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United States is to build a series of new secret drone bases in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, in an attempt to target suspected militants in Somalia and Yemen.

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دیو داعش و نقش غرب

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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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راهبرد راسیستی غرب علیه ایران

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بحثی تحلیلی،تفسیری بر اساس جامه شناسی علمی،تاریخی،تکوینی در پیرامن یا prephery  یا راهبرد راسیستی آخر و اخیر پارلمان اروپا علیه ایران بتاریخ ماه آوریل 2014 میلادی.

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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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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I have an excellent idea … I shall induce anti-Semites to liquidate Jewish wealth … the anti-Semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews … The anti-Semites shall be our best friends.” Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister 2001-2006, explained this Zionist false flag attack openly when he stated: “Even if it means blowing up one or two synagogues here and there, I don’t care … what you don’t seem to understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it.” The murder of the so-called three Israeli religious teen ager students, who in reality were Israeli soldiers who terrorized Palestinian families in the Hebron area, gave Netanyahu’s government a seemingly rightful justification for its aggression against all Palestinians. Netanyahu accused Hamas of killing the three Israeli soldiers despite the fact that neither Hamas nor any Palestinian faction had claimed responsibility for the act, something Palestinian factions used to brag about. It is a tactic of the Palestinian factions to kidnap Israeli soldiers to exchange them with Palestinian political prisoners similar to Gilad Shalit incident. Even if the Palestinians had killed these three soldiers they would have buried them in a deep grave rather than in a shallow one if they wanted to cover the killing for fear of reprisal. The killing of the three Israeli soldiers seems to be the Israeli false flag attack, an Israeli religious sacrifice (a shoa), Netanyahu needed to justify Israel’s further aggression against Palestinians. Netanyahu’s government jumped on this opportunity, and sent Israeli troops to conduct dawn raids on Palestinian homes in every town, kidnapping Palestinian children, teen agers, and political figures from both Hamas and Fatah, especially those who sought the formation of Unity Government. Accusing Hamas of killing the three Israeli teen ager soldiers Israel broke the 2012 ceasefire agreement and sent its fighter planes to bomb Gaza Strips. In self-defense Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza responded by firing rockets towards Israeli colonies and cities built on occupied Palestinian land. Zionist Israeli Jews harbor extreme religiously motivated hatred, stemmed from militarily distorted Judaic teachings, against all non-Jews generally, and against Palestinians specifically; Christians as well as Moslems. They are not bashful about this hatred and exhibit it routinely and openly in their political, social and religious rhetoric. Israeli government disdains and continuously breaks all international and humanitarian laws. They conduct espionage, spying, and false flag attacks against every country of the world including their best ally and benefactor; the USA.  Their Knesset leaders call for the genocide of all Palestinians especially their mothers and children, and demand the destruction of all Palestinian towns (Knesset member Ayelet Shaked). Their religious leaders (Rabbi Yahov Arie from Ramat Gan built on Palestinian occupied land) issue religious edicts such as that of 7/17 calling for the total annihilation of Palestinians the same way Jews annihilated biblical Midians (Numbers 30:2-42). The Israeli citizens are saturated with such hate that they demonstrate in the streets of towns calling for “Death to all Arabs”, and perpetrate arson and write graffiti on Christian as well as Moslem holy places reflecting the same hateful sentiment. They picnic on top of hills overlooking Gaza Strip enjoying and cheering for the one-ton bombs and sophisticated missiles raining on Gaza cities, while they enjoy popcorn and soda pops. The Jewish hatred of non-Jews and their strategy of exterminating Palestinians is very well expressed in the words of Israeli demographer Aron Soffer known as “Arab-counter”, who is the head of research and lecturer at the Israeli Defense (Terrorist) Forces National Defense College and a founder of University of Haifa and the architect of the Israeli apartheid system, quoted by the Jerusalem Post on October 10, 2007, and exposed on youtube. Soffer stated: “When 2.5 million people live in a closed off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful.  It’s going to be a terrible war. So if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill … all day … every day. If we don’t kill, we will cease to exist.” And kill the Israelis are perpetrating against the unarmed civilian Palestinians in Gaza for the last three weeks. They have used the most sophisticated American made and supplied weapons. They bombed Gaza cities with one-ton bombs destroying tens of thousands of civilian homes, schools including a school for the disabled children, hospitals and their physicians, medic ambulances and medic teams, and churches and mosques. This week reports coming from Gaza indicate that Israel is again using internationally banned bombs, poisonous gas and new experimental weapons. So far (Tuesday July 22nd) close to 630 Palestinians were killed 76% are civilians; mostly children and women, and about 4,000 were injured according to UN’s OCHA. At least 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced.  The Israeli onslaught is still going on. Zionist bought and controlled western puppet governments, especially the American administration, hastened to distort the facts and to justify, support and encourage Israel’s terrorism and genocidal crimes against Palestinians with their usual worn-out allegations of self-defense. Obama’s hypocritical “Israel has the right to defend itself” grants the colonizer terrorist Israel justification for further massacres while denying the occupied oppressed imprisoned in the concentration camp of Gaza Palestinians the right for self-defense. He feels sorry for the occupying Israel mothers but has no sympathy for the occupied oppressed Palestinian mothers. No sympathy is expected from this children butcher in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the supporter of anti-Syrian and anti-Iraqi terrorist groups. During an interview on one of Indian TV channels Bill Clinton borrowed the most ridiculous statement of Golda Meir, once an Israeli Prime Minister, and stated: “Hamas has the strategy of forcing Israel to kill their (Palestinian) children in order to gain the sympathy of the world” He is not just summing different factions of Palestinian freedom fighters under one umbrella and dehumanizing them, but he also insults the intelligence of his audience. We have not forgotten that Clinton had bombed the children of Somalia in 1993, the children of Bosnian Serbs in 1995, and led NATO’s bombing campaign against Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999. The American Senate follows suit of its Zionist-appointed Presidents. The Senate sub-Committee has voted on Thursday July 17th to double the amount of tax payers’ money it would give Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system in 2015. In addition to the $3.1 Billion US is already giving to Israel each year, Congress now wants to send another $621 million (Congress doubles money for Israel’s Iron Dome) as a reward for Israel’s genocidal crimes. To make matters worse, the same bill would make $500 million cut to the American information technology defense budget. Where does the Congress’ loyalty stand? The western media jumped on the pro-Israeli biased band wagon describing the Israeli onslaught as an “offensive operation” and a battle between two equal armies started by “Hamas terrorist group”. The BBC’s title “Israel under renewed Hamas attack” is a clear example of this bias. ABC News distortion of facts was clearly seen by its broadcaster Diane Sawyer allegedly mixing up Palestinian victims as Israelis. Honest reporters, who dare to report real factual news, are pulled out of the area (NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin), or re-assigned to another area (CNN’s Diana Magnay). The EU and UN adopted the pro-Israeli biased American approach although expressing alleged concern about the number of Palestinian civilian casualties. The EU hastens to threaten new economic sanctions against Russia for the alleged downing of the MH17 Malaysian airline, yet does nothing to deter Israeli terror.  