US, UK Preparing for Fresh Escalation in Yemen, Ansarullah Warns

November 7, 2022

By Staff, Agencies

Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement warned about the United States and the United Kingdom’s fresh malicious intentions in the war-ravaged country.

Ali al-Qahoum, a member of Ansarullah’s Political Bureau, raised the alarm in an interview with Beirut-based al-Mayadeen network on Sunday.

There is “a direct US military presence in Yemen, and an influx of US forces, specifically in Hadhramaut,” he said, referring to Yemen’s biggest province, which spans from the country’s center towards its eastern areas.

“There is also an influx of British forces into al-Mahrah,” he added, referring to Yemen’s second-largest province that neighbors Hadhramaut to the east.

The US and the UK were preparing for a fresh round of escalation in Yemen, he further warned without elaborating.

The Western countries have been contributing heavily and unabatedly to a war of aggression that a Saudi Arabia-led coalition has been waging against Yemen since 2015.

The coalition has been seeking, unsuccessfully though, to restore Yemen’s power to the country’s former Western- and Riyadh-aligned officials. The war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Washington and London have been providing the coalition with direct arms, logistical, and political support, including through outfitting it with precision-guided ammunitions that the Saudi-led forces have been using amply against Yemen’s civilian population.

Al-Qahoum said new US and British military delegations had arrived in Yemen earlier this week.

Reporting on Wednesday, Yemen Press Agency cited informed local sources as saying that Hadhramaut’s Provincial Governor, Mabkhout bin Madi, had held a face-to-face meeting with the US delegation in his office.

The Ansarullah official, however, asserted that despite the Western states’ apparent preparations for a new flare-up in Yemen, “the Yemenis are ready to defend their dignity and every inch of their country.”

“Ansarullah has military capabilities that preserve Yemen’s sovereignty and independence,” he added.

Tomorrow starts today: Al Mayadeen marks 10 years with a new identity

10 October 2022 

Al-Mayadeen launches in its second decade with a new look in image, color and ink

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Ghassan Ben Jeddou 

Established under the presidency of late leader Hugo Chavez, teleSUR celebrates its 17th anniversary, at which Al Mayadeen CEO sent a letter of congratulations.

Al Mayadeen Media Network Ghassan Ben Jeddou, standing next to the President of teleSUR, Patricia Villegas.

On the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the launching of the Global South media outlet teleSURAl Mayadeen Media Network CEO, Mr. Ghassan Ben Jeddou, sent a heartening letter to the Venezuela-based television network, praising the steadfastness of the outlet’s vision and work against imperialist media.

TeleSUR was founded in 2005 – funded primarily by the Venezuelan government, as well as other neighboring countries in the region. It was launched under the presidency of revolutionary leader Hugo Chávez, who passed away in 2013. 

TeleSUR, like many alternative media outlets, challenges misleading neoliberal narratives that continue to demonize the struggles of the peoples of the Global South, push forward imperialist and exploitative narratives, and circulate war-mongering propaganda.

In his letter to the media outlet, Mr. Ghassan Ben Jeddou wrote: 

“The establishment of teleSUR was a strategic media event. It is not only an informative channel, in spite of its significant media role and success in Latin America and the world, but it was also indeed a bright and visionary decision from the internationalist leader, Hugo Chávez.

Today, on the anniversary of its establishment, we cannot but recall with much appreciation the channel’s journalistic professionalism, political commitment, strategic decisions, and humanitarian example. 

We extend our warm greetings to all the brave, creative, and resilient media workers in this steadfast outlet. Despite the numerous pressures that have been exerted against teleSUR, it is, however, still devoted to its values, and a reference for all the free peoples of the world. 

This is a tribute to the teleSUR administration on its success in cementing its position as one of the most important media outlets Worldwide.”

Moreover, Mr. Ben Jeddou extended his warm greetings to the President of teleSUR, Mrs. Patricia Villegas, remarking that “Patricia is not only a great president of a great channel, but she is also a media icon in the Global South and international community. 

With Patricia and teleSUR, we have established an influential, high-end, candid, professional, intellectual media partnership… We, at Al Mayadeen Media Network, will proceed in this cooperative partnership in full depth, strength, and a long-term vision.”

“The Al Mayadeen family yields heartful felicitations to all their friends and colleagues on the 17th anniversary of the establishment of teleSUR.

From the bottom of my heart, I extend to my colleagues at teleSUR, and to the dear captain of the ship Patricia, the most sincere congratulations. I do so with the conviction that this leading channel, whose headquarters are rooted in beautiful Caracas – the capital of victorious Venezuela over conspiracies, sanctions, blockades, and slander under the presidency of the unfaltering Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, resembles steadfast Venezuela, its great people, its vigorous leadership, and its iconic President.

Thus, teleSUR is destined to succeed, innovate, shine, and triumph.”

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Exclusive: Arms flow to Ukraine will not bring peace – Corbyn

July 31, 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English 

Former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in an exclusive interview with Al Mayadeen, discussed his stances regarding the latest international events and internal British politics.

Former British Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

in an exclusive interview with Al Mayadeen, former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed many issues, including the war on Yemen, the war in Ukraine, the Palestinian cause, and other topics related to the United Kingdom and its international role.

Jeremy Corbyn affirmed his opposition regarding the war in Ukraine, deeming Russia’s military operation in Ukraine “fundamentally wrong.” 

“Pouring arms in isn’t going to bring about a solution, It’s only going to prolong and exaggerate this war,” he asserted, expecting that this war will drag on for years.

The former Labour Party leader touched upon NATO’s expansion and the implications it has to the global economy and world peace: “Expanding NATO isn’t going to bring about a longer-term peace, [but it] will only bring about greater, greater strain and greater stress.”

“Then the world woke up and suddenly realized that Russia and Ukraine are the world’s biggest grain exporters and something has to be done. So they came to an agreement , and I hope it holds, to export grain through Odessa and through the Bosphorus to the rest of the world. That is a good move, but at the same time, putting more and more arms into Ukraine isn’t going to bring about it [peace].”

It is noteworthy that last month, the British government announced that it will be providing $1.2 billion in military aid to Ukraine. 

Corbyn continued, “Ukrainians are dying. Ukrainians are going into exile here; Thousands and thousands. And Russian soldiers are dying, conscripted. Young Russian soldiers are dying. This war is disastrous for the people of Ukraine, for the people of Russia, and for the safety and security of the whole world. And therefore, there has to be more much more effort put into peace.”

Corbyn spoke of the racist, double standards that Europe holds towards refugees: “Europe has been very welcoming of Ukrainian refugees, and that’s good, that’s right. Sadly, they’re not so welcoming and not so enabling of refugees coming from Yemen or anywhere else.”

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Sayyed Nasrallah reveals first decision he took as Hezbollah chief

21 Jul 2022

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah reveals that the first decision he took as Hezbollah Secretary-General was firing Katyusha rockets on Israeli occupation settlements.

The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

In the third episode of the “40 and Beyond” documentary series, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, revealed the first decision he took the moment he was elected as the party’s Secretary-General in 1992.

In an interview with Al Mayadeen CEO, Ghassan Ben Jeddou, in the third episode of “40 and Beyond”, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that after he was elected as Secretary-General following the martyrdom of Sayyed Abbas Al-Moussawi and his family, who were killed by an Israeli airstrike directly targeting their vehicle, and while he was on his way to the cemetery to attend the martyrs’ burial ceremony, he was informed that the Israeli occupation forces began advancing toward the towns of Kafra and Yater in southern Lebanon.

He also knew that violent confrontations were taking place between Hezbollah resistance fighters and the Israeli occupation.

The Lebanese leader said that back then, Hezbollah’s leadership suggested confronting the Israeli occupation violently, adding that he was told that if he wanted to force the Israeli to retreat, the Resistance should fire Katyusha rockets toward Israeli settlements.

Sayyed Nasrallah explained that at the time, he made consultations with the rest of the Shura members who were present at Sayyed Abbas Al-Moussawi’s funeral. Following the consultations, he took his first decision as Hezbollah Secretary-General to target Israeli settlements.

The Resistance leader pointed out that this was the first time that the Islamic Resistance ever bombed Israeli settlements.

It is noteworthy that on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Hezbollah and the 30th anniversary of the election of Sayyed Nasrallah as the Lebanese party’s Secretary-General, Al Mayadeen produced a five-part documentary series, featuring a rare interview with the Resistance leader dating back to 20 years.

The fourth episode of “40 and Beyond” will be exclusively aired Thursday at 9 pm Al-Quds time, on Al Mayadeen TV.

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Fact-checked: Video documenting David Schenker’s statements on Lebanon هذا ما قاله ديفيد شينكر في ندوة معهد واشنطن

17 May 2022

Fact-checked: Video documenting David Schenker’s statements on Lebanon

Source: The Washington Institute

By Al Mayadeen English 

Al Mayadeen refutes the claims of David Schenker that the network misreported his remarks on Lebanon, most notably the US’ role in exacerbating the country’s economic crisis.

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker spoke, on May 12, on the occasion of launching the latest book by Hanin Ghaddar, Friedmann Fellow in the Washington Institute’s Program on Arab Politics, who focuses on Shia politics throughout the Levant. Robert Satloff, a researcher at The Washington Institute, moderated the seminar.

The former US Assistant Secretary made serious statements, ahead of Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, about the US role played in the country by the administration of former US President Donald Trump in order to accelerate the country’s financial collapse, as well as the administration’s exploitation of the “October 17” movement to distort Hezbollah’s image and weaken it along with its allies.

Al Mayadeen had earlier published a news report about the symposium, but Schenker had reservations about the mechanism of its coverage through other media outlets, accusing the network of misrepresenting his own words. Following are video-supported excerpts from what he said during the meeting, which refutes his claims against Al Mayadeen.

Commenting on the US’ role in supporting the so-called March 14 alliance coalition, Schenker detailed how the US orchestrated a maximum pressure campaign against Hezbollah to target its revenues saying, “So, we [the US] had a sort of multi-faceted strategy – I don’t know if we spelled it out as such – but we undertook a number of activities. So first and foremost, is to deny the organization revenues: We had the maximum pressure campaign which limited funding from Tehran to the organization cutting back, you know, 800-700 million dollars a year provided directly from Iran…” 

Elsewhere in his remarks, Schenker boldly stated, “We also sanctioned Hezbollah financial institutions, like the Jammal Trust Bank, we are careful to do so, as we were waiting for Moody’s [Analytics] to come out with their credit ratings first that downgraded Lebanon, and the day after, we piled on and did Jamal Trust but we weren’t responsible for the downgrade, so we raised the cost as well for Hezbollah’s allies. We designated some of Hezbollah’s most corrupt allies including, as pointed out earlier, Gibran Bassil – the president’s son-in-law. The message, I think, in this regard, is clear.”

Video documenting David Schenker’s statements on Lebanon

On the course the US followed to undermine Hezbollah’s very presence, Schenker said, “We [the US] looked for political opportunities: We saw an opportunity to deal Hezbollah a symbolic defeat in the municipal elections. We know about what happened in 2016 with Beirut Madinati in municipal elections, and we wanted to build on this, understanding primarily that it’ll be symbolic. But, nonetheless, you know, affirming that this organization is not 10 feet tall.”

On the US’ attempt to infiltrate Hezbollah’s arena of popular support, he said, “We cultivated Shiite businessmen. So during my tenure as Assistant Secretary of NEA [Near East Affairs], I traveled to Lebanon twice or three times. On all occasions, I had public dinners with Shiite businessmen opposed to Hezbollah that were organized by my dear friend, Lokman Slim.”

He has also affirmed that “the idea was to promote economic opportunities in Shiite areas to help wean the community from its dependence on Hezbollah, and we worked hard at that and I think we made some initial progress, that for a number of reasons, including the port blast, could not be sustained.”

“We supported civil society – Shiite civil society – so I met with creative members of the Shiite civil society opposed to Hezbollah’s’ authoritarianism. I met with Shiite journalists, people who wrote for Janoubia, a great online site in the south that reports on Hezbollah’s corruption and repression,” Schenker claimed.

Fact-checked: Video documenting David Schenker’s statements on Lebanon

The US diplomat admitted that the US funded the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) by saying, “Now, the alternative to that is the default US policy of basically funding the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), underwriting the military in the hope that somehow this will mitigate towards stability in Lebanon. Now, while there’s some merit in funding the institution, it’s not a panacea and won’t be an agent of change in Lebanon.”

Projecting on one of the speaker’s ideas regarding Hezbollah’s status, Schenker said, “So the phenomenon that Hanin describes so well, I think, is an opportunity for, regardless of whether it’s Republicans or Democrats in Washington that the administration should look to exploit.”

“The LAF won’t prevent state collapse or another Hezbollah war with “Israel”. The focus of the LAF absent the approach to Hezbollah is a recipe for continuation of the status quo, or more likely a further deterioration and ultimately the destabilization of Lebanon,” he claimed.

Fact-checked: Video documenting David Schenker’s statements on Lebanon

Regarding the 2022 parliamentary elections in Lebanon, he said, “But, what I do know, is that the opposition is incredibly divided, brimming with narcissistic or individualistic leaders who are more interested in being the head of their individual parties than getting together and overthrowing a corrupt elite. And so they have something like 100 parties running – the normal parties and then all these other smaller parties. And my guess is they’re going to eat their own and we’re not going to see them gain a great deal of seats to shift the balance”.

He concluded by commenting on the US multifront war to shrink Hezbollah’s authority by saying, “That’s exactly my point, which is you have to work to push back on this group [Hezollah] on all fronts. And that part of that is going after them in Lebanon, supporting people who are willing to stand up to them, and then going after Iran economically or in other ways, putting pressure on them. They don’t get a free pass from creating all these militias, planting them that are destabilizing or destroying their countries.”

Several Lebanese parties have long warned against the role the US is playing in the Lebanese arena of politics and the fact that the said county is making every effort to incite strife and favor a party over another based on its whims and own narrow interests. Schenker’s words expose the US interference in Lebanese politics, not to mention the substantial role it played in exacerbating the economic crisis the Lebanese have been under since 2019. 

هذا ما قاله ديفيد شينكر في ندوة معهد واشنطن

المصدر: الميادين نت

الثلاثاء 17 أيار 2022

مساعد وزير الخارجية الأميركي لشؤون الشرق الأدنى السابق، ديفيد شينكر، يتحدّث عن الدور الأميركي في لبنان، وعن مشروع الاستثمار الأميركي في قوى “المجتمع المدني”.

المساعد السابق لوزير الخارجية الأميركي لشؤون الشرق الأدنى ديفيد شينكر

استضاف معهد واشنطن ندوة عبر تطبيق “زووم”، بتاريخ الـ12 من أيار/مايو الجاري، شاركت فيها حنين غدار، الباحثة اللبنانية في معهد واشنطن، وديفيد شينكر، المساعد السابق لوزير الخارجية الأميركي لشؤون الشرق الأدنى، وبشار حيدر، الأستاذ الجامعي في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت. وأدار الندوة الباحث في معهد واشنطن روبرت ساتلوف، قائلاً إنّها تأتي قبل أيام من الانتخابات النيابية في لبنان، لكنها ستركز على قضية حزب الله داخل المجتمع الشيعي، بمناسبة إطلاق معهد واشنطن كتاباً جديداً لحنين غدار، بعنوان “أرض حزب الله: تشريح الضاحية والمجتمع الشيعي في لبنان”.ميناء

وصرّح شينكر بأنّ إدارة الرئيس باراك أوباما “اهتمت بدرجة أقل بلبنان”، على عكس إدارة الرئيس الأميركي السابق دونالد ترامب، التي أولت قدراً كبيراً من الاهتمام بالشأن اللبناني، بحيث “كان الانهيار المالي يترسّخ، وحدث انفجار ميناء بيروت، وكان برنامج لبنان للذخائر الموجَّهة بدقة (مع الجيش اللبناني) يحقق تقدماً كبيراً”.

شنكر:  إدارة ترامب أولت قدراً كبيراً من الاهتمام بالشأن اللبنانيشنكر: قمنا بتصنيف بعض حلفاء حزب الله بالأكثر فساداً

وفيما يخص العقوبات التي فرضتها الإدارة الأميركية على حزب الله، لفت شينكر إلى أنّ واشنطن “فرضت عقوبات على المؤسسات المالية التابعة لحزب الله، مثل جمال تراست بنك، فكنّا حريصين على القيام بذلك، بحيث كنا ننتظر إصدار مؤسسة موديز تصنيفاتها الائتمانية التي خفّضت تصنيف لبنان. وفي اليوم التالي، جمعنا الوثائق، وقمنا بوصم جمال بنك”. وقال ضاحكاً: “لكننا لم نكن مسؤولين عن خفض تصنيف لبنان”.

وتابع أنّ بلاده “رفعت التكلفة على حلفاء حزب الله”، قائلاً: “قمنا بتصنيف بعض حلفاء حزب الله الأكثر فساداً، بمن في ذلك صهر الرئيس اللبناني جبران باسيل. والرسالة في هذا الصدد واضحة. فالولايات المتحدة لا تقف فقط ضد الفساد الذي يتورط فيه حزب الله على نحو قريب، والذي يؤدي إلى تدمير الاقتصاد اللبناني، لكن هؤلاء الناس سيدفعون الثمن. لن يربحوا من هذا من دون الإضرار بسمعتهم، أو تلقيهم ضرراً مالياً”.

