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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a warning to Russia and Iran today, saying that continued attacks on the last opposition stronghold in Idlib, Syria could result in “dire” consequences. From CNN:

During what was the second session on Idlib in four days, Haley told the council that “the world has seen a clear military escalation” this month by Russia and the Syrian regime, whose forces have conducted more than 100 airstrikes, using “barrel bombs, rockets and artillery” in an attempt to retake the last rebel holdout after more than seven years of war…

“If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire,” she said.

“I also want to reiterate what I said last week to the Assad regime and anyone else contemplating the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Haley added. “The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons. We stand by this warning.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis declined to say Tuesday whether the US would take military action against the Syrian regime should it use chemical weapons, but he did say Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has “been warned.”

There are said to be around 3 million people in Idlib, with a large percentage of them children. So the concern is that Assad and Russia are going to use the same strategy here they’ve used in other places in Syria, i.e. Russian airstrikes followed by a siege to cut off food and water and, possibly, the use of chemical weapons. Last week President Trump himself warned Russia and Iran not to “recklessly” attack Idlib Province.

But shortly after that tweet the airstrikes began:

And it’s not just the millions of people who could be impacted. A full-scale attack is likely to create another surge of refugees fleeing the country:

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted, Russia pledged to preserve Idlib as a “deescalation zone” and end the war through diplomacy. Yet it now appears poised to throw its planes behind an assault by the government of Bashar al-Assad, also backed by Iran, to capture the territory by force. Moscow cites the presence of an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, which controls much of Idlib; Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is a “festering abscess” that must be “liquidated.” But the United Nations’ Syria envoy estimates there are only about 10,000 fighters in the extremist group. If they follow their usual modus operandi, the Assad, Iranian and Russian forces will fight them by systematically targeting the civilian population and infrastructure, including food markets, schools and hospitals.

The damage could spread far beyond Syria. A full-scale offensive could send hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming north toward Turkey, where some 3.5 million Syrians already are harbored.

Bottom line, there is a real potential for catastrophe here and Russia and Iran clearly don’t care so long as they can claim victory and prop up their puppet Asssad. If things escalate, and especially if there is another use of chemical weapons, it’s very likely the US will intervene with more than strong words. Here are Nikki Haley’s full remarks.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says Russia will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks the northern city of Idlib. Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, says the U.S. and its allies are concerned about the deadly consequences if Syrian President Bashar Assad, with support from Russia and […]
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It has slipped from the news with all the antics from the man in the Ivory Tower….but Syria is still as deadly as it has been for damn near a decade….. These days the news is more about Russia and the possibility of US troops having to fight the Russians in Syria…….  As things in … Continue reading It’s Syria!
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Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling. Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get […]
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UNITED Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (right) has appealed to Russia, Iran and Turkey to “spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians” in Syria’s Idlib and says it is “absolutely essential” a full-scale battle is...
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I'm reading "There’s Never Been a President This Unpopular With an Economy This Good" (Bloomberg).
President Donald Trump’s unpopularity is unprecedented given the strength of the economy. That’s according to a Bloomberg analysis of polling data....
Is it possible that the polls are wrong? They were in 2016, when Trump blindsided everybody. I'm thinking maybe the polls are right, and it's really true that when asked, most people say they disapprove of Trump. But people disapprove of a lot of things that — when the time comes to decide what to do — they do. Drinking, eating dessert, looking at pornography. And they'll express approval of a lot of things they won't do: getting lots of sleep, eating piles of fresh vegetables, and following Jesus.

Another thing is, the economy is a pretty boring news topic compared to the "circus" of whatever bad thing Trump tweeted or what the latest Mr. Anonymous says Trump did and so forth. But the economy is always there in the background, affecting our lives. We look at the stock prices on our own, without Wolf Blitzer or whoever nudging us to look at today's statistics. Pile on Trump now, it's dangerous and fun, but when it comes time to vote, people may shrug off all the crazy stuff they've heard over the last 2 years, and vote based on the great old question "Are you better off now...?"



As we get close to Election Day, and there are debates and ads, Republicans should just make the old Reagan move and strongly prod people to look at the economy. In a few seconds, the positive news can be strongly conveyed. And the "circus" that's been cluttering up the TV shows may be hard even to remember. I'm sure Democratic Party candidates will urge voters to look at what a circus it's been and hope to blame Trump and not the media for the circus, but I'm picturing debates where the Republican candidate will easily say: My opponent is trying to distract you with the circus show you've been watching in the news all year so you won't look at one big obvious fact — the economy is doing great.

And one more thing, something even more drowned out than the economy. Trump defeated ISIS (NYT):
The last vestige of the Islamic State’s caliphate that straddled Syria and Iraq is under attack. Members of an American-backed coalition said Tuesday that they had begun a final push to oust the militants from Hajin, Syria, the remaining sliver of land under the group’s control in the region where it was born. The assault is the final chapter of a war that began more than four years ago after the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, seized vast tracts in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate. The group lost its last territory in Iraq last year.... 

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Mr. Assad reiterates, "Uh, gentlemen, perhaps you didn't hear me the other hundred times; Syria does not have chemical weapons. The terrorists might. I suggest you ask the CIA or Turkey if the terrorists they support have chemical weapons."
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SUBHEAD: Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on the US government.

By Paul Craig Roberts on 10 September 2018 for PaulCraigRoberts.org -
(https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/09/10/armageddon-rides-in-the-balance/)


Image above: Many in this world inhabit Armageddon already. Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria. April 28, 2018. Photo by Omar Sanadiki. From (https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/syria-regime-and-rebels-agree-evacuation-deal-in-southern-damascus-1.725770).

IB Publisher's note: Yes Paul Craig Roberts is a nutcake. He is a Ronald Reagan Republican economist who sees clearly, but through a deeply colored filter. None the less, he does have an inkling of the dichotomy between the "Left" and the "Right". The "Left" with elements of the "Deep State" (intelligence complex, CIA, NSA, State Department, etc) and the "Right" with elements of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (Pentagon, Defense contractors, Mercenary operations, ICE, etc.). Both aspects of our government are hurtling towards a more repressive and garrulous America. As these aggressive and regressive forces gain influence, woe is us. America will conduct more war and experience more repression.] 

For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the Left has lost its mind. https://www.globalresearch.ca/we-love-the-cia-or-how-the-left-lost-its-mind/5653450

Indeed, it has.

Out of its hatred of Trump the Left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The Left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American Left has totally seperated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump.

The American Left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy.

I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The Left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the Left supports as proven truth.

The purpose of “Russiagate” is to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. In these times when so many Americans are hard pressed, normal relations could adversely impact the budget and power of the military/security complex by reducing the “Russian threat.”

If there is no real Russian threat, only an orchestrated perceived one, the question arises: why does the military/security complex have a taxpayer-supported annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars?

The presstitutes have kept the truth from emerging that the “Russiagate” investigation has found no sign of a Trump/Putin plot to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary.

Indeed, it has been proven beyond all questioning that the Hillary emails were not hacked but were downloaded on a thumb drive. This proof collapses the entire premise of “Russiagate.”
Nevertheless, the hoax continues.

Muller’s indictments are for unrelated matters, such as income tax evasion in the distant past of Republican fund raisers and consultants. These charges have nothing whatsoever to do with Mueller’s mandate.

Indeed, as Andrew C. McCarthy, a former US attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has made clear, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to head the “Russiagate” investigation is not in compliance with the regulations that govern the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The appointment of a special prosecutor requires evidence of a specific federal crime that is to be investigated. You only have a special prosecutor when there is factual basis for believing that a federal crime has been committed.

What is the federal crime? What is the factual basis? Mueller’s appointment does not say. Therefore, Mueller’s appointment is invalid. Rosenstein has violated the process.

In my opinion, this is grounds for Rosenstein to be removed from office. https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/trump-russia-probe-robert-mueller-investigation/

At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment.

However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Charlie Savage’s book, Takeover, and David Ray Griffin’s book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, accurately document how 9/11 was used to destroy the Constitution’s balance of power within the government and to create unaccountable executive branch powers that over-ride the Constitution’s protection of civil liberty.

This demand for an unaccountable executive branch, pushed by VP—actually President in fact—Dick Cheney and his minions, such as Addington and John Yoo, was the agenda of the Republican Federalist Society.

An early book laying out the legally invalid and legally incompetent argument that the president had powers unchecked by Congress or the judiciary was Terry Eastland’s book, Energy in the Executive.

This collection of nonsense became Cheney’s bible as he proceeded in secret to remove constraints on executive branch power. The elevation of the executive branch above the law of the land is documented in Charlie Savage’s book. Read it and weep for your country destroyed by Dick Cheney.

On top of Cheney’s coup against accountable government, we have in America today another coup, organized by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director Comey, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic National Committee, the departed Republican senator John McCain, a coup fully supported by the entirety of the US presstitute media.

This coup is against the democratically elected President of the United States for the sole reason that he threatens the power and profit of the entrenched military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us 57 years ago, by wanting to normalize relations with Russia, the world’s premier nuclear power.

The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible.

Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?

During the entirety of the Cold War, in which I was a participant, the emphasis was on reducing tensions and creating trust. Today Washington’s interest is piling provocation after provocation on a country that can wipe us off the face of the earth.

The liberal/progressive/left, the Democratic National Committee, the CIA and the rest of the covert state, and the media whores all share this same commitment to the reckless and irresponsible provocation of a powerful nuclear power. As the US military itself acknowledges, Russia’s weapons are far beyond America’s defenses.

So what is going on? Is it the liberal/progressive/left’s desire that evil America be destroyed? Is this desired destruction of evil America the reason the Left has allied itself so tightly with the warmongers in Washington?

Is this the reason that the Left and the Democrats and a handful of Republicans want to impeach President Trump for attempting to make peace with Russia?

How can these crazed immoral people present themselves as some sort of moral arbiter when they are locked on a trajectory that will destroy Earth?

This destruction might be closer than anyone thinks. Here is the situation in Syria:

Russia and Syria, in cooperation with Iran and Turkey, have begun the assult on Iblid province, the last stronghold of Washington’s proxy army consisting of Al Qaeda, Al Nursra, and ISIS mercenaries hired by Washington.

According to reports, which might or might not be true considering the lack of veracity that is the defining characteristic of the Western media, the US and UK have troops among the mercenary forces, hoping apparently that this presence will deter the attack. As the attack has already begun, this is a false hope.

The Russians discovered Washington’s plot to explode a chemical weapon in Iblid province and exposed Washington’s plot to the UN. Washington had it set up that once its proxies created the appearance of a chemical weapon explosion, Washington would send Tomahawk missiles upon the Syrian forces, thus protecting its proxy army that it sent to overthrow Assad for Israel.

The Russian exposure of Washington’s conspiracy has denied Washington UN support. Moreover, Russia has sent a naval force armed with the new Russian hypersonic missiles to Syria and has announced that its aircraft in the area are also armed with these missiles.

As the US Navy and Air Force have no defense whatsoever against these missiles, if the US attacks the Syrian/Russian forces, it will be Putin’s decision whether any US ship or military aircraft in the area exists as anything but a smoldering ruin.

In other words, the entire power in the area lies in Russian hands. If Washington had any sense—and it doesn’t, Washington has hubris and arrogance in the place of sense—Washington would be nowhere close to Syria.

The question is this: Will the hotheads in Washington conclude that the Russian announcements and marshalling of forces is “just another Putin bluff.”

So far Putin has been loaded up with never-ending insults and provocation— blame for the crash of the Malaysian airliner, blame for poisoning a variety of people in England, blame for invading Ukraine, blame for interfering in US elections, blame for supporting the “dictator” Assad, a person democratically elected by a large vote who obviously has the support of the Syrian people as he liberates Syria from the forces Washington sent to put the country into the same chaos that exists in Iraq and Libya.

Have we reached the situation about which I have been worried, worries shared with my readers, in which Washington makes the miscalculation, based on the incorrect understanding of Russia’s resolve, to launch an attack on the Syrian/Russian forces that have begun the final liberation of Syria from Washington’s paid mercenaries?

Yesterday the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a letter to President Trump advising him of the war danger that the Trump administration has created by its continued illegal interference in Syria’s internal affairs. https://www.globalresearch.ca/moscow-has-upped-the-ante-in-syria/5653571

The Russian government cannot accept Washington’s military intervention in behalf of Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and ISIS without completely losing all credibility, not only in the world, but inside Russia itself.

A realistic alternative to military action would be for Washington to stand aside as Syria reconstitutes itself and use a propaganda war to blame Syria and Russia for civilian deaths and for destroying “democratic rebels” who rose against a “dictator.”

The fear could be expanded to the Baltics and Ukraine by reviving the propaganda that Putin intends to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

Washington has long used an expertly manufactured fear of Russia to control Europe. Fear can keep Europe in line, whereas military action against Russia could scare Europe into taking refuge in a revival of its sovereignty.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US strikes could target Russian and Iranian forces as well as Syrian forces.

It is difficult to believe that Washington thinks attacks on Russian forces would go unanswered. Such a reckless and irresponsible act could initiate Armageddon.

The claim that Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the liberation of Iblid is propagandistic nonsense put out by Washington as an excuse for Washington’s effort to protect its proxy army in Syria with military strikes.

All Syrian chemical weapons were removed by Russia and turned over to the US during the Obama regime. Moreover, Russia would not permit Assad to use chemical weapons if he had them.

Life on earth is faced with a situation in which Washington is so determined to overthrow Assad and to leave Syria in the same chaos as Libya and Iraq that Washington is willing to risk war with Russia.

Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on a government. The world should be scared to death of the recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government.

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Leaders preach about the need to join military campaigns to the youth of the country and do it in a most charismatic fashion. They bang one fist on the speech podium and raise the other over their head while explaining how much of a duty it is to give the ultimate sacrifice. In most cases, those drafted, end up committing massacres – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bosnia, Vietnam, and the list goes on. In many cases, they return home in a body bag. Never the leader or his kin though; draft dodging is a big thing for the men who send other people’s children to spiritual and physical doom.
[Hezbollah Secretary General His eminence] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is a man who knew, and still does, every single aspect of the field. He is aware of the complexity of the military situation where every Lebanese grain of sand exists. This is because of the Resistance’s strategic nature; although the honor of martyrdom is a highly sought-after goal, the leadership never places members in losing situations. Tactical intelligence rules resistance operations beginning with preparation stages up until execution and return to base.
The word “Dispensable” does not exist in Hezbollah’s dictionary.
Still, the liberation of a country can be hardly achieved by throwing roses and rice on occupying forces. Maybe try negotiations but that is impossible with an occupier who boasts a mile-long rap sheet written with the blood of endless civilians. Armed resistance is the answer and that does not come without risk.
The man who knows all the risks, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, did not object to his firstborn’s request to join the ranks of the Resistance; specific orders were given to treat the young man like any other son of loving parents who chose to defend Lebanon.
The son of the Secretary-General who leads the only Arab force that brought “Israel” to its knees was martyred. Sayyed Hassan’s reaction was giving gratitude to God for allowing him to join the league of other parents of martyred heroes. He gave the most precious gift of life to Lebanon.
Any father or mother would understand the emotional value of a child and how devastating it is to lose that child. Sayyed Hassan taught the world that it was not a loss, that the martyrdom of his beloved gentle natured son was a gain for the cause of all the oppressed of the world, for the resistance, and for Lebanon. Most importantly, a gain for young Hadi himself who has joined the honored few who are fortunate enough to walk behind the lord of the martyrs, Imam Hussein (AS).
Hadi Nasrallah’s martyrdom was a message to the people of the world. The content was simple and yet strong: The children of those sending your own to war are not more precious than yours.
Sayyed Nasrallah’s reaction was also a message. It conveyed that the country and its independence are more precious than any of us; including himself and his family. It also told people that a true leader looks at everyone equally. “Israel” kept Hadi’s body and refused to hand it over to the Red Cross to deliver to his family for proper burial. There is no doubt that they tried to negotiate over it but the Secretary-General refused to set his son apart from other people’s children after martyrdom just like he did when his son was still in active duty. Sayyed Nasrallah insisted that if there were to be a swapping deal, it should include the hijacked bodies of all the martyrs and not only his son’s.
This is just an example of why Sayyed Nasrallah is loved and revered so much by his followers and respected by others. As opposed to other leaders, he does not engage in theatrics and never asks for what he would not accept on himself. The way he analyzes current affairs and shares the honest outlook with the public is a trait almost exclusive to him. In the year 2000, when the “Israelis” pulled out of South Lebanon in a rush and without prior warning, they left the Lahed militia they had created behind. Although so many atrocities were committed by that militia, Sayyed Nasrallah had ordered the men of the resistance to quickly fill the void created by the Zionist army so as no one would engage in reprisals against the abandoned agents who tortured and killed so many of the people of the South. The Secretary-General of Hezbollah dedicated the liberation victory to all the Lebanese regardless of political affiliations and religion; he prohibited manhunts and left the issue of the local “Israeli” collaborators to the government.
In a way, the Sayyed prevented further blood being spilled on the land that was irrigated with the immaculate one of so many martyrs, including his son’s. Patriotism is always the basis of Sayyed Nasrallah’s decisions.
Hadi and his colleagues, those who preceded him and those who followed, have given their lives to keep our children safe. Without them, “Israel” would have annexed South Lebanon by now and would have claimed the riches recently found in the sea. Without them, “ISIS” would have probably spread its cancerous existence much further inwards like they did in regional countries.
Endless gratitude goes to all the parents of the martyrs because of whom our children live with dignity today. Endless gratitude to Sayyed Hadi whose martyrdom has set much needed standards.
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العميد د. محمد أمين حطيط

رفضاً للهزيمة الاستراتيجية التي تُكتب سطورها الأخيرة الآن وبشكل خاص في الميدان العراقي السوري، أقدمت أميركا على خطة مركبة من شأنها في حال نجاحها أن تعالج آثار الهزيمة وتمنع المنتصر من استثمار إنجازاته في كل من الدولتين. خطة موضوعها في العراق التحكم بتشكيل الحكومة ومجالها في سورية بشكل خاص التحكم بمنطقة إدلب ومنع تحريرها لمنع سورية من الانصراف الى العمل السياسي الذي يرسي الأمن والسلام الشامل في كامل البلاد ويؤمن خروج أي محتلّ، بما في ذلك المحتل الأميركي والتركي.

لقد ركزت أميركا في مواجهة ما آلت إليه سياستها العدوانية على المنطقة من فشل، بشكل خاص على سورية والعراق، لأنها اعتبرت ان العودة الفاعلة الى العراق من شأنها أن تقطع تواصل محور المقاومة من شرقه الى غربه، كما وتمكن من امتلاك السيطرة على احتياط نفطي عالمي طالما حلم الغرب بالقبض عليه. اما في سورية فقد نظرت أميركا الى استمرار الحرب فيها وفقاً لما تسميه «إطالة أمد الصراع « فرصة ثمينة هي بأمس الحاجة اليها لتمرير واستكمال تنفيذ ما أسمته «صفقة القرن» الهادفة الى تصفية القضية الفلسطينية وادخال «إسرائيل» في نهائية الوجود وفعالية الدور والتأثير في كامل المنطقة العربية بدءاً من الخليج.

في العراق وجدت أميركا المدخل الملائم من باب تشكيل الحكومة بعد الانتخابات النيابية، حيث رأت أن نتائج هذه الانتخابات تمكنها من التدخل وتحقيق السيطرة عبر الحكومة، طالما أن تشكيل الكتلة التي تأتي برئيس الوزراء خاضع للأخذ والرد، إذ أن جمع 165 نائباً لتكوين الكتلة الأكبر يقتضي اتفاق 5 كتل كبرى على الأقل من الكتل التي حازت على الحجم الأكبر في الانتخابات، والذي لا يتعدى لأفضلها الـ 54 نائباً ويتدنى عند بعضها الى 14 نائباً. وهنا كان المجال المفتوح أمام أميركا التي عيّنت مبعوثاً للعراق مهمته الأولى تشكيل الكتلة الأكبر المناهضة لمحور المقاومة والموالية لكل من السعودية وأميركا لتنفذ السياسة التي رسمتها الأخيرة للعراق وتؤمن استعماراً مقنعاً يتجلّى بمراجعة اتفاقية الإطار الاستراتيجي الموقعة بين العراق وأميركا والتي رفض فيها نور المالكي يومها منح أميركا أيّ مكسب يمسّ بسيادة العراق واستقلاله وحقه الحصري بالسيطرة على سمائه وثرواته، خاصة النفطية.

هنا وجدت أميركا في حيدر العبادي رئيس الحكومة الحالي ضالتها المنشودة بعد أن جاهر بمناهضة إيران وأبدى استعداده لتلبية مطالب أميركا والسعودية، فعملت على تحشيد القوى اللازمة له ليعود الى الحكم في ولاية جديدة رئيساً لوزراء العراق الذي يُعتبر هو الحاكم الفعلي ذو الصلاحية الواسعة في السياسة والإدارة والجيش حتى والقضاء. وتوصلت في الأسابيع الأخيرة الى تركيب كتلة تؤيّد العبادي كادت أن تلامس الـ 150 نائباً، لكن بقيت الكتلة بحاجة الى أصوات ترتقي بها الى 165، لكن بقيت الحاجة قائمة لمنع من يؤمنون بحسن العلاقة والجوار مع إيران وسورية ومحور المقاومة عامة من المنافسة.

ولأجل تحقيق الغرض عمل المبعوث الأميركي الى العراق ماكغورك على ثلاثة خطوط الأول باتجاه رؤساء الكتل، مهما كان حجمها لطلب دعمها، والثاني باتجاه النواب لتحذيرهم من تأييد كتلة فيها الحشد الشعبي «الواجب الحل»، حسب تعبيره ، والخط الثالث في الميدان والشارع لإظهار «حجم الرفض الشعبي» لما اسماه «النفوذ الإيراني في العراق «. وكانت أحداث البصرة التي انطلقت لأسباب خدمية تتصل بالماء والكهرباء ثم تحوّلت موجة عنف ضد إيران وضد القوى التي تتمسّك بحسن العلاقات معها. كانت هذه الأحداث بمثابة الفضيحة لكل الخطة الأميركية التي انتهت الى نتائج معاكسة لما أراده مبعوثها ماكغورك. وفي هذا الإطار ننوّه بما قامت به المرجعية الدينية لجهة تأمين محطات المياه لمدينة البصرة وسحب فتيل الفوضى أمنتها على نفقتها الخاصة وهي المحطات التي امتنع العبادي عبر حكومته من توفيرها طيلة مدة حكمه، وكانت سبباً مباشراً في اندلاع الاحتجاجات واستشراء الفوضى في المدينة التي أدّت الى إحراق مراكز ذات رمزية ودلالة على علاقة إيران والعراق ومنها القنصلية الإيرانية في البصرة.

لقد شاءت أميركا من إحراق القنصلية الإيرانية في البصرة، ومعها مراكز الحشد الشعبي والقوى المؤيدة لإيران، إظهار الرفض الشعبي للوجود والدور الإيراني في العراق والإجهاز على أي أمل لإيجاد شخصية منافسة للعبادي او مؤيدة لمحور المقاومة، لكن النتيجة جاءت وبعد ان افتضح الامر المكيدة، لتطيح تقريباً بحظوظ العبادي للعودة الى الحكم، وتكاد تقطع الطريق على أي شخصية بديلة تكون موالية لأميركا والسعودية. وبالتالي تكون الخطة الأميركية فشلت حتى الآن في إعادة تمكين قبضتها على السلطة في العراق وهيأت الظروف لتشكيل حكومة يؤمل أن تكون قادرة على حماية مكتسبات العراق في السيادة والاستقلال والثروة والدور الإقليمي الاستراتيجي الذي يتناغم مع محور المقاومة.

اما في سورية فقد حاولت أميركا ولا زالت تحاول منع سورية من إطلاق عملية تحرير إدلب لتطهيرها من الإرهاب، والانتقال بعدها لمعالجة الملف الميداني الأخير المتمثل بشرق الفرات، وما فيه من قواعد عسكرية أميركية تعدت الـ 13 قاعدة وتجاوز العسكريون الأميركيون فيها الـ 9 آلاف بعد عمليات التعزيز الأخيرة التي تمت في التنف.

لقد بنت أميركا خطتها لمنع إطلاق عملية تحرير إدلب على خطوط ثلاثة أيضاً: أولها التهويل والتهديد بالتدخل العسكري إذا دخلت سورية بجيشها وحلفائها الى إدلب. تهديد مرفق بطلب الامتناع عن العملية العسكرية وتفعيل مناطق خفض التصعيد بمهل مفتوحة. وقد استثمرت هنا الدور التركي السلبي في قمة طهران الذي سعى الى هذه هدنة ورفض العمل العسكري، والثاني القيام باستعراضات وتعزيزات عسكرية وتحشيد القوى والتهويل بجهوزية 220 صاروخ توماهوك لقصف أهداف واسعة في سورية رداً على «استعمال محتمل للأسلحة الكيماوية»، كما تدّعي زوراً وتلفيقاً الدوائر الأميركية والغربية، وأخيراً المناورات العسكرية التي أجريت في التنف وسواها للإيحاء بجهوزية عسكرية أميركية عالية للتدخل العسكري المباشر مرفقة بتسريب من البيت الأبيض بأن ترامب يدرس جدياً توجيه ضربة للقوات الروسية في سورية.

ولكن ومرة أخرى نرى فشلاً في المسعى الأميركي، حيث رفضت الهدنة واستبعد تأجيل معركة إدلب، التي بات إطلاقها قاب قوسين أو أدنى لا بل إن بعض أعمالها التمهيدية بدأ فعلاً من خلال القصف الانتقائي التدميري الواسع الذي تنفذه القوات الجوية الروسية والسورية منذ يومين ضد مراكز الإرهابيين مع تحييد تام للمدنيين. أما الرد على الخط الثاني فقد كان من قبل روسيا بشكل أساس من خلال عمليات التحشيد البحري الواسعة التي أجرتها في المتوسط لقواتها التي حشدت فيها قطعاً بحرية خاصة ومحترفة بالاستطلاع والتعقب لتعطيل فعالية التوماهوك، ثم القيام بمناورات هي الأضخم خلال السنوات الـ 40 الماضية. وعلى الخط الثالث فإن أميركا تعلم أن أحداً لا يأخذ على محمل الجد قراراً أميركياً بمواجهة برية بين الأميركيين وخصومهم على الأرض السورية، حيث إن هذه المواجهة لن تكون لمصلحة أميركا على كل الصعد.

وفي خلاصة القول نرى أن أميركا التي منّت النفس بالقبض على العراق من خلال القبض على حكومته، هي على عتبة الفشل في تحقيق أمنيتها، وان أميركا لن تقدر على منع سورية من استكمال تحرير ارتهان الإرهاب مهما هدّدت وهولت، وإن ما قالت به مؤخراً من أنها لن تسمح لسورية وحلفائها إيران وحزب الله دخول إدلب، فأميركا تعلم قبل سواها أنه غير قابل للتطبيق. فسورية هي صاحبة السيادة على أرضها وأميركا هي التي عليها أن تخرج منها وإن لم تفعل اختياراً فستجبر على الخروج قسراً، كما ستخرج من العراق ليرسم العراق وسورية مشهداً سياسياً وميدانياً لا يكون فيه للأميركي نصيب.

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January 30, 2016, 9:51 AM:

The TV Show Lucifer (i.e. Devil) is an indecent show that portrays the Devil as misunderstood and as a Godly entity to be worshiped. The show depicts people carrying out acts of violence all the way to heinous murder in the name of and for Lucifer. This show is offensive to me as a Catholic and a Christian, along with being offensive to billions of Christians world-wide. Moreover, it should be offensive to every person of faith that believes in God. As Christian God created himself in human form from the immaculate conception through his only begotten son Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus came into this world to save us from our own thoughts because that is how the Devil works; evil being Lucifer plays upon the emotions of every human being. Every person has wrath/anger in their hearts, as it is an emotion that all of us have to shed from being hurt in this world where manipulation and lies ruin the course/path of humanity that God intended for us to have. I for instance have wrath for those that fired me because I have multiple sclerosis, I have to come to being able to forgive. You are allowing our society that has a
rise in mental illness and gun violence, along with others who are lost and have no hope to identify with a false prophet known as Lucifer. Lucifer/Devil/Daemon evil has many names was once God's highest angel that sat to the left of his throne where the Angel Gabriel now sits and was cast out of Heaven when God created the human race because Lucifer tried to overthrow God because of God's love for us; the human race. What you do not realize just as Jesus said to the disciple Philip "you have been with me all of this time and yet you still do not believe. The Father is the Son and the Son is the Father". Meaning they are one in the same for it is God acting through his son the Savior Jesus that performed all the miracles from raising Lazarus from the Dead to curing the crippled, healing the blind and Leppard. What you disgustingly allow for is profit to take away the miracle of Jesus/God arid portray the Devil as God. It is blasphemy at the highest form and I demand the show be canceled because if you do not those who are disturbed in our society will commit more acts of violence in identification of the show. What is starting to unfold at more rapid rate is the Armageddon and the metaphors of the Four Horseman: war (red), famine (white), plague (black), and death (pale). The red horse has been around for centuries, the white horse has been around for centuries and a third of the world is in famine-no lookat the Mideast and Syria, plague has been around for centuries not having reached its full strength, and God help us when the Pale comes as that is the antichrist/devil himself. In between is a rise in violence an small wars escalating to large ones, along with casttrophic claime events-look at global warming and the storms. Showslike this garbage Lucifer incur the very wrath of God. Cancel the show!


December 10, 2015, 8:41 PM
Idolizations and the glorification of lucifer.


January 28, 2016, 8:50 AM
The Fox 5 Television Show Lucifer is obscene, indecent, and profane in its context. It portrays Lucifer in Holy aspect and people committing murder and evil acts in his name. With gun violence and shooting on the rise from mental illness in society and hate, along with terrorism; Fox 5 needs to be forced to shut this show down. It will lead to more violence in our Country because of the wide-spread pervasive rise in mental illness. Those who are mentally can identify with this show and commit more acts of violence in the Country. Yes, I'm a Catholic and it offends me and 2.0 billion Catholics world-wide because it glorifies the Devil as misunderstood and portrays people committing evil acts in the show as Holy. There is nothing Holy about Lucifer (i.e.. Devil). In scripture Lucifer was once God's highest angel, until Lucifer tried to overthrow God. God is Holy and this is so offensive because to me and other Christians we are only saved by the light of the lamb: Jesus Christ God's only begotten son who was born from the immaculate conception and came into this world to save all of us from Lucifer. You see Lucifer is in the hearts of all human-kind and acts within each of us through playing upon our thoughts that guide our emotions. There is not one person that has not hated someone else and suffers from wrath. Please do not fuel the emotions of people suffering from wrath by allowing them to identify with the Evil of Lucifer that Fox 5 is allowed to portray in the TV Show Lucifer. Cancel the show!


January 10, 2016, 7:27 PM
The commercial on Fox for the Lucifer show during the Wildcard game between the Packers & Redskins was sexually explicit and should not have been show in the afternoon during a family hour time slot.
My grandchildren, ages 10 & 7 were watching the game with me and I couldn't get to the remote fast enough to turn it off quickly enough to avoid them seeing that terrible pornographic content.


November 29, 2015, 2:55 PM

Fox is roLitinely advertising its Lucifer television show during family time. Specifically, the network has been running its promotion during football games on Sunday. The commercial material is offensive and indecent as it depicts Satan interacting with humans during activities considered indecent by the community. This type of promotion should not occur during family time on a Sunday.


November 7, 2015, 10:03 PM

We were watching an Oklahoma State football game at 4:30 in the afternoon on 11/7/2015 on Fox 23 in the Tulsa area. Our children were both in the room watching it with us. The ads came on the first one showed two people naked in bed, the next was a psycho with a knife trying to kill someone on Gotham, next was a Lucifer ad. Each ad was filled with sex and violence and should not be shown on a Saturday afternoon when families are watching TV together. This was not an issue not too long ago because adult TV ads were saved for adult TV times, after 7 or so. It is ridiculous that we can not watch a football game as a family without having to worry about the kids seeing something inappropriate in the middle of the day.



February 4, 2016, 9:13 AM
Fox 5 has aired a new show entitled Lucifer that depicts the Devil as Jesus/God, which is blasphemous and indecent so much so to call the show off. If this were being done to the Muslim religion and Muhammed you would pull the show to prevent violence. This show depicts violence and sex as portrayed by the characters as being done for good in the name of Lucifer who the show portrays as misunderstood and in the same light as Jesus/God. With the rise of mental illness and anger in society leading to shooting deaths do you really want on mainstream T.V. a program that depicts violence and sex being done falsely in the name of good and Jesus/God? As a Christian this is grossly offensive because this show is insult to Jesus and the very sacrifice he gave for us all. This Country has become more worried about offending Muslims and their false belief that Muhammed is God. Muhammed is not God and no prophet would profess, violence as acceptable means for advancing the interests of a people. Only a false prophet does that. There is a difference between Jesus the living God because he is the Messiah and every other so called idol God that other religions worship. Jesus never professed violence as acceptable all the way up to his own death! Cancel the show.



ONTD, were you ever not allowed to watch, read, or listen to something because of religious reasons?

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          John Kerry Accused Of Violating Logan Act After He Admits To Secret Iran Talks      Cache   Translate Page      

Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he's personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif "three or four times" and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it's almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, "I think I've seen him three or four times," but attempted to claim he was not trying to "coach" Iran on how to navigate President Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place. 

However, by Kerry's own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure. 

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump's back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us...

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing. 

Here's a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to "coach" the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry's own words the "open[ing] of diplomatic channels" was on his mind. 

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.  

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we're likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled. 


          If Americans Can't Drive in Afghanistan, Can We Remake Syria?      Cache   Translate Page      
Seventeen years ago, U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban and prevent al-Qaida from using that country to launch attacks against us.
          The Weekly Standard’s Kavanaugh Fact Check Was Correct      Cache   Translate Page      

Can journalists on the right honestly fact-check journalists on the left? That question erupted this week in a fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. The fight, as promised, has exposed media bias. But in this case, the bias is on the left.

The dispute centers on an article published on Sunday by ThinkProgress. The piece, written by Ian Millhiser, argues that Kavanaugh’s answers at his confirmation hearing last week, when combined with a speech Kavanaugh delivered last year, imply that he would overturn Roe v. Wade. It’s a smart and well-written piece. But the headline goes further. It claims that Kavanaugh “said he would kill Roe v. Wade.”

The Weekly Standard, in its “fact check,” said the headline wasn’t true. The author, Holmes Lybrand, wrote: “While ThinkProgress engages in an argument to suggest how Kavanaugh might vote in a Roe v. Wade redo, the article does not provide evidence that ‘Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade.’ ” Lybrand delivered the same verdict against MoveOn.org for claiming that Kavanaugh “stated he’d overturn” Roe. He reported that “TWS Fact Check could not find” such a statement from Kavanaugh.

Based on the Standard’s fact check, Facebook declared the ThinkProgress article “false.” This led to a warning label and an editorial demotion of the article on Facebook. Whether Facebook should issue such labels and demotions at all is worth debating. But ThinkProgress and its allies haven’t focused on that question. Their complaint is more specific: They want the Standard to be removed from Facebook’s list of approved fact-checking organizations, on the grounds that the magazine is biased.

Millhiser, in a follow-up article, dismisses the Standard’s fact-checking as “ideological” and accuses the magazine of “placing right-wing ideology before accurate reporting.” He warns: “If Facebook continues its partnership with The Weekly Standard, the consequences could be quite severe for left-leaning outlets generally—or potentially for any other outlet which publishes a news article that The Weekly Standard disagrees with.” Judd Legum, the founding editor of ThinkProgress, says Millhiser’s article was rated false only because “a hack at a right-wing magazine has decided he doesn’t like” it.

Other journalists have joined in this accusation. “@weeklystandard naturally wanted to censor it, because @weeklystandard is unscrupulous,” says one. “Facebook has given the Weekly Standard the power to drive liberal news outlets into the ground,” says another. “This is what happens,” says a third, “when you let non-reality-based organizations into the fact-checking community to achieve ‘balance.’ ” My Slate colleague Mark Joseph Stern presents the best version of the argument.By deferring to the Weekly Standard’s judgment, Facebook is picking sides in an ideological debate,” he writes. “Facebook should not let conservative editors police liberal outlets’ analysis under the guise of fact-checking.”

These writers have done a lot of good work. But in this case, they’re mistaken. This is a matter of fact, not ideology. On Facebook, headlines are far more visible and widely read than articles are. The headline on the ThinkProgress article was false. Kavanaugh didn’t say he would kill Roe. And the Standard was right to point this out.

The Standard has offered to withdraw the “false” rating if ThinkProgress changes its headline. But as of Wednesday, ThinkProgress hadn’t budged. Millhiser insists the headline is true. According to Merriam-Webster, he argues, “the verb ‘say’ or ‘said’ can mean to ‘indicate,’ ‘show,’ or ‘communicate’ an idea.” He maintains that Kavanaugh “indicated, showed, or communicated his intention to overrule Roe” by doing two things. First, a year ago, Kavanaugh said that a 1997 Supreme Court opinion, Washington v. Glucksberg, was “not consistent” with Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 opinion that reaffirmed Roe. Second, during last week’s hearings, Kavanaugh said “all roads lead to the Glucksberg test” as the Supreme Court’s rule for defining rights not enumerated in the Constitution.

This is an interesting argument. But it doesn’t show that Kavanaugh “said” he would kill Roe. Let’s start with the dictionary entry Millhiser cited. It defines “say” as “state,” “declare,” “utter,” or “recite.” The only cases in which the definition refers to softer interpretations—“indicate,” “show,” or “communicate”—are when the act is nonverbal. The dictionary gives two examples: “the clock says five minutes after twelve,” and “a glance that said all that was necessary.” Kavanaugh is a person, not a clock. He spoke in words, not glances. To prove he said something, you have to show he said it.

Second, at his hearings, Kavanaugh was asked several times what he thought of Roe. He refused to address the substance of the case. It’s misleading to report that he “said he would kill Roe” when in fact he declined explicit invitations to say he would kill Roe.

Third, Kavanaugh’s 2017 remark that Roe, Casey, and Glucksberg were “not consistent” in their “approach” wasn’t absolute. He noted that although a majority of the court voted in Glucksberg not to assert a specific constitutional right to bodily autonomy (in that case, the issue was assisted suicide), a majority hadn’t voted that way five years earlier in Casey. (In fact, the court explicitly reasoned that Glucksberg and Casey were compatible.) Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom Kavanaugh clerked—and whose seat Kavanaugh would fill—voted with the conservatives in Glucksberg but also voted in Casey to reaffirm Roe. So you can’t declare, as Millhiser does, that it’s a matter of simple logic to conclude that Kavanaugh “said he would kill Roe.”

Fourth, Kavanaugh repeatedly emphasized at his hearings that Roe could no longer be overturned on its merits alone. He said the court would now have to overcome the additional weight of Casey, which reaffirmed Roe based on stare decisis, a doctrine of deference to precedents. (Kavanaugh made the same point in his 2017 speech: that stare decisis might be why the court reaffirmed Roe, even as it voted the other way in Glucksberg.) In short, Kavanaugh explained why you can’t infer that a judge who believes Roe was wrongly decided would overturn Roe today.

So the Standard’s fact check is correct. By itself, that’s a small point. But ThinkProgress and its allies have made the dispute into something much bigger. By attacking the fact check as biased on the grounds that a conservative magazine published it, they’ve proved the opposite of what they intended. They’ve confirmed that the press is full of left-leaning journalists who sometimes can’t see or acknowledge congenial falsehoods, and they’ve demonstrated how these journalists unite, when challenged, in a tribal chorus to accuse conservatives of trying to “censor” them. In sum, they’ve demonstrated why we need conservative journalists to help check facts.

ThinkProgress does excellent fact-checking of lies on the right. In these cases, it applies the sensible rule that if a person didn’t say something, you can’t accuse him of saying it. Over the years, ThinkProgress has invoked this rule in defense of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, James Comey, and James Clapper, among others. But when the same rule is applied to ThinkProgress, it accuses the fact-checker of ideological hackery. And it calls for the Standard to be removed from Facebook’s panel of approved fact-checking organizations, even though other organizations on the panel, in assessing the Kavanaugh hearings, have applied the same rule.

Watching my colleagues rationalize the false headline, accuse the Standard of imposing ideological censorship under the guise of fact-checking, and castigate Facebook for allowing “non-reality-based organizations into the fact-checking community” is humbling. It’s a reminder that most of us, including me, are good at seeing other people’s biases but lousy at seeing our own. PolitiFact, in its initial report on the Kavanaugh hearings, said the nominee “raised a few eyebrows” when he “called birth control pills abortion-inducing drugs.” Days later, PolitiFact conceded that it had “repeated uncritically a Democratic talking point” and that Kavanaugh had actually been quoting a party in the case. I don’t see any of my colleagues on the left calling for PolitiFact to be removed from Facebook’s panel.

If progressives insist that anyone who challenges them is “non-reality-based”—and that the Weekly Standard’s name on a fact check “tells you all you need to know about how messed up Facebook’s notion of ‘fact-checking’ is”—they’ll seal themselves off in a bubble of mutual affirmation. David Roberts, a Vox blogger, made the key point in a tweet about Millhiser’s article. “A society can’t survive long without shared epistemic authorities and standards,” Roberts wrote. He was echoing Millhiser’s attack on the Standard. But in this case, it’s the Standard that is upholding shared epistemic rules. Said means said.

The Standard often gets things wrong. So does everybody else. We’re all fallible, but we can fact-check one another. In any industry where one group predominates—whites in the corporate elite, men in the entertainment business, liberals in the media—we need scrutiny from people who don’t share the prevailing biases. That’s why the Weekly Standard is on Facebook’s fact-checking panel. And it is doing its job.


          Migrant debate ‘no excuse’ for far-right violence, says Angela Merkel      Cache   Translate Page      

The comments come after the killing of a German man for which an Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested prompted days of anti-migrant protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz that at times turned violent.
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This frightened family is just one among the millions forced to flee after getting caught in the crossfire of Syria's brutal civil war. CNN's Ben Wedeman reports.
          Trump Creates a Worldwide Border Crisis for Refugees      Cache   Translate Page      

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By slashing the number of refugees it is willing to take in, the United States is abrogating its humanitarian duty.

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          9/13/2018: WORLD: Plea to stop ‘catastrophe’ in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

The UN and Turkey have pleaded with the international community to find a way to avoid a civilian massacre as Russia and Syrian forces prepare a massive attack against Syrian rebels’ last stronghold in the north of the country. UN Secretary-General...
          9/13/2018: WORLD: We cannot leave people’s fate in the hands of Assad      Cache   Translate Page      

Across Turkey’s southern border, Bashar al-Assad’s criminal regime has for seven years targeted Syria’s citizens with arbitrary arrests, systematic torture, summary executions, barrel bombs, and chemical and conventional weapons. As a result of the...
          SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 12, 2018: MILITANTS FILMING STAGED CHEMICAL ATTACK IN IDLIB      Cache   Translate Page      
September 12, 2018 On September 11, the US-led coalition and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that the SDF is kicking off a military operation to eliminate the ISIS-held pocket of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley. According to a coalition spokesman, the SDF ground advance will be backed up by coalition air and artillery […]
          SYRIAN WAR REPORT – SEPTEMBER 11, 2018: MSM CLAIMS ASSAD ORDERED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ATTACKS IN IDLIB      Cache   Translate Page      
South Front The Syrian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Forces have continued intense airstrikes on militant targets in the provinces of Idlib and Latakia. According to local sources, a major part of the SAF strikes were delivered on militant positions near Khan Shaykhun, Kafr Zita, al-Latamih and the nearby areas. Syrian Army artillery guns […]
          Syrian Civilians Are In The Path Of The Battle Against Last Rebel-Held Area      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Forces loyal to Syria's government are bombing a rebel province. It's the last major rebel-held province, Idlib. If you look on a map of Syria, which I'm doing right now, it's up near the border with Turkey. Negotiations last week to prevent this assault failed, leaving millions of civilians possibly in the path of the offensive. NPR's Ruth Sherlock has covered the Syrian war for years. She's in Beirut. Hi, Ruth. RUTH SHERLOCK, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. INSKEEP: How has this offensive unfolded? SHERLOCK: Well, in the past week has been an intensification of shelling and airstrikes on the southern fringes of this province, on towns and villages. And people, as you say, are afraid that this could be a prelude to a full-scale attack. Local medical workers and activists say a hospital was amongst the sites hit. And medical points have been hit so frequently in the Syrian war - this isn't a new thing - that now some people are treating
          US warns Moscow over looming attack in Syrian city of Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says Russia will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks the northern city of Idlib.
          Russia to open 26 extra crossing points for Syrian refugees      Cache   Translate Page      
Currently, ten crossing points for refugees are functioning in Syria
          Nearly 250,000 refugees return to Syria from abroad — Russian Defense Ministry      Cache   Translate Page      
Nearly 250,000 refugees have returned to Syria from abroad since the campaign for the return of refugees began
          Russian Defense Ministry: militants pick out kids to ‘star’ in false flag op in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
A total of nine faked scenes depicting the alleged use of ‘chemical warfare agents’ by Syrian government troops have been filmed in Idlib with the participation of the notorious White Helmets
          Turkey reinforces military in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire call fails      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey reinforces military in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire call failsPresident Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an assault by the army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies on Idlib, home to around 3 million people, will uproot hundreds of thousands in one of Syria's last rebel strongholds. Already hosting 3.5 million Syrians - the world's biggest refugee population - Turkey says it cannot absorb more victims of the war and has accused the West of abandoning it to face the consequences of President Bashar al-Assad's reconquest of Syria. At a meeting in Tehran on Friday with the presidents of Russia and Iran, seen as the last realistic chance to avert all-out conflict in the insurgent-held region, Erdogan failed to win a pledge of ceasefire from Assad's two main backers.



          Comment on France: Education minister says French kids should learn Arabic by Achmed Mohandjob      Cache   Translate Page      
That way, they can read .. in the ayruhbik, In the original language of monkeys and pigs (moslem talk) how mohammed LOVED to suck off little boys: Hadith Number 16245, Volume Title: “The Sayings of the Syrians,” Chapter Title: “Hadith of Mu’awiya Ibn Abu Sufyan”: “I saw the prophet – pbuh – sucking on the tongue or the lips of Al-Hassan son of Ali, may the prayers of Allah be upon him. For no tongue or lips that the prophet sucked on will be tormented (by hell fire) He (the Prophet) lift up his (al Hassan’s) shirt and kissed his (little) penis..” روى أنه صلى الله عليه و سلم قبل زبيبة الحسن أو الحسين He (the prophet) kissed the (little) penis of al Hassan or al Husein رأيت النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم فرج ما بين فخذي الحسين و قبل زبيبته He (the prophet) put Husein’s legs apart and kissed his (little) penis Another Hadith. Majma al-Zawa’id, Ali ibn Abu Bakr al-Haythami, 299/9 مجمع الزوائد لعلي بن أبى بكر الهيثمي رأيت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فرج ما بين فخذي الحسين و قبل زبيبته رواه الطبراني و إسناده حسن translated into English: “I saw the Messenger of Allah pbuh putting Husein’s legs apart and kissing his (little) penis.” Related by Al-Tabarani and it’s authentication is fully validated by Islamic scholars.
          Comment on Hillary Clinton Could Get 5yrs In Prison For Lying About Syrian Weapons by anonymous4u4me      Cache   Translate Page      
While this hag piece of human excrement deserves prison and more, she like all the other scumbag politicians that deserve such will never be sentenced to one day, or convicted of anything. This is just smoke and mirrors, and making people believe there is hope. She Obammy, her husband and many like them know full well they will never be charged or prosecuted for anything.
          Comment on Filming Of False Flag Chemical Attack In Syria Begins – MoD by Ron Wheeler      Cache   Translate Page      
Will this play at our local movie houses?
          Ngô Nhân Dụng - Putin và Tập Cận Bình cùng thao diễn quân sự      Cache   Translate Page      


Chủ Tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình (trái) và Tổng Thống Nga Vladimir Putin cùng nâng ly trong một Hội Đàm Kinh Tế Đông Phương ở Vladivostok, Nga, hôm Thứ Ba, 11 Tháng Chín, 2018. (Hình: Sergei Bobylev/TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP)

(NgườiViệt 11/09/2018) Quân đội khối NATO đang thao dượt tại vùng Lviv, phía Tây nước Ukraine. Bốn ngày trước khi cuộc tập dượt chấm dứt, hôm Thứ Ba, 11 Tháng Chín, Nga bắt đầu một cuộc thao diễn quân sự lớn ở Siberia. Quân đội Trung Quốc và Mongolia cũng tham dự.

Cuộc tập trận Rapid Trident 2018 của NATO rất khiêm tốn, chỉ có 2.200 quân tham dự, mặc dù gồm 14 nước, kể cả Mỹ. Cuộc thao diễn Vostok 2018 của Nga có thể nói là“vĩ đại,” với 300.000 quân (một phần ba quân số), 36.000 xe thiết giáp, hàng ngàn phi cơ chiến đấu trên bốn căn cứ không quân, 80 chiến hạm biểu dương trong ba vùng, biển Nhật Bản, biển Okhotsk và eo biển Bering.

NATO nói thẳng mục đích của cuộc tập trận là bảo vệ an ninh và chủ quyền của Ukraine, một nước trước đây thuộc Liên Bang Xô Viết, mới bị Nga chiếm mất vùng Crimea năm 2014.

Bộ Quốc Phòng Nga thì công bố mục đích của Vostok 2018 hoàn toàn có tính cách “phòng ngự.” Họ muốn quân đội “sẵn sàng chống cự mọi cuộc xâm lăng.” Bộ Quốc Phòng Nga công nhận đây là cuộc thao diễn lớn nhất, kể từ cuộc tập trận Zapad 1981 ở vùng biên giới cạnh các Đông Âu nước ở phía Bắc. Trong tiếng Nga Vostok là hướng Đông, Zapad là Tây.

Trung Cộng gởi hơn 3.000 quân sĩ, sáu phi cơ, 26 trực thăng trong đó có những chiếc Mi-171, Z-9 và Z-19 mua của Nga; cùng 900 thiết giáp và thiết vận xa tham dự Vostok 2018. Quân đội Cộng Hòa Mông Cổ cũng có mặt, để gọi đây là một cuộc thao diễn quốc tế.

Hai ông Vladimir Putin và Tập Cận Bình sẽ cùng đến quan sát một phần cuộc thao diễn. Điều này cho thấy một mục tiêu ông Putin nhắm tới là: Cho cả thế giới thấy Nga và Trung Cộng đang sáp lại gần nhau.

Trong những cuộc tập trận Vostok trước đây quân đội Nga cũng được điều động để chống một đạo quân xâm lăng giả tưởng, mà ai cũng suy diễn quân xâm lăng đến từ Trung Quốc. Nhưng năm nay, hiển nhiên “quân địch” không phải là quân Tàu nữa! Chắc cũng không phải là Nhật Bản, vì Thủ Tướng Nhật Shinzo Abe sắp đến họp mặt với Tổng Thống Vladimir Putin và Chủ Tịch Tập Cận Bình ở Vladivostok trong một Hội Đàm Kinh Tế Đông Phương, trong thời gian cuộc tập trận diễn ra. Cuối cùng, chỉ có thể đoán “quân địch giả tưởng” trong cuộc tập trận của Nga là quân Mỹ!

Trung Cộng và Nga đã từng đối nghịch nhau từ thời Stalin và Mao Trạch Đông; cuộc tranh hùng lên điểm cao nhất vào năm 1969, khi hai bên bắn nhau bên dòng sông Áp Lục. Nhân cơ hội đó, Tổng Thống Mỹ Richard Nixon đã mở đường giao thiệp với Chủ Tịch Mao, đánh dấu bằng cuộc gặp gỡ lịch sử năm 1972.

Ông Nixon đã “đánh lá bài Trung Quốc” trong chiến lược cô lập hóa Liên Xô, làm cho khối Cộng Sản tách đôi và không bao giờ ráp lại được nữa cho đến khi Liên Bang Xô Viết tan hàng.

Bây giờ đến lượt Putin, cũng muốn dùng Trung Cộng như một quân bài lập mặt trận chống Mỹ. Năm 1989, Mikhail Gorbachev đã nối lại tình hữu nghị với Trung Cộng trước khi đế quốc Liên Xô sụp đổ, và sau đó Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin vẫn tiếp tục.

Ông Putin có lý do để thắt chặt bang giao với nước láng giềng phía Nam; vì Nga đang bị cả khối Tây phương phong tỏa kinh tế sau khi cưỡng chiếm Crimea. Nga đã ký những hợp đồng cung cấp dầu, khí cho Trung Quốc, và hoan nghênh tiền vốn của Bắc Kinh đem đầu tư vào công nghiệp năng lượng. Mặc dù giá dầu lửa đã tăng lên gần đây, nhưng kinh tế Nga còn trì trệ vì vẫn nằm trong tay những đại gia thân cận với ông Putin. Hành động can thiệp của Nga vào Syria, kết thân với Iran chống các nước Á Rập theo phái Sun Ni Hồi Giáo khiến Nga sẽ còn bị tẩy chay. Trước viễn tượng bị cô lập trong hàng chục năm tới, Putin muốn chứng tỏ cho các nước Tây phương biết rằng ông ta còn có nhiều cơ hội khác.

Nga đã phát triển lực lượng tàu ngầm, mở đường đi vào vùng Bắc Cực, đe dọa thế giới với các loại chiến đấu cơ và bom hạch tâm mới. Trong tuần này, hai chiếc tàu chở dầu lớn của Nga, với dung tích 172,000 mét khối đã tới Giang Tô trong vòng 19 ngày nhờ đi đường tắt qua Bắc Cực, thay vì thường đi qua kênh Suez mất 35 ngày. Trung Cộng gọi con đường biển mới này là Đường Tơ Lụa Bắc Cực.

Màn tập trận “đại bàng” đang bắt đầu cũng nhằm biểu diễn sức mạnh quân sự của Nga, để làm nản lòng các nước đang duy trì cuộc cấm vận vì vụ Crimea năm 2014 và Nga dùng tay sai âm mưu lật đổ chính quyền Ukraine. Nếu phong tỏa kinh tế không làm cho Nga yếu đi về quân sự thì tiếp tục để làm gì? Tiếp tục cấm vận Nga thì sẽ chỉ đẩy nước Nga vào tay Trung Cộng, lợi hơn hay hại hơn? Đó là những thông điệp ông Putin muốn gửi đi!

Đối nội, Putin muốn dùng sức mạnh quân sự khích động tinh thần dân tộc tự tôn của dân Nga để củng cố chế độ độc tài phe đảng của ông. Ông đã cho tái lập các cuộc duyệt binh ở Quảng Trường Đỏ vì mục đích đó.

Trung Cộng đến tham dự cuộc tập trận Vostok 2018 cũng nhằm học tập kỹ thuật điều động quân đội của Nga trong một chiến dịch rộng lớn. Từ hơn nửa thế kỷ nay, quân đội Trung Cộng chưa thực sự tham dự một cuộc chiến lớn nào. Họ thiếu “kinh nghiệm chiến trường” trong việc điều phối hàng trăm ngàn quân, trong kỹ thuật thông tin ngoài mặt trận, sử dụng các khí giới mới, đối đầu với các vũ khí mới của quân địch.

Trong Vostok 2018, Không Quân Nga thao dượt cả hệ thống chống loại hỏa tiễn Cruise bay thấp là mặt đất, mà quân đội Mỹ đã sử dụng nhiều lần ở Iraq, Lybia và Syria. Quân Trung Cộng đã được trang bị với loại hỏa tiễn nhắm mục tiêu này nhưng chưa từng được đem thử trên mặt trận.

Hai ông Tập Cận Bình và Vladimir Putin cũng chia sẻ một mối lo chung là luôn luôn phải đề phòng một cuộc nổi dậy của người dân bị trị trong nước họ. Không một chế độ độc tài nào có thể ngủ yên vì họ biết dân chúng chỉ chịu đựng nhất thời, chứ không bao giờ bị khuất phục hoàn toàn. Cuộc tập trận Vostok 2018 sẽ cho thấy khi cần điều động quân đội dẹp tan những cuộc cách mạng thì phải làm gì.

Để ve vãn ông Tập Cận Bình, ông Putin đã cho bán những vũ khí tối tân nhất như hỏa tiễn S-400 và phi cơ SU-35 loại mới nhất. Trong chuyến công du vào Tháng Tư năm nay tới Matskơva, một người thân cận của ông Tập Cận Bình là Tướng Ngụy Phong Hòa (Wei Fenghe, 魏凤和), nguyên chỉ huy trưởng lực lượng hỏa tiễn của TQCG, đã tuyên bố rõ ràng: “Trung Quốc muốn cho nước Mỹ thấy mối giao hảo của quân đội mình với quân đội Nga.”

Nhưng tình hữu hảo giữa hai nước Nga, Hoa có thực sự chặt chẽ và bền vững hay không?

Về mặt kỹ thuật và kinh tế Trung Quốc không thể học hỏi (hoặc ăn trộm) được điều gì từ nước Nga để giúp họ phát triển cho bằng Mỹ và Châu Âu trong vài chục năm tới, như ông Tập Cận Bình đang nuôi tham vọng.

Di sản lịch sử cho thấy hai nước Nga, Trung không bao giờ tin nhau. Cuộc bang giao hoàn toàn dựa trên những tính toán vụ lợi mà không chia sẻ những giá trị cao hơn, cũng không được đặt trên những quy tắc bền vững như luật pháp quốc tế. Khi nào thấy bớt lợi lộc thì hai bên sẵn sàng chia tay.

Mà nước Nga không thể mang lợi cho nước Tàu, không có những thị trường tiêu thụ lớn, cũng không có tư bản và kỹ thuật mạnh để trao đổi. Ông Tập Cận Bình đã lợi dụng thế yếu của ông Putin để ký những hợp đồng về năng lượng với giá rẻ, nhưng ngay cả vai trò của dầu lửa và khí đốt cũng mất tầm quan trọng trong nền kinh tế hiện đại!

Một điều ai cũng thấy trước mắt, là bọn đầu sỏ cầm đầu guồng máy nhà nước và các đại gia Nga không gửi tiền hoặc gửi con cái du học sang Bắc Kinh hay Thượng Hải mà vẫn gửi qua London hay New York!

Nhưng nước Mỹ vẫn nên rút ra một bài học khi chứng kiến cuộc bắt tay thân thiện giữa Vladimir Putin và Tập Cận Bình. Thời 1970, Mỹ đóng vai chủ động trong kế hoạch ly gián Liên Xô và Trung Cộng. Hiện nay Mỹ đã mất vai trò cầm chịch. Thời 1970, trong ba nước thì Trung Cộng yếu nhất. Ngày nay, Nga là nước yếu nhất, còn Trung Quốc đang lên. Trung Cộng không những đang tiến vào Châu Phi, Châu Âu và vùng Trung Đông, mà có thể sẽ bao vây Nga với vòng đai các nước Trung Á trước đây thuộc Liên Bang Xô Viết.

Đối thủ của Mỹ trong thời gian tới không phải Nga mà là Trung Cộng. Để đối phó với chế độ độc tài đảng trị và âm mưu bành trướng của Trung Cộng, nước Mỹ phải thắt chặt thêm quan hệ với những quốc gia tự do dân chủ dựa trên quyền lợi hỗ tương và chia sẻ các giá trị chung. Mỹ không thể đứng cô lập mà phải đóng vai tích cực bảo vệ những lý tưởng dân chủ tự do, tôn trọng luật pháp, củng cố những định chế quốc tế duy trì những giá trị đó.


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          Syria : Nga, Iran, Thổ vẫn chia rẽ về số phận Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
Trẻ em Syria chạy lánh nạn tại trại Atimah, trong tỉnh Idlib, ngày 11/09/2018.

Số phận của thành phố Idlib vẫn đang được bàn bạc tại Liên Hiệp Quốc. Đến lượt Nga hôm qua 11/09/2018 đề nghị họp Hội đồng Bảo an. Tuần trước, ba tổng thống Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, Nga và Iran họp lại ở Teheran để cố tìm ra một thỏa thuận, nhưng không có tiến bộ cụ thể nào, và hôm qua tại New York, ba nước bảo trợ cho tiến trình Astana tiếp tục tỏ ra chia rẽ.

Từ New York, thông tín viên RFI Marie Bourreau cho biết thêm chi tiết :

Một bên là Nga và Iran, bên kia là Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ. Ba nước bảo trợ cho tiến trình hòa bình ở Astana công khai cho thấy sự bất đồng. Ankara, vốn ủng hộ ngưng bắn, đòi hỏi sự hỗ trợ của cộng đồng quốc tế để tránh một thảm họa nhân đạo ở Idlib.

Đại sứ Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ tuyên bố: Rõ ràng là một chiến dịch quân sự tổng lực sẽ dẫn đến thảm họa nhân đạo to lớn. Một chiến dịch như thế sẽ tạo ra làn sóng người tị nạn, gây nguy cơ về an ninh cho Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, cho châu Âu và xa hơn nữa.

Lời kêu gọi này được Pháp và Anh hưởng ứng. Paris và Luân Đôn ủng hộ yêu cầu của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, đòi hỏi dành thời gian cho đối thoại, cố gắng tìm cho được một thỏa thuận. Nhưng Nga và Iran vẫn giữ vững quan điểm, muốn tung ra chiến dịch chống khủng bố tại thành phố đang có ba triệu thường dân sinh sống.

Đại sứ Iran nói: Cuộc chiến chống khủng bố tại Idlib là một phần trong nhiệm vụ tái lập hòa bình và ổn định tại Syria của chúng tôi. Nhưng cuộc chiến này không thể khiến thường dân trở thành nạn nhân.

Chẳng bao lâu nữa cuộc tấn công vào Idlib sẽ bắt đầu, mà nỗ lực ngoại giao hiện chưa gây được tác động đáng kể nào. 

http://vi.rfi.fr/quoc-te/20180912-syria-nga-iran-tho-van-chia-re-ve-so-phan-idlib



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(CNN) Barbara Starr - Russia warned the U.S. military twice last week that its forces, along with Syrian regime units, are prepared to attack in an area where dozens of U.S. troops are located, sparking U.S. warnings to Moscow not to challenge the U.S. military presence, U.S. defense officials said. Concern centers on a U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition base at At Tanf. U.S. troops help monitor a 55-km. (34-mile) exclusion zone around At Tanf near the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Officials said U.S. troops in the area have the right of self-defense if they are attacked and would not need to ask permission from higher-ups before acting. "We have absolutely advised them [Russia] to stay out of At Tanf," one U.S. official said. "We are postured to respond....If attacked, the United States will not hesitate to use necessary and proportionate force to defend U.S., coalition or partner forces."
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As clear as crystal, should war erupts on a massive scale in Syria and Ukraine, it's certain that China will participate as a military alliance with Russia against the US and it's allies.
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The Pentagon says Russia will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks the northern city of Idlib.
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          John Kerry Accused Of Violating Logan Act After He Admits To Secret Iran Talks      Cache   Translate Page      

Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he's personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif "three or four times" and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it's almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, "I think I've seen him three or four times," but attempted to claim he was not trying to "coach" Iran on how to navigate President Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place. 

However, by Kerry's own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure. 

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump's back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us...

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing. 

Here's a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to "coach" the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry's own words the "open[ing] of diplomatic channels" was on his mind. 

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.  

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we're likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled. 


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Government forces shelled Syria's last major rebel bastion on Wednesday, hours after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council any full-blown offensive in Idlib risks triggering a "bloodbath".
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“大使館が点在する東京都渋谷区の高級住宅街”…松濤は外れるから広尾かな。 / “渋谷の高級住宅街に金塊工場 5カ月で利益4億円か:朝日新聞デジタル” htn.to/6TZviLxho

— 齊藤貴義@サイバーメガネ (@miraihack) 2018年9月12日 - 18:50

小飼「腐った情報が上がって来ちゃったら、民主制だろうが独裁制だろうが、どんなに明晰な人でも正しい判断を下せなくなる。偽情報は、人類社会の危機なんです」 @dankogai buff.ly/2Ja7Emc #小飼弾の論弾

— 山路達也 (@Tats_y) 2018年9月12日 - 19:03

スタニスワフ・レムの書斎です。本の惑星ですね。 #あの人の書斎 pic.twitter.com/a3b4AjWt3m

— 愛書家日誌 (@aishokyo) 2018年9月12日 - 19:10

「100分de石ノ森章太郎」本日12日深夜0時からの再放送になります(日付は13日)。ぜひお見逃しなく。二度目をみても楽しめると思いますのでぜひ。 twitter.com/nhk_meicho/sta…

— 秋満吉彦 (@akiman55) 2018年9月12日 - 18:51

【世代分析】日本はもともと農村の地域共同体をベースにします。ところが日露戦争を境に重工業化を背景とした都市化で共同体がバラける。それを埋め合わせたのが「崇高な精神共同体としての国家」と「会社共同体」でした。 miyadai.com/index.php?item…

— 宮台真司ボット (@miyadai_bot) 2018年9月12日 - 20:01

不断の努力を続けて旧国鉄というインフラの現場を支えながら(一定の政治的立場から、ではあるが)社会正義を訴えて運動もやった国労の人たちは、文字どおり「ゴミ」のように捨てられました。 twitter.com/tadataru/statu…

— Shin Hori (@ShinHori1) 2018年9月12日 - 19:47

今日はこのあと22時から川口駅周辺の夜回り活動です。JR川口駅改札前集合です。途中での参加や帰宅でも構いませんので、皆様のご参加をお待ちしております。いま小林哲彦弁護士たちと腹ごしらえ中です。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 藤田孝典 (@fujitatakanori) 2018年9月12日 - 19:37

国語と国民とは頭脳的につながってなぞいない。文章の魅力を合点するには、だれでも、いわば内部にある或る感覚のごときものに頼るほかはない。この感受力には、文体の在りかを感じとる緩慢だが着実な智慧が宿っている。 (国語という大河)

— 小林秀雄 botcast (@hideKoba_bot) 2018年9月12日 - 20:05

都道府県別の専業主婦希望意識を男女賛成意見の差分でみると、きれいに半々に分かれた。専業主婦を求めているのは地域差がある。注目したいのは東京で女より男の方が専業主婦意識高い。これ東京だと共働きじゃないと辛いからだろうなあ。内閣府調査… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 荒川和久@「超ソロ社会」著者 (@wildriverpeace) 2018年9月12日 - 20:53

俺のことディスってる先生の下にいる学生さんは「先生も明日から給料全額返納して社会貢献してくださいよ〜」って言ってみてください.

— 🤩🤩おちあいよういち🤩🤩 (@ochyai) 2018年9月12日 - 21:18

英国のMI6がシリアに対する化学兵器攻撃を計画しているんだよ―米議員ブラック
presstv.com/Detail/2018/09…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年9月12日 - 20:24

それが全く分からないみたいなんだよね。

「穴掘り経済」と「国債無限論」のコラボが、我が国の自称保守の主張だからね。

— greenwich (@bobbygetshome) 2018年9月12日 - 20:55

現在36〜38歳の女性が何を思ってこのオッサン解雇したろうと19年後に名乗り出たんだろうか。まあ書けない話があるわな。
19年前に教え子と性的関係 高校教諭を懲戒免職 東京 | NHKニュース www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2018…

— たにやん (@t_taniyan) 2018年9月12日 - 19:03

大学の給与ゼロにして,あとは他所で稼いでくれて,今まで通りの仕事と責任を無給で続けていいよ! 自分の会社から研究費入れてくれれば大学さらに儲かるし,働きたい放題だよ! ってことだからさ. twitter.com/ochyai/status/…

— 🤩🤩おちあいよういち🤩🤩 (@ochyai) 2018年9月12日 - 21:02

冬の6,000発!?夏に中止になった昭和記念公園の花火大会が11月23日に開催決定! | いいね!立川 iine-tachikawa.net/topics/10956/

#昭和記念公園 #花火大会 #冬の花火 #いいね立川 #立川 #立川市… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 『いいね!立川』編集部 (@iinetachikawa) 2018年9月12日 - 16:49

今日発売の美人百花10月号に
Her lip toが掲載されています。
こちらのアイテムはオンラインストアにて金曜日18時発売開始です☺️💜 pic.twitter.com/IIWOrczWy9

— 小嶋 陽菜 (@kojiharunyan) 2018年9月12日 - 20:18

銀河衝突の結末をNASAがとらえた、3億光年先
2つの渦巻銀河が衝突し、ブラックホールや中性子星が散らばる明るいリング状の銀河が生まれました。 #ナショジオニュース #ナショジオ #銀河 #NASA #宇宙 ow.ly/fASx30lMIs3

— ナショナルジオグラフィック日本版 (@NatGeoMagJP) 2018年9月12日 - 20:35

「誰もモノを言わないのはおかしい」 自民 石破氏 #nhk_news www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2018…

— NHKニュース (@nhk_news) 2018年9月12日 - 18:57

世界史の中で、国民国家がどういう発展過程を経て生まれてきて、今後、どういうふうに動いていくのか ー 国民国家というものは歴史的存在にすぎず、けっして固定的なものではないということについての考察が、この人たちには不足しているんです。(#吉本隆明『超「戦争論<上>』)#国民国家論

— みんくま草 (@greenminkuma) 2018年9月12日 - 22:12

今年度はバブル期並みか、それを超える税収が見込まれるほか、消費税をさらに引き上げですからね。 twitter.com/call_me_nots/s…

— 本石町日記 (@hongokucho) 2018年9月12日 - 22:07

KV-1の前線修理
#大祖国戦争
#戦車 pic.twitter.com/rYSwFJnySo

— それでもソ連bot+ (@cccp2017) 2018年9月12日 - 22:04

これはいけません。先に平和条約を締結してしまうと、それを口実として北方領土返還への道が事実上閉ざされてしまいます。

プーチン大統領「条件なしで平和条約を」安倍首相を前に:朝日新聞デジタル asahi.com/articles/ASL9D…

— 日本共産党 (@jcp_cc) 2018年9月12日 - 17:57

これは違法なのでは? twitter.com/I_hate_camp/st…

— 本田由紀 (@hahaguma) 2018年9月12日 - 10:47

日米安保は軍事同盟だから、それを無くしたら平和条約を結んで全千島を返すというブレジネフ以来の政策。後継でソ連保守派最期の大物チェルネンコは全千島だけではなくサハリンの返還あるいは共同での何かを訴えた書簡を死の前日に送ってきていた。すべて夢になりそというか、夢にしちゃったのか?w

— 大江昇 (@TKDOMO) 2018年9月12日 - 23:17
          9月12日(水)のつぶやき その1      Cache   Translate Page      

そもそも俺が中国人救出劇をツィートした段階では。

日本でも。中国でも。香港でも。台湾でも。たぶん報道されてなかったはず。

産経新聞が。中国人救出劇の報道をフェイクと断じるのなら。俺が関空で見聞きした全てが幻想だって事になるんだ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— らん@マイナンバーとは全体主義のこと (@ranranran_ran) 2018年9月12日 - 01:04

恐らくその通りです。解除は3段階でした。①報道陣。②泉佐野行きのバス。③かなり遅れて空港内に停車していた一般車両。

中国側のバスは②の段階で堂々と乗り込んで来ました。

ポイントは。「バスそのもの」だと思われます。つまり…

②… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— らん@マイナンバーとは全体主義のこと (@ranranran_ran) 2018年9月12日 - 01:47

戦時中は「ほしがりません、勝つまでは」だったけれど、いまは「ほしがりません、いつまでも」になっている。いつまでほしがらずに我慢をすれば普通の暮らしができるのか、もう無理なのか、相変わらず先行きが見えにくい。

— 藤田孝典 (@fujitatakanori) 2018年9月12日 - 09:31

多くの人の経済状態?から「ほしがりません、いつまでも」になってるというブラックジョークはわかるんだけど、ホントにコワイのはずいぶん前から、それはイデオロギー化して流布してることだよね。清貧が尊いなんていうのは、支配者がよろこぶだけ。ミニマムなトレンドが実は仕掛けられたもの…では?

— 大江昇 (@TKDOMO) 2018年9月12日 - 10:40

映画「響 -HIBIKI-」が各界の著名人に与えた衝撃。
それは、彼らを圧倒し、興奮させ、翻弄し、何かを気付かせた。
そして、彼らの言葉と、集められたコメントが、新たな予告編を生み出した。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 映画『響 -HIBIKI-』 (@hibiki_movie) 2018年9月7日 - 17:06

何なんだこれ!産経新聞。嘘八百の報道。事実を消し去ろうとしてる。

関空から中国人を脱出させた中国領事館の報道が「フェイクニュースだと断じているフェイクニュース」。

私は「その現場で一部始終を見ていた」のだ。私は「救助されてる中… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— らん@マイナンバーとは全体主義のこと (@ranranran_ran) 2018年9月11日 - 23:38

「良い時計を買うと人生変わる」「良い財布を持つと金がたまる」というのが攻撃されやすい旧世代の駄文書きのステロタイプとして扱われているっぽい。
ところで、良い万年筆を買うと字がきれいになるし、良いカメラを買うと写真がうまくなるよ。これホント!ガハハ

— konso (@oiroppa) 2018年9月11日 - 21:37

びっくりするくらいわかりやすい手のひら返しだな……。ryukyushimpo.jp/news/entry-800…

— 津田大介 (@tsuda) 2018年9月12日 - 03:00

まるでケーキのような石の写真。 bit.ly/2NEWOuN 興味深い地学的な写真や記事を掲載するFBのアカウントが紹介したもので、赤いメノウと白いオパールにブドウの房状の玉髄がついたものと記述。産地は米国ネバダ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Oguchi T/小口 高 (@ogugeo) 2018年9月11日 - 18:35

毎月分配投信、支払いの9割元本取り崩し 実態確認を nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO…

— 日本経済新聞 電子版 (@nikkei) 2018年9月12日 - 10:34

「9・11関連のがん患者は1万人」第一に憎むべきはテロなのかもしれないが、今年8月にアスベスト(石綿)の製造を事実上再認可したトランプ氏は政策決定を見直すべきだ。科学や公衆衛生を無視するにも度が過ぎる。… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 村中璃子 RIKO MURANAKA (@rikomrnk) 2018年9月11日 - 18:49

音楽と狂気、あるいは健康について語ります。私はサブカル担当。 twitter.com/artespublishin…

— 斎藤環 (@pentaxxx) 2018年9月12日 - 11:38

統計所得、過大に上昇 政府の手法変更が影響 補正調整されず…専門家からは批判も(西日本新聞) - Yahoo!ニュース headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20180912-… @YahooNewsTopics まさに政官財癒着極まれり。国… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— nitonasuk (@nitonasuk) 2018年9月12日 - 11:58

生活困窮者の、「20代から30代前半の若年層からの相談内容を分析すると、その多くが幼少期(から現在まで継続する場合もある)に虐待経験を持っているのだ」

児童虐待の「その後」 は? 虐待経験者の「大人たち」が抱える貧困リスク(今野… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 今野晴貴 (@konno_haruki) 2018年9月12日 - 09:50

アメリカ経済の統計データが得られるサイトを、使いやすい形で紹介しています。
note.mu/yukionoguchi/n…

— 野口悠紀雄 (@yukionoguchi10) 2018年9月12日 - 11:24

周りに女性がいればやる気が出るというのは、正直な男の本音だと思いますけど。西洋では太陽=男という位置づけですが、日本は原始より太陽=女性であり、天照大神でした。そういった観点からいってもやる気を喚起する存在というものは大事なんでは… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 荒川和久@「超ソロ社会」著者 (@wildriverpeace) 2018年9月12日 - 13:18

サッチャーが死んだときに「地獄が民営化される」って言われたって話好き。

— タナカ@抵抗勢力 (@kakuA666) 2018年9月11日 - 22:21

僕の興味のある分野に集団統治がある。統治というと、マルクス主義の系譜にいる人々から、権力的だと批判されることがあるが、それは間違いだ。集団統治は技術である。この技術が未熟な所為で、個々人の自由の領域や基本的人権が侵害されている。パワハラや体罰やイジメの原因の多くはここにある。

— 高橋大樹 (@Yoshimotoshimao) 2018年9月12日 - 11:21

つまり、賃上げによるデフレ脱却は…。 twitter.com/shenmacro/stat…

— 本石町日記 (@hongokucho) 2018年9月12日 - 14:20

コロラドとかマイアミとかの地名喫茶店は減ったなあ。

— konso (@oiroppa) 2018年9月12日 - 16:10

小泉純一郎は、日本の首相で初めて、大衆を直接的に扇動することで権力を握った人物であり、この点は安倍総理も及ばない。特に自民党の“古い体質”を叩いて、立候補者を一般公募して郵政選挙に出すという点は、戦後の野党(革新)側の手法を真似た… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Shin Hori (@ShinHori1) 2018年9月12日 - 15:57

中野サンプラザは2000人規模のホールで安く借りられたから弱小アイドルとか売れてないバンドとかがコンサートができて結果として多くのスターを生み出す土壌になったわけで。そこを1万人規模のアリーナにしたらジャニーズかAKBしか使えない… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Simon_Sin (@Simon_Sin) 2018年9月12日 - 00:18

「中野サンプラザ」 区長 計画どおり取り壊す方針を示す www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2018… …雇用促進事業団が設置し長い間就職や住居探しでも活用されてたみたいですが、それもまだ経済的な余裕があったから? 大先輩が促進団… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 大江昇 (@TKDOMO) 2018年9月12日 - 18:09

パトカーにぶつかってきた不審車に警察官が発砲 1人逃走 大阪 | NHKニュース www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2018… 「12日未明、大阪 生野区で不審な車を追跡していた警察のパトカーが別の車から体当たりされ、警察官が2台に向けて拳銃7発を発砲しました。」

— 大江昇 (@TKDOMO) 2018年9月12日 - 18:10

プーチン大統領 「年内に平和条約を」 www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2018… 「プーチン大統領は、戦後70年以上、日ロ間で北方領土問題が解決できずにいることに触れたうえで「今思いついた。まず平和条約を締結しよう。今すぐにと… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 大江昇 (@TKDOMO) 2018年9月12日 - 18:20

シリア軍がディルエゾール西部砂漠地帯で、ISIS掃討戦を開始した! このエリアの南西にタンフ基地があり、米軍がテロリストを訓練している twitter.com/Syrian_Uruk/st…

— mko (@trappedsoldier) 2018年9月12日 - 15:36

オープンダイアローグと中動態の世界、URLを間違えました。
opendialogue.jp/%E4%B8%BB%E5%8…

— 斎藤環 (@pentaxxx) 2018年9月12日 - 18:22

「夏の血」 pic.twitter.com/6j7U550fKZ

— まくら くらま (@ohg_m3) 2018年9月12日 - 17:32

The legend you know has a dark side. Watch the final trailer for #DisneysNutcracker and the Four Realms in theaters… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— Disney's Nutcracker (@thenutcracker) 2018年9月5日 - 01:00

特に危険なのは、約150万人が住む荒川沿いの海抜ゼロメートル地帯。土木学会は6月、この地域で大規模な洪水が起こった場合、死者2000人超、被害額は62兆円に及ぶとの試算を公表した─焦点:相次ぐ豪雨で「東京大洪水」リスク浮上、500… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— ロイター.co.jp (@Reuters_co_jp) 2018年9月12日 - 18:47
          Syrian government has again committed war crime of chemical weapon use, says UN - in warning against Idlib 'massacre'      Cache   Translate Page      
'All parties to the conflict and those states who support them [must] do everything in their power to prevent a massacre in Idlib,' says new report
          On the Brink with Russia in Syria Again, 5 Years Later      Cache   Translate Page      
By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | September 12, 2018 The New York Times, on September 11, 2013, accommodated Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s desire “to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders” about “recent events surrounding Syria.” Putin’s op-ed in the Times appeared under the title: “A Plea for Caution From […]
          Beyond Orwellian: Myth of UK’s ‘non-intervention’ in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
By NeilClark | RT | September 12, 2018 A new House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Report calls on the UK government to launch an inquiry into its ‘non-intervention’ in Syria. This is gaslighting on a massive scale, because there’s been intervention aplenty. What do you understand by the term ‘non-intervention‘? Not intervening in something, […]
          ‘Straight out of the RT propaganda machine’: MP attacked for urging UK military restraint in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
RT | September 12, 2018 Labour’s Emily Thornberry has come under fire on social media for simply asking the UK government not to rely on “open source intelligence from terrorist groups” in the event of a reported chemical attack in Syria. Thornberry, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, asked the government if they would consult Parliament before […]
          Learn to Live campaign: I fled Syria to study in the UK... now I'm working on a cure for cancer      Cache   Translate Page      
PhD student Yara tells Eleanor Busby about the importance of education and her drive to help young refugees
          Russia's massive war games in the heart of Siberia      Cache   Translate Page      

Moscow, Sep 13 (IANS) Russia's armed forces began the second day of its massive military exercises in the country's far east on Wednesday with a show of strength involving anti-aircraft and missile maneuvers.

