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Feb 27 09:06

“Saudis Wants to Attack What Lebanese People Achieved so far”: Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia retracted a $4 billion aid pledge to Lebanon last week and demanded apology later after Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil refused to back a motion crafted by the kingdom against Iran.

“Lebanon will not be a Saudi emirate or a non-Saudi emirate,” Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Friday.

“No one should think we would reject the creation of a Saudi emirate, but accept another,” he said.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions on four Lebanese firms and three individuals it accuses of having links to Hezbollah.

The kingdom has ordered its citizens not to travel to Lebanon. There are also reports that Saudi Arabia may expel the Lebanese working on its territory.

Qassem said, “What happened in the last week warrants an apology by Saudi Arabia to the Lebanese people because it hurt the Lebanese people... Saudi Arabia is the one that attacked us, we did not attack it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the Saudi point of view, Lebanon did initiate the conflict when it arrested Prince Adul-Mohsen al Walid Al Saud', who was caught smuggling two tons of drug 'Captagon pills' to Lebanon onto his private plane.

Feb 26 09:30

Kuwaiti Embassy Advises Citizens to Leave Lebanon

The Kuwaiti embassy in Beirut advised on Wednesday citizens to leave Lebanon unless it was necessary to stay, Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) reported.

In a statement, the embassy also called on the Kuwaitis tending to travel to Lebanon to re-consider their plans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, Lebanon just got shoved to the top of the Special High Interest Targets list!

Feb 26 07:57

Riyadh blacklists 4 firms, 3 people over alleged Hezbollah links

Riyadh has blacklisted four firms and three individuals it accused of having links to Hezbollah, the Saudi interior ministry said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From this and other indications, it looks like the US and its gang of thugs are taking a pause on Syria, and plan to invade and conquer Lebanon (Israel still wants that Litani river) to create a larger front for a ground invasion of Syria.

Feb 26 07:27

Riyadh designates individuals, entities linked to Hezbollah

Following Israeli's path, Saudi Arabia now designates Hezbollah as a 'terrorist' organization subjecting it's citizens and others to all kind of punishable laws in supporting or dealing with the group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bingo! Lebanon is about to get attacked and clobbered on the pretext of fighting "terror", then the US/Israel/Saudis will have a new expanded front with which to launch a ground war into Syria on the excuse they are pursuing Hezbollah as they flee into Syria!

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 23 16:58

Saudi Arabia asks citizens to leave Lebanon

Saudi Arabia has asked all its nationals in Lebanon to leave the country amid deteriorating political ties between Riyadh and Beirut.

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 17 08:23

Israel seeks government change in Syria to undermine resistance: Nasrallah

Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, says Israel seeks government change in Syria in order to undermine the resistance front against the Zionist regime.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 12 10:11

Russia concerned over terrorists’ attempts to destabilize Lebanon — Lavrov

"The Russian side confirmed the consistent line towards supporting sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Lebanon." Lavrov stressed that the pressing issues of national agenda in Lebanon need to be solved in the framework of a dialogue between all the leading political forces of the country based on mutual consent and without foreign interference, according to the ministry.

Feb 01 08:29

Where is the West's compassion & condemnation following terror attacks in Middle East?

Facebook users were not instructed to do so, but may nonetheless wish to change their profile pictures in solidarity with the families and friends of victims of recent terrorist attacks.

A great many of the victims were aspiring university students, others were school teachers, children, infants, parents, and elderly. Their bodies were torn apart in the acts of violence, many unidentifiable.

Most of these innocent victims will go unnamed, their murders obfuscated, or largely unnoticed, in Western media.

Jan 30 03:44

TERRORISTS ARE FIGHTING EACH OTHER IN LEBANON

It is reported that ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria) are now fighting in eastern Lebanon after a break of confrontation to each other inside the ‘Arsal Barrens of the Beqa’a Governorate. On January 27, Wednesday afternoon, several firefights were reported between Jabhat Al-Nusra and ISIS at the villages of Wadi Hamid, Al-Zimrani, Wadi Mira, and Al-Khayl in the ‘Arsal Barrens. These clashes forced both the Lebanese Army and Hezbollah to concentrate their forces to this mountainous region in order to make sure the fighting was not going to spread. According to the reports, ISIS captured several checkpoints and military posts from Nusra front in the ‘Arsal Barrens, resulting in the expansion of their front-line positions to the Lebanese Army’s territory in the region.

