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The White Helmets film is a tactic in the ongoing campaign of distortion and deception against Syria.
The Netflix film titled, “The White Helmets,” may win an Oscar in the “short documentary” category at the Academy Awards Sunday and it will not be a surprise, despite the fact that the group is a fraud and the movie is a contrived infomercial.
“The White Helmets” is a “feel good” story like a Disney hero movie: 90 percent myth and fabrication. Most of what is claimed about the Syrian rescue group is untrue. They are not primarily Syrian, the group was initiated by British military contractor James LeMesurier and has been heavily funded — about US$100 million — by the U.S., U.K. and other governments.
They are not volunteers, they are paid. This is confirmed in the Al Jazeera video which shows some White Helmet “volunteers’ talking about going on strike if they don’t get paid soon. Most of the heavy funding goes to the marketing which is run by “The Syria Campaign” based in New York. The manager is an Irish-American woman Anna Nolan who has never been to Syria. As an example of its deception, The Syria Campaign website features video showing children dancing and playing soccer implying they are part of the opposition demand for a “free and peaceful” Syria. But the video images are taken from a 2010 BBC documentary about education in Syria under the Baath government.
Telesur English February 22, 2017
Last year this time, Secretary of State John Kerry was trying to put together a huge peace deal between Israel and the Arab world, according to Aron Heller and Matthew Lee of the Associated Press.
Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both.
The passing of the ‘Regularization Bill‘ on February 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged future. The new law allows the Israeli government to retroactively recognize Jewish outposts built without official permission on privately-owned Palestinian land.
All settlements – officially recognized settlements and unauthorized outposts – are illegal under international law. The verdict has been passed numerous times by the United Nations and, more recently, pronounced with unmistakable clarity in UN Security Council Resolution 2334.
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Introduction: The recapture of Aleppo by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies marks a turning point not only in the conflict in Syria, but also in the dynamic of international conflict. For the first time since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the rolling imperial engine of regime change via American-led military intervention has been stopped in its tracks. To be sure, it’s certainly not out of service, even in Syria, and it will seek and find new paths for devastating disobedient countries, but its assumed endgame for subjugating Syria has been rudely interrupted. And in our historical context, Syria interrupted is imperialism interrupted.
Excerpt: The Russians and the rest of the world also now know how destructive the American project of regime change via jihadi proxies is, having seen its results in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. Only deluded and arrogant American exceptionalists—conservative militarists and liberal humanitarian interventionists alike—haven’t learned that lesson.
The eight villages in question are among 12 that the Israeli defence ministry wants to be demolished as they are located within the range of Firing Zone 918. The government plans to move the residents to the town of Yatta, where, it claims, most of them have permanent homes. The Palestinians, added the ministry, will be allowed to work on their land and graze their flocks when exercises are not taking place.
Middle East Monitor January 26, 2017
Excerpt: “Israel has approved a plan to construct 2,500 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, two days after the country accepted building permits for more than 500 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.”
Reader Supported News January 25, 2017
By Tom Suarez for Mondoweiss – Good evening, thank you so much for taking time out of what I know are your busy schedules to be here now. My thanks to Jenny Tonge for making this meeting possible; and I would like to thank three people without whom the book would not exist: Karl Sabbagh, my publisher; Ghada Karmi, who inspired the book; and my partner, Nancy Elan, who was my constant alter-ego during my research and without whom I surely would have given up. My work is based principally on declassified source documents in the National Archives in Kew. When I have had to rely on published works, I have trusted established historians who cite first-hand sources. -more-
Popular Resistance January 5, 2016
More than 111 Palestinian were killed in 2016, almost all of them at the hands of Israeli forces, according to a tally by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency which also reported that the past year has been the deadliest for Palestinian children in more than a decade.
Telesur January 2, 2017
The truth about East Aleppo ,no Main Stream Media went to transit point in East Aleppo, these two independent witnesses did what no western journalist would, BBC left Syria 4 days prior to the liberation of east Aleppo ,no news team would leave a news story in till that story as big as Aleppo was completed, the reason they left was the story did not fit past narrative on BBC news reports
In the current environment, to express even a mildly dissenting opinion, point out basic but unwelcome facts such as the presence of significant public support for the government in Syria, or highlight the frequently brutal acts of rebel groups, has seen many people ridiculed and attacked on social media. These attacks are rarely, if ever, reasoned critiques of opposing views; instead they frequently descend into personal, often hysterical, insults and baseless, vitriolic allegations. Generally, a set of core arguments are used to denounce those who question the dominant narrative: they include the notion that it is somehow Islamophobic to criticise the actions of rebel groups or to label them as extremists, and that to highlight the central role of US imperialism in the conflict is Orientalist as it denies Syrians their ‘agency’. Often, legitimate criticism is simply dismissed outright as ‘fascist’, ‘Stalinist’, ‘Putinist’ or all three.
The policing of acceptable opinion in this way has a simple and practical function: to foster a climate in which people feel too intimidated to speak out, thus allowing the dominant narrative to remain unquestioned so that, crucially, it can continue to be utilised to generate public support for further Western intervention in Syria.
By Louis Allday MRZine December 13, 2016
RT December 24, 2016
According to the report by international press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), deaths in combat or crossfire reached their highest number since 2013, as conflicts in the Middle East showed no sign of ending.
RT December 19, 2016
RT December 16, 2016
The fall of the East Aleppo pocket dooms such a negotiated outcome of the civil war. The regime of Bashar al-Assad will be emboldened, as it has pledged, to try to take back over all the territory militarily, and to re-institute its seedy one-party state replete with intensive domestic spying, arbitrary arrest and torture.
That said, the rebel forces in East Aleppo do bear some of the blame for their defeat. It seems a harsh thing to say at a time of heart-wrenching scenes of noncombatants waiting in the cold for an evacuation that only seems to come in fits and starts. But it is necessary for us to understand what is happening and not only to feel it. Because al-Assad is understandably hated in democratic societies, there is a tendency to see the reassertion of the regime there as purely an act of brutal force.
It is at least that, of course. Russian and Syrian aerial bombing of a dense urban area has killed noncombatants in ways that are likely war crimes.
But this brutality cannot explain what happened.
Three from Counterpunch December 18, 2016
In a thought-provoking piece published Tuesday, Robert Fisk, The Independent’s award-winning correspondent, reports that while the bloody clash in the Syrian city of Aleppo is horrific, many questions remain about American and British involvement and Western media’s portrayal of the conflict. Fisk points out that while Russia and Bashar Assad’s regime have been depicted as the outright enemies in the Syrian war, the U.S. and U.K., through their alliance with Saudi Arabia, continually back rebels with ties to al-Qaida. In addition, some Syrian soldiers believe the U.S. has allowed Islamic State fighters to leave Mosul in order to attack Syrian regime fighters.
All in all, the journalist paints a vastly different picture in Syria than the one many of us have become accustomed to reading about in many Western newspapers.
Truthdig December 14, 2016
Canadian freelance journalist Eva Bartlett totally schools a mainstream reporter on what’s actually going on in Syria during a recent news conference at the United Nations in New York City.
Eva has lived for three years in Gaza, spent time in Lebanon and visited Syria three times since April 2014.
By Bruce Gagnon Organizing Notes December 13, 2016
Clinton’s “No-Fly Zone” over Syria Will Not “Save Lives”. It Will Lead to War with Russia. Warning of JCS Chairman General Dunford
The media has failed to address the confrontation between the U.S. State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Francis Dunford (image right) has warned both the US Senate as well Secretary of State John Kerry in no uncertain terms that a “No Fly Zone” over Syria would lead to war with both Syria and Russia, intimating a dangerous process of military escalation.
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, October 23, 2016
RT October 25, 2016
Cockburn writes: “Are there alternative scenarios, if not solutions? In Syria there usually are because there are so many players inside and outside the country, all claiming hypocritically to be acting in the interests of the Syrian people but invariably onsulting their own interests first, second and third.”
Patrick Cockburn The Independent Reader Supported News November 3, 2016
Why do we hear only of the “humanitarian crisis in Aleppo” and not of the humanitarian crisis everywhere else in Syria where the evil that rules in Washington has unleashed its ISIL mercenaries to slaughter the Syrian people? Why do we not hear about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen where the US and its Saudi Arabian vassal are slaughtering Yemeni women and children? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Libya where Washington destroyed a country leaving chaos in its place? Why don’t we hear about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, ongoing now for 13 years, or the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan now 15 years old?
