Tuesday, 22 January 2019

ليس زمن العمل العربي المشترك… والحصاد مواقف


يناير 21, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– يكشف توقيت القمة العربية الاقتصادية بعيداً عن قضايا النقاش اللبناني حول دعوة سورية، والموقف من المشاركة الليبية، أنها لا تأتي في زمن العمل العربي المشترك، وأن الرهان على مبادرات يتقدم بها فريق عربي يفترض أن النأي بالنفس عن النزاعات التي تنتج الاهتراء في الوضع العربي، يمكّنه من تجسير الهوة والخروج بمقررات بناءة في مجال العربي المشترك، هو مجرد حلم أو وهم، وأن حضور قمة مخصصة لشأن اقتصادي تنموي يتحول قضية سياسية دولية تشكل قضية أساسية في زيارة وزير الخارجية الأميركية إلى المنطقة ولقاءاته مع حكامها. وتصير كل المقررات ذات الطابع الاقتصادي مجرد حبر على ورق لن تبصر النور لأنها تحتاج الإرادة السياسية التي تقرّر تمويلاً يبدو واضحاً أنه صار بغير يد أصحاب القرار العرب، في ظل التوجه الأميركي نحو إحصاء القرش الذي يخرج من أي صندوق عربي نحو البلدان التي تشتبه واشنطن بصلتها بقوى المقاومة، وربطه بشروط سياسية تتصل بالموقف من المقاومة نفسها. هذا هو حال الموقف من المصرف العربي لإعادة الإعمار سيكون، وخصوصاً في سورية، وهو حال المساهمات العربية في موازنة الأونروا.

– لبنان بعد القمة لا يستطيع التحدث عن حصاد عملي كمثل مصرف الإعمار أو تبني قضية النازحين السوريين وعودتهم إلى بلادهم، أو تمويل الأونروا التي قررت واشنطن منع التمويل عنها، والتعامل مع لبنان نفسه كافٍ ليقرأ اللبنانيون حال الوضع العربي، وأن يكتفوا بقراءة حصاد المواقف لا الأعمال والتوقعات، وفي المواقف لا يمكن إلا تسجيل مجموعة من النقاط سجلها لبنان والمعني بالقمة واحد وهو رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون ووزير الخارجية جبران باسيل، وقد نجحا بقوة في تثبيت موقف لبناني متميّز من موقع العلاقة بسورية، ودورها العربي وخطورة غيابها عن المشهد العربي الرسمي، وتربط الغياب والحضور بقرار يصدر من الخارج، لدرجة يمكن القول إن كلمة وزير الخارجية في هذا المجال كانت غاية في القوة والوضوح والتعبير عن الخيار الثابت مع سورية، بحيث امتصت مواقفه كل التباينات التي سبقت القمة والموقف من عقد القمة بغياب سورية، وجاء كلام رئيس الجمهورية عن عدم معرفة موقف سورية من العودة إلى الجامعة ليثبت من جهة أن موقف لبنان ليس تعبيراً عن طلب سوري، بل ليقول لهم ربما تقرّرون عودة سورية ويكون لها شروط للعودة، مكمّلاً للكلام الذي قاله وزير الخارجية.

– في شأن دعم وتمويل عودة النازحين السوريين إلى بلدهم خاض لبنان صراعاً مريراً وفشل في الحصول على موقف عربي داعم لفصل العودة عن مسارات الحل السياسي وشروطه، ما أكد أن بمستطاع لبنان أن يستخدم منبر القمة أكثر مما يستطيع انتزاع مواقف وقرارات تنسجم مع رؤيته للمصلحة العربية، لأن القرار العربي في القضايا الحساسة ليس عربياً بكل أسف، لكن لبنان نجح في حشر العرب في الزاوية في قضية اللاجئين الفلسطينيين، حيث نجح بسبب فشل مشروع صفقة القرن وقوة حضور الفلسطينيين في ساحات المواجهة، فتضمّن إعلان بيروت الصادر عن القمة الذي تفادى دعم عودة النازحين السوريين إلى بلدهم بمعزل عن الحل السياسي، نصاً صريحاً عن دعم تمويل الأنروا وصولاً لعودة اللاجئين الفلسطينيين وفقاً للقرار الأممي 194، وهو أمر بلا شك يشكل إصابة في مرمى كل أصحاب المشاريع الهادفة لتصفية القضية الفلسطينية.

– فريق الرابع عشر من آذار المراهن على تحويل الجدل حول حضور سورية ومشاركة ليبيا إلى مشروع ربح لخياراته السياسية يتجلى بانضباط رئيس الجمهورية ووزير الخارجية بالموقف السعودي أصيب بالإحباط، وزاده إحباطاً حضور أمير قطر والتعليق الرسمي على حضوره بالحديث عن حصار قطر وحصار القمة، وترميم العلاقة بين الحلفاء يحتل الأولوية طالما لا خسائر في جوهر المواقف.


