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Dec 15 12:57

Observer on US Threats of Anti-Iran Coalition: 'We've Heard About It Since 1979

Washington has warned Iran that it will build an "international coalition" against Tehran after presenting what it said was proof of Iranian-made weapons deliveries to Yemen. Speaking to Sputnik, Iranian political observer Ali Reza Rezahah said his country has been hearing similar, baseless threats and accusations from the US for decades.

At a press conference in a military hangar outside Washington, DC on Thursday in front of what she said were remnants of Iranian-made missiles systems used against the Saudi-led coalition by the Houthi rebels, US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the United States would respond to Iran's "aggression" and support for "terrorist groups" with the creation of a new international coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reeks of the same codswallop used by President Bush to "sell" the American people on the war against Iraq.

After that, I cannot believe anything anyone in the US government has to say, and certainly not these lies about Iranian weapons capability being used against Saudi Arabia.

Dec 15 10:56

Iraq, Syria, Iran…Are We To Destroy Iran Next?

The Cato report linked above, The Risks of Confrontation with Iran, explains the four confrontation options. These are:

— New, tighter economic sanctions

–Challenging Iranian influence in the region

–Regime change from within

–Starting a war

The Cato conclusion is that America’s best policy option would be for further engagement with Iran to strengthen its more moderate political factions and weaken its hardliners. America used to be widely popular among younger Iranians who want peace and prosperity, not mullahs and wars. The greater threat is Washington’s military-industrial-Congress complex which so benefits from unending wars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the Cato Institute Report is advocating, is completely, utterly logical; this is why the American Deep State and warhawks will reject it out of hand.

And please remember: Should the US and Saudi Arabian military go to war against Iran, it is highly likely that the Russians will jump into the fray to protect it.

And as we have seen from Russia's grand finale in Syria, Russia has weapons which actually work as advertised.

Dec 15 10:04

Iran: US Presentation of Iranian Arms in Yemen Fabricated

The Iranian government has issued a statement Thuesday denying that a presentation earlier in the day by the US represented proof that they’d been sending arms to the Shi’ite Houthis in Yemen to resist the US-backed Saudi invasion, saying it was a ‘fabrication.”

The US presentation centered on a short-range ballistic missile fired by Yemen at the Riyadh airport, which US officials claim was Iranian-made and Iranian-sent. US Ambassador Nikki Haley talked up building a new coalition against Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Minister likened Haley’s presentation to Colin Powell’s 2003 WMD speech about Iraq, which precipitated the disastrous US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, is entirely correct in his assessment and analogy here.

Dec 15 09:41

Pence delays Middle East trip in case needed for U.S. tax vote

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will delay an upcoming Middle East trip by a few days in case a tie-breaking vote is needed from him for tax cut legislation in Congress, a senior White House official said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reuters, Reuters, Reuters; this is really a "lipstick on a pig" moment for you, and the optics of this lame excuse are just officially horrible.

No one in the Middle East, except, perhaps Bibi Netanyahu, wants to recieve Pence because of President Trump's announcement, last week, that he recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians, and leaders of other Middle Eastern countries now understand that the US government can never, ever again be considered as an honest broker of peace in the region, will always favor Israel, no matter what it does, and collectively has the morals of a dead tree stump.

President Trump threw the Palestinian people under a bus last week, most probably in return for a $100 million dollar campaign donation from Sheldon Adelson in 2016, and the Palestinians have every right to be infuriated.

That fury resulted in the following action on the part of Abbas:

Abbas won't meet U.S. Vice President Pence: official

That the President did not understand that there would be severe international consequences to his act last week of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital indicates one of two things; he is either painfully naive, or is getting some really hideous advice from his "President Whisperers" when it comes to thorny geopolitical issues in the Middle East.

Dec 15 08:55

Yemen's Ansarullah Rejects US Claims about Iran's Missile Aid

A spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah categorically dismissed the recent US accusations that Iran had supplied a missile fired at Saudi Arabia last month, and said it was a move to distract the international community's attention from the United States’ decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli regime’s capital.
“After three years of war, America suddenly finds evidence that Iran supports the Ansarullah,” Abdel-Malek al-Ejri wrote on his Twitter account.

“America did not find any evidence in all the missiles fired from Yemen until now. The story is clear. They want to give Arabs a story to divert their attention from al-Quds. Instead of being angry at Israel, they wave the Iranian bogey,” he added.

The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to Yemen's Ansarullah, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating UN resolutions.

Dec 15 08:21

Haley’s Missile Stunt ‘Incredible Distraction’ From US, Saudi Horrors in Yemen

According to Haley, Iran was the supplier of the missile; Not everyone, however, is onboard.

Dec 15 08:10

US calls for global 'coalition' to counter Iran

The US ambassador to the UN has called for an international coalition to counter Iran's influence in the Middle East, while accusing the country of "fanning the flames of conflict" in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US carries out wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Syria ... but Iran is fanning the flames of conflict?

Dec 15 07:32

Iran Blasts US for “Fabricated Show” on Yemeni Missile

Hamid Aboutalebi, an advisor to the Iranian president, has lashed out at the US ambassador’s displaying of a missile debris at the UN, saying that such moves are “fabricated shows”.

Dec 15 07:30

All the problems with Nikki Haley’s speech on Iran

She presented the weapons as evidence that Iran is helping destabilize other parts of the Middle East, but a new U.N. report stopped short of that conclusion, saying only that two missiles fired by Houthis — one on November 4 and one on July 22 — seem to have “a common origin.”

U.N. officials are still investigating who made the missiles, but for reasons that were not made clear, Haley is nonetheless claiming certainty that they are Iranian-made.

