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Friday, 21 November 2014

US Prepares to Sell Warships to Saudi Arabia to Help “Take Down Iran”

Global Research, November 20, 2014

BREAKING: U.S. Warships Headed To Persian GulfThe American revolution was supposed to have happened because of the revulsion our ‘founding fathers’ had with the institution of ‘divine right of kings’ or monarchy.  Supposedly the new American nation went to war with England because a revolutionary ‘democracy’ was the preferred way of organizing our new nation.  (Of course the truth was that the American ‘founding fathers’ had their own dreams of empire which is just what has sadly turned out for this country.  But the mythology of America is all about our rejection of monarchy.)

Fast forward to today and we see the headlines on November 20 in the Portland Press Herald newspaper: Bath Iron Works may get Saudi ship contract worth billions.

The article reads in part:
Saudi Arabian officials say they are preparing to move forward with an upgrade to the country’s navy that could include a multibillion-dollar contract for Bath Iron Works, the Reuters news service reportedWednesday. 
BIW’s DDG-51 destroyer is one of at least two ship designs being considered for the long-discussed Saudi Naval Expansion Program II, or SNEP, which has an estimated value of roughly $20 billion, Reuters said. 
Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin, told the news service that Saudi officials were planning to release new information over the next several months about how the country plans to proceed with SNEP.
Dewar told Reuters that the Saudis are considering whether to buy up to a dozen of Lockheed’s steel monohull Littoral Combat Ship or the larger DDG-51 destroyer built by BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. 
“We are aware of the ongoing discussions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia concerning modernization of the Saudi fleet,” said BIW spokesman Jim DeMartini. 
“We are in the business of building naval surface combatants and should the two governments reach an agreement on a program, we would be highly interested in pursuing that opportunity.”
Looking at a map we see the close proximity of Iran to Saudi Arabia.  We know that the Saudi monarchy wants to take down Iran (as does Israel and the US).  We know that the DDG-51 destroyer built by BIW is outfitted with so-called ‘missile defense’ systems that are key elements in US first-strike attack planning.  We know that these warships are heavily reliant on US military satellites to direct the on-board weapons systems to their targets.  

Saudi Arabia does not have the military satellites nor the ground-based command and control systems to guide these weapons systems to their targets.  Thus any Saudi high-tech ships and weapons would be run through the Pentagon’s war fighting satellite system.  In other words the Saudi monarchy would be paying for the ships that would essentially augment existing US military forces now surrounding Iran in places like Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations in the region.

Most interesting of all is that US shipyard workers would be building warships for a brutal and unforgiving monarchy that is known for making ISIS look like amateurs. Saudi Arabia is one of the last places on earth where capital punishment is a public spectacle – carried out in what is called Chop Chop Square in Riyadh.

Capital and physical punishments imposed by Saudi courts, such as beheading, stoning (to death), amputation and lashing, as well as the sheer number of executions have been strongly criticized. The death penalty can be imposed for a wide range of offences including murder, rape, armed robbery, repeated drug use, apostasy, adultery, witchcraft and sorcery and can be carried out by beheading with a sword, stoning or firing squad, followed by crucifixion. The 345 reported executions between 2007 and 2010 were all carried out by public beheading. The last reported execution for sorcery took place in September 2014.
Interfaith Unity Against Terrorism reports:
Saudi Arabia has been the official sponsor of Wahabbism – the extremist thought from which all jihadist militancy now pours forth. Saudi Arabia and its Wahabbism’s militant Islamic doctrines constitute a clear and present danger to the Middle East and to the entire world. The house of Saud derives its legitimacy from religious credentials underwritten by Wahabbi clerics. Wahabbism is the creed that has fuelled all jihads –many with West’s blessings- in world’s recent memory.
You’d think that official circles in Washington would be up-in-arms about selling high-tech weapons of war to the brutal monarchy of Saudi Arabia.  But this likely $20 billion weapons sale indicates just how corrupt and immoral the US ‘experiment’ in democracy has become.  The #1 industrial export product of the US today is weapons.  The US wants to take down Iran and has made a pact with the Saudi’s to do just that.

There can be no doubt that the American dream of freedom, justice and democracy is now no more than a hollow phrase.

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Meetings on Iran’s Nuclear Program Continue as Deadline May be Extended

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As six world powers and Iran race to meet a Monday deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear program, officials close to the talks said on Thursday the deadline may be extended from Monday until March because of sharp disagreements between Tehran and world powers.

Zarif, Kerry, AshtonUS officials allege the agreement “should slow the Iranian nuclear program enough that it would take Iran at least a year to make enough material for a nuclear bomb if it decided to ignore the accord.”

“Our goal is to shut off each pathway sufficient that we know we have a breakout time of a minimum of a year,” Secretary of State John Kerry said last month.

This comes as a trilateral meeting between Iranian and US foreign ministers and the EU coordinator in Cobourg Hotel had ended after two hours of negotiations.

According to IRNA, John Kerry arrived in Vienna from Paris to join the Vienna 8 negotiations, which is supposed to be the last round of talks to lead to the signing of a comprehensive agreement by November 24.

The axis of Kerry-Zarif-Ashton talks will be deciding over the schedule of this round of negotiations as well as efforts made to resolve the remainder of disputes over Iran’s uranium enrichment and ways for lifting the anti-Iranian sanctions.

Kerry, FabiusAccording to the US Department of State, Kerry had before these talks been engaged in bilateral and trilateral negotiations with the Iranian nuclear negotiation team to be informed about the latest stands of Tehran in Vienna 8.

Before his trip to Vienna, Kerry paid a visit to the French capital, Paris, where he met with foreign ministers of France and Saudi Arabia.

In a joint appearance before reporters, Kerry and Fabius expressed hope that progress could be made but acknowledged that some obstacles remained in the way of an accord. “We hope that the gaps that exist -- and they do exist -- can be closed,” Kerry said.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.

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Turkish former president: Turkey doomed to collapse if Erdoğan continues his treacherous policies

Abdullah Gül
Abdullah Gül

 20th of November, 2014/Ankara, Turkey-- Turkish former president   -Abdullah Gül- who currently attempts to distance himself as far as possible from the newly-elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan , slammed the  administration’s multi- track foreign policy vis-à-vis  the Syrian crisis.
“ I am sure that one day (God Forbidden) the chickens of Erdoğan’s past follies in Syria will come home to roost,” Kuwait News Agency(KUNA) quoted the disgruntled Turkish politician as saying on Wednesday.
Gül who is accused of complicity with Erdoğan’s mischievous policies in the Middle-East during his presidency term -- namely reviving the infamous Ottoman Empire -- had acknowledged that since the beginning of Syrian catastrophic civil war in 2011, Turkish intelligence agencies played a key role to facilitate the transport of the Jihadists across Turkish porous borders into battle-scarred Iraq and Syria.
Mr. Gül added that Erdoğan’s strategic blunders in neighboring Syria and Iraq gave rise to obnoxious ISIS reality on the ground and resulted in a balkanized Iraq and there are undeniable intelligence reports indicating that some of those Jihadists who fought alongside terrorist organizations in Iraq are returning to the their European countries to carry out terrorist attacks and all of this is happening with the definite connivance of Turkish authorities.
Turkey, a severely polarized nation is domestically riven by the drastic different views about the sources and possible solutions to the catastrophic crisis in Iraq and many of its prominent politicians like Mr. Gül--once considered as an implacable ally of Turkey’s powerful Erdoğan—are deeply frustrated with Turkish  modern Sultan’s Middle-East agenda.
Elsewhere in his comment, Abdullah Gül lashed out against the U.S.-led campaign against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), calling it “idiots’ club”, adding some notorious and dangerous Saudi-backed terrorist organizations such as al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda’s Syrian offshoot) have been collaborating with western intelligence agencies ,namely CIA.
ISIL and al-Nusra front, both adopt extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam and both embraced terrorist tactics against civilians in the past but dangerous schism occurred between the two after ISIL refused to restrict its activities in Iraq.
In the last summer, ISIL started a rampage in northern and western Iraq, carving up a formidable “Islamic State” in the Sunni heartland and recently there have been reports that al-Nusra Front delivered U.S. Air Force with a “target bank” for  aerial strikes against ISIS-held positions.
Meanwhile, Murat Karayılan, the acting leader of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has warned Islamist-leaning administration of President Erdoğan of continuing support for Jihadist terrorists and the remnant forces of the Iraq’s former Baath regime.
“There are vast array of mutual cooperation between Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and ISIS; and we believe unless Ankara cease from training and arming the al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists, Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish-populated provinces will witness violent uprisings against the central government,” said Mr. Karayılan in an interview with BBC’s Kurdish correspondent Jiar Gol.
Murat Karayılan
PKK which dedicate itself to create a Kurdish homeland in Southern Turkey is outlawed by many western countries and have engaged in a bloodletting civil war since late 1980s which claimed the lives of more than 40,000 civilians and military alike.
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Israel has detained 10,000 Palestinian children since 2000: PLO

