Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Lieberman to Netanyahu over Hezbollah: You Bark More than Bite

Former “Israeli” War Minister Avigdor Lieberman launched an attack on the apartheid entity’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this time against the background of verbal tension with Hezbollah.
Lieberman described Netanyahu as “the dog that barks and does not bite”, in response to the latter’s threat to the Lebanese Hezbollah to “strike a crushing military blow against him and for Lebanon if he dared to commit folly and attack Israel.”
“I consider the apology for killing the Hamas element a complete madness,” the former minister said in a radio interview on Sunday. “It is a sign of panic. The prime minister is immediately preparing a list of more concessions that are reckless and irresponsible.”
Lieberman further stated: “Every month we pay more and more bribes to Hamas so that they do not attack us.”
Although Lieberman is considered to be from the “Israeli” right-wing camp, headed by Netanyahu, he entered into sharp disagreements with him when he resigned from his cabinet in November 2018. The differences between them deepened after Lieberman refused to join Netanyahu’s recent government, April 2019.
It is important to note that Netanyahu’s threat came in a speech on Sunday at the start of the weekly cabinet session, after Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah threatened Friday to hit ammonia containers in Haifa Bay.
On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the 2006 war, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “the resistance today is stronger than ever.”

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The Post-war Generations’ Heritage, A Picture Can Tell it All

In visual marketing, a picture is worth 60,000 words; that’s why a text cannot compete with images, especially in times of war.
Science proved that the human brain is able to process images 60,000 times faster than a text. This makes clear that it takes a picture less time to reach a wider spectrum of audience than a text does.
Mr. Aziz Taher, a professional journalist photographer who heads the Press Photographers Syndicate in Lebanon, covered the brutal ‘Israeli’ war on Lebanon that happened to take place the summer of 2006. The war, that lasted some 33 days, from July 12th until August 14th, was the toughest in the Middle Eastern modern history.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Ahed news website, Mr. Taher introduces the importance of photos by recalling his own experience as a southerner from the Lebanese village of Houla.

President of the Press Photographers Syndicate in Lebanon, Mr. Aziz Taher – HQ: Hamra, Beirut
“For those who don’t know, in 1948, the ‘Israeli’ enemy committed a horrible criminal massacre in Houla. Because the massacre was not documented with photos, people forgot about it, although it claimed the lives of more than 70 martyrs. The massacre was absented from the society’s public memory. Here lies the importance of the photo.”
As the young villagers started talking about the massacre, people got to learn its story, the man narrates, “but it wasn’t deep-rooted like any other ‘Israeli’ massacre that was photographed such as the Deir Qassem, Sabra and Shatila, al-Mansouri and Qana massacres…”
Hereby, Mr. Taher moves to shed light on the importance of photos during the July 2006 war: “The ‘Israelis’ used to kill us then tell the entire world that they are in danger. Today, however, the equation has changed thanks to the picture.”
Photography as a profession
Mr. Aziz Taher, the professional photographer who works with several international news agencies, including Reuters, spoke on behalf of other Lebanese photojournalists, classifying their affiliations into patriotic and professional.
“Regarding our professional affiliation, we didn’t need anything to add to our photos; the facts on the ground were far worse than intervening in any picture. Massacres committed by the ‘Israeli’ enemy against our people, land, electricity, water, sea, and all what belongs to our life as Lebanese people, were bigger than being captured in a photo,” the man stresses, showing that every single photo was enough to expose the enemy’s brutality.
“On the patriotic level, the Lebanese photographers started observing and pursuing every massacre the ‘Israeli’ enemy committed against our people. This was a reason our photos reached international media outlets, having a strong influence that explained to the international public opinion this war, how it started and what is being committed [during it].”
He further elaborates, “During our coverage, six of my colleagues, and I, faced an intensive campaign by some sides that called us a ‘Hezbollah propaganda’, they started attacking us on the internet claiming that all of our photos are fabricated and fake.”
“They called me the ‘king of toys’, claiming that I prepare my cameras, my lenses and equipment, and I prepare toys, then I reach the “Hezbollah” attacked site and throw the toys there and capture the scene claiming it is a residential area.”
In conclusion, this showed how much harmful the photos were for them “as they tend to claim that we were making up those scenes, adding some toys and children in our photos, to say that ‘Israel’ is building residential areas. But the truth is that we didn’t need anything [when capturing the scenes] because all the places we took photos of are residential. There might be a Hezbollah center in each place, but the entire neighborhoods were residential. All neighborhoods embraced a history, heritage and memories, and it is the same for all the destroyed apartments.”
The man recalls the scenes of photos of the Dahiyeh [Beirut’s southern suburb] describing that they appeared as if an earthquake hit the place. “The case is similar for Bint Jbeil and all other villages where we have passed. The ‘Israeli’ enemy had rancorously bombed Lebanon, sometimes just ‘to have fun’, or just to destroy the place.”
Unforgettable incidents, scenes from the war
According to the veteran photographer, “Photos of the children were the most touching during the war. Scenes of the massacres committed by the ‘Israeli’ enemy were so much moving, lenses got tired of capturing photos of the victims… our eyes were exhausted because of the level of criminality and the daily killing by the ‘Israeli’ enemy against our people.”
Mr. Taher further stresses: “We were touched by every scene. We were all moved by what happened. But the moment I was moved the most was when colleague Layal Najib was martyred after the ‘Israeli’ warplanes bombed her car despite showing the ‘Press’ signal. She was targeted just like any other Lebanese national.”

