Dozens Martyred in Afghan Capital Explosion

Sep 30, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

At least 56 people have been martyred and dozens others wounded in an explosion at an education center in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.

The explosion struck Kaj Education Centre in Dasht-e-Barchi, a mainly Hazara neighborhood in the west of the Afghan capital.

The blast was confirmed by city police and the interior ministry. The exact numbers of victims have not been released immediately.

Security teams have been dispatched to the scene to investigate the incident, said interior ministry spokesman Abdul Nafy Takor.

A mock entrance exam was reportedly taking place at the time of the attack. Several men attacked the center, local media reported, with one reportedly detonating a suicide belt inside a classroom.

No side immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a steady stream of violence since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan just over a year ago.

Daesh [Arabic for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] — a top rival of the Taliban — has previously targeted mosques and worshippers, especially Shia Afghans, in terrorist attacks.

Dasht-e-Barchi has seen numerous attacks since the Taliban takeover.

Six people were martyred in an attack on a high school in the area in April. In May 2021, 85 people were martyred in a bombing at a girls’ school in the neighborhood.

Afghanistan’s Hazara minority are often prime targets of terror attacks and face persecution from the active terrorist outfits in the country.

IRGC launches new artillery attack on Iraqi Kurdistan region

Tehran claims “terrorist groups” in the Kurdistan region of Iraq are implicated in the ongoing unrest in the country

September 26 2022

Photo Credit: Kurdistan24.net

ByNews Desk

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shelled positions in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) on the morning of 26 September.

This is the second attack on the region by the IRGC in the span of two days.

According to IRGC officials, the artillery and drone attacks were launched from the Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base in West Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran, and have targeted positions held by “terrorist groups” based in the IKR.

Following its attack on Saturday, the IRGC released a statement saying its operations aimed to “provide security, punish the perpetrators, and push the Kurdistan region’s authorities to assume responsibilities for their legal duties.”

Tehran has accused Iranian-Kurdish armed groups of being implicated in the ongoing unrest in the country, particularly in the northwest, where most of Iran’s Kurdish population lives.

The unrest was sparked by the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, who passed away three days after being taken in by Iran’s ‘morality police’ and falling into a coma at a police center in Tehran.

Iraqi Kurdish media said Monday’s IRGC attack took place in the Sidakan area of Erbil, which lies close to the Iranian border.

Back in March, the IRGC launched multiple precision missile strikes on a secret Mossad base in Erbil. The base was allegedly being used as a training center by the Israeli intelligence agency.

During an exclusive interview with The Cradle, the official spokesman of the Erbil office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Azad Jolla, confirmed that the Mossad has long been active in the capital of the IKR.

“There is – among others – an Israeli Mossad presence. And this presence provokes Iran into attacking their sites in the Kurdistan region. Iran has done this before, and will probably do it again,” Jolla told The Cradle on 17 March.

Kurdish groups have decades of established ties with Israel, dating back to the 1950s. These have included covert military training.

However, the existence of Mossad spy bases operating in the IKR has been disputed by Kurdish authorities, and the spokesperson for the autonomous region’s government last year, not for the first time, denied the “baseless accusations”.

Iran that was a victim of terrorism became a haven of security: Raisi

21 Sep 2022

Source: Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Speaking at the UNGA session, the Iranian President says Iran is a strong regional country and has started a new chapter of friendship with the countries of the world.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during his speech before at the UNGA, New York

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi affirmed Wednesday that the Iranian people believe that injustice is what stirs strife in the region, adding that Tehran supports global justice and rejects the injustice that stirs sedition.

During a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Raisi said that many revolutions have deviated from their path, but the Iranian revolution has always represented the aspirations of the Iranian people.

The Iranian President stressed that the Iranian people are determined to achieve justice, but the unipolar world refuses so, adding that the Islamic Republic, which was the victim of terrorism, has today become a haven of security and anti-terrorism.

Raisi pointed out that Iran has numerous advanced industries and scientific achievements in the technological, medical, and energy fields.

He noted that Tehran has a policy of good neighborliness and deepening relations with the surrounding countries, stressing that wars do not solve problems, but dialogue is capable of doing so.

The head of state underlined that Iran is a strong regional country and has started a new chapter of friendship with the countries of the world and has proven that it is a reliable friend to its neighbors in difficult times.

Raisi recalled that Iran, spearheaded by martyr General Qassem Soleimani, defeated the US-created ISIS terrorist organization.

The Iranian President accused the West of “double standards” on women’s rights, saying that “we have this double standard where attention is solely focused on one side and not all,” pointing to the deaths of Indigenous women in Canada and the Israeli occupation’s violations against Palestinian people.

Zionist entity cannot be a partner in security

The Iranian President pointed out that the Israeli occupation has been practicing ethnic cleansing against Palestinians for the past 70 years and has Gaza locked in the biggest open prison, adding that the Zionist entity that occupies Al-Quds an never be a partner in security.

He highlighted that no people have been subjected to more injustice than the Palestinian people, reiterating that all Palestinian lands, from the sea to the river, belong to their original inhabitants, and these residents must determine their fate through a comprehensive referendum.

Iran not seeking to build, obtain nuclear weapons

Raisi noted that some countries consider Iran a threat due to its nuclear program, reiterating that “Iran is not seeking to build or obtain nuclear weapons and such weapons have no place in our doctrine.”

He noted that in 2015, Iran accepted the nuclear agreement but faced the US withdrawal from it.

“We have been extremely flexible,” Raisi affirmed, adding that “had it not been for our flexibility, the negotiations would have stopped in the very first few days.”

Raisi considered that “the maximum pressure campaign waged by the US has endured an embarrassing defeat,” expressing Tehran’s readiness and seriousness to conclude the nuclear talks and reach an agreement if the interests of the Iranian people are taken into account.

It is noteworthy that during his meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Raisi reiterated that his country is ready to conclude a fair and sustainable nuclear agreement, pointing out that Europe must demonstrate in a practical way that its policies are independent and do not follow American policies.

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إذا سارت الأمور وفق المسار القائم منذ ثلاثة أسابيع، فإن لبنان على مسافة أيام من تسجيل انتصار جديد وكبير على العدوّ، ستكون له مفاعيله التي تتجاوز حفظ حقوقه وبدء كسر الحصار الغربي عليه. إذ سيكون واضحاً للجميع أن المقاومة أدّت دوراً حاسماً ليس فقط في إجبار العالم على التحرك وإنجاز الاتفاق، بل أيضاً في تحرير قسم كبير من المياه اللبنانية التي كان العدو يضع يده عليها أو يحاول سرقتها، إضافة الى الإقرار بحق لبنان في استخراج نفطه وغازه بعيداً عن أي ضغط إسرائيلي.

    مصادر لبنانية معنية بالتفاوض أكّدت أن التفاؤل الحذر «لا يعني توقع انقلاب على ما تم الاتفاق عليه في المفاوضات التي بدأت منذ الزيارة الأخيرة للوسيط عاموس هوكشتين، واستكملت في نيويورك في اليومين الماضيين، واستمر العمل عليها أمس بعيداً عن الولايات المتحدة». لكن الحذر لدى القيادات اللبنانية مردّه إلى أن «الصيغة الخطية النهائية لم تقدم بعد للتثبت من عدم وجود أي نوع من الفخاخ الأمنية أو القانونية». رغم ذلك، أشارت المصادر إلى أن مسار المحادثات يقود الى ترجيح كفة اتفاق قبل نهاية الشهر.
    الجانب الأميركي المشرف على التفاوض بقي على تواصل مع القصر الجمهوري، لإدراكه أن الرئيس ميشال عون هو الجهة المخوّلة دستورياً إدارة الملف، ويحظى بثقة حزب الله، رغم انتقال «الحرتقات الداخلية» الى نيويورك. فبعد ما تردّد عن إعطاء رئيس الحكومة نجيب ميقاتي توصيات لمندوبة لبنان أدّت إلى ما أدّت إليه في القرار الأخير لمجلس الأمن بالتمديد لمهمة اليونيفيل، أقدم ميقاتي في اليومين الماضيين على سلسلة خطوات «غير مفهومة»، من إثارة ملف الحدود البرية مع الوسيط الأميركي الى محاولته إدارة الحوار مع الجانب الأميركي بطريقة توحي كأنه هو من يقود المفاوضات وصاحب القرار. وهو لم يخفِ امتعاضه من انتقال ممثل الرئيس عون في المفاوضات، نائب رئيس المجلس إلياس بوصعب، الى نيويورك ومشاركته في الاجتماعات الخاصة بالمفاوضات، رغم أن رئيس الحكومة لمس أن الجانب الأميركي يتعامل مع بوصعب بوصفه ممثل الجهة المقررة.

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    ورغم أن التعليمات في بيروت شدّدت على الحفاظ على موقف لبناني موحد، إلا أن بعض «الحركات» التي أقدم عليها ميقاتي أحرجته حتى لدى الأميركيين الذين يضغطون لإنجاز الاتفاق في أقرب وقت ممكن. وبحسب مصدر رسمي في بيروت، فإن الأميركيين والفرنسيين يريدون التفاوض مع من يمكنه الحديث بثقة مع حزب الله الذي بيده الكلمة الفصل، وهم يدركون أن حزب الله لا يمنح حكومة تصريف الأعمال الثقة التي يمنحها للرئيسين عون ونبيه بري في إدارة هذا الملف.
    معطيات المصادر اللبنانية المعنية بالمفاوضات تشير الى أن الحصيلة التي يمكن تثبيتها حتى الآن هي:
    أولاً، إقرار إسرائيلي بأن الخط 23 وكل ما يقع شماله ملك للبنان.
    ثانياً، «حقل قانا» ملك للبنان بما في ذلك المساحة التي تمتد نحو ثلاثين كيلومتراً مربعاً داخل الأراضي الفلسطينية حيث يوجد الخزان الجوفي.
    ثالثاً، تعهّدت فرنسا رسمياً، كما شركة «توتال»، بالعمل في لبنان فور إعلان الاتفاق وأن خطة عملها لا تشمل فقط بلوكات المنطقة الحدودية.

    النقاش حالياً ينحصر بالمخرج المناسب حول ما اصطلح على تسميته «المنطقة الأمنية»


    وأشارت المصادر الى أن النقاش حالياً ينحصر بالمخرج المناسب للجانبين اللبناني والإسرائيلي حول ما اصطلح على تسميته «المنطقة الأمنية» التي تقع ضمن مستطيل بمساحة تصل الى نحو 2.3 كيلومتر مربع داخل المياه الإقليمية اللبنانية، وأن البحث جارٍ عن آلية لإعادتها الى السيادة اللبنانية أو تكليف الأمم المتحدة تولّي الأمن فيها، علماً أن مسؤولاً في الوفد اللبناني استبعد توسيع دائرة عمل القرار 1701 وتعديل مهام قوات اليونيفيل لتشمل هذه المنطقة بما يمنع على العدو الوجود فيها. ولفتت المصادر إلى وجود أفكار لمعالجة هذا الشق «قيد التداول السري» بين المعنيين، و«ليست هناك مشكلة فعلية إلا إذا أراد العدو نسف الاتفاق بتقديم أفكار لا يمكن لبنانَ قبولُها، وهو ما نفاه هوكشتين في اتصالاته مع اللبنانيين».
    ووفق المصادر، فإن المسوّدة المنتظرة من هوكشتين خلال أيام قليلة ستشمل كل النقاط وسيكون لدى الرؤساء في لبنان (بالتنسيق مع المقاومة) الوقت الكافي لتنسيق الموقف النهائي، ويجري على أساسه التوافق على الخطوات التنفيذية لإنجاز الاتفاق. وأشارت المصادر الى أن لبنان هو من طلب من الوسيط عدم إرسال المسوّدة «كون لبنان يرفض خطّ الطفّافات الذي طرحه هوكشتين». وجرى بحث مكثّف حول هذه النقطة في نيويورك، على أن ينجز هوكشتين مسوّدته المكتوبة خلال أيام.

