U.S. couldn’t care less about the Syrian people, they want a devastated country like in Afghanistan, Iraq , Libya



The events in the Middle East and particularly in Syria are forcing the international community to turn their heads in the direction of the two U.S. leading cities: New York and Washington.

New York is mainly associated with the UN activities that are aimed at a wide spectrum of international issues, and the foremost of them all is the resolution of armed conflicts.

Washington DC – the capital of the United States, a beautiful city that is remarkable for the concentration of U.S. federal agencies and numerous diplomatic missions. For this reason Washington is the kitchen of big politics, the local “recipes” are later distributed to different regions of the word by the White House.

Unfortunately, that last decade has been marked by a new trend – today Washington is universally associated by the members of the international community with constant military aggression. Americans just won’t stop. If all seem to be quiet in the world , they strive to throw in some ideas, which can lead to new military conflicts, that should put an end to the “new challenges” that are allegedly threatening the world ( let alone the United States!).

The other day, the head of the “war hawks central”, more commonly known as James Clapper the Director of National Intelligence, has suddenly realized that Iran has acquired all the technology necessary for building a nuclear bomb, as well as for the construction of missile carriers for nuclear warheads, navigation and control modules for these carriers so they would be able to destroy any target of their choice pretty soon. The head of intelligence has said that Iran could become a nuclear power any minute now, since all they have to do for becoming one is to make a political decision .

But the charts of the most fascinating statements made the Director of National Intelligence is occupied by another statement, for this time a written one, according to France-Presse, this paper was presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee: “We judge that some elements of Syria’s biological warfare program might have advanced beyond the research and development stage and might be capable of limited agent production, based on the duration of its longstanding program, such conclusions are based on the duration and intensity of the program to create biological weapons in Syria ”

Now that’s an unexpected statement. The question is does Damascus actually have any biological weapons or is it just another speculations of the U.S. intelligence services, that are trying to cover their unfitness? The United States can boast of having 18 intelligence communities, that have colossal numbers of employed specials along with truly astronomical budgets. Now they mean to say the U.S. taxpayers that all these people put together fail to answer on one simple question – “is there any traces of biological weapons in Syria”? Any sane person will tell you that the regime of Bashar al-Assad, that is now fighting for its very existence, won’t be conducting any work on biological weapons any time soon. Especially when every intch of Syrian soil is being observed and filmed hourly by Americans and Israelis.

Another interesting fact is that these two “threats” were announced at the same time. That’s how experienced crooked gamblers are supposed to work: they don’t hide just one card, they will hide a number of them. James Clapper sensibly assumed that if they don’t buy the Iranian threat , then they will certainly buy the so-called Syrian biological threat. It does sound scary and nobody will be able to deny or confirm this information all the same.

Well, this could sound credible if it hadn’t been announced by the Washington officials. World has seen a number of U.S. high-profile authorities lying in its face time and time again. One can’t help but remember the the story with the former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. In 2002 he presented the UN council with a statement that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction and that it had been working pretty actively with Osama bin Laden. Colin Powell laid a special emphasis on the probable existence of Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons (now we are about to witness “Part 2” with Syria), while shaking a tube containing unknown white powder, which he claimed to be anthrax. Later it turned out that the famous “intelligence dossier” on Iraq, which he referred to, was a graduation work that had been stolen from some poor American student.

So how can you possibly trust statements made by the high-profile officials of the United States? Many Americans argue that all these statements are intended primarily for “local use”. As for the Department of State it stateted that it has no independent confirmation of the information on the possible Syria biological threat. This was announced by the spokesperson of Department of State Jen Psaki herself. “I saw these messages yesterday. I don’t have new, independent verifications of these reports , “- said Jen Psaki.

Of course, the statements voiced by the representative Department of State sound more credible, since they are intended primarily for the “rest of the world”, therefore lying won’t much effect. Well, it seems that the the key goals of intelligence services in the U.S. today is the intimidation of average Americans and the requests for even more money being allocated to them.

However, Washington keeps on threatening Damascus. This time around the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (apparently, he wants to be compared to Powell), has been promising Syria’s President Bashar Assad military invasion , “I would remind Bashar al-Assad that the agreement that we reached in New York with the Security Council makes it clear that if there are issues of non-compliance, they will be referred to the Security Council for Chapter 7 compliance purposes,” (Chapter 7 of the UN Charter allows the use of force in cases of non-compliance with the earlier adopted resolutions) .

Earlier, U.S. officials have been voicing concerns over Syria’s falling behind the schedule with the transfer of chemical weapons under international control. This was announced during a visit to Warsaw, of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The latter noted that he had asked his Russian partners to affect Syrian authorities so that they would fulfill the conditions of the UN resolution.

The second pile of highly toxic chemicals substances was shipped out of Syria on January 28. The WMD were carried by Danish and Norwegian ships while being escorted by warships from a number of countries, Russia included. The first pile was shipped from Syria on January 7. According to the original plan, all Syrian chemical weapons were planned to leave Syrian shores on December 31, 2013. Unfortunately those deadlines weren’t met due to the unstable situation in Syria. According to the new plan , the most hazardous chemicals substances, including 20 tons of toxic mustard gas must be shipped out of the country until March 31, and by the end of June all Syrian chemical substances are to be be completely destroyed. So far only 5% of the substances left Syria which accounts for 30 tons.

The convoys that are carrying chemical weapons out of Syria have been repeatedly attacked by the opposition groups. Lately a Russian Foreign Ministry representative told the members of press that Syrian opposition had assaulted a convoy carrying chemical weapons to the Port of Latakia. The attack was repulsed .

“This case is extremely important for getting a better understanding of the unprecedented hardship Damascus faces in an attempt to get rid of chemical weapons ,” – said the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Department for Security and Disarmament Mikhail Ulyanov . He also said that the international staff of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons , as well as local professionals involved in the operation to destroy, are receiving threats on the daily basis, two Syrian expert have already been killed . “As for the international staff of the UN and the OPCW , located at the Syrian terriorry, they receive threats from militants regularly. Not so long ago, two Syrian specialists were ambushed and killed. There is every reason to believe that this crime is a part of a larger plan to disrupt the process of shippings WMD away from Syria . ”

Washington has a good standing with the leaders of the Syrian opposition, so they could have put pressure on the militants that has been attacking the convoy with chemical weapons. But Americans remain silent, instead they have resumed deliveries of military equipment to certain opposition groups, reported Associated Press, citing a source in the U.S. government. The better part of it in particular, the communications equipment . It emphasized that at present the aid is delivered only to the unarmed groups. According to the agency, in the near future the U.S. may resume the delivery of equipment to all the other groups . The wording is fascinating- ” unarmed groups” are nowhere to be find it Syria. the whole Syria has now turned into a military camp , where even 10 -year-olds have guns

To summarize all that is heard from Washington , it is clear that the U.S. sees no way out of the extremely complicated Syrian at the negotiating table . The one and only goal that the U.S. authorities are trying to achieve is to overthrow the legitimate regime of Bashar al-Assad and replace it with an obedient “puppet government”, and as for the Syrian people – they couldn’t care less about them. They want to leave behind a devastated country, a land plunged into chaos, as they have already done in Afghanistan, Iraq , Libya.

Saudi Cleric Admits on TV that Saudis Form Majority of Takfiri Group

In an episode of a Saudi show on MBC hosted by Dawoud al-Shirian, a Saudi cleric called Ibrahim Mayman states that there is a huge number of Saudi young men who have gone and are still going daily to fight in Syria and that most of the leaders and members of the most extreme and radical groups – Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Qaeda) and the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) – are in fact Saudi nationals.

Iran raps US for arming Syria terrorists


Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has criticized the US after its Congress secretly authorized sending more arms to the anti-government groups fighting in Syria.

In an interview with Al-Alam, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian warned that “the wrong act” will escalate the three-year long crisis in the Arab country.

He added that the Syrian crisis has not military solution as the country experienced during the past three years.

Amir-Abdullahian added that Iran believes that a political solution can end the ongoing crisis in Syria.

On Tuesday, Syrian deputy foreign minister called on the United States and its allies to stop arming militants.

“Everybody is aware that when the United States took its decision to stop providing weapons to the terrorist groups, that decision came after it was very clear that all the weapons given by the United States to the so-called moderate armed groups had gone to the extremist terrorist groups,” Faisal Muqdad said.

Syria sank into war in March 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements”

By Andre Vltchek 

Government buildings are being trashed, ransacked. It is happening in Kiev and Bangkok, and in both cities, the governments appear to be toothless, too scared to intervene.

What is going on? Are popularly elected administrations all over the world becoming irrelevant; as the Western regime creates and then supports thuggish ‘opposition movements’ designed to destabilize any state that stands in the way of its desire to fully control the planet?


They are shouting and intimidating those who want to vote for the moderately progressive government that is presently leading Thailand. There is no dispute over the electoral process – voting is generally free, as both international observers and most of the local Election Commission members agree.

Freedom, legitimacy or transparency is not what is at stake now.

The rhetoric varies, but in essence, the ‘protesters’ are demanding the dismemberment of the fragile Thai democracy. Most of them are paid by the upper-middle and upper classes. Some of them are thugs, many hired for around 500 Baht a day (roughly US$ 15) in the villages of the restive southern provinces of the country. They are accustomed to the use of violence, their body language and facial expressions clearly show it.

Government officials of the legitimate government have to climb over blockades, or beg protesters to allow them to enter their own offices.

People who came to vote in the pre-election round were intimidated and insulted, and one man was almost strangled to death.

While life in the capital has been fully disrupted, the government does not dare to send in tanks or the police to clear the streets. It should. But it is too scared of the army and the monarchy – two pillars of this outrageous hybrid of savage capitalism and feudalism – comparable only to even worse regional nightmares, such as Indonesia and the Philippines.

It is all in the open now: the government speaks of its fear, while the military sends poisonous threats through the lackey media and through ‘leaks’.

What is happening and what is at stake? The Prime Minister’s older brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, while he was PM himself, attempted to bring in a modern capitalist system to this submissive and deeply scared nation. And not only that: he housed the poor, introduced an excellent free universal medical care system (much more advanced than anything ever proposed in the United States), free and very advanced primary and secondary education, and other concepts deemed dangerous to the world order, and to the local feudal elites, as well as the army.

Thai elites, whose love of being obeyed more than wealth, admired and feared, reacted almost immediately. The PM was exiled, barred from returning home to his country, and smeared. There were military coups, mysterious ‘alliances’, rumours, and ‘secret messages’ coming from a ‘very high place’. There was outright killing, a real massacre, when the so called ‘Red Shirts’, supporters of Mr. Shinawatra (ranging from moderate reformists to Marxists) were butchered by snipers, some shot in their heads.

But the people, the poor, the majority of Thailand, particularly those from the North and Northeast, reacted in a stoical and most determined fashion. Whenever elections were called, whenever the regime outlawed the pro-Shinawatra political parties, the new ones emerged, and kept winning the elections.

In 2011, Mr. Shinawatra’s sister, Yingluck, became Thailand’s Prime Minister.

‘Protestors’ blocked several central arteries of Bangkok, declaring that “Thailand is not ready for democracy”, and that “if elections should determine the country’s future, pro-Shinawatra forces would keep winning”.

That, of course, would be unacceptable to the elites and to many Western countries that have, for decades, benefited from the Thai feudal system.

One of Thailand’s generals, ‘refused to rule out the possibility of another military coup’.

What the opposition proposed was some hazy concept, of a government of technocrats, which would govern until Thailand ‘is ready’ to vote: read until people’s power is broken and it would become certain that a pro-elites, pro-monarchy and pro-military government would be ‘freely’ elected.

In the meantime, thugs are blocking public streets; cultural centers but not malls. They are described as ‘protesters’ in both Europe and the United States.

And here we are coming to the core of things: The terror of the military and feudalism was dressed up in the clothes of rebellion, even revolution. It was given legitimacy, even a certain romantic flair.

Fascism is raising its ugly head, once again. And the West is fully aware of it, and in fact it is openly supportive of the regime that is now de facto governing Thailand from behind the curtains. Because it is the regime it helped to manufacture.


I left Bangkok and while in the air, one thought kept repeatedly coming to me: many of the places I had been writing about lately are living a very similar reality as Thailand is.

Those elected democratically, those progressive in their core, these governments all over the world have been under severe attacks by some armed thugs, bandits, and anti-social elements, even by outright terrorists.

I saw it on the Turkish-Syrian border. I heard the stories of many locals, in the Turkish city of Hatay, and in the countryside near the Turkish-Syrian border.

There, I was stopped, prevented from working, interrogated by the local police, army and religious thugs, when I was trying to photograph one of those ‘refugee camps’ built by NATO specially for Syrian fighters, who were housed, trained and armed in this area.

Hatay was overran by Saudi and Qatari jihadi cadres, pampered by the US, EU and Turkish logistics, support, weaponry and cash.

The terror these people have been spreading in this historically peaceful, multi-cultural and tolerant part of the world, could hardly be described in words.

Children from the borderline village described raids, theft and violence, even killing, by anti-Assad ‘rebels’.

Here, and in Istanbul where I worked with Turkish progressive intellectuals, media and academia, I was explained to again and again, that the anti-Syrian ‘opposition’ has been trained, financed and ‘encouraged’ by the West, and by Turkey (a member of NATO), causing the death and destruction of millions of lives in the entire region.

As I write these words, RT is broadcasting an exclusive report from the Syrian city of Adra, the city that had been plundered and destroyed by pro-al Qaida and the pro-Western ‘opposition’ forces, including the Free Syrian Army.

This is the city where, allegedly, one month ago, people were murdered, stoned alive, burned in barrels, and beheaded.

Instead of stopping support for the racist, bigoted and extremely brutal Syrian ‘opposition’, Washington continues demonizing Assad’s government, and threatening it once again with military action.


