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Jun 29 15:18

Fast and Furious 2.0 — CIA Weapons Destined for Syria “Stolen” — Used to Murder Americans

By Justin Gardner

If invading countries and drone bombing innocent civilians were not enough to promote death and destruction in the Middle East, the U.S. is also helping to flood the region with small arms.

As part of its effort to foment regime change in Syria, the CIA has been buying Kalashnikov assault rifles, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades in Eastern Europe for delivery to “moderate” Syrian rebels. However, it’s been revealed that truckloads of these weapons are being systematically stolen en route to the rebels...

Jun 29 08:50

80 Killed in Heavy Fighting, Airstrikes in Yemen

Heavy fighting between the pro-Saudi forces and the Shi’ite Houthis in Yemen over the past 24 hours left at least 80 people dead nationwide, one of the single deadliest days of fighting in months, and a sign that the crumbling peace process is no longer restraining fighters on either side.

The largest death toll was in an airstrike by the Saudi military, which killed 34 people in Taiz in a target on a Shi’ite controlled area. 19 civilians were among the slain, according to reports from the area.

The area hit in Taiz was a commercial road between a pair of villages, hitting several shops in the area and killing a number of shoppers and storekeepers in the process. A number of people were also wounded in the airstrikes.

Another Saudi airstrike hit pro-Saudi forces traveling in a vehicle in a contested area, killing four troops in what officials described as an accident. Further south in Shabwa, seven civilians were killed in a pair of drone strikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This US-enabled war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, lead by the Saudis, is so morally repellent, that I do not know where to start.

And, in fact, the war has been going so badly here that the UAE has hired private mercs to take some of the heat off the Saudi forces. As reported at syrianfreepress.wordpress.com in March of this year:

The first batch of mercenaries from the private US military firm DynCorp has arrived in the Yemeni city of Aden to replace paid militants from another American company. Under a USD-3-billion contract between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and DynCorp, mercenaries from the company are to be deployed to Yemen, where UAE forces are fighting against the Yemeni army and Popular Committees on Saudi orders, Khabar News Agency quoted an official with Yemeni Defense Ministry as saying. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the first group of the mercenaries recently arrived in the port city of Aden to replace those of Blackwater, a notorious American group now renamed Academi. He added that the new militants included special naval forces, who entered the port of Ras Omran southwest of Aden. DynCorp is a rival of Blackwater, which hires mercenaries and sends them to fight in foreign countries on paid missions. Blackwater had decided to withdraw from Bab-el-Mandeb region after the Yemeni forces inflicted heavy losses on them. The UAE was forced to bring in the new mercenaries from DynCorp for the same reason.

The US government position is to throw out the Houthi rebels, because they, last year, threw out the US puppet, Al-Hadi, for immense corruption; the US wants Al-Hadi back in again, because he is, after all, their thug.

The Saudis haven't much headway here, well over a year into this conflict.

And one has to wonder, what was the driving force, propelling the Saudi Government, and the House of Saud to initiate, and continue, this US-enabled war?!?

As reported at sputniknews.com, on 4 June, 2017:

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity, American political analyst Phil Butler explains. A Saudi banker displays the new one hundred riyal banknote bearing the portrait of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at a bank in Riyadh, 05 June 2007 © AFP 2016/ HASSAN AMMAR Out of Money: Saudi Arabia Shot Itself in the Foot by Dropping Oil Prices According to American political analyst and researcher Phil Butler, the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen is neither about the longstanding sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, nor about the much-discussed military campaign aimed against al-Qaeda in the region. While Western media outlets usually refer to Yemen as a "small" energy producer, the truth of the matter is the country is sitting on substantial oil and gas reserves, which Saudi Arabia and its allies want to control, Butler notes. In addition, Yemen lies at the Bab el-Mandab, a key checkpoint for maritime transit of oil, with 3.4 million barrels of oil passing through it each day. In one of his previous analytical reports for New Eastern Outlook, Phil Butler called attention to the fact that Saudi Arabia's oil wealth is doomed to falter: "Given the nature of the country's [Saudi Arabia's] oil reserves, and almost unlimited production for decades, it's possible the Saudis could simply be running out of gas," the American analyst stressed. In this context, it is hardly surprising that Riyadh has recently adopted an assertive and even aggressive foreign policy approach towards its neighbors. "Running out of the last of the nation's only saleable resource, the Saudi royalty have put their country into a mess, the potential for revolution there being acute, should the people discover the real predicament. This is why we see an 'all in' Saudi aggressive stance, on Syria, with Iran, and especially where Yemen is concerned. While Washington think tank evangelists try and play the tensions off as Sunni-Shiite religious friction, new oil reserves are the truth of these matters," Butler writes.

So, in a nutshell, there you have it.

And President Obama, please be aware; thinking Americans are watching this, and morally condemning the US-enabled and brutal slaughter of Yemenite innocents, as the Saudis have absolutely no compunctions against shelling schools, hospitals, and residences.

The US government is, once again, enabling war crimes here, and doesn't see this as a problem.

OF course, everyone who has signed off on this dirty war has had their conscience surgically removed, from the top levels of government on down.

Jun 28 10:55

TURKEY-ISRAEL PACT BETRAYS GAZANS, GRANTS IMMUNITY FOR 2010 FLOTILLA ATTACK

Abandoning Palestinians and its pledge to fight Israel's protracted blockade of Gaza, the Turkish government on Monday announced an agreement to normalize relations with the Middle East powerhouse—reportedly just in time for a new, lucrative natural gas deal. The two countries have been engaged in a bitter dispute since 2010 when the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) attacked the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara, which was carrying humanitarian supplies to the people of the Gaza Strip, killing nine people at the time and and fatally injuring a tenth.

Jun 27 14:54

Erdogan apologizes to Putin over death of Russian pilot, calls Russia ‘friend & strategic partner’

Looks like Erdogan can see the handwriting on the wall. Between Brexit and Trump. The US decline.He has seen the error of his ways...maybe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has received a letter in which his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the death of the pilot who was killed when a Russian jet was downed over the Syrian-Turkish border last November, the Kremlin said.
Erdogan expressed readiness to restore relations with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

Jun 27 08:06

COMMUNIST REVOLUTION AND THE CREATION OF ISRAEL

Is it not the international politics’ most significant coincidence that the Balfour declaration for the creation of Israel was passed in the same fateful year: November 1917, in which the February and October communist revolutions were taking place in Russia? Coincidences do happen but sometimes they are contrived to look like mere coincidences. No informed person can deny the importance of oil for the industrial economies, but it is generally believed in the foreign policy circles that oil took a center stage in the international politics only after the collective Arab oil embargo of 1973 against the West, when the price of oil quadrupled in a short span.

Jun 25 11:47

How 100 Syrians, 200 Russians and 11 dogs out-witted ISIS and saved Palmyra

The ISIS Plan A was to detonate the massive explosions of “Erase” by using a mobile phone from as far away as between 5 and 10 kilometers to trigger the massive explosion. A backup Plan B triggering method was tied into landline phone lines. Discovered only a short period before the conflagration was likely to be unleashed, arriving Syrian forces acted fast and the first measure they took was to have the two Syrian phone services Syriatel and MTN shut down all the phone lines in and around Palmyra. “Erase” was disabled unless ISIS had a Plan C. If so, it did not work either.

Jun 25 11:16

Fifty-one Foreign Service Officers Can't be Wrong .....Or can they?

It is ironic that fifty-one U.S. State Department employees, perhaps overly-generously dignified in the media with the title of “diplomats,” have come out in favor of removing a foreign head of state by force.

Jun 25 07:01

We bomb, we murder, we terrorize: The U.S. Air Force produces only human suffering

America's superior air power has delivered not victory but carnage, rubble and resistance. Where does it end?

Jun 25 04:08

State Department Syria memo: Setting the stage for war with Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry met Tuesday morning with several of the State Department “diplomats” who drafted an internal dissent memo calling for the US to launch air strikes against the Syrian government, supposedly as a means of bringing an end to the five-year-old war that has claimed well over a quarter of a million lives and driven over half the Syrian population from their homes.