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وبشأن استغلال الفرص السياسية من أجل التصويب على حزب الله،  قال ديفيد شينكر: “بحثنا عن الفرص السياسية. رأينا فرصة في توجيه هزيمة رمزية لحزب الله في الانتخابات البلدية. نحن نعلم بما حدث في عام 2016، مع حملة “بيروت مدينتي” في الانتخابات البلدية، وأردنا البناء على ذلك، مع معرفتنا المسبّقة بأنها ستكون هزيمة رمزية”.

وأكد أن الإدراة الأميركية قامت بـ”زرع رجال أعمال شيعة”، مشيراً إلى أنّه سافر إلى لبنان مرتين، أو ثلاث مرات، خلال فترة عمله مساعداً لوزير الخارجية لشؤون الشرق الأدنى.

وقال مساعد وزير الخارجية الأميركي لشؤون الشرق الأدنى السابق إنّه كان له عشاء عام مع رجال الأعمال الشيعة المعارضين لحزب الله، نظّمه لقمان سليم، الذي وصفه بـ”صديقه العزيز”، موضحاً: “كانت الفكرة هي تعزيز الفرص الاقتصادية في المناطق الشيعية للمساعدة على وقف اعتماد هذا المجتمع على حزب الله، وعملنا بجد على ذلك. وأعتقد أننا أحرزنا بعض التقدم الأولي. لكن، نتيجة عدد من الأسباب، بما في ذلك انفجار الميناء، لم نتمكن من جعل هذا التقدم مستداماً”.

وأضاف ديفيد شينكر: “لقد دعمنا المجتمع المدني الشيعي. لذلك التقيت أعضاء مبدعين من المجتمع المدني الشيعي المعارضين لاستبداد حزب الله. التقيت صحافيين شيعة، ممن يكتبون لموقع “جنوبية”، وهو موقع إلكتروني رائع في الجنوب، يقدّم تقارير بشأن فساد حزب الله وقمعه. بإيجاز، أعتقد أننا اتخذنا مقاربة رفضت النظر إلى الطائفة الشيعية اللبنانية على أنها كتلة واحدة، وحاولنا إيجاد فرص من أجل الاستفادة من السخط الشيعي”.

شنكر: الإدراة الأميركية قامت بزرع رجال أعمال شيعةشنكر: من المهم أن ننظر إلى ما يحدث في لبنان

وبحسب المساعد السابق لوزير الخارجية الأميركي لشؤون الشرق الأدنى، فإنّه لا يعتقد أنّ الانتخابات ستغيّر الوضع بصورة كبيرة، “على الرغم من كل الاحتجاجات في عام 2019، والاستياء السائد في لبنان”، مضيفاً: “أولاً وقبل كل شيء، وكما نعلم جيداً مما حدث بعد انتخابات عامَي 2005 و2009، فإن حزب الله لا يحترم نتائج الانتخابات، فهو يؤمن بالرصاص وصناديق الاقتراع، على حدّ سواء”.

شنكر: لا أعتقد أنّ الانتخابات ستغيّر الوضع بصورة كبيرةشنكر: المعارضة منقسمة بصورة كبيرة لا تُصدق

وأكد شينكر أنّ هناك سبباً آخر في عدم وجود أي تأثير للانتخابات، معتقداً أنّ “من المهم أنّ ننظر إلى ما يحدث في المجتمع المسيحي، كما أشار بشار حيدر، الذي قال إنّ من المهم أن ننظر إلى ما يحدث في لبنان، بسبب جبران باسيل والتيار الوطني الحر، نتيجة النظر إليهما بصفتهما فاسدَين، بالتواطؤ مع حزب الله، وهل سيعانيان (أي باسيل وتياره انتخابياً)؟ من يدري إلى أين ستذهب هذه الأصوات؟”.

شنكر: من المهم أن ننظر إلى ما يحدث في لبنان وتحديداً في المجتمع المسيحيشنكر: الانتخابات لا تصلح النظام المنتهك في لبنان

وأضاف أنّ “ما أعرفه هو أنّ المعارضة منقسمة بصورة كبيرة لا تُصَدَّق، فهي مليئة بالقادة النرجسيين أو الفردانيين، والذين يهتمون بأنّ يكونوا رؤساء أحزابهم الخاصة، أكثر من اهتمامهم بالتوحّد معاً وإطاحة النخبة الفاسدة. فهم لديهم نحو 100 حزب تخوض الانتخابات، بدءاً بالأحزاب العادية، ثم كل هذه الأحزاب الصغيرة الأخرى. وأعتقد أنّهم سيأكلون بعضهم البعض، ولن نراهم يكسبون حصة كبيرة في المقاعد النيابية من أجل تغيير التوازن” السياسي في البلد.

شنكر: المعارضة منقسمة بصورة كبيرة لا تُصَدَّقشنكر: دعمنا المجتمع المدني الشيعي في لبنان

وعبّر شينكر عن عدم تفاؤله بـ”هذه الانتخابات. لا أعتقد أنه يجب على حكومة الولايات المتحدة أن تضع كثيراً من الثِّقل أو الصدقية تجاه ما يحدث فيها. هناك نظام منتهَك في لبنان، والانتخابات، في ظل قوانين انتخابية كهذه الموجودة، لن تُصلحه، للأسف”.

شنكر: هناك نظام منتهَك في لبنانشنكر: إدارة ترامب أولت اهتماماً كبيراً بالشأن اللبناني

وكانت الميادين نشرت خبراً بشأن هذه الندوة، تحفَّظ شنكر، عبر وسائل إعلام أخرى، عن آلية تغطيتها.

Al Mayadeen mourns the martyrdom of journalist Sherine Abu Aklah

May 11, 2022 

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen English

 

The assassination of martyr Shireen Abu Akleh was a deliberate Israeli decision to intimidate journalists and prevent news and photos from exposing the occupation’s terrorism.

Al Mayadeen mourns the martyr Sherine Abu Aklah

Al Mayadeen network, through its CEO Mr. Ghassan Ben Jeddou, released a statement regarding the martyrdom of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh at the hands of the Israeli occupation:

Al Mayadeen expresses its deep sorrow over the martyrdom of the Palestinian Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Martyr Shireen was an idol of discipline and professional commitment that the Palestinian and Arab media will miss with sorrow and pain. We express heartfelt condolences to the family of martyr Abu Akleh, her colleagues, the Al Jazeera administration, and its chairman of the board Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani. We condemn the heinous crime of the Israeli occupation.

This murder is a continuation of a deep-rooted Israeli policy that targets all Palestinians. The assassination of martyr Shireen Abu Akleh was a deliberate Israeli decision to intimidate journalists and prevent news and photos from exposing the occupation’s terrorism.

Al Mayadeen urges the international press bodies to condemn the assassination of martyr Shireen and “Israel’s” ongoing terrorism against the Palestinian people.

Martyrdom of Shireen Abu Akleh

The statement comes following the announcement Palestinian Ministry of Health of the martyrdom of Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, whom the Israeli occupation forces shot in the head with a live bullet. The Israeli occupation aggressed against Jenin refugee camp, north West Bank, at a time when journalists covered the storming of the camp. 

Abu Akleh, according to the ministry, was hit by a live bullet before being rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Al Mayadeen’s Person of the Year 2021: The heroes of Freedom Tunnel الميادين تختار أبطال نفق الحرية “شخصية العام” 2021

31 Dec 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen Net

This year, Al Mayadeen has chosen the 6 Palestinian prisoner heroes who’ve carried out Operation Freedom Tunnel, showing the world the true meaning of resistance and resilience.

Al Maydeen’s Person of the Year 2021, from top left to bottom right: Mahmoud Al-Aridah, Yaqoub Qadri, Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, Mohammed Al-Arida, Ayham Kamamji, Munadel Nafi’at. 
Al-Mayadeen chooses the Freedom Tunnel heroes as 2021 public figure

Al Mayadeen chose the heroes of the Freedom Tunnel from Gilboa Prison for the Person of the Year award 2021. Their self-liberation inspired this choice, as their characters were distinguished by merit,  and creativity for the sake of freedom and the will to live.

The Freedom Tunnel prisoners are: Mahmoud Al-Aridah, Zakaria Al-Zubaidi, Yaqoub Qadri, Mohammed Al-Aridah, Ayham Kamamji, and Munadel Nafi’at. They were chosen based on merit for their innovative and creative struggle for freedom, for they provided the world with lessons on fighting for freedom and dignity. 

About the six heroes of Operation Freedom Tunnel

About the Six Freedom Tunnel heroes and their most prominent aphorisms after their re-arrest

On the Monday morning of September 6, 2021, 6 Palestinian prisoners carried out a heroic operation to escape from the Israeli Gilboa prison through a tunnel they dug, which led them outside the prison walls.

Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Aridah (46 years old)

Al-Aridah is the commander of the Gilboa prison escape operation – Operation Freedom Tunnel. He was born in the town of Arraba, Jenin District. He was arrested for the first time in 1992 and released in 1996, then he was arrested again in the same year on September 21, 1996.

He was also sentenced to life in prison, in addition to 15 years, on charges of membership in the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement and participating in resistance operations.

During his long detention, prisoner Al-Arida was subjected to punishment and restrictive measures, as he was isolated on June 19, 2011. After 4 months of isolation, an internal court convened and renewed his isolation for 60 days more with no justification. 

Furthermore, the occupation prisons authority re-isolated him on June 11, 2014, against the backdrop of the discovery of a tunnel in Shatta prison which he intended to escape through, spending more time in isolation.

His words to his mother had a great impact: “I tried to go to you and embrace you dear mother before you leave this world, but God has decreed for us otherwise.”

Zakaria Al-Zubaidi (46 years old)

Born in Jenin refugee camp, Al-Zubaidi is the former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah movement. Al-Zubaidi was elected as a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in 2006 and was arrested in the West Bank city of Ramallah on February 27, 2019.

Prior to the escape, Al-Zubaidi was still detained and no verdict was issued against him after he was charged with being a member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades.

Mohammad Qassem Al-Arida (39 years old)

Born in the town of Arraba, Jenin District. He was arrested in an Israeli ambush on January 7, 2002, then released in mid-March 2002.

On May 16, 2002, he was besieged and arrested in Ramallah and was sentenced to three life sentences and 20 years in prison.

Al-Arida said: “My five-day journey through the streets of my country will spare me all my years of detention.”

Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri (49 years old)

Born in the village of Bir Al-Basha, Jenin district. In 2000, he was chased by the occupation.

He participated in the battle to defend Jenin camp in 2002, and was arrested on October 18, 2003.

In 2004, Qadri was sentenced to two life sentences and 35 years in prison.

In 2014 he planned an unsuccessful escape through a tunnel from Shatta prison with a group of other prisoners.

He said: “A five-day journey is great for a person who has been deprived of everything for 19 years.”

Ayham Kamamji (35 years old)

Born in the village of Kafr Dan, Jenin, the occupation began pursuing him in May 2003, arresting him on July 4, 2006. He was sentenced to life in prison. 

Kamamji was the first to respond to the assassination of the martyrdom of the Al-Quds Brigades, Muhammad Kamil, by carrying out a shooting attack on an Israeli bus in Ramallah.

Munadel Nafi’at (26 years old)

Born in the town of Ya`bad, Jenin district, Nafi’at was arrested in 2006 and released in 2015.

He was re-arrested in 2016 and 2020 on charges of belonging to Saraya Al-Quds — the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement — and for participating in resistance operations against the occupation forces.

It is noteworthy that the Israeli occupation re-arrested Yaqoub Qadri and Mahmoud Al-Arida on September 10, in occupied Al-Nasira.

On September 11, the occupation re-arrested Zakaria Al-Zubaidi and Mohammad Qassem Al-Arida, while re-arresting Ayham Kamamji and Munadel Nafi’at on September 19.

Abdullah Qandil: We appreciate Al-Mayadeen declaring the six prisoners the person of the year

الميادين تختار أبطال نفق الحرية “شخصية العام” 2021

الجمعة 31 كانون الأول 2021

المصدر: الميادين نت

قناة الميادين تختار أبطال نفق الحرية من سجن جلبوع “شخصية العام” 2021، وهم الذين كسروا قيود السجّان الإسرائيلي بالعزم والصبر، وأدخلوا الاحتلال في مأزق، وجعلوا منظومته الأمنية في صدمة، ووضعوا مؤسّساته السياسية والعسكرية في حيرة.

الميادين تختار أبطال نفق الحرية “شخصية العام” 2021

اختارت قناة الميادين أبطال “نفق الحرية” من سجن جلبوع “شخصية العام” 2021 من مُلهمي درب التحرير. هذه “الشخصية” تميّزت بالجدارة والإلهام والإبداع في سبيل الحرية وإرادة الحياة.

الميادين اختارت أبطال “نفق الحرية“، وهم: محمود العارضة، زكريا الزبيدي، يعقوب قادري، محمد العارضة، أيهم كممجي ومناضل نفيعات، بسبب جدارتهم في الابتكار والإنجاز، وفي تقديم دروس الإبداع، بحثاً عن العيش بحريةٍ وكرامة.

نبذة عن أبطال “نفق الحرية” الستة

قام 6 أسرى فلسطينيين، صباح الإثنين، الـ6 من أيلول/سبتمبر 2021، بعمليةٍ بطوليةٍ للهروب من سجن جلبوع الإسرائيلي، عبر نفق حفروه، أفضى بهم إلى خارج أسوار السجن.

محمود عبد الله عارضة (46 عاماً)

هو قائد عملية الهروب من سجن جلبوع، من مواليد بلدة عرابة قضاء جنين. اعتُقل أول مرة عام 1992 وتم إطلاق سراحه عام 1996، ثمّ جرى اعتقاله من جديد في العام ذاته، بتاريخ الـ 21 من أيلول سبتمبر 1996.

كما حُكم عليه بالسَّجن مدى الحياة، بالإضافة إلى 15 عاماً، بتهمة الانتماء إلى الجناح العسكري لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي، والعضوية فيها، والمشاركة في عمليات للمقاومة.

وتعرّض الأسير العارضة، خلال فترة اعتقاله الطويلة، لكثير من العقوبات والتضييق، بحيث تم عزله في الـ 19 من حزيران/يونيو 2011. وبعد 4 أشهر من العزل، عُقِدت له محكمة داخلية، وجددت عزله مدة 60 يوماً من دون ذكر الأسباب. 

وعاودت مصلحة سجون الاحتلال عزله في الـ 11 من حزيران/يونيو 2014، على خلفية اكتشاف نفق في سجن شطة مُعَدّ للهروب، وأمضى في العزل ما يزيد على سنة.

كان في كلماته لوالدته أثر كبير: “بعد التحية والسلام، حاولت المجيء لأعانقك يا أمي قبل أن تغادري الدنيا، لكن الله قدّر لنا غير ذلك”.

زكريا الزبيدي (46 عاماً)

من مواليد مخيم جنين، وهو القائد السابق لكتائب شهداء الأقصى، الجناح العسكري لحركة “فتح”. انتُخب الزبيدي عضواً في المجلس لثوري لحركة “فتح” عام 2006، واعتُقل في مدينة رام الله في الضفة الغربية يوم الـ 27 من شباط/فبراير 2019.

وقبل عملية الهروب، كان الزبيدي لا يزال موقوفاً، ولم يصدر في حقه حُكم، بعد أن وُجِّهَت إليه تهمة الانتماء إلى كتائب الأقصى.

محمد قاسم أحمد عارضة (39 عاماً)

من مواليد بلدة عرّابة، قضاء مدينة جنين. اعتُقل في كمين إسرائيلي بتاريخ 7 كانون الثاني/يناير 2002، ثم أُفرج عنه منتصف شهر آذار/مارس من عام 2002. وفي بتاريخ الـ 16 من أيار/مايو 2002، تمّت محاصرته واعتُقل في مدينة رام الله، وحُكم عليه بالسَّجن 3 مؤبَّدات و20 عاماً.

وهو القائل “رحلتي في شوارع بلادي لـ 5 أيام كفيلة بأن تغنيني عن كل سنوات اعتقالي”.

يعقوب محمود أحمد قادري (49 عاماً)

من مواليد قرية بير الباشا قضاء جنين. تعرّض عام 2000 للمطاردة من الاحتلال، وشارك في معركة الدفاع عن مخيم جنين عام 2002، واعتُقل في الـ18 من تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2003.

وصدر بحقه عام 2004 الحكم بالسَّجن المؤبد مرتين و35 عاماً، وكان حاول في عام 2014 مع مجموعة من الأسرى الفرار من سجن شطة، عبر نفق، لكن المحاولة لم تنجح.

وهو القائل “رحلة الـ 5 أيام عظيمة بالنسبة إلى إنسان حُرم من كل شيء لـ 19 عاماً”.

أيهم كممجي (35 عاماً)

من مواليد قرية كفر دان من مدينة جنين. بدأ الاحتلال مطاردته في أيار/مايو 2003، واعتقلته قوات الاحتلال في الـ 4 من تموز/يوليو 2006، وحُكم عليه بالسجن مدى الحياة.

وهو صاحب الرد الأول على اغتيال الشهيد في سرايا القدس محمد كميل، من خلال تنفيذه عملية إطلاق نار على حافلة إسرائيلية في رام الله.

مناضل انفيعات (26 عاماً)

من مواليد بلدة يعبد قضاء جنين. اعتُقل عام 2006 وأُفرج عنه عام 2015، وأُعيد اعتقاله عام 2016 ثم عام 2020، بتهمة الانتماء إلى سرايا القدس، الجناح العسكري لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي، والمشاركة في عمليات للمقاومة ضد قوات الاحتلال. وهو كان لا يزال موقوفاً، ولم يصدر بحقه حكم.

