Saudi Arabia on the American chessboard – Part 4
By B. J. Sabri | American Herald Tribune | August 25, 2016
Uncovering the extent and details of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the U.S. wars against selected Arab and non-Arab states is somewhat complicated, and the reason is shortage of reliable information. Even if such information were available, we may have to sieve through a huge amount of data searching for patterns, relations, and critical values. For instance, how to search for the methods the U.S. employs to enforce Saudi involvement in its plans and polices? What drives the Arab and regional policy (and wars) of the Saudi regime?
Suppose we search for the true reasons behind Iraq’s invasion of Iran in 1980. Can we extrapolate data to prove that the United States and Saudi Arabia were the godfathers for a war that lasted over eight years and killed over one million Iranians and Iraqis? Why did Iraq not invade Iran when the Shah was in power given that its basic problems with Iran were, more or less, the same? Was the “secret” meeting between Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein around June 1980 a prelude to that war? Did the U.S.-Saudi-Iraqi plan to attack Iran materialize during the meeting between the Iraqi president, King Fahad, and the American Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, July 1980? Can we read the past in present terms to see what the U.S.-Saudi plans of the 1980s have done to the region in the successive 35 years? … continue
The Labour party is on a perilous path. That it may end in an irrevocable split is the least of our worries. Of greater concern is the prospect of fighting in the streets. The party conference – scheduled for next month in the fissiparous city of Liverpool, but in some doubt because no security has yet been secured – will attract protesters, probably thousands of them. If it goes ahead, it could turn into the notorious Democratic Convention of 1968 in Chicago, a pitched battle outside the amphitheatre in which police used mace, tear gas and batons, and dozens were hurt including reporters and an observing British MP. Not surprisingly, the subsequent election was won by a Republican, Richard Nixon.
Whence this anger, this prospect of civil disobedience? First, consider a proposition: Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular politician in Britain. That the government and the media and the parliamentary Labour party are all in denial about it does not stop it being so. No leader has ever received a mandate comparable to Corbyn’s a year ago. No leader’s election has ever swelled the membership of any party like Corbyn’s has. No politician draws crowds like Corbyn does. No politician has so many groupings supporting him and promoting him on social media and through traditional word-spreading methods. Ignore the discredited opinion polls – Labour has done better than predicted in every actual electoral test since Corbyn became leader and is frequently gaining more than half the votes in this summer’s local by-elections. The support for Corbyn is unprecedented in modern British politics. Labour should be so lucky to have such a revered leader. Unelectable? Puh-lease. … continue
An Israeli activist who supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Zionist entity said he requested refugee status in Canada.
Gilad Paz, 34, landed at Montreal International Airport on Aug. 11 after traveling from Tel Aviv and requested political asylum. He told a Canadian asylum officer that he is a BDS and human rights activist, Israeli news paper Haaretz reported.
A self-employed lawyer, Paz fled the occupied territories because he has been “politically persecuted” by the occupation authorities, he told the Ynet news website.
“I came to a conclusion that people like me have no place in Israel, and that’s why I’ve decided to leave before it’s too late,” Paz said.
“I do not believe in the State of Israel. I believe that the Zionist enterprise was a mistake in its essence, and we pay until today a hefty price for it.”
He added: “I support BDS because the State of Israel does not understand a different language.”
Paz said he decided to leave after Israeli public security minister, Gilad Erdan, and interior minister, Aryeh Deri, formed a government task force recently to prevent the entry of foreign BDS supporters and deport those who have already entered territories under Israeli control.
Paz said he chose Canada “because they are the most open to applications for political asylum.”
Syrian opposition groups allied with Turkey and supported by Ankara’s forces, on Sunday drove Kurdish fighters from three settlements near the northern Syrian town of Jarabulus, a Kurdish source told Sputnik.
On Wednesday, Ankara announced that Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, had begun a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield to clear Jarabulus of militants from the Islamic State jihadist group.
“Armed groups supported by Turkey have established control over the villages of Balaban, Amarna and Dabas, south of Jarabulus,” the source said.
The source added that Syrian opposition fighters supported by Ankara were fighting in the vicinity of the Bir Qusa village, with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the number of casualties already surpassing 40 people.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups.
Turkey has been shelling Kurdish militias in northern Syria along the Turkish border for months. Ankara has claimed that the Syrian Kurds have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish authorities.
Turkish armed forces and Syrian rebels pushed Daesh out of Jarablus within hours, despite previous unsuccessful attempts to free the border town since 2013, prompting Syrian Kurds to suspect that something was fishy with Ankara’s military incursion into the neighboring nation.
Abd Salam Muhammad Ali, a representative of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Russia, told Vzglyad that Turkish troops took control of Jarablus encountering almost no resistance. “Judging from how fast this ‘liberation’ took place, I have grounds to believe that this is a show. The militants shaved off their beards and rushed to join ‘moderates,'” he said. […]
“If Daesh was not Erdogan’s ally, could [Turkish troops and Free Syrian Army fighters] seize the city within hours? The United States and others have to see Erdogan’s secret thoughts. We are persistent in pursuing our anti-Daesh strategy and will fight against the militants until the end. The international community needs to know the truth. As long as Erdogan stays there, Daesh will not go anywhere,” he said. … Full article
As recently acknowledged by The Washington Post, US Special Forces are directly involved in military operations in Libya, «coordinating American airstrikes and providing intelligence information» to local forces battling the Islamic State (IS) for Sirte, 450 kilometres to the east of Tripoli.
