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سوريا بعد البيان الرئاسي: امتحانا الإقتصاد والأمن

أدخل البيان الرئاسي سوريا في مرحلة جديدة كرّست توازن القوى. بين الرئيس بشّار الأسد ومعارضيه، وبين روسيا وشركائها في مجلس الأمن. دُعي الأولون إلى حوار داخلي واعتراف متبادل لبناء التسوية، والأخيرون إلى التسليم بالأحجام: لا موقف دولياً لا تقتنع به موسكو

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عزّز البيان الرئاسي الصادر عن مجلس الأمن، الأربعاء المنصرم، اعتقاد النظام السوري بأنه تجاوز مأزق إسقاطه، وبات متيقّناً من أن البيان لم يكتفِ باقتراح تسوية للأزمة توازن بين النظام ومعارضيه، بل حدّد عنواناً رئيسياً لها، هو وضعها موضع التنفيذ في ظلّ الرئيس بشّار الأسد ومن خلاله. لم يطلب من الرئيس السوري، كما يشاء العرب والغرب، الرحيل، وحضّ على حوار داخلي بقيادة النظام، وطلب من طرفي النزاع الكفّ عن استخدام العنف. قال البيان ما لم تكفّ روسيا عن قوله في الأشهر الأخيرة.
الواقع أن البيان الرئاسي أتى في التوقيت الذي طمأن دمشق إلى ثبات نظامها، متجاهلاً حمأة حملات الأشهر الأخيرة التي شُنّت على الأسد ودعته إلى الإعتزال، ووضعت روزنامة عمل للمعارضة كأن الرجل راحل غداً. في الساعات التالية لصدوره، قفزت موسكو فوق ردود الفعل المتباينة والإجتهادات التي رافقت البيان الرئاسي وعدّته تهديداً مباشراً للرئيس السوري لاستعجال انتقال السلطة، كي تقول لشركائها في مجلس الأمن إنه لا يزال الرئيس الشرعي لسوريا، وتبرّر لجوءه إلى الحسم العسكري بالقول إنه يعتني بمواطنيه. وهو الخيار الوحيد المتاح لهؤلاء الشركاء للتعامل مع الأزمة السورية، في سبيل التوصّل إلى قرار أو بيان رئاسي يصدر عن مجلس الأمن.
من دون الإعتراف باستمرار شرعية الأسد على رأس بلاده، سراً أو جهاراً، لا أمل في توقع إجماع دولي.
في ظلّ هذا الواقع، قرأ المسؤولون السوريون البيان الرئاسي، وهم يتحدثون بثقة عن أن النظام عَبَرَ نفق إسقاطه، واستعاد مبادرة اشتباكه مع المجتمع الدولي أكثر منه مع معارضيه. يتحدّث هؤلاء، أيضاً، عن مرحلة جديدة من المواجهة تلي جولتين يعتقد النظام بأنه اجتازهما: سياسية قادتها موسكو في مجلس الأمن قبل البيان الرئاسي وبعده لمنع تقويض النظام بالقوة، وإجراء انتقال للسلطة من رئيس وحزب إلى الفوضى. وعسكرية مكّنت الأسد من استعادة بعض المدن الكبرى بعدما استولت المعارضة المسلحة على أجزاء واسعة منها.
أما الجولتان الأخريان اللتان يتحسّب لهما النظام، فهما امتحانا الاقتصاد والأمن:
ــــ الأول ناجم عن العقوبات الغربية والمقاطعة العربية لسوريا. وقد أشاعتا القلق في الأسواق، وعملتا على تشجيع التجّار والمستثمرين وأصحاب رؤوس الأموال والمؤسسات الكبرى على الإنتقاد العلني للأسد والتحريض عليه. كان النظام قد حاول استيعاب تداعيات العقوبات والمقاطعة بتدخّل المصرف المركزي السوري وضخّ أموال إيرانية والإلتفاف على العقوبات عبر السوق العراقية بطريقة مطابقة لما تقوم به الجمهورية الإسلامية بإزاء العقوبات التي يفرضها عليها المجتمع الدولي. ويُعوّل النظام على صمود اقتصاده بحدّ أدنى متوقع انسجاماً مع الميزة التي يتمتّع بها، وهي أنه لا يزال اقتصاد حرب واقتصاداً متقشّفاً، وغير مدين خصوصاً.
ــــ الثاني، هو الأدهى والأكثر إيلاماً لاستخدامه الهجمات الأمنية والتفجيرات عبر خلايا مناوئة للنظام، يمكنها التحرّك بسهولة وسرية من ضمن مجموعات صغيرة لا تزيد بالضرورة على خمسة لإحداث البلبلة والفوضى وبثّ القلق بتفجيرات متنقلة منهكة للرئيس السوري ونظامه، ومن شأنها الإستمرار أشهراً طويلة. يُدرك النظام أيضاً وجود بيئة اجتماعية ودينية حاضنة للمسلحين، وأخصّهم السلفيين والمتطرّفين. ويعرف أن نجاحه في تقويض قواعدهم وبناهم العسكرية لا يعطّل، في ظلّ البيئة الحاضنة، مقدرتهم على تحريك الخلايا وجمع المعلومات التي تضع مؤسسات السلطة في متناولهم.
لكن الجانب الآخر من هذه المواجهة يتمثّل في الأهمية التي بات النظام يوليها للأجهزة الأمنية، منذ اندفع في الحسم العسكري الشهر الماضي، على نحو يفسح في المجال أمامها ــــ بعد انكفاء الآلة العسكرية والأسلحة الثقيلة والفرق ــــ للاضطلاع بدور محوري في تعقب خلايا المعارضة المسلحة.
ويستند اهتمامه هذا إلى فكرتين رئيسيتين تتداولهما القيادة السورية:
أولاهما، إنشاء مجلس للأمن الوطني تستظله الأجهزة الأمنية المتعددة الوظيفة من أجل إدارة عملها، وفي أحسن الأحوال تنسيق هذا العمل في ما بينها على صعيدي جمع المعلومات وتنفيذ مهمات أمنية خطيرة. كان الحسم العسكري قد ألقى بثقله على خيارات ضيّقة للأسد وهو يواجه ضغوطاً دولية متلاحقة، وكمنت الخشية من نتائجه حينذاك في أن إخفاق الجيش في ضرب المسلحين وإنهاء وجودهم في حمص وإدلب، كان سيؤول حكماً إلى انشقاق ضخم في المؤسسة العسكرية يعرّضها للإنهيار الكامل.
ثانيتهما، مراقبة الحدود مع لبنان والعراق والأردن وتركيا وضبطها، والسيطرة على حركتي العبور الشرعي وتسلل الأشخاص وتهريب الأسلحة والعتاد. إذ يعتقد النظام أن المرحلة الجديدة، الموازية لاستمرار إجراءات الحسم العسكري في مناطق لا تزال ساخنة يصطدم فيها الجيش بمسلحين، تكمن في اختراق الإرهاب بالمعلومات. وهو بذلك يكشف عن اجتماعات مهمة تعقدها أجهزة استخبارات سورية وعراقية وإيرانية في سياق تحالف دول الجوار هذه، ليست بعيدة عنها الإستخبارات الخارجية الروسية التي تتقاطع معها حيال أهداف مشتركة تتوخى كشف خلايا ارهابية سلفية ومتشدّدة تستهدف هذه البلدان بنسب متفاوتة. تتبادل الإستخبارات العراقية والسورية والإيرانية المعلومات مع نظيرتها الروسية التي تزوّدها بدورها بمعطيات أخرى.
ويجد المسؤولون السوريون أهمية عالية في هذا التنسيق لجبه اجتماعات مماثلة يبدون واثقين من حصولها على اراضيهم وخارجها، وتخفي شبكة اتصالات وتنسيق وتمويل بين استخبارات قطرية وسعودية وفرنسية وتركية وأميركية، وفي إحدى المراحل أردنية، لإدارة المعارضة المسلحة لنظام الأسد، المعلوم منها كـ «الجيش السوري الحرّ»، والمكتوم كالإخوان المسلمين والتيّارات السلفية والمتشدّدة.