يُشار إلى أنّ الاحتلال الإسرائيلي أعاد اعتقال اثنين من الأسرى المتحرِّرين من سجن جلبوع في الـ 10 من أيلول/سبتمبر، هما يعقوب قادري ومحمود عارضة، في الناصرة المحتلة.

وفي الـ 11 من أيلول/سبتمبر، أعاد الاحتلال اعتقال اثنين آخرين من الأسرى المتحررين من سجن جلبوع في منطقة الطور، وهما: زكريا الزبيدي ومحمد عارضة.

وأعلنت قوّات الاحتلال الإسرائيلي في الـ19 من أيلول/سبتمبر إعادة اعتقال الأسيرين المتحررين من سجن جلبوع، وهما: أيهم كممجي ومناضل انفيعات.

Maduro to Al Mayadeen: We will not abandon Palestine

December 26, 2021

Net Source: Al Mayadeen

By Al Mayadeen

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro says, in an interview for Al Mayadeen, that the Venezuelan people resisted fierce attacks launched by US imperialism and its allies, and discusses relations with some countries, including Iran and Syria.

Maduro to Al Mayadeen: We will not abandon Palestine

In an exclusive interview with Al Mayadeen, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro noted that 2021 was the first year in which Venezuela registered economic growth since “the beginning of the criminal imperialist US sanctions,”  adding that this growth was the result of Venezuela’s economy which produces food, goods, products, and services. The country has witnessed growth in its industries, trade, and its domestic market as a result of the Venezuelans’ continued effort.

Maduro considered that the people of Venezuela resisted the fierce attacks launched by the US imperial power and its allies around the world, “but we held on and resisted.” Maduro highlighted that the people of Venezuela did not suffice themselves with resistance, rather the important goal they sought after was to achieve progress by way of a collective effort through the stimulation of all economic sectors.

The Venezuelan President revealed that he finds inspiration in Venezuela’s heroic history, stressing the need to believe in the people in order to motivate its sense of pride and ameliorate its strengths, both spiritually and morally. Maduro added that when the individual sees a greater historical cause embodied in himself, he will ascend to the level of the difficulties and challenges that face him.

Al Mayadeen Exclusive | Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro: I find inspiration in #Venezuela’s heroic history. @NicolasMaduro pic.twitter.com/VFv1klL5IW— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) December 26, 2021

According to Maduro, the people of Venezuela were no less than heroes before the challenges they faced, and he as a President had to be up to par with this heroic people. He also needed to have great faith and patience, as well as trust in the future, to rise up to the challenge and enter the battle.

The Venezuelan president pointed out that the late Cuban president, Fidel Castro, had always said that one must fight in all circumstances, fight until the last breath.

Commenting on opposition leader and US favorite Juan Guaido, Maduro described him as a sort of a “political Frankenstein” who was defeated, adding that “imperialism thought that Venezuela was its property” and that it had the ability to appoint a president for the country, through its colonialist comportment.

Nicolas #Maduro on #JuanGuaido: He was a kind of a political “Frankenstein” who was defeated. @NicolasMaduro #Venezuela pic.twitter.com/xKBqt4MYLD— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) December 26, 2021

He further clarified that the people of Venezuela confronted imperialism, and told its leaders and its Guaido that they shall not pass, and indeed they did not.

Maduro called for abandoning imperialism and its Frankenstein in the swamp, stressing that during the previous US administration, Trump appointed a High Commissioner called Elliott Abrams to rule over a “colony called Venezuela,” in accordance with Trump’s neo-colonialist and imperialist perspective.

However, Maduro noted, Abrams was “so shameless that he wrote my wife, asking her to divorce me,” and told her that they would allow her to take her family out of the country. He also added that Abrams asked him to “betray the people of Venezuela, Bolivar’s cause, and Chavez’s legacy, and to hand Venezuela over to US imperialism.

Al Mayadeen Exclusive | Nicolas Maduro: They wanted me to betray the people of #Venezuela#Bolivar’s cause, and #Chavez’s legacy, and to hand Venezuela over to #US imperialism. @NicolasMaduro pic.twitter.com/GvbAAL930v— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) December 26, 2021

According to the Venezuelan President, imperialism’s plans ran into the reality of the high Bolivarian ethical values “that we uphold.” Venezuela also witnessed surprises, which revealed the bravery of many people in this world, such as resistance factions, and movements of solidarity, and heads of states and governments, “that provided us with support and defended us.”

Every traitor of Venezuela is now in history’s ash heap

During his interview for Al Mayadeen, Maduro noted that he had always felt that Venezuela was not alone. At the UN, he said, they [Venezuela’s enemies] tried on numerous occasions to avoid recognizing the legitimacy of our government, and they were beaten by support from the vast majority of governments. He expressed his pride in the world’s solidarity and resistance movements, and their leaders.

Maduro emphasized that he knew who the traitors were, and where to find them, saying that those that attempt to interfere in Venezuela’s affairs will dry out and wither. Each traitor to Venezuela has gone to the ash heap of history, like Lenin Moreno and Mauricio Macri. But, he said, it is best to talk of things beneficial to our peoples, “instead of remembering that trash.” 

Al Mayadeen Exclusive | Nicolas Maduro: Each traitor to #Venezuela has gone to the ash heap of history. @NicolasMaduro pic.twitter.com/lePbDDPpQl— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) December 26, 2021

Venezuela’s President commented on the elections, saying they were exemplary, and some of the monitors were witnesses to our electoral system being the safest and most progressive in the world. He also highlighted that this election was the 29th in the 21 years since the Bolivarian revolution, and marks the 27th victory, and said “ we are a true power,” a power that is always renewing itself in its discourse, in its plans, and its leadership.

Regarding his country’s commitments and challenges, he emphasized the need to meet them. Every time a victory is achieved, Venezuela performs a comprehensive review, accompanied with self-criticism, and studies future plans, he added, stressing that before the year’s end, the plans will be ready for 2022, 2023, and 2024.

According to the Venezuelan President, his country is not living on its past glories, as with every victory they learn their lessons, and find renewed energy and strength for the future; everything is meticulously planned. The secret to building a revolution, he went on to say, lies in self-criticism, which they always do, as they remain vigilant 24 hours a day.

Facing the end of 2021, Maduro declared that he is currently enjoying the sweet taste of victory, and is readying himself to sacrifice and work to achieve new victories in the coming years, and that the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela are a new body built to be part of this nation. 

The armed forces, he said, raised the banner of independence and fighting imperialism, the banner of freedom, the banner of the great liberator of America, Simon Bolivar. 

Discussing late Venezuelan leader and former President Hugo Chavez, Maduro told Al Mayadeen that he was a great military leader in whom one could find all the elements of comprehensive leadership. He considered that Chavez was the one who restructured the armed forces, giving them a new code based on resistance. He emphasized Venezuela’s armed forces role as the backbone of the revolution and the pillar of democracy and its existence.

The Venezuelan leader saw that imperialism devotes millions of dollars to buy off soldiers in many countries around the world, recruiting them so that they would organize military coups by using them as they did in Paraguay, Bolivia, Honduras, and Chile. Commander Chavez, he said, severed this relationship the United States had with Venezuela and said his country has sovereign military forces, which are the backbone for peace, stability, and democracy in Venezuela.

Chavez’s decision was a great shock

Maduro reminisced on the words of former President Chavez when he had to undergo complex surgery and said that if anything should happen that would impede his ability to perform his duties as president, then Maduro should assume responsibility.

He considered Chavez’s decision to be a great shock because he [Maduro] knew very well that when Chavez thinks of something and makes a decision, it is because he expects that something will happen, clarifying that “us revolutionaries” are obliged to deal with any conditions forced upon them, and as revolutionaries, they must be ready for battle, ready to surmount pain, injury, and grief, and that is what happened.

He expressed his satisfaction for the loyalty he showed Chavez’s legacy, and his honoring of the oath he swore before him and continuing to be in the frontlines of the confrontation, holding the banner of victory, of Venezuela.

Discussing his wife, Maduro said Cilia Flores is first and foremost, a leader from our country, and has had her own history. He added that she was a member of Parliament, a director in the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, and an Attorney General of Venezuela at one point, clarifying that she is firm in her opinions and resolute in her utterances, with people calling her the “first fighter.”

He declared that Flores continuously fights for children, the youth, and for Venezuelan women, and expressed his great pride to be her husband.

We will not abandon Palestine

On the Palestinian cause, President Maduro stressed that no one in the world dares to ask Caracas to abandon Palestine. “We cannot accept such demands. It is a sin to simply think about abandoning Palestine or leaving it by itself.”

“Palestine is humanity’s holy land, and we have the Palestinian land in such high regard. We hear the name ‘Palestine’ loud and high,” Maduro affirmed, condemning the Israeli occupation’s crimes against Palestinians, saying “Israel” would pay for them one day.

The Venezuelan leader sent a message to the Palestinian people, in which he affirmed Venezuela’s, the Venezuelan people’s, and the leader Hugo Chavez’s Bolivarian revolution’s support for Palestine. He reiterated his neverending total support of Palestine as Venezuela loves Palestine, all its people, and all its factions.

“We wish Palestine well, and we have cooperation agreements with it – agreements that are going very well. We would like to give more for Palestine,” President Maduro said, calling on the peoples of the world, all of its leaders, all Arabs, and all Islamic leaders not to leave Palestine alone.

He voiced additional support for Palestine, saying it deserved unwavering and fearless support from all world leaders, saying “Palestine is crying out for help; Palestine is asking for your support, crimes are committed against it every day, and its youth are killed every day.”

Al Mayadeen Exclusive | Nicolas Maduro: #Palestine is crying out for help; Palestine is asking for your support, crimes are committed against it every day, and its youth are killed every day.#Venezuela@NicolasMaduro pic.twitter.com/40AGYxyd4C— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) December 26, 2021

Commenting on the latest events in occupied Palestine, namely the Israeli crimes, violations, and abuses, Maduro said the occupation’s crimes were indescribable, and are unmatched in this world, reaffirming his support for the Palestinian people, concluding by dedicating “a big kiss to the heart of Palestine.”

Syria will rise again with Assad

President Maduro talked about Syria and its president Bashar Al-Assad, describing him as a courageous, heroic, fighting man who has a beautiful family and a wonderful people, expressing his regret over what happened to Syria, saying it was “destined to endure a criminal terrorist war.”

Maduro affirmed that the Syrian people have suffered a lot throughout the last 11 years, and they knew how to preserve and win. The Syrian Arab Army, alongside the unified Syrian people and President Bashar Al-Assad, will make Syria rise again and fully liberate it, he declared. 

“The Arab world; the whole world will be amazed at how Syria will resurrect in the following years,” Maduro added.

Moreover, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry will undertake several initiatives in 2020 to reactivate cooperation between Arab countries and Latin America to establish links on both monetary and financial levels, the Venezuelan leader announced.

A lot of things could happen in the coming years between Venezuela and the Arab world, he emphasized, divulging his belief that it will happen.

“I want to use this interview with Al Mayadeen to call on all the leaders, peoples, and investors to invest in Venezuela,” he said.

The leader called his country the land of opportunities, which offers all constitutional and legal guarantees for investments in oil, gas, petrochemicals, tourism, gold, diamonds, iron, steel, aluminum, and foodstuffs.

I thank God for meeting Qassem Soleimani

Speaking about Iran, Maduro said relations with the Islamic Republic have always been really good, “Whether with former President Ahmadinejad, former President Hassan Rouhani, or now with President Ebrahim Raisi.”

Maduro said he agreed on several new plans with President Raisi, and the intergovernmental committee of both countries is working on these new projects which include networking and cooperation between Iran and Venezuela.

The Venezuelan president also voiced his admiration for Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, describing him as a man of great wisdom and great intelligence.

He revealed that former Quds Force commander martyr Major General Qassem Soleimani visited Venezuela between March and April 2019. “We were in the midst of the electrical crisis launched by the imperialists of the north against Venezuela’s electrical network,” touching on the conversation the two figures had on several areas of cooperation, including electricity. Maduro confirmed that all matters discussed between them went on to be implemented.

The Venezuelan President praised Major General Soleimani, “He was a smiley, optimistic man, and I thank God for ever meeting him.”

He further said, “Soleimani combated terrorism and the brutal terrorist criminals who attacked the peoples of the Axis of resistance. He was a brave man.”

He stressed the importance of learning from these horrific crimes, such as the crime of assassinating martyr Soleimani. “Is this a world we want, where we witness the White House issuing an order to kill a hero of the struggle against terrorism in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon?”

The world must raise its voice again, he underscored, “in condemnation of the murder of the people’s hero, Major General Soleimani.”

President Nicolas Maduro concluded by thanking Al Mayadeen for the attention it gives to peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean and for constantly covering its news on social media, not to mention its cooperation with the Venezuelan TeleSur TV channel.

“We must make more effort toward our spiritual, cultural, and political unification, and we must learn from the struggle and path of each one of our countries,” he concluded.

2021 in its Last Quarter, the End of the Erdogan Miracle 2021 في ربعه الأخير.. نهاية المعجزة الإردوغانية

Turkish Erdogan Economy – the End of the Development Miracle

ARABI SOURI 

The “remarkable successes” achieved by Turkey during the first years of the “Justice and Development” rule turned out to be just myths that are expected to turn into hurricanes at the beginning of the new year.

The following is the English translation from Arabic of the latest article by Turkish career journalist Husni Mahali he published in the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news site Al-Mayadeen Net:

When the West marketed the Justice and Development Party as an “Islamic party that democratically took power in a secular Muslim country” in the countries and peoples of the Arab region, it, also, had to prove to them the impressive successes of its “experience” in economic development that made Turkey the focus of everyone’s attention.

The leader of this “Islamist” experiment, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, achieved wide popularity, not only in the region, but among all Muslims in the world, and together they praised these successes, which they wished to bring them back the memories of the Caliphate and the Ottoman Sultanate that ruled large areas of the world.

The policies of openness to the countries of the region under the slogan “zero problems with neighboring countries”, which Erdogan pursued in the first eight years of his rule (2003-2011), contributed to gaining more popularity for him, his party, and Turkey, and achieved great economic gains thanks to this openness and positive relations with everyone, this will have repercussions on Ankara’s international relations, particularly with Europe, America, and Russia.

And the ‘bloody spring’ (Arab Spring) came to reveal what was hidden in Erdogan’s calculations, who believed that the time was right to impose his experience on the countries of the region, especially after the Muslim Brotherhood took power in Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco, and partly in Yemen and Libya, so that neighboring Syria would be Erdogan’s main target in all his calculations, ideologically, nationally and strategically.

This was the beginning of the decline in the Erdogan project with its repercussions on the internal reality, especially after the failed coup attempt carried out by the followers of Fethullah Gulen (a former strategic ally of Erdogan) on July 15, 2016. Erdogan took advantage of this attempt, which, at the time, was said that “America, Israel, and the UAE stand behind it,” so he changed the political system from parliamentary to presidential, and took control of all state institutions, facilities, and apparatuses, the most important of which were the army, intelligence, security, judiciary, media, and even the central bank.

This was the beginning of revealing the mysteries and secrets of “the economic development”, which the Turkish opposition proved to be a lie after having had dire consequences for the economic and financial situation a year after Erdogan declared himself absolute ruler of the country, after the rigged referendum of April 2017, according to the words of Kilicdaroglu, leader of the opposition People’s Party.

Erdogan became president in June 2018, and appointed himself as chairman of the board of directors of the sovereign fund, and appointed his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, as minister of finance and treasury and his deputy on the board of directors of the fund, this would be the beginning of the economic and financial collapse. The opposition accused Erdogan of privatizing $70 billion of public sector institutions, including airports, ports, dams, factories, military industries, forests, and highways, without anyone knowing where these billions went. The opposition also proved the involvement of Erdogan and those around him in serious corruption cases worth tens of billions of dollars, during the construction of bridges, tunnels, and airports by foreign companies that implemented their projects in hard currencies, and obtained their guarantees in hard currencies for long years as well.

All of this caused severe damage to the Turkish treasury, estimated at hundreds of billions of Turkish liras, which no longer has any notional value in foreign transactions. The opposition also proved the disappearance of 128 billion dollars (some say 150 billion) from the reserves of the Central Bank, without there being any logical explanation from Erdogan about the fate of these sums, because the state has not executed any strategic projects. The opposition said that Erdogan has spent some of these billions on his foreign adventures, especially in Syria, Libya, and other regions in which Erdogan wanted to promote his ideological, political and historical ideas, “while he lives in a fantasy world,” a quote by opposition leader Kilicdaroglu.

As for the volume of external debts, which exceeded 460 billion dollars, with larger amounts of internal debts, they, in turn, proved the collapse of development slogans that finally collided with the lira crisis that Turkey has been suffering since the past three months after it suffered from similar crises last year, and in 2018, albeit with less powerful tremors.

The value of the lira depreciated within only one month by thirty percent (60% since the beginning of the year, and it may reach 65% before the end of the year) and this was reflected in the prices, which increased by between 50 and 100%, which thwarted the government’s efforts to control inflation, which statistics indicate that it will not be less than 60%, to bring President Erdogan and his economic miracles to the end of the dark tunnel, and there is no escape from it for many reasons.

Experts, led by the former Minister of Economy and the current leader of the Democratic and Progress Party, Ali Babacan, all blamed President Erdogan for this economic and financial disaster, with its repercussions on Turkish society, which is experiencing its most difficult and darkest days. Babacan, who was one of the builders of “the development”, considered Erdogan’s foreign and domestic policies the main reasons for all that Turkey suffers from, accusing him of ignoring the simplest laws and rules of the economy and money. Babacan says that Erdogan is acting unilaterally, far from any legal and constitutional oversight or accountability, which has made Turkey lose the confidence of foreign capital after Erdogan took control of the judiciary and eliminated the independence of the central bank.

CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu and former Prime Minister and Future Party leader Ahmet Davutoglu supported Babacan’s words, and together they refuted the statements issued by the State Institute of Statistics regarding development rates, which were always according to the mood of Erdogan and his media and all those who were and still are admired about “the brilliant successes” Turkey achieved during the first years of the “Justice and Development” rule, finally, it turned out that they are just myths that did not withstand the bitter winds of truth that some expect to turn with the beginnings of the new year into storms and hurricanes, and no one knows how Erdogan will deal with them before they are accompanied by earthquakes that destroy all his “successes” before the so-called “Arab Spring,” when his experience, at the time, was a successful model that many praised, and some of them are now setting an example of its abject failure.

Others, at home and abroad, remain in their sentimental opinion of Erdogan’s miracles, either for self-interest or an ideological consensus that will not benefit any of them, as long as the truth has become completely exposed. The last three months of 2021 demonstrated the fragility of the Turkish economy and the “developmental miracles” that it has achieved, which “Islamists” have emotionally drummed and trumpeted about, as they are now emotionally defending them, they say that “Turkey’s economy is strong and its development is great, and it is exposed to a global war waged by imperialist, colonial, Zionist and Arab hostile countries and powers,” ignoring that Erdogan is courting all of these (countries and powers) in order to help him save Turkey, which will be very difficult by all standards and measures because Erdogan is absolutely indifferent to them, otherwise he would not have emphasized more than once his commitment to “religious texts” during his handling of the current crisis because “what matters to him is staying in power no matter what it costs him,” his former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says.

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2021 في ربعه الأخير.. نهاية المعجزة الإردوغانية

الاثنين 20 كانون الأول 2021

المصدر: الميادين نت

حسني محلي

“النجاحات الباهرة” التي حققتها تركيا خلال السنوات الأولى من حكم “العدالة والتنمية” تبيّن أنها مجرد أساطير يتوقع أن تتحول مع بدايات العام الجديد إلى أعاصير.

أصبح إردوغان رئيساً للجمهورية في حزيران/ يونيو 2018

عندما قام الغرب بتسويق حزب العدالة والتنمية “كحزب إسلامي تسلّم السلطة بشكل ديمقراطي في بلد مسلم علماني” في دول المنطقة العربية وشعوبها، كان عليه أن يثبت لها أيضاً النجاحات الباهرة “لتجربته” في التنمية الاقتصادية التي جعلت من تركيا محط أنظار الجميع. 

وحقّق زعيم هذه التجربة “الإسلامي” رجب طيب إردوغان شعبية واسعة، ليس فقط في المنطقة، بل بين جميع المسلمين في العالم، وتغنّوا معاً بهذه النجاحات التي تمنّوا لها أن تعيد إليهم ذكريات الخلافة والسلطنة العثمانيتين اللتين حكمتا مساحات واسعة من العالم. 

وأسهمت سياسات الانفتاح على دول المنطقة تحت شعار “صفر مشاكل مع دول الجوار”، والتي انتهجها إردوغان في السنوات الثماني الأولى من حكمه (2003-2011)، في كسب المزيد من الشعبية، له ولحزبه ولتركيا، وحققت مكاسب اقتصادية عظيمة بفضل هذا الانفتاح والعلاقات الإيجابية مع الجميع، بانعكاسات ذلك على علاقات أنقرة الدولية، وفي مقدمتها مع أوروبا وأميركا وروسيا. 

وجاء الربيع الدموي ليكشف المستور في حسابات إردوغان، الذي اعتقد أن الوقت بات ملائماً لفرض تجربته على دول المنطقة، وخاصة بعد تسلّم الإخوان المسلمين السلطة في تونس ومصر والمغرب، وجزئياً في اليمن وليبيا، لتكون الجارة سوريا هدف إردوغان الرئيسي في مجمل حساباته، عقائدياً وقومياً واستراتيجياً. 

وكان ذلك بداية التقهقر في المشروع الإردوغاني بانعكاساته على الواقع الداخلي، وخاصة بعد محاولة الانقلاب الفاشل الذي قام به أتباع فتح الله غولن (وهو الحليف الاستراتيجي السابق لإردوغان) في الـ 15 من تموز/يوليو 2016. واستغلّ إردوغان هذه المحاولة التي قيل آنذاك “إن أميركا وإسرائيل والإمارات تقف خلفها”، فقام بتغيير النظام السياسي من برلماني إلى رئاسي، وسيطر على جميع مؤسّسات الدولة ومرافقها وأجهزتها، وأهمها الجيش والاستخبارات والأمن والقضاء والإعلام، بل حتى البنك المركزي. 

وكان ذلك بداية الكشف عن خفايا “التنمية الاقتصادية” وأسرارها، والتي أثبتت المعارضة التركية كذبها بعد أن انعكست بنتائجها الوخيمة على الوضع الاقتصادي والمالي بعد عام من إعلان إردوغان نفسه حاكماً مطلقاً للبلاد، بعد استفتاء نيسان/أبريل 2017 المزوّر بحسب كلام كليجدار أوغلو زعيم حزب الشعب المعارض.

وأصبح إردوغان رئيساً للجمهورية في حزيران/ يونيو 2018، وقام بتعيين نفسه رئيساً لمجلس إدارة الصندوق السيادي، وتعيين صهره برات البايراك وزيراً للمالية والخزانة ونائباً له في  مجلس إدارة الصندوق، ليكون ذلك بداية الانهيار الاقتصادي والمالي. واتهمت المعارضة إردوغان بخصخصة ما قيمته 70 مليار دولار من مؤسسات القطاع العام، بما فيها المطارات والموانئ والسدود والمعامل والمصانع العسكرية والغابات والطرقات السريعة، من دون أن يعرف أحد أين ذهبت هذه المليارات. كما أثبتت المعارضة تورّط إردوغان ومَن حوله في قضايا فساد خطيرة بعشرات المليارات من الدولارات، خلال بناء الجسور والأنفاق والمطارات من قبل شركات أجنبية نفّذت مشاريعها بالعملات الصعبة، وحصلت على ضماناتها بالعملات الصعبة أيضاً ولسنوات طويلة. 

وألحق كل ذلك أضراراً جسيمة بالخزانة التركية تُقدّر بمئات المليارات من الليرات التركية التي لم يعد لها أي قيمة اعتبارية في التعاملات الخارجية. كما أثبتت المعارضة اختفاء 128 مليار دولار (البعض يقول 150 ملياراً) من احتياطي المصرف المركزي، من دون أن يكون هناك أي توضيح منطقي من إردوغان حول مصير هذه المبالغ، لأن الدولة لم تنفّذ أي مشاريع استراتيجية. وقالت المعارضة إن إردوغان قد صرف البعض من هذه المليارات في مغامراته الخارجية، وخاصة في سوريا وليبيا ومناطق أخرى أراد إردوغان أن يسوّق فيها أفكاره العقائدية والسياسية والتاريخية، “وهو يعيش في عالم الخيال”، والقول لزعيم المعارضة كليجدار أوغلو. 

وأما حجم الديون الخارجية التي زادت على 460 مليار دولار مع مبالغ  أكبر من الديون الداخلية، فقد أثبتت بدورها انهيار شعارات التنمية التي اصطدمت أخيراً بأزمة الليرة التي تعاني منها تركيا منذ ثلاثة أشهر، بعد أن عانت من أزمات مماثلة في العام الماضي، وفي عام 2018، ولو بهزّات أقل قوة. 

فتراجعت قيمة الليرة خلال شهر واحد فقط بنسبة ثلاثين في المئة (منذ بداية العام 60% وقد تصل إلى 65% قبل نهاية العام) وانعكس ذلك على الأسعار التي زادت بنسبة تراوح بين 50 و100%، وهو ما أفشل مساعي الحكومة في السيطرة على التضخم الذي تبيّن الإحصاءات أنه لن يكون أقل من 60%،  ليوصل الرئيس إردوغان ومعجزاته الاقتصادية إلى نهاية النفق المظلم، ولا نجاة منه لأسباب عديدة. 

فالخبراء، وفي مقدمتهم وزير الاقتصاد الأسبق والزعيم الحالي لحزب الديمقراطية والتقدم علي باباجان، حمّلوا جميعاً الرئيس إردوغان مسؤولية هذه الكارثة الاقتصادية والمالية بانعكاساتها على المجتمع التركي، الذي بات يعيش أصعب أيامه وأحلكها. واعتبر باباجان، وكان من بُناة “التنمية”، سياسات إردوغان الخارجية والداخلية سبباً رئيسياً لكل ما تعاني منه تركيا، متّهِماً إياه بجهل أبسط قوانين وقواعد الاقتصاد والمال. ويقول باباجان إن إردوغان يتصرف بشكل فردي، بعيداً عن أي رقابة أو محاسبة قانونية ودستورية، وهو ما أفقدَ تركيا ثقة الرساميل الأجنبية، بعد أن سيطر إردوغان على الجهاز القضائي، وقضى على استقلالية المصرف المركزي. 

وأيّد زعيم حزب الشعب الجمهوري كمال كليجدار أوغلو ورئيس الوزراء السابق وزعيم حزب المستقبل أحمد داود أوغلو كلام باباجان، وكذّبا معاً البيانات التي تصدر عن المعهد الحكومي للإحصاء في ما يتعلّق بنسب التنمية، وكانت دائماً وفق مزاج إردوغان وإعلامه وكل الذين كانوا وما زالوا يتغنّون “بالنجاحات الباهرة” التي حققتها تركيا خلال السنوات الأولى من حكم “العدالة والتنمية”، وتبيّن أخيراً أنها مجرد أساطير لم تصمد أمام رياح الحقيقة المرّة التي يتوقع لها البعض أن تتحول مع بدايات العام الجديد إلى عواصف وأعاصير، ولا يدري أحد كيف سيتصدّى لها إردوغان قبل أن ترافقها زلازل تدمّر كل ما حققه من “نجاحات” قبل ما يُسمّى “الربيع العربي”، حيث كانت تجربته آنذاك نموذجاً ناجحاً يتغنّى به الكثيرون، وبدأ البعض منهم الآن يضرب المثل بفشله الذريع. 

ويبقى آخرون في الداخل والخارج عند حسن ظنهم العاطفي بمعجزات إردوغان، إما لحسابات مصلحية أو لتوافق عقائدي لن ينفع أحداً منهم، ما دامت الحقيقة قد أصبحت مكشوفة تماماً. فقد أثبتت الأشهر الثلاثة الأخيرة من 2021 هشاشة الاقتصاد التركي وما حققه من “معجزات تنموية” طبّل وزمّر لها “الإسلاميون” عاطفياً كما يدافعون عنها الآن عاطفياً وهم يقولون إن “اقتصاد تركيا قوي وتنميتها عظيمة وهي تتعرض لحرب كونية تشنها دول وقوى أمبريالية واستعمارية وصهيونية وعربية معادية”، غافلين عن أن إردوغان يتودد إليها جميعاً كي تساعده لإنقاذ تركيا وهو ما سيكون صعباً جداً بكل المعايير والمقاييس، ذلك لأن إردوغان غير مبال بها على الإطلاق، وإلا لما أكد أكثر من مرة على التزامه “بالنصوص الدينية” خلال معالجته للأزمة الحالية لأن “ما يهمه هو البقاء في السلطة مهما كلفه ذلك” والقول لرئيس وزرائه السابق أحمد داود أوغلو.  

No Christmas where Christ was born

Dec 25 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

In Palestine, particularly in Beit Lahm, the cradle of Christ, Christmas is celebrated under the Israeli occupation.

Christ’s birth is celebrated under the violence of the Israeli occupation.

Christians around the world simultaneously light up their Christmas trees to inspire joy and hope, and awaken the spirit of Christmas; but for Fouad, Christina, Iyad, Hanin, and many Palestinians in Beit Lahm,  Gaza, and the occupied West Bank, this is going to be yet another sad Christmas.

Beit Lahm in December 

No Christmas where Christ was born

A large Christmas tree and decorations do little to brighten up a Christmas celebrated under the Israeli occupation most notably in Beit Lahm. Like many occupied Palestinian cities and towns, Beit Lahm is deprived of having any guests, with the tree rejoicing no one but the city’s residents. 

No Christmas where Christ was born

“I hope that this coming year brings about good, despite all the problems and challenges, as well as the corona pandemic and Israeli occupation,” a Palestinian elderly from Beit Lahm told Al Mayadeen English.

All that he can hope for in such days is a life full of goodness and blessings and a year that witnesses the end of the occupation. 

The resilient Palestinian recalls how around this time of the year, the Israeli occupation forces hold Palestinian youth under administrative arrest. 

“They would take Palestinians and throw them in prison, depriving the people of Palestine of joy.”

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In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, he stressed that the Israeli violence would escalate during the holiday season in Gaza and the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, and Al-Bustan, and in all of Palestine, not to mention the ongoing events and attacks across the occupied West Bank where Israeli settlers repeatedly assault innocent Palestinian people.

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A Palestinian woman from Beit Lahm tersely stressed that Christmas is a special occasion where one gets to spend time with family and friends and visit wonderful Christmas holiday venues, as well as the Christmas market across Beit Lahm, but this is always not allowed in Palestine.

The Grinch that stole Gaza’s Christmas

No Christmas where Christ was born

Gaza has survived past crises, notably the latest Israeli aggression that has dampened its already critical situation, and residents are only surviving on hope.

“The atmosphere of Christmas in Palestine differs from the atmosphere of Christmas anywhere else in the world”, Palestinian youth Fouad Ammar told Al Mayadeen English.

Like all Gazans, Fouad has been suffering from a crippling Israeli siege since 2007. 

The celebration of Christmas by Christians in Palestine is limited to very minimal events and attendees inside the church. Regardless, joy prevails and shines from within the church, and it is reflected in a cohesive Palestinian community. 

Since March 1993, Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank (except for residents of Al-Quds) have been required to obtain permits from the Israeli occupation authorities.

On this issue, Fouad said, “We are facing the issue of permit denials due to Israel’s blockade. It is almost impossible here for anyone to get a permit to visit the Church of the Nativity or the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. And then Israelis grow more insolent giving a permit for the son and denying it for the father or giving a permit for the father and denying it for the son.”

“As a result, our joy remains incomplete; we constantly face the issue of permits in almost every mention of joy. We also face the difficulty of bringing the family together on our holidays as Christians, which makes us a little desperate and sad,” he added.

He heartfully shared his personal experience with Al Mayadeen English. Fouad’s parents live in Yafa, and he lives in Gaza. From 2007 till this very day, he has been denied any permit to visit his family. Eventually, he celebrates religious festivals online and on social media. 

“The Israeli occupation is behind our suffering,” he concluded.

Whether it’s Christmas or any other day, there’s no joy whatsoever left. 

Like all Palestinian youths from Gaza, Iyad Saba, wishes to be able to enter the occupied Palestinian towns without having to go through obstacles and visit the holy places in order to celebrate with his family and friends in the Church of the Nativity, in Al-Aqsa Mosque, or in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 

“We hope that next year we will be able to visit the holy places together. On every holiday, we go through the same pain, as half of the family is allowed to visit holy places, whereas the second half remains in Gaza”, he added.

The young Palestinian told Al Mayadeen English that his friends are waiting for him to get a permit to celebrate holidays with them.

“Israel insists on depriving us of any chance of joy,” he said, sighing heavily.

Atallah Tarazi, a Palestinian from Gaza, said the Israeli occupation is innately inhuman and brutal. 

“This is what [the notion of] occupation is; one people ruling over another, silencing the truth and repressing equality, and replacing justice with injustice. This takes its toll on all sects and groups,” he stressed.

Reiterating the endless suffering of getting permits, Atallah has only one wish which is to gain his freedom so that he can spend the holidays wherever he wants, “but I have no freedom; circumstances govern us,” he said.

On her account, young Palestinian woman Christina Al-Amash told Al Mayadeen English that some Gazans have family members who live outside Gaza, stressing that they would like to celebrate with them, but since Gazans live under an Israeli siege and they do not have permits, they are obliged to stay behind and celebrate in Gaza.

Christmas is a time of love, warmth – and often, huge family gatherings, yet not in occupied Gaza. 

“It is wonderful that the whole family gathers during holidays in Beit Lahm because it is the land of Christ’s birth and a holy symbol for us. Some of us are able to travel to Beit Lahm, but most of us cannot”, Hanin Al-Jalda, a Palestinian woman from Gaza said.

She went on to say that those who cannot leave Gaza contact their families in Beit Lahm through the phone. 

“A lot of us are not able to get out of Gaza. Our joy is incomplete. We are always at home, but we try to create a holiday spirit wherever we go, such as the cultural center. We make sure to decorate and light up our Christmas trees to celebrate and let the children rejoice and have fun, “she added.

Unity between Muslims and Christians 

A Muslim family has held the key to one of Christianity’s holiest sites for centuries. This is more than just a matter of custom. It is the essence of Al-Quds, and it is part of what makes the Old City’s cultural and religious history so unique.

It is the key to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This Church is one of Christianity’s holiest sites. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visit it during the holidays. Few people are aware of the role Muslim ancestors have played in the history of this holy site.

“Christians and Muslims live together – one home, one family,” Jad from the occupied West Bank told Al Mayadeen English

He stressed that Muslim brothers and sisters join Christians in Christmas celebrations.

No Christmas under occupation

No Christmas where Christ was born

Theodosius Atallah Hanna, the Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of occupied Palestine, sent a heartfelt message, urging the whole world, most notably those celebrating this occasion, “to keep an eye on this land that was blessed with Christ’s birth.”

