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President Assad accuses US of ‘destabilising’ Syria


President Bashar al-Assad: “To stay in this position, in this situation, you must have support”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the US is trying to destabilise Syria by providing political protection for “gangs” operating in the country.

In an interview for German TV, Mr Assad also said Saudi Arabia and Qatar were arming “terrorists” in Syria.

He also accused Turkey of giving the “terrorists” logistical support.

Meanwhile, Syria’s armed forces have been conducting “large-scale” manoeuvres to test their “combat readiness”, Syrian state media report.

On being asked whether the US was partially responsible for the deaths of innocent Syrian civilians, Mr Assad replied: “Yes, of course.”

“As long as [the US] offers support to terrorists in some way, they will be their partner,” he added.

Mr Assad said the authorities in Syria had arrested “dozens” of al-Qaeda fighters from Tunisia and Libya.

He also said that he believed that the majority of Syrians supported him.

“The US are against me, the West is against me, numerous regional powers and countries are against me, if the people were also against me, then how could I still be in my position?” he asked.

When asked whether the government would negotiate with armed rebels if they would lay down their weapons, Mr Assad said: “Clearly: Yes. We have already done this and offered them an amnesty. Some of them are now living totally normal lives, with no problem whatsoever.”

The remarks were provided by German broadcaster ARD ahead of the transmission of the interview later on Sunday.

Live ammunition

The exercises showed Syria was able “to defend [its] shores against any possible aggression”, according to state-run news agency Sana.

Tensions along the border with Turkey have been raised after Syria shot down a Turkish fighter jet last month.

Syrian Defence Minister Gen Dawoud Rajha was one of several high-ranking officers attending the manoeuvres, according to a report on Syrian TV.

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (Sana) on 7 July shows naval Syrian vessels during an exercise at an undisclosed location
Live ammunition was used during the Syrian military exercises

“Our Navy forces started to conduct an operational tactical manoeuvre with live ammunition, during which naval and coastal rockets were fired,” the report added.

The exercises were part of a training plan which involves manoeuvres “carried out over several days”, Sana said.

Some in the Syrian opposition have called for foreign military intervention to unseat Mr Assad’s government.

Last week Turkey scrambled six F-16 fighter jets near its border with Syria after Syrian helicopters came close to the border.

Also last week, Turkey said it had begun deploying rocket launchers and anti-aircraft guns along the border in response to the downing of its F-4 Phantom jet on 22 June.

Syria said the Turkish F-4 was shot down by air defence fire inside its airspace.

Meanwhile, violence continued in Syria on Sunday with 11 people reported dead, according to the Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), a network of activists inside Syria.

Three of the dead were soldiers who had defected, the LCC said.

Over 15,000 people are thought to have been killed since the start of the anti-government uprising more than a year ago.

Annan talks

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has arrived in Damascus.

Mr Annan will hold talks with President Bashar al-Assad, his office said.

On Saturday Mr Annan said his six-point peace plan for Syria had so far “failed”, in comments to French newspaper Le Monde.

Recent diplomatic moves by world powers to try and reach agreement on Syria have also not resulted in fresh action.

Earlier this week, a group of more than 100 countries known as the Friends of Syria called on the UN Security Council to adopt Mr Annan’s six point plan under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which would allow for further sanctions.

However, Russia and China, both of whom hold vetoes at the Council, were not at the meeting and have refused to call for Mr Assad’s departure – a key demand of many in the Syrian opposition.

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Turkey signals resort to UN action over Syria crisis

Turkey has started to build a case for stronger UN involvement in quelling the violence in Syria within the framework of Article 39 of Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which envisages the use of force or the threat to use force in the case of a breach of peace or act of aggression.

The logic behind the current campaign, which apparently received the green light from Ankara, is to convince the international public that Syria has become a threat not only to itself but to its region as well, and thus prompt urgent action to stabilize the risks.

Ünal Çeviköz, the Turkish ambassador in London, said recently that Turkey has asked the UN’s Security Council to look into the possibility of invoking Chapter VII, during an interview made available on the website of the Daily Telegraph last week. “If Syria continues to reject the expectations or the realization of the expectations of the international community, the international community has to come forward with a stronger message that it will not allow the Syrian regime to behave like this anymore,” the ambassador emphasized.

Speaking after a meeting on June 30 of world powers in Geneva that convened to discuss a UN-brokered political transition plan for Syria, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said sanctions based on Charter VII should be used against Syria if this plan is not implemented.

“We should endorse this plan in the Security Council; we should endorse it with real consequences, including Chapter VII sanctions, if it is not implemented,” she said.

Turkish officials say without a credible guarantee that there will be sanctions under Chapter VII in case of non-compliance, the new plan drafted by UN-Arab League joint envoy to Syria Kofi Annan would have no effect in practice — that it would be “just words.”

The plan adopted in Geneva does not include any reference to Chapter VII. Two participants in the meeting, Russia and China — which have shielded Syria from harsher sanctions in the Security Council — are against such a reference.

