MIDDLE EAST

Apr 24 12:27

Targeted killing could become a game for all if we fail to nail the warmongers

Stuart Littlewood examines the justifications given by Western and Israeli politicians for prima facie illegal political assassinations, and wonders what would happen if those same excuses were used against these same politicians.

Apr 24 09:55

Intensive US Drone Strikes on Southern Yemen Lead to Retaliatory Assassinations

An intensive bombing campaign carried out jointly by US drones and Yemeni government forces has left a reported 68 people dead in a three-day-long operation against al-Qa’ida suspects in the south of the country.

The “massive and unprecedented” operation – as one Yemeni official was quoted as describing it – marks a significant escalation in Yemen’s fight against the extremist group. As of today, officials said 65 militants were among the dead, as well as three civilians.

The US has targeted al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is based in Yemen, claiming it is the most dangerous al-Qa’ida affiliate in the world. A more likely explanation is that a drone campaign there is easy to conduct because the Yemeni government supports the attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The whole notion of extrajudicial assassination is absolutely,completely contradictory to every aspect of US (and international) law we have cherished in this country for well over two centuries.

And if the Administration believes it has the right to assassinate anyone anywhere, how big a leap of logic to believe that it can assassinate Americans right here at home?!? Unfortunately, the short answer is, not much.

The right to due process, to have a case heard a jury of your peers, is well and truly flushed by these procedures conducted by the White House, and I am utterly ashamed of my country for doing this.

The US has made it painfully clear, in Yemen and other places, that the notions of freedom, transparency in government, democracy, and human rights are only niceties when they don't get in the way of "doing business as usual."

Were Yemen not bordering the oil giant Saudi Arabia, with fear of a contagion of unrest there, this would never be happening.

Radicalism is not a path chosen by people who believe that they have some say in their government's actions; have meaningful work, at reasonable wages, and have some basic rights and privileges.

I mean, can you imagine a Swiss national picking up an AK 47 and screaming, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!!!" then shooting at a government building? A hardly likely scenario, you must admit.

It is chosen by those who see their government as unalterably corrupt; by those who are horrifically poor, and see no other way of improving their lives than to revolt against their government.

The late President Kennedy put it bluntly: "Where peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

Apparently, the US government believes that it is cheaper to bomb the radicals to bloody smithereens than to insist, concretely, that the Yemenite government really make a far better effort to take care of their own people.

This appears to be yet another "US foreign policy by dart board"; and the long term consequences of these actions are not being thought through at all.

I would strongly caution the White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department that should the Al-Hadi government fall to the rebels, because of all the assassinations done here, coupled with the US government's enabling of the Yemenite government in brutalizing its people, we may well be looking at one of the most virulently anti-American regime in the Middle East.

And the US government will have absolutely no one else to blame, should that happen, courtesy of its lousy decision-making here.

Apr 24 08:35

UK launches biggest maritime investment in Bahrain

Work has started on a BD6.3 million ($16.6 million) expansion of the UK Maritime Component Command (UKMCC) complex in the Juffair district of Bahrain.

The project is the maritime forces’ biggest investment on foreign soil and is being built with British money procured through Foreign Military Sales, according to the report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

British Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Francois attended the official ground-breaking ceremony yesterday, as part of his two-day trip to Bahrain.

He was joined by British Ambassador Iain Lindsay, Royal Bahraini Navy Force Commander Commodore Abdulla Said Al Mansouri and officials from the UK Maritime Component.

The project comprises a new headquarters and an engineering and logistics facility.

Both buildings are due to be completed by July 2015 to coincide with the completion of the Salman Naval Base, previously known as Mina Salman Port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this article.

That such an action could come from the country which gave Britain - and the world - the Magna Carta, should be an horrific embarrassment to the current government in the UK, but apparently, is not at all.

Bahrain is one of the most repressive, anti-democratic countries in the Middle East, where even the most peaceful of protests against a sclerotic Sunni monarchy can be met with huge prison sentences against both the protestors, and the first responders who treated protestors for the very brutal wounds caused by Bahraini police and military.

There is massive repression against the Shiite majority of its citizens, and absolutely uncontrolled use of force by its military and police.

So far, the protests have been peaceful. But if that changes, and the monarchy is forced out, the potential for this country to become one of the most virulently anti-Western of Middle Eastern governments is huge.

By investing in this base so intently, the UK is enabling the really bad behaviour of this government against its own people. But of course, the UK, very much like the US, only believes in "freedom, democracy and human rights"... when they don't get in the way of business as usual, and that is a bloody shame.

Apr 24 08:04

Breaking News - Israel suspends peace talks in response to Palestinian unity deal

RT - Israel suspends peace talks in response to Palestinian unity deal

(details to follow)

Apr 24 02:59

Two Thirds of Rebel Fighters In Syria Are European Citizens

According to the report, entitled “Greenbirds: Measuring importance and influence in Syrian Foreign Fighter Networks’”, around 10% of the foreign fighters are from Eastern Europe, Bulgaria included.
The largest share of foreign fighters comes from the UK – 17.9% of fighters in Syria were from the UK, based on their database of 190 fighters identified from their social media accounts.
There is also a considerable number of citizens of France – 11.6%, Germany – 11.1%, Sweden – 10%, 8.9% from Belgium and 6.3% from the Netherlands. The report claims that there is a total of 5.3% citizens of Australia, Canada and the US.

Apr 23 16:40

Secret American base in Libya reportedly seized by jihadists

A secret base in Libya that has reportedly been used up until recently by United States special operations forces may have been taken over by local militants linked to Al-Qaeda, a new report suggests.

Apr 23 13:59

Meet Dave, your Christian “Dyno-Rod”

Stuart Littlewood reflects on the “Christian” rhetoric of Prime Minister David Cameron, whose actions belie his supposedly “Christian” sentiment, and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, whose moral outrage carefully tip-toes around Israel.