President of the Press Photographers Syndicate in Lebanon, Mr. Aziz Taher – HQ: Hamra, Beirut
Layal Najib, the martyr of photography who was killed in South Lebanon, is a symbol of all other martyrs who dies during this war, the man points out. “She is not different from them, but she is a photojournalist, and they [pretend] to talk about human rights and freedoms, Layal exposed the example of this enemy that doesn’t differentiate between civilians and journalists and that considers the whole place as a scorched-land.”
We were moved by many scenes of the martyrs, and the destruction… imagine that when you enter the Dahiyeh, you find all the places and buildings you know became rubble, completely damaged, he says.
“Every scene from the July war, just like all other wars, stops you at every detail, the lack of water, the lack of fuel, and the entire sufferings people have faced during the war…”
Speaking on behalf of the Lebanese photojournalists, Mr. Taher says: “We’ve taken pictures of all the ‘Israeli’ aggressions against Lebanon until the historic liberation day in 2000. Each one of us was touched by a picture he/she took at some place, but all of us were moved by the daily photographs we took which were related to the ‘Israeli’ enemy.”
Absented photos
Asked whether the photographers tended to hide certain scenes during the war, Mr. Aziz Taher explains that: “Most of the photos I took during the war were in the southern suburb. Then we started moving to the areas we could reach, to several regions in the south until we reached Bint Jbeil… During the war, we have witnessed many scenes especially those of the resistance fighters, but we absented them due to a patriotic sense…”
He justifies that by saying that “there was no interest to show from where the rocket was launched, we’ve seen that but we intended to absent those scenes. It was the same case regarding the photos of the resistance men we’ve seen when arriving at a certain village; we tried not to take any photo of their faces although we, as photographers, are curious to take photos of a rocket launcher or anything related to the resistance. However, we decided to hide them.”
“In this battle, you are not looking for a scoop, as you see all this suffering, you should show solidarity, at least by the photos you take, with the resistance men who are roaming between valleys, fields and villages to fight this enemy. Your duty is to hide their photos, not because they don’t deserve to be seen; they indeed deserve that their photos head all newspapers and media outlets, but being keen for their lives, and the continuation of the resistance work, we had this intention to hide their faces.”
Covering other wars
In the world of photography and media, wars represent a subject that attracts the pros. It is a passion. Many photographers, during major events, stop their jobs, while many others become more induced. There are two types of motivation, the professional and the patriotic one, the man notes.
“When taking photos in times of war, especially during the July 2006 war, you gain a lot of experience as much as you expose your life to danger. Your life will daily be endangered because while taking photos at any place, the warplanes suddenly start operating or carry out strikes. A road may be blocked, a bridge may be bombed… it is a very tough experience the photographers have faced the like of which the Lebanese people did.”
Pointing out to covering wars in other places, Mr. Taher elaborates: “I covered the Kuwait war… Photography used to include more details, it was more difficult and more adventurous before mobile phones. Today, with the availability of mobile phones, the entire society takes photos. I wish I could have taken part in the Yemen war, also in Iraq… and any other place in the world where wars take place, but I didn’t get the opportunity to do that. There are photographers everywhere, but on the personal level, I wished I could have covered the events in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as all other places of war in our region and abroad.”
According to the Chinese proverb, a picture is worth a thousand words, he states.
“I say that every photo that needs an explanation is an unsuccessful one. The photo should express itself, this is what I teach my students at the Lebanese University. The photo speaks up for itself. The press photo is the most dangerous, most entertaining and most real. Hadn’t it expressed its idea to the people, it is definitely unsuccessful.”
The man notes that a picture is worth a thousand words when it is used properly and reflected honestly. “A photo records the memory of the people. Our photos are not only taken to be published. Sometimes we take photos that we don’t publish. They are intended to document the people’s collective memory, as I previously mentioned the Houla Massacre that was not documented with photos, leading to its absence from the people’s memories. Today, however, the July war or any other incident became tangible to the public through photos.”
A man with such a rich experience and history makes anyone realize that you can look at a picture for one second but think of it an entire life. This is the case of the July 2006 war. With the photos he and his colleagues have taken, they have bought the new generations, especially those who weren’t present at the time, return tickets to many moments otherwise gone. They have also commemorated history and taken part in the heroic duty of defending the nation.

