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Sep 30 17:48

34 Years After the Sabra-Shatila Massacre

The intense summer heat was gone and the evening was breezy and cool that fateful Thursday evening, September 15, 1982, according to survivors of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre who, 34 years later, still remember and recount many details of the slaughter that was soon to follow.

Sep 29 08:31

Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

When the world heard that Shimon Peres had died, it shouted “Peacemaker!” But when I heard that Peres was dead, I thought of blood and fire and slaughter.

Sep 28 09:06

Ex-Israeli leader Peres left bloody legacy in Lebanon

Israel's ex-leader Shimon Peres who died at the age of 93 Wednesday from a stroke is being remembered in Lebanon for presiding over the notorious 1996 Qana Massacre.

Sep 27 10:08

Experts suggest 9 weed strains to get you through a presidential debate

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Sep 26 13:40

Norway’s theatre shows true grit our politicans lack

Perhaps the National Theatre of Norway can succeed where others have failed in getting across to world leaders the truth about Israel’s crimes against humanity.

Watch, listen and understand, Clinton and Trump, and hang your heads in shame for what you have become.

If you've never bothered, please do some homework on the subject before it's too late. And don't forget to apologize.

Sep 24 09:51

Did the Pentagon Bomb Syrian Army to Kill Ceasefire Deal?

The US has officially taken responsibility for the incident which it called a “mistake”...

A rift between the Pentagon and the White House turned into open rebellion on Saturday when two US F-16s and two A-10 warplanes bombed Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions at Deir al-Zor killing at least 62 Syrian regulars and wounding 100 others.

Many analysts now wonder whether the attacks are an indication that the neocon-strewn DOD is actively engaged in sabotaging President Obama’s Syria policy, a claim that implies that the Pentagon is led by anti-democratic rebels who reject the Constitutional authority of the civilian leadership. Saturday’s bloodletting strongly suggests that a mutiny is brewing at the War Department.

Sep 20 08:51

Head of MTV Lebanon charged over illegal internet scandal

Lebanon’s financial prosecutor Tuesday charged the chairman of a major local television channel with embezzlement over the country's illegal internet scandal, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

Sep 19 07:31

Lebanon offers plan for refugees to return to Syria

Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Monday offered a proposal for Syrian refugees in Lebanon to return to their country in different waves starting next year, urging the U.N. and Arab states to support the idea.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 08 07:16

Israeli Commandos Penetrate Syria, Lebanon; Plant Spy Devices And Murder Civilians

The Israeli Defense Forces intelligence apparatus uses sophisticated listening devices planted in southern Lebanon — just one of the many surveillance tools at Israel’s disposal — to eavesdrop on the Lebanese militant group’s communications and track troop movements, among other things.

Rumors have trickled back from the front to Israeli reporters that the forays into Lebanon by the IDF’s elite commando units, Sayeret Matkal and Maglan, weren’t always clean operations. In fact, Israeli forces have encountered Lebanese civilians while planting their equipment more than once. Like Bob Kerrey and John Kerry during their days as commandos in Vietnam, when this happens, there’s only one option: eradicate the threat.

Jul 08 00:03

Israeli troops rustle 450 goats from southern Lebanon

Qassem Hashem on Wednesday, the Israeli troops snatched his goats and relocated them to the Israeli-occupied section of the Shebaa Farms.

UN peacekeepers and Lebanese troops are currently trying to retrieve the stolen livestock.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 12:30

Minister: Lebanese army needs Russia’s support in anti-terror fight

Lebanon expects additional support of Russia in the fight against terrorism, Lebanon’s Finance Minister Ali Khalil said at the meeting with Russian Federation Council lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev. "You backed our security forces and our army a long time ago, and now we would like this effort to be increased and to get additional support from you for our armed forces," the Lebanese minister told Kosachev, who heads the upper house’s foreign affairs committee. Khalil said Lebanon is waging war on terrorists, including the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra groups in the country’s north and east. "The Lebanese army is fighting against them almost on a daily basis. In this regard, the army needs the support," he said.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 11 15:18

What Four Syrian Refugee Children have Achieved for Humanity in Lebanon

Another consequence of the attention given to the case of the 4 Syrian refugee children being “bought” at Ramlet el Baida beach was to provoke a long delayed police action shutting down a Syrian refugee girls (and women) sex slave operation in Maameltein, the red-light district of Jounieh about twenty miles north of Beirut on Mediterranean coast

Jun 08 08:28

Netanyahu asks Putin to let Israeli planes fly freely in Syrian and Lebanese skies

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to let Israeli aircrafts fly freely in Syrian and Lebanese skies, Arab48.com reported on Tuesday.

