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Messianic Process Began with IAF Airstrike in Syria, Will End With Israeli Elections

February 15, 2019
“Indeed, my God does nothing Without having revealed His purpose To His servants the Neviim.” Amos 3:7 (The Israel Bible™)
Featured image (Credit: Breaking Israel News)
Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the most prominent rabbis of this generation, made a shocking statement, claiming that the Messiah will precede the upcoming Israeli elections. Several rabbis noted that the writing is on the wall and the signs that the process leading up to the Messiah has already begun…for those who have the eyes to see it.
Rabbi Yekutiel Fish, an expert in Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) gave a lesson this week in which he discussed how the Messiah was imminent. Rabbi Fish cited Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the most prominent Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) rabbis of this generation, who began foretelling the arrival of the Messiah just a few years ago.
“It is written that in the days leading up to the Messiah, tzaddikim (righteous men) will begin to announce his arrival but some people, those who have not prepared for His arrival, will laugh at the righteous and the learned,” Rabbi Fish said, warning that it is forbidden to mock the righteous.

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading authority in Haredi Jewish society, (Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90)
Fish emphasized that Kanievsky was especially suited for presaging the arrival of the Messiah. Not only is Rabbi Kanievsky one of the most learned and righteous Jews alive today, there is another indication of his connection to the Moshiach (Messiah). Rabbi Kanievsky’s full given-name is Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim ben (the son of) Miriam. Rabbi Fish noted that first letters of each of Rabbi Kanievsky’s Hebrew names can be rearranged to spell “Moshiach.”
Rabbi Fish related a story that is just now being told within Haredi circles in Israel. A young Torah scholar from outside of Israel was hosted for the Sabbath a few weeks ago at the house of a follower of Rabbi Kanievsky. The young man visited Kanievsky during the Sabbath. He asked the rabbi if he should apply for Israeli citizenship in order to vote for the Haredi party in the Israeli elections being held on April 9.
“There is no need,” Rabbi Kanievsky answered. “The  Messiah will already be here before the elections.”
The young man was unsure that he had heard the rabbi correctly so after he departed from the house, he asked Kanievsky’s grandson, a venerated rabbi in his own right, to confirm the answer. The grandson entered the rabbi’s chamber and asked again: ‘Should the young man apply for citizenship before the elections?’
Rabbi Kanievsky responded, “I already told him that there is no need. The Messiah will be here before the elections.”
Rabbi Fish emphasized the need for Rabbi Kanievsky to make such statements.
“People need to act in practical manners to prepare for the Messiah, not just speak about it,” Rabbi Fish told Breaking Israel News. “Rabbi Kanievsky is calling for all religious Jews and all Jews in general, to come together, to show unity, not just for the Israeli elections or national interests. Our ultimate goal as a nation is to bring the Messiah and we need to be united, to actually love one another to do this.”
Rabbi Pinchas Winston, an expert on Jewish sources concerning the Messiah, normally eschews predictions of the Messiah’s arrival based on a precise date but notes that such a statement made by a scholar and righteous Jew of Rabbi Kanievsky’s stature needed to be related to in a different manner.
“You should know that Jews who live in a Messiah awareness take these predictions seriously,” Rabbi Winston told Breaking Israel News. “People who haven’t been trained properly to see this, can’t see it. They won’t see it even when it is happening in front of our eyes.”
Winston noted that the paradigm for this ability to see the Redemption was implicit in the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
“Moses was walking around for 79 years and when he revealed himself, so many people, Jews and Egyptians, were surprised.”
Winston noted that many people cannot see the beginnings of the Messiah as they are actually appearing because they have been taught that redemption has never happened.
“The modern state of Israel is the second time the Jews have come back to Israel,” Rabbi Winston noted. “There have already been two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem. People who are not educated or living in a Messiah context don’t relate to this so they can’t see it as a possibility even while it is happening.”
Rabbi Winston applied this concept to modern history.
“The Holocaust never happened until it did,” Rabbi Winston said. “So the Jews were surprised by it even though it was building up for years. Today, people learn about the Holocaust as if it could never happen again so even after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh and the election of openly antisemitic politicians, they insist it cannot happen again.”
“God can be speaking right at you, saying the Messiah is right in front of you, but if you refuse to hear, you won’t,” Winston explained.
Rabbi Fish agreed, emphasizing that prophetic predictions could materialize while going unnoticed. Eight days ago, Rabbi Fish predicted that the blood moon lunar eclipse that passed over the continental U.S. on Sunday would be a significant omen, even more so because it coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat.
In fact, an unprecedented daylight airstrike by the Israeli Air Force against Iranian military targets in southern Syria on Sunday led to an intensification of the conflict. An Iranian General declared that his forces were prepared to “destroy Israel” and the Israeli Intelligence Minister referred to the situation as an “open confrontation” with Iran.
“It is true that Rabbi Kanievsky has been saying the Moshiach is imminent for a few years, but that is not really very long when we are speaking about the Messiah,” Rabbi Fish said. “And every time, Rabbi Kanievsky speaks in different terms, describing a different aspect of the process,” he added.
“The Messiah is already active in the world but not everyone is willing to see this,” Fish said. “Some people are unwilling to see this no matter what proof is presented. If the conflict with Syria develops, it will become clear that the process of the Messiah began on Tu B’Shevat.”
Rabbi Fish emphasized that the upcoming Israeli elections are the result of a political divide that may prove to be irreconcilable.
“This could be the end of the Israeli government as we know it,” Fish said. “The conflict is over the law concerning the draft. The Supreme Court gave them three months to solve this. After that, no one knows what will happen.”
“The only solution is unity,” he maintained. “Not the appearance of unity for political purposes but a sincere and deep unity of the Jewish people. The last time we stood together as a nation was in the days of the Temple. If this [political] crisis, or the military crisis, brings us together, the result could be the Messiah.”

Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson (Screenshot)

Rabbi Kanievsky’s statement was also discussed by Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson, an expert in Torah codes, in a recent video. Using a Torah program that searches for equidistant letter sequences in the Bible, Rabbi Glazerson did a search for relevant expressions concerning Kanievsky’s announcement. He noted that the term “יבוא משיח” (the Messiah will come) appears once in Leviticus 23 adjacent to the letters “תשעט” signifying the current Hebrew year, 5779.
The rabbi also noted that included in the table was the word “מפורים” (from Purim). The holiday of Purim will fall on March 21 this year, three and a half weeks before the Israeli elections.
Also included in the table is the word “תשובה” (repentance) and אמונה (belief).
“Tshuva and belief are what bring the Messiah,” Rabbi Glazerson said. “Even in the times that are suited for the Messiah to come, without tshuva, there can be no Messiah. And faith is what leads to Israel being redeemed.”

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Hate Fest In Warsaw

February 16, 2019 “Information Clearing House” -Warsaw, Poland is not a fun place to visit in darkest February, but that is where the US just staged an anti-Iranian jamboree of 60 client states that brought derision and scorn from Europeans and much of the Mideast.
The point of this cynical exercise was to lay the diplomatic groundwork for an anti-Iranian coalition to act as a fig-leaf for an upcoming attack on Iran planned by President Donald Trump and his close ally, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu.
The real question is who is calling the shots in bleak Warsaw, Trump or Bibi Netanyahu? It seems to many that the Israeli tail is again wagging the American dog.
This is thanks to the power of America’s born-again evangelicals, hoodwinked into believing that a Greater Israel is somehow a key part of the Second Coming of Christ.
A Fox News poll this week finds that a quarter of these credulous folks believe that God actually summoned Donald Trump to become president. This may even be more than the number of Americans who believe that Elvis is still alive. More proof that the Republicans have pretty much become a theological party.
The three horseman of the hard right Republican Apocalypse, Vice president Mike Pence, Insecurity advisor John Bolton, and State Secretary Mike Pompeo (who reportedly keeps an open bible on his desk) joined their voices to the Warsaw jamboree to excoriate Iran for being a ‘sponsor of terrorism,’ and a danger to world peace and stability.
The never understated Bibi Netanyahu, whose nation has at least 100 nuclear weapons, claimed Iran, which has no nukes and feeble armed forces, was planning a ‘second Holocaust’ for Israel.
An over-excited Netanyahu even tweeted that the Warsaw meeting was preparing for `war with Iran.’ He was forced to retract his tweet. But he did get to sit next to the delegate from war-torn Yemen, a stooge put into place by the Saudis and Emiratis whose aggression against Yemen has so far cost hundreds of thousands of lives, mass starvation and epidemics.
This week a newly energized US House of Representatives voted for an end to their nation’s support for the Saudi-led war in the Mideast’s poorest nation. The Senate, still controlled by Republican Crusaders, will be likely to vote down the sensible House proposal.
Another participant at Warsaw was the largest Arab nation, Egypt. This nation just extended the rule of its military dictator, Field Marshall al-Sisi, to 2034. It was Sisi, backed by Saudi money, who overthrew Egypt’s first democratic government in history, killing and jailing thousands.
In a slap in the face to Washington, Europe’s leaders, France, Germany and the European Union government, either refused to attend the Warsaw hate-fest against Iran or sent low-level paper-passers.
Ironically, while Trump’s people were fulminating against Iranian ‘terrorism,’ it was Iran that was the victim of terrorist attacks. An attack from a Pakistan-based Sunni Jaish al-Adl extremist group linked to the CIA killed 27 soldiers and wounded a similar number. Iran has been the target of constant attacks since its 1979 revolution by groups linked to the US, and from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other US regional vassals.
Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is even a long-term lobbyist for the hyper-violent Marxist Iranian extremist group, the MEK which was even branded a ‘terrorist group’ by the US government.
The Warsaw jamboree was also supposed to set the stage for Trump’s much ballyhooed Mideast ‘peace’ plan. Run by son-in-law Jared Kushner, the full plan is expected to be released in April, right after Israeli elections. It will likely consist of trying to buy off Palestinian land claims with US taxpayer money and some cash from the Saudis. America’s Arab client states in the region will all provide polite applause.
The Warsaw jamboree produced no evident results and left the US even more isolated than before. Europe is moving ahead with a financial mechanism to permit trade with Iran that circumvents US sanctions. US intelligence itself reports that Iran is not working in nuclear weapons. Europe wants to trade with Iran.
America’s anti-Iran campaign has just suffered another blow. This after Washington badly damaged relations with China and Canada over the arrest of the daughter in Vancouver of the founder of Huawei over charges it traded with Iran. Most non-Americans view this as an outrage. But the later-day Crusaders around Trump don’t seem to care that they are damaging America’s reputation and making a mess of its foreign policy.
Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia.
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‘Israel’ Simulates Conditions of War with Hezbollah in New Drills

In an attempt to train soldiers for combat operations in topographical conditions similar to those in Lebanon, the Zionist army conducted a massive drill over the last week.
The wargame was the largest one carried out by the occupation’s 401st Brigade of the Armored Corps in recent years, according to ‘Israeli’ Channel 12 news. The soldiers carried out drills in coordination with the ‘Israeli’ Air Force, as well as the engineering and intelligence corps.
Dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers and helicopters were deployed in the training zone in the occupied Jordan Valley, according to the Zionist military.
The brigade’s commander, Col. Dudu Sonago, said Hezbollah fighters have gained extensive experience and have developed more sophisticated battle techniques after fighting in Syria’s war.
“As the situation in Syria stabilizes, Hezbollah is returning its forces to Lebanon,” Sonago said. “They are no longer a guerrilla organization, but a real army. They fought there in regiments of companies and battalions, very similar to the military,” he told Channel 12.
“They operate in civilian areas and are ready with a large quantity of anti-tank missiles,” Sonago added. “This is a challenge the [‘Israeli’ military] must train for.”
The exercise comes while the ‘Israeli’ regime heightened tensions along the border with Lebanon after launching an alleged operation to locate and destroy cross-border tunnels claimed to be used by Hezbollah to reach the occupied territories.
Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah later dismissed the effectiveness of the Zionist operation that wrapped up in January, adding that Hezbollah’s plan to liberate northern of the occupied territories remained intact.
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Sayyed Nasrallah: Trump Biggest Hypocrite, Internal Battle Against Financial Corruption Began

February 16, 2019
Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah assured Saturday that there are between 35 and 40 resistance axes around the world and their common trait is sympathy with the oppressed people and readiness to sacrifice for their sake.
In a speech he delivered during a ceremony commemorating the “martyred leaders”, Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that Sheikh Ragheb Harb refused to shake hands with the Israeli insisting that the occupation will soon end at a time when everyone considered that the occupation has become an imposed fact that they have to live with.
“They taught us patience, hope, belief in God’s promise, courage, good manners, right vision… and these are the traits of the resistance and its people today,” he stated, adding that “the resistance gained its strength and power, and achieved victories in bad circumstances imposed by the US, Israel, and their allies in the region the Takifiris, Saudi alignment, and the Emirates.”
His eminence explained that the “secret of the resistance lies in its faith and spirit not weapons and financial capacities. It lies in its readiness to defend and sacrifice, just like the case was in Syria and Iraq, and this spirit could never be defeated,” yet, he added “it keeps on its humbleness with people, specifically the oppressed ones, but it behaves differently with the thieves.”
As he denied claims about having any brigades in Venezuela or Latin America, he expressed solidarity with Venezuela against the US aggression and reassured that Hezbollah did not have any brigade outside Lebanon and has previously asked his foreign supporters to work separate from Hezbollah so that they wouldn’t be harmed from this relation.
Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated that Israel is aware of Hezbollah’s power and this enough deters it from any attack, indicating that the Israeli entity is aware, according to its own officials, that the Israeli army, specifically its ground force, is incapable of engaging in a war now.
“They don’t trust their army, but we trust our resistance. They are certain that the resistance can enter the Galilee but they are uncertain that their army is capable of entering Lebanon, and this is a great transformation. The concern today is in the Israeli settlements not in the south. This is the deterrence equation and it is of great importance,” he said.
Warsaw Summit
Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that “the United States today needed to initiate in a new step, it is trying to seek support for Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and this is why it called for Warsaw Summit, but what was the result? No final statement and just repeated speeches.”
“Warsaw Summit does not scare us, just like Sharm Sheikh conference did not scare us in the past even though our situation was harder back then. This Summit is weak, and its target is the Palestinian cause which was completely absent while the topic raised was fighting terrorism and keeping stability in the region, knowing that Israel is the head of terrorism in the region. The real propose out of it was normalization and bringing out the secret Gulf ties with Israel to Public.
Oman and the Emirate’s ties with Israel have been evident in the past but the Saudi ones are newly publicized,” his eminence noted, considering that “from the positive outcomes of the conference is that when Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi sits near Netanyahu, this reveals the real battle in Yemen, which is a US battle against Yemen and its people, implemented by Saudi and the Emirates. The same applies when Bahrain’s PM sits next to Netanyahu, because the Bahraini regime is part of the US, Israeli equation in the region.”
Hezbollah secretary general further noted that the second target of the summit was Iran which is much stronger today to be threatened with any war.
ISIS Defeat
Concerning ISIS, Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed that “it will be finished in Syria in a couple of hours, just like it was finished in Iraq and Lebanon, and this is a great development and victory,” adding: “I just want to point to the US hypocrisy, as the biggest hypocrite Donald Trump will come out to claim victory even though the US did not have anything to do with the battle against ISIS. The US (Obama and Clinton) created ISIS in Iraq by releasing its leaders from their jails and facilitating their entrance to Iraq by opening borders for them, and it wanted it to extend to Syria. Today it comes out to claim victory even though it wanted the battle to last for years. Just like it created Al-Qaeda then claimed victory against it, and just like it strengthened Saddam Hussein in Iraq by supplying him with weapons of mass destruction then got rid of him under the accusation of owning weapons of mass destruction, today Trump the hypocrite wants to claim victory against ISIS.”
Sayyed Nasrallah reassured that the resistance axis is the one that defeated ISIS in the region not the “US hypocrite who came at the end to play the role of the triumphant”.
“The will of the Iraqi government, the Iraqi Army and resistance factions is what defeated ISIS in Iraq,” he confirmed, adding: “Where did the US fight ISIS in Syria? The largest battles were fought by the Syrian Army, public forces, and the resistance movements under the support of the Russian ally, and the US stood an obstacle when the forces reached Furat river and all ISIS elements escaped to the eastern area.”
Addressing Trump, he said: “You sir have stopped the completion of the battle against ISIS because you wanted to target the latter east Furat, which you also failed in doing.”
Lebanese Cabinet
Internally, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed the importance of dialogue for solving all the issues and files.
Concerning electricity, his eminence assured that “the plan that was put in 2006 for solving the electricity issue in Lebanon with the aid of Iran was rejected by the government back then due to the US/Saudi stance on it, and the Lebanese people have been denied their right for 24/24 hours of electricity for 13 years now because of what I call “political distemper”.”
“Iran is willing to help but it is not chasing that, and the silliest thing I’ve heard is that this would help it take control over Lebanon! I mean does Iran really need a couple of loans to do that if it wanted to?”
Sayyed Nasrallah announced initiating in a battle against corruption after the formation of this government, stating: “The first steps in fighting corruption and financial waste were taken, and the two files proposed were: The first file is about 11 billion dollars that nobody knows how they were gone, and the second file is about negotiations being made to take a 400-million-dollar loan for meaningless issues.”
He asserted: “We are ready to be soldiers in the battle of protecting public money. We don’t care to be in the lead but we want to see results, return the stolen money, and stop any stealth from taking place… because all this money being stolen belongs to the people. We will refer to the legislation auhtority in everything, because the legislation and the whole country should take part in fighting this corruption.”
In conclusion, his eminence said: “With the same courage and steadfastness of Sheikh Raghab, Sayyed Abbas, and Hajj Imad we will hold the responsibility of this file and continue on the road that they were martyred on and had hope in. We will keep their will as well as our weapon and thtis will forever be our stance.”
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المقاومة ودولة المزارع… واستراتيجية المواجهة

فبراير 16, 2019

ناصر قنديل

– ليست قضية تشابه الكلمات ومعانيها وحدها ما يجعل المقاومة أمام تحديات الفوز بمعركة مكافحة الفساد تواجه امتحاناً وطنياً صعباً، حيث التشابه في الشكل والمضمون بين معركة المقاومة التي لم تبلغ أهدافها بعد في تحرير مزارع شبعا، ولا تزال واقفة عند حدود ما تحرّر من الأرض، وردع الاحتلال عن العدوان، وبالمقابل معركة تريد أن تبلغ أهدافها بتحرير مزارع الفساد داخل الدولة وإعادة الانتظام لإنفاق المال العام، ورد الاعتبار لدولة الرعاية التي لا يشعر مواطنوها أنهم زبائن تحت رحمة تاجر وحش اسمه الدولة يرعى تجاراً وحوشاً يحميهم الفساد.