Apr 23 11:33

Report: Benghazi Could Have Been Prevented if the US Hadn’t ‘Switched Sides in the War on Terror’

‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’

Apr 23 10:50

Kedem complex: The final piece of Israel’s complete control over Al-Aqsa mosques

Kedem complex was the final piece Israel needed to secure its complete control over the area around al-Haram al-Sharif. Now tourists will enter from Jaffa Gate , walk through the Jewish quarter, see the Western Wall, visit the City of David and get their information from the Kedem complex. The experience would reinforce both the idea of Israel's physical control of the area and a hardline nationalist narrative associated with Israel's far right. The sites and signs will look Israeli; all the information and tours will consolidate an exclusively Jewish narrative. Most Israeli and foreign tourists will have no idea that they are in Palestinian territory. It will feel to them like they are still in Israel. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21984

Apr 23 10:40

All is not lost for Palestinians, even if talks hit the buffers

With the Palestinian leaderships committed to hopeless strategies, a third way has begun to emerge. With Israel's demand for "unconditional surrender" from the Palestinians, "the road to South Africa has been paved". Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21979

Apr 23 10:26

Meet David Cameron, your Christian ‘Dyno-Rod’

Over the Easter holidays the UK's prime minister, David Cameron, was on his knees "doing God" in the run-up to European elections. And he sparked a great commotion in the media by claiming Britain is "a Christian country" Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21972

Apr 23 06:05

New Report Proves Treason at the Highest Degree from Obama and Hillary Clinton. D.C. needs to begin Impeach Proceedings Immediately!

A report out about the Benghazi murder of the Ambassador, Stevens proves the U.S. was behind the terrorist groups that murdered him.

The report also proves that the U.S. is the one who supplied the guns to Al Qaeda in Libya and the revolution there to oust Gaddafi.

'The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,'

'Some look at it as treason,' said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission's research.Retired Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, another commission member, told reporters Tuesday that those weapons are now 'all in Syria.'

CONgress ignored Fast and Furious, NSA, IRS, NDAA, and all the other Treasonous acts of the Administration! We can NOT allow them to ignore this!

Apr 22 19:32

Meet David Cameron, your Christian ‘Dyno-Rod’

British PM has certainly helped make a big difference to people's lives across the globe.Cameron was among those who stupidly voted for war with Iraq, which caused mega-death and destruction, shredded the lives of everyone there and wrecked their ancient civilisation. He went on the prod in Libya with generally disastrous consequences for its people. He was itching to bomb Syria but, mercifully, Parliament stopped him. And he has inflicted vicious sanctions on the Iranians, with the intention of ruining their economy, for no reason except Israel and America wished it. Now he wants to mix it with the Russians without knowing the facts.

Apr 22 09:22

Obama: “Remaking the Middle East”: The American Gulag

During the beginning of his first term in office President Obama promised “to remake the Middle East into a region of prosperity and freedom”. Six years later the reality is totally the contrary: the Middle East is ruled by despotic regimes whose jails are overflowing with political prisoners. The vast majority of pro-democracy activists who have been incarcerated, have been subject to harsh torture and are serving long prison sentences. The rulers lack legitimacy, having seized power and maintained their rule through a centralized police state and military repression.Direct US military and CIA intervention, massive shipments of arms,military bases, training missions and Special Forces are decisive in the construction of the Gulag chain from North Africa to the Gulf States.

Apr 22 09:20

Director of Israel’s home front ministry resigns

The director general of Israel’s Homefront Security Ministry has stepped down over dispute with the Ministry of Military Affairs that he says has left his ministry paralyzed.

Dan Ronen tendered his resignation Tuesday in a letter he sent to Homefront Security Minister Gilad Erdan, in which he explained that the ministry does not have the necessary tools to successfully discharge its responsibilities.

Apr 21 17:13

Crimes against Peace”: Historic Class Action Law Suit against George W. Bush

We now know that the Bush Administration began a concerted effort to scare and mislead the American public in order to obtain support for the Iraq War. As alleged in the complaint, this included the famous phrase that “the smoking gun could not be a mushroom cloud,” which was used repeatedly by Administration officials on news shows as a way of equating non-action with the vaporization of a United States city. The Administration used bogus and false intelligence to make the case for weapons of mass destruction, and also falsely linked al Qaeda to Iraq, despite the fact that there has never been any evidence of any operational linkages between the two. These were not simple mistakes: this was an intentional campaign by Administration officials to use faulty data to garner support for a war.

The crime of aggression was completed when these officials failed to secure proper authorization for the war. So concerned with their invasion, the Administration dismissed any need for a formal Security Council mandate. Today, Kofi Annan, an official Dutch inquiry, the Costa Rican Supreme Court, a former law lord from the House of Lords (Lord Steyn) and a former chief prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials (Benjamin Ferencz) have all concluded the Iraq War was illegal under international law.

Apr 21 07:08

Syria starts registration of presidential hopefuls

People’s Assembly of Syria has called on candidates to register for the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

According to the speaker of the assembly, Mohammad Jihad Lahham, the presidential vote for Syrians inside the country will be held on June 3, the official SANA news agency reported on Monday.

Voting for Syrians living outside the Arab country will take place on May 28, he added, noting that candidates seeking to run for president could register their candidacy from April 22 to May 1.

Damascus has insisted that it will hold the elections despite the foreign-backed militancy that has plagued the country for more than three years.

Apr 20 20:23

Two candidates to run for president: Egypt

Egypt's election commission says only two candidates, one of them former army chief and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, will run in next month's presidential election.

Sisi will face leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi as they were the only candidates to submit their papers to run in the polls, the commission said on Sunday.

Apr 20 19:41

BEX Alert: Hollande: Indications that Assad still using chemical weapons

French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday that France has indications that the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad is still using chemical weapons, though it still lacks proof.

In an interview with the Europe 1 radio station, Hollande said that France has "some elements of information" regarding the use of chemical weapons by Syria, but "I do not have proof so I cannot give it here."

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also spoke of new "information, that needs to be verified, that there have been chemical attacks recently.

Apr 20 19:28

Humanitarian aid convoy enters Gaza Strip

A convoy of Arab and European activists has arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip, in an effort to break an ongoing Israeli blockade of the coastal enclave, Press TV reports.

The international humanitarian convoy dubbed “Miles of Smiles 26” arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing on Sunday and will stay there for a few days. More than thirty activists from Arab and European countries are carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies for hospitals in Gaza.

Apr 20 07:29

US Drone Strike Kills 21 in Yemen, Including Civilians - At Least Five Bystanders Killed in Attack Along Highway

A US drone attacked a highway in Yemen’s southeastern Bayda Province, killing at least 21 people, including a number of civilian bystanders, and wounding many more.

Apr 19 16:46

Obama's latest drone attack manages to only kill 3 innocent people

A drone strike in Yemen on Saturday killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants but also inadvertently resulted in the deaths of three civilian day laborers, a high-level Yemeni government official told CNN.

Apr 19 13:35

An American plane in Iran explained by Tehran

Despite the Islamic Republic’s off-limit trade status, a US corporate jet was spotted on the tarmac of a major airport in Tehran, fueling speculation in aviation and political circles as to how and why the aircraft got there.

