مفاوضات ترسيم الحدود البحرية بين الملاحظات والهواجس…

العميد د. أمين محمد حطيط 

رافق انطلاق مفاوضات ترسيم الحدود البحرية بين لبنان وفلسطين المحتلة التي يغتصبها العدو الإسرائيلي، رافقها الكثير من المواقف المتراوحة بين الملاحظة والاستفسار وصولا الى الهواجس حتى الانكار، وبالفعل انّ الحدث الذي انطلق بتاريخ14\10\2020 ليس حدثاً عادياً في تاريخ المواجهة بين لبنان والعدو “الاسرائيلي” منذ إقامة كيانه المحتل لفلسطين في العام 1949. فما هي الحقائق الموضوعية التي ترعى المسالة او تنبثق عنها من أجل تقديمها للرأي العام ليتخذ منها الموقف المؤيد والمحتضن المدافع عن المصالح الوطنية بعيداً عن مواقف مسبقة قد تتسم بالمواقف الشخصية او تعذر الانسجام أو الكيمياء بين الاشخاص وعلاقاتهم السابقة والحاضرة. وللوقوف على الحقيقة لا بد من البدء بمسالة التفاوض ذاتها ولزومه وصولا الى مسالة اللقاء او الاجتماع بـ “الإسرائيلي” او عدم اللقاء به.

في البدء نؤكد انّ القانون الدولي العام وبخاصة قانون النزاعات المسلحة تضمّن أحكاماً وقواعد التعامل في الميدان او بالشكل العام بين الأعداء وفي هذا الإطار ونظراً لطبيعة علاقة العداء القائمة بين لبنان و”إسرائيل” بصفتها عدواً له فإنّ هذه العلاقات من حيث اللقاء والتفاوض مرّت بمحطات 6 كان للبنان في كلّ منها سلوك ينسجم او يختلف عما سبقه كالتالي:

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ـ المحطة الأولى كانت في العام 1949 مباشرة بعد الحرب وتوقيع اتفاق الهدنة مع العدو “الإسرائيلي” في رودس حيث شكلت لجنة مراقبة الهدنة من 3 أطراف يمثلهم حصراً عسكريون من لبنان و”إسرائيل” والأمم المتحدة (مراقبي الهدنة OGL) وكانت مهمة اللجنة بحث انتهاكات أحد الطرفين لاتفاقية الهدنة وتسويتها فضلاً عن صيانة خط الهدنة المطابق للحدود الدولية المرسّمة براً منذ العام 1923، أيّ قبل اغتصاب فلسطين. وقد ألغت “إسرائيل” اتفاقية الهدنة من طرف واحد في العام 1967، لكن لبنان تمسك بها واستمر مراقبو الهدنة في مراكزهم في جنوب لبنان.

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ـ المحطة الثانية كانت في العام 1982 بعد الاحتلال “الإسرائيلي” للبنان وحيث ضغطت أميركا على لبنان لإجراء مفاوضات ذات شكل وطبيعية ملتبسة بعيدة أولاً عن الأمم المتحدة وغير مبنيّة عل اتفاق الهدنة وشاركت فيها وفود ثلاثة من لبنان و”إسرائيل” واميركا، وشكلت الوفود من عسكريين ومدنيّين فيهم سفراء ما قاد البعض إلى القول بأنّ هذه المفاوضات شكلت اعترافاً لبنانياً ضمنياً بـ “إسرائيل” رغم النفي الذي أعلنه لبنان، وقد أفضت المفاوضات الى اتفاق 17 أيار الذي تمّ إلغاؤه تحت الضغط الشعبي اللبناني.

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ـ المحطة الثالثة كانت في مؤتمر مدريد 1991 الذي دُعي اليه على أساس القرارات 242 و338، ورغم انّ لبنان لم يكن معنياً بهذه القرارات كونه لم يدخل الحرب مع “إسرائيل” في العام 1967 والعام 1973، إلا أنه شارك بتفاوض غير مباشر مع “إسرائيل” وبوفد مدني ولم توصل المفاوضات الى شيء.

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ـ المحطة الرابعة كانت في العام 1996 إثر تفاهم نيسان الذي تمّ التوصل اليه بمساع أميركية سورية لحماية المدنيين على جانبي الحدود بين لبنان وفلسطين المحتلة. وانبثق عن هذا التفاهم هيئة عسكرية خماسية شكلت من عسكريين فقط من لبنان و”إسرائيل” وسورية وفرنسا وأميركا كانت تجتمع في الناقورة برعاية “اليونيفيل” لبحث الانتهاكات للتفاهم.

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ـ في العام 2000 وفي معرض الانسحاب “الإسرائيلي” من لبنان تحت ضغط المقاومة طلبت “إسرائيل” تشكيل لجنة ثلاثية مشتركة من عسكريين من الأمم المتحدة ولبنان و”إسرائيل” لمراقبة الانسحاب والتحقق من اكتماله وإرساء تدابير أمنية على جانبي الحدود، فرفض لبنان الطلب جملة وتفصيلاً وفرض إنشاء لجنتين منفصلتين تتشكل الأولى من عسكريين لبنانيين وأمميّين وتعمل في لبنان وكنتُ رئيساً للوفد اللبناني فيها، وتتشكل الثانية من عسكريين أمميين و”إسرائيليين” وتعمل في فلسطين المحتلة وتتحقق اللجنتان من الانسحاب حصراً دون التصدّي لأيّ موضوع آخر ودون ان يكون أيّ لقاء بينهما ودون ان تعبر أيّ منهما الحدود الى الجهة الأخرى. وقد أتمَمنا المهمة دون لقاء او تناظر مع أيّ “إسرائيلي”.

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ـ في العام 2006 وبعد عدوان “إسرائيل” ومن غير مبرّر أو مستند قانوني دخل لبنان في لجنة عسكرية ثلاثية ضمّته الى الأمم المتحدة و”إسرائيل” ولم يكن للجنة هذه مهمة محدّدة من أيّ مرجعية سياسية او قانونية، واستمرّت هذه اللجنة باجتماعات تعقد في الناقورة في مقر قيادة اليونيفيل التي حدّدت لاحقاً مهامها بالنظر في الخروقات للقرار 1701.

اليوم يواجه لبنان مسألة ترسيم الحدود البحرية مع فلسطين المحتلة، وقد شكل لهذه الغاية وفداً برئاسة عسكري وعضوية 3 خبراء عسكري ومدنيان ما أثار التساؤل حول طبيعة الوفد وتداعيات تشكيله بهذا الشكل وانعكاسه على طبيعة العلاقة بين لبنان والعدو “الإسرائيلي”. وابدى أطراف لبنانيون هواجس من وجود المدنيين في الوفد لأنّ وجودهم يذكرهم بالمفاوضات التي أفضت الى اتفاق 17 أيار 1983 فأين الحقيقة في هذا الأمر؟

للبحث في الموضوع نرى مفيداً التذكير بأنّ تفسير أيّ سلوك بين أطراف متعددين يخضع لمعاني الشكل أولاً ويحسم بعناصر الموضوع والمهمة ثانياً. وعلى هذا الأساس، ورغم انّ المنطق يفرض القول بانّ طمأنة الخائف لا تتمّ بمجرد القول له “لا تخف” بل انّ الصواب يكون في اتخاذ التدابير العملية التي تجعله يطمئن، وتأسيساً على ذلك نرى:

أ ـ انّ تشكيل الوفد اللبناني بالصيغة والشكل الذي دخل فيه المفاوضات، ووجود عسكريّيْن مع خبير قانوني وخبير نفطي، يجعل من الوفد هيئة عسكرية تقنية ليس لها وجه سياسي او شبه سياسي، لأنّ الطابع السياسي يسبغ عليها في حال وجود شخص سياسي او دبلوماسي او ممثل شخصي لسياسي أو هيئة دستورية سياسية الأمر غير المتحقق في واقع الوفد اللبناني الآنـ والأصحّ تعريفه بأنه وفد عسكري – تقني ليس أكثر.

ب ـ انّ مهمة الوفد محدّدة حصراً بترسيم الحدود البحرية الجنوبية للبنان، دون ان يتعداها الى بحث أيّ شان من الشؤون السياسية والأمنية وسواها… وانّ ما أعطي من توجيهات وما التزم به هو أصلاً من سلوكيات يجعل الخوض بشأن خارج المهمة أمراً مستبعداً، ثم انّ عمله تحت رعاية مباشرة ولصيقة ودائمة يمارسها رئيس الجمهورية وقائد الجيش يخفف من ثقل الهواجس وتداعياتها.

ج ـ انّ رفض الوفد القيام بأيّ جزئية من جزئيات الاتصال المباشر بوفد العدو مهما صغر شأنها من شأنه أن يعزز الطمأنينة للتفسير والتأويل بأنّ المفاوضات ذات طبيعة غير مباشرة وتتمّ بين أعداء في حالة الهدنة وعبر وسيط دون أيّ اتصال مباشر بينهما.

د ـ انّ ما جرى في جلسة التفاوض الأولى وأداء الوفد اللبناني وسلوكياته فيها منذ الوصول الى الجلوس وتجنّب النظر وتوجيه الكلام للوفد “الإسرائيلي” الى مضمون الكلمة الى رفض الصورة المشتركة كلها أمور تؤكد انّ لبنان ملتزم قواعد التفاوض غير المباشر بحذافيرها.

بيد انه ورغم كلّ ما قلنا ورغم أننا كنا ولا زلنا نفضل ان تتمّ عملية الترسيم من غير تفاوض ولا لقاء مع العدو في مكان واحد خاصة على أرض لبنانية، فإنّ لبنان دخل اليوم في المفاوضات التي باتت أمراً واقعاً بمجرد انعقاد جلستها الأولى التي أسّست لجلسات تليها قد تنجح او تفشل في إنجاز المهمة، لكن يجب في كلّ الأحوال ان نتجنّب الوقوع في أيّ كمين او تكبّد أيّ خسارة مهما كان نوعها ومن هذا المنطلق ننظر الى بيان الاعتراض على وجود المدنيين في الوفد، ونرى فيه بأنه سلوك حذر وخوف من انزلاق خارج المهمة او منح فرصة للعدو لاقتناص مكاسب يرفض لبنان توفيرها له، ولهذا سيكون للبيان حتى ولو كانت دون الاستجابة الى مضمونه بتعديل الوفد عوائق، فسيكون للبيان دور يحصّن مهمة الوفد ويحميه من كمائن العدو وأفخاخه وفي كلّ حال تبقى العبرة بالنتائج رغم انّ للوسائل قدر وأهمية لا يمكن إغفالها.

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فريدمان يهاجم القيادة الفلسطينيّة.. و"يسرائيل هيوم" تعدّل حديثه عن دحلان
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عرب 48

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عاد السفير الأميركي في (إسرائيل)، ديفيد فريدمان، إلى مهاجمة القيادة الفلسطينية من جديد، معتبرا أن الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي وصل إلى بداية النهاية في ظل اتفاقيات التطبيع التي وقعتها (إسرائيل) مع الإمارات والبحرين، برعاية أميركية.

وقال فريدمان في حديث لصحيفة “يسرائيل هيوم”، نشر اليوم، الخميس، إن الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، تدرس استبدال الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس، بالقيادي المفصول من حركة “فتح”، محمد دحلان.

وعدّلت الصحيفة التصريحات لاحقًا، لتضيف “لا” على جملة فريدمان التي قالها ردا على سؤال عمّا إذا كانت الولايات المتحدة تدرس إمكانية تعيين دحلان المقيم في الإمارات، كزعيم فلسطيني جديد، “نحن نفكر في ذلك، لكن ليست لدينا رغبة في هندسة القيادة الفلسطينية”.

وأصبحت الجملة “نحن لا نفكر في ذلك، لكن ليست لدينا رغبة في هندسة القيادة الفلسطينية”.

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وعن الصراع العربي (الإسرائيلي)، قال فريدمان: “لقد وصلنا إلى بداية نهاية الصراع العربي (الإسرائيلي) ولسنا بعيدين عن نهاية الصراع لأن العديد من الدول ستنضم قريبا” إلى مسار التطبيع الذي تقوده إدارة الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب.

وأضاف “لقد كسرنا الجليد وتوصلنا إلى سلام مع دولتين مهمتين في المنطقة. وكما قال الرئيس (ترامب)، وأنا أعلم أن هذا صحيح، سيكون هناك المزيد من الاختراقات (انضمام دول إلى اتفاقيات التطبيع). عندما يهدأ الوضع، في غضون أشهر أو عام، سنصل إلى نهاية الصراع العربي (الإسرائيلي)”.

وعن انعكاسات زخم التطبيع والتطورات الأخيرة على القضية الفلسطينية، قال إن “الشعب (الفلسطيني) لا يحصل على الخدمة الصحيحة من قيادته”، واستطرد “أعتقد أن الناس الذين يعيشون في يهودا والسامرة (الضفة الغربية المحتلة) يريدون حياة أفضل. يجب أن يكون واضحا لهم أن هذا ممكن”.

وتابع “تتمسك القيادة الفلسطينية بنفس الشكاوى القديمة، والتي لا أعتقد أنها ذات صلة. إنهم بحاجة للانضمام إلى القرن الحادي والعشرين. إنهم في على الطرف الخطأ من التاريخ في الوقت الحالي”.

