Saturday, 27 August 2016
Initial army probe of West Bank shooting of Palestinian man says he most likely did not pose threat to soldiers.
Mourners carry the body of of 38-year-old Palestinian Iyad Hamed, 38, during his funeral in Silwad after he was killed by Israeli troops. August 26, 2016. Abbas Momani, AFP
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No Need for Russia to Apologize for Curbing US Provocation
By Finian Cunningham
Predictably, Western protestations ensued after Russia this week blacklisted a group of US-based so-called non-governmental organizations as being “undesirable” on its territory. Among the banned group of seven were the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy and the Open Society run by capitalist billionaire-speculator George Soros. These organizations have launched numerous “civil-society groups” in Moscow over recent years which allegedly are involved in promoting “democracy”, “business enterprise” and “free media”.
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Under Russian law, passed in 2015, the government has the right to sanction any group as “undesirable” if it is deemed to undermine Russia’s constitution and state security. It is a moot point why such American outfits that have demonstrable political allegiance to Washington and its inimical agenda towards Russia were even allowed to set up in the country in the first place.
US ambassador to Russia John Tefft decried the latest sanction by the Kremlin. He said: “We see this move by the Russian government as another deliberate step to further isolate the Russian people from the world.”
The arrogance in the American ambassador’s words are astounding, but typical of Washington’s supremacist self-regard.
So Russian people are, we are told, being isolated from the rest of the world? Notice how US-based advocacy groups are somehow equated with access to “the world” and as if they are paragons of virtue.
The quickest way to gain a reality-check is from asking this question: how many Russian NGOs are operating in the US? That’s right – none. Yet, the self-proclaimed “exceptional” Americans consider it their prerogative to export groups to promulgate supposed “Western values” in Russia and dozens of other countries around the globe.
© AFP 2016/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI Soros Hacked: US Billionaire Manipulated Europeans Into Accepting Maidan
Bear in mind, too, RT and Sputnik are publicly recognized news channels. They are not clandestine organizations operating with a hidden agenda.
Now, if that’s the kind of hostility which legitimate Russia-based international news channels are hit with, one can only imagine the uproar if there were actually Russian-sponsored “civil-society” groups based in Washington that published reports and press releases which continually sought to undermine the American constitution, institutions and government policies.
Such hypothetical Russia-supported networks would be booted out of the country as “agents of a foreign enemy” if not facing jail time as “spies”.
Again, as a measure of the likely furore, look at the recent alleged computer hacking of the Democrat party’s database and how that has been rabidly attributed to “Russia trying to interfere in the US presidential elections”. There isn’t a shred of evidence for such alarmist hacking claims, but the point to note is how knee-jerk bellicose Washington is to even the mere notion that Russia could possibly be intruding in American domestic politics.
But in Russia’s case against the US organizations, this isn’t hypothetical. The list of American NGOs banned this week by Russia are provably inimical to Russia’s domestic politics, its constitution and institutions.
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George Soros, Mister Money-Bags behind Open Society, has repeatedly accused Russia of outlandish policies, such as precipitating the European refugee problem as a way to undermine the European Union, as well as intending to invade Eastern European states.
The term “non-governmental organization” is a complete misnomer. It is a clever fraud, just like many of the other claims made by these groups. Far from being supposedly independent and private, the blacklisted groups are bankrolled by the US State Department and Congress, and, especially in the case of Soros’ Open Society, are intimately linked with Washington’s foreign policy goals.
That makes them very much “American governmental agencies”.Under the thinly veiled guise of promoting “democracy” the US-sponsored agencies are all about destabilizing Russian society and undermining the governing authorities. This subversive activity would not be tolerated for one second if the shoe were on the other foot over in the United States. So why should Russia accept unilateral American subversion and sanctimony?
The insidious, and frankly dangerous, purpose of the National Endowment for Democracy, Open Society and all the other Orwellian-named American outfits can be gleaned from the way these same groups are responsible for a host of “color revolutions” and regime changes since the dissolution of the Soviet Union nearly a quarter of a century ago. They serve as the soft power arm of US imperialism.
