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Aug 19 15:17

Assad forced to hit advancing ISIS in Syria

As the U.S. military strikes ISIS militants in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of airstrikes against the group's headquarters in the past two days.

Aug 18 20:06

US Bars All American Airlines from Flying Over Syria

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has barred all American airlines from flying over Syria, saying the ongoing conflict poses a "serious potential threat."

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Clearing the airspace for US air strikes?

Aug 18 07:55

Syrian rebels call for U.S. airstrikes as jihadists close in on Aleppo

With the mainstream rebels' foothold in Aleppo becoming increasingly precarious, the Syrian National Coalition urged the international community to "quickly support the Free Syrian Army with weapons and ammunition" so it could "defend its people."

"We call on the international community to use the American air force, or those of any other country to support the Free Syrian Army," the Coalition said in a statement on Saturday, referring to the group's military wing.

Aug 18 05:29

One Word Would Change the World

With that one word, Obama could earn his Nobel Peace Prize and glory in an achievement too long delayed, revel in the dissolution of the power of AIPAC over America, find solace in the reality that under his administration the world found the United States that acted on its true beliefs of inclusiveness of all and for all, both in the United States and in the community of nations.

“How long a time lies in one little word!” (Shakespeare, Richard II )

Aug 17 10:28

Watch: the “Islamic State” (formerly ISIS) from the inside

Flush with cash and US weapons seized during its advances in Iraq, the Islamic State's expansion shows no sign of slowing down. Watch documentary of its inner workings. Read more --> http://sabbah.in/1vY4qdc

Aug 17 02:21

Church launches bitter attack on PM's 'incoherent' Middle East policy

The Church of England has delivered a withering critique of David Cameron's Middle East policy, describing the government's approach as incoherent, ill-thought-out and determined by "the loudest media voice at any particular time".

The criticisms are made in an extraordinary letter to the prime minister signed by the bishop of Leeds, Nicholas Baines, and written with the support of the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Seen by the Observer, it describes the UK's foreign policy as so muddled and reactive that it is "difficult to discern the strategic intentions" of the government's approach to the region.

The letter follows widespread claims that Britain and the west have been slow to respond to unfolding events in Iraq as Islamic State, formerly known as Isis, has imposed its bloody rule across northern Iraq and swaths of Syria.

Aug 16 05:43

MH370 and MH17 — Vanishing point…

Follow the engine wreckage. Follow the cockpit wreckage. Follow the motive. One cannot even imagine the tectonic geopolitical plates clashing were the Kiev regime to be deemed responsible. It would be the vanishing point for the whole – warped – notion of the Empire of Chaos’s “indispensable” exceptionalism.

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by “Putin’s missile” – as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

Where’s Baudrillard when we need him? Had he been alive, the dervish of simulacra would have already deconstructed these two Malaysian planes as mirror images; from absolute vanishing to maximum exposure, then vanished again. They might as well have been abducted – and shot – by aliens. Now you see them, now you don’t.

Aug 15 11:39

Some Reasons to Materialize Iran, Iraq, and Syria’s Gas Pipeline

Iran,Iraq and Syria are working together on a gas pipeline project that will transport gas from the South Pars Field in Assalouyeh, Iran to Damascus via Iraq. Fars Press Agency announced the 1,6000 kilometer pipeline’s transfer capacity would be 110 million cubic meters of natural gas a day, upon completion.

This tri-partite gas pipeline project has two different names. Iran and Iraq's governments have dubbed it the “friendship pipeline”, while some Western media sources call it the "Islamic pipeline”. This double naming belies two different interpretations of the project. From an Iranian perspective, this gas pipeline represents a first step towards a new energy road. From some Western perspectives, this project represents an enlargement in Iran’s sphere of influence.

Aug 15 06:46

Islamic State Is Covert US Intelligence Operation

WASHINGTON, August 13 (RIA Novosti), Lyudmila Chernova - The Islamic State (IS) is a covert intelligence operation by the United States which aims at setting a predicate for further escalation in Iraq, Francis Boyle, a constitutional scholar and law professor at University of Illinois, told RIA Novosti.

"All the implications so far in the public record are that ISIS [IS] is a covert US intelligence operation," Boyle told RIA Novosti Tuesday. "Head of ISIS Abu Bakr Baghdadi spent five years in an American detention facility, and also three of the four military commanders were also in detention by the US forces. So, my guess is that ISIS is indeed a covert US military intervention to set precedent for US escalation in Iraq."

Aug 15 05:09

Mourning Rubble for Gaza

I hoped that some might find value in this.

When darkness overcomes us

And Hope lies in the past

What in our hearts sustains us?

How do we make love last?

When our weakness overwhelms us,

And we watch as children die,

How can we breathe this still foul air?

What makes us even try?

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Aug 14 15:21

Syrian army takes town near Damascus in blow to rebels

Syrian government forces backed by Lebanon's Hezbollah took control of a town just outside Damascus from Islamist fighters on Thursday, a blow to the rebels who had held it for more than a year.

Syrian state television broadcast showed government soldiers in the streets of Mleiha, which lies on the edge of the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus airport and had been surrounded by President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Buildings were damaged or reduced to rubble, and tanks patrolled the streets.

Aug 14 08:58

Syrian rebel commander says he collaborated with Israel

A Free Syrian Army commander, arrested last month by the Islamist militia Al-Nusra Front, told his captors he collaborated with Israel in return for medical and military support, in a video released this week.

Aug 14 07:18

NATO is desperate for war

All hail Ukraine as the new Somalia; a fitting Frankenstein created by the exceptionalist Empire of Chaos.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is desperate; it is itching for a war in battlefield Ukraine at any cost.

Let’s start with Pentagon supremo, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has waxed lyrical over the Russian Bear’s “threat”: “When you see the build-up of Russian troops and the sophistication of those troops, the training of those troops, the heavy military equipment that’s being put along that border, of course it’s a reality, it’s a threat, it’s a possibility – absolutely.”

Aug 14 05:15

Obama: Netanyahu “Too Strong” to Make Peace

In order for peace to ever occur between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to be weakened, United States President Barack Obama asserted.

In an interview with the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, the president said that Netanyahu was “too strong” and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [Abu Mazen] was “too weak.”

According to Obama, in order for Netanyhau to come to the negotiating table and make concessions, the prime minister needs to feel more pressure from his cabinet and Israelis.

The president pointed to the fact that Netanyahu’s “poll numbers are a lot higher than mine,” which “were greatly boosted by the war in Gaza.”

Obama argued that “if he [Netanyahu] doesn’t feel some internal pressure, then it’s hard to see him being able to make some very difficult compromises, including taking on the settler movement.”

Aug 13 18:25

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS, these are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 15:53

ISIS, Israel and US duplicity

Mainstream media wants us to believe ISIS sprung up out of a hole in the ground and became powerful enough to take over large cities without any assistance from the big powers. The ineptitude of that narrative is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The US government claims it has launched several air strikes against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq. These are the same ISIS militants that the US and its client states are supporting in Syria; the same breed and stock of militants they let loose like wild dogs to lynch Gaddafi and wreak havoc in Libya.

Aug 13 12:49

Snowden: NSA Took Down Syria’s Internet, Targeted China

National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the super-secret agency was responsible for taking down Syria’s internet two years ago.

The former NSA employee now living in Russia told WIRED the agency inadvertently took down the country’s only ISP when it attempted to insert a backdoor on the network.

Aug 13 12:08

Last ‘Moderate’ Rebel Area in Northern Syria Poised to Fall

Long the US-backed “moderate” rebel umbrella for the Syrian Civil War, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) became operationally irrelevant long ago, as the US tried to find factions among the Islamist rebels they could spin as palatable. The FSA has remained bankrolled by the US, for all the good it’s done.