وعن إمكانية تنفيذ مخطط الضم (الإسرائيلي) في الضفة المحتلة، قال فريدمان: “أعتقد أن هذا سيحدث، كانت لدينا عقبات بسبب كورونا وصعوبات دبلوماسية لتحريك ملف فرض ‘السيادة‘ (“الإسرائيلية” على مناطق في الضفة) ثم سنحت الفرصة مع الإمارات”.

وأضاف “كان الاستنتاج أنه حتى لو اعتقدنا أن السيادة هي الخطوة الصحيحة، إلا أن السلام فوق كل شيء، فالأعلام (الإسرائيلية) ترفرف حاليًا في ‘غوش عتصيون‘ و‘بيت إيل‘ و‘معاليه أدوميم‘ و‘شيلو‘ والخليل، ووفقًا لرؤيتنا للسلام (“صفقة القرن”) فإن الأعلام الإسرائيلية ستستمر في الرفرفة هناك”.

وتابع “السلام فرصة لا تتكرر إلا مرة واحدة في كل جيل. سنحت الفرصة وظننا أنه يجب أن نغتنمها، وأن نغتنم الفرصة التي تأتي بعدها، وتلك التي ستأتي لاحقًا”. وقال “بعد دفع عملية السلام إلى الأمام وتغيير مسارها (في إشارة إلى مخطط تجاوز الفلسطينيين وعقد اتفاقيات تطبيع مع دول عربية)، أعتقد أنه يمكننا العودة إلى مسألة السيادة بطريقة تكون أقل إثارة للجدل”.

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وشدد على أن تأجيل تنفيذ مخطط الضم بموجب اتفاق التطبيع مع الإمارات، ما هو إلا “تعليق مؤقت. أود أن أذكر أيضًا أننا أول إدارة أميركية تعترف بشرعية الاستيطان ونعتبر أنه لا ينتهك القانون الدولي، ونحن الإدارة الوحيدة التي نشرت خطة سلام تستبعد إخلاء المستوطنين من منازلهم في جميع أنحاء يهودا والسامرة”.

وكان فريدمان قد قال في الماضي مرارا، إن أراضي الضفة الغربية هي جزء من (إسرائيل)، وإن من حق اليهود الاستيطان فيها، كما دافع بقوة عن اعتراف الولايات المتحدة الأميركية بالقدس عاصمة ل(إسرائيل)، وبات أول دبلوماسي يتولى مسؤولية السفارة الأميركية، بعد نقلها من تل أبيب إلى القدس.

يذكر أن دحلان ملاحق من قبل تركيا وفلسطين لاتهامه بعدة تهم أبرزها، القتل والفساد والتجسس الدولي والضلوع بمحاولة الانقلاب العسكري الفاشلة التي شهدتها أنقرة، منتصف تموز/ يوليو 2016.

ويتهمه القضاء التركي، بالضلوع في محاولة الانقلاب الفاشلة، ومحاولة تغيير النظام الدستوري بالقوة، و”الكشف عن معلومات سرية حول أمن الدولة لغرض التجسس”، و”قيامه بالتجسس الدولي”.

وكانت صحيفة “يديعوت أحرونوت”، قد كشفت يوم الجمعة الماضي، زيارة دحلان (إسرائيل) ومدينة القدس المحتلة، برفقة مسؤول الأمن القومي الإماراتي، طحنون بن زايد.

وذكرت الصحيفة أن الطائرة الإماراتية التي هبطت في مطار اللد في حزيران/ يونيو الماضي وتحمل مساعدات طبية إلى الضفة الغربية، كان على متنها كل من دحلان وبن زايد حيث أجريا محادثات مطوله مع مسؤولين (إسرائيليين) في القدس.

وذكرت محللة الشؤون العربية في صحيفة “يديعوت أحرونوت”، سمدار بيري، أن تلك الطائرة أحدثت توترًا كبيرًا بين السلطة وبين الإمارات حيث رفضت السلطة استلام الطائرة، احتجاجا على وصولها بالتنسيق مع جميع الأطراف باستثناء السلطة. وأشارت بيري إلى دور دحلان في هندسة الاتفاق الإماراتي (الإسرائيلي).

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September 6, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Alexei Navalny is the ideal opposition figure for any incumbent government – he is ineffective, unpopular, and transparently compromised by malign foreign interests.

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His continued existence and his monopoly over Russia’s equally unpopular opposition ensures that an effective opposition never takes root in grounds choked by his presence.

For Moscow – Navalny’s continued existence is not only not a threat, he occupies space where a real threat might otherwise emerge.

For the United States and its NATO partners who have dumped millions of dollars and political capital into Navalny’s dead-end opposition in Russia – Navalny’s continued existence is an underperforming investment at best.

“Coincidentally” just as the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline nears completion – a pipeline project that will expand Russia’s hydrocarbon exports, increase revenue, and provide cheap energy to Europe in a business deal that would also help draw Europe and Russia closer diplomatically – Navalny was “poisoned.”

He wasn’t just “poisoned.” He was allegedly poisoned with nerve agents called “Novichoks” alleged to be available only in Russia. Navalny was rushed by a shadowy NGO with opaque funding called “Cinema for Peace” to Germany – of all places.

Delivered right to the heart of what is surely one of Russia’s most important economic and diplomatic projects at the moment – it is the perfect excuse for the US and NATO to pressure Germany to abandon Nord Stream 2 – an objective Washington has struggled and failed to achieve for years.

The US and NATO wasted no time accusing Russia even with no evidence presented that Russia was responsible – not to mention lacking any conceivable motive for the alleged “assassination” attempt of such an unpopular opposition figure at such a crucial time for Russia, its economy, and its ties with Western Europe and Germany in particular.

German state media, Deutsche Welle (DW), in an article titled, “Navalny, Novichok and Nord Stream 2 — Germany stuck between a rock and a pipeline,” indirectly lays out not only the real motive behind Navalny’s alleged poisoning, but the most likely culprit as well.

The article admits just how close to completion Nord Stream 2 is, noting (emphasis added):

Many are looking to Germany, whose Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a prominent example of selective cooperation with Russia despite concerns about the country’s approach to human rights both domestically and internationally.

The Nord Stream 2 project, which is more than 90% complete, aims to double Russia’s supply of direct natural gas to Germany. Running under the Baltic Sea, the pipeline bypasses Eastern European states, sending gas from Russia’s Narva Bay to Lubmin, a coastal town adjacent to Merkel’s constituency in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

It’s noted that the pipeline bypasses Eastern Europe where the US has repeatedly toppled governments and installed client regimes hostile to Russia – complicating Russia’s delivery of hydrocarbons to Western Europe – Ukraine being a recent example.

The DW article then admits:

Critics do not view Nord Stream 2 as purely a business affair, instead calling it a major win for Russia’s image and standing at the international level. The Navalny poisoning, which draws strong parallels to the 2018 Novichok attack on a former Russian double agent that the United Kingdom has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating, further complicates Germany’s efforts to keep politics out of Nord Stream 2.“After the poisoning of Navalny we need a strong European answer, which Putin understands: The EU should jointly decide to stop Nord Stream 2,” tweeted Norbert Röttgen, an outspoken Russia critic in Merkel’s conservative party. 

His voice carries particular weight, as Röttgen chairs the Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee and he is currently running for the party’s leadership.

It doesn’t take an expert in geopolitics to have understood that an attempt on Navalny’s life would have provided a mountain of political ammunition for the US and NATO in its ongoing attempts to sabotage Nord Stream 2 and prevent “a win for Russia’s image and standing at the international level.”

This is the most compelling reason why the Kremlin would not have ordered it – especially so close to completing Nord Stream 2.

It must also be remembered that Navalny was flown directly to Germany after the alleged attack.

Germany was the one place the US and NATO needed Navalny to be the most – and in a condition of poor health the US and NATO needed him to be in. With Nord Stream 2 over 90% complete – there is little time left to threaten, coerce, and pressure Germany to otherwise abandon the project.

The alleged presence of “Novichok” nerve agents – had the attack been the work of the Kremlin – would have been a smoking gun and a virtual calling card left – all but guaranteeing immense pressure from across the West and in particular – pressure placed on Germany to cancel the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The DW article covers what the US has already done to pressure Germany, noting (emphasis added):

 The Trump administration wants to sell Germany its own gas, which critics say is more expensive than gas from Russia. Sanctions have bipartisan support in Washington, and the US has already imposed them against companies laying pipe in the Baltic Sea, prompting the Swiss-Dutch company Allseas to pull out of the project in 2019. More sanctions are awaiting the US president’s signature.

Then DW quoted Sarah Pagung – a specialist on German-Russian relations for the German Council on Foreign Relations. The article would note her saying (emphasis added):

“We can’t rule [the canceling of Nord Stream 2] out as an option, but it’s unlikely,” Pagung told DW, although she said Germany could use the Navalny poisoning as an “opportunity” to shift its position on the pipeline without appearing to be caving to US pressure. 

DW all but spells out the true motive of Navalny’s alleged poisoning and his “serendipitous” delivery to Germany for treatment – to serve as a catalyst for the cancellation of Nord Stream 2.

Since Moscow has absolutely nothing to gain from this – it is the least likely suspect.

Since it not only fits into the US and NATO’s openly declared agenda of coercing Germany into cancelling the Nord Stream 2 project, it also fits a pattern of staged attacks and fabricated claims used by the US and NATO to advance their collective foreign policy – they are the most likely suspects.

Consider the much worse and absolutely verified crimes against humanity the US and NATO are guilty of – with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2011-onward military interventions in Libya and Syria as just two examples. Poisoning Navalny – a failed investment as a living, breathing opposition figure and turning him into a martyr – is a relatively small act of false-flag violence to create a difficult impasse for the German government regarding Nord Stream 2.

The fact that the US and NATO are rushing to conclusions without evidence – as they’ve done many times before when pushing now verified lies – only further incriminates both as the most likey suspects in Navalny’s poisoning.

For Navalny himself – his fate – if he was actually poisoned – is tragic. The very people he worked for and whose agenda he served seem to find him more useful dying than healthy in terms of advancing Western foreign policy against Russia.

There are too many “coincidences” surrounding this incident:

  • The attack itself at such a sensitive time for Russia, its economy, and its ties with Germany in particular;
  • The fact that Navalny was flown by a shadowy NGO to Germany itself;
  • The fact that the US has been openly trying to sabotage the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline all along and;
  • The fact that the “attack” was allegedly carried out in such a clumsy, ineffective, and incriminating way specifically to implicate Russia.

For a US and NATO who have sold the world entire wars based on “evidence” and “accusations” of everything from nonexistent “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq to lies about viagra-fuelled rape squads in Libya – one more lie about an unpopular Russian opposition figure poisoned in Russia, picked up by a dubious NGO, and placed down right in the middle of German-Russian relations and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline the US and NATO are desperate to stop – fits a disturbing but all-too-predictable pattern.  
The question is why are people still falling for it? Will Germany fall for it, or at the very least, cave – costing itself economic opportunities in exchange for a deeper and more costly role in US-NATO aggression against Russia? Only time will tell. 
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Enforced disappearances in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir: A challenge to world conscience

By Altaf Hussain Wani

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Enforced disappearances are a serious problem in almost all regions of the world; however, in the conflict-affected regions like Kashmir the forced disappearance is being used as a political weapon to subjugate and silence the dissenting voices and instill a sense of fear in the society. The region that has undergone intermittent periods of sporadic violence since 1989 continues to be in the whirlwind of state oppression that has led to killings and forced disappearances of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian forces on an enormous scale. Decades’ long conflict had left tens of thousands of Kashmiris dead; more than 7000 bodies of missing persons still lay buried in unmarked and unknown mass graves unearthed in and around the Kashmir valley.
It was almost a decade back, that the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir released an eye-opening report on mass graves in the IoK. The report titled ‘Buried Evidence: Unknown, Unmarked, and Mass Graves made a shocking revelation about the existence of 2,700, unnamed mass graves, containing 2,943 bodies, across 55 villages in Bandipora, Baramulla, and Kupwara districts of Kashmir. “Of these, 87.9 percent were unnamed, 154 contained two bodies each and 23 contained between three to 17 bodies”, the report said adding that the government of India should allow an independent inquiry to ascertain the facts.

Years have passed but family members of enforced disappeared persons still continue to wander from pillar to post trying to exercise their rights to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. Social, psychological, legal, and financial effects of this tragedy of immense proportions have made their lives a living hell. The painful saga of half-widows is yet another off-shoot of this illegal and ignominious practice of enforced disappearance in Kashmir. As per reports the number of ‘half-widows’ in Kashmir are around 2,500. It is feared that the bodies buried in these unmarked graves are of the missing husbands of the half-widows who have been picked up from their homes and disappeared after getting killed in the custody of the Indian army. On July 10, 2008, the EU Parliament passed a resolution lending support for the investigations into the discovery of mass graves and enforced disappearances.

Unfortunately, the Indian authorities are reluctant to acknowledge the very existence of mass graves and to hold an inquiry despite the fact that the State Human Rights Commission in 2009 took a suo moto notice of the report. A special investigation team that was tasked to conduct an inquiry confirmed the presence of 2,730 unidentified bodies buried across 37 sites in the three districts of north Kashmir. Citing lack of technology, expertise, and human resources the Indian government refused to conduct the investigations, even though the European Parliament had offered financial assistance to take it forward. In November 2017, SHRC unearthed 2080 unmarked and unknown mass graves in Poonch and Rajouri district in IoK. Till now there has neither been a probe nor an Action Taken Report from the government.