Chapter VII sets out the Security Council’s powers to maintain peace and allows the council to take both military and nonmilitary action when regional security is at stake and is threatened by an act of aggression.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, taking a similar stance to Turkey’s, stated that if the decisions made in the Geneva meeting would not be enough to convince Bashar al-Assad’s regime to end the violence, France would bring the issue to the Security Council under Chapter VII principles.

Article 41 of the chapter enumerates nonmilitary measures that can be imposed on a UN member state in the event of any serious breaches of peace, such as complete or partial interruption of economic relations and severance of diplomatic relations. Article 42, the most important principle of the chapter related to the use of force, reads that in case of the inadequacy of nonmilitary measures, the UN Security Council could take “action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security.”

Although a group of countries including Turkey have already put Chapter VII on their foreign policy agendas, political experts have said they do not believe in the possibility of international consensus-based action within the scope of the UN, due to the challenged but unchanged positions on Syria of Russia and China, permanent members holding veto power on issues decided in the UN Security Council.

Çağrı Erhan, professor of international relations at Ankara University’s faculty of administrative sciences, noted that in order to invoke Chapter VII, gaining the consent of veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council members Russia and China is necessary, adding that the final authority to affirm a decision invoking this chapter is the UN Security Council.

For any resolution to be accepted by the UN Security Council the consent of all five permanent members — the US, the UK, France, Russia and China — is a condition.

“The only article Turkey would invoke in Chapter VII is Article 51 on the right to self or collective defense, which would give it the right to take its own military measures against any threat from Syria. This would not require a UN action,” Erhan maintained.

The 17-month Syrian conflict causing concern to the international community has risked evolving into a bilateral conflict between Turkey and Syria since Syria’s downing of a Turkish jet on June 22 over the Mediterranean.

Syrian forces shot down the RF-4E Phantom, an unarmed reconnaissance version of the F4 fighter jet, which, according to Ankara, was on a solo mission to test domestic radar systems and was hit in international airspace after it briefly strayed into Syrian airspace.

Erhan maintained that the jet crisis issue is under the direct mandate of NATO and should have been evaluated under Article 5 of the NATO Charter, which considers an attack on any member state as a threat to all and envisages the use of armed force in such a case. Article 5 takes its mandate from Article 51, which designates any individual or collective defense action as legal.

Article 6 of the NATO Charter defines any attack on the forces of any state parties stationed either in Europe or the Mediterranean Sea as a breach of Article 5. Due to that, if the way for a common UN action stays blocked, whether or not to raise Article 5 of the NATO Charter is up to Turkey in the event of any future confrontation with Syria.

Another political expert, Mensur Akgün, director of the Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) and lecturer in the international relations department at İstanbul Kültür University, agreed with Erhan, claiming that mobilizing the UN for an action in Syria is not possible due to the difference of opinions within the Security Council.

The differing opinions also surfaced during the Geneva conference, which had first created hopes for a consensus-based solution, because it included the participation of Russia and China. But Russia did not abandon its support for Assad’s Baath regime, insisting on the condition that any future transitional government would involve figures from the old regime.

“What is needed is political will. If there is a political will, any enforcement measures could be taken. But if political will is lacking, no matter the extent of the violence, no move is possible,” Akgün stated.

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Netanyahu to Obama: When We Say “Jump” You Answer, “How High”?


By Franklin Lamb

Presidential candidate Barack Obama is being targeted by the US Israel lobby from A to Z, (Ackerman, Gary & Aipac to Zuckerman, Mort & the Zionist Organization of America) as no American President seeking re-election has been in the country’s 236 year history.

Israel’s dual loyalty agents, as well as more fair minded American Jewish voters have historically intimidated and influenced US presidents seeking reelection, especially those in a tight race, with various financial and political threats and rewards. That’s part of the American political game and obviously plenty of other lobbies do it also.

And it pays off. From Truman’s recognition of Israel’s declaration of statehood during his tough reelection fight in 1948 when Chaim Weizmann and other Jewish leaders swarmed the Oval Office to Carter’s Camp David sell-out of American humanitarian values during his Democratic party splitting 1980 re-election challenge from Ted Kennedy.

For more than 60 years the Zionist lobby has used cash, real & fake polls, and tactics ranging from threats of exposing sex-capers and corruption to withholding or delivering Jewish votes in key states like Florida, New york, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to achieve maximum obeisance to Israel’s goals.

One might agree that all these tactics are part big leagues American politics.

According to long time Israeli diplomat, Abba Eban, President Truman would not have supported a Jewish state were it not for “a crucial $25,000 gift made by Jews to Truman’s vice presidential aspirations in 1944 and that in 1948 American Jews helped Truman again, this time to finance his campaign at a “desperate time”. According to Eban,”No historian would question the judgment that without the support of, and political pressure from, American Jewry, Israel’s emergence could not have been conceived.” Eban concluded that the Zionist’s lobby’s “extraordinary solidarity and tactics” enlarged Israel’s power beyond the limited dimensions of its space and size.”

