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Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I was living in Harlem.

It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited.

Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years.

We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

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We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

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Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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In Sheridan Circle on Washington’s Embassy Row lies a small plaque, little noticed by both tourists and locals, marking the spot where a car bomb killed Chilean diplomat-turned-think-tanker Orlando Letelier along with his American co-worker Ronni Moffitt in 1976. Letelier, since leaving Chile, had become a leading critic of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, and declassified documents later showed that the dictator had directly ordered the killing.

A dictatorship killing one of its citizens on the streets of a foreign capital is a brazen act but is by no means unheard of. Social scientists have traditionally defined a state as the entity that controls the use of physical force for domination within a given territory. But states, particularly those of an authoritarian bent, have frequently sought to project violence against dissidents and defectors far beyond their borders. An effective authoritarian state needs its most prominent critics to know that an ice ax in the back is still a possibility, even if they leave.

While it’s not exactly a new phenomenon, as Letelier and numerous other historical cases prove, the killing or abduction of foreign critics by authoritarian regimes appears to be alarmingly normalized today. Also alarming: Some of the countries where these crimes take place seem uninterested in doing anything to stop them.

Last week, Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of its ruling royal family living in exile in the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding. He has not been heard from since then, and Turkish officials reportedly believe he was murdered by a special team sent from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s government has been brutal to dissidents and opponents, and technically speaking Khashoggi entered Saudi territory when he went inside the consulate building, but he had apparently been unconcerned, telling friends before his disappearance that he had been treated well during previous visits to Saudi embassies and consulates. His fiancée says he told her not to worry, since “they would not dare attempt anything within Turkey’s borders.”

Then again, perhaps no one should assume they are safe from a government that more or less took the prime minister of Lebanon hostage for several days last year. Ghanem al-Dosary, a London-based Saudi dissident, told the New York Times that Khashoggi’s disappearance was a message from the regime to its critics “that our hands can reach you wherever you are.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that the Saudi government prove its claim that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate unharmed. While a reasonable request, this umbrage is somewhat ironic given Turkey’s own pursuit of its critics abroad. Under Erdogan, the Turkish government has launched an aggressive crackdown on supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the influential and controversial cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup. Thousands of accused Gülenists, including U.S. citizens, have been arrested, and the manhunt has gone global as well. Often, this is a matter of pushing foreign governments to extradite Gülenists back to Turkey, but sometimes the line between arrest and abduction has been blurred. In March, six Gülenists in Kosovo were shipped back to Turkey after being arrested over links to Gülenists schools, but Kosovo’s prime minister said he had not been aware of the operation, and local media dubbed it a “kidnapping.” In July, the government of Mongolia prevented what appeared to be an attempted abduction of a Gülenist school leader. Then there’s Gülen himself: Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into allegations, corroborated by former CIA Director James Woolsey, that Turkish officials had met with former U.S. National Security Adviser and unacknowledged Turkey lobbyist Michael Flynn to discuss a plan to abduct the cleric from his compound in Pennsylvania and deliver him back to Turkey. And that’s not to mention the beating of protesters in Washington by Erdogan’s own bodyguards in 2017.

Of course, the most prominent recent attack by an authoritarian government on an exiled critic was the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March, an attack that Vladimir Putin’s government has only half-heartedly tried to deny. According to a BuzzFeed investigation last year, U.S. authorities believe that as many as 14 people, including billionaire Boris Berezovsky, whose death had been ruled a suicide in 2013, had been killed by Russian secret services in Britain in recent years. Dozens more opponents of the Putin regime have been killed under suspicious circumstances abroad.

China has also been reaching across borders to pursue its critics. Prominent dissidents have been reportedly abducted from Thailand and sent back to China for detention. As for foreign-residing Uighurs—the Muslim minority that Beijing has recently been repressing in a brutal campaign that’s been dubbed a “cultural genocide”—the authorities’ preferred tactic appears to be threatening their families living within China unless they return home.

Last week also saw the bizarre disappearance and resignation of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese official who led Interpol, in what appeared to be a highly unusual move by a state government against the leader of a major international organization, all the more troubling since the exact charges against Meng have not been made public.

Numerous other examples abound. Two women are currently on trial in Malaysia over the killing—likely in cooperation, willing or not, with North Korean operatives—of Kim Jong-nam, brother of the current North Korean leader. The government of Iran stands accused by French authorities of orchestrating the attempted bombing of a meeting of a prominent exile group in Paris.

The response of the governments of countries where these incidents happen has often been muted—and that’s a problem. The British government’s tepid reaction to the 2006 poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko very well could have led Vladimir Putin to conclude there would be little consequence for pulling the same stunt there again.

Often diplomatic considerations are behind these muted reactions. France, for instance, is unlikely to press its case against Iran too hard, given that it’s currently trying to preserve what’s left of the 2015 nuclear deal.

It’s hard to make those sorts of excuses for President Donald Trump, who has spoken approvingly of how leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, and Erdogan conduct their business. When Putin suggested allowing Russian investigators to question 11 U.S. citizens he views as enemies, including former Ambassador Michael McFaul, in exchange for “cooperation” in the investigation of 2016 election interference, Trump called it an “incredible offer.” Trump was also reportedly reluctant and angry about the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning.

After days of silence over the alleged abduction and possible murder of Khashoggi, Trump, who often touts his close relationship with the Saudi royal family, finally acknowledged that there were some “pretty bad stories” going around about the journalist and U.S.
resident’s fate and said, “Hopefully that will sort itself out.” The Saudis are probably not too worried about a fierce U.S. response at this point.

But if we’re going to fault Trump’s rhetoric for contributing to the sense of impunity felt by authoritarian governments, we should also acknowledge Barack Obama’s covert drone campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. This isn’t to draw any moral equivalence between the targeting of members of groups like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS and the murders and abductions of dissidents and journalists by dictatorships. But the targeted killing of a country’s enemies outside a declared battlefield was once considered exceptional, and the U.S. has helped make it routine.

More disturbing still may be the possibility that state violence is becoming globalized. The human rights community, more often than not, views the world in terms of distinct countries, classifying them as “free” or “unfree.” The much-maligned International Criminal Court is hamstrung by the fact that its jurisdiction is limited to only the countries that accept it.

Once upon a time, it was thought that globalization would undermine authoritarian systems in individual states as economic liberalization and new forms of communications overwhelm their defenses against outside influence. But the influence, of course, ended up going both ways. Today, we live in a world where China’s economic clout influences what classes are taught at U.S. universities and what movies are produced by Hollywood. The same internet that brings Western media into Russia allows the Russian state to influence elections around the world.

Authoritarian states clearly do not feel their authority is limited by state borders. So it’s no surprise they don’t feel their ability to inflict violence is limited either.


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Funny that you think that Saudi Arabia has gone too far just because they have killed an activist. ( Which, I agree is deplorable.) What surprises me is that you did not show a similar sentiment when they kill thousands of Yemeni women and children and create a famine and a cholera epidemic there. Should I assume that this is so since the US does not consider these killings and behavior to be bad, or even worse they are complicit in these killings.
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Las «Iaqmet al-Had» –las ejecuciones de la ley de Alá– son un espectáculo público habitual en Riad y en otras ciudades de Arabia Saudí, habitualmente después de la oración del viernes en la mezquita. Las decapitaciones de traficantes de droga y homicidas suelen escenificarse en la plaza del palacio de Masmak, junto al zoco de Dira. En el argot de los medios diplomáticos es conocida como la «plaza de chop-chop» (corte de charcutería en inglés), una broma macabra para un espectáculo seguido con morbo, piedad al menos formal –al término de la ejecución es tradicional felicitar al verdugo por haber «cumplido las órdenes de Alá»– y ausencia estricta de cámaras. Una nota lacónica en el boletín televisivo de la noche da cuenta de la ejecución. El escándalo producido por la ausencia de respuestas a la desaparición del periodista Khashoggi en Estambul tiene algo de hipócrita. Si el exeditor, exasesor del jefe de la inteligencia saudí y colaborador del «Washington Post» fue asesinado en el interior del consulado saudí –dejando a un lado los detalles «gore» para sacarle de la legación– el caso es una tropelía mayúscula por parte del régimen de Riad. Pero no tiene sentido el rasgado de vestiduras por parte de la ONU, el Reino Unido, Estados Unidos y menos aún de Turquía, por los métodos presuntamente utilizados, cuando es bien conocida la utilización de la ejecución pública a espada en el país con el que todos quieren hacer negocios y guardar una buena relación diplomática. El desprecio aparente de Riad hacia las formas en el «caso Khashoggi» se puede explicar, en cierto modo, por la costumbre de Riad de no escuchar críticas de los poderosos hacia sus abusos de los derechos humanos, empezando –como es el caso– con el de la libertad de expresión y el derecho a la vida. Con el pretexto de que hay otros regímenes más antioccidentales en el mundo del islam que el saudí, y que además es preciso asegurar el suministro de petróleo y ¡los puestos de trabajo! acabaremos pensando que es posible vender a Riad misiles tan inteligentes que son capaces de evitar la muerte de civiles en la guerra de Yemen.
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Pasan los días y crece el misterio sobre el paradero de Jamal Khashoggi. Naciones Unidas, la Unión Europea y Estados Unidos pidieron a las autoridades saudíes «una investigación completa y transparente» sobre lo ocurrido con el famoso periodista saudí, crítico con la monarquía, desaparecido desde el pasado martes cuando acudió al consulado de su país en Estambul para realizar un trámite burocrático. Desde Riad insisten en que Khashoggi abandonó el edificio y, como muestra de su disposición a colaborar con la investigación, abrieron las puertas de la legación a los expertos turcos que tratan de aclarar este caso, tal y como informó el ministerio de Exteriores de Ankara. La presión internacional en torno a Arabia Saudí crece en mitad de las declaraciones de fuentes policiales turcas y amigos personales del desaparecido que aseguran que fue «asesinado de manera salvaje». Citando diferentes fuentes próximas al caso, The New York Times señaló que «fue asesinado y descuartizado». The Wall Street Journal añadió que «el cuerpo fue posiblemente sacado en pedazos del edificio», la misma versión defendida por los testimonios recogidos por The Washington Post, medio con el que colaboraba el desaparecido, que aseguraron que «el cadáver de probablemente se descuartizó y se metió en cajas antes de sacarlo del país en avión». Esta versión llegó reforzada por las informaciones de medios turcos sobre la llegada a Estambul de 15 personas a bordo de un avión privado saudí, que realizaron un vuelo de ida y vuelta el mismo día de la desaparición. La respuesta oficial a estas acusaciones llegó de boca del príncipe Khalid Bin Salman, embajador saudí en Washington, que las calificó de «absolutamente falsas y sin fundamento», pero su consulado en Estambul sigue sin aportar pruebas que confirmen la salida de Khashoggi del edificio. El periodista tiene 59 años y reside desde hace un año en Estados Unidos, donde se autoexilió debido a su postura crítica con la monarquía y el príncipe heredero, Mohamed bin Salman, el auténtico hombre fuerte del país. Es columnista en la sección de Opinión de The Washington Post y una semana después de su desaparición el presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, declaró su «preocupación», pero confesó no haber hablado del tema con las autoridades de Riad, sus grandes aliados regionales junto a Israel. Su secretario de Estado, Mike Pompeo, pidió a los saudíes una «investigación completa», lo mismo que la la alta representante europea para Asuntos Exteriores, Federica Mogherini, quien añadió que espera «máxima transparencia» por parte del reino. Analistas como Ali Soufan escribió en las redes sociales que Bin Salman «está envalentonado porque no tiene que rendir cuentas por nada, ni por sus atrocidades en Yemen, ni por el secuestro del primer ministro libanés, ni por la purga interna contra disidentes… el caso Khashoggi es un paso más inevitable en esta trayectoria».
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ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday agreed to let Turkish authorities search its Istanbul consulate as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

There has been fierce speculation over what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who wrote for Arab and Western media, after he vanished last Tuesday following a visit to the consulate to obtain official documents.

While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building.

Government sources said police believe the journalist was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

"Saudi authorities said they were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building," the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

The search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted "in an intense manner", he said without giving any date.

Turkish police were looking into two private aircraft which landed at Istanbul's Ataturk airport on Tuesday at different times carrying 15 people of interest in the case, as well as the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped and taken aboard one of the planes, local media reported.

Previously the crown prince told Bloomberg that Riyadh would be ready to welcome Turkish officials to search the premises.

'Share CCTV footage'

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and chief of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, urged the Turkish authorities not to search the consulate.

"We ask the consulate and officials to share the footage of his exit. We don't want the search or inspection of the consulate. We don't have such a demand," he told AFP.

Ankara sought permission Sunday to carry out a search after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time, Turkish television reported.

Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year fearing possible arrest.

He has been critical of some policies of the crown prince and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Mystery team of 15

Police also said a team of 15 Saudis were sent to Istanbul and were in the building at the same time as Khashoggi.

Turkish security officials were working to identify the 15 individuals, English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported, adding that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Saudi Arabia.

According to pro-government daily Sabah, the team arrived in Istanbul on two private planes, one which landed after 03h00 (0000 GMT) on Tuesday while the second plane landed around 17h00 (1400 GMT) after Khashoggi entered the consulate.

The individuals checked into two hotels close to the consulate, the daily said.

Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, Sabah reported, adding the police were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped.

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia which has links to the state.

Istanbul police experts were analysing vehicles which entered and left the consulate, some of which were then seen on camera last Tuesday at the consul-general's residence, 200m away, the daily said.

The newspaper also claimed that Turkish employees at the residence were "hastily" told to take a holiday on the day Khashoggi went missing.

'Thorough' investigation

US President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that he was "concerned", adding: "I don't like hearing about it. Hopefully that will sort itself out."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the same day called for "a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results" of the probe.

UN rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

"We are 100% behind the American position. We expect a thorough investigation and total transparency from the Saudi authorities on what happened," European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Lisbon.

Meanwhile, in London, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met the Saudi ambassador on Tuesday to "seek urgent answers", according to a post on Twitter. — AFP
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Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I was living in Harlem.

It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited.

Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years.

We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

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We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Nói thêm về sự khác biệt của Caesar 8x8 với phiên bản trước, đại diện phía Pháp cho biết Caesar 8x8 được trang bị hệ thống chỉ huy, kiểm soát hỏa lực vi tính hóa FAST-Hit, radar đo sơ tốc đầu nòng Intertechnique ROB4, hệ thống chỉ huy SAGEM Sigma 30 và hệ thống định vị toàn cầu (GPS) cho phép CAESAR vận hành độc lập mà không cần lực lượng trinh sát viên pháo binh đi kèm.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 6.

Hệ thống chỉ dẫn bắn bằng máy tính, radar, hệ thống định vị vệ tinh toàn cầu (GPS) và hệ thống dẫn đường quán tính của CAESAR được trưng bày tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 7.

Bản thuyết minh về tính năng kỹ - chiến thuật của phiên bản CAESAR 8x8 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Về hỏa lực, CAESAR có thể bắn đạn pháo chống tăng dẫn đường Bonus. Mỗi quả đạn Bonus mang 2 đạn con thông minh có tầm bắn 34 km, tầm bắn tối đa với đạn tăng tầm là 42 km hoặc lên đến 50 km nếu sử dụng đạn phản lực.

Pháo CAESAR còn được trang bị đạn Orge phát triển cho Lục quân Pháp, dùng để tiêu diệt các trọng điểm chỉ huy, trận địa pháo, xe bọc thép hạng nhẹ và khu vực hậu cần của đối phương. Mỗi quả đạn Orge mang 63 đạn con, một loạt bắn 6 đạn Orge sẽ rải 378 đạn, phủ lên khu vực rộng 3 hecta ở khoảng cách 35 km.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 8.

Cận cảnh hai loại đạn dùng cho pháo tự hành CAESAR

Ngoài phiên bản 8x8, Nexter cũng không quên mang theo người anh em CAESAR 6x6 tới HSE 2018. Đây là phiên bản đã từng trải qua thực chiến tại Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Nigeria và Mali.

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 9.

Mô hình pháo tự hành CAESAR 6x6 tại HSE 2018. Qua quan sát, phiên bản 6x6 vẫn sử dụng cabin không bọc thép, không bố trí súng liên thanh và máy nạp đạn tự động. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Pháp chào hàng phiên bản mới nhất của pháo tự hành CAESAR cho Việt Nam? - Ảnh 10.

Bản thuyết minh về tính năng kỹ - chiến thuật của phiên bản CAESAR 6x6 tại HSE 2018. Ảnh: Xuân Thu

Các nhà nước hiện trang bị pháo CAESAR gồm Pháp (hiện có 77 hệ thống trong biên chế và lên kế hoạch mua thêm 64 hệ thống khác), Ả Rập Xê Út (có 132 hệ thống và dự kiến mua thêm 136), Indonesia (37 hệ thống và dự kiến mua thêm 18), Thái Lan (6 hệ thống). Với phiên bản 8x8, Đan Mạch trở nên khách hàng đầu tiên khi đặt mua 21 hệ thống năm 2016.

Tuy hợp đồng mua pháo tự hành CAESAR giữa Việt Nam và Pháp vẫn chưa có những diễn biến mới nhưng trong những năm gần đây, quan hệ hợp tác quốc phòng giữa Việt Nam và Pháp đã có nhiều bước tiến khăng khăng và phía bạn luôn tỏ ý sẵn sàng cung cấp cho chúng ta những vũ khí đương đại.

nên, không loại trừ khả năng trong ngày mai, Pháo binh Việt Nam sẽ mua sắm và đưa vào biên chế dòng pháo tự hành hiện đại này của Pháp.

lính tráng Đan Mạch bắn pháo tự hành Caesar 8x8


          Turkey to search Saudi consulate for missing journalist      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey says it will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, a week after he vanished during a visit there. The announcement came as a surveillance image surfaced of Jamal Khashoggi walking into the consulate just before he disappeared. Turkish officials fear the columnist was killed at the premises. Saudi Arabia has called allegations that it killed the 59-year-old “baseless” but has offered no evidence to show he left the building. US President Donald Trump has expressed concern about the writer’s disappearance, and secretary of state Mike Pompeo said US officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts. “We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Mr Pompeo said. Tuesday’s statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were “open to co-operation” and would allow the consulate building to be searched. The ministry did not say when the premises would be searched. A search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. However, activists protesting outside the consulate said more needed to be done. The surveillance image bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption saying Mr Khashoggi was arriving at the consulate. The Post, which first published the photo, said “a person close to the investigation” shared the image with them. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet also published the image. The door Mr Khashoggi walked through appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul’s 4th Levent neighbourhood, a leafy, upscale district near the city’s financial hub which is home to several other consulates. However, the consulate has other entrances and exits through which Saudi officials insist he left. It is unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it. However, a number of CCTV cameras surround the area. Friends of Mr Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighbourhood as part of their investigation. The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims that he left the consulate, and Turkish authorities have not provided evidence to show why they believe the columnist was killed there. “If the story that was told about the murder is true, the Turks must have information and videotape and other documents to back it up,” said Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor. “If the story the Saudis are telling, that he just walked out … after half an hour, if that’s true, they ought to have facts and documents and evidence and tapes to back that up.” He added that the “idea of a government luring one of its own citizens on to its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable”. Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee. He had been living since last year in the US, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism. As a contributor to the Post, Mr Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticising its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a round-up of activists and businessmen. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate. “Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not? It is (the duty) of the consulate officials,” he said. “Don’t you have cameras and other things? Why don’t you prove it? You have to prove it.” Saudi Arabia is a long-time ally of the US, but on Monday senior officials in Washington expressed alarm over Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance. President Donald Trump said: “I don’t like hearing about it. And hopefully that will sort itself out. Right now, nobody knows anything about it, but there are some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it.”

