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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the oil thriller – Pepe Escobar

Pepe Escobar
Pepe Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia Times Online. Born in Brazil, he’s been a foreign correspondent since 1985, and has lived in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Even before 9/11 he specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central and East Asia, with an emphasis on Big Power geopolitics and energy wars. He is the author of “Globalistan” (2007), “Red Zone Blues” (2007), “Obama does Globalistan” (2009) and “Empire of Chaos” (2014), all published by Nimble Books. His latest book is “2030”, also by Nimble Books, out in December 2015.

UAE Finance Minister and Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum arrives with Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf and Kuwait's Finance Minister Mustafa al-Shamali ahead of Gulf Central Bank Governors and finance ministers meeting in Abu Dhabi © Jumana El-Heloueh
The famous Hollywood adage – ‘nobody knows anything’ – seems to perfectly apply to the current turbulence in the oil market. So in an effort to clarify where the global oil economy is heading to, let’s engage in a Battle of the Oil Analysts.
Relying on these Oil Analysts (OA) does not necessarily mean you will be handed straightforward answers, but perhaps with some luck you will see a ray of light.
Saudi Arabia is saying that they are raising oil production to 12 million barrels a day. That’s highly debatable. Russia is saying that they can raise oil production to 13 million barrels a day. OA1 cuts to the chase: “Both are bluffing. Prices are still rising. That means no one believes them.”
OA2 kicks in, reminding that, “oil price is holding because of the 1.5 million barrels a day pulled off the market by a strike in Kuwait of about 10,000 workers. That cut their 3 million barrels a day production in half. Now they are going back to work. Yet the price of oil is still rising.”
I had explained before how the oil price was holding over $40.00 a barrel even with concerted Washington pressure over Saudi Arabia to keep it down. Then, OA3 had told me: “that’s because oil demand and supply is tightening.”
But then OA4 came up with a totally different outlook; the whole thing was about ‘The Big Long’, upon which I based my prediction of $45/$50 per barrel when I was in Tehran in November 2011 and the price was approaching $100 a barrel. The Saudis have been supporting the price and while they have plenty of capital to do so at high prices, storage is finite. Aligning with this, OA4 added that: “the market is about to crash, and is only being supported by the financial positions of the Saudi/GCC support operation, now unwinding.”
OA5, predictably, could not agree that the Saudis are supporting the market and about to let it collapse. He elaborated on how “hard it is to predict day-to-day prices. The only way you can know what is happening is to watch by satellite or surface observation the tankers coming out of each exporter, assume they are full, check their names to look up their capacity, and then add up what is leaving each exporter. What they say otherwise means nothing. There are services that do this that cost about $300,000 a year.”
OA6 kicked in with some perspective, explaining what happened in the middle of 2014:“The oil price started to crash with no visible increase in production. The deduction had to be that the surplus in the Gulf – which was the only place where there was a surplus – was being dumped in the market by the Gulf States, under orders from Washington. And this fit geopolitically with the uprising in Kiev as a replay of Afghanistan.”
If there is a consensus amongst most OAs, it is that Saudi Arabia is hurting. OA7 says he’s been “watching the markets, and a lot of this static comes from Iran trying to break into the market. The Gulf States are trying to prevent that as much as possible and trying to cut Iran’s throat.
However, I do not see overall that the situation is deteriorating. Such a severe drop in price restrains production. The amount of excess was not more than about 5 percent of the market; not 20 per cent, as in 1985. It has to be tight now based on macro-logic and that is why a famous Goldman Sachs former trader who picked the collapse is not massively buying.”
Still confused? You should be. Because now another variable kicks in – the rise of US  gasoline demand. OA8 has a fine take on the matter: “I was expecting this in the second quarter, not now. We should be over fifty to sixty dollars a barrel then. Fundamentals always prevail in the end.”

The $2 trillion game

So a credible scenario seems to be a world not exactly awash in crude oil, and with the price of a barrel going up soon. And right at this juncture we find China’s CNPC making a play to become a major shareholder of Rosneft – Russia’s top oil producer, which plans to sell 19.5 percent of its shares.
Predictably, US analysts don’t seem to understand why Rosneft may become a top Russia/Chinese-owned corporation. This has nothing to do with selling oil assets when prices are down; Rosneft shares are doing fine, by the way. It’s about the energy/financial consolidation of the Russia-China strategic partnership – from Pipelineistan (those massive, $300 billion gas deals clinched in 2014) to the close connection of Moscow and Shanghai stock exchanges. Translation: all these sophisticated moves further bypass the US dollar.
Oil, in this complex equation, is just one component. For instance, the Ministry of Economic Development in Moscow works with two basic hypotheses: best case at $40 a barrel, and worst case at $25 a barrel. It is duly preparing for both.
And now comes what could be a potential game-changer: the House of Saud’s “vision”for a  post-oil economy.
These are the basics, as announced by Warrior Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 30, the conductor of the – illegal – war on Yemen that is overflowing with “collateral damage”. Saudi Arabia’s power stems from its possession of Mecca and Medina, and geostrategic“Arab and Muslim depth”; it’s central to global trade, with 30 percent passing through the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf; and the future lies in the creation of a $2 trillion sovereign wealth fund, coming from the sale of 5 percent of shares in Aramco, the number one oil company on the planet.
Riyadh, we got a problem. Assuming that Aramco’s partial IPO will yield that astonishing $2 trillion, and these funds are invested all across the West, Saudi Arabia could collect around $100 billion a year. Not much; in fact, only 1/6 of Saudi Arabia’s GDP in 2015 ($653 billion, of which 70 percent come from oil exports). In a nutshell: this plan will not deliver Saudi Arabia a viable post-oil economy.
As if this was not enough, the oil hacienda is currently invested in two expensive wars – in Yemen (directly) and Syria (indirectly). Crucial: the Warrior Prince de facto conducts both. Moreover, the House of Saud will continue to buy spectacularly costly weapons from the usual suspects – the US, UK and France – like there’s no tomorrow.
Back to our OAs. OA8 says that the Saudis under the Warrior Prince made a major mistake:
“They have now antagonized the Russians and the Americans. Brennan wants their blood no matter what he says as he thinks of them as terrorists. Also, he believes that they have nuclear tipped missiles from Pakistan. The US cannot reconcile themselves to this.”
Moscow, on the other hand, wants friendly relations with Riyadh, but there’s a perception Russia was betrayed at Doha (cutting oil production was a done deal until the Warrior Prince scuttled it on the very day of the signing.)
Which brings us to OA9:
The self-inflicted wound of cutting the oil price by the Saudis for market share is foolish. The time now is to conserve oil and refrain from selling it, awaiting the tripling of the Chinese economy with the Belt and Road plan. Demand in five or ten years would be massive and oil will be then near $200 a barrel.”
So, in the end, our oil thriller will be all about China; Beijing will need to buy all the energy it needs to pursue the completion of the New Silk Roads. Meanwhile, the House of Saud faces a stark choice. Its “post-oil economy” plan will fail, as others before failed. The Warrior Prince must decide which of the superpowers to ally with. If he thinks he can pull it off all by himself, there’s a cab driver gig waiting for him in London. If he can make it to Heathrow in one piece.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.
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Russia Intercepts Another US Plane Flying Near Its Territory

