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Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Plane Truth: Ziad Fadel on The Long War on Syria: ISIS and Other Terror Gangs

Ziad Fadel 

This is Ziad’s interview with Paul and Jerry regarding Syria and the NATO efforts to destroy what is left of Arab nationalism and the defense of the Holy Land.  The interview took place on Sunday, November 16, 2014.  Paul interviewed me from Japan:

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Washington plays Russian roulette


From youtube.com/watch?v=Aif0KaPWa0c: The Silent Buildup To the next Cold War.
The Silent Buildup To the next Cold War.
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These are bleak times. I've been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors -- those who know but don't need to show off, privileging discretion. They are all deeply worried. This is what one of them, a New York strategic planner, sent me:
"The propaganda attack against Putin equating him with Hitler is so extreme that you have to think that the Russians cannot believe their ears and cannot trust the United States anymore under any circumstances. 
"I cannot believe how we could have gotten ourselves into this situation to protect the looters in the Ukraine that Putin would have rid the Ukraine of, and even had the gall to place in a leadership role one of the worst of the thieves. But that is history. What is certain is that MAD [mutually assured destruction] is not a deterrent today when both sides believe the other will use nuclear weapons once they have the advantage and that the side that gains a decisive advantage will use them. MAD is now over."
That may sound somewhat extreme -- but it's a perfectly logical extension, further on down the road, of what the Russian president intimated in his already legendary interview with Germany's ARD in Vladivostok last week: the West is provoking Russia into a new Cold War.[1]

Mikhail Gorbachev just stressed a few days ago the new Cold War is already on. Princeton's Stephen Cohen says the Cold War in fact never left. The Roving Eye reported about Cold War 2.0 months ago. Brits -- still stranded in the 19th century new Great Game -- prefer to spin the "strident toxic personality" of "diminutive Putin";[2] he is the "ruthless, charming and ultimately reckless" man who "put the cold war back in vogue." The Council on Foreign Relations, predictably, mourns the end of the post-Cold War world, blasts the current "disorder," and dreams of the good ol' unchallenged exceptionalist days.[3]

For arguably the best detailed background on how we came to this perilous state of affairs, it's hard to beat Vladimir Kozin of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.[4] Read him carefully. And yes, it's Cold War 2.0, the double trouble remix; between the US and Russia, and between NATO and Russia.
 
Seeing red
In his ARD interview, Putin stuck to actual facts on the ground:
"NATO and the United States have military bases scattered all over the globe, including in areas close to our borders, and their number is growing? Moreover, just recently it was decided to deploy special operations forces, again in close proximity to our borders. You have mentioned various [Russian] exercises, flights, ship movements and so on. Is all of this going on? Yes, it is indeed."
For the Russia-demonizing hordes, it's always convenient to forget that NATO expansion to Georgia and Ukraine was clinched at a NATO meeting in Bucharest in April 2008. The Georgia op spectacularly failed in the summer of 2008. Ukraine is a work in progress.

Crucially, in the ARD interview, Putin also told the EU coalition of the clueless/vassals/puppets/ that Russia can bring down the Ukraine House of Cards in a flash; Moscow just needs to emphasize it's time to collect the humongous amounts of cash it is legally owed.

Putin also made it very clear Moscow won't allow -- and that was categorical: won't allow -- Donbass to be overrun/smashed/ethnic-cleansed by Kiev:
"Today there is fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian central authorities have sent the armed forces there and they even use ballistic missiles. Does anybody speak about it? Not a single word. And what does it mean? What does it tell us? This points to the fact, that you want the Ukrainian central authorities to annihilate everyone there, all of their political foes and opponents. You want that? We certainly don't. And we won't let it happen."[5]
According to Kiev's own figures, no less than 65% of residential buildings and 10% of schools and kindergartens in Donbass have been destroyed. Over 40,000 medium-sized companies are paralyzed. Unemployment -- Ukraine-wide, is over 40%. External debt may reach US$80 billion -- and don't expect the International Monetary Fund, which now owns Ukraine, to go philanthropic. Most of all, Kiev can't pay its billionaire gas bills to Gazprom because it spends a fortune terrorizing eastern Ukraine citizens. This Poroshenko rant sums it all up -- with the US and EU fully complicit.