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          Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
ISTANBUL – Turkey said Tuesday that it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished there a week ago, an extraordinary probe of a diplomatic post amid Turkish officials’ fears the writer had been killed inside the building.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing international pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post.

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance “baseless,” but had no immediate comment on Turkey’s announcement. It remained unclear when the search would take place.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government. So far, the kingdom has offered no evidence in the past seven days to show that Khashoggi ever left the building, as a new surveillance photo surfaced showed him walking in its main entrance.

“The Saudi Consulate cannot absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched,” said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. “It has to prove that Jamal wasn’t oppressed at the consulate and that he left safely.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said U.S. officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts.

“We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were “open to cooperation” and would allow the consulate building to be searched. Such a search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to appease its Western allies and the international community.

A surveillance image has surfaced, showing Khashoggi entering the consulate Oct. 2. The picture bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption saying that Khashoggi was arriving at the consulate. The Post, which first published the photo, said “a person close to the investigation” shared the image with them, without elaborating. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet also published the image.

The door Khashoggi used appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul’s 4th Levent neighborhood, a leafy, upscale district near the city’s financial hub that’s home to several other consulates. The consulate has other entrances and exits as well, and Saudi officials insist he left through one of them.

It’s unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it. However, a number of closed-circuit surveillance cameras surround the area. Friends of Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighborhood as part of their investigation.

The Saudis have offered no surveillance footage or evidence to corroborate their claims that Khashoggi left the consulate, and Turkish authorities have not provided evidence to show why they believe the columnist was killed there.

“If the story that was told about the murder is true, the Turks must have information and videotape and other documents to back it up,” Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor, told The Associated Press. “If the story the Saudis are telling, that he just walked out ... after half an hour, if that’s true, they ought to have facts and documents and evidence and tapes to back that up.”

Hiatt added that the “idea of a government luring one of its own citizens onto its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable.”

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. He had been living in the United States since last year, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism.

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticism of its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

The U.N. human rights office said Khashoggi’s disappearance is “of serious concern.” Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva that it would be “truly shocking” if reports of his death are confirmed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Khashoggi left the consulate.

“Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not? It is (the duty) of the consulate officials,” Erdogan said while visiting Hungary. “Don’t you have cameras and other things? Why don’t you prove it? You have to prove it.”

Ties between Ankara and Riyadh are at a low point over Turkey’s support for Qatar in that country’s yearlong dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Turkey sent food to Qatar and deployed troops at its military base there as the other nations imposed a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country. Meanwhile, Turkey’s support of Islamists also has riled Gulf Arab nations, who view groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara’s rapprochement with the kingdom’s Shiite archrival, Iran.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the U.S., but on Monday senior U.S. officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Trump, who took his first overseas trip as U.S. president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said while he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi.

“But I will be at some point,” he said Tuesday, without elaborating.


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          Did the Saudis Kidnap and Murder Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?      Cache   Translate Page      

Last year, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia over harsh crackdowns on regime critics. Friction between him and its despotic ruling family surfaced after saying the kingdom should be “nervous about a Trump presidency.”

He opposed Saudi aggression in Yemen, its unacceptable policies toward Qatar, and harshness against critics.

Banned from writing and speaking out publicly, he self-exiled himself to America, saying

“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice,” adding:

“To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Earlier this year, he said Saudi intellectuals and journalists risk imprisonment for criticizing ruling family policies.

The State Department was largely silent on Khashoggi’s disappearance, a statement saying it’s aware of reports and seeks more information.

Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is ruthlessly intolerant of regime criticism. If proved responsible for Khashoggi’s death, relations with Turkey will likely worsen.

They deteriorated markedly in recent years. Saudi consul-general Mohammad al-Otaiba claimed Khashoggi “is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him.”

His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waited for him outside the consulate. She disbelieves the regime’s explanation about his disappearance.

Kingdom assassins likely murdered him. Its ruling are authorities contemptuous of civil and human rights, along with disdaining the rule of law.


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A week ago, the Saudi Arabian dissident and writer Jamal Khashoggi was in Istanbul, where he visited the Saudi Consulate. Since that time, there is no record of his whereabouts, and Turkish investigators believe he was murdered inside the consulate, his body dismembered. Not only has this situation thrown a wrench into the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, but it has caused a worldwide uproar and threatens to damage the rose-tinted image of Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MBS, the 33-year old Saudi crown prince who is close to the Trump administration and family and who has tried—successfully—to convince many people in the West that he is a reformer. Though we still don’t know what happened to Khashoggi, stifling dissent lines up more with the reality of MBS’s rule than the moderate fantasy: Despite lifting a ban on women driving, he has overseen a brutal war in Yemen, a blockade of Qatar, a bizarre quasi-kidnapping of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, and a continuing crackdown on dissidents in his own country.

To talk about the Khashoggi case and the MBS era in Saudi Arabia, I spoke by phone with Karen Elliott House, a former diplomatic correspondent and foreign editor at the Wall Street Journal and the author of On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future. During the course of our conversation, which has been edited and condensed for clarity, we discussed why Saudi Arabia might have killed Khashoggi, the future of MBS’s agenda, and whether or not she is willing to re-evaluate her earlier, positive impression of him.

Isaac Chotiner: How much of a break do you think this feels like with the general way that Saudi Arabia deals with dissent, which has obviously not been gently?

Karen Elliott House: If it is true what the Turks say happened to Khashoggi, it is, I think, a marked change from the way they have by and large dealt with dissenters over the course of the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1932. [Turkish President] Erdoğan, as you know, is not an honest man. I’m not saying it didn’t happen, but I wouldn’t trust Erdoğan’s view of what happened. I think the call to “let us see the videotape” is the right one.

If the Saudis are ramping up the way they go after dissent, how do you understand that?

I can’t explain it. That is exactly what interests me: If this is true, what is going on that the rest of us don’t know about that would make this seem like an intelligent and wise thing to do? MBS gave an interview to Bloomberg last week in which he says that he is trying to reform the country, carry out his Vision 2030 without causing a civil war. I found that fascinating because nothing I know—and I go to Saudi Arabia at least twice a year—makes me believe that the country is that precarious. [But] he seems to be saying that there is a serious extremism and terrorism issue in Saudi Arabia … not in the region as a whole, in Saudi Arabia. From everything one sees, his openings, his reforms have been received quite well. There’s no doubt there are people who oppose them, but I wouldn’t have the sense that the country is teeming with the potential for civil war because Saudis very much prize stability.

Even if it is true, why does killing a dissident or cracking down on dissidents help your modernization plan and protect it from terrorists?

He also goes on in that Bloomberg interview to say that there are people in the country who are cooperating with Qatar and Iran and we can’t allow them to go around stirring up trouble, by which I assume he means stirring up the extremism in the country. In other words, that this is a clash between extremism and modernity. There are people who oppose letting women drive and [opening the] cinema and all of the things he’s doing, but you don’t get the sense that there are enough of them that there is a real risk of some fundamentalist backlash unless he is planning to do something going forward that none of us know about.

Also, people like Khashoggi and other dissidents are not the ones opposing letting women drive or opening movie theaters.

No, no. As you know, Khashoggi lost his job at a Saudi newspaper for, in essence, running articles against fundamentalism and for women driving and other openings in the past. It’s odd that he winds up in this trouble at the time when he, in that sense, is sharing the crown prince’s view of fundamentalism: Extremism is a bad thing and women driving is a good thing. Again, I cannot explain this.

A lot of the conversations in the American press about MBS for a very long time took the line that he was a well-meaning reformer who was trying to do right by his country, and occasionally there’d be something that wasn’t great but fundamentally his intentions were good. Do you have reason to think that we should necessarily believe that that’s the prism through which to view him?

I am one of those who, from meeting him several times, believed that he did understand the need for changing Saudi Arabia’s economy and social structure, because doing the latter is necessary to do the former. To change the economy, you have to let women work and women drive. [I believed] that he truly understood the economic risks and thus the social and political risks that the country faced if it did not change and [believed] that he was both courageous and charismatic enough to push that forward. His critics say he’s irrational. He’s impulsive. He may be impulsive, but I really don’t think he’s irrational, so I keep asking myself, what does he know or what has he convinced himself of? I don’t see any threats to him or to the country. So I would like to know what is this threat that he sees that … if this is true, that would make one go to this length?

Couldn’t one answer simply be that he doesn’t like criticism the way a lot of authoritarian rulers do not like criticism?

Absolutely. No authoritarian ruler likes criticism, but it’s only people like Putin and Saddam Hussein and Kim Jong-un who actually kill their critics. Most authoritarian rulers lock them up. They throw away the key. They try them and then eliminate them after a trial, which we wouldn’t regard as free and fair, but they go at least through that process. It’s only, I repeat, the Saddams and the Putins and the Kim Jong-uns who just—

Wait. I don’t want to get into a moral weighing of the scales because I’m not equipped to do that, but there were reports that people were being tortured at the hotel where MBS had a bunch of people locked up. There have been reports just generally of dissidents being treated very poorly. I’m not sure why he doesn’t belong more in that Putin category than the others, especially when you add in things like what’s going on in the war in Yemen, where he is overseeing a war where many civilians are dying and people are starving to death for very little purpose as far as I can tell. Why would we not put him in that Putin category?

I personally see the war in Yemen … he believes, and I believe he truly believes, that the Iranians are a threat to him in Yemen and that he has to fight that war. It is not going well, and I don’t think it’s likely to go well. I don’t think they know how to win it or get out of it, but to me, at least, war casualties are a different thing from taking one of your citizens and hacking him to bits.

You said that there are some people who see MBS as impulsive and reckless. Given what you’ve just described—him getting involved in this Yemen thing that doesn’t feel like it’s going well, given what happened with the Lebanese prime minister, given the blockade of Qatar that he has helped see through—why would we not think of him as impulsive? What has he done to make us not think that he’s impulsive and reckless?

This is like, if you disagree with somebody, you can believe they were impulsive and reckless. He went into the Yemen war. That’s like how we went into the Vietnam War. We didn’t think it was so hopeless in the beginning. Now he’s stuck. I don’t think that’s proof of impulsiveness. The severing of relations with Qatar, I have never been able to understand. I don’t know whether that’s irrationality or impulsiveness or what. For me, it’s not sane policy to have a fight with Qatar. What the Saudis will tell you is the Qataris are trying to infiltrate our country, trying to take over. I don’t know if they truly believe it, but they certainly say it. The Hariri thing, that probably was not his wisest move either.

My point is he may be impulsive. I don’t think he’s irrational. I think he convinces himself that he’s got a reason to do this. The problem is many of these things don’t work out for him.

The point I brought up earlier about a lot of people certainly in the American press and America viewing him through this prism even if there’s not necessarily the evidence to back it up: It feels like you’re saying you were impressed by him, but at the same time, there are all these things that you can’t understand or that seem to not make sense.

I think he had an image as a reformer. Most Americans, as you know, don’t pay attention to Saudi Arabia, but the people who do, they saw this bright young man who didn’t look like all the other old rulers for the past 50 years. He was saying sensible things, talking about reform, reforming the economy and letting Saudi Arabia do things that the rest of the world didn’t even … they know women can’t drive, but I think most people didn’t really understand that you can’t go to a movie in Saudi Arabia or a concert, or women can’t go to a soccer game, all of that stuff. He did manage to burst into the American consciousness as a young, attractive reformer.

I think since November last year with the Ritz Carlton event, imprisoning businessmen and princes and Cabinet ministers and former ministers: That raised a red flag for people. I think it did cause people to pause and look. This Jamal Khashoggi thing is getting a lot of press in America, and that is clearly, as Tom Friedman tweeted, not good for the image of the crown prince.


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“In an atmosphere of atrocities that happen daily — whether by an airstrike or through the blockade, famine, and cholera epidemic — the anniversaries of these attacks serve as a reminder to Americans that their weapons are involved in killing our children and we will not forgive them.” – A grieving Yemeni mother. SANAA, YEMEN […]
          World's Most Powerful Passport Revealed As Countries' Global Rankings Shift      Cache   Translate Page      
Japan passport holders will find it easier than ever to travel the world, as their travel documents have just moved up in the global Henley Passport Index to take the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
Full Henley Passport Index 2018

    Japan (190 countries)
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    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
    Dominica, Guatemala, El Savador (137 countries)
    Peru (135 countries)
    Serbia, Solomon Islands (130 countries)
    Samoa, Vanuatu (129 countries)
    Nicaragua, Ukraine (128 countries)
    Colombia, Tuvalu (127 countries)
    Macedonia (125 countries)
    Marshall Islands, Tonga (124 countries)
    Kiribati, Montenegro (123 countries)
    Micronesia, Moldova (122 countries)
    Russia, Palau Islands (119 countries)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (118 countries)
    Albania (114 countries)
    Georgia (112 countries)
    Turkey (111 countries)
    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
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    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
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    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
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          Manifiesto XXXII Marcha a Rota: "hemos vuelto a las puertas de esta base militar de Rota para reclamar el derecho de las andaluzas y los andaluces a vivir en paz"      Cache   Translate Page      

La XXXII Marcha a Rota se desarrolló el día de ayer, domingo 7 de octubre, y contó con la participación de más de 200 personas que volvieron a gritar ‘OTAN no, bases fuera’.

La manifestación salía a mediodía del parque Calderón en El Puerto, y se ha centrado en denunciar que la presencia de las bases en territorio andaluz “nos convierten en cómplices de guerras que se alargan en el tiempo por los intereses del negocio de las armas de las grandes potencias”. No ha faltado la denuncia del contrato de las corbetas para Arabia, que se construirán en la Bahía, y la exigencia de un nuevo modelo de desarrollo económico en la provincia no dependiente de la industria militar.

MANIFIESTO MARCHA A ROTA 7 DE OCTUBRE 2018

Aquí estamos un año más. Llegamos de nuevo a las puertas de esta fábrica de guerra llamada Base Naval de Rota a traer nuestras pancartas, nuestros deseos y nuestra apuesta de que Andalucía sea de una vez por todas, tierra de paz y de acogida. Venimos a levantar estas alambradas y a derribar estos muros del horror; venimos a proponer un futuro donde toda la inversión económica y humana que sostiene este monumento a la muerte se ponga al servicio del desarrollo y de la paz.

Ha sido un año duro en el que las guerras como la de Siria, Yemen, Sudán del Sur y República Centroafricana, han causado miles de víctimas, y la huida de sus hogares de millones de familias. Las grandes potencias económicas con su ambición, y los grandes beneficios del negocio de las armas generan un desesperado y masivo movimiento de población que huye de los conflictos y cruza el Mediterráneo buscando refugio. Europa, que conoció movimientos migratorios semejantes cuando su propia población huía asustada de la maquinaria de guerra nazi, o España, que conoció fenómenos de semejante magnitud tras el alzamiento fascista de 1936, responden a este llamado de auxilio con políticas abiertamente xenófobas o con acuerdos y protocolos supuestamente humanitarios que nunca llegan a plasmarse. El resultado son muertes en el mar, devoluciones o confinamientos que conculcan los derechos humanos, muros más altos, alambradas más sólidas y fronteras más tupidas y militarizadas.

Desde el África subsahariana, generaciones y generaciones de hombres y mujeres jóvenes, el capital humano que debía desarrollar la sociedad en países como Gambia, Senegal, Mali, etc.., cruza el continente alentados por la imperiosa necesidad de construir un futuro para los suyos tras la esquilmación sistemática que las grandes multinacionales están haciendo con sus países y sus riquezas nacionales.

En definitiva, Europa, socia interesada en la ocultación y la sangría de todo un continente, se beneficia en sus conflictos y empobrecimiento pero niega el derecho de asilo a las poblaciones afectadas por el conflicto. Los voceros europeos - políticos, sociólogos, periodistas,…- dibujan, anuncian “invasiones” y dan alimento al surgimiento de un nuevo fascismo populista y xenófobo cuyas ideas anidan en los gobiernos del viejo continente.

Ha sido también un año duro para la dignidad de Andalucía. La dignidad perseguida y pisoteada. Un año en que se nos quiere obligar a elegir entre el hambre, el paro o la complicidad con el crimen. Se nos quiere convencer de que la única posibilidad para nuestra industria naval es ser, como esta base de Rota, una pieza más de la estrategia terrorista de los más poderosos, alinearse de lado de las monarquías autocráticas que masacran países como Yemen, construir sus barcos de guerra igual que otros obreros de otras partes del Estado construyen sus bombas. Un negocio suculento y criminal que beneficia a un puñado de familias herederas de monarquías medievales con el apoyo y amistad de la monarquía española.

¿Dónde quedó la dignidad de aquel movimiento obrero que en Septiembre del 77 se manifestaba en Cádiz para negarse a reparar el buque Escuela Esmeralda, centro de tortura de la dictadura de Pinochet? ¿Qué queda en nosotras y nosotros del ejemplo de aquellos obreros alemanes y portugueses que boicoteaban la fabricación de las armas que los fascistas les compraban para masacrar a quienes defendían la República? Hay que reivindicar la dignidad rebelde de la reciente “asamblea de los tornos” que convocó la huelga general del Metal gaditano en defensa de cargas de trabajo sostenible y contra la precariedad laboral. La industria de la guerra es también oscura contra sus propios trabajadores y trabajadoras, deteriorando las condiciones de trabajo hasta hacerlas peligrosas para sus vidas.