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أزمة وقود غزّة: «حماس» تكشف وثيقة «تآمر» السلطة

|غزة – صحيفة الاخبار اللبنانية

بلغت أزمة الوقود في قطاع غزّة مستوى يهدّد بإطاحة اتفاق الدوحة، بعد كشف حركة «حماس»، أمس، عن وثيقة قالت إنها محضر اجتماع استخباري شاركت فيه سلطة رام الله مع الاحتلال ومصر والأردن بهدف تشديد الحصار على القطاع عبر تقنين الوقود. خطوة «حمساوية» تأتي عقب رشقات فتحاوية تمثلت باتهام عناصر من «حماس» بالانقلاب على اتفاق الدوحة وعلى رئيس المكتب السياسي لـ«حماس»، خالد مشعل، والتخلف عن حضور اجتماع في مصر لحل أزمة الوقود.
ونشرت وكالة «شهاب» المحلية الموالية لـ«حماس» وثيقة قالت إنها محضر اجتماع ضم ممثلين عن الاستخبارات الفلسطينية والإسرائيلية والأميركية والمصرية والأردنية، بحث تشديد الحصار على غزة، وهو ما نفته السلطة الفلسطينية وحركة «فتح»، وقالت إن هذه الوثيقة مختلقة.
الوثيقة موقعة من مدير جهاز الاستخبارات الفلسطينية اللواء ماجد فرج، إلى الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس، وتتضمن ملخصاً عن اجتماع عُقد في العاصمة الأردنية عمان في 27 شباط الماضي بحث الأوضاع الأمنية والسياسية في قطاع غزة.
وبحسب نص الرسالة، فقد جرى خلال الاجتماع مناقشة والاتفاق على «تشديد الحصار وتقنين وصول الوقود والمواد الطبية إلى غزة»، وممارسة الضغوط على حركة «حماس» للموافقة على الاتفاقيات الموقعة بين السلطة الفلسطينية وإسرائيل. وتضمن الاتفاق «وقف إطلاق الصواريخ من غزة من خلال ممارسة الضغوط العربية على حماس»، و«تعزيز التنسيق والتعاون الأمني بين أجهزة الأمن الإسرائيلية والفلسطينية ونظيرتها في بعض الدول المجاورة، للضغط على قيادة حماس للاستجابة لشروط المصالحة وفق رؤية فخامتكم (في إشارة إلى الرئيس عباس) والأجهزة الأمنية الحليفة».
من جهة ثانية، رأى المسؤول في سلطة الطاقة بغزة، أحمد أبو العمرين، «أن هناك عراقيل لها خلفية سياسية» في أزمة الوقود. وأضاف: «المشكلة سياسية مع بعض الجهات في مصر، وبالتنسيق مع حكومة رام الله، وهناك أطراف دولية تسهم في زيادة الأزمة».
وكان المتحدث باسم «حماس»، سامي أبو زهري، قد أكّد أن الحركة تريد الحصول على الوقود المصري لمحطة توليد الكهرباء في قطاع غزة لارتفاع ثمن الوقود الإسرائيلي.
فتحاوياً، اتهم أمين سر الهيئة القيادية العليا لحركة «فتح» في قطاع غزة، عبد الله أبو سمهدانة، جهات حمساوية في القطاع بالتحريض على المصالحة، وطالب رئيس المكتب السياسي لـ«حماس»، خالد مشعل، بالتدخل. وقال إن قيادة «حماس» في غزة «انقلبت على مشعل وعلى إعلان الدوحة، وأنهم يسعون إلى تأليب الرأي العام في غزة وإحداث الفتن الداخلية». واتهم سلطات «حماس» «بشن حملة اعتقالات واستدعاءات طاولت قيادات وكوادر فتحاوية»، بما يخالف إعلان الدوحة.
بدوره، أعلن رئيس الحكومة الفلسطينية سلام فياض أن وفد «حماس» تخلف عن الحضور إلى القاهرة كما كان مقرراً بالاتفاق مع الجانب المصري لبحث أزمة الوقود. وقال إن وفد السلطة الوطنية الذي فوض إليه وضع هذه الترتيبات كان قد وصل إلى القاهرة السبت. وأضاف: «من موقع المسؤولية والحرص على وضع ترتيبات توريد الوقود إلى شركة توليد كهرباء غزة، وتحويل الحل المؤقت إلى حل دائم يضمن إنهاء معاناة أهلنا في القطاع، فقد طلبت من الوفد الانتظار يوماً إضافياً، إلا أن وفد حركة «حماس» لم يحضر أيضاً».
بدورها، نفت حكومة «حماس» ذلك، وقال المتحدث، طاهر النونو: «نحن لم نتفق مع فياض على أي لقاء بشأن هذا الموضوع، ونستغرب تصريحاته التي يحاول من خلالها الخروج من الأزمة السياسية بعد كشف تورطه في الحصار أمام المواطن الفلسطيني».
وفي سياق الاجتماع في مصر، قال المتحدث باسم حركة «فتح»، جمال نزال، إن «السلطة الفلسطينية أوضحت للجانب المصري يومي الجمعة والسبت الماضيين، بغياب حماس، أنها ستكون جاهزة للإسهام بتمويل خطوط نقل الغاز المصري إلى غزة لتوليد الطاقة الكهربائية». وأضاف: «حماس مطالبة بمسألتين قبل أن يستقيم حال قطاع الطاقة في غزة وتحل الأزمة. الأول هو التوقف الفوري عن تزويد مكاتبها وبيوت مسؤوليها وسياراتهم بالطاقة الكهربائية والسولار المجاني الذي توفره السلطة الوطنية ودافعو الضرائب الفلسطينيون. والثاني هو التزام آلية التسديد».
وفي تطورات أزمة الوقود، أعلنت سلطة الطاقة في غزة توقف محطة توليد الكهرباء في غزة، وقالت إن «محطة التوليد توقفت مجدداًَ صباح الأحد بعد تشغيلها قبل يومين بناءً على الكمية المحدودة من الوقود الإسرائيلي التي جرى توفيرها من طريق معبر كرم ابو سالم يوم الجمعة الماضي».
بدوره، أعلن وزير الصحة في غزة، باسم نعيم أنه «اضطررنا إلى إيقاف 50 في المئة من السيارات بسبب نقص السولار، ونحن في حالة توتر دائم بسبب انقطاع التيار الكهربائي، وواجهنا بعض التحديات منها انقطاع التيار لمدة 17 دقيقة أثناء القيام بعملية قلب مفتوح، ما أجبر طبيباً إسبانياً على العمل بالطريقة اليدوية».
بدوره، أعلن وزير الاقتصاد الوطني في حكومة غزة، علاء الرفاتي، أن حكومته تواصلت مع شركات خارجية من بينها إماراتية لتوريد الوقود إلى غزة عبر ميناء السويس المصري. وقال «إن الحكومة قدمت مواصفات الوقود اللازم، وتنتظر عروض الأسعار من الشركات حتى توقَّع اتفاقيات لتوريد البترول لمصر وإدخاله إلى غزة».

