Archive | September 1st, 2012




Erdington/Sutton Coldfield Stop the War Coalition

7.30 p.m. Wednesday 5th September Methodist Church Station Road Erdington

(The entrance of the Church is at the back next to the car park. Any problems ring 0777 156 7496 )


1. Main Items:

The Syrian civil war


2. Protest at the Shenstone drone factory 12 noon 5th October Shenstone station

3. Birmingham StWC meeting Syria, Palestine and the Arab Spring 18.10.12.

4. Report on the Birmingham StWC committee 16.7.12. Pete Duffy

5. Future Birmingham StWC meeting on the Drones

6. A.O.B.


1. The Syrian civil war is a violent internal conflict in Syria. It is part of the wider Arab Spring, a wave of upheaval throughout the Arab World.

    Public demonstrations ??? THAT IS THE FIRST LIE  DEMONSTRATION BY NATO ZIONIST PUPPETS across Syria began on 26th January 2011 and developed into a nationwide uprising. Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, the overthrow of his government, and an end to nearly five decades of one party rule.  FIVE DECADES LIKE THE SAUDI AND JORDANIAN AMERICAN PUPPETS REGIME CAN YOU SAY THAT MR RICHARDSONSince spring 2011, the Syrian government has deployed the Syrian Army to quell the uprising. Several cities have been besieged. OH WHAT ABOUT THE AMERICAN QATARI_SAUDI DEPLOYMENT OF CRIMINAL ZIONIST ?  There has been an influx of Syrian refugees into neighbouring countries, except for, understandably Israel. Some of the protestors have organised themselves into a rag tag rebel army called the Free Syrian Army. It has been discovered by a French journalist that the rebel army are being trained by the French military  AND THE ZIONIST REGIME in makeshift camps in Turkey. Recently it has been publicly revealed that President Obama has approved CIA activity in backing rebels.

   The opposition to the Assad dictatorship has fragmented with the democratic left wing WITCH LEFT MR RICHARDSON LEFT LIKE YOU ? popularopposition which was prominent in the early period of the revolt seem to have faded and the right wing Islamist forces financed by Saudi Arabia appear to be now dominant. There is the very real possibility that NATO or Israel could use aerial strikes against Assad’s military to carry out regime change. Obama is building up the rhetoric and the Syrian people may be subject to an even more terrible war. LIKE THE WAR IN LIBYA WITCH YOU  SUPPORTED.

The Stop the War Coalition is committed to building opposition to imperialist IS THAT A JOKE WHER IS YOUR OPPOSITION TO IMPERIALIST WAR IN LIBYA? conquest of Syria and allowing the Syrian people to determine their own future.

   The discussion will hopefully illuminate the situation in Syrian and help build opposition to Imperialist intervention. ????

2. The Erdington/Sutton Coldfield Stop the War Coalition usually meets on the first Wednesday of the month 7.30 pm at the Methodist Church

    Station Road Erdington. The next meeting is will be at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 3rd October.

Stuart Richardson Convenor Erdington/Sutton Coldfield Stop the War Coalition

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”  US use the Syrian conflict as a means to triggering sectarian strife and ethnic division within a socially and culturally diverse national society. For example Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia model was replicated in Libya and Syria.

C.I.A Zio-Nazi Mossad and the ” Free Syrian army ‘ FSA ” integrated by Al-Qaeda mercenaries recruited ny NATO, Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

FSA is supported bt the same Western criminal power which intervened and killed over a million in Iraq and Libya.

The question is can the Zionist puppet so called STOP THE WAR  COALITION understand the game ? ”



Another Zio-Nazi Scandal Involving Palestinian Children…



Around 100 pro-Palestinian activists have been stopped by Israeli authorities on their way to the West Bank from Jordan. The group aimed to deliver aid to schoolchildren in Bethlehem refugee camps but were reportedly turned away without any explanation. This latest incident follows another scandal involving Palestinian children…

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Chocolate, America and a Kosher Armageddon

In this new Israeli advert for Chocolate Spread you can learn what it takes to drag America into a Kosher war.