The New York Times reported that Kerry and 10 of 51 mid-level operatives who signed the memo “engaged in a surprisingly cordial conversation” over the memo, which was leaked to the media virtually before the ink on it was dry.

There was nothing surprising about the tone of the meeting. Traveling in Europe when the memo surfaced in the press last week, Kerry described it as “an important statement.”

Jun 24 19:35

Israel is happy with Brexit Results - Gilad Atzmon

Ynet reports this morning that new Tory leadership is under control...

The candidates for Tory leadership are devoted Zionists:

Jun 24 14:37

Domino Effect: Brexit Will Trigger More Referendums and “The EU Will Crumble to Pieces”

The rising tide of nationalism in the UK will trigger other member states to demand their own referendums, and many observers believe it will be enough to break apart the EU altogether within just a few short years.

A group of European MEPs warned that last night’s astonishing Brexit vote will cause the EU to ‘crumble to pieces’ within the next five years.

‘This is the beginning of the end for the EU,’ Peter Lundgren, an MEP from the far-Right Sweden Democrat party, told MailOnline. ‘So many other countries will follow the UK. Europe will fall.’

Read more at SHTFplan

Jun 24 11:32

Can Ehud “We Have No Partner for Peace” Barak return as Israel’s prime minister?

Uri Avnery assesses the prospects of Ehud Barak, former Israeli chief of staff, former prime minister and architect of the Israeli right’s slur of "we have no partner for peace” against the Palestinians, replacing Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister.

Jun 24 09:10

Derailing Chilcot: The Red Herring of Post-War Planning in Iraq

Let’s be clear: the US-UK military occupation of Iraq – full of massive amounts of deadly violence dished out by the US and UK armed forces, torture and destructive divide-and-rule tactics – was a catastrophe for the people of Iraq. And it was hugely unpopular, with a secret Ministry of Defence 2005 poll of Iraqis finding that 82 percent “strongly opposed” the presence of coalition troops, with 45 percent saying attacks against US and UK forces were justified.

However, it is a complete red herring to suggest better planning is the crux of the issue. “The problem wasn’t the way that this was implemented, the problem was that we were there at all,” argued Rory Stewart, who served as the coalition’s provisional authority deputy governorate co-ordinator in Maysan province In Iraq, in 2013:

“All these people who think ‘If only we had done this, if only if we hadn’t de-Ba’athified, if only we hadn’t abolished the army’ misunderstand the fundamental tragedy of that encounter between the international community and Iraqis… it wasn’t the detailed, tactical decisions that were made, it was the overall fact of our presence. The problem was so deep that if we hadn’t made those mistakes we would have made other mistakes. It was a wrecked intervention from the beginning, from the very moment we arrived on the ground.”

Jun 23 18:56

Conquest and Tyranny versus Peace and Justice

The United States has not been and cannot be an objective broker for peace in the mid-east precisely because it has a “special relationship” with that state resulting from legislation that ties Israel’s actions to the US as a complicit partner. It is therefore imperative for the UN to undertake the mission that France asks of it. Israel has continued to defy the UN yet remains a member. It has not only invaded a defenseless people at will killing thousands and maiming untold numbers, destroyed essential infrastructures while taking no responsibility for reconstruction, has doubled since 2014 the number of illegal Settlers in the West Bank while stealing ever more Palestinian land and blames other nations for defiance they are guilty of and continue with impunity.

Jun 23 18:21

Getting It Wrong about the Orlando Massacre - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Though it seems to fit the political agendas of both Republicans and Democrats, the assertion that the shooter responsible for the Orlando massacre was motivated by the Islamic State (ISIS) is certainly wrong. This conclusion is supported by the recent testimony of CIA Chief John Brennan before the Senate intelligence committee. He said that the CIA has found no connection between Omar Mateen, the man who gunned down over one hundred people at a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida on 13 June 2016, and any terrorist group.

Jun 23 17:35

EU Referendum..... Our One and Only Chance of Escape to Sanity

All the mainstream political parties - Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens - want us to remain in the EU. The Establishment wants us to remain. The US wants us to remain. And roughly half of British voters are bribed by cosy perks like EU-guaranteed employment and maternity rights to remain; or they feel the devil they know is better than the devil they don't. The trouble is, they neither know nor properly understand the EU and its devlish machinations. Hardly anyone outside the Brussells bubble does. If the proverbial man on the Clapham Omnibus cannot understand it, and has no chance of exercising democratic control, that on its own is good reason for not belonging to it.

Jun 23 15:26

Syrian Immigrant Sentenced To Nearly 3 Years In Prison For Exporting Goods From Calif. To Syria, Violating U.S. Sanctions

A 50-year-old Syrian immigrant was convicted of violating U.S. Sanctions against Syria and faces 32 months in federal prison. Amin al-Baroudi, a naturalized U.S. citizen who resided in Irvine, exported tactical equipment to groups in Syria whose stated goal was to overthrow the Assad government and install an Islamic state. He supplied sniper rifle scopes, night vision rifle scopes, night vision goggles, laser bore sighters, speed loaders and bullet proof vests. Baroudi and his co-conspirators traveled with the goods aboard commercial flights to Turkey and then transported the goods into Syria or provided them to others for transport. Baroudi made two such trips in February and March of 2013.

Jun 23 14:52

Federal Jury In Santa Ana, Calif. Deliberate One Hour To Convict Two Young Americans Of Supporting ISIL

Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi, both of whom are 25-year-old Anaheim residents, were convicted today in United States District Court following a two-week trial. "These convictions are a message to those who aim to travel to take up arms with ISIL and to those who support them – the FBI and our partners are determined to thwart your efforts," said Deirdre Fike, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. "The JTTF's proactive identification of these subjects and disruption of a terrorist conspiracy is a coup in the fight against the scourge of ISIL. At trial, the jury heard evidence that Mr. Badawi also encouraged other associates to support ISIL and participate in violent jihad. This is a reminder that our work is not done and the public must remain steadfast and report suspicious behavior, whether that behavior is carried out in person or online."

Jun 23 13:17

Getting It Wrong About Bahrain

The world is still letting down Bahrain. What is going on there is Saudi-backed tyranny with predictable consequences that has nothing to do with Iran and everything to do with popular demands for freedom and self-determination. Odd enough, that hasn't stopped corporate media outlets in the West from jumping into the conclusion that Iran, or more specifically Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, is prepared to support an armed uprising in the Persian Gulf state come what may. For starters, what General Soleimani, the commander of Iranian military advisors in Iraq and Syria, said on June 20 was this: Bahrain’s action against the Shiite spiritual leader, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, is a red line, and passing this red line will create flames of fire in Bahrain and the entire region. And the people will have no choice but armed resistance.

Jun 23 07:59

Putin: International Situation Today Like at Start of World War II

Speaking to the State Duma at its closing session, Vladimir Putin reminded deputies of the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of the USSR. He also said Russia sought cooperation on international security, but there is no reciprocation from the other side

Jun 22 14:14

LEAKED EMAIL REVEALS HILLARY CLINTON WANTED WAR IN SYRIA TO BENEFIT ISRAEL

Recently, True Activist wrote about how the U.S. orchestrated the ISIS threat to bring war to Syria and help Israel. Some thought the notion to be ridiculous, but this latest finding about presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton solidifies those suspicions. It turns out that one of the leaked emails from Hillary’s private server that were released by WikiLeaks recently exposes how the aspiring Presidential candidate wanted to put Syria into civil war in hopes of overthrowing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad – something that Clinton calls as ”the best way to help Israel,” to nullify Iran’s nuclear power.

Jun 22 13:01

Epic Speech: Is Trump for Real? Watch As He Destroys ‘Hillary the Liar, Ruining America’

In the last prize fight, Trump destroyed the Bush legacy and made a fool of Jeb! Now, he is taking on the true heavyweight usurper Hillary. Both had it coming badly. Trump could throw the fight and give her an easy crown…

But here, Trump lays it all out. Is he for real?

Read more at SHTFplan

Jun 22 12:45

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the two-state vs one-state solution

Blake Alcott urges the PSC to show solidarity for all Palestinians – in Israel and the diaspora, not just in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – and decide whether it supports justice and a one democratic state, or Zionism and a two-state solution.