Apr 19 08:49

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Apr 18 19:06

Mastermind of CIA torture program describes it a 'success'

The mastermind of the US Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program has hit the headlines after seven years to defend the spy agency’s torture techniques.

In an interview with the Guardian published on Friday, James Elmer Mitchell has described the CIA's “enhanced interrogation” program as a “success”.

Apr 18 15:04

#there_was_no_Palestine collection

Some of @sabbah photo collection of Palestine ( Refuting #there_was_no_Palestine ). See gallery --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21939

Apr 18 10:04

Pictures Don’t Lie: Refuting #there_was_no_Palestine

Join the twitter meme #there_was_no_Palestine, to which people are contributing visual evidence of Palestine. If what is being alleged is that there was no nation-state called Palestine, at least before the League of Nations created one, that is banal. There were no nation-states until the 19th century. There were no nation-states until the 19th century. There was no “Italy” before 1860. Venice was Austrian, Genoa French. There was no “Germany” before 1870. Lots of small principalities, some of them under other rule or influence. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21925

Apr 18 06:55

The Palestinian Authority: confused, frustrated and corrupt

I don't understand why the Palestinian Authority allows itself (and its people) to be humiliated that much and for so long. Is it a determination to sustain its survival despite everything? Or is it a certain desire on the part of PA officials and operatives to maintain their jobs and salaries, even at the expense of supreme Palestinian national interests? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21918

Apr 18 06:49

Israel Occupation of Palestine and America

The most important, vital, and critical secessionist movement with the greatest impact on world history is America's secession from Israel's and Zionist Jewish illegal foreign occupation of the entire U.S. Government, especially of the Congress. Their ownership of Wall Street Banks, Investment Firms, and Financial Service Corporations, their almost total ownership of the entire U.S. media, total ownership of Hollywood, Publishing Companies, and their domination of the fields of Law and Medicine; Jewish Americans are proud that they run and manipulate this sole superpower to do Israel's bidding. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21890

Apr 17 20:35

The Signing of the Palestinian Spring


A Palestinian Spring that is decades overdue since the shameful signing of the Oslo Accords, after which Palestinians were doomed to face, not only Israeli violence, but PA Security Forces oppressing them on behalf of Israel and its brutal occupation.

Apr 17 20:03

Alison Weir: Why is the US Honoring a Racist Rabbi?

The Extremist Origins of Education and Sharing Day:
If things proceed normally, President Barak Obama will soon proclaim April 11, 2014 “Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.” Despite the innocuous name, this day honors the memory of a religious leader whose lesser-known teachings help fuel some of the most violent attacks against Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers and soldiers.

The leader being honored on this day is Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, charismatic head of a mystical/fundamentalist version of Judaism. Every year since 1978, a Presidential Proclamation, often accompanied by a Congressional Resolution (the 1990 one had 219 sponsors), has declared Schneerson’s birthday an official national day of observance.

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Apr 17 19:58

Hurtling into DARKNESS: America’s Great Leap Towards Global Tyranny

I do not believe the citizens of the United States any longer possess the capacity to avoid these dark prospects. They are being swept along by forces they mostly do not understand, and most are unwilling to give up on the comfortable almost-religious myths of enforceable Constitutional rights and a benevolent national government.

Ironically, one of the key forces which brought Europe and North America over a few centuries to the kind of liberal democracies we know today is capable of delivering a new and unprecedented form of tyranny. That force is the body of interests of a nation’s middle class – the group of capable, ambitious, and rising people who were called a few centuries back by Europe’s landed old aristocracy “the new men.”

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Apr 17 05:37

Promoting a “Right to Heal” from Ft. Hood to Abu Ghraib

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the U.S. government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

The recent shootings of soldiers at Fort Hood and other U.S. military bases have once again brought to public attention the challenge of making sure that soldiers returning from war zones find security and support at home. The Washington Post calls the pressures on veterans “the next war.” But whatever war comes next, those existing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their consequences continue.

The exploding rates of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the escalating numbers of soldiers turning their weapons on each other as well as themselves, and the endemic spread of PTSD all are linked to the wars themselves. Wars of aggression and occupation have an enormous, terrible effect on the young women and men ordered to fight them.

Apr 16 07:50

The Zionist Lobby Under Fire in Oz

Australians have been witness to a remarkable conflict in recent days in which their former Foreign Minister Bob Carr denounced the Jewish Lobby and his former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, over the whole series of questions re Australian policy and the demands of Israel and the local Jewish Lobby. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21870

Apr 16 05:03

Christian Community in Jerusalem Calls on Pope Francis as Israel Continues Judaization

Jerusalem’s Christian community warns that the Israeli authorities attempt to negate the Christian presence in Jerusalem, creating the impression of a Jewish-only city.

Apr 15 12:54

Jordanian envoy kidnapped in Libya attack

Jordan's ambassador to Libya has been abducted by masked gunmen in the capital, Tripoli, officials say.

Apr 15 09:50

HURTLING INTO DARKNESS: AMERICA’S GREAT LEAP TOWARDS GLOBAL TYRANNY

America’s national government has become inured to lying and cheating the people whom it ostensibly serves, lying as consistently and thoroughly as would be the case with an occupying foreign power trying to keep a captive population pacified.

Apr 15 07:53

Israeli State Terrorism

Sham peace talks continue. Israel threatens world peace and security. War on Palestine continues. It's ongoing. It's unabated. It rages daily. Collaborationist PA negotiators turn a blind eye. Israeli crimes are ignored. It has many forms. Palestinians are longstanding victims. They’re isolated on their own. World leaders able to make a difference at best pay them lip service. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21840

Apr 15 07:45

Will the US Also Deny Visas to Israel’s Spies?

Given the proposed standard of evidence for visa denial, FBI files Netanyahu would seem to easily qualify for permanent banning from the UN along with Hollywood-based movie producer/admitted spy for Israel Arnon Milchan for their involvement in espionage and smuggling nuclear material/tools to Israel. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21845

Apr 15 07:43

Calls Upon Abbas to Immediately Accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law

Human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21837

Apr 15 07:37

Calls Upon Abbas to Immediately Accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law

Human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21837

Apr 15 07:29

Palestinian Children’s Day 2014

Since September 2000 Intifada resistance began, militarized occupation harshness affected virtually all Palestinian children. Israeli security forces systematically murder them in cold blood. Others saw loved ones and friends killed. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21492

Apr 15 06:58

UK opposition leader falls for Zionist propaganda

Ed Miliband the latest Western politician “taken in” by Sderot Fails to keep election promise to see the situation in Gaza for himself. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=21486

Apr 15 03:17

Will the US Also Deny Visas to Israel’s Spies?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is celebrating President Barack Obama’s decision to deny a visa to Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.