I guess that in reality it takes slightly more than just chocolate spread, but, seemingly, not much more than that.

p.s. It looks as if John Cleese doesn’t take BDS seriously


An Ode to Urim and Thummim?


by mantiqaltayr


We have just over two months of left of Obama and then it looks like all Muslims working in government jobs will be forced out and no doubt many will seriously think about leaving the country. A sort of mini 1492 which itself was a pretty shitty year if you were a Muslim or Jew in Spain, or a non-European in the New World.

I suggest this be adopted as our new flag, if Romney wins.

I also suggest that we replace the Star Bungled Banner with an ode to Urim andThummim.

1. In an otherwise excellent commentary on the Rachel Corrie verdict, Michael Plitnick writes:

But not with Israel. The relationship is not special, nor is it because it is “cherished,” in the ridiculous words of Mitt Romney. This is the relationship of an over-indulgent parent further spoiling an already selfish and harmful child. As we watch an Israeli Prime Minister brazenly interfere with a US presidential race, and try to manipulate the US into a war that is against our (and Israel’s) interests, we might also notice that our government is not fulfilling its most fundamental obligation: protecting its citizens overseas.

Everything that is wrong in understanding our relationship with Israel is in the sentence above that I have highlighted in red.  This is not a parent-child relationship, it is a master-slave one, and we ain’t the master anymore than we are the parent. Until that is understood and acted upon,  we’re fucked.

2. Let’s underscore that point with this meaningless little “confrontation” as was reported in the Israeli press.

US Israeli-shill to Israel, Dan Shapiro, allegedly confronts his good buddy Netanyahu.

“Instead of effectively pressuring Iran, Obama and his people are pressuring us not to attack the nuclear facilities,” he reportedly said. He concluded by saying that the time for diplomacy had run out, the Yedioth report said.

At one point during the meeting, Shapiro grew enraged by Netanyahu’s remarks, broke diplomatic protocol, and snapped at the PM, saying he was misrepresenting Obama’s position on Iran.


3. Former White House Chief of staff reveals how decisions are really made at the White House.

“Bolten also infused the Oval Office with the miracle of Chanukah. “I don’t know if people know, but for Hanukkah every year at the senior staff meeting, I handed out dreidels and gelt and then instructions on how to play,” he said. “And so for the rest of the week, probably dozens of important White House decisions were made based on a spin of the dreidel.”

4. In the weird news department:

Berkland worked at the medical examiner’s office from 1997 until 2003, when he was fired for not completing autopsy reports. Officials said he was also performing private autopsies in the area, but it’s unclear if any of the organs were from autopsies he conducted while working at the medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner’s office is now cross-referencing names in their database during that time period, Martin said.

And this makes it even more interesting:

In the same year Medical Examiner Michael Berkland did the autopsy on the the Joe Scarborough Congressional employee who died alone in the Congressman’s office, Berkland was charged with having, “failed to finalize 95% of autopsy reports for the year of 2001”

In 1998, three years before the Scarborough intern autoptsy, Medical Examiner Michael Berkland had his license revoked by the State of Missouri as Medical Examiner because,”falsified eight autopsy reports”

I guess they already had enough of these guys in New Jersey so he went to Florida.

5. I forgot to digress, but I digress. I also forgot to make fun of Shas Party members, but with all the Americans who are going to vote for Romney I don’t have to.

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لبنان _ ثقافة وفن : عمل مسرحي رفضاً للجدار العنصري الاسرائيلي الفاصل في أسبانيا‎

مسرح اسطنبولي يمثل العرب ويحقق نجاحا” كبيرا” في مهرجان كوينكا المسرحي 2012 

الجمهور يملئ ساحة” بلازا دي لا ميرسيد ” في كوينكا و يستمتع بعرض الممثل والمخرج اللبناني الفلسطيني قاسم إسطنبولي وذلك ضمن مهرجان الشارع في أسبانيا

مسرحية ” الجدار ”   muros _ walls

  المسرحية عبارة عن مونودراما باللغة الاسبانية وتتحدث عن الجدار العازل والفاصل بين الشعوب على مختلف الأصعدة ، والدوافع والتأثيرات السلبية وانعكاساتها بين الجدار الوهمي والحقيقي في الحياة البشرية , والحلم الدائم في كسر وتحطيم الجدار عند الانسان .
العمل هو تكريم لشخصية وأعمال الفنان غرناطة خوسيه عمر دل ومن تأليف الأسبانية :
Ana Cendrero Álvarez
وقد أعتبر إسطنبولي المشاركة في هكذا مهرجان عالمي إنجاز كبير و خصوصاً أن العمل باللغة الأسبانية ولكن المهم توصيل فكرة العمل  للغرب ورفضنا للجدار العنصري الفاصل وتوصيل معاناة الأنسان كما هو حال شعبنا الفلسطيني اليوم الذي يبحث عن الحرية والعودة للوطن .