The Israeli Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin, who was Netanyahu’s translator and attended a Tuesday meeting, said that Netanyahu and Putin have a “credible” relationship, noting that Netanyahu is “using” it.

Elkin said that there is “no contradiction” between Netanyahu’s relations with Putin and his relations with the US President Barak Obama.

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

May 31 19:16

Ken O’Keefe in Canada - on beating the bankers, Israeli brutality, and the 9/11 ‘gift’

O’Keefe told his audiences that we won’t solve our biggest problems until we understand that we have been subjugated by an international financial system that concentrates power in the hands of an ultra-rich and very shadowy elite. And this elite routinely uses war as a tool to increase its power.

“I’ve travelled all over this world, and we are all basically the same,” he said in his first Toronto talk. “We don’t want war. But we have war – all the time. Why? Because the bankers run the world, and war is the best thing for them. Not only does it provide more profits for them but more importantly it divides people. What can divide people more than killing each other?”

“We’re consenting to the destruction of our world,” he said.

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Embedded videos of O'Keefe's Toronto appearance at link.

May 29 08:42

Hezbollah Prepares for Possible Escalation of Conflict With Israel

According to Lebanese daily As-Safir, Hezbollah was placing its rocket arsenal along the northern border with Israel and tracking the movements of the Israeli army.

The newspaper reported that the group was building several "sophisticated" tunnels on the border with Israel following the example of the Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas, which had reportedly built several tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel still wants the Litani river!

May 26 07:58

The Mexico Way

Clearly, Trump is accusing the Mexican ruling class—the politicians and billionaires like Carlos Slim, the largest single shareholder of The New York Times—of dumping their surplus population on the United States.

That Mexico’s elites are outmaneuvering America’s leaders strikes Trump as a bad thing. Yet, to the American media, the very existence of a Mexican ruling caste with interests different from those of American citizens doesn’t seem to register as a concept with which they are able to deal. Sure, Mexico is a country of over 120 million people that shares a 1,950-mile border with the U.S., but it’s not, you know, Israel when it comes to being important to American interests.

Apr 23 08:53

Profit sharing conflict exposed illegal internet: report

A dispute between employees at the state-owned telecommunications company Ogero and the operators of an illegal internet company in Lebanon is what led to the exposure of the recent scandal, a report said Saturday.

Apr 22 07:57

Israel building new wall near Lebanese border

Israel is walling off an area in the Upper Galilee near the Lebanese border and the Israeli-occupied side of Golan, citing what it claims are security threats from Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

Apr 22 07:56

Arrest warrant issued for Lebanon sex slaves doctor, aides

A Lebanese judge Friday issued an arrest warrant against a doctor and his aides accused of performing about 200 abortions on 75 sex slaves recently freed.

Apr 18 07:04

Failed Lebanon presidential election session goes unnoticed

Speaker Nabih Berri Monday adjourned the 38th session to elect a president to May 10 over a lack of quorum, similar to previous sessions.

Apr 08 08:20

Lebanon is being forced to collapse

These days, on the streets of Beirut, one can often hear: “Just a little bit more; one more push, and the entire country will collapse, go up in smoke.”

Is this what the West and its regional allies really want?

Apr 08 08:10

Ex-Minister Michel Samaha sentenced to 13 years in prison with hard labor

Lebanon's Military Tribunal sentenced former Information Minister Michel Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labor Friday, in the final verdict of his terror retrial, satisfying officials who had previously called for the court's dissolution

Apr 08 02:42

Will Lebanon be 'handed over' to the ISIS?