Israeli Occupation Forces detain a Palestinian youth during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, October 26, 2014. AFP / Ahmed Gharabli
Published Thursday, November 20, 2014Al-Akhbar
More than 10,000 Palestinian minors in the occupied West Bank and annexed Jerusalem have been held by the Israeli army for varying periods since 2000, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official said Wednesday, adding that 20 percent of those detained since June of this year are minors.
"Israel does not provide any immunity for children and regularly violates international agreements on children's rights by humiliating and torturing them and denying them fair trials," Issa Qaraqe, head of the PLO's committee on detainees, said in a statement.
The release was issued to mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UN General Assembly.
Qaraqe went on to say that Israeli forces have detained around 3,000 Palestinians – for varying periods – since June of this year, some 30 percent of whom were children.
Around 95 percent of detained children were subject to beatings and torture by Israeli security personnel while in detention, while many were forced to make confessions under duress and undergo unfair trials, Qaraqe said, adding that at least 300 children are still detained in Israeli jails on various charges.
Violent practices by Israeli soldiers as well as settlers against Palestinian children is endemic and often abetted by the authorities.
On Friday, an 11-year-old Palestinian who was shot in the face with a "sponge bullet" during clashes with Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem was left blind in one eye, even though Israeli protocol explicitly prohibits firing the foam-tipped bullets at the upper body.
During the month of November, Israeli forces detained four Palestinian children, aged 13 to 16, for allegedly throwing stones at Israeli cars, and attempted to detain two Palestinian children, a two-year-old and a nine-year old, on suspicion of throwing stones.
According to a PLO report for the month of October, Einas Shawkat, 5, was run over and killed by an Israeli settler in Sinjil, while four other children under the age of 17 were deliberately hit and injured in similar hit and run attacks.
Other than the hit and runs, at least 12 children under the age of 16 were injured in the space of a month. The majority were injured in clashes with Israeli forces.
The Palestinian Authority Department of Prisoner's Affairs said in October that "dozens" of Palestinian minors jailed by Israel have been beaten or assaulted during their time in Israeli custody.
Similarly, an earlier report by Defense for Children International (DCI) published in May 2014 revealed that Israel jails 20 percent of Palestinian children it detains in solitary confinement.
DCI said that minors held in solitary confinement spent an average of 10 days in isolation. The longest period of confinement documented in a single case was 29 days in 2012, and 28 days in 2013.
A report by The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights Israeli forces arrested nearly 3,000 Palestinian children from the beginning of 2010 to mid-2014, the majority of them between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.
The report also documented dozens of video recorded testimonies of children arrested during the first months of 2014, pointing out that 75 percent of the detained children are subjected to physical torture and 25 percent faced military trials.
The most excruciating violations are seen in the psycho-physical torture methods, including the act of forcing children to sit on the investigation chair chained hand and foot and covering their entire heads with foul-smelling bags, in addition to depriving them of sleep.
In 2013, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) reported that Israel was the only country in the world where children were "systematically tried" in military courts and gave evidence of practices it said were "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment."
The UNICEF report said in a 22-page report that over the past decade, Israeli forces have arrested, interrogated and prosecuted around 7,000 children between 12 and 17, mostly boys, noting the rate was equivalent to "an average of two children each day."
Palestinian children as young as five years old have also been detained in the past.
In 2013, Israeli forces in the West Bank detained four Palestinian children aged five to nine years.
Palestinian activist Murad Ashtiye told AFP at the time that “Israeli soldiers arrest the children and tie their hands behind their backs using plastic strips."
Meanwhile in Gaza, a 51-day Israeli aggression last August left at least 505 children dead, 20 percent of the total civilian death toll.
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA said 138 of its students were killed during the assault. The organization’s spokesperson Christopher Gunness said an additional 814 UNRWA students were injured and 560 have become orphans due to the Israeli onslaught.
The worst massacre took place in the Abu Hussein School of the Jabaliya refugee camp in the north killing and injuring dozens even after the agency said that it gave the school’s coordinates to the Israelis more than 17 times so they won’t hit it.
(Anadolu, Al-Akhbar)
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Hagel: Hizbullah is a threat to US interests in ME


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doublespeak[1]On November 15, 2014, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in aspeech he delivered at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, compared Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah with North Korea and Al-Qaeda.