Dec 15 07:28

Haley’s ‘Smoking Gun’ on Iran Met With Skepticism at U.N.

But the panel, which reported that the missile also contained an American-made component, concluded it “has no evidence as to the identity of the broker or supplier.”

Dec 15 07:27

From The Weekly Standard with BEX

From Iran with Love

The Iranians are giving their missiles to groups using them to attack an international civilian airport in a G-20 country. Is anyone going to do something about it?

Nikki Haley on Thursday presented what she described as undeniable evidence that Iran is supplying arms to militants in Yemen and charged that Tehran is fueling conflict in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria—activities that she said fly in the face of United Nations resolutions.

The U.N. ambassador stood in front of a large, orange-black recovered missile and other weapons debris, gathered from military attacks, that she said “might as well have had ‘made in Iran’ stickers all over” them.

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(*oh christ!)

Dec 14 17:20

Haley: Iran’s Fingerprints ‘All Over’ Conflicts, Terrorist Groups in the Middle East

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday unveiled recently declassified evidence that she believes proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

"Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in war zones across the region," Haley said at a press conference at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. "It's hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprints all over it."

Dec 14 11:33

Nikki Haley vows to present 'irrefutable evidence' Iran 'deliberately violated international obligations'

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, is set to lay out Thursday what the Trump administration claims is "irrefutable evidence that Iran has deliberately violated its international obligations and has tried and failed to cover up these violations," her office said in a statement Wednesday.

The announcement will come as the U.N. presents a report today on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. That's the resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for eight years as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, while the IAEA has stated consistently that Iran has been consistently in compliance with this agreement?!?

Hailey and President Trump, in making these accusations, are making the US government look like the netherside of a jaysap, and I, for one, am embarrassed about this.

The IAEA is comprised of very smart, talented, and disciplined people, who would have the expertise to know if Iran was violating the agreement, and they haven't said anything about any Iranian violations of this deal whatsoever.

Please understand; this is about Israel wanting regime change in Iran; however, Netanyahu and his cabal want this to happen only at the costs of American blood, and financed with American money.

The agenda here is war with Iran, which is why the lying narrative of Iran having violated the agreement, is being put forward at the UN.

I do hope that President Trump and his triumverate of "President Whisperers", Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis, will take a grave and sober assessment of what American interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Niger, and Lybia have "accomplished" so far, before they commit to war against Iran.

Oh, and did I mention; a war against Iran will most likely mean war with Russia, as its leadership has committed to defending it against outside attacks?!?

And as we have seen in Syria, Russia has military equipment which does work as advertised.

Dec 14 11:15

Iran Air says it may finance deal for 80 Boeing jets with domestic backers or even Boeing

Iran Air is considering domestic financing to help pay for its blockbuster jet purchases from Boeing and Airbus, two Iranian newspapers reported Wednesday.

Dec 14 11:13

On Saudi Media, «Israeli» Minister Threatens to Strike Lebanon Like Syria

In an interview with Saudi media on Wednesday, the "Israeli" entity's so-called Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz threatened to attack Lebanon to prevent an Iranian military presence, as he invited Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit the entity.

Saudi Arabia and the "Israeli" entity had recently been normalizing ties, although both countries do not share diplomatic ties.

Describing Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Arab world, Katz proposed that the kingdom would be a sponsor of the so-called "Israeli"-Palestinian "peace process". Katz added that the entity would be happy to participate in such negotiations.

Katz said the entity is aware that Iran has been building alleged weapons plants in Lebanon. "We have information that Iran is building advanced missile plants in Lebanon, and I want to emphasize that we have drawn a new red line, and we will not allow them to do this at any cost."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's telegraphing of war against Iran and Lebanon is risky, in light of the reality that if Israel does press ahead with war against Iran, Russia will most probably assist it militarily, as its leadership has committed to do many times over the last several decades.

And as we have seen in Syria, the Russians do have both tactics and weaponry which perform brilliantly well.

Dec 14 10:57

US Expected to Sanction Iran Because of Worsening Conditions in Yemen

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

Iran has little to nothing to do with the Yemen War, of course, but Saudis have pushed the narrative that the Shi’ite Iranians are backing the Shi’ite Houthi movement, even though they’re different types of Shi’ites, and the factions had no known contacts before the Saudi invasion.

House officials are eating up the Saudi allegations, however, pushing a bill that threatens to punish Iran even further if they don’t “stop” arming the Houthis, which would be difficult for Iran to prove since there’s little evidence they’ve ever armed the Houthis more than a token amount.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just please give me a moment to wrap my head around this; in spite of the fact the US government and military are complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen, the US House of Representatives is keen to sanction Iran... for something it really has't done, like arming the Houthi rebels?!?

Folks, this... is desperation on the cusp of madness!!

Dec 14 06:47

US to Sanction Iran Because of Worsening Conditions in Yemen

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

(*the logic escapes the paragraph , so let's read it again , shall we ?)

With thousands dead in a Saudi air war against Yemen, and potentially millions facing starvation because of the Saudi-led naval blockade against Yemen, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is looking to act: against Iran.

(*That's what I thought Saudi Arabia did it / punishment goes to Iran !
STILL; the logic escapes the paragraph )

Dec 14 06:07

Nikki Haley Vows to Present 'Irrefutable Evidence' Iran 'Deliberately Violated International Obligations'

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The announcement will come as the U.N. presents a report today on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231. That's the resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for eight years as well.

It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will seek to punish Iran for the alleged "violations," but Haley's announcement comes a month before the Jan. 13 deadline by when President Donald Trump must again certify whether or not Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, and also decide whether to extend a waiver on sanctions.

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Dec 13 08:06

Iranian Jewish MP Blasts Trump Decision on Jerusalem

The representative of Iranian Jewish minority at the Iranian Parliament says US President Donald Trump has opened a new chapter in the book of obscenity by recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime.

Dec 13 08:04

Netanyahu: Iran eyes sending 80,000 Shiite fighters to ME

In press briefing before concluding European trip, PM Netanyahu says Iran seeks to shore up Syrian entrenchment, intends to use 80,000 Shiite fighters to 'spark religious wars anew'; in prior statement to 28 EU foreign ministers, Netanyahu chides them to 'stop pampering Palestinians', says Palestinians need 'reality check.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Iran gets the blame for what rump and Netanyahu just did.

Dec 13 07:56

'Iran ready to unconditionally coop. in defending al-Quds'

Iran's President Rouhani speaking at OIC summit on al-Quds on Wed. called on Muslim countries to set aside their differences for a unified defense of al-Quds and the Palestinian cause.

Dec 12 09:05

Trump's al-Quds bid creates new tension in Middle East: Iran's Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the recent "incorrect and illegal" decision by his American counterpart to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.

Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is scheduled to be convened on Wednesday following US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital" and his country's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

"If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region," Rouhani said.

He added that Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the "capital of the Palestinian state."

Dec 12 07:50

“Resistance Forces in Region Ready to Defend Al-Aqsa Mosque”

In a phone conversation with the commanders of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, which are the armed wing of Hamas Movement, and also Islamic Jihad Brigades in Gaza, the Iranian General stressed that the other resistance forces in the region are ready to defend al-Aqsa mosque.

The remarks by General Soleimani came as a new phase of Palestine’s armed resistance against the Israeli regime seems to be starting.

The tensions in Palestine escalated after US President Donald Trump, in a move that was globally condemned, recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel and said the US embassy will also be relocated from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.

Dec 12 06:58

Trump’s Jerusalem move will speed up Israel’s destruction, unite Muslims – Iran's defense minister

Last week’s decision by the US president to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is bound to backfire, hastening the demise of the Jewish state and banding Muslims together, Iran's defense minister has said. And should conflict break out in the region, Washington will have to bear responsibility, General Amir Hatami said.
“(Trump‘s) move will hasten the destruction of the Zionist regime [Israel] and will double unity among Muslims,” Brigadier General Hatami told a meeting of senior military officials Monday, as cited by various Iranian media outlets.

Washington’s “anti-security decision,” which has drawn widespread condemnation from Muslim nations and the international community, is ratcheting up tensions in the region, he said. Denouncing the move as “provocative and unwise,” Hatami said the declaration could possibly mean the Middle East descending into bloodshed.

Dec 11 08:09

Get out of Yemen and break up with Israel to restore ties with Iran, Rouhani tells Saudi Arabia

Iran could have better relations with Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh must first stop its military intervention in Yemen and distance itself from Israel, Iran’s president told lawmakers. The two nations are regional powerhouses deadlocked in a conflict.

The confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia is multi-layered, rooted in religious, economic and political differences between the two. But, according to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, relations between the two may improve, if the Saudis take a certain course of action.

Dec 11 08:07

Zarif Warns Europe Not to Side with US against Iran’s Missile Program

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described the JCPOA as a “rare triumph” of diplomacy over confrontation, urging Europe, instead of siding with Washington against Iran’s missile capabilities, to help maintain the nuclear agreement.

“The nuclear deal is a rare triumph of diplomacy over confrontation. Undermining that would be a mistake,” Zarif wrote in an article published by The New York Times.

He added, “Europe should not pander to Washington’s determination to shift focus to yet another unnecessary crisis — whether it be Iran’s defensive missile program or our influence in the Middle East. This would repeat the very dynamics that preceded the nuclear deal.”

Dec 11 07:29

Rouhani: Ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia

In a speech broadcast Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.

Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 09 09:07

Iraqi Militias Vow to 'Defend Jerusalem' After Trump Announcement

An Iran-backed Iraqi militia leader has been filmed on the Israeli border, declaring his “total readiness to stand with the [...] Palestinian cause against the brutal Israeli occupation.”

Dec 09 06:38

Iranians Rally Against Trump's Jerusalem Move, Burn US Flags

Hundreds of Iranians took part in rallies across the country on Friday to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, state TV reported.

Leaders of Iran, where opposition to Israel and support for the Palestinian cause has been central to foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic revolution, have denounced Trump’s move, including his plan to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

State TV aired footage of marchers chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”>>>

(*I don't like the implications . Every time our government provokes the burning of our flag abroad , the corporate media floods the tv news landscape with images , and vicious dialog to promote bigotry towards the disrespectful . In this case Iran . )

Dec 08 10:08

Here's What The Next Big Middle East War Will Look Like

On Wednesday Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed during the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference that Israel has to “act now against Iran” in order to stop the Iranians from "establishing themselves in Syria,” according to the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post.

During the conference, the Israeli prime minister argued that world leaders should join Israel and the US in pressuring Iran to accept renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal. Netanyahu even warned that Iran will have nuclear weapons “in a decade” once the nuclear deal is over. Netanyahu also accused Iran of supporting “terrorist organizations” as usual, and said that Lebanese Hezbollah, and Palestinian Hamas would “not last a day without Iran,” according to Jerusalem Post.

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Dec 08 10:07

De-Dollarization Continues: China, Iran To Eliminate Greenback From Bilateral Trade

The more Washington lashes out in anger at those who will not bow to the unipolar world order, the more the rest of the world fights back. As the launch of its Yuan/Gold-settled oil futures looms, China is escalating its de-dollarization scheme further by seeking a bilateral rial-yuan agreement with Iran.