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How Wall Street Finances the Battle against Neoliberalism?

Global Research, January 20, 2019

Today I read an interesting article referring to Mexico on how neoliberal economists through the application of “strong IMF economic medicine” contributed to “wreaking  havoc” on the global poor while “protecting the financial elites”.
And then I arrived at the foot of the article published by Alternet:
“This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute”.
The Independent Media Institute, a tax exempt charity foundation supported by George Soros, a multibillion dollar Wall Street tycoon and hedge fund manager largely involved in speculative trade in the commodity and foreign exchange markets.
The Independent Media Center is described as an
“Internet-based, news and events bulletin board [which] represents an invariably leftist, anti-capitalist perspective and serves as a mouthpiece for anti-globalization/anti-America themes.”
Globetrotter is a projet of the IMC which (according to the IMC):
“explores the struggles for independence, dignity and democracy in the developing world, from economic models to war and imperialism.”
Needless to say, I was puzzled. Wall Street finances the battle against neoliberalism?
A critique of the IMF macro-economic agenda for Latin America is funded by a foundation owned by one of Wall Street’s most prominent financiers.
I read through the article once more: The article does not actually bash the Wall Street financial elites involved in destabilizing the Mexican economy. It largely focuses on the failures of the IMF bureaucracy without acknowledging that the IMF bureaucracy always acts on behalf of Wall Street.
While the author accuses the IMF mission to Mexico of window dressing, “[n]othing in the IMF staff statement indicated a policy that would tackle Mexico’s grave problems of poverty and inequality”.
One is however left with the impression that it’s all a big management failure which can be rectified by changing the IMF recipe and training IMF officials to learn the realities of developing countries:
Someone should encourage the IMF to stop sending staff teams into countries like Mexico. Each report is identical to the previous one. Nothing seems to be learned by these teams. Years ago, a senior IMF economist told me that when he arrived in a Central Asian country he knew nothing of that country, he got to see nothing of it when he was there and he knew virtually nothing when he drafted the Article IV review. All he did in the country was sit in one air-conditioned room after another, listen to canned reports from nervous finance ministry officials and then develop the report based on the IMF’s same old recipe—make cuts, target welfare, privatize and make sure that the banks are happy. (Alternet, emphasis added)
“Make sure the banks are happy”. Yes, that is the main goal. And the standard recipe serves their interests.
The IMF is controlled by Wall Street and the US Treasury. It has informal ties to the Pentagon. It routinely interfaces with the Washington think tanks. It is part of what is called the “Washington Consensus” which defines the gamut of deadly  economic measures imposed on indebted developing countries.
“Funding Dissent”
Numerous organizations and protest movements (against neoliberalism) including the World Social Forum (WSF) are funded by Wall Street. How is the process of “manufactured dissent” achieved?
Essentially by “funding dissent”, namely by channeling financial resources from those who are the object of the protest movement to those who are involved in organizing the protest movement.
Co-optation is not limited to buying the favors of politicians. The economic elites –which control major foundations– also oversee the funding of numerous NGOs and civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order. The programs of many NGOs and people’s movements rely heavily on funding from both public as well as private foundations including the Ford, Rockefeller, McCarthy foundations, among others.
The anti-globalization movement is opposed to Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Big Oil) with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities. (Michel Chossudovsky, Manufacturing Dissent, Global Research, 2015
Global capitalism finances anti-capitalism: an absurd and contradictory relationship.
There can be no meaningful mass movement when dissent is generously funded by those same corporate interests which are the target of the protest movement. In the words of McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation (1966-1979),Everything the [Ford] Foundation did could be regarded as ‘making the World safe for capitalism’”. (Ibid)
France’s Green Vests
Will elite institutions attempt through various means to infiltrate the Green Vests? France’s intelligence and police apparatus has no doubt already contemplated this option.
Sofar the movement is fully aware of the dangers of cooptation. There is no evidence that the Gilets Jaunes have been coopted or financed by outside funding. While Soros has supported the so-called “color revolutions”, the Yellow Vests have expressed there position in relation to the fake “revolutions” funded by the financial establishment.
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In the case of France, the Gilets Jaunes movement has a grassroots structure.
The Gilets Jaunes call for the withdrawal of France from NATO. It addresses the impacts of neoliberalism while taking a firm anti-war stance. The movement is not manipulated by NGOs or political parties. In the words of Diana Johnstone:
“President Emmanuel Macron’s New Year’s Eve address to the nation made it perfectly clear that after one unconvincing stab at throwing a few crumbs to the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) protest movement, he has determined to get tough.”
Macron is a former senior staff member of  Rothschild & Cie Banque:
Macron is the very embodiment of this system.  He was chosen by that famous elite to carry through the measures dictated by “the Markets”, enforced by the European Union. He cannot give in.  But now that people are awake to what is going on, they won’t stop either.  For all the lamented decline in the school system, the French people today are as well-educated and reasonable as any population can be expected to be.  If they are incapable of democracy, then democracy is impossible.(Ibid)


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A Convenient Killing of US Troops in Syria



A Convenient Killing of US Troops in Syria
FINIAN CUNNINGHAM | 18.01.2019

A Convenient Killing of US Troops in Syria


With unseemly haste, US news media leapt on the killing of four American military personnel in Syria as a way to undermine President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from that country.
The deadly attack in the northern city of Manbij, on the west bank of the Euphrates River, was reported to have been carried out by a suicide bomber. The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group reportedly claimed responsibility, but the group routinely makes such claims which often turn out to be false.
The American military personnel were said to be on a routine patrol of Manbij where US forces have been backing Kurdish militants in a purported campaign against ISIS and other terror groups.
An explosion at a restaurant resulted in two US troops and two Pentagon civilian officials being killed, along with more than a dozen other victims. Three other US military persons were among those injured.
US media highlighted the bombing as the biggest single death toll of American forces in Syria since they began operations in the country nearly four years ago.
The US and Kurdish militia have been in control of Manbij for over two years. It is one of the main sites from where American troops are to withdraw under Trump’s exit plan, which he announced on December 19.
Following the bombing, the New York Times headlined: “ISIS Attack in Syria Kills 4 Americans, Raising Worries about Troop Withdrawal”. The report goes on, “the news prompted calls from Republicans and Democrats for President Trump to reconsider his plans to withdraw troops from the country.”
A more pointed headline in The Washington Post was: “Killing of 4 Americans in Syria Throws Spotlight on Trump’s Policy”.
The Post editorialized, “the bombing showed that [ISIS] is likely to be a force to be reckoned with in Syria for the foreseeable future.” It quoted politicians in Washington claiming the “bombing deaths… were a direct result of a foolish and abrupt departure announcement [by Trump], and made the case for staying.”
Democrat Senator Jack Reed, who sits on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, said: “From the beginning, I thought the president was wrong [in ordering the withdrawal]. It was a strategic mistake for the whole region.”
With macabre smugness, anti-Trump politicians and news media appeared to exploit the death of US troops in Manbij to score points against Trump.
The president’s claims made just before Christmas of having defeated ISIS were widely replayed following the Manbij attack this week by way of ridiculing Trump’s order to pullout US troops from Syria.
Nevertheless, despite the deaths, Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence stated they were still committed to bring the 2,000 or so US troops home. Some military figures also went on US media to defend Trump’s pullout plan in spite of the terror attack in Manbij.
There clearly is a serious division in Washington over Trump’s policy on Syria. For Democrats and supportive media outlets, anything Trump does is to be opposed. But there are also elements within the military and intelligence nexus which are implacably against, what they see as, his “capitulation to Russia and Iran” in Syria. That was partly why his Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned days after Trump made his announced withdrawal at the end of last month.
Having invested years and money in regime-change machinations in Syria, there is bound to be US military and intelligence cabals which are resistant to Trump’s move to pack up. Not that Trump’s move portends a peace dividend for the region. It is more a “tactical change” for how US imperialism operates in the Middle East, as his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Cairo last week.
That is why Trump’s order to take troops out of Syria may not be a clear-cut withdrawal. His National Security adviser John Bolton on a tour of the Middle East last week has already tried to undermine Trump by attaching all sorts of vague conditions to the troop pullout. Bolton and Pompeo have talked about the need to ensure the total defeat of ISIS and of the countering of Iranian presence in Syria.
This brings up the question of who may have carried out the bombing in Manbij? Was it really a suicide bomber? Was it really ISIS? Several observers have pointed out that ISIS have not had any presence in Manbij for the past two years since the Americans and Kurds took control of the city.
As always, the key question arises: who stands to benefit from the killing of the American troops? The scale of the attack suggests it was carried out with a sharp political message intended for Trump.
One potential beneficiary are the Kurdish militants who are being abandoned by the putative US withdrawal. Without their American sponsor on the ground, the Kurds are in danger of Turkish forces launching cross-border operations to wipe them out, as Ankara has vowed to do. A Machiavellian Kurdish calculation could be to “disprove” Trump about “ISIS being defeated”, and that US forces are needed to prevent any resurgence of the terror group in Manbij and northeast Syria.
Another sinister player is the CIA or some other element of US military intelligence. It is certainly not beyond the realm of plausibility that the CIA could facilitate such an atrocity against American personnel in order to discredit Trump’s withdrawal plan.
Certainly, the way the anti-Trump media in the US reacted with such alacrity and concerted talking points suggests there was something a bit too convenient about the massacre.
It would in fact be naive to not suspect that the CIA could have pulled off such a false flag in Manbij. As in 1950s Vietnam, as told by Graham Greene in ‘The Quiet American’, the CIA have been doing such dirty tricks with bombing atrocities and assassinations for decades in order to precipitate wars in foreign countries that the agency calculates are in America’s geopolitical interests.