For unknown reason, Hagel forgot to includeISIS  among his list of “dangerously provocative and terrorists non-state actors”.

In September, Cuban leader Fidel Castro claimed that ISIS is a creation of the US and Israel.

The event was the brainchild of the new publisher of Jew-owned The Washington Post, Fredrick J. Ryan Jr., former Chief of Staff for president Ronald Reagan (1989-95).

In 2007, Ryan co-founded Politico, a pro-Israel website and newspaper.

Interestingly, in Summer 2006, Chuck Hagel received the honor of being an “anti-Semite” for slamming the Zionist regime’s unprovoked retaliation against Hizbullah. Hagel wrote in his 2008 book, ‘America: Our Next Chapter’, that military retaliation – rightful or not – is not a political strategy that can end the threat posed by non-state groups”.

In May 2014, Lebanese prime minister Tammam Salam welcomed Iranian offer to provide military aid to Lebanon Armed Forces to defend the nation from future Israeli invasion and the US-funded foreign insurgents fighting in Syria.

Under pressure from the Jewish Lobby, Washington warned Lebanon over Iranian weapon donation. To counter Iranian donation, America’s top Arab puppet, the Saudi ‘royal’ offered $3 billion worth French weapons for Lebanese army. On July 3, 2014, Israeli news website Al-Monitor reported that the French weapons would be useless against Israel.

The French are approaching this issue from the standpoint of the interests of Israel and other international matters, mainly how to maintain the status quo in Southern Lebanon (Hizbullah base) in the face of Israeli attack. The French wouldn’t give Lebanon any sensitive weapon system or advanced technology that Israel might consider a threat,” reported Al-Monitor.

Hagel agrees with Barack Obama and the pro-Israel lobby, whom he called the “Jewish Lobby” as a Senator, that Iran must not be allowed to become the second nuclear nation in the Middle East and pose a threat to Israel, the only regional nuclear power. However, he said in 2006 that a US military strike on Iran to stop its nuclear program is not a “viable, feasible or responsible option”.

Hagel supports continuing US funding of such Israeli missile defense programs as Iron Dome and the Arrow interceptor, but doesn’t favor increasing annual military aid ($3 billion) to the Zionist entity.

Chuck Hagel who visited India in August 2014, called for a closer military ties between the two countries against China. India has become world’s largestimporter of arms. Its major arms suppliers are Russia, United States, Israel and France.

Jeffrey Feltman, former US ambassador to Lebanon and currently Ban Ki-moon’s top adviser on Middle East, is America’s top Israeli lobbyist. He reportedly told his friends at the US State Department that Israel has failed to defeat Hizbullah and the US must disarm Hizbullah.

Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, PhD, is a Lebanese academic, political analyst and author of the book, ‘Hizbullah: Politics and Religion’. On August 8, 2012, she wrote an Op-Ed, entitled Khamenei and Hizbullah: Leading in Spirit, in which she debunked several Zionist lies about Hizbullah-Iran relation.

On October 12, 2006, Alastair Crooke and Mark Perry co-authored an investigative article at Asia Time, detailing How Hizbullah Defeated Israel.

Listen to Scott McConnell, American journalist and founder-editor of theAmerican Conservative, magazine on US-Israel “brotherly relationship”.
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العماد أيوب يزور القوات المسلحة العاملة في جبل الشاعر بريف حمص الشرقي

HOMS:  Lt. General ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Ayyoob, Chief of the Syrian General Staff, visited troops in the area of Al-Shaa’er Mountain yesterday and inspected positions.  He was briefed by field commanders on the situation in light of ISIS’ withdrawal under heavy artillery fire and unrelenting assault by the Syrian Army.

We can confirm the total delousing of 3 points north of Well 107 in the Al-Shaa’er Mountain area.  During the last 48 hours, the SAA has killed 191 ISIS vermin and taken an undisclosed number of prisoners, many from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

‌Syrian Army Inflicts Heavy Losses on Terrorists in Qalamoun
The Syrian Army devastated ISIS at Umm Al-Reesh in Eastern Homs and followed up with a torrential shower of artillery shells at East Salaam Village. 

