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Jordanian King Pretends That He Will Fight “Judaization of Jerusalem”

Jordan's King Abdullah

Jordan’s King Abdullah
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Jordanian King Abdullah II added fuel to the ongoing debate over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Sunday, when he told visiting Muslim and Christian dignitaries from Jerusalem that he will continue his efforts to “safeguard” Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city of Jerusalem from what he termed “Judaization.”

 

The Hashemite monarch also expressed his willingness to “support the steadfastness of Muslim and Christian Jerusalemites and to preserve their legitimate rights in the city,” according to a statement from the Royal Court, published Sunday in The Jordan Times.

 

According to the statement, Abdullah said that Jordan “will not spare any efforts, whether political, diplomatic or legal to protect the city, highlighting the Kingdom’s historic role in securing the holy sites.”

 

The Jordanian king also emphasized his country’s cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, in working to assert “Jordan’s role as custodian of the holy sites of Jerusalem and Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.”

 

Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Husseini reiterated the importance of an agreement to this effect signed by Abdullah and Abbas in March, noting that the accord “has given moral support to the people of Jerusalem and helped solve many of the outstanding problems they face.”

 

Husseini said the agreement had boosted Jordanian-PA coordination at local and international levels.

 

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal expressed appreciation for Abdullah’s efforts, stating that “despite challenges facing Jerusalem, the people of the holy city prove every day their persistence to cling to the city’s heritage and preserve its identity from Judaization.”

 

Sheikh Abdul Atheem Salhab, head of the Islamic Awqaf Council in Jerusalem, called Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque a “red line” for the Jordanian monarch.

 

He added that “attacks” against Al Aqsa had increased recently, “especially by settlers storming Al Aqsa under the protection of the Israeli forces” – a reference to ascents by Jewish pilgrims to the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism.

 

He also cited “attempts by right-wing ministers in the Israeli government to legitimize Jewish prayers inside Al Aqsa,” and warned of an unspecified “era-bound and location-based” division plan of the mosque, to “eventually rebuild what they allege to be the Solomon’s Temple,” according to the Jordanian royal statement.

The Real Mr. and Mrs. Bashar Al-Asad and the Real Syria In Pictures

Mr. and Mrs. Bashar Al-Asad

Syria’s president is all smiles on his new Instagram account

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By Ben Brumfield and Saad Abedine, CNN

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(CNN) — It’s not quite as epic as posing with a tiger a la Vladimir Putin. But Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram and the photos are propagandastically fantastic.

No ugly images of bloody battle fields taint the feed of the president caught in the middle of a brutal civil war. Instead, it’s photo after photo of him and his wife being caring — and being loved.

There’s al-Assad talking to a little girl by the side of a hospital bed. There’s his wife wiping away a little boy’s tear. There’s al-Assad intently listening to a group of women. There’s his wife intently listening to a group of women. And lots of pictures of him being mobbed, greeted, hugged by adoring masses.

The embattled president announced he was adding Instagram to his social media blitz last week via a message posted to his Twitter account. He also has his own Facebook page and a YouTube channel.

And, judging from the comments, fans in Syria, Russia and Turkey.

“God bless you,” “We love you,” and “We want you to win this war” are common comments posted on the images.

Syria’s Main Kurdish Militia Sends-Out Call for All Able-Bodied Men To Fight Jihadists

NGO: Syria’s main Kurdish militia calls to arms against jihadists

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Isa Huso, a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician, was assassinated early on Tuesday outside his home near the Turkish border. (Photo courtesy: Ozgur Gundem website)
AFP, Beirut

Syria’s main Kurdish militia on Tuesday issued a call to arms to all Kurds to fight jihadists after the assassination of a Kurdish leader, a watchdog said.

“The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) called on all those fit to carry weapons to join their ranks, to protect areas under their control from attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters, Al-Nusra Front and other battalions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Kurdish call comes hours after Isa Huso, a member of the Supreme Kurdish Council diplomacy committee, was assassinated as he left his house in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli, a pro-Kurdish news agency said.

The Supreme Kurdish Council is a platform bringing together Kurdish groups in Syria.

The call to arms comes weeks into fighting between Kurds and jihadists in several areas of northern Syria.

Iran sends aid shipment to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Iran sends aid shipment to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

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Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (file photo)

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (file photo)
Iran has dispatched a consignment of humanitarian aids, consisting of 4,000 packages of foodstuff, to Lebanon to be distributed among displaced Palestinians living in twelve refugee camps in the Arab country.

In a ceremony held at Iran’s Embassy in Beirut on Monday, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi delivered the packages to representatives of Palestinian political and religious groups.

Roknabadi laid special emphasis on the right of the oppressed Palestinian nation to determine their own destiny and return to their homeland, adding that the Iranian nation and government will continue to firmly support the Palestinian cause until all Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands are liberated.

The representatives present in the ceremony praised the late founder of the Islamic Republic Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for naming the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, and Iran’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

On Quds Day, Muslims across the world hold street rallies in support of Palestine.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

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Traitorous Hamas Leadership Comes Crawling Back To the Resistance After Joining With the Enemy In Syria

[We all must remember that, despite everything we think we know, Hamas is a Creation of Mossad. The following comments from the reader who sent this clip to me about says it all:

“Lebanese Al Akhbar reports that Iran has begun financing Hamas again. Of course, it’s has been a long standing policy of Iran to help any anti-Israel group, and that is understandable. The problem is that Hamas of today is not the Hamas of a decade ago. Similar to all Arab regimes, Hamas has given up fighting Israel and is now trying to make peace with it. Thus, why would Iran in these extreme financial situations waste it’s money on a useless group!”—Falate]

Hamas Reconsiders Alliances After Fall of Mursi

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An Egyptian watch tower is seen in the background as Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the Rafah area in the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt on 30 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib)

Published Monday, July 29, 2013

There is increasing evidence that Hamas is reconsidering its alliances after having distanced itself from Iran and Hezbollah following the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.

Hamas official Ahmad Youssef revealed to the press that his movement has been conducting meetings with Hezbollah and Iran to repair their relationship. Youssef said that two prominent Hamas leaders met with Iranian officials in Beirut in the presence of representatives from Hezbollah, “in which the strategic relations between the movement and Iran were discussed.”

The news has sparked a great deal of speculation.

“Both sides stressed that their common enemy is Israel, with the understanding that each side understands the other’s position regarding areas of difference,” he added, “particularly when it comes to the situation in Syria.” He denied that the improvement in relations between Hamas and Iran was in any way connected to recent developments in Egypt.

A close observer of these discussions explained that earlier attempts at reconciliation – after both the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunisia and the emergence of strong differences over the Syrian crisis – had failed, due to the views of a substantial faction within Hamas that saw alternatives in both political and financial assistance.

The same source added, however, that in a very short time it became clear that the new sources of aid fell short of expectations. Worse yet, Iran had simply diverted its assistance to rival resistance factions in Gaza like Islamic Jihad, the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and an armed group affiliated with Fatah.

Sources pointed out that while Hamas insisted on their differences over the Syrian crisis, the other side raised concerns about the Palestinian movement’s growing involvement in the rise of the Brotherhood, causing the group’s neglect of its resistance activity in favor of helping Islamist movements consolidate power.

Several weeks ago – after the military wing of Hamas warned of supply shortages – a movement delegation headed by Mousa Abu Marzouq came to Lebanon and held private meetings at the Iranian embassy and with Hezbollah officials.

The meetings produced the following largely positive results: 1) resumption of Iranian financial aid to Hamas, though less than pre-crisis amounts; 2) opening direct channels of communication between Hamas and Hezbollah, particularly over the issue of keeping the Palestinian refugee camps out of the mounting Sunni-Shia tension in Lebanon; and 3) preparation for a leadership meeting between Hezbollah and Hamas, after the latter complained that Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah had not received a high-level Hamas delegation in quite some time.

(Al-Akhbar)

Barack Obama’s Pre-War Attempt To Steal Syrian Gas Find for Israel—Executive Order 13582

US imposes sanctions on Syria’s petroleum industry

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Eric Watkins
Oil Diplomacy Editor

US President Barack Obama Aug. 18 signed an Executive Order imposing additional sanctions against Syria’s government, freezing any of its assets in the US, and banning the import into the US of petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin.

“This EO…bans US imports of Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products; prohibits US persons from having any dealings in or related to Syria’s petroleum or petroleum products; and prohibits US persons from operating or investing in Syria,” Obama said.

In a letter to the US Congress explaining his order, Obama said the situation in Syria constituted “an unusual and extraordinary threat” to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the US.

The US Department of the Treasury identified additional entities of Syria’s government as falling under the new EO. These included:

• State-owned General Petroleum Corp., which controls Syria’s oil and gas industry and is responsible for the exploration, development, and investment of Syria’s oil and gas exploration activities.

• Syrian Petroleum Co., which oversees Syria’s upstream oil production and development.

• Syrian Co. for Oil Transport, which manages the country’s domestic pipeline system and is responsible for transporting all Syrian crude and petroleum products. SCOT manages Syria’s three major oil export-import terminals—Baniyas, Tartous, and Latakia.

• Syrian Gas Co., which bears responsibility for processing, transporting, and marketing Syria’s gas.

• Syria’s state-oil marketing firm SYRTOL, responsible for selling Syria’s crude to foreign buyers.

US DOT Sec. Tim Geithner said, “The president took decisive action today to add force to his call for Bashar al-Assad to step down by imposing far-reaching sanctions targeting the entire government of Syria and its energy sector. This order strikes at a crucial revenue stream for Syria’s government and, together with our continuing targeted sanctions, will disrupt the Assad regime’s ability to finance its campaign of violence against the Syrian people.”

US bands with others

In 2010, the International Monetary Fund estimated that Syria’s government earns $3 billion/year from oil and gas revenues.

Most of Syria’s oil is used domestically, but it exports 150,000 b/d, 95% of which goes to Europe, primarily to Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

Obama’s EO coincided with a joint call from UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the departure of Al-Assad.

“France, Germany, and the UK reiterate their utter condemnation of this bloody repression of peaceful and courageous demonstrators and the massive violations of human rights which President Assad and his authorities have been committing for months,” the joint statement said.

“We are actively supporting further strong EU sanctions against the regime of President Assad,” the statement said.

The 27-member European Union made the same call, saying it would impose further sanctions on the Al-Assad regime.

A list of options will be presented to a meeting of senior European diplomats on Aug. 19 that will include measures to significantly extend current sanctions beyond named individuals and companies.

In Syria, meanwhile, European oil companies are reportedly continuing multimillion dollar trade with Syria, providing the Al-Assad regime with a key source of funds.

Traders reported that Total SA had sold Repsol YPF SA a 30,000-ton cargo of naphtha, valued at $30 million, which is set to load from Syria’s Banias refinery on Aug. 22. Both companies declined to comment.

Several traders said that Total and Repsol YPF also won a tender for the sale of two, larger crude oil cargoes earlier this week. The companies also declined to comment on these reports.

Earlier this week, Syria’s Oil Minister Sufian Allawi said a promising gas field had been discovered in the central governorate of Homs.

“The first wells were drilled at Qara in Homs governorate and the flow rate is 400,000 cu m/day,” said Allawi.

“This discovery opens new perspectives in the region of Qalamun and the Syrian company will continue its drilling,” said Allawi, who added that the new field lies in the Dau basin.

 

Executive Order 13582– Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to Syria

Aug 22, 2011

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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the Government of Syria’s continuing escalation of violence against the people of Syria and with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13338 of May 11, 2004, as modified in scope and relied upon for additional steps taken in Executive Order 13399 of April 25, 2006, Executive Order 13460 of February 13, 2008, Executive Order 13572 of April 29, 2011, and Executive Order 13573 of May 18, 2011, hereby order:

Section 1.  (a)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any overseas branch, of the Government of Syria are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

(b)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any overseas branch, of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:  any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(i)   to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(ii)  to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

Sec. 2.  The following are prohibited:

(a)  new investment in Syria by a United States person, wherever located;

(b)  the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any services to Syria;

(c)  the importation into the United States of petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin;

(d)  any transaction or dealing by a United States person, wherever located, including purchasing, selling, transporting, swapping, brokering, approving, financing, facilitating, or guaranteeing, in or related to petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin; and

(e)  any approval, financing, facilitation, or guarantee by a United States person, wherever located, of a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be prohibited by this section if performed by a United States person or within the United States.

Sec. 3.  I hereby determine that the making of donations of the type of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1 of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13338 and expanded in scope in Executive Order 13572, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 4.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include but are not limited to:

(a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

(b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 5.  The prohibitions in sections 1 and 2 of this order apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the effective date of this order.

Sec. 6.  (a)  Any transaction by a United States person or within the United States that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 7.  Nothing in sections 1 or 2 of this order shall prohibit transactions for the conduct of the official business of the Federal Government by employees, grantees, or contractors thereof.

Sec. 8.  For the purposes of this order:

(a)  the term “person” means an individual or entity;

(b)  the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

(c)  the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States; and

(d)  the term “Government of Syria” means the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, its agencies, instrumentalities, and controlled entities.

Sec. 9.  For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual.  I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13338 and expanded in scope in Executive Order 13572, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order.

Sec. 10.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States Government consistent with applicable law.  All agencies of the United States Government are hereby directed to take all appropriate measures within their authority to carry out the provisions of this order.

Sec. 11.  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 12.  This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on August 18, 2011.

BARACK OBAMA

Syria’s gas production has reached 30.29 million cu m/day, up by 3 million cu m/day since last year, according to Allawi who also said that Syria’s oil production stands at 380,000 b/d.

Syrian Oil Ministry Announces Huge Oil and Gas find offshore, the Next Day Obama Signs Ex. Order Freezing Syrian Assets

Syria announces discovery of new gas field near Homs—August 17, 2011, Daily Star

Executive Order 13582– Blocking Property of the Government of Syria and Prohibiting Certain Transactions with Respect to Syria—August 18, 2011

Oil and Gas find offshore Syria motive for US Israeli mercenary uprising and bloodshed in Syria

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US GEOPOLITICAL TERRORISM PLATFORM

US GEOPOLITICAL TERRORISM PLATFORM

Why are US Israeli mercenaries in Syria?  Same reason why the US illegally attacked Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya and Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian civilian population   – oil and gas.  The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the Levant Basin, which covers Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Palestine, contains around 122 trillion cubic feet of gas and at least 1.7 billion barrels of oil.

The Israeli government plans to build a floating liquefied natural gas terminal with a sea-based defense radar system off its Mediterranean coast while forming a naval force to protect what it claims is its rich offshore gas fields. However, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Palestine all have Levant Basin oil and gas rights.

Israel sent its Mossad and their foreign mercenaries into Syria to help the US and its mercenaries start a bloody uprising to take from Syria its oil and gas rights in the Levant Basin. Israel attacked Palestine and is grabbing land from them to deny them their oil and gas rights in the Levant Basin. The people of Palestine are being slaughtered to extinction (genocide) because of the oil and gas in the Levant Basin.

Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said that Israel is “ignoring the fact that according to the maps the deposit extends into Lebanese waters,”  Lebanese Energy Minister Gebran Bassil said June 17 his country “will not allow Israel or any company working for Israeli interests to take any amount of our gas that is falling in our zone.” He said Noble was warned not to work close to Lebanon’s economic zone.

A coastal state is entitled to explore for oil and gas in its economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers), according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the area includes the coastal states of Palestine (Gaza), Lebanon and Syria. So according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria are all entitled to explore and recover oil and gas in their respective economic zones.

Hundreds of US government financed mercenaries from Xe Services LL, formerly known as Blackwater, and Academi have been captured and killed by Syrian forces in Syria.  As many as 700 foreign mercenaries of Arab and Western descent along with Israeli, US and European-made weapons were seized in the Homs neighborhood of  Baba Amro in March of this year.

European journalists in Syria see a totally different story that is propagandized by the anti-sovereignty United Nations and the US government.  The picture painted by the US media does not match the reality. Foreign journalists are confirming “cross-border terrorism” from Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon into Syria.  They have uncovered evidence of the US government government involvement in the Syrian uprising.  US paid mercenaries are the ones killing innocent civilians.  Mercenaries from Xe Services LL.  Syrian government forces are battling US and foreign mercenaries in Syria. US mercenaries have illegally infiltrated Syria to start an uprising by committing terrorist acts and armed assaults against Syria’s civilian population.

On March 2nd, 2007 retired general of the United States Army Wesley Clark revealed that the US government had planned just 10 days after 9/11 to attack seven countries in five years, “starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran”. As George W Bush is quoted as saying “Mission Accomplished” for Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. Only 2 more to go – Syria and Iran. Obama illegally attacked Libya (didn’t seek nor get Congressional authorization for use of force or a declaration of war). Because an election is coming in the fall Obama chose again to defy Congress and blatantly violate the US Constitution and his oath of office by secretly waging an illegal war against Syria using foreign mercenaries.

While NATO and Washington condemn the Assad government, Syrian civilians from across Syria tell chilling stories of atrocities committed by foreign fighters, who kidnap and kill anyone at will. Xe mercenaries are blocking the Red Cross and Red Crescent ambulances from entering the battle stricken towns for fear that they will leak to the outside World what is really going on. Xe doesn’t want the Red Cross to witness foreign fighters fighting against Syrian government forces nor do they want the Red Cross to treat its own wounded mercenaries because a dead mercenaries can’t talk, but more importantly, can’t collect what is owed.

On June 21, 2012 the Vice-President of the Turkish Labor Party, Bulent Aslanoglu, told the United Nations that he had evidence that about six thousand foreigners of different Arab, Afghan and Turkish nationalities, have been recruited by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to commit terrorist acts in Syria.

Russia and China have both vetoed every UN Resolution put forward by the United States to use military force against Syria. Both Russia and China know that the uprising in Syria was orchestrated by the United States using CIA mercenaries. Russia and China know that the United States was involved and the United States was fabricating evidence against Syria in order to get a UN Resolution to use military force against Syria. Now that use of force is unauthorized by 2 permanent members of the UN Security Council the US is now working with the UNations to overthrow Assad using another UNdiplomatic coup. The US has brought in the butcher of Baghdad, Kofi Annan, to oversee the overthrow. Kofi Annan oversaw the “Oil for Food” genocide scheme in Iraq wherein 3 million Iraqi children were murdered by Annan when he denied them any essential humanitarian aid, including medicine and food.

An internal investigation found Annan guilty of corruption in prewar Iraq’s oil-for-food program and delivered a scathing rebuke of the former Secretary General Kofi Annan’s management of the largest U.N. humanitarian aid operation and concluded that Annan took advantage of his position to profit from the system. Kofi Annan secretly had steered lucrative Iraqi oil contracts to a Swiss company, Cotecna, where his son worked.

10 years ago the US openly attacked Iraq to overthrow its government and take control of its oil. Today, the US is secretly attacking Syria to overthrow its government and take control of its huge untapped oil and gas reserves. In late 2010 huge natural gas deposits off Syria’s Mediterranean shores were discovered. The initial results revealed that the “entire” eastern Mediterranean is swimming in huge untapped oil and gas reserves.

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Two years ago, in June 2010, the Leviathan, the largest gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean that stretches from Egypt to Syria was discovered by Houston Texas based Noble Energy. The natural gas reserves in that find that are in Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian territorial waters are estimated to be something in the range of 25 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). Some experts are estimating that there might also be up to 600 million barrels of oil. And that is not all. Preliminary exploration has confirmed similarly impressive reserves of gas and oil in the waters off Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Syria.

That discovery is now causing enormous political, geopolitical as well as economic consequences. It the whole reason why Israel also has mercenaries and Mossad killing squads in Syria.

The Leviathan gas field is the reason why the US orchestrated the political uprising in Egypt and the political coup in Greece.

In December 2010, when it seemed the Greek crisis might be resolved without the huge bailouts or privatizations, Greece’s Energy Ministry formed a special group of experts to research the prospects for oil and gas in Greek waters. Greece’s Energean Oil & Gas began increased investment into drilling in the offshore waters after a successful smaller oil discovery in 2009. Major geological surveys were made. Preliminary estimates now are that total offshore oil in Greek waters exceeds 22 billion barrels in the Ionian Sea off western Greece and some 4 billion barrels in the northern Aegean Sea.

According to one Greek analyst, Aristotle Vassilakis, “surveys already done that have measured the amount of natural gas estimate it to reach some nine trillion dollars.” Even if only a fraction of that is available, it would has transformed the finances of Greece and the entire region. It would have made the whole region independent of the interest bearing loan sharks from the World Bank and the IMF.

Tulane University oil expert David Hynes told an audience in Athens recently that Greece could have solved its entire public debt crisis through development of its new-found gas and oil. He conservatively estimates that exploitation of the reserves already discovered could bring the country more than €302 billion over 25 years. The Greek government instead has just been forced to agree to huge government layoffs, wage cuts and pension cuts to get access to a second EU and IMF interest bearing enslavement loan.

Greece oil potential far exceeds Canada’s undersea oil potential. Three undersea oil reservoirs: Hibernia (with estimated recoverable reserves of about 1.3 billion barrels of oil), Terra Nova (400 million barrels), and White Rose (440 million barrels). The combined oil reserves of the 3 wells pales in comparison to the 22 billion barrels in the Ionian Sea off western Greece and the 4 billion barrels in the northern Aegean Sea.

For a decade now more than 2 million US soldiers have been sent thousands of miles to a foreign country to fight and even give their life (6,514) to protect and restore foreigners’ rights and freedoms when their own rights and freedoms are being quietly stripped away at home, on US soil, by their president and his government.

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Iraqi Resistance fighters the US government called terrorist

Americans were told they would be fighting a war against terrorists and terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. 2 million were ordered to take up arms and forced to deploy and fight what they were told was the enemy of peace and freedom.

In Afghanistan and Iraq the US government told them that anyone carrying a weapon, that weren’t Americans, were terrorists and they could shot and kill any and all of them. Millions of alleged terrorists and civilians were savagely killed by those 2 million Americans and entire civilian cities, towns and village were destroyed in Operation Enduring freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Today, both Afghanistan and Iraq are not free as the US military is still committed to wiping out the Taliban (genocide is defined by the International Criminal Court as “the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group“) and killing thousands of civilians in Afghanistan in the process and has and insists on having two combat bases and roughly 4,000 troops remain permanently in Iraq. The sectarian violence (terrorism) was fostered by the US in Iraq, not fought.

Foreign Libyan terrorists the US government funded and called freedom fighters

Foreign Libyan terrorists the US government funded and called freedom fighters

Today, the US government is no longer in the business of fighting terrorists and terrorism, they are in the business of supporting terrorists and terrorism – first in Libya and now in Syria. The very same terrorists who took 6,514 American lives in Afghanistan and Iraq are now being recruited by and paid by the US government to commit acts of terrorism, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, mass murder, atrocities and war crimes against the civilian populations of Libya and Syria. The US isn’t fighting terrorism it is supporting terrorism. The US isn’t fighting a War Against Terror it is waging Wars of Terror.

Foreign Syrian Terrorists the US government is funding and calling freedom fighters

Foreign Syrian Terrorists the US government is funding and calling freedom fighters

US Code
Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 113B › § 2331

(1) the term “international terrorism” means activities that—
(A) involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States orof any State;
(B) appear to be intended—
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
(C) occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum;

That is exactly what happened in Libya and is now happening in Syria. Foreign terrorists have infiltrated Syria and are engaging in activities that involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life with the intent to intimidate or coerce the Syrian civilian population, to influence the policy of the Syrian government by intimidation or coercion and to affect the conduct of the Syrian government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping.

Source: PressCore ( August 21st 2012 )

Israel’s Plot To Take Down Syria—Part II

Kiss Of ‘Democratic’ Death: Israel’s Plot To Take Down Syria II

Mask of Zion

 

 

There is much more to Al-Jazeera than meets
the eye. Behind the curtain lies a  shady Zionist past.

In the the first part of the series, prior plots against Syria were brought to light and the modern alliance between Zionism and the House of Saud was exposed, as were the directors of the Zionist-Saudi axis’ ‘Syrian Revolution.’ Here in the conclusion of ‘Kiss of ‘Democratic’ Death,’ the more clandestine hands attempting to deliver Syria into ruin will be revealed and all doubts to what this revolution actually is will be put to rest… 


Media Manipulation: Zionism and Al-Jazeera Unite

No attack on sovereign nations, whether overt like in Libya or covert like in Syria, comes without a steady flow of propaganda against the ‘hostile environment’ being targeted. And the psychological warfare being waged against Syria is exceedingly heavy. The Zionist-run, Zionist-owned Western mainstream press was not alone in this sustained campaign of skullduggery though. This time around, it partnered up with the Qatari state media giant Al-Jazeera to boost the hasbara festivities and give them an ‘Arab’ feel, therefore granting ‘legitimacy’ to the aforesaid hasbara.
Al-Jazeera has operated with a pro-Israel, anti-Resistance stance from its inception, employing many Zionist hardliners to shape programming and reporting (73). The reason for this, unbeknownst to most, is that the US-backed Qatari dictator, Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, did not create Al-Jazeera, although he is its predominant fiancier. Al-Jazeera was created by the French-Israeli billionaire Zionist brothers, David and Jean Frydman, who set up the network to infiltrate media in the Islamic World and to control Middle East discourse on the Zionist occupation of Palestine. Both of them served as senior advisors to the Zionist war criminal prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ehud Barak (74). Jean Frydman was also the personal financier of the father of Israel’s illegal nuclear program, war criminal Shimon Peres, and he poured millions of dollars into the ‘Oslo process (75),’ which tightened the Zionist entity’s stranglehold over Palestine.

For those who were unaware of Al-Jazeera’s hidden Zionist history and blind to its Zionist bias due to its ‘credible’ reporting on US war crimes in occupied Iraq and Afghanistan, the shroud of credibility began to vanish during the ‘Jan25 Revolution’ in Egypt, the hub being Tahrir Square in Cairo. Egypt’s revolution was/is a blend of Zionist infiltration through Western NGOs and globalist meddling at the highest level to counteract real frustration, real anger, real revolutionaries and their solidarity-anti-war-based activism.

The driving force behind the legitimate aspects of the revolution was Mubarak’s indentured servitude to Zionism and the pro-Israel administration in Washington D.C.; Tahrir Square’s protesters wanted an end to American military aid, an end to IMF domination, an end to Zionism and the liberation of Palestine. Activists repeatedly made these demands and continue to do so to this very moment. Al-Jazeera reported on none of it and continues to report on none of it, deliberately ignoring it and forging a watered-down false narrative to sell subscriptions to Western masses. Al-Jazeera’s analysis of the events in Egypt was completely dominated by Westerners from Zionist think tanks and NGOs, the same NGOs directing and funding the infiltration of the revolution (76).

Al-Jazeera has
served Zionism from its 
inception and 
continues to serve it
today in Libya and Syria.

Al-Jazeera further shot itself in the foot when it began covering the CIA’s coup attempt in Libya, peddling rumors, outright fabrications, unverified statistics and anti-Qaddafi propaganda as legitimate journalism to justify NATO’s invasion. Al-Jazeera’s work on Libya has been nothing short of warmongering (77). This is to be expected though, and not only because of the undeniable Zionism of Al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera’s patron, the despot of Qatar, is entrenched in the criminal war being waged against Libya. The CIA-backed, Israeli-advised rebels are receiving anti-tank weapons from Qatar (78), they have already signed an oil-marketing deal with Qatar (79), and together, the Qatar Emir and the Libyan rebels have begged America like dogs to amp up its destruction of Libya (80). With Libya under NATO siege and Egypt’s revolution hijacked and crushed, Al-Jazeera turned its attention to Syria.

The Western media’s alliance with Al-Jazeera reared its ugly head from the onset of the ‘Syrian Revolution.’ As the last section completely exposed, the ‘peaceful demonstrators’ were actually armed rebels, with their weapons coming from Zionist ally Jordan and their orders coming from Tel Aviv, Washington D.C. and Riyadh. After months of lies and propaganda, the United States government has finally admitted that there are indeed armed rebels carrying out violence in Syria, stating ‘there are a lot of them (81).’ Mainstream media has deliberately ignored the provocations of and attacks on Syrian security forces that have occurred from the opening week of the revolt, in which the Saudi-Israeli-directed armed gangs fired on and killed policemen and torched courthouses, hospitals, communications centers and Bashar al-Assad’s party headquarters (82). Hundreds of soldiers have been killed by this Zionist-designed insurrection and at least three mass graves filled with Syrian security forces have been found already (83).

Armed MB fighters
that Al-Jazeera
and the mainstream
Zionist media
refuse to report on.

Instead of reporting these facts, Al-Jazeera has fabricated multiple eyewitness reports, bloated the death toll, broadcasted incitement against Bashar al-Assad, put forth the foreign policy objectives of the GCC dictatorships to bring down the Syrian government and ignored the vital fact that the Zionist-run National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is active on the ground in Syria (84). Instead of reporting these facts, the mainstream media and Al-Jazeera peddle the (admittedly) unverifiable, false casualty claims of London-based Syrian opposition groups, which boast about their membership with Zionism’s NED (85). Instead of reporting these facts, Al-Jazeera is manipulating imagery to fit with its anti-Syria agenda and paying actors to make false statements against Bashar al-Assad (86).

Mainstream media has consistently reported on snipers shooting at ‘pro-democracy’ protesters and has published recorded ‘eyewitness’ testimony from a member of Syrian security forces who ‘admitted’ that the snipers are Syrian military. The problem with this ‘eyewitness,’ like every other ‘eyewitness’ presented by the Al-Jazeera-Zionist media axis, is that his name isn’t real, his voice has been modified, and the person who supposedly produced the recording isn’t using his real name either (87).

None of it is real and everything is muddled because it’s another Zionist media fabrication. What is not being reported in the mainstream, is that the Syrian government has fully disclosed that there are indeed snipers firing not only on ‘protesters,’ but security forces as well (88). Mainstream media would never reveal that the snipers are agents of the Zionist-Saudi plan to destabilize Syria put together by Saudi National Security Advisor ‘Prince’ Bandar bin Sultan and the slippery Zionist criminal, Jeffrey Feltman (discussed earlier). The Feltman-Sultan plan, financed by $2 billion in Saudi funds, trained agents within Syria in sniper fire, arson and ‘sectarian attacks,’ all for the cause of fracturing Syria and terminating its support for Hezbollah and Iran (89). Hence, why the Zionist media is also spreading vile hasbara about Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters assisting Bashar al-Assad ‘crush dissent,’ obvious lies originating from Mossad and its closest ally in Syria, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (90).

Former Al-Jazeera
Beirut Bureau Chief,
Ghassan Bin Jeddo.

The nail in Al-Jazeera’s coffin in regards to its war on the Syrian nation is the resignation of its Beirut Bureau Chief, Ghassan Bin Jeddo, one of the most respected and objective journalists in the entire Arab world. Bin Jeddo, a fervent Arab nationalist and passionate supporter of Resistance to Zionism, resigned over Al-Jazeera’s shameless adherence to the foreign policy initiatives of the Zionist-Saudi alliance (91). He was furious that Al-Jazeera had launched a ‘smear campaign’ against Syria and labeled the network a ‘propaganda outlet (92).’ Going even further, Bin Jeddo declared “Al-Jazeera has resorted to gutter journalism. It is now an operations room for incitement and mobilization (93).” Ben Jeddo also confirmed that Al-Jazeera was fabricating information for its propaganda assault on Syria and expressed his disgust at the channel’s reporting on events in Bahrain (94). Ben Jeddo now plans to launch a new Arab channel from Beirut (95), presumably to counteract Al-Jazeera and its campaign against regional Resistance, Syria in particular.

Lastly, the demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad, despite their Zionist-Saudi financing and training have been minuscule considering Syria’s population consists of more than 20 million people. In contrast, the solidarity with the Resistance government has been tremendous and of course, not covered at all or mentioned in passing in typical ‘downplaying’ fashion by the Zionist media (Al-Jazeera included).

Massive pro-Assad rally
in Damascus. Not covered
by the Zionist media 
(Al-Jazeera included)
at all.

On June 21st, millions of Syrians hit the streets throughout the nation in solidarity with Bashar al-Assad and the Resistance, including the Zionist-Saudi-strongholds of Aleppo and Homs, shattering the illusion that the President had no support in these cities (96). On March 29th, just two weeks after the destabilization plot began, hundreds of thousands marched through Damascus and four other cities in solidarity with Bashar al-Assad, eclipsing the smaller demos held by Zionism’s agents, displaying pictures of the President and flags of Syria together with occupied Palestine (97).

The June 15th rally for Bashar al-Assad was equally impressive, with hundreds of thousands of supporters unveiling a 2.3 kilometer flag that stretched through the streets of Damascus and chanting, “the people want Bashar al-Assad! (98)” The Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo attended the massive rally and confirmed that not only do Syria’s Christians wholeheartedly support Bashar al-Assad but 80% of Syria does (99). Abroad, Bashar al-Assad is receiving the same support in global arenas like Bulgaria (100), Lebanon (101) and even Dearborn, Michigan (102). With global support and the overwhelming solidarity of the populace on Bashar al-Assad’s side, it is evident that what the Syrian people want is not the overthrow of the person defending their nation from Zionist colonization but his continued reign with the necessary reforms implemented to better Syria as a whole. It is also evident that the ‘Syrian Revolution’ is a carefully concocted media farce serving as a cover for a destablization plot that is being executed by Zionism and its allies.

Scott Creighton, a journalist and activist who operates the American Everyman/Willy Loman blog at WordPress.com, perfectly (and brilliantly) pegged the strategy of the mainstream media’s reporting on Syria as “activists’ said journalism.” Any person claiming to be an activist can call into the control rooms and operations boards of any media outlet and ‘report’ something, and because the person on the other end of the phone is claiming to be an activist, the said media outlet can print it without any investigation or discretion and present it as accurate, fact-based news. Unfortunately for the powers that be, this pathetic excuse for journalism crumbles under scrutiny as the ‘activists’ are all linked to Zionism’s NGOs which continue to hover at the center of the destabilization effort against Syria (103). And unfortunately for the powers that be, what their fake ‘activists say,’ is trumped by what the real activists say: ‘Resistance and Bashar are here to stay.’

Turkey claims
it represents Resistance
while bowing to the
Zionist regime behind
closed doors.

Turkey: The Beast of Two Faces Emerges

May 31st, 2010. Early in the morning, in international waters, Zionist naval commandos illegally stormed an aid ship known as the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship part of the Freedom Flotilla mission to break Israel’s criminal siege against the Gaza Strip, and in stunningly savage fashion,  murdered 9 unarmed Turkish peace activists with the youngest being 19-year old Furkan Dogan, a dual Turkish-American citizen. The motive for this savagery, was to kill a historic nuclear agreement between Brazil, Turkey and Iran; which Israel did (104). Beyond that however, more so than another statistic on the Zionist entity’s century-old rap sheet, the attack on the Mavi Marmara was an act of war.