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    وبحسب متابعين، فإن النقاش يتمحور حول شكل الإخراج لما يفترض أنه اتفاق بين الجانبين. إذ إن التفاهمات تتعلّق بخط بحري غير مكتمل المواصفات وليست فيه سيادة كاملة، وخصوصاً في المنطقة الأمنية الحدودية. ما يعني أنه يمكن إنجاز تفاهم له قوة الاتفاق يتيح للجانبين العمل من دون أي تهديد للاستقرار، ويبقي المسألة العالقة محصورة في المنطقة الأمنية التي يسعى لبنان إلى تثبيتها استناداً الى قانون البحار الذي ينصّ على إمكان إنجاز ترتيبات مؤقتة ذات طابع عملي لا تؤثر على التعيين النهائي للحدود.

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    سيكون ثقيلاً على سمع مسؤولين وجهات لبنانية تسليم العدو بشروط المقاومة في إدارة ملف المفاوضات حول ترسيم الحدود البحرية. وسيزداد حنق هؤلاء عندما تظهر إلى العلن النتائج العملانية التي تؤكّد المؤشرات، حتى اللحظة، أنها ستكون لمصلحة لبنان في تثبيت حقه في المساحة والسيادة وأعمال التنقيب والاستخراج. لكن المشكلة أن فريقاً من اللبنانيين، قيادات وقوى وشخصيات وحتى جمهوراً، سيجد نفسه، شأنه شأن مؤسسات دولة الاحتلال، معنياً بالحديث عن أن ما قد يتحقق ليس سوى «مكرمة» قدّمتها إسرائيل برعاية أميركية.

    خلال أسابيع عدة تلت إعلان الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله عن استعداد المقاومة للذهاب إلى حرب واسعة ما لم يقرّ العالم بحقوق لبنان، كان كثيرون، في لبنان والعالم، يدرسون التهديد ومدى جديته. وكما في كل مرة، كان العدو أكثر من تعامل مع الأمر بجدية، وأكثر من حث الجهات الدولية على التدخل، وأبلغ الأميركيين والفرنسيين أن تجربته المريرة مع لبنان تؤكّد أن حزب الله مستعد للذهاب فعلياً نحو مواجهة كبيرة إذا تطلّب الأمر. هذا الكلام هو جوهر ما أنصت إليه الوسطاء، من دون أن يتوقفوا عند البيانات والتصريحات الإعلامية لقادة العدو بالتهديد بتدمير لبنان. كما أن الجماعات الأجنبية العاملة في لبنان، وفي مقدمها قوات الطوارئ الدولية، أبلغت العدو وعواصم بلدانها بأن ما يجري في مناطق انتشارها من إجراءات ميدانية تقوم بها المقاومة، علناً وفي وضح النهار، تشير إلى أن حزب الله في صدد الذهاب إلى حرب واسعة متى تطلب الأمر. علماً أن المعطيات الاستخباراتية التي عمل العدو على جمعها على طول الحدود وفي العمق اللبناني، أعطته ما يكفي من أدلة موثّقة حول استعدادات المقاومة للذهاب ليس فقط نحو تدمير كل منصات استخراج الغاز مقابل سواحل فلسطين، بل إلى خوض حرب واسعة وشاملة.
    عملياً – ومع حذر يبقى ضرورياً حتى اللحظة الأخيرة – انطلقت عملية صياغة مسودة اتفاق يشتمل على إقرار إسرائيلي، بضمانة أميركية وفرنسية وأممية، بأن لبنان صاحب الحق الاقتصادي الكامل في كل المنطقة الواقعة شمال الخط 23، وهو صاحب الحق في الخزان الخاص بحقل قانا حتى ولو امتد إلى داخل الأراضي الفلسطينية، إضافة إلى تعهد عملاني بأن تطلق الشركات العالمية، وخصوصاً «توتال» الفرنسية، أوسع عملية تنقيب لا تقتصر فقط على البلوكات الحدودية، بل تشمل بقية البلوكات اللبنانية، وفق آلية يجري التفاهم على تفاصيلها مع الحكومة اللبنانية. وسيشمل الاتفاق إجراءات تقوم بها جهة محايدة لاتخاذ الإجراءات الكفيلة بمنع الاحتكاك على جانبي الخط الحدودي البحري، وبما يسهل عمليات شركات التنقيب والاستخراج، وفق آلية تنظّم الحركة المدنية والعسكرية في المناطق الحساسة.

    وإذا كان حظ حكومة يائير لابيد بائساً كونه سيتعرض لحملة كبيرة داخل الكيان ربطاً باستحقاق الانتخابات النيابية هناك، فإن كل اللاعبين في كيان العدو يعرفون بأن الأمر يتجاوز خلافاتهم السياسية، وأن الجانب الأميركي لعب دوراً وفق قواعد تتعلق بأمن الطاقة العالمي من جهة، وباستراتيجية عدم إشعال منطقة شرق المتوسط بحروب كبيرة. وعليه، ليس من شأننا الاهتمام بما ستؤول إليه الأوضاع في الكيان، ولسنا في موقع من يفضّل هذا الطرف أو ذاك في كيان يعمل كل من فيه على قتلنا وسرقة ثرواتنا كل يوم. ولن يكون في لبنان من يمكنه توفير أي مساعدة لحكومة العدو الحالية تحت ستار السعي إلى إنهاء الأمر من دون تعقيدات، ولتتولّ الولايات المتحدة معالجة الأزمات القانونية والدستورية داخل كيان العدو، مثلما ألزمت الفرنسيين بأن تتولى «توتال» توفير أي «تعويض» مالي يريده العدو عما يزعم أنه حق له في حقل قانا.
    ما يعنينا هذه المرة، وأكثر من أي وقت سابق، الحديث بصراحة شديدة عما حصل، والتخلّي عن التواضع الذي يغلّب المصلحة الوطنية. الصراحة تقضي القول إن المقاومة كانت العنصر المركزي في جعل العدو يتوقف عن غطرسته، وكانت العامل المواجه للنزق الأميركي والصلافة الأوروبية، وكانت الكابح لأي تنازلات إضافية يمكن أن يقدم عليها أي طرف لبناني بحجة تسهيل الأمور لتحصيل الأموال. وكانت المقاومة، إضافة إلى كل ذلك، العامل الأساسي الذي أفهم العدو (بوسائل مختلفة) بأنه لن يكون قادراً على التنعم بالثروة النفطية والغازية الموجودة في البحر الفلسطيني المغتصب، ما لم يتنعّم لبنان بثروته، وأن زمن النهب، كما زمن الغزو، ولّى إلى غير رجعة.

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    ما قامت به المقاومة في ملف الحقوق البحرية عنوان عملاني للاستراتيجية الدفاعية التي يتشدّق بها أعداء المقاومة


    وأهمية هذا الأمر ليس في أنه حقيقة يجب الإقرار بها من كل لبناني صاحب عقل ومنطق وحتى مصلحة في وقف الانهيار، بل في أن ما قامت به المقاومة في ملف الحقوق البحرية يمثل عنواناً عملانياً للاستراتيجية الدفاعية التي يتشدّق أعداء المقاومة بها كل صباح ومساء، لكن ضمن سياق التزامهم مشروع العدو الهادف إلى نزع سلاحها. وفوق كل ذلك، فإن ما تقوم به المقاومة الآن يعطل كل أنواع التهديدات التي تعوّد العدو عليها، ويبطل مفعول أي قرارات دولية من شأنها تفخيخ اتفاقات التهدئة، كما هي حال القرار الأخير بتجديد مهام القوات الدولية العاملة في لبنان، والتي يفترض بها أن تكون فهمت الدرس جيداً، وأسقطت من بعض الرؤوس الحامية عندها فكرة التفلّت من وصاية الجيش على تحركاتها، لأنها، حتى ولو كانت طرفاً في الاتفاق المرتقب ولها دورها في البحر، إنما على جميع من يشارك في أعمالها، سياسياً وأمنياً وعسكرياً، أن يفهم بوضوح: أنتم في بلد تحكم علاقته مع العدو معادلة المقاومة لا معادلة القناصل…
    أما للآخرين من صيصان سفارات أميركا وأوروبا والسعودية في لبنان، وصحبهم من جماعة النوستالجيا لبلد لم يعد موجوداً حتى في الأحلام، فيجدر بهم أخذ العبرة، حتى ولو أغاظهم الأمر. ومن الواجب لفت انتباههم إلى أن ما يجري الآن هو دليلنا إلى لبناننا الحقيقي!

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    Why the Ukraine is Not a New Afghanistan

    September 18, 2022

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    By Batiushka

    There’s an east wind coming all the same. Such a wind as never blew…. It will be cold and bitter….and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it’s God’s own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.

    His Last Bow, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, October 1917

    Poor and mountainous Afghanistan is at the centre of the Eurasian Heartland. Around it, in clockwise order, lie Russia with Russian Central Asia, China, the Indian Subcontinent and Iran. As a result of its geographical position and despite it inhospitable terrain and the poverty of its natural resources, Afghanistan has been at the centre of wars ever since the first of the three failed British Afghan Wars in 1839. Then the 16,500 invaders of a Victorian Army were massacred by the Afghans, leaving fewer than ten survivors. Since then it has become known as ‘The Graveyard of Empires’.

    It was here that the British Empire was defeated in the 19th century, that the Soviet Empire was defeated in the 20th century and that the American Empire was defeated in the 21st century, a new phase of whose defeat was seen so dramatically in Kabul in August 2021.

    All three empires lost because they tried to impose a de facto atheist ideology on a strictly traditional society, which sincerely holds its Muslim beliefs, however alien they may seem to the atheistic, British, Soviet or American atheist invaders. When a people fervently adheres to its own civilisational traditions and values, it cannot be defeated by anyone. For this reason it is said that Afghanistan is easy to get into, but is very difficult to get out of. Thus, the Americans ran away, just like the British before them.

    We are reminded of the old Russian proverb: ‘Don’t touch and it doesn’t smell’. In other words, leave the Afghans alone in all their huge diversity to rule themselves. Indeed, leave everyone alone in all their huge diversity to rule themselves. But that is something that imperialists of all sorts do not understand. For them, by definition: ‘Our size fits all’.

    The Ukraine is totally different from Afghanistan. First of all, it is not in the centre of Eurasia. The Eastern half had always been an integral part of European Russia until, in 1922, Lenin decided for reasons of political manipulation to give it to the Western half in order to control that Western half. As for the Western half, it is itself divided into different parts, but much of the Western half of the Western half, taken over from Poland in 1939, is clearly near the borders of a different Civilisation – Western Civilisation. Indeed, this far Western quarter, that can loosely be called ‘Eastern Galicia’, has changed hands between Poland (Western Civilisation) and Russia (Orthodox Christian Civilisation) many times over the centuries.

    Ukrainians love to socialise, joke, sing and dance. They also love outward show and decoration. They are sometimes accused of superficiality, materialism and the false sense of entitlement that provincials are tempted to incline to. Their temptation is to say: America is with us. Glory to the Ukraine! The best post-Soviet Russians say: God is with us. Glory to God! There is a difference. If all Russians say the same, they will win, just as the Afghans won against the atheists. When a people fervently adheres to its own civilisational traditions and values, keeping its own identity, it cannot be defeated by anyone. Vietnam proved that.

    Thus, we have two quite different and incomparable countries: Afghanistan at the centre of the centre and the Ukraine on the Western margins – which is what its very name means. The Afghans live in inaccessible mountains, the Ukrainians on open steppes. The Afghans have a very strong identity, even if, like other mountain-dwellers, as in the Scottish Highlands or the Swiss Alps, they are divided into fiercely different and warring tribal clans and different languages according to the valley they live in. However, the Ukrainians in their open land are swayed one way and another, largely depending on who makes the best offer, on what way the wind blows and the tide flows.

    The USA has constantly tried to chip off, occupy and control marginal pieces of Eurasia, islands like Iceland, the British Isles and Ireland, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan, peninsulas like South Korea, South Vietnam and Western Europe. In 1975 it was humiliated and chased out of South-East Asia when Saigon was at last liberated. Other areas it occupies, like Taiwan and Korea, are under threat. In 2021, after it had dared to occupy not a marginal area, but the very centre of the Eurasian Heartland in Afghanistan, it was humiliated and chased out. It was a classic example of hubris and overreach. ‘We’re American, we can do anything’. Actually, you can’t.