Now, the FSA is reporting that literally their last urban territorial possession is on the verge of falling, which would leave them only with a handful of rural areas along the Jordan border.

Aug 13 09:37

Russia to Destroy S-300 Weapons Systems Meant for Export to Syria

Russia’s anti-aircraft S-300 weapons systems, intended for export to Syria before sanctions were imposed, will be destroyed, the director for the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said Monday.

“The S-300 complexes meant for Syria will be destroyed. This decision has been made on the level of the country’s political leadership,” Konstantin Biryulin said.

Asked if the complexes could be sold to a different country, Biryulin said that it was possible, “but very unlikely.”

Aug 13 09:37

ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op

by William Engdahl

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS. ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.
Strange facts

Aug 13 09:17

NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says

When Syria's access to the internet was cut for two days back in 2012, it apparently wasn't the fault of dissenting "terrorists," as the Syrian government claimed: according to Wired, it was the fault of the US government. In a long profile of Edward Snowden published today, Wired writes what Snowden says is the truth about the internet outage. An elite hacking unit in the National Security Agency had reportedly been attempting to install malware on a central router within Syria — a feat that would have allowed the agency to access a good amount of the country's internet traffic. Instead, it ended up accidentally rendered the router unusable, causing Syria's internet connection to go dark.

Aug 13 09:16

NSA was responsible for 2012 Syrian internet blackout, Snowden says

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says the NSA was responsible for a 2012 Syrian Internet outage, in a new profile published Wednesday by Wired.

Aug 13 08:06

ISIS: the Birth of a Terrifying New State

In Iraq the army shows no signs of recovering from its earlier defeats and has failed to launch a single successful counter-attack; in Syria the other opposition groups, including the battle-hardened fighters of al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham, are demoralised and disintegrating as they are squeezed between ISIS and the Assad government.

Aug 13 06:38

Syria’s sarin gas stockpile destroyed, Pentagon confirms

The entire Syrian stockpile of precursors required to make sarin gas has been destroyed by US experts on board a US neutralizer ship, Pentagon officials have confirmed.

Aug 13 02:42

Boycott Israel: Now More Than Ever

It bears repeating. Committed ordinary people can make a difference. It’s the only way constructive change is possible. Bottom up alone works. Never top down. Israel’s day of reckoning awaits.

For many decades, Israel waged genocidal war against millions of defenseless Palestinians with impunity.

Accountability is long overdue. High crimes against peace were committed. Culpable Israeli officials must be punished to the full extent of the law.

The global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for freedom, justice and equality works. Applying them with stepped up teeth more than ever is vital.

Aug 13 02:22

Israel furious as UN unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

Aug 12 22:00

HSBC closes accounts of Syrians in UK

British banking giant HSBC has been accused of racial profiling after closing accounts belonging to Syrian refugees and students living in the UK.

Aug 12 06:48

Hillary Clinton’s Criminality in Benghazi

Last week, former Secretary of State and presumed Democratic 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton writes that her handling of the Benghazi crisis of September 11, 2012 actually provides more impetus for a White House run.

Rather than trotting around the book circuit claiming the mantle of White House frontrunner thanks to her inaction and malfeasance in Benghazi, she should be sitting in the defendant’s chair in a court of law.

The question for Hillary Clinton is not whether she should be president. The question is whether she should be in prison.

Aug 12 06:43

NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

Now, as the Ukrainian military tightens its noose around the remaining rebel strongholds, battering them with artillery fire and aerial bombardments, thousands of neo-Nazi militia members are again pressing to the front as fiercely motivated fighters determined to kill as many ethnic Russians as they can. It is a remarkable story but one that the mainstream U.S. news media would prefer not to notice.

The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of Marinka, just west of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.

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Aug 11 22:24

Islamic State militants threaten Turkey with violence if Euphrates water supply not restored

Islamic State militants have directly threatened Turkey with violence as they swore to “liberate” Istanbul in order to reopen a dam on the Euphrates River. Water flow to parts of Syria and Iraq is at a record low.

Aug 11 14:32

Washington Threatens The World — Paul Craig Roberts

The consequence of Washington’s reckless and irresponsible political and military interventions in Iraq, Libya, and Syria has been to unleash evil. The various sects that lived in peace under the rule of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, and Assad are butchering one another, and a new group, ISIS, is in the process of creating a new state out of parts of Iraq and Syria.

The turmoil brought into the Middle East by the Bush and Obama regimes has meant death and displacement for millions and untold future deaths. As I write 40,000 Iraqis are stranded on a mountain top without water awaiting death at the hands of ISIS, a creation of US meddling.

Aug 11 11:29

Lindsey Graham predicts an ‘American city in flames’ if Obama doesn’t go to war in Iraq

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned on Sunday that militants in Iraq and Syria would attack the U.S. mainland if President Barack Obama did not immediately take military action to stop them.

“I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists’ ability to operate in Syria and Iraq,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “Mr. President, you have never once spoke directly to the America people about the threat we face from being attacked from Syria, now Iraq. What is your strategy to stop these people from attacking the homeland?”

The senior senator from South Carolina recommended a “sustained air campaign in Syria and Iraq.”

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Okay Lindsey, if you really feel that way ...

Here's your rifle.

Here's your parachute.

We ran out of the desert camo but here is a bright day-glo orange jumpsuit left over from the US torture centers. (We cleaned the bloodstains off of it ... mostly)

Watch your head climbing into that transport plane and we'll call ... whoever it is we are supposed to hate this week and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But we remember the lie about stolen incubators that tricked Americans into the first invasion of Iraq.

And we remember the lie about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked Americans into the second invasion of Iraq.

So you will forgive We The People if we sit this next invasion out and keep our young people safe at home.

Fool me once...

UPDATE: I went to post the above on the article at Raw Story only to discover I am now banned from posting there as well, so would someone who is NOT banned at Raw Story please add the above comment.

Aug 11 08:12

“ISIS” in Iraq Composed of Same Fanatics NATO Armed and Supplied in Libya and Syria

Time for Gulf Monarchies to Stop Backing Death Squads — or Else; No Bombing of Iran Or Syria; Due To Murderous Fascist Offensive, Russian Humanitarian Measures in Eastern Ukraine May Be Unavoidable

Aug 11 07:54

Clinton blames Obama for rise of militants

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has blamed the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on failures of US policy under President Barack Obama.

In an interview published on Sunday (local time) Clinton specifically faulted the US decision to stay on the sidelines of the insurgency against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as opening the way for the most extreme rebel faction, the Islamic State.

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Hillary's decision would have been full-on invasion; something to remember in 2016.

Aug 11 06:19

Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

From the American viewpoint, India’s SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) membership literally caps the trajectory of US-Indian strategic partnership.The message is clear: India is unavailable as a ‘counterweight’ against China or as a silent partner to ‘isolate’ Russia.

The heart of the matter is that the SCO has disallowed a security vacuum appearing in Central Asia, which the NATO could have used as an alibi to step in. Put differently, so long as the SCO is around, NATO’s eastward expansion beyond the Caucasus runs into formidable obstacles.

That is to say, SCO challenges the US strategy to project the NATO as the global security organization that bypasses the United Nations as the provider of security. This is precisely why the US has opposed the SCO and did all it could to debunk the grouping.

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Aug 10 08:37

Washington’s Diabolical Agenda in Iraq: US Pledges “Humanitarian Airstrikes” against US Sponsored IS Terrorists

The US has pledged assistance for victims of and even possible “airstrikes” against terrorists who have surrounded and threaten to eradicate thousands of religious minorities in Iraq. However, the terrorists themselves are a product of US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and instrumental in achieving Western objectives across the region. Punitive strikes and aid to the victims of what is essentially a Western mercenary army is part of maintaining plausible deniability.

