

We concern about the US elections according to a criterion other than being reassured for the arrival of a friend of the Arabs to presidency who does not want to move the US embassy to Jerusalem in the occupied Palestine, even if he supplies Israel with all the means of death, killing, and devastation and extends the Gulf oil to its ports.

It is certain for every sane that every US President is a friend of Israel responsible for its protection and committed to its military superiority. Our approach of the US presidential elections is exactly in depth from the same Saudi Turkish interest but reversely. What was the concern of Riyadh and Ankara was not the arrival of Hillary Clinton to presidency because she will grant Saudi Arabia and Turkey a status of America, but the political moment which associated with the behavior of the administration of Obama since signing the understanding on the Iranian nuclear file towards signing the Russian US understanding with Russia. Because the arrival of Hillary Clinton to presidency was a hope to continue the war and to deny the defeat and her failure is a devotion of the failure and the defeat. The result is determined by the American voter whom the measurement of his choices, the nature and the degree of the authorization which he will give to the governor of the White House concern us, as a result of the steadfastness of our armies, resistance, the leadership of our resistance and the resisting axis, with a fundamental difference between us and Saudi Arabia, because it funded Clinton’s campaign and linked the fate of its policies with the outcomes of the US presidential elections, while it was not our cause anymore to adopt and to defend the arrival of Trump, the black racist heart, the reliable ally of Israel. We were and still concerned about observing and analyzing the course of the presidential conflict as an expression of our respect to the sacrifices of our martyrs to protect their principles, by making effort to see the outcome of what their blood have made by paving the way to the victory, so did the Americans say in the ballot boxes let’s go to war or we are tired, we want a president who cares about the US interior?

The US elections are as the British referendum on the withdrawal from the European Union an expression of the disintegration of the war machines, the tiredness of the people of the West, their tendency to the regression to the internal issues and raising the slogan “the great nation is better than the major country” even if the change was expressed through the crudeness that resembles Trump’s speech.

America which is more American and less global is as Britain which is more British and less global is suitable more for us as they are two signs of the outcome of our wars, resistance, the steadfastness of our nation, people, army and resistance, as when Russia becomes more global but less Russian, it is a sign of the reflection of the steadfastness and stability in sending a message that there is something that is worth the bet.

Because it is America, the people will get used to the new world with America without brutality, the world will be changed a lot with new America, that is interested in what is going inside it more than making wars. Thus it would be the right of the people who sacrificed to celebrate the greatness of their accomplishment.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

ترامب ونهاية زمن المقاربة التقليدية!

نوفمبر 14, 2016

ناصر قنديل
– يرغب العاملون في السياسة والصحافة بامتلاك تقييم مختصر بكلمة جيد أو سيئ لكل فريق مقابل، سواء كان شخصاً أو حزباً أو حكماً لدولة، فيجمع حاصل المواقف ويضعها في جدول حساب أرباح وخسائر، ويصل لنتيجة قوامها سهل على التعامل، جيد أم سيئ، وهكذا كان دائماً يتم البدء بتقييم كل عهد أميركي جديد. تبدأ التقييمات بالجيد في الوسط العربي، بنيات الرئيس الجديد تحريك العملية السياسية للصراع العربي «الإسرائيلي»، وتذكيره بحل الدولتين ورفضه الاستيطان، والنخب العربية كما الحكام العرب لا يحبون الاستنتاج أن أميركا لن تقدم على ما يزعج «إسرائيل» ولو قالت ما يرضي العرب، ومع الأيام تظهر السياسات الأميركية والخطط الأميركية المبرمجة والتي رصدت لها الإمكانات، في غير ساحة فلسطين، فيبدأ التبدل التدريجي إلى التحفظ، وينتهي بالحكم السلبي بانتظار الإدارة الجديدة.

– منذ نهاية الحرب الباردة وتفكك الاتحاد السوفياتي، لم يبق للأميركيين خصم يبررون به توازنات تحكم سياساتهم وعداوات تجبرهم تحالفات بعض العرب مع السوفييت على سلوكها، ويجبرهم الصراع العالمي على التمسك بـ»إسرائيل» وعدوانها، فصار التوقع العربي بقرب السعي الأميركي لحل القضية الفلسطينية، وكسب عواطف الشارعين العربي والإسلامي، ببضع تنازلات شكلية من «إسرائيل» تضمن لها أمنها وازدهار اقتصادها، وتعاون العرب معها في العداء لإيران، لكن ذلك لم يحدث رغم وجاهة حدوثه، لأن أميركا لا تضغط على «إسرائيل» ببساطة، لكن حدث أن أميركا في نهاية عهد جورج بوش الأب كانت أولويتها تحرير الكويت، وليس حل القضية الفلسطينية. وفي عهد بيل كلينتون كانت الأولوية مواصلة حصار العراق، رغم كل ما بذل من حملات علاقات عامة تحت عنوان التفاوض العربي «الإسرائيلي» لم ينتج إلا اتفاقات منفردة تريح «إسرائيل» ولا تحلّ القضية، من أوسلو إلى وادي عربة. وفي عهد جورج بوش الإبن كانت الأولوية إسقاط العراق واحتلاله. وفي عهد أوباما الأولوية إسقاط سورية. وفي كل العهود استمعوا أيها العرب لما تحبون سماعه حول فلسطين، لكنكم لن تروا أفعالاً إلا لصالح «إسرائيل»، ولو في غير ساحة فلسطين، فحروب «إسرائيل» الفعلية تدور خارج فلسطين.

– مع العهد الأميركي الجديد يحدث تغييران جذريان، فالعرب، نخباً وحكاماً، في العموم لم تعد أولويتهم فلسطين، رغم الكذب الكثير. الأولوية عند أكثر من النصف هي الأولوية «الإسرائيلية» ذاتها، إسقاط سورية. والنصف الثاني المرابط على خط العداء لـ»إسرائيل» ومقاومتها، لم يكن من المراهنين على تغير أميركي بوجه «إسرائيل» كي ينتظر، ولا يشك لحظة في أن الأولوية «الإسرائيلية» هي إسقاط سورية، لتكون أولويته صمودها وانتصارها. وعلى الضفتين العربيتين لن يجد الرئيس الأميركي المؤيد لـ»إسرائيل» والمتعاطف معها، حاجة لكيفية التعامل مع المزاج السياسي العربي، فهو ليس مضطراً للتحدث عن كل ما لا يحب، وبمستطاعه أن يعبر عن دواخله بحرية، لأن نصف العرب ينتظرون منه أن يختم الكلام بقرار التدخل في سورية فيغفرون له كل ما قاله عن «إسرائيل»، وإن لم يفعل قالوا إنه سيئ وتذكروا ما قاله في مديح «إسرائيل» كذريعة لتفسير حكمهم عليه بالسوء. والنصف الثاني يريد ألا يتوقع كلاماً مزعجاً لـ»إسرائيل»، من أي رئيس أميركي إلا للضحك على العرب والتلاعب بعقولهم، ويراقب مفعول الحرب التي يخوضها في سورية بوجه «إسرائيل» وأميركا، وهل أدت مفعولها بإجبار الأميركي على الاعتراف بالفشل؟

– مثلما أصاب التغيير المعسكر العربي في تلقي الخطاب الأميركي مع كل عهد جديد، تغير العهد الأميركي نفسه. فنحن لسنا أمام منهج فكري سياسي حاكم للخطاب المتماسك، فالخطاب المتطرف التصعيدي على السود والمسلمين، والداعم لـ «إسرائيل»، تتمته الطبيعية مزيد من التوغل في الحروب، والتصعيد ضد روسيا، لكننا هنا أمام انفصام في الخطاب إلى نصفين، نصف جمهوري ينتمي للفاشية البيضاء في زمن الحرب الأهلية الأميركية حتى ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية حتى حرب فيتتنام، ونصف ديمقراطي عاقل ينتمي لمرحلة ما بعد حرب فيتنام، حتى يكاد الرئيس الجديد يشبه نسختين ملصقتين من رئيسين، متناقضَي السيرة والمسيرة، هما دوايت إيزنهاور رجل النصر في الحرب العالمية الثانية، وريتشارد نيكسون رجل الهزيمة في فيتنام. إيزنهاور النسخة المنقحة لجورج واشنطن في النظرة البيضاء العنصرية للداخل الأميركي، والنسخة المتعجرفة في الانخراط التشاركي مع ند هو جوزف ستالين الرافع لشارة النصر السوفياتية في الحرب العالمية الثانية، ونيكسون المنخرط من موقع المهزوم مع السوفيات والصين، بعد حرب فيتنام، والممانع للاندماج الوطني تحت شعار التدرج، ليصير دونالد ترامب الممانع ضد الطبيعة والتوازنات الاجتماعية في الداخل، والمنكفئ تحت شعار التشارك من موقع الند في الخارج.

– الأرجح أن تغيب فلسطين عن خطاب ترامب إلا في مناسبات تأكيد التمسك بـ»إسرائيل» قوية. والأرجح أن يحضر ترامب المستفز لمشاعر العرب والمسلمين كل يوم في مقارباته لعناوين داخلية أميركية بخطاب عنصري، لكن الأرجح أن يتصرف ترامب كمهزوم في الشرق يبحث عن شعار مشرف للخروج بماء وجه وجده بالحرب على داعش، كسبب للاستدارة من حرب فاشلة ضد سورية، وعنوان لتعاون مع روسيا دون انكسار. لعلنا نتعلم ما كان دائماً صحيحاً، أن لا رئيس أميركياً سيئ ولا رئيس أميركياً جيد. فالسياسة الأميركية معادية بالطبيعة، والمهم مراقبة أفعالها وأنيابها وساحات فعلها، ولسنا مضطرين أبداً أن نصدر حكم السيئ والجيد. فالأميركيون عليهم فعل ذلك، ما يعنينا أن نحدد ما إذا كنا لا نزال في قلب الحرب الضارية أم أن حربنا بدأت تحقق غاياتها، تماماً هذا ما قاله زعيم الثورة الفيتنامية هوشي منه غداة مفاوضات باريس وإعلان بدء الانسحاب الأميركي من بلاده.

الكلمات المتقاطعة الوهابية .. والكلمة الضائعة منذ مئة سنة 

بقلم نارام سرجون

من ينظر الى تصريحات مسؤولي المملكة الوهابية السعودية عن الخوف على الشعب العربي من التوغل المجوسي الصفوي والموجة الفارسية والخشية على أهل السنة في سورية والعراق ولبنان واليمن من تسونامي التشيع لايقدر على تميييز الحقيقة التي تبدو مثل لعبة الكلمة الضائعة ..

فعليك أن تنقب بين مئات كلمات متداخلة بلا حدود لتعزل كلمة السر الضائعة .. وينهمك الاعلام الخليجي والسعودي والغربي في تقديم الشروح للمواطن العربي ويبذل جهدا خرافيا في محاولة ازالة الغبار والضباب عن عيون هذا المسكين الذي يشاهد العربية والجزيرة اللتين تنظفان له عقله من دخان المعارك التي شوشت عليه رادارات فطرته وتكفلت العربية والجزيرة وفضائيات الايمان والاسلام بمساعدته لوجه الله ..

لكن سنقدم اليوم للمواطن العربي البسيط الكلمة الضائعة السعودية في لعبة الكلمات المتقاطعة التي تفسر حركة المملكة السياسية وكلمة السرخلف حماية أهل السنة والغيرة عليهم .. ونقوم بالنظر الى الأجوبة أفقيا وعموديا .. هذه المساحة من الكلمات المتقاطعة يجب أن تمتد على مدى عقود .. وبتقاطع الكلمات في الأجوبة التي نجدها من وثائق التاريخ القريب والبعيد نعرف ان كانت السعودية قلقة على العروبة وعلى أهل السنة في كل هذه الدول وان كانت وضعت عباءتها السوداء النفطية من اجل أن تصنع منها مظلة كبيرة يتظلل بها أهل السنة ضحايا المؤامرة الصفوية والهلال الشيعي .. حيث لاظل الا ظل السعودية لحماية أهل السنة ..

هذه عينة من صور وعناوين لصحف المملكة في فترات الصراعات الكبرى والتفجرات التي هزت المنطقة وشكلت وعيها وروحها .. وعناوين الصحف الرسمية تعكس سياسة الدول وقناعاتها وسياساتها وهي تأريخ لمرحلة وتحدثنا كما كتب التاريخ عن أحوال منطقة وأهلها ورجالها وملوكها ..

في هذه الصور المتفرقة لصحف سعودية لايمكن الا أن نلعب لعبة الكلمات التاريخية المتقاطعة التي تتقاطع فيها الأجوبة بالدليل القاطع والبرهان الذي لايردّ ..

أحد العناوين يقوم بتكفير الرئيس المصري الراحل جمال عبد الناصر .. ويومها لم يكن جمال عبد الناصر يهدد أهل السنة ولم بكن يتهم بالسماحللمشروع الشيعي بالتغلغل في مصر .. لكنه كان كافرا كما يظهر في توجيه الصحيفة السعودية ..

ثم بعد نهاية مرحلة الزعيم عبد الناصر .. يظهر عنوان في صحيفة سعودية يعلن وقوفه الى جانب شاه ايران العدو التاريخي للعرب والرجل الذي كان يحتقر العرب .. ويحتقر العروبة .. بشقيها السني والشيعي .. بنفس الدرجة والسوية ..

وفي مرحلة لاحقة كان عنوان الصحف السعودية عن صدام حسين الكافر .. وصدام حسين لم يكن بالطبع يدفع بالمشروع الشيعي بل كان يقدم دوما على أنه بطل القادسية ومن يحرس البوابة الشرقية للعرب من الطوفان الفارسي الشيعي .. ولكنه أيضا انتهى كافرا بنظر السعودية التي تدافع عن المؤمنين وأهل السنة وشنت أربعة حروب .. دفعة واحدة من أجلهم في سورية والعراق واليمن وسابقا وحاليا مقاومة لبنان ..

أين يتقاطع هؤلاء جميعا في لعبة الكلمات المتقاطعة في السياسة السعودية .. العداء لعبد الناصر .. والعداء لصدام حسين .. والتأييد لشاه ايران .. ؟؟ وكيف صار همّ المملكة اليوم هو انقاذ أهل السنة في أربع دول .. ثم كيف يتقاطع كل هذا مع العداء للرئيس بشار الأسد والتهديد باسقاطه سياسيا او عسكريا .. والتحريض على السيد حسن نصر الله بحجة أنه رأس الحرب الشيعية ؟؟..

في لعبة الكلمات المتقاطعة .. كل الكلمات السعودية تتقاطع حول كلمة واحدة هي: اسرائيل ..

الشاه صديق اسرائيل ولذا هو حاكم شرعي وصديق ..

وجمال عبد الناصر عدو اسرائيل ولذلك هو كافر وعدو ..

وكذلك صدام حسين الذي كان صديق صديق اسرائيل (أي الشاه) ووقع معه اتفاقية شط العرب وكان رئيسا مؤمنا .. تحول الى رئيس كافرعندما التفت الى اسرائيل وضربها بالصواريخ وحضّر لها المدفع العملاق والمشروع الذري العراقي ..

ثم صار الرئيس بشار الأسد والسيد حسن نصرالله كافرين ويجباسقاطهما من أجل حماية أهل السنة .. ولكن الكلمات المتقاطعة تتقاطع عند اسرائيل أيضا لأنهما عدوان لدودان لاسرائيل ..

عند تحليل التاريخ السياسي لدولة لايجب اقتطاع سنة أو سنتين من عمر أي عهد أو زمن لتلك الدولة ولا تصريحات وزير خارجية ضئيل كالقط الصغير المتشرد الذي يستأسد ويستنمر ويستذئب ويستذئب ويستدبب ويستنسر .. من أجل أهل السنة .. بل يحب اجراء مقطع عمودي وأفقي لتاريخها الطويل لمعرفة جوهرها السياسي .. والا لصدقنا أن السعودية تحارب اليوم فقط من اجل أهل السنة .. الذين من أجلهم كما تدعي فانها دمرت المجتمعات السنية في أربع دول عربية وجرتها الى الحروب الطاحنة .. ولو أنها كانت تريد محاربة ايران للدفاع عن أهل السنة لكان الأولى بالشقيقة الكبرى أن توفر على أشقائها من أهل السنة في هذه الدول هذا الخراب بحجة قطع اذرع ايران .. وكان عليها أن تتبرع باعلان الحرب مباشرة على ايران رأس الشر كما تقول لتوفر على أهل السنة في الأطراف كل هذه الحروب بدل ان تطلب منهم أن يحاربوا ايران نيابة عنها ..

