• NATO Poland base may be prepared for blitz against Russia
    NATO Poland base may be prepared for blitz against RussiaBy RTNATO’s Europe commander advocates stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia, British media reported. General Philip Breedlove’s idea would be presented to members of the alliance at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales in September, according to The Times. The general told a briefing in Naples this week that NATO needed “pre-positioned supplies, pre-positioned capabilities and a basing area ready to rapidly accept follow-on forces.” NATO's top commander in Europe General Philip Breedlove (AFP Photo / John Thys) Several locations for the future stockpile are planned, with the Multinational Corps Northeast, a base in Szczecin near the Polish-German border being the leading contender. “It would be a 24/7 fully functioning headquarters that forces could quickly fall in on to respond rapidly when needed,” the British newspaper cites a source familiar with the expected proposition as saying. Breedlove has been advocating a build-up of NATO assets in Europe, particularly Eastern Europe, in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis in the secession of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia. The alliance has already strengthened its presence in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea and deployed additional military aircraft in Eastern Europe. It said the moves were needed to boost the confidence of eastern NATO members in the alliance’s ability to protect them from Russian aggression. Polish 6 Airborne Brigade soldiers check their weapons as they participate in training exercises with paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at the Land Forces Training Centre in Oleszno near Drawsko Pomorskie, north west Poland May 1, 2014 (Reuters / Kacper Pempel) The stockpiling of supplies is just a step short of a permanent massive deployment of foreign NATO troops in Poland. The alliance says it is needed for a rapid response to a Russian incursion, although Russian generals would probably view this as a possible preparation for a blitzkrieg attack on Russia. Moscow considers the build-up of NATO troops in Europe as part of a hostile policy aimed at placing the alliance’s military resources closer to its borders. Russia’s current military doctrine allows the use of all weapons in its possession, including tactical nuclear weapons, in response to a conventional force attack on Russia.
  • The ECIPS Calls For Action Against War Crimes!
    The ECIPS Calls For Action Against War Crimes!By VTWORLD NEWS TOMORROW BRUXELLES REPORTS - The President of the European Centre for Information Policy and Security (ECIPS)  Mr. Ricardo Baretzky  called for a global action on War Crimes today in an open conference held in Bruxelles. This comes after hundreds of innocent children were killed in the last year in hostile places such as Syria, Ukraine and now in Gaza. The President said that, an “International Ban” on the sales of all weapons to any country that contradicts and violates any human rights to civil protections, should be called upon as a  top priority by the UN to avoid further bloodshed of civilians in conflict zones. He said, that the lack of a strong EU and a weak UN shows critical restructuring of the political powerhouse that sends the wrong signals. Baretzky warned that the same atrocity against the human life could spread to other countries and sends a message that it is ok to kill children and civilians. “The drafting of any new UN resolution can have no affect, if not enforced by the rules of ethics, moral and civil laws”, he said. The President of the ECIPS urged Mr.Ban Ki- Moon, the Secretary General of the UN to take his responsibility for the lack of acting sooner and said that the UN has an obligation to act sooner than later to avoid human rights abuse and civilian loss. In total, more than 100,000 children lost their lives in last year in these three conflict zones. The recent abduction of girls in Nigeria is not to be dismissed or excluded, the President added. Baretzky warned that the media has a strong role to play in perpetuating these kinds of crime. He said that we can’t speak about justice and moral values if they are not  valued and enforced. According to the ECIPS, these independent war zones could easily spread to a global war zones and is a growing risk for all global stability at present. Baretzky said that the media should promote peace and prosperity, however at present seems to profit from the concept that people listen to news on conflict and war.  This is presently resulting into the public expressing their feelings and interest on social media that could begin new dimensions in the perpetual reaction in these war zones. The President of ECIPS said that, these unethical war-time behavior of politicians will breed a “New Kind of Human” that will become war-hungry and blood-thirsty and that it will come at a price greater than the Hitler Revolution if not acted upon now !. It is the time for leaders to re-think their “Logic used” when approaching the growing unrest in our world of today to avoid a future global conflict that will serve nobody any good at present, Baretzky said. By  Sandy Jones- Reporter for ECIPS Bruxelles.
  • The People of Donbass have something to say
    The People of Donbass have something to say“Why?  What did we do to you to deserve this, America and EU?” By VT[ Editor's note: The East Ukrainians are getting their public relations in gear. This was a power piece, no narration needed, as the message is clear.  As Americans, we are faced with a simple decision. We can whine on the internet about how terrible all this is having our name connected to it, or we can hound out the political structure that has endorsed it, which includes most of them. You EU folks can do the same. To have some impact, all that is needed is to do what we all did to help stop the Syrian air attack campaign. We poured our opposition into politicians offices on a scale many could not remember. It caught them totally by surprise and really shook them up. But they are firm believers in the news cycle and the public's short attention span. They view the Syria outpouring as a fluke. With what is going on in Gaza now, we have a “two for one” opportunity. Sure, a ceasefire is eventually going to come out of the current slaughter, but the credit we give the US reps should last about 60 seconds, and then we need to start hammering them that it is game-change time, and that all this slaughter is happening over and over as they refuse to put the drone strikes in on who the real killers are, the real terrorists. You know who I am talking about. They will not do it until we force them to. They will either be more afraid of the Israeli and NeoCon Lobby, or us. That will determine what they do, particularly if the polls show them with a safe lead. And even if we lose a couple of rounds, we can still do a lot of damage by heaping public contempt upon them... non stop. They are not used to that. They are used to heaping it on us, so I suggest it is past the time to turn that around on them. If any political leadership is going to emerge to take this on, they want to see a solid ground swell of support behind them to take the plunge. They won't plunge, until they see us do it... Jim W. Dean ] _____________________________ The general use of artillery and bombing attacks on civilian areas has been met with total silence by the Kiev Junta’s Western allies. It gets even worse for the towns  captured from the East Ukraine resistance, atroctities and summary executions have take place. Even the UN says nothing, not even about investigation or having monitors with the Kiev units to stay on top of what they are doing. The Oligarch funded units, formal terror brigades, are fighting behind a Western approved “anti-terror” smokescreen. This stain will never wash off, of them or us, as it has not on all those who have preceeded those doing it now.YouTube - Veterans Today -Inna – got the Western treatment. This was not blamed on Russia, yet.
  • Women, children, UN staff killed in shelling of school in Gaza
    Women, children, UN staff killed in shelling of school in GazaBy RTWomen, children and UN staff were among those killed during the shelling of a UN-run school in northern Gaza, in which hundreds of people had taken refuge. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed outrage and horror at the tragedy. “I am appalled by the news of an attack on an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) school in Northern Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge,” Ban said in a statement published on the UN's website, adding that “circumstances are still unclear.” Follow RT's LIVE UPDATES on the Israel-Gaza conflict At least 15 people were killed and around 200 others wounded when Israeli forces targeted the Ashraf al-Qidra school, a spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry told Reuters. Ban highlighted the sheer volume of refugees looking for shelter. “More than 100,000 Gazans – that’s five percent of the total population – have sought refuge in UNRWA facilities,” he said. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) blog post published on Thursday accused Hamas of firing from Beit Hanoun, a city in the northeastern Gaza strip where the shelled UNRWA school is located. “Hamas continued firing from Beit Hanoun. The IDF responded by targeting the source of the fire. Also today, several rockets launched from Gaza toward Israel fell short and hit Beit Hanoun,” the IDF stated. However, Israel's army had obtained “precise coordinates,” according to a UNRWA spokesman. “Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army,” Chris Gunness tweeted. "It's clear that civilians are paying an unimaginable price caught between both sides," Gunness told Reuters. "There are reports of Hamas rockets falling around Beit Hanoun at the same time. We were attempting to arrange a window for evacuation for the civilians with the Israeli army that never came. The consequences were deeply tragic." Laila Al-Shinbari, a woman who was at the school when it was shelled, told the agency that families had gathered in the courtyard when the shells struck. A Palestinian girl who fled what medics said was Israeli shelling that hit a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, sits in shock at a hospital in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014.(Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly)“All of us sat in one place when suddenly four shells landed on our heads...Bodies were on the ground, [there was] blood and screams. My son is dead and all my relatives are wounded including my other kids,” she cried. Medical centers in the same area have been treating the injured over the course of the day. “Such a massacre requires more than one hospital to deal with it,” Ayman Hamdan, director of the Beit Hanoun Hospital said. US Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated that the attack “underscores the need to end the violence and to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and enduring resolution of the crisis in Gaza as soon as possible.” “We again urge all parties to redouble their efforts to protect civilians,” she said on Thursday. A batch of rockets was also discovered at a nearby UNRWA school on Tuesday. “Today, in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip,” the organization said in a statement on Tuesday. A Palestinian woman holds an infant, whom medics said was injured in an Israeli shelling at a U.N-run school sheltering Palestinian refugees, at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip July 24, 2014.(Reuters / Finbarr O'Reilly) The previous Wednesday, UNRWA found some 20 rockets during a standard inspection in a school that it was overseeing. The fighting between Israel and Palestine has been ongoing for 17 days. The overall death toll from the conflict has climbed to over 750.
  • Profiles in Cowardice