British special forces have also been active in Libya for several months, providing direct military support to brigades from Misurata (Libya’s third largest city situated in the northwest of the country), which are also attacking Sirte. Paradoxically, the British and Americans are supporting irreconcilable enemies in the Libyan conflict as allies. … continue
The UK’s most popular mid-market daily, The Daily Mail, has long tried to straddle the line between serious political content and crowd-pleasing tabloid fodder. Sadly, in recent times quite a lot of its Russia coverage has been falling into the second category.
This is particularly true when it comes to using Vladimir Putin’s name to generate internet traffic, with click-bait pieces focused on the Russian President. Indeed, no less than 18 articles graced their special “Putin” section in the first 20 days of August alone.
While most of this constant innuendo is harmless enough, recently things reached a new low. With the headline “Is Trump a Russian agent? Top Kremlinologist presents a tantalizing and disturbing dossier on why the presidential hopeful could have closer links to the Kremlin than it may appear,” the Mail gave ample space to a lobbyist for US defense contractors to publish a factually challenged, and heavily biased, essay on Russia.
The entities that sponsor the author’s activities include Bell Helicopters, Lockheed Martin, the Raytheon Company, and Sikorsky Aircraft. In other words, precisely the same people who benefit the most from renewed tensions between Russia and the West. This support is neatly dressed up in a pseudo-academic sounding enterprise called CEPA (Centre of European Policy Analysis). But don’t be fooled – CEPA is no different from any other lobbying vehicle. … continue
A Russian journalist was found shot dead on Sunday in an apartment in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev police said in a statement.
“Police are establishing the circumstances of the journalist’s death… Police received information about it about midnight [21:00 GMT]. When an investigative team arrived at the crime scene, a man with a gunshot wound to the head was found on the balcony. According to the preliminary forensic data, the death occurred between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It transpired that the man, born in the Russian Federation in 1962, had been living in Kiev for several years and was a head of an online media outlet,” the statement said.
The statement added that during the search, the investigators found a fired case, a rubber-bullet pistol and a suicide note.
Later in the day, Ukrainian media reported that the killed man was Alexander Shchetinin, who was the founder of the Novy Region news agency.
Interviewed by Ukrainian radio station Radio EC-Evropeiska Stantsiya on the eve of his departure earlier this week, the ambassador, who played a critical support role in the EuroMaidan riots which culminated in the February 2014 coup d’etat in Kiev, explained that Russia’s ostensible obligations under the Minsk agreements were in no way connected to European officials’ decision to prolong anti-Russian sanctions. Accordingly, Tombinski noted, the sanctions can be extended whether Russia ‘complies with its obligations’ or not.
The diplomat did not reveal what exactly those “obligations” might be, given that Moscow is not even a direct party to the conflict, but a mediator. Instead, he suggested that the sanctions were connected with Russia’s “aggression” against Ukraine and the “annexation” of Crimea, whose population voted overwhelmingly to break off from Kiev and rejoin Russia amid the instability that followed the 2014 coup.
Tombinski’s remarks, essentially revealing that EU sanctions against Russia might remain in place indefinitely, come at an unfortunate time for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
A day prior to his comments, Merkel reiterated to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka the oft-used mantra that the EU’s sanctions were directly connected to Moscow living up to its commitments under Minsk. … continue
A New York Times columnist writes Americans are so “dumbed-down” that they don’t know that Russia “invaded” Ukraine two years ago, but that “invasion” was mostly in the minds of Times editors and other propagandists, says Robert Parry. – Read article
Police practices are under fire as more and more recordings of excessive force and racist behavior surface. Some police departments have responded by trying to work with communities to regain trust lost, while others try to silence whistleblowers.
The availability of smartphones and cameras has empowered citizens to become guerrilla journalists who feel protected by the First Amendment. However, many have been shocked to discover revealing police misconduct may result in being targeted and harassed by law enforcement.
Filmmakers David Felix Sutcliffe and Laura Poitras have asked the documentary community to show their solidarity for civilian journalists by signing a petition. So far, the petition has at least 306 names, including multiple Academy Award-winning and nominated documentarians.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has endorsed their petition, saying in a statement, “Arrests of grassroots journalists who record police activities implicate not only the 1st and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, but also the very legitimacy of our legal system, which grounds its claim to power in impartiality. Yet, around the country, the law has subjected to penalties people pursuing constitutionally protected activities that enhance transparency, while turning a blind eye to the violence prompting residents to place themselves at risk.” … continue
Dozens of Palestinian football players and soccer fans have suffered tear gas inhalation after Israeli forces raided a stadium northeast of Jerusalem al-Quds on Friday.
Palestinian sources said some 1,200 people were watching a match between two clubs on Friday afternoon, when Israeli troops stormed the Faisal al-Husseini stadium in the town of al-Ram. The Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd, leaving dozens of people in need of medical attention. The motive behind the Israeli attack was not immediately clear.
Separately, five young Palestinian men were shot and injured in the town of Silwad northeast of Ramallah after clashes erupted at the funeral of the 38-year-old Iyad Zakariya Hamed. The Israeli military said they shot dead the man at the entrance to Silwad after they suspected him of running towards an army post.
Israeli media outlets initially said the slain Palestinian had opened fire from inside a car, and that a woman might have accompanied him.
They further alleged that the man was shot and critically injured inside his vehicle, and later succumbed to his gunshot wounds.
It was later revealed that the Palestinian man, who is survived by three children, was unarmed.
Meanwhile, three Palestinian youths suffered injuries from live fire during skirmishes with Israeli troops in the eastern Shuja’iyya neighborhood of the Gaza City.
Gaza’s Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the trio sustained moderate gunshot wounds, and were transferred to hospital. … Full article
Ma’an – August 27, 2016
GAZA – Israeli naval forces Saturday morning detained a Palestinian fisherman off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, while Israeli forces opened live fire at Palestinian farmers working near the separation barrier east of the neighborhoods of al-Zaytun and Ash Shujayyiah.
Head of the fishermen union Nizar Ayyash told Ma’an that Israeli military vessels chased several fishing boats off the coast of Gaza, detaining Al-Abid Zaki Tarush, while the other boats fled.
Israeli forces also opened live fire at farmers east of Gaza city. Witnesses said Israeli forces stationed at the separation barrier between the besieged enclave and Israel and opened live fire at farmers working on the their lands. No injuries were reported. … Full article
A US warship in Iranian territorial waters could have little to do with innocent passage and Iran had every right to try to chase it away feeling its security threatened, said independent researcher and writer Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich.
A US Navy ship reportedly fired warning shots at an Iranian military vessel which sailed too close in the Persian Gulf.
RT: The US fired warning shots at Iranian ships near Iranian waters? A bit of a funny situation, isn’t it?
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Well, yes. According to Stars and Stripes, the American military magazine, they were actually inside Iran’s territorial waters. … continue
Saudi warplanes have killed at least 15 civilians in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.
According to local media reports, the Saudi jets attacked a minibus carrying civilians in the Shar’eb region of the provinces.
Saudi planes also targeted a gas station and a power plant in multiple raids on the provinces of Sa’ada, Hajjah, and Amran.
Since Friday, Riyadh’s jets have hit the three northern provinces over 50 times, causing vast destruction and casualties. At least 11 people, including two children, died in a series of attacks on Sa’ada.
In another attack on Friday, nearly a dozen civilians, including two children, were killed and several others injured when Saudi military aircraft attacked various residential areas across the country. … Full article
Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has rejected an initiative put forth by US Secretary of State John Kerry to resolve the crisis in the war-torn country.
Mohammed Abdulsalam, the Ansarullah spokesman, said Saturday that the offer aims at depriving the Houthis of their arms in their fight of resistance against the Saudi invasion.
“Whoever has a greedy eye on our weapons, we will have a greedy eye on his life,” Abdulsalam wrote in a message posted on Facebook.
Kerry earlier called on Houthis to hand over their weapons including ballistic missiles and to pull back from the capital Sana’a. In return, the US secretary of state said Houthis and allies can have a share in Yemen’s future unity government. … continue
As the Yemen International Conference in the Support of Yemen was in full swing in the British capital, London, Yemenis came in their hundreds of thousands to pledge their support to the Resistance movement this August 20, 2016 – yet another popular show of force, yet another grand display of sovereign political will in the face of foreign diktat.
To the sounds of explosions, and flying Saudi war planes it is Yemen which came to defy its invaders; a proud nation under unprecedented duress, a land united under the banner of its resistance.
“We won’t bow down to the House of Saud” chanted the crowd. “We will never bow down to the criminal House of Saud,” millions repeated in unison.
If Yemen remains in the throes of a brutal war of attrition for its dared ambition to live free under its skies, its people are quite determined to weather whatever storm Saudi Arabia will throw, so that their right to self-govern and resist oppression could be affirmed – never to be questioned again.
However one chooses to look at Yemen’s war, it would be foolish to deny still that those brave souls corporate media still label as “rebels” are in fact the carrier of a nation’s will; the very expression of a people’s inherent right to carve its own political future, regardless of what anyone else might think.
Let me be brutally honest here – Yemen neither needs foreign approval, nor does it require foreign vetting. … continue
Nuremberg: “a war of aggression … is the supreme international crime”
Waging genocidal war on a defenseless country was never so baldly and honestly put on any agenda for talks among US secretary of state John Kerry, representatives of Saudi Arabia’s dictatorship, and their mutual allies, even though they are all engaged in an endless genocidal war on Yemen. This war is a war of aggression, started by Saudi Arabia in March 2015, with crucial US blessing, participation, personnel, and ordnance. The US has been a willing, guilty partner and enabler in 18 months of military atrocities in a one-sided war that everyone involved knew – or should have known – was a pure war crime based on a paranoid delusion. … continue
A US drone attack has killed 22 Afghan soldiers held by Taliban militants in the southern Helmand province, while Taliban have overrun a strategic district elsewhere.
Provincial officials announced the fatalities on Saturday. Taliban also confirmed the death toll, saying the airstrike had killed three of the group’s members in the Nad-e-Ali district on Thursday.
Helmand is a strategically important province for both the Afghan government and Taliban militants, who control or contest 10 of the 14 districts in the opium-rich province.
On Saturday, Taliban militants seized a strategic district in the eastern province of Paktia, from which they can surge towards several other provinces.
Officials said dozens of police and soldiers were killed as the militants captured the Jani Khel district after five days of siege.
Local governor Abdul Rahman Solamal said hundreds of militants attacked police check posts overnight, prompting security forces to flee the district. … continue
US sanctions are threatening to derail Russian energy major Rosneft’s acquisition of a 49 percent stake in India’s Essar Oil, reports The Times of India.
The deal was curtailed by the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, according to the daily.
In July 2014, the Department of the Treasury included Rosneft on the list of sanctioned Russian companies after Washington accused Moscow of involvement in the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine and of annexing Crimea. … continue
It was about two years ago to the day I was blacklisted at CNN.
I don’t want to remind them they were sadly wrong, but they were. So write this off however you prefer, but understand that we were lied to again to drag us again into an open-ended war in Iraq-Syria. Last time it was Bush and those missing Weapons of Mass Destruction. This time it was Obama and saving the Yazidi people from genocide. … continue
Syrian Kurdish forces have been among the bravest and most effective in the war against ISIS in Syria. However as things stand they may well also be on course to be the most treacherous.
Whether organized under the auspices of the PYD (People’s Protection Units) or SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) there is no doubting that the role played by the Kurds in northern Syria in first resisting and now taking the fight to ISIS will go down in history. But now as the Kurds continue their advance through Raqqa Province, closing in on Raqqa from the north, it is clear that with the backing of US military forces, they are intent on exploiting the chaos of the conflict to carve out their own autonomous territory of Rojava (Western Kurdistan) with Hasakah as its capital.
Syrian concerns over the Kurds’ intentions were initially raised in March, when at a meeting in the town of Rmeilan in Hasakah Province the Kurds and their allies unilaterally declared a northern autonomous federation, which understandably the Syrian government refused to accept or recognize. In January, two months prior to the declaration of said northern federation by the Kurds, US troops had taken control of an airfield just outside Rmeilan. It doesn’t take a genius to discern a connection between both. … continue
So it’s settled, according to The New York Times: Israel was not at fault in a strike that killed 10 civilians near a United Nations school in the 2014 assault on Gaza, nor was it guilty of breaking the law in other instances that left innocent victims dead during that conflict.
This, at least, is what the Israeli military claims, and in a one-sided story in the Times this week, Isabel Kershner takes the Israeli military findings at face value, never questioning its conclusions or seeking commentary from outside sources.
She opens her piece with a summary of the military’s own account of the strike on the school, recounting it as established fact without attribution. Kershner goes on to say that the army also declared itself innocent of deliberately causing civilian deaths in two other attacks during the 51-day offensive: a strike on the Bureij refugee camp and the death of 12 members of one family in Rafah. The three cases were among seven closed without charges this week. … continue
BETHLEHEM – Two Palestinian youths were injured with live fire during clashes with Israeli soldiers in al-Duheisha refugee camp in southern Bethlehem early Friday morning, as reports emerged of an Israeli army commander making repeated threats in recent weeks to make “all youth in the camp disabled.”
Local sources said that two youths were shot and injured in the legs during clashes that erupted after Israeli forces raided the camp in Friday’s predawn hours.
Sources added that Israeli soldiers raided and searched the house of the incarcerated Palestinian Muhammad al-Seifi, detaining his mother and sister by locking them inside their home to pressure Muhammad’s younger brother Naba to turn himself into Israeli authorities.
Israeli forces also blew off the door of the Ibdaa Cultural Center near the entrance to the camp and occupied the rooftop of the building, from where Israeli snipers fired live ammunition and tear-gas canisters at local youth. … continue
RAMALLAH – A reportedly unarmed Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces at a military post near the illegal Israeli Ofra settlement at the western entrance to the town of Silwad in northeastern Ramallah on Friday, contradicting earlier reports by Israeli media that he had opened fire at soldiers.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed at a military post in Silwad identified a suspect on foot running toward them.
The Israeli soldiers “shot towards the suspect, resulting in his death,” the spokesperson said.
No injuries among Israeli soldiers were reported by the army.
Medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent who had arrived at the scene were reportedly prevented from accessing the site by Israeli forces.
Initial reports from Hebrew media, however, said the suspect had opened fire from inside a vehicle, and that a woman might have been inside the car with him.
According to reports, witnesses said that he was shot and critically injured while inside his vehicle, and was later pronounced dead.
When asked about the conflicting reports, and whether or not the suspect had been armed, the Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an the details of the incident were still being checked.
The suspect was later identified by local sources in the Ramallah area as 38-year-old Iyad Zakariya Hamed. He was married and a father of three.
Israeli news site Ynet quoted an anonymous Palestinian official as saying that Hamed suffered from mental illness and was not found to have any weapons on his person when searched, and no signs of gunfire were found on the guard post. … Full article
In a press conference held on Thursday morning, 25 August, Sahar Francis, the executive director of Addameer, confirmed that Bilal Kayed had ended his hunger strike after 71 days following the conclusion of an agreement with Israeli occupation prison administration that he will be released in December 2016, with no renewal of administrative detention.
In the press conference, joined by Kayed’s brother Mahmoud Kayed, as well as Prisoners’ Affairs Committee chair Issa Qaraqe and Osama al-Saadi of the Joint List, Francis noted that occupation security officials had earlier stated that they demanded Kayed be deported to Jordan for four years and noted their intention of keeping him in administrative detention for years. Kayed is held in the intensive care unit at Barzilai hospital and was moved there on 19 August as he refused to consume sugar or vitamin B1. He suffers from blurred vision, difficulty breathing and severe pain throughout his body. He will receive treatment until his condition improves considerably and he is returned to health.
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Bilal Kayed for his victory and achievement in the defense of Palestinian rights from the constant attempts of the Israeli occupation to expand, enlarge and intensify the scope of the imprisonment of Palestinian leaders and struggles. … continue
UN agencies have urged an end to what they describe as the Gaza Strip’s “de-development spiral”, in a report marking the two-year anniversary of the ceasefire that ended ‘Operation Protective Edge’.