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Tolouse – Another Israeli False Flag Again?

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Is it an Israeli False Flag Again?

 

By Gilad Atzmon

Editor’s note:  When we learned that initial news reports came from SITE Intelligence (always an indicator of “planted news”), and the disturbing background of the shooter, one of endless senseless contradictions, came to light, the question brought up by Gilad Atzmon became one of extreme legitimacy. 

Articles citing his time in Aghanistan, his capture by Americans who aided in his return to France where he was given special consideration re-entering the country though having been arrested as a “Taliban bomb maker” have been, during the last hours, taken off the internet. 

Israeli press reported this evening that French gunman Mohamed Merah had been on a trip to Israel in the past.

According to the report, Merah’s passport had Israeli stamps in it. The purpose of his visit is  unknown. Israeli analysts suspect he was either trying to visit the Palestinian territories or preparing for a terror attack.\

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However, I won’t rule out the possibility that Merah was actually trained by Israeli forces. Marah may have conducted a false flag operation. By way of deception is,  after all, the Mossad’s motto.

Read the story of Naeim Giladi, an Israeli agent operating in Iraq in the late 1940’s.

“On May 10, at 3 a.m., a grenade was tossed in the direction of the display window of the Jewish-owned Beit-Lawi Automobile Company, destroying part of the building. No casualties were reported.

On June 3, 1950, another grenade was tossed from a speeding car in the El-Batawin area of Baghdad where most rich Jews and middle class Iraqis lived. No one was hurt, but following the explosion Zionist activists sent telegrams to Israel requesting that the quota for immigration from Iraq be increased.

On June 5, at 2:30 a.m., a bomb exploded next to the Jewish-owned Stanley Shashua building on El-Rashid street, resulting in property damage but no casualties.

On January 14, 1951, at 7 p.m., a grenade was thrown at a group of Jews outside the Masouda Shem-Tov Synagogue. The explosive struck a high-voltage cable, electrocuting three Jews, one a young boy, Itzhak Elmacher, and wounding over 30 others. Following the attack, the exodus of Jews jumped to between 600-700 per day.

Zionist propagandists still maintain that the bombs in Iraq were set off by anti-Jewish Iraqis who wanted Jews out of their country. The terrible truth is that the grenades that killed and maimed Iraqi Jews and damaged their property were thrown by Zionist Jews.”

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Robots Kill, But the Blood Is on Our Hands

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By David Swanson

 

In her spare time, between nonstop peace activism and leading international exchanges, Medea Benjamin has somehow managed to write the best book yet on the most inhuman form of war yet.  The book is called “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.”  The foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich and a form to pre-order the book are here.

Even if you’ve been reading everything you could about drones, attending peace conferences, and protesting in the lobbies of drone companies like General Atomics, you will learn a great deal from this book.  In fact, I’m willing to bet that even if you “pilot” drones from a desk for a living you will learn a great deal from this book.  And if you have not been paying attention to drones, then you really need to read this book.

Many Americans first heard about “unmanned aerial vehicles” as weapons when Colin Powell told the United Nations in 2003 that Iraq might use them to attack the United States.  This turned out to be a projection as well as a lie.  It was, of course, the United States that used drones, among other weapons, to attack Iraq for nine years, and the U.S. drones are still in the skies of Iraq today, as well in the skies of many other countries.

Killing individuals (and whoever is near them) has become the primary substitute in U.S. public policy for capture/imprisonment/torture.  Torturing someone to death is not what former CIA General Counsel John Rizzo calls “clean.”  Blowing them and anyone near them into little bits is “clean.”  As Medea Benjamin documents, the United States has avoided detaining people, only to murder them with a drone days later.  And, as with other innovations in lawlessness, it didn’t take long for this one to come back and bite U.S. citizens. Obama has now used drones to kill Americans in Yemen, including a drone strike on Anwar al-Awlaki, and a later strike that killed his teenage son.  Neither of them was ever charged with a crime, and neither was holding a weapon on a battlefield.  Yet, somehow, as Eric Holder explained at Northwestern University Law School this month, through an alchemical combination of law enforcement and war it is perfectly OK for a president to kill anyone anywhere.  And drones allow a president to do this without any supposed risk to what U.S. newspapers treat as constituting the complete category of human beings, namely members of the U.S. military.  Benjamin’s book establishes that drones do not live up to their advertising.

Drones turn out to have been falsely marketed as a humanly cheap way to make war.  In February 2002, a drone pilot thought he’d killed Osama bin Laden, but it turned out to be an innocent man.  Expert observers, including Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer representing drone victims, believe the vast majority of drone victims are not the individuals who were targeted — which is not to suggest any moral or legal case for killing those who are targeted.  Often victims are not counted as “civilians” because they were carrying guns, but in some areas all men carry guns.  Noor Behram, who photographs drone victims, says, “For every 10 to 15 people, maybe they get one militant.”  Benjamin tells some of the stories of the families shattered by drones and the hatred created by the constant buzzing sound that the drones make in the skies above the homes of people who know that at any instant they can be killed.  President Obama has instructed the government of Yemen to keep a reporter locked up whose crime appears to be having reported on the victims of a U.S. drone strike.  When the drones strike in Pakistan, local death squads swoop down on the area to grab anyone whom they suspect of having collaborated with the Americans.  Families live in fear of both the drones and the raids that follow.  Over a million people, by Amnesty International’s estimate, have fled the areas of heavy drone bombing.

Drones have killed Americans in “friendly fire,” including on April 6, 2011, in Afghanistan.  Afghans have killed CIA drone pilots and other U.S. officials inside their offices.  Even drone “pilots” working in the United States can commit suicide.  They are suffering extremely high rates of stress and burnout, according to the Air Force.  Pilots who actually fly in planes often do not see what they kill.  Drone pilots sometimes watch a family for days, feel like they’ve gotten to know the people, and then blow them all up, and watch the suffering.  A Pakistani who tried to blow up a car in Times Square in 2010 said it was revenge for drone attacks.  In the fall of 2011, a Massachusetts man, Rezwan Ferdaus, was arrested and accused of plotting to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with drones that would crash themselves into the buildings.  The Obama Administration claims to have limited its drone strikes in Somalia so as to avoid turning a regional threat into a group with the determination to attack the United States.  As Benjamin points out, this shows awareness that there is not a current threat to the United States.  Ironically, such a threat could come from drones.  U.S. companies sell drones to democracies and dictatorships alike.  Al Qaeda stole a crashed U.S. drone from Yemeni police in February 2011.  And in December 2011, Iran captured a U.S. drone a decade after the CIA had given Iran plans to build a nuclear bomb, any possible progress on which the drone was no doubt supposed to be spying on.

Drones turn out to have been falsely marketed as a financially cheap way to make war.  While initially cheaper than manned planes, unmanned drones of the sort used now tend to require many more personnel: 168 people to keep a Predator drone in the air for 24 hours, plus 19 analysts to process the videos created by a drone.  Drones and their related technologies are increasing in price rapidly.  And to make matters worse, they tend to crash.  They even “go rogue,” lose contact with their “pilots” and fly off on their own.  The U.S. Navy has a drone that self-destructs if you accidentally touch the space bar on the computer keyboard.  Drones also tend to supply so-called enemies with information, including the endless hours of video they record, and to infect U.S. military computers with viruses.  But these are the sorts of SNAFUs that come with any project lacking oversight, accountability, or cost controls.  The companies with the biggest drone contracts did not invest in developing the best technologies but in paying off the most Congress members.

Drones turn out to have the power to eliminate the Fourth Amendment.  The way this works, of course, is that first people who don’t look or talk like us lose their rights, and then we do too.  “From 8,000 miles away in Nevada,” writes Benjamin, “a drone pilot can watch an Afghan as he lights up cigarettes, sits talking to friends on a park bench, or goes to the bathroom, never imagining that anyone is watching him.”  Meanwhile, Congress has approved 30,000 drones for U.S. skies.  So, we’ll be able to hide inside as the NSA records our phone calls and emails, or get offline but have our actions videotaped by drones. What a choice!

Drones turn out to be very costly to the rule of law.  My only quibble with Medea’s book, other than an occasional use of the term “defense” for things that aren’t defensive, is the sort of language used in the early chapters to distinguish between targeted victims of drones and victims who were in the wrong place: “[W]hen the target is falsely identified, even the most accurate bombs will result in tragedy.”  Only when the target is falsely identified?  Of course, not.  Killing is always a tragedy, even if the victim is guilty of something.  But none of these victims are being given trials.  The person choosing to use the drone is judge, jury, and executioner.  As Benjamin points out, just two months before September 11, 2001, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said, “The United States government is very clearly on record against targeted assassinations. They are extrajudicial killings, and we do not support that.”  Benjamin also points out that the majority of strikes are not even meant to be targeted at known individuals.  Rather, they are targeted at unknown people whose “pattern of life” appears to fit that of “militants” in the eyes of the drone operator.  And, as Benjamin further notes, even actual militants are usually trying to drive foreign forces out of their countries, not launching attacks abroad.

Obama claimed that air war on Libya was not war, and was not even “hostilities,” because U.S. troops were not on the ground in large numbers.  But murder on a larger and more haphazard scale is not more legal than “targeted” killings.  The CIA, the Joint Special Operations Command, and Blackwater (or whatever that mercenary company calls itself this month) are used to keep drone wars more secretive and less accountable.  But do we really need all the details to know that wars are illegal?  War violates Kellogg-Briand, in most cases the U.N. Charter, and when not declared by Congress the U.S. Constitution.  War is not made legal by making it resemble assassination.  And assassination is not made legal by calling it war.  Nor is killing a legal alternative to law enforcement.  Should we ban, as some propose be done before it’s too late, the creation or use of automated drones that kill on their own without human interference?  Or should we ban all drones that kill?  Or should we ban all drones that kill or spy?  Should we seek to treat drones that kill as a particularly offensive and unfair type of weapon, along the lines of land mines or cluster bombs?  But the rest of the world has banned those weapons; the United States has not.  The United States has also refused to ban weapons in space or to work for the elimination of its nuclear arsenal.  How far does getting the rest of the world to turn against a type of weaponry get us?