Nos quieren hacer creer que sólo hay un camino para la prosperidad en nuestra tierra y que este pasa por fabricar concertinas, alambradas, patrulleras, aviones, fusiles, bombas... Y se hostiga, a veces desde posiciones supuestamente de izquierdas, a las voces discordantes con el discurso del posibilismo. Voces valientes desde el movimiento sindical más alternativo, colectivos sociales, ecologistas o antirracistas, voces como la nuestra que creen que otro futuro es posible para la industria naval y para el resto la industria de la Bahía ligándola a sectores como las energías limpias y alternativas, la “deconstrucción naval” reconvirtiendo buques obsoletos en transportes sostenibles… En ese sentido, la Plataforma que organiza esta marcha se ha dirigido a la presidenta de la Junta de Andalucía, Susana Díaz, para instarle a que no nos mienta, y deje de obligar a nuestra gente a elegir entre el paro o el crimen, entre el hambre o las bombas, para que oiga las propuestas avanzadas que exigen empleo para la Bahía pero un empleo digno y sostenible que no condene a Andalucía a ser señalada como verdugo de otros pueblos.

Esta base militar, cerca de la cual se ahogaron hace ahora quince años más de treinta y cinco personas sin que se percatara ninguno de sus radares, ni se moviera ni uno solo de sus barcos, sin que ninguno de sus focos iluminara el cementerio en que se convirtió esa noche la mar, esta base no es neutral. “Esos de ahí enfrente, matan a la gente”, gritábamos hace años cuando desde otras ediciones de estas marchas, veíamos salir los aviones hacia Irak, hacia Libia… Hoy siguen saliendo y matando en Siria, por ejemplo. Siguen saliendo en misiones de apoyo a gobiernos como el de Israel que bloquea y condena a morir de hambre al rebelde pueblo palestino en Gaza. Ni uno solo de los esfuerzos de esta base está dirigido, por ejemplo, a evitar las muertes en el Mediterráneo. Ni uno solo de sus barcos patrulla esta bahía para librar de la muerte a tanta mujer, tanto hombre, tanta criatura como se la juega en sus aguas. Eso queda para el esfuerzo valiente de algunas ONGs que son sistemáticamente obstaculizadas y perseguidas por su generosa labor.

Una base que no solo no cuida de la población sino que con su propia existencia pone en peligro la seguridad de las poblaciones de la provincia al situarnos en el ojo del huracán. El pasado junio cayó el mayor dron espía de EEUU en Rota y no informaron de ello. ¿Cómo podrá protegernos de mayores ataques quien no puede ni siquiera controlar la caída de sus propios drones? Es de risa si no causara tanto horror

¿Qué hubiera pasado si en vez de un dron hubiera sido un proyectil de otro calibre más mortífero? Sabemos de las continuas escalas de submarinos nucleares en sus muelles como el que llegó hace pocas fechas.

¿Quién controla el motivo de esa escalas y el riesgo para la población que suponen?

Y todo a cambio de un empleo cada vez más precarizado, con una plantilla cada vez más reducida que tiene que pelear constantemente porque el capital americano no entiende de derechos de las personas que trabajan para él.

Construir una sociedad para la paz no es sólo negarse a manufacturar y vender bombas y armas, no solo atañe a las trabajadoras y los trabajadores de la industria naval; también es cómplice quien en las escuelas asiente con los nuevos planes de educación militar y para la guerra, quién no se moviliza contra la xenofobia y la esquilmación terrorista que el Norte hace del sur, quien financia de manera sumisa con sus impuestos las políticas armamentísticas o quién con su voto concede mayorías a los partidos que apoyan el orden hegemónico de las potencias mundiales.

Por eso hemos vuelto hoy a las puertas de esta base militar de Rota para reclamar el derecho de las andaluzas y los andaluces a vivir en paz, a construir una Andalucía que sea tierra de acogida de las personas que hoy necesitan de nuestra solidaridad, una Andalucía sin alambradas, sin racismo y sin bases militares; una Andalucía con empleo de calidad, con una industria que construya futuro y una clase trabajadora que no se vea forzada a mitigar su justa hambre de pan, techo y dignidad a base de masacrar a otros pueblos hermanos.

¡Andalucía, tierra de paz y acogida! OTAN NO, Bases fuera.


          Imaaraatka Oo Ku Faanay In Uu Door Ka Qaatay La Dagaalanka Argagixisada Dalal Soomaaliya Ay Kamid Tahay.      Cache   Translate Page      

Dr. Anwar Bin Mohammed Gargash Oo Ah Wasiiru Dowladaha Wasaaradda Arrimaha Dibadda Imaaraatka Carabta Oo Ka Hadlay Kulan Looga Hadlayay La Dagaalanka Waxa Looga Yeero Argagixisada Ayaa Sheegay In Door Wanaagsan Ay Ka Qaateen. Iyaga Oo Kaashanaya Boqortooyada Sacuudiga Iyo Masar Ayuu Dr.Gargaash Sheegay In Dalalka Soomaaliya, Yemen Iyo Pakistan Ay Kaalin Wax Ku Ool […]

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U.S. Ambassador: Political Settlement Only Solution to Crisis in Yemen

U.S. Ambassador: Political Settlement Only Solution to Crisis in Yemen

Fatiha Belfakir - VOA News

The ongoing conflict in Yemen cannot be resolved militarily, rather efforts should be made by all parties to the conflict to find a political solution, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen told U.S.-funded Alhurra TV last week.

"I do believe that we have a path forward with a strong international consensus to continue to push towards a political solution," U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew Tueller said. He added the U.S remains committed to finding a political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country.

"I believe ultimately that Yemenis themselves know that there must be a political solution,” Tueller said.

Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, the Yemeni Ambassador to the U.S, told VOA that while his government supports U.S. and U.N. efforts to find a political solution to the war, military pressure is needed.

“We believe, up until now, that the only solution to the Yemeni conflict is the political solution.We believe also from our experience with the Houthis that they will not come to the negotiation table unless there is a certain level of military pressure," Bin Mubarak said.

UN Conference

The United Nations has been trying to mediate between the warring sides in Yemen to an effort to resolve the conflict.

Last month, it convened a three-day conference in Geneva to discuss an end to the conflict, but the Houthis did not attend.

“We did not manage to get Ansarullah's delegation, the delegation from Sanaa to come here,” U.N. special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said, expressing disappointment over the Houthi boycott of the meeting.

But Griffiths showed optimism and said his team will continue to engage all sides.

“We were engaged throughout these days in discussions and negotiations and arrangements and options and alternatives to get them [Houthis] here," he said.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Tueller said Iran played a role in preventing the Houthis from attending the Geneva meeting.

"I see in many negotiations, strategies and tactics that Houthis have used throughout numerous negotiations held internationally, they followed tactics that are very familiar to us as we have engaged with Iran, always following a path where negotiations are very difficult," Tueller said.

But he said the Houthis are not fully controlled by Iran.

"We have to work with these modern elements on the political side of Houthis, who do not want to see Iran or any other country having a role meddling inside Yemen," Tueller added.

Worst Humanitarian Crisis

The civil war in Yemen began in 2014 between the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has the support of a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

U.N. and international rights groups are calling the conflict the worst crisis in the world.

“Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. As the conflict enters its fourth year, more than 22 million people, three-quarters of the population, need humanitarian aid and protection,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a donor conference in Geneva earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the U.N. World Food Program said the current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented.

“Now, 17 million people in the country are food insecure, meaning they do not have enough food. Of these, 6.8 million -- that is almost 1 in 4 people -- are severely food insecure and rely entirely on external assistance,” the U.N. agency said.

While calling the Yemen crisis a catastrophe, Michael Page of Human Rights Watch blamed both Iranian-backed Houthis and the Saudi-led coalition for restricting aid to certain areas in Yemen.

"Houthis are restricting aid and detaining humanitarian workers," Page said. “A substantial amount of blame is on the Saudi-led coalition for the bombing campaign, which has hit or destroyed schools, hospitals and mosques.”

Extremists

As the crisis deeps in Yemen, some rights organizations are concerned that extremists groups could exploit the situation.

In an interview with NPR, International Rescue Committee President David Miliband said the conflict in Yemen is in a stalemate stage, breeding not only a humanitarian crisis but also paving the way for other nonstate actors to exploit the situation.

“In the chaos, other groups are emerging, separatists groups in the south, al-Qaida of the Arab Peninsula in the east and ISIS is growing [in the country] as well,” Miliband told Lisa Mullins, the host of NPR’s Here & Now show on Monday.

“At the same time, there is a political emergency, too, because the only side that’s gaining from the current stalemate are the extremists of al-Qaida and ISIS and it’s a country now which is on the verge of meltdown, not just a humanitarian meltdown but a political meltdown,” Miliband added, using an acronym for the Islamic State terror group.

Regional Rivalry

Some analysts like Houchang Hassan Yari, a professor at the Royal Military College of Canada, believe that at the heart of the conflict in Yemen lies the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

"Iranians are using Houthis to fight Saudis, and Saudis are fighting Houthis indirectly to fight Iranians," Yari said." Iranians are showing their muscles in the region as they believe Iran is a power.”

A senior official of the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition, told VOA that his country and the Saudi-led coalition supports a political solution.

"We fully support U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths' efforts and encourage all the relevant parties to engage in a constructive dialogue that could ultimately lead to an end to the conflict," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media about Yemen.

Civilian Casualties

In addition to displacing millions of people, the conflict has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 10,000 innocent people since it began.

Page, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, blamed both the Houthis and Saudi-led coalition for indiscriminate use of force in Yemen.

"The Saudis are not using these weapons precisely, they are sometimes purposely and deliberately targeting an area and indiscriminately killing civilians," Page said.

A senior U.S. State Department official told VOA that the U.S. has urged all parties in the conflict to respect the law of armed conflict.

"Throughout this conflict, the United States has urged all parties to abide by the Law of Armed Conflict, work to prevent harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, and thoroughly investigate and ensure accountability for any violations," the official said.

State Department correspondent Nike Ching contributed to this report.

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We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

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We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

 

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Bu firmadan 5 eşarp sipariş ettim. Yırtık ve üzeri keçeli kalem ile karalanmış olarak geldi. Eşarp olarak sipariş ettiğim yemeni olarak geldi. Para iademi talep ediyorum. Armine'nin markasını kullandığınız için ilgili firmaya da bilgilendirme geçtim. En geç yarına kadar yapılmadığı takdirde yasal yo
          Mukalla is an oasis of stability in war-torn Yemen. So why do some residents miss Al Qaeda?      Cache   Translate Page      

Fuel truck driver Ali Astal wouldn’t dare cross this country brimming with guns and militias without a Kalashnikov or two stashed under the dashboard.

But when he reaches the Mukalla city limits, he gamely surrenders his weapons at a checkpoint.

“This is for the city’s security,” he said as a soldier...


          Mukalla is an oasis of stability in war-torn Yemen. So why do some residents miss Al Qaeda?      Cache   Translate Page      

Fuel truck driver Ali Astal wouldn’t dare cross this country brimming with guns and militias without a Kalashnikov or two stashed under the dashboard.

But when he reaches the Mukalla city limits, he gamely surrenders his weapons at a checkpoint.

“This is for the city’s security,” he said as a soldier...


          Yemen: Tropical Cyclone LUBAN. Warning n.10 (10 October 2018)      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen


          Comment on U.S. mainstream media ignores key elements of Saudi Arabia’s likely murder of Jamal Khashoggi by HarryLaw      Cache   Translate Page      
If thousands of deaths of men women and children through US supported bombing of Yemen and the resulting cholera epidemic cannot change US support from this depraved Saudi dictatorship one mans disappearance will not do it. This quote from the film 'Ace in the hole' tells you everything you need to know about both journalism and human nature.... Charles Tatum [Kirk Douglas] One man's better than 84. Didn't they teach you that? Herbie Cook: Teach me what? Charles Tatum: Human interest. You pick up the paper, you read about 84 men or 284, or a million men, like in a Chinese famine. You read it, but it doesn't say with you. One man's different, you want to know all about him. That's human interest. Three more quotes from that film for all you budding journalists... Bad news sells best. 'Cause good news is no news. • It's a good story today. Tomorrow, it'll be yesterday's news and they'll wrap a fish in it. • I can handle big news and little news. And if there's no news, I'll go out and bite a dog.
          1 Ft! CHEROKEE ÁTMENETI DZSEKI KISLÁNYNAK 12-18 HÓ - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

CHEROKEE
átmeneti dzseki
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Kérésre szívesen mérek!
Képek szerinti  jó állapotban!
Mosva és vasalva küldöm!
1. kép AJÁNLÁS!
Sok szép baba- és gyerekruha
kedvező áron!
Ebben a méretben nagy választék!
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1 Ft!  CHEROKEE ÁTMENETI DZSEKI  KISLÁNYNAK  12-18 HÓ
Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-10-21 20:25
          1 Ft! BAKER ÁTMENET KABÁT KISLÁNYNAK 86/ 18 HÓ - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

BAKER
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86-os méretben    18-24 hó
Kérésre szívesen mérek!
Folt- és szakadásmentes,
képek szerinti  jó állapotban!
Mosva és vasalva küldöm!
1. kép AJÁNLÁS!
Sok szép baba- és gyerekruha és játék
kedvező áron!
A 2017-es postai díjszabást találja a borítékra kattintva!
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          Yemen'e Suudi ablukası sürerse 8 bin diyaliz hastası yaşamını yitirecek      Cache   Translate Page      

Suudi Arabistan'ın sivil altyapısını yok ettiği Yemen'de sağlık hizmetlerine ulaşamayan 8 bin diyaliz hastasının ölme riski altında olduğu bildiriliyor.

Yemen Sağlık Bakanlığı, Suudi Arabistan'ın ülkeye ablukayı sürdürmesini durumunda 8 bin diyaliz hastasının yaşamını yitireceğini duyurdu.

PressTV'nin haberine göre kronik böbrek hastalığı olan ve haftada üç kez diyalize gitmesi gereken hastalar sağlık hizmetlerine ulaşamıyor.

Bakanlık açıklamasında ülkenin sağlık sisteminin çökmemesi için bakanlığın elinden geleni yaptığı, ancak diyaliz hastaları için gereken tedavinin sürdürülemeyeceği belirtildi.

2015'TEN BERİ SALDIRILAR SÜRÜYOR

Suudi Arabistan ve bölgesel müttefikleri Mart 2015'ten beri Yemen'e saldırıları sürdürüyor.

Husileri askeri olarak yenilgiye uğratamayan Suudi koalisyonu, ülkenin sivil altyapısını hedef alan saldırılar gerçekleştiriyor.

SON LİMAN DA SUUDİ ABLUKASINDA

Ülkenin uluslararası yardım ulaştırılabilen son limanı Hudeyde'ye yapılan operasyonlarla birlikte yüz binlerce sivil sağlık hizmetlerine, temiz suya ve gıdaya ulaşamaz hale geldi.

Yalnızca kolera salgını sonucunda 2 bin 200 Yemenli yaşamını yitirirken, Birleşmiş Milletler ülkede yaşananları dünyanın en kötü insani felaketi olarak niteliyor.

Doğrudan Suudi koalisyonunun saldırıları sonucunda ölen sivil sayısıysa 15 bini aştı.


          Verkorte Grand Prix-proef bekend: zigzag en achterwaarts eruit      Cache   Translate Page      
De FEI heeft de verkorte Grand Prix-proef, die als pilot op London Olympia verreden gaat worden, bekend gemaakt. De opvallendste wijzigingen zijn het vervallen van het zigzag-appuyement in galop, het vervallen van het halthouden en achterwaarts en twee maal piaffe...
          The Saudi Monarchy May Have Killed a Free Man      Cache   Translate Page      

Doug Bandow

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi moved to the United States after he was pressured to stop criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s new authoritarian order. He explained his decision a year ago in the Washington Post : “I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice. To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Khashoggi, who once advised members of the royal family, appears to have paid the ultimate price for living his principles. On Tuesday he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, seeking to complete paperwork to facilitate his remarriage. He never exited. Alive, anyway.

The Saudi authorities insist that he had left and they also are looking for him. It first appeared likely that he had been kidnapped, a common tactic used by Riyadh against dissident princes and other critics. The Turkish police noted the departure of several diplomatic vehicles from the building, in which he could have been taken, drugged and/or bound. However, Ankara now concludes that Khashoggi was murdered by a special hit squad brought in for that purpose.

Did journalist Jamal Khashoggi fall prey to the tyrannical regime in Saudi Arabia?

Stated an anonymous official: “We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate.” If true, Riyadh has dramatically escalated the war on its critics, many of whom, as Khashoggi related, currently languish in prison. However, having denied that the journalist is either at the consulate or in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the regime could not easily later release him from prison. And death certainly ends his criticism.

The KSA never has run on liberal principles. However, there long was some space for measured criticism, with liberals allowed to advocate reform. Khashoggi called it “a gentleman’s agreement” which resulted in a balance between what could and could not be published. However, that tolerance has disappeared under the reign of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, who with his father has turned a brotherly monarchy into a family dictatorship.

Unfortunately, the crown prince’s long overdue social liberalization has been more than counterbalanced by imposition of political tyranny. Explained Khashoggi: “We started seeing more direct pressure on journalists to only publish pro-government stories. Some people were asked to sign loyalty pledges. Some people were banned from writing or had their columns taken down. Things got worse for the activists, too, or people with critical opinions. The government was sending a message that if you’re not with us, you’re against us.”

On his arrival in the United States Khashoggi wrote of “the fear, intimidation, arrest and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds.” He noted “how breathtakingly fast you can fall out of favor with Saudi Arabia.” Repression is now “business as usual in my country.”

For instance, women activists long risked their freedom to push the government to lift the ban on women driving. In June MbS did so with great fanfare-while silencing and even arresting many of those who had advocated the change. Human Rights Watch referred to “an unrelenting crackdown on the women’s rights movement.” One unnamed activist admitted that “We used to think if we presented ourselves as allies to the government, wanting to work with them, we would be safe. But that changed after the rise of Mohammed bin Salman.”

