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شاهد لأول مرة بالفيديو.. طرد قيادات حماس من مقر إقامتهم


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شاهد لأول مرة بالفيديو.. طرد قيادات حماس من مقر إقامتهم بالقاهرة





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Nazi Anti-Arab graffiti sprayed, tires slashed in suspected ‘price tag’ attack


'Racism or assimilation' sprayed on a wall in Abu Ghosh.


Anonymous assailants slashed the tires of 28 cars and sprayed graffiti reading “Arabs out” scrawled on a wall in Abu Ghosh overnight Tuesday. Police opened an investigation into the incident, believed to be the first suspected “price tag” attack in the Israeli-Arab town located just several miles west of Jerusalem. 

Abu Ghosh Mayor Salim Jaber responded to the incident, saying, “There are extremists everywhere, but they don’t reflect the majority opinion.”

The mayor lamented the attack in his town, but said, “It won’t change our policy or behavior. We remained in our village in 1948 – our village was the only one to stay put – and no one will drive us out.” Abu Ghosh generally enjoys good relations with its Jewish neighbors.

Jaber told Army Radio that some 50 Jewish families live in Abu Ghosh and described them as “good people, peace-seekers.” He doesn’t believe any of Abu Ghosh’s Jewish residents were involved in the crime. “Jewish and Arab neighbors called me and they are encouraging us,” he said, “I believe police will find the perpetrators.”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett condemned the attack, calling it “immoral and un-Jewish” on his Facebook page. There is a small group of people who wish to bring about hatred and violence between Arabs and Jews in our country, Bennett said. “This group puts our tools in the hands of our enemies that tarnish our good name. We will not let them succeed,” he added.

MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) also condemned the incident and lashed out at the government which he said, “approves racist laws and refuses to call the ‘price tag’ activists a terrorist organization.” Tibi said that by doing so, the government shares the responsibility for such hate crimes.

“The government radiates discrimination, racism and hatred toward Arab citizens and that’s what every right-wing punk absorbs.” Tibi added that it’s not only the tires in Abu Ghosh that have been pierced – Israel’s legal system has as well.

Peace Now director general Yariv Oppenheimer also drew a connection between recent legislation in Israel and Tuesday’s incident, saying, “The day after a law is passed that discriminates against Arabs and does not classify price tag attacks as terror, on the ground people act accordingly.”

President Shimon Peres called Jaber on Monday and condemned the act. The incident overnight in Abu Gosh, Peres said, was “a racist behavior which crossed a red line.” The president asked to strengthen the residents and said that the people of Abu Gosh are “dear to my heart and are a symbol for coexistence in the State of Israel.”

Jaber thanked Peres and asked to convey a clear message of tolerance. “We, the residents of Abu Gosh, love the Jewish people and the state,” he said.

Peres also spoke with police commissioner Yohanan Danino earlier on Monday, who gave the president updates on the progress of the investigation. 

Once rare, there has been a steady stream of such incidents recently. Graffiti with the words “price tag” are usually found onsite. The phrase is usually used by a tiny fringe of Jewish extremists to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government’s pro-Palestinian policies. The act is widely condemned by Israelis across the political spectrum.

Vandals have targeted mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases in apparent “price tag” attacks.

Israel’s security cabinet on Sunday stopped short of declaring price tag attacks “terror,” instead deeming them forbidden organizations, similar to groups that funnel money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The decision waters down the recommendation of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and the Shin Bet security service, who sought to declare price tag perpetrators terrorists.

According to a minister present at the security cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the decision by saying that price tag attacks cannot be compared to terror organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Netanyahu also said that even if calling price tag activists part of a terror organization was correct from a domestic standpoint, it would be a diplomatic mistake that would damage Israel’s international standing, increase its delegitimization and encourage international groups to compare price tag attacks to rocket fire or Hamas suicide attacks.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that the decision would allow for greater intelligence gathering, interrogation and law enforcement when it comes to price tag attacks perpetrated againstPalestinians in the West Bank and Muslim and Christian institutions within Israel.