Jun 22 08:24

Israel’s fear of the “desert” Jews in its midst

Jonathan explains why Israel’s ruling elite is incensed at the possibility of the Palestinian Arabs and Israel’s Arab Jews making common cause, a fear shown by Israel’s defence minister barring a Palestinian official from contacting Arab Jews.

Jun 21 22:06

The Zionists Did Poison the Well !!

As if all the daily attacks against the natives is not enough, Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, chairman of the Council of Rabbis in the West Bank settlements, has issued a creed in which he allowed Jewish settlers to poison water in Palestinian villages and cities in the West Bank.

Jun 21 13:03

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Bigots all around

Lawrence Davidson says Mrs Clinton, like Mr Trump, “has devolved into an unprincipled opportunist with a growing self-centred myopia”, openly siding with the Zionists who are “among the world’s most demonstrative bigots” and pledging to destroy the BDS movement.

Jun 21 12:58

OSCE to monitor contact line between Azerbaijani, Armenian troops

"In accordance with the mandate of the personal representative of the current OSCE chairperson-in-office it is planned to monitor the line of engagement between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops near the village of Agdam in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district on June 22," the ministry said, adding that the monitoring on both sides of the contact line will be conducted by field assistants to the personal representative of the current OSCE chairperson-in-office... A trilateral statement adopted at a meeting of the Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents in St. Petersburg on June 20 confirmed the parties’ commitment to normalizing the situation along the contact line.

Jun 21 11:58

The truth behind the charge of anti-Semitism in Britain

Ruth Tenne explores the truth behind recent accusations of “anti-Semitism” against left-wing members of Britain’s Labour Party, highlighting the fact that the accusers are misusing the charge of “anti-Semitism” to silence criticism of Israeli policies.

Jun 21 10:51

Dislike: Facebook names Netanyahu's former advisor 'head of policy'

A longtime senior adviser to Israeli Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been appointed as Facebook's head of policy and communication in the latest cooperation between the social networking site and the Israeli government to tackle the BDS movement.

Jordana Cutler, also chief of staff at the Israeli embassy in Washington, has joined Facebook's Israel office to oversee the planning and execution of measures taken to combat BDS campaigns.

Cutler's new post was applauded by the minister of public security Gilad Erdan, who announced on Thursday a series of legislative measures taken by his government against promoting the boycott of Israel.

Jun 21 10:34

Israel’s ‘mistaken identity’ embarrassments

On October 18th, an Eritrean refugee, Habtom Zerhom, was mistakenly thought to have been a terrorist after a shooting at the Beersheba main bus station. He was lynched and died from his wounds shortly after. A video of the incident is to be found in this article, and I warn of extremely graphic content. Zerhom, after being shot, is held down under a chair, as an officer of the Israel Prison Authorities smashes a whole row of chairs on his head, to the cheering of a crowd. I have probably not seen a more violent video in my life. The crowd shouts “mehabel” (terrorist), “Kill him!” and “Break his head! Break his head! Son of a prostitute!”

Jun 20 23:34

If You Value Life, Wake Up! — Paul Craig Roberts

Putin: “We Know and they Know that we Know…People do not Understand how Dangerous the Situation Really Is”

Washington is putting its nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders, conducting war games on Russia’s borders, and stationing its Navy off Russia’s coasts in the Black and Baltic seas. To cover up its reckless, irresponsible aggression toward a nuclear power, Washington accuses Russia of aggression.

Jun 20 16:14

America’s War Against Itself for the Greater Middle East: America’s war for the Greater Middle East was “a war to preserve the American way of life, rooted in a specific understanding of freedom and requiring an abundance of cheap energy”

The book “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History” by Andrew Bacevich, a retired colonel and a military historian, represents a detailed account of US overt as well as covert military involvement in the Islamic World. The author goes through 36 years of interventions in the Middle East starting with the revolution in Iran trying to link them to political developments in Washington and find a common theme in them. It is a harsh, yet a necessary look not just at where the United States is in the Middle East today, but at how and by whom its foreign policy is designed. Bacevich opens his book with a thought-provoking idea: “From the end of World War II to 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in that region. Within a decade, a great shift occurred.

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 13:45

Open Letter to Donald Trump About the Abuses by Government Using Terrorist Watch List and Attacking the Right to Keep and bear Arms.

The war on Terror gave the Government a license to abuse the American people while allowing the real terrorist to go free wreaking havoc all over America. An excuse attacking the bill of rights making law-abiding Americans suspects as possible threats to national security while the real external threats are allowed to travel freely planning their next attacks on innocent Americans.

Jun 20 09:09

US PRAISES SAUDI LEADERSHIP IN SYRIA, BUT DOCS REVEAL COLLABORATION IN CREATION OF ISIS

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the United States and Saudi Arabia are vowing to turn up the heat against terrorists and religious extremism in the Middle East. But these allies have a history of supporting the same tenets of religious extremism that lead to terrorism and repression of human rights. On June 13, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Kerry’s home in Washington, where the pair shared dinner. The meeting came a day after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, apparently pledging allegiance to Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) during the attack.

Jun 20 09:06

DHS Chief Jeh Johnson Introduces America To His New 9-year-old Turkish Refugee Jaafar

Seriously man, you can't make this shit up. U.S. Homeland Security Chief 'Jeh Johnson' insists that 'we can and we MUST' welcome refugees from the middle east into the United States. He then introduces 9-year-old 'Jaafar,' a chubby kid whom he met in Turkey a few months ago, who learned perfect English from watching a lot of TV. Johnson then invokes the memory of two prior refugees to our country, Madeline Albright and Eli Weisel, whom he described as "two Jews displaced by Nazi Germany." Readers may recall that Albright is the former Secretary of State who said on 60 Minutes that the deaths of 500,000 innocent Iraqi children was 'worth it.' Elie Wiesel is a prominent holo-hoaxer and fraudster who goes around drumming up sympathy for Israel.

Jun 20 07:57

Uri Avnery – Political Pirates of the Mediterranean Sea

But what is really disturbing is that Sarah Netanyahu, who was not elected by anyone, seems to be in charge of all senior public appointments. No one can reach these heights without being interviewed and approved by her personally.

She has appointed all three senior law-enforcement officials: the Legal Advisor (actually the Super-Attorney General), the powerful State Comptroller and the Chief of Police.

If so, this was an act of foresight. Because now the three of them are sitting day and night and consulting each other about what to do with the flood of disclosures about the Netanyahu family’s financial affairs. They desperately want to avoid indicting the Netanyahus for anything, but that becomes increasingly difficult, since they are subject to the supervision of the Supreme Court.

I have already reported on some of these disclosures, but new ones pop up every week. It has become a kind of national sport.

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 18 16:26

Worship God By Nakba’: Jerusalem march celebrates Israeli occupation with messianic fervor

The Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City was cleared of its Palestinian inhabitants on the eve of the Ramadan holiday, June 5, to make way for a flag procession by Jewish religious nationalists, celebrating Israel conquering the eastern half of the city 49 years earlier.

Store owners, street merchants, and shoppers preparing for that evening’s celebratory feast were driven out of the lanes that fell along the route chosen by march organizers and approved by Israel’s Supreme Court. From a safe distance behind police barricades, Palestinian residents of Jerusalem watched silently as ultra-nationalist Jews paraded through the quarter, singing songs of praise to Yahweh and calling for the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews.

Jun 18 14:26

This Bloody EU Referendum....... Dirty Tricksters Swing into Action

The question whether to remain in the EU or leave has been distorted beyond recognition by political pimps and spivs on both sides of the argument. They were not invited into our living rooms but set themselves up as our advisers all the same.

Jun 18 13:57

Palestinian Authority fiddles while Palestine dwindles

In April, President Abbas, true to form, buckled under international pressure to sacrifice the integrity of the land of Palestine on the altar of another bogus ‘peace’ initiative by friends of Israel.

