Iraq’s Agriculture Reaps the Despoiled Seeds of US Meddling

October 5, 2021

Source: Al Mayadeen

By Farah Hage-Hassan

The poisonous effects of American interference and failed policies are still affecting Iraq’s agricultural sector today. Here’s how.

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  • Decades of US interference have plagued Iraq’s agricultural sector
  • “You lied!”

    Those were the screams of former US Army veteran Mike Prysner echoing in the lecture hall during a speech by George W. Bush, and the lasting trauma still resonates in the ears of millions of Iraqis and Americans today, almost two decades later.

    From a full-scale invasion under the pretext of overthrowing Saddam Hussein to the insurgence of ISIS, Iraq has been plagued with endless wars and destruction. This invasion and endless interventions aggravated the marginalization of sectors in Iraqi society and allowed the internal state of Iraq to crumble under sectarianism and violence.

    The lasting effects of the US policies are especially present within the aftermath of the agricultural sector among others. Farmers across the country continue to be displaced and doubt remains overcast on Iraq’s environmental capabilities and the future of agricultural development.

    American invasion 

    One of the many false pretenses for the heavily documented war was the alleged harboring of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell infamously claimed that the US was aware of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and their role in terrorism. Powell’s bold statements and deceptive assertions regarding the evidence that was available have ultimately haunted the US for what has become known as the very public “campaign of lies” the US tricked global citizens into believing.  

    For over 7 years, Iraq was invaded and bombed by the US and the coalition of the willing, not to mention their use of white phosphorous munitions. Although they claimed that white phosphorus was used whilst fully considering the incidental effects on civilians, the secondary effects on Iraq’s agriculture were most definitely not taken into account.

    Deliberate destruction

    The invasion and destruction that accompanied the war did not only permanently damage arable lands with mines and cluster ammunition, but the suspension of government agricultural institutions and irrigation projects also caused disastrous results to the population.

    From 2002 to 2008, agriculture’s contribution to the country’s GDP has decreased from almost 9% to 3.6% due to challenges created by war, social instability, and institutional and economic concerns. 

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  • Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value-added, % of GDP (Source: World Bank)
  • In a final blow after causing significant damage to the agricultural sector, the US secured its monopoly over the Iraqi farming industry and the future of agriculture by issuing Order 81. The Order was described as an attempt to “rebuild” Iraq’s agriculture industry by the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, Paul Bremer.

    What was Order 81?

    After Coalition Provisional Authority Order 81 was implemented, farmers were forbidden from conserving, distributing, or propagating harvested seeds, resulting in a dependency on big businesses such as Monsanto, Cargill Inc., and Dow Chemical. As a consequence, Iraq has only been able to meet 4% of its seed demands since 2005. These distributors are known to patent their seeds and collect fees without considering if crops were proven to contain their proprietary genetic information.

    Monsanto, an agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation founded in 1901, is notorious for its contribution to the neutron initiators inside the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, as well as for producing Agent Orange. The US military used Agent Orange in Vietnam during the infamous operation Ranch Hand, destroying crops and ultimately causing half a million Vietnamese children to be born with birth defects and millions of others left with cancer and other serious health conditions. 

    Dying of thirst

    Reconstruction efforts in Iraq also targeted the distribution of safe drinking water. 

    Millions of dollars were lost in the attempt and efforts failed, with only one-third of the objectives reached in the context of providing safe drinking water. 

    Iraq’s infrastructure was heavily bombed in the 1990s after the US-led coalition conducted massive airstrikes on the region during the gulf war. Water and sewerage treatment facilities were heavily damaged. As people suffered from a lack of access to clean water, diseases multiplied.

    The US war has critically aggravated the water crisis. Water is scarcely passing through the Tigris and Euphrates as is, causing contaminated water to reach crops, and in turn poisoning much of the population. The UN Security Council described the effects of the war as returning Iraq to the “pre-industrial age”, and warned of the imminent catastrophe that would hit the Iraqi population. 

    The Tigris River is bordered by Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. Along with the Euphrates, they create a river system that encircles Mesopotamia known as the Fertile Crescent. The Tigris is an important source of transportation and irrigation, with a history dating back to the earliest known civilizations.

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    Tigris River (Global Atlas)

    Scorched earth

    The catastrophic insurgence of ISIS ripped Iraq’s already suffering sectors into developmental and economic shreds. 

    The US policies created a weak state that resulted in the marginalization of considerable sectors of Iraqi society. ISIS militants, armed partially with CIA-funded weapons, developed into one of the goriest terrorist organizations of our time. 

    The world watched in horror as ISIS became globally renowned for unspeakable atrocities like beheadings, kidnapping of women and children, and numerous suicide bombings and terrorist attacks that not only affected the Middle East but many western countries, especially Europe. 

    ISIS used the burning tactic to terrorize inhabitants, laid landmines, and destroyed agricultural equipment. IEDs were frequently utilized to fortify their defense. They attempted to meticulously carry out a form of ecocide, as their “scorched earth” tactics took hold. Oil wells were set on fire and thousands of civilians came close to suffocation and others suffered respiratory complications.

    In a final effort to devastate their targets, they booby-trapped escape routes, barns, and pump stations. 

    The presence of the terrorist group forced agricultural workers and farmers to evacuate their farmlands during the bloody conflicts. Numerous families retell their experiences of being forced to abandon their farming communities when ISIS militants surrounded the area in mid-2014. The same families who evacuated their homes reported returning to their homes post-ISIS and finding them heavily booby-trapped. Numerous families have lost children and relatives after bombs inexplicably detonated on their properties. 

    A glimpse of hope

    Away from the nightmares that haunt Iraq, as one of many initiatives, Iraq’s holy shrines have begun to establish massive farms for relying on agricultural production and providing national agricultural products that are distinguished by quality, as well as meat at subsidized prices.

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  • Farms administrated by the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine (Website)
  • Agricultural cities are being established to provide the cultivation of wheat, barley, yellow corn, fodder, jet, and cattle, as well as raising sheep and cows.

    Despite the seemingly irreversible effects of America’s assaults and intrusion on Iraq’s wellbeing have undoubtedly damaged the country, things can still be turned around. With Iraq’s Parliamentary elections looming, the crucial vote of the youth may have the power to carry Iraq out of decade-long darkness and into the light. 

    Hezbollah MP: The Blatant American Interference in the Lebanese Affairs Has Reached Its Maximum

    October 4, 2021

    Hezbollah MP: The Blatant American Interference in the Lebanese Affairs Has Reached Its Maximum

    By Staff

    Member of Hezbollah’s “Loyalty to the Resistance” Parliamentary Bloc Sayyed Ibrahim Al-Moussawi asserted that “The American administration is practicing a policy of dictation, where the blatant American interference in the Lebanese affairs has reached its maximum, as it is permeating all the levels, amid the silence of some parties about the American violations.” 

    MP al-Moussawi condemned the “The US blatant breach to decimate Lebanon” in a radio interview, inviting the Lebanese foreign minister to take a stance that condemns this interference.

    He also stressed that the bet in this context is on those who have wisdom and reckon the nature of the United States.

    Regarding the cabinet affairs, Sayyed al-Moussawi said that “the cabinet should fully take its chances,” adding in the context of the ministerial committee that aims at negotiating with the International Monetary Fund: “Let’s give the cabinet a chance as long as we are part of it and we support it.”

    Regarding the “Biqaa Nitrate”, MP al-Moussawi underscored that “there is a big conspiracy that is being gradually revealed,” stressing that “it’s the right of the victims’ families to learn the truth of the Beirut Port blast.”

    On the other hand, Sayyed al-Moussawi stressed that “Hezbollah is going for the initiative of distributing the Iranian diesel oil”, considering that “the unity of the Lebanese people is being renewed today in this regard.” He added that “we are working on alleviating the suffering of people as much as possible, and we stress that we aren’t an alternative to the government.”

    “Hezbollah is currently studying a plan regarding offering a special help regarding transportation to schools, notably official schools, through providing as much as possible diesel oil supply,” he added.

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    Sayyed Nasrallah: More Iranian Ships to Follow, Iranian Drilling Companies Ready to Extract Offshore Oil and Gas

    August 20, 2021

    Sayyed Nasrallah: More Iranian Ships to Follow, Iranian Drilling Companies Ready to Extract Offshore Oil and Gas
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    Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Sunday a speech during the memorial ceremony of martyr Hajj Abbas Al-Yatama.

    At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah offered condolences to the family of martyr Al-Yatama as well all his beloved people, congratulating them for the fact that this prominent leader has reached his goals. “I personally know martyr Al-Yatama, who belongs to the generation of Hezbollah’s establishment in 1982,” he said, noting that “When speaking about people like Hajj Abbas Al-Yatama, I like to recall the founding generation of the Islamic Resistance, they’re the people of 1982.”

    On the characteristics of the martyr, His Eminence highlighted that “Martyr Abbas had a beautiful soul, like his beautiful appearance. He was brave and courageous.”

    He recalled that Abu Maitham “joined this resistance at the age of 17, and soon his personal characteristics became evident in front of his brothers. Martyr Abbas started as a fighter, then a trainer and later assumed various leadership responsibilities. He was personally present in the field operations.”

    According to the Resistance Leader, “Among the personal characteristics of the martyr Abbas were faith, etiquette, forbearance, patience and good behavior. He further possessed excellent leadership capabilities.”

    “Martyr Abbas was one of the military leaders in the South. He is from Hermel and he was as a resistance’s military leader in the South,” he stated, pointing out that “Martyr Abbas, like his brothers, the rest of the martyrs are witnesses that the honorable people of this region embraced the resistance and sacrificed it with the best of their youth.”

    In addition Sayyed Nasrallah unveiled that “Abu Maitham was among the military leaders who took part in the July war in South Lebanon, and he was the one who wrote the letter of the Mujahideen [for me] during the war, which conveys his loyalty to the resistance.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah further revealed that “When the events in Syria began, martyr Abbas was one of the first leaders who joined the battle and was present in the most dangerous places. Abu Maitham has been to the most dangerous zones from Aleppo, to the besieged city and airport, as well as the road of Ethriya-Khanaser.”

    “Martyr Al-Yatama was a field commander next to senior Syrian Army commanders, resistance leaders such as Haj Mustafa Badriddine, and Iranian Generals in Syria, atop of whom was martyr leader Hajj Qassem Soleimani,” His Eminence added.

    Emphasizing that “The secret of the resistance’s strength is that it has never sought gains here or there,” Sayyed Nasrallah lamented the fact that “Since the establishment of the state, the Bekaa region has received nothing but deprivation and negligence, but return it has offered honesty, the best of its youth and pure blood.”

    “These people spared nothing, neither in confronting the Zionist scheme nor the American project. The people of Baalbek-Hermel did not wait for anyone to defend their villages and all of Lebanon,” he said.

    Moving to the political front, Hezbollah Secretary General explained that “The Americans do believe that we are people who seek the worldly life, as if by threatening us with this life they might be able to change our stance. They didn’t understand until now what does it mean to belong to the Islam pf Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and the Karbala of Imam Hussein [AS].”

    In parallel, His Eminence clarified that “The battle that is being waged in Lebanon against the resistance and the true national forces has been run by the American embassy since 2005. However, they have failed.”

    On this level, he uncovered that “Tens of billions of dollars have been spent since 2005 in order to distort the image of the resistance, and they failed.”

    “The US seeks to set Lebanon under its control so that it does not pose any threat to “Israel”,” Sayyed Nasrallah reminded, warning that “The US embassy in Lebanon is responsible for targeting the livelihood of the Lebanese people as it interferes in every single aspect.”

    He also underscored that “The US and Saudi embassies have been working in the past years to ignite a civil war in Lebanon. The American embassy wants to make Lebanon move into chaos. It seeks to strike the Lebanese society and the Lebanese person with his dignity and family.”

    Meanwhile, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that “After spending $30 billion for political parties that were not able to serve them, they turned to the civil society.”

    Urging the Lebanese state to shoulder its responsibility in facing the current crisis, he viewed that “It is not Hezbollah that can open the country in front of Chinese and Russian companies for investment. This is the state’s duty. We urged them to buy from Iran by the Lebanese pound, and they replied that the Americans would put us on the sanctions list. We offered the state options and proposals for which it turned a deaf ear, and Lebanon continued in the path of declining.”

    Amid this negligence, Sayyed Nasrallah clearly announced: “Our second ship will sail from Iran within days, and other ships will follow.”

    He further stressed that “It is not a matter of one ship or two; this is a path which we will keep moving on as long as Lebanon needs it,” noting that “The goal is to help all the Lebanese people and ease their sufferings.”

    However, His Eminence assured that “We-in Hezbollah- are neither a substitute for the state nor for importing companies or stations. We do not want to compete with anyone.”

    “We will bring in fair amounts of oil derivatives to ease the pressure against companies, gas stations and the black market,” he said, noting that his party seeks “to break the greedy prices and ease the people’s sufferings.”

    In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say: “We are not supposed to bring Lebanon’s full demand of gasoline and diesel but rather good quantities that alleviate pressure off the companies and the stations.”

    Once again, he urged the government to alleviate the suffering of the people and assume its responsibilities.

    In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah denounced “Those monopolizing oil derivatives” calling for arresting and imprisoning them.

    Regarding US ambassador Dorothy Shea’s initiative towards Lebanon, His Eminence welcomed the Egyptian gas, the Jordanian electricity project and anything that might help Lebanon.

    However, His Eminence reminded that “If the US seeks to help Lebanon, it should lift its veto on providing support to Lebanon.”

    To the Lebanese people, he elaborated that “What is important for the Lebanese to know is that the proposal of the American ambassador requires a period between 6 months and 1 year to be done. The US project needs negotiations with Syria and could not be performed in the dark night.”

    “The US ambassador is talking illusions, but in case her project could be achieved we won’t be annoyed as this means breaking the siege on Lebanon and Syria.”

    To the US administration and its ambassador in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “If you want to help Lebanon, tell your administration to stop preventing other countries from helping Lebanon, and we wouldn’t want neither your initiative nor your money.”

    On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah asked “Who will shoulder the responsibility for the Tuleil incident in Akkar, and where did the investigations reach?”

    To the Lebanese government, Hezbollah Secretary General said: “If you accept, we have companies that are able to extract oil and gas and sell it. The companies that I mentioned are not afraid of the “Israeli” bombing, and they can extract gas and oil and sell it. If the companies fear “Israel” and the sanctions, we are willing to bring an Iranian drilling company to extract offshore oil and gas, and let “Israel” bomb it.”

    “The Resistance after July 2006 war became stronger and after every battle it maintained its existence and ended stronger than before,” he said, concluding that “The enemy and the Americans, and their affiliates, will discover that their popular and political losses will be very huge.”

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    Short news update from the Saker (UPDATED 2x)

    Short news update from the Saker (UPDATED 2x)

    July 07, 2021

    Dear friend,

    Today I am starting a new kind of post – a short news update.  This is not an open thread where everybody shares all the latest information during a crisis, nor is it a full analysis.  In this new category, I plan to include several small news which are relevant to what was discussed in the past or factoids/developments which might be discussed in a full analysis in the near future. I will include links to my sources only when I have them readily available, otherwise you will have to wait until my analyses to get the full sources.  Note that this new category will appear under the “Saker Analyses and Interviews” section to give it maximal visibility.  Finally, and just to make this clear, the regular rules of moderation will apply to this new section too.  I hope that you will find this feature useful (by all means, let me know). 

    Cheers

    The Saker

    PS: please feel free to also contribute short news items in the “short news update” section!


    • Amazing!  The US forces in Afghanistan left the (Soviet built) airbase in Bagram at night, not even informing their supposed Afghan “allies”.  The base was looted for several hours as the US Americans left A LOT of stuff, including guitars and plenty of weapons (all of which will now go on sale in the various public markets in Afghanistan.
    • Comparing the Soviet and the US performance in Afghanistan is quite amazing.  To make a long story short, I find the performance of Uncle Shmuel’s forces absolutely appalling and laughable.  Killed lots of people, built nothing, never controlled much of the country, fled in the middle of the night and abandoned its allies.   They literally switched off the electricity in Bagram and then fled.  Absolutely typical “garden variety” for all US interventions.  The Soviets even left with all their dignity safe – but the wannabe world hegemon had to leave in shame, like he always does.
    • The Taliban are now shooting Afghan collaborators in the streets, and floods of terrified refugees are now running for the border in the hope of escaping the Taliban’s wrath.
    • Did you know that since the US invasion of Afghanistan the volume of heroin produced by this country increased FIFTEEN FOLD!
    • Bottom line: the US+NATO+EU were defeated by the Taliban.  Totally and comprehensively.
    • Today Russian Su-30SM has intercepted a US Poseidon aircraft over the Black Sea and forced it to turn away from the Russian border.
    • Three more days left for Sea Breeze 2021.  Never say never, and we can’t be sure, but I don’t believe that NATO will try to breach the Russian maritime border again (these guys lost a long war to the Afghans, I don’t think they have the stomach for Russia!).

    This is how the Soviet Forces left Afghanistan:

    And this is how the “greatest military force in the Milky Way” left Afghanistan:

    • There are several reports, so far unconfirmed, that US bases in Iraq and Syria have come under attack.  There has also been a huge explosion in the port of Dubai.
    • UK Foreign Minister Raab just repeated in the British Parliament that the British Navy fully intends to repeat the actions of the HMS Defender.

    Maduro: EU Demand to Delay Election in Venezuela ‘Impossible

    Source

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed as “impossible” the EU’s suggestion to postpone the country’s December 6 election to meet the bloc’s conditions to dispatch an observer mission, blaming the idea on US pressure.

    “It is impossible because there is a very clear constitutional mandate,” Maduro said Thursday in a nationally televised address. “We want to have a good relationship with the European Union, but Washington does not let them.”

    Maduro has repeatedly maintained that the administration of hawkish US President Donald Trump is persistently plotting to topple his government in a coup to seize control of the oil-rich nation’s huge crude oil reserves.

    Relations between Caracas and Washington have drastically deteriorated in recent years amid multiple efforts by the US government to impose sanctions on Venezuela’s state oil company and other industries in its bid to destabilize the country.

    Venezuela’s constitution requires a new poll every five years while US-backed opposition parties have vowed to boycott the election.

    European and Latin American ministers in the International Contact Group (ICG) declared after their video conference on Thursday that conditions were not ripe to send observers to Venezuela’s parliamentary elections next December.

    “ICG members concluded that conditions are not met, at the moment, for a transparent, inclusive, free and fair electoral process,” the group announced in a statement following the conference chaired by EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell.

    The ICG groups European countries including Britain, France, Germany, Spain and Italy as well as a number of Latin American countries. Argentina is back in the group while Bolivia has left it.

    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza invited observers from the United Nations and the European Union, in letters addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Borrell early this month, to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections in the country.

    In the letters, Arreaza outlined “the broad electoral guarantees agreed for the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

    Maduro pardoned over 100 legislators and associates of US-sponsored opposition figure Juan Guaido to promote national reconciliation ahead of the congressional elections in December.

    Guaido pushed Venezuela into political turmoil by dismissing the results of the 2018 presidential election after Maduro won nearly 70 percent of the votes. The opposition figure declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela in January last year and later launched a US-backed abortive coup to oust Maduro’s elected government.

    Source: Agecnies

    Sitrep – Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua

    February 19, 2020

    Chris Faure for The Saker Blog

    While the Mena is exploding in tensions, the Empire is hungry and is not leaving these countries in Latin America any breathing room. Although it can be argued that the circumstances are different in each, there are certain commonalities that can be pointed out.

    Venezuela

    The Trump administration warned early in February of “impactful” measures on the government of Venezuela

    First was a blanket set of sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned airline CONVIASA. Why, you may ask? Well according to the administration, this airline is used to “shuttle corrupt officials.” We see the ‘rules based international order’ at work, as there is no evidence of corruption, but these days it seems as if one fights US sanctions, you must be corrupt. The rule of evidence for corruption now is resisting imperial sanctions. CONVIASA operates flight services to domestic destinations and throughout South America and the Caribbean.

    The other notable event was that Guiadó went home to Venezuela on TAP, a Portugese airline, only to be ‘warmly welcomed’ by screaming Venezuelans beating him up. The Venezuelan Government suspended for 90 days the Portuguese airline, over what is formally declared as “some irregularities detected in Juan Guaido´s returning flight. The self-proclaimed ‘president’ returned to Venezuela after a tour of Europe and the United States on a TAP flight under a different identification, as Antonio Márquez, and his uncle was on the same flight, smuggling explosives.  Name change or no name change, he was still beaten up by Venezuelans.

    Some good news is that the US Government’s case against the Venezuelan embassy protectors ended up in a hung jury, and the four protectors were not jailed. This was another failure in the open coup attempt on Venezuela.

    The latest is that the US is placing more sanctions on Russia’s Rosneft Trading in relation to their quest for what they call “the opportunity for a transition of power” which the rest of us understand as color revolution and extraction of assets from a country working hard at their own sovereignty.

    “Russia categorically repudiates unilateral restrictions, through which the US, which seeks global hegemony, is trying to make the whole world bend to its will. This has never influenced and will not influence Russia’s international policy, including its cooperation with the legitimate authorities of Venezuela, Syria, Iran and any other country,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    Nicaragua

    In Nica, as the locals call it, the startup to regime change has commenced. The Grayzone reports that the US embassy and European Union are meeting with right-wing Nicaraguan opposition leaders and pressuring them to unite against elected leftist President Daniel Ortega in the lead-up to the 2021 election. https://thegrayzone.com/2020/02/07/nicaragua-opposition-support-us-eu-coalition/

    Sanctions are rolling in and this one is similar to what we saw in Brazil, and now in Bolivia, where the rightist evangelicals (usually Christian Zionist) are being used as the pressure point aiming to unseat the Sandinistas.

    Nicaragua, according to the Empire under the guise of the Donald Trump administration has declared the small nation of Nicaragua to be a supposed “national security threat,” and has imposed several rounds of aggressive sanctions on the country, with the aim of destabilizing its economy.

    Bolivia

    After the contested election and a coup d’état that saw Evo Morales being expelled as President as well as having to flee from his beloved country, snap general elections will be held in Bolivia on May 3rd, 2020.

    The situation on the ground is still that of a coup d’état. The indigenous Bolivian population which Evo Morales brought into the light and gave opportunity to flourish economically, is under stress, pressure and still being murdered as we speak.

    Few people know that as in Venezuela, we are dealing with another Western backed self-elected interim president in Bolivia – Jeanine Añez. On declaring herself interim president, she also undertook not to run for the position in forthcoming elections. That undertaking did not last long though and she is a candidate now.

    As in Nicaragua, we are also dealing with rightist evangelicals being used for political power. “Evangelical preacher Chi Hyun Chung exposed this corruption after he placed third in the last election but didn’t make it onto the ballot. Chung reported that these groups were asking for payments of between one million and 1.5 million U.S. Dollars for the right to use their names. He called on electoral authorities to intervene to end the practice.”

    But was this a Western backed coup and how do we know that it was? The easiest to see, is who the golpistas immediately made friends with.

    Ollie Vargas states : “The Anez administration’s ties to the U.S. are openly admitted. Evident in the dramatic speed with which Morales’ progressive foreign policy was torn up. Full relations were re-established with the U.S. and Israel and USAID was brought in to ‘cooperate’ in the elections and other government functions. However, less known are Anez’s hiring choices. One of the first advisors to be brought in to her inner circle was Erick Foronda, who was chief advisor to the U.S. embassy in Bolivia for 25 years prior to taking on the role with Añez.

    The cooperation continues as the electoral campaign gets underway. Following the footsteps of many Bolivian rightists, Añez is now contracting the services of CLS Strategies, a U.S. political consulting firm, to provide “strategic communications counsel” during the coming elections. CLS Strategies is the same firm used by the government in Honduras after that country’s coup against Manuel Zelaya.”

    The golpistas are doing their best to ban any candidate from MAS. The MAS radio channels are being banned and the people are being scattered violently wherever they gather. Evo Morales is still a candidate and has declared his candidacy from Argentina, where he has safe harbor. But he is not running for President. The presidential front runner for MAS (Evo’s party, the biggest voting block in Bolivia and generally known as The Movement toward Socialism) is Luis Arce. He has just had a conference with Evo Morales in Argentina, to plan the election. It is generally accepted that even since Morales left, MAS still has the majority and will win a fair election. This is clearly not the era of fair elections and the lastest news in, is that MAS is declaring an emergency as both Evo Morales as well as Luis Arce will be banned from running, under some invented pretext by the electoral commission.  The real issue is, despite the coup or golpe in Bolivia, despite the exit of Evo Morales, MAS is still winning.

    The golpistas have serious western support, and MAS is not standing down from their Movement toward Socialism. The police forces are brutal toward the indigenous, one has no idea what the defense forces are really doing and the expectation is that we will have another coup type event arise as tempers are hot.

    In the cities, it feels as if the right is winning, yet in the indigenous rural areas, MAS has a clear lead. This is where it stands now and one has to keep in mind that the rural areas are not being polled thoroughly.  The rural areas are all MAS supporters as it is these people that received an economic opportunity under Evo Morales:

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    Summary : Now that we have seen the similarities between a coup starting in Nicaragua, the longer lasting meddling in Venezuela, and the similarities in the playbook for Bolivia, we can only go back to Harold Pinter’s Nobel Acceptance Speech for Literature, 2005.

    “It never happened. Nothing ever happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest. The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them. You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.

    I put to you that the United States is without doubt the greatest show on the road. Brutal, indifferent, scornful and ruthless it may be but it is also very clever. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self love. It’s a winner. Listen to all American presidents on television say the words, ‘the American people’, as in the sentence, ‘I say to the American people it is time to pray and to defend the rights of the American people and I ask the American people to trust their president in the action he is about to take on behalf of the American people.’ It’s a scintillating stratagem.”

    “Language is actually employed to keep thought at bay. “

    https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/literature/2005/pinter/25621-harold-pinter-nobel-lecture-2005/


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    And so die heroes

    ST

    In the bewilderment of what happened (the assassination of general Suleimani) it is easy to forget that this is not the first time neither will it be the last time that America gets rid of its enemies through assassination.

    A quick glance at back, to the 1960’s will give a clear example of this, when the whole world shook with the assassination of Che Guevara. There were attempts to pass his assassination off as death due to fire exchange during battle.

    Soon the information of how he died leaked out. Afraid of the spread of revolution that had started in Latin America- a revolution instigated by Guevara and Castro the USA decided that this revolution should be suffocated before it reached their backdoor.

    It was the covert work of the CIA and their agents in Bolivia that led to the assassination of Che Guevara. De classified records show the high level of US interest in hunting down Che Guevara and his comrades. A Memorandum of understanding was signed between the American side and the Bolivian side in which it was agreed that Guevara and his group of fighters be kept under surveillance. When Guevara died the Americans viewed it as a victory. They had  managed to assassinate Guevara by proxy and had stifled his “hated revolution”.

    In the official wake (1967) held for him in Cuba by President Castro he said that through they have killed Che but they can never kill his ideas “The artist may die – but what will surely never die is the art to which he dedicated his life, the art to which he dedicated his intelligence,”.

    In an irony to top all ironies the man who volunteered to kill Guevara sergeant “Mario Teran” and who had to live in the dark the rest of his life in Bolivia penned a letter of gratitude to Castro which was later published by El Deber thanking Castro because Cuban doctors had operated on his eyes free of charge and thus proving that though he shot Guevara and ended his life the ideas of the revolution of equality and supporting the poor never died and in the end “Mario Teran” their killer and Guevara’s benefitted from the moral and ethical beliefs of Guevara and the revolution he believed in.

    British politician George Gallaway says “one of the greatest mistakes the US state ever made was to create those pictures of Che’s corpse. Its Christ like poise in death ensured that has appeal would spread way beyond the turbulent university campus and into the hearts of the faithful, flocking to the worldly, fiery sermons of the liberation thoelogists.” The Economist magazine pointed out how Che’s post death photos resemble Andrea Mantegna’s “The Lamentation over the Dead Christ”.