ولكن كل هذه الحروب ليست من أجل سني واحد بل من أجل الكلمة الضائعة في السياسة السعودية التي وجدناها أخيرا في غبار الربيع العربي ..

هل عرفتم الكلمة الضائعة في لعبة الكلمات المتقاطعة للسياسة السعودية منذ عقود؟؟

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مجزرة صنعاء: الإعلام المارق يبرئ آل سعود

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سامر الشميري – اليمن

قبل 20 عاماً، أغارت طائرات العدوّ الصهيوني على خيمة تابعة لقوات اليونيفيل الدولية في بلدة قانا (جنوب لبنان)… تلك الخيمة التي احتمى في ظلها أطفال ونساء هرباً من عدوان إسرائيل الغاشم المسمى وقتها «عناقيد الغضب»، فقضى جلّهم جراء قصف وحشي.طبعت في أذهان اللبنانيين والعرب، ها هي اليوم تحمل توقيعاً عربياً ــ عربياً.

تسارعت الصور التلفزيونية، التي عجز بعض مصّوريها عن إكمال مهمتهم. كان المشهد الدموي مرعباً: أشلاء وجثث متفحمة لأطفال، من بينهم رضّع فصلت رؤوسهم عن أجسادهم. المجزرة المروّعة وقّعها شمعون بيريز، وخلّفت عشرات الضحايا في إبادة جماعية. وبعد وفاة خرجت السعودية وتحالفها العربي العريض لتكرر المشهد أول من أمس في صنعاء، مع سلسلة غارات على قاعة مخصصة للعزاء بوالد وزير الداخلية جلال الرويشان، فذهب ضحيتها أكثر من 82 شهيداً و500 جريح.

انهمرت الصور الآتية من العاصمة اليمنية، بكل وحشيتها وأساها، كأنها نسخة عن مجرزة قانا، وجزء آخر منها يشبه مذبحة إسعاف «المنصوري» (1996)، إذ تطابقت صور الرجل اليمني الذي حمل جسد ولده الطرّي المدمّى مع اللبناني عباس جحا الذي حمل ابنته الصغيرة المتفحمة. أعادتنا مجرزة صنعاء عشرين عاماً إلى الوراء، هذه الصور التي طبعت في أذهان اللبنانيين والعرب، ها هي اليوم تحمل توقيعاً عربياً ــ عربياً.مهندس مجرزة قانا،

منذ اللحظات الأولى لهذه المذبحة، وخروج الصور من الوكالات الأجنبية، وانعكاس ذلك سخطاً وتنديداً على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي، بدأ الإعلام الخليجي ومعه الغربي الناطق بالعربية، بتجهيل الفاعل، ووسيلة القتل، وتبرئة ما يسمى «التحالف العربي». وعلى هيئة المزهوّ بهذه المجزرة، عنونت قناة «العربية» بداية «مقتل العشرات من قادة الانقلابيين بانفجار في صنعاء». لم تتوانَ المحطة السعودية عن ترداد أن ما حصل كان نتيجة «انفجار» (مجهول الهوية والجهة الفاعلة). أكثر من ذلك، راحت المحطة السعودية تروّج أن المذبحة حصلت «نتيجة تصفية حسابات داخلية بين المتحالفين (الحوثيين والرئيس المخلوع علي عبد الله صالح) على إثر المجلس السياسي الجديد». وفي خطوة سوريالية، راحت تقدّم العزاء باسم «التحالف العربي» لأسر الضحايا، و«تأسف» لهذه الحادثة «المؤلمة»، مع إعادة تكرار عدم مسؤولية التحالف عن هذه المجزرة المروّعة.

لم تختلف تغطية «الجزيرة» عن زميلتها السعودية، هما المشغولتان حالياً بأحداث أهمّ من الحدث اليمني (حلب والانتخابات البرلمانية المغربية). كررت القناة القطرية بنسختها الإنكليزية أن ما حصل كان نتيجة «تفجيرين» اثنين خلّفا عشرات الأشخاص في عزاء في صنعاء. وفي الساعات الأولى لمذبحة صنعاء، كانت «الجزيرة» تنفي قيام «التحالف العربي»، بـ «عمليات جوية في مكان الغارة».

تجهيل الفاعل، ودسّ مصطلحات للتخفيف من وطأة وهول ما حصل في صنعاء، كانا لعبة الميديا الغربية أيضاً، إلى جانب الترويج أنّ الولايات المتحدة الأميركية لا دخل لها بما اقترفته السعودية من خلال تكرار مصطلح «مراجعة فورية» لعلاقة أميركا بالسعودية. هكذا، نشرت «فرانس 24» خبر المجزرة، بالإشارة إلى حصيلة القصف، مع استخدام لفعل «اتهم»، لوضع مسافة بين الجاني وتبرئته. كذلك، عمدت القناة الفرنسية الناطقة بالعربية إلى تسييس الخبر بالقول إنّ «وزارة الصحة تابعة للمتمردين الحوثيين المسيطرين على صنعاء». جملة قد تكون كافية لتبرير ما اقترفته طائرات التحالف! لعلها مقاربة إعلامية لاقت صداها محلياً، مع قناة mtv التي استنسخت التعاطي الغربي مع مجزرة اليمن، ووضعت مسافة بين «التحالف العربي» والجناة، واصفةً الحوثيين أيضاً بـ «الانقلابيين».