From the July-August course of war and victory, by Taher Aziz’s lens: Recorded Moments of War, Suffering, Resistance and Victroy

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The Goy Spouse is the New Hitler

Global Research, July 15, 2019
Israel is the only nation without official borders. From its inception it was planned this way to extrajudicially annex more territory.
A territorial expansion plan was drawn up in the 1980s as part of the US/Israel plan to redraw the Middle East map to their advantage, wanting subservient puppet regimes installed in partitioned Syria, Lebanon, Iran, and other Arab countries.
In 2006, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya wrote about “(t)he (US-Israeli) Project for a New Middle East.”
Their objectives remain unchanged, including the creation of “arc of instability, chaos, and violence extending from Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria to Iraq, the Persian Gulf, Iran, and borders of” Central Asia and North Africa.
Endless US-led NATO wars rage in this broader region, no end of them in prospect. Beginning weeks after 9/11, what followed was well planned in advance.
The mother of all false flags launched Washington’s escalated imperial agenda in this oil and other resource-rich part of the world.
US forever wars are part of its divide, conquer and control strategy, the human cost of no consequence. Israel shares the same objective regionally that Washington aims for worldwide.
In 1982, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded Yinon published a document for regional conquest and dominance — titled “A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s.”
Israel Shahak (1933 – 2001) published a translated/edited version titled “The Zionist Plan for the Middle East.”
It’s considered the most explicit, detailed statement of Zionist rage for redrawing the Middle East map to serve Israeli interests.
Its two essential premises include the following:
To survive, Israel must dominate the region and become a world power.
Achieving its imperial aims requires dividing Arab nations into small, easily controlled states – partitioning them along ethnic and sectarian lines as weakened Israeli satellites.
According to Yinon,
“(t)he existence, prosperity and steadfastness of (Israel) depend(s) upon its ability to adopt a new framework for its domestic and foreign affairs,” based on securing its material needs through winnable resource wars and Arab world divisions.
“All the Arab States east of Israel are torn apart, broken up and riddled with inner conflicts even more than those of the Maghreb” (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, and Western Sahara).”
Gulf states are “built upon a delicate house of sand in which there is only oil.” Jordan is in reality Palestine, Amman the same as Nablus.
Other regional states are similar, including Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others.
The US, NATO, Israeli scheme is all about creating endless regional violence and chaos, exploited to their advantage for gaining control over regional nations and their valued resources.
In 1948, Israel stole 78% of historic Palestine, siezing the rest in June 1967, including Jerusalem, a UN-designated international city the US and Israel consider the exclusive Jewish state capital, no matter how contrary to international law.
Israel illegally occupies most all valued West Bank land and Jerusalem. It always aimed for maximum Jews and minimum Arabs throughout historic Palestine.
On Friday, UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Occupied Palestine Michael Lynk said actions of the Jewish state “occupying power (are) bent on further (illegal) territorial annexation.”
During a visit to Amman, Jordan, the Netanyahu regime denied him permission to enter Occupied Palestine.
My earlier articles about Israel/Palestine explained the following:
Occupied Palestinians live in limbo, controlled by a repressive foreign army and a system of institutionalized and codified racism.
They’re denied self-determination, the right of citizenship, and control over their daily lives, what’s fundamental for all free socities.
Living in a constant state of fear, they suffer from economic strangulation, collective punishment, denial of free movement and expression, along with enduring virtually every form of indignity, degradation, and crime against humanity imaginable.
Their population centers are isolated from each other for easier control and theft of their land.
They endure curfews, roadblocks, checkpoints, electric fences, other barriers, mass arrests, imprisonments, torture, separation walls, bulldozed homes, and targeted killings.
Their fundamental rights affirmed under international law are denied by oppressive Israeli regimes, ruling by what Edward Said called “refined viciousness.”
They’re punished by inadequate or denied vital services, punitive taxes, regular neighborhood incursions, land, sea and air attacks, imprisonment of lawmakers for belonging to the wrong party, ethnic cleansing, and slow-motion genocide for praying to the wrong God.
Challenging Israeli authority verbally, in writing, or by peaceful demonstrations risks arrest, injury, or death.
Israel is to Palestinians what Nazi Germany was to Jews, slow-motion extermination compared to industrial scale.
Two million besieged Gazans endure the world’s largest open-air prison, an entire population enduring mass suffocation.
Lynk slammed the Netanyahu regime for failing to fulfill its “obligations as a UN member to cooperate fully with Experts of the United Nations.”
He expressed special concern for Gazans, enduring protracted humanitarian crisis conditions enforced by Israel.
“Palestinians seeking redress through the Israeli legal system face a multitude of obstacles such that ultimately, justice is elusive and largely impossible to obtain,” he stressed, adding:
“Israel’s conduct of the 52-year-old occupation is an affront to modern international law.”
“The United Nations has stated on numerous occasions that the Israeli settlements are illegal, its annexation of East Jerusalem is unlawful, and its violations of the human rights of the Palestinians breach international covenants and treaties.”
“Now is the time for the international community to hold Israel fully accountable for its actions, and to determine whether (its) role as the occupying power has crossed the bright red line into illegality.”
There’s no ambiguity about Israeli high crimes of war and against humanity, its vicious persecution of defenseless Palestinians.
Yet the world community has done nothing to hold the Jewish state accountable, nothing to seek redress for the Palestinian people.
As long as Israel has US support, it’ll continue getting away with mass murder and a whole lot more. They’ll be no end to Palestinian suffering.
Fulfillment of Netanyahu’s campaign pledge to annex illegal settlements if implemented will be the latest Israeli affront to their fundamental rights.
Israel has never been held accountable for “its prolonged occupation, annexation and defiance of international (laws, norms, and standards) with respect to settlements, the separation wall, and collective punishment,” said Lynk.
Nor is it likely ahead unless international tribunals fulfill their obligations to hold serial lawbreaker Israel and its officials accountable for their high crimes.
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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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رؤساء الحكومة السابقون في السعودية: وساطة لـ«تحصين» الحريري