Turkish-Israeli relations had been going south since the Second Intifada. And each subsequent Zionist-initiated disaster/massacre, including Israel’s orchestration of Iraq’s destruction and its bloodthirsty, genocidal bombing of Lebanon in Summer 2006, soured ‘diplomacy’ even further. But it was at the 2009 World Economic Forum where, at least in appearance, civility between Turkey and the Zionist entity had hit a stonewall. Prime Minister Erdogan and the war criminal Shimon Peres shared a furious exchange in which Erdogan bashed the Zionist regime for its crimes against humanity in Gaza. In the aftermath, Turkey cancelled military exercises with IOF (105). Tension was at its peak, and analysts, activists and observers alike agreed that the Mavi Marmara murders were the proverbial straw that would break the camel’s back. It was believed that Turkey would cut its ties with the Zionist entity once and for all.

Everybody was wrong. Instead of withdrawing recognition of the usurping, occupying entity, the Turkish government bizarrely asked (over and over and over again) for it to apologize for its crimes and compensate the victims’ families with Zionist blood money. What is even more bizarre, is that after the Zionist entity humiliated Turkey to an even greater degree by stating publicly it would not apologize under any circumstances (106), Turkey still asked for the apology, as if it was a dog pleading with its master for a treat.

The incessant begging exposed Turkey’s real agenda and its attempt at portraying itself as a nation of Resistance slowly disintegrated. Turkey wanted entry into the European Union, a stronger role in NATO and desperately wanted the title of ‘regional power,’ serving as a power broker and go-between for East and West. How does a nation achieve such lofty ambitions? By bowing down to the Zionist entity of course. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s incumbent Prime Minister, accepted the ‘Courage to Care’ award from the ADL (107), a rotten, racist Zionist organization that has been linked to spying and other subversive activities for years. What kind of Resistance figure accepts an award from any Zionist institution, let alone one as vilely treacherous as the ADL?

Erdogan The Hypocrite:
Seen here shaking
hands with the
murderer of
murderers,
the butcher of
butchers, Ariel Sharon.

Additionally, Erdogan, a defender of Zionism’s Armenian Genocide and denier of it even being a genocide, came under fire from the Mossad-CIA psyop known as Wikileaks and in the aftermath of the ‘Cablegate’ scandal, sent helicopters to the Zionist entity during recent forest fires on ethnically cleansed land in Palestine (108). Erdogan and his government did not send helicopters to Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia after Zionist stooge Obama’s drone bombings. Nor did he send helicopters to illegally besieged Gaza or Lebanon after the Zionist entity’s murderous bombings in 2006 and 2008-09. No, he sent helicopters to ‘Israel’ to show solidarity with Benjamin Netanyahu and mend ‘broken’ relations.

All of the bluster aside, Turkish-Israeli relations were never strained. It was mere theater; surface hostility. More important than Erdogan’s pathetic, cringe-worthy Zionist solidarity, is what everything boils down to in geopolitics: money, and like the sorely-missed Malcolm X once said, “Zionists have mastered the science of dollarism.” Thousands of Zionist companies operate in Turkey with the gleeful blessing of the Turkish government (109). Turkish-Israeli bilateral trade amounts to at least $3 billion annually and leaders from both entities gloat that it is most likely much more than that. Within weeks of the Freedom Flotilla massacre, the Zionist entity and Turkey signed a military deal for $190 million worth of drone technology. Israel’s products (all of which are produced on stolen land from stolen Palestinian natural resources) are deeply entrenched in Turkish society, with nearly all of Turkey’s software, from cell phones to medical equipment, being produced by Zionism (110). Turkey and ‘Israel’ were never going to end such profitable dealings.

The continuing trade and business dealings between Tel Aviv and Ankara in the wake of the Mavi Marmara murders has brought all public animosity to a screeching halt. The Zionist regime and Erdogan’s government are now collaborating in order to doctor a UN report regarding last year’s Freedom Flotilla massacre, with Turkey asking Israel to minimize the damage that Turkey’s image may incur (111). In return, with heavy pressure from the Zionist regime (112), Turkey stopped the Mavi Marmara from sailing with the new Freedom Flotilla II – Stay Human mission to Gaza by refusing to let it sail from Turkish ports (113). And with Turkish-Israeli reconciliation now near imminent completion as Turkish and Zionist officials are working to put together an official ‘reconciliation’ document (114), Ankara and Tel Aviv are now focusing their energies on a most intricate (and regionally rewarding) project: executing the ‘Clean Break’ plan to ‘roll back’ Syria.

Ankara is actively
collaborating with
Tel Aviv to ‘roll back’
Syria.

This is affirmed by the February comments of, Dr. Oded Eran, who served as the Zionist ambassador to the European Union, ambassador to Jordan and is currently the director of the treacherous Israeli Institute For National Security studies (115). He spoke in a most ominous manner about the Arab revolutions and the affect that they would have on Turkish-Israeli ties. Disturbingly, he stated, “Given the seriousness of the situation created by the political upheaval in the Arab world, this may accelerate the process of restoring Turkish-Israeli ties.” Eran also stated that it would be in the best interest of the Zionist regime and Turkey to cooperate in delivering stability to the Middle East (116). How better for Israel and Turkey to bring ‘stability,’ i.e. propping up dictatorships that support the hegemonic Zionist agenda and toppling those who don’t, than invoking the Israeli-Turkish joint intelligence agreement.

This 1993 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) facilitated far-reaching, dastardly cooperation between Turkey and Zionism. The Zionist entity armed and trained the Turkish army in ‘anti-terror’ warfare along the borders of Iraq, Iran and Syria and Turkey allowed the Zionist entity to gather intelligence on Iran and Syria from within Turkey. The militaries of each entity meet frequently to discuss the prospects attained and assess it in the context of usefulness in future military and intelligence operations against ‘hostile environments.’ Under this agreement, Turkey is supporting the Israeli-Saudi operation against Syria in its entirety and it is assisting the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s incursions into the border town of Jisr al-Shughour militarily and with intelligence. All the while Turkey is exerting pressure on Bashar al-Assad to accept the Tel Aviv-Riyadh-Washington plans of regime change and step down (117). Erdogan has publicly declared that Bashar al-Assad’s response to the uprising is nothing short of “savagery (118),” knowing full-well that his country is supporting an armed insurrection.

Turkey’s involvement goes deeper. Turkish military and political leaders are heavily discussing the idea of setting up a buffer-zone within northern Syria, a deliberate violation of Syrian sovereignty. This will provide armed MB fighters easier entry into Syria to carry out the orders of Tel Aviv and Riyadh. Turkey has given safe haven to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders and recently hosted a high-level meeting between Syrian opposition figures and US officials (119). Ankara also hosted former CIA head and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for five days in late April. The topic? Regime change in Syria (120). The Zionist-run US government has formed operational headquarters in southern Turkey near the Syrian border and has upped its aid to the Turkish army to assist Syrian dissidents in any way possible, including armed MB members (121). On the media front, the Turkish NTV channel has been churning out the same lies that the Zionist media has, including the lunacy about Iranian soldiers and Hezbollah ‘suppressing protesters (122).’

Is a Turkish-led 
NATO invasion of 
Syria at the behest of
Israel an imminent
reality?

The most frightening development of all, is that Turkey has given the green light to NATO to transform the Izmir Air Station in western Turkey into a base for ground forces (123). Former Turkish diplomat Ozdemn Sanberk, who is well-known and is still frequently called upon by government circles (124) and is currently sitting on the High Advisory Board of the Global Political Trends Center, a think tank that openly collaborates with the Soros-funded London School of Economics (125), has stated in a recent interview that Bashar al-Assad is ‘doomed’ and has admitted that Turkey is pursuing a policy that will ensure the ‘demise of the (Syrian) regime while protecting Turkish security (126).’ Is Sanberk referring to a NATO invasion of Syria? With Ankara already militarily involved in Syria as per its MOU with Israel and the events that led up to the NATO invasion of Libya paralleling the events in Syria, such an action is not out of the question.

What makes Turkey’s involvement so dangerous to Syria and detrimental to Resistance throughout the region is that it is clearly a beast with two faces. It disgustingly wears a mask of Islam and Resistance to fool and manipulate the naive and the hopeful while its true face remains submerged in a mound of intrigue and subversion, all for its Zionist masters. And what exactly is the true goal of this Tel Aviv-Ankara-Riyadh axis, excluding the aforementioned ‘regional stability?’ It isn’t just regime change. This axis wants to take down al-Assad and replace it with a racist, Saudi-like regime that will cripple ties with Iran and recognize the Zionist regime as a legitimate country (127). It will be up to the Syrian people, not just Bashar al-Assad and his army, to fight this plot and save their country.

‘A Gay Girl In
Damascus’ stinks
of Israeli
intelligence.


A Gay Girl In Damascus: Mere Hoax Or Israeli Intelligence Operation?

Hands down, without question, the most bizarre case that has come out of the Zionist plot to take down Syria is the blog known as ‘A Gay Girl In Damascus.’ This odd blog has been hailed and excessively promoted by the Zionist media over the last several months as a means to severely persecute Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian state as a whole. Supposedly, a half-Syrian, half-American lesbian blogger-activist named Amina Abdallah Araf al-Omari, who had been operating the blog for five years to raise awareness on Syria’s ‘poor human rights record,’ was abducted by Syrian security forces for her anti-regime activities. Apart from the obvious Zionist undertone beneath this persona and the story surrounding the ‘abduction,’ there was something else drastically wrong with all of it: nobody had ever met this ‘Amina Abdallah Araf al-Omari’ in person; not a single soul (128).

Nobody had ever met her before because, Amina Abdallah Araf al-Omari didn’t exist. She was the creation of 40-year old Thomas J. Macmaster from Stone Mountain, Georgia who now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland (129). But the trip through the realm of the bizarre doesn’t end there. It was uncovered that Macmaster once wrote about ‘Amina’s dream’ to learn Hebrew, live in the Zionist entity and represent Syria in the ethnically cleansed land now known as ‘Israel (130).’ Despite Macmaster then attempting to portray ‘Amina’ as pro-Palestinian (131), this single post revealed the very unsettling presence of Zionism.

And it gets more bizarre still. The ‘Amina’ profile was then linked to an Israeli website where Macmaster kept a log completely in Hebrew, something Macmaster has attempted to downplay as mere ‘web phishing (132).’ Phishing? Doubtful. Fishy? Absolutely. Once Macmaster was outed as the mastermind behind the Amina hoax, he issued an apology on the ‘Gay Girl In Damascus’ blog. Macmaster delivered the apology to the world from Istanbul, Turkey (133). Yes, of all of the places in the world to be while Zionism and Saudi Arabia direct armed insurrectionists against Syria, an American who is seemingly fluent in Hebrew is spreading hasbara about Bashar al-Assad and distributing fake reports about ‘human rights violations’ from Turkey, a central player in the ‘kiss of democratic death.’

Thomas J. Macmaster:
the American behind 
‘A Gay Girl In 
Damascus.’

Mask of Zion’s sources have confirmed that Macmaster had also befriended several prominent solidarity activists, scholars and (real) pro-Palestine bloggers on Facebook, the social networking giant owned by Zionist Mark Zuckerberg. It is necessary to document that Facebook was started with capital provided by men who were board members of CIA’s business wing, In-Q-Tel and is now being used by the agency to recruit personnel for its ‘National Clandestine Service (134).’ Zuckerberg met with Zionist war criminal Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in February 2009 to discuss ‘fighting anti-Semitism’ with Facebook (135), an Orwellian premise if there ever was one. And when the Zionist entity called on Zuckerberg to remove the ‘Third Intifada’ fan page from his website, he heeded the call and did just that, in violation of free speech everywhere (136). Facebook is a data-mining festival being monitored by the CIA that is literally run by Zionist thought police.

Why aren’t the important questions being asked? This was deception on a massive scale, and the links between Macmaster, the Zionist entity, Syria and Turkey at this particular moment in history are undeniable. They are not coincidental and they stick out like a peacock in a white room.

Why was Tom Macmaster allowed to operate a fraudulent profile on Zionist-owned Facebook, essentially keeping tabs on top personalities in the solidarity movement? Is Tom Macmaster an intelligence officer employed by the Zionist entity, the United States or is he an informant/asset of either/both? Indirectly of course, Macmaster is an asset of the Zionist-globalist agenda against Syria simply because of the hasbara he disseminated, but if in fact Macmaster was/is a paid intelligence agent, it raises a much more sinister question: how many more like Macmaster are out there? The answer could be tens, hundreds or even thousands, especially considering Israel operates a vast and hyperactive cyber warfare unit that employs thousands of agents (137). Lastly, if Macmaster was/is an intelligence asset, how much did the now-exposed two-faced Turkish government know about his activities? Was it assisting him? Protecting him? Are there others like Macmaster in Turkey?

Though these questions will most likely never be answered, what is clear is that the Zionist media will latch on to anything and everything that it can get its grimy tentacles on in its efforts to make Syria out to be a monster and justify a NATO invasion. What is also clear, is that activists must be careful, as Zionism’s agents lurk at every dark corner of the internet, which has become a battleground in the war of oppressed vs. oppressor.

Bashar al-Assad
represents 1/3 of the 
‘Resistance Axis,’ all that
stands between Israel and
all-out domination of the
Middle East.

Conclusion: Long Live The Resistance

The Zionist entity and its coalition of devilish allies are just as relentless to topple Syria now as they were when the ‘Syrian Revolution’ first began in mid-March. And the ‘international community’ of warmongers and kleptocrats are raising the stakes. The International Criminal Court has issued an indictment for Bashar al-Assad for ‘murdering anti-government protesters (138).’ Was an investigation conducted? Of course not. Is there any evidence of such outrageous claims? No, not even a smidgen.

The US has imposed sanctions on Bashar al-Assad and six top officials in the Syrian government, a move that was condemned by Syria as ‘serving Israeli interests’ in the region (139). The EU, led by Zionist-dominated France, has imposed much more punishing sanctions, which have already taken effect on the everyday lives of Syria’s citizenry. The Assad government has lashed out at Europe and slammed its move as ‘economic warfare (140).’ France has openly pursued regime change in Syria with Saudi Arabia and the US since 2006 (141).

In addition to facing a Zionist-manipulated armed revolt on the homefront and sanctions hammering its economy from abroad, the Syrian government is being ripped to shreds in the Zionist media, which is now accusing Bashar al-Assad of being behind the Naksa Day protests in al-Jaulan on June 5th.  He is being accused of paying poor farmers in the village of Majdal Shams $1,000.00 apiece to rush the ‘border’ with the Zionist entity in hopes of taking international attention off of his brutality against ‘pro-democracy’ protesters.

The origin of this pathetic information blows its smokescreen away however and reveals it as sheer falsehood. It was produced by none other than the Reform Party of Syria, headed by Farid al-Ghadry, AIPAC member and Zionist agent who as aforementioned, has been at the core of fueling the unrest in Syria (142). When this information failed to materialize as believable, the Zionist media then magically produced a ‘Syrian government’ document that ‘confirmed’ another one of its lies from a month earlier, that Syria organized the protests on May 15th, Nakba Day. Under scrutiny, this crashes and burns too.

Thousands of
Syrians and Palestinians
gathered in Quneitra, Syria
to honor the martyrs of
Naksa Day.

The ‘Syrian government’ document was ‘obtained’ by Michael Weiss (143), the head of Just Journalism, a widely-known Zionist propaganda outlet that is rabidly anti-Islam, anti-Arab, anti-Resistance and openly dedicated to ‘defending’ Israel in the media and whitewashing Israeli crimes (144). Weiss and the rest of the propagandists in the Zionist media failed to mention that the Nakba Day protests were organized by solidarity activists and Palestinian refugee rights groups from Lebanon and occupied Palestine with no connection to any government. These same activists were involved in the June 5th Naksa Day events (145), which will now forever be remembered as the Naksa Day Massacre, as barbaric Israeli forces shot dead 23 Syrians and Palestinians, including a woman and a child, and wounded more than 350 other civilians for simply demanding Right of Return (146). Do not ever expect these truths to flow from the mouths of the likes of Farid al-Ghadry, Ammar Abdulhamid or Michael Weiss.

Zionism longs to
take control
of the Levantine natural
gas fields in Syria and
Lebanon.

The Zionist regime and its allies are not in business to play checkers. Chess is the name of the game and the ‘rollback’ of Syria would only be step one in the greater scheme of things; greater as in Greater Israel. Behind the ‘kiss of democratic death’ to remove Bashar al-Assad and his Resistance government are two key Zionist goals: control of energy and domination of territory. Syria lies smack dab in the middle of two natural gas corridors that the hegemonic powers have had their eyes on for decades. The first unites Turkey and the Caspian Sea with Palestine and the Red Sea and the second unites (occupied) Iraq with the Mediterranean. Sitting within these corridors are massive natural gas fields off of the Levantine coastlines of Damascus and Beirut which Iran has offered Syria assistance in exploring and cultivating. If Bashar al-Assad is taken down, the Zionist entity and its Euro-American allies will step in and take over the Levantine energy project (147).

It is no secret that the Zionist entity’s goal has always been to extend its borders from the Egyptian Nile to the Iraqi Euphrates, ethnically cleansing everything in its path to make way for Greater Israel. Included in this sadistic project would be the confiscation of all of Syria and all of Lebanon (148). There are two obstacles standing in the way of the ultimate Zionist colonization project: Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese Islamic Resistance movement, Hezbollah. If Bashar al-Assad and his government are defeated by the Zionist-Saudi-engineered uprising, the Lebanese Resistance will lose its only nation-state ally in the Arab world. Reports are already surfacing that Hezbollah is taking precautions against the fall of their ally by transferring missiles that are stored in secure caches in Syria across the border through camouflage to defend their weaponry from possible Israeli bombardment (149). Israeli-created, Qatari-funded Al-Jazeera has launched a full-scale propaganda campaign against hero, revolutionary and Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, labeling him a ‘hypocrite’ for standing in solidarity with Bashar al-Assad (150).

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah:
the righteous, dignified, courageous
leader of Hezbollah who
is hated and feared
by the Zionist entity
and Saudi Arabia.

This insidious slander against one of, if not the only righteous leader in the Arab world is designed to drive a wedge between human rights factions and solidarity groups, splinter social justice movements and fracture Resistance blocs so Zionism’s tentacles can pick up the pieces and put them back together in the warped fashion of its choice. Hezbollah is the only reason why there are not criminal Zionist extremists living in US-subsidized settlements on the Litani River. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is the only voice that thunders loud enough to strike fear into the hearts of the Zionist entity’s leaders, who know that the Sayyed does not lie and does not exaggerate. Hezbollah is the only group in the entire region to deliver a conclusive military defeat to the Israeli occupation army, and the Zionist regime has long sought revenge for its humiliation at the hands of the Lebanese Resistance. Bashar al-Assad has supported Hezbollah’s steadfastness in the face of every act of Zionist intransigence. He will not abandon Hezbollah and Hezbollah will not abandon Bashar al-Assad, and this infuriates Zionism to no avail.

Beyond Lebanon and Syria lies the grand prize that the Zionist entity longs to conquer, demolish and rebuild as a Zionist colony: the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Zionist-run mega-think tank known as the Brookings Institution has already laid out every possibility in ‘defeating’ Iran in a menacing policy study called ‘Which Path To Persia?’ This paper was written by a slew of influential Zionist policy makers including former ambassador to Israel and chief Zionist lobbyist Martin Indyk and former CIA analyst, Obama advisor and Zionist war criminal Bruce Riedel (151). Riedel frequently speaks at Israel’s Institute For National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and was the Zionist regime’s chief asset in the White House for Afghanistan policy (152). The Zionist-composed ‘Path to Persia’ paper speaks in-depth about Iranian influence over Syria and Hezbollah and discusses several options in eliminating this influence. The Brookings Institution has also published a recent paper that demands Bashar al-Assad step down and accept US-Israeli-mandated regime change immediately (153).

Greater Israel:
the ultimate Zionist
dream that would see
Syria and Lebanon
absorbed into an
‘Israeli empire.’

These are indeed grand plans, grand designs and grand plots for the Zionist entity to finally bring to fruition its supremacist fantasy of Greater Israel and what one-eyed war criminal and Zionist mass murderer Moshe Dayan called, ‘an Israeli empire (154).’ But what stands in the way of this hegemonic nightmare is the sincere, righteous Resistance that has kept the usurping Israeli entity from conquering Palestine despite 63 years of ethnic cleansing, massacres, mass murder, land theft, usurpation, assassinations, intimidation and demolitions. It has stopped Israel from turning Syria and Lebanon into Zionist colonies. It has stopped Israel from re-conquering the Sinai and it is firmly standing its ground in occupied Somalia and occupied Kashmir against the allies of Zionism.

The Zionist regime’s plans to take down Syria, Hezbollah and Iran will fail not only because the combined military might of these three powers are more awesome than Tel Aviv, London, Paris and Washington D.C. care to admit, but because these three powers have the backing of the people; the backing of the oppressed who would give their lives before bowing down to Western neo-colonial interests. Al-Jazeera’s vicious, degrading propaganda against Sayyed Nasrallah has been spat upon by the people of the region. Bashar al-Assad, as documented earlier, is receiving overwhelming support from the Syrian populace despite the ongoing Zionist-Saudi operation against his government. And Iran, despite thirty years of Zionist-British-American subversion against the Islamic Revolution, continues to flourish in defiance thanks to the backing of its people.

Israel’s ‘kiss of democratic death’ succeeded in bringing horrific chaos to Syria but it has failed in all other aspects. Al-Jumhuriyyah al-Arabiyyah as-Suriyyah will prevail today as it did yesterday under Bashar al-Assad’s late father, Hafez, in the face of the same Zionist tactics. Long live the Resistance, the almost ethereal force that has always served as a humbling reminder to oppressive powers. And in that spirit, may they be reminded again now: your reign, your games and your plots are as temporary as the night is dark.

~ The End ~

Kiss Of ‘Democratic’ Death: Israel’s Plot To Take Down Syria I

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(79) Libya Rebels Pen Oil Deal With Qatar by Marc Burleigh, Agence Presse France

(80) Libya Rebels, Qatar Urge Bigger US Military Role by The Arkansas Democrat Gazette

(81) Syrian Unrest Stirs New Fear Of Deeper Sectarian Divide by Anthony Shadid, The New York Times

(82) Media Disinformation: The Protest Movement In Syria by Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

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(84) Al Jazeera’s War On Syria by Stephen Lendman

(85) The Siege Of Syria by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report

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(98) Syrians Rally In Support Of The President by Press TV

(99) Giant Pro-Assad Rally In Damascus, Bishop Says 80 Per Cent Of The People Behind Him by Asia News

(100) Syrians In Bulgaria To Stage Pro-Assad Rally by Sofia News Agency

(101) Beirut Pro-Assad Rally Swamps Vigil For Syria Dead by Agence France Presse

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(106) Israel: We Will Not Apologize To Turkey Over Flotilla Deaths by Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury, Haaretz

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(109) New Crisis Simmering Between Turkey And Israel by Habib Toumi, Gulf News

(110) Turkey And Israel Do A Brisk Business by Dan Bilefsky, The New York Times

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(112) Gaza Flotilla Ship Mavi Marmara Will Not Join New Aid Mission by The Telegraph

(113) Turkish Ship Involved In Gaza Flotilla Raid Pulls Out Of Next Convoy by Barak Ravid, Haaretz

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(122) Turkey Leads Anti-Syria Smear Campaign by Press TV

(123) Turkey To Host NATO Ground Forces by Press TV

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(140) Syria Warns Against Outside Interference, Fingers France by Ma’an News Agency

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Anti-Wahhabi Saudi Intellectuals and Religious Leaders Defend Islam and the Human Race

Response from 153 Saudi scholars and religious leaders to “What We’re Fighting For: A Letter From America,” from February 2002, regarding the U.S. and the war on terrorism. The Saudi rebuttal was released in May 2002.

How We Can Coexist?

A response to What We’re Fighting For as appeared on http://www.islamtoday.net

Our Values and Guiding Principles

There are a number of basic principles and moral values that govern our dealings with other nations. These were set forth fourteen centuries ago by the messenger of Islam, Muhammad. This was before human rights organizations existed and before there was a United Nations with its international charters.

Let us look at some of these:

1. The human being is inherently a sacred creation. It is forbidden to transgress against any human being, irrespective of color, ethnicity, or religion. The Qur’ân says: “We have honored the descendants of Adam.” [17:70]

2. It is forbidden to kill a human soul unjustly. Killing a single person is to God as heinous as killing all of humanity, just as saving a single person from death is as weighty as saving the lives of all humanity. The Qur’ân says: “If anyone killed a person except as recompense for murder or spreading havoc in the land, then it would be as if he killed all of humanity. And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the lives of all humanity.” [5:32]

3. It is forbidden to impose a religious faith upon a person. The Qur’ân says: “There is no compulsion in religion.” [2:256] A person will not even be considered a Muslim if he or she accepted Islam under duress.

4. The message of Islam asserts that human relationships must be established on the highest moral standards. Muhammad said: “I was only sent to perfect good conduct.”

The Qur’ân says: “We sent aforetime our messengers with clear signs and sent down with them the scripture and the balance so the people could establish justice. And We sent down iron wherein is mighty power and many benefits for mankind.” [57:25]

We read in another place in the Qur’ân: “God does not restrain you with regard to those who do not fight you on account of your faith nor drive you out of your homes from dealing kindly and justly with them, for God loves those who are just.” [60:8]

5. All the resources of the Earth were created for humanity. The Qur’ân addresses this when it says: “It is He who has created for you all that is on the Earth.” [2:29]

These resources were only created for human beings to benefit from them within the limits of justice and for the betterment of humanity. Therefore, spoiling the environment, spreading havoc on Earth, perpetrating violence against weaker nations and fighting to wrest from them their wealth and the fruits of their prosperity, is conduct that is reviled by God. In the Qur’ân we read: “When he turns his back, his aim is to spread mischief throughout the Earth and destroy crops and cattle, but Allah does not love mischief.” [2:205] and: “Do not make mischief in the Earth after it has been set in order.” [7: 56]

6. Responsibility for a crime rests solely upon the perpetrator of that crime. No one may be punished for the crimes of another. The Qur’ân says: “No bearer of burdens must bear the burdens of another.” [35:18]

7. Justice for all people is their inalienable right. Oppressing them is forbidden, irrespective of their religion, color, or ethnicity. The Qur’ân states: “And whenever you speak, speak justly, even if a close relative is concerned.” [6: 152]

8. Dialogue and invitation must be done in the best possible manner. The Qur’ân says: “Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good preaching and argue with them in the best manner” [16:125]

We believe in these principles, as our religion commands us to. They are the teachings of Muhammad. They agree to some extent with some of the principles that the American intellectuals put forth in their paper. We see that this agreement gives us a good platform for discussion that can bring about good for all of mankind.

The Events of September 11 and their Implications

It is completely unreasonable to turn the tragic events of September 11 into a means of categorizing our world’s ideologies, civilizations, and societies. Those attacks were unwelcome to many people in the Muslim world due to the values and moral teachings of Islam that they violated.

At the same time, we find strange the hasty conclusions made about the motivations of the attackers, restricting them to an attack on American society and its universal human values. Without going into a lengthy argument about the matter, we see it as our right and the right of all impartial thinkers, as well as the right of all Americans, to inquire as to why the attackers did not choose some other country that adheres to the same Western values? Why did they not turn their attention to other nations and societies in Asia and Africa that subscribe to idolatrous religions, for they would have been more deserving of attack if the issue with the attackers was to fight against those who disagreed with their values. Moreover, Islam teaches that the Christians are closer to the Muslims than any other people. History tells us that the prophet of Islam, Muhammad, during the early years of Islam, sent a group of his followers to one of the Christian kings of Ethiopia, because his kingdom enjoyed an unparalleled recognition of rights. It also tells us that Prophet Muhammad sent a letter to the Christian king of Rome and one to the Christian king of the Copts. Both letters were received graciously. The Qur’ân speaks about the Christians as being the most morally virtuous in their dealings of all religious societies outside of Islam: “You will find that the strongest among men in enmity to the believers are the Jews and pagans, and you will find that the nearest of them in love to the believers are those who say: ‘We are Christians’.” [5:82]

Why must we ignore this history and permit a superficial and premature reading of events? This is not all. The laws that Islam came with are there to establish a stable life for both those who believe in it and those who do not. Furthermore, the Qur’ân describes the Prophet Muhammad a “a mercy to all humanity”. Yet, when one faction prefers to create a conflict with the Muslims or to ignore their rights, then Islam responds by resistance and self defense, which are among the objectives of jihad. The West must realize that by blocking the specific options and moderate aspirations of the Muslim world and by creating conflicts, they will bring about perspectives in the Muslim world that will be hard to overcome in the future and will create problems for generations to come all over the world.

It is unreasonable to assume that those who attacked the United States on September 11 did not feel in some way justified for what they did because of the decisions made by the United States in numerous places throughout the world. We by no means hold the view that they were justified in striking civilian targets, but it is necessary to recognize that some sort of causative relationship exists between American policy and what happened.

From another angle, if we were to assume that the perpetrators of the September 11 attacks against the United States were the work of some special faction from within Europe, China, or Japan, or even a religious faction of the Jews, would America’s decision then have been to subject them and their nations to the type of aggression that they are now confronting the Muslims with? This policy only supplies more evidence to the alleged perpetrators and their sympathizers for their claim that America is oppressing and aggressing against the Muslim world.

The events of September 11 should be an impetus for establishing a new assemblage of international institutions to establish justice and secure people’s rights. They are needed to supplant institutions like the United Nations General Assembly and the UN Security Council that were established after the two World Wars to defuse the war between imperious nations. Those institutions failed to realize justice and security for the weaker peoples or protect their countries. Institutions are needed that will not act merely as a theatre for extending the reach of the great powers. How many peoples have become wretched and had their resources stripped away from them by force for the benefit those overbearing powers.

Likewise, those events should make us turn our attention to the fact that exaggerated strength, no matter how many ways it might manifest itself, is never a sufficient guarantee of security. A small group, if they have the will, can cause massive harm and injury to their opponents, no matter how strong those opponents might be.

We have learned from history that power is not the only way to guarantee security, since the types of guarantees that come with sheer power carry with them the seeds of failure and collapse and are always accompanied by resentment and discontent from one side and arrogance from the other. But when those guarantees are built upon justice, then the possibility of their success is far greater.

If the Americans view what happened on September 11 as a turning point for them in how they define their relationship with the Muslims generally, not merely with the group of people that actually carried it out, then can we be blamed when we see that the presence of the Jewish state of Israel on Palestinian land and the control they hold over it through the support of the major powers was and still is a decisive factor in defining and shaping our relationship with the West, as well as with its values and institutions?

Our Position on America

We can easily see today that the Eastern block – Japan and China – seems more alien to the understanding of the Islamic World than does the West. There are many more bridges connecting the Islamic World to the West than there are connecting it to the East. There likewise exist mutually beneficial relationships and common interests between the Muslim world and the West. It should be assumed that the West perceives it in their best interests for there to be balance and stability in the Muslim World and that it knows that the Muslim lands have provided much for them, especially economically. The West is the primary beneficiary of Muslim economic strength.

In spite of this, every individual in the Muslim World perceives that China and Japan have not caused the Muslim World any clear problem, nor have they done anything detrimental to its concerns, countries, and societies. The average Muslim perceives Easterners to be more just, balanced, and more clement than the West. This feeling has been instilled in the minds of the individual members of Muslim society by the West itself.

If the United States sought to withdraw from the world outside its borders and removed its hand from inflammatory issues, then the Muslims would not be bothered whether or not it is a progressive, democratic, or secular nation.

The disagreement between us and American society is not about values of justice or the choice of freedoms. Values, as we see it, are of two types. First there are those basic human values shared by all people, values that are in harmony with the innate nature of the human being and that our religion calls us to. Then there are those values that are particular to a given society. That society chooses those values and gives preference to them. We do not wish to compel that society to abandon them since our religion teaches us that there is no compulsion in religion.

It goes without saying that a number of those values are social preferences that are drawn from their given environment.

Likewise, we do not accept that others can force us to change our values or deny us the right to live by them. We see it as our right – and the right of every people – to make clear to others what we believe in order to foster better understanding between the people of the Earth, bring about the realization of world peace, and create opportunities for those who are searching for the truth.

The United States, in spite of its efforts in establishing the United Nations with its Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other similar institutions, is among the most antagonistic nations to the objectives of these institutions and to the values of justice and truth. This is clearly visible in America’s stance on the Palestinian issue and its unwavering support for the Zionist occupation of Palestinian land and its justification of all the Zionist practices that run contrary to the resolutions passed by the United Nations. It is clearly visible in how America provides Israel with the most advanced weapons that they turn against women, children, and old men, and with which they topple down people’s homes. At the same time, we see the Bush administration mobilizing its military strength and preparing for war against other countries like Iraq, justifying its actions with the claim that these countries are perpetrating human rights abuses and behaving aggressively towards their neighbors.

This conduct of theirs creates in others a mental image of the United States of America as a nation that respects neither international organizations nor the moral principles upon which democracy rests.

A number of the values mentioned by those American thinkers are not exclusively American values. They come from many sources and represent the contributions of many civilizations, among them the Islamic civilization. Muslims and many others throughout the world do not see these values in America, because those values are effectively concealed by America’s actions. The ideal circumstances for cooperation will not be realized as long as American civilization remains in perpetual fear of growing weak or losing its hold on the world, and is perpetually concerned with keeping others from developing, especially the nations of the so-called third world.

Islam and Secularism

The signatories to the American paper focused on the necessity of the separation of church and state, and they considered this to be a universal value that all the nations of the Earth should adopt. We Muslims approach the problem of the relationship between religion and the state differently. Our understanding is to protect the will of the majority and their rights while also protecting the rights of the minority. Islam is a comprehensive religion that has specific laws addressing all aspects of life. It is difficult for a nation to be respected and taken seriously by its people in an Islamic environment without adopting the laws of that religion in general. State adoption of the religion does not mean an infringement on the particular needs of the minorities who live within it or their being forced to abandon their religion and embrace Islam. The idea that there is no compulsion in religion is firmly planted in the Muslim mindset and is clearly stated in the Qur’ân. The separation of church and state that the American thinkers are calling to in their letter shows a lack of understanding of how religion acts as a formative basis for culture in Islamic societies. We see secularism as inapplicable to Muslim society, because it denies the members of that society the right to apply the general laws that shape their lives and it violates their will on the pretext of protecting minorities. It does not stand to reason that protecting the rights of the minority should be accomplished by violating the rights of the majority. We see that the real concern of a religious minority is the protection of its rights and not the violation of the rights of the majority, since infringing upon the rights of the majority is not conducive to social stability and peace, whereas the rights of the minority in Muslim society are protected.