In a statement released Friday, 16 heads of United Nations agencies in Palestine call for the “uninterrupted and predictable flow of material and increased funding to address humanitarian needs and boost economic prospects for Gaza’s 1.9 million residents.” … continue
… Terry Burke claims we are “U.S.-centric” for opposing our government’s attacks on Syria and attempts at regime change in that country. She claims that we have “ignored anti-Assad progressive Syrian voices.” But who has ignored what? Where in the U.S. corporate media are the voices of Syrians (both pro and anti-Assad) who want an end to the ISIS/Al-Qaida/U.S./NATO intervention in their country and have rallied to the side of their government to end it? The U.S. corporate media and some so-called progressives in the U.S. have focused on vilifying Assad rather than the U.S.-led war on Syria, which only leads to strengthening the forces who seek regime change and war. Should we add our voices to that chorus? Is that the best way to end U.S. intervention in Syria, which the overwhelming majority of Syrians oppose? We think not. … Read full statement
ABC Television’s 20/20 will air a program on Friday called “The Girl Left Behind,” the main thrust of which is already apparent on ABC’s website.
The horribly tragic story is that of Kayla Mueller, an American held hostage and reportedly raped and tortured by ISIS before dying — it’s unclear how, possibly at the hands of ISIS, possibly killed by bombs dropped by U.S. ally Jordan.
Another hostage who was freed reported that ISIS blamed Kayla Mueller for U.S. actions in the Middle East. Among those actions, we learned this week, was imprisoning future ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at Abu Ghraib, not just at Camp Bucca as previously reported.
Mueller, like fellow ISIS victim James Foley, meant well and was in Syria to try to help people nonviolently. But U.S. policy has made it unsafe for Americans to travel to many places.
ABC will seek to pin blame for what happened to Mueller on Doctors Without Borders. She was kidnapped out of a Doctors Without Borders car, and that organization negotiated the freedom of its employees while refusing to help Mueller or even to trust her family enough to share with them information intended for them from ISIS.
But Doctors Without Borders was in Syria to help people and appears to have meant well. Blaming the doctors is easy to overdo here, and not just because the United States has been bombing its hospitals — acts that may not involve rape or torture, but do involve murder and maiming. The U.S. government could have helped Mueller by never having destroyed Iraq in the first place, never having sought to overthrow Syria, never having overthrown Libya, or never having flooded the region with weapons. Or the U.S. government could have negotiated with ISIS or allowed victims’ families to do so — something it now allows, too late for Kayla Mueller. Or the U.S. government could have announced new policies that ISIS would likely have accepted as ransom.
ISIS asked, in exchange for Mueller’s freedom, for the freedom of Aafia Siddiqui or $5 million Euros. If the U.S. government had, instead, offered an apology to the victims of its wars and prison camps, and massive reparations to the region, ISIS might very well have responded in kind. Instead, the U.S. government proceeded to bomb people, including many civilians, for a cost many times greater than $5 million Euros. … continue
Iran’s foreign minister has categorically denied the US claims that Tehran ships arms to Yemen, saying Washington itself knows better which international parties spread terrorism throughout the world.
Mohammad Javad Zarif was reacting to comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry who accused Tehran on Thursday of transferring “missiles and other sophisticated weapons” to “rebels” in Yemen.
“By such statements, the US administration has implicated itself in the Saudi regime’s war crimes and inhumane and infanticidal atrocities against the innocent and oppressed Yemeni people. It should undoubtedly accept responsibility and be answerable for all the inhuman crimes,” Zarif said.
Kerry made the accusations during a visit to Saudi Arabia, which has been waging a brutal military campaign against Yemen for more than year.
The top US diplomat was in Jeddah where UN special envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as well as representatives from Britain and Saudi Arabia’s Persian Gulf allies in the war had gathered to discuss the conflict.
“Mr. Kerry knows well better than anyone that the Saudi government has, over the past year and a half, been invariably and sternly frustrating all the efforts taken to bring about ceasefire in Yemen,” Zarif said. … continue
In an interview with Sputnik, Ismail Hakki Pekin, former head of the intelligence unit of the Chief of Staff of the Turkish army, said that he took part in five behind-the-scenes meetings with representatives of the Syrian intelligence services. He did not conduct formal talks, but instead served as a mediator between Turkey and Syria.
“I took part in five meetings involving representatives of Turkey and Syria. We held the talks to assess the situation in general and determine whether bilateral relations could be restored,” he said. “Much in the same way that Turkey held negotiations with Russia.”
Two of the meetings took place in 2015 and three were held this year, he added. […]
For the last five years, Ankara has provided assistance to radical armed groups fighting to overthrow the government in Damascus and establish a caliphate.
Turkish leadership appears to have changed its foreign policy strategy when Binali Yildirim replaced Ahmet Davutoglu, the architect of Ankara’s failed approach to Syria, as the country’s prime minister.
Yildirim said that Turkey will focus on making friends, not enemies and improving relations with its embattled neighbor.
According to a recent report by Algerian newspaper al-Watan, there has been contact between the two governments mediated by the Algerian government. – Full article
Prediction: If Hillary Clinton wins, within a year of her inauguration, she will be under investigation by a special prosecutor on charges of political corruption, thereby continuing a family tradition.
For consider what the Associated Press reported this week:
The surest way for a person with private interests to get a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, or a phone call returned by her, it seems, was to dump a bundle of cash into the Clinton Foundation.