The answer is that the crisis in Aleppo is the crisis of Washington losing its ISIL mercenaries to the Syrian army and Russian air force. The jihadists sent by Obama and the killer Hillary (“We came, we saw, he died”) to destroy Syria are being themselves destroyed. The Obama regime and the Western presstitutes are trying to save the jihadists by covering them in the blanket of “humanitarian crisis.”
Such hypocrisy is standard fare for Washington. If the Obama regime gave a hoot about “humanitarian crisis,” the Obama regime would not have orchestrated humanitarian crisis in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Yemen.
Student leaders respond to The Intercept’s story about the FBI targeting young Yemenis on Facebook and in Muslim student associations.
Cora Currier The Intercept October 17, 2016
VFP members peacefully gathered before the White House to perform democracy’s most sacred and patriotic duty –- holding the government accountable for its own conscience and integrity.
VFP views the U.S. government’s credibility in the world as a National Security issue, and we believe that being on the right side of history goes hand in hand with promoting peace. Supporting and launching wars without being attacked, and/or without any clear and present humanitarian “benefit to war” causes the world to question what type of a relationship they want with us. We fear an America in global isolation may be in store for our future generations if we continue down our current trajectory.
By Michael Bassett, DC Chapter Veterans for Peace November 16, 2015
by Sharmine Narwani RT October 14, 2016
The American people are receiving a highly distorted view of the Syrian war – much propaganda, little truth – including from one of the moderators at the second presidential debate
How ABC News’ Martha Raddatz framed her question about Syria in the second presidential debate shows why the mainstream U.S. news media, with its deep-seated biases and inability to deal with complexity, has become such a driving force for wider wars and even a threat to the future of the planet.
By Robert Parry Consortium News Common Ground October 11, 2016
By Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept – IN 2010, ISRAEL’S then-defense minister, Ehud Barak, explicitly warned that Israel would become a permanent “apartheid” state if it failed to reach a peace agreement with Palestinians that creates their own sovereign nation and vests them with full political rights. “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River there is only one political entity called Israel, it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic,” Barak said. “If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.” -more-
Popular Resistance October 11, 2016
The Obama administration just handed Israel the largest military aid deal in US history. Now it is feigning outrage that Israel keeps colonizing the occupied West Bank, as it has done for decades, in defiance of the White House’s wishes.
“We strongly condemn the Israeli government’s recent decision to advance a plan that would create a significant new settlement deep in the West Bank,” State Department spokesperson Mark Toner said on Wednesday.
Toner added that “this settlement’s location deep in the West Bank, far closer to Jordan than Israel, would link a string of outposts that effectively divide the West Bank and make the possibility of a viable Palestinian state more remote.”
Though this was worded more robustly than usual, similar condemnations have been issued by the State Department countless times before.
Power Suits Electronic Intifada October 7, 2016
Two journalists from Al Jazeera who were on board Zaytouna-Oliva have been released and have safely reached London and Moscow. The other 11 women of the Women’s Boat to Gaza are still in detention, but we anticipate that they will be ‘deported’ soon, as they were moved yesterday from Givon Prison to a detention facility at Ben-Gurion airport.
Wendy Goldsmith, a member of the land team working to secure the release of the women stated that, “the deportation is happening much quicker than in previous flotillas. While we had a great legal team assisting the women, we suspect that the reason for the quick release was because of all the negative media attention Israel has been receiving for its illegal interception, including the demand of rock band Pink Floyd.” According to early reports from the women released, the Zaytouna-Oliva was surrounded by two warships along with four to five smaller naval boats. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) demanded that the Zaytouna-Oliva stop its course towards Gaza. When the warning was refused, at least seven IOF members, both male and female, boarded our yacht and commandeered it in international waters.
In the course of their capture, the women insisted that Israel’s attack was illegal and that they were being taken against their will to Israel. The Women’s Boat to Gaza campaign asserts that while the captivity of the women on board Zaytouna-Oliva may soon be over, the captivity of 1.9 million Palestinian people in Gaza remains. Whilst the term “peaceful” has been used in some media to describe the attack and capture of our boat, this is inaccurate. Peace is more than merely the absence of physical violence. Oppression, occupation, denial of human rights and taking a boat of unarmed, non-violent women against their will are not peaceful activities. Indeed, as Zaytouna-Oliva approached Palestine, the IOF launched multiple air raids across the Gaza Strip.
The Women’s Boat to Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla Coalition will continue to sail until Palestine is free.
The IPSC is seeking answers from the bank, which would only say the organization no longer met its “risk appetite.”
In a statement the IPSC said the move appeared to be “part of a campaign orchestrated by the Israeli government.”
The Electronic Intifada Activism and BDS Beat
October 6, 2016
Investigations into claims of anti-Semitism among Palestine solidarity groups often find the claims to be unfounded, says Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal
The recent US airstrike against Syrian forces that reportedly killed scores of soldiers in the Syrian city of Dayr al-Zawr was deliberate, says an anti-war activist in Chicago.
“For five years, the US and NATO have backed foreign armies attacking the people of Syria,” said Joe Iosbaker, a leader of the United National Antiwar Committee.
Press TV September 20, 2016
By Felicity Arbuthnot, September 21 2016
In the words of Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: “We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending the Islamic State. Now there can be no doubts about that”.
By South Front, September 21 2016
Heavy clashes resumed in Syria after the truce officially collapsed on September 19. The Jabhtat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorist group and its allies launched a full-scale advance against the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah in southwestern Aleppo.
By Mark Taliano, September 21 2016
Radwan Altaweel and his 24 year old son, Basel Altaweel, work at Shop.Altaweel Copper and Brass Designs. Basel’s 30 year old brother is currently in the military, serving with the Syrian Arab Army. The family name means “tall”, and they are both standing tall against the Western designs to destroy their homeland.
By Chandra Muzaffar, September 21 2016
The armed conflict in Kashmir has reached a dangerous point. The killing of 17 Indian soldiers in the Uri camp, 6 kilometres from the Line of Control (LoC) that separates the two state protagonists, India and Pakistan, could lead to a further deterioration of a volatile situation that threatens to spiral into a much larger conflagration. Indian authorities allege that the four militants who killed the soldiers were trained by Pakistan. Pakistan has denied the allegation.
By Dr. Binoy Kampmark, September 21 2016
The tensions between those engaged in the dangerous and compromising pursuit of whistleblowing, and those who use the fruit of such efforts has been all too coarsely revealed in the Washington Post stance on Edward Snowden. Oliver Stone’s Snowden has done a good deal of stirring on its release, suggesting that the pardon powers of the Presidential office should be activated. A recent petition calling for a pardon of the former National Security Agency contractor has already received signatures from Steve Wozniak, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jack Dorsey.
The original source of this article is Global Research
“At one point we’re going to be asked to support in greater detail this Russo-U.S. plan, so to do that we will need to have all the information,” Continue reading →
MintPress News September 16, 2016
Brazilian Jews, left, and Palestinian Muslims encounter each other on a beach in Tel Aviv during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. (Oded Balilty / AP)
Diversely clad, smiling and conversing in the kind of setting from which state authorities in France forcibly drove conservative Muslim women over the summer, Muslims and Jews interact in the image above in a way Americans are rarely shown. What could they be discussing?
The Associated Press says the three Jewish women on the left are from Brazil. The Palestinians are from the city of Nablus, 30 miles northeast of Tel Aviv, where the groups encountered each other on a beach Tuesday during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Translating as “Festival of the Sacrifice,” the holiday celebrates the devotion of Abraham—a major figure in both Judaism and Islam—to God, to whom the Old Testament says Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his son.
The Israeli government permitted 100,000 Palestinians from the West Bank to travel to Israel’s beaches for Eid al-Adha. In the area of Jaffa, travelers were “ecstatic” to be at the beach, The Jerusalem Post reported. “[B]ut this did not change their negative image of the [Israel Defense Forces].” A visitor identified as Mohammed told the Post, “The army makes it so hard for us to travel and to be here. I’m happy, but the fact that I have to ask the army to see the ocean is crazy.”