في هذه المشهدية الإعلامية، لعل الأكثر دلالة على استغباء الرأي العام ومحاولة إلهائه عمّا حصل، هو ما بثت «الجزيرة» من تقرير (إعداد عبد الرحمن مطر)، يتناول نية اليمنيين القاطنين في صنعاء القيام بتظاهرات تنديداً بسياسات «التجويع والغلاء» التي تمارسها عليهم قوات «صالح والحوثيين». القناة القطرية خائفة على أمعاء اليمنيين وصحتهم، فيما لم تتوانَ عن تغطية الجناة الذين أحالوا أجسادهم جثثاً متفحمة!

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Western corporate media ‘disappears’ over 1.5 million Syrians and 4,000 doctors

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The bombs you don’t hear about: “rebel” terrorists target civilians and hospitals in west Aleppo with crudely fashioned “hell cannons” and gas canister bombs.

As the Syrian Arab Army and Syrian government make more significant advances in restoring security to northern Syria’s Aleppo and its population,war-propagandizing human rights groups posing as neutral, and Western media (and Gulf counterparts like Al Jazeera) churn out recycled and debunked accusations anew.

According to these compromised US government and Soros-funded NGOs and much of the corporate media, there is only one “last” pediatrician and a scarce number of doctors left in Aleppo. They are, of course, referring solely to the terrorist-occupied regions of Aleppo (eastern and some northern quarters) and even then ignore the reality that the Syrian government continues to pay the salaries of doctors in terrorist-occupied areas, including eastern Aleppo.

This “last-pediatrician” assertion was put forth earlier this year as part of a media frenzy attempting to vilify Syria and Russia as “targeting civilians” (when in fact targeting foreign-backed terrorists). Those media and human rights hyenas ignored the following realities about greater Aleppo:

  • The presence of terrorists (Jabhat al-Nusra, and what the west calls “moderates” — Ahrar al-Sham, Jaysh al-Fateh, Nour al-Din al-Zenki, and factions of the so-called Free Syrian Army) in eastern and northern Aleppo.
  • The presence of over 1.5 million civilians in the government-secured areas of western Aleppo, who are murdered and maimed daily by terrorist-fired, US/Turkish-made rockets, missiles, mortars and ammunition, as well as explosive bullets, and locally-produced explosive-stuffed gas canisters and mortars.
  • The presence in government-secured Aleppo of civilians from terrorist-occupied areas of Aleppo — many of whom as early as 2012 fled the influx of terrorists to their districts, others who over the years since have fled west, and a small number of whom have recently been able to flee via humanitarian corridors to safety in western Aleppo.
  • The presence of not just one, but over 4,100 doctors (source: Aleppo Medical Association) and numerous functioning hospitals in Aleppo — in spite of the criminal western sanctions on Syria and in spite of hospitals having been targeted by terrorists’ bombings.
  • The fact that the terrorists in eastern Aleppo are predominantly non-Syrian (and certainly non-“rebels”), coming “from eighty-one different countries with significant contingents from Turkey, the Gulf Arab states, North Africa, and Russia’s Chechnya and North Caucasus region.” [source: 10 Facts About Aleppo]
  • That at least 80% of the terrorists are affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the majority of the remaining otherwise hold the same distorted and ruthless ideologies. [source: 10 Facts About Aleppo]

Doctors In Aleppo Refute Media Lies

In the first week of July 2016 I traveled by car to Aleppo. When entering the southern Ramouseh district of the city, the car sped along a road known for terrorist snipers. Three weeks later in Ramouseh, a woman was sniped by a terrorist and killed.

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Oil barrels line Ramouseh road to protect Syrian civilians against Western-backed terrorist snipers

In Aleppo, I met with doctors from the Aleppo Medical Association (established in 1959), including Dr. Zahar Buttal, Dr. Tony Sayegh, and Dr. Nabil Antaki.

One question I posed to the doctors was regarding the other oft-repeated lie of the “last pediatrician” in Aleppo, a startling allegation designed to shock western readers and rally them against the Syrian government. And one which has no basis in truth.

Dr. Zahar Buttal, Chairman of the Aleppo Medical Association, refuted such allegations, noting that Aleppo has 180 pediatricians still working in the city. Of one of the alleged lone pediatricians he said: “The media says the only pediatrician in Aleppo was killed in a hospital called Quds. In reality, it was a field hospital, not registered.” As for the pediatrician, “We checked the name of the doctor and didn’t find him registered in Aleppo Medical Association records.”

Indeed, the Quds hospital referenced was central to the April/May frenzy of media lies regarding Aleppo and the Syrian government, and Russian allies. Claims around the building called al-Quds hospital contradicted one another, the fallacies and serious discrepancies outlined in this article.

Also central to the lies were the bias and propaganda of the very partial, corporate-financed Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which supports areas in Syria controlled by terrorists, specifically Jabhat al-Nusra (whose failed attempt at re-branding with a new name – Jabhat Fatha al-Sham – does not negate its ties to Al-Qaeda nor erase their crimes).

The next, related, question for the doctors was: If government-secured Aleppo has 180 pediatricians, how many doctors in total are still working there? Lying media have for months claimed the number of doctors are dwindling, including even a late July propaganda piece in The Intercept which asserted that “the number of doctors in Aleppo City has plummeted into the low dozens. The number of remaining medical specialists is even smaller.”