Aug 09 19:33

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video as the US invades Iraq for the third time, and as a new flood of TV commercials hits the corporate media networks reminding all 18 year-olds that they MUST register for selective service, and because recent revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

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Aug 09 17:36

Hey Israel STOP the Genocide in Gaza — Worldwide protests

In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza (Updated)
by Annie Robins

Comment: Annie Robbins:
Occupier, I fully support non violent resistance. however, in the face of the violent genocidal intent of the occupier and the actions taken to ignite this latest round of violence (WB pogroms, killings, destruction, arrests detainment no doubt leading to torture) i think Palestinians should be able and willing to defend themselves and be proud of their achievements, efforts to protect themselves under siege, oppression. that includes procuring weaponry.

Aug 09 09:40

Busted! U.S. Trained ISIS At Secret Jordan Base!

Aug 09 09:39

Militant Islamic Group ISIS Trained at U.S. Base in Jordan

Jordanian officials recently revealed that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS) were trained in 2012 by U.S. military instructors at a secret base in Jordan.

This militant Sunni group has made violent advances through northern and western Iraq, videotaping executions of civilians and soldiers and taking over Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city.

Aug 09 09:39

Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS

Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq.

Aug 09 09:34

‘Shameless’ HSBC shuts Syrian refugees’ bank accounts in Britain

HSBC has been accused of “shamelessly profiling” its customers by ethnicity after it closed bank accounts belonging to Syrian refugees and students in the UK just days after it was accused of discriminating against Muslim clients.

Aug 09 08:45

John McCain’s Whoops Moment: Photographed Chilling With ISIS

Does anyone remember when I wrote an article last year about John McCain being a traitor? Does the man in the red circle look familiar? Everyone put on your shocked face for John McCain’s whoops moment. It seems the Arizona Senator that is upset at Obama for the mess in Iraq was photographed chilling out with ISIS terrorist leaders in Syria!

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You need to remember that the US funded and created ISIS to use against Syria's Assad. So back then, they aere all buddy-buffy!

Aug 08 10:03

'America Is Coming to Help' Iraq, With More Bombs

n a televised address late Thursday night President Obama announced that he has authorized new U.S. military airstrikes in Iraq.

The president said the bombings may be necessary to stop the advance of a Sunni militant group, called the Islamic State (previously the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS), if they approach the recently increased U.S. forces stationed at a fortified consulate and a military base in the northern city of Erbil.

"To stop the advance on Erbil," Obama stated, "I’ve directed our military to take targeted strikes against ISIL terrorist convoys should they move toward the city. We intend to stay vigilant, and take action if these terrorist forces threaten our personnel or facilities anywhere in Iraq, including our consulate in Erbil and our embassy in Baghdad."

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This is another case of "blowback" from a poorly planned foreign policy. The US funded and trained ISIS to send against Syria's Assad. Then ISIS decided they had had enough of fighting the US' war in Syria and took their US taxpayer paid-for weapons and headed into Iraq, which was looking more attractive because of growing resentment by the people of Iraq against their US puppet regime. The Iraq security forces, also funded and trained by the US, dropped their US taxpayer paid-for weapons and ran, allowing ISIS to add to their arsenal of US taxpayer paid-for weapons and march towards Baghdad. So n ow Obama had ordered US warplanes (paid for again by the US taxpayers) to start dropping bombs (paid for again by the US taxpayers) onto ISIS to destroy their weapons (paid for again by the US taxpayers), along with a token number of food packages (paid for again by the US taxpayers) so Obama can pretend this is a humanitarian mission rather than invasion number three of Iraq.

As we head deeper into WW3, no matter who is fighting who, somehow the US taxpayer gets soaked for the bill!

Aug 06 17:00

The Metamorphosis of Bashar al-Assad

Since the retirement of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez’s death and the interdiction of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to nominate a candidate in Iran’s presidential election, the revolutionary movement is absent a world leader. Or rather, was absent a world leader. However, the incredible tenacity and composure of Bashar al-Assad has made him the only chief executive in the world surviving a concerted attack by a vast colonial coalition led by Washington and beening largely re-elected by his people.

Aug 06 06:35

The War between Gaza and the Zionists

This war belongs to Obama as much as to anyone because it emerged in the vacuum created by Obama’s laziness and lack of courage in standing up to Netanyahu and the Zionist supporters in the US and in Congress.

Hamas’s fight, which is mainly a struggle to lift the siege of Gaza, is an honorable one. Hamas’s fight possess the dignity which the Israeli brutalizers cannot even imagine. In fact, the Zionists gave up any hope of dignity long before they ethnically cleansed Palestine of most of its indigenous population in 1948.

More thoughtful and better informed observer than Obama and Kerry have more correctly noted that the present waves of Hamas rockets was preceded by a sequence of events which left Hamas with little choice except to resist with their only available means, which is firing rockets into Israel.

Aug 06 05:09

What the hell is an Israeli-American?

Mr. Raimondo in a recent article at antiwar.com, in mentioning the Times of Israel article, conveniently now removed from public view, added this comment from the writer of the article when referring to Hamas…..

“Anyone who lives with rocket launchers installed or terror tunnels burrowed in or around the vicinity of their home cannot be considered an innocent civilian.” This was written by an “Israeli-American”.

One is tempted to ask, what the hell is an Israeli-American, where is his allegiance, his loyalty, his respect? Surely such shared allegiances are half of the US problems.

Whereas what was said above may be seen on the surface as a reasonable comment in the Times of Israel, compare the situation in reverse, in or around the vicinity of a Palestinian’s home……………

Aug 05 13:22

Libya’s Destruction A Warning To Egypt, Syria, And Ukraine

RT’s article, “90% of aircraft destroyed at Tripoli airport, Libya may seek international assistance,” reported that:

Libya is considering a deployment of international force to re-establish security amid a flare-up of violence in Tripoli which saw dozens of rockets destroy most of the civilian aircraft fleet at its international airport.

“The government is looking into the possibility of making an appeal for international forces on the ground to re-establish security and help the government impose its authority,” a government spokesman, Ahmed Lamine said in a statement.

Aug 05 05:15

French Report ISIL Leader Mossad Agent :Simon Elliot, aka Al-Baghdadi, son of Jewish parents, Mossad agent

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, so-called ”Caliph,” the head of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is, according to sources reputed to originate from Edward Snowden, an actor named Elliot Shimon, a Mossad trained operative.

Simon Elliot (Elliot Shimon) aka Al-Baghdadi was born of two Jewish parents and is a Mossad agent.

We offer below three translations that want to assert that the Caliph Al-Baghdadi is a full Mossad agent and that he was born Jewish father and mother:

The real name of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is “Simon Elliott.”

The so-called “Elliot” was recruited by the Israeli Mossad and was trained in espionage and psychological warfare against Arab and Islamic societies.

Aug 04 18:04

Paul Findley: The Tyranny of Collective Punishment

Because Israel is at war on largely-defenseless Gaza, America seems automatically at war with the 1.8 million Palestinians struggling for survival there. No U.S. declaration of war occurred, but almost every member of Congress provided full-throated support, it seemed, for Israel’s war role.

The death toll in Gaza topped 1,400 when astounding news appeared last week on the Internet screen: the Houses of Congress adopted a resolution expressing unqualified support and praise for Israel’s assault on Palestinians in Gaza. Not a word of sympathy for the families of the dead and the thousands of other Palestinians injured. The death toll has since risen to more than 1,800.

Aug 04 11:16

How Western Aid Bungled Syria’s Opposition & Paved the Way for ISIS

The takeover of large swaths of Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—and the declaration of a new caliphate within this territory—has captured the attention of every media outlet, pundit, and politician with even a passing interest in Middle East affairs.