The repressive wave washed over numerous pundits and clerics. Some were arrested not because they criticized Riyadh, but because they did not vigorously attack Qatar, which MbS sought to turn into a puppet state. In May Human Rights Watch reported that “Saudi Arabia is detaining thousands of people for more than six months, in some cases for over a decade, without referring them to courts for criminal proceedings.” The number of those so detained increased tenfold since May 2014.

Last year the crown prince jailed a couple hundred of the kingdom’s wealthy elite in a brutal financial shakedown, with the added benefit of discouraging opposition to his family’s coup against the old system. Most were freed after turning over a substantial amount of their wealth to MbS, though many remain barred from foreign travel. But even before that power development occurred Khashoggi being overseas offered no security from Riyadh’s reach. The BBC reported on three princes, Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Prince Turki bin Bandar, and Prince Saud bin Saif al-Nasr, who had gone into exile and advocated reform, only to be kidnapped and returned to the KSA, where they were jailed (or possibly murdered). This practice has continued, with regime critics recently abducted in Kuwait and Lebanon.

Even the State Department had trouble finding anything nice to say about the repressive royals in its latest human rights report. Explained State: “The most significant human rights issues included unlawful killings, including execution for other than the most serious offenses and without requisite due process; torture; arbitrary arrest and detention, including of lawyers, human rights activists, and anti-government reformists; political prisoners; arbitrary interference with privacy; restrictions on freedom of expression, including on the internet, and criminalization of libel; restrictions on freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, movement, and religion; citizens’ lack of ability and legal means to choose their government through free and fair elections.”

Despite rumors of impending religious liberalization, so far the KSA sits atop the world, alongside North Korea, as a leading persecutor. Even Iran allows churches, temples, and synagogues to operate. But not Saudi Arabia. Even foreigners who gather in homes to worship face arrest. Years of financing fundamentalist Wahhabism around the globe have encouraged intolerance, hostility, and hatred of non-Muslims. Shiites also are a persecuted minority in the KSA, even facing death for protesting their discriminatory status.

With such a dreadful record, the Saudi royals have become a bit, shall we say, touchy about criticism of their behavior. After the Canadian government urged release of women’s rights activists, Riyadh expelled Canada’s ambassador, dropped pending contracts in Canada, and withdrew students from Canadian universities. The KSA also demanded an apology for having pointed out its crimes. The KSA similarly targeted Sweden and Germany for equally modest comments on the repressive royals.

That MbS does not employ violence against his international critics reflects lack of reach, not ambition. His foreign policy is both brutal and reckless. For instance, last year the Saudi government essentially kidnapped visiting Lebanese prime minister Saad Harari, a Sunni long allied with Riyadh, and forced him to announce his resignation. The resulting international furor caused his release, after which he returned to his duties.

Angry with Qatar for providing sanctuary for critics of the KSA, Riyadh (along with the United Arab Emirates) launched a campaign to isolate Doha. The terror-friendly Saudi government, home to fifteen of nineteen 9/11 hijackers and financier of Islamic fundamentalism worldwide, present its action as an attack on terrorism. However, MbS was most irritated with Qatar-funded Al Jazeera, which criticized the Saudi royals. The KSA planned to invade its small neighbor, backing away only under U.S. pressure and Turkish intervention.

In 2015 the Saudis launched an aggressive war against Yemen to restore to power the pliable Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who had been ousted in the latest iteration of decades of civil war and internal strife. An expected two-week war stretched into more than three years, with thousands of Yemeni civilians killed by Saudi airstrikes. The Saudis (and Emiratis) underwrote Islamic radicals in the fight against Houthi rebels. Iran took advantage of Riyadh’s bloody overreach to support the opposition, bleeding the KSA.

Saudi Arabia also backed the repressive el-Sisi government and Khalifa monarchy in Egypt and Bahrain, respectively. Riyadh even sent troops to help the latter suppress the Shia majority, which sought democratic freedoms from their Sunni overlords. Moreover, the KSA funded the most radical insurgents in Syria, largely abandoning the fight against the Islamic State in favor of its ill-fated Yemeni campaign. Riyadh has become the most brutal, destabilizing force in the Persian Gulf.

These policies are undermining MbS’s professed commitment to economic reform. Wealthy Saudis have been running for the exits with their cash and foreigners have stopped investing. Last year the KSA received less foreign direct investment than politically and economically unstable Jordan and oil-poor Oman. Instead of forging a reputation as a decisive leader, the crown prince increasingly looks like “an impulsive authoritarian, prone to temper tantrums and flights of irrational decisionmaking,” in the words of John Hannah, senior counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

However, President Donald Trump appeared to fall under MbS’s influence after visiting Riyadh last year, where the president received a royal welcome-even awkwardly joining the “sword dance” and peering into the orb, called the “eye of Sauron” by some wits, at the “anti-terrorism” center. The crown prince recently said of Trump: “I love working with him. I really like working with him and we have achieved a lot in the Middle East.”

What is there for the crown prince not to like? The United States has armed him and given him a blank check to run amok in the Mideast. Moreover, the administration’s proposed “Arab NATO” would cement Saudi domination, forcing the three independent Gulf States, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait, into Riyadh’s orbit. And the administration, so vocal about Iran’s human-rights violations, has said nothing about the far more tyrannical regime in Saudi Arabia.

President Trump, who recently expressed his “love” for MbS, cynically sold U.S. policy to Riyadh. The president recently urged Riyadh to purchase even more weapons and push down oil prices, in recompense for America’s campaign against Tehran, the KSA’s only serious regional rival. In this way the administration sold its soul to the Saudi royals.

But now the crown prince looks like a common murderer. Khashoggi’s apparent killing should be a step too far even for Washington. If Iran committed such an act, then the administration would lead an angry global chorus against the Islamist regime. The United States should do the same against Riyadh.

Jamal Khashoggi was both good and brave, committed to a freer Saudi Arabia. That MbS and his confederates would kill such a man tells Americans all they need to know about their nominal ally. The Trump administration should loosen its embrace of a regime so antithetical to America’s most basic values and interests.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is the author of Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire.
          Where Is Trump's Alleged Isolationism?      Cache   Translate Page      

Ted Galen Carpenter

It’s nearly impossible to read major newspapers, magazines, or online publications in recent months without encountering a plethora of articles contending that the United States is turning inward and “going alone,” “abandoning Washington’s global leadership role” or “retreating from the world.” These trends supposedly herald the arrival of a new “isolationism.” The chief villain in all of these worrisome developments is, of course, Donald Trump. There is just one problem with such arguments; they are vastly overstated bordering on utterly absurd.

President Trump is not embracing his supposed inner isolationist. The policy changes that he has adopted regarding both security and international economic issues do not reflect a desire to decrease Washington’s global hegemonic status. Instead, they point to a more unilateral and militaristic approach, but one that still envisions a hyper-activist U.S. role.

For instance, it’s certainly not evident that the United States is abandoning its security commitments to dozens of allies and clients. Despite the speculation that erupted in response to Trump’s negative comments about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other alliances during the 2016 election campaign (and occasionally since then), the substance of U.S. policy has remained largely unchanged. Indeed, NATO has continued to expand its membership with Trump’s blessing—adding Montenegro and planning to add Macedonia.

If you look at his actions and not his words, you won’t find it.

Indeed, Trump’s principal complaint about NATO has always focused on European free-riding and the lack of burden-sharing, not about rethinking the wisdom of the security commitments to Europe that America undertook in the early days of the Cold War. In that respect, Trump’s emphasis on greater burden-sharing within the Alliance is simply a less diplomatic version of the message that previous generations of U.S. officials have tried sending to the allies.

Moreover, Trump’s insistence at the July NATO summit in Brussels that the European nations increase their military budgets and do more for transatlantic defense echoed the comments of President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in 2014. Hagel warned his European counterparts that they must step up their commitment to the alliance or watch it become irrelevant. Declining European defense budgets, he emphasized, are “not sustainable. Our alliance can endure only as long as we are willing to fight for it, and invest in it.” Rebalancing NATO’s “burden-sharing and capabilities,” Hagel stressed, “is mandatory—not elective.”

Additionally, U.S. military activities along NATO’s eastern flank certainly have not diminished during the Trump administration. Washington has sent forces to participate in a growing number of exercises (war games) along Russia’s western land border—as well as in the Black Sea—to demonstrate the U.S. determination to protect its alliance partners. Trump has even escalated America’s “leadership role” by authorizing the sale of weapons to Ukraine —a very sensitive step that President Obama carefully avoided.

Trump even seems receptive to establishing permanent U.S. military bases in Eastern Europe. During a state visit to Washington in mid-September, Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, promised to provide $2 billion toward construction costs if the United States built a military base in his country. Duda even offered to name the base “Fort Trump.” Trump’s reaction was revealing. Noting that Poland “is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland,” Trump stated that the United States would take Duda’s proposal “very seriously.” American Conservative columnist Daniel Larison notes that while Trump often is accused of wanting to “retreat” from the world, “his willingness to entertain this proposal shows that he doesn’t care about stationing U.S. forces abroad so long as someone else is footing most of the bill.”

U.S. military activism does not seem to have diminished outside the NATO region either. Washington persists in its futile regime-change campaign in Syria, and it continues the shameful policy of assisting Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies pursue their atrocity-ridden war in Yemen. Both of those Obama-era ventures should have been prime candidates for a policy change if Trump had wished to decrease America’s military activism.

There are no such indications in Europe, the Middle East, or anywhere else. The U.S. Navy’s freedom of navigation patrols in the South China Sea have actually increased in size and frequency under Trump—much to China’s anger . Washington’s diplomatic support for Taiwan also has quietly increased over the past year or so, and National Security Advisor John Bolton is on record suggesting that the United States move some of its troops stationed on Okinawa to Taiwan. The U.S. military presence in Sub-Saharan Africa is increasing, both in overall size and the number of host countries.

Those are all extremely strange actions for an administration supposedly flirting with a retreat from the world to be adopting. So, too, is Trump’s push for increases in America’s already bloated military budget, which now exceeds $700 billion—with even higher spending levels on the horizon.

Accusations of a U.S. retreat from the world on non-military matters have only slightly greater validity. True, Trump has shown little patience for multilateral arrangements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris climate agreement, or the United Nations Human Rights Council that he concluded did not serve America’s national interests. On those issues, the president’s actions demonstrated that his invocation of “America First” was not just rhetoric. However, regarding such matters, as well as the trade disputes with China and North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement partners, the administration’s emphasis is on securing a “better deal” for the United States, not abandoning the entire diplomatic process. One might question the wisdom or effectiveness of that approach, but it is a far cry from so-called isolationism.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign-policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at the National Interest, is the author of ten books, the contributing editor of ten books, and the author of more than seven hundred articles on international affairs.
          10/10 Links Pt1: UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb and Cave of Patriarchs part of 'Occupied Palestine'; Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers – Not Civilians      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

UNESCO: Rachel's Tomb and Cave of Patriarchs part of 'Occupied Palestine'
The PX Commission of the Executive Board of UNESCO on Wednesday morning adopted resolutions 28 and 29, titled "Occupied Palestine," which state that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem are "an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian territory" and condemning the construction of the security fence and "other measures aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the Occupied Palestinian territory."

Both resolutions were sponsored by Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, and were approved within minutes at the commission’s meeting, which includes the 59 members of UNESCO’s Executive Committee. Israel is not a member of the Executive Committee.

The resolutions also refer to Israel as "occupier" and condemn "Israeli army violations against Palestinian universities and schools," criticize the construction of the security fence, deplore the destruction of Palestinian schools, including in the village Khan al-Ahmar and regret Israel’s excavation projects in east Jerusalem.

UNESCO's assistant director-general for external relations, Nicolas Kassianides, said at the meeting that the resolutions were adopted following close consultations between the member states, and welcoming "the spirit of constructive dialogue that enabled to reach a consensus."

Kassianides further said the adoption of the resolution by consensus "confirms the positive momentum that started last year, especially on this subject which is very sensitive," hailing in particularly efforts by the Palestinians, Jordan and Israel to reach agreement.

Over the years, UNESCO included both items in the final text adopted annually by the agency’s Executive Committee. But when Audrey Azoulay took office last year as head of UNESCO, a compromise was achieved, with the resolutions adopted as an annex, and not inside the body of the text. This was the case today as well.

Belgium acknowledges Pisgat Ze’ev as part of Jerusalem
After sending the Tenzer family a letter stating that the parents of the family live in “Jerusalem”, while their two children live in “Palestinian territories,” the Belgian consulate in Jerusalem has announced the error was due to a technical malfunction in its computers that has since been amended.

"We would like to inform you that due to a technical error in our computer, the addresses of your children Talia and Gilad were incorrectly registered, and since then the error has been corrected," the second letter the consulate sent read.

The family reside in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood, which is located over the Green Line in eastern Jerusalem that was captured and annexed by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War.

The first letter, which was sent to every Belgian citizen as the Western European country approaches its national elections, was intended to explain to all expats their rights and how to cast their vote.

The family said that all letters addressed to the family from the Belgian consulate have always referred to all its members simply as residents of Jerusalem.
Caroline Glick: Russia Raises the Stakes in Syria with S-300 Missiles
Last week, India signed a deal to purchase Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile system. How likely is that deal to come to fruition if the U.S. and Israel expose the failings of the S-300? What about Turkey’s agreement to purchase the S-400?

While these key issues remain unknown, there are low-risk moves the U.S. can take in response to Russia’s adoption of a new, far more aggressive posture towards Israel and the U.S. that could serve to deter Russian adventurism and empower any moderate voices in Moscow that may have been sidelined since Sept. 17.

First, the administration could recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. The move would empower Israel diplomatically and weaken the diplomatic position of Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime they control.

Second, the U.S. can launch a campaign to withdraw international recognition of the Assad regime.

Iran and Russia both base the legality of their operations in Syria on the fact that the Assad regime asked them to intervene in Syria. But the Assad regime only exists because of their support.

In truth, they are foreign aggressors asserting control over Syria and using a local Syrian proxy to legitimize their aggression. A U.S.-led campaign internationally to withdraw recognition of the Assad regime and remove regime representatives from international forums, including the UN, could weaken the Russian-Iranian political position in significant ways.

Third, the administration could ask Congress for a new, updated authorization for the use of force in Syria. Current authorization is based on the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria. The Obama administration’s strategy was to deploy U.S. forces to fight ISIS and take no action against Iranian or Russian forces in the country.



JPost Editorial: Behind the plan
President Donald Trump has the world in suspense. Everywhere in the Middle East, and in capitals around the world, everyone awaits the unveiling, the roll out, of America’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” What is the president’s peace plan, all are wondering? What is he going to throw out there that, we’ve been told, is way different than anything that’s ever come before?

It’s got everyone guessing, and there have been hints and unconfirmed reports along the way about this point or that – this neighborhood’s borders, or that country’s direct involvement, etc. – but nobody is sure what’s in it, and if they do know, they’re not talking.

But even while we don’t know the details, we do have an idea about what the US is thinking – from the man who’s helping to craft that peace plan: Jason Greenblatt.

Two weeks ago, Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations addressed the semi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The AHLC – established on October 1, 1993, less than a month after the signing of the Oslo Accords – is a 15-member committee of countries and organizations that serves as the central body bringing together international efforts to finance aid to the Palestinians. If anything in the Trump peace plan will include money, then what Greenblatt had to say to the committee has extreme importance.

“Let’s stop focusing on tired talking points and throwing more money at the same things we have been doing since 1993,” he said. “It is time to realistically evaluate what works and what does not.”
Moscow rejects notion of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday indicated that his country will not agree to any change of status for the Golan Heights, which Moscow, along with the large majority of the international community, considers occupied Syrian territory.

His comments followed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call on the international community Monday to recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin appreciates how important the strategic plateau is for Israel.

“The status of the Golan Heights is determined by the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow. “Changing this status bypassing the Security Council, from my perspective, would be a direct violation of these resolutions.”

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War, and formally annexed the territory in 1981. UN Security Council Resolution 497 of that year declared that Israel’s annexation of the “occupied Syrian Golan Heights is null and void and without international legal effect.” It passed unanimously.
Israel will continue Syria strikes despite S-300, Netanyahu tells Moscow
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he told Russia’s vice premier in talks on Tuesday that Israel must continue to hit hostile targets in neighboring Syria, despite Moscow’s decision to equip Damascus with advanced air defense missiles.

Netanyahu said at a press conference that he told Maxim Akimov in talks in Jerusalem that Israel would continue to fight what it says are Iranian attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and channel advanced weaponry to its Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah terror group.

Despite the delivery of the S-300 air defense systems to the Syrian military, Israel was committed as a matter of self-defense to continue its “legitimate activity in Syria against Iran and its proxies, which state their intention to destroy us,” Netanyahu said.

Israeli planes have carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets, but there have been no reports of suspected Israeli airstrikes since the accidental Syrian downing of a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in Syria, an incident that raised tensions between Israel and Russia.
Seth Frantzman: Middle East divided on Nikki Haley’s legacy
“Sad news for Israel,” tweeted retired IDF spokesman Peter Lerner. “Nikki Haley’s role in the final destruction of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and her shameful and racist smearing of Palestinian protesters by Israel during the ongoing Grand Return March will always define my opinion of her,” tweeted writer Iyad el-Baghdadi. Across the Middle East, reaction to reports that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is stepping down were as divided as the region.

Predictably, those supportive of the Palestinians and critical of US policy on Iran were critical of Haley, while those who tend to oppose the Iranian regime or sup- port Israel were shocked at her leaving. Haley was a strong voice against Iran’s policies in her speeches. In December 2017 she unveiled the wreckage of an Iranian Qiam ballistic missile at a speech, showcasing Iran’s involvement in Yemen.

Her departure comes as the US is dealing with a Saudi Arabia-Turkey crisis over missing journalist and former Riyadh insider Jamal Khashoggi that may involve a UN investigation or UN condemnation. The US is also seeking to pressure UNRWA, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Council, and has withdrawn from various international bodies and treaties, including a treaty of Amity with Iran and a protocol in the Vienna Convention.

“Rest assured, Iran’s regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint next,” noted human rights activist and commentator Heshmat Alavi. He called her a champion supporting the people of Iran and noted her strong words against the Assad regime and Russia regarding their policies in northwest Syria. The Special Monitoring Mission to Syria, which covers the conflict there, tweeted that they hoped the new UN ambassador “will bring [a] more positive agenda to the international community from Washington.”
Five times Nikki Haley delighted the pro-Israel community
When Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that she would be stepping down as UN ambassador by the end of this year, the Israeli and pro-Israel laments poured out swiftly.