Jun 17 06:00

Worried About “Stigmatizing” Cluster Bombs, House Approves More Sales to Saudi Arabia

THE HOUSE ON THURSDAY narrowly defeated a measure that would have banned the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, but the closeness of the vote was an indication of growing congressional opposition to the conduct of the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing coalition in Yemen.

The vote was mostly along party lines, with 200 Republicans – and only 16 Democrats – heeding the Obama administration’s urging to vote against the measure. The vote was 204-216.

“The Department of Defense strongly opposes this amendment,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Committee on Defense Appropriations, during floor debate. “They advise us that it would stigmatize cluster munitions, which are legitimate weapons with clear military utility.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?!?

This proxy war against the Houthis, abetted and enabled by the US government in Yemen has been an absolute....fluster cluck.

The Saudi government and military have never met a war crime they didn't embrace, such as killing civilian targets, women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, and bombing hospitals and schools.

And these bombs, if unexploded, and played with by kids, do a magnificent job of tearing toddlers, limb from limb.

And you had better see what this looks like. The following images are from a Syrian bombing of a rebel held city near Damascus, but the carnage these bombs create is still the same today.

image of cluster bomb destruction

And because they so resemble emergency food packages which are dropped, kids who cannot read English cannot tell the difference.

food package and unexploded bomblet

The reason these bombs should not be used, ever again, is that it is estimated that 98% of their victims are civilians, and 40% are children, as estimated at reddit.com

Should these cluster bomb munitions be "stigmatized" for the deaths and injuries they cause civilian victims?@/

HELL, yes!!

Jun 16 23:12

Hawks rising: Dozens of State Dept officials call for US strikes against Assad in Syria

These people are crazy!

Bucking current US policy, dozens of State Department officials have reportedly signed an internal document calling for military action and regime change in Syria, claiming it is the only way to defeat Islamic State and end the war.

The document is alleged to have expressed frustration with America’s inability to halt a civil war in Syria that has killed around half a million people and contributed to a worldwide refugee crisis.

Jun 16 14:17

Orlando Makes Me Sick (I Told You So)

Not only that, but this dude was known to the FBI! I mean, if the FBI knew of this guy and couldn’t finger him as a threat they could justify locking up, then there truly is no method by which the government can assure safety. They might as well hand out bulletproof vests and Kevlar helmets as an ObamaCare program right now and avoid the rush later.

Jun 16 12:08

UAE Military Campaign “Practically Over” In Yemen After Series Of Crushing Defeats

By Brandon Turbeville

After spending more than 14 months in Yemen as part of the “Saudi-led coalition” to re-impose the rule of corrupt Western-friendly Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and destroy the Houthi revolution, the United Arab Emirates are announcing their plans to withdraw from the country.

While the Saudis and their coalition laughably claim that their campaign is based upon human rights, the reality is that it is based upon the desire to prevent further Iranian influence in the region and the expansion of Shi’ite power...

Jun 16 12:06

Clinton TRIES To Sound Tough On Campaign Donor Saudi Arabia

Hillary thinks she's a badass with her meaningless words. This is not leadership. We need to withhold aid and weapons from all 3 gulf nations.

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Jun 15 11:14

Cheney, Rothschild, and Fox News’ Murdoch Begin Drilling for Oil in Syria — a Violation of Int’l Law

By Claire Bernish

After concluding the flow testing phase, Afek Oil and Gas will now begin analyzing samples drawn from the Ness-2 drilling site, euphemistically dubbed “Deborah’s Well,” in the Israeli-occupied region of Syria known as the Golan Heights. New Jersey-based Genie Energy, Ltd., Afek’s parent company, claims a dubious cadre of investors cum war profiteers, including Rupert Murdoch, Dick Cheney, Lord Jacob Rothschild, James Woolsey — as well as a number of current and former U.S. politicians.

Prior testing at a separate Afek site did not meet expectations, so the company sought other “sweet spots” in the area. Analysis of samples from additional wells will be performed by Afek scientists in conjunction with “external international experts.”

To understand U.S. involvement in the quagmire in Syria, Afek’s oil exploration is of critical import...

Jun 14 15:46

Hillary’s Obscene Reaction to the Orlando Shootings

Hillary Clinton’s statement on the mass murder in Orlando is mostly a confection of the empty, saccharine pieties for which the entire American political class is known – but it concluded with a revealing statement

Jun 14 05:05

The Middle East Today is Europe Tomorrow

The invasion of Europe has not been an accident. It is part of an orchestrated plan to destabilize the Middle East for the Greater Israel Project and to smash the European bloodline.

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 13 15:46

Tensions Rising Between Russia, U.S. – Do Drills And Bases Signal Troop Placement?

By Brandon Turbeville

With the rising tensions in Syria between the United States, NATO, Europe, and Russia, there are, once again, signs that both sides are preparing for the potential of some type of direct military confrontation between the world’s two superpowers.

While most individuals assume that both historical and future events arise as a result of a series of massive and seismic actions, the truth is often that a whimper precedes the bang. While many events are indeed sparked by a single definitive act, it is also true that, in the events leading up to the defining moment, rarely does the general public realize that they are walking along the path to such an event. Even rarer is the individual who realizes that this path was already carved out by high-level players in the halls of banks, corporations, governments, and secret societies long before the destination is ever reached...

Jun 13 10:48

Israel's Silent Allies Are Its Worst Enemy

By now anyone even vaguely aware of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has heard the phrase ''the new anti-Semitism.'' It is a clever propaganda piece aimed at anyone who dares criticize Israel for its illegal occupation of the West Bank and its continued brutalization of Palestinians in Gaza.

But in the space of two days, new critics emerged from within the highest positions of Israel state power. Moshe Ya'alon -- until recently the Israeli Defence Minister -- and Major General Yair Golan, the Israeli army's deputy chief of staff, confirmed what many of Israel's most vociferous (and vilified) critics have been saying for years: that Israel is heading down the road of extremism and racism.

Golan issued a warning that linked attitudes and actions in pre-war Germany with trends in Israel today. ''It's scary to see horrifying developments that took place in Europe begin to unfold here,'' he said.

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 19:25

Unit 8200: Israel’s cyber spy agency

This was a recent graduation ceremony for Magshimim (which roughly translates as “fulfilment”), the three-year after-school programme for 16 to 18-year-old students with exceptional computer coding and hacking skills. Magshimim serves as a feeder system for potential recruits to Unit 8200, the Israeli military’s legendary high-tech spy agency, considered by intelligence analysts to be one of the most formidable of its kind in the world. Unit 8200, or shmone matayim as it’s called in Hebrew, is the equivalent of America’s National Security Agency and the largest single military unit in the Israel Defence Forces.

It is also an elite institution whose graduates, after leaving service, can parlay their cutting-edge snooping and hacking skills into jobs in Israel, Silicon Valley or Boston’s high-tech corridor. The authors of Start-up Nation, the seminal 2009 book about Israel’s start-up culture, described 8200 and the Israeli military’s other elite units as “the nation’s equivalent of Harvard, Princeton and Yale”.

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 11 04:47

Why Israel is blocking access to its archives

Most of the files should have been accessible after 15 years, with the most top-secret documents locked away for up to 70 years. In many cases, Akevot says, the classified status of documents has expired, but they have still not been made public. Reasons for denial of access are rarely given.

In other instances, documents that were already declassified – some of them decades ago – have been re-sealed and are now unavailable.

Despite the mounting secrecy, historic war crimes are still coming to light.

Jun 10 19:00

Sanders Snubs AIPAC, Trump A Rothschild Tool

Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change revealed that recently Trump has been consulting with the Rockefeller-controlled Council on Foreign Relations for foreign policy advice.

In a recent American Free Press article Michael Collins Piper discusses the heavy Rothschild/Rockefeller influence amongst GOP candidates, including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Piper notes that it was Trump who acquired a 93% interest in Resorts International – a long-time CIA/mob drug laundry launched by Rothschild lieutenant Meyer Lansky’s protégé Robert Vesco. Piper writes:

Jun 10 16:33

Rabbi Michael Lerner Blasts Israeli Occupation of Palestinians at Muhammad Ali's Funeral

Berkeley-based rabbi Michael Lerner spoke as a representative of the Jewish faith at Muhammad Ali’s memorial service in Louisville today, and delivered a fiery sermon

Jun 10 11:21

SDF Kills 50 ISIS Terrorists and US Kills 30 civilians in and Around Manbij

In past 36 hours Heavy fighting between Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS around strategic city of Menbej 50 ISIS terrorist killed and 75 villages and farms came under control of SDF, SOHR anounced based from reliable sources.

