Wednesday, 20 June 2018

لماذا تعرقل السعودية تشكيل الحكومة اللبنانية؟


يونيو 20, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– لا يمكن توهّم المعارك التي تشهدها سياسياً وعسكرياً مناطق التوتر والتصعيد الكبرى في العالم كمناطق منعزلة بعضها عن البعض الآخر، بينما على كل من هذه الجبهات توجد واشنطن مباشرة بقواتها أو بدبلوماسييها، أو غير مباشرة عبر حلفاء يقاتلون لحسابها أو لحسابهم وحسابها معاً، بصورة لا تنكر واشنطن صلتها بما يجري، بل بإعلان أميركي واضح عن المسؤولية المباشرة في قيادة المواجهات، تستوي في ذلك معارك التفاوض حول الملفين النوويين لكوريا الشمالية وإيران، وحرب الجنوب والشمال في سورية، وحرب الحدود والوجود في العراق، وحرب اليمن، تشكيل الحكومة في لبنان.

– في الجبهات النووية ترابط لا مفرّ منه، فما تلتزم به واشنطن لبيونغ يانغ يطرح سؤالاً مباشراً، وماذا لو خرجت من التزاماتها كما حدث مع إيران؟ وما تريده واشنطن من عقوبات على إيران لجلبها مجدداً للتفاوض يستدعي التزام أوروبا بالعقوبات، والالتزام الأوروبي يعني ذهاب إيران نحو التخصيب المرتفع وامتلاك مخزون كافٍ لتصنيع قنبلة نووية لا تريد واشنطن مواجهة مخاطرها، ولا تملك في مواجهتها بدائل جاهزة. ومع كوريا ترغب واشنطن بالثنائية دون دور للصين وروسيا، لكنها لا تستطيع تفادي ترجمة إخلاء بالسلاح النووي من شبه الجزيرة بنقل السلاح النووي الكوري الشمالي إلى روسيا والصين، وثمن الاستضافة شراكة، وثمن الشراكة إخلاء صواريخ الثاد من كوريا الجنوبية وفقدان مهابة الأميركي المنتصر.

– في سورية تقاتل أميركا للاحتفاظ بقدرتها على التحكم بالحدود السورية العراقية. وهي لا تريد نصراً عسكرياً سورياً خالصاً في الجنوب ينتهي بوجود إيران وحزب الله على مقربة من حدود الجولان. وقد تعهدت لـ«إسرائيل» بتوظيف وجودها في قاعدة التنف لمقايضة هذا الوجود بامتناع إيران وحزب الله من الانتشار جنوباً، فتقصف الحشد الشعبي لضمان تقدّم ميليشات مدعومة منها لاحتلال مواقع في الحدود وتفشل، وتتنصل، وتحاول تحسين شروط التسوية الجنوبية لنقل قاعدة التنف إلى معبر الوحيد، فتلاقي الرفض. وتتقدم الوحدات العسكرية السورية إيذاناً ببدء المعركة وإعلان فشل التفاوض فتسارع واشنطن لتحريك مندوبيها للتواصل مع موسكو تسريعاً للمحادثات.

– في العراق واشنطن تريد الحدود وتريد ضمان بقاء الوجود، وتدرك أن الانتخابات التي راهنت على نتائجها تنزلق من بين أيديها، وأن ما ظنّته ربحاً يتحوّل خسارة. فالتكتلان النيابيان اللذان يجتمعان لتشكيل نواة تحالف حكومي جديد، يلتزمان بالانسحاب الأميركي من العراق، وبسلاح الحشد الشعبي، ويثبت أن الرهان السعودي على تموضع السيد مقتدى الصدر قد خاب، وأن الشرط الذي وضعه الأميركيون للتسهيل وهو ضمان عودة رئيس الحكومة حيدر العبادي لتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة قد يتسبّب بإنهاء مسيرة العبادي سياسياً وإبقائه خارج التحالف الحكومي. وربما ينتهي التكتل الذي يقوده إلى التفكك، وعندما تضغط واشنطن على الحشد الشعبي عسكرياً في الحدود مع سورية، تنفتح عليها مخاطر مواجهة قواتها في العراق لعمليات الانتقام، فتتنصل من الهجوم وتحيله على «إسرائيل». وتدور اللعبة في حلقة مقفلة لا مفرّ من الخيبة فيها.