Concerned that Truman was too pro-Arab, Zionists enlisted Eddy Jacobson, a friend of Truman’s to sway the President to see Ezer Weizmann once again, despite Truman’s earlier ban on Zionists due to their “harassments.” Truman at first refused. He wrote on February 27, 1948, to Jacobson, just as the Nakba was ethnically cleansing nearly 800,00 Palestinians from their homes and lands, that he would not learn anything new from Weizmann, and added: “The Jews are so emotional, and the Arabs are so difficult to talk with that it is almost impossible to get anything done.” Nonetheless, after considerable persuasion which Jabonson claimed involved large amounts of campaign donations, Truman wrote Jacobson, “You win, you baldheaded SOB. I will see him.”

Concerning Camp David, Jimmy Carter explained a couple of years ago during a question and answer period following a lecture at the American University of Beirut that “the Jewish lobby was relentless with pressure tactics of various sorts and Begin lied to me about Israel’s willingness to make peace with the Palestinians. I regret to have to admit to you that we caved to their political pressure.”

One could perhaps feel for Obama and his campaign staff given what they are reportedly experiencing today, especially since America’s most powerful lobby has become even stronger since the 1980’s. Their tactics are many and aimed at sapping Obama’s will to do what American national interests require. One is Bill Clinton’s reported deal, being talked about on Capitol Hill, with Israeli officials to assure that if Obama is defeated Hillary will make his/her move and lock up the 2016 Democratic primaries and the general election with plenty of attendant joy for Tel Aviv.

The power to make credible demands on Obama involve much more that Jewish votes since they make up a bit less than 2% of the American electorate. Yet, even the smallest group can make an electoral dent if they move in unison and that may happen regarding Obama among those Jewish voters and Christian Zionists who put Israel first. Obama’s fate, though, is more closely tied to the Jewish vote in states Florida and Pennsylvania where they made up 4% of the 2008 electorate in both of these states.

Statistics being used by the Zionist lobby to pressure the increasingly jittery Obama campaign include recent polls. The Republican Jewish Coalition claims that 30% of Jewish voters who support Romney, represents the “highest level of Jewish support for a Republican presidential candidate in 24 years.” RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks recently stated that if the Jewish vote poll numbers hold in November, they will spell “a disaster” for Obama.

In the 2008 election, Jews supported Obama by a 57 percentage point margin 2008 1.1 points (57 x 0.02) of his popular vote margin. A recent Gallup poll has Jewish voters still in Obama’s camp, but only by barely 35 percentage points. That is the lowest percentage for a Democratic presidential candidate among the Jewish electorate since 1988. A recent Gallup polls reveals a 10-point drop in Jewish voter support (22% in New York) or five points worse than Obama’s shrinkage among all registered voters compared with 2008.

The Israel lobby knows, and they know that Obama’s campaign staff knows, that any diminution in his support from Jewish voters will have a major impact in a very tight election. They both realize that Obama needs to retain his 2008 Jewish vote levels and campaign cash – or risk defeat. . In a close election, one point either way could make the difference as it did in Florida’s 2000 election.

So what price is being demanded of the Obama campaign for Zionist lobby support between now and November 6th?

They include, but are not limited to the following:

-Obama must freeze Israeli-Palestinian “peace talks” and block European Union pressures on Israel over the settlement and human rights issues;

-Israel wants Obama to pressure the government of Turkey to cancel the 5/28/12 indictment of four senior Israeli military commanders, who have been charged in a Turkish court in connection with the killing of nine Turkish citizens in 2010 on broad the Mari Marmara, one of the ships of the Freedom Flotilla. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of former Israeli military chief of staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, the former head of military intelligence, Major General Amos Yadlin, head of the navy, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom, and head of the air force, Brigadier General Avishai Lev. Israel wants them withdrawn. According to an aid of Senator John Kerrey, the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO) of the US State Department has advised the US Senate Foreign Relations committee that the Israeli attack on the Mari Marmara constituted an international crime which involved lethal and excessive force and resulted in the killing of nine civilians and the wounding of at least 50 others. The State Department further advised Congress that while Israel carried out an inquiry into the attack, that inquiry failed to meet the requirements of international law. Israel has not prosecuted anyone who killed those on board the Mari Marmara;

-A green light to attack Iran in case the Zionist leadership decides to do it;

-An unequivocal White House commitment that the 2012 Democratic Convention Party Platform will back the 5/17/12 passed resolution (H. Res. 568 adopted by vote of 401-11) affirming that it is U.S. policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and opposing any reliance on a policy seeking to contain a nuclear-capable Iran;

-That the White House force US Senator John Kerrey, Chairman of the Foreign Relation Committee to expedite a vote on a similar resolution in the Senate (S. J. Res. 41) which remains on hold in Kerrey’s committee.

– That the White House publicly endorse the 5/23/12 Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act (S. 2101), which would dramatically escalate the level of sanctions against Iran and sharply tighten the enforcement of existing sanctions law.

-A public pledge by Obama that the US will attack Iran and Hezbollah if either retaliates against Israel for its bombing of the Islamic republic.