We believe that Islam is the truth, though it is not possible for the entire world to be Muslim. It is neither possible for us to force others to think the way we do, nor would Islamic Law allow us to do so if we were able to. This is a personal choice in Islamic Law. The thing that we have to do is explain the message of Islam, which is a guidance and a mercy to all humanity. However, we are not heedless of the necessities brought about by the present state of humanity and of the need to remove the obstacles that prevent people from properly understanding the message of Islam so they can, if they choose, adopt it of their own free will.

The Muslims have the right to adhere to their religion, its values, and its teachings. This is an option that it will be difficult to try and withhold from them. Nevertheless, what we present is a moderate and balanced understanding and go forward to propagate it, and the West shall see that it is very different than the notions that they have about Islam. This is if the West is truly willing to afford us, our religion, and our abilities proper recognition, or at least willing to study the facts of our religion and our values in a rational and objective manner.

Islam is not an enemy of civilization, but it rejects utilizing the notion of civilization for negative ends. Nor is Islam an enemy of human rights and freedoms, but it rejects transforming freedoms and rights into a tool for conflict just as it rejects relying upon a limited cultural vision as if it is a universal law that must be generally applied to all, forcibly if need be. Continuing to insist upon this vision, even if it is depicted as religiously tolerant, is no less extreme than what goes on in those radical religious groups.

Oppressing others necessarily means that a choice in favor of conflict has been made. It is the catalyst that inflames the strength of resistance, which crates conditions where causing injury to others takes little instigation. The West has to realize that destruction is the least technologically dependant product in the world. It can be produced in countless ways. This will give birth to more forms of radicalism within all societies, including those that adopt separation of church and state. Those might actually turn out to be the most proficient practitioners of this type of extremism.

The Just War and Terrorism

The West often speaks of the problem of terrorism and radicalism. In our view, this problem is a serious one for the world and a number of measures must be taken to deal with it. At the same time, we wish to emphasize the following points that appear to us very reasonable:

First, radicalism is not intrinsically tied to religion. Radicalism can take many forms, political, economic, or ideological. These should be given the same level of attention, because they seek to overturn the moral principles and the systems that secure human rights throughout the world.

Also, religious radicalism is not restricted to one particular religion. We admit there are radical elements among Muslims; we are also well aware that every religious persuasion in the world has its radical elements. Those who study religious thought and culture attest to this fact. Therefore, it is both unreasonable and unjust to irrationally push the issue of Islamic radicalism and then take a course of action that will further instigate it without dealing with all forms of radicalism in the world, both religious and otherwise.

Second, while we believe that the world is confronted by terrorism and radicalism in the broad sense that we have just described, we should also consider that there are a host of other problems that the world is facing with respect to rights, freedoms, and basic human needs like education, health, and nutrition. All of these need to be addressed.

We are on the realization that many of the extremist Islamic groups – as they are called – did not want to be that way when they started, but were forced into that category by political or military forces or their media machinery that blocked their access to channels of peaceful expression. Such powers were able to do away with any possible opportunity for moderation and to strike at the rights of people. This is the major cause for the extremism of Islamic movements and groups. We are also on the realization that this same situation is right now occurring under the guise of the Western program known as the War on Terror.

Stability is the basis for rights and freedoms throughout the world. When we deny people stability and force them to live in perpetual anxiety, oppression, and misery, then they become more likely to act in an immoral and unethical manner. Bitter reality is what sets down decisions. Moreover, it is sometimes what shapes people’s thoughts. When people wait a long time without their rights being addressed, it becomes highly likely that they will behave in ways that are difficult to predict and that lead to uncertain consequences.

We seriously call upon the West to become more open to Islam, look more seriously at its own programs, and behave more mildly with the Islamic world. We also call upon them to earnestly review their position on Islam and to open channels of dialogue with prominent Islamic thinkers representing the broad current of Islamic thought and intellectuals and decision makers in the West.

It is important for the West to realize that most of the Islamic movements throughout the Muslim world and elsewhere are essentially moderate. It is necessary to maintain this situation. Moderate movements should have their rights respected. Nothing should be allowed to inflame situations for any reason. People need to be able to conduct themselves rationally and with a sense of security.

We are committed to fighting against terrorism, whether it comes from the Muslims or elsewhere. However, as long as the matter is being referred back to moral values, then why not mention other radical extremists? Why not talk about the Palestinians who are exposed, especially in these days, to most loathsome kind of terrorism possible? Their cities and refugee camps are being torn to the ground, mass murder is being carried out against them, and a suffocating siege is being imposed upon their innocent civilians. This is not being carried out by some individuals or secret organizations. It is being executed by the state of Israel, a member of the United Nations.

If the purpose is to pull up terrorism from its roots, then all out war is not the appropriate course of action, but peace and justice is. The world must seek this in Palestine and elsewhere.

Terrorism, according to the restricted meaning that it is being used for today, is but one of the forms of wrongful aggression being carried out against lives and property. It is immoral to focus on one form of aggression and turn a blind eye to all others, even though they might be more destructive and repugnant. This is a clear case of selective vision and the use of double standards.

Third, concocting conflicts does no good for either side. Those who represent conflict are not always the best representatives of this faction or that. There is nothing better than justice, consideration of the people’s rights and adhering to our moral values to dispel the specter of conflict. These principles must be maintained even in times of war when we are forced to go down that road.

In the West, instigating conflict stems from considering and protecting national – if not partisan – interests, even at the expense of the rights of others. The truth is that this policy is what creates a dangerous threat to national security, not only for the West, but for the entire world, not to mention the tragic and inhuman conditions that it produces.

The men throughout the world who are behind these conflicts are, by their decisions and their policies, preparing the masses to turn against them. We must intelligently monitor their behavior and protect our civil societies and the rights and security of our people. We must realize that having conflict mongers in power around the world will bring about the worst situation possible for us in the present, as well as for the future generations who will have to face the effects of our personal calculations. Yes, we should be optimistic, but we must also be clear in accounting for our actions and assessing their affects.

Civil security is in a perilous situation throughout the world in the shadow of this scramble to create conflicts and draw up programs for dealing with them. We have to move beyond the slogans and realize that policies of conflict in the West are bringing about the destruction of civil security throughout the world in the name of fighting terrorism. The number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan because of American bombing increases without the American administration showing any kind of strain on its mores and values from its so-called “just war”. In reality, it seems like they are merely creating circumstances in order to give a new validation for more confrontations here and there. And if the West considers September 11 as an affront to civil security in the West, then we can share with it that feeling and even the stance of rejecting attacks against civil security throughout the world. But it is important for the West to realize that civil security in the Islamic World has not seen stability for decades and a lot of the impediments to civil security have come about under the umbrella of Western policy and quite possibly due the direct actions of the West.

It is about time we realize that the use of military force or the power of the media provides no real guarantee for the future. Often matters take surprising turns, going off in directions that defy our estimation. It is as if the events of September 11 showed the uncertainty in this estimation.

Therefore, creating more avenues for dialogue and the exchange of ideas where scholars and thinkers can meet with each other is, in our opinion, the alternative to the language of violence and destruction. This is what compels us to write this letter and to participate in this discussion.

Signatories

Dr. Ibrahim b. Muhammad al-Shahwan
Associate Professor at the School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Ibrahim b. Hamad al-Rayyis
Member of the Teachers Board, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Ibrahim al-Fayiz
Associate Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Ibrahim b. Salih al-Salamah
School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Ibrahim Abd Allah al-Lahim
Professor of Hadîth Studies, AL-Imam University

Dr.Ibrahim al-Jam`an
King Fahd Hospital

Ibrahim b. Abd al-Rahman al-Bulayhi
Author

Dr. Ibrahim b. Abd Allah al-Duwayyish
Islamic Worker and Member of the Teachers Board, Teachers’ College

Dr. Ahmed b. Said Derbas
PhD. Michigan State University , Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Ahmad al-Umayr
Consultant at King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Ahmad b. Uthman al-Tuwayjiri
Member of the Consultative Council

Dr. Ahmad b. Rashid al-Sa`id
Member of the Teachers Board, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Ahmad b. Ibrahim al-Turki
Professor of Microbiology at the School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Ahmad b. Muhammad al-Shab`an
Professor of Human Geography, Al-Imam University

Asma al-Husayn
Professor of Psychology, College of Education

Dr. Afrah al-Humaydi
Professor at the Department of Islamic Studies, Girls’ College

Dr. Umaymah bint Ahmad al-Jalahimah
Professor of Comparative Religion, King Faysal University

Thamer M. AL Maiman
Author and Journalist

Jamil Farsi
MS. Management, San Diego, California and Jeweler

Dr. Jawahir bint Muhammad b. Sultan
Lecturer and Education Director

Jawahir bint Abd al-Rahman al-Juraysi
Education Director

Jawahir bint Muhammad al-Khathlan
Directorate of Girls’ Education

Dr. Hasan al-Qahtani
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Hasan b. Salih al-Humayd
Former Professor of Qur’anic Studies, Al-Imam University

Dr. Hamad b. Ibrahim al-Haydari
Professor of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Hamad b. Abd al-Aziz b. Abd al-Muhsin al-Tuwayjiri
Businessman

Dr. al-Sharif Hamzah al-Fa`r
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Umm al-Qura University

Dr. Khalid al-Qasim
Professor at the Department of Islamic Studies, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Khalid b. Abd al-Rahman al-Ujaymi
Assistant Professor of Arabic Language, Al-Imam University

Dr. Khalid b. Abd Allah al-Duwish
Professor of Electrical Engineering, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Khadijah Abd al-Majid
Saudi Intellectual

Dr. Khalid b. Muhammad al-Sulayman
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the King Abd al-Aziz City of Science and Technology

Dr. Khalid b. Fahd al-Awdah
Professor of Educational Theory, Al-Imam University

Khalid b. Nasir al-Rudayman
Professor at the School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Khalid b. Ali al-Mushayqih
Professor of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Riyad b. Muhammad al-Musaymiri
Professor at the School of Theology, al-Imam University

Dr. Ruqayyah al-Muharib
Professor at the Department of Islamic Studies at the Girls’ College

Dr. Rashid al-Ulaywi
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Zaynab al-Dakhil
Professor at the School of Theology, Al-Imam University

Suhaylah Zayn al-Abidin
Author

Dr. Sa`d b. Abd al-Karim al-Shadukhi
Professor of Education, Al-Imam University

Dr. Salem Ahmad Sahab
PhD. Mathematics 1981, Colorado State University, and Weekly Columnist, al-Madinah Newspaper, Jeddah

Dr. Soad Jaber
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, King Abd al-Aziz University, Jeddah

Dr. Sa`id b. Nasir al-Ghamidi
Professor of Theology, King Khalid University

Dr. Sulayman b. Qasim al-Id
Professor at the Department of Islamic Studies, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Sami al-Suwaylim
Member of the Islamic Law Commission, al-Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation

Sa`ud al-Fanaysan
Professor of Qur’anic Studies and Former Dean of the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Sa`ud b. Khalaf al-Dihan
Researcher at the King Abd al-Aziz City for Science and Technology

Sami al-Majid
Member of the Teachers Board at the School of Islam Law, Al-Imam University

Salman b. Fahd al-Oadah
Former Member of the Teachers Board at the School of Theology, al-Imam University and General Director of the IslamToday Website

Dr. Sultan b. Khalid b. Hithlin
Professor of Islamic Studies, King Fahd University

Sarah bint Muhammad al-Khathlan
Author and Poet

Sulayman b. Ibrahim al-Rushudi
Attorney and Former Judge

Dr. Sulayman b. Abd al-Aziz al-Yahya
Dean of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Sulayman al-Rushudi
King Abd al-Aziz City for Science and Technology

Sulayman al-Majid
Judge at al-Ahsa Court of Law

Dr. Safar b. Abd al-Rahman al-Hawali
Former Head of the Department of Theology, Umm al-Qura University

Dr. Salih Muhammad al-Sultan
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Salih b. Sulayman al-Wuhaybi
Associate Professor at the School of Arts, King Sa`ud University and Associate General Director, World Assembly of Muslim Youth

Dr. Salih b. Abd Allah al-Lahim
Professor of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Salih b. Abd al-Aziz al-Tuwayjiri
Professor of Theology, Al-Imam University

Tariq b. Abd al-Rahman al-Hawwas
Professor of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Ayid b. Abd Allah al-Qarni
Former Professor of Hadîth Studies, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abdul Mohsin Helal
PhD. International Relations, Umm al-Qura University, Mecca

Dr. Abdullah S. Mannaa
Author, Publisher, and Former Editor-in-Chief, “IQRAA” and “AL-A’LAMWAL-ITISAL” Magazines

Dr. Omar A. Kamel
Saudi Author and Researcher

Omar Jastaneyeh
Journalist

Abd al-Aziz b. Muhammad al-Qasim
Attorney and Former Judge

Abd Allah b. Abd al-Aziz b. Abd al-Muhsin al-Tuwayjiri
Businessman

Dr. Abd al-Aziz Nasir al-Sibih
Associate Professor of Psychology, al-Imam University

Dr. Abd al-Aziz b. Ibrahim al-Shahwan
Professor and Former Dean of the School of Theology, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Wukayyil al-Shaykh
Professor of Hadîth Studies at the Department of Prophetic Traditions, Islamic Theological College

Dr Abd al-Wahhab b. Nasir al-Turayri
Former Professor at the Islamic Theological College and Academic Director of the IslamToday Website

Dr. Abd Allah al-Khalaf
Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh

Dr. Awad b. Muhammad al-Qarni
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Imran al-Imrani
University Professor

Dr. Abd al-Rahman b. Abd Allah al-Shumayri
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Umm al-Qura University

Dr. Ali Ba Dahdah
Professor at the Department of Islamic Studies, King Abd al-Aziz University

Abd al-Karim al-Juhayman
Author and Journalist

Dr. Abd al-Karim b. Ibrahim al-Sallum
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd al-Rahman al-Zunaydi
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Ibrahim al-Turayqi
Professor at the School of Islamic law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Umar al-Mudayfir
Head of the Department of Psychiatry, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Abd al-Aziz b. Nasir al-Mani
Professor of Arabic Literature at the Department of Arabic Language Studies, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Nafi Al Shari
Professor of Psychology Former Trustee, King Sa`ud University and President of al-Nafi Office for Academic Counseling

Dr. Abd al-Rahman b. Hadi al-Shamrani
Assistant Professor at the School of Arts, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Abd Allah al-Hajjaj
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Abd Allah b. Saud al-Bishr
Member of the Teachers Board, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Abd al-Aziz b. Ibrahim al-Amri
Professor of History, Al-Imam University

Abd al-Aziz al-Wushayqri
Justice at the Supreme Court, Riyadh

Dr, Abd al-Aziz al-Fadda
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Abd al-Rahman b. Abd al-Latif al-Usayl
Professor of International Relations, King Fahd University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Abd al-Aziz al-Yahya
Assistant General Director of Islamic Propagation

Dr. Abd Allah al-Zayidi
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Abd al-Rahman b. Abd al-Aziz al-Mujaydil
Member of the Teachers Board at the School of Theology, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd al-Qadir b. Abd al-Rahman al-Haydar
School of Medicine, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Abd al-Karim al-Uthaym
Professor of Educational Development, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Ali al-Ju`aythin
Former Professor of Hadîth Studies, Al-Imam University

Dr. Umar Abd Allah al-Suwaylim
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Abd Allah b. Abd al-Rahman al-Jibrin
Former Member of the Council for Legal Rulings

Dr. Abd al-Rahman b. Abd Allah al-Jibrin
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd al-Rahman b. Salih al-Khalifah
Professor at the School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Abd Allah b. Hamad al-Sakakir
Professor of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Abd al-Aziz b. Salih al-Sam`ani
Professor of Linguistics, Technology College

Fayez Saleh Jamal
Journalist, al-Nadwah Newspaper and al-Madinah Newspaper

Dr. Fahd b. Muhammad al-Rumayyan
Professor at the School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Fahd b. Salih al-Fallaj
Professor at the School of Technology, Indiana University of Pensylvania

Dr. Lulu’ah al-Matrudi
Professor at the School of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Muhammad b. Marzuq al-Mu`aytiq
Former Appellate Judge and Chief Justice, Al-Zulqa Court of Law

Muhammad b. Salih al-Ali
Member of the Teachers Board, Al-Imam University

Muhammad b. Abd al-Aziz b. Abd al-Muhsin al-Tuwayjiri
Businessman

Mohammad Salahuddin Aldandarawi
Jounalist and Publisher

Dr. Muhammad b. Salih al-Fawzan
Professor of Qur’anic Studies, Teachers College

Dr. Mohammad Saeed Farsy
PhD. Architectural Engineering and Former Mayor of the City of Jeddah

Mohamed Said Tayeb
Attorney, Publisher, and Political Activist

Muhammad b. Abd al-Aziz al-Amir
Justice at the Jeddah Court of Law

Muhammad b. Sulayman al-Mas`ud
Justice at the Jeddah Court of Law

Dr. Muhammad b. Ahmad al-Salih
Professor of Graduate Studies at the School of Islamic Law and Member of the Academic Board, Al-Imam University

Muhammad b. Salih al-Duhaym
Judge at al-Layth Court of Law

Muhammad b. Hamad al-Mini
Member of the Teachers Board at the School of Agriculture, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Muhsin b. Husayn al-Awaji
Associate Professor of Education and Founder/Director of al-Muntada al-Wasatiyyah

Dr. Muhammad b. Sulayman al-Sudays
Professor of Arabic Literature at the Department of Arabic language Studies, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Muhammad b. Abd al-Rahman al-Hudayf
Author, Scholar, and Former Member of the Teachers Board, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Mani b. Hammad al-Juhani
Member of the Consultative Council and General Director, World Assembly of Muslim Youth

Dr. Marzuq b. Sunaytan b. Tinbak
Professor of Arabic Literature, School of Arts, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Mansur b. Ibrahim al-Hazimi
Professor of Contemporary Arabic Literature, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Malik b. Ibrahim al-Ahmad
Member of the Teachers Board, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Muhammad b. Sa`ud al-Bishr
Member of the Teachers Board, Al-Imam University

Dr. Muhammad b. Nasir al-Ja`wan
Founder and Director of the Hunayn School

Muna bint Ibrahim al-Mudayhish
Lecturer at the School of Arabic Language, Al-Imam University

Muhammad b. Salih b. Sultan
Chief of Administration, al-Yamamah Institute of Journalism

Mahdi al-Hakami
University Professor and Regional Director of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, Jizan

Dr. Muhammad al-Wuhaybi
Professor of Theology, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Muhammad Umar Jamjum
Professor of Civil Engineering and former General Secretary, King Abd al-Aziz University

Dr. Muhammad Umar Zubayr
Former General Director, King Abd al-Aziz University

Dr. Muhammad b. Abd Allah al-Shamrani
Professor of Islamic Law, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Latif
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Muhammad al-Zuwayyid
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Muhammad b. Sulayman al-Barrak
Al-Imam University

Dr. Muhammad al-Urayni
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Dr. Muhammad b. Abd Allah al-Muhaymid
Former Head of the Department of Islamic Law, Al-Imam University

Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Aziz al-Awhali
Associate Professor of Physics, School of Science, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Muhammad b. Sulayman al-Fawzan
Professor of Hadîth Studies, Al-Imam University

Dr. Muhammad b. Ali al-Suwid
Chairman of the English Department, Al-Imam University

Dr. Nora Khaled Alsaad
Assistant Professor at the School of Arts, Department of Social Sciences, King Abd al-Aziz University

Nurah bint Abd al-Aziz al-Khariji

Dr. Nasir b. Sa`d al-Rashid
Professor of Arabic Literature, King Sa`ud University

Dr. Nasir b. Masfar al-Zahrani
Member of the Teachers Board, Umm al-Qura University

Dr. Nasir b. Abd al-Karim al-Aql
Professor of Theology, Al-Imam University

Dr. Nabih b. Abd al-Rahman al-Jabr
Professor at the Department of Accounting, Al-Imam University

Dr. Nasir b. Sulayman al-Umar
Former Professor of Qur’anic Studies, Al-Imam University

Dr. Yusuf al-Ulah
Consultant, King Fahd Hospital

Ahmad b. Abd al-Rahman al-Suwayyan
Editor-in-Chief, Al-Bayan Magazine

Another Saudi War Crime Committed Against the Shiites of Iraq, Coordinated Car-Bombs Kill 55

[Here is where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon could actually begin to earn his salary, by prosecuting this obvious, ongoing, premeditated series of war crimes, committed by Prince Bandar bin Sultan for Barack Obama, spelled-out in minute details in the Syrian Champress report

The world has never seen a situation quite like that faced by our world today, where the President of the United States is actually complicit in mass-murder for the express purpose of jump-starting World War.   How is it that the American president can direct various foreign intelligence agencies to train terrorist armies wherever he wants them, anywhere in the world, then arm and dispatch these terrorists to commit the mass-murder of thousands, for the purpose of violently overthrowing legitimate governments?  The human race cannot survive under the protection and leadership of cowardly officials like Mr. Moon, if they are too afraid to cross foul-natured killers like Obama, or if they are unwilling to do their jobs as international protectors of human rights.

I am calling you out, Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-moon, put an end to this travesty and genocide in Syria.   Stop the American/Saudi war of terror forced upon the people of Syria and upon all of the Middle East.

Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in the Hurriya District in Baghdad July 29, 2013. Seventeen car bombs exploded in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 55 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents including al Qaeda stepped up attacks this year. REUTERS-Saad Shalahs

Wave of car bombings target Iraqi Shi’ites, killing 55

Reuters

Street cleaners remove debris on the road at the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, July 29, 2013. REUTERS-Stringer
Residents inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, July 29, 2013. REUTERS-Stringer
Residents inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, July 29, 2013. REUTERS-Stringer
Residents inspect the site of a car bomb attack in the Hurriya District in Baghdad July 29, 2013. Seventeen car bombs exploded in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 55 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents including al Qaeda stepped up attacks this year. REUTERS-Saad Shalash
Residents gather at the site of a car bomb attack in the Hurriya District in Baghdad July 29, 2013. Seventeen car bombs exploded in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 55 people in predominantly Shi'ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents including al Qaeda stepped up attacks this year. REUTERS-Saad Shalahs

Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

By Kareem Raheem

BAGHDAD

(Reuters) – Seventeen car bombs exploded in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 55 people in predominantly Shi’ite areas in some of the deadliest violence since Sunni insurgents including al Qaeda stepped up attacks this year.

Police and medical sources said the attacks, which appeared to be coordinated, were concentrated on towns and cities in Iraq’s predominantly Shi’ite south, and districts of the capital where Shi’ites reside.

The car bomb attacks in busy streets and crowded markets underscore deteriorating security in Iraq, where nearly 4,000 people have been killed since the start of the year, according to violence monitoring group Iraq Body Count.

The violence has raised fears of a return to full-blown conflict in a country where Kurds, majority Shi’ite and minority Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable way of sharing power.

At least 10 people were killed when two car bombs blew up near a bus station in the city of Kut, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of the capital, police said.

Four more were killed in a blast in the town of Mahmoudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, and two bombs in Samawa, further south, killed two.

The rest of the bombings took place in regions of Baghdad, in Sadr city, Habibiya, Hurriya, Bayaa, Ur, Shurta, Kadhimiya, Risala, Tobchi and Abu Dsheer neighborhoods.

In July, more than 810 people were killed in militant attacks.

Iraqi forces patrolling alone since U.S.-led troops left in 2011 are struggling to contain a resurgent al Qaeda, which has been regrouping and striking with a ferocity not seen in years.

Sectarian tensions across the region have been inflamed by the civil war in neighboring Syria, which has drawn Shi’ites and Sunnis from Iraq and beyond into battle on opposite sides.

(Reporting by Kareem Raheem in Baghdad, Aref Mohammed in Basra and Jaafar al-Taie in Kut; Writing by Isabel Coles; Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

The Original Syrian Media Report Revealing Bandar/Feltman Plan To Destroy the Middle East

[Finally found the original report that was carried 2011-03-30 by Syrian Champress site, but no longer to be found there, for some reason.  Found the report on Wikileaks’ Stratfor file leaks.  Everything that was spelled-out in the report below is proving to be true.  This is a “smoking gun” pointed at the head of Obama, bearing proof of prior complicity in the countless war crimes committed in Syria, which have played-out since the date of publication.]

Media sources reveal details of a conspiracy by Bandar Bin Sultan and Feltman to “destroy” Syria

http://www.champress.net/index.php?q=en/Article/view/86507

Several media sources have revealed the details of a “well-organized” plan
to destroy Syria and create chaos in the country. The plan is said to be
drawn up by Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the United
States, in collaboration with the former U.S. Ambassador in Lebanon,
“Jeffrey Feltman” to overthrow the regime in Syria and to bring Syria back
to the “stone age”, according to the sources.

The lengthy and detailed plan, developed by Bandar bin Sultan and his
friend Feltman in 2008 with a funding reached $ 2 billion, consists of
many items and precise details which significantly intersect with the
incidents of disturbances the city of Daraa has recently witnessed.
According to sources, the plan “strategically” depended on the
exploitation of peoples’ legitimate desire in freedom, dignity and getting
rid of corruption and on the turning of these wishes into a revolt against
the regime through convincing the people that the road to reform from
within the regime is closed and the solution is an all-out revolution.

However, the plan tactically divided Syria into three areas (big cities,
small cities and villages), and the established five types of networks:

1- The “Fuel”: This network comprises educated and unemployed youths who
are to be linked in a decentralized way.

2- The “Thugs” network which includes outlaws and criminals from remote
areas, preferably non-Syrians.

3- The “Ethnic-Sectarian” network which consists of young people with
limited education representing ethnic communities that support or oppose
the president. They must be under the age of 22.

4- The “Media” network that comprises some leaders of civil society
institutions which have European funding not American one.

5- The “Capital” network which comprises traders, companies owners, banks
and commercial centers in Damascus, Aleppo and Homs only.

On how to use these networks and link between each others, the plan
provides for:

The utilization of ambitious young people from the first network (Network
of fuel) through attractive phrases such as:

– You must have a voice

– Change can’t be achieved except by force

– Your future is yours to determine

– Your silence is the cause, and so on a*|.

The plan also provides for exploiting the skills of members of the second
network (Network of thugs) through:

– Training the thugs on professional killing including sniping and
murdering in cold blood.

– Training them on burning public buildings quickly by using flammable
substance.

– Training thugs on penetrating prisons police centers and security
buildings.

According to the plan, members of the third network (sectarian ethnic
netwrok) will be exploited by

– Feeding their strong feeling of support for or opposition against the
President.

– Making them feel that their communities are threatened in all cases.

– Creating the concept of using excessive force against others.

– Convincing them of the idea that all who oppose them in anything are
traitors.

– Leading them to a “state of color blindness”, so see only black and
white.

-Exploitation their age and lack of knowledge of history and geography and
leading them to the brink of being ready to do anything.

The fourth network (media network) will also be exploited to serve the
plan. Members of this network will be recruited and their skills will be
enhanced to lead the (public opinion) through:

– Enabling them to communicate with the media by satellite phone that
can’t be monitored or cut off.

– Promoting them as nationalists and as individuals who don’t oppose to
the regime, but call for civil society.

– Qualifying cadres and training them on techniques of modern media such
as blogging and using the Internet which help them communicate with the
public.

– Holding regular meetings with them and coordinating their efforts so
that no one will contradict the other.

The fifth network (capital network) will be exploited by using their fear
of their money being wasted, so the following must be achieved:

– Linking traders with trade officials in the European embassies under the
cover of trade relations.

– Holding luxurious parties to be attended by businessmen and during which
exclusively Arab Gulf deals and investments are to be made.

– Threatening them with certain sexual relations that are filmed for later
blackmailing them.

– Urging them against the regime and creating ideas such as: “The country
is yours and outsiders control you. The regime makes wealthy people on
your expense. You are the ones who build the country and others rule it.
Bashar al-Assad steals you via taxes and his supporters enjoy it. All your
businesses projects are a loss due to bribery and corruption. Your wealth
is threatened and must be transferred outside Syria because the regime
will collapse. We will make you rule the country after the collapse of the
regime. “

The plan also contained in its “executive” chapter several scenarios, and
precise details of how to start and move, how networks will be exploited
and how to move forward.
According to executive chapter, the plan adopts the following stages:

1- If a targeted person from the Fuel Network responded, another stage
will immediately begin based on exploiting his/her need for money, so the
plan starts to:
– Provide him/her with small amounts of money.
– Ensure him/her a rented car, a cellular phone and Internet connection.
– Ask him/her to look for and bring other young people and use the same
method with them.

– When the number of young people reach 5000 in major cities and 1500 in
small cities and 500 in the villages, these people are asked to start to
express their desire in change and reform. At this very stage any talk
against any side of the people must be avoided. Not a word on sectarian,
partisan, rightist or leftist basis is allowed at this stage.

As this stage proceeds, objections by non-enthusiasts are to be faced by a
set of appropriate responses such as:
– If someone says there is a change, the response must be: “There is no
change at all. This is all a lie”
– If he says change is coming, then the response must be: “We have heard
this for more than 40 years”
– If anyone says that time is not suitable, the response must be: “So when
must we move. Are we going to move after 100 years”
– If one says that of our dignity lies in resisting America, the response
must be: “We have nothing to do with resistance, we want to live” and so
ona*|

– A Moving group has to be pushed into streets inside already existing
gatherings such as in crowded markets, in mosques after prayers and in
narrow alleys. This group is divided into three rings: The shouters, the
photographers, and the hidden people. The shouters gather at the center
of the circle and begin chanting within the gathering. This ring is
surrounded by the ring of the hidden people, while the photographers’ ring
surrounds all. If anyone tried to disperse the shouters the hidden people
defend them under the pretext: ” let them speak”, and if no one try to
disperse them, the same ring of the hidden people assaults the shouters
and disperse them. In both cases,” We get an excellent picture for the
media.”

– In general, the authorities have to be provoked to be drawn into the use
of torture and cruelty. Here the authorities have to choose one of two
solutions; either to intervene or not to intervene.

– If the authorities don’t interfere, the number of enthusiasts will begin
to increase, because young people’s demands will attract a bigger number
of new enthusiasts who all, according to the plan, must not know anything
about the network link.

– If the authorities intervene and arrest one of the network members,
he/she must make himself/herself appear “innocent and pathetic”,
immediately change his/her stance and illusively promise the authorities
not to do that again. According to the plan he/she is to be completely
frozen to the final stage, but funding continues.

– If the authorities intervene and arrest one from outside the network,
the incident must fully be exploited by raising the level of demands. If
the security forces torture him/her, this will be better as it will help
in fueling the people’s feelings and here phrases linking torture to the
whole regime not only to the security forces are to be promoted and the
following statements and ideas are to be disseminated: “Have you seen
what happened to the poor man, this is what the president wants. It isn’t
fair, the man wants only to live. Do those traders only have the right to
have money. Is it a government or a group of thieves. The reason behind
this is the top leadership”, and so on …

2- When moves start in the streets, people must be instigated as fast as
possible to change their just demands into calls for the downfall of the
regime. Here the following must be implemented:

– The second network, “network of the thugs”, is introduced to the scene
immediately to attack all of the demonstrators and security personnel.

– Videos and photos for dramatic events which hurt religious and social
feelings, such as attacking women, preferably veiled ones, must be taken.
As a result alleged demonstrators shout general slogans and if they are
attacked by security forces it will be very excellent. But if they are
attacked by civilians, the group says “security forces dressed in civilian
clothes,” attacked the demonstrators. However, if no one attack them, a
member of the same group will attack the demonstrators, even if this leads
to minor injuries. Video shots must not last more than 20 seconds and they
must be taken from a very close position not from a far one.

– The rapid use of bloodshed, because of its significant impact on the
people. This includes the killing of a protester from outside the network,
preferably a youth from big and famous families, or a youth who has major
social ties or a highly educated person, especially a doctor, an engineer
or an intellectual. The killing must be committed rapidly by snipers and
with bullets of the same type used by police or security forces. This
stage also includes the killing of security personnel or guarding police.

– Burning properties of the traders who have been involved in the plan and
dragging them into a state of fear together with other economic figures
with the purpose of having influence on the lives of as many people as
possible.

– Provoking Bashar al-Assad loyalists and engaging them in polemics with
others, especially the Islamists,. Here the loyalist are to be accused of
being from the intelligence and that they are horns of the regime and
beneficiaries from the authority.
Creating mistrust and tension between the loyalists and the people,
telling about the near end of Bashar al-Assad and calling for random
supportive demonstrations and calls advocating slaughter, murder and
terrorism are planned to be launched. In turn, opponents keep calm and
delay any move till after the creation of sectarian and ethnic killing.
They have to be well-organized in their calls for political reform,
freedom, democracy and civil life.

– Foiling any attempt to attain political solutions by the regime through
burning symbols of power such as the Baath Party headquarters, police
stations, prisons and security forces centers in addition to distorting
Bashar al-Assad pictures.
3- The fourth network (The media) is introduced. The aim here is to link
Bashar al-Assad to all previous era and to devalue all his actions by
opening all the old files and holding the current regime responsible for
them.

Bandar bin Sultan recognizes in his plan that Bashar Assad enjoys a real
popularity inside and outside Syria that should not be underestimated. He
believes that this popularity must be exploited and transformed from a
point of strength into a point of weakness through the use of the
enthusiasm of supporters against demonstrations.

To undermine the military, the government and the security system, Bandar
believes that they must be torn into sects, and here comes the role of the
third network the ( “ethnic-sectarian” network) taking into account the
neutralization of major doctrines like the Shafi’I and the Hanafi. This
will be done as follows:

– Urging each sect to commit horrible bloody massacres against violators.
These crimes must be filmed and posted to the media as soon as possible.
The start should be in places far from Damascus and there should not be a
lot of blood for fear that people may retreat.

For instance, in Lattakia and Tartous, people from the Alawite sect from
the network slaughter youths from the Sunni sect, cut parts of their
bodies chant long live Bashar.
In Aleppo, Salafis from the network attack Alawites’ villages, burn their
homes and terrorizing the people to leave their villages and chant “Death
to the “Nasirien” death to the enemies of the Sahaba”.
In Hasakah, Arabs from the network slaughter and hang some young people
and make fun of the Kurds in a visual way without language and clear
enough to be understood by the Kurds without translation. Some Christians,
particularly Armenians are planned to be killed.
In Daraa, “snipers” from outside the city of Daraa kill young people from
the Jawabra and the Mahamid families without approaching anyone from the
Abazeed and the Masalmeh families.

In the city of Al-Boukamal, the Shi’ites kill Sunnis and scream, “Oh
Karbala, Oh Hussein”.
In Homs, Arabs kill Turkmen and loot their shops, particularly gold shops
and also kill Catholic Christians and Murshdis.
In Sewidaa, Druze members of the network kill a number of Christians in
surrounding villages and burning several churches
In Qamishli, Kurd members of the network avenge the killing of Kurds in
Hasaka. Some Armenians also kill Arab Muslims.
In Deir Ez-Zour, “snipers” from outside the city kill young people from
the Agidat and Bani Naeem tribes without approaching smaller tribes like
the “Rolla”, the “Jabour” or the “Shummar” and scream during the filming
in the name of the “Bokhabour and the “Mohassan”.