By Alexander Reed Kelly Truthdig September 17, 2016
A video shows a field commander of a Syrian rebel group pleading for military aid from Israel. Continue reading →
MintPress News. September 16, 2016
May 2017 will mark fifty years of Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, characterized by institutionalized inequality and injustice toward Palestinians.
At the bidding of the government, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) routinely and violently confronts Palestinians, but also Israeli and international dissidents who dare challenge the continued expansion and entrenchment of the illegal settlements in the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza strip. Protesters run the risk of getting cursed, spat on, detained, beaten up, stoned, stabbed, shot, kidnapped, imprisoned, tortured or any combination thereof. Moreover, in an unfortunate yet predictable move, the Israeli government has recently declared war on the nonviolent boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Like clockwork, every few years a cycle of violence disproportionately bathes Palestinian society in blood and tears and serves to further fortify the occupation (see “Israeli Occupation for Dummies”). According to renowned scholar Ilan Pappe, Israeli society needs a regular dose of war not only as a means to justify its excessive military budget and lucrative arms industry, but as a tool to reaffirm itself as a cohesive settler-colonialist entity faced with an existential threat. Continue reading →
MintPress News. September 16, 2016
There has been a spate of truly dreadful anti-Syria articles published recently in ‘alternative’ media. Taken individually they would not normally be taken seriously, but as they seem to be feeding off each other, and as they share common characteristics, admittedly not unique to them, it is worth paying them some attention.
Three articles in particular come to mind, written by Ashley Smith, Anti-Imperialism and the Syrian Revolution, Terry Burke, US Activists Aren’t Listening to Progressive Syrian Voices, and Andy Berman, Reasserting Dignity in the US AntiWar Movement. The articles are strikingly similar with the same essential thesis, and the same premises. They have another point in common – they are all spectacularly dishonest.
The essential flaws of all three articles are encapsulated in the opening paragraph of Ashley Smith’s offering:
“The Syrian Revolution has tested the left internationally by posing a blunt question:
Which side are you on? Do you support the popular struggle against dictatorship
and for democracy? Or are you with Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime, his imperial
backer Russia, his regional ally Iran and Iran’s proxies like Hezbollah from Lebanon?”
The main criticism of US policy in Syria has long been that President Barack Obama should have used US military force or more aggressive arms aid to strengthen the armed opposition to Assad.
By Gareth Porter, Middle East Eye Posted on World Beyond War August 30, 2016
Sumaya Awad, Socialist Worker: People might be shocked to find out that Ramallah, one of the largest cities in the West Bank, actually receives more annual rainfall than London. So why during the month of June did Palestinians face some of the harshest water shortages in decades?
Read the Article Truthout August 10, 2016
The United Nations and Palestinian officials have strongly denounced Israeli plans to construct nearly 800 illegal settler units in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
According to Israeli non-profit organization, Ir Amim, which opposes settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories, the units would expand the Gilo settlement on the southern perimeter of East al-Quds. They are part of a larger plan for around 1,200 settler units approved some three years ago.
The move to further advance the plans has drawn condemnation both from UN and Palestinian officials.
PressTV July 25, 2016
The numbers of civilians casualties in Afghanistan have reached record levels, the United Nations reported on Monday, with at least 1,601 killed and 3,565 wounded in the first six months of 2016.
“Every civilian casualty represents a failure of commitment and should be a call to action for parties to the conflict to take meaningful, concrete steps to reduce civilians’ suffering and increase protection,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the top U.N. official in Afghanistan, said in the report.
“Platitudes not backed by meaningful action ring hollow over time. History and the collective memory of the Afghan people will judge leaders of all parties to this conflict by their actual conduct.”
The U.N. attributes the majority of the civilian casualties to anti-government groups, most notably the Taliban, which was strongly criticized in the report for their continued use of “indiscriminate tactics, including carrying out devastating complex and suicide attacks in civilian areas.”
Telesur July 25, 2016
That 51 US diplomats reproached President Obama’s Syria policy by calling for greater American military force deployed against the Damascus government was itself a remarkable sign of official dissent within Washington. But the president’s authority was further brazenly undermined when a few days later the Saudi rulers endorsed the dissenting US diplomats – while being received at the White House.
FINIAN CUNNINGHAM Strategic Culture July 23, 2016
A coalition of Syrian opposition groups requested the suspension of U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group in Syria pending an investigation into reports that the campaign killed more than 50 civilians this week.
Syrian National Coalition president Anas al-Abdah warned in a letter to the foreign ministers of the anti-ISIS coalition that the killings of civilians by U.S.-led aircraft would “prove to be a recruitment tool for terrorist organizations.”
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 56 civilians were killed in air strikes Tuesday north of the ISIS-held city of Manbij, including 11 children. The group said a day earlier that 21 civilians had been killed in the city.
BY: The Washington Free Beacon July 21, 2016
An Israeli court in Jerusalem sentenced a Palestinian journalist to six month in prison for “incitement.”
Samah Dweik, 25, works for the Al-Quds newspaper and the online Quds News Network.
She was arrested on 10 April from her Jerusalem home and was charged with incitement for writing a status and posting an image on Facebook in support of Palestinians recently killed by Israeli forces.
Rights and Accountability 20 July 2016 Electronic Intifada
Rania Khalek, The Electronic Intifada: Throughout the Democratic platform writing process, those appointed to the drafting committee by Sen. Bernie Sanders shattered the illusion of lockstep Democratic support for Israel. Sanders delegates proposed calling for an end to Israel’s decades-long military occupation.
“François, Tu es un criminel”: President Hollande Ordered the Killing of Syrian Women and Children In Retaliation for the “Alleged” ISIS Bastille Day Attack
In the immediate wake of the 14th of July Nice Terror Attack which resulted in more than 84 dead, France’s President Francois Hollande intimated in an official address (without evidence) that the attacks had been conducted by the Islamic State based in Northern Syria. He immediately ordered the French Air Force to intensify the bombing campaign allegedly against the ISIS in Northern Syria.
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, July 21, 2016
Life for many in Damascus, Syria is beginning to regain a sense of normalcy. Once besieged by foreign fighters, the ancient city and it’s residents struggle to rebuild their lives, land and livelihood, rejoicing in the simple mundanity of day-to-day life. Continue reading →
The post Damascus: Life Returns 5 Years After NATO Destabilization Efforts appeared first on MintPress News. July 20, 2016
Airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition killed 21 civilians on Monday and another 56 civilians on Tuesday
Dozens of civilians, including children, were killed on Monday and Tuesday by U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria.
Twelve years ago, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations General Assembly on the legality of the wall Israel has constructed in the West Bank. The ICJ affirmed that all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are “occupied Palestinian territory”, and that Israel’s wall, as well as its settlements, violate the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Expanding its illegal occupation, the Israeli government has approved $13 million for new settlements in the West Bank, Al-Jazeera reported Monday.
Telesur English July 11, 2016
By Staff of Palestinian Information Center/PNN – Israeli land confiscation policy has notably escalated in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank by 439% since the beginning of 2016, in comparison to last year, a Palestinian report revealed on Tuesday. Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) revealed that Israeli authorities confiscated, since the beginning of the year, 7,773 acres of Palestinian-owned lands, recording an increase by 439% in comparison with last year, where 1,442 acres were seized. -more-
Popular Resistance July 2, 2016
New Yorkers traveled from across the state to rally and deliver a petition to Governor Cuomo
UK High Court rules in favor of local councils taking action in solidarity with the Palestinian people. French local council near Paris votes to boycott illegal Israeli settlement produce The High Court in the UK has dealt a blow to … Continue reading
July 1, 2016 by BNC
Tom Dispatch June 28, 2016
The US State Department “has no comment” on the theft of CIA weapons meant for rebels in Syria.
Mint Press News June 28, 2016
Chris Hedges goes inside Israel and the Occupied Territories with Amira Hass, the Haaretz Correspondent for the Occupied Territories.
RT On Contact June 26, 2016
“Targeting journalists in this way is a war crime,” said CAGE Outreach Director Moazzem Begg.
