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Jan 02 13:53

Trump’s grandstanding on national security could end in tragedy

“Trump believes everyone will do his bidding because he says so. Hello!”

None of the capitals singled out in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy as being the United States’ prime adversaries – Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Pyongyang – appear to feel particularly threatened by the fire and brimstone in that document, which was unveiled on Monday.

Jan 02 12:15

POTUS Trump SLAMS Fake News and “Phony Sources”: ‘I Use Social Media to Fight a VERY Dishonest and Unfair Press’

President Trump blasted the “very dishonest and unfair press” on Saturday and said the reason why he uses social media is because it’s the only way to fight fake news and their phony “sources”.

Jan 02 12:00

How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018? Paul Craig Roberts

The Anglo-Zionist empire is trying to overturn the Iranian agreement and to restart the attempt to overthrow the government of Syria.

The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats.

Jan 02 11:49

‘Mr. Perfect’ Jared Kushner’s Not-So-Perfect Year

He was handed a broad portfolio that included making peace in the Middle East and was reportedly a key part of Trump’s inner circle and decision-making team. But as 2017 dragged on, the man known as Mr. Perfect had anything but a perfect year.

Here are Kushner’s worst moments from 2017:

Jan 02 10:45

CNN Correspondent: World Thinks That America Does Not Have a ‘Moral Leg to Stand On’

Saturday on CNN after reading a statement from the Iranian government on President Donald Trump’s tweet about the protests in Iran, network correspondent Arwa Damon said “a lot of nations” currently perceive the United States as not having a “moral leg to stand on.”

Damon said, “This coming out from the foreign ministry, not only talking about the fact that they view the government of President Trump as the greatest bearer of ill will towards Iran but going on to say that, ‘The people of Iran give no value or credibility to such opportunistic expressions by the Government or the person, Mr. Trump. American officials, through their conduct have not earned a place from which they can express masked sentiments as sympathies, for the aware of the people of Iran.'”

Jan 02 10:44

Reports: Pence Visit To Israel Put On Indefinite Hold

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s planned trip to Israel is on hold and it is not certain when he will be coming, the Times of Israel and other media outlets reported on Monday.

Jan 02 10:32

US Empire Is Running The Same Script With Iran That It Ran With Libya, Syria

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With what would be perfect comedic timing if it weren’t so frightening, Iran erupted in protests which have been ongoing for the last four days, and the western empire is suddenly expressing deep, bipartisan concern about the human rights of those protesters.
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Donald J. Trump
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@realDonaldTrump
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!

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Hillary Clinton
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The Iranian people, especially the young, are protesting for the freedom and future they deserve. I hope their government responds peacefully and supports their hopes.

10:49 PM - Dec 30, 2017
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Heather Nauert
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Secretary Tillerson reiterates the United States' deep respect for the Iranian people. We call on all nations to stand with us in demanding the regime respect their basic human rights. #Iranprotests

9:27 PM - Dec 30, 2017
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Boris Johnson
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@BorisJohnson
Watching events in Iran with concern. Vital that citizens should have the right to demonstrate peacefully.

8:24 AM - Dec 31, 2017
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Daniel McAdams
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Exact same script from Kiev, Libya, etc dusted off again. Same words. Particularly cruel when you are preparing to bomb these same citizens to pretend to care about their rights...

11:37 AM - Dec 31, 2017
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So we all know what this song and dance is code for. Any evil can be justified in the name of “human rights”.

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Jan 02 10:27

Protests in Iran - Made in the USA and Israel

Protests in Tehran and other Iranian cities have a familiar character to them. They don’t erupt spontaneously. They’re manufactured, needing leadership.

Color revolutions are a US specialty, numerous ones staged earlier. Orange revolution 2.0, the most recent previous one, ousted Ukraine’s democratic government, replacing it with putschist tyranny.

What’s happening in Iran since December 28 followed agreement by Trump and Netanyahu to confront Iran, wanting its government toppled, replaced by pro-Wester puppet rule.

Jan 02 09:33

2018 May Be A Frightening Year For The US And Its Israeli Ally

While Russia strives to move Syria on from a stage of war and bloody anarchy to one of peace, stability and reconstruction — by inviting all parties to next month’s Sochi conference to agree a roadmap including a new constitution and presidential and parliamentary elections – the US and Israel are drawing up plans to detonate the region and plunge it into new wars on the pretext of confronting the Iranian threat.