Yet, according to Dr. Zahar Buttal, until now there are 4,160 doctors registered and active in Aleppo city, in the government-secured areas of over 1.5 million people. Of the 4,160 doctors, 200 have been newly registered since the beginning of this year.

As for the media claims of a lack of specialists in Aleppo, in addition to the 180 mentioned pediatricians, there are of course many more specialists in Aleppo. According to the Aleppo Medical Association’s Dr. Zahar, specialists still practicing in the city include:

  • 30 cardiovascular surgeons
  • 214 general surgeons
  • 112 orthopedists
  • 11 pulmonologists
  • 12 neurologists
  • 8 neurosurgeons
  • 250 obstetricians/gynecologists
  • 15 gastroenterologists

Dr. Nabil Antaki, himself a gastroenterologist, is one of a group of 15 specialist doctors which, since late 2012, have volunteered their services, treating in private hospitals (with the most minimal equipment and medical fees possible) upwards of 500 civilians severely injured by terrorist bombings, needing specialist care and often life-support. Specialists in his group alone include: three general surgeons, one heart surgeon, one neurosurgeon, two orthopedic surgeons, and three anesthesiologists.

Dr. Antaki has been outspoken about the western media lies on Aleppo. When the western-created “Aleppo is Burning” campaign took flight in late April – the exact time when western-backed terrorists increased their daily bombing of Aleppo to severe bombardments – Dr. Antaki, seeing the worst of the casualties and bombings, spoke out.

When I met him in July 2016, Dr. Antaki continued to be vocal about the media manipulations and fragrant lies about the reality on the ground in Aleppo.

“All of the campaigns which were launched by the western media concerned the east part of Aleppo, which is the part controlled by the ‘rebels’. All the media reported that the people there are suffering, the buildings are destroyed and that the Syrian government are doing ‘war crimes’. But, what we are receiving in the part controlled by the Syrian government is much worse than in the east part. Nobody speaks about what is happening in the western part of Aleppo. There are not only tens of mortars every day which fell on the western part of Aleppo, but hundreds, and every day we have hundreds killed or wounded. And nobody spoke about it. When the media spoke about one supposed hospital destroyed in the eastern part, one week after, the main maternity hospital in Aleppo was hit by bombs sent by the ‘rebels’, and women were killed, and nobody spoke about this.”

Aleppo’s Dr. Tony Sayegh has also been vocal about the blatant media bias on Aleppo. In July, regarding the Quds hospital and related propaganda, Dr. Sayegh told me:

This hospital, in the Sukkari district, they made a big propaganda about it, ‘the last doctor in that area,’ which is absolutely wrong. The government has doctors working in that area who get their salaries from the government, even though the area is controlled by terrorists. For the government, all areas and and their inhabitants are Syrians. Areas where there are terrorists, like al-Manbij, like al-Bab, in all those areas there are many doctors working with the health ministry, and they take their salaries from the health ministry.

Aleppo’s Over Ten Thousand Dead and Maimed Absent From Corporate Headlines

Dr. Nabil Antaki gave the following overview of life for the civilians of government-secured Aleppo, from mid-2012 until our July meeting.

Since July 2012, the main area of Aleppo receives every day mortars, bombs and gas canisters, sent by the ‘rebels’ on the civilians living in Aleppo. Here you have human damage more than there, but less physical destruction, because here we are receiving mortars and gas canister bombs. If a mortar hits the building, it might make a hole the size of a window, but also kill five people at once. In the part of Aleppo under the government control, every day we have dozens of injured and killed.

In late April 2016, terrorists in the occupied eastern quarters of Aleppo, as well as then-occupied Beni Zaid and neighbouring districts, increased their normal bombing campaigns of mortars, gas canister explosives (from household to the the largest size canisters, stuffed with glass, bearings, metal shrapnel), explosive bullets, and powerful foreign-supplied rockets to from high-tens to over one hundred per day on the heavily-populated areas of Aleppo secured by the Syrian state.

Of the heightened bombardment, Dr. Nabil Antaki told me:

Usually you don’t have just one mortar, you have a rain of mortars: ten, twenty, thirty, and more in a few hours. Many people are wounded at the same time. When ambulances bring people to the public hospital, maybe twenty or thirty people arrive at the same time. The public hospitals lack enough medical staff and equipment. So if you have ten severely wounded persons arriving at the same time at the public hospital, by the time care comes, a victim has time to die.

In his Aleppo Medical Association office, Dr. Zaher Buttal read from his diary statistics on the late April/early May terrorists’ bombardment campaign:

  • April 23rd: 81 martyrs, 30 wounded.
  • April 28th & 29th: Bloodiest days. 31 martyrs, 75 wounded **initial numbers only.
  • From April 23rd-30th: 120 martyrs, over 800 wounded.
  • May 3rd: 25 martyrs, 100 wounded (including 3 women killed in the al-Dabeet maternity hospital explosion).

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Dr. Dabeet showing me images of the Western-backed terrorist attack on the maternity hospital named after him

Although the Aleppo Medical Association documented the daily number of killed and injured by this increased bombing campaign, and although the areas attacked included a number of registered Aleppo hospitals, corporate media and Wall Street-backed “human rights groups” in their Turkish-based, or further-removed, reporting on Aleppo preferred to cite “unnamed activists” and al-Qaeda-in-Syria “White Helmets” actors.

Like many (if not most) Aleppo residents, Dr. Zaher Buttal has never heard of the White Helmets. The fact that the head of the Medical Association is not aware of this group purporting to be rescuing civilians in Aleppo highlights the reality that they work solely in terrorist-occupied areas and for the terrorists themselves. For more information on the terrorist-propaganda group that is known as the “White Helmets,” see this video and this article.