Jan 23 08:47

Here is our letter to the New York Times concerning the failure of the newspaper to report the Israeli Defense Minister’s preference for the ISIS terrorist organization

s there a reason why the Times has not reported the January 19 statement of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon that he prefers that ISIS take over Syria, if it is a choice between ISIS and Iranian forces?

As you know, if ISIS were to conquer Syria, the Christian and Alawaite populations in that country would be nearly exterminated.

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 11:22

Some Bad Ass History:Saladin!

Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub was born in the small town of Tikrit to Kurdish Muslim parents in the year 1137 CE. He would become one of the most influential and admired military leaders in medieval history; loved by his people and respected by his enemies for years to come.

Now Salah al-Din was renowned throughout the world for his ability to not be a dick to people. So when he took over the vast Arab territories, the Christian knight commander Raynald of Chatillon decided it would be cool to fuck with him and try to provoke him into a fight.

Finally, Salah al-Din was like, "OK seriously, fuck this guy." and he set out to kick the ass of Raynald of Chatillon.

Salah al-Din sold all the captured knights back to their families for hefty ransoms except for Raynald, who was executed because he had been both a total bitch and a pain in the ass.

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 11 09:29

Lebanon Sides With Iran, Opposes Arab League's Stance

All members of the League of Arab States, except Lebanon, have condemned Iran's interference in Affairs of Arab countries, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan.

Jan 08 08:45

Syrians heading to Turkey stranded at Beirut airport

Around 400 Syrian nationals were stranded Friday at Beirut airport after two Turkish Airlines flights were cancelled, dashing any hopes of entering Turkey before Ankara's decision requiring them to obtain visas goes into effect.

Jan 06 11:30

Hezbollah targets Israeli forces with bomb, Israel shells south Lebanon

Hezbollah set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces at the Lebanese border on Monday in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander, triggering Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon.

Israel has struck its Iran-backed Shi'ite enemy Hezbollah in Syria several times, killing a number of fighters and destroying weapons it believes were destined for the group, whose support for President Bashar al-Assad has been crucial in the country's civil war.

Israel's army said Monday's blast, targeting military vehicles in the Shebaa farms area, prompted Israeli forces to respond with artillery fire. It made no mention of casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the "Hezbollah" bomb, like the "Gaza" rockets, hit nothing, but serves as an excuse for Israel to launch an attack!

Jan 04 09:25

Explosive Device Detonates Near Israeli Forces on Lebanon Border

An explosive device detonated near two Israel Defense Forces vehicles on Monday, in the northern area of Har Dov along the border with Lebanon. 

The explosive device was detonated near two Caterpillar D-9 bulldozers. A senior IDF officer said the army did not know of any casualties at this stage.

Dec 30 09:37

Lebanon charges Israel over killing of Spanish peacekeeper

Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr Wednesday filed charges against unknown Israeli soldiers over the killing of a Spanish peacekeeper during a border clash with Hezbollah in January.

Dec 28 10:14

Hillary Clinton Touts Overthrow of Gadhafi, but Doesn’t Mention That Clinton Foundation Donors Did Big Business in Tyrant’s Libya

On Saturday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again justified the 2011 U.S. policy of regime change in Libya, citing, at least in part, the fact that dictator Moammar Gadhafi had killed Americans.

“We have to continue to do what is necessary when someone like Gadhafi, a despot with American blood on his hands, is overturned,” Clinton said during the weekend’s Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. “But I’ll tell you what would have happened if we had not joined with our European partners and our Arab partners to assist the people in Libya, you would be looking at Syria.”

But early in the administration, Clinton had championed an allegiance with the Libyan regime under Gadhafi, during a time when some of the major U.S. corporations doing business in Libya were also donating heavy sums to the Clinton Foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do not for a moment imagine that this "pay to play" mentality will suddenly leave her consciousness, if she is able to win (or steal) the election; it will simply continue, unabated. For her and Bill Clinton, inhabiting the White House is simply another way to make millions of dollars through her foundation, and the public be damned.

And this is why we have to bring her past behaviour to the unblinking gaze of documented fact, because, if in fact, past is prologue to the future, we can expect massive international interventionism from a second Clinton presidency.

And has anyone out there had the "male attributes" to ask her if the current post-Ghadaffi situation in Libya, which has been rife with civil war since 2011; whose leadership has been badly factionalised and has just this month created a basis for a national unity government, was the outcome she desired when she green-lit Ghadaffi's assassination?!?

And what about the reality that Libya has become a
second home to ISIS?!?