Israel’s Channel 10 has revealed that a secret agreement was reached on 12 December, following talks between Israeli national security advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat and his US counterpart H R McMaster>>>

Jan 02 09:10

An Apology and Explanation - Robert Parry

The demonization of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia is just the most dangerous feature of this propaganda process – and this is where the neocons and the liberal interventionists most significantly come together. The U.S. media’s approach to Russia is now virtually 100 percent propaganda. Does any sentient human being read the New York Times’ or the Washington Post’s coverage of Russia and think that he or she is getting a neutral or unbiased treatment of the facts? For instance, the full story of the infamous Magnitsky case cannot be told in the West, nor can the objective reality of the Ukrane coup in 2014. The American people and the West in general are carefully shielded from hearing the “other side of the story.” Indeed to even suggest that there is another side to the story makes you a “Putin apologist” or “Kremlin stooge.”

Jan 02 09:05

President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

Washington’s support for Israel’s perpetual and overt violation of international law and its bombing of humanitarian missions makes Israel a very costly ally.

The US suffered an overwhelming and humiliating defeat, one that kept Ambassador Haley dexterous fingers busy ‘taking notes’: 128 nations demanded that the Trump regime withdraw its declaration that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital for Jews. Only 9 micro-nations (some mere postage stamps and a few death-squad banana-stans) voted with the Trump-Haley decision, 35 mendicant-states put their heads down and abstained while 21 timorous ambassadors chose to hide their shamelessness in the toilet stalls rather than show up for this important vote.

Jan 02 08:52

Liberals Getting Back in Touch With Their Authoritarian Roots - Justin Raimondo

The left and the art of political witch-hunting.

“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured ‘Russiagate’ controversy,” my colleague Sheldon Richman writes in his most recent column, is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice.” He’s dead right about that, but just whom is he addressing?

Jan 02 08:37

‘US is watching!’: Trump warns Iran amid crackdown on protests (VIDEO)

The US is instigating this Colored Revolution. This guy loves Israel and hates America!

Donald Trump has issued a strongly worded tweet warning Iran that “the US is watching” following the deaths of 20 people in anti-government protests that are sweeping the country.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry has hit back at the US president, saying that Trump should focus on his own country rather than tweet about civil unrest abroad.

"Instead of wasting his time sending useless and insulting tweets regarding other countries, he would be better off seeing to the domestic issues of his own country such as daily killings of dozens of people... and the existence of millions of homeless and hungry people," Bahram Ghasemi said, according to AFP.

Jan 02 08:31

Iranian Protesters Raise Stakes, Attacking Police Stations

Mr. Law and Order is egging on the Colored Revolution useful idiots to attack police stations and Iranian military bases.
Looks great for Israel and the Neocons. Makes the USA look like a Rogue State with an idiot in charge!

Violent crackdowns overnight on Sunday against protesters have led to a violent backlash in Iran, as some of the protesters look to raise the stakes with attacks of their own against police stations, with reports of some posts and stations being set ablaze.

Jan 02 08:16

Netanyahu predicts Iran regime change, denies Israel’s involvement in protests

The Israeli PM has advocated regime change in Iran, saying that if the Tehran government collapses, Israelis and Iranians will be “great friends.” He then ridiculed Iran’s claim that foreign players were behind recent protests.
Benjamin Netanyahu was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had earlier suggested that Israel was involved in the recent unrest.

“When this regime [the Iranian government] finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again,” the PM said in a video statement Monday afternoon. In the 90-second-long video Netanyahu praised the protesters who have rallied since Thursday, saying that they “seek freedom and justice.”

He then dismissed the accusation that Israel was involved into stirring Iranian protests

Jan 02 08:07

‘US is watching!’: Trump warns Iran amid crackdown on protests (VIDEO)

Trump is a neocon idiot,who loves Israel and is in the process of getting our country destroyed. Everyone knows this is another attempt to overthrow the Iranian government using another Colored Revolution!

Donald Trump has issued a strongly worded tweet warning Iran that “the US is watching” following the deaths of 20 people in anti-government protests that are sweeping the country.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry has hit back at the US president, saying that Trump should focus on his own country rather than tweet about civil unrest abroad.

"Instead of wasting his time sending useless and insulting tweets regarding other countries, he would be better off seeing to the domestic issues of his own country such as daily killings of dozens of people... and the existence of millions of homeless and hungry people," Bahram Ghasemi said, according to AFP.