Other Pro-Terrorist Propaganda

The same July 2016 Intercept article which promoted the lone-doctor narrative also neglected to mention that a hospital they cite is in fact a hospital not only long-established but also belonging to a volunteer association headed by Syria’s Grand Mufti, Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun.

The Intercept article read: “Almouslem’s hospital, Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz, has long been the only functioning medical facility in its pocket of eastern Aleppo City.”

In a mid-July and then an August 11th meeting with Mufti Hassoun in Damascus, he explained that the organization (The Association of Raising the Standard of Health and Social Status) of which he is Director had two hospitals and ten clinics daily giving medical care for free to up to 1500 of Aleppo’s poorest. One of these hospitals was the mentioned Omar Ibn Abdul Aziz hospital. It had three operating rooms, an MRI, nine dialysis machines, 12 incubators, and 50 beds. It is now controlled by terrorists who, Mufit Hassoun said, further mounted machine guns on the hospital’s three ambulances. The humanitarianism of western-backed so-called “moderate” “rebels”.

Mufti Hassoun explained:

In 1985 we started construction of the hospital, and in 1992 the hospital started operating. We treated for free over 400 patients daily, people from a very poor neighbourhood.

When the terrorists took over the hospital, they evicted the doctors, and killed three of the nurses and more than ten of the patients. The media say that MSF is supporting the hospital, but they are using it like a field hospital to treat terrorists. This is the hospital that we built with our own hands, and now they lie and say that it’s their own hospital.

Halfway through a video which the Intercept piece links to, who should appear but the war-propagandizing White Helmets – who only work in terrorist-occupied areas. This is the evidence the Intercept presents, along with a UN report lacking sources for its assertions. The UN has no physical presence in terrorist-occupied eastern Aleppo and, like lying media and NGOs, relies on “unnamed activists” and the SOHR-type sources for their statistics.

Brazenly, Al-Hel online media stole a photo from the Aleppo Medical Association, claiming it depicted doctors in terrorist-occupied eastern Aleppo: “Aleppo doctors are demanding an end to the bombing of the regime … and describe the situation as ‘a humanitarian catastrophe’.”

The equally war-propagandistic Facebook page, Syria Breaking, shared the stolen-photo and Al-Hel article, adding its own lies:

There are now in the eastern part of the city of ‪#‎Aleppo, no fewer than 300 thousand people, there are only 30 doctors in five hospitals to serve them.

The photo in question was in fact from a May 6th protest (photos here) organized by the Aleppo Medical Association outside of the destroyed al-Dabeet maternity hospital, gutted on May 3rd by a terrorist rocket. According to Dr. Zaher Buttal, more than 150 doctors attended the demonstration.

The protest came following the weeks of carnage from terrorists’ relentless bombardment of civilian areas all over government-secured Aleppo – including numerous hospitals – and was, Dr. Buttal said, both in anger at the terrorists’ targeting of hospitals in Aleppo and also to show the world that, contrary to media lies, Aleppo does have doctors.

Of the signs doctors held, Professor Tim Anderson wrote:

Their signs – in English, Italian and German as well as Arabic – read: ‘Syrian Arab Army represents me’, ‘Long live Syria, long live Aleppo’, ‘Terrorists are killing our children’, ‘Armed opposition is destroying our civilisation’, ‘No for armed opposition’.

From the terrorists’ May 3rd bombings, a rocket landed on a parked car right next to the al-Dabeet maternity hospital, causing a massive explosion which gutted the hospital interior, severely damaged the exterior, and burned the two cars parked behind it. Footage from a nearby building’s security camera shows the rocket and subsequent massive explosion occurred at 9:36 am, May 3rd.

A Western-backed terrorist rocket explodes outside Dabeet Maternity hospital in Aleppo

While initial reports said 16 civilians were killed in the May 3rd terrorist bombings, by the time the wounded had succumbed to their severe injuries, 25 people were killed and over 100 injured, according to the medical association’s Dr. Zaher Buttal. The three women killed were in the al-Dabeet hospital reception at the time, said Dr. Dabeet. One of the injured included a 28-week-pregnant woman who survived the loss of long sections of her intestine due to shrapnel injuries.

The operating room was destroyed, along with patient rooms, five of ten incubators (the other five needing repair), and much of his equipment.

One week later the maternity hospital was again hit by a terrorist-fired mortar, destroying the roof and injuring construction workers there, according to Dr. Dabeet.

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Dabeet Maternity hospital after it suffered a direct hit from Western-backed terrorists in Aleppo.

According to Dr. Zaher Buttal, other hospitals hit include the Ibn Rashd hospital, with a mortar hitting the top floor, the Arab Medicine hospital, and the perimeter of the Razi hospital.

Starving, Besieged Civilians? Liberated Areas Ignored

While terrorists’ bombings and sniping attacks have been the most pressing issues in Aleppo in the past few months, other crises since 2012 have been those of water and electricity shortages, as well as the terrorist-blockades suffered by the population in government-secured Aleppo, cutting off food, fuel and medicine to the city.

The already risky Ramouseh road which I took into Aleppo in early July was recently assaulted by terrorist snipers and shelling, and has been closed to prevent civilian fatalities. This sole road leading into Aleppo closed, terrorist actions have again cut the lifeline for the over 1.5 million people inside. In July, Dr. Nabil Antaki explained how terrorists themselves closed the road many times in the past, and the dire effects of doing so.

