Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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

ناصر قنديل

– 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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الاجتياح الأميركي الفاشل بيروت 1982 والحُديدة 2018

يونيو 18, 2018

محمد صادق الحسيني

لعلّ المتابع يستغرب بشدة الربط بين العاصمة اللبنانية بيروت عام 1982 والعدوان «الإسرائيلي»، بضوء أخضر أميركي عليها، حيث كان الجنرال وليام هيغ رئيساً للأركان المشتركه للجيوش الأميركية، وبين اليمن، وبالتحديد الحُديدة في اليمن، حيث يتمّ تنفيذ هجوم واسع النطاق ضدّ هذه المدينة اليمنية الساحلية من قبل ما يُطلق عليه «التحالف العربي» وبمشاركة أميركية فرنسية «إسرائيلية» مباشرة، وليس كما في الغزو «الإسرائيلي» للبنان عام 1982، أيّ بإعطاء الضوء الأخضر الأميركي فقط.

وبالعودة إلى تشابه الوضع اللبناني، في حزيران 1982، مع الوضع اليمني، في حزيران الحالي 2018، فإنّ نظرة سريعة الى مسرح العمليات على ساحل البحر الأحمر، الممتدّ من ميناء الخوخة وحتى ميناء الحُديدة، يجب أن يسجل الملاحظات التالية:
أولاً: إنّ العقل الذي خطط لاجتياح لبنان، وصولاً إلى عاصمته بيروت، هو عقل عسكري أميركي «إسرائيلي»، تمثل رئيس أركان الجيوش الأميركية، الجنرال ادوارد ماير من 1979 – 1983 ، ورئيس أركان الجيش «الإسرائيلي» رفائيل إيتان من 1978 – 1983 ، وهو العقل نفسه الذي خطط للهجوم الحالي على الحُديدة، أيّ عقل رئيس الأركان المشتركة للجيوش الأميركية جوزيف دانفورد، ورئيس أركان الجيش «الإسرائيلي» الجنرال غابي ايزينكوت.
فقد تمثلت خطة اجتياح بيروت سنة 1982 في القيام بعملية اندفاعة مدرّعة سريعة للوصول إلى بيروت، بغطاء ناري كثيف جوي وبحري وبري، إلى جانب تنفيذ عملية إنزال بحري واسع على شواطئ خلدة، عند مدخل بيروت الجنوبي من جهة المطار.
تركّزت خطة الدفاع، للقوات المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية، بالتعاون مع الجيش السوري الذي كان فوجه 87 ينتشر في التلال المحيطة بخلدة نقول إنّ الخطة قد تركزت على السماح لقوات العدو المدرّعة بتنفيذ اندفاعاتها الكبيرة والسريعة باتجاه خلدة، من الدامور/ الناعمة جنوب خلدة من دون الاشتباك معها. وقد انتظرت القوات المشتركة المنتشرة في المنطقة وصول تلك القوات الى مثلث خلدة، حيث أوقعتها في كمين مضادات للدروع، يوم 9/6/1982، امتدّ على طول ثلاثة كيلومترات، بالإضافة إلى تصدّي سلاحي المدفعية والمدفعية الصاروخية للقوات المشتركة لمحاولة الإنزال البحري.
وقد نجم عن ذلك التصدّي البطولي لقوات الغزو «الإسرائيلية» تدمير لواء مدرّع «إسرائيلي» بشكل كامل، إلى جانب إفشال الإنزال البحري ومقتل وجرح العديد من عناصر البحرية «الإسرائيلية»، أيّ فشل الجيش «الإسرائيلي» في التثبّت في النقاط التي وصل إليها في مناطق جنوب بيروت، من الدامور حتى مطار بيروت الدولي، واستمرار صمود القوات المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية مدة 88 يوماً في وجه أحد أعتى جيوش العالم.
ثانياً: قيام الجيش «الإسرائيلي»، إثر هذا الفشل الذريع، في دخول بيروت من مدخلها الجنوبي، بمناورة التفاف على القوات المشتركة حيث فتح جبهة جديدة في منطقة الشوف اللبنانية، أيّ من الجنوب الشرقي، ليصل لاحقاً بقواته المجوقلة ومن ثم المدرّعة الى منطقة بعبدا وبعض الأحياء الشرقية لبيروت بالتعاون مع القوات العميلة التابعة في حينه لما يُسمّى «الجبهة اللبنانية» وذراعها العسكرية «القوات اللبنانية».