Telesur June 30, 2016
Israel agreed to establish a $20 million fund for activists killed in a 2010 attack on a Turkish aid ship bound for Palestine, but the deal has far more to do with oil than human rights.
Mint Press News June 28, 2016
By Juan Cole Truthdig June 26, 2016
The audacious undermining of Obama by the Saudis in their backing of a Washington revolt against the president’s policy strongly suggests that the war in Syria is going to escalate. Continue reading →
MintPress News June 28, 2016
Over 300 people protested outside NY Gov. Cuomo’s office, demanding he rescind “unconstitutional” executive order
By Ben Norton BDSMovement.net June 19, 2016
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have reportedly been left without access to safe drinking water, according to Palestinian authorities.
In an official response to RT, Israel’s national water company denied the allegations. It claimed that following a shortage in supplies, it was forced to reduce the volume of water for all residents and not just Palestinians.
It also said the supply is enough to meet consumption.
The timing could not be worse for Palestinians as temperatures are high, and the Holy month of fasting for Muslims is only worsening the situation.
RT: Why do you think Israel is doing this?
RT June 17, 2016
Hedges: I will not support a politician who sells out the Palestinians and panders to the Israel lobby any more than I will support a politician who refuses to confront the bloated military and arms industry or white supremacy and racial injustice. The Palestinian issue is not a tangential issue. It is an integral part of Americans’ efforts to dismantle our war machine, the neoliberal policies that see austerity and violence as the primary language for speaking to the rest of the world, and the corroding influence of money in the U.S. political system.
By Chris Hedges truthdig.com September 13, 2015
By Sonali Kolhatkar — Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?
truthdig.com May 9, 2016
“Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination,” reads UN General Assembly Resolution 3379. The measure was adopted 40 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1975, and the majority of the international community backed it. 72 countries voted for the resolution, with just 35 opposed (and 32 abstentions).
Although little-known in the US today (it is remarkable how effectively the US and its allies have rewritten history in their favor), UN 3379. “Elimination of all forms of racial discrimination,” made an indelible imprint on history.
As the Obama administration belatedly weighs releasing the 28 pages on the Saudi role in 9/11, Americans should not be fooled by claims minimizing the Saudi involvement, writes 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser.
Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media, including the “liberal” New Yorker, is reprising its propagandistic role before the Iraq War now in Syria with a new round of one-sided reporting, as Daniel Lazare explains.
By pouring weapons and money into the Syrian war, the West and its Gulf state allies share in the guilt for the Islamic State’s partial destruction of Palmyra’s historic ruins, which Jeff Klein visited.
Secretary of State Kerry boasts about how little Iran has gotten from the nuclear deal – accessing only $3 billion of its frozen assets – but that hurts U.S. credibility and endangers the deal, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
Exclusive: The mainstream U.S. media, including the “liberal” New Yorker, is reprising its propagandistic role before the Iraq War now in Syria with a new round of one-sided reporting, as Daniel Lazare explains.
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal talks about the growing BDS movement and the efforts to muzzle it.
April 11, 2016 The Real News Network
THAT “TERRORISM” IS a malleable term of propaganda, with no fixed meaning or consistent application, is now quite well-established. Still, its recent application to a spate of violence targeting Israel’s occupying soldiers in the West Bank is so manipulative and extreme that it’s well worth highlighting.
The first ever anti-BDS conference in Israel brought together politicians of all stripes to show their commitment to the fight against boycotts. In doing so, however, they showed just how effective the boycott movement really is.
Together with Al-Jazeera, Google developed a tool to track defections in Syria, hoping to encourage more former Assad allies to join the civil war.
By his military withdrawal, Putin was actually enhancing his leverage over both the military situation and the political negotiations still to come
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A Monaco-based company called Unaoil cultivated an astonishing web of influence. Huffington Post. March 30, 2016
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The recent AIPAC meeting brought four of the five remaining presidential candidates – all exceptBernie Sanders – to Washington to grovel at the feet of the Israel lobby, a depressing scene, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
By Paul R. Pillar
Whenever Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a significant move, several common reactions are routinely heard in American discussion. One such reaction, as Mark Katz notes, is to remark on how clever Putin supposedly is. Another common response is to express surprise. Many people expressed surprise when Russia militarily intervened last year in the conflict in Syria, and many of the same people are expressing surprise over the announced drawdown of Russian forces there.
|The Dirty War on Syria: Professor Anderson Reveals the “Unspoken Truth”|
|By Prof. Tim Anderson
Global Research, March 14, 2016
|Url of this article:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dirty-war-on-syria/5491859Although every war makes ample use of lies and deception, the dirty war on Syria has relied on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory. The British-Australian journalist Philip Knightley pointed out that war propaganda typically involves ‘a depressingly predictable pattern’ of demonising the enemy leader, then demonising the enemy people through atrocity stories, real or imagined (Knightley 2001). Accordingly, a mild-mannered eye doctor called Bashar al Assad became the new evil in the world and, according to consistent western media reports, the Syrian Army did nothing but kill civilians for more than four years. To this day, many imagine the Syrian conflict is a ‘civil war’, a ‘popular revolt’ or some sort of internal sectarian conflict. These myths are, in many respects, a substantial achievement for the big powers which have driven a series of ‘regime change’ operations in the Middle East region, all on false pretexts, over the past 15 years.
Abby Martin interviews journalist and author Max Blumenthal about the ongoing rebellion, the rising dominance of far-right, ultra-racist ideology in Israel, eyewitness accounts of the aftermath of the Gaza war, and the Israeli government’s fear of Palestinian resistance.
DATE: 2015-11-15 | LENGTH: 28:10
A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust?
teleSUR DATE: 2015-11-06 | LENGTH: 25:35
Terrorist Attacks in Paris: Can Tragedy Bring Change?byDIANA JOHNSTONE Counterpunch November 16, 2015
The chaos is spreading from the Middle East into Europe. An endless stream of unidentifiable refugees and migrants trudge through the Balkans toward the promised lands of Germany and Sweden. Fights are breaking out in refugee camps between national groups. Both the migrants massed near Calais trying vainly to enter Britain and the exasperated citizens of Calais are increasingly impatient and angry. National leaders who, with the vision of happy European integration on their minds, embraced and advocated the ideals of open borders and multiculturalism, are rudely awakening to their inability to cope. And now Paris has suffered the sort of attacks that are familiar to Beirut or to Russia.
Spain Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Senior Israeli OfficialsPosted on Nov 16, 2015 truthdig.com
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and six other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they enter Spain, following the issue of what is effectively an arrest warrant for the group by a Spanish judge.
Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him if Netanyahu or the other men enter the country, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports. That could result in the reopening of a case against them concerning the Gaza Freedom Flotilla attack of 2010.
The other men named in the issue are former Defense Minister Ehud Barak, former Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman, former Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon, former Interior Minister Eli Yishai, Knesset member Benny Begin and Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom, who was in charge of the attack.
Consortium News November 13, 2015
Israel’s long-running persecution of the Palestinians continues to stir up hatreds and violence across the Middle East, but Prime Minister Netanyahu remains intent on shifting the collective blame to the people under Israeli occupation, a dilemma that Michael Winship examines.
What’s at Stake for Iran in Syria?Prof. Cyrus Bina says during the Iran-Iraq war, Assad’s Syria was the only Arab state that supported Iran – October 29, 2015
Transcript AvailablePAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to Reality Asserts Itself on the Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay.It’s a very complicated and very dangerous world we live in. And perhaps the fight or conflict that’s most complicated right now is emblematic of how difficult it is to come to terms with the current balance of forces in the world is what’s going on in Syria. Just about everybody in the planet that has any real geopolitical power has their finger in that pie.Of course, the people who are paying the consequences in their tens and hundreds of thousands are the Syrian people.But we’re going to try to get more of a handle on what’s happening, and we’re going to do it through the prism of understanding Iran and their interests in the region. And through that, looking at the issue of oil and U.S. foreign policy. And now joining us to talk about all of this in the studio is Cyrus Bina. Cyrus was born in Tehran. He was an activist against the Shah. He left during the Shah regime for the United States in 1971. He continued his activism against the Shah while he was here. He’s now a Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota Morris. He’s the author of several books, including the latest: A Prelude to the Foundation of Political Economy: Oil, War, and Global Polity.Cyrus Bina is a Professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota, and a Fellow with the Economists for Peace and Security.