The Vostok-2018 war games, the largest staged by Russia since the Cold War, were partly held at the Soviet-built training ground in Telemba, some 200 km to the east of Lake Baikal in the heart of Siberia, Efe reported.

As heavy rain fell, the overcast Siberian sky filled with missiles, guided rockets and thunderous explosions in a show of strength that observers in the West will be watching eagerly.

Colonel Alexander Agafanov of the Russia Air Force described the exercises as a success.

The military arranged several artillery batteries stocked with mid to long-range S-300, S-400, Tor and Buk missiles, the likes of which Moscow has recently sold to Syria and Iran despite protests from the US and Israel.

More than a thousand soldiers took part in a hyper-realistic recreation of a theater of war and explosions interrupted the normally tranquil region, one of the few in Russia where the population is predominantly Buddhist.

Although the war games serve Moscow's propaganda machine, officials declined to name the imagined enemy of the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian forces taking part in Vostok-2018.

Nor would they enlighten reporters as to why there was no sign of the more than 3,000 Chinese soldiers sent to the maneuvers by Beijing.

The participation of the People's Liberation Army surprised many experts.

The display of strength from Russia comes at a time when relations between Moscow and the West are at a considerable low.

According to the Russian defense ministry, 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 aircraft and some 36,000 tanks and vehicles are involved in the maneuvers.

The Kremlin said the war games were routine and did not pose a threat to other countries.

--IANS

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          Washington’s Influence in Syria is Nowhere to be Found      Cache   Translate Page      
Yet we're still there, threatening Assad as though we won the war.
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Being honest here, not, a fan of Josh Landis- But, he offers some good insights into the dynamics in Syria's north- So I'm sharing the interview. Dated August 08/18
I've left off the claim in the original title regarding Syria's proxies gathering for Idlib- It's very clear that did not happen. Not even close.
We have all now been made aware that claims of a coordinated Syrian/Russian move into Idlib were false.

Part of the interview below:
"Q: In recent months, we’ve seen Turkish authorities entrenching in northern Syria: school administrators are adding Turkish language school curriculums, local councils are displaying Turkish flags and Turkish propaganda is increasingly visible in public spaces. There’s even a word some residents are using to describe the phenomenon: “Turkification.” What do you see as Turkey’s long-term priorities in maintaining this presence in northern Aleppo?
JL: I think Turkey is prepared to, in a sense, quasi-annex this region. It’s the only thing that makes sense, because if they don’t, they’re going to be re-conquered by the Assad regime and they’ll be brought back into Syria.

The long-term problem for Turkey is whether they can do this kind of thing and have it accepted by the international community. And so far, it’s working for them.

I would compare it to Iskenderun, [also known as] Alexandretta, which was a separate administrative unit of Syria under the French Mandate until Turkey annexed it in 1939. There were somewhere over 40,000 or 50,000 refugees who fled the region into Syria at that time. The Sunnis stayed and became Turks. The lines between a Turk and an Arab could be fungible.
Q: But do you see that dynamic—of pro-Turkish sentiment among Syrians in the north—playing out now?
JL: Yes, I do. I think many Sunnis believe that they’d be better off with Turkey. And that’s really demonstrated in the fact that most of the rebel militias who use Turkey as a refuge also see Turkey as, in a sense, a mothership that supplies them with diplomatic support, political support, military support, economic support, everything. And they see the Turks as champions of their Islamic identity.

In a sense, by being Turks, by being under the umbrella of Turkish rule, in some ways they are more authentically Muslim. It underlines the ambiguities, just like it did in the 1930s, between Islamic and ethnic identity, which we see in today’s civil war and in the uprising against Assad.
Q: But what does Ankara stand to benefit from potentially annexing northern Aleppo, or at least maintaining a heavy presence there?
Turkey has a number of things. First, on the most practical level, Turkey gains leverage to affect future negotiations with Assad.

Second, Turkey is very fearful that Assad will drive all the rebels and their families [who are currently present in northern Aleppo and Idlib] into Turkey, scattering them across Anatolia. And that’s tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people.
 
So Turkey has a great interest in not allowing Assad to drive all of these tens of thousands of rebels [out]. They don’t want refugees. They have enough, with two million-point-something.

[Ed.: As of July 2018, the UN counts more than 3,500,000 registered Syrian refugees living in Turkey.]
3.5 million is the official UN number- that I've seen many times.

Q: What kind of leverage does Turkey’s presence in northern Aleppo actually hold over the Syrian government?
Well, the [potential] trade that’s sitting there, and waiting to be done, is that if the Syrian government controls the Kurds, Turkey will withdraw from territory in [northern] Syria.
[Ed.: US-backed, majority-Kurdish authorities in a de facto autonomous region of northeastern Syria are pushing forward with plans to negotiate with Damascus for a “decentralized, democratic system” in areas under their control, Syria Direct reported late last month. The Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, announced in July it had entered into talks with the Syrian government for a “roadmap leading to a “democratic and decentralized Syria.”]
JL:Well, the trade that can be made is that Turkey abandons the Syrian rebels to a certain degree and gives Syria much of Idlib province in exchange for the Syrian government retaking much of the Kurdish region, and America leaving. And that means no more arming of the Kurds, no more weapons going to the Kurds. Syrian intelligence would have to work closely with the Turkish intelligence, I presume, to make sure that the Kurds are not smuggling arms up to the PKK, and that the Turkish army gets to destroy the PKK inside of Anatolia and suppress the Kurds.
But Turkey doesn’t trust Assad. They believe that he has cooperated with the [separatist, Kurdish-nationalist group] PKK in the past. So Turkey is fearful that Syria will go back to helping the PKK divide Turkey in the same way that Turkey has helped the rebels divide Syria.

As soon as [Turkey] gives up that territory, they have no leverage whatsoever over Syria.
Q: You mentioned earlier that Ankara doesn’t want rebels in Idlib streaming into Turkey if they face a possible defeat there. Can you talk more about the stakes in Idlib from a military perspective? Do you see Ankara poised to back rebels there in an oncoming battle, to the extent that we’ve been seeing in northern Aleppo?

Turkey has 12 observation posts that it has established across Idlib, which are backed up by Turkish soldiers with heavy weapons and tanks. So, if Assad bombs them, he’s going to be bombing Turkey and this is going to be a casus belli in theory. So, Assad has to step very carefully around these observation points.
Q: You wrote earlier this year on your Syria Comment blog that the US policy of backing majority-Kurdish groups in northern Syria has “pushed Turkey into the sphere of Russian influence.” How is this dynamic playing out today with regard to preparations for a battle for Idlib? Do you see any major contradictions?
JL:Russia is very keen on trying to make a deal between Turkey, the Kurds and Syria. They’re trying to negotiate a way to avoid war, in much the same way that they did in southern Syria, where the Syrian Arab Army was able to retake all of that region in only about a month’s time and Israel, Jordan, the United States all agreed to it [and] did not enter into the war to stop the Syrian army. And the rebels were forced to make agreements with the army or to retreat to Idlib province.

The problem is that northern Syria is much more difficult. It’s filled with all these radical Islamist groups, it’s right on Turkey’s border and Turkey is a major power—it’s not like Jordan. And Russia has a great deal invested in Turkey. Russia does not want to go to war against Turkey.

This is going to tax Russian diplomacy to the max. Nobody knows what to do about it. In a sense, it’s the collecting point of all the problems in Syria. 
Q: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned his Russian counterpart Putin last month that a battle in Idlib would effectively “destroy” the Astana accord, which placed the province within one of four so-called “de-escalation zones.” Is that just an empty talking point, or is there real concern here of a diplomatic fallout?
JL;Good question. The Astana accord represents an agreement between Russia, Turkey, Iran and other regional powers to use diplomacy and not to go to war. If that falls apart, it really means the dialogue falls apart. And that means you could fall to blows.

I think both Russia and Turkey have the idea that they are not going to war. And that they both think they can finesse the situation.

So, there’s going to be a lot of pushing and pulling, and we’re not sure how it will end. Or where exactly the lines will be drawn. But I think Assad is committed to taking back the whole [province].
Q: But there’s the argument that Astana is meaningless, that none of the de-escalation zones it established in Syria did much to stop the fighting at all, except maybe in parts of southern Daraa and Quneitra provinces for a period of time.
That wasn’t their purpose. Their actual purpose was to provide the United States with a graceful way to abandon the Syrian rebels. President Obama [decided], “I’m not going to war against Russia for Syria.” That’s been American foreign policy ever since. They conceded Syria to Russia.

That meant that they had to find a way to allow Assad and Russia to destroy the rebels. But of course, the US had committed to the rebels. So it’s very embarrassing for America to have to do that. And America kept hoping that it could get leverage, that it could force Assad to step down, that they could save face by getting a negotiated solution. None of that’s turned out to be correct.

Now it’s a question of whether Turkey will go to war with Syria for these rebel groups. And, my hunch is, Turkey won’t want to."
I don't think Turkey will go to war for these rebels either- 
          UN Confirms 33 Chemical Attacks, Constituting War Crimes, by Syrian Regime Since 2013      Cache   Translate Page      
FeaturedImage_2018-09-12_113811_YouTube_Idlib_ChlorineThe United Nations reported Wednesday that the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons against civilian targets, including three chlorine gas attacks on a rebel-held Damascus suburb and on Idlib province this year that constitute war crimes, The Jerusalem Post reported. The latest evidence brings to 39 the total number of chemical attacks […]
          ‘Don’t test us’: Haley threatens US strikes over any attack on Syria’s Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Any attack on Syria’s Idlib province is going to be “dealt with,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned, as Washington seeks to stop the Russian-backed Syrian army from retaking the last remaining jihadist stronghold.
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What's the difference between the Hillary/Huma tag team and Jeffrey Dahmer???...............absolutely nothing !!!
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Margaret Owen, Mary Holmes and Kevin Bannon on the failures of the UK government’s foreign policy

The government’s failure in its responsibility to protect innocent civilians from atrocities, ethnic cleansing and genocide, as described in the foreign affairs committee report (MPs want inquiry into cost of inaction on Syria, 10 September), is not just “inconsistent” (Letters, 12 September), it is criminal.

The People’s Tribunal on Turkey, which reported to the European parliament in May, led by seven eminent judges from European countries, found Turkey guilty of atrocious war crimes in both south-east Turkey and in Syria, based on evidence of over 400 witnesses.

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5) Health scares point out the threat of serious diseases crossing oceans; 4) Turkey moves troops to Syrian border; 3) Social media’s information monopoly; 2) Propaganda with puppets; 1) Student LGBTQ+ group in UK argues
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Szef amerykańskiego resortu obrony Jim Mattis zagroził kolejnym atakiem na Syrię, jeżeli Damaszek użyje broni chemicznej. Z kolei Rosjanie...
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The Syrian regime has stepped up shelling attacks on the last major rebel held stronghold of Idlib. It could lead to a major offensive where millions of civilians are at risk. Reported by NPR 5 hours ago.
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A DOCTORAL student who fled wartorn Syria to study in the UK has spoken of the importance of education in giving young people hope in conflict zones. Yara Issa, 28, is doing a PhD in cancer research at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. She...
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registered Syrian refugees in Jordan (true figure is likely to be higher)
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Syrian refugees are under 11
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Trump no doubt will be showboating over the coffins....just as GW Bush paints the ones he's responsible for maiming.
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The Kavanaugh hearings were the distraction for yet another illegal war....congratulations the lemmings looked when Trump said SQUIRREL
          Washington's Choice: WWIII Or Saving Face In Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Tom Luongo via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Sometimes when I step back from the overwhelming flow of geopolitical insanity I’m reminded of the old adage that coming close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

To which, I always add, “And nuclear war.”

I’ve been watching the build up to the operation to liberate Idlib in Syria which includes the endless neocon and Israeli moral preening warning Assad against using chemical weapons with a sense of detachment.  And I keep thinking to myself, “Do they really think we’re that stupid?”

Three times the chemical weapons canard has been used to justify further aggression against Syria and three times a full-blown U.S. invasion has been averted. First by Vladimir Putin’s deft diplomacy and General Dunford’s refusal to implement a ‘no-fly zone’ in 2013 and then during the Trump years with ineffectual air strikes on Syrian airbases.

How much of that ineffectuality of those airstrikes were designed by Defense Secretary James Mattis to avoid a wider conflagration and how much was Russian EW/missile defense is anyone’s guess.

The truth most likely lies somewhere in the middle.

That is why everyone who is worrying about the U.S.’s blustering over Syria’s Idlib campaign needs to take a big step back and think the scenario through.

Because the neoconservatives and Israel are forcing the situation to its crisis point, thinking they can manipulate the headlines and the levers of power to still eke out a victory in Syria that will allow them to continue on their quest to destroy Russia first and conquer the rest of Asia after that.

And they are willing to blackmail us with the threat of WWIII over 50,000 head-chopping mercenaries to get their cookie. 

However, when you factor in the men actually in charge of the U.S. military chain of command, Trump and Mattis, and you realize the lengths to which Mattis’ field commanders have gone to avoid direct confrontation with Russian forces, you come to the conclusion that the men who will actually fight this war the neoconservative provocateurs and laptop bombardiers are clamoring for won’t actually pull the trigger.

The reasons for this are manifest.

First, the potential for the conflict to go nuclear is too high for rational men to take that chance.  Mattis and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are hard-bitten, no-nonsense men.  Neither underestimates the other’s resolve to defend their men and national interests.

So, once the shooting starts expect it to get ugly quick.  Therefore it is unlikely to get to that point.

Second, there is no profit in that kind of escalation for the people who profit from war.  The banks and the military weapons makers thrive in low-intensity, frozen conflicts which keep sales flowing and governments indebted to pay for them.

In an age of nuclear weapons, proxy wars fought by mercenaries with drones are far more profitable than any large-scale invasions.  I hate to say this but from a discounted cash flow perspective Lockheed-Martin wants predictability to cover their quarterly dividends to shareholders more than they want to bring about the supposed Zionist plan for Greater Israel.

Sorry to burst everyone’s conspiracy theories.

Third and most importantly, the U.S. cannot afford a non-nuclear confrontation with Russia that punctures the illusion of U.S. military superiority.  Too much of the world’s confidence in the dollar itself rests in the U.S.’s ability to project power and defend its interests militarily.

This confidence is a mixture of that military capability and the U.S.’s traditional position of a country with an excellent legal framework within which to do business.  It is fashionable among geopolitical critics, myself included, to get caught up in the rhetoric and projection of a sclerotic and weakening United States, but legally it is still one of the best places on earth to do business.

But, as Martin Armstrong pointed out recently, Trump’s domestic opposition has openly declared sedition against him this week in the New York Times.  Former Secretary of State, John Kerry, is doing the talk show circuit calling for a constitutional crisis over Trump allegedly being unfit for office.  And George Soros is paying protesters to disrupt the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

If allowed to run its course to impeachment in the event of the Republicans losing control of the House in November, this would be a death blow to the U.S.’s reputation as a nation of laws rather than a nation of men.  The U.S. dollar would not recover from such a blow to its credibility, especially in light of Trump’s nearly-unhinged use of sanctions and threats of tariffs, weaponizing the dollar indiscriminately.

And this is why Vladimir Putin openly showed his hand to the world in March.  Strategically, he let everyone know that any confrontation between Russia and the U.S. would result in the U.S losing its status as the world’s pre-eminent military power.

This is why the neocons and the U.S./U.K. Deep State have been so adamant in accelerating its provocations against Russia.  They have to present us with the Faustian bargain of WWIII before Russia has these weapon systems fully deployed.

It’s also why Trump and Mattis are allowing them to have their head.  It feeds Trump’s “Art of the Deal” strategy for negotiations while also allowing him the opportunity to save face after Idlib is liberated regardless of whether another chemical weapons attack is staged.

I think we won’t see one here. 

The way out of Syria for the U.S. with its face-saved is to thunder and bluster, threaten fire and brimstone just like Trump did with Kim Jong-un and use that to explain why Assad showed restraint and didn’t use chemical weapons this time.

I can even see Trump tweeting something about three strikes and he would be out. 

Once Idlib is liberated Mattis will happily begin pulling vulnerable troops out of al-Tanf and Afghanistan.  That’s why I believe he went there to the surprise of the CIA house-organ Washington Post last week.

And then the neocon and Israeli muddying of the waters will move to the Geneva talks, but we’ll cross that Rubicon when it approaches.


          Comment on The Unholy Neocon–Liberal Alliance by 004780276      Cache   Translate Page      
I remember a person on NPR, in the early eighties, stating that the Russians preferred dealing with Republicans, because, at least, they knew who they were dealing with. I recently saw a "Global Americans*" piece celebrating how the National Endowment for Democracy started putting into place, in 2014 under Obama, the elements to kickstart a "popular" uprising in Nicaragua. In 2009 we had Hill's embrace of the rightwing coup in Honduras. In 2009 Roland Dumas(ex French foreign minister), in London, is invited by the Brits with Americans present in the room, to participate in the preparations in the future Syrian uprising. We can add Ukraine, Libya and many African projects to that administration's adventurism. Was there actually a time when the terms Neocons and Democrats were actually unrelated? Sheldon Whitehouse, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown: all enablers of the military. A quick check of Global American reveals the participation of US banking interests, an aside you can add Heidi Cruz (Ted's wife). https://theglobalamericans.org/2018/05/laying-groundwork-insurrection-closer-look-u-s-role-nicaraguas-social-unrest/
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If US foreign policy over the years has zig-zagged on terrorism and its definition – their policy on Syria has equally fluctuated. Check out http://rt.com RT LIVE … Via Youtube If US foreign policy over the years has zig-zagged on terrorism and its definition – their policy on Syria has equally fluctuated. Check out http://rt.com […]

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          Damascus shells Idlib after UN chief warns of ‘bloodbath’      Cache   Translate Page      
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Government forces shelled Syria’s last major rebel bastion on Wednesday, hours after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council any full-blown offensive in Idlib risks triggering a “bloodbath.” 

As troops massed for a Russian-backed offensive in the northwest, Kurdish-led rebels launched a US-backed assault in the east to oust Daesh from its last redoubt in the Euphrates Valley, the US-led coalition confirmed.

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A number of Syrian state and media-linked YouTube accounts have gone dark, as the battle for Idlib looms amid Russia’s warnings of an imminent false-flag … Via Youtube A number of Syrian state and media-linked YouTube accounts have gone dark, as the battle for Idlib looms amid Russia’s warnings of an imminent false-flag … Via […]

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          Pentagon: White Helmets Carry Out Strictly Humanitarian Mission in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Reported by RIA Nov. 2 hours ago.
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Merkel: Germany must respond to chemical weapon useBERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested Wednesday that Germany must be prepared to respond if chemical weapons are used in war zones, remarks that come amid a debate over possible military involvement in the Syrian conflict.



          U.N. documents further Syrian regime use of banned chemical arms, fears Idlib ‘massacre’      Cache   Translate Page      
U.N. investigators said on Wednesday that they had documented three further uses of banned chlorine weapons by Syrian government forces that constituted war crimes, and ...
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GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces fired chlorine, a banned chemical weapon, on a rebel-held Damascus suburb and on Idlib province this year, in attacks that constitute war crimes, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-warcrimes/u-n-war-crimes-team-documents-further-syrian-government-use-of-banned-chlorine-idUSKCN1LS1JH
          9/13/2018: FRONT PAGE: Turkey ships arms to Idlib to help repel regime assault, rebels say      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey has increased arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them repel an offensive in Idlib province by the regime’s army and its backers, rebel sources said yesterday. Senior rebel officials said Ankara had provided the extra weapons to the...
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More people were internally displaced in Ethiopia in the first half of this year than in any other country. Displacement there outpaced the world’s worst conflict zones including Syria, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than...
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The last remaining pockets of ISIS territory in Syria, including villages where the terrorist group’s leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, is rumoured to be hiding, are surrounded and under attack by regime and USbacked forces. While the extremist...
          9/13/2018: NEWS: UN says Syrian forces adapted Iran-produced rockets to kill civilians in gas attack      Cache   Translate Page      
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s forces dropped chlorine on a Damascus suburb and Idlib, where the government is preparing a major offensive, UN investigators said yesterday. The incidents bring to 39 the number of chemical attacks the UN Commission...
          9/13/2018: NEWS: Russia pre-empts Idlib assault with chemical smear campaign      Cache   Translate Page      

It will be the perfect western conspiracy, Russia says. Middle East and US TV networks have already sent operatives into northern Syria to stage and film a fake chemical attack before an expected operation by Russia and Syria in Idlib. The Kremlin...
          Syria : Nga, Iran, Thổ vẫn chia rẽ về số phận Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
Số phận của thành phố Idlib vẫn đang được bàn bạc tại Liên Hiệp Quốc. Đến lượt Nga hôm qua 11/09/2018 đề nghị họp Hội Đồng Bảo An. Tuần trước, ba tổng thống Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ, Nga và Iran họp lại ở Teheran để cố tìm ra một thỏa thuận, nhưng không có tiến bộ cụ thể nào, và hôm qua tại New York, ba nước bảo trợ cho tiến trình Astana tiếp tục tỏ ra chia rẽ.
          John Kerry Admits Obama Failed To Rid Syria Of Chemical Weapons…      Cache   Translate Page      
Now tell us something we don’t know.
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Deira Clock Tower Built in 1963 and designed by Syrian architect Ziki Homsi, the Deira Clock Tower stands at the gateway to Maktoum Bridge in Dubai. It was intended to be the first significant structure visitors to Dubai would see and remains a major...
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These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours (not sure why only 24 hours - plan to look into it):
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11:13pm A Red Heifer is Born

According to the Temple Institute, on August 28, 2018 a kosher red heifer was born in Israel, and according to recent examinations, it's still a... http://www.jewishpress.com/multimedia/video-picks/a-red-heifer-is-born/2018/09/11/ …



Security Incidents
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Three Arabs Arrested for Major Arson Damage to Dead Sea Reserve
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
IDF Fires on Terror Group Attempting to Launch Incendiary Balloons
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
נס בחג: מטען חבלה הושלך לעבר היישוב 'עדי עד'
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
במהלך החג: הפרת סדר ימית ממעגן עזה



Iran
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
US Warns Iran it Will Respond to Attacks by Tehran Allies in Iraq
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Former Iran VP Sentenced for Threatening National Security
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Parliament Speaker: Iran Has 3,000-4,000 Working Centrifuges
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Iran Nuclear Chief Says Atomic Program Strong
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Report: Netanyahu to Join Trump at UN Security Council Meeting on Iran
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Iran Threatens Israel
Hamodia by Hamodia
Iran Nuclear Chief Hopes Deal Will Survive; Threatens Israel



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Hamodia by Hamodia
Experts: Global Extremism Threat Has Grown Since 9/11



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Al-Qaida Leader Urges Muslims To Fight US Across The World
Hamodia by Hamodia
Experts: Global Extremism Threat Has Grown Since 9/11



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Ben Cohen / JNS.org
Soviet Antisemitism in a British Guise
כיכר השבת על ידי יוחנן בלייך
התגובה: רבני לונדון: "מכתב הרבנים נגד הרב יהונתן סאקס - מזוייף"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Trump Administration Smackdown of the Palestinian Authority Continues
Hamodia by Hamodia
Putin Says Russia Identified Suspects in Novichok Poisoning
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
US Security Advisor John Bolton Says International Court Is ‘Dead To Us’ Over US Treatment, Policies On Israel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Trump Admin Orders Closure Of PLO Office In Washington; Threatens Sanctions Against ICC
Daily Wire by Kassy Dillon
WATCH: John Bolton Goes After International Criminal Court, Says ICC 'Is Already Dead To Us'
Daily Wire by James Barrett
Stabbing Rampage In Paris: Seven Injured; Petanque Players Try To Stop Attacker



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Martin Sherman
The UNRWA Charade
Algemeiner.com by Benjamin Kerstein
Palestinian Authority Demands Arab Support for Anti-Trump Diplomatic Campaign
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Report: Nearly 8,000 Acres of Land Lost to Palestinian Arson Terrorism
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Trump Admin Orders Closure Of PLO Office In Washington; Threatens Sanctions Against ICC
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U.S. to Shut PLO Mission, Boot Staff
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Trump Administration Orders Closure Of PLO Office In Washington
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Palestinians To Consider Severing Israel Ties, Erekat Says
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Palestinians Say US Attacks International Law with UN Funding Cuts



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
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Judaism
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          Idlib braces for disaster as UN tries to avoid 'bloodbath' - Idlib attende l'attacco finale      Cache   Translate Page      

As the Syrian government and its allies fight to reclaim Syria's north-western city of Idlib, the United Nations is calling on the world powers to avoid a bloodbath.

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Mentre il governo siriano ed i suoi alleati si preparano a riconquistare Idlib, le Nazioni Unite cercano di evitare un bagno di sangue.


          UN: Syria faces 'unprecedented' levels of internal displacement      Cache   Translate Page      
One million Syrians have been displaced over the past six months since the government's recapture of territory.
          Syria And Russia Are Planning A Massacre In Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley believes Syria and Russia are moving ahead with plans to attack the city of Idlib in Syria. She says this will lead to a massive civilian massacre.
          "The Great Divergence"      Cache   Translate Page      
"The Great Divergence"
by Brian Maher

"A hinge, somewhere within the financial machinery, has given way… The pretty mainstream tale of “synchronized global recovery” has been reduced to a sad jest. Even its loudest drummers can only cough behind their hands. American markets once again trade at or near record highs - it is true. But overseas markets are in a bad way…

The Chinese stock market is down 25% from its early-year high. It has therefore officially entered bear market country (a 20% decline). The Japanese stock market is down 12% over the same space - an official correction. And German stocks? Down 17% and risking a bear market all their own. Foreign orders for German capital goods have plunged 12% over the past seven months - an ill omen for Europe perhaps. Meantime, we are told that 809 of 1,150 emerging-market stocks are down 20% or more.

Observe below how the S&P 500 marched in step with global stocks until this spring. 
Then note the subsequent divergence:
Something’s not right… Bank of America claims this divergence "is reaching levels normally only exceeded in bear markets." To what strange arts do we attribute this parting of courses? What subtle alchemy is at work?

Perhaps we need look no further than 2051 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20418. That of course is the address of the Eccles Building... home to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors.  The Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates since December 2015. Meantime, many global interest rates still wallow in negative figures.

Capital flows to where it is treated best. And at present, global capital is pouring into American markets… where it is treated grandly in comparison. As the folks at Phoenix Capital explain: "The Fed policies of raising rates is making the U.S. extremely attractive to capital. Today, the yield on short-term U.S. debt is over 2%. This is happening at a time when most of the world is still posting negative yields."

Put simply, the Fed is making U.S. debt extremely attractive to capital… at a time when other nations are punishing their debtholders. As a result of this, capital is moving into the U.S., propping up our markets while the rest of the world collapses. The trend may only accelerate - in the short run at least. The Federal Reserve’s so-called Open Market Committee meets less than two weeks from today. The market is currently placing the odds of a rate hike at 96.8% - in favor. Why it is not 96.7% or 96.9% is a mystery we are unable to penetrate.  But the business appears all but certain.

Meantime, the Federal Reserve has been hacking into its balance sheet since October last. Our agents inform us it gouged nearly $70 billion from the books in August alone - its largest reduction to date. The effect of this quantitative tightening is to siphon additional capital from overseas markets. Bank of America's Barnaby Martin, for example, asserts that quantitative tightening: "Is having the effect of pulling global capital out of those pockets of the economy that were the big beneficiaries of the post-[financial crisis] reach for yield."

American markets have been the beneficiaries of the directional flow… while overseas markets are on the skids.  But how long can this divergence endure?

In today’s vastly interlocked world, the butterfly flaps its wings somewhere and a storm rages half a world away.

Can U.S. markets retain their immunity to overseas effects? “The economy, globally, is slowing down from the fringes and going to the core,” as Hans Redeker, head of foreign exchange strategy at Morgan Stanley, recently warned. Continued Redeker: "When you see a risk in emerging markets rolling over, and you have this concentration of liquidity in the U.S., you know that the next market that is going to give in is the equity market of the United States of America."

Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, agreed with the somber assessment: "It’s hard to think that S&P 500 companies are going to be somehow immune to the slowdown we’re clearly seeing in China and the rest of Asia and also throughout Europe and Latin America."

Incidentally, nearly half the profits of S&P corporations originate abroad. We explained after last month’s Turkish contretemps that an emerging-markets crisis might not impact American shores for nearly four months - if history is a guide. That would place landfall in November or December. Regardless, things will turn the other way - eventually.  But as always, nothing happens… until it happens.

Below, Jim Rickards shows you how the dollar is becoming a victim of its own success. “Be careful what you wish for,” Jim warns. What does he mean? Read on."
"The Dollar Is Becoming a Victim of Its Own Success"
By Jim Rickards

"Turkey’s economic problems are well-known. President Erdoğan has appointed relatives and cronies to key economic policy positions. This has caused a loss of independence of the central bank and a loss of confidence in the stability of the currency, the Turkish lira.  The lira collapse has triggered hyperinflation and a stock market crash. Bond yields are soaring. This domestic crisis has the potential for global contagion because Turkey has almost $500 billion in dollar-denominated external debt, which it cannot pay if exports and tourism dry up. 

In addition, the U.S. and Turkey are in a trade war, partly due to Turkey’s detention of a U.S. minister who was traveling in Turkey. Other clashes are emerging with NATO while Turkey is warming up to Russia and Iran with regard to its interests in Syria.  In short, the Turkish economy is a mess and relations with the U.S. are near an all-time low. Still Turkey has one more rabbit to pull out of its hat. 

President Erdoğan has now declared his goal of abandoning the U.S. dollar in Turkey’s commerce with its trading partners.  Erdoğan sees a way to buy and sell with Russia and China in rubles or yuan. Turkey has also been stockpiling gold, which it can use to settle balance of payments deficits and to back up a new currency, if needed.  Pursuit of these non-dollar alternatives suggests it’s just a matter of time before Turkey closes its capital account and reneges on its dollar-denominated debt.  Standing alone, Turkey is not a huge part of the global trading and payments system. But, it could start a trend toward non-dollar transactions that other countries can follow.

The dollar is the most powerful weapon in the U.S. arsenal. The U.S. uses the dollar strategically to reward friends and punish enemies. The use of the dollar as a weapon is not limited to trade wars and currency wars, although the dollar is used tactically in those disputes. The dollar is much more powerful than that. The dollar can be used for regime change by creating hyperinflation, bank runs and domestic dissent in countries targeted by the U.S. The U.S. can depose the governments of its adversaries, or at least blunt their policies without firing a shot. The U.S. also uses the dollar to force its enemies into fronts, crude barter or the black market if they want to do business.

So you must think of the dollar in geopolitical terms, not just a unit of account. The dollar constitutes about 60% of global reserves, 80% of global payments and almost 100% of global oil transactions. Transacting on the world stage means transacting in dollars.

But importantly, the U.S. not only controls the dollar itself. It controls the dollar payments system itself. A dollar payment going from a bank in Shanghai to another bank in Sydney runs through one of these U.S.-controlled payments systems. In short, the dollar is the oxygen supply for world commerce and the U.S. can cut off your oxygen whenever it wants.

Meanwhile, U.S. economic sanctions are being applied like never before.  Current targets include North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Iran, Turkey, China, Russia, and Venezuela. Several other countries are under consideration for tariffs and sanctions or on a waiting list. These sanctions are highly effective. The Iranian economy almost imploded in 2013 under prior sanctions and is imploding against today under new sanctions imposed by President Trump. 

Yet, those policymakers in Washington imposing sanctions are ignoring the admonition, “Be careful what you wish for.” U.S. sanctions success is generating a backlash that could undermine the role of the dollar in the long-run.  For every action there is a reaction. America’s adversaries realize how vulnerable they are to dollar-based sanctions. In the short run, they have to grin and bear it. They’re fully invested in the dollar both in their reserves and in the desire of their largest companies like Gazprom (Russia) and Huawei (China) to become major global players.

But our adversaries and so-called allies are already envisioning a world where the dollar is not the major reserve and trade currency. In the longer run, Russia, China, Iran, Turkey and others are working flat-out to invent and implement nondollar transactional currencies and independent payments systems. This will not involve dead-end cryptocurrencies like bitcoin but entirely new utility tokens and cryptos. Imagine something like a putincoin and you’ll be on the right track.

China is pushing its trade counterparties to accept Chinese yuan as payment for goods and services. The yuan is a small part of global payments today (about 2%) but the yuan may get a boost as the U.S. sanctions on Iran kick in. China is Iran’s biggest customer for oil, and if U.S. sanctions prohibit dollar payments for Iranian oil, then Iran and China may have no choice but to transact in yuan.

The International Monetary Fund, IMF, has already announced efforts to put its world money, the special drawing right, SDR, on a distributed ledger. This would make the SDR a global cryptocurrency for settling balance of payments transactions among China, Russia and other IMF members, also without reliance on the dollar payments system.

Alongside the new money in cryptocurrencies, there is the oldest form of money, which is gold. The use of gold is the ideal way to avoid U.S. financial warfare. Gold is physical so it cannot be hacked. It is completely fungible (an element, atomic number 79) so it cannot be traced. Gold can be transported in sealed containers on airplanes so movements cannot be identified through wire transfer message traffic or satellite surveillance. There is good evidence that Iran currently pays for North Korean weapons technology with gold, and good reason to expect that future Chinese payments for Iranian oil will be made at least partly in gold.

Imagine a three-way trade in which North Korea sells weapons to Iran, Iran sells oil to China and China sells food to North Korea. All of these transactions can be recorded on a blockchain and netted out on a quarterly basis with the net settlement payment made in gold shipped to the party with the net balance due. That’s a glimpse of what a future nondollar payments system looks like.

Russia is the most active opponent of U.S. sanctions. Right now, Russia is being sanctioned with tariffs, account freezes, penalties and capital market bans because of its actions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. This has had some negative impact on the Russian economy, but Russia is fighting back.  Russia has sold off most of its holdings of U.S. Treasury securities and vastly reduced its dollar-denominated reserve holdings. At the same time, Russia has tripled its gold reserves in the past ten years and now has more gold in its official reserves than China. 

In fact, Russia is the fifth largest gold holder of any nation after the U.S., Germany, France and Italy. Relative to the size of its economy, Russia has the most gold in the world. These gold holdings insulate Russia from dollar-based sanctions and protect Russia from dollar inflation.  Why would a country put 20% of its reserves into gold unless it expected gold to be a major part of the international monetary system in the future? It wouldn’t. Russia not only expects gold to be part of the system, it is in strong position to make that happen by working with China, Turkey and Iran in what I call the new “Axis of Gold.”