     There is no country in the world today including the USA itself that doesn’t have Geuevara memorabilia-his starred hat, his face leaping out of tshirts or from schoolbags. By executing him without even a trial the US immortalized him and turned him into an icon. All his faults and failures forgotten he even found his way to myths and many people today pray to saint Ernesto.

    In another Latin American country Chile – a man rose to power. Salvador Allende – another doctor, another icon representing democratic socialism. For Allende was voted for by the people of Chile despite extraneous American efforts to sabotage the vote. Allende was of the same school as Guevara. He believed in revolutionary ideas in nationalization policy and in putting the workers in charge of the economy. Thus he made a lot of enemies but none as deadly as American President Nixon in a meeting said that he aimed to make the “Chilean economy scream”.

    In an interview with the Italian communist daily President Allende refers to the United States as a “real threat”. For Allende nationalized mines owned by the American companies, Araconda and Kennecot. The US even negatively affected the relations of Chile with other countries as other countries were afraid of American ire and stayed away from forming economic ties with Chile.

    In the end Allende was disposed of in a US backed coup, led by Pinochet who would later be considered as one of the darkest and most brutal dictators in history. In an exhibition called “secrets of state: The Declassified History of the Chilean Dictatorship “one can hear a reenactment of the phone conversation that happened between American President Nixon and his legal advisor Kissinger confirmed their hand in the coup that removed and killed Allende”. On view are documents revealing secret exchange about how to prevent Chile’s congress from ratifying the Allende Victory in 1970, plans for convert operations to destabilize his government and reports about a Chilean military officer informing the United States government of the coming coup and requesting assistance”.

    Allende was deposed off and America won the day leaving Chile under the throes of a dictator who should have had his figure in Mme. Tussaud’s Chamber of horrors.

    Part II

    Suleimani

    A different era, a different time, but no change in tactics for the Americans .

    In reality their arrogance has increased and what they think of as their God given right to eradicate all whom they deem “dangerous” has reached a point of lunacy.

    In the case of Guevara and Allende though America was responsible for their demise, however they used a proxy.

    However with General Suleimani, Trump proudly announced that he had given the orders to kill him as he was deemed a threat to America. Trump claimed that he had information that Suleimani was targeting four America embassies. An outright lie as even his senators didn’t believe him and “refused to give him the benefit of the doubt”.

    On January 3rd 2020 a US drone attack near Baghdad International Airport targeted and killed General Qasem Suleimani. It killed nine other people beside him.   

    General Suleimani was commander of the Quds Force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

     His death affected the region adversely. Anti American demonstrations broke out in Iran and Iraq. In Iraq parliament look a vote and agreed on the need for American troops to leave Iraqi soil once and for all. Unintentionally Trump managed to unite Iranians and Iraqis in their anger and distrust of America.

    Suleimani was a well known face on battle fields forming military strategies and implementing them. He relentlessly fought Isis, groups affiliated to Isis and other terrorists. His hardwork and perseverance were major elements in defeating terrorist and in bringing security to areas that had suffered fear and atrocities.

    His assassination dealt the axis of resistance a hard blow, undoubtedly, so unleashing a torrent of violent events that up to this moment has not stopped.

    The question that should be asked is of what benefit is the assassination of Suleimani to the Americans? Was he a real threat to their national security?

    The answer lies in the ideas that Suleimani embodied. He was a man who couldnot and would not stomach interference in his country from the USA and he did not mince his ideas about that. He was willing to fight to the very end to liberate the region from terrorism – which he did – he almost liberated the area from Isis and until the day he died he was fighting. It might be useful to recall the words of Castro upon the death of Guevara for they are applicable here too – words to the effect that you can kill the man but you can never kill what he stands for. On the contrary killing the man strengthens his ideals for it shows that he was willing to die for a worthwhile cause. Assassinating Suleimani is undoubtedly unlawful and a violation of international law and indeed who better than the Americans to do that.                    

     Editor in Chief

    Reem Haddad

    Bolivia: An Election in the Midst of an Ongoing Coup

    By Prof. Vijay Prashad

    Global Research, February 14, 2020

    The Bullet

    On May 3, 2020, the Bolivian people will go to the polls once more. They return there because President Evo Morales had been overthrown in a coup in November 2019. Morales had just won a presidential election in October for a term that would have begun in January 2020. Based on a preliminary investigation by the Organization of American States (OAS) that claimed that there was fraud in the election, Morales was prematurely removed from office; the term for his 2014 presidential election victory did not end until January. Yet, he was told by the military to leave office. An interim president – Jeanine Áñez – appointed herself. She said she was taking this office only on an interim basis and would not run for election when Bolivia held another election. She is a candidate for the May 3 election. (For more information on what is happening in Bolivia, see this overview from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.)

    Meanwhile, Morales has been in exile in Argentina. His party – the Movement for Socialism (MAS) – has candidates for the presidency and the vice presidency, but their party cadres and followers are facing a difficult time making their case to the people. Their radio stations have been blocked, their leaders arrested or exiled (or sitting in foreign embassies waiting for asylum), their cadre beaten up and intimidated.

    The United Nations secretary-general’s personal envoy Jean Arnault released a statement on February 3 that expressed caution about the elections. The situation in Bolivia, Arnault said, is “characterized by an exacerbated polarization and mixed feelings of hope, but also of uncertainty, restlessness and resentment after the serious political and social crisis of last year.” This careful language of the UN needs to be looked at closely. When Arnault says there is “exacerbated polarization,” he means that the situation is extremely tense. When he asks that the interim government “outlaw hate speech and direct or indirect incitement to violence or discrimination,” he means that the government and its far-right followers need to be very careful about what they say and how much violence they use in this election.

    On February 6, Morales spoke in Buenos Aires, where he urged an end to the violence so that the election could bring the fractured country together. He called for a national agreement between all sides to end the dangerous situation. In a pointed way, Morales called upon the government to respect diversity, noting that people wearing distinct clothes and wearing the signs of a certain political party were facing intimidation and violence. He meant the indigenous population of Bolivia, and the supporters of MAS; it is widely accepted that the violence has been coming from the far right’s paramilitary shock troops, and the intimidation has been coming from the government.

    For instance, the Bolivian authorities have been routinely charging MAS leaders with sedition, terrorism, and incitement to violence. Morales faced these charges, along with dozens of important MAS leaders, most recently Gustavo Torrico who has been arrested. Matters are so bad that the UN’s special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, took to Twitter to express his concern at the “use of judicial and fiscal institutions for the purpose of political persecution. The number of illegal detentions grows.” This has not stopped Áñez, who says she will move her government to investigate at least 592 people who held high office in Morales’ 14 years in government. This means that the entirety of the MAS leadership will likely face harassment between now and the May 3 election.

    US Interference

    In 2013, Morales expelled the US government agency USAID; he accused USAID of working to undermine his elected government. Before that, Morales, as is his constitutional right, informed Salvador Romero – the head of the election agency (TSE) – that when his term ended in 2008, he would not be retained. This is a normal practice.

    Romero went to the US Embassy to complain. He met with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg to complain about this and urged the US to do something. It was clear that Romero and Goldberg knew each other well. When Romero left his post at the TSE, the US establishment took care of him. He went to work at the National Democratic Institute in Honduras. The National Democratic Institute, based in Washington, is loosely affiliated with the US Democratic Party, and is part of the universe that includes the National Endowment for Democracy. These are all US government-funded agencies that operate overseas to “oversee” what is known as “democracy promotion,” including elections.

    Romero essentially worked for the US government in Honduras during the first election after the US-instigated coup of 2009. During this election in 2013, violence against the supporters of Xiomara Castro, the candidate of the left-wing Libre Party, was routine. The day before the election, for instance, two leaders of the National Center of Farmworkers (CNTC) – María Amparo Pineda Duarte and Julio Ramón Maradiaga – were killed as they returned home from a training for Libre election workers. This was the atmosphere of this very tight election, which returned to power the US-backed conservative candidate Juan Orlando Hernández of the National Party. Romero, at that time, was quite pleased with the results. He told the New York Times then that “despite ‘the general perception of fraud,’” the election was just fine.

    Right after the coup in November, Áñez brought Romero back to La Paz as the head of the election court, the TSE. He has his old job back. This would have made Bruce Williamson, the US charge d’affaires to Bolivia, very happy. The US has its man at the helm of the May 3 election in Bolivia.

    And then Trump said he is sending USAID to Bolivia to help prepare the ground for the election. On January 9, the USAID team arrived to “give technical aid to the electoral process in Bolivia.” Technical aid. The phrase should give a reasonable person pause.

    Ten days later, Trump’s legal adviser Mauricio Claver-Carone arrived in La Paz and gave a series of interviews in which he accused Morales of terrorism and creating instability. This was a direct attack at MAS and interference with Bolivia’s electoral process.

    If the US intervenes in Bolivia, that is just “democracy promotion.”

    But even with the violence from the government and its fascistic paramilitaries, even with Romero at the helm of the TSE, even with USAID on the ground, and even with the shenanigans of Claver-Carone, MAS is fighting to win. The candidates for MAS are Luis Arce Catacora (president) and David Choquehuanca Céspedes (vice president). Catacora was the minister of economy and public finance under Morales and the architect of the administration’s economic success. Céspedes was the foreign minister in that government. He managed Bolivia’s policy of international sovereignty and is an important person to Bolivia’s indigenous and peasant movements. Early polls show that the MAS ticket is in first place.

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    ماذا يعني الإعلان الرسمي عن بدء معركة التحرير الكبرى؟

    ابراهيم الأمين الإثنين 13 كانون الثاني 2020

    ذات مرة، تحدث الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله عن الوضع في المنطقة، مشيراً بوضوح إلى أنه يتحدث باسم محور المقاومة. قال، على طريقته، إنه يعرف مواقف العواصم والقوى «واعتبروني ناطقاً» باسم هذا المحور. وحقيقة الأمر أن السيد نصر الله يعرف أن العالم كله، من دون استثناء، يتعامل مع ما يقوله على أنه تعبير عن الموقف المشترك لكل من في محور المقاومة. ولا يعود ذلك فقط إلى صدقيّته العالية لدى الجمهور وإلى أنه قائد واحدة من أقوى مجموعات المقاومة في العالم، بل لكونه أفضل من يعبّر عن عقل هذا المحور. فهو يعرف جيداً بلاد الشام. وتعرّف جيداً إلى عقل فلسطين، وفوق ذلك، يعرف جيداً العقل الإيراني. فكيف إذا أضفنا الى كل ما سبق، أن الرجل شريك أساسي في حلقة القرار الأولى على صعيد المحور. ومن دون أن يزعل أحد، ومن دون التواضع غير المناسب في هذه اللحظة، يعرف الجميع أن للسيد نصر الله موقعاً يوازي مواقع رؤساء دول وقادة في هذا الإقليم.

    ذا التقديم ليس للمدح برجل يحتاج، في هذه الأيام، الى من يشور عليه لا الى من يُسمعه القصائد. وهدفه مساعدة مريدي محور المقاومة وأصدقائه وأعدائه على فهم طبيعة التحدي الذي نقبل عليه جميعاً. هو تقديم يهدف الى القول، صراحة، إن ما تحدّث عنه السيد نصر الله الأسبوع الماضي، وعاد وكرره أمس حيال التحدي الراهن، إنما يمثل الوجهة الفعلية لقيادة المحور وقواه. وهي وجهة دخلت حيّز التنفيذ العملاني في كل منطقتنا، وعنوانها الأوحد: كنس الاحتلال الأميركي!

    طبعاً، لم يكن السيد نصر الله ليعرض برنامج العمل على هذا العنوان. ولا هو في وارد تقديم تقدير أولي أو متوسط للمرحلة المقبلة من العمل. كما أنه ليس ملزماً تقديم أي شروحات تفيد العدو الاميركي في هذه المعركة. لكن ما كان يجب أن يقوله يستهدف إبلاغ من يهمه الأمر، من أنصار المقاومة أو من أعداء أميركا، بأن الفرصة عادت لتكون كاملة لمن يريد الانخراط في معركة كنس الوجود الأميركي من بلادنا، ليس بوصفه احتلالاً عسكرياً فقط، بل لكونه يمثل عنوان القهر السياسي والاقتصادي والاجتماعي والثقافي والأمني والعسكري في بلادنا. وكون الولايات المتحدة تمثل، اليوم، مركز الشر في مواجهة طموحات شعوبنا نحو التحرر من التبعية وبناء مستقبلها كما تريده هي لا كما يراد له أن يكون. وبالتالي، فإن ما كان يفترض بالسيد قوله، كواحد من ممثلي القرار وكناطق باسم المحور ورفيق الشهداء من كبارهم الى صغارهم، هو الإعلان صراحة، ورفع الستارة، معلناً افتتاح مرحلة جديدة من المقاومة الشاملة ضد الوجود الأميركي في المنطقة. وهي مقاومة لا يمكن لحكومة أو حدود أو هوية كيانية الحدّ من قدراتها أو ضبطها. ولا يمكن لأي إنسان، بالمطلق، أن يقرر أنها مقبولة أو لا. ومن لا يريد مقاومة الاحتلال الأميركي، بحجة أنه غير قادر أو مستفيد أو غير متضرر، فهو، بالنسبة إلينا، شريك لهذا الاحتلال في سرقة ثرواتنا، وعميل مسهّل لبقاء الاحتلال.

    يجب التعامل مع خطاب السيد نصر الله على أنه إشهار من جانب فريق المقاومة لبرنامج عمله في المرحلة المقبلة

    الأهم في هذه النقطة هو البحث الذي سينطلق ــــ وقد انطلق منذ مدة غير قصيرة ــــ حول الأولويات، وخصوصاً عند المتفكّرين والمعتاشين على فتات ممثلي النهب العالمي، من «يسار جورج سوروس» الى «كتبة تميم آل ثاني»، وصولاً الى «مرتزقة آل سعود وآل نهيان». ويمثل هؤلاء جيشاً ممن قرروا، عن وعي أو عن هبل، الانضمام طوعاً الى جبهة لا مشترك بين كل العاملين فيها سوى العداء لمحور المقاومة، والتي لا يظهر الغرب الاستعماري وإسرائيل، ولا الجماعات التفكيرية، أي خشية منها ومن نشاطها على كل المستويات. فلا يلاحق عناصر هذا الجيش، ويسافرون الى كل العالم، وحساباتهم تتوسع وتتفرع في مصارف العالم، وهم ضيوف على موائد القتلة من أصحاب الياقات البِيض. وهؤلاء لن ينطقوا يوماً بعبارة أو كلمة تؤذي العدو الأميركي أو حلفاءه في المنطقة. حتى إسرائيل لم تعد تضعهم في برامج عملها. ولا تبذل استخباراتها أي جهد من باب الخشية منهم، بل هي لا تفكر حتى في تجنيدهم مخبرين طالما أنهم يفيدون أكثر في ما يقومون به.

    كل هؤلاء، بدأوا وسيكثفون نشاطهم الفكري والسياسي والإعلامي والأكاديمي، في خدمة فكرة واحدة تقول: إن مصائب بلادنا ناجمة عن القوى البارزة عندنا. وإنّ تخلّفنا هو بسبب معارضتنا للغرب الاستعماري، وإن تراجع النموّ في اقتصادنا سببه عدم الالتحاق بالعالم الحر. وإن القمع سببه ثقافة الموت، والتخلّف الاجتماعي سببه العادات والثقافات البالية… هؤلاء يريدون إقناع الجمهور بكل ذلك، على طريقة حراكات العواصم العربية برعاية المنظمات غير الحكومية، والتي يصادف ــــ فقط يصادف ــــ أنها مموّلة من أشخاص وجهات ومراكز تعمل وتعيش تحت سلطة الغرب الاستعماري..

    لكن العنوان الأخطر هو أن بعضهم، الذي لا يهمّ إن شتم أميركا ورئيسها طالما لا يفعل أكثر من ذلك، سيقولون إن الأولوية اليوم هي لتأمين الاستقرار، وإن ذلك يكون من خلال التصرف بواقعية والتعامل مع الوقائع العالمية، وإن الغرب مستعد لمساعدة شعوبنا في الارتقاء والازدهار إن أسقطنا من فكرنا وعقلنا فكرة التحرر الكامل، ليس من احتلاله العسكري فحسب، بل من التبعية الكاملة لمؤسساته الاقتصادية والثقافية والإعلامية وأدوات حياته اليومية.
    ولأن المواجهة المفتوحة لا تحتمل الحلول الوسط، ولأن الحرب التي دخلناها لا رحمة فيها للعدو ولا لعملائه، ولأن العدو نفسه سيكشف يوماً بعد يوم عن أبشع صوره كوحش متكامل، فإن الأفضل للجميع أن لا يكذب بعضهم على بعض. وفي هذا السياق، يجب التعامل مع خطاب السيد نصر الله على أنه إشهار من جانب فريق المقاومة لبرنامج عمله في المرحلة المقبلة. وهو إشهار تقرر عن وعي وسابق تصور وتصميم، وسياقه عدم المناورة والكذب على الناس.. لذلك، يفترض بخصوم المقاومة، من الأغبياء أو من العملاء، التصرف على هذا الأساس… أما حكاية القرار المستقل والحدود الكيانية، فهي ألعاب تسلية تنفع لأطفال من «مدارس المراهقين للحراك الاجتماعي»…
    مرة جديدة، إنها الحرب!

    عامر فاخوري صندوق «الموساد» الأسود

    ديسمبر 27, 2019

    شوقي عواضة

    منذ اليوم الأول لتوقيف جزار الخيام العميل عامر فاخوري نشطت الحركة الديبلوماسية الأميركية للتدخل والحؤول دون توقيفه أو محاكمته منتهكة سيادة الوطن وقوانينه. ورغم عدم وجود أية اتفاقيات او بروتوكولات تسمح لأيّ محام أميركي بالدخول إلى المحاكم اللبنانية حصل فريق المحامين الأميركيين الموكل من السفارة في بيروت على إذن من نقيب المحامين السابق للدفاع عن العميل فاخوري دون تقديم أيّ مبرّرات قانونية تبرّر تدخل فريق الدفاع الأميركي في القضية. لم يأت هذا التدخل الأميركي السافر من فراغ بل إنه يحمل دلالات كثيرةً ويطرح تساؤلات كبيرةً. لربما يبرّر البعض هذا التدخل كون العميل فاخوري يحمل الجنسية الأميركية وبالتالي من «حق» حكومته الدفاع عنه وهو متاح ضمن القوانين المرعية الإجراء ومن خلال وكلاء لبنانيين وليسوا أميركيين.

    وإذا سلمنا بعدم تفريط الحكومة الأميركية بمواطنيها وحرصها عليهم لماذا لم تبد الولايات المتحدة هذا الحرص على مواطنيها وعملائها السبعة عشر الذين اعتقلتهم الاستخبارات الإيرانية في شهر تموز الماضي أيّ قبل توقيف جزار الخيام بشهرين تقريباً. ولماذا لم تتجرّأ على إرسال فريق دفاع للدفاع عنهم رغم تصنيفهم كمصادر ممتازة في جهاز ال cia، ورغم ذلك لم نشهد تحركاً سريعاً للديبلوماسية الأميركية للإفراج عنهم كما حصل في لبنان بالرغم من أهميتهم بالنسبة إلى الاستخبارات الأميركية ورغم الحكم على بعضهم بالإعدام لم نلحظ سرعة التدخل الأميركي كما لحظناه في قضية العميل عامر فاخوري، وهذا إنْ دلّ على شيء فإنه يدلّ بوضوح على أنّ العميل عامر فاخوري بالنسبة إلى جهازي “الموساد” و”سي أي آي” هو الأهمّ بين جواسيس وضباط الاستخبارات الأميركية والإسرائيلية الموقوفين في طهران، بل هو جزء مهمّ وكبير من منظومة التجسّس الأميركية “الإسرائيلية، في لبنان والمنطقة، وهو يشكل كنز معلومات كبيراً في قبضة الأجهزة الأمنية اللبنانية، وإلا ما معنى منع استكمال التحقيق معه؟ وما هي دلالات عرقلة حضوره إلى المحاكم للشروع بمحاكمته؟ وما هو الثقل الذي يمثله كي يبادر وكيل وزارة الخارجية الأميركية للشؤون السياسية ديفيد هيل لطرح ملفه للمفاوضات وطرح عملية مبادلته بالمواطن اللبناني قاسم تاج الدين؟ ألا يشير الأداء الأميركي وتعاطيه في القضية إضافة إلى ما طرحناه من أسئلة إلى مدى أهمية العميل عامر فاخوري بالنسبة إلى الأميركيين والإسرائيليين؟

    ثمة تفسير واحد لكلّ تلك التساؤلات يقول بأنّ العميل عامر فاخوري دخل إلى لبنان بمهمة أمنية واستخباراتية ومعه أمر عمليات لا سيما في ظلّ ما تشهده الساحة اللبنانية من سيناريوات أُحبِط بعضها، وتوحي بأنّ لهذا العميل ارتباطات ربما يكون على مستوى شبكات عملاء يتواصل معها وأسّس لها في المجتمع وعلى كافة المستويات لا سيما بعد ثبوت اتساع دائرة علاقاته السياسية وعملية تسهيل مروره. وما يؤكد ذلك هو الإصرار الأميركي الكبير على إخراجه بأيّ ثمن دون امتثاله للمحاكمة، وقد تبيّن أنّ العميل عامر فاخوري من أهمّ الجواسيس وفاق بأهميته الأمنية والاستخباراتية الجاسوس الأميركي شيوي وانغ، البالغ من العمر 38 عاماً، والذي كان معتقلاً لدى طهران منذ عام 2016. وأطلق سراحه في مقابل إفراج الولايات المتحدة عن العالم الإيراني مسعود سليماني منذ مدة وجيزة، إذ لا يمكن تفسير الإصرار الأميركي وخلفه “الإسرائيلي” على إطلاق سراح جزار الخيام إلا لأهميته الاستخباراتية وكونه صاحب إنجازات تجسّسية لصالح الكيان الصهيوني تتخطى جرائمه السابقة وما ارتكبه بحق الأسرى والمقاومين ويخفي الكثير من المهمات الجديدة والمزيد من المعلومات.

    وإذا كانت الولايات المتحدة تبدي اهتماماً بالغاً بمواطنيها المدانين والموقوفين بتهم مختلفة لماذا لا تبدي الدولة اللبنانية اهتماماً بالشهداء والأسرى والجرحى المقاومين الذين كانوا ضحايا جزار الخيام والذين صنعوا مجد وعزة الوطن. وإذا كان لا بدّ من التفاوض بعد إدانة العميل فاخوري لماذا لا تحاول الدولة اللبنانية أن تجعل من هذه الفرصة انتصاراً تضيفه إلى انتصارات الوطن من خلال تحرير مواطنيها في السجون الفرنسية والأميركية والإماراتية وغيرها كالمناضل جورج عبد الله االمعتقل في السجون الفرنسية منذ العام 1984 بطلب أميركي “إسرائيلي”، إضافةً إلى الموقوفين في السجون الأميركية والإماراتية؟ثمة عين واحدة تنظر بها الدولة اللبنانية ترى فيها الجاسوس الأميركي نزار زكا الذي أفرجت عنه طهران العام الماضي بعد إدانته بالتجسّس لصالح الولايات المتحدة الأميركية مواطناً لبنانياً ولا ترى جورج عبد الله وغيره من المحتجزين المقاومين منذ سنوات طويلة في السجون مواطنين. فرفقاً بسيادة لبنان وبمن صنع مجده من الشهداء والجرحى والأسرى والمقاومين، وتقديراً لهم ولتضحياتهم قليلاً من العدل أيها السادة لأولئك الذين افتدوا الوطن وخطوا صفحات عزّه من أجل أن نكون أحراراً لا عبيداً.

    فيديوات متعلقة

    محاولة جديدة لتهريب العميل عامر فاخوري- حسان الرفاعي
    سالم زهران يكشف بالتواريخ والتفاصيل القصة الكاملة للعميل الفاخوري والبرقية 303
    اعتصام جنوب لبنان للمطالبة بإعدام العميل عامر الفاخوري
    الاستماع إلى إفادات عدد من الأسرى المحررين في قضية العميل الفاخوري
    جميل السيّد: العميل عامر الفاخوري لن يُرحّل!

    مواضيع متعلقة

    The Russia-Germany Pipeline Nord Stream 2: Washington to “Free” Europe from Freedom to Decide for Itself

    Global Research, December 23, 2019

    Nord Stream 2 is a pipeline project extending from Russia to Germany that – when completed – will provide a secure means of exporting Russian natural gas to Western Europe – circumventing a  now volatile Ukraine all while tying Russia and Europe together further through mutually beneficial economic activity.

    Of course, for special interests residing across the Atlantic in Washington and on Wall Street, Russia and Europe building closer ties through constructive economic activity undermines a long-standing strategy of coercing Europe via the constant threat of a supposedly hostile Kremlin Washington claims undermines a free and united Europe.

    Ironically, in order to preserve Europe’s “freedom” the US has now resorted to punishing interests in Europe – and in Germany specifically – for freely choosing to do business with Russia. It not only fully illustrates the supreme hypocrisy that lies at the very root of Washington’s current foreign policy, but also threatens to undermine legitimate US business interests seeking – just as Russia does – to build constructive economic ties with companies and nations around the globe.

    Sanctions Approved

    The BBC in its article, “Nord Stream 2: Trump approves sanctions on Russia gas pipeline,” would report:

    President Donald Trump has signed a law that will impose sanctions on any firm that helps Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, finish a pipeline into the European Union. 

    The sanctions target firms building Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline that will allow Russia to increase gas exports to Germany. 

    The US considers the project a security risk to Europe. 

    Both Russia and the EU have strongly condemned the US sanctions.

    It may or may not confound objective observers to see the US unilaterally leveling sanctions against foreign companies because of what Washington claims are security threats to the nations these companies reside in.

    It is clearly the business of Germany and Germany alone to determine what may or may not be a security risk. The US deciding not only unilaterally that the Nord Stream 2 project is a security risk – but in contradiction to Berlin’s own assessments of these supposed risks – exposes what is a US foreign policy rooted in singular self-interests poorly hidden behind notions of global peace, stability, and progress.

    Were Russia the “threat” that Washington claims it is, clearly Germany would not have invested the immense amount of time, energy, and resources required merely to approve of the Nord Stream 2 project – let alone all the time, energy, and resources required to build and operate it.

    Stated Motives. Admitted “Hidden” Motives. Larger, Unspoken Motives 

    The BBC article gives a glimpse of what is truly motivating Washington’s current posture regarding Nord Stream 2. In its article, it notes that:

    The Trump administration fears the pipeline will tighten Russia’s grip over Europe’s energy supply and reduce its own share of the lucrative European market for American liquefied natural gas.

    And indeed, US energy interests do stand to lose against Russian natural gas – but only because US energy interests are unable to fairly compete against Russia’s ability to deliver cheaper energy through much more practical means.

    There is also another motivation driving Washington’s current foreign policy – unmentioned by the BBC – but one that eclipses the interests of American big-energy – no matter how large these interests may be.

    The alleged spectre of a malign Russia preying on Europe serves as – and has served for decades as the foundation of the US-led NATO alliance, the US military presence in Europe and the billions upon billions of dollars of weapon sales, contracts, and all the political influence that constitutes both.

    Europe and Russia building a significant pipeline and cooperating over something as key to Europe’s economic security and survival as energy demand obviously and completely undermines NATO’s pretense to exist – and thus threatens the immense racket that constitutes NATO’s continued existence. This not only threatens Washington’s grip on Europe, but all the other wars NATO is used as a vehicle to carry both the American nation and its Western allies into across the globe.

    The Western intervention in Serbia in the 1990s, the Afghan war stretching from 2001 to present day, and more recently the Western intervention in Libya beginning in 2011 are all examples of US belligerence made possible by NATO – and belligerence that would be exponentially more difficult to continue onward with if NATO was weakened or rendered entirely unnecessary and disbanded.

    Not Serving European Interests, or even US Interests 

    One must be careful when saying “the US is imposing sanctions on Germany.” The US is not. A small handful of special interests in Washington, directed by an even smaller handful of interests on Wall Street are imposing sanctions on Europe over the Nord Stream 2 project.