The myth of invincibility of the terrorism has collapsed, smashed to pieces... It has also become obvious that the West has very little interest in defeating these groups. First: they were invented in the Western capitals. Second: they serve numerous purposes and in many different parts of the world; they brutalize rebellious countries in the Middle East, and they are spreading fear and frustration amongst the European citizens thus justifying increasing 'defense' and intelligence budgets, as well as grotesque surveillance measures. Now that the ISIS has been pushed away, further and further from all key strategic locations inside Syria, the question comes to mind: if finally defeated, where is it going to go next? Its fighters are, of course, in neighboring Iraq, but Baghdad has also been forging a closer and closer alliance with Russia, and the terrorist groups may soon not be safe there, either. By all accounts, the easiest place for the ISIS to expand is Lebanon.

Apr 04 06:24

Sex slaves 'rented' out for up to $20,000: report

Some of the 75 Syrian sex slaves rescued last week from brothels in a Lebanese coastal town had been "rented" by clients for months at a time in exchange for up to $20,000, a report said Monday.

Mar 30 06:21

Lavrov says Russia keen maintain Lebanon's interests

Future Movement Leader Saad Hariri Wednesday discussed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov means to end Lebanon's crises during a visit to Moscow

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lebanon now swings into the Russian sphere of influence.

Mar 29 09:25

Violence spills into Lebanon from Syria

Fighting between Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has spread from Syria into Lebanon's northern Bekaa Valley region, killing combatants on both sides, a security source and the state news agency say.

Eighteen Nusra Front members were killed and six were taken prisoner during the clashes, and 14 Islamic State members were also killed, the security source said after Monday's clashes.

Islamic State said in an online statement that it killed 17 members of Nusra Front.

The fighting began on Sunday near the Syrian town of Jrajeer in the Qalamoun mountains near the Syrian-Lebanese border, before spreading towards the Lebanese towns of Ras Baalbek and Arsal, the source said.

Lebanon's National News Agency reported that Nusra Front had fought on Sunday to regain some positions it lost to Islamic State. In the fighting it said 10 Nusra Front fighters and eight Islamic State militants had died.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; just how soon, with the situation in Lebanon so militarily and financially degraded, will Israel believe it can invade and claim Lebanon's Litani River, which it has coveted for decades?!?

Only time will tell; however, this is a definite possibility right now, and I would not be surprised if such a strike happened soon.

Mar 29 06:30

Yaalon: Hezbollah, not ISIL, Challenging Israel

The Zionist Defense Minister said on Wednesday that the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group “has not yet challenged Israeli borders,” but the occupation regime is concerned Lebanese Resistance fighters of Hezbollah will seize an opportunity to go on the offensive against it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel is going to invade Lebanon again.

Mar 23 07:41

Presidential election session adjourned until April 18

A session to elect a new head of state was adjourned Wednesday for the 37th time after lawmakers failed to secure the needed quorum due to a sharp rift between political blocs

Mar 22 22:32

Donald Trump Full Speech at AIPAC Policy Conference (3-21-16)

TRUMP: Good evening. Thank you very much.
I speak to you today as a lifelong supporter and true friend of Israel. (CHEERS, APPLAUSE)
I am a newcomer to politics, but not to backing the Jewish state.
(APPLAUSE)
In 2001, weeks after the attacks on New York City and on Washington and, frankly, the attacks on all of us, attacks that perpetrated and they were perpetrated by the Islamic fundamentalists,
Mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Israel to show solidarity with terror victims.
I sent my plane because I backed the mission for Israel 100 percent.
(CHEERS, APPLAUSE)
In spring of 2004 at the height of the violence in the Gaza Strip, I was the grand marshal of the 40th Salute to Israel Parade, the largest-single gathering in support of the Jewish state......

http://time.com/4267058/donald-trump-aipac-speech-transcript/

Mar 18 19:49

Lebanon Levels New Spying Allegations Against Israel After Warplane “Violates” Airspace

By Brandon Turbeville

Almasdar News is now reporting that, according to a Lebanese military source, an Israeli warplane has violated Lebanese airspace over the villages of Arqoub and Hasbaya before eventually reaching the Jabal Sheikh Heights, located on the Israeli/Lebanese border.

The military source is suggesting that the Israeli plane was most likely conducting a surveillance mission since it spent around half an hour in Lebanese airspace before heading back to Israel...

Mar 16 09:33

Lebanon telecoms minister links illegal internet to Israeli spy networks

Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb vowed Wednesday to hunt down illegal internet providers, saying they were linked to Israel and thus posed a danger to Lebanon’s national security.

Mar 13 22:26

Severe penalties for anyone backing Hezbollah: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia says those linked to the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah will be punished in accordance to anti-terrorism laws.

Mar 12 15:09

Why I bought 4 Syrian children off a Beirut street

This observer confesses to having purchased four children near Ramlet el Baida beach recently from a stressed –out Syrian woman. I am not sure if she was as she appeared to be or was from one of human trafficking gangs which operate widely these days in Lebanon as they market Syrian children or vulnerable adult women.

Mar 11 13:53

Israel planning new war on Lebanon: Report

The Israeli regime is seeking to launch a new war on Lebanon in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to cut its multi-billion-dollar aid to the Lebanese army, a report says.

Mar 11 07:04

Saudi delegation quits Arab League meet after Iraq FM defends Hezbollah

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's defense of Hezbollah in a speech before the Arab League has prompted the Saudi delegation to withdraw from the meeting, an Iraqi news agency reported Friday.

Mar 10 06:58

Soldier, 8 militants killed in fierce clashes along Lebanon border

A Lebanese soldier and eight militants were killed Thursday in clashes with extremist fighters on the outskirts of Lebanon's northeastern border, a security source told The Daily Star

Mar 10 01:26

Over 100,000 Hezbollah Missiles Ready to Hit Enemy Targets

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami disclosed that the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group is in possession of over 100,000 missiles, which are all ready to launch and hit enemy targets. "The Zionist regime will collapse in the near future. When Hezbollah has stockpiled over 100,000 missiles, it means Iran has tens of times more than that. Iran is in possession of different classes of missiles, and this power is unstoppable," Salami told reporters Wednesday in the Central province of Qom where the second day of the main stage of the IRGC missile drills are being held. "We have a large stockpile of ballistic missiles in different ranges. They are ready to hit enemies and targets from different parts of the country," he added.

Mar 08 23:31

Arab days of shame (MUST READ!)

The debauched Saudi royals, the same lazy criminals who die from obesity and self-inflicted diabetes whilst they are starving and bombing Yemen, the same people who poured billions upon billions of dollars to kill Syrians in an attempt to create an Islamic state in lieu of its secular government, that scourge of a family that rules with an iron fist wreaking havoc and creating wars between Arabs and Muslims and never once fired a single bullet at Israel, they actually had the audacity to call the shots and had Hezbollah declared as a terrorist organization. Strange days indeed.

Mar 05 09:15

Riyadh to receive French arms intended for Lebanon: Saudi FM

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saturday that his country will receive French weapons originally intended for Lebanon through the $3 billion military grant announced withdrawn last month.

Mar 04 13:08

Is Lebanon Next On The Chopping Block? Recent Saudi, GCC, Turk Moves Suggest That It Is

An attempt has already been made to disrupt the Lebanese government by means of a color revolution some months ago. However, recent reports have revealed a possible plan by Turkey and Saudi Arabia (in concert with the rest of the anti-Syrian powers) to open up a second front of terrorist destabilization in northern Lebanon. The result of such a plan would not only be to increase instability on southwestern Syrian borders and eliminate a friendly state (or at least a non-hostile one) from any positive diplomatic or state-to-state action between Syria and Lebanon but it would also draw Hezbollah back into the Lebanese borders and out of the fight in Syria.