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من أول غزواته كسر عصاته



يناير 21, 2019

محمد صادق الحسيني

الفشل المحقق يلاحق قادة العدو الصهيوني والسماء السورية باتت حراماً عليهم والبحر المتوسط بات ملاذ الخائبين…!
بعد خمسة أيّام فقط من توليه منصب قائد أركان الجيش الإسرائيلي رسمياً، بتاريخ 15/1/2019، اتخذ الجنرال أفيف كوخافي أول قرار قتالي، وذلك عبر موافقته على قرار رئاسة أركان سلاح الجو الإسرائيلي القاضي بتنفيذ غارة جوية على مطار دمشق الدولي ظهر أمس، حيث قامت أربع طائرات حربية «إسرائيلية» بتنفيذ محاولة إغارة على المطار السوري وذلك من أجواء البحر المتوسط المقابلة لبلدة برجا اللبنانية/ قضاء الشوف.
وكما فشل ما قبلها من الغارات فإنّ يقظة سلاح الدفاع الجوي السوري وجهوزية طواقمه العالية قد أفشلت هذه الغارة أيضاً. إذ تمّ إسقاط جميع الصواريخ «الإسرائيلية» دون أن تصل الى الهدف الذي يعرف نتن ياهو ورئيس أركانه أنه أصبح من المحرّمات عليهما.
وعلى الرغم من تيقنهما من ذلك إلا أنهما أقدما على تنفيذ محاولة الإغارة هذه. فما السبب الذي دفعهم الى ذلك يا تُرى؟
إنّ السبب الحقيقي وراء هذه الخطوة هو المصلحة المشتركة بين نتن ياهو وكوخافي والمتمثلة في أنّ نتن ياهو يحاول الإفلات من التحقيقات القضائية التي تضيّق الخناق عليه بسرعة عبر تقديم نفسه للجمهور على أنه منقذ «إسرائيل»، بينما يحاول رئيس الأركان الجديد أن يعطي صورة قوية عن نفسه للجمهور «الإسرائيلي» خاصة أنه جنرال فاشل تماماً.
فقد كان هذا الجنرال قائداً لما يُسمّى بفرقة غزة. وهي فرقة المظليين رقم 98، في الجيش «الإسرائيلي» عندما اضطر هذا الجيش للانسحاب من قطاع غزة عام 2005. ثم شارك في هزيمة الجيش «الإسرائيلي» في لبنان سنة 2006، وعيّن بعد ذلك قائداً للاستخبارات العسكرية الإسرائيلية من سنة 2010 وحتى شهر 11/2014، حيث تمّ تعيينه قائداً للجبهة الشمالية في الجيش. ثم نائباً لرئيس أركان الجيش الإسرائيلي منذ شهر 5/2017 وحتى تعيينه رئيساً لهيئة الأركان العامة.
إذاً فهو قد فشل في إدارة المعركة ضدّ قطاع غزة وانسحب من هناك مهزوماً. ثم فشل في جميع المهمات التي كلفت بها فرقته المظلية في الحرب الإسرائيلية ضدّ لبنان عام 2006. وبعد ذلك فشل في تحقيق أيّ نجاح، خلال توليه قيادة الاستخبارات العسكرية، سواء في الجنوب اللبناني أو الجنوب السوري. يُضاف الى ذلك فشله المدوّي على الجبهة السورية، خلال قيادته للجبهة الشمالية، خاصة أنه هو نفسه صاحب نظرية إقامة المنطقة العازلة في الجولان السوري المحرّر. وهو أيضاً فشل في منع الجيش السوري وقوات المقاومة من تحرير الأراضي التي كان يسيطر عليها الإرهابيون المسلحون في الجولان والجنوب السوري. كما فشل هو ورئيس وزرائه في منع قوات حلف المقاومة من التموضع على طول خط الجبهة مع الجولان المحتلّ وصولاً الى حوض اليرموك.
إذن فهو صاحب مسلسل فشل لن تستطيع عنتريات نتن ياهو وأكاذيب وسائل إعلامه من تغييرها. فلا «اختراقاته» في دول الخليج ولا رحلات السفاري التي قام بها الى تشاد قادرة على تغيير وقائع الميدان التي تقول:
1- إنه عاجز عن اختراق الأجواء السورية واللبنانية وأصبح مضطراً لإطلاق ألعابه النارية من أجواء البحر المتوسط.
2- إنّ رئيس أركانه الجديد، الذي يريد الإيحاء بأنه لن يتوانى في مواجهة «الوجود الإيراني» في سورية، قد فشل منذ اللحظة الأولى، أي لحظة موافقته على تنفيذ محاولة الغارة.
3- إنّ هذا الجنرال الفاشل سوف يتوّج مسلسل هزائمه بالهزيمة الكبرى التي سيشهدها كيانه والتي يُعدّ لها حلف المقاومة كل العديد والعدة والتي ستنتهي حتماً بتفكك وزوال كيان الاحتلال لا محالة…!