Of 154 outsiders whom Clinton phoned or met with in her first two years at State, 85 had made contributions to the Clinton Foundation, and their contributions, taken together, totaled $156 million.
Conclusion: Access to Secretary of State Clinton could be bought, but it was not cheap. Forty of the 85 donors gave $100,000 or more. Twenty of those whom Clinton met with or phoned dumped in $1 million or more. … continue
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- Siemens to invest in Iran’s petchem projects
- Leaked memo proves George Soros ruled Ukraine in 2014, minutes from “Breakfast with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt”
- Sir Richard Shirreff Preparing Poles for War with Russia
- Turkey on the Way to Exit NATO: No Reasons to Stay
- Ex-Yemen Leader Ready to Work with Russia to ‘Fight Terrorism’
- US Warns Syrian Military… Against Operating Inside Syria!
- Syria, India call for rejection of foreign influence in internal affairs
- China skeptical over images of Syrian boy as source denies ties with child-killers
- Photojournalist behind ‘Aleppo boy’ image posed with child executioners
- Guardian deletes 45% of comments to control its Syria agenda
- At Least 30 UK Labour Lawmakers Calling for ‘No Bombing Zones’ in Syria
- Obama Wants $8bn Fighter Jet Deal With Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar in Last 100 Days
- Run-of-River Hydro: Green Energy or Greenwash?
- Subsidizing Nuclear Will Only Make Our Grid Problems Worse
- The Granddaddy of the Climate Change Movement is Trying to Save Nuclear Energy in California
- The Holy Grail of Battery Storage
- Narwhal and beluga ice entrapment is natural – not caused by global warming
- Syrian boy’s image shamelessly exploited for West’s war agenda
- Footage Of Boy In Aleppo Is Opportunistic, Vile Propaganda From Western Media
- What Should We Do About Crimea?
- Clinton’s Campaign & The Anti-Russian Roots of the ‘Cultural Left’
- ‘No Wall, No Yatsenyuk, No Money’: All That’s Left From Project Wall With Russia
- Israeli occupation forces kidnap farmer near separation wall west of Jenin
- Iran Unveils Its Own Long-Range Air Defense System
- Iran pitches huge gas reserves for Asia markets
- Russia, Iran reset Middle East’s geopolitics
- A Lawless Plan to Target Syria’s Allies
- ‘Western Propaganda is Paid for in Syrian Blood’ – Dr Bouthaina Shaaban Talks to Vanessa Beeley
- Italian imam posts photo of nuns on beach to discuss burqini ban, gets FB account blocked
- MSM promotes dodgy docs as well as child-exploitation in drive for war
- Liverpool Politician Wants to Ban Coca Cola Christmas Truck Over Obesity Worries
- Can the 2016 election be rigged? You bet
- Crimea, Georgia and the New Olympic Sport: Russia Bashing
- The Growth Industry That is Anti-Russian Propaganda
- Turkish parliament approves normalization deal with Israel
- Senator Chris Murphy: “There’s an American Imprint on Every Civilian Life Lost in Yemen”
- Jennifer Rubin: Hillary Must Stop Peace With Iran at All Costs!
- Syrian Army: PKK Provocations Unacceptable, Required Response
- US Congress Wants to Block Future Presidents Working With Russia
- Why Palestine Matters, Even on the Pitch
- Mexican police executed 22 civilians in drug raid: Rights body
- Could a Russian-Led Coalition Defeat Hillary’s War Plans?
- Clinton Privilege: a Rejoinder to a Popular Charge Against #NeverHillary
- Alarm over the public loss of trust in science
- The Democrat’s foolish War on Climate
- BBC, Indian Monsoon, And More Lies
- NPR: ‘Should We Be Having Kids In The Age Of Climate Change?’
- The propaganda war by U.S. charities in Ukraine
- Putin: Vital to Revive Economic Ties With Ukraine – Putin
- MSF leaving Yemen after Saudi airstrikes on hospitals
- How ‘Think Tanks’ Generate Endless War
- Obama’s No-First Use of Nukes Initiative a ‘Ploy to Justify US Missile Shield’
- Hasidic ‘Shomrim’ receive no punishment after assaulting black American
- Uncovering the brutal truth about the British empire
- NYT Touts Honduras as Ad for ‘American Power’–Leaving Out Support for Murderous Coup Regime
- John McCain NGO banned as ‘undesirable group’ in Russia
- George Schwartz Soros – The Oligarch Who Owns The Left
- Open Letter Of Aleppo Doctors Is Easily Torn Apart – Bottom Of The Barrel Propaganda
- Turkey considering military ties with Russia as NATO shows unwillingness to cooperate – Ankara
- New Jersey: Anti-BDS Bill Signed into Law
- Ordinary fans fly the flag for Palestine
- Celtic fans defy UEFA ban to fly sea of Palestine flags in match against Israelis
- Speaking of the Olympics…
- Hollywood’s Revenge on Dissident Historian David Irving
- NPR to Shut Down Comment Section
- Erdogan to Visit Tehran Next Week to Launch Turkey-Iran-Russia Coalition
- Turkey harmonises with Russia, Iran on Syria
- Norway offers €1bn in credit to Iran
- Israeli occupation forces terrorize Palestinians in unprovoked attack in Ramallah
- Israeli Occupation Forces arrest Hamas members in West Bank prior to elections
- Israeli MKs, NGO Monitor Invent False Anti-Semitic Claims Against BDS
- Choseness from Bernard Lazare to Michael Foster
- Seoul holds largest-ever artillery drills to discourage Pyongyang’s potential provocations
- Brazil’s Rousseff vows snap elections if survives impeachment
- Guardian: “yes media is weighted against Trump” because he’s “rubbish”
- Soros Hacked: US Billionaire Manipulated Europeans Into Accepting Maidan
- Will Hungary Be Next to Exit the EU?