I think what’s needed is a campaign that seizes on the particular horror of life under a sky of drones and pivots from there to enforcing the ban on war that was put in place among mostly wealthy nations in 1928 and violated by World War II.  That ban needs to be applied to wars waged against poor nations.  As long as it is not, we go on losing morality, becoming less human, less empathetic, more violent, and more bigoted.  Back on September 4, 1804, as John Feffer points out in his excellent new book “Crusade 2.0,” suicide bombing was introduced to the world of warfare, and it was the United States that came up with it.  Commodore Edward Preble sent the USS Intrepid into the bay at Tripoli with 10,000 pounds of gunpowder, 150 shells, and U.S. sailors who died in the explosion.  Now the U.S. military is busy creating suicide-bombing drones, with full awareness that people enraged by the crimes of the U.S. military will inevitably possess that same technology shortly after the United States does.

The cycle of violence can become a spiral of violence.  As Dr. King said, there is such a thing as being too late.  There is an urgency to acting now.  Medea’s book documents the activism that is underway.  Join it.

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Corruption leads to $2 billion useless US spy facility: Duff (Press TV Video)

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Corruption leads to $2 billion useless US spy facility: Duff

By Press TV US Desk

 

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Press TV has interviewed Gordon Duff, Senior Editor of Veterans Today in Ohio about the construction of the most advanced espionage and spying facility ever built at a cost of two billion dollars which according to Mr. Duff, is useless and a betrayal.


What follows is an approximate transcript of the interview.
Press TV: According to www.wired.com , which wrote of the facility in a recent feature story, the facility is, “the most covert and potentially the most intrusive intelligence agency ever”. It will basically monitor everything: phone calls, text messages, e-mails, parking tickets, public records, employment, taxes, power usage, utility records, bank account numbers and anything else.
Can you break it down for us on what’s happening and why does the US government need this very advanced espionage facility?
Duff: The interesting part of this of course that wired.com points out in their article is that this is entirely a secret facility.
At a time when we’re laying off police officers; when we’re closing schools; cutting the pay of nurses and teachers, we have two billion dollars to talk to our home appliances and learn how much butter people are eating.
During the Bush administration he tried to recruit 300,000 postmen, appliance repairmen and delivery boys to look in people’s windows. This country has entered a period of insanity; of total mistrust of its own population.
The other issue of course I have is that with all of this equipment – all of this ability to scan all of the information in the world – it’s all going to come down to one paragraph a day that will land on the president’s desk that he’ll pick up for a second and simply throw away. There is no client for this information
Press TV: With the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDA) and the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, many progressive voices in the US have been warning that America is becoming a police state.
Now, does constructing this colossal espionage facility confirm that this is actually happening in your view?
Duff: Well, the interesting thing about this Act and several similar Acts is that they were passed during an administration that had sworn increased openness and an end to secrecy. President Obama, who I generally see as a person of reasonable discernment and judgment, is the last person on earth we would have expected this of.
Those of us who are his progressive supporters, I am one, see this not only as a betrayal, it’s an insane waste of resources.
Press TV: So basically when we are asking the question of why the American government needs this espionage facility, what’s your response to that question? You’re saying you can’t presume how the US is going to use this amount of data – Why does it feel that it needs it though?
Duff: There was a move years ago and this is an industry that I’ve worked in much of my life, I’ve worked in intelligence and we call this data mining. We use algorithms to develop patterns, but this is signals intelligence and as far as the value of intelligence, signals intelligence is the least valuable. Human intelligence is worth a thousand times more.
So this two billion dollar facility is going to be putting out almost useless information that will be gleaned by computer programmers based on algorithms that will in actuality produce no useful information for anyone at all.
The key issue in the US, I hate to tell you, is that the placement of this facility in the state of Utah was done by what we call in our government, on the basis of being a pork barrel. A powerful Senator wanted billions of dollars on a useless facility ‘spin’ in his area and managed to push the Bill through as a payoff.
This is more a symptom of corruption than anything else because essentially telling the National Security Agency (NSA) anything is a waste of time because there isn’t anyone working there capable of discerning, sifting, and understanding or reacting

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Intel Disclosure, March 21, 2012

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Noteworthy Issues of National Security

by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Download of Prager’s preface here:

We have several issues to discuss today in our usual informal format.  As “disclosure” is promised, we will touch on that first.

11 years after 9/11, scientists from America’s weapons labs will be releasing conclusive data on the types of weapons used to destroy the World Trade Center. 

The outlet will be through Jeff Prager, we will carry as much of the material, it is volumes, as possible, but the original source is both official, highly classified and less “unauthorized” than believed. 

Word is, that, based on lack of any movement toward investigation, the White House has set a “leak anything you want” policy, especially during this election year and based on what is a fear that anything not disclosed now will provide a reason to silence President Obama prior to a very probable second term.

A bit of background and we will move on.  During closed hearings of the 9/11 Commission, information was requested of the Department of Energy about the possibility that nuclear weapons “may have been on the planes,” to quote what I am not supposed to be able to quote.  Remember, this was their line of questioning, not my own.

The DOE responded by saying that the smallest weapon in their arsenal was over 300 pounds and would fit inside a “steamer trunk.”

The photo below is of a second generation fission weapon first tested in 1959:

As you can see, the DOE lied to the 9/11 commission.  This is an actual weapon, not a “mock-up” or Pentagon paperweight. It was called the ‘Davey Crockett’…and I am not kidding.

According to government nuclear weapons designers, this is the size of a typical thermonuclear weapon available after 1991, shown in representative size only as a popular consumer soft drink:

Size Comparison Only, Copyright Coca Cola Corporation

This, according to government scientists is the current size of a thermonuclear device, a hydrogen bomb, containing a small amount of uranium or plutonium, no larger than a coin, a supply of deuterium, tritium and a highly classified “nano-laser,” probably chemically fired to replace the otherwise required fission reaction.

Such weapons have existed for over 20 years, multiples of which were deployed on “ground zero” on 9/11 and have been used repeatedly as “very large conventional munitions” in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Radiation is only 3% of that of a normal weapon, undetectable by Geiger counter, unable to penetrate skin, with a half-life of under 48 hours but fatal if irradiated materials are ingested. 

Temperatures reach over 1 million degrees Fahrenheit and structural steel, concrete, human bodies or anything within 1-300 yards of “ground zero” is vaporized.

What goes on inside the coke can is described thusly:

Abstract

A consistent conventional theoretical description is presented for anomalous low energy deuterium nuclear fusion in micro/nano-scale metal grains and particles.

The theory is based on the Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) state occupied by deuterons trapped in a micro/nano-scale metal grain or particle. The theory is capable of explaining most of the experimentally observed results and also provides theoretical predictions. Experimental tests of theoretical predictions are proposed. Scalabilities of the observed effects are discussed based on theoretical predictions.

We will be publishing some very embarrassing science but the words of researcher Jeff Prager are most appropriate:

Why The Truth Matters

A door guard where some of the hairy stuff gets made – Have you ever seen one of these before?

The truth matters, in and of itself — and inherently includes an infinite number of plausible and often personal reasons, some known and some unknown at any given time.

The truth matters in the legal sense, as this is also a legal matter of mass murder and high treason, and war-making crimes against humanity.

And actual criminal details are part of catching and trying the perpetrators — even if the trials are in other countries or carried out by regular citizens groups here in the US.

The truth matters to the World Trade Center First Responders (and their families) who are dead (1,003 as of March 1, 2011) and dying of rare cancers.

We might also expect others living and working in New York City will be experiencing higher rates of rare cancers well into the future.

If my theories are correct, they are dying from cancers caused by exposure to nuclear radiation – in particular a newer and very short-lived radiation resulting from fusion of Deuterium and Tritium and which results in high levels of Uranium and Tritium, both of which were, indeed, found in high levels at Ground Zero.

The truth matters for the medical treatment and prevention of disease. The truth matters so we can prevent this from happening again.

The truth matters because the latest technology in nuclear bombs being used on innocent American citizens will outrage Americans more than anything else. Much more than learning about energetic compounds in the dust. Is not the most important goal in this to cause the people to wake up and act, before it’s too late?

Nuclear annihilation and radiation are perhaps the most odious things conceivable. This is precisely why the regime put out so many disinfo agents and theories!

The pancakes, thermite, and DEW theories were all put out to keep the people from finding out that the World Trade Center and its thousands of human inhabitants were nuked — vaporized, irradiated — like they were worthless pieces of less than nothing at all. Skin bags.

This was the initial 911 fallout

The fallout from this may never enter the public domain and will certainly be banned from both the public media or discussions by “authoritative” officials.

We are simply offering to the world scientific, political and intelligence community, the military of the world, that the last 11 years of history are unquestioningly related to a decision made by those speaking for the American people.

They believed that the detonation of multiple thermonuclear weapons on American soil and the murder of thousands, with first responders dying of radiation sickness every day, was excusable in accordance with either their religious or geopolitical beliefs.

We simply offer irrefutable proof only to those capable of caring for such things more than the comfort of delusion. Personally, I expect action, be it silent. You have my personal blessing.

NEXT… IN A SHORT LIST

A quasi-official group, headquartered in New York, with ties to government has been discovered manipulating world oil and gas markets as part of a project to destabilize the United States and Western Europe.  The group is using vast computer capabilities within Geneva, Switzerland (unnamed but we can easily name them) that are the most classified in the world.

We are unaware of who has tasked this group.  Members are young, some in their teens and use highly classified software that is predictive in nature.  One large and very unstable Wall Street bank and two brothers known for their extremist views have profited most from this.

Without these efforts, oil would be under $74 per barrel or have collapsed entirely.  Those involved are all “hackers” and are very unlikely to survive the project.

Tied to this are certain events, the murders in Norway, the Tolouse shootings, the murders in Afghanistan, and a thousand other things we don’t see, handled with robotic precision.

BACKUP

Of late, it is impossible to note that the US government has passed a number of regulations that  suspend constitutional rights, give the president full control over all industries.

There has been no reporting, votes in congress have been very one sided without debate, those who know will recognize what I am saying.

Additionally, the FBI and other organizations have been caught infiltrating and even establishing domestic terror organizations.

The “Hutaree” trial in Michigan has exposed FBI criminal acts and, unless the judge is silenced, it is likely the FBI’s program will come under scrutiny.

A similar effort in Arizona and elsewhere has been uncovered, FBI agents and/or informants planning car bombing attacks, attacks on police and public buildings have been uncovered.

This may well be the pre-staging of a domestic nuclear attack which could lead to disbanding congress.

As an American and constitutionalist, I find this idea frightening but as an American citizen who generally disapproves of congress and finds its actions a threat to the security of the United States, frankly I am not sure how to react.  If something very bad happens and I stand by America and congress is jailed or disbanded, is that a bad thing? Maybe not.

Does President Obama have enough support to use quasi-dictatorial powers?  Funny thing, generally I would say no with one exception. He would have the support if he ran against Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum.

Is there a computer somewhere predicting this at speeds faster than my own imagination? Yes, I am assured this is exactly what is going on.

THE FLYING GARBAGE TRUCK

A key component of American defense strategy is the F 35 JSF (Joint Strike Fighter)

This program depends on the plane coming online in 2010, already 2 years late, other nations underwriting the cost, which most now reject, and the plane working, which it does not.

The software of the F 35, a plane built by committee, not so fast, not so stealthy, not so maneuverable and no longer affordable has gone one step further.

Nothing on it works as 10 million lines of code are hopelessly bunged up and the plane has fallen behind years in production, doubled in cost, numbers available will be very low and potential customers are running for the  exits.

Updates for the F 16 and F 18 are helping but it is probably time to scrap the project, update the F 22 and go to Russia and ask them to sell us something that actually works.

CONCLUSION

What to do with a bad smell

Note that gas and diesel are “through the roof.”  Rents are at an all time high. Food is at an all time high.

Building supplies are at an all time high. Housing prices are at an all time low and falling every day while every other price goes up.

Catch the smell here?  Contact your elected representative and let them know that you recognize “the fix” when you see it.

The money supplies of Europe and the US are being assaulted.  Europe will dissolve into chaos first, frankly, they have been there for awhile.

A study of which areas of the world have literacy, health care and infrastructure will lead to some nasty surprises. And so it goes.

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Cyber Drones and Vanunu Video

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by Eileen Fleming

 

As of the submission of this article to VeteransToday, 7,409,500 visitor’s have crossed by wearewideawake.org where it was published first.

WeAreWideAwake was founded in July 2005; three weeks after my first of seven trips to Israel Palestine.

Most all of my visitors are Government cyber drones who monitor me but I have faith enough to believe that one DAY my Government will also respond, because: It’s a God Thing about Trees, Doors, Day and Vanunu

During the last event I attended on my first of seven trips to Israel Palestine, in June 2005,Rev. Theodore Hessburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, said:

“The Peace of the World begins in Jerusalem.”

I believed it then and I believe it still.

I began to document why in my first book, and you can read that chapter here: 16 Days in Israel Palestine

During that trip I also vowed to Vanunu, I would tell his story until he was FREE to leave Israel.

I have kept my word and I will continue to tell the Vanunu saga until Israel FREES VANUNU- OR Corporate Media does their job and relieves me from the responsibility of being the only reporter in the world who bothered to document a FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial in Israel!

Mordechai Vanunu Beyond Nuclear

On 18 March 2012, Vanunu wrote:

“And the way to prevent any war with Iran is By demanding, making many programs about Vanunu’s Freedom now struggle, and publishing again all the interviews, Videos,and Dimona Photos. Telling Israel the first step in the Path for M E disarmament is let Vanunu go NOW!!”

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What follows is 2005 video interview with Vanunu beginning with Arty, of Monkey Fist Productions:

Vanunu Mordechai Speaking to Florida US,June 2005,


The last two questions in that interview were the first two question I asked Vanunu- what was his message to US, and his response is even more timely NOW:

We Are Wide Awake (WAWA) interviews Mordechai Vanunu in 2005

This week PRESS TV reported More former Dimona employees with cancer sue for neglect

The number of workers suffering from cancer who have filed lawsuits against the Dimona nuclear plant over the lack of proper safety measures is on the rise.
Victims say the high level of radioactive radiation that they were exposed to at Dimona is the main cause of the cancer that they are suffering from.

So far, over 60 people working at Dimona have filled lawsuit against the site’s officials. The victims say officials had assured them that they were protected properly and that the level of harmful radiation was being monitored carefully, but now the opposite has been proven.

The victims are demanding 120,860,000 Shekel (about 32 million dollars) in compensation.

On Monday, 24 more people, diagnosed with cancer, filled lawsuits against the Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission, accusing Dimona officials of deceiving them about their safety and protection.

Earlier this months, a lawsuit by 44 former Dimona workers told an Israeli court that they were sent to search for uranium ore across Israel without the necessary protection and that they were equipped only with goggles and masks that did not protect them from radiation.

The National Insurance, however, refused to recognize their cancer as work-related, claiming that the levels of radiation to which they were exposed were not the cause of their illness.

Dramatic increases in cancer cases, sterility and abnormal births south of the West Bank is said to be linked to a uranium leak at the Dimona nuclear power plant.

The nuclear reactor has become very old after 48 years, with experts warning of that the leakage could reach Jordan, Syria, Egypt and even Libya. [1]

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New Phase in Syria Crisis: Dealmaking Toward An Exit

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Although Turkey has backtracked from its belligerent public posture, there are still elements in the country that remain rigid on Syria. The same is true for the US and France. The fact that 2012 is an important election year in both countries plays a part in the strategy shuffle, but there are other pressing concerns too.

by Sharmine Narwani

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a joint press conference in Ankara 12 May 2010. (Photo: AFP – Adem Altan)

In recent weeks, there has been a notable shuffle in the positions of key external players in the Syrian crisis. Momentum has quite suddenly shifted from an all-out onslaught against the Assad government to a quiet investigation of exit strategies.

The clashes between government forces and opposition militias in Baba Amr were a clear tipping point for these players – much hinged on the outcome of that battle. Today, the retreat of armed groups from the Homs neighborhood means one thing: the strategy of militarizing the conflict from within is no longer a plausible option on which to hang this geopolitical battle. Especially not in an American or French election year, when anything less than regime change in Syria will look like abject failure.

And so the external players are shifting gears – the more outspoken ones, quietly seeking alternative options. There are two de facto groups that have formed. Group A is looking for a face-saving exit from the promised escalation in Syria. It consists of the United States, European Union and Turkey. Group B, on the other hand, is heavily invested in regime-change at any cost, and includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some elements of the French, US, British, and Libyan establishments.

Before Baba Amr, these two groups were unified in maximizing their every resource to force regime change in Syria. When the UN Security Council option was blocked by Russia and China, they coalesced around the General Assembly and ad-hoc “Friends of Syria” to build coalitions, tried unsuccessfully to bring a disparate opposition fighting force (Free Syrian Army) under central leadership, pushed to recognize the disunited Syrian National Council (SNA), and eked out weekly “events” like embassy closures and political condemnations to maintain a “perception momentum.”

But those efforts have largely come to a standstill after Baba Amr. A reliable source close to the Syrian regime said to me recently: “The regime eliminated the biggest and most difficult obstacle – Baba Amr. Elsewhere, it [eliminating armed militias] is easier and less costly at all levels. Now both political and military steps can continue.”

Dealmaking Begins in Earnest

Kofi Annan Syria’s crisis envoy would consult broadly and “engage with all relevant interlocutors within and outside Syria”.

The first clear-cut public sign of this new phase was the appointment of Kofi Annan as UN envoy to Syria. Annan is an American “concession” that will draw out this dealmaking phase between the Syrian government, opposition figures and foreign governments potentially until the May 2012 parliamentary elections.

This phase is what the Russians, Chinese, Iranians, and other BRIC countries have sought from the start: the creation of a protective bubble around Syria so that it has the time and space necessary to implement domestic reforms that will not harm its geopolitical priorities.

Syria threatens to blast open a Pandora’s Box of newly-motivated “soldiers of God.” And while sectarian anger may be the fuse, the conflagration will take place on a major geopolitical fault line in the Mideast, at a delicate time, on one of Israel’s borders.

Dealmaking and dialogue can be seen everywhere suddenly. Annan is only a figurehead masking these multilateral efforts. Reports are coming in that the US has kept a steady dialogue with the Syrian regime throughout. Opposition religious figures – mostly Muslim Brotherhood in their day-job guises – have met with the regime in recent weeks. And prominent Syrian reformists who reject military action and are open to dialogue with the regime, are now being sought out by various European governments.The European Union (EU) kicked things off in March in a joint foreign ministerial communique rejecting military intervention in Syria. This was swiftly followed by Kofi Annan’s strong warning against external efforts to arm the Syrian opposition, with various Americans making similar soundings in his wake.

One very prominent Syrian reformist who has remained engaged with both sides of this conflict, confided that the externally-based Syrian opposition are now “looking over each other’s shoulders – none yet dares to speak out.” The fact is, says the source, “they are getting military assistance, but nowhere near enough. They need much, much more that what they are getting, and now the countries backing this opposition are developing conflicting agendas.”

Three high-level defections from the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) were announced within days of that conversation, hinting further at the fundamental policy shifts occurring in all circles, behind the scenes.

The game has changed along Syria’s borders too. Turkey, a ferocious critic of the Assad government this past year, is reconsidering its priorities. A participant in a recent closed meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reveals the emptiness of Turkish threats to form a “humanitarian corridor” or security zone on their Syrian border.

Davutoglu, says my source, insisted in private that “Turkey will not do anything to harm Syria’s territorial integrity and unity because that will transfer the conflict into Turkish territory.”

Recent deliberations with Iran also seem to have resonated with the Turks. During Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s January visit to Ankara, a source tells me that an understanding was reached. The Iranian FM is said to have warned Turkish leaders that they were leveraging a lot of goodwill – painstakingly built up in the Muslim/Arab world – in return for “no clear benefit” in Syria. According to my source, the Turks were encouraged to strike a bargain to regain their regional standing – the key concession being that Assad would stay through the reform period.

A Hard Dose of Realpolitik

Although Turkey has backtracked from its belligerent public posture, there are still elements in the country that remain rigid on Syria. The same is true for the US and France. The fact that 2012 is an important election year in both countries plays a part in the strategy shuffle, but there are other pressing concerns too.

One major worry is that there aren’t a lot of arrows left in the quiver to fire at Syria. Without the UN Security Council granting legal authority to launch an offensive against Syria, there are only piecemeal efforts – and these have all been tried, if not yet exhausted: sanctions, demonstrations, arming militias, cyberwarfare, propaganda, diplomatic arm-twisting, and bribing defectors. But a whole year has passed with no major cracks in support from the regime’s key constituencies and that has caused some debate about whether this kind of tactical pressure may ultimately backfire.

In Washington in particular, alarm bells have been ringing since militant Islamists infiltrated the Syrian opposition militias, some pouring in from Iraq where they were only recently targeting American interests. The US has spent the better part of a decade focusing its national security apparatus on the threat from Al Qaeda and militant Islam. The execution of Osama Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda-related figures was meant to put a seal on this problem – at least in the sense that the organization has shriveled in size and influence.

But Syria threatens to blast open a Pandora’s Box of newly-motivated “soldiers of God.” And while sectarian anger may be the fuse, the conflagration will take place on a major geopolitical fault line in the Mideast, at a delicate time, on one of Israel’s borders – and changing winds could fan those flames right back in the direction of the United States and its allies.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.

That is a red line for the US military and a sizeable chunk of the Washington political establishment. There are other Americans, however, who are unable to view the Syrian crisis outside the prism of Iran and its growing regional influence. US Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, who has spent years now orchestrating the defeat of the Iran-led “Resistance Axis,” is one such player in the capital.

Feltman is part of Group B, alongside Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The battle in Syria has become an existential one for Group B. They have played too hard and revealed too much, to be able to re-assert themselves into any impartial regional role in the future – unless there is a changing of the guard in Syria.

As Group A moves toward a face-saving exit from the crisis, we are going to witness a re-telling of events in Syria. The Western “mainstream media” and major international NGOs, which have served as little more than propaganda tools for various governments seeking to escalate the Syrian crisis and vilify the Assad government, are suddenly “discovering” dangerous elements in the Syrian opposition. This scene-setting is just as deliberate as the false narratives we have witnessed from Group A since the start of the crisis.

Group B, on the other hand, remains unable to take its eye off the Syrian brass ring and may continue to employ increasingly brazen and foolhardy tactics to stimulate chaos inside the country. Syria may be Group B’s graveyard unless they are brought into these deals and promised some protection. I suspect, however, that they will instead be utilized as a valuable negotiating tool for Group A – brought into play if dealmaking is not working to their advantage.

While negotiations plod on over Syria, we can be assured that most external players have little or no consideration for actual Syrians. The regime will be focused on the long haul, which includes ridding the country of armed groups, ensuring that major roadways are free of IEDs and snipers, implementing a watered-down reform program with token opposition members to give lip service to progress, and becoming even more entrenched in the face of regional and foreign threats.

Meanwhile, the West and its regional allies will happily draw out a low-boil War of Attrition in Syria to keep the Syrian regime busy, weakened and defensive, while further seeking to cement their hold on the direction of the “Arab Spring.” They will pull levers to create flare-ups when distractions or punishments are warranted, with nary a care to the lives and livelihoods of the most disenfranchised Syrians whose blood is this conflict’s main currency.

It will never be certain if there was a revolution in Syria in 2011. The country became a geopolitical battleground less than a month after the first small protests broke out in various pockets inside Syria. And it is not over by a long stretch. Syria will continue to be the scene of conflict between two regional blocs until one side wins. This may be a new phase in Syria today where players are converging to “cut some losses,” but be assured that they are merely replenishing and repositioning their reserves for a broader regional fight.

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It’s not just Rush: 98 Advertisers now fleeing from all right wing radio shows

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Rush Limbaugh gave the right wing talk radio industry juice, and he just might be the cause of its demise. 98 advertisers so far have jumped ship from Rush Limbaugh’s show and other right wing stations due to the fallout from his 4 day long misogynistic attack on a Georgetown coed.

 

Daily Beast reports, “There are already tangible signs that the three dozen national and local advertisers that have pulled their ads from The Rush Limbaugh Show are having a financial impact.”

Premiere Networks distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers — they quickly sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday.

Think Progress reports:

Premiere Networks is circulating a list of 98 advertisers who want to avoid “environments likely to stir negative sentiments.”The list includes carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway). As you’ll see in the note below, those “environments” go beyond the Rush Limbaugh show

“To all Traffic Managers: The information below applies to your Premiere Radio Networks commercial inventory. They’ve specifically asked that you schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).’

The impact from Rush Limbaugh’s unrelenting assault is vast. In fact, the entire right wing radio industry could potentially go down with him. The money making industry thrived due to Rush Limbaugh’s highly controversial rhetoric – and now, they can thank him for its potential demise.

Three long decades of misogyny has poured out of his mouth endlessly into the airwaves. Given the demographics the advertisers actions could prove to be more than a hurdle for talk radio. Women aged 24-55 are the prize advertising demographic.

Daily Beast further  reports:

But this latest controversy comes at a particularly difficult time for right-wing talk radio. They are playing to a (sometimes literally) dying demographic. Rush & Co. rate best among old, white males. They have been steadily losing women and young listeners, who are alienated by the angry, negative, obsessive approach to political conservations. Add to that the fact that women ages 24–55 are the prize advertising demographic, and you have a perfect storm emerging after Limbaugh’s Sandra Fluke comments.

Advertisers are waking up. Extreme partisan views conveyed through the airways against their main targeted demographic, do not sell.

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