The US Attacks resulted in the death of a woman and four of her children, and injured her husband, which rise the number of civilians killed by the international coalition’s warplanes since the beginning of the operations on areas around the city and its countryside to 30 persons, including 11 children and four citizen women.

Jun 10 11:16

Syrian Army just 20 kilometers from Tabqa Airbase – Raqqa map update

US backed forces are retreating.Syrian forces with a wall of Russian airpower are advancing towards Raqqa.

Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured the Sfaiyeh crossroad after clashing with ISIS in western Raqqa province; the Sfaiyeh intersection leads directly north to Tabqa Airbase. The advance was spearheaded by the Desert Hawks Brigade and Syrian Marines, who were assisted by the SAA’s 555th Regiment of the 4th Mechanized Division.

The SAA also seized the adjacent Sfaiyeh oil field and its electrical station.

Jun 09 18:26

Terrorism as Pretext for Intervention in Middle East

In order to understand the hype surrounding the phenomena of Islamic radicalism and terrorism, we need to understand the prevailing global economic order and its prognosis. What the pragmatic economists have forecasted about the free market capitalism has turned out to be true; whether we like it or not. A kind of global economic entropy has set into motion. The money is flowing from the area of high monetary density to the area of low monetary density. The rise of the BRICS countries in the 21st century is the proof of this tendency. BRICS are growing economically because the labor in developing economies is cheap; labor laws and rights are virtually nonexistent; expenses on creating a safe and healthy work environment are minimal; regulatory framework is lax; expenses on environmental protection are negligible; taxes are low; and in the nutshell, windfalls for the multinational corporations are huge

Jun 09 12:36

UN's Ban Ki-moon admits threats resulted in Saudi-led coalition being removed from blacklist

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has admitted that his decision to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from the organization's blacklist came after threats from a number of countries. Human rights groups are urging him to backtrack on the decision.

Jun 08 22:24

Houthi forces seize 58 kilos of hashish bound for Saudi Arabia

The Houthis are gettin the Saudis were it really hurts. They ripped off their hash! Must be some really good $h!t cause the Saudis hit em back with airstrikes!

The Houthi forces caught a group of smugglers in the Saada Governorate on Wednesday and confiscated 58 kilos of their hashish that was bound for Saudi Arabia.

In response to the seizure of these drugs, the Saudi Air Force launched several airstrikes over the provincial capital of the Saada Governorate.

Jun 08 18:22

More than half of Qatar’s population live in ‘labor camps’ - census

More than 58 percent of Qatar’s population live in what the government calls ‘labor camps,’ according to the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Some 1.4 million of the country’s 2.4 million population lived in the camps, according to an April 2015 census released on Sunday and cited by AFP. Qatar’s population has grown to more 2.5 million since the census, reflecting the large influx of migrant workers, largely from South Asia, that have been brought in to carry out infrastructure work in the oil-rich Gulf state. In 1986, the population was just 373,000.

Jun 08 18:08

Disseminating Zionist Fascism by Libelling Art

Palestinian-Australian Samah Sawabi’s finely crafted lyrical play, Tales of a City by the Sea, continues to be under fire from B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission Chair, Dvir Abramovich since the play was added to the Victorian curriculum. His accusations against the Palestinian-Australian playwright are preposterously spurious,

Jun 08 18:05

Schoolgirl Leanne Betrayed ……Free-speech organisers pull the plug on her ‘Birds not Bombs’

In a highly-regarded public speaking competition 15 year-old Leanne Mohamad, a pupil at Wanstead High School in London, stood up and gave an impassioned speech about the appalling situation back home in the Holy Land. It was so moving that she won the regional final and a video of her speech was posted on the organisers’ website.

Then a blogger called Edgar Davidson complained and Leanne’s speech was deleted. He said it was “full of ignorant lies and blood libels”.

Jun 08 12:09

U.S. Demands Russia Stop Bombing Al-Qaeda … Is War On Terror Over? Can We Have Our Rights Back?

By Brandon Turbeville

Demonstrating once again its longstanding support for al-Qaeda and other related terror groups in Syria, the United States has now, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, requested that the Russian military refrain from bombing al-Nusra targets.

The United States, however, is publicly claiming that it simply wants Russia to be more careful when it comes to selecting targets so that it does not hit “moderate rebels”...

Jun 08 10:42

The Latest Attempt to Whitewash the Saudi-Led Coalition’s Crimes in Yemen

The U.N. has made a humiliating, disgraceful reversal in its reporting on the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes in Yemen:

Jun 08 03:00

In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He’s a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss.

But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and federal education tax credits, Trump offered scant details.

On some substantive policy questions, the Republican front-runner for president didn’t answer at all, instead delegating the question to Greenblatt, a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey — one of two people he said he’d appoint as his White House Israel policy advisers.

More at:
http://www.jta.org/2016/04/14/news-opinion/politics/in-meeting-with-or...

Jun 07 11:05

UN takes Saudi coalition off Yemen list of child violators

Following a vehement protest from Saudi Arabia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday removed the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen from a list of government forces that committed grave violations against children last year, pending a joint review of cases.

Jun 07 10:15

Putin Declares Russia an 'Ally' to Islamic World

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that his country will always be a “reliable ally” to the “Islamic world” at a discussion event on the topic of Islam and Russia, state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

“The agenda for your meeting today addresses important issues, many of which are directly related to the events that are happening at the moment in a number of Muslim countries and, without exaggeration, urgently call for a global response,” Putin told a panel gathered to discuss Russia’s strategy in dealing with Islamic countries.

Putin boasted that Russia had devastated extremist groups in the Middle East with airstrikes against militants in Syria, including the Islamic State group (ISIS). The Russian president has been a longstanding partner of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and Russia and Iran launched a campaign of military intervention to support his faltering regime in 2015.

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 17:49

War and the health of the state

Wars are not for our freedom or patriotism or democracy, as we are propagandized. Wars are to kill and to benefit big business — which reaps massive profits from the killing and sacrifice of young men (lambs) on all sides of combat – and for the banksters.

Jun 06 15:42

Israel wants a peace process – but only if it’s doomed to fail

Jonathan Cook examines Binyamin Netanyahu’s deceitful manoeuvrings intended to ride out the French peace initiative until Obama’s successor is installed next year, by which time Netanyahu can forget about the threat of a two-state solution.

Jun 06 15:17

Western State Sponsored Terrorism: False Flags Spreading Islamophobia, Race and Religious Wars and New World Disorder

A lot of good stuff with a couple of poison the well BEX's thrown in. A good example of disinfo. 95% truth with some fairy tales thrown in.

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.”
Josef Stalin

Jun 06 13:56

Schoolgirl Leanne Betrayed: Free-speech organisers pull the plug on her “Birds not Bombs”

Stuart Littlewood views how the UK “champions” of free speech succumbed to a Zionist blogger by silencing a young Palestinian winner of a public speaking competition, and tells docile Palestinian officials that they have much to learn from the young girl.

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?

Jun 06 11:21

Hillary Clinton Faces Test of Record as Women’s Advocate

As Mrs. Clinton commemorates her 1995 women’s rights speech in Beijing in back-to-back events in New York, she finds herself under attack for her family foundation’s acceptance of millions of dollars in donations from Middle Eastern countries known for violence against women and for denying them many basic freedoms.

Even her most strident critics could not have predicted that Mrs. Clinton would prove vulnerable on the subject.

But the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars in donations from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Algeria and Brunei — all of which the State Department has faulted over their records on sex discrimination and other human-rights issues.

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And what do every one of those countries from which the Clinton Foundation took money still allow and have in common in the 21st century?!?

Female genital mutilation.