- Eastern Europe wants countrymen back as emigrant tide hurts GDP
- French women’s rights minister defends ban on ‘hostile’ Muslim swimwear
- French activist says he will pay the fine of any woman prosecuted for wearing a burqini
- Merkel’s party calls for full-face Muslim veil ban as ‘burqa contrary to integration’
- Lebanese army files complaint to UNIFIL over Israel’s construction of road in disputed territory
- Israeli Police Decide Not to Indict Two Officers Who Grabbed Bike of 8-year Old Girl
- Israeli university, arms company hold hasbara hackathon in Haifa
- Jewish Labour Movement backs Owen Smith as next Labour leader
- Zionist thought police wreak havoc on campus
- Alan Dershowitz’s “Advice” to Black Lives Matter
- Prominent ‘copwatcher’ accuses NYPD of targeted, unconstitutional arrests
- ‘What we saw in Syria goes against everything we read in the United States’
- Team Hillary to End Evil Worldwide
- US Espionage System Misleads New Zealand to Suspect Democracy Group of Coup Plot
- Russia Deploys Jets at Iranian Base to Combat Syria Terrorists
- Millions Spent, No One Served: Who Is to Blame for the Failure of GMO Golden Rice?
- More revelations at ‘snipers’ massacre trial in Kyiv
- Russia ‘prevented’ potential NATO launch of 624 cruise missiles in Syria – Defense Minister
- US War Crimes or ‘Normalized Deviance’
- ‘End of Nation-Building’: Donald Trump Outlines Foreign Policy Goals
- Banking problems prevent Iran exports
- Ultra-Orthodox London Jews raising £1m to stop children from living with ‘irreligious parents’
- British MPs given Mossad self-defense training
- With Gove now on the backbenches, the pro-Israel lobby isn’t getting value for money
- Main results of Syria truces: Terrorists add 7,000 to ranks, get arms & munitions – Lavrov
- American Pravda: Did the US Plan a Nuclear First Strike Against Russia in the Early 1960s?
- London ‘thought police’ special unit to track down online trolls
- RT Besieged by DDoS Attacks Days After US Think Tank Called for Cyber Terrorism
- Top 10 ‘acceptable’ Western Establishment conspiracy theories
- Brexit could now be delayed till late 2019 due to ‘chaotic’ understaffing
- UK police under fire for training Bahraini forces
- Obama’s Phony No First Use Nuke Proposal
- Payback Doesn’t Pay Back: U.S.-Cuba Compensation Claims and the Difficulties of Negotiation
- Elizabeth May should resign as leader of the Green Party of Canada
- Palestinian MP and activists banned from Canada
- Burqinis banned by one more French resort, mayor cites ‘hygienic reasons’
- Lawsuit Claims Aid to Nuclear Israel Illegal Under Symington Glenn Amendments
- Terrorist-Fighting License Plate Readers Just Mobile Revenue Generators Cruising Poor Neighborhoods
- Terror suspect says he was paid FBI informant and ‘baffled’ by charges
- Even Nukes Grow Old
- Thousands of Saudi-Backed Terrorists Ready to Enter Syria via Border with Jordan
- How the Obama Administration Encouraged the Rise of Islamic State
- Turkish FM: 32 Diplomats Failed to Return After Post-Coup Attempt Recall
- How Media Distorted Syrian Ceasefire’s Breakdown
- Trump: Americans May Be Tried In Military Tribunals Under His Administration
- US Plans to Modernize Nuclear Triad are ‘Foolish’
- Mainstream Media Up in Arms About Malia Smoking Pot — Silent on Her Dad Blowing Up Children
- Evangelical Lutheran Church Votes to Divest from Israeli Occupation
- Israel intensifies demolitions of Palestinian structures: UN
- Labour NEC wins appeal to ban thousands of party members from voting for new leader
- The significance of the GOP’s attempted purge of Donald Trump
- Washington considers sanctioning Moscow over DNC email leak – report
- Magical Thinking in US Foreign Policy
- Here’s what happened at the Putin-Erdogan summit
- Three Damning New Reports on Hillary Clinton
- Rockefeller, Ford Foundations Behind World Social Forum (WSF). The Corporate Funding of Social Activism
- With Libya, US Now Has Ground Forces In Four Wars
- Israel approves Palestinian land grab to build a synagogue
- The Pentagon Money Pit: $6.5 Trillion in Unaccountable Army Spending, and No DOD Audit for the Past Two Decades
- ‘Am I not speaking English?’ Reporters grill State Dept over Clinton emails
- Taliban at the gates of ‘Little America’
- ‘CNN story a hoax’: Secret Service held no formal talks with Trump over 2nd Amendment remarks
- Iran rejects UK claims of sending arms to Yemen
- Claims of Iranian arms for Daesh in Sinai ‘ridiculous’
- Ex CIA chief’s ‘kill Russians, Iranians’ comment – Clinton job application
- Police kill ‘sympathizer of Daesh’ after raiding house in Canada
- Maternal mortality rate on the rise in US
- Burqinis banned from Cannes beaches for showing ‘allegiance to terrorists’ – French official
- Doing much harm: We do not need the police to create more terrorists
- Washington Escalates Covert Backing for Al Qaeda Militias in Aleppo
- Paradigm Shift: Europe’s Infatuation for US Democrats Comes to an End
- Confronting Climate Fraud In The US Northeast
- Israeli police find no wrongdoing in death of Palestinian minister beaten during protest
- Ex-CIA Chief’s Comments Reflect ‘What US is Secretly Doing in Syria’
- Turkish media: NATO is a bag of snakes
- ‘Senior’ Turkish naval officer seeking asylum in US – officials
- Obama versus Trump, Putin and Erdogan: Can Coups Defeat Elected Governments?