من أعمال مسرح إسطنبولي :

قوم يابا , نزهة في ميدان معركة , تجربة الجدار , البيت الأسود , زنقة زنقة ,

هوامش , محكمة الشعب , نساء بلا هوية

لينك المهرجان :

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الاتصال مسرح إسطنبولي مكالمة هاتفية


نرجو نشر الخبر وشكرا لكم ولتعاونكم

المكتب الاعلامي _ لبنان



La place de La Merced en Cuenca est plein d’un public qui a  joui de la performance de Kassem Istanbouli  de la pièce de théâtre MUROS (Murs), dans la nuite du Le Festival d’Été a Cuenca.

Le travail, un monodrame en espagnol, parle dans un langage poétique des murs que l’humanité a construit pour défendre et définir les différentes identités, et a réclamé le pouvoir de la créativité humaine à construire des ponts pour nous aider à faire tomber ces murs. Le travail est un hommage à la figure et l’œuvre de l’artiste José Val del Omar, écrit par Ana Cendrero.

L’acteur et  directeur libanaise d’abord  a dirigé une pièce de théâtre en espagnol, se plonger dans son travail de théâtre pour les droits de l’homme, avec un long voyage à travers les scenes  et les rues du Liban, la Syrie, la Palestine et l’Espagne : Picnic in the field, Koum Yaba, Hawamish, la Cour populaire suprême, Zanka Zanka, Expérience murale, The Black House.

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The people filling La Merced square of Cuenca enjoyed the performance made by Kassem Istanbouli of the play MUROS (Walls), in the night of the Summer Festival of Cuenca.

The work, a monodrama in Spanish, speaks in a poetic mode of the walls that humanity has built to defend and define the different identities, and claims the power of human creativity to build bridges that will allow us to break down these walls and live together in peace . The work is a tribute to the figure and work of  Granada artist José Val del Omar  as written by Ana Cendrero Álvarez.

The Lebanese actor and theater director directed a theatre play in Spanish for the first time, another step forward in his theater work for Human Rights, with a long journey through the stages and streets of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Spain bringing his works Picnic in the Field, Koum Yaba, Hawamish, People’s Court, Zanka Zanka, Mural Experience, The Black House.

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El público, que abarrotaba la Plaza de la Merced, disfrutó con la representación en español realizada por Kassem Istanbouli  en el estreno de la obra MUROS, en el marco del Festival de Verano de Cuenca.

La obra, un monodrama en español, habla en clave poética de los muros que la Humanidad ha construído para defender y definir las diferentes identidades, y reivindica el poder de la creatividad humana para generar puentes que nos ayuden a derribar esos muros y a convivir en paz. La obra es un homenaje a la figura y el trabajo del artista de Granada José Val del Omar y ha sido escrita por Ana Cendrero Álvarez.
El actor y director de teatro libanés ha dirigido por vez primera una obra teatral en español, ahondando en su trabajo teatral a favor de los Derechos Humanos, con un largo recorrido por los escenarios y las calles de Líbano, Siria, Palestina y España con sus obras Picnic in the Field, Koum Yaba, Hawamish, People’s Court, Zanka Zanka, Experiencia del Mural, The Black House.

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The Emperor Has No Clothes


by Paul Balles


How would you like to live under someone’s boot?

That’s not a reference to a brute for a husband or a bitch for a bride. It’s a question motivated by the behaviour of the mindless louts who enjoy holding sacrificial lambs as hostages and killing those who complain.

Who would be so inhuman? Many. Too many! Scan the histories of imperial criminals and their thieving empires:

European colonies, American settlers, Russian Gulags, African slaves, Japanese internment camps, Jewish holocaust, Palestinians, Darfur refugees, Guantanamo prisoners, South African and Israeli apartheid, Armenian genocide, the prison camps of endless wars.

Where people are privileged enough to have basic comfort, the emperors keep the privileged entertained with sports, television, films, concerts, bars and pubs.

According to journalist Chris Hedges “There are hundreds of millions of people who have a tragic intimacy with the twisted and brutal soul of American imperialism:

“Okinawans, Guatemalans, Cubans, Congolese, Brazilians, Argentines, Indonesians, Iranians, Palestinians, Panamanians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Filipinos, South Koreans, Taiwanese, Nicaraguans, Salvadorans, Afghans, Iraqis, Yemenis, Somalis.

“There are now some 60,000 Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) operatives, whom the president can dispatch to kill without seeking congressional approval or informing the public.”

No one, apart from the rulers, can really know how many military bases the US has around the world. The estimates range from 700 to more than 1,000 in about 130 countries.

The Department of Defence has been called a charade–like the emperor who has no clothes–as there’s nothing to defend against and no threat of invasion.

There’s always a slogan, however, to keep the population under control. For instance, “The earth should be peopled, governed, and developed, as far as possible, by the races which can do this work best, i.e. by the races of highest ‘social efficiency’.”

Other justifications include “the concept of terra nullius (Latin expression which stems from Roman law meaning ‘empty land’) used by both the British and Israeli Zionists.

The favourite American justifying slogans have included “making the world safe for democracy.” During the cold war it was “to make the US unsafe for communism,”

After 9/11, the clarion call has been to win “the war on terrorism.” A few with less than emperor’s circle status have spoken out against the US imperial courts.

The latest have included author John Mortimer’s “A ‘war against terrorism’ is an impracticable conception if it means fighting terrorism with terrorism.”

And Noam Chomsky’s appropriate and timely “Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.”

Meanwhile, the US is going broke, and there’s nothing the Imperial heads can do about it.

The empire cannot afford to cut back on its major source of homeland revenue–one that cannot be outsourced. If America cuts back on military expenses, the military-industrial complex will go out of business and bankrupt the country.

There’s no connection between the wars waged by the US and the security of America.

The exception: the danger to servicemen in places where they have no business being. Last week, six U.S. troops were killed in a single attack led by Afghan forces. Two more Special Operations troops were murdered after giving a newly graduated Afghan trainee his weapon.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent.

When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

Choose your weaver wisely, Mr. President.

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Britain’s barbaric ‘special relationship’ with Arab dictators


 Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem

When Bahrain was finally granted nominal independence in 1971, the British may have officially left by the front door, but they came back in through the back window, as one old Bahraini memorably described it. The state security apparatus was – and continues to be – overseen by British military intelligence.

by Finian Cunningham

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron (R) shakes hands with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (L) during their meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on August 23, 2012.

The image of British Prime Minister David Cameron greeting Bahrain’s King Hamad on the steps of 10 Downing Street last week conveys a subtle message of Britain’s presumption of global superiority. It also betrays the real role of Britain’s rulers in the suppression of democracy and human rights around the world.

The taller Cameron, in dapper pinstripe suit, is seen extending a benevolent hand to the dumpy little Arab tin-pot king who is donning a medieval-looking headdress and robe.

It would appear, from the photo-op, that patronage is being afforded by a thoroughly democratic leader to an antiquated ally from the Arabian desert, the latter in need of jolly-good-old Anglo-Saxon tutelage in the art of modern statecraft.

How civilized. The British premier invites the Bahraini monarch into the iconic dwelling near the supposed “mother of all parliaments” for a serving of English tea and cakes over “low-key talks”.

On the agenda, according to one of Britain’s “liberal” newspapers, the Guardian, the prime minister raised, apparently, the troubling matter of human rights as well as – and this is the unmentioned significant bit – trade opportunities for British businesses in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

It is a scintillating scenario of British conceit and pretense of decency. We are thus inculcated with the impression that Britain is the epitome of refined democracy. Cameron, you see, is enquiring of business opportunities while also doughtily expressing to his Al Khalifa Arab guest concerns over human rights. The British rulers, you see, are not just wrangling for a quick pound. Oh no, they have ethics and principles to defend and uphold as well.

Commenting on the meeting, Bahrain’s foreign minister Shaikh Khalid Al Khalifa (a relation of the king – as is the whole government of that kingdom) said another subject on the agenda was “regional stability”. (In that disclosure, Shaikh Khalid let the cat out of the bag, but more on that later.)

Let’s cut through the woolly British media reportage that serves to reinforce, subliminally, a self-styled sense of civilized greatness. The truth is that the British government does not give two figs about human rights in the oil sheikhdom of Bahrain. It never had any concern and it still doesn’t. By reporting that Cameron raised the issue of human rights with King Hamad, the British media are indulging in conceit that there is genuine concern about the matter among its political establishment. But history shows that to this day, human rights in Bahrain (and elsewhere) are frankly anathema to Britain’s geopolitical interests.

The absolute Al Khalifa monarchy was installed in Bahrain by the British Empire more than 200 years ago. The so-called royal rulers of Bahrain were then nothing more than a tribe of Bedouins elevated by British military force to positions of lordly privilege in Bahrain. The Al Khalifas were, to put it plainly, barbaric impostors who were fortified on their new island abode to safeguard British trading interests in the Persian Gulf en route to imperial India. It was a typical British quid pro quo. The Al Khalifa cut-throats got a throne to sit on, underpinned with “Protectorate” status, while the ever-so polite British got to rule the waves.

The Sunni Al Khalifa band of brigands was imposed against the will or consent of the indigenous Shia population of Bahrain. To this day, that is the crux of the grievance among the Bahraini majority. The Al Khalifas enriched themselves by exploiting the people from their British-protected palaces. Older people in Bahrain will tell you about the times when the Al Khalifas would send their thugs into the villages to collect taxes and tributes from the farmers and fishermen on pain of death. The young sheikhs would also drive into hamlets and take any young female that they desired for their gratification.

Such crude suzerainty may not be quite as brazen today. Today, Bahrainis are exploited and raped in more insidious ways through rigged elections and ring-fencing of the economy to satisfy the Al Khalifa rulers. While the majority of Bahrainis struggle with poverty, discrimination in the labour market, unemployment, ill health and squalid housing, the Al Khalifa clan lives in luxurious palaces on confiscated lands, enriched through rampant business corruption, under-the-table deals with foreign banks and investors, and, of course, embezzlement of the island’s oil industry.

Bahrainis have consistently protested this British imposition of despotic monarchy. They want an elected government to run the island’s oil wealth democratically, for the wellbeing of the populace, not for the crony aggrandizement of the Al Khalifa dynasty and its entourage of hangers-on. This is a basic democratic demand, a fundamental human right. Yet how could such a distortion of natural justice be sustained? Enter the British government, and in recent decades, the American too.

Down through the decades when the indigenous Bahrainis – Shia as well as Sunni – would regularly rise up against their Al Khalifa overlords, it was the British government and its military might that safeguarded the position of  the monarchy. In the 1950s and 60s, British troops stationed on the island opened fire on striking oil workers.

Henderson, get out of Bahrain … You have been torturing citizens
“Officer Ian Henderson, British, Head of Bahraini Security and Intelligence Bureau (1966-2000) tortured citizens horribly.

When Bahrain was finally granted nominal independence in 1971, the British may have officially left by the front door, but they came back in through the back window, as one old Bahraini memorably described it. The state security apparatus was – and continues to be – overseen by British military intelligence. It is one of the most brutal security apparatuses in the world.

A notorious founding figure was Colonel Ian Henderson who was the head of the kingdom’s national security agency from 1968 to 1998. Henderson oversaw the administration of unrelenting vicious repression, during which thousands of Bahrainis deemed to be a security threat were detained without trial and tortured often at the hands of Henderson himself.

The British devised certain other means of repression. Learning from their colonial experience in India, Kenya, Ireland and elsewhere, the repression took on a sharp sectarian policy, targeting the Shia population while favoring the indigenous Sunni minority.