TheRealNewsOctober 29, 2015
Israeli “Ethicist” Protested at University of Minnesota
Published on Nov 5, 2015
The Anti-War Committee protested at the University of Minnesota Law School, Tuesday, November 3rd. The Law School hosted Hebrew University professor Moshe Halbertal and paid a $5,000 fee, for a lecture titled “Protecting Civilians: Moral Challenges of Asymmetric Warfare.”
+++Anti-Israel Activism Criminalized in the Land of Charlie Hebdo and “Free Speech”Glenn Greenwald The Intercept October 27, 2015+++Iran to Join Syria TalksPhyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution, made possible by Russia’s escalated involvement in Syria.The Real News Network October 27, 2015Uploaded on Oct 27, 2015
Thousands of Israelis March for Peace with Palestinianshttp://www.teleSURtv.net/english October 24, 2015+++Three from TomDispatch.com
- Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, The Great War in the Middle East
- Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How the U.S. Created Middle East Mayhem
- Tomgram: Jo Comerford and Mattea Kramer, Dealing With the Syrian Quagmire
+++Two from Mint Press NewsRussia Blocked Israeli Military Fights Over Syria, Lebanon October 19, 201572% Of Saudi Death Sentences Handed Down For Non-Violent Crimes October 22, 2015+++THE DRONE PAPERS | PART 1: THE ASSASSINATION COMPLEX
All eight parts of The Drone Papers have now been published on RiseUpTimes.org. You may view them there or on The Intercept webpage. All are related to drone strikes in the Middle East.
Scahill: The source said he decided to provide these documents to The Intercept because he believes the public has a right to understand the process by which people are placed on kill lists and ultimately assassinated on orders from the highest echelons of the U.S. government.
Palestinians – along with Israeli opposition figures – have reacted angrily to recent statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in…
MIDDLEEASTMONITOR.COM October 21, 2015
Published on Oct 22, 2015
The United States is planning to increase its annual military aid to Israel by as much as one billion dollars. This will add to the current 3.1 billion dollars that Tel Aviv annually receives from Washington. A source close to the military aid process says talks are now underway for finalizing the deal. Israeli officials have denied the report as a rumor. Tel Aviv had reportedly stalled the talks on the hike and a compensation package that it will receive because of Iran’s nuclear deal, until that agreement was approved. Tel Aviv uses Washington’s aid money to buy weapons as well as other equipment and supplies, such as fuel. As of 2012, the US has provided Israel with about 234 billion dollars in aid.
JERUSALEM — Every year, Israel receives billions of dollars in U.S. aid, despite the fact that its citizens enjoy a standard of living well above that of neighboring countries. And while the Middle East struggles through a historic refugee crisis, Israel is using U.S. taxpayer money to fuel its war crimes against Palestine and oppression of refugees.
Israelis earn an average per capita income of $34,990 — more than three-and-a-half times what its neighbors in Lebanon earn and almost 19 times more than Syrians take home each year — yet the country continues to receive billions in U.S. aid.
No matter the label, one thing is clear: Violence is escalating and Netanyahu has no strategy for addressing Palestinian grievances short of more force and more blood spilled from Israelis and Palestinians alike.
October 16, 2015 Mint Press News
+++America’s ‘perpetual war’ in the Middle East must endOur involvement isn’t helping, and it’s bankrupting our nation.
+++U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebelstruthdig.com Ear to the Ground October 9, 1015+++Putin’s “Endgame” in SyriabyMIKE WHITNEY Counterpunch.org October 9, 2015
Russia doesn’t want to fight a war with Turkey, so Russian generals devised a simple, but effective plan to discourage Turkey from taking any action that could lead to a clash between the two nations.
+++Over 1,000 ISIS and Al Nusra Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours Global Research October 9, 2015+++Three from RiseUpTimes.org October 9, 2015GLOBAL RESEARCH: NATO VOWS BIGGEST BUILDUP AGAINST RUSSIA SINCE COLD WARGLOBAL RESEARCH: WHY SYRIANS SUPPORT BASHAR AL ASSADVFP CHAPTER 27: LETTER TO MN CONGRESSPEOPLE RE GOLAN HEIGHTS+++
Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri dissect the genesis of political revolutions in the Middle East and discuss the role of religion and the reasons for the increased prevalence of fundamentalism in this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt.
Russia Strikes in Syriatruthdig.com Posted on Oct 3, 2015Patrick Chappatte, International New York Times. Cagle Cartoons+++The Skies of the MideastPosted on Oct 2, 2015 By Jeff Danziger truthdig.com+++Russian Involvement and a Redirection of Policy on Syria
Paul R. Pillar The National Interest September 20, 2015
Don’t let anyone fool you: Sectarian strife in Syria has been engineered to provide cover for a war for access to oil and gas, and the power and money that come along with it.By Mnar Muhawesh @mnarmuh | September 9, 2015
Mint Press Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect recent Wikileaks revelations of US State Department leaks that show plans to destabilize Syria and overthrow the Syrian government as early as 2006. The leaks reveal that these plans were given to the US directly from the Israeli government and would be formalized through instigating civil strife and sectarianism through partnership with nations like Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and even Egypt to break down the power structure in Syria to weaken Iran and Hezbolla.
In his appearance on the RT show “Going Underground,” Wikileaks editor Julian Assange elaborated on the cable’s contents:
“… That plan was to use a number of different factors to create paranoia within the Syrian government; to push it to overreact, to make it fear there’s a coup …”
Assange continued, explaining that the U.S. government sought to make the Syrian government appear weak by causing Assad to overreact to the threat of Islamic extremists crossing into his country.
The cable also details plans to foster sectarian strife in the region and make Iran appear like a larger threat to Assad than it really was, Assange continued:
“In particular, to take rumors that are known to be false … or exaggerations and promote them – that Iran is trying to convert poor Sunnis, and to work with Saudi and Egypt to foster that perception in order to make it harder for Iran to have influence, and also harder for the government to have influence in the population.”
“[I]f Syria sufficiently destabilized, it [Israel] might be in a position where it can keep the Golan Heights forever, or even advance that territory,” Assange said.
The “fight” has to be on America’s terms, even if the terms the US has laid out publicly don’t make any sense, with the US nominally trying to destroy ISIS, destroy al-Qaeda, and destroy the Syrian government all at the same time, installing some non-existent pro-US faction in their place.By Jason Ditz for Antiwar.com | September 16, 2015 via Mint Press News
M.J. Rosenberg The Nation September 11, 2015
Robert Parry Consortium News September 10, 2015
Exclusive: The U.S. State Department is trying to block Russian supplies going to Syria’s embattled government despite the risk that collapsing the regime would create a vacuum filled by the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, another nightmare dreamt up by the neocons and liberal hawks, writes Robert Parry.
Reuters reports, based on sources in Beirut, that Russia is increasing its involvement in Syria, backing the military of beleaguered dictator Bashar al-Assad. Russia appears to be offloading tanks at its Tartous naval base on the Syrian coast, and may also be establishing an interior air field for Russian planes. Increased numbers of Russian advisers and support troops are being embedded in Syrian army units. …
Russia seems mainly, however, to intend to put some steel in the spine of al-Assad’s forces. If the reports of increased Russian presence in Syria are true, these steps resemble the Obama administration’s reestablishment of an Iraq command from last year in the face of the Daesh onslaught.
+++GARETH PORTER: Why the US and Iran Aren’t Cooperating Against ISISCounterpunch September 10, 2015+++
Gareth Porter Consortium News September 9, 2015
Despite the worsening Mideast crisis, President Obama can’t escape the tight policy constraints imposed by neocon thinking. The obvious move to work with Iran to save Syria from an Islamic State or Al Qaeda victory is blocked by the influence of the Israel lobby, writes Gareth Porter for Middle East Eye.
Greg Maybury Consortium News September 9, 2015
Australia is the latest U.S. ally to join the bombing campaigns against Islamic State militants inside Syria, but the incoherence of the strategy is underscored by Washington’s continuing refusal to negotiate seriously with the Syrian government about a realistic political settlement of the war, writes Greg Maybury.
