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          US-backed Kurds launch final attack against IS in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Damascus, Feb 10 (IANS) The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have started the final attacks against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in eastern Syria, Kurdish activists reported.

Following the evacuation of more than 20,000 civilians from the town of Baghouz in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour Province, the SDF on Saturday started the night operation against the last IS-held pocket in the eastern Euphrates region, according to Mustafa Balli, head of the SDF media office, Xinhua news agency reported.

Balli said the battle aims to eliminate all remaining IS militants in Baghouz.

--IANS

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          علوش: المؤامرة التي استهدفت سوريا استهدفت الأردن اقتصاديا      Cache   Translate Page      

  وكالة عمون الأردنية ـ مشيرة الزيود: أكد القائم بأعمال سفير الجمهورية العربية السورية في الأردن أيمن علوش إن المؤامرة التي استهدفت سوريا استهدفت الأردن ايضا اقتصاديا. وقال علوش خلال استضافته في الجمعية الأردنية للعلوم والثقافة، اليوم السبت، للحديث عن العلاقة الاخوية الأردنية السورية والوضع العام في سوريا، إنه تم الضغط على دول لكي لا […]

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          US-backed Syria force announces final push against IS      Cache   Translate Page      

US-backed Syria force announces final push against ISThe US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday it had begun the "final battle" to oust the Islamic State group from the last scrap of territory it holds in eastern Syria. IS overran large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, declaring a "caliphate" there, but various military offensives have reduced it to a fragment. Backed by air strikes of the US-led coalition against IS, the Kurdish-Arab alliance has in recent months cornered the jihadists in a final pocket of territory in Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor.



          US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.



          Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last IS pocket      Cache   Translate Page      

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last IS pocketKurdish-led forces in eastern Syria prepared Friday for a push on the last remaining speck of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" where diehard jihadists and their families are holed up. US President Donald Trump predicted that the once-sprawling proto-state's official defeat could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line. Four years ago, IS controlled territory the size of Britain and administered millions of people, but the US-led coalition fighting the group says "99.5 percent" of it has been clawed back in successive offensives.



          US-backed forces launch fight for last Islamic State foothold in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
US officials warn that driving the Islamic State out of its territory would not end the threat it poses as militants are regrouping as an insurgency.
          6 times Macron gave other leaders advice, while boasting an approval rating of… under 30%      Cache   Translate Page      
French President Emmanuel Macron is not shy about dishing out advice to his international counterparts but, with an approval rating at home hovering in the late 20s, is he really the person to be doling out instructions to others?

No matter the international crisis, Macron has been there to impart his wisdom, giving guidance and schooling to other world leaders on their domestic problems. When it comes to criticisms directed at him, however, it appears Macron is less receptive.

This week, after French anti-government Yellow Vest protesters met with top Italian officials who criticized his leadership (admittedly in undiplomatic terms), Macron instantly recalled France’s ambassador from Rome, the critiques having gotten under his skin.

Here’s a look at six times Macron was the one dispensing unsolicited advice.

1. Venezuela’s Maduro is ‘illegitimate’

Macron has been quick to denounce Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as “illegitimate” and to throw his support behind opposition leader Juan Guaido.

As we’ve seen, though, expressions of doubt about his own legitimacy are shot down by Macron’s government as “outrageous” – despite the French president commanding a domestic approval rating of around 30 percent. In fact, his approval rating dipped as low as 18 percent in early December.

2. Lectures on ‘human rights’ in Egypt

On a recent visit to Cairo, Macron warned his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to do more to protect “human rights” and “individual dignity.” Meanwhile, back in France, anti-government protesters were being violently beaten on the streets, in scenes which Macron surely would have condemned had they taken place anywhere else.

It looks as though his lecture on human rights was all talk, anyway, considering that France still serves as Egypts top supplier of military and security equipment.

3. Wading into Japanese legal matters

Macron also chided Japan for the “too long and too hard” detention of Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan chairman and French citizen who was detained there in November for allegedly underreporting his income and transferring personal losses to the company. If the tables were turned, it’s likely Macron would regard similar comments about decisions of the French justice system as foreign meddling.

Macron also confidently suggested a replacement for Ghosn in comments that irked Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who told reporters that governments shouldn’t be getting involved.

4. ‘Timely’ decision to mark Armenian Genocide

In a move that angered Turkey, Macron on Wednesday declared April 24 a day for the commemoration in France of the Armenian genocide, saying that France was a country that “knows how to look history in the face.” While the genocide commemoration is not shocking in itself, given that many countries, including Russia, recognize the Armenian Genocide (which Turkey disputes), Ankara accused Macron of exploiting the issue for political gain.

Macron happened to be “afflicted by political problems in his own country and is trying to save the day by turning historical events into a political matter,” Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalın noted.

5. Chastising Trump over Syria withdrawal

Macron slammed US President Donald Trump’s decision in December to withdraw troops from Syria, saying he “very deeply” regretted Trump’s decision. Macron said that, as allies, France and the US should “fight shoulder to shoulder” and that “an ally should be dependable.” Trump has not been reluctant to criticize Macron either, however, even tweeting about the French president’s dismally low approval rating.

6. ‘Arrogant’ advice fest in Africa

Macron also faced major criticism on a trip to Africa last year, during which he advised Algeria to stop focusing on its colonial past and mocked Burkina Faso’s president over the country’s energy problems – comments which his former presidential rival criticized as “arrogant” and “bordering on racism.”

On the same trip, Macron told a student that she should “applaud” French soldiers, said the continent’s problems were “civilizational”  – and told African women that they have too many children.

https://www.rt.com/news/450929-macron-lectured-venezuela-egypt-africa-trump/



          Comment on Australian embassies warned over security threat in wake of Prime Minister’s Israel embassy announcement by Cauc-Asian Patriot      Cache   Translate Page      
The amazing thing is how these well-educated Australian government folks act as so surprised. What happens in the past repeats itself in the future is a historical lesson that nobody in officialdom really wants to recognize regarding that Islamic teachings bring out bad vibes in their adherents in a way reminiscent of how Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler brought out murderous actions in their followers beyond just regular retaliation or attacking their outward, political foes! THEY BELIEVE IN VIOLENCE AS PART OF THEIR BELIEF SYSTEM SO ACT UPON THEIR BELIEFS! There have been efforts to update Islam most notably in the Bahai Sect whose adherents sadly don't wish to see that Islam doesn't accept reform and its adherents can thus kill them easily! The Sufi Sect tried to add cool, metaphysical icing to the murderous fire that is Islamic Sharia ideology and what did they get despite their helping create the Turkish Caliphate in Islam's service? They got run out and declared apostates ALONG WITH THEIR SULTANS WHO WEREN'T RADICAL ENOUGH FOR THE ISLAMIC BROTHERHOOD TYPES DESPITE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE NOBODY WANTS TO OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE AS HISTORIC REALITY IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA! There are only two Islamic States where Christians are semi tolerated IN AREAS WHERE THEY HAVE SUFFICIENT NUMBERS: HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN MONARCHY DICTATORSHIP AND REPUBLIC OF SYRIA FAMILY DICTATORSHIP LED BY AN APOSTATE DRUSE SECTARIAN BECAUSE THEIR LEADERS CAN PUT THE ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS DOWN LIKE THE MAD DOGS THEY ARE! These two States though don't tolerate Jews which tolerates Islamics in Israel and get bombed, etc FOR IT BECAUSE FREEDOM MEANS ISLAM CAN OPERATE SO THEY CAN GET TO JEWISH/NON-ISLAMIC FOLK TO MOLEST & KILL THEM LIKE THEY PROBABLY DID THAT LITTLE GIRL RECENTLY IN JERUSALEM! DON'T THINK WALLS WORK? IF THERE HAD BEEN A WALL BETWEEN THAT GIRL AND NONMUSLIMS AND MUSLIMS IN ISRAEL, BET SHE WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY! IT ISN'T A PHOBIA WHEN A GROUP'S CREED SAYS THEY WANT TO KILL U TO KEEP THAT CREED'S ADHERENTS AWAY FROM U BUT REALISTIC SELF-PRESERVATION!
          IS ‘caliphate’ down to 1% percent as final assault nears      Cache   Translate Page      
IS ‘caliphate’ down to 1% percent as final assault nears#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000Beirut: The Islamic State group’s “caliphate” has shrunk to less than one percent of its original size, the US-led coalition said Thursday, as a final onslaught in eastern Syria loomed. Kurdish-led forces spearheading the offensive have paused operations but US President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a final declaration of victory would come next week. …
          US-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against IS      Cache   Translate Page      
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" ...
          US-backed Kurdish fighters begin offensive into last Syrian territory held by ISIS       Cache   Translate Page      
At about 6 p.m. Saturday, as darkness crept over eastern Syria, Kurdish forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft and using artillery and heavy machine guns began an assault of the last ISIS enclave in the country.
          Ερντογάν: «Ενισχύουμε την άμυνά μας λόγω Αιγαίου, Μεσογείου, Συρίας»      Cache   Translate Page      

«Η ανάγκη έγινε πιο επιτακτική και κρίσιμη εξαιτίας των απειλών στη Συρία αλλά και των εξελίξεων στην ανατ. Μεσόγειο, το Αιγαίο και τη Μαύρη Θάλασσα», δήλωσε σήμερα ο Τούρκος πρόεδρος, Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν στα εγκαίνια της κορβέτας ‘Ορίζοντας’ (Ufuk Α-591) στα ναυπηγεία της Τούζλα, έξω από την Κωνσταντινούπολη, όπως μεταδίδει η ανταποκρίτρια του ΣΙΓΜΑ, Μαρία Ζαχαράκη. 
«Ο ναυτιλιακός τομέας έχει καταγράψει αξιοθαύμαστη πρόοδο τα τελευταία 16 χρόνια. Την επόμενη περίοδο θα ανεβάσουμε τον πήχη της επιτυχίας ακόμη πιο ψηλά. Ένας από τους πιο σημαντικούς κρίκους του έργου μας MİLGEM (Εθνικά Πλοία) υλοποιήθηκε. Είναι το πρώτο πλοίο πληροφοριών της χώρας μας» είπε ο Τούρκος πρόεδρος παρουσιάζοντας τη νέα εγχώρια κορβέτα που εντάσσεται στο πολεμικό ναυτικό της Τουρκίας.
Όπως ανέφερε η ανάγκη για ανάπτυξη της αμυντικής βιομηχανίας της Τουρκίας έγινε ακόμη πιο επιτακτική εξαιτίας των εξελίξεων σε Συρία, ανατολική Μεσόγειο, Αιγαίο και Μαύρη Θάλασσα. «Η Τουρκία με την εθνική ασφάλεια που έχει αναπτύξει αυτή την περίοδο έχει γκρεμίσει τις ελπίδες κάποιων. Έχουμε αυξήσει τον αριθμό UAV και SİHA (μη επανδρωμένα αεροχήματα) και παρέχουν ασύμμετρη ισχύ στις μονάδες ασφαλείας μας για την παρακολούθηση και την εξουδετέρωση τρομοκρατών. Έχουμε κάνει τις μονάδες ασφαλείας και πληροφοριών μας πολύ ισχυρές, ενισχύοντάς τες τόσο με ανθρώπινο δυναμικό όσο και με τεχνολογική υποδομή. Η Τουρκία είναι μια χώρα που υπέφερε από την εξωτερική εξάρτηση που είχε σε όπλα, πυρομαχικά και στρατιωτικό εξοπλισμό. Στα χέρια των δολοφόνων στη βόρεια Συρία που προβαίνουν σε εθνικές εκκαθαρίσεις υπάρχουν πύραυλοι, βόμβες και πυρομαχικά συμμάχων μας», δήλωσε ο Ταγίπ Ερντογάν ‘φωτογραφίζοντας’ τις ΗΠΑ.
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          U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State - Reuters      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State  Reuters

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the ...

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           'Eindoffensief' tegen IS ingezet in oosten van Syrië       Cache   Translate Page      
21:36 De door de Verenigde Staten gesteunde Syrische Democratische Strijdkrachten (SDF) hebben zaterdag de aanval ingezet op de laatste enclave van Islamitische Staat in het oosten van Syrië.
          US-backed Kurdish fighters begin offensive into last Syrian territory held by ISIS      Cache   Translate Page      
At about 6 p.m. Saturday, as darkness crept over eastern Syria, Kurdish forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft and using artillery and heavy machine guns began an assault of the last ISIS enclave in the country.
          Canadian women emerge from ISIS's crumbling caliphate      Cache   Translate Page      
Her face covered by a black veil, with just a slit for her eyes, Dura looks like dozens of other black-clad women clustered on blankets with their children, all former subjects of ISIS's crumbling caliphate in Syria.
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US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.
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US officials warn that driving the Islamic State out of its territory would not end the threat it poses as militants are regrouping as an insurgency.
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The Latest: Kurds launch final push to defeat IS in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):



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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.

          SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: official      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is poised to attack the last Islamic State (IS) enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated, an SDF official said.

          Crawling to the Americans       Cache   Translate Page      

The May Government’s recognition of the American lackey, Juan Guaidó, as ‘interim president’ of Venezuela is the latest episode in what some British politicians still shamefully call the “special relationship” with the USA. The weakness of the British Government makes this meaningless gesture, which was given in the hope of future reward from the Trump administration, pointless. But crawling to the Americans comes as second nature to those sections of the ruling class who believe that their global interests are best preserved through the might of US imperialism.
Though the Trump administration has widened existing divisions within America’s ruling circles over immigration and minority rights, the entire American ruling class wants to establish US hegemony over the world. What divides them is how to achieve it.
Democrat leaders still believe in the ‘new world order’ although they now prefer to call it ‘globalisation’. Trump, on the other hand, represents circles who want to cut back US military expenditure in Europe and north-east Asia so that they can concentrate on controlling the global energy market by taking over the entire Middle East and restoring US imperialism’s hegemony over south and central America. This is why they’re itching to get their greedy hands on Venezuela's vast oil reserves, the biggest in the world.
When it suits them American, British and Franco-German imperialists will bang the drum of “human rights”. So reading from the American script the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says that: “The people of Venezuela have suffered enough. It is time for a new start, with free and fair elections in accordance with international democratic standards. The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end. Those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account. The Venezuelan people deserve a better future.”
The usual lies. But few are taken in these days. Attempts to build another “international coalition” to justify American military intervention and “regime change” have failed at the United Nations and the Organisation of American States. Ten members of the European Union have refused to endorse Juan Guaidó’s empty claim and Turkey has broken ranks with NATO to back the elected Maduro government that is also supported by Russia, People’s China, India, Cuba and Democratic Korea, as well as most of the Third World.
Those in favour of imperialist aggression are the most aggressive and greedy sections of the capitalist and landowning class. They looted and enslaved Africa and Asia in the 19th century, killing millions on their way. They are the people who sent millions to their deaths in two world wars to preserve and increase their fortunes.
They started the Korean War and the American interventions in Indo-China during the Cold War. These are the people who brought death and destruction in the name of “regime change” in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. They are the ones behind the sectarian gunmen who tried the same in Syria.
They are the kind who live the life of Roman Emperors in their grand houses whilst workers slave in their factories for pennies and die broken and destitute in the slums of the great cities of the imperialist heartlands. Now they want to push the clock back in Venezuela.
The governance of Venezuela is a matter for the Venezuelan people alone to determine. They’re going to fight to defend their revolution, We must stand by them and the legitimate government of the Bolivarian republic.



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Head of the Russian reconciliation center Sergei Solomatin said militants operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone opened fire at the Tell-Alush settlement in the Aleppo province
          Three civilians killed in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor in US-led coalition airstrike - SANA      Cache   Translate Page      
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 300 civilians were killed in US-led coalition airstrikes conducted at the end of 2018 in the Deir ez-Zor areas bordering Iraq
          SYRIAN WAR REPORT – FEB. 5-8, 2019: RUSSIAN-SUPPLIED S-300 SYSTEM BECOMING OPERATIONAL      Cache   Translate Page      
On February 5, Israel’s ImageSat International company released satellite images showing positions of the Russia-supplied S-300 air defense system in Syria’s Masyaf. The released image shows 3 of the 4 launchers in an upright position and the fourth covered by a camouflage net. This was the first satellite image showing the launchers in an erected position since their arrival from Russia in October 2018. This may indicate that the system is about to become or has already become operational.
Earlier, Russian media reported that the S-300 system will become combat ready in March 2019 after Syrian S-300 crews would finish their training. However, it is possible that the training course was intensified because of a tense situation in the region.
On February 7, the Russian state-run TV network RT reported citing military sources that Iranian forces preparing to move their weapons supply center from the Damascus international airport to the T4 airbase in the province of Homs. The T4 airbase is currently being used by Iranian forces for operations involving unnamed aerial vehicles.
At the same time, the Israeli Haaretz newspaper released a satellite image showing the alleged positions of Iranian forces in Damascus airport and also claimed that the forces are preparing to withdraw to the T4 airbase.
Iran provides very little details on its operations in Syria. However, even if these reports are confirmed, this would not mean that Syria and Iran are limiting their military cooperation. Iranian positions in the Damascus International Airport area have been repeatedly targeted by the Israeli Air Force since the start of the conflict. So, the redeployment of Iranian forces may be an attempt to de-escalate the situation in the countryside of the Syrian capital.
On February 7, the 1st division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ambushed a group of ISIS fighters in the Damascus desert killing at least 6 of them. According to a military source, the group was likely carrying out a reconnaissance operation in order to prepare for terrorist attacks.
The 45th Brigade of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) launched 50 rockets at positions of ISIS around the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the middle Euphrates River Valley. According to the PMU, the strikes were aimed at preventing ISIS terrorists from entering Iraq.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently finalizing their operation against ISIS in the area. However, a large number of terrorists still control a chunk of the SDF-besieged area.

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          British analyst: Venezuelan patriotism, Russian support will be crucial to defending Venezuela from US aggression      Cache   Translate Page      
03 February 2019
British political analyst says that Venezuelan patriotism and Russian support will be crucial to defending Venezuela from the aggression of the United States that is now intent on reasserting its authority in the international arena at the expense of the Venezuelan people after its defeat in Syria.
Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos’s remarks came during an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper about the reasons behind Washington’s currently attempts to engineer a coup in Venezuela and how Caracas can prevent U.S. from reaching its goals.
“There is more than one reason behind Washington’s attempts to engineer a coup in Venezuela.  I hold the view that there are two key reasons accounting for America’s brazen act of aggression against Venezuela’s sovereignty, and that these are equal in significance to each other,” the analyst said.
He made it clear that one of the reasons for why the Americans are currently trying to overthrow the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro is the fact that Venezuela’s oil industry is nationalised and Caracas pursues an independent foreign policy.
“This deprives American energy companies, such as ExxonMobil, from taking control of Venezuela’s energy sector and exploiting it for their own gains,” Dr. Papadopoulos added, asserting that the US has an unquenchable thirst for oil and has, historically, gone to monstrously criminal lengths to secure control of, and access to, the largest oil producing markets in the world, most notably in the Middle East.
“With Venezuela geographically situated in what is, traditionally speaking, America’s sphere of influence, policy-makers in Washington are determined to take control of the country’s oil and gas industry, even if this means using military force to do so, as the Americans did in Iraq,” the analyst stated.
He emphasized that Venezuela is a major energy player in global affairs since it is , according to some sources, home to the world’s largest crude-oil reserves, while the country also sits on one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world.
The close relationship between Venezuela and Russia
The other reason accounting for the US’ interference in the Latin American country, concerns the close relationship between Venezuela and Russia, according to the analyst, who  indicated that for some 20 years now, Caracas and Moscow have cultivated intimate relations with each other in the political, economic and military spheres.
“Today, Russia is the leading supplier of military hardware to Venezuela, and late last year reports surfaced about Russian plans to construct an air base for itself on the Venezuela island of La Orchila which would host Russian strategic bombers capable of delivering nuclear payloads,” Dr. Papadopoulos said
He went on to say:
“The prospect of a Russian military base in Venezuela, and one that can accommodate Russian nuclear bombers, is something that the Americans will bitterly resist.  Whilst Russia is only responding to the increasingly dangerous presence of NATO on its western border, coupled with both the threatening American missile shield in Eastern Europe and Washington’s diabolical withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the US is determined that its tormenting behaviour on the international stage remains unimpeded hence why the Americans are trying to overthrow President Maduro and replace him with the pro-American puppet, Juan Guaido.”
The analyst stressed that a Venezuela led by the legally and electorally illegitimate Guaido would end political, economic and military co-operation with Russia and make the Latin American country, once again, subservient to the US.
In a response to a question about how Caracas can avoid a military confrontation with U.S, Dr. Papadopoulos said: “Russia is the only country that can either deter Washington from embarking on a military confrontation with Venezuela or indirectly defeat an American military campaign against Caracas, with the aim of overthrowing the legal government of President Maduro.”
“I draw a comparison with how Russia came to the aid of Cuba, following the Cuban Revolution, when the country was faced with imminent American military aggression with the objective of overthrowing Fidel Castro.  In that situation, Moscow ultimately ensured the survival of the Cuban Revolution and, with it, the independence and sovereignty of Cuba.  Russia will be all-important in defending Venezuela and the Venezuelan people from the clutches of Messrs. Trump and Bolton.”
Besides the essential support of Russia, both economically and militarily, the prowess of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces of Venezuela and the patriotism and fiercely independent nature of the Venezuelan people  are main obstacles for US quick military intervention against Caracas, as stated by Dr. Papadopoulos, who indicated that the US could ignite a war in Venezuela in which large parts of the Venezuela population and the economic infrastructure of the country are consumed by a fireball.
U.S. has no moral compunction in starting a war
“The US has no moral compunction in starting a war – either through an invasion or a bombing campaign, or through supporting illegally armed groups – so as to seize control of a country’s economic and military infrastructure and impose a compliant government in the country’s capital. Washington rained down death and destruction on Syria but the Syrian people, aided by Russia, thwarted American ambitions in the country.  Because of their defeat in Syria, the Americans are angry – very, very angry, and are now intent on reasserting their authority in the international arena at the expense of the Venezuelan people.  So the world could, at some point, be witness to Washington raining down death and destruction on Venezuela and its people,” the analyst affirmed.
He, in addition, made it clear that economic sanctions are one of the most potent weapons in the US’ armoury hence the Venezuelan Government could be vulnerable to Washington’s endeavours to instigate a coup through economic strangulation of Venezuela’s economy.
“However, providing that Venezuela still keeps producing and selling oil and gas, and providing that Moscow is able to economically assist Caracas, then Venezuela stands a reasonably good chance of prevailing against American aggression,” concluded, Dr. Papadopoulos, the founder and editor of Politics First magazine.
On January, 24, 2019, an open letter- signed by 70 scholars and Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts- was issued in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela.
The letter underlined that actions by the Trump administration and its allies in the hemisphere are almost certain to make the situation in Venezuela worse, leading to unnecessary human suffering, violence, and instability.


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          Venezuela: Washington’s 68th Regime Change Aggression since 1945      Cache   Translate Page      
Since Killing Hope was published in 1995, the US has conducted at least 13 more regime change operations, several of which are still active: Yugoslavia; Afghanistan; Iraq; the 3rd US invasion of Haiti since WWII; Somalia; Honduras; Libya; Syria; Ukraine; Yemen; Iran; Nicaragua; and now Venezuela.         https://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2019/02/05/venezuela-the-uss-68th-regime-change-disaster/  
          US-backed Kurdish fighters begin offensive into last Syrian territory held by ISIS      Cache   Translate Page      
(CNN) — At about 6 p.m. Saturday, as darkness crept over eastern Syria, Kurdish forces backed by US-led coalition aircraft and using artillery and heavy machine guns began an assault of the last ISIS enclave in the country. The final territory controlled by fighters of the so-called Islamic State was in the small town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani, just west of an earthen berm on the outskirts of the village where US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces started their push. Initial reports from […]
          U.S. Evangelicals Push Back Against Trump's Syria Pullout Plan      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. evangelicals, generally supportive of President Trump, are breaking sharply with him over his planned Syria pullout, saying the move will leave Syrian Christians vulnerable to attack. Among the groups criticizing Trump's Syria plan is the Family Research Council , a conservative evangelical organization with a mission of advancing "faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview." In the past, the group has actively supported Christians overseas who face persecution. In a statement on its website , two senior officials of the organization wrote that a withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria could put Syrian Christians "in mortal danger" and deal "an incalculable blow ... to our reputation as a supporter of religious freedom worldwide. " One of the authors, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. Boykin, said last year that "God's imprint" was evident in Trump's election. But in a Fox News interview last month, Boykin warned that Trump was "on
          SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: official      Cache   Translate Page      

SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: officialThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is poised to attack the last Islamic State (IS) enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated, an SDF official said. The besieged Islamic State enclave centered around Baghouz on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River represents the jihadist group's last territorial foothold in the part of Syria where the U.S.-backed forces have been fighting it.



          US-backed Syrian forces launch attack on final Isis stronghold      Cache   Translate Page      
Offensive launched against scores of besieged Isis fighters after 20,000 civilians evacuated
          ارمنستان متخصص مین‌روبی و امداد پزشکی به سوریه اعزام می‌کند      Cache   Translate Page      
سرگئی شویگو، وزیر دفاع روسیه جمعه ۸ فوریه / ۲۹ بهمن از وزیر دفاع ارمنستان برای اجرای این ماموریت تشکر کرد. او گفت «شما اولین کسانی هستید که به فراخوان ما برای کمک به مردم سوریه پاسخ دادید.»

          2/10/2019: Review: Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian, My Story of Rescue, ★★★★ Hope and Triumph      Cache   Translate Page      

Throughout her memoir, Olympian swimmer Mardini grapples with the word “refugee”. How does one word describe the horrors she witnessed as a child in Syria: watching neighbours disappear, buildings collapse and bombs drop in the swimming pool? How does...
          حمله نیروهای دموکراتیک سوریه به آخرین منطقه تحت محاصره داعش آغاز شد      Cache   Translate Page      
 مصطفی بالی، رئیس دفتر رسانه‌ای نیروهای دموکراتیک سوریه گفته که حمله به قلمروی داعش در کرانه شرقی رود فرات پس از خروج ۲۰ هزار غیرنظامی از این منطقه آغاز شده است.

          Final assault on IS held territory      Cache   Translate Page      
Kurdish-led alliance says final assault underway against Islamic State forces in Syria; the US Senator Elizabeth Warren has confirmed she will contest the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential election and the Duke of Edinburgh has handed in his driving licence three weeks after crashing his Range Rover.
          Global Affairs aware of Canadians detained in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Global Affairs Canada says it is aware of Canadian citizens being detained in Syria. The confirmation comes in the wake of a CNN report which spoke to two women – a college student from Toronto and graphic designer from Alberta – who say they recently fled the former ISIS controlled town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani in […]

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          Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      
Their home countries don't want them and holding trials in Syria isn't an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq.
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          2/10/2019: News: The soul mate who (with a little help from the Queen) saved my sanity – by the world’s bravest doctor      Cache   Translate Page      

IT WAS mid-October, it was dark and there was a gale-force wind blowing as we walked down to the shore. I had recently returned from a humanitarian mission to Syria and, bizarrely, I yearned to go swimming – to walk deeper and deeper into the sea until...
          Feb 11, Office of Readings for Monday of the 5th week of Ordinary Time      Cache   Translate Page      

Ribbon Placement:
Liturgy of the Hours Vol. III:
Ordinary: 651
Proper of Seasons: 172
Psalter: Monday, Week I, 702

Christian Prayer:
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Office of Readings for Monday in Ordinary Time

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind's delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For each perfect gift of Thine,
to our race so freely given,
graces human and divine,
flowers of earth and buds of heaven.

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

𝄞"For The Beauty Of The Earth" by Rebecca Hincke • Title: For the Beauty of the Earth; Text: Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1835–1917; Music: Conrad Kocher, 1786–1872; Artist: Rebecca Hincke; (c) 2017 Surgeworks, Inc.

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Show me your mercy, Lord, and keep me safe.

Psalm 6
A suffering man cries to God for mercy

I am filled with dismay… Father, save me from this hour (John 12:27).

Lord, do not reprove me in your anger:
punish me not in your rage.
Have mercy on me, Lord, I have no strength;
Lord, heal me, my body is racked;
my soul is racked with pain.

But you, O Lord… how long?
Return, Lord, rescue my soul.
Save me in your merciful love,
for in death no one remembers you;
from the grave, who can give you praise?

I am exhausted with my groaning;
every night I drench my pillow with tears;
I bedew my bed with weeping.
My eye wastes away with grief;
I have grown old surrounded by my foes.

Leave me, all who do evil;
for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
The Lord will accept my prayer.
All my foes will retire in confusion,
foiled and suddenly confounded.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, you love mercy and tenderness; you give life and overcome death. Look upon the many wounds of your Church; restore it to health by your risen Son, so that it may sing a new song in your praise.

Ant. Show me your mercy, Lord, and keep me safe.

Ant. 2 The poor are not alone in their distress; God is here to help them.

Psalm 9A
Thanksgiving for victory

You will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will recount all your wonders.
I will rejoice in you and be glad,
and sing psalms to your name, O Most High.

See how my enemies turn back,
how they stumble and perish before you.
You upheld the justice of my cause;
you sat enthroned, judging with justice.

You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;
you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
The foe is destroyed, eternally ruined.
You uprooted their cities: their memory has perished.

But the Lord sits enthroned for ever.
He has set up his throne for judgment;
he will judge the world with justice,
he will judge the people with his truth.

For the oppressed let the Lord be a stronghold,
a stronghold in times of distress.
Those who know your name will trust you:
you will never forsake those who seek you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The poor are not alone in their distress; God is here to help them.

Ant. 3 I will be the herald of your praises, Lord, where the people of Zion gather.

II

Sing psalms to the Lord who dwells in Zion.
Proclaim his mighty works among the peoples;
for the Avenger of blood has remembered them,
has not forgotten the cry of the poor.

Have pity on me, Lord, see my sufferings,
you who save me from the gates of death;
that I may recount all your praise
at the gates of the city of Zion
and rejoice in your saving help.

The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,
their feet caught in the snare they laid.
The Lord has revealed himself, and given judgment.
The wicked are snared in the works of their own hands.

Let the wicked go down among the dead,
all the nations forgetful of God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten
nor the hopes of the poor be in vain.

Arise, Lord, let men not prevail!
Let the nations be judged before you.
Lord, strike them with terror,
let the nations know they are but men.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm-prayer

Lord God, when you judge, do not be deaf to the shouts of the poor, bring havoc to the madness of oppressors. Look at our wounds and save us from the gates of death, so that we may always rejoice in your help and speak your praise in the gates of Zion.

Ant. I will be the herald of your praises, Lord, where the people of Zion gather.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Give me insight, Lord, to know your will.
Then I will cherish it with all my heart.

READINGS

First reading
From the letter to the Galatians
1:13—2:10
The calling and apostleship of Paul

You have heard, I know, the story of my former way of life in Judaism. You know that I went to extremes in persecuting the Church of God and tried to destroy it; I made progress in Jewish observance far beyond most of my contemporaries, in my excess of zeal to live out all the traditions of my ancestors.