If President Obama signs the Cruz legislation into law, it would allow him to block Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ever addressing the United Nations again. According to FBI files declassified and released in 2012,

Apr 14 19:39

UK Moves to Block US Senate Report to Protect Blair, Straw and Dearlove

From a British diplomatic source I learn that Britain has lobbied the United States against the publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture and extraordinary rendition. The lobbying has been carried out “at all levels” – White House, State Department and CIA. The British have argued that at the very least the report must be emasculated before publication.

The British argument is that in a number of court cases including the Belhadj case, the British government has successfully blocked legal action by victims on the grounds that this would weaken the US/UK intelligence relationship and thus vitally damage national security, by revealing facts the American intelligence service wish hidden. [We will leave aside for the moment the utter shame of our servile groveling judges accepting such an argument]. The British Government are now pointing out to the Americans that this argument could be fatally weakened if major detail of the full horror and scope of torture and extraordinary rendition is revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. The argument runs that this could in turn lead to further revelations in the courts and block the major defence against prosecutions of Blair, Straw and Dearlove, among others, potentially unleashing a transatlantic wave of judicial activism.

Apr 14 18:43

Understanding Modern Israel: Why It Is Driving The World Towards Madness

Can you have democracy for only one carefully-defined group? Can you have democracy without the restraints of a Bill of Rights upon an abusive majority? Can you have democracy which holds millions in perpetual isolation and subjects them to countless abuses? Can you have democracy where you prefer dealing with juntas and kingdoms to democratic governments in neighboring states? Can you have democracy which constantly threatens war on those who do not threaten it? Can you have democracy which conducts witch-hunts on a grand scale, just re-naming the witches as terrorists? Can you have democracy which interferes in the internal affairs of other democratic states?

Apr 13 18:29

CIA, MI6 and Turkey's rogue game in Syria: New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups

The US's Secretary of State John Kerry and its UN ambassador, Samantha Power have been pushing for more assistance to be given to the Syrian rebels. This is despite strong evidence that the Syrian armed opposition are, more than ever, dominated by jihadi fighters similar in their beliefs and methods to al-Qa'ida. The recent attack by rebel forces around Latakia, northern Syria, which initially had a measure of success, was led by Chechen and Moroccan jihadis.

Apr 13 11:58

Patrick Seale: Israel’s Messianic Terrorists

Intifada Palestine is republishing this article in honor of the late Patrick Seale who passed away yesterday April 11, 2014 at the age of 83 after suffering from brain cancer. He had many skills – as author, journalist, broadcaster, Middle East historian, arts aficionado and dealer and literary agent. But most notably he was the English-speaking world's foremost chronicler and interpreter of Syria, its troubled modern history and its leadership during the past 44 years that of the al-Assad family, father Hafez and son Bashar.

Apr 13 09:39

Why are two Republican congressmen doing a walkabout on the Temple Mount?

As Kate noted here the other day, Ma’an reported that two Republican congressmen toured the Temple Mount in February along with rightwing Israel Jews who covet the site.

Two members of the US Congress joined right-wing Jews who toured the al-Aqsa Mosque compound escorted by Israeli police officers in February, a Jerusalem-based Fatah official said.

Dimitri Daliani told Ma’an on Thursday that Republicans Bill Johnson of Ohio and David McKinley of Virginia entered the compound with the “extremist” Chaim Richman, director of the rightist Temple Institute.

Daliani said the “congressmen’s participation in such criminal incursions into the al-Aqsa Mosque without being questioned by their own government indicates collusion with settler gangs whose aim is to hurt the al-Aqsa Mosque.”

Apr 13 06:06

BBC in the service of Israeli propaganda

by just looking at its reporting of Israel and the Palestinians over the last five weeks, is that it is becoming almost impossible to hide the pro-Israeli bias of BBC Online’s Middle East desk. For that, the BBC should surely take collective responsibility.

Apr 13 05:25

British Journalist, Author Patrick Seale passes away

British journalist and author Patrick Seale passed away Friday after a long struggle with cancer

Apr 13 02:24

President Vladimir Putin’s letter to leaders of European countries

Western media’s relentless demonizing of President Putin is backfiring. President Putin’s approval ratings hits a three year high and have risen to 88% (The Independent and BBC reported) in the past week, as Russians back their president over Ukraine, a height western leaders can only dream of.

“It goes without saying that Russia is prepared to participate in the effort to stabilize and restore Ukraine’s economy, however, not in a unilateral way, but on equal conditions with our European partners.” writes President Putin.

Apr 12 16:49

Ed Miliband the latest Western politician 'taken in' by Zionist Propaganda

UK Labour Party leader ED MILIBAND falls for Zionist propaganda, fails to keep election promise to see the situation in Gaza for himself.

Apr 12 16:37

BREAKING NEWS: Chemical attack by western backed mercenary terrorists target the Syria

Syria’s official TV said few hours ago that the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front used toxic gas in the central province of Hama, killing at least two people and causing suffocation to hundred others.
The TV said the Nusra Front fighters used the Chlorine gas against the town of Kafr Zaita in the northern countryside of Hama.

Apr 12 15:09

Israel to train anti Syria terrorists with Saudi Arabia

Israel is seeking to launch a joint operation with Saudi Arabia to train foreign-backed militants operating against the Syrian people. The Israeli military chief convinced Dempsey that they could deal with the threats posed by resistance to Zionist backed insurgents in Syria. Susbscribe Here

Apr 12 14:16

UK opposition leader Ed Miliband falls for Zionist propaganda

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of UK opposition leader Ed Miliband’s broken promise – that he would visit the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip – and views his decision instead to regurgitate Israeli propaganda.

Apr 12 13:21

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire visits Lattakia and Syrian Refugees from Kessab

The Nobel peace laureate added, that many media institutions are involved in a campaign aimed at misguiding the public about the situation in Syria. Maguire had previously stressed the role of western media in manufacturing public consent with the war on Syria.

Apr 11 22:55

An honest Israeli Jew tells the Real Truth about Israel [VIDEO]

Through his father's deep knowledge of the Israeli war of terror, together with his own research, Miko Peled ruins the myths surrounding the Israel and Palestine situation, and delivers a truth so damning that many Jews and Israel supporters will not be able to bear it.

Apr 11 20:46

The Death of Yarmouk Palestinian Camp

UNRWA’s HQ in Damascus estimates that more than 70 percent of the Palestinian refugees in Syria are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance immediately, while more than 50 percent are internally displaced. 142 people in Yarmouk refugee camp died from hunger and lack of medical care just since June 2013. As of last week more than 11,000 Palestine refugees fleeing Syria sought support from UNRWA in Jordan alone and if they can somehow enter the Kingdoms its government policy is to deport them back to Syria, robbing them of their right to survival

Apr 11 15:42

The Zionist Lobby Under Fire in Oz

Australians have been witness to a remarkable conflict in recent days in which their former Foreign Minister Bob Carr denounced the Jewish Lobby and his former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, over the whole series of questions re Australian policy and the demands of Israel and the local Jewish Lobby.

Nothing quite like it has ever been seen or heard before in Australia.

Carr has just published his dairy as Foreign Minister during 2013.

Apr 11 12:30

Why the Palestinian-Israeli talks bubble burst

Uri Avnery examines the myths, the comprehensive lack of understandings and the fears of the alternatives to a world of make-believe surrounding the failed US-mediated talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Apr 11 10:19

Florida university president who condemned boycott has financial ties to settlements

Students and faculty members at the University of South Florida (USF) are speaking out on President Judy Genshaft’s condemnation of the boycott of Israeli academia. Critics of Genshaft say her stance is colored by her extensive ties to Israel and financial interests in the country, suggesting a possible conflict of interest. They have also pointed to Genshaft’s poor record on academic freedom, undermining her appeals to that principle.

Apr 11 05:47

Victim recounts torture in Palestinian Authority prison [VIDEO]

In a short video produced by the human rights organization Al-Haq, 28-year-old Osamah Nayef al-Shawamreh describes in harrowing detail the torture he endured for three days in a Palestinian Authority prison in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron earlier this year.

Apr 10 20:10

Aussie media focus on Carr’s assertion that Israel lobby had ‘direct line’ into Prime Minister’s office

Note that Carr is saying precisely what Walt and Mearsheimer wrote eight years ago and were also accused of bigotry for saying: It’s not Jews, it’s the lobby, which represents a conservative segment of that community; and the lobby has a “stranglehold” on our foreign policy.

Carr knew what he was saying would be explosive. Maybe that’s why he published diary entries verbatim, and text messages that he exchanged with Julia Gillard, showing the penetration of the lobby into decisionmaking about the Middle East.

Apr 10 14:20

Israel the unprincipled entity

Jamal Kanj says American spinelessness towards Israel – once described by a French diplomat as a “shitty little country” – is responsible for the collapse of so-called “peace” talks with the Palestinians.

Apr 10 03:25

Netanyahu Declares War on Palestine

Netanyahu goes way out of his way to incite conflict. He bears full responsibility for failed talks. Washington shares it. Kerry tried disingenuously to deflect blame. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20814

Apr 10 03:13

Perhaps we must admit there is no political solution for the Palestinian problem

Instead of reproducing the same failures all over again, Kerry and the Obama administration ought to devote some time to vigorously and honesty study the reasons for the chronic failure of the so-called America peace efforts in Occupied Palestine. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20807

Apr 10 03:11

Netanyahu Cuts Relations with Palestine; Can It Survive?

Will Abbas be the Moses of Palestine, bringing his people to the Promised land? Will Netanyahu become the Ezekiel of Israel, leading the captives by the river of Chebar? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20799

Apr 10 03:05

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure

For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20792

Apr 09 20:28

How to keep the Palestinian cause alive - by Alan Hart

The DISSOLUTION OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY (PA), which in Gideon Levy’s words is more or less a “sub-contractor for Israel”, and HANDING BACK TO ISRAEL THE FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OCCUPATION.

Apr 09 19:06

Assad There to Stay?

Assad is there to stay. Change will come only under his leadership or his guidance. Understanding with him is the only way to internal and regional stability. More or less he has succeeded in turning the “huge magnet” for international terrorists into their killing field.

Apr 09 16:44

Australia opposed Palestinian UN bid because foreign policy was ‘subcontracted to Jewish donors’

I used to feel scared and guilty when I wrote about Jewish donors. But other journalists recognize the importance of the issue. “Jewish donors” is in the headline of a report in the Guardian on a memoir by a former foreign minister. Writes Lenore Taylor:

Former [Australian] foreign minister Bob Carr has suggested [Australia Prime Minister] Julia Gillard’s dogged insistence on supporting Israel in a controversial United Nations vote was because Australian foreign policy had been “subcontracted” to Jewish donors….

*Gillard's joined-at-the-hip twin in this regard is Canada's conservative PM Stephen Harper, a noted Israel-can-absolutely-do-no-wrong-and-you-are-antisemitic-to-suggest-otherwise butt kissing toady to the Zionist cause. Looks like Stephen has done the same with Canada's foreign policy. /SR

Apr 09 15:33

BBC misreports John Kerry on talks failure

Nureddin Sabir detects the hands of Zionists behind the BBC’s misreporting of US Secretary of State Kerry’s statement, to downplay his blaming of Israel for the failure of talks with the Palestinians.

Apr 09 13:14

Why ‘Jewish state’ demand is a non-starter

The main reason Netanyahu makes this demand is that he knows the Palestinians cannot accept it. Yet, he makes it, knowing it will be met with sympathy in Washington and put the Palestinians in the position of looking like rejectionists. This way, he aims to put a stop to any negotiations that would lead to an end to Israeli occupation. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20786

Apr 09 12:29

How to keep the Palestinian cause alive

Dissolving the PA could be the beginning of a process to make calling and holding the Zionist (not Jewish) state to account for its defiance of international law and crimes something less than what it is at present – a mission impossible. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20777

Apr 09 12:24

If Kerry fails, what then?

Until the Palestinians, like the Israelis, achieve their primary choice of self-determination in their own state (if ever they do), they should no longer, in the modern era, be denied equal rights in whatever lands they inhabit. In the case of Israel and its indefinite occupation, this means putting an end to the ambiguities that have lasted for far too long. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20780

Apr 08 21:46

Vatican rejects “chosen people” claim, calls on Israel to end “occupation”

"The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians,” Bustros said

Apr 08 21:03

Look at the World from Behind the Wall: Part Two

Today, almost to the month, Obama is faced with the reality he did not wish to face: Israel has had and does not have any desire to create a Palestinian State, indeed it mocks the very concept and belittles the efforts of Obama and Kerry to attempt to establish such a state. That is now blatantly obvious even to a blind person.