Most of the neighboring Arab governments are dumb silent in a tacit agreement with Israeli onslaught exposing their Israeli/American collaboration against the Palestinians. They seem to only finance, train, and arm terrorist groups that attack other pro-Palestinian Arab governments in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. They don’t understand that their own genocide in on the Zionist agenda after the genocide of Palestinians.  Egyptian government, who joined Israel in its illegal and inhumane siege against Gaza Strip for the last seven years, and who brokered and guaranteed the 2012 ceasefire, has offered another ceasefire offer without even consulting the Palestinian factions in Gaza. The goal of this Egyptian ceasefire is, again like the previous one in 2012, to save Netanyahu’s government and to re-establish the inhumane status quo of the siege. Despite the immoral pro-Israeli bias of the western governments and the collaborating silence of many Arab regimes, the whole world stands with Palestine (theworldstandswithpalestine). International mass demonstrations in support of Palestinians and condemnation of Israeli terror and its American support are marching in the capitals of the world including European and American cities. Demonstrators are calling on their governments to boycott and to cut all ties with Israel. Perpetrating such unprecedented barbaric genocidal terror Israel should not question the wide spread of anti-Jewish (anti-Semitic) sentiments. For their unconditional immoral support for this Israeli terror, Americans should not ask “Why do they hate us?” - See more at: http://mwcnews.net/focus/editorial/43660-systematic-palestinian-genocide.html#sthash.cmffmFDP.dpufIsrael is at it again. Israel is executing a new phase of its genocidal strategy against Palestinians. Israel’s military genocidal “Operation Protective Edge” is its third major and the most intensified military onslaught, after 2008/09 and 2012 onslaughts, against the largest ever 1.8 million densely populated open air concentration prison camp of the Gaza Strip; Israel’s new-weapons test field, whose population have been starved and bombarded throughout the last seven years.It is not a secret any more that Zionist Jews had long developed the colonial “Israel Project”; an extremist religiously motivated pure Jewish state of Israel in the heart of the Arabic Middle Eastern region. Palestinians are the Zionist’s main obstacle to this colonial project. The Zionist solution is the ethnic cleansing, forced mass transfer, and total genocide of Palestinians. This genocide is to be graduated for fear of provoking international conscious. Successive Israeli governments have always maneuvered around every peace negotiation and peace offers that could have resolved the Israeli/Arab conflict; even those offers that granted Israel most of Palestine in order to achieve total peace in the whole region.In 2007 when the international community gave the Palestinians the chance to elect a new government, the Palestinians elected a Hamas majority government. For their democratic choice the Palestinians were punished by the self-acclaimed democratic western countries, which conspired with Israel and some Palestinian collaborators to topple the Hamas government. They succeeded only in dividing the Palestinians into Fatah-led government in the West Bank and Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip. The self-righteous American administration labeled the democratically elected Hamas government as a terrorist organization.Palestinian/Israeli futile peace talks have stretched over the last three generations without any tangible results except for more Israeli militarized colonies on expropriated Palestinian territories. Palestinian patriots on both sides; Hamas and Fatah, pushed for the formation of a civil Fatah-Hamas Unity Government to administer the civil affairs of Palestinians. Despite Israel’s rejection this Palestinian Unity Government received initial approval and acceptance from Obama’s American administration, from the European Union, and from the United Nations. Afraid that this Palestinian Unity Government might develop some political strength the Israelis resorted to their old tactic of perpetrating a false flag attacks to justify their attack to destroy this Unity Government in its infancy and to further their genocidal strategy.It is no secret that Zionists had perpetrated seemingly anti-Semitic false flag attacks against Western Jews in order to coerce them to immigrate to Palestine and to justify the establishment of what they called a safe Eretz Israel, where Jews could live peacefully without being persecuted. We need to remember the Zionist strategy as planned by Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism. In his diary Herzl wrote:“It is essential that the sufferings of Jews become worse, this will assist in realization of our plans. I have an excellent idea … I shall induce anti-Semites to liquidate Jewish wealth … the anti-Semites will assist us thereby in that they will strengthen the persecution and oppression of Jews … The anti-Semites shall be our best friends.”Ariel Sharon, Israeli Prime Minister 2001-2006, explained this Zionist false flag attack openly when he stated:“Even if it means blowing up one or two synagogues here and there, I don’t care … what you don’t seem to understand is that the dirty work of Zionism is not finished yet, far from it.”The murder of the so-called three Israeli religious teen ager students, who in reality were Israeli soldiers who terrorized Palestinian families in the Hebron area, gave Netanyahu’s government a seemingly rightful justification for its aggression against all Palestinians. Netanyahu accused Hamas of killing the three Israeli soldiers despite the fact that neither Hamas nor any Palestinian faction had claimed responsibility for the act, something Palestinian factions used to brag about. It is a tactic of the Palestinian factions to kidnap Israeli soldiers to exchange them with Palestinian political prisoners similar to Gilad Shalit incident. Even if the Palestinians had killed these three soldiers they would have buried them in a deep grave rather than in a shallow one if they wanted to cover the killing for fear of reprisal. The killing of the three Israeli soldiers seems to be the Israeli false flag attack, an Israeli religious sacrifice (a shoa), Netanyahu needed to justify Israel’s further aggression against Palestinians.Netanyahu’s government jumped on this opportunity, and sent Israeli troops to conduct dawn raids on Palestinian homes in every town, kidnapping Palestinian children, teen agers, and political figures from both Hamas and Fatah, especially those who sought the formation of Unity Government. Accusing Hamas of killing the three Israeli teen ager soldiers Israel broke the 2012 ceasefire agreement and sent its fighter planes to bomb Gaza Strips. In self-defense Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza responded by firing rockets towards Israeli colonies and cities built on occupied Palestinian land.Zionist Israeli Jews harbor extreme religiously motivated hatred, stemmed from militarily distorted Judaic teachings, against all non-Jews generally, and against Palestinians specifically; Christians as well as Moslems. They are not bashful about this hatred and exhibit it routinely and openly in their political, social and religious rhetoric. Israeli government disdains and continuously breaks all international and humanitarian laws. They conduct espionage, spying, and false flag attacks against every country of the world including their best ally and benefactor; the USA. Their Knesset leaders call for the genocide of all Palestinians especially their mothers and children, and demand the destruction of all Palestinian towns (Knesset member Ayelet Shaked). Their religious leaders (Rabbi Yahov Arie from Ramat Gan built on Palestinian occupied land) issue religious edicts such as that of 7/17 calling for the total annihilation of Palestinians the same way Jews annihilated biblical Midians (Numbers 30:2-42). The Israeli citizens are saturated with such hate that they demonstrate in the streets of towns calling for “Death to all Arabs”, and perpetrate arson and write graffiti on Christian as well as Moslem holy places reflecting the same hateful sentiment. They picnic on top of hills overlooking Gaza Strip enjoying and cheering for the one-ton bombs and sophisticated missiles raining on Gaza cities, while they enjoy popcorn and soda pops.The Jewish hatred of non-Jews and their strategy of exterminating Palestinians is very well expressed in the words of Israeli demographer Aron Soffer known as “Arab-counter”, who is the head of research and lecturer at the Israeli Defense (Terrorist) Forces National Defense College and a founder of University of Haifa and the architect of the Israeli apartheid system, quoted by the Jerusalem Post on October 10, 2007, and exposed on youtube. Soffer stated:“When 2.5 million people live in a closed off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful.  