– في اليمن حرب وضعت السعودية والإمارات ثقلهما المالي والسياسي والعسكري للفوز بحلقتها الحاسمة في السيطرة على مدينة الحُدَيْدة ومطارها ومينائها على البحر الأحمر. وبعد أسابيع رمى حلفاء واشنطن بكل ما بين أيديهم في المحرقة، وأعلنوا النصر الكبير، لكن الساعات التالية تكشّفت عن خسائر لا تُحصى وعن فخاخٍ وحصارٍ، وعودة أنصار الله واللجان الشعبية للإمساك بزمام المبادرة ومعارك كر وفر لم تنته، والحصيلة خسائر فادحة دون إنجاز ثابت، وعجز عن التمركز حتى ولو لالتقاط صورة تذكارية أمام لافتة المطار أو بث مباشر من إحدى قاعاته التي تمّ الإعلان عن سقوطها تحت سيطرة المهاجمين من الصباح الباكر. بينما يبثّ أنصار الله صور القتلى بالعشرات والآليات المحروقة للمهاجمين وفيديوات حية للمعارك التي خاضها مقاتلو اللجان والجيش، وبعدما ينجلي غبار المعارك ستكون الخيبة الكبرى للأميركيين يمنية.

– في لبنان حيث المعادلة واضحة بفوز نيابي لحماة سلاح المقاومة، محاولة تمييع وتلاعب بقواعد تشكيل الحكومة، ووضع سقوف تتيح السيطرة عليها بالاحتيال، لمنع تحقيق الحلقة الأولى من برنامج رئيس الجمهورية بالتعاون مع الحكومة السورية لبدء عودة النازحين، وإلا بقاء البلد بلا حكومة طالما النتيجة الأولى لها هي بدء عودة النازحين بمعزل عن الإرادة الغربية باستعمال هذه الورقة للضغط التفاوضي في سورية، لكن أوروبا تتخوّف من أن يتحوّل الفشل في تشكيل حكومة سريعاً إلى سبب لفوضى تبدأ معها عفوياً أو بصورة مبرمجة حركتان للنازحين، واحدة نحو سورية بتعاون أمني لبناني سوري لا ينتظر تشكيل الحكومة، وثانية نحو أوروبا بغضّ نظر أو تشجيع لبناني، فيعكس سيف التعطيل الحكومي الأهداف منه.

– العناد الأميركي سيضيّع فرص تسويات يمكن تجرّع خسائرها، وربما يضع واشنطن وحلفاءها أمام خسائر يصعب تحملها، وبديلها مواجهة أصعب. وليس في واشنطن ولا بين حلفائها عاقل ينصح بعدم تضييع الفرص، فزمن التحكم بالأقدار قد ولّى.

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IRGC Chief Says Yemen Close to Victory

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Jaafari
Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Tue. that the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen is turning in favor of victory for the Yemenis.
Major General Mohammad Ali Jaafari made the remark on Tuesday, referring to the recent clashes in Hudaida, Yemen’s principal port on the Red Sea, between Yemeni forces and the “big coalition of Americans and Europeans formed with reactionary states in region.”
The UAE, as part of the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen since 2015, launched the Hudaida assault on Wednesday, which culminated in clashes that, according to a Yemeni military source, left 50 Saudi-backed forces dead and destroyed 13 of their armored vehicles.
Yemeni forces also confiscated a French ship off Hudaida’s coast, according to Mohammad al-Bakhiti, a member of political bureau of Ansarullah movement.
Elsewhere, the IRGC commander censured the US for its lack of commitment to the nuclear deal, and leveled criticism at those inside Iran who were calling for negotiations between Iran and US president Trump.
He said the North Korean leader is a ‘communist’ revolutionary that would accept compromises in the face of US pressure, but Iran’s policy is based on an ‘Islamic’ revolutionary spirit that does not allow any room for compromises.
He further maintained that Iran has the capability to boost its missile range to more than 2,000km, but the measure is currently not on the country’s agenda, as the enemies’ strategic targets all fall within the 2,000km distance of Iran.
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YEMEN’S NAVY CAPTURES FRENCH VESSEL LADEN WITH FOREIGN MERCENARIES