But the time came when he who had set me apart before I was born and called me by his favor chose to reveal his Son to me, that I might spread among the Gentiles the good tidings concerning him. Immediately, without seeking human advisers or even going to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before me, I went off to Arabia; later I returned to Damascus. Three years after that I went up to Jerusalem to get to know Cephas, with whom I stayed fifteen days. I did not meet any other apostles except James, the brother of the Lord. I declare before God that what I have just written is true.

Thereafter I entered the regions of Syria and Cilicia. The communities of Christ in Judea had no idea what I looked like; they had only heard that “he who was formerly persecuting us is now preaching the faith he tried to destroy,” and they gave glory to God on my account.

Then, after fourteen years, I went up to Jerusalem again with Barnabas, this time taking Titus with me. I went prompted by a revelation, and I laid out for their scrutiny the gospel as I present it to the Gentiles—all this in private conference with the leaders, to make sure the course I was pursuing, or had pursued, was not useless. Not even Titus, who was with me, was ordered to undergo circumcision, despite his being a Greek. Certain false claimants to the title of brother were smuggled in; they wormed their way into the group to spy on the freedom we enjoy in Christ Jesus and thereby to make slaves of us, but we did not submit to them for a moment. We resisted so that the truth of the gospel might survive intact for your benefit.

Those who were regarded as important, however (and it makes no difference to me how prominent they were—God plays no favorites), made me add nothing.

On the contrary, recognizing that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter was for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter as his apostle among the Jews had been at work in me for the Gentiles), and recognizing, too, the favor bestowed on me, those who were the acknowledged pillars, James, Cephas, and John, gave Barnabas and me the handclasp of fellowship, signifying that we should go to the Gentiles as they to the Jews. The only stipulation was that we should be mindful of the poor—the one thing that I was making every effort to do.

RESPONSORY 1 Corinthians 15:10; Galatians 2:8

By the grace of God, I am what I am.
His grace in me has not been in vain.

It was the power of God which made Peter an apostle for the Jewish people, and it was his power which made me an apostle for the Gentiles.
His grace in me has not been in vain.

Second reading
From a short discourse by Saint Bonaventure, bishop
He who knows Jesus Christ can understand all sacred Scripture

The source of sacred Scripture was not human research but divine revelation. This revelation comes from the Father of Light from whom the whole concept of fatherhood in heaven and on earth derives. From him, through Jesus Christ his Son, the Holy Spirit enters into us. Then, through the Holy Spirit who allots and apportions his gifts to each person as he wishes, we receive the gift of faith, and through faith Christ lives in our hearts. So we come to know Christ and this knowledge becomes the main source of a firm understanding of the truth of all sacred Scripture. It is impossible, therefore, for anyone to achieve this understanding unless he first receives the gift of faith in Christ. This faith is the foundation of the whole Bible, a lamp and a key to its understanding. As long as our earthly state keeps us from seeing the Lord, this same faith is the firm basis of all supernatural enlightenment, the light guiding us to it, and the doorway through which we enter upon it. What is more, the extent of our faith is the measure of the wisdom which God has given us. Thus, no one should overestimate his wisdom; instead, he should soberly make his assessment according to the extent of the faith which God has given him.

The outcome or the fruit of reading holy Scripture is by no means negligible: it is the fullness of eternal happiness. For these are the books which tell us of eternal life, which were written not only that we might believe but also that we might have everlasting life. When we do live that life we shall understand fully, we shall love completely, and our desires will be totally satisfied. Then, with all our needs fulfilled, we shall truly know the love that surpasses understanding and so be filled with the fullness of God. The purpose of the Scriptures, which come to us from God, is to lead us to this fullness according to the truths contained in those sayings of the apostles to which I have referred. In order to achieve this, we must study holy Scripture carefully, and teach it and listen to it in the same way.

If we are to attain the ultimate goal of eternal happiness by the path of virtue described in the Scriptures, we have to begin at the very beginning. We must come with a pure faith to the Father of Light and acknowledge him in our hearts. We must ask him to give us, through his Son and in the Holy Spirit, a true knowledge of Jesus Christ, and along with that knowledge a love of him. Knowing and loving him in this way, confirmed in our faith and grounded in our love, we can know the length and breadth and height and depth of his sacred Scripture. Through that knowledge we can come at last to know perfectly and love completely the most blessed Trinity, whom the saints desire to know and love and in whom all that is good and true finds its meaning and fulfillment.

RESPONSORY Luke 24:27, 25

Beginning with Moses, and going through all the prophets,
Jesus showed them the meaning of those passages of Scripture which had been written concerning himself.

How foolish you are and so slow to believe all that the prophets have said.
Jesus showed them the meaning of those passages of Scripture which had been written concerning himself.

Concluding Prayer

Keep your family safe,
O Lord, with unfailing care, that,
relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (only added when praying in community)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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          Có phải Tổng thống Donald Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại?      Cache   Translate Page      

Trang mạng worldpoliticsreview.com gần đây đăng tải bài viết có tựa đề "Tổng thống Trump đã sai: IS vẫn chưa bị đánh bại," nội dung như sau:

Trong chiến dịch tranh cử năm 2016, ứng cứ viên Donald Trump khi đó đã không nói nhiều và cụ thể về chính sách an ninh quốc gia và chính sách đối ngoại, ngoại trừ một điều: Cam kết đánh bại tổ chức Nhà nước Hồi giáo (IS) tự xưng.

Sau khi thắng cử, Tổng thống Trump tăng cường cuộc chiến chống IS, cuộc chiến mà cựu Tổng thống Obama đã phát động và gia tăng hậu thuẫn cho các nhóm vũ trang địa phương tại Syria, bao gồm các nhóm dân binh người Kurd và các lực lượng an ninh tại Iraq.

Cuối cùng, chính sách này đã thu được kết quả. Thông qua chiến dịch quân sự do các nhóm dân binh và người Iraq tiến hành trên thực địa, IS đã mất phần lớn lãnh thổ mà tổ chức này kiểm soát tại cả Iraq và Syria.

Hơn một tháng trước, Tổng thống Trump tuyên bố chiến thắng: "Chúng ta đã đánh bại IS tại Syria, lý do duy nhất chúng ta hiện diện ở đó trong nhiệm kỳ của tôi," ông tuyên bố trên trang mạng cá nhân Tweeter, đồng thời ám chỉ ý định rút các lực lượng Mỹ khỏi Syria.

Vừa qua, từ Diễn đàn kinh tế thế giới Davos, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Mike Pompeo tái khẳng định thắng lợi đối với IS, cho rằng Mỹ đã "đánh bại IS tại Syria và Iraq cùng với hơn 60 nước khác trong liên minh quốc tế chống khủng bố trên toàn cầu."

Nhiều chuyên gia an ninh đã phản đối tuyên bố của Chính quyền Trump, cho rằng IS tuy bị suy yếu nhưng chưa bị đánh bại hoàn toàn. Giống như các tổ chức phiến quân, IS một lần nữa thay đổi phương thức hoạt động.

Tổ chức này bắt đầu phân tán, chuyển sang hoạt động bí mật và dựa vào phương thức tấn công khủng bố và cách đánh du kích. IS chuyển sang phương thức khủng bố truyền thống. IS đang trở lại phương thức khủng bố ban đầu của tổ chức này.



Mặc dù IS còn kiểm soát một phần nhỏ lãnh thổ tại Syria, nhưng IS vẫn còn khoảng 30.000 tay súng. Số này đang di chuyển đến các khu vực khác trên thế giới, đánh nhau với các lực lượng chính phủ từ Nigeria tới Afghanistan tới Phillipines, trong khi chiến thuật đánh du kích và tấn công khủng bố vẫn được duy trì tại Iraq.

"Sự lạc quan về việc đã đánh bại hoàn toàn IS, mặc dù chỉ là để làm hài lòng dư luận, cũng là quá sớm," Ilan Berman, thành viên Hội đồng chính sách đối ngoại Mỹ, cảnh báo.

Lịch sử sẽ cho thấy điều gì sẽ xảy ra tiếp theo như trước đây. Trong quá khứ, việc đánh bại một kẻ thù dựa trên tư tưởng đòi hỏi 3 yếu tố: Thứ nhất, kẻ thù phải biến mất trên chiến trường và trên lãnh thổ mà họ kiểm soát. Đối với Mỹ, do có quân đội hùng mạnh nên đây là việc dễ dàng.

Thứ hai, tư tưởng, nguồn gốc đã làm nên sức mạnh của kẻ thù phải bị triệt tiêu. Đây là việc hết sức khó khăn, nhất là tư tưởng của kẻ thù bắt nguồn từ tôn giáo.

Thứ ba, các nhân tố về chính trị, kinh tế và xã hội đã cho phép kẻ thù hình thành và phát triển vào thời kỳ khởi điểm phải được thay đổi để ngăn chặn nguy cơ tái trỗi dậy.

Trong chiến tranh thế giới thứ hai, Mỹ đã thực hiện được cả ba nhân tố trên. Đức Quốc xã và Đế quốc Nhật đã bị đánh bại về mặt quân sự và bị chiếm đóng. Điều này cho phép các lực lượng chiếm đóng loại bỏ và vô hiệu hóa các chủ nghĩa bành trướng và tái xây dựng hệ thống chính trị Đức và Nhật để ngăn chặn chúng trở lại.

Mỹ đã định nghĩa cuộc chiến với IS không phải là chiến tranh nơi mà lối thoát là một chiến thắng quyết định, thay vào đó là việc quản lý đe dọa trong dài hạn.

Tuy nhiên, việc chống nổi dậy là hoàn toàn khác. Mỹ không hoàn toàn kiểm soát trên thực địa và không thể bảo đảm cả ba yếu tố nêu trên được thực hiện đầy đủ. Mỹ có thể đánh bại các lực lượng quân sự kẻ thù nhưng không đủ sức để triệt tiêu được chủ nghĩa cực đoan hay thay đổi các điều kiện đã sinh ra chủ nghĩa cực đoan này.

Đó chính xác là tình hình tại Iraq và Syria hiện nay: Bước một cơ bản đã hoàn thành, nhưng bước hai và bước ba là chưa.

Ngay lúc này Mỹ phải quyết định liệu việc nước này tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS có gây ra vấn đề cho tương lai hay không? Liệu việc Mỹ đã phá hủy và làm suy yếu IS có đủ để làm tổ chức này không thể hồi sinh hay không? Nếu Mỹ không đưa ra được câu trả lời chính xác, có thể sẽ phải chịu hậu quả.

Trong khi các phương thức tấn công khủng bố tàn bạo của IS đã tạo cảm hứng cho một số công dân Mỹ làm theo thì logic chiến lược can dự của Mỹ là dựa vào niềm tin rằng nếu IS vẫn còn giữ được lãnh thổ nhà nước tự xưng, IS sẽ mạnh lên và kích động thêm chủ nghĩa khủng bố, một số vụ tấn công khủng bố sẽ nhằm vào các mục tiêu của Mỹ ở nước ngoài hoặc thậm chí bên trong nước Mỹ.

Như cựu Tổng thống George W. Bush đã khẳng định khi đánh giá về cuộc xâm lược Iraq năm 2003: "Chúng ta sẽ đánh chúng ở đó để không phải đối mặt với chúng tại Mỹ."

Thậm chí nếu lời khẳng định này là sự thật, mặc dù vẫn là câu hỏi còn bỏ ngỏ, thì nó cũng không còn tồn tại nữa. Các lực lượng địa phương tại Trung Đông, kể cả các lực lượng chính phủ và các nhóm dân binh như Các lực lượng dân chủ Syria được Mỹ hậu thuẫn, không đủ khả năng ngăn cản IS tái trỗi dậy.

Các lực lượng này cũng không đủ khả năng ngăn chặn IS tấn công các mục tiêu của Mỹ. Mỹ không thể tuyên bố đã đánh bại IS để rồi phải chịu những hậu quả chiến lược.

Đó là lý do Mỹ không nên xem cuộc chiến chống IS như một cuộc chiến thông thường, tức thắng lợi quân sự đơn thuần đã đánh bại hoàn toàn kẻ thù, thay vào đó Mỹ phải có chính sách quản lý thách thức trong dài hạn.

Mỹ nên tiếp tục hậu thuẫn các đối tác chống khủng bố là nhà nước và các nhóm dân binh trên thực địa, bảo đảm rằng các lực lượng này hoàn toàn vượt trội về quân sự so với các lực lượng khủng bố.

Mỹ nên yêu cầu các đối tác giải quyết các vấn đề kinh tế, chính trị và xã hội đang tạo điều kiện cho IS phát triển, trong khi ngăn chặn các đối tác này chuyển đổi sang hệ thống có lợi cho IS. Nhưng rộng hơn, Trump đã sai: IS chưa bị đánh bại. Các thách thức vẫn đang diễn ra.

Can dự lâu dài của Mỹ tại Iraq từ năm 2003 và hiện nay là tại Syria cho thấy Washington không thể thay đổi căn bản hệ thống sinh thái của chủ nghĩa cực đoan. IS hoặc các tổ chức tương tự sẽ sống sót.

Lý tưởng cực đoan của chúng sẽ tiếp tục sống và tìm cách phát triển khi có khoảng trống quyền lực và trong các góc khuất của Internet, chúng tiếp tục kích động tấn công khủng bố mà không phụ thuộc vào tình hình tại Syria và Iraq, không phụ thuộc vào bất kỳ điều gì mà Mỹ "đã làm ở đó"./.

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February 09, 2019
by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)

Get over it: Asia rulesGet over it: Asia rules

New book helps explain why the 21st Century will be the Asian Century
The greatest merit of Parag Khanna’s new book, The Future is Asian, is to accessibly tell the story of a historical inevitability – with the extra bonus of an Asian point of view. This is not only a very good public service, it also blows out of the water countless tomes by Western “experts” pontificating about Asia from an air-con cubicle in Washington.
Asia hands from the West tend to be extremely protective of their extra-territoriality. In my case, I moved to Asia in 1994, and Singapore was my first base. In time I found out – along with some of my colleagues at Asia Times – nothing would ever compare to following the ever-developing, larger than life Asian miracle on the spot.
Khanna has always been in the thick of the action. Born in India, he then moved to the UAE, the West, and is now a resident in Singapore. Years ago we spent a jolly good time in New York swapping Asia on-the-road stories; he’s a cool conversationalist. His Connectography is a must read.
Khanna found a very special niche to “sell” Asia to the Western establishment as a strategic adviser – and is very careful not to ruffle feathers. Barack Obama, for instance, is only guilty of “half-heartedness”. When you get praise from Graham Allison, who passes for a Thucydides authority in the US but would have major trouble understanding Italian master Luciano Canfora’s Tucidide: La Menzogna, La Colpa, L’Esilio, you know that Khanna has done his homework.
Of course, there are a few problems. It’s a bit problematic to coin Singapore “the unofficial capital of Asia”. There’s no better place to strategically follow China than Hong Kong. And as a melting pot, Bangkok, now truly cosmopolitan, is way more dynamic, creative and, let’s face it, funkier.
In 1997 I published a book in Brazil titled 21st: The Asian Century, based on three years of non-stop on-the-road reporting. It came out only a few days before the Hong Kong handover and the collapse of the baht that sparked the Asian financial crisis – so the book’s argument might have been seen as passé. Not really; once the crisis was over, the development push by the Asian tigers was overtaken by China. And 10 years later, slightly before the Western-made global financial crisis, the road to the Asian Century was more than self-evident.
Khanna hits all the right tones and multiple overtones stating the case that the Asian century “will…” begin when Asia crystallizes into a whole greater than the sum of its many parts”. It’s already happening, and it’s a wise choice to set the point of no return towards an Asia-led new world order at the first Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) summit in May 2017 in Beijing.
Yet throughout the book Khanna feels the need to take immense pain showing frightened Anglo-American readers that China won’t lead the Asian future; there will be no “Chinese tianxia, or harmonious global system guided by Chinese Confucian principles”. And that offers room for references to the push by the US and its allies to “deter China”, or the push by “Japan, India, Australia and Vietnam” to “counter China aggression”. Not to mention credit to the pathetic notion of “clash of civilizations”. But, on a whole, Khanna nails it. “By joining BRI, other Asian countries have tacitly recognized China as a global power – but the bar for hegemony is very high.”

No East and West

Within the scope of an article, and not a book, it’s possible to show that this epic story is not about hegemony, but connectivity.
First of all, there’s no East and West; as Edward Said has shown, this is essentially inherited from Eurocentrism and colonialism, starting way back when the Ancient Greeks situated the western borders of Asia in the eastern Mediterranean.
Asia, the term, comes from the ancient Assyrian assu – which means rising sun. A clear distinction between East and West was stamped by the end of the 3rd century, at the time of Diocletian, when the Roman empire was cut in half following a meridian from Dalmatia to Cyrenaica, a partition confirmed at the death of Theodosius 1 in 395 AD.
The East then organized itself around Constantinople while the West was divided and regarded as Europe, a distinct unity under Charlemagne (800 AD). What’s interesting is that in contrast with China – self-defined as the center of the world – neither the Roman Empire nor Islam saw themselves as such, admitting the existence of other quite populated worlds: China and India.
The notion of a “continent” only came up in the 16th century, based on the tri-partition Europe-Asia-Africa made by the Greeks in the Eastern Mediterranean, adopted by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and ratified by the “discovery” of the New World: the Americas. So once again, “continent” is a Western invention.
Eurasia is essentially a giant, elliptical, unified space. Crack geographers tend to see it to the north – from Central Asia up to the northwest of India – as the realm of caravan routes, Silk Roads, cosmopolitan oases, steppes and deserts crisscrossed by nomads.
To the south, it’s a sort of monsoon “shawl” draped over a unique ocean; maritime routes through straits; and cosmopolitan ports and warehouses.
Southeast Asia enjoys a unique status, squeezed in a historical and cultural pincer movement between two major forces, constituted in an independent manner from one another as two major civilizations; India to the west and China to the northeast.
The inner logic of all this immense space is mutation, trade exchanges, and migrations. So Eurasia is essentially unified as two major “on the move” spaces; continental and steppe (on horseback), plus maritime (via navigation). Historically, between these two corridors, we find the creative hubs of civilizations and more durable empires: China, the Indian world, Persia/Iran, the Arab world, the Byzantine-Ottoman empire.

Hard node of history

In one of his exceptional books, French geographer Christian Grataloup conclusively shows how Eurasia is a geo-historic entity – exhibiting a “system of inter-relations from one end to another”. Yes, it’s all about connectivity, as the Chinese are stressing with the New Silk Roads or BRI.
Already by the 15th century, every society in Eurasia exhibited the same presence of cities, writing, monetary exchange. So it’s possible to conceive a common history, from the Mediterranean to Japan, for over two millennia. Grataloup’s intuition is breathtaking. “This is the hard node of world history”.
Historically, it’s all about the confluence of eastern routes in the north, the Silk Roads at the center, and southern routes, mostly the Spice Route. In the central segment of the major axis, decisive innovations occurred; the first villages, the first forms of agriculture, writing, the birth of the State. As the great Mongol caravan empire, built around the Silk Roads in the 13th century, fractured, while societies in the extremities of Eurasia developed maritime power.
Khanna offers myriad details on the key fact; that the Eurasian space is finally being rearranged, rebuilt via economic development, along transversal axes configured as economic corridors; the result of a modernization process that started in Japan in the second half of the 19th century to expand to all of East and Southeast Asia, then China, and finally India. The genius of the BRI project is to make it happen.
The Chinese ambition to be the economic leader of the Eurasia ensemble – by land and by sea – is a unique development in the region’s history, combining the continental approach of the Mongol empire of the steppes, or the Russia empire, with the maritime approach of the West, especially via the British Empire.
But contrary to Western imperialism, it’s all based on economy and culture. So, China will have a lot of work mastering the art of soft power. Time though is on the BRI side; the horizon is 2049 – not profits in the next quarter. Maritime routes in the north like the Arctic Silk Road, and via the South China Sea and Indian Ocean to the south, will envelop Eurasia, which will articulate itself in the center over high-speed rail and highway corridors of the New Silk Roads and the upgraded Trans-Siberian links.
They call it Euro-Asia in Beijing, and they call it Greater Eurasia in Moscow. The whole process is historically inexorable, already forging the future – call it Asian or Eurasian.

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Kamala Harris is really destroying her own image with this vanity run for president.  Most people didn't know about her past.  Now they're learning and it's not at all pretty.

In other bad news, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER notes:

 Under the former CEO's separation agreement in September, CBS is supposed to pay for an office for Moonves, and is presumably footing the bill for Moon Rise.

Les Moonves, fired by CBS over claims of sexual misconduct, has created three new companies under the banner "Moon Rise," according to a filing with the California Secretary of State.

The filing says that Moon Rise Unlimited, Moon Rise Technologies and Moon Rise Productions have been registered since Oct. 30, and the presumed parent company lists Moonves as the lone manager.

Who is going to work with that creep?  I can't believe that.  I thought both he and his trashy wife would be humiliated enough to just live in the shadows.  Instead, he's setting up shot and she's back to hosting BIG BROTHER. 


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Friday, February 8, 2019.  Joe Biden contemplates a run as the press attacks Tulsi Gabbard.

Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.

We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the costs of war to a collective credit card for future generations to pay, diverting money that could have been invested in critical domestic priorities. This burden will create a drag on the economy that will last for generations. 
The costs have been extraordinarily high, but these wars have not succeeded even on their own terms. We’ve “turned the corner” in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles. After years of constant war, Afghanistan hardly resembles a functioning state, and both poppy production and the Taliban are again on the rise. The invasion of Iraq destabilized and fragmented the Middle East, creating enormous suffering and precipitating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The region remains a tangled mess—the promise of the Arab Spring crushed, Iran emboldened, Syria devastated, the Islamic State (or ISIS) and its offshoots stubbornly resilient, and a massive refugee crisis threatening to destabilize Europe. Neither military nor civilian policymakers seem capable of defining success, but surely this is not it.
A singular focus on counterterrorism, meanwhile, has dangerously distorted U.S. policies. Here at home, we have allowed an imperial presidency to stretch the Constitution beyond recognition to justify the use of force, with little oversight from Congress. The government has at times defended tactics, such as torture, that are antithetical to American values. Washington has partnered with countries that share neither its goals nor its ideals. Counterterrorism efforts have often undermined other foreign policy priorities, such as reinforcing civilian governance, the rule of law, and human rights abroad. And in some cases, as with U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen, U.S. policies risk generating even more extremism.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have seen up close how 17 years of conflict have degraded equipment, sapped forces’ readiness, and forced the postponement of investment in critical military capabilities. It has distracted Washington from growing dangers in other parts of the world: a long-term struggle for power in Asia, a revanchist Russia that threatens Europe, and looming unrest in the Western Hemisphere, including a collapsing state in Venezuela that threatens to disrupt its neighbors. Would-be rivals, for their part, have watched and learned, and they are hard at work developing technologies and tactics to leapfrog the United States, investing heavily in such areas as robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and quantum computing. China is making massive bets in these and other areas in an effort to surpass the United States as a global technological power. Whether the United States will maintain its edge and harness these technologies for good remains an open question. 
It is the job of the U.S. government to do what is necessary to protect Americans, but it is long past time to start asking what truly makes the country safer—and what does not. Military efforts alone will never fully succeed at ending terrorism, because it is not possible to fight one’s way out of extremism. Some challenges, such as cyberattacks and nuclear proliferation, require much more than a strong military to combat. And other dangers, such as climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, cannot be solved through military action at all. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense in the 2018–19 fiscal year alone. That is more in real terms than was spent under President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War and more than all the rest of the country’s discretionary budget put together. But even as Washington spends more and more, U.S. military leaders point out that funding a muscular military without robust diplomacy, economic statecraft, support for civil society, and development assistance only hamstrings American national power and undercuts any military gains. 
As a candidate, Trump promised to bring U.S. troops home. As president, he has sent more troops into Afghanistan. On the campaign trail, Trump claimed he did not want to police the world. As president, he has expanded the United States’ military footprint around the globe, from doubling the number of U.S. air strikes in Somalia to establishing a drone base in Niger. As a candidate, Trump promised to rebuild the military, but as president, he has gutted the diplomatic corps on which the Pentagon relies. He promised to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, but he has undermined a successful nuclear deal with Iran, has failed to roll back the North Korean nuclear program, and seems intent on spurring a new nuclear arms race with Russia. 

These actions do not make Americans safer. It’s time to seriously review the country’s military commitments overseas, and that includes bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have fought with honor, but additional American blood spilled will not halt the violence or result in a functioning democratic government in either place. 


We've noted that several times before.  We've also noted that foreign policy will be an issue in the 2020 election.  How much of an issue, I don't know.  Even I was shocked by (see Wednesday's snapshot) the "CBS NEWS poll showed that the most pressing topic on the mind of Americans was foreign policy and national security.  Respondents ranked that the number one issue (93%) with jobs and economy second (92%) and healthcare third (80%)."

In Iraq, a death continues to garner attention.

So sad, so tragic. The well-known and award-winning Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashthob Abboud was shot dead on 2 February. We strongly condemn this henious assasination.


: Writer and novelist Dr. Alaa Mashthob Abboud assassinated


activist and novelist, Alaa Mashthob, assassinated in Karbala


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  1. "We have the will to end ISIS": Syrian forces prepare for American troops to leave  CBS News
  2. The final showdown with ISIS in Syria is about to go down as US-backed forces gear up for their 'last battle' against the terrorists  Business Insider
  3. Canadian women emerge from ISIS's crumbling caliphate  CNN
  4. End of ISIS? Syrian forces assault FINAL Islamic State stronghold - ‘it's the LAST battle’  Express.co.uk
  5. Trump Is Setting Himself Up for a “Mission Accomplished” Moment With ISIS  Slate
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Nguyễn Minh Tâm (Danlambao) - Nền độc tài của Nicolas Maduro đang được tính từng ngày, hiện tại hầu như các nước Liên Hiệp Châu Âu đã công nhận Juan Guaido là tổng thống lâm thời của Venezuela. Hoa Kỳ, Canada và khối Lima đang tiến hành viện trợ nhân đạo cho nhân dân Venezuela. Điều này chắc chắn nước Venezuela sẽ chuyển sang chế độ dân chủ sau 1 thời gian biểu tình liên tục dậy sóng đòi lật đổ chế độ độc tài phản dân hại nước, chiếm lấy nguồn tài nguyên dầu lửa của đất nước làm túi riêng của mình. Một bài học cho các chế độ độc tài khi chống lại nhân dân và cả thế giới.

Đất nước Venezuela rất khác Việt Nam. Họ có nền kinh tế đứng thứ tư thế giới trước đây, và là 1 quốc gia dân chủ, đa đảng, chỉ từ khi Hugo Chavez và tên tài xế trung thành hiện tại Nicolas Maduro đưa đất nước tiến lên CNXH quốc hữu hóa toàn bộ nền kinh tế quốc gia từ năm 1998, đất nước mới tiến sâu vào lụn bại. Nợ nần chồng chất, dân bới rác mà ăn, lạm phát đến 1.000.000%, bị Trung cộng, Nga lũng đoạn. Vì thế chúng ta đừng thấy lạ lùng là tại sao một đất nước theo CS mà có bầu cử quốc hội, đảng đối lập, Juan Guaido không bị “quần chúng tự phát” hay hồng vệ binh, đấu tố”, quăng cứt, rác vào nhà, và thậm chí là đi xe hai hàng đánh đập ám sát… Nghĩa là người dân có hạt mầm dân chủ từ lâu rồi, từ thuở mới sinh ra, chứ không phải như VN, từ phong kiến rồi Maxit CS nhồi sọ, chưa biết dân chủ là gì, chưa thấy và tôn trọng phản biện đối lập v.v…

Nhưng có một điểm chung trong cuộc CM Venezuela và VN là cách thức lật đổ chế độ độc tài.

Trong bài viết: áp lực đám đông, tôi đã nói rõ, lật đổ chế độ độc tài, không có nghĩa là chúng ta phải giết chết từng thằng CS, tiêu diệt toàn bộ cái đám đảng viên CSVN mà phải làm sao để sức mạnh của đám đông, sức mạnh biểu tình của nhân dân triệt tiêu quyền lực của CS để buộc chúng phải thoái vị, hoặc chấp nhận 1 cuộc bầu cử tự do, bầu cử quốc hội, loại chúng ra khỏi nghị trường, loại ra khỏi quyền lực chúng đang nắm giữ.

Dù bạn có giết chết Nguyễn Phú Trọng hay Nguyễn Xuân Phúc khi sức mạnh nhân dân chưa có, khi thành phần đối lập chưa có thì tình hình cũng không thay đổi mấy, Đảng vẫn có thể chọn thằng nào đó kế vị, quyền lực chẳng thay đổi nhiều. Do đó, lật đổ chế độ độc tài là làm sao để sức mạnh đám đông nổi lên, toàn thể nhân dân đứng dậy cùng một mục tiêu, cùng một ý chí triệt tiêu CS, khi đó chính quyền sẽ yếu xuống và khi bộ máy công quyền, quân đội, CA, mật vụ, lung lay phân tán không còn ủng hộ bợ đỡ cho chế độ, thì chế độ độc tài triệt tiêu.

Với Venezuela, bằng những cuộc biểu tình cả triệu người liên tục, kéo dài suốt mấy năm qua, cùng một khẩu hiệu “Maduro từ chức”, nhưng cho đến khi Juan Guaido tuyên bố là Tổng thống lâm thời cuộc CM Venezuela mới chuyển qua bước ngoặt mới. Và cho đến khi Mỹ tuyên bố phong tỏa tài chính toàn bộ Tập đoàn dầu khí quốc gia (PDVSA) của Venezuela, cộng với việc tướng phi công Francisco Esteban Yanez tuyên bố ủng hộ Juan Guaido nhiều sĩ quan quân đội ngã về phía người dân, chúng ta mới tin chắc rằng chính quyền Maduro sẽ sụp đổ theo thời gian, dù anh có chống đỡ cách nào đi nữa.

Nhưng tại sao đến giờ phút này chính thức Maduro vẫn chưa sụp đổ, bởi vì kinh tế Venezuela khác hoàn toàn VN, khác hoàn toàn các nước độc tài khác. Venezuela có trữ lượng dầu lửa lớn nhất thế giới, mà Maduro đã quốc hữu hóa toàn bộ nền kinh tế, cho nên cả nước sống nhờ vào 95% nguồn dầu lửa đó. Có thể nói Maduro đã “bỏ túi” toàn bộ tài sản quốc gia và ông chia chác nhiều phần cho quân đội kinh doanh nắm giữ, chính vì vậy họ rất trung thành với chế độ, dù nhân dân có biểu tình cách nào đi nữa thì nền kinh tế của chính quyền vẩn chưa ảnh hưởng, nguồn sống của họ vẫn còn duy trì, chế độ không nhờ nhiều vào tiền thuế từ xã hội. Nhưng khi Mỹ và các nước Đồng minh phong tỏa kinh tế ngăn chận tẩu tán tài sản và các nước trên thế giới ủng hộ nhân dân Venezuela thì sự tồn tại của chế độ độc tài chỉ còn lây lất, tính từng giờ, từng ngày. Ở đây, chúng ta không bàn về việc Trung cộng hay Nga có nhảy vào hay không, tôi tin rằng chuyện này rất khó xảy ra. 