بعدنا طيّبين، قولوا الله.

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Cleric Dies of Medical Negligence in Saudi Prison: Activists


Saudi Arabia Sheikh Ahmed Al-Ammari
Saudi activists announced that the former dean of the Holy Quran faculty in the University of Medina, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Ammari died of a stroke in prison.
According to the “Prisoners of Conscie” (conscience) account on Twitter, a Saudi group that follows up situations of political detainees in the Kingdom, Al-Ammari died on Sunday due to a medical negligence that led to coma.
The group stated that the funeral prayer of Al-Ammari to be held at Masjid Al-Haram on Monday noon, adding that the cleric, who was arrested earlier in August, is to be buried in Al-Sharae’ graveyard in Mecca.
The account affirmed that “If silence goes on, we’ll hear bad news on other prisoners. Elderly detainees are so many, and others whose health is deteriorating are much more.”
Al-Ammari was arrested by the Saudi Forces last August in a campaign against the close associates of prominent cleric, Sheikh Safar Al-Hawaly, who was arrested earlier in July.
Until now, the Saudi Forces did not comment on Al-Ammari’s death.
Reports on the Saudi cleric’s death appear amid wide criticism of Saudi Arabia following the murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October in the Turkish consulate.
Source: Social Media

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ماذا لو كان نتنياهو ضيف العار؟



يناير 19, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– بالرغم من وجاهة النقاش اللبناني الداخلي حول القمة العربية والمسؤوليات التي يتبادلون الاتهامات بتوزيعها في ما بينهم، حول تفسير النتيجة الباهتة والهزيلة، إلا أن في هذه النقاشات عندما تصير شتائم وإهانات وتخويناً، براءة ذمة لحكام العرب الذين خذلوا لبنان الذي لم يخذلهم يوماً، فوق كونه لم يخذل قضية العرب ولا قضايا العرب يوماً. فأسباب الحكام العرب لمقاطعة قمة بيروت، ليست لبنانية، والمسؤولية اللبنانية هي بعدم قراءة هذه الحقيقة والانتباه إليها، والغياب العربي الذي تصاعد منسوب الاعتذارات المتأخرة فيه ليس ثمرة التزامات يتذرعون بها وموعد القمة معلوم ومحفوظ ومحجوز على جداول أعمال كل منهم قبل أي مستجدّ به يتذرعون.

– ببساطة جاء الأميركي ووزّع أمر العمليات، بيروت عاصمة المقاومة ومصدر قلق «إسرائيل»، فلا تمنحوا دولتها فرصة الاعتزاز بالإنجاز، عاقبوها وحاصروها ما استطعتم حتى يلتزم مَن على رأس الدولة بما هو أبعد من مجاملتنا بتخصيص الرياض بزيارته الأولى، واحترام رغبتنا بعدم ربط عقد القمة بحضور سورية. فالمطلوب من رئيس الجمهورية اللبنانية أن يلتزم معاقبة المقاومة كي لا يُعاقَب، وتعاقب الدولة اللبنانية من خلاله، بما هو أكثر من تعطيل الحكومة، ومن يظنّ أن بعض الكياسة التي يطلبها في التعامل مع حضور ليبيا كان سيغير من المشهد شيئاً فهو واهم ولا يعرف في السياسة ألفباءها. فالحكومة الليبية على لائحة أعداء حكام الخليج ومصر وكل الذين يقفون خارج التابعية التركية القطرية، ويتنافسون معها على الوكالة الأميركية لشؤون المنطقة والعالم الإسلامي، ولو كانت القمة في بلد من بلدان التابعية الأميركية وتم حظر حضور ليبيا فيها لتبسّموا وقالوا خيراً على خير.