Bandar thinks that the regime as a whole will be busy trying to settle the
disputes between communities and ethnic groups. Bashar al-Assad will send
delegates from his government to resolve sectarian and ethnic differences
while Damascus will be empty of government pillars and here comes the turn
of Damascus where each minority group avenge and the city flares up from
all sides. This will be done as follows:

– The Christians in the east of Damascus kill Muslims who live among them
in areas like Qassaa and Bab Touma. They also kill the Druze in the
village of Jaramana.

– The Sunnis in the south of the city kill Shiites living among them in
the “Shaghour” and the “Muhajereen” areas.

– Salafis in the areas of “Duma” and “Darayya” burn the headquarters of
the municipality, courts and police stations.

– Alawites in the west of the city in “Mezze Jabal” area kill Sunnis who
live among them.

– Kurds in the north of the city in “Rukn Eddin” area attack Arabs from
all sects.

Meanwhile, Bandar believes that the army will be divided, the security
systems and the government will collapse and Bashar will only have the
Republican Guard, which he will not be able to move because the army will
stand against him. This will make Bashar al-Assad’s presence in power the
cause of all problems, and here comes the role of the fifth network the
(network of the capital). The following has to be implemented:

– Holding a meeting between capital owners (businessmen) and leaders of
the army and security bodies as well as ministers from Damascus and
Aleppo. The plan is to convince them to abandon Bashar al-Assad promising
them survival after the end of the President’s rule.

– In case some businessmen refuse to cooperate, they are threatened of
canceling authorizations, of withdrawing investments and of sex scandals
if they are among those penetrated by sexual relations.

– In case some army leaders refuse, they are threatened of imprisonment or
assassination. If it is possible under a state of chaos, officers of high
ranks, not from Damascus or Aleppo, could be assassinated to terrorize
them.

-A national council of businessmen, ministers and security chiefs must be
formed and recognized by the United States, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia
and Egypt.

Quetta Citizen Shoots TTP Suicide-Bomber In the Head

A TTP Suicide Bomber Ready to Explode near a Mosque Shot Down by a Shia Hazara Volunteer

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Hazara Town Suicide Bomber Shot Dead 27.03.13

QUETTA: A suicide bomber who was on his Mission to explode near a Mosque , to Kill Shia Sect Muslims was killed by The Brave and Alert residents of  Hazara Town in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan on Saturday.

Capital City Police Officer Quetta, Mir Zubair Mehmood told that a pedestrian suicide bomber was killed by residents of Hazara Town Quetta shortly before Iftar.

 

He said residents tried to stop the suspected bomber from entering the area but he refused to do so. “Residents who were already on alert, took no chances and  then fired and killed him on the spot,” he said.

 

One bullet hit into the head of suicide bomber and killed him on the spot and suicide jacked did not explode, added the police.

 

Mehmood said a suicide jacket and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession.

 

“A major terrorist attack was averted,” he claimed.

 

DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbal, said the bomber, who had strapped explosives around his body, could not explode himself because of timely action by the Shia Hazara Volunteers Gaurding the Town .

 

He confirmed that the suicide jacket recovered from the attacker had been safely defused. The body of the bomber was shifted to Combined Military Hospital for postmortem, he said.

 

Another police official, DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbal, confirmed that a suicide jacket was recovered from the attacker had been safely defused.

 

He said the body of the bomber was shifted to Combined Military Hospital for postmortem.

 

The bomb disposal squad rushed to the side, after receiving information, and defused the suicide jacket. One hand grenade was also recovered from custody of killed bomber.

 

The police have told that ten kilograms of high level explosives material and ball bearings were fixed in the suicide jacket and these would have caused a massive devastation, if exploded.

 

A large number police and paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the spot and started investigation into the incident.

 

Quetta has once again witnessed a recent surge in incidents of violence, with Takfiri terrorist of  Taliban and their allied groups of Lashkar e Jhangvi have once again accelerated their attack on the Shia Hazara community in several bombings and gun-attacks.

 

On Monday, two youths belonging to the minority community were gunned down in an apparent targeted killing on Shahrah-i-Iqbal.

 

On July 15, four men belonging to the community were killed when gunmen sprayed bullets on their vehicle on Masjid road area.

 

On June 30, a deadly suicide bombing at an Imambargah killed 30 members of the minority community. The banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had claimed responsibility for the blast, one of a series of bombings this year by the sectarian outfit targeting the Hazaras.

 

While the Pakistani Establishment and the Political Parties in Government are still trying to lure the Taliban to get the favour of their US & Saudi Maters who are the sponsors of the terrorism in Pakistan and are Putting their all efforts to Dis Integrate Pakistan , But still it looks that not only the Pakistani Politicians who out of their greed and selfishness Don’t  think of Pakistan , but even the Defenders of Pakistan , have also negotiated their oaths which they have taken to defend the Nation and its Citizens irrespective of their Cast , Creed or Religion.

 

But with this Self Defensive act and Gaurding of their Areas and the Religious Places have made one thing Clear that as now even the Citizens of Pakistan have come to the conclusion , that if they have to Live ,then they have to even Defend them selves and their loved ones and have to fight themselves with the enemies of Pakistan .

Will Deconstructing the Saudi Royal Family Bring the Terror War To An End?—(goog. trans.)

Prince Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdul-Aziz Prince Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdul-Aziz

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan Al-Saud on Saturday announced his defection from Al Saud royal family and joined the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia

On 2 July 2012, the Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee removed the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA) “from section B. Entities and other groups and undertakings associated with Al-Qaida.”   This move was sponsored by Britain as a first step towards using the organization in the Imperial plot (SEE:  Britain Gearing up to replace the Saudi Monarchy By London Based Saad Al Faqih).

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Saad Al Faqih allegedly bought a satellite phone which was allegedly used by bin Laden himself. 

The plot thickens as the Middle East cauldron comes to full boil.]

In the name of God the Merciful 

Statement from the Prince Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdul-Aziz bin Saud al-Farhan Al-Saud

Praise be to God, prayer and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah and after:

It was Lee personal experience and family very bitter with from their hands the power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will embrace posed to the public later my brother Hardworking Ptoatr and brother Dr. Saad al-Faqih channel reform, and I thank God who enlightened me Beserty through my personal experience harsh with the ruling regime Kingdom where made me taste the taste of injustice since I was a kid to now in order to softest, including felt by so many of my brothers of the people and to be one of them, I realized the extent of the injustice of all kinds and forms and monopolize power and eat rights and stenosis of freedoms and contempt for the judiciary and the manipulation of religion and other practices non-humanitarian which hit the wall rules and provisions of Islamic Sharia laws and international conventions on the protection of human rights and public freedoms and others.
This experience has led me cruel that you do not figure to a group of Alastnajat I find it to be a legitimate and morally announced that filled the patent for edema and a statement of fact.

First: announced proudly schismatic for the ruling family Arabia, where that authority in the kingdom do not adhere to the laws of God, not even the system of positive and their policy and their decisions and their actions are governed by their own will and whims personal just everything issued by the system as alleged proceeded and order but is administered in a manner formality to give the impression of a false commitment to the Sharia.

Second: the belief that the hand of power in the Kingdom that the state belongs them بمقدراتة and land and people is fantastically belief, stems from the beliefs and perceptions and convictions fake.

Third: Just who rejected their hand power reform theses which provided them with many popular symbols of its prestige and respect and popularity in the hearts of the people
And Aamiloha of repression and violence, has refused to also dissertations reform that gave them from within the ruling family, some of which treated tightening and mistrust, others with violence and repression.

Fourth: The problems that we are experiencing in our country are problems that are not temporary or superficial, they are not represented only in the size of unemployment or poor salaries or poor distribution of wealth and capabilities and services … etc., but are deep problems and real linked to political corruption and financial abuse of power security administration and the subordination of the judiciary and the Shura Council of the executive power to suppress the aspirations and creations of the people and exploited for the benefit of a few, past experiences have proved that you can not treat it only through a comprehensive fundamental change.

Fifth: that of the hand it deliberately ignore the bitter reality in the Kingdom and the cries of the oppressed people and insist on provoking people through Albzach case Kharafi which they live and Aiboa only for their own personal interests without regard for the interests of the state or the people, or even national security.

Sixth: that everything reported by the advocates of the reform of the criticism of the political and economic situation and social and judicial services and security and the misuse of religion, etc., is all true and objective and even much further.

Seventh: stress through my knowledge of good including the hand of power in the Kingdom that vanity blind بصائرهم so that they do not respond to the tips or correspondence or letters personally can internally is the machine of repression and external interests, which comes at the expense of human rights and the protection of freedoms so you can not achieve any change, but by means of means pressure, whether political or media or People should not be relied change only through the internal voltage People.

Based on that, I announced my support for all currents reformist sincere aimed Secretary to the interests of the country and its citizens, especially the reform movement led by Dr. Saad al-Faqih and ask all the princes silent who يوافقوننى opinion announcement attitude and stop the silence and passivity and willingness to bear the consequences satisfy God and the homeland.
I ask God to help us and all those who seek to reform in our country to what they prefer and save our country from injustice, corruption and tyranny, peace, mercy and blessings of God.

Khalid bin Farhan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud al-Farhan

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iiUrCOUBbnpMxKJfsQlZkxOngk49xKn-2eIiPHZcGpI/edit?pli=1

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

بيان من سمو الامير
خالد بن فرحان بن عبدالعزيز بن سعود  الفرحان ال سعود

الحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وبعد :

فقد كانت لى تجربة  شخصية وعائلية مريرة جدا مع من بيدهم السلطة فى المملكة العربية السعودية، والذى سوف يتبني  طرحها علي الجمهور فيما بعد أخى مجتهد بتويتر وأخى  د سعد الفقية بقناة الاصلاح، و أشكر الله الذى أنار لى  بصيرتى  من خلال تجربتى الشخصية القاسية مع النظام الحاكم بالمملكة حيث جعلنى  أتذوق طعم الظلم منذ كنت طفلا والى الأن لكى أنعم بما يحس بة الكثير من أخوتى من أبناء الشعب وأن أكون واحدا منهم،  فأدركت  مدي تفشى الظلم بجميع أنواعة واشكالة والأستئثار بالسلطة واكل الحقوق والتضيق علي الحريات واحتقار القضاء والتلاعب بالدين وغيرها من الممارسات الغير انسانية التى  تضرب بعرض الحائط قواعد واحكام الشريعة الاسلامية والقوانين والمواثيق الدولية الخاصة بحماية حقوق الانسان والحريات العامة وغيرها .

وقد قادتني هذة التجربة القاسية التي لم تعد شخصية الى مجموعة من الاستناجات اجد من الواجب شرعيا وادبيا ان اعلنها للملأ براءة للذمة وبيانا للحقيقة.

أولا:  أعلن متفاخرا أنشقاقى عن العائلة الحاكمة السعودية،  حيث أن السلطة فى المملكة لا تلتزم  بشرع الله ولا حتى بالنظام الوضعى  وسياستهم وقراراتهم وتصرفاتهم تحكمها  ارادتهم وأهوائهم الشخصية فقط  وكل ما يصدرة النظام  من اعتبار مزعوم للشرع والنظام انما يدار بطريقة شكلية ليعطى انطباعا كاذبا بالالتزام بالشرع .

ثانيا: ان اعتقاد الذين بيدهم السلطة بالمملكة ان الدولة ملك لهم بمقدراتة وارضة وشعبة فهو اعتقاد خيالي، نابعا من اعتقادات وتصورات وقناعات وهمية.

ثالثا:  مثلما رفض الذين بيدهم السلطة أطروحات الاصلاح التي قدمت لهم من رموز شعبية كثيرة لها مكانتها  واحترامها وشعبيتها في قلوب الشعب

وعاملوها بالقمع والعنف،  فقد رفضوا ايضا أطروحات الاصلاح التي قدمت لهم من داخل الأسرة الحاكمة حيث عاملوا  بعضها بالتضييق وسوء الظن والبعض الاخر بالعنف والقمع .

رابعا:  ان المشاكل التى نمر بها فى بلادنا هى مشاكل ليست مؤقتة أو سطحية ، فهى ليست متمثلة فقط في حجم البطالة أو ضعف الرواتب أو سوء توزيع  الثروات والمقدرات والخدمات…الخ، بل هى مشاكل عميقة و حقيقية  مرتبطة بالفساد السياسى والمالى وسوء استغلال السلطة والادارة الامنية وتبعية  القضاء ومجلس الشوري  للسلطة التنفيذية بما يكبت طموحات وابداعات الشعب واستغلالة  لصالح قلة قليلة،وقد اثبتت التجارب السابقة انة لا يمكن علاج ذلك الا من خلال تغيير جوهري شامل .

خامسا: ان من بيدهم  الأمر يتجاهلون عن عمد الواقع المرير في المملكة و صرخات الشعب المقهور  ويصرون على استفزاز الشعب من خلال حالة البزخ الخرافى الذي يعيشونة ولا يأبأوا الا لمصالحهم الشخصية  الذاتية بلا أعتبار لمصلحة الدولة أو الشعب أو حتي الأمن القومى .

سادسا: أن كل ما يرددة دعاة الاصلاح من انتقادات للأوضاع السياسية والأقتصادية والقضائية والأجتماعية والخدماتية والأمنية وسوء أستخدام الدين ….الخ،  كلة صحيح وموضوعى  بل وأبعد من ذلك بكثير .

سابعا: أؤكد من خلال معرفتى الجيدة بمن بيدهم السلطة بالمملكة أن الغرور أعمى بصائرهم بحيث أنهم لا يستجيبوا للنصائح أو المكاتبات أو الخطابات فالذي يمكنهم داخليا هو الة القمع وخارجيا المصالح التى تأتى علي حساب حقوق الأنسان وحماية الحريات بحيث لا يمكن تحقيق اى تغيير الا بوسيلة من وسائل الضغط سواءا السياسى أو الاعلامى أو الشعبى ولا ينبغى التعويل في التغيير الا من خلال الجهد الداخلى الشعبى .

بناءا على ذلك فاننى أعلن  دعمى لكل التيارات الاصلاحية الصادقة الهادفة الأمينة على مصلحة الوطن والمواطن وخاصة حركة الاصلاح بقيادة د سعد الفقية  وأطلب من كل الأمراء الصامتين الذين يوافقوننى الراى اعلان موقفهم والتوقف عن السكوت والسلبية والاستعداد لتحمل التبعات ارضاءا لله والوطن .

أسأل الله أن يوفقنا وكل الساعين للاصلاح فى بلدنا لمرادهم وينقذ بلادنا من الظلم والفساد والاستبداد، والسلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاتة .

خالد بن فرحان بن عبدالعزيز الفرحان ال سعود

Qatar Press Continues To Pick At Bandar’s Syrian War Plan—the Imperial Cheerleading Is Over

[There has been a perceptable shift in AlJazeera reporting (SEE:  Qatar Press Putting Blame On US for Sponsoring Anti-Islamist Violence In Egypt).  No longer leading an Islamist charge across the Middle East, the son of the Oinker of Doha has settled on a course of sniping at the heels of Bandar’s radical rewrite of Obama’s war plan for Syria.  This is what we deserve for underwriting Bandar’s criminal enterprise, dedicated to overthrowing hie old nemesis, Bashar al-Assad (SEE:  Bandar’s 2008 Plan To Overthrow Bashar al-Assad—Mar. 30, 2011).

War in Syria inspires Kurdish unity

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Northern Syria sees battles between Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired groups, as Kurds prepare for election and autonomy.

An officer of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) stands guard near the Syrian-Iraq border [AFP]
A new front is opening in Syria’s devastating civil war as Kurds and al-Qaeda-inspired fighters take advantage of a power vacuum to fight for control of key northern towns.Self-ruling in most of the north-east, the Kurdish autonomy project has been dealt a blow, as Islamists have emerged as a powerful group, attempting to establish a religious state in the north.

Clashes have engulfed two strategic towns on the Turkish border after Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad withdrew his forces to let both sides battle it out while he confronts the Free Syrian Army in other regions.

Battles for the two towns between Kurds and Islamist fighters are bringing rare unity to the fractious Kurds as they prepare for elections that will establish the basis of self-rule.

“This unity is crucial to the success of the implementation of an autonomous administration and proposed elections,” said Christian Sinclair, a Syria expert and president of the Kurdish Studies Association at the university of Arizona.

Divided between Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, Kurds form the largest ethnic group without a state in the world and in Syria number nearly three million people.

Syria’s Kurds took the first step towards full autonomy in July 2012, when Assad withdrew his army and bureaucrats from Kurdish territories in the north-east in a bid to bolster support as the uprising against him unfolded.

After decades of oppression, lack of recognition and assimilation, the Kurds hoisted the flag of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) – the most powerful Kurdish party in Syria and the only one with an armed wing.

A year on Kurdish regions including Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish) and Afrin in the west are now being administered by PYD committees, and the party’s leader Salih Muslim has announced elections for an interim local parliament, raising the stakes in the pursuit of self-rule.

Muslim told Al Jazeera that whatever the outcome of Syria’s civil war, the Kurds will retain their objective of autonomy and have no separatist ambitions.

“Autonomy was always our project and is now accepted by our people. Our measures taken now will always be valid,” he said.

“But we have never had a project to split from Syria for a separate state, we will always be under Syrian state authority. After the war, we will reach an agreement with all the parties in Syria for the future of our territory.”

Territorial struggle

Observers say that before the polls, the PYD is aiming to unite Kurdish territory separated by two towns on the Turkish border until recently controlled by Islamist rebels, Ras al-Ayn and Tel Abyad (Serê Kaniyê and Girê Sipî in Kurdish), which were partially Arabised under former president Hafez al-Assad.

Sinclair suggested that the idea of a temporary administration is largely defensive, to protect the borders of the Kurdish region and those living within it.
“The struggle for control of territory, however, has been increasingly marred by violence,” he said.

These regions in northern Syria have seen clashes between Kurds and various groups of Islamist fighters [Al Jazeera] 

Since mid-July PYD forces have been battling to seize the towns – which are strategically important for Islamists as the gateway for supplies reportedly coming from Turkey.

Ras al-Ayn has been under the control of the al-Qaeda linked Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) – both branded terrorist organisations by the West. ISIL also controls most of Tel Abyad along with the non al-Qaeda Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham.

These towns are now the scenes of power struggle between PYD and various groups of Islamist fighters.

In Ras al-Ayn, al-Nusra captured some PYD members who were patrolling the territory. PYD forces eventually took control of most of Ras al-Ayn, including the border crossing with Turkey, but they continue to face mortar fire from al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

Two days after PYD seized Ras al-Ayn, clashes erupted in Tel Abyad. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in Tel Abyad began after the al-Akrad Kurdish militia – which is close to the PYD but also fights under the command of the Free Syrian Army – encountered rebels trying to set explosives at one of their bases.

Clashes have intensified in the town, where the Ahrar al-Sham commander claims to have driven out Kurdish fighters and accuses the PYD of co-operating with Assad.

“We cannot accept the PYD here, they are capturing even Kurdish people. We are against any group who has ties to Assad regime,” the commander said.

Salih Muslim said the al-Akrad brigade is now fighting to protect the Kurdish people in the villages around western Tel Abyad.

“Islamist groups started to provoke us. And now al-Akrad is only trying to defend Kurds, as we defended Sere Kaniyê and cleared the town after al-Nusra targeted Kurds. The Kurds will defend themselves and resist any kind of attack.”

Anonymous sources from al-Akrad front told Al Jazeera that their ultimate goal is to seize the town, where they battle together with PYD fighters.

The ongoing struggle with al-Qaeda-linked fighters is achieving what many Kurdish leaders in northern Syria have long been unable to do, unifying under PYD and FSA command an ethnic group long divided about its future between at least 16 parties.

On July 25 all the Kurdish parties gathered in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish territory in northern Iraq under President Masoud Barzani.

Signalling the new mood of unity, in Ras al-Ayn the PYD hoisted the flag of the Supreme Kurdish Council, an umbrella organisation of Kurdish parties in the country, co-founded by PYD.

The second co-founder is Kurdish National Committee, consisted of 15 other Syrian Kurdish political parties. The Supreme Council was formed on July 2012 by Barzani’s effort to unite the two, but was unavailing for a year.

Sinclair said “The threat of Jabhat al-Nusra can only serve to unite disparate interests of different Kurdish political groups.”

Turkish unease

But to achieve meaningful autonomy, the PYD will have to deal with the country’s powerful neighbour Turkey, whose government has opposed PYD’s autonomy in northern Syria.

The Turkish government has been in touch with Kurdish National Committee as the legitimate Kurdish opposition instead of PYD.

Turkish resistance towards the PYD derives from its 30-year conflict with the PKK – a separatist Kurdish organisation branded terrorists by many countries including the US – who is affiliated with PYD.

Despite ties with the PKK, Muslim denies that he takes orders from its leader Abdullah Ocalan in a clear effort to pave the way for joining future Western negotiations on Syria’s future.

Although a peace process in Turkey began eight months ago and PKK fighters have been demobilising, Turkish authorities remain wary.

They claim that the PKK sends fighters and gives logistical support to the PYD, although this has not been confirmed.

Salih Muslim has maintained a diplomatic position aimed at reassuring the Turkish government, and has made it clear that he is ready to negotiate.

His approach caused Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s announcement saying that Turkish officials are having talks with PYD . “The Turkish government doesn’t support radical groups in northern Syria,” Davutoglu said recently.

After the Irbil meeting and breaking the ice with the Kurdish National Committee, Muslim has gone to Istanbul, where he has meetings with Turkish officials.

While that future looks likely to be divided by bloodshed for a long time to come, for Syria’s Kurds at least it appears to be one of emerging unity and autonomy.

In northern Syria the struggle between al-Qaeda-linked fighters and stateless secular Kurds, will make the winner gain a lot more than two towns.

With files from Hozan Ibrahim in Antakya.

 

Now That the West Has Called All Jihadis To Syria, the Insanity of Their Actions Becomes Apparent—Even To Washington

[It was obvious from the beginning, to even the most casual observer, that we were playing with fire, once again, by contracting Islamist terrorists to carry-out American foreign policy.  Did they plan to nuke Damascus after their planned Islamist victory, in order to eliminate the danger?]

Syrian rebels get Western recruits

Some worry they’ll return, pose new threat

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Syrian regime troops captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Homs on Saturday, expelling rebels who had held the 13th-century landmark for more than a year.

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Syrian regime troops captured the Khalid Ibn al-Walid Mosque in Homs on Saturday, expelling rebels who had held the 13th-century landmark for more than a year.

WASHINGTON — A rising number of radicalized young Muslims with Western passports are traveling to Syria to fight with the rebels against the government of Bashar Assad, raising fears among US and European intelligence officials of a new terrorist threat when the fighters return home.

More Westerners are now fighting in Syria than fought in conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Yemen, according to the officials.

They go to Syria motivated by the desire to help the people suffering there by overthrowing Assad. But there is growing concern that they will come back with a burst of jihadist zeal, some semblance of military discipline, enhanced weapons and explosives skills, and, in the worst case, orders from affiliates of Al Qaeda to carry out terrorist strikes.

“Syria has become really the predominant jihadist battlefield in the world,” Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told a security conference in Aspen, Colo., this month.

He added, “The concern going forward from a threat perspective is there are individuals traveling to Syria, becoming further radicalized, becoming trained and then returning as part of really a global jihadist movement to Western Europe and, potentially, to the United States.”

Classified estimates from Western intelligence services and unclassified assessments from government and independent experts put the number of fighters from Europe, North America, and Australia who have entered Syria since 2011 at more than 600. That represents about 10 percent of about 6,000 foreign fighters who have poured into Syria by way of the Middle East and North Africa.

Most of the Westerners are self-radicalized and are traveling on their own initiative to Turkey, where rebel facilitators often link them up with specific groups, terrorism experts say. Many have joined ranks with the Al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front, which US officials have designated as a terrorist group.

“The scale of this is completely different from what we’ve experienced in the past,” Gilles de Kerchove, the European Union’s counterterrorism coordinator, said at the conference in Aspen.

A precise breakdown of the Western fighters in Syria is difficult to offer, counterterrorism and intelligence officials said, but their estimates include about 140 French citizens, 100 Britons, 75 Spaniards, 60 Germans, and as many as a few dozen Canadians and Australians.

There are also fighters from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands, according to a study in April by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization, a partnership of academic institutions based in London, which estimated that 140 to 600 Europeans have gone to Syria.

Only about a dozen Americans have so far have gone to fight in Syria, according to US intelligence officials. Nicole Lynn Mansfield, 33, of Flint, Mich., a convert to Islam, was killed in May while with Syrian rebels in Idlib province.

Eric Harroun, 30, a former Army soldier from Phoenix, was indicted by a federal grand jury last month on two charges related to allegations that he fought alongside the Nusra Front.

So far, terrorism analysts say, there have been no documented terrorist plots linked to European or other Western fighters returning from Syria, but France’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, called the threat “a ticking time bomb.”

Security services across Europe are stepping up their surveillance efforts and seeking ways to make it more difficult for people suspected of being jihadists to travel to Syria.

European and other Western intelligence agencies are rushing to work together to track the individuals seeking to cross the border into Syria from Turkey, although several US officials expressed frustration that Turkey has not taken more aggressive steps to stem the flow of Europeans going to fight in Syria.

Monsanto Tries To Pull A Fast One On Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Three multinational companies along with a number of national firms have approached the Ministry of Food Security seeking licences to raise genetically-modified (GM) food products in Pakistan.

A senior federal government official, refusing to share his name, told Dawn that “a request in this regard has been received by the Ministry of Food Security a few weeks back and it is being reviewed.”

He added that the ministry had received the request to launch the GM products – maize and cotton. He identified the firms as Monsanto, Pioneer and Syngenta.

A food expert said genetic modification manufacturing was a biotechnology mainly used to make new products, particularly new types of crop plants.

According to the federal government official, Monsanto is a US-based biotech company and is famous for BT cotton. He said the BT cotton product of Monsanto was resistant against certain pests.

The official explained that Monsanto was currently providing different variety of seeds (non-genetically modified) and herbicides to farmers in Pakistan.

“I am not aware of the products of Pioneer; however, Syngenta is the largest agri-business company of the world,” added the official.

The spokesman for the ministry could not be contacted for confirmation of the requests.

However, when approached, the director general of the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-Epa), Asif Shuja, told Dawn: “The three companies have also approached us. But we are only concerned with the assessment of environmental impacts of these companies.”

When asked to comment on the genetically-modified food products, he said: “It’s a long debate as research is still continuing internationally whether the genetically-modified products have an impact on human health.”

A number of Pakistani companies have also approached Pak-Epa for launching genetically-modified food products but ‘we have not given a no-objection certificate (NOC) to any of them,” he added.

“Many of the local companies want to import genetically-modified food products from China and we have not given any approval in this regard,” added the Pak-Epa chief.

Mr Shuja said the Ministry of Climate Change had also established a committee to review the requests of these companies and it was yet to take a final decision regarding the establishment of their plants in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Dr Jawad Chishtie, a public health and environment management specialist, said: “Genetically-modified products have been rejected in Europe, and most recently in France, for damaging crops and endangering human health.”

He warned that effects of the genetically-engineered organisms were not yet known to researchers and “they are suspected of causing dangerous allergies and even cancer.”

Dr Chishtie cited the example of India where hundreds of farmers committed suicide after introduction of the genetically-modified crops since it damaged their land. Besides, the input price of raising the crop was getting higher.

He said seeds had terminator genes which did not allow the same crop to be planted again from the harvested seeds. “Once a genetically-modified agri-product is planted, the farmers are trapped into buying the seed and its related pesticides each and every year from the same company,” he told Dawn.

“Even there are legal issues like companies do not allow replanting of the seed,” he maintained.

Dr Chishtie asked the government to promote organic farming in Pakistan for which the country had far better environment.

Umar Munawar, an agri-business expert, maintained: “Such a move will increase the cost of food which will become more regulated like we have seen across the world in relation to the bottled water.”

He added; “We have to buy water of different brands so if such a move is approved by the government food will also be regulated by multinational companies.”

Bandar Emptying Middle Eastern Prisons To Fill Al-Nusra Ranks, More than 1000 inmates escape from Libyan jail

[SEE:  Bandar’s Boys Stage Assault On Abu Ghraib Prison, Reuters Reports 500 Escapees, Mostly “Al-Q In Iraq”]

More than 1000 inmates escape from Libyan jail

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Men hold up a picture of prominent Libyan political activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari during his funeral in Benghazi on 27 July, 2013 The jailbreak followed protests over the death of Abdelsalam al-Mismari

About 1,200 inmates have escaped from a jail in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi.

A security official told the AP news agency that most of the escapees were facing serious charges.

Another report said a riot had taken place inside the al-Kwafiya prison.

The jailbreak comes a day after the assassination of a prominent political activist triggered protests in the city, although it is not clear whether the two are connected.

Benghazi is one of the most unstable parts of post-revolution Libya. Last year the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed there.

On Saturday protesters attacked offices linked to the Muslim Brotherhood following the assassination of the prominent political activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral.

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A security spokesman in Benghazi told the BBC that some of those who escaped from the prison had been captured but he did not specify how many.

In a news conference, the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said residents in the southern area of the city had stormed the prison in protest at its existence in their district.

The inmates include a small number of people thought to be supporters of Col Muammar Gaddafi, the BBC’s Rana Jawad reports. The former leader was toppled and killed in an uprising in 2011.

The Gaddafi supporters had been charged with attacking security bases after the conflict, our correspondent says.

AFP news agency quoted a security official saying that there had been unrest inside the prison before the breakout.

“There was a riot inside al-Kwafiya prison, as well as an attack from outside,” he said.

“Special forces called in as reinforcements were given orders not to fire at the prisoners.”

Bandar’s Plan Blows Into Libya, Murdering Leading Activist and Breaking-Out Radical Prisoners

[SEE:  More than 1000 inmates escape from Libyan jail ; Bandar’s Boys Assassinate Another Anti-Islamist Leader—This Time He Struck In Tunisia ; Bandar Organizes Betrayal of SNC, Prepares American Al-CIA-da/al Nusra Offensive from Jordan ]

Libyan activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari dies in Benghazi killings

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Protest at killing of Abdelsalam al-Mismari in Benghazi. 27 July 2013 There were protests in Benghazi at the killing of Abdelsalam al-Mismari

A prominent Libyan political activist and two senior security officials have been shot dead in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.

Activist Abdelsalam al-Mismari was killed as he left a mosque after Friday prayers, officials said.

A retired air force colonel and a senior police officer were also killed in separate attacks.

Libya’s government is struggling to control armed groups nearly two years after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled.

The BBC’s Rana Jawad in the capital Tripoli says that although Benghazi has witnessed many targeted killings, Friday saw the first assassination of an activist.

Sniper suspected

Mr Mismari, a lawyer, was one of the earliest organisers of protests that eventually led to the overthrow of dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi.

He later became a critic of the armed groups that helped to topple Gaddafi but which have since refused to lay down their weapons.

He has also opposed the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya.

“He was coming out of Friday prayers when he was shot,” said Benghazi security spokesman Mohammed al-Hijazy.

“It seems it may have been the work of a sniper because he was shot in the heart.”

His colleague and friend Hannah Ghallal told the BBC Mr Mismari was “a hero and a man of principle who did what he preached”. Fighting back tears, she added that his death was a loss for Libya.

A large crowd later gathered in central Benghazi to protest against the killing.

Our correspondent says Mr Mismari’s death marks a potentially dangerous turning point. Some feel it is an attempt to silence civic groups, she adds.

In separate attacks on Friday, retired air force Colonel Salem al-Sarah was killed as he emerged from a mosque and police Colonel Khatab Abdelrahim al-Zwei was shot dead at the wheel of his car, officials said.

Benghazi has seen a number of violent incidents since the fall of Gaddafi, including an attack on the US consulate last September in which the US ambassador and three other US citizens were killed.

Qatar Press Putting Blame On US for Sponsoring Anti-Islamist Violence In Egypt

[UC Berkeley produced the evidence for the son of the Fat Pig of Qatar, who is hoping to use it to disrupt Obama’s Plan B, or C for Egypt (or perhaps D or F?), in order to embarass him like the Arab sheikh was recently embarrassed by him (SEE: Obama Overthrows Fat Pig of Qatar, Without Firing A Shot ).  There is no known way to expose Riyadh in a similar manner, simply because the world doesn’t have access to the records of the Saudi bureaucracy (SEE:  Saudis Scramble To Help Obama Recover from Syrian Embarrassment, Blamed On Qatar).  This does shine a light of Obama’s bloody hands in this latest anti-Democracy reaction by the Egyptian millitary.  He is just as guilty for those deaths as the Egyptian military man who passed-down Obama and Abdullah’s orders to launch the crackdown on the demonstrators.]

Exclusive: US bankrolled anti-Morsi activists

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Documents reveal US money trail to Egyptian groups that pressed for president’s removal.

 Emad Mekay

Egyptian protesters tear down the US flag during a demonstration at the US Embassy in September 2012 [EPA]
Berkeley, United States – President Barack Obama recently stated the United States was not taking sides as Egypt’s crisis came to a head with the military overthrow of the democratically elected president.

But a review of dozens of US federal government documents shows Washington has quietly funded senior Egyptian opposition figures who called for toppling of the country’s now-deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

Documents obtained by the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley show the US channeled funding through a State Department programme to promote democracy in the Middle East region. This programme vigorously supported activists and politicians who have fomented unrest in Egypt, after autocratic president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising in February 2011.

The State Department’s programme, dubbed by US officials as a “democracy assistance” initiative, is part of a wider Obama administration effort to try to stop the retreat of pro-Washington secularists, and to win back influence in Arab Spring countries that saw the rise of Islamists, who largely oppose US interests in the Middle East.

 

Activists bankrolled by the programme include an exiled Egyptian police officer who plotted the violent overthrow of the Morsi government, an anti-Islamist politician who advocated closing mosques and dragging preachers out by force, as well as a coterie of opposition politicians who pushed for the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected leader, government documents show.

Make a road bump with a broken palm tree to stop the buses going into Cairo, and drench the road around it with gas and diesel. When the bus slows down for the bump, set it all ablaze so it will burn down with all the passengers inside … God bless.

Omar Afifi Soliman, US-funded anti-Morsi activist

Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, interviews, and public records reveal Washington’s “democracy assistance” may have violated Egyptian law, which prohibits foreign political funding.

It may also have broken US government regulations that ban the use of taxpayers’ money to fund foreign politicians, or finance subversive activities that target democratically elected governments.