Như vậy, nguyên tắc để lật đổ chế độ độc tài, đầu tiên là làm sao để người dân vượt qua sợ hãi đứng lên, biểu tình liên tục, cùng một quyết tâm thay đổi xã hội. Đó là sức mạnh duy nhất của người dân. Tiếp theo, được thế giới ủng hộ, thiếu yếu tố này không có cuộc CM nào thành công cả. Trong và ngoài nước cùng một ý chí thay đổi chế độ mới tạo nên sức mạnh thật sự và chính quyền độc tài mới bị cô lập trên thị trường quốc tế, làm suy yếu nền kinh tế, làm mất nguồn thu nhập nuôi dưỡng chế độ. Tiếp theo, từ những sức mạnh đó, chính quyền, quân đội, công an, bộ máy trung thành với chế độ mới rệu rã, hoang mang tâm lý sợ hãi phân mãnh, bất an, bỏ chạy, quay đầu về với nhân dân làm sụp đổ chế độ độc tài. Nghĩa là, có đủ 3 yếu tố này, chế độ độc tài mới sụp đổ.

Với Việt Nam cũng vậy, chỉ khi nào người dân vượt qua sợ hãi chịu đứng lên, thế giới ủng hộ, là bước đầu để thành công. Thành phần CA, mật vụ CS chỉ là phường đầu trâu mặt ngựa, bám đảng kiếm ăn, đổi màu chạy trước nên không quan trọng, nhưng 95% chính quyền VN đã lọt vào tay Hán nô Tàu cộng cho nên chỉ khi nào Trung cộng rung rinh sắp sụp đổ, CMVN mới thành công.

Đi theo những nguyên lý trên, chúng ta hãy khảo sát cách thức Tổng thống Donald Trump tấn công Trung cộng như thế nào?. Ông cũng đi theo 3 bước này.

Bước 1: Làm suy yếu Trung cộng, làm suy yếu tất cả những hệ thống chống đỡ để nó tồn tại. 

Đầu tiên là chiến tranh thương mại. Áp thuế để cân bằng thâm hụt mậu dịch, ra nhiều hiệp định để bảo hộ mậu dịch và kêu gọi các công ty rút vốn nhà máy ra khỏi Trung cộng, làm cho thị trường chứng khoán Trung Cộng lao dốc và nền kinh tế suy yếu thấy rõ. Tấn công vào Cty Huawei, Cty nhà nước núp bóng tư nhân bộ não của Tàu cộng. Trump đẩy mạnh tài sản sở hữu trí tuệ, công tác tình báo, gián điệp mạng, an ninh quốc gia để cả thế giới tẩy chay làm kiệt quệ mấy công ty viễn thông 5G của Trung cộng. Có thể nói trên mặt trận thương mại Donald Trump đã thành công, đến nỗi Tập Cận Bình xin diện kiến trước ngày 1/3 ngày chấm dứt đình chiến, nhưng Trump cũng không thèm gặp. Thật khó dự đoán, không biết Trump có áp thuế 25% lên 267 tỷ hàng hóa còn lại hay không? Bởi, với cách thức tấn công hiện tại, Trump đã làm Trung cộng điêu đứng rồi, nếu áp thuế tiếp tục, dồn Tập Cận Bình vào chân tường, có thể hàng nông sản và nhiều mặt hàng khác của Mỹ sẽ bị ảnh hưởng, cho nên theo tôi, nếu Tập chịu nhượng bộ về cân bằng thâm hụt mậu dịch, và một phần nào đó về ăn cắp bản quyền sở hữu trí tuệ thì việc không áp thuế tiếp tục có nhiều phần lợi hơn cho Hoa Kỳ.

Bởi, cuộc chiến kinh tế này, Trump cũng thừa biết, chỉ làm suy yếu Trung cộng, chứ không thế nào tiêu diệt được nó, muốn thấy hiệu quả thật sự phải sau 5-10 năm, cho nên phải tấn công trên tất cả mọi mặt. 

Về phần quân sự ở Biển Đông, như nhiều lần chúng tôi đã nói, Biển Đông chỉ có thể gầm gừ và khiêu khích, không thể làm gì khác hơn. 

Bước 2: Tấn công và phá hủy hệ thống chống đỡ đó.

Theo tôi, việc đứng lên tự phong của Tổng thống Juan Guaido phải có sự tiếp tay của Hoa Kỳ, bởi vì nó hợp hiến và được dàn nội các của Trump ủng hộ ngay từ đầu rất cấp thời và hiệu quả. Từng diễn biến xảy ra ở Venezuela có một mối tương quan mật thiết nào đó với Hoa Kỳ? Do đó có thể nói, việc Venezuela thành công phải chăng là tiến trình phá vỡ từng nhánh cây, bứng từng gốc bự, chặc đứt từng rễ nhỏ của Trump để tiêu diệt Trung cộng. Bởi Venezuela là nguồn cung cung dầu lửa chính cho Trung cộng. Ngoài chiến tranh thương mại, gián điệp mạng, Trump đã chọn giải pháp cắt đứt nguồn cung ứng dầu lửa và khí đốt cho đất nước này. Dù tổng thống lâm thời Juan Guaido tuyên bố vẫn tiếp tục các hợp đồng mà quốc hội đã thông qua và trả khoảng nợ 60 tỷ dolla mà Venezuela đã nợ Trung cộng để xoa dịu tình hình, nhưng trước mắt Venezuela cũng làm cho Tập cận Bình xay xẩm, mất đi một chí cốt cùng hội cùng thuyền và tương lai đầy những bất trắc khi Juan Guaido xóa bỏ chế độ độc tài, bắt tay với các nước dân chủ, mà Mỹ là nước lọc dầu thô cho Venezuela, cho nên, chắc chắn nguồn dầu lửa của Trung cộng phải bị động khó khăn hơn trước.

Trong khi đó, tình hình Trung đông, do Tết Nguyên đán, việc xây bức tường biên giới, và bài diễn văn thông điệp đầu năm của Tổng thống Trump mà chúng ta quên đi bản tin quan trọng khác. Zalmay Khalilzad,đã thông báo Mỹ sẽ rút toàn bộ binh lính khỏi Afghanistan trong vòng 18 tháng? 

http://nghiencuuquocte.org/2019/02/01/mon-qua-cua-trump-danh-cho-taliban

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Việc gì đã xảy ra?? Không có việc gì cả, không có chiến sự, không có tổn thất, lực lượng Taliban, IS vẫn còn đó, đang suy yếu nhưng vẫn chiếm giữ 60% lãnh thổ Afganistan, vậy hà cớ gì, hôm trước thông báo rút 7000 quân cùng 2000 quân ở Syria, hôm nay lại thông báo triệt thoái quân toàn bộ. Và trong thời gian tới, phiến quân Hồi giáo Taliban có thể tham gia vào đời sống chính trị của đất nước này. Có thể ứng cử vào chức vụ tổng thống?? Phải chăng có những thỏa thuận ngầm mà chúng ta không thể biết? Tại sao nội các Donald Trump lại chấp nhận một sự nhún nhường đến như vậy? Gần đây Trump cũng kêu gọi các Công ty hãy đầu tư vào Pakistan, Nam Á, Trung á để cải thiện môi trường chính trị khu vực này?

Phải chăng, Mỹ đang bắt tay với phiến quân Hồi giáo Taliban hay khủng bố Hồi giáo cực đoan IS để tấn công Trung cộng và giúp họ xây dựng một Nhà nước Hồi giáo Afghanistan như chúng tôi đã phân tích ở bài viết trước: Tiêu diệt Trung cộng. Chỉ có giải pháp đánh đổi này, Mỹ mới chấp nhận lùi bước đến như vậy, trong khi không có lý do gì để Mỹ phải rút quân cả. Nhớ rằng Hồi giáo Taliban theo dòng Shunni, (cùng với người Duy Ngô Nhĩ), được Pakistan hậu thuẫn từ những ngày đầu, và Pakistan, Afghanistan có đường biên giới tiếp giáp với Tây Tạng và Tân Cương bên Trung Quốc, trong khi đó, người Hồi ở Iran hầu hết theo dòng Shiite, Trump lại cấm vận triệt để và còn tăng cường thêm binh lính ở Iraq để kiểm soát thêm tình hình Iran. Phải chăng kế hoạch cắt đứt mọi nguồn cung cấp khí đốt cho Trung cộng đã dần lộ diện. Iran luôn luôn bị cấm vận. Bây giờ hướng đến là các ống dẫn dầu ở Tân Cương. (Venezuela đã và đang thoi thóp)

Như vậy trong năm nay 2019, Đài Loan sẽ độc lập - tuy nó không bợ đỡ cho Tàu cộng tồn tại, nhưng Đài Loan thất thủ sẽ lột toàn bộ mặt nạ con hổ giấy cho cả thế giới nhận biết và nó phá hủy toàn bộ cấu trúc chính danh của Trung cộng - hay Tân Cương có khủng bố và dân tộc Duy Ngô Nhĩ, Tây Tạng nỗi lên sẽ là bước tiếp theo trong mục đích tiêu diệt Tàu cộng của Donald Trump. Bởi vì, chỉ duy nhất con đường Tân Cương là có thể giựt sập hệ thống bợ đỡ của Trung cộng. 

Bước 3: Nhân dân các nước nhỏ vùng lên.

Quay trở lại Bắc Hàn. Mọi thỏa thuận của Donlad Trump và Kim Jong Un chỉ có giá trị trong nhiệm kỳ đầu của Trump không thể nào qua nhiệm kỳ 2, cho nên chỉ có thư tay, thỏa thuận miệng chứ chưa có Hiệp ước nào được ký kết, và kỳ gặp sắp tới 27-28/2 ở Hà nội cũng vậy, “chúng tôi đã đạt được những điều tốt đẹp” chứ chẳng có một ý tưởng nào khác. Do đó Trump phải diệt hoặc thấy Trung cộng hấp hối trước 2020, chứ không thì Bắc Hàn lật kèo. 

Và Donald Trump sẽ dành món quà này cho các nước nhỏ ra tay.

Không cần nói nhiều các bạn cũng hiểu rồi, nhân dân Trung Quốc, Việt Nam, Hong Kong, Tân Cương Tây Tạng chia 5 xẻ 7 Trung Quốc và biết đâu, Bắc Hàn cũng có 1 phần trong đó.

Tại sao Mỹ phải diệt Trung cộng? Bởi vì trên thế giới này, Trung cộng là quốc gia duy nhất có thể soán ngôi Mỹ, mặc dù thực lực hiện tại Trung cộng chưa thể qua mặt Mỹ, nhưng với lợi thế về đời sống công nghệ số, tương lai Trung Quốc thống lĩnh thế giới về không gian mạng là chuyện có thể. Hãy nhìn Liên minh Châu Âu các cường quốc thế giới về KHKT thời điện tử nhưng không mạnh về công nghệ thời điện toán, cho nên họ già nua và có vẻ lạc hậu với đà tăng trường hiện đại. Ngày xưa Mông cổ làm bá chủ Á-Âu chỉ vì vung kiếm trên lưng ngựa, nhưng khi Châu Âu chế tạo ra những cây súng trường đầu tiên thì Mông cổ sụp đổ, như vậy đừng có nói rằng quốc gia nào đó sẽ tồn tại mãi mãi. Sự phát triển của KHKT sẽ quyết định sự tồn tại của một quốc gia. Hiện tại Hoa Kỳ chỉ hơn Trung Cộng về sản xuất những con Chip, nếu Hoa Kỳ không nhìn ra vấn đề thì Trung cộng sẽ qua mặt và xuất khẩu mô hình Tư bản-Độc tài 2025 đi khắp thế giới. Thật là một đại họa cho thế giới?? Hãy cảm ơn Trump và chắc chắn Trung cộng sẽ bị tiêu diệt trong thời gian tới.

Sài Gòn 9/2/2019

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          IS resists 'final push' by US-backed force in eastern Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
US-backed guerrillas target what they say is the last pocket of IS resistance near the Iraqi border.
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America's allies on the ground announced the start of what they're calling the final battle against remaining ISIS holdouts after allowing thousands of civilians to flee

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U.S.-backed Syrian forces have launched a final push to defeat ISIS in the only remaining pocket of territory that the extremists still hold in the country. Charlie D'agata reports.

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Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Next, we have a story of one person's death among many - the story of a death in a Syrian camp for displaced people. And we should warn you that some people will find this story disturbing. The World Health Organization says dozens of children have died as their families made the journey in the cold to this camp, trying to find shelter and safety. Thousands have been streaming there as the U.S.-led coalition fights ISIS in the area, and some of them are foreigners held there as relatives of ISIS fighters. The cold means they are using kerosene heaters in tents. NPR's Ruth Sherlock was recently there and met a mother who lost her daughter in a fire. RUTH SHERLOCK, BYLINE: A woman films on her phone as she runs through the darkness in a refugee camp towards a tent that's caught fire. (SOUNDBITE OF VIDEO) UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: (Foreign language spoken). SHERLOCK: "Where are they, the woman and her children? Where are they?" she
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Her face covered by a black veil, with just a slit for her eyes, Dura looks like dozens of other black-clad women clustered on blankets with their children, all former subjects of ISIS's crumbling caliphate in Syria.

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  1. US-backed fighters launch final push to defeat IS in Syria  ABC News
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  3. The final showdown with ISIS in Syria is about to go down as US-backed forces gear up for their 'last battle' against the terrorists  Business Insider
  4. US-backed Kurdish fighters begin offensive into last Syrian territory held by ISIS  CNN
  5. "We have the will to end ISIS": Syrian forces prepare for American troops to leave  CBS News
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CNN and others like The Hill are now covering weapons to Al Qaeda, as if this is news. Notably, this is limited to weapons in YEMEN, and ignores SYRIA. In this way, the problem is contained and even restricted to the Trump age. Seymour Hersh reported in 2014: A highly classified annex to the report, […]
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Dozens Sentenced Over Deadly 2015 Tunisia Attacks
Tunisian court hands down convictions, including life sentences, to dozens involved in 2015 deadly attacks.

Dozens of defendants faced two separate trials over the closely linked shootings, which occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse [File: Fethi Belaid/AFP]

A Tunisian court has sentenced seven people to life in prison over attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015 that killed 60 people, many of them foreign tourists.

Dozens of defendants faced two separate trials over the closely linked shootings, which occurred just months apart in Tunis and Sousse, but many were acquitted.

Four were sentenced to life in prison for the shooting rampage at a Sousse tourist resort in June 2015, which killed 38 people, mostly British tourists.

Five other defendants in the Sousse case were handed jail terms ranging from six months to six years, while 17 were acquitted, prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti said on Saturday.

Three were given life sentences for the attack in March 2015 at the capital's Bardo National Museum, in which two gunmen killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard.

Others found guilty of links to the Bardo attack were sentenced to prison terms ranging from one to 16 years, and a dozen defendants were acquitted, Sliti said.

The prosecution will launch an appeal, he added.

The court heard that the two attacks, both claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), were closely linked.

'Duty' to ISIL

Among those who were facing trial were six security personnel accused of failing to provide assistance to people in danger during the Sousse attack.

Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on a beach before rampaging into a high-end hotel, where he was armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and grenades, before being shot dead by police.

Four French nationals, four Italians, three Japanese and two Spaniards were among those killed in the Bardo attack, before the two gunmen, armed with assault rifles, were shot dead.

Investigations showed one of the attackers, Yassine Laabidi, who was from a poor district near Tunis, had amphetamines in his body.

His fellow attacker Jaber Khachnaoui, from Tunisia's Kasserine region, had travelled to Syria in December 2014 via Libya.

One suspect questioned in court, Mahmoud Kechouri, said he helped plan the Bardo attack, including preparing mobile phones for Sandi, a neighbour and longtime friend.

Kechouri, 33, said he was driven by a "duty to participate in the emergence of the caliphate".

Other defendants accused of helping prepare the attack said they had only discussed ideas with friends.

Several alleged they were tortured in detention.

'Finally recognised victims'

Victims' family members in France and Belgium watched Friday's hearing via a live video feed.

"It was important for us to see, and especially to hear, to try to understand the role" of each defendant, said one French survivor.

"Arriving at the end of the process will help us to turn the page, even if we can never forget."

The attacks and resulting travel warnings dealt a devastating blow to Tunisia's vital tourism sector from which it has taken time to recover. 

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Een Mexicaanse radiojournalist is zaterdag doodgeschoten. Dat maakte het parket bekend in een mededeling. Het is al de tweede journalist die in 2019 werd vermoord in het land, dat bekend staat als een van de gevaarlijkste voor journalisten.


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IS resists 'final push' by US-backed force in eastern Syria  BBC News

US-backed fighters in Syria say they are meeting fierce resistance as they attack the last enclave held by Islamic State (IS) militants in the country. A spokesman ...

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U.S.-backed Syrian forces in 'final battle' against ISThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations. Gavino Garay.



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Yamal 401, 90.0°E
НТВ+4 на 12718 V SR 27500,DVB-S,Mpeg 2,открыто добавили букву А.

Horizons-2, 85°E
На Переходи на HD вместо канала Охота и рыбалка начал промо вещание Кино ТВ на 12160 H 28800 FEC:3/4, DVB-S/MPEG-2, открыто.

Hellas Sat 3 @ 39° East
ERT Sports HD появился на 12223 H DVB-S2/QPSK MPEG-4 13381 3/4,BISS
ERT HD ушёл с 12223 H DVB-S2/QPSK MPEG-4 13381 3/4

Astra 1N (19.2E)
KabelKiosk & Sky Deutschland: Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Videoguard: Sky Sport Bundesliga 6 HD (Германия) на 12031.50MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:9/10 SID:307 PID:1023[MPEG-4]/1026 qab,1028 qac.

Hot Bird 13C (13E)
Ictimai TV (Азербайджан) передача без кода (11296.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:5/6 SID:2209 PID:2009/3009 Английский).

Eutelsat 9B (9E)
ORTM отключён на 12034.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:354 PID:3541/3542 Французский,3543)

Eutelsat 7 West A (7W)
Salam TV HD появился на 11526 H DVB-S/MPEG-2 DVB-S/MPEG-4 27500 7/8,открыто
NileSat promo HD появился на 11564 H DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 27500 3/4,открыто

Amos 3, 4°W
Discovery Channel Hungary HD передаёт через DVB-S2 на 11389.00MHz, pol.H SR:30000 FEC:3/4 SID:1701 PID:101[MPEG-4] /110 AAC Венгерский,111 AAC Английский (Conax).
Новая частота для Film+ HD 11258.00MHz, pol.H (11258.00MHz, pol.H SR:30000 FEC:3/4 SID:1404 PID:538[MPEG-4] /5384 Английский,5388 Венгерский - Conax).
Новая частота для BBC Earth HD 11389.00MHz, pol.H (11389.00MHz, pol.H SR:30000 FEC:3/4 SID:1706 PID:601[MPEG-4] /610 AAC Венгерский,611 Английский - Conax).
BBC Earth HD отключён на 11258.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:1404 PID:538[MPEG-4]/5384 Английский,5388 Венгерский)
National Geographic HD Hungary отключён на 11389.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:1701 PID:101[MPEG-4] /110 AAC Венгерский,111 AAC Английский)
Film+ HD отключён на 11389.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:1706 PID:601[MPEG-4]/610 AAC Венгерский)

ST 2, 88.0°E
PTS появился на 11633 H 30000-3/5 8PSK,открыто

G-Sat 10 @ 83° East
EZ Mall,Bansal News,Star Gold +1,Vendhar TV,Public Movies,Surya Bhakti появились на 11670 V DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 32720 2/3,Videoguard
AY TV,Andy Haryana,Studio N ушли с 11670 V DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 32720 2/3

G-Sat 18 @ 74° East
Punjab Edusat Society появился на 11587 H DVB-S/MPEG-2 4000 7/8,открыто

Intelsat 20 (IS-20), 68.5°E
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 PowerVU: SET International (Тайвань) на 3841.00MHz, pol.H SR:29910 FEC:2/3 SID:2 PID:1260[MPEG-4]/1220,1222.
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 PowerVU: MAX Middle East (Индия) на 3841.00MHz, pol.H SR:29910 FEC:2/3 SID:10 PID:1010[MPEG-4]/1000,1002.
Max HD появился на 3841.00MHz, pol.H SR:29910 FEC:2/3 SID:54 PID:2510[MPEG-4]/2500 Хинди,2501,2503 Тамильский,2504 Телугуйский (PowerVU).
NHK Radio 3 & 4 отключён на 3841.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:61 APID:1620 Английский)
NHK Radio 5 отключён на 3841.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:71 APID:1720 Английский)
NHK World HD отключён на 3841.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:11 PID:1160[MPEG-4] /1120 Английский Японский)
NHK World HD отключён на 3841.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:21 PID:1260[MPEG-4] /1220 Английский Японский)
NHK Premium отключён на 3841.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:31 PID:1360[MPEG-4] /1320 Японский,1322 Японский)
NHK Premium отключён на 3841.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S2 SID:41 PID:1460[MPEG-4] /1420 Японский,1422 Японский)
Siyathuthuka FM появился на 12682 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 30000 2/3,открыто
1st News появился на 3742 V 7000 3/4 DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 ,открыто
ANM News ушёл с 3742 V

Intelsat 11, 43°W
Test передача без кода (4185.00MHz, pol.H SR:20709 FEC:5/6 SID:6 PID:2001/3001).
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Открытый: Sexysat 1 (Франция) на 4185.00MHz, pol.H SR:20709 FEC:5/6 SID:7 PID:7001/7002.
Новый SID для Canal Rural Satelital на 4026.00MHz, pol.V SR:18530 FEC:7/8: SID:18 ( PID:4006[MPEG-4]/4007 Испанский - Открытый).
Новый SID для America Sports на 4026.00MHz, pol.V SR:18530 FEC:7/8: SID:19 ( PID:4008[MPEG-4]/4009 Испанский - Открытый).
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Открытый: Sexysat 1 (Франция) на 4185.00MHz, pol.H SR:20709 FEC:5/6 SID:7 PID:7001/7002.
Новый SID для Canal 13 Satelital на 4026.00MHz, pol.V SR:18530 FEC:7/8: SID:3 ( PID:4000[MPEG-4]/400 Испанский - PowerVU).
Kurdsat News появился на 4185.00MHz, pol.H SR:20709 FEC:5/6 SID:8 PID:801/802 (Открытый).
Kurdsat появился на 4185.00MHz, pol.H SR:20709 FEC:5/6 SID:9 PID:901/902 (Открытый).
Canal 13 Satelital отключён на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:51 PID:519/720 Испанский,721)
Todo Noticias отключён на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:52 PID:520/730 Испанский)
TYC Sports отключили на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:2 PID:513/660 Английский,661 Испанский).
Canal 13 Satelital отключили на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:151 PID:524/5634 Английский,5635 Испанский).
Quiero Musica отключён на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:80 PID:517/700 Английский) (12h17)
Artear virtual1 отключён на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:55 PID:523/760 Английский,761 Испанский)
TyC Inter 2 отключён на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:5 PID:516/690 Английский,691 Испанский)
TyC Alternativa отключён на 4026.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:1 PID:512/650 Английский,651 Испанский)
TNT BRASIL 2 отключён на 3962.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:82 PID:400[MPEG-4]/414 Португальский,415 mul)

PakSat 1 38'E
iFilm English появился на 4037 V 4800 3/4 DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4,открыто

Arabsat-5A 30,5E
Tele Liban ушёл с 12613 V

Eutelsat 10A (10E)
Hollywood HD отключили на 3649.00MHz, pol.L (DVB-S2 SID:21 PID:504[H.265] /505 AAC Китайский).

Eutelsat 8 West B @ 8° West
Al Nabaa HD появился на 11137 H DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-2 MPEG-4 27500 5/6,открыто
Syrian Education TV появился на 11179 H DVB-S/MPEG-2 27500 7/8,открыто
Nesiha TV начал вещание на 11555 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 27500 5/6,открыто
Amozhgary TV начал вещание на 11595 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 DVB-S/MPEG-4 27500 5/6,открыто
Saudi 24 Heritage появился на 12562 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 DVB-S/MPEG-4 27500 7/8,открыто
24 Saudi English promo ушёл с 12562 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 DVB-S/MPEG-4 27500 7/8
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Express-AT1 @ 56° East
Радиостанции Вести ФМ, Маяк, Радио России появились открыто на 12245 R 27500 8PSK 3/4 НТВ Плюс

TurkmenÄlem/MonacoSat (52E)
Новый PID для Taraqi TV на 10845.00MHz, pol.V: PID:3000[MPEG-4]/3001 AAC SID:807 ( SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:3000[MPEG-4]/3001 AAC - Открытый).
Persiana Channel передаёт через DVB-S на 10845.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 SID:701 PID:3002/7012 Фарси (Открытый).
Persiana HD отключили на 10845.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:701 PID:7011[MPEG-4] /7012 AAC Фарси).

AzerSpace 1/Africasat-1A@46.0°E
İctimai TV ушёл с 11135 H 27500 ; 5/6

Türksat 4A @ 42° East
Shopping TV 1 появился на 12034 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 27500 5/6,открыто

Eutelsat 36C(AMU1), 36E
На канале Промо ТВ пакета Триколор ТВ вместо Ювелирочка начал промо вещание телеканал Здоровье - частота 12226 Н 27500 3/4 DVB-S/MPEG-4 открыто

Astra 5B (31.5E)
Pro TV отключён на 12012.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:8118 PID:1011[MPEG-4]/1012 Румынский,1013 Английский)
Sundance Channel HD отключён на 12090.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:8218 PID:2181[MPEG-4] /2182 Английский)
Pro X отключён на 12246.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:8319 PID:3051[MPEG-4]/3052 Румынский) (21h49)
Pro 2 отключён на 12324.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:8418 PID:4021[MPEG-4]/4022 Румынский)

Astra 1N (19.2E)
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Videoguard: Sky Cinema In Love (Германия) на 12031.50MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:9/10 SID:20 PID:511[MPEG-4]/512 Немецкий,513 Английский.

Hot Bird 13C (13E)
Новая передача началась DVB-S Открытый: STV Xezer (Турция) на 11296.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:5/6 SID:2210 PID:2010/3010 Турецкий.
Новая передача началась DVB-S BISS: Ictimai TV (Азербайджан) на 11296.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:5/6 SID:2209 PID:2009/3009 Английский.
AzTV появился на 11296 Н 27500, открыто
Discovery Travel & Living Europe ушел с 11355 V
Animal Planet Italia ушел с 12635 V

Eutelsat 7 West A (7W)
Future TV International отключён на 10757.54MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:3412 PID:1018/1019 Арабский)
Oromia TV отключили на 12379.60MHz, pol.H (DVB-S SID:2905 PID:2007/2008 Английский).
Oromia Radio отключён на 12379.60MHz, pol.H (DVB-S SID:2930 APID:2043 Английский)
Новая передача началась DVB-S Открытый: Al Saha (Саудовская Аравия) на 12168.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:5/6 SID:6101 PID:6101/6102 Арабский.

Astra 4A, 4.8E
Mist TV test ушел с 12073 H 27500.

Thor 6, 0.8°W
Canal Digital package ушёл с 10903 V DVB-S2/8PSK 25000 3/4

Thor 5, 0.8°W
Canal Digital package ушёл с 11309 V DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 25000 3/4

AsiaSat 5 @ 100.5° East
Daystar TV ушел с 4000 H

G-Sat 15/17 @ 93.5° East
VIP News,Sadhna Aryan появились на 4148 V DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 1660 5/6,открыто
VIP News появился на 4085 V DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 30000 5/6,открыто

Thaicom 6 @ 78.5° East
SRTV,Universal TV ушли с 4132 H

Eutelsat 70B @ 70.5° East
Syria Sport кодирован BISS на 12548 V 7500 5/6 DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4

Intelsat 17, 66°E
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Irdeto 2: Sun Marathi (Индия) на 3885.00MHz, pol.V SR:30000 FEC:3/4 SID:119 PID:77[MPEG-4]/76 mar.
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Открытый: Dheeran TV (Индия) на 4005.00MHz, pol.H SR:14400 FEC:3/4 SID:12 PID:3106[MPEG-4]/3107 Английский.

Amos 4 @ 65° East
9XM,9X Jalwa,Star Gold Select,Cine Hits,Star Sports 3,Nepa Channel появились на 11236 V DVB-S2/QPSK MPEG-4 45000 2/3,Conax Latens Verimatrix
Dish Home Music,English Club ушёл с 11236 V DVB-S2/QPSK MPEG-4 45000 2/3

NSS-12 @ 57° East
Hornsat Sport 1,EBS Cinema,RT English,RT DOC появились на 11105 H DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-4 45000 2/3,открыто

Astra 2E (28.2E)
Новая передача началась DVB-S2 Videoguard: Sky Lego HD (Англия) на 12012.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 SID:3818 PID:513[MPEG-4] /641 nar,661 Английский.
Новая передача началась DVB-S Videoguard: Sky Lego (Англия) на 11934.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:5/6 SID:4403 PID:520/688 nar,648 Английский.
Sky Family HD отключили на 12012.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SID:3818 PID:513[MPEG-4] /641 nar,661 Английский).
Sky Family отключили на 11934.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S SID:4403 PID:520/688 nar,648 Английский).

Astra 2G (28.2E)
54059 в тесте на 11656.00MHz, pol.V SR:22000 FEC:5/6 SID:54059 PID:2323[MPEG-4] /2324 Английский (Videoguard).

Badr 6 (26E)
Новая передача началась DVB-S Открытый: Alnasir Chat TV (неопределенная) на 11747.00MHz, pol.V SR:27495 FEC:3/4 SID:455 PID:61/62 Арабский.

Intelsat 37e (IS-37e) @ 18° West
RTI 1 ушёл с 3950 R DVB-S/MPEG-2 3220 3/4
RTI 2 ушёл с 3955 R DVB-S/MPEG-2 3220 3/4

Express-AM44 @ 11° West
Syria Sport кодирован BISS на 10986 V DVB-S/MPEG-2 DVB-S/MPEG-4 12110 2/3

Eutelsat 5 West A @ 5° West
Sfera TV появился на 12699 H DVB-S2/8PSK MPEG-2 11165 3/4,откр
          French minister in Iraq warns 'work not over' in IS fight      Cache   Translate Page      

French minister in Iraq warns 'work not over' in IS fightFrance's defence minister warned Friday in Baghdad that "the work is not over" in the fight against the Islamic State group, despite the jihadists facing the loss of their last scrap of territory. "The territorial caliphate, which has not yet been wiped out, is being defeated," minister Florence Parly said in the Iraqi capital. President Donald Trump, who committed late last year to pulling US troops out of Syria, has said he expects a final declaration of victory over IS next week.



          Out-of-school children Programme Model Designer (OOSC-PMD) – International Consultant, Damascus, Syria - UNICEF - UAE      Cache   Translate Page      
A descriptive document on the modalities for the delivery of the programme model. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most...
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A descriptive document on the modalities for the delivery of the programme model. UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most...
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The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. This week: Marie Colvin, American war reporter, from Thursday 23 February 2012
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces have launched a final push to defeat ISIS in the only remaining pocket of territory that the extremists still hold in the country. Charlie D'agata reports.

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America's allies on the ground announced the start of what they're calling the final battle against remaining ISIS holdouts after allowing thousands of civilians to flee

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U.S.-backed Fighters Launch Final Push to Defeat IS in Syria

U.S.-backed Fighters Launch Final Push to Defeat IS in Syria

 

Voice of America

 

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday that they had begun an assault against Islamic State to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria.

Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Saturday, "#SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under jihadists' control. ... Village of Baghuz, which is the only remaining #ISIS pocket, will be cleared soon."

"The battle is very fierce," Bali told The Associated Press. He did not say how long the SDF expected the battle to continue.

The SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, is fighting IS in a 4-square-kilometer area that includes Baghuz and is near the Iraqi border.

 

SDF officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated there were about 3,000 battle-hardened IS jihadists, mostly foreigners, in the region. The observatory also estimated several hundred civilians remained in the area as well.

Bali told the French news agency the SDF has "special units whose job it is to direct civilians to corridors they can cross" to safety.

More than 23,000 Syrian civilians and foreign nationals fled eastern Syria this past week as the SDF, which includes Kurdish YPG militia fighters, prepared to move on IS in Deir el-Zour governorate, according to local officials and activists.

The displaced residents, mostly women and children, have been placed in the Kurdish al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate, in northeast Syria.

The administrator of the camp, Nabil Hassan, told VOA that many of the women and children from the new wave of displacement this week were foreign nationals and family members of IS.

 

SDF began an operation in September to rid Deir el-Zour of IS militants. The U.S.-backed fighters' advance has been slowed by fierce fighting from the IS militants.

The civil war that has engulfed Syria began with Arab Spring protests in 2011. The United Nations estimates more than 400,000 Syrians have died since fighting began in 2011. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced internally and about 5 million have sought refuge outside the country, with Turkey hosting nearly 3.5 million of them, according to the Brookings Institution.

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          Comment on Israel said to find new Iranian precision missile factory in northwest Syria by JCLincoln      Cache   Translate Page      
I think Israel would like to expand the war and make it a war against Syria and try to get Trump to keep American troops there. That's ratheran aggressive tactic.
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          2/9/2019: FRONT PAGE: U.S. sets off race for influence in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
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More than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from ISIL area in eastern province as 'decisive' battle begins.
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          U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against IS      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.

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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.

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Officials signed a short-term agreement Sunday to boost South Korea’s contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for the South to pay more. The new deal must still be approved by South Korea’s parliament, but it would boost its contribution to 1.03 trillion won ($890 million) from 960 billion won in 2018. Unlike past agreements, which lasted for five years, this one is scheduled to expire in a year, potentially forcing both sides back to the bargaining table within months. “It has been a very long process, but ultimately a very successful process,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters before another official from the foreign ministry initialed the agreement. ​Domestic criticism While acknowledging lingering domestic criticism of the new deal and the need for parliamentary approval, Kang said the response had “been positive so far.” U.S. State Department senior adviser for security negotiations and agreements, Timothy Betts, met Kang before signing the agreement on behalf of the United States, and told reporters the money represented a small but important part of South Korea’s support for the alliance. “The United States government realizes that South Korea does a lot for our alliance and for peace and stability in this region,” he said. ​28,500 US troops About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War. The allies had struggled to reach a breakthrough despite 10 rounds of talks since March, amid Trump’s repeated calls for a sharp increase in South Korea’s contribution. South Korean officials have said they had sought to limit its burden to $1 trillion won and make the accord valid for at least three years. A senior South Korean ruling party legislator said last month that negotiations were deadlocked after the United States made a “sudden, unacceptable” demand that Seoul pay more than 1.4 trillion won per year. But both sides worked to reach a deal to minimize the impact of the lapse on South Korean workers on U.S. military bases, and focus on nuclear talks ahead of a second U.S.-North Korea summit, Seoul officials said. The disagreement had raised the prospect that Trump could decide to withdraw at least some troops from South Korea, as he has in other countries like Syria. But on Sunday, South Korean officials told Yonhap news agency that the United States had affirmed it would not be changing its troop presence. Trump said in his annual State of the Union address to Congress he would meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, following their unprecedented meeting in June in Singapore. Military exercises suspended After the June summit, Trump announced a halt to joint military exercises with South Korea, saying they were expensive and paid for mostly by the United States. Major joint exercises have been suspended, but some small-scale drills have continued, earning rebukes from North Korea’s state media in recent months. About 70 percent of South Korea’s contribution covers the salaries of some 8,700 South Korean employees who provide administrative, technical and other services for the U.S. military. Late last year, the U.S. military warned Korean workers on its bases they might be put on leave from mid-April if no deal was agreed.
          The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis | Observer editorial      Cache   Translate Page      
Islamic State has lost its Syrian base, but its threat remains

If he gets his way, Donald Trump will announce at some point in the coming week that the Islamic State terrorist group has been defeated and its hate-filled caliphate in Syria and Iraq destroyed. This will be the second time the US president has declared victory over the jihadists.

When Trump first made the claim, in December, he was sharply contradicted by his own intelligence chiefs and by British ministers. Now he is being more cautious. But his eagerness to hog the credit for a limited success he had precious little to do with will probably get the better of him, sooner rather than later.

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          Wary hope for French families awaiting returns from Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Wary hope for French families awaiting returns from SyriaLabastide-Rouairoux (France) (AFP) - After years of waiting for his son to come home from Syria, Jacques Le Brun is cautiously hoping that day may be nearing -- along with the chance to meet three grandchildren who have never seen France. The important thing, he says, is that Quentin makes it home alive after taking his wife and infant daughter in 2014 to join the Islamic State group in Syria -- where he later appeared in a chilling IS propaganda video burning his passport.



          Reverend's Reviews: The Best LGBTQ Love Stories on Film      Cache   Translate Page      

Maurice


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, plenty of people are turning to romantic movies for entertainment, encouragement and/or solace. There have long been lots of straight love stories on film but, thankfully, there is now a growing number of memorable LGBTQ romances for us to indulge in.


Such movies geared toward our community are actually fairly recent, with few such films made before the 1990’s. Most previous films featuring LGBTQ characters typically saw them being killed, committing suicide, or otherwise being punished for their non-conformist yearnings. Pioneering early productions incorporating more positive depictions of LGBTQ protagonists include Midnight Cowboy (1969), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Making Love (1982) and My Beautiful Laundrette (1985). Big name stars including Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Al Pacino, and Daniel Day-Lewis courageously headlined these movies, which helped boost their appeal to straight as well as LGBTQ audiences.

Desert Hearts

Gay cinematic love stories really started to take off with 1987’s sympathetic Maurice. This gorgeous Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s autobiographical novel, which Forster refused to allow to be published while he was living, focuses on the repressed feelings shared between two young, upper-class British men (one of them played by a pre-stardom Hugh Grant). While their relationship doesn’t endure, the title character is more successful with a dark and handsome groundskeeper.

Pre-90’s romantic favorites among the ladies include the true story Silkwood (1983), in which Cher plays a lesbian power plant worker caring for her radiation-exposed friend (Meryl Streep, in an early Oscar-nominated performance); Desert Hearts (1986), a passionate, 1950’s-set love story between a divorcee and the Nevada ranch hand she meets; and Personal Best (1982), Robert Towne’s graphic-at-the-time exploration of love between two female athletes and the male coach who threatens to come between them.

Blue is the Warmest Color

More recent, admirably unapologetic additions to the lesbian love canon are Blue is the Warmest Color, the acclaimed and erotic 2013 film about a young French woman’s sexual awakening, and 2015’s award-winning Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women having a secret affair in the closeted 1950’s. Last year’s Disobedience is another achingly sexy romance between two women (played by Rachel McAdams and current Oscar nominee Rachel Weisz) set against a backdrop of repressive, Orthodox Judaism.

For many LGBTQ people, the most cherished romantic movies are coming-of-age stories. Notable love stories in this genre include 1996’s Beautiful Thing, the British tale of tentative first love between two lonely high school boys (based on Jonathan Harvey’s hit play); the similar but lesbian-themed The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love (1995); and Get Real (1998), in which a brainy gay boy crushes on his school’s star athlete and finds his attentions reciprocated, at least for a time. Two of my personal favorites in this subgenre are 1996’s Lilies, about a tortured love triangle in a Catholic school for boys, and Come Undone (2000), a no-holds-barred French drama about two toned and tanned young men who fall in love on the beach during summer vacation.

Call Me By Your Name

Two more recent additions here are 2017’s universally acclaimed Call Me By Your Name, in which a teenager unexpectedly falls in love with the dreamy but decidedly older graduate student-assistant employed by the boy’s father, as well as last year’s Love, Simon, about a gay high schooler’s struggle to come out and find first love. Fortunately, Simon is ultimately successful.

Love and loss often seem to go hand-in-hand in real life, so it isn’t surprising that a few gay-themed films considered the most romantic also involve death and dying. The Oscar-winning gay cowboy saga Brokeback Mountain (2005) is the undisputed champ in this regard, and the film has resonated even more strongly in the wake of co-star Heath Ledger’s tragic death just a few years after its release. Other lovably tragic love stories are the revolutionary AIDS dramas Parting Glances (1986) and Longtime Companion (1989), Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy (1988), the fact-based Soldier’s Girl (2003), A Home at the End of the World (2004) and the 2009 Peruvian gay ghost story Undertow.

Brokeback Mountain

I would add to these David Lewis’s 2009 film Redwoods, starring gay fave Matthew Montgomery and the beautiful Brendan Bradley as two men who embark on a life-changing relationship that endures beyond death, as well as Tom Ford’s exquisite A Single Man (also 2009). Colin Firth scored a deserved Academy Award nomination for the latter thanks to his moving yet frequently funny turn as a gay university professor grieving the sudden death of his partner.

As if being homosexual, bisexual or trans wasn’t considered unorthodox enough, a few recent movie gems feature unexpected romances between unusual pairings. From Beginning to End is a 2009 Brazilian film about an Olympics-bound swimmer in love with another man. The catch? The two are half-brothers who were raised together from a young age. So controversial it was never released theatrically in the US, it is worth seeking out on home video or streaming. And then there’s Plan B from Argentina, in which two heterosexual men bond as friends over one’s messy breakup with his girlfriend (whom the other man is now dating) but ultimately become lovers. I found this film refreshing in its disdain for sexual labels and very touching in the end.

The Danish Girl

2010’s Paulista, also from Brazil, boasts a male-to-female trans title character who knowingly has an affair with her initially in-the-dark but increasingly vulnerable father. It isn’t for everyone but some trans viewers may find their dilemma intriguing, to say the least. Meanwhile, 2015’s The Danish Girl recounts the story of the first man to undergo gender-reassignment surgery. This Oscar-winning biopic is unique in that it begins as a heterosexual romance between its married subjects but becomes more queer as the wife grows to support her transgender husband/wife.

The Circle (2014) is an even more factual, inspiring love story. Director Stefan Haupt employs a combination of documentary footage and dramatic recreations to relate the decades-spanning romance between Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp. They met as young men in the 1950’s and fought right-wing oppression in their native Switzerland. Both were still alive and together at the time of this remarkable film’s production.

Moonlight

2016’s Moonlight famously upended the Academy Awards telecast when it was proclaimed the actual Best Picture winner after La La Land was mistakenly announced. Based on an autobiographical play, this moving film depicts a neglected black boy’s coming of age including his first sexual experience as a teenager with his male best friend. They re-connect as adults in the film’s final, hopeful segment.

My new fave gay love story is last year’s A Moment in the Reeds. Little seen to date but now available for streaming, I can’t recommend this movie highly enough despite its bittersweet ending. It depicts the poignant romance between a Finnish man and the Syrian asylum-seeker his father hires to work on their house. It also proves to be the most sensual, soulful gay movie I've seen in years, even more so than Call Me By Your Name.

A Moment in the Reeds

If none of the aforementioned movies strike your fancy, don’t worry: there are more! Trick, Jeffrey, Fried Green Tomatoes, Yossi & Jagger and its 2012 sequel simply titled Yossi, The Wedding Banquet, Carrington, Wilde, The Pillow Book, Big Eden, Aimee & Jaguar, Latter Days, Ciao, Shelter, Weekend and Gods Own Country could all be worthy nominees for the most romantic LGBTQ film of all time. However or wherever you find inspiration, we here at Movie Dearest wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!

Click on titles in bold to stream on Amazon.

Review by Rev. Chris Carpenter, resident film and stage critic of Movie Dearest and Rage Monthly Magazine.


          2/9/2019: WORLD: If ISIL is defeated, where is its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?      Cache   Translate Page      

If ISIL is beaten in Iraq, why do its assassins target as many as 18 Iraqi tribal leaders a month? If, as U.S. President Donald Trump says, the group is obliterated in Syria, why are its fighters still blowing up American troops? Perhaps most...
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Jamal said 'thanks to everyone' as he arrived at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield today to be greeted by more than 30 members of the public (pictured).
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Syrian Democratic Forces, backed by the United States, began their last attack on so-called Islamic State held territory on Saturday night. SDF troops, led by Kurdish fighters, have been holding out for the past 10 days. The announcement came from the SDF spokesman, Mustafa Bali, who said it would be the final assault on the remaining two villages. In a Tweet he said: "Our forces have started the final battle to eliminate the last remnants of the ISIS terrorist organisation" The battle is aimed at regaining control of Al-Baghuz in the east of Syria, on the border with Iraq. In the past week and a half more than 20,000 civilians have been evacuated from the besieged area. This latest battle comes just days after President Trump announced that the terrorist group would be stamped out by "next week."
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Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in IraqTheir home countries don't want them and holding trials in Syria isn't an option: now suspected foreign jihadists could end up facing tough justice over the border in Iraq. As the final shred of the once-sprawling jihadist "caliphate" crumbles in eastern Syria, Kurdish-led forces backed by the US have captured hundreds more diehard foreign fighters. The American military -- which spearheads an international coalition fighting IS -- has in the past shown itself willing to hand those captured in Syria to the authorities in Iraq.



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US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria.The global network of Agence France-Presse covers 151 countriesIf you have news
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The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Daesh (so-called IS) group is far from defeated, and instead is morphing into an asymmetrical warfare force after the militant group lost almost all of the territory it once controlled in Syria, Reuters reported. Merkel’s remarks at the inauguration of the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency […]

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          Venezuela Is An Opportunity For Russia And China To Change The World      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Paul Craig Roberts,

Nothing better illustrates Washington’s opposition to democracy and self-determination than the blatantly public coup Washington has organized against the properly elected president of Venezuela.

Washington has been trying to overthrow the Venezuelan government for years. Washington wants the state owned oil company to be privatized so that it can fall into the hands of US oil companies. That would ensure Washington’s control over Venezuela. Transferring the wealth out of the country would prevent any economic development from inside the country. Every aspect of the economy would end up in the hands of US corporations. The exploitation would be ruthless and brutal.

Venezuelans understand this, which is why Washington, despite wrecking the Venezuelan economy and offering enormous bribes to the Venezuelan military, has not yet been able to turn the people and the troops against Maduro.

Moon of Alabama’s explanation of Washington’s attack on Venezuela gives you a truer picture that differs completely from the lies voiced by the American and European politicians and presstitute media, a collection of whores who are devoid of all integrity and all morality and lie for their living.

I am not as confident as Moon of Alabama that Venezuela’s effort dating back to Chavez to be a sovereign country independent of Washington’s control can survive. Washington is determined to teach all of Latin America that it is pointless to dream of self-determination. Washington simply will not permit it.

Maduro, despite being the duly elected president with the mass of the people and military behind him, apparently lacks the power to arrest the American puppet who, despite the absence of any law or election as a basis, has declared himself to be president, thus creating a Washington-backed “government” as an alternative to the elected one. The inability of Maduro to defend democracy from within is a sign of the weakness of his office. How can Maduro possibly be a dictator when he is helpless in the face of open sedition?

If Russia and China quickly established a military presence in Venezuela to protect their loans and oil investments, Venezuela could be saved, and other countries that would like to be independent would take heart that, although there is no support for self-determination anywhere in the Western World, the former authoritarian countries will support it. Other assertions of independence would arise, and the Empire would collapse.

Venezuela is an opportunity for Russia and China to assume the leadership of the world, but I doubt the Russian and Chinese governments have the vision to seize the opportunity and, thereby, fundamentally change the world.

Putin is wasting his breath when he correctly criticizes Washington for its violations of international law. In Washington’s view, law is what serves American interest.

Here is Moon of Alabama’s analysis:

The opposition in Venezuela will probably use access to that 'frozen' money to buy weapons and to create an army of mercenaries to fight a 'civil' war against the government and its followers. Like in Syria U.S. special forces or some CIA 'contractors' will be eager to help. The supply line for such a war would most likely run through Colombia. If, like 2011 in Syria, a war on the ground is planned it will likely begin in the cities near that border.

The U.S. is using the pretext of 'delivering humanitarian aid' from Columbia to Venezuela to undermine the government and to establish a supply line for further operations. It is another attempt to pull the military onto the coup plotter's side...

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          Syrian Fighters Begin "Final Battle" With ISIS As US Troop Withdrawal Looms      Cache   Translate Page      

Remember when President Trump said that 99% of the territory once claimed by ISIS had been recovered? Well, according to Reuters, US-backed forces are trying to take back that last 1% of lost ground before President Trump withdraws US troops in April.

Mission Accomplished

Per Reuters, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have started their assault against the final ISIS enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, a territory that includes two villages near the border with Iraq, as they struggle to wipe the last pockets of what was a nation-spanning caliphate off the map for good (though it's worth noting that ISIS still controls some territory in the part of the country that is mostly back under the control of Syrian government, which has received assistance from Russia and Iran in its struggle to hang on to power).

SDF official Mustafa Bali, speaking to Reuters, described the assault as "the last battle." He later wrote on Twitter that the attack had started and the enclave would "be cleared soon."

The SDF had handled the last 10 days “patiently” as more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the besieged IS enclave, Bali said.

Senior SDF official Redur Xelil told Reuters the force hoped to capture the area by the end of February, but cautioned that IS would continue to pose "great and serious" security threats even after that.

ISIS has been steadily losing ground since the US first joined the fight in 2014. The caliphate lost two of its biggest prizes - Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria - back in 2017.

Syria

However, as DNI Dan Coats claimed during Senate Intelligence Committee testimony late last month, plenty of ISIS-aligned fighters and leaders remain active in Syria, and the US military-intelligence apparatus has spent the months since Trump initially announced his plans to remove the 2,000 US fighters still in Syria warning anybody who will listen about how ISIS will make a come back the second the last US soldier steps foot on to Iraqi soil.

On Tuesday, a top US general said ISIS poses an "enduring threat", a line frequently used by former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who famously quit over Trump's decision. Because, as the logic goes, a US military intervention cannot be considered "a success" until all possibility of a hostile force ever reemerging has been systematically stamped out.


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US officials warn that driving the Islamic State out of its territory would not end the threat it poses as militants are regrouping as an insurgency.
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·         VNTB - Từ thông điệp liên bang đến thực trạng tự chuyển biến XHCN trong tương lai?(VNTB) - Nguyễn Hiền VNTB - Vào sáng ngày 6/2 (mùng 2 Tết Việt Nam), Tổng thống Mỹ - Donald Trump đã có bài phát biểu quan trọng thường niên – Thông điệp Liên bang (State of the Union). Ông nhắc lại sự kiện 6/6/1944 khi quân nhân Mỹ "đổ bộ" vào Châu Âu để cứu nền văn minh khỏi sự chuyên chế; về chiến thắng của chúng ta đối với chủ nghĩa cộng sản; sự rúng động trước những lời kêu gọi mới về việc áp dụng chủ nghĩa xã hội ở nước ta.
·         VNTB - Bắt bớ, triệu tập nhiều nhà hoạt động trước dịp tết Nguyên đán Kỷ Hợi 2019(VNTB) -Minh Hải VNTB - 23/1/2019, Cơ quan Công an –Bộ Công an phía Nam đã thi hành lệnh bắt tạm giam, lệnh khám xét nhà đối với thanh niên Trần Văn Quyền (SN 1999. Hà Tĩnh) với cáo buộc ban đầu đưa ra là tham gia tổ chức khủng bố Việt Tân… “Không. Không có lệnh bắt. Tức là khi họ bắt tại quán cà phê không biết họ có đọc lệnh bắt hay là không? Nhưng khi họ đến nhà thì họ có đọc lệnh khám xét nhà. Sau khi khám xét nhà xong là họ lập biên bản cho người nhà ký vào rồi sau đó họ cầm cả hai bản đi luôn.”
·         CHÀO XUÂN, MONG MỘT MÙA XUÂN (RFABLOG) - Như vậy, giờ này trên quê hương Việt Nam, thời khắc giao thừa đã qua, cơn chuyển động của đất trời đã đem lại trên đất Việt một mùa xuân mới. Lời đầu xuân, kính chúc tất cả quý vị độc giả luôn được an khang, thịnh vượng và luôn hạnh phúc trong năm mới.
·         Táo quân, cười được đến bao giờ? (RFABLOG) - Câu chuyện cũ với một cán bộ an ninh tôn giáo. Cách đây 10 năm, sau những lần tôi bị triệu tập lên cơ quan An ninh điều tra” để “làm việc về những bài viết” nhưng hình như chưa đủ, thỉnh thoảng an ninh tôn giáo lại “mời café nói chuyện”. Một lần một Trung tá an ninh tôn giáo mời café để “nói chuyện” sau bài viết của “Ba mươi năm tội ác xâm lược biên giới, đâu rồi lòng yêu nước”. Nội dung bài viết lên án hệ thống báo chí cộng sản đã câm miệng hến hoàn toàn trước sự kiện kỷ niệm 30 năm Chiến tranh biên giới phía Bắc và sự ươn hèn của một chế độ bạc nhược khiếp sợ trước kẻ thù.
·         2019 này Trung Quốc có “giận cá chém thớt”? (RFABLOG) - Chuỗi sự kiện “ba trong một” sắp diễn ra ở Việt Nam sau Tết: cấp cao Trump—Kim Jong-un, cấp cao Trump—Tập Cận Bình và một tiếp xúc nào đấy giữa phái bộ Mỹ với lãnh đạo Hà Nội cuối tháng Hai này liệu có góp phần giúp cho Việt Nam đẩy lùi được nguy cơ một cuộc chiến kiểu như 17/2 cách đây bốn mươi năm? Cho đến nay, câu trả lời vẫn đang ở phía trước.
·         Xã hội bất an thì mê tín nhiều hơn (RFA) - Trước đây thành phần cúng bái, cầu khấn, đi chùa, xem bói thường là những người già và phụ nữ… Bây giờ nhiều người trẻ cũng tham gia vào việc cầu xin, cầu may.
·         Philippines muốn tuyên bố ‘Ngày Chiến Thắng’ 12 tháng 7 ở Biển Đông (RFA) - Thượng nghị sĩ Leila De Lima của Phillipines đã đệ trình một dự luật đến chính phủ Manila nhằm tuyên bố ngày 12/7 hàng năm là ‘Ngày Chiến Thắng Biển Tây Phillipines’ để đánh dấu sự kiện Tòa Trọng tài Thường trực Quốc tế PCA bác bỏ yêu sách của Trung Quốc tại Biển Đông.
·         Trung Quốc điều tàu chiến đến gần đảo Thị Tứ (RFA) - Trung Quốc bị cáo buộc cho điều lực lượng gần cả trăm tàu đến khu vực đảo Thị Tứ thuộc Trường Sa nhằm ngăn Philippines thực hiện công tác xây dựng ở đó.
·         BOT: miếng mồi béo bở khó nhả! (RFA) - Vụ việc Trạm thu phí BOT Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh - Long Thành – Dầu Dây ở Đồng Nai bị cướp hơn 2 tỷ đồng vào sáng mùng 3 Tết Kỷ Hợi làm lộ ra khoản thu phí cao khiến công luận bàn tán.
·         Vì sao bờ sông Cửu Long sạt lở, nuốt nhà? (BBC) - Việc xây đập thủy điện ở thượng nguồn và tình trạng khai thác cát quá mức khiến vùng đất gần cửa biển đang chìm xuống 2cm mỗi năm.
·         Việt Nam nay mới nhận ra tầm quan trọng của giáo dục dạy nghề (RFA) - Giáo dục Việt Nam hiện nay đang có những bước chuyển biến thay đổi dần ngược lại từ tỷ lệ 70% vào đại học và 30% học nghề. Giới quan sát cho rằng Việt Nam đang dần nhận ra tầm quan trọng của công tác dạy nghề hơn tấm bằng đại học danh giá.
·         Tầm quan trọng của vũ khí Nga đối với Việt Nam (RFA) - Việc Mỹ cung cấp vũ khí cho Việt Nam sau khi lệnh cấm vận vũ khí đối với Việt Nam được Tổng thống Obama dỡ bỏ, có nhiều những chi tiết kỹ thuật chứ không đơn giản.
·         Ý kiến nói Tây Sơn 'giải phóng nông dân' chỉ là huyền thoại (BBC) - Đọc lại tư liệu của sử gia George Dutton về huyền thoại 'giải phóng nông dân' của phong trào Tây Sơn.
·         Ngày Tết, nghĩ về một nhà báo vừa bị “mất tích”! (RFABLOG) - Song Chi - Những ngày giáp Tết, tin tức về nhà báo Trương Duy Nhất bị mất tích sau khi tới Cao ủy Liên Hiệp Quốc về người tị nạn (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, viết tắt UNHCR) tại Bangkok xin tị nạn chính trị, khiến nhiều người bàng hoàng. Thông tin anh bị bắt cũng đã kịp thời xuất hiện trên một số báo, đài nước ngoài, cả trên trang web của Tổ chức Phóng viên Không Biên giới.
·         Thái Lan điều tra vụ blogger Trương Duy Nhất mất tích (RFI) - Chính quyền Thái Lan, ngày 07/02/2019 cho biết sẽ điều tra về vụ nhà báo Việt Nam Trương Duy Nhất, một nhà báo và blogger bất đồng chính kiến, bị tình nghi là đã mất tích ở Bangkok khi đến thủ đô Thái Lan nộp đơn xin tị nạn với Liên Hiệp Quốc.
·         Một Trịnh Xuân Thanh thứ hai? (VOA) - Chỉ mong rằng nhà báo, blogger Trương Duy Nhất không dính sâu vào bí mật thâm cung bí sử, nếu dính tới Vũ Nhôm thì may ra anh còn thấy ánh sáng bên trong song sắt nhà tù, bằng ngược lại người ta sẽ...
·         Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam: Trọng được gì? (VOA) - Nhưng vẫn chưa phải hết. Cuộc gặp Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam sẽ mang lại ‘uy tín Việt Nam không ngừng nâng cao trên trường quốc tế’ theo cách tuyên truyền một chiều chẳng bao giờ biết liêm sỉ của Hà Nội, nhất là trong bối cảnh ‘vụ ‘bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh’...
·         Mỹ cám ơn ‘bạn thân’ Việt Nam về cuộc gặp với Chủ tịch Kim (VOA) - Phó Phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ Robert Palladino hôm 7/2 ca ngợi Việt Nam khi thông tin thêm về cuộc gặp diễn ra vào cuối tháng này giữa Tổng thống Donald Trump và Chủ tịch Triều Tiên Kim Jong Un.
·         Về quê ăn tết “không nói chuyện chính trị” (RFABLOG) - NGUYỄN TƯỜNG THỤY - Nhiều từ liên quan đến chữ ăn chẳng còn mấy ý nghĩa nhưng vẫn được sử dụng đến bây giờ, có lẽ do người Việt ta đã trải qua nhiều thời kỳ đói kém nên việc ăn là quan trọng nhất. Bây giờ nó không phải là ăn tết mà là đón xuân vì cái sự ăn nó không quan trọng nữa.
·         Việt-Nga khai thác mỏ dầu mới tại Biển Đông (VOA) - Một liên doanh Việt-Nga bắt đầu sản xuất dầu thô tại một địa điểm mới ở Biển Đông. Dự án này hy vọng sẽ mang lại hơn 1 tỉ đô la cho Hà Nội trước năm 2032, theo Nikkei Asian Review.
·         27 tấn cá trèn nhập từ VN bán trên thị trường Mỹ bị thu hồi (VOA) - Công ty Maxfield Seafood đang thu hồi hơn 55,000 pound cá trèn nhập từ Việt Nam vì sản phẩm chưa được xuất trình để tái kiểm định nhập khẩu vào Mỹ, theo một thông báo của Cục An toàn Thực phẩm thuộc Bộ Nông nghiệp Hoa Kỳ (FSIS).
·         Mỹ thu hồi cá nhập khẩu từ Việt Nam do không qua kiểm định (RFA) - 27 tấn cá da trơn trèn kết (còn có tên gọi khác là cá trèn răng) từ Việt Nam xuất khẩu sang Mỹ vừa bị tịch thu, do không qua khâu kiểm dịch ở cửa khẩu biên giới.
·         135 người chết vì tai nạn giao thông ở VN trong 7 ngày Tết (VOA) - Thông báo hôm 8/2 của Ủy ban An toàn giao thông Quốc gia Việt Nam nói trong 7 ngày nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán Kỷ Hợi 2019 cả nước xảy ra 214 vụ tai nạn giao thông, làm chết 135 người, bị thương 189 người.
·         Ba người Việt thiệt mạng trong vụ cháy nhà kho ở Đài Loan (VOA) - Một vụ hỏa hoạn xảy ra tại nhà kho của công ty Kerry TJ Logistics ở Đài Loan hôm Thứ Tư vừa rồi đã giết chết 3 lao động Việt Nam. Một người khác đang trong tình trạng nguy kịch.
·         Nhu cầu lao động ngành điện tử dự kiến tăng mạnh năm 2019 (RFA) - Thực tế nhiều công ty sản xuất hàng điện tử tiêu dùng được dự kiến sẽ chuyển từ Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam trong năm 2019, sẽ có thể khiến nhu cầu lao động tại Việt Nam trong thời gian tới tăng mạnh.
·         Xếp hạng FIFA: Việt Nam tiếp tục dẫn đầu bóng đá Đông Nam Á (RFA) - Bóng đá Việt Nam tiếp tục giữ vị trí số 1 Đông Nam Á trong bảng xếp hạng của Liên đoàn bóng đá Thế giới (FIFA) vừa công bố vào ngày 7 tháng 2 năm 2019.
·         Voi rừng giẫm đạp làm một người chết ở Hà Tĩnh (VOA) - Hôm 7/2, ông Trần Thanh Lâm, 52 tuổi, một nông dân ở huyện Hương Sơn, Hà Tĩnh, nghi bị voi rừng giẫm đạp cho đến chết khi ông lên núi Khe Mốc cách nhà khoảng 2 km tìm con bò đi lạc.
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·         Chứng khoán Châu Á giảm khi TT Trump nói chưa có kế hoạch gặp ông Tập (RFA) - Chứng khoán châu Á sụt giảm ngay sau khi Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump cho biết không có kế hoạch gặp Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình trước khi thỏa thuận tạm dừng áp thuế quan mới kết thúc vào đầu tháng 3/2019.
·         Donald Trump bác khả năng gặp Tập Cận Bình trước tháng Ba (RFI) - Sau nhiều ngày có tin đồn, tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump hôm qua 07/02/2019 khẳng định với giới báo chí là "không" có khả năng gặp lãnh đạo Trung Quốc trước ngày 01/03, thời hạn chót để ký kết thỏa thuận thương mại tránh việc Mỹ áp thuế quan cao hơn đối với hàng hóa Trung Quốc.
·         Đức không muốn gạt tập đoàn Hoa Vi khỏi mạng 5G (RFI) - Chính phủ Đức không muốn gạt bỏ các thiết bị viễn thông của tập đoàn Trung Quốc Hoa Vi khi triển khai mạng điện thoại di động 5G. Nhật báo kinh tế Handelsblatt của Đức ngày 07/02/2019 dẫn các nguồn tin chính phủ tiết lộ như trên.
·         Úc xóa tư cách định cư của tỷ phú Hoàng Hướng Mặc (BBC) - Dù đã bỏ hàng tỷ Úc kim vào Úc, tỷ phú TQ Hoàng Hướng Mặc vẫn bị Úc xoá thường trú nhân, cấm không cho nhập cảnh.
·         Tỷ phú Trung Quốc bị tước quyền cư trú: ‘Quyết định của Úc chỉ dựa trên đồn đoán’(VOA) - Tỷ phú Hoàng Hướng Mặc đã không thể quay trở lại Úc sau khi chính phủ nước này từ chối đơn xin nhập tịch và thu hồi visa của ông trong lúc ông đang ở nước ngoài
·         Diên Hy Công Lược: Vì sao TQ quay lưng lại với phim cổ trang ăn khách nhất? (BBC) - Diên Hy Công Lược được stream 15 tỷ lần, rồi đột nhiên nhà nước TQ nói phim có ảnh hưởng xấu tới công chúng.
·         Hòa bình cho bán đảo Triều Tiên sẽ đến từ chiến trường xưa Việt Nam ? (RFI) - Nhật báo La Croix hôm nay 08/02/2019 nhận định « Thượng đỉnh Trump-Kim tại Việt Nam, cả một biểu tượng ». Việt Nam về mặt lịch sử, ý thức hệ và ngoại giao là một thỏa hiệp tuyệt vời đối với Bắc Triều Tiên và Hoa Kỳ.
·         Đặc phái viên Mỹ trở lại Hàn Quốc sau chuyến thăm Triều Tiên (VOA) - Đặc phái viên hàng đầu của Mỹ về vấn đề Triều Tiên đã quay trở lại Hàn Quốc hôm 8/2 sau ba ngày hội đàm tại Bình Nhưỡng
·         Thái Lan : Chị gái nhà Vua và lãnh đạo tập đoàn quân sự tranh cử thủ tướng (RFI) - Ngày 08/02/2019, công chúa Ubolratana, chị cả của nhà vua Thái Lan bất ngờ thông báo sẽ ra ứng cử chức thủ tướng Thái Lan sau cuộc bầu cử Quốc Hội vào tháng 3 tới dưới màu cờ của đảng Thai Raksa Chart, thân với các cựu thủ tướng Thaksin và Yingluck Shinawatra bị lật đổ hiện đang sống lưu vong.
·         Vua Thái không tán thành cho chị ruột ra tranh cử (BBC) - Nhà Vua Thái Lan ra thông báo chính thức bác việc chị gái ra tranh cử Thủ tướng ở nước này.
·         Philippines: Dịch sởi bùng phát, dân lo ngại biến chứng vaccine (BBC) - Người dân Philippines miễn cưỡng cho con đi tiêm chủng tại các trung tâm y tế sau khi xảy ra các vụ biến chứng vaccine.
·         Phe Cộng hòa muốn Tổng thống Đài Loan tới Quốc hội Mỹ (VOA) - Trong bối cảnh căng thẳng quan hệ giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc, một nhóm các thượng nghị sĩ Hoa Kỳ đã đề nghị Chủ tịch Hạ viện, bà Nancy Pelosi, mời Tổng thống Đài Loan Thái Anh Văn tới phát biểu tại cuộc họp lưỡng viện của Quốc hội Mỹ.
·         Phi công Đài Loan đình công ngay dịp Tết, gây hỗn loạn sân bay (VOA) - Các phi công của hãng hàng không Đài Loan China Airlines đã đình công vào ngày 8/2 giữa thời điểm khách đi du lịch đông đúc vào dịp Tết Nguyên đán, dẫn đến ít nhất 18 chuyến bay buộc phải hủy bỏ
·         Hoa Kỳ hủy visa quan chức còn Venezuela chặn xe viện trợ Mỹ (BBC) - Hoa Kỳ nói sẽ hủy visa của quan chức chính quyền Maduro trong lúc có tin đoàn xe cứu trợ của Mỹ bị Venezuela chặn ở biên giới.
·         Công ty dầu lửa Citgo, « mỏ vàng » ở Bắc Mỹ của Venezuela (RFI) - Trong cuộc chiến tranh giành quyền lực hiện nay tại Venezuela, giữa tổng thống Nicolas Maduro và tổng thống tự phong Juan Guaido, bên cạnh việc phải có sự ủng hộ cần thiết của quân đội, nguồn thu từ dầu lửa cũng là một yếu tố có vai trò gần như quyết định với tâm điểm là Citgo có trụ sở ở Houston, Hoa Kỳ.
·         Hầu hết khách hàng mua dầu Venezuela đã dừng hợp đồng năm ngoái (VOA) - Ngoại trừ Rosneft, tất cả các khách hàng Nga mua dầu của Venezuela, đã bắt đầu đình chỉ hoặc thanh lý hợp đồng trong khoảng từ giữa đến cuối năm 2018
·         Thêm Rumani ủng hộ ông Guaido làm tổng thống lâm thời Venezuela (VOA) - Tổng thống Rumani tuyên bố hôm 8/2 rằng nước ông vừa chính thức công nhận lãnh đạo phe đối lập Juan Guaido là tổng thống lâm thời hợp pháp của Venezuela
·         Nhà đầu tư ở Cuba lo ngại tác động từ Venezuela (VOA) - Một số nhà đầu tư nước ngoài ở Cuba đang gấp rút tìm cách bảo vệ các quyền lợi của mình, trong khi những người khác lo ngại các nguy cơ có thể xảy ra, trong bối cảnh chính quyền của Tổng thống Trump tăng cường gây áp lực lên Venezuela và Cuba, theo Reuters.
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·         Báo chí Ý náo động bởi quan hệ Roma – Paris căng thẳng (RFI) - Ngày 07/02/2019, Pháp bất ngờ triệu hồi đại sứ tại Ý về nước sau một loạt các tuyên bố được Paris đánh giá là « quá khích » của các quan chức chính phủ Ý.
·         Nga ‘sẵn sàng thảo luận’ với Hà Lan về chuyến bay MH17 bị bắn hạ (VOA) - MH17 đã bị bắn hạ trên lãnh thổ do phe ly khai thân Nga ở miền đông Ukraine nắm giữ, giết chết toàn bộ 298 người trên máy bay, khoảng hai phần ba trong số đó là người Hà Lan
·         Hoa Kỳ nhắm rút quân ra khỏi Syria vào tháng 4 (VOA) - Hoa Kỳ đang chuẩn bị rút binh sĩ ra khỏi Syria vào cuối tháng 4, và một phần đáng kể trong số này sẽ được rút ra vào giữa tháng 3
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·         Du học sinh tới Mỹ giảm hai năm liên tiếp (VOA) - Thị trường quốc tế của lĩnh vực giáo dục hậu đại học tại Mỹ giảm sút.
·         Sự bất lợi của các ngôi nhà nhỏ (BBC) - Những ngôi nhà nhỏ trông thật kỳ diệu, nhưng có một mặt khuất không xuất hiện trên quảng cáo tiếp thị.