The reason for the emergence of ISIS remains hotly contested. Certainly, the Syrian regime’s willingness to employ the worst forms of brutality has created an environment in which ISIS has thrived. Also important has been the Sunni extremism born in the ashes of Iraq. “Moderate opposition forces,” for their part, have also failed to stem the tide of radical extremism.

Aug 04 07:13

Raimondo: Israel, Genocide, and the ‘Logic’ of Zionism

The Israelis and their international amen corner are increasingly open about this: a recent article in the Times of Israel – since taken down – was quite explicit in averring that Israel’s “right of self-defense” includes the option of wiping out the entire population of Gaza.

In our Bizarro World, “Judeo-Nazism” is for real

Aug 04 05:02

Tens of thousands march on the White House for Palestine

In one of the largest mobilizations in solidarity with Palestine in the United States ever, tens of thousands of people from all across the country converged in Washington, D.C., for a rally and march to protest the ongoing massacre in Gaza and the U.S. government’s support for Israeli war crimes.

The Washington Post reported that “A demonstration drew thousands to the White House and the streets of downtown Washington on Saturday afternoon.” ABC News said the demonstration turned “Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square, the park opposite the White House, into a sea of demonstrators.”

Aug 03 08:36

Latin America comes out in force against Israel

Latin America’s leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive — labelling the Jewish state “terrorist”, recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians.

More than 1,400 Palestinians have been killed and 8,000 injured, two-thirds of them civilians, in Gaza in 24 days...

- Diplomatic recalls -

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff this week called the Israeli military operation a “massacre.”

Aug 03 06:55

Anthony Lawson: The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal acts against a defenseless population under Occupation.

Aug 03 06:13

Western plutocracy goes bear hunting

The post-Cold War status quo in Eastern Europe, not to mention in Western Europe, is now dead.

In the US, and a great deal of the EU, a monstrous grotesquerie has developed, packaging Putin as the new Stalinist Osama bin Laden. So far, his strategy on Ukraine was to be patient – what I called Vlad Lao Tzu – watching the Kiev gang hang themselves while trying to sit down with the EU in a civilized manner working for a political solution.

Now we may be facing a game changer, because the mounting evidence, which Glazyev and Russian intel relayed to Putin, points to Ukraine as a battlefield; a concerted drive for regime change in Moscow; a concerted drive aiming for a destabilized Russia; and even the possibility of a definitive provocation.

Aug 03 01:47

Is Fox News More Dangerous Than Isis? Russell Brand

Today's Trews is a Fox News analysis special.

Aug 02 19:21

The Jewish Regimes Onslaught on Gaza: Mask of Zion

The one and only Jonathon Azaziah returns for a nuclear-level discussion of the current Judaic ritual Bloodshed in Gaza.

Aug 02 08:14

Israeli truce to ‘improve’ killing op

It is simply a matter of recognizing and understanding that the Zionist regime is an artificial and illegitimate state that has been unjustly imposed on the people of Palestine for the past 66 years. That historical crime, and its ongoing criminal, genocidal occupation, must be stopped.

The Israeli regime is cynically using “humanitarian ceasefires” as a way of luring Palestinian civilians into further killing zones with the diabolical aim of “improving” its genocidal operation, which has been dubbed with the Orwellian name “Protective Edge.”

Aug 02 02:37

Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East — Chas Freeman and Paul Pillar

WASHINGTON, July 21, 2014 — The Middle East Policy Council’s 77th Capitol Hill Conference convened four experts with in-depth experience in U.S. government and the Middle East to evaluate President Obama’s recent foreign policy speech at West Point and its application to the current turmoil in the region.

Aug 01 17:23

US General Dempsey Another Victim of the American Gulag

Why would anyone – a highly decorated soldier at that – prostrate himself with such unthinking subservience?

As with all the other pundits and politicians slavishly obeying the whip of US media uniformity, it looks like General Dempsey is afraid too, very afraid, of ending up in the gulag that is American isolation for daring to think or speak the truth.

What his public display most probably shows is just how low-grade US intelligence is. If America’s top military leader can seriously regurgitate amateurish lies and fabrications in order to score cheap political points then that illustrates how degraded the highest offices in the US have become.

A soldier is supposed to be a noble warrior standing up for integrity with courage. In America, evidently the leader of its soldiers is too busy worried about getting in line with the prevailing propaganda narrative and thought-police, rather than making independent judgements based on objective evidence and integrity.

Aug 01 16:14

Gaza Genocide and Arab Fratricide

While many have not been shy about calling these crimes genocide, they have come under attack for using the “G” word. Is genocide an appropriate term to use? Well, it is if one has respect for international law and the rules of the genocide convention.

Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich interview with RT International:Ceasefire Deal

Aug 01 08:13

FLASHBACK JANUARY - Syrian torture claims- Without the torture- Unlike Abu Ghraib- Odd?

Experts agree that the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital of Damascus could not have happened the way the US government contends

The attack could not have happened the way the US government contends. If it happened at all?

In such a timely fashion..... what appears today? ‘Evidence’ put together by the Qatar monarchy to manage your reality. If you will just believe unflinchingly. And just as the US showed it’s deceit and dishonesty. Oh but never mind there is torture ya know?

Here’s the story. Syrian regime accused of torture
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The report was commissioned by the Gulf state of Qatar, which backs the Syrian rebels.

The report was commissioned by Qatar, a backer of the murderous mercs.
That's red flag number 1!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yesterday we cast doubt on the authenticity of this Syrian defector code-named "Caesar", being used to mount yet another massive push for the invasion of Syria. As it turns out, this "Caesar" has been floating around the propaganda machine for six months now.

As a side note, when Syria fights back against a foreign-supported mercenary army it is denounced as a war crime justifying invasion by the US, but when Israel bombs a captive population three times in six years, the US calls it "self defense" and sends Israel more weapons!

Aug 01 08:01

Anthony Lawson: The Blood of Palestine is on the Hands of the Bribe-Takers

The blood of the thousands of Palestinians who have been killed by the so-called Israel Defence Forces since the beginning of the siege of Gaza, stains the hands of each and every politician who has done nothing to censure Israel for this cruel and illegal act of virtual imprisonment, or who has taken any kind of bribe to bolster his or her election-campaign coffers, in return for turning their backs on the quite obvious fact that Apartheid Israel has never had any intention other than to genocide the Palestinian people.

Jul 31 17:48

Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq to Remap the Middle East: Prerequisite to a Clash of Civilizations?

Deceit and mischief has been at play. It is no coincidence that Egyptian Christians were attacked at the same time as the South Sudan Referendum, which was supposed to signal a split between the Muslims in Khartoum and the Christians and animists in Juba. Nor is it an accident that Iraq’s Christian, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, began to face a modern exodus, leaving their homes and ancestral homeland in Iraq in 2003. Mysterious groups targeted both them and Palestinian refugees…

Coinciding with the exodus of Iraqi Christians, which occurred under the watchful eyes of US and British military forces, the neighborhoods in Baghdad became sectarian as Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims were forced by violence and death squads to form sectarian enclaves. This is all tied to a US and Israeli project of redrawing the map.

Jul 31 12:30

BEX ALERT - Syrian Defector: Assad Poised to Torture and Murder 150,000 More

Congress was shocked Thursday when a Syrian defector recounted how he documented Assad’s killing of over 11,000 innocents. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to ‘Caesar.’

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is holding 150,000 civilians in custody, all of whom are at risk of being tortured or killed by the state, the Syrian defector known as “Caesar” told Congress Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More pro-war propaganda. I remember the "defectors" the US wagged at us to claim Saddam had nuclear weapons and mobile biological warfare labs (which turned out to be artillery balloon inflators).