ثالثاً: هذا بالضبط ما يجري منذ ثلاثة أيّام على جبهة الحُديدة، حيث قامت قوات التحالف، وتحت غطاء ناري كثيف جداً من الجو والبحر والبرّ بمحاولة الاقتراب من مواقع قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله في جنوب الحُديدة ومنطقة المطار، حيث سمح لهذه القوات بالتقدّم وتمّ إيقاعها في كمين ضخم لمضادات الدروع مما أدّى إلى تمكّن قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله من إبادة لواء مدرّع بالكامل وقتل وجرح جميع عناصره. في الوقت الذي حاولت فيه قوى العدوان تنفيذ عملية إنزال بحري واسعة على شواطئ غليفقه فجر يوم 14/6/2018، جنوب الحُديدة لتعزيز القوات المدرّعة التي حاولت مهاجمة القوات المدافعة عن المطار. وقد قام سلاح البحرية اليمني بالتصدّي لهذه المحاولة بالصواريخ البحرية مما أدّى الى تدمير بارجة إماراتية وقتل عدد من المرتزقة الذين حاولت تلك البارجة إنزالهم على الشاطئ، وبالتالي تمّ إفشال الهجوم بالكامل.
رابعاً: وكما حصل في المحاولة «الإسرائيلية»، في حزيران 1982، للتثبّت في مثلث خلدة والسيطرة عليه، تمهيداً لدخول بيروت، وقيام الجيش الاسرائيلي بمناورة الالتفاف على القوات المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية، من محاور بيروت الجنوبية الشرقية، نقول كما حصل آنذاك قامت غرفة العمليات الأميركية البريطانية «الإسرائيلية» السعودية المشتركة، التي تقود الهجوم على الحُديدة، بالانتقال الى محاولة الالتفاف على قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله عبر بدء تنفيذ مناورة التفاف عبر الخط الموازي لخط الساحل، أيّ عبر تنفيذ هجمات كبيرة على محور التحيتا/ بيت الفقيه /المنصورية /وباتجاه الدريهمي /الشجيرة، حيث وقعت هذه القوات في مجموعة كمائن لقوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله، التي تمكنت من إفشال إقامة رؤوس جسور لهذه القوات في المناطق المذكوره أعلاه، وبدأت التعامل معها بالوسائط النارية المناسبة، الأمر الذي أسفر عن:
ـ محاصرة قوات التحالف في المناطق التي استدرجت اليها وإيقاعها في مصائد دروع لن تخرج منها دبابة واحدة إلا حطاماً.
ـ قطع خطوط إمداد هذه القوات البرية بالكامل والشروع في تنفيذ سلسلة إغارات قاتلة ضدّها، حيث استطاعت قوات الجيش وأنصار الله تدمير ثلاث عشرة دبابة للقوات الغازية هذا اليوم فقط، وذلك على محور الفازة.
ـ نجاح قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله في اتباع تكتيكات عسكرية مبتكرة، أفقدت قوات التحالف ميزة التفوّق الناري بشكل عام والسيطرة الجوية بشكل خاص، بدليل عدم نجاح هذه القوات في الوصول الى محيط مطار الحُديدة وإبقاء وحداتهم، التي وصلت إلى الدريهمي، تحت الحصار وعرضة للعمليات الهجومية النوعية من قبل الجيش وأنصار الله، أيّ فرض حرب استنزاف قاسية على هذه القوات ستؤدّي في أقرب الآجال الى انهيارها الكامل، رغم الغطاء الناري الكثيف الذي توفره لها طائرات التحالف، بما فيها طائرات أف 35 «الإسرائيلية».
خامساً: يُضاف إلى ذلك سلسلة الهجمات المضادّة التي تنفذها قوات الجيش اليمني وأنصار الله، ليس فقط على جميع الجبهات في اليمن، وانما داخل السعودية أيضاً، في جيزان ونجران وعسير، وما ستقوم به القوة الصاروخية اليمنية من ضربات على أهداف هامة لقوى العدوان والتي لن تكون آخرها ضربة صاروخ التوشكا الذي قتل وجرح العشرات من أولئك المرتزقة يوم 14/6/2018.
إنه زمن الأميركي البشع يحاول إعادة الكرة معنا،
لكنه زمن الانتصارات أيضاً الذي تصنعه شعوبنا الحية،
واليمنيون فيه سادة البرّ والبحر وقريباً الجو أيضاً.
بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله…
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Monday, 18 June 2018