Study

The only country not listed in the list above is Brunei; however, as reported by the Brunei Times on 12 June, 2012:

In Bruneian custom, female circumcision is performed on baby girls between 40 to 60 days, where small amount of skin tissue is removed from the genitalia.

Think about it for a moment, Clintonistas; could a woman with something approximating a conscience accept money from a country which allowed this barbaric practice to continue, even to the point of having a screaming baby girl held down, and having its genitals bloodily cut with unsterile "medical instruments", inviting infection and infant death?!?

I would like to hope you can answer this honestly.

But of course, for sociopathic money junkies like Hillary Clinton, none of this matters. It's all about the money, and ultimately, the potential of Presidential power, which she has seen first-hand during her husband's presidency, ,both of which are as thoroughly addictive as cocaine and heroin.

Put very simply, you cannot be "for women",either at home or abroad, if you accept money from countries for which horrendous injury, severe pain, and frequently death from this practice are completely acceptable as collateral damage, simply because these people are women.

And please remember; a vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for more wars; more offshoring/outsourcing of your jobs; and "special favors" for those countries indicated above which contributed to the Clinton Foundation. After all, President Clinton's true legacy was as "Outsourcer-In-Chief"

Destruction of America's Middle Class

Jun 05 15:33

Israel’s political and media cesspit

Uri Avnery explains the Israeli conundrum of a government undermining the army, and the peace camp putting its trust in the high command, with perhaps some praying to a God they don't believe in for a military coup they would not approve of.

Jun 04 13:46

Who are the Syrian Desert Hawks?

The Syrians have their own proxy army.

In a matter of two years, the Syrian Desert Hawks (var. Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra) have become one of the most effective fighting forces in the Syrian War; however, very little is known about this paramilitary group.
Often described as a unit from the pro-government “National Defense Forces” (var. NDF), the Desert Hawks actually have no affiliation with the latter or the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

The man behind the Desert Hawks:
The Desert Hawks were originally started by a retired Syrian Army officer, General Mohammad Jaber, in early 2013.

The Desert Hawks are now leading the charge to the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa, where they are looking to expel the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham before the U.S. backed rebels reach the city.

Jun 04 12:51

Syria: The U.S. Is Unwilling To Settle - Russia Returns For Another Round

The Obama administration does not want peace in Syria. The Russians finally have to admit to themselves that the U.S. is no partner for a continuation of a cease fire, a coordinated attack against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda and for peace in Syria. Indeed, as Lavrov explains, the U.S. has again asked to spare al-Qaeda from Russian air strikes even as two UN Security Council resolutions demand its eradication. Huge supply convoys (vid) from Turkey are again going to the "rebels" who will, as always, share them with al-Qaeda and other terrorists.

Jun 03 16:17

Putin trips up US AGAIN? Syrian army and allies with Russian air force help blocking US/israel's takeover of prized Syrian air base.

Advance units of the Syrian Arab Army, supported by forces of Hezbollah, Iranian volunteers and Russian Aerospace fighter/bombers are advancing on the ISIS held Tabqa Military Airport, just south of Raqqah.

Sources in Damascus have told VT that this drive, supported by Russian Aerospace sorties, is advancing through the night to seize the ISIS held airport after it was learned that America planned to open a major base there, dominating this vital region, part of a secret agreement to split Syria, a plan made showing a shocking level of cooperation between “strange bedfellows,” most notable an American deal with ISIS against Damascus.

Jun 03 12:13

USA for the first time in 13 years struck from an aircraft carrier in the middle East

For the first time since 2003, the US struck a blow from an aircraft carrier in the Middle East. The aircraft, based on the "Harry Truman" attacked ISIS. Where exactly in Syria or Iraq, is unknown.
The planes went on a mission from an aircraft carrier shortly after it's arrival to the Mediterranean, said TASS.

Jun 03 08:49

Saudis rooting for Clinton to win White House: Oil analyst

“It is no secret that the Saudis and other [Persian] Gulf Sunni powers are rooting for Mrs. Clinton,” Bob McNally, president of Washington-based consulting firm Rapidan Group, told CNBC from Vienna on Thursday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) holds its semiannual meeting Thursday in Vienna, but is unlikely to announce any strategy changes.

McNally said that there is “a lot of concern and anxiety” about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the oil market.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has questioned the protective nature of the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

He has suggested that the United States should consider ditching Riyadh because Washington is increasingly getting less dependent on overseas oil.

Jun 02 21:33

Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero Justification

Waking Times Media

The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified document that allegedly contained “specific information” on former Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs he was apparently running. Now that document has been declassified and it reveals that there was virtually zero justification for the Iraq war.

Jun 02 16:56

REVEALED: ILLEGALS SMUGGLED INTO USA FROM MIDDLE EAST

The group, guided by two Mexicans employed by the smuggling network, crawled under the border fence in Arizona late last year and made it about 15 miles north before being detected by border surveillance, according to the documents, which were obtained by Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican.

Jun 02 12:33

Meet The Ten-Year-Old Palestinian Journalist

Janna Jihad, 10 years old, has been reporting from Palestine for two to three years now, sharing with the world the message of “the Palestinian children”.

Jun 01 13:53

What happens when Arab autocrats are left to fend for themselves?

James M. Dorsey attributes Washington’s disengagement from Saudi Arabia to its refocus on Asia, and argues that Saudi attempts at regional leadership through sectarianism and war are doomed to fail for objective, structural reasons.

Jun 01 10:05

BLACKWATER/ACADEMI MERCENARIES PROCURED BY UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ARE NOW FIGHTING IN YEMEN

Receiving scant attention from Western mainstream media outlets except for a few notable exceptions, Americans and many alternative media outlets have remained ignorant to the fact that private mercenaries from Blackwater (aka Academi) appear to have been contracted by the GCC Gulf state feudal monarchies to assist in the military war of terror in Yemen against the Houthi rebels and the embattled Yemeni people.

Still, on December 9, a flurry of reports from media outlets such as Press TV, TeleSur TV, Al-Manar, Al –Bawaba, and Colombia Reports have revealed that around 15 Blackwater mercenaries have been killed in a fierce battles with the Houthi forces.

Al-Masirah, Yemen’s Arabic language website reported that the Commander-In-Chief of the firm’s operation in Yemen, a Mexican national, was killed in the al-Omari district of Ta’izz Province.

Press TV reports that a number of British, French, and Australian advisers and commanders as well as six Colombian soldiers were killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: in over one year, the Saudi Arabian military, enabled by US intelligence and weapons, has not been able overwhelm either the Houthi rebels, or the Yemenite people, meaning they have been unable to "pacify" them into accepting their former dictator, Al-Hadi, back.

Saudi Arabia is in real financial trouble, from the precipitous drop in oil prices last year. Apparently, they cannot make this war work without having their allies hire private mercs to fight the war for them.

And when you are at that point in a military campaign, you know it is going terribly badly.

Jun 01 08:08

Flashback: USS Liberty veterans' letter to Netanyahu, Memorial Day 2011

On June 8, 1967 the USS Liberty was cruising in the Mediterranean in International waters ordered to monitor the Israeli-Arab war. In the morning the ship was circled a dozen times by low flying Nord propeller "boxcars" at mast height with Israeli designation. The planes flew at mast height; the men on the ship could see the teeth of the pilots as they smiled. They waved at them. The ship was flying a 4’ x 7’ American flag; it stood straight out on a clear, breezy day. The ship had large letter designation on the bow GTR-5. The attack by unmarked Israeli planes (Israel says the attack was an accident – the ship was an Egyptian horse carrier – less than 1/2 the size of the USS Liberty) commenced in the afternoon in International waters. After the attack with cannon, rockets, napalm and torpedo fire; the torpedo boats came back and machine gunned the life rafts as they were thrown overboard (a war crime according to International Law). 34 men were killed and 171wounded (out of a crew of 291) this day by the Israelis. The men on board the ship call it murder. Captain Ward Boston was given one week to conduct an investigation of the attack. Before he died Ward Boston signed an affidavit stating that the attack on the USS Liberty was deliberate.