– التشابه في الشكل بين معركتي تحرير مزارع شبعا ومزارع الفساد، مطابق للتشابه في المضمون، حيث العقبة دون معركة تحرير مزارع شبعا غياب إرادة وطنية حقيقية باعتبار التحرير أولوية، وغياب الإجماع الوطني على الاستعداد لتقديم الغطاء السياسي لعملية التحرير التي تستدعي دوراً لا غنى عنه للمقاومة، وتعديلاً بنيوياً في تسليح الجيش اللبناني وبالتالي بالعلاقات الدولية للبنان، وفي معركة تحرير مزارع الفساد تظهر العقبات ذاتها، بغياب الإرادة الوطنية الحقيقية باعتبار تحرير مزارع الفساد أولوية، وبغياب الإجماع الوطني على الاستعداد لتقديم الغطاء السياسي اللازم للعملية، التي تستدعي تغييراً هيكلياً في نمط النظام السياسي القائم على المحسوبية والتوزيع الطائفي للمغانم والمكاسب المسماة تلزيمات وتوظيف.

– القضية في المعركتين واحدة، وساذج من يعتقد أنها ناجمة عن اجتهادات مخالفة، أو غياب الإدراك للحقائق، فمخطئ من يتوهم أن القضية وقف على كمية التسلسل المنطقي والاعتبارات الموضوعية والوطنية التي تساق لتظهير أولوية كل من المعركتين وتعبيرهما عن حاجة وطنية ملحّة ومصلحة وطنية عليا، فالمختلفون مع خيار تحرير مزارع شبعا رغم أنهم لا يجاهرون، لكنهم بكامل وعيهم شركاء في حلف إقليمي دولي معادٍ للمقاومة، وأسياد هذا الحلف في الخارج شركاء لـ»إسرائيل» في معارك المواجهة مع محور المقاومة، وكذلك هم المختلفون مع خيار تحرير مزارع الفساد، لا يجاهرون، لكنهم بكامل وعيهم شركاء في حلف سياسي اقتصادي داخلي وخارجي يشكل مصدر نمو الفساد وتناسله، عبر فلسفة الاستدانة وخدمة الدين والفوائد، وفلسفة الخصخصة، والتنظيم الطائفي للدولة، وتماماً كما هم المختلفون مع خيار تحرير مزارع شبعا لا يجاهرون بل يتناولون المقاومة ويواجهونها في ملفات أخرى ويستأخرون بتقادم الأمر الواقع قضية وضع استراتيجية وطنية لتحرير مزارع شبعا، ويقدمون وسائل غير مجدية لتحريرها بالطرق الدبلوماسية. لا يجاهر معارضو تحرير مزارع الفساد بموقفهم، بل يواجهون كل محاولة للمساس بفلسفة الاستدانة والفوائد والخصخصة والتنظيم الطائفي للدولة، ويستأخرون بتقادم الأمر الواقع كل محاولة لوضع استراتيجية وطنية لمكافحة الفساد.

في قضية تحرير مزارع شبعا، اضطرت المقاومة لاعتماد منهجية بدأت بالسعي لتحقيق إجماع على الاعتراف بلبنانيتها وبكونها تحت الاحتلال، بعد زمن من التنكر لهذه الحقيقة، ونجحت المقاومة بذلك. ثم دخلت مرحلة العمليات التذكيرية بها، ثم مرحلة العمليات النوعية فيها، وهي الآن مع طرح الحوار حول استراتيجية للدفاع الوطني تستعد للتحرك نحو المطالبة باستراتيجية وطنية لتحرير المزارع، وفي تحرير مزارع الفساد نجحت المقاومة بانتزاع اعتراف بالإجماع بوجود الفساد ودرجة خطره بعد زمن من الإنكار، فهل ستلجأ إلى منهج العمليات التذكيرية والعمليات النوعية، كما هو الحال بملفات وزارة الاتصالات وشركات الخلوي وموازناتها، تمهيداً للمطالبة باستراتيجية وطنية لتحريرها، أم أنها ستجد نفسها وجهاً لوجه أمام الحاجة للقفز فوراً إلى المعركة الكبرى المفتوحة كما تقول وقائع النظام السياسي اللبناني، حيث سيقاتل بعضه دفاعاً عن التنظيم الطائفي وما تمثله المحاصصة فيه، وبعضه دفاعاً عن الاستدانة وقطاع المصارف والقصد هو نظام فوائد الدين، وبعضه دفاعاً عن الخصخصة وتحويل الدولة تاجراً مع المواطن في ظل نظرية أنها تاجر فاشل حيث تحقق الأرباح، ويتداخل هذا البعض بذاك بين حليف وصديق وخصم؟