‘Bureau for Democracy’

Washington’s democracy assistance programme for the Middle East is filtered through a pyramid of agencies within the State Department. Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars is channeled through the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), USAID, as well as the Washington-based, quasi-governmental organisation the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

In turn, those groups re-route money to other organisations such as the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Freedom House, among others. Federal documents show these groups have sent funds to certain organisations in Egypt, mostly run by senior members of anti-Morsi political parties who double as NGO activists.

The Middle East Partnership Initiative – launched by the George W Bush administration in 2002 in a bid to influence politics in the Middle East in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks – has spent close to $900m on democracy projects across the region, a federal grants database shows.

USAID manages about $1.4bn annually in the Middle East, with nearly $390m designated for democracy promotion, according to the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED).

The US government doesn’t issue figures on democracy spending per country, but Stephen McInerney, POMED’s executive director, estimated that Washington spent some $65m in 2011 and $25m in 2012. He said he expects a similar amount paid out this year.

A main conduit for channeling the State Department’s democracy funds to Egypt has been the National Endowment for Democracy. Federal documents show NED, which in 2011 was authorised an annual budget of $118m by Congress, funneled at least $120,000 over several years to an exiled Egyptian police officer who has for years incited violence in his native country.

This appears to be in direct contradiction to its Congressional mandate, which clearly states NED is to engage only in “peaceful” political change overseas.

Exiled policeman

Colonel Omar Afifi Soliman – who served in Egypt’s elite investigative police unit, notorious for human rights abuses – began receiving NED funds in 2008 for at least four years.

During that time he and his followers targeted Mubarak’s government, and Soliman later followed the same tactics against the military rulers who briefly replaced him. Most recently Soliman set his sights on Morsi’s government.

Soliman, who has refugee status in the US, was sentenced in absentia last year for five years imprisonment by a Cairo court for his role in inciting violence in 2011 against the embassies of Israel and Saudi Arabia, two US allies.

He also used social media to encourage violent attacks against Egyptian officials, according to court documents and a review of his social media posts.

US Internal Revenue Service documents reveal thatNED paid tens of thousands of dollars to Soliman through an organisation he created called Hukuk Al-Nas (People’s Rights), based in Falls Church, Virginia. Federal forms show he is the only employee.

After he was awarded a 2008 human rights fellowship at NED and moved to the US, Soliman received a second $50,000 NED grant in 2009 for Hukuk Al-Nas. In 2010, he received $60,000 and another $10,000 in 2011.

In an interview with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, Soliman reluctantly admitted he received US government funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, but complained it wasn’t enough. “It is like $2000 or $2,500 a month,” he said. “Do you think this is too much? Obama wants to give us peanuts. We will not accept that.”

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NED has removed public access to its Egyptian grant recipients in 2011 and 2012 from its website. NED officials didn’t respond to repeated interview requests.

‘Pro bono advice’

NED’s website says Soliman spreads only nonviolent literature, and his group was set up to provide “immediate, pro bono legal advice through a telephone hotline, instant messaging, and other social networking tools”.

However, in Egyptian media interviews, social media posts and YouTube videos, Soliman encouraged the violent overthrow of Egypt’s government, then led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party.

“Incapacitate them by smashing their knee bones first,” he instructed followers on Facebook in late June, as Morsi’s opponents prepared massive street rallies against the government. Egypt’s US-funded and trainedmilitary later used those demonstrations to justify its coup on July 3.

“Make a road bump with a broken palm tree to stop the buses going into Cairo, and drench the road around it with gas and diesel. When the bus slows down for the bump, set it all ablaze so it will burn down with all the passengers inside … God bless,” Soliman’s post read.

In late May he instructed, “Behead those who control power, water and gas utilities.”

Soliman removed several older social media posts after authorities in Egypt took notice of his subversive instructions, court documents show.

Egyptian women supporters of ousted president Morsi [EPA]

More recent Facebook instructions to his 83,000 followers range from guidelines on spraying roads with a mix of auto oil and gas – “20 liters of oil to 4 liters of gas”- to how to thwart cars giving chase.

On a YouTube video, Soliman took credit for a failed attempt in December to storm the Egyptian presidential palace with handguns and Molotov cocktails to oust Morsi.

“We know he gets support from some groups in the US, but we do not know he is getting support from the US government. This would be news to us,” said an Egyptian embassy official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Funding other Morsi opponents

Other beneficiaries of US government funding are also opponents of the now-deposed president, some who had called for Morsi’s removal by force.

The Salvation Front main opposition bloc, of which some members received US funding, has backed street protest campaigns that turned violent against the elected government, in contradiction of many of the State Department’s own guidelines.

A longtime grantee of the National Endowment for Democracy and other US democracy groups is a 34-year old Egyptian woman, Esraa Abdel-Fatah, who sprang to notoriety during the country’s pitched battle over the new constitution in December 2012.

She exhorted activists to lay siege to mosques and drag from pulpits all Muslim preachers and religious figures who supported the country’s the proposed constitution, just before it went to a public referendum.

The act of besieging mosques has continued ever since, and several people have died in clashes defending them.

Federal records show Abdel-Fatah’s NGO, the Egyptian Democratic Academy, received support from NED, MEPI and NDI, among other State Department-funded groups “assisting democracy”. Records show NED gave her organisation a one-year $75,000 grant in 2011.

We were told by the Americans that if we see big street protests that sustain themselves for a week, they will reconsider all current US policies towards the Muslim Brotherhood regime.

Saaddin Ibrahim, Egyptian-American politician opposed to Morsi

 

Abdel-Fatah is politically active, crisscrossing Egypt to rally support for her Al-Dostor Party, which is led by former UN nuclear chief Mohamed El-Baradei, the most prominent figure in the Salvation Front. She lent full support to the military takeover, and urged the West not call it a “coup”.

“June 30 will be the last day of Morsi’s term,” she told the press a few weeks before the coup took place.

US taxpayer money has also been sent to groups set up by some of Egypt’s richest people, raising questions about waste in the democracy programme.

Michael Meunier is a frequent guest on TV channels that opposed Morsi. Head of the Al-Haya Party, Meunier – a dual US-Egyptian citizen – has quietly collected US funding through his NGO, Hand In Hand for Egypt Association.

Meunier’s organisation was founded by some of the most vehement opposition figures, including Egypt’s richest man and well-known Coptic Christian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, Tarek Heggy, an oil industry executive, Salah Diab, Halliburton’s partner in Egypt, and Usama Ghazali Harb, a politician with roots in the Mubarak regime and a frequent US embassy contact.

Meunier has denied receiving US assistance, but government documents show USAID in 2011 granted his Cairo-based organisation $873,355. Since 2009, it has taken in $1.3 million from the US agency.

Meunier helped rally the country’s five million Christian Orthodox Coptic minority, who oppose Morsi’s Islamist agenda, to take to the streets against the president on June 30.

Reform and Development Party member Mohammed Essmat al-Sadat received US financial support through his Sadat Association for Social Development, a grantee of The Middle East Partnership Initiative.

The federal grants records and database show in 2011 Sadat collected $84,445 from MEPI “to work with youth in the post-revolutionary Egypt”.

Sadat was a member of the coordination committee, the main organising body for the June 30 anti-Morsi protest. Since 2008, he has collected $265,176 in US funding. Sadat announced he will be running for office again in upcoming parliamentary elections.

After soldiers and police killed more than 50 Morsi supporters on Monday, Sadat defended the use of force and blamed the Muslim Brotherhood, saying it used women and children as shields.

Some US-backed politicians have said Washington tacitly encouraged them to incite protests.

“We were told by the Americans that if we see big street protests that sustain themselves for a week, they will reconsider all current US policies towards the Muslim Brotherhood regime,” said Saaddin Ibrahim, an Egyptian-American politician opposed Morsi.

Ibrahim’s Ibn Khaldoun Center in Cairo receives US funding, one of the largest recipients of democracy promotion money in fact.

His comments followed statements by other Egyptian opposition politicians claiming they had been prodded by US officials to whip up public sentiment against Morsi before Washington could publicly weigh in.

Democracy programme defence

The practice of funding politicians and anti-government activists through NGOs was vehemently defended by the State Department and by a group of Washington-based Middle East experts close to the programme.

Symbolic coffins for the more than 50 people killed Monday [EPA]

“The line between politics and activism is very blurred in this country,” said David Linfield, spokesman for the US Embassy in Cairo.

Others said the United States cannot be held responsible for activities by groups it doesn’t control.

“It’s a very hot and dynamic political scene,” said Michelle Dunne, an expert at the Atlantic Council think-tank. Her husband, Michael Dunne, was given a five-year jail sentence in absentia by a Cairo court for his role in political funding in Egypt.

“Just because you give someone some money, you cannot take away their freedom or the position they want to take,” said Dunne.

Elliot Abrams, a former official in the administration of George W. Bush and a member of the Working Group on Egypt that includes Dunne, denied in an email message that the US has paid politicians in Egypt, or elsewhere in the Middle East.

“The US does not provide funding for parties or ‘local politicians’ in Egypt or anywhere else,” said Abrams. “That is prohibited by law and the law is scrupulously obeyed by all US agencies, under careful Congressional oversight.”

But a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity, said American support for foreign political activists was in line with American principles.

“The US government provides support to civil society, democracy and human rights activists around the world, in line with our long-held values, such as respecting the fundamental human rights of free speech, peaceful assembly, and human dignity,” the official wrote in an email. “US outreach in Egypt is consistent with these principles.”

A Cairo court convicted 43 local and foreign NGO workers last month on charges of illegally using foreign funds to stir unrest in Egypt. The US and UN expressed concern over the move.

Out of line

Some Middle East observers suggested the US’ democracy push in Egypt may be more about buying influence than spreading human rights and good governance.

Egyptians celebrate in Tahrir Square after Morsi’s removal [AFP]

“Funding of politicians is a problem,” said Robert Springborg, who evaluated democracy programmes for the State Department in Egypt, and is now a professor at the National Security Department of the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California.

“If you run a programme for electoral observation, or for developing media capacity for political parties, I am not against that. But providing lots of money to politicians – I think that raises lots of questions,” Springborg said.

Some Egyptians, meanwhile, said the US was out of line by sending cash through its democracy programme in the Middle East to organisations run by political operators.

“Instead of being sincere about backing democracy and reaching out to the Egyptian people, the US has chosen an unethical path,” said Esam Neizamy, an independent researcher into foreign funding in Egypt, and a member of the country’s Revolutionary Trustees, a group set up to protect the 2011 revolution.

“The Americans think they can outsmart lots of people in the Middle East. They are being very hostile against the Egyptian people who have nothing but goodwill for them – so far,” Neizamy said.

Emad Mekay is a journalist with the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, which conducted this investigation

Erdogan Proves Himself To Be Both An Imbecile and Hostile To Democracy, Threatening Lawsuits Over Letter In the Times

A LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY in a full-page letter published July 24 in the British broadsheet The Times

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A group of internationally renowned artists and scholars condemned the Turkish authorities’ heavy-handed crackdown on the Gezi Park protests in a full-page letter published July 24 in the British broadsheet The Times, addressed to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

 

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The signatories, including figures known for their activism such as Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Ben Kingsley and movie director David Lynch, described the Turkish government as “a dictatorial rule” and slammed Erdoğan’s uncompromising stance regarding the protesters’ demands.

 

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The letter reads:

 

Dear Mr. Erdogan,
 
We, the undersigned, write this letter to most vigorously condemn the heavy-handed clamp down of your police forces on the peaceful protestors at Taksim Square and Gezi Park in Istanbul, as well as in other major cities of Turkey, which, according to the Turkish Media Association, has left 5 people dead, 11 blinded-due to indiscriminate use of pepper gas, and over 8000 injured.
 
Yet, only days after clearing Taksim Square and Gezi Park relying on untold brutal force, you held a meeting in Istanbul, reminiscent of the Nuremberg Rally, with total disregard for the five dead whose only crime was to oppose your dictatorial rules. There are more journalist languishing in your prisons than the combined number of China and Iran. Moreover, you described these protestors as tramps, looters and hooligans, even alleging they were foreign-led terrorists. Whereas, in reality, they were nothing but youngsters wanting Turkey to Remain a Secular Republic as designed by its founder Kemal Ataturk.
 
Finally, while you aspire to make your country a member of EU, you refute all criticism leveled at you by its leaders, on grounds of Turkey being a Sovereign State. Notwithstanding, may we respectfully remind you, on grounds of the Convention signed on 9 August 1949, Turkey is a member of Council of Europe, and by virtue of ratifying the Europe Court of Human Rights. Consequently, your orders which led to deaths of five innocent youths, might well constitute a Case to Answer, in Strasbourg.
Man is hit by a jet of water as riot police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against Turkey's PM Erdogan and his ruling AKP in central Ankara
The Gezi Park protests in Turkey began when on May 28 2013 the plans of replacing Taksim Gezi Park with a reconstruction of the historic Taksim Military Barracks (demolished in 1940) with the possibility of housing a shopping mall became known. The protests developed into riots when a group occupying the park was attacked by police. The subjects of the protests have since broadened beyond the development of Taksim Gezi Park, developing into wider anti-government demonstrations. The protests have also spread to other cities in Turkey, and protests have been seen in other countries with significant Turkish communities.
On May 31 2013, police suppressed the protesters with tear gas, arrested at least 60 people and injured hundreds. The police action received wide attention online. 5 men died in the clashes between the police and the protesters, more than 7,500 people were injured and about 5,000 of people were arrested. By the data provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkey, about 2,5 million people from 79 regions took part in the anti-government demonstrations held in Turkey.
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“Tayyip Istifa” WE SUPPORT YOU PEOPLE OF TURKEY
As thousands and thousands call for the government of Erdogan to resign, the police react with brutality. “You brought this on yourself Erdogan! RESIGN ALREADY!”

 

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TURKISH PM ERDOGAN THREATENS TO SUE TIMES OVER OPEN LETTER …

 

Turkey’s prime minister has threatened legal action against a UK newspaper for publishing an open letter criticising his handling of recent protests.

 

Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Times of “renting out its pages for money”.

 

Hollywood celebrities and academics were among those who signed the letter this week accusing Turkey’s government of “dictatorial rule”.

 

A row over a park in Istanbul last month triggered widespread anti-government protests.

 

At least four people were killed and thousands more injured as police cracked down on demonstrators who accused Mr Erdogan of becoming increasingly authoritarian.

 

“The press wants to throw mud to see if it sticks,” Mr Erdogan told reporters in comments broadcast on Turkey’s NTV channel.

 

“The Times is renting out its own pages for money. This is the Times’ failing. We will pursue legal channels regarding the Times.”

 

Anti-government protesters in Taksim, Istanbul. 20 July 2013.

 

Mr Erdogan has referred to the anti-government protesters as “thugs” Mr Erdogan said those who signed the letter – taken out as an full-page advertisement – had “rented out their thoughts” and did not genuinely support democracy.

 

“If they truly believed in democracy, they couldn’t have displayed such a lack of character to call the leader of a party that won 50% of the vote a dictator,” the prime minister said.

 

The Times has so far not commented on the remarks.

 

The open letter was signed by 30 people including Turkish pianist Fazil Say, US film stars Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, film director David Lynch and British historian David Starkey.

 

They condemned the crackdown on anti-government protesters and compared giant pro-government rallies – organised by Mr Erdogan’s AKP party to counter the protests – to the huge rallies staged in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

 

The wave of unrest in Turkey was sparked by demonstrations against controversial plans to redevelop Istanbul’s Gezi Park.

 

The authorities’ heavy-handed response sparked anti-government protests nationwide.

 

 

Legal action will be started against the British daily The Times, Turkish PM says

26 July 2013

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said legal action would be taken against British daily The Times and those who wrote an open letter ad criticizing him for Turkish police violence during the Gezi Park unrest in Turkey.
“These are people who have rented out their minds. If they were sincere about democracy they would not act so immorally as to call a prime minister who was elected by receiving 50 percent of the vote a dictator,” Erdoğan said today in Istanbul.
Erdoğan said those who had signed the letter did not know him truly.
“There are such media groups in Turkey that do every [kind of defamation.] How can they defame us when they are jailed? They [the signers] are doing it because they do not know Turkey. The Times rents its page, this is their lack of morality,” Erdoğan added.
A group of internationally renowned artists and scholars condemned the Turkish authorities’ heavy-handed crackdown on the Gezi Park protests in the full-page letter published July 24 in British broadsheet The Times, addressed to Erdoğan.
The signatories, including figures known for their activism such as Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Ben Kingsley and movie director David Lynch, described the Turkish government as “a dictatorial rule” and slammed Erdoğan’s uncompromising stance regarding the protesters’ demands.
The prime minister’s orders “led to the deaths of five innocent youths,” the letter said, adding that he might be called to render account to the European Court of Human Rights for the police’s violence.
They also compared the counter-rallies organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to the annual Nuremberg rallies organized by the Nazis.
“Only days after clearing Taksim Square and Gezi Park relying on untold brutal force, you held a meeting in Istanbul, reminiscent of the Nuremberg Rally, with total disregard for the five dead whose only crime was to oppose your dictatorial rule,” the letter said.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Hüseyin Çelik described the letter, which was penned by a list of famous figures, including actors and authors, as an example of “arrogance,” saying it “was served to them [the writers] by those inside the country.”
Çelik also accused the celebrities of “ignoring” the situation in Syria and events in Egypt, and of harboring anti-AKP feelings.
“The answers that need to be given will be given. This is extremely arrogant and out of place behavior. We strongly refute and condemn it,” Çelik said.
The letter also emphasized that more journalists were imprisoned in Turkey than in Iran and China combined. “Moreover, you described these protesters as tramps, looters and hooligans, even alleging they were foreign-led terrorists. Whereas, in reality, they were nothing but youngsters wanting Turkey to remain a Secular Republic as designed by its founder Kemal Atatürk,” the letter added.
Andrew Mango, the biographer of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, and Fazıl Say, a Turkish pianist who was recently sentenced for blasphemy after tweeting several lines attributed to a poet, were also among the signatories.
Other signatories included: Irish novelist Edna O’Brien, British Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, British actress Vanessa Redgrave, British film director of Turkish origin Fuad Kavur, Hungarian cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and American freelance journalist and writer Claire Berlinski.
26 July 2013 |  Hurriyet Daily News

Over 100 killed’ As Standard Saudi Bloodthirsty Solution To the Brotherhood Plays Out In Cairo

[SEE:  Egyptian Army On Countdown To Bahraini Solution]

Egypt crisis: ‘Scores killed’ at Cairo protest

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Violence at protest in Cairo, 27 July

 

The BBC’s Jim Muir: “The casualties are mounting”

More than 100 people are reported to have been killed in Cairo at a protest being held by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

A doctor at a field hospital close to the protest at the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque told the BBC that more than 1,000 people had also been injured.

The health ministry put the death toll at 20, with 177 wounded.

Both pro- and anti-Morsi supporters had been holding huge protests overnight in the capital.

Many thousands occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square in support of the army, which removed Mr Morsi from office earlier this month.

Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had urged people to take to the streets to give the military a mandate for its intervention.

It is not clear whether the clashes around the mosque represented a concerted effort by the security forces to clear the area.

Early on Saturday, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim had vowed to end the sit-in at the mosque.

He said local residents had complained about the encampment and that the protest would be “brought to an end soon and in a legal manner”.

The minister said the prosecutor would issue an order, but this has yet to happen.

Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters remain camped in the protest zone.

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At the scene

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There are pools of blood all over the field hospital. Many of the injured are in bad shape. Some have parts of their head missing – taken out by bullets.

The doctor here, Hesham Ibrahim, says that in the past eight hours more than 100 have been killed – most by bullet wounds to the head and chest. We saw many such wounds. More that 1,000 injured people are here, the doctor says.

The battle has been raging since last night and all morning. The air is thick with tear gas and people are vomiting.

They closed the doors here at the hospital as they could not accept more wounded, but the ambulances were still arriving.

It appears the violence began after some of the supporters tried to block a main road in the area overnight and security forces responded.

State news agency Mena quoted a security official as saying that live fire had not been used, only tear gas.

The official said security forces had been trying to stop fighting between rival sides and that eight security personnel had been injured.

But Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad told Reuters news agency: “They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill.”

A senior Brotherhood politician, Saad el-Hosseini, told the agency that this was an attempt by security forces to clear the mosque area.

“I have been trying to make the youth withdraw for five hours. I can’t. They are saying they have paid with their blood and they do not want to retreat,” he said.

Our correspondent says the pro-Morsi supporters are furious about the role the military is taking, and in particular Gen Sisi, who they say is killing Egyptians.

There has also been violence in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria, where at least 10 people have been killed in clashes between rival factions.

 

A car burns during overnight protests in the Nasr city area east of Cairo A car burns during overnight protests in the Nasr city area, east of Cairo

Mr Morsi has now been formally accused of conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip and has strong links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

He is alleged to have plotted attacks on jails in the 2011 uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

Mr Morsi and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders were freed during a breakout at a Cairo prison in January 2011.

Mr Morsi is to be questioned for an initial 15-day period, a judicial order said.

The order issued on Friday was the first official statement on Mr Morsi’s legal status since he was overthrown and placed in custody at an undisclosed location.

Syria Opposition Leaders Meet UN Security Council

Syria Opposition Leaders Meet UN Security Council

The leader of Syria's Western-backed opposition group Ahmad Al-Jarba (C) speaks to reporters after an informal Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, July 26, 2013 at United Nations headquarters.

The leader of Syria’s Western-backed opposition group Ahmad Al-Jarba (C) speaks to reporters after an informal Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, July 26, 2013 at United Nations headquarters.

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UNITED NATIONS — Leaders of Syria’s main opposition coalition have told the United Nations Security Council they are dedicated to democracy and oppose extremism.British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who convened Friday’s meeting, said a key focus of the talks was finding ways to end Syria’s brutal civil war and to help its victims.

“We heard a very positive message from President [Ahmad] al-Jarba, who made a very strong statement of commitment to the unity of Syria, to democracy and to plurality,” he said. “He condemned extremism and he rejected terrorism.”

Ahmad al-Jarba, the newly elected National Coalition of Syria president, led the Syrian opposition delegation to the meeting.

For months, the international community, and most recently the United States and Russia, have been working to get representatives from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, and the opposition, to meet in Geneva. The goal is to find a political solution to the two-year-old conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people.

It would be a follow-up to a meeting a year ago, when participants agreed to what has become known as the Geneva Communiqué, which aims to start a dialogue between the two sides.

The communiqué calls for the formation of a transitional government. Western powers and the opposition say the language clearly excludes President Assad and his inner circle from being part of a transitional government. The Assad government and its main ally, Russia, disagree. The issue has been one of the main obstacles to holding what has become known as Geneva II.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said he encourages the opposition to go to the talks without conditions, which he calls counterproductive.

“I regret that there is still an effort – an effort which I saw from leaders of National Coalition and also unfortunately some members of the Security Council – to complicate matters by starting interpreting various provisions of Geneva Communique in advance of the beginning of the negotiations. I mean this is an extremely complex political crisis,” he said.

Coalition President al-Jarba told reporters there needs to be more international pressure to force the Assad government to accept a political transition. Al-Jarba said he urges the council to get the Syrian government to accept the Geneva Communiqué and if it refuses, he said the council should impose targeted sanctions.

Al-Jarba was clear that the opposition is ready for a negotiated settlement, but only if it is based on the Geneva Communiqué – which still leaves the two sides far apart.

Saudis Offers Yemenis Work Visas and Cash, To Fight for Al-Nusra Front

Saudi Arabia sending Yemenite mercenaries to fight Assad

The mercenaries are designed to help the anti-government forces

Saudi Arabia is recruiting Yemenite mercenaries and sending them to help opposition forces fighting to unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Western intelligence sources say the operation is being organized by the Kingdom’s general intelligence service, headed by former Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar bin-Sultan.

Israeli defense and intelligence analyst, Yossi Melman, revealed the information on i24news evening television program.

According to the sources, hundreds of Yemenite migrant workers whose visas have expired are being offered military training and pay in order to help out the rebel Free Syrian Army. They are also being promised that upon their return from Syria, they will be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia once again.

Their training is being provided by army and intelligence officers of the Pakistani intelligence service, SIS, which is known to have good ties with Saudi intelligence, Melman reported. The operation is being coordinated with the CIA, whose agents are also involved in training members of the Free Syrian Army in camps in Jordan.

The Yemenite mercenaries are reaching Syria through Turkey, whose intelligence services are also privy to the clandestine operation. The recruitment of the Yemenites is intended to provide a counter weight to the assistance that the Syrian regime is getting from Iran, Shiite militias in Iraq and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.

Saudi Arabia is the leading provider of aid to the opposition in Syria, sending weapons and money.

Pushing the Pakistani Sectarian War Button—Suicide Bomb Takes 50 Souls

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Parachinar suicide blasts death toll jumps to 50

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Parachinar suicide blasts death toll jumps to 50

PARACHINAR/KOHAT: The death toll from Friday night’s twin suicide blasts, which struck a busy market in Parachinar, which sits in the Kurram tribal area bordering Afghanistan, has jumped to 50, the political officials said.

Riaz Mehsud, Political Agent of Kurram Agency, said the suicide bombers came on motorbikes and blew themselves up in the Parachinar bazaar. He said around 400 persons were busy shopping for Iftar in the narrow roadside markets when the suicide blasts took place.

Riaz Mehsud, the political agent in Kurram agency, confirmed the latest death toll.

“One suicide bomber blew himself up first in one corner of the bazaar and a minute later the second bomber carried out the attack in another corner, causing widespread destruction,” he said.

He said all the injured had been shifted to the public sector Agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar where emergency had already been declared and all hospital staff called for duty.

“We received 72 injured persons and among them more than a dozen are in critical condition. We may shift them to Peshawar for better treatment,” said Dr Gul Hussain from Parachinar on phone.

A Parachinar resident Amjad Hussain said a large number of tribesmen were busy shopping mostly for eatables for breaking their fast when the blast took place. “I saw people running for their lives when the first blast took place in one corner of the bazaar. Just then another blast occurred. The next thing I saw were human bodies and the injured lying all over the place,” he recalled. He said the local people shifted the injured to the hospital on self-help basis.

Another local tribesman, Gulfat Hussain said many people died before they could be shifted to hospital due to lack of immediate medical care. “Announcements were made from loudspeakers in the mosques appealing to the people to come to hospital and donate blood for the injured people,” he said.

Heavy contingent of security forces rushed to the spot and cordoned off the area after the blast.Meanwhile, a communique by commissioner Kohat Division stated that 34 persons were killed and more than 80 were injured in the twin suicide blasts in Parachinar.

Earlier, two persons were killed and seven others sustained injuries when a double-cabin pickup vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Kharpati area in lower Kurram Agency on Friday.

The sources said the vehicle carrying passengers was heading to Parachinar when it was targeted with an IED planted along the roadside.

 

Parachinar, inhabited by Shias like the rest of upper Kurram Agency, has suffered terrorist attacks in the past as well.

For almost four years, the main road from Thall to Parachinar was blocked due to the attacks by Pakistani Taliban militants and passengers had to use the Afghanistan route to drive to Torkham before entering Pakistan.

The road was eventually opened by the security forces, but the passenger vehicles still need a security escort to pass safely through the Sunni-populated lower Kurram valley where some of the militants are still operating.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah directed the commissioner Kohat and political agent Kurram Agency to provide better medical treatment to the victims of the twin blasts in Parachinar.

Meanwhile, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), through one of its front organisations, claimed responsibility for the two bomb explosions in Parachinar.

Talking to reporters from an undisclosed location by phone, a spokesman for the proscribed TTP’s sub-network, Ansarul Mujahideen, said it was behind the bombings. The spokesman, Abu Baseer claimed responsibility for the twin blasts in Parachinar. “The suicide bombers of Ansarul Mujahideen carried out the twin suicide attacks in Parachinar on Friday and the target were members of the Shia community,” the spokesman claimed.

He said the attacks were carried out to seek revenge of alleged atrocities by the Shia community on Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq. “We have planned more similar attacks against the Shia community in Pakistan to seek revenge of the brutalities of Shia on Sunni Muslims in Syria and Iraq,” Abu Baseer warned.

APP adds from Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has strongly condemned the blasts in Parachinar that claimed 45 precious lives while injuring many others.The president expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace of those who embraced martyrdom as a result of the terrorist activity.

The Resistance Always Comes Out on Top

The Resistance Always Comes Out on Top

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The danger Hezbollah poses above all resides in its demonstration beyond a doubt that the Arabs need not bend to Israel’s will and that ridding the region of this colonial menace is possible. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)

By: Ibrahim al-Amin

Once again, European countries have demonstrated their clear bias against the Arabs and their legitimate rights, at the top of which is the right to armed resistance to occupation.

Hezbollah’s actions do not warrant their inclusion on the EU list of terrorist organizations, even according to a large number of European politicians and human rights activists.

The European states are bothered by the resistance movement’s wide popular support and are hoping to find some way – aside from military means, which have failed – to bring Hezbollah to its knees.

They first resorted to a systematic media campaign to undermine the Resistance’s reputation, then turned to encouraging blatant sectarian incitement to demonize it and drown it in blood, only to end up criminalizing the party in the name of “international law.”

The European “democracies” have been loyal supporters of Israeli occupation and apartheid since the racist nation’s birth from the womb of Britain’s Balfour Declaration. Their blind support for Zionism is firmly rooted in their guilt over the barbaric way they treated Jews during World War II.

The danger Hezbollah poses above all resides in its demonstration beyond a doubt that the Arabs need not bend to Israel’s will and that ridding the region of this colonial menace is possible. Through its actions, the Resistance exposed the cowardice and corruption of the system of Arab regimes who built their armies only to defend their thrones.

Hezbollah is a nationalist and Islamic resistance movement which fought the Zionist monster with faith and courage, while Israel is a Spartan society founded by way of terror and blood, and it knows no language other than warfare.

All efforts to domesticate Hezbollah have resulted in failure. The EU blacklisting has nothing to do with international law or justice, it is little more than an attempt to protect the oppressor from the wrath of the oppressed.

The problem with the European “democracies” is that they believe they are the standard for humanity and it is up to them to judge the actions of others, for only they are the source of those high ideals of freedom, justice and equality. They adamantly refuse to take responsibility for their role in the many social and political problems the people of the region are facing today.

But history moves on. Do the European foreign ministers who voted to blacklist Hezbollah recall how the Nazis used to designate the French Resistance? And did that prevent the Resistance from coming out on top in the end?

Ibrahim al-Amin is editor-in-chief of Al-Akhbar.

Egyptian Army On Countdown To Bahraini Solution

[SEE:  Egypt’s Mursi accused of murder, kidnapping before rallies]

Egypt’s Morsi charged with espionage; tension mounts

 

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A man waves Egyptian flags as he kneels on a bridge that leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo. Political allies of Egypt’s military lined up behind its call for huge rallies Friday. (Hassan Ammar, AP / July 26, 2013)

By Jeffrey Fleishman 

CAIRO — Egyptian prosecutors have charged deposed President Mohamed Morsi with espionage and colluding with the militant group Hamas in provocative accusations ahead of rival rallies planned Friday by Islamists and largely secular opposition forces.

The charges against Morsi, who has been in army custody since his overthrow on July 3, are certain to infuriate tens of thousands of his Islamist supporters who have been demonstrating in Cairo and other cities. The accusations come the day after the army warned Islamists to disband their sit-ins or face retaliation.

Gen. Abdel Fattah Sisi, commander of the armed forces, has called on millions of Egyptians who backed the coup against Morsi to rally Friday for a military crackdown against “terrorism and violence.” His comments further increased pressure on supporters of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party.

The political atmosphere is more volatile than it is has been in months, and many fear widespread clashes as the nation’s factional lines sharpen amid economic turmoil.

The Egyptian news agency reported a court has ordered Morsi to be held for 15 days while prosecutors investigate charges that in 2011 he conspired with Hamas, the Palestinian radical group that controls the Gaza Strip, to attack police stations and jails, “setting fire to one prison and enabling inmates to flee, including himself, as well as premeditated killing of officers, soldiers and prisoners.”

The charges stem from a prison escape by Morsi and other political prisoners, including members of the Brotherhood, during the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The accusations have been discussed in judiciary circles for months and have recently gained traction as the army seeks to impose order, marginalize the Brotherhood and move beyond more than two years of unrest.

Morsi had said in an earlier television interview that unknown men freed him and other Brotherhood members from Wadi Natroun prison. The criminal accusations come amid growing international criticism that Morsi has been held incommunicado for nearly one month.

“At the end of the day we know all of these charges are nothing more than the fantasy of a few army generals and a military dictatorship,” Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad told reporters. “We are continuing our protests on the streets.”

In an ominous statement suggesting possible violence, an army official told Reuters: “We will not initiate any move, but will definitely react harshly against any calls for violence or black terrorism from Brotherhood leaders or their supporters.”

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Bandar’s Boys Assassinate Another Anti-Islamist Leader—This Time He Struck In Tunisia

[Bandar Bush is an international war criminal, posing as the head of Saudi intelligence.  He murders and kidnaps freely across all borders, sponsoring terrorist “Islamist” armies throughout the region, for the purpose of disrupting international order (SEE: Bandar Organizes Betrayal of SNC, Prepares American Al-CIA-da/al Nusra Offensive from Jordan ).  International authorities must bring this criminal Saudi royal to justice and attempt to undo the damage that he has done.]

Assassination of Mohamed Brahmi Heightens Calls for Ouster of Government

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Protesters in downtown Tunis call for overthrow of government after the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi on July 25, 2013. Photo credit: Youssef Gaigi, Tunisia Live

The murder follows the death of Chokri Belaid, whose assassination in February threw the country into political turmoil and led to the restructuring of the Tunisian government.

Brahmi’s party is part of the opposition Popular Front coalition, which also includes the late Belaid’s party.

Reported details of the killing were strikingly similar to the circumstances of Belaid’s death. Brahmi was described as being shot by a pair of assassins traveling on a motorbike, as was the case with Belaid. Both men were reportedly killed in front of their houses while in their cars.

Other details appeared even grimmer than the Belaid killing. A source at the hospital confirmed that he was shot 11 times, while reports from the BBC and other sources stated that his wife and two children witnessed the murder.

Brahmi’s daughter told radio station Mosaique FM that her father received a phone call, left the house, and was then shot.

“He died a martyr to his opinion and passion,” his wife told the radio station.

Brahmi’s murder comes at a precarious time in Tunisia’s post-revolutionary transition, as major opposition parties and activist groups have called for the dissolution of the Islamist-led government and the assembly. Heated debates have occurred in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) in recent weeks over articles in the draft constitution being considered by the parliament.

As news of Brahmi’s death emerged shortly after noon, protesters began to gather in downtown Tunis. At first, some clashed with police and were dispersed with tear gas.