Jan 02 08:01

No fresh start? Trump lashes out at Pakistan, Iran in his first 2018 tweets

US President Donald Trump apparently decided not to start the New Year with a clean slate, opting to re-ignite old disputes instead. In his first 2018 tweets, the US leader hit out at Iran and Pakistan.

Jan 02 07:37

Trump's support for rioters shows new anti-Iran sedition: Commander

A senior Iranian military commander says US President Donald Trump’s support for rioters in Iran shows Washington's scheme to hatch a new act of sedition against the Islamic Republic.

Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri added on Monday that the support of the highest-ranking US official along with some arrogant countries and media outlets for rioters revealed that Washington had been planning to incite new sedition in Iran.

However, all such attempts resulted in nothing but the humiliation of the Islamic Revolution's enemies, he said.

The top Iranian army commander emphasized that the US and international Zionism were hatching evil plots against the Islamic Revolution while the United States itself was plagued with various public protests against the White House's policies and measures in 2017.

It is expected that popular uprisings and opposition against the US administration would increase in 2018, he said.

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Jan 02 02:27

Donald Trump’s threatening tweet

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The latest narrative framed against Pakistan by Donald Trump regime is that it is continuing to provide safe havens to Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network and is chiefly responsible for the instability in Afghanistan. It ignored Pakistan’s colossal sacrifices and brilliant successes achieved against the foreign funded and equipped terrorists. On August 22, 2017, Trump subjected Pakistan to severest denunciation and threats while pronouncing his Afghanistan policy. He reiterated his stance while elucidating his national security policy last month. Trump, Secretary Defence Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence have rejected Pakistan’s explanations and hurled threats of aid cut, sanctions and losing territory if it fails to abide by the US dictates. The old allegation that Pakistan’s nuclear assets are unsafe has again been repeated and Pakistan put on notice. In other words, a clear cut narrative has been framed to validate punitive action against Pakistan. Threat of unilateral action has been sounded by USA to force Pakistan to fight its war and help the US in converting its defeat into victory.

On January 1, Trump gave a New Year gift by tweeting: The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe havens to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more”.>>>

Jan 02 01:59

Israel Seized 2,500 Acres of Palestinian Land, Destroyed 500 Buildings in 2017

Israel seized around 2,500 acres of Palestinian land, destroyed 500 buildings and constructed eight new Jewish settlement units in 2017, according to Palestine's Land Research Center (LRC).

Israel seized Palestinian lands with “military aims” and the “aim to construct Jewish settlement units” in the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem, according to the report of the center, Anadolu Agency reported.

The report also recorded 900 incidents of violence and attacks of Israeli forces in East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

According to Israeli and Palestinian law institutions, activities of Jewish settlement in West Bank and East Jerusalem have increased by three times in 2017 compared with the previous year

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Jan 02 01:29

The Peace Process Is Dead: Thanks, Obama

(*The Buck Stops There !)

Jan 02 01:09

Trump says 'time for change' in Iran

US President Donald Trump said Monday it was "time for change" in Iran and that the country's people were "hungry" for freedom>>>

Jan 01 13:35

Dealing With North Korea

If I were President of the United States,this is how I would deal with Kim Jong-un and the North Korean situation.

First, realize that Un’s theatrics are, from his own point of view, perfectly rational. He is not stupid. He looks at what happened to Muammar Gaddafi of Libya; murdered by mobs after kow-towing to the Great Satan. He notes the demise of Saddam Hussain of Iraq, another country that got on the wrong side of our imperialist nation; a similar dismal end befell him, too. It does not take much brain power to realize that Un’s only hope of escaping a similar fate would be, roughly, the one he has adopted: belligerence, nuclear armament, bellicosity, etc.

Here is what to do about the situation.

Jan 01 11:04

US Military’s Shortcomings: Most Expensive Does Not Mean Best

Despite being the leader in military spending, the US military has very serious shortcomings. It is mired in problems. Military planning deficiencies greatly reduce combat capabilities. Cost-effectiveness is a big problem. Being the most expensive does not automatically make the US military the best.

Jan 01 10:58

US Prepares for Forcible Entry Operations in Remote Theaters of War

Professionals study logistics, amateurs study tactics!

The facts and events summed up above are not front-page stories. They don’t tell much separately but tell a lot when put together and systematized. They lead to believe the United States is urgently preparing for a truly big war waged far away from its borders. The US military is sized, organized, and globally postured to fight it. A doctrine of expanding forces is not as straightforward as producing more fighters and weapon systems. Nothing is possible without logistics. That’s what is given the highest priority as the preparations are intensified.