In addition, a destabilization of Lebanon and the creation of a “northern front” in Lebanon manned by terrorist forces would effectively cut supply lines, communications, and reinforcement capabilities from its Syrian counterparts. Likewise, the supply lines and reinforcement shipments coming from Iran would severely be hampered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With major concrete assurances of US support, they may well do just that. After all, the Gulf States have just declared that Hezbollah, a major factor in Lebanese politics, is now a terrorist group. As reported at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35706761 two days ago:
The six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council has designated Lebanon's Hezbollah movement a terrorist group. The GCC's secretary-general accused the Iran-backed Shia group of recruiting youths from Gulf states for attacks. Hezbollah is a key political and military force in Lebanon, and is involved in the conflict in Syria. The GCC decision appears to be the latest measure by Saudi Arabia and its allies aimed at countering Hezbollah's power over Lebanon's government. Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia halted a $3bn (£2bn) military aid package after the Lebanese government failed to condemn attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran by protesters angered by the execution of a prominent Saudi Shia cleric. Saudi Arabia and two other Sunni-ruled GCC states, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, subsequently warned their citizens not to travel to Lebanon. 'Hostile acts' The GCC's designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation brings it into line with the United States and the European Union, although the latter has only blacklisted the group's military wing.

The American government, if assisting in an attack to create regime change in Lebanon, will do it covertly, using Saudi, and possibly Israeli military assets, in order to create plausible deniability over its role in this, just as it has by using Saudi military is their proxy in Yemen, where the US is providing weaponry and intelligence. That way, it won't have to "sell" or defend these actions to the American people, just as none of the whorespondents on corporate media are saying a word about the slaughter going on in Yemen.

Mar 03 14:12

Is Lebanon Next On The Chopping Block? Recent Saudi, GCC, Turk Moves Suggest That It Is

By Brandon Turbeville

The imperialist agenda of NATO has been suffering significant setbacks in Syria over recent months as the SAA – with the help of the Russians, the Iranians, and Hezbollah – has been steadily defeating terrorist forces and liberating areas previously held by them. A steady stream of victories in the two weeks leading up to the bad faith ceasefire agreement, encouraged by Western powers and agreed to by Russia, has also served to drive yet another nail into the coffin of the morale of the NATO terrorist proxies.

Clearly, the United States, NATO, the GCC, Israel, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are all beginning to realize that it is much harder to defeat a united front, particularly when the unity is between regional and international power players like Iran and Russia. Thus, the most reasonable strategy (aside from abandoning immoral and unwise imperialist adventures) is to break up that united front both on the diplomatic and on the military plane.

Mar 02 07:27

Lebanon presidential election session fails despite high turnout

Lebanon failed for a 36th time Wednesday to elect a new head of state due to a lack of quorum despite witnessing one of the highest lawmaker turnouts since March 8 launched it boycott of the vote nearly two years ago.

Feb 29 21:53

Donald Trump Wants To Legalize Marijuana

Up to the states he says. A Constitution Man. I can dig it!

Published on Oct 29, 2015
Trump answers legalization of marijuana question at Reno, NV rally on 10/29/15. His answer: he supports medical marijuana FULLY, and supports state legalization of RECREATIONAL marijuana.

Feb 29 11:22

Lebanon will offer no apology to Saudi Arabia: Hezbollah

A senior member of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has slammed the Saudi regime’s plot to plunge the country into an “internal strife,” saying Lebanon will not apologize for speaking the “word of truth.”

“Days will show that the Saudi regime made a miscalculated move in its fabricated attack against Lebanon ... especially when it assaulted the sovereignty of all Lebanese,” Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s executive council, said on Saturday.

He further reiterated that Hezbollah will not apologize to Saudi Arabia for speaking the “word of truth against the oppressor,” stressing that the regime “will have to wait for a long time [for an apology], as we will abide by the right to confront oppression, Takfiri projects and sedition.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting the sense that Lebanon is being set up as the next spot for a joint Saudi/US military/Israeli misadventure.

After all, the Israelis have wanted claim over Lebanon's Litani River, and they may feel that this is the best time to conquer Lebanon, and put in a Western/Israeli compliant puppet as its leader.