    Profiles in CowardiceObama and Kerry's Israel-Can-Do-No-Wrong PolicyBy KEVIN ALEXANDER GRAY    July 24, 2014  "Counter Punch"If one does a web search of a then Illinois state senator Barack Obama and the late Columbia University Professor Edward Said, he or she will come across a photo of Obama, his wife Michelle, Said and his wife Mariam all sitting together at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Said gave the keynote speech.  Before Obama became president there was some hope he at least saw the Palestinian people as full human beings.  Yet that dinner was perhaps the apex of his solidarity with the Palestinian cause in his political career. President Obama has been a coward in regards to the plight of the Palestinian people every since. On the campaign trail at a 2007 conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama declared himself a “Zionist.” As Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza around the time of his first inauguration killing at least 1,133 Palestinians, including 346 children and 105 women and injuring at least 5,200, Obama response was: “If somebody shot rockets at my house where my two daughters were sleeping at night, I’d do everything in my power to stop them.” He didn’t say what he’d do if his two daughters were living under an occupation and blockade and were being shelled by one of the most powerful armies in the world. So now, here we are today. While he now calls for a cease-fire, Obama essentially gave Israel a green light to invade Gaza, claiming that every country has a right to defend itself. “There’s no country on Earth that can be expected to live under a daily barrage of rockets,” Obama said. He didn’t say that there is no people on Earth that can be expected to live under occupation forever. After three week the Israeli assault on Gaza has seen the Palestinian death toll top 690, mostly civilians. More than 100 of the dead are children. More than 3,700 Palestinians have been injured.  Israel has bombed more than 70 sites inside Gaza, including five mosques and a football stadium. In the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah, five people died and 70 were wounded when Israel bombed the al-Aqsa Hospital. It was the third medical facility to be struck by Israel in as many weeks. The injured included about 30 medics. Israel says it has lost 27 soldiers since the ground invasion began. This is the very definition of disproportionate force. And the Israeli government has been appallingly callous about the civilian death toll it has been inflicting. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims: “All civilian casualties are unintended by us but actually intended by Hamas. They want to pile up as many civilian dead as they can because somebody said, and I mean, it’s gruesome, but they use telegenically-dead Palestinians for their cause. They want– the more dead the better.” The American political establishment – from the left and right to include Obama’s cabinet members, serve as a backup chorus of Netanyahu’s inhumane statement. Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry said the leaders of Hamas need to “recognize their own responsibility” for the civilian deaths, with no denunciation of Israeli brutality or its consistent deployment of collective punishment, which is against the Geneva Conventions. Kerry said, “when three young Israeli kids are taken and murdered and Hamas applauds it … that’s out of balance by any standard.”  But when asked about Israel killing kids he answered, “No human being is comfortable with children being killed, with people being killed. But we’re not comfortable with Israeli soldiers being killed, either.” How Kerry would dare compare the Israeli gunboats attack on the Gaza City beach that killed Ismail, Zakaria, Ahed and Mohamed Bakr, four boys, aged between 9 and 11, who were just playing soccer to Israeli soldiers being killed during an armed assault or combat is just disgusting. In an useless attempt to counter the charge that Israel’s policy of collective punishment and the weapons it uses are disproportionately to what the Palestinian people have at their disposal, David Brooks of the New York Times offers “…what we’re seeing is sort of a desperate Hamas trying to gin up some sort of publicity coup through the death of their own people…” Former President Bill Clinton in sync with Netanyahu and Brooks chimed in saying that Hamas is “forcing Israel to kill Palestinian civilians” so as to gain world sympathy. Then there are the unapologetically bloodthirsty types like New York University professor of law Thane Rosenbaum who claims that all those in Gaza have lost their status as civilians because the elected Hamas.  Rosenbaum wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “… you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets… It also calls your parenting skills into serious question…” Rosenbaum caught my attention because of a similar sentiment made by former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs during Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. Defending the drone killing of 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the son of “accused terrorist” Anwar al-Awlaki, Gibbs said, “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children …” It didn’t matter to Gibbs that the kid hadn’t been charged with anything and wasn’t killed in the same drone strike as his father. He was killed by a drone missile elsewhere, two weeks after his father’s assassination. For most of the world, the facts are clear. The citizens of Gaza live in a virtual open-air prison, and now they face missile attacks and a brutal ground invasion. What’s happening in Palestine is not fundamentally different from what occurred in apartheid South Africa. Kids are being killed. People have been herded into the (more deadly) equivalent of bantustans. Political leaders are targeted for assassination. The Palestinian people live under Israel’s apartheid blockade where even humanitarian aid is not allowed through – where citizens can get food, medicine and even goats, in addition to guns and weapons, only through tunnels. Not just in Gaza but also throughout all the occupied territories, Palestinian water rights along with their land and human rights have been stolen. Fundamentalist Jewish immigrants from Brooklyn have automatic citizenship and automatic civil and property rights, while the indigenous Palestinians lose and lose some more. Most often, it is Palestinian land that the migrants have settled on – in the face of international and United Nations’ resolutions against such settlements. Supporters of Israel never mention the blockade on Gaza or political assassinations or the wall or the poverty and despair. Instead, they label and attack anyone opposing occupation as supporting “terrorists.” At best they lamely apologize for the civilians killed calling them “collateral damage.”  At worst they claim that the women and children killed in the school or hospital or UN facilities are “being used as human shield.” Israel’s racist behavior throughout the years, not just the latest episode of warfare, demands the same response from the world human rights community as was mustered against apartheid South Africa – international isolation and sanctions, economic divestment, and a cultural boycott. Those who support justice must insist that all people have a right to exist – Jews and Palestinians. Obama and Kerry need to find the courage to hear the cries of the Palestinian people, and to rethink the one-sided, Israel-can-do-no-wrong policy. Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina and author of Waiting for Lightning to Strike! The Fundamentals of Black Politics (CounterPunch/AK Press) and a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion. He is the editor, along with JoAnn Wypijewski and Jeffrey St. Clair, of Killing Trayvons, forthcoming from CounterPunch Books. He can be reached at kevinagray57@gmail.com.
  • AIPAC deploys its Senate 5th column for Israel
    AIPAC deploys its Senate 5th column for IsraelUS Senator Ted Cruz says Obama using FAA in ‘economic boycott of Israel’Top Daily  Story   …   Press TV, Tehran[ Editors Note: The militant Zionists have a long record of trotting out "security concerns" for any particular nasty thing they want to do to the Palestinians. But of course in true supremacist fashion, they don't feel the same tactic is kosher to be used on them. Such a thing would be...”anti-semetic”. So when we heard of the airlines flights to Israel being stopped by the FAA "for security concerns" after they had been flying in for days with the rockets flying we smelled a signal being sent. The killing in Gaza had gotten out of hand, Kerry was in town, and Obama was not interested in the usual Bibi song and dance routine that Zios were trying to prevent their being driven into the sea by Hamas.Is Ted Cruz an espionage asset for Israel? AIPAC waited a day, until the FAA announced their renewing of the flight ban, and then they deployed what they felt was their trump card...Ted Cruz, a highly visible Republican presidential candidate (in the wings) to put on the display that they have many in Congress that will do their bidding at the flick of a switch.  Many in the Intel community, especially the old timers who have watched it for decades,  consider this treason, which is why Congressional people are used as they have extensive, (but not complete) immunity for such activity as shilling for AIPAC. This also crosses over the river into providing top secret material to Israel, for which it shows a lot of gratitude in a wide variety of ways. And this is even done by committee chairmen because they have the highest security clearances. They can just ask to have top secret stuff sent over to them, and then provide a copy to their AIPAC  handlers over coffee at week later. So no, I was not hyping the treason angle above. Not a single one of them has ever been prosecuted, as that would be a huge scandal which would expose how long it has been going on, and even bigger scandal. That's how bad it is folks...really... Jim W. Dean ] ________________________________ -  First published July 23,  2014  -   An influential US senator says President Barack Obama is using the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement an “economic boycott of Israel.” On Tuesday afternoon, the FAA banned all American planes from flying to Israel after a rocket struck near Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. On Wednesday, the agency extended the flight ban for another day, citing the ongoing “potentially hazardous security situation created by the armed conflict between Israel and Gaza.” In response, Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, accused the Obama administration of attempting to sabotage Israel’s economy by barring flights to Tel Aviv. “The facts suggest that President Obama has just used a federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel, in order to try to force our ally to comply with his foreign-policy demands,” Cruz said. Meanwhile, the Israeli lobby in the United States demanded an immediate review of the FAA policy, which it said was “isolating” Israel. “We understand the need and the responsibility to protect the safety of airline travelers, but we are concerned by the FAA decision to ban all commercial flights by US airliners to Ben Gurion Airport in Israel,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a statement issued late on Wednesday. “Safety is an important consideration, but this decision appears overly harsh and excessive. Moreover, we are concerned that it could have the unintended effect of encouraging terrorists to become even more committed to make civil aviation a target,” the AIPAC statement said. Israel and its vaunted IDF continue to hold the number one child killer award More than 700 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded, including women and children, by Israel’s unending offensive against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. Israeli warplanes have been carrying out incessant airstrikes against Gaza since July 8. Last Thursday, thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion into the densely-populated strip. Israeli supporters in the US have said that the growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its atrocities against the people of Palestine is one of Tel Aviv’s greatest challenges. Earlier this year, Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, called on Western governments to work against the phenomenon. Israel has faced the widening boycott campaign by some European businesses over its illegal settlement activities on the occupied Palestinian land. Two of Europe’s biggest financial institutions have boycotted transactions with Israeli companies involved in the settlement construction.The European Union has also blocked all grants and funding to any Israeli entity based in the illegal settlements. The American Studies Association has also announced a decision to boycott Israeli institutions and academics over the discriminatory treatment of Palestinians. Israelis are frustrated in the face of the growing boycott campaign. Israeli officials have held several meetings in an attempt to find a strategy to counter the boycotts. In an interview with Press TV in August last year, Iranian political analyst Hamid Golpira said that there should be an international campaign “to show that Israel is an apartheid regime, just like South Africa was an apartheid regime. And there should be a worldwide campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against the apartheid regime of Israel, just as there was a campaign against apartheid South Africa.” When are we going to bomb Israeli Espionage out of existence in the America?