    They are doing so clearly to the detriment of Russia. But also obviously to the detriment of Germany and the European companies involved in completing, operating, and receiving benefits from the pipeline when it opens.

    They are also imposing sanctions on Europe to the detriment of the American people, American businesses at large, and the American nation itself both as it stands internationally today and to the detriment of how it will stand internationally in the future.

    While the US arms and energy industries certainly stand to gain from a status quo in Europe which includes the perpetuation of the artificial wedge driven between Europe and Russia, it benefits nearly no one else.

    And while these two industries do certainly employ a lot of Americans, they are unsustainable businesses demonstrably unable to compete fairly – and now – not even effectively able to cheat. The future is bleak for those employed or otherwise dependent on these two industries as they currently exist. Washington’s policies pushed forward on behalf of big-energy and arms manufacturers are pushed forward at the cost of nearly everyone else.

    For a world eager to do business with the United States – a nation still populated by talented people capable of contributing to the global economy – policies like sanctions aimed at Germany and other nation’s involved with Nord Stream 2 give pause for thought and force potential business partners of the US to reevaluate future joint-ventures.

    Thus, despite the short-term self-serving nature of US sanctions regarding Nord Stream 2, the sanctions only serve to accelerate America’s overall decline. A Washington fixated on such methods to “compete” with Russia and to maintain influence over Europe is not able to focus on or invest in truly needed strategies to improve genuine American competitiveness – competitiveness that serves as the only true and sustainable means of creating and maintaining influence globally.

    For the American people and American business owners, divesting away from Washington’s current policies and finding ways to circumvent them just as the rest of the world is finding ways to circumvent US sanctions will hopefully help build bridges, or at least prepare the ground to do so – so when the current circle of special interests misleading the US into further decline fade away, something better can be put in their place.

    Nord Stream 2 is just one sign of the shape of things to come. The US will only face more “Nord Stream 2’s” in the future not only in the form of Russian-European cooperation, but also in Asia centered around China and its own rise upon the international stage. Washington doubling down on a losing strategy will only accelerate America’s current woes – not fix them. Until Washington understands this, or until the American people find a way to work around Washington’s agenda – these woes will only multiply and to everyone’s detriment.

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    Tony Cartalucci is a Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook” where this article was originally published. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

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    هيل: نواف سلام والفاخوري والبلوك 9… والعقدة برّي

    ديسمبر 17, 2019

    ناصر قنديل

    مع وصول المبعوث الأميركي معاون وزير الخارجية والسفير السابق في بيروت ديفيد هيل يوم الجمعة، تسبقه ثلاثة طلبات أميركية معلنة أو موحىً بها؛ الطلب الأول المتصل بتسمية مرشح لرئاسة الحكومة، بدا بوضوح أنه ليس الرئيس سعد الحريري من كلام رئيس حزب القوات اللبنانية سمير جعجع الذي يبدو أنه يعبّر بدقة أكبر من الحريري عن التقاطع في الموقفين الأميركي والسعودي، وقول جعجع لافت «ليس هناك في الخارج من يقول لا يمكن للبلد أن يصطلح أمره من دون حكومة برئاسة الحريري كما أن ليس هناك من يقول العكس أيضاً». والكلام الإضافي لجعجع يأتي ترويجاً لاسم السفير السابق نواف سلام، الذي تبنّاه النائب ميشال معوض ومثله فعل حزب الكتائب، بعدما كان الرئيس سعد الحريري أول من طرحه في التداول وقام بسحبه سريعاً، ما يجعل التساؤل عن مصدر التسمية مشروعاً، خصوصاً أن سلام ليس اقتصادياً ولا خبيراً مالياً، وهو سياسي له مواقف تشكل سبباً للانقسام حولها. وكان واضحاً أن الرئيس سعد الحريري يسعى لتأجيل الاستشارات إلى الإثنين المقبل لأن زيارة ديفيد هيل ستتم يوم الجمعة، وتوجيهات هيل سبقته باعتماد اسم نواف سلام الخميس، وهو ما كان يأمل الحريري بتغييره عبر لقاء هيل قبل الاستشارات، ويسعى لذلك عبر الاتصالات المتاحة قبل الخميس، خصوصاً أن رئيس مجلس النواب نبيه بري كان أول من رفض التسمية عندما عرضها الحريري باعتبار التسمية بحثاً عن مشكلة وليست سعياً لحل.

    الطلب الثاني الذي يحمله هيل ويسبق وصوله يتعلق بمصير العميل “الإسرائيلي” عامر الفاخوري المعروف بجزار سجن الخيام، فعندما يغرّد النائب السابق وليد جنبلاط عن هندسة تتمّ لنزع الجنسية اللبنانية عن الفاخوري وتصويرها عقوبة على عمالته، بينما هي تمهيد لترحيله إلى أميركا التي يحمل جنسيتها، لا يمكن وصف الأمر بالتكهّن والتحليل. فجنبلاط يتحدث بمعلومات وليس بتكهنات، وإذا أضفنا لكلام حنبلاط المعلومات الأكيدة عن وجود خلية عمل في السفارة الأميركية تهتمّ وتتابع التفاصيل الشخصية والقانونية للفاخوري، وقامت بترتيب ملف طبي ملفّق عن إصابته بنوع من أمراض السرطان التي تستدعي علاجه في أميركا، والمعلومات التي يؤكد الأسرى المحررون تحققهم من صحتها عن إقامة الفاخوري بين فندق الحبتور ومستشفى أوتيل ديو، يجب التنبه لمهمة هيل بما يخصّ العميل الفاخوري، خصوصاً أن بعض ما تشيّعه أوساط قريبة من السفارة الأميركية يقول إن المشكلة تكمن في موقف رئيس مجلس النواب الرافض لكل تسوية لملف الفاخوري، وأنه بتخلي بري عن رفضه تهون المسألة، لأن رفض حزب الله وحده لا يكفي، علماً أن القضية ببعدها الوطني تستدعي موقفاً معلناً من كل القوى السياسية والمواقع الدستورية، فهي ليست قضية طائفية ولا قضية حزب أو تيار أو حركة.

    القضية الثالثة التي يحملها هيل تتصل بالبلوك رقم 9 الذي يشكل قضية القضايا في ترسيم الحدود البحرية للبنان، والذي تقوم ورقة المبعوث الأميركي ديفيد ساترفيلد على مطالبة لبنان بالتخلّي عن أغلب حقوقه في البلوك 9 تلبية للمصالح الإسرائيلية. وقد دعا كل من الدبلوماسيين الأميركيين جيفري فيلتمان وديفيد شنكر بعد انطلاق الحراك الشعبي إلى ربط أي دعم لمساعي تقديم الدعم للبنان بوجود حكومة توقع على ورقة ساترفيلد. والمعلوم أن الرئيس سعد الحريري بعد لقائه بوزير الخارجية الأميركية مايك بومبيو قبل شهور عاد بطلب وضع يده على ملف التفاوض حول ترسيم الحدود البحرية، بدلاً من توليه من قبل الرئيس بري الذي يزعج بقاؤه ممسكاً بالملف، الحسابات الأميركية. وللتذكير فقط فإن الثروات التي يطلب من لبنان التخلي عنها تقدر بـ 74 مليار دولار بينما المبالغ التي يعد الأميركيون بتسهيل تدفقها على لبنان هي قروض بـ 4 مليارات دولار من البنك الدولي، ولأن الأميركيين قرّروا إيفاد هيل، فذلك يعني أنه بعد الزيارة سيكون تصعيد أميركي إذا لم يحصل هيل على ما جاء يطلبه. والتصعيد مالي وربما أمني عبر خطة الفوضى التي بدأت معالمها. – الاستنتاج الطبيعي هو أن الحملة المفتعلة والمبرمجة على الرئيس نبيه بري لادخل لها بنظرية “كلنيعنيكلن”، بل هي أمرعمليات أميركي تمهيداً لزيارة هيل، والرسالة وصلت، وسيسمع هيل مالايُرضيه، والعتب على الرئيس الحريري الذي يستعمل شارعه لإيصال رسائل الشتائم والكراهية بحق مَن وقف معه في كل المحن التي عاشها، رغم عدم مبادلته الحسنة بالحسنة، فعلى الأقل حجب الإساءة تلقى من شرفة داره.

    لماذا يردّ الحريري في الشارع على بري؟

    ـ مع فشل مشروع تسمية الرئيس سعد الحريري لتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة واضطراره لطلب تأجيل الإستشارات النيابية صدرت عنه وعن تياره وشارعه ردود أفعال مستغربة رغم أنّ المعلوم أنه تلقى الطعنة التي أسقطت حساباته بالتسمية من حليفه حزب القوات اللبنانية الذي سبق وأعطاه وعداً بالانضمام إلى التسمية.

    ـ الحجر الأول وجهه الحريري في بيانه نحو التيار الوطني الخر بتبرير طلب التأجيل بداعي معلوملت وصلته عن نية التيار وضع أصواته في عهدة رئيس الجمهورية والتحذير من خرق دستوري ما اضطر رئاسة الجمهورية للردّ بقسوة عن رفض رئيس الجمهورية مراراً لوضع التسمية في عهدته واستغرابها الحديث عن حرب نوايا والانتهاء بالحديث عن خرق دستوري.

    ـ من بعد الظهر وحتى الليل شهد شارع المستقبل قطع طرقات وهتافات استفزازية تستهدف رئيس مجلس النواب نبيه بري علماً أنّ الرئيس بري كان الوحيد من خارج تحالفات الحريري التقليدية سيقوم مع كتلته بتسمية الحريري رغم عدم الإتفاق معه على شكل الحكومة ومنذ الأزمة وهو يحرص على مداراة الحريري ومراعاته رغم كلّ الإساءات لتاريخ العلاقة التي حملها سلوك الحريري منذ الإستقالة، وفي لحظة طلب التأجيل للإستشارات لم يجد الحريري معيناً له إلا الرئيس بري الذي تدخل لدى رئيس الجمهورية طالباً أخذ رغبة الحريري بالإعتبار.

    ـ القوات تطعن الحريري وشارعه يهتف ضدّ بري، فهل فقد الحريري شارعه وصار لسواه وصار هذا الشارع أو كتلة الشغب فيه ضمن معادلة أخرى يتمّ توظيفها لصناعة الفتنة باستفزاز الشارع المؤيد لبري وصولاً لمواجهات تشعل عدداً من مناطق العاصمة والمحافظات ولحساب من؟

    ـ الجواب عند الرئيس الحريري ووزيرة الداخلية والمدير العام لقوى الأمن الداخلي بما تصوّره الكاميرات وما تنقله تقارير الأجهزة الأمنية فهل نسمع كلاماً مسؤولاً؟

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    Sayyed Nasrallah: One Color Gov’t Rejected, US Taking Advantage of Protests

    Source: Al-Manar

    December 14, 2019

    Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah

    Sara Taha Moughnieh

    Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah tackled the latest internal developments in a speech he delivered Friday.

    Dividing his speech into four parts, his eminence started with the US intervention in the Lebanese situation. Second, he covered the government formation file, third he talked about the security situation and finally he referred to the economic and social responsibility.

    US Intervention

    Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that the US interferes in every movement that takes place in the world in order to divert the public demands to serve their own interests not the people’s interests.

    “The Americans take the side of protests worldwide and express their support for their demands but in reality all the aid they offer is that which serves the US interests. This was the US role in the Arab Spring, Latin America, and East Asia, and this the US approach in general,” he said.

    His eminence referred to US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft’s statement saying: “Craft talked about ongoing protests in Lebanon, Yemen, and any place which Iran is present in, not any place which has corruption. She also considered that strikes will continue if pressure did not bring results. The Americans regard the protests as means to put pressure on Iran.”

    “The Americans assumed that the Lebanese protests are against Hezbollah and Iran, knowing that they did not propose anything like that. Their slogans were economic and righteous ones while the Americans assumed since the first day that they were public protests against Hezbollah… and Arab and international media tried portray that,” he added, noting that “US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo called on the Lebanese to get rid of this obstacle called “Hezbollah” and the US is ready to help them with that.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah asked: “Do the US and Israel want to help the Lebanese people or blackmail them? The US equation for the Lebanese is for the latter to abandon their strength element so that the US helps them… The US and Israel have failed for decades to solve the obstacle which the resistance formed, therefore they are trying to take advantage and blackmail the Lebanese to achieve that.”

    In parallel, his eminence referred to “Israeli” statements which considered that this is a historic opportunity to weaken Hezbollah and to make an agreement with Lebanon on the oil and gas.

    Sayyed Nasrallah assured that “Hezbollah is a great threat. A threat on US agendas and interests not on the Lebanese interests. In contrast, it is the defender of the Lebanese interests and dignity.”

    His eminence further indicated that “the Israeli is building a wall on the border because the resistance left this issue to be dealt with by the Lebanese government. If the resistance spoke against that the Israeli would have thought a thousand times before taking this step. The same applies on the oil digging in the regional waters.”

    Sayyed Nasrallah called on the Lebanese not to trust the US promises, noting: “look how the US left its allies in the middle of the crises and humiliated them. Look how the countries who submitted to the US role became regular countries after having had a great role in the world. They want us to abandon our power, independence, and sovereignty… but if the Lebanese cooperated, they are capable of getting out of this crisis.”

    Fabrication of Iranian statement

    Concerning the latest fabrication of a statement by an Iranian official in which he was quoted as saying that “Iran will respond to any attack on it, and the response will be from the Lebanese territories”, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that there are sides who seek to create tension and incite against Iran in order to put Hezbollah, the presidency and allies in a critical situation, and these sides fabricated this statement which is not true in any way.

    His eminence said Hezbollah instantly contacted their Iranian allies to ask about the statement and the latter denied its existence to instantly issue a clarification after that.

    In this context, Hezbollah SG indicated that “some think that if Iran was attacked it will refer to its allies to defend it, and let me correct this misconception and assure that Iran will defend itself by itself, it will not stay silent and will not accept to be defended by anyone… If its allies wanted to take action, that would be their own decision.”

    Government formation

    Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that “Hezbollah was against the government resignation in the first place because the formation of a new government would take time and the economic and financial situation does not bear vacuum. Some considered that the resignation of the PM was a victory but in contrast, it was time wasting and instead of responding to the demands and initiating with the reformations people had to focus on the government formation.”