    Now the USA is trying to cling on to Western Europe by shoring up its literal borderland, the Ukraine. This is one of the last US attempts to keep power in Eurasia. The USA fears Eurasia, for Eurasia is much stronger than it and the USA is isolated on its big island, placed, as if for quarantine, between the Atlantic and the Pacific. One day it will reluctantly be forced to admit that Eurasia is geographically indivisible, however much it tries to divide it politically and occupy it militarily. Then it will retire to its isolation on its big island, rejected by Afro-Eurasia, Oceania and Latin America, and start doing some very serious soul-searching about its own history. It is called repentance.

    The USA has been expanding eastwards across the Atlantic for over three generations now. It has controlled the UK since 1942, from where it invaded the rest of Western Europe in 1944 and invaded Central Europe since 1989, using puppet elites, making assassinations and fiddling elections. Portugal under Salazar, Spain under Franco, Italy under every possible fraudster, Greece under the Colonels, France after it deposed the Last Frenchman, De Gaulle, the UK under the Conservatives, are only examples of its manipulations. The list of US assassinations is endless: Dag Hammarskjold, Aldo Moro, Olof Palme. See:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assassinations_in_Europe.

    Exactly a generation after taking over Central Europe in 1989, since 2014 the USA has been trying to expand into Eastern Europe. We are now at an irreversible point. History books will be written as events ‘Before 2022 and After 2022’.

    Today, the Ukraine is being demilitarised and denazified. Like the Crimea, the two provinces of the Donbass are nearly liberated, as also are the two provinces of Kherson and Zaporozhie. How much further the Russian Federation will go is unclear, but the existential threat to Russia posed by a US-governed Ukraine is being crushed. For the moment the Kiev puppet regime, that is, the USA, ‘is not ready to talk to Russia’. And yet diplomacy resulting in a fair division of the Ukraine is the only way out of this. A former Romanian Foreign Minister has just put it very well, speaking of the current Ukraine’s ‘unnatural borders’, which are at the root of all the problems and have provided the USA with its excuse for this dreadful war:

    https://readovka.news/news/112297.

    If there are no peace talks, Western Europe will go bankrupt, freeze, starve –and then revolt against its American feudal lords who tyrannise their European vassal-states from their camp-castles: Ansbach, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Vicenza, Bondsteel, Ramstein, Aviano, Lakenheath, Mildenhall, Rota, Souda Bay etc. See:

    https://en.as.com/en/2022/02/28/latest_news/1646087023_518781.html.

    For the real centre of things today is not the proxy war between Russia and the USA being fought on the battlefields of the Ukraine and elsewhere, from Syria to Armenia, it is in Western Europe. This peninsula can no longer continue to be colonial-minded. It has to become civilised enough to realise that it is only a part of Eurasia. It is divided from the USA by far more than the Atlantic Ocean. It is worlds apart. Only when Western Europe understands this, will it survive. Its survival plan and its destiny are to become a part, an important part, but still only a part, of Eurasia. It has to stop looking westwards into the empty sea and instead turn eastwards to the people-filled land.

    After many years of rather silly political dithering Belarus has recognised that its destiny is in Eurasia. Kazakhstan is still dithering, but is in the process of recognising reality. The New Ukraine will recognise it too. Hungary is already on the point of doing so. Substantial parts of Central and South-Eastern Europe, notably, but not only, the Balkans, will almost certainly recognise it given time. Then it will be left to countries like the Baltic States, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Nordics and all of Western Europe to the west of the old Warsaw Pact line, right up to and including the British Isles, Ireland and even Iceland, to turn on their brains and follow.

    As we have said, we have two quite different and incomparable countries: Afghanistan at the centre of the centre and the Ukraine on the margins – which is what its very name means. The Afghans are fiercely traditional Muslims, the Ukrainians are more happy-go-lucky pleasure-lovers. However, one thing they do have in common: They are both Graveyards of Empires. Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Three Empires. The Ukraine, very specifically, is the Graveyard of Two Empires, the Nazi Empire and of the Neo-Nazi Empire.

    18 September 2022

    WHY Is Germany Committing Suicide? The Same Reasons WHY the EU/UK is Being Deindustrialized!

    September 18, 2022

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    by David Chu for the Saker blog

    Well that’s the real question, isn’t it? Why? The how and the who is just scenery for the public. Oswald, Ruby, Cuba, the Mafia. Keeps ’em guessing like some kind of parlor game, prevents ’em from asking the most important question, why? Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up? Who?

    ~ Mr. X in JFK movie

    Why is Germany committing harakiri (or seppuku)?

    Because the Americans ordered them to do so!

    Recently, William F. Engdahl wrote a very interesting article titled, “Europe’s Energy Armageddon From Berlin and Brussels, Not Moscow” which was re-worked in Pepe Escobar’s “Germany’s Energy Suicide: An Autopsy”.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/57224.htm

    https://www.unz.com/pescobar/germanys-energy-suicide-an-autopsy/

    Both articles give a fascinating explanation of HOW Germany is committing suicide. Green Agenda 2030. The Great Reset. Etc.

    I emailed Engdahl about the following statement that he wrote in his article and asked him, “What is the real reason for the complete deindustrialization of Germany? Besides the Green Energy or Great Reset bullshit.”:

    It is not because politicians like Scholz or German Green Economy Minister Robert Habeck, nor EU Commission Green Energy Vice President Frans Timmermans are stupid or clueless. Corrupt and dishonest, maybe yes. They know exactly what they are doing. They are reading a script. It is all part of the EU plan to deindustrialize one of the most energy-efficient industrial concentrations on the planet. This is the UN Green Agenda 2030 otherwise known as Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset. [Bolded emphasis is mine.]

    For whatever reasons, Engdahl didn’t reply to my email. But in my email to him, I basically answered my question when I asked the following:

    Is it to emasculate Europe completely so as to make Europe completely dependent on the US for both energy and technology? The rest of the world is moving towards BRI and BRICS. The only block left to harvest aka rape and pillage for the Americans is Europe (plus Japan and South Korea).

    That was September 5, 2022.

    On September 16, 2022, RT (Russia Today) ran an article titled, “Elite US think tank dismisses EU plot report as ‘fake’” (https://www.rt.com/news/562911-rand-corp-ukraine-plot/):

    The story of an alleged US plan to drain EU resources to prop up its economy was reported on Tuesday by Nya Dagbladet, a Swedish news outlet, which describes itself as anti-globalist, humanist, pro-freedom, and independent. An English-language version was released later in the week.

    The newspaper claimed that it obtained a classified document signed by the RAND Corporation, titled ‘Weakening Germany, strengthening the US’. The paper, which was allegedly produced in January, outlined a scenario for how the US could help its struggling economy by draining resources from its European allies.

    The purported plot involved goading Russia into attacking Ukraine, which would force the EU to impose sanctions on Russia and decouple their economies from Russian energy.

    Well, today (September 17, 2022) I contacted the two Swedish authors of Nya Dagbladet and asked them to provide me with the RAND document. Markus Andersson, one of the authors and chief editor, quickly replied and voila here is the “fake” RAND document:

    You better save a copy of this PDF on your hard drive and pass it on to all your friends, especially those sheeple living in Germany, before the RAND people scream bloody murder and disappear this very important “fake” document!

    Very soon now, the RAND people will call it a “forgery”.

    The RAND report is titled, “Executive Summary: Weakening Germany, strengthening the U.S.”

    It is dated January 25, 2022 and is labelled “Confidential”. The distribution list include WHCS (White House Chief of Staff), ANSA (Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs), Dept. of State, CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), NSA (National Security Agency), and the DNC (Democratic National Committee).

    Shall we take a little peek into this “fake” document?

    The present state of the U.S. economy does not suggest that it can function without financial and material support from external sources [very definition of a parasitic empire!]. The quantitative easing policy, which the Fed has resorted to regularly in recent years,s as well as uncontrolled issue of cash during the 2020 and 2021 Covid lockdowns, have led to a sharp increase in the external debt and an increase in the dollar supply [the very definition of high inflation rates].

    The continuing deterioration of the economic situation is highly likely to lead to a loss in the position of the Democratic Party in Congress and the Senate in the forthcoming elections to be held in November 2022. The impeachment of the President cannot be ruled out under these circumstances, which must be avoided at all costs[Bolded emphasis is mine.]

    There is an urgent need for resources to flow into the national economy, especially the banking system. Only European countries bound by the EU and NATO commitments will be able to provide them without significant military and political costs for us. [The USA has ran out of third-world and developing nations to rape and pillage.]

    The major obstacle to it is growing independence of Germany. Although it still is a country with limited sovereignty, for decades it has been consistently moving toward lifting these limitations and becoming a fully independent state. This movement is slow and cautious, but steady. Extrapolation shows that the ultimate goal can be reached only in several decades. However if social and economic problems in the United States escalate, the pace could accelerate significantly. . . .

    Vulnerabilities in German and EU Economy

    An increase in the flow of resources from Europe to U.S. can be expected if Germany begins to experience a controlled economic crisis [bolded emphasis is mine]. The pace of economic development in the EU depends almost without alternative on the state of the German economy. It is Germany that bears the brunt of the expenditure directed towards the poorer EU members.

    The current German economic model is based on two pillars. These are unlimited access to cheap Russian energy resources and to cheap French electric power, thanks to the operation of nuclear power plants. The importance of the first factor is considerably higher. Halting Russian supplies can well create a systemic crisis that would be devastating for the German economy and, indirectly, for the entire European Union. . . . [Bolded emphasis is mine.]

    A Controlled Crisis

    Due to coalition constraints, the German leadership is not in full control of the situation in the country. Thanks to our precise actions, it has been possible to block the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, despite the opposition of lobbyists from the steel and chemical industries. However, the dramatic deterioration of the living standards may encourage the leadership to reconsider its policy and return to the idea of European sovereignty and strategic autonomy.

    The only feasible way to guarantee Germany’s rejection of Russian energy supplies is to involve both sides in the military conflict in Ukraine. Our further actions in this country will inevitably lead to a military response from Russia. Russians will obviously not be able to leave unanswered the massive Ukrainian army pressure on the unrecognized Donbas republics. That would make possible to declare Russia an aggressor and apply to it the entire package of sanctions prepared beforehand. . . .[Bolded emphasis is mine.]

    The RAND Executive Summary then goes on to detail the “Expected Consequences” with projections of financial and economic loses for Germany.

    The rest as they say is . . . (almost) Mission Accomplished!

    P.S. Adolf must be rolling in his Argentina grave now that Sergeant “I Know Nothing!” Scholz is in full command of the Fatherland . . . .

    ***

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LKSHnMuq2-4iDkmD1p2jAEYJnlgMCzbb/preview

    Sayyed Nasrallah to ‘Israel’: Hezbollah’s Eyes and Missiles on Karish

    September 17, 2022

    Marwa Haidar

    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasralah reiterated on Saturday a warning to the Israeli enemy, saying that the Lebanese resistance’s eyes and missiles are on Karish, the disputed gas field between Lebanon and the Zionist entity.

    Arbaeen ceremony in Lebanon’s Baalbeck.

    Addressing Hezbollah mourning ceremony held in Baalbek on Arbaeen (occasion marking 40 days on martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein), Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah’s red line is the start of oil and gas extraction in Karish.

    His eminence revealed that Hezbollah has delivered a behind-the-scenes message to the Israeli enemy, warning that the Tel Aviv regime is to face a true trouble if the extraction starts.

    Meanwhile, the Hezbollah S.G. hailed as historic this year’s unprecedented participation in Arbaeen pilgrimage in Iraq despite high temperature and many other obstacles.

    Sayyed Nasrallah also recalled the Sabra and Shatila massacre which was committed by pro-Israeli militias in Lebanon in 1982 and killed thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian people.

    In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that majority of Palestinian people now believe that the course of negotiation with the Israeli enemy is futile and that the only option to restore the land is the resistance.