قضية النظام السياسي والاقتصادي على الطاولة، ولا فوز بربح معركتي تحرير مزارع شبعا كما مزارع الفساد دون دخولها من الباب حيث الشبابيك متاهات تعيدك إلى الخارج، والمقاومة معنية وهي تخوض وتقود المعركتين أن تبقي عينها مفتوحة أن قضيتها تقع هنا: في الحاجة لتغيير جذري في نظام متهالك لم يعد ينتج إلا المزيد من الكوارث وهو يتظاهر بالسعي لإصلاح بعضها.

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Trump Finds Re-Election Slogan – ‘Evil Socialism’

Trump Finds Re-Election Slogan – ‘Evil Socialism’

Trump Finds Re-Election Slogan – ‘Evil Socialism’

The 2020 US presidential elections are well underway with at least six Democrat contenders so far throwing their hats into the ring. For his part, incumbent President Donald Trump has newly minted a cause for his re-election – saving America from creeping socialism.
During his State of the Union speech last week, Trump conspicuously warned “fellow Americans” of the putative evil of socialism. He lambasted the “socialist dictatorship” of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, then fatuously and falsely leveled all the economic misery of the South American country on the alleged failings of socialism. As if years of US economic sanctions against the country and recent confiscation of oil assets have nothing to do with Venezuela’s turmoil.
In the next lines of his annual nationwide address, Trump then linked US political opponents with Venezuela’s socialist President Maduro, retorting: “And some people want to bring socialism to the United States!”
The logic is revealing. First, that the president should even mention socialism in this Union address in such a pointed way shows that there is a foreboding concern among the American oligarchy – of which supposed “maverick” Trump is a consummate insider – that there is a surging interest in working class rights, propelled by a popular disdain towards capitalism and a growing affinity with socialism.
Secondly, the pejorative bracketing of political opponents in the US with the “Maduro regime” in Venezuela is a tried-and-trusted method of political smearing. Any would-be contender for the White House who speaks out about class issues and the systematic social failings of capitalism will be, it is calculated, denigrated as a “socialist stooge” in league with Venezuela’s Maduro.
For the 2016 election, Trump ran on the ticket of “Make America Great Again”. For the 2020 campaign, the emerging re-election slogan will be along the line of “Keep Socialism out of America”.
Trump’s erstwhile promises to salvage the “American carnage” and reinvent American greatness have transpired to be empty gimmicks of a sales conman. More than halfway into his presidency, the vast majority of ordinary working Americans are no better off, maybe even worse off. Trump’s bragging about overseeing the world’s “hottest economy” is all hot air, as detailed by American economics professor Richard Wolff. The boost in stock market indicators rather than a reinvigoration of the real productive economy is very much down to the massive tax giveaways to the super-rich and corporate executives that this real-estate-magnate-turned-president has bestowed.
The continuing deterioration in social conditions for most Americans has resulted in an increased popular hostility towards corporate capitalism, Wall Street and what more and more citizens correctly perceive as a plutocracy masquerading as “democracy”. The alienation from capitalism and the myth of the “American Dream” has resulted in a growing openness among ordinary citizens to socialism. The corruption and misery of capitalism is driving people to search for alternatives. Polls have shown majorities of US public expressing a positive identity with socialist politics. It is no longer a taboo concept. This is quite a shocking achievement in the US, where decades of government, news media and academic propaganda have tried to expunge any notion of socialism from the American mind.
A reflection of the trend is seen in the increasingly critical rhetoric among certain Democrat politicians about economic injustice. The Bernie Sanders wing of the party, which includes new wave Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Tulsi Gabbard, have openly articulated the word “socialism” – which again is something of a dramatic development in the US after decades of McCarthyite witch-hunting and Edgar J Hoover-like demonization of socialists as “traitorous Reds”.
The latest Democrat to announce their bid for the White House is Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. During her contender speech last weekend at a rally for Blue Collar communities, Warren spoke scathingly of “the failure of the American system”. She talked about the chasm between the oligarchic one per cent in American society and the massive poverty of the rest. It was an implicitly radical speech.
Trump is very much in that top one per cent of super-rich who have siphoned off America’s wealth during decades of neoliberal capitalism, overseen by both Republican and Democrat administrations belonging to the two parties of Big Business.
There is, however, an awareness among the more leftwing side of the Democrats that the party has to break from its sponsorship links to Big Business and Wall Street – as epitomized by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race – if it is to win the White House in 2020.
Trump should be an easy target for a genuine contender who can expose his empty conman talk about caring for “American workers”. Trump’s blatantly pro-rich tax banditry would also be a field day for a socialist candidate to make huge political hay. So too would his continuation of American imperialist warmongering, as most clearly manifested in the Trump administration’s outrageous interference in Venezuela’s democracy.
Donald J Trump, the big-mouth realtor, knows that he is vulnerable to a genuine political offensive from the left. There is a groundswell of opposition to “the system” among ordinary citizens – if it can harnessed by a confident socialist candidate. That would explain why Trump has lately “discovered” the threat of socialism to “our great country”.
The trouble is that it is doubtful if such a counter-candidate exists in the present US political landscape. In Elizabeth Warren’s rally at the weekend, she seemed to studiously avoid using the words “capitalism” or “socialism”. Her rival Democrat candidate, New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, reportedly distanced herself in media interviews from being identified as a socialist following Trump’s Red-baiting State of the Union speech last week.
Over the next year in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, we can expect more such withering attempts by Trump and the establishment political class to find common cause in denigrating any opponent who sounds too much like a socialist, even if that opponent doesn’t actually use the word themselves.
The irony is rich, or maybe that should be super-rich. Trump has complained about opponents in Washington and the corporate media for waging a witch-hunt against him over his alleged links to Russia. Yet this oligarchic conman has no scruples or hesitation in using witch-hunt tactics to defile opponents who are labelled as “evil socialists”.
This desperate maneuver by Trump to use socialism as a bogeyman is unwittingly a signal that America’s plutocracy does actually view the resurgence in class politics and socialism as a real threat to its privileged siphoning off of wealth under capitalism.
Can American voters find a candidate who courageously takes up their cause? That is the kind of breakthrough that America and the rest of world needs.