It’s going to be a terrible war. So if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill … all day … every day. If we don’t kill, we will cease to exist.”And kill the Israelis are perpetrating against the unarmed civilian Palestinians in Gaza for the last three weeks. They have used the most sophisticated American made and supplied weapons. They bombed Gaza cities with one-ton bombs destroying tens of thousands of civilian homes, schools including a school for the disabled children, hospitals and their physicians, medic ambulances and medic teams, and churches and mosques. This week reports coming from Gaza indicate that Israel is again using internationally banned bombs, poisonous gas and new experimental weapons. So far (Tuesday July 22nd) close to 630 Palestinians were killed 76% are civilians; mostly children and women, and about 4,000 were injured according to UN’s OCHA. At least 100,000 Palestinians have been displaced.  The Israeli onslaught is still going on.Zionist bought and controlled western puppet governments, especially the American administration, hastened to distort the facts and to justify, support and encourage Israel’s terrorism and genocidal crimes against Palestinians with their usual worn-out allegations of self-defense. Obama’s hypocritical “Israel has the right to defend itself” grants the colonizer terrorist Israel justification for further massacres while denying the occupied oppressed imprisoned in the concentration camp of Gaza Palestinians the right for self-defense. He feels sorry for the occupying Israel mothers but has no sympathy for the occupied oppressed Palestinian mothers. No sympathy is expected from this children butcher in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the supporter of anti-Syrian and anti-Iraqi terrorist groups.During an interview on one of Indian TV channels Bill Clinton borrowed the most ridiculous statement of Golda Meir, once an Israeli Prime Minister, and stated:“Hamas has the strategy of forcing Israel to kill their (Palestinian) children in order to gain the sympathy of the world”He is not just summing different factions of Palestinian freedom fighters under one umbrella and dehumanizing them, but he also insults the intelligence of his audience. We have not forgotten that Clinton had bombed the children of Somalia in 1993, the children of Bosnian Serbs in 1995, and led NATO’s bombing campaign against Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999.The American Senate follows suit of its Zionist-appointed Presidents. The Senate sub-Committee has voted on Thursday July 17th to double the amount of tax payers’ money it would give Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system in 2015. In addition to the $3.1 Billion US is already giving to Israel each year, Congress now wants to send another $621 million (Congress doubles money for Israel’s Iron Dome) as a reward for Israel’s genocidal crimes. To make matters worse, the same bill would make $500 million cut to the American information technology defense budget. Where does the Congress’ loyalty stand?The western media jumped on the pro-Israeli biased band wagon describing the Israeli onslaught as an “offensive operation” and a battle between two equal armies started by “Hamas terrorist group”. The BBC’s title “Israel under renewed Hamas attack” is a clear example of this bias. ABC News distortion of facts was clearly seen by its broadcaster Diane Sawyer allegedly mixing up Palestinian victims as Israelis. Honest reporters, who dare to report real factual news, are pulled out of the area (NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin), or re-assigned to another area (CNN’s Diana Magnay).The EU and UN adopted the pro-Israeli biased American approach although expressing alleged concern about the number of Palestinian civilian casualties. The EU hastens to threaten new economic sanctions against Russia for the alleged downing of the MH17 Malaysian airline, yet does nothing to deter Israeli terror. Most of the neighboring Arab governments are dumb silent in a tacit agreement with Israeli onslaught exposing their Israeli/American collaboration against the Palestinians. They seem to only finance, train, and arm terrorist groups that attack other pro-Palestinian Arab governments in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. They don’t understand that their own genocide in on the Zionist agenda after the genocide of Palestinians. Egyptian government, who joined Israel in its illegal and inhumane siege against Gaza Strip for the last seven years, and who brokered and guaranteed the 2012 ceasefire, has offered another ceasefire offer without even consulting the Palestinian factions in Gaza. The goal of this Egyptian ceasefire is, again like the previous one in 2012, to save Netanyahu’s government and to re-establish the inhumane status quo of the siege.Despite the immoral pro-Israeli bias of the western governments and the collaborating silence of many Arab regimes, the whole world stands with Palestine (theworldstandswithpalestine). International mass demonstrations in support of Palestinians and condemnation of Israeli terror and its American support are marching in the capitals of the world including European and American cities. Demonstrators are calling on their governments to boycott and to cut all ties with Israel.Perpetrating such unprecedented barbaric genocidal terror Israel should not question the wide spread of anti-Jewish (anti-Semitic) sentiments. For their unconditional immoral support for this Israeli terror, Americans should not ask “Why do they hate us?”
  • Lebanon tightens security along Syria border
    Lebanon tightens security along Syria border By presstvLebanon has beefed up security in its eastern mountainous regions bordering Syria to stop militants from sneaking into the country, Press TV reports. As heavy fighting continues between the Syrian army and foreign-backed militants throughout the Syrian territory, and along the border with Lebanon the Lebanese army has been deployed in big numbers along the eastern border region to stop militants’ infiltration. Lebanese officials say the measure is also taken in the Bekaa Valley following reports of planned militant attacks on villages there. “The security forces have information that the militants were planning a quick operation against villages on the Lebanese side of the eastern mountain range,” Ali Yazbeck, mayor of the town of Nahle, told the Press TV correspondent. “They (the militants) wanted to kill many people and also take people hostage to swap them with some of the most dangerous Takfiris in Lebanese custody. Fortunately, the Syrian army, with the help of popular movements, has been able to foil these plots,” Yazbeck added. Reports say the Syrian army, together with fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, has been able to seize control of a number of strategic hilltops in the mountainous region. It will help in securing the Lebanese border and safeguarding Lebanon from the danger of rockets and booby-trapped cars. “The latest measures taken by the Lebanese army, the Syrian army and the resistance (movement Hezbollah) have helped protect Lebanon,” Hussein Awada, head of the Baalbeck Municipalities Union, said. Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. According to some sources, over 170,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by the foreign-backed militants. The Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria. MSM/MAM/MHB
  • NEO – Cold Case…MH17 faint echos of KAL007 Shootdown
    NEO – Cold Case…MH17 faint echos of KAL007 ShootdownBy  Seth Ferris,       …with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow[ Editors note: The work continues with the VT team digging into the closet of past airline crashes to look for repeated tactics used in past “manufactured” tragedies. It is a simple and long used pattern analysis technique used for ages in such investigations. The one being discussed here with Seth today is a "bad" plane merging with a "good" one to mask its radar approach to a target, and give more warning to MANPAD teams to go on alert. E ven a few extra minutes of a masked approach could make the difference in mission that returns. Kiev has not been happy with its plane losses, nor have all the foreign helpers in their command center. Only the Russians so far have released any of their satellite information, in bits, to put themselves on the record of having done so, while others like the US and NATO have not. The massive overkill on trying to blame the Russians for the shoot down I predict is going to have long term consequences. We might see a new convention that countries that have such satellite capacities be required to release what they have in such disasters within 24 hours to be able to have the right to continue flying internationally. Wouldn't that be special? Another game here could be a scenario of a plane like the SU-25 that the Russians have reported was in an ascending pattern toward the airliner, was baiting the ground missile radar with a signal similar to MH17. Once the missile was fired and the SU-25 had the ability to veer off and mask its new signal with jammers, leaving the MH17 as the only thing in the sky for the missile to lock onto. Such maneuvers are practiced in war games to probe weaknesses in ones own defenses which can then be deployed on an adversary, and other players like the little country of Israel have this capability, also. But to date we have seen no solid evidence of a ground missile strike. The investigators there now will