In Kashmir, more than 8000 – 10, 000 cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances have been reported since 1989. The government of India (GoI), however, had grossly underreported the number of forcibly disappeared persons – something that many victims and rights groups have contested publicly. The GoI puts the number of enforced disappearances at 4,000. This discrepancy in the number has been highlighted by the OHCHR in it’s first-ever report released in June 2018.
Since the early 1990s, rights groups have time and again regretted the rising trend of enforced disappearances in the region urging New Delhi to stop the vicious cycle of violence. But Indian state has miserably failed in bringing to justice the military, paramilitary and police personnel who have been found guilty of abducting civilians, murdering them in fake encounters just to get promotion or cash reward.

Kashmir happens to be the only place in the world where men in uniform are being awarded cash money and gallantry awards for killing innocent civilians. Using civilians as human shields and terrorize and torture people have become a norm; rape has been leveraged as a ‘weapon of war’ by the so-called Indian security forces. During the years of turmoil, many Indian soldiers and even the top-rank officers have been found involved in these heinous crimes but no soldier was ever punished or held accountable.

As per the international law Enforced disappearance is considered a crime against humanity. The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (2010) compels States to fight enforced disappearance in their respective territories. In particular, it affirms the right of individuals to know the fate of their disappeared relatives, and to obtain justice and reparation.
The Indian authorities’ perpetual denial to respect the international law and the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people is gravely threatening peace and stability in the restive region. It is time that the world should come forward in a big way and compel the Indian state to halt gross and systematic human rights violations in the region.

Tale piece: The world’s inaction would only further embolden the occupying power (India) to escalate its actions with impunity in Kashmir.

Battleground South China Sea?

By Stephen Lendman

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US hostility toward China’s growing political, economic, technological, and military prominence risks possible direct confrontation between both nations.

China seeks peace and cooperative relations with other countries in stark contrast to Washington’s aim for unchallenged dominance by whatever it takes to achieve its aims. 

Last week, Trump regime envoy for arms control Marshall Billingslea said (nuclear-capable) intermediate-range missiles may be deployed in the Indo-Pacific close to China’s territory.

Its Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian denounced what’s likely coming, saying the following:

“China decisively condemns the US’s plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific Region, and expresses its sharp displeasure with constant pressure on China and the neighboring countries, as well as with constant provocations at China’s borders.”

Noting that deployment of these missiles will affect Russia’s security, its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed concern, saying:

“We must also take into account that such armaments will also create additional risks for our territory as well, including objects of strategic importance, which would naturally require taking necessary response measures – which I would call compensatory.”

On August 2, 2019, Trump formally abandoned the landmark 1987 INF Treaty — based on phony accusations of Russian violations, invented ones because no real ones exist.

Responding to the unacceptable Trump regime action, Sergey Lavrov said the US began violating the INF Treaty “in 1999 when it began trials of combat unmanned flying vehicles with specifications similar to those of ground-launched cruise missiles banned by the treaty,” adding:

“Later it started using target missiles, ballistic target missiles, for testing its missile defense system, whereas starting in 2014 it began deploying in Europe launching pads for its positioning areas of missile defense – Mk 41 launching pads, which may absolutely be used without any changes and to launch Tomahawk medium-range cruise missiles.”

“That is a direct violation of the treaty. Such systems have already been deployed in Romania, are being prepared for deployment in Poland, as well as in Japan.”

The US under Republicans and Dems is a serial violator of treaties, conventions, bilateral and multilateral agreements, as well as the rule of law overall domestically and geopolitically.

Its provocative actions threaten world peace and stability.

In response to the likely deployment of US intermediate-range missiles close to the borders of China and Russia in the Indo-Pacific, Vladimir Putin said this action will result in a symmetrical response and create new threats.

On Friday in response to repeated US anti-China provocations, PLA spokesman Senior Col. Li Huamin said the following:

“Ignoring the rules of international law, the US side has repeatedly provoked troubles in the South China Sea, exercising navigational hegemony under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation,” adding:  

“We urge the US to stop such provocative behavior and restrict its maritime actions to avoid possible military accidents.”

What the Pentagon calls “routine freedom of navigation” is highly provocative in the South China Sea, the Persian Gulf, and other international waters close to the territory of nations it wants transformed into US vassal states.

On August 26, the PLA launched two missiles into the South China Sea, including an “aircraft carrier killer,” in response to unacceptable Pentagon aerial spying in no-fly-zone airspace during live-fire Chinese military exercises.

China’s Foreign Ministry called the US action a “naked provocation” that risked a possible “accident,” adding:

The PLA “will not dance to the US’ tune,” stressing that it should “pull itself out of the swamp of anxiety and paranoia.”

Time and again, provocative US intrusions occur in parts of the world not its own that heighten tensions and risk direct confrontation with nations it doesn’t control.

On Friday, the PLA said it expelled the USS Mustin guided missile destroyer from Chinese territorial waters near its Xisha Islands.

The PLA accused the Pentagon of breaching international law by its South China Sea provocations on the phony pretext of freedom of navigation — adding that its actions threaten China’s sovereignty and security.

According to China’s official People’s Daily broadsheet on Friday, the Pentagon unacceptably “sent military aircraft to the region more than 2,000 times  in the first half of this year alone,” adding:

“The US tries to drive wedges between China and related Southeast Asian nations, push those countries to the front, and enlist them as pawns in its anti-China agenda.”

“Washington’s malign scheme to make the South China Sea another anti-China battleground will certainly fail.”

The US is a warmaker, not a peacekeeper in the Indo-Pacific or anywhere else.

The South China Sea and Persian Gulf are the world’s top hot spots.

If global war occurs by accident or design, it’ll likely be launched by the US in one or both of these areas.

What’s unthinkable is possible because of US rage for global dominance — pursued by endless wars by hot and other means that risk destruction of planet earth and all its life forms if things are pushed too far.

“Poisoned” Kremlin Critic Flown to Germany as German-Russian Nord Stream 2 Nears Completion

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The perfectly timed poisoning of unpopular, ineffective Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny and the involvement of Germany comes as Washington sought to place maximum pressure on Berlin to cancel the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline. 

August 25, 2020 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny – according to German doctors – was allegedly poisoned but is expected to survive. If Navalny was poisoned and the goal was to assassinate him, it was a poorly conceived, poorly executed, and most of all – poorly timed plan. 

Navalny’s sudden reappearance across the Western media comes just at the height of US attempts to place maximum pressure on Germany to cancel a pipeline – Nord Stream 2 – it is jointly constructing with Russia. The pipeline would move Russian hydrocarbons into Western Europe directly, bypassing Ukraine now fully destabilized by US and NATO intervention. 

Just last week German state media DW in an article titled, “US senators threaten Germany’s port town of Sassnitz over Nord Stream 2 gas project,” would highlight the nature of US pressure, reporting that: 

Three US senators are threatening the ferry port on the island of Rügen with “crushing” sanctions to prevent the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Fearing financial ruin, the people of Sassnitz are defiant.

This latest threat from the US against their own German “allies” comes after a long, concerted campaign to pressure Germany into cancelling the joint pipeline with Russia. 

Earlier this year, the New York Times in an article titled, “A Russian Gas Pipeline Increases Tension Between the U.S. and Europe,” would report: 

…the State Department moved to potentially impose economic penalties on investors and other business participants in the project, an expansion of existing sanctions.The new measures were “a clear warning to companies” that “aiding and abetting Russia’s malign influence projects will not be tolerated,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters. “Get out now, or risk the consequences.”

The New York Times would note that growing US pressure faced condemnation from European leaders who accused Washington of interference in their sovereign affairs and specifically in regards to European energy policy. 

The pipeline is already well over 90% completed. 

Perfectly Timed Political Stunt 

The New York Times in a more recent article titled, “Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic in a Coma, Was Poisoned, German Doctors Say,” deliberately trumps up the incident. 

Indeed Navalny is in a coma, but according to the German hospital currently treating him in an official statement, it was a medically induced coma. The statement read: 

Since his admission at the weekend, Alexei Navalny has been receiving treatment at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The patient is being treated in intensive care and remains in medically induced coma. While his condition is serious, it is not currently life-threatening.

The New York Times in its article notes how unpopular and ineffective Navalny has been as an opposition figure in Russia over the years, admitting that: 

Mr. Navalny’s needling criticism of Mr. Putin has never posed a serious electoral threat to the Russian leader, and Mr. Putin remains popular with many Russians.

It should be noted that Navalny himself and the anemic opposition he leads is a product of the US State Department with virtually ever organization and individual in it the recipient of US government money channeled through Washington’s notorious regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).  

Navalny’s US Backing 

Alexey Navalny was a Yale World Fellow – with the Fellowship recently releasing statement in solidarity with Navalny after this latest incident – and in his profile it states (emphasis added):

Navalny spearheads legal challenges on behalf of minority shareholders in large Russian companies, including Gazprom, Bank VTB, Sberbank, Rosneft, Transneft, and Surgutneftegaz, through the Union of Minority Shareholders. He has successfully forced companies to disclose more information to their shareholders and has sued individual managers at several major corporations for allegedly corrupt practices. Navalny is also co-founder of the Democratic Alternative movement and was vice-chairman of the Moscow branch of the political party YABLOKO. In 2010, he launched RosPil, a public project funded by unprecedented fundraising in Russia. In 2011, Navalny started RosYama, which combats fraud in the road construction sector.

The Democratic Alternative, also written DA!, is a US NED-fund recipient, implicating Navalny as an agent of US-funded sedition. The US State Department itself reveals this as they list DA! among many of the “youth movements” they support operating in Russia:

DA!: Mariya Gaydar, daughter of former Prime Minister Yegor Gaydar, leads DA! (Democratic Alternative). She is ardent in her promotion of democracy, but realistic about the obstacles she faces. Gaydar said that DA! is focused on non-partisan activities designed to raise political awareness. She has received funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, a fact she does not publicize for fear of appearing compromised by an American connection.

That this funding is nowhere on NED’s official website and is admittedly withheld from public knowledge by the funding’s recipients indicates that full disclosures are intentionally not being made and that clandestine US funding is most likely much more widespread across Russia’s “opposition” as well as for individuals like Navalny himself.  
Navalny was involved directly in founding a movement funded by the US government and to this day has the very people who funded DA! defending him throughout the Western media. 
The mention of co-founder Mariya Gaydar is also revealing, as she has long collaborated, and occasionally has been arrested with, Ilya Yashin, yet another leader of a NED-funded Russian “activist” opposition group.
Ilya Yashin leads the Moscow branch of the People’s Freedom Party and is a leading member of the “Strategy 31” campaign whose ranks are filled with activists trained and coordinated by US NED-funded NGOs. Deleted from the official NED.org website was Strategy 31’s US funding which read:

Moscow Group of Assistance in the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords $50,000 

To draw greater attention to the issue of freedom of assembly in Russia and to the “Strategy 31” movement, which seeks to protect this fundamental right. The organization will train a network of regional activists and coordinate their activities through mini-seminars and field visits, and conduct an information cam­paign through press conferences, posters, and educational handouts pertaining to freedom of assembly, to be distributed to the general public by regional partners.

Also deleted was a NED “Democracy Digest” article titled “Strategy 31: A sign of civil society’s resilience.” In it, the “Moscow Helsinki Group” is explicitly stated as leading Strategy 31 marches and that the group is a “long-time grantee of the National Endowment of Democracy.”
Martyrdom to Boost a Fading Brand
It is documented fact that Navalny was funded by and specifically to serve US interests through the NED and a variety of other US-based programs and fellowships and clearly promoted throughout the entirety of the Western corporate media. 

His inability to catalyze the sort of disruptive opposition the West seeks to create within Russia to undermine and eventually overthrow the nation’s current political order represents a poor return on investment. 
Navalny’s fading brand is admitted openly even by his most eager supporters in the Western media – most recently in the above mentioned New York Times article describing his alleged poisoning.

German-Russian relations are particularly important for both nations at the moment – and perhaps more so for Moscow which seeks ways to circumvent full spectrum economic warfare waged against it by the United States. 
The completion and use of Nord Stream 2 with its German partners would do much to cement Russian-European ties, perhaps even irreversibly short-circuiting US efforts to sabotage them. 
The notion that the Kremlin would order Navalny’s assassination at this time defies common sense and logic. 
The fact that a Western NGO with opaque funding called “Cinema for Peace” organized Navalny’s transportation out of Russia and to Germany specifically at this critical time for German-Russian relations – according to an article published by the US State Department’s Voice of America – the one European nation whose ties with Russia are under greatest scrutiny at the moment by the Western media – appears more than coincidental.  
An investigation and forthcoming facts may help better shape the full truth around this most recent incident – but at the moment – especially for “activists” backed by a palpably desperate US – they must consider who would benefit most from their harm or demise – the nations they are ineffectively opposing, or the nations who have invested millions into their cause and have not gotten the results they desire.

Then these “activists” must determine whether they are worth more to their disappointed foreign sponsors as living, ineffective, and unpopular opposition figures, or worth more by being potentially impactful – if even for a moment – as martyrs. 

Yemeni Court Issues Death Sentences For MBS, MBZ

Yemeni Court Issues Death Sentences For MBS, MBZ

By Staff, Agencies

A Yemeni court sentenced Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman [MBS] and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed [MBZ] to death in connection with the assassination of the former head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council.

A special criminal court in al-Hudaydah on Monday sentenced 16 men, including Bin Zayed and Bin Salman, to death for espionage that led to the assassination of Saleh al-Sammad, the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council in 2018, Yemen’s Saba news agency reported.

The list of the convicts also includes Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and Yemen’s former prime minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr.

Al-Sammad was martyred in Saudi Arabia’s airstrike in the western province of al-Hudaydah on April 23, 2018. He had been elected President in the capital city Sanaa by the Supreme Political Council in late 2016.

According to a report by al-Arabiya back then, a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel, the Saudi-led military coalition, which has constantly bombarded Yemen since 2015, had offered a 20-million-dollar prize for any information that could help uncover the location of Sammad’s domicile.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the Ansarullah revolutionary movement.

According to reports, the war has claimed close to 100,000 lives over the past five years.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million who are suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

Iran and China terrify the Empire, but why?

Iran and China terrify the Empire, but why?

August 11, 2020

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

The proposed 25-year deal between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China, titled “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between I.R. Iran and P.R. China” has been heavily discussed recently. While not all details in the deal are clear, it has been described by Iranian and Chinese officials as specifying the roadmap of developing and deepening Tehran-Beijing ties in “Political”, “Executive Cooperation”, “Human and Cultural”, “Judiciary, Security and Defence”, and “Regional and International” domains.

It remains unclear when such a deal will be formally clinched. But Iran’s government says the two sides have so far finalized at least 75 percent of the draft version of the pact. Once concluded, the text of the deal will be discussed for final approval in Iran’s Parliament. However, many lawmakers are already critical of the government for not consulting the deal before entering into negotiations with China.
What has so far been made public is that the 25-year cooperation roadmap will cover economy, security and military areas. Iran will reportedly supply the PRC (People’s Republic of China) with oil for 25 years. In return, China will invest heavily in Iran’s infrastructure as well as banking and telecommunications sectors, amounting to some 400 billion dollars. Reactions, both inside and outside Iran have been mixed. Some inside Iran have criticized the deal since they believe that the Islamic Republic has negotiated it from a position of weakness, in order to escape the failing JCPOA deal and its aftermath – Washington’s maximum pressure campaign. Supporters of the deal argue that the deal is a political victory against what Beijing and Tehran have identified as a common opponent.

Naturally, the US State Department and anti-Iran Farsi media outlets based outside Iran have denounced the possible deal without even knowing all the details. The US State Department went on to issue tweets in Farsi, comparing the potential Iran-China accord to the 1828 Treaty of Turkmenchay which was a peace treaty between Qajar Iran and the Russian Empire. By the treaty, Iran had to cede to Russia control of most of its areas in the South Caucasus.

As per usual, social media is the main tool they use for their propaganda. Certain think tanks led by Western governments, particularly the United States spread rumours and lies. For instance, they have created various hashtags like “No to Iran Sellout!” This has been picked up by Iranian analysts too:

“Based on our monitoring of social media, we spotted the first analyses on the Iran-China cooperation plan in US media. What the mainly US media claim is reproduced in social media, particularly Twitter. Those who are active in cyberspace and social media include users affiliated with the Zionist regime, users affiliated with the Mujahideen Khalq Organization as they are supposed to insinuate wrong interpretations into public minds in Persian language. MKO agents based in Albania and benefiting from Western funding are involved. The Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia are also cooperating by spending money and offering human resources. From as early on as 1995, Iran has been aware of the importance of the Beijing- Tehran axis as a counterweight to the U.S.-led global order. Iran and China share a desire to engage in revisionist regional moves without wanting to start a large-scale war; to put an end to US imperialism and military supremacy in the Persian Gulf region. It is a valid question however, whether this will not lead to a Chinese show of military might in the region.

Our ties with some nations may be focused on a single aspect like agriculture, culture and energy. But with China, we have reached the conclusion that we can cooperate in academic, cultural and IT and economic sectors. And regarding the strategic aspects, our ties with some countries may be periodic. But the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China eye long-term cooperation. “ Hamed Vafai, China Affairs Analyst

The Iranians outside of Iran who oppose the deal are often pro-Western and echo the same lies spewed by Washington – for example when they claim that Iran has sold its soil to China, offering Beijing Iran’s Kish Island as a military base and so on. The sheer hypocrisy by Pro-US Iranians is mind-boggling. The things they accuse the Islamic Republic of doing for China are the same things their beloved “King” did for the US, if not even more. I don’t need to go into detail over how subservient the Iranian monarchy was to Washington.

Tehran has made it clear that this deal is to protect the Iranian economy from US sanctions, and that it will not cede any part of its soil to China. Tehran rejected the criticism saying is it aimed at appeasing the enemies of the Islamic Republic. “Unfortunately, a destructive line of propaganda has been initiated and directed from outside Iran against the expansion of Iran’s relations with neighbors and especially (with) China and Russia,” Iranian president’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, said last week.

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Seyed Abbas Mousavi dismissed unfounded claims of Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf being leased out to China, oil sold at exclusively low prices, or the deployment of Chinese armed forces in the Gulf, an invading force in Iranian waters that is. He said such claims were too ridiculous to even merit a denial. Apparently the Chinese response to the allegations was not so different.

So what’s in it for the parties involved?

There is no doubt that Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA and the subsequent sanctions imposed by Washington has left the Iranian economy in a very difficult position, especially since the EU has betrayed the deal as well. Part of the blame has been placed on the Rouhani government, which I believe to be wrong. It is counterproductive to assume that the Islamic Republic’s commitment to the JCPOA triggered the crisis since the pressure on Iran’s economy was no less severe before the JCPOA.

The trade deal itself is one of necessity as the West has failed to live up to their promises and proven once and for all that they can never be trusted. Not only have they reneged on their commitments, but they also continue to wage psychological warfare on Iran through propaganda and lies. Bearing in mind that Washington has forbidden many countries from doing deals with Tehran, I see no reason to be critical of this potential deal with the PRC as of yet. This is about the Islamic Republic’s very survival, something that the IRGC and the top leadership in Tehran have also recognized – which explains why they have remained so silent about it.

The potential partnership offers Iran a way out of the harsh US sanctions. For Iran this would translate into an injection of approximately 280 billion dollars for its energy sector and 120 billion dollars for manufacturing and transport infrastructure. In return for a discounted oil-flow to China and preferential Chinese access to various sectors of the Iranian economy, Iran would have its infrastructure given a much needed boost. The deal includes 100 projects which defy US unilateral sanctions against Iran.

China is the only remaining official buyer of Iranian oil and has strongly opposed Washington’s sanctions. It defies the US also economically together with Russia and Iran, as the three have attempted to replace the US dollar in their dealings, an act that inspired Pakistan and may have other regional states follow. Why wouldn’t the Islamic Republic with its free-falling rial want China as a potential shield against US sanctions and even motions at the UN Security Council? What other options does Iran have? To negotiate a new JCPOA with Washington, one which the US would at any time once more renege on? Besides, it should be known to all by now that the nuclear issue is not really why Washington is sanctioning the Islamic Republic.

The PRC is viewed in the West as a threat both because of its rising economic power, and more recently because of its potential political power, poised to challenge Washington’s hegemony. Crude accusations of Chinese imperialism and false expressions of “worry” for poor Asian and African countries aside, the West is worried because China’s entry into the Middle East would enhance Beijing’s position not only in West Asia, but in Central Asia and the Caucasus as well. For China, Iran could very well be a gateway into the Middle East, as it has historically also been. Iran has connections in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon where China has up until recently been absent, and their partnership could flourish as Iraq and Syria will rebuild their countries after decades of US imposed wars. The Islamic Republic can introduce lucrative projects to the Chinese who may not know the region quite well.

All this gives Washington clear reason to be annoyed since it would make the US sanctions rather useless. But Washington also knows that the implications of this potential deal are far greater than just helping Iran.

Washington knows that its position in the Middle East as the sole dominant power alongside Israel is being challenged by Russia, Iran and now China as well. The Zionist axis has lost the struggle for Syria and is desperately clinging onto the oil fields in the eastern parts of the country, they have lost in Iraq as Baghdad wants them out, and they will lose elsewhere too. Even Turkey – a NATO ally – is a loose cannon that Washington cannot trust, especially since Ankara has repeatedly refused to follow Washington’s orders. This leaves Washington with the vassal reactionary monarchies in the Persian Gulf and Israel as the only reliable “friends” of Washington’s. The birth of an alliance/united front with a common cause against the Zionist empire could potentially lead to an East-West divide situation not so different from the Cold War in Europe.

Personally, I welcome it. A bipolar balance in the region would deter Washington further from regime change attempts. The only reason for Washington’s audacity to start the Syrian and Iraqi wars were because of the power vacuum left after the dissolution of the Soviet Union – without a counter-weight against it, Washington has been free to do as it pleases in the region for the past 3 decades.

Necessity will drive China and Iran to deepen relations. Both share grievances against the US and its vassals, both are being threatened in their own regions by Washington and together with the Russian Federation, they can finally bring back a balance of power in the world. When it is all said and done, let’s see what these two ancient Asian cultures can achieve together.

The Great Collapse الانهيار الكبير

The Great Collapse

Translated by Staff, Al-Akhbar Newspaper

It’s much similar to the end of the world scene in movies; a cloud that quickly tinted from red to black and then to poisonous ashes, seems like a scene from a movie on world wars. The absurd madmen destroyed the city and turned it into a rubble pile. Screams echoed throughout the country. There was an earthquake and then dust that hid for a moment the scale of the disaster, before people suddenly saw the whole picture. The great collapse that afflicted the center of the country, striking everyone with shrapnel, but unfortunately, failed to unite them. 

Whether the incident was due to a mistake, a sabotage operation, or anything else, what it did was lift the cover off of the mangled country. The explosion revealed the face of the great collapse. The collapse of an integrated system, the way of thinking, behaving, managing, and dealing with crises.

The litigants together chanted “the encounter at the edge of the grave”. But the tragedy will not bring together the Lebanese who run away from anything that adjoins them. The mass collapse has become an additional argument for further tampering, arrogance and denial. But it is a moral collapse, too, that has afflicted the whole system of values that preserve social and human sympathy. A collapse in the form of a tragedy that did not prevent parties, groups, and individuals from seeking to exploit it for their trivial gains. The collapse proved that nothing can be trusted whether it was an institution, a party, or a person. A collapse that will prevent a collective mourning tomorrow for those who died in this great disaster. A collapse which revealed, in few hours, that a grave tragedy awaits us.

Hearing the comments of those supposed to present themselves responsible, and how they became, in minutes, experts and foretellers of the unseen and the analyses and inventions they devised, means one thing: it is the collapse prior to the great destruction. The destruction that will erase everything. As for the exhausted people, whose blood was hard-wired with sweat yesterday, they will be left alone to die silently; hoping that their death will be less exploited by vultures welcoming death in search for their livelihood even among carcasses. Those, who we do know not why they have been permitted to move between the dead, are inciting victims against each other. 

In a moment, silence prevailed, and then the shock was over, as if people were waiting for this incident, as if this country had not yet been filled with destruction, fire, blood, and screams. This ongoing moment is not expected to end soon. And among people are those ominous who wish the worst to satisfy an abhorrent desire, believing that the great collapse will allow them to rise to the top, even above the rubble. Those who told us decades ago that they did not fear war and let the strongest win, are the same ones who groveled abroad and practiced all kinds of killing and abuse inside. Those who were not tired of wars even if no one was left alive. Those who wish for the great collapse believing that Lebanon should be as they wish or not to be! 

The sight of the injured at the doors of the emergency rooms makes one speechless. Thousands arrived at the hospitals and immediately returned when they saw the crowds at the door of hell. Doctors examined the victims of the massive storm: dislocated heads, eyes bulging out of faces, and skin peeled off of bones, and blood everywhere. On the scorched earth, rubble held captive those who were late to return home, while semi-homes of the poor were demolished. And what remained standing, iron levers, calling on God to protect those who remained beneath it: humans and stone…
The rest of the tragedy, if we return soon to our normal life as if nothing had happened. Or as if what happened was a mere bus accident. All talk about investigating and solving will remain the same. What one hopes, in these moments of anger, is that the tremor troubles everyone for a long time, to remind us that we no longer own our reaction to sorrow!


الانهيار الكبير

سياسة ابراهيم الأمين الأربعاء 5 آب 2020

كما في الأفلام التي ترسم مشهد نهاية الكون. الغيمة التي تلوّنت سريعاً من حمراء إلى سوداء إلى رماد سام، بدت صورة مستعادة من أفلام الحروب العالمية. المدينة تحوّلت إلى كومة ركام بعدما دُمّرت بعبثية مجانين. صراخ علا في المدينة وكل أطرافها، ووصل صدى الصوت إلى أنحاء البلاد. هزة أرضية فعصف ثم غبار يخفي، للحظات، حجم الكارثة، قبل أن يجد الناس أنفسهم، فجأة، أمام الصورة كاملة. صورة الانهيار الكبير الذي أصاب مركز البلاد، لتنتشر شظاياه في أجساد الجميع، ولكن، وللأسف، من دون أن توحّدهم.

سواء كان وراء ما حصل خطأ أو جريمة تخريب أو أي شيء آخر، فإنه ليس سوى رفع للغطاء عن الهريان الذي ضرب هذه البلاد. أتى الانفجار ليكشف عن وجه الانهيار الكبير. انهيار منظومة متكاملة، من طريقة تفكير وتصرّف وإدارة وطريقة تعامل مع الأزمات.