Haley didn’t simply defend Israel and its government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as her predecessors had under Democratic and Republican administrations. She led a game change: On her watch, and with the blessing of US President Donald Trump, support for Israel became a “with or against us” proposition. Slam the United States for defending Israel, and count on being slammed back, was the Trump-Haley credo.

A big chunk of Haley’s two years at the world body was about Israel.

“Thank you for your support, which led to a change in Israel’s status in the UN,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, said on Twitter.

Netanyahu offered his gratitude as well in a statement.

“I would like to thank Ambassador @nikkihaley, who led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country,” he said.

Haley’s predecessors had also robustly backed Israel in the body, but there had been hiccups. The latest came in December 2016 when US Ambassador Samantha Power allowed a UN Security Council resolution criticizing Israel’s settlement policy in the waning days of the Obama administration, about a month before Trump was inaugurated.

It was a rare instance of a US official semi-endorsing UN criticism of Israel.

Netanyahu and the centrist to right-wing pro-Israel community sees the United Nations as a snake pit, and any concession is seen as a betrayal. That was the message in the American Israel Public Affair Committee’s farewell to Haley packed into a single word: “consistently.”
US Jewish Groups, Israeli Politicians Hail Outgoing UN Ambassador Haley for Defense of Jewish State
Major American Jewish groups and top Israeli politicians issued effusive praise of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley following the announcement of her resignation on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Haley well, saying she “led the uncompromising struggle against hypocrisy at the UN, and on behalf of the truth and justice of our country.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called Haley an “ambassador of truth” who defended the Jewish state’s “clear right to protect the security of our citizens.”

Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon said Haley would “always be a true friend of Israel.”

HaBayit HaYehudi leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted to Haley, who will be leaving her post at the end of the year, “Thank you for what you’ve done for Israel. We will not forget.”
Nikki Haley: A Sheriff in Heels on Israel's Behalf
For Israel’s supporters in America, Nikki Haley was a superstar.

She won them over with a memorable speech at the AIPAC convention in 2017, right after US President Donald Trump was elected and she became ambassador to the UN.

“I wear heels. It’s not for a fashion statement. It’s because if I see something wrong, we’re going to kick them every single time,” she said, to enthusiastic applause. “So for anyone that says you can’t get anything done at the UN, they need to know there’s a new sheriff in town.”

Enough said.

She became the new darling of the pro-Israel crowd, and her appearances at AIPAC and other pro-Israel groups often included media reports that she received a “rock-star” ovation.

That’s for good reason. Unapologetically, calmly and intelligently, Haley passionately called out the UN over its anti-Israel bias; eloquently defended Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem; and firmly called the Palestinians out for the folly of many of their policies – such as insulting her and her boss.

Her uncompromising support for Israel at the UN conjured up memories of former US ambassadors to the UN, Daniel Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Many American Jews, pleased with Trump’s policies on Israel but equally unhappy with Trump’s behavior and governing style, have said – some quietly, while others more openly – that they wished Haley were president. Maybe one day she will run for the Oval Office – and maybe quitting now is part of an overall strategy to do just that.


Amb. Danny Danon: Thank you, Nikki Haley, warrior for justice and truth
Over the years, we grew accustomed to seeing the United Nations as an institution of lies and twisted half-truths the likes of which are disseminated by Arab countries and our enemies around the world, but with Nikki Haley's appointment as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., a new era was born.

Haley did not mind the criticism. She was not worried about being in the minority. She stood, head held high, with one goal in mind – to expose the truth. The change led by Haley at the U.N. Security Council, which brought an end to the automatic support for the unilateral moves by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to push forward resolutions condemning Israel and saw her voice her clear support for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is just one example of her energetic activity for the State of Israel.

This was a period of real change, in which the tendency toward lies was replaced with the pursuit of truth, when the terror machines of Iran and Hamas and the lies of the PA were exposed to the world to reveal the true face of our enemies.
Continetti Responds to Haley’s Resignation: There Are People Around the World Who Will Miss Her
Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti said Tuesday that in the wake of Nikki Haley's "shocking" resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, "there are people around the world who will miss [her]."

Continetti responded during an appearance on "America's Newsroom" to Haley's resignation announcement.

"It is very shocking. Haley has been one of the most successful U.N. ambassadors in decades. If she follows in that tradition of Jeanne Kirkpatrick, John Bolton, now national security advisor, as someone who stands up for American values as well as American interests, someone who advocates democracy and human rights at the United Nations, [and is] also a stalwart defender of the state of Israel – there are a lot of people around the world who will miss Nikki Haley."

Continetti's appearance preceded the official press conference between Haley and President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, where Trump said Haley has been "very special" to him and lauded her accomplishments at the U.N. related to the Human Rights Council, Iran, Israel, and North Korea.

Continetti also praised Haley's accomplishments.

"So often the U.N. has kind of been just the institution for dictators and thugs and human rights abusers," Continetti said, "and it requires someone in that ambassadorial role, someone who is willing to stand up to these autocrats. I think Nikki Haley did that in her tenure."




Will Nikki Haley’s replacement be as supportive of Israel?
Whomever US President Donald Trump appoints to replace outgoing Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will have very large shoes to fill, Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in response to Haley's surprise resignation on Tuesday.

Haley was a godsend at the UN from Israel's point of view, passionately, eloquently and calmly defending the Jewish State and calling out the world for its hypocrisy and bias towards the country.

It is a safe bet that whomever replaces Haley will reflect those policies as well, considering the Trump administration's staunchly pro-Israel positions. But there is always that matter of style, passion and nuance – and that is where a difference might be felt.

No sooner had Haley announced her departure, then the speculation began as to whom Trump will tap as her successor. One of the first names mentioned was Trump's daughter, Ivanka, whom Trump said would be “incredible “ in the job. She, however, made it clear that this was not going to happen, by tweeting Tuesday evening, "I know that the president will nominate a formidable replacement for Ambassador Haley. That replacement will not be me."

Here is a quick look at three of the leading names to replace Haley, and their involvement on Israel-related issues.

Dina Powell
The Egyptian-born Powell, who is fluent in Arabic, joined the Trump team in March 2017 as deputy national security adviser, after a period of serving as an adviser to Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner during the transition period.

Powell, who was a spokesperson in the US State Department under former president George W. Bush, with a focus on outreach to the Arab world, played a leading role planning Trump's maiden visit as president in 2017 to Saudi Arabia and Israel, and became a part of Trump's Middle East negotiations team that included Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Richard Grenell
Another leading candidate is Richard Grenell, a long-time US spokesman at the UN who has been the US Ambassador to Germany since May. Grenell has a close relationship with National Security Advisor John Bolton, with whom he worked when Bolton was an ambassador to the UN in 2005-2006.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Grenell briefly in Germany in May, shortly after the new ambassador rankled feathers in Europe by saying that he was excited about a “groundswell of conservative policies” in Europe that has resulted from “the failed policies of the left.”

Senator Bob Corker
Corker, the powerful head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has had a roller-coaster relationship with Trump, with the highs being his active consideration by Trump as a running mate in 2016, and the lows being a Twitter war with the president last year. After bearing the brunt of Trump insults, Corker, who has announced his retirement from the Senate at the end of his current term in 2019, had replied: “It's a shame the White House has become an adult daycare center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

Recently, however, Trump offered Corker the ambassadorship to Australia, a sign that the two have patched over differences to a certain degree and that it is at least conceivable that Trump would give the foreign policy maven the nod. Corker turned down the Australian job.
Richard Grenell a 'family favorite' to replace Nikki Haley at UN
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is a name to watch as speculation commences on who will replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, a source with knowledge of the administration's thinking told the Washington Examiner.

"He's a family favorite," the source, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said of Grenell.

Multiple members of the White House communications team did not respond to immediate requests for comment regarding Grenell being a potential replacement for Haley.

Grenell spent eight years serving as a U.S. spokesman and political appointee to the U.N., making him the longest serving appointee at the U.N. in history. The ambassador served as the U.S. spokesman during many of the most contentious and troublesome periods in recent decades. Grenell ran communications during the war on terrorism, ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, and the U.N.'s oil-for-food corruption scandal.

[Also read: Here are the notable Trump aides who have left the administration]

The president was livid with Senate Democrats for what he felt was slow-walking Grenell's confirmation earlier this year. He said in March that his nominees were "being blocked and/or slow walked by the Democrats in the Senate." Roughly one month after his tweet, Grenell made it through the Senate confirmation process.
Israel must stop arrests, 'abuse' of Palestinian minors, European MPs say
Israel should stop administrative detentions of Palestinian minors, members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said Tuesday in Strasbourg, France.

PACE voted 47-11 to approve a report calling on Israel to work with UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross to "change laws, practice and attitudes so as to fully protect the rights of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system."

Among those who voted against the report were representatives of the UK, Switzerland, Estonia and Moldova, who criticized it as not balanced.

Yesh Atid MK Aliza Lavie called the report "one-sided and distorted," because it does not mention the participation of Palestinian minors in terrorism and violence, incitement in Palestinian textbooks, or the payments the Palestinian Authority makes to terrorists and their families.

"While you worked on writing this report in an air-conditioned room, an Israeli was arrested in a shopping center by one of the minors you seek to protect," Lavie stated, referring to the murder of Israeli father of four, Ari Fuld, by Palestinian 17-year-old Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin last month.

"While you condemn the arrests of potential terrorists, two more Israelis were slaughtered in their place of work," Lavie added.

"How many of the countries represented in this hall use administrative detentions to ensure their security? But when it comes to Israel, our right to defend ourselves is only on paper."
Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers – Not Civilians
On October 7, Global News broadcast an error-ridden report about the horrific terror attack in Barkan that saw a Palestinian terrorist shoot and kill two Israeli civilians and wound a third.

A Palestinian terrorist named Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alowa, is suspected of carrying out the attack that saw 29-year-old Kim Levengrond Yehezkel and 35-year-old Ziv Hajibi murdered. As of this writing, his whereabouts are unknown and a manhunt is being carried out by Israeli and Palestinian forces.

Though it’s a positive that Global devoted coverage to this terror attack, its journalists erroneously claimed that the dead and injured Israelis were all soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. In fact, they were innocent civilians who were murdered.

Global’s Anchor wrongly introduced the report by saying:
Israel is blaming the deaths of two of its soldiers on an attack by a Palestinian gunman, a third soldier was injured when the gunman is alleged to have opened fire in an industrial park in the west bank…”

Global News Erroneously Claims Palestinian Terrorist Killed 2 Israeli Soldiers - Not Civilians from Mike on Vimeo.


Incendiary Balloon Lands in Jerusalem Suburb
A balloon fitted with an explosive device, launched by Palestinian terrorists, landed outside a home in Givat Ze’ev, a suburb of Jerusalem, for the first time Monday.

Police sappers neutralized the device in the private yard of the Samaria home and transferred their findings to a laboratory for further review.

Several similar cases recently suggest that Palestinians ‎in the West Bank may be trying to mimic a wave of recent arson attacks from Gaza and launch incendiary ‎balloons into central Israeli cities.

On Saturday, incendiary balloons launched from Gaza sparked a fire in Shokeda Forest. Firefighters, Jewish National Fund workers and Israel Nature and Parks Authority teams worked together to extinguish the blaze.

Incendiary balloons also landed in Kibbutz Nir Am and Kibbutz Dorot, but fortunately did not cause damage.

Shaar Hanegev Regional Council security officer Tayel Hajbi told Israel Hayom, “Today, fortunately, there were no fires because there was early detection, and when the balloons reached the ground they were immediately extinguished.”
Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah blasts Qatar over fuel delivery to Gaza
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction on Tuesday accused Qatar of working with Israel to perpetuate the split between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Fatah also accused Qatar of meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians.

Qatar has donated $60 million for help provide fuel for the Gaza Power Plant for the next six months.

For the first time, however, the payment process skipped over the Palestinian Authority. Typically, Qatar would have sent the money to the PA, which then would have purchased the fuel from Israel, to transfer to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

This time around it donated the funds to the United Nations, which then purchased the fuel from Israel, thereby leaving the Palestinian Authority out in the cold.

The gestures alleviates the humanitarian suffering of the two million people in the Hamas-ruled Gaza enclave, who have been living on four to five hours of electricity per day, followed by 12 to 16 hours of blackouts.

Fatah and Abbas have reportedly expressed outrage over the move, which they say will help Hamas tighten its grip on the Gaza Strip and sabotage Egyptian efforts to end the rivalry between the two Palestinian parties.

Abbas has imposed severe economic sanctions on Gaza, including refusing to pay for fuel, in hopes of forcing Hamas to relinquish its 11-year hold on Gaza and allow for Fatah to rule the enclave. Funding the fuel harms those efforts.

A senior PA official in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that any aid to the Gaza Strip should be channeled through the Ramallah-based PA government and in coordination with it.
The same old Sinwar
Caving into Hamas pressure, La Repubblica journalist ‎Francesca Borri, which interviewed Sinwar, was quick ‎to post a video in which she states that she ‎interviewed Sinwar on behalf of the Italian daily ‎and a British paper, not Israeli media. ‎

Yedioth's claim that the interview was held on its ‎behalf is false in its entirety. "I am a freelancer ‎and my stories are translated into 24 languages. ‎Sinwar knew it. I do not work for Israeli media," ‎she said. ‎

‎"When Sinwar talked with me, he was addressing the ‎world, including Israel, with aim of removing the ‎siege the international community as a whole is ‎responsible for," she said. ‎

She stressed that she asked him whether this ‎was the first time he was granting an interview to ‎‎"Western media" – not "Israeli media," as Yedioth ‎claimed.‎

Borri further said that Sinwar "wouldn’t hear of ‎‎'normalization,'" cryptically adding that "at the ‎end of the day, we're all pretty smart. What ‎happened is clear to everyone." ‎

Woe the disappointment. As it turns out, Hamas – ‎the offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ‎sister-movement of Islamic Jihad, al-Qaida and ‎Islamic State – has no intention of relinquishing ‎its call for Israel's destruction.‎

Sinwar has no intention of laying down his arms and ‎setting aside the desire to murder Israelis. He ‎simply explained that his "weakness" is the source ‎of his "strength" as giant, impatient, nuclear ‎Israel does not wish to eliminate him because it is ‎not in its interest. ‎

The bastard is right.‎






Iran spent $16B to destabilize Middle East, report finds
The U.S. State Department recently published an ‎unprecedented report detailing the financial ‎resources Iran invests in destabilizing the Middle ‎East. ‎

The report estimated that over the past six years, ‎the Islamic republic has spent some $16 billion to ‎prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and ‎fund Iranian-backed militias across the Arab world.‎

Assad has so far received about $4.6 billion from ‎Tehran, which also gives its largest regional proxy, ‎Lebanon-based Hezbollah, more than $700 million a ‎year, in addition to supporting other militias in ‎Iraq and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.‎

According to the 48-page report, the Gaza Strip-‎based Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups have ‎receives upward of $100 million from Iran in recent ‎years. ‎

‎"We know that Iran uses its economic revenues to ‎finance terrorism. There is no country in the world ‎that sponsors and supports terrorism more than ‎Iran," a State Department ‎official said. ‎

The report also touched on Iran's ballistic missile ‎program, saying that for years, Tehran has been ‎violating the international restrictions imposed on it ‎and has been delivering ballistic missiles to the ‎Houthis.‎
Iran Joins Global Initiative to Combat Terrorism; Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah
Looking to avoid further international sanctions, 143 out of 268 Iranian lawmakers voted on Sunday to support a UN Convention to end terrorist financing, but the bill they passed contains loopholes for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.

Known as the “Combating the Financing of Terrorism,” the international convention “involves investigating, analyzing, deterring and preventing sources of funding for activities intended to achieve political, religious or ideological goals through violence and the threat of violence against civilians,” according to the online site Investopedia.

However, this development is unlikely to cease Iran’s role as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.

“Both opponents of the bill and foreign-media reports failed to recognize that the bill carves out exemptions for the specific purpose of facilitating funds to support Hamas, Hezbollah and other groups designated abroad as terrorist organizations,” according to Saeed Ghasseminejad and Toby Dershowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

“To that end, the bill excludes ‘struggles against colonial dominance and foreign occupation’ from its definition of terrorism,” they added. “The bill even acknowledges it will not fully comply with clause 1.b in Article 2 of the CFT, which prohibits any act ‘intended to cause death or serious bodily injury to a civilian, or to any other person not taking an active part in the hostilities in a situation of armed conflict.’”
Turkey's Revolution Looks like Iran's - but in Slow Motion
The SAVAK's infamous Evin prison, which once held as many as 5,000 of the Shah's political enemies, soon held over 15,000 of Khomeini's.

Erdogan once said that "Democracy is like a tram. You ride it until you arrive at your destination, then you step off." It appears he has reached his destination.

As Prime Minister and then President of Turkey, Erdogan's policies have become steadily more hostile to U.S. interests. He championed the Gaza flotilla, helped Iran transport weapons into Syria, and fought America's Kurdish allies.

Imagine what the world would be like if the U.S. had stationed nuclear weapons in Iran prior to Khomeini's takeover. Imagine what the world will be like if Erdogan seizes America's nuclear weapons.
Turkish paper publishes photos of Saudi journalist’s ‘assassination squad’
A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published the names and photographs of a group of Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, went missing.

Turkish officials have said they believe the Saudi writer and government critic was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul after he visited the mission to obtain a document required to marry his Turkish fiancee. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealed the identities of what it called a “mysterious” 15-member “assassination squad” it said was involved in Khashoggi’s alleged death.

The paper printed pictures of the Saudi nationals that appeared to have been taken by security cameras during police control at an airport.
MEMRI: The Disappearance Of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Before He Disappeared, The Saudi Press Accused Him Of Treason; Now It Is Expressing Concern
The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, and was never seen leaving it, is a trending topic in the Arabic press, particularly the Saudi press. Khashoggi, whom some Turkish elements surmise was murdered by the Saudis inside the consulate, is a veteran Saudi journalist well known in the Arab world, especially for his criticism of the Saudi regime and his support for the Muslim Brotherhood. In the past year Khashoggi even moved to the U.S. in fear for his life, and began writing a Washington Post column; in it, he was harshly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Prior to Khashoggi's disappearance, and since his move to the U.S., there were numerous articles in the Saudi press attacking him, particularly in the 'Okaz daily. The articles accused him of betraying his country, ranked him with the leaders of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and described him as being in the service of the enemies of Saudi Arabia, starting with Turkey, Iran and Qatar, out of greed. Three days after his disappearance, a similar article called him "conspirer with reactionary ideas" who is loyal to the enemies of the state and is working "to sway public opinion [against Saudi Arabia] and underme security and stability in the country."

However, about a week after his disappearance, just as the accusations that Saudi Arabia had murdered him at the Istanbul consulate peaked, there was a reversal in the tone of articles in the Saudi press about him. Articles now expressed the country's concern about him, and the hope of hearing that he was alive and well. These articles also denied that Saudi Arabia had had a hand in his alleged murder, arguing that the country had no history of eliminating oppositionists in that way and that such an act would in any event cause more harm than good. They also stated that Turkey, Iran, and Qatar, and the Qatari Al-Jazeera TV, by attempting to accuse Saudi Arabia of involvement in murder, were essentially implicating themselves.

This report will set out the change in tone in the Saudi press with respect to Khashoggi, prior to and immediately after his disappearance and a week later.




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          Archaeology be damned! Arabs continue to deny any Jewish connection to the land      Cache   Translate Page      
Yesterday a dramatic archaeological find was announced:

Archaeologists have uncovered the oldest known instance of the word "Jerusalem" spelled out in full, on an ancient stone carving that was once part of an ancient pottery workshop, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, announced today (Oct. 9).

On earlier inscriptions, Jerusalem was spelled "Yerushalem" or "Shalem," rather than "Yerushalayim" (pronounced Yeh-roo-sha-La-yeem), as it is spelled in Hebrew today.

The carving — which was written in Aramaic and says "Hananiah son of Dodalos from Jerusalem" — dates to the first century A.D., making it about 2,000 years old, according to the IAA.


The evidence of a Jewish nation in the area is one of the best documented facts there is, with hundreds of artifacts and many mentions in contemporaneous writings.

But since that fact is inconvenient to Palestinians, they simply deny it.

Last week the Palestinian site Amad had an entire article by Bakr Abu Bakr claiming that the Land of Israel was never in what became known as Palestine.

The article says that  "there is no connection between the myths and legends of the Torah - written hundreds of years ago - and the names of cities, villages, valleys and mountains in Palestine."

He says that Israeli archaeologists like Israel Finkelstein and Ze'ev Herzog show that there was no Jewish nation. Of course, they make no such claims - they just say that the Biblical accounts of the nation are not accurate, but they do not deny the existence of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel.

Abu Bakr further pushes the absurd theory that all Biblical events occurred in Yemen, not Israel, quoting several Arab "scientists."

Of course, Abu Bakr also claims that today's Jews have nothing to do with the Jews of history and are Khazars. Besides being debunked by history and genetics, this doesn't explain Jews who lived in Arab lands, but no matter.

The Arab denial of basic history and science is not a small thing. They know that they are not the indigenous people of the land, and Jews are the only people in existence today who can make that claim. The fundamental basis of the people claiming Arabs are indigenous - and building their arguments by comparing them to First Peoples worldwide - is completely opposite the truth, and Zionism is not only not colonialist but is a movement for the indigenous people to reclaim their  lands.

This is the message that must be obscured by Arabs and their leftist Western friends at all costs.





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          U.S. Lawmakers Challenge Trump Support for Saudi War in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Lawmakers Challenge Trump Support for Saudi War in Yemen

U.S. Lawmakers Challenge Trump Support for Saudi War in Yemen by Dion Nissenbaum – Wall Street Journal

U.S. lawmakers from both parties are challenging the Trump administration’s support for Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned fighters in Yemen, putting new pressure on the U.S. president to scale back ties with Saudi Arabia during an especially sensitive time.

A bipartisan group of senators plan to demand answers on Wednesday from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after he backed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over the objections of most of his Yemen experts.

In a letter expected to be delivered to Mr. Pompeo on Wednesday, the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins (R., Maine), Chris Murphy (D., Conn.), and Todd Young (R., Ind.), write that they have “significant concerns” with his support for the Gulf allies…

Read on.

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          A journalist is still missing, and may be dead—but did US intelligence know he was in danger      Cache   Translate Page      

Jamal Khashoggi is—or maybe was—a Saudi journalist who reported for the Washington Post, the progressive Arab paper Al Watan, and the short-lived Al Arab News Channel. Videos shows that on October 2, he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They do not show him walking out again. Various reports about the fate of Khashoggi indicate that he may have been kidnapped by Saudi officials. Or he may have been killed and dismembered on the floor of the Saudi consulate.

Khashoggi has been a consistent critic of the power of religious authorities and the Saudi royal family, especially Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Bin Salman consolidated power in 2016 and 2017 by executing members of his own family, driving others from power, and securing the strong support of Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. Kushner in particular has visited bin Salman at his lavish home. Reports indicate that Kushner shared US intelligence with bin Salman, naming members of his family who opposed his rule. That information sharing may have led directly to bin Salman’s attacks and executions. Reports  indicate that Khashoggi’s final ban from writing in Saudi Arabia came directly because he criticized Donald Trump. Following that ban, Khashoggi was not allowed to publish in Saudi Arabia or appear on television.

After fleeing Saudi Arabia in 2017,  Khashoggi has been in self-imposed exile in Turkey, where he has written a series of articles criticizing both bin Salman and the Saudi intervention in Yemen. In Turkey, he became engaged. The intention of his visit to the Saudi consulate was to obtain documents necessary to marry Turkish national Hatice Cengiz.

Writing in the Washington Post, Cengiz pleads with Donald Trump and with Saudi authorities to do something about her vanished fiancé.

Cengiz: More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before his disappearance became global news. We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. All we needed was a piece of paper.

Leaks from Turkish police have indicated that Khashoggi was tortured for hours inside the consulate. But most disturbing of all, leaks from US officials indicate that US intelligence knew in advance that Khashoggi was in danger, but failed to warn him.


          Senators Challenge Pompeo on the Bogus Yemen Certification      Cache   Translate Page      
The senators' letter is a good start in holding Pompeo accountable for lying to Congress about Yemen.
          Jared Kushner And His Saudi Pals Unleash The Purge      Cache   Translate Page      


Sorry to interrupt today's panic attack over the deterioration of US America, but shit's off the rails all over Planet Earth right now. So let's see if we can connect the dots from two stories that came out yesterday while breathing into a brown paper bag. Because at the same moment when Turkish investigators were accusing a Saudi hit squad of murdering dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul and dismembering his body with a bone saw, Nikki Haley was assuring the world that THIS IS ALL FINE because "hidden genius" Jared Kushner has got his steady hands on the wheel. And those are two sides of the same story.

Rewind the tape to last November, when Jared Kushner had a fun sleepover with Saudi princeling Mohammed bin Salman where the two thirty-somethings decided that they alone could fix the Middle East. Because they're good enough, they're smart enough, and doggonit they've been installed by weak old men and there's literally no one who can stop them from burning it all down.


Did Kushner tell MBS that no one in Trumpland was going to bat an eye at human rights violations, no matter how ugly, as long as the Kingdom opposed Iran and tacitly allied with Israel? Did MBS promise that the Saudis and their allies would offer only token resistance to Israeli land seizures and moving the American embassy to Jerusalem if the Americans would sell them alllll the weapons and ignore the ensuing bloodshed? Dunno! But about 10 minutes later, MBS starting rounding up his royal relatives and "persuading" them to hand their assets over to the Kingdom, arresting dissidents, and bombing the shit out of Yemen's starving civilian population. And Israel no longer even pretends to worry about foreign finger-wagging. So, safe bet JarJar and Mo worked that all out last year.

Which is how you wind up with an assassination squad brazenly executing Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Because the US has made it clear that we don't care about that stuff any more.

So last Tuesday, the journalist made an appointment to pick up his proof of divorce at the Saudi consulate. After assuring his fiancée that he'd be safe on Turkish soil, he walked in the door at 1:14pm, and was never seen again. The Post has a chilling video of the 15-man hit team at the airport and hotel, and the van they rode to and from the consulate.

The Times reports that the Saudi government flew in a CORONER to deal with Khashoggi's body after he'd been murdered.

Fifteen Saudi agents had arrived on two charter flights last Tuesday, the day Mr. Khashoggi disappeared, the official said.

All 15 left just a few hours later, and Turkey has now identified the roles that most or all of them held in the Saudi government or security services, the official said. One was an autopsy expert, presumably there to help dismember the body, the official said.

And despite the fact that there are security cameras all over the building, the Saudis blithely assert that he walked out unharmed half an hour after entering.

Worse still, the American government knew that Khashoggi was in danger for his criticism of the Saudi regime, and they did nothing to protect or even warn him, in contravention of US policy which imposes a "duty to warn the intended victim or those responsible for protecting the intended victim" when it discovers "credible and specific information indicating an impending threat of intentional injury, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping." The Post reports,

Before Khashoggi's disappearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him, according to a person familiar with the information. The Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there, this person said. It was not clear whether the Saudis intended to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, this person said.

We don't care who gets killed any more. So long as we can sell bombs, we're happy to look the other way at the grossest human rights abuses. Every despot knows there aren't going to be any more Magnitsky-type sanctions with Donald Trump in the White House. Which is why the Russians feel free to poison defectors in England and the Chinese have kidnapped the head of Interpol. Like Nikki Haley says, Jared and Ivanka "do a lot of things behind the scenes that I wish more people knew about." Yeah, us too, Ambassador. But maybe not quite in the same way.

[WaPo / NYT / IC Directive]

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U.S. lawmakers from both parties are challenging the administration’s support for Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned fighters in Yemen, putting new pressure on President Trump to scale back ties with Saudi Arabia.
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks in the U.N. Security Council at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., February 28, 2017.

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Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, will not be remembered as a staunch defender of human rights when she resigns at the end of the year. She vigorously defended egregious Israeli abuses like the unlawful use of lethal force that killed over 150 protesters in Gaza this year. But her main legacy will be leading the US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, dismissing it as an ineffective institution that criticized Israel too much.

Many had hoped she would help the administration of President Donald Trump promote human rights abroad. After all, she had made a name for herself in 2015, when, as governor of South Carolina, she ordered the Confederate battle flag removed from the state capitol grounds after a mass shooting. Although she joined other Republican governors in opposing resettling Syrian refugees in her state, in 2016 she criticized presidential candidate Trump for his anti-immigration rhetoric. Haley wrote recently that she occasionally disagreed with Trump, though she offered no details.

As UN ambassador, Haley made important progress on several issues. She helped push the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan. She urged the council to look hard at the crisis in Nicaragua. And she repeatedly asked the Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila to curtail abuses against opponents and investigate the murder of two UN experts there.

When it comes to the Human Rights Council, Haley announced the US departure from the body in June, just days after the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Haley called the council a “cesspool of bias,” and wrongly blamed Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other human rights organizations for the US withdrawal when her ill-conceived attempts to “reform” the council received virtually no support from UN member states.

The Human Rights Council, like other UN bodies, has its shortcomings, including having serial rights violators like Saudi Arabia and China as members. Still, the council has had a positive impact, with or without US involvement. In last month’s session, it created a means to gather evidence and identify those responsible for the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population in Myanmar. It also adopted the first-ever UN resolution on Venezuela’s crisis, and renewed an investigation into rights abuses in Yemen.

Haley’s dismissal of what she calls the “so-called Human Rights Council” rings increasingly hollow.


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In place of such long of CCL it is possible to engage any persons as contact basis or officating basis or adhoc basis as it not under the provisons of Indian constution. Article 16 of the Indian constitution state that "Guarantees Equality of Opportunity in Public Employment". To maintain the "Equal Opportuniy in Public Employement it needs to give open competition by advertsing and no substitute can be arranged in stop gap in place of long leave of CCL and if arrange in stop gap it will create problems of regular claims whom the arrangement been made. As such it is suggested to abolish the rules rlating to CCL in leave rule taking the consideration of development persfectives. The earning of income is a personal matter and also CCL is also a personal matter and not related to development issues rather is a part of corruptions and an evil in devlopment considerations....??
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SANA’A (Web Desk) Yemeni naval forces have targeted and destroyed a Saudi military boat off the war-torn country’s northwestern coast, killing all aboard the vessel.The al-Masirah television network reported that the retaliatory attack by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement took place off the Midi coast on Wednesday.The Saudi-led coalition has not yet commented on the counter-attack, …

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Una organizzazione internazionale statunitense che vigila sui diritti umani ha accusato i ribelli sciiti dello Yemen occidentale, noti come Houthi, di commettere abusi e torture su persone rapite e tenute in ostaggio al fine di estorcere denaro come riscatto. A lanciare l’accusa è stata l’organizzazione non governativa Human Rights Watch: “Gli Houthi hanno trattenuto persone illegalmente”, […]

L'articolo Yemen, quei sequestri degli Houthi
per ottenere nuovi finanziamenti
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Mi scuso per il ritardo della risposta ma per un problema tecnico non si riusciva a caricare. Caro Camillo Benso, la ringrazio per il chiarimento e le chiedo scusa per aver travisato il suo messaggio, condivido solo in parte le idee espresse, certamente si può, anzi si deve essere pacifisti in modo sempre fecondo e nuovo, certamente la marcia conta presenza di forze che nel tempo hanno cercato di farla propria a volte snaturandone lo spirito; credo però che queste ammucchiate, in genere molto partecipate dai giovani, abbiano il grande merito di tenere sempre viva l’attenzione su questo tema , mai abbastanza discusso e proposto. La presenza di Susy Snyder, che ha ritirato per conto di Ican, il premio nobel per la pace 2017 sul tema del disarmo nucleare mondiale, o di Alex Zanotelli, da sempre un religioso un po’ scomodo, che ha condiviso tutta la sua vita con i poveri veri della terra, dando loro voce nei consessi internazionali, rende ragione (a mio avviso) di poter dire che la vitalità della marcia non si sta spegnendo e che alcune forze politiche non se ne sono appropriati. E’ necessario però focalizzare un tema specifico ogni anno, da offrire come impegno di lavoro alle forze politiche sul tema della pace, e non mille rivoli e mille declinazioni diverse di possibili azioni di pace, altrimenti si rischia di essere strumentalizzati e che mille cose poi diventino zero cose. Questo anno era stato proposto da Assisi e dall’associazione città per la Fraternità e da varie associazioni (rete disarmo e altre), che il tema su cui focalizzarsi e da portare all’attenzione dell’opinione pubblica e della politica fosse lo stop della vendita delle armi prodotte in Italia a Domus Novas all’Arabia Saudita, che le usa in Yemen per bombardare i civili, questo in violazione della legge 185/1990. Un tema specifico (in continuità con la lettera inviata da Assisi al presidente Mattarella il 27/01/2018 sullo stesso tema) http://www.diocesiassisi.it/una-pace-senza-armi-da-assisi-lappello-al-presidente-mattarella-e-ai-leader-politici-italiani/ Questo non si è in effetti evidenziato abbastanza, infatti il tema titolo di questo anno (ogni anno la marcia si dà un tema) era –Osiamo la fraternità- titolo troppo generico per essere finalizzato ad una richiesta forte di impegno verso il governo. Grazie per aver sollevato questa discussione che porta conoscenza su questi fenomeni dai contorni un po poco definiti. Tanta Pace
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Caro Camillo Benso, la ringrazio per il chiarimento e le chiedo scusa per aver travisato il suo messaggio, condivido solo in parte le idee espresse, certamente si può, anzi si deve essere pacifisti in modo sempre fecondo e nuovo, certamente la marcia conta presenza di forze che nel tempo hanno cercato di farla propria a volte snaturandone lo spirito; credo però che queste ammucchiate, in genere molto partecipate dai giovani, abbiano il grande merito di tenere sempre viva l’attenzione su questo tema , mai abbastanza discusso e proposto. La presenza di Susy Snyder, che ha ritirato per conto di Ican, il premio nobel per la pace 2017 sul tema del disarmo nucleare mondiale, o di Alex Zanotelli, da sempre un religioso un po’ scomodo, che ha condiviso tutta la sua vita con i poveri veri della terra, dando loro voce nei consessi internazionali, rende ragione (a mio avviso) di poter dire che la vitalità della marcia non si sta spegnendo e che alcune forze politiche non se ne sono appropriati. E’ necessario però focalizzare un tema specifico ogni anno, da offrire come impegno di lavoro alle forze politiche sul tema della pace, e non mille rivoli e mille declinazioni diverse di possibili azioni di pace, altrimenti si rischia di essere strumentalizzati e che mille cose poi diventino zero cose. Questo anno era stato proposto da Assisi e dall’associazione città per la Fraternità e da varie associazioni (rete disarmo e altre), che il tema su cui focalizzarsi e da portare all’attenzione dell’opinione pubblica e della politica fosse lo stop della vendita delle armi prodotte in Italia a Domus Novas all’Arabia Saudita, che le usa in Yemen per bombardare i civili, questo in violazione della legge 185/1990. Un tema specifico (in continuità con la lettera inviata da Assisi al presidente Mattarella il 27/01/2018 sullo stesso tema) https://www.cittanuova.it/lettera-mattarella-la-politica-delle-armi/ http://www.diocesiassisi.it/una-pace-senza-armi-da-assisi-lappello-al-presidente-mattarella-e-ai-leader-politici-italiani/ Questo non si è in effetti evidenziato abbastanza, infatti il tema titolo di questo anno (ogni anno la marcia si dà un tema) era –Osiamo la fraternità- titolo troppo generico per essere finalizzato ad una richiesta forte di impegno verso il governo. Grazie per aver sollevato questa discussione che porta conoscenza su questi fenomeni dai contorni un po poco definiti. Tanta Pace
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نوشته نگین عقیق یمنی خطی متن ومن یتق الله ۴۸۳ اولین بار در پارس جواهر. پدیدار شد.


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Csomagküldés heti egy vagy két alkalommal.
Ha azonnali csomagküldést kérsz, előttte kérdezz, nem minden esetben tudom előbb küldeni.
Személyes átvétel telephelyemen lehetséges, előre egyeztetett időpontban. Nagyobb tárgyak Kulcson, kisebbek Dunaújvárosban.
A vásárlásról alanyi áfa mentes számlát állítok ki.
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Vásárlás előtt mindenképp olvasd el i+ oldalamat.
 
 
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Sus kimenetnél a diódon zárlat mérehető. Hybrideken feteken nem mérhető zárlat.