Jan 01 10:28

Are the US and Israel looking for another coup in Iran?

If Trump is too stupid to know that the United States actually overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran, Benjamin Netanyahu is not. He is trying to revive the old system, which is regime change through subterfuge. But that will certainly prove difficult for both the United States and Israel because Russia is not going to stand on the sideline and watch Iran goes up in flame.

The Times of Israel has recently declared that “Israel and the United States have secretly signed a far-reaching joint memorandum of understanding providing for full cooperation to deal with Iran’s nuclear drive.”>>>

Jan 01 10:09

US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?

The US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime "a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos" while announcing support for protesters. It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States (whether over economic grievances or full on calling for government overthrow).

Jan 01 10:07

Iran - Early U.S. Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan

In Iran - Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests we looked at the developing U.S.-Israeli operation to instigate a revolt in Iran. What follows are a few more background points and a view on the developments since. A color revolution or revolt in Iran have only little chances of success. But even as the fail they can be used as pretext for additional sanctions and other anti-Iranian measures. The current incidents are thus only one part of a much larger plan.

Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Jan 01 09:02

Kuwaiti report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general

The Israelis and the US government are their own worst enemies and seem to be hell bent on earning the title of Planet Earth's 2 Rogue States.

US intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida.

Jan 01 09:01

Iran - Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests

Yesterday and today saw some small protests in Iran. They are probably the first stage of a large "regime change" operation run by the U.S. and Israel with the help of Iranian terrorist group.

Earlier this month the White House and the Zionist prepared for a new assault on Iran:

A delegation led by Israel's National Security Adviser met with senior American officials in the White House earlier this month for a joint discussion on strategy to counter Iran's aggression in the Middle East, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Haaretz.
Another report about the meeting quotes Israeli officials on the result:

"[T]he U.S. and Israel see eye to eye the different developments in the region and especially those that are connected to Iran. We reached at understandings regarding the strategy and the policy needed to counter Iran. Our understandings deal with the overall strategy but also with concrete goals, way of action and the means which need to be used to get obtain those goals."
This is probably a result of the above meeting:

Hundreds took to the streets of Iran’s second largest city of Mashad on Thursday to protest>>>

Jan 01 08:10

External Interference in Iran's Internal Affairs Unacceptable - Russian MFA

The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed hope that protests in Iran will noT turn violent, will not result in bloodshed.

Commenting on the current situation in Tehran, where the mass protests have entered their fifth day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that interference from abroad in the situation in Iran is unacceptable.

"External interference [in Iran's internal affairs] which may destabilize the situation is unacceprable," the statement said.

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Jan 01 08:05

WORLD WAR TRUMP

Donald Trump's presidency has already changed America and it's in the process of reshaping the world order, but the ultimate outsider has come up against tremendous domestic and international pressure amounting to a multisided asymmetrical war.
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While things appear to be looking up for Trump on the home front, observers are having much more difficulty assessing his ambitious foreign policy. It's unclear how successful the President has been in "cleaning house" and removing hostile "deep state" elements from the State Department and intelligence agencies, but some of his overseas supporters were concerned that he "sold out" after he ordered a cruise missile strike against the Syrian Arab Army in response to an unclear chemical weapons incident. Trump's stalwart resistance to Iran and unwavering support of Israel were expected because they were pivotal points of his campaign platform, though the President has been unable to fulfill his promise to restore relations with Russia and in some cases even made them worse by seizing its diplomatic property and allowing the Justice Department to designate RT as a "foreign agent".
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Jan 01 08:04

Donald Trump rings in the New Year with self-tribute video

President Donald Trump capped 2017 with a video self-tribute touching on what he sees as the high points of his achievements and rhetoric from his first year in office. He gave a plug to American exceptionalism, too.
In the video running three-and-half minutes, scenes of Trump with military personnel, Border Patrol agents and other world leaders are set to a stirring soundtrack as he declares of his country: "We gave birth to the modern world and we will shape tomorrow's world with the strength and skill of American hands."

Jan 01 07:54

US, Israel sign pact to counter ‘Iranian threat’ – White House official

On Thursday, Israeli Channel 10 reported that Washington and Tel Aviv signed a strategy and policy document on Tehran, following discussions between Israeli and US intelligence and defense agencies on December 12. The talks were said to have been headed by the US national security adviser, H. R. McMaster and his Israeli counterpart Meir Ben-Shabbat.