Because if all I have stated here were not the outcomes Clinton desired as Secretary of State, and were simply "unintended consequences" of her policies here, please consider Libya a thoroughly terrifying, but very real, "prequel" to what a Clinton presidency will look like.

Dec 22 06:23

Three rocket launchers found in s.Lebanon

The Lebanese Army reportedly found three launch pads used to fire rockets into northern Israel, two days after an attack on the country, the state-run National News Agency said Tuesday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But nobody knows who set them up. It could have been anyone ... including Israel.

Dec 21 08:54

Israel military fires artillery into Lebanon

The Israeli regime’s military forces have fired artillery into Lebanon, one day after killing a veteran fighter of the Hebzollah resistance movement in Syria.

Dec 18 23:04

John Kerry's Moscow Lovefest

This has got to be the biggest foreign policy somersault in the last two decades and Kerry carried it off without a trace of shame, in fact, he never veered from his cheery script the entire trip.

Okay, but were the Russians taken in by Kerry’s performance?

Heck no, in fact, they acted exactly as one would expect them to act. They treated Kerry with the utmost respect, listened politely to everything he had to say, nodded, smiled and shook hands at all the appropriate times, and then got back to the business of bombing the holy crap out of the US-backed terrorists operating in Syria.

Dec 18 17:02

Lebanese Media Confirms FNA Report on US Airbase Construction in Northeastern Syria

The Russians have got to be tired of Kerry's visits to Russia as all he does is lie through his teeth!

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US is reconstructing a disused airbase in the province of Hasakah in Northeastern Syria in order to land fighter jets and supply planes there, the Lebanese media said, confirming an early December report by FNA.

Dec 17 13:24

Military operations in preparation in and around Syria

The Western Press doesn’t have much to say about the military operations in Syria, except to affirm, without the slightest proof, that the Coalition is successfully bombing Daesh jihadists while the Russians continue to kill innocent civilians. It is in fact difficult to form a reasonable idea of the current situation, particularly since each side is readying its weapons in preparation for a wider conflict. Thierry Meyssan describes what is going on.

Dec 17 08:21

Samaha tells court he fell victim to entrapment

Former Minister Michel Samaha, who was convicted over terrorism charges earlier this year, insisted at his retrial Thursday that he had fallen victim to entrapment by an undercover police informant.

Dec 16 06:50

Lebanon presidential election shelved until Jan.7

Lawmakers Wednesday botched a 34th attempt to elect a new head of state, prompting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to adjourn the vote till Jan. 7.

Dec 15 07:33

Lebanon PM says paralyzed govt 'worthless'

Prime Minister Tammam Salam Tuesday vowed to keep the government functioning despite its de facto state of paralysis, expressing hope for an end to the nearly 19-month-long presidential void.

Dec 14 13:25

Trump–Our ‘allies’ in the Middle East are funding ISIS

Dec 14 09:29

Erdogan’s Strikes in the Dark and Russia’s Thousand Stings

Until now, the Syro-Russian-Iranian strategy seems to be to secure government-held areas, seal off the borders with Turkey, Jordan and Israel, now that the border with Lebanon is mostly impassable for the terrorists. Sealed in, all the foreign and foreign-controlled terrorist outfits will be more effectively pulled out by their roots.

Russia knows that Turkey simply wanted to complicate its unenviable task in Syria by introducing new, unexpected risks in the sky. But this has not really complicated Russia’s declared first strategic mission to crush Turkey’s pieces and the rest of the foreign Wahhabi presence in Syria. The difference now is that Russia is more determined than ever.

Dec 11 16:18

Gaddafi's son abducted in Lebanon

The son of Libya's late leader Muammar Gaddafi has been kidnapped in Lebanon by armed groups demanding information about the fate of a Shia Imam who went missing in Libya decades ago.

Hannibal Gaddafi appeared in a video aired late on Friday on local Al-Jadeed TV saying anyone who has information about Imam Moussa al-Sadr should come forward.

"I hope that the people who I mean for them to hear me, and they have evidence to bring out immediately without delay. Because enough of this suffering, enough."

Dec 11 16:17

Gaddafi's son kidnapped (Video)

Hannibal Gaddafi, son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, was kidnapped in Lebanon, local media reported.

A group of armed men kidnapped the son of the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Lebanon, according to Lebanese television channel El Jadida. TV channel said it had received a copy of the audio recording in which Gaddafi's son Hannibal pray that the kidnappers also provide data on the Shiite political and spiritual leader Musa al Sadri, who disappeared without trace in Libya in 1978.