And those thugs, in the countries that elected their own patriotic or progressive governments, were hired by local elites on behalf of the Western Empire.

And before that, the so-called ‘elites’ were hired, funded, or at least trained/’educated’ by the West.

On an ‘intellectual’ level, the private media outlets have been fiercely competing with each other, over which one would become more submissive towards the foreign handlers. The militaries and the most regressive feudalist, even fascist forces all over the world (see Ukraine, for instance) are clearly getting back into the saddle, benefitting and taking full advantage of the trend.

All this has been happening in different degrees and with variable levels of brutality, in Thailand, China, Egypt, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Zimbabwe and many other places all over the world.

Right after reading my article about the situation in Thailand, published on 30 January, my Brazilian reader reacted:

“Similar to our Brazil: though in a faded… somewhat lighter environment but substantially the same… the local elites, right now in January 2014, are doing whatever they can, to prevent the re election of Ms Dilma Roussef… You are an experienced Latin America´s observer, you know very well…”

The process, the tactics, are almost always the same: Western-paid media, or Western media directly, discredit designated popular governments, then ‘scandals’ are created, colors designated to some newly constructed ‘opposition’ movement, thugs selected and paid, and finally deadly weapons ‘miraculously’ appear at the ‘protest sites’.

As long as the government is ‘nationalist’, really patriotic and defending the interests of its own people against international plunder, (not like the Abe’s government in Japan which is peculiarly described as ‘nationalist’, but in reality it fully sides with US foreign policy in the region), it gets marked, and it appears on an invisible but powerful hit list, old-fashioned mafia-style.

As Michael Parenti correctly and colorfully described: “You do it our way, or we break your leg, capice?”

I witnessed President Morsi of Egypt (I was critical of his rule at first, as I was critical of the government of Mr. Shinawatra, before real horror swept both Egypt and Thailand), being overthrown by the military, which, while in its zealous over-drive, managed in the process to murder several thousands of mainly poor Egyptian people.

I was then in Egypt, in and out, for several months, filming a documentary film for the South American television network, Telesur.

In disbelief and dismay I witnessed my revolutionary friends going into hiding, disappearing from the face of the earth. This happened as outrageously arrogant families cheered on the military murderers with no shame, openly.

The logic and tactics in Egypt were predictable: although still capitalist and to a certain extent submissive to IMF and the West, President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, were a bit too unenthusiastic about collaborating with the West. They never really said ‘no’, but that had not appeared to be enough for the Euro-North American regime, which, these days, demands total, unconditional obedience as well as the kissing of hands and other bodily parts. The regime demands old-fashioned, Protestant-style obedience, complete with self-deprecation and a constant feeling of guilt; it is ordering true and ‘sincere’ servility.

It appears that almost no country, no well-liked government can escape annihilation, if it does not fully submit.

It went so far that unless the government in a developing countries such as Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda or Rwanda, sends a clear message to Washington, London or Paris that “we are here simply to make you, in the West, happy”, it would risk total annihilation, even if it was elected democratically, even if (and actually ‘especially if’) it is supported by the majority of the people.

All this is nothing new, of course. But in the past, things were done a little bit more covertly. These days it is all out in the open. Maybe it is done on purpose, so nobody will dare to rebel, or even to dream.

And so, the revolution in Egypt has been derailed, destroyed, and cruelly choked to death. There is really nothing left of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, just a clear warning: “never try again, or else”.

Yes, I saw the ‘elites’ of Egypt dancing, and celebrating their victory. The elites love the army. The Army guarantees their continuous place at the zenith, their power. The elites even make their little children hold portraits of the military leaders responsible for the coup, responsible for thousands of lost lives, responsible for breaking the great hopes and dreams of the Arab world.

What I witnessed in Egypt was chilling, and it resembled the 1973 coup in Chile (a country which I consider my ‘second or third home’); the coup, which I am not old enough to remember, but footage of which I have seen again and again, in silent and never diminishing horror.

‘Or else’ could be the torture and murder of people in Bahrain. ‘Or else’ could be Indonesia in 1965/66. Or it could be the ‘collapse of the Soviet Union’. ‘Or else’ could be civilian airliners exploding mid-flight; a Cuban plane was destroyed by CIA agents. It could be ravaged Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, or Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, bombed into the stone ages. ‘Or else’ can easily be some fully devastated country like Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama or the Dominican Republic. Or ‘or else’ could mean ten million people butchered in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for both its natural resources and for the anti-imperialist outspokenness of its great leader, Patrice Lumumba.

Now in Egypt, Mubarak’s clique is rapidly coming back to power. He was a well-trusted ‘devil’, and the West quickly realized that to let him fall would be a serious strategic blunder; and so it was decided to bring him back; either personally, or at least his legacy, at the coast of thousands of (insignificant) Egyptian lives, and against the will of almost the entire nation.

The military of Egypt, of course, cannot be allowed to fall, either. The US has invested billions and billions of dollars in it, and the soldiers are now literally in control of half of the country. And it is a very reliable organization: it murders without scruple any being attempting to build a socially just society in this the most populous Arab nation on earth. And it plays with Israel. And it loves capitalism.

Two countries are separated by thousands of miles, and belong to two different cultures, located on two continents; Thailand and Egypt. In both countries, people spoke. They voted in their leaders. Not some Communist government, mind you: just a moderately socially-oriented one in Thailand, and a moderately nationalist/Islamic one in Egypt.

In both cases, the feudal and fascist elites went to work, immediately. Those that are behind them, that are financing them, and ‘morally’ supporting them, is, I believe, absolutely clear.


Ukraine is not a fresh victim of destabilization tactics of the European Union, which is so sickly greedy that it appears it, cannot contain itself anymore. It salivates, intensively, imagining the huge natural resources that Ukraine possesses. It is shaking with desire dreaming of a cheap and highly educated labor force.

European companies want to get into Ukraine, by all means. But one has to be careful not to allow the Ukrainian hordes to enter that sacred and thoroughly racist fortress – the European Union. Europe can plunder all over the world, but it is strict and brutal to those who want to get in and ‘steal its jobs’.

Of course the EU cannot do in Ukraine, what it freely does in many places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It cannot just come and pay some proxy countries, as it pays Rwanda and Uganda (that are already responsible for the loss of over ten million Congolese lives in less than 2 decades), to plunder Ukraine and kill almost all those people that are resisting.

Europe, again and again, for centuries, has proven that it is capable of massacring entire nations without the slightest mercy, (while showing almost zero historic memory) and with almost no moral principles, at least compared to the rest of the world. But it is canny, and unlike the United States, it knows plenty about tactics, strategy and PR.

What the EU did in Libya is clear. Anyone claiming that the United States is acting on its own, must be exercising enormous discipline not to see how closely linked are the interests and actions of the old and new usurpers of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Oceania. France is acting, once again, as the arch neo-colonial thug, particularly in Africa.

But Ukraine is ‘right there’, too near geographically, to the EU itself. It has to be destabilized, but it all has to appear very legitimate. ‘The rebellion’, ‘revolution’, ‘uprising of its people’; that is the way to handle things ‘properly’.

More than a month ago, a bizarre deal was proposed, where European companies would be allowed to enter and clean Ukraine of its natural resources, but the people of Ukraine would not be allowed to even come and work in the EU.

The government, logically and sensibly, rejected the deal. And then, suddenly, Thai-style or Egyptian-style thugs appeared all over the streets of Kiev, armed with sticks and even weapons, and went onto trashing the capital and demanding the democratically elected government to resign.

The groups of thugs include many neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and common criminals. They are emboldened by the Thai-style fear of the Ukrainian government, to use force. They are setting on fire police officers, blocking and occupying government buildings, preventing the administration from serving the people.

Just as their ‘orange’ predecessors, they have been manufactured and carefully crafted, before being released into the wider world.


In Africa, just to mention a few cases, tiny Seychelles, a country with the highest HDI (Human Development Index by UNDP) has for years been bombarded with criticism and destabilization attempts. The Government provides excellent totally free (including medicine) medical care and free education. The people of Seychelles are well fed and housed. It is definitely not a perfect society, but, together with Mauritius, it is the best the African continent has to show. But that does not seem to be relevant.

Propaganda from outside, as well as the mainly British-sponsored opposition press, is trashing the system.

One wonders why, but then, on closer scrutiny and understanding of the Empire, things become clear: The Seychelles used to cooperate closely with both Cuba and North Korea, on educational fronts and in other fields. It was too ‘socialist’ for the Empire. And for those retirees seeking an exclusive hedonist lifestyle, it would be acceptable to be surrounded by blue and maybe even by brown, but definitely not by red.

Eritrea, dubbed as the ‘African Cuba’, may be a proud and determined nation, but it was designated as total pariah and outcast state by most of the Western powers. It was hit by sanctions and punished for who knows what.

“We are trying to be inclusive, democratic and fair”, the Eritrean Director of Education recently told me, in Kenya. “But the more we do, the more we care about our people, the more infuriated Western countries appear to be.”

He was a very wise man and so he did not appear to be surprised. Both of us were just ‘comparing notes’.

Zimbabwe is another clear and extreme case. There, the West evidently and openly supports ‘the opposition’, against the government that is loved and supported by the great majority of citizens; the government of liberation struggle against colonialism and imperialism.

Provoked by outrageous lies disseminated by the mainly British mass media, I visited Zimbabwe last year, disputing point-by-point all the main propaganda points directed against Harare. Needless to say, my report, published by CounterPunch, created outrage against Western propaganda, all over the African continent.

The West builds and feeds ‘rebellions’ and ‘opposition’ against Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, Brazil, and Ecuador, to mention just a few countries high on its hit list.

In Venezuela, the US sponsored an aborted coup, and it directly pays for hundreds of organizations, ‘NGO’s’ and media outlets, with the direct goal of overthrowing the revolutionary process and the government.

In Cuba, the people of this proud and humanist nation have been suffering for decades. They have been enduring what can only be described as terrorism against their beautiful country. The US and the West have sponsored invasions, terrorist acts, even attempts to influence weather patterns and cause devastating droughts. Crops have been poisoned.

Any Cuban ‘dissident’, any thug that takes up arms against the Cuban system and the government, would get immediate funding and support from the United States.

Even Western media outlets, performing secret polls in Cuba, often come to the conclusion that the majority of Cuban citizens support their system. But that only infuriates the West further. Cuban people are paying a heavy price for their freedom, for their pride, for their independence.

There are many other examples how the ‘opposition’ and terror against ‘unpopular’ (in the eyes of the West) governments are built.

Bolivians almost lost their ‘white’ and-right wing province of Santa Cruz, as the US supported, many say financed the ‘independence movement’ there, obviously punishing the extremely popular government of Evo Morales for being so socialist, so indigenous and so beloved. Brazil, in one great show of solidarity and internationalism, threatened to invade and rescue its neighbor, by preserving its integrity. Therefore, only the weight of this peaceful and highly respectable giant saved Bolivia from certain destruction.

But now even Brazil is under attack of the ‘manufacturers of opposition’!

I don’t want to write at length about China here, in this report. Readers are already familiar with my stand, but in summary: The more high-speed trains the Communist government builds, the more public parks, free exercise machines, more public transportation lines and wide sidewalks, the more it attempts to make medical care free for all once again, the more it attempts to make education free and public – the more it is being smeared and called ‘more capitalist than capitalist states (while over 50% of country’s production remains firmly in state hands).

Russia, like China, Cuba or Venezuela, is demonized relentlessly, every day and every hour. Any oligarch, any deranged pop figure, who criticizes the government of President Putin, is immediately elevated by the US, German and other Western governments, to the level of sainthood.

All this is definitely not because of the Russian human rights record, but because Russia, like the Latin American countries and China, is determinedly blocking Western attempts to destabilize and destroy independent and progressive countries all over the world. It is also due to the increasing influence of the Russian media, particularly RT (Russia Today), which became a commanding voice of resistance to Western propaganda. Needless to say, this writer is proudly associated with RT and its efforts.


It is certain that what the world is experiencing now, could be described as ‘the new wave’ of a Western imperial offensive. This offensive is taking place on all fronts, and it is rapidly accelerating. Under the proud Nobel Peace Price winner, Barack Obama and his closest European Neo-cons and ‘socialists with brown insides’, as well as the re-elected fascist Prime Minister of Japan, the world is becoming an extremely dangerous place. It feels like some frontier town invaded by violent gangs.

The biblical perception of ‘those who are not with me are against me’ is gaining new depth.

And be aware of the colors. Be aware of the ‘uprisings’, or anti-government ‘protests’. Which one is genuine and which one is unnaturally created by imperialism and neo-colonialism?

It all appears to be extremely confusing to the majority of people who are getting stuffed on the corporate media feed. Actually, it is supposed to be confusing! The more confused people get, the less capable they are to rebel against real dangers and oppression.

But in the end, despite everything, on the 2nd of February, the people of Thailand voted! They climbed the barricades; they fought with those who were attempting to close polling stations.

And in Ukraine, the majority still supports their government.

And Venezuela and Cuba have not fallen.

And the jihadi cadres are not yet in control of Syria.

And Eritrea and Zimbabwe are still behind their leadership.

People are not cattle. In many parts of the world they are already realizing who their real enemies are.

When the US sponsored a coup against Chavez, the military refused to follow, and as a handpicked businessman was sworn-in as President, the military began moving tanks towards Caracas, in defense of the legitimate and elected leader. The revolution survived!

Chavez passed away, and some say that he was poisoned; that he was infected with cancer, that he was hit from the North. I don’t know whether it is true, but before he died, he was photographed, bold and sweating, suffering from an incurable disease, but determined and proud. He was shouting: “Here nobody surrenders!” And this one image and one short sentence, inspired millions.