Dec 07 09:49

State Department warns Americans they are in danger from terror attacks WORLDWIDE following Trump's Jerusalem decision

The State Department issued a new 'Worldwide Caution' to Americans traveling overseas on Wednesday, after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The update did not include specific warnings about Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; that region's travel advisory dates back to April.

But the State Department did advise Americans to avoid Jerusalem's Old City and the West Bank on Tuesday, anticipating strong reactions to Trump's speech once the subject matter became public.

The global warning advised American citizens to 'maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness when traveling.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF you can manage to not travel out of the country, but can use Skype or some other form of visual peer-to-peer conferencing software, I would highly recommend it right now.

President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has just placed a target on the backs of every American, and every American asset, both at home and abroad.

Dec 07 09:38

ISRAEL LAUNCHES MASSIVE SURPRISE MILITARY DRILL AHEAD OF TRUMP’S JERUSALEM SPEECH AND AFTER STRIKES IN SYRIA

Israel launched a large-scale surprise military drill late Tuesday along the country’s northern border with Lebanon, one of many regional countries to condemn President Donald Trump’s anticipated announcement recognizing the disputed city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Israeli military reportedly mobilized its Galilee division, including hundreds of logistics corps soldiers and dozens of vehicles, without prior notice, in an effort to test its rapid-response capabilities in the event of a conflict breaking out in the tense northern region, near foes Lebanon and Syria. Both Arab nations have recognized Jerusalem solely as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, and have been hit by Israeli airstrikes targeting Iran-backed forces, such as Lebanon’s Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement, which has focused on battling Syrian rebels and jihadis in recent years. It has also clashed with Israeli forces for decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will be attacking Lebanon soon; it is just a question of time, and when they believe that, due to other world conflicts, they can actually get away with it.

Dec 06 07:35

The Dog That Didn’t Bark – Israel Shamir

The media dog keeps silent...

Now the glorious if a tad too long name of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (or MBS) should join the list of the great solution-makers. He faced the problem of having a broke country, an empty treasury, and a lot of very rich citizens with full coffers.

Trump faces a similar problem; in the US, the top dogs have the whole hog, while the state is in multi-trillion debt.

Dec 06 06:23

Zarif accuses Netanyahu of ‘distorting Torah’, says Persians saved the Jews 3 times

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of “fake history” for saying that Iran sought the annihilation of the Jews, just as had ancient Persia.

“To sell bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu resorting to fake history & falsifying Torah. Force of habit,” Zarif tweeted.

Dec 06 06:14

Syria war, Sochi peace – Pepe Escobar

In a well choreographed Sochi summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin defines a peaceful future for Syria after the liberation of the country from militants

The main take away of the trilateral, two hour-long Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi on the future of Syria was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an All-Syrian Congress for national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society.”

Dec 06 05:17

Rare Conversation with Jared Kushner, Saban Forum – 2017

A lot of countries in the Middle East want the same thing – economic progress, peace for their people.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Dec 05 15:22

Trump and Netanyahu Conspire to Make Jerusalem Israel’s Capital as They Make Preparations to Attack Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is apparently now close to being indicted for corruption, is becoming increasingly desperate to cover up his alleged financial criminality. His strategy to deflect attention is to conspire with the Trump family for the US to collaborate in changing the status of Jerusalem from an ‘international city affording access to all faiths’, to being the political capital of Israel.

It is also alleged that he is colluding with the White House in making preparations for Israeli forces to attack Iran, presumably together with US troops and American F-35 strike aircraft. That would be a catastrophic political and military error that would have dire consequences for both the Middle East and Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the Knesset has just approved a bill protecting Netanyahu from police being able to recommend charges against senior Israeli leadership

Israel Advances Law barring Police from Making Recommendations on Indictments

Netanyahu faces a country politically turning against him.

Thousands protest against Netanyahu's corruption

As reported in mondoweiss.net, the following article appeared:

The veteran journalist Larry Derfner reports from Israel that “everybody here feels war is coming.” He adds, “There’s so much tough talk from Israel, and the Saudis would love Israel to fight a war for their interests, and the tension is very high — all this is in the news all the time.” Derfner does not believe Hezbollah or Iran would start the conflict, “because they know they’d get crushed.” He explains, “The only one I see starting it is Israel, because Israel is both strong and paranoid.” Bradley Burston, a respected columnist in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, also could not have been more clear the other day. His opinion piece was entitled, “Netanyahu Needs a War. He Needs It to Be With Iran. And He Needs It Soon.” Burston argues that Netanyahu has several selfish reasons for wanting a conflict: 1) The Israeli political reality is turning against him. “He’s desperate now because he’s losing ground fast in the latest opinion polls.” 2) He sees he may be out of power soon, and he’s “obsessed by his place in history.” Burston writes, “Netanyahu still has no legacy beyond the number of all those many years in power.” 3) Netanyahu may also provoke war to distract from the ongoing probes into his corruption: “He’s desperate because police detectives and investigative journalists are closing in on him.”

Dec 05 15:09

CIA Chief: Saudi, Israel May Set Up ‘Joint Military Headquarters’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia is working directly with Israel on confronting “challenges” in the Middle East, suggesting that the two sides could go as far as setting up “a joint military headquarters.”

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Pompeo cited Daesh, Iran and “failed states” as posing a challenge to both Saudi Arabia and Israel, advising the two sides to develop their relationship.

“We’ve seen them [Saudis] work with the Israelis to push back against terrorism throughout the Middle East, to the extent we can continue to develop those relationships and work alongside them – the [Persian] Gulf states and broader Middle East will likely be more secure,” he said.