Lebanese national agency NNA reported that the son of the former Libyan president kidnapped another on Thursday near the Syrian border.
After the rebels captured the Libyan capital Tripoli in August 2011, Hannibal fled to Algeria with other family members Gaddafi and was later granted political asylum in Oman.

Dec 09 06:38

9 Nusra militants killed in Lebanon-Syria border clash with Hezbollah

Nine Syria-based Nusra Front militants, including a senior commander, were killed Wednesday in an ambush and an ensuing clash with Hezbollah fighters near the northeastern border town of Arsal

Dec 03 19:49

Imprisoned Al Qaeda Fighters Freed by U.S. Allies to Rejoin Fight Against Assad

Some of the world’s top Al Qaeda operatives were freed from a Lebanese prison on Tuesday December 1st, to rejoin the U.S.-led war against Syria’s Bashar al-Assad.

Dec 02 21:32

FLASHBACK:The World's Foremost Terrorist - The US Government

I asked. "Why would a tough special ops soldier be crying? Loss of a fellow soldier, loss of a leg or limb, or God-forbid his genitals, or face unrecognizable anymore?"

Response: "Because of what they were sent to do, once they figured out what the real mission was."

I asked "Like what? What was enough to make the toughest US soldiers cry? Protecting the high and mighty Americans from the "terrorists"?

Response: "No, they were sent to be the terrorists and it is why they were sent that had them crying. Some of them were afraid that God would never forgive them, and, I think they might be right at times. There were some attacks on the US soldiers by people who do not want us there and some 'pay back' attacks after US forces had attacked them, but for the most part what I was being told about was the US conducting intimidation and terrorism operations against civilians. to get their oil and gas."

Dec 02 09:22

Israel plans to export natural gas

Israel has plans to export its natural gas, Orit Farkash Hacohen, chairwoman of the Israeli Electricity Department of Public Utilities Authority, told on Monday.

"We know that Israel has huge gas reservoirs offshore. There are definitely plans to export gas," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that much of what Israel claims as their natural gas fields are inside waters claimed by Gaza and Lebanon!

Dec 02 09:02

The Nuremberg Principles

Can you smell the putrid aroma of bloody hypocrisy emanting from Foggy Bottom!

The main legal principles from the Nuremberg Trials were later declared general principles of international law by the United Nations: the “Nuremberg Principles.” With these principles, in 1950 the international community of nations demanded for the first time that crimes against international law should no longer go unpunished. From now on, no one should be above the law. The Nuremberg Trials and Nuremberg Principles thus laid the foundation for modern international criminal law.

Dec 01 00:06

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

People at zerohedge are questioning the authenticity of this letter.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-29/irans-ayatollah-pens-letter-w...

For those of a cynical persuasion, it’s difficult to ignore the similarities between Islamic State’s brand of puritanical Islam and Saudi Arabia’s propagation of Wahhabism. Put simply, indoctrinating the masses with an ultra orthodox ideal that breeds intolerance sows the seeds of extremism and on that score, Riyadh and Raqqa are really no different.

To the Youth in Western Countries,

The bitter events brought about by blind terrorism in France have once again, moved me to speak to you young people. For me, it is unfortunate that such incidents would have to create the framework for a conversation, however the truth is that if painful matters do not create the grounds for finding solutions and mutual consultation, then the damage caused will be multiplied.

Nov 30 13:49

Israel and ISIS: Needed, a Thorough Accounting

snip: What then of ISIS? It as well is a blessing to American foreign policy, which is why the US has been halfhearted in its eradication. The more repulsive, as in beheadings, the more salutary from the standpoint of massive surveillance at home, the engineering of a crisis atmosphere (to the sacrifice of civil liberties), the internalization of fear, which shifts the political spectrum still further rightward, as in heightened patriotism, anti-immigrant feelings, a trivialization of politics because so much of public policy is placed off limits.

Nov 29 21:23

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei released an important message to the world youth on global terrorism, including the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Here is the full text of the letter:
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To the Youth in Western Countries,
Today, there are very few people who are uninformed about the role of the United States of America in creating, nurturing and arming al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their inauspicious successors. Besides this direct support, the overt and well-known supporters of takfiri terrorism- despite having the most backward political systems- are standing arrayed as allies of the west while the most pioneering, brightest and most dynamic democrats in the region are suppressed mercilessly.
The other side of these contradictory policies is seen in supporting the state terrorism of Israel.