I remember, last year in Caracas, standing in front of a huge poster depicting his face, spelling out his words. I would thank him; embrace him if I could, if he were still alive. Not because he was perfect – he was not. But because his life and his words and actions inspired millions, pulled entire nations from depression, from gloom and doom, from slavery. I read from his face this: “They try to screw you by all means, but you fight… You fall but you fight again. They try to kill you but you fight… For justice, for your country, and for a better world.” Chavez did not say this, of course, but that is how it felt, looking at his photograph.

By then, most of South America was free and united against Western imperialism, and hard to defeat. Yes, here, nobody surrendered!

The rest of the world is still very vulnerable and mostly in shackles.

The West is continuously manufacturing and then supporting oppressive forces, be they feudal or religious. The more oppressed people are, the less disposed they are to fight for justice and for their rights. The more scared they are, the easier it is to control them.

Feudalism, religious oppression and cruel right-wing dictatorships, all that serves perfectly well both the market fundamentalism of the Empire, and its obsession with controlling the planet.

But such an arrangement of the world is abnormal, and therefore temporary. Human beings are longing for justice and, in their essence, are a sharing and decent species. Albert Camus, correctly, arrived at the conclusion in his powerful novel “The Plague” (analogy to fight against fascism): “there is more to admire than to despise in humans”.

What the West is now doing to the world; igniting conflicts, supporting banditry and terror, sacrificing millions of people for its own commercial interests, is nothing new under the sun. It is called ‘ordinary fascism’. And fascism came and was defeated, in the past. And it will be again. It will be defeated because it is wrong, because it is against natural human evolution, and because people all over the world are realizing that the feudal structures that Western fascism is trying to administer all over the world, belong to the 18th century, not to this one, and should never again be tolerated.

Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. His discussion with Noam Chomsky On Western Terrorism is now going to print. His critically acclaimed political novel Point of No Return is now re-edited and available. Oceania is his book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about post-Suharto Indonesia and the market-fundamentalist model is called “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear”. He has just completed the feature documentary, “Rwanda Gambit” about Rwandan history and the plunder of DR Congo. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and Africa. He can be reached through his website or his Twitter.

Israel increasing assistance to Syrian Terrorists

TEHRAN, Feb. 2 (MNA)A recent report by a well-known U.S. think tank indicates that the Zionist regime of Israel has increased its cooperation with the terrorist fighting against the Syrian government.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) has published a report which suggests Israelis are very concerned about the potential spillover of the Syrian crisis into the occupied territories.
“Concerned about the possible drift of al-Qaeda affiliates to areas adjacent to the Golan Heights border, Israel finds itself obliged to increase its assistance to local rebel militias in southern Syria,” writes Ehud Yaari, an Israeli analysts at WINEP.
Israel initially opted to remove itself from the bloody quagmire in Syria. Yet Israeli concerns about the war’s consequences have been aggravated by the emergence of al-Qaeda affiliates and other radical Islamist militias, which have gained preeminence among rebel units in many parts of central and northern Syria,” the report said.
Yaari, who works as a commentator for Israel’s Channel Two television, also elaborates on the form of Israeli assistance to the terrorists fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Military commanders have the last word in other parts of the country, but southern militias are often directed by civilian elders. Many of them have come to view Israel as a temporary ally under the present circumstances. Emboldened by their belief that the Israel Defense Forces will indirectly protect their back, these militias have battled troops from the Assad regime’s 90th and 61st Brigades,” the report added.
Assad’s main interest in the south is to ensure the safety of the main highway between Damascus and Deraa and maintain a hold over parts of the latter city. He has also ordered his generals to retain Quneitra, the capital of the district bordering Israel, as well as the stretch of Druze villages to the north along the eastern slopes of Mount Hermon. So far, the government has managed to achieve these goals and does not seem worried about losing its grip on the rest of the region, which has little strategic significance for the outcome of the current struggle.

Syrian Christian Leaders Call On U.S. To End Support For Anti-Assad Terrorists



By Elizabeth Dias

The stories told by five top Syrian Christian leaders about the horrors their churches are experiencing at the hands of Islamist extremists are biblical in their brutality.

Bishop Elias Toumeh, representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, tells of the funeral he led ten days ago for the headless body of one of his parishioners in Marmarita. Rev. Adeeb Awad, vice moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, explains how the rebels blew up his church and then pointed the finger at the regime. Bishop Armash Nalbandian, primate of the Armenian Church of Damascus, says he received word on Facebook from a fellow bishop in Aleppo that two congregants were traveling when opposition fighters stopped their bus, made them present their Armenian IDs, and then took them away. The fighters, Nalbandian recounts, returned to the fellow passengers a few hours later with a box, which they said were cakes. Inside were the two Armenian heads.

The bishops’ stories are difficult to independently verify, and the war’s death toll goes far beyond just Christian communities in Syria–more than 130,000 people have been killed since the fighting began, and at least two million others have fled the country. But they are emerging as part of a concerted push by Syrian Christians to get the U.S. to stop its support for rebel groups fighting Syrian president Bashar al Assad. “The US must change its politics and must choose the way of diplomacy and dialogue, not supporting rebels and calling them freedom fighters,” says Nalbandian.

Read more at TIME SwamplandSyrian Christians Ask US Washington to End Support For Rebels | TIME.com http://swampland.time.com/2014/01/30/syrian-christian-leaders-call-on-us-to-end-support-for-anti-assad-rebels/#ixzz2s8iTQNjJ

US Feigns “Horror” Over Cooked-Up Report on Syrian War They Engineered

 Qatar – chief financier of Al Qaeda in Syria – commissions “report” on atrocities published just ahead of Geneva conference. 

Tony Cartalucci Activist Post
As with every Western-backed conference assembled regarding Syria, dramatic fabrications revealed just ahead of proceedings are intended to give them and their predetermined outcomes both gravity and “urgency.” Upcoming “peace talks” to be held in Switzerland are no exception. A report cooked up by the unelected dictatorship in Qatar is based on an anonymous source, codename “Caesar,” and remains admittedly unverified.
The BBC’s report, “US and UN express horror at Syria torture report,” claims:

The report, by three former war crimes prosecutors, is based on the evidence of a defected military police photographer, referred to only as Caesar, who along with others reportedly smuggled about 55,000 digital images of some 11,000 dead detainees out of Syria.

The BBC then reveals the propaganda value the report is intended to serve in upcoming talks by stating:

US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said it “underscores that it makes it even more important that we make progress [at Geneva II]. The situation on the ground is so horrific that we need to get a political transition in place, and we need to get the Assad regime out of power.”

Of course, spokesman for UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay would admit the report remains unverified (emphasis added):

Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, told AFP: “This report is extremely alarming, and the alleged scale of the deaths in detention, if verified, is truly horrifying.

Codename Caesar, Codename Curveball 

Image: From Independent’s “Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all: Defector tells how US officials ‘sexed up’ his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion.” In retrospect, the corporate-media has no problem admitting the insidious lies that were told to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq – the lead up to the war was another story. A verbatim repeat of these admitted lies are being directed at Syria amidst the West’s failure to overthrow the government with terrorist proxies
Readers must recall another codename, that of Iraqi informant “Curveball” whose lies would lay the rhetorical foundation for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The UK Independent’s article, “Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all,” would recall:

A man whose lies helped to make the case for invading Iraq – starting a nine-year war costing more than 100,000 lives and hundreds of billions of pounds – will come clean in his first British television interview tomorrow.

“Curveball”, the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi’s lies used to justify the Iraq war

And once again, a disingenuous West along with a complicit UN is going into a so-called “peace conference” with unverified allegations designed to manipulate public perception on the most visceral levels, circumventing facts, logic, and reason, to bolster their position in a conflict they themselves engineered and are still purposefully perpetrating with the hopes of achieving long-desired “regime change.”

The ongoing conflict in Syria was engineered by the West and its regional allies as far back as 2007, revealed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” which prophetically stated (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

It is now admitted that Al Qaeda comprises almost entirely all of the militants fighting the Syrian government, many of whom are foreigners crossing into Syrian territory with NATO’s aid.

Tony Cartalucci’s articles have appeared on many alternative media websites, including his own at Land Destroyer Report, Alternative Thai News Network and LocalOrg.


Malicious Syria Bashing

by Stephen Lendman http://sjlendman.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/malicious-syria-bashing.html

It’s longstanding. It began long before Obama’s war erupted. It was nearly three years ago.
Releasing a new report on Syria was strategically timed. It’s out two days before sham peace talks begin in Montreux, Switzerland. 
It’s filled with spurious accusations. London’s Guardian discussed them. “Syrian regime document trove shows evidence of ‘industrial scale’ killing of detainees,” it headlined.
Syrian officials face potential war crimes charges, it said. A so-called “huge cache of ‘evidence’ (was) smuggled out of the country.”
“It show(ed) the ‘systematic killing’ of about 11,000 detainees.” 
Three former prosecutors for the Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone criminal tribunals examined so-called evidence. They’re state-sponsored ones. They lack credibility.
They include Desmond de Silva, Geoffrey Nice and David M. Crane. The report was prepared for London solicitors Carter-Ruck and Co. It’s marked “CONFIDENTIAL.” It’s available online.
Confidentiality is shared with anyone wanting the report’s full text. Manufactured evidence shows “emaciated, bloodstained,” mutilated corpses.
They could be from anywhere. They could be US-supported death squad atrocities. Blaming Syria for their crimes is standard practice.
So-called independent prosecutors and human rights groups have no credibility. London’s Guardian lost credibility suggesting otherwise.
So-called documented abuses are fake. They have nothing to do with Syria’s government
Claiming otherwise makes the Guardian complicit in crimes of war and against humanity. Expect no editorial explanation. Expect no apology for willful misinformation.
Claiming an opposition defector supplied credible evidence doesn’t wash. So-called “evidence” is easily faked. Amateurs can do it. Professionals do better.
Demonizing Assad ahead of Geneva II wasn’t accidental. It was malicious. It was planned in advance. The entire Guardian account is based on fabricated evidence.
London solicitors acted on behalf of Qatar. It’s a police state. Its government actively supports extremist anti-Assad forces.
It wants Assad ousted. It wants new governance replacing him most Syrians oppose. The so-called defector’s identity isn’t revealed. He’s called “Caesar” to conceal it.
He said his job was “taking pictures of (alleged) killed detainees.” He witnessed nothing firsthand. His so-called evidence doesn’t pass the smell test. 
It’s aroma reeks of willful deception. It has no credibility whatever. Why the Guardian suggested otherwise, it must explain. According to the report available online:
“The procedure was that when detainees were killed at their places of detention, their bodies would be taken to a military hospital to which he would be sent with a doctor and a member of the judiciary, Caesar’s function being to photograph the corpses.” 
“There could be as many as 50 bodies a day to photograph which require 15 to 30 minutes of work per corpse.” 
“The reason for photographing executed persons was twofold. First to permit a death certificate to be produced without families requiring to see the body, thereby avoiding the authorities having to give a truthful account of their deaths; second to confirm that orders to execute individuals had been carried out.”
No credible evidence explains where corpses came from. Nor who they are. Nothing is independently verified. Nothing other than willful misinformation.
So-called “experienced forensic science experts examined and authenticated samples of 55,000 digital images.” They’re from an alleged 11,000 victims.
Images have no IDs. Corpses could be anyone. They could be from anywhere. So-called “inquiry teams” were cited. 
They claimed “clear evidence, capable of being believed by a tribunal of fact in a court of law, of systematic torture and killing of detained persons by the agents of the Syrian government.” 
“It would support findings of crimes against humanity and could also support findings of war crimes against the current Syrian regime.”
De Silva said evidence “documented industrial-scale killing. This is a smoking gun of a kind we didn’t have before. It makes a very strong case indeed.”
He lied saying so. He, Nice and Crane are state-sponsored agents. They’re well compensated to lie. 
Nothing links alleged evidence to Assad. None to others in his government or military. Claiming otherwise doesn’t wash. Irrefutable evidence alone does. 
None whatever exists. London’s Guardian didn’t explain. An unnamed Obama official was quoted at length. Comments in part said:
“We stand with the rest of the world in horror at these images which have come to light. We condemn in the strongest possible terms the actions of the regime and call on it to adhere to international obligations with respect to the treatment of prisoners.”
“We have long spoken out about mistreatment and deteriorating prison conditions in Syria.” 
“These latest reports, and the photographs that support them, demonstrate just how far the regime is willing to go to not only deny freedom and dignity to the Syrian people, but to inflict significant emotional and physical pain in the process.” 
“To be sure, these reports suggest widespread and apparently systematic violations of international humanitarian law.”
America by far is the world’s leading human rights abuser. It’s responsible for generations of horrific crimes of war, against humanity and genocide.
State terror is official policy. So are all forms of torture and ill-treatment. No country belongs in the dock more than America. War criminals make policy.
Previous articles said Syria is Obama’s war. He bears full responsibility for tens of thousands of deaths, many others injured, and millions internally and externally displaced refugees.
Blaming victims is longstanding US policy. Rogue states operate this way. America is by far the worst. It’s entire history is blood-drenched.
London’s Guardian pointed fingers the wrong way. Its editors have much explaining to do.
On January 21, a follow-up report headlined “Can evidence of mass killings in Syria end the inertia? Only with Putin’s help.”
“It takes something very grave and shocking to end (months of) torpor,” it said. Throughout nearly three years of conflict, numerous gruesome atrocities were committed.
Nearly every time, Assad was wrongfully blamed. He’s victim, not perpetrator. Hard evidence proved it repeatedly. 
Not according to the Guardian. It called so-called new evidence “hard to fault.” It’s “too overwhelming,” it said. It can’t be “dismissed as Qatari propaganda.”
US media, BBC and Qatar-controlled Al Jazeera air fake videos often. They falsify events on the ground.
During Obama’s war on Libya, Al Jazeera aired fabricated Tripoli liberation scenes. They were produced in Doha. It was done weeks in advance.
It was on a Hollywood-style sound stage. It replicated Tripoli’s Green Square and Gaddafi’s compound. It was theater. It was fake. It was willful deception. It was presented as real.
Alleged Syrian evidence is no different. Its willful propaganda. Its release was strategically timed. It bears no relation to reality. It won’t affect Geneva discussions. It won’t determine its outcome.
Assad isn’t stupid. Nor are most Syrians. Don’t expect Putin to be fooled. Directing global outrage the right way is essential. 
Blame perpetrators, not victims. Don’t expect London’s Guardian to explain. Its editors remain unapologetic

Leader of Al-Qaeda, Saudi Prince Bandar, signed his own death warrant when he threatened Putin

Putin Orders Massive Strike Against Saudi Arabia if Syria attacked.