Channel 10 reported that the document is designed to translate into “steps on the ground” the ideas laid out by US President Donald Trump in his October 13 speech on Iran, in which he all but ditched the Obama-negotiated Iranian nuclear deal, according to unnamed sources. Trump stopped short of breaching the accord, but “decertified” his support for the agreement, leaving its fate in the hands of Congress.

Specifically, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and president Trump agreed behind closed doors to set up joint teams to handle what they both believe amounts to an ‘Iranian threat.’

Four separate teams would be reportedly be set up to curtail Iranian power. The first would deal with “Iranian activity in Syria and Tehran’s support for the Hezbollah terror organization.” Another division will oversee “diplomatic and intelligence activities” aimed to confront Iran’s nuclear weapon “ambitions.”

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Jan 01 07:41

The Trump Peace Plan: Israeli intel minister wishes Iranian rioters ‘success’ as violent unrest grips country

The intelligence minister added: “If the people succeed in achieving freedom and democracy, many of the threats on Israel and the entire region today will disappear.”

Katz also said that Iran’s “murderous regime” will eventually cease to exist. “The chief of staff of the Iranian army said the State of Israel will not exist in 25 years, I say to him – the State of Israel will exist forever, but you and your colleagues in the murderous regime will disappear long before”>>>

Jan 01 07:32

Crowded West Bank Refugee Camp Is the Most Tear-Gassed Place in the World: Berkeley Law School Study

(*MULTIPLE CHOICE-
A-The Trump Peace Plan At Work
B-Your Tax Dollars At Work
C-All Of The Above)

Jan 01 07:21

Trump, Republican Allies Endorse Iranian Protesters

U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers offered implicit support on Sunday to tens of thousands of Iranians protesting against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical elite and Iranian foreign policy in the Middle East.
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Trump’s endorsement of some of the protesters’ aims differs from how his predecessor, Barack Obama, initially reacted to the widespread “Green Movement” demonstrations that rocked Iran in 2009.

Obama at first muted his response, fearing that support from Washington could backfire and allow the Iranian government to paint the protesters as tools of the United States.

Some Iranian officials already are blaming “foreign agents” for the latest unrest.

Trump has taken a more hawkish line with Tehran than Obama.>>>

Jan 01 07:21

Iran slams U.S. "interference" in internal affairs

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday condemned U.S. "interference" in the country's internal affairs.

In a statement on Saturday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that "meddling" remarks of the U.S. president and his support for recent protests in some Iranian cities are "opportunistic and deceitful."
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"The great Iranian nation regards the opportunist and duplicitous support of the U.S. officials for certain gatherings in some Iranian cities as nothing but the deceit and hypocrisy of the U.S. administration," Press TV quoted Qasemi as saying.

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Jan 01 06:49

Mattis Should Come Clean – US Never Fought a Real War on Terror

War-party Washington’s war on Iraq and Syria on the pretext of fighting terror is far from over – at least that’s according to Defense Secretary James Mattis.

Apparently, declarations of victory over ISIL by both Iraq and Syria, along with Iran and Russia, are not having an impact on US military policy in the region, according to Mattis, who insists that “the war is not over.” Which isn’t to say that the US is determined to keep fighting a war against ISIL, as such, but rather that there’s definitely going to be a war against somebody in those countries – and that somebody could be anybody. Mattis in particular has been keen to talk up the idea of an “ISIL 2.0” emerging in areas ISIL has been expelled from.

Mattis’ comments are very interesting in the context of other Pentagon statements, which have insisted that US troops would stay in Iraq and Syria long after the ISIL war has ended. This had long been assumed to be just a quiet, permanent garrisoning of the two countries, particularly controversial in Syria since they openly don’t welcome a US military presence.

Instead, Mattis seems to be presenting this as not just an open-ended deployment, but an open-ended war against an ever-changing collection of enemies. In Syria in particular, this is likely to mean a shift away from the terror proxies (created and backed up by the US allies!) toward pro-government forces and their Iranian-Russian allies. In Iraq, however, the continuation of the war is likely to be very much like the last US occupation of Iraq, fighting with any and all forces that are aligned in opposition to Washington’s occupying regime itself.

And the faulty justifications for the occupation, however, are far from blurred:

- The Iraqi Parliament is on record as being against the US-led military occupation of their country. Moreover, most Iraqis resent Americans occupying their country and the Trump administration’s requests to do it forever by maintaining illegal military bases in their country.