  • West colludes with genocidal Tel Aviv
    West colludes with genocidal Tel Aviv: AnalystBy presstvThe so-called peace process between Israel and Palestine looks like a ‘sick joke’ as the Zionist regime moves ahead with its atrocious killing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, an analyst writes for Press TV. “The 20-year so-called peace process is just another sick joke whereby the Western-backed genocidal regime in Tel Aviv gets away with more mass murder and other crimes against humanity,” Finian Cunningham wrote in an article for the Press TV website. He said that any so-called peace will give nothing but “heaps more of misery and suffering” to the beleaguered Palestinians. “The truth is that Israeli military aggression against the people of Palestine has been an ongoing, non-stop campaign since 1948,” wrote the analyst. Referring to the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, Cunningham said the Zionist entity is putting once again “on display” its crimes against humanity “in the most despicable and barbaric way.” He said a truce between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Israeli regime could not fix the oppression of Palestinians, adding, “There is a hemorrhage of human life that requires deep intervention.” Nearly 750 Palestinians have been killed in 17 days of Israeli aerial and ground offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip. According to Palestinian human rights group estimates, 81 percent of those killed in Gaza since Israel first launched its ongoing offensive on July 8 are civilians. Tel Aviv has so far targeted more than 3,250 locations in the besieged strip, completely destroying nearly 500 homes and partially damaging over 2,600. UN officials say that 70 percent of Gazans do not have access to safe water, as major water wells have been hit directly Israel. KA/HSN/SL
  • Extension of the Gas War to the Levant
    Extension of the Gas War to the Levantby Thierry Meyssan :Voltaire Network | Damascus | 21 July 2014After three years of war against Syria, "Westerners" have deliberately expanded their offensive to Iraq and Palestine. Behind the apparent political contradictions between religious and secular parties, strong economic interests explain this strategy. In the Levant, numerous groups have several times changed camps, but gas deposits are immutable.Every war being undertaken by a coalition naturally has multiple objectives in order to meet the specific interests of each member of the coalition. From this point of view, the fights now raging in Palestine, Syria and Iraq have in common that they are led by a bloc formed by the United States against the peoples who resist them, to continue the remodeling of the “Greater Middle East” and change the global energy market. About this last point, two things can change: the layout of the pipelines and the exploitation of new deposits. [1] The War to Control Pipelines in Iraq Since the beginning of the war against Syria, NATO has been trying to cut the [East-West] Tehran-Damascus (NIORDC, INPC) nexus to the advantage of an alternative [South-North] corridor allowing the transfer of both Qatari gas (Exxon-Mobil ) and that of Saudi Arabia (Aramco) via the Syrian coast [2]. A decisive step was taken with the Islamic Emirate offensive in Iraq that has split the country longitudinally and separated Iran on the one hand and on the other hand, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. [3] This visible goal determines who will sell their gas to Europe, and therefore the volume of supply and the selling price. That explains that the three major gas exporters (Russia, Qatar, and Iran) are involved in this war. The War of Conquest Over Syrian Gas NATO has added a second goal: the control of gas reserves in the Levant and their exploitation. Though everyone knows that for decades the Southern Mediterranean contains large gas fields in the territorial waters of Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Cyprus, only "Westerners" have known, since 2003, how these fields were laid out and how they extended under the continent. As revealed by Professor Imad Fawzi Shueibi [4], at the time, a Norwegian company, Ansis, lawfully conducted in Syria a survey of the country, in cooperation with the national oil company. Ansis also worked with another Norwegian company, Sagex. Both, having corrupted an intelligence official, secretly conducted research in three dimensions and discovered the incredible extent of Syrian reserves. These are larger than those of Qatar. Thereafter, Ansis was acquired by Veritas SSGT, a Franco-American company based in London. The data were immediately revealed to the French, US, British and Israeli governments who soon concluded their alliance to destroy Syria and steal its gas. After the United States had, in 2010, entrusted to France and the UK the care of recolonising Syria, they formed a coalition called "Friends of Syria". It convened a "Working Group on Economic Reconstruction and Development" held in May 2012 in the United Arab Emirates, under German Presidency. [5] Sixty countries then divided the cake they had not yet conquered. Of course, most participants were unaware of the Ansis discoveries and Sagex. The Syrian National Council was represented in the working group by Osama al-Kadi, former head of British Gas for the application of military strategies in the energy market. It was not until the summer of 2013 that the Syrian government was informed of the findings of Ansis and Sogex, understanding then how Washington had managed to form the coalition trying to destroy the country. Since then, President Bashar al-Assad has signed contracts with Russian companies for their future exploitation. Gas in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon For its part, British Gas was exploring Palestinian reserves, but Israel opposed their use, fearing that the royalties be used to buy weapons. In July 2007, the new special envoy of the Quartet (UN, EU, Russia, USA), Tony Blair, negotiated an agreement between Palestinians and Israelis to exploit the Marine-1 and Marine-2 fields in Gaza. The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, agreed that British Gas would pay royalties due to the Palestinian Authority to a bank account controlled by London and Washington so as to garantee that this money would be used for economic development. At the time, the former Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, General Moshe Ya’alon, published a sensational forum on the website of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs in which he observed that this agreement did not solve the problem because ultimately Hamas would receive a portion of the money as long as it was in power in Gaza. He concluded that the only way to ensure that the manna would not fund the Resistance was to launch a "comprehensive military operation to uproot Hamas in Gaza" [6]. In October 2010, things got complicated again with the discovery of a mega gas field offshore by Noble Energy Inc., The Leviathan, in Israeli and Lebanese territorial waters, in addition to that discovered by British Gas in 2001, Tamar. [7] Lebanon, at the instigation of Hezbollah, immediately notified the UN and asserted its rights to exploitation. However, Israel started extracting gas from these common pockets without taking Lebanese objections into account. The war for Palestinian gas The current Israeli offensive against Gaza has several objectives. First, the Mossad organized the announcement of the kidnapping and death of three young Israelis to prevent the Knesset from passing a law prohibiting the release of "terrorists". [8] Then, the current Minister of Defence, General Moshe Ya’alon, used this as a pretext to launch an offensive against Hamas, applying his 2007 analysis [9]. The new Egyptian president, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, hired Tony Blair to advise him, without the latter resigning for as much from his position as representative of the Quartet [10]. Pursuing his advocacy for British Gas, he then suggested a "peace initiative" perfectly unacceptable to the Palestinians, who refused while Israel accepted it. This manoeuvre was clearly intended to provide an opportunity for the IDF to continue its offensive to "uproot Hamas from Gaza." It is not irrelevant that Tony Blair is not remunerated for this work by Egypt, but by the United Arab Emirates. As usual, Iran and Syria supported the Palestinian Resistance (Hamas and Islamic Jihad). In this way, they also showed Tel Aviv they have the ability to hurt it as much in Palestine as it did in Iraq through the Islamic Emirate and the Barzanis. Only by reading events from an energy point of view can they be understood. For it is not politically in the interest of Israel to destroy Hamas, which it helped create to relativize Fatah. Nor is it in the interest of Syria to help it resist since it allied itself with NATO and sent jihadists to fight against the country. Gone is the period of the "Arab Spring", which was supposed to bring to power the Muslim Brotherhood (of which Hamas is the Palestinian branch) in all of the Arab countries. Ultimately Anglo-Saxon imperialism is ever driven by economic ambitions, which it imposes to the detriment of local political dynamics. The cleavage, which sustains structures in the Arab world, is not between religious and secular parties, but between resistors to and collaborators with imperialism.
  • 733 Palestinians killed in Israeli offensive on Gaza
    733 Palestinians killed in Israeli offensive on GazaBy presstvAt least 733 Palestinians have been killed and 4,605 wounded in 17 days of Israeli aerial and ground offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip. The number of deaths on Thursday rose to 40. New attacks were carried out in the city of Khan Yunis, and the Shojaiya and Zeytoun neighborhoods, killing a number of Palestinian children. According to Palestinian human rights group estimates, 81 percent of those killed in Gaza since Israel first launched its ongoing offensive on July 8 are civilians. Tel Aviv has so far targeted more than 3,250 locations in the besieged strip, completely destroying nearly 500 homes and partially damaging 2,644. Reports also show that more than 120,000 Palestinians have been displaced. UN officials say that 70 percent of Gazans do not have access to safe water, as major water wells have been hit directly by the Israeli forces. According to the UN, Israeli forces have been killing one Palestinian child every hour over the past two days. The military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel. Alerts have reportedly gone off in Sderot and Ganim as rockets from Gaza continue to target Israel. Tel Aviv’s HaSharon and Gush Dan areas have also come under retaliatory attacks. SZH/HJL/HMV
  • Air Algerie AH5017 crashes in Niger with 110 passengers and 6 crew
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گوینده آنچه را که مربوط به ریشه سعودی،سلفی،سیاه ایی، زهش یا زایش، پیدایش یا پالایش تاول یا تکاثر،ترسناک،تروریسم تکفیری میشود را در یک ویدئویی،بتاریخ 24 فوریه 2014 میلادی،با نوضیح و نفسیر، و بر پایه پویش پروسه تیک پژوهشی،تکوینی،تاریخی،در جهت آژیرنده و آگاه کننده، مورد ارزیابی و آنالیز منطقی قرار داده ام

ولی بعد و بنیاد پحث امروز گوینده بطور اختصار و در حد اختیار،اختصاص دارد به حوادث دهشتناک و دردناکی که بطور فزاینده و فژاگن در کشور همسایگی،ما ایرانیان یعنی کشور عراق جریان دارد.


 

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امید است که کار گوینده در عقل وعمل، در verbal و visual ، در واقعیت و factual بمثابه وظیفه ملی، میهنی، مدنی، مفید واقع گردد!

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نیک پرس، با افتخار، امیدوار وآرزومند است که فرارسیدن فروردین و نوروز، این فراشگرد فروزندهٔ فرهنگ ایرانی، بر همهٔ شهروندان شیدا و شیفتهٔ سر زمین کهن و زرخیز و زرفام، ایران زمین، خجسته و فرخنده باشد!

امید است که نوروز امسال شروع دیگری باشد که ایرانیان در سراسر گیتی، با فراست وفرزانگی و فرهیختگی پیروزمندانه، بسان پارتیزانهای پیشرو و پیشاهنگ، پژواک گر و مشعل دار مدنیت ملی، بر فرازستان بشریت باشند تا با اتخاذ گروش به راه و روش اعتقاد و اعتماد به مقاومت مداوم و مقتدرانهٔ خویش در جهت همبستگی، همگرایی وهمبودگی، هم سویی وهم گونی ملی و وارستگی سیاسی ـ اقتصادی، آلبته با اهداف دست یازیدن به قلعهٔ ایده آل های ایرانی، بتوانند چون گذشتهٔ دورتر، اما اکنون بیشتر،

نقشه های ابلیسانه و اهریمنانهٔ جانیان جهانی، یعنی یاغی های اروپايئ و یانگی ها ی آمریکایی را که با سلاح و سخن تهدید وتحریم، تخریب وترور، تزویر و ترفند، با آمیزه ای آغشته و آمیخته به دروغ و دیو دروج، و با تکیه بر مدد مزدوران وموریدان مرتد و مکار، چون دوزخیان دون پایهٔ ایرانی نما، که با دژآهنگی و کژآهنگی سیاسی وبا سپر سرسپردگی، جاسوسی و سالوسی به همراه چاکری و چابلوسی، در تلاشند تا سرعت سمند تکامل وتداوم تمدن ایران را سترون سازند را با سرسختی سرآفرازانه وسرورمنشانه با عقل و عاطفه و علاقهٔ ملی ـ میهنی، سد نمایند!

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CrossTalk: MH17 Spin
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Washington has a mountain of evidence but isn't disclosing it. What is Washington hiding? Will the investigation show something the West doesn't want to see? And do we hear a drumbeat of war?
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RAW: Police brutally disperse pro-Palestine protest in Berlin
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German police cracked down on pro-Palestine protesters resulting in at least five arrests following demonstration in Berlin on Monday. Protesters gathered in front of the Israeli embassy to call for the end of the violence by the Israeli armed forces against the State of Palestine.

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CrossTalk: Global Jihad?
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California Highway Patrol 'to investigate' officer's brutal roadside beating of woman (VIDEO)
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Independence Day
The Untold History of Independence Day
Historian Peter Linebaugh: The rights and freedoms that we celebrate on the Fourth of July are the product of vast human struggle that remains unfinished -   July 4, 14
Bio
Peter Linebaugh is an American Marxist historian who specializes in British history, Irish history, labor history, and the history of the colonial Atlantic. He recently retired after fifty years as a professor of history. Peter is the author of many books, including The London Hanged: Crime And Civil Society In The Eighteenth Century, The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic, and most recently, Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance.
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The Untold History of Independence DayJAISAL NOOR, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to Real News Network. I'm Jaisal Noor in Baltimore.
July 4 is celebrated here in the U.S. as Independence Day to mark the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain by the Second Continental Congress in 1776.
Now joining us to discuss the radical, little-known history of Independence Day is Peter Linebaugh. Peter is a historian and author. He just retired from the University of Toledo, where he taught for 20 years. He's the author of many books, including The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. He's also the author of the The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All, as well as, most recently, Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance.
Thank you so much for joining us, Peter.
PETER LINEBAUGH, AUTHOR, THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA: You're welcome, Jaisal.
LINEBAUGH: So, Peter, you know, in popular memory, this day, Independence Day, we remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but it was a long process that got the colonists to that point. Talk a little bit about the different political forces, social forces that helped get the US--and this was just within the first year or two of the Revolutionary War, but it had been a decade or longer that this conflict had been ongoing between the colonies and Great Britain. Talk about how we got to this point.
LINEBAUGH: Okay, Jaisal, I will talk about that, but it's hard. And even your question, you referred to how the U.S. got to this point, but, of course, it wasn't the U.S. at the time. The United States of America is an expression that Tom Payne invented and used to apply to what had been 13 colonies in revolt against Great Britain. So we're talking about an era before the U.S. has been formed. We're talking about a period of historical creation.
And it's complex. There are several sides to it. One side, it's the struggle of freedom against monarchy, a struggle of the notion of a republic against monarchy. And that is probably the principal theme of the Declaration of Independence.
I would suggest, you know, that people reread the Declaration of Independence, because they'll find 28 reasons for declaring independence from Great Britain. And these reasons reflect "a long train of abuses and usurpations" (or takeovers), to use Thomas Jefferson's language in the Declaration of Independence.
And I think one of the most important of these grievances was that the King of England had opposed conditions for new appropriation of land. This is the seventh of 28 different reasons for declaring independence. And what that meant was that these settlers from Europe wanted to appropriate lands belonging to the Indians, belonging to different Native American peoples--the Haudenosaunee people, a confederation in New York; the Cherokee people of what's now Tennessee and the Carolinas; the Potawatomi, from my part of the country, in Michigan and Ohio. The settlers wanted these lands. But Great Britain, as a result of the Seven Years' War, had said that these lands were off-limits to settlement. This was part of the Treaty of Paris of 1763. So here is one of the lesser-known reasons for declaring independence, that is, that the settlers could not take as much land as they wanted.
On that same theme of wars against Native Americans, the 28th reason given is really misleading. It claims that the king of England, George III, and his ministry and parliament had caused the inhabitants of, quote, "our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions"--. So this was like--Jaisal, I liken it to a jihad or I liken it to a crusade, because this is precisely what Thomas Jefferson claims of the Native Americans is actually what will happen to them as a result of the Declaration of Independence, that is, that the wars against Great Britain led to a merciless destruction--in New York particularly of Sullivan's raid of 1779 of the orchards, the cornfields, the senior citizens, the men and the women of the Haudenosaunee people of the Confederation in New York.
NOOR: And, Peter, it's worth mentioning that the British weren't necessarily against expanding and taking more of the natives' land. It was just getting too expensive for them. They had, you know, spent an enormous amount of money fighting the French in the French and Indian War, as well as--and so they had been taxing the colonists, which had, you know, caused a great protest.
LINEBAUGH: Yes, a very good point, very good. They wanted the settlers, the settler colonists to pay for those wars against France. Quite right. And that's where the famous phrase "no taxation without representation" comes in, and it's--I think it's the 17th reason given in the Declaration of Independence for severing the connection with Great Britain, that. And also the 19th reason--I'll quote that--is "for transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences".
And that--I pause there for a minute to let the words sink in, because what will come to mind to those who've been following subsequent U.S. history is the practice by the CIA to render terrorist suspects and have them tried overseas, where torture is a form of investigation in secret courts in Egypt and Poland and in other countries we don't know about. This process is called rendition. But I was amazed, you know, in the early part of this millennium, after the invasion of Iraq and when this kind of torturing began, that it was explicitly given as a reason for independence back in 1776, that is, transporting people beyond the seas to be tried for pretended offenses in foreign courts. So excuse me, Jaisal, for jumping, you know, right into the Iraq Wars, but the Declaration of Independence, if it's going to live at all in current realities, you know, we must--we go back and forth between our present and our past.
NOOR: And, Peter, so we were going to talk about a whole range of issues, but, you know, in your book Many-Headed Hydra, you talk about the little-known role that commoners and even slaves played in fomenting the American Revolution. Can you give us a little bit of that history?
LINEBAUGH: I can give you a little bit of it. The Dunmore's Proclamation in Virginia promised freedom to slaves. Dunmore was a British general. So the slave, like the Indian, was caught between a rock and a hard place, that is, whether to join the colonists in their bid for independence, or whether to join the British, who promised immediate emancipation.
But slave revolts preceding the War of Independence, like the Indian revolts, like the great revolt of Pontiac in 1763, or the revolts against impressment that took place up and down the coast of the colonies, all of these here--you know, I gesture to Indians, to African Americans, and to European sailors and workers--I call them--we call them commoners because so many of them before they came to colonies under terms of coerced labor, so many of them had participated in economies which were not based on private property or incessant accumulation and aggression for land belonging or used by others. And these forms of other forms of economies, especially in England, were called commons. They were common lands. And when those lands were enclosed are fenced off, the people who formerly had subsisted on them now had few choices in life. And even if they weren't enslaved or coerced as teenagers in West Africa or as commoners in England who were impressed, they began in the United States, in Philadelphia and Boston, in Providence, Rhode Island, they began to get to know each other, they began, and they did so in taverns, they did so in poorer parts of the town, and they did so above all on ships. So the ship itself was a machine--we usually see it as a machine of commerce or a machine of war, but it was also a machine where the people of the world first got to know each other, they first get to hear one another's stories. And in some ways you can say, this is where multicultural America began to be formed.
NOOR: And so, Peter, you call that the motley crew, because it's a multiethnic crew. Then the population may--oh, not even a crew, not just a crew, but also bands of people that worked on land as well, and, you know, they were multiethnic, and, you know, their relationships might have crossed class lines as well.
LINEBAUGH: Yes, this is quite true. You know, Herman Melville was the man who had the imagination to see this in all his great nautical books, whether Billy Budd or /taɪfuː/ or White-Jacket, and then of course Moby-Dick. But that reality of democracy on shipboard and, as you say, multiethnic communication was a big part of the background to the American Revolution. And it was--even though those people did not lead the revolution in the sense of signing their names to documents, they led the freedom from actual slavery, they led the freedom from actual coerced labor on ships, and they also led--in Philadelphia here I'm thinking, Jaisal--they led the struggle for fair prices, and they led the struggle against debt. And these are two issues that remain with us. So this motley crew will provide the force of the revolutionary armies. And when they're not paid or when they're mistreated, they are perfectly capable of mutiny.
NOOR: And, Peter, you mentioned one of the slogans of the revolution, "no taxation without representation". But as we touched upon in this conversation already, there were many groups that were not franchised at the culmination of the revolution--obviously African-Americans, women, and men that were not--that didn't don't land. And, you know, it's often portrayed as the elites created this framework, they created a constitution that would eventually grant these rights and, you know, the right to vote and other civil rights to the entire population. But talk about the revolutionary process that actually led to those rights being achieved.
LINEBAUGH: Okay, Jaisal, that's a process of American history, that's a process of struggle. That's a--I hesitate to say class struggle, though it is a class struggle of slaves, it's a struggle of poor people, it's a struggle of weavers and spinners, it's a struggle of housewives, it's a struggle of women more generally, it's a struggle that is not over. And sometimes the American Civil War is seen as a continuation, as the Chapter 2 where the Declaration of Independence and Fourth of July was Chapter 1.
This is why the Fourth of July, you know, has this military flavor to it, you know, and we all turn out and we watch the fireworks. But the first fireworks, of course, were, as we know from the song, "the rockets' red glare". This came from a war. Speaking to you in Baltimore, I don't need to remind you that Fort McHenry in Baltimore was where the British invaded in 1812. So what I'm trying to say is that war is the most extreme form of struggle, on a large scale, anyway. And those powers and rights and freedoms that you referred to and that we celebrate on the Fourth of July, they are the product of vast human struggle. I mean, the struggle for American independence was not just that war but was goes back to the 17th century.
The struggle against slavery was at least 100 years old. You know, if you take 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation, 100 years earlier it was 1763. That's the plantation of George Washington. A hundred years before that, 1673, you also have slavery. So the struggle against slavery is a very old and long struggle and reaches a great, great culmination in the war between the states, in the Civil War. And may I quote, Jaisal, from Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist?