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  1. US-backed forces launches 'final battle' against IS enclave in Syria  Times Now
  2. IS resists 'final push' by US-backed force in eastern Syria  BBC News
  3. Caught in Syria, foreign jihadist suspects may face trial in Iraq  Times Now
  4. The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis  The Guardian
  5. US-backed Kurds launch final push against ISIL in Syria  Al Jazeera English
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U.S.-backed forces in Syria were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last enclave held by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) near the Iraqi border.
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HASAKEH (SYRIA) - US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria.
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BEIRUT: US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said.
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Fire kvadratkilometer og 600 opprørere: Det er det som skal være igjen av islamistgruppen IS' såkalte kalifat det østlige Syria.
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Exploring the drawings of children who've survived Syria's conflict
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اشتباكات بالعصى والسكاكين بين أتراك وسوريين في إسطنبولأصيب عدد من الأشخاص، مساء السبت، في اشتباكات نشبت بين مواطنين أتراك ولاجئين سوريين في أحد أحياء مدينة إسطنبول حيث تقطن أعداد كبيرة من السوريين اللاجئين. وبحسب شهود عيان فإن المهاجمين الأتراك اعتدوا على محلات السوريين في حي أسنيورت وهشموها. وذكرت وسائل إعلام تركية، أن الاشتباكات وقعت في منطقة باغلار تشيشمه التابعة لحي أسنيورت، لكن […]

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Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Yerkhov said that there are still a lot of questions
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group’s “caliphate” in the SDF’s area of operations. President Donald Trump, who is planning to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, said on Wednesday he […]

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US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria.
          White House decision looms as US military continues with Syria withdrawal plan      Cache   Translate Page      

primipil/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. military is proceeding with its 120-day plan to pull all U.S. troops and equipment out of Syria by the end of April, although so far only equipment and supplies have been removed. However, U.S. officials say the White House will have to tell the military within a matter of weeks whether to proceed with the actual removal of troops.

Two U.S. officials say the U.S. military withdrawal plan is proceeding independently of the White House effort to get guarantees from Turkey not to attack America’s Kurdish allies after U.S. troops pull out. So far, Turkey has rejected U.S. proposals to make that happen.

As U.S. military equipment continues to flow out of Syria the officials say that in coming weeks the White House will have to make a decision about whether to begin the removal of U.S. troops.

That White House decision will be necessitated by the growing risk posed to troops in Syria as the withdrawal plan continues to remove gear and moves on to close U.S. bases.

The Pentagon continues to say there are no timelines associated with the removal of U.S. troops.

“We are not discussing the timeline of the U.S. withdrawal from Syria,” said Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman.

In mid-December President Trump made the surprise announcement that he was withdrawing the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria that have been advising and assisting the U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in its fight against Syria.

In the last month, more than 10 percent of the U.S. equipment and supplies in Syria have been removed from Syria, according to two U.S. officials.

Ironically, the U.S. troop presence in Syria has grown to 3,000 as additional military personnel have been brought in to prepare equipment and personnel to leave the country.

Earlier this week Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, told lawmakers that he had not been consulted about the decision.

What was initially a request for the American troops to withdraw in 30 days was adjusted to a more “deliberate” timeline of 120 days that would be completed by the end of April.

Operating under then-Defense Secretary James Mattis’ orders U.S. military planners crafted a withdrawal plan that would first take out equipment and supplies and then see the departure of U.S. troops.

As the withdrawal plan continues apace with the support of hundreds of U.S. airstrikes and support on the ground America’s Kurdish allies are on the verge of defeating the last remnants of ISIS fighters in Syria.

The last 1,000 ISIS holdouts are trapped in a small cluster of villages in eastern Syria no larger than a few square miles.

U.S. officials believe the SDF will be able to defeat those remaining ISIS fighters “in days” bringing to an end ISIS’s claim of a territorial caliphate.

But even after that victory, American troops will continue to work with the SDF to “back clear” desert areas where some ISIS fighters may have fled.

On Wednesday, President Trump told the 79 members of the anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Washington that the United States would continue to “destroy” any “remnants” of ISIS.

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French howitzer-guns deployed in the Euphrates Valley desert just inside Iraq stand ready to pour fury on Islamic State group diehards in their last holdout across the border in Syria.
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US-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said.
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U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Saturday they have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny...

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A “bombshell” CNN report has revealed that US-made weapons found their way to Al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Yemen. But is anyone surprised? And where was CNN when the Obama administration armed hardcore jihadists in Syria? The CNN investigation revealed how American-made weapons ended up in the hands of “al Qaeda-linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other […]

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          Αφού τα βρήκες με τον Τσίπρα Σουλτάνε γιατί να ενισχύσεις την άμυνα σου στο ΑΙΓΑΙΟ, όπως δήλωσες σήμερα; Για να σαλτάρεις στα νησιά;      Cache   Translate Page      
Ευτυχώς που κάτι ψυχές ακροβολισμένες στα ξερόβραχα του ΑΙΓΑΙΟΥ κρατούν τις νέες Θερμοπύλες. Περιμένοντας αδελφοί τους βαρβάρους μέσα και έξω πρέπει να κάνουμε εδώ και τώρα αναστροφή προς τον ΧΡΙΣΤΟ, να αγκαλιάσουμε τα ιερά και τα όσια μας. Το γιατί , το βλέπουμε όλοι μας καθημερινά.

Γράφει ο Δρ. Κωνσταντίνος Βαρδάκας

Σύντομα αυτοί όλοι που απαρτίζουν το πολιτικό δυναμικό θα ψάχνουν να βρουν που πωλούν ηθικό και εθνικό φρόνημα για να το μοστράρουν στους λόγους τους , μήπως τυχόν γλυτώσουν από την λαϊκή οργή. Θα παίζουν μάλιστα εθνικά εμβατήρια και φυσικά θα ξεχάσουν ότι το ΑΙΓΑΙΟ ανήκει μόνο στα ψάρια του.

Αύριο – σήμερα ο τούρκος έρχεται .
Αυτός θα κάνει την πρώτη πρόκληση στο ΑΙΓΑΙΟ και μετά θα μας πλαγιοκοπήσει με τον αλβανοσκοπιανό που θα πάρει εντολή από την Κεντρική Ευρώπη.
Οι πρόσφατες συμφωνίες με τον σουλτάνο ήταν για το θεαθήναι των διμερών σχέσεων και για να κατασιγάσουν την ανησυχία του Ελληνικού λαού απέναντι στην προκλητική θρασύτητα του τούρκου.

ΕΥΧΟΛΟΓΙΑ δίχως αντίκρισμα;
« Θετικά αποτιμούν την πρώτη ημέρα της επίσκεψης του Αλέξη Τσίπρα στην Τουρκία διπλωματικές πηγές, που τονίζουν ότι η επανεκκίνηση της θετικής ατζέντας στις ελληνοτουρκικές σχέσεις μετά από μια περίοδο επιδείνωσης είναι το σημαντικό αποτέλεσμα της συνάντησης του πρωθυπουργού με τον Τούρκο πρόεδρο Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν.
Όπως επισημαίνουν οι ίδιες πηγές, στο κλίμα αυτό θα ακολουθήσουν νέες συναντήσεις, θα πραγματοποιηθούν διάφορα βήματα και θα υπογραφούν συμφωνίες –κάτι το οποίο υπογράμμισαν άλλωστε και οι κ.κ. Τσίπρας και Ερντογάν κατά τη διάρκεια των κοινών τους δηλώσεων.
Ο Αλέξης Τσίπρας προσήλθε στη συνάντηση με τη θέση να χτιστεί μια σχέση αμοιβαίου σεβασμού βασισμένου στο διεθνές δίκαιο, ώστε Ελλάδα και Τουρκία να καταφέρουν να ξαναπιάσουν το νήμα της θετικής ατζέντας του 2015-2016.»
https://www.cnn.gr/news/politiki/story/164691/oi-zimies-kai-ta-kerdi-apo-ti-synantisi-tsipra-erntogan


«Γεφύρι Τούρκος κι αν γενεί, πάνω του μην περάσεις»

Και πριν αλέκτωρ λαλήσει τρις ..
Εχθές έκαναν σουρωτήρι με παραβιάσεις στο Βόρειο και το Νότιο Αιγαίο με εικονικές προσβολές και μετά από λίγες ώρες βγήκε ο σουλτάνος και δήλωσε:
Eρντογάν: Επιτακτική ανάγκη η ενίσχυση της άμυνας μας λόγω Αιγαίου, Μεσογείου, Συρίας ( τρεις μέρες μετά την συνάντηση του με τον Τσίπρα)
Στην ομιλία του στα περίχωρα της Κωνσταντινούπολης κατά την καθέλκυση της νέας -εγχώριας ναυπήγησης- κατασκοπευτικής κορβέτας Ufuk (A-591) του Πολεμικού Ναυτικού της γείτονος ο Τούρκος πρόεδρος επεσήμανε, παραμονές των κρίσιμων δημοτικών εκλογών του Μαρτίου, την «άνθηση» που γνώρισε επί των ημερών του στην εξουσία ο ναυτιλιακός τομέας της χώρας, αλλά και την αυτονόμηση της αμυντικής της βιομηχανίας, που «εξαρτιόταν για πολύ καιρό από το εξωτερικό».
Και με το βλέμμα κυρίως στην Ουάσιγκτον κατηγόρησε τους δυτικούς συμμάχους της Άγκυρας, ότι εξοπλίζουν τους «τρομοκράτες» που σκοτώνουν μουσουλμάνους σ’ ολόκληρο τον κόσμο. «Αυτοί που δίνουν όπλα στους τρομοκράτες με τα αιματοβαμμένα χέρια δημιουργούν αφάνταστα εμπόδια όταν η Τουρκία προσπαθεί να αγοράσει τα ίδια όπλα. https://www.iefimerida.gr/news/477803/erntogan-epitaktiki-anagki-i-enishysi-tis-amynas-mas-logo-aigaioy-mesogeioy-syrias

Αυτά τα ισχυρίζεται αυτός ,κάνοντας την αθώα περιστερά, την στιγμή που και οι αιματοβαμμένες πέτρες στην Συρία βοούν, ποιος προμήθευε όπλα στους τζιχαντιστές δολοφόνους .

Όσες συμφωνίες και αν έκαναν οι δικοί μας τις προηγούμενες δεκαετίες με τους τούρκους , οι τελευταίοι γνωρίζουν πότε θα μας κτυπήσουν και πως μετά θα μας σύρουν σε διαπραγματεύσεις . Ο σουλτάνος αν και θέλουν να τον βγάλουν οι δυτικοί στο περιθώριο του γεωπολιτικού παιχνιδιού που παίζεται στο ΑΙΓΑΙΟ και την Αν. Μεσόγειο, αυτός χώνεται και προκαλεί για να πάρει περισσότερα από αυτά που του υποσχέθηκαν.
Ακουμπήσαμε τις κόκκινες γραμμές και είμαστε μόνοι μας , εντελώς μόνοι , μόνοι με τον ΚΥΡΙΟ ημών ΙΗΣΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟ.
Πρέπει να τα δούμε όλα για να τα καταλάβουμε όλα, καθότι είμεθα ανεπίδεκτοι μαθήσεως να διαμορφώσουμε πολιτικό πολιτισμό με βάση το Ελληνοχριστιανικό στοιχείο και δίναμε με την ψήφο μας και εν γνώσει μας τα ΑΓΙΑ τοις κυσί .

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Δρ. Κωνσταντίνος Βαρδάκας

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Domestic tank and SPG designs took a downturn in post-war Czechoslovakia. The cause of this was more technical than political. Czechoslovakian engineers could not keep up with the changing requirements of the Czechoslovakian military. As a result, Czechoslovakia began licensed production of T-34-85 tanks in September of 1951. A similar situation took place with medium SPGs. Just under 800 SD-100 SPGs, licensed clones of the SU-100, were built.

A necessary step

By the end of WWII, the Czechoslovakian army possessed a number of Challenger tank destroyers. These vehicles, as well as 188 Cromwells, were a leftover from the 1st Czechoslovakian Armoured Brigade. The 1st Czechoslovakian Army Corps also had two SU-85s as of May 9th, 1945, but by July they disappeared.

By June 1946, Czechoslovakian tank brigades consisted of a mix of Soviet, American, and British vehicles, as well as 25 LT-38 and 19 ST-I (the index given to the Jagdpanzer 38). The presence of a large variety of foreign vehicles was not idea, but there was no other choice. The vast majority of domestic designs were based on pre-war projects. For instance, Skoda's medium SPGs were based on the T-22 chassis, a further development of the pre-war Skoda S-II-c, otherwise known as the T-21.

SU-100 on a parade in Kiev, May 1st 1949. Despite a wealth of choices, Czechoslovakia only managed to mass produce this SPG.

The development of the TVP (Tank všeobecného použití, main battle tank) was launched in the fall of 1945. This program was initially done by the VTU (Vojenský technický ústav, Military Technical Institute). Later, it was given to Skoda, which developed the T-40 project. Development continued as a joint project between Skoda and CKD. SPGs were developed as a part of this project starting in late 1948. According to the concept developed by the Czechoslovakian military, these would be mobile, thinly armoured SPGs with open turrets. There were two of them: the 152 mm ShKH 43,5/675 TVP and 100 mm ShPTK 14,75/950-TVP, a self propelled howitzer and tank destroyer respectively.

Two more vehicles were designed that did not have turrets, but had better protection: 152 mm ShKH 43,5/675 TVP and 100 mm ShPTK 14,75/900-TVP.

Work was taking a long time, which had to have bothered the Czechoslovakian army somewhat. Repair and refurbishment of captured vehicles was chosen as a temporary measure. The Czechoslovakian army gained the  ShPTK vz.40/75N (after 1949, SD 75/40N), built from the German StuG 40 Ausf.G. 124 of these vehicles were built. In addition, the Czechoslovakian army received 12 German Nashorn tank destroyers in 1949 under the index ShPTK vz.43N, as well as 20 ISU-152s under the index TSD 152/37S.

5 years passed since the end of the war, and not a single Czechoslovakian tank or SPG had been built even as a prototype.
100 mm R 11 AA gun that served as the basis for the A 20 anti-tank gun.

This serious issue was only corrected by a foreign purchase. In July of 1949, Czechoslovakia bought a license to produce the Soviet T-34-85 medium tank. The plan was to replace it with the TVP tank, but work on that died in the spring of 1950. The T-34-85 was obsolete by then, but it was better to have a bird in the hand than two in the bush. The CKD Sokolovo locomotive factory in Prague was to build these tanks. Preparations began in January of 1950. Organization went quickly, and the first T-34-85 produced in Czechoslovakia was delivered in September of 1951.

The death of the TVP meant that all SPGs on its chassis went with it. The solution was buying a license for building the SU-100. The lifespan of this vehicle was longer than that of the T-34-85. After the Ural Heavy Machinebuilding Factory (UZTM) finished building these vehicles, production started in 1947 at factory #174 in Omsk, and continued until 1948.

This is what the SD-100 with an A 20 gun could have looked like.

The SU-100 was also obsolete by the early 1950s, but the same chassis as the T-34-85 that was already in production made it easier an easier pill to swallow. The armament of the SU-100, the 100 mm D-10S gun, was still a viable weapon. However, at a meeting held on December 13-14th, 1950, it was decided to use a Czechoslovakian gun on the licensed SU-100. This could have been the A 20 anti-tank gun that was being designed by Skoda. This was a variant of the R 11 AA gun, which was also adapted for the TVP as the AK 1. At 1 kilometer the A 20 penetrated 140 mm of armour sloped at 30 degrees. This was better performance than the D-10S.

The issue was that out of this trinity only the R 11 was ever built even as a prototype. There was no point in performing the conversion in these conditions. In addition, Czechoslovakia began receiving Soviet production SU-100s. 452 vehicles were transferred in total, indexed SD-100. The license-built version received the same name.

An SPG rooted in Omsk

The final decision to purchase a license to produce the SU-100 was made in 1951. Production would take place at the same CKD Sokolovo. Hulls would be produced at the Stalin factory (Závod J.V.Stalina, or just ZJVS) in Martin, Slovakia. The SMZ locomotive factory in Slovakia (one of Skoda's factories at Dubnica nad Váhom) produced a licensed version of the D-10S under the index 100 mm SHK vz.44 S.

An SD-100 during exercises in the mid-50s. The vehicle has "Sverdlovsk style" tow hooks, but an "Omsk style" cupola.

Organization of the SPG's production was delayed. It was first necessary to fill the tank forces with tanks, as the situation with SPGs was not as poor thanks to German and Soviet vehicles. Since production of the T-34-85 was a higher priority, the first SD-100 was only delivered in 1953. Mass production was also slow. Only 129 SD-100 were built in Prague in 1953-54, while 951 T-34-85s were built. Production of the T-34-85 started two years earlier, but this is a significant difference.

Production of tanks was moved to Martin in 1954. Final assembly and engine production was done in Czechia, but production of hulls and armament took place in Slovakia. Moving the production to Martin was a more logical solution that sped up production.

A captured SD-100 in Israel, 1957. The headlight has a distinctive guard.

The Czechoslovakian SPG had a number of distinctive features. As mentioned above, the last factory to build the SU-100 in the USSR was factory #174. It was on their documentation that blueprints of the SD-100 were based. However, documentation on the T-34-85 came from factory #183 in Nizniy Tagil. Czechoslovakian designers put in their own contributions. The result was a mix of solutions, same as with the Czechoslovakian T-34-85. Even though the tank came from Nizhniy Tagil, the Czechoslovakian vehicles had a number of features that had to have originated in Omsk.

The vehicles received Notek lights during service.

Factory #174 developed their own tow hooks without a protrusion for affixing the eye of the tow cable. The Czechoslovakian version had a regular hook with the protrusion. At the same time, the upper rear plate of the SD-100 and Czechoslovakian T-34-85 had an Omsk design. The exhaust covers had the characteristic wave shape, and the hinges of the upper rear plate were unified with the round transmission access hatch hinge. Another purely Omsk solution is seen in the road wheels. The factory #174 hub caps had a characteristic shape, which can be seen on both the SD-100 and Czechoslovakian T-34-85. The track links of both vehicles also traced their roots to Omsk, as they had the perpendicular ribs.

The quality of the armour casting was higher, and the edges of the armour plates had a better finish.

There were also purely Czechoslovakian features. First of all, it was the very careful finish. Soviet vehicles had very rough edges of the armour, especially the front plate. This is not surprising when you consider the conditions that Soviet tank builders worked in, and that the aesthetics had no effect on combat capability. However, hulls assembled in Martin were very built very carefully. The same went for the casting: there was no pitting or rough surfaces on Czechoslovakian production vehicles.

The cast side of the commander's cupola has a rectangular welded part, an Omsk feature. The same commander's cupola was also designed at factory #174. One part that gives away the Czechoslovakian origins is the telephone port for communicating with the crew located on the rear left of the hull. This port is also sometimes seen on Soviet vehicles that served in the Czechoslovakian army. The headlight also has a characteristic guard. These features are enough to distinguish between the Soviet SU-100 and Czechoslovakian SD-100.

A characteristic rear section, the same as on the Czechoslovakian T-34-85. The telephone port, typical for Czechoslovakian tanks, is seen on the left.

As in Prague, Martin's top priority was production of the T-34-85. Nevertheless, the difference was not as great as at CKD Sokolovo. 641 SD-100 and 1765 T-34-85 were built in Martin.

The availability of the SD-100 and its more powerful gun gave designers the idea to re-arm the T-34-85. However, this idea did not move past paper. Even with the more powerful gun, the T-34-85 was obsolete. Production of the T-54 that had the same 100 mm gun began in 1957, and the T-34-85 was taken out of production in 1956. The licensed copy of the SU-100 was the only SPG on a tank chassis that was mass produced in Czechoslovakia after the war. For a number of reasons, not a single SPG that was designed was ever produced, including others on the T-34-85 chassis.

A medium SPAAG

Skoda turned to development of AA guns, including autocannons, almost immediately after the war. Skoda designed a 50 mm AA gun meant for German use during WWII, and this design was developed further. The result was a 50 mm AA autocannon with German roots. The gun was finished in 1948, and was proposed for installation into the 50 mm ShPLK 2,12/1020-LP, a SPAAG on the reworked Skoda T-17 chassis. Neither the gun nor the chassis ever made it off paper.

An experimental SPAAG on the T-34 chassis, 1953.

The 57 mm R 8 AA gun entered trials in 1949. This was a reworked version of the same 50 mm AA gun. Like the previous design, it was based on German work. The gun was fed with 3 round clips. The ammunition of the R 8 was different from Soviet 57 mm ammunition.

The R 10 AA gun with a mount similar to the 40 mm Bofors appeared later. Development took a long time, and the gun was only accepted in 1956. The weapon was comparable to the Soviet S-60, superior in some ways and inferior in others. 220 R 10 guns were built, and the army bought S-60 guns as well. This was the only success of Czechoslovakian designers in the field of medium AA guns. Larger AA guns developed by Skoda were never put into production.

The turret on the model was made of plywood.

The issue of building a SPAAG was raised once more during development of the R 10. Due to the death of the Skoda T-17 and T 50 projects, the T-34-85 remained the only available chassis. VTU received an order to develop a SPAAG using the T-34-85 chassis and R 10 AA gun on September 19th, 1952. In addition to airborne targets, the weapon was also meant to combat lightly armoured vehicles. Having studied foreign experience, the VTU decided to build a tank similar to the British Crusader AA, Swedish Landsverk Anti, or the Hungarian derivative Nimrod. This made the task simpler, since this meant there was no need to install a large platform or seriously change the chassis of the T-34-85.

The turret was too small for a crew of 4.

The mass of the SPAAG had to stay under the weight of the T-34-8. The difficulty was in that the military needed the front of the turret to protect from low caliber artillery. The gun crew also consisted of 4 men (two gunners, the commander, and a loader). As a result, it was not possible to meet all requirements. The mass of the T-34-85 turret with the gun, ammunition, and crew was 7820 kg. The AA turret weighed 8400 kg. The turret was open from the rear and the top. The front armour was 40 mm thick, and the sides were 20 mm thick. However, the prototype was assembled from plywood.

The SPAAG failed trials.

The results of the trials, which lasted from March to July of 1953, were poor. The turret was too cramped, and the very idea of using the R 10 as the armament of the SPAAG with minimal changes was a mistake. The turret was also too tall. Work on this topic ended on August 29th, 1953.

LP-157 SPAAG, 1955

The Brno design bureau designed its own SPAAG in 1955, produced only as a full size model. The improved R 12 was used instead of the R 10. The turret of the LP-157 was unmanned. The ammunition was held in a bin to the left of the gun, and the crew (two gunners and the commander) were below it. This reduced the size and mass. A two-barrel variant named LP-257 was also developed. A scale model of this vehicle was also built.

However, the R 12 still needed to be built, and the time of the T-34-85 was coming to an end. Work on a SPAAG on the T-34-85 chassis ended. The ZSU-57-2 was never adopted by the Czechoslovakian army. The four wheeled Praga PLDvK vz. 53/59 built on the V3S truck chassis was simpler and cheaper.


Self propelled LV-157 rangefinder for aiming the LP-157.

The last Czechoslovakian vehicle on the T-34-85 chassis was a mobile AA gun ranging device. This vehicle was also developed in Brno for coordinating LV-157 fire. Essentially, this was a self propelled rangefinder that was armed with a quad DShK mount. Work did not progress past a full size model on the same chassis as the LP-157. Since the LP-157 and LP-257 were cancelled, there was no need for a rangefinder for them.

International warrior

The appearance of the SD-100 and SU-100 was a means of dealing with the T-34-85's weak armament. SPGs began arriving in tank regiments in 1953. The 85 mm S-53 could no longer combat all types of enemy tanks, and the SPGs were used to reinforce them. The number of SD-100s was a much as a third of a tank regiment. Tanks that were replaced with the SD-100 were sent into storage.

SD-100 on exercises, mid-1970s.

Czechoslovakian tank regiments remained mixed until 1960. The T-34-85 and SD-100 were gradually replaced with the T-54, which had a 100 mm gun in a turret, plus more serious protection. The SD-100 were now sent into storage. In addition, they were actively marketed to foreign buyers.

After the SD-100 were taken out of tank regiments, they served as training tanks until the mid-70s. Many of these vehicles were preserved in Czechia and Slovakia. The SD-100 plays the role of a T-34-85 in many public and private collections. The story is similar to the one with the G-13, but while the G-13 was at least built from Jagdpanzer 38 hulls, the SD-100 was built in Czechoslovakia from scratch, and in the mid-50s to boot. It is not the best idea to market this SPG as a SU-100. However, some museums and collectors buy these are Soviet wartime production vehicles. These kinds of frauds are not rare: museums in Munster, Sinsheim, La Wantzenau, and many others have an SD-100 on display and not a SU-100.

An SD-100 on parade in Cairo, 1957. The signs of a Czechoslovakian production vehicle are clearly seen.

In total, the Czechoslovakian army received 460 SD-100s out of 770 built. The others were built for export. On March 21st, 1953, the deceased Klement Gottwald was replaced by Antonín Zápotocký. Under him, Czechoslovakia once more became an active seller on the arms market. Sales began in 1953, and tanks were among the items on offer. One of the first buyers was Egypt, which started receiving SD-100s in 1955. It was Czechoslovakian SPGs that were used in battle against Israel, Britain, and France during the Suez conflict in 1956. The SD-100 in Bovington, Duxford, and Saumur are trophies from this war. In total, Egypt received 148 SD-100s.

Israeli trophies of the Six Day War, 1967.

Syria bought 38 SD-100s. These SPGs fought in the Six Day War alongside Egyptian ones. The IDF ended up seriously boosting its collection of trophies: 100% of SU-100s in Israeli museums are actually captured SD-100s.

The Yom Kippur War was the last to see widespread use of the SD-100.

The shipments from Czechoslovakia became mixed some time later. A significant percentage of the vehicles was composed of Soviet stock. Sometimes Czechoslovakia merely acted as an intermediary between the USSR and other nations. For instance, Cuba received 50 SU-100s from Czechoslovakia, but these were actually Soviet vehicles. The 50 SU-100s in Yemen were in the same boat. The vehicles sent there were clearly Soviet production. Bulgaria, Romania, Ethiopia, and Morocco also received SD-100s.

One can confidently say that the Czechoslovakian military made the right choice with the SD-100. Even though they did not manage to design their own tank, it was possible to arm the army using a licensed design. Thanks to exports, Czechoslovakia managed to make a mint. The country was back on the arms market, even if it was with a foreign product.


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President Donald Trump's policy responses to the new global terror that arose out of a faith-based motivation range from an unequivocal denunciation of the countries that provided safe havens to Islamic radicals to an announcement of withdrawal of American troops from the two theatres of 'war on terror'- Afghanistan and Syria. His decision on ending the deployment of US soldiers there is significantly rooted in his intrinsic aversion to the idea of US playing 'the policeman of the world' when others were not doing their bit - the businessman in him apparently getting the better of a supposed world statesman. Also, the US President was somewhere feeling the 'comfort of distance' and therefore seeking even some patchwork solution of a decidedly messy situation in Afghanistan so long as it reduced the threat of an attack from Islamic extremists on American soil.

It is ironic that Pakistan, criticised by the entire democratic world for harbouring terrorists on its soil and even reprimanded by Trump by way of the suspension of aid given to it earlier as an ally in the 'war on terror', is now likely to emerge as the biggest beneficiary of the US policy on Afghanistan. A half-baked truce struck by the US with the Taliban - in its impatience to see a phased withdrawal of American soldiers in Afghanistan in quick time - would be relished by the Pak army which had an intrinsic bonhomie with the radical outfit dating back to the victory of Afghan Jehad against the Soviet occupation. A Taliban-friendly dispensation in Afghanistan would tend to bring in Pakistan there and shut out India from its affairs.

A new situation is developing in Afghanistan posing an added strategic challenge for India. President Trump has no reason to remain stuck with the geo- politics of the Cold War- he already views Russia as a country at par with the European nations and regards China not so much as an ideological adversary as an economic rival. Although he had a visceral dislike of Islamic extremism- he ended the artificial divide between 'good terrorists' and 'bad terrorists' in relation to the groups active within Pakistan- he has changed the contours of the 'war on terror' by emphasising on the obligation of the Islamic countries - particularly members of the OIC chaired by Saudi Arabia- to come forth to counter radicalism for their own future interest, calling upon other countries having stakes in a peaceful Afghanistan to share the military burden in that troubled territory and gravitating towards a workable agreement between Taliban and the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan for return of peace howsoever temporary.

The main point of assurance that the US Special Envoy for Afghan peace talks, Zalmay Khalizad, has sought from the Taliban leadership during the six-day long parleys at Doha in January is that no attack will be made on US targets. The Taliban has sensed an advantage in pursuing its prime objective of getting the US troops to leave Afghanistan in return for some kind of a cease-fire being announced by the former. The Taliban, which had an unalienable axis with Al-Qaeda, is now being acknowledged by the US in these talks as a rightful shareholder in Afghan ruling dispensation notwithstanding the history of its Emirate that had run the country from 1996 till 2001 with a brutal show of Islamic revivalism and gross fundamentalism.

The call of an 'Afghan-led and Afghan-owned' peace negotiation that India has actively supported is just a slogan yet as the Taliban leadership is being recalcitrant against the idea of talking to the Ashraf Ghani government and is merely aiming at securing withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan without having to surrender its own arms. Pakistan is not on best of terms with Ashraf Ghani and is candescently watching the American moves to tackle Taliban- confident that the latter's presence in Afghan mainstream would only help Pakistan. Pak army has tried to project itself as a helpful mediator between US and Taliban. Both Russia and China have kept Pakistan on the round table on Afghanistan for their own reasons of keeping their periphery protected from Islamic militancy with the cooperation of Pakistan. All of this adds to the prospect of Pakistan ending up having a sway in Afghanistan to the great disadvantage of India - and India alone. So long as US presence was there in Afghanistan the process of reconstruction of the Afghan National Defence & Security Forces(ANDSF) could go on and India's contribution to the development of that country also remain unhindered. Ashraf Ghani has his writ running only in half of his country and it is doubtful if the involvement of the Taliban in the government would work to his or India's advantage. The Pak-Afghan belt is destined to become a cause of deeper concern for us in the time to come.

The 'war on terror' is fizzling out because the two presumptions on which it was launched following 9/11 failed more or less completely - the expectation that the 'moderates' in the Muslim world will combat the radicals at home and that the US funding would help to advance the cause of democracy there. Pakistan, the 'frontline' ally of the US in the 'war on terror', is a stark illustration of this failure with Prime Minister Imran Khan finally making it public that Pakistan committed a mistake in fighting 'the American war'. As a stalemate sets in both in Syria and Afghanistan, Pakistan feels even more free to step up its proxy war against India.

The Pakistan army looks at the Islamic elements of all hues as its strategic assets. This is clearly in evidence in the escalation of cross-border terrorism in Kashmir and the new moves Pakistan is making to get the separatists in the Valley to back gun-wielding terrorists and stonepelters who were targeting security forces. The Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) is also reaching out to the Khalistani elements operating outside of India to revive an anti-India movement. It is no surprise that Pakistan is trying to fish in the troubled waters of India's domestic politics in the run-up to the General Election here. Internal security concerns of India are likely to aggravate because of the attempts of Pak ISI to spread radicalisation and create more sleeper cells of Islamic terror in different parts of the country. Pakistan may remain a major challenge for India's security strategy in the months ahead.

(The writer is a former Director Intelligence Bureau)

-- IANS

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[Mexico], Feb 10 (ANI): The Latin American country has become one of the world’s deadliest countries for reporters, after a Mexican radio journalist was shot dead Saturday at a restaurant in Tabasco, in the east of the capital city, the local media reported.

The victim, named Jesus Ramos Rodriguez, killed in the town of Emiliano Zapata, had hosted news bulletins on radio for over a decade.

Chennel NewsAsia quoted the Mexican newspaper El Universal daily as stating that eyewitnesses had seen the alleged attacker stepping out of a car and started shooting at Rodriguez from a point-blank range more than eight times.

The drug war and political corruption in the country have fuelled up violence and crime lately. More than 100 journalists have been reportedly assassinated in Mexico since 2000, with 10 killed last year alone.

International non-profit organisation ‘Reporters Without Borders’ in 2018 had ranked the Latin American country as the third-most-dangerous country for journalists, after Afghanistan and Syria.

However, most of the criminal cases in the country are dispersed without proper punishment.

Jesus Ramos Rodriguez is the second journalist after Rafael Murua was found dead in a ditch in January.

Murua, who had received death threats for his work, was found dead after being reported missing. He had been under the Mexican government's protection program for journalists and rights activists. (ANI)


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February 06, 2019
How Syria Won The Revolution; The Jihadi Factor
The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious.
However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in preparation for the final showdown, a recapitulation of the events of the last eight years reveals that Syria did in fact end up having a revolution, but the group that embarked on the initial alleged revolution, the Free Syria Army (FSA) is nowhere to be seen.
This brings us back to the initial “Anti-Syrian Cocktail” that I wrote an article about back in early 2011; http://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-anti-syrian-cocktail-by-ghassan-kadi.html. The ring leader was Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, son of then Crown Prince Sultan, and the man who hoped he would be the first grandson of founding King Abdul-Aziz to become king. In two subsequent articles, “The Anti-Syrian Politics” (http://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-anti-syrian-politics-by-ghassan.html) and “The Anti Syrian Vendetta”, http://intibahwakeup.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-anti-syrian-vendetta-by-ghassan.html the articles focused on how Bandar tried to raise the largest army he could conjure, and with virtually bottomless funds, he put together a very loosely-united cocktail of groups who had nothing in common other than their hatred towards Syria.
In more ways than one, pre-King Faisal Saudi Arabia kept to itself. Founder, King Abdul-Aziz who died in 1953, had the doctrinal substance that would have exported Wahhabism to neighbouring Muslim countries, but his main concern was to bolster his domain over his new kingdom and give it a strong foundation that would secure its longevity. His successor son Saud was infamous for his orgies and debauchery. He capitalized on the spoils of the new-found wealth and did not have any agenda other than indulging in earthly pleasures. It wasn’t until he was deposed and replaced by his brother Faisal in 1964 that Saudi Arabia had a king who was a fundamentalist and also desirous of spreading Wahhabism to the outside Muslim World.
And when the “War on Syria” began, and long before the identity of the would be willing fighter was well defined, I predicted in the same above-mentioned articles that a widely diverse coalition of enemies of Syria were banding together, using Muslim fundamentalism as a recruitment drive, and as the fundamentalist factor became clear for all to see, it eventually transpired that Qatar became a new kid on the block in providing bigtime funding to a number of terror organizations operating in Syria.
They were all not only united by their hatred for Syria, but also specifically to the Assad legacy; particularly due the fact that the Assads are Alawites, and in their eyes, infidels. Their main objective was to topple President Assad and ensure that Syria was ruled by an anti-Iranian Sunni fundamentalist government.
Bandar had no qualms at all about uniting the ununitable. To Bandar however, it was not about a war of ideologies, and he was no strict Muslim. To Bandar, the “War on Syria” was about power and curbing Iran’s influence in the region. That said, he found in the already-existing numerous Jihadi armies excellent tools and pawns to use. In doing so, he did not foresee the many fault lines emerging in his fragmented army, let alone seeing any reason to worry about such cracks because, in the beginning he seemed to be going from strength to strength, with a seemingly huge chance of success. When he presented his plan to his American masters, he received the thumbs up.
Like all other early indigenous writers who supported Syria from day one of the onslaught, we all took the optimistic view and kept reiterating that victory was certain, but only a question of time. We were mindful of the importance of keeping spirits up and boosting morale, and being optimistic about turns in events and alliances that were to Syria’s advantage. In retrospect however, up until the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) first substantial win of the battle of Qusayr in mid 2013, more than two years into the war, the Jihadis, combined, were winning the war and closing in on key government positions right across the Syrian terrain; including the main cities.
So how did events turn around and how did the “War on Syria” turn against the plotters?
To be able to predict what was to happen was unthinkable in hindsight. It is only now that we can sit and make sense by harking back at the events of the last few years.
It would be virtually impossible to work out which came first, the chicken or the egg, but there is no doubt at all that the resilience of Syrian people and the SAA played the most significant role. But that role could have been reversed had the plotters been better able to play their game to their advantage.
Fortunately the plotters didn’t, but had they played down the role of Jihad and tried to capitalize on political reform, they would have perhaps been better able to achieve their insidious objectives.
Before the war, Syria was fraught with corruption and there were many reasons to call for reform. Agitators aside, was why the initial demonstrations in Daraa were conducted under this banner. It was under this guise also that the infamous FSA was formed as a splinter group of the regular SAA. Virtually all of the FSA officers and soldiers were SAA defectors.
For a while, a fair while, and long before ISIS and Al-Nusra came to prominence, the FSA was the major fighting force against the regular army (SAA).
During those initial months, it was very difficult to convince sympathizers of the so-called Syrian opposition that this was not a civil war, that it was not about reform, and that it was simply a conspiracy against Syria, planned and orchestrated by her regional and international adversaries, using and employing Islamist Jihadists and their supporting nations. The reason behind this difficulty was because those fundamentalist fighters were nowhere to be seen.
This was why many activists, including some prominent pro-Palestine Western activists, were adamant in their support of the “revolution” and genuinely believed that it was a popular revolt seeking reform and political plurality among other things.
In hindsight now, looking back at it all, had the mastermind plotters seen the benefit in the reform/freedom guise, had they had the wisdom and foresight in weighing out their benefits of overtly importing and arming fundamentalist fighters as against focusing their efforts on duping the public and generating real and genuine dissent amongst Syrians to their government, they might have succeeded in creating a revolution that served their agendas.
After all, it would have been conceivable for the plotters to promote misinformation and make it look plausible and endorsable. There is another chicken and egg scenario here. Did the plotters import Jihadi fighters because they weren’t able to mobilize enough Syrians against their government, or did Syrians support their government because the plotters brought in foreign Jihadi fighters?
Whichever one came first here, the chicken or the egg, neither one of them had to cross the road for the people of Syria to ask questions in order to see that what they were witnessing was not a revolution as touted by world media; especially the Western media and their Arab cohorts such as Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.
Perhaps the plotters’ biggest failure was in being unable to hide their intentions and disguise in a manner that reflected to Syrians that there was indeed a popular and genuine reform-based revolution in their country for them to join.

In other words, by allowing the so-called civil war/revolution to show its brutal and ugly fundamentalist sectarian face, the plotters turned many Syrian sympathizers and many other would-be supporters against them. And this was how secular free-minded Syrians flocked together in support of their legitimate secular government; whether they believed that reform was necessary or otherwise. This was the reason why genuine supporters of reform and patriots who are in positions of political opposition to the government all banded together to fight the real enemy. This of course bolstered not only the government’s position, but also that of the SAA and this played a significant role in creating a much more resolute and united Syria.
The plotters also failed in being able to produce a charismatic figure head for the “revolution”. All the while secular Syrians looked up to President Assad and the First Lady; two figure heads charming in every way, and with the power to unite by leading by example.
Of significance also was the fact that the disunited “Anti-Syrian Cocktail” was bound to fragment sooner or later; not only on strategic and doctrinal lines, but also on matters of power sharing, loyalty, and splitting of spoils. To this effect, clashes between different fundamentalist organizations became daily events.
Later on, as the turn of events presented to the plotters and their henchmen that victory was impossible, especially after Russia entered the ground and sky, their infighting morphed into that of survival and hope for better positions on either reconciliation tables or on disengagement talks, or both. Those Jihadi versus Jihadi battles in latter times continued to rage culminating recently in a total takeover by Al-Nusra of all other terror groups in Idlib.
Whilst I have always reiterated in previous articles that there was hardly any difference at all between the numerous fundamentalist Islamic Jihadi organizations, the Wahhabi faction that is loyal to Saudi Arabia has lost abysmally to the Qatari/Turkish led Muslim Brotherhood (MB) faction which is now in full control of the last bastion left for terrorists west of the Euphrates, and specifically in Idlib and surrounds.
With this, Erdogan feels that he still has a finger in the pie before final negotiations commence about the future of the terrorist enclave. Whether those delay tactics work or not for Erdogan, whether they preclude the need for a military resolution is yet to be seen. Any such resolution however will give Erdogan a form of a consolation prize, a humble victory that he badly seeks in Syria after all of his initial gambles went terribly wrong.
At this juncture, we must pause and ask what became of the movement that allegedly represented the passion of Syrians for secular and democratic reform. Where is the FSA now?
If the news about Al-Nusra’s total control of the Idlib region is accurate, we must then assume that the FSA is no longer in existence, because prior to the recent upheaval between Al-Nusra and other brigades in the region, the presence of the FSA was restricted to this area.
Ironically, the FSA has had a late resurgence not too long ago before Al-Nusra wiped out all rival militia, but Erdogan seems to have pulled the plug on the FSA, but for some reason, there is nothing I can find in the news from the region, or anywhere for this matter, to confirm this conclusion or debunk it.
What is clear is that the FSA, the only dissenting player that had in the very early beginnings a miniscule semblance of secular Syrian dissent, perhaps the only player that could have potentially turned into a popular revolution, has been disempowered and dismantled by the same demonic forces that created it and funded it.
Either way, whether Erdogan has done the dirty on the FSA or not, the FSA lost its position and clout when its role was overtaken by the many Islamist terrorist organizations. It tried hard to maintain its presence even though many of its rank-and-file rejoined the SAA, whilst others changed uniform and joined Al-Nusra, but the short of it is that the FSA has become a spent force.
Syria had many problems before the war and continues to grapple with some of them. Wars of such devastating magnitude almost invariably leave behind not only a trail of mess and destruction, but also a countless number of corrupt officials and profiteers. Every dog has its day, and the cleanup will soon begin.
But the irony is that with the “War on Syria”, the lines have been drawn and Syrians now know well who is with them and who is against them, domestically, regionally and internationally. They know what alliances they need to nurture and which others to seek. They know what political system they want and which they totally refute. They have chosen and fought for a government they were told decades ago that it came to power by a popular revolution back in March 1963, and later on reformed by Hafez Assad’s “corrective movement” of November 1970, but the choice Syrians made from 2011 onwards was their own, and they upheld it with tears and blood.
Syria has gone the full circle against her enemies and against archaic and brutal dogmas. It seems that Syria has truly ended up having a revolution after all, a real revolution, and that real revolution has won. There is a great opportunity now to rebuild the nation, to rebuild it on wholesome, principled, virtuous and sound foundations.

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  2. US-backed forces face fierce resistance from ISIS in 'final battle'  CNN
  3. The final showdown with ISIS in Syria is about to go down as US-backed forces gear up for their 'last battle' against the terrorists  Business Insider
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Venezuelas brutto nasjonalprodukt har gått ned med over 60 prosent fra 2015 og frem til i dag. Det er nesten like ille som Syria-krigen. 
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On Wednesday, Israeli satellite imaging company ImageSat International (iSi) claimed that three S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) launchers deployed to Syria had already been erected.
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Reading Brumberg and others confirms for me that President Trump’s gut instinct to pull back from American military engagement in the Middle East (including Afghanistan) is the right thing to do at this time. The question is: pull back how far? Moving US Special Forces from Syria to Iraq to “watch Iran” was the Bolton/military answer. The Iraqi government reacted as could be expected: are US Special Forces being paid to sit around and ‘watch’ someone? No way! Certainly the US Navy can stay within shooting distance of all places of interest, thanks to the geography. Ground troops will be stationed around the region, ready for action. Maybe some should be stationed in Israel, since its security is the key commitment of the US. In any case, I don’t see ‘bringing the boys home’ as the president bragged.
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"For better or worse, Prime Minister Hariri serves the interests of Saudi Arabia and Western powers while Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri does the same for Iran and Syria". Correct. However, these two actions are not analogous. Mr. Hariri is a puppet, totally dependent on his benefactors at the moment. Hence he serves the interests of those who hold his money and wealth in Saudi Arabia.Those who not long ago held him captive and forced him to resign. He is a dual citizen and is subject to Saudi laws and thus has to answer to MBS who is an ally of Israel, the enemy of the Lebanese. Nabih Berri serves the interests of Lebanon. If by doing so he serves the interest of others it is because a strong Lebanon is in the interest of the region. So a strong Hezbollah is beneficial for the region. MBS and his masters don't want any strong country near the borders of Israel, as that would challenge them and expose their weakness. They want free hand to do whatever they want, to be able to invade at their pleasure any time, to kill, to assassinate those who oppose them. They do that in the name of self defense, while the hypocrites stay silent. If you want to see who serves the interest of the Lebanese, look for those who are in danger of getting assassinated by the greatest democracy in Middle East, Israel.
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Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an assault to oust ISIS from its last remaining enclave in Syria, the final remnant of the jihadist group's so-called "caliphate."
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On Friday, a woman reportedly attacked a 12-year-old girl in the southeastern suburb of Neukölln.
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Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Cold War 2.0 has hit South America with a bang – pitting the US and expected minions against the four key pillars of in-progress Eurasia integration: Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.

It’s the oil, stupid. But there’s way more than meets the (oily) eye.

Caracas has committed the ultimate cardinal sin in the eyes of Exceptionalistan; oil trading bypassing the US dollar or US-controlled exchanges.

Remember Iraq. Remember Libya. Yet Iran is also doing it. Turkey is doing it. Russia is – partially – on the way. And China will eventually trade all its energy in petroyuan.

With Venezuela adopting the petro crypto-currency and the sovereign bolivar, already last year the Trump administration had sanctioned Caracas off the international financial system.

No wonder Caracas is supported by China, Russia and Iran. They are the real hardcore troika – not psycho-killer John Bolton’s cartoonish “troika of tyranny” – fighting against the Trump administration’s energy dominance strategy, which consists essentially in aiming at the total lock down of oil trading in petrodollars, forever.

Venezuela is a key cog in the machine. Psycho killer Bolton admitted it on the record; “It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.” It’s not a matter of just letting ExxonMobil take over Venezuela’s massive oil reserves – the largest on the planet. The key is to monopolize their exploitation in US dollars, benefitting a few Big Oil billionaires.

Once again, the curse of natural resources is in play. Venezuela must not be allowed to profit from its wealth on its own terms; thus, Exceptionalistan has ruled that the Venezuelan state must be shattered.

In the end, this is all about economic war. Cue to the US Treasury Department imposing new sanctions on PDVSA that amount to a de facto oil embargo against Venezuela.

Economic war redux

By now it’s firmly established what happened in Caracas was not a color revolution but an old-school US-promoted regime change coup using local comprador elites, installing as “interim president” an unknown quantity, Juan Guaido, with his Obama choirboy looks masking extreme right-wing credentials.

Everyone remembers “Assad must go”. The first stage in the Syrian color revolution was the instigation of civil war, followed by a war by proxy via multinational jihadi mercenaries. As Thierry Meyssan has noted, the role of the Arab League then is performed by the OAS now. And the role of Friends of Syria – now lying in the dustbin of history – is now performed by the Lima group, the club of Washington’s vassals. Instead of al-Nusra “moderate rebels”, we may have Colombian – or assorted Emirati-trained – “moderate rebel” mercenaries.

Contrary to Western corporate media fake news, the latest elections in Venezuela were absolutely legitimate. There was no way to tamper with the made in Taiwan electronic voting machines. The ruling Socialist Party got 70 percent of the votes; the opposition, with many parties boycotting it, got 30 percent. A serious delegation of the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts (CEELA) was adamant; the election reflected “peacefully and without problems, the will of Venezuelan citizens”.

The American embargo may be vicious. In parallel, Maduro’s government may have been supremely incompetent in not diversifying the economy and investing in food self-sufficiency. Major food importers, speculating like there’s no tomorrow, are making a killing. Still, reliable sources in Caracas tell that the barrios – the popular neighborhoods – remain largely peaceful.

In a country where a full tank of gas still costs less than a can of Coke, there’s no question the chronic shortages of food and medicines in local clinics have forced at least two million people to leave Venezuela. But the key enforcing factor is the US embargo.

The UN rapporteur to Venezuela, expert on international law, and former secretary of the UN Human Rights Council, Alfred de Zayas, goes straight to the point; much more than engaging in the proverbial demonization of Maduro, Washington is waging “economic war” against a whole nation.

It’s enlightening to see how the “Venezuelan people” see the charade. In a poll conducted by Hinterlaces even before the Trump administration coup/regime change wet dream, 86% of Venezuelans said they were against any sort of US intervention, military or not, 

And 81% of Venezuelans said they were against US sanctions. So much for “benign” foreign interference on behalf of “democracy” and “human rights”.

The Russia-China factor

Analyses by informed observers such as Eva Golinger and most of all, the Mision Verdad collective are extremely helpful. What’s certain, in true Empire of Chaos mode, is that the American playbook, beyond the embargo and sabotage, is to foment civil war.

Dodgy “armed groups” have been active in the Caracas barrios, acting in the dead of night and amplifying “social unrest” on social media. Still, Guaido holds absolutely no power inside the country. His only chance of success is if he manages to install a parallel government – cashing in on the oil revenue and having Washington arrest government members on trumped-up charges.

Irrespective of neocon wet dreams, adults at the Pentagon should know that an invasion of Venezuela may indeed metastasize into a tropical Vietnam quagmire. The Brazilian strongman in waiting, vice-president and retired general Hamilton Mourao, already said there will be no military intervention.

Psycho killer Bolton’s by now infamous notepad stunt about “5,000 troops to Colombia”, is a joke; these would have no chance against the arguably 15,000 Cubans who are in charge of security for the Maduro government; Cubans have demonstrated historically they are not in the business of handing over power.

It all comes back to what China and Russia may do. China is Venezuela’s largest creditor. Maduro was received by Xi Jinping last year in Beijing, getting an extra $5 billion in loans and signing at least 20 bilateral agreements.

President Putin offered his full support to Maduro over the phone, diplomatically stressing that “destructive interference from abroad blatantly violates basic norms of international law.”

By January 2016, oil was as low as $35 a barrel; a disaster to Venezuela’s coffers. Maduro then decided to transfer 49.9% of the state ownership in PDVSA’s US subsidiary, Citgo, to Russian Rosneft for a mere $1.5 billion loan. This had to send a wave of red lights across the Beltway; those “evil” Russians were now part owners of Venezuela’s prime asset.

Late last year, still in need of more funds, Maduro opened gold mining in Venezuela to Russian mining companies. And there’s more; nickel, diamonds, iron ore, aluminum, bauxite, all coveted by Russia, China – and the US. As for $1.3 billion of Venezuela’s own gold, forget about repatriating it from the Bank of England.

And then, last December, came the straw that broke the Deep State’s back; the friendship flight of two Russian nuclear-capable Tu-160 bombers. How dare they? In our own backyard?

The Trump administration’s energy masterplan may be indeed to annex Venezuela to a parallel “North American-South American Petroleum Exporting Countries” (NASAPEC) cartel, capable of rivaling the OPEC+ love story between Russia and the House of Saud.

But even if that came to fruition, and adding a possible, joint US-Qatar LNG alliance, there’s no guarantee that would be enough to assure petrodollar – and petrogas – preeminence in the long run.

Eurasia energy integration will mostly bypass the petrodollar; this is at the very heart of both the BRICS and SCO strategy. From Nord Stream 2 to Turk Stream, Russia is locking down a long-term energy partnership with Europe. And petroyuan dominance is just a matter of time. Moscow knows it. Tehran knows it. Ankara knows it. Riyadh knows it.

So what about plan B, neocons? Ready for your tropical Vietnam?


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More than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from ISIL-held areas in the eastern Deir Az Zor province [Chris McGrath/Getty Images] The US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces were locked in fierce fighting on Sunday in their final push to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the last […]

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Den økonomiske krisen i Venezuela, landet med verdens største påviste oljeressurser, overgår kriger... (E24.no)
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          RFE/RL: Heavy clashes reported in ‘final battle’ against IS in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S.-backed forces in Syria were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last enclave held by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) near the Iraqi border. Read more here.

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  1. Global Affairs aware of Canadians detained in Syria  CTV News
  2. U.S.-backed forces launch 'final battle' against ISIS enclave in Syria  CBC.ca
  3. U.S.-backed troops in Syria launch final offensive against Islamic State  Global News
  4. U.S.-backed fighters launch final push to defeat ISIS in Syria  CTV News
  5. IS resists 'final push' by US-backed force in eastern Syria  BBC News
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          Syria: Liên quân Ả Rập - Kurdistan đánh vào cứ địa cuối cùng của Daech      Cache   Translate Page      
Năm tháng sau khi mở chiến dịch đánh vào tổ chức Nhà Nước Hồi Giáo ở miền đông Syria, vào hôm qua, 09/02/2019, chiến binh Ả Rập Kurdistan thuộc Lực Lượng Dân Chủ Syria được Mỹ hậu thuẫn đã loan báo khởi động cuộc tấn công « tối hậu » nhắm vào cứ địa cuối cùng của Daech không xa biên giới với Irak.
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The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an earthquake that upended the political order in the Middle East, and the aftershocks are still being felt 40 years later. When Shi'ite cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the shah's last government in February 1979 it was a moment that for many was completely "unthinkable, unexpected", said Clement Therme, a researcher on Iran at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "The victory was an immense surprise for the Middle East and the world," Therme told AFP. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi had been a seen as a pillar of stability and bulwark of U.S. influence in a region where Cold War tensions were playing out with the Soviet Union. But the tumult of the revolution soon ended that spectacularly. "One of the founding events for the foreign policy of the new regime was the taking hostage of American diplomats," said Therme. The saga at the U.S. embassy in Tehran ran for 444 days from November 1979 and ruptured ties between Washington and its one-time regional ally. And events in Iran did not just reverberate on the global stage: across the region it fired up political Islam that represented a major threat to monarchies and ruling elites. "For Sunni Islamist movements and for the Shiite minorities in the region", the message of the Iranian Revolution was "a source of inspiration", Therme said. According to the official narrative of the Islamic Republic, the revolution did not stop in 1979 with the overthrow of the monarchy but remains a process that is still going on. "The Islamic Revolution has three levels in the view of the Imam (Khomeini); one is Iran, the other is the Islamic world and the last one is the world of the oppressed," said Abdullah Ganji, editor-in-chief of ultra-conservative Javan daily. War and isolation "We did not have any plans at the beginning for the Islamic Revolution to go beyond Iran's borders," Ganji told AFP, drawing a distinction with Soviet military interventions abroad. But he said the changes in Iran inspired a string of startling events in the Middle East: attacks against U.S. embassies, protests by Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia and the assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981. The convulsions rattled rulers around the region and fears of Tehran were "among the reasons that led to the invasion of Iran by Iraq" in September 1980, said Therme. The bloody conflict with Saddam Hussein's forces ended in 1988 after hundreds of thousands of lives had been lost. While it strengthened Islamic rule at home in Iran, it left the country cut off from most of the rest of the world. Except for some key allies: most notably Syria and the Shi'ite movement Hezbollah that arose after Israel's invasion in 1982.   "There was a division in the Arab world between supporters and opponents of the 'axis of resistance' promoted by the Islamic Republic," said Therme. 'New strategy' Ganji said that after the war with Iraq, Tehran developed a "new strategy" aimed at confronting U.S. influence around the region. "The strategy of the Islamic Republic over the last 30 years has been preventing America from having a foothold in the Middle East," he said. From Syria to Yemen to Lebanon, the standoff between Washington and its allies and Tehran continues to shape events. The U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia see Iran's hand pulling the strings in a raft of hotspots. Tehran has helped prop up Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during nearly eight years of civil war, is accused of aiding Shi'ite Huthi rebels in Yemen and maintains Hezbollah as a major threat against Israel. But Iranian officials insist the U.S. is really responsible for the conflicts and that allegations of regional meddling are used as an excuse to target the Islamic Revolution. Last year, the U.S. pulled out of a landmark 2015 accord on Tehran's nuclear program and reimposed sanctions, citing in part Iran's role in regional conflicts. Conservative Iranian politician and analyst Amir Mohebbian said the West's "massive arms sales" to Arab monarchies in the Gulf are justified because "Iran remains a danger" to U.S. designs in the Middle East. Analyst Therme said that "militant anti-Zionism" has been one of the constants of Iranian foreign policy since Khomeini transformed the country. But now the current geopolitical aims of Tehran seem focused mainly on one goal, he said: "First and foremost to ensure that (the Islamic Republic) endures."
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Civilians trapped in embattled Islamic State pocket in Syria...
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WASHINGTON – Six weeks after US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, the US-led coalition of 79 partner countries and organizations gathered in Washington on Thursday to assess the fight against ISIS and the...
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'Hasbara' is the Israeli euphemism for propaganda, and there are some things, said the late ambassador Yohanan Meroz, that are not 'hasbarable.' One of them is Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. And propaganda shall cover for everything. We'll say terrorism, we'll shout anti-Semitism, we'll scream delegitimation, we'll cite the Holocaust; we'll say Jewish state, gay-friendly, drip irrigation, cherry tomatoes, aid to Nepal, Nobel Prizes for Jews, look what's happening in Syria, the only democracy, the greatest army. We'll say the Palestinians are making unilateral moves, we'll propose negotiations on the "settlement bloc borders," we'll demand recognition of a Jewish state and we'll complain that "there's no one to talk to." We'll wail that the whole world is against us and wants to destroy us, no less. The deputy minister will call on Switzerland to boycott, the minister will declare that boycotts are unacceptable, the deputy director of the Foreign Ministry will explain that...
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US President Donald Trump again this week portrayed his plan to pull troops out of Syria as a "victory homecoming" and "an end to endless wars". Then, in stepped Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify what's really going on: it's a "tactical change" to put Iran in the crosshairs. The purported pullout is not a return of US military from the Middle East, as Trump has been trumpeting with self-congratulations. It's more a reconfiguration of American military power in the strategically vital region, and in particular for greater aggressive leverage on Iran. In his State of the Union speech to Congress this week, Trump talked about giving a "warm welcome home to our brave warriors" from Syria. Supposedly it was "mission accomplished" for the US in defeating the ISIS terror group in that country. It should be pointed out that ISIS would not have been in Syria or Iraq if it were not for criminal American military interventions, covert and overt, in those countries.
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<i>comparing the Irish reaction to the slaughter in Syria and human rights violations in Turkey to its criticism of Israel.</i> Interesting that the Israelis are accusing the Irish government of exactly the same things that they've been doing to the Palestinians for seventy years.
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria, a spokesman for the fighters says
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday.