-More money for fourteen new Research & Development projects for the Israeli military;

– Free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard,

-More visible White House support for various congressional resolutions supported by Israel, ranging from those targeting Iran, Muslims, Arabs and Palestinians.

-Regime change is Syria,

-Instruct Egypt that the price for continued US military and economic aid is to embrace the Camp ‘David accords and all its provisions requiring Egypt to “cooperate with Israel”

-Arrange for Israeli Embassy space in Cairo given that to date no one is willing to rent it any, and damp down Muslim Brotherhood calls for the recovery of Palestine;

– Support for the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 (H.R. 4133 and S. 2165), which recommends several ways to strengthen U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation in such fields as missile defense, homeland security, energy, intelligence and cyber-security. The House bill, which passed on May 8 by a vote of 411-2, led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

-That the 2012 Democratic Platform and candidate Obama emphasize over the next five months the need for America to guarantee Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge over any and all combinations of adversaries on the battlefield.

Obama election year groveling to Israel was perhaps symbolized by the June, 13 2012 White House spectacle of bestowal on Israel’s President Shimon Peres of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

The PMF recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Peres, father of Israel’s colonial settlements, has committed myriad international crimes against the Lebanese people and Palestinian refugees, including the April 18, 1996 Qana Massacre that killed 106 Lebanese and Palestinians and wounded approximately 120 including four Fijian UNIFIL soldiers who were among the 800 civilians who had taken refuge in the compound. Peres sanctioned countless other attacks on civilians killing more than 14,000 civil and wounding more than 25,000 as part of various Israel aggression during his time as Prime Minister, meaning that he belongs on trial at the International Criminal Court at the Hague not at a White House dinner even in an election year. Despite knowing this, Obama caved to AIPAC and Congressional campaign pressure and sullied the PMF, his office and claimed American valves.

In an email from one Congressional staffer, she explained that the lobby wanted Peres to receive this honor which disgusted many on Capitol Hill and internationally, hoping to deflect some of the increasing condemnations the Apartheid regime has been receiving including the recent British government’s Foreign Office in its report, Children in Military Custody has accused Israel of illegal mistreatment of Palestinian children after a report by a delegation of senior British lawyers revealed unconscionable practices, such as hooding, solitary confinement and the use of leg irons. found that “undisputed facts” pointed to at least six violations of the UN convention on the rights of the child, to which Israel is a signatory.

The report claims that youngsters are dragged from their beds in the middle of the night, have their wrists bound behind their backs, and are blindfolded and made to kneel or lie face down in military vehicles. The children are held in conditions that amount to torture, such as solitary confinement and no access to their parents.

In a damning conclusion, the report points out repeated breaches of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibits cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

In addition, Israel is a party to the Geneva Conventions, and bound by its obligations, yet Articles 76 and 65 of the 4th Geneva Convention were also found to have been breached, according to the report.

Article 76 prohibits detainees from being transported to the country of the authority which has detained them. In this case, Palestinian children were found to have been transported from the West Bank into Israel.

Article 65 states that any penal laws applied to prisoners in an occupied land must be translated into their own language. The lawyers said the Israeli authorities failed to translate Military Order 1676 from Hebrew into Arabic.

To the extent Obama convinces the Israel lobby between now and Tuesday November 6th may determine whether he is a one term President or returns for a second term with its uncertainties regarding traditional US Presidential support for Israel given that during his second term, as he has stated publicly thanks to a live media mike, he will have much more flexibility.

It is too early to know what boast Obama’s campaign might receive from the US Supreme Court’s 6/29/12 decision upholding his truly historic achievement of reforming the American health system which will provide quality health care for more than 30 million uninsured Americans. Widespread public approval of Obamacare may significantly weaken Zionist lobby plans to control the White House as it has the Congress and how high President Obama needs to jump.


Franklin Lamb, former Assistant Counsel, US House Judiciary Committee and Professor of International Law at Northwestern College of Law in Oregon, earned his Law Degree at Boston University and his LLM, M.Phil., and PhD degrees at the London School of Economics. Following three years at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Lamb was visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center.

He is currently doing research in Lebanon and volunteers with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign and the Sabra-Shatila Foundation. Lamb is the author of: Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon: Eyewitness Chronicles of the Invasion and Occupation, South End Press, First Printing, 1983, International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, Imp. TIPE: 42, Rue Lebour 93100 Montreuil, Paris, France 1984, The Price We Pay: A Quarter Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons in Lebanon (Lamont Press) 2007, His latest book, The Case for Palestinian Civil Rights in Lebanon, is due out shortly.

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The Arab Spring – A Neocon Plan for Global Domination

Worth a complete listen, but pertinent information begins around 2:16.

The working paper that would more fully detail this strategy would be released in 1996.  Known as “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”, the policy paper was received by the newly elected Netanyahu government with great enthusiasm.  Netanyahu flew immediately to the United States. History Commons reports as follows regarding this trip of July 8 -10, 1996,

Quoting extensively from the proposal, he tells the lawmakers that the US must join Israel in overseeing the “democratization” of the Middle East. War might be a necessity to achieve this goal, he warns. While the “Clean Break” authors are primarily concerned with Iraq and Syria, Netanyahu takes a longer view. “The most dangerous of these regions is Iran,” he says.

The degree to which Jewish organizations would mobilize behind Netanyahu is astounding as can be seen in such papers as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace “Integrating Democracy Promotion into U.S. Middle East Policy” (2004), the United States Army War College Strategy Research Project “Democratization as a United States Strategy for Middle East Security” – (i.e. for Israel), as well as core State Department strategies begun in 1996 in line with Jewish demands.

By 2008, the degree of complicity of the United States through a Jewish controlled State Department in the fomenting of “democracy” can be inferred in a report from a conference held on May 8-9 by the Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  As stated in the report,

The more democracy promotion is tied to the U.S. government, the more we are tying our own hands. We now have many U.S. government entities handling NGOs and it is increasingly becoming a more state centered democracy promotion scheme. It is important to create distance between U.S. foreign policy and democratic transitions in foreign countries because it does not look right to have the U.S. government telling civil society groups in foreign countries to rebel against or question their own governments.

Inside the Eye – Live! Analyzes Syria and the Arab Spring

Egypt and Libya have fallen.  Tunisia was simply required to fall in order to bring weapons into Libya.  Next in line, as Jews work without rest to plunge the world into another disastrous war, is Syria.

Syria is one of those former client states of the Soviet Union, and Russia still maintains a naval base at Tartus.

America’s Jewish elite, desperate to complete the Wolfowitz Doctrine, as crack smoking stupid as it has proven to be for the United States, has sponsored and supported a military uprising in Syria.

Another Jewish manufactured Holocaust in the making.

Inside the Eye-Live! analyzed the Neocons behind the “Arab Spring” strategy and exposed the clear Jewish content to the machinations that has become known as “the Arab Spring”.

In the second hour, Mark Glenn of “The Ugly Truth”, joined to discuss the “democratization of Syria” at the hands of foreign sponsored armed groups and death squads.

You can [download the show here] or listen here:

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Jordan MP in trouble for pulling gun in TV debate


Jordanian lawmaker is being investigated after pulling a gun on his opponent in a live TV talk show, a prosecutor said Monday.

Mohammed Shawabka pointed his pistol at Mansour Seif-Eddine Murad after the former guerrilla-turned-politician called him a “mafia thief” during a prime-time debate late Thursday covering Jordanian politics and the Syria’s uprising. The debate was aired on the private Jordanian Josat satellite station.

“He was going to shoot me and he should be punished for that,” said Murad, an outspoken activist affiliated with Arab nationalist groups who support what they consider to be Syrian President Bashar Assad’s defiance of Western “colonialism.”

He said he filed a complaint against Shawabka at Amman’s First Instance Court earlier Monday, accusing him of attempted murder and defamation.

Shawabka declined comment.

An Amman prosecutor confirmed that the case was received and that the court will soon decide if there is enough evidence to bring charges.

Political debate shows are a popular feature on Arabic-language satellite television and some hosts frequently book guests with radically opposed views and reputations for volatility. Exchanges of insults are common, shoving matches not unheard-of.

The prosecutor said the use of a firearm meant there was potentially a serious charge, if not attempted murder.

“Had he pointed the gun at Mr. Murad’s head, it would’ve surely been a good case of attempted murder,” the prosecutor said, insisting on anonymity because he is not allowed to comment on a court case. Video of the fight does not appear to show Shawabka taking aim.

He said prosecutors were also investigating “how the gun managed to find its way into the studio.”

The fight began when Shawabka accused Murad of being an Assad “spy.” Murad denied the allegation.

“You’re a Mossad agent,” Murad said, referring to the Israeli secret service.

The host, Mohammed Habashna, who was sitting between them, shouted at his guests to “calm down.”

Instead, the MP took off his right shoe and hurled it at Murad, who took cover under a table.

Then, Shawabka pulled out a silver pistol from his waistband and pointed it toward the activist. No shots were fired.

Habashna came between the two but the MP continued to try to push at Murad as the program abruptly ended.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” Habashna said. “It was like the Wild West, but we needed horses in the studio.”

Murad is a former guerrilla with a Palestinian group. He was jailed in Greece for participating in the 1969 hand grenade attack on the Athens office of the Israeli airline El Al that killed one child. Murad was freed in 1970 in exchange for 55 hostages aboard a hijacked Olympic Airways jetliner.

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US war resister in sanctuary of Canadian church



By Bob Meola, Courage to Resist. July 8, 2012

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War Resister Rodney Watson wishes he could be with his parents and other family and friends in his home town of Kansas City, Missouri. He’d like to see his wife and four year old son more than just on weekends in Vancouver, B.C. too. He’d also like to take his young family home to the United States and have his wife and his son meet his parents. But he can’t. Rodney has been living in the sanctuary of United Church in Vancouver since September 18, 2009. He eats and sleeps there and still cannot leave the Church without the risk of being deported back to the United States and to a military brig. After a tour of Iraq, in which he witnessed the senseless brutality of the war and the same racism toward the Iraqi people by U.S. enlisted soldiers and American contractors that he knew so well from experiencing it as an African-American, growing up in the United States, Rodney was stop-lossed.