+++42 Senators Now Back Iran Deal, Ensuring Passage House Plans 9/11 Iran Vote as GOP Looks to Undermine Nuclear Deal Iran Nuclear Deal Battle Is Over, but Fight Is Just Beginning+++CO-OP NEWS Co-op Anti-War Café Berlin September 2015+++German Left Party: U.S. Main Cause of the Refugee Crisis. Must Be Held ResponsibleIn a statement published in the German media this Sunday, the chairs of the German Left Party, Sahra Wagenknecht and Dietmar Bartsch have stated the following:
“Western countries led by the U.S. have destabilized entire regions, by making possible and using terrorist organizations. Murderous gangs, such as the Islamic state (IS) were indirectly supported and supplied by countries allied with Germany – this happened unhindered. It happened through financial support and weapons. Millions of people were thereby exposed to brutal wars, civil wars.”+++The following article is presented in full because some may not have access to a translation.
Sahra Wagenknecht makes the United States for the refugee crisis in Europe partly responsible.
Updated: 06.09.15 Merkur.de
DESTABILIZATION IN THE MIDDLE EASTLeft: US to blame for refugee onslaught
Washington – The leftists make the United States responsible for the high number of refugees in Europe.
“Western countries led by the US have entire regions destabilized by they have made and instrumentalized possible among other terrorist organizations,” it says in a position paper of the designated group chairmen Dietmar Bartsch and Sahra Wagenknecht, which was present to the AFP news agency on Sunday.
“Cutthroats” as the Islamic State (IS) were indirectly supported and been supplied by countries allied with Germany unhindered with money and weapons. “Millions of people were exposed as brutal wars and civil wars.”
From Syria, but also from other war and crisis zones, many more refugees were expected, it said in a position paper. In order to improve the situation of people in the countries of origin and to eliminate causes of flight, “a course reversal in the prevailing policies necessary”.
“Who turned the Middle East with wars, terror drones, arms shipments and deliberate destabilization in a fire, is responsible for ensuring that millions of people to leave their homes,” said Wagenknecht. “If the federal government would have a minimum level of Courage, it would require the United States, as the main cause of the refugee tragedy, at least one contribution to the costs.”
The refugee reception must be placed into the considerable responsibility in the government, according to the paper by Wagenknecht and Bartsch, who are previously deputy faction leaders. The federal government should take over the cost of the asylum procedure duration and for a transitional period after the recognition, so that states and municipalities can focus on local integration.
+++U.S. and its allies responsible for refugee crisisFightBackNews.org September 5, 2015+++
Sep. 1 2015, 9:45 a.m. TheIntecept.com
IN THE ISLAMIC CONCEPT of qadar, your divine destiny is inescapable. If you try to cheat death it will find you. For two women on a dusty road in mid-June on the southwest corner of the Arabian Peninsula, their repeated attempts to dodge fate ended in tragic failure
+++Posts from Middle East Eye August 29, 2015This is how one German town welcomed a coach-load of Syrian refugees
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:1PM PressTV
Video: US State Department spokesman John Kirby
The US State Department’s comments indirectly backing the use of cluster bombs by Saudi forces in Yemen are “very despicable,” a geopolitical commentator in Missouri says.
JERUSALEM — While the Iran deal is often touted as the only possible solution to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, both U.S. and Israeli intelligence reports suggest that country never intended to build a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, Israel, one of its regional neighbors, possesses not only 80 functioning nuclear warheads but also the capability to use them.
At least 110 people dead and 300 injured in a string of regime air raids on Douma near Damascus, activists say.
Syria conducts 6,673 air raids, highest since start of uprising in 2011, killing 791 civilians, monitoring group says.
More than 70 nations sign letter to UN General Assembly to demand end to deadly attacks, especially use of barrel bombs.
by Gareth Porter
August 14, 2015 Consortium News
President Obama always bows to Official Washington’s conventional wisdom no matter how wrongheaded it is – and then either falls in line behind some reckless neocon policy prescription or turns away just before falling off some geopolitical cliff. His continued Iran-bashing is a case in point, says Gareth Porter at Middle East Eye.
August 15, 2015 Consortium News
Having escaped accountability for the Iraq War disaster, U.S. neocons are urging the use of more military force in the Mideast, in line with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s demand to block the Iran nuclear deal. From their important perches of power, these war hawks also twist the history of their catastrophic misjudgments, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
+++Three articles from truthdig.com, August 15, 2015How the Israel Lobbies Hurt the University of Illinois and the First Amendment in the Salaita Case
By Juan ColePlaces That AIPAC Would Never Show U.S. Congress Members on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip to Israel
By Max BlumenthalPutin Pitches Grand Alliance Against Islamic State, but Syrian Rebels Want Assad Gone (Video)
By Juan Cole+++If It’s Going to Push Us to War, Is It Time for AIPAC to Register as a Foreign Agent? By Juan Cole truthdig.com Aug. 11, 2015Top Iran General Endorses Nuclear Deal With the U.S. and the U.N. (Video) By Juan Cole truthdig.com Aug. 11, 2015+++Behind Israel’s Hysterical Opposition to the Iran Nuclear DealbyISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH Counterpunch August 7, 2015
In light of the fact that Israel is in possession of at least 200 (surreptitiously-built) nuclear warheads, and considering the reality that, according to both US and Israeli intelligence sources, Iran neither possesses nor pursues nuclear weapons, the relentless hysterical campaign by Israel and its lobby against the Iran nuclear deal can safely be characterized as the mother of all ironies—a clear case of chutzpah.
August 5, 2015 Consortium News
Exclusive: President Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal and urged Americans to support this initiative for peace, but his choice of American University for the speech invited comparisons with JFK’s famous words that “we all inhabit this small planet” and Obama fell far short of that standard, writes Robert Parry.
From the article: Islam is not the issue. The issue is Israel’s human and civil rights record, on which Israel should be measured with the same yardstick by which other countries are measured.
From the article: “In Iraq, we say today will be better than tomorrow.” This is the dire pessimism with which the people of Iraq now view their circumstances, Sami Rasouli said in June when he was in Minneapolis, the city in which he had lived for so many years before returning to found the Muslim Peacemaker Teams,(5) a nonprofit organization based in Najaf that works on peace building and responding to human needs. He reported that the situation for Iraqis only continues to decline in livability and increase in danger and disaster
“We have to have hope to resist”
As the Stop the Wall Coalition demonstrates, steadfastness (sumud) in Arabic and nonviolent discipline are essential ingredients of a successful movement. Members of the village communities have learned that they must continue to struggle, day by day, week by week, despite the violence directed at them. Freedom does not come easy. “You have to be willing to sacrifice for freedom, and above all else, believe in your cause and what you’re struggling for. If you believe, you will continue, if you continue, you will succeed.”