Russian Government outraged by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultans terrorist threats  :Putin”who the hell do these people think they are dealing with”

Reports in Russia are giving a  grim warning   issued  from the office of President Putin  is ordering a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria.

According to leaked information  Putin became “enraged” after his early August meeting with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan who warned that if Russia did not accept the defeat of Syria, Saudi Arabia would unleash Chechen terrorists under their control to cause mass death and chaos during the Winter Olympics scheduled to be held 7-23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Putin was quoted as saying to officials afterwards


In what amounts now to international blackmail, if Russia were to give in and agree now to Prince bandar’s threats it would be seen as an act of cowardice. Mr Putin known for his tough guy image who is ex KGB and was once quoted in a humorous portrayal by a western magazine to be as hard as a coffin nail has had his resolve hardened against the west because of this outrage the conclusion of this saga can only mean one thing now and that is war is now inevitable.

Saudis Threaten Russia With Olympic Terrorist Attacks Unless It Abandons Syria Support

Lebanese newspaper As-Safir confirmed this amazing threat against Russia saying that Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord by stating: “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”

Foreign Minister Lavrov has previously stated  that Syria is not a bargaining chip in relations with the West and said: “We defend only the things that are in the basis of modern world order – the UN Charter principles and other international legal documents, and we insist on their fulfillment. We do not want and we will not put up with attempts to distort reached agreements, particularly the legally binding ones.”

London’s The Telegraph News Service further reported today that Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguardRussia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria, an offer Putin replied to by saying “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters” [Putin said referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier HERE], and which Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch.

the Federal Security Services (FSB) confirmed the validity of the released hacked emails of the British based defence company, Britam Defence that stunningly warned the Obama regime was preparing to unleash a series of attacks against both Syria and Iran in a move Russian intelligence experts warned could very well cause World War III.

Britam Defence, one of the largest private mercenary forces in the world, was the target of a “massive hack” of its computer files by an“unknown state sponsored entity” this past January who then released a number of critical emails between its top two executives, founder Philip Doughty and his Business Development Director David Goulding.

The two most concerning emails between Doughty and Goulding, this report says, states that the Obama regime has approved a “false flag” attack in Syria using chemical weapons, and that Britam has been approved to participate in the West’s warn on Iran, and as we can read:

Email 1: Phil, We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington. We’ll have to deliver a CW (chemical weapon) to Homs (Syria), a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record. Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?  Kind regards David

Email 2: Phil, Please see attached details of preparatory measures concerning the Iranian issue. Participation of Britam in the operation is confirmed by the Saudis.

With the events now spiraling out of control in Syria, and London’s Independent News Service now reporting that Prince Bandar is “pushing for war,” Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich further warned the West today by stating, “Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military intervention in the region are fraught with new suffering in Syria and catastrophic consequences for other countries of the Middle East and North Africa.”

Heedless of Russian warnings which have fallen on deaf ears, however, British Prime Minister David Cameron this morning recalled the British Parliament to vote on attacking Syria as the Obama regime abruptly cancelled their meeting with Russia scheduled for tomorrow on finding a path to peace for Syria, and the West begins its plans to attack the Syrian nation “within days.”

As Syria itself has warned that should it be attacked by the West there will be “global chaos,” the Western peoples themselves have not been told of the fact that on 17 May 2013, Putin ordered Russian military forces to “immediately move” from Local War to Regional War operational status and to be “fully prepared” to expand to Large-Scale War should either the US or EU enter into the Syrian Civil War, a situation they are still in at this very hour.

this new ordering of massive retaliatory strikes against Saudi Arabia, means any attack on Syria is viewed by Russia as being an attack on itself.

Why Syria? It’s not what you think and it’s not what you’ve been told.

The fight over Syria, being led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and their lap-dog Western allies, has but one single objective: To break Russia’s hold on the European Union natural gas market which a pipeline through Syria would accomplish, and as reported by London’s Financial Times News Service this past June:

“The tiny gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime source of arms to rebels.

The cost of Qatar’s intervention, its latest push to back an Arab revolt, amounts to a fraction of its international investment portfolio. But its financial support for the revolution that has turned into a vicious civil war dramatically overshadows western backing for the opposition.

Qatar [also] has proposed a gas pipeline from the Gulf to Turkey in a sign the emirate is considering a further expansion of exports from the world’s biggest gasfield after it finishes an ambitious programme to more than double its capacity to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG).”

And in what is, perhaps, the most unimaginable cause to start World War III over Syria was noted by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich on the new allegations of chemical weapon’s attacks  said this past week: “We’re getting more new evidence that this criminal act was of a provocative nature,” he stressed. “In particular, there are reports circulating on the Internet, in particular that the materials of the incident and accusations against government troops had been posted for several hours before the so-called attack. Thus, it was a pre-planned action.”

For the West to have so sloppily engineered yet another “false flag” attack to justify a war where they posted the videos of this so-called chemical weapons attack a full day before it was said to occur is the height of arrogance and disdain, but which their sleep-walking citizens, yet again, will fall for as they have done so many times in the past.

Russia threatens to bomb Qatar and Saudi Arabia

A senior source in the Russian Air Force told to Moscow website Telegrafistthat Russia had plans to bomb Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

He claims that the combat mission can be done by a unit of Su-27s, as well as by modern bombers Su-34s with extra fuel tanks, accompanied by the Su-27s.

“Today, the situation is such that even in case if the Su-34s do not have enough fuel to get out of Iran’s airspace on return flight, they will be able to land right there”, he said – “a combat radius of the Su-27s allows fly to the capital of Qatar and Saudi Arabia and return, the Su-34s do not have such radius”.

On the question when and why these plans developed, the Russian Air Force officer replied:

“Saudi Arabia is a key US ally in the region, not Israel, as many suggest, namely the regime of King Abdullah who is willing to get involved where you want to please his masters, so of course the Soviet Union was preparing plans for the destruction of this regime because without it – Saudi Arabia will no longer be an integral state and Washington will get hordes of barbarians who destroy their bases by using the same US military hardware”.

The Russians also claimed they needed no more than 24 hours for the entire operation to destroy the ruling circles of the two monarchies from the air.

about this article

many people are saying the information on this story is actually dis-information when in fact it is extremely well researched. They are dismissing the article because they believe it is from a  gov source without actually reading the story or thinking of the logical conclusions of actual events and the outcome . If that is the case them the new york times and every publication is suspect because they all the editors are hand picked and only allowed to give out certain information. much of which is slanted to certain audiences to give them particular worldviews or reinforce the world view without getting to the root of the problems or how to sort them out.  If and when WW3 breaks out Russia will attack the Saudi’s to defend syria and strike a decisive blow against the west.  this is the logical conclusion. If you doubt this is all about oil and gas and influence as well then you are mistaken i suggest you read the update by V on this website which originated at steve quayle’s site. Sorcha faal may be wack jobs when it comes to their religious affiliation but the news many times not only has been spot on but highly prophetic.  All information must be sourced and this article is heavily. Russia is totally pissed at the west and Prince Bandar has signed his own death Warrant by threatening Russia with terrorist attacks as reported on infowars.com. All the information in this story can lead us to one conclusion now the powers have decided on war this year over syria. Once it happens within a few weeks it will go Global.  Alex Jones: “There Are Russian Troops Now Piling Off Ships Into Syria”   luckily intelligence report’s say obama and Cameron are backing down at this time but are still making the Russian’s nervous with their show of strength who themselves  have other allies to protect The War on Iran Begins…in Syria  The saudis must be neutralized. If they kill the Ruling royal families then those countries will erupt in chaos as the different factions revolt and take it upon themselves to seek to become dominant in the region. Russia and its ally Iran can and will attack American targets there perhaps by proxy and drive them out. This will pave the way for a new government and its new protectors whoever is the big winner in the region.

Do not disregard this story Russia has been threatened and anyone who thinks they are not going to flex their muscles against this pip squeak nation  wipe out  this london Backed dynasty  has another thing coming.

A Palestinian-Hezbollah War in Lebanon?

Pressures Mounting
Ain el Helweh camp, Lebanon
It’s not just the leadership of the Zionist regime still occupying Palestine, six decades after the 1948 Nakba, that appears to be salivating at the current stoking of  current tensions between the Palestinian Resistance and in some respects, its historic off-spring Hezbollah.
From Tel Aviv, to Amman, Riyadh, the Gulf Kingdoms to Washington DC and beyond, the forces allied against the Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah-Palestinian Resistance are working on yet another project to weaken and hopefully destroy all four.
It won’t be easy, but it is reportedly a key element among the anti-Resistance forces still seeking regime change in Syria. Even while some of these governments have been playing down their central goal of regime change in public. The same governments appear to be fantasizing that by building up the Lebanese army with a pledged $ three billion from Riyadh, its troops will somehow confront Hezbollah and its allies as part of a long-term “beat em or bleed em” project.
Patrick Cockburn writing recently in the UK Independent  and Counterpunch accurately summarized situation of  “Anti-Shia hate propaganda spread by Sunni religious figures sponsored by, or based in, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies, is creating the ingredients for a sectarian civil war engulfing the entire Muslim world.”
The egging on the Palestinian and Hezbollah to confront each other has increased over the past three months in Lebanon’s camps and particularly from some of the local Sunni and Christian power centers. This in addition to continuing support for various ‘militia of the month’ groups terrorizing the population of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as essentially imprisoning without food and medical care the remaining 17,000 out of a March 2011 population of 250,000 Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk camp in Damascus.
This is not to say that there are no continuing, and sometimes long held tensions among a small percentage of the Palestinians in Lebanon and some among Hezbollah and its allies, the Amal Movement and Michele Aoun’s, Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). It is the latter who is among the most anti-Palestinian of the Christian warlords and who some in Hezbollah and Palestinian factions cite for blocking Hezbollah from pushing for the right to work and to own a home for Palestinians in Lebanon. As for Amal,  this Hezbollah’s Shia ally, is widely believed to  have killed more Palestinians in Lebanon during the 1985-88 camp massacres ( it’s a misnomer to call them “wars” as the camps were basically defenseless) than Zionists have in the past 60 years.
To this day, many Palestinians take deep umbrage with the long-time Amal leader posters placed outside Shatila and other camps since he is fairly universally despised by Palestinians in Lebanon for giving the orders for slaughtering so many of them. Attempts to remove his posters-portraits from Palestinian camps which are considered a provocation by many, risk facing his armed militia that occupies part of Shatila. The Sunni and Shia populations in the camps largely co-exist in a tense but generally peaceful juxtaposition with refugees from Syria. But it’s not the quality of relations that obtained before the Syria crisis and Hezbollah’s involvement there.
Hezbollah also has several reasons to question Palestinian support of the “National Lebanon Resistance” which the Party of God leads. There has been some evidence of individual Palestinians supporting anti-Hezbollah militia forces and political parties in Lebanon, and, according to camp officials they admit that some individual Palestinians go and return to Syria to fight against the Assad regime. Some who are close to Hezbollah claim that many Palestinians don’t appreciate that the organization is the main supporter of their cause to return to Palestine and are ingrates for all that Hezbollah does for them. Rebuttals include that regrettably Hezbollah has done little for Palestinians living in Lebanon’s camps and  that Hezbollah has to date refused to use its political power to force Lebanon to comply with international law and grant elementary civil rights to them, including the rights to work and to own a home.
Against this backdrop, Al-Nusra Front leader Abou Mohammed al-Jawlani said that the Al-Qaeda-linked organization is active on Lebanese soil in order to help the Sunnis including Palestinians face the “injustice” of Shiite Hezbollah. “Lebanon’s Sunni are requesting that the mujahideen intervene to lift up the injustice they are suffering from at the hands of Hezbollah and similar militias,” Jawlani said in an interview on Al-Jazeera recently.
Shiite-populated areas across Lebanon have been the target of terror attacks since Hezbollah declared it was fighting on the side of the Syrian regime in May. Three car bomb attacks have targeted southern Beirut in recent months while a number of IED attacks have occurred in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley.
The head of the Islamic Jihadist Movement in Ain al-Helweh camps, Sheikh Jamal Khattab, voiced fears on 1/8/14 of a possible armed sectarian confrontation between Hezbollah and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon if the party did not revise its policies at home and in Syria.  Sheikh Khattab told the Beirut Daily Star that “any fighting between Palestinians and Hezbollah could be worse than the three year violence between the Amal militia and Palestinians in the 1980’s, known as the “war of the camps.” (read: massacres) That conflict in which largely Shia forces attacked Sunni was not considered particularly sectarian and Hezbollah helped end it and protect the overwhelmingly Sunni Palestinians civilian population.  Today it would be a Sunni vs. Shia  war with regional and international consequences given the poisonous sea-change in  sectarian relations since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
In Ain al-Helweh and other camps, posters of local men killed while fighting alongside Syrian rebels or against U.S. troops in Iraq are tacked up throughout the camp. Lebanese security sources claim that Palestinian Islamist groups in Ain al-Hilweh, particularly Usbat al-Ansar, Jund al-Sham, Fatah al-Islam, other Salafist groups and supporters of controversial fugitive Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir have all finalized preparations to defend Sidon against any attack by Hezbollah’s organized and trained “Resistance Brigades”. Rumors abound that these groups are being financed for this purpose by certain of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries and some Lebanese pro-Western March 14 parties.  These groups and some of their sponsors consider conditions ripe in Lebanon for an expanded war against “Shia infidels” and have pans to bring it here. Several groups now fighting in Syria claim to seek a wider war “against Shia infidels “and pledge to bring the Sunni-Shia war here.
The Palestinian Follow-Up Committee, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, Fatah and the Palestinian National Security Forces have all strongly condemned as haphazard an irresponsible accusations against Ain el-Hilweh refugees camp after the assassination of ex-Finance Minister and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s adviser, Mohammed Shatah, Also recent harassment of passersby near Ain el Helweh camp  remind some of the tight grip the army continues on Nahr al Bared, near Tripoli in the north of Lebanon. Based on interviews by this observer with residents of Ain el-Helweh, there clearly are supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda and the Abdullah Azzam Brigades among others. But one can find the same across Lebanon especially in Sunni areas. The officials claim that while they cannot prevent anyone from joining the fighting in Syria, all Palestinian groups in Lebanon and Syria and elsewhere have consistently maintained their policy of non-involvement in the Syrian crisis.  Yet some Palestinian Islamist factions and camp residents criticize Hezbollah’s  armed support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
For their part, some pro-Hezbollah groups and many Lebanese citizens are suspicious of possible Palestinian involvement in recent terror attacks in Dahiyeh and the recent bombing of the Iranian Embassy. In point of fact, one of the two suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian Embassy on 11/17/13 was a Palestinian named Mouin Abu Dahr. His mother is a Shiite and his father a Sunni. Ain al-Hilweh is also in the spotlight currently due to the arrest of Majid al-Majid, the leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades. Majid is believed to have lived in Ain al-Hilweh since 2012.
Israel and its new and longtime allies seek Sunni-Shia war and the sooner the better.  They also favor the continuation of the Syria crisis for the reason they consider Hezbollah is squandering some of their best fighters and commanders and well as their weapons stores. Western Diplomats have spoken about US-Israeli hopes that Syria will be Hezbollah’s Achilles heel and Iran’s Vietnam. Meanwhile Israeli media has commented on the views of some officials who are claiming that Hezbollah has shifted its attention to Syria and away from the southern front with occupied Palestine.