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President of international war crimes tribunal may have worked to shield IsraHellis from prosecution


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Theodor Meron, President of the United National War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague
Theodor Meron, President of the United National War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague

The New York Times reports that an Israeli diplomat turned U.S. citizen – and now president of the war crimes tribunal at the Hague – has been pressuring the court to acquit officials accused of war crimes.

The Times says that the Israeli-American judge, Theodor Meron, “… has led a push for raising the bar for conviction in such cases, prosecutors say, to the point where a conviction has become nearly impossible.”

Some analysts feel that Meron’s motivation may be to protect Israeli political and military leaders from prosecutions that could place them in legal jeopardy.

International attorney and analyst John Whitbeck comments that both Israel and the United States are “world leaders in the commission of war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace,” and that their officials “would prefer to see the bar for criminal convictions raised to a level which offers them continued impunity.”

However, Whitbeck points out that the risk to American leaders is relatively insignificant, since the U.S. government would be able to use its UN Security Council veto to protect its leaders.

The situation for Israeli officials, on the other hand, is quite different. According to Whitbeck: “The threat of accountability is potentially imminent and urgent for Israel and Israelis.”

Before immigrating to the U.S., Meron was a member of the Israeli Foreign Service and served as Israeli Ambassador to Canada and to the United Nations in Geneva. He also served as Legal Counsel to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 1967 Meron wrote a secret memorandum of law to Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol stating that creating Israeli settlements on occupied territory would be a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, contrary to international law and, hence, a war crime.

The Israeli government ignored this memo (which neither the government nor Meron made public), and have been creating illegal settlements ever since. In January a UN panelstated that the settlements “contravened the Fourth Geneva Convention forbidding the transfer of civilian populations into occupied territory and could amount to war crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

Below is the New York Times article about the discomfort felt by Meron’s fellow judges about his actions as head of the international tribunal and their efforts to replace him:

Hague Judge Faults Acquittals of Serb and Croat Commanders

June 14, 2013

PARIS – A judge at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague has exposed a deep rift at the highest levels of the court in a blistering letter suggesting that the court’s president, an American, pressured other judges into approving the recent acquittals of top Serb and Croat commanders.

The letter from the judge, Frederik Harhoff of Denmark, raised serious questions about the credibility of the court, which was created in 1993 to address the atrocities committed in the wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Even before Judge Harhoff’s letter was made public Thursday, in the Danish newspaper Berlingske, the recent acquittals had provoked a storm of complaints from international lawyers, human rights groups and other judges at the court, who claimed in private that the rulings had abruptly rewritten legal standards that had been applied in earlier cases.

Experts say they see a shift in the court toward protecting the interests of the military. “A decade ago, there was a very strong humanitarian message coming out of the tribunal, very concerned with the protection of civilians,” said William Schabas, who teaches law at Middlesex University in London. “It was not concerned with the prerogatives of the military and the police. This message has now been weakened, there is less protection for civilians and human rights.”

Other lawyers agreed that the tribunal, which has pioneered new laws, is sending a new message to other armies: they do not need to be as frightened of international justice as they might have been four or five years ago.

But until now, no judge at the tribunal had openly attributed the apparent change to the court’s current president, Theodor Meron, 83, a longtime legal scholar and judge.

Judge Harhoff’s letter, dated June 6, was e-mailed to 56 lawyers, friends and associates; the newspaper did not say how it obtained a copy. In his letter, Judge Harhoff, 64, who has been on the tribunal since 2007, said that in two cases Judge Meron, a United States citizen who was formerly an Israeli diplomat, applied “tenacious pressure” on his fellow judges in such a way that it “makes you think he was determined to achieve an acquittal.”

“Have any American or Israeli officials ever exerted pressure on the American presiding judge (the presiding judge for the court that is) to ensure a change of direction?” Judge Harhoff asked. “We will probably never know.”

A spokesman at the court declined to comment on the letter. Other judges and lawyers were willing to speak, provided that their names were not used.

By their accounts, a mini-rebellion has been brewing against Judge Meron, prompting some of the 18 judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to group around an alternative candidate for the scheduled election for tribunal president this fall. Until now, Judge Meron had been expected to be re-elected.

“I’d say about half the judges are feeling very uncomfortable and prefer to turn to a different candidate,” said a senior court official. The official said he did not believe that American officials had pressured Judge Meron to rule a certain way in any case, “But I believe he wants to cooperate with his government,” the official said. “He’s putting on a lot of pressure and imposing internal deadlines that do not exist.”

The legal dispute that is the focus of Judge Harhoff’s letter and that has led to sharp language in dissents is the degree of responsibility that senior military leaders should bear for war crimes committed by their subordinates.

In earlier cases before the tribunal, a number of military or police officers and politicians were convicted of massacres and other war crimes committed by followers or subordinates on the principle that they had been members of a “joint criminal enterprise.”

In contrast, three Serbian leaders and two Croatian generals who played key roles during the war were acquitted recently because judges argued that the men had not specifically ordered or approved war crimes committed by subordinates.

Judge Meron has led a push for raising the bar for conviction in such cases, prosecutors say, to the point where a conviction has become nearly impossible. Critics say he misjudged the crucial roles played by the high-level accused and has set legal precedents that will protect military commanders in the future.

The United Nations Security Council created the tribunal, a costly endeavor, and has been pressing it for years to speed up work and wind down, with the United States and Russia at the forefront of those efforts.

By early this year, 68 suspects had been sentenced and 18 had been acquitted. But some of the highest ranking wartime leaders have been judged at a time when the tribunal is short-staffed and under continuing pressure to close down.

Today, as the tribunal winds down it work, pressure over time is among the complaints heard from judges’ chambers. Several senior court officials, while declining to discuss individual cases, said judges had been perturbed by unacceptable pressures from Judge Meron to deliver judgments before they were ready.

After the only session to deliberate the acquittal that Judge Meron had drafted in the case of the two Croatian generals, one official said, the judge abruptly declined a request by two dissenting judges for further debate.

In his letter, Judge Harhoff also said that Judge Michele Picard of France was recently rushed unduly and given only four days to write her dissent against the majority decision to acquit two Serbian police chiefs, Jovica Stanisic and Frank Simatovic.

“She was very taken aback by the acquittal and deeply upset about the fast way it had to be handled,” said an official close to the case.

Judge Harhoff’s letter, which echoes protests by many international experts, seems likely to add a fresh bruise to the tribunal’s reputation.

“The latest judgments here have brought before me a deep professional and moral dilemma not previously faced,” he wrote in conclusion. “The worst is the suspicion that some of my colleagues have been behind a shortsighted political pressure that completely changes the premises of my work in my service to wisdom and the law.”

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Russia promises to veto no-fly zone in Syria



Russia will not allow the introduction of a no-fly zone in Syria as the consequences of such step can be seen in Libya, a top Russian diplomat has stated.

We have seen the Libyan example of how such a zone is implemented and how such decisions are brought to life. We do not want this to be repeated in the Syrian conflict. And I think that we principally will not allow the repetition of this scenario,” the Foreign Ministry representative Aleksandr Lukashevich said on Monday.

Russia is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and capable of vetoing any of its decisions.

On Saturday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the placement of anti-aircraft systems in Jordan to enforce a no-fly regime in Syria was a violation of international law.

President Vladimir Putin also attacked plans to send more weapons to anti-Assad rebels at a press conference in London ahead of the G8 summit. The Russian leader said that sending arms to people who “eat their enemies’ intestines in front of TV cameras” was against not only international laws but also against humanitarian principles.