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«سوتشي» و»أوسلو»: آليات الصراع على الشرق الأوسط؟

فبراير 16, 2019

د. وفيق إبراهيم

الصراع على الشرق الأوسط لم يتوقف عند الحرب العالمية الثانية، وارثاً كل القتال القديم على هذه الأرض بمصطلحات ذلك الزمان.. المشرق الشرق ـ الشرق الأدنى، مقدّمة آسيا.. الخ.. العالم العربي، سورية ـ عراق.. الخ.

مرة واحدة، استولى عليه الأميركيون بمفردهم 1990- 2010 وسرعان ما عاد الروسي إليه على هدي الصمود الإيراني ومقاومة سورية للإرهاب والنفوذ الأميركي.. كانت هذه المقدمة ضرورية للربط بين مؤتمرات سوتشي و اوسلو الأميركي الذي يجمع ستين دولة بينها اثنتا عشرة عربية بالإضافة إلى إسرائيل .

فإذا كانت سوتشي تريد تنظيم سورية لتسهيل الانطلاق نحو الإقليم، فإن أوسلو يهتم بالسيطرة على إيران للعودة إلى سورية وتقييد حركة روسيا والصين. لذلك فهما مشروعان متصادمان بالأهداف، ويؤسسان لآليات الحرب الباردة، الجديدة في منطقة تمتد من حدود أفغانستان حتى حدود مصر مع شمال أفريقيا، بما يشمل تركيا وإيران والمشرق العربي والسودان وآسيا الوسطى والقرن الأفريقي. هذا أقصى ما توصل إليه الأميركيون في التوسعة الأخيرة لحدود الشرق الأوسط التي واكبت أحاديثهم.

ماذا يريد سوتشي ؟

الدور الروسي في سورية، شرعي بطلب من دولتها، واعتبر منذ البداية أنّ التنسيق بين اللاعبين في الميدان السوري ضرورة للتسريع في الحل، وبناء على تحالفه التأسيسي مع إيران التي كانت من بين الذين طالبوا بالتدخل في سورية بنوا الأساس الجاذب لتركيا، الطرف المحوري في الأزمة فإيران جارة حدودية لتركيا ومنافستها في الإقليم، وشريكتها في الهم الكردي. ولأن للطرفين مشروعين متقابلين، فلا بدّ من التنسيق. أما روسيا فرأت في الميدان السوري طريق عودتها إلى القرار الدولي فاستعملت مع إيران مبدأ المصلحة المشتركة بالدفاع عن الدولة السورية، وجذبت تركيا بمشاريع اقتصادية خطوط غاز عبرها إلى أوروبا وبالسلاح ss400 والاستيراد والتصدير ونحو خمسة ملايين سائح سنوياً.. بالإضافة إلى الجوار في البحر الأسود، وهناك نقطة هامة، تتعلق بالرفض الأميركي لكل طموحات تركيا. ضمن هذه المعطيات تشكلت سوتشي على أساس القضاء على الإرهاب والنفوذ الأميركي ـ الخليجي على قاعدة سيادة الدولة السورية.

وبدا أنّ موسكو تريد من سوتشي أداء دور رافعة ، تعيدها إلى الثنائية الدولية مع الأميركيين، مقابل مشروع تركي يسعى من خلال سوتشي للعودة إلى العالم العربي من البوابة السورية المقفلة في وجهه، فقطر لا قوة لها على أداء هذا الدور، والخليج يخشى من طموحاتها الإسلامية ومصر ترفض إخوانيتها الإسلامية كما أنّ الأميركيين لم يولوه ثقتهم إلى حدود محاولتهم إسقاط نظام أردوغان، هذا ما جعل أنقرة تتمسك بسوتشي مع محافظتها على نافذة أطلسية تطل منها على تحالفاتها التاريخية بين الحين والآخر.

ماذا عن إيران الفريق الثالث في سوتشي؟ إيران في مرمى التصويب الأميركي ـ الخليجي ـ الإسرائيلي، منذ نجاح ثورتها الإسلامية في 1979، وهذا لم يمنعها من تأسيس تحالفات شملت افغانستان الهزارة وقسماً من باكستان والهند واليمن والعراق وسورية ولبنان، ما أدّى إلى اهتزاز النفوذ الأميركي في العالم الإسلامي، فخرجت إيران إلى الإقليم تشجّع على رفض الهيمنة الأميركية، في محاولة لتوسيع إطار الصراع معها، فتتقلّص معاناتها مما تتعرّض له من حصار ومقاطعات وتحريض داخلي وخارجي. كما أنّها وبهذه الطريقة تدعم حركة التمرد الإقليمي على الأميركيين انطلاقاً من حماية حليفتها سورية، هذا ما أدّى إلى نجاح سوتشي في إدارة الجزء الأساسي من أزمة سورية على الرغم من المراوغات التركية الواضحة.

ماذا عن وارسو ؟

يبدو أنّ مهمته الأساسية المحافظة على الدور الأميركي المتراجع في الشرق الأوسط على قاعدة استحداث آليات جديدة صادمة، لمصارعة الروس والإيرانيين والسوريين. ومنع العراق من أداء أدواره على الحدودين: السعودية كمعدّد والسورية كتحليف. لذلك جمع الأميركيون في اوسلو إسرائيل مع اثنتي عشرة دولة عربية في حلف يستهدف إيران. فكسرت بهذا المؤتمر الصراع العربي ـ الإسرائيلي، باختراع إيران الإسلامية عدواً جديداً للعرب، أو للقسم الأكبر منهم. وتحوّلت إسرائيل بفضل وارسو إلى حليف مأمون الجانب، يضع قوته العسكرية في خدمة مشروع تدمير العدو الجديد إيران.

وبذلك يصبح التطبيع مع الكيان الإسرائيلي بأوجهه العسكرية ليس كافياً.. ويلزمه تطبيع اقتصادي واجتماعي وسياسي.. وهذه أهداف إسرائيل الحقيقية. لجهة أصحاب اوسلو فهم على علم بأنّ الحرب ضد إيران تشمل تحالفات إيران في المنطقة وتزعزع مكانتهم في العراق ولن يقف الروس منها موقفاً محايداً.. هذا إلى جانب اعتراض أوروبي على استهداف غير مبرّر لإيران.

بأي حال، فإنّ الأميركيين يعتبرون اوسلو وسيلة تحشيدية لوقف تراجعاتهم ومحاصرة إيران عبر قطع علاقاتها بستين دولة هم أعضاء اوسلو ودفعها للانهيار من الداخل. وما استهداف الحرس الثوري الإيراني بسيارة مفخّخة أوقعت عشرات القتلى إلا عيّنة مما تحضره مخابرات أوسلو لهذا البلد. يتبيّن أنّ سوتشي و أوسلو آليتان من حرب باردة حامية الوطيس، إلى درجة اندلاع حروب صغيرة تعكس الصراع الأميركي ـ الروسي ـ الإيراني ـ التركي على الشرق الأوسط،.. بمشاركة إسرائيلية ـ خليجية. لذلك فإن المدى العراقي قد يكون أكثر الساحات التهاباً في هذه الحرب الباردة لما يختزنه من أهميات الربط بين محور روسي ـ سوري ـ إيراني، وبين إصرار أميركي على احتلال العراق بشكل دائم لقطع طريق محور سوتشي ، كما قال بنس نائب الرئيس الأميركي في خطابه في اوسلو.

وهذا يكشف بوضوح أن وارسو هو الردّ الأميركي للعودة إلى السيطرة على الشرق الأوسط على متن الحلف الإسرائيلي ـ العربي..

الرابح حتى الآن هو سوتشي.. بانتظار النصر النهائي بعد عودة العراق إلى أدواره العربية والإقليمية.

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