    “The best case scenario would have been for the government to stay and the protests to continue and in that case many achievements would have been made,” he added.

    “We are now in front of several choices, the first is a one color government which could get the highest number of votes in the parliament, and our political opponents were pushing toward that, while in our political team some supported it and others didn’t. We, as Hezbollah and Amal movement refused this choice because it poses danger on the country, besides that it contradicts the constitution. Just like we refused a one color government in the past and called for a unity government, we refuse it now even as we have become the majority. The current crisis requires everyone’s cooperation. The second choice is a one color government formed by the opposing political team, and we refuse that because the country’s situation is unbearable. The third and fourth choices are partnership governments which protest delegates take part in, I don’t know how this can happen as the latter was incapable of choosing a leadership or form a delegation to visit the president. The third choice is a partnership government headed by Saad Hariri and the fourth choice is a partnership government headed by someone else. The third choice was not implemented because Hariri put unacceptable conditions so we moved to the fourth choice and accepted all the PM names that were proposed by Hariri but this did not succeed. The third and fourth choices are still on table, what’s important is to form a government that could make reformations and just as we refused a government that does not include the Future Movement, we will refuse a government that does not include the Free Patriotic Movement.”

    Security Situation

    Sayyed Nasrallah saluted people for their patience on the road cutting which aimed at causing riots and dragging them into clashes, adding: I call for further patience as we are getting closer to the solution.

    His eminence assured that some media outlets’ claims that Hezbollah and Amal movement were attacking protesters are not true and great efforts were made to control the street and absorb the anger.

    Economic situation and social responsibility

    Sayyed Nasrallah called for social solidarity in order to overcome this tough situation. He called upon business owners not to take advantage of this crisis to raise prices of their products but instead lower the prices and get little gains until we get over this phase. No one should manipulate or take advantage of anything related to people, from bread, medicine, fuel, etc… these must not be used as pressure tools.

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    Sayyed Nasrallah: The US is Exploiting Lebanon’s Protests, No for One-Sided Gov’t

    Sayyed Nasrallah: The US is Exploiting Lebanon’s Protests, No for One-Sided Gov’t

    Zeinab Essa  

    Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a speech in which he tackled the latest internal developments on the Lebanese level, particularly the formation of a new government.

    Warning that Lebanon is passing through a sensitive moment regarding the formation of a new government, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that “Whenever protests erupt in a certain country, we find the Americans quickly interfering and seeking to exploit these protests in a rude and clear way that serves their own interests and not those of the protesters.”

    On this level, His Eminence explained that

    “the Americans try to convince the world that they are orchestrating these protests, whether that is true or not. This is the case Latin America as well as in Hon Kong as well in the so-called Arab spring.”

    Image result for kelly craft unHe cited the US envoy to the UN, Kelly Craft who said that the demonstrations will continue in Lebanon and Yemen and wherever Iran is and not in any place where there is corruption. “The Americans view the demonstrations as tools to pressure Iran.”

    “Since the first day, the Americans assumed that these demonstrations reflect the Lebanese revolution against Hezbollah and the resistance’s resistance, and some Arab and Gulf media helped them in this, knowing that no one raised this issue,”

    Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted noting, that

    “The Americans are either deceiving themselves or the world, or some Lebanese are sending wrong and misleading reports.”

    Commenting on the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statements on Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled that

    “Pompeo’s statements regarding the demonstrations claimed that the stalemate in Lebanon was caused by Hezbollah, and thus he called them to get rid of it.”

    Slamming Pompeo’s statements as reflection of the US silly approach, His Eminence underscored that

    “Pompeo’s statements reflect his pressure on Lebanon to remove Hezbollah from the state, which is impossible due to its popular presence. The US evaluation of the Lebanese protests  is wrong.”

    “The American exploitation to the Lebanese demonstrations is clear, parallel to the “Israeli” consideration that what is happening in Lebanon forms an opportunity for them,” he highlighted, pointing out that

    “Pompeo, with his comments, considers himself to be the mouthpiece and expresser of the Lebanese people’s opinion!”

    In response to Pompeo, the Resistance Leader stressed that

    “Hezbollah poses the first threat to “Israel” in the face of its ambitions as well as a threat to the schemes of the American hegemony in Lebanon and the region. Hezbollah never formed a threat to the interests of the Lebanese people, but rather a defender to their interests.”

    “Both the Americans and the “Israelis” are practicing the policy of blackmail,” His Eminence warned, cautioning that “the American equation that they want to impose on the Lebanese people is ‘give up what preserves your sovereignty so that we help you’.”

    To the Lebanese, Sayyed Nasrallah raised the following question:

    “Do not believe the American promises. Draw lessons from the countries that surrendered to the US conditions. Have they overcome their financial woes?”

    He also urged the Lebanese to be aware of and not to be affected by the US deceptive calls and incites pushing towards sedition and chaos. “Everyone who has a problem and is protesting should not allow the Americans to take advantage of his movement.”

    “From the beginning, we did not agree on the government’s resignation because the country cannot tolerate a vacuum,” His Eminence stated, noting that “the government’s resignation has made matters worse on various levels. “It also paralyzed state institutions that should have been implementing reforms.”

    Regarding the recent fabrications, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that

    “Some Gulf countries are fabricating statements attributed to Iranian officials. The IRGC  general mentioned nothing about Lebanon in his statement. Some parties are fabricating statements attributed to Iranian officials in order to embarrass some Lebanese parties.”

    “Iran itself will respond to those who attack it [whether the US or “Israel”] and it will not depend on its allies,” he added.

    Back to the Lebanese internal scene, His Eminence declared: “Forming a government of one color requires courage, but the risks and ramifications have been studied. We in Hezbollah and the brothers in Amal Movement are against a one-color government. In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah wondered:

    “If a one-color government is formed in light of the existing situation, the situation will get worse and how can it deal with a crisis with this level of danger?”

    He reminded that “The National Pact forbids the formation of a one-sided government.”

    “The consultations are supposed to take place Monday and we hope a PM-designate will be named,” he went on to say, predicting that

    “The formation of the government won’t be an easy process. After the designation of a PM, we will talk about the line-up and we would negotiate and cooperate with the PM-designate to form the government.”

    According to Sayyed Nasrallah, “The solution to the current crisis is cooperation and concessions to save the country.”

    He once again explained that

    “Hezbollah had no objection on a government headed by PM Saad Hariri. However, he proposed inappropriate conditions. A reformist government does not necessarily mean a technocrat government.”

    In addition, he announced that Hezbollah insists on the Free Patriotic Movement’s representation in the government as no party should be eliminated. “The parliamentary blocs have not yet agreed on a PM’s name and the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc is to unveil its position on Monday.”

    On the same level, His Eminence urged “The caretaker government to shoulder its responsibilities regarding the economic situation.”

    Calling on the Lebanese army and its leadership to accelerate the opening of any road that is being cut, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that

    “blocking the roads during the protests put people at risk as some seek chaos and clashes.”

    Once again, His Eminence called on supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement to control nerves, and be patient so not to be drawn to any tension. “On the security level, the Lebanese have so far acted with responsibly. We, God willing, are nearing the end.”

    Regarding the social aspect of the economic crisis, Sayyed Nasrallah urged “People to come together socially and to show solidarity with each other.”

    To whoever is taking advantage of the situation and raising profits, His Eminence said:

    “Now the situation needs everyone’s solidarity. And if the country collapses, everyone will be severely affected. Everything that has to do with the lives of the people from bread to gasoline and medicine shouldn’t be manipulated.”

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    ديسمبر 7, 2019

    د. عماد عكوش 

    عندما بدأ الحراك في 17 تشرين الأول، تأمّلنا خيراً في تحقيق الإصلاح السياسي، والاقتصادي، وكان مفترضاً أن يلاقي الحراك السياسيين الذين يحملون لواء محاربة الفساد ليكونوا سنداً داعماً ضاغطاً لتحقيق هذه الإصلاحات، وكان يمكن ان يحدث هذا التعاون تغييراً جذرياً في السياسة والاقتصاد. ولا زلنا نأمل هذا التعاون علنا نستطيع ان نحدث تغييراً في الواقع الطائفي الحالي.

    في بداية الحراك نزلت الناس وبشكل عفوي تطالب بمحاسبة الفاسدين وإعادة المال المنهوب، لكن هل يمكن تحقيق ذلك بالشعارات فقط أم نحن بحاجة الى من يقدّم قوانين في هذا المضمار، وبالتالي بحاجة الى نواب نظيفي الكفّ يقفون الى جانب هذا الحراك؟

    لقد كانت هذه البداية مخيفة للولايات المتحدة الأميركية لكون معظم المتهمين بالفساد هم حلفاء لها، لذلك لجأت الى زرع مجموعات منظمة ضمن الحراك تنادي بشعار “كلن يعني كلن” حتى تضمن عدم قيادة هذا الحراك أو على الأقل دخول الحزب بكل ثقله في هذا الحراك.

    نعم لقد استطاعت هذه المجموعة إخراج كل الأحزاب حتى مَن لا يوجد لديه أي ملف فساد، وبالتالي أخرجتها من إمكانية الاستفادة منها في عملية الإصلاح عبر رفع شعار “كلن يعني كلن”. وكانت هذه الشعارات مقصودة ومقصود من ورائها إخراج هذه الأحزاب، لأن دخول هذه الأحزاب ضمن المنظومة الحركية للثوار كان يمكن أن يضاعف من شعبية هذه الأحزاب؛ وبالتالي فإن المقصود من وراء خروج هذا الحراك عبر مجموعات منظمة بهذه الشعارات لن يحقق الهدف الأساسي منها وهو إضعاف قوى الإصلاح والسيادة.

    كما وقعت أيضاً هذه الأحزاب الإصلاحية في الفخ الذي نصبه لها هذا الجزء من الحراك، بحيث أصبحت في الجانب الآخر من الضفة، وبدأت تدافع بها عن نفسها تجاه من يتهمها بالشراكة مع الفساد، وبالتالي أصبحت أسيرة هذا الدفاع، ولم تعد تتمكن من الوقوف الى جانب هذا الحراك أو الاستفادة منه لفرض محاربة الفساد ولفرض الإصلاح السياسي والاقتصادي في البلد.

    كما فرضت في المقابل الولايات المتحدة على الأحزاب الحليفة أن تخرج من الحكومة فكانت استقالة الرئيس سعد الحريري واستقالة وزراء القوات والضغط لاستقالة وزراء الاشتراكي. كما فرضوا على هذه الأحزاب ان تدخل بطريقة او بأخرى في هذا الحراك مع القيام ببعض الخطوات الاستفزازية والتي طالت الحزب وبيئته حتى تستدرجه هو وبيئته الى الشارع، وبالتالي حصول صدام على الأرض يبرر تدخلاً أممياً أو دولياً.

    لقد استطاع مَن رسم هذا الفخّ أن يوقع بين الناس العفوية التي نزلت الى الشارع بكل عفوية وبين الأحزاب الإصلاحية والتي تبنت قوانين إصلاحية كثيرة ولازلنا نأمل أن يتم، لكن بالتأكيد هذا الأمر أصبح صعباً جداً، لكن هل يمكن إنجاز توافق أو تسوية معينة بين هذا الحراك وهذه الأحزاب مع تشكيل الحكومة الجديدة، أم أن هذا التوافق غير مقبول لا اليوم ولا في الغد؟

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    مصادر «البناء»: لا حكومة بشروط بيت الوسط وتفعيل «تصريف الأعمال» حتى إشعار آخر

    ديسمبر 9, 2019

    محمد حمية

    لم يصمد خيار تكليف المهندس سمير الخطيب حتى موعد الاستشارات النيابية، فالدعوة لاستشارات بعبدا كشفت حقيقة المواقف وسياسة حرق المرشحين التي يتبعها الرئيس سعد الحريري منذ ترشيح النائب محمد الصفدي حتى الخطيب مروراً بالوزير السابق بهيج طبارة وذلك بغية فرض نفسه على الأكثرية النيابية مرشحاً أوحد؛ أما الأخطر في الأمر والذي عقد الأزمة أكثر، فهو موقف المرجعية الدينية للطائفة السنية بتزكية الحريري وحجب الغطاء عن أي مرشح بديل مكرّسة بذلك قاعدة جديدة: الحريري أو لا أحد، ما يعني إغلاق الباب بإحكام أمام تسمية أي مرشح بديل ممكن أن تكلفه الأكثرية النيابية أكان مستقلاً أو من اللقاء التشاوري للنواب السنة، ما أثار استياء «اللقاء التشاوري»، مشيراً في بيان بعد اجتماعه مساء أمس في دارة النائب عبد الرحيم مراد، بحضور جميع أعضائه، أن

    «مصادرة الحياة السياسية من قبل المرجعيات الدينية يُنهي دور المؤسسات الدستورية، وفي طليعتها المجلس النيابي، ويصادر الحرية السياسية الوطنية التي تجلّت في حراك الشعب اللبناني المنتفض على سياسة الفساد وتوزيع المغانم الذي أوصل البلاد الى ما نحن فيه، ويسيء إلى الدور الروحي للمرجعيات الدينية التي تجمع ولا تفرق، وتنأى بنفسها عن زواريب الحياة السياسة والألعاب السياسية الرخيصة».

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    وبعد زيارة الخطيب الى دار الفتوى ثم الى بيت الوسط وإعلان انسحابه من السباق الى رئاسة الحكومة، أجرى رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون سلسلة مشاورات واتصالات لاتخاذ القرار المناسب في ضوء التطورات، وتلقى عون اتصالاً من الحريري طالباً منه تأجيل الاستشارات النيابية الملزمة ثم اتصل رئيس الجمهورية برئيس مجلس النواب نبيه بري للتشاور، قبل أن يعلن عون في وقت متأخر من ليل أمس تأجيل الاستشارات الى الاثنين المقبل.