This facilitated a divide-and-rule means of undermining popular opposition to the Al Khalifa despots.Another British innovation was the recruiting of Sunni expatriates from neighboring countries to fill the ranks of the security forces. This social engineering had the advantage of bolstering the system of repression with a particularly anti-Shia hatred, as well as gerrymandering the island’s demography to give a semblance of pro-regime loyalists.

Despite this influx of tens of thousands of Sunni expatriates from Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan – who were given fast-tracked citizenship – the Bahraini population still maintains a natural Shia majority. However, the issue of “naturalisation” is one of the many grievances among Bahraini Shia.

Since the latest uprising in Bahrain’s long history of democratic struggle, which resurfaced on 14 February 2011, the Al Khalifa dictatorship has ruthlessly attacked the population with their foreign-manned security apparatus. Dozens have been killed, hundreds mutilated. Thousands of civilians, including women and children, have been forced into the kingdom’s dungeons and tortured for doing nothing more than peacefully protesting for their democratic rights.

The Bahraini dictators could not sustain this denial of democracy without the legacy of repression bestowed by Britain. And, to be sure, the British government and Washington continue to staunchly support the Al Khalifa despotic regime. In spite of horrendous violations, both London and Washington continue to underpin the dictatorship with massive weapons sales of shotguns and tear gas – the latter deployed against people in their homes, claiming more than 40 lives over the past year. America’s Fifth Fleet Navy base on the island is perhaps of the most potent symbol of Western military guarantee to the regime.

London and Washington provide other crucial political support too. An international commission of inquiry last November, headed by Egyptian lawyer Cherif Bassiouni, into regime brutality uncovered systematic violations. The inquiry called for the release of all “prisoners of conscience” and other human rights reforms. Yet, the Al Khalifa rulers have simply ignored those calls for reform, continuing to attack peaceful protesters, saturate Shia villages with tear gas and lock up hundreds of youths, as well as human rights activists such as Nabeel Rajab and Zainab Al Khawaja. The British and American governments have remained silent in the face of these ongoing outrages while the supply of weapons continues unabated – $53 million dollars worth earlier this year from Washington alone.

Bahrain has hired John Yates, who resigned from his senior post at London’s Metropolitan Police Service earlier this year over a newspaper phone hacking scandal, to oversee reform of the Gulf Arab state’s police force, the Daily Telegraph reported.

London and Washington, and their mainstream news media, indulge in the cynical charade that the Al Khalifa regime is “trying to implement reforms” and engage in a “national dialogue”.

But when will these governments get the fact that the Bahraini people don’t want to dialogue with a reprehensible, murderous regime?

They want this regime to simply get off its throne and the people’s backs and let them elect their own government.

Last year, in December 2011 – one month after the Bassiouni report – Bahrain’s King Hamad was once again entertained in Downing Street by David Cameron.

Then, as last week, the British prime minister lent diplomatic legitimacy to the Bahraini dictatorship by talking up its supposed willingness to reform and oversee human rights improvements. Britain announced that it was sending a senior police officer, John Yates, to assist Bahrain with reforms.

News of tough cop John Timoney’s appointment in Bahrain first broke in December. In an interview with NPR, Timoney was asked whether the people of Bahrain have a right to protest.

Yates was to be joined in Bahrain by an American police colleague, John Timoney, in the supposed endeavour.

What has transpired over the past year is an even greater deterioration in human rights – proof again that both London and Washington have absolutely no desire to reform the despotic rule of their “key” Arab ally.

The bigger picture is that the Bahraini kingdom is an integral part of the Sunni Arab Gulf dictatorships that are central to safeguarding British and American imperialist interests in the region.

As with Bahrain, these absolute monarchies are the historical creation of Britain.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the former Trucial States of the United Arab Emirates, and Oman were set up by the British with the precise remit of thwarting democracy and human rights. Their function, later underwritten by Washington, was to ensure the flow of oil to Western companies and banks. That is why the invasion of Bahrain by Saudi Arabia and the UAE last year and the ongoing brutal repression of the Bahraini population were given tacit support by London and Washington.

Democracy in the Middle East cannot be tolerated by Britain or Washington. Such a development stands in complete contradiction to Western capitalist interests. That is what the Bahraini foreign minister was alluding to when he said Cameron and King Hamad would be discussing “regional stability” – stability not for the populations, but rather for Western corporate interests and their ruling Arab thugs.