US Forces Albania to Take IS Fighters After Hosting MEK

Edi Rama at a NATO meeting (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)Edi Rama at a NATO meeting (DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro)
by Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh
“Albania will become a coordination center for fighters returning from ISIS to the Balkans,” announced Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during a joint press conference with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama during a conference against violent extremism, which took place in Tirana this week.
Neither prime minister offered additional details, such as who is pushing this plan or with whom it is being negotiated. This vagueness generated criticism that Rama had not only failed to consult with parliament on this matter of grave importance to his country but perhaps he himself was not fully consulted.
Albania has been used before to host undesirables. In 2005, the United States sent five inmates from Guantanamo Bay there. Between 2013 and 2016, Washington also relocated 2,901 Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) extremists there from Iraq, which had been trying to expel them since 2003.
Now, the Trump administration is telling Albania to host and de-radicalize former Islamic State (ISIS or IS) fighters who originated from the Balkans region. According to Colonel Bardhyl Kollcaku, head of Albania’s Intelligence and Security Agency, “We have the appropriate experience to contribute in the study and addressing the phenomenon of foreign fighters.”
If the MEK had been de-radicalized, Kollcaku’s assertion would be credible. But they weren’t.
In 2013, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pragmatically removed the MEK from the US terrorism list to allow members to be sent to third countries so that Iraq could be rid of them. European countries would not take them because of their terrorist past. Instead, the Albanian government agreed to take them only on the promise that a de-radicalization institute be established to reintegrate the extremists back into society.
This did not happen. The allocated budget, lodged with the American embassy in Tirana, has not been touched. Instead, after Donald Trump became president and set about dismantling every detail of Barack Obama’s legacy, the MEK were “allowed” to regroup.
Regrouping meant that the MEK would continue to call for violent regime change against Iran, backed by US extremists like Rudi Giuliani and John Bolton who now occupy influential posts in the Trump administration. As a result, Albania has become a front-line enemy state in relation to Iran.
Regrouping also meant re-enslaving members, who are not paid and have no human rights. It also meant building a closed camp in a remote part of the country to which Albanian authorities and security services have no access. As though Albania wasn’t having a hard time already cracking down on criminal and mafia gangs, now the MEK are implicated in criminal activity. Among several individuals arrested for money laundering last month, two Israelis were found to be associated with FARA NGO. This is the same company involved in building the closed military training base in Manez to which rank-and-file MEK fighters were moved last autumn.
At the same time that was happening, word got out that the widows and orphans of killed IS fighters would soon be transferred to the MEK’s deserted buildings in the Albanian capital of Tirana. Such rumors were dismissed at the time. Now it appears that the truth is much worse. Actual IS fighters will be sent to Albania.
It’s possible, however, that the IS fighters will follow a similar trajectory as the MEK in Albania. Western powers have seen Syria and Iraq fall away from their influence. Hezbollah governs Lebanon, and a restive population wrapped up in the politics of Palestine is challenging the stability of Jordan. These are uncertain times in the Middle East. Some individuals in Western power structures have broached the possibility of creating a bespoke covert mercenary force to bring fresh chaos and violence into the mix. Although the MEK has been such a handy tool for aggravating Iran, former IS fighters could, with the right training, constitute a similar force against other countries.
And although John Bolton recently remarked that regime change against Iran is now off the Trump administration’s agenda, continued patronage of the MEK belies that claim. So, this is not just Albania’s problem. The West needs to urgently ask, “What use is the Islamic State now?”
Massoud Khodabandeh is the director of Middle East Strategy Consultants and has worked long-term with the authorities in Iraq to bring about a peaceful solution to the impasse at Camp Liberty and help rescue other victims of the Mojahedin-e Khalq cult. Among other publications, he co-authored the book “The Life of Camp Ashraf: Victims of Many Masters” with his wife Anne Singleton. They also published an academic paper on the MEK’s use of the Internet. Anne Khodabandeh is a UK expert in anti-terrorist activities and a long-standing activist in the field of deradicalization of extremists. She has written several articles and books on this subject, along with her husband, who is of Iranian origin. 