 Written by Ahmed Abdulkareem; Originally appeared on Mint Press
Yemen’s Navy, loyal to the Houthi government, captured a French naval vessel, the M/Y Jehol ll, off of the coast of Hodeidah on Saturday, according to statements made by senior military officials to MintPress News. The vessel, which was carrying foreign fighters, was engaged in a military landing operation near the port, according to Houthi officials, who gave no further details.
Mohammed al-Houthi, leader of the Houthi movement, tweeted:
“Thanks to the Yemeni Coast Guard in Hodeida, a French or American boat was seized.”
He confirmed in a later tweet that a French naval vessel named the M/Y Jehol ll was captured by Yemen’s Coast Guard near Hodeidah.
محمد علي الحوثي@Moh_Alhouthi
شكرا رجال خفر السواحل اليمنية بالحديدة
تم القبض على زورق فرنسي او أمريكي المهم اجنبي
بفضل الله
محمد علي الحوثي@Moh_Alhouthi
العملية التي قام بها خفر السواحل اليمنية بالحديدة
وتم القبض فيها على الزورق الاجنبي
بفضل الله
كان يحمل اسم (M/Y_jehol_ll)
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam accused France and Britain of being involved in the recent attack on Hodeidah. Abdulsalam told a local television station on Saturday that
“British and French warships are on standby on Yemen’s western coast to launch missile and aerial attacks.”
The French newspaper Le Figaro confirmed that France’s Special Forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign on Hodeidah. A French military source later confirmed to Reuters that French special forces are operating in Yemen.
On Friday, the French defense ministry said France was studying the possibility of carrying out a mine-sweeping operation to provide access to Hodeidah once Saudi Arabia and the UAE wrap up their military operations
A Houthi military source said in a statement to MintPress that Yemeni forces would target French, or any other foreign military vessel participating in the attack on Hodeidah, adding that
“Yemen’s forces can handle any challenge posed by invading forces.”
Meanwhile, UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is visiting Sana’a to attempt to negotiate a Houthi transfer of the port of Hodeidah to the Saudi-UAE Coalition, a high-ranking government official told MintPress.
Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam noted,
“the UN envoy’s measures are only meant to cover up the continuation of the Saudi-led war on Yemen.”
Abdulsalam, who has served as the lead negotiator to Kuwait and Geneva over the past two years, stressed that if Griffiths follows his predecessor’s lead, he would fail to find a settlement to the conflict. UN envoys to Yemen have been criticized for having a heavily pro-Saudi bias. In 2017, then-UN Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, tried to convince the Houthis to cede control of Hodeidah, their only source of imported goods – including food — in exchange for paid salaries.
Despite warnings over the potentially devastating humanitarian consequences, the Saudi-led coalition is trying to capture the port city in what is shaping up to be the biggest battle of the now-three-year-old war, causing an acute shortage of vital supplies and putting millions of Yemenis at risk.
On Saturday, World Food Programme (WFP) director for Yemen, Stephen Anderson, called for a free food flow of goods through the port city, saying “the basic needs of Hodeidah’s civilians are not being satisfied.”
Approximately 500 households have been displaced from their homes in Hodeidahsince June 1, according to the UN, and at least 36 displaced families have lost their livelihoods as their farms were damaged in airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition earlier this month.
Top Photo | A Houthi fighter walks through the Red Sea port of Hodeidah on May 10, 2017. Abdul Jabbar Zeyad | Reuters
Ahmed AbdulKareem is a Yemeni journalist. He covers the war in Yemen for MintPress News as well as local Yemeni media.

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BATTLE FOR YEMEN’S AL-HUDAYDAH ON JUNE 19, 2018 (VIDEOS, MAPS, PHOTOS)

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Battle For Yemen’s al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)
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The Saudi-led coalition and its proxies have faced a new series of attacks by the Houthis on their logistical lines along the western Yemeni coast.
The main attacks took place in the areas of Durayhimi Taif, Jan al-Asfal and al-Fazzah. Pro-Houthi sources claimed that the entire logistical line of the coalition was interrupted. However, these areas were not captured. So, the coalition’s forces will soon be able to restore supplies to its group involved in the battle for al-Hudaydah.
Battle For Yemen’s al-Hudaydah On June 19, 2018 (Videos, Maps, Photos)
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At the same time, the coalition’s forces continued clashing with the Houthis in the area of the al-Hudaydah airport and south of the port city itself. A few days ago, pro-coalition sources claimed that the al-Hudaydah airport was captured by the coalition. However, clashes in the area continued.
According to pro-Houthi sources, up to 30 vehicles of the coalition-led forces were destroyed and up to 200 fighters of the coalition-led forces were killed in the clashes during the past few days. These claims are partly confirmed by released videos and photos.
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Trouble Clef

18-06-2018 | 12:50

Even if the UK warned against attacking the vital port of al-Hudaydah, we bear responsibility for the horrors of this war.
 