Lukashevich added that the plans to send weapons to Syrian opposition forces hamper the attempts to convene the Geneva conference on Syria as agreed by Russia and the United States.

The Russian diplomat said that the steps to arm the opposition will only lead to the escalation of tension in Syria and surrounding countries, and it was very hard to talk about the possible terms of the conference that could somehow defuse the situation.

Unfortunately, the situation is changing a lot and not for the better, this factor is complicating all talks aimed at convening the conference in the near future,” he added.

He said that Russia hoped the forthcoming three-sided meeting between Russian, US and UN diplomats would try to sketch some compromising scenarios for the conference, including the conditions under which it is held, its members and other political and organizational aspects of the event.

The three-sided preparatory meeting in Geneva is scheduled for June 25.

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Syria’s war began with peaceful protests against Assad in March 2011 and turned into an armed rebellion a few months later following a deadly crackdown. Most of the rebel groups in Syria were formed locally and have little coordination with others. The country is dotted with bands made up of army defectors, farmers, engineers and even former criminals.Many pledge allegiance to the notion of a unified Free Syrian Army (FSA).
But on the ground there is little evidence to suggest the FSA actually exists as a body at all.Sheikh Omar told the story of his brigade while sitting in a cramped room at his headquarters, a small one-storey building surrounded by olive tree fields in Aleppo province. Wrapped around his chest he wore a leather bandolier that held two pistols, grips pointing outwards, ready to be drawn by crossing his arms.He said he was from a poor background in rural Aleppo province. When he and a handful of others had started a rebel group to oppose Assad, fear had made it hard to recruit. The rich and law-abiding were scared. [[[[Only outlaws and reprobates would join him at first.]]]]]]”We were looking for good people[[[[[But who was willing to work for me and help me? Those who used to go to bars, to fight with people and steal.Those are the people who allied with me and fought against the regime.”]]]]] As he spoke some of his remaining fighters tried to interject; he silenced them, saying he wanted to be honest.
[[[LOOTING]]] Ghurabaa al-Sham started with modest aims, Omar said. They would enter small police stations and negotiate a handover of weapons in return for free passage out of the area for the police.[ed note:they admitt they were initially a band of outlaws criminals went to small police stations negotiated policce handing ove rtheir weapons and gave them safe exit(bs claim most police were slaugthered we all know)then their ranks grew to released all criminals within police stations they raided of course!!!
[[[[But their numbers grew to 2,000 men]]]], he said, and they fought battles to take border posts with Turkey and were one of the first rebel brigades to move into Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city with 2.5 million inhabitants.More than half of the city fell to the rebels, but Assad’s army pushed back, fighting street by street for months. A stalemate ensued. Very little progress has been made from either side for almost a year.
[[[[[Where the government forces did cede ground, Aleppo’s residents did not welcome the rebels with open arms. Most fighters were poor rural people from the countryside and the residents of Aleppo say they stole. Omar acknowledged this happened.”Our members in Aleppo were stealing openly. Others stole everything and were taking Syria’s goods to sell outside the country. ]]]]]]I was against any bad action committed by Ghurabaa al-Sham. However, things happened and opinion turned against us,” he said as his men squirmed in their seats, uncomfortable with his words.Ghurabaa al-Sham was not the only group to take the law into its own hands.
The Islamists are more energetic and better organized. The main two hardline groups to emerge in Syria are Ahrar al-Sham and Jabhat al-Nusra, an [[[[[[al Qaeda offshoot that has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings, including several in Damascus in which civilians were killed.]]]]]]][[[[[[Aaron Zelin, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who researches Islamic militants, said the main reason groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham have become popular is because of the social provisions they supply. “They are fair arbiters and not corrupt.”]]]]]]



Hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Tony Badran (ZIONIST) Research Fellow Foundation for Defense of Democracies(CIA FRONT-REGIME CHANGE INC.)
We should begin by clearly and credibly defining the goal of US policy to be the removal of not just Assad personally, but also his security regime, which has served as Iran’s strategic partner for more than 30 years. Furthermore, since today the Assad regime is effectively an Iranian satrapy, US policy should explicitly state that the maintenance of the structures of Iranian influence in Syria is antithetical to US interests. [[[[Currently, the policy seems more focused on the fate of Assad himself, which misses this larger strategic context. Seeing Iran emerge with its interests unharmed in Syria will be nothing short of a humiliating defeat for the US, with major geopolitical consequences on our position, and that of our allies, in the region.]]]]
As one former senior US official recently put it, “They have decided to win, and we have not.”Our allies and our enemies are both watching and drawing conclusions about our strategic posture and willpower vis-à-vis Iran. If Iran secures its interests in Syria, it will affect the regional balance of power against the US-led bloc in the region. This is to say nothing about the conclusions Iran will draw about our seriousness to stop its nuclear drive, having witnessed the US President draw a red line in Syria only to later back down.Our regional allies have expressed concern about precisely this issue.
A lesson can be drawn from our Israeli allies’ prioritization of threats in Syria. The Israelis have made three major incursions in Syria, all three of them targeting Iranian strategic weapons. While keeping a weary eye on Sunni Islamist militias, the number one strategic priority in Jerusalem remains to deny the Iranians the positioning of strategic on Israel’s borders. To deny Iran a victory, the US must target its avenues of support to the Syrian regime and Assad’s strong points. Currently, much of the military aid to the regime arrives via Damascus airport. Targeting that airfield and other runways in western Syria still under regime control would go a long way toward degrading Assad’s military power. It would effectively ground his air force and deny him a critical logistical port. Targeting ballistic missile sites, as Israel recently did, will also limit Assad’s ability to strike at areas outside his control. For instance, strikes on the regime’s major airfields and strategic installations in western Syria using stand off weapons could achieve desired results.
The important thing is for such measures to have clear objectives integrated in a broader strategy. In this case, the tactical objective is to seriously degrade critical capabilities and a major resupply line of the regime, thereby altering the balance of forces on the ground. This will not deny all of the regime’s firepower. However, it would deplete it significantly while also obstructing its replenishment. In tandem with this measure, the US should exercise leadership and bring together a group of allies – Britain, France, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – that have been pressing us for a more robust policy and who want to see the Iranians defeated in Syria. 
Pooling their resources, as well as their intelligence channels to various rebel groups, we should build a rebel force following a two-pronged approach on the ground.In cooperation with Turkey, we should help organize, train and equip local forces in northern Syria to better execute specific tactical missions, such as storming the remaining pockets of regime bases and airfields, cutting logistical supply routes between Homs and Aleppo, and pushing back any counteroffensives by Hezbollah in places like Idlib and Aleppo. A similar approach would be adapted with Jordan on the southern border in and around Daraa, preparing the way for the rebels to close in on Damascus.
Once the US has signaled its intent to exercise leadership on the ground, the prospects for a proper rebel command will improve dramatically To be sure, many of the fighting forces with whom the administration today is dealing embrace an Islamist identity of one shade or another. That has to be acknowledged. However, not all Islamists can be grouped under the Al-Qaeda label. Proof is that some of these same Islamist formations – and in other cases, tribal-based formation – have clashed with Jabhat al-Nusra in northern and eastern Syria[[[[[[The idea that “there are no good guys in Syria” is not only unhelpful, but also runs counter to how the US has made policy choices in the past. In World War II, for instance, no one applied that logic to allying with Stalin’s Soviet Union against Nazi Germany.
There was a strategic prioritization. We first tackled the first threat, and then proceeded to devise policy to counter the Soviet Union in the Cold War. In the end, it’s important to recognize that there is no solution to the Syrian problem without getting rid of Assad and his regime. Our current policy assumes that the regime, if not Assad himself, can be a valid interlocutor. This is a mistake. There can be no “managed political transition” in Syria]]]]]
[ed notes:tony badran is a zionist,whos goals are strengthenining israhelli hegemony in region…his advocacy for us(zionist ran)to work with western allies(zionist ran)and the middle east gulf monarchies to overthrow Assad speaks volumes…zionists arent even shy about working with puppet pagan gulf client regimes anymore…BACKROUND Tony Badran Participates in AIPAC Panel | Foundation for Defense  Syria Crisis Gets A Hearty Embrace At Pro-Israel AIPAC Conference