be making that call officially. What we do have is a large debris field typical of a bomb in the cargo hold that rips the bottom open blowing chunks of the plane off and spilling cargo over many miles. The investigators will also give a yes or no on this when they get to where the first debris hit the ground and test it for explosive residue and the tell tale signs of an internal explosion... Jim W. Dean ] ___________________________ -  First published  July 21, 2014  -   KAL 007 Time magazine cover in 1983 This is not the first time there has been a downing of a commercial flight, and, as in most such cases, there is more to the story of Malaysian Airlines MH17 than first impression suggests. One particular case from the past gives us clues as to what this “more” might be. On September 1, 1983, a Korean Airlines flight, KAL007 was shot down over Sakhalin near Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, while conducting a spy flight. It was piloted by Captain Chun, who like many other key Korean Airlines pilots in the 1980s, had been trained by Captain David H. Adrian, a former U.S. Air Force flyer, commercial pilot for Overseas National Airline (ONA) and Evergreen International Aviation, and professor at The Citadel Military College. (See also the early career of Capt. David H. Adrian as reported in newspaper accounts of his crash landing June 26, 1960, less than 2-months after a spy plane piloted by Capt. Gary Powers was shot down over Russia, on May 1, 1960.) _________________________ And Now, MH17 After the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, one of Captain Adrian’s adult children recalled that Capt. Chun Byung-In did absolutely and unequivocally know that he was about 200 miles deep into restricted Soviet airspace, and that this could not have been accidental, that he just kept on flying like an automaton, with his passengers completely unaware, and perhaps a large part of his crew also in the dark. Capt. Chun realized from the start that he was likely on a suicide mission, designed to create maximum international outrage and media manipulation during the Reagan years. How did he get into such a conundrum? KAL007 shootdown part 1 [14-minutes]YouTube - Veterans Today -It is obvious to many analysts that the fatal flight over Donetsk, which pilots know very well is a war zone, and its shooting down were planned long ago. It doesn’t just happen that commercial flights pass over war zones, and Ukrainian International Airlines has suspended a number of routes in order to avoid doing so, as its in-flight magazine testifies. Furthermore, if the plane was downed by a rebel rocket system “locking on” to it, as has been reported, a lot more planes would have been shot down in exactly the same way. KAL007 shootdown part 2 [12-minutes]Many of the world’s leading airlines, in essence, rely on an organisation called Inmarsat for their aviation safety. Inmarsat claims that through its 24/7/365 Network Operations Security Center (NOSC), highly skilled and cleared personnel maintain onsite Communications Security (COMSEC) capabilities. It works closely with IA certifiers to ensure adherence to all government requirements. Significantly, it employs (U.S. and NATO cleared) personnel in support of its customers’ Authority to Operate (ATO), Information Security (INFOSEC) and IA process requirements. Therefore airplanes fly where the US and NATO tell them to. Let’s be real. Did the US and NATO truly not know that Donetsk is in the middle of a war zone? If they didn’t know, which NATO general will lose his job? __________________________ The hidden hand An unknown factor? Inmarsat has a great many contracts with the UN, NATO, the US Department of Homeland Security and national air traffic control towers. It also has the bulk of the world’s Controller/Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) contracts, and through these, it ensures direct contact between flight deck and controller for in-flight re-routing, due to wind changes and other operational reasons. Therefore, even if a commercial flight accidentally strays into a war zone, Inmarsat knows about it, supplies the equipment for ensuring something is done about it, and can alert others of possible dangers. Yet for some reason there were three commercial jetliners in this dangerous air zone around the same time of the day. This might seem confusing. Maybe that was the point. It is not unreasonable to speculate that another phantom plane, of much smaller dimensions – such as a fighter jet armed to the teeth with air-to-air missiles – was in the region awaiting a cash cow passenger airliner, which could be the needed red heifer sacrifice to falsely implicate the Russians, and thus provoke World War 3, an apparent aim of NeoCons in the US, UK, and the government of Israel. After all, the offshoot of Flight KAL007′s crash was to indict the Russians unduly and unfairly and to streamline Reagan’s STAR WARS program, with a compliant public. The Pentagon’s Strategic Defense Initiative, known then as SDI, grew in size after the KAL007 incident. On that 1-SEP-1983-KAL007 occasion, a shadow military reconnaissance plane of similar Boeing commercial jet proportions and size “merged” with it in the air at the same time, totally baffling Soviet radar. Now systems are far more sophisticated, because to achieve the same effect, three planes would need to suddenly appear together over a war zone. _______________________ Black box and black propaganda Much has been made of the non-appearance of the black box for the MH17 black box. The implication is that is has been stolen by the rebels and sent to Russia to prevent anyone finding out what happened. However, the KAL007 case suggests not much is different with MH17. Following that KAL007 crash, it took forever for the world to be informed that the black box had been found. It was certainly in the possession of technicians long before any media announcement, not the usual state of affairs that we are taught in civics and open-government, pro-democracy school classes. Don’t be fooled into thinking that aviation technology was in its infancy at that time. Maybe rocket science has made little or no real advances since the MoonWalk of Apollo 11, and NASA has achieved almost nothing to compare with the Apollo manned flights to the moon, but aviation science has been on an upward technology curve, since the already-advanced systems of 1983. Whether the Soviets held back the KAL007 black box for a while or not, the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) final report was heavily redacted. Present day technicians, if they wanted to, could pull out a much cleaner recording than those in 1983 were capable of, but the ICAO, a United Nations agency based in Canada, has continually refused to let them clean up the data of the “found” 1983 downed blackbox. Furthermore, the CIA, FSB, Mossad, NATO and even affiliates of British Aerospace continually monitor the border of Russia-Ukraine with their best technology from deep space and the stratosphere, especially after the decision of Crimea’s electors to leave Ukraine and become a sovereign state friendly to Russia. The public announcements and actions following this Crimean independence, of major media  players such as John McCain, NED-controlled media, IRI and NDI, and the western mainstream media, submissively aligned together with AIPAC, definitely have the potential to put the match to the power keg exploding into World War 3. All these players are quite easily sitting on proof that the MH17 swerved deeper into the Donetsk airspace region more than any other commercial jet has in ages, probably sent there by a mysterious air traffic controller, whose name we will never learn, most probably using Inmarsat communications channels that don’t subscribe to George-Soros-style transparency principles. However, the same players of the official narrative are trying to tell us that no one knows at this stage what actually happened. If the presence of those other planes is known, it seems very odd that nothing else can be ascertained when the plane was sent there by the same company they all employ, one way or another. _______________________ Who shot What? …  and Forensic Anomalies Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski, Mr Petro Poroshenko and Mr Arseniy Yatseniuk at the 9th Davos Ukrainian Lunch, 25 JAN 2013. In 2008, Kwaśniewski became Chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, a not-for-profit organization co-chaired by European Jewish Fund President Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, and established to monitor tolerance in Europe. The version of events gaining traction now is that a surface to air missile fired by “rebel” pro-Russian East Ukrainian forces downed the plane. It was stated without confirmation that the separatist forces initially announced they had shot down a Ukrainian government cargo plane, and then rapidly this claim was removed from their website when the civilian nature of the aircraft became clear. If this happened, the weapon responsible would be a BUK – there is no evidence that the separatists have any other sort of surface to air missile. The Ukrainian Army has them too. A team of 16-17 people is required to operate one BUK effectively, and it is already known that, since the sniper killings of Kiev, a sizeable number of US experts have been imported into what is left of Ukraine to support the new PM “Yats” and the new billionaire president Poroshenko, i.e. via XE, Blackwater, Academi and Halliburton-type contractors. Maybe amongst these is a team of 17 of them, maybe not. Maybe there are 17 separatists operating a BUK who just happened to get lucky on this one occasion, so how expert are they — or not – we may shortly know. What we do know is that a wing of the MH17 was blown in half. Though a ground missile could have done that, surface-to-air missiles do not explain the large pieces of MH17 that fell to the earth nearly intact, preserving nearly 50 passports in mint condition, and children’s lunch boxes in perfect “in-the-sales-box” shape, and dead passengers who look like they died by G-force during the rapid descent, not by a man-made explosion. Nor do they explain only a section of the aircraft plunging to the ground in an open field, near a farmhouse, and making a explosion straight away, yet kilometers away there are nearly perfectly preserved chunks of MH17 and large sections of human, mostly intact body parts. _______________________ Exploiting the dead via Focus Group Issues Ukraine crash site of MH17 We know who was on MH17 because it has a passenger manifest. We know that amongst them were a number of Dutch doctors travelling to an AIDS conference. Like all other passengers, these doctors would have been instructed to keep both their tickets and their passports with them throughout the flight. They would have to present them with their boarding passes when they got on the plane and keep them on their person, for security reasons, ready to display if needed if there were any security concerns on the plane itself. The passports of the doctors have been recovered. They were [according to mainstream media] not in the clothing of their bodies but in a separate box, all together. If there is some sort of procedure for collecting the passports of a particular group of passengers during flight and putting them together in a separate box, it must be buried very deep in the Malaysian Airlines manual, along with the purpose of it. But it does conveniently show, in the event of a fatal crash, that not just one but a whole group of doctors died together in the line of duty, and advances the narrative well. Similarly there are now reports that people are looting the crash site and moving bodies around. Looting might be understandable, despite the fact that investigators are allegedly not being allowed near the crash site. If they can’t get to it, it is being guarded, so random looters won’t be able to access it either, or is truth often so contradictory? Nor would the guards be looting, as this would destroy the point of guarding the site. If bodies and objects are being moved around by anyone, including by Ukraine government representatives aligned with the OSCE team, it is right to suggest that somebody doesn’t want others to see certain things. We can add here, that if the East Ukraine confederate homelanders are moving 30 out of 180 plus bodies to cold storage, it might be to prevent bloating and stinking bodies overtaken by giant cultures of bacteria so that they can be identified by family members coming to take them home for burial in their native countries [those who can afford it]. Furthermore, people who enter a crash site can put things there, as well as take them away. As Gordon Duff of Veterans Today told me before this piece was sent off for publication, “we are also getting wild reports of planted evidence, some total hoaxes but some very much ‘nanothermite’-type false leads designed to start a flood of bizarre internet stories.” Yet none of those stories yet implicate the US and its allies, only the rebels in Eastern Ukraine – so either this is a botched job, or a very thorough one. _______________________ So What Happened? The videos of the KAL007 incident show how laughable is the scenario of a lone Malaysian airliner suddenly descending deeper into dangerous war zone skies without any record of what happened to it, no documentation, no Inmarsat or similar failsafe tracking system record, no air traffic control records for the 30 minutes before and after the MH17 dropped off the radar, no truly revealing radar records. It is incredibly stupid trying non-stop to blame the Russians, without even for a minute looking closely at the Poroshenko cabal. They have very believable motives themselves. They certainly are not helping the average western Ukrainian with affordable winter gas prices, and not with living pensions for the disabled and aged, nor with bank loans that will NOT inevitably sell away the country’s resources, as anyone can see that Ukraine will never be able to repay their IMF nor World Bank debts. All the mining profits of the eastern Ukraine region will be depleted of experienced east Ukraine miners, given the rate of deaths of civilians in major east Ukraine cities and towns, under the barrage of mortars being fired upon them by the U.S. supported Kiev troops. Hopefully forensic evidence will demonstrate part of what happened — if it is still there — if it has not been already manipulated or disappeared by outsiders for political reasons. Will all those mysteriously missing aviation records and recordings ever turn up the way they should?  Let’s see. Even if the mainstream media narrative and accusations continue to run unchallenged, the official version will demand that someone is held responsible to assuage public anger. That is what this tragedy is about – revenge reactions leading to war, and once again, the callous disregard for human life involved here, as in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and Syria and Gaza, is a far greater crime than anything that can be alleged about any possible culprit. Seth Ferris, “New Eastern Outlook” together with Dutch National, On Special Assignment, Marcel Marie Brandsma, Holland. Editing:  Jim W. Dean  and  Erica P. WissingerYouTube - Veterans Today -
  • A chessboard drenched in blood
    A chessboard drenched in bloodBy Pepe Escobar "Asia Time""The intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Everyone remembers the Downing Street Memo, which unveiled the Bush/Blair "policy" in the run-up to the 2003 bombing/invasion/occupation of Iraq. The "policy" was to get rid of Saddam Hussein via a lightning war. The justification was "terrorism" and (non-existent) weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which had "disappeared", mounted in trucks, deep into Syria. Forget about intelligence and facts. The tragedy of MH17 - turned, incidentally, into a WMD - might be seen as a warped rerun of imperial policy in Iraq. No need for a memo this time. The "policy" of the Empire of Chaos is clear, and multi-pronged; diversify the "pivot to Asia" by establishing a beachhead in Ukraine to sabotage trade between Europe and Russia; expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to Ukraine; break the Russia-China strategic partnership; prevent by all means the trade/economic integration of Eurasia, from the Russia-Germany partnership to the New Silk Roads converging from China to the Ruhr; keep Europe under US hegemony. The key reason why Russian President Vladimir Putin did not "invade" Eastern Ukraine - as much as he's been enticed to by Washington/NATO - to stop a US military adviser-facilitated running slaughter of civilians is that he does not want to antagonize the European Union, Russia's top trading partner. Crucially, Washington's intervention in Kosovo invoking R2P - Responsibility to Protect - was justified at the time for exactly the same reasons a Russian intervention in Donetsk and Luhansk could be totally justified now. Except that Moscow won't do it - because the Kremlin is playing a very long game.The MH17 tragedy may have been a horrendous mistake. But it may also have been a desperate gambit by the Kiev minions of the Empire of Chaos. By now, Russian intel may have already mastered the key facts. Washington's predictable modus operandi was to shoot from the hip, igniting and in theory winning the spin war, and doubling down by releasing the proverbial army of "top officials" brimming with social media evidence. Moscow will take time to build a meticulous case, and only then lay it out in detail. Hegemony lost The Big Picture spells out the Empire of Chaos elites as extremely uneasy. Take Dr Zbigniew "The Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski, who as a former foreign policy mentor has the ears of the increasingly dejected White House paperboy. Dr Zbig was on CNN this Sunday challenging Europe's leaders to "stand up to Putin". He wonders if "Europe wants to become a satellite" and worries about "a moment of decisive significance for the future of the system - of the world system". And it's all Putin's fault, of course: "We're not starting the Cold War. He [Putin] has started it. But he has gotten himself into a horrendous jam. I strongly suspect that a lot of people in Russia, even not far away from him who are worried that Russia's status in the world is dramatically being undermined, that Russia's economically