So NATO has been warned about Russia's real red lines. Still, substantial sectors of the Washington/Wall Street elites can't get enough of war. And they like it hot.[6] No one should ever underestimate the unlimited stupidity of the Return of the Living Neo-con Dead using their favorite pulpit, the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal.

The "logic" behind Cold War 2.0 -- now in full swing -- couldn't give a damn about European stability. The Obama administration launched it -- with NATO as the spearhead -- to in fact prevent Eurasian integration, building a New Berlin Wall in Kiev. The immediate target is to undermine Russia's economy; in the long run, regime change would be the ultimate bonus.

So the logic of escalation is on. The economically devastated EU is a joke; the only thing that counts for the US is NATO -- and the overwhelming majority of its members are in the bag, sharing the prevailing mood in Washington of treating Putin as if he were Milosevic, Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi. There are no signs whatsoever Team Obama is willing to de-escalate. And when the Hillarator President-in-Waiting ascends to the throne, all bets are off.

Notes:
1. Putin's Sunday Interview on German TV (Dubbed + Transcript), Russian Insider, November 19, 2014.
2. The new cold war: are we going back to the bad old days?, The Guardian, November 19, 2014.
3. The Unraveling: How to Respond to a Disordered World, foreignaffairs.com, December 2014 issue.
4. See here.
5. The broken-down beauty of Eastern Ukraine, 25 years after the end of the USSR, Quartz, November 15, 2014.
6. The Wall Street Journal Wants the US to Go To War in Ukraine, Russia Insider, November 18, 2014.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.
 

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Erdoğan, impotent against ISIL terrorists, threatens Kurds instead

 


According to Anadolu News Agency, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an urgent meeting with his ruling party’s (AKP) member of Turkish Parliament vowed to disarm the Kurdish militias in Southeastern Turkey, namely Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Mr. Erdoğan further accused PKK of establishing close ties with beleaguered Syrian President Assad, adding, PKK is receiving substantial financial assistance from the Assad regime.

The Turkish increasingly hostile president promised that Syrian regime will collapse in next three months and then Turkish army will inflict the final crushing blow to PKK terrorists and subsequently will end the Kurdish question once forever.

Many political experts believe Erdoğan’s fiery comment might mark a dramatic escalation in Ankara’s campaign against the outlawed PKK militants.

Meanwhile Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister slammed the Turkish Islamist-leaning administration for providing weapons to Jihadist militants fighting to topple Syria’s Assad adding that the scope of Erdoğan’s cooperation with terrorist organizations such as ISIL is far too extensive.

“I think Turkish government wants to take revenge from all Europe when we torpedoed Ankara's EU accession bid in 2011,” SANA quoted Fabius as saying.

Since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011, scores of European radical Muslims have traveled to the war-torn Arab country to take part in “Jihad” against Syrian secular regime and since jihadists weren’t able to achieve their goals, many of them plan to return to Europe and this certainly will pose major threats to the security of European countries.

In this regard, Claudia Roth, the deputy of German Bundestag (Parliament) urged NATO to take necessary measure to prevent Turkey from its preposterous support for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Claudia Roth
Claudia Roth

Turkish government is using ISIL as a proxy to weaken and ultimately annihilate its Kurdish dissents and we learned that Turks are letting ISIL to sell its oil via Turkish port of Ceyhan and Erdoğan‘s secret liaison with terrorist organizations is totally unacceptable for us, said Ms. Roth.

Ankara categorically denies any alleged cooperation with ISIL, but according to returning Jihadists’ accounts, numerous wounded ISIL fighters are treated in Turkish military hospitals and Turkish border guards are flagrantly turning a blind eye on ISIL oil and arms smuggling.

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Family of Jerusalem martyr proud despite Israeli occupation’s vengeful operations


An interior view of the home of Palestinian Abdel Rahman al-Shaloudi, blamed for killing two settlers in a deadly vehicular attack last month, after it was destroyed by Israeli forces in Silwan neighborhood, east Jerusalem on November 19, 2014. Anadolu Agency/Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
A feeling of deep loss mitigated only by their pride in their son’s martyrdom, that is how one can describe the state of martyr Abdel Rahman Shaloudi’s family. They believe happiness is a duty following their son’s martyrdom in defense of holy sites, even if the price they have to pay is Israel blowing up their family home.
Jerusalem – “Only losing our beloved son matters… losing the house means nothing in comparison.” Their son’s body was riddled with a hail of bullets that hurled him flat on the ground except for his forefinger, which remained upright as he recited the testimony (the creed declaring belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Mohammad as His prophet) before he drew his last breath. For this reason, it would be incomprehensible for the family to cry over their house that was blown up by the Israeli occupation.
Shaloudi’s family heard the news about Israel’s intention to blow up their home a few hours after receiving news of their son’s martyrdom. The impact of Israeli internal security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovich’s decision therefore paled in comparison to the initial news.
The mother’s joy in Abdel Rahman’s martyrdom is not concealed by her tears, which she grew accustomed to a long time ago. She has been crying because of the oppression her son endured at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces for a long time. The Israeli authorities always summoned her eldest son to be interrogated for no reason, sometimes they even imprisoned him. One time, he spent three days in jail because he went to the Israeli police station to report his car had been stolen. The policeman accused him of stealing it then released him from prison without a trial.
The Israelis wanted Abdel Rahman to be their spy in the Silwan neighborhood, considered one of the most sensitive neighborhoods in the area because Israeli settlers believe it was “the birthplace of Judaism more than 3,000 years ago” and aim to displace its residents. The Israelis tried to recruit Abdel Rahman because he is esteemed and loved by the neighborhood’s residents. He, however, refused and chose to do what the occupation fears the most, he veered his car and ran over settlers.
The Shaloudi family remained strong despite all the measures that the Israelis took to demoralize and discourage them. They returned Abdel Rahman’s body at night in violation of the customs in the holy city where martyrs and dead people are not buried at night (the latest they are buried is after the afternoon daily prayer), limited the number of mourners and demolished the Shaloudi residence. But what worried and embarrassed the family the most was the Israeli decision to evacuate the entire building where they lived, raid all the homes and destroy their furniture. Some soldiers even urinated on the children’s beds.
Abdel Rahman’s mother did not care about the demolition of her own house or worry about where her family is going to live. All she cared about was asking for the forgiveness of her neighbors who “paid the price” with her. She was relentless in her visits to one neighbor after the other to apologize to them as they patted her on her back assuring her that they are all “one family” and that her son is a hero and a martyr for all of Jerusalem.
After their house was blown up, the father moved his family temporarily to his brother’s home, while they search for a house they can afford seeing that the father’s income is limited.
The Israeli occupation resorted to vengeful and malicious measures to break the will of the Shaloudi family and to make them an example for anyone thinking about carrying out a martyrdom operation. But the words uttered by martyr Abdel Rahman’s mother dispel all their hopes.
She said, addressing her martyred son, “Thank God you died a martyr and don’t worry about what happens to us, it’s all for the sake of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