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Jan 01 06:48

The Trump Peace Plan: Israeli Forces Raid West Bank, Detain More Palestinians In The Early Hours Of New Year

Israeli forces carried out raids in several areas across the West Bank during the early hours of the New Year, arresting 26 Palestinians, including a member of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Israeli forces arrested Nasser Abd al-Jawad, a Hamas member of the PLC, after they stormed his home in Salfit City at dawn Monday, Safa news agency reported.

More than 10 youths were also arrested in the city of Tulkarm in the West Bank.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops stormed a number of Palestinian houses, and deliberately caused damage to them.
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The Palestinian ministry of public health in Gaza has also announced that the Israeli occupation forces use unknown gas bombs which caused cases of stress, convulsion, vomiting, coughing and rapid heartbeat among the Palestinian civilians. It stressed that the Zionist forces fire bullets directly on the Palestinian protestors.

The Israeli regime forces use brutal and excessive force against the civilians and the rescue teams as well as the medics, according to the Palestinian ministry which called for denouncing the racist actions of the Israeli authorities.

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Dec 31 09:59

Iran - Early U.S. Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan

In Iran - Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests we looked at the developing U.S.-Israeli operation to instigate a revolt in Iran. What follows are a few more background points and a view on the developments since. A color revolution or revolt in Iran have only little chances of success. But even as the fail they can be used as pretext for additional sanctions and other anti-Iranian measures. The current incidents are thus only one part of a much larger plan.

Dec 31 09:44

THE GARGANTUAN BLUNDER OF 2017

I know, as many others do, that Trump‘s folly won’t be innocuous or harmless. It is already radicalizing the wider Palestinian street and putting the advocates of peace on the defensive.

Dec 31 09:14

Rivero: WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE?

(*Time for a re-read:) WHO IS THE THREAT TO WORLD PEACE? CHRISTIANS, JEWS, OR MUSLIMS (The US, Israel, or Iran)!

By Michael Rivero

Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. In fact Iran has not launched a war of aggression against another nation in 200 years. War is not their nature. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!

In the same period of time, Israel, a self-declared Jewish state, attacked Iraq in 1981>>>

Dec 31 08:46

Nikki Haley: De Facto Israeli Agent

-The most recent claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “running” Donald Trump as if the U.S. president is a Russian intelligence asset comes from former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper>>>
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-I would like to know more, for example, about the ties that the President’s son-in-law and family have to Israel and to its leadership. The Kushners are reported to be extremely close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu>>>
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-And then there is America’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who is known to be a supporter of the settlers and Jason Greenblatt, the designated regional “negotiator.” What exactly is their relationship to Israel?>>>
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-Kushner, Friedman and Greenblatt might all be considered agents of influence since their brief as U.S. officials seems to include making sure that Israel is both happy and in the loop on everything they do>>>
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-Nevertheless, my candidate for most likely to be a de facto Israeli agent of influence is America’s United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Haley has from the start made it clear that she is all about Israel and she has done nothing since to change that impression>>>

Dec 31 07:48

Israeli NEWS Paper: The Iranian Regime Has Learned to Fear Protesters

Demonstrations have a habit of being infectious. What happens next depends on how brutally the regime responds

Dec 31 07:41

Iran NEWS Paper Blames Israel for Protests

Among the culprits, according to Iran's state-sponsored Kayhan paper, are Netanyahu and the late Israeli President Shimon Peres

Dec 31 07:06

The Trump Peace Plan: IT'S IRAN'S FAULT!

It's Iran's Fault: Israel Points Fingers for Gaza Rockets

Israel’s Defense Minister blamed Iran Saturday for building and supplying missiles fired at Israel from Gaza on Friday, according to local media.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Avigdor Lieberman claimed Iran gave the missiles to the "Salafist terror groups" -- who adhere to an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam -- in Gaza. On Friday, the Israeli army announced it had intercepted two rockets fired from Gaza, while a third had fallen to earth -- without causing damage -- in an Israeli community near the Gaza border.
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Later on Friday, Israel struck targets in the blockaded Gaza Strip with warplanes and artillery fire after the missile was allegedly fired into Israeli territory from the coastal enclave, according to the Israeli army.

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Dec 31 06:59

Re-reading the Greats: Jean Paul Sartre, Pepe Escobar, et. al.

For our bi-polar world....

I’ve been reading Pepe Escobar’s articles for over 30 years–since the time I would read re-prints of his “Asia Times” articles in The Japan Times–my daily reading when I lived in Japan. These days, I mostly catch his work at a number of excellent global websites.