The henchman function of the Persian Gulf monarchs has grown even more important in the wake of the Arab Spring. These dictatorships are not just ensuring that the Persian Gulf kingdoms and their vast resources remain subjugated to the Western masters. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have emerged as providing a cutting edge in Britain and America’s overarching scheme for regime change in the wider region as seen in NATO’s criminal re-conquest of Libya and the ongoing covert wars of aggression against Syria and Iran.

Only days before Cameron feted the Bahraini despot in London, a 16-year-old boy, Husam Al Haddad, was shot in the back and then beaten to death by Al Khalifa’s death squads. Husam was peacefully protesting for democratic rights in Bahrain.

Tea and cakes in Number 10 Downing Street? Well, that’s just a British deft touch of nicety for public consumption of the barbaric special relationship.


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Sex, Lies, Iran, IsraHell and Wikileaks – Revisited


 Posted BY: Sammi Ibrahem

With the Julian Assange extradition issue hitting the headlines, yet again, I urge you to watch this video and remember that all is not as it appears on the surface.

Anthony Lawson

My original description still holds, for when the video was first uploaded:

Wikileaks has given the mainstream media yet another opportunity to vilify Iran.  A typical headline, from the New York Times was:  “Around the world distress over Iran.”  And, ironically, it is true, but not in the way the headline writer meant.  Around the world there is distress over Iran, distress at the way it is being cast in the role of the Evil Doer, when all but the most ignorant observers realise that it is nuclear-armed Apartheid Israel that is the real threat to world peace, not Iran.

Sex, Lies, Iran, Israel and Wikileaks—Revisited

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Plot to Provoke War With Iran Thwarted


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr

by Navy Analyst

Mitt Romney’s Extreme-Right Foreign Policy Team — From John Bolton, who once suggested a nuclear attack on Iran, to Eliot Cohen, an ardent supporter of the Iraq war who called it “the big prize,” and torture defender Michael Hayden, Romney has surrounded himself with people who make neocons look liberal.

A dark thought: the Neocons have glommed onto Mitt Romney and they will come to power if he does, and they still desperately want a war on Iran.

by Juan Cole

Informed Comment

Shorter WaPo: In spring of 2007, someone in the Bush administration (unindicted co-conspirator Richard Bruce Cheney? Neocons?)

Sends uber hawk Vice Admiral Kevin J. Cosgriff to Oil Gulf with instructions to provoke a war with Iran.

He allegedly toys with challenging Iran’s claim to half of the Shatt al-Arab.

He certainly decided abruptly to bring two aircraft carriers to the Gulf, in hopes of provoking Iran into doing something stupid, and without telling the State Department or the White House.

 We come in Peace…

Cosgriff, left, and USS John C. Stennis Strike Group Commander Rear Adm. Kevin Quinn, right, aboard the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Friday, May 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


US President George W. Bush greets vice-admiral Kevin Cosgriff, commander of US Naval Forces Central Command and the US 5th Fleet, at Naval Support Activity Bahrain in 2008. If the Bahrain monarchy falls, the country may cease to host the US Navy.


He also pushes analysis alleging that Bahrain Shiites intend anti-American terrorism on behalf of Iran.

Adviser to the Navy Gwenyth Todd (former National Security Council staffer) rightly challenges this stupid conspiracy theory (Bahrain Shiites are mostly Arab Akhbaris who reject ayatollahs, and would not slavishly obey Persian, Usuli Iran!).

Adviser to the Navy Gwenyth Todd (former National Security Council staffer)

I.e. Cosgriff was allegedly nearly making a coup in order to get up a war. Failing something so drastic, he may have (or his Neocon superiors may have) hoped to forestall direct talks with Iran that month.

Todd blows the whistle on Cosgriff, letting State know about his intended insubordination.

Word gets back to Neocons or whoever was behind the provocation and Cosgriff that Todd was the leak. She is abruptly deprived of her base pass and security clearance, a trumped up case is made against her with the FBI that she received money from a former boyfriend who did illegal consulting with Sudan (she says she returned the small sum he sent her).