11.15.2014 :: Analysis by James Petras
Introduction: On November 9, 2014, Germany and its Western Allies, celebrated the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ and the subsequent‘re-unification’of the ‘two Germanys’. Prime Minister Merkel described the ‘historic event’ as a “victory of freedom for all peoples in Europe and across the world.”
The entire Western media and officialdom echoed Merkel’s rhetoric, as 300,000 Germans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate hailed their leader as she spoke of ‘one people, one nation and one state in freedom, peace and prosperity…’ But Merkel’s discourse is a self-serving chauvinist fabrication which distorts the real consequences of a united Germany. Moreover, the Western celebration of ‘fallen walls’ is very selective.
The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.
The Walls of Freedom and the Walls of Prison
While NATO regimes celebrate the ‘Fall of the Berlin Wall’ as the highest expression of freedom, these same political leaders support, finance and promote the construction of oppressive walls throughout world: Unified Germany and its NATO partners have supported Israel’s Separation Wall dividing and caging millions of Palestinians for the better part of two decades. Apparently there are progressive and reactionary ‘walls’ – ‘good walls’ and ‘bad walls’. Unlike the Palestinians, Berliners were never deprived of basic necessities and subject to random displacement or even murder – the Western airlift provided all for West Berliners.
Israel’s Separation Wall results in division and seizure of Palestinian land, ancestral homes, farms, schools and cultural sites while centuries-old olive groves are razed – depriving their owners of productive income.
The US has built its own massive ‘Security Wall’ along its Mexican border, incarcerating and even shooting refugees fleeing Washington’s militarization of Central America and Mexico. The US ‘Security’ Wall condemns millions of Mexicans and Central Americans to live in terror and misery in murderous US client narco-states. In the past seven years, over 100,000 Mexican civilians have been killed under the reign of US-backed Presidents, who were elected through fraud, as they relentlessly pursue the US mandated “War on Drugs”. Similar levels of killings ravage Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala where narco-gangs, with the backing of corrupt political, police and military officials, terrorize the cities and countryside. The death toll from US military interventions in Central America far exceeds those by the former-Soviet Union in Eastern Europe. The US border wall ensures that the survivors of this terror will remain exposed to the brutal rule of US-backed regimes.
At the same time, the civilized ‘European Union’ has erected its land and sea ‘Walls against refugees’ from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Palestine, fleeing NATO directed invasions and proxy wars in their countries. According to the UN Commission on Refugees, 13 million civilians have been displaced by US wars in Iraq and Syria. Many fleeing the war zones crash up against the European ‘legal walls’ – immigration restrictions, concentration or “internment” camps and prolonged detentions welcome their “flight to freedom”.
Chancellor Merkel chose not to mention these ‘civilized’ walls against people fleeing NATO’s ‘humanitarian interventions’. Nor have the Prime Ministers and Presidents of Europe or the US and its ‘ally’ Israel acknowledged the deaths and suffering…because these are their Walls, their own ‘barriers to freedom’.
Democratic Re-Unification or Annexation by Force
Merkel glosses over the crucial fact that the East Germans were never consulted or allowed to hold a free election to decide what kind of relation they would like with the West German regime. They were never asked under what terms and in what time frame “reunification” would take place. The West German regime seized control and dictated economic and social policies that destroyed their eastern neighbors’ economy by fiat. Hundreds of thousands of East German factory-workers faced brutal arbitrary firings as the capitalist ‘West’ shut closed state factories. East German farmers looked on helplessly as their prosperous, stable co-operatives were dissolved on the orders of West German officials. Where was the democracy in this policy of brutal annexation and political viciousness that slashed the former ‘East’ Germans living standards, multiplied unemployment ten-fold, greatly prejudiced the welfare benefits and employment of female workers and devastated pensioners.? Over 1.5 million Eastern German workers were uprooted and became economic refugees in the ‘West’ where wages were double the rate in ‘liberated’ East Germany. The wages were higher, but so was the job insecurity and the loss of social welfare provisions of the East. And if the death of 138 East Germans during 28 years, trying to escape over the Wall, was a tragedy, then what should we call thethousands who have drowned or died other horrible deaths trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe or to scale the Wall separating the US and Mexico, or Israel’s Wall strangling six million Palestinians?
There are many ‘death strips’ denying Latin Americans, Palestinians, Middle Easterners their freedom from want, blocking their escape from US-NATO wars and Israeli genocide. But those‘atrocious walls’ were not mentioned by Chancellor Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate as she celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The scribes and scribblers from theNew York Times, the Financial Times and the Washington Post did not mention these real, contemporary walls and their brutal toll. The selective denunciation of certain Walls contrasts with the politics of erecting ‘other’, more formidable Walls. Western walls of exclusion carry with them a denial of responsibility for the political and economic conditions that has driven millions of refugees to flee Central America, Palestine, the Middle East and North Africa.
US intervention and support of proxy death-squad regimes and the brutal military in Central America, from the 1960’s to the 1990’s, resulted in over 250,000 civilian deaths and the displacement of over 2 million refugees.
US-EU invasions and proxy wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria for over a decade have uprooted more than 13 million people and killed well over million civilians.
Israel’s wars and occupation against the Palestinian people have resulted in over 500,000 Jewish colonial settlers grabbing Palestinian land since 1967.
The self-proclaimed Jewish state forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands and killed, maimed and jailed over 300,000. To admit that the West constructs and maintains its own system of atrocious walls inevitably points to the policy of decades of prolonged bloody imperialist wars leading to millions of refugees.
Imperial wars are characterized by the construction and maintenance of complex ‘Western Walls’, far deadlier and brutal than the Berlin Wall and less likely to fall. In fact, Western Walls are multiplying and being fortified by the latest surveillance technology. Larger budgets and more lethal arms for anti-immigrant police, has led to the brutal hunt, capture and incarceration of refugees – as Western regimes become more like police states .
The Malignant Consequences of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Annexation of East Germany
The annexation of East Germany vastly increased the economic power of Germany, providing German capital with several million skilled workers and trained engineers at no cost. Germany’s enhanced power dictated the course of the European Union’s economic policy. With the onset of the economic crisis, Germany’s capitalist and political elite were well positioned to dictate the terms of ‘recovery’ – and impose the entire burden on the working and middle classes of Southern Europe and Ireland. Germany’s ruling class, in firm control of the EU directorate, forced “austerity programs” on Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland. These regressive policies, which ensured that creditors would recover their loans with interest, led to spiraling unemployment rates, in some cases of over 50% for young people, and long-term, large-scale decline in living standards. ‘Unified Germany’ flexed its newly found economic muscle and extended its hegemony over the EU and ensured debt payments from its European subjects.
Unified Germany’s economic power led to renewed political and military aspirations to engage and assert its presence in the US led imperial wars in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the Ukraine. By the end of the first decade of the 21st century ‘united Germany’ was profitably supplying weapons, logistics and military missions in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. It provided Israel with weapons and economic aid while Palestinians were expelled from their homes and land. Merkel’s imperial ambitions were revealed in her wholehearted backing of the far-right coup in Ukraine. Subsequently Germany imposed sanctions against Russia and supported the Kiev regime’s savage military blitz against the Donbass. In the Ukraine, Germany once again, as in the 1930’s, found allies among neo-Nazi collaborators and thugs willing to slaughter ethnic Russian speaking federalists in the East. Merkel’s dream is to convert the Ukraine into a German-American client state, where German exports would replace Russian goods and German agro-mineral investors can exploit the country’s raw materials.

Conclusion

It is obvious that Merkel, Obama and other imperialist rulers have a double standard with regard to ‘Walls’ – they denounce ‘Communist Walls’ while supporting murderous ‘Capitalist Walls’ against refugees; they celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall while they build bloodier Walls against the victims of their imperial wars.
Apart from the cant and hypocrisy of Western officialdom, there is a political logic guiding these policies. The West’s criteria , for deciding which Walls are worthy of support and which Walls should fall, runs along the following lines: Walls that keep out victims of imperialist wars are progressive and necessary for ‘national security’; Walls that protect Communist, nationalist or leftist regimes are repressive, dehumanizing and must fall.
If we consider the larger political consequences of an event, like the fall of the Berlin War and the subsequent arbitrary annexation of the East, it is clear that ‘re-unified’ Germany’s exercise of power has had a profoundly negative impact on the economies of Southern Europe and has concentrated dictatorial political powers in the hands of German decision-makers operating through EU headquarters in Brussels. Unified Germany has renounced its passive role and re-asserted its role in world politics: slowly at first as a passive junior partner to US imperialist wars in the Middle East and now, more decisively, by linking up with Ukraine rightists and thugs and imposing economic sanctions on Russia.
Germany’s ‘great fall’ after World War II required a half century to “put all the pieces together again”. But once in place, Germany seeks to project world power, particularly through its proxies in the EU and NATO, in alliance with US imperialism. The Fourth Reich increasingly looks back to the Third Reich.
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Must Watch: Hjernevask-Race

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Hot Off The Press-Har Nof Jerusalem Is Deir Yassin and it is Remembered

November 18, 2014  /  Gilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon
The attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem today took place in Har Nof, a Jewish neighborhood  built over the ruins of Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village whose inhabitants were wiped out on  April 9, 1948.

The Deir Yassin Massacre delivered a clear message to the Palestinian people. The Jewish militias were driven by genocidal inclinations and the Arabs better run for their lives. However, it seems as if the Palestinian collective memory is alive and kicking - it may be possible that the Deir Yassin Massacre was commemorated today.

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60 Minutes with Nasser Kandil: On Iran, USA, ISIL and the regional scene

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