    Arbaeen Pilgrimage

    Pilgrims mark Arbaeen in the holy city of Karbala.

    Starting his speech by talking about the occasion, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled stances announced by Imam Zein Al-Abidine (AS) and Sayyed Zeinab (AS) before the tyrant Yazid in Safar 61 A.H..

    “Despite all forms of pain they had witnessed during their journey of captivity, Imam Zein Al-Abidine and Sayyeda Zeinad lost neither faith nor hope, they remained firm in face of Yazid and his forces,” Sayyed Nasrallah addressed mourners in a ceremony held by Hezbollah in Baabeck on the occasion.

    “The lesson which we take from Sayyeda Zeinab (AS) is that faithful people have no room for weakness or surrender.”

    “More than 20 million pilgrims walk to Imam Hussein nowadays in Iraq. The number means that there are 20 million hearts that adore Imam Hussein (AS).”

    His eminence then described the Arbaeen pilgrimage this year as historic, slamming mainstream media over ignoring such unprecedented gathering in the history of humanity.

    “Iraqis are people of generosity and hospitality, they have been for weeks serving pilgrims of Imam Hussein (AS) with love and passion.”

    “Throughout years, all attempts to undermine the Arbaeen pilgrimage have been foiled,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, citing car bombs carried out by Takfiris in Iraq since 2003.

    Sabra and Shatila Massacre

    Recalling Sabra and Shatila massacre, which was committed bin September 1982, Sayyed Nasrallah said some well-known Lebanese sides carried out the crime, backed by Israeli occupation.

    “Some 1,900 Lebanese and 3,000 Palestinians had been martyred in the massacre. Sabra and Shatila would be the greatest massacre in the history of Israeli-Arab struggle.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah then addressed Lebanese parties who often slam Hezbollah’s beliefs and say their noted sentence ‘our Lebanon is different from yours’.

    “To those who committed Sabra and Shatila massacre and accuse us of believing in the so-called culture of death we say: This massacre is some of your culture. Culture of death means Sabra and Shatila massacre while culture of life means liberating south without even killing a hen,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, referring to the 2000 Liberation of south Lebanon from Israeli occupation and the peaceful behavior of Hezbollah fighters in dealing Israeli collaborators in the area.

    Palestinian Resistance in West Bank

    Sayyed Nasrallah also recalled the 1993 Airport Road massacre which killed nearly ten Lebanese who were protesting against Oslo accords and voicing rejection to all forms of talks with the Israeli enemy.

    In this context, his eminence noted that the majority of Palestinian people today believe that the course of negotiation with ‘Israel’ is futile, stressing that the only option to restore the occupied land is the resistance.

    “The US guarantees protected neither the Lebanese nor the Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah then hailed the Palestinians for their continuous and different acts of resistance against Israeli occupation, especially the “courageous operations in the West Bank.”

    Hamas and Syria

    The Hezbollah S.G. hailed as respected and right the decision made by Hamas Palestinian resistance movement to restore ties with Syria.

    “Syria has always been the rock for Palestine, Al-Quds and Palestinian people.”

    “The resistance is the only hope and the only way to restore rights of the region’s people. What we want for the people of this region is to unite under the banner of resistance.”

    Hezbollah Delivered Strong Message to ‘Israel’

    Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that extracting the oil and gas off Lebanese shore is a golden chance to cope with the current economic crisis.

    “We won’t allow the Israeli enemy to extract oil and gas from Karish before restoring Lebanon’s legitimate rights.”

    The Israeli officials said that the extraction will take place in September but they delayed the process, the Lebanese resistance leader stated.

    “Hezbollah’s red line is the start of the Israeli extraction of gas in Karish.”

    His eminence revealed here that Hezbollah has recently delivered a strong message to the Zionist entity, warning behind the scenes that the Tel Aviv Regime will be facing a real trouble in case it started gas extraction in the disputed field.

    “Our aim is to enable the Lebanese government from investing in its maritime wealth, and this issue is not related to any affair,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, responding to accusations that Hezbollah has been trying to relate the maritime border talks to Iran nuclear deal talks.

    His eminence then affirmed that all threats made by Israeli officials “won’t turn a hair” of Hezbollah, saying that both ‘Israel’ and US knows very well that the Lebanese resistance is adamant regarding threats he made on the maritime border affair.

    Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Hezbollah has been calm in the latest weeks in a bid to give opportunity for talks, but stressed that the “eyes and missiles are on Karish.”

    UNIFIL and Lebanon

    Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, commented on the UN Security Council Resolution 2650 which renewed mandate of the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) for one year and gave the international troops the right to act on the ground away from the Lebanese army.

    “The Lebanese who was behind the issuance of such resolution is either an ignorant or a conspirator.”

    “Such resolution violates Lebanon’s sovereignty and open the door for major dangers in the area south of Litani River.”

    “If they want to act on the ground away from the Lebanese State and the Lebanese Army then they are pushing things in a way that contradicts their interest,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.

    On the other hand, Sayyed Nasrallah called for the formation of a new government and for holding the presidential vote on time, warning that such delays worsen the situation and lead to chaos.

    In this context, the Hezbollah S.G. warned that latest bank holdups in Lebanon need to be solved by the Lebanese authorities, calling for establishing a crisis cell to deal with the repeated attacks.

    “Despite all forms of challenges, our hope in Allah is great. We have to work together, and the victory is to come Inshallah (God willing),” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.

    Source: Al-Manar English Website

    هوكشتين يرمي «كرة النار» في لبنان: التنازل عن «خط الطفّافات» والاستخراج من كاريش

     الثلاثاء 13 أيلول 2022

    الأخبار

    يبدو أن «الوسيط» الأميركي عاموس هوكشتين نجح في رمي «كرة نار» بين أيدي المسؤولين اللبنانيين. وهو، على غير عادته، لم يتأخر أكثر من يومين قبل أن يرسل الإحداثيات الخاصة بالخط الأزرق البحري. وقد أحيلت الإحداثيات الى قيادة الجيش لمقارنتها بالخطوط المعمول بها ومعرفة حجم تأثيرها على الخط الحدودي البحري، وسط جدال حول ما إذا كنا أمام خط أزرق جديد كما جرى على البر، أو أننا أمام حسم الحدود البحرية بين لبنان وفلسطين المحتلة.

    حتى اللحظة، لم يتوصل لبنان الى نتيجة حاسمة. لكن الضغط من الوسيط الأميركي، ومعه الفرنسي وبقية الأطراف، يقوم على الآتي:
    – إن فرصة التوصل الى اتفاق خلال أسابيع قليلة قائمة، وشرطها أن يحسم لبنان موقفه من المطلب الإسرائيلي الجديد الخاص بالمنطقة القصيرة الممتدة براً نحو البحر والتي تعرف بـ«خط الطفافات».
    – كان هوكشتين صريحاً بأن إسرائيل ليست مستعدة للتخلي عن هذه النقطة التي تهدّد الساحل الشمالي، وهي ترى أن تركها معها لا يؤثر على لبنان، موحياً بأن المطلوب إسرائيلياً لا يفرض على لبنان تنازلات كبيرة، فيما وافقت إسرائيل في المقابل على «التنازل» عن كامل الخط 23 وعلى اعتبار «حقل قانا» ملكية لبنانية كاملة.
    – إن شركات التنقيب العالمية، ولا سيما «توتال»، حسمت أمرها بأنها لن تعمل في المنطقة قبل حصولها على نسخة من اتفاق خطي واضح بين الجانبين.
    – إن إسرائيل قررت السير في عمليات الاستخراج من حقل كاريش، وإذا كانت الشركة المعنية تطرح تاريخ 20 أيلول موعداً لبدء العمل، فإن في كيان العدو من يرى إمكان تأخير العمل أسبوعين إضافيين، شرط أن يستغل لبنان هذه الفترة الزمنية لإنجاز الاتفاق.
    وسط هذه الأجواء، عادت السفيرة الفرنسية آن غريو الى بيروت، بعد زيارة لباريس شاركت خلالها في اجتماعات تتعلق بملف الترسيم، ضمّت مسؤولين فرنسيين ورئيس شركة توتال. وقد أبلغت المسؤولين في بيروت أن الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون حذا حذو الرئيس الأميركي جو بايدن، وأجرى اتصالات مع الحكومة الإسرائيلية لحثها على توقيع الاتفاق، وأنه مارس ضغوطاً لإقناع «توتال» بالعودة سريعاً الى المنطقة. إلا أن الجانب الفرنسي لا يبدو منخرطاً تماماً في العملية، إذ يتركّز اهتمامه اللبناني اليوم على الملف الرئاسي.

    الخط الجديد المقترح للترسيم الذي اقترحه عاموس هوكشتين. يبدأ الخط من نقطة إنطلاق خط الطفافات (الخط رقم ١) شمال الخط ٢٣ ويمتد الى مسافة 6 كلم تقريبا حتى بلوغ آخر طفافة، ثم ينحني في إتجاه الخط ٢٣ فيستقيم وصولا إلى آخر نقطة

    خريطة تظهر الموقع الفعلي لنقطة b1 و نقطة رأس الناقورة مع نفق سكة الحديد داخل الحصة اللبنانية. وفي ما لو اعتمد خط الطفافات (الخط ١ الاسرائيلي) ستكون النقطتان عرضة لتغيير هندسي سيجعلهما داخل الحصة الاسرائيلية، ما يؤثر لاحقاً على ترسيم الحدود البرية

    خريطة تطبيقية تفسر إقتراح هوكشتين الجديد، وكيف سيصبح خط الحدود في حال موافقة لبنان

    أما داخلياً، فيبدو أن الانقسام سيبقى قائماً الى أن تفضي الاتصالات الجارية بين كل المعنيين بالملف الى جواب واحد حول طرح هوكشتين الأخير، مع العلم بأن تحذيرات جدية سمعها المسؤولون بأن الذرائع الأمنية للعدو لا يمكن اعتبارها أساساً لرسم الحدود، وأن على لبنان ضمان كامل حقوقه، وترك ملف الترتيبات الأمنية الى ظروف أخرى، بحيث يضمن لبنان الأمن من جانبه وتضمن إسرائيل الأمر من جانبها، بينما تتولى الأمم المتحدة مراقبة الملف، على غرار ما يحصل على طول الحدود البرية.
    أما داخل كيان العدو، فلا يزال الكلام نفسه يتكرر عن «تقدم» أحرزه الوسيط الأميركي خلال زيارته الأخيرة لتل أبيب وبيروت. لكن الأوساط الإعلامية نقلت عن مصادر سياسية ودبلوماسية وأمنية أن الاتفاق يحتاج الى جهد إضافي.
    وفي مقابلة مع الإذاعة الإسرائيلية، قال المعلق في الشؤون العربية، ايهود يعري: «هناك إحاطات من الحكومة، ربما على أعلى مستوى، ترسم صورة وردية إلى حد ما لما يحدث بالفعل. هناك العديد من الأمور والمشكلات، على سبيل المثال عندما يتم التوصل إلى اتفاق وتترسّم حدود بحرية، حتى لو لم تكن في الواقع خطاً مستقيماً في النهاية، فإن لها تأثيراً على الحدود البرية. هناك فرق كبير هنا إذا كان اللبنانيون في الطرف الشمالي للنفق المسدود أو على مرتفعات الجرف المرتفع فوق رأس الناقورة». كما أشار إلى نقطة أخرى تتعلق بحقل قانا، إذ «تبيّن أن 5% من حقل قانا تعود الى إسرائيل. والوسيط الأميركي ناشد القطريين أن يدفعوا لإسرائيل نصيبها الصغير في الحقل بدلاً من اللبنانيين. هذه هي فكرته الأخيرة – التعويض النقدي. لكن، لأنه لا وجود لحكومة في لبنان وهناك حزب الله، فإن أحداً لا يستطيع اتخاذ القرار».
    من جهتها، نقلت صحيفة «ذا ماركير» أنه «رغم وجود أجواء إيجابية في الاتصالات، لا يتوقع حدوث تقدم حتى 20 أيلول»، وهو التاريخ الذي أعلنت فيه شركة «انيرجيان» بدء الإنتاج التجريبي. ومع ذلك، «هناك قضايا أخرى تمنع توقيع اتفاقية – مثل حدود حقل قانا وهو عبارة عن حقل لم تُعرف كمية الغاز الموجودة فيه، ولكن يبدو أن معظمه موجود في الأراضي اللبنانية وجزءاً صغيراً في أراضي إسرائيل، لذلك هناك حاجة إلى إيجاد آلية تعويض بين إسرائيل ولبنان للغاز الموجود في أراضي كل منهما. وعلم أيضا أن شركات دولية من فرنسا مهتمة بتطوير الحقل اللبناني للتخفيف من أزمة الكهرباء في البلاد».
    وأشارت الصحيفة الى قضية أخرى «تتعلق بالتأكيد بمواصلة التنقيب عن الغاز في إسرائيل. في الأسابيع المقبلة، من المتوقع أن تطرح إسرائيل مناقصة أخرى للتنقيب عن الغاز في المياه الاقتصادية الإسرائيلية، وهي المناقصة التي كان من المفترض أن تُنشر في بداية أيلول. ولكن لكي يحدث هذا، يجب أن يكون هناك يقين بشأن المنطقة التي يجب البحث فيها».