Nov 29 08:50

Heated deliberations could see Nusra hostages freed

The Nusra Front has called on a mediator to overlook a swap deal that could potentially end the Lebanese servicemen hostage crisis with the group, a security source told The Daily Star Sunday.

Nov 28 20:19

Meet the man who funds ISIS: the son of Turkey’s President, Bilal Erdogan

The son of Turkey’s president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words.

Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”, had this to say:

“We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation” by Turkey.

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

Nov 28 10:34

A Feast of Scandal – Justin Raimondo

We’re grateful for and to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose existence proves that the old America yet lives.

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving that it’s going to take me an entire column just to adequately describe them. Indeed, I’m already so loaded down with gifts that I don’t need Christmas. My cup runneth over! For an old libertarian “isolationist” like me this holiday season is a bountiful time, one that yields so much that it seems like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday all rolled into one. Take a gander at this wonderful cornucopia of plenty:

Nov 28 05:42

An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness

It is all terribly dangerous and it is hard to predict where things will lead.

This outrageous shootdown of a Russian plane that was in no way posing a threat to Turkey or Turkish forces, will not end here, because Russia and President Putin cannot allow Turkey and NATO to so blatantly act against Russia and its pilots and go unpunished, particularly as it is Russia that is acting legally in Syria, while the US, Turkey and other nations backing rebel forces there are in all acting blatant violation of international law.

Unless saner heads start prevailing in Washington, this could all quickly spiral into the kind of situation in 1914, where a lot of ill-conceived treaties led to a minor incident in the Balkans turning inexorably into World War I.

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

It is clear, Turkey hosting the recent G20 meeting and subscribing to the east-west ‘coalition’ of fighting the ISIS / DAESH / Al Qaeda terror, was a loosely disguised farce.

Did Turkey just provoke a proxi-war on behalf of NATO against Russia? – Turkey knew very well that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was inside Syria’s borders and that even as it may have been close to Turkey it was no threat for Turkey. Russia’s mission was clear to all the 19 nations which attended the G20 meeting some 10 days ago in Antalya, Turkey, when the entire group unanimously decided to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State (IS – or Daesh, according to its Arabic acronym).

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

It is only a matter of time before the rhetorical shell game conducted by the terrorist sponsors comes unstuck.

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable, tacitly, to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.

Washington and its allies do not want Russia to participate in an effective military coalition that would accelerate the destruction of the mercenary terror army that the Western powers have covertly invested in. In that regard, French President Francois Hollande seems to have momentarily lost the devious plot by proposing such an alliance with Russia.

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 25 08:53

Did NATO Just Attack Russia, Or Was It Climate Change’s Fault?

I began this morning reporting on Britain’s next king saying climate change is partly responsible for Syria’s civil war, and his blaming the refugee crisis and civil war there on drought. In an exclusive interview with Sky News, Prince Charles waxes profoundly over the lost Copenhagen climate accord in 2009, and on far reaching strategies you probably never even dreamed of. Then the news came a Russian SU24 fighter/bomber had been shot down by Turkey, and the world turned over. As I type this Twitter, Facebook, and the digital media stream is inundated with a foreign policy horror story. All I can see is Vladimir Putin’s face as Jordan’s king spoke with him, and images of Mr. Obama’s “moderates” machine gunning a pilot before his parachute set down. I wonder if the bad climate will be the cause of World War III?

Nov 23 22:13

CrossTalk: Talking Syria and the Remaking of the Middle East

Join host Peter LaVelle for an amazing talk about the future of the Middle East

After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, a truly global coalition to fight and destroy ISIS is in the making. At the same time Washington continues to ignore those who are really doing the fighting, particularly Russia. Are arrogance and false pride the real barriers to peace in Syria?

CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Richard Murphy and Mark Bruzonsky.

Nov 23 22:04

Manufacturing a phony “caliphate”

"This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?"

"When has a genuine grassroots rebellion ever looked like this? These guys are well-funded by sophisticated backers. And those backers are no friends of the Muslim world.

Nov 22 14:19

The Zionist-neoconservative midwives of Islamic State

Jamal Kanj reminds us of the responsibility of the Israeli strategists and their US Zionist-neoconservative stooges for the mayhem and fragmentation of the Middle East that is now spilling over on to the streets of Europe.

Nov 20 07:41

Two Australians part of Kuwaiti IS cell

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says he's not surprised two Australians have been busted as part of a Kuwaiti cell that was sending air defence systems and funds to the Islamic State group.