I think the boys on Wall Street and DC realize that if they don't get the new world war really cranked up in the next few weeks, they are not going to get it at all. And that means when the US economy implodes, there will be no patsy to blame it on and the American people will take the true authors of all this misery, the private central bankers, and have them tarred, feathered, hanged, drawn, quartered, burned and the ashes pissed on by a rabid wombat!


Jul 30 06:11

UN threatens sanctions on anyone trading oil with ISIS terrorists

The UN Security Council has voiced “grave concern” over reports of oil trading with ISIS militant groups in Iraq and Syria. ISIS has seized control of oilfields in the area and is reportedly using the revenues to finance its nascent Islamic State.

Russia submitted a draft statement to the Security Council on Monday night that would ban crude oil sales by terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq, and potentially sanction anyone that does business with them. The measure “strongly condemns any engagement in direct or indirect trade of oil from Syria involving terrorist groups, and reiterates that such engagement constitutes financial support for entities designated by the Security Council 1267/1989 Committee as terrorist."

The statement also calls on all member states to take “necessary measures” to stop “nationals, entities and individuals” from engaging in transactions linked to non-state actors in the oil industry in Syria.

Jul 27 15:39

Israel army on alert on Syria, Lebanon border

The Israeli army was placed on high alert along the border with Lebanon and in Syria's occupied Golan Heights, the Israeli Radio reported early Sunday.

Jul 25 14:32

Group from Syria en route to commit terror in West: Norway intelligence

The head analyst of Norway’s intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria “to carry out an act of terror in the West,” adding that Norway has been “concretely named” as the target.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FALSE FLAG ALERT!
As usual, they are sure terrorists are on the way, although they don't know who they are, where they are doing, what they are going to do, or exactly where they will show up. And if you believe THAT one I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Why would Assad do such a thing? What does it get him that he needs or wants? Nothing.

But a "terror attack" (nudge nudge wink wink) gives the US an excuse to send troops into Syria and finish the three year effort to oust Assad.

Jul 22 11:43

Syrian capital witnesses "fiercest fighting in months"

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Tuesday that regime forces launched a massive aerial offensive on the neighborhood of Jobar, leaving at least 18 people wounded.

"Starting dawn Tuesday, Jobar saw the fiercest fighting in months, coupled with intense aerial bombardment," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Regime forces launched at least nine strikes on Jobar, while troops on the ground continued fighting. Regime forces also allegedly "deployed tanks..and shelled rebel areas of Jobar," according to the Observatory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot wait to see Jen Psaki try to explain why Netanyahu shelling Gaza is good while Assad shelling the hired mercenaries is bad.

Jul 22 10:13

Erdogan has stopped talking to Obama

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September.

Jul 21 08:36

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how war is cilling innocent children.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 21 08:35

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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This video is now over a half million views! The original article the video was made from is HERE.

As a side note, I tried to post the YouTube URL for this video to Facebook in reply to a question, only to find out that Facebook is blocking this URL for "objectionable content."

If anyone you know is wondering why the US Government seems hell-bent on creating more wars in Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc. send them this video.

Jul 20 07:58

“The Israeli Dream”: The Criminal Roadmap Towards “Greater Israel”?

The concept of a “Greater Israel” according to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, is a Jewish State stretching “’From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.’

Rabbi Fischmann, of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, stated to the UN Special Committee on 9th July 1947 that:

The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon’”, wrote Michel Chossudovsky. (1)

Thus “from the Nile to the Euphrates.” Herzl’s detailed thesis was written in 1904.

Jul 16 08:49

Kurds enter Syria from Turkey to fight ‘Islamic State’ jihadists

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have entered northern Syria to help battle jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab, a monitor said Tuesday.

“At least 800 Kurdish fighters crossed the Turkish-Syrian border to help their comrades in Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), which is under total siege by Islamic State jihadists,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

A Kurdish Syrian activist said the flow of fighters came as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), blacklisted in Turkey as a terrorist organisation, gave orders for Kurdish fighters to move to protect Kobane.

“Fighters started going into Kobane from Turkey some four or five days ago,” said Havidar, who goes by only one name.

“But the latest entry, last night, came after orders from the higher leadership of the PKK. Last night, there were celebrations in Kobane — fighters were firing into the air as they arrived in the town,” he told AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only time will tell if the Peshmerga fighters will win against the Islamic rebels; right now, I would not bet against it.

Jul 15 06:12

Islamic State Terrorism, Iran And Syria Are Now Prepped For The Next False Flag Event

Jul 14 09:32

Islamic State jihadists ‘expel rivals’ from Syria’s Deir Ezzor

The jihadist Islamic State group took control of the rebel-held half of the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor on Monday, buoyed by advances in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring goup said.

Rival rebel groups fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad either gave in and joined the IS or fled from the strategic Euphrates valley city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Assad’s forces remain in control of the other half of the city, a provincial capital and pre-war hub of the country’s oil industry.

According to the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground, IS jihadists are now in control of “95 to 98 percent of Deir Ezzor province”.

Only the regime-controlled half of Deir Ezzor city, a handful of villages and the military airport remain out of IS control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Excuse me, but where, or where, please, are those alleged "moderate rebels" the US government has been funding and training to overthrow Al-Assad?!?

Have they simply taken up the jihadists' calls for a caliphate, and are now aligned with them?!?

I think, at this point in the game, American taxpayers deserve a straight answer on this, after the billions spent on this.

Jul 11 08:56

NBC BEX - Hamas Firing China-Designed, Syria-Made M-302 Rockets: Israel

Smuggled Syrian-made rockets based on a Chinese design have boosted Hamas' 10,000-strong arsenal which is dominated by crude homemade devices, officials and experts say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this were true (and not for one second am I buying this USDA Choice bovine excrement) then it means that Israel's starvation blockade of Gaza is totally ineffective. Israel has justified blocking food, medicine, schools supplies, even students' musical instruments into Gaza, all under the excuse that they are preventing HAMAS from obtaining military weapons.

Well, this sudden Israeli claim that HAMAS has thousands of rockets smuggled in proves the blockade simply does not work, and the only reason Israel continues the blockade is to increase the suffering of the Palestinians!


Jul 10 08:31

Two 'abandoned' cylinders seized in Syria contained sarin - U.N.

Two cylinders reportedly seized by Syrian government troops in an area controlled by armed opposition groups contained deadly sarin, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council published on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But ABCNNBBCBS is pushing how ISIS has Saddam's nuclear and chemical weapons!

Jul 09 11:17

Israeli ground operation "unintended escalation" with Syria & Hezbollah?

Israeli ground operation in Gaza increasingly likely, risking unintended escalation involving Syria and Hizbullah

Jul 09 09:08

1,000-Strong Syrian Rebel Brigade Defects to ISIS

The Syrian Dawud Brigade, a 1,000-strong group of fighters formerly allied to the Islamic Front umbrella, has left its position in the Idlib Province and gone to Raqqa to join ISIS.

The brigade brought with it 100 vehicles, including 10 tanks seized from the Syrian Army during various battles, and is the largest defection so far to ISIS from any rival rebel faction.

The Islamic Front’s “Sham Army” wing downplayed the reports of defection, and insisted they had expelled Dawud, believing them to be a “fifth column” for ISIS.

That seems unlikely with the faction bringing such a large amount of vehicles and weapons with them, but does reflect growing acrimony between ISIS and the Islamic Front, which has claimed to have executed ISIS fighters in recent days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And while all this plays out, Al-Assad is still in power in Damascus.

Not QUITE the scenario the US government had envisioned, with all of its overt and covert interventions here, I would be willing to bet.

Jul 09 08:11

Foreign-backed Syrian opposition picks new head

Syria’s foreign-backed opposition group the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has elected a new head following a three-day meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

On Wednesday, the SNC declared Hadi al-Bahra as the group’s new head.
- See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1609640#sthash.NFzh7YiO.dpuf

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jarba who met with Obama last month is no longer in charge....!!!