على وهج ترقب مصير الحكومة المعلقة اجتماعاتها، تأتي زيارة رؤساء الحكومة السابقين الى الرياض، والتي ستترك ارتدادات على المشهد اللبناني لكونها محاولة جديدة لإقناع المملكة بدعم الرئيس سعد الحريري على كل المستويات في مواجهة العهد وحزب الله

بشكل مُفاجئ، نشَطت حركة رؤساء الحكومة السابقين، بحثاً عن «تنفيسة» لغضب جمهورهم في لبنان. الأمر لم يعُد سرّاً. تحدّث عنه سعد الحريري في مؤتمر صحافي أخيراً. بدا هؤلاء، في الأشهر الماضية، كأنهم في سباق مع ما يجري من أحداث على الساحة الداخلية، لإحداث أي كوة في جدار التسوية الصلبة مع رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون ووزير الخارجية جبران باسيل. وبعدَ اعتراف رئيس الحكومة بهذا الغضب، أصبحوا مستعجلين أكثر من أي وقت مضى إحياء خط دفاع قوي خلفه في وجه التسوية. وبِدافع الحاجة إلى ذلك، تقرّر أن تكون المملكة العربية السعودية هي  لوجهة، رغم كل التناقض في إدارتها للملف اللبناني.

الزيارة حصلت بعد التنسيق مع الحريري وبمساعدة السفير السعودي في بيروت(مروان طحطح)

الرئيس فؤاد السنيورة صاحِب الفكرة، ومعه الكاتب رضوان السيد. «نظريتهما» تنطلِق من مبدأ أن «الطائفة السنية في لبنان لم يُعد جائزاً تركها». حمل السنيورة والسيد هذا العنوان، ودارا به الى السفارات السعودية والإماراتية والمصرية في لبنان تمهيداً لزيارة الى المملكة. وفي إطار الترويج، حرص أبرز عضوين في «مجموعة العشرين» على تأكيد أن «لا بديل لسعد الحريري، وأن تحصينه يحتاج الى دعم على المستويات كافة». وتفرّع عن هذا العنوان الكبير ثلاثة عناوين أخرى على الشكل التالي:

أولاً، أن الحريري يضعف لأن الرياض لا تدعمه كما يجِب، ولا بدّ من ترميم وضعه لأن لا بديلَ منه، واحتضانه يجب أن يحصل على المستويات كافة.

ثانياً، إعادة الاعتبار لمكانة المملكة في لبنان، لا من جانبها الرمزي أو كونها تشكل محور التوازن مع إيران وحزب الله، وحسب، بل من منطلق أن خسارتها لبنان يُفقدها الطائفة السنية.

ثالثاً، إعادة الاعتبار لاتفاق الطائف، ليسَ لكونه يعبّر عن الشراكة الإسلامية – المسيحية وحسب، بل بوصفه الضمانة الوحيدة لصلاحيات رئاسة الحكومة ضد «الهيمنة» التي يُحاول وزير الخارجية جبران باسيل فرضَها.

هذه مجموعة من الأفكار التي رتّبها الرجلان منذ نحو 3 أشهر، وبدأ الترويج لها ضمن شبكة كبيرة ضمت إلى جانب «مجموعة العشرين» شخصيات في الخط الأوسع لـ«الحريري»، من بينها رئيس الجمهورية السابق ميشال سليمان الذي يعمل بالتوازي على تأسيس ما يُسمى «مجلِس حكماء» يُقال إن مهمته «وضع حدّ للاستمرار في تجاوز الدستور والتمادي في مخالفة ما نص عليه اتفاق الطائف».

السنيورة صاحِب الفكرة ومعه الكاتب رضوان السيد

حازت هذه الأفكار إعجاب السفراء، تحديداً السفير السعودي وليد البخاري، الذي بدأ يعدّ العدة للزيارة. وكان لافتاً أن الرياض لم تتأخر في توجيه الدعوة الى كل من السنيورة ومعه الرئيسان تمام سلام ونجيب ميقاتي.

مصادر مطلعة على أجواء حركة الرؤساء أكدت أن التحضيرات «حصلت بالتنسيق مع الرئيس الحريري، لذا سبَقت هذه الزيارة لقاءات بينه وبين الرؤساء الثلاثة للاتفاق على برنامج العمل وجدول الأعمال وعدّة الشغل». تحمِل الزيارة بحسب المصادر جرعة دعم، مفادها أن «سلام والسنيورة وميقاتي أصبحوا يشكلون حيثية تقِف على يمين الرئيس الحريري في المنعطفات الأساسية»، فيما دعم دار الفتوى «تحصيل حاصل». وبذلك يكون رئيس الحكومة قد أصبحَ «محصّناً بخط دفاع ضد اتجاهين: واحد يمثله عهد الرئيس ميشال عون للحدّ من محاولات المس بصلاحيات رئيس الحكومة، وآخر يمثله حزب الله لمنعه من استخدام الساحة اللبنانية لمصلحة إيران». وتعتبر المصادر أن هذه الخطوة «جاءت متأخرة لكن كان لا بدّ منها، لأن الحريري لا يستطيع المواجهة وحده من دون شبكة أمان داخلية وخارجية تعمل كجبهة متراصة تحقق توازناً مع العهد».