– السؤال ببساطة ماذا لو كان بنيامين نتنياهو ضيف العار على القمة، ويسمّونه ضيف الشرف، وماذا لو كان لبنان يدعو لقمة في زمن الرهانات على الحرب على سورية، ويتعهد بتقديم الدولة ومؤسساتها منصة لهذه الحرب، وفي الحالتين بغياب ليبيا وحظر حضورها وإنزال علمها عن السارية، ورفع علم «إسرائيل» بين الأعلام العربية، وشطب كرسي سورية وإنزال علمها، هل كان سيجرؤ أحد على الغياب من حكام العرب، ربما باستثناء قلة قليلة تخجل أو يحرجها الحضور، أو لا تزال تحفظ لبعض القيم مكانة، كحال الجزائر والعراق وربما الكويت، لكن ماذا عن الآخرين، كل الآخرين وفي مقدّمتهم حكام الخليج الذي يريدون لبنان سوق عقار، وملهى ليلياً، لكنهم يتفادونه كعنوان للسياسة والمواقف والمؤتمرات، إلا بتوقيع ممهور بخاتم أميركي أسود.

– على اللبنانيين وهم يناقشون أين أخطأوا أن ينتبهوا أن خطأهم الجسيم هو في حسن الظن، وسوء الظن من حسن الفطن. لقد أحسنوا الظنّ بحكام لا قرار لهم، حكام صاروا رهائن لمفهوم الأمن الإسرائيلي، ولا مكان يشبههم في بلد المقاومة وعاصمتها، والمرتهنون لهؤلاء الحكام يعلمون جيداّ مهمتهم، التطبيل والتزمير لكل إساءة للمقاومة، وإعلان استعداد لكل مؤامرة تستهدفها، والابتسامة الصفراء بوجه رئيس للجمهورية مؤمن بالمقاومة حاول أن يحسن الظن بهم وبمرجعياتهم في دول الخليج، لكنه فخور بخياراته، وها هم يعايرونه بتمثيله الحكومي، لإضعافه ومماشاة الضغوط الأميركية عليه وعبره على المقاومة، كما يعطلون الحكومة يعطل مَن هو خلفهم القمة، والقرار تعطيل لبنان حتى يركع.

– لبنان الذي يرفض الركوع مدعوّ لأخذ العبرة، ورئيسه الذي لا يبيع ولا يشتري في المواقف والمواقع، أن يراجعوا مسيرة المسايرة والمجاملة والسير بين النقاط، فلون لبنان واضح لا يغيّره طلاء أو لا يحجبه حلو الكلام، لبنان معني بأن يسارع للقول، ألغيت القمة بانتظار المزيد من التشاور حتى تتوافر ظروف عقدها بحضور ومشاركة كل القادة العرب وفي مقدّمتهم الرئيس السوري، فلبنان يجمع الكلمة العربية، ولا ينطق بالعبرية، وفي الختام عليكم السلام، بئس القمة وبئس الحكام. فبيروت تحرجكم وبيروت تجرحكم وهي التي أخرجت المارينز الذي به تستنجدون، وقد أخرجت الإسرائيلي الذي إليه تتوقون، وبيروت مرفوعة الرأس أمام من أذلَّكم ويسرق مالكم وتؤدّون له الطاعة كلّ يوم، فوجب أن تعاقبوها لتنالوا البراءة من أنفسكم لأنفسكم، ومَن الذي يعاملكم كمعاملة السيد لعبيده بينما بيروت تعلّمكم أن تكونوا أسياداً ينتفضون على العبودية.

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USA v. Distinguished Iranian/American Journalist Marzieh Hashemi