“It is incredibly important that in the Middle East, where we have failed states, where you have ISIS, where you have Iran, that we have got to develop a stronger coalition of countries that are willing to work together to confront these challenges,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CIA Director Pompeo, forgive me please sir, but this is an officially horrible idea, and concretely telegraphs that the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, are all gung ho on attacking Iran, creating "regime change" in Tehran.

So Director Pompeo,I, need to ask a question of you here; should the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia do this, how will Russia respond, in light of the fact that Russian military and political leaders have vowed to protect Iran militarily, should it be attacked?!?

Director Pompeo, I truly believe that you owe all Americans, particularly those whose kids will be killed or mamed for life in such a war, a brutally honest assessment here of what the potential involvement of Russia's military would mean in a war against Iran.

Dec 05 14:14

An ominous warning: ‘Netanyahu needs a war with Iran. And he needs it soon’

2 December, 2017: In a dangerous escalation, Israel last night attacked a military base near Syria’s capital, Damascus, using both warplanes and surface-to-surface missiles. News sources in Syria said the target was an Iranian installation near Al-Kiswa, 7 miles south of the city.

This attack — Israeli officials declined comment — is just the latest ominous sign from Israel that the unholy alliance of Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, may be planning to greatly expand war in the Mideast, targeting Hezbollah in Lebanon, and its ally and patron, Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel may, in fact, start this war, but they will fully expect most of the costs, in blood and money, to be borne by a US intervention into this war, on Israel's side.

I hope President Trump thoroughly comprehends that should we attack Iran, Russia - whose political and military leaders have consistently vowed to protect it under attack - will enter the fray on Iran's side.

And, as having been demonstrated in Syria, Russian weaponry does work.

Dec 05 08:06

Jewish community in Iran: all you need to know

Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3000 years, has the Middle East’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel.

Most Iranian Jews live in the capital. In Tehran, there are 13 active synagogues that hold weekly services, five Jewish schools, two Jewish kindergartens, and a 100-bed capacity Jewish hospital. Although there are active Jewish communities all around the country, Tehran’s community is the most significant.

Link fixed

Dec 04 12:16

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 4, 2017: ISRAELI-IRANIAN TENSIONS GAIN MOMENTUM

On December 2, Israeli forces launched between 4 and 6 missiles on the supposed Iranian military facility in the area of al- Kiswah in southern Damascus. According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Air Defense Force (SADF) fired several Buk-M2E surface-to-air missiles from its position in the Mezzeh airbase and intercepted at least 3 Israeli missiles. At least one Israeli missile hit the target.

On November 12, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy the supposed Iranian base in al-Kiswah and said Israel “will not allow the Shi‘ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base.”

On December 3, Syrian government forces, led by the Tiger Forces, liberated 8 villages from ISIS in the Euphrates River Valley, in the area southeast of the city of Deir Ezzor.

Dec 04 09:20

Jewish community in Iran: all you need to know

Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3000 years, has the Middle East’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel.

Dec 04 09:14

Iran's Jewish community in Esfahan: We 'feel at home'

Esfahan, Iran (CNN)If you're looking for the Jewish community in the Iranian town of Esfahan, you won't have to search for long.

The main synagogue is on Palestine Square, right in the heart of Iran's third largest city. There are public prayers several times a day -- sometimes with more than a hundred people in attendance.

The Jewish community in Iran does not hide its heritage. At the synagogue, Michael Malakon leads the prayer service. He says he is proud of his Jewish identity. And even in a country that is so hostile towards Israel, Malakon says he can practice freely and that he has many Muslim friends.

Dec 04 09:03

NETANYAHU CALLS THE KETTLE BLACK

War rumblings continue, as Netanhayu says Iran is another Nazi Germany

Dec 04 08:17

Tehran Acquires Breakthrough Technology to Manufacture Nuclear Batteries

Iran has mastered a technology to build nuclear batteries, becoming the fifth country worldwide to acquire the skill after Russia, France, UK and the United States, a senior advisor to the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Asghar Zare'an, said Sunday, cited by Iran Daily.

The batteries can be used in the health sector and other industrial fields, for example, to produce cardiac pacemakers or advanced laptops.

Dec 04 07:33

Iran is like Nazi Germany in its 'ruthless commitment to murder Jews' – Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister went on another fiery tirade against Iran, comparing the Islamic Republic with Hitler’s Germany, claiming both shared the goal to exterminate all Jews.

“Obviously, there are some differences between the Nazi Germany and Islamic Republic of Iran,” Benjamin Netanyahu generously allowed, “but both regimes do have two important things in common: one, a ruthless commitment to impose tyranny and terror, and second, a ruthless commitment to murder Jews,” he claimed in a video message, filmed for the Saban Forum, a conference on the US policy in the Middle East, that kicked off in Washington on Sunday.

The Israeli leader has recently ratcheted up his angry rhetoric towards Iran, repeatedly accusing it of gaining a military foothold in Syria to attack Israel and vowing to “act alone” to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one small problem with Netanyahu's claim. There are Jews living in Iran. They are quite comfortable there. One of the world's oldest continually operating synagogues is in Iran. The Iranian Jews are so well off in Iran they refused an offer by Israel to emigrate.

Dec 04 07:13

Report: Friday Israeli Attack in Syria Killed 12 Iranians

On Friday, Israel attacked a site south of Damascus. Reports of the strike were reported early in the Israeli press, but subsequently the reports were removed from all Israeli media outlets. Details then were a matter of speculation.

Over the weekend, media outlets across the Arab world have gotten reports out of the area. These reports suggest that Israel did attack Iranian military forces within Syria in the strike, something the Israeli papers had previously reported, claiming 12 Iranians were killed in the attack.