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BEIRUT (AP) — A spokesman for U.S.-backed Syrian forces says they have captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, says advances were made overnight and on Sunday. The SDF launched […]
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Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney said Sunday that "we can't be fooled into thinking" a withdrawal of US troops from Syria would mean that ISIS wouldn't reconstitute again in the country.

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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday.

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BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX   -- THE KOOL AID TABLE


DISGRACED FORMER EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE NEW YORK TIMES JILL ABRAMSON IS NEWLY DISGRACED AS A RESULT OF PLAGIARIZING THROUGHOUT HER NEW BOOK 'MERCHANTS OF TRUTH.'  ATTEMPTING TO DIG HERSELF OUT OF HER HOLE, JILL IS INSISTING THAT SHE DIDN'T PLAGIARIZE, SHE JUST HAD A "CITATION ERROR."


MEANWHILE, 28-YEAR-OLD STEPHEN LYNCH -- OF CONNECTICUT'S 'NOTORIOUS' LOS SOLIDOS GANG -- DENIED LAST MONTH THAT HE ROBBED THE MASCOMA BANK BRANCH IN WHITE RIVER JUNCTION. 

FEBRUARY 12TH, HIS ATTORNEY NIKKI SOUTH WILL ARGUE HIS CASE IN COURT.  REACHED FOR COMMENT, SHE DID NOT RULE OUT TAKING A PAGE FROM JILL ABRAMSON'S BOOK AND ARGUING THAT STEPHEN LYNCH'S ACTIONS WERE ALSO ACTUALLY A "CITATION ERROR."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:


Starting with US politics, Aime Parnes (THE HILL) observes:


Former Vice President Joe Biden's words and policy positions on the Iraq War could come back to haunt him if he enters the race for the White House.
Biden is popular with Democrats, polls show he leads most of his competitors in the 2020 field and a survey this week found more than 60 percent want him in the race. He routinely leads polls of Democrats asked to pick their favored presidential candidate.
But his words on Iraq from nearly two decades ago sound out-of-step with the increasingly left-leaning party he would be seeking to lead. 
Biden backed the resolution giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq, and he also praised the president in a Senate floor speech at the time for his handling of the case for war.


Joe did not have the problems that Hillary Clinton or John Edwards had when it came to Iraq.  As the late Elizabeth Edwards noted, John Edwards came clean on Iraq and apologized for it but Hillary refused to take accountability for her support for the Iraq War (saying she was tricked by Bully Boy Bush is not taking accountability, it is saying "I"m so stupid even an idiot can fool me").

Parnes notes 2008 in one sentence but never addresses why it wasn't an issue for Joe when he last attempted to be the Democratic Party nominee.

There are several reasons.  First among them, the Iraq War wasn't his focus, he was focused on partitioning Iraq or creating a federalist system.  He repeatedly denied this was partitioning Iraq.  Many Iraqis disagreed.  During his brief 2007 and January 2008 campaign for the nomination, he was repeatedly on the defense about this issue.  Seeking votes in Iowa in the last stages of his campaign, he was still having to face the issue and clarify or expand on his previous remarks.

It is true that CODEPINK was bird-dogging Hillary Clinton over her vote and support for the Iraq War at this time (and only bird-dogging her) but Joe's mess at that time was being the face of US imperialism announcing that Iraq should be three different government under a federalist system.  This was not what Iraqis were calling for at the time and here was this non-Iraqi from a country that started the war now insisting what would be done next.

Beau Biden is another factor.  Beau served in Iraq.  Chelsea Clinton did not serve in Iraq (though she did support the Iraq War, a reality she tries to lie about today).  With a son in Iraq, the hypocrite label was a little harder to hang on Joe.

There's also the fact that no one really thought Joe Biden stood a chance at the nomination.  He was gaffe prone.  He infamously 'borrowed' from another for a big speech in a previous run.  He wasn't seen as a viable candidate by the press.

What's different now?

Sexism will be called out.  I'm not just referring to Anita Hill (Parnes covers that).  I'm also referring to the media itself.  In New Hampshire, speaking publicly, Hillary's eyes well.  She does not cry, she does not sob.  But Bill Moyers, Jesse Jackson Jr. and countless others mocked her for that, ridiculed her for that, etc.  Months later, Joe Biden, then on the ticket as Barack Obama's running mate, starts crying on stage in the middle of a speech.  It's not even one day's coverage, let alone the weeks of coverage Hillary endured.

Things have changed and they won't help Joe.  Most of all, his Iraq-free card won't exist this time, not after he shamed himself by publicly praising Bully Boy Bush at an awards ceremony last year.  Joe's popularity is as an idea.  As an actual person?  If he runs, his popularity will plummet.


We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.





US House Rep Tulsi Gabbard is running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination and you know she makes some tremble by the vicious media attacks she's already enduring.




Last Saturday, she officially launched her campaign.




Tulsi Gabbard officially announced her candidacy for President of the United States and kicked off her campaign on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, in Hawaii. She was introduced by Ryan Soon, a fellow member of the Hawaii National Guard who served with her in Iraq and Kuwait. Tulsi's friends, family, and supporters gathered to hear her vision for the future of our nation. More than 3,500 private and public watch parties across the country were coordinated by grassroots supporters to take part in the live-streamed event.
In her remarks, Tulsi Gabbard said, "When we raise our right hand and volunteer to serve, we set aside our own interests—to serve our country and to fight for ALL Americans. We serve as one—indivisible and unbreakable, united by this bond of  love for each other and love for our country. It is this principle of putting service above self, that is at the heart of every soldier, every service member. And it is in this spirit that today I announce my candidacy for President of the United States of America.


"I will bring a soldier's values and principles to the White House—restoring the values of dignity, honor, and respect to the presidency. And above all, love for our people and love of country. I ask you to join me, in this spirit of putting service before self, to stand up against the forces of greed and corruption."

Possibly some of the press attacks stem from the press fear that Tulsi will bring Iraq into the conversation.  Parnes, for example, is convinced that Iraq's not an issue in 2020.

Really?


Senator Elizabeth Warren's running for the nomination and she's contributed a major paper to COFR's FOREIGN AFFAIRS:




A foreign policy that works for all Americans must also be driven by honest assessments of the full costs and risks associated with going to war. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know our service members and their families are smart, tough, and resourceful. But having a strong military doesn’t mean we need to constantly use it. An effective deterrent also means showing the good judgment to exercise appropriate restraint. 
Over the past two decades, the United States has been mired in a series of wars that have sapped its strength. The human cost of these wars has been staggering: more than 6,900 killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, another 52,000 wounded, and many more who live every day with the invisible scars of war. By financing these conflicts while cutting taxes, the country has essentially charged the costs of war to a collective credit card for future generations to pay, diverting money that could have been invested in critical domestic priorities. This burden will create a drag on the economy that will last for generations. 
The costs have been extraordinarily high, but these wars have not succeeded even on their own terms. We’ve “turned the corner” in Afghanistan so many times that it seems we’re now going in circles. After years of constant war, Afghanistan hardly resembles a functioning state, and both poppy production and the Taliban are again on the rise. The invasion of Iraq destabilized and fragmented the Middle East, creating enormous suffering and precipitating the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. The region remains a tangled mess—the promise of the Arab Spring crushed, Iran emboldened, Syria devastated, the Islamic State (or ISIS) and its offshoots stubbornly resilient, and a massive refugee crisis threatening to destabilize Europe. Neither military nor civilian policymakers seem capable of defining success, but surely this is not it.
A singular focus on counterterrorism, meanwhile, has dangerously distorted U.S. policies. Here at home, we have allowed an imperial presidency to stretch the Constitution beyond recognition to justify the use of force, with little oversight from Congress. The government has at times defended tactics, such as torture, that are antithetical to American values. Washington has partnered with countries that share neither its goals nor its ideals. Counterterrorism efforts have often undermined other foreign policy priorities, such as reinforcing civilian governance, the rule of law, and human rights abroad. And in some cases, as with U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen, U.S. policies risk generating even more extremism.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I have seen up close how 17 years of conflict have degraded equipment, sapped forces’ readiness, and forced the postponement of investment in critical military capabilities. It has distracted Washington from growing dangers in other parts of the world: a long-term struggle for power in Asia, a revanchist Russia that threatens Europe, and looming unrest in the Western Hemisphere, including a collapsing state in Venezuela that threatens to disrupt its neighbors. Would-be rivals, for their part, have watched and learned, and they are hard at work developing technologies and tactics to leapfrog the United States, investing heavily in such areas as robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, and quantum computing. China is making massive bets in these and other areas in an effort to surpass the United States as a global technological power. Whether the United States will maintain its edge and harness these technologies for good remains an open question. 
It is the job of the U.S. government to do what is necessary to protect Americans, but it is long past time to start asking what truly makes the country safer—and what does not. Military efforts alone will never fully succeed at ending terrorism, because it is not possible to fight one’s way out of extremism. Some challenges, such as cyberattacks and nuclear proliferation, require much more than a strong military to combat. And other dangers, such as climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, cannot be solved through military action at all. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense in the 2018–19 fiscal year alone. That is more in real terms than was spent under President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War and more than all the rest of the country’s discretionary budget put together. But even as Washington spends more and more, U.S. military leaders point out that funding a muscular military without robust diplomacy, economic statecraft, support for civil society, and development assistance only hamstrings American national power and undercuts any military gains. 
As a candidate, Trump promised to bring U.S. troops home. As president, he has sent more troops into Afghanistan. On the campaign trail, Trump claimed he did not want to police the world. As president, he has expanded the United States’ military footprint around the globe, from doubling the number of U.S. air strikes in Somalia to establishing a drone base in Niger. As a candidate, Trump promised to rebuild the military, but as president, he has gutted the diplomatic corps on which the Pentagon relies. He promised to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, but he has undermined a successful nuclear deal with Iran, has failed to roll back the North Korean nuclear program, and seems intent on spurring a new nuclear arms race with Russia. 

These actions do not make Americans safer. It’s time to seriously review the country’s military commitments overseas, and that includes bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have fought with honor, but additional American blood spilled will not halt the violence or result in a functioning democratic government in either place. 


We've noted that several times before.  We've also noted that foreign policy will be an issue in the 2020 election.  How much of an issue, I don't know.  Even I was shocked by (see Wednesday's snapshot) the "CBS NEWS poll showed that the most pressing topic on the mind of Americans was foreign policy and national security.  Respondents ranked that the number one issue (93%) with jobs and economy second (92%) and healthcare third (80%)."



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UN urges Lebanon's parties not to back foreign conflictsUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on all Lebanese parties Friday to implement a policy disassociating themselves from any external conflicts "as an important priority," a statement that appears clearly aimed at Hezbollah which has sent fighters to Syria.



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US backed forces are continuing an all out offensive to defeat hundreds of Islamic State fighters in their last hold out in north-eastern Syria. Also in the programme: right wing political parties unite and rally against Spain's socialist President over Catalonia; and the challenges of being transgender at work in LA. (PHOTO: Thousands of civilians have fled fighting in the last enclave held by IS militants. CREDIT: Getty Images)
          European aid and the grossly disproportionate amount given to the Palestinians - by Prof. Hillel Frisch      Cache   Translate Page      
The EU purports to deliver aid to needy communities on the basis of neutral, impartial, and independent judgments. The grossly disproportionate aid given to the Palestinians, at the direct expense of much more beleaguered populations in Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa, exposes this claim as a self-righteous lie.

Prof. Hillel Frisch..
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,087..
10 February '19..
Link: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/european-aid-politics/

The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Unit (ECPHAO), the humanitarian arm of the European Commission of the European Union, is one of the largest funding sources of aid in the world. According to the organization, one billion euros on average have been disbursed since 1992 in 110 countries around the world, with over 110 million beneficiaries annually.

The organization states its mandate in crisp, unambiguous language:

Neutrality means that humanitarian aid must not favor any side in an armed conflict or other dispute. Impartiality means that humanitarian aid must be provided solely on the basis of need, without discrimination. Independence means the autonomy of humanitarian objectives from political, economic, military or other objectives.

When the ECPHAO dispenses aid, it transgresses all three of these principles.

Let’s begin with the principle of impartiality: the provision of aid solely on the basis of need. A chart (see below) plotting the organization’s 2019 budget shows that the Middle East is the overwhelming beneficiary of EU humanitarian aid – nearly 1 billion of just over 1.4 billion euros (174 million is earmarked for reserves and bureaucratic costs). The bulk of the funds go towards meeting the costs of assistance to Syrian refugees, followed by smaller sums to Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, and North Africa.

Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, receives less than one-third of that amount.




The problem with such allocations is that the overwhelming majority of people living in dire poverty reside in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Bangladesh, according to a map (below) drawn up by a group of concerned economists based at Oxford University. These countries have the highest percentage of populations with a household consumption of less than $2 a day. Only one country in the Middle East fits this sorry bill: Yemen. According to the map and the principle of impartiality, the bulk of EU aid should be going to these countries, yet they receive only a small percentage.




To get a clear picture of the reality of ECPHAO “impartiality,” one need only compare the amount Palestinians receive to the amount received by the poorest 20% of the world. According to the World Bank, 732 million people live in lower income countries. The 4.8 million Palestinians, by contrast, are classified as “lower middle class” – that is to say, in the quintile above them. Yet those 4.8 million Palestinians will receive 36 million euros, while 490 million will be disbursed for the benefit of 680 million people living in 32 other countries (not including Syria and Yemen, which are funded separately). The Palestinians, who are richer on average than those living in the poorest states of the world, will thus receive over six euros per capita, while the populations of the poorest states will receive around 0.70 euro per capita – less than one-eighth that amount.


No one has explained why Ethiopia, which has a GDP per capita one-third that of Gaza and one-fifth that of the West Bank, should receive one-eighth the amount of aid Palestinians receive on a per capita basis. This is particularly remarkable as the ECPHAO has itself acknowledged Ethiopia’s greater plight – including a massive emergency refugee problem stemming from the 37-year-old Somali crisis.

Discrimination in favor of the Palestinians even extends to Yemen, where a true humanitarian disaster exists. According to the EU, 79 million euros have been expended annually on average since the onset of the Yemeni crisis, compared to 36 million for the Palestinians. That is slightly more than double. Yet there are 4.8 million Palestinians, while the population of Yemen is estimated at over 28 million (of whom 22.5 million are in dire straits, according to the Commission). Yemenis thus receive less than half of what the already richer Palestinians receive.

Even less defensible is the EU’s claim to political neutrality. Its favoritism towards the Palestinians on this score is visible as soon as one enters terms into the general search function on the Commission’s internet site. Enter “Palestine” and you get 20,737 results. Enter “Ethiopia” and you get almost the same figure, despite massive differences in a) population size (100 million versus fewer than 5 million), b) geographic expanse (Ethiopia is fifty times the size of “Palestine”), and c) degree of sheer suffering. The Syrian crisis, which is said to have led to the loss of half a million lives (though that figure is probably exaggerated), merits not many more site results than Palestine – just over 27,000.

More damning is the content of the available material on the Palestinians. The mere titles of the reports are sufficient to reveal their obvious bias. Consider these examples: “Palestine: What if your school is demolished tomorrow?” Access denied: Newborn separated from her mother in Gaza, and “Gaza: Life among the ruins.

One of the foci of these reports is the plight of 35,000 Bedouin whom the EU assists, often in clear violation of the law, in Area C – the part of the West Bank under exclusive Israeli control. The hundreds of thousands of Bedouin in Sinai, however, the plight of whom is readily acknowledged even by Egyptian officials, gets no mention, even though Egypt is a recipient of EU aid. There are over thirty blog reports on Palestine compared to two for Egypt.

The third criterion – independence of economic, military, and political considerations – is belied by the fact that Syrian refugees get at least ten times the aid Yemenis receive. Syrian refugees in Syria and surrounding areas will receive 860 billion euros in 2019. Yemen, which is burdened with no fewer internal refugees, will have to share a meagre 88 million with the Palestinians and Iraqis. Yet a reading of their relative plight, as described in the Commission’s fact sheets, suggests that at the very least, equal treatment is required to meet the challenges of the Yemeni tragedy. Unlike the Yemeni refugees, many Syrian refugees have found refuge in the relatively developed states of Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

Clearly, the Commission’s approach to aid allocation has nothing to do with impartiality, true social welfare needs, or humanitarian considerations.

It has to do with political and economic considerations.

To put it bluntly, the EU favors allocations to Syrian refugees above Yemeni refugees because of the higher probability that Syrian refugees will find their way to Europe.

Ironically, the greater danger Syrian refugees pose to Europe stems in part from the fact that many of the Syrians have the economic wherewithal to make an attempt to reach Europe, in contrast to the poverty-stricken Yemenis. The land route is also easier and cheaper. Indeed, over a million Syrian refugees have made their way to Europe since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, which is why the EU is so keen to stem the flow.

The recipients of European largesse who are next in line, in relative terms, are the Palestinians. Stemming Palestinian immigration is certainly a small part of the explanation, but it can be attributed primarily to the EU’s hostility towards Israel, its rightful historical claims, and its security needs.

The EU is neither impartial nor neutral, and it utterly fails to keep its aid decisions independent of economic, political, and military considerations.

Prof. Hillel Frisch is a professor of political studies and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University and a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

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Творенія святыхъ отцовъ и учителей Церкви
Преп. Ефремъ Сиринъ († ок. 379 г.). 101. Слово о страданіяхъ Спасителя [Сергіевъ Посадъ, 1897].
"Преподобный«Боюсь говорить и коснуться языкомъ сего страшнаго сказанія о Спасителѣ, ибо дѣйствительно страшно повѣствовать о семъ. Господь нашъ преданъ сегодня въ руки грѣшниковъ. Для чего же предается Онъ, Святый и Безгрѣшный Владыка? Ибо, ни въ чемъ не согрѣшивъ, преданъ сегодня. Пріидите, и узнаемъ, за что преданъ Христосъ Спаситель нашъ. За насъ нечестивыхъ преданъ Владыка. Кто-жъ не подивится? Кто не прославитъ? Рабы согрѣшили, а Владыка преданъ, чтобы собственною смертію освободить согрѣшившихъ сыновъ. Сыны погибели и чада тьмы пришли во мракѣ удержать Солнце, Которое въ одно мгновеніе можетъ попалить всѣхъ. Владыка же, видя ихъ дерзость и гнѣвное движеніе, съ кротостію, добровольно предалъ Себя въ руки нечестивыхъ. И беззаконные, связавъ Пречистаго Владыку, ругались надъ Нимъ, связавшимъ крѣпкаго неразрѣшимыми узами и разрѣшившимъ насъ отъ узъ грѣховныхъ. Сплели вѣнецъ изъ терній своихъ, какія принесъ въ плодъ іудейскій виноградникъ. Ругаясь надъ Нимъ, называли царемъ, плевали беззаконные въ лице Пречистому, отъ Чьего взора приходятъ въ трепетъ всѣ небесныя силы и чины ангельскіе. Вотъ снова сжимаютъ у меня сердце и печаль и слезы, когда представляю себѣ, что Владыка терпитъ отъ рабовъ такія оскорбленія и укоризны, бичеваніе, заплеваніе и заушеніе. Пріидите, и познаете чрезмѣрность щедротъ, терпѣніе и милосердіе сладчайшаго Владыки. Былъ у Него благопотребный рабъ въ раю сладости, и онъ согрѣшивъ преданъ...»
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Преп. Ефремъ Сиринъ († ок. 379 г.). 100. Слово о святомъ Пророкѣ Иліѣ [Сергіевъ Посадъ, 1897].
"Преподобный«Принесите мнѣ въ даръ свое безмолвіе, приклоните слухъ; предложу вамъ сказаніе о святомъ и славномъ Иліѣ, какъ всегда ревновалъ онъ пламенно о томъ, чтобъ всѣ покланялиеь единому Богу; какъ узналъ, что народъ, дѣлая много недозволеннаго, уклонился, отъ Бога, покланяется идоламъ, и, исполнившись гнѣва и ревности, напрягъ око, устрѣлилъ языкомъ своимъ небо, до неба достигъ словомъ. Илія видитъ народъ, обольщенный демономъ, и съ дерзновеніемъ и упованіемъ отвлекаетъ его отъ заблужденія; Илія видитъ народъ, униженный множествомъ идоловъ, и всѣхъ лжепророковъ, собранныхъ изъ среды беззаконныхъ, и, исполнившись ревности и великаго гнѣва, изрекъ онъ клятвенное слово на сей беззаконный народъ, связалъ небо, запечатлѣлъ облака, чтобы не давали дождя, склонилъ милосердаго Бога исполнить слово раба; и сими наказаніями, желая показать силу благого Господа, Имъ Самимъ клянется предъ народомъ, говоря: Живъ Господь, Емуже предстою, аще снидетъ дождь или роса, точію отъ устъ словесе моего (3 Цар. 17, 1). Необычайное чудо совершено имъ! Милосердый Богъ, тотчасъ внявъ слову ревнующаго раба, какъ поклялся Илія, такъ и исполнилъ вскорѣ пророчество его народу, произнесенное въ божественной ревности. Поелику же заключено было небо и запечатлѣны облака; то посохло все на лицѣ земли: посохли виноградныя лозы, не произрастала пшеница, всякое плодовитое дерево сокрыло плоды свои, земля не давала плода...»
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We’ve seen the west’s approach to Venezuela before – in Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, need I go on? | The Independent: The closest I ever came to Venezuela, many years ago, was a transit connection at Caracas airport. I noticed a lot of soldiers in red berets and a clutch of goons, and it reminded me, vaguely, of the Middle East.
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday.

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Mạng tin nationalinterest, thông báo của Mỹ về việc rút quân khỏi Syria hồi tháng 12/2018 đã khiến Nga vô cùng bất ngờ.

Mặc dù chiến lược của Điện Kremlin đối với khu vực Trung Đông đã được điều chỉnh từ trước khi Mỹ quyết định rút quân, song bối cảnh mới nảy sinh có thể sẽ là cuộc thử nghiệm cho chiến lược của Nga, do đó càng thu hút sự quan tâm của cộng đồng quốc tế.

Mặc dù Tổng thống Nga Vladimir Putin một vài lần tuyên bố rằng Nga đã giành chiến thắng và sẽ rút quân khỏi Syria, song thực tế ông đã không giữ lời, và các quan chức Nga có thể sẽ tìm cách chớp cơ hội mà tuyên bố bất ngờ của Washington mang lại.

Cho dù điều này là sự thật, nhiều người ở Moskva tin rằng Washington sẽ vẫn hiện diện tại khu vực thông qua các hoạt động của CIA hoặc các cố vấn quân sự, cũng như sử dụng các cơ sở của Mỹ tại Jordan và Iraq nhằm tiếp tục kiểm soát Iran và tổ chức Nhà nước Hồi giáo (IS) tự xưng.

Trên thực tế, đối với Điện Kremlin, điều quan trọng là cần xem Mỹ hành động trên thực tế như thế nào trước khi Moskva quyết định điều chỉnh chiến lược nhiều tầng nấc của mình. Dù Washington tuyên bố sẽ giảm bớt vai trò của mình, song các hoạt động ngoại giao của Điện Kremlin không nên thay đổi nhiều.

Moskva quyết tâm Hành động mạnh mẽ hơn và tận dụng những sáng kiến của mình - vốn đã được thực hiện từ năm 2018 và được điều chỉnh phụ thuộc vào bối cảnh địa chính trị. Nếu tiếp tục, các cuộc đàn phán tại Astana về vấn đề Syria chắc chắn sẽ đóng vai trò ngày càng quan trọng.

Mặc dù bị nghi ngờ trong giai đoạn đầu, song đàm phán Astana đã vượt qua phần lớn các thách thức và sẽ trở thành nơi Nga, Iran và Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ có thể thẳng thắn giải quyết những bất đồng. Tuy nhiên, đàm phán Astana có thể sẽ phải đối mặt với một "cuộc kiểm tra sức bền" từ hàng loạt thách thức về kinh tế và địa chính trị, trong bối cảnh cả 3 nước ngày càng thù địch nhau.



Bất chấp những lợi ích đạt được từ mối quan hệ hợp tác chặt chẽ, Nga và Iran vẫn rất thận trọng. Điện Kremlin hiện ngầm lo ngại về chính phủ Iran - vốn đang tìm cách thúc đẩy tư tưởng Khomeini, và có khả năng tạo ra một "quả bom hẹn giờ" bằng cách thay đổi nhân khẩu học sắc tộc theo hướng có lợi cho Hồi giáo dòng Shi'ite.

Moskva cũng lo ngại về hoạt động củng cố lực lượng chống Israel của Iran mà đi đầu là Hezbollah, và cái cớ mà nước này đưa ra để áp đặt sự kiểm soát đối với một vùng lãnh thổ rộng lớn: từ Tehran tới Địa Trung Hải.

Trong bối cảnh hầu như không ai nghi ngờ gì rằng chế độ hiện tại của Syria sẽ tiếp tục tồn tại, cho dù có Tổng thống Syria Bashar al-Assad hay không, Tehran chắc chắn sẽ tìm cách kìm kẹp Damascus mạnh hơn. Đồng thời, hợp tác quân sự với Moskva có thể sẽ được thay thế bằng tranh giành ảnh hưởng. Tóm lại, các chiến thuật của Điện Kremlin sẽ được định hình bằng khả năng của Nga trong việc tránh một sự đối đầu như vậy và tận dụng hơn nữa các hoạt động ngoại giao cấp cao để tạo ra sự ổn định địa chính trị.

Mặc dù "chướng ngại vật" Nga-Iran chỉ là suy đoán, song Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ là một thách thức khá rõ ràng. Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump đã tuyên bố "trao" Syria cho Tổng thống Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ Recep Tayyip Erdogan, và Ankara đang tìm cách mở rộng tầm với của mình và xác nhận quyền kiểm soát đối với một số khu vực.

Mặc dù "bị trói tay" vì những nghĩa vụ với Washington và chắc chắn bất đắc dĩ phải khởi động một chiến dịch quân sự khác ở miền Bắc Syria, song Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ sẽ vẫn háo hức thực hiện một chiến dịch mạnh tay hơn chống Lực lượng Bảo vệ Nhân dân người Kurd (YPG) và Liên minh Dân chủ người Kurd ở Syria (PYD). PYD dường như rất dễ bị tổn thương nếu Mỹ rút khỏi Syria.

Cả Moskva và các chủ thể khu vực khác, như Ai Cập hay Các Tiểu Vương quốc Arập Thống nhất (UAE), đều không mong muốn chứng kiến Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ mở rộng ảnh hưởng của nước này. Tuy nhiên, Điện Kremlin là thế lực duy nhất có khả năng kiềm chế những tham vọng của Erdogan bằng cách trao đổi sự ủng hộ chính trị và sức mạnh cứng với Ankara.

Nga muốn Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ giành quyền kiểm soát miền Bắc Syria và giải quyết vấn đề Idlib - thành trì cuối cùng của lực lượng đối lập. Moskva có khả năng sẽ để YPG trở thành một phần của thỏa thuận "trao đổi" về Idlib, trong khi vẫn tìm cách tăng cường trao đổi trực tiếp giữa Ankara và Damascus.

Mặc dù ở một mức độ nào đó, Nga sẽ vẫn được phép toàn quyền kiểm soát một chiến dịch ở Idlib, song viễn cảnh này không nên gây tổn hại tới những lợi ích an ninh của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ hay vị thế ở trong nước của ông Erdogan trước thềm cuộc bầu cử sẽ diễn ra vào ngày 31/3 tới.

Nhìn chung, các mục tiêu ngoại giao của Nga sẽ tập trung vào việc xây dựng một ủy ban lập hiến, gây quỹ để tái thiết đất nước và tìm cách tạo điều kiện thuận lợi nhất để tiếp nhận những người tị nạn trở về. Điện Kremlin sẽ làm tất cả những gì có thể để tránh tình trạng trì trệ, trong khi nỗ lực duy trì liên lạc một cách hiệu quả với đại diện mới của Liên hợp quốc về vấn đề Syria, Geir Pedersen.

Quyết định thành lập một ủy ban lập hiến sẽ cần Nga phải mở rộng quan hệ với nhiều nhóm đối lập hơn và các hội đồng địa phương. Với vị thế của một cường quốc, Nga sẽ khiến có thêm nhiều nhóm đối lập mong muốn trở lại bàn đàm phán.