By Stephen Lendman
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Distinguished Press TV journalist/anchor’s unlawful arrest, detention and mistreatment by the FBI, on the pretext of being a material witness regarding a case her family knows nothing about, gave the US another international black eye.
What happened captured world headlines, hopefully enough to help hasten Marzieh’s release. Press TV, the Tehran Times, and other Iranian media continue giving the case extensive coverage.
International print and electronic media have had feature stories on what happened – including RT, Sputnik News, the NYT, Washington Post, AP News, Reuters, CBS, NBC, and ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera, the BBC, London Guardian, Haaretz, and numerous other outlets.
They’ve elevated Marzieh’s status as a distinguished international journalist to an even higher level than before what happened – by highlighting her unacceptable arrest, detention, and mistreatment uncharged. 
They explained what the NYT wrote as follows, saying “no reason (was) given for her arrest…(H)er Islamic head scarf (was) forcibly removed…(S)he was chained hand and foot, and…denied access to halal food and had eaten only crackers.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced what happened, saying “(t)he custody of Iran’s reporter in the US is highly political, and she should be released immediately.”
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the following:
“The imprisonment of a reporter who is nonwhite and enters the US demonstrates how the approach of Mr. Trump’s government is based on racist and discriminatory policies within an apartheid regime. We hope that this innocent person is unconditionally released soon.”
Tehran Times editor Muhammad Qaderi said her mistreatment shows the real face of the US to the world community.
The Iranian High Council for Human Rights called “her violent and humiliating treatment” a brazen example of arbitrary arrest and detention, accusing the US of “illegal, unjustifiable and anti-human rights measures” – a flagrant violation of her fundamental rights, how Washington operates domestically and abroad.
Program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Alexandra Ellerbeck expressed concern about Marzieh’s arrest and detention. She “call(ed) on the US Department of Justice to immediately disclose the basis for her detention…”
Her colleague and friend Nader Talevzadeh called her arrest a “concocted (US) plan,” part of its hostility toward the Islamic Republic. “This is intimidation and a provocation against Iran,” he stressed.
Marzieh is unlawfully held by the FBI at an undisclosed Washington location with minimal family contact and no legal representation for days. 
Reportedly a lawyer has now been appointed on her behalf. Most so-called public defenders woefully ill-serve clients with little time available to present a proper defense everyone deserves in judicial proceedings.
According to federal authorities, Marzieh appeared twice before a US district judge on Friday, an appointed lawyer representing her.
A partially unsealed order for her arrest and detention provided no information about what happened and why, other than she’s held as a material witness to an unspecified criminal case her family knows nothing about.
She’s detained to give grand jury testimony. Witnesses before these proceedings are only present during their testimony to a prosecutor and grand jurors, no judge or legal representation present. 
Conducted to determine if a crime was committed, proceedings are secret, a majority of jurors required for an indictment to be issued.
Witnesses are required to answer questions by a prosecutor and jurors, criminal suspect(s) usually not present during proceedings.
Prosecutors try to establish probable cause to indict. They manipulate grand juries, gaming the system to get judgments they seek, justice denied time and again. Proceedings often amount to a sword for injustice, not a shield against it.
Witnesses accused of nothing can be indicted if prosecutors claim they gave false or misleading testimonies. They’re not told of the risk, making them vulnerable if this was the prosecutorial intent for demanding their testimony.
Clever ones can manipulate witnesses to unwittingly mislead. Anything said under oath or otherwise can be used against them. Given extreme US hostility toward Iran, Marzieh is vulnerable to a gross miscarriage of justice – besides what she’s endured so far.
A US citizen working in Iran for the past decade, dividing her time between both countries, she explained her conversion to Islam as follows, saying she “was born in a religious Christian family, and since 26 or 27 years ago I have become Muslim,” adding: 
“For me, embracing Islam is directly in relation to Islamic revolution of Iran and the characteristic of Imam Khomeini.” 
“When I was a student in America, I witnessed that the Iranian students are so active and I was so interested in political activities then, I used to ask them about their activities and purposes, why you protest?” 
“And they used to talk about the cruelty of the overset king and Imam Khomeini to me, and this was the first step for me becoming Muslim.” 
“I was looking for the truth and I wasn’t satisfied with my own religion, and I had no solution for the problem that the God has three parts of the Father, and the Son, and the holy Sprit, But still where one?” 
“I wasn’t convinced with answers when I asked from different people, when this issue happened to be in university, I started to study not only about Islam but about different religions, and simultaneously comparing them in theory and ideology, from Max Weber up to now, and thank God after I became Muslim.”
Explaining her career in journalism, she said “I am a Press TV correspondent and the editor in chief of Mahjubah magazine in America. I am a presenter and political analyst.” 
“Press TV is the first 24-hour English Channel in Iran. From the beginning of the Attack of America against Iraq, the people are watching it to know about the stand point of Iran and what Iran says, because the other channels weren’t covering the war, and it played a considerable role in Israel’s (undeclared war on) Gaza, so people are watching it to find out the truth and reality.”
Marzieh’s son Hossein fears she’ll be detained for an indefinite period, hopeful things will turn out otherwise, saying “(i)t doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. (W)e’re waiting to hear more.”
In March 2011, Obama’s Executive Order 13567 authorized indefinite detentions and military commission trials – violating America’s Fifth Amendment, stating:
“No person…shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” – constitutional law the US consistently breaches.
In December 2011, America’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legitimized unconstitutional and international law prohibited indefinite detentions – everyone potentially vulnerable, including US citizens without just cause.
No proof is needed, no habeas, due process or equal protection afforded anyone targeted. The 1215 Magna Carta states the following:
“No free man (woman or child) shall be seized, or imprisoned, or stripped of his (or her) rights or possessions, or outlawed, or exiled, or deprived of his (or her) standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him (or her), or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his (or her) equals, or by the law of the land.”
“Due process of law” later substituted for “the law of the land.” It’s inviolable, breaching it flagrantly unconstitutional. The Fifth Amendment’s due process guarantee applies to US federal, state and local governance, no exceptions permitted.
Yet targeted individuals are extrajudicially arrested and detained at home and abroad, held indefinitely uncharged and untried, based on suspicions, hearsay, secret evidence, or any other pretext.
Constitutional law and Supreme Court rulings, affirming the inviolability of due process and equal protection rights, are breached by the US time and again.
Friday district court proceedings provided no information about Marziah’s detention, other than explaining she’s not accused of a crime – not so far.
What the Trump regime has in mind is unknown until things unfold ahead. Marziah is being used, a victim of US contempt for the fundamental rights of everyone, doing whatever it pleases unaccountably.
Reuters cited an unnamed US federal source, saying Press TV is being investigated as an Iranian “propaganda outlet.”
It’s a preeminent truth-telling news service, featuring distinguished guests, providing in-depth information on major world issues, explaining what everyone needs to know.
It’s polar opposite managed news misinformation and disinformation featured by US and other Western media, suppressing what should be featured.
It’s unclear what’s ahead for Marzieh. It’s very clear that her arrest, detention and mistreatment constitute flagrant constitutional and international law violations.
What happened to her and countless others in America can happen to anyone. Their struggle for justice is ours!