Syria’s state media reported the attack targeted one of their military posts near Damascus, though they offered no details on deaths. They did, however, claim two Israeli missiles were intercepted by air defense.

Dec 03 09:41

Progress report on the US-Russian war

I am often asked if the US and Russia will go to war with each other. I always reply that they are already at war. Not a war like WWII, but a war nonetheless. This war is, at least for the time being, roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic. But in political terms the outcome for the loser of this war will be no less dramatic than the outcome of WWII was for Germany: the losing country will not survive it, at least not in its present shape: either Russia will become a US colony again or the AngloZionist Empire will collapse.

At the end of the day, political regimes can only survive by the consent of those it rules. In the United States this consent is clearly in the process of being withdrawn. In Russia it has never been stronger.

Dec 03 09:20

Netanyahu and CIA Director Pompeo Threaten Iran

Washington, Israel and Saudi Arabia comprise a sinister alliance against Iran, risking greater regional war than already.

Last month, Netanyahu vowed to prevent Iran from using Syria “as a base from which to destroy Israel” – invoking the long ago discredited canard.

Iran threatens no one, not Israel or any other countries. The Big Lie persists to justify unjustifiable US/Israeli/Saudi hostility toward the Islamic Republic.

Following Israeli warplane terror-bombing of a Syrian military target overnight Friday, naked aggression by any standard, Netanyahu released a disinformation statement, roaring:

“Let me reiterate Israel’s policy: We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons.”

“We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US citizens have been lied into two wars in recent memory, the Iraq war, and the Afghanistan war; we will not sit still for being lied into a third against Iran, for which Saudi Arabia and Israel are cheerleading, but fuly expect that the costs of "victory" (if there is one) will be exclusively borne by American blood and American money.

And I hope, if President Trump, signs off on such a military misadventure, as has been Afghanistan, Lybia, and Iraq, that he will seriously consider the following hard reality; Russia has vowed to come to Iran's aid, if attacked militarily.

Dec 03 08:53

Indian FM Stresses Deepening of Ties with Iran

Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj underscored her country's willingness to further broaden and deepen relations with Iran.
Swaraj made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday.

Zarif, for his part, referred to the good and growing ties between the two countries, and said, "In addition to strengthening mutual and regional cooperation, inauguration of Chabahar's Shahid Beheshti port shows the importance of this port in the development of the region and the roads linking the Central Asian states to other world countries via the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean."

During the meeting, the two top diplomats also discussed the latest regional developments.

Dec 03 08:48

Iran rocked by MASSIVE 6.0 magnitude earthquake 'near city with 800,000 people'

The earthquake, which hit at 2.32am GMT, was intially recorded at a magnitude of 6.3 but was later downgraded to 6.0.

The aftershock measuring in at a 5.0 magnitude struck around 15 minutes later, according to the USGS.

The earthquakes struck near Kerman which has a population of around 800,000.

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude is considered a powerful and is capable of causing severe damage.

However, no reports have emerged about casualties or damage so far.

It follows a deadly quake in the region last month.

Dec 03 08:16

HOW A DUBIOUS BBC REPORT GAVE ISRAEL THE "GREEN LIGHT" FOR LAST NIGHT'S ATTACK ON SYRIA

Syrian state television has confirmed that Israel attacked a military base outside of Damascus overnight on Friday, which Israeli media reports involved both surface-to-surface missiles and airstrikes, while Syria says its air defense systems were engaged and intercepted two missiles. Like other recent strikes inside Syria, the Israeli jets reportedly fired from over Lebanese airspace, in order to avoid both Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems and provoking a Russian response. Though the extent of the damage or casualties is not yet known, Syrian media has confirmed material damage to the base, and other reports indicate mass power outages in some of parts of Damascus occurred immediately after the attack, which SANA says happened at 12:30am local time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is going to be a point past which Russia is going to need to stop Israel from these unprovoked attacks against Syria; the only questions are, when, and how dramatically this will happen.

Dec 02 10:42

The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Prepare for a Long-Planned Middle East War

Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have one main objective at the moment and that is to destabilize Lebanon and attempt to defeat Hezbollah before they prepare for another offensive in Syria to remove Assad from power. Before they declare an all-out war on Iran, they must neutralize their allies, Hezbollah and Syria which is by far an extremely difficult task to accomplish.

The Curse: Lebanon’s Natural Resources and the Greater Israel Project

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, with regard to the thoroughly morally depraved Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, Mr. Friedman wrongly conflates the term "reformist policies" with utter genocide.

And I hope that President Trump clearly understands that should the US invade Iran, Russia will most probably come to its aid militarily, as it has promised to do for decades.

And as we have seen from its triumphs in Syria, Russia does have military equipment which actually works, and well.

Dec 02 08:02

FLASHBACK - Donald Trump duped by seven-month-old video of Iran missile launch, US officials say

Donald Trump was tricked into an angry public outburst by a seven-month-old video of an Iranian missile launch, US officials have revealed.

Dec 01 10:38

IDF-linked Think Tank Admits Israel, ISIS Are Allies in Confronting Iran in Syria

A new Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report says that ISIS and Israel are temporary allies against Iran.

A new report suggests that in the area of countering Iran’s presence in Syria, ISIS and Israel’s interests may converge, which in a way makes them allies. Despite suggesting no formal alliance between ISIS and Israel, an IDF affiliated think tank Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reports that interests of both ISIS and Israel align, making them allies against Iran.

Regarding ISIS, the report says it,

“will likely change its combat patterns and revert to guerrilla tactics and terrorism following the end of the campaign against it in Iraq, and may carry out hit-and-run attacks against Iranian vehicles moving along the land corridor (Iranian vehicles may be perceived as attractive targets for ISIS in its new incarnation).”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised here?!?