Because the ‘rebels’ control the main roads around Aleppo, Aleppo has suffered blockades, sometimes for a few days and other times for many, many weeks. During those many weeks, nothing was able to enter Aleppo: no food, no vegetables, no fruits, no gas, no medical equipment, no drugs… the people of Aleppo suffered a lot.

The water supply has been cut by ‘rebels’, because the main water stations are in ‘rebel’ areas. Many times they cut the water for weeks or months. So for three years, we had to use the water of wells — we now have in Aleppo 300 wells which we had to use to provide water for the 1.5 million persons living in Aleppo under the Syrian state.

In addition, we don’t have power supply, because the electricity generator and power supply are in the ‘rebel’ portion of Aleppo, and they cut the supply. That’s why people have private subscription to 1 or 2 amperes, just to have 1 or 2 or 3 bulbs during the night. They have to pay very expensive prices just to have this. The people of Aleppo are truly suffering.

Mustapha Melhis of Aleppo’s water authority explained in July 2015:

Our water reservoirs are 90 kilometers [56 miles] away, in Hafsa, a region held by IS [Islamic State]. In May, they cut the amount of water [supplied] by half….

The second aspect of the problem is distribution. The water pumped by IS flows to the Suleiman Halabi and Bab al-Nairab stations here [in Aleppo]. Both areas are controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra, and they are using the water as a weapon to impose their demands.

In the same article, Aleppo Governor Mohammad Marwan Olabi said:

The power plants are outside the city. Terrorists control two areas from where electricity lines to Aleppo pass. Whenever they want to put pressure on Aleppo, they cut the electricity. And when electricity is gone, the water supply is cut off as well.

Corporate media have largely ignored these very real crises, and instead manufacture (regarding terrorist-held eastern Aleppo) the same types of propaganda campaigns of “starving civilians” which earlier flooded social media and were endorsed by dubious NGOs, like those on Madaya and Yarmouk. In all cases, no mention is made of the fact that the population in the area includes terrorist factions or why there is any lack of supplies (because of the terrorist factions).

As with Madaya and Yarmouk, when residents of the terrorist-inhabited regions do manage to speak to media, inevitably they speak of terrorists stealing food supplies, hoarding goods and selling them at extortionist rates, and preventing residents from leaving to safer areas.

On July 28, the Syrian Arab Army fully secured the Bani Zaid and Lairamoun northern neighbourhoods of Aleppo city, liberating them from the western-backed mercenaries who occupied the districts since October 2012.

Civilians who had remained in Bani Zaid spoke of the terrorists’ firing of gas canister and other bombs on the civilians of neighbouring government-secured Aleppo districts. Western corporate media largely ignored this significant liberation and the jubilation of liberated residents.

On the same day, President al-Assad issued a decree granting amnesty to Syrians who laid down their weapons and reconciled with the state.

When the Syrian-Russian coordinated humanitarian corridors opened in eastern Aleppo in late July, reports soon after emerged ofterrorists preventing residents from leaving, including assassinating residents who attempted to leave. When some residents from these areas did manage to evacuate, testimonies showed them thanking the government for providing the basics and cursing the terrorists for having stolen from them, abused residents, and in many cases killed their loved ones.

Russia Today interviewed evacuees who likewise did not praise the west’s so-called “rebels” but spoke of the hell civilians endured under terrorist occupation.

We left with our remaining children. May God punish the rebels. They did not allow us to leave, they deprived us of gas, water, electricity and bread. We were not allowed to leave. There were no medicines. They used to tell us you live with us or die with us,” one woman said.

Attacks On Aleppo Continue, To Media Silence

“For three days after the liberation of Bani Zaid, it was very quiet in Aleppo. People were happy, there were no more mortars. Suddenly, yesterday, the terrorists started sending mortars and rockets on Aleppo again, especially on Hamdaniya where thousands of displaced people live. So people are leaving this neighbourhood to find another place,” Dr. Nabil Antaki told me on August 1st .

In a phone call on August 10th, Dr. Zaher Buttal updated that since July 30th, terrorist bombings had killed 30 civilians in Aleppo, and wounded hundreds. By August 11th , Dr. Buttal said another 16 civilians in Hamadaniya, Aleppo, had been killed by terrorists’ missiles, another 45 wounded.

Today there was supposed to be a truce between 10 am and 1 pm. Terrorists ignored this and again bombarded Hamadaniya neighbourhood.

Both Dr. Buttal and truth-based media have reported that terrorists used toxic gas in their bombardment of civilian areas of Aleppo.

The Western corporate media and NGO complex, on the other hand, continue to talk about imaginary “last doctors” in Aleppo, while ignoring the very real suffering of over 1.5 million Syrians in government-secured Aleppo, as well as the doctors who are treating them. This is hardly surprising given that, from the very beginning, the corporate media has toed the NATO agenda on Syria, which is to manufacture every imaginable lie and accusation against the Syrian government, the Syrian Arab Army, and the people themselves, in order to chase the NATO-GCC-Zionist-Turkish dream of imposing a puppet government in Syria. They have failed.

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Eva Bartlett (Profile)

Eva Bartlett is a freelance journalist and rights activist with extensive experience in the Gaza Strip, where she lived a cumulative three years (from late 2008 to early 2013), arriving by boat as a part of the Free Gaza missions. She documented the 2008/9 and 2012 Israeli war crimes and attacks on Gaza while riding in ambulances and reporting from hospitals. Eva accompanied Palestinian fishers and farmers as they came under intensive fire from the Israeli army. She has been to Syria four times since April 2014 and works to convey the voices of a people suffering under the foreign war on Syria. Her writings can be found on her blog, In Gaza.

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