    في المقابل أشارت مصادر في تيار المستقبل لـ»البناء» الى أن«الإجماع السياسي والديني حول الحريري يفرضه كمرشح أول، لكنه لم يجد أن الظروف مناسبة لعودته الى رئاسة الحكومة في ظل شروط الفريق الآخر عليه، فلا يريد تكرار تجربة الحكومة المستقيلة»،موضحة أن«عودته تقتضي إبرام اتفاق سياسي جديد مع الأطراف الأخرى وعلى رؤية وسياسة واضحة، والمهلة الإضافية لموعد الاستشارات ستكون فرصة للتوصل الى اتفاق لعودة الحريري»،مضيفة أن«أي مرشح آخر الخطيب أو غيره مقبول لدى الحريري لكن وفق شروط معينة لم يقبل بها عون وفريق 8 آذار».وجددت المصادر«إصرار الحريري على حكومة تكنوقراط مخصصة لمعالجة الأزمات الاقتصادية والمالية بعيداً عن المقاربات والنزاعات السياسية».

    ولفتت أوساط سياسية لـ»البناء» الى أن «تأجيل الاستشارات جاء بعد مشاورات داخلية وخارجية وتحديداً فرنسية لبنانية، لترقب نتائج مؤتمر باريس على الصعيدين المالي والسياسي وتوضّح المشهد الداخلي أكثر».

    في المقابل، أشارت مصادر مطلعة لـ»البناء» الى ان

    «خطة الحريري كانت منذ استقالته ولا زالت اللعب في الوقت الضائع لفرض أمر واقع على فريق المقاومة، إما أنا رئيس بشروطي، أي حكومة تكنوقراط من دون التيار الوطني الحر وحزب الله وإما لا أحد، وإبقاء الأزمة مستمرة وتحميل خطر الفراغ السياسي وبالتالي التداعيات الاقتصادية والمالية والأمنية لفريق عون – حزب الله».

    وأضافت المصادر أن

    «حزب الله مستاء من سلوك الحريري حيال الملف الحكومي»، مؤكدة أن «قبول شروط الحريري لعودته الى رئاسة الحكومة غير وارد وإن طال أمد تصريف الأعمال سنوات»، وكشفت ان «شروط الحريري لعودته لرئاسة الحكومة لم تتغيّر، فهو يريد حصر قرار الحكومة السياسي والمالي والاقتصادي والخارجي بيده».

    كما تحدّثت المصادر عن تنسيق بين الحريري ورئيس الاشتراكي وليد جنبلاط ورئيس القوات سمير جعجع ومع بعض مجموعات الحراك في الشارع لإجهاض الاستشارات لإبقاء الازمة ومفاقمة الوضع الاقتصادي والمالي بهدف الضغط على رئيس الجمهورية وحزب الله للسير بحكومة وفق الشروط الحريرية التي تُخفي الشروط الأميركية.وفي إطار ذلك، حذّر وزير الخارجية جبران باسيل السبت من أن «لبنان مهدّد في حال استمرت التوترات الحالية التي تشهدها، بالوقوع في فوضى لن تكون خلاقة بل ستكون مدمّرة». ودعا باسيل إلى تطبيق الإصلاحات المطلوبة لحماية البلد من التدخلات الخارجية والانهيار المالي والاقتصادي.

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    الأحداث المُستمرِّة التي يشهدها لبنان تطرح تساؤلات حول انعكاساتها ونتائجها، بالإضافة إلى أدوار القوى الفاعِلة فيها، بعد كلام مسؤولين أميركيين يتضمَّن توجيهاً للبنانيين يمسّ السِلم الداخلي ويحرِّضهم بعضهم ضدّ بعض.

    السفير الأميركي السابق لدى لبنان جيفري فيلتمان

    كلام السفير الأميركي السابق لدى لبنان جيفري فيلتمان أمام الكونغرس قبل أيام لم يمر مرور الكِرام في بيروت. الدعم العَلَني والتوجيهي الذي تحدَّث به فيلتمان للحراك الشعبي الذي تشهده الشوارع اللبنانية أشَّر إلى مصلحةٍ أميركيةٍ أكيدة في توجيه هذا الحراك ليستهدف المقاومة اللبنانية، وهي أحد أهم عوامِل قوَّة لبنان في مواجهة العدو الإسرائيلي الذي لم يتوقَّف يوماً عن انتهاك السيادة اللبنانية براً وبحراً وجواً، وصولاً إلى سرقة أجزاءٍ أساسيةٍ من المساحات البحرية التي تختزن كمياتٍ كبيرةٍ من الغاز الطبيعي الذي يتطلَّع لبنان إلى استخراجه، والذي يُمكن أن يشكِّل بارِقة أملٍ للبنانيين للخروج من نفق الأزمات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والمالية المُتلاحِقة.

    وبعدما نَحَت الاحتجاجات اللبنانية نحو المُطالبة بمُكافَحة الفساد والإصلاح وتغيير المسؤولين في السلطة، شهد الشارع وشاشات التلفزة ظهور فاعلين، أفراداً ومجموعات، أرادوا استغلال زُخُم الحراك لتوجيهه ضد المقاومة. خلال أسابيع مرَّت كان الجَدَل قائِماً في لبنان حول مدى عفويّة هذا التحرك الشعبي، وسط تبايُن بين رأيين أساسيين. يقول الأول إن الناس نزلت إلى الشارع بعفويّة وبعيداً عن نوايا الاستهداف السياسي، فيما يقول الآخر إن الحَراك بدأ عفوياً، ثم تدخّلت فيه قوى حزبية أساسية مُتحالِفة مع واشنطن، وقامت بتوجيه التضاهرات للتصويب على المقاومة وحلفائها، وفي طليعتهم رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون وزعيم أكبر كتلة نيابية جبران باسيل.

    تصريحات مُتتابِعة خرجت من مسؤولين أميركيين، أبرزهم وزير الخارجية مايك بومبيو، أكَّدت دعم واشنطن للاحتجاجات بصورةٍ كاملةٍ، باعتباره تحرّكاً شعبياً “ضد نفوذ إيران في لبنان”، بالإضافة إلى اعتبار التظاهُرات الشعبية التي يشهدها العراق في الوقت نفسه موجَّهة أيضاً ضد “النفوذ الإيراني في العراق”.

    تصريحات فيلتمان كانت أكثر وضوحاً، وأشدّ وطأةً على المُتظاهرين الصادقين في مطالبهم الإصلاحية. هؤلاء وجدوا أن تحرَّكهم ضد الفساد قد وُضِع في سياق الاستهداف الأميركي لهم ولمكامِن قوَّتهم المُتمثّلة في المقاومة، التي يحفظون لها فضل تحرير الأرض من الاحتلال الإسرائيلي، ثم تحرير وحماية البلاد من تنظيمات الإرهاب التكفيري التي وصلت إلى القرى اللبنانية الحدودية مع سوريا، واحتلَّت مساحات واسعة من الأراضي الحدودية بين البلدين، وقدَّمت المقاومة في سبيل ذلك عدداً كبيراً من الشهداء والجرحى بالإضافة إلى جهودٍ وأموالٍ كثيرة.

    تهديدات بومبيو خلال زيارته إلى لبنان في آذار/ مارس الماضي، وإحاطة فيلتمان التي قدَّمها أمام الكونغرس قبل أيام، يندرجان في سياقٍ واحدٍ، وهو إرادة أميركية شَرِهة لاستهداف المقاومة في لبنان، وتعطيل نتائج الانتخابات النيابية التي أفضت إلى فوز المقاومة وحلفائها بأغلبيةٍ برلمانيةٍ وعلى أساسها تشكَّلت حكومة بأغلبيةٍ مُماثِلة.

    الخارجية الأميركية تقول إنها “تقف بفخرٍ إلى جانب التظاهُرات” الشعبية في لبنان، والتي بحسب الوزارة تتحرَّك في “وجه نفوذ إيران في بيروت”. ورأس الدبوماسية الأميركية كان هدَّد اللبنانيين خلال زيارة الربيع التي قام بها إلى بيروت بدفع الثمن إذا لم يواجه مسؤولوه حزب الله.

    لكن فيلتمان قدَّم شرحاً مُستفيضاً حول تطلّعات بلاده في لبنان، مؤكِّداً بدايةً ما قاله بومبيو: إما السير وفق إرادة واشنطن ومواجهة المقاومة، أو مواجهة الانهيار المالي، والاهتزازات الاجتماعية، وربما تكبّد قلاقل أمنية كنتيجةٍ لكل هذا التراجُع الاقتصادي.

    وفي جلسةٍ للجنة الفرعية للشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا والإرهاب الدولي في الكونغرس بعنوان “ما هو التالي للبنان؟ دراسة الآثار المُترتِّبة على الاحتجاجات القائِمة”، عَرَضَ فيلتمان رؤيته لِما وصفه بـ”اللحظة المحورية في تاريخ لبنان”.

    السفير السابق لدى لبنان، الذي اكتسب خبرةً كبيرةً في الشأن اللبناني من خلال عمله في بيروت ولاحقاً في الإدارة المعنية بشؤون الشرق الأوسط في الخارجية الأميركية، اعتبر أن لبنان قاعدة مُتقدِّمة للنفوذ الإيراني تهدِّد مصالح واشنطن هنا. وقارَب فيلتمان الملف اللبناني مُحفِّزاً أعضاء الكونغرس للوقوف بوجه احتمال احتلال روسيا والصين للفراغ الذي قد تتركه أميركا في لبنان في حال لم تدعم التظاهُرات، قائلاً إن “لبنان مكان للمُنافَسة الاستراتيجية العالمية، وإذا تنازلنا عن الأرض، سيملأ الآخرون الفراغ بسعادة”.

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    الصين وروسيا مكان أميركا في لبنان

    حاجة لبنان الماسَّة إلى المساعدات الاقتصادية، خصوصاً الجزء المُتعلِّق بالبنية التحتية، رأى فيه فيلتمان مجالاً جاذِباً لقوى مُنافِسة لواشنطن تمتلك التكنولوجيا المُتطوِّرة، كالصين مثلاً، لمُساعدة لبنان على إنشاء بنيةٍ تحتيةٍ مُتطوّرةٍ في قطاع الاتصالات، عوضاً عن الدور الأميركي. ومن هنا، اعتبر أن “لبنان الصغير” يمتلك تأثيراً كبيراً على المصالح الأميركية.

    وحذَّر فيلتمان أعضاء الكونغرس من خطر قدرات حزب الله على أمن الحليفة “إسرائيل”. ومن جانبٍ آخر من مُداخلته، حاول إحداث شِقاقٍ بين المقاومة والجيش اللبناني، الذي عزا له الفضل في ضرب الجماعات الإرهابية بصورةٍ “مُثيرة للإعجاب”. ووضع حزب الله في الخانة نفسها مع الجماعات الإرهابية المُتطرِّفة التي قاتلها الحزب نفسه كتفاً إلى كتف مع الجيش الذي يشكر فيلتمان دوره، في معركة شهدت تعاوناً ميدانياً بين الطرفين.

    وحاول السفير الأميركي السابق إخافة النواب الأميركيين بسؤالٍ يطال مستقبل قطاع الطاقة اللبناني قائلاً: “ماذا لو استغلَّت روسيا موانئ لبنان الثلاثة ومخزونات الهيدروكربون البحرية؟ ستفوز في شرق وجنوب المتوسّط، على حسابنا”. بل ذهب أبعد من ذلك إلى التحدّث باسم دول الخليج العربية ودول الغرب الأخرى حين أشار إلى أن المُستثمرين الغربيين والخليجيين لن يأتوا إلى لبنان إذا ظلَّ اللبنانيون راضين عن كونهم جزءاً من المحور الإيراني – السوري.

    محاولات فيلتمان لإقناع النواب الأميركيين بدعم الحراك في لبنان أتبعها بالتأكيد على ضرورة إبعاد بلاده عن دائرة تركيز الناشطين في الاحتجاجات، حتى لا يتحوَّل الضغط من القوى التي تريد واشنطن التصويب عليها إلى واشنطن نفسها.

    تظاهرة بالقرب من السفارة الأميركية في عوكر

    تصويب البوصلة: لا للتدخّل الأميركي

    هذا التدخّل الأميركي كان مكشوفاً ومُتابَعاً من قِبَل مجموعات تشارك في الحراك اللبناني، والتي نظَّمت تظاهرة أمام السفارة الأميركية شمال بيروت الأحد الماضي تنديداً بدور واشنطن في تعميق الأزمة الاقتصادية، والضغط على اللبنانيين ومحاولة الإيقاع في ما بينهم، وخلق مواجهاتٍ بين أبناء الوطن الواحد. وأكَّد المُتظاهرون ضد تدخّلات واشنطن أن هذه الأخيرة تُساهِم في تعميق الأزمة الاقتصادية، وتضييق الحصار الاقتصادي والمالي على لبنان واللبنانيين، ورفعوا شعاراتٍ تُحمِّل واشنطن مسؤولية تحريض الشعب والجيش في لبنان على حزب الله في محاولة ابتزازٍ واضحةٍ بربط الدعم الأميركي للجيش والدعم الدولي لاقتصاد لبنان، بعَزْلِ الحزب ورفض سياساته داخل الحكومة، وخصوصاً المُتعلِّقة بخيار المقاومة.

    لقد أعاد هؤلاء المُتظاهرون أمام السفارة تصويب بوصلة الحراك باتجاه المُسبِّب الحقيقي لمُشكلات لبنان الأمنية والاقتصادية، فواشنطن هي الداعِم الأول لـ”إسرائيل” عدو لبنان التاريخي، ومحتلة أرضه، وهي التي تنفِّذ حصاراً على اللبنانيين في الاغتراب من أجل منع أعمالهم ومشروعاتهم الاقتصادية من الازدهار، مُتذرِّعةً بمحاولتها منع وصول الأموال إلى المقاومة. ومن أجل ذلك، رَفَعَ المُتظاهرون أيضاً أمام السفارة الأميركية عَلَم فلسطين، وأحرقوا علميّ “إسرائيل” وأميركا، واضعين الأمور في نصابها الحقيقي.

    وإلى جانب التحرّك الشعبي في عوكر، كانت لافِتة مشاركة ناشطين آخرين افتراضياً على مواقع التواصُل في وسومٍ أبرزها #فيلتمان_سفير_الفتنة و#tojeffreyfeltman  ليوجِّهوا رسائلهم ومواقفهم طالبين من الإدارة الأميركية الكفَّ عن استغلال تحرّكهم من أجل الإصلاح، في سياق مصالحها التي تتعارض مع مصالح اللبنانيين. وفي هذا التحرّك حماية لأهداف الحراك المُحقَّة، التي يرى هؤلاء في المقاومة طرفاً موثوقاً لتحقيقها.