Former Soviet Republic Ukraine was a prime target. State Department official Victoria Nuland is on record for disclosing that $5 billion was funneled into the country from the early 2000s to precipitate regime change that culminated in 2014 when the elected government in Kiev was ousted by CIA-backed fascists. The new regime is responsible for a war on ethnic Russians in the east of the country since 2014 which has killed 10,000 people, and for ongoing efforts to sabotage Crimea. The bigger purpose of the US-backed regime change operation in Ukraine is to act as a spearhead against the real prize, Russia.
It was the US State Department and George Soros who were instrumental in overseeing the Kiev regime-change coup.
Translated from Orwellian lexicon, “promoting democracy” means promoting Washington’s version of “democracy” which is to install vassal regimes that will roll over for American capitalists like Hungarian-born Soros.
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Russia’s independent government under President Putin has qualified it for Washington-inspired regime change. And as Russia defies Washington’s hegemonic ambitions over Ukraine and Syria, the target on Putin becomes ever more intense, as far as the imperialist warmongers in Washington are concerned.
Previous Russian elections have been disparaged by the NED, Soros and the other US-sponsored agents. With the forthcoming Kremlin elections one could expect that a major negative media onslaught was being prepared by these same Washington-funded groups. Allegations of election fraud flagged by Soros and NED-funded networks in Moscow would have been amplified by Western media outlets in the usual manner.
Also, if Democrat contender Hillary Clinton wins the US presidential poll in November it is a safe bet that the Washington warmongering cabal in the CIA and foreign policy establishment would have ramped up the subversive thrust of the US agencies in Moscow.
Russia is therefore right to pre-empt. After all, would the reverse have been accepted in the US. No way.
The inevitable Western outcry alleging Russia “clamping down on democratic rights” is laughable for its arrogant double think.
The West imposes sanctions on Russia over trumped-up claims, then expects to get away with Washington-funded groups infiltrating with destabilizing disinformation; and then when the Russian government restricts these groups, Washington has the brass neck to protest.This is the mindset of a megalomaniac. What does it want next? Russia to apologize for existing?
Posted on August 25, 2016
[ Ed. note – It hardly needs to be pointed out (but I’ll take the trouble to do so anyway) that a military authority investigating itself for war crimes is not likely to render much in the way of a “fair” and “impartial” verdict. I’ll also take a wild guess and say Dostoevsky would have agreed. ]
By Harriet Agerholm
The Israeli military has exonerated itself over a series of deadly air strikes during the2014 war in Gaza.
Investigators had been collecting testimony from military officers and Gaza residents relating to seven incidents during the conflict, three of them lethal.
Among the cases the Israeli military will not proceed with is one air strike that killed ten Palestinians in a UN school.
[ Ed. note – Additional reporting on the same story can be found at Ma’an News. The video below–purportedly from the 2014 war in Gaza–contains footage I had not seen prior to coming across it today. Be advised, it is rather graphic. ]
[ Ed. note – The following was reported by RT yesterday. Whether it portends the outbreak of another war in Gaza, I can’t say, but certainly the situation does not look good ]
RT–The US State Department has urged Americans in the Gaza Strip to leave the area “as soon as possible.” The announcement follows an escalation between Palestinian militants and the Israeli military over the weekend.
“Gaza is under the control of Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization. The security environment within Gaza and on its borders is dangerous and volatile,”the travel warning statement reads.
The State Department warned Americans against “all travel” to Gaza and urged those present to “depart as soon as possible when border crossings open.”
The warning follows a flare-up Sunday, which began when a rocket was fired from the Strip on the Israeli border town of Sderot. In response, Israel launched dozes of strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.
Four people were wounded by the Israeli strikes, according to Palestinian medical officials. No injuries were reported from the rocket fired by Palestinian militants.
The latest rocket is the 14th to hit Israeli territory from Gaza since January, according to Israel’s military.
The border area has been especially tense since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza militants, in which claimed the lives of more than 2,200 Palestinians – including 1,462 civilians – and 73 Israelis, of which 67 were soldiers.
Although the two sides have not engaged in conflict since then, flare-ups occur intermittently, particularly in the border area. Palestinian civilians and children are often among the casualties.
Since October 2015, 34 Israelis and 220 Palestinians have been killed in Israel and the territories, according to an AFP count.
The Wednesday warning is not the first time the State Department has issued a call to US citizens in the region – it issued a similar advisory in December 2015.
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I avoided writing about this topic, trying to give Palestine Chronicle and its chief editor Ramzy Baroud the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t think keeping silent is an option any more
In March 2011 I met Ramzy Baroud during his UK tour, I invited him to stay with us in my family home, where he was warmly welcomed. As we both were devoted to working for liberation of our homeland and advocating for justice for our people, I thought we had forged a mutually respectful friendship.
I continued to communicate with Baroud via email and Facebook, sharing my poems, thoughts, comments and articles with him, with hardly any response, if ever. The communication was a one way street, but I kept giving him the benefit of the doubt and finding excuses, for he is such a busy journalist.
In December 2013, I posted a series of comments on Palestine Chronicle of which PC editor published only three while censoring the most crucial.
Being one of my Facebook friends, I wrote to Mr Baroud privately inquiring about the reason of censoring my comments, I never received a reply.
Today, April 12, 2016, I notice that he had deleted me from his list of friends (not sure when), I contacted him again asking for an explanation, again no reply.
Also today, I noticed that the Palestine Chronicle team, which consists of “professional journalists and respected writers and authors“, has published one of my photoswhich I took during my visit to Palestine in 2012, without asking permission or giving credit.
Furthermore, in the same edition of Palestine Chronicle two poems are published: One is eerily the same topic and same title as a poem I published three years ago and had sent to Mr Baroud.
The second poem also bears almost the same title and has the same topic as one of my prose/poems, written in 2012, and is illustrated by my photograph that I used for the same publication, a photo that is significant because it depicts the garden that triggered me to write the prose/poem in the first place. Mr Baroud also received it via email at the time.
This is irrefutably not a coincidence, and is irrefutably an act of unwarranted hostility, an attempt by a fellow Palestinian to dispossess the intellectual rights of a fellow Palestinian author.
Ramzy Baroud, I am asking you for an explanation. What is going on? What has gone so wrong with you that you engage in such unfathomable act?
Why does Palestine Chronicle participate in censoring Palestinian voices and obfuscating their work, bordering on plagiarism?
Do we really need thought commissars in our movement of liberation?
Is it excommunication against untamed Palestinian voices whose narrative is not approved by anti-Zionist rabbis and lacking the kosher stamp?
This kind of subliminal attacks coming from a Palestinian, who brags of his father being a “freedom fighter” and who engages into yet another dispossession and attempted demoralization of a fellow Palestinian freedom fighter is beyond shameful
Is that the price of fame? Does Mr Baroud really think that it will not cost him discredit and shame?
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As well as publishing one of Nahida’s photos without authorisation
August 25, 2016
So the Turks have crossed into Syria. This everybody agrees upon. What remains completely obscure are the real goals of this operation.
I won’t give the answer here simply because I don’t have it. But let me share a few pointers nonetheless.
- Russian sources report that such an operation would have been unthinkable without a tacit agreement from Russia and Iran.
- Russia’s reaction has been a tepid “concern” while off the record the Russians seemed to be perfectly aware of what is taking place.
- Turkish F-16 have been flying close-air support for the Turkish ground forces.
- US A-10s have been seen operating south of the Turkish forces.
- Absolutely nobody has expressed any concern about the Russian air defenses or interceptors, least of all the Turks
- The US has tried to declare a mini no-fly zone over its forces operating in northern Syria; objections have been tepid again
- At the same time, the US appears to look away from the fact that the prime target of the Turkish operation are the US’ Kurdish allies
- Daesh forces seem to have abandoned Jarablus are now on the run
I might be mistaken here, but I get the strong feeling that the Syrians are not really upset by this Turkish operation and that there are many indirect indicators that Russia, Iran and the USA might well all have given their green light to the Turks. If so, then the main victim of this will be the Kurds who will not be able to create a unitary Kurdish zone of control in northern Syria.
If that is indeed the goal of the Turkish operation, then all the panic about a “Turkish invasion” are premature.
Let’s give it all 48 hours and see what happens, okay?
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The Turkish-led forces are expanding operations in the area of Jarablus and the whole northern Syria under pretext of combating ISIS. The Turkish-led forces engaged Kurdish People’s Defense Force (YPG) units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) south of Jarabulus. Especially heavy clashes were observed in Ayn al-Bayda outskirts where the SDF successfully advanced and retook Amarnah —all the while under artillery and air attacks from Turkish forces.
Turkish artillery pounded Tal Rifaat and Menagh Air Base occupied by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Turkish Air Force launched airstrikes on targets in Tal Rifaat and Amarnah village.
Meanwhile, the Kurdish media outlet “AHNA” reported that Turkish-backed militants shelled the SDF-controlled village of Dandaniyah with projectiles laden with chemical weapons. AHNA released a video and several images allegedly confirming the incident. However, no evidence of shelling has been provided.
On August 25, Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) reported that the SDF had withdrawn from Manbij and from areas west of the Euphrates. However, by August 26 it has become clear that at least partly YPG units remain in the area. This fact is leading to major escalations between Turkish-backed militants, supported by Turkish military, and the US-backed SDF.
In Aleppo, Al-Jebal rebels fired dozens of Grad rockets towards the Zahraa Artillery base near Aleppo.
Southwest of Aleppo, at the Technical College in Ramouseh, the Liwa ‘Haaq’ brigade struck multiple targets with Anti-tank, guided missiles (ATGM). In the first strike, a missile takes out a BMP infantry fighting vehicle. In the second strike, a T-55 tank is hit in the rear turret armor. According to reports, doctors are fighting to save the lives of the commander and gunner, both located in the stricken turret. The final victim in this slew of missile attacks was another T-55. The fate of the crew is unknown.
The Russian Air Force responded to the attacks with airstrikes against the Ramouseh Technical College.
In Ghouta, Jaysh al-Islam released an infographic which claimed a number of Syrian Arab Army casualties in the assault on Housh al Nasri. The Islamist group reported 160 SAA personnel killed, 6 tanks, 4 BMPs, 4 ‘Shilka’ anti-aircraft guns and 2 trucks destroyed.
Jaysh al-Islam launched their assault on Ghouta with the support of at least two T-72 tanks and Shilka. A number of rebels with small arms were evident in footage uploaded by Jaysh al-Islam.
The city of Daraya will return to the government control following a deal with Liwa Shuhada al-Islam and local leaders. Some militants will take up the amnesty offer given by the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic while others would be transported to the province of Idlib. The agreement came in force on August 26 and the process of evacuation has begun. 700 militants are evacuating from Daraya. 200 militants surrendered.
How We Know ISIS was “Made in the USA”. It;s Official: “West Will facilitate Rise of Islamic State in Order to Isolate Syrian Regime”
By Roger Stone,
Judicial Watch proved it. Under a Freedom of Information Act request, Judicial Watch was able to obtain a (heavily redacted) copy of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) directive that initiated the creation of ISIS in 2012. the DIA report states,
THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION . . . [SUPPORT] ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA . . . IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME . . .
Not even Judicial Watch seems to have appreciated the significance of this document, where its press release focused on the Benghazi attack. Recent releases of Hillary’s emails, moreover, confirm that taking out Assad has nothing to do with his alleged abuse of the Syrian people but because it will help Israel.
Just in case it has slipped anyone’s mind, Hillary was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. Barack was inaugurated in 2008 and steps down in 2016. It happened on their watch. It could not have happened without their approval. They really did create ISIS!
The chemical attacks on Syrian citizens on 21 August 2013 was meant to justify lobbing cruise missiles into Syria. Obama was ready, but Americans were not. And when the ploy was debunked by a 50-page dossier the Russians provided to the UN, they resorted to “Plan B”, which was the creation of ISIS by the DIA.
The chemical weapons are widely believed to have been provided to the “rebels” by Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia, to whom the Bush family refers as “Bandar Bush”. But recent releases of Hillary’s emails suggest that she was directing the transfer of weapons from Libya to Syria and chemical weapons may have been among them.
The Benghazi attack appears to have been initiated because Ambassador Christ Stevens was concerned that some of the weapons being sent to Syria could be used against the civilian population. The Obama administration has stonewalled inquiries as to whether Benghazi had anything to do with transferring weapons to the rebels. That means “Yes!”
The signs have been there right along the way, but the media has not been reporting them. Here are some of the facts reported in a recent study about ISIS:
* On 23 February 2015, *FARS* reported that the (much maligned) Iraqi Army had downed 2 UK cargo planes carrying weapons for ISIS, which was among the first signs that things were not as the world was being told by Western—and especially US—news sources.