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          About Netanyahu’s lies      Cache   Translate Page      

The claims made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he stood at the UN podium regarding what he considered Iran’s violation of the nuclear agreement with the global super powers in 2015 are part of a series of claims that began after Netanyahu became prime minister in 2009. The claims have been ongoing and growing in frequency and fierceness, especially in light of the Iranian military concentration in Syria.

Every time Netanyahu comes to the United Nations General Assembly he carries an armful of documents, pictures and statements, to incite the international public opinion against Iran and its allies in the region. This time, Hezbollah was the focus of his evidence and claims, as he claimed there were precision rockets just a few kilometres from the Rafic Hariri International Airport, specifically under a stadium in the southern suburb of Beirut.

The question that arises here is: What is Netanyahu’s goal behind such accusations and warnings? Is it to raise the fears of the Lebanese people of the possibility of a new Israeli attack on their country? Or is it to intimidate Hezbollah and stir up confusion about its weapons within the Lebanese public opinion? Or is this a return of Israel’s focus on the Lebanese arena as a battlefield with Iran by proxy? Is its aim also to highlight the negative role played by Iran in the region by interfering in the internal politics of Lebanon, Syria and Yemen?


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Csomagküldés heti egy vagy két alkalommal.
Ha azonnali csomagküldést kérsz, előttte kérdezz, nem minden esetben tudom előbb küldeni.
Személyes átvétel telephelyemen lehetséges, előre egyeztetett időpontban. Nagyobb tárgyak Kulcson, kisebbek Dunaújvárosban.
A vásárlásról alanyi áfa mentes számlát állítok ki.
Csere/beszámítás személyes átvétel esetén lehetséges.
Alkatrészek beszerelése és tesztelése telephelyemen lehetséges, amennyiben 10 percnél több időt nem vesz igénybe.
Vásárlás előtt mindenképp olvasd el i+ oldalamat.
 
 
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Csomagküldés heti egy vagy két alkalommal.
Ha azonnali csomagküldést kérsz, előttte kérdezz, nem minden esetben tudom előbb küldeni.
Személyes átvétel telephelyemen lehetséges, előre egyeztetett időpontban. Nagyobb tárgyak Kulcson, kisebbek Dunaújvárosban.
A vásárlásról alanyi áfa mentes számlát állítok ki.
Csere/beszámítás személyes átvétel esetén lehetséges.
Alkatrészek beszerelése és tesztelése telephelyemen lehetséges, amennyiben 10 percnél több időt nem vesz igénybe.
Vásárlás előtt mindenképp olvasd el i+ oldalamat.
 
 
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Wondering about American indifference about the war we're ramping up for has had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I was living in Harlem.

It was a few weeks after 9/11 and when Mahsa rang and let me know that she would be in New York, I was happy and excited.

Her brother and I had been friends for over ten years.

We always said our meeting was destined.

As the only two kids of color—I am Black American and he is Persian—in an otherwise all-white Women in Religion class at DePaul University, something in my heart knew he would be my friend for life. I’ll never forget the look of agony in his big blue eyes when after opening the door to that crammed classroom he encountered a sea a white faces looking back at him, no one budging to indicate they would make room as he courageously closed the door behind him, turned and bared the stark gaze of the tall, lanky, pasty professor with the thick Eastern European accent, intensifying the mood with “Why don’t we wait to continue since some of us don’t know how to get to here on time.”

Somehow in that moment, our eyes locked and I hurriedly moved my bag and beckoned him to come sit next to me. Shaun made his way through the sea of kids, barely letting him through the tight aisles. By the time he sat down, sweat trickling from his brow, he was relieved and I was relieved for him and we both laughed under our breath. When he rifled through his bag looking for a pen and couldn’t find one—another long pause from our professor—we both laughed again as I handed him one of mine.

We become one in that moment, representing a warm cocoon of support to protect us through the white supremacist death by a thousand cuts that can choke and kill with its vicious silences and pauses that wither you from the inside out and have no balm but the knowing, empathetic understanding that laughter and friendship can heal.

Even though he was born in Iran, I here in America, we had many things in common. He was organized into his understanding of Whiteness in Wilmette and I got my credentials in Fairfield, Connecticut. Different places, same stuff. Our families were the only people of color in extremely affluent communities and the day to day experiences, that remind you every day of how alien and unlovable you are, would leave their mark on our psyches, well after we’d graduated high school and found one another in that classroom at DePaul University.

Getting together was healing. He and his cousins became fixtures at my house whenever there were barbeques, family get-togethers and parties. When I met Shaun I didn’t know much about Persian history and culture, just what I remembered from what became known as the “hostage crisis,” and the Shah of Iran, years before.

I was eight years old when a group of Iranian college students shut down a building in a place called Tehran. They were holding fifty or so Americans inside the embassy and wouldn’t release them until their demands were met. My mother said the students were standing up for themselves because America was “doing them like they do us” and “they know how it is.” My mom and the Iranian kids seemed to be on the same page because at some point, soon after the “crisis” began, the students released the women and the Black Americans, let them walk right out of the embassy. It made so much sense and I was so impressed with the reasonableness of their actions. “Women hold a special place in our society and Blacks live under American oppression and tyranny.”

Even though the white broadcasters tried to reduce the gesture to a publicity stunt, watching those people march out of the building, the women coming home to their children and the Black Brothers with their afros, coming home to their families, after that the students had my vote. And I got the message, for the first time in my life, that Black people in America had something in common with Black people and other people of color, all over the world.

We were one.

The students knew it. They said it for everyone to hear and now I knew it too.

Hanging out with Shaun reminded me of that. We had good times together and my mom and dad adored him, treated him like he was one of their own. We danced, partied, ate as much barbeque as we could hold, had great cocktails and just enjoyed life together. My parents taught him how to play Bid Whist, Black folk’s version of Bridge. Going to Shaun’s place, either his parents' house out in Wilmette or his apartment down the street from our place in Lincoln Park, was just the same. Just good times. When he cooked, my gosh, the food was magnificent! Well-seasoned meats with fresh, delicious herbs, perfectly cooked fluffy rice with these gorgeous, aromatic dips and sauces. The art on his walls was impeccable and the energy in his apartment was always flowing. Like my family, Shaun was hospitable, caring, a lovely conversationalist and knew how to have a good time, and he cared about people.

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

We had so many things in common.

So of course, years later when his baby sister Mahsa came to New York, I was excited to host.

She arrived, smartly dressed like a low-key, genius poet in her well-tailored men’s sports jacket, a black turtleneck, jeans and expensive but understated loafers. Mahsa had always been elegant and gorgeous. We walked down to People’s Choice, the most delicious homemade Jamaican food in New York City. I think we got oxtails with peas and rice and cabbage. Neither one of us could get over how extraordinarily delicious the food was. We ate and we talked about her work and mine. We’d all since left Chicago, years ago. Shaun to Los Angeles, me to New York City and Mahsa to Tehran. She’d done a women’s magazine, Bad Jens, and had become a serious organizer of community over there. On this trip she was working at the UN with Shirin Ebadi, doing translation work for her papers, books and speeches. Even though Mahsa was really humble about it, which was her way, I knew from her proud brother that her work with Shirin Ebadi was a really big deal.

Since 9/11 had just gone down, and Bush was pushing us to go to war with Iraq, I took the opportunity to make sense of all that had happened in that part of the world. “Why are we always fighting and complaining about Iraq and Iran?” I asked as we chomped away. “And what’s the deal with Afghanistan?” I admitted to her something that I had hidden from myself, that even though I was pretty active in international situations that impacted Black people and people of color globally, Haiti, South Africa, Venezuela, that I knew very little about the Middle East. It just became something that was always already happening… so ongoing that I just tuned out. Mahsa was one of those people, that even though she was crazy smart, brilliant really, you didn’t have to pretend that you knew something that you did not.

She explained about the oil. She explained about the pipelines. She explained the grip of American imperialism, the destruction of the cities of Middle Eastern antiquity and the pillaging of museums and libraries by American armed forces throughout the years and the slow, steady march to Iraq that the U.S. was directing to Iran. That seemed outlandish to me, that Iran would ever be treated in that fashion. When she started talking about the incessant bombing, the destruction of Beirut came up and I informed her that back in the early '80s, Black folks likened the most cracked-out, left behind areas of our own communities to this city, “South Side of Chicago lookin’ like Beirut,” I’d hear brothers and sisters say.

Mahsa shook her head and smiled slightly and then gave me a glimpse of the history of the beauty and majesty of this gorgeous Lebanese city. She was clearly disturbed by the information, but her gentle, non-judgmental telling of these things, in a tone demonstrative of patience and inner peace, her deep intellect and elegance, amplified a sense of what Americans did not know or like to think about, that ours was a young, foolish country… a big, ignorant, bully baby and that we had lost our way. Completely. Most of us unaware of what was really happening in our names, and for oil, imperialism and what Bush kept calling “our way of life,” around the world, especially in the Middle East, with people, who like my mother’d said all those years ago “know how it is.”

We do not like to even consider what we have destroyed and in that destruction what has been lost, forever, to the world. What we have lost is friendship, culture, love, peace, endless possibilities and all of the wonderful things that come from life when you are trying to crush, kill, and control. Somewhere along the way, in a quest for assimilation, peace and acceptance, and just probably worn downness, Black Americans forgot too, that we have something in common with our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. The greatest blow from the War Economy is that it separates us. Eventually, it separated Shaun and I… understandably. After all, it is difficult to maintain friendships with folks when your country makes habit of lying, stealing, cheating, murdering and spreading hate, making their lives here and back home, a misery.

America was and still is running around, destructively taking… snatching things... from people, with whom Black folks, Native people, LatinX in the land known as the United States have something in common.

As I look at the bombed-out streets of the countries that the United States has attacked, and ripped apart, dusty, dirt heaps where gardens used to grow, I have to look at my own communities, here in the United States. Areas with no green spaces or parks and the prisons swollen with human energy relegated to slavery. Flint, Michigan, with no drinkable water source, Deep East Oakland with nowhere to buy living foods and soil so destroyed by pollution that you can’t grow any… children climbing out of tents in homeless encampments in downtown Oakland, while tech millionaires look down on them from their sprawling condo apartment windows. The United States is waging the same war on the people of the Middle East, that it is waging here on Black folks, LatinX, Indigenous people and poor Whites, here in our local communities.

This truth takes me back to that look on Mahsa’s face when she told me of the beauty of precious Beirut and the pure glory of what stood there before the dust and the rubble.

I have always had the sense that being reminded of what we have in common, (in addition to being targeted by the most destructive force on the planet… the American government…) would create a solidarity that could truly organize peace on its own, between the people most heavily enslaved, marginalized and victimized by the virus of War Economy which spreads by keeping us fearful of one another and separates us. I have always had the sense that if the Black and LatinX children on the South Side of Chicago understood that the bullets flying by and through their heads and the food deserts in which they reside are a construction of the engineers of the War Economy, which inflict death upon all that they cannot control, as they do today to the children of Yemen and Afghanistan, and God forbid, Iran, that they would have a different sense of their possibilities and self-worth in the world. I have always had the sense that if we remembered what the Iranian students were really saying and doing when they released the folks who “suffered under American oppression and tyranny,” just like they did… that we would all be unstoppable… together… because knowing that we all have something in common is the first step towards growing and sustaining a local peace economy.

The good news is that we get a chance to start again, everytime we open our eyes and begin a new day.

When I tell people that our government is ramping up to a war with Iran, a glaze comes over their eyes. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater but nobody moves because they’re too busy enjoying their buttered popcorn and watching the movie… so you have to start explaining that fire not only burns… but it can kill you.

Get up and run!

Are we that used to waging war in America that no one even bats an eye?

Photo Credit: CODEPINK

Or is it because Iran is this faraway place where they’re not like us... and practice a different religion… have different values… a place where the people have nothing in common with us? This glaze over the eyes thing has happened so much that I have to wonder what has happened in my life that makes me understand that loving the Iranian people is as natural as loving my own people... as natural as knowing that they are my people.

Wondering why my fellow countrymen and women do not connect in the same way has shaken me up a little… a lot... and had me thinking about why I love Iran.

I want to dedicate this piece to Mahsa Shekarloo, who left our world on September 5, 2014. May all the girls and women, around the world and especially Iran… Persia, know that she organized, loved and sacrificed so that they could be free. And to her dear brother, Arash, aka Shaun, who is my friend… for life.

Learn more and join CODEPINK's We Love Iranians campaign here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

    

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          The New Arab Winter      Cache   Translate Page      

On Oct. 2, prominent Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi walked into his country’s consulate in Istanbul and never walked out again. The government adviser turned critic, who entered self-exile last year and lived outside D.C., was there to finalize paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancée. Once inside, according to Turkish authorities, a Saudi team lying in wait killed him and took his body away.

Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible killing is a fork in the road for the West’s relationship with the new Middle East taking shape amid the ruins of the Arab Spring. Even if Khashoggi were to emerge alive—which seems less likely by the day—his enforced disappearance would signal a dangerous expansion of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s already-extensive efforts to silence critics at home and abroad. If a Saudi team did kill Khashoggi, the implications are far worse.

Seven years on from the revolts that swept across the Arab world, it’s now possible to see the shape of what’s lurching out from the wreckage: a new generation of Saddam Husseins and Muammar Qaddafis ready to impose their authoritarian visions in the name of “reform,” with the blessing of the West.

European and U.S. foreign policies may have long been duplicitous, but norms and public opinion typically forced them to treat murderous regimes, at least officially, as pariahs. Impunity for Khashoggi’s killing would usher in a frightening and more brutal age, one in which we would be complicit. A report by the Washington Post on Tuesday that U.S.
intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to “capture” Khashoggi before his disappearance raises the disturbing possibility that our government may have known about the plot and not warned Khashoggi, as it is required to do.

The scandal has sparked angry arguments that the Trump administration’s eager embrace of the crown prince encouraged his worst tendencies, leading to Khashoggi’s death. That could be true, but to understand the rise of the new authoritarians, we need to look back to the Arab Spring’s original sin.

The uprisings of 2011 were without modern precedent, a true shock to long-lasting dictatorships and the client relationships with the West that had helped sustain them.

The path taken afterward was not foreordained, and for at least two years, the outcome hung in the balance. It all fell apart in 2013.

In Egypt, the breakdown of the Muslim Brotherhood–led government, helped along by an unreformed state apparatus that did all it could to ensure its failure, ended in a July coup led by then–Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The following month in Syria, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched rockets loaded with sarin gas into a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, killing at least 1,400 men, women, and children. In both cases, the Obama administration reacted with the ambivalence that defined its nonresponse to the Arab Spring writ large.

By refusing to label Sisi’s takeover in Egypt as a coup in order to avoid severing a useful decades-old relationship, Obama’s top advisers accepted the emergence of a new military junta in the Middle East as a fait accompli. In a new book about the Egyptian uprising and its fallout, David Kirkpatrick, the New York Times correspondent in Cairo at the time, persuasively portrays the administration as an abettor of the counterrevolution, happy to see stability return at any cost. Weeks after the coup, Secretary of State John Kerry would infamously claim that the military was “restoring democracy.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, ordered to talk Sisi down from massacring his opposition, instead told him that he knew what was best for his country, later explaining to Kirkpatrick that officials from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had inundated him with complaints, telling Hagel it was time to “extinguish” the Brotherhood.

Sisi did just that, orchestrating the Aug. 14, 2013, massacres in Cairo that left more than 900 protestors dead, the worst such incident in modern history.

That same month, Obama’s dalliance with military action in response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria ended in a punt to Congress and a last-minute deal facilitated by the Russian government. What followed were years of further chemical weapons use, especially of chlorine gas. At the same time, the administration intentionally offered Syria’s rebels only enough clandestine support to ensure a bloody stalemate. Obama publicly declared Assad an illegitimate leader who must go, while U.S. policy ensured that would never happen.

U.S. acquiescence to the death of the Arab Spring stemmed from both the cynical realism of key Obama officials and heavy pressure from the Saudis and the Emiratis, both of whom viewed the regional uprisings as mortal threats to their style of monarchical rule. The reactionary kings and princes of the Gulf did all they could to smother Egypt’s democracy movement, funneling billions of dollars to Sisi and his supporters. Such was their antipathy to the Arab revolts and the political Islamists they empowered that they viewed even the Obama administration’s tepid openness to the Muslim Brotherhood as a foul conspiracy.

They had it wrong, of course. If 2011 represented a historic opportunity for the United States to reset a relationship with the Arab world that had been based on decades of support for dictatorships, and if 2013 was the final chance to avoid re-embracing the same strongman pathologies that had led to revolts in the first place, the Obama administration failed both tests. A major source of this failure, it seemed, was a surprising void that had opened up at the core of Obama’s vision of the world. The man who had come to Cairo in 2009 professing his desire to seek a “new beginning” and support human rights “everywhere” had, when the time came to lay down a marker for history, instead resigned himself to the cold comfort of realism. When MBS launched the Saudis’ disastrous military campaign in Yemen in 2015, the first indication of the crown prince’s dangerous audacity, the Obama administration lent its support.

The Trump administration is different primarily in the enthusiasm with which it has enlarged the United States’ stability fetish, especially through Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who has reportedly formed such a close relationship with MBS, his fellow “princeling,” that he shared the names of Saudis “disloyal” to the crown prince in a late-night meeting in October 2017. Since then, neither Crown Prince Mohammed’s brief detention of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in November nor his coordinated crackdown on Saudi women’s rights activists just ahead of lifting the kingdom’s ban on women driving in June have prompted much official U.S.
dismay.

Even the Saudis’ long practice of kidnapping dissidents abroad and forcibly returning them to the country—as happened to activist Loujain al-Hathloul in the United Arab Emirates in March—has been ignored. Informed observers have speculated privately in recent days that Khashoggi might have been killed accidentally during a similar abduction attempt. But such an accident would be the predictable consequence of abuses too long permitted.

What happened to Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist with more than 1 million Twitter followers and an influential circle of friends, has already begun to vaporize any remaining sense of safety held by Arab dissidents around the world. It has shocked a typically jaded worldwide community of Middle East journalists, analysts, and human-rights activists into a chorus of anger and horror, prompting an unusual bipartisan threat of consequences from the senators who authorize and fund U.S. support for the kingdom. On Monday, nearly a week after Khashoggi disappeared, President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary of State Pompeo each finally weighed in, expressing concern. On Tuesday, in a major speech on progressive foreign policy, Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded accountability for Khashoggi’s disappearance and singled out Saudi Arabia as a prominent member of a “worldwide movement toward authoritarianism, oligarchy, and kleptocracy” that demands opposition.