    واشنطن وبكين وموسكو.. لحظة محورية في تاريخ لبنان

    الصين وروسيا: عين على لبنان

    لم تلعب كلٌ من الصين وروسيا أدواراً كبرى في السياسة اللبنانية كما فعلت القوى الغربية الأوروبية ثم الأميركية منذ نشوء لبنان كدولة مستقلة. ويمكن هنا استثناء دور روسيا المحدود في مرحلة الحرب الباردة من خلال الأحزاب اليسارية.

    غير أن السنوات الأخيرة شهدت نشاطاً لافتاً لسفيري الدولتين لدى بيروت على مختلف الصعد. فسفير موسكو ألكسندر زاسبيكن شخصية معروفة جداً عند اللبنانيين، وهو كثير الظهور عبر وسائل الإعلام المحلية، ويعطي على الدوام آراء بلاده في كل الأمور المهمة التي تحدث في لبنان. ويمكن اعتبار حركته السياسية والثقافية داخل المجتمع اللبناني فاعلة.

    ويركّز زاسبيكن في حركته على تظهير موقف بلاده الداعِم لوحدة لبنان، ولعلاقات متقدّمة مع بلاده، كما يقتضي دور السفراء تماماً. وفي هذا السياق استجابت روسيا في أكثر من مناسبة لطلب اللبنانيين المساعدة، خصوصاً على المستوى العسكري لناحية تقديم مساعدات للجيش اللبناني وتوريد بعض الأسلحة له. لكن الخلافات السياسية بين اللبنانيين وما ساد في لبنان عن رفض أميركي لتعاون الحكومة اللبنانية مع موسكو، عرقلا هذا التعاون المشترك إلى حدٍ كبير.

    وبموازاة ذلك، تحاول روسيا تفعيل دورها في لبنان، مُستفيدةً من وَهْج حضورها في الأزمة السورية، وتمكّنها من تحقيق مكاسب سياسية وانتصار عسكري هناك. وذلك من خلال دخولها اليوم على خط الأزمة اللبنانية ولكن بخفَر. حيث أكدت موسكو ضرورة تشكيل حكومة تستجيب لتطلّعات اللبنانيين، ولكن من خلال مشاركة الأطراف السياسية في هذه الحكومة، وليس الذهاب إلى حكومة تكنوقراط تطالب بها القوى الحليفة لأميركا، وتقف خلفهم واشنطن في مطلبهم هذا.

    أما الصين التي ينشط 400 من عسكرييها في قوات حفظ السلام في جنوب لبنان “يونيفيل”، فإنها غير بعيدة عن الموقف الروسي، لكنها تركّز على الشق الاقتصادي، وتقدّم عروضاً منذ سنوات للمؤسّسات الرسمية اللبنانية في هذا الإطار، مثل إعلان استعدادها لتشييد سكك حديدية، ومشروعات بنى تحتية تفيد لبنان في التحوّل إلى مساحة انطلاق للأعمال التي ستقود إعادة إعمار سوريا.

    وقد عبّرت رسالتا كل من الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين، والرئيس الصيني شي جين بينغ، إلى الرئيس اللبناني ميشال عون في مناسبة عيد الاستقلال في 22 تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر المنصرم، عن إرادة الدولتين في تعزيز العلاقات مع لبنان. ففيما ركّز بوتين على “أن العلاقات الدبلوماسية الروسية– اللبنانية لطالما ارتدت طابع الصداقة البناّءة”، مؤكّداً قناعته بأن الجهود المشتركة ستواصل تطوير التعاون الثنائي في مختلف، مُجدّداً دعم بلاده المتواصل لسيادة لبنان واستقلاله ووحدة أراضيه”، ذهب الرئيس الصيني إلى التركيز على الناحية الاقتصادية، مؤكّداً “مواصلة الدعم الصيني جهود لبنان في صون سيادة الدولة والحفاظ على الاستقرار الاجتماعي ودفع التنمية الاقتصادية قدماً”.

    غير أن هذين الدورين المتحفّزين لتطوير أدائهما على الساحة اللبنانية في لحظة تاريخية تشهدها البلاد، يُجابهان بتوجّسٍ أميركيٍ وصل إلى حد التعبير عن نفسه علناً في كلام فيلتمان أمام الكونغرس، الذي حسم جدلاً بين المُحتجين على الأرض حول حقيقة الدور الأميركي في توجيه الحراك الشعبي ضد حزب الله وحلفائه من جهة، ومنعاً لحلول موسكو وبكين في مساحة الفراغ التي يمكن أن تنشأ في حال أدّت التحرّكات الشعبية إلى نتيجة مُعاكِسة للرغبات الأميركية.

    من هنا، فإن الحراك الشعبي اللبناني بكل فئاته يقف اليوم أمام مجموعة من المسؤوليات الكبيرة التي لا تقتصر على واجبه في تقديم رؤيته المتكاملة لمستقبل البلاد على المستويات الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والسياسية والدولتية، إنما تمتد إلى واجبه في تقديم رؤى تتعلّق بأمن البلاد أمام المخاطر الخارجية المُحدِقة، والمطامع الدولية المُتناقِضة إزاء مستقبل لبنان، خصوصاً وأن ظهور الثروة الغازيّة والنفطية في المياه الإقليمية اللبنانية زاد من اهتمام القوى الدولية بهذه الدولة الصغيرة.

    لذلك، فإن التسليم جدلاً بأن وزراء تكنوقراط في حكومة مستقلّة عن الأحزاب السياسية يمكن لهم أن يقدّموا أداءً مستقلاً عن ضغط التوازنات السياسية اللبنانية الدقيقة، وهي مسألة محطّ شكٍ كبير لدى كثيرين، فهل يمكن لهذا النوع من الوزراء أن يواجه إرادات خارجية لدولٍ كبرى وطاغية على المستوى الدولي؟ لا يزال قسم كبير من الشعب اللبناني يجزم بعدم إمكانية تحقّق ذلك.

    المصدر : الميادين نت

    Hezbollah: Situation in Lebanon Very Dangerous, US Leading Terror in the World

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    Hezbollah Deputy Chief Sheikh Naim Qassem warned that the situation in Lebanon is “very dangerous,” calling for the formation of a new government in a bid to face the economic collapse in the country.

    “Of course the situation in Lebanon is very dangerous, and you can see how people are suffering from the devaluation of the Lebanese currency. Consequently, you can see how the economic and financial situation is collapsing,” Sheikh Qassem told the BBC in an interview on Friday.

    “We cannot accept things to continue like this. So for this reason we said very clearly that the government has to be formed in order to put an end for this decline and collapse.”

    He lashed out at US meddling in the Lebanese affairs, stressing that Washington is leading the terror in the world.

    “Unfortunately there are some who are trying to cause damage to Lebanon, especially the United States. Every two or three days, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo makes statements and says he doesn’t want to see Hezbollah in the government and doesn’t want to see Hezbollah participating in the Lebanese politics and Hezbollah is a part of this people.”

    Responding to a question that Pompeo labels Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization,” Sheikh Qassem said: “What concerns us is that how our people view us.”

    “Hezbollah in the minds of our people is a resistance that has liberated the land, represents the people in a right way, serves their interests and serve their future as well.”

    “We consider that the US is leading the terror in the world. If they (US) designate us as terrorists this doesn’t mean that they are right,” Sheikh Qassem said.

    Source: Agencies

    Hezbollah Part of the Lebanese People, The US Has to Stop Interfering in the Country’s Affairs: Deputy SG

    By Staff

    Hezbollah Part of the Lebanese People, The US Has to Stop Interfering in the Country’s Affairs: Deputy SG

    Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General His Eminence Sheikh Naim Qassem urged in an interview with the BBC the formation of Lebanese government to stop this collapse and decline inside the country.

    Stressing that the situation in Lebanon is very dangerous, Sheikh Qassem made clear that everybody can see how the people are suffering from the decrease of the Lebanese currency rate.

    “We can’t accept that the situation in Lebanon remains as such,” Sheikh Qassem emphasized.

    The Hezbollah official further insisted that

    “There are sides that are working to harm Lebanon, namely the United States; every now and then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declares that he doesn’t want to see Hezbollah’s intervention in the government and the Lebanese political life, Hezbollah is part of this people, so let the US stop its intervention.”

    Responding to a question whether troubles in Lebanon and Iran are good news for ‘Israel’ and the US, Sheikh Qassem said that “of course, every chaos in Lebanon serves the American and ‘Israeli’ interests.”

    The Lebanese people don’t want discord, internal fighting or problems, Sheikh Qassem noted, adding that “they rather want to solve their social, economic and financial problems; but the Americans interfere in their problems to take them somewhere else.”

    Sheikh Qassem concluded that he believes that the Lebanese people are conscious, that’s why they will not be as the Americans want.

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    ‘I am Fidel’ – the Cuban Response to US Hopes of Destabilising Cuba

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    Ramona Wadi
    December 7, 2019

    Three years since Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro died at age 90 of natural causes, the Cuban Revolution has withstood ongoing destabilisation efforts to turn the island once again into an imperialist playground. Indeed, as Latin American countries grapple with the ramifications of historical and current US intervention, Cuba has steadfastly held on to the principles which Fidel imparted to the Cuban people throughout the revolutionary process. The participatory aspect of memory in Cuba has been sustained through Fidel’s emphasis on education as an integral component of the revolution.

    The US might have harboured the intention that Fidel’s departure would facilitate the process for a counter-revolutionary period in Cuba and the fall of the ideals that have transformed Cuban politics and society. However, the Cuban Revolution was always bigger than Fidel. It encompassed the link between leadership and the people, built upon the historical foundations which Fidel himself articulated. Defining revolution, for Fidel, was an endorsement and affirmation of Jose Martí as the “intellectual author of the Cuban Revolution”. What Fidel achieved was a continuation which now lies in the hands of generations of Cubans who are well versed in the importance of unifying education with revolution.

    This is why, despite the attempts to sabotage the Cuban Revolution, the US blockade on Cuba and its transgressions against the island – a recent USAID conspiracy involved the tarnishing of the Cuban medical contingents – have not succeeded in changing the island’s course. Indeed, as Chile and Bolivia grapple with the ramifications of neoliberalism and a military coup respectively, Cuba remains a standing bastion in the region, just as much as it did when Fidel was alive and deemed the main obstacle to US plans for the island.

    The Cuban resolve to remain independent and free of colonialism necessitated a radical change – namely prioritising education within the construction of revolutionary goals. Even prior to the triumph of the revolution, Fidel exhibited awareness of implementing the continuity. As can be gleaned from the Manifesto of the Sierra Maestra (1957), as well as the First and Second Declarations of Havana (1960, 1962), Fidel’s concept of education is inclusive of Cuban independence from imperial motives in Latin America. The Manifesto declared ‘an immediate initiation of an intensive campaign against illiteracy, and civic education emphasising the duties and rights of each citizen to his society and fatherland’. Furthermore, in condemning ‘the exploitation of man by man and the exploitation of underdeveloped countries by imperialistic finance capital,’ an awareness of rights in association with education was asserted – a statement reminiscent of Fidel’s early memories concerning the link between illiteracy and exploitation. Prior to its triumph, the revolution considered education as the vehicle through which Cubans could fight for economic, social and political rights. Therefore, education as a right and duty affirmed the Cuban Revolution’s stand against imperial exploitation of people and natural resources.

    Revolutionary education contrasted with the colonial and military functions of the Batista regime. Several speeches of Fidel attest to this fact. Using a metaphor of armies during a 1961 address in Havana which recapitulated the revolution’s achievements in education and a goal to eradicate illiteracy in just one year, Fidel invoked the differences between Cuba’s ‘army of educators’ and the army of ‘exploiters’. Furthermore, Fidel declared: “The resentment of imperialism is so profound, its hatred of our revolution so great, that the imperialists refuse to resign themselves.” Eradicating illiteracy was perceived as a fundamental battle against imperial and counter-revolutionary actions against Cuba, also allowing Cubans to become active participants against imperial intervention. Throughout the revolutionary phases, there is ample evidence that Cuba not only consolidated its anti-imperialist values at a national level, but also, through Fidel, managed to impart internationalism based upon education and revolutionary consciousness.

    Education, therefore, has contributed to the empowerment and organisation of Cuban society. This dynamic has contributed to awareness, and termination of, the relationship between subjugation and exploitation, while striving to complete an evolution of humanity within the context of socialist revolution.

    The US, which only understands the language of coercion and intervention, will not comprehend the insoluble bond not only between Fidel and the people, but also between the people and the revolution. This unity has enabled Cubans to stand principled in defence of the revolution, while also providing an internationalist example for the rest of the world to emulate.

    Tulsi Gabbard to attempt to pass bill to withdraw all US troops from Syria

    UNITED STATES – OCTOBER 1: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, attends a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing in Rayburn Building, October 1, 2014, on Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who is imprisoned in Mexico. Tahmooressi, who suffers from PTSD, has been held in Mexico since being arrested in March for carrying guns across the border. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

    BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – U.S. congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) of Hawaii will attempt to force a vote in the House of Representatives next week to require President Donald Trump to withdraw the remaining American troops from Syria.

    “President Trump’s deployment of U.S. troops to secure Syrian oil fields that do not belong to us, with talks of welcoming in private oil corporations to take the oil, is unconstitutional and a violation of international law,” the congresswoman said in a statement last week.

    If she is successful, the resolution will require the U.S. Armed Forces to withdraw from Syria unless they are engaged in anti-terror operations.

    However, the presidential hopeful is facing heavy opposition from those within her own party, as the House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D) of Maryland told Al-Monitor on Wednesday that he intends to vote ‘no’ against the resolution.

    “I intend to vote no,” Hoyer told Al-Monitor, adding that “we haven’t whipped this, but I think our members think an immediate withdrawal would not be appropriate.”

    Gabbard, who has attempted to pass a similar resolution in the past, has been one of the most outspoken anti-war politicians in Washington; this stance has brought on unfounded allegations of Russian collusion from members of the Democratic Party.

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