* On 1 March 2015, *FARS* reported that Iraqi popular forces are known as “Al-Hashad Al-Shabi” shot down a US helicopter carrying weapons for ISIL in Al-Anbar province of which they had photographs.
* On 10 April 2015, *Press TV* reported that, in response to a request by Syria that ISIL be named a terrorist organization, the US, Britain, France, and Jordan refused, which was rather baffling on its face.
* Photographs were appearing contemporaneously showing ISIS members sporting “US Army” tattoos, which the American media has yet to acknowledge. Confirm this for yourself by searching for “ISIS members sporting US Army tattoos” online.
* On 19 May 2015, Brad Hoof of levantreport.com, “2012 Defense intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State ‘in order to isolate the Syrian regime”, based upon the release of a selection of formerly classified documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the US Department of Defense and Department of State.
* On 22 June 2015, ex-CIA contractor, Steven Kelley, explained the US “created ISIL for sake of Israel” and to have a “never-ending war” in the Middle East, which would make the countries there “unable to stand up to Israel” and to provide “the constant flow of orders for weapons from the military-industrial complex at home, which is feeding a lot of money to the senators pushing for these wars”.
There’s more–a lot more, including photographs of Sen. John McCain with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. You can find dozens of them on the internet. In Washington, ISIS is widely known as “John McCain’s army”. So what’s wrong with a candidate for president making the point that his opponent and her most prominent support actually created ISIS? Trump is right.
Roger Stone is a former Republican political consultant specializing in opposition research. He is author of The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ; Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon; The Clintons’ War on Women; and his latest book Jeb and the Bush Crime Family.
1) Thou shall believe that “they” are the “Chosen”
2) If you see their numbers extremely over-represented in high positions of power and control thou shall not mention, except if it was to praise their “superior” IQ
3) If you become aware that they are “running the show” in the media thou shall
only glorify “their talents”
only glorify “their talents”
4) If you come to notice their grip in the world of finance thou shall be in awe of their “outstanding aptitude”
5) If you detect their attempted steering of social progress or revolutionary movements, thou shall only explain it with their “admirable righteousness, evolved integrity and exceptional morality”
6) Thou shall not compare their unique suffering with any other
7) Thou shall revere the holocaust –faithfully, as narrated by their gurus, with all thy heart
8) Thou shall have no doubt in your heart of the number 6 million
9) Thou shall not criticize “Israel” the “light unto nations”, and thou shall honour it’s
eternal right to exist as a “Jewish state”
eternal right to exist as a “Jewish state”
10) Thou shall sacrifice as many “goyim” humans as possible (especially those who dare to say NO), and on the altar of their conquest, greed, arrogance, and supremacy, thou shall bow down and worship
I for one, fully reject the concept of “Chosen-ness” , fully reject the concept of “superior Jewish intelligence”, and I fully reject the concept of “superior Jewish morality”, i.e. that Jews have always been at the “helm of social progress”.
Will that make me a racist anti-Semite?
Who is the RACIST?
If believing that: Jews and non-Jews are equal in intellect, morality, spirituality and in their responsibility for their own actions; if believing that is a crime, then I am the
first to be called a criminal.
first to be called a criminal.
If believing that the statement: “Jews are unique and special beings, with unique Divine souls” is a racist, chauvinistic and supremacist statement; then I plead guilty of racism.
If believing that “ALL mankind, Jews and non-Jews alike, are equal in humanity and in their accountability before the law”, is anti-Semitic, then call me anti-Semite.
If believing that no man is superior to another in intellect by the virtue of race or religion, is considered supremacy, in this Orwellian world, then call me supremacist.
If we choose not to actively expose and challenge such bizarre myths, and instead opt to turn a blind eye to such outlandish racism embedded in the doctrine of some orthodox Judaic sects, if we don’t break the taboo about the ugly ideology that motivates and animates the Zionist’s fascism, then undoubtedly we would be sharing the guilt of complicity, active alliance and passive complacency, by our sheer silence.
We, the people concerned must make an unambiguous stance: the choice has to be made between supporting humanity, justice and equality or supporting racism, dominance and supremacy.