في هذا الإطار، أشار الرؤساء الثلاثة إلى أن «الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز أكد حرص السعودية القوي والثابت على لبنان واستقلاله وسيادته وصيانة اتفاق الطائف». وفي بيان مشترك لفتوا الى أن «الملك سلمان شدد على أهمية صيغة العيش المشترك بين جميع اللبنانيين بشتى طوائفهم وانتماءاتهم، وكل ذلك تحت سقف الدستور واحترام القوانين واحترام الشرعية العربية والدولية، وأن السعودية لن تدّخر جهداً من أجل حماية وحدة لبنان وسيادته واستقلاله».

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لا أمل من النقاش معكم!

ابراهيم الأمين 

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الإثنين 15 تموز 2019

يشكو خصوم المقاومة أنّ السيد حسن نصرالله يتحدث بلغة صاحب القرار، وأنه عندما يطلق مواقف من قضايا داخلية وخارجية، يتصرف كأنه هو الدولة ويحلّ مكانها في تحديد السياسات الاستراتيجية. ويقيس هؤلاء أقوال حزب الله وأفعاله من زاوية اتهامه الدائم بتصدير أزماته أو أزمات حلفائه في الإقليم.

الواقعيون من السياسيين والناشطين والمناصرين لجبهة أعداء المقاومة يمارسون الصمت حيال ذلك. هذا ليس دليلاً على موافقتهم على ما يجري، ولكن على عجزهم عن القيام بشيء. والعجز، هنا، ليس عن إطلاق المواقف الرافضة لخطّ المقاومة ومواقف قياداتها، بل العجز عن إقناع الناس بوجهة نظرهم، وتحريضهم على خطوات عملانية ضد المقاومة، والعجز حتى عن إقناع العدو بالتحرك لمناصرتهم. وأكثر من ذلك، العجز عن ابتداع موقف يمكنه أن يؤثر في النقاش العام. إذ ليس في الجعبة البالية لهؤلاء سوى شعارات بلهاء عن سيادة وحرية واستقلال كالتي يتغنون بها منذ عام 1943.

أما غير الواقعيين، فهم في الأغلب الأعمّ فئة مهملة تشعر بالغبن نتيجة وجودها خارج المشهد السياسي. لا يضمّهم إطار، ولا تجمعهم جمعية، ويشتركون في كونهم من ضيوف مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. ولم يحدث – منذ سنوات طويلة – أن قال أحدهم جملة مفيدة، أو فوجئ أحد بما يقولونه. حتى صاروا مثل المبرمجين مسبقاً: ما إن يخرج موقف من حزب الله، حتى يخرج من عندهم موقف مقابل. أما كيف ولماذا، فهم أنفسهم لا يعرفون السبب. كل ما يعرفونه أن الصمت الكامل يلغي كل أثر لهم. علماً أن حراكهم ليس فيه بركة لهم أو لغيرهم.

البارزون من معارضي المقاومة ينتشرون في مواقع السلطة والمؤسسات العامة والخاصة. هؤلاء يتوزعون بين قوى وشخصيات ومؤسسات. لا يطلقون علناً المواقف التي من شأنها تهديد التسوية التي عقدوها مع حزب الله لبقائهم في السلطة. لكنهم يضطرون، بين وقت وآخر، إلى إطلاق مواقف حادة، تسجَّل في دفاتر حساباتهم الإقليمية، وفي الوقت نفسه يرسلون – بعيداً من الأضواء – من يشرح لحزب الله حقيقة الأمر. لذلك، يتصرف الحزب بشيء من اللامبالاة إزاء ما يقولونه.

أما للمهتمين بالصورة الحقيقية، فلهم أن يقرأوا الوقائع كما هي. وحتى لو قالوا إن قيادة المقاومة وأنصارها يتصرفون بفوقية ولغة استفزازية، فهذا لا يغير من حقيقة الأمر شيئاً.

يعرف هؤلاء أنهم لا يضيفون شيئاً إلى المشهد الأساسي المتعلق بمصير المنطقة

قبل 13 عاماً، مارس أعداء المقاومة الداخليون، الذين تجمعوا في إطار 14 آذار، أعلى درجات التآمر ضد المقاومة وناسها. اشتغلوا علناً مع العدو على ضرب المقاومة وسحقها. مارسوا كل الأفعال القذرة لتحقيق هذا الهدف. دفعتهم وقاحتهم وعمالتهم إلى الضرب على ناس المقاومة في اللحظات الأولى لسريان وقف إطلاق النار. لكنهم استفادوا، مرة جديدة، من العقلنة التي تتسم بها قيادة المقاومة. وهم يجب أن يعرفوا الحقيقة القاسية، وهي أن قيادة المقاومة منعت محاسبتهم.