[ Ed. note – This latest intercept, over the Baltic Sea, comes after:
  • the intercept of a US spy plane near Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on April 21
  • an earlier intercept over the Baltic Sea, on or about April 18
  • the buzzing of the USS Donald Cook, also in the Baltic, on April 12
Intercepts are common, almost routine, but of course these come at a time of heightened tensions, with the US accusing Russia of carrying them out in an “unsafe” manner. At the same time, violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo has ramped up dramatically, with some 200 civilians killed in the past week, this occurring–probably not coincidentally–at the same time as the US has announced it will send some 250 additional ground forces into the country. Meanwhile, the US has rejected a call by Russia for Al-Qaeda-allied rebel groups in Syria to be designated as terrorists. Is all this a prelude to a US ground war in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar Assad? If it is, we could be on the threshold of World War III.
A passage from an article posted Thursday at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is worth taking note of here. Keep in mind what you’re reading is US government propaganda, so you sort of have to read and dissect between the lines:
Earlier in the year, a coalition of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) troops, Hizballah fighters, and Iraqi Shi’ite militias fought side by side with the Syrian military to break the battle lines of the anti-Assad rebels who have held northern Syria for years. IS took full advantage of this situation and launched its own offensive, capturing large amounts of territory as its fighters pushed west from their strongholds and north toward the Turkish border. Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters to the west also launched an offensive against the struggling anti-Assad rebels, and a small group of those rebels are now trapped.
The rebels in the area east of Azaz had been making gains against IS in early April, but by the middle of the month that progress had now been reversed. While it’s dangerous to ever take the word of jihadist propaganda as truth, the presence of the A-10 in this area would suggest that the United States is providing close air support for the anti-Assad rebels as they push back against IS — a level of coordination between the United States and local ground forces typically reserved for Iraq or eastern Syria.
If the United States is conducting air strikes against IS, and in support of anti-Assad rebels, it may be an attempt to protect the Turkish border and reassure a frustrated NATO ally. However, IS is still making gains. On April 27, there were reports that IS had captured five rebel-held villages, including Dudyan, west of Al-Rai and right on the Turkish border. IS is now close to closing off and destroying the anti-Assad rebels who are defending their most important border crossing — and the only one they still control in northern Aleppo.
What the writer seems to be doing is presenting a justification–or at least it could be construed as that–for  an expanded US military role in Syria. If the Syrian government and its allies had simply left the poor “struggling anti-Assad rebels” alone, and allowed them to continue occupying Aleppo and terrorizing the local population, then none of these terrible things would be happening–this is more or less what we’re being told here, and the article also seems to ply the well-worn talking point that Assad is a “magnet” for jihadists and the that only way to bring peace to the region is by overthrowing him and setting up a “democratic” and pro-Western government in his place.
Just close your eyes, click your heels together three times, and repeat, “It’s all about democracy…” Whether it’s setting up NATO bases on Russia’s border, overthrowing the government of Syria, or sending reconnaissance flights out over the Baltic with their transponders off, just remember–“it’s all about democracy…it’s all about democracy…” ]
‘Stay Away from Russian Borders or Keep Transponders on’: Russian Ministry of Defense
Russian Defense Ministry suggests US surveillance planes should either keep their distance from Russian borders while performing flights over the Baltic Sea, or at least keep aerial transponders switched on for identification.
There are two solutions for the US Air Force [operating in the Baltic Sea]: either do not fly near our borders, or turn on transponders for automatic identification by our radars,” Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in an official statement on Saturday.
The statement comes after a Russian fighter jet intercepted a US surveillance plane, which was spotted in international airspace above the Baltic Sea on Friday with the transponder switched off.
The RC-135U reconnaissance plane is frequently trying to sneak up to the Russian border with the transponder off. Our anti-aircraft defense has to order our fighters off the ground simply to visually identify the type of aircraft and its ID number,” Konashenkov explained.
A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 performed a barrel roll within 25 feet from the US plane, with the Pentagon describing the move as “dangerous” and “unprofessional.”
We are already starting to get used to insults coming from the Pentagon regarding the alleged “unprofessional” maneuvers when our fighters intercept the US spy planes near Russian borders.
Yet, all flights of Russian aircraft are held in accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace,” Konashenkov states, adding that another reconnaissance aircraft  Boeing OC-135B – has landed in Ulan-Ude earlier on Saturday under an international “Treaty on Open Skies,”  and “no one raised the fighters to identify it.
Fifteen days prior to this latest incident, on April 14, another Su-27 fighter jet conducted a barrel roll over another US reconnaissance plane, and between April 11 and 12, the USS Donald Cook ship was flown over by Su-24 fighter jets, with the Pentagon releasing footage.
The deputy head of Russia’s Upper House committee for defense and security Frants Klintsevich commented on the frenzy over the latest incidents in Baltic airspace, saying the fizzbuzz has a clear goal – to put a smokescreen for NATO plans to deploy additional troops in Eastern Europe.
It is now completely clear why the United States needed a hype around the interception of the US spy plane over the Baltic Sea and the incident with the destroyer Donald Cook.
It was to prepare the information space for deploying four additional NATO battalions to the Baltic region […] On the tip from US, the North Atlantic alliance continues its strategy of encircling Russia,” Klintsevich said, as quoted by his press service. He also noted that the turmoil began immediately after the latest Russia-NATO Council meeting, throwing into question the expediency of such gatherings.
Moscow has been unhappy with the NATO military buildup on Russia’s borders for some time now, with Russia’s envoy to NATO Aleksandr Grushko stating that Moscow would definitely compensate militarily for an “absolutely unjustified military presence.
According to the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, the permanent presence of large NATO formations at the Russian border is banned. Yet some voices in Brussels are saying that since the NATO troops stationed next to Russia are going to rotate, this kind of military buildup cannot be regarded as a permanent presence.