Moskva hiện đang quan ngại về kêu gọi nước ngoài gây quỹ vì có khả năng đe dọa vị thế khu vực của Nga ở Syria, tuy nhiên nước này nhận thức được việc cần phải đi đầu trong công cuộc kiến thiết Syria. Tình trạng đói nghèo cùng cực, kèm theo việc đất nước bị phá hủy nghiêm trọng, tạo ra một mảnh đất "màu mỡ" cho chủ nghĩa Hồi giáo cực đoan, khiến tất cả các bên có nguy cơ đều thua cuộc.

Tuy nhiên, việc gây quỹ có thể là một nhiệm vụ khó khăn. Một cơ quan của LHQ ước tính rằng chiến tranh đã khiến Syria thiệt hại khoảng 388 tỷ USD và nền kinh tế nghèo nàn hiện nay của Moskva chẳng thể hỗ trợ được gì nhiều. Mọi con mắt đang nhìn về các nền quân chủ giàu dầu mỏ của Vịnh Persia.

Mặc dù còn tồn tại tranh cãi, song Nga hiểu được yêu cầu của các nước Arập về việc tạo ra chỗ đứng tại khu vực trong bối cảnh địa chính trị mới. Washington rút khỏi Syria nghĩa là liên minh do Saudi Arabia đứng đầu phải đứng ra đương đầu với một Iran ngày càng mở rộng. Iran đang tiếp tục củng cố khả năng kiểm soát các chế độ ở Iraq và Syria, cùng một số cuộc xung đột được nước này ủy nhiệm ở Yemen và Liban. Moskva coi đây là một cơ hội để triển khai các nỗ lực ngoại giao và điều chỉnh chiến lược khu vực của mình.

Các quốc gia trong Hội đồng Hợp tác vùng Vịnh hiểu rằng Assad quá phụ thuộc vào Tehran, và rất khó để Syria tách rời khỏi Iran, do đó Điện Kremlin có thể trở thành một kênh ổn định để duy trì liên lạc với Iran. Không giống Iran, Nga được đánh giá là nước có khả năng tạo ra sự ổn định, có thể giải quyết những lo ngại của liên minh do Saudi Arabia đứng đầu.

Để hiệu ứng của chiến dịch Syria lan tỏa ra khắp khu vực Trung Đông là mục tiêu mà Điện Kremlin ấp ủ từ ban đầu. Cuộc xung đột này luôn bị coi là công cụ để thể hiện rằng Nga là một cường quốc thế giới. Trong bối cảnh Trump từ bỏ Syria, Moskva tự cho rằng đó là chiến thắng của nước này và làm tăng thêm vốn chính trị của Moskva, giúp nước này vươn tới các đối tác châu Âu như Pháp, Đức, và cả Liên minh châu Âu (EU).

Cuối cùng, Nga đang dùng Syria để làm cơ sở thay đổi chiến lược khu vực dài hạn của mình. Moskva vẫn đề phòng khả năng các chủ thể cực đoan phi nhà nước như IS trỗi dậy, song cũng tính tới việc thay đổi cách tiếp cận đối với những chủ thể mang tính cơ hội. Một lần nữa, Điện Kremlin muốn khẳng định họ là một trung gian công bằng, không thiên vị.

Moskva muốn các nước khác thừa nhận Nga là một cường quốc có khả năng tạo ra các cơ hội đều nhau, cho dù là trong lĩnh vực năng lượng, quân sự hay xuất khẩu các sản phẩm nông nghiệp, cũng như duy trì sự cân bằng về an ninh và địa chính trị với tất cả các bên./.

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Quân đội Venezuela vẫn trung thành với ông Maduro dù đã có nhiều biểu hiện đào ngũ hoặc kêu gọi lật đổ từ một số tướng tá

Các tướng Venezuela nắm cả chức bộ trưởng, thống đốc tỉnh và hưởng đặc quyền đặc lợi nên không ít trong số họ vẫn trung thành với ông Nicolas Maduro.

Theo một số nguồn quốc tế, quân đội Venezuela chỉ có 123 nghìn quân, gồm cả lính dự bị, trên tổng dân số 31 triệu nhưng có tới hai nghìn tướng lĩnh.

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Con số các sĩ quan cấp tướng tăng nhanh thời của tổng thống Nicolas Maduro.

Chỉ trong một ngày, ông Maduro đã phong hàm tướng cho 135 sĩ quan.

Nhưng vị trí trong quân đội không đủ cho họ nên các tướng và cựu tướng còn nắm cả chức vụ trong chính quyền.

Hiện nay, trong 23 tỉnh của Venezuela thì có 11 tỉnh do thống đốc là tướng hoặc cựu tướng quân đội nắm.

Trong 30 bộ có 11 bộ trưởng cũng là tướng.

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Theo trang New York Times, chức vụ trong quân đội và chính quyền còn đi kèm với đặc quyền như "việc kiểm soát nguồn thực phẩm" và "tỷ giá đổi đô la ưu đãi".

Bộ trưởng Quốc phòng Vladimir Padrino López còn có quyền kiểm soát các cảng biển, và một phần ngành dầu khí và khai khoáng.

Có trung thành và hữu dụng?

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Việc để các tướng tá tham gia kiểm soát quyền lực dân sự và kinh doanh khiến cho họ trung thành hơn với chính phủ của Tổng thống Maduro.

Tuy thế, vì nhiều tướng không cầm quân mà chỉ "lo việc khác", lời kêu gọi của phe đối lập Venezuela muốn quân đội chống lại ông Maduro cũng không có tác dụng.

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Ngược lại, vì con số quá đông, các tướng Venezuela cũng không phải là một khối thống nhất.

Đã có không ít sĩ quan cấp uý, tá và cả tướng phản đối tổng thống Maduro.

Theo Bloomberg (03/02/2019), có ít nhất 163 sĩ quan Venezuela bị chính quyền bắt thời gian qua.

Nhưng đây không phải là chuyện mới.

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Hồi tháng 3/2014, ông Maduro ra lệnh bắt ba tướng không quân vì 'âm mưu lật đổ'.

Sang tháng 8/2018, một tướng và một đại tá thuộc Vệ binh Quốc gia bị bắt cùng hơn 10 người khác vì 'âm mưu tấn công'.

Tuần trước, tướng không quân Francisco Yanez đã bỏ theo phe của ông Juan Guaido và kêu gọi quân sĩ chống lại 'chế độ độc tài Maduro'.

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Ông Maduro bị phe đối lập cáo buộc lạm dụng, vi phạm nhân quyền và 'gian lận' bầu cử

Cũng vì thế, lòng trung thành của các tướng tá đối với tổng thống Maduro hiện cũng đang bị thách thức.

Một số quan chức Hoa Kỳ tin rằng hiện ông Maduro "đang có nhóm vệ sĩ là an ninh Cuba" chứ không phải người Venezuela.

Cùng lúc, có ý kiến tin rằng dù đe dọa "xâm lăng" chính phủ Trump không hề đặt Venezuela vào trọng tâm của chính sách đối ngoại.

Theo ông Nicolás Saldías từ Wilson Center ở Washington, D.C., thì:

"Việc đó không nằm trong ưu tiên đối ngoại của Trump mà hiện gồm có rút quân khỏi Syria, và cố gắng đưa Mỹ ra khỏi Afghanistan. Ông Trump không hề nhắc [đến Venezuela] trong Diễn văn về tình hình Liên bang."

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Hiện Hoa Kỳ, Canada và hơn 30 nước đã công nhận ông Juan Guaido là tổng thống Venezuela nhưng chính quyền của ông Maduro vẫn được Nga, Trung cộng và nhiều nước khác ủng hộ.

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          U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official - Reuters      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official  Reuters
  2. 'Heavy clashes' in Syria as SDF launches final push against ISIL  Aljazeera.com
  3. US-backed forces face fierce resistance from ISIS in 'final battle'  CNN
  4. U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against Islamic State  Reuters
  5. End of ISIS? Syrian forces assault FINAL Islamic State stronghold - ‘it's the LAST battle’  Express.co.uk
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          'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces battle IS in Syria: monitor      Cache   Translate Page      

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces battle IS in Syria: monitorUS-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria on Sunday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by a US-led coalition, announced a final push to retake the jihadist pocket near the Iraqi border late Saturday, after a pause of more than a week to allow civilians to flee. There were heavy clashes this morning, with landmines going off," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based war monitor.



          Comment on Elliott Abrams: An Unequivocal Sign Trump Is Preparing a Baptism in Venezuelan Blood by ANDRES R TORRES      Cache   Translate Page      
Let's stop all illegal international actions first: 1.) Remove EL BLOQUEO . That's an act of countries at war. There is no war. 2.) Stop embargo on Venezuela's oil sales. The money belongs to the people of Venezuela for their natural resources, not to Washington or self-proclaimed presidents. 3.) Stop freezing Venezuela's access to its gold deposits in foreign banks. Again the owner is the people of Venezuela. 4.) Stop threatening completely unjustified, immoral invasions. 5.) Stop phony recognitions and so-called relations of state with U.S. puppets who ability to govern. 6.) Boulton, Pompeo, Trump--no one--has the right to give EXXON or CHEVRON Venezuela's oil. 7.) STOP the phony, pecuniary gestures of humanitarian aid that is little more than an insult compared to the tens of billions of Dollars that the US and England are stealing from Venezuela. The town of Cucuta, Colombia--poverty and unemployment rates many times higher than Venezuela's, could use a couple of millions of dollars, as could Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and our own Puerto Rico where we have left an indelible, permanent trail of the FACE OF UAS HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION AND DEMOCRACY. Don't expect us to want to do better for Venezolanos that what we have done for the Iraqis, Libyans, Egyptians, Palestinians, Syrians, Chilenos, etc., etc. The only salvation for Venezuela is to resist to save its sovereignty, its rights to its resources and the determination of its own future.
          US-Allied Syrian Kurds Reportedly Sell Oil to Damascus Government      Cache   Translate Page      
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday the U.S.-allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Party (SDP) has been selling oil from fields that it controls in the east of Syria, despite U.S. economic sanctions. The Syrian government and the Kurds have been discussing possible autonomy conditions with Damascus in light of the expected U.S. pullout from the north of the country in April, and Arab media reports that oil resources are one of the main topics of negotiation. Arab media reports say Kurdish negotiators from the U.S.-allied SDP Party in the north of Syria and Syrian government officials, including intelligence chief Ali Mamlouk, have been holding autonomy talks since mid-January, in Damascus and at the Russian Hmeimem Airbase in Latakya. The Syrian government is reportedly discussing control of oil fields in the northeast of the country, now under Kurdish control, along with Kurdish demands to continue an education program in Kurdish, which Damascus rejects. The U.S. daily Wall Street Journal reported Friday the Syrian-owned Qatirji Group is purchasing oil from the SDP and refining it for use in areas of the country that it controls.  The head of the group was recently placed under U.S. economic sanctions. University of Paris Professor Khattar Abou Diab tells VOA he thinks the oil sales are mostly "black market" deals and the Islamic State group had also sold oil from the same fields to the Syrian government when they controlled them. He says U.S. forces are planning to complete their withdrawal by April, and that (all parties) are preparing for that moment in order to fill the void to the east of the Euphrates River. In this race against the clock, he stresses, Turkey is negotiating with both the United States and Russia, while the Kurds are negotiating with the United States and the Syrian government. American University of Beirut Political Science Professor Hilal Khashan said the parties in the Syrian conflict are involved in "pragmatic business dealings", rather than issues of "morality." "The war in Syria is a proxy war and everyone there is fighting on behalf of someone else. The Kurds need cash. If they do not get it from the Syrian government through the sale of oil, then they might be asking the United States for the money. So, I do not see any ideological issue for the United States. Politics is about pragmatism. These people are selling oil. If Assad does not get oil from the Kurds, he will get it from another source," said Khashan. Lebanese economist and former finance minister Georges Corm told VOA he believes the Kurds in the north of Syria have an "interest in establishing a constructive dialogue with the Syrian government," given the "threats by Turkish President Erdogan to set up a security zone in northern Syria."   He said Syria is being aided by powerful countries with economic resources like China, Russia and Iran, so he does not think U.S. economic sanctions will have a major effect on the Syrian government.  He also argues the Syrian economy has traditionally been self-sufficient, so it is less dependent on outside forces. Arab media, however, reported in recent weeks the Syrian currency has lost more of its value to the dollar, currently trading on the black market at between 600 and 700 Syrian lira to the dollar, causing increasing economic hardships for many people.
          US-Backed Syrian Forces in Assault to Oust Last of IS Group      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were engaged in heavy clashes against Islamic State as they sought to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Saturday, "#SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under jihadists’ control. ... Village of Baghuz, which is the only remaining #ISIS pocket, will be cleared soon." "There are heavy clashes at the moment. We have launched an assault and the fighters are advancing," an SDF field commander told AFP Sunday. The SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, is fighting IS in a 4-square-kilometer area that includes Baghuz and is near the Iraqi border. SDF officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated there were about 3,000 battle-hardened IS jihadists, mostly foreigners, in the region. The observatory also estimated several hundred civilians remained in the area as well. More than 23,000 Syrian civilians and foreign nationals fled eastern Syria this past week as the SDF, which includes Kurdish YPG militia fighters, prepared to move on IS in Deir el-Zour governorate, according to local officials and activists. The displaced residents, mostly women and children, have been placed in the Kurdish al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate, in northeast Syria. The administrator of the camp, Nabil Hassan, told VOA that many of the women and children from the new wave of displacement this week were foreign nationals and family members of IS. SDF began an operation in September to rid Deir el-Zour of IS militants. The U.S.-backed fighters' advance has been slowed by fierce fighting from the IS militants. The civil war that has engulfed Syria began with Arab Spring protests in 2011. The United Nations estimates more than 400,000 Syrians have died since fighting began in 2011. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced internally and about 5 million have sought refuge outside the country, with Turkey hosting nearly 3.5 million of them, according to the Brookings Institution. Rikar Hussein contributed to this report.
          Emmanuel Macron: Crybaby Delusional Egotistical Maniac      Cache   Translate Page      

By Andrew Aleksi-Lankinen -

French President Emmanuel Macron went to Russia to lecture President Putin on Peter the Great and Russian history, met President Trump in an attempt to embarrass him and treat him like a child, told Hungarians how to run their affairs, complains because Turkey goes after coup plotters and the Syrian branch ...

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          WHEN MOSSAD ATTACKS: CIA PLOTTING FEBRUARY 10TH IRANIAN, ISLAMIC TERRORIST, ISIS, JORDANIAN AND/OR LEBANESE ATTACK AND/OR INVASION OF ISRAEL (FEB 8, 2019): CIA Headquarters Located Beneath CERN at Lake Geneva in Switzerland Plotting Islamic/Muslim Attack and/or Invasion of Israel on February 10, 2019, Exactly 3,603-Days After Benjamin Netanyahu Became Primes Minister of Israel Back on March 31, 2009 & Exactly 365-Days After Downing of Israeli F-16 Fighter Jet Over Syria Back on February 10, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
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          U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces Launch 'Final Push' Against ISIS In Syria       Cache   Translate Page      
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by U.S. air attacks, have successfully overtaken the terror group, which gained control of large swaths of Syria in 2014. NPR's Lama Al-Arian reports.
          French army on the front line of 'final battle' against IS group       Cache   Translate Page      
French howitzer-guns deployed in the Euphrates Valley desert just inside Iraq stand ready to pour fury on Islamic State group diehards in their last holdout across the border in Syria.
          Berlin police investigate reported assault of Syrian girls      Cache   Translate Page      
Berlin police are investigating the reported assaults of two Syrian teenagers in the German capital.
          'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces make final push against IS      Cache   Translate Page      

'Heavy clashes' as US-backed forces make final push against ISUS-backed forces were locked in fierce fighting Sunday as they pressed the battle against the last shred of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" in eastern Syria. The jihadists overran large parts of the country and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, but various military offensives have since reduced that territory to a patch on the Iraqi border. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by a US-led coalition, announced a final push to retake the jihadist pocket late Saturday, after a pause of more than a week to allow civilians to flee.



          U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces Launch 'Final Push' Against ISIS In Syria       Cache   Translate Page      
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by U.S. air attacks, have successfully overtaken the terror group, which gained control of large swaths of Syria in 2014. NPR's Lama Al-Arian reports.
          ISIS na kolenou. Začal útok na poslední baštu teroristů!      Cache   Translate Page      
Ještě nedávno teroristé z Islámského státu ovládali velké části Sýrie a Iráku. Nyní jsou obležení na titěrném kousku území na syrsko-iráckém pomezí a čelí drtivé ofenzívě, která začala v sobotu. Syrské demokratické síly (Syrian Democratic Forces - SDF) ústy svého mluvčího Mustafy Baliho uvedly, že útok začal v sobotu poté, co oblast opustilo asi 20 tisíc civilistů. Podle britského Guardianu se boje soustřeďují primárně na dvě vesnice v provincii Deir ez-Zor na syrsko-iráckých hranicích. Syrská
          US-backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they...
          Civilization 6 Civilization Discussion      Cache   Translate Page      
With the last civilization being added announced, Eleanor of Aquitane for both England and France, what are some civilizations or leaders that you think deserve a spot that didn't get one?

I have a huge list of leaders that should have been in the game already but didn't make the cut due to not having the pussy pass:

1. Napoleon, France
2. Alfred the Great, England
3. Charles XII, Sweden
4. Augustus/Octavian, Rome
5. Leonidas, Sparta
6. Sargon, Assyria
7. Nebuchadnezzer, Babylon
8. Oda Nobunaga, Japan
9. Charlemagne, France
10. Hannibal Barca, Phoenicia (Carthage)
          On the ground in Syria for ISIS' last stand      Cache   Translate Page      
CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reports from Syria where the final push to eliminate ISIS forces has begun.

          Israel factor complicates but won’t break Iran-Russia partnership in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Hassan Rouhani & Vladimir Putin & Recep Erdogan
Al-Monitor | Hamidreza Azizi: With the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey slated to attend a new round of Syria peace talks within the Astana framework on Feb. 14, the...
          U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seized ground from Islamic State in a fierce battle to capture its last enclave in eastern Syria, an SDF official said on Sunday.

          Syria Situation Report: January 23 - February 6, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
By ISW's Syria Team and Syria Direct

The following graphic marks the latest installment of the Syria Situation Report (SITREP) Map made possible through a partnership between the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) and Syria Direct. The map depicts significant developments in the war in Syria during the period January 23 - February 6, 2019.

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          Venezuela's Maduro Is Doomed? They Said That About Syria's Assad      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuela's Maduro Is Doomed? They Said That About Syria's AssadNeighboring states absorbed those who fled, creating a refugee crisis. No, Syria in 2011, when you had to look pretty hard for an analyst or Western official who believed President Bashar al-Assad could survive the combined assault of domestic revolt and international boycott. Although the U.S. recognized the Syrian opposition as the legitimate representatives of the nation, Assad remains in the presidential palace in Damascus, stronger than ever.



          U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces Launch 'Final Push' Against ISIS In Syria       Cache   Translate Page      

U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Sunday they are locked in a fierce battle to take over the final territory controlled by ISIS in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by U.S. air attacks, have successfully overtaken the terror group, which gained control of large swaths of northeastern Syria in 2014, NPR's Lama Al-Arian reports for our Newscast unit.

The assault began on Saturday after almost 20,000 people were evacuated from the ISIS-held area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour along the Iraqi border, according to SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali. Nearly 600 ISIS fighters remain inside the two villages that comprise the enclave, and many of them are believed to be foreigners, he said.

"IS counterattack was foiled at 4 am this morning," Bali tweeted on Sunday morning. "Heaving fighting is going on inside the last village at the moment."

Al-Arian reports that despite efforts to help civilians flee the area, hundreds are reportedly still stuck inside. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that monitors human rights abuses in Syria, said SDF forces are moving "cautiously" because of ISIS-planted mines.

While Bali is describing the offensive as the "final battle" against ISIS, the extremist group still holds some territory in the area south of Damascus largely controlled by the Syrian government, according to Reuters.

ISIS previously controlled a huge section of Syria and Iraq, declaring a caliphate in 2014 and making billions of dollars from oil revenue, extortion and kidnapping. Since 2011, Syria has been embroiled in a violent civil war, which created a safe haven for extremists and allowed ISIS to spread quickly. But the fall of two major cities – Syria's Raqqa and Iraq's Mosul – in 2017 marked the beginning of the group's loss of ground.

U.S. intelligence officials told Reuters that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared leader of ISIS, is reportedly alive and suspected to be hiding in Iraq.

The weekend offensive by SDF forces comes after President Trump said on Wednesday he expected to announce as early as next week that the U.S.-led coalition had recovered all of the area previously held by ISIS. Trump is moving ahead with his plan to withdraw 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, despite warnings from U.S. military and security experts that militants in Iraq and Syria could prepare an insurgency if U.S.-led forces back off.

The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, cautioned against a quick withdrawal last week, telling the Senate Armed Services Committee, "the fight against ISIS and violent extremists is not over and our mission has not changed."

"The coalition's hard-won battlefield gains can only be secured by maintaining a vigilant offensive against the now-largely dispersed and disaggregated ISIS that retains leaders, fighters, facilitators, resources and the profane ideology that fuels their efforts," Votel added.

The withdrawal of U.S. forces could also spell trouble for their closest ally in the region, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who Turkey considers a terrorist group. The Syrian government has said that the areas controlled by the Kurds would eventually revert to government control. A U.S. official told Reuters that the U.S. military is planning to completely withdraw from Syria by the end of April.

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          Berlin police investigate reported assault of Syrian girls      Cache   Translate Page      

Berlin police are investigating the reported assaults of two Syrian teenagers in the German capital. Germany’s dpa news agency reported Sunday that an unidentified man punched the Syrian girls, ages 15 and 16, multiple times in the face after yelling anti-foreigner slurs at them on Friday night. Dpa says both girls were treated at a […]

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          US-backed fighters capture part of Islamic State-held Syrian village      Cache   Translate Page      
Forces have captured 41 positions held by IS and destroyed their fortifications in the last pocket they hold in eastern Syria amid fierce fighting.
          Berlin police investigate reported assault of Syrian girls      Cache   Translate Page      

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police are investigating the reported assaults of two Syrian teenagers in the German capital. Germany’s dpa news agency reported Sunday that an unidentified man punched the Syrian girls, ages 15 and 16, multiple times in the face after yelling anti-foreigner slurs at them on Friday night. Dpa says both girls were […]
          U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State:... - Reuters      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State:...  Reuters
  2. U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State: official  Reuters
  3. 'Heavy clashes' in Syria as SDF launches final push against ISIL l Al Jazeera English  Al Jazeera English
  4. US-backed forces face fierce resistance from ISIS in 'final battle'  CNN
  5. The Observer view on the premature celebrations on the defeat of Isis  The Guardian
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          ADISH Presents Its "Sea of Sand" FW19 Lookbook      Cache   Translate Page      

ADISH opens up the history books for its latest Fall/Winter 2019 "Sea of Sand" lookbook. The lookbook takes us back to a time before the existence of all the "tension and conflict" in the Middle East; to a time when the counties of today did not exist and to a time when the area was considered "Greater Syria." ADISH looks to the Bedouin tribes of the desert, yet at the same time, mixes details of British military uniforms in with the traditional textiles. The collection tells of the early interactions between European colonists and the local people -- it's a mixture of Middle Eastern styles with Western influence. While the collection takes on a casual and simple approach, details like the extra-wide panting, heavy embroidery and tailored shirting help elevate each ensemble. Photoed in Lakiya, Israel, the entire lookbook can be viewed above. In other fashion news, BEAMS BOY joins Columbia in its latest capsule collection. View this post on Instagram ADISH FW19 ‘Sea of Sand’ Photography @michal_chelbin Styling @patrickwelde Casting @sarah.akrav @akravagency A post shared by AḌİSH (@adishstudios) on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:43am PST

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          On the ground in Syria for ISIS' last stand      Cache   Translate Page      
CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reports from Syria where the final push to eliminate ISIS forces has begun.
          On the ground in Syria for ISIS' last stand      Cache   Translate Page      
CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reports from Syria where the final push to eliminate ISIS forces has begun.

          From Dublin to Daesh: Irish Isis suspect says he was trapped in the caliphate, others call him a terrorist      Cache   Translate Page      
In northern Syria, Richard Hall speaks to an Irish citizen who claims to have ended up in Isis territory by mistake
          Commentaires sur Rose Ameziane dénonce le silence de Macron sur le rapatriement des djihadistes par jejomau      Cache   Translate Page      
Déjà qu'il parait que Macron aurait versé en 2018 environ 50 millions d’euros à l’organisation pro djihadistes Syria Charity avec l'argent des contribuables français… De toute façon, tous ces débats sur le retour ou non des djihadistes français sur notre territoire provient d'une seule chose : du laxisme connu et avéré de la Justice Française !
          On the ground in Syria for ISIS’ last stand      Cache   Translate Page      

CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata reports from Syria where the final push to eliminate ISIS forces has begun.

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          U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces Launch 'Final Push' Against ISIS In Syria       Cache   Translate Page      
U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces said Sunday they are locked in a fierce battle to take over the final territory controlled by ISIS in eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), supported by U.S. air attacks, have successfully overtaken the terror group, which gained control of large swaths of northeastern Syria in 2014, NPR's Lama Al-Arian reports for our Newscast unit. The assault began on Saturday after almost 20,000 people were evacuated from the ISIS-held area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour along the Iraqi border, according to SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali. Nearly 600 ISIS fighters remain inside the two villages that comprise the enclave, and many of them are believed to be foreigners, he said. "IS counterattack was foiled at 4 am this morning," Bali tweeted on Sunday morning. "Heaving fighting is going on inside the last village at the moment." Al-Arian reports that despite efforts to help civilians flee the area, hundreds are reportedly still stuck inside.
          «قسد» تبدأ المعركة الأخيرة ضد «داعش» شرق الفرات - دار الحياة      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. «قسد» تبدأ المعركة الأخيرة ضد «داعش» شرق الفرات  دار الحياة
  2. مصادر لـ«البيان»: قيادات «داعش» غادرت سوريا قبل 5 أشهر  البيان
  3. "قسد" تعلن بدء "المعركة الحاسمة" ضد "داعش"  RT Arabic
  4. "قسد" تعتقل دواعش.. وفيديو يرصد "المتنكرين" في الأسر  Sky News Arabia سكاي نيوز عربية
  5. قوات سوريا الديمقراطية تبدأ المعركة الأخيرة ضد داعش  العربية نت
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          اشتباكات عنيفة بين سوريا الديمقراطية وداعش في معقله الأخير - ميدل ايست اونلاين      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. اشتباكات عنيفة بين سوريا الديمقراطية وداعش في معقله الأخير  ميدل ايست اونلاين
  2. سوريا.. القتال يشتد في "المعركة الأخيرة" ضد داعش  Sky News Arabia سكاي نيوز عربية
  3. "قوات سوريا الديمقراطية" تحرز تقدما في المعركة الأخيرة ضد "داعش"  RT Arabic
  4. معارك ضارية في آخر "معاقل داعش" شرق سوريا  العربية نت
  5. قيادي: قوات سوريا الديمقراطية تحرز تقدما في اشتباكات مع الدولة الإسلامية  رويترز العربية
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          US-backed troops flush Isil from last square mile of territory in Syria       Cache   Translate Page      
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          [YouTube / Canada / Burden of Damascus: Two 'Canadian' followers of the fake god expressed their muslimness by traveling to Syria] 2 Canadian women surrender to U.S.-backed forces in Syria (CBC News)      Cache   Translate Page      
# CBC News (thanks to Pepe)



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Berlin police are investigating the reported assaults of two Syrian teenagers in the German capital.
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          US-backed forces face fierce resistance from ISIS in 'final battle'      Cache   Translate Page      
Fighters from the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have launched an assault to oust ISIS from its last remaining enclave in Syria, the final remnant of the jihadist group's so-called "caliphate."

          Relief items and collective kitchen in Hasakeh camps      Cache   Translate Page      

In conjunction with the response in Rukban, SARC’s volunteers in Hasakeh have distributed winter children clothes, provided by UNICEF, to 509 families (1330 children) in Al-Mabroukah, Ein Al-Khadraa and Khan Al-Jabal camps. In addition, they are  establishing a collective kitchen in Al-Hol camp to provide the arriving families with ready to eat meals on daily basis in cooperation with the ICRC. In the same time, the PSS mobile team continues to launch psychological support sessions and entertaining activities for the children.  

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          U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces Launch 'Final Push' Against ISIS In Syria - NPR      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. U.S.-Backed Kurdish Forces Launch 'Final Push' Against ISIS In Syria  NPR
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  3. U.S.-backed Syrian fighters advance in clashes with Islamic State:...  Reuters
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          Rescue ship named for drowned Syrian child refugee      Cache   Translate Page      
Ship operating in the Mediterranean has been renamed Alan Kurdi, after the Syrian toddler who died trying to reach Europe in 2015.
          German migrant rescue ship renamed after tragic toddler Alan Kurdi      Cache   Translate Page      
A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrage.Alan's fathe
          US-backed fighters commence final push to defeat ISIS in Syria       Cache   Translate Page      
Source: US-backed fighters commence final push to defeat ISIS in Syria – Israel Hayom Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces launch offensive Saturday after more than 20,000 civilians are evacuated from last tiny pocket ISIS holds in eastern Syria • SDF fighters advancing “cautiously” due to mines, under U.S. air cover, war monitor says. Associated Press and Israel Hayom […]
          Iran’s Islamic Revolution inspired, divided militants       Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Iran’s Islamic Revolution inspired, divided militants – Israel Hayom Islamists initially saw the revolution as part of an effort to end strongman Arab nationalism. But the Sunni-Shiite divide now feels inflamed by the bloodshed that followed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Syria’s civil war and the Iranian-Saudi rivalry. Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff Egyptian soldiers […]
          Tehran eyes Israel’s elections      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Tehran eyes Israel’s elections – Israel Hayom Prof. Eyal Zisser Recent reports that the Iranians have removed their personnel from southern Syria and have transferred their main activity hub from Damascus International Airport to the T-4 airbase in the heart of the Syrian Desert, indicate that the first round of the Iranian-Israeli conflict in […]
          German migrant rescue ship renamed after tragic toddler      Cache   Translate Page      
A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrageAlan's father,...
          U.S.-backed Syrian force launches 'final battle' against IS      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began an assault against the final Islamic State enclave in eastern Syria on Saturday, aiming to wipe out the last vestige of the jihadist group's "caliphate" in the SDF's area of operations.

          Trump Forces to Relocate ISIS from Northeast Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump Forces spearheading the so-called International Coalition have reached an agreement with ISIS terrorist group and their separatist Kurdish militia the SDF to relocate ISIS terrorists from their last pocket in northeast Syria. The announcement of the agreement is to whitewash the image that will come out showing US vehicles shipping the ISIS terrorists to one of two selected locations. This is what the US usually does with 'spent terrorists' in one battlefront, move them to another battlefront after recharging them. More in this report: https://www.syrianews.cc/trump-forces-relocate-isis-syria/
          Accounting for Civilian Victims in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      

Smoke rising from west Mosul where Iraqi Security Forces are fighting Islamic State fighters to retake the city.

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