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    Blackout in Ukraine. Subway stopped in Kharkiv. The reaction of Zelensky and the other crazies. “Determined” reactions from our side

    September 12, 2022

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    translated by A.

    source: https://aftershock.news/?q=node/1153057

    Does a series of precision strikes on the critical infrastructure marks a new stage in the tactics of conducting Russian “Limited Military Operation” in Ukraine?

    The aftermath of one of the hits at critical infrastructure facilities in Kharkiv (CHP-5):  https://t.me/V_Zelenskiy_official/3203

    URGENT APPEAL OF ZELENSKY TO THE NATION  😏

    At first it was like this: Missile  launch from the Black Sea at critical infrastructure in Ukraine

    Then the results of the strikes:   Video of the fire at CHP-5 in Kharkiv

    And then, too, it suddenly sparkled:   Trolleybuses caught fire in Poltava

    The subway stopped in Kharkiv  – for the first time in 40 years, according to the train drivers. The passengers had to be evacuated from the trains through the emergency evacuation maintenance tunnels.

    The reaction of the leader of the Ukronazis was immediate. Field Marshal Ze tried to stay cheerful and pretend that nothing particularly horrible had happened:

    Zelensky:

    “Even through the impenetrable darkness, Ukraine and the civilized world clearly see that these are terrorist attacks.  They are deliberate and cynical missile attacks on civilian critical infrastructure. No military facilities there. Power was cut off in Kharkiv and Donetsk regions. In Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Sumy – some problems with the electricity supply.”

    “Do you still think that we and the Russians are one nation? Do you still think that you can frighten us, break us, persuade us to make concessions? Did you really not understand anything? Don’t you understand who we are? What we stand up for? What we represent?
    Read my lips:

    Without gas or without you? Without you .
    Without light or without you? Without you .
    Without water or without you. Without you .
    Without food or without you? Without you .

    ” Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as terrible and deadly for us [Ukrainians] as your [Russian] friendship and brotherhood. But history will put everything in its place. And we will be with the gas, light, water and food … and WITHOUT you! “

    Immediately, the ” Ideas “, an outlet run by the ordinary Ukronazis, which is supervised by the chief drug addict and generator of “Ukro-meanings” joined the lead. The “Ideas” , by the way, are still the same bastards as they were all six months that have passed since the beginning of the NWO:

    “We propose  to pull the captured orcs out of their cozy and safe prison cells in the western part of Ukraine and place them  in the workshops of our thermal power plants.
    And then, after their Russo-saliva strikes, we will film their corpses on the video and send them to Russia. Maybe then something will come to them?  How do you like this idea?”

    PS This post [r #71782], by the way, was promptly removed from the telegram channel “Unian” for unclear reason, because previously there has never been a trace of the self-censorship on their side in their post about Russia.

    A small commentary on the evening strikes on enemy infrastructure, from the TG ” Lobaev Z ” (edited):

    “The point is, it’s [the strikes] great, of course! It’s indeed excellent, it’s excellent that we have finally started. But  there is still a long way to go before achieving a long-term effect .”

    Let me remind you for those who are not quite in the subject – damages, plus or minus equal to the damage from the Russian cruise missiles, sometimes happen at the power supply infrastructure facilities without any strikes. Fires, accidents, breakdowns… It is not the end of the world – they fix everything in a day or two… Therefore , consistency is important here .

     Let there be not a single night without a strike – pour methodically, systematically, not sparing these Russian gifts for Ukrainian Nazis. Otherwise, the desired effect will not be achieved .

    The same applies to railway junctions with bridges, as well as railway junction stations and fuel storage facilities. If Russians do not cover these targets, then even though it will be hard for the enemy, very hard, they’ll survive.

     And I repeat again – Russia did not lose. Just missed a beat. No more. Everything now depends on the people .. How we will accept this “splash”. Will we conquer and run away? Or will we finally start fighting in earnest ?

    And if we start fighting, then I assure you – with the right approach, there will be enough titanium and steel for weapons. It is only necessary to begin the mobilization of industry . To do this, you need to understand reality. Not more than that .

    Otherwise, Russia will be destroyed, split into several new, endlessly hostile countries, and starved out. The West will not take any more risks and will not give us another chance .”

    Expert commentary  regarding the speed of recovery:

    “It is not true that a damaged substation can be put into operation in 1-2 days. If transformers of 110-330 kV are damaged, then it will almost never be possible to put it into operation, taking into account the fact that such transformers are not lying on the road. This is a very, very piece goods. And if this happens at least at 5 substations at the same time, then everything is kaput . Stone Age forever .”

    More on the effectiveness of strikes against CHP infrastructure

    Comment from  Evgeny Poddubny:

    “I am happy to hit the energy infrastructure of the Kyiv regime, because it is important for Russian victory. Attacks on power plants are a retaliatory measure .  The enemy has been hitting Donbas energy facilities for 8 years. In general, thanks to the actions of the Russian MOD, this struggle takes on new shapes.”

    At the same time, a RIA Novosti correspondent from the DPR reports:

    “There are no power outages in Donetsk, the streets are lit, and there are no communication outages either.”

    Confirming video that  everything is calm in Donetsk .

    Practical-​constructive response  to the evening events from Vladimir Rogov (VGA Zaporozhye region):

    “There is information that air conditioner manufacturers are massively recalling their products from  the government quarter of the city of Kiev and other CPRs, due to possible problems with self-explosions.

    A special malfunction of air conditioners is observed at the following addresses:

    Kiev, st. Bankovaya, 11 (coordinates: 50.444464, 30.528975);
    Kiev, st. Vladimirskaya, 33 (coordinates: 50.450768, 30.515680);
    Kiev, st. Elektrikov, 33 (coordinates: 50.474129, 30.528275).”

    (editor coment – this airconditioner joke is widely understood by almost every Russian. It appeared after 2015 claim by the Ukrainian Government Office that the devastation after the Ukrainian missile hit a local office in then still free from the Nazis area of Donbass, was, in fact, due to a suddenly exploded air-conditioned.)

    RIA Novosti message  , 23.13

    Pushilin denied fakes about the capture of the airport by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and his resignation

    The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, denied a number of rumors and fakes that had appeared, and also commented on the operational situation:

    • denied rumors that they allegedly tried to fire him and send him to Russia, calling it  nonsense .
    • said that “we were able to stop the Ukrainian troops at the Krasny Liman, there are some successes.”
    • stated that in the Vuglodar direction, the allied units continue to advance,  they have already “bitten into” the outskirts of Artyomovsk , along the  Sands “everyone is quite confident, we are working, we are winning. ”

    Informative page  from Boris Rozhin, a.k.a. Colonel Cassad:

    “In Ukraine, in 2022, there were 15 thermal power plants. None of them were built after Ukraine became independent. That is, since 1991, the number of thermal power plants built in Ukraine = 0.

    All operating thermal power plants were built by the “damned communists” from the 50s to the 80s of the last century .

    That is, every destroyed thermal power plant is actually an  irretrievable loss  for Ukraine, just like every oil refinery. Ukrainian Nazis are only able to use someone’s labor (they cannot built – ed.) ”

    Kharkov battle SITREP by Evgenii Poddubnyi (subtitled)

    September 11, 2022

    Thanks for my super team of translators who urgently subtitled this one late at night for them and after doing another Poddubnyi video yesterday.  A standing ovation for them please!!!

    Here is Poddubnyi summarizing what actually happened this week:

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    September 11, 2022

    JOHN PILGER: SILENCING THE LAMBS. HOW PROPAGANDA WORKS

      SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2022

      JOHN PILGER

      In the 1970s, I met one of Hitler’s leading propagandists, Leni Riefenstahl, whose epic films glorified the Nazis. We happened to be staying at the same lodge in Kenya, where she was on a photography assignment, having escaped the fate of other friends of the Fuhrer.

      She told me that the ‘patriotic messages’ of her films were dependent not on ‘orders from above’ but on what she called the ‘submissive void’ of the German public.

      Did that include the liberal, educated bourgeoisie? I asked.  ‘Yes, especially them,’ she said.

      I think of this as I look around at the propaganda now consuming Western societies.

      Of course, we are very different from Germany in the 1930s. We live in information societies. We are globalists. We have never been more aware, more in touch, better connected.

      Are we? Or do we live in a Media Society where brainwashing is insidious and relentless, and perception is filtered according to the needs and lies of state and corporate power?

      The United States dominates the Western world’s media. All but one of the top ten media companies are based in North America. The internet and social media – Google, Twitter, Facebook – are mostly American owned and controlled.

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      In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, mostly democracies. It has interfered in democratic elections in 30 countries. It has dropped bombs on the people of 30 countries, most of them poor and defenceless. It has attempted to murder the leaders of 50 countries.  It has fought to suppress liberation movements in 20 countries.

      The extent and scale of this carnage is largely unreported, unrecognized; and those responsible continue to dominate Anglo-American political life.

      In the years before he died in 2008, the playwright Harold Pinter made two extraordinary speeches, which broke a silence.

      ‘US foreign policy,’ he said, is ‘best defined as follows: kiss my arse or I’ll kick your head in. It is as simple and as crude as that. What is interesting about it is that it’s so incredibly successful. It possesses the structures of disinformation, use of rhetoric, distortion of language, which are very persuasive, but are actually a pack of lies. It is very successful propaganda. They have the money, they have the technology, they have all the means to get away with it, and they do.”

      In accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pinter said this:

      The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”

      Pinter was a friend of mine and possibly the last great political sage – that is, before dissenting politics were gentrified. I asked him if the ‘hypnosis’ he referred to was the ‘submissive void’ described by Leni Riefenstahl.

      ‘It’s the same,’ he replied. ‘It means the brainwashing is so thorough we are programmed to swallow a pack of lies. If we don’t recognise propaganda, we may accept it as normal and believe it. That’s the submissive void.’

      In our systems of corporate democracy, war is an economic necessity, the perfect marriage of public subsidy and private profit: socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor. The day after 9/11 the stock prices of the war industry soared. More bloodshed was coming, which is great for business.

      Today, the most profitable wars have their own brand. They are called ‘forever wars’: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and now Ukraine. All are based on a pack of lies.

      Iraq is the most infamous, with its weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. Nato’s destruction of Libya in 2011 was justified by a massacre in Benghazi that didn’t happen. Afghanistan was a convenient revenge war for 9/11, which had nothing to do with the people of Afghanistan.

      Today, the news from Afghanistan is how evil the Taliban are – not that Joe Biden’s theft of $7billion of the country’s bank reserves is causing widespread suffering. Recently, National Public Radio in Washington devoted two hours to Afghanistan – and 30 seconds to its starving people.

      At its summit in Madrid in June, Nato, which is controlled by the United States, adopted a strategy document that militarises the European continent, and escalates the prospect of war with Russia and China. It proposes ‘multi domain warfighting against nuclear-armed peer-competitor. In other words, nuclear war.