Time will tell.

But for its part Hezbollah maintains that by defending Lebanon and fighting ” takferi terrorists” it is using only five percent of  its capacity to confront Israel.  One source close to the Resistance reported that “Hezbollah has self-sufficiency when it comes to the missiles, strategic and non-strategic weapons. All these weapons are quite abundant. Any additional equipment will constitute a negative factor because there is no need for them. All the weapons that are manufactured by Iran or owned by Syria are also available for Hezbollah. The land forces and the Special Forces fighting in Syria have acquired a lot of practical and intelligence related experience and a force of maneuvering on the land.  This experience will be used when the war with Israel begins again.”
The Sunni and the Shia just as with the Palestinians and Hezbollah need each other for many reasons including to confront growing Islamophobia, anti-Arab hate propaganda and the deepening and broadening Apartheid occupation of Palestine.
All must work to tamp down their differences publicly and privately while working to neutralize both Sunni and Shia sectarian provocateurs, domestic, regional and international that today are seeking internecine and sectarian violence in order to weaken both.
Franklin Lamb is a former Democratic National Committee Member representing Oregon.  He volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.org)

Sunni monarchs back YouTube hate preachers: Anti-Shia propaganda threatens a sectarian civil war which will engulf the entire Muslim world

Sunni monarchs back YouTube hate preachers: Anti-Shia propaganda threatens a sectarian civil war which will engulf the entire Muslim world. There is now a pool of jihadis willing to fight and die anywhere


On the march: protesters in Bahrain this month, where the Sunni monarchy repeatedly asserted that it saw an Iranian hand behind the Arab Spring protests in 2011

Skilled use of the internet and access to satellite television funded by or based in Sunni states has been central to the resurgence of al-Qa’ida across the Middle East, to a degree that Western politicians have so far failed to grasp. In the last year, Isis has become the most powerful single rebel military force in Iraq and Syria, partly because of its ability to recruit suicide bombers and fanatical fighters through the social media. Western intelligence agencies, such as the NSA in the US, much criticised for spying on the internet communications of their own citizens, have paid much less attention to open and instantly accessible calls for sectarian murder that are in plain view. Critics say that this is in keeping with a tradition since 9/11 of Western governments not wishing to hold Saudi Arabia or the Gulf monarchies responsible for funding extreme Sunni jihadi groups and propagandists supporting them through private donations.

Satellite television, internet, YouTube and Twitter content, frequently emanating from or financed by oil states in the Arabian peninsula, are at the centre of a campaign to spread sectarian hatred to every corner of the Muslim world, including places where Shia are a vulnerable minority, such as Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Malaysia. In Benghazi, in effect the capital of eastern Libya, a jihadi group uploaded a video of the execution of an Iraqi professor who admitted to being a Shia, saying they had shot him in revenge for the execution of Sunni militants by the Iraqi government.

YouTube-inspired divisions are not confined to the Middle East: in London’s Edgware Road there was a fracas this summer when a Salafi (Sunni fundamentalist) cleric held a rally in the face of objections from local Shia shopkeepers. Impelled by television preachers and the social media, sectarian animosities are deepening among hitherto moderate Sunni and Shia, with one Shia figure in the UK saying that “Even in London you could open the address books of most Sunni without finding any Shia names, and vice versa.”

The hate propaganda is often gory and calls openly for religious war. One anti-Shia satellite television station shows a grouping of Shia clerical leaders, mostly from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, labelled as “Satan’s assistants”. Another asks “Oh Sunni Muslims, how long will you wait when your sons are led to be hanged in Iraq? Is it now time to break the shackles?” A picture of a woman in black walking between what appear to be two militiamen is entitled “Shia men in Syria rape Sunni sisters”, and another shows the back of a pick-up truck heaped with dead bodies in uniform, titled “The destiny of Syrian Army and Shia soldiers”. Some pictures are intended to intimidate, such as one showing an armed convoy on a road in Yemen, with a message addressed to the Shia saying: “Sunni tribes are on the way”.

Sectarian animosities between Sunni and Shia have existed down the centuries, but have greatly intensified since the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the eight-year Iran-Iraq war that followed it. Hatreds increased after the US invasion of Iraq and the takeover of what had been a Sunni-run state under Saddam Hussein by the majority Shia community, which generated a ferocious sectarian civil war that peaked in 2006-07 and ended with a Shia victory. Opposition to Iran and the new Shia-run state of Iraq led to Sunni rulers emphasising the Shia threat. Shia activists point in particular to the establishment in 2009 of two satellite channels, Safa TV and Wesal TV, which they accuse of having strong anti-Shia bias. They say that Saudi clerics have shown great skill in communicating extreme sectarian views through modern communications technology such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, giving them a much wider audience than they had previously enjoyed.

An example of the inflammatory views being pumped out over YouTube is a sermon by Nabil al-Awadi, a cleric in Kuwait, who has 3.4 million followers on Twitter. His speech is devoted to “exposing the biggest conspiracy the Muslim world faces”, which turns out to be a plot “conceived in Qom [the Shia holy city in Iran], and handled by sayyids and chiefs in Tehran, to get rid of the nation of Islam, aiming to desecrate the Kaaba [the building in Mecca that is Islam’s most sacred site] brick by brick”.

Mr Awadi relates that Iraq fell to an enemy whom he does not name, but he clearly means the Shia, often referred to as Safavids after the Iranian dynasty of that name. He says that in Iraq “they were killing the imams with drills in their heads until they are dead and they put the bodies in acid to burn until they died”. But the speaker looks forward to a holy war or jihad in Syria, where a great battle for the future of Islam will be fought and won. He warns that “they did not know that jihad is staying and will put fear in their hearts even if they are in Washington, even if they are in London, even if they are in Moscow”.

In Egypt, the Shia are only a small minority, but a cleric named Mohamed Zoghbi reacted furiously to the suggestion that they appear on satellite television to debate religious differences. “We would cut off their fingers and cut off their tongues,” he said. “I must cut off the Shia breath in Egypt.” Bloodthirsty threats like this have great influence on ordinary viewers, since many Egyptians watch religious channels continuously and believe the opinions expressed on them. An example of what this kind of incitement can mean for Shia living in communities where Sunni are the overwhelming majority was demonstrated in June in the small village of Zawyat Abu Musalam, in Giza governorate in Egypt. Some 40 Shia families had previously lived in the village until an enraged mob, led by Salafist sheikhs, burned five houses and lynched four Shia, including a prominent local figure.

Video films of the lynching, which took place in daylight, show the savage and merciless attacks to which Shia minorities in many countries are now being subjected.

Hazem Barakat, an eyewitness and photojournalist, minutely recorded what happened and recorded it on Twitter in real time. “For three weeks, the Salafist sheikhs in the village have been attacking the Shias and accusing them of being infidels and spreading debauchery,” he told Ahram Online. Film of the incident shows a man, who looks as if he may already be dead, being dragged through a narrow street in the village by a mob. Among the four dead was 66-year-old Hassan Shehata, a well-known Shia leader who had been twice jailed under Hosni Mubarak for “contempt for religion”. Police came to the village but arrived late. “They were just watching the public lynching like everyone else and did not stop anything,” said Mr Barakat.

A significant sign of the mood in Egypt is that immediately after the lynchings, a TV host said that Mr Shehata had been killed because he had insulted the Prophet Mohamed’s relatives. Several Salafist and conservative Facebook pages are cited by Ahram Online as having lauded the murders, saying that this was the beginning of eliminating all the three million Shia in Egypt.

Given that Shia make up between 150 and 200 million of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, they are a small and usually vulnerable minority in all countries aside from Iran and Iraq, though they are numerous in Lebanon, Pakistan and India. In Tunisia last year, a pro-Palestinian march by Shia in the city of Gabes was attacked by Salafists chanting, “There is no god but Allah and the Shia are the enemies of God.” Tunisian eyewitnesses cite the influence of Egyptian and Saudi religious channels, combined with the Salafists claiming to be the last defence against an exaggerated threat of a takeover by Iran and the Shia.

The propaganda war became more intense from 2006 on, when there were mass killings of Sunni in Baghdad which, having previously been a mixed city, is now dominated by the Shia, with Sunnis confined to  enclaves mostly in the west of the city. The Sunni community in Iraq started a protest movement against persecution and denial of political, social and economic rights in December 2012. As the Iraqi government failed to conciliate the Sunni with concessions, a peaceful protest movement mutated into armed resistance.

The enhanced prestige and popularity of the Shia paramilitary movement Hezbollah, after its success against Israel’s air and ground assault in 2006, may also be a reason why Sunni governments tolerated stepped-up sectarian attacks on the Shia. These often take the form of claims that Iran is seeking to take over the region. In Bahrain, the Sunni monarchy repeatedly asserted that it saw an Iranian hand behind the Arab Spring protests in early 2011, though its own international inquiry later found no evidence for this. When President Obama said in September that Bahrain, along with Iraq and Syria, suffered from sectarian tensions, the Bahraini government furiously denied that any such thing was true.

Social media, satellite television, Facebook and YouTube, which were praised at the start of the Arab Spring as the means for a progressive breakthrough for freedom of expression, have turned into channels for instilling hatred and fear. Fighters in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and other countries beset by violence often draw their knowledge of the world from a limited number of fanatical internet preachers and commentators calling for holy war by Sunni against Shia; often such people are crucial in sending young volunteers to fight and die in Syria and Iraq.

A recent study of dead rebel fighters in Syria by Aaron Y Zelin of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation indicates that jihadi death notices revealing country of origin show that 267 came from Saudi Arabia, 201 from Libya, 182 from Tunisia and 95 from Jordan. The great majority had joined Isis and the al-Nusra Front, both of which are highly sectarian organisations. A deeply dangerous development is that the foreign fighters, inspired by film of atrocities and appeals to religious faith, may sign up to go to Syria but often end up as suicide bombers in Iraq, where violence has increased spectacularly in the past 12 months.

There is now a fast-expanding pool of jihadis willing to fight and die anywhere. The Saudis and the Gulf monarchies may find, as happened in Afghanistan 30 years ago, that, by funding or tolerating the dissemination of Sunni-Shia hate, they have created a sectarian Frankenstein’s monster of religious fanatics beyond their control.

  • Anti-Shia hate propaganda spread by Sunni religious figures sponsored by, or based in, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies, is creating the ingredients for a sectarian civil war engulfing the entire Muslim world. Iraq and Syria have seen the most violence, with the majority of the 766 civilian fatalities in Iraq this month being Shia pilgrims killed by suicide bombers from the al-Qa’ida umbrella group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis). The anti-Shia hostility of this organisation, now operating from Baghdad to Beirut, is so extreme that last month it had to apologise for beheading one of its own wounded fighters in Aleppo – because he was mistakenly believed to have muttered the name of Shia saints as he lay on a stretcher.

At the beginning of December, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula killed 53 doctors and nurses and wounded 162 in an attack on a hospital in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, which had been threatened for not taking care of wounded militants by a commentator on an extreme Sunni satellite TV station. Days before the attack, he announced that armies and tribes would assault the hospital “to take revenge for our brothers. We say this and, by the grace of Allah, we will do it”.

Saudi Arabia Faces Blowbacks for Supporting Terrorism

Saudi Arabia Faces Blowbacks of Supporting Extremism


Measures of the House of Saud in sponsoring extremists in other Middle East countries such as Syria and fueling sectarian war will have serious consequences for themselves, although the officials think that geographical distance may preserve them, a report said.

Brian M. Downing in an article for Iran Review said that these policies of Saudi Arabia for supporting anti-Shiite militants in the region definitely will have consequences for that country and its fragile internal security.