NOOR: Yes, absolutely.
LINEBAUGH: Okay, because he says something that I'm thinking about, and I wonder whether you all are thinking about it too. This is the speech he gave on the Fourth of July. And I think a lot of you are familiar with that speech where he says, what is the meaning of the Fourth of July to the slave? But before he says that, he says, what it is that we need. In this now is just a few years before John Brown's raid, it's a few years before Fort Sumter and the beginning of the Civil War. Here in the words of Frederick Douglass is what we need:
[I]t is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
Isn't that powerful? Here he's using the rhetoric from the era of the Declaration of Independence, and he's prophesying--it's a prophetic voice from the Old Testament imagining the war to come, the American Civil War that at last put an end--well, not quite; it didn't quite end slavery, did it? Because the Thirteenth Amendment permits slavery or involuntary servitude in cases of prison. And so I think it's--you know, if we're going to jump from the past to the present continuously, then we need to say, that is not yet finished, as the prison population of the U.S. continues to grow and to grow.
NOOR: Peter Linebaugh, thank you so much for joining us.
LINEBAUGH: You're very welcome.
NOOR: And we'll continue this conversation at TheRealNews.com. Thank you so much for joining us.
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Endless Assault on Gaza
Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault on Gaza
Vijay Prashad says that without international pressure, Israel will not be held accountable for the crimes it commits against the Palestinians -
Bio
Vijay Prashad is the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (Verso, 2013), Arab Spring, Libyan Winter (AK, 2012) and (co-edited with Paul Amar) Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013). He writes regularly for The Hindu, Frontline, Jadaliyya, Counterpunch, Himal and Bol.
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Lack of International Pressure Permits Endless Assault on GazaANTON WORONCZUK, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Anton Woronczuk in Baltimore.
The number of Palestinians now dead in Operation Protective Edge has exceeded 500, and the deaths included 28 members of a single family who died in a bombing of their house in an IDF attack on the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja'iyya on Sunday, where as many as 72 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers died in the fighting. At least 100 children have died, with the deaths in the Gaza Strip now occurring effectively at the same rate during Operation Cast Lead. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East says that as many as 100,000 internally displaced Gazans seeking shelter could soon total 100,000, and at least 1.2 million residents in Gaza are already classified as refugees by the UN. Rumors have also been circulating that Hamas captured an Israeli soldier, though this has been denied by the Israeli ambassador to the UN. Eighteen IDF soldiers, two of them American citizens, and two Israeli citizens are now also counted among the dead. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is also meeting UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Qatar as diplomatic efforts continue to reach a ceasefire. Meanwhile, protests against the invasion have been taking place in cities across the world, including London, Madrid, Paris, New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
Now joining us to discuss the situation is Vijay Prashad. He's the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. His most recent book is The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South.
Thanks for joining us, Vijay.
VIJAY PRASHAD, EDWARD SAID CHAIR, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF BEIRUT: Thank you for having me.
WORONCZUK: So, Vijay, let's talk about the extent to which this operation against Gaza has occurred. I mean, one might think that after the international condemnation of Operation Cast Lead in 2008 and 2009 and the relatively smaller operation against Gaza in Operation Pillar of Cloud, one might think that the Israelis would avoid such a wide-scale operation against Gaza and causes so many civilian deaths.
PRASHAD: Well, I'm not sure there was actually international condemnation. After Operation Cast Lead, the United Nations impaneled a very important commission headed by Sir Richard Goldstone, the South African jurist. The report that was produced by this commission basically suggested that there needs to be a little more investigation, but in all likelihood, Israel had committed war crimes against the people of Gaza. There was intense diplomatic pressure by the Israelis and by the United States. You Know, thanks to the WikiLeaks cache, we know that the United States envoys around the world lobbied countries--I looked at the India section very closely--they lobbied countries to make sword the Goldstone Report was basically put on a shelf in the UN library. Mr. Goldstone felt so much pressure himself that he recanted from what he had put his name to. So if in a situation where Israel has had evidence, and evidence trail showing possibilities of crimes against humanity, if they could get away with that, why would Israel feel any sense of accountability or obligation to the truth? It can continue to prosecute a war with impunity.
So after 2009, they hammered Gaza in 2012, utilizing mysterious ammunition. You know, at that time--every time there's any kind of war, we learn, we become military experts. I learned for the first time about white phosphorus. We Learned about DIME, this dense, inert material that's utilized in the munitions, which goes into the skin, etc. So, in other words, there is no international pressure, there is no international commitment to holding Israel accountable for actions which the United Nations has repeatedly called very, very troubling, atrocious, and, in the context of the Goldstone Report, war crimes.
WORONCZUK: So let's then talk about some of the diplomatic efforts that seem to be going on right now as we speak. You know, we have--Jordan made a proposal for the UN Security Council to meet, and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is meeting with Ban Ki-moon right now in Qatar. Do you think that a ceasefire is going to come out of any of these diplomatic efforts?
PRASHAD: Well, it will not. I mean, the first thing to say is the so-called ceasefire proposal from Egypt was not really a ceasefire, because there was no process by which it was produced. It was a unilateral declaration by the Egyptians. Ceasefires are very complicated. They require a great deal of discussion. They require parameters to be created. They require the parties that are in conflict to agree to a process. So that was actually not a ceasefire process. It was not a genuine ceasefire. And it has thrown a lot of smoke into the air, because the Israelis have said, well, we accepted that ceasefire; Hamas did not; therefore we are in favor of peace; so, in order for us to be in favor of peace, we shall bomb more. Just to set that aside, that was not a real ceasefire.
There are actually three opportunities that are ongoing, and neither of these, none of these looks at all like it's going to bear any fruit in the short term. Yes, of course, you are right: the Jordanians have been banging a resolution around the UN building in New York City. They are not being taken seriously. There was an emergency meeting held on Sunday. No movement came on that resolution.
And just to point a finger around that question, it has surprised me greatly that the Russians and the Chinese haven't taken that resolution, perhaps drafted a sort of resolution, something that simply says, pursuant to responsibility to protect, we hold all member nations should go out there and create a no-fly zone in Gaza. You know, if the Russians and Chinese drawing from the Jordanian resolution had produced something like this, it would have forced the hand of the United States, which is giving, in a sense, a blank check to Israel to operate as it will.
And this brings us to the second effort. This is being led by Secretary of State Kerry. Now, Secretary of State on Fox News on Sunday demonstrated the double ethics of the United States government. On the one side, in an unguarded moment, he criticized Israel and said, we've got to go there, we've got to stop this. It wasn't clear exactly what he meant by go there. I had thought what he was trying to say is go to Tel Aviv, because the Americans need to go to Tel Aviv, principally for the reason that it is Israel that's the belligerent power here. And that is why a Russian or Chinese resolution would have embarrassed the Americans to put pressure on Israel to back off from this murderous campaign. Of course that's not going to happen. Mr. Kerry instead is going to say that pressure needs to be put on Hamas, which brings us to the third, you know, initiative that's ongoing, which is that the Secretary-General of the United Nations has decided to go to Qatar--he's in Qatar now. He went, bizarrely, on a plane provided by the United Arab Emirates--not something that often happens. But he arrives in Qatar. He meets with the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas. But in that very meeting, the optics suggest or the--kind of the point that is emphasized is that Mr. Ban went to the Middle East to pressure the Palestinians to do something to end the war. And this is the Israeli story, which is that the Palestinians are the authors of this war. I think this is very bad form. None of this puts pressure on Israel. Everybody is trying to put pressure on the Palestinians. But the Palestinians are not the author of this war. Therefore, with no pressure on Israel, there will be no end in sight of this very murderous campaign that the Israelis are conducting over this last two weeks.
WORONCZUK: Okay. And what do you think can be done in order to bring an end to the Israeli operation against Gaza?
PRASHAD: Well, frankly, I think that right now pressure needs to be put on the Russians and the Chinese. As serious P5 powers, they need to utilize the United Nations Security Council to put pressure on the Americans. You know, thrice on the question of Syria, the Americans put forward resolutions that they knew the Russians would veto or that the Chinese would veto. And they did that because they wanted to embarrass the Russians and the Chinese vetoing a resolution while people were dying in large numbers in Syria. I think it's about time that the Russians and Chinese develop some confidence, put a proposal out there for Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, force her to veto that resolution. If indeed people like M.r Kerry are feeling the heat, they understand that there is an unethical way in which they are operating in the world, on the one side privately saying that they really think this bombing campaign is murderous, on the other side, in public, saying, we support Israel 100 percent, there needs to be pressure on this, ethical dilemma, so-called, that the Americans are sitting on. And that can only come from the Chinese and the Russians. There has to be pressure on them. Of course there has to be enormous pressure on the world's capitals.
You know, people are fed up with the blank check that Israel gets from the United States to operate as it will against the Palestinians. So these major demonstrations around the planet are very important, because they are an indicator that the people who think they govern the planet are out of sync with the people over whom they feel like they have legitimacy.
WORONCZUK: Okay. Vijay Prashad, thank you so much for joining us.
PRASHAD: Thank you.
WORONCZUK: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.
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‘Shejaia massacre’ in Gaza
WARNING: Graphic video of the shelling aftermath in Shejaia
Palestinian health officials said the death toll since July 8 had reached 447, including many civilians, with 12 more bodies recovered from the embattled Shejaia neighborhood where the number of fatalities rose to 72 from Sunday's fighting.