No one country can erase the dollar’s advantage by itself, but collectively these actors can build a non-dollar based payments system and non-dollar reserves that escape the reach of U.S. sanctions. This movement has started small but could gain momentum suddenly and unexpectedly.  The bottom line is that the weaponized dollar will soon be a victim of its own success. 

While the U.S. was bullying the world with dollars, the world was quietly preparing a new nondollar system. The U.S. wanted diplomatic and military clout and it got it with the dollar. But as the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.”
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          Vancouver church and members of Bowen Island behind joint private sponsorship of Ibrahim Ali      Cache   Translate Page      
St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church in Vancouver supported Ibrahim Ali, a Syrian refugee now accused in the murder of Burnaby teen Marrisa Shen.
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          Debating Europe’s Future, Remember the Children      Cache   Translate Page      

A child in the Moria “hotspot” camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, December 2017. Parents in the camp said their children cannot access adequate healthcare. © Bill Van Esveld / Human Rights Watch, 2017.

Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras will “debate the future of Europe” today with the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Parliament members, part of a debate series about how to improve the EU. Appropriately, it is the first day of school in Greece.

But not for all children. What does it mean for the future of Europe that Greece is failing to ensure that thousands of children will be able to sit in a classroom, but rather is warehousing them in isolated, EU-sponsored camps on the Aegean islands?

Officials have claimed that asylum seekers on the islands are “in transit” and don’t need schools, but this amounts to a policy of just wishing that thousands of children would go away.

Greece has done an abysmal job of providing education to asylum-seeking children on the islands, yet with EU encouragement it insists on keeping them there. “Aram,” a father from Kobane, Syria who had been living with his four school-age children in a camp on Lesbos for more than a year told us last summer: “Without education they lose their future, but they have not done anything wrong.”

On the mainland, the Education Ministry opened classes to help some asylum-seeking children to learn Greek, and to help those who had been out of school – often due to war or because they were forced to take dangerous journeys – catch up to their grade level.

These programs were virtually unavailable to children stuck in the government-run camps on the islands. By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, Human Rights Watch found that fewer than 400 of more than 3,000 school-age asylum-seeking children there were in school. None of the boys and girls we interviewed who did manage to go to school started the school year on time last September.

The European Commission says it has allocated €393 million in emergency assistance to Greece, an additional €322.8 million under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, and €238 million more for border security. Is Brussels troubled at all that rates of school enrollment for asylum-seeking children are worse on Lesbos, Chios, and Samos than in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey?

Children stuck on the islands are victims of Greece’s EU-backed policy to keep asylum seekers who arrive by sea from Turkey there until their claims are adjudicated. If their asylum claims are rejected, they are supposed to be sent back to Turkey – a country that is not safe for refugees. If accepted, they are supposed to go to the mainland. All this is to happen promptly.

In fact, families are forced to wait nine months or more for an asylum interview. With new arrivals outstripping departures, the unsanitary, dangerous island camps remain badly overcrowded.

Greece, with encouragement from other EU member states, has clung tenaciously to this containment policy.  The Greek asylum service has even blocked sick children from seeking needed treatment on the mainland. “My daughter is dying in front of my eyes and I can do nothing,” one girl’s father told me.

No official can claim not to know that the containment policy is inflicting immense suffering on people. In July 2017, we documented a mental health crisis on the islands. “Camps are places where vulnerabilities are created,” an International Organization for Migration official told us. “My hope is dead since they brought me here,” a mother of four children said. A year later, Doctors Without Borders reported that conditions in Moria camp on Lesbos had deteriorated even further, to the extent that children were being retraumatized and an increasing number were having “intense panic attacks, suicidal ideations and suicide attempts.”

Greece, and the EU, will bear the costs of this policy failure for years to come. Children deprived of education are vulnerable to exploitation, hazardous child labor, and a lifetime of poverty. Their healthcare costs will be far higher than those of people with an education. Their annual income will shrink by 9 percent for every year of education they were denied.

The future of refugee children in Europe depends on the EU. And Europe’s treatment of refugee children today may hint at the type of place Europe will become tomorrow. The Greek government should end the containment policy, and in the interim, Greek schools should ensure their doors are open to all children, including those on the islands.


          UN commission calls on rebels to leave cities in Syria's Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      

UN commission calls on rebels to leave cities in Syria's IdlibA UN commission called on rebel groups in Syria's Idlib province to leave urban areas to protect civilians from any looming regime assault.



          Bei all dem Rummel um ihre Nachfolgerin soll das Original nicht zurückstehen: Herzlichen Glückwunsch, liebe Bana, zum Freedom Award des Atlantic Council in Berlin!      Cache   Translate Page      

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          What does Kim want from a second meeting with Trump? Bruce Bechtol @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast      Cache   Translate Page      
AUTHOR. (Photo: A convoy takes Chinese and North Korean POWs to Inchon, Korea, on their journey to freedom during Operation Comeback. A military band welcomes them. (U.S. Air Force photo)) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow What does Kim want from a second meeting with Trump? Bruce Bechtol @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast "North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability" by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.  https://www.amazon.com/Korean-Military-Proliferation-Middle-Africa/dp/0813175887 North Korea has posed a threat to stability in Northeast Asia for decades. Since Kim Jong-un assumed power, this threat has both increased and broadened. Since 2011, the small, isolated nation has detonated nuclear weapons multiple times, tested a wide variety of ballistic missiles, expanded naval and ground systems that threaten South Korea, and routinely employs hostile rhetoric. Another threat it poses has been less recognized: North Korea presents a potentially greater risk to American interests by exporting its weapons systems to other volatile regions worldwide. In North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. analyzes relevant North Korean military capabilities, what arms the nation provides, and to whom, how it skirts its sanctions, and how North Korea's activities can best be contained. He traces illicit networks that lead to state and nonstate actors in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and throughout Africa, including at least a dozen nations. The potential proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons technology and the vehicles that carry it, including ballistic missiles and artillery, represent a broader threat than the leadership in Pyongyang. Including training and infrastructure support, North Korea's profits may range into the billions of dollars, all concealed in illicit networks and front companies so complex that the nation struggles to track and control them. Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat―he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it.
          North Korea chemical weapons sales to Syria. Bruce Bechtol @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast      Cache   Translate Page      
AUTHOR. (Photo:English: Air War in Korea--An American GI questions a North Korean laborer on bomb damage inflicted on the Chinnampo smelter plant by B-29 Superforts of the U.S. Far East Air Forces Bomber Command. Workers said the plant was completely knocked out. A total of 248 tons of bombs plastered the target during August, 1950\. AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM#: 78223 AC Date  Source http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imageRetrieve.action?guid=f6cbbec2dfdee6cae90a8c8208167dbce4053898&t=2 Author Unknown Permission (Reusing this file)  Public domain photograph from defenseimagery.mil. location Unknown VIRIN HF-SN-98-07283 Search DVIDs Gallery page http://www.defenseimagery.mil/imagery.html?&guid=f6cbbec2dfdee6cae90a8c8208167dbce4053898 ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow North Korea chemical weapons sales to Syria. Bruce Bechtol @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast "North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability" by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.  https://www.amazon.com/Korean-Military-Proliferation-Middle-Africa/dp/0813175887 North Korea has posed a threat to stability in Northeast Asia for decades. Since Kim Jong-un assumed power, this threat has both increased and broadened. Since 2011, the small, isolated nation has detonated nuclear weapons multiple times, tested a wide variety of ballistic missiles, expanded naval and ground systems that threaten South Korea, and routinely employs hostile rhetoric. Another threat it poses has been less recognized: North Korea presents a potentially greater risk to American interests by exporting its weapons systems to other volatile regions worldwide. In North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. analyzes relevant North Korean military capabilities, what arms the nation provides, and to whom, how it skirts its sanctions, and how North Korea's activities can best be contained. He traces illicit networks that lead to state and nonstate actors in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and throughout Africa, including at least a dozen nations. The potential proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons technology and the vehicles that carry it, including ballistic missiles and artillery, represent a broader threat than the leadership in Pyongyang. Including training and infrastructure support, North Korea's profits may range into the billions of dollars, all concealed in illicit networks and front companies so complex that the nation struggles to track and control them. Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat―he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it.
          North Korea missile provocations as advertisement to its customers. Bruce Bechtol @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast      Cache   Translate Page      
AUTHOR. (Photo:A B-29 Superfortress bomber dropping its bombs ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow North Korea missile provocations as advertisement to its customers. Bruce Bechtol @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast "North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability" by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.  https://www.amazon.com/Korean-Military-Proliferation-Middle-Africa/dp/0813175887 North Korea has posed a threat to stability in Northeast Asia for decades. Since Kim Jong-un assumed power, this threat has both increased and broadened. Since 2011, the small, isolated nation has detonated nuclear weapons multiple times, tested a wide variety of ballistic missiles, expanded naval and ground systems that threaten South Korea, and routinely employs hostile rhetoric. Another threat it poses has been less recognized: North Korea presents a potentially greater risk to American interests by exporting its weapons systems to other volatile regions worldwide. In North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. analyzes relevant North Korean military capabilities, what arms the nation provides, and to whom, how it skirts its sanctions, and how North Korea's activities can best be contained. He traces illicit networks that lead to state and nonstate actors in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and throughout Africa, including at least a dozen nations. The potential proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons technology and the vehicles that carry it, including ballistic missiles and artillery, represent a broader threat than the leadership in Pyongyang. Including training and infrastructure support, North Korea's profits may range into the billions of dollars, all concealed in illicit networks and front companies so complex that the nation struggles to track and control them. Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat―he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it.
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AUTHOR. (Photo:Identifier: livingstonesstan00jone (find matches) Title: Livingstone's and Stanley's travels in Africa also, the adventures of Mungo Parke, Clapperton, DuChaillu, Baker and other famous explorers, in the land of the palm and the gorilla Year: 1900 (1900s) Authors: Jones, Charles H Subjects: Missions Publisher: New York : Hurst Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library Digitizing Sponsor: Brigham Young University View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. ) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow North Korea gun-running to Egypt, Uganda, Eritrea, and Sub Saharan Africa: Bruce Bechtol. @GordonGChang @TheDailyBeast "North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability" by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.  https://www.amazon.com/Korean-Military-Proliferation-Middle-Africa/dp/0813175887 North Korea has posed a threat to stability in Northeast Asia for decades. Since Kim Jong-un assumed power, this threat has both increased and broadened. Since 2011, the small, isolated nation has detonated nuclear weapons multiple times, tested a wide variety of ballistic missiles, expanded naval and ground systems that threaten South Korea, and routinely employs hostile rhetoric. Another threat it poses has been less recognized: North Korea presents a potentially greater risk to American interests by exporting its weapons systems to other volatile regions worldwide. In North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa, Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. analyzes relevant North Korean military capabilities, what arms the nation provides, and to whom, how it skirts its sanctions, and how North Korea's activities can best be contained. He traces illicit networks that lead to state and nonstate actors in the Middle East, including Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and throughout Africa, including at least a dozen nations. The potential proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons technology and the vehicles that carry it, including ballistic missiles and artillery, represent a broader threat than the leadership in Pyongyang. Including training and infrastructure support, North Korea's profits may range into the billions of dollars, all concealed in illicit networks and front companies so complex that the nation struggles to track and control them. Bechtol not only presents an accurate picture of the current North Korean threat―he also outlines methodologies that Washington and the international community must embrace in order to contain it.
          Nga hy vọng đạt được quan điểm chung với Mỹ về vấn đề Syria       Cache   Translate Page      

Ngày 12/9, phát biểu tại Diễn đàn các nhà ngoại giao trẻ các nước khu vực châu Á-Thái Bình Dương, được tổ chức trong khuôn khổ Diễn đàn Kinh tế phương Đông (EEF) lần thứ tư, Ngoại trưởng Nga Sergey Lavrov tuyên bố các kênh đối thoại chính trị giữa Nga với Mỹ về vấn đề Syria cần hỗ trợ hai nước đi tới một quan điểm chung nhằm giải quyết xung đột ở quốc gia Trung Đông này.

Ông Lavrov cho biết, quân đội Nga và Mỹ có “một kênh tiếp xúc rất chuyên nghiệp" liên quan tới cuộc khủng hoảng ở Syria. Nhà ngoại giao Nga nhấn mạnh căn cứ vào việc hai nước vẫn duy trì đối thoại qua các kênh chính trị, Nga và Mỹ có thể đạt được quan điểm chung về vấn đề Syria, mà quan điểm đó trước hết cũng cần được người Syria chấp thuận.

Người đứng đầu Bộ Ngoại giao Nga cũng kêu gọi phương Tây cùng hợp tác với Nga chống lại các mối đe dọa khủng bố và chủ nghĩa cực đoan, thay vì lợi dụng các mối đe dọa này để đạt được mục đích chính trị. Theo ông, hiện nay, thế giới đang phải đối mặt với các mối đe dọa khủng bố, buôn bán ma túy, tội phạm có tổ chức. Nga hy vọng các nước sẽ tăng cường sự hiểu biết lẫn nhau để cùng chống lại những mối đe dọa này, thay vì thù địch với nhau.


Tuyên bố trên được đưa ra trong bối cảnh Nga và Mỹ đang có những tranh cãi xung quanh kế hoạch của quân đội Syria chuẩn bị mở cuộc tấn công quy mô lớn nhằm giải phóng tỉnh Idlib, thành trì cuối cùng của khủng bố và phiến quân ở quốc gia Trung Đông. Mỹ, Anh, Pháp đã đe dọa tấn công quân sự Syria nếu như "quân đội chính phủ Syria sử dụng vũ khí hóa học" ở Idlib.

Trong khi đó, Nga cho biết, những phần tử khủng bố được nước ngoài bảo trợ đã bắt đầu dàn dựng cái gọi là các vụ tấn công hóa học được ở tỉnh Idlib, hòng “đổ vấy” cho các lực lượng chính phủ Syria và tạo cớ để Mỹ và các đồng minh phát động các cuộc tấn công nhằm vào các binh sỹ quân đội Syria./.


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"We knew that Assad had kept some."

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Forces loyal to Syria's government are bombing a rebel province. It's the last major rebel-held province, Idlib. If you look on a map of Syria, which I'm doing right now, it's up near the border with Turkey. Negotiations last week to prevent this assault failed, leaving millions of civilians possibly in the path of the offensive. NPR's Ruth Sherlock has covered the Syrian war for years. She's in Beirut. Hi, Ruth. RUTH SHERLOCK, BYLINE: Hi, Steve. INSKEEP: How has this offensive unfolded? SHERLOCK: Well, in the past week has been an intensification of shelling and airstrikes on the southern fringes of this province, on towns and villages. And people, as you say, are afraid that this could be a prelude to a full-scale attack. Local medical workers and activists say a hospital was amongst the sites hit. And medical points have been hit so frequently in the Syrian war - this isn't a new thing - that now some people are treating
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          The impact of bank de-risking on the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
A recent publication from Dr Stuart Gordon, Alice Robinson and Harry Goulding from the LSE, reveals the impact of bank de-risking on the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis. The publication was written in collaboration with Rawaad Mahyub, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Forum, for the Humanitarian Policy Group.  The Syrian crisis is a complex environment for aid agencies wishing to […]
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And so the Golden Golem of Greatness re-enters the hall of mirrors that Syria has become. The US intelligence “community” has informed the US Media that Syrian President Assad is planning a new gas attack on Idlib Province, where a ragtag army of US-backed “rebels” (ISIS, etc) remain holed up against Assad’s forces backed by Russian air support. Have we seen this movie before?

Is Mr. Assad truly that dumb? — since the last time a gas attack was alleged (and actually never proven), Mr. Trump averred that he would attack Syria. And what did he even mean by that? Send a barrel bomb down the Assad family chimney, or just blow up more stuff on the ground? And for what? To birth another failed state in the Middle East (just what the world needs), or perhaps start World War Three with Russia? (Ditto, with a cherry on top.)

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          9/13/2018: Region: UN chief warns of ‘bloodbath’ as Idlib shelled      Cache   Translate Page      

Government forces shelled Syria’s last major rebel bastion yesterday, hours after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council any full-blown offensive in Idlib risks triggering a “bloodbath”. As troops massed for a Russian-backed offensive...
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I'm confused. (Okay, nothing new, but ...)
Congress appropriates money for Syrian refugees or some such, but His Royal Majesty Donald decides to shunt it to Mexico to deport Central Americans from Mexico back to their various countries of origin, thereby slowing the flow of said refugees to the US border.
(My input on that gambit? Eh. Maybe it'll work. Maybe not. Well, actually probably not. Who knows where the money will end up? I see a certain amount of, er, evaporation of funds, not unlike what we've seen here in Arkansas recently.)
But in any case on our end (or beginning????), can Trump legally do that?
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NO-ONE can dress up a far-right general election vote of 17.6 per cent as good news, but nor should the disappointment felt by Sweden’s Democrat fascists in suits be ignored. The misnamed Democrats had hoped the result would be still better, claiming that they could score as much as 30 per cent and replace the free-market conservative Moderate Party as the second party. Even mainstream opinion polls suggested the party, with its roots in Keep Sweden Swedish nazi extremism, could hit 24 per cent. The Moderates lost ground, as did the country’s largest party, the Social Democrats, but, alongside the Democrats’ surge from 12.9 per cent to 17.6, the Left party, which polled below 6 per cent in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 general elections, rose to 8 per cent. Its 28 seats, alongside the Greens’ depleted 15 and 101 for the Social Democrats, ought to ensure a continuation of Social Democrat Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s government, whether as head of the erstwhile Red-Green Alliance or in some other guise. Both the Social Democrats and the Moderates borrowed elements from the Democrats’ anti-refugee programme in a forlorn attempt to spike the fascists’ rise. Yet the standing of Lofven’s party was assisted by principled anti-fascist activity backed by the Left, especially in the major cities. Where the right had previously controlled two of the main three cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg, all three, including Malmo, are now dominated by the Social Democrats, with the Left outscoring the Democrats in the capital. It is theoretically possible that the Moderates could, through a dirty deal with the Democrats, replace Lofven, but this is less likely than it would have been had the far-right carried the day with the kind of figures expected beforehand. Introducing far-right parties into government has already happened in northern Europe, specifically in Finland and Norway, mirroring stronger support for right-wing extremism in Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany and elsewhere. This is partially explained by pundits as a reaction to governments accepting growing numbers of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and various African countries heading to Europe through Libya. Yet the numbers of refugees arriving in Sweden and Germany or even Greece and Italy are as nothing compared to those fleeing imperialist wars and their consequences in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq to Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan. Mainstream parties across Europe legitimise far-right parties’ programmes by giving credence, by imitation, to their ludicrous claims that taking in relatively small numbers of refugees undermines a country’s cultural identity or threatens to spark a crime wave. As ever, they proclaim personal opposition to racism and xenophobia but ascribe their bigotry to demands from “the public” — the working class. While some working people do indeed succumb to such negative phenomena, the reality in Sweden, as in all European states where a far-right surge has been witnessed, is that anti-racist opposition is co-ordinated by the left and the organised labour movement. So-called “moderate” centre-left/centre-right parties routinely replacing each other in government with no discernible qualitative change in policies bear huge responsibility for alienation expressed by working people faced by a neoliberal austerity agenda, whatever party is in office. Exploiting such alienation is easy for those seeking to divide people on the basis of skin colour, nationality or religion to assist their power-seeking ambitions. Sweden’s overall election result provides a negative example, but the opposite is true of the Left’s role in campaigning not only against xenophobia but for a socialist alternative to austerity. https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/far-right-breakthrough-prevented-in-sweden
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CENSORSHIP YouTube Bans Media Supporting Syria's Liberating Struggle https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-12/youtube-bans-media-supporting-syrias-liberating-struggle "Unbelievable": Facebook Bans Ex-Democrat #WalkAway Founder Weeks Before March On Washington https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-12/facebook-bans-ex-democrat-walkaway-founder-weeks-march-washington ThinkProgress Censored By Facebook After Cheerleading Facebook Censorship https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-12/thinkprogress-censored-facebook-after-cheerleading-facebook-censorship Committee to Hold Hearing Examining Consumer Privacy Protections https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=240B5C17-CBD5-4039-A9E4-CF2FADFF4712 State of the Union 2018: Commission proposes new rules to get terrorist content off the web http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-5561_en.htm Brussels wants tech companies to remove extremist content within a hour.
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          Russia markets S-400 Triumph missile defense system, a.k.a. SA-21 Growler, to U.S. allies      Cache   Translate Page      

It may be Russia's most successful military export since the Kalashnikov — at least at driving a wedge between the U.S. and some key allies.

The S-400 advanced missile defense system, which has been a linchpin protecting Moscow's military bases on the battlefields of Syria, is attracting renewed interest from ...

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Idlib Offensive: Why is Turkey Freaking Out? By Salman Rafi Sheikh https://journal-neo.org/2018/09/11/idlib-offensive-why-is-turkey-freaking-out/
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If the economic migrants from Africa (yes, economic) were actually trying to flee their own country because of war, wouldn't you think they'd just go to the country next door, or maybe two countries over? Instead, they are travelling hundreds and thousands of miles to get to Libya. Now having arrived in Libya, the narrative quickly became that they were being enslaved, the women were being raped (kind of like the babies being thrown out of the incubators story). According to U.N. refugee law, they're supposed to take refuge in the next safe country, which would be Tunisia. Yes, still in Africa. We've all seen the boatloads of people coming from Africa. They are almost exclusively young males. Now, what's the difference between going to Tunisia and going to Europe? Could the benefits they receive have anything to do with it? Although the West has been unfair to Africa (stripping their resources, causing wars) not every country in Africa is or has been involved in a Western-backed war, and not every country can blame their abysmal living conditions on the West. With all the bad the West has done, they have done a lot of good too, like provide medical technology, which has gone a long way to decrease infant mortality, immunizations, clean drinking water, financial aid, and continual food aid. A good deal of the problem has to do with over-population. "54 countries make up the continent of Africa, and while population growth is relatively low in some areas, countries such as Nigeria and Uganda are increasing at an advanced rate. In most countries in the continent, the population growth is in excess of 2% every year. In addition, there is a high proportion of younger people within the Africa population as a whole, with reports that 41% of the African population is under the age of 15." By the turn of the century, Nigeria is predicted to have over a BILLION people. Nigeria! Africa's population is predicted to exceed FOUR BILLION by the turn of the century. And a good deal of the problems in Africa are caused by corruption by their own leaders, as well as tribal wars. And look at what happened in Zimbabwe. They kicked out the white farmers, starved, then went through hyperinflation where their money was worth nothing. South Africa is headed in the same direction. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, isn't it? Now, why would the E.U. have sent out their ships to rescue these migrants? They could have just sent troops into Libya. After all, they did just invade and destroy Libya, didn't they? What, it's all of a sudden taboo to enter someone else's country? It never stopped them before. The U.N.H.C.R. has a brand new program called I believe (don't quote me) the "Migration Compact". The program explicitly WANTS migration from Third World countries into First World countries. It's good for "economics", or so it says in their literature. Read up on it because it's the new thing, although you won't find it mentioned in the New York Times. Migrants come in, the existing citizens pay for their benefits and welfare, the corporations and farmers get cheap labor, wages are held down for the host residents, the migrants then send money home (called remittances) to their home countries, the home countries buy new TV's, for example, from the multinational corporations. See? Isn't this fun? You get to lose your culture because the flavor of the day is "good for economics". Mexico currently gets more money from remittances sent home than from the sale of Mexican oil! I believe $30 billion/year is sent home from the U.S. to Mexico in the form of remittances. Meanwhile, the American citizens, some of whom are having a hard time, are paying for this. Imagine if those tax dollars remained in the U.S.!!! No, something else is going on beyond just people fleeing oppression. And now the Left doesn't know what to do? Perhaps if they did the "right" thing to begin with, they wouldn't have the problem? Do they never see long-term? Help people where they are, in their own country, with their own customs and traditions. And, yes, I agree that none of the wars in the Middle East should be occurring. The West needs to get out of Syria and help rebuild the country, along with Iraq and Yemen. Get out!
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Yeah, and she actually campaigned on it. Brought it up in debates and acted as if it was a winning topic. I was--just what sort of voter is she trying to appeal to? Nihilists? People who want a hot war with Russia? Psychopaths? It was baffling. Thank goodness that warmonger lost.
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Ideas? Yes, Ray, we do seem to be short. The problem is that our whole "resistance" movement is pretty much exclusively AGAINST things and very fractured and disfunctional as regards being FOR anything. - I have been searching for a fundamental "FOR" tenet. You have to hand it to Trump or Bannon or whoever came up with MAGA! although that one obviously doesn't apply to world problems that we are dealing with. I also appeal to anyone to come up with a simple description of what we are all fighting FOR.
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From thirteen years ago: Here we go again, and again, and again , and ... (from Fernando Po, U.S.A., America's post-literate retreat to Plato's Cave) Boobie Official Mendacity The characters in government Will change from time to time As fashion colors change from green To slightly lemon-lime But lying never changes, like The meter of this rhyme The former Clinton government Once wanted to inflict The normal needless bombing on A country it had picked Because its petty potentate Our boots had never licked It seems that of the suspects whom We normally accuse One stood apart in infamy Thus him we would abuse Because he could not stop us so That made him great to use Inspectors roamed across his land Discovering not much Of mass-destructive weaponry, And gas, and germs, and such Thus did Saddam Hussein refuse To come through in the clutch So in frustration Bubba Bill Turned Madam Albright loose To use up some "diplomacy" Much like a hangman's noose To threaten peace with war until War seemed our only ruse A decade’s worth of sanctions failed To bring the tyrant down But only starved his children which Caused few of us to frown If hungry Arab kids can’t swim We say: “Then let them drown” “We think the price is worth it,” said Ms Albright in her way Yet glib and airy phrases left No food upon the tray Just surly scorn for diplomats Who never have to pay But still those damned inspectors caused Our President to pout: To bomb might make them hostages Which could extend the bout To something more than half a round And not the hoped-for rout This Bubba Bill could not abide: So he asked the UN To have its people leave and tell Him where and how and when So he could blame their absence on Saddam and all his men To pull off this duplicity He needed lies to spout And so he took the muzzle off Of Madam Albright’s snout So she could lie and say Saddam Had forthwith “kicked them out” And so with the inspectors gone And nothing more to say The bomber pilots got to fly Three miles above harm’s way And blitz some helpless cities Just to earn their monthly pay Just so with Boobie Bumbler George Who also wanted in To knock about the whipping boy And all his clan and kin Yet once again inspectors proved An obstacle to spin They’d gone ahead and done their jobs And found no smoking gun Which vexed another President Who so much needed one To validate more lies and his Vendetta left undone “He tried to kill my daddy!” swore The vengeful Boobie Bush “I know because the CIA Has searched the Hindu Kush; And found out lots of stuff, so now I say shove comes to push” So Boobie George told the UN That its men hadn’t found What Boobie George and Dick and Don Knew lay somewhere around Someplace where only they could see On undiscovered ground And Boobie Condoleeza Rice And Colin Powell, too, Proved once again that Black folks lie Just like the White ones do Repeating what no one believed Exactly right on cue With summer coming on so soon And springtime cool so short The bombing had to start at once Lest hot weather abort Mad plans to land upon a ship Sent steaming back to port And so once more the snoops and hounds Packed up and left Iraq The UN wished to take no part In Bush’s planned attack Yet still the obvious and bald Required a little slack To cover for their rush to war The Bush Bunch needed spin They claimed they had no choice because They wanted so to win And bad Saddam had not allowed Inspectors to come in Thus here we have a sorry tale Of two groups sworn to tell No truth if they could help it And they could, so what the hell? And Boobies, anyway, had grown Accustomed to the smell Saddam Hussein had let a host Of spies stay at his inn But yet it didn’t change a thing Or mitigate his sin Bill lied about the "kicking out" And George the "letting in" The Presidents who work for us Decline to let us know The things we need to supervise Their fumbling tell-and-show So wars begin on schedule and The piles of bodies grow Bill Clinton swore one type of lie; George Bush another kind They both had lied so much that each Thought none would ever mind With Boobies all so fast asleep The bland could lead the blind If once their lips commence to move A lie we should suspect And if their lips should move again We should at once reflect That we can -- in their moving lips -- A naked lie detect Their lying we should not expect To bother them that much To make them tell the truth would be To rob them of their crutch If they could choose, they'd lie so that They wouldn't loose their touch Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2005
          Festa del Patrono e “compleanno”, al teatro Concordia ci sarà Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Porterà "Perchè non canti più", omaggio a Gabriella Ferri. Annuncio fatto durante la conferenza di presentazione della nuova stagione teatrale con ospiti ed eventi importanti e interessanti

L'articolo Festa del Patrono e “compleanno”, al teatro Concordia ci sarà Syria proviene da Riviera Oggi.


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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States maintains that the non-governmental organization White Helmets continues to save many lives in Syria, a US Department of Defense official told Sputnik.
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In Idlib, worried father turns paper cups into gas masksFearing the worst in the looming battle for Syria's last rebel stronghold, one desperate father is doing everything to protect his kids -- fashioning gas masks from paper party cups and plastic bags. Hudhayfa al-Shahhad, who lives in the northwestern province of Idlib, is determined he and his family will be ready as best as possible for any chemical weapons attack, and has even dug a cave under his home to sit out any bombings. "I learnt how to make them on YouTube," says the 27-year-old policeman demonstrating the rudimentary homemade masks, which he hopes may spare his three young children from the potentially deadly effects of any gas attack.



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When Yazan is no longer allowed to go to the park and play outside, he learns why his parents watch the news all day and why the streets around his house in Syria are quickly changing.
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Russian President Vladimir #Putin has confirmed that Russia has identified the two suspects wanted in connection with the #novichok poisoning attack in #Salisbury, UK.READ MORE: https://t.co/espnzHiMTC — Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) September 12, 2018 "We Have Found Them" #Putin Says Of #Skripal Suspects, "They Are Civilians"https://t.co/2QAYtt5dXb#Russia #UK — Infinite Unknown (@SecretNews) September 12, 2018 Terrorists are ... Read more
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Remove “CA.” Insert “Syria.” Remove “trust funds, tech jobs and cheaper than-than-SF mortgages,” insert “persecution, quality of life etc”. Remove “have at least three vintage cars.” Insert “have at least three prayer rugs/wear hijabs.” Remove “with their big window chunks and mid-century modern furniture and armada of retro gas-guzzlers will impact their new city that completes the picture. New Portland, meet your new poster children.” Insert “their different culture, and the fact that I don’t respect their way of life because it’s different than mine, fact that they're profiting off MY glorious country/state/city’s generosity and resources. New Portland, meet the people that will destroy your city and way of life with their anti-American ways.”

There, now I can read your article for what it plainly is.

Cheers,
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The Syrian regime has stepped up shelling attacks on the last major rebel-held stronghold of Idlib. It could lead to a major offensive where millions of civilians are at risk.
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  • For over a decade Marine Ground Sensor Platoons have quietly deployed to the US-Mexico border to train for combat operations abroad, and their training has real world consequences for those crossing the border.
  • President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration is quietly supported by the Marine Ground Sensor Platoons that surveil wide sections of the border.
  • These missions are ideal for Ground Sensor Platoons, which are made up of small three- to four-man teams who stealthily advance ahead of the main troops to track enemy movements in a deadly game of cat and mouse.


Along the US-Mexico border, small teams of Marines are using a suite of advanced sensors and remote monitors to assist the US Border Patrol in scanning the most vulnerable sections of the untamed border. These Marines belong to specialized units called Ground Sensor Platoons, and for over a decade have been quietly partnering with the US Border patrol to help agents catch drug traffickers and migrants who cross illegally into the United States from Central and South America.

Despite being infantry Marines, the weapons of choice for Ground Sensor Platoons aren’t bullets. The Tactical Remote Sensor System, or TRSS, is a suite of sensors, cameras, re-transmission devices, and monitoring equipment that are used to track enemy movement. The sensors are sensitive enough to detect how many people may be walking nearby, what direction they’re traveling, and can even differentiate between different types of vehicles. Some of the sensors are equipped with day and night imaging capability, allowing Marines to identify the exact nature of their target. And like most equipment fielded by the Marine Corps, the system can take a beating: the Corps claims the sensors and relay equipment can operate autonomously for up to 30 days.

All of this makes the Ground Sensor Platoon an important partner to the US Border Patrol. And despite some states withdrawing their National Guard units from the region during President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown earlier this summer, the Marines show no sign of slowing down: according to photographs released by the Department of Defense, GSP Marines have been in the field with US Border Patrol as recently as March of this year.

While the Marines participate in border patrolling in a purely observational capacity, their presence has in the past directly boosted the Border Patrol’s ability to bust drug traffickers and apprehend people suspected of crossing the border illegally. Due to the realism of these missions in terrains similar to Iraq and Afghanistan, one former Marine called it “the best possible training” for the dangerous missions these platoons conduct into enemy territory.

According to Customs and Border Patrol data, in 2017 Border Patrol officers apprehended 303,916 people attempting to cross illegally in the Southwest sector, which stretches from California to Texas. Former President George W Bush’s administration oversaw the construction of almost 700 miles of barriers on the US-Mexico border, and President Donald Trump continues to pledge to build a wall across the thousand or so miles without a physical barrier. The Department of Homeland Security has continued to extend and expand the US Border Patrol’s ability to monitor the border with drones, CCTV, and other surveillance methods, but there are still gaps. In 2015, for instance, agents stopped 444,825 migrants while an estimated 200,000 migrants got by them and successfully entered the US illegally.

Joint Task Force-North, Customs and Border Patrol, and the US Marine Corps declined to repeated requests for interviews and comment on these operations. JTF-N and the Marine Corps cited their policy of not commenting on ongoing missions, while Customs and Border Patrol did not respond to phone calls or e-mails.

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Working with US Border Patrol gives these sensor patrol Marines a unique opportunity to prepare for combat abroad. Marines scan miles and miles of hard-scrabbled hills and valleys under an unrelenting heat that punishes men and equipment alike. And just like in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Africa, the lives of those being tracked depend on their ability to evade American forces.

In 2004, Michael Vogel was a young infantry Marine fresh from boot camp, sitting in a squad bay in School of Infantry - East in Camp Geiger, NC. Instructors asked if anyone would be interested in volunteering for a special unit, one that would work behind enemy lines to give advance warning of incoming attacks or IEDs. Unlike infantry platoons of 40 or more Marines, this special unit worked in four-man teams with highly specialized surveillance equipment. Vogel volunteered, intrigued by the idea of going out in front of conventional infantry units. After three months of additional intensive training in topography, equipment specs, and surveillance techniques, he reported to the 4th Ground Sensor Platoon based in Mobile, Alabama.

The Ground Sensor Platoons evolved from a Vietnam War-era remote sensor program whose success during the battle of Khe Sahn showcased how important early notice of enemy movement could be. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ground Sensor Platoons became invaluable for American troops struggling to maintain control over large areas.

Soon after his arrival to 4th GSP, a squad leader told Vogel to prepare for upcoming training, one that promised real world conditions for the platoon to hone their skills before heading to battlefields in Iraq or Afghanistan. Their enemy for this operation would not be green targets on a shooting range, or other Marines pretending to be insurgents. For the next few weeks, their targets would be drug cartels and human traffickers moving north across the US-Mexico border in southern California. Their mission: help the US Border Patrol stem the tide of drugs pouring into the US using their surveillance equipment. As Vogel and his platoon sat through briefings on drug cartels from Central and Latin America, he focused on the mission. “My thoughts were on the terrain,” he recalled, “it looked just like the mountains of Afghanistan.”

For the overworked and undermanned US Border Patrol, the opportunity to utilize military-grade surveillance equipment operated by Marines frees more Border Patrol agents to catch smugglers and undocumented migrants  moving north. GSP Marines and US Border Patrol have conducted joint operations along the entire length of the border, and frequently work in one of the most controversial border sectors where a majority of illegal border crossings occur: the Rio Grande Valley.

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In 2008, Vogel and the rest of 4th GSP arrived at a Customs and Border Patrol base of operations in Texas. “When we landed we were introduced to the lead Border Patrol agent at the hangar for the Border Patrol Air Mobile unit, which is who we worked with. It was great, a lot of the guys we worked with were veterans, really professional guys,” Vogel told Business Insider in a recent phone interview. “They knew what was up, our higher ups had coordinated with them and they set up a tactical operations center for us in the hangar. We slept side by side with these guys for the entire operation.”

Even as a young Marine, Vogel could tell the Border Patrol was struggling to keep up with the influx of humans and drugs crossing into America. “It felt like they were undermanned, they needed routes covered that they just couldn’t cover with their personnel.” The Border Patrol agents spoke openly about their predicament, admitting “they just couldn’t keep up with what was going on out there,” as he recalled. During his first time on the border with CBP, Vogel estimated that the Marines passed on roughly 50 to 100 sensor reports a week to their CBP partners, a number that “only increased” during later joint operations in the Rio Grande Valley.

Vogel’s platoon worked with the CBP three times before he deployed to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2010. On each joint operation, the Border Patrol put Mr. Vogel and the GSP Marines to work as soon as they touched down in Texas. “That first week is balls to the wall, just getting all your equipment out there. Then you’re going to a 6 hours on, 6 hours off rotation in the TOC.” The TOC,  which stands for Tactical Operations Center, is where GSP Marines keep a constant watch on information feeding into monitors from their sensors, whether in Texas or on the battlefield. Vogel remembered Border Patrol agents wanted the Marines to focus on drug interdiction. Unlike people risking their life to come to America, who often come across the border with little more than the shirt on their back and a bottle of water, Marines were on the lookout for individuals or groups of people carrying large packs that might smuggle drugs. Once located, the Border Patrol could dispatch agents to go out and investigate.

“Any groups that we saw on our imaging, we had a Border Patrol agent with us in the TOC, and they would call and let their agents know in the field and they would find out what was there.” Vogel made sure to note that the Marines did not go in with the Border Patrol teams to investigate what their sensors picked up, nor did the Marines interact with anyone found crossing the border. “It was firm, in stone: You do not interact with anybody. When we were in the field it was always at night.” And if the Marines came upon someone in the desert while emplacing their sensors? “We would get out of there, or we would just stay where were. We always had a BP agent with us in case something like that happened, and BP would pull whoever it was to the side and deal with whatever was going on with them separately. They really wanted to keep us out of sight, out of mind.”

For Vogel, the joint GSP-CBP operations were “the best possible training that we could’ve gotten before deploying overseas. Dealing with the terrain, trying to get our equipment to communicate through the mountains, it was brutal. For me as a Lance Corporal it was an eye opener, definitely an eye opener. It was a good working relationship both ways, we learned a lot and were able to help them cover routes that they were struggling with.”