beginning to fail, that Russia's threatened by the prospect of becoming a satellite to China, that Russia's becoming self-isolated and discredited." Obviously Dr Zbig is blissfully unaware of the finer points of the Russia-China strategic partnership, as well as their concerted voice inside the BRICS, the G-20 and myriad other mechanisms. His trademark Russophobia in the end always gets the better of him. And to think that in his latest book, Strategic Vision (2012), Dr Zbig was in favor of an enlarged "West" annexing Turkey and Russia, with the Empire of Chaos posing as "promoter" and "guarantor" of broader unity in the West, and a "balancer" and "conciliator" between the major powers in the East. A quick look at the record since 2012 - Libya, Syria, Ukraine, encirclement of China - reveals the Empire of Chaos only as fomenter of, what else, chaos. Now compare a fearful Dr Zbig with Immanuel Wallerstein - who was a huge influence in my 2007 warped geopolitical travel book Globalistan. In this piece (in Spanish) Wallerstein argues that the Empire of Chaos simply can't accept its geopolitical decadence - and that's why it has become so dangerous. Restoring its hegemony in the world-system has become the supreme obsession; and that's where the whole "policy" that is an essential background to the MH17 tragedy reveals Ukraine as the definitive do or die battleground. In Europe, everything hinges on Germany. Especially after the National Security Agency scandal and its ramifications, the key debate raging in Berlin is how to position itself geopolitically bypassing the US. And the answer, as pressed by large swathes of German big business, lies in a strategic partnership with Russia. Show me the missile Slowly, with no hype and no spin, the Russian military are starting to deliver the goods. Here, courtesy of the Vineyard of The Saker blog, is their key presentation so far. As The Saker put it, Russia had - and has - a "20/20 radar vision", or full spectrum surveillance, on everything going on in Ukraine. And so, arguably, does NATO. What the Russian Ministry of Defense is saying is as important as the clues it is laying out for experts to follow. The damaged MH17 starboard jet engine suggests a shape charge from an air-to-air missile - and not a Buk; that's consistent with the Russian Ministry of Defense presentation graphically highlighting an Ukrainian SU-25 shadowing MH17. Increasingly, the Buk scenario - hysterically peddled by the Empire of Chaos - is being discarded. Not to mention, again, that not a single eyewitness saw the very graphic, thick missile trace that would have been clearly visible had a Buk been used. Way beyond the established fact of a Ukrainian SU-25 trailing MH17, plenty of unanswered questions remain, some involving a murky security procedure at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport - where security is operated by ICTS, an Israeli company based in The Netherlands and founded by former officers from the Israeli Shin Bet intel agency. And then there is the unexplained presence of "foreign" advisors in Kiev's control tower.  As much as Bashar al-Assad in Syria had absolutely no motive to "gas his own people" - as the hysterical narrative went at the time - the Eastern Ukraine federalists have no motive to down a civilian airliner. And as much as Washington doesn't give a damn about the current civilian slaughter in Gaza, it doesn't give a damn about the MH17 civilian deaths; the one and only obsession is to force Europeans to sanction Russia to death. Translation: break up Europe-Russia commercial and geopolitical integration. One week before the MH17 tragedy, the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies was already sounding the alarm concerning the Empire of Chaos's "policy" and its refusal to "adhere to the principles and norms of international law and the rules and spirit of the existing system of international relations". Moscow, in building its case on the MH17 tragedy, will bide its time to debunk Kiev's claims and maximize its own credibility. The game now moves to the black boxes and the cockpit voice recorder. Still Ukraine will remain the do or die battlefield - a chessboard drenched in blood. 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.
  • Ukraine, MH 17, and the Charge of the Atlanticist Brigade
    Ukraine, MH 17, and the Charge of the Atlanticist BrigadeBy PETER LEE  "Counter Punch" The bloody farce in the Ukraine took another ugly turn with the shootdown of MH 17. And to be ugly about it, if the rebels shot the plane down, it shouldn’t matter very much except as a horrible and unexpected catastrophe in a war zone and an overwhelming tragedy to the survivors of the victims on board.  Call it an accident, collateral damage, manslaughter, there is no credible version of events in which it was intentional mass murder or terrorism, either by the rebels or Russian technicians that, according to the Ukrainian government, possessed the ability to operate the elderly but complex anti-aircraft systems fingered in the attack. Recall the US shootdown of Iran Air Flight 655 in 1988 by the USS Vincennes.  It was also an ugly business.  The Iran Air jet was on a standard civilian flight path with its transponders on; the Vicennes through some bit of naval derring-do had actually intruded into Iranian territorial waters when it shot the plane down (something that was only admitted by the US three years later).  290 people died, the US never apologized, but eventually paid out some money to smooth things over, not in a particularly classy way, according to a 2002 account: The US had compensated non-Iranian victims about 2.9 million dollars (not acknowledging any responsibility) but nothing to Iranian family members. In 1996, a 131.8 million dollar settlement was reached that included the ignored families (61.8 million). Seventy million was to be put into bank accounts and used to “pay off private U.S. claims against Iran and Iran’s expenses for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, which is handling the claims.” The US stated it was for claims “involving banking matters, not the airliner,” while Iran said that 30 million was for the plane. The shootdown was accompanied by the usual quotient of dishonest denial and blame shifting. The following day, the Pentagon held a news conference on the incident. After originally having flatly denied Iran’s version of the event, saying that it had shot down an F-14 fighter and not a civilian aircraft, the State Department (after a review of the evidence) admitted the downing of Iran Air 655. It was claimed that the plane had “strayed too close to two U.S. Navy warships that were engaged in a battle with Iranian gunboats” and, according to the spokesman, that the “proper defensive action” was taken (in part) because the “suspect aircraft was outside the prescribed commercial air corridor” (Washington Post). That it “strayed” from its normal, scheduled flight path is factually incorrect. And so was the claim that it was heading right for the ship and “descending” (emphasis, mine) toward it—it was ascending. Another “error” was the contention that it took place in international waters (it did not, a fact only later admitted by the government). Incorrect maps were used when Congress was briefed on the incident. In an interesting sidebar, the “planeful of naked corpses” conspiracy canard (for which Western journos have repeatedly mocked a Ukrainian rebel militia leader who was, presumably, dumbfounded by the grotesque carnage of the crash) was first deployed by right wing US radio commentators to accuse Iran of staging a provocation by flying a plane of naked corpses at the Vincennes. The Iran Air shootdown was classified as a goof—although the Iranians declared it rose to the level of criminal misconduct (and have been accused of engineering the Lockerbie bombing as retaliation)–and the captain of the Vicennes was condemned by his fellow officers as a reckless dingbat, per Wikipedia: Commander David Carlson, commanding officer of the USS Sides, the warship stationed near to the Vincennes at the time of the incident, is reported to have said that the destruction of the aircraft “marked the horrifying climax to Captain Rogers’ aggressiveness, first seen four weeks ago.”[39] His comment referred to incidents on 2 June, when Rogers had sailed the Vincennes too close to an Iranian frigate undertaking a lawful search of a bulk carrier, launched a helicopter within 2–3 miles (3.2–4.8 km) of an Iranian small craft despite rules of engagement requiring a four-mile (6.4 km) separation, and opened fire on small Iranian military boats. Of those incidents, Carlson commented, “Why do you want an Aegis cruiser out there shooting up boats? It wasn’t a smart thing to do.” He also said that Iranian forces he had encountered in the area a month prior to the incident were “…pointedly non-threatening” and professional.[40] At the time of Rogers’ announcement to higher command that he was going to shoot down the plane, Carlson is reported to have been thunderstruck: “I said to folks around me, ‘Why, what the hell is he doing?’ I went through the drill again. F-14. He’s climbing. By now this damn thing is at 7,000 feet.” Carlson thought the Vincennes might have more information, and was unaware that Rogers had been wrongly informed that the plane was diving.