      It says: ‘Nato’s enlargement has been an historic success’.

      I read that in disbelief.

      A measure of this ‘historic success’ is the war in Ukraine, news of which is mostly not news, but a one-sided litany of jingoism, distortion, omission.  I have reported a number of wars and have never known such blanket propaganda.

      In February, Russia invaded Ukraine as a response to almost eight years of killing and criminal destruction in the Russian-speaking region of Donbass on their border.

      In 2014, the United States had sponsored a coup in Kyiv that got rid of Ukraine’s democratically elected, Russian-friendly president and installed a successor whom the Americans made clear was their man.

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      In recent years, American ‘defender’ missiles have been installed in eastern Europe, Poland, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, almost certainly aimed at Russia, accompanied by false assurances all the way back to James Baker’s ‘promise’ to Gorbachev in February 1990 that Nato would never expand beyond Germany.

      Ukraine is the frontline. Nato has effectively reached the very borderland through which Hitler’s army stormed in 1941, leaving more than 23 million dead in the Soviet Union.

      Last December, Russia proposed a far-reaching security plan for Europe. This was dismissed, derided or suppressed in the Western media. Who read its step-by-step proposals? On 24 February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy threatened to develop nuclear weapons unless America armed and protected Ukraine.  This was the final straw.

      On the same day, Russia invaded – according to the Western media, an unprovoked act of congenital infamy. The history, the lies, the peace proposals, the solemn agreements on Donbass at Minsk counted for nothing.

      On 25 April, the US Defence Secretary, General Lloyd Austin, flew into Kyiv and confirmed that America’s aim was to destroy the Russian Federation – the word he used was ‘weaken’. America had got the war it wanted, waged by an American bankrolled and armed proxy and expendable pawn.

      Almost none of this was explained to Western audiences.

      Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is wanton and inexcusable. It is a crime to invade a sovereign country. There are no ‘buts’ – except one.

      When did the present war in Ukraine begin and who started it? According to the United Nations, between 2014 and this year, some 14,000 people have been killed in the Kyiv regime’s civil war on the Donbass. Many of the attacks were carried out by neo-Nazis.

      Watch an ITV news report from May 2014, by the veteran reporter James Mates, who is shelled, along with civilians in the city of Mariupol, by Ukraine’s Azov (neo-Nazi) battalion.

      In the same month, dozens of Russian-speaking people were burned alive or suffocated in a trade union building in Odessa besieged by fascist thugs, the followers of the Nazi collaborator and anti-Semitic fanatic Stephen Bandera.  The New York Times called the thugs ‘nationalists’.

      ‘The historic mission of our nation in this critical moment,’ said Andreiy Biletsky, founder of the Azov Battaltion, ‘is to lead the White Races of the world in a final crusade for their survival, a crusade against the Semite-led Untermenschen.’

      Since February, a campaign of self-appointed ‘news monitors’ (mostly funded by the Americans and British with links to governments) have sought to maintain the absurdity that Ukraine’s neo-Nazis don’t exist.

      Airbrushing, a term once associated with Stalin’s purges, has become a tool of mainstream journalism.

      In less than a decade, a ‘good’ China has been airbrushed and a ‘bad’ China has replaced it: from the world’s workshop to a budding new Satan.

      Much of this propaganda originates in the US, and is transmitted through proxies and ‘think-tanks’, such as the notorious Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the voice of the arms industry, and by zealous journalists such as Peter Hartcher of the Sydney Morning Herald, who labeled those spreading Chinese influence as ‘rats, flies, mosquitoes and sparrows’ and called for these ‘pests’ to be ‘eradicated’.

      News about China in the West is almost entirely about the threat from Beijing. Airbrushed are the 400 American military bases that surround most of China, an armed necklace that reaches from Australia to the Pacific and south east Asia, Japan and Korea. The Japanese island of Okinawa and the Korean island of Jeju are loaded guns aimed point blank at the industrial heart of China. A Pentagon official described this as a ‘noose’.

      Palestine has been misreported for as long as I can remember. To the BBC, there is the ‘conflict’ of ‘two narratives’. The longest, most brutal, lawless military occupation in modern times is unmentionable.

      The stricken people of Yemen barely exist. They are media unpeople.  While the Saudis rain down their American cluster bombs with British advisors working alongside the Saudi targeting officers, more than half a million children face starvation.

      This brainwashing by omission has a long history. The slaughter of the First World War was suppressed by reporters who were knighted for their compliance and confessed in their memoirs.  In 1917, the editor of the Manchester Guardian, C.P. Scott, confided to prime minister Lloyd George: ‘If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped tomorrow, but they don’t know and can’t know.’

      The refusal to see people and events as those in other countries see them is a media virus in the West, as debilitating as Covid.  It is as if we see the world through a one-way mirror, in which ‘we’ are moral and benign and ‘they’ are not. It is a profoundly imperial view.

      The history that is a living presence in China and Russia is rarely explained and rarely understood. Vladimir Putin is Adolf Hitler. Xi Jinping is Fu Man Chu. Epic achievements, such as the eradication of abject poverty in China, are barely known. How perverse and squalid this is.

      When will we allow ourselves to understand? Training journalists factory style is not the answer. Neither is the wondrous digital tool, which is a means, not an end, like the one-finger typewriter and the linotype machine.

      In recent years, some of the best journalists have been eased out of the mainstream. ‘Defenestrated’ is the word used. The spaces once open to mavericks, to journalists who went against the grain, truth-tellers, have closed.

      The case of Julian Assange is the most shocking.  When Julian and WikiLeaks could win readers and prizes for the Guardian, the New York Times and other self-important ‘papers of record’, he was celebrated.

      When the dark state objected and demanded the destruction of hard drives and the assassination of Julian’s character, he was made a public enemy. Vice President Biden called him a ‘hi-tech terrorist’. Hillary Clinton asked, ‘Can’t we just drone this guy?’

      The ensuing campaign of abuse and vilification against Julian Assange – the UN Rapporteur on Torture called it ‘mobbing’ — brought the liberal press to its lowest ebb. We know who they are. I think of them as collaborators: as Vichy journalists.

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      When will real journalists stand up? An inspirational samizdat  already exists on the internet: Consortium News, founded by the great reporter Robert Parry, Max Blumenthal’s  Grayzone, MintPress News, Media Lens, Declassified UKAlborada, Electronic Intifada, WSWS, ZNet, ICH, Counter Punch, Independent Australia, the work of Chris Hedges, Patrick Lawrence, Jonathan Cook, Diana Johnstone, Caitlin Johnstone and others who will forgive me for not mentioning them here.

      And when will writers stand up, as they did against the rise of fascism in the 1930s? When will film-makers stand up, as they did against the Cold War in the 1940s? When will satirists stand up, as they did a generation ago?

      Having soaked for 82 years in a deep bath of righteousness that is the official version of the last world war, isn’t it time those who are meant to keep the record straight declared their independence and decoded the propaganda? The urgency is greater than ever.

      Feature photo | Illustration by MintPress News

      John Pilger has twice won Britain’s highest award for journalism and has been International Reporter of the Year, News Reporter of the Year and Descriptive Writer of the Year. He has made 61 documentary films and has won an Emmy, a BAFTA the Royal Television Society prize and the Sydney Peace Prize. His ‘Cambodia Year Zero’ is named as one of the ten most important films of the 20th century. This article is an edited version of an address to the Trondheim World Festival, Norway. He can be contacted at www.johnpilger.com

      The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect MintPress News editorial policy.

      Asia’s future takes shape in Vladivostok, the Russian Pacific

      September 08, 2022

      by Pepe Escobar, posted with the author’s permission and widely cross-posted

      Sixty-eight countries gathered on Russia’s far eastern coast to listen to Moscow’s economic and political vision for the Asia-Pacific

      The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok is one of the indispensable annual milestones for keeping up not only with the complex development process of the Russian Far East but major plays for Eurasia integration.

      Mirroring an immensely turbulent 2022, the current theme in Vladivostok is ‘On the Path to a Multipolar World.’ Russian President Vladimir Putin himself, in a short message to business and government participants from 68 nations, set the stage:

      “The obsolete unipolar model is being replaced by a new world order based on the fundamental principles of justice and equality, as well as the recognition of the right of each state and people to their own sovereign path of development. Powerful political and economic centers are taking shape right here in the Asia-Pacific region, acting as a driving force in this irreversible process.”

      In his speech to the EEF plenary session, Ukraine was barely mentioned. Putin’s response when asked about it: “Is this country part of Asia-Pacific?”

      The speech was largely structured as a serious message to the collective west, as well as to what top analyst Sergey Karaganov calls the “global majority.” Among several takeaways, these may be the most relevant:

      • Russia as a sovereign state will defend its interests.
      • Western sanctions ‘fever’ is threatening the world – and economic crises are not going away after the pandemic.
      • The entire system of international relations has changed. There is an attempt to maintain world order by changing the rules.
      • Sanctions on Russia are closing down businesses in Europe. Russia is coping with economic and tech aggression from the west.
      • Inflation is breaking records in developed countries. Russia is looking at around 12 percent.
      • Russia has played its part in grain exports leaving Ukraine, but most shipments went to EU nations and not developing countries.
      • The “welfare of the ‘Golden Billion’ is being ignored.”
      • The west is in no position to dictate energy prices to Russia.
      • Ruble and yuan will be used for gas payments.
      • The role of Asia-Pacific has significantly increased.

      In a nutshell: Asia is the new epicenter of technological progress and productivity.

      No more an ‘object of colonization’ 

      Taking place only two weeks before another essential annual gathering – the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand – it is no wonder some of the top discussions at the EEF revolve around the increasing economic interpolation between the SCO and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

      This theme is as crucial as the development of the Russian Arctic: at 41 percent of total territory, that’s the largest resource base in the federation, spread out over nine regions, and encompassing the largest Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on the planet, linked to the free port of Vladivostok. The Arctic is being developed via several strategically important projects processing mineral, energy, water and biological natural resources.

      So it’s perfectly fitting that Austria’s former foreign minister Karin Kneissel, self-described as “a passionate historian,” quipped about her fascination at how Russia and its Asian partners are tackling the development of the Northern Sea Route: “One of my favorite expressions is that airlines and pipelines are moving east. And I keep saying this for twenty years.”

      Amidst a wealth of roundtables exploring everything from the power of territory, supply chains and global education to “the three whales” (science, nature, human), arguably the top discussion this Tuesday at the forum was centered on the role of the SCO.

      Apart from the current full members – Russia, China, India, Pakistan, four Central Asians (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan), plus the recent accession of Iran – no less than 11 further nations want to join, from observer Afghanistan to dialogue partner Turkey.

      Grigory Logvinov, the SCO’s deputy secretary general, stressed how the economic, political and scientific potential of players comprising “the center of gravity” for Asia – over a quarter of the world’s GDP, 50 percent of the world’s population – has not been fully harvested yet.

      Kirill Barsky, from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, explained how the SCO is actually the model of multipolarity, according to its charter, compared to the backdrop of “destructive processes” launched by the west.

      And that leads to the economic agenda in the Eurasian integration progress, with the Russian-led Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) configured as the SCO’s most important partner.

      Barsky identifies the SCO as “the core Eurasian structure, forming the agenda of Greater Eurasia within a network of partnership organizations.” That’s where the importance of the cooperation with ASEAN comes in.

      Barsky could not but evoke Mackinder, Spykman and Brzezinski – who regarded Eurasia “as an object to be acted upon the wishes of western states, confined within the continent, away from the ocean shores, so the western world could dominate in a global confrontation of land and sea. The SCO as it developed can triumph over these negative concepts.”

      And here we hit a notion widely shared from Tehran to Vladivostok:

      Eurasia no longer as “an object of colonization by ‘civilized Europe’ but again an agent of global policy.”

      ‘India wants a 21st Asian century’

      Sun Zuangnzhi from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) elaborated on China’s interest in the SCO. He focused on achievements: In the 21 years since its founding, a mechanism to establish security between China, Russia and Central Asian states evolved into “multi-tiered, multi-sector cooperation mechanisms.”