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Perfecting the ability to remain “out of sight, out of mind” is crucial for Ground Sensor Platoons operating in combat, as their primary role in war zones is to stealthily advance ahead of the main troops, tracking insurgents with their sensors in a deadly game of cat and mouse. It was a game the Vogel played with insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan, with more than one close call.

The partnership between US Marines and US Border Patrol is part of a long standing effort by Joint Task Force-North, a DoD task force based in Fort Bliss, Texas. The task force pairs law enforcement groups with military units that can best assist them on counter-terror and homeland security missions. The military has a long history of being deployed to the border, but after a 1997 incident in Texas when a Marine killed a US citizen herding goats, the military drastically reduced its presence in the area. The task force in charge of coordinating military and law enforcement efforts at the time, Joint Task Force-6, was re-branded as Joint Task Force-North with a new pledge to ensure similar incidents never occurred again, while continuing the military’s coordination with law enforcement agencies.

After some states have pulled their National Guard units from the border in protest of a White House policy to separate detained parents from their children, GSP Marines have continued operations. According to photos released by the Department of Defense, it appears that Ground Sensor Platoon Marines have been working with US Border Patrol in Texas as recently as late March.  

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          Chúng ta đang sống thế giới nào?      Cache   Translate Page      
Sắc đẹp, phải chăng, là do cặp mắt của người nhìn, như có người từng nói!

Còn quan điểm của mỗi người về thế giới mình đang sống là từ đâu ra, tạo hóa/bản chất hay giáo hóa/dưỡng dục (nature or nurture)? Và nó được định hình bởi yếu tố nào: kinh nghiệm sống, kiến thức, niềm tin (tôn giáo hay nhân bản) v.v…?


Hình minh họa.

Đó là câu hỏi không dễ trả lời. Và không rõ có thể có trả lời nào thỏa đáng không!

Một ly nước nửa đầy hay một ly nước nửa vơi? Tùy theo cái nhìn lạc/bi quan, tích/tiêu cực cũng như não trạng của mỗi người. Trong cùng một người mà có khi mỗi vấn đề và mỗi thời điểm cũng có thể khác nhau.

Người lạc quan, như cựu tổng thống Hoa Kỳ Barack Obama, vào năm 2016 cho rằng nếu có cơ hội được chọn thời điểm sinh ra làm người, ông sẽ chọn thời điểm này. Không phải 50 năm trước, không phải 50 năm nữa, mà ngay thời điểm này. Tuy ghi nhận có lắm thử thách lớn lao của thời đại, ông khẳng định chưa có thời đại nào trong lịch sử nhân loại được hòa bình, thịnh vượng và tiến bộ nhất như bây giờ [1].

Trái ngược với Obama, ứng viên Cộng Hòa Donald Trump cũng ngay vào lúc đó chỉ nhìn thấy một Hoa Kỳ hoàn toàn thua và thiệt, vì các vấn đề về di dân, thương mại, thuế, đạo Hồi, ngoại giao v.v… Trump đổ lỗi cho những chính sách thất bại của chính quyền Obama và trước đây, làm cho nước Mỹ trở nên bi đát như vậy, do đó khẩu hiệu “Làm cho Hoa Kỳ vĩ đại trở lại” nghe lọt lỗ tai không ít người.

Chủ đề của tạp chí Foreign Affairs số tháng 7/8 vừa qua có trình bày sáu bài, với bao quan điểm khác nhau, khi nhìn về thế giới chúng ta đang sống [2]. Thế giới hiện thực, cấp tiến, bộ lạc, Mác xít, kỹ thuật và hâm nóng nhìn vấn đề gần khác nhau hoàn toàn đưa đến cách kết luận vấn đề cũng hoàn toàn khác nhau.

Thế giới hiện thực (realist world)

Thế giới hiện thực nhìn nhận quyền lực và nhà nước quyết định tất cả.

Giáo sư lịch sử và bang giao quốc tế Stephen Kotkin cho rằng mỗi bá chủ thiên hạ (hegemon) cứ cho mình là cuối cùng, không còn ai khác nữa; nhưng thực tế thì mọi quốc gia đều trổi lên, chìm xuống, và cạnh tranh nhau mãi, và tiến trình đó đã quyết định số phận của thế giới [3]. Thời bây giờ cũng thế, chính trị cạnh tranh quyền lực ở tầm lớn sẽ tác động lên các sự kiện lớn, và kết quả cạnh tranh sẽ được quyết định bởi sức mạnh của các bên: từ nhân lực và tài lực cho đến khả năng quản trị quốc gia và hiệu quả của chính sách đối ngoại.

Theo Kotkin thì thế kỷ này phần lớn sẽ được quyết định bởi Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc trong việc quản lý nguồn lực và quan hệ của họ. Nhiều người tự thuyết phục rằng sự hội nhập toàn cầu chủ yếu là về kinh tế và các quan điểm tương đồng, và là tiến trình không thể tránh được. Chỉ có vài người, chẳng hạn như Samuel Huntington, chỉ ra rằng văn hóa là quan trọng hơn, và sự hội nhập chỉ làm nổi bật thêm sự khác biệt hơn là hòa tan nó, trong hay ngoài nước. Năm 2004, Huntington nhận xét giới tinh hoa Hoa Kỳ và công chúng có một khoảng cách khác biệt lớn về bản sắc dân tộc và vai trò của Hoa Kỳ trên thế giới; phần lớn giới tinh hoa ngày càng tách xa đất nước của họ, trong khi công chúng Hoa Kỳ thì lại vỡ mộng về chính quyền của mình. Ngược giòng lịch sử, từ cuối thế kỷ 19 đến thế kỷ 20, không giống như các nước Âu châu và Nhật Bản, Hoa Kỳ dành rất ít thời gian để áp đặt nền cai trị thuộc địa trực tiếp đối với các nước khác. Hoa Kỳ, thay vào đó, chọn phát huy quyền lợi của mình với các đồng minh tự nguyện, các định chế đa phương và tự do thương mại. Sự chọn lựa đó đến từ ý thức tư lợi (enlightened self-interest) hơn là lòng vị tha, và được yểm trợ bởi sức mạnh quân sự áp đảo. Khác với trường phái chủ nghĩa cấp tiến, Kotkin không nhìn nhận những định chế đa phương và các tiến trình của hệ thống hậu chiến là “trật tự quốc tế cấp tiến”, cái mà ông cho là cái nhìn ảo huyền của một số người, chứ thật ra nó là cơ chế để Hoa Kỳ tổ chức và phát triển vòng ảnh hưởng lớn lao của mình.

Kotkin nhận định độc tài thì hùng mạnh nhưng lại dễ bể, trong khi dân chủ thì dễ động lòng nhưng bền vững. Trung Quốc đang vươn lên trên nhiều mặt, với nền kinh tế khổng lồ và phóng chiếu sức mạnh của mình, cứng cũng như mềm, ở mọi hướng. Vấn đề chính hiện nay là liệu sự mở rộng vòng ảnh hưởng của Trung Quốc có đưa đến sự thay đổi trật tự quốc tế mà Hoa Kỳ đang lãnh đạo không? Và câu hỏi thực tế cần đặt ra là trên con đường như thế, liệu Trung Quốc sẽ dẫm nát một số quốc gia trên chặng đường đó vì nó có thể, và Hoa Kỳ phải chia sẻ lãnh đạo toàn cầu với Trung Quốc vì nó không có sự chọn lựa nào khác? Trong vị thế Hoa Kỳ, nếu chọn chiến lược chuyển tiếp từ hoạt động mạnh mẽ toàn cầu trên mọi mặt (như các chính sách trước đây) sang một số hoạt động chọn lọc chỉ để phục vụ quyền lợi quốc gia, thì sẽ được hoan nghênh trong nước, mặc dầu các chính trị gia và chuyên gia sẽ phản kháng.

Theo Kotkin, để các đấu sĩ ngày nay không bị mất đầu như các thế hệ trước của họ, bốn điều cần xảy ra trước sự biến đổi khôn lường của cuộc cách mạng công nghệ bốn. Một, các nhà làm chính sách Tây phương phải tìm ra những phương thức để đại đa số người dân của họ được hưởng lợi và ủng hộ cho một thế giới mở rộng và hội nhập. Hai, các nhà làm chính sách Trung Quốc phải bảo đảm sự trổi dậy của họ là hòa bình, bằng thỏa hiệp, hơn là cưỡng ép các quốc gia bên ngoài. Ba, Hoa Kỳ cần phải duy trì vị thế cân bằng chính xác giữa răn đe và đảm bảo mạnh mẽ đối với Trung Quốc, và tìm cách ổn định các vấn đề nội địa. Bốn, sau cùng, phép màu nhiệm cần đến đối với Đài Loan (vì theo Kotkin thì dù muốn hay không Đài Loan vẫn mang giá trị chiến lược trong mối quan hệ giữa Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc).

Thế giới cấp tiến (liberal world)

Thế giới cấp tiến nhìn nhận quy luật, tương thuộc và hợp tác quyết định tất cả.

Theo giáo sư G. John Ikenberry và Daniel Deudney thì hệ thống và trật tự quốc tế tự do sẽ tiếp tục tồn tại, mặc dầu sức mạnh tương xứng của Hoa Kỳ đã gia giảm [4]. Các thế lực đen tối, từ chủ nghĩa phi tự do, độc tài, dân tộc, bảo hộ, vòng ảnh hưởng, chủ nghĩa xét lại lãnh thổ đã không những biến mất mà còn trở lại gây ảnh hưởng. Trung Quốc và Nga đã làm tiêu tan mọi hy vọng chuyển hóa sang dân chủ, trong khi Hoa Kỳ và Anh, hai bảo hộ của trật tự quốc tế cấp tiến lại tự chọn thái độ tự huỷ. Tuy nhiên hai ông tin rằng chủ nghĩa cấp tiến trong đó nền dân chủ cấp tiến như là một hệ thống chính quyền, và nền trật tự cấp tiến như là một khung sườn định hình chính trị quốc tế, sẽ tiếp tục ngự trị. Lý do, theo hai ông, vì tính cách tương thuộc (interdependence). Khi sự tương thuộc về kinh tế, an ninh và môi trường càng gia tăng thì người dân và chính phủ khắp nơi sẽ phải làm việc với nhau để giải quyết vấn đề, nếu không tất cả sẽ bị tổn hại nghiêm trọng.

Hai giáo sư biện luận không có gì chắc chắn để bảo đảm rằng lịch sử sẽ kết thúc với sự chiến thắng của chủ nghĩa cấp tiến, nhưng điều chắc chắn là một trật tự thế giới lương thiện sẽ mang tính cấp tiến. Một thế giới mà có nhiều quốc gia tư bản có nền dân chủ cấp tiến sẽ hòa bình, thịnh vượng và tôn trọng nhân quyền. Những người cấp tiến hay bị phê bình là có những giả định quá lạc quan, lý tưởng, ngay cả không tưởng, về tiến trình lịch sử nhân loại. Trên thực tế tinh thần lạc quan của họ có điều kiện, họ công nhận có những thỏa hiệp bi thảm (không tránh được), và họ cũng để ý đến những khả năng có thể dẫn đến thảm họa ở tầng lớn. Giống như người hiện thực, người cấp tiến cũng ghi nhận rằng bản chất con người thường muốn có quyền lực, và do đó người cấp tiến vận động cho sự ràng buộc của hiến pháp và pháp luật. Nhưng khác với người hiện thực nhìn lịch sử như là sự lập đi lập lại, người cấp tiến là kẻ kế thừa gia sản của thời đại Khai sáng, của sự sáng tạo khoa học kỹ thuật, cái mà đưa đến bao nhiêu khả năng tiến bộ cũng như thảm hoạ cho nhân loại.

Chủ nghĩa cấp tiến chủ yếu là thực dụng. Người cấp tiến hiện đại ủng hộ các chính quyền dân chủ, hệ thống kinh tế dựa trên thị trường, và các định chế quốc tế không phải vì lý tưởng mà vì sự sắp xếp như thế sẽ phục vụ tốt hơn cho nhân loại, hơn tất cả những giải pháp khác. Chủ nghĩa cấp tiến cũng có khả năng thích ứng thực dụng và có thiên hướng đưa đến những sáng tạo định chế (institutional innovations) mang tính sống còn đối với các thử thách đang hiện ra, bao gồm trí tuệ nhân tạo, chiến tranh mạng và kỹ thuật di truyền.

Trên hết, chủ nghĩa cấp tiến có sức quyến rủ toàn cầu và vĩnh viễn bởi vì nó cam kết đối với nhân phẩm và tự do cá nhân. Nó soi sáng ý tưởng khoan dung, điều mà chắc chắn cần thiết trong một thế giới càng tương tác và đa dạng. Mặc dầu chủ thuyết này đến từ Tây phương, các giá trị của nó đã trở thành phổ quát, và những nhà vô địch ủng hộ nó bao gồm Mahatma Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev và Nelson Mandela. Mặu dầu chủ nghĩa đế quốc, nô lệ và kỳ thị chủng tộc đã làm xấu đi lịch sử Tây phương, chủ nghĩa cấp tiến đi đầu các nỗ lực, vừa hòa bình vừa chiến đấu, để cải tổ và chấm dứt các hành xử trên. Đến mức độ mà vòng cung lịch sử đã hướng đến công lý, đó là do những hoạt động và cam kết đạo đức của người cấp tiến và những liên minh của họ.

Hai giáo sư phân tích nguyên nhân đưa đến sự suy thoái của dân chủ và sự trồi dậy của chủ nghĩa dân túy trong thời gian qua. Lý do phần lớn là do sự bất bình đẳng kinh tế quá lớn, nhưng giải pháp cho các vấn đề này là sự cần thiết quay trở lại nền dân chủ cấp tiến. Chẳng hạn như áp dụng các chính sách dân chủ xã hội thể hiện trong New Deal, thông qua các luật thuế tiến bộ, và đầu tư nhiều hơn vào giáo dục và cơ sở hạ tầng. Nói cách khác, giải pháp cho các vấn đề của dân chủ cấp tiến là dân chủ cấp tiến nhiều hơn. Tóm lại, hai giáo sư kết luận chủ nghĩa cấp tiến, tự bản chất, có những hạt giống để cứu lấy chính nó.

Hai giáo sư cho rằng sau Thế Chiến II, các nền dân chủ cấp tiến đã hợp tác để tạo ra một trật tự mà phản ảnh quyền lợi chung của họ. Sau hơn bảy thập niên, mặt dầu có những điểm bất toàn của nó, nó đã bám rễ quá sâu, trong đó hàng trăm triệu người, nếu không phải là tỷ người, đã có những hoạt động và mong đợi nhắm vào các định chế và khuyến khích của trật tự này, cho nên không dễ gì thay đổi nó. Nếu nghĩ rằng một vài năm theo xu hướng mị dân thì quốc gia sẽ đột ngột thay đổi chủ nghĩa cấp tiến là điều không tưởng. Các xã hội tư bản dân chủ cấp tiến đã phát đạt và mở mang vì nó rất giỏi trong việc kích thích và vận dụng sáng tạo nhưng đồng thời giải quyết các ảnh hưởng quá đà của chính nó hay các yếu tố tiêu cực ngoại cuộc.

Hai giáo sư đã đi sâu phân tích các yếu tố lịch sử và hiện tại để biện minh chủ nghĩa cấp tiến sẽ trường tồn. Tính năng động của sự thay đổi liên tục và tính tương thuộc gia tăng đang ngày càng tăng tốc độ, từ vấn đề môi trường, vũ khí sinh học, chiến tranh mạng, đã làm cho mọi quốc gia phải dựa vào các quy định quốc tế để duy trì nền an ninh của mình, và chủ nghĩa tư bản toàn cầu phải dựa vào khả năng quản trị tài chánh và thương mại quốc tế. Ngay cả Trump mặc dầu có những lời nói và hành động trái ngược với xu hướng cấp tiến, trên thực tế vẫn tiếp tục nhiều chính sách của các vị tiền nhiệm; còn trong các vấn đề khác thì các quốc gia trong trật tự cấp tiến này đã nhận lãnh vai trò này, không cần đến Trump hay lãnh đạo từ Oval Office. Trong thời đại thương thuộc toàn cầu, ngay cả người hiện thực cũng phải là một người quốc tế (internationalist).

Tóm lại, nền dân chủ cấp tiến đã tồn tại và phát triển khi phải đối diện với bao thử thách lớn lao hơn, từ Đại Khủng khoảng đến Trục Quyền (Đức Ý Nhật) đến phong trào cộng sản quốc tế. Do đó có mọi lý do để tin là nó sẽ vượt qua thử thách kỳ này. Nhưng trên hết, sự lạc quan về chủ nghĩa cấp tiến dựa trên một sự thật đơn giản: các giải pháp của những vấn đề hôm nay là càng dân chủ và càng trật tự cấp tiến. Tương thuộc và hợp tác là đặc tính của nền chính trị thế giới. Qua tiến trình lịch sử, tiến hóa, khủng hoảng và thay đổi huyên náo là điều bình thường, và chủ nghĩa cấp tiến rất giỏi về mặt cưỡi trên các bão táp xáo trộn của chuyển động lịch sử. Theo hai giáo sư nhận định thì các chế độ phi tự do sẽ bị chôn vùi trong thời nguy biến trong khi chủ nghĩa cấp tiến sẽ chậm rãi tiến về phía trước.

Thế giới bộ lạc (tribal world)

Thế giới bộ lạc nhìn nhận bản sắc và chủng tộc quyết định tất cả.

Giáo sư luật Amy Chua cho rằng người Mỹ, giới phân tích cũng như các nhà làm chính sách của họ, không quan tâm hoặc không ghi nhận tầm trong trọng của chủ nghĩa bộ lạc trong chính trị quốc tế [5]. Họ chỉ chú tâm đến vai trò của ý thức hệ và kinh tế và có khuynh hướng nhìn nhà nước-quốc gia (nation-states) như là thành phần tổ chức quan trọng nhất. Làm như thế họ đánh giá không đúng về vai trò mà đặc tính của nhóm (group) đã ảnh hưởng đến cách hành xử của con người như thế nào. Họ bỏ qua dữ kiện quan trọng rằng tại nhiều nơi, bản sắc vẫn mang tầm quan trọng nhất - nơi mà người ta sẽ sẵn sàng sống chết vì nó - không phải là vấn đề quốc gia mà là chủng tộc, vùng, tôn giáo, giáo phái hoặc gia tộc, bộ lạc. Không nhìn thấy sức mạnh của bộ lạc sẽ ảnh hưởng không chỉ đến cách người Mỹ nhìn thế giới mà còn cách họ hiểu về chính xã hội của họ.

Chua trích dẫn cuộc nghiên cứu gần đây của đội nghiên cứu tâm lý đối với các em bé 4 tới 6 tuổi, chia thành hai đội đỏ và xanh. Các em bé nam và nữ này thể hiện một trí nhớ lệch lạc có hệ thống, chỉ nhớ những điều tích cực về nhóm của mình nhưng tiêu cực đối với nhóm khác. Các nhà nghiên cứu kết luận rằng sự nhận thức của trẻ em đối với các bạn khác là méo mó sâu rộng chỉ vì là thành viên của một nhóm xã hội. Các cuộc nghiên cứu khác đối với trẻ em - thành phần được cho là ngây thơ, không bị nhiều thành kiến cũng như thành thật hơn - đưa đến những kết luận rằng khi thấy nhóm của mình thành tựu thì nó làm cho trung tâm tưởng thưởng (reward centres) của bộ não con người được kích thích; ngay cả khi nhóm khác bị thất bại hay đau đớn thì cũng phản ứng như thế; và sự đồng cảm với người cùng nhóm, hay sự ác cảm đối với người khác nhóm, nhất là khi các nhóm đó đã từng thù nghịch hay không thích nhau từ lâu, đã tác động lên trẻ em ngay từ nhỏ.

Chua biện luận rằng bản sắc nhiều khi mang tính quyết định hơn ý thức hệ. Trường hợp điển hình là Chiến tranh Việt Nam. Lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ đã đánh giá quá thấp về việc người Việt trong cả hai miền Nam và Bắc muốn được độc lập dân tộc, so với sự cam kết đối với ý thức hệ Mác. Trong khi đó, Hà Nội chấp nhận sự ủng hộ về kinh tế và quân sự từ Trung Quốc, là đồng minh tiện lợi lúc đó, nhưng mỗi đứa bé Việt Nam từ nhỏ đã học lịch sử rằng cha ông của họ đã chiến đấu và đã chết để giải phóng đất nước của họ từ sự đô hộ ngàn năm của Trung Quốc, bắt đầu từ năm 111 trước Công nguyên. Cuộc chiến biên giới giữa Việt Nam và Trung Quốc năm 1979 càng chứng tỏ bản sắc quyết định hơn ý thức hệ cộng sản. Tuy nhiên lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ trong cuộc chiến Việt Nam không cân nhắc yếu tố này trong chính sách của mình.

Chua cũng đưa trường hợp của Afghanistan ra làm thí dụ cho thấy Hoa Kỳ cũng quên tầm quan trọng của bản sắc chủng tộc. Sau sự kiện 11 tháng 9, Hoa Kỳ đưa quân vào Afghanistan để tiêu diệt al Qaeda và lật để chế độ Taliban. Afghanistan là quốc gia có mối quan hệ phức tạp giữa các sắc tộc và bộ lạc. Hơn 200 năm, Pashtuns là sắc tộc lớn nhất chiếm vị thế áp đảo tại đây. Taliban không chỉ là một phong trào Hồi Giáo mà còn là phong trào chủng tộc. Pashtuns thành lập và chiếm đa số Taliban. Sau khi lật đổ Taliban năm 2001 chỉ trong vòng 75 ngày, Hoa Kỳ thành lập chính phủ đứng đầu là Hamid Karzai, người gốc Pashtuns, nhưng phần lớn các bộ chính trong chính phủ này đều là người gốc Tajiks. Người Pashtuns nghĩ họ bị gạt ra ngoài lề, cho nên mặc dầu nhiều người Pashtuns cũng thù ghét Taliban, ít ai trong họ sẵn sàng ủng hộ một chính phủ mà đặt quyền lợi của kẻ thù truyền kiếp của họ lên trên chính họ. 17 năm sau khi Hoa Kỳ xâm chiếm nước này, một cuộc chiến dài nhất của Hoa Kỳ, Taliban vẫn chiếm một phần lớn lãnh thổ của Afghanistan. Bây giờ tuy các giới khoa bảng và các nhà làm chính sách hiểu những phức tạp về chủng tộc tại Afghanistan, sự nhận thức này hơi trễ và cũng chưa mang lại ý nghĩa nhiều đối với chính sách tại đây.

Một trường hợp khác nữa là chiến tranh Iraq. Các kiến trúc gia và những người ủng hộ cuộc chiến Iraq không cân nhắc các yếu tố đã chia rẽ sâu sắc giữa các hệ phái theo Shiites, Sunnis và Kurds tại Iraq, tầm quan trọng chính yếu về sự trung thành đối với bộ lạc và gia tộc trong xã hội Iraq. Bởi vì họ quên một điều cụ thể “sự hiện hữu của một thiểu số áp đảo thị trường (market – dominant minority)”. Sunnis đã áp đảo nền chính trị của Iraq nhiều thế kỷ, đầu tiên dưới sự cai trị của Ottoman, và đặc biệt dưới thời Saddam Hussain. Trước khi Hoa Kỳ xâm chiếm Iraq, khoảng 15 phần trăm dân số Iraq là người Ả Rập Sunni thống trị nền kinh tế, chính trị và quân sự của nước này, trong khi phái Shiites chiếm đa số ở thành thị và nông thôn. Thay vì mang lại hòa bình và thịnh vượng cho Iraq, nền dân chủ non trẻ đã dẫn đến chiến tranh giáo phái, đưa đến sự hình thành nên cái gọi là Nhà nước Hồi Giáo IS/ISIS, một phong trào cực đoan phái Sunni nhằm tiêu diệt phái Shiite, những người bỏ đạo và cả người Tây phương vô đạo. Nhờ chính sách thay đổi 180 độ về sự quan tâm của quân lực Hoa Kỳ kể từ năm 2007 để họ được giáo dục hơn về các động lực phức tạp về giáo phái và sắc tộc tại quốc gia này nên đã mang lại những thành công đáng kể, kể cả sự gia giảm về bạo lực giữa các giáo phái và nạn nhân của quân đội Hoa Kỳ và Iraq.

Trong những năm gần đây, Hoa Kỳ, một quốc gia được xem là dân chủ cấp tiến và phần lớn không hiểu các suy nghĩ và hành xử kiểu hậu bộ lạc (post tribalism), nay cũng không còn miễn nhiễm nữa. Lần đầu tiên trong lịch sử Hoa Kỳ, người Mỹ da trắng đã gần như bị mất vị thế chiếm đa số tại quốc gia này. Cuộc nghiên cứu năm 2011 cho thấy hơn một nửa người Mỹ da trắng tin rằng “người da trắng thay thế người da đen thành nạn nhân chính của sự kỳ thị”. Khi các nhóm cảm thấy bị đe doạ, họ dễ trở thành phòng thủ hơn, hẹp hòi hơn và khoác áo chủ nghĩa bộ lạc hơn (ta với địch). Nó cũng đưa đến sự căng thẳng giữa da trắng với da đen, Thiên Chúa Giáo, Da Thái và Hồi Giáo, cấp tiến và bảo thủ v.v…

Nhưng có một nguyên nhân khác dẫn đến căn bệnh chủ nghĩa bộ lạc tại Hoa Kỳ ngày nay. Lịch sử Hoa Kỳ trước đến nay không có chuyện “một thiểu số áp đảo thị trường”. Phần lớn đất nước này do đa số người da trắng tương đối thống nhất nhau ảnh hưởng một cách áp đảo về kinh tế, chính trị và văn hóa. Nhưng giờ đây, sự thịnh vượng của Hoa Kỳ tập trung vào một thiểu số nhỏ sống dọc các bờ biển, và họ chiếm phần lớn Wall Street, truyền thông và Thung lũng Silicon (Valley). Tuy họ không phụ thuộc vào bất kỳ một chủng tộc nào, họ có những nét văn hóa riêng biệt, họ chia sẻ các giá trị phổ quát như chủ nghĩa thế tục, đa văn hóa, chấp nhận đa nguyên giới tính, ủng hộ di dân và nền chính trị cấp tiến. Họ được xem là không quan tâm hay ngay cả đối nghịch với quyền lợi đất nước. Chua biện luận Trump biết sử dụng các yếu tố này, sự bất mãn của người dân nói chung và người Mỹ da trắng nói riêng, tuyên bố “phải lấy lại nước mình” hoặc “làm cho nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại”.

Chua kết luận rằng một cách để thoát khỏi hoàn cảnh chia rẽ này là phải giải quyết cả hai vấn đề kinh tế lẫn văn hóa. Hàng trăm năm qua, cơ hội kinh tế đã nâng cao nấc thang xã hội giúp cho Hoa Kỳ hội nhập thành công mọi người khác thuộc mọi sắc tộc nhau hơn tất cả các quốc gia khác. Cho nên sự sụp đổ của cơ hội thăng tiến đó nên được xem là một vấn đề cấp bách của quốc gia. Trên bình diện thế giới cũng như tại Hoa Kỳ, sự đoàn kết sẽ không tự nhiên đến mà phải bằng sự chăm chỉ, lãnh đạo gan đạ và ý chí tập thể.

Thế giới Mác (Marxist world)

Thế giới Mác xít nhìn nhận phân chia đồng đều và bình đẳng vật chất quyết định tất cả.

Kể từ năm 1967, thu nhập trung bình của 60 phần trăm dân số Hoa Kỳ đã trì trệ mặc dầu sự thu nhập và giàu có của những người giàu nhất đã gia tăng. Robin Varghese nhận xét rằng Mác tin tưởng cách mạng sẽ đến đối với các nền kinh tế tư bản phát triển nhất, nhưng không, nó lại đến với các quốc gia chậm phát triển hơn như Nga và Trung Quốc [6]. Giữa thế kỷ 20, các nước Tây Âu và Hoa Kỳ đã học cách quản lý sự bất ổn và bất công, đặc trưng của nền tư bản thời Mác. Tuy nhiên, hơn ai hết, Mác hiểu rõ cơ chế đã làm suy thoái chủ nghĩa tư bản, và các vấn đề đã mọc ra khi chính quyền không tích cực giải quyết nó, như đã thấy trong 40 năm qua. Do đó Varghese cho rằng chủ nghĩa Mác không quá cố mà vẫn còn cắt nghĩa được các vấn đề ngày hôm nay.

Varghese phân tích áp lực của giới thương gia là cần tích luỹ vốn liếng trong điều kiện cạnh tranh của thị trường, như sau. Một, những người công nhân luôn nhận lấy phần ít hơn về mình so với những gì họ đóng góp để tạo ra kết quả, đưa đến sự bất công và bần cùng. Hai, sự cạnh tranh giữa các nhà tư bản để giảm chi, như lương công nhân, bắt buộc họ phải nghĩ đến khoa học kỹ thuật để có thể giảm bớt sức lao động. Các kỹ thuật này sẽ loại trừ một số việc, làm cho một thành phần xã hội vĩnh viễn bị mất hoàn toàn hay một phần việc làm. Ba, Mác cho rằng sự cạnh tranh gây gắt sẽ dẫn đến sự tập trung và sự lớn mạnh của một số doanh nghiệp, và các doanh nghiệp có nhiều lợi nhuận hơn sẽ loại trừ các doanh nghiệp nhỏ hơn, và càng như thế càng cạnh tranh và càng hiện đại về kỹ thuật, đưa đến nhiều thặng dư hơn. Tuy nhiên các thặng dư này cũng không được chia đồng đều, làm cho hai điều một và hai nói trên gia tăng.

Nhưng Mác đã đánh giá thấp sức mạnh của nỗ lực chung (của chế độ tư bản) để cải tổ chính trị. Và Mác cũng sai lầm về khả năng của nền kinh tế tư bản trong việc thỏa mãn nhu cầu của con người, ít nhất là về mặt vật chất.

Đối với các nước phát triển, từ năm 1948 đến 1973, lương bổng gia tăng song song với năng suất, nhưng kể từ năm 1973, năng suất gia tăng gần 75 phần trăm, trong khi mức lương thật sự chỉ tăng dưới 10 phần trăm. Đối với 60 phần trăm gia đình, lương bổng không thay đổi gì đáng kể. Và đây chính là lý do làm cho Mác hiện hữu trở lại, như đã tiên đoán được diễn tiến của chủ nghĩa tư bản. Nói cách khác, tuy chủ nghĩa tư bản mang lại sự giàu có và sự phát triển khoa học kỹ thuật chưa từng thấy trước đây, nó không thể đáp ứng được nhu cầu của toàn xã hội.

Theo Varghese thì Mác biện luận rằng vấn đề không phải là giới hạn về vật chất mà là chính trị và xã hội: sự sản xuất được sắp xếp theo quyền lợi của giai cấp tư bản hơn là cho toàn xã hội; ngay cả khi cá nhân các nhà tư bản và công nhân suy nghĩ và hành động hợp lý, cả hệ thống lại phi lý. Khi nhu cầu sản xuất gia tăng, giới tư bản muốn đầu tư nhiều hơn vào khoa học kỹ thuật để gia tăng năng xuất, gia giảm tiền lương cho công nhân. Trong vài thập niên qua, những người dưới bằng cấp trung học chiếm tỷ lệ dưới 50 phần trăm lao động. Với kỹ nghệ tự động hóa và trí tuệ nhân tạo, tất cả các việc này đều có thể bị xóa sạch trong vài thập niên tới. Theo tổ chức OECD thì có đến 14 phần trăm, tức 60 triệu, công việc trong các quốc gia này có thể được tự động hóa. Theo công ty tư vấn McKinsey thì 30 phần trăm của mọi thời gian làm việc toàn cầu có thể được tự động hóa. Những công nhân này sẽ làm gì, sẽ được phân phối trong xã hội như thế nào, thì chưa ai biết được. Theo tiến trình của 50 năm qua gợi ý thì các công nhân này sẽ không được thu nhận vào lực lượng lao động nếu số phận của họ được quyết định bởi thị trường. Thêm vào đó, tiến trình thay đổi do khoa học kỹ thuật mang lại sẽ đưa đến sự tập trung thị trường (market concentration), với những thương nghiệp ngày càng lớn mạnh sẽ áp đảo sản xuất. Mác tiên đoán một thế giới không phải độc quyền mà là độc quyền cạnh tranh, trong đó những kẻ mạnh đang hiện hữu sẽ thụ hưởng lợi nhuận, những kẻ yếu hơn sẽ vất vả để tồn tại, và những kẻ mới vào sẽ phải nỗ lực sáng tạo để chiếm dần thị trường. Các thương nghiệp lớn có lợi thế hơn, về sáng chế cũng như mạng lưới sẵn có, mua và sát nhập các thương nghiệp nhỏ, hay sa thải công nhân khi cần để gia tăng cạnh tranh v.v… Từ năm 1982 đến nay, sáu lĩnh vực chiếm 80 phần trăm nhân công tại Hoa Kỳ (tài chánh, sản xuất, dịch vụ, bán lẻ, bán sỉ, và tiện ích và giao thông) ngày càng tập trung cạnh tranh. Khi các đại thương nghiệp như Amazon, Apple, FedEx chiếm áp đảo địa hạt của mình tại các nền kinh tế Tây phương, công nhân bị thiệt thòi nhiều nhất.

Sự thách thức lớn nhất đối với quan điểm của Mác là sự hình thành và phát triển của nhà nước phúc lợi (welfare states) ở Tây phương vào giữa thế kỷ 20, phần lớn là do các đảng dân chủ xã hội đại diện giới công nhân. Kiến trúc sư trí tuệ John Maynard Keynes là nhân vật chính của các phát động này. Ông biện luận rằng hoạt động kinh tế không phải được điều khiển bởi quyết định đầu tư của giới tư bản mà chủ yếu là sự tiêu thụ của người dân thường. Ảnh hưởng của Keynes lên nền kinh tế và chính trị rất lớn, giúp cho các đảng chính trị tả lẫn hữu điều chỉnh chính sách, đạt được hiệu năng, công bằng và mọi người đều có việc (full employment), điều mà Mác không thể tưởng tượng có thể xảy ra. Tuy nhiên từ thập niên 1970 trở đi, các chính phủ này gặp nhiều khó khăn trong việc vượt qua các giới hạn của chủ nghĩa tư bản, một bên là công việc đầy đủ cho mọi người, nhưng lực lượng lao động đến từ nó đã dẫn đến sự giảm sút lợi nhuận. Varghese cho rằng về lâu dài, quyền lợi kinh tế của tư bản đã thắng cung cách tổ chức chính trị của người dân.

Giải pháp cho các vấn đề phức tạp và đầy thử thách trên là đầu tiên ghi nhận sự giới hạn của chính trị trong thời đại vàng son của chủ nghĩa tư bản, bao gồm sự kết hợp của các công đoàn mạnh, sự quản trị cung cầu theo chủ thuyết của Keynes, chính sách tiền tệ lỏng lẻo, và sự quản lý vốn, sẽ không thể nào dẫn đến xã hội công bằng trong chủ nghĩa tư bản mãi được. Thử thách của ngày hôm nay là tìm ra những đường nét chính của nền kinh tế hỗn hợp mà đã đem lại những kết quả đáng kể trong thời đại vàng son của chủ nghĩa tư bản như nói trên, và thêm vào đó khởi động cho sự bình đẳng về phái tính và sắc tộc. Nói cách khác, nó cần sự sắp xếp định chế mới được hỗ trợ bởi các hình thức chính trị mới.

Thế giới kỹ thuật (Tech world)

Thế giới kỹ thuật nhìn nhận cách mạng công nghệ, nhất là trí tuệ nhân tạo, quyết định tất cả.

Theo Drum thì tiên đoán tương lai ra sao rất khó, thôi thì nhìn về quá khứ để tìm giải thích [7]. Thế kỷ 19 là bình minh của nền dân chủ cấp tiến. Nhưng nó cũng là thế kỷ của đế quốc và thực dân Tây phương. Nó cũng bắt đầu cuộc chiến tranh toàn diện. Thế lực tôn giáo đi xuống trong khi chủ nghĩa dân tộc đi lên. Và nó cũng bất đầu thời đại của bình đẳng. Phụ nữ đòi bình quyền tại Seneca Falls, New York, và Tân Tây Lan là quốc gia đầu tiên cấp quyền sử dụng lá phiếu bầu cử. Anh cấm buôn nô lệ, Hoa Kỳ giải phóng nô lệ và Nga trả tự do cho nông nô.

Dân chủ, chủ nghĩa tư bản, chủ nghĩa thực dân, chiến tranh hiện đại, chủ nghĩa dân tộc, và quyền bình đẳng đã đưa đến bao hệ quả, và lý do ra đời của hàng ngàn cuốn sách về các vấn đề này. Nhưng theo Kevin Drum thì tất cả những điều nêu trên không quan trọng. Điều quan trọng nhất của địa chính trị trong thế kỷ 19 là cuộc Cách mạng Công nghệ. Không có nó thì sẽ không có giai cấp trung lưu, như thế không có áp lực để dân chủ hóa. Sẽ không có cuộc cách mạng tư bản vì các nhà nước nông nghiệp không cần đến nó. Sẽ không có thực dân hóa ở tầm lớn bởi vì giới hạn của sự thèm muốn nguyên liệu thô đối với các quốc gia phi kỹ nghệ. Sẽ không có chiến tranh toàn diện nếu không có kỹ nghệ sản xuất thép và độ chính xác rẻ. Và nếu thế giới phần lớn vẫn ở trong trạng thái văn hóa và kinh tế chủ yếu dựa trên nền nông nghiệp sinh tồn truyền thống, rất có thể là nền nô lệ sẽ không chấm dứt và nữ quyền sẽ không bắt đầu.