Todd’s career is ruined, her inquiries and grievances are ignored, she marries an Australian naval officer and goes into exile in Perth. FBI harasses her even there.

Todd’s account is corroborated by Navy sources speaking off the record, according to the Washington Post.

But there are lots of reasons to believe there is something to her charges.

What happened to her was typical of Neoconservative ways of operating. Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle, Scooter Libby, and other Israel partisans inside the Pentagon or in Cheney’s office repeatedly played dirty tricks, held meetings and did not invite principals, controlled meeting agendas, and spied on and tried to discredit foreign service officers at the State Department, according to FSOs who have privately talked to me. The Neocons did these things in order to get up the Iraq War, which they thought would protect Israel. According to Wesley Clark, they hoped for a series of wars. In 2007 Cheney was clearly pushing for a war on Iran. Many of the Neoconservatives had left government by 2007, but the network remained powerful, especially in Cheney’s office.

United States Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski

Among the victims/ witnesses was Karen Kwiatkowsky, who served in Feith’s Office of Special Plans, which cherry-picked raw intelligence, stove-piped it to the White House, illegally and inaccurately briefed Congress on intelligence, and generally behaved like a seedy third world secret police cell. She was appalled at what she saw.

A similar dirty trick was played on Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, when Wilson blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s falsehoods about alleged Iraqi ‘weapons of mass destruction.’ Plame was investigated by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, who discovered she was CIA undercover, and they tried to spread the information around to the press in hopes of weakening Wilson’s credibility.

And, since I consulted in DC with government analysts about how to uproot al-Qaeda, and elements in the Bush White House minded my having influence with the analysts, someone in the WH in late 2005 ordered the CIA to spy on me and attempt to destroy my reputation (very illegal).

If Gwenyth Todd’s story is true, she is owed thanks by her country for thwarting a plot to get up a war on Iran. Given the things we know about how the Neocons operated, it is entirely plausible.

A dark thought: the Neocons have glommed onto Mitt Romney and will come to power if he does, and they still desperately want a war on Iran.


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My Soldier – My Witness


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem Sr


by E. Paul Newell

My civilian life here, down in the murky layers of con and lies, appears to be clouded however my view is not so. The stain of guilt lies everywhere.

Each step that a leader takes in the wrong direction is just one more ounce of guilt upon them.

Each signing that they endeavour is a signature of guilt.

Now the records are there in the paper annals of human life.

This massive mountain of evidence is clear. Archived now for the future generations to see.

and look back in shame.

The guilt stains now need to be addressed. The citizen is weary now but

also waking from the dreary rain of lies, murder, deception, and abuse.

The citizen now wants accountability and retribution for damages

wilfully subjected upon their person and their families by the

(alleged) perpetrators.

The perpetrators by all rights will have fair trial. Now we have this mound of paper documented evidence. What goes nicely with evidence?

Eye witness perhaps?. Yes. – My Soldier – My Witness.

In the USA there is in the neighbourhood of one half million or more

homeless Veterans. Each one a very real eye witness.

Let the witness testimony begin. Once the testimony begins active Veterans will then realize the grave

situation. Connect the eye witness testimony to the not so classified paper trail

of guilt. And you will have the guilty in sight.

It is now all but hinged on a “tipping scale” very finely balanced to

the point of a heavy breath.

Now then each man from every division, every company, and every arm of

the forces has the right and really the duty to make clear that they too

have been victimized by the very same perps that are victimizing the

entire planet. The Vets need to come clean and make clear how they were

transformed into autonomous pawns for the big boys to play with.

Everything has been played out now in front of the whole world.

Again all the papers signed and everything has been recorded on video, film,

digital, what have you.

Every move made by every leader is just evidence of the grave acts that

have led to the mass slaughter of humans all over.

With the basic decencies of life all but stripped, again by the same


Here is a little testimony of a real foot soldier against the vile

threats to all of us.

Some of the last words of Rachel Corrie to her parents: “I’m witnessing

this chronic, insidious genocide and I’m really scared, and questioning

my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop.

I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our

lives to making this stop. I don’t think it’s an extremist thing to do

anymore. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I


RIP Rachel Corrie, a true hero of all humanity.

Rachel was crushed by a bulldozer while protecting human rights for all.
What will you do next?

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