He said that ten percent of the Saudi population is consisted of Shiite groups which mostly are residents of oil-rich eastern regions and at the same time are deprived of education and employment opportunities.

“They now see their brethren abroad killed in the thousands from their government’s actions. Attempts to preempt such opposition through oppression and deportation will only deepen Shia hostility and make an insurgency all the more likely,” he underlined.

Secondly, he added that such actions may persuade the young generation who is in favor of a liberal government, to do more aggressive actions for toppling the Saudi Kingdom.

Downing also said that the recent efforts of Saudi officials for cooperating with Israel to attack Iran will enrage the pious Saudis.

“Danger stems from three conservative groups: Wahhabi clerics who oppose the government’s reforms (limited though they are), tribes on the periphery ever suspicious of urban elites, and returning jihadists who see the faith and determination they displayed in battle lacking in the political elite.”

The Pakistani government has long encouraged Sunni extremism to fight foreign enemies and now faces a fearsome blowback as their students attack their teachers and benefactors. The Saudis may soon face similar blowback.

On November 17, the British newspaper, Sunday Times, reported that Riyadh has given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace for possible attacks on Iran over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Riyadh denied the Saudi-Israeli cooperation in preparation for an attack on Iran’s nuclear program.

On November 24, Iran and the six world powers (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) sealed an interim deal to pave the way for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

However Israel slammed the agreement, with Netanyahu describing it as a “historic mistake”.

لرئيسية / الأخبار / الاندبندنت : السعودية وحلفاءها يدعمون اشعال حرب طائفية بين السنة والشيعة

Shatah Assassination: Who Will Benefit From the Accusations?حول الاتهام والمستفيد

People attend a candle-light vigil at the site of a car bomb that targeted former finance minister, Mohamed Chatah, in Beirut on December 28, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Anwar Amro)
Published Saturday, December 28, 2013

No one needs to explain to people that the Future Movement and March 14 are accusing Hezbollah of being behind the assassination of former minister Mohammed Shatah. Their logic is based on a political – or maybe non-political – conviction that Hezbollah is capable of assassination, does not want any opposing voices, and wishes to terrorize its adversaries in Lebanon.

For the past nine years, at least, the same group of people have been accusing Hezbollah and the Lebanese-Syrian security regime of being behind the series of political assassinations in Lebanon, which mostly targeted March 14 figures. This was even before their posing as a political coalition, or Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon.

At first, they said Hezbollah and Damascus were behind it, and that those entities did not expect that all hell would break loose if they killed this or that person. They also said that those who planned the assassinations did not anticipate the reaction, and did not take people’s anger into consideration. This group insisted on accusing the same side, saying that Hezbollah continues to terrorize its opponents. Much was said about how the party is a pawn of the Syrian regime and that it only knows how to kill when confronting adversaries. Others said the party wanted to disrupt the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). They said Hezbollah wanted to expand the war from Syria to Lebanon to block the path of all attempts to rebuild genuine political life in the country.
March 14 has reached the same conclusion on every occasion: The killer continues to spill blood and lose.
In many cases, it’s understandable that anger, tension, and hatred could lead to political accusations or even fabrications against an opponent. But in our case, we might need to ask questions that are naive or spiteful:
– Is Hezbollah stupid to the extent of not learning the lesson of the first assassination? Does its resumé indicate a deficiency that could make it a prisoner of this game?
– Did the outcome of those assassinations benefit Hezbollah, as a resistance movement, a political group, or a side that is the center of polarization for Arab Shia?
– Is Hezbollah working for its enemies, providing them with ammunition whenever they face a difficulty, and facilitating a climate to take measures and steps that would make it a central target?
– Doesn’t Hezbollah possess other methods of terrorizing its opponents, after failing the first, second, and third time?
– Does Hezbollah, which is up to its neck in a more substantial confrontation in Syria and the region, find itself in a situation forcing it to toy with its local opponents through such an assassination?
– If Hezbollah today opposes the formation of a de facto government, why does it give its local, regional, and international opponents a tool to force such a government into being?
– Did Hezbollah pledge to kill an opponent every time there is a landmark in the STL, leading to more actions against the party?
– If the party was professional to the extent of doing all what its opponents say, why does it not chose a more representative personality from the opposition?
There are other calculations, based on facts and information, saying that Lebanon is heading toward more madness and more blood. And, as usual, Lebanon becomes big enough for an international congregation of assassins. Those who do not want to hear the voice of reason could let the tears cover their eyes and anger control their muscles, marching steadily to an abyss.
Lebanon, which is struggling under the weight of the Syrian crisis, will become more agitated as the scene changes in the Levant. Every single intelligence agency is in Lebanon, carrying information about the “open arena” for “generations of terrorists.” Those who attempt to ignite the situation politically, taking steps akin to adventures, are similar to those attempting to turn Lebanon into a launching pad for terrorist operations related to the Syrian situation. There are those like them, who think that such a crime would turn the political tides to the benefit or one or another party.
It is clear that such a discussion does not have a middle ground in the midst of political and security madness. It is even more clear that March 14 wants to keep on dancing over the blood, exploiting it here or there. And it is more than clear that someone wants to push Lebanon into a more cruel situation in the international war in the region, especially in Syria. However, they only aim for reactions, strife, and madness. In this case, how could one take a step backward, to look at the whole picture, while the only thing we see is a country by name only?
Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

حول الاتهام والمستفيد
ابراهيم الأمين

لا حاجة لمن يشرح للناس بأن تيار المستقبل وفريق 14 آذار يتهمان حزب الله بالوقوف خلف جريمة اغتيال الوزير السابق محمد شطح. منطق هؤلاء يستند الى قناعة سياسية ــــ وربما غير سياسية ــــ بأن حزب الله هو من يقدر على تنفيذ الاغتيالات، وانه لا يريد أي صوت معارض له، وانه يريد ارهاب خصومه في لبنان.

منذ زمن بعيد، يعود الى تسع سنوات على الاقل، الفريق نفسه، قبل تشكله كائتلاف سياسي، او بعد خروج سوريا من لبنان، يتهم حزب الله، ويتهم معه النظام الامني اللبناني ـــ السوري، بالوقوف وراء سلسلة عمليات الاغتيال السياسي التي حصلت في لبنان، واستهدفت في غالبيتها شخصيات من فريق 14 آذار.

في المرحلة الاولى، قيل ان الحزب، ومن خلفه دمشق، ما كانا يحسبان ان القيامة ستقوم اذا نفّذا اغتيال هذه الشخصية او تلك. وقيل، ايضاً، ان من قرر الاغتيال لم يكن يحسب ردة الفعل بطريقة جيدة، وانه ما كان مهتماً بغضب الناس ولا بحسابات اقليمية ودولية. ثم اصر الفريق نفسه على اتهام الجهة نفسها، قائلاً ان حزب الله لا يريد التوقف عن ارهاب خصومه. ومرّ كلام كثير عن ان الحزب مجرد اداة في يد النظام السوري، وانه مضغوط ومحشور هنا وهناك، وأنه مضطر للقيام بالامر نفسه، لأنه لا يملك وسيلة غير القتل في مواجهة خصومه. ثم خرج كلام آخر، فيه ان الحزب يقصد من القتل تعطيل عمل المحكمة الدولية، ثم اتهم بالعمل نفسه لأنه يريد اغراق المحكمة بالملفات ويصعّب عليها مهمتها. ثم قيل انه يريد توسيع دائرة الحرب من سوريا الى لبنان، وقطع الطريق امام اي محاولة لاعادة بناء الحياة السياسية بشكل سليم.
وفي كل مرة، كان فريق 14 آذار يخلص الى نتيجة واحدة: ها هو القاتل يواصل سفك الدماء، وهو يخسر!
في كثير من الاحيان يفهم المرء ان الغضب والتوتر والحقد يمكن ان تدفع الى اتهام سياسي، او حتى الى تركيب ملف ضد خصم آخر. لكن في حالتنا هذه نضطر الى طرح الاسئلة البريئة او الكيدية:
ــــ هل حزب الله غبي الى درجة انه لم يتعلم من الاغتيال الاول، وهل تدلّ مسيرته على قصور يجعله أسير هذه اللعبة؟
ــــ هل كانت نتائج هذه الاغتيالات في مصلحة حزب الله، كحركة مقاومة او كحركة سياسية، او كجهة تمثل اليوم مركز الاستقطاب الابرز عند الشيعة العرب؟
ــــ هل يعمل حزب الله عند خصومه، فيمدّهم بالزاد كلما واجهوا ضائقة، ويساعدهم على توفير مناخات لاتخاذ مواقف او خطوات عملية تستهدفه بشكل مباشر؟
ــــ ألا يجيد حزب الله طريقة اخرى في ترهيب خصومه طالما انه لم ينجح في المرة الاولى والثانية والثالثة… الخ؟
ــــ هل حزب الله، المنشغل من رأسه الى اخمص قدميه في مواجهة وضع هو الاكثر استثنائية في سوريا والمنطقة، يجد نفسه في وضع صعب يضطر فيه الى ملاعبة خصومه المحليين من خلال عملية اغتيال كهذه؟
ــــ اذا كان حزب الله يرفض اليوم تشكيل حكومة امر واقع، فهل يعطي خصومه المحليين والاقليميين والدوليين اداة ضغط لجعل هذه الحكومة امراً واقعاً ومعاشاً؟
ــــ هل تعهّد الحزب، في كل مرة يكون لبنان فيها على موعد مع اعمال المحكمة الدولية، ان يقتل شخصية من الخصوم لتحريض المحكمة على مزيد من العمل ضده؟
ــــ اذا كان الحزب محترفاً بالقدر الذي يجعل الخصوم ينسبون اليه كل هذه الاعمال، فلماذا يختار هدفاً ولا يختار آخر أكثر تمثيلاً في فريق الخصوم؟
في السياسة البديهية، ثمة توقّع بحصول ما حصل. لا يمكن لمراقب ان يحمل لائحة اسمية بالاشخاص والامكنة. وثمة تقديرات اكثر علمية، ومستندة الى معطيات ووقائع، تقول ان لبنان مقبل على مزيد من الجنون ومزيد من الدماء. وكما في كل مرة، يتسع لبنان لحشد عالمي من القتلة، كما يتسع لحشد من القتلة من أبنائه. ومن لا يريد تحكيم صوت العقل، يمكنه ترك الدموع تغلق الاعين، والغضب يمسك بالعضل، ويسير نحو هاوية لا تبقي ولا تذر.
لبنان الذي يعيش تحت وطأة الازمة السورية سيكون اكثر سخونة كلما تعدّلت الصورة في بلاد الشام. لم يبق جهاز امني في العالم الا واتى الى لبنان، حاملا المعلومات والمعطيات عن «الساحة المشرعة» امام «اجيال من الارهابيين». ومن يسعى الى تفجير الوضع سياسياً من خلال خطوات على شكل مغامرات، مثله مثل الذي يسعى الى جعل لبنان قاعدة انطلاق لعمليات ارهابية او مركزاً لنشاط ارهابي مرتبط بما يجري في سوريا. ومثل هؤلاء، من يفكر ان جريمة كهذه، يمكن ان تقلب الوضع السياسي لمصلحة هذا الفريق او ذاك.
واضح ان النقاش لا مكان له وسط هذا الجنون السياسي والامني. وواضح اكثر ان فريق 14 آذار يريد مواصلة الرقص فوق الدماء لاستثمارها هنا او هناك. وواضح اكثر ان من يريد نقل لبنان الى مرحلة اكثر قساوة في الحرب الاقليمية ـــ الدولية القائمة في منطقتنا، ولا سيما في سوريا، انما لا يريد غير الانفعال والفتنة والجنون. وفي هذه الحالة، كيف يمكن الابتعاد خطوة الى الخلف، لمراجعة المشهد كله، وللنظر ملياً في احوال بلد لم يبق منه سوى اسمه؟

After playing a part in the destruction of Libya, attempted destruction of Syria, McCain & EU now threaten Ukraine


McCain, a leading Republican voice on U.S. foreign policy, told NBC News that sanctions against Ukraine “would deserve serious consideration” by Congress if Ukraine signed a customs and trade union with Russia instead of entering a trade deal with Europe.

KIEV, Ukraine – The United States could take “concrete action” against Ukraine if its government cracks down on dissent, Senator John McCain warned Sunday as he addressed thousands of protesters camped on Kiev’s bitterly cold main square.

McCain, a leading Republican voice on U.S. foreign policy, told NBC News that sanctions against Ukraine “would deserve serious consideration” by Congress if Ukraine signed a customs and trade union with Russia instead of entering a trade deal with Europe.

“What would provoke more concrete action is if there is any brutal repression of the demonstrators,” McCain added.

Syria asks UN to censure Saudi Arabia for backing Al-Qaeda terrorists

Damascus: Saudi Regime Responsible for Shedding Syrian Blood

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The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in two identical letters sent to the UN Secretary-General and chairman of the Security Council on Monday addressing the persistence of the ruling regime of Saudi Arabia in interfering blatantly in Syria’s internal affairs, according to SANA.

The Syrian Ministry said that the Saudi regime continues to support armed terrorist groups in Syria, and that this support isn’t limited to sending weapons to terrorists in Syria, as since the beginning of the crisis the Saudi regime provided funding and logistic support to armed groups, in addition to recruiting extremist terrorists by Saudi intelligence and sending them to Syria, noting that these terrorists including prisoners of various nationalities who were held in Saudi prisons.

The Ministry said that the Saudi regime exploits the presence of Islamic holy sites in its territories in an attempts to legitimize terrorism in Syria by spreading takfiri mentality via satellite channels and issuing fatwas which are far removed from true Islam and which call for “jihad” against the Syrian state, making it easy for them to recruit thousands of takfiris from several countries and send them to fight the Syrian state and shed Syrians’ blood.

The letters stressed that this constitutes a blatant contradiction to the principles of Islam and humane and moral values, in addition to being blatant violations of international legitimacy resolutions including the Security Council counterterrorism laws which stipulate for commitment to combating funding, recruiting for and instigating terrorism.

The Ministry said that recently, the Saudi intelligence, represented by Bandar Bin Sultan, reactivate terrorists groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and increased logistic support to them, noting that Saudi intelligence had sponsored the creation of Al Qaeda and supported it for many years.

The Ministry said that Saudi intelligence also coordinates with counterparts in neighboring countries in a manner which led to opening some borders to allow fighters who trained in these countries to cross into Syria.

The letters pointed out that it has become clear to everyone that thousands of Saudi terrorists are fighting in Syria under the so-called “Jabhat al-Nusra,” the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) and other groups, with data showing that the number of Saudi terrorists in Syria increased recently from 10% to 15% of active combatants, with most of them belonging Al Qaeda.

The Ministry said that the Saudi authorities managed to eliminate over 300 Saudi terrorists recently, notably a leader in ISIS called Mutlak al-Mutlak who was killed in Aleppo countryside.

The letters affirmed that the Saudi regime and its intelligence agency and terrorist pawns in Syria bear the greatest part of the responsibility for shedding Syrian blood through their complicity in carrying out terrorist crimes against civilians, infrastructure, state establishments, hospitals, public and private establishments and properties, schools, mosques and churches.

The Ministry called attention to the recent terrorist attack on the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus on November 30th, which claimed the lives of 4 citizens including a woman and a child and injured 26 others, and the terrorists’ attack on the town of Maaloula on December 2nd when they broke into St. Thecla Convent and took Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and a number of nuns hostage, in addition to targeting the Convent’s orphanage.

The Ministry went on to say that the Saudi Foreign Minister’s boasting about sending weapons and terrorists to armed groups in Syria is a very serious matter that requires taking immediate action by the Security Council, particularly since most of these groups are affiliated to terrorists organizations including Al Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS which is included in the Security Council’s list of entities associated with Al Qaeda.

The Ministry added that the Saudi Minister’s boasting also violates Security Council resolutions, including resolution no. 1373 for 2001 which stipulates for all countries to refrain from providing any explicit or implicit support to entities or individuals involved in terrorist activities.

The letters called upon the UN-Secretary General and the Security Council to take immediate steps to hold the Saudi regime responsible for spreading extremist takfiri mentality and supporting terrorism in Syria, noting that this doesn’t just threaten Syria; rather it puts the entire region and world at risk.

The Ministry concluded by hoping that the Security Council’s counterterrorism committees will take the information provided in the letters into consideration and take the necessary action to stop this unprecedented support for terrorism by the Saudi regime.

Syria asks UN to censure Riyadh for backing jihadists 

Men make their way through the debris after an air strike by government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Mohammed al-Khatieb)

Syria’s government has called on the United Nations to make efforts to stop what it says is Saudi Arabia’s support for extremist Islamist groups fighting to topple the regime.

“We call on the UN Security Council to take the necessary measures to put an end to the unprecedented actions of the Saudi regime, which is supporting takfiri terrorism tied to al-Qaeda,” Syria’s foreign ministry said in a message.

The message was sent to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, state television reported, marking the first time the Syrian government has appealed to the international body to take action against Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia is a key backer of the rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian message to the UN accuses Saudi of assisting “terrorist groups in Syria,” and describes the kingdom as playing the “role of saboteur.”

“Saudi Arabia is not content to merely send weapons and to finance but also mobilizes extremist terrorists and sends them to kill the Syrian people,” the Syrian message says.

The government in Damascus has regularly urged the UN to take action to stop foreign jihadists from entering the country.

Political Islam Considers Arabism Its Enemy

تجربة حكم الإخوان فاشلة قبل أن تبدأ .. وما يحصل في مصر هو سقوط لما يسمى الإسلام السياسي

By: Talal Salman Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon).

اقرا المقال الأصلي باللغة العربية

Political Islam has waited a very long time for its chance to reach power and implement its project: turning its dream of an “Islamic state,” or the caliphate, into a reality. The caliphate has been dead for a long time. It was abolished by the Ottomans, who ruled under its name for four centuries, only to revert to being secular Turks.

Political Islam got a boost from the Arab revolutions, in which it played a minor role. Then, out of necessity, it sided with the interim governments, which succeeded the old tyrannical regimes after they quickly fell. Those regimes collapsed with their leaders either fleeing the country (in Tunisia’s case) or opposing the winds of change to the death, such as former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi acted arrogantly until the last minute, refusing to recognize the people and their revolution. He was captured and killed in a way so gruesome that it was more of an insult than a victory to the Libyan rebels, especially since there’s evidence that foreign forces (especially the French) were the ones who prevented Gadhafi from fleeing and handed him over to an angry crowd, which then killed him.

And now, political Islam is destroying the communities that once accepted it. Those communities assumed that political Islam had learned its lesson from its long sojourn in the opposition. But political Islam proved that it was unworthy of the people’s confidence. Many people once enthusiastically voted for the Muslim Brotherhood and put them in power in the hope that they would bring about an era of friendship, equality, justice and prosperity.

In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Iraq, all the Islamic movements want is to reach power. The means to reach power depends on the circumstances, and the circumstances often allow them to use “democracy” to reach power.

If the Islamists fail in their democratic practice or face significant opposition, they resort to religious edicts for jihad, even though they are not in the land of jihad nor in the land of nusra, which is a doctrine requiring Muslims to support their co-religionists in other countries.

The Muslim Brotherhood lost Egypt because of their haste. They monopolized everything and excluded others, including those who played decisive roles in the revolution. During the revolution, the Brotherhood negotiated with the regime and postponed its downfall to seize power. They sought to be alone in power to revive Islam and abrogate the historical treaty made by the Arab messenger with the Christians, and even the Jews in Medina, after he emigrated there to escape persecution.

The Islamists of the 21st century refused to recognize those who joined Islam before them, Muslims who are not Brotherhood members, citizens of other religions and followers of other Islamic sects who do not adhere to Brotherhood ideology, which believes in the caliphate and the absolute authority of a “just” ruler.

Of course, the Islamists considered nationalism and Arabism heresy. They considered communism to be atheism and a departure from Islam, and thus punishable by death.

Instead of preaching their beliefs, as other Muslims have done, those Islamists, whose actions and funding are secret, have called others apostates. They also called the Christians apostates and attacked and destroyed their churches.

This type of political Islam has ended the enmity toward Israel, with its leaders leading a campaign of subterfuge. They acted friendly toward Israel and showed willingness to cooperate with it politically and economically. This type of political Islam didn’t confront Israel on the political and economic issues that have caused Egypt flagrant harm. Israel “humiliated” and challenged the rule in Cairo. The latter responded meekly, declining to protest or respond.

This type of political Islam, specifically the Muslim Brotherhood, absolved the United States of “imperialism” and of seeking to dominate the region’s people and control their natural resources. Instead, this political Islam sought to ally with the United States and even supported its policies.

Political Islam treated “Arabism” as its first and last enemy, thus taking the same side as the forces of foreign domination, like the United States and the foreign forces that occupy Arab land, specifically Israel, which militarily occupies Palestine and part of Egypt (Sinai) by preventing the Egyptian army from exercising its sovereign rights over its land. Israel also occupies, politically and economically, Jordan, and it still occupies Syrian territory, the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed. Moreover, Lebanon would still be threatened with occupation were it not for the resistance which liberated the land from the occupier. Were it not for the resistance, all of Lebanon would be hostage to Israel, which always seeks superiority to the entire Arab nation.

Political Islam acted as if its first enemy in all Arab lands were nationalism and its second enemy Arabism, whether when directly applied or in its intellectual-political manifestation: Arab nationalism.

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By this logic, political Islam finds itself in a political alliance with the United States and even the (colonial) West in general, and allied with the Zionist entity by necessity. It behaves as if it is, together with all these forces, in an open war with the idea of ​​Arabism as a universal identity for the people of the ummah or nation.

Political Islam intersects with the entities that want to tear apart the national affiliation of the people of the one ummah. Political Islam threatens the religious and national minorities, which in turn threatens the unity of the ummah.

Egypt was a revealing model. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood provoked Muslims by accusing them of apostasy for not being Brotherhood loyalists and for not accepting the Brotherhood’s absolute dominance. The Brotherhood also created an enemy of Christians, the original Egyptians, for no reason. The Brotherhood did not hesitate to provoke Shiites by denying their Muslim identity and accusing them of apostasy.

The Brotherhood missed a chance to be one the ummah’s political elites. They lost the state without helping Islam. They behaved like separatists, monopolists and dictators. It was as if they came from another world. They were bound to lose.

Their greatest accomplishment is that they lost at breakneck speed. And for that, we must thank them.
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الإسلام السياسي كظاهرة انتحارية

طلال سلمان

كمن الإسلام السياسي طويلاً، وطويلاً جداً، في انتظار فرصته للقفز إلى السلطة ومباشرة تحقيق مشروعه – الحلم إعادة «الدولة الإسلامية»، أي الخلافة، ولو بصيغة عصرية، إلى الحياة… وهي التي شبعت موتاً، وألغاها «العثمانيون» الذين حكموا باسمها أربعة قرون ليعودوا أتراكاً… علمانيين! ولقد شجعته الانتفاضات المتعاقبة التي كان بعيداً عنها في تجلياتها الأولى، بل منحازاً إلى السلطة المؤقتة التي جاء بها الاضطرار بعد السقوط السريع لأنظمة الطغيان، سواء بالهرب (كما في تونس) أو بالتصدي لرياح التغيير حتى الموت مع القذافي الذي ظل يكابر حتى اللحظة الأخيرة ويرفض الاعتراف بالشعب وثورته، إلى أن تم اعتقاله وقتله بطريقة بشعة بل مقززة شكلت إهانة لثوار ليبيا أكثر مما يمكن اعتبارها انتصاراً لهم، خصوصاً وقد رافقتها الشواهد على أن قوات أجنبية (وبالذات فرنسية) كانت هي من قطع عليه الطريق وسلمه إلى الجمهور الغاضب ليقتله بتلك الطريقة الوحشية والمستفزة لإنسانية الإنسان.

ها هو الإسلام السياسي يندفع الآن إلى تدمير المجتمعات التي قبلته إلى حين، مفترضة انه قد أفاد من تجربته الطويلة في المعارضة طلباً للسلطة، مؤكداً بالدم القاني أنه ليس جديراً بثقة الشعوب التي أخذت بعضها الحماسة إلى انتخاب الإخوانيين بكثافة وتسليمهم السلطة بأمل أنهم سيكونون المنقذ والمعبر إلى عصر الإخوة والمساواة والعدالة والرخاء.

من تونس إلى مصر فإلى ليبيا فإلى ممارسات الحركات والتنظيمات الإسلامية في سوريا ثم في العراق، كانت السلطة هي الهدف، أما الوسيلة فهي تلك التي يتيحها الظرف، وغالباً ما أتاح الظرف استخدام «الديموقراطية» طريقاً فإذا ما فشل الإسلاميون في ممارستها أو واجهوا اعتراضات جدية لجأوا إلى الفتوى بالجهاد، مع أنهم ليسوا في ارض جهاد ولا في ارض نصرة.

لقد خسر «الإخوان» مصر، وليس السلطة فيها فحسب، بسبب من تسرعهم واستغنائهم بنفسهم عن الآخرين، كل الآخرين، أصحاب الأدوار الثابتة بل والحاسمة في انتصار الانتفاضات الشعبية وإسقاط أنظمة الطغيان… بينما كان الإخوان يفاوضونها ويرجئون إسقاطها من اجل أن يتمكنوا فيقفزوا إلى السلطة منفردين، بزعم إعادة نشر الإسلام بين المسلمين ونقض المعاهدة ذات الوهج التاريخي التي عقدها الرسول العربي مع المسيحيين وحتى اليهود في المدينة المنورة، بعد هجرته إليها، هرباً من اضطهاد أهله الأقربين وقد انتبهوا إلى أن الدين الجديد يهدد سلطتهم ويفتح باب المجتمعات لتغيير جذري يقوده الدين الحنيف في اتجاه الوحدة والعدالة والمساواة بين المؤمنين، على اختلاف الأديان.

لقد رفض إسلاميو القرن الحادي والعشرين الاعتراف بالسابقين إلى الإسلام، أو بالمسلمين عموماً إن هم لم يكونوا من «الإخوان» ومن والاهم وسار في ركابهم… فكيف إذن بالمواطنين من أتباع الأديان الأخرى، ومن أتباع المذاهب الإسلامية الأخرى التي لا تقول بقولهم ولا تقبل تفسيراتهم وبدعهم حول الخلافة والحاكم مطلق الصلاحية بذريعة أنّه «العادل». وبطبيعة الحال فإن هؤلاء الإسلاميين قد اعتبروا الوطنية ضرباً من الهرطقة والقومية أو العروبة كفراً، ومن باب أولى أن يعتبروا الشيوعية إلحاداً وبالتالي خروجاً على الدين أو ردة تستحق.. الإعدام.

لقد كفر هذا الإسلام السياسي الذي يعتمد السرية في تنظيماته وفي تمويله وفي حركته السياسية، بدلاً من التبشير الذي اعتمده لفترة سائر المسلمين، قبل أن يكفر النصارى ويهاجم فيهدم كنائسهم (ولأمر ما يعفّ عن اليهود وكنيسهم حيثما وجد).

ولقد اسقط هذا الإسلام السياسي العداوة عن إسرائيل، بل هو اندفع ينافق قادتها ويظهر لها الود والرغبة في التعاون سياسياً واقتصادياً، ولم يُثِر معها المسائل السياسية والاقتصادية التي ألحقت بمصر- تحديداً- غبناً فاضحاً، بل إنها « أذلت» الحكم في القاهرة وواجهته بتحديات قاسية فابتلعها ممتنعاً عن الاحتجاج فضلاً عن الرد عليها.