Dec 31 06:46

Did the CIA stop a bloodbath in Saint Petersburg? The Saker

I am not holding my breath for the future, but any positive development deserves some recognition, especially in our otherwise very depressing times.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump for help in preventing a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. Data provided by the CIA enabled Russian security services to find and detain terrorists

The Russian leader expressed his gratitude in a telephone call, adding that the Russian security services would also always share information with their US colleagues, were they to obtain data on any planned attacks on US soil.

Dec 31 04:46

Iranian Speaker's Advisor to Trump: No Place for Excitement

(*To bad there isn't a single domestic advisor in his administration who could offer President Trump the same diagnoses)

Dec 31 04:26

If You’re Wondering Why US, Israel and Saudi Arabia Cooperate Against Iran, Here’s the Answer

Long before this deal, the US and Israel had already established multiple organizations and teams of both US and Israeli spy agencies charged with targeting different aspects of Iran, from its civilian nuclear program (by assassinating its nuclear scientists and sabotage) to its defensive missile systems (by creating media hue and cry in the West and the United Nations).

Nor is that all. The US and Israeli regimes have been hopelessly trying to confront with Iran, potentially military confrontation, for many decades. This includes from backing Iraq’s dictator Saddam in his 8-year war in the 1980s to shooting down Iranian passenger planes over the Persian Gulf, targeting its oil tanks, imposing illegal sanctions and restrictions on Iranian people and government, supporting anti-Iran terror groups like MKO, ISIL and Al-Qaeda, and most recently targeting Iran’s allies in the region (Iraq, Syria and Yemen) through regime-change campaigns and via terror proxy groups, and of course doing everything they can to derail the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China, plus Germany).

So, it should be clear by now how the new “secret deal” won’t change any hostile US or Israeli policy towards Iran. In the near-term President Trump seems to be set with trying to sabotage the P5+1 nuclear deal, and Israel is perpetually beating the war drums on Iran, and indeed any other Shi’ites they come upon, so they have limited options for anything else they can do. Much of the focus is likely to be on planning and making joint speeches about how “aggressive” Iran is being, and how super ready for war the US and Israel are, though naturally there is always a risk that any such joint operations grow from another layer of desperation into launching a war outright.

In other words, the new deal to confront Iran isn’t something new –>>>

Dec 30 20:26

Donald Trump's tweets 'do not accord with facts': China on allegations of illegal oil sale to North Korea

China on Friday hit back at allegations that it is illegally selling oil to North Korea, claiming there was no basis to the accusations. While the Chinese Foreign Ministry took a more circumspect tone in its response, media houses run by the government took direct aim at US President Donald Trump for his tweet on the issue.

Dec 30 11:15

‘Time for REVOLUTION’ Iran regime is ‘doomed’ as riots erupt after warning from Trump

IRAN may be the brink of a “revolution” amid violent clashes between riot police and protestors, an opposition group in exile has claimed.

Dec 30 10:43

Anti-Russia spin pushed by those who lost US election & can't face reality – Putin to Le Figaro

A powerful bureaucracy is preventing US presidents from making changes, Vladimir Putin told Le Figaro, saying he’s not surprised Donald Trump hasn’t restored relations with Moscow amid a power struggle – just as Obama failed to shut down Guantanamo.

Despite early signals from the Trump administration that it would not mind improving relations with Russia, which seemed to hit rock bottom during the last months of the Obama presidency, Moscow “had no special expectations” with regards to the new US President Trump, the Russian leader said in an interview to be published in full Wednesday.

Dec 30 10:35

Trump Impeachment Poll 'Reflects Polarizing Nature of American Politics Today'

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from earlier this month found that 41% of Americans favor Congressional impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump. Speaking with Sputnik, University of Virginia law professor Dr. Saikrishna Prakash outlined whether the president's impeachment was actually a realistic possibility.

Dec 30 09:14

Moscow ready to repair ties with US despite ‘regrettable’ security strategy – Ambassador to US

Moscow is ready to “build bridges” with Washington despite the new US national security strategy, which designates Russia as a threat to US security, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said.

“We have carefully studied this strategy... we will probably continue scrutinizing all the words and expressions mentioned there, our magnifying lens in hand. I can only say this: the first impression of it is that this strategy https://www.rt.com/news/413774-russia-security-trump-strategy/ is highly regrettable. Regrettable in the context of the Russia-US relations. We see many flawed points in it, but we are ready to work and build ties with the United States, regardless of this, I should say, unfriendly strategy, which the new of national security strategy really is,” he said in an interview with RTVi on Friday.