After the initial clashes, several hundred protesters remained downtown and gathered before the Ministry of Interior building, many chanting slogans calling for the dissolution of the government and placing onus for the crime on Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Islamist Ennahdha party. Members of the Popular Front coalition called for civil disobedience and chanted “degage,” French for “leave,” a slogan that prevailed during the protests that led to the January 2011 revolution.

Protesters told Tunsia Live they plan to walk from downtown Tunis to the NCA building in the suburb of Bardo around 9 p.m. and will hold a sit-in there until the parliament is dissolved.

In Brahmi’s hometown of Sidi Bouzid, hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the afternoon, demanding the resignation of the government and burning two Ennahdha buildings. The town is often referred to as the birthplace of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution. It was there that a struggling street vendor mistreated by government officials self-immolated, the news of which inspired mass protests that eventually led to the departure of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Brahmi represented the Sidi Bouzid governorate in the NCA.

In the city of Sfax, demonstrators tried to enter the municipal government building but were prevented from doing so by the police, journalist Sihem Chouour told Tunisia Live.

Protests have also taken place in Monastir.

NCA Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar announced this afternoon that there will be greater protection offered to political figures and that tomorrow would be a national day of mourning.

The largest labor union in Tunisia, the UGTT, announced on its Facebook page that a general strike would be called on Friday.

The Ennahdha party issued a statement asserting that the assassination was meant to derail the country’s democratic transition.

“Those who treacherously shot Mohamed Brahmi wanted to target the entire democratic process and push the country into a cycle of violence and chaos,” their release stated.

“We call on the government and the interior ministry to urgently arrest those who committed this crime and reveal those behind them who have targeted the stability of the country,” said the party’s influential president, Rached Ghannouchi in his own statement.

“Political assassinations happen in the most democratic places in the world, and even in the United States,” Ghannouchi later told Shems FM.

Beji Caid Essebsi, leader and presidential candidate of Nidaa Tounes, a major opposition party, told France 24 that any outspoken critic of the government was now a potential target, adding that the series of assassinations was unprecedented in Tunisia.

Ahmed Nejib Chebbi, leader of the opposition al-Joumhouri party, called for the dissolution of the current government in an interview with Mosaique FM, saying that Brahmi’s assassination was the “coup de grace,” or death blow, to the country’s democratic transition.

He asserted that the government is responsible for Brahmi’s murder because it did not make necessary efforts to deal with violence and terrorism. Chebbi called for a “national salvation” government to restore stability and prepare for upcoming elections.

The Tamarod Tunisia movement, an activist group that has sought to recreate the success of its Egyptian namesake by dissolving the Tunisian government, issued a call to action following the murder.

“Tamarod announces its confrontation with this failed government that has caused another national catastrophe. Hitting the streets is the solution,” the group stated on its Facebook page. “Youth of Tamarod in every governorate will go to the streets until this government falls and will not remain silent.

Abu Yaareb Marzouki, a political analyst and former government official with ties to the Ennahdha party, rejected allegations that Ennahdha was involved in the murder, asserting that it would not make sense for it to do so.

“Now Ennahda and even the political parties from the left need to be united because the killer is not Ennahdha,” he assessed. “It’s someone from the former regime who wants to destabilize the country and lead it into chaos. They want people from the left to think they are targeted by the Islamists, but this could not be possible because any political party that wants to win the elections would not do it.”

“As for what happens tomorrow, it is perfectly understandable as long as it’s peaceful,” Marzouki added. “If it’s violent, however, then it is unacceptable.”

Kurdish Plans for Self-Autonomy Pushing Turkey To Contemplate Invasion of Syrian Kurdistan

A three-hour-long emergency meeting on recent developments on the Turkey-Syria border was held at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's office July 24. DHA photo

Turkish PM holds emergency meeting on Syria

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A three-hour-long emergency meeting on recent developments on the Turkey-Syria border was held at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s office earlier today.

Turkey Reacts to PYD Autonomy Plan in Syria

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Turkey Reacts to PYD Autonomy Plan in Syria

 

Kurds in the city of Afrin gather to welcome Arab refugees from other parts of Syria. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey has placed its forces on the Syrian border on alert, following a call by the dominant Democratic Union Party (PYD) to declare an interim Kurdish state in Syria’s northern regions.
PYD officials announced their intention on Friday, claiming their main goal was “to set-up an independent council to run Kurdish regions.”
 

Salih Muslim, the head of the PYD, said in an interview with France 24, “This is not a call for a separation; it’s just that for a year now we have been on our own in our own territories and people have needs, they want some kind of administration to run their issues, they can’t be left like that.”
 

The plan was to establish autonomy on July 19 — anniversary of the liberation of the first Kurdish city in Syria — but the PYD has not yet announced whether it has been successful in completing the transition.
 

Turkey reacted to the announcement by beefing up troops on the Syrian border, and placing its forces on alert.
 

Ankara fears the move by the PYD — an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — could energize the militant PKK, which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey since 1984 but is currently engaged in a landmark peace process.
 

The Turkish government believes “it has a parliamentary mandate to intervene in the Syrian territories if there is a serious risk,” according to a report by Shafaq News.
 

The Turkish military, which believes the PYD move is part of a much bigger plan for an independent Kurdish state, has vowed never to accept an autonomous Kurdish entity in Syria.
 

For the past year the PYD’s militia forces have clashed with the main opposition Free Syrian Army forces (FSA) and its offshoots, while denying repeated allegations of shady ties with the Damascus regime. The Kurds say they have so far remained neutral in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, which is in its third year and has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives.
 

The PYD has repeatedly expressed fears over the possibility of encroaching sectarian control from Sunni and Shiite factions, which have joined the fight and turned the Syrian civil war into what some have labeled as a holy crusade, or jihad.
 

Recently, the PYD seized and took control of Ras al-Ain, a Kurdish town in Syria on the Turkish border.
 

Nawak Khalil, a spokesman for the PYD, said in an interview with Reuters, “We fought hard to drive out the repressive regime and its army and we liberated the area from oppression.
 

“We will not allow either regime control or these Al-Qaeda linked groups. What is pushing them to fight is their antagonism against our autonomous rule in Kurdish areas,” he vowed.
 

The Syrian civil war has isolated the Syrian Kurds and caused a great humanitarian crisis in their areas, as major trade from Damascus and Turkey has slowed the shipment of food and commodities, causing prices for basic goods to skyrocket.

Syria

Turkey Reacts to PYD Autonomy Plan in Syria

by Armando Cordoba 22/7/2013

Turkey Reacts to PYD Autonomy Plan in Syria
Kurds in the city of Afrin gather to welcome Arab refugees from other parts of Syria. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey has placed its forces on the Syrian border on alert, following a call by the dominant Democratic Union Party (PYD) to declare an interim Kurdish state in Syria’s northern regions.
PYD officials announced their intention on Friday, claiming their main goal was “to set-up an independent council to run Kurdish regions.”
Salih Muslim, the head of the PYD, said in an interview with France 24, “This is not a call for a separation; it’s just that for a year now we have been on our own in our own territories and people have needs, they want some kind of administration to run their issues, they can’t be left like that.”
The plan was to establish autonomy on July 19 — anniversary of the liberation of the first Kurdish city in Syria — but the PYD has not yet announced whether it has been successful in completing the transition.
Turkey reacted to the announcement by beefing up troops on the Syrian border, and placing its forces on alert.
Ankara fears the move by the PYD — an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — could energize the militant PKK, which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey since 1984 but is currently engaged in a landmark peace process.
The Turkish government believes “it has a parliamentary mandate to intervene in the Syrian territories if there is a serious risk,” according to a report by Shafaq News.
The Turkish military, which believes the PYD move is part of a much bigger plan for an independent Kurdish state, has vowed never to accept an autonomous Kurdish entity in Syria.
For the past year the PYD’s militia forces have clashed with the main opposition Free Syrian Army forces (FSA) and its offshoots, while denying repeated allegations of shady ties with the Damascus regime. The Kurds say they have so far remained neutral in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, which is in its third year and has claimed an estimated 100,000 lives.
The PYD has repeatedly expressed fears over the possibility of encroaching sectarian control from Sunni and Shiite factions, which have joined the fight and turned the Syrian civil war into what some have labeled as a holy crusade, or jihad.
Recently, the PYD seized and took control of Ras al-Ain, a Kurdish town in Syria on the Turkish border.
Nawak Khalil, a spokesman for the PYD, said in an interview with Reuters, “We fought hard to drive out the repressive regime and its army and we liberated the area from oppression.
“We will not allow either regime control or these Al-Qaeda linked groups. What is pushing them to fight is their antagonism against our autonomous rule in Kurdish areas,” he vowed.
The Syrian civil war has isolated the Syrian Kurds and caused a great humanitarian crisis in their areas, as major trade from Damascus and Turkey has slowed the shipment of food and commodities, causing prices for basic goods to skyrocket.

India Warns Against Reconciliation with Taliban

US warned against reconciliation with Taliban

Pajhwok

By Lalit K Jha

WASHINGTON (PAN): Cautioning the United States against reconciliation with the Taliban, an India opposition leader on Tuesday reiterated Delhi’s commitment to continued economic assistance to Afghanistan.

“India is committed to supporting the democratic forces in Afghanistan. The nascent Afghan security forces — the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police — the combined strength of which has reached nearly 350,000, have shown encouraging combat spirit,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president said.

Rajnath Singh said in a major foreign policy speech on Afghanistan at an event at the Capitol Hill: “While keeping the overall political and security balances in view, India is willing to provide its share of training and non-lethal support in bolstering defensive capabilities of Afghan forces.”

Singh said a democratic, developed and progressive Afghanistan had the potential to act as a major springboard for economic progress of the entire region. “This will bring smiles back on the faces of our cousins, lights in their households, dollars in their pockets and most importantly peace in their neighborhood,” he remarked.

Mutually beneficial and supportive India-Afghanistan ties did not stand in the way of Afghanistan’s ties relations with its other neighbours, the BJP leader said. “We would wish Afghanistan to have close, friendly ties with all its neighbours and exercise full freedom of choice in this regard.”

However, Singh cautioned the US against any peace talks with the Taliban, arguing the outfit was unlikely to change its behaviour and the reconciliation effort would be a futile exercise.

“The eagerness to engage with elements that want to return Afghanistan to the status of ‘Islamic Emirates’ in the hope that they would deliver, and in the process humiliating and weakening the democratic leadership, doesn’t augur well for the region,” he said.

If peace with the Taliban was pursued with cooperation from the Pakistani military, as seemed to be the case, the situation would become even more fraught, he warned. Many would call it the strategic ambition of the Pakistan Army to control Afghanistan, Singh said in his key note address.

Singh said the US has had a mix bag of experience in partnering with Pakistan in this war against terrorism. “The results have been a mixed bag. While the Taliban and Al Qaeda have lost many key leaders, they continue to hold on to their strongholds in the south and east of Afghanistan and also inside Pakistan territory.”

What Happens To the US Economy When China Runs Out of Water?

Dluitai coal mine Da Liuta Coal Mine

BLOOMBERG

At first glance, Daliuta in northern China appears to have a river running through it. A closer look reveals the stretch of water in the center is a pond, dammed at both ends. Beyond the barriers, the Wulanmulun’s bed is dry.

Daliuta in Shaanxi province sits on top of the world’s biggest underground coal mine, which requires millions of liters of water a day for extracting, washing and processing the fuel. The town is the epicenter of a looming collision between China’s increasingly scarce supplies of water and its plan to power economic growth with coal.

“Water shortages will severely limit thermal power capacity additions,” said Charles Yonts, head of sustainable research at brokerage CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets in Hong Kong. “You can’t reconcile targets for coal production in, say, Shanxi province and Inner Mongolia with their water targets.”

Coal industries and power stations use as much as 17 percent of China’s water, and almost all of the collieries are in the vast energy basin in the north that is also one of the country’s driest regions. By 2020 the government plans to boost coal-fired power by twice the total generating capacity of India.

About half of China’s rivers have dried up since 1990 and those that remain are mostly contaminated. Without enough water, coal can’t be mined, new power stations can’t run and the economy can’t grow. At least 80 percent of the nation’s coal comes from regions where the United Nations says water supplies are either “stressed” or in “absolute scarcity.”

Desert State

China has about 1,730 cubic meters of fresh water per person, close to the 1,700 cubic meter-level the UN deems “stressed.” The situation is worse in the north, where half China’s people, most of its coal and only 20 percent of its water are located.

Shanxi — the nation’s biggest coal base, with about 28 percent of production — has per capita water resources of 347 cubic meters, less than the Middle Eastern nation of Oman. Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi, which together contribute 40 percent of coal output, have less than 1,700 cubic meters per person.

A government plan to boost the coal industry and build more power plants near mines will lift industrial demand for water in Inner Mongolia 141 percent by 2015 from 2010, causing aquifers to dry up and deserts to expand, according to Greenpeace and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources. About 28,000 rivers have vanished since 1990, according to the Ministry of Water Resources and National Bureau of Statistics.

Ordos Wells

“After five years there won’t be enough water in Ordos in Inner Mongolia,” said Sun Qingwei, director of the climate and energy campaign at Greenpeace in Beijing. “The mines are stealing ground water from agriculture. Local governments want their economies to boom.”

Wells drilled near Haolebaoji near Ordos by Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer, have caused groundwater levels to drop to a depth of as much as 100 meters, drying out the region’s artesian wells, Greenpeace said in a report yesterday. Two calls to Shenhua weren’t answered.

The water that does exist is mostly polluted. A government survey published in February shows that only about a quarter of the groundwater in the North China Plain — an area that’s bigger than Greece and includes Beijing and Tianjin, the province of Hebei and parts of Henan and Shandong — is fit for human consumption.

Severe Pollution

Severe water pollution affects 75 percent of China’s rivers and lakes and 28 percent are unsuitable even for agricultural use, according to the 2012 book “China’s Environmental Challenges,” by Judith Shapiro, director of the Masters program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at the School of International Service at American University in Washington.

Geneva-based Pictet Asset Management’s $3.17 billion global water fund doubled its exposure to stocks offering water services in China to 10 percent since 2007. For Zurich-based RobecoSAM’s 611 million-euro Sustainable Water fund, “emerging markets offers the best opportunities in the world for water investments and China is the standout.”

Water-treatment companies Beijing Enterprises Water Group Ltd. (371) and China Everbright (165) International Ltd., which Pictet invested in in 2009, are among its best performers this year, partly on prospects for stricter environmental regulation in China, said Geneva-based portfolio manager Arnaud Bisschop.

Beijing Enterprises has risen 55 percent this year to HK$3.10 and Deutsche Bank sees it reaching HK$3.20 within a year. China Everbright is up 83 percent to HK$7.18 and JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimates it will reach HK$7.60 by mid-October.

‘Utmost Urgency’

“The best opportunity is in industrial water re-use, and for the mining industry, it is of the utmost urgency,” said Junwei Hafner-Cai, a manager of RobecoSAM’s Sustainable Water fund. “Water that has been released from the coal mines and from petrochemical plants has resulted in severe pollution on top of the water scarcity.”

A shortage of coal because of the lack of water to mine and process the fuel may force China to increase imports, pushing up world prices, according to Debra Tan, director at research firm China Water Risk in Hong Kong. China, which mines 45 percent of the world’s coal, may adopt an aggressive “coal-mine grab” to secure supplies, said Tan.

Chinese demand will account for 25 percent of global coal imports by 2015, London-based shipbroker ACM Shipping Group Plc said in a report in April. Indonesia is the largest overseas supplier of power-station coal to China, which buys as much as 45 percent of the Southeast Asian nation’s exports of the fuel.

China is responding with harsher limits on water usage, a new tariff structure that allows for steep price gains, and plans to spend 4 trillion yuan ($652 billion) by 2020 to boost water infrastructure and resources.

Water Caps

Caps introduced in January limit the annual increase of water used by the four biggest coal-producing regions to 2.9 percent annually until 2015, while their combined coal output is set to increase almost 5 percent a year, according to CLSA.

Water shortages mean “industrial plants are more and more under pressure,” said Guillaume Dourdin, Beijing-based head of the North-West China region for France’s Veolia Water, which treated 1.2 billion tons of waste water in China last year. “In some places we can see it is a constraint for industry. We don’t see a water war in China but obviously there are some tensions on the resource in some parts.” Veolia Water, a unit of Veolia Environnement SA (VIE), Europe’s biggest water company, has more than 13,000 employees in China.

Truck Queue

In Daliuta, the mine is “sucking up the groundwater,” said Sun at Greenpeace. Trains hundreds of cars long rumble along elevated tracks through the town center, hauling coal. On the highway to Yulin, trucks carrying the fuel queue nose-to-tail for more than five kilometers to pass through toll booths.

Daliuta’s coal output surged 26 percent last year to 29.4 billion tons, according to owner China Shenhua Energy Co. (1088), the nation’s biggest coal producer.

The town’s river-turned-pond was dammed about six years ago to beautify the area for new apartment blocks along the banks, said Zhe Mancang, who owns a liquor store nearby. The artificial lake is now contaminated with waste water from the mines.

“I worry about the water,” said Zhe, 58. “But I’ve no choice. My family’s here and my customers are from the mines.”

The effect of water shortages extends beyond the north. New rules this year require the manufacturing hubs of Jiangsu and Guangdong provinces and Shanghai to reduce water use every year even as their economies expand. Nationwide growth in usage is capped at 1 percent annually.

Water Prices

In the city of Guangzhou water prices rose 50 percent for residents and 89 percent for industrial users in May 2012 to help pay for improvements to quality and supply, according to an April report by Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Stricter controls will raise the risk of investment in water-intensive industries and heavy polluters including coal, metals and paper production, especially in the north, said Tan.

“In an absolute worst case you’d see a large-scale shift in economic activity and population further south for lack of water, and manufacturing increasingly moving abroad,” said Scott Moore, a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Sustainability Science Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

To alleviate the shortage in the north, the central government in 2002 approved the 500 billion yuan South-to-North water diversion project, the largest irrigation project in the world. The plan is to carry 44.8 billion cubic meters of water from the Yangtze river along three routes.

Tianjin Canal

The 1,467-kilometer-long eastern canal to Tianjin is scheduled for completion at the end of this year. The central route to Beijing, more than 1,270 kilometers, is slated to open next year. The western route is still being planned.

Even this massive program may not be enough. The Asian Development Bank said in a report last year that China’s demand for water may exceed supply by as much as 200 billion cubic meters by 2030, according to some estimates, unless “major capital investments to strengthen water supplies are made beyond those presently planned.”

More efficient use would help. Chinese industry uses four to 10 times more water per unit of production than the average in developed countries, Tan wrote in a February report. Only 40 percent of industrial water is recycled, compared with 75 percent to 85 percent in developed countries, the World Bank says.

Yellow River

China has had some success. In the late 1990s, so much water was being taken from the Yellow River, the nation’s second-longest waterway, that it dried up before reaching the sea for as much as 226 days consecutively. After quotas controlled by electronic sluice gates were implemented, the amount of water needed to generate 10,000 yuan of GDP fell to 308 cubic meters in 2006, from 1,672 cubic meters in 1990, according to the Yellow River Conservancy Commission.

China’s efforts to expand alternative energy, including investing $65.1 billion in clean energies like solar and wind power in 2012, aren’t enough to match rising demand. The nation’s dependence on thermal power generation, including gas and oil, will decline by just three percentage points to 76 percent by 2030, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysts Maxime Serrano Bardisa and Alasdair Wilson wrote in a February report.

Among the biggest losers are farmers, who have to dig deeper and deeper wells to find clean water, or are forced out by local governments who see bigger economic gains from mining.

In Zhanggaijie village, 90 minutes from Yulin city in Shaanxi, Li Qiaoling’s corn harvest slumped to 2 to 3 tons per mu (667 square meters) from 4 to 5 tons four years ago, she said. Li, 43, had to deepen her well to 60 meters from about 30 meters five years ago, she said.

Relocation Wait

Now she waits with about 200 villagers for compensation and news from local officials on where they will be relocated after coal mining polluted the local water supply, said Li.

“We’re angry because we have to leave,” said Li, who still farms and sells produce from her 11 mu plot, despite the contamination. “We’re worried about moving to a strange place.”

Premier Li Keqiang vowed at a March press briefing to crack down on pollution. “Being rich and well-off isn’t OK either if the environment deteriorates,” Li said.

Implementing such promises has proved elusive. In April, a group of 60 officials from the Ministry of Environmental Protection told Zhang Haibin, an associate professor at Peking University, that they “don’t dare to really monitor” pollution because it would affect growth, Zhang said at a forum. The officials said when “economic growth conflicts, environmental targets always give way,” Zhang said.

A manufacturing report today from HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics only highlighted that pressure, pointing to a deeper slowdown this month in the Chinese economy.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Kevin Hamlin in Beijing at khamlin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Panckhurst at ppanckhurst@bloomberg.net

Hard To Believe, But….I Agree With the Political Statement That Madonna Is Making Here

Modernizing Islam? Madonna shocks with latest pic wearing chainmail Niqab

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What could this mean? Madonna in chain-mail Muslim niqab. (Image: Facebook)
What could this mean? Madonna in chain-mail Muslim niqab. (Image: Facebook)
[How is this image different from this one?]
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[Or this one?]
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[Or this?]
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[I would prefer to see Muslim women liberated from their Burkas, starting small…
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[Finally working up to something like this.]
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[Or something even more delightful.]
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Jose Tandem

Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty

 

Syria: disillusioned rebels drift back to take Assad amnesty

the telegraph

Hundreds of men who took up arms against President Bashar al-Assad are defecting back to the government side, The Telegraph has learnt.

A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his weapon as fellow fighters stand behind him in Deir al-Zor

A member of the Free Syrian Army aims his weapon as fellow fighters stand behind him in Deir al-Zor  Photo: REUTERS


Disillusioned by the Islamist twist that the “revolution” in Syria has taken, exhausted after more than two years of conflict and feeling that they are losing, growing numbers of rebels are signing up to a negotiated amnesty offered by the Assad regime.

At the same time, the families of retreating fighters have begun quietly moving back to government-controlled territory, seen as a safer place to live as the regime continues its intense military push against rebel-held areas.

The move is a sign of the growing confidence of the regime, which has established a so-called “ministry of reconciliation” with the task of easing the way for former opponents to return to the government side.

Ali Haider, the minister in charge, said: “Our message is, ‘if you really want to defend the Syrian people, put down your weapons and come and defend Syria in the right way, through dialogue’.”

Mr Haider, who has a reputation as a moderate within the regime, has established a system in which opposition fighters give up their weapons in exchange for safe passage to government-held areas.

 

 

Army Chief Calls-Out To Egyptian Democrats for Counter Demonstrations To Islamists

Egyptian army head calls for street protests

BBC

Breaking news

The head of the Egyptian army has urged people to come out on Friday to demonstrate against “terrorism”.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he wanted the people to give the military a mandate to confront violence and terrorism.

Supporters of Mohammed Morsi have been protesting against the army intervention which removed him as president of Egypt on 3 July.

But Gen Sisi said he was not calling for public violence and wanted national reconciliation.

Bandar Organizes Betrayal of SNC, Prepares American Al-CIA-da/al Nusra Offensive from Jordan

[According to Al Manar (SEE:  Europe Bandar informed of his refusal to arm Syrian opposition), Bandar was also present at this meeting with the Syrian National Coalition, since the Saudis had taken their sponsorship away from Qatar.  According to Mossad source, the Debka report (SOURCED HERE:  Assad Set for Two Simultaneous Warfronts: Aleppo and Golan), Bandar has since moved to cut-off contact the SNC and to isolate all of the non-Nusra forces in the north.  This follows the news that both Britain and France have reversed course on the Syrian resistance, judging post-Qusayr that they were a losing cause.  The Syrian rebels are most unhappy over these developments, claiming that they can’t hold-out until American supplies being amassed in Jordan are shipped-out (SEE: US to send arms to Syria within a month).  Add all of these link together and it becomes apparent that the non-Nusra Syrian forces have been cut-off at the knees in the north, making ready a new American-led Al-Qaeda in the South.]

Saudi Crown Prince Meets With Syrian National Coalition

as safir lebanon AS SAFIR

Mohammad Ballout
Yesterday [July 18], Saudi Arabia became the exclusive patron of the Syrian National Coalition [SNC]. Two weeks after removing Qatar from the leadership of one of the most prominent Syrian opposition formations and putting in place a leadership composed of tribal, secular and Muslim Brotherhood types, Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz received a SNC delegation headed by Ahmad al-Jarba.A member of the delegation told As-Safir that the meeting lasted a little more than an hour and discussed only generalities. But the message Riyadh wanted to send was clear: Saudi Arabia is still betting on the SNC despite its repeated failures. The other message was that the coalition is no longer just a security issue run by Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan, but an essential political ally in the war on the Syrian regime.At the same time, the members of the Friends of Syria coalition are dragging their feet with regard to supporting the armed opposition. The United Kingdom and France have not yet fulfilled their promise to provide weapons. The Pentagon denied that it intends to train opposition fighters, which would change the course of fighting in southern Syria and in Daraa. That area still awaits the arrival of fighters from US training camps in Jordan. US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “The situation doesn’t allow for a no-fly zone.” The British government has leaked that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may remain in power for years. Assad was not even mentioned in the discussion between the Saudi crown prince and the SNC in Jiddah.

The SNC delegation included Jarba, Secretary-General Badr Jamous and Vice Presidents Salem al-Muslit al-Jabouri, Suheir al-Atassi and Farouk Tayfur. They were accompanied by Michel Kilo, Kamal al-Labwani and SNC President George Sabra.

The Saudi crown prince met with the SNC delegation and listened to their demands. But, according to what one coalition member told As-Safir, he provided no answers because the issues raised during the meeting are not for Salman to decide. They require meetings with the Saudi “specialists” who are following up on the Syrian file.

A member of the delegation said that the Saudi crown prince, who listened to Jarba describe the Syrian people’s suffering, did not mention Assad during the meeting and did not criticize the Syrian regime. Salman told the delegation that Saudi Arabia has no special interests in Syria and all what the kingdom wants is to see a secure and stable Syria that is an ally.

When asked about Saudi Arabia’s position regarding one of the proposed settlements to be discussed in Geneva, Salman remained noncommittal.

A coalition source said that Saudi Arabia, like other countries that are helping the opposition, has no long-term strategy on how to confront the Syrian regime. The source said that — in the coming days — Jarba, Kilo and Brig. Gen. Salim Idriss will discuss relief aid and armament issues with Saudi officials.

The SNC is awaiting a Saudi decision to boost its armament aid tenfold and increase the number of joint operation rooms that are managing the distribution of weapons from Turkey and Jordan to Syria. Only the Free Syrian Army (FSA) will distribute the weapons. The SNC is asking for more pressure on Jordan so that the latter would allow the passage of weapons into southern Syria. The SNC also wants Turkey and Jordan to mobilize thousands of officers and soldiers present in the Syrian refugee camps, to reduce the number of civilians in the FSA and strengthen it.

Jarba, Kilo and Idriss are expected to meet with Bandar bin Sultan to coordinate the armament operations. According to diplomatic sources in Paris, during his trip to France, Germany and Britain, Prince Bandar sought to assure those countries that Saudi Arabian weapons will only be given to the right people in north Syria, and that some anti-aircraft missiles donated by Saudi Arabia will not fall into the hands of extremists.

Bandar urged those countries to fulfill their promise of arming the opposition. August is nearing, which frees EU states from the arming ban.

With the exception of the Jiddah meeting with the Saudi crown prince, there is no encouraging news for the Syrian opposition abroad. Kerry toured the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where some refugees asked that the United States impose a no-fly zone. Kerry replied, “I wish it were that simple.”

Kerry complained, “Many young American men were killed or disabled while fighting for freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have been fighting for 12 years. We are trying to help you in various ways. We are looking into establishing safe areas and other options, but it is not that simple.”

The chief of staff of US forces, Gen. Martin Dempsey, was even less positive than Kerry. Dempsey told a congressional committee that the Pentagon is not planning to train Syrian opposition fighters. “It will not happen through the Defense Department, but maybe through other ways or other countries,” he said. He also said that the United States seeks to strengthen the opposition, but asserted that the situation is tilting in Assad’s favor.

The outgoing British army’s chief of staff Sir David Richards washed his hands from the Syrian file. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph published yesterday [July 18], he said that imposing a no-fly zone will not be enough without a military intervention on the ground.

Reuters quoted sources as saying that the British government has abandoned its plans to arm the Syrian opposition, and now believes that Assad may remain in office for years — and that the Geneva II conference may not happen until next year, if at all.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that Paris’ “position has not changed” regarding not giving the Syrian opposition highly deadly weapons.

This article was first published in Arabic on 7/19/2013. Read original article.

Bandar’s 2008 Plan To Overthrow Bashar al-Assad—Mar. 30, 2011

Why did website linked to Syria regime publish U.S.-Saudi plan to oust Assad?

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Mar. 30, 2011

A regime-linked Syrian website reports on a U.S.-Saudi plan to foment unrest and oust Bashar Assad through killings, mass demonstrations and arson, not unlike what is happening now.

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Mourners carrying coffins of protesters killed in Daraa Friday. Photo by Reuters

 

 

The heavy blackout imposed by Syria on coverage of the deadly demonstrations there, including the number of casualties and the extent of the serious damage caused to Ba’ath Party offices in a number of cities, is not hindering another kind of reporting.

The media there are seeking out details of involvement of “foreign elements” they say are trying to foment a revolution in Syria. These reports impart information about kinds of vehicles these “elements” have used, the weapons in their possession and the means by which they have recruited demonstrators.

The Syrian media have never been as open as they are now in describing the subversives. The sunshine reached new levels with a recent expose by the Champress Internet site, which has close ties to the regime, on a secret Saudi-American plan to topple the government of President Bashar Assad, presented in full.

According to the report, the plan, which was first broadcast on the Iranian Arabic-language television station Al-Alam, was formulated in 2008 by the Saudi national security advisor, Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Jeffrey Feltman, a veteran U.S. diplomat in the Middle East who was formerly ambassador to Lebanon and is currently the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs.

The plan as reported divides Syria into large cities, towns and villages. It proposes establishing five recruitment networks: The “fuel” made up of educated and unemployed youths; the “thugs” comprised of criminals, “preferably non-Syrians”; the “ethnic-sectarian” network of young people from ethnic groups who are no older than 22; the “media” network, which will be joined by journalists or activists in civil organizations funded by European countries but not by the United States; and a “capital” network of businesspeople from the large cities.

Each network would be provided with slogans suited to the type of its activity and will go through training aimed at preparing them for street actions and violence.

Thus, for example, the thugs would be trained in sniper fire, arson and “murdering in cold blood.” The members of the ethnic network would act to advance interests of their communities, show proof of ethnic discrimination and incite against the regime.

The journalists would operate the network by means of satellite telephones that can’t be monitored, would be depicted as human rights activists who are demanding not the regime’s fall, but civil society in Syria and they will receive additional training in operating social networks as a means for recruitment.

As for the businesspeople, the plan reportedly proposes “Holding luxurious parties to be attended by businessmen and during which exclusively Arab Gulf deals and investments are to be made and threatening them with certain sexual relations that are filmed for later blackmailing them.”

After the recruitment and training phases, which would be funded by Saudi Arabia for about $2 billion, they would be given suitable communications equipment and when about 5,000 activists had been recruited in the large cities, 1,500 in the towns and 500 in the villages, they would begin to act in public.

The plan also offers answers to revolt-refusers. For example, “If someone says there is a change, the response must be: ‘There is no change at all. This is all a lie.’ If he says change is coming, then the response must be: ‘We have heard this for more than 40 years.'”

Activists would have to come to central places to create a suitable backdrop for TV and cell phone cameras.

The “shouters” would have to prepare for two situations. If the security forces start dispersing the assembled demonstrators, their helpers who have hidden in the surroundings must gather quickly and tell the security forces to leave them alone, and if the security forces do not show up then the helpers must create a provocations as though it is they who are dispersing the demonstrators.

If the security forces start beating up the shouters or any of their supporters, it would have to be filmed for full exploitation.

It is necessary to prevent any attempt by the regime to reach a compromise by burning the Ba’ath Party offices and damaging symbols of the regime like smashing statues and destroying pictures of Hafez and Bashar Assad.

The plan also suggests igniting ethnic tensions between groups around the country to stir unrest.

The formulators of the plan assume President Assad will immediately have to deal with calming the inter-ethnic confrontations and will send senior representatives to the cities and towns, thereby emptying Damascus itself of leadership. Then it will become the capital’s turn to boil over and foment ethnic demonstrations while the “businesspeople” network will have to convince the military leadership to disassociate itself from Assad and establish a new regime.

The hoped-for outcome is the establishment of a supreme national council that will run the country and terminate Syria’s relations with Iran and Hezbolah.

Al-Alam names the Dot and Com company headquartered in Jordan as the element behind the recruitment of the demonstrators against the regime and claims this is a company managed by Saudi intelligence, which is subordinate to Bandar bin Sultan. It is perfectly clear why the Iranians took the initiative to publish this detailed plan, as there is nothing like the situation in Syria to provoke a rift between Syria and Saudi Arabia and/or expose American-Saudi collaboration against the backdrop of Saudi military involvement in Bahrain.

However, why did a semi-official Syrian media outlet decide to publish the plan? Does Damascus fear Saudi involvement in Syria or has someone dropped the ball?

AMERICA’S INEVITABLE DEFEAT

ORIENT TENDENCIES: AMERICA’S INEVITABLE DEFEAT

 

 


Orient Tendencies
Monday July 22, 2013, no141
Weekly information and analysis bulletin specialized in Arab Middle Eastern affairs prepared by neworientnews.com
Editor in chief Wassim Raad
wassimraad73@gmail.com
New Orient Center for Strategic policies

 


 

The inevitable defeat of America

 

By Ghaleb Kandil

 

The debate that took place in the U.S. Congress at the hearing of the Chief of Joint Staff, General Martin Dempsey, about the situation in Syria, provides living proof of the confusion and weakness of the American empire in the Arab Mashreq after the failure of its aggression against Syria. This picture, coupled with the bitterness experienced by U.S. policy vis-à-vis the June 30 revolution in Egypt, shows that we are facing a complete defeat of the policies initiated in the region by the former director of the CIA, David Petraeus, in partnership with Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

 

The illusions of the United States and the West on the ability to change the balance on the ground after the battle of Qoussair have vanished in recent weeks. Western experts ensure that such rebalancing is not feasible without a ground invasion of Syria, as again reaffirmed the outgoing head of the British Army Staff, General David Richars (See below). The New York Times has recognized that the dynamic has changed on the ground in favor of the forces of President Bashar al-Assad (see below).

 

But experts point out that any Nato invasion of Syria will be a suicide for Americans and the West and may threaten the very existence of Israel, because the defense system of the Syrian army is intact and ready to defend the country, and was even improved with the creation of a popular resistance organized as part of the Army National Defense. In addition, the presence on the ground in Syria of Hezbollah makes it more risky for a possible ground invasion.