Economy

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Keiser Report: Goldfish Cryptocurrency (E630)
Published on Jul 22, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert remember George W. Bush in 2008 saying Wall Street got drunk, needs to sober up and stop playing with fancy financial instruments as today those 'fancy financial instruments' go downmarket with subprime loans on used automobiles. In the second half, Max interviews Jan Skoyles, CEO of the Real Asset Company, about bitcoin, silver and gold and the new service of offering gold on the blockchain!
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UK J Market Stat Scam
Keiser Report: UK Job Market Stat Scam (E629)
Published on Jul 20, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert ask: "to count or not to count?" The self-employed in the UK are counted on the employment numbers but not on the income numbers, which the Bank of England complains gives them a distorted view of the economy. In the second half, Max interviews Mark McGowan, aka 'The Artist Taxi Driver,' about the UK employment numbers, Kate Middleton's kitchen, the Queen's new golden carriage and other austerity stories.
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M Class is No Bingo?
Keiser Report: Middle Class is No Bingo? (E627)
Published on Jul 15, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the danger of betting on the middle class in a mass consumption society like America. In the second half, Max interviews Roger Ver, an angel investor in bitcoin companies like Blockchain.info, Bitpay and Kraken, about his decision to renounce his American citizenship. They also discuss why bitcoin is the best money ever and what the blockchain can do to set the ordinary person free.