خلال الأعوام الماضية، انتقل هؤلاء إلى مستويات مختلفة من التآمر. صاروا شركاء في كل الألعاب الشيطانية ضد المقاومة وضد كل ما تحتاجه أو تقوم به. أمنياً، لم يتوقف العمل ضد كوادرها ومقارّها وحركتها وانتشارها وتسليحها. وسياسياً، لم يتوقف العمل على حجب التغطية الرسمية المنطقية لعمل وطني بهذا الحجم. واقتصادياً، يتصرفون مع المقاومة على قاعدة الطلبات الأميركية المباشرة. وإعلامياً، لم يتوقفوا عن الحملات المحرضة المبنية على كره مذهبي وطائفي. مع ذلك، فقد تراجعت حظوظهم، والفضل، هنا، لجمهور عريض ملّ منهم ومن خطاباتهم ومشاريعهم، ولم يعد مستعداً للسير خلفهم في مغامرات لا طائل منها.

اليوم، يعرف هؤلاء أنهم لا يضيفون شيئاً إلى المشهد الأساسي المتعلق بمصير المنطقة. هم ليسوا في حسابات أحد من الكبار، ولو أن قيادة المقاومة تخلت قليلاً عن تواضعها لحذفتهم هي أيضاً من الحسابات الجدية. بناءً عليه، لا بأس من واقعية قهرية تلزم كل هؤلاء بالتوقف عن «النق» و«القدّ» و«الشدّ». لأنهم، ببساطة، لا يؤثرون في شيء. وحتى استعدادهم لاثارة فتن دموية، كالتي حصلت في الجبل، يبقى عملاً أحمق، وأقرب إلى تمرين على انتحار أكيد لا يشعر به أحد. ومهما علا الصراخ وارتفعت المنابر، فليس بمقدور هؤلاء، كلهم من دون استثناء، فعل شيء في مواجهة مسيرة لم ولن تنتظر إذنهم أو رضاهم للقيام بما يجب أن تقوم به، دفاعاً عن نفسها وأهلها وناسها، وعن قيم إنسانية تتجاوز كل هذه الجغرافيا.

هي لغة فوقية كما سيبدو لكثيرين، لكنها تبدو كذلك، نظراً إلى دونية غير مسبوقة يعيشها هؤلاء، حيث هم وحيث سيذهبون… إذ لا أمل من نقاش معهم.

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Epstein: Protected Because He Is a Spy? — A Backgrounder

July 14, 2019 “Information Clearing House” –   Vicky Ward, who tried to report on Jeffrey Epstein’s criminality as early as 2003, recently wrote that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta “cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had ‘been told’ to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. ‘I was told Epstein “belonged to intelligence” and to leave it alone,’ he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)” See Ward’s recent pieces for The Daily Beast: “Jeffrey Epstein’s Sick Story Played Out for Years in Plain Sight” and “I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003.”
The Observer notes that Acosta was asked if Epstein had ties to intelligence agencies at his news conference Wednesday and gave a “a non-denial denial of an epic kind”: “I would [be] hesitant to take this reporting as fact” said Acosta. See “It Sure Looks Like Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy — But Whose?
Ward charged on “Democracy Now” on Monday: “This is a man who definitely trades in the knowledge he has over the rich and famous, and uses it for leverage. He also introduces rich and famous people, like Bill Clinton, like Donald Trump, to girls.”
Epstein’s associate who allegedly helped connect him with his girl victims is Ghislaine Maxwell. She is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, the media mogul who died under mysterious circumstances in 1991. Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh alleged in his book The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy that Maxwell was tied to the Israeli Mossad. Hersh was sued for the allegation, but then received an apology.
Attorney General William Barr, who spent years at the CIA, stated he would recuse himself on the Epstein matter on Monday and then reversed himself on Tuesday. Barr helped cover up the Iran-Contra scandal by approving the pardons of Elliott Abrams and other officials who were caught in illegal activity. In 1973, Epstein got his start as a math teacher thanks to Barr’s father, Donald Barr, who was headmaster of the elite Dalton School despite Epstein not having a college degree. His New York Times obituary notes that Donald Barr belonged to the Office of Strategic Services (better known as the OSS, the precursor to the CIA).
Julie K. Brown of the Miami Herald has named two women — Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Sarah Ransome — who say that Epstein, when they were very young, directed them to have sex with Alan Dershowitz. Yet, the New York Times and other media continue to reference and even quote Dershowitz about the case without noting that he has been thus accused. Dershowitz was also one of Esptein’s lawyers when Acosta agreed to the non-prosecution agreement. The Times has recently noted that Dershowitz attacked the Herald‘s reporting in an attempt to deprive them of a Pulitzer. A piece by Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman quoted him saying that if you didn’t know Epstein and Trump in the 80s, “you were a nobody” — again, without noting that Dershowitz has so far been accused by two of Epstein’s victims.
Liaquat Ali Khan, the founder of Legal Scholar Academy, and a professor emeritus at the Washburn Law School interviewed Alan Dershowitz in 2004 and wrote that Dershowitz participated in the “Israeli assassination committee that reviews evidence before terrorists are targeted and killed.” Said Dershowitz: “I actually sat in on one of the committee meetings.”
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It Sure Looks Like Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy—But Whose? Epstein was involved in intelligence work, of some kind, for someone—and it probably wasn’t American intelligence
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US Embassy in Iraq Serves As Mossad, Daesh HQ - Iraqi MP