Army Spc. Rodney Watson joined the Army in 2004 under a three year contract. In 2005, he was deployed to Iraq. He signed up to be a cook and instead was made to search vehicles and Iraqi civilians for explosives, contraband and weapons before they entered the base. In 2006, when his tour of duty there was over, he was informed that his contractual obligation to serve in the Army was being extended , without his consent, and he would not be discharged from military service at the agreed upon time. Rodney was a victim of the Army Stop Loss program. Rather than continue to serve in the Army and face re-deployment to Iraq in a war he knew was illegal and immoral, Rodney deserted and took refuge in Canada.

Presently, Rodney finds himself in a legal limbo that has meant no change in his case for quite a while. His lawyer will soon be re-submitting an application for him to be granted asylum on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds so that he can stay in Canada and be able to resume being a father to his four year old son and a husband on a daily basis. Because Rodney is confined to the church, he only sees his wife and his son on weekends.

Rodney recently told me, “Any conscientious objector to the Iraq war should not be punished because our leader, George Bush, himself went AWOL. No Iraq war Veteran should be punished for waking up and going AWOL after George W. Bush went AWOL from the National Guard and then later led us into a war based on lies about weapons of mass destruction. He should be locked up and not any of us awakened veterans from that Iraq war. The war criminals are free while I’m sitting in sanctuary in a church not able to go out in public. Thousands more [war resisters] are underground in the states who had disagreement with that war. It doesn’t make any sense to be punished for your conscience. I’m not a pacifist but the Iraq war was an unnecessary aggression and it was for natural resources and based on lies.

“If there is anything I can say to my fellow troops who are waking up to the lies and corporate greed and corruption, it is that I salute you and real change is not made by silence. I salute you for standing up and speaking out.

“I still love America. It’s my home. I miss my home. We’re in a state of endless war. I would like to be able to cross any border freely as a free man. There should be amnesty for Iraq war veterans. There are soldiers, here in Canada, who have come with their families from the states and soldiers who have made families here. There should be amnesty for those who have woken up to the lies and the corruption of the Iraq War.

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“I’m treated like a dangerous criminal because I decided that war wasn’t worth killing over. Why are we punished for saying we don’ t want to risk our lives for it anymore? I have a very deep feeling that there is going to be some kind of atonement for this. This is not right. This war was evil. Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Bush are running around free. If that’s not an axis of evil, I don’t know what is. “I thought I’d be protecting my country when I joined the Army. It was a lie.

“Being a deserter and a refugee has put a strain on my marriage and family. My wife is presently going to school to become a nurse’s aide. I risked my life for a stupid war that was wrong. I have no fear of risking my freedom and my life again for what is right—for truth.

“I just feel in my heart that I have every right to speak my mind against this war that I was involved in because I was actually there and I lost my friend there and I risked my own life for a war that was based on lies.”

Rodney appreciates the support he has received from Courage to Resist, the War Resisters’ Support Campaign, and donations from individual Quakers. It is fundraising for him that has sustained him. Rodney welcomes anyone who wants to connect with him to do so at his Facebook page, War Resister in Sanctuary.

Bob Meola is a member of the Courage to Resist Organizing Collective, the War Resisters League National Committee and the Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee. As a City of Berkeley Peace and Justice Commissioner, he authored the city’s resolutions honoring Conscientious Objectors and War Resisters, making Berkeley a sanctuary city for war resisters and urging Universal Unconditional Amnesty for war resisters.

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Inside Gestapo super-secret intelligence agency

This article is adapted from “Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars” (Levant Books), a new book detailing the history of the Israeli intelligence community by CBS News national correspondent Dan Raviv and Israeli journalist Yossi Melman.As tensions continue to mount between Iran and Israel, Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman offer detailed reporting on how Israel’s intelligence agency operates inside Iran.   

There’ve been more than a few reports suggesting that Israel’s foreign intelligence agency – the Mossad – hires Iranian dissidents to carry out sabotage and assassinations inside Iran.

But a study of fifty years of assassinations by the Mossad – including conversations with current and former operatives and those who work with them in countries friendly to Israel – yields the conclusion that the assassins inside Iran are Israelis.

The Mossad has a special operations unit – a kind of Mossad within the Mossad – called Kidon (the Hebrew word for bayonet), which has over the years developed unique methods for infiltrating enemy countries, and for murdering Israel’s enemies without leaving a trace.

The Mossad benefits from unmatched linguistic capabilities, in part because Israel has many citizens whose families moved from Arabic- or Persian-speaking countries. Israeli operatives have traveled into Iran using the passports of other countries, including bogus documents produced by skilled Mossad forgers, and genuine passports where the photographs might be altered slightly.

Insight into the psyches and behavior of members of the super-secret Kidon squad can be found – perhaps surprisingly – in the pages of a novel called “Duet in Beirut,” published only in Hebrew (in 2002), by Mishka Ben-David, a former intelligence officer in the Mossad’s operations department, which runs and coordinates Kidon.