The Saudis have responded with the obfuscation that has become typical of the region’s new authoritarians, offering blunt denials, conspiracy theories, and the false promise of investigations to find out where Khashoggi “really” went. They have failed to produce any evidence that Khashoggi ever left the consulate, while journalists have reported key pieces of circumstantial evidence, such as the Saudis’ dismissal of Turkish employees on the day of Khashoggi’s disappearance, their removal of surveillance footage from the consulate, and the arrival and departure of the private jets said by Turkish authorities to have carried the hit team.

If the Saudis are allowed to play this game, and Khashoggi is allowed to disappear without consequence, we will have entered a dangerous new world in which a regime’s promise that its “hands can reach you wherever you are,” as one Saudi dissident in London put it, will be made real as long as it is strategically useful to the West. Once again, we are being offered a choice.


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Con l'Arabia Saudita sempre più nel Caos e in generale tutto il campo imperialista sottoposto a scossoni, a una violenta lotta interna e a una sequela apparentemente inesauribile di rovesci e sconfitte, è sempre più importante in certe realtà-chiave (Donbass, Yemen, Macedonia, Serbia...) tenere duro e, se appena possibile, cercare di portare audaci contrattacchi (militari e/o politici, a seconda della situazione) e infliggere perdite inaspettate al nemico, visto che in una situazione così critica ogni ulteriore impatto potrebbe essere quello che fa crollare l'intera marcia impalcatura.

A Sanaa un portavoce dell'Esercito regolare yemenita (raffigurato in foto) ha comunicato che
nella Provincia di Jizan un'offensiva "di commemorazione" è stata lanciata da reparti misti di Sanaa e dei Comitati Popolari di Ansarullah nel secondo anniversario di una strage particolarmente dolorosa inflitta dai Sauditi col bombardamento aereo di un salone per cerimonie funebri.

Tra i risultati dell'azione possiamo menzionare:

-diversi villaggi conquistati
-perdite ingenti, materiali e umane, per le forze saudite
-tre droni sauditi abbattuti
-tentativi sauditi di riprendere il terreno perduto, respinti con ulteriori perdite.



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Diciamo addio alla "meteorina di Haley", che ci ha fatto fare molte risate negli ultimi due anni, come testimoniano questi link:

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Ecco come muore un "impero"! A Washington, valletta mancata lancia accuse contro l'Iran che fan rimpiangere quelle di Powell a Saddam!

Mohammed Houthi risponde a Nikki Haley: "Se l'Iran ci fornisse armi, ci manderebbe anche missili anti-aerei!"

La Guardia Rivoluzionaria iraniana spiega dettagliatamente agli Usa e a Nikki Haley da dove derivino i missili yemeniti!

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(Settenbre 2018)

Trumpetto e la sua "meteorina di Haley" cercano di 'dirottare' una riunione ONU sulla Palestina per trasformarla in un loro "anti-Iran show"!

Nikki Haley avrebbe lasciato per evitare un’indagine sui suoi viaggi aerei pagati da manager della South Carolina. Ieri, alcune associazioni di Washington avrebbero chiesto un’indagine federale su Haley, che accusano di aver sottostimato di decine di migliaia di dollari il valore di alcuni viaggi effettuati, nella sua dichiarazione dei redditi.
Un'organizzazione di controllo sta chiedendo un'indagine su sette voli privati ​​presi dall'ambasciatore delle Nazioni Unite Nikki Haley che sono stati pagati dagli uomini d'affari della Carolina del Sud.

I voli del 2017, che Haley ha elencato nel suo rapporto di divulgazione finanziaria pubblica quest'anno, erano tra New York, Washington e tre città nel suo stato di origine della Carolina del Sud, dove era governatore prima di entrare nell'amministrazione Trump. Il gruppo di vigilanza Cittadini per la responsabilità e l'etica a Washington ha dichiarato che i voli probabilmente valgono circa $ 24.000 e dovrebbero essere esaminati dall'ispettore generale del Dipartimento di Stato.

"Accettando regali di voli privati ​​di lusso, l'ambasciatore Haley sembra essere in linea con altri funzionari dell'amministrazione Trump che traggono benefici personali dalle loro posizioni pubbliche", ha detto in una nota Noah Bookbinder, direttore esecutivo del gruppo. "Le nostre leggi sull'etica sono chiaramente scritte per impedire anche l'apparenza di corruzione e influenza illecita".

Comunque la sua 'tenure' come ambasciatrice all'ONU é stato uno dei punti più vergognosi di tutta la squalificata, ridicola politica estera americana degli ultimi 30 anni.

Un vero e proprio episodio di "Basso Impero".
          L'Assange Saudita Mujtahidd annuncia che il "casino" provocato in Turchia con l'assassinio di Khashoggi potrebbe essere la fine per Mohammed bin Salman!      Cache   Translate Page      

Mujtahid, un informatore saudita, che si ritiene sia un membro o abbia una fonte ben collegata nella famiglia reale di Riyadh, ha sottolineato che le indagini della Turchia sulla morte del noto giornalista Jamal Khashoggi sarebbero sufficienti per dimostrare i crimini di Al-Saud e rovesciare o comunque screditare per sempre Il Principe Mohammed bin Salman.

E' bastato poco più d'un anno e mezzo al figlio di Re Salman da quando venne collocato al posto di erede designato per "incasinare" del tutto la politica estera saudita; in realtà però egli la influenzava e dirigeva già da tempo, visto che ogni decisione stupida e assurda (a partire dall'invasione dello Yemen) presa negli ultimi anni a Riyadh é stata colpa sua.


"Sembra che i dettagli che la Turchia annuncerà (nel prossimo futuro sul destino di Khashoggi) saranno sufficienti per porre fine alla carriera politica di Mohammed bin Salman. È anche probabile che si formi una posizione internazionale contro l'Arabia Saudita in quanto Governo che infrange la legge internazionale e che Bin Salman sarà citato in giudizio dalla Corte Internazionale di Giustizia, "Mujtahid ha scritto sulla sua pagina twitter nella giornata di oggi martedì 9 ottobre.

Ha anche predetto che i risultati finali delle indagini della Turchia potrebbero dissuadere l'amministrazione statunitense di Donald Trump dal continuare il suo sostegno a Bin Salman.

Mujtahid ha detto che le autorità giudiziarie turche sono già in possesso di prove e prove sufficienti a dimostrare il ruolo del governo saudita nella morte di Khashoggi, ma stanno aspettando il completamento del processo legale e giudiziario in modo che la relazione finale condanni bin Salman.

I funzionari turchi hanno detto di avere prove concrete che il giornalista saudita Jamal Khashoggi è stato assassinato, con un amico dello scrittore di spicco che afferma di pensare che potrebbe essere stato smembrato.

Redattore del Washington Post, Khashoggi non è stato visto dalla scorsa settimana, quando è entrato nel consolato saudita a Istanbul, in Turchia, per raccogliere documenti per il suo imminente matrimonio.
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Jamal Khashoggi is—or maybe was—a Saudi journalist who reported for the Washington Post, the progressive Arab paper Al Watan, and the short-lived Al Arab News Channel. Videos shows that on October 2, he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They do not show him walking out again. Various reports about the fate of Khashoggi indicate that he may have been kidnapped by Saudi officials. Or he may have been killed and dismembered on the floor of the Saudi consulate.

Khashoggi has been a consistent critic of the power of religious authorities and the Saudi royal family, especially Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman. Bin Salman consolidated power in 2016 and 2017 by executing members of his own family, driving others from power, and securing the strong support of Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. Kushner in particular has visited bin Salman at his lavish home. Reports indicate that Kushner shared US intelligence with bin Salman, naming members of his family who opposed his rule. That information sharing may have led directly to bin Salman’s attacks and executions. Reports  indicate that Khashoggi’s final ban from writing in Saudi Arabia came directly because he criticized Donald Trump. Following that ban, Khashoggi was not allowed to publish in Saudi Arabia or appear on television.

After fleeing Saudi Arabia in 2017,  Khashoggi has been in self-imposed exile in Turkey, where he has written a series of articles criticizing both bin Salman and the Saudi intervention in Yemen. In Turkey, he became engaged. The intention of his visit to the Saudi consulate was to obtain documents necessary to marry Turkish national Hatice Cengiz.

Writing in the Washington Post, Cengiz pleads with Donald Trump and with Saudi authorities to do something about her vanished fiancé.

Cengiz: More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before his disappearance became global news. We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. All we needed was a piece of paper.

Leaks from Turkish police have indicated that Khashoggi was tortured for hours inside the consulate. But most disturbing of all, leaks from US officials indicate that US intelligence knew in advance that Khashoggi was in danger, but failed to warn him.


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Khashoggi

Summary: Khashoggi murdered or renditioned to Saudi Arabia. Will international concern be enough to change policy towards the kingdom?
There is now convincing evidence, short of absolute proof, that the prominent Saudi journalist and commentator Jamal Khashoggi (our posting of 3 October) was detained in the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul on 2 October and taken either dead or alive to Saudi Arabia. There is no evidence to support the Saudi claim that he left the building freely. In what follows we assume, like virtually all other commentators, that the Saudi claim is false.
Innumerable governments have been responsible for renditions and extra-judicial killings. What is special about this case and what will the political consequences be?
First this was a gross abuse of diplomatic immunity (even though international law as codified in the Vienna Convention may not have been directly broken). The best parallel may be the Nigerian-Israeli kidnapping of the Nigerian ex-minister Umaru Dikko in London in 1984 and the attempt to send him and an Israeli doctor to Nigeria in a diplomatic bag. The attempt failed and had its farcical aspects, but several of those involved served prison sentences and the political consequences were serious. Diplomatic relations were broken off for two years.
Secondly, as a journalist Khashoggi had a high profile both in the Arab world and globally. He was a regular columnist in the Washington Post, and the Post has taken up his case vigorously as have many others in the media. There is worldwide concern about violence to journalists.
Thirdly, although both the perpetrators and the victim were Saudi, Turkey is involved if only as a matter of prestige.
Fourthly, the affair comes at a time when much international opinion is already queasy about Saudi Arabia, and MBS in particular, both because of the disastrous war in Yemen and because of oppressive acts in Saudi Arabia itself, as described in our postings of 23 August and 3 October. Reactions so far have been cautious but negative.
President Erdoğan said on 8 October “We have to get an outcome from this investigation as soon as possible. The consulate officials cannot save themselves by simply saying ‘he has left’ ”, adding that Turkey had no evidence on the case (but see below).
President Trump said yesterday 9 October that he did not know the details and had not spoken to Saudi officials; “I have not. But I will be at some point…  I know what everybody else knows – nothing.” Mike Pompeo called on Saudi Arabia to support “a thorough investigation” and to be transparent about the results. Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said everything points to the idea that Khashoggi was murdered; the congressional response would be “tangible… Our relations with Saudi Arabia… Are the lowest ever.” Republican Senator Rand Paul said he would force a vote to reject the next item of arms sales to Saudi Arabia; “It is a point of difference with the president, but who knows, the president may come around on this if there is any evidence they killed this journalist.” According to Bloomberg  Paul narrowly failed last year to block $110 billion in sales to Saudi Arabia because of the Yemen war.
A UN spokesman voiced deep concern at the “apparent enforced disappearance” and possible murder. The British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted “just met the Saudi ambassador to seek urgent answers…Violence against journalists worldwide is going up & is a grave threat to freedom of expression. If media reports prove correct, we will treat the incident seriously – friendships depend on shared values.” The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said “We are fully aligned with the U.S. position on this… We expect a full-out investigation and full transparency from Saudi authorities on what happened.” A French Foreign Ministry spokesman said “France is concerned by the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a recognized and respected Saudi figure. We hope his situation will be clarified as quickly as possible.”
As always governments will face the dilemma: should human rights issues and concern about criminal activities, in this case possibly murder, trump the material interest in continuing to cultivate good relations with a wealthy country, a major oil producer, and one which has shown itself ready (as in the case of Canada) to bite back viciously when bitten? In the case of Turkey a whole range of major interests is at stake but there are already deep political differences; Erdoğan’s first reaction will make it difficult to do nothing without unacceptable loss of face. In the case of the UK the material interest includes in particular weapon sales, something of a sacred cow for government but peculiarly embarrassing because of Yemen. It is probable that material interest will in the end trump moral concern, but there will be more of a struggle than usual, and both the US Congress and the British Parliament may prove less docile than usual.
This is a fast moving subject, with new reports appearing all the time. Opinion is divided on whether Khashoggi is dead or alive. Reports in the Washington Post and New York Times give more detail, some of it grisly. The Turkish newspaper Sabah, regarded as close to the president, has referred to the possible involvement of another country, presumably the UAE, and has published a detailed list, with dates of birth and photographs, of 15 Saudi agents who arrived before and left after the incident (note: the name is always spelt Khashoggi in English, but a better transliteration of the Arabic would be Khashiqji, and the Turkish equivalent is Kaşıkçı – it means spoon maker.) There is a lively exchange in the social media, with some Saudi opposition allegations that MBS now has a blacklist of “traitors” to be liquidated.

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A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Trump administration to reevaluate U.S. support for Gulf allies fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen amid reports of disproportionate civilian casualties.

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          Missing Saudi journalist Khashoggi ‘a breath of fresh air’      Cache   Translate Page      

I was first in touch with Jamal Khashoggi — the Saudi journalist who disappeared last week — while setting up an interview with Osama bin Laden’s former close friend and brother-in-law, Mohammad Jamal Khalifa, for the CBC back in 2003.

It was two years after 9/11, when nearly 2,977 victims were killed by four co-ordinated attacks against America by the Al Qaeda terrorist group, and the world was still searching for reasons behind the tide of anti-Americanism across the Arab world.

Khalifa was a murky character at the time (he has since died in a mysterious killing in Madagascar in 2007). After 9/11, he always maintained publicly that he had fallen out with bin Laden’s decision to form Al Qaeda in 1988. He was accused of being a major financier for the al-Qaeda-aligned Abu Sayyaf terrorist group and reportedly also playing a controversial role in the arrest of the group that attempted to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993.

Khashoggi, then the deputy editor-in-chief of Arab News, a Gulf English language daily, was one of dozens of Saudi-based journalists and political observers I determinedly reached out to in an effort to track down Khalifa. After several months, all my calls and emails went unanswered. And then Khashoggi responded.

Yes, I know Khalifa, he told me via email. And yes, he could help facilitate an in-person interview with him.

From a news perspective, it was a great scoop: A rare opportunity to speak to someone who had once been close to bin Laden. Khashoggi not only followed through with the interview, but also sought out several other English-speaking political analysts to take part in another separate television segment — a panel discussing Saudi affairs.

I know I am not alone among foreign journalists who have had similarly positive experiences working with Khashoggi. Any reporter or policy researcher who has covered the Gulf countries can attest to how difficult it is to find helpful, credible and thoughtful voices who are willing to share their insight on life inside the elusive kingdom.

In this respect, Khashoggi was a breath of fresh air. He always seemed to be fine with appearing on air and being identified in news reports.

But he was also noticeably cautious. Which likely prompted any reporter who used him as a source to assess him with a healthy degree of scrutiny. How many journalists after all — no matter how high they are — can honestly say they have sources to both international terrorists and elusive members of the Saudi royal family?

It’s no secret Khashoggi had parallel careers as both a reporter and a government adviser. From 2003 to 2006 he was the right-hand man of the powerful Saudi prince, Faisal bin Turki, a former spy chief, and ambassador to the U.S. and U.K. Clearly, he was no ordinary journalist.

But he was also no ordinary political adviser. Under his editorial direction at Arab News, for instance, he bravely published editorials that called for more personal freedoms and greater employment for Saudi youth, and allowed coverage of public demands by migrant workers and Shia minority communities in Bahrain. These are virtual no-go areas in Gulf news outlets, until today.

It would be misleading, however, to portray him in the way some leading journalists have since his disappearance last week in Turkey. Khashoggi wasn’t “a fierce critic” or “radical dissident” of the Saudi regime because he wasn’t driven by ideology or rebellion against the monarchy.

Before he decided to start using The Washington Post last year as a platform to effect change (after being constantly suspended from writing in various Saudi media) his criticism of the leadership could probably best be described as “subtle and polite reservations of the kingdom’s policies.”

“Khashoggi was a smooth, articulate and polite defender of the realm,” says Madawi al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the London School of Economics in a column for U.K. publication Middle East Eye. “His reservations on Saudi policies have always been subtle and tolerated.”

They were especially tolerated — and no doubt appreciated by the ruling elite — when he publicly supported the Saudi position on the disastrous war in Yemen (although his recent editorials in the Washington Post take on a decidedly different tone), the execution of leading Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in 2016 and the 2011 Saudi-led military crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired activists in Bahrain.

In the days after Khashoggi’s disappearance, it’s worth noticing that many of the experts, journalists and political officials he regularly debated with on air also expressed sorrow — and respect for what he stood for. “Jamal Khashoggi and I disagreed on many issues, but unlike many of his Saudi and UAE colleagues he was always civil and polite to me and other Iranians,” tweeted Mohammad Marandi, a professor of English literature and orientalism at the University of Tehran.

Another journalist in Bahrain who has been imprisoned numerous times for covering the violent Saudi crackdown on unarmed activists, vehemently disagreed with Khashoggi’s perception of Iranian encroachment in the region, but told me he still credits Khashoggi for trying to bring reform. “You don’t survive in Saudi if you don’t have friends. I can tell you from experience he was focused on getting the real story with all views out.”

In the end, it was Khashoggi’s own “friends” that silenced him. And if the latest accounts of his death by Turkish authorities are true — that a Saudi hit squad was behind his suspected murder — then he follows a long line of other critics who have paid tragically to speak truth to power.

It’s a vital reminder not only of Riyadh’s crazed obsession with stifling dissent, but of the need to genuinely respect and value intellectuals with diverse perspectives.

Shenaz Kermalli is a freelance journalist and journalism instructor at Ryerson University and Humber College.


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yes but this still feels very very contrived Mr. Patterico there's a lot more pressing things to worry about than some luckless journalist having a bad week right now the important thing to do is to cooperate with saudi arabia on areas of mutual interest (yemen isn't one of these areas) and to finish this year on a positive note meanwhile Turkey's a scummy gangster trash-country that's literally holding Americans hostage
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