What to do? Take advantage of this opportunity thrown in his lap by the Israelis and send the issue back to the United Nations where it began and where it must be resolved. What will this accomplish? It will break the shackles that bind our Congress to a foreign government; it will release the President to give opportunity and authority to the United Nations to deal with this issue without conflict with the United States;

Apr 08 18:59

NATO and Turkey’s Genocidal War on Syria

On March 16, the third anniversary of the NATO-led covert war on Syria, the Syrian army won a landmark victory by taking back the Yabroud town on the Lebanese border.3 Hours later, NATO-backed ‘Al-Nusra Front in Lebanon’ retaliated by launching a false-flag bombing attack in Lebanon.4

On March 18-19, the Israeli army bombarded Syrian Army positions by tank and artillery fire and airstrikes.5

On March 21, NATO-backed mercenary forces and Turkish Armed Forces launched a massive offensive on the Syrian border town of Kasab in the Latakia province. The unprecedented overt military aggression by Turkey and its NATO allies is the clearest indication of their desperation in the face of Syria’s steady progress towards a decisive victory on all fronts.

This article details the flagrant war crimes committed by Turkey and NATO during the ongoing offensive on Kasab and puts them in a context.

Apr 08 17:18

MEDIA COVERAGE PLEASE? BIN LADEN’S SON-IN-LAW IS QUIETLY ON TRIAL OVER 9/11 ATTACKS...

Apparently, we live in a time where the media would rather cover the ‘Blade Runner - Oscar Pistorius’ trial on CNN, instead of the trial of Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, and his alleged involvement in the 9/11/01 World Trade Center attacks.

Apr 08 10:54

Dubai to global bankers: 'Expect another boom'

Some of Dubai’s top officials told international bankers on Monday that it was gearing up for another boom and did not regret the pro-growth policies it used during the first boom. It appeared to win the endorsement of many of the bankers.

Over a dozen top Dubai officials and executives met about 100 representatives of financial powerhouses including Deutsche Bank, Nomura Holdings and Fidelity Investments for the emirate’s first big investor roadshow since the crisis.

“If Dubai had to do the same again, most likely we would follow the same approach,” Mohammad Al Shaibani, chief executive of Investment Corp of Dubai, told the audience at Deutsche Bank’s London offices.

He argued that heavy investment in Dubai between 2006 and 2008 had succeeded in setting the emirate up as a major centre for finance and trade.

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Dubai wants investment, but it is unclear how they plan to repay that investment.

Apr 08 08:10

Peace Process Hypocrisy

Continuing sham peace talks perpetuates the Big Lie. Current ones began last July. ZERO results were achieved. Nor will any ahead short of unconditional Palestinian surrender. Don't bet against it not happening. It did multiple times before. Odds favor more of the same. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20769

Apr 08 05:10

Violent Anti-African Race Riot Rocks Israel, Black Men and Women Beaten

Miri Regev, Israel Legislator, Calls Sudanese Refugees ‘A Cancer’ Amid Violent Anti-Immigrant Protests

Violence surged in the streets of Tel Aviv as a 1000-strong protest against African immigrants seeking asylum in Israel turned violent.

Apr 08 04:27

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

For every settler home built, Palestinians lose territory needed not only for a state but also to keep individual families living where they are now. The innocuous term “settlements” conceals their true role: as Israel’s primary vehicle for ethnic cleansing Palestinians through dispossession and harassment

Apr 08 04:04

Israeli Supremes Endorse War Crimes

Israeli Supremes lied saying: ”The petitioner didn’t provide enough evidence that could prove the connection between the respondents and the events that, as the petitioner sees them, could be called ‘war crimes.’“
Read more --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20755

Apr 08 03:22

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel in Canada

It's evident that the pro-Israel lobby has been active in mobilizing politicians in the "friendly capitals" of Washington, Ottawa, and Canberra for many years. This essay will argue that revisions to the Canadian Criminal Code proposed by the Harper government contain wording that is designed to enable lawfare prosecutions of human rights activists in precisely the manner desired by Netanyahu and his associates. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20744

Apr 08 03:16

Top 10 Ways in Which It Was Actually the Israeli Government That Derailed the Peace Talks

It is like discussing with someone sharing a piece of pie and then looking down and seeing that the other person had snarfed up half of it already. Here are the top ten things Israel did to cause the negotiations to falter. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20736

Apr 07 19:19

Christopher Bollyn: Malaysian Flight 370?s evil twin still lurks in Tel Aviv! (podcast)

Has Christopher Bollyn’s article Are the Israelis Planning Another 9-11 Using the Missing Boeing 777? stopped a big false flag? At the very least, Bollyn is asking some very good questions, such as:

“Why would Israel have a plane identical to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in storage in Tel Aviv? The plane in this photo is Boeing 777 2H6(ER) first flown in July 1998, Construction No. 28416* (Original Reg. No. 9M-MRI), an identical twin of the missing plane, which was given a new registration number (N105GT) and flown to Israel in November 2013.”

In this interview, Christopher Bollyn discusses the well-documented and extremely suspicious history of the “evil twin” of Flight 370 – and wonders whether the plan wasn’t to dump 370 into the ocean, then slam the “evil twin” into a skyscraper in Tel Aviv, blame the Iranians via the two photoshopped patsies, and launch Netanyahu’s 3 billion dollar go-it-alone attack on Iran?

Apr 07 12:24

Threats from Palestine’s nasty neighbour

Stuart Littlewood views Israel’s threatening response to Palestinian moves to join international organizations as they’re entitled to, and wonders what entitles the squatters to threaten the indigenous people from exercising their rights.

Apr 07 12:23

The reality behind the Israeli-Palestinian talks

Jonathan Cook argues that, with the imminent failure of the Israeli-Palestinian talks,“the era of wishful thinking may finally be coming to an end – and that will be progress in itself”.

Apr 07 11:13

More threats from Palestine’s nasty neigbour

A Palestinian state is not the solution. But a Jewish state is? Peace, brother.... Israel has tried to use negotiations as a smoke screen behind which it continues to violate human rights, expand its settlement programme and make the two-state solution increasingly impossible. What Israel proposing is not only hateful but constitutes further breaches of international and humanitarian law, adding to an already long crime-sheet. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20717

Apr 07 10:02

As peace talks falter, Israel’s intentions become clearer

If negotiations collapse, it should be clear that, while both sides were supposed to be talking, one side – ­Israel – was vigorously and unilaterally acting to further its goals. Israel has already threatened “punitive measures”, meaning things are likely to turn yet uglier. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20712

Apr 07 08:48

Dutch Jesuit priest beaten and killed in Syria

A Dutch Jesuit priest was beaten and shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his monastery in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on Monday, the Vatican said.