Jul 08 07:40

Macmillan backed Syria assassination plot

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive "regime change" in another Arab country they accused of spreading terror and threatening the west's oil supplies, by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria's pro-western neighbours, and then to "eliminate" the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

The plans, frighteningly frank in their discussion, were discovered in the private papers of Duncan Sandys, Mr Macmillan's defence secretary, by Matthew Jones, a reader in international history at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Jul 08 07:39

57 Years Ago: U.S. and Britain Approved Use of Islamic Extremists to Topple Syrian Government

BBC reports that – in 1957 – the British and American leaders approved the use of Islamic extremists and false flag attacks to topple the Syrian government:

Nearly 50 years before the war in Iraq, Britain and America sought a secretive “regime change” in another Arab country… by planning the invasion of Syria and the assassination of leading figures.

Newly discovered documents show how in 1957 [former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom] Harold Macmillan and President Dwight Eisenhower approved a CIA-MI6 plan to stage fake border incidents as an excuse for an invasion by Syria’s pro-western neighbours, and then to “eliminate” the most influential triumvirate in Damascus.

Jul 08 07:26

US State Department recognizes right of Kiev to apply airstrikes on civilians

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said to reporters at a press briefing that the Ukrainian government has every right to conduct attacks on civilians, as this upholds the unity of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Except, of course, when Bashar Al-Assad does it; then we get to invade his country!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 06 08:56

Arab Spring, Jihad Summer

Al-Baghdadi, born Ibrahim al-Badri in Samarra, is an average Sunni Iraqi cleric with a degree in pedagogy from the University of Baghdad. His alter ago was born after Shock and Awe in 2003, and soon metamorphosed into a de facto serial killer - blowing up Shi'ite kids at ice-cream shops or scores of women at Shi'ite weddings.

ISIL's track record in Syria includes banning every flag apart from its own; the destruction of any "polytheist" temple or sanctuary (except if it is Sunni); and strict imposition of Islamically correct women wear. Most of all, it is a track record of terror. This is not an army, rather a well-trained militia of professional mujahid, European passport holders included, with battlefield experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and, to a lesser degree, Chechnya. Heavy weaponizing is petrodollar-financed - the usual, wealthy "Gulf donors", which does not exclude official connections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What frustrates me so intensely here is that it is US governmental policies which have created this mess in the first place, by waging an immoral and illegal war against Iraq for no damned good reason whatsoever, with the Bush administration lying through their teeth about their allegation that Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction."

And because of that, Americans now fully expect every member of the US government to lie to the American people, and the world, with impunity; the difference now, is that no Americans believe anything that the government tells them whatsoever.

Credibility on the part of the US government, 2014: epic fail.

Jul 06 07:40

The Superpower and the Caliphate

The jihadist die is cast, a point of no return for the U.S. strategy of projecting imperial power in the region through armed Islamic fundamentalist surrogates. The international jihadist network, which did not exist before the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan created it to undermine the leftist secular government of Afghanistan in mid-1979, has become a movement that can no longer be controlled. The physical contours of the ISIS caliphate, the movement’s dynamic new focal point, may prove indefensible, especially if the Americans decide they cannot avoid an all-out assault on their former asset. But, whatever the U.S. military response, the game plan that was hatched in 2011 for Libya, Syria, Iraq – for the whole region – is kaput, based as it is on the reliable deployment of jihadists as surrogates for NATO and Arab royals. Worse, the Arab oil potentates understand full well that their own regimes are now in grave danger from the indigenous monstrosity they have created.

Jul 06 07:34

As Shia Shrines Are Targeted and Tikrit Is Strangled, the Fiercest of Wars Lies Ahead

The meltdown of American and British policy in Iraq and Syria attracts surprisingly little criticism at home. Their aim for the past three years has been get rid of Bashar al-Assad as ruler of Syria and stabilise Iraq under the leadership of Nouri al-Maliki. The exact reverse has happened, with Mr Assad in power and likely to remain so, while Iraq is in turmoil with the government’s authority extending only a few miles north and west of Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That absolutely nobody saw this coming demonstrates, very painfully clearly, that the pathological inability to think an idea through to its logical conclusion has been a requirement for hiring by the US government in the past administration, as well as the present one.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with the training of militants to attack Syria, have absolutely not made Americans, or American interests, globally, more safe; these actions have done precisely the polar opposite.

Jul 03 09:04

ISIS Captures Syrian Towns, Key Oil Field

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, activists said.

The extremist group -- which controls large parts of northern Syria and captured vast swaths of northern and western Iraq last month -- is now in almost full control of a corridor stretching from the Syrian border town of Boukamal to the government-controlled provincial capital of Deir el-Zour to the northwest.

Led by an ambitious Iraqi militant known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant this week unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the lands it has seized in Syria and Iraq. It proclaimed al-Baghdadi the head of its new self-styled state and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight: with all the surveillance the NSA does, around the world, they bloody couldn't see this coming?!?

IF they did not see this coming, then every bit of surveillance done by the NSA is NOT about allegedly "keeping Americans safe"; it is about keeping Americans cowed and terrified.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Jul 02 10:41

How to Understand the ISIS Threat

I suspect that a paucity of reliable intelligence is being shoehorned into an acceptable narrative for policymakers to regurgitate. The promotion of the alleged threat includes a conflation of several quite separate issues. It is based on the indisputable fact that a number of young Muslims ostensibly citizens of European countries and the United States, some of whom are indigenous converts to Islam, have gone to perform jihad in the Middle East and South Asia. As the punditry would have it, they must be planning to return home some day and raise hell, a line of reasoning that has spawned several Congressional hearings hosted by the Rep. Peter King of New York on the so-called home-grown terrorism threat.

Jun 27 10:56

‘Fueling Syrian war is last roll of dice for US & it's not working’

The US is providing most of the finance to keep the Syrian war going and arming rebels through Turkey, Kurds and Gulf Arabs, war correspondent and columnist Eric Margolis told RT.

Jun 27 08:05

Obama administration seeking $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels

Request to Congress comes as US searches for effective alternatives to Isis, which has overrun parts of northern Iraq

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so ISIS was trained and equipped by the US Government to use against Assad and that has blown up in their faces in Iraq, so the same US government will find another group to train and equip to use against Assad and hope and pray that this next one doesn't also blow up in their faces. Meanwhile Syria just had elections in which the Syrian people lined up for blocks to vote Assad back into power!

Jun 27 07:23

Kerry Issues Warning after Syria Bombs Iraq

"We've made it clear to everyone in the region that we don't need anything to take place that might exacerbate the sectarian divisions that are already at a heightened level of tension," Kerry said, speaking in Brussels at a meeting of diplomats from NATO nations. "It's already important that nothing take place that contributes to the extremism or could act as a flash point with respect to the sectarian divide."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: "Nobody do nothing until we figure out how to regain control of this situation!"

Jun 25 05:51

Nusra merges with ISIS at Syria-Iraq border town

Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the merger is significant because it opens the way for ISIS to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, where the jihadist group has led a major offensive this month.

Jun 24 11:48

Syrian warplanes strike in western Iraq, killing at least 50

Syrian warplanes struck targets in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people, as foreign allies of Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated government sought to shore up the crumbling Iraqi armed forces and curb the advances of Sunni insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now Assad and Obama are allies?!? :)

Jun 24 08:27

Israel claims Assad’s forces behind cross-border attack that killed teen

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that military forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager.

“We received all the analyses and intelligence: it was clear that it was Syrian authorities,” Lieberman told public radio.

“Assad’s forces fired at the Israeli civilian, on the vehicles that had stopped by the border, and they need to pay the price,” he added.