Yemen

The fig leaves covered little to start with, and withered long ago. Now the excuses for our role in Yemen’s misery have fallen away entirely. The assault on al-Hudaydah by the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition can only deepen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis; 70% of the country’s imports pass through the port. Britain and France urged Saudi Arabia not to launch the attack, but the UK has now “said its piece”. The US rejected a UAE request for a minesweeper for the operation, but as an Emirati official observed: “Not giving us military assistance is not the same as telling us not to do it.”

So they are doing it. They are conducting this war with British-, American- and French-made arms. They are conducting it with western military training and advice; British and US officers have been in the command room for airstrikes, and this weekend Le Figaro alleged that there are French special forces on the ground in Yemen. They are conducting it with diplomatic shelter from the west. On Friday, the UK and US blocked a Swedish drive for a UN security council statement demanding a ceasefire: “Britain, as the ‘penholder’ on Yemen at the UN security council, nevertheless takes a nakedly pro-Saudi approach to the conflict,” the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell notes. Arms sales and security interests dictate.

The war has already claimed tens of thousands of lives, the oft-cited toll of 10,000 being highly conservative when reached and now hopelessly out of date. Many more stand in peril. International law obliges the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian aid… Relief groups have had to flee al-Hudaydah. Twenty-two million Yemenis need aid. Eight million are at risk of starvation.

The assault appears to be an attempt to pre-empt the presentation of a peace plan by the UN envoy Martin Griffiths, who had previously warned that an attack on al-Hudaydah could “take peace off the table in a single stroke”. He is due to brief the Security Council on Monday, following emergency talks, and the UN’s humanitarian coordinator, Lise Grande, has said that talks on the UN taking over the port’s administration are at an advanced stage. But even if Griffiths can manage an agreement against the odds, the chances of it sticking are poor, given both sides’ record of acting in bad faith. The complexities of a handover are immense.

The coalition backs the internationally recognized president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, driven out by the Houthis [Ansarullah revolutionaries]. But the campaign appears largely driven by two forces. First, rivalry with Iran, and other strategic interests. Second, the prestige of its leaders – notably Mohammed bin Salman, who led the charge to war and is now Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader. The coalition has calculated that after a lengthy stalemate it may be in its best position since the war began more than three years ago; it hopes to change the facts on the ground and appears to have convinced itself that al-Hudaydah will be a relatively easy win, if far from painless for civilians. This is familiar stuff, as an International Crisis Group report pointed out this week: “The warring factions are overconfident in their military prospects, almost always press for military advantage when there is an opportunity for negotiation, and are all too often starkly indifferent to the humanitarian impact of their actions and the plight of ordinary citizens.”

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi may be of one mind in their loathing for Tehran, but the crowded and increasingly complex field is exposing divergence in their interests. A few months ago, Emirati-backed forces were fighting and killing Saudi-backed forces in Aden… The entrenchment of a war economy is another significant obstacle to peace.

So it goes on, the suffering mounting, further unsettling this unstable region and breeding cynicism and rage towards the west and its talk of human rights and international law. If the complicity ever looked deniable, events of recent days have laid it bare.