“When you celebrate Christmas, keep in mind that this land is under occupation and is struggling because of it. Palestine is enduring utmost levels of injustice, oppression, and tyranny,” the Palestinian Archbishop said.

In an exclusive interview for Al Mayadeen English, Hanna said we should call for the freedom, dignity, and retrieval of the stolen rights of Palestine. 

“Remember that Christ was born on this land, the bleeding Palestine, which is awaiting all the free people of the world to side with it and support its oppressed people,” he stressed.

The Palestinian Archbishop wished the whole world a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Bleeding Santa 

A Palestinian man, dressed as Santa, suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces. (Reuters)

On Christmas morning 2000, Abed was so excited to meet Santa and get his gift. He was 10 years old, yet his joy was turned into a lifetime trauma.

“There is an image from my childhood that doesn’t leave my mind. The image of a Palestinian man wearing Santa’s costume. He was confronting the Israeli occupation forces with a stone, when he was shot by a live bullet,” he told Al Mayadeen English.

Abed also said that he will never forget the 39-day siege of the Church of the Nativity by the Israeli occupation forces, where Palestinians were shot and killed by snipers inside the church’s compound.

“Many pictures come to my memory about Christmas. The joy is incomplete despite our Christmas procession and our attempts to share the Christmas spirit. Nonetheless, we have a constant feeling of dread that something is looming on the horizon. The Christ is Palestinian, he is one of us. I call him the first Palestinian revolutionary.”

“Our biggest joy will be when Palestine is fully liberated from the Israeli occupation forces,” he concluded.

The Israeli occupation has ruined another Christmas for Palestinians, with Santa’s arrival and much-awaited family gatherings intentionally repressed.

With each passing year, the occupation further takes the joy out of Palestine, the land where Christ was born.

Ansarullah: Defining Moment of Yemen’s Marib Battle Close

December 9 2021

By Staff, Agencies

Member of the political bureau of Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement Muhammed al-Bukhaiti said the defining moment of the battle of Marib is “close,” as sources says the province will be fully liberated in the near future.

Al-Bukhaiti told Beirut-based al-Mayadeen network on Wednesday that “the defining hours are close in Marib.”

The Ansarullah official noted that the Yemeni forces are under popular pressure to liberate the province from the Saudi-backed militants.

Earlier on Wednesday, field sources told al-Mayadeen that the Yemeni army and allied fighters from Popular Committees took control of eastern al-Balaq mountain range, which is located near Marib City.

According to the sources, eastern al-Balaq is “the last height to defend Marib City from the southeastern side.”

Noting that many Saudi-backed militants have fled the battle fronts, the sources said “it is only a matter of days until the Yemeni army and Popular Committees will fully liberate Marib City.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, al-Bukhaiti said that the defeat of the Saudi-backed forces in Marib “means their defeat on the remaining fronts,” describing the imminent liberation of the province as “the worst scenario” for the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen.

According to the official, the liberation of Marib Province would pave the way for an end to the siege imposed on Yemen, noting that the member countries of the Saudi-led coalition can no longer impose their blockade on Yemen and launch attacks on the impoverished country from a safe location.

Marib, which is located right in the middle of a whole host of other Yemeni provinces, has turned into a focus of the Yemeni army’s liberation operations since last year.

The province’s recapture, towards which many advancements have been made so far, is expected to pave the way for further military victories for Yemen’s armed forces.

Saudi Arabia, backed by the US and its regional allies, launched the war on Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Yemen’s former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The war has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions more. It has also destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure and spread famine and infectious diseases there.

Despite Saudi Arabia’s heavily-armed and continued bombardment of the impoverished country, Yemeni armed forces and the Popular Committees have grown steadily in strength against the Saudi-led invaders and left Riyadh and its allies bogged down in the country.

HOUTHIS CAPTURE KEY MOUNTAIN NEAR MA’RIB CITY DESPITE INTENSE SAUDI-LED COALITION AIRSTRIKES – REPORTS

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The Houthis (Ansar Allah) had captured the Bulq al-Sharqi mountain which overlooks the southern outskirts of the central Yemeni city of Ma’rib from Saudi-backed forces, the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV reported on December 8, citing a Yemeni military source.

The large mountain was the last geographical obstacle standing between the Houthis and Ma’rib city. The mountain is located less than 20 kilometers to the south of the city center.

Al-Mayadeen’s source claimed that the remaining Saudi-backed forces in the outskirts of Ma’rib city are currently collapsing.

“A few days separate the Yemeni army and the popular committees [Houthis] from completely liberating the city of Ma’rib,” the source said. “The Yemeni military leadership has given a last chance to those who did not surrender to settle their status.”

In the last few weeks, the Saudi-led coalition intensified its airstrikes on Houthis forces in Ma’rib in a bid to stop the group’s advance in the province. Hundreds of Houthi fighters were allegedly killed in these airstrikes.

Between December 7 and 8, coalition warplanes carried out 16 airstrikes on Ma’rib frontlines. The coalition claimed that the airstrikes killed 95 Houthi fighters and destroyed 11 military vehicles, including an air-defense system.

While the coalition’s recent airstrikes did slow down the Houthis’ advance, they ultimately failed to put an end to the group’s offensive.

The Houthis are reportedly now negotiating with senior commanders of Saudi-backed forces in Ma’rib to enter the city without a fight. The Saudi-led coalition will not likely allow this to happen. A fierce battle could breakout inside the city before the end of the year.

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شكراً للميادين


الأربعاء 24 تشرين الثاني
2021

قدمت قناة الميادين وثائقياً من حلقتين تحت عنوان الحقيقة في انفجار مرفأ بيروت، ومن عناصر تميز هذا الوثائقي درجة الحيادية العلمية التي قدمها باستبعاده لأي تحليلات وعدم استحضار خبراء وأصحاب رأي وحصره بتقديم سردية تستند فقط إلى الوثائق.

حسمت سردية الميادين الموثقة الغموض حول شحنة النترات والسفينة التي حملتها، فبات واضحاً أن الجهة المعلومة في موزمبيق هي التي اشترت النترات وبذلت جهوداً هائلة لتأمين الحصول عليها، وعندما تأكدت من تلف الشحنة بعد سنتين من الملاحقة أبلغت المعنيين بأنها لم تعد معنية بها، وكذلك السفينة التي تبدو عائدة كما بحارتها لجهة مفلسة أو قليلة الموارد أو تحكمها عقلية الابتزاز التجاري لتحصيل مبالغ تحت ضغط التوقف عن أداء المهمة، وهذا ما جاء بها إلى بيروت لتحميل شحنة معدات إلى العقبة، لكن بالحصيلة يصعب القبول بنظرية أن النترات والسفينة قد خطط سلفاً للمجيء بهما إلى بيروت، ما يجعل تقدير التفجير الناجم عن حدث عرضي للاشتعال أقرب للتصديق.

التقارير الموثقة للجانب الفني من التفجير تقاطعت بلا التباسات تلتقي على استبعاد نظرية التفجير من الخارج بصاروخ أو عبوة، وأجمعت على أن التفجير ناجم عن اشتعال بدأ مع التلحيم وتصاعد مع اشتعال المفرقعات النارية، وتباينت التقارير عند نقطة تحتاج إلى الحسم، حول الكمية التي تفجرت، حيث يقول التقريران الفرنسي والأميركي أن كمية تعادل ربع الكمية الأصلية فقط هي التي تفجرت، ما يطرح سؤالاً حول وجود تسريب أو سرقة أو استعمال لكميات منها يتيح التفكير بوجود مصلحة لمستفيدين تجارياً أو سياسياً من إبقاء النترات، بينما جاء تقرير قوى الأمن الداخلي ليقدم تفسيراً لهذا الفارق بتلف القدرة التفجيرية للنترات بسبب الإهمال وسوء التخزين ومرور الزمن والرطوبة.

سردية الميادين الموثقة تظهر حجم الاهتمام الذي تعامل من خلاله الإداريون، الذين يمكن ملاحقتهم بتهم فساد في ألف قضية، لكن في هذه القضية تبدو العقدة مستعصية أمام مراسلات مدير الجمارك السابق واللاحق، ومدير المرفأ ومدير النقل البحري، ومن خلفهما شراكة الوزراء المعنيين في المراسلات، فلا مجال للشك بأن الصد القضائي كان سيد الموقف، مرة بداعي عدم الاختصاص ومرة بداعي الحاجة لمراجعة الجيش، ومرات بالتباطؤ، بحيث لا يسارونا الشك بأن دخول النترات وبقائها كان عملاً قضائياً بامتياز، وإفشالاً لكل مسعى للمعالجة من الإدارات المعنية التي يقبع رموزها في السجن ويلاحق وزراء الوصاية عليها بتهمة القتل الاحتمالي، بينما القضاة المعنيون أحرار.

 الجهتان الوحيدتان اللتان كان عليهما ولا يزال الإجابة عن سؤال، كيف تم التساهل مع دخول النترات، وعدم تتبع مسارها وملاحقة وجودها، والتخلي عن المسؤولية في التعامل مع هذا الملف الخطير، هما قوات اليونيفيل والجيش، والأمر في صلب صلاحيتهما ومسؤوليتهما، بينما قام جهاز أمن الدولة بمهمته ولم يتساهل أو يتلكأ، فيلاحق مدير الجهاز، ولا يسأل أحد الآخرين عن مسؤولياتهم.

التحقيق القضائي سار بعيداً من الحقيقة، وأضاء حيث يرغب الشارع الملتهب بقوة 17 تشرين لتقديم رؤوس سياسية طلباً لحماية المسؤولين الحقيقيين، وإشباعاً لعطش شعبوي لتقديم أسماء كبيرة، وإرضاء لطلب سياسي خارجي ينسجم مع الاستهداف المبرمج ضد حلفاء المقاومة، كما قالت العقوبات الأميركية وقالت الملاحقات، يا للمصادفة المذهلة، تتكرر الأسماء نفسها.

شكراً للميادين لأنها اعتمدت مهنيةعالية ولم يجذبها إغراء السياسة، فقدمت لنا مادة غير قابلة للطعن في التأسيس لسردية لا تشوبها شائبة، في قضية بهذه الأهمية وعلى هذه الدرجة من الخطورة.

Erdogan’s Democracy… Tension in a Dangerous Direction! ديمقراطية إردوغان.. التوتر في اتجاه خطِر!

Erdogan’s Democracy… Tension in a Dangerous Direction!

ARABI SOURI 

Opinion polls rule out that Erdogan will win the upcoming elections, which leads him to more tension and hostility towards opposition parties.

The following is the English translation from Arabic of the latest article by Turkish career journalist Husni Mahali he published in the Lebanese Al-Mayadeen news site Al-Mayadeen Net:

The Turkish political and media scene is witnessing an exciting debate after some media professionals loyal to Erdogan spoke about the possibility of banning the CHP’s activity, prosecuting its leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and some of the party’s leaders, and placing them in prisons.

This media talk was accompanied by a very violent attack by the Turkish president on the leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and his ally in the ‘Nation’s Alliance,’ the leader of the Good Party, Maral Aksanar. Erdogan does not miss any occasion, whether internal or external, without attacking Kılıçdaroğlu and Aksanar, with the most violent words, descriptions, and phrases, including those targeting their dignity and honor.

In all of his speeches, Erdogan accuses Kılıçdaroğlu (Kilitchdar-oglu) and Aksanar of allying with the Peoples’ Democratic Party, the political wing of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, in an attempt to win the sympathy, solidarity, and support of the popular street, arguing that “Kurdistan Party” is a terrorist organization and the enemy of the Turkish nation and state. This has failed, at least so far, as all independent opinion polls have proven the decline in the popularity of the Justice and Development Party (Erdogan’s AKP) and its ally the National Movement, in return for a noticeable increase in the popularity of the Good Party and the Republican People’s Party and the Democratic People’s Party.

All polls also ruled out a victory for President Erdogan in the upcoming elections and expected his rivals, including Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu and Ankara Mayor Mansur Yavas, to receive at least 58% of the vote compared to Erdogan’s 40-42%.

Such possibilities push Erdogan to increase tension and hostility towards opposition parties and all opponents, with all their political and social affiliations and alignments, and they are all subjected to a very violent attack by Erdogan and his ally, the leader of the nationalist movement Devlet Bakhchali and the media loyal to them together. The media attack acquires a frenzied character without limits, as long as the judiciary does not move a finger against these, and unlike everyone who utters even one word against Erdogan, the judiciary is prosecuting him for insulting the President of the Republic.

The judiciary is also prosecuting Erdogan’s opponents, including journalists, academics, intellectuals, artists, and others, and without this attack being sufficient for Erdogan and his media to limit the activity of the opposition parties and their forces, which are taking advantage of Erdogan’s failure in the foreign and domestic policies, the most important of them is the serious economic and financial crisis that the opposition leaders expect to bring the country to the brink of complete bankruptcy with the continued depreciation of the Turkish lira by at least 15% in just one month, which was reflected very dangerously on the high prices of all services and basic materials and the cost of living, then unemployment, poverty, and hunger which have become a daily phenomenon.

The opposition expects Erdogan and his government to impose a new series of taxes to cover the budget deficit, which will burden the citizen who will take revenge on Erdogan in the first upcoming elections. Such a possibility prompts Erdogan to seek “hellish” plans, as characterized by the opposition, to ensure that he remains in power, no matter what it costs him. Within these endeavors, Erdogan seeks and will seek to divide the ranks of the nation’s coalition parties, which includes the Republican People’s Party – CHP (28%) and the Good Party (14%), and indirectly the HDP – People’s Democratic Party (10%).

The polls expect Ali Babacan’s Progress and Democracy Party (3%) and Davutoğlu’s Future Party (2%), along with the Democratic and Happiness Party, to agree with the Nation’s Alliance against the Public Alliance, which includes the Justice and Development Party – AKP (30%) and the National Movement (8%), in addition to the Great Unity Party.

The opposition also expects Erdogan to impose strict control over the media and social media networks, while working to change the election law at the last moment, with the possibility of postponing or canceling the elections with security justifications, both internal and external, which is Erdogan’s prerogative according to the constitution. The opposition also talks about the possibility of electoral fraud, as was the case in the April 16, 2017 referendum. On the basis of this referendum, Erdogan changed the political system to become a presidential one, taking control of all state agencies, facilities, and institutions, and becoming the absolute ruler of the country. The leader of the Republican People’s Party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, accused the Supreme Electoral Commission, at the time, of falsifying the results by agreeing, after the polls were closed, to adopt the more than two million unsealed ballot papers.

Talking about the possibility of banning the activity of the Republican People’s Party and prosecuting its leaders remains the most dangerous scenario for Turkey’s future, because Ataturk was the one who founded this party that ruled the country alone until the end of World War II. This concern may not be enough to deter Erdogan from thinking in this way, after he put the two co-leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Selahattin Demirtaş and Vikan Yoksakdag, and a number of party leaders in prison, five years ago, and joined them with about forty of the mayors elected in 2019, which was not enough for the party’s supporters and followers to take to the streets, because they know that the authorities will not spare them, even though 5.86 million voted for the party in the June 2018 elections.

In all cases, and with the exclusion of any possibility of holding early elections in light of the difficult internal and external conditions that the country is going through, everyone knows that Erdogan does not and will not, in any way, accept defeat and hand over power to his enemies. He knows that they will pursue him on many charges, the most important of which is serious corruption and his involvement in foreign files, the most important of which is his relations with armed groups in Syria and Libya.

Washington’s position is not clear, at least until now, on the overall developments inside Turkey, recalling that President Biden had spoken at the end of 2019 “about the need to get rid of Erdogan democratically”, after describing him as “authoritarian.”

The media presents many future scenarios, not only regarding Washington’s possible position, but also the position of Western capitals, and even Moscow, all of which are said to turn a blind eye to Erdogan’s staying in power, whatever his negatives, as long as it benefits directly or indirectly of him. Defenders of this view say that the mentioned capitals are more likely to deal with the absolute ruler Erdogan instead of a new president or a new coalition government with several contradictory parties, and their agreement even on crucial issues will never be easy.

Some see in such a scenario a sufficient reason for Erdogan to continue his current policies internally and externally, as long as the aforementioned capitals content themselves with denunciation and condemnation, without taking any practical action against Ankara.

Everyone knows that Erdogan plans to stay in power, drawing lessons from the experiences of regimes in Arab and Islamic countries, and whether they remain in power or fall from it was in most cases subject to American indication.

This is the case for Adnan Menderes, who made Turkey (1950-1960) an “American state.” The military overthrew him and executed him, while Washington did nothing, which it did with the Shah of Iran, Hosni Mubarak, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and others in other countries in which America has accounts and accounts!

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ديمقراطية إردوغان.. التوتر في اتجاه خطِر!

2021 18 تشرين ثاني

المصدر: الحسني محلي

استطلاعات الرأي تستبعد أن يفوز إردوغان في الانتخابات المقبلة ما يدفعه إلى مزيد من التوتر والعداء تجاه أحزاب المعارضة.

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يبقى الحديث عن احتمالات حظر نشاط حزب الشعب الجمهوري وملاحقة قياداته قضائياً السيناريو الأخطر بالنسبة إلى مستقبل تركيا.

تشهد الساحة السياسية والإعلامية التركية نقاشاً مثيراً بعد أن تحدث البعض من الإعلاميين الموالين لإردوغان عن احتمالات حظر نشاط حزب الشعب الجمهوري، وملاحقة زعيمه كمال كليجدار أوغلو والبعض من قيادات الحزب قضائياً، ووضعهم في السجون. 