Feb 27 09:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 26 09:30

Kuwaiti Embassy Advises Citizens to Leave Lebanon

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 26 07:57

Riyadh blacklists 4 firms, 3 people over alleged Hezbollah links

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 26 07:27

Riyadh designates individuals, entities linked to Hezbollah

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

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

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

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

Feb 23 16:58

Saudi Arabia asks citizens to leave Lebanon

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

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

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

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

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

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

Feb 17 08:23

Israel seeks government change in Syria to undermine resistance: Nasrallah

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

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

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

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

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

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

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

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

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

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

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

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

Feb 12 10:11

Russia concerned over terrorists’ attempts to destabilize Lebanon — Lavrov

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

Feb 01 08:29

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

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

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

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

Jan 30 03:44

TERRORISTS ARE FIGHTING EACH OTHER IN LEBANON

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

Jan 23 08:47

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

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

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

Jan 21 06:05

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

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

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

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

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

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

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

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

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

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

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

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

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

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

Jan 19 11:22

Some Bad Ass History:Saladin!

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

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

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

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

Jan 17 11:49

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

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

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

Jan 11 09:29

Lebanon Sides With Iran, Opposes Arab League's Stance

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

Jan 08 08:45

Syrians heading to Turkey stranded at Beirut airport

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

Jan 06 11:30

Hezbollah targets Israeli forces with bomb, Israel shells south Lebanon

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jan 04 09:25

Explosive Device Detonates Near Israeli Forces on Lebanon Border

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

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

Dec 30 09:37

Lebanon charges Israel over killing of Spanish peacekeeper

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

Dec 28 10:14

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 22 06:23

Three rocket launchers found in s.Lebanon

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 21 08:54

Israel military fires artillery into Lebanon

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

Dec 18 23:04

John Kerry's Moscow Lovefest

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

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

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

Dec 18 17:02

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

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

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

Dec 17 13:24

Military operations in preparation in and around Syria

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

Dec 17 08:21

Samaha tells court he fell victim to entrapment

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

Dec 16 06:50

Lebanon presidential election shelved until Jan.7

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

Dec 15 07:33

Lebanon PM says paralyzed govt 'worthless'

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

Dec 14 13:25

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

Dec 14 09:29

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

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

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

Dec 11 16:18

Gaddafi's son abducted in Lebanon

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

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

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

Dec 11 16:17

Gaddafi's son kidnapped (Video)

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

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

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

Dec 09 06:38

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

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

Dec 03 19:49

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

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

Dec 02 21:32

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 02 09:22

Israel plans to export natural gas

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 02 09:02

The Nuremberg Principles

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

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

Dec 01 00:06

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

People at zerohedge are questioning the authenticity of this letter.

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

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

To the Youth in Western Countries,

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

Nov 30 13:49

Israel and ISIS: Needed, a Thorough Accounting

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

Nov 29 21:23

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

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

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

Nov 29 08:50

Heated deliberations could see Nusra hostages freed

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

Nov 28 20:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 28 10:34

A Feast of Scandal – Justin Raimondo

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

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

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

Nov 28 05:42

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

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

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

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

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

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

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

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

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

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

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

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

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

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

Nov 25 08:53

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

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

Nov 23 22:13

CrossTalk: Talking Syria and the Remaking of the Middle East

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

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

CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Richard Murphy and Mark Bruzonsky.

Nov 23 22:04

Manufacturing a phony “caliphate”

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

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

Nov 22 14:19

The Zionist-neoconservative midwives of Islamic State

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

Nov 20 07:41

Two Australians part of Kuwaiti IS cell

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

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

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Sooooooo ... we bomb Australia now, right?

Nov 20 06:36

Lebanese Army presses ahead with crackdown on militants

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

Nov 19 13:36

Russia conducts strikesnear Lebanon border

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

Nov 17 12:37

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

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

Nov 17 07:49

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

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

Nov 16 20:32

Terrorism and the Question of Humanity

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

Nov 16 13:53

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

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

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

Nov 15 23:42

French Colonisers Have Not Accepted The Loss Of Their Colony

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

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

Nov 15 23:38

French Colonial Dreams Linger On In Syria

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

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

Nov 15 23:32

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

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

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

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