كان المتخاصمون ينشدون معاً نشيد «اللقاء عند حافة القبر». لكن المأساة لن تجمع الشعوب اللبنانية الآخذة بالتفلّت من كل شيء جامع. صار الانهيار الجماعي حجة إضافية لمزيد من العبث والمكابرة والإنكار. لكنه انهيار أخلاقي، أيضاً، أصاب كل منظومة القيم التي تحفظ تعاطفاً أو تكافلاً اجتماعياً وإنسانياً بين الناس. انهيار على شكل مأساة، لكنها لم تمنع جهات ومجموعات وأفراداً من السعي إلى استغلاله من أجل مكاسبهم التافهة. انهيار دلنا على أن بلادنا لم يعد فيها من يحظى بثقة الناس، سواء أكان مؤسسة أم جهة أم شخصاً. انهيار سيمنع غداً حزناً جامعاً على من سقط في هذه الكارثة الكبيرة. انهيار كشف لنا، في ساعات قليلة، أن مأساة كبيرة تنتظرنا خلف الأبواب.

من يسمع تعليقات من يفترض أنهم يعرضون أنفسهم لتولي المسؤولية، وكيف صاروا، في دقائق، خبراء وضاربين في علم الغيب، وما أفرغوه من تحليلات واختراع وقائع، لا يقول لنا سوى شيء واحد: إنه الانهيار السابق للخراب الكبير. الخراب الذي لن يُبقي على شيء. أما الناس المتعبون، الذين جُبل عرقهم بدمائهم أمس، فسيُتركون لحالهم، ينشدون موتاً أقل صخباً لو أمكن، عسى أن يكون استغلاله أقل من قبل كواسر صاروا يرحّبون بالموت بحثاً عن رزقهم ولو على شكل جيفة. هؤلاء الذين لا نعرف لماذا تسمح لهم الشاشات بالتنقل بين الموتى، لتحريض الضحايا بعضهم على بعض.

في لحظة واحدة ساد الصمت، ثم زالت الصدمة، وكأنّ الناس ينتظرون مثل هذا الحدث، وكأن هذه البلاد لم تشبع بعد من الدمار والنار والدماء والصراخ. وهي لحظة مستمرة لا يُتوقع لها أن تزول قريباً. وبين الناس من هم نذير شؤم يتمنون الأسوأ من أجل إشباع رغبة مقيتة، لاعتقادهم أن الانهيار الكبير سيتيح لهم الارتفاع إلى أعلى، ولو من على فوق ركام. هؤلاء الذين قالوا لنا قبل عقود بأنهم لا يخشون الحرب وليربح الأقوى، هم أنفسهم الذين مارسوا كل أنواع التذلّل للخارج، وكل أنواع القتل والتنكيل في الداخل، وهؤلاء الذين لم تُتعبهم الحروب حتى ولو لم يبق مبشّر على وجه هذه الأرض، هؤلاء هم الذين يتمنون الانهيار الكبير، لأنهم لا يرون لبنان إلا على شاكلتهم أو لا يكون!
لا شيء يمكن الحديث عنه أمام مشهد الجرحى على أبواب غرف الطوارئ في المستشفيات. الآلاف وصلوا إلى المستشفيات وعادوا عندما شاهدوا الزحام على باب الجحيم. عاين الأطباء ضحايا العصف الهائل: رؤوس مخلّعة، وعيون خارجة من الوجوه، وجلود كأنها سُلخت عن عظام، والدماء تغطي كل شيء. وفي الأرض المحروقة، بقي ركام يحتجز من تأخر في العودة إلى عائلته، بينما هُدمت أشباه المنازل على فقراء أحياء المنطقة. وما بقي واقفاً، رافعات من حديد، تناجي الله عسى أن يحمي من بقي تحتها من بشر وحجر…

لكن بقية المأساة، إن عدنا بعد قليل إلى يومياتنا كأنّ شيئاً لم يحصل. أو كأن الذي حصل هو حادث انقلاب باص. وكل كلام عن تحقيق وعلاج سيبقى على ما هو عليه. وما يأمله المرء، في لحظات الغضب هذه، أن تسكن الهزة الجميع لوقت طويل، عسى أن تبقى تذكّرنا بأننا لم نعد نملك حتى إدارة حزننا!

مشروعان متناقضان… بينهما حرب وجود ونحن واثقون من انتصارنا

د. ادمون ملحم

ما نشهده في بلادنا من قتل ومجازر ودمار وتهجير في فلسطين والشام ولبنان والعراق والأردن ليس إلا مشاهد من حرب طويلة الأمد مفتوحة على أمتنا وعلى وجودنا الإنساني الحضاري. هذه الحرب فُرضت علينا منذ تأسست الحركةُ الصهيونيةُ العالميةُ بهدفِ إيجادِ وطنٍ قوميٍ لليهود في فلسطين مرتكزةً على فكرةِ «أرضِ الميعاد» الممتدةِ بين الفراتِ والنيلِ التي منحَها يهوه السمسارُ لشعبِه «المختار» من دونِ سائرِ الشعوبِ لتكونَ له ملكاً أبدياً كما جاء في قولِه لإبراهيم في سفر التكوين 7:17: «… أعطي لك ولنسلِك من بعدِك أرضَ غُربتِك، كلَ أرضِ كنعان، ملكاً أبدياً، وأكون إلهَهُم».

وهذه الحرب المصيرية أفرزت مشروعينِ متناقضينِ لا يمكنُ التسويةُ بينهُما:

المشروعُ الأولُ هو المشروعُ الصهيونيُ العدواني الذي يريدُ أن يُقوّضَ مُجتمعَنا من خلالِ طمسِ هويتِنا القوميةِ وتراثِنا المناقبيِ الإنسانيِ وتزويرِ تاريخِنا الحضاريِ وأساطيرِنا الجميلِة وسرقِة ثرواتِنا وكنوزِنا وآثارِنا الخالدةِ والحطِّ من قِيمِنا الأخلاقيةِ والدينيةِ الساميةِ وتشويهِ كلّ إنتاجِنا الحضاريِ ومسيرتِنا الثقافيةِ والسياسيةِ والإبداعية.

المشروع الثاني فهو المشروعَ القوميَ الوحدوي الواضح، مشروعُ سوريةَ الطبيعيةَ الحضاريةَ العريقةَ في جذورِها التاريخيةِ والغنيةِ في معطياتِها الإنسانيةِ والثقافيةِ الماضية.

المشروع الصهيوني هو مشروع استعماري سرطاني مدعوم من الغرب الرأسمالي ومتسلحٌ بأعنفِ الوسائلِ الماديةِ والعسكريةِ المدمّرةِ ويرتكز على مزاعم وهميّة خرافية.

أما المشروع القوميّ فهو مشروعٌ مجتمعيٌ إنسانيٌ راقٍ يرتكزُ على مبدأِ الاشتراكِ في الحياةِ والتفاعلِ الاجتماعيِ الطبيعيِ في البيئةِ الواحدةِ وعلى ملكيةِ الأمةِ التاريخيةِ لِوَطنِها وما فيه من ثرواتٍ وخيرات..

المشروع الصهيونيّ يعتمد البطش والإرهاب ولا يمثل إلا الباطلَ العنصريَ والنفسيةَ الهمجيةَ المتحجرةَ في مُعتقداتِها ومزاعمِها التاريخيةِ الخرافيةِ والمُفعمةِ بالحقدِ واللؤمِ والظلمِ والكراهيةِ والعداءِ للشعوبِ..

أما المشروع القومي فهو مشروعٌ حضاريٌ يمثّلُ النفسيةَ الجميلةَ الخلاّقةَ والمفعمةَ بالفضائلِ والقيمِ الساميةِ ويهدف إلى تحسينَ حياتِنا القوميةِ والمساهمة في رقيِ الإنسانيةِ جمعاء. وهذا المشروع تنهضُ به قوةٌ خلاَّقةٌ مؤمنةٌ بحياةٍ جميلةٍ تشعُّ فيها قيمُ الخيرِ والحقِ والجمالِ والحريةِ والسلام..

إنّ نتائج الحرب المصيرية تتوقف علينا نحن وعلى قدرة هذا المشروعُ القومي الطبيعي. فلكي ينهضَ هذا المشروع وينتصرُ يستوجبُ منا جميعاً الخروجَ من حالةِ الفتنِ المذهبيةِ والشرذمةِ والانقساماتِ إلى حالةِ الوحدةِ الاجتماعيةِ والتسامحِ القوميِ، حالةِ الوضوحِ واليقينِ والثقةِ بالنفسِ والعملِ بإرادةٍ واعيةٍ وخطةٍ نظاميةٍ واضحةِ الأهداف.

لا يمكنُ لنا أن نتغلبَ على الخطةِ الصهيونيةِ النظاميةِ الدقيقةِ ونحن نتبادلُ الأحقادَ الدينيةَ ونتقاتلُ على الجنةِ السماويةِ ونتخبطُ بقضايا الفئويةِ والمذهبيةِ والعشائريةِ والخصوصياتِ.. بل نتغلبُ عليها بعقيدةٍ جلّيةٍ واضحةٍ تُحيي حقيقتَنا التاريخيةَ الحضاريةَ وتعملُ لتأسيسِ مجتمعٍ مدنيٍّ ديمقراطيٍّ راقٍ يعي هويتَه وتاريخَه وقضيتَه القوميةَ ومقاصدَه الكبرى في الحياة.

لا يمكنُ لنا أن نتغلبَ على الخطةِ الصهيونيةِ بأنظمةِ الطائفيةِ والجهلِ والتخلفِ والفسادِ، أنظمةِ الهرولة وكبتِ الحرياتِ..

ولا نتغلَّبُ عليها بالسياساتِ الضيقةِ، بسياسةِ المماحكاتِ والخصوماتِ وبنهجِ التخاذلِ والتسكعِ والمساومات… بل نتغلبُ عليها بخطةٍ نظاميةٍ أشدُ نظاماً وأدهى، خطةٍ عقلانيةٍ واضحةٍ في الرؤيا والأهدافِ ودقيقةٍ في التخطيطِ والممارسةِ والإنجاز.. خطةٍ تعملُ لبناءِ الإنسانِ الجديدِ في فكرِه وقلبِه ووجدانِه، الإنسانِ الحرِ المؤمنِ بنفسهِ وإنسانيتِه، الممتلئ بقيمِ الحياةِ الساميةِ والمتسلحِ بقوةِ العلمِ والمعرفةِ والوجدانِ القومي، الإنسانِ – المجتمعِ الذي يعملُ لخيرِ مجتمعِه ورقيِه والذي يرفُضُ العيشَ الذليلَ ويحيا لقضايا الحياةِ العالية، حياةِ العزِ والشرفِ والانتصار.

ولا نتغلبُ على الخطةِ الصهيونيةِ بثقافةِ الهزيمةِ ولغةِ الإحباطِ، بنفسيةِ الخوفِ والصمتِ والخنوعِ وبأساليبِ الفوضى والتبعيةِ والاتكاليةِ والارتجالِ بل نتغلبُ عليها بخطةٍ ساهرةٍ وراصدةٍ وُمحرِّكةٍ إمكانياتِ المجتمع… خطةٍ هجوميةٍ ومصارعةٍ عواملٍ الضعفٍ والانحطاطٍ والفناء.. خطةٍ تُفكرُ برويةٍ وتستشرفُ المخاطرَ والتحديات.. تراهنُ على إرادةِ الحياةِ فينا وعلى ما يكمُنُ في نفوسِنا من قوةٍ مناقبيةٍ ومن خلقٍ وإبداع.. توقظُ النيامَ وتخاطبُ العقلَ والوجدان.. تنفخُ في الشعبِ روحَ البطولةِ والصراعِ والمقاومةِ وتُنَمِّي فيه روحَ الوعي والمعرفةِ العلميةِ والثقافةِ القوميةِ الصحيحةِ التي تزيلُ الغشاواتِ وتَقْضِي على المبادئ الفاسدةِ والثقافاتِ الرجعيةِ المسؤولةِ عن الكوارثِ القوميةِ التي حلَّتْ بنا.

في مواجهةِ المشروعِ الصهيونيِ لا خيارَ لنا إلا خيارَ المقاومةِ والصمودِ، خيارَ الصراعِ والبطولةِ المؤمنةِ دفاعاً عن الكرامةِ القوميةِ والوجودِ القوميِ والحقِ القومي. بفضلِ هذا الخيارِ فقط يمكن ان ننهي زمنَ الهزائمِ المتعاقبةِ على أمتِنا ونبدأ زمناً جديداً هو زمنُ الانتصاراتِ المشهودة، زمنُ المقاومينَ المؤمنينَ والشهداءِ الأبرارِ الذين بهم وحدهم نهزم المشروعَ الصهيونيَ – الأميركاني وسنهزمه حتماً لأن فينا قوة، كما يقول سعاده العظيم، لو فعلت لغيّرت وجه التاريخ.

Tips from the top – Gilad Atzmon interviewed by Darren Lloyd

 BY GILAD ATZMON

Darren Lloyd writes: In this interview I talk to the world famous saxophonist Gilad Atzmon on his approach to jazz improvisation, how to practice improvisation, musical influences, thoughts on improvisation, where he studied….