حديث الإعلاميين هذا رافقه هجوم عنيف جداً من الرئيس التركي على زعيم حزب الشعب الجمهوري كمال كليجدار أوغلو وحليفته في تحالف الأمة، زعيمة الحزب الجيد مارال أكشانار. فلا يفوّت إردوغان أي مناسبة، داخلية كانت أو خارجية، من دون أن يهاجم كليجدار أوغلو وأكشانار، وبأعنف الكلمات والأوصاف والألفاظ والعبارات، بما فيها تلك التي تستهدف كرامتيهما وشرفيهما. 

ويتهم إردوغان في كل أحاديثه كليجدار أوغلو وأكشانار بالتحالف مع حزب الشعوب الديمقراطي، الجناح السياسي لحزب العمال الكردستاني، في محاولة منه لكسب تعاطف الشارع الشعبي وتضامنه ودعمه، بحجة أن” الكردستاني” تنظيم إرهابي وعدو الأمة والدولة التركيّتين. هذا الأمر فشل فيه، على الأقل حتى الآن، حيث أثبتت جميع استطلاعات الرأي المستقلة تراجع شعبية حزب العدالة والتنمية وحليفه الحركة القومية، مقابل زيادة ملحوظة في شعبية الحزب الجيد وحزبي الشعب الجمهوري والشعوب الديمقراطي. 

واستبعدت كل الاستطلاعات أيضاً الفوز للرئيس إردوغان في الانتخابات المقبلة، وتوقعت لمنافسيه، ومنهم رئيس بلدية إسطنبول أكرم إمام أوغلو، ورئيس بلدية أنقرة منصور ياواش، أن يحصلوا على ما لا يقل عن 58٪ من الأصوات مقابل 40-42٪ لإردوغان. 

وتدفع مثل هذه الاحتمالات إردوغان إلى مزيد من التوتر والعداء تجاه أحزاب المعارضة وكل المعارضين، بميولهم وانتماءاتهم السياسية والاجتماعية كافة، ويتعرّضون جميعاً لهجوم عنيف جداً من إردوغان وحليفه زعيم الحركة القومية دولت باخشالي والإعلام الموالي لهما معاً. ويكتسب الهجوم الإعلامي طابعاً مسعوراً من دون حدود، ما دام القضاء لا يحرك ساكناً ضد هؤلاء، وخلافاً لكل من يتفوّه ولو بكلمة واحدة ضد إردوغان، حيث يلاحقه القضاء بتهمة الإساءة إلى رئيس الجمهورية، كما يلاحق القضاء معارضي إردوغان من الصحافيين والأكاديميين والمثقفين والفنانين وغيرهم، ومن دون أن يكون هذا الهجوم كافياً بالنسبة إلى إردوغان وإعلامه للحدّ من نشاطِ أحزاب المعارضة وقواها، والتي تستغل فشل إردوغان في السياستين الخارجية والداخلية، وأهمهما الأزمة الاقتصادية والمالية الخطيرة التي تتوقع لها قيادات المعارضة أن توصل البلاد الى حافة الإفلاس التام مع استمرار تراجع قيمة الليرة التركية بما لا يقل عن 15٪ خلال شهر واحد فقط، وهو ما انعكس بشكلٍ خطير جداً على ارتفاع أسعار كل الخدمات والمواد الأساسية وغلاء المعيشة ثم البطالة والفقر والجوع الذي تحول الى ظاهرة يومية. 

وتتوقع المعارضة لإردوغان وحكومته أن يفرضا سلسلة جديدة من الضرائب لتغطية العجز في الموازنة، وهو ما سيثقل كاهل المواطن الذي سينتقم من إردوغان في أول انتخابات مقبلة. ويدفع مثل هذا الاحتمال إردوغان إلى السعي من أجل خطط “جهنمية”، بتوصيف المعارضة، لضمان بقائه في السلطة، ومهما كلفه ذلك. وضمن هذه المساعي، يسعى وسيسعى إردوغان لشق وحدة الصف بين أطراف تحالف الأمة الذي يضم حزب الشعب الجمهوري (28٪) والحزب الجيد (14٪)، وبشكل غير مباشر حزب الشعوب الديمقراطي (10٪) . 

وتتوقع الاستطلاعات لحزب التقدم والديمقراطية بزعامة علي باباجان (3٪) وحزب المستقبل بزعامة داود أوغلو (2٪)، ومعهما الحزب الديمقراطي والسعادة، أن تتفق مع تحالف الأمة ضد تحالف الجمهور الذي يضم حزب العدالة والتنمية (30٪) والحركة القومية (8٪) إضافة إلى حزب الوحدة الكبرى. 

كما تتوقع المعارضة لإردوغان أن يفرض رقابة صارمة على الإعلام وشبكات التواصل الاجتماعي، مع العمل على تغيير قانون الانتخابات في آخر لحظة، مع احتمالات تأجيل أو إلغاء الانتخابات بمبررات أمنية، داخلية وخارجية، وهو من صلاحيات إردوغان وفق الدستور. كما تتحدث المعارضة عن احتمالات تزوير الانتخابات، كما جرى في استفتاء 16 نيسان/أبريل 2017. وقام إردوغان بناء على هذا الاستفتاء بتغيير النظام السياسي ليصبح رئاسياً، فسيطر على كل أجهزة الدولة ومرافقها ومؤسساتها، وأصبح الحاكم المطلق للبلاد. واتهم زعيم حزب الشعب الجمهوري كمال كليجدار أوغلو آنذاك الهيئة العليا للانتخابات بتزوير النتائج عبر موافقتها، بعد إغلاق صناديق الاقتراع، على اعتماد بطاقات الاقتراع غير المختومة، وعددها أكثر من مليوني بطاقة.   

ويبقى الحديث عن احتمالات حظر نشاط حزب الشعب الجمهوري وملاحقة قياداته قضائياً السيناريو الأخطر بالنسبة إلى مستقبل تركيا، لأن أتاتورك هو الذي أسّس هذا الحزب الذي حكم البلاد حتى نهاية الحرب العالمية الثانية بمفرده. وقد لا يكون هذا القلق كافياً لردع إردوغان عن التفكير بهذا الأسلوب، بعد أن وضع الزعيمين المشتركين لحزب الشعوب الديمقراطي صلاح الدين دميرطاش وفيكان يوكساكداغ وعدداً من قادة الحزب في السجون، قبل خمس سنوات، وضمَّ إليهم نحو أربعين من رؤساء البلديات المنتخبين عام 2019، من دون أن يكون ذلك كافياً بالنسبة إلى أنصار وأتباع الحزب للخروج الى الشوارع، لأنهم يعرفون أن السلطات لن ترحمهم، مع أن عددهم كان 5.86 ملايين صوّتوا للحزب في انتخابات حزيران/يونيو 2018. 

وفي جميع الحالات، ومع استبعاد أي احتمال لإجراء الانتخابات المبكرة في ظل الظروف الداخلية والخارجية الصعبة التي تعيشها البلاد، يعرف الجميع أن إردوغان لا ولن يقبل بأي شكل من الأشكال بالهزيمة وتسليم السلطة لأعدائه. فهو يعرف أنهم سيلاحقونه بتهم كثيرة، أهمها الفساد الخطير، وتورطه في ملفات خارجية، وأهمها علاقاته مع المجموعات المسلحة في سوريا وليبيا.  

ومن دون أن يكون واضحاً، على الأقل حتى الآن، موقف واشنطن من مجمل تطورات الداخل التركي، مع التذكير بأن الرئيس بايدن كان قد تحدث نهاية 2019 “عن ضرورة التخلص من إردوغان ديمقراطياً”، بعد أن وصفه “بالاستبدادي”. 

ويطرح الإعلام العديد من السيناريوهات المستقبلية، ليس فقط بالنسبة إلى موقف واشنطن المحتمل، بل أيضاً موقف العواصم الغربية، وحتى موسكو، والتي يقال إنها جميعاً قد تغض النظر عن بقاء إردوغان في السلطة، ومهما كانت سلبياته، ما دامت المستفيدة منه بشكل مباشر أو غير مباشر. ويقول المدافعون عن هذا الرأي إن العواصم المذكورة ترجّح التعامل مع الحاكم المطلق إردوغان بدلاً من رئيس جديد أو حكومة ائتلافية جديدة بعدة أحزاب متناقضة، واتفاقها حتى في القضايا المصيرية لن يكن سهلاً أبداً. 

ويرى البعض في مثل هذا السيناريو سبباً كافياً لاستمرار إردوغان في سياساته الحاليةِ داخلياً وخارجياً، ما دامت العواصم المذكورة تكتفي بالاستنكار والتنديد، من دون أن تتَّخذَ أي إجراء عمليّ ضدّ أنقرة.

ويعرف الجميع أن إردوغان يخطط للبقاء في السلطة، مستخلصاً الدروس من تجارب الأنظمة في الدول العربية والإسلامية، وبقاؤها في الحكم أو سقوطها منه كان في معظم الحالات رهن الإشارة الأميركية. 

وهذه هي الحال بالنسبة إلى عدنان مندرس الذي جعل من تركيا (1950-1960) “ولاية أميركية”، فأطاحه العسكر وأعدموه، فيما لم تحرّك واشنطن ساكناً، وهو ما فعلته مع شاه إيران وحسني مبارك وزين العابدين بن علي وآخرين في دول أخرى، ما زال لأميركا فيها حسابات وحسابات!

What Did Al Mayadeen Reveal in Its First Part of “Truth Uncovered: Beirut Port Blast”? انفجار مرفأ بيروت.. ماذا كشفت الميادين في الجزء الأول من “رواية الحقيقة”؟

What Did Al Mayadeen Reveal in Its First Part of “Truth Uncovered: Beirut Port Blast”?

The “Truth Uncovered: Beirut Port Blast” is a documentary that unveils key facts about the Beirut blast that differ from previous stories through documents and the accounts of experts.

“Truth Uncovered”… Al Mayadeen’s exclusive documentary

Since the Beirut blast, the Lebanese people have been trying to cope with the catastrophe that ravaged their country’s capital. And since then, many ambiguous and confusing accounts and testimonies have come out in a bid to answer one question that remains unanswered: who blew up the Beirut port? If there was neglect, where are the neglecters?

A probe was launched into the Beirut blast, and the case took an international turn that pushed some Lebanese parties to question the integrity of the judiciary apparatus. The internationalization also prompted said parties to become concerned that the humanitarian case would become grounds for political skirmishes and score-settling. That would deprive the families of the martyrs, the wounded, and the affected, not to mention the Lebanese public opinion, from knowing what happened on the afternoon of August 4, 2020.

When one is facing all of that, unveiling the truth and conveying it to the public becomes not only a professional obligation but a moral one that drives them to refrain from exploiting the blood of the martyrs to serve certain political interests and push premade agendas forward.

Al Mayadeen decided to televise a documentary that narrates August 4 and addresses details and mysteries surrounding the Beirut blast in a technical and objective manner that relies solely on the testimonies and words of experts.

The fulfillment of our journalistic obligation came in the form of this documentary with the hope that the fruits of our labor, directed by Shiraz Hayek, can get the truth across to those yearning for it.

Highlights and key scenes from the documentary can be watched in this Twitter thread:

انفجار مرفأ بيروت.. ماذا كشفت الميادين في الجزء الأول من “رواية الحقيقة”؟

22 تشرين ثاني

المصدر: الميادين

“رواية الحقيقة” وثائقي يعرض حقائق تتعلّق بانفجار مرفأ بيروت، بالاعتماد على وثائق ومستندات، يشرح ويفصّل ويرتّب وينظّم جميع المعلومات التي وردت في قضية مرفأ بيروت، من أجل عرضها للرأي العام.

ماذا كشفت الميادين في الجزء الأول من “رواية الحقيقة”؟

منذ وقوع انفجار مرفأ بيروت، وبعد محاولة اللبنانيين تلقُّف الصدمة، خرجت روايات وشهادات ملتبِسة ومشوّشة، تحاول الإجابة عن السؤال الذي لم يجد حلاً بعدُ: مَن فجّر مرفأ بيروت؟ وإذا كان الإهمال، فأين المهملون؟

بدأ التحقيق في انفجار المرفأ، واتخذت القضية بُعدَين: إقليمياً ودولياً، دفعا بعض الأطراف اللبنانية إلى التشكيك في نزاهة الآليات القضائية، والتخوّف من تسييسها من أجل تحويل هذه القضية الإنسانية إلى فرصة للمناوشات والتصفيات السياسية، الأمر الذي يحرم أهالي الشهداء والجرحى والمتضررين، فضلاً عن الرأي العام اللبناني، من معرفة ما حدث عصر الرابع من آب/أغسطس 2020.

أمام ذلك، يصبح إظهار الحقيقة وإطلاع المتابعين عليها ضرورةً لا تقتضيها مبادئ المهنة فحسب، بل الواجب الأخلاقي، الذي يدفع إلى التورّع عن استغلال دماء الشهداء في المساجلات السياسية والأجندات الـمُعَدّة.

ارتأت “الميادين” أن تعرض وثائقياً يحكي “4 آب”، ويتناول التفاصيل والخفايا المحيطة بانفجار مرفأ بيروت، في قالب تِقْني وموضوعي يعتمد على روايات المختصين وشهاداتهم. 

أنجزت شيراز حايك سابقاً سلسلة وثائقية بعنوان ال”العنبر 12″ من 3 أجزاء، عرضته شبكة الميادين، وتنجز اليوم وثائقياً بعنوان “رواية الحقيقة – انفجار مرفأ بيروت”، يشرح بإسهاب ماذا يوجد في مرفأ بيروت، وما هو المرفأ وأهميته، وكيف وصلت الباخرة التي تحتوي على نيترات الأمونيوم إلى بيروت؟ من أين أبحرت؟ وكيف استقرت في لبنان؟ ويشرح كيف أبحرت 2750 طناً من “نيترات الأمونيوم” من مرفأ “باتومي” في جورجيا إلى مرفأ بيروت عام 2013، وتسبّبت بانفجار كارثي عام 2020! فماذا حدث؟

يجيب الوثائقي عن عدة أسئلة،أهمها: ما هي شركة “سافارو”، وهل فعلاً هي شركة وهمية، كما قيل في بعض التقارير الإعلامية؟ من هم أصحاب شِحْنة الأمونيوم، ومن هم مستوردوها، وكيف كانت وجهتها؟ هل كانت وجهتها الفعلية بيروت، أم وصلت إليها عبر “الترانزيت”؟ وكيف تم التعاطي معها من الناحيتين، الإدارية والأمنية؟ السفينة “روسوس” كانت موجودة في مرفأ بيروت، وبدأ مالكوها ابتزازَ شركة “أغرو بلاند” للشحن، ومطالبتهم بتسديد مبلغ مقداره 180 ألف دولار أميركي للإبحار من بيروت، لماذا؟

لكن “رواية الحقيقة” يكشف أنه تبيّن، عام 2014، أنّ السفينة “روسوس” تعاني عيوباً كثيرة، وقد يتفاقم وضعها نحو الأسوأ، الأمر الذي استدعى من جهاز الرقابة على السفن رفعَ توصيات تشمل مقترحاً، مفاده ضرورة مغادرة السفينة مرفأ بيروت! لكن عوائق كثيرة حالت دون إبحار السفينة “روسوس” من مرفأ بيروت، كان أبرزها العوائق المالية.

في الـ 21 من تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2014، حضر الكاتب القضائي زياد شعبان إلى المرفأ، وعاين الرصيف الرقم 9، حيث ترسو الباخرة “روسوس”، والتقى رئيسَ الميناء الذي أفاده بخطورة المواد المحمَّلة في الباخرة، وأنه تجب تهوئة العنبر وإخلاء محيط الباخرة، والعمل على نقل المواد إلى مكان خاص للتخزين، فنُقلت إلى العنبر الرقم 12 في 27 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2014، داخل حرم مرفأ بيروت،وسط تحذيرات بشأن خطورة بقاء النيترات في المرفأ. 

“ما عُرض في هذا الوثائقي مُغاير للروايات السابقة”

بعد عرض الوثائقي، رأت المحامية بشرى الخليل للميادين أن “ما عُرض مهم جداً، ومُغاير للروايات السابقة بشأن باخرة نيترات الأمونيوم”.

وتساءلت الخليل “لماذا التزمت اليونيفيل الصمتَ بعد دخول الباخرة المياهَ الإقليمية اللبنانية، ولم تغادر؟”، ولماذا لم يتم الاستماع الى الرئيس تمام سلام بينما الباخرة دخلت لبنان في أثناء توليه رئاسة الحكومة؟”.

بينما قال الصحافي والكاتب السياسي بيار أبي صعب للميادين إن “وثائقي رواية الحقيقة قدَّم معطيات مجردة بعيداً عن سردية الاتهامات والاستغلال”، وإنه يشكّل “تحدياً لمن يريد تزوير الحقيقة وتركيب سيناريوهات لاتهامات سياسية”.

واعتبر أن “هناك إهمالاً من قادة الدولة والجيش واليونيفيل الذين كانو يعلمون بشأن الباخرة منذ اللحظة الأولى”. ورأى أنه “كان في وسع القضاء اتخاذ مجموعة من الإجراءات بشأن الباخرة، لكنه لم يُقْدِم عليها”.

وقال أبي صعب إن “هناك محققاً عدلياً لا ينتبه إلى أنه يلعب بمصير بلد بسبب استنسابية تحقيقاته وعلاقته بالسفارات”، وإن “هناك استنسابية غريبة في التحقيقات في البحث عن المتهَمين”.