By Counterspin July 17, 2015
This week on CounterSpin: The New York Times tells readers Barack Obama was moved to negotiate a deal with Iran because of his personal “faith in diplomacy.” Is that an appropriate way to understand how these negotiations came to be? Our guest has an alternate view. We’ll hear from investigative journalist Gareth Porter, author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanahu charged last week that Iran was the major sponsor of terrorism in the world and that it wants to take over the whole world. He also likened Iran to the faux caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
Iran is not trying to take over the world. Here are some replies to Netanyahu’s silliness:
- One sign Iran is not trying to take over the world is that, as I have written before, “it has a small military budget, about $10 bn., on the order of that of Norway or Singapore. It has no air force to speak of. The US military budget is roughly 80 times that of Iran.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses as he delivers a statement on the Iran talks in Vienna, Austria, July 9, 2015. Photo by Reuters
UN inspectors would have access to all suspect Iranian sites, including military ones, under a draft nuclear deal that six major powers and Iran areworking to finalize on Tuesday, a diplomatic source said.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the UN access would be based on consultations between the six powers and Iran under the draft deal, which would impose limits on the Iranian nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.+++UN Report on War Crimes during Israel’s 51 Day Assault on GazaExactly a year ago, for 51 days between July 7 and August 26 Israel carried out its third major military assault (2008-09; 2012; 2014) on Gaza in the past six years. This last one, code named Operation Protective Edge by Israeli Defense Forces, was the most vicious, killing 2,251 Palestinians, of which 1,462 were civilians, and included 299 women and 551 children, as well as injuring 11,231, a number that includes 3,436 children, 10% of whom have permanent disabilities, and another 1,500 have been orphaned. Israel also suffered casualties: 73 killed of whom 67 were military personnel, and 1,600 injured. Additional to the human casualties, 18,000 Palestinian housing units were destroyed, along with substantial damage to Gaza’s electricity and sanitation systems, 500, 000 Palestinians (almost 1/3 of Gaza’s population) were forcibly displaced during the military operations and 100,000 remain so a year later, and 73 medical facilities and ambulances were destroyed or damaged. Due to the Israeli blockade, the aftermath of this onslaught has prevented a normal recovery, extending the period of suffering endured by the entire Gazan population. —Richard Falk. To read more click on the title.+++They did it! UCC Divests from Israeli Occupation, and More!by US Campaign Staff
June 30th, 2015There is no turning back now…It passed! The United Church of Christ (UCC) just voted OVERWHELMINGLY to divest from the Israeli occupation, to boycott Israeli settlement products, to persist in pressuring Congress to end U.S. unconditional military aid to Israel, and to study Kairos Palestine and heed its call in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Congratulations to member group United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network (UCC-PIN), which led this historic initiative and issued a statement here.- See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4486#sthash.O5tTFRPL.dpuf+++
Members of Benjamin Netanyahu’s new cabinet have previously called Palestinians “beasts” and their children “little snakes,” warned of the “cancer-like attributes” of Palestinian society, and celebrated the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, among other atrocities.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, heads the new government as ministers take their place including Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, left, and Moshe Kahlon, Housing Minister, second left, as the prime minister fills cabinet posts at the last minute forming the 34th government of Israel, two months after the mid-March general elections.
NEW YORK — The extremism of the cabinet announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 6 will bring further conflict and isolation to his country, analysts told MintPress News this week.
Members of the government have previously called Palestinians “beasts” and their children “little snakes,” warned of the “cancer-like attributes” of Palestinian society, celebrated the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and called for wholesale bombings of their homes and funerals.
The unprecedented ferocity of these comments has sparked wide concern among international observers, as well as Palestinians.
Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq
When at First You Don’t Succeed, Fail, Fail Again
By Peter Van Buren TomDispatch June 25, 2015
In one form or another, the U.S. has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003. During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. None of those efforts were a success by any conceivable definition of the term Washington has been capable of offering.
Nonetheless, it’s the American Way to believe with all our hearts that every problem is ours to solve and every problem must have a solution, which simply must be found. As a result, the indispensable nation faces a new round of calls for ideas on what “we” should do next in Iraq.
With that in mind, here are five possible “strategies” for that country on which only one thing is guaranteed: none of them will work.
On June 25, 2014, Salwa Bugaighis was shot dead in her home by unknown militants, marking a new milestone in the country’s descent towards anarchy: the first female political assassination.
By Cameron Hickey and Zainab Salb New York Times June 7, 2015
Scores or perhaps hundreds of killings remain unsolved in Benghazi, Libya, since the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi nearly four years ago. But no victim has symbolized the crushed hopes of the Libyan uprising more than Salwa Bugaighis.+++
By SCOTT SHANE New York Times JUNE 8, 2015
Faisal bin Ali Jaber, brother-in-law of the cleric Salem Ahmed bin Ali Jaber and uncle of the police officer Waleed bin Ali Jaber, at a news conference in Washington in 2013.CreditNicholas Kamm/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
WASHINGTON — The families of an anti-Qaeda cleric and a police officer killed in an American drone strike in Yemen filed suit in federal court in Washington on Sunday night, asking the court to declare that the strike was unlawful.
The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary damages, is described by the complainants as an attempt to break through the secrecy surrounding drone strikes and to have the court impose some public accountability for mistakes made in the program.
+++This note was in Rise Up Times comments.
Submitted on 2015/06/05 at 11:36 am
I recently returned from Syria as part of a reconciliation/peace meeting sponsered by Damascus University. Dr. Ahmed Saleh has asked me to help get more US writers /activists,. etc. to go again. Please contact me f you know of anyone interested. We’ve got to stop the rebel/terrorists .sectarian Islamist funding. Thank you, John Mesler phone 908-403-8860
Consortium News June 3, 2015
Exclusive: The New York Times’ new conspiracy theory about Syria is that the Assad regime is in cahoots with the Islamic State, calling those two bitter foes only “nominal enemies” and using this new story to implicitly push for another U.S.-imposed “regime change,” writes Robert Parry.
Submitted by Nora Barrows-Friedman on Wed, 05/27/2015 Electronic Intifada
The Empire Files: The Distortion & Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage
A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust? Watch more on teleSUR DATE: 2015-11-06 | LENGTH: 25:35
By Nafeez Ahmed Medium.com May 22, 2015
Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’
Consortium News May 30, 2015
Egypt’s brief experiment with democracy was crushed by internal and external forces alarmed by a populist Islamic government. With the backing of Israel, Saudi Arabia and others, a brutal military despotism took over and consolidated power, but it shouldn’t be called a government, says Lawrence Davidson.
The Sunni resistance to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to what is now ISIS or the Islamic State, and many U.S. hawks now want President Obama to “surge” troops back into Iraq to fight this brutal force. But what is the right calibration for U.S. involvement, asks ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.
By Paul R. Pillar Consortium News May 29, 2015
The Israeli army said the shelling was in retaliation for at least one shell, allegedly fired from Gaza into open areas in the Lachish Regional Council of Settlements.By IMEMC News | May 27, 2015 MintPressNews.com+++
Israel has never publicly declared what is widely considered to be an extensive nuclear weapons program.
Israel’s Sorek nuclear reactor center near the central Israeli town of Yavne.
UNITED NATIONS — The United States has sent a top official to Israel in an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a nuclear treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament.
Israeli forces use extreme and brutal methods to force confessions out of Palestinian detainees for “crimes against Israel” such as stone-throwing.
An Israeli border policeman detains a Palestinian protester during a weekly demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.
The head of the Palestinian Authority prisoners’ affairs committee, Issa Qarage, met with former detainee Noor Muhammad Hilmi Hamamrah, age 15, while visiting prisoners’ families in the northern West Bank village of Qusin in the Nablus district.
Consortium News May 23, 2015
Exclusive: The Saudi-Israeli alliance and U.S. neocons have pressured President Obama into continuing U.S. hostility toward the secular Syrian government despite major military gains by the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front, leading to an emerging catastrophe in the Mideast, as Daniel Lazare explains.
Consortium News May 23, 2015
President Obama is playing a reckless game as he winks at Saudi and other Sunni oil-state support for al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria, with the very real possibility that the secular government will collapse and the terrorist black flag will be hoisted over Damascus, writes Gareth Porter.
Consortium News May 23, 2015
Israel and its supporters are leading a charge to rewrite how international law defines crimes against humanity to create more leeway for military attacks that kill large numbers of civilians, a bitterly ironic development, says Lawrence Davidson.
Economy of Gaza on ‘Verge of Collapse’ With World’s Highest UnemploymentPosted on May 22, 2015 truthdig.com
Unemployment rates of 43 percent for Gaza’s general population and 60 percent for young people suggest a bleak future for Israel as well as Gaza.
The Guardian reports:
The economy of Gaza – assailed by war, poor governance and a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade – has reached the “verge of collapse” with the coastal strip suffering the highest rate of unemployment in the world.
The bleak picture is presented in a devastating report by the World Bank, released on Friday, which said that Gaza’s economy had been strangled by years of blockades, war and poor governance and faces a dangerous crisis over its ability to meet wages and other spending requirements.
Calling for the “lifting of the blockade on the movement of goods and people to allow Gaza’s tradable sectors to recover” the report warned that about 43% of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents are unemployed, with youth unemployment reaching about 60% by the end of last year.
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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
How the US Treasury Department Promotes Israel’s Propaganda LinesBy Gareth Porter, Truthout | News Analysis
The US Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC. (Photo: Florian Hirzinger)
In February, a press release by the US Treasury Department pushed the Israeli propaganda line about worldwide Hezbollah terrorist cells – this time in Nigeria. A closer look at the case reveals that Mossad had engineered a frame-up of two Lebanese businessmen through its power over Nigeria’s State Security Service.