 

Faced with these realities, Britain and France, the leading European countries calling for the arming of Syrian terrorists, have renounced to adopt such a measure. London has not only changed its mind, but do not exclude the possibility that President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power for several years, according to informed sources quoted by the British news agency Reuters.

 

The same sources added that the international peace conference planned to find a solution to the conflict could not be held until next year, if the project is not abandoned altogether, added the sources. “It is clear that Britain will not arm the rebels in any way,” said one of the sources interviewed. The British Parliament had demanded to be consulted in advance on this issue.

 

Reuters reports that the evolution of the British position is mainly due to the hostility of public opinion to any engagement with Syrian rebels and the fear of the weapons sent to the insurgents fall into the hands of Islamist groups fiercely anti-Western.

 

For its part, the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said that Paris “has not changed its position” not to deliver lethal weapons to the Syrian opposition.

 

In addition to his disappointments in Syria, the U.S. sick man now faces his greatest strategic challenge after the collapse of all regional bets after the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. A final fall, which will have a huge impact on the states of the region, without exception, from Tunisia to Yemen, through Libya and Turkey.

 

The change in Syria provide opportunities for meeting with Syrian victories, placing the region on a new path, marked by the end of the American era and the return of the independent Arab states, backed by a comfortable popular majority.

Gen. Dempsey Names the Three Bad Options That Obama and McCain Have Prepared for Syria

Dempsey outlines Syria options, including deployment of ‘thousands’ of ground forces

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The nation’s top military officer has laid out five options the Obama administration is considering on Syria, including “limited” strikes against the Assad regime and an all-out campaign to secure chemical weapons that includes “thousands” of U.S. forces.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed the options in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich. The letter was sent Monday as, on the other side of the Hill, the House Intelligence Committee signed off on the administration’s call to arm the Syria opposition — though the committee, which held that up for weeks, continued to voice reservations.

Dempsey’s letter went far beyond arming the opposition in outlining potential options. He sent the letter after taking heat at last week’s confirmation hearing from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who pressed Dempsey for his advice on Syria while suggesting the administration had not done enough — McCain threatened to place a hold on Dempsey’s nomination until he got answers.

In the letter, Dempsey gave five options on Syria beyond providing humanitarian assistance, which the U.S. already is doing.

At the least invasive end, he said, is the option of training, advising and assisting the rebels. The next level up would be conducting limited strikes on “high-value regime” military targets.

The three other options are increasingly costly and risky.

They include:

  • A no-fly zone, which according to Dempsey could cost up to a billion dollars per month and would include shooting down regime aircraft and conducting strikes on their airfields.
  • The establishment of “buffer zones,” which would be “specific geographic areas” where the opposition would safely organize and train. This would require thousands of U.S. ground forces, Dempsey said, “even if positioned outside Syria,” to protect these zones.
  • A campaign to secure chemical weapons. This would entail destroying portions of Syria’s stockpile, interdicting shipments and seizing other components. At minimum, Dempsey said, this would include a no-fly zone and thousands of special operations and other forces to secure critical sites.–[a.k.a., Total War–editor]

Dempsey stressed that these are just options that have been prepared, and that some options “may not be feasible in time or cost.”

On another front, the House Intelligence Committee gave tentative approval toward arming the opposition.

Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said that despite “very strong concerns about the strength of the administration’s plans in Syria and its chances for success” there was “consensus that we could move forward with what the administration’s plans and intentions are in Syria consistent with committee reservations.”

The Intelligence Committee had delayed the administration for weeks from fully implementing its Syria policy, including arming the rebels, Fox News has learned.

Fox also confirmed that a majority — but not all — of the Committee members signed off on moving forward with the plan.

It was not immediately clear how the new policy would be funded although money could be “reprogrammed” from other accounts, including possibly the defense spending bill.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

Pakistan’s Leaked Secret Document On NATO and US Predator Aggression—2006-2009

Get the Data: The Pakistan government’s secret document

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The Bureau is publishing in full a leaked internal document – titled Details of Attacks by NATO Forces Predators in FATA which contains the Pakistan government’s own estimates of how many people have died in specific CIA drone strikes.

 

The summary report – obtained from three independent sources – covers the period January 13 2006 to October 24 2009.

 

Drawn from field reports by local officials in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the document lists over 70 drone strikes between 2006 and late 2009, alongside a small number of other incidents such as alleged Nato attacks and strikes by unspecified forces.

 

Of 746 people listed as killed in the drone strikes, at least 147 of the dead are clearly stated by the leaked report to be civilian victims. Some 94 of these are said to be children.

 

Some CIA strikes are missing from the document. None of the five reported strikes for 2007 are listed, for example. Also missing are any biographical details of those killed, although the genders of many victims are reported and – where known – whether any children died.

 

The document also fails to mention details of a number of senior militant commanders known to have died in the attacks.

The Bureau believes there is a strong public interest value in publishing the report in full. A number of small distinguishing marks have been removed – otherwise the document is presented as-is.

Related story – Exclusive: Leaked Pakistani report reveals high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes

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Bandar’s Boys Stage Assault On Abu Ghraib Prison, Reuters Reports 500 Escapees, Mostly “Al-Q In Iraq”

[Abu Gharaib is a huge complex, comprised of over 280 acres.  This had to have been a massive operation, relying upon the most accurate intelligence, the kind which might be provided by American or Saudi Intel.  One other Baghdad prison was hit at the same time.  This was Bandar getting trained veterans for Syria (SEE:  Prince Bandar’s Wake-Up Call).]

Hundreds escape after Iraq prison attacks

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Security forces try to recapture al-Qaeda members after deadly overnight assault on Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons.

A manhunt is under way for hundreds of inmates, including four high-ranking al-Qaeda members, who escaped two Iraqi prisons following deadly attacks.

Fifty-six people were killed in Sunday’s attacks on Taji prison, north of Baghdad, and the Abu Ghraib facility, west of the Iraqi capital.

The dead include 26 members of the security forces and 20 inmates. Ten of the attackers also died.  Gunmen fired mortar rounds at the prisons.

Four car bombs were also detonated near the entrances to the jails, while three suicide bombers attacked Taji prison, a police colonel said. Several roadside bombs also exploded near the prison in Taji.

Fighting continued throughout the night as the military deployed aircraft and sent in reinforcements around the two facilities.

“The number of escaped inmates has reached 500, most of them were convicted senior members of al-Qaeda and had received death sentences,” Hakim al-Zamili, a senior member of the security and defence committee in parliament, told Reuters.

Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf, reporting from Baghdad, said that this was the most serious challenge from al-Qaeda the government has faced in years.

“This is a group they thought they had dismantled,” our correspondent said.

“There has been surprisingly little public reaction from the government, one would think they would try to reassure their citizens.”

‘Pursuing terrorists’

The situation was eventually brought under control on Monday morning, according to the colonel.

“The security forces in the Baghdad Operations Command, with the assistance of military aircraft, managed to foil an armed attack launched by unknown gunmen against the… two prisons of Taji and Abu Ghraib,” the interior ministry said in a statement late on Sunday night.

“The security forces forced the attackers to flee, and these forces are still pursuing the terrorist forces and exerting full control over the two regions,” it said.

The attacks on the prisons came a year after al-Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate announced it would target the justice system.

“The first priority in this is releasing Muslim prisoners everywhere, and chasing and eliminating judges and investigators and their guards,” said an audio message attributed to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in July last year.

Prisons in Iraq are periodically hit by escape attempts, uprisings and other unrest.

Abu Ghraib became notorious after photographs showing Iraqi detainees being humiliated and abused by their US guards were published in 2004. It also served as a torture centre under Saddam Hussein’s ousted regime.

Deadly violence also hit security forces in northern Iraq on Monday. A suicide car bomber attacked an army patrol in the city of Mosul, killing 12 people and wounding 16, while a roadside bomb wounded a soldier and a civilian near the city.

European Parliament Calls-Out Saudi Wahhabis for Global Support of Islamist Terror Outfits

 

European Parliament The involvement of Salafism Wahhabism in the support and supply of arms to rebel groups around the world

The involvement of Salafism/Wahhabism in the support and supply of arms to rebel groups around the world

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The war in Afghanistan is undoubtedly a key moment in the emergence of an armed rebellion in the Muslim world. The impact of this conflict quickly exceeded the borders of Afghanistan to extend Pakistan. Since then, the Iraq war, the civil war that engulfed Syria and the armed conflict in the Sahel have helped to increase guerrillas in the Muslim world. This study aims to analyze the role of the Salafi / Wahhabi networks in financing and arming rebel group.

 

The involvement of Salafism Wahhabism in the support and supply of arms to rebel groups around the world

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Sunni Terrorists Grab Iranian Diplomat In Yemen

Gunmen kidnap Iranian diplomat in Yemen

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GUNMEN in Yemen have kidnapped an Iranian diplomat who was driving his car in the capital, Sanaa, a Yemeni official says.

Iran has condemned Sunday’s abduction.

The official said armed men stopped the diplomat’s car and forced him into their vehicle before speeding away. He did not disclose the diplomat’s name or any further details, saying the incident was under investigation.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity according to regulations, said traffic at the time of the kidnapping was light.

Yemen President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has warned that the al-Qaeda branch in the country is using assassinations and abductions of foreigners as a way to challenge the central government’s authority.

The United States considers the Yemen branch to be al-Qaeda’s most active and dangerous.

In Tehran, a Yemeni diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to receive a formal protest, Iranian state TV reported. It said Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called his Yemeni counterpart.

Salehi condemned the kidnapping and called for serious action by the Yemeni government to free the Iranian diplomat, the TV report said, without identifying him.

Kurds Capture British Commander of “Al-Qaeda In the Levant and Syria”–(update 08/08)

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Analyst & Head of MENA, IHS Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Centre (JTIC), London, UK. UK-US dual national. ]

[The only mention of this guy that I can find on the Internet is this, his first YouTube battlefield report.  Whoever is narrating, he is definitely a Brit, NOT an Iraqi, Nor a Syrian, NOT EVEN an Arab.  So much for the “al Qaeda in Iraq,” or the Levant, or “Sham,” or whatever name the CIA dreams-up for these terrorist mercenaries.]

Syrian Observatory: Kurds Capture Jihadist Commander in North Syria

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Syrian Kurdish fighters in the north fought fierce battles against jihadists and captured a commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) late Saturday, a monitoring group said.

“Battles pitting fighters from the Kurdish Fighters brigade against ISIS and other groups are raging on in several areas of Tal Abyad in Raqa province, after (Kurdish) fighters captured ISIS’ emir in the town,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told Agence France Presse the emir’s nom-de-guerre is Abu Musab, though it was unclear whether he is Syrian or foreign.

The development comes just days after fighters loyal to the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) expelled al-Nusra Front and ISIS from the strategic Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain in Hasake province.

The clashes in Tal Abyad, which lies on the Syrian border with Turkey, broke out after jihadists ambushed a school that Kurdish fighters in the town were using as a base, said the Britain-based Observatory.

Earlier Saturday, Kurdish fighters in the majority Kurdish province of Hasake expelled jihadists from a checkpoint and seized their ammunition.

Kurdish regions have been run by local Kurdish councils since President Bashar Assad’s forces withdrew from the areas in mid-2012.

Since then, the Kurds have walked a fine line, trying to avoid antagonizing either the regime or the rebels, and focusing on maintaining security while strengthening control over their own affairs.

But this week alone, more than 50 jihadist and Kurdish fighters were killed in fighting in northern Syria, according to a toll released earlier Saturday by the Observatory.

Kurds represent about 15 percent of the Syrian population.

EU Stops Financing Zionist Colonization of Palestinian Jerusalem

Thus slaps EU its first sanction on Israel

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Even in its wildest dream Israel never expected such a move from Europe. Therefore, a stunned Israel reacted proportionately to its bewilderment. From Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu down to officials and even media all described the EU decision as “earthquake”, a “brutality”, “a miserable directive” and a move that will “undermine the peace process”. Israeli media called Europe’s decision a move which will lead Israel towards a “crisis.” European Union decided not to bankroll settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The EU decision is the first sanction imposed on Israel and this has hit Israel hard. The new funding guidelines have precisely expressed EU’s refusal to finance and support Israeli establishments in territories occupied in 1967 and in Golan Heights. Europe hasn’t stopped funding education, research and other projects in Israel but has insisted that Israel must give specific undertaking that European money will never ever be used to finance settlements.

EU explicitly made it clear that it views settlements as illegal — the thing which it has long been saying and Israel persistently ignoring. For decades Europe has been asking Tel Aviv to freeze settlements but watched its advice being flouted with brazen impunity. Today, there are at least 520,000 settlers in West Bank, and East Jerusalem jeopardising peace and killing every possibility of two-state solution.

The Zionists this year have announced to bring in E1 past of Jerusalem under fresh settlement as a punishment for the Palestinians for upgrading their UN membership. Over sixty per cent of Area C in East Jerusalem has already been usurped by the Zionists and to the Palestinians still living in the remaining forty per cent eviction notices have been served.

Frustrations in Europe have been mounting; need to teach the errant a lesson was increasingly becoming necessary. Europe, thus, finally decided to tell the delinquents in Tel Aviv that they cannot get away with their crime and annexation for long. Civilised world would not tank for ever before blackmailing.

For long Israel had been belittling Europe and its relevance in today’s global geopolitics. Its former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has, time and again, been more than obnoxious in his behaviour with European diplomats and heads of states giving out impressions that to Israel Europe has become a passé and it can thrive without any “strategic, economic and cultural ties to Europe.” Lieberman and Israel’s present leadership have been wrong to believe that it can “build strategic depth via Russia and China.”

Carlo Strenger, an existential psychoanalyst and philosopher, says that such a belief was a sheer stupidity. Lieberman failed miserably in his attempts to get support from China and Russia when it mattered. China is at best interested in Israel’s technological and entrepreneurial know-how, and Russia is making clear at every juncture that its interest in playing a central role in the Middle East will in no way be impeded by Israel’s needs — for example by selling advanced missiles to Syria that can reach Hezbollah.

EU’s stand on settlement may breach the barriers and its decision not to finance Israel’s crimes may encourage others to follow the suit. But, more than that the decision shows how peeved Europe has been with Israel. For the past few years and most so during its offensives against Gaza in November 2012 Israel, with impunity, had been destroying infrastructural facilities set up in Gaza. Most of these facilities were EU funded. Angry Europe is in no mood to take any nonsense from Israel.

The condescension and arrogance with which Bibi responded has surprised few. Over the years he has perfected this art to browbeat global dissension. But who cares now. Not at least Europe. The continent has shown Israel its place in the world. In an emerging global order Israel is now gradually getting isolated. The world is indeed becoming impatient with Israel.

In January 6, 2011, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton made V sign for victory with a chicken leg, standing next to former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad. This angered the Zionists who construed the gesture as an exhibition of overt anti-Semitism, a chutzpah. What the Zionist entity in Middle East failed to understand was the degree to which the world, Europe in Particular, was becoming irritated with Israel.

Neither Bibi’s hubris nor his government’s pomposity will make EU fold or rescind its decision. Stuart Eizenstat, former deputy secretary of the US Treasury, a senior advisor to president Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the European Union, has a month ago made Israel aware of its status in the world. Eizenstat warned that if Israel would not change its settlement policies it may be facing more economic sanctions.

“The EU’s new guidelines forbidding financing or supporting Israeli Institutions in the West Bank (has) send the right message” and proves Eizenstat right. Europe has not delegitimised Israel but has made it clear it will not tolerate colonisation of Palestinian land.

The move is not an attempt to impose any external edict on Israel neither a bid to reshape its map. Europe simply seeks to tell the Zionists that their colonisation of Palestinian land is a felony which the world is no longer willing to overlook and condone.

Israel ought to pay heed to the world’s changing perceptions. Else, risk what Yoel Marcus foresees. Bibi will put Israel at the end of the line.

The author is the Opinion Editor of Times of Oman.

Mass Resignations At Al Jazeera Over “biased” Pro-Brotherhood Egyptian Coverage

Mass resignations at Al Jazeera over “biased” Egypt coverage

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Reports suggest that 22 member of staff have resigned from the Egyptian arm of Al Jazeera after complaining of pro-Muslim Brotherhood bias within the organisation

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Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr, the Egyptian arm of the Qatari-funded broadcaster has suffered major embarrassment today after 22 staff members walked out over accusations of bias.

The 22 staff resigned on Monday over what they alleged was coverage that was out of sync with real events in Egypt, according to a report by the Gulf News website.

Anchor Karem Mahmoud announced that the staff resigned in protest against “biased coverage” of the recent events in Egypt. He explained that there was a lack of commitment and Al Jazeera professionalism in media coverage, stating, “the management in Doha provokes sedition among the Egyptian people and has an agenda against Egypt and other Arab countries.”

Mahmoud added that the management used to instruct each staff member to favour the Muslim Brotherhood.

He said that “there are instructions to us to telecast certain news”.

In February of this year, Ghaffar Hussain, contributing editor to The Commentator wrote, “Since the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power in Egypt, Al Jazeera has done all in its power to portray the group in a favourable light. Protests against the Brotherhood-dominated regime are presented as being led by violent thugs with no political grievances, while Morsi’s poorly constructed and shallow speeches are given positive coverage.”

Haggag Salama, a correspondent of the network in Luxor, had resigned on Sunday accusing it of “airing lies and misleading viewers”. He announced his resignation in a phone-in interview with Dream 2 channel.

Meanwhile, four Egyptian members of editorial staff at Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha resigned in protest against what they termed a “biased editorial policy” pertaining to the events in Egypt, Ala’a Al Aioti, a news producer, told Gulf News by phone.

Original reporting by Ayman Sharif for Gulf News

The Rapidly Approaching Apocalypse

The Rapidly Approaching Apocalypse


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Terrorist deaths so far this month indicate at least 700 will die from this violence this month. The terrorist violence in Iraq has been steadily increasing since the Americans left in 2011. In the first six months of this year over 3,000 were killed. That’s far from the 2007 carnage, where over 3,000 a month died, but it is still a big jump from only a year ago. If the current death rate continues, this year will suffer about a third of the losses inflicted during the worst years of the terror attacks (2006-7). What is likely to prevent that is growing anger among the Shia majority and the increased activity by Shia terror groups and their death squads that simply kill any Sunnis they can find. The Shia terrorists can usually find the Shia run security forces willing to look the other way. Terror attacks on Sunnis are increasing. The Shia militias were defeated by Iraqi security forces in 2008, and officially went into semi-retirement as part of the deal that got most Sunnis to stop supporting the Sunni terrorists. But in the last few years thousands of these Shia gunmen have come out of retirement. First they were used to add additional security to Shia neighborhoods that were being hit by Sunni terrorists. This would usually work because the Sunni terrorists scouted potential targets and if the security was too tight and incorruptible, they would go elsewhere. In addition, Iran has been offering good pay to go off and support the Assad government in Syria and over 2,000 Iraqi Shia have gone in the last year. This has slowed the revival of the old (2005-8) Shia death squads. Sunni terrorists are also heading for Syria to join the rebels. What many nations in the region fear is that the Sunni/Shia violence in Syria and Iraq will merge and trigger a larger Sunni/Shia war involving Iraq and Saudi Arabia. This is a worst case that gets less implausible with each passing month.

Iraqis are frustrated with their inability to end the centuries old violence between Sunni Arabs, Shia Arabs, and Kurds (who are mainly Sunnis but that doesn’t matter). Until 1918, when Turkish rule ended, the Sunni minority was supreme because the Turks were Sunni. Any Shia or Kurdish resistance was quickly and brutally suppressed. When the British took over from the Turks after 1918, they used the existing Sunni Arab dominated bureaucracy to run things. The current government, dominated by Shia politicians, is accused of trying to establish a Shia dictatorship that would be no better than the Sunni dictatorship established in the 1950s, when Sunni soldiers murdered the royal family and shut down the parliament of the constitutional monarchy that had existed from 1932-58. The constitutional monarchy was an imperfect democracy, but in hindsight it was better than the decades of Sunni Arab corruption and violence that followed. The British established monarchies in Jordan as well, and that worked out despite the fractious minorities there. But in Iraq the Sunni radicals were not satisfied with compromise and that led to decades of violence. There is no end in sight, even though the current Shia government, and the Shia majority it represents, is capable to destroying the Sunni Arab minority in Iraq. That is where this is headed, and neighboring Sunni nations (especially Saudi Arabia) are not (as the Iraqi Sunnis hope) going to invade to prevent the destruction of the Sunni Arab minority. Some Sunni Arab politicians recognize this danger, but they do not have enough support among the Sunni Arab population to turn off the Sunni Arab terrorism (which is the only thing that will stop the coming backlash).

The Syrian civil war has spilled over into western Iraq during the last year. This area (Anbar province) is mostly desert, sparsely populated (1.5 million), and mostly Sunni. Think of it as the northernmost part of the Bedouin desert area, which Saudi Arabia occupies most of to the south. Saudi Arabia is the Bedouin heartland and the Anbar tribesmen feel a religious and cultural kinship with the Saudis. During the centuries of Sunni Arabs dominating the Shia majority in Baghdad and to the south, the Anbar Sunnis did not get along with the Baghdadi Sunnis because the latter considered themselves as superior (by virtue of education, wealth, and power) to the mangy nomads and small farmers of Anbar. But in the last decade of Saddam’s rule, the Baghdadi Sunnis made peace with their fellow Sunnis in Anbar, the better to defeat increasing Shia unrest and rebellion. The Anbar Sunnis now see themselves as the champions of Sunni Arab resistance against the hated and despised Shia. In response to this, some 20,000 Iraqi soldiers moved to the 600 kilometer long Syrian border two months ago and began attacking Sunni terrorists and blocking their movement across the border. The main objective of this operation was to halt support for Syrian rebels by Iraqi Sunni and to keep the road to Syria open for Iranian supply convoys (for Syrian government forces and pro-government militias). The Iraqi troops are attacking known Sunni terrorist and smuggler bases along the border.

The Sunnis on both sides of the border are fighting back but these Sunnis are also fighting each other. Since Saddam fell the Sunni Arabs have always been divided into Islamic radical and Sunni nationalist factions. The Islamic radicals (best typified by al Qaeda) want a religious dictatorship, while the Sunni nationalists want a more secular Sunni dominated government (like Saddam’s). This rivalry has proved disastrous for the Sunni cause. In Iraq, the Sunni Nationalists turned on the Sunni Islamic radicals in 2007, fearing that all Sunnis would be killed or driven out of Iraq and that led to the collapse of the Sunni terror campaign. This had begun in 2004, as Saddam’s “Plan B” (in the event his government was overthrown, as it was in 2003). The terror campaign was to eventually put the Sunni Arabs back in power, but the brutality of the Sunni Islamic terrorists (deliberately killing Shia women and children in large numbers) turned most public opinion in the Moslem world against the Sunni terror campaign. The Sunni Nationalists wanted to concentrate their attacks on Shia security forces and politicians, but the Sunni Islamic terror groups just wanted to kill as many Shia as possible. This was in part because Sunni Islamic terrorists consider Shia heretics, who must be killed. In Syria the Sunni Islamic terrorists are repeating the mistakes made in Iraq by trying to impose their strict lifestyle rules and deliberately slaughtering civilians. This is causing a growing number of clashes with their allies, the Sunni nationalists (who want to replace the current Shia dictatorship with a Sunni dominated democracy).

Iraq’s main problem remains corruption and the inability to find or keep in office honest and efficient leaders. This can best be seen by the inability to increase oil production. Iraq has 150,000 million barrels of oil in the ground. Since Saddam was deposed in 2003, production has risen from one million to three million barrels a day. The government gets most its revenue from oil income, which is currently over $80 billion a year (from the exported oil). Iraqis pay no income taxes because of this, but that makes the oil fields all the more important. While GDP is $130 billion, it would be a third of that without oil. Some 95 percent of the $80 billion annual government budget comes from oil profits. But the rampant and seemingly uncontrollable corruption means that little of that oil income goes to improving roads and other infrastructure, not to mention security and all the other things you need to expand oil production. Corrupt politicians steal most of the oil income and are not very trustworthy when it comes to making business arrangements with foreign firms needed to increase oil production. Despite all the oil wealth, a quarter of the 33 million Iraqis are still very poor and unemployment is over ten percent. Many Iraqis admit the corruption is the core problem, but no one has been able to get a critical mass of cooperation needed to get most of the corrupt practices out of government and business.

July 19, 2013: North of Baghdad a bomb went off in a Sunni mosque, killing twenty and wounding at least 40.

July 13, 2013: On the Syrian border police intercepted a vehicle carrying Syrian Sunni rebels. A gun battle ensued that left one policeman and two Syrians dead. The Syrian rebels escaped back into Syria. This was one of those rare instances where Iraqi police or soldiers intercepted Sunni gunmen (Syrian or Iraqi) crossing the border (away from the official crossings).

July 11, 2013: In Anbar Islamic terrorists celebrated the start of Ramadan by making at least a dozen attacks on security forces in the last 48 hours, leaving 16 dead.

July 10, 2013: Iraq is refusing to accept Iraqis who entered Holland illegally and were ordered by Dutch courts to be sent home. Iraq demanded $10,000 per person to take them back, and the Dutch would not go that high, at least not yet.

Syria war widens Shi’ite rift between clergy in Iraq and Iran

 

Syria war widens rift between Shi’ite clergy in Iraq, Iran

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NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – The civil war in Syria is widening a rift between top Shi’ite Muslim clergy in Iraq and Iran who have taken opposing stands on whether or not to send followers into combat on President Bashar al-Assad’s side.

 

Competition for leadership of the Shi’ite community has intensified since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein, empowering majority Shi’ites through the ballot box and restoring the Iraqi holy city of Najaf to prominence.

 

In Iran’s holy city of Qom, senior Shi’ite clerics, or Marjiiya, have issued fatwas (edicts) enjoining their followers to fight in Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are fighting to overthrow Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shi’ite Islam.

 

Shi’ite militant leaders fighting in Syria and those in charge of recruitment in Iraq say the number of volunteers has increased significantly since the fatwas were pronounced.

 

Tehran, Assad’s staunchest defender in the region, has drawn on other Shi’ite allies, including Lebanese militia Hezbollah.

 

Hezbollah’s open intervention earlier this year hardened the sectarian tone of a conflict that grew out of a peaceful street uprising against four decades of Assad family rule, and shifted the battlefield tide in the Syrian government’s favour.

 

The Syrian war has polarised Sunnis and Shi’ites across the Middle East – but has also spotlighted divisions within each of Islam’s two main denominations, putting Qom and Najaf at odds and complicating intra-Shi’ite relations in Iraq.

 

In Najaf, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who commands unswerving loyalty from most Iraqi Shi’ites and many more worldwide, has refused to sanction fighting in a war he views as political rather than religious.

 

Despite Sistani’s stance, some of Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite political parties and militia, who swear allegiance to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have answered his call to arms and sent their disciples into battle in Syria.

 

“Those who went to fight in Syria are disobedient,” said a senior Shi’ite cleric who runs the office of one of the top four Marjiya in Najaf.

 

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The split is rooted in a fundamental difference of opinion over the nature and scope of clerical authority.

 

Najaf Marjiiya see the role of the cleric in public affairs as limited, whereas in Iran, the cleric is the Supreme Leader and holds ultimate spiritual and political authority in the “Velayet e-Faqih” system (“guardianship of the jurist”).

 

“The tension between the two Marjiiya already existed a long time ago, but now it has an impact on the Iraqi position towards the Syria crisis,” a senior Shi’ite cleric with links to Marjiiya in Najaf said on condition of anonymity.

 

“If both Marjiiya had a unified position (toward Syria), we would witness a position of (Iraqi) government support for the Syrian regime”.

 

The Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad says it takes no sides in the civil war, but the flow of Iraqi militiamen across the border into Syria has compromised that official position.

 

Khamenei and his faithful in Iraq and Iran regard Syria as a important link in a “Shi’ite Crescent” stretching from Tehran to Beirut through Baghdad and Damascus, according to senior clerics and politicians.

 

Answering a question posted on his website by one of his followers regarding the legitimacy of fighting in Syria, senior Iraq Shi’ite cleric Kadhim al-Haeari, who is based in Iran, described fighting in Syria as a “duty” to defend Islam.

 

Militants say that around 50 Iraqi Shi’ites fly to Damascus every week to fight, often alongside Assad’s troops, or to protect the Sayyida Zeinab shrine on the outskirts of the capital, an especially sacred place for Shi’ites.

 

“I am following my Marjiiya. My spiritual leader has said fighting in Syria is a legitimate duty. I do not pay attention to what others say,” said Ali, a former Mehdi army militant who was packing his bag to travel from Iraq to Syria.

 

“No one has the right to stop me. I am defending my religion, my Imam’s daughter Sayyida Zeinab’s shrine.”

 

A high-ranking Shi’ite cleric who runs the office of one of the four top Marjiiya in Najaf said the protection of Shi’ite shrines in Syria was used as a pretext by Iran to galvanise Shi’ites into action.

 

“SHI’ITE PROJECT”

 

In the 10 years since Saddam’s fall, Iran’s influence in Iraq has grown and it has sought to gain a foothold in Najaf in particular.

 

Senior Iranian clerics have opened offices in Najaf, as well as non-governmental organisations, charities and cultural institutions, most of which are funded directly by Marjiiya in Iran, or the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, local officials said.

 

The Iranian flag flies over a two-storey building in an upscale neighbourhood of Najaf, which houses the “Imam Khomeini Institution”, named after the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

 

The Imam Khomeini Institution is one of many Iranian entities that have engaged in social activities in Iraq, focusing on young men, helping them get married, and paying regular stipends to widows, orphans and students of religion.

 

Some institutions also support young clerics and fund free trips for university students to visit Shi’ite shrines in Iran, including a formal visit to Khamenei’s office in Tehran, Shi’ite politicians with knowledge of the activities say.

 

“We have a big project in Iraq aimed at spreading the principles of Velayet e-Faqih and the young are our target,” a high-ranking Shi’ite leader who works under Khamenei’s auspices said on condition of anonymity.

 

“We are not looking to establish an Islamic State in Iraq, but at least we want to create revolutionary entities that would be ready to fight to save the Shi’ite project”.

 

(Editing by Isabel Coles and Mark Heinrich)

The Serious Insanity of the US Senate, With Republican Liars Pushing Poison As A Cure

[Professional Neocon Liars like McCain, Levin, Bush and Cheney like to strut about in the clothes of “senior statesmen,” while they preen each other in bizarre homosexual rituals, pretending that they can see into the future.  Their favorite tactic is to warn us of the dangers that will arise from “inaction.”  If we fail to jump out of our skins every time some creep like McCain or Levin struggles to frighten us into running, then, God forbid, the war might actually end.  Every single neocon has been dedicated to causing thermonuclear war in the Middle East since chief neocon creeps like Richard Perle and Douglas Feith wrote the “clean break” script for Netanyahu.  This has always been the neoconservative intention, to use American power to make the Middle East safe for Israeli expansion.  American traitors like McCain and Levin have deceived the American people into opening the gates of hell at the direction of Benjamin Netanyahu and that little piece of shit which he runs from the middle of the Middle Eastern “shit-storm.”  

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Now these same lying Senators, who were key players in getting the world into this mess, are warning us of the dangers of trying to close their doorway into the abyss.  They mean to so destabilize the Middle East that the situation can only be brought under control, or pacified, through the “limited use” of nuclear weapons.  McCain and Levin are both lying their lawyerly asses off, so that the Zionist state can use their “ambiguous” nuclear weapons on their unambiguous neighbors.

In the same manner as the American traitors, the Saudis and the other terrified Arab dictators are making the destruction of millions of their own Arab citizens possible by the anti-Semitic Israelis, out of fear for their own thick, callous hides.  The Jews are driving the Muslim leaders mad by playing upon their greatest fear, the fear of irrelevancy or being relegated to the dustbin of obscurity.  Fear that the Shiites of Iran will dominate their Sunni brethren, if left to the course that history has planned for them, drives the various Middle Eastern “royals” to do the unthinkable—make Jewish dominance inevitable, as a fate preferrable to being dominated by Shiites.  Every Sunni believer in the will of Allah must be made aware of the treachery that their leaders have planned for them, before they are forced into exchanging their Qurans for Torahs.]

The Serious Flaws in the Argument for Syrian Intervention

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Sens. Carl Levin and Angus King make their pitch for intervention in Syria, and they issue the usual warnings of what “inaction” will mean:

Assad’s survival, with support from Iran and Hezbollah, would surely strengthen them, to our great detriment [bold mine-DL]. If Assad breaches the international consensus against the use of chemical weapons without repercussions, the United States — and every other nation — will be less secure.

These are common claims in pro-intervention arguments, but it can’t be emphasized enough that neither of them makes any sense. Assad’s survival won’t mean that Iran and Hizbullah have been strengthened, but only that they have not suffered an even larger reversal. If Assad survives, he will be in a much weaker position than he was two years ago, and his allies will be worse off than they once were. I don’t share the hawkish obsession with limiting Iranian influence, but it’s hard to see how this is to our detriment, much less “our great detriment.” If the positions were reversed, no one would claim that the U.S. had been strengthened by propping up a client government in the face of a major rebellion. The fact that the client ruler had merely survived the rebellion wouldn’t be taken as proof that the U.S. position was improving. This would be seen as an ongoing drain of American resources, and the client relationship itself would probably start to be perceived as being more trouble than it was worth.

Any use of chemical weapons is atrocious, but it’s far from clear that the U.S. and other states have been made less secure by the reported use of these weapons by regime forces in Syria. What would make many other nations less secure is the regime’s loss of control of its chemical arsenal, and that becomes more likely if the U.S. follows Levin and King’s recommendations and provides weapons to the rebels and starts bombing Syria. If the concern is to reduce the chances that terrorist organizations acquire chemical weapons, Levin and King’s proposed policy would do just the opposite. Since they specifically rule out ground forces in Syria under any circumstances, they aren’t proposing that the U.S. secure these weapons. The claim that their proposal has something to do with securing the U.S. and other countries against chemical weapons use falls apart under the least scrutiny.

The stability argument may be the least persuasive part of the pro-intervention case. Direct U.S. military action in a foreign conflict typically has destabilizing effects on the country in question and on its neighbors. Bombing targets in Syria will add to the civilian death toll, and it will cause people to flee from those areas that are coming under attack, which would further add to the numbers of the internally displaced and refugees. This would not lessen regional instability caused by the conflict, but would in all likelihood exacerbate it. If the U.S. is concerned most of all with the stability of Syria’s neighbors, it would be a terrible mistake to do what Levin and King recommend.

Civil wars within civil wars

At least since the Dulles brothers in the 1950s, as Secretary of  State and head of the CIA, we have entered into civil wars in Iran and  other parts of the Muslim Middle East.  We have reaped the whirlwind. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan are with nuclear weapons, and now the damned fools want to enter the Syrian civil war. Are we not yet able to recall Vietnam? Is there no collective memory?