Source: The Guardian, Edited by website team


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Truth, Truthfulness and Palestine

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Talk delivered at Deep Truth-Countering Deep State Lies (online conference)   
Sun 10 June
By Gilad Atzmon
A healthy society doesn’t need a ‘truth movement.’  But we Americans, Brits, French and Germans are far from healthy and our so-called ‘truth movements’ haven’t led us towards any sources of light. The question is: Why?
One possible answer is that ‘truth movements’ are ideal environments for the operators of controlled opposition — those who insist upon vetting any discussion about the truth by claiming to know what ‘the truth’ is, what it comprises and who its enemies are.
Karl Popper posited that since no number of scientific experiments could definitively prove a scientific theory we should utilise a methodology based on falsifiability. While we posses the means to refute a scientific theory or scientific ‘truth,’ we lack the ability to verify a single scientific theory by means of experiments. For instance, if you state that ‘the sun rises in the East’ is a valid scientific truth, a single occasion of the sun popping up early in the morning in the West will refute your theory. “Building Number Seven” may not point at the culprit behind 9/11 but it is thought to refute the official 9/11 narrative. Furthermore, history laws such as Holocaust denial laws in Europe or the Nakba law in Israel exist to defy alteration, refutation or scholarly debate about the past. Instead of helping us to grasp our past, the existence of such laws reveals to us that some parties are desperate to stop anyone from exploring  what really happened.
The French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard observed in his book, ‘Heidegger and The Jews’ that history may claim to tell us what happened, but most of the time ‘history’ is institutionally engaged in concealing our shame. The Americans, for instance, conceal the brutality of slavery, the Brits conceal the crimes of the empire, the Jews suppress any inquiry into Jewish accountability for Jewish history’s chain of disasters and so on. The message here is that instead of simply learning history from historians, we may well benefit from adopting a psychoanalytical approach to try to understand what historians work to conceal. We should ask why does America build a holocaust museum in every city? Why did the Brits make the Imperial Wars Museum into a Holocaust shrine? We may even want to understand how it is possible that on the same day Israel celebrated “the biggest Gay Pride Parade in the region” hundreds of Israeli snipers were deployed on the Gaza border with orders to shoot every Palestinian who might try to break out of the Gaza concentration camp. Israel’s liberal LGBT attitude is basically a pink-wash, an attempt to conceal Israel’s abusive racist policies towards the indigenous people of its land.
But there is reason to be optimistic. Against the odds, and despite the open assault on truthfulness, truth has a unique ability to unveil itself.
In this presentation today we will look at Palestine and Israel in the light of truth and truthfulness and we will find out that by now we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to utter the name of our oppressors.
Trump and Truthfulness
If truth reveals itself however involuntarily, President Trump is a leading vehicle or, perhaps, an arch facilitator, for such process to take place.  Let us, for instance, examine Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. This cataclysmic political decision was criticised by every reasonable figure globally but it actually provided the opportunity for the truth to unveil itself.
Just a few hours after Trump’s televised announcement, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas informed Vice President Pence who was at a state visit in the region that he was persona non grata in Ramallah. President Abbas’ reaction to Trump’s Jerusalem move was to declare that America can no longer act as a negotiator, it is a side in the conflict. It was Trump’s Jerusalem move that finally allowed the penny to drop. America hasn’t just taken a side in the conflict, it may as well be an Israeli colony.
Truth Shines on the Jewish Solidarity Spin
Over the last two decades the Palestinian solidarity movement has become a toy for Jewish solidarity. The results of this have been devastating. The core Palestinian plight, namely The Right of Return was practically wiped out and replaced by Israel-friendly terminology such as ‘End of Occupation’ – a set of peaceful sounding bites that in practice legitimise the existence of the pre-1967 Jewish State. New sound bites were attached to the Israeli Palestinian conflict such as: apartheid, colonialism, settler colonialism and even BDS. These misleading terminologies were designed to convey the image that the Israeli Palestinian conflict was not unique, that it had precedents in history. Of course, this is simply wrong and consciously misleading. Zionism is based upon the ludicrous idea that Jews have the right to return to their ‘homeland’ after 2000 years. Who else should enjoy such a ‘universal’ right? Can my Italian drummer claim my house in London as a ‘Roman offspring’?
But Trump’s Jerusalem move reminded the Palestinians that the denial of the Right of Return is at the core of their plight. It is the Right of Return that they should fight for, the Right of Return and nothing but that Right.  Since March we have seen huge protests by Palestinians on the Gaza border. These protests have cost a lot of Palestinian lives. Hundreds were murdered by Israeli snipers, thousands have been injured, but the truth has prevailed. The current resistance by the Palestinians has achieved more of an impact than 20 years of wasted diluted kosher solidarity: Israel is now on the defensive: boycotted culturally and spiritually. PM Netanyahu visited every significant European capitol in the last few days begging for support on Iran. He found closed doors. The Argentinian football team cancelled its visit to Israel. Today I read in the Israeli press that more and more Spanish municipalities ban Israeli cultural events. These measures are a direct reaction to Israeli barbarism in Gaza and beyond.
 Killing From Afar
The Austrian Philosopher Otto Weininger dedicated his valuable text ‘Sex & Character’ to a harsh deconstruction of the ‘female character,’ and then concluded his work by suggesting that the Jewish male is a woman. Weininger killed himself shortly after, he probably couldn’t stand the fact that he himself was an effeminate character as well as a Jew.