إنفجار مرفأ بيروت.. الحقيقة بالدلائل والمستندات/ بيار أبي صعب وبشرى الخليل والعميد شارل أبي نادر

“لو أن الجيش اللبناني واليونيفيل قاما بدوريهما لما وقع انفجار مرفا بيروت”، هذا ما أكّده الباحث في الشؤون العسكرية العميد شارل أبي نادر للميادين، معتبراً أنه “لو قام القضاء اللبناني بدوره لما وقع الانفجار في مرفأ بيروت، ولو قامت الأجهزة المعنية بواجباتها كذلك لما وقع انفجار المرفا”.

وأكد أبي نادر، الذي استبعد فرضية العمل التخريبي، أنّ “لا مبرر مقنع لعدم إعلان التقرير الفني بشأن باخرة نيتيرات الأمونيوم”.

“It Is Fun to Shoot Palestinians”: Six Former Israeli Soldiers Speak Up

Nov 21, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Rasha Reslan

Six Israeli occupation soldiers recall the atrocities they committed onscreen in a staggering reality that reflects the severity of the situation in al-Khalil from one angle; a reality that amounts to crimes against humanity.

Six ‘former’ soldiers recall the atrocities they committed in al-Khalil

“Soldiers really like shooting rubber bullets.” 

“It is fun.”

“Everyone high fives.”

“You are awesome, you got him”

The New York Times Op-Docs has lately obtained a short documentary “Mission: Hebron” by the Israeli Director and ‘former’ Israeli soldier Rona Segal.

It is the first time in recent years that a documentary film sheds the light on part of the Palestinians’ daily sufferings in occupied al-Khalil “Hebron”; a staggering reality the public has rarely been allowed to see. 

Source: Human Rights Defenders Group

Al-Khalil is considered the largest city in the occupied West Bank and the only one in which Israeli settlers reside so close to the Palestinians, thus exacerbating their sufferings. 

Palestinians face severe movement restrictions as Israeli occupation forces are constantly present and committed to long-standing efforts to expel them notably from the Old City

The short documentary in its six chapters frames Israeli atrocities in al-Khalil

Six Israeli occupation soldiers, all of whom joined the army at the age of 18, describe their so-called “mission” in al-Khalil. They were “tasked with protecting and guarding Israeli settlers.” These soldiers, who were barely adults, were given complete control of the Palestinians’ lives in the city.

The six ‘former’ soldiers describe their “mission” in a studio setting based on the “duties defined in their military guidebook”; the Israeli settlers in al-Khalil are “guarded and protected” using a variety of strategies, whilst making the lives of Palestinian civilians unbearable.

Looking back, the soldiers recall their confusion, embarrassment, and hatred.

They told their atrocities onscreen in a renewed perspective of the severity of the situation on the ground in al-Khalil, which amounts to a crime against humanity; a crime of apartheid and persecution.

Main “mission”

“Your only mission is to guard and protect the Israeli settlers in Hebron [al-Khalil].”

With the Israeli soldiers making it clear that their mission was to protect and guard the Israeli settlers, by all means, it becomes clear that the increasing and aggravating Israeli settlers’ violence against Palestinians is done with the explicit support of the Israeli occupation authorities. Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers are ordered to turn a blind eye and even guard the perpetrators. 

Settlers’ violence against Palestinians includes damaging private property, stone-throwing, and physical violence, as well as attacks on activists and journalists.

Such attacks have become increasingly common in recent years, and they are carried out with impunity.

One of the Israeli soldiers testified that a security coordinator from among the Israeli settlers is the one who would give them orders, not their military command. In many cases, Israeli occupation soldiers provide the perpetrators with escort and backup. But, when the Israeli soldiers don’t join the attack, “the illegal settlers can turn against the soldiers, thus becoming their enemies”, according to the soldiers’ confessions.

“If you shoot a Palestinian, you get a pizza and a coffee from the settlers;” this is by far one of the most disturbing elements in the “mission”. The settlers’ ‘affection’ can turn into hatred if settlers are prohibited from conducting extreme assaults against Palestinians. At this point, the once cherished soldiers turn into “traitors” and “Nazis”.

“A sterile route free of Palestinians”

 “A sterile route is a route that is free of Palestinians.”

In a racist comment, one of the ‘former’ Israeli soldiers affirms that there are routes that are “sterilized of Palestinians.”

Israeli occupation forces in al-Khalil forbid Palestinians from walking on large sections of what was before the occupation the city’s main thoroughfare, as part of the Israeli army’s policy of making those areas “sterile” of Palestinians.

On his account, the Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Group Imad Abu Shamsieh told Al Mayadeen English that the Israeli occupation has placed more than one hundred checkpoints with metal and electrical gates, surveillance cameras, reinforced concrete barriers, and inspection outposts in the “sterile” routes.

He also divulged that around 525 Palestinian shops have been completely closed in 2000 due to an Israeli occupation’s military court decision.

Furthermore, Abu Shamsieh tersely stated that Palestinian vehicles, including ambulances, have been banned from the “H2 area” since October 2000.

The human rights activist went on to say that “the Israeli occupation forces impede local and international journalists from entering the H2 area and sterile routes. Simultaneously, I, along with a group of Palestinians in al-Khalil, decided to document the Israeli war crimes which occur on daily basis targeting Palestinian men, women, and children.”

“Since 2010, we started to film the Israeli occupation’s atrocities against Palestinians under the initiative ‘Capturing Occupation Camera Project in Palestine.'”

“We are a group of around 30 young Palestinian volunteers exposing and documenting human rights and international law violations in Palestine,” Abu Shamsieh told Al Mayadeen English.

Strip searches

One of the Israeli soldiers boldly stated that the strip searches’ official aim is “to stop and search every Palestinian,” but implicitly, the searches are actually aimed at humiliating the Palestinians, with no legal justifications whatsoever.

“When you frisk someone you pick out on the street, it requires touching the person,” one soldier said.

A group of Palestinian men may be targeted for strip searches just because they might have Hollywood’s stereotypical racist image of “terrorists” in the mind of the occupier. The searches are not performed to find guns, but to humiliate the Palestinians or create “friction” among them.

“The idea is to bring the friction to them, so that they’ll keep their heads down.”

Because of the proximity of the Israeli settlements in the city, Palestinians are surrounded by a large military presence and are randomly subjected to routine and offensive searches, harassments, and beatings.

Patrols

“The idea of the patrol is to patrol.”

The ‘former’ Israeli soldiers attested that they walked around Palestinians’ houses, storming them whenever they felt like it.

“Ok, soldiers again.” 

Field Palestinian Researcher Manal al-Jaabari from al-Khalil told Al Mayadeen English that Palestinian children in al-Harika, a district in al-Khalil, are exposed to Israeli terrorism on a daily basis.

“In al-Harika, which is adjacent to “Kiryat Arba”, the Israeli occupation forces break into Palestinian houses whenever a stone is thrown at the fence, and children are interrogated inside their homes. Sometimes the Israeli soldiers drag them to the streets and place them in front of the surveillance cameras,” she added.

The young researcher emotionally states that the Israeli soldiers incite young Israeli settlers at Jaber Neighborhood to assault Palestinian children their age.

The Israeli occupation forces claim that they are hit by stones to arrest or detain Palestinian children for hours, al-Jaabari confirmed to Al Mayadeen English.

“Many children in the vicinity of schools, particularly in the southern area near checkpoints, are arrested and detained for long periods. They are sometimes beaten or insulted and left hungry and thirsty before being handed over to the al-Khalil Coordination and Liaison Office if they are under the age of 13.”

Source: Human Rights Defenders Group

Above this age, they are arrested and subjected to an investigation at the Israeli occupation’s police station, then they are transferred to an Israeli court or they are fined at least one thousand shekels before being released.

At checkpoints, it’s all about “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”

While Israeli checkpoints impede the daily life of Palestinians in the city, the ‘former’ Israeli soldiers confess that a checkpoint is a kind of roadblock.

“You spread tire spikes, stop the cars, and cause a huge traffic.” 

“Sometimes it’s for no reason.”

It is just one episode, and what has been documented by the Palestinian Human Rights Defenders Group is far more tragic. 

Abu Shamsieh told Al Mayadeen English that his camera caught the cold-blooded execution of martyr Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in 2016 at one of the Israeli occupation’s checkpoints. 

The human rights defender affirmed that al-Sharif’s case is only one of many Israeli war crimes.

He also disclosed to Al Mayadeen English that Israeli settlers have regularly run over Palestinian children as young as five.

Abu Shamsieh affirmed that he was subjected to acts of harassment, restrictions on his freedom of movement, abductions, long periods of arbitrary detention usually under administrative detention orders, and illegal searches of his home and office, not to mention death threats.

Detentions: “Everyone’s a suspect” 

According to the soldiers’ confessions, every Palestinian is a suspect, and the detention process includes putting any Palestinian “in a post with a soldier and then keep them hanging.”

The ‘former’ soldiers testify that Israeli soldiers blindfold and handcuff the Palestinians who had been arrested randomly.

Source: Human Rights Defenders Group

Like all Palestinian cities and villages, al-Khalil too witnesses random arrests of Palestinians on a daily basis, including children as young as 10.

Israeli occupation forces’ violent repression of protests has also involved the arrest and detention of Palestinian demonstrators.

Another ‘Mission’: Targeting Journalists

On his part, a field Palestinian journalist from al-Khalil Sari Jaradat told Al Mayadeen English that the Israeli occupation forces deliberately prevent Palestinian and international journalists from covering the current events in order to hide their daily crimes that affect all aspects of life in the city.

“About a week ago, an occupation officer told me: ‘if you get shot by our bullets, we will not bear any responsibility.’” 

“They had a prior intention of targeting me in order to prevent me from doing my job, and I sustained a total of five injuries from live bullets while covering their crimes, not to mention the dozens of detentions, arrests, coverage prevention, and obstruction of movement,” Jaradat added.

Jaradat commented on the Blue Wolf program and the installation of face-scanning cameras in al-Khalil, saying that these cameras will lead to the suppression of freedom most notably the freedom of the press, which is already limited.

“The Israeli occupation soldiers will enact any laws they desire to prevent Palestinian journalists from carrying out their work,” he added.

The systematic oppression of Palestinians has been partially mirrored in the “Mission” and utterly manifested in the heartfelt testimonies of Sari, Imad, and Manal. Yet, what is happening in Palestine, and most notably in al-Khalil, cannot be documented or summed up in a film, a chapter, or a shot.

Read More: Olive Harvest Season: Another Palestinian Struggle against “Israel’s” Eco-Terrorism 

Demonize first, then kill: a note on the role of media and social networks in imperialist domination

Atilio A. Boron
Sociologist, political scientist, and journalist.

Atilio A. Boron

5 Jul 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

“Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to dictatorship” – Noam Chomsky 

The sentence of the great American linguist offers a good starting point for these reflections that we intend to propose as inputs for a discussion as crucial as pressing. This is so because, according to experts in hybrid or Fifth-Generation Wars, the capacity to control consciences and hearts – or “minds and souls” to put it in a poetic form- has reached unmatched levels, unthinkable until a decade ago. The progress of neurosciences and political neuro-marketing has enormously increased the ability of the dominant classes and imperialist powers to control the beliefs, desires, and behavior of millions of people worldwide.

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The revolutionary advances in Artificial intelligence, the “Internet of Things”, communications technologies (5G), along with the unprecedented penetration of Social Networks and the mass media, have created a new battlefield in which popular movements of national liberation will have to wage their struggles. 

Unfortunately, this transition from conventional warfare to media and cyber warfare has only been recently acknowledged in its full effectiveness by the anti-imperialist forces, at a time it has been thoroughly used by the dominant powers of the international system, especially the United States government. Few examples would be more illustrative than the following to clarify our argument. At a hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this century, a four-star general said that “in today’s world, the anti-subversive war is waged in the media, and no longer in the jungles or the decaying slums of the Third World.” Therefore, he concluded, “now the media and the social networks are our main operational theater.”  

Both Fidel and Chávez were precociously aware that the media oligarchies constituted one of the most serious threats hanging over the future of democracies and anti-imperialist struggles. Indeed, their uncontrolled power and nefarious role in the calculated processes of “de-education”, alienation and brutalization of the citizenry, became formidable bulwarks against the advancement of the anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist consciousness. Their complete abandonment of the journalistic function in favor of a propagandistic work also constituted a fortification to that end. This is proven day by day in Latin America by observing the news manipulation intended to cover up the crimes perpetrated by the Iván Duque regime in Colombia against peaceful protesters. This was also evident in the brutal repression launched by the Añez dictatorship in Bolivia, the acts of the Piñera government in Chile, and, today, the manipulation of the electoral institutes and the dominant circles to prevent the proclamation of Pedro Castillo as the new president of Perú.   

The negative role of media is also patent in press operations intended to “iron armor” information that is not supposed to be known by the public. For instance, the open links between the successive “narco-governments” in Colombia and the cocaine cartels; or the corruption of the Macri government in Argentina as proved in the Panama Papers were all carefully concealed by the hegemonic media. Moreover, nothing is said about the unjust, scandalous imprisonment of Julian Assange, one of the heroes of press freedom on a global scale.

As the writings of the imperial strategists recognized, the media and, more recently, “digital networks” have been key players in the destabilization of progressive or left-wing governments around the world. Wherever the empire, through its own troops, its cultural mercenaries, and its local henchmen, decides to attack, the media immediately occupies the vanguard positions. The demonization of the adversary and his government – let’s say leaders like Nicolás Maduro, Evo Morales, Bashar al Assad, Saddam Hussein, Muammar al Gadaffi, and Vladimir Putin – is the first step. Then, their methodical defamation and the disinformation applied on a large scale through the press, television, radio, and digital networks become crucial weapons in creating the climate of opinion required to be able to apply naked violence against those rulers. The “artillery of thought” seeks the demolition of the attacked population’s defense mechanisms. The end goal is to confuse it and make it doubt the integrity or patriotism of its rulers by presenting them to the public opinion as wicked monsters and their governments as infamous “regimes”, depicting them as ferocious police states that violate the most basic human rights. Under this storm of misinformation and “fake news”, many people will be led to think that perhaps their attackers are right and really want to free the people from the sway of their nasty oppressors. Even more, it is aimed at making them think that the pretense of “changing the world” is nonsense; – a childish illusion to build the paradise on earth that could only result in falling in the inferno. Once the cultural defenses of society are “softened” (equivalent to the bombings that prepare the way for the frontal assault) and the media battering ram has pierced the wall of social conscience poisoned it with hundreds of “fake news” and “post-truth”, and demoralized or at least confused the population and the cadres of the anti-imperialist social forces, then the ground will be ready for the final assault. It is the moment in which the imperialist forces launch an all-out attack displaying the full capacity of their arsenal to give the shot of grace to their demonized enemies: Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gadaffi, for instance. 

This is not only an account of the heartbreaking past but a description of today’s strategies that the US government applies worldwide. We should be aware of this and be prepared to start an adequate counter-offensive, and the broadcasting of the Al Mayadeen programs in English is a significant step in this direction.

الكلام اللبنانيّ لنصرالله خيارات وباب الأمل

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– نظراً لدسامة المواد التي تضمّنها كلام الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله في الملفات الإقليميّة من جهة، ولمحدوديّة الوقت الذي تحدّث فيه بإيجاز عن الوضع اللبناني من جهة مقابلة، لم ينل هذا الجانب من حديث السيد نصرالله الاهتمام الذي يستحق، لكن المعنيين بالشأن اللبناني في الداخل والخارج بعدما هضموا خلال يومين المواقف اللافتة التي صدرت عن نصرالله في الشؤون الإقليميّة وتقييم المعلومات التي كشف عنها والسقوف التي عالج من خلالها قضايا المنطقة، عادوا لتفحص ما قاله نصرالله لبنانياً فتوقفوا عند حجمها المحدود من جهة، كتعبير عن المكانة والأولوية اللتين تحتلهما القضايا الإقليميّة بحكم طبيعة المنبر الذي تمثله قناة الميادين التي أطلّ من خلالها نصرالله لمخاطبة جمهور أوسع من الجمهور اللبناني، الذي يمكن مخاطبته عبر قناة المنار كما جرت العادة بعدما حرمت المنار من فرصة الانتشار العربي والعالمي بحظرها عن بث الأقمار الصناعيّة، وربما أيضاً لأن اللحظة السياسية تضع الملفات الإقليميّة في الواجهة، سواء بسبب الفترة الانتقالية الرئاسية الأميركية وما تفرضه من تحديات، أو بسبب حرص السيد على منح الوقت والتركيز على قضية اغتيال قائد فيلق القدس الجنرال قاسم سليماني في سياق إحياء ذكرى اغتياله.