Ms. Danielle Pletka (zionist) Vice President Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute (cold war hawks,ziocons)

What we should do now is straightforward: 

Use stand-off weaponry such as the Tomahawk missile to disable Syrian airfields and render inoperable the air force and resupply hubs that are now facilitating Assad’s advance.Consider the imposition of a no-fly zone in cooperation with NATO allies and the Arab League. I believe this is not the demanding exercise some have suggested, and many analysts assess Syrian air defenses as far less than their specs would suggest.

Immediately impose new sanctions on Hezbollah, including broad travel sanctions, freezing accounts of Hezbollah owned companies, related banks and isolate families and supporters of Hezbollah. Ban the entry into the United States of all Hezbollah officials, their immediate families and officers and relatives of banks and companies with substantial Hezbollah holdings. What we should do once Assad falls is also straightforward, and should reflect lessons learned from Iraq, Egypt, Yemen and other Arab Spring countries. The United States must act to reflect its values, and implement a policy consistent with those values and ideals. What do we support?
[[[[[Free markets ]]]]]
[[[[[[I suspect that as we move away from some of those values here at home, it will be more difficult for us to press for them abroad.]]]]]]] Nonetheless, these are the pillars of our nation, tried and true. These are the foundations of opportunity, prosperity and peace.
In each of the countries where a dictatorial ruler has fallen, either by force as with Iraq, or through popular revolutions as in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, we see a leader similar to the previous secular dictator in his place. Can we stop the popular election of an Islamist? We cannot. But we could have and still can work to support liberals and moderates. We can direct our assistance to benefit those who share those values.
We can deny assistance to any regime that fails on these standards.[[[[[[We can support the private sector and starve the public sector.]]]]]]] We can end cash transfers. We can vote with our feet and our taxpayer dollars. In each case I have mentioned, we have not.
[ed notes:backround on ms pletka…. Pletka ranks as one of the early neo-conservatives, and is also a close associate of Martin Indyk. Pletka has been at the forefront of the neocon war drumming against Iraq…(New Yorker 2004) in 2006 Pletka helped establish AEI’s “Iraq Planning Group,” a panel led by AEI scholar Frederick Kagan and Gen. Jack Keane that successfully promoted the controversial “surge” in Iraq.
More recently, in January 2013, Pletka joined a campaign orchestrated by a number of “pro-Israel” writers like William Kristol to prevent the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as defense secretary in Barack Obama’s second administration. [[[[[[[Pletka has supported the work of numerous hawkish advocacy groups. In 2002 and 2003 Pletka signed letters to President George W. Bush and two statements on post-war Iraq produced by the neoconservative Project for the New American Century(PNAC),
]]]]]]] a now-defunct advocacy group that was closely associated with AEI. She was one of a small group of prominent supporters of the now-defunct Coalition for Democracy in Iran, a group that operated out of the office of Morris Amitay. And Pletka is a member of the Committee on the Present Danger, a 1970s-era anti-communist pressure group that was re-constituted after the 9/11 attacks to pressure the United States to wage a broad “war on terror.”