[41] Craig, Morales & Oliver, in a slide presentation published in M.I.T.’s Spring 2004 Aeronautics & Astronautics as the ”USS Vincennes Incident”, commented that Captain Rogers had “an undeniable and unequivocal tendency towards what I call ‘picking a fight.’” On his own initiative, Rogers moved the Vincennes 50 miles (80 km) northeast to join the USS Montgomery. An angry Captain Richard McKenna, Chief of Surface Warfare for the Commander of the Joint Task Force, ordered Rogers back to Abu Musa, but theVincennes helicopter pilot, Lt Mark Collier, followed the Iranian speedboats as they retreated north, eventually taking some fire: …the Vincennes jumps back into the fray. Heading towards the majority of the speedboats, he is unable to get a clear target. Also, the speedboats are now just slowly milling about in their own territorial waters. Despite clear information to the contrary, Rogers informs command that the gunboats are gathering speed and showing hostile intent and gains approval to fire upon them at 0939. Finally, in another fateful decision, he crosses the 12-nautical-mile (22 km) limit off the coast and enters illegally into Iranian waters.[42] Captain Rogers was not officially censured for the shootdown; instead, two years later he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his services while captain of the Vincennes and soon after retired. There you have it. So, by the ordinary standards of murderous military ineptitude, the fallout from the MH 17 tragedy would be disorganization and denial, an exhaustive and time-consuming investigation, a belated acknowledgment of responsibility, no legal consequences, and the application of some financial emollient eight or so years down the road. This is obviously Putin’s goal, whether or not rebel forces were complicit (which I should say is not yet a slam dunk, despite the declarations of the US government), an objective which the US and many of its allies are determined to deny him. There have been several attempts to frame the accidental shootdown as an episode of Putin barbarism that places him and his government beyond the civilized pale and in the fatal zone of illegitimate pariah state upon whom demands can be made, and whose calls for due process can be swept aside, and fair game for whatever principled skullduggery the democratic powers can concoct. The first and, to be blunt, most ludicrous episode was “corpse gate”, an attempt to depict the militias, and by extension their purported puppetmaster, Putin, as inhumanly callous in their treatment of the remains of the nearly 300 people that had fallen from the sky. The militias were clearly overwhelmed by the vast disaster scene and the question of how to secure it properly.  No doubt there was looting—an endemic problem at all crash sites, even in the civilized United States—and possibly the idea of diddling with evidence and getting the black boxes into friendly Russian hands.  As to the disgusting drunkenness allegedly exhibited by some militia members, crash scenes are horrible, they can be extremely traumatic, and it is not out of the question that some militia members turned to alcoholic oblivion to deal with the scenes they had witnessed. But the media tried to latch on to the idea that the militias were committing a crime against humanity by dragging the rotting bodies hither and yon through the 88-degree heat and eventually loading them into refrigerated rail cars.  In this effort the militias worked together with emergency services of the Ukranian government, which somehow made it on site, a fact that was ignored in the accusations of militia barbarism.  Once the body bags were put on the train, there was also some attempt to flay the militias for not immediately pulling the train out of the station, even though the root problem seems to have been the Ukrainian government’s inability to come up with dispatch instructions. Then there was “destruction of evidence gate”.  Again, beyond the militias’ fiddling with luggage and removal of bodies, there is no credible reportage that they were attempting to tamper with the key evidence: the immense debris field of plane wreckage. On US ABC News, an aviation expert, John Nance, pointed out that the key forensic evidence to be gleaned from the crash site would be shrapnel impact on the airframe, which would indicate what struck the plane (SAM, air to air missile or whatever) and where, and is available in abundance across the crash site.  The black box recorders would be unlikely to yield useful information on the instantaneously catastrophic event itself, nor would the bodies. The key evidence for the overall investigation will be the surveillance records of US and Russian satellites and radars, which should be able to identify where the missiles came from, as well as addressing accusations that Kyiv fighters were shadowing the jet, etc. If indeed MH17 was destroyed by a surface to air missile at 30,000 feet, the culprit would appear to be a BUK mobile air defense battery, a Soviet product extensively deployed across the remains of the USSR.  The Russians have them—and the Ukrainian government has accused Russia of shuttling units across the border in order to do the dirty on Ukrainian military aircraft.  The rebels might have captured one or more units; it’s unclear whether the Ukrainian military actually disabled them before abandoning them, as they claimed.  The Ukrainian government also has its own working BUK units; despite government denials that there was any need to deploy anti-aircraft batteries in the east, AP had photographs of a Ukrainian BUK battery trundling through Slavyansk in early July to protect its ATO units against potential Russian airstrikes. The Russians have already distributed a fair amount of evidentiary chaff of varying quality, claiming that a Ukranian BUK radar was switched on at the time of the incident; Robert Parry’s US defense sources are also telling him there’s a suspicion that a Ukrainian BUK battery was responsible. So, in an ordinary investigation, plenty of he said/she said, fog o’ war, bluster, obfuscation and the prospect that a mutually acceptable story will be sorted out months if not years down the road. As to the “restricting access to crash site gate” the subject of much indignant huffing and a newly-minted UNSC resolution (which Russia supported) this appears to be a canard. Most Western journalists in the field have reported that they easily passed through rebel checkpoints and wandered unrestricted through the crash site (one journo was castigated for actually rifling through a victim’s luggage to illustrate his video report), and noted that, if anybody was delaying the arrival of the international investigatory team, it was the Ukrainian government (which held 100+ international experts in Kyiv until “security issues” could be sorted out).  Further cognitive dissonance was assured when Kyiv forces launched several attacks in Donetsk, not exactly conducive to the ceasefire intended to facilitate the investigation, and also endangering the passage of the “corpse train” that everybody was, at least a couple days ago, so worked up about. To date, the US strategy seems to be to crank up the indignation machine by whatever means come to hand, in this case excoriating Russia for obstructions of the investigation that aren’t occurring, in order to justify immediate further sanctions that would short circuit Russia’s desire for a conventional, legalistic, and protracted investigation. As of this writing, the international experts have arrived at the crash site, the rebels, after some unedifying back and forth, have coughed up the black boxes, and there seems to be little that the West can currently complain about. But the United States is perhaps considering this unpalatable contingency. Will it demand an immediate and intrusive inventory of Russian and rebel BUK units “or else”?  Hold Russia responsible for non-appearance of rebel witnesses/suspects?  Issue a pre-emptive US declaration that the culprits have been identified, coupled with a demand to produce them?  Or content itself with the boilerplate declaration that Russia is not doing enough to rein in the east Ukrainian militias? We shall see. By now, I think sanctions are an end in themselves for US Russia policy. My outsider’s impression is that the US foreign policy for Russia has been pretty much captured by doctrinaire anti-Russians in a diplomatic and military deep state that pretty much permeates and survives every incoming administration.  The Russia desk has had a reasonably good run since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and I think today the prevailing idea is that oligarch anxieties about the sanctioning of their overseas assets will soon reach a tipping point (see this article about “horror of the oligarchs”), and the “Atlanticists”, perhaps led by that nice Mr. Medvedev, will club together against Putin’s “Eurasianists” and pull the plug on his dreams of confronting the West as an equal and opposite force. Maybe Putin will need more of a shove—he’s an ex-KGB guy with multiple assets in the Russian elite and his current approvals are running over 80%–but there’s an app for that: intensified sanctions. So sanctions, and more sanctions.  Sanctions for Crimea, sanctions for succoring the separatist uprising, now sanctions related to the plane crash.  Sanctions that will never go away, no matter what Putin does, as long as he stays in power. Best case, some combination of popular and elite revulsion pushes Putin from power and a new regime approaches the West as supplicant.  Worst case, Russia = Venezuela, neutered by perpetual sanctions, vitriol, economic and political warfare, and subversion. The key point, at this stage, is for the US to get European buy-in—especially from Angela Merkel, who is demonstrably less than enthusiastic about having a constitutionally dysfunctional relationship with Russia (and not enamored of the continual political heat brought by revelations of US spying)—so that the US is isolating Russia, and not the other way around. My sense of the situation, especially from the Asian perspective, is that the US is in danger of overplaying its hand, indeed that it has a bad case of tunnel vision in which it is fixated on the goal of sticking it to Putin at the expense of US global interests. With its almost comical insistence that “the world” is uniting against Russia (which only counts if “the world” is defined as the Atlantic democracies and their close allies and China, India, et. al. are excluded) and, even more damagingly, the US insistence on peddling the Russia = the world’s greatest monster story even as the United States condones the catastrophic and much more bloody Israel incursion into Gaza, the US is accelerating the natural trend toward disintermediation of America in significant chunks of the global diplomatic and economic system. The PRC occasionally comes in for mockery for its alleged hubris in wishing to elevate the Chinese RMB to the status of an international currency.  However, I don’t think the PRC’s near term objective, or even desire, is to assume the glorious but extremely onerous burden of displacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency. Instead, I think there are tactical as well as strategic forces in play, inspired in part by Russia’s sanctions miseries as well as the PRC’s own experiences with covert as well as overt US financial sanctions relating to China’s Iran and North Korea transactions, which date back to the George W. Bush years.  The PRC approach reflects the difficulty of sustaining strict capital controls on a national currency when China’s economy is increasingly open to the world; and the risk that a more freely-trading Chinese currency can bring to the PRC in its current competition and incipient clash with the United States. So the PRC internationalizes the yuan in a series of bilateral agreements with key trading partners, so that its financial transactions increasingly exit the dollar and are less vulnerable to US and Western sanctions; it tries to push its investors to look for adequate returns in friendly regions rather than dumping excess funds in Western financial centers; and it cracks down on corruption and capital flight so that its oligarchs will be less exposed to financial and legal blackmail in places like London and the United States. And for that matter, it offers the enticement to global financial centers of profitable, high-volume trading in yuan, a fungible benefit that can be diverted somewhere else if a jurisdiction turns unfriendly. And the Xi Jinping regime must take into account the possibility that the outrage and sanctions machine, so intensively deployed against Russia over Ukraine, will be employed against the People’s Republic of China. The United States is backing off from its stated “honest broker” position in the South China Sea to a tilt toward China’s adversaries, offering the possibility of direct confrontation over the PRC’s maritime claims and use of the sanctions regime to punish PRC misbehavior.  Taiwan is inexorably bumping along to a political confrontation between the pro-mainland KMT and pro-independence DPP and student forces, which will offer the US government, if so inclined, a chance to ditch the One China policy and stand up to the PRC militarily and with sanctions. And, finally, there is Hong Kong. With that wonderful synchronicity that liberals adore (and their adversaries roll their eyes at) the three UK China-bashing prestige liberal organs—the Independent, the Guardian, and the Financial Times—all recently editorialized that Great Britain should “stand up” to the PRC on behalf of the people of Hong Kong on the issue of whether candidates for the Hong Kong chief executive should be chosen by full suffrage (instead of nominated by a pro-mainland committee).  If Xi Jinping decides now is not the time to countenance defiance of the PRC within China’s borders and cracks down on the sizable number of pro-democracy activists and supporters, sanctions would appear to be the inevitable consequence. So one consequence of the singleminded US campaign against Russia is that it is being driven into the arms of the PRC; another is that the PRC is making its ability to resist sanctions a national priority.  The US Atlanticists may succeed in either subduing Russia to Western tutelage or simply expelling it from the European sphere; but what about the Pacific? Peter Lee wrote a ground-breaking essay on the Chinese military in the current issue of CounterPunch magazine. He edits China Matters.
  • Obama’s Hot War
    Obama’s Hot WarBy Glen FordThe deeper the U.S. slips into economic decline, the higher it ratchets up the pace and stakes of armed conflict. Washington appears to have crossed some kind of Rubicon, to embark “on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war.” The United States has set the world on fire. It is nonsense to talk of a “new” Cold War, when what the world is witnessing is multiple conflagrations as intense and horrifically destructive as at any period since World War Two. Virtually every one of these armed conflicts has been methodically set in motion by the only power capable of perpetrating such massive, simultaneous mayhem: the United States, along with its underlings in London, Paris and Tel Aviv – the true Axis of Evil. Washington is embarked on a mad, scorched earth policy to terrorize the planet into submission through relentless escalation into a global state of war. Unable to maintain its dominance through trade and competition, the U.S. goes beyond the brink to plunge the whole planet into a cauldron of death. As Russia is learning, it is extremely difficult to avoid war when a great power insists on imposing it. That was a lesson inflicted on the world 75 years ago, by Nazi Germany. Whoever coined the phrase “No Drama Obama” should be sentenced to a lifetime of silence. The First Black U.S. President systematically brought swastika-wearing fascists to power in Ukraine to start a war on Russia’s borders. The passengers of the Malaysian airliner are victims of Obama’s carefully crafted apocalypse, a pre-fabricated conflict that could consume us all. Obama methodically and without provocation laid waste to Libya and Syria, and now the jihadists unleashed by the United States and its allies are destroying Iraq all over again and threatening to erase Lebanon and Jordan and even the oil kingdoms of the Gulf. Obama has signed yet another blank check for Israel’s ghastly war of ethnic annihilation in Gaza – a crime against humanity for which the U.S. is fully as culpable as the apartheid Jewish State, which could not exist if it were not part of the U.S. superpower’s global war machine. Wars “R” Us Those who say the United States is adrift or has no coherent foreign policy are colossally wrong. Washington’s policy is the constant fomenting of war for the subjugation of the planet – or the world’s destruction, if the U.S. cannot remain Number One. The Americans have made Africa into a killing field. Somalia and its people have been smashed and dispersed, setting the whole Horn of Africa ablaze. Ethiopia commits multiple genocides under U.S. sponsorship, while Washington’s mercenaries in Rwanda and Uganda grow fat on the bones of six million Congolese. South Sudan thrashes in agony, the result of dismemberment by American, European and Israeli ghouls. The sounds of chaos and mass murder reverberate from the Magreb in the North, through the vast Sahel region, and now deep into West Africa, a direct result of criminal U.S. aggressive war and regime change in Libya. Obama “pivots” to East Asia with the goal of turning Japan into a militaristic state with an invitation to rejoin, after all these years, the game of global conquest. Poor Afghanistan and Pakistan have no future at all, unless the U.S. leaves their region and allows them to develop an organic partnership with China. But a world based on mutually beneficial relations among peoples has no room for empire – which is why the empire wages war against the world. For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com and sign up for email notification each Wednesday, when a new issue of BAR appears. BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.
  • TransAsia plane crash lands in Taiwan, dozens killed
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