- Declassified Documents Detail US Role in Argentine Dirty War Horrors
- Hillary Clinton’s Turn to McCarthyism
- Low solar activity will cause global cooling – scientist
- US approves $1.15 billion sale of arms to Saudi Arabia
- ‘Kill Russians and Iranians, threaten Assad,’ says ex-CIA chief backing Clinton
- Fantastic progress of democracy: New York Times barely notice the new war in Libya!
- Obama Has Launched Yet Another Military Aggression against Libya
- Arab monarchies pour in funds to support terrorist militants in Aleppo – Financial Times
- “I Ran the CIA” Man Piles on Trump
- 50 GOP officials: Trump endangers US national security
- Details Abound in Drone ‘Playbook’ — Except for the Ones That Really Matter Most
- Israel launching task force to target, deport BDS activists
- ISM statement concerning Israeli measures against activists
- Former Fox boss Roger Ailes spent millions on ‘Black Room’ op to smear journalists
- Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Closure of NATO’s Incirlik Air Base After Failed Coup
- Trident nuke renewal plan blown out of the water by government’s own watchdog
- Obama’s options on Putin’s Russia
- Refugee team welcomed but Olympics displace 77,000 people in Rio
- Team Clinton Focuses on the Demise of Hezbollah
- Pentagon, CIA Form Praetorian Guard for Clinton as Warmonger President
- States Providing Military Support to Turkey May Be Behind Coup Attempt – Tehran
- Tehran Versus Washington: From Defensive to Offensive
- Hiroshima: A Criminal Enterprise From Start to Finish
- Israel pops up in Gulf riding Arab coattails
- Washington’s Strategic Defeat: Erdogan Trumps Gulenist Coup
- More Neocon Excuses to Bomb Syria
- Why Neocons Can’t Stomach Trump
- Britain should apologise for the Balfour Declaration, not ‘celebrate’ it
- The absurd reaction to actor’s Palestine flag badge reflects a wider taboo in Britain
- NYPD Commissioner Bratton Resigns, Takes Job With Pro-Clinton, Pro-Israel Firm
- 10 Facts About Aleppo
- US think-tank suggests cyber-attacks on Moscow Metro, St. Pete power grid, RT offices
- Entrapment on terror charges
- ‘Militarized Wasteland’: US Navy, Defense Department Sued Over Marianas Training
- Hiroshima: the Crime That Keeps on Paying, But Beware the Reckoning
- Impacts of NY’s Nuclear Power ‘Bail Out’ and Solar, Wind Boost
- Human Trafficking Rates Intensify in Ukraine Since Start of Donbass Conflict
- Google slammed for removing Palestine from its maps
- Twitter Censors Tweet Reporting Charges of Sexual Misconduct Against Israeli Judge
- Obama at Pentagon: Syria Mess is All Assad’s Fault
- US Billionaires line up behind Clinton
- US Activists Handcuffed, Threatened and Deported by Israel
- Out for Blood? Zionists Continue Their Attacks on Rep. Hank Johnson
- Jewish settlers attack Palestinian girl in Ramallah, stab and kill her sheep
- 400 commodities still banned from Gaza
- New US Nuclear Weapon Cleared for Production Engineering
- 32% since 2001: Study
- Few US Women Sign Up for Combat
- The Propaganda War With Putin
- New York Times Relentlessly Biased Against Trump
- How the West Extends its Control Over Journalism Worldwide
- US Foreign Policy Comes Full Circle As Qaeda Downs Russian Helicopters
- “International donors fail to help Syrian refugees”
- Israel to sell seized donkeys back to their Palestinian owners
- 574 Palestinians arrested in July
- Files linking Britain to Israel’s nuclear weapons go missing from National Archive
- The Mystery of Turkey’s Failed Coup
- But, Mr. Putin, You Just Don’t Understand
- Milosevic exonerated, as the NATO war machine moves on
- Europe’s “Bought Journalists”
- It’s only propaganda when they do it
- US B61-12 Nuclear Bomb Lifespan Extension Evokes ‘Cold War’
- Russia poses no threat to NATO members – Hungarian FM
- 47 Israeli violations against journalists in July
- Struggling U.S. Gives Israel Largest Aid Package Ever
- Neocon-like Groupthink Dominates Both Conventions
- Is Hillary Double-Talking on Trade Deals?
- The New York Times’s Outrage at Trump’s Refusal to Demonize Russia
- Hillary: An Existential Threat to Humanity
- Russia Opens Seven Civilian, Militant Corridors in Syria’s Aleppo
- France closed 20 mosques, prayer halls since December
- Israel Finally Admits Kidnapping, Selling Yemeni Jewish Children
- ‘Special forces shadow wars’ face legal threat from Corbyn
- America’s Self-Inflicted Defense Woes