USA backed Zionist Al Qaeda Terrorists beheading man and killing his daugthers

18+ Syria Aleppo

USA backed FSA Terrorists destroying christian Graveyards in Syria 

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CFR’s Democracy Lab… Democratic transitions – a user’s guide (for subversion)

The transition from authoritarianism to democracy is notoriously difficult, according to Council on Foreign Relations analysts Isobel Coleman and Terra Lawson-Remer. Countries like Egypt, Tunisia and Myanmar should draw on the democratization experience of Poland, Ukraine, Thailand, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, and South Africa, as outlined in their new book Pathways to Freedom: Political and Economic Lessons from Democratic Transitions.
1. Don’t miss the opportunity presented by a good economic crisis.
Studies show that it’s not economic growth but rather economic crisis that triggers regime change. Over the past three decades, many democratic transitions have been precipitated by serious economic shocks that ruptured the authoritarian bargain. [ed notes: fastest way to acomplish regime change…impose neoliberal free market free enterprise policies ,and loans by western lending institutions wich exacerbate crisis them wait for masses to rebel and topple the gov,hence install a new regime and reapply the same scheme again….
2. On elections, “Fake it till you make it.”
A clear lesson from our case studies is that elections — even sham elections — lead to greater success in the transition to substantive democracy. ….Other quantitative evidence confirms that authoritarian regimes with partial political openness are the likeliest to become more democratic, especially if they provide for multiparty electoral competition. [ed notes:that translates into advocating any ellections,rigged or sham ones wich allow west to then shower different parties with money in order to gain influence on their behalf then finally open up those closed economies to the neoliberal onslaugth…they dont even care to mask their disdain for sham ellections,most likely because thats what best suits their aims and goals in endgame…
3. Be wary of armed rebellions, but back nonviolent, mass mobilizations.
Nonviolent, mass mobilizations have a stronger track record of laying the groundwork for democratic change. Sustained peaceful protests lead to a more engaged citizenry and a better-organized civil society — critical for staying the course during the inevitable challenges of democratic transitions. Consider Poland’s experience with its trade union federation Solidarity and South Africa’s broad-based grassroots liberation movement.[ed notes:back color revolutions or mass mobilizations aided thru western funding …
4. Encourage Inclusive Growth.
The promise of political freedom raises peoples’ expectations for economic and social opportunities. The success of emerging democracies depends fundamentally on whether democratization can also materially improve people’s lives. When citizens do see improvements in social inclusion and living standards, they reward the politicians who provide them, creating a powerful feedback loop that helps consolidate democracy. Cash transfers can also play a vital role in creating shared opportunity by enabling struggling families to invest in health and education-simultaneously cushioning the hardships of the present and laying the foundation for future economic prosperity by developing human capital.
[ed note:i can assure you they arent speaking of Irans model of offering cash subsidies to poorest,in fact they are likely advocating the Colombian model,where the fascist candidates and ruling parties,hand out cash to poorest then threaten to stop these should they vote for any progressive opposition…
5. Double Down on Rule of Law.
Should I believe in this new government, or not? That is the question confronting someone in a new and often shaky democracy. To answer that question, a new democracy needs to show its citizens that it can protect their core rights and establish fair economic and political rules.
If people believe that legal systems and public institutions work for them, rather than against them, it gives them a stake in the system and a greater willingness to tolerate the inevitable turbulence of a transition [[[[The establishment of transparent auctions to privatize public assets is critical]]]]]]. So too is the reform of laws constraining civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). (This is why Egypt’s new, even more repressive NGO law, is so worrying.)
[ed notes: goal?impose western modelled institutions and legal systems with people educated in west who have been programmed to acomplish the desired outcomes…the aim?privatize public assets!!!!
6. Spread Out the Power.
Spreading power out to local regions has strong benefits. It helps dilute the dangerous concentration of central authority often inherited from authoritarian regimes; it also increases accountability by bringing administration closer to the people. [ed notes: makes it easier to foment outside agitation,similarly to what occurs in very few states within Venezuela,where rightwing local govs plot ,conspire internally against federal(central) gov,and creates havoc many times with external outside support….
7. Lean on Good Neighbors and Compensate for Bad Ones.
Good neighbors can help fragile democracies succeed through tough times by providing critical economic and technical assistance and exerting constructive political pressure. Conversely, bad neighbors can undermine transitions by fostering power-grabbing and corruption — or simply by failing to provide support for democratic consolidation. Neighborhoods are not merely geographic, although shared borders are an important element of interdependence between countries.
This extract is taken from a longer article for Foreign Policy’s Democracy lab. RTWT

isobel coleman
agitating in Tunisia

Isobel Coleman is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and director of CFR’s Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy program. [ed notes:shes also a zionist and contributor to wineps fikra forum!!!heres anothe piece by the wench and what she advocates for… Women’s quotas in Arab states: filled but empty seats? As quotas spread across the region, the U.S. should help women make the most of them. It should invest in training women to be more effective politicians – as it has done to some extent through both the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), but also through local NGOs. The above extracts are taken from a longer analysis at the Fikra Forum. –

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Iraqi group claims responsibility for attack on MKO


Iraqi group claims responsibility for attack on MKO

In a statement, Wathiq al-Battat, a top member of Iraq’s Hezbollah movement, claimed the group was behind the mortar attack, Habilian Association reported on Sunday.Iraq’s Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the Saturday’s attack on Camp Liberty, where it houses around 3000 members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization .
MKO’s transient home near Baghdad International Airport came under mortar attack on Saturday, killing 2 and wounding 27 members of the terrorist group.In a statement, Wathiq al-Battat, a top member of Iraq’s Hezbollah movement, claimed the group was behind the mortar attack, Habilian Association reported on Sunday.It was the second attack on the remaining members of terrorist MKO in Iraq since February. The previous one took place in February 9, which led to a number of deaths and injuries.
Al-Battat took responsibility for that attack as well, and warned of further attacks until they leave Iraq.Al-Battat said they had 120 rockets ready to hit Camp Liberty on Saturday, but they managed to fire 13 of them. He again threatened further attacks against members of the terrorist group in Iraq.MKO’s socializing with Iraqi politicians supporting al-Qaeda and other militant groups was the stated motivation behind Saturday’s attack.Some 3000 MKO members have been relocated from their decades-long paramilitary base in northeastern Iraq to a former US military base in Baghdad.
The relocation was in line with the memorandum of understanding signed on December 25, 2011 between Iraq and United Nations to temporarily transfer them to a transient home for the UNHCR to determine their refugee status.Albania became the first country to offer a home to over 200 MKO members. Forty-four MKO members have been so far resettled in this country in two groups of 14 and 30.

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2 Nazi’s Arrested for Suspicion of Attacking 80-year-old Palestinian


2 Nazi settlers arrested in connection to beating of Hassan Barhoush, West Bank shepherd who sustained serious injuries after being beaten by masked assailants last March

Itamar Fleishman

Two young men, 18 and 19, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of attacking and causing severe injuries to Hassan Barhoush, an 80-year-old Palestinian shepherd.

One of the suspects, IsraHell Naki, was remanded by three days, and the second suspect will face a remand hearing Wednesday at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court. Both suspects deny the allegations.

Barhoush, from Kafr al-Labad in the West Bank, was severely beaten by two masked men while herding his sheep at the end of March. The men hit him with sticks and fled the scene.

"לא תהיה יותר מאנרכיה". חוסני ברהוש ואביו בבית החולים (צילום: ירון ברנר)

Barhoush and his son at the hospital (Photo: Yaron Brener.

Both of Barhoush’s hands were broken in the attack, and he was left bleeding and unconscious on the ground. Only later was he found by family members and evacuated to the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, where he underwent a long rehabilitation process.

Last week, the police received a tip that led to the arrest of IsraHell Naki. The second suspect was arrested the following day.

According to police, the act was nationalistically motivated.

A source involved in the investigation said that “though the road is long, the investigation is going well.”

The source added that he believed police could retrieve evidence tying the suspects to the incident.

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