From the book and other sources it is understood that Kidon is so compartmentalized that its office is not inside the Mossad headquarters. Kidon combatants – who dubbed themselves “The Team” – hardly ever go there. Even when interacting with Mossad operatives from other units, Kidon men use assumed names. In the field, members use a third name – and sometimes even fourth and fifth identities.

Their training includes almost anything one might imagine is needed for an intelligence operation: surveillance, shaking off surveillance, studying objects and memorizing everything about them. They become proficient at remembering codes and securely communicating during missions without raising suspicion.

Because they are the cream of the crop, Kidon men and women are the ones the Mossad director selects for very dangerous missions – including complex operations of an information-gathering nature – that require top professionals.

Despite tactical successes in Iran in recent years, the Mossad and its top political master, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, know that the entire Iranian nuclear weapons program will not be demolished by assassinations of nuclear scientists and military officers.

Yet, any delay in Iran’s nuclear work represents an achievement. Israeli strategic thinking (exercised in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere) holds that temporary disruptions to an enemy’s dangerous projects are sufficient cause for taking significant risks.


Could Israel successfully attack Iran?Ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

Meir Dagan, Mossad director from 2002 to 2010, was pleased by past missions in Iran and the “cleanliness” of their execution: no clues, no fingerprints, not even motorcycles left behind. Iranian authorities could only guess who was attacking, in broad daylight, in their capital.But the intimidating impact that Dagan aimed to create in Iran seems to be exhausted. This is reportedly apparent to Tamir Pardo, the new head of the Mossad, who has a reputation for knowing that one should not push one’s luck. Iran is becoming more dangerous for Mossad and other foreign intelligence operatives. One can expect a halt, at least temporarily, of the assassination campaign.

Dagan, in retirement, has become outspoken in his opposition to a military strike by Israel against Iran. When he spoke to Lesley Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in March, Dagan warned that retaliation by Iran and its proxies could be highly damaging to normal life in the Jewish state. Dagan also believes that an attack by Israel would unite most Iranians around their regime and would give Iran’s scientists and engineers a major reason to speed up their underground nuclear work.

His private advice boils down to pointing out that there is still plenty of disruption to be accomplished within Iran by sabotage, assassinations, and a truly innovative weapon – cyberwarfare. The worm called Stuxnet that took over Iranian nuclear lab computers was a product of Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies working together; and it was not the only computer virus created by the highly skilled programmers in both nations.

While Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak seem skeptical that international economic sanctions will persuade Iran to cancel its nuclear bomb program, Dagan and other former and current intelligence officials believe that sanctions are biting and could be a major factor in the ayatollahs’ thinking.

Only last week, most of Europe stopped purchasing Iranian oil. Tension in the Middle East is likely to rise, and predicting when – or how – the crisis over Iran may be resolved is truly impossible. There is a high likelihood, however, that the Mossad – and its even more secretive Kidon unit – will somehow be involved.

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American Nazi’s: Bye Bye Ms. American Pie

Bye Bye Ms. American Pie – 101st Airborne, AH64, deal with enemy in Afghanistan
 Part of channel(s): Afghanistan (current event)

While on patrol in the Wardack province our Apache Pilots aka “Mexican” encountered innocent farmers planting poppy seeds in the middle of the road. Working in concert with ground forces they eliminated the threat with ONE Kilo Hellfire.

At the 01:39 mark you can hear the pilot singing “Bye Bye Ms. American Pie” right before impact then BOOM….the rest is history.
Enjoy and have a Happy Fourth of July.



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Syria’s fighting spills into Lebanon

Relatives of Nadia al Ouisi mourn during her funeral in Wadi Khaled town after shelling by Syrian forces towards villagers houses in North Lebanon July 7, 2012. Syrian artillery shelling struck a number of houses in Wadi Khaled area, killing a teenager, 16-year-old Nadia al-Ouishi and injuring five others, the National News Agency reported. REUTERS- Roula Naeimeh
A child wounded during Syrian shelling in Lebanon's Wadi Khaled region lies in a hospital at Qobayat village in north Lebanon July 7, 2012. Syria's conflict spilled further into Lebanon on Saturday when mortar fire from Syria's President Bashar al-Assad's forces hit villages in north Lebanon, killing five people after rebels crossed the border to seek refuge, residents said. REUTERS-Roula Naeimeh
Syrian Brigadier-General Manaf Tlas is seen in Damascus in a handout photograph taken with a mobile phone on February 21, 2011. REUTERS-Handout

By Oliver Holmes


(Reuters) – Syria’s conflict spilled further into Lebanon on Saturday when mortar fire from President Bashar al-Assad’s forces hit villages in the north, killing five people after rebels crossed the border to seek refuge, residents said.

Rebels fighting to unseat Assad have used north Lebanon as a base and his forces have at times bombed villages and even pursued insurgents over the border, threatening to stoke tension in Lebanon, whose sectarian rifts mirror those in Syria.