Gilad is a world renown musician and here he talks candidly an openly with passion and love about his jazz, music, thoughts….

Israeli strikes in Syria: why a Hezbollah retaliation is inevitable

Date: 23 July 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

A Hezbollah combatant was killed in the Israeli attack on Damascus. Israel expects a response.

Sources: Al-Mayadeen Web, July 21, 2020, and Al-Mayadeen TV, July 22, 2020

Translation: resistancenews.org

Video : https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7v63yo

After Hezbollah announced the death of one of its fighters in the Israeli attack on Damascus on Monday evening, Israeli media reported “fear and vigilance in Israel” over Hezbollah’s expected response at the Lebanese-Palestinian border.

On Tuesday, July 21, Hezbollah announced the martyrdom of Ali Kamel Mohsen, who found martyrdom during the Israeli assault on the outskirts of Damascus airport on Monday evening.

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Martyr Ali Kamal Mohsein

Israeli media reported the “fear prevailing in Israel over the expected Hezbollah response, which announced that one of its members was killed in yesterday’s attack on Syria.”

Roi Kais, commentator on Arab affairs for the Israeli channel Kan, said in a tweet that Hezbollah’s announcement of the martyrdom of one of its members “certainly changes the picture.

Kais added: “Here we have to remind of Hassan Nasrallah’s equation: Any member of Hezbollah killed in Israeli attacks on Syria will be avenged by a retaliatory response at the Lebanese border.”

For his part, commentator and strategic issues analyst Yoni Ben-Menachem spoke on Twitter about “the vigilance in the Israeli security establishment for fear of a response from Hezbollah on the northern border.

It should be noted that regional sources have today denied to Al-Mayadeen the information that an Iranian officer was killed as a result of the Israeli aggression in Damascus’ outskirts.

A Syrian military source stated on Monday evening that 7 soldiers were injured, reporting as well material damage as a result of the assault.

Syrian air defense systems intercepted the majority of missiles fired by Israeli planes against southern Damascus from the occupied Golan.

UPDATE: On July 23, Al-Mayadeen announced that Israeli army drills planned at the Lebanese border have been canceled, and that one Israeli soldier died and another was injured when their vehicle overturned in the occupied Shebaa farms (confirmed by Times of Israel): even before the Hezbollah missiles which will not be long in coming—, fear is enough to avenge their martyr!

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Reminder: the previous Hezbollah retaliations following similar incidents

Destruction of 3 Israeli armored vehicles on January 28, 2015, following an Israeli strike that killed 6 Hezbollah members in Quneitra

The equation announced by Nasrallah in his speech of January 30, 2015

The retreat of Israeli soldiers —replaced by wooden dummies— across the border with Lebanon following the assassination of two Hezbollah operatives in Damascus in August 2019

Hezbollah strike on Israeli armored personnel carrier after the killing of two of  its operatives in Damascushttps://www.dailymotion.com/embed/video/x7kl8z7

See also:

Nasrallah Promises Imminent Retaliation: No Israeli will be Safe, Netanyahou is Campaigning with the Blood of his People

Nasrallah: Hezbollah has no more ‘Red Lines’, all Israel can be Targeted

Nasrallah: IDF has turned into a Hollywood Army

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UN Agencies Warn of More Food Shortages in Yemen

UN Agencies Warn of More Food Shortages in Yemen

By Staff, Agencies

Food shortages will rise sharply in parts of war-torn Yemen in the next six months mainly because of the overall economic decline and the coronavirus pandemic that has ripped through the Arab world’s poorest country, United Nations agencies warned.

A report by the World Food Program [WFP], the UN Children’s Fund and the Food and Agriculture Organization said the number of people facing high levels of acute food insecurity is expected to increase from two million to 3.2 million in the country’s south.

Yemen has been the site of the largest food crisis in the world since the beginning of the Saudi war against the country in 2015.

Coronavirus restrictions, economic shocks, conflict, reduced remittances, desert locusts, floods and significant underfunding of this year’s aid response have compounded an already dire hunger situation after five years of war.

Famine, nevertheless, has never been officially declared in Yemen.

“Yemen is facing a crisis on multiple fronts,” said Laurent Bukera, the WFP director for Yemen. “We must act now.”

Yemen’s conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and created the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with more than three million people internally displaced and two-thirds of the population reliant on food assistance for survival.

“Yemen is again on the brink of a major food security crisis,” said Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.

Some 24 million Yemeni people – 80 percent of the country’s population – require some form of assistance or protection, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

And 75 percent of UN programs for the country, covering essentially every sector, from food to healthcare and nutrition, have already shut their doors or reduced operations.

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ماذا عن حياد يستثني كيان الاحتلال؟ What About neutrality that excludes the entity of occupation

ناصر قنديل

لا نريد ن هذه المقالة إصدار أحكام ولا توجيه اتهامات، بل نريد مناقشة الفرضيّة التي ألحق بها البطريرك بشارة الراعي دعوته لإعلان حياد لبنان، وتطبيق القرارات الدولية واستعادة لبنان دعم أصدقائه، كما ورد في عظته المخصصة للحياد. والفرضية الملحقة تقول إن الدعوة للحياد تستثني كيان الاحتلال، ليصير السؤال البديهي عقلياً عن إمكانية حياد يستثني كيان الاحتلال، وما هي مترتبات هذا الاستثناء على دعوة الحياد نفسها، وفرصها في التحقق، بعيداً عن مناقشة تنحو باتجاه التساؤل والنقاش في جوهر فكرة الحياد، ومعانيها ودرجة صدقيتها، وفي سؤالنا عن إمكانية حياد يستثني كيان الاحتلال سنتناول فقط ثلاثة عناوين من عديد منها يشبهها.

العنوان الأول هو أن لبنان يتعرّض يومياً لانتهاكات لسيادته من جانب جيش كيان الاحتلال، خصوصاً على صعيد مواصلة طائرات جيش الاحتلال استعمال الأجواء اللبنانية للتجسس والأعمال العدوانية، والانتهاكات الموثقة وفقاً للجيش اللبناني بالآلاف سنوياً، فهل يمكن للحياد أن يوفر مظلة حماية للبنان من هذه الانتهاكات، التي تحظى بحماية قانونية توفرها واشنطن في كل المحافل الدولية. وقد لمست الدبلوماسية اللبنانية حسياً، كيف أن كل شكوى تتقدم بها إلى مجلس الأمن الدولي يتم تعطيل فرصها بالتحول إلى القرار والإدانة على مدى ثلاثة أرباع القرن، وأحياناً يتعذر نيل فرص العرض والنقاش، بقرار أميركي لا يتردد بالتحول إلى فيتو عندما يبدو أن المناخ الدولي يتّجه للتضامن مع مظلومية لبنان، فهل يمكن لحياد على الطريقة السويسرية التي أشار إليها البطريرك كمثال، أن يتضمن تزويد الجيش اللبناني بدفاعات جوية تمنع طيران جيش الاحتلال من دخول أجوائنا السيادية؟ وهل أصدقاء لبنان الذين قصدهم البطريرك في دعوته مستعدون لتزويد الجيش بهذه الدفاعات، وإن لم يفعلوا هل تتيح دعوة البطريرك فرصة طلب هذا النوع من السلاح من غير هؤلاء الأصدقاء دون اعتبار ذلك عزلاً للبنان عن أصدقائه، وعن المجتمع الدولي؟

العنوان الثاني، إن للبنان قضية جوهرية وطنية ودستورية مطروحة اليوم على الطاولة، تتصل بالسياسات الدولية، خصوصاً الآتية من الذين قصدهم البطريرك بالإشارة لأصدقاء لبنان، فمشروع حل القضية الفلسطينية وفقاً للرؤية الأميركية معلن ويتضمن تجاهلاً لعودة اللاجئين، ودعوة لتوطينهم، ولبنان موحّد على إجماعه نظرياً برفض التوطين والتمسك برفض أي حل للقضية الفلسطينية يتضمن التوطين، وليس خافياً أن جزءاً أساسياً من الضغوط الاقتصادية التي يتعرّض لها لبنان، يتصل بمحاولة إضعافه لمساومته على مقايضة التوطين بالدعم المالي لتخطي أزماته، واستثناء كيان الاحتلال من دعوة الحياد يفترض أن يشمل استثناء حق لبنان بمواجهة مشاريع التوطين، والإدارة الأميركية هي المعني الرئيسي بهذه المواجهة، لأنها صاحبة مشروع صفقة القرن علناً، فهل تشكل دعوات الصمود بوجه الضغوط الأميركية، والتمسك بعناصر القوة التي تحول دون هذه الضغوط، تطبيقاً لمضمون استثناء كيان الاحتلال من دعوة الحياد التي أطلقها البطريرك، وبالتالي لا تشملها الاتهامات بعزل لبنان، ولا بحصار الشرعية فيه؟

العنوان الثالث، إن الضغوط الراهنة المالية والاقتصادية، والتي وصفتها دعوة الحياد قبل الاستثناء، بنتاج لعزل لبنان عن أصدقائه، فما هو موضوع هذه الضغوط وفقاً لأصحابها، وقد تحدث كل من وزير الخارجية الأميركية مايك بومبيو ومعاونه ديفيد شينكر عنها، فقال الأول إن امتلاك حزب الله للصواريخ الدقيقة يهدد مستقبل وأمن كيان الاحتلال، المستثنى من دعوة الحياد كما يقول التوضيح، والضغط يهدف لتأمين راحة الكيان من القلق الذي تسببه هذه الصواريخ، أما معاون الوزير ديفيد شينكر فقد تناول الوضع المالي الضاغط على لبنان وقال بصورة لا تحتمل التأويل، إنه بموازاة معاناة اللبنانيين هناك ثروات واعدة في البحر في مجال النفط والغاز هي موضوع نزاع مع كيان الاحتلال، وأن واشنطن قدّمت للبنان تصوراً لحل هذا النزاع، والمطلوب من اللبنانيين قبول هذا التصور، ليتخلصوا من هذه المعاناة، فهل يشمل استثناء كيان الاحتلال من الحياد، دعم تمسك لبنان بحقوقه السيادية في ثرواته البحرية التي يهدرها السيد شينكر بالتصور الذي يدعونا لقبوله؟

في الخلاصة يجب الاعتراف أن لا مشكلة فعلية بين لبنان والسياسات الأميركية التي تفسر العزلة التي يشكو منها البطريرك، إلا تلك التي ترتبط بكيان الاحتلال، من قضية التوطين إلى الانتهاكات التي تمس السيادة اللبنانية وصواريخ المقاومة وترسيم الحدود البحرية، فإن تمسكنا باستثناء كيان الاحتلال من دعوة الحياد كوصفة لفك العزلة التي تحدث عنها البطريرك، سيسقط الحياد وتبقى العزلة. وإذا ذهبنا حتى النهاية في الحياد وفك العزلة وتغاضينا عن مطالبنا السيادية التي يشكل التصادم مع مشاريع كيان الاحتلال جوهرها، فعلينا المجاهرة بقبول التوطين، وتسليم أجوائنا وصواريخ مقاومتنا لكيان الاحتلال ليطمئن ويرضى «الأصدقاء» ونقبل ترسيم حدودنا البحرية بما يحقق سيطرة الكيان على ثرواتنا الواعدة فيها، فماذا نختار بين الحياد والاستثناء، وقد صارا وجهاً لوجه، يصعب الجمع بينهما؟

The Stalingrad Battle

The Stalingrad Battle — Strategic Culture

Strategic Culture Foundation

July 13, 2020

February 2, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the greatest, longest, most bloody battle in human history: It was a struggle that destroyed the previously invincible spearhead of the Nazi war machine which had conquered all of Europe in only three years and seemed about to conquer the world. Yet incredibly, the entire Western media, especially in the United States, has completely ignored it.

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تفاصيل مثيرة بشأن تفجير «نطنز» النوويّ

المصدر

رجّحت صحيفة بريطانية تورط «إسرائيل» وأميركا في سلسلة الانفجارات التي طالت إيران خلال الأيام القليلة الماضية.

وأفادت صحيفة «الغارديان» البريطانية، أمس، أن «تل أبيب وواشنطن تقفان وراء انفجار مفاعل نطنز الإيراني، وسلسلة انفجارات أخرى في إيران، خلال الأسابيع الماضية»، محذرة من أن «مثل هذه الهجمات قد ترتدّ على إسرائيل والغرب».

وأشارت الصحيفة إلى «تقارير مماثلة أوردتها صحف أميركية خلال اليومين الماضيين، بأن «عملاء «إسرائيل» وراء تفجير مفاعل نطنز النووي»، وبأنه «بات من شبه المؤكد أن تل أبيب مسؤولة عن الانفجار بمعرفة إدارة الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب».

وترى الصحيفة البريطانية أن «المسؤول الاستخباري الإسرائيلي الذي أطلع الصحف الأميركية بأن بلاده وراء الهجوم على إيران، كان رئيس جهاز الاستخبارات الإسرائيلي الخارجي الموساد، الجنرال يوسي كوهين، المعروف بقربه من رئيس الوزراء، بنيامين نتنياهو».

ولفتت الصحيفة إلى أنه «في حال استمرت تلك الحملة الأميركية – الإسرائيلية المشتركة على إيران، وأصبح الضغط لا يمكن تحمله، فإن الأخيرة قد تردّ بعنف، ما يعني أن هذه الأفعال سترتدّ على تل أبيب والغرب معاً».