Fighting is also reported at Al-Sama’leel, Taldu, Al-Wudhayhi, Al-Rastan on the Al-Ghajar Highway, Taldu. 

‘Ibb Al-Ghajar:  3 days ago.  3 pickup trucks with 23mm cannons were destroyed and all rats aboard killed. 

Al-Rastan Lake:  14 Nusra rodents on shore were trapped by SAA infantry and mowed down near the Al-‘Azhm building.  I have no names. 
More fighting reported at Al-Zaarra West, North Al-Mushayrifa, Kafr Laahaa, Tallat Al-Rastan, Al-Khuraab Dam in Al-Wa’er. 

Khattaab Village:  A van with 7 rats was put to flames by alert SAA infantrymen after it refused to stop for inspection.  The passenger on the driver’s right opened fire on the soldiers which resulted in the conflagration.  No names.

الجيش السوري يدك تجمعات الإرهابيين ويلاحق فلولهم في ريف اللاذقية الشمالي

This time it’s Nusra taking a big blow in Al-Zuwayk:

Marwaan Al-Hammooda (EGYPTIAN ASP BLADDER)


HOMS: 131 former rats have surrendered their weapons and signed a covenant not to engage in any further terrorist activities.  This all occurred in Homs City yesterday.  We wish them the best of luck.


مقتل عدد من الإرهابيين في ريف القنيطرة.. والجيش الصهيوني ينقل المصابين إلى مشفى نهاريا
Zionist quack treats a Nusra patient at a field hospital in Zionist Occuped Palestine. 
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Former NATO official: Turkey wants to drag NATO into Syria

Harald Kujat, former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, says that Turkey wants to drag the NATO into Syria

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UK Baroness Warsi irks Jewish Lobby again!


In August 2014, Baroness Sayeeda Hussain Warsi resigned from David Cameron’s government over its Israeli butt-licking policy against Palestinians. Tuesday, on a Twitter post she likened the killing of four Jew worshippers in occupied East Jerusalem synagogue to the Jew extremists storming Islam’s third most sacred building, the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Grant Shapps, the Jewish president of the ruling Conservative couldn’t take Warsi’s comparison sitting-down. He called her statement “racist” and said she doesn’t speak for the Tory party.
On Tuesday, two young Palestinian cousins carrying knives and a pistol attacked a group of Zionist worshipers who were allegedly among the Jewish extremists calling for the demolition of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of Rock over the so-called Holy Wailing Wall.

The cousins killed four Jews while wounding another eight before they were shot dead by Israeli soldiers protecting the synagogue. One of the soldiers later died of his wounds.

Some Israeli sources suspect that the attack was in response to the murder of Yusuf Hassan al-Ramouni, 32, Egged bus driver on Sunday. The bruises on his body show that he was killed by Jew settlers before hanged to look like a suicide case.

As a usual collateral punishment, Israeli police used “skunk” trucks to spray putrid water in Jabel Mukabar neighborhood where the cousins lived. Police also arrested 12 relatives of the attackers while wounding a dozen other residents who protested against the arrests.

According to UK’s Jewish Mail Online, among the four dead was one British rabbi and three American rabbis – all carrying dual Israeli passports.
I bet these rabbis were incarnation of American Rabbi Bruch Goldstein who butchered 50 Muslim worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron in 1994.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately issued a statement blaming Peres’ Palestinian Gandhi Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas for the attack. Netanyahu made a similar accusation against Abbas and Hamas to justify Israel’s 50-day war on Gaza in July this year. Mahmoud Abbas immediately denied the accusation.

Jew extremist groups lead by Rabbi Yahuda Glick, a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane, are carrying out violent demonstrations, shouting “the mosque will burn, the temple rebuilt” at the so-called Temple Mount, which, historically, is remains of an old Roman castle. Glick was shot a week ago and is still in a hospital recovering from his injuries while his attacker, allegedly a Palestinian, was killed at the spot by Glick’s security guards.

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has condemned the demonstrators saying they have no right to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Archbishop Attallah Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine and Jerusalem, strongly denounced the Israeli military and fanatic Israeli groups who attacked and invaded the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

King Abdullah II, the strongest Arab ally of the Zionist entity has recalled his ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest to Zionist regimes’ support for the Jewish hooligans demonstrating at the Al-Aqsa compound.
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