Jun 01 07:59

The Evolution of The War on Terror - An Israeli Mega-Fraud

After 14-and-a-half years of the War on Terror the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars, waged war across the Middle East and North Africa, and destroyed the lives of millions of people, many of them American. At least seven nations have been devastated under the guise of fighting terrorism: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. In spite of all the money spent and lives lost, more people are dying from terrorism than ever, particularly in the nations where the War on Terror has been waged. It is not really a war against terrorism, but a "War of Terror" in which terrorism, mostly false-flag operations, plays the key role.

All of the indications point to the War on Terror going down as the biggest boondoggle or criminal scam in history, yet no one running for the highest office in the land is calling for it to come to a screeching halt. Why not?

May 31 19:38

Dishonoring American Veterans

Sadly many American legislators are not doing the job their positions stipulate. They are not acting in the interest of the citizens, who elected them in office. Many of their decisions and behaviors draw the suspicion that they act as agents of a foreign country, who is trying to take advantage of American generosity.

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 31 18:13

Blackwater/Academi Mercenaries Procured By United Arab Emirates Are Now Fighting In Yemen

By Brandon Turbeville

Receiving scant attention from Western mainstream media outlets except for a few notable exceptions, Americans and many alternative media outlets have remained ignorant to the fact that private mercenaries from Blackwater (aka Academi) appear to have been contracted by the GCC Gulf state feudal monarchies to assist in the military war of terror in Yemen against the Houthi rebels and the embattled Yemeni people.

Still, on December 9, a flurry of reports from media outlets such as Press TV, TeleSur TV, Al-Manar, Al –Bawaba, and Colombia Reports have revealed that around 15 Blackwater mercenaries have been killed in a fierce battles with the Houthi forces...

May 30 10:09

Christopher Bollyn: How Israel Created the Fiend for the War on Terror

The War on Terror is essentially an Israeli war strategy. It was first promoted on the world stage by Benjamin Netanyahu and Menachem Begin (of the terrorist Likud party) at the Jerusalem Conference hosted by the Netanyahu Institute in July 1979.

According to the War on Terror doctrine advocated by Netanyahu, "Islamic terrorists" attack Israel because it is a Western state with Western values. The West, Netanyahu says, is the real target so the U.S. must lead the West in waging a global War on Terror to destroy Islamic terrorists and the regimes that support them. This is exactly what the United States has done since 9/11, at incredible expense to its own population, leaving a trail of devastated nations in its wake.

The Israeli construct was designed to get the U.S. to destroy the enemies of the Zionist state. The Israelis developed the War on Terror construct and then created the Islamic opponent, al Qaida, to serve as the antithesis – the virulent enemy of the West. The real purpose of al Qaida, and its subsequent iterations like ISIS, is to be a moving target used to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries, like Syria, while sustaining the illusion of an Islamic antithesis, posing a mortal threat to the security of the West. The Zionist-controlled media is the essential element in selling the fraudulent War on Terror to the public.

May 29 16:57

Rumblings of mounting discontent among Israelis and Palestinians

James Dorsey says the fabric of Israeli and Palestinian societies is being eroded by a conflict to which a solution seems distant and by societies and leaderships incapable and unwilling to listen to a Palestinian youth whose prospects are dim.

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 28 15:33

Britain’s Prevent strategy: Potential implications for civil liberties

Ruth Tenne views the potential of the UK government’s Prevent strategy – whose purpose is to stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism – for snuffing out legitimate activities, such as criticism of Israel and support for the Palestinians.

May 27 06:14

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

Some 300 U.S. special forces illegally invaded Syria to support the Syrian Kurds of the YPG organization. The Turks see the YPG as a sister organization to the Kurdish PKK guerrilla in Turkey which area designated terrorist organization while they are fighting for autonomy within Turkey. Only yesterday six Turkish security personal died during fights with the PKK. To Turks the YPG are terrorists. Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

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.

May 24 14:12

Trajectory Of US Policy In Vietnam Offers A Roadmap For The Mideast

As President Barack Obama’s visit to Vietnam and the lifting of the arms embargo to that country represents his “pivot to Asia,” his simultaneous killing of Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the Taliban leader in Pakistan, and the U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s announcement of an assault to free Fallujah in Iraq illustrate why the pivot has not been realized.

May 24 10:45

Religious Extremists Waging a Quiet Revolution in Israel

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defense minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Mr Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.”

He was referring partly to his expected successor: Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose trademark outbursts have included demands to bomb Egypt and behead disloyal Palestinian citizens.

But Mr Yaalon was also condemning extremism closer to home, in Mr Netanyahu’s Likud Party. Mr Yaalon is to take a break from politics. With fitting irony, his slot is to be filled on Likud’s backbenches by Yehuda Glick, a settler whose goal to destroy Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque and replace it with a Jewish temple has the potential to set the Middle East on fire.

Israeli commentators pointed out that, with Mr Lieberman’s inclusion, the government will be the most extreme in Israel’s history – again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This move to the right in Israeli politics should concern anyone who believes that a reasonable peace, negotiated in good faith, between the Palestinians and Israelis, is the only way to avoid more brutal conflict in the region.

The possibilities for peace and social justice for Palestinians are not looking terribly bright right now.

May 24 09:36

Syria blames Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for deadly bombings

The Syrian government has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.
The state-run news agency Sana said the attacks constituted a "serious escalation", and were aimed at derailing peace efforts.

State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 145.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks.
The cities, on Syria's Mediterranean coast, are part of the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad and have, until now, escaped the worst of the civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at the carnage here.

Then, understand that behind it all is the United States Government, which is funding and training these insurgents, and attempting, by whatever means necessary, to throw Bashar Al-Assad out of office, and replace him with a compliant, western-centric puppet.

May 23 17:20

Top Secret, A CIA controlled Zone !

Now everything is under the CIA control. There is no need for “government”, “ministers”, a “prime minister” nor even a janitor in our “ministries”. Anything you want just ask the janitor in the CIA offices in Jerusalem and he will do the job.

May 23 14:15

Religious zealots ready for takeover of Israeli army

Jonathan Cook says the takeover of Israel’s security establishment by religious extremists means no hope of a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – unless it is preceded by a civil war between Israel’s secular and its religious Jews.

May 23 11:12

Clinton campaign is ‘nervous’ Sanders will push ‘divisive’ battle over Democratic platform on Israel

Remember Hillary Clinton’s hard-right Israel positions stated again and again, including at AIPAC in March: She will invite Netanyahu to the White House in the first month; she will take Israel relationship to “the next level,” whatever that is; she will fight the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement hammer and tongs and working with Republicans to do so; and she said that Donald Trump has “no business being president,” because he has pledged neutrality on the Israel Palestine question, and an American president must never be neutral on Israel.

Then Bernie Sanders pulled the rug out from under her in that “contentious” April 14 debate in NY, saying that Netanyahu is not always right and that Israel used disproportionate force against Gaza in 2014, when it killed 500 children, and the audience cheered. They cheered because this is the Democratic base’s position, fairness toward Palestinians.

We’ve said again and again here that Israel can divide the Democrats, grassroots versus establishment, and it should divide the Democrats, it’s that important an issue.

May 23 09:35

London Fuels 'Brutal War' in Yemen Supplying Riyadh With Cluster Bombs

Oxfam UK Chief Executive Mark Goldring said Monday in a statement that the United Kingdom fuels "brutal war" in Yemen by supplying Saudi Arabia, which is involved in the conflict, with cluster bombs.

May 22 07:30

‘War minister!’ Hundreds rally in Tel Aviv to decry Israeli PM’s defense chief pick

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest the far-right turn the government has signaled by choosing Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister. Activists say PM Benjamin Netanyahu is putting Israel on a path of war.

Demonstrators came together at HaBima Square in Tel Aviv, saying that by appointing Lieberman to head the military, Netanyahu had created the “most right wing government in the history of the State,” Israeli media reported.

May 21 16:18

Death Cry: My Own Story !!

– “Water, Please!!” screamed Sheikh Buddha feebly.

– “Shut up, dirty pig! Not before breakfast!” roared the jailor who was tapping up and down the corridor behind the massive iron door.