وفي السياق ذاته، قال وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي الأسبق، أفيغدور ليبرمان، إن «رئيس الوزراء، بنيامين نتنياهو، هو المسؤول عن تسريبات الحديث عن سلسلة الضربات الإيرانية الأخيرة».

وأجرت صحيفة «يديعوت أحرونوت» العبرية، صباح أمس، حواراً مع ليبرمان، هاجم فيه نتنياهو، واتهمه بأنه «المسؤول عن تسريبات الحديث أو التصريحات التي تزعم مسؤولية إسرائيل عن سلسلة الضربات الأخيرة على إيران، أهمها في مفاعل نطنز النووي».

وأفاد ليبرمان، بأن «التسريبات الأخيرة حول إيران بعلم نتنياهو نفسه، وهي تسريبات تضر بالأمن القومي الإسرائيلي، وهي أمور أو قضايا تهدف إلى تغيير جدول الأعمال، وتشتيت الانتباه والهروب من المسؤولية».

وأوضحت الصحيفة أن «حديث ليبرمان يدور حول ما كتبته صحيفة نيويورك تايمز الأميركية، أول أمس السبت، من أن الانفجارات، التي وقعت في منشآت إيرانية في الأسابيع الأخيرة، جزء من عمل أميركي إسرائيلي مشترك للتعامل بقوة مع التهديد الإيراني».

ونقلت الصحيفة الأميركية عن مصادر أمنية «إسرائيلية» وأميركية أن «الانفجارات استهدفت مواقع شديدة الحساسية، من بينها: منشأة نطنز النووية، وقاعدة صواريخ جنوب طهران وقاعدة عسكرية للحرس الثوري»، موضحة أن «التفجيرات تهدف لزعزعة نظام الحكم في إيران، وأن الاستراتيجية الجديدة تقوم على استهداف منشآت حساسة وقيادات في الحرس الثوري من خلال عمليات سرية».

وعلّق ليبرمان حول هذا الأمر، بأن «سياسة بلاده تحوّلت من سياسة الغموض إلى سياسة الثرثرة. وإن لم يشر وزير الدفاع الإسرائيلي، صراحة، إلى دور بلاده المؤكد في سلسلة الضربات التي وقعت في إيران».

وكانت صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» الأميركية، قد نقلت، أول أمس السبت، عن مسؤولَين اثنين في المخابرات الأميركية قولهما إن «ترميم المنشأة لإعادة البرنامج النووي الإيراني إلى ما كان عليه قبل الانفجار، قد يستغرق عامين»، متوقعين أن يكون التفجير قد تمّ عبر عبوة ناسفة أو عبر هجوم إلكتروني، وبأن هذا «الاستهداف تم التخطيط له لأكثر من عام».

وقالت الصحيفة، إن «المسؤولين الغربيين يتوقعون نوعاً من الانتقام من إيران على التفجير قد يكون عبر استهداف القوات الأميركية في العراق أو عبر هجمات إلكترونية، أو عبر استهداف مرافق حيوية مثل المؤسسة المالية الأميركية أو نظام إمدادات المياه الإسرائيلي».

وأكدت الحكومة الإيرانية، يوم الثلاثاء الماضي، أن «طهران ستردّ بالشكل المناسب، في حال ثبت أن الحادثة في منشأة نطنز النووية الأسبوع الماضي، ناجمة عن عامل أو إجراء خارجي».

وشهدت إيران انفجاراً في مبنى تابع لمحطة نطنز النووية. وقال ثلاثة مسؤولين إيرانيين، رفضوا الكشف عن أسمائهم، لوكالة «رويترز»، إن «الانفجار نتج عن هجوم سيبراني»، فيما قال مسؤولون آخرون إن «إسرائيل يمكن أن تكون وراء الهجمات».

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محمد صادق الحسيني

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وتبقى العين على لبنان التي تنتظر حصول مفاجآت وإنجازات كبيرة في مجال انتصار المقاومة على مشروع الحصار المالي والاقتصادي الأميركي الغاشم…

وفي هذا السياق كلكم يتذكر ما سبق وذكرناه قبل أسابيع بأنّ مصادرنا الخاصة أفادت في حينها بأنّ الأسابيع المقبلة ستكون حافلة بالتطورات المفاجئة والمتلاحقة، والتي ستُتوّج بإنجاز «استراتيجي» غير مسبوق لحزب الله يُجبر الإدارة الأميركية فيه الى اتخاذ قرار «صادم» بمنزلة «هدف ذهبي» لصالح سورية ولبنان، باكورة مفاجآت محور المقاومة في الحرب الاقتصادية الجديدة…

والحقيقة انّ كلّ هذا بدأ يتبلور منذ ان قرّر الأمين العام لحزب الله سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله ردّ الصاع صاعين للأميركيين ولوّح لهم بالخيارين الصيني والإيراني…

الأمر الذي أجبر الأميركي أن يفكر بخطوط العودة سريعاً عن قراره بخنق لبنان آخذاً بالتقهقر خطوة خطوة محاولاً تسجيل تراجعات تكتيكية لعله ينقذ بعض ماء وجهه الذي سال بين أقدام رجال المقاومة في لبنان في زحمة تسارع استعدادات الحزب وحلفائه في السلطة والمجتمع لعمليات المقاومة الشاملة بوجه الحصار…

فلكم أن تتصوّروا مثلاً بداية مشهد السقوط الأميركي على الشكل التالي:

يقرر الجنرال كينيث ماكينزي قائد قوات السنتكوم أي القيادة المركزية الأميركية التي هي بمثابة أهم اعمدة الجيش الأميركي ومقرها الدوحة والتي كان مقرها هايدلبرغ في المانيا والتي كانت مسؤولة عن انتزاع صكّ الاستسلام من المانيا النازية نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية والمسؤولة حالياً عن الجيوش الأميركية من الجزر البريطانية حتى الصين…

هذا الجنرال العظيم يقرّر أن يحتفل بقتلاه قرب مطار بيروت الذين سقطوا بالمئات في العام 1983 على يد الاستشهاديين الخمينيين، فإذ به يفشل في ذلك فشلاً ذريعاً ويضطر للهرب على متن حوامة الى سفارته في عوكر…

ومن ثم يظهر في ما بعد متسللاً الى القامشلي في شمال شرق سورية ليجتمع بقائد عصابة كردي متخصص في سرقة النفط السوري والمتاجرة بالمواشي والحبوب وبقايا داعش…

ليختفي من المشهد جاراً ذيول خيبته عائداً الى بلاده بخفي حنين…

ثم تبدأ سفيرته في «الحج» إلى رموز حلفاء حزب الله فتبدأ بالرئيس نبيه بري متمنية عليه تهدئة الموقف، لكنه يسمعها كلاماً قاسياً تخجل ان تظهر بعدها على الإعلام، ومن ثم تكر المسبحة فتذهب الى حسان دياب رئيس حكومة حزب الله كما كانت تسمّيها الذي يبقيها بدوره على الغداء، لتخبره قرار واشنطن بتجرّع الخيار العراقي للتجارة النفطية مع لبنان من خلال إعفاء تتبلّغه من قيادتها في واشنطن حول تطبيقات قانون قيصر الظالم خوفاً من أن يقع لبنان في حضن إيران الجمهورية الإسلامية فتفقد أميركا آخر حصة لها في هذا البلد الذي يرهقها منذ ثمانينيات القرن الماضي…

ويستمر التراجع والاندحار خطوة بعد أخرى، ليخسر الدولار الأميركي وهجه ويتسارع في الانخفاض أمام العملة اللبنانية رويدا رويداً…

في هذه الأثناء تفيد الأخبار بأنّ وزير خارجية فرنسا الشريكة في حصار لبنان من خلال سيدر وغيره، هو الآخر قادم الى لبنان نهاية الاسبوع ليحجز لبلاده مقصورة ذهبية في قطار الهزيمة الاقتصادية التي لحقت بالغرب امام صلابة الموقف اللبناني القائم على ثلاثية صمود الحزب والحكومة وجمهور المقاومة من أمة أشرف الناس…

إنّ ما يحصل في اللحظة التاريخية الراهنة هو ما كنا نتوقعه وقلنا وقتها جنرال الصبر سيهزم رعاة البقر..

وإن واشنطن ستضطر بالتراجع عن حصارها وسيسجل حزب الله هدفاً ذهبياً في الشباك الأميركية وها هو في طريقه للحصول…

قد تبرر واشنطن تراجعها هذا بكونه ليس الا تراجعاً تكتيكياً، لكن الواقع سيسجل ما حصل على جبهتنا بمثابة مكسباً استراتيجياً كبيراً في المواجهة الشاملة بين حلف المقاومة وحلف الاستكبار العالمي بقيادة الشيطان الأكبر…

والأيام المقبلة ستشهد المزيد سترضخ أميركا لفتح الحدود بين لبنان وسورية وفتح الحدود بين الأردن وسورية… وفتح حدود دول المشرق على بعضها، بحجة الإبقاء على «شعرة معاوية» مع لبنان الذي يسير وإن بخطى بطيئة، ولكنها ثابتة باتجاه الشرق الكاسر للأحادية الأميركية الممتد من طهران حتى بكين مروراً بباب المندب…

وأخيراً وليس آخراً فواشنطن هذه هي من أوعزت للصراف الآلي القطري وأخواته الخليجيات لوضع بعض الودائع في المصارف اللبنانية أو منح بعض التسهيلات للبنان الدولة ولبنان حكومة حزب الله كما يصفونها…

بعد ان كانت ودائع هؤلاء تخدم ماكينة تفريخ القاعدة وأخواتها من داعش والنصرة بعد ان خسروا تلك الحرب على المقاومة من بوابات الشام وعلى تخوم بغداد واسوار صنعاء…!

انه زمن الانتصارات الذي وعد به سيد المقاومة منذ ان وعد أيضاً بأن زمن الهزائم قد ولى، ونحن على أعتاب الاحتفال بوعده الصادق منذ 14 عاماً وتحقيق وعده الصادق الجديد الذي سيرى النور في أقرب الآجال.

انهم يرونه بعيداً ونراه قريباً.

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

Chinese Navy showcases strength near Yemeni coast: video

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By News Desk -2020-07-06

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – Chinese television broadcast released a video of Chinese naval exercises in the Gulf of Aden, which is located between the coasts of Yemen and Djibouti.

Three warships reportedly conducted exercises to showcase their capabilities to deal with multiple security threats and accomplish various military tasks near the Yemeni territorial waters.

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WHO’s Conflict of Interest?

By David Macailwain

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Last week the French National Assembly convened an inquiry into the “genealogy and chronology”  of the Coronavirus crisis to examine the evident failures in its handling and will interview government ministers, experts and health advisors over the next six months. While we in the English-speaking world may have heard endless arguments over the failures of the UK or US governments to properly prepare for and cope with the health-care emergency, the crisis and problems in the French health system and bureaucracy have been similar and equally serious. Given the global cooperation and collaboration of health authorities and industry, the inquiry has global significance.

Judging by the attention paid by French media to the inquiry, which comes just as France is loosening the lock-downs and restarting normal government activities, it is set to be controversial and upsetting, exposing both incompetence and corruption.

Leading the criticism of the Macron government’s handling of the crisis are the most serious accusations that its prohibition of an effective drug treatment has cost many lives, a criticism put directly to the inquiry by Professor Didier Raoult, the most vocal proponent of the drug – Hydroxychloroquine. At his institute in Marseilles, early treatment with the drug of people infected with Sars-CoV-2 has been conclusively demonstrated to reduce hospitalization rates and shorten recovery times when given along with the antibiotic Azithromycin, and consequently to cut death rates by at least half.

Raoult has pointed to the low death rate in the Marseilles region of 140 per million inhabitants compared with that in Paris of 759 per million as at least partly due to the very different treatment of the epidemic in Marseilles under his instruction. The policies pursued by local health services there included early widespread testing for the virus and isolation and quarantining of cases, aimed both at protecting those in aged care and in keeping people from needing hospitalization with the help of drug treatments.

It incidentally seems quite bizarre that some countries – notably the US, UK and Australia, are only now embarking on large testing programs – and claiming a “second wave” in cases – which Raoult calls a “fantasme journalistique”. The consequent reimposition of severe lock-downs in some suburbs of Melbourne, and in Leicester in the UK is a very worrying development.

The efficacy of HCQ and Azithromycin is well illustrated – one should say proven – by this most recent review of its use on 3120 out of a total of 3700 patients treated at the Marseilles hospitals during March, April and the first half of May. Unlike the fraudulent study published and then retracted by the Lancet in May, the analysis in this review is exemplary, along with the battery of tests performed on patients to determine the exact nature of their infection and estimate the effectiveness of the drug treatment. The overall final mortality rate of 1.1% obscures the huge discrepancy in numbers between treated and untreated patients. Hospitalization, ICU, and death rates averaged five times greater in those receiving the “other” treatment – being normal care without HCQ-AZM treatment – equivalent to a placebo.

The IHU Marseilles study and its discussion points deserve close scrutiny, because they cannot be dismissed as unsubstantiated or biased, or somehow political, just because Professor Raoult is a “controversial figure”. There is a controversy, and it was well expressed by Raoult in his three hour presentation to the inquiry. His criticisms of health advisors to government include conflicts of interest and policy driven by politics rather than science. Raoult has been vindicated in his success, and can now say to those health authorities “if you had accepted my advice and approved this drug treatment, thousands of lives would have been saved.”