Zionism, either consciously or subconsciously took Weininger very seriously. In its early stages Zionism saw itself as an alpha male factory. It brought to life the new Israeli — the Sabra named for the prickly pear.  The  diaspora assimilated Jew, was, in Zionist eyes,  indistinguishable from the outside but calculating and mean on the inside. In contrast, the new Israeli Sabra was to be rough and tough on the outside, yet sweet and humane on the inside.
The Zionists promise was to construct the new Jew, to make him and her into warriors — Combatants that could fight for their cause unlike their Diaspora relatives who were thought to have surrendered like ‘lambs to the slaughter.’
Israeli history suggests that this project seemed successful for a while. In Israel’s early days young Hebrews were willing to fight and die. Indeed, they won a few successive battles (1948, ‘56 and ‘67). I was brought up within this Spartan environment. My peers and I looked forward to sacrificing ourselves on the Jewish nationalist altar. This has clearly changed. The Israeli army is no longer a winning army. Not only does it lack decisive victories, more often it finds itself defeated, withdrawn from the battlefield with its tail between its legs.
What we have seen on the Gaza border in the last two months reveals that Otto Weininger’s observation was indeed prescient. Again the truth has unveiled itself however involuntarily. The Israeli army is an army that kills from afar. It is basically a barbarian criminal outfit dominated by the cowardly nature of its members.
The Israeli military elite has dreaded a March to Jerusalem for decades.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians marching back to their lands, homes, cities and villages is something that can’t be easily addressed militarily. Generals are naturally fearful of such incidents because they entail unpredictability. It is impossible to predict how a lone rifleman will react when confronted by thousands of angry Palestinians closing in on him — will he stay to defend his position or will he run for safety?  And what about the air force, can we count on an F-16 pilot to drop a napalm bomb on unarmed Palestinians marching towards Tel Aviv? Seemingly the Israeli generals have found an answer to the above dilemma – they kill from afar.
Israel has deployed thousands of snipers in Gaza. They are ordered to kill from afar. Not exactly the early Zionist heroic image of a face to face warrior who sees the eyeballs of his foe as he fights for his survival. But the snipers are not alone. Israeli pilots also rocket Gaza from a distance while cruising over the Negev or the Sea.  Both the snipers and the pilots are supported by dozens of drones that are controlled by boys and girls who operate in safety and comfort in air-conditioned units.
Otto Weininger’s diagnosis had some merit. Apparently the alpha male transition didn’t work as the early Zionists wished.
We Are All Palestinians
Truth, as we know, is under attack in the West. It doesn’t take a genius to identify the elements that see truth as a threat and seek to suppress truth seeking. The political means that have been designed to suppress truth and truthfulness operate openly. At one stage this online conference was  named  ‘The Left Out Forum.’ It is the platform for scholars and humanists who unveil the shame that  the Left in its current permutation can’t handle. How did it happen to the Left? This is easy to explain – at a certain stage the good old Left was hijacked by the so –called ‘New Left’ — a corrosive set of ‘ideologies’ that are designed to suppress truth and truthfulness.
The New Left assault on truth is facilitated by two means. The first is ID politics – a divisive crude attempt to teach us to speak ‘as a’ (as a woman, as a Jew, as a Lesbian, as a Black, etc.). ID politics has either consciously or not removed us from authenticity and authentic thinking. Instead of pondering for ourselves, we learned to think ‘as a’ in a collective manner (as a Jew, as a Trans, as a Gay, etc.)
The second New Left tactic is so-called ‘Political Correctness.’  PC culture is basically politics that doesn’t allow political opposition. Interestingly enough, this is exactly how we define authoritarian and tyrannical discourse. The truth of the matter is that tyrannical conditions are light in comparison with PC culture because PC is driven by self-suppression. It represses our ability to express ourselves authentically, and even more dangerously PC stops us from thinking independently.
All of this has led me to the conclusion that in the world in which we live, we are all Palestinians. Palestine is not just some far away conflict. It is here all around us: like the Palestinians we are unable to explicitly utter the name of our oppressors. Like the Palestinians, our dissent has been compromised. In Britain, the police will knock on your door as soon as you tweet your thoughts about Israel and its Lobby. America is catching up.   Like the Palestinians, our truth has been hijacked but it has not been murdered.
Truth, as we have seen, is a lasting enduring concept.  Truth is that which unveils itself against all odds. Whether we like it or not, truth will shine upon us as it has shined upon Gaza and Palestine in the last two months. However, the truth may not be where we expect to find it.
Otto Weininger taught us that “in art self- realisation is realisation of the world.” The artist, according to Weininger, hits the truth by means of self-reflection. Trying to universalise Weininger’s insight may suggest that truth happens to unveil itself to us because the truth is in us. Truth is not what you find out while examining the world, it is not in the press or in the media, on CNN, the BBC or the Guardian of the Judea. Truth is not what you find in academia or even in a truth movement’s pamphlets. Truth unveils itself because truth is that which we find within ourselves. Truth is found when we close our eyes in disbelief. It reveals itself when we look inward, when we  learn to attend to our inner voice of reason and ethics.
Truth is not a personal esoteric experience. Quite the opposite, it is that kernel of humanity we all share. It is that which makes us into one, a one that transcends  political affiliation, identity, gender, race, ethnicity  or biology. As in Palestine, sooner rather than later,  we will realise that truth, so to say our truth, that which we share, is the only thing worth fighting for!
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إنه العراق وليس ردّ سليماني على الحريري إنه اليمن وليس ردّ نصرالله على العقوبات