May 21 15:10

Zionism begins to unravel

Lawrence Davidson explains the growing disconnect between the Zionist leaders of major US Jewish organisations – who remain uncritically supportive of Israel – and the increasingly alienated ordinary American Jews whom the leaders claimed to represent.

May 21 11:36

The Real Nakba

This Arab Spring was used to stage revolution against Libya’s Gadhafi, who proposed a golden Dinar as a new African currency. Israel and the U.S. with the cooperation of Qatar shipped al-Qaeda terrorists to Libya, financed and armed them to devastate the country.,/STRONG>

The real target of the Arab Spring was Syria, who during the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon, had shipped weapons to Hezbollah. Robert Ford; the US Ambassador to Syria between 2011 – 2014, was the architect and financer of the rebellion demonstrations against Syrian regime.

May 20 14:34

Creeping Nazism in Israel

Uri Avnery draw on his personal experience of Germany on the eve of the Nazi party’s victory, and during the early years of Nazism, to show that similar processes of creeping Nazism are underway in Israel today.

May 20 09:32

Scientists reveal Jewish history's forgotten Turkish roots

New research suggests that the majority of the world’s modern Jewish population is descended mainly from people from ancient Turkey, rather than predominantly from elsewhere in the Middle East.

The new research suggests that most of the Jewish population of northern and eastern Europe – normally known as Ashkenazic Jews – are the descendants of Greeks, Iranians and others who colonized what is now northern Turkey more than 2000 years ago and were then converted to Judaism, probably in the first few centuries AD by Jews from Persia. At that stage, the Persian Empire was home to the world’s largest Jewish communities.

According to research carried out by the geneticist, Dr Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield, over 90 per cent of Ashkenazic ancestors come from that converted partially Greek-originating ancient community in north-east Turkey.

May 19 18:59

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.

May 19 12:31

The Techniques of Modern Military Propaganda

Propaganda is a military technique which should be distinguished from strategic subterfuge. The former seeks to trick one’s own side, generally in order to garner support. The latter, whose antique archetype is the Trojan horse, aims to damage the adversary. As is often the case, this military technique has known many civil applications, in the commercial as well as the political sector.

May 18 21:18

ISIL HELPS ISRAEL CONCEAL HISTORICAL ORIGIN

Everything will slowly get back to normal long after ISIL has been completely crushed. The land will be liberated, the people will return to their homes and native land. One thing will remain irrevocably destroyed and lost; Iraqi and Syrian ancient heritage and history.

According to Anatoly Fomenko's hypothesis in "History: Fiction or Science?", the holy books of the Christian church were also written in the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, or in Hebraic, and that it is possible that the “Hebraic” version of the Bible can be found among these hieroglyphs, since the very word Bible stems from the same root as the word Babylon, or Byblos. ... So, WHO would want to destroy such antiquities?

May 18 13:24

Israel’s tiresome exceptionalism

Stuart Littlewood argues that there is a sinister game afoot within the UK Labour Party to suspend opponents of the Israel lobby and replace them with Zionist-friendly individuals, and recommends a five-point approach to combating anti-Semitism.

May 18 09:20

Turkey’s Erdogan Expresses Need To “Rescue” Crimea, Nagorno-Karabkh

By Brandon Turbeville

The 13th Islamic Summit entitled “Unity And Solidarity For Justice And Peace,” set up by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) took place on April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey and yielded some revealing but certainly not unsuspected news. At the summit, chaired by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, more signs emerged of a Turkish/GCC attempt to not only continue to destabilize Syria but an attempt to extend the destabilization into Eurasia, up to the Russian border, and even inside Russian territory itself...

May 17 15:50

Muslim Memories Of West’s Imperialism

One result of the great transformation we call the Industrial Revolution in the northern hemisphere was the increasing scale of the European commercial, political and military domination of societies and states scattered from Morocco to Indonesia and from Central Asia deep into Africa. For convenience, because of their location, their relative weakness and their Islamic orientation, I called these Afro-Asian societies “the South.”

May 17 11:52

Clinton Foundation Bribes for Weapon Deals

“Crooked Hillary” is not just a nickname; it is a way of life. For the latest generation of indoctrinated millennials, who were educated in the black hole of Clinton’s actual political conduct for decades, the notion of selling out real national security for funding her family slush fund may be hard to swallow. For hard core Clintonistas, the practice of trading favors for money is politics 101, taught in the book from “Chinagate”. Lest you forget, “the transfer of America’s most sensitive technology, including but not limited to nuclear missile and satellite technology, apparently in exchange for millions of dollars in contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee”, is a family tradition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Accepting bribes for lucrative arms deals from foreign leaders is illegal for a Secretary of State to do; when will she be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for this outrageous behaviour?!?

The woman is so thoroughly crooked that she has more baggage than does Kim Kardashian on a photo shoot!!

May 17 09:43

WEAPONS HEADED TO LIBYA – HILLARY CLINTON’S INTERVENTIONIST DISASTER CONTINUES TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL

In retrospect, Obama’s intervention in Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards. Libya has not only failed to evolve into a democracy; it has devolved into a failed state. Violent deaths and other human rights abuses have increased severalfold. Rather than helping the United States combat terrorism, as Qaddafi did during his last decade in power, Libya now serves as a safe haven for militias affiliated with both al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Libya intervention has harmed other U.S. interests as well: undermining nuclear nonproliferation, chilling Russian cooperation at the UN, and fueling Syria’s civil war.?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF past is prologue to the future, this is the kind of industrial-strength disaster, necessitating more interventions to "cure the problems the US government left originally" we will see from a Clinton foreign policy.

May 16 19:01

Meddling in Syria’s Civil War Worked out So Well, the US Has Decided to Try Libya’s

By Claire Bernish

In a bit of a surprising move, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the U.S. would be seeking to help arm Libya’s internationally-recognized government to assist in the fight against Daesh (ISIS, the self-described Islamic State) and other extremist groups in the region.

“The international community will support the [Libyan] Presidency Council as it seeks exemption from the U.N. arms embargo to acquire those weapons and bullets needed to fight Daesh and other terrorist groups,” Kerry stated in a press conference Monday. “We’re not talking about troops and boots and that kind of intervention. We continue right now to assess the ISIL activity that’s taking place, and we’re working with our partners to determine the best way forward to help Libya to be able to deal with that threat.”

The move is very similar to the U.S.’ mission in Syria, which is also to stem Daesh’ rise on paper — but also serves as a proxy battle to dispose of Syria’s government...

May 16 13:54

Why I am a bit wary when sports networks start speaking for the 'Holocaust industry'

How can you tell when "remembering" horrible events is being twisted to defend the status quo and support the powerful against the weak? When a sports network airs a Nazi Holocaust-themed show.

Last week TSN ran a six-minute video feature about Hank Rosenbaum, a Polish Jew whose life was turned upside down when German troops invaded 77 years ago. The sports angle for TSN's "Yom HaShoah, the international day of remembrance for the more than 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust" commemoration, was that Rosenbaum became a hockey fan when he arrived in Toronto six decades ago. The sports network showed him watching his 10-year-old grandson's house league game.

While the Rosenbaum story was horrifying and more socially meaningful than TSN's typical fare, does it really represent a concern for human rights by the broadcaster?

May 16 13:14

A Palestinian refugee’s journey from the Nakba to present day

Jamal Kanj looks at what the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing and dispossession of Palestinians – meant for one Palestinian refugee as he journeyed through Zionist terror, dispossession, grief and steadfastness.

May 16 10:33

NEXT COLD WAR ROUNDUP: RIVAL LIBYAN ARMIES PREPARE FOR SIRTE BATTLE, PENTAGON REVEALS US TROOP DEPLOYMENT

The Obama administration and the Pentagon revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces. Multiple armies are preparing for an attack on ISIS (and possibly each other) in Sirte.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is without a doubt that we can see Obama's "liberation" of Libya was an absolute, unmitigated disaster; the next great US military misadventure in Libya will be yet another spectacular failure as well.

President Obama will be seen by the long, unblinking eye of history as one of the worst presidents ever, regarding both his foreign and domestic policies.

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