– رغم محدوديّة الوقت الذي خصصه نصرالله للشأن اللبناني فهو كشف عن أمرين لافتين، الأول يتصل بالحلول المفترضة للأزمة الاقتصادية، والثاني يتصل بالشأن الحكوميّ، وفي الشأن الاقتصاديّ تولّى تقديم إيضاح هام لتفسير عدم السير بالخيار الذي سبق ودعا للسير به، تحت عنوان التوجه شرقاً، خصوصاً بعدما تمّ الترويج لتفسير تعثر هذا المسار بعقبات تتصل بعدم واقعيّته، حيث تصدّى خصوم هذا الخيار للأمر من باب الترويج لتقارير ومعلومات تتحدّث عن عدم جهوزية الصين للتجاوب مع دعوات التوجه شرقاً، ولعدم قدرة إيران على تلبية متطلبات ما يترتّب على السير اللبناني بهذا التوجّه، لكن نصرالله أعاد طرح التحدي بالتأكيد على جدية الاستجابة خصوصاً من الصين وإيران، مفسّراً سبب الإحجام عن السير بخيار الشرق الى عدم نضج الموقف اللبناني الداخلي متحدثاً عن أن المسألة مسألة خيارات في لبنان، موحياً بأن القضية لم تنضج لدى الأطراف اللبنانية خصوصاً بين حلفاء حزب الله لترجمة هذا الخيار، بحيث إنه سيبقى خياراً مطروحاً على الطاولة حتى يختبر الجميع الخيارات الأخرى، فإن أفلحت عندها لا مشكلة لدى حزب الله في السير بها، لكن في حال تعثرت أو ظهرت كلفتها المرتفعة سياسياً أو اقتصادياً فعندها سيكون الطرح بالدعوة مجدداً لاختبار فرضية التوجه شرقاً جاهزاً. وكلام السيد نصرالله عن مسألة الخيارات يؤكد أن التحالفات التي يقيمها لا تعني التطابق في الرؤى، خصوصاً في الشق الاقتصادي حيث الخيار الغربي لا يزال هو المفضل عند الحلفاء الوازنين في معادلة الحكم، وكان لافتاً كلام السيد نصرالله عن عدم التجاوب مع عرضين إيرانيين واحد لتأمين المشتقات النفطية التي تمثل ثلثي مطلوبات العملات الصعبة في لبنان، مقابل سداد قيمتها بالعملة اللبنانيّة، والثاني لتأمين مستلزمات إعادة إعمار ما دمّره تفجير المرفأ من إسمنت وزجاج وألمنيوم وسواها من مكوّنات العمران، وعدم التجاوب هنا لا يقصد به حكماً الخصوم الذين لم يكونوا مع تقديم هذه العروض وليسوا اليوم، في السلطة المقرّرة.

– في الشأن الحكومي كان لافتاً حصر السيد نصرالله للعقد التي تعترض طريق تشكيل الحكومة بالشق الداخلي، بعد شبه إجماع للمتابعين والمحللين في الداخل والخارج لربط الحكومة بانتقال السلطة الرئاسيّة الأميركيّة الى الرئيس المنتخب جو بايدن، سواء مَن يقول ذلك متهماً الرئيس المكلف سعد الحريري بعدم القدرة على تشكيل حكومة يتمثل فيها حزب الله ولو بطريقة غير مباشرة عبر اختصاصيين يسمّيهم، وتراجعه عن تعهده لحزب الله بقبول تسميته لوزيرين من وزراء الطائفة الشيعيّة، بسبب التزامه بفيتو أميركي وسعودي واضح وصارم على أي توزير لحزب الله، ورفض أميركي سعودي للتعامل مع أي حكومة فيها شبهة هذا التمثيل. واعتبار التجاذب القائم بين الحريري ورئيس الجمهورية ذريعة حريريّة للتهرّب من تشكيل الحكومة بانتظار زوال مرتجى لهذا الفيتو مع تسلم بايدن للرئاسة واتجاهه لإعادة العمل بالتفاهم النووي مع إيران، وبالمقابل مَن يقول إن حزب الله يقف وراء تشدد رئيس الجمهورية لتعطيل ولادة الحكومة خدمة لربط تشكيل الحكومة بتفاوض إيراني أميركي بعد تسلم بايدن للرئاسة، وفيما يقف حلفاء حزب الله وراء التفسير الأول وقف خصومه وعلى رأسهم النائب السابق وليد جنبلاط وراء التفسير الثاني، وجاء كلام المبعوث الأممي يان كوبيتش عن انتظار السياسيين اللبنانيين لتسلم بايدن لفتح طريق ولادة الحكومة ساخراً، ليمنح المصداقية لهذا الربط، فجاء كلام السيد نصرالله كالماء البارد على رؤوس الجميع، فهو لم يقدّم التغطية لمطالب رئيس الجمهورية الحليف العماد ميشال عون، كي يضحك جنبلاط في سرّه ويغمز مؤشراً الى الربط التفاوضي، ولا هو اتهم الحريريّ بالربط أو حمّله المسؤولية، كي يضحك الحلفاء ويصفقون، فقال السيد نصرالله إن الأسباب داخلية وتتصل بالثقة المفقودة بين الرئيسين عون والحريري كاشفاً عن تواصل إيجابي مريح مع الحريري، ما يعني ثقة بأن لا مشكلة بتمثيل حزب الله حكومياً لدى الحريري، وثقة حريرية بأن حزب الله يقف في الوسط في قضايا الخلاف الحكومي وربما يكون وسيطاً أكثر مما هو طرف.

– كلام السيد نصرالله في الشأنين المتصلين بالداخل اللبناني فيهما إيضاحات لا تملك مصداقيتها إلا بصدورها عن شخص بمكانة ومسؤولية وحجم اطلاع السيد نصرالله، وتمنحان الأمل سواء لجهة بقاء الخيار الشرقي بديلاً ممكناً على الصعيد الاقتصادي ينتظر قناعة المسؤولين في الداخل لا أكثر ولا أقل، أو لجهة إمكانية تجاوز الأزمة الحكومية ببدائل وحلول داخلية لا علاقة لها بما يجري على الساحتين الإقليمية والدولية، وربما تتيح ولادة الحكومة قبل تولي بايدن مقاليد الرئاسة الأميركية، وبمسعى من السيد نصرالله.

Global arms embargo on Iran lifted, Tehran hails victory: Al Mayadeen TV Report

Global arms embargo on Iran lifted, Tehran hails victory: Al Mayadeen TV  Report | Middle East Observer

October 24, 2020

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Al Mayadeen TV report on the implications of the lifting of the international arms embargo on Iran.

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Reporter:

The 13-year (UN) arms embargo on Iran has (finally) ended. Another (major) page in the (story) of international sanctions (on Iran) has been turned. In 2023, the restrictions imposed on Iran’s missile program will be lifted. Thereafter, the (UN) Security Council will  close the Iranian nuclear file two years later. This timeline (for the nuclear file) was set by the (UN) Security Council, just after the signing of the (Iran) nuclear deal. 

This would have been a normal (step) had the US administration not withdrawn from the (Iran) nuclear deal more than two years ago. It would have gone unnoticed had the US not done everything possible to reinstate the (UN) sanctions against Iran through various legal and illegal means that got to the point of issuing threats (against other states).

Abbas Aslani, the Director-General of the World and Foreign Policy Department at Tasnim News Agency:

The termination of the arms embargo reveals that the US has failed (to weaken) Iran, and has itself become (internationally) isolated. If the (arms) embargo was not lifted, the nuclear deal would have fell through. This (progress) shows that no great power can unilaterally impose its own will on the world.

Reporter:

Tehran has hailed this (new development) as a victory in the battle of wills (with the United States). This is a political and economic victory that will allow Iran to import and export weapons. 

Mohammad Mehdi Malaki, Researcher in Iranian and International Affairs:

Lifting the (arms) embargo is a legal and diplomatic achievement. It is a triumph against US pressure and an indication that the international community no longer sees Iran as a security threat.

Reporter:

Many believe that this triumph serves as another indication that the US is facing (international) isolation and is slowly losing its international influence. It will open the way for Iran to further cooperate with Europe in order to preserve the (Iran) nuclear deal. 

All eyes will remain fixed on the US election results which will determine how the US will deal with the new reality. (The US) will either rejoin the nuclear deal, or will (impose) more sanctions (on Iran).

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Russia Affirms its Support to Syria Economically, Politically, and Militarily

September 9, 2020 Arabi Souri

Russia High-level Delegation in Damascus to Support Syria

Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs led a high-level delegation to the Syrian capital Damascus to affirm Moscow’s position towards its oldest continuous and reliable friend, and at times a close ally, in the face of an unprecedented dirty war of terror and attrition waged against it by the world’s superpowers and super-rich countries.

The delegation included the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and a host of business representatives, the visit included a meeting with President Bashar Assad and resulted in a number agreements covering the rebuilding of Syria’s infrastructure and emphasizing on Syria’s sovereignty, territorial unity and integrity.

In addition to facing the NATO-sponsored merciless terrorists, US proxy separatist militias, and the blockade, the COVID 19 measures added further burden to the Syrian economy, with sporadic forest fires in one of its remaining fertile regions not infested by the terrorists or occupation forces.

The following is a compiled report by the Lebanese Al Mayadeen news station covers the important outcomes of the visit and side of the press conference held by the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, and the Syrian and Russian foreign ministers Walid al-Muallem and Sergey Lavrov:

https://videopress.com/embed/VzcBrQzD?preloadContent=metadata&hd=1The video is also available on BitChute.

Transcript of the English translation:

The work on the Syrian track depends on what was reached between the Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents, with the support and approval of the Syrian leadership, and that what unites the three countries’ views is seeking to prevent the Iraqi and Libyan scenario despite the differences in viewpoints.

With regard to the issue of Syria’s sovereignty, territorial unity, and integrity, all the charters and documents issued through the Astana track, like all the Russian-Turkish bilateral agreements, literally stipulate the two countries ’commitment to the sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Syria, noting that the territories under the control of the Syrian government have expanded significantly after signing the additional Russian-Turkish memorandum.

Of course, there are significant differences in the positions of Moscow, Ankara, and Tehran on how to conduct the Syrian settlement, and we can see them in the statements of the representatives of these countries, but what unites Russia, Iran, and Turkey is the steadfast pursuit of preventing a recurrence of the Iraq or Libya scenario. Our joint action within the framework of the Astana process depends on the imperative of respecting the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Syria, the importance of preventing any external interference in its internal affairs, and the importance of preventing any external incitement to the separatist atmosphere.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that the debate on the Syrian constitution will continue until an agreement is reached, indicating that what will come out of the constitutional committee will be submitted to a popular referendum.

Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem: With regard to the next constitution, this is up to what the members of the Constitutional Committee reach from both sides, if they want to amend the existing constitution or produce a new constitution, in both cases the product will be submitted to a popular referendum in order to ensure that it represents the widest popular representation.

There is no timetable for (preparing) the constitution. This constitution occupies special importance and a popular sanctity that cannot be completed in a hurry under pressure. This must be accomplished in a way that achieves the aspirations of the Syrian people. The debate on it will continue until they reach an understanding among themselves, and it has nothing to do with the presidential elections.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Yuri Borisov, said: Most of the areas rich in natural resources are outside the control of the Syrian government, which constitutes an obstacle to the Syrian trade, given that it is an important source of revenue.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Yuri Borisov: Unfortunately, we have to admit that most areas rich in oil and gas are currently outside the control of the Syrian government, bearing in mind that the gas and oil trade were an important source of revenue for the Syrian budget and the same is related to fertile agricultural areas, and this fact harms food security Syria is also forced to import oil and grains after it was exporting them. The draft of the new agreement on expanding commercial, industrial, and economic cooperation between Russia and Syria includes more than 40 new projects, including reconstruction projects for energy institutions and infrastructure for the energy sector, in addition to the reconstruction of a number of hydroelectric power stations that were built by the Union (USSR) or with the participation of Soviet experts, in addition, a work contract has been signed for a Russian company on the Syrian coast to extract oil at sea, and this contract is awaiting its ratification.

The tragic situation in Syria and these obstacles are caused by the destructive position of the American administration, in addition to the unwillingness of the Kurds to communicate with Damascus and hand over control to the legitimate government in Damascus over the agricultural areas and oil and gas fields.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is in Damascus for the first time in eight years, accompanied by a large delegation, to strengthen relations between Moscow and Damascus.

Economically, Moscow seemed to continue to strengthen economic cooperation through agreements to be signed between Russia and Syria. Politically, regarding the Syrian presidential elections, Lavrov was clear by saying: The elections are the sovereign decision of the Syrian Arab Republic. While it was confirmed by Minister Al-Moallem that the Syrian presidential elections are taking place on schedule next year.

Minister Lavrov’s statements did not deviate from the expectations and readings prior to his arrival in Damascus. The Russian minister folded the eight years from the time of his first visit and the Syrian war with three titles as a way out that Damascus needs to get out of the complexities of the crisis, in the work of the Constitutional Committee, economic cooperation, and the completion of the war on terror.

It was not arbitrary that the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Yuri Borisov, sat on one platform with the Russian and Syrian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Al-Muallem. Giving the economic dimension a place in the visit to Damascus was one of its most important goals in the agreements to rebuild the infrastructure in the energy and economy sector and expand Russian investments to alleviate the consequences of Caesar’s sanctions.

The few hours in the presidential palace also carried many messages, and the presidential statement went beyond just pre-registering the points of agreement between the two parties, but turned into a message about a partnership to be held in the war on economic sanctions and overcoming the blockade.

President Assad Receives Visiting Russian Delegation Headed by Dy PM Borisov and FM Lavrov
Russian Delegation in Damascus Meet President Assad
Russian Delegation Meeting President Bashar Assad

The meeting confirmed the continuation of the political process through the Astana track, which set a horizon and an exit point for the war in the hands of Moscow, Tehran, and Damascus, and continues to neutralize the Western powers that seek to divide Syria, and in the work of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva without a timetable for rewriting or amending the constitution, and there is no political solution except from inside Syria. According to UN Resolution 2254, in conjunction with the elimination of the remaining hotbeds of terrorism, to prevent a recurrence of the Libya and Iraq scenario in Syria.

Moscow sends to Damascus a high-level political and economic delegation to re-establish the general lines of its strategy in support of the Syrian state, and Moscow realizes that its position in the Syrian file is an essential part of its rise again in the world, but it is also mainly in ensuring fundamental issues that confirm the unity of soil and the Syrian map.

Dima Nassif – Damascus, Al-Mayadeen

End of the report by Al Mayadeen

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أحداث أمنية متنقّلة في لبنان…من يدفع نحو التوتير؟

 بزي للميادين: العنصر الارهابي هو الخيط الذي يربط الاحداث المتفرقة في لبنان

الكاتب: الميادين نت

المصدر: الميادين

28 اب 23:21

أحداث أمنية متنقّلة في لبنان، هي حتماً مشبوهة وليست معزولة، والسؤال اليوم من يدفع نحو التوتير ويحرّك حملَة سلاح من بيئات متشابهة؟

في المقلب الآخر، حددت الرئاسة اللبنانية يوم الإثنين المقبل، موعداً لإجراء الاستشارات النيابية الملزمة، من أجل تكليف شخصية جديدة لرئاسة الحكومة، خلفاً لرئيس الحكومة السابق حسان دياب.

ومن المنتظر أن تتوافد الكتل النيابية الإثنين إلى القصر الجمهوري في بعبدا، من أجل تسمية مرشحها لرئاسة الحكومة، حيث أن نتائج هذه الاستشارات تعتبر إلزامية لرئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون.

وانطلاقاً من ما حصل، قال نائب رئيس تحرير جريدة الاخبار اللبنانية بيار ابي صعب للميادين إن رئيس الحكومة السابق سعد الحريري يتمنى العودة إلى رئاسة الحكومة لكنه ما زال “معتقلاً”، مشيراً في حديثه إلى أن هناك من يسعى إلى إدخال حزب الله في الصراع الداخلي والمستنقع اللبناني.

كما لفت أبي صعب إلى إن تعميم مصرف لبنان هو محاولة لتبرئة من هرّب أمواله خارج البلاد.

وكان حاكم مصرف لبنان المركزي رياض سلامة، قال أمس الخميس إن “البنوك اللبنانية غير القادرة على زيادة رأس المال بنسبة 20% 

أما الكاتب السياسي غسان جواد فقال إن الطبقة السياسية مأزومة لكن المشكلة أن الشارع لم ينتج البديل، مشيراً إلى أن الحريري يرغب في العودة لرئاسة الحكومة لكن هناك خطوط حمراء خارجية.

 وشدد جواد في حديثه  على أن المقاومة هي “أنبل ظاهرة أنتجتها هذه الأمة”، موضحاً أن هناك أبواق تعمل على استدراج حزب الله إلى الفتنة.

كما رأى جواد أنه بات واضحاً أن بهاء الحريري هو من يحرّك الشارع بين الحين والآخر.

وفي الشقّ الأمني وما حصل في منطقة خلدة قال الباحث في الشؤون السياسية وسيم بزي ضمن النشرة المسائية عبر الميادين إن العنصر الارهابي هو الخيط الذي يربط الاحداث المتفرقة في لبنان، مضيفاً أن الأمر الخطر هو استخدام العامل الامني كوسيلة للابتزاز السياسي.

كما لفت بزي إلى أن هناك فيتو صارم وضعته السعودية على تسمية الحريري رئيساً للحكومة، مشيراً إلى أن رئيس الحزب التقدمي الإشتراكي وليد جنبلاط قال لنائب وزير الخارجية الروسي ميخائيل بوغدانوف خلال اتصال هاتفي انه غير قادر على السير في خيار تسميته.

بدوره قال الكاتب الصحافي طالب الأحمد للميادين إن سبب عدم الاستقرار في لبنان هو قيام الاستعمار الفرنسي بتقسيم البلد إلى كانتونات.

وأضاف أن القوى الكبرى تعمل على تغذية النزاعات الطائفية في دول محور المقاومة.

من جهته قال الخبير في الشؤون الاسرائيلية أليف صباغ للميادين إن غياب الدولة القادرة يسمح للجماعات المسلحة بالتفلّت.

ورأى أن أي استهداف لحزب الله في لبنان هو استهداف لكل محور المقاومة.

يذكر أن الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون أكّد اليوم الجمعة رغبته في إيجاد حل للأزمة في لبنان، مشدداً على أنه “لن يستسلم”، وفقاً لما جاء على لسان مسؤول بالرئاسة الفرنسية.

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