      Instead of “turning into a political instrument,” the SCO should capitalize on its role of dialogue forum for states with a difficult history of conflicts – “interactions are sometimes difficult” – and focus on economic cooperation “on health, energy, food security, reduction of poverty.”

      Rashid Alimov, a former SCO secretary general, now a professor at the Taihe Institute, stressed the “high expectations” from Central Asian nations, the core of the organization. The original idea remains – based on the indivisibility of security on a trans-regional level in Eurasia.

      Well, we all know how the US and NATO reacted when Russia late last year proposed a serious dialogue on “indivisibility of security.”

      As Central Asia does not have an outlet to the sea, it is inevitable, as Alimov stressed, that Uzbekistan’s foreign policy privileges involvement in accelerated intra-SCO trade. Russia and China may be the leading investors, and now “Iran also plays an important role. Over 1,200 Iranian companies are working in Central Asia.”

      Connectivity, once again, must increase: “The World Bank rates Central Asia as one of the least connected economies in the world.”

      Sergey Storchak of Russian bank VEB explained the workings of the “SCO interbank consortium.” Partners have used “a credit line from the Bank of China” and want to sign a deal with Uzbekistan. The SCO interbank consortium will be led by the Indians on a rotation basis – and they want to step up its game. At the upcoming summit in Samarkand, Storchak expects a road map for the transition towards the use of national currencies in regional trade.

      Kumar Rajan from the School of International Studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru University articulated the Indian position. He went straight to the point: “India wants a 21st Asian century. Close cooperation between India and China is necessary. They can make the Asian century happen.”

      Rajan remarked how India does not see the SCO as an alliance, but committed to the development and political stability of Eurasia.

      He made the crucial point about connectivity revolving around India “working with Russia and Central Asia with the INSTC” – the International North South Transportation Corridor, and one of its key hubs, the Chabahar port in Iran: “India does not have direct physical connectivity with Central Asia. The INSTC has the participation of an Iranian shipping line with 300 vessels, connecting to Mumbai. President Putin, in the [recent] Caspian meeting, referred directly to the INSTC.”

      Crucially, India not only supports the Russian concept of Greater Eurasia Partnership but is engaged in setting up a free trade agreement with the EAEU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, incidentally, came to the Vladivostok forum last year.

      In all of the above nuanced interventions, some themes are constant. After the Afghanistan disaster and the end of the US occupation there, the stabilizing role of the SCO cannot be overstated enough. An ambitious road map for cooperation is a must – probably to be approved at the Samarkand summit. All players will be gradually changing to trade in bilateral currencies. And creation of transit corridors is leading to the progressive integration of national transit systems.

      Let there be light

      A key roundtable on the ‘Gateway to a Multipolar World’ expanded on the SCO role, outlining how most Asian nations are “friendly” or “benevolently neutral” when it comes to Russia after the start of the Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine.

      So the possibilities for expanding cooperation across Eurasia remain practically unlimited. Complementarity of economies is the main factor. That would lead, among other developments, to the Russian Far East, as a multipolar hub, turning into “Russia’s gateway to Asia” by the 2030s.

      Wang Wen from the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies stressed the need for Russia to rediscover China – finding “mutual trust in the middle level and elites level”. At the same time, there’s a sort of global rush to join BRICS, from Saudi Arabia and Iran to Afghanistan and Argentina:

      “That means a new civilization model for emerging economies like China and Argentina because they want to rise up peacefully (…) I think we are in the new civilization age.”

      B. K. Sharma from the United Service Institution of India got back to Spykman pigeonholing the nation as a rimland state. Not anymore: India now has multiple strategies, from connecting to Central Asia to the ‘Act East’ policy. Overall, it’s an outreach to Eurasia, as India “is not competitive and needs to diversify to get better access to Eurasia, with logistical help from Russia.“

      Sharma stresses how India takes SCO, BRICS and RICs very seriously while seeing Russia playing “an important role in the Indian Ocean.” He nuances the Indo-Pacific outlook: India does not want Quad as a military alliance, privileging instead “interdependence and complementarity between India, Russia and China.”

      All of these discussions interconnect with the two overarching themes in several Vladivostok roundtables: energy and the development of the Arctic’s natural resources.

      Pavel Sorokin, Russian First Deputy Minister of Energy, dismissed the notion of a storm or typhoon in the energy markets: “It’s a far cry from a natural process. It’s a man-made situation.” The Russian economy, in contrast, is seen by most analysts as slowly but surely designing its Arctic/Asian cooperation future – including, for instance, the creation of a sophisticated trans-shipment infrastructure for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

      Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov made sure that Russia will actually increase its gas production, considering the rise of LNG deliveries and the construction of Power of Siberia-2 to China: “We will not merely scale up the pipeline capacity but we will also expand LNG production: it has mobility and excellent purchases on the global market.”

      On the Northern Sea Route, the emphasis is on building a powerful, modern icebreaker fleet – including nuclear. Gadzhimagomed Guseynov, First Deputy Minister for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, is adamant: “What Russia has to do is to make the Northern Sea Route a sustainable and important transit route.”

      There is a long-term plan up to 2035 to create infrastructure for safe shipping navigation, following an ‘Arctic best practices’ of learning step by step. NOVATEK, according to its deputy chairman Evgeniy Ambrosov, has been conducting no less than a revolution in terms of Arctic navigation and shipbuilding in the last few years.

      Kniessel, the former Austrian minister, recalled that she always missed the larger geopolitical picture in her discussions when she was active in European politics (she now lives in Lebanon): “I wrote about the passing of the torch from Atlanticism to the Pacific. Airlines, pipelines and waterways are moving East. The Far East is actually Pacific Russia.”

      Whatever Atlanticists may think of it, the last word for the moment might belong to Vitaly Markelov, from the board of directors of Gazprom: Russia is ready for winter. There will be warmth and light everywhere.”

      Ukronazi “good terrorists” – a who’s who (infographic) UPDATED!

      September 05, 2022

      Source

      Infographic from The Lookout

      This is an updated version of the infographic we posted here: http://thesaker.is/ukronazi-good-terrorists-a-whos-who-infographic/

      Yemen To Overwhelm Enemies If Saudi-led Coalition Fails to Hold on To Truce – Defense Minister

      September 6, 2022

      By Staff, Agencies

      The Yemeni defense minister underlined that his country is fully prepared for an all-out war with the Saudi-led coalition, warning the invading countries that they would be bewildered by the advanced capabilities of the Yemeni armed forces if they continue the war.

      Major General Mohammad al-Atifi made the remarks during a Monday meeting with the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council Mahdi al-Mashat.

      “Yemen’s armed forces are ready either to respond to the Saudi-coalition violation of the [UN-brokered] truce or to get into a full-scale confrontation with the coalition to free every inch of the country’s soil,” al-Atifi said.

      He added that the Yemeni armed forces have reached such “advanced levels that will surprise the [Saudi-led] coalition if it does not take advantage of the temporary truce to end its aggression and siege.”

      Al-Mashat, for his part, described the Yemeni armed forces as a “safety valve for the homeland,” capable of exposing all foreign conspiracies to split the country.

      Warning that “no breach of the truce will be accepted,” he said it is necessary to reclaim the looted Yemeni oil and gas revenues.

      He further assured the Yemeni people that “they are now able to take their legitimate rights” and the “crisis created by the coalition will soon end.”

      Meanwhile, the Yemeni government said on Tuesday that coalition forces have violated a UN-brokered truce, which was enforced in the war-ravaged Yemen in April, nearly 150 times over the past 24 hours.

      Citing an unnamed Yemeni military official, Saba news agency reported that the violations included 34 flight operations with spy drones and warplanes over the provinces of Marib, Taiz, Jawf, Saada, Hajjah, al-Hudaydah, Ad Dali’, al-Bayda and border areas.

      The source added that the US-Saudi mercenaries have developed new military fortifications in al-Hudaydah.

      The coalition also committed breaches by firing on the homes of citizens and the position of the Yemeni armed forces in the provinces of Marib, Taiz, Saada, Hajjah, al-Hudaydah, Ad Dali’, and the border areas, the source said.

      An armed spy plane also targeted a garrison in Ibb province, killing one soldier and injuring four others, the source added.

      The UN-brokered truce between the coalition and Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement has been extended twice since April.

      According to the United Nations’ special envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, the latest extension, from August 2 to October 2, included a commitment from the parties to intensify negotiations to reach a wider truce agreement as soon as possible.

      Under the truce, the war coalition has agreed to end its attacks on Yemeni soil and end a simultaneous siege that it has been enforcing against Yemen. Yemen has, however, reported many violations since then.

      Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — the closest allies of the US in the region after the Israeli regime — have been waging the war on Yemen since March 2015.

      The invasion has been seeking to change Yemen’s ruling structure in favor of the impoverished country’s former Riyadh- and Washington-friendly rulers and crush the Ansarullah resistance movement. The coalition, however, has failed to meet any of its objectives.

      The war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

      الرئيس الجديد لأركان جيش العدو: الحرب مع لبنان لن تحل مشكلات إسرائيل

      الإثنين 5 أيلول 2022

      الأخبار

      علي حيدر  

      كما كان مرجحاً، قرّر وزير الحرب في كيان الاحتلال بني غانتس تعيين نائب رئيس الأركان اللواء هرتس هليفي رئيساً لهيئة أركان جيش العدو، خلفاً لأفيف كوخافي الذي تنتهي ولايته في كانون الثاني المقبل بعد 4 سنوات في منصبه (مُدّد له سنة واحدة). أتى التعيين بعد أشهر من المداولات فشل خلالها رئيس المعارضة بنيامين نتنياهو في عرقلة هذا المسار، عبر الضغط السياسي وطرح إشكالات قانونية حول صلاحية حكومة انتقالية في تعيين شخصية بهذا المستوى على رأس المؤسسة العسكرية. إلا أن المسألة حُسمت على غير ما كان يأمل نتنياهو عبر تأكيد الجهات المختصة بأن الحكومة تملك هذه الصلاحية.