The cell's chief, who was not named, confessed he raised funds and provided logistical support for the group, which has carried out deadly attacks in Lebanon and France in the past week, Kuwait's interior ministry said on Thursday.

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Sooooooo ... we bomb Australia now, right?

Nov 20 06:36

Lebanese Army presses ahead with crackdown on militants

Helicopter gunships hovered overhead as the Lebanese Army raided homes of suspected militants across northern Lebanon Friday in the ongoing crackdown launched after last week’s deadly twin suicide attack in a Beirut southern suburb.

Nov 19 13:36

Russia conducts strikesnear Lebanon border

Russia has conducted air raids near Lebanon’s border for the first time since Moscow began its military intervention on behalf of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Nov 17 12:37

Exclusive: Russian Fighter Jets at Lebanon's Service Now to Kill Terrorists

The Russian fighter jets launched airstrikes against the terrorists' positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria for the first time on Tuesday. An informed source told FNA that the attacks were carried out in Ras Baalbek in Lebanon's Northern Beqaa Valley on Tuesday morning. The source underlined that the operations were fulfilled successfully and the terrorists sustained fatalities and great damage.

Nov 17 07:49

Dr. Duke Makes a Clarion Call Across the World to Stop the Zio-Genocide of European Mankind!

Today Dr. Duke had one of his most powerful broadcasts ever. Responding to events in Paris, he reminded his listeners that the jihadists perpetrators were in France because of Zionist open-borders immigration policies, and that the jihadists are incited to kill Europeans to avenge the deaths of the Muslim victims of Zionist wars for Israel.

Nov 16 20:32

Terrorism and the Question of Humanity

On 15 November, The New York Times published an article entitled “Beirut, Also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten.” It highlights the disparity between the global solidarity expressed for Paris following the deadly 13 November attacks and the lack thereof expressed for Beirut after it too was attacked the day prior. But the headline suggests a petulant attitude from Lebanese who “feel forgotten,” as though they were a bratty child or a snivelling spouse.

Nov 16 13:53

Moscow: Hezbollah is a legitimate socio-political force, not a terrorist organization

Moscow says it does not consider Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and will continue relations with the Lebanese resistance movement.

“Some say Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. We maintain contacts and relations with them because we do not consider them a terrorist organization,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted as saying on Sunday by Reuters.

Nov 15 23:42

French Colonisers Have Not Accepted The Loss Of Their Colony

More than 70 years has passed and the grandson of this Nur-Eddin – Mouaz al-Khatib, a former preacher at the Umayyad mosque in Damascus and now a deserter and traitor – has been elected head of the “Qatar Coalition” which was created on 11 November at a meeting in Doha.

France has shown its gratitude to the third-generation collaborator al-Khatib, whose grandfather collaborated with the colonisers, for his faithful service. Namely the former colonial power has been the first to recognise the “Qatar Coalition” as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people. It is no surprise that the flag of the “opposition” – green, white and black with three stars – is the same as the flag from the time when Syria was under French mandate.

Nov 15 23:38

French Colonial Dreams Linger On In Syria

RIVALRY AND OPPOSITION FROM THE START
When British troops under Marshal Allenby entered Damascus in 1918 accompanied by troops of the Arab Revolt led by Sharif Faisal of the Hussein of Mecca dynasty, French-British rivalry in the Middle East was already running at extreme highs. They were in no way resolved by the San Remo conference of April 1920 where the post-World War Allied Supreme Council met. It was attended by the four main non-US Allied Powers of World War I, represented by the prime ministers of Britain, France, Italy and by Japan's Ambassador K. Matsui.

This was the most important “turf war meeting” to divide up Class "A" League of Nations mandates for administering the former Ottoman-ruled lands of the Middle East. US participation was observer-only due to American deciders already setting apart the future Saudi Arabia as the USA's exclusive national zone of influence.

Nov 15 23:32

French politicians call on their government to reconsider its foreign policy, relation with Syria

Paris, SANA – A number of French deputies and politicians called on the French government to alter its foreign policy and correct its course immediately and reconsider its relation with Syria following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Deputy Jacques Myard said that there’s a need for revising France’s foreign policy, particularly in Syria, voicing belief that France adopted an erroneous policy towards Damascus, asserting that France’s enemy today is ISIS and Al Qaeda, not President Bashar al-Assad.