Dec 01 10:28

Misusing Intelligence to Sell Conflict with Iran

Although nobody knows exactly where Donald Trump intends to go with his campaign of seeking confrontation with Iran, his administration already has provided disconcerting parallels with the techniques an earlier U.S. administration used in selling its launching of a war against Iraq. Among these techniques is the cherry-picking of intelligence not to inform policy-making or to enlighten the public but instead to inculcate false perceptions among the public and thereby to muster support for a policy already chosen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the Israeli Firsters around President Trump are cheerleading for regime change in Tehran, but please understand: they only want this to happen at the cost of American blood and American money, and they don't give a damn about what the costs of such a war will be.

So I sincerely hope that President Trump realizes that should the US and/or Saudi Arabia attack Iran, Russia will most probably jump into the fray on Iran's side, as their military and political leadership have long vowed that should Iran be attacked, Russia willcome to its aid militarily.

Dec 01 07:26

Senator Tom Cotton Received Nearly $1 Mil To Oppose Iran Deal

The group paid $960,250 to Cotton’s campaign, soon after which he lead the writing of an open-letter, signed by 47 Republicans, stating that a GOP White House would not adhere to any accords with Iran.

Dec 01 07:23

Activist: Expect War with Iran, North Korea if Pompeo Becomes Secretary of State

The New York Times reported on Thursday morning that sometime in the near future, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be ousted in favor of sitting CIA Director Mike Pompeo - and Pompeo’s job will be taken by hawkish Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.

The Times made the report with high confidence, citing "senior administration officials." Tillerson's exit has been long-rumored due to his numerous clashes with US President Donald Trump. Spokespeople for both the White House and the State Department refused to confirm or deny the reports when asked.

Nov 30 10:53

Is Trump Going to Lie Our Way Into War With Iran?

A decade and a half ago, in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush’s administration conjured up not only terrifying images of nuclear mushroom clouds but also of Saddam Hussein plotting with Osama bin Laden to attack the United States.

Mr. Bush himself declared that Mr. Hussein “aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda” while Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld called links between Iraq and Al Qaeda “accurate and not debatable.”

It wasn’t true, of course. But it helped make the case for war.

That may be why a similar lie is getting trotted out again now, except this time the target is Iraq’s neighbor, Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The President would do well to remember; a war against Iran will probably mean war with Russia, whose political and military leadership have consistently, and collectively gone on record as stating that Russia will defend Iran, should it be attacked militarily.

And, as evidenced by their astounding victories in Syria, the Russian military has weaponry which actually works.

Nov 30 09:25

US BOWS TO ISRAELI/SAUDI ALLIANCE IN BLAMING IRAN

Contrary to common belief, Israel supported Iran’s Islamic Republic for more than a decade in the 1980s before shifting its favors to Saudi Arabia in the 1990s and making sure the U.S. followed suit, recalls Ted Snider.

At first, American officials couldn’t believe it. In 1993, the Israelis began pressuring the Clinton administration to view Iran as the greatest global threat. Only a short time earlier, in the 1980s, Israel had been cooperating with the Iranians militarily and selling them weapons to fight Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, Tel Aviv wants regime change in Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money.

Nov 30 08:36

Navy Commander: Iran to Send Fleets of Warships to Italy, Spain, Algeria

Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced the country's plans to dispatch flotillas of warships to Italy, Spain and Algeria.
"The Italian fleets of warships have made several visits to Bandar Abbas (a Southern port city in Iran) so far and we have friendly relations with the Italian Navy now and we will certainly visit their ports too in the near future," Rear Admiral Khanzadi told FNA on Wednesday.

He noted that Iran will need to pass through the Gibraltar to reach the Atlantic Ocean, and said, "Spain is also located in the Gibraltar region and is a country with a friendly approach towards Iran and we are interested in contacting them."

Rear Admiral Khanzadi also underlined Iran's plans to send a fleet of warships to the Atlantic Ocean and South America.

In relevant remarks last Saturday, Khanzadi announced that his country is serious about sending its fleet of warships to Latin America and the Gulf of Mexico despite the US opposition.

Nov 29 07:34

Israeli Defense Minister Contradicts Netanyahu: "There Is No Iranian Military Force On Syrian Land"

As we've long pointed out, anytime that Israel carries out acts of aggression against Syria, it can just blame Iran or Hezbollah and escape international criticism or condemnation. International media and Western governments have already demonstrated a penchant for towing the Israeli line whenever Iran can be conceivably blamed as a culprit - evidence or no evidence - this as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it official Israeli policy to oppose Iranian presence in Syria.

But on Tuesday Israel's own Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman flatly contradicted the prime minister's jingoistic alarmism by saying that there are no Iranian military forces in Syria, but instead merely stuck to acknowledging "experts and advisers". In comments to Israel's Ynet news, Lieberman admitted, "We must preserve our security interests. It is true that there are a number of Iranian experts and advisers, but there is no Iranian military force on Syrian land."

Nov 28 18:05

Report: ISIS, Israel temporary ‘allies’ against Iran

A new report suggests that in the narrow arena of confronting Iran’s presence in Syria, ISIS and Israel’s interests may temporarily converge, which in a way makes them allies.

The new Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center report in no way suggests any formal alliance between ISIS and Israel, and it is widely assumed that ISIS will continue to try to attack Israel via its Sinai chapter.

But in the era after ISIS as a state has fallen – when Israel’s new main concern is Iran’s presence in Syria and its attempts to smuggle game-changing weapons through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon – both ISIS and Israel may be targeting the same Iranians.

Nov 28 10:42

Can’t You See War on the Horizon?