      في كل محطة يتم فيها تعيين رئيس جديد لأركان الجيش، تتم مقاربة الأمر في إسرائيل وخارجها من زاويتين: الأولى تتمحور حول شخصيته وماضيه العسكري ومفاهيمه العملياتية إضافة إلى محطات بارزة في سيرته العسكرية، والثانية حول مفاهيمه العملياتية وخياراته إزاء التحديات التي تواجهها إسرائيل وجيشها على المستوى العملياتي في البيئة الإقليمية المحيطة بكيان العدو.
      المعزوفة التي تواكب تعيين كل رئيس أركان محاولة تقديمه كما لو أنه يملك الحل السحري، ويتمتع بمواصفات استثنائية. إلا أن النتيجة التي تكررت في أكثر من محطة في العقود الأخيرة، أن التهديدات والتحديات التي يواجهها في بداية ولايته تواكبه في السنوات الثلاث أو الأربع التي يقضيها فيها رئيساً للأركان، ثم يُسلِّم خلفه واقعاً استراتيجياً وعملياتياً أشد خطورة مما استلمه. هذا ما حصل مع كوخافي، وقبله مع سلفه غادي إيزنكوت الذي توعد في الجلسة الأولى لهيئة أركان الجيش، في شباط 2019، بتقليص الهوة النوعية التي ازدادت اتساعاً خلال ولايته، وصولاً إلى الإقرار بأن إسرائيل باتت تواجه بيئة إقليمية ودولية وعملياتية أشد خطورة مما كان عليه الأمر قبل سنوات.
      من المواصفات التي واكبت السيرة العسكرية لهليفي أنه شخص «منضبط وإبداعي ومصمم ومندفع». ومن أبرز المحطات التي سلطت الضوء مبكراً على مستقبله في قيادة الجيش، ولا تزال حاضرة في المشهد الإعلامي الإسرائيلي، وصف صحيفة «نيويورك تايمز» عام 2013 بأنه «رئيس مستقبلي لأركان الجيش الإسرائيلي»، ونقلت عنه قوله إن «السلام هو زمن الاستعداد للحرب»، وهي العبارة التي عنونت فيه التقرير حول هليفي.
      وكسلفه كوخافي، شملت دراسات هليفي الأكاديمية الفلسفة التي يؤكد أن التجربة تثبت بأنها أكثر نجاعة للقيادة العسكرية من دراسة إدارة الأعمال. لكن الأهم أنه بعد استنفاد قادة الجيش وضباطه «إبداعاتهم» التي لم تنجح في إحداث تغيير جذري في البيئتين الاستراتيجية والعملياتية لإسرائيل، لم يظهر حتى الآن في مواقفه ومفاهيمه العملياتية أي جديد نوعي. وهو أقرّ، بحسب «نيويورك تايمز» في 2013، أنه إزاء لبنان «لا أعتقد أنه يوجد حرب أو عملية يمكن أن تحل المشكلة. الموضوع الأكثر أهمية هو كيف تُنتج فجوة (زمنية) أكبر بين الحروب» مضيفاً أن إسرائيل «مستعدة لدفع ثمن من أجل حرب حاسمة وقوية من شأنها أن تخلق فجوة (زمنية) كبيرة قدر الإمكان حتى المرة المقبلة».
      ومن أبرز مفاهيمه العملياتية، أيضاً، أنه في الحروب والعمليات العسكرية، «الأقل أهمية هو مقدار أراضي العدو التي تحتفظ بها. والأهم هو عدد النشطاء الإرهابيين الذين تقضي عليهم والبنية التحتية للمنظمات التي تهاجمها»، مع الإشارة إلى أن هذا المفهوم نضج لديه بعد سلسلة معارك بين الجيش الإسرائيلي وقطاع غزة. ويعتمد هذا المفهوم العملياتي على الدمج بين عدة عوامل، «المعلومات الاستخباراتية الدقيقة؛ بنك أهداف يتم جمعه بشق الأنفس في الوقت الحقيقي والروتيني؛ مصدر نار – جوي أو بري أو بحري؛ الدخول البري – إدخال قوة قليلة فقط في الأماكن التي يكون لها تأثير، مع غطاء نيران قوية وإقامة قصيرة في الميدان».
      الملاحظة التأسيسية في فهم العقل الاستراتيجي الذي يهيمن على المؤسسة العسكرية وقادتها وضباطها، ومن ضمنهم هليفي وسلفه، أنهم من الجيل الذي لم يشهد انتصارات إسرائيل العسكرية في العقود الثلاثة الأولى. وإنما تبلور مفهومهم حول حدود قوة إسرائيل في سياق مواجهة المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين. إذ إنه تجند في الجيش عام 1985، في حين أن سلفه كوخافي تجند عام 1982. وهو معطى ينطوي على رسالة مفادها أن أجيال القادة والضباط التي يتوالون على المناصب مسكونون بالهزائم والفشل، وبحقيقة أن جيش إسرائيل لم يعد قادراً على تحقيق ما يطمح له الجمهور الإسرائيلي بخوض حروب خاطفة وحاسمة مع أقل الخسائر وفي أقصر وقت.
      على مستوى التحديات، يواجه هليفي تهديدات استراتيجية متنوعة ومتفاوتة، تبدأ من إيران النووية والعسكرية المتطورة، وصولاً إلى فلسطينيي 48، مروراً بلبنان وغزة وسوريا والعراق واليمن. ولا يبدو أن تبدّل شخصية رئيس الأركان ستغير مقاربة المؤسسة العسكرية لهذه التهديدات، خصوصاً أن هليفي يتولى منصب نائب رئيس الأركان ويشرف على خطط بناء القوة وهو جزء من قيادة الجيش التي واكبت كل التطورات الإقليمية والعسكرية.

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      “The Promise of the Hereafter”: Yemeni Armed Forces Hold Grand Military Parade, Vow Major Surprises [Video]

      September 3, 2022 

      By Al-Ahed News

      The Yemeni Armed Forces organized a grand military parade dubbed “The Promise of the Hereafter”, in which the al-Nasr Brigades, the Infantry, and the Naval and Aerial forces took part.

      Drones had a prominent part of the parade, as well as the naval mines and anti-ship missiles.

      As part of the parade that was held in the coastal Red Sea city of Hudaydah, the Yemeni Army’s Naval Force unveiled its land-to-sea “Faleq-1” missile.

      Sources reported that the newly unveiled missiles can hit any target in the sea when launched from any point in Yemen, not only from coastal sites.

      The Naval Force also displayed its “al-Mandib-2” and “Rubezh” missiles other than the several types of naval mines that were shown.

      The parade conveyed a sounding message to the forces of aggression that the Yemenis would never compromise on their naval sovereignty no matter how many atrocities have been committed.

      During the event, Spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yehya Saree underlined that the forces didn’t rest but are rather ready and prepared to defend the nation, pointing to that the military parade in the Province of Hudaydah proves the level of preparedness of the Yemeni Armed Forces and the Popular Committees against the enemies.

      Saree further vowed major surprises in the days to come, in line with the promise of Ansarullah Leader, Sayyed Abdul Malik Badreddine al-Houthi.

      The spokesman also emphasized that the “Faleq-1” missile is capable of striking any target in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, or the Arab Sea, from any point in Yemen and not only from the city of Hudaydah.

      As he vowed that the aggressors will suffer from painful and unexpected strikes, Saree made clear that the parade serves as an announcement that the Yemeni Armed Forces are at full preparedness to confront the enmies.

      “After eight years of defiance, Yemen has turned stronger and more equipped than ever. The enemies have to understand this message and learn that Yemen today can turn their days into hell,” Saree further cautioned.

      Islamic Resistance Fighters Respond to Sayyed Nasrallah Readiness Command: We’ll Defend Fortunes and Dignities

      August 9, 2022

      The Islamic Resistance fighters sent a letter to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in which they respond to his eminence’s readiness command included in his Ashura speech.

      Few hours after the speech, the Islamic Resistance military department released the letter that reflected the fighters’ preparedness to carry out all the missions set by Hezbollah leadership in order to defend Lebanon’s fortunes.

      The letter stressed that the Resistance fighters are ready on the borders to defend sovereignty and dignity, confirming that if the enemy returns, they will return.

      Addressing resistance supporters, and especially resistance fighters, Sayyed Nasrallah said, during his Ashura speech in Beirut’s Dahiyeh on Tesday, they should be ready for all options.

      “We are dealing with this battle with utmost level of seriousness. I say to the Israelis and the Americans (US administration): Lebanon will ever tolerate stealing its wealth.

      “We have reached the end of the line and we will keep up on this way.”

      Source: Al-Manar English Website

      المُقاومون لنصر الله: جاهزون «على الحدود»

      الثلاثاء 9 آب 2022

      الأخبار 

      أكّد مقاومو «المقاومة الإسلامية» استعدادهم عند الحدود بكل ما أعدّوا من قوّة لمواجهة العدو الإسرائيلي، وإلحاق الهزيمة به، في رسالة ردّاً على طلب الأمين العام لحزب الله، السيد حسن نصر الله، أن يكونوا جاهزين لأي مستجدٍ في الأيام القادمة.

      ووزّع «الإعلام الحربي» رسالة مقاومي حزب الله، التي أجابوا فيها على ما طلبه نصر الله منهم خلال خطاب إحياء ذكرى عاشوراء اليوم، وقد جاء فيها الآتي:

      «بسم ربّ المجاهدين قاصم الجبّارين
      سماحة القائد الأمين المفدّى…
      وصلتنا رسالتكم وسمعنا مقالتكم، وعلى حَرِّ جمر العاشر من محرم لبّينا مع المُلبّين في محضر خطابكم، ونحن نتقلّد شموخ الحسين وإباء العبّاس وفداء الأكبر…
      لقد أشعل، يا سيدنا، نداؤكم أرواحنا المتوقّدة عزماً وحزماً في أيام عاشوراء، وأجّج نفوسنا الأبيّة المتوثّبة دائماً، فأمرُنا أمرُ القيادة كما عهدتموننا، واليد على الزّناد نرمي ببصرنا أقصى القوم…
      أيها الأمين على الدماء والأرواح والساكن في العقول والقلوب، يا حبيبنا، يا عزيزنا، يا سليل الأئمة ومختصر وصايا الأنبياء، يا بأس العبّاس وصيحة الحسين، رسالتنا لكم يا سيّدنا أننا:
      نقسم باللّه العظيم الّذي نصرنا مُنذ بدر وذات تموز وفي كل ساحٍ وناح، أننا جاهزون بكل ما أعددنا لهم من قوة؛ متوثّبون على الحدود، حدود السيادة وخطوط الكرامة براً وبحراً ومن حيث لا يحتسبون…
      نعرفك وتعرفنا يا سيدنا، ثابتون على الثّغور بالنّحور، تزول الجبال ولا نزُل، فنحن الأرض والصخر والشجر، ونحن حكايا الناس وزمن الانتصارات الذي بدأ…
      قسماً لدماء جدّك في يومه الجلل، إن عادوا عدنا، وأحلناهم عصفاً…
      سنحطّم مركبات نارهم، ونهشّم غرورهم، وندك أوكارهم…
      سنكتب للأحرار نصرنا الأكبر الذي ننتظره بشوق، وبوشم دمدم رصاصنا سنحفر للمحتلين المعتدين هزيمة الهزائم…
      لبّيك يا ابن الحسين…
      نحفظ الثّروات ونصون الكرامات…
      ما تركناك يوماً يا سيّدنا ولن نتركك… لبّيك على العهد دائماً يا صاحب الوعد…
      ولله رجال إذا أرادوا أراد».

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      Al-Sadr orders followers to clear the streets, apologizes for violence

      August 30, 2022

      Source: Al Mayadeen net

      By Al Mayadeen English 

      The leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada Al-Sadr, orders his supporters to withdraw from the Green Zone immediately and condemns the armed violence.

      The leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr during a televised speech

      The leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq, Muqtada Al-Sadr, apologized to the Iraqi people in his first speech since announcing his retirement from political life, and the beginning of the armed clashes that took place in the country and resulted in about 23 deaths and hundreds of injuries. 

      Al-Sadr said in a press conference on Tuesday that “regardless of who started the strife yesterday, I apologize to the Iraqi people who are the only ones affected by what happened.” 

      The Iraqi leader stressed that “the revolution that was marred by violence is no longer a revolution, and I am now criticizing the revolution of the Sadrist movement,” noting that “recent events have made Iraq a prisoner of corruption and violence at the same time.”

      He also warned that “the party is disciplined and obedient, and I wash my hands of those who do not withdraw from the parliament building within an hour.”

      Al-Sadr stressed that “the Popular Mobilization Forces has nothing to do with what happened yesterday in the Iraqi arena.”

      In response to a question regarding his decision to retire from political life, Al-Sadr said that “Yesterday, my retirement from political work was my final retirement.”

      After Al-Sadr’s televised speech ended, Al Mayadeen’s correspondent said that supporters of the Sadrist movement began to withdraw massively from the Green Zone across the Jumhuriya Bridge, adding that the curfew was lifted in Baghdad and other areas following Al-Sadr’s speech.

      Consequently, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi praised Muqtada Al-Sadr’s call to stop violence, noting that it represents “the highest levels of patriotism, and keenness to preserve Iraqi blood.”

      Al-Kadhimi said, in a Tweet, that Al-Sadr’s speech gives everyone a “moral and national responsibility to protect Iraq’s capabilities, stop the language of political and security escalation, and initiate a quick and fruitful dialogue to resolve the crisis.”

      Earlier, dozens of Al-Sadr’s supporters stormed the Green Zone in Baghdad, shortly after he announced his retirement from politics, and the police used water cannons against the demonstrators, where the government building and foreign embassies are located.

      The Iraqi authorities imposed a nationwide curfew that began at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT) on Monday until further notice, the Iraqi Security Forces Joint Command announced, which was lifted later on Tuesday.

      As the violence mounted in the Iraqi capital on Monday, the head of the Sadrist parliamentary bloc in Iraq, Hassan Al-Adhari, had previously announced that Al-Sadr will go on a hunger strike until the violence stops.

      Read more: International concern mounts over latest developments in Iraq

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