Nov 15 09:51

Kyrie Eleison - Claire Rivero

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I am convinced Paris is just another false flag attack to trick us all into supporting more wars. However, I am being flooded with emails (possibly paid for) denouncing me and basically saying that just because there have been so many other false flag attacks used by governments against their own people to incite wars is no reason to assume this is just another one, even though it has all the hallmarks. These writers insist that Paris is the work of Eeeeeevil Muslims, and to them I offer this video as a reminder that maybe the Muslims living in all those nations constantly attacked over the last several years have just cause to dislike the west!

Nov 15 06:21

Interior Minister says S.Beirut attacks were to be carried out by 5

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk Sunday released further details on the Burj al-Barajneh bombings, saying that the attacks were initially meant to be carried out by five people instead of two

Nov 14 16:37

Jeb doesn’t know what he’s talking about: No, Lebanon is not beheading its Christians

Lebanon’s Christian community woke up Wednesday to the concerning news that they were going to be beheaded.

The warning came from an unlikely source: Jeb Bush, a Republican candidate for the President of the United States.

During the fourth Republican debate, in a call for greater US leadership in the Middle East, Bush declared: “If you’re a Christian, increasingly in Lebanon or Iraq or Syria, you’re gonna be beheaded.”

Though there have been well-known instances of beheadings in the latter two countries, the statement might come as a surprise for Lebanon’s1.7 million Christians (this is a rough estimate — no census has been conducted since 1932).

In short, Lebanese Christians are far from oppressed.

Nov 14 13:21

Beirut’s Explosion: The Sunni-Shia Bellum Sanctum Returns to Hezbollah’s Security Zone

At least 46 confirmed deaths as families claim the bodies of their departed loved ones and nearly 250 wounded, many seriously, are being treated at the three Shia run hospitals, Al-Sahel, Bahman and Al-Rassoul Al-Aazam in this observer’s south Beirut neighborhood of Haret Hreik. This morning (11/13/2015), Dr. Mahmoud Mansour, the chief of the emergency department at Bahman Hospital told this observer that his hospital recorded 20 deaths, and treated approximately 100 victims, approximately 20 percent of whom are in critical condition.

Nov 12 11:16

At Least 37 killed In Beirut Bomb Attacks

At least 37 people have been killed and 181 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in a southern suburb of Beirut.

The attacks happened minutes apart just outside a Shia community centre in the Borj al Barajneh area during the evening rush hour.

A senior interior ministry source told Reuters the death toll was at least 20, and the Lebanese Red Cross has since put the figure at 37.

It says a further 181 people people were injured.

Nov 12 10:15

At least 20 killed, dozens wounded as twin suicide bombings rock Beirut - reports

Two suspected suicide bombings in the southern suburbs of Beirut have left at least 20 people dead and 40 more injured, Reuters reports citing sources in the Interior Ministry.

Some of the dead and injured have been taken to the Bahman hospital. The death toll is expected to rise with local news websites saying over 100 were injured.

A third bomber might still be somewhere in the area, local media report.

The attacks took place in a busy area outside a Shiite center in the Borj al-Barajneh area.

Nov 10 17:55

35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists

The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.
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Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Nov 10 17:50

FLASHBACK: Sleeping With the Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11

A little disingenuous or CUDP on the blowback angle but I like the pics and the vids!

Preface: The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom – noted:

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Odom also said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here). Background here.

Nov 10 17:44

FLASHBACK: Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

Not to worry. Cause they are back. Those pesky Russkies are are enemy once again. Moderate terrorists are our friends!Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to “fabricate an enemy”. The “outside enemy” personified by Osama bin Laden is “threatening America”.

Pre-emptive war directed against “Islamic terrorists” is required to defend the Homeland. Realities are turned upside down. America is under attack.

In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this “outside enemy” has served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a “just war” with a humanitarian mandate.

Nov 10 17:21

Russia’s military is proving Western punditry wrong

A thumbs up review of the Russian Military in Syria, its performance and weapons from the Brookings. Order out of Chaos You all!

Ever since the first indications that there were Russians encamped at the airfield in Latakia, theories have proliferated around Russia’s strategy in Syria, its intentions, and questions on just how far they (and others) will go. There are lots of things that these theories get wrong.

Many analysts have called Russia militarily weak, with some pointing specifically to its shortcomings in air and naval forces in Syria. But based on Russia’s battlefield performance so far, this assessment seems off: To the contrary, Russia has shown that it has the capability and capacity (not to mention willingness) to employ its conventional forces to achieve limited political objectives.
In the air.......