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Dec 30 07:24

The Trump Peace Plan: 'The War Is Not Over' in Iraq and Syria

Declarations of victory over ISIS by both Iraq and Syria, along with Russia, are not having an impact on US military policy in the region, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who insisted on Friday that “the war is not over.”

Which isn’t to say that the US is determined to keep fighting a war against ISIS, as such, but rather that there’s definitely going to be a war against somebody in those countries. Mattis in particular has been keen to talk up the idea of an “ISIS 2.0” emerging in areas ISIS has been expelled from.

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Dec 30 07:23

Iran hard-liners rally as new protests challenge government

Trump and Tillerson attempt another colored revolution.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian hard-liners rallied Saturday to support the country's supreme leader and clerically overseen government as spontaneous protests sparked by anger over the country's ailing economy roiled major cities in the Islamic Republic.

The demonstrations, commemorating a mass 2009 pro-government rally challenging those who rejected the re-election of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad amid fraud allegations, had been scheduled weeks earlier.

Dec 30 07:14

Al Nusra's Intercepted Grad Missiles Supplied By US , S Arabia

The Grad missiles fired by the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) and blown up by the air defense systems deployed at the Russian airbase in Humeimim had been supplied by the US and Saudi Arabia, a Russian expert said on Saturday.

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Dec 29 12:41

Russian Federation ready to act as mediator for USA and North Korea

"The two discussed concerns related to the DPRK's destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized that neither the United States nor Russian Federation accepts the DPRK as a nuclear power", Nauert said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Meanwhile, the latest USA sanctions target North Korean officials Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol, who are believed to be heavily involved in the country's intercontinental ballistic missile program, by seizing any assets within US jurisdiction and prohibiting American citizens from dealing with them.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday urged the United States and North Korea to start a dialogue and said the U.S. should make the first move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US just rejected Russia's offer to act as mediator.

Dec 29 12:20

Trump Foreign Policy (Little Change)

So the Donald Trump National Security Strategy will be more of the same, a combination of the worst ideas to emerge from his two predecessors with little in the way of mitigation. Trump might balk at going toe-to-toe with North Korea because they have the actual capability to strike back and might think they have nothing to lose if they are about to be incinerated, something no bully likes to see, but Iran is certainly in the cross hairs and you best believe they have taken notice and will be preparing. Vladimir Putin too can sit back and wonder how Trump could possibly have gotten everything so ass-backwards when he had so much latitude to get at least some things right. The National Security Strategy will deliver little in the way of security but it will provide an answer to why most of the world has come to hate the United States.

Dec 29 09:09

The Trump Peace Plan: Palestinian Teenager Who Slapped Israeli Soldier to Face Charges

A 16-year-old Palestinian girl who slapped an Israeli officer two weeks ago will face assault charges in an Israeli military court, prosecutors said on Thursday.

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(*"Ka-ching!" That's the sound of The US Economy improving on this announcement)

Dec 29 07:47

Evangelical Christians 'uncritical' in support for Trump, UK bishop says

Paul Bayes, bishop of Liverpool, accuses some religious leaders of ‘colluding with a system that marginalises the poor’

Dec 29 07:46

Bishop of Liverpool hits out at Christians who support Donald Trump

The Church of England Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, said there was no justification for Christians who went against God’s teachings to protect the poor and weak.

Mr Bayes said: “Some of the things that have been said by religious leaders seem to collude with a system that marginalises the poor, a system which builds walls instead of bridges, a system which says people on the margins of society should be excluded, a system which says we’re not welcoming people any more into our country.

“Whenever people say those kinds of things, they need to be able to justify that they’re saying those things as Christians, and I do not believe it’s justifiable.”

Dec 29 07:43

The Trump Peace Plan: Palestinian Double Amputee Was Shot in the Head

Palestinian medical records in the Gaza Strip show that a paraplegic man who died during a violent protest along the border with Israel earlier this month was killed by a bullet that struck him in the head.

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Dec 29 06:56

Who says that a World War can't happen again? The spectre of 2018

Anyone saying that another world war can't happen, hasn't understood the problem of the present global instability in its fullest sense. While the US has certainly faced deadlock with Russia over Ukraine, and loss of power and influence in the Middle-East, the coming year presents us a few items which have the serious potential to push global instability to the point of world war.

Outside of the echo chamber of the US media's insulated creation of simulated reality, where pushing for war and conflict doesn't actually lead to one, serious experts point to some very worrisome signs for the coming year.

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