Residents of Lebanon’s Wadi Khaled region said several mortar bombs hit farm buildings five to 20 km (3 to 12 miles) from the border at around 2 a.m. At midday villagers reported more explosions and said they heard gunfire close to the border.

In the village of al-Mahatta, a house was destroyed, killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding a two-year old and a four-year old, family members told Reuters. A 25-year-old woman and a man were killed in nearby villages, residents said.

Two Bedouins were killed in the village of Hishe, which straddles a river demarcating the border, when two rocket-propelled grenades fired from within Syria hit their tent, according to local residents.

Lebanon’s army confirmed one of the deaths and said several Syrian shells had landed in Lebanese territory, but had no further information. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman issued a statement regretting the deaths and promising an investigation.

Syria’s bloodshed has also encroached on Turkey, a much bigger, more powerful neighbor that once backed Assad but turned against him over his violent repression of unrest.

Turkey has reinforced its border and scrambled fighter aircraft several times since Syria shot down a Turkish reconnaissance jet on June 22 over what Damascus said was Syrian territorial waters in the Mediterranean. Ankara said the incident occurred in international air space.


The diplomatic stalemate that has frustrated international efforts to bring about a peaceful transition in Syria persisted on Saturday as China joined Russia in rejecting a U.S. accusation that Beijing and Moscow were obstacles to a solution.

In Syria, the army bombarded towns across northern Aleppo province on Saturday in a concerted effort to root out insurgents who have taken control of some areas, the anti-government Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“The bombing is the heaviest since the start of military operations in rural Aleppo in an attempt to control the region after regular Syrian army forces suffered heavy losses over the past few months,” the British-based activist group reported.

It said three people had died, including two rebels.

The official Syrian news agency SANA said troops foiled infiltration attempts by armed men from Turkey and Lebanon on Friday. It said one clash “resulted in the killing, injury of dozens of the infiltrated gunmen”.

In Idlib province, SANA said, an armed terrorist group was prevented from infiltrating from Turkey in Harem region. It quoted a source as saying a number were killed “while the rest managed to flee back into the Turkish territories”.

The Observatory said many families had been displaced and water, electricity and medical supplies were running short.


Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city and commercial hub, has been largely spared of the violence. But the outskirts of the city and the wider province have seen rebels gaining territory since the uprising began 16 months ago.

SANA reported a clash “with an armed terrorist group in Azaz area north of Aleppo as it was attacking the citizens and perpetrating killings”. It said eight gunmen were killed and six cars equipped with machineguns plus a stolen ambulance were destroyed. The agency named the dead.

Opposition activists say at least 15,000 people have been killed since the uprising began. Assad says the rebels are foreign-backed terrorists who have killed thousands of army and police troops in hit-and-run attacks and roadside bombings.

The Observatory said 93 people, mostly civilians, were killed across Syria on Friday, when protesters took the streets to call for a “people’s liberation war.”

Syria’s crisis began with street protests against Assad and evolved largely into an armed insurgency after he tried to crush unrest by military force. It has become increasingly sectarian in nature with rebels from Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority pitted against Assad’s minority Alawites, a branch of Shi’ite Islam, dominating the military and security services.


Russia and China have repeatedly used veto power at the U.N. Security Council to block international attempts to push Assad to relinquish power to make way for a democratic transition in the pivotal Arab country.

At a “Friends of Syria” meeting grouping Assad’s Western and Arab opponents, Clinton urged them to make Russia and China “pay a price” for helping the authoritarian leader stay in the office he, and his late father before him, have held for 42 years. ID:nL6E8I62J4]

On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin shot back: “Any words and deeds that slander China and sow discord between China and other countries will be in vain.”

Russia and China say they are committed to the peace plan of U.N. envoy Kofi Annan that prescribes national dialogue, but reject the position of Western powers and their Gulf Arab allies that Assad must step down to enable reform in Syria.

Annan told French daily le Monde in an interview published on Saturday that Western criticism of Russia was diverting attention from the role of other countries in backing Assad and arming his soldiers, notably Iran.

“Russia has influence, but I don’t think that events will be determined by Russia alone. What strikes me is that there is so much talk about Russia and much less about Iran, and little is said about other countries that are sending money and weapons,” he said.

“All of these countries say that want a peaceful solution, but they undertake individual and collective actions that undermine the very meaning of (U.N.) Security Council resolutions,” he added.

Assad has been Shi’ite Iran’s main ally in the Arab world.

Annan conceded that U.N. efforts to resolve the crisis so far had been a failure. “Clearly, we have not succeeded. And maybe there is no guarantee that we will succeed,” he said.

News on Friday that one of Assad’s personal friends had defected and was headed for exile inFrance was hailed by Clinton as proof that members of the Damascus leadership were starting to “vote with their feet” and leave a sinking ship.

Manaf Tlas, a Republican Guard brigadier and son of the longtime defence minister under Assad’s father Hafez, has yet to surface abroad or clearly to throw his lot in with the rebels.

But his desertion, leaked by family friends, was confirmed by the French government, giving a boost to the “Friends of Syria” conference it hosted in Paris where participants agreed to “massively increase” aid to Syria’s opposition.

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