Apr 07 08:24

Chris Hedges on “Israel’s War on American Universities” [Must Watch]

Israel is attacking American universities with data shared to them by the National Security Agency, and “busy” professors are responsible for the degradation of Occupy Wall Street, author and journalist Chris Hedges said.

Hedges said while he and Dr. Cornel West were having dinner, the two of them lambasted lazy journalism professors and other intellectuals of being “too busy” to support free speech. During a speech to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Hedges revealed a sinister Zionist plot to undermine American efforts at free dialog. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20704

Apr 07 08:15

Israeli boycott mirrors attitude of United Nations

The international community must now grapple with the reality that Israel has fatally undermined the two-state solution. When governments fail in their duties, as ours has done in its futile Middle East policies, citizens — academics and others — must take action. The non-violent academic boycott of Israel, while primarily symbolic, can still be powerful, as the furious reactions of Israeli leaders to BDS attest. Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20697

Apr 07 08:05

It’s the Palestinians’ fault, let them pay

It's unbelievable that the occupier is imposing more sanctions on the occupied. What sin did the Palestinians commit by seeking to join international conventions? Israel is so certain of the justice of its path, of its army being the most moral in the world, and its occupation as more enlightened than any other – so what is there to be afraid of? What does Israel have to hide that it is so fears the international bodies of justice and law? What is this foolish chatter about the Palestinians being the ones taking a "unilateral measure"? Continue reading --> http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=20692

Apr 07 07:34

More threats from Palestine's nasty neigbour

Tourism Minister Uzi Landau warns that Abbas's unilateral request to join 15 international institutions is in breach of peace talk conditions and "will cost the PA [Palestinian Authority] dearly.... ? They must know something simple: they will pay a heavy price

Apr 07 03:31

Obama’s Redline, Erdogan’s False Flag and the Rat Line Channel Highway into Syria

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition.

Apr 06 21:01

#OpIsrael: Anonymous attacks hundreds of Israeli websites

Hacktivist group Anonymous plans to execute an anti-Israel operation dubbed #OpIsrael by launching massive cyber-attacks against Israeli ministries and organizations on April 7, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by any means necessary” the group said in a statement.

Apr 06 05:18

A Century of Deceit: Iraq, the World Wars, Holocaust and Zionist Militarism

While the West bears much shame and responsibility for aiding and abetting the Zionist project and all of its murderous and destructive consequences, bringing history into accordance with the facts is one way to uplift the Palestinians whose struggle for freedom and justice goes on.

Some studies estimate that close to 1.5 million Iraqis have lost their lives as a result of the brutal American invasion and occupation of their country in 2003.[1] Millions more Iraqis have become refugees and orphans. American depleted uranium weapons have caused cancer rates in some Iraqi cities to skyrocket, permanently destroying the genes of future generations of Iraqis who are being born with horrific birth defects and diseases.

Apr 06 01:36

US operates global drone war from German base – ex-pilot

A testimony by a former US Air Force drone pilot has revealed that the US is using its Ramstein Air Base in Germany to wage highly controversial drone warfare in Africa, Yemen, and Pakistan.

Apr 05 22:48

Obama, the Sauds, and Bottomless Hypocrisy

Saudi Arabia’s role as the “world’s largest oil exporter” is only one contributing factor to America’s bottomless hypocrisy regarding its relations with the Saudi Kingdom. While some would see US policy dictated by Saudi wealth, it is the regime’s precarious political existence both domestically and internationally, a key feature desired by hegemons when searching for vassal states, that primarily dictates US-Saudi relations

Apr 05 14:23

Zionist billionaire eyes US presidential purchase

Uri Avnery examines how big money is corrupting US and Israeli politics, and highlights the role of American Jewish casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson who is now considering his next US presidential purchase.

Apr 05 10:51

A Message to the Tea Party: Nothing Good Happens Supporting the Nation of Israel.

Any Candidate that has taken money from AIPAC needs to be aware that they are in danger of losing their seat in the House or Senate. Supporting Israel is a foreign entanglement we can not no longer afford as a nation. Israel wants American soldiers to fight their wars. These wars have ran the nation into the ground economically as well as weakened our readiness of our armed forces to defend ourselves if we come under attack on our borders because troops are deployed worldwide.

Apr 05 08:50

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against U.S. drone program

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by the families of three American citizens killed by U.S. drones in Yemen, saying senior officials cannot be held personally responsible for money damages for the act of conducting war.

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"...for the act of conducting war."?!?!?

I didn't realize we were at war with Yemen!!!

Well, let me redefine that. We are obviously at war against the people of Yemen, who consider their leadership corrupt, tin-earned, and hell-bent to destroy their lives even more than they are already destroyed by poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and disease. So, the US military is bombing the crap out of them, to make their lives even more miserable, taking out innocent men, women, and children in the process, to keep the regime in Yemen from changing course into one not to the US government's liking.

But I deplore this Judge's decision, because she has absolved the US government of any moral responsibility for the extrajudicial assassinations of Americans and others in this world. Apparently, Judge Collyer has had SMD (selective memory disorder) on the issues of due process, and the right to be tried by a jury of one's peers, before judgement is passed by that jury.

Judge Collyer, thank you so much for making this world even more of a "shooting gallery" for an American government already drunk with the power to use technology to kill anywhere at will; even right here at home. And if you don't think that is coming, you had better think again.

Apr 05 07:12

Airbridge transporting jihadis from Jordan to Turkey

Turkey is not alone in supporting jihadis in the battles in Latakia’s northern countryside. Recent information revealed the existence of an airbridge between Jordan and Turkey, transporting jihadis after they are trained on Jordan soil.

Apr 04 19:36

The Monster on the Hill

If Adelson could dictate our future, it would spell disaster for our country. INDEED, IF anyone had any illusions about American politics, they were dispelled this week.

The casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, organized a public display of his power. He summoned to his Las Vegas betting paradise the four most probable Republican candidates for the next presidential elections, in order to choose one of them. All the invitees heeded the summons, of course.

It was a shameless exhibition. The politicians groveled before the casino lord. Mighty governors of important states did their best to sell themselves like applicants at a job interview. Each of them tried to trump the others in promising to do the Mogul’s bidding.

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Apr 04 12:59

Learning to Fight Like an American at the FSA Training Camp in Jordan

For nearly a year, rumors have swirled about a covert, US-run training camp for FSA fighters in the vast Jordanian desert. (Jordanian intelligence also did not respond to requests for comment on this article.) And last week it was reported that the Obama administration appears to be expanding "its covert program of training and assistance for the Syrian opposition." However, despite all this speculation, little is known about how this supposed Jordanian camp works, who trains there, and what tactics they learn.

I recently tracked down a fighter who said he'd completed the course and was willing to talk.

Apr 04 00:11

The real story of the UN Human Rights Council: Europe slams Israeli crimes

Israel found itself isolated and condemned in Geneva, as the United Nations Human Rights Council passed four damning resolutions, each by 46-1. The resolutions testify to grave violations of international law, including the Geneva Conventions, as well as systematic discrimination and wide-scale human rights abuses.

Apr 03 23:02

Mr. Rosenberg’s Conundrum - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

The truth is that a two state solution has been taken off the table by the Israelis themselves. We are left with a unitary Zionist state. The answer to the question of whether such a state is compatible with justice for the Palestinians is simply no. Zionism, like apartheid before it, has to go - for the sake of the Palestinians and also for a more promising future for the Jews.

Apr 03 09:37

Palestine, Egypt and Syria: New Lows for Obama’s Failed Middle East Policy

Unfortunately, peace is never as profitable as war. If Obama leaves the Middle East, Russia and China will fill in the gaps, slurping up the profits that would have otherwise gone to U.S. corporations. And if U.S. corporations felt that they were making enough profit at home, they’d politely bow out of the contest, especially since U.S. foreign policy has been one Godzilla-like disaster after another.

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This is the reason that no matter how the American people don't want another war, the US government is slouching toward creating it to satiate the financial lusts of the corporate money junkies who they serve, and whose campaigns they fund.

Mar 27 08:36

UK to expand Bahrain military presence

The UK will expand its military presence in Bahrain with a $9.7m expansion of its maritime command in the capital, Manama, Gulf Daily News has reported.

The expansion includes a new, larger headquarters and facilities to provide engineering and logistics support for the four Royal Navy mine countermeasure vessels based in the kingdom.

The Middle East has the UK’s second largest Royal Navy presence, with 10 of its 32 warships and support vessels in the region.

The Bahraini headquarters leads Britain’s counter piracy and maritime anti-terrorism efforts in the region and has the capacity to oversee the operations of up to a third of all Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.
Located next to the US Fifth Fleet Naval base, it is the second largest non-Bahraini military presence in Bahrain.

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More rewarding bad behaviour of a tin-eared government against its own people, where peaceful protests are met with physically brutal responses, and even medical professionals who care for them are themselves charged and jailed.

Mar 26 10:37

At summit in Kuwait, Arab League rejects Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state

Arab leaders say they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state and are blaming it for a lack of progress in the Mideast peace process.

Mar 23 11:22

Russia To Abandon PETRO DOLLAR!!!

Jim Willie was right again. The Saudis are shifting their alliances to the East from the US. This certainly spells the death knell of the US dollar and start of the PetroYuan.

Mar 21 10:47

Saudi Arabia tells Qatar to close Al-Jazeera

Tensions continue to flare between Qatar and other Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia demanding that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera, a source told AFP on Friday.

The demand came during a Gulf Cooperation Counil meeting on March 5th. After the meeting, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar.

Riyadh also demanded that Qatar close the Brookings Doha Center and the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, the same source told AFP.

Mar 17 10:45

Saudi Arabia ‘has evidence of Qatari meddling’

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has documentary evidence proving that Qatari officials have plotted to destabilise the country, a Gulf diplomat told an Egyptian journalist.

The editor in chief of the Egyptian newspaper Al Shurooq said on Egypt’s Al Tahreer TV that Saudi Arabia has credible documentary evidence proving that Qatar’s security services encouraged former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to assassinate Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz when he was crown prince. The editor in chief, Emad Al Deen Hussain, cited a “Gulf diplomatic source who attended Arab foreign ministers’ meetings”.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain recalled their ambassadors from Qatar on March 5 in protest of what they said was Doha’s refusal to stop interference in their affairs.

Apr 05 06:25

Guenter Grass, German Nobel Winner, Criticizes Israel Over Iran Tensions

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," Grass wrote in his poem titled:

"What must be said"

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin's recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to "send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven."

"The nuclear power Israel is endangering the already fragile world peace," he wrote. His poem specifically criticized Israel's "claim to the right of a first strike" against Iran.

Apr 04 23:23

Surprise Video Changes Syria “Timeline”

Al Jazeera’s Shaping of the Syrian Story

Of all the myths obstructing the honest portrayal of events in Syria this past year, none has been more fiercely guarded by regime-change advocates than this one stark falsehood:

Myth – the Syrian regime has only been shooting unarmed, peaceful protestors until very recently when opposition groups finally decided to arm themselves in self-defense.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

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 14:49

Israel set to uproot 30,000 of its own Bedouin citizens

Neve Gordon explains why Israel's plans to move entire communities of its own Bedouin citizens from their ancestral lands in the Negev and put them in townships will deprive them of their livelihood and land rights.

”I asked Abu Afash what he thinks will happen if they do not reach an agreement with the government. He paused for a moment and then replied that … ‘they will not put us on buses and move us, they will simply shut down the schools and wait. When we see we cannot send our children to school we will “willingly" move’.

“This is how forced relocation becomes voluntary and how Israel will likely represent it to the world.” (Neve Gordon)

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 10:44

Guidebook To False Confessions: US Torture Manual Released

The timeline of how we went from a nation of liberty to one of forced false confessions revealed in release of the key document the US used to justify torture.

Apr 04 07:33

A World Map Without Lebanon

"The statement from the [Lebanese] presidential palace mentioned that during a news conference in Switzerland, Netanyahu said it is not a secret that Israel will attack Lebanon, adding that it will do so with the support of the United States, the West and Arab states from the Gulf. He was also reported to have said that 'in the new world map there is no state called Lebanon'."

Apr 04 07:25

Man Whose WMD Lies Led to 100,000 Deaths Neoconfesses All

Defector tells how US officials 'sexed up' his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion

Mar 16 12:26

Aiding Terrorism Redefined To Include Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

Point of no return: The US government broadens the NDAA definition of people and organizations that support terrorism to include Bradley Manning and Wikileaks

Mar 16 12:25

What Closing The Straits Of Hormuz Will Mean In 3 Simple Charts

These 3 simple charts fully explain the shock waves that will be sent through the global economy if Iran decides to shut down in response to western military threats.

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