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Saudi-led Aggression on Results Only in Failure, Hudaydah will be a swamp for invaders

Saudi-led Aggression on Hodeidah Results Only in Failure

June 17, 2018
The Saudi and Emirati aggression on Yemeni port of Hodeidah is resulting only in failure, with Yemeni Army and Popular Committees retaking initiative in the biggest battle since the war on Yemen started in March 2015.
Official in Ansarullah revolutionary group, Mohammad Al-Bakhiti, dismissed all reports that the Saudi-led forces have taken the airport of Hodeidah, stressing that the aggression powers sustain heavy losses.
“Yemeni forces completely retook initiative in western coast battle,” Al-Bakhiti said.
“Aggression forces have never secured any achievement in Hodeidah, morale of Yemeni Army, popular committees high,” the Yemeni official added.
Meanwhile, Yemeni sources confirmed that the Yemeni allied forces were still in control of the airport of Hodeidah, noting that Saudi-led media reports on capturing the airport aimed at diverting attention from the huge losses inflicted upon Saudi-led ground troops and mercenaries in several fronts across the port city.
In this context, Mohammed al-Sharif, deputy head of Yemen’s civil aviation, said images circulated online about the airport had been taken in October 2016.
“Yemeni forces are calling upon Saudi-led forces via speakers to surrender because they have no other choice. They are besieged from three sides with the fourth side is the sea,” Sabaa News Agency quoted a Yemeni source as saying.
“They are collapsing and the results of the battle show how they are in pure failure,” the source added.
The UAE, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition waging the war on Yemen, launched the Hudaydah assault on Wednesday despite warnings that it would compound the impoverished nation’s humanitarian crisis.
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Reasons for the USA’s illegal occupation, Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium

This article was first published by GR on September 18, 2017
Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is it part of the “Global War on Terrorism”, going after the bad guys, or is it something else? 
Unknown to the broader public, Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a multibillion dollar industry which feeds America’s illegal heroin market. 
These mineral reserves include huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and lithium, which is a strategic raw material used in the production of high tech batteries for laptops, cell phones and electric cars.
The implication of Trump’s resolve is to plunder and steal Afghanistan’s mineral riches to finance the “reconstruction” of a country destroyed by the US and its allies after 16 years of war, i.e  “War reparations” paid to the aggressor nation?  
Screenshot: The Independent.
An internal 2007 Pentagon memo, quoted by the New York Times suggests that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.” (New York Times, U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan – NYTimes.com, June 14, 2010, See also BBC, 14 June 2010, see also Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2010).
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment…
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said… “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
“This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy,” said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines. (New York Times, op. cit.)
What this 2007 report does not mention is that this resource base has been known to both Russia (Soviet Union) and China going back to the 1970s.
While the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani has called upon President Donald Trump to promote US. investments in mining, including lithium, China is in the forefront in developing projects in mining and energy as well as pipeline projects and transport corridors.
China is a major trading and investment partner with Afghanistan (alongside Russia and Iran), which potentially encroaches upon US economic and strategic interests in Central Asia
China’s intent is to eventually integrate land transportation through the historical Wakhan Corridor which links Afghanistan to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region (see map below).
Afghanistan’s estimated $3 trillion worth of unexploited minerals, Chinese companies have acquired rights to extract vast quantities of copper and coal and snapped up the first oil exploration concessions granted to foreigners in decades. China is also eyeing extensive deposits of lithium, uses of which range from batteries to nuclear components.