The 13-year-old Arab Israeli, the son of a defence ministry contractor, was killed on the Golan Heights on Sunday when a missile hit the car he was in with his father.

The army said it was a deliberate attack against Israel, but was initially uncertain as to whether regime or opposition forces were behind it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman: why in the name of heaven would al-Assad's military fire into Israel, knowing it was the most completely stupid thing they could possibly do, and knowing how you, particularly, would LOVE an excuse to invade Syria?!?

Sir, the short, rational answer is, they wouldn't.

And how difficult would it be to get one of the hired mercenaries to fire a rocket in order to target the car in which the kid got killed?

Sir, the short, rational answer is, not very.

Jun 24 07:45

Kurds say they warned MI6, CIA about ISIL

Five months ago, a Kurdish intelligence "asset" walked into a base and said he had information to hand over.

The capture by jihadists the month before of two Sunni cities in western Iraq was just the beginning, he said. There would soon be a major onslaught on Sunni territories.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a renegade offshoot of al-Qaida, was about to take its well known co-operation with leftovers of the regime of Saddam Hussein, and his former deputy Izzat al-Douri, to a new level.

His handlers knew their source had always proved reliable, officials said, so they listened carefully as he said a formal alliance was about to be signed that would lead to the takeover of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the US and UK knew....why did they not act on this months before?!?

Jun 24 06:38

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Militants Start Exiting Yarmouk Camp in Damascus

The withdrawal of militants from Yarmouk camp took place following an agreement between the militants and the Syrian government.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian Electronic Army in a protest move against what it called spread of fabrications about Syria, once again hacked the Reuters news agency website.

The International Business Times reported that the Reuters users faced the sentence titled "stop spread of fabrications and fake reports and articles against Syria".

Meantime, Syrian troops killed 40 militants from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the Damascus suburb of al-Qonaitara.

Jun 23 08:30

BACK TO BAGHDAD!

One would think the neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War – the worst disaster for the United States since Vietnam – would never emerge from hiding.

Not so. With dazzling chutzpah, former Vice President Dick Cheney, the real power in the Bush administration, just claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for the growing mess in Iraq.

Obama is a wimp allowing America’s foes to run rampant across the Mideast and Eastern Europe, growled Cheney. He wants US troops to reoccupy Iraq, and maybe Syria. Cheney’s blustering was applauded by another over-the-hill dotard, Republican party leader Sen. John McCain.

Out from the Washington woodwork crept a swarm of neoconservatives. They joined Cheney in blasting Obama over Iraq and calling for more wars against the Muslim world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they think war on the Middle East is so great, give them all rifles and parachutes, load them on a plane, and drop them in. BUT LEAVE OUR KIDS AT HOME!

Jun 23 07:03

U.S. offer full support for Lebanese fight on terrorism

U.S. Ambassador David Hale said Monday that Washington is offering Lebanon it's full support to combat terrorism.

“We stand by your side and offer full support, assistance and partnership to the ISF and Lebanese Army,” Hale said on his Twitter account.

His comments came following a meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam where the two men discussed U.S. support for Lebanon’s security and management of the spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.

Jun 23 06:56

Israel bombing Syria - time to wag Hitler at us all!

Hitler's secret millions: Nazi leader dodged £1.75m in tax and even charged a royalty for his image to be used on stamps, new documentary claims

Jun 23 06:51

Terror Created by British Intelligence Will Be a Threat for “Many Years”

British intelligence directly responsible for handling and protecting terrorists

Jun 23 06:50

John McCain Photographed With ISIS Terrorists Last Year

John McCain met with ISIS terrorists last year and told reporters that they were freedom fighters

Jun 23 06:37

Iraq ISIS Crisis — The Zionist Treason that Has Led Syria, Iraq and Ultimately America to Disaster

In the most hypocritical statement to date, one of the most radical supporters of aid to the terrorists in Syria, made the following statement quoted by a CBS News article, “Will ISIS plan a 9/11-style terror plot against the U.S.?”

“Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that U.S. officials have warned the next major attack on U.S. soil could emanate from the region.

“The seeds of 9/11s are being planted all over Iraq and Syria,” Graham said. “They want an Islamic caliphate that runs through Syria and Iraq…and they plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home.”

Jun 22 08:10

Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Sunni militants taking over Iraq have quickly gained power because the United States has armed their group in Syria.

“I think we have to understand first how we got here,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have been arming [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] ISIS in Syria.”

ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, has been collaborating with the Syrian rebels whom the Obama administration has been arming in their efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Paul explained.

Jun 21 06:42

Iran Exposes ISIS! Top Commander Says It's Supported by US, Israel and KSA!

Jun 20 10:21

Syria’s Press Conference the United Nations Doesn’t Want You To See

Yesterday at 11am, the Syrian Mission to the United Nations convened a press conference featuring people from the US who observed the recent elections.

Five minutes into the opening comments of Syrian Ambassador Bashar Al-Jaafari, the UN webcast cut off. The thousands of journalists, political analysts, and others who view UN webcasts each day from all over the world were denied the ability to watch the press conference, and hear what was said.

This is not the first time this has happened when Bashar Jaafari is speaking. This occurred on June 7th earlier this year, and on numerous occasions throughout 2013. Reporters at Inner City Press reported that this is not accidental, but was ordered by Michele DuBach, Acting Deputy Director-News & Media Operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a nutshell, international observers found nothing at all suspicious in the recent Syrian Presidential elections. Assad won with a huge voter turnout. This demolishes the US justification for supporting the hired mercenaries who have been trying to covertly overthrow Assad for three years now on the claim that the Syrian people suffer under a cruel tyrant.

Jun 18 11:17

ISIS Secures US-Made Weapons, Ships Tanks to Syria Front

Creating and equipping a brand new Iraqi military wholecloth was no problem for the US. It was a win-win, a chance to train up a new “ally” and ship massive amounts of US arms-makers equipment abroad.

It’s looking less wise now, as the Iraqi soldiers drop their US gear and run, and the advancing Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the same group that used to be al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) during the US occupation, is finding itself in possession of a lot of shiny new US military exports.

Jun 18 07:48

The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Being Told

Jun 17 12:52

Here We Go Again: Chemical Weapons Used (Again) In Syria, According To "Watchdog"

Fast forward a month later when, somehow, Obama has inexplicably found himself embroiled a bevy of new scandals, including the Berghdal Snafu and the Iraq collapse, which had the US first not sending troops on the ground to Iraq, until troops were sent over the weekend.

So what is the great US distraction machine to do? Why Rinse, Repeat of course. Moments ago from Reuters:

CHEMICAL WEAPONS WATCHDOG SAYS EVIDENCE SUGGESTS CHLORINE GAS-LIKE CHEMICALS HAVE BEEN USED IN SYRIA

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

Jun 17 06:18

Why ISIS gains in Iraq are reshaping Syrian regime's war strategy

Syria's regime has relied on Shiite fighters to claw back territory from rebels. A draw down of Iraqi Shiites to defend the homeland from ISIS militants puts more strain on Hezbollah.

Jun 11 09:18

Iraq crisis: Militants 'seize Tikrit' after taking Mosul

Islamist insurgents in Iraq have seized the city of Tikrit, their second major gain after capturing Mosul on Tuesday, security officials say.

Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, lies just 150km (95 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has vowed to fight back against the jihadists and punish those in the security forces who have deserted.

The insurgents are from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.

It controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, in a campaign to set up a Sunni militant enclave straddling the border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, I think we can reasonably come to the conclusion that the invasion and occupation of Iraq, coupled with the completely unsuccessful attempt at regime change in Syria, have resulted in a complete, epic, flustercluck for the United States government.

