“coalition who claim to be combating the takfiri scheme are not honest.”

Hezbollah deputy chief slams anti-ISIS coalition

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Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem. (File/The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem Friday blasted the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, accusing Washington and partner countries of creating the militant group.

“We hear the world wants to confront ISIS because it represents takfiri terrorism. Who created ISIS? Those who want to fight [ISIS] are the ones who raised and funded ISIS,” Qassem told a local prize distributing ceremony.

His comments came in a statement released by Hezbollah Friday.

Qassem said the U.S. has provided ISIS with weapons and training “starting from Afghanistan all the way to Syria and Iraq.”

Gulf countries, on the other hand, according to the Hezbollah official, “paid a lot of money to make them [ISIS] strong in order to [carry out acts of] sabotage in their name and on behalf of America.”

“And Israel opened hospitals [to ISIS casualties]; and contact between takfiris in Syria’s Qunaitra and Israel is constantly ongoing, uninterrupted, because they are part of this scheme,” Qassem said.

“Therefore, those from the [U.S.-led] coalition who claim to be combating the takfiri scheme are not honest.”

He said the world today was witnessing a confrontation between two schemes: the resistance scheme which is honest, sincere and divine; and the scheme led by the U.S. and Israel, which seeks to plunge men into destruction at all intellectual, political and economic levels.

“God willing, victory shall be the resistance’s,” Qassem added.


POLL–US Trust In Government and Its Lapdog Media Flatline

[There is a simple explanation for this trend…Most Americans have learned the hard way that government and US media only deal in lies. Government officials spoon-feed us the lies in “soundbite” format, while media expands upon govt. lies, fleshing-out the fabricated details of the latest “news” that they want us to believe. Neither can be trusted, yet the govt. keeps on making even bigger mistakes on our behalf, while the media creates the false narrative that is used to steer us all away from any real truth. We need citizens investigative committees to out the liars and correct the false “history” that they have been able to construct.]

US trust in govt, media at record low – poll

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Reuters / Shannon Stapleton

Americans are less confident in the government than ever before and consider it a bigger problem than the economy and unemployment, according to a comprehensive social survey for 2014 and a just-released Gallup poll.

Only 10 percent of Americans consider the nation’s job situation to be the top problem. Eleven percent are most worried about the economy, according to a Gallup poll published Thursday. Meanwhile, 18 percent say the government is the biggest problem the country is facing.

‘Analysis of the General Social Survey for 2014,’ published Wednesday by the Associated Press, indicates that confidence in the government is at an all-time low. Only 11 percent of adult Americans interviewed had high confidence in the executive branch, and a record-high 44 percent said they had “hardly any confidence at all.”

AP-NORC Center and GSS

AP-NORC Center and GSS

Confidence in the US Supreme Court is at 23 percent, while only five percent are confident in Congress. Both are historical lows since the GSS survey was first conducted in 1972 by the NORC Center for Public Affairs at the University of Chicago.

While confidence in the White House tends to vary depending on party affiliation, the new survey reveals that confidence among Democrats decreased from 25 percent in 2010 to 18 percent in 2014.

Over half of Americans express hardly any confidence at all, while only 7 percent of Democrats, 5 percent of independents and 3 percent of Republicans have a great deal of confidence in Congress,” said the analysis by AP and NORC.

Though confidence in the US military is dropping, it remains above 50 percent.

AP-NORC Center and GSS

AP-NORC Center and GSS

Trust in the media is low as well. Only seven percent of Americans polled have a large amount of confidence, while 44 percent have hardly any at all. Only three percent of Republicans and 10 percent of Democrats have a lot of confidence in the press. Only one in 10 Americans has a lot of confidence in television.

While only 10 percent are confident in organized labor, more Americans trust banks and financial institutions than before – 15 percent now, up from an all-time low of 11 percent in 2010. Only 10 percent have a lot of confidence in organized labor.

Not everything seems bleak, however. Thursday’s Gallup poll showed that 31 percent of Americans are satisfied with the country’s direction – a small drop from 33 percent during the 2012 presidential campaign. The all-time low was seven percent during the financial crisis in 2008, and the all-time high was in February 1999, during the dot-com boom.

Gallup polled 1,025 adults between March 5-8. The General Social Survey was based on interviews with a representative sample of 2,538 adults, conducted between March and October 2014.