This old man remembers what happened when economic sanctions were placed upon Japan in the 1930s. When Japan could not get oil any other way, they launched their fleet and their planes for Pearl Harbor. We left them dismal choices. I was at the United Nations in Geneva when we did the same thing to Iraq in the first Gulf War. Economic sanctions always hurt the  wrong people. I spoke out against this at the United Nations.

And this madness is a civil war within a civil war. Islam is in a hundreds-of-years’ civil war, now. It will go on for hundreds of years yet. We in the West, led by four hundred years of venal popes and a failing feudalism, launched four hundred years of the Crusades. It was a savage war against Islam, killing thousands of Jews and fellow Christians, before slaughtering the Muslims throughout the Middle East, from the 10th through the 14th centuries. We in the West barely had time to go home, remount new horses, and again slaughter Muslim, Christian, and Jew.

We then went through this madness in the Wars of  Religion in Europe, for 130 years, before the Treaties of Westphaiia and  Utrecht, in the 17th and 18th centuries, ended this self-slaughter, for a while. After that, secular nation-states emerged, praise be to God. Only Turkey, in all these millions of people in the Middle East, has so opted. We are warring against tribes, people, not really nation-states. Most of the Middle East was simply drawn on a map by an Englishwoman following the insanity of the First World War, in 1918. These lines made no sense then and they make even less sense now.

We have thousands of times overkill with our own nuclear weapons. We are among the most warlike nations on the planet. We may teach democracy best by example. See today’s headlines, any day, about how our democratic republic is spied upon by our own government. George Bush set this last wave of insanity in play. But presidents before him, and now Obama, continue the beat. We must live peacefully and democratically, not in a war state, a police state, or in a state of war against an idea (terrorism) instead of a particular state for a limited time, with Congress providing the metes and bounds for the president.

And Congress cannot constitutionally delegate a plenary right, which the war power certainly is, to the president, like craven cowards. Present legislation presently does exactly that: “There, Mr. President, you take the army and go make war on whomever you choose.” Except for attack on the United States, Congress alone has the power to decide for war. A perpetual state of war is the way to sure destruction, with the only question being which year will see our obliteration, nuclear war would bring. The war powers of Congress. and the president don’t authorize Armageddon,

As we move on in this direction, all the historians of earlier times tell us exactly what will happen: Like Rome, we now dominate the  world. And like Rome, we are dangerously close to triggering our own destruction. The former Soviet Union also self-destructed, in Afghanistan, where the Brits and many others were all defeated. We will be too. Beginning next year, we will  bring our troops back home. And within a very short while, Afghanistan will be just like it was before. This is so because Afghanistan is in Afghanistan. This geographic fact determines most things. When we leave, just like the Vietnamese, and the Iraqis, and the Pakistanis with nuclear weapons, where the CIA has been waging its dirty little  war for two decades, tribal life, and wars, will continue, time out of mind.

Ed Firmage is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law, emeritus and the author, with Francis Wormuth, of “To Chain the Dog of War: the War Power of Congress in History and Law,” published by the University of Illinois Press, and many other books and articles on war and nuclear weaponry.

U.S. military should stay out of Syria

Editor,

Today I heard the most disturbing news as of late. It appears the United States is preparing for military involvement in the conflict of Syria. I cannot support such actions of using our military in this conflict.

While I certainly recognize that Assad is not a good man based on the evidence I have seen, and believe he should not be in power, I do not believe it is the role of the United States to overthrow him.  And, I certainly cannot condone aiding in several of the rebel factions due to their extremist involvement, including Al Qaeda.

The factions currently fighting Assad’s regime are the same factions we fought against in the war in Iraq, as well as Afghanistan. It is the growing strength of the Muslim Brotherhood that is fighting for control of Syria, and it is not a side I am willing to take.

I am also not willing to have our young men and women drawn into another war we should not be a part of. The United States military has lost so many lives over the last several years, and the human toll is too much.  Our ranks are stressed and pushed to the limit as it is. I speak from experience. If we add another war to our list of conflicts in which we are involved, our brave men and women will be pushed to their limits. The lives that would be lost are not worth the risk, especially replacing one dictatorship with another.

Financially we cannot afford to add the cost to the debt either.  This will negatively impact our already strained economy.

All the proponents of military action need to take a step back and really look at the situation. While I certainly feel for the innocent lives being lost in Syria, we cannot get into another drawn-out conflict. There is no interest or security threat in Syria to affect the United States.  We are also not responsible for being a buffer between two opposing forces.

Craig Bowden

North Ogden

The US’s Afghan Exit May Depend on a Syrian One

The US’s Afghan Exit May Depend on a Syrian One

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Washington’s options in Syria are dwindling – and dwindling fast.

Trumped up chemical weapons charges against the Syrian government this month failed to produce evidence to convince a skeptical global community of any direct linkage. And the US’s follow-up pledge to arm rebels served only to immediately underline the difficulty of such a task, given the fungibility of weapons-flow among increasingly extremist militias.

Yes, for a brief few days, Syrian oppositionists congratulated themselves on this long-awaited American entry into Syria’s bloodied waters. They spoke about “game-changing” weapons that would reverse Syrian army gains and the establishment of a no-fly zone on Syria’s Jordanian border – a la Libya. Eight thousand troops from 19 countries flashed their military hardware in a joint exercise on that border, dangling F-16s and Patriot missiles and “superb cooperation” in a made-for-TV show of force.

But it took only days to realize that Washington’s announcement didn’t really have any legs.

Forget the arguments now slowly dribbling out about why the US won’t/can’t get involved directly. Yes, they all have merit – from the difficulties in selecting militia recipients for their weapons, to the illegalities involved in establishing a no-fly zone, to the fact that more than 70% of Americans don’t support an intervention.

The single most critical reason for why Washington will not risk entering the Syrian military theater – almost entirely ignored by DC policy wonks – may be this: the 2014 US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“Help, we can’t get out”

There are around 750,000 major pieces of American military hardware costing approximately $36 billion sitting in Afghanistan right now. The cost of transporting this equipment out of the country is somewhere close to the $7 billion mark. It would be easier to destroy this stuff than removing it, but given tightening US budgets and lousy economic prospects, this hardware is unlikely to be replaced if lost.

Getting all this equipment into Afghanistan over the past decade was a lot easier than getting it out will be. For starters, much of it came via Pakistani corridors – before Americans began droning the hell out of that country and creating dangerous pockets of insurgents now blocking exit routes.

An alternative supply route through Afghan border states Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan called the Northern Distribution Network was set up in 2009, but is costlier and longer than going via Pakistan. And human rights disputes, onerous conditions on transport and unpredictable domestic sentiment toward the Americans places far too much leverage over these routes in the hands of regional hegemon Russia.

Unlike Iraq, where the US could count on its control over the main ports and Arab allies along the Persian Gulf border, Afghanistan is landlocked, mountainous and surrounded by countries and entities now either hostile to US interests or open to striking deals with American foes.

In short, a smooth US exit from Afghanistan may be entirely dependent on one thing: the assistance of Russia, Iran, and to a lesser degree, China.

All three countries are up against the US and its allies in Syria, refusing, for the better part of 18 months, to allow regime-change or a further escalation of hostilities against the state.

In the past few months, the Russian and Iranian positions have gained strength as the Syrian army – with assistance from its allies – pushed back rebel militias in key towns and provinces throughout the country.

Western allies quickly rushed to change the unfavorable equilibrium on the ground in advance of political talks in Geneva, unashamedly choosing to further weaponize the deadly conflict in order to gain “leverage” at the negotiating table.

But none of that has materialized. As evidence, look to the recent G8 Summit where western leaders sought to undermine Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him “isolated” and referring to the Summit as “G7+1.”

In the meeting’s final communiqué, Putin won handily on every single Syria point. Not only was it clear that the international community’s only next “play” was the negotiations in Geneva, but there was no mention of excluding President Bashar al-Assad from a future Syrian transitional government, once a key demand of opponents. Furthermore, the declaration made it clear that there was no evidence linking chemical weapons use to the Syrian government – had there been any “evidence” whatsoever, it would have made it to paper – and Syrian security forces were empowered, even encouraged, to weed out extremist militias by all the G8 nations.

This was not an insignificant victory for the Russians – it was the first public revelation that Washington, London and Paris have conceded their advantage in Syria. And it begs the question: what cards do the Russians hold in their hand to bring about this kind of stunning reversal, just a week after Washington came out guns blazing?

America – choose your Afghan exit

The US military establishment has, for the most part, stayed out of the fray in Syria, where special ops have been ceded to the CIA and external contractors.

But as the gargantuan task of extricating the US from its decade-long occupation of Afghanistan nears, President Barack Obama has scrambled to accommodate the Pentagon’s top priority. Having assiduously avoided a negotiated political or diplomatic solution with the Taliban for years, he hopes to now pull a face-saving, 11th hour deal out of his hat with foes who will sell him down the river at a moment’s notice.

“The Americans are deeply worried that if the war continues the Kabul government and army might collapse while American bases, advisers, and special forces remain in the country, thereby putting the U.S. in an extremely difficult position,” says Anatol Lieven, a professor and Afghanistan expert at King’s College London, about the already-stalled US-Taliban talks in Doha last week. “They would obviously like to bring about a ceasefire with the Taliban.”

Even if Americans could get to the table, there are a myriad issues that could conclusively disrupt negotiations at any time – in a process that “could take years,” as various US officials concede.

For starters, the involved parties – Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government (which consists of competing ethnic and tribal leaders) and the “new Taliban” – now have multiple interests with regional players like Iran, Pakistan, Russia, China, and the neighboring “Stans” which puts a serious strain on any straightforward negotiation goals.

As an example, the very same Taliban delegation now sitting with the Americans in Doha, were traipsing through Tehran late last month – ostensibly with the knowledge of all parties. And this was certainly not the first visit between the two.

While the US arrogantly kept its Afghan foes at arm’s length for years, the Iranians were busy employing soft power in their neighborhood – a task facilitated by a decade of US regional policy mismanagement that has aggravated its own allies in and around Afghanistan.

This isn’t just a matter of Pakistan and Iran inaugurating a once-inconceivable gas pipeline, as they did earlier this year. Iran is now participating in infrastructure and social service projects in the heart of Kabul, has forged working relationships with Pakistani intelligence on a variety of mutual security issues, and has built deep networks within Afghanistan’s political and tribal elite – even with the Taliban, courtesy of mentors in Islamabad.

A US security expert and frequent advisor to US military forces inside Afghanistan and Iraq gives me the bottom line:

“Iran has basically exploited our vulnerabilities and filled those gaps well.
The US’s very presence in Afghanistan has helped Iran gain tremendous influence in both Afghanistan and Pakistan because of widespread disdain for US military activities and intervention, period. This is where Iranian diplomacy has excelled. Iran and Pakistan have ramped up their relationship both in military terms and with local insurgents during the past seven years. Iran has moved in and built mosques, schools in the middle of Kabul, for God’s sakes.”

The Iranians may be able to upset hopes of a smooth US military withdrawal from Afghanistan, but, this source warns, the Russians can potentially play “spoiler” in a big way as well:

“In Kyrgyzstan we have a base there to airlift a lot of supplies – mostly food, small scale things, not heavy equipment – for US soldiers and troops inside Afghanistan. Russia has so much influence there that at one point they threatened to give the Kyrgyz more money for the base that we were renting to kick us out and shut down that essential supply route. We were forced to heavily increase our rent payments to stay there.”

A few days ago, the Kyrgyz parliament voted overwhelmingly to shut down this very Manas base by July 2014, a full six months before the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is set to complete. Was it a coincidence that the vote came up around the time of the G8 huddle in Ireland, dominated almost entirely by news about a stand-off on Syria?

The US military source also explains how easily the Russians can sweeten the pot for the Pentagon:

“We have, concurrently, gained some support to withdraw from Afghanistan thru neighboring Tajikistan with the help of the Russians – and in return we are going to have to help build some infrastructure, like roads, under the auspices of US aid. These negotiations within and between the US and Tajik governments are ongoing. On this, the Russians have given their word that if we can find a way to exit through any of these countries, they will not interfere. Of course, the politics are fluid and anything can change at anytime.”

In April, NATO reached out to Moscow for help and advice on their military withdrawal from Afghanistan. NATO is keen to ensure the cleanest exit possible, but is also concerned about volatility in the aftermath of its departure – and desperately wants to avoid the perception of “mission defeat.”

What about the Chinese?

“China’s interests are a bit different. Less focused on our military withdrawal, more inclined to undermine our long-term influences and goals,” explains my source. “The Chinese are hell-bent on influencing countries for resource extraction and allocation, given their huge domestic demand. They are very competitive with the US and are going after the same resource pool. They undermine US influence because they play the game differently – they will bribe where we have strict rules on bidding, etc., and therefore enjoy more flexibility going after these same resources.”

In other words, like just about everybody else in that neighborhood, China will edge out any US gains made over the past decade – in both the political and economic sense.

In terms of near-term domestic and international political perception, however, that loss will pale in comparison to a failure by the Pentagon to secure the safe exit of its assets from Afghanistan.

“In the final analysis,” says the US military source with great irony, “if we want to get out of Afghanistan quickly and with minimum sacrifice to troops and hardware, it would save us a great deal of trouble if we could exit with the help of – and through – Iran.”

Enter James Dobbins, who was named Obama’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan in May. The veteran US diplomat, who I had the opportunity to interview in Washington three years ago, is an interesting choice for this position precisely because he has been so vocal in advocating for US-Iranian negotiations when few others dared.

Dobbins, notably, engaged actively with Iran in the aftermath of the US invasion of Afghanistan, based on a mutual interest of replacing the extremist Taliban with a more moderate, inclusive government. But further dealings came to an abrupt halt just weeks later, when then-US President George W. Bush delivered his infamous “Axis of Evil” speech, including Iran in this trio of top American foes.

It is doubtful that Dobbins or the Doha talks can work any miracles though. The kind of exit the US needs from Afghanistan must rely on a constellation of determined players and events that would be quite remarkable if amassed.

While it is obvious to all that the combined weight of Russia, Iran and China could tip that balance in favor of an expeditious American exit, what would motivate any of these three – who have all recently been at the receiving end of vicious US political and economic machinations – to help?

A grand bargain over Syria would surely be a sweetener: you and your allies exit Syria, we’ll help you exit Afghanistan.

The problem with Washington though, is that it never fails to botch up an opportunity – always striving for that one last impossible power-play which it thinks will help it gain dominance over a situation, a country, an enemy.

There remains the concern that the US’s oft-repeated Al Qaeda mantra – “disrupt, dismantle, defeat” – will prove to be its one-stop solution for every problem.

And that is the exception to my premise about a Syrian exit. That US spoilers who cannot accept even the perception of vulnerability – let alone an outright defeat – may instead choose to catapult the entire Mideast into a region-wide war for the sake of avoiding a painful compromise.

Sharmine Narwani is a commentary writer and political analyst covering the Middle East. You can follow Sharmine on twitter @snarwani.

Marital Infidelity Led To Murder of Assad Supporter In Lebanon, NOT Militants

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Pro-Assad Syrian death in Lebanon was marital issue, army says

 

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Syrian state media member was shot to death in neighbouring Lebanon earlier this week

 

Siham, wife of Mohammad Darro Jamo, is shown mourning his death earlier this week. A security source told Reuters that authorities now believe the wife had arranged her husband's killing because she was angry over alleged infidelities.

Siham, wife of Mohammad Darro Jamo, is shown mourning his death earlier this week. A security source told Reuters that authorities now believe the wife had arranged her husband’s killing because she was angry over alleged infidelities. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters)

 

 

The killing of a well-known supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon this week was the result of a marital dispute and not politically motivated as previously reported, a security source and the army said on Friday.

 

Mohammad Darra Jamo was a commentator who worked for Syrian state media and often appeared on Arab TV channels to defend Assad’s fight against a two-year revolt seeking to topple him.

 

He was shot dead on Wednesday in the southern Lebanese town of Safarand and supporters of the Syrian opposition were immediately the top suspects.

The Lebanese army said the killers had been detained and their weapons seized, and evidence so far has implicated Jamo’s wife, not Syrian rebels.

 

“It became clear from initial investigations that there are no political motives behind the attack,” it said in a statement.

 

A security source told Reuters that authorities believed the wife had arranged her husband’s killing because she was angry over alleged infidelities.

 

Jamo’s wife was with him when he was shot but was not hurt.

 

Lebanon is struggling to stay on the sidelines of the conflict in its much larger neighbour, but car bombs and clashes between rival sides in Syria have become increasingly common.

 

The killing of Jamo occurred in a Shia area where pro-Assad Hezbollah guerrillas usually maintain tight security.

Al-Nusra HQ Raid Nets Multiple US Passports

U.S. passport in the center of El-Nusra

Al-Qaeda’s Al-Bilad Sham Nusra Front groups in the center of the Islamic State of Iraq, including U.S. citizens seized the passport of a person. Passport shot Syria via Turkey Turkey customs seal appears to have the person in question. YPG also central Egypt, Tunisia and Bahrain seized passports and IDs.

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American passports found at Al Nusra’s headquarters

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Attention-grabbing details about the armed groups attacking Rojava are revealed by the documents People’s Defense Units (YPG) seized two days ago after raiding the headquarters of the Islamic state of Iraq and Biladi Sham groups, including Al Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra Front.

The documents YPG seized have once again revealed the fact that the Al Qaeda affiliated armed groups attacking against YPG in Rojava are acting with the support of foreign powers, that of Turkey in particular.

The documents seized include a number of identity cards and passports as well, including those of American, Egyptian, Tunisian and Bahraini citizens.

One of the passwords found here belongs to a citizen of the U.S. which declared the Al Nusra Front as a terrorist organization. The American citizen is seen to have crossed into Syria from Turkey.

One id card YPG seized here belongs to a member of the Syrian Intelligence Unit, Cemil Şahin.

According to the report by ANHA news agency, the passports and id cards found here belong to;

– Emir Faruk İbrahim, from the American state of Pennsylvania, who crossed into Turkey through Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport

– Faruk Zeki İbrahim, originally from Egypt and was born in the U.S.

-Abdulrehman Adel Hasan Hamad from Bahrain

-Cemal Ali Riad Alaaddin from Egyptian capital Cairo who crossed into Turkey through Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. He is seen to have been to Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Libya using the same passport

-Ridha Hüseyin Mansori from Tunisia who went to Libya on 25 February 2013 and arrived at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport within the same day

-Faruk Zeki İbrahim, originally from Egypt and was born in the U.S.

The other documents YPG seized include the sketches of military headquarters in Serêkaniyê, Tiltemir and Hassakeh.

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seized the center in question passport and identity information are as follows:

-Emir Farouk Ibrahim: U.S. Pennsylvania from the city. Istanbul Ataturk Airport via Syria in the past.

-Farouk Ibrahim Clever: Egyptian-born in the United States was born.

-Adel Hassan Hamad Prof. Abdulrehman Bahrain

-Jamal Ali Riad Aladdin: Basket Cairo Egypt . Istanbul Ataturk Airport made the switch port to Syria. With the same passport, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Libya are gone.

-Ridha Hussain Mansori:Tunisian . February 25, 2013 in Libya, the same day landed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport .

-Farouk Ibrahim Clever: Egyptian-born in the United States was born.

Turkey Begs for UN Rescue from the Mess Erdogan/Davutoglu Have Made

The Turkish government has reiterated its call for the international community to take urgent action concerning the crisis in Syria. The call comes after a man was killed and a 15-year-old boy seriously wounded by stray bullets shot from Syria into a Turkish border town, with Kurdish militants having expelled jihadists from the Syrian flashpoint frontier town of Ras al-Ayn and the nearby border crossing with Turkey.

“This is a striking picture that shows the extent to which the crisis in Syria can affect our citizens and us. We are calling on the international community once more, immediately and rapidly: If the U.N. Security Council is to fulfill the requirements of being the U.N. Security Council, then this is the moment. The time for saying ‘stop’ to this cruel massacre in Syria has already passed. Otherwise, the meaning of a lot of international organization missions, in particular of the U.N. Security Council, will disappear,” Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said late on July 17 at an iftar gathering with bureaucrats from his hometown Konya.

BDP urges gov’t to give up supporting al-Nusra

The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), meanwhile, has suggested that the government is providing support to al-Qaeda linked groups against the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

“The fact that assailants made up of gangs affiliated with the al-Nusra front are supported by government of Turkey is further increasing our concerns,” the BDP said in a written statement.

“We would like to note that the policies of the AKP [Justice and Development Party] government, which completely contrast with the continuing democratic resolution process, are both paving the way for an increase in distrust and provocations,” the statement added.

While suggesting that the operations are causing a reaction not only among Kurds in Rojava, but also those in Turkey, Iraq and Iran, the BDP urged the AKP to move beyond its current position, which it said would lead to instability in the region.

Clashes between People’s Defense Units (YPG), the militant wing of the PYD, and the al-Nusra Front have continued today in Ras al-Ayn. Municipal officials have asked citizens in Ceylanpınar not to leave their homes and stay away from windows. Safety measures have also been bolstered in the town.

John McCain Shows His Ass In Congress, Once Again, Confirming What A Little Prick He Really Is

 

“I have six minutes and 10 seconds (to start World War III).”—John McCain To Gen. Dempsey

McCain to hold up Dempsey for renewal as top military officer after clash over Syria

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Sen. John McCain said Thursday that he will place a hold on the renomination of the nation’s top military officer, after he and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey got into a heated exchange on the Hill over the administration’s handling of the Syrian civil war.

McCain clashed with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as he suggested Dempsey was partly responsible for a lackluster response to the Assad regime’s aggression.

After the exchange, the Arizona Republican told reporters he would place a hold on Dempsey’s nomination for a second term. A “hold” refers to the Senate practice in which a lawmaker can stall a nomination in order to extract information or assurances out of a nominee — in this case, McCain suggested Dempsey was not being forthcoming at the hearing about his views on Syria and other subjects.

Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee, which is considering his nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that he has provided President Obama with options for the use of force in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000 people.

Dempsey said the issue is “under deliberation inside our agencies of government,” but did not provide additional details. He used the term “kinetic strikes,” but said the decision is ultimately one for elected officials.

“I must tell both the witnesses at the onset I’m very concerned about the role you’ve played over the last two years,” McCain said of Dempsey and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld while beginning his line of questioning. “General Dempsey and Admiral Winnefeld, do you believe the continued cost and risk of our inaction in Syria are now worse for our national security interest than the cost and risk associated with limited military action?”

“Senator, as we’ve discussed …” Dempsey replied.

“I’d like to know an answer rather than a filibuster,” McCain shot back. “I have six minutes and 10 seconds.”

Dempsey then said the United States is at “greater risk” due to the emergence of violent extremist organizations in Syria, as is Iraq.

“You’re not answering the question, General,” McCain said, before asking his original question again.

“With all due respect, Senator, you’re asking me to agree that we’ve been inactive, and we have not been inactive,” Dempsey replied.

“We have not been inactive,” McCain said, to which Dempsey affirmed.

“This again gives validity to my concern,” McCain said. “Because, obviously, we may have — not been — inactive, but any observer knows that Bashar Assad is prevailing on the battlefield. One hundred thousand people have been killed. Hezbollah is there …  And the situation is — much more dire than it was two years ago when you and Admiral Winnefeld came to office. And so, your answer is that we haven’t been inactive.”

McCain then asked the question a third time, prompting Dempsey to testify he’s in favor of building a “moderate opposition” and then supporting it. The question to support that with “kinetic strike” is ultimately up for elected officials to make and not for the senior military leader of the nation, Dempsey said.

“This goes back to my concern about your role as chairman of the Joint Chiefs,” McCain replied. “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs is supposed to provide the best advice he can as far as our national security is concerned. That’s why you are the sole military adviser.”

McCain then noted that Dempsey testified in February that he advised Obama to arm vetted units of the Syrian opposition. Then, in April, Dempsey no longer supported the opposition, McCain said.

“Now we read in published reports that the administration has decided to arm the Syrian opposition units,” McCain said. “How do we account for those pirouettes?”

Dempsey wouldn’t accept the term “pirouette,” he said.

“I would accept the term that we have adopted our approach based on what we know of the opposition,” he testified. “And if you recall, in the beginning of the year, there was a period where it was pretty evident that the extremist groups were prevailing inside the opposition.  So I have not been wavering.”

In response to McCain’s warning about putting the nomination on hold, Dempsey spokesman Col. Ed Thomas later put out this statement: “The Chairman respects the confirmation process and, if confirmed for another two-year term, will be honored to serve at the pleasure of the President and with the consent of Congress.”

Other fireworks during the hearing included Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asking Dempsey directly whether Syria’s embattled president, Bashar Assad, is winning the fight in the war-torn country.

“Currently the tide is shifting in his favor,” Dempsey testified.

Winnefeld, meanwhile, said if pressed, he would say Assad’s regime is winning.

“But not by much,” he testified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Regional War—Iraq and Syrian conflicts are merging

U.N. envoy: Iraq and Syrian conflicts are merging

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In this file photo taken on Saturday, July 13, 2013, people inspect the scene of a motorcycle bomb attack in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)
In this file photo taken on Saturday, July 13, 2013, people inspect the scene of a motorcycle bomb attack in Muqdadiyah, Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

UNITED NATIONS: Iraq’s escalating violence can no longer be separated from the civil war in neighboring Syria because “the battlefields are merging,” the U.N. envoy to Iraq warned Tuesday.

Martin Kobler told the U.N. Security Council that Iraqi armed groups have an increasingly active presence in Syria. As a result, he said, the Syrian conflict is no longer just spilling over into Iraq, but Iraqis are reportedly taking arms against each other inside Syria, he said.

“These countries are interrelated,” Kobler stressed. “Iraq is the fault line between the Shia and the Sunni world and everything which happens in Syria, of course, has repercussions on the political landscape in Iraq.”

Kobler said the last four months have been among the bloodiest in Iraq in the last five years with nearly 3,000 people killed and over 7,000 injured. He said the perpetrators are taking advantage of the ongoing political stalemate in the country and the Syrian conflict, which began in March 2011 and has killed over 93,000 people.

Kobler did not give any figures of Iraqis killed in fighting in Iraq but warned that the violence in both countries “could easily spiral out of control if not urgently addressed.”

What’s critically important, he said, is to address the roots of the conflict in Iraq and find a political solution to the civil war in Syria.

As of July 7, he said more than 160,000 Syrian refugees have been registered in Iraq, mainly in the northern Kurdistan region. He appealed to the Iraqi government to reopen the border to Syrians seeking protection.

Kobler said there are two main “drivers” behind the increase in sectarian violence in Iraq – a perception of “marginalization” by Sunnis in the region and Iraqis trying to to go to Syria to fight, “which plays into the Iraqi politics.”

Last month, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told AP that the Iraq-Syria border even before the Syrian conflict was “troubled,” and the Americans helped build trenches to enhance border security. But he said the border is still “quite open for movement of terrorist groups, or weapons.”

Kobler, who was addressing the Security Council for the last time on Iraq before taking up his new post as the U.N. special representative in Congo, stressed the importance of pursuing the U.N. mission’s mandate to promote national reconciliation in Iraq where Shiites dominate Sunnis, Kurds and other minorities.

He said the instability has seriously affected human rights, with one-third of children deprived of many basic services and fundamental rights and minorities being targeted for murder and kidnapping for ransom.

Looking back on his two years in Iraq, Kobler said “major bloodshed” was averted after lengthy negotiations that led to the relocation of an Iranian exile group that opposes Tehran’s clerical regime to a new camp, where security remains a problem.

He welcomed Germany and Albania’s agreement to resettle over 300 residents, and appealed to all U.N. member states to take in the more than 3,000 other members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, known as the MEK.

Kobler expressed increasing concern at human rights abuses in Camp Liberty, citing reports from some residents that camp leaders are keeping residents from leaving, from participating in the resettlement process, from contacting family members outside Iraq, and from medical treatment.

Supporters of the MEK demonstrated outside U.N. headquarters on Tuesday calling for guaranteed rights for MEK refugees in Iraq, condemning Kobler, and calling Camp Liberty a prison.

86 Reasons Why Putin Is Sucking-Up To the US

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Pentagon officials on Monday announced that it has decided to equip the Afghan Air Force (AAF) with 86 MI-17 transport helicopters by the end of 2016. The officials added that they will buy these helicopters from a Russian company.

Considering the geography of Afghanistan, the officials feel that MI-17 choppers will be best suited for the Afghan terrain.

Elaborating on the procurement plans, the Pentagon officials said, “There is no better alternative to the MI-17. The helicopter is best suited for the Afghan terrain. Moreover, the AAF is well-acquainted with the controls of this helicopter.”

Meanwhile, the National Security Council (NSC) cited non-existence of choppers in the AAF as a serious concern and urged the U.S. authorities to accelerate the procurement process and equip the AAF as soon as possible.

The decision was welcomed by the Afghan officials and they said that it will help the AAF tackle any security threat in the country.

“The decision has settled one of the biggest needs of the AAF. However, I do not know the exact number of helicopters that will be given by the U.S.,” said Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Setting up a strong and technologically sound AAF has been one of the fundamental concerns of the Afghan government. And, with the procurement of MI-17 choppers, this need would be met and the AAF would be able to stand on its own feet.

A number of MPs believe that if the ANSF is not equipped with necessary arms and ammunitions on time, Afghanistan will be on the brink of facing a disaster post-2014.

“The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) does not have the capability to fight and lead military operations. Due to lack of equipments and proper training, the ANSF is unable to provide medical assistance to soldiers who are wounded during operations,” said Mohammad Abdu, MP.

“ANSF is very weak and the international community has taken the responsibility to equip these forces with necessary weaponries. Afghanistan will have to confront several challenges post-2014, and if a powerful air force is not formed the nation will be doomed,” Mr. Abdu added.

Existence of a capable air force is considered as an important factor for the security of a country. Unfortunately, for Afghanistan the situation is quite different as its air force still does not have enough equipment to protect itself. So far, even the international community has failed to address the issue, and it could be catastrophic for the future of Afghanistan if nothing is done.

After Kabul strongly criticised the nighttime military operations carried out by the foreign forces, the responsibility of such operations was given to the ANSF. Experts feel that this has happened at such a time when the ANSF is not properly equipped, and it could prove detrimental for the security of the country.

President Karzai has persistently requested the international community, especially the US to help equip the AAF with latest equipment. Earlier in May, the U.S. had committed that it will buy 20 fighter jets for the AAF. It was confirmed by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Spokesman, Brigadier General Gunter Katz.

“We know that the Afghan people are concerned about the equipment for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). And yes indeed, we already provided lot of equipments for the ANSF. But we have to acknowledge that there are still some shortfalls and we always said that individual nations sit together, discuss with representatives from the Government and the army how to overcome those shortfalls. And one example of those negotiations is the recent announcement of the US Air Force that declared that they are willing to buy 20 fighter air planes for the Afghan Air force,” ISAF Spokesman, Brigadier General Gunter Katz told TOLOnews.

The MoD expects that Afghan military forces will be equipped with fighter planes, transport planes and drones within few years.

No tangible gains on road to peace

No tangible gains on road to peace

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by Mohammad Reza Gulkohi

No tangible gains on road to peace \

The peace process has become even more ambiguous with the opening of an office for the Taleban in Qatar.
Members of Parliament summoned Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, national security advisor to the president Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta and the head of the High Peace Council Secretariat, Masoom Stanekzai last week.
The closed-door meeting has created more ambiguity than clarity.Spanta, the national security adviser, said there was no “programme” for peace.
MPs confirmed to Killid that the president’s adviser explained that since efforts over the years to talk to the Taleban have not led to peace talks, these contacts cannot be seen as a move towards peace. Efforts by the High Peace Council have not yielded the results that people were expecting, he added.

Many-sided views
There’s great hope and optimism each time a new page is turned in trying to restore peace and stability in the country. But each time people’s hopes are dashed by reactions both from inside and outside Afghanistan.
Atefa Nazari, a teacher in a private school, says, “We hear every night experts talk on TV about the future. But sometimes their views are so discouraging that it we feel so dispirited.” She believes that for lasting peace all political parties and national institutions should sit together and draft a comprehensive strategy. Only then would other countries that are involved in trying to end the conflict “hear” Afghanistan’s views.
Members of Parliament (MP) from Sar-e-Pul Sharif Balkhabi and Sayed Anwar Sadat say Spanta was not optimistic about the outcome in Doha since it was not “as the people and the government want it”. Sadat said he understood from Spanta that “the trend that is going on would not bring peace to Afghanistan.”
Foreign Minister Rassoul and head of the High Peace CouncilSecretariat Stanekzai had different views.
Naqibullah Fayeq, the representative of Faryab, said Stanekzai “insisted” the Afghan government is in “secret contact with Tayeb Aqa, a representative of Mullah Omar.” But he added that Dr Spanta did not think there was anything to suggest there would be peace talks. “The individuals (Taleban) that have contacts with Afghan government are not peace emissaries … the contacts are based on friendship and as compatriots,” he said.
MP from Badakhshan Fawzia Koofi gathers from Spanta’s statements that the government is being secretive about the peace process. “The surprise opening of an office in Qatar is an example of how things are concealed. There are hidden works going on that the people don’t know about,” she asserts.
Voices are again being raised about the usefulness of the High Peace Council. Sadat thinks it should be disbanded “because it has not achieved even a small result in breaking the deadlock over peace with the Taleban”.

Transparent talks
Asadullah, 38, says he returned to Afghanistan hoping for lasting peace. Now many of his relatives have immigrated because they see no future here. But Asadullah is still hopeful. “The authorities should be honest with people and transparent. People’s support and strong backing would be a great strength for the government,” he feels.
MPs think the government owes people an apology for being secretive. Abdul Wahab Erfan,a member of the National Assembly, says people’s feelings have been played with for many years. “The government should take responsibility,” he adds.
“If as Dr Spanta says the peace process has not restarted then why were they discussing (it) so seriously? It is a big shame for the government,” he concludes.
Mohammad Alam Ezedtar, the first deputy of the national assembly, condemns the government. “Authorities are addicted to telling lies.”

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John Kerry Pushing the Zionist Lie That Keeps On Giving

[They have been pulling this same scam for years.  Below is the same, exact headline used in 2011.]

Israeli PM agrees to renew peace talks based on 1967 lines: report,  July 13, 2011 —cache

[Here is the same title of a 2010 report where Netanyahu rejected the US claim about “1967 Lines.”]

Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders,  Aug. 12, 2010

Today’s lie read: 

Israel agrees to peace talks based on ’67 lines

the url is below:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Israel-agrees-to-peace-talks-based-on-67-lines-320250

20 Minutes Later, the url referred to this new story:

Netanyahu denies agreeing to peace talks based on ’67 lines