This is quite unlike similar statements in the UK and elsewhere, where claims an earlier imposition of lock-down would have cut the death toll in half are entirely hypothetical. As Prof. Raoult has also observed, the progress of this epidemic of a new and unknown virus was quite speculative, and its handling by authorities has failed to reflect that. In fact, one feels more and more that the “response” of governments all around the world has followed a strangely similar and inappropriately rigid scheme, of which certain aspects were de rigueur, particularly “social distancing”.

There seems little evidence that would justify this most damaging and extreme of measures to control an epidemic whose seriousness could be ameliorated by other measures – such as those advocated by Raoult’s Institute – which would have avoided the devastating “collateral damage” inflicted on the economy and society in the name of “staying safe”.

Prof. Raoult’s vocal and consistent criticism of the political manipulation of the Coronavirus crisis is hardly trivial however, to be finally excused as a “failure”- to impose lockdowns sooner, to have sufficient supplies of masks or ventilators, or to use more testing and effective contact tracing. What lies beneath appears to be, for want of a better word, a conspiracy.

As previously and famously noted by Pepe Escobar, French officials seemed to have foresight on the potential use of Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 infection, with its cheapness and availability being a likely hindrance to pharmaceutical companies looking to make big profits from new drug treatments or vaccines. Of even greater significance perhaps, was the possibility – or danger – that the vast bulk of the population might become infected with the virus and recover quickly with the help of this cheap drug treatment, while bypassing the need, and possibly interminable wait for a vaccine.

Now it can be seen that in Western countries the demand for a vaccine is acute, and the market cut-throat, despite assurances from many quarters that “vaccines must be available to all” and that “manufacturers won’t seek to profit” from their winning product. (the profit will naturally be included in what their governments choose to pay them) The clear conflicts of interest between health officials, public and private interests make such brave pronouncements particularly hollow. Just one case is sufficient to illustrate this, as despite its unconvincing performance in combatting the novel Coronavirus, the drug developed and promoted by Dr Anthony Fauci and company Gilead, Remdesevir, was rapidly approved for use following a research trial sponsored by the White House.

More concerning however is what appears to be a conflict of interest in the WHO itself, possibly related to the WHO’s largest source of funding in the Gates organization. While the WHO has not actively opposed the use of Hydroxychloroquine against the virus infection for most of the pandemic, neither has it voiced any support for its use, such as might be suggested by its obvious benefits, and particularly in countries with poor health facilities and resources.

Had the WHO taken at least a mildly supportive role, acknowledging that the drug was already in widespread use and there was little to lose from trying it against COVID-19, then it is hard to imagine that those behind the recent fabricated Lancet paper would have pursued such a project. Without claiming that the WHO had some hand in the alleged study that set out to debunk HCQ treatment, it should be noted that the WHO was very quick to jump on the non-peer-reviewed “results” and to declare a world-wide cancellation of its research projects on the drug. And while it had to rescind this direction shortly afterward when the fraud was exposed, the dog now has a bad name – as apparently intended.

This stands in sharp contrast to the WHO’s sudden enthusiasm for the steroidal drug Dexamethasone, recently discovered by a UK research team to have had a mildly positive benefit on seriously ill COVID19 patients:

“The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with coronavirus to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid could help save critically ill patients.

The benefit was only seen in patients seriously ill with COVID-19 and was not observed in patients with milder disease, the WHO said in a statement late Tuesday.

British researchers estimated 5,000 lives could have been saved had the drug been used to treat patients in the United Kingdom at the start of the pandemic.

“This is great news and I congratulate the government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the press release.”

There is something more than ironic in the WHO’s interest in a different cheap and available drug that has also been widely used for decades, but which is no use in protecting those people in the target market for the vaccine. To me, and surely to Professor Raoult and his colleagues, this looks more like protecting ones business interests and investor profits, at the expense of public health and lives.

Postscript:

It has just been announced that GILEAD will start charging for its drug Remdesevir from next week at $US 2340 for a five-day course, or $US 4860 for private patients. Generic equivalents manufactured in poorer countries will sell for $US 934 per treatment course. Announcing the prices, chief executive Dan O’Day noted that the drug was priced “to ensure wide access rather than based solely on the value to patients”.

It seems hardly worth pointing out that six days treatment with Hydroxychloroquine costs around $US 7, so for the same cost as treating one patient with Remdesevir, roughly four hundred could be given Hydroxychloroquine. If this is compounded by the effective cure rate, Remdesevir treatment costs closer to one thousand times that of HCQ. The addition of Azithromycin and Zinc doubles the cost of HCQ treatment, but also increases its efficacy considerably.

Black Voices also Matter

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By Gilad Atzmon 

That we are proceeding rapidly into an authoritarian reality is hardly a news item: it is impossible not to identify the institutions at the centre of this unfortunate transition.  Every day one Jewish organization or another brags about its success in defeating our most precious Western values: political freedom and intellectual tolerance.

At the moment it seems as if silencing authentic Black voices is the Zionists’ prime objective. This morning we learned that Black Voices do not matter at all: in a total capitulation to the French Zionist Lobby group CRIF,  the great Black French comedian Dieudonné’s  YouTube channel was deleted by Google.  CRIF tweeted:

 “A month ago, the CRIF filed a complaint against Dieudonné after the broadcasting of anti-Semitic videos. Yesterday, his chain

‪@YouTube has been deleted.  CRIF welcomes this decision and encourages other platforms to take responsibility and close all of its accounts.”

In the late 18th century the Anglo Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke realised that “all that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.” I guess that in 2020 for evil to prevail all that is needed is for an internet company to become an extension of Zion.

Neither Dieudonne nor anyone else needs my  ‘kosher’ certificate, although I have no doubt that the French artist is an exemplary anti racist. What I will say is that if Zion doesn’t  want you to listen to someone, there is nothing better you could do for yourself  than defy their wishes. Dieudonne, France’s most popular comedian, is a brilliant Black man. He was brave enough to stand up and declare that he had enough of the holocaust indoctrination, what he wants to discuss is the holocaust of his people, an ongoing century of discrimination and racist abuse. Within only a matter of hours, Dieudonne was targeted by French Jewish organizations and was portrayed as a racist and an anti Semite .

I am looking forward to see what Black Lives Matter is going to do for one of Europe’s most authentic and profound Black voices.  Just an idea, maybe instead of pulling down bronze statues, BLM should consider calling for every Black artist to close their Youtube channels until Google comes to its senses. This would be a nice proper attempt at a Black power exercise, but as you can imagine, I do not hold my breath.

 Unfortunately, Zionist destruction of the little that is left out of the Western spirit has become a daily spectacle. Yesterday we saw the Jewish press bragging that  Fox Soul — a new Fox chnnel geared toward African Americans  scheduled live broadcast of a speech by Louis Farrakhan.  The Jewish Algemeiner was kind enough to reveal that the Simon Wiesenthal Center had called for the broadcast to be scrapped.

 Zionist organisations never march alone. They are effective in identifying  the odd Sabbos Goy who stands ready to lend his or her ‘credibility’ to the ‘cause.’   This time it was CNN anchor Jake Tapper who tweeted, “Farrakhan is a vile anti-LGBTQ anti-Semitic misogynist. Why is a Fox channel airing his propaganda?”


 As we all know, Jews often claim to be there for Blacks. Jewish outlets often brag about the significant Jewish contribution to the Civil Rights Movement. According to some Jewish historians, a large amount of the funds for the NAACP came from Jewish sources – some experts estimate as much as 80%. Howard Sachar begins his article  Jews in the Civil Rights movement, by claiming that “nowhere did Jews identify themselves more forth­rightly with the liberal avant-garde than in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.” This would seem a positive moment in Jewish history until we remember that Judaism has, throughout its entire history as we know it,  sustained uncompromised ‘segregation bills’. What are kosher dietary rules if not a ‘segregation bill?’ What is the rationale behind the Zionist attitude toward mixed marriage other than a segregation bill? Even within the Palestinian solidarity movement, many Jews choose to march within racially segregated political cells (JVP, IJAN, JVL etc.) rather than voluntarily strip themselves of their Jewish privilege.

It is true that some of the greatest voices of the Civil Rights Movement were Jews. But I am afraid that this is where the good part of the story ends. Historically the Jewish attitude towards Blacks has been nothing short of a disaster. It is difficult to decide how to enter this colossal minefield without getting oneself into serious trouble.

In European Jewish culture the word shvartze  (Black, Yiddish) is an offensive term referring to a low being, specifically a Black person (“She’s dating a shvartze. Her grandmother is probably rolling over in her grave”). Zein Shver, a Jewish Black American, points out that “Shvartze isn’t Yiddish for Black. Shvartze is Yiddish for Nigger!”

The reference to ‘shvartze chaya’ is a direct  reference to ‘black beast,’ meaning the lowest of the low. Shvartze chaya is also how Ashkenazi Jews often refer to Arabs, Sephardi Arab and  Falasha Jews. I guess that, at least culturally, some Ashkenazi Jews find it hard to deal with the colour black, especially when it comes on people. It is therefore slightly peculiar to witness white Ashkenazi Jews complain endlessly about ‘white supremacy.’ It is, in fact,  hard to imagine any contemporary cultural code more racially oriented than the Ashkenazi ethos.  I would suggest that if Jews are genuinely interested in combating white exceptionalism, that maybe they should first uproot those symptoms from their own culture.

This is an anomaly — the same people who played a fundamental role in the civil rights movement, are themselves instrumental in an historic racist segregation project. In my work on Jewish Identity politics I have noticed that Jewish organisations dictating the boundaries of Black liberation discourse is hardly a new symptom. This political exercise is a fundamental feature and symptomatic of the entire Jewish solidarity project. It is the ‘pro’ Palestinian Jews who make sure that the discourse of the oppressed (Palestinians) will fit nicely with the sensitivities of the oppressor (The Jewish State for that matter).  It seems as if it is down to Jews to decide whether or not the civil rights activist and scholar Angela Davis is worthy of an award for her lifetime of activity for her community.

A review of the ADL’s attitude to the Nation of Islam (NOI) in general and its leader, Louis Farrakhan, provides a spectacular glimpse into this attempt to police  the dissent.  

NOI according to the ADL, has “maintained a consistent record of anti-Semitism and racism since its founding in the 1930s.” The ADL’s site states that “under Louis Farrakhan, who has espoused and promoted anti-Semitism and racism throughout his 30-year tenure as NOI leader, the organization has used its programs, institutions, and media to disseminate its message of hate.”

“He (Farakhan) has repeatedly alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade as well as the 9/11 attacks, and that they continue to conspire to control the government, the media, Hollywood, and various Black individuals and organizations.”

The real question we need to ask is whether Farakhan’s criticism is ‘racist.’ Does he target  ‘The Jews’ as a people, as a race or as an ethnicity or does he actually target specific elements, segments or sectors within the Jewish universe?  A quick study of Farakhan’s cherry picked quotes provided by the ADL reveals that Farakhan doesn’t really refer to ‘the Jews’ as a people, a race, a nation or even as a religious community. In most cases he refers specifically and precisely to segments within the Jewish elite that are indeed politically dominant and deserve our scrutiny.

Let us examine some of Farakhan’s most problematic quotes as selected by the ADL: “During a speech at Washington, D.C.’s Watergate Hotel in November 2017, Farrakhan told his audience that the Jews who ‘owned a lot of plantations’ were responsible for undermining black emancipation after the Civil War. He also endorsed the second volume of the anti-Semitic book, ‘The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews,’ which blames Jews for promoting a myth of black racial inferiority and makes conspiratorial accusations about Jewish involvement in slave trade and the cotton, textiles, and banking industries. Farrakhan believes this book should be taught in schools.”

It is obvious in the quote above that Farakhan refers to a segment within the Jewish elite. Those who “owned plantations,” those who were specifically involved in the Atlantic slave trade, those who were and still are involved in banking and so on. And the next question is; does the ADL suggest that Jewish slave owners are beyond criticism?  Is the Jewish State axiomatically on the right side of history so neither Farakhan nor the rest of us is entitled to criticise it? And what about Jewish bankers, do they also enjoy a unique immunity? I am sorry to point out, such views only confirm the supremacist and privileged attitude that Farahkan, amongst very few others,  is brave enough to point at.

The question goes further. If Jews do empathise with Blacks and their suffering as we often hear from Jewish leaders, can’t they take a bit of criticism from the likes of Farakhan, Angela Davis or Dieudonne? If Jews care so much about the Other, as many well meaning Jews insist upon telling us, how come all this caring disappears once Farakhan, Davis  or Dieudonne appear on the scene? 

Jewish solidarity is a peculiar concept. It is a self-centred project. Jewish New Yorker Philip Weiss expressed this sentiment brilliantly in an interview with me a few years back. “I believe all people act out of self-interest. And Jews who define themselves at some level as Jews — like myself for instance — are concerned with a Jewish self-interest. Which in my case is: an end to Zionism.” Weiss supports Palestine because he believes it is good for the Jews. For him the Palestinians are natural allies. I believe that if Blacks and Palestinians or anyone else  wants to liberate themselves and to obtain the equality they deserve, they can actually learn from Zionism. Rather than counting on solidarity, they have to shape their own fate by defining their priorities. In fact this is exactly what is so unique about Farakhan and Dieudonne. This is probably why Jewish organisations see them as prime enemies and invest so highly in their destruction.  

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