Read more…+++Confirmed: US “Operation Rooms” Backing Al Qaeda in SyriaBy Tony Cartalucci Global Research May 11, 2015Url of this article:
US policy think-tank Brookings Institution confirms that contrary to propaganda, US-Saudi “moderates” and Turkey-Qatar “Islamists” have been coordinating all along.The war in Syria continues to drag on, with a recent and renewed vigor demonstrated behind an opposition long portrayed as fractured and reflecting a myriad of competing foreign interests. Chief among these competing interests, the public has been told, were the US and Saudis on one side, backing so-called “moderate rebels,” and Turkey and Qatar on the other openly backing Al Qaeda and its various franchises including the Islamic State (ISIS).+++“Kill Anything”: Israeli Soldiers Say Gaza Atrocities Came from Orders for Indiscriminate FireDemocracy Now! May 6, 2015A new report based on testimonies of Israeli soldiers concludes the massive civilian death toll from last summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza resulted from a policy of indiscriminate fire. The Israeli veterans group Breaking the Silence released testimonies of more than 60 Israeli officers and soldiers which it says illustrate a “broad ethical failure” that “comes from the top of the chain of command.” More than 2,200 Palestinians were killed in the assault, the vast majority civilians. On Israel’s side, 73 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers.+++
May 5, 2015 Consortium News
The U.S. news media always seems to have an excuse for the actions of the Saudi-Israeli alliance, now trivializing Saudi Arabia’s open aggression against Yemen as simply one side of a “proxy war” with Iran, a misleading depiction, says Gareth Porter.
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SAMPLES OF ISRAELI HORRIFIC BRUTALITY AND WAR CRIMINALITY IN GAZAThe Intercept Glenn Greenwald May 4, 2015The Israeli group Breaking the Silence issued a report this morning containing testimony from Israeli soldiers about the savagery and criminality committed by the Israeli military during the attack on Gaza last summer. The Independent has a good article describing the report’s findings: “The Israeli military deliberately pounded civilian areas in the Gaza Strip with incessant fire of inaccurate ordinance” and “was at best indifferent about casualties among the Palestinian population.” At best.+++
April 23, 2015 Consortium News
The indiscriminate and U.S.-backed Saudi bombing campaign over a largely defenseless Yemen has reportedly killed hundreds of civilians and devastated historic cities. To justify the slaughter, the mainstream U.S. media has trumpeted dubious allegations about Iranian influence, notes Gareth Porter.
April 20, 2015 Consortium News
Exclusive: CBS News’ anchor Scott Pelley is known for his clueless journalism which never goes beyond Official Washington’s “group think” – and he was at it again in a dangerously provocative “60 Minutes” segment on the sarin gas attack near Damascus, Syria, in 2013, reports Robert Parry.
Greenwald: …there is no denying that religious extremism plays a very significant role in American attitudes toward Israel. Given its importance, this is a remarkably under-discussed phenomenon, mostly because American media figures are very comfortable maligning other countries as being driven by religious fanaticism while ignoring how much their own country is.
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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz were key architects of the Iraq War debacle under President George W. Bush. (Photo: file)
Former Washington insider and four-star General Wesley Clark spilled the beans several years ago on how Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries once it became clear that post-Soviet Russia “won’t stop us.”
BY ERIC MARGOLIS The UNZ Review APRIL 11, 2015
The deal reached in Lausanne, Switzerland by Iran and five powers, led by the US, appears to be about nuclear capability.
In fact, the real issue was not nuclear weapons, which Iran does not now possess, but Iran’s potential geopolitical power.
Democrats who end up on ‘wrong side’ of Iran vote ‘will have to answer for their decision for the rest of their careers.’
With Israel and Saudi Arabia siding with the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda versus Iran and its allies, President Obama faces a critical decision – whether to repudiate those old allies and cooperate with Iran or watch as Sunni terrorist groups possibly take control of a major country in the Mideast.
Published on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 by Consortium News
Seven Steps of Highly Effective ManipulatorsWhite Helmets, Avaaz, Nicholas Kristof and Syria No Fly Zoneby Rick Sterling / DissidentVoice.org April 9th, 2015+++Palestinian leader, parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar arrested by Israeli occupation forces Picked up from Global Peace FB page.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 2, dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers raided the home of Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar, a prominent leftist leader, feminist, and human rights advocate, arresting her, kicking down the door and holding her husband in a separate room. A leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Jarrar defeated an Israeli occupation attempt in September 2014 to expel her from Ramallah to Jericho for six months.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday vehemently denied a Wall Street Journalreport, leaked by the Obama White House, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed the intelligence to Congressional Republicans. His office’s denial was categorical and absolute, extending beyond this specific story to U.S.-targeted spying generally, claiming: “The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies.”
Foreign intervention in a local fight would be the worst course anyone could take.
By Adam Baron Common Dreams March 26, 2015
By Robert Parry Consortium News March 28, 2015
Exclusive: The New York Times continues its slide into becoming little more than a neocon propaganda sheet as it followed the Washington Post in publishing an op-ed advocating the unprovoked bombing of Iran, reports Robert Parry.
NETANYAHU’S SPYING DENIALS CONTRADICTED BY SECRET NSA DOCUMENTSBY GLENN GREENWALD AND ANDREW FISHMAN The InterceptIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday vehemently denied aWall Street Journal report, leaked by the Obama White House, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed the intelligence to Congressional Republicans. His office’s denial was categorical and absolute, extending beyond this specific story to U.S.-targeted spying generally, claiming: “The state of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies.”
Evergreene DigestDEFENSE INDUSTRY WHORES
- We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. –Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Part 1: Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur destroys the ‘defense industry whores’ pushing for war with Iran
- Part 2: Companies Profiting The Most From War
Compiled by David Culver <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ed., Evergreene DigestPart 1: Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur destroys the ‘defense industry whores’ pushing for war with IranScott Kaufman, Raw Story16 Mar 2015 | In a new video from The Young Turks, host Cenk Uygur lit into “defense industry whores” who will do anything they can to force the United States into a military engagement with Iran.Uygur began by berating former Democratic senator Evan Byah for collaborating with a group that produced “one of the worst fear-mongering ads that I’ve ever seen.”“It’s about our negotiations with Iran — and the point of those negotiations is that they don’t get nukes, and they can verify, absolutely positively, that they will not have nukes,” he continued. “This ad, of course, lies and says the exact opposite — that if we strike a peace deal with them and can verify that they don’t have nukes, they will get nukes.”Scott Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club’s Internet Film School and an associate editor at the Raw Story. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it.Full story … Part 2: Companies Profiting The Most From War, Mark Lieberman & Thomas C. Frohlich, 24/7 Wall St. Despite the global drop (in world-wide military expenditure(s), weapons producers generated massive profits from arms sales, and U.S. and European companies continued to dominate the top 10 global companies in terms of arms deals.March 18, 2015 | Worldwide military expenditure shrunk in 2013 for the second consecutive year, falling by 1.9% to $1.75 trillion. The 100 largest arms-producers sold a combined $402 billion worth of arms and military services in 2013, also down — for the third consecutive year.However, not all countries are spending less. Military spending in North America and in Western and Central European countries has continued to decline, while other countries such as Brazil and Russia have increased their arms investments.Mark Lieberman & Thomas C. Frohlich are writers for 24/7 Wall St.Full story …
The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.With Yemen in turmoil and its government splintering, the Defense Department has lost its ability to monitor the whereabouts of small arms, ammunition, night-vision goggles, patrol boats, vehicles and other supplies donated by the United States. T
The Syrian conflict continues to develop into a proxy war, pitting various foreign national interests against one another, including US vs. Syria, US vs Iran, Saudi Arabia vs Syria, Qatar vs. Syria, Turkey vs. Kurdistan and Iran vs. Israel to name only a few. So the support network behind Washingtons Moderate Rebels and terrorist groups fighting in Syria is …
A Tel Aviv court has rejected a petition to reveal documentation of arms exports to the Hutu government in the ’90s.
by William Pfaff
The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.
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