Nov 10 17:15

Russian MoD: Terrorist's tactics in Syria have drastically changed

According to local sources, the Syrian army and pro-Assad units are completing a local sweep in the Northeast province of Latakia in preparation for a major offensive against the stronghold of the group "Al-Nusra", mountain fortress city Salma.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman at a regular press briefing, informed a significant change in the tactics of terrorist groups throughout the territory of Syria.

Nov 06 23:25

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

American people rarely listen to Putin’s speeches. Few opportunities to do so unless they go looking for it; They just assume their media is right and Putin‘s a “brutal dictator” who’s “trying to re-establish the Soviet empire”, end of story.

In western media Putin could soon find himself painted as the new combination Hitler/Stalin in a looming WWIII—another so-called “just war” which US will be “morally compelled to fight”, to “save the world from tyranny”. Christian dominionists will be calling it Armageddon—the final battle between Good and Evil before the return of the King!

Nov 06 20:56

NATO Invades Spain

The notion that the Pentagon would dare declare its own no-fly zone over northern Syria to protect a gaggle of “moderate rebels” from Russian and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) bombing is preposterous.

Fresh from its thunderous humiliation by the Taliban; its “liberation” of Libya for the benefit of militia hell; and while Russia was bombing the hell out of a Salafi-jihadi/”moderate rebel” constellation in Syria, NATO – in search for a “360-degree” response to Russia – resorted to invading… Spain.

Nov 06 10:16

Nasrallah: Hezbollah to Continue Supporting Palestinian Cause

Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah reiterated support for the cause of the Palestinian people and their uprising against the Israeli regime, and said Tel Aviv is afraid of the emergence of a new Intifada.
"Hezbollah will continue to support the Palestinian nation against the occupying regime (of Israel) as Tel Aviv dreads the Palestinian Intifada," the Lebanese Hezbollah leader said, addressing the Lebanese nation in Beirut on Friday. He strongly criticized the Arab rulers for not supporting the Palestinian cause, and said, "The Israeli regime is the frontline for the colonial powers; it represents the colonial project that targets the whole region." The extent of the danger Israel poses to the region is now decreased, he said, but the regime is still considered a threat to the stability in the Middle East. In relevant remarks in mid-October, Nasrallah said that Palestine is the "Central battle" in the region.

Nov 03 23:12

Towards a reversal of the situation in the Near East

The days of the « Arab Spring » are almost over. As of now, the White House and the Kremlin are redesigning the contours of the « Greater Middle East ». However, their agreement, which was concluded before the Russian military intervention in Syria, could still be modified by the changes in the balance of power. There is no proof that Moscow will accept the stabilisation of Syria or ignore the partition of Turkey and Saudi Arabia which are soon to begin. In any event, the coming upheaval will modify the status quo which has been in place for the last five years. Most of the powers implicated are therefore scrambling to change sides before the other players.

Oct 31 12:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 12:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 12:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 31 08:04

US Sending Special Forces to Aid ISIS in Syria

US forces who obey these illegal orders are giving aid and comfort to the enemies of America! Treason doth prosper when none dare call it treason. This is TREASON most foul!

Washington is desperate to find ways of countering Russia’s effective Middle East agenda - combining formidable military might against terrorism with trustworthy diplomacy, proving Moscow is a valued partner, polar opposite Washington, a rogue bully.

Obama’s pledge about no “American combat troops fighting on foreign soil” proved another of his many Big Lies.
US Special Forces will be deployed to northern areas - illegally without Damascus or Security Council authorization.

Unannounced greater numbers may join them. Their mission: aiding ISIS and other takfiri terrorists, putting them in harm’s way.

Oct 31 07:17

Cabinet to convene to end trash crisis: Chehayeb

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb Saturday announced that Prime Minister Tammam Salam is set to call for a Cabinet session to end a nearly four-month long waste crisis gripping Lebanon

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This reeks of another US covert destabilization.

Oct 30 13:27

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 29 20:43

Boycott Israel: Resistance Works

snip: “Israeli military companies market their products on the basis of their successful use in Israel’s massacres of Palestinian and Lebanese civilians, yet it now seems that growing public awareness of and opposition to Israel’s war crimes are starting to hit Israel’s military exports.”

“Governments must meet their legal obligation not to provide aid or assistance and, on the contrary, to act to put an end to Israel’s violations of international law by implementing a military embargo on Israel as was done against apartheid South Africa.”

“Israel is currently operating a shoot to kill policy and brutally repressing Palestinian protests against its regime of occupation and apartheid.”

“Israel’s ability to oppress Palestinians depends on the willingness of governments and companies around the world to cooperate with Israel’s military, weapons industry and military research institutions.”

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