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New Armenia Protests, Same US-Backed Mobs

April 27, 2016 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – Another day, another protest in Armenia. And if we were to simply believe the Western media regarding this ‘other protest,’ we might get the impression that the Armenian people are upset with Russian policy and “Putinism.” In reality, the protests are led by the same verified US-proxies exposed at the height of the “Electric Yerevan” protests mid-2015 which sought to undermine and overthrow the current government of Armenia in favor of a pro-Western political front more to Wall Street, London, and Brussels’ liking.
Image: Davit Sanasaryan (sometimes spelled “David” and “Sanasarian”) hasn’t found a US-engineered protest he hasn’t felt compelled to join. He eagerly takes US cash to undermine the stability of his native Armenia, just like US proxies do worldwide. 
The International Business Times in their article, “Armenia-Russia Ties Under Question Amid Fighting, Anti-Moscow Protests,” would report regarding the recent protests that:
At a recent thousand-strong demonstration in the capital of Armenia, Davit Sanasaryan took out a couple of eggs and threw them at the Russian Embassy. 

The gesture provoked both ridicule and approval in this small landlocked country that traditionally values very close ties with its large northern neighbor. “Our protests are not against Russia but against Russian policy and Putinism,” activist and politician Sanasaryan said in an interview with International Business Times last week.
Davit Sanasaryan (also spelled “David Sanasaryan”), among other things, is an opposition politician with the Heritage Party who helped lead the previous US-backed “Electric Yerevan protests in mid-2015. He is also an associate of the Armenian-based National Citizens’ Initiative (NCI), revealed in the NCI’s own news bulletin titled, “NCI Focuses on Armenia’s Mining Sector,” which reports (emphasis added):
NCI associate Davit Sanasarian welcomed the audience with opening remarks. “The exploitation of the Teghut mine is an actual matter and it calls for serious discussions and proper suggestions prior to the undertaking of this project,” he said.
This bulletin alone seems innocuous enough, however, another NCI bulletin would reveal itself to be coordinating with and receiving aid from the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED). The bulletin titled, “NCI Partakes in a Civil Society Meeting,” states (emphasis added):
The National Citizens’ Initiative (NCI) representatives attended, between 14 and 15 April 2011, the conference entitled “Assisting Armenia’s Civil Society Organizations.” This event was an initiative of the European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) organization and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Yerevan Office, and it was organized with the assistance of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). 

The objective of the conference was to contribute in developing the capacity of Armenia’s civil society organizations by way of cooperation and exchange of know-how with Central and Eastern European civil society associations.
Of course, considering that the US NED is chaired by pro-war corporate-financier representatives, “developing the capacity of civil society organizations” in Armenia was not actually on the agenda. Instead, creating a proxy front with which to control Armenia on behalf of foreign interests was, merely couched behind “civil society.” Sanasarian’s “association” with the NCI in this context, is troubling to say the least.
But Sanasarian’s association with the US NED extends far beyond this. He is also on the board of trustees of the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs (AIISA), an alleged think-tank thatis directly funded by the US NED. His position on the board of trustees is revealed in an AIISA bulletin titled, “AIISA’s Third Evening DemSchool: “Challenges to Democracy,”” which claims:
In partnership with the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the third 11-day evening DemSchool was launched at the Armenian Institute of International and Security Affairs with “Challenges to Democracy” heading.
It also stated:
Certificate award ceremony was held on the DemSchool 11th day. David Sanasaryan, member of AIISA Board of Trustees, young politician and activist, also participated in it. 
Added to this, is Sanasarian’s role in the US-backed 2015 protests. It was revealed in mid-2015 that the so-called “Electric Yerevan” protests were in fact led entirely by US-funded and directed nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Sanasarian’s involvement then, again implicates him in coordinating with and receiving aid from a foreign government in a bid to undermine his own government. At the time, US State Department-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) would report in its article, “Armenians Say They’ll Restart ‘Electric Yerevan’ Protest,” that:
At a Yerevan rally attended by several hundred activists on July 17, Rise Armenia leader and opposition Heritage party city councilor Davit Sanasarian said a new campaign against the electricity price hikes would take place from July 27 to July 31, with demonstrators blocking the central streets of Yerevan and other cities around the country. 