أما بالنسبة إلى الولايات المتحدة فقد مسح الإسلام السياسي، و«الإخوان» تحديداً، عنها شبهة «الإمبريالية» والرغبة في الهيمنة على الشعوب والسيطرة على ثرواتها الطبيعية، وسعى إلى التحالف معها (بل والالتحاق بسياساتها) برغم سقوط الادّعاء بأن تلك ضرورة لمواجهة الشيوعية ومعسكرها السوفياتي الرهيب، الذي اختفى من الحاضر والمستقبل.

لقد تصرف الإسلام السياسي وكأن «العروبة» هي عدوه الأول والأخير، متلاقياً في هذا العداء مع قوى الهيمنة الأجنبية، وفي الطليعة منها الولايات المتحدة الاميركية، ومع قوى الاحتلال الأجنبي للأرض العربية، وبالتحديد منها إسرائيل التي تحتل عسكرياً فلسطين، وتحتل كذلك بعض مصر (سيناء) بمنعها الجيش المصري من ممارسة حقوق السيادة فوق أرضه، كما تحتل – سياسياً واقتصادياً- الأردن، وما تزال تحتل الأرض السورية (هضبة الجولان) وقد جعلتها بعضاً من كيانها، كما أن شبح احتلالها للأرض اللبنانية ما زال ماثلاً في الأفق، ولولا قدرات المقاومة التي حررت المحتل من هذه الأرض ثم واجهت جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي في حرب تموز 2006 – وهزمته، لكان لبنان جميعاً رهينة في اليد الإسرائيلية التي تحاول أن تكون هي العليا، ليس بالنسبة لهذا أو ذاك من البلدان العربية، بل للوطن والأمة العربية جميعاً.

ولقد تصرف الإسلام السياسي بمنطق أن عدوه الأول في الأرض العربية جميعاً هو الوطنية، أما عدوه الأخطر فهو العروبة، سواء بسيمتها المباشرة أو بترجمتها الفكرية – السياسية: القومية العربية. وبهذا المنطق فإن الإسلام السياسي يجد نفسه في موقع الحليف للولايات المتحدة بل وللغرب (الاستعماري!) عموماً، وللكيان الصهيوني بالضرورة، ويتصرف وكأنه مع هذه القوى جميعاً في حرب مفتوحة مع فكرة العروبة بوصفها الهوية الجامعة لأبناء هذه الأمة.

بهذا المنطق أيضا يلتقي الإسلام السياسي مع الكيانيات التي تتلاقى على تمزيق الانتماء القومي الواحد لجموع أبناء الأمة الواحدة، فيستفز بالتهديد الأقليات الدينية والقومية مما يهدد وحدة الأمة ويصدع الوحدة الوطنية في أقطارها.

ولقد كانت مصر نموذجاً كاشفاً، إذ استفز «الإخوان» الأكثرية الساحقة الإسلامية فيها وكادوا يتهمونها بالكفر لأنها لا تواليهم ولا تقبل نزعتهم إلى الهيمنة المطلقة، بقدر ما استعْدوا من دون سبب المسيحيين الذين هم الأهل الاصليون في مصر، في حين لم يتورعوا عن «سحل» بعض المنتمين إلى المذهب الشيعي منكرين عليهم إسلامهم بعد رميهم بتهمة الكفر والخروج على الدين. لقد أضاع «الإخوان» فرصة أن يكونوا واحدة من النخب السياسية في هذه الأمة فخسروا الدولة من دون أن يفيدوا الدين الحنيف في شيء… وتبدّوا انفصاليين، احتكاريين ودكتاتوريين، وكأنهم وافدون من دنيا أخرى غير دنيانا، فكان طبيعياً أن يخسروا الدنيا والآخرة. وأعظم أفضالهم أنهم أنجزوا هذه المهمة بسرعة قياسية يستحقون عليها أن نتوجه إليهم بالشكر العميم.

 تنشر بالتزامن مع جريدة «الشروق» المصرية


Things are at turning point . The US scheme has been again defeated in the region . Syria has triumphed and Assad has not been deposed and the Syrian army is slowly -but surely- retrieving the villages and towns that the opposition had taken. The armed opposition- sponsored by the west- has lost the ground and has finally divided over the loot after being exposed for what it really is – composed of trained killers and mercenaries and ex convicts .
The FSA has been almost dismantled and has hardly any presence on the ground. The ISIS of al Qa’ida – supported by KSA- is still there and the same goes for the al Nusrat supported by Turkey . They are still controlling many areas . But the prospects are good . Syria and the Axis of the Resistance have resisted and defeated the attempts at taking over Syria and isolating Hizbullah from its allies . Russia and China have invested in the achievements of the Axis of the Resistance and have therefore protected it by vetoing any military intervention on behalf of NATO . Russia has increased- as a result- its presence in the Mediterranean and prevented a possible US assault and invasion of Syria by sponsoring the deal according to which Syria will deliver its arsenal of chemical weapons to the UN against US refraining from carrying on its assault. Syria is reaping the fruits of such achievements waiting for Geneva 2 to put the final touch on what looks like a political settlement in favor of Syria and of Assad .
In the middle of all this, it is high time maybe to reflect somehow over few things and go over what led to all this from which Syria and the Syrians suffered, keeping in mind that the nightmare might be drawing to its end -at least for the time being -while other important changes are taking place in the area . We do not want this victory to blind us so as not to see the price that the Syrians paid for it and ask ourselves whether such high cost could be avoided in the future.
What caused all this to happen in Syria in the first place? And how did all this happen ? And how to avoid a similar attempt in the future? No doubt that Syria is the weakest link in the Axis of the Resistance, and this is due to different reasons, and no doubt that Syria was not prepared to meet this challenge not to speak of preventing it or at least avoiding it. Syria was not prepared to meet this challenge and- for this reason – this assault took this dimension and lasted so long and exposed the whole country and the whole population to a disaster that is not over yet .
It is not known that the World Order gives up its schemes , it is required therefore that Syria gets well prepared for the next round . Joining the Axis of the Resistance is a challenge in itself , it makes one exposed and targeted and requires extreme measures that should protect the country and the people . How can Syria face the coming challenges at the least cost possible ? How can it protect the choice it has taken ?
In order to protect itself , Syria needs first a strong society that cannot be easily infiltrated because what we have seen is that the enemy has succeeded- to a great extent- in infiltrating the Syrian society. Such a strong society cannot be easily obtained , the infiltrating forces know this about Arab societies in general that they are bereft of any support or guidance. They are left to provide for themselves -in most cases- and cannot show loyalty to the authorities which they cannot trust. The problem is that some people cannot make the difference between the country and the authority, between the rule and the nation , showing thus disloyalty to both and this is something extremely dangerous and threatening to the whole of society .
The Syrians should not anymore rush to join this or that organization that works against their country’s interest, nor should they join armed factions – that are intent on destroying their country- against some money they would get to improve their living conditions . The Syrian authorities should try their best to bridge this gap with the Syrian people . Let the Syrian people feel that the government is caring for them , for their welfare and their future and that of their children and not just interested in defeating the forces of the opposition and working on the political level .
The Syrians should feel that they are cared for and looked after, and this should start very soon with the refugees and those who were displaced and those who resisted in their villages and towns , other wise this victory cannot become an investment, it will be wasted . If the authorities start thinking and acting along this line , watching over the Syrians and catering to their needs and turning them into loyal citizens who trust their rulers and are trusted in return , Syria could become a resisting country and mobilize the whole society around the National project , this will create the needed solidarity that nothing can break . Syria has been badly hurt and this experience should not be repeated . Is Syria intent on pursuing the path of the Resistance, the most difficult and the most rewarding ? or is it betting on other choices ?

On freedom of speech and telling the truth

مراسلة”أسوشييتد برس” في عمان : السلاح الكيميائي الذي استخدم في “الغوطة” أرسلته السعودية للمتمردين

  مراسلة”أسوشييتد برس” في عمان : السلاح الكيميائي الذي استخدم في “الغوطة” أرسلته السعودية للمتمردين

By Mnar Muhawesh, executive director and editor at large for MintPress News

Thank you for reaching out to me in regards to statements made by Dale Gavlak alleging MintPress for incorrectly attributing our exclusive report titled: “Syrians in Goutha claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind chemical attacks.”Gavlak pitched this story to MintPress on August 28th and informed her editors and myself that her colleague Yahya Ababneh was on the ground in Syria. She said Ababneh conducted interviews with rebels, their family members, Ghouta residents and doctors that informed him through various interviews that the Saudis had supplied the rebels with chemical weapons and that rebel fighters handled the weapons improperly setting off the explosions.  

When Yahya had returned and shared the information with her, she stated that she confirmed with several colleagues and Jordanian government officials that the Saudis have been supplying rebels with chemical weapons, but as her email states, she says they refused to go on the record.
Gavlak wrote the article in it’s entirety as well as conducted the research. She filed her article on August 29th and was published on the same day.

Dale is under mounting pressure for writing this article by third parties. She notified MintPress editors and myself on August 30th and 31st via email and phone call, that third parties were placing immense amounts of pressure on her over the article and were threatening to end her career over it. She went on to tell us that she believes this third party was under pressure from the head of the Saudi Intelligence Prince Bandar himself, who is alleged in the article of supplying the rebels with chemical weapons.

On August 30th, Dale asked MintPress to remove her name completely from the byline because she stated that her career and reputation was at risk. She continued to say that these third parties were demanding her to disassociate herself from the article or these parties would end her career.
On August 31st, I notified Dale through email that I would add a clarification that she was the writer and researcher for the article and that Yahya was the reporter on the ground, but did let Gavlak know that we would not remove her name as this would violate the ethics of journalism.

We are aware of the tremendous pressure that Dale and some of our other journalists are facing as a result of this story, and we are under the same pressure as a result to discredit the story. We are unwilling to succumb to those pressures for MintPress holds itself to the highest journalistic ethics and reporting standards.

Yahya has recently notified me that the Saudi embassy contacted him and threatened to end his career if he did a follow up story on who carried out the most recent chemical weapons attack and demanded that he stop doing media interviews in regards to the subject.

We hold Dale Gavlak in the highest esteem and sympathize with her for the pressure she is receiving, but removing her name from the story would not be honest journalism and therefore, as stated before, we are not willing to remove her name from the article.

We are prepared and may release all emails and communications made between MintPress and Dale Gavlak, and even Yahya to provide further evidence of what was provided to you in this statement.

Saudi dictatorship sent 1239 death row inmates to fight with Al-Qaeda in Syria

Saudi king

Saudi Arabia has sent death-row inmates from several nations to fight against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences, the Assyrian International News Agency reports.

Citing what it calls a “top secret memo” in April from the Ministry of Interior, AINA says the Saudi offered 1,239 inmates a pardon and a monthly stipend for their families, which were were allowed to stay in the Sunni Arab kingdom. Syrian President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, a minority Shiite sect.

According to an English translation of the memo, besides Saudis, the prisoners included Afghans, Egyptians, Iraqis, Jordanians, Kuwaitis, Pakistanis, Palestinians, Somalis, Sudanese, Syrians and Yemenis. All faced “execution by sword” for murder, rape or drug smuggling.

Russia, which has backed Assad, objected to the bargain and allegedly threatened to bring the issue to the United Nations, said an unidentified former Iraqi member of Parliament  who confirmed the memo’s authenticity, says AINA, an independent outlet.

“Initially Saudi Arabia denied the existence of this program. But the testimony of the released prisoners forced the Saudi government to admit, in private circles, its existence,” AINA writes. “The Saudis agreed to stop their clandestine activities and work towards finding a political solution on condition that knowledge of this program would not be made public.”

AINA also published the original Arabic memo.

The report mentions that most of the 23 Iraqi prisoners returned home, as did an unspecified number of Yemenis. But AINA does not indicate the fates of the remaining inmates or how many may have been killed, wounded or captured.

Assyrians, the builders of Mesopotamian civilizations, are a semitic people indigenous to northern Iraq. They are ethnically distinct from Arabs and Jews, and are generally Christians. Assyria dominated the Middle East in the first millennium BCE.


The declaration of war launched by Obama against Syria did not remain unnoticed. The whole area mobilized its forces from Lebanon to Syria to Iran and Russia; all preparations were made and the state of full alertness announced on all fronts, the weapons and anti aircraft missiles fully prepared to retaliate simultaneously on any assault . The response would target Israel first which is the most accessible target and missiles shall fall on Tel Aviv. The US has to take into consideration that another military pole is rising made of different countries and is fully equipped and ready to retaliate. The most probable is that Obama will not engage in war preferring a political defeat over a military defeat since defeat is there. Everything shows that the World Order and the US cannot win this battle .

The first ones to suffer from defeat are the Saudis and their allies of the Syrian opposition. The Saudis – who are facing internal difficulties – are now at a loss as of what to do and have invested greatly in this war , now they have become more vulnerable since US backed off from attacking Syria- and if they become exposed by US- as the Muslim brothers were exposed in Egypt- these difficulties might increase; for this reason this Saudi insistence on accusing Syria of breaking the international law and using the chemical weapons provided to the Syrian opposition by Bandar himself according the what the opposition revealed. The second loser in this is Turkey -no doubt- and the battle of Aleppo is supposed to shake seriously the rule of Erdogan. Now that the US attack has been postponed, the Syrian army resumed its progress on the ground in the Eastern Ghouta to defeat the inimical forces and to ensure the access to Damascus from all sides and to Homs as well . Syria killed – at least- twenty thugs from al Nusra in the Eastern Ghouta and arrested others , something that has been confirmed by the Syrian Observatory that speaks in the name of the opposition ; the thugs were of different nationalities : Saudis, Libyans and Palestinians. Mister Brojurdi, head of the National Iranian Security Council is in Beirut to meet Lebanese officials and discuss the last happenings on the political scene.

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