A senior Iraqi MP warned that the US embassy in Baghdad is involved in “suspicious activities,” saying agents of the ‘Israeli’ spy agency Mossad and Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] have been spotted regularly visiting the diplomatic mission.
“The US embassy in Baghdad has turned into a center for ‘Israel’s’ Mossad and Daesh terrorists,” Hassan Salem was quoted as saying by the Iraqi Arabic-language al-Sumariya news website.
Salem said the US embassy is interfering in Iraq’s internal affairs by spying, spreading rumors and hatching plots.
“The US embassy’s violation of laws and forgetting its responsibilities based on the international laws mean that the center could not be called an embassy and therefore, its closure is legally necessary,” the Iraqi lawmaker said.
The MP had earlier suggested that US forces in Ain al-Assad military base were protecting Daesh ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in the western desert of Iraq’s Anbar province.
“Al-Baghdadi is using the Anbar desert as a safe haven, while the US forces provide him with all means of support from their station at the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province,” Salem said in February.
The Iraqi MP argued then that America’s support for al-Baghdadi “stems from Washington’s fear of a draft bill on expelling foreign troops from Iraq, which the parliament intends to vote on during the new legislative term.”
Also in February, former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the first time divulged explosive secrets about how the United States supported Daesh and intentionally allowed the Takfiri terror outfit to gain power in Iraq so that Washington could creep back into the Arab country.
He said the administration of former US President Barack Obama had played a key role in the creation of Daesh by allowing the terrorist group to overrun Iraqi territories.

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Iran Keeping Window of Diplomacy Open - AEOI

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran [AEOI] Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Monday that the reduced commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] is not made out of pertinacity, rather it aims to open a window to diplomacy and awaken the other states parties to the deal to honor their obligations.
“The JCPOA was a trading deal that what Iran gave was much more than what it received, because the other side, particularly after the US withdrawal from the deal, forgot their obligations,” Kamalvandi said.
“What Iran is doing in terms of nuclear measures is aimed at reminding the signatories with their obligations,” Kamalvandi said.
Recently, Tehran said that at the second phase of its measures to preserve the nuclear deal, it officially launches enriching uranium beyond the 3.67 percent limit that is set by the deal. The first stage came on the anniversary of the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018 when Iran announced the reduction of its commitments to the deal.
Referring to President Rouhani’s letter to the signatories to the deal, Kmalavandi said, “The president has reminded that if the chances given by Iran are not used, the Islamic Republic will reduce its commitments based on the content of the deal through two-month periods.”
He added that at the end of the first period, Iran exceeded the 300 kg ceiling for stockpiling enriched uranium and heavy water, breaking the limit of 3.67 percent in enrichment and producing enriched fuel for nuclear power plant with a purity of 5.4 percent.
The measures are not taken out of stubbornness, rather it is meant to keep the window of diplomacy open for the other side, he said.
“If the European signatories and the US do not stick to their commitments, we will strike a balance in the deal by reducing our own commitments and roll back the situation to what it was in four years ago,” Kamalvandi explained.
“In the meantime, let’s keep in mind that Iran has fulfilled all its obligations, as the reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] also verified,” he stressed.
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Shifting Alliances: Is Turkey Now “Officially” an Ally of Russia? Acquires Russia’s S-400. Exit from NATO Imminent?

Global Research, July 13, 2019
Turkey is taking delivery of Russia’s S 400 missile defence system. What this signifies is that Turkey and Russia are now “officially” allies. The first shipment of the S-400 landed in Ankara on July 12, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Defense. (see image below)
Two more shipments are due, with the third delivery of “over 120 anti-aircraft missiles of various types… [scheduled] tentatively at the end of the summer, by sea.” 
Reports confirm that the “Turkish S-400 operators will travel to Russia for training in July and August. About 20 Turkish servicemen underwent training at a Russian training center in May and June, …”(CNN, July 12, 2019)
How will the US respond?
In all likelihood, Erdogan’s presidency will be the object of an attempted regime change, not to mention ongoing financial reprisals directed against the Turkish Lira as well as economic sanctions. 
Bloomberg screenshot
What is unfolding is an all out crisis in the structure of military alliances. Turkey cannot reasonably retain its NATO membership while at the same time entering into a military cooperation agreement with the Russian Federation. 
Reminiscent of World War I, shifting alliances and the structure of military coalitions are crucial determinants of history.
Today’s military alliances, including “cross-cutting coalitions” between “Great Powers” are markedly different and exceedingly more complex than those pertaining to World War I. (i.e  the confrontation between “The Triple Entente” and “the Triple Alliance”).
Turkey’s de facto exit from NATO points to a historical shift in the structure of military alliances which could potentially contribute to weakening US hegemony in the Middle East as well as creating conditions which could lead to a breakup of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
NATO constitutes a formidable military force composed of 29 member states, which is largely controlled by the Pentagon. It is a military coalition and an instrument of modern warfare. It constitutes a threat to global security and World peace. 
Divisions within the Atlantic Alliance could take the form of one or more member states deciding to “Exit NATO”. Inevitably an NATO-Exit movement would weaken the unfolding consensus imposed by our governments which at the this juncture in our history consists in threatening to wage a pre-emptive war against Iran and the Russian Federation.  
Sleeping with the Enemy
While Turkey is still “officially” a member of NATO, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (right) has for the last two years been developing “friendly relations” with two of America’s staunchest enemies, namely Iran and Russia.
US-Turkey military cooperation (including US air force bases in Turkey) dates back to the Cold War.
Turkey by a long shot has the largest conventional forces (after the US) within NATO outpacing France, Britain and Germany,
Broadly speaking, the US-Turkey rift and its implications for the Atlantic Alliance have sofar been ignored or trivialized by the media.
NATO is potentially in a shambles. The delivery of the S-400 almost a year ahead of schedule will contribute to further destabilising the structure of  military alliances to the detriment of Washington.
Turkey is also an ally of Iran. Inevitably, Turkey’s possession of the S-400 will affect ongoing US war plans directed against Iran (which will also be acquiring the s-400).
Does this mean that Turkey which is a NATO member state will withdraw from the integrated US-NATO-Israel air defense system? Such a decision is tantamount to NATOExit.
Moreover, Turkey’s long-standing alliance with Israel is no longer functional. In turn, The US-Turkey-Israel “Triple Alliance” is defunct.
In 1993, Israel and Turkey signed a Memorandum of Understanding leading to the creation of (Israeli-Turkish) “joint committees” to handle so-called regional threats. Under the terms of the Memorandum, Turkey and Israel agreed “to cooperate in gathering intelligence on Syria, Iran, and Iraq and to meet regularly to share assessments pertaining to terrorism and these countries’ military capabilities.”
Image on the right: Sharon and Erdogan in 2004
The triple alliance was also coupled with a 2005 NATO-Israeli military cooperation agreement which included “many areas of common interest, such as the fight against terrorism and joint military exercises.”  These military cooperation ties with NATO were viewed by the Israeli military as a means to “enhance Israel’s deterrence capability regarding potential enemies threatening it, mainly Iran and Syria.”
The “triple alliance” linking the US, Israel and Turkey was coordinated by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. It was an integrated and coordinated military command structure pertaining to the broader Middle East. It was based on close bilateral US military ties respectively with Israel and Turkey, coupled with a strong bilateral military relationship between Tel Aviv and Ankara. In this regard, Israel and Turkey were close partners with the US in planned aerial attacks on Iran since 2005. (See Michel Chossudovsky, May 2005). Needless to say, that triple alliance is defunct.
With Turkey siding with Iran and Russia, it would be “suicide” for US-Israel to even consider waging aerial attacks on Iran.
Moreover, the NATO-Israel 2005 military cooperation agreement which relied heavily on the role of Turkey is dysfunctional. What this means is that US-Israeli threats directed against Iran are no longer supported by Turkey which has entered into an alliance of convenience with Iran.
The broader Realignment of Military alliances
The shift in military alliances is not limited to Turkey. Following the rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is in disarray with Qatar siding with Iran and Turkey against Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Qatar is of utmost strategic significance because it shares with Iran the world’s largest maritime gas fields in the Persian Gulf. (see map below)
The Al-Udeid military base near Doha is America’s largest military base in the Middle East, which hosts US Central Command’s forward headquarters in the Middle East. In turn, Turkey has now established its own military facility in Qatar.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
A profound shift in geopolitical alliances is also occurring in South Asia with the instatement in 2017 of both India and Pakistan as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).  Inevitably, this historic shift constitutes a blow against Washington, which has defense and trade agreements with both Pakistan and India. “While India remains firmly aligned with Washington, America’s political stranglehold on Pakistan (through military and intelligence agreements) has been weakened as a result of Pakistan’s trade and investment deals with China.”  (Michel Chossudovsky, August 1, 2017)
In other words, this enlargement of the SCO weakens America’s hegemonic ambitions in both South Asia and the broader Eurasian region. It has a bearing on energy pipeline routes, transport corridors, borders and mutual security and maritime rights.
Pakistan is the gateway to Afghanistan and Central Asia, where US influence has been weakened to the benefit of China, Iran and Turkey. China is involved in major investments in mining, not to mention the development of transport routes which seek the integration of Afghanistan into Western China.
Where does Turkey fit in? Turkey is increasingly part of the Eurasian project dominated by China and Russia. In 2017-18, Erdogan had several meetings with both president Xi-Jinping and Vladimir Putin. Turkey is currently a dialogue partner of the SCO.
The Antiwar Movement: #NATOExit People’s Movement
Of crucial significance, the crisis within NATO constitutes a historic opportunity to develop a #NATOExit people’s movement across Europe and North America, a people’s movement pressuring governments to withdraw from the Atlantic Alliance, a movement to eventually dismantle and abolish the military and political apparatus of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Image right; logo of the No Guerra No Nato Florence Movement to Exit NATO
Part of this updated article was taken from an earlier text by the author.

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