يونيو 18, 2018

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– في أحيان نادرة وفي لحظات مفصلية يتصرف التاريخ وتتحرّك الجغرافيا لتصويب مسارات خاطئة من تلقائهما، وتبدو عملية التصحيح إنصافاً لحقائق وتصويباً لوقائع، أوحت للحظة أنها التعبير الأقرب عن الواقع. ولعل هذا ما حدث مع الكلام الذي قاله رئيس الحكومة اللبنانية سعد الحريري عما وصفه بتعويض فشل الجنرال قاسم سليماني في العراق ومحاولته التعويض بمزاعم نصر في لبنان، تعليقاً على كلام لسليماني عن الانتصار الانتخابي لحزب الله في لبنان. ومثله الكلام الأميركي تعقيباً على مفعول العقوبات على حزب الله، بالدعوة لرؤية ما سيحلّ بمن وصفوها بالميليشيات الإيرانية في اليمن لمعرفة ما ينتظرهم بعد العقوبات. في إشارة لهجوم سعودي إماراتي أميركي غير مسبوق يستهدف مدينة الحديدة على ساحل البحر الأحمر، ومينائها الاستراتيجي.

– بالطبع ليس الموضوع هو ما قاله الجنرال سليماني، والواضح أنه كلام عن نتائج الانتخابات بهدف قراءة سياسية لها، بعد حدوثها وليس كلاماً عن تدخل فيها، ومضمونه أنّ سلاح حزب الله الذي كان مستهدفاً في هذه الانتخابات بات محصّناً بأغلبية نيابية تحميه، حتى لو كانت التعبيرات والصياغات تحمل ما يناسب المكان الذي يتحدّث فيه سليماني والحضور الذي يستمع إليه. لكن كلام الحريري عن العراق كان واضحاً لجهة اعتبار نتائج الانتخابات هناك قد حملت فشلاً ذريعاً لإيران التي يمثلها الجنرال سليماني في التنسيق مع حكومتها وأحزابها. وقد كان عنوان هذا التنسيق في مرحلة المواجهة مع خطر داعش، وما قصده الحريري بالتحديد، ومعه الإعلام السعودي خلال ما بعد الانتخابات، هو التموضع الذي اتخذه السيد مقتدى الصدر وحجم ما ناله في الانتخابات، ليصير بنظرهم رأس الحربة بوجه إيران وحلفائها، خصوصاً تحالف الحشد الشعبي. وقبل أن يجفّ حبر كلام الحريري، كان السيد مقتدى الصدر يعلن التحالف مع تحالف الحشد الشعبي لتشكيل الحكومة الجديدة، ويتحوّل هدفاً لرمايات إعلامية سعودية بصفته خائن للتعهدات. وما زاد الطين بلة الربط السعودي بين تموضع الصدر الأجدّ من الجديد، وبين رسالة قيل إنه تلقاها من الجنرال قاسم سليماني.