According to news reports in the British press, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia’s industries to prepare themselves to be able to make a quick switch to war production.

Clearly, the Russian government would not make such an announcement unless it was convinced that the prospect of war with the West was real. For some time I have emphasized in my columns that the consequence of years of hostile actions taken by Washington and its European vassals against Russia was leading to war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war I see coming is bigger than just between the US government and Russia.

The demonization of Russia, North Korea, and Iran continues apace.

And note, of late, an attempted "linkage" between North Korea and Iran, regarding North Korea's weapons program.

Demonization, coupled with sanctions, are nearly always a prelude to war.

I hope to hell that I am wrong, but I see a world war coming to this planet, within this next year, and one which will bring back the draft, in this country, of both our young men and our young women.

Nov 28 08:50

Western Players' Presence in Syria in Essence Aimed at Iran - Think Tank

As westerners engage in the Syrian standoff they actually have one goal in the back of their minds, and that is weakening Iran, said Ammar Waqqaf, head of the UK-based Middle-East focused think tank, speaking to Sputnik.

Ammar Waqqaf, founder and director of GNOSOS, noted that with Syria being in the international spotlight Iran gets isolated and thus "easier to crack on."

Nov 27 15:29

What the Media Won’t Tell You About Iran

Nov 27 11:32

Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’ declares total war on terrorism; Iran, Iraq & Syria not invited

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman has vowed to “wipe” terrorists from the “face of the earth” using resources available to the Islamic Military Alliance, a so-called ‘Arab NATO’ which claims to be targeting a “faceless enemy,” rather than any particular “sect” or “country.”

Formed in 2015 by then-deputy Crown Prince and defense minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, the IMA has so far only functioned on paper. Now the Crown Prince wants to take his brainchild to the next level by declaring a total “war against terrorism,” during the Sunday summit of IMA, also referred to as the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) or the “Arab NATO.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OH, REALLY?!?!?

Forgive me, but I am nearly close to choking from nausea, invoked by the glaring hipocrisy of the words coming out of this guy's mouth, relative to the hellish realities on the ground he has created for the people of Yemen.

So please: when does Prince Salman intend to announce the end of the terror he and his coalition are raining down on Yemen with these damnable bombing raids, which are killing civillian women, children, and the medically fragile elderly here?!?

When will he stop the US-enabled blockades of Yemeni ports, leading to massive deaths by malnutrition?!?

And when will he get a reasonable, and rapid, medical response going to the horrific outbreak of cholera, which is killing thousands in Yemen?!?

Prince MBS, if you want to stop a lot of terror in the region, you had better damned well take a good, long look in a mirrior first.

Nov 27 08:09

REPORT: ISRAEL VOWS TO DESTROY IRANIAN POSITIONS WITHIN 40 KM OF SYRIAN BORDER

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly offered Netanyahu a comprehensive deal that would include a demilitarized zone stretching 40 kilometers from the border.

Nov 26 08:33

Senior Iranian official warns Europe

Deputy head of Revolutionary Guards says that if Europe threatens Iran, it will increase the range of its missiles.

Nov 26 08:06

Turkey support key as US seeks to hold on in Syria

The Isis group may be on the run from its last bastion in Syria but the United States is gearing up for a longer stay in the country.

And if US forces are to counter Iranian and Russian influence as Syria struggles to emerge from civil war, they will need Turkey's help.

But Washington's relations with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's testy government have been strained of late, posing a diplomatic challenge.

So when US President Donald Trump called his counterpart Friday, he needed to make a significant gesture -- and he seems to have delivered.

Tensions remain high, but Trump's apparent promise not to send any more weapons to the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia was a key concession to Ankara.

Nov 24 10:11

Nasrallah Accuses US Of "Daesh Conspiracy" As Feared 'Tehran-To-Beirut Land Bridge' Is Established

Washington's past decade of Syria policy has been driven by fears of the so-called "Shia crescent" or Iranian land bridge which would conceivably connect Tehran with the Mediterranean in a continuous arch of influence. With events rapidly unfolding in Iraq and Syria, foremost among them the defeat of ISIS and the connection of Syrian and Iraqi national forces at the shared border, that land bridge has now been established for the first time in recent history.

But now as 2017 comes to a close, the Syria-Hezbollah-Iran alliance appears victorious, and it's the House of Saud and US-backed alliance that is fragmented and in shambles. And consistent with what Hersh predicted all the way back in 2007, the US has for years supported a jihadist corridor in Syria in order to "isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran)."

Nov 24 09:51

Saudi crown prince calls Iran's supreme leader 'new Hitler'

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denounced Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the "new Hitler of the Middle East", as tensions simmer between the regional rivals.

Saudi Arabia and its arch-rival Iran have traded a bitter war of words after a missile fired from Yemen was intercepted near Riyadh airport on November 4. The missile was claimed by Yemen's Tehran-backed Huthi rebels.

Iran's "supreme leader is the new Hitler of the Middle East", Prince Mohammed told The New York Times in an interview published Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know if the original interview was done in Arabic, or in English, but it is painfully apparent that the Butcher of Yemen is pathologically incapable of understanding all the reasons why this analogy would work much better for himself than for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Let's see: has Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the assassination, and maiming for life, of innocent infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly?!?

NO.

Has Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the blockading ports, causing massive deaths through complications of malnutrition, primarily, again, in children.

NO.

Has Ayatollah Ali Khamenei allowed a massive epidemic of cholera (possibly weaponised) to wipe out thousands of people, with no end in site?!?

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has done none of these things, while Prince Salman has done every one of them.

I would to politely suggest, at this moment, that Prince Salman, morally, needs to look into a mirror.

NO.

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