The lack of critical thinking, and zero knowledge of world history manifested by this Administration, has led to some really lousy decision making coming out of DC, and that is a real problem, both for Americans and for the world.

Jun 10 09:53

Syrian government begins releasing prisoners

Assad’s regime has begun releasing prisoners from government jails under the general amnesty that was announced Monday, AFP reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two important aspects to this story. For one, Syria has a President who actually keeps his promises! That is historic! We could use one of those ourselves! I don't think the USA has had a President who actually kept his promises since Andrew Jackson kept his promise to shut down the Second Bank of the United States.

The other aspect is that a general release of prisoners is a clear signal that the war in Syria is over ... and the US proxies lost.

Jun 09 11:47

Susan Rice’s Latest Whopper: “Our Leadership Is Unmatched”…

Defending President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as one of global leadership – rather than the passive stance his critics portray – National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Friday the United States was taking important steps in Syria by offering both “lethal and non-lethal” aid to the moderate opposition fighting a bloody civil war.

Jun 09 07:05

Syrian President Assad Grants General Amnesty

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued Monday Legislative Decree no. 22 for 2014 granting a general amnesty for crimes committed before June 9, 2014.

State television cited Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad as saying the decree was issued in the context of “social forgiveness, national cohesion calls for coexistence, as the army secures several military victories.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assad has won re-election, has recaptured most of Syria from the hired mercenaries, and now offers a general amnesty. The US has lost all justification for further involvement in Syria ... which means the invasion is ON!

Jun 05 06:51

Is Washington Planning a Terrorist Operation against Syria in the Wake of the Elections?

There are indications that Washington and its allies are planning a new wave of destabilization involving the influx of weapons and death squads to be carried out in the wake of the June 3 Elections. This “civil war destabilization scenario” is to be supported by a new package of US military aid announced by President Obama on May 28th, less than a week before the June 3 elections.

In mid May, two weeks before the elections, Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that the US and its allies “would increase all aspects of support for the mainstream Syrian opposition fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad”.

Confirmed by John Kerry, these efforts consist in accelerating the flow of weapons to opposition fighters ahead of the elections:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bashar Al-Assad won this election with almost 88% of the Syrian vote, but never mind what the Syrian people want: the US (and Israel) want regime change in Syria as a prelude to an attack against Iran, after the P5+1 talks with Iran are engineered to fail before the July 20th deadline here.

It has become an uncomfortable reality of being an American citizen that in the 21st century, those values for which I used to think this country stood, no longer exist.

There is no honor; there is no truth; there is no peace; there is no freedom; and their is no honoring of human rights in this country, or outside of it, when there are specific geopolitical outcomes which are desired by the rulership of this country.

It is rarely ever their kids who are going to be maimed for life, or killed outright, in what are essentially wars ultimately for private profit. That is why these immoral and illegal wars are fought; for private profit.

Jun 04 09:55

Al-Qaida leader dressed in 'drag' arrested by Syrian government

Syria's government troops on Tuesday arrested the commander of a ruthless and deadly al-Qaida group when he attempted to escape looking like a Muslim drag queen, according to Middle East news outlets. An army unit loyal to President Bashar al-Assad captured the Ahrar Al-Sham leader after the terrorist group was defeated in an intense battle, according to Fars News Agency.

Jun 04 09:19

An Illegitimate Election? Think again.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Vote in Presidential Elections. Massive Support for Assad.

Why are US-backed politicians in Lebanon angry when Syrians want to vote freely?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because they won't vote the way we want them to vote!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 08:51

Norweigan general leads UN team into Syria to talk about UN mission to verify cease-fire

A team led by a Norwegian major general arrived Thursday in Damascus to negotiate the possible deployment of U.N. monitors for any cease-fire between Syrian troops and rebel forces.

Ahmad Fawzi, a spokesman for peace envoy Kofi Annan, reported the arrival and said the U.N. is already asking members to contribute 200 to 250 soldiers to monitor a cease-fire that officials hope would start April 10.

Annan has asked the Norwegian major-general, Robert Mood, to begin discussing with the Syrian authorities “the eventual deployment of this U.N. supervision and monitoring mission,” Fawzi said.

Such a contingent would first have to be authorized by the 15-nation Security Council.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly wouldn't hold my breath that magically, just because of a date on a calendar, that the "rebel forces" (read: hired mercs) will lay down their weapons, and sing "Kumbyah", along with Syrian forces.

My suspicion is that Annan pushed al-Assad for this deadline for cessation of hostilities because such a deadline is not achievable.

And what happens, then, on the 11th of April, if there has been no substantive cease-fire? And what world player will be willing, if not eager, to act, even without a UN mandate?

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against some kind of "shadow NATO engagement" to bring about regime change, but the kind of involvement which couldn't quite be pinned directly on NATO by a very angered China and Russia, which would, reasonably, see such an action as an "end-run" against the UN, and done without any UN mandate whatever.

Apr 05 04:59

Reporter: Al Jazeera told me to ignore Syria intervention


Al Jazeera has supplied Syrian rebels with satellite communication tools to ensure telephone and Internet connection, claims Ali Hashim, a former correspondent of the Qatar-funded channel. The equipment was smuggled from Lebanon, he told RT.

Apr 04 19:11

In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

Apr 04 13:56

Al Jazeera Smuggled Satellite Communication Tools To Syria Rebel

A former Al Jazeera correspondent reveals the news outlet smuggled Satellite internet and phone communication tools to the Syria rebels through Lebanon.

Apr 04 12:03

US Mercenaries Intervening In Syria - Leaked Emails

Leaked emails show that US Mercenaries are working with armed terrorists in Syria to overthrow Assad at the request of and under air cover of US officials.

Apr 04 09:50

Syria: America Steps onto the Slippery Slope

As I've said before, the Syrian situation is such a mess that I don't claim to have a solution. And I guess that limits how indignant I can get about solutions that other people are pushing, including those that my government is pursuing. But could we at least be honest about we're doing? The U.S., by giving the rebels this communications equipment, is now officially helping Syrians kill other Syrians. That's a big step.

There was one other big development at the "Friends of Syria" conference that the Times story was about: Some Arab states are creating a $100 million fund to pay rebel soldiers. Put these two developments together and this looks a lot like the first few steps toward a thoroughgoing intervention by a coalition involving the U.S., Arab states, and others.

Apr 04 09:09

US: UN Must Act Against Syria After April 10 Deadline

A new UN Security Council resolution reiterating their approval of the Kofi Annan ceasefire deal in Syria and urging both sides to stop fighting by April 10 has been stalled on specific wording, with the US seemingly trying to work the resolution into some sort of mandate.

US Ambassador Susan Rice insisted that the United Nations has to act “urgently and seriously” against Syria once the April 10 deadline the Annan government agreed upon passes, assuming there is no halt to operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to US Ambassador Susan Rice to the UN: How do you get your Russian and Chinese counterparts on board with the wording of such a resolution?

And if you cannot get them on board with this UN Syrian resolution, Madam Ambassador, what then?!?!?Are we to expect NATO to attack and invade on the 11th?!?

And who the heck gave the US government the moral authority to speak for the world on this?!?

And Madam Ambassador, the short answer is, nobody!!

Apr 04 07:20

“Friends of Syria”—the antechamber of a wider Mideast war

The so-called “Friends of Syria” conference convened in Istanbul last Sunday marks a major escalation in fomenting civil war and preparing for direct imperialist intervention. What is envisioned and is being actively prepared is a bloodletting that will eclipse the death toll thus far in the Syrian conflict and a war that has the potential of triggering a global conflict threatening millions.

Led by Washington and its principal NATO allies—Britain, France and Germany—together with Saudi Arabia and the rest of the reactionary Persian Gulf oil monarchies and Turkey, the conference produced two substantive developments.

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