– بالمقابل ليس الموضوع قبول الوصف الذي يطلقه الأميركيون والسعوديون على أنصار الله وحلفائهم في اليمن، ولا قبول توصيف مواجهة الحديدة التي خاضوها وحدهم، وكأنها إنجاز لحزب الله رداً على التهديدات بالعقوبات وما يليها، لكن الموضوع هو أنه كما لم يتسن للأميركيين والسعودية الاحتفال بفرحة لم تكتمل في العراق، أصابهم الشيء ذاته مع هجوم الحديدة في اليمن. وقد رصدوا لكل من الحدثين أقسى ما لديهما، وربطا بهما مستقبل مواجهات المنطقة. وكما بدا لفترة غير قصيرة أن السيد الصدر سيكون عنوان مواجهة مع قوى المقاومة في العراق بدا أن هجوم الحديدة في ظروف حرب اليمن وتاريخها ووقائعها الجغرافية مؤهل لإحداث اختراق نوعي في الجبهة الساحلية، قبل أن تنكشف الساعات الثماني والأربعين التي سادها التشويش، عن هزيمة قاسية تصيب المهاجمين بعدما لجأ أنصار الله إلى احتواء الهجوم، وفتح الباب للمهاجمين نحو فخ محكم نصبوه لهم، ويفتحون عليهم النار من كل نوع وصوب. وتكون النتيجة تراجع قوى الحرب عن التبشير بدخول المطار إلى الحديث عن سيطرة نارية ومعارك لم تحسم، بينما يبث أنصار الله الفيديوهات المباشرة من ساحات المطار وقاعاته ما يؤكد بقاءه تحت سيطرتهم النارية والفعلية.

– ترتسم آخر صور المشهد في المنطقة في الحلقتين اللتين اعتبرتهما واشنطن وحلفاؤها حديقتين خلفيتين، يمكن ترتيب الهجوم المعاكس فيهما، هجوم سياسي في العراق وهجوم عسكري في اليمن، لتصاب واشنطن ومَن معها بالخيبة فيهما، وتبدو يد محور المقاومة كما هي في لبنان وسورية، هي العليا، ويصير العناد بلا جدوى، وتصير المكابرة مجرد تكذيب للصورة ونفي للوقائع الثابتة، وإنكاراً يثير السخرية، وبالتأكيد بعد الحدثين العراقي واليمني لن يحتاج سليماني ولا نصرالله لردّ، ففي العراق ولبنان أغلبية نيابية تحرس السلاح وتحميه، وفي اليمن رجال يحرسون الانتصار ويدافعون عنه.

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’Israeli’ Minister Arrested for Spying for Iran!



18-06-2018 | 22:46
’Israeli’ Minister Arrested for Spying for Iran!
A new scandal strikes the “Israeli” political institution.1
Gonen Segev, a former “Israeli” Knesset member and minister, is accused of spying for Iran and aiding it during wartime, the Shin Bet security service said Monday.
On Monday, the Shin Bet security service announced that Segev – the former energy minister who previously served time in jail for drug smuggling – was extradited to “Israel” from Equatorial Guinea and charged with spying for Iran last month.
The physician who served as the apartheid entity’s energy and infrastructure minister from 1992 to 1995, was jailed for five years in 2005 for trying to smuggle more than 30,000 ecstasy tablets into it from the Netherlands and forging a diplomatic passport. He was released in 2007.
According to the so-called “Israel’s” internal security agency and the police discovered that Segev had been recruited by Iran and became an agent for its intelligence services. Segev later met twice with his handlers in Iran.
“Israeli” police said this case is one of the “most severe security breaches it has known.”
Segev sent information to his Iranian sources regarding “Israel’s” energy sector, security sites, structures, and the identity of officials in the security and political establishments in “Israel”, among other things.
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