“We continue our fight. We will be distributing leaflets from door to door,” Sanasarian said. “We will be successful.”
RFE/RL would inadvertently admit that the protesters were simply using electricity prices as a pretext to come out into the streets and that their next move would be of a more political nature, targeting Armenia’s sitting government. In other words, it was a US-funded color revolution couched behind legitimate concerns regarding utility prices.
Image: Considering the US cash and support behind the leaders of this so-called “protest,” it might as well have been a delegation from the US State Department itself out on the streets of Armenia’s capital, Yerevan.
Considering these extensive ties to US-backing, Sanasarian’s role leading the current anti-Russian protests portrays him not as a ‘politician’ or an ‘activist,’ but as a foreign-funded proxy, and the protests themselves as foreign-engineered meddling, not legitimate dissent. Claims that he is fighting against Russian influence, while all along he is serving as a conduit for Wall Street, London, and Brusssels’ influence touches upon the sort of hypocrisy seen again and again amid engineered protests targeting the many enemies of Western hegemony worldwide.
Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazineNew Eastern Outlook”.
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(Thanks, Brigitte Tulan)

ALEPPO:  The Western Media doesn’t want to talk about this.  But, it’s true.  The Saudis pretend it can’t happen. The Erdoghani Turks pretend they’re fighting terrorists and watch helplessly as the Syrian Army takes care of their business.

The terrorist forces in Aleppo are starving.  Their medical situation is grim, at best.  4,000 newly injected rodents from Turkey have not been able to penetrate Syrian Army lines and are marginalized outside the city, evidently unaware that the final push is about to start.  Once Aleppo is liberated, there will be no point in continuing that charade in Geneva.

(Thanks, Khaled)

Putin tried to send a message of peace to the so-called “opposition”.  With a cease fire in place, it behooved the exiled and impotent Saudi-financed traitors to perhaps find some modus vivendi with the government in Damascus.  Instead, they pursued the same knuckle-headed bedouin-minded policy of demanding the impossible – the ouster of the Assad government.  Now that Putin understands the inability of the opposition to absorb reality, the decision has been made to go for it all at once.

Some media in the West claim that the Syrian government and its supporters in Russia never had the intention of abiding by any cease fire or negotiating in good faith at Geneva.  The West confounded logic by asserting that the Syrian military used the short, two-month respite from hostilities to reorganize and resupply.  Interestingly, in Syria, the military has taken the position that the cease fire was a bad idea from the start because it gave the terrorists and their supporters time to build up their capabilities in order to block the SAA advances at the crucial city of Aleppo.  Whatever the case may be, the cease fire is at an end and the grim business of eradicating the pestilence in the north is proceeding apace.

Al-Raashideen:  This large suburb is in ruins and very few humans live inside it at present.  Yesterday, the Syrian Army moved decisively into Block 4 and is involved at present in an intense battle with terrorist rodents who have almost run out of ammunition.  Monitored terrorist chatter describes an hopeless situation with “jihadists” asking their litter-mates to pray for them since they are about to die.  Morituri, sort of.  Their prayers will be answered soon enough.  The bearded nihilists are being hit with everything from mortars, rockets and bombers.  It is impossible for them to survive.

In point of fact, a look at the map will disclosed the near complete encirclement of Aleppo.  Any news source which speaks of a narrow channel for resupply is lying.  It’s over and all corridors into the city have been closed.

The West continues to spew nonsense.  With no credible evidence of chemical weapons use by a Syrian government which has been confirmed to have cooperated completely with the Russian-inspired policy of CW divestiture, the Western Media has turned to inventing lies about Russian or Syrian Air Force bombing of “hospitals” in “terrorist-controlled areas” of the city. What benefit to the propaganda media is unclear since nobody is interested in an actual ground invasion of Syria.

The field hospital in Al-Sukkari largely run by the terrorist-supporting gangsters at Doctors Without Borders was hit because it was being used by Alqaeda to hide weapons and terrorists.  It was not a pediatric hospital by any means.  It was a haven for murderers.  All scenes showing children inside the terrorist field hospital are taken from archival photos.  There are no pediatricians there.  There are only wounded terrorists who must die anyways.

Bashar Murtada shows us how civilians are being murdered by Obama’s freaks:

The terrorists have received more lethal weapons and they’re using it against innocent civilians.  The day before yesterday, they deliberately targeted areas of the city known for their large minority populations.  Quarters like Al-‘Azeeziyya, Mogambo and Sulaymaaniyya received some direct hits.  This has been calculated by the Syrian military.  It is known that the terrorists will often fire at civilians in secure zones as a way to respond to the army’s constant advances on the ground.  It is a price the population of Aleppo has to pay in order to be rid of the plague spread by Obama.

The highway which circles the city is under complete army control.  The process of liberating Aleppo is now strictly defined by slow strangulation.  The Kuwayris air base is operating at a very high level with bombers and helicopters taking off and landing every ten minutes.  Access to the base is unimpeded.

During the last 3 days of fighting, the Syrian Army with Russian help has killed over 200 rodents with hundreds known to be wounded and without any hope of medical care.  Doctors inside government-held areas are warned not to leave their areas for any reason.  There is a fear that doctors are being targeted for kidnaping by the terrorists in order to compel them to treat wounded rodents.  Doctors are being told that if they travel about the city, they do so at their own risk.  Doctors are also not allowed to transport drugs or anything which might help wounded rats.

The cease fire in Aleppo has failed because the terrorist groups cooperated with Nusra/Alqaeda by giving the Saudi-financed terrorist gang cover.  Since Alqaeda and ISIS are not a part of the cessation of hostilities agreement, the group had to find a way to both maneuver around the northern territories while being protected under the agreement.  Both the Syrian and Russian governments began to pick up on this stratagem and viewed it as delusionary.  Russia is now seeking the concurrence of the U.N.S.C. in the inclusion of Jaysh Al-Islam and Ahraar Al-Shaam as excluded groups.

Interestingly,  the Syrian Ministry of Defense announced today a cease fire for 24 hours in the East Ghoutaa.  They also announced a cease fire for 72 hours in Latakia.  I have no explanation why this agreement released to the media.


Brigitte Turkmani sent me this tape about a commander with ISIS:
Afraa Dagher tells us about Aleppo here:

Children murdered and maimed by Obama’s psychopathic moderate cannibals in Aleppo. (Thanks, Samer Hussein)

(Thanks, Brigitte Tulan)

(It means: “Coeur de Leon”.  Thanks, Brigitte Tulan)

(Thanks, Khaled Nawaz Al-Nouri)


John Esq. and Tony Gratrex send this eye-opening article in which Seymour Hersh claims Hillary Clinton approved Sarin gas for terrorists:
Brandon Turbeville attacks the questionable role of Saudi Arabia as enemy of radical Jihadist Islam in this article:
Obama’s charade is exposed by Brandon here with a well-studied analysis of Obama’s gibberish:
Brandon uses SyrPer’s depiction of the Parliamentary elections in Syria to buttress the argument that Syria is in fact becoming a democracy:

WILE E. COYOTE MOMENT:  (Thanks, John Esq.)  Watch ISIS’s impersonation of the Keystone Cops:

Watch Jund Al-Aqsa rodents get wiped out by SAA soldiers after they think they had neutralized the SAA force.  Great scene from Aleppo and John Esq.:
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The Truth Behind the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Don’t let the Zionists try to tell you how “complex” the situation is in the Middle East. It’s really as simple as this.
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1 killed, 23 injured, explosion rocks police headquarters in Gaziantep, Turkey (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published time: 1 May, 2016 06:42

Police officers inspect the scene after an explosion in front of the city's police headquarters in Gaziantep, Turkey May 1, 2016. © Murad Sezer
At least one police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded near a police headquarters in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, according to the city’s governor. At least 23 people have reportedly been injured in the blast.
Footage from the broadcaster Haberturk showed pieces of a wrecked vehicle near the gates of the station. Glass from windows in buildings in the vicinity have also been shattered, while all roads in the area have been closed for security purposes.

 The governor of Gaziantep Ali Yerlikaya said that a law enforcement officer had been killed in the bomb blast. He added that at least 19 police officers and four civilians had been injured.
Police sources confirmed that an explosion rocked the police building and added the explosion was felt all over the city. There were also media reports of gunfire in the area after the bomb exploded.
It is understood that a car bomb detonated just outside the police headquarters, Cumhuriyet reports, while there were media reports of gunfire in the area after the bomb exploded.

The police station is close to a number of government office buildings including those of the governor and the mayor. The area is normally full of people, but was empty early on Sunday morning, according to AP. The International Labor Day demonstrations in the city were cancelled due to the potential security threat, the Dogan news agency reports.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gaziantep is located in the south of Turkey near the border with Syria, which is controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) forces. Since the emergence of the terror group in the summer of 2014, Gaziantep has been used as a stopping off point for numerous foreign jihadists looking to join up with IS in Syria.
In April, the Turkish authorities detained two alleged IS members in Gaziantep. It was believed the pair was planning suicide-bombing attacks in Gaziantep and other Turkish cities, according to the governor’s office.

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