China

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China’s “War on Terror”
China’s “War on Terror”
by James Corbett
May 8, 2014
On October 28, 2013, an SUV carrying three passengers crashed into a crowd of people waiting outside the gate of the forbidden city across from the infamous Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing. All three inside the car were killed in the subsequent fire, along with two bystanders in the crowd. Thirty-eight others were injured. Although not the most spectacular terror attack in the world in recent years, the scene of flames and carnage under the watchful gaze of Chairman Mao in the shadow of the heavily-guarded Tiananmen Square was as unmistakable to the Chinese population as the smoking ruins of the Pentagon was to the American population. This was, or was intended to be taken as, an attack on the Chinese “homeland.”
It was not long before the incident was blamed on Muslim separatists from the country’s northwestern Xinjiang province, China’s largest administrative district and a geostrategic area that shares 2800 kilometres of border with Tajikistan, Kygyzstan and Kazakhstan. As such, the government was quick to claim that the incident represented a bold new escalation in China’s ongoing struggle with its restive Muslim population, part of the ethnic Uyghur minority. Since then, two mass murder incidents involving knife-wielding masked men later identified as members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement have drawn further attention to the issue.
As Pepe Escobar, geopolitical analyst and frequent BoilingFrogsPost.com contributor, explained last week on The Corbett Report, the Uyghurs are a persecuted minority in the country’s untamed west who find few opportunities for advancement in China’s mainstream society, dominated by the ethnic majority Han Chinese.
Uyghur disenfranchisement is played upon to foment Islamic radicalism and political separatist sentiment. The East Turkestan Islamic movement seeking to wrest Xinjiang from China’s control offers a number of parallels to the shadowy “Al Qaeda” terror organization, including a mysterious leader living in a secret mountain base in Pakistan’s lawless border region and, as FBI whistleblower and BoilingFrogsPost founder Sibel Edmonds revealed in last year’s series on Gladio B, direct support from NATO-associated Gladio operatives seeking to destabilize a geostrategic region in an ongoing, under-the-radar war for control of Central Asia.
Western support for the Xinjiang terrorists is not difficult to spot, and includes the fact that the East Turkestan Government-in-Exile, led by Anwar Yusuf Turani, is based in Washington, D.C., has spoken at the National Press Club, met with President Clinton during his administration, and received explicit offers of support from President Bush, and the National Endowment for Democracy-funded Uyghur World Congress, a German-based organization with a Sweden-based spokesman, Dilxat Raxit, that Central Asia analyst Christoph Germann told The Corbett Report last week, acts as the Western media’s “go to” man for any and all stories about the region.
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The incidents so far are by no means massive or spectacular enough to fundamentally change the course of Chinese society or bring about Xinjiang’s independence, but they are serving a number of purposes. For the west, the attacks help take the battle for control of Central Asia directly into the Chinese homeland, and help destabilize a region that, as part of President Xi’s “New Silk Road” corridor of pipeline and trade routes, is of increasing economic importance to Beijing.
But Beijing, too, gains from the attacks in the same way that authoritarian power structures always benefit from attacks and atrocities: by making the formerly impossible appear probable. As Li Wei, a terrorism “expert” at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations told the Chinese government mouthpiece Global Times last week:
“China has long been considering how to introduce a counter-terrorism law. However, considering the complexity of the anti-terrorism situation, and difficulties of coordinating so many government departments and military forces involved in the issue, the counter-terrorism law still isn’t on the books.”
Beijing is now openly mulling new anti-terror legislation that some are calling China’s Patriot Act and many analysts are expecting to openly target the Uyghur population. Given that the government is already increasing its network of informants in the region with such programs as offering cash rewards for those who inform on neighbors with too much facial hair, it is questionable whether formal terror legislation is even needed at all.
In the end, as with so many of these contrived geopolitical conflicts, the only people who clearly lose are the Uyghur people themselves, whose economic and political marginalization seems set to increase from here. In the great irony of global geopolitics, this will itself create a greater pool of disenfranchised youth to draw upon for future terror attacks, thus perpetuating a descending cycle of chaos and violence. And, sadly, the only plausible way out of this, a plan for bringing about greater opportunities for the Uyghur people to engage in China’s ongoing economic miracle, is so far off the political radar that it can’t be found on anyone’s map.

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Escobar on China/Russia 'Deal of the decade' & Europe's secret US deal blues
Published on Apr 15, 2014
While the West weighs up putting more spanners in the works with sanctions, Russia and China are getting on with business. The two are looking at a deal that could see gas pumped into the world's most-populated nation for the next 3 decades. Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar told RT that Beijing's stance on the global political arena is bearing fruit.
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China Navy drills: Jets live fire at targets in East China Sea
Published on Apr 3, 2014
China's East China Sea Fleet launched a live-fire air drill recently, aimed at improving the overall combating capability of the naval air force. The naval aircraft has been an important air force guarding the southeast coast of China for more than half a century

Afghanistan

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400 fuel tankers set on fire near Kabul "Video"
Published on Jul 5, 2014
A spokesman for Kabul's police chief said police were investigating the cause of the fire, which continues to burn, and that there are fears of casualties. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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US w opium factory
America runs the world's opium factory: Afghanistan

Published on Jul 4, 2014
Watch full Keiser Report: Saturday
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the central banking model of passing off downmarket potato wedges of cheap money for high-end, luxury housing bubbles. No value has been added, no wealth created and yet the fraud continues. They talk about the reverse process of taking the National Health Service in the UK and turning it into a downmarket privatised entity. In the second half, Max interviews Jeffrey Sommers, professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee about a new book he's edited with Charles Woolfson called, "The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model." In particular, they discuss the economic miracle that is NOT Latvia and how Swedish bankers are acting as conquistadors in Latvia.
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Afghan War
The Inside Story of Bowe Bergdahl: Afghan War Vet Matthew Farwell on "America’s Last POW"
As the controversy over the prisoner swap grows, new information has emerged about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s time in Afghanistan. On Thursday, administration officials said Bergdahl’s life could have been in danger if details of the prisoner swap had been leaked. While some in the media have speculated that Bergdahl became sympathetic to his captors, new reports reveal Bergdahl actually escaped from his captors on at least two occasions, once in the fall of 2011 and again sometime in 2012. In another development, the New York Times reveals a classified military report concluded Bergdahl most likely walked away from his Army outpost in June 2009 on his own free will, but it stops short of concluding that there is solid evidence that he intended to permanently desert. The report also revealed that Bergdahl had wandered away from assigned areas while in the Army at least twice before prior to the day he was captured, including once in Afghanistan. We speak to Matthew Farwell, a journalist and veteran of the Afghan war who has been following the Bergdahl story for years. He helped the late Michael Hastings write his 2012 Rolling Stone article, "America’s Last Prisoner of War." Farwell came to know Bergdahl’s parents after they attended the funeral of his brother who served and died in Afghanistan.
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JUAN GONZÁLEZ: President Barack Obama said Thursday he would make "no apologies" for agreeing to a prisoner swap to free Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantánamo detainees.
 PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I’m never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington. Right? That is par for the course. But I will repeat what I said two days ago. We have a basic principle. We do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind. We had a prisoner of war whose health had deteriorated, and we were deeply concerned about it. And we saw an opportunity and we seized it. And I make no apologies for that.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The rescue of Bergdahl has touched off a political firestorm. On Thursday, administration officials said Bergdahl’s life could have been in danger if details of the prisoner swap had been leaked. Bergdahl had been held captive by the Haqqani network for five years. While some in the media have speculated that Bergdahl became sympathetic to his captors, new reports reveal Bergdahl actually escaped from his captors on at least two occasions. Once in the fall of 2011 and again sometime in 2012. According to The Daily Beast, in his first escape, Afghan sources said he avoided capture for three days and two nights before searchers finally found him. Exhausted and hiding in a shallow trench, he had dug with his own hands and covered with leaves.
AMY GOODMAN: In another development The New York Times reveals a classified military report concluded Bowe Bergdahl most likely walked away from his army outpost in June 2009 of his own free will, but it stopped short of concluding their is solid evidence he intended to permanently desert. The report also revealed Bergdahl had wandered away from assigned areas while in the Army at least twice before prior to the day he was captured, including once in Afghanistan. Well, we’re joined right now by Matthew Farwell, he’s a journalist and veteran of the Afghan War who has been following the Bergdahl story for years. He helped the late reporter Michael Hastings write his 2012 Rolling Stone piece headlined, "America’s Last Prisoner of War." Matthew Farwell came to know Bergdahl’s parents after they attended the funeral of his brother, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and died in an accident in Germany. Matthew Farwell, thank you so much for joining us.
MATTHEW FARWELL: Thank you for having me.