Các yếu tố chính tác động ở thời đại này là động cơ hơi nước, lý thuyết vi trùng, điện và xe lửa. Vào năm 1800, không ai biết tương lai địa chính trị của thế kỷ 19 sẽ như thế nào, nhưng nó đã được chuyển động trước đó chín thập niên khi Thomas Newcomen đã chế tạo thành công động cơ sử dụng hơi nước đầu tiên. Drum cũng tin rằng các thế hệ người máy tiếp theo sẽ tác động lên tiến trình lịch sử nhân loại trong thế kỷ 21. Kết quả cuộc cạnh tranh và đối đầu giữa hai cường quốc Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc sẽ được định đoạt khi một bên thắng được trí tuệ nhân tạo. Để đạt đến đó, Drum cho rằng máy vi tính cần phần cứng mạnh như bộ não con người (hardware) và phần mềm có khả năng suy nghĩ (software). Hiện tại bộ óc con người có thể tính từ 10 đến 100 petaflops (bằng một triệu tỷ, tức 10 luỹ thừa 15, tính toán một giây), và sức mạnh của máy vi tính hiện nay cũng tương đương như thế. Nhưng một cái máy siêu vi tính như thế chiếm bằng một căn phòng, tốn hơn 200 triệu, và tiền điện mỗi năm tốn 5 triệu đô la. Vấn đề là làm sao máy nhỏ hơn và rẻ hơn. Nghiên cứu về máy tính lượng tử hiện nay nằm trong mục tiêu đó. Các nhà chuyên về trí tuệ nhân tạo AI cho rằng có 50 phần trăm cơ hội là AI sẽ thực hiện được tất cả các hoạt động của con người vào 2060, trong khi giới AI Á Đông thì cho rằng có thể hiện thực khoảng năm 2045.

Các nhà nghiên cứu này không nghĩ rằng các máy móc này chỉ làm được các việc thường ngày thôi, mà nó còn có thể nấu burger, viết tiểu thuyết và thực hiện giải phẫu. Nó sẽ làm nhanh hơn, không bao giờ biết mệt, sẽ cập nhật kiến thức thế giới mới nhất trong vòng tích tắc, và có sức mạnh phân tích hơn bất cứ một cá nhân nào. Hiện nay thì chưa có vẻ gì sẽ đạt được kết quả như thế, nhưng trng vòng vài thập niên tới, máy robot sẽ làm cho hàng triệu người mất việc.

Drum cho rằng mấu chốt vấn đề là liệu Trung Quốc, trong vòng 20 năm tới, đạt được kỹ nghệ AI tốt nhất không? Nếu được, họ có thể trở thành bá quyền, nếu họ muốn. Nếu không thể thì họ sẽ không được.

Còn vấn đề khủng bố thánh chiến? Nó sẽ trở thành nạn nhân của AI. Những máy bay không người lái hiện tại (drone) đã đẩy lùi các nhóm khủng bố này, nói gì đến các máy được điều khiển bởi AI trong tương lai. Không có tổ chức nào với kỹ thuật kém có thể tồn tại được. Chiến tranh trong tương lai chủ yếu là do giữa máy móc với nhau. Nhiều công việc sẽ mất vì tự động hóa, kể cả lái xe truck. Phân tích của công ty PwC vào năm 2017 cho hay có đến 38 phần trăm công việc tại Hoa Kỳ có nguy cơ bị tự động hóa vào đầu thập niên 2030. Vào thập niên 2040, các nhà nghiên cứu phỏng đoán các máy vi tính sẽ có thể tự thực hiện nghiên cứu công trình toán học mới, giải phẫu, viết tiểu thuyết bán chạy nhất và có thể làm bất cứ công việc nào đòi hỏi khả năng nhận thức như trên. Không như cuộc Cách mạng Công nghệ đầu tốn gần 100 năm để chuyển động, lần này nó chỉ mất một hai thập niên, và AI sẽ là kỹ nghệ mang lại lợi nhuận nhiều nhất so với tất cả các thứ khác.

Điều này có hệ quả gì đối với chính trị? Theo Drum thì vai trò của các chính quyền hiện tại là quản lý và kiểm soát nền kinh tế cho quyền lợi chung của toàn thể người dân. Cho nên nền chính trị trong tương lai là chính quyền có khả năng sử dụng sức mạnh của AI cho đa số dân chúng. Những người theo chủ nghĩa Mác thì đã có lời giải: để robot kiểm soát phương tiện sản xuất, rồi phân chia chiến lợi phẩm cho cho mọi người hưởng theo nhu cầu của họ. Nền dân chủ cấp tiến cũng sẽ có cơ hội nếu lãnh đạo của họ nhìn nhận vấn đề một cách nghiêm túc, tìm cách làm cho chủ nghĩa tư bản thích ứng với một thế giới mà trong đó việc sản xuất hàng hóa tách biệt với công việc (lao động). Điều đó có nghĩa kìm chế sức mạnh của tài phiệt, tái suy nghĩ khái niệm thế nào là một tập đoàn, và chấp nhận một mức độ bình đẳng nào đó về phân phối hàng hóa và dịch vụ.

Drum ghi nhận hai thử thách lớn nhất của thế kỷ 21 là nạn thất nghiệp lớn do AI mang lại, và thay đổi khí hậu do nhu cầu năng lượng. Với kỹ thuật tân tiến hiện nay, gió và năng lượng mặt trời là lời giải cho năng lượng sạch. Nhưng cần phải sản xuất ở tầm lớn. Robot rẻ và khôn, tức có AI, sẽ là lời giải. Chủ nghĩa bộ lạc không còn quan trọng nữa. Ai quan tâm đến bản sắc nếu công việc đều do máy móc làm ra? Dân chủ cấp tiến sẽ còn hiện hữu nếu nó biết cách giải quyết nạn thất nghiệp lớn so với các hình thức chính quyền khác. Tôn giáo cũng sẽ gặp nhiều khó khăn với thế giới đầy máy móc như thế. Lịch sử chứng minh sự đói kém về kinh tế ở tầm lớn đem lại ít hơn những cải tổ tiến bộ sâu sắc so với các cuộc cách mạng và chiến tranh bạo động. Drum cho rằng điều quan trọng là phải hiểu và nghĩ đến cách đối phó tốt nhất đối với những gì sẽ xảy ra trong thời gian tới.

Thế giới hâm nóng (warming world)

Thế giới hâm nóng nhìn nhận thay đổi khí hậu và hợp tác toàn cầu quyết định tất cả.

Nền dân chủ toàn cầu đang xuống dốc, sự phục hồi kinh tế không làm cho lương bổng người dân Tây phương tăng lên đáng kể, và sự trổi dậy của Trung Quốc đe doạ quyền lực của Hoa Kỳ, có nguy cơ đưa đến cuộc chiến tranh khủng khiếp. Tuy thế, đối với Joshua Busby, không có đe doạ nào trong thế kỷ 21 có thể so sánh bằng hâm nóng địa đầu [8]. Tác động của khí hậu trái đất đòi hỏi sự chú tâm và nguồn lực, và sẽ có ảnh hưởng lớn lao lên nền kinh tế toàn cầu và quan hệ quốc tế hơn bất cứ một trọng lực nào khác trên thế giới hiện nay.

Hiện tại độ nóng bề mặt trái đất là trên 1.2 độ Celsius so với trước thời Cách mạng Công nghệ. Giới khoa học gia đồng thuận với nhau rằng nhiệt độ gia tăng cao nhất để tránh thay đổi khí hậu là 2 độ C. Sẽ không có khác biệt bao nhiêu giữa gia tăng 2 độ C so với 3 hay 4 độ. Khi khí hậu gia tăng, sự phân tán hiện tượng khí hậu sẽ chuyển đổi. Các trận lụt mà trước đây 100 năm xảy ra bây giờ sẽ xảy ra 50 hay 20 năm. Các trận mưa vũ bão như tại Hawaii đầu năm nay với 50 inches trong vòng 24 tiếng đồng hồ có thể diễn ra thường xuyên hơn. Các kiểu thời tiết mới này sẽ gây ra các xáo trộn xã hội và chính trị, đưa đến các ảnh hưởng lên địa chính trị. Mực nước biển dâng, các vùng đất trồng trột chết, các trận bão và lụt khổng lồ sẽ làm cho một số quốc gia không thể sống được nữa. Những thay đổi này sẽ thử nghiệm hệ thống quốc tế hiện nay những cách thức mới và khó tiên đoán.

Theo Busby, các đe doạ mang tính lịch sử toàn cầu đòi hỏi mức độ hợp tác mang tính lịch sử toàn cầu. Nếu nhân loại đối diện thành công với vấn đề này, đó là vì lãnh đạo biết pha trộn trật tự toàn cầu với ý thức về mục đích chung và ghi nhận sự thay đổi sâu sắc về vấn đề phân chia quyền lực. Trung Quốc và Hoa Kỳ phải làm việc chặt chẽ với nhau và với các tác nhân khác, các chính quyền trực thuộc các quốc gia, cũng như các công ty và các tổ chức phi chính phủ.

Trong 17 năm được ghi nhận có bằng chứng nóng nhất thì 16 năm là từ năm 2001 đến nay. Nhiều kiểu mẫu khí hậu rất lạ diễn ra khắp nơi, các khoa học gia nhận định có cái liên quan đến thay đổi khí hậu, có cái không rõ lắm. Mùa thay đổi. Hạn hán xảy ra khi các nhà khí tượng học trông đợi mưa. Thiếu mưa đưa đến nguy cơ cháy rừng, như đã thấy tại tiểu bang California năm ngoái (lẫn năm nay). Khi mưa, nó mưa ào ạt cùng lúc, như đã thấy ở Houston qua trận cuồng phong Harvey. Khi mực nước biển gia tăng và bão gia tăng mạnh mẽ hơn, các biến cố mà từng được xem là mực nước cao bình thường sẽ gây lụt cho các hạ tầng cơ sở ven biển, như đã xảy ra ở Miami trong những năm gần đây. Điều đó đưa đến nhu cầu gắn các hệ thống thiết bị bơm nước mưa với trị giá hàng trăm triệu đô la.

Đến giữa thế kỷ này, mực nước biển gia tăng cao đến độ nó có thể phá hoại vùng đất nông nghiệp và nước uống ở nhiều quốc gia hải đảo thấp so với mặt nước biển, làm cho những nơi đó không thể sống được lâu nữa trước khi nó bị ngập dưới nước. Các biến chuyển này sẽ thay đổi nền chính trị toàn cầu một cách sâu sắc. Các quốc gia như Trung Quốc và Hoa Kỳ có dân số lớn và hạ tầng cơ sở giá trị nhưng dễ bị nguy hại đối với thay đổi khí hậu. Các chính quyền này sẽ phải sử dụng đến các phương tiện quân sự để cứu người và tái xây dựng các thị trấn và thành phố bị tàn phá. Trong năm 2017, ba trận bão lớn đánh phá Hoa Kỳ liên tiếp, và các cơ quan dân vệ phòng chống thiên tai phải cần được hậu thuẫn của quân đội để ngăn ngừa tổn thất nhân mạng tầm lớn. Hàng chục ngàn vệ binh quốc gia đã được điều động để cứu người, cung cấp về tiếp tế, tái thiết các dịch vụ căn bản và pháp luật. Tổng phí đối với các cơn bão này và các trường hợp cấp cứu khác liên quan đến thiên tai trong năm 2017 thôi đã lên đến 300 tỷ đô la.

Trung Quốc cũng có các vấn đề riêng của nó. Dọc ven biển phía nam, những thành phố như Quảng Châu và Thượng Hải, dễ bị lụt lội. Ở phía bắc, trung tâm công nghiệp của quốc gia, các vùng này thường bị thiếu nước, ảnh hưởng đến 500 triệu người. Trong 25 năm qua, 28 ngàn con sông tại Trung Quốc đã biến mất. Giải quyết vấn nạn lớn như thế không rẻ. Một dự án chuyển nước từ nam lên bắc tốn ít nhất 48 tỷ đô la, và mặc dầu chưa hoàn tất, Trung Quốc cho rằng họ đã cải thiện được an ninh nước và 50 triệu người được hưởng lợi. Đối với những nơi bị lũ lụt, Trung Quốc đang nghiên cứu các thành phố hút nước nơi có thể gia tăng thoát nước tự nhiên.

Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc là hai quốc gia giàu có nên có thể chịu đựng tốn kém đối với các thiên tai này. Những quốc gia khác thì vất vả hơn, tổn thất về nhân mạng và vật chất nhiều hơn so với khả năng họ có thể gánh chịu. Từng cơn bão tuy gây thiệt hại đáng kể nhưng người ta có thể vực lại được. Còn thay đổi khí hậu thì nó gây thiệt hại lâu dài hơn. Trong khi một số quốc gia thì tràn đầy nước, những nước khác thì lại thiếu nước trầm trọng. Năm 2011 Somalia sau bao nhiêu thập niên chiến tranh lại hứng chịu hạn hán và tiếp theo nạn đói đưa đến 260 ngàn tử vong. Thay đổi khí hậu, qua gia tăng nhiệt độ và chuyển đổi kiểu mưa, làm cho nhiều vùng không đủ mưa hoặc mưa bất thường, ảnh hưởng đến mùa màn và lượng nước cần thiết cho nhu cầu con người. Đối với một số quốc gia, khi hiệu năng nông nghiệp bị giảm sút và các nguy cơ khí hậu khác sẽ làm cho người dân từ nông thôn chuyển đến thành thị hay sang qua biên giới quốc gia khác. Điều này sẽ ảnh hưởng sâu sắc lên nền chính trị khắp nơi. Thay đổi khí hậu sẽ trắc nghiệm các hệ thống phản ứng hiện nay về nhân đạo và thiên tai, cái đang gặp nhiều thách thức quá sức đối với các xung đột hình như không chấm dứt tại Somalia, South Sudan, Syria và Yemen.

Thay đổi khí hậu sẽ làm cho quan hệ quốc tế càng thêm căng thẳng. Sông Mekong là một thí dụ. Trong sáu quốc gia sử dụng chung con sông này, Ủy hội Sông Mekong được thành lập để giải quyết các tranh chấp nhưng Trung Quốc không muốn trở thành một thành viên dù là quốc gia lớn nhất và xây các đập ảnh hưởng nặng nề nhất ở thượng nguồn đối với các quốc gia ở hạ nguồn. Sự tranh chấp về lượng chảy của con sông này trở nên tệ hơn khi mà hạn hán trong vùng trở nên thường xuyên hơn. Khi hạn hán xảy ra ảnh hưởng đến mùa màng, giá cả lúa mì hay ẩm thực có nguy cơ gia tăng toàn cầu. Tại Ai Cập, khi nạn lạm phát giá cả ẩm thực hàng năm tăng lên 19 phần trăm năm 2011, nó giúp gia tăng các cuộc biểu tình lật đổ tổng thống Hosni Mubarak.

Để đáp ứng với các điều kiện khí hậu thay đổi, chính phủ có thể ban hành vô số các chính sách có khả năng gây tranh cãi. Cấm không cho xuất cảng các nguyên liệu qúy, mua đất ở nước ngoài, bắt sử dụng nhiên liệu sinh học, làm luật bảo vệ rừng, và hàng ngàn sự chọn lựa khác sẽ tạo ra kẻ thắng người thua và gia tăng sự căng thẳng trong nội địa và quốc tế. Thay đổi khí hậu sẽ bao gồm chuỗi vấn đề khác nhau, từ vận chuyển, năng lượng, xây cất, nông nghiệp, và bao địa hạt khác, và các ảnh hưởng tổng hợp của nó lên thành phố, sản xuất ẩm thực, và cung cấp nước uống sẽ là những thử thách khủng khiếp cho địa cầu này. Busby cho rằng với vấn đề ở tầm lớn như thế này, nó cần sự phối hợp và hợp tác giữa Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc để cùng nhau giải quyết. Còn nếu cạnh tranh chống đối nhau toàn diện thì tất cả đều bị thiệt hại. Sự hợp tác giữa các thỏa thuận quốc tế, mạng lưới tổ chức và những người dốc tâm tìm ra các giải pháp cụ thể là một cơ hội tốt nhất để tránh một thiên tai thay đổi khí hậu khủng khiếp đối với nhân loại.

Vài kết luận

Sáu quan điểm nêu trên chỉ là tiêu biểu, không phải là tất cả. Bên trong mỗi trường phái của các nhãn quan này đều có những nhận định và kết luận khác nhau, một cách sâu sắc. Ngoài sáu quan điểm này còn bao nhiêu lý thuyết và ý thức hệ khác nhau, làm cho thế giới chúng ta đang sống vừa thật sự đa nguyên vừa vô cùng phức tạp.

Càng phức tạp hơn cho những ai muốn đi tìm sự thật. Sự thật nằm ở đâu? Trong sự tổng hợp các quan sát trình bày trên hay, đơn giản và rốt cuộc vẫn là, trong cặp mắt người nhìn?

Francis Fukuyama nhận xét khá tinh tế và sâu sắc về ảnh hưởng của chủ nghĩa bộ lạc đối với nền chính trị thế giới trong bài mới nhất của ông trên Foreign Affairs [9]. Bài này tóm lược các ý chính trong cuốn sách mới nhất của ông sắp được phát hành. Fukuyama kết luận: con người sẽ không bao giờ ngừng suy nghĩ về chính họ và xã hội của họ về mặt bản sắc; nhưng bản sắc của con người không phải là cứng ngắt mà cũng không phải được cấu tạo lúc sinh thành; bản sắc có thể được sử dụng để chia rẽ mà cũng có thể để đoàn kết; sau cùng nó có thể là phương thuốc cho nền chính trị dân túy của thời hiện tại.

Khi chủ nghĩa bộ lạc vẫn còn hiện hữu, thể hiện qua chính trị về bản sắc, như Chua và Fukuyama phân tích, thì chính trị quyền lực cũng sẽ còn đó, không đi đâu cả. Như thế, về mặt chính trị và bang giao quốc tế, quyền lực và quyền lợi sẽ luôn đóng vai trò quan trọng, như Kotkin và những nhà hiện thực nhận định. Chỉ khi nào con người trở nên thánh thiện, tôn trọng và đối xử nhau một cách nhân ái, tương kính và không phân biệt, và không sử dụng bạo lực với nhau, thì quan hệ giữa con người và trên bình diện quốc tế mới thay đổi sâu sắc. Những tranh chấp về chủng tộc, tôn giáo, văn minh, phái tính, hay ý thức hệ v.v… sẽ còn với con người một thời gian dài. Do đó trong hiện tại, có lẽ chỉ có chủ nghĩa cấp tiến và nền dân chủ cấp tiến mới có khả năng giải quyết được các bài toán nhức nhối của con người, như Deudney and Ikenberry biện luận. Nền tảng tư tưởng/lý thuyết của chủ nghĩa cấp tiến là mọi người phải được đối xử bình đẳng, phải có quyền tự do cá nhân, nhân phẩm/quyền không bị chà đạp vì phái tính hay vì thuộc một nhóm xã hội nào đó (particular social group) v.v… Nhưng chủ nghĩa cấp tiến chỉ có thể là giải pháp lâu dài và vững ổn nếu các nhà lãnh đạo chính trị trong các thập niên tới có thể hoạch định những chính sách vừa phát huy tối đa hiệu năng của cuộc cách mạng công nghệ tới, vừa tái phân phối hàng hóa và dịch vụ một cách tối ưu (optimal) cho toàn xã hội, đồng thời cũng phải quan tâm đúng mức đến chính sách nhân dụng, như Drum đã biện luận. Còn không thì Mác sẽ “hiện hồn” về, chờn vờn ám ảnh và báo động những xung đột lúc ngấm ngầm lúc bùng nổ trong nền kinh tế tư bản cực đoan khi một thiểu số nắm mọi quyền lực vật chất trong tay, và đa số thì vất vả không ngừng, như Varghese trình bày. Sau cùng, khi thế giới bị hâm nóng một cách vô trách nhiệm thì môi trường sống sẽ bị ảnh hưởng sâu sắc, như Busby đã nhắc nhở. Khi di dân/tị nạn - là nạn nhân của tranh chấp chính trị qua chủ nghĩa bộ lạc, hay là nạn nhân của thiên tai/môi trường sống - phải tìm cách lánh nạn ở tầm lớn, nhưng thế giới, nhất là các quốc gia dân chủ và phát triển, lại quảnh mặt làm ngơ, thì tuyên ngôn quốc tế nhân quyền chẳng còn giá trị gì cả ngoại trừ trên giấy tờ. Đó có thể là mốc điểm của sự suy thoái toàn diện của nền văn minh toàn cầu.

Những vấn đề này có liên hệ gì đến mỗi chúng ta? Có nhiều lắm chứ! Mỗi chúng ta, không phân biệt, bằng suy nghĩ và hành động thực tiễn, có thể góp phần làm cho chính mình, gia đình, xã hội, đất nước và thế giới, tốt hơn. Không cần làm những gì quá lớn, ngoài tầm tay. Nền văn minh nhân loại sẽ bị huỷ hoại nếu chúng ta chỉ biết sống cho chính mình và chỉ biết quan tâm trong cuộc đời mình mà không nghĩ đến người khác và các thế hệ về sau. Cho nên chỉ cần bắt đầu bằng sự tử tế, liêm chính và tinh thần trách nhiệm, thì một ngày nào đó những tinh thần và giá trị này sẽ loan tỏa sâu rộng và truyền lại cho các thế hệ mai sau. Cuối cùng chúng ta có quyền lạc quan nhưng không thể tự mãn khi các thách thức của nhân loại vô cùng lớn lao trong khi số người quan tâm và đóng góp vẫn còn là thiểu số.

(Úc châu, 07/09/2018)

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Tài liệu tham khảo:

1. TT Barrack Obama, “Remarks by the President at the White House Summit on Global Development”, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 20/07/2016.

2. Foreign Affairs, “Which world are we living in?”, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 10-55. Vì các bài viết này rất hay và sâu sắc, thay vì tóm lược vài ý chính để toàn bài ngắn gọn hơn, tôi quyết định viết ngắn gọn nhưng vẫn cố duy trì lập luận chính của tác giả này. Mục đích là để cho độc giả không chỉ biết họ biện luận gì mà còn biện luận ra sao khi họ tìm cách thuyết phục hay bảo vệ quan điểm của mình. Độc giả cũng có thể tìm đọc các nguyên tác này nếu có điều kiện.

3. Stephen Kotkin, “Realist World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 10-15.

4. Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry, “Liberal World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 16-24.

5. Amy Chua, “Tribal World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 25-33.

6. Robin Varghese, “Marxist World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 34-42.

7. Kevin Drum, “Tech World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 43-48.

8. Joshua Busby, “Warming World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 49-55.


9. Francis Fukuyama, “Against Identity Politics”, Volume 97, Number 5, September/October 2018; pages 90-114. Hoặc tìm mua sách “Bản sắc: Nhu cầu về Phẩm giá và Chính trị của Oán giận” (Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment), Profile Books, October 2018.

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          On the Brink With Russia in Syria Again      Cache   Translate Page      

The New York Times, on September 11, 2013, accommodated Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s desire “to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders” about “recent events surrounding Syria.” Putin’s op-ed in the Times appeared under the title: “A Plea for Caution From Russia.” In it, he warned that a military “strike by the United States against Syria will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders … and unleash a new wave of terrorism. … It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.” Three weeks before Putin’s … Continue reading

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          US, France, and UK In Direct Talks      Cache   Translate Page      

“That has to be, in the history of propaganda in the 20th and 21st centuries, one of the most outrageous claims that I can think of,” John Bolton stated in response to Moscow’s charge that anti-Assad insurgents in Idlib are preparing a chemical false flag in order to hasten a US attack on Damascus, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. “Along with the United States and France, we have been clear that we will respond swiftly and appropriately if the Assad regime repeats its appalling use of chemical weapons,” he vowed, echoing statements the national security advisor began making weeks ago during a trip to Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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          SANCTIONS ON SYRIA: THE CRIMINAL, SILENT, KILLER      Cache   Translate Page      

In 2016, I visited the centre depicted in the linked RT news report on the effect of western sanctions on children with cancer. At the time, the director told me they were trying to help 240 children, were underfunded and in debt, the people working there were volunteers, and (at that time) were facing constant power outages, as was the norm in Aleppo due to terrorists outside of Aleppo controlling the power plant.

Formerly, cancer patients in the north of Syria had excellent treatment at the Kindi Hospital, a massive complex that was respected throughout the region. It was truck-bombed by terrorists in late 2013, completely destroyed. In November 2016, I met and interviewed the former director of Kindi, Dr. Ibrahim Hadid. He emphasized how he tried to get the attention of international organizations both when the hospital was initially occupied by terrorists, and later when it was destroyed. He was met with silence.


Yet another obstacle for cancer patients needing treatment was the fact that for years, the road out of Aleppo would be cut by terrorists, meaning the 1.5 million or more civilians within greater Aleppo were under siege. Aleppo residents told me there were times where the siege lasted for weeks, and more.

The director of this centre rightly insisted there should not be sanctions on medicine. This is criminal. As noted in the RT report, 30 children had died of cancer in that area, due to western sanctions, according to the director.

I previously wrote about the issue of these criminal western sanctions on Syria, quoting Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, who I interviewed in December 2015. I noted:
In terms of how to provide actual relief to the Syrian people, Dr. Shaaban stated:
“The first thing the West should do in this battle against terrorism is to lift the sanctions from the Syrian people. The sanctions are helping terrorists against the Syrian people, who are suffering doubly from the terrorists and from Western measures against the Syrian people.”

Stephen Gowans recently wrote about the US government’s long-time plans to topple the Syrian government, sanctions being one part of the plot.

“Documents prepared by US Congress researchers as early as 2005 revealed that the US government was actively weighing regime change in Syria. …As an alternative to direct military intervention to topple the Syrian government, the United States chose to pressure Damascus through sanctions and support for the internal Syrian opposition.”
The advocacy website, End The Sanctions on Syria, notes: “Similar sanctions on Iraq in the 1990s were shown to have caused the deaths of more than half a million Iraqi children.”

The site went on to report that (as of May 2014), “701 of 1,921 Syrian health centres have been ‘completely gutted’ by the terrorist attacks. Yet rehabilitation of these centres is retarded by the US-EU sanctions, which have already left ‘a deep mark on the healthcare system’… including by blocking access to medicines, medical equipment, transport and communications.”

A May 27, 2015 article in The Lancet reports: “The cost of basic food items has risen six-fold since 2010, although it varies regionally. With the exception of drugs for cancer and diabetes, Syria was 95 percent self-sufficient in terms of drug production before the war. This has virtually collapsed as have many hospitals and primary health-care centres.
Economic sanctions have not removed the President: …only civilians are in the line of fire, attested to by the dire state of household and macro-economies. Sanctions are among the biggest causes of suffering for the people of Syria.”
Recall that last April, when the US and allies illegally bombed Syria on false pretext of Syria having used a chemical or nerve agent in Douma (didn’t happen), one of the targets was a facility in densely-inhabited Damascus which was involved in the local production of cancer treatment components.
As I wrote:
Regarding the actual nature of the buildings bombed, Syrian media, SANA, describes the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries Research Institute as “centered on preparing the chemical compositions for cancer drugs.” The destruction of this institute is particularly bitter, as, under the criminal western sanctions, cancer medicines sales to Syria are prohibited.
Interviews with one of its employees, Said Said, corroborate SANA’s description of the facility making cancer treatment and other medicinal components. One article includesSaid’s logical point: “If there were chemical weapons, we would not be able to stand here. I’ve been here since 5:30 am in full health – I’m not coughing.”
Of the facility, the same SANA article noted that its labs had been visited by the OPCW, which issued two reports negating claims of any chemical weapons activities. This is a point Syria’s Ambassador al-Ja’afari raised in the April 14 UN Security Council meeting, noting that the OPCW “handed to Syria an official document which confirmed that the Barzeh centre was not used for any type of chemical activity” that would be in contravention to Syria’s obligations regarding the OPCW.

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           Báo Nga: Mỹ hội đủ 200 tên lửa hành trình Tomahawk, sẵn sàng tấn công Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Báo Nga: Mỹ hội đủ 200 tên lửa hành trình Tomahawk, sẵn sàng tấn công Syria Với sự xuất hiện của một tàu khu trục dẫn đường mới ở Địa Trung Hải, Mỹ đã hội đủ 200 tên lửa hành trình Tomahawk sẵn sàng cho một cuộc tấn công vào Syria.
          Fresh Debate As Germany Mulls Joining Airstrikes in the Event of Another Chemical Attack in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Amid growing concerns about a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province, Germany appears to be mulling participation in any retaliatory U.S.-led airstrikes, in a reversal of its traditionally hesitant stance on military engagement.

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          Takes on the World: Phil Giraldi: Exposing & Confronting Israel's 5th Column, Segment 1      Cache   Translate Page      
In an explosive interview, without mincing words, former CIA case officer, Phil Giraldi elaborates on his two recent articles on Unz Review, “Why Confronting Israel is Important: The Jewish State Is No friend” (Aug. 14) and “Israel’s Fifth Column: Exercising Control from Inside the Government,” (Sept. 4). The degree of Jewish power in the US and within US political institutions has reached such a dangerous point, as Giraldi describes it, that he has no hesitancy in frequently bypassing the “acceptable” use of “Zionist” in Left circles, when speaking of Israel’s supporters and using in conjunction with it, or in its place, the taboo "J” word which the dominant culture insists must only be used in positive contexts. But since it is Jews and Jewish organizations such as the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, the Zionist Organization of America, and AIPAC, that are buying and intimidating our politicians and infiltrating the federal government on behalf of Israel’s perceived interests and not the Christian Zionists despite their numbers and votes, they are the ones about whom Giraldi is trying to make the American public aware., It is a major challenge, given the Jewish influence over the media which yammers over and over about Russian interference in US elections when whatever the Russians did is dwarfed by what Israel has been doing in plain sight. That’s an important point Giraldi makes. Most of the Jewish activities on Israel’s behalf aren’t hidden but the media refuses to see them for what they are so the public is left in the dark. This applies to Netanyahu’s ability to get the Trump White House to follow Israel’s agenda regarding the Palestine issue, Syria, and, in particular, Iran, where all the connections are not so public, such as the establishment of a US air defense base under Israeli military control in Southern Israel which could serve as a “trip wire” to get the US into a devastating war if an Iranian or Hezbollah missile happen to hit the US and kill or injure an American. One particular focus of Giraldi’s is the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (OTFI) within the Dept. of the Treasury set up by Pres. Bush in 2003 in which, it seems, only strongly pro-Israel Jews are allowed to work. This is the office that decides which countries and which companies are to be sanctioned and it has no Congressional or other oversight. As Giraldi points out, it exists to serve Israel’s not America’s interests. It, too, is not hidden from the public eye, with its first director Stuart Levey presenting himself as a proud supporter of Israel while speaking to AIPAC. Also discussed in the same context was the front page story in today (9/12) New York Times about an ardent pro-Israel Jew and opponent of the Palestinians, Ken Marcus, who had been hired to run the Civil Rights division of the Education Dept. was putting out rules that would make Jews into an ethnicity and thus entitled to civil rights protection when Palestinian students staged protests or launched campaigns for boycotting Israel. His definition of antisemitism is identical to the one that the British Labour Party was intimidated into accepting by the British Jewish establishment Giraldi’s articles can be found here: http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/why-confronting-israel-is-important/ and here: http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/israels-fifth-column-2/

          Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort:News/Op:9/11, War in Syria? Israel over US, Segment 1      Cache   Translate Page      

          White House Threatens Military Response Against Iran-Backed Militias in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      

Iraq may once again, for the first time in nearly a decade, become a theater of US-Iran confrontation according to a White House statement published Tuesday evening.

“The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States government facilities,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a written statement posted to WhiteHouse.gov. “America will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of American lives.”

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The threat of military force comes after the American embassy in Baghdad's 'green zone' came under a brazen overnight mortar attack last Thursday, which left no one injured but started a blaze near the sprawling embassy's gate.

Up to four mortars were fired in what officials confirmed was a targeted assault American diplomatic soil. Defense analysts and officials were quick to blame Iran-backed militias in the area, which had previously in the week vowed in a joint statement to expel all "foreign occupying forces" from the country. 

And days later multiple rockets were fired at the Basra airport, which is also site of the United States consulate for the area. Though denying it had a role in events in Basra or Baghdad, Tehran's leaders did admit to a major missile attack on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Northern Iraqi Kurdistan, which resulted in up to a dozen killed and scores wounded. 

The White House statement, which condemns "life threatening attacks" against "the United States consulate in Basra and against the American embassy compound in Baghdad" also follows two weeks of heightened sectarian tensions across various parts of the country, but especially the southern Sunni-majority city of Basra, where the Iranian consulate was burned to the ground after it was stormed by a mob late last week. 

The statement puts Iran on notice and pledges that it will be held responsible for such incidents: "Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons," reads the press release

US officials have yet to reveal any evidence that Iran was directly behind either the embassy or Basra consulate attacks, but days prior ten pro-Iran Shia militias in the country published a statement vowing to expel foreign troops and advisers by force if they didn't immediately leave Iraq. 

“We will deal with them [foreign troops in Iraq] as occupying forces, and we will use our legitimate rights by employing all possible means to force them out of the country,” the Iraqi factions warned, adding that foreign troops were "in their sights".

The statement first published last Tuesday further declared there was an “Anglo-American-led dirty and dangerous conspiracy to impose a devilish coalition” on the people of Iraq which seeks to weaken the government and make Baghdad a puppet of Brett McGurk, who is the White House appointed special envoy for the anti-ISIL coalition. 

The Shia militias later blamed Washington for being behind the mass anti-Iran and anti-Iraqi government protests that engulfed Basra and resulted in the Iranian consulate being burned down along with dozens of Shia militia headquarters and other facilities across the city. 

“The American Embassy is directing the situation in Basra,” charged Abu Medhi al-Mohandis in public statements. Mohandis is a well-known Shiite militia commander who U.S. officials accuse of long being on Iran's payroll. 

All of this also comes after allegations that Iran has transferred ballistic missiles to its proxy forces in Iraq, which are said to be easily capable of hitting Tel Aviv and Riyadh, according to Western and Iraqi intelligence sources cited in a recent Reuters report

Given current broader tensions in the region and charges of "Iranian expansion" it will be interesting to see if the US again ramps up operations in Iraq. Should the proxy war waging across the border in Syria actually come to an end, it may very well be that Iraq again becomes the new ground zero for the West's anti-Iran proxy war.  


           Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?       Cache   Translate Page      
BEIRUT (AP) - The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country's last major rebel stronghold...
          Hillary Clinton Could Get 5yrs In Prison For Lying About Syrian Weapons      Cache   Translate Page      

It is inferable that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had knowledge that the US was sending arms from Libya to Syria in 2011, one year before the Benghazi consulate attacks. Hillary Clinton was questioned by Senator [...]

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          Hollywood’s White Helmets Caught Filming New ‘Chemical Attacks’ – Russia      Cache   Translate Page      

The Hollywood-backed White Helmets have been caught filming at least 9 propaganda videos to use as “evidence” against the Syrian government, the Russian military claims. The White Helmets have been staging rehearsals for an alleged chemical [...]

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          Former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, Warns of Pending War Propaganda on Commission of Inquiry Report to UNHRC      Cache   Translate Page      
Peter Ford, former British Ambassador to Syria: You will be seeing lurid accounts in the Western media of the latest  report to the UN Human Rights Council from the Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria. This was issued on 12 September.  In particular it is being stated that the report vindicates claims that weaponised chlorine […]
          Comment on An Unending U.S. War in Syria by Monty Ahwazi      Cache   Translate Page      
Iran is definitely NOT a threat to the vital interests of US in the ME. In a way Iran is protecting the US interests by standing up to various terrorists groups created by the imperialists. Iran is accused of doing many bad things because Iran is the smallest country which doesn’t bow to the neo-imperialism! Perhaps the better question to ask is why the neo-imperialism directed by the Anglo-Zionists is not petty picking on other more powerful countries such as Russia or China?
          Pulse of Life, Syria: Damascus International Fair, Syrian Hero War Photographer      Cache   Translate Page      
Back in Syria since late evening September 5, following are some updates, more in depth articles to follow. At the fairgrounds for the 60th Damascus International Fair Last year’s fair was bombed by the “moderate” terrorists Western media  and talking heads support and whitewash. This year, with eastern Ghouta  and areas around Damascus liberated, the […]
          Refugees trapped in Idlib to be human shields for rebels as Russian forces prepare to strike       Cache   Translate Page      

As Russian and Syrian forces prepare an offensive to take the last remaining rebel stronghold, refugees from Idlib province say Syrian rebels are stopping their families from fleeing the fighting.


          US warns Moscow over looming attack in Syrian city of Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      

The Pentagon says Russia will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks the northern Syrian city of Idlib.

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          Fresh Debate As Germany Mulls Joining Airstrikes in the Event of Another Chemical Attack in Syria       Cache   Translate Page      

Amid growing concerns about a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Idlib province, Germany appears to be mulling participation in any retaliatory U.S.-led airstrikes, in a reversal of its traditionally hesitant stance on military engagement.


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          HOW AMERICA COULD GET PULLED INTO A WAR IN YEMEN      Cache   Translate Page      

By: Mohammed Ayoob ow that the struggle for Syria is all but over, Yemen has become the focal point for the tussle for power and influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran—the two major powers competing for primacy in the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East. The Saudis, having lost in Syria, are doubling their …

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          Terroristas alertan de atacar Turquía, si Erdogan “vende a Idlib”      Cache   Translate Page      
Los terroristas que operan en el noroeste de Siria amenazan con atacar Turquía, si Recep Tayyip Erdogan permite la ofensiva de Damasco en Idlib.

En un mensaje de vídeo publicado este martes en las redes sociales, un militante vinculado a los grupos armados procedentes de la región siria de Guta Oriental, dirigiéndose al mandatario turco Erdogan, dice que ocuparán Turquía, si Damasco ataca la provincia siria de Idlib (noroeste) con la luz verde de Ankara.

En esta grabación, el militante no identificado ha explicado que los terroristas han excavado un túnel entre Idlib y la provincia turca de Hatay (sur), por el cual podrían atacar “en dos horas” a los civiles y las fuerzas de seguridad de Turquía, según informan medios locales.

"Reyhanli (una ciudad en la provincia de Hatay) está detrás de mí. Como saben, nosotros hemos construido una barrera fronteriza de 960 kilómetros... Queremos decirle: si vende Idlib u otras áreas controladas por la oposición, compraremos Reyhanli solo en dos horas (…) esta es una advertencia”, ha apostillado el terrorista.

Esto ocurre la misma jornada en que el ministro de Exteriores de Turquía, Mevlut Cavusoglu, ha anunciado la disposición de Ankara de colaborar con todos sus socios, incluidos Rusia e Irán, para poner fin a la presencia de grupos terroristas en Idlib.

Reyhanli (una ciudad en la provincia de Hatay) está detrás de mí. Como saben, nosotros hemos construido una barrera fronteriza de 960 kilómetros... Queremos decirle: si vende Idlib u otras áreas controladas por la oposición, compraremos Reyhanli solo en dos horas”, ha amenazado un terrorista al presidente turco, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“Nuestra propuesta es clara: tenemos que parar los ataques en Idlib, así que trabajemos todos juntos, para poner fin a la presencia de los grupos terroristas allí; estamos dispuestos a colaborar con todos nuestros socios”, ha resaltado el canciller turco desde Rumanía en una entrevista concedida a la cadena NTV.

El viernes, los presidentes de Irán, Rusia y Turquía, Hasan Rohani, Vladímir Putin, y Erdogan, sostuvieron una cumbre trilateral en Teherán, la capital persa, para abordar el proceso de paz en Siria, así como el destino de Idlib, considerado el último bastión terrorista en el norte del país árabe.

Las Fuerzas Armadas de Siria ya están ultimando los preparativos para lanzar una ofensiva clave para limpiar la provincia de Idlib de la presencia de los terroristas.

https://www.hispantv.com/noticias/siria/387932/rebeldes-atacar-turquia-erdogan-ofensiva-idlib
          Marie Colvin: Reporter’s Story Retold For Cinema      Cache   Translate Page      
In 2012, in the besieged city of Homs, photojournalist Paul Conroy was lucky to escape alive when a makeshift media centre came under fire from Syrian government forces. His colleagues Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik were killed. A new documentary Under the Wire tells the story ndash; the first of two films this year to feature Colvin and C ...
          Hollywood’s White Helmets Caught Filming New ‘Chemical Attacks’: Russia      Cache   Translate Page      
White Helmets caught filming new chemical attacks in Syria, Russian MoD says
The Hollywood-backed White Helmets have been caught filming at least 9 propaganda videos to use as “evidence” against the Syrian government, the Russian military claims.

The White Helmets have been staging rehearsals for an alleged chemical attack since September 9th.
Rt.com reports: A number of Middle Eastern TV channels and a regional affiliate of a US broadcaster “have shot nine videos, in Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib province, of a staged chemical attack” that will be blamed on the Syrian government, the Russian Reconciliation Center In Syria said in a statement on Wednesday.
All videos show activists from the White Helmets group, which purportedly provides assistance to civilians, the statement claims.
The Russian military details that on September 11, the White Helmets and terrorists from Tahrir al-Sham (commonly known as Al-Qaeda in Syria) held a meeting following the filming process, in which they selected two out of nine videos for future transfer to the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The remaining videos are to be used for propaganda on social media networks due to the poor quality, the military claims.
At the same time, since September 9, the White Helmets have been staging rehearsals of an alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Russian officials say in the same statement, claiming that the rehearsals feature up to 30 civilians, including a dozen children aged 8-12.
Further claims by the Russian military indicate the White Helmets, along with the terrorists, are preparing an “actual use of poisonous chorine-based substances” on the people participating in the filming of the fake videos.
On-the-scene preparations of places for explosions of toxic substances is carried out by members of Hurras al-Din terrorist group (or the Guardians of Religion Organization, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda), the statement claims.
The militants have selected 22 children and their parents from several villages in the Aleppo governorate who will play parts in staging fake chemical weapon attacks.
Another group of children is comprised of orphans kidnapped from refugee camps, who are meant to be used for the footage of death scenes. It is currently kept in one of the buildings of the Ikab prison controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group.
Signs of activities to prepare staged chemical weapon attacks were reported in Kafir-Zait, the military claims, also naming two villages where toxic chemicals have been delivered to stage provocations.

          Hillary Clinton Could Get 5yrs In Prison For Lying About Syrian Weapons      Cache   Translate Page      
Hillary faces up to 5 years in prison for lying about Syrian weapons to Congress
It is inferable that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had knowledge that the US was sending arms from Libya to Syria in 2011, one year before the Benghazi consulate attacks.

Hillary Clinton was questioned by Senator Rand Paul during her public testimony of the Benghazi terrorist attack about a gun running program in January 2013 under oath and she denied any knowledge.
Breitbart.com reports: During Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that if WikiLeaks has emails that prove Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her State Department were aware weapons were going to Islamic terrorists, Clinton could get five years in prison for lying to Congress.
“It’s a felony to lie to Congress. You can get five years in prison. And we can’t continue to say the Clintons are above the law. I do believe that the CIA annex in Benghazi was procuring weapons, some of them to get them away from the jihadists in Libya.”
“But some of it to ferry those weapons through Turkey, into Syria. There have been many, many first-hand accounts, The New York Times, London Times, Washington Times have all reported upon this,” Paul told guest host Eric Bolling.
He added, “I find it hard to believe that Hillary Clinton, who all the news report have said she was the biggest advocate for arming the Islamic rebels in Syria, many of them turned out to be not only enemies of ours, some of them also turned out to be enemies of Israel.”

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Η Ρωσία έχοντας συνάψει συμμαχικό άξονα με τους Ερντογάν- Άσαντ , βρίσκεται σε πολύ δύσκολο σημείο εφόσον δεν μπορεί να ικανοποιήσει και τους δύο σε σχέση με το Κουρδικό πρόβλημα.
 
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Οι Κούρδοι όπως φαίνεται και από τον χάρτη επάνω έχουν καταφέρει να εδραιωθούν στις περιοχές με την κόκκινη σκίαση.Οι περιοχές αυτές δεν  κατοικούνταν από στην πλειοψηφία από  Άραβες Σε πολλές  περιοχές όπως η Αφρίν οι Κούρδοι δεν αποτελούσαν την πλειοψηφία στην προπολεμική Συρία αλλά εκμεταλλεύθηκαν την αδυναμία του Άσαντ να προστατεύσει τους Άραβες Σύριους .Οι Σύροι Άραβες αναγκάσθηκαν να εγκαταλείψουν σταδιακά τις βόρειες επαρχίες της Συρίας δυτικά του Ευφράτη εφόσον αυτές βρίσκονταν στην κατοχή του Ισλαμικού Κράτους Οι Κούρδοι που διέμεναν εκεί δεν ακολούθησαν του Άραβες στην φυγή, παρέμειναν, πολέμησαν και μάλιστα ενισχύθηκαν με Κούρδους απο το Ιρακινό  αυτόνομο Κουρδιστάν με χαρακτηριστικό παράδειγμα το Κομπάνι και το Τσίζρε
Η Ρωσία δεν διακινδυνεύει τα γεωπολιτικά της συμφέροντα με την εδραίωση ή ακόμα και ίδρυση κάποιας αυτόνομης κοινότητας των Κούρδων στην Βόρεια Συρία, έστω και δυτικά του Ευφράτη, ακόμα κι αν οι Κούρδοι κυριαρχήσουν και στην επαρχία του Αφρίν.

Η Ρωσία έχει ήδη πετύχει τους στόχους της που είναι η ακύρωση του αγωγού Κατάρ-Ιορδανίας-Συρίας-Τουρκίας-Ελλάδας-Ευρώπης όπως και η προετοιμασία του εδάφους για την υλοποίηση ενός άλλου αγωγού που θα ξεκινάει απο το Ιράν, θα διασχίζει το Νότιο σιτικό Ιράκ και θα καταλήγει στο Συριακό λιμάνι της  Λατάκια .
Ωστόσο τόσο ο Άσαντ όσο κι ο Ερντογάν δεν επιθυμούν την εδραίωση των Κούρδων σε Αφρίν-Κομπάνι και Τσίζρε.
Οι ΗΠΑ απο την άλλη υποστηρίζουν την Κουρδική προσπάθεια.
Ωστόσο υπάρχει και ένα άλλος παράγοντας αστάθειας στην περιοχή που είναι οι χιλιάδες τζιχαντιστές που έχουν αποκλειστεί στον θύλακα του Ιντλίμπ, ο οποίος εφάπτεται του θύλακα  Αφρίν  στα νότια του.
Οι τζιχαντιστές ατοί αποτελούν τα υπολείμματα του Ισλαμικού Κράτους

Οι 70,000 τζιχαντιστές έχουν καταφύγει στην Ιντλίμπ μαζί με τις οικογένειες τους κατόπιν προτροπής της Τουρκίας η οποία αποτελεί και τον εργοδότη τους .΄Η Τουρκία έχει διοχετεύσει τους τζιχαντιστές  στην Ιντλίμπ μετά απόν μια σειρά διαπραγματεύσεων με το Ιράν και την Ρωσία και ΗΠΑ  όπου όλες οι πλευρές διέπονταν από ανειλικρίνεια. Η διοχέτευση των τζιχαντιστών στον θύλακα του Ιντλίμπ, εικόνα επάνω, αποτελεί προϊόν της διάσκεψης της Αστάνα του Καζακστάν τον Μάιο του2017 (και η οποία πήρα την τελική της μορφή τον Σεπτέμβριο του ίδιου έτους)όπου Ρωσία-Ιράν και Τουρκία πρότειναν τις περίφημες ΄΄Ζώνες Αποκλιμάκωσης΄΄ .Οι ζώνες αυτές ήταν περιοχές της Συρίας όπως η Ιντλίμπ, η Χομς, η Γκούτα και τα Συρο-ιορδανικά σύνορα (εικόνα κάτω)
 
Οι ΗΠΑ ήταν αντίθετες με το σχέδιο διότι στις περιοχές αυτές θα έβρισκαν καταφύγιο οι τζιχαντιστές,κάτι το οποίο αποδείχθηκε αληθές ,αλλά τελικά αποδέχθηκαν το σχέδιο το οποίο τέθηκε υπό την αιγίδα του ΟΗΕ.
Ωστόσο όλες οι πλευρές το μόνο ου κατάφεραν ήταν να αναβάλουν την οριστική λύση του προβλήματος που ακούει στο όνομα Ισλαμικό Κράτος.
Η Ρωσία πρότεινε τις ζώνες αποκλιμάκωσης όπου θα έβρισκαν καταφύγιο οι τζιχαντιστές διότι το 2017 δεν ήθελε να πιέσει τον Ερντογάν υπερβολικά εφόσον η Τουρκία χρηματοδοτούσε τους τζιχαντιστές για να πολεμούν εναντίον των Κούρδων και της πιθανότητας ίδρυσης Κουρδικού Κράτους στην Βόρεια Συρία.Ο Ερντογάν δεν θα μπορούσε μονομιάς να  ΄΄αδειάσει ΄΄ τους μισθοφόρους του τζιχαντιστές. 
Απο την άλλη ,η Ρωσία παρείχε στον έτερο σύμμαχο της, τον Άσαντ,  μια κάποια λύση στο θέμα του Ισλαμικού Κράτους με το μάντρωμα των μαχητών του σε διακριτά πλέον όρια, αφήνοντας ωστόσο την οριστική τους εξουδετέρωση για εγγύς μέλλον. Το Ιράν, το οποίο ελέγχει οικονομικά και πολιτικά την Συρία, και παρόλο που διέθεσε επίγειες δυνάμεις εναντίον του ΙΚ δέχθηκε τις ζώνες αποκλιμάκωσης για να μην διαρραγεί η επίπλαστη συμμαχία του με την Ρωσία και την Τουρκία.
Έτσι φθάσαμε σήμερα στην αδιέξοδη κατάσταση όπου 70,000 τζιχαντιστές μαζί με τις οικογένειες τους και μαζί με χιλιάδες άμαχου πληθυσμού είναι εγκλωβισμένοι στον θύλακα του Ιντλίμπ και περιμένουν την Ρωσία, τις δυνάμεις του Άσαντ  και ην Τουρκία να τους εξολοθρεύσουν.
 
Είναι ωστόσο πολύ δύσκολο για τον Ερντογάν να εγκαταλείψει τους τζιχαντιστές του Ιντλιμπ διότι η διαπλοκή του μαζί τους είναι τόσο πυκνή που φοβάται τις αποκαλύψεις τους.
 
Πριν από λίγες μέρες είχαμε ένα παράξενο επεισόδιο στην πόλη Καμισλί στα απώτερα ανατολικά τουρκο-συριακά σύνορα.Το Καμισλί κατοικείται απο Άραβες Σύριους και Κούρδους και είναι χωρισμένο στα δύο. Τα όρια των δύο κοινοτήτων στο Καμισλί φυλάσσονται εκατέρωθεν απο τον στρατό του Άσαντ και απο τους Κούρδους πολιτοφύλακες.Οι Κουρδοι κατέχουν το βόρειο τμήμα της πόλης και οι Σύροι το νότιο όπως και το αεροδρόμιο της. 
 
Στις 7 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018 Κούρδοι πολιτοφύλακες συνεπλάκησαν με Σύρους στρατιώτες που φύλασσαν τον Συριακό τομέα και σκότωσαν 13 από αυτούς.
 
Η συμπλοκή αυτή προκάλεσε την οργή του Άσαντ ο οποίος υποσχέθηκε να επιχειρησει εναντίον των Κούρδων του Καμισλί με μια ταξιαρχία.Ωστόσο η επιχείρηση αυτή μπορεί να αναβάλει την επίθεση στο Ιντλίμπ λόγω ανεπάρκειας μονάδων το Συριακού στρατού.Πιθανόν οι Κούρδοι να εκτέλεσαν τους Σύριους στρατιώτες κατόπιν οδηγία των ΗΠΑ οι οποίες είναι και ο μοναδικός σύμμαχος των Κούρδων, ακριβώς για να καθυστερήσει η επιχείρηση εναντίον των τζιχαντιστών του Ιντλίμπ.
Ίσως οι ΗΠΑ θέλουν χρόνο για να εξαφανίσουν τα ίχνη που έχουν αφήσει ανάμεσα στους τζιχαντιστές. 
 
Οι ΗΠΑ υποστηρίζουν ανοιχτά τους Κούρδους της Συρίας και ήταν αντίθετες στο σχέδιο για τις ζώνες αποκλιμάκωσης αλλά σήμερα κινούν τα νήματα γα να μην πληγεί η ζώνη αποκλιμάκωσης του Ιντλιμπ.Πιθανόν οι ΗΠΑ μέσω των τζιχαντιστών του Ιντλιμπ να προσπαθήσουν να παρατείνουν την επιρροή τους στην Συρία και να συνεχίσουν την άσκηση πίεσης στην Ρωσία.
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Ένας από τους λόγους που η Τουρκία δεν θέλει την εκκαθάριση του Ιντλιμπ (περιοχή με κόκκινο χρώμα στην εικόνα επάνω) είναι ότι ο θύλακας αυτός εφάπτεται του θύλακα του Αφριν το οποίο έχει καταλάβει στρατιωτικά η Τουρκία για να ανακόψει την πορεία των Κούρδων προς την θάλασσα και την Αλεξανδρέττα.Όπως φαίνεται στον χάρτη στην αρχή του κειμένου, η Αφριν είναι το τελευταίο όριο πριν την τουρκική επαρχία της Αλεξανδρέττα. Έαν οι Κούρδοι είχαν εδραιωθεί στην Αφρίν τότε το επόμενο στάδιο θα ήταν η αποσταθεροποίηση της Αλεξανδρέττα η οποία μέχρι το 1939 ανήκε στην Συρία και προσαρτήθηκε απο την Τουρκία κατόπιν ενος αμφισβητούμενου δημοψηφίσματος.
 
Όπως φαίνεται στον χάρτη κάτω, η Τουρκία προσπαθεί να διακόψει και να εμποδίσει την ένωση των περιοχών με το κόκκινο χρώμα οι οποίες κατέχονται από τους Κούρδους και οι οποίες εαν ποτέ ενωθούν θα αποτελέσουν την Ροζάβα, δηλαδή το Κουρδικό Κράτος της Συρίας., γιαυτό και ο Ερντογάν έχει εισβάλει σε αυτές με επίκεντρο ο Αφριν. Κάτω από το Αφριν βρίσκεται ο θύλακας του Ιντλίμπ ο οποίος όσο παραμένει ανέπαφος με τους 70,000 τζιχαντιστές  προσφερει υπηρεσίες στην προσπάθεια του Ερντογάν να διατηρήσει την κατοχή της Αφρίν .Στον θύλακα της Αφριν η Τουρκία εισέβαλε τον Ιανουάριο του 2018 και σε δύο μήνες κατάφερε να την καταλάβει. Ωστόσο σήμερα οι τουρκικές δυνάμεις έχουν περιοριστεί μόνο στην πόλη της Αφρίν εφόσον στην ύπαιθρο δεν μπορούν να αντιμετωπίσουν το αντάρτικο των Κούρδων οι οποίοι μόνο με τους τζιχαντιστές, επίσης αντάρτες, μπορούν να αντιμετωπιστούν. Ο Ερντογάν διαθέτει πολλές χιλιάδες ατάκτων μισθοφόρων στην Αφρίν που υποβοηθούν τον τουρκικό στρατό αλλά η ποιότητα τους ως μαχητές είναι πολύ χαμηλή και μόνο με τους τζιχαντιστές του ΙΚ από την δεξαμενή της Ιντλίμπ μπορεί να αντιμετωπίσει το κουρδικό αντάρτικο στην Αφρίν.


          Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?      Cache   Translate Page      

BEIRUT – The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country’s last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib. The battle could bring an end to a seven-year-old uprising-turned-civil war, but at the cost of a humanitarian disaster on a scale yet unseen in the […]

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Syria_86217The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country's last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib.
          Episode 128: #128: State-Sponsored Cleaning Lady      Cache   Translate Page      

This week Dave and Gunnar talk about: DDoS attack on DynDNS, DDoS Coin, and a USB killstick.

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          Episode 110: #110: I’ll Be At The Bar      Cache   Translate Page      

This week Dave and Gunnar talk about: IoT hacks, cyborg insects, and Dave’s local crime report.

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          Episode 61: #61: Monkey Business      Cache   Translate Page      

This week, Dave and Gunnar talk about: monkey selfies, elephant-based coffee, and yak shaving with OpenStack.

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          Привёл ли Штирлиц Путина к власти, влияние в Африке, отбивная из Навального, облучение дипломатов, учения и осада Идлиба      Cache   Translate Page      

https://www.theguardian.com/world/russia/2018/sep/11/all

11 сентября
1. Русский ответ Джеймсу Бонду: вызвал ли он приход Путина к власти? Он был задумчивым шпионом чьи приключения приковывали внимание 80 миллионов зрителей каждую ночь — включая самого Брежнева. Но не послужил ли Макс Отто фон Штирлиц так же вдохновением для Путина?
2. Россия борется за влияние в Африке и застаёт западных чиновников врасплох. Официальные лица кремля предлагают сделки на вооружение и военные услуги в обмен на дипломатическую поддержку и контракты по добыче минералов.
3. Я сделаю хорошую, сочную отбивную из лидера оппозиции, — говорит союзник Путина. Бывший телохранитель президента вызывает Алексея Навального на дуэль в чудаковатом вызове в ютубе.
4. 'Я сделаю хорошую, сочную отбивную из тебя': чудаковатые угрозы союзника Путина в адрес Алексея Навального — видео.
5. Россия — главный подозреваемый в болезненных состояниях дипломатического персонала США в Китае и на Кубе — согласно сообщениям.
— США подозревает, что электромагнитное оружие вызвало загадочные недомогания
— Американский анализ подвергается сомнению неврологами и физиками
6. Россия начала свои самые большие военные учения с 300 тысячами солдат. НАТО осуждает военные учения с Китаем "Восток–2018" как репетицию крупномасштабного конфликта.
7. (колонка "письма в редакцию") Великобритания должна возглавить защиту людей Идиба. Представители 12 организаций, которые работают чтобы предотвратить массовые жертвы говорят, что Великобритания должна сыграть главную роль в защите гражданских пойманных в Идлибе от катастрофы.
8. (колонка "мнение редакции") Взгляд The Guardian на Идлиб: некуда бежать. Неотвратимая осада на последнюю цитадель сопротивляющуюся режиму Башара Асада причинит катастрофу местным гражданским и принесёт еще больше опасностей.
9. Глава ООН призывает избавить Идлиб от 'гуманитарного кошмара'. Антониу Гуттереш призывает Россию, Иран и Турцию 'не жалея сил' защищать гражданских в последнем оплоте повстанцев в Сирии.

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          Refugees say civilians are trapped in Idlib as Syrian forces prepare to attack      Cache   Translate Page      
As Russian and Syrian forces prepare for a massive attack on Idlib, refugees in Lebanon say the rebels are preventing civilians - and even their families - from evacuating.
          Skomentuj USA mają zbombardować Damaszek niezależnie od winy Syrii. Asad i Alawici., którego autorem jest Fxx.dll      Cache   Translate Page      
to jest III wojna tylko na razie prowadzona zgodnie z doktryną McNamary. Kiedy ZSRR zdobył broń atomową panowie z Pentagonu zdali sobie sprawę, że bezpośrednie starcie na terytorium USA-ZSRR zakończy się mniejszą/większą zagładą ale zagładą. McNamara przedstawił plan wg. którego przyszłe konflikty na linii Stany - ZSRR będą rozgrywały się na terytoriach zastępczych czyli aktualnie w Syrii. Właśnie Pekin potwierdził, że 3500 chińskich komandosów weźmie udział w szturmie na Idlip. Mamy dwie osie: stany-wielka brytania, francja, izrael oraz saudowie a po drugiej stronie syria, rosja, iran oraz chiny. Na razie to jest III wojna wg. doktryny McNamary ale to co stanie się w Idlip zadecyduje o wszystkim.
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Część Damaszku jest jak Warszawa w styczniu 1945 roku, to morze ruin, Syryjczycy odbudowują powoli swoja Stolicę, tam gdzie były walki, odgruzowują drogi, uruchamiają wodociągi, linie energetyczne, odbudowują szkoły, szpitale, zakłady pracy. Uchodźcy którzy są głównie w Libanie wracają do swojego kraju aby go odbudowywać, a ci którzy stanęli na początku po stronie ISIS dzisiaj wracają na stronę swojego narodu. Tak wygląda dzisiaj Syria. A końcem będzie to ze Syria zwróci sie do samego Boga Izraela - ale na to poczekamy jeszcze wiele lat.
          Syria: Dutch Gov’t Prosecuted Levantine Front Member, then Admitted they Supported It      Cache   Translate Page      
The government of the Netherlands is facing widespread criticism from lawmakers and citizens after it was revealed it had supported a Syrian rebel group, which Dutch prosecutors had labeled a ‘terrorist’ organization. The revelation came in a news report on Nieuwsuur, a current affairs program on public broadcasters NOS and NTR Monday. According to the […]
          'Coming to Taunton has changed my life' - Syrian refugee thanks people of Taunton for help      Cache   Translate Page      
"Coming to Taunton has changed my life. I just want to thank everyone."
          09/12 Links Pt2: Soviet Antisemitism in a British Guise; Interview with Colonel Richard Kemp; Artist turns Kassam rockets into flowers and mezuzahs      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

Soviet Antisemitism in a British Guise
Most of all, there was the Soviet practice of wheeling out “citizens of Jewish nationality” to denounce Zionism as a “racist” tool of “imperialism.” In March 1983, the Soviet news agency TASS even published a definition of Zionism drawn up by the state-run “Jewish Anti-Zionist Committee” that read as follows:

“In its essence, Zionism is a concentration of extreme nationalism, chauvinism, and racial intolerance, justification of territorial seizure and annexation, armed adventurism, a cult of political arbitrariness and impunity, demagogy and ideological sabotage, sordid maneuvers and perfidy.”

To my mind, the most obvious question here to Jeremy Corbyn, The Morning Star, and those of a similar pedigree, is this: Is there anything in this Soviet definition of Zionism that you disagree with? Make no mistake, the answer is critically important, because it is exactly this characterization of Zionism that grounded both the USSR’s domestic persecution of its Jewish community, and its international alignment with Arab regimes and terrorist groups.

If the answer is to disagree with this formulation — highly unlikely, given that Corbyn himself was present at dozens of left-wing political gatherings during the 1970s and ’80s where Soviet and Arab antisemitic literature was distributed — then it is a disingenuous one. Because when Corbyn and those in his camp speak and write about the triangle of Jews, Zionism, and Israel, these are the terms in which they think, and have always thought.

That is why Corbyn’s house journal uses terms like “embittered fifth column” to describe their leader’s Jewish opponents — also used by Valery Emelyanov, an official Soviet ideologue, in 1978 to describe the “internal danger” posed by Soviet Jews. It’s why they have no qualms about saying that Jewish leaders opposed to Corbyn have “tasted blood,” despite the associations with the antisemitic blood libel that such a metaphor unleashes; then again, Vladimir Begun, a particularly toxic Soviet antisemite, wrote with great enthusiasm of the “bloodthirstiness” that was inherent in “Zionist gangsterism.”

Given the number of occasions that Corbyn publicly defended the Soviet regime — “The Soviet Union makes far greater nursery provision than this country” (1984), “I do not believe that [the USSR] has ever intended to invade western Europe” (1990) — he was clearly well aware of Moscow’s stance on all the key international matters of the time, as well as its propaganda practices. That doesn’t make him a spy, but it does make him an ideological fellow-traveler. And as The Morning Star has demonstrated by defending Corbyn with an ugly rhetorical assault on British Jews, that Soviet-inspired journey rolls on.

Yisreal Medad: An Exercise in Deconstruction
Deconstruction is a literary term indicating "a critique of the relationship between text and meaning ".

I found this poem, "Everything in Our World Did Not Seem to Fit" by Naomi Shihab Nye here. It is an example of "new Palestinian poetry". Excuse me, "Arab Palestinian poetry". Ms. Nye's family roots are in Sinjil, just down the road from Shiloh where I live.

I realized that here poem is a literal work of deconstruction - of history, of Jewish national identity, of politics and of simple rational logic.

Let's deconstruct that literary work.

Once they started invading us.
Actually, the Arabs invaded Eretz-Yisrael in 638 CE. Moreover, despite the loss of political independence, Jews continued to reside in the Land of Israel, if in small numbers depending on the conditions and crcumstances of the various occupiers.

Taking our houses and trees, drawing lines, pushing us into tiny places.
Throughout the Zionist resettlement enterprise, almost all the land was purchased from its owners.

It wasn’t a bargain or deal or even a real war.
The Arab terror war against Jews in 1920, 1921, 1929, 1936-1939 and the 1947 war was real as were the fedyeen and the PLO's launching in 1964.
Interview with Colonel Richard Kemp
A United Nations report on recent violent clashes along the Israel-Gaza border hasn’t been written yet, but international terrorism expert Richard Kemp already knows it will condemn Israel for defending its borders against armed hordes.

Kemp, a retired British army officer who has watched, and fought against, terrorism around the world for 30 years, will tell an audience in Hamilton Thursday that’s the traditional response of a world community that doesn’t want to face up to terrorism.

In an interview ahead of his appearance, Kemp said the recent attacks on the Gaza border were just the latest phase of ongoing efforts by the terrorist group Hamas to smash the Jewish state.

It’s a campaign built around Hamas’ standard tactic of sprinkling its terrorists among civilians in the hope Israel’s response will result in civilian deaths that can, in turn, spark international outrage against the country.

“By creating a situation of violent disorder, breaking through the fence and attacking Israeli communities Hamas hope to provoke Israel in the hope that Israel’s reaction will result in many of (Hamas’) own people being killed,” he said.

Kemp said the tactic has worked to a degree – even fair-minded citizens around the world who understand a country’s right to defend itself are made uncomfortable by the sight of civilians being shot by Israeli soldiers.

“Even if people are against Israel, most sane people can understand that a country has to respond if it is attacked, if rockets are launched at it or attack tunnels are dug underneath it. Most people can accept that even if they don’t like it,” Kemp said.

“Even if they accept that they can’t understand how a civilized country like Israel can gun down people involved in peaceful demonstrations. We know they’re not peaceful demonstrations, but that is how it’s portrayed.”



New York Times Stumbles in a Strange Front-Page Antisemitism Story
A front-page New York Times news article appears under the headline “U.S. Revives Rutgers Bias Case In New Tack on Anti-Semitism.”

The Times article hypes what it describes as a “significant policy shift.” It claims that the federal education department and its assistant secretary, Kenneth Marcus, “put the weight of the federal government behind a definition of anti-Semitism that targets opponents of Zionism.”

It goes on to claim that the Education Department “adopted a hotly contested definition of anti-Semitism that included ‘denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination’ by, for example, ‘claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor’ and ‘applying double standards by requiring of’ Israel ‘a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.'”

It’s extremely strange that The New York Times would all of a sudden describe this particular definition of anti-Semitism as “hotly contested.” The Times itself, as recently as this month, published two articles describing the exact same definition as “internationally accepted.”

On September 4, the Times published a Reuters dispatch: “LONDON — Britain’s opposition Labour Party adopted an internationally accepted definition of anti-Semitism on Tuesday.” An Associated Press dispatch published by the Times the same day begins, “LONDON — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday adopted an internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism.” On July 26, a Times-written article from London also referred to the same definition as “internationally accepted.”

Got that? When the British Labour Party adopts the definition, the Times describes it, accurately, as “internationally accepted.” Yet when the US government tries to enforce the definition on an American college campus, then all of a sudden the Times describes the definition as “hotly contested.” In fact, the definition is internationally accepted everywhere except in The New York Times newsroom, or at least in that portion of it responsible for the Rutgers article.
Sightless in Bethlehem
“Israel made me hate it” has long been a common theme among Jewish critics of Israel. In fact, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman practically built his career out of it, winning a Pulitzer Prize for a book based on the claim that he was an uncritical supporter of Israel until he covered the 1982 Lebanon war, where he saw outrageous Israeli behavior that changed his mind.

That version of Friedman’s biography turned out to be a fabrication. In 1990, pro-Israel activists revealed that he actually had been a hostile critic of Israel all the way back to his days as a student at Brandeis University, in the early 1970s. He was the leader of a student group that publicly derided Israel’s Labor government for not negotiating with Yasir Arafat, and condemned the Jewish community for protesting against Arafat’s infamous speech at the United Nations.

But back in 1990, before there was an internet, it wasn’t hard for anyone to get away with misrepresenting his biography. The exposure of Friedman’s lies was buried, and he was soon promoted to the position of op-ed columnist for the Times, a perch from which he has bashed Israel on countless occasions.

Now it looks like a new generation is taking up where Friedman left off in the department of creative autobiographical writing. Case in point: Jacob Plitman, the 27 year-old editor of the far-left magazine Jewish Currents.

Recently, a major article in the New York Jewish Week featured Plitman, describing him as being at the center of an “emerging new Jewish left” that is more willing than its elders to criticize Israel. And how did Plitman get to be a critic of Israel? You guessed it—Israel made him hate it.

As a youngster, “his parents sent him to a Young Judea camp.” Plitman “soaked up its messaging on Israel and Zionism,” so much so that he decided to spend his gap year in Israel. And then came The Great Disillusionment.

“His rosy view of Zionism began to change,” the article reported, when Plitman “visited Bethlehem” (interesting choice for a Jewish tourist) “and came face to face with Palestinians for the first time. ‘The things that I saw there were more powerful than my ability to ignore them’,” Plitman told the Jewish Week. As a result, Plitman and his magazine now devote themselves to railing against “the occupation” and “the settlers.”

That’s his version. But I have my suspicions. Here’s why.


Israel among 'shameful' countries abusing human rights activists, according to U.N.
The United Nations on Wednesday listed Israel among 38 "shameful" countries, which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. Allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation, and public stigmatization campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders were also included on the list.

Israel earned its spot on the list for it's ongoing legal battle against Human Rights Watch representative Omar Shakir, who's visa wasn't extended and who's deportation was ordered last May on the grounds of supporting the BDS movement. Interior minister Deri who ordered the deportation last May said he acted on the recommendation of the Strategic Affairs who had gathered information showing that Shakir “is an active and consistent supporter of boycotting Israel.”

Humans Right Watch challenged the decision and accused Israel of trying to silence criticism on its human right's record and that going after Shakir was an attempt to go after HRW as a whole.

Shakir remains in the country after the Jerusalem District Court backtracked on its original decision to go through with the deportation and the case remains under review.

The UN report did not highlight how it categorized the case against Shakir and why it would place Israel on the "shameful' list.
This Week in Julia Salazar She had a trust fund, her ancestors were Catholic elites, and she has a new version of her conversion story.
A state senate race that was once hailed as a test of the rising strength and power of insurgent socialists has devolved into a full-fledged New York City tabloid circus, featuring charges of lies, identify fraud, theft, and an affair with New York Mets legend Keith Hernandez.

And that was just last week.

Every time the life story of first-time state senate candidate Julia Salazar, 27, seems it can’t get any more convoluted, it does. First, questions were raised about her religious background and political affiliation, after it was revealed she grew up in a Christian family and was a registered Republican who led an anti-abortion group in college before running for office as a Jewish socialist. Then, her self-identification as an immigrant came under fire — she was born in Miami — and her own brother went to town on her claims that she is from a working-class background. Next came revelations of a complex legal dispute with Hernandez’s wife that had led to Salazar being arrested on identity-impersonation charges; she doggedly pursued a defamation countersuit that was ultimately settled in her favor. Amid that story, legal documents surfaced showing her lawyer pointing to “Ms. Salazar trust Account records showing in excess of $600,000” in assets in 2011 and therefore no incentive to steal from Hernandez’s wife.

Now the campaign has confirmed Salazar has had substantial assets held in trust for her. “Julia’s father, who played a very limited role in raising her after her parents’ divorce, was not able to work due to disability in the final years of his life, but on his death in 2009 he left a house and considerable retirement savings; those assets were put in a trust to be divided evenly between Julia and her brother,” campaign spokesman Michael Kinnucan said. “Julia does not have direct access to the trust; the trustee is a relative in Colombia.”

On September 13, Salazar will face off with incumbent Senator Martin Malavé Dilan; the primary winner is all but assured of victory in November.

Salazar’s bid, which has won endorsements from and/or appearances with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon, and Nina Turner of Bernie Sanders’s Our Revolution, has even drawn attention in her father’s homeland of Colombia, where a genealogist’s findings further undermine her early campaign claims of having come from a working-class mixed Jewish-Christian family and raise questions about how aware of her own Colombian heritage she has sought to be, despite her repeated statements identifying with it. Meanwhile, interviews with the candidate and with Jewish religious leaders show her story about converting to Reform Judaism could not have happened as she has described it to multiple reporters, because the person she now says guided her conversion process was not an ordained rabbi and also was, in any case, not affiliated with Columbia University the year she initially said she converted through the Columbia/Barnard Hillel.

According to Maria Emilia Naranjo Ramos, a genealogist with the Colombian Academy of Genealogy and Historic Academy of Córdoba, the Salazars have for generations been a prosperous family in Colombia that has played a prominent role in civic and political life. Far from being the daughter of struggling immigrants of mixed Jewish-Catholic religious heritage, which early news reports described her as based on her statements and those of her campaign, Julia Salazar is the scion of longtime Latin-American Catholic elites.
Citizens Union drops endorsement of Julia Salazar, citing 'not correct' information about her academic credentials
A good government group has withdrawn its backing of Julia Salazar for state Senate, saying the candidate provided information about her academic credentials that proved to be incorrect.

Citizens Union had previously issued its “preference” — the term the group uses rather than endorsement — for Salazar, whose campaign has been plagued in recent weeks by revelations about misrepresentations of her past religious and political beliefs and her immigration status.

“Citizens Union is hereby rescinding the preference it expressed for Julia Salazar in the Democratic Primary for New York State Senate District 18,” Randy Mastro, the chair of the group, said in a statement. “Salazar recently admitted that the information she originally provided to Citizens Union about her academic credentials was not correct, so Citizens Union has decided to express no preference in this race.”

A campaign spokesman called it an “error in her endorsement application.”

"Julia regrets that an error in her endorsement application led to Citizens Union rescinding its endorsement, but remains committed to working with Citizens Union and others opposed to Albany corruption if elected to take money out of politics and clean up Albany,” he said.

Gillum Aligns With Groups That Support Boycotts of Israel
Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has aligned himself with several prominent anti-Semitic organizations known for promoting boycotts of Jewish goods and individuals, fueling questions about how the Democratic candidate would handle issues of import to the state's large pro-Israel community.

Gillum, who is riding a progressive a wave of young Democrats highly critical of Israel, is running against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a prominent Israel supporter. The Democrat has a history of working with several organizations promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, an anti-Semitic movement that seeks to wage economic and political warfare on the Jewish state.

Gillum's open association with these organizations is raising questions in the pro-Israel community, particularly as U.S. states seek to slash ties with BDS organizations and prevent taxpayer funds from supporting these movements. While Gillum has committed to "push back against anti-Israel efforts, like BDS," he has not distanced himself from several organizations leading the charge.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has positioned himself firmly against the BDS movement and is the co-author of legislation that will protect American businesses from being pressured into backing Israel boycotts. The issue is likely to be raised with both candidates as the gubernatorial contest heats up in a state with many Jewish voters.

DeSantis said he is concerned and dismayed by Gillum's ties to radical anti-Israel groups.

"In all my years in Florida, I’ve never seen a candidate for state office who has been as anti-Israel as Andrew Gillum," DeSantis told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview. "He opposes our embassy in Jerusalem, he does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital, and he even criticizes Israel’s response against Hamas [militants] in May of 2018. His anti-Israel views are part and parcel of his overall far left wing, Democrat socialist agenda. He doesn’t share the values of the vast majority of people in Florida with his position."
Former ambassador to U.N. Prosor writes scathing piece against Corbyn
Prosor wrote that during his tenure as ambassador to the UK from 2007 to 2011, “the extreme-Left had started to dominate debate on Israel, not with rational, legitimate criticism but with irrational, racist hatred. I saw antisemitic poison, tropes of ‘Zionist control,’ being injected from the political fringes into the arteries of British public life. Demonstrations outside my embassy turned violent.”

Prosor said that Corbyn was neither the most charismatic or the smartest of the politicians who attended anti-Israel gatherings at the time, “but he was without doubt one of the most committed. As was his director of strategy, Seamus Milne.”

Corbyn,” according to Prosor, “can’t solve Labour’s antisemitism problem, because he embodies it.” He called the Labour Party leader an “equal opportunities terrorist sympathizer,” saying that whatever the terrorist group – be it the PLO, Hezbollah, or Hamas – they could count on Corbyn’s support as long as their target was Israelis or Jews.

“Corbyn didn’t invent the crank politics of conspiracy theory and Jew-hatred. But he has taken it from the fringe meetings of the far-Left and placed it on the front-benches of the House of Commons,” Prosor wrote.

He concluded: “This is not just an issue for the Labour Party, or for a British Jewish community feeling threatened and vulnerable. Corbyn is an embarrassment for Britain. Around the world, all who, as I do, love and admire Britain are watching and hoping that the British public, famed for their decency, tolerance and sense of fair play, stand together and say, enough is enough.”
Top Corbyn aide said working in parliament despite rejected security clearance
A top aide to UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was refused clearance required to work in parliament over security concerns but has worked there regularly anyway, entering with the help of other staff members, Huffington Post UK reported Wednesday.

Corbyn’s private secretary Iram Awan was hired in late 2017 but was denied clearance due to concerns by security services over her associates, the report said. There were no details on who those associates were or how they could compromise security.

Despite this, Awan has regularly been working in the Commons, the report said, with other Labour staffers routinely meeting her at the entrance and waving her in to security personnel, apparently as a supposed visitor. The report alleged that this behavior has been practiced for the past nine months.

“Visitor passes are for visitors only,” a parliament spokesperson told the news site. “They cannot be used to carry out work on the parliamentary estate. While we are unable to comment on specific cases, any alleged breach of the rules on passes will be investigated by the House authorities.”

The report said little is known of Awan, but noted that she has donated to Helping Households Under Great Stress, a group that seeks to “provide financial, emotional, and practical support and advice to Muslim households impacted by counter-terrorism, national security and extremism-related laws, policies and procedures in the UK and abroad.”
Another Top Corbyn Aide Working Without Security Clearance
Another top Corbyn adviser, Andrew Murray, has reportedly been working in the Labour Leader’s Commons office for eight months without the required security clearance. His application has been pending for over a year..

Andrew Murray was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain until he joined Labour two years ago.

A quick glance at the parliamentary pass application form might explain why so many of Corbyn’s team have been having trouble. Question 30 asks if applicants have ever been associated with people or groups who have “intended to overthrow or undermine Parliamentary democracy by political, industrial, or violent means?” A number of Corbyn’s top team are probably going to need more than half a page to give full details on that one…
British MP of Palestinian Descent Condemns “anti-Semitic” Posters, as Labour Party Investigates Infiltration by Iran
A British Member of Parliament of Palestinian Arab descent has denounced the defacing of bus-stops in London with “Israel is a racist endeavour” posters as “blatantly anti-Semitic,” The Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who represents Oxford West and Abingdon, told the BBC: “I’m a Palestinian… The fact that this has come from a group that purportedly is speaking for Palestinians, I take great offence at myself, because I think it is blatantly antisemitic.” She clarified that “there are extremes in the Israeli government… But to say that an entire country is racist is entirely wrong.”

Moran was responding to comments made by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, a close ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stated that “It is not at all anti-Semitic to describe a state as racist.”

The posters were meant to mock the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which Labour reluctantly adopted in full last week with a caveat vowing “free speech” on Israel. The IHRA definition, which gives calling “a state of Israel… a racist endeavour” as an example of anti-Semitism.
Why Rachel Shabi's 'alliance of colour' will go nowhere
Our token Mizrahi Corbynista has been gracing the columns of the Guardian as a pundit commentating on local politics. But on the question of the antisemitism rampant in the far-left of the UK Labour party, a note of anguish has been creeping into our Shabi's writings.
Rachel Shabi

In response to a Labour centrist MP's charge that Labour is 'institutionally racist', her latest piece acknowledges that antisemitism is a real problem in Jeremy Corbyn's faction. What about anti-Zionism? Is there such a thing as antisemitic anti-Zionism? 'Zionism is both racist and anti-racist', she fence-sits unhelpfully, despite having written a book portraying Mizrahim as victims of Israel's Ashkenazi establishment.

She finds the view common among leftwing ideologues that Jews are 'white' allies of the Christian West to be wrong. "We are a racialised minority' she protests. She herself is a Mizrahi Jew of Iraqi origin.

Her answer is to start a Jewish-black-Asian-Muslim alliance that would relaunch Jews as 'people of colour'. This alliance is not based on shared Judeo-Christian values. 'If there is a historic sharing of values it is a Jewish-Muslim one,' she writes.
Corbyn in 2015 – let British jihadis travel to Syria
Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitic record has been under scrutiny for several weeks now, and rightly so. But let’s not forget other issues which are important, starting with our own national security.

He should never be entrusted with the security of the United Kingdom. It would be seriously endangered.

Look back to early 2015. Islamic State was on the march. No wonder – its strength and confidence had been boosted by a big influx of foreign fighters from Europe. They included Britain’s very own “Jihadi John”, who began his beheading spree in 2014.

Those fighters were a top priority for Western intelligence services, in large part because there were fears they could return to the West deeply indoctrinated, highly trained, and ready to carry out devastating terrorist attacks.

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about this issue at the time. He didn’t sound very convinced.
UK's Corbyn stuns by blasting Hungarian PM for anti-Semitism
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of "pandering to anti-Semitism" ahead of a vote in the European Parliament over whether to censure Hungary for breaching core EU values.

Corbyn, himself under fire for rampant anti-Semitism in his party and for his own anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments, stunned with a tweet on Tuesday that said, "Labour MEPs will vote to hold Viktor Orban's government in Hungary to account. The Conservatives must do the same, and [British Prime Minister] Theresa May should condemn his attacks on judicial and media independence, denial of refugee rights, and pandering to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia."

Labour has been battling accusations of anti-Semitism for months, and Corbyn has previously apologized for what he has described as "pockets" of anti-Semitism in his party.

Former U.K. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has called Corbyn an anti-Semite and said comments revealed last week that Corbyn made about British Zionists five years ago were the most offensive by a senior U.K. politician in half a century.
Anti-Israel Satmar group forges UK rabbis’ pro-Corbyn letter
A hassidic group disseminated a letter in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has come under fire for supporting antisemites, in which the signatures of haredi leaders in the UK were forged.

The Jewish Community Council of North London tweeted overnight Tuesday to “confirm and clarify this letter is fake and bears no authority from any of the assigned names.”


The letter, purportedly from the leadership of London’s haredi umbrella organization, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, claims to have the support of the UOHC’s Principal Rabbinical Authority Ephraim Padwa, Senior Dayan (religious court judge) S. Friedman, and 27 others.
BREAKING: Leading UK Rabbis have released a letter to repudiate the false notion that British Jews are against @jeremycorbyn and/or the @UKLabour .
"We feel it's necessary to clarify that Jews have no connection with these irresponsible remarks!
— True Torah Jews (@TorahJews) September 9, 2018
US takes on anti-Israel BDS activities on university campuses
The U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights has decided to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism, which defines Judaism not only as a religion but also an ethnicity and includes holding Jews responsible for Israel's actions as a form of anti-Semitism, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday.

According to a letter written by Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus to the Zionist Organization of America, anyone who acts "to deny the right of the Jewish people to self-determination, on the grounds that the State of Israel's existence is a racist endeavor" or applies double standards to Israel that it does not apply to any other democratic country will be deemed an anti-Semite.

The ZOA lauded what it called the "groundbreaking decision," saying, "This definition accurately addresses how anti-Semitism is expressed today; it recognizes that Jew-hatred can be camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism. The OCR is not only reassessing the evidence already in the record; the agency is also going to determine whether a hostile environment for Jewish students currently exists at Rutgers [University]."

Pro-Palestinian activists in the United States have warned the move will hinder pro-Palestinian efforts as any such activity will be deemed anti-Semitic.
Daphne Anson: Rogues with a Brogue
In Belfast on Tuesday, heavily outnumbering pro-Israel counter-protesters, dozens of raucous members of an outfit calling itself BDS Ireland (part of part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement along with Sinn Fein) yell their opposition to Northern Ireland's first friendly football match against Israel in Windsor Park. Over 5,000 Israel-haters signed a petition demanding the match's cancellation, but the match went ahead, the home team winning by 3 goals to nil.


Footballer James Rodríguez Caves In To Israel Haters After Being Subjected to Online Abuse
Colombian footballer James Rodríguez, considered one of the best players of his generation, was recently in Israel. And he wanted his almost 100 million (!) followers on social media to know just how amazing it is here. So he posted the following on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Israeli flag triggered the haters, resulting in the young footballer being subjected to a barrage of hate – which he clearly was not prepared for. Unfortunately, he caved in, and replaced the tweet and postings with the identical picture and wording, sans Israeli flag.

Interestingly enough, his next posting is still up, despite clearly identifying Israel and not “Palestine.”
Honest Reporting: Surf’s Up in Gaza: Riding the Anti-Israel Wave
In a long and somewhat labyrinthine article in The Independent, author and academic Andy Martin focuses on a documentary film about a Palestinian surfing club in Gaza.

Feeding the prejudices of The Independent’s readership, every activity in Gaza, even leisure, is turned into an opportunity to attack Israel and spread inaccuracies and falsehoods.

Martin makes it crystal-clear what he thinks about Israel:
Set aside the whole dubious history of Israel, the events of 1948 that the Palestinians refer to as the Nakba (or “Catastrophe”), the Six Day War, the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the continued imperial expansion and slow-motion ethnic cleansing known euphemistically as “settlement”. Even set aside, most recently, the “Nation State” law that spells out, reiterates and reinforces a condition of apartheid. Do you want to know the final straw? They won’t allow surfboards into Gaza. They are obviously part of some sinister Hamas-inspired conspiracy. They may exhibit coded subversive messages on stickers applied to their decks, such as “Life’s a beach”, or “Surf’s Up, Dude”.

Are surfboards “illegal” in Gaza?

So let’s set aside the whole dubious references to “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” that Martin casually tosses into the water and deal with his allegations regarding surfboards. Are they really “illegal” in Gaza as the article and the headline suggest?
Merkel: ‘No excuse’ for far-right violence, attack on kosher restaurant
Chancellor Angela Merkel assured parliament Wednesday she takes seriously Germans’ concerns about crimes committed by migrants and pledged a strong response, but condemned recent demonstrations as “hateful,” saying there is “no excuse” for expressions of hate, Nazi sympathies or violence in response.

The comments come after the killing of a German man for which an Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested prompted days of anti-migrant protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz that at times turned violent.

Neo-Nazis were seen giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute in the largest demonstration, the day after the killing, which attracted some 6,000 people, and on the sidelines of the protest masked men threw stones and bottles at a kosher restaurant yelling “Jewish pig, get out of Germany.”

The day before, in spontaneous protests by hundreds immediately after the killing, several foreigners were attacked and injured in the streets.

Merkel assured lawmakers that her government was equally aware of its responsibility to take the wider concerns of the public seriously, and that it was working with “all resolution” on the issue.

“We are especially troubled by the severe crimes in which the alleged perpetrators were asylum-seekers,” she said. “This shocks us… (and) such crimes must be investigated, the perpetrators have to be taken to court and punished with the severity of the law.”
Pig guts thrown at office of Australian lawmaker whose wife is Jewish
The district office of an Australian member of Parliament whose wife is Jewish was targeted by racists who threw pig’s entrails at the front door.

The early Wednesday morning attack follows an earlier attack by the neo-Nazi group Antipodean Resistance on September 1 on another office belonging to the same MP, Labor lawmaker Mike Kelly, in which the group plastered swastika stickers on the door.

Mike Kelly’s wife is Jewish.

The attack involving the pig’s entrails took place in the New South Wales city of Queanbeyan, located just 10 miles from Australia’s capital Canberra. The swastika attack took place in the coastal town of Bega, 135 miles from Queanbeyan.

A former military attorney, Col. Mike Kelly joined the Australian military serving in Somalia, East Timor and Bosnia, and was among senior Australian military personnel who served in the Iraq War. In 1993, he was awarded the Chief of the General Staff Commendation.

“The series of attacks directed at my electorate offices are evidence of the need for constant vigilance and the confrontation of extremist groups in our country,” Kelly told JTA.

“If the perpetrators think that they will intimidate me into refraining from defending Israel or supporting our Jewish community they are deluded,” Kelly said. “Actions like this only spur me to greater efforts and commitment. I have faced much worse threats in my Army career and I will continue to fight racism and ignorance wherever I find it.”
Database helps Jewish families obtain properties' restitution in Poland
In the small park behind the only synagogue in this city to have survived World War II, Yoram Sztykgold looks around with a perplexed expression.

An 82-year-old retired architect, Sztykgold immigrated to Israel after surviving the Holocaust in Poland. He tries in vain to recognize something from what used to be his childhood home.

“It’s no use,” he says after a while. “To me this could be anywhere.”

Sztykgold’s unfamiliarity with the part of Grzybowska Street where he spent his earliest years is not due to any memory loss. Like most of Warsaw, his parents’ apartment building was completely bombed out during the war and leveled, along with the rest of the street. His former home is now a placid park that is a favorite hangout for mothers pushing baby carriages and pensioners his age.

The dramatic changes in Warsaw’s landscape have bedeviled efforts for decades to obtain restitution for privately owned properties like Sztykgold’s childhood home, making it difficult for survivors like him to identify assets that may have belonged to their families.

But for many restitution claimants in the capital, identifying assets will become easier thanks to a recent breakthrough with an unlikely source: the establishment of a first-of-its-kind searchable database. Users need only type in the name of their family to obtain a complete overview of all the assets they may claim under a new restitution drive in Warsaw.
Israel’s Ride Vision plans to make motorcycling safer
As the race heats up toward the launch of autonomous vehicles, state-of-the-art technologies like ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are being designed to prevent collisions. But motorcycles have been largely overlooked in the process.

According to a 2018 US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, fatalities in traffic crashes occur nearly 28 times more frequently for motorcycles than for passenger car occupants, and motorcycle drivers comprise 17 percent of all driver- and passenger-related fatalities. There were 5,286 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016 in the US, a 5.1 percent increase from 2015, according to NHTSA.

Uri Lavi and Lior Cohen are avid motorcycle riders who want to bring computer safety smarts to two-wheelers. Their company Ride Vision just raised a $2.5 million seed round from YL Ventures for its patented CAT (Collision Aversion Technology) for motorcycles.

Lavi and Cohen previously worked together in Israel’s homeland security industry. Lavi went on to become CEO of PicScout and brought in Cohen to serve as VP of R&D.

PicScout developed a technology for identifying images on the web that may have been used or modified without permission and then notifying the copyright owners. The company was acquired in 2011 by Getty Images for $20 million.

Lavi and Cohen gained expertise in technologies such as artificial intelligence, neural networks, computer vision and threat detection that is relevant in their newest venture, though it is quite different.
’70s rock band America heading to Israel to ‘give everyone a night off’
When Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley of the soft rock band America finally arrive in Israel for their long-planned October 9 and 10 performances in Caesarea, they intend to not only entertain the crowds, but also to learn a little about the country.

“We’re all geared up to see stuff,” said Bunnell, who splits his time between homes in Wisconsin and Los Angeles, and has never been to Israel.

Bunnell, 66, and Beckley, 65, are two of the original members of the 1970s-era band, which has been performing continuously since it began as a high school cover band.

They had planned to perform in Israel in the summer of 2014, but canceled due to the conflict in Gaza.

Even now, said Bunnell, speaking from his lakeside home in Wisconsin, he doesn’t know that much about Israel and its political situation.

“Every place has their issues, and I have to profess, I’m not versed in Israel,” he said. “I obviously follow the news, but the region is new to me. It’s just a matter of us going in with our eyes wide open and enjoying it. Our job is to entertain people; we’ve always made that point.”
Kim Kardashian signs deal with Israeli eyewear company
World-famous supermodel and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West will be heading back to Israel next year.

Israeli sunglasses company Carolina Lemke Berlin announced Wednesday that Kardashian West has signed a deal to join Bar Refaeli - the face of the brand - in an upcoming collaboration.

Supermodel and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West will be heading back to Israel next year.

Israeli sunglasses company Carolina Lemke Berlin announced Wednesday that Kardashian West has signed a deal to join Bar Refaeli – the face of the brand – in an upcoming collaboration.

The supermodel will fly to Israel in March “for a visit as part of our cooperation,” the company said. In addition to appearing in advertisements for the brand, Kardashian West will also design her own line of glasses for a limited-edition series sold by Carolina Lemke.

In a press release on Wednesday, the company said it selected Kardashian West, “the most famous woman in the United States, to be the face of the brand for at least two years, beginning in summer 2019.” The company said it will also be launching a website aimed at selling its products in the United States. Until now, the brand has been focused on Israel and Europe.
Afghan man sends gravely ill kids to heart center in Israel
Noorina is five years old and lives in Afghanistan. In July, her father brought her to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery arranged by Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli medical charity based at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

When she is older, Noorina may be surprised to learn that an Afghan stranger willingly put himself and his family at risk to give her the gift of health.

Noorina was the fifth child from Afghanistan sent to SACH through the efforts of that same young Muslim father, who asked ISRAEL21c to call him Jangzapali, a pseudonym to hide his true identity.

“Jangzapali,” he explains, “means ‘victim of war.’”

Jangzapali is involved in all types of charity work and has built up an international social-media network over the past few years. Children needing urgent medical care are his top priority.

“Almost 10,000 [medical need] cases are registered with the Afghan Red Crescent. They are unable to do all cases, so through our broad network on social media, we arrange surgery for poor children in Afghanistan or India. For complicated cases they cannot handle, we work with Save a Child’s Heart,” he says.
Artist turns Kassam rockets into flowers and mezuzahs
Holding aloft a missile fragment, Gaza-area artist Yaron Bob explains to a Kann interviewer that not long ago the projectile had penetrated an Israeli car.

"The incredible Iron Dome is Israel's missile defense system. When rockets are fired into Israel, the Iron Dome shoots a missile to intercept the rocket, preventing destruction and the murder of innocent lives," says the description of one item on Bob's website.

"Bring Israel's heavenly protection into your home with this limited-edition Mezuzah made from an actual Iron Dome missile!"

"I cut it into rectangles, polish it, and craft the mezuzot. My mezuzot get grabbed up all over the world. They cost between $150-200."

Asked how much profit he can extract from a single Kassam missile, Bob makes a quick calculation and answers "About $2,000 per Kassam."

A tour of his storage area reveals a representative variety of the weapons constantly aimed at Israel's children: "Here are rockets that fell a month ago; this one's a 120mm, this one's a Grad. Wanna see a whole Grad?" he asks deferentially, and lifts one from the pile. "Made in China," he says. "This one here fell in Dimona."

The interviewer asks Bob,"How do you have all these types?" and Bob retorts, "How do they?"




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          On the Brink with Russia in Syria Again, 5 Years Later – Consortiumnews      Cache   Translate Page      
On the Brink with Russia in Syria Again, 5 Years Later – Consortiumnews: It's deja-vu all over again in Syria, with the U.S. on the verge of a confrontation with Russia as Donald Trump faces his biggest decision yet as president, comments Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern
Special to Consortium News
The New York Times, on September 11, 2013, accommodated Russian Presiden
          U.S. Again Cries ‘Chemical Warfare’ in Syria | The American Conservative      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Again Cries ‘Chemical Warfare’ in Syria | The American Conservative
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In
light of the administration's insistence that Russia/Syria will launch a
chemical attack against civilians in Idlib, a detailed reminder from
Scott Ritter today that the international body tasked with investigating
the Douma incident of April quietly reported this summer that they
could not confirm a gas attack there (particularly sarin, for which we,
the UK and France bombed Syria shortly thereafter)






U.S. Again Cries ‘Chemical Warfare’ in Syria | The American Conservative: Officials still can't confirm there was a gas attack in April. So on what grounds to they predict a new one?
          Idlib Terrorists Threaten to Occupy Turkey if Erdogan Withdraws Support      Cache   Translate Page      
TEHRAN (FNA)- The terrorists stationed in Idlib have warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that they will attack and occupy the country’s lands if Ankara gives up support for them. The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel reported on Wednesday that a notorious terrorist commander in Northern Idlib, bordering Turkey, has warned Erdogan that they will gain...
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THE HAGUE, September 12. /TASS/. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) can and should play an important role to thwart the staging of a false flag ‘chemical attack’ provocation in Syria’s Idlib, Russian Permanent Representative to the OPCW Alexander Shulgin told reporters on Wednesday. He noted that during the OPCW briefing on...
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Full Statement by the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, VA Nebenzi, at the Meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria UN, September 12. /TASS/. The US-led coalition, which earlier vowed to carry out an airstrike on Syria if chemical weapons are used in the province of Idlib, now says that an...
          Russian MoD: Terrorists Have Chosen 22 Children to “Star” in False Flag CW Operation in Iblib      Cache   Translate Page      
Despite the ceasefire regime being established throughout the country, there are still cases of ceasefire regime violation by illegal armed formations in the Idlib de-escalation zone. So, during the day was recorded shelling of settlements Mamuhiyah (six times), Ikko (five times), Kinsabba(twice), Nahshabba (twice), Kara Kilisa (twice), Shir-Al-Sakh, Beit Jnauro, Dagdagan, Seraf, Qallaz-Tahtani, Qellaz, Safsafa,...
          Damascus Has Many Eyewitness Reports on Staged Chemical Attack Plot      Cache   Translate Page      
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Syrian authorities have received dozens of reports from eyewitnesses about ongoing preparations for a false-flag chemical attack in the northwestern Idlib province, Syria’s Ambassador to China Imad Moustapha told Sputnik on Wednesday. “This information has been extensively corroborated by eyewitnesses from the local population who are sending us [dozens] of reports...
          Woke Goyims! What is This, an Epidemic of Truth Breaking Out?      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't know when this was printed, but the Afghan deaths number is woefully low. Then one would have to add the 100,000 or so Libyans and the 500,000 Syrians butchered while bringing the peculiar American style of liberty to their nation. And yes, the Yemeni slaughter is also part of this murder on an industrial scale.
Copied these comments from an article by Phillip Giraldi at UNZ.com, "Target Syria: Will a new war be the October Surprise?"
Tom Welsh says: September 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm GMT

The founders of the state of Israel took the land which it now claims from its real owners by unlimited violence, simply killing everyone who resisted. If, for 70 years, the Palestinians have “refused to come to a deal”, it is for the same reasons that the victims of murder and robbery do not agree to “a deal” with the criminals who murdered their families and robbed them of their ancestral possessions.

Remind me, what is the statute of limitations on murder, robbery and genocide? Are Israelis to be forgiven sooner than Nazis who committed identical crimes?
"How do you like your new-found freedom kids? What's that, speak up, I can't hear you?"
steinbergfeldwitzcohen says: September 11, 2018 at 8:05 pm GMT

Pretty clear: nutty Haley is a whore who will say anything she’s told. So Mr Trump, is anyone ever fired in your admin?
I am seeing clear signs Trump is a puppet or incompetent

Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says: September 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm GMT

The biggest tragedy here is that the (((people))) in control of the US/UK/France want a war against Iran/Russia/China. Their speciality is goyim-on-goyim slaughter and the WW3 is actually necessary for their messianic ambitions. Their plan is to watch it from underground bunkers and rule over whatever is left afterwards.

That’s why I said “it’s only a matter of time”. They will never stop on their own.
My favorite!
jacques sheete says: September 11, 2018 at 11:58 pm GMT • 100 Words

Are Israelis to be forgiven sooner than Nazis who committed identical crimes?

Apparently they are. Just like the crimes of the Commies have long ago gone down the memory sewer.

PS: Any crimes of the Nazis likely paled in comparison to what the Reds had been up to for decades prior. And compared to what Churchill and FDR did. Maybe it’s time to ditch corny, goofy old war propaganda; huh?
You protest, and with justice, every time Hitler jails an opponent; but you forget that Stalin and company have jailed and murdered a thousand times as many. It seems to me, and indeed the evidence is plain, that compared to the Moscow brigands and assassins, Hitler is hardly more than a common Ku Kluxer and Mussolini almost a philanthropist. If you will denounce the orgy of sadistic fury that has gone on in Russia in terms at least as violent as those you have applied to your political opponents for years past, then I’ll be glad to print your denunciation, and to hail you with joy as a convert to fair play.
- H. L. MENCKEN Baltimore, letter to Sinclair Lewis, 1936
The American Mercury, Vol 38, No. 150, June 1936, THE OPEN FORUM, pp vi- vii.
(Another quote from the intransigent Mr. Mencken regarding patriotism)
"Patriotism: A variety of hallucination which, if it seized a bacteriologist in his laboratory, would cause him to report the streptococus purogenes to be as large as a Newfoundland dog, as intelligent as Socrates, as beautiful as Mont Blanc, and as respectable as a Yale professor."--A Book of Burlesques, 1920
This Syrian baby saw American patriotism up close, too close.
The most WOKE Goyim in the 'Comments' section:
DESERT FOX says: September 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm GMT

The Zionist and Zionist controlled deep state attack on 911 was used as a fraudulent excuse to attack Iraq and Afghanistan and the attack was the result of the plan of the Zionists to benefit Israel and the Zionist goal of a NWO.

Then this plan for the destruction of the Mideast was used to include Libya and Syria in their diabolical scheme and so Libya was destroyed and Syria was next on the Zionist chopping block and so AL CIADA aka ISIS and all the branches of this demonic cabal were armed and funded by the U.S./ISRAEL/BRITAIN and NATO and unleashed on Syria.

Then Syria on the brink of defeat requested the help of Russia and with the help of Russia the tide was turned and the whole scheme of the unholy trinity of the U.S./ISRAEL/BRITAIN was exposed and shown to the world to be entirely a Zionist plan for destruction of not only Syria but the Mideast.

Thank God for Putin and Russia and Assad and Syria for standing up against the Zionist NWO and defending Christians in Syria.
Another very astute Goyim!
JoaoAlfaiate says: September 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm GMT

American concern for the folks in Idlib would be a bit more convincing if Uncle Sam hadn’t bombed Mosul and Raqqa to powder while killing thousands of civilians. And what about the Saudi bombing of the Yemen using US weapons and US refueling a/c in which just recently 40 school kids were killed? Looking a bit further back, there were the 500,000 kids the US starved in Iraq which Madeline Albright stated was “worth in” to keep Saddam in his box? Yeah, we really have a great concern for Arab civilians; what a bunch of lies!

What this is all about is trying to reverse Assad’s victory in the civil war in his own country in which the terrorists were funded and armed by the US and its allies. It’s all about bring chaos and disaster to another Arab country for Israel’s benefit. Regime change is a joke; the Israel Firsters dominating our foreign policy didn’t care a wit what American intervention brought to Iraq and Libya; creating failed states was quite enough.

The danger here, of course, is that the Russians have a formal alliance with Syria and an attack on Syria is bound to kill Russians and could lead to WW3. Only Israel’s friends here care enough about who runs Syria to risk WW3. Most of the rest of us couldn’t care less who governs Syria and would prefer to let the Syrians sort things out. But Israel’s supporters here have a different agenda which puts us all at risk. And it sure looks like once again we are going to attack one of Israel’s enemies for Israel’s benefit.
American freedom, the taste of lead with a side of hot shrapnel..

Whether it's Syria or Occupied Palestine or Lebanon or Iraq or Libya or Yemen, wherever Israel's bitches get told to attack and destroy, they do it almost gleefully, with children being one of their favorite targets:
And then there is this bit of 20-20 foresight:


Why are the biggest blood-thirsty war mongers chicken shits when it comes time for THEM to get shot at? Like these pieces of human slime, who must need to watch Muslims getting murdered by the thousands to become sexually aroused.
A lie about Mike Pompeo’s Gulf War service started with an anonymous Wikipedia edit

US Central Intelligence Agency director and Army veteran Mike Pompeo never served in the Gulf War.

But that’s not what prominent members of the US Congress and major media outlets have said in articles and in public statements in recent months. Pompeo was never deployed there, the CIA says.

The fake claim seems to have first appeared in public in a Wikipedia biography of Pompeo, which was changed anonymously in December 2016. Pompeo has never repeated it himself, but he and the CIA have never corrected the prominent error.
My money is on that fat turd Pompeo or he ordered a flunky to post the LIE.

Just think of the possibilities if the spineless bitch had served! The SOB could of gotten a lead taste of his own medicine and comfortably resting in some National Cemetery, or be plagued with the Gulf War illness, which has disabled tens of thousands of American cannon fodder. Or realize that war isn't fun and not always be agitating to send more of our troops to fight and die for the glory of Apartheid Israel and the bottom line of those TBTF Wall Street banks casinos.

Now we know why Israeli CRIME MINISTER Netenyahu told his tool Trump to hire Nutty Nikki Haley as US rep to the UN. She's a true Shabbos Goy, always ready to serve Israel's interests, not the USA's. Her arrogance, lies and tantrums she throws at the UNGA should be an embarrassment for all Americans. But I bet the phony Christian Evan-genitals just love the crazy bitch, since they know she can help bring about Armageddon, so Jesus can come back and Rapture them to Heaven. Except the stupid, clueless morons don't know--or won't admit--that the word Rapture doesn't appear in the Bible.
Nutty Nikki is 'making her bones' at the UN, showing the Zionist Jews that she's more than qualified to be the next Israeli ass-kissing war monger to install in the WH.

Wonder how long it took Nutty's lip muscles to stop getting sore from all that Israeli ass-kissing she's done?
NEVER FORGET that Israel masterminded the 9/11 False Flag and for damn sure, NEVER FORGIVE those loathsome SOBs for that day.

These former living beings never forgot the horrible crimes they were ordered to commit by the Pentagon. Their conscience finally overwhelmed their desire to live with those scenes, so they took the FINAL way out. An actual FINAL SOLUTION.
Suicide among U.S. military veterans higher in certain states

2017: “… 20 veterans a day commit suicide. The numbers come from the largest study undertaken of veterans’ records by the VA…”
P.S. One more quote from Mr. Mencken. Seems like some of our current malaise has been going on for quite some time:
(4) H. L. Mencken, review of The Goslings by Upton Sinclair (Baltimore Sun, 23rd February, 1924)

Upton Sinclair's assumption that it is the aim of the public school to fan the intelligence and to produce large numbers of alert and curious youths of both sexes is foolish. The state maintains its control of elementary education, not primarily to reduce illiteracy and turn the eyes of the plain people toward the stars, but to make sure that they are not taught anything that is subversive. Public education is thus a police measure. The goal it moves toward is perfect standardization, perfect discipline, perfect imbecility. Mr. Sinclair denounces it bitterly because it is succeeding. He is a romantic fellow, and life is constantly shocking him. But he has written instructive and amusing book.

          There’s at Least One More Ugly Battle Brewing in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Already 30,000 people have fled their homes in northwestern Syria in anticipation of battles that are seen as inevitable. These people—according to the United Nations—have moved across the province of Idlib, which borders Turkey, many entering camps set up by humanitarian organizations. The United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs says that as many as 800,000 people might[Read More...]
          Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?      Cache   Translate Page      
The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country's last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib.
          Q&A: Idlib battle a climactic end to Syria rebellion?      Cache   Translate Page      

BEIRUT – The Syrian army, backed by allies Iran and Russia, is preparing for a military offensive to retake the country’s last major rebel stronghold —the province of Idlib. The battle could bring an end to a seven-year-old uprising-turned-civil war, but at the cost of a humanitarian disaster on a scale yet unseen in the […]

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Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) has brought a terror suspect from Syria’s regime-held Latakia province, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Sept. 12
          Turkey warns EU of refugee influx from Syria’s Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
Turkey has urged the European Union that a potential influx from the Idlib province of Syria would also reach the European continent.
          UN chief pushes for protection of civilians in Syria’s Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sept. 11 appealed to Russia, Iran and Turkey to “spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians” in Syria’s Idlib and said it was “absolutely essential” a full-scale battle was avoided.
          UN chief calls for saving Syria’s Idlib from transforming into a blood bath      Cache   Translate Page      
UNITED NATIONS, (APP): A full-scale battle for Idlib must be avoided at all costs, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed, warning that failure to do so would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict so far. Speaking to the press at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday afternoon, Secretary-General […]
           A/HRC/38/G/7 : Note verbale dated 25 July 2018 from the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations Office at Geneva addressed to the secretariat of the Human Rights Council       Cache   Translate Page      
Body : HRC , Session : 38th , Report Type : Correspondence from Governments to UN bodies
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Nikki Haley Extends Support for Terrorists Any attack on Syria’s Idlib province is going to be “dealt with,” US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned, as Washington seeks to stop the Russian-backed Syrian army from retaking the last remaining jihadist stronghold. The US has struck Syria twice after claims of chemical weapons use by […]

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Warning not to attack Idlib.
          Iran, Europe hold talks on Yemen, Syria crises in Brussels      Cache   Translate Page      
IFP – A senior Iranian official has discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing crises in Yemen and Syria, with top European diplomats. Hossein Jaberi Ansari,...
          Finding a way out of the war against Syria      Cache   Translate Page      


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The White House is unable to extricate itself from the war in Syria. President Trump is hindered both by the self-proclaimed « stable state » (according to the anonymous op ed in the New York Times), which continues to pursue the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski strategy, and by the reactivated ambitions of his Israëli, French, British and Turkish allies. The logic of these interests could displace the war instead of resolving it.
Although the White House and Russia have agreed to end the proxy war fought by jihadists in Syria, peace is a long time coming. Why?

Why is there a war against Syria?

Contrary to the idea carefully sown by seven years of propaganda, the war against Syria is not a « revolution which went wrong ». It was decided by the Pentagon in September 2001, then prepared for many years, admittedly with a few difficulties.
A war in preparation for a decade
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The preparation of the war is explained in depth in Thierry Meyssan’s latest book. It is already available in French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish. It will be published in September in English, Arab and Italian.
A reminder of the main stages of the planning of the war:
- In September 2001, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld adopted the strategy of Admiral Arthur Cebrowski, which specified that the state structures of half of the world had to be destroyed. For those states whose economy is globalised, the United States would control the access to the natural resources of those regions not connected to the global economy. The Pentagon commenced its work by « remodelling » the « Greater Middle East » [1].
- On 12 December 2003, George Bush Jr. signed the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act. From that moment on, the President of the United States enjoyed the right to go to war with Syria without having to ask Congress for approval [2].
- The Lebanese civil war (1978-90) ended with the Taif Agreement. At the request of the Arab League, and with the approbation of the UN Security Council, the Syrian Arab Army came to the assistance of the Lebanese army in disarming the militias, then, acting as a Peace Force, stabilised the country. Thereafter, Israël accused Syria of having occupied Lebanon, which makes no sense at all. [3]
- In 2004, during the summit of the Arab League in Tunis, President Ben Ali attempted to push through a motion authorising the League to legitimise the use of force against member states who refused to respect the League’s brand new Human Rights Charter.
- In 2005, the CIA organised the Cedar revolution in Lebanon. By assassinating Sunni leader Rafic Hariri and blaming the Christian President of Lebanon and the Alaouite President of Syria, they hoped to trigger a Sunni uprising against the Syrian Peace Forces. With the Marines ready to disembark in Beïrut, Syria withdrew on its own initiative, and the tension was dissipated [4].
- In 2006, Dick Cheney tasked his daughter Liz with creating the « Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group ». They organised the Israeli attack against Hezbollah, thinking that they would be unable to resist for long. US Marines were then intended to disembark in Beïrut and continue their march of « liberation » on Damascus. However, the operation failed, and after 33 days of combat, Israël had to retreat [5].
- In 2008, Washington once again tried to create conflict with Lebanon as its flash point. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora decided to cut the internal communications of the Resistance and to interrupt air transport with Teheran. Within a few hours, Hezbollah had inverted the Western military system and replaced all of its infrastructures.
- In 2010, Washington adopted the strategy of « leading from behind ». The Obama administration handed the attacks on Libya and Syria to France and the United Kingdom respectively (Lancaster House agreements).
- In 2011, beginning of military operations in Syria.
It is therefore absurd to speak of the war against Syria as a spontaneous event sui generis [6].
Indirect war
The original feature of the war against Syria is that although it was declared by states (the « Friends of Syria »), it was in reality fought almost exclusively by non-state armies, the jihadists.
During the seven years of this war, more than 250,000 combatants arrived from overseas to fight against the Syrian Arab Republic. They were without doubt little more than cannon fodder, and insufficiently trained, but during the first four years of the conflict, these soldiers were better armed than the Syrian Arab Army. The most important arms traffic in History was organised in order to keep the jihadists supplied with war materials [7].
The Western powers had not used mercenaries on this scale since the European Renaissance [8].
It is therefore absurd to speak of a « revolution that went wrong ».
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A war supervised by allies who have their own objectives

By asking Israël to attack Lebanon on their behalf, then by handing over the wars on Libya and Syria to France and the United Kingdom, and finally by using the NATO installations in Turkey, the Pentagon allowed its plan to be confounded by its allies.
Just as in all wars, the leading country has to promise its obedient allies that they will be awarded a return on their investment. However, with the entry of Russia into the war, Western victory became impossible. Every one of the United States allies turned progressively back towards its own strategy in the region. With time, the war objectives of the allies gained the upper hand over those of the United States, who refused to invest as much as they should have done, militarily speaking.
Israël
Pursuing the colonial ideology of some of its founding fathers, Israël implemented a policy of division intended to split its larger neighbours into a collection of small countries which were to be ethnically or religiously homogeneous. It therefore supported – in vain – the division of Lebanon into two states, one Muslim and one Christian, or again the creation of a Kurdistan in Iraq, then later in Syria. We do not have the Israëli strategic documents, but retrospectively, the line followed by Tel-Aviv corresponds to the « Yinon plan » of 1982 [9] or that of the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies of 1996 [10].
The Israëli strategy stayed within the limits of the « remodelling of the Greater Middle East » designed by Rumsfeld and Cebrowski. However, it did not have anything like the same objective – the Pentagon wanted to control the access to the region’s riches by the developed countries, while Israël wanted to ensure that none of its neighbours could become strong enough to challenge it.
The United Kingdom and France
The United Kingdom and France fell back on their colonial policy, as it was defined at the moment of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the division of the Middle East (the Sykes-Picot agreements).
The British used a replay of the « Great Arab Revolt of 1915 » that Lawrence of Arabia had set up against the Ottomans. At that time, they had promised freedom to all Arabs if they would throw off the shackles of the Ottoman Empire and place the Wahhabites in power, This time they promised freedom if they would overthrow all their national governments and replace them with the Muslim Brotherhood. But neither in 1915, when the British Empire replaced the Ottoman Empire, nor in 2011, did the Arabs find their liberty. That was the « Arab Spring » plan of 2011 [11].
The French were seeking to re-establish the mandate on Syria which had been handed to them by the League of Nations. This was explained by Picot’s great-nephew (as in the Sykes-Picot agreements), ex- President Giscard d’Estaing [12]. And that is what President Hollande demanded during his visit to the United Nations, in September 2015. Just as in 1921, when France stood for the ethnic separation of the Kurds from the Arabs, it therefore defended the creation of a Kurdistan, not on its historic territory in Turkey, but anywhere, so long as it was on Arab land in Syria.
Turkey
As for Turkey, it dreamed of realising the promise of its founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the « National Pact » (Misak-ı Millî) [13], adopted by the Ottoman Parliament on 12 February 1920. Its intention was to annex Northern Syria, including Aleppo, and also to eliminate the Christians, including the Catholics in Maaloula and the Armenians in Kessab.
Turkey entered into conflict with the other allies – with the Israëlis because they sought to annex Northern Syria rather than making it autonomous – with the British because they wanted to re-establish the Ottoman Caliphate – and with the French because they sought to create an independent Kurdistan in Syria. Above all, it entered into conflict with the United States themselves because they made no secret of wanting to destroy Syria after having dismantled it [