The Chinese are also investing in hydropower, agriculture and construction. A direct road link to China across the remote 76-kilometer border between the two countries is in progress. (New Delhi Times, July 18, 2015)
Afghanistan has extensive oil reserves which are being explored by China’s National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Source Mining News, August 2010
“War is Good for Business” 
The US military bases are there to assert US control over Afghanistan’s mineral wealth. According to Foreign Affairs, there are more U.S. military forces deployed there [Afghanistan] than to any other active combat zone”, the official mandate of  which is “to go after” the Taliban, Al Qaeda and ISIS as part of the “Global war on Terrorism”.
Why so many military bases? Why the additional forces sent in by Trump?
The unspoken objective of US military presence in Afghanistan is to keep the Chinese out, i.e hinder China from establishing trade and investments relations with Afghanistan.
More generally, the establishment of military bases in Afghanistan on China’s Western border is part of a broader process of military encirclement of the People’s Republic of China.–i.e naval deployments in the South China sea, military facilities in Guam, South Korea, Okinawa, Jeju Island, etc. (see 2011 map below)
Pivot to Asia
Under the Afghan-US security pact,  established under Obama’s Asian pivot, Washington and its NATO partners have established a permanent military presence in Afghanistan, with military facilities located close to China’s Western frontier.  The pact was intended to allow the US to maintain their nine permanent military bases, strategically located on the borders of China, Pakistan and Iran as well as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
US military presence, however, has not prevented the expansion of trade and investment relations between China and Afghanistan. A strategic partnership agreementwas signed between Kabul and Beijing in 2012. Afghanistan has observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Moreover, neighboring Pakistan –which is now a full member of the SCO–, has established close bilateral relations with China. And now Donald Trump  is threatening Pakistan, which for many years has been the target of  America’s “undeclared drone war”.
In other words, a shift in geopolitical alignments has taken place which favors the integration of Afghanistan alongside Pakistan into the Eurasian trade, investment and energy axis.
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and China are cooperating in oil and gas pipeline projects. The SCO of which Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are full members is providing a geopolitical platform for the integration of Afghanistan into the Eurasian energy and transport corridors.
China is eventually intent upon integrating Afghanistan into the transport network of Western China as part of the Belt and Road initiative.
Moreover, China’s state owned mining giant, Metallurgical Corporation of China Limited (MCC) “has already managed to take control of the huge copper deposit Mes Aynak, which lies in an area controlled by the Taliban.  Already in 2010, Washington feared “that resource-hungry China will try to dominate the development of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth which would upset the United States”… After winning the bid for its Aynak copper mine in Logar Province, China clearly wants more” (Mining.com)
China and the Battle for Lithium
Chinese mining conglomerates are now competing for strategic control of the global Lithium market, which until recently was controlled by the “Big Three” conglomerates including Albemarle’s Rockwood Lithium (North Carolina), The Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile and FMC Corporation, (Philadelphia) which operates in Argentina. While the Big Three dominate the market, China now accounts for a large share of global lithium production, categorized as the fourth-largest lithium-producing country behind Australia, Chile and Argentina. Meanwhile China’s Tianqi Group has taken control of Australia’s largest lithium mine, called Greenbushes. Tianqi now owns a 51-percent stake in Talison Lithium, in partnership with North Carolina’s Albemarle.
This thrust in lithium production is related to China’s rapid development of the electric car industry:
China is now “The Center Of Lithium Universe”. China is already the largest market for electric cars. BYD, Chinese company backed by Warren Buffett, is the largest EV manufacturer in the world and Chinese companies are producing the largest amount of lithium chemicals for the batteries. There are 25 companies, which are making 51 models of electric cars in China now. This year we will see over 500,000 EVs sold in China. It took GM 7 years to sell 100,000 Chevy Volts from 2009. BYD will sell 100,000 EVs this year alone! (Mining.com, November 2016 report)
The size of the reserves of Lithium in Afghanistan have not been firmly established.
Analysts believe that these reserves which are yet to be exploited will not have a significant impact on the global lithium market.

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