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US Training Saudi and UAE Pilots for Combat in Yemen

By Stephen Lendman
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Yemen is one of many US forever wars – key NATO countries, Israel, Jordan, the Saudis and UAE partnering in them.
US special forces operate in Yemen. Pentagon drone war has been ongoing in the country without letup since launched by Bush/Cheney in October 2001, weeks after 9/11.
A no-ceasefire/ceasefire reflects conditions on the ground. War rages with no prospect for resolution because bipartisan US hardliners reject ending it. Claiming otherwise is political pretense.
Daily reports show endless conflict continues. US-backed Saudi/UAE forces keep battling Houthi fighters, including in areas around the strategic port city of Hodeidah, ceasefire agreed on more illusion than reality.
Saudi/UAE terror-bombing goes on daily – overnight against Sanaa, the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital. A Houthi statement said “(t)his escalation comes under the direction and supervision of the U.S…This escalation will be met with an escalation.”
Earlier calls by US officials for peaceful conflict resolution in Yemen were pure deception. Republicans and undemocratic Dems reject restoring peace and stability to war-ravaged countries.
According to Military Times last November, the Pentagon’s so-called Operation Yukon Journey involves US military operations in Africa and the Middle East – on the phony pretext of defeating ISIS and al-Qaeda Washington created and supports.
The Middle East operation is designated “Support to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Partner Nations in Yemen.” Along with providing weapons, munitions, intelligence, and logistics support, the Pentagon has been training Saudi and UAE pilots for combat in Yemen.
Federal procurement documents show the US air force has been using a private contractor to train Saudi pilots at its US facility.
A previous article discussed US and UK involvement in supplying the Saudis with billions of dollars worth of weapons and munitions annually, Pentagon contractors involved in training its military personnel in their use.
Under the so-called United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia, USMTM trains, advises and assists the kingdom’s armed forces, including through military exercises and related activities.
USMTM is a joint US army, navy, air force and marine corps joint command, an extensive arrangement with the kingdom since the 1950s – under the 1951 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement and later USMTM agreement.
An earlier London Daily Mail report said Britain is secretly training Saudi’s military, aiding its genocidal war in Yemen.
Documents obtained through an FOIA request show Pentagon personnel have been and likely still are actively involved in training UAE pilots for combat operations in Yemen.
According to an air force memo dated December 18, 2017, its personnel “assisted (the training of) 150 (UAE) airmen in challenging (exercises) to prepare (them) for combat ops in Yemen.”
Further training was provided UAE pilots at the country’s Pentagon operated Al Dhafra airbase, the memo saying:
“Unit fighter personnel advanced the UAE’s F-16 fighter pilot training program; 3 pilots flew 243 instructor sorties/323 hrs that created 4 new instructors & 29 combat wingmen who immediately deployed for combat operations in Yemen.”
CENTCOM spokesman Lt. Col. Josh Jacques lied, saying “(w)e do not conduct exercises with (Saudi and UAE airmen) to prepare for combat operations in Yemen.” 
Joint Chiefs chairman General Joseph Dunford turned truth on its head, claiming the US is “not a participant in the civil war (sic) in Yemen, nor are we supporting one side or another.”
Hard evidence refutes both of the above statements. Conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Central Asia and North Africa are US launched and waged, nothing civil about any of them. Nor are they involved in combating the scourge of terrorism the US supports, using jihadists as proxy troops.
None of the above information should surprise. The Pentagon and private military contractors it enlists are actively involved in training and otherwise working directly with the armed forces of numerous countries worldwide.
What’s going on is all about advancing America’s imperium, largely by waging endless wars and related military activities.
Trump is like his predecessors, co-opted to go along with a dirty system, raging since Harry Truman’s war on North Korea in the early 1950s.
Endless US wars of aggression rage with no prospect for resolution, others drafted to be launched if and when ordered – every sovereign independent country potentially targeted, including Russia, China and Iran.

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