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INDONESIAN THINK TANK…Overview of the failure of world police theories in Syria Author : M Arief Pranoto, Research Associate of Global Future Institute (GFI)

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Yes. De jure, Assad seems to win the battle in spite of political studies it is not the case, that there is no final step in the political (war). In other words, the rebels have now possibly consolidated to plan strategies and then whether they would “attack” the sovereignty of Syria or not, all this depends on the Assad leadership on how to defend his country’s sovereignty. At least one point to be noted, that the defeat of terrorism under the guise of religion in the Syrian “jihad arena” is a real proof that Assad is able to maximize his country’s geostrategy and geopolitics in the global politics.In this brief article, such terms as opposition, terrorists and / or rebels are used interchangeably because the reality on the ground is no different, that they are armed gangs (mercenaries) who are trained, financed and supported by the West under the pretext of upholding democracy, spreading sectarian issues between Shiites and Sunnis, or under the guise of fighting for human rights, etc. in scenario to topple the Bashar al Assad’s government.
From the tactical aspect, the Syrian war (2011-2013) was a failure of “cricket fighting” tricks — borrowing a phrase from Dina Y. Sulaiman and Rijal Mumazziq — of Divide et impera applied by the West. From the strategic aspect, this is the “out of control” of the U.S. asymmetric attack, or “out of control of the Obama’s “smart power” so-called the Arab Spring in the Silk Road. Although asymmetric patterns (mass movements) in the previous countries like Yemen, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt could successfully displace the regimes and change them into new ‘dolls’, the facts on the ground the people in the countries have remained in turmoil.
This is the revolution volume II. The world views it as the REVIVAL OF ISLAM.Again, such terms as smart power, asymmetric, or irregular in this article are also used interchangeably because their meaning is the same, namely the Western colonial methods of non-military pattern.Conflict in the Assad era is interesting to be taken into account. Different points of view can be used to deal with the stages of events. From the study of global politics for example, Syria is actually just a proxy war because those involving themselves in the real battle are the superpowers, the battle between West and East. West in this case is the U.S. and its allies, while the East is Russia, China,Iran, etc. despite it could not be said like this, in principle that is the fact.Inevitably that the geopolitics of pipeline is a major factor why Syria becomes target by the world superpowers in addition to considering its position in the “nodes” of the Silk Road.
How the oil and gas pipeline in Syria, is geographically between countries and even across continents. It is very tempting indeed. While the Silk Road itself has become the legend since ancient times, as it is the economic and military trajectory in the world. It is the ‘wet’ path but sacred in the eyes of the global capitalists. Controlling the Silk Road is the same controlling the world because it is the path connecting between the East and the West. This is geopolitics leverage owned and being the Syrian destiny.Then, schematically, the defeat of the rebels in Syria is a miscalculation — not to say a failure — grand strategy titled U.S. Military Roadmap from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan, as presented at the Pentagon by Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO commander. And the final analysis of this brief article is that the Assad’s victory in the 2011-2013 war in his country is actually a real picture of the collapse of world police theories espoused by Uncle Sam!
[ed notes;also read… INDONESIAN INSTITUTE DENOUNCES ZIONIST/U.S./NATO CRIMES AGAINST SYRIA…The Global Future Institute (GFI) statement related to current situation in Syria http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2013/02/indonesian-institute-denounces-zionistu.html

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WAR CRIMINAL ELLIOT ABRAMS”FUCK INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND OUR VIOLATIONS”

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On Israel, the EU Sides With … Assad? 
Author: Zio-Nazi Elliott Abrams
 This week the EU took a stance that it heralded as pro-peace, pro-“peace process,” and anti-settlement. Henceforth, new guidelines require all 28 member nations to refuse any grants, scholarships, prizes, or funding to entities in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Or any part of Jerusalem that was not part of Israel prior to the 1967 war. Or the Golan Heights.EU hostility to the West Bank settlements is not new, but this formulation is remarkable.
First, the stumbling block to negotiations right now is the Palestinian refusal to come to the table. How does this punitive measure against Israel motivate Mahmoud Abbas to start talking? Does it not in fact signal him to keep staying away, only to see the EU hit Israel harder and harder?Second, it is politically stupid in Israeli terms (as Obama policy has been) because it lumps together the major blocs that Israel will certainly keep in any peace deal, and the small settlements east of the security barrier, places that Israel will have to give up. Many Israelis would back a freeze of some sort for those small settlements and do believe those settlements will go if there is ever a final agreement, but they will not back a freeze in the major blocs. Those towns are thriving and will always be Israeli, so why punish them—and again, why punish them now because Abbas won’t talk?

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CIA FRONT MEDIA MAGHREBIA: Libyan weapons fuel Syria bloodshed

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 Libyan weapons and foreign fighters are increasingly finding their way to the front lines of the Syrian conflict, where tens of thousands of civilians have died over three years of war. A number of recent reports have highlighted the leading role played by Libyans in arming rebel fighters in Syria. “News of the discovery of smuggled weapons from Libya to other countries has become routine for Libyans.
It is sounding like the weather bulletin provided by our television stations every day,” Tripoli resident Younes El-Borai said in response to the latest news on arms smuggling. There are no reliable official figures about this phenomenon but Libyan authorities have expressed concern on more than one occasion[[[[[[[On June 18th, the fourth battalion of Libya’s Shield forces announced the successful arrest of a group of outlaws in possession of 34 rockets in the city of Gharyan in the north-west of the country. On June 2nd, Ali Zidan revealed that national security forces in Tobruk had foiled a smuggling operation of dozens of rockets that were on their way to the Egyptian border. Zidan said at the time that these weapons included 10 Milan rockets and about 50 Grad rockets as well as thermal rockets. They were discovered near the border town of Jaghbub]]]]]]. Zidan added that his country paid special importance to border control as was an issue of national sovereignty. 
He noted that a civilian advisory panel to protect the borders sent by the European Union was set arrive in Libya to provide technical support in the field of border protection, pursuant to the agreement between Libya and the EU. Earlier this year, the United Nations published a report that noted Libyan weapons were spreading beyond the country’s borders, from Mali to the Levant. The February 15th report from a panel created to investigate breaches of the Libyan arms embargo said weapons were sent from Libya to Syria “through networks and routes passing through either Turkey or northern Lebanon”. “Transfers of military materiel have been organised from various locations in Libya, including Misrata and Benghazi. The significant size of some shipments and the logistics involved suggest that representatives of the Libyan local authorities might have at least been aware of the transfers, if not actually directly involved,” the UN report stated. The report also noted Syria was a “prominent destination for Libyan fighters” who have “joined brigades as individuals or through networks to support the Syrian opposition”.
The UN cited several specific examples where Libyan equipment was shipped to Syria, including one case where 400 tons of material was transferred from Benghazi to the Syrian opposition aboard the Al Entisar fishing boat. Abdul Basit Haroun Shehibi, commander of Abu Salim Martyrs’ Brigade, confessed last month to Reuters that he stood behind the largest arms’ shipments that have been transferred from Libya to the rebels in Syria. “These shipments are transported by air to neighbouring countries, and then smuggled across the border,” he said. Haroun Shehibi confirmed that he sends aid and weapons to support Syrians striving for the same freedom he fought for during the Libyan revolution. Haroun Shehibi, who was a UK resident during the rule of Kadhafi, returned during the Libyan revolution to participate with rebels in toppling the regime.
He formed the Abu Slim Martyrs’ Brigade in Benghazi to commemorate the massacre in Abu Slim Prison. Images posted on Facebook purportedly show him travelling to Syria last August to deliver a shipment of weapons. Before forming his brigade, Haroun Shehibi joined the “February 17 Brigade” led by Ismael al-Sallabi, who is currently wanted by international justice for his involvement in war crimes. During the first days after the fall of the Libyan regime, former intelligence official Rami al-Obeidi said that Abdul Basit Haroun Shehibi (real name Qais Haroun) “controlled the state security agency via his brigade and the 17 February Brigade led by Muslim Brotherhood member Ismael al-Sallabi.” Al-Obeidi told Al Watan Al Arabi in November 2011 that “Shehibi sympathises with al-Qaeda”.
Young Libyans are also being caught up in the war in Syria. A June report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy found that more Libyans had died in the Syrian conflict than any other group of foreigners. Citing data from Flashpoint Global Partners, the think-tank said Libya was “the undisputed leader” in the number of foreigners killed fighting in Syria, representing more than one in five foreign jihadists slain in the fighting. “It is hard to dispute the outsized role that Libyan fighters have played in the Syrian uprising,” the report stated.

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Syrian Unrest Could Have Broad Geopolitical Impact

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 Since the Arab Spring, chaos seems to have further engulfed the already volatile Middle East.   Back in 1982, a former Israeli Foreign Ministry official forecast in a little noticed policy paper the disintegration of many of the countries of the Middle East with the violent redrawing of borders and the emergence of smaller, weaker states based on greater ethnic and religious homogeneity. Thirty years later, as Syria continues its sectarian civil war, some are arguing that prediction is taking shape as state-based nationalism is declining and something larger and older is taking over. 

 Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese army general and now the director of a political think tank in Beirut, believes the likely outcome of the civil war is the breakup of Syria. He foresees Alawites, members of an offshoot sect of Shia Islam, and Christians cleaving together along Syria’s coast, and Kurds and Sunni Muslims establishing separate states of their own.That would have devastating repercussions across the region, he warns.“In my opinion the unity of Lebanon, of Turkey, of Jordan, of Iraq will not be secure or guaranteed at all,” he said. American University political science professor Bassel Saloukh, based in Lebanon, agrees. He says the Arab Spring-uprisings, along with the geopolitical rivalry of Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran, have pushed the region into unchartered and dangerous waters. 
He suspects the sectarianism that has been unleashed will mean at the very least the end of strong unitary states for many Middle East countries. “I think the only way to maintain them as political entities, as political units is by experimenting with some kind of institutionalized ethnic-sectarian power-sharing agreement,” he said.He says Lebanon may well be seen by some as a model for power-sharing arrangements by other countries – from Syria to Jordan. “What Lebanon serves today is as a model for countries like Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and Jordan in the future. Those countries where state power has collapsed, there is no more consensus on the different ethnic sectarian groups living together,” he said.

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مقال خطير جدا عن عزمي بشارة: من قطر : فتى الموساد يشتري المثقفين.

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بقلم الكاتب الفلسطيني عادل سمارة

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حتى اللحظة لا يزال كثيرون يرون في د. عزمي بشارة صاحب وجهة نظر فيما يخص الأزمة/المذبحة ضد سوريا، والأمر نفسه تجاه فتاوى الشيخ القرضاوي. ولكن ، دعك من القرضاوي.
عزمي بشارة حالة مختلفة على الأقل في خطورتها. صحيح أن الأزمة السورية كشفت عزمي بشارة بما لا يدع للشك مجالاً في نظر الوطنيين بتنوعاتهم: قومي ، شيوعي، مؤمن…الخ. ولكن، من الخطأ والسطحية معالجة موضوع هذا الرجل فقط من خلال البوابة السورية فلا يزال كثيرون في حيرة تجاه هذا الأمر ولا سيما من توقف تفكيرهم عند ما قبل آذار 2011. لم يدركوا أن إشكالات النظام ورائنا، بل بقوا هم ورائها. ومن يتخلَّف وراء اللحظة يفقد الشعور بالزمن وينتهي وراء التاريخ.
مشكلة بشارة ترتد في بداية انكشافها إلى عام 1994 حينما بدأت تظهر في كتاباته وأحاديثه أعراض سرطان الصهينة وتحديداً دخول الكنيست (برلمان الدولة اليهودية) ، وهو ما التقطته ، نظرا لأننا تعارفنا منذ1987 بعد عودتي من لندن من خلال صديق حمصي الأصل متوفى هو الشاعر حنا حوشان. كان عزمي حينها قد ترك الحزب الشيوعي بعد أن أهانه إميل حبيبي بنعته ب “حمار” على مسمع آخرين.
حين تعارفنا كان عزمي يرطن بالهيجلية كمقدمة كما لاحظت بعدها كي يدخل على المسألة القومية. طبعاً هذا التوجه يبقى “وجهة نظر” هذا مع العلم بأن هيجل، هذا الفيلسوف الكبير، هو من مؤسسي التنظير القومي الشوفيني في ألمانيا، وهو نفسه الذي اسس للمركزانية الأوروبية وحتى مركزانية ضد أمم أوروبية بتنظيراته عن أو ضد من اسماهم، شعوب بلا تاريخ: ” مثل أل جال في سكوتلندا، ومؤيدي آل ستيوارت ف من 1640-1715، والبريتونز ” وهو ما أُعجب به إنجلز متورطا في الفهم نفسه ومأخوذاً/محتفلاً بقوة تطور الرأسمالية، وربما أخذ هيجل نفسه هذا عن آدم سميث في الربع الأخير من القرن الثامن عشر حيث اعتبر استعمار بريطانيا لإيرلندا طبيعيا لأن الشعب الإيرلندي كسول”. كيف انتقل بشارة إذن من الشيوعية إلى القومية عبر فيلسوف شوفيني، وليس عبر انبهاره بنظرية علم الجمال لدى هيجل مثلاً، هذا سؤال لم أجد الإجابة عليه.
يمكن للمرء أن يكون قوميا تماماً في مرحلة التحرر الوطني والقومي، وهذا اختيار طبيعي، وحينما يجد المرء نفسه او تجد النظرية نفسها أمام سؤال ما بعد التحرير والاستقلال والتحرر، حينها عليه الإجابة، وحينها يكتشف حتى ان ديالكتيك هيجل حقا يمشي على راسه، وهو بحاجة إلى لكمة هائلة من ماركس ليقف على قدميه.
ولكن ما كان واضحاً، أن عزمي بشارة الذي بدا يطرح نفسه قومياً، قد حافظ على الاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني الذي يقف على نقيض، بل على أنقاض الشعب الفلسطيني، وهو الوقوف النقيض الذي يستدعي كافة النظريات والمواقف القومية حتى الشوفينية منها.
وهذا يطرح السؤال العجيب: مثقف يقبل ويقتنع باستعمار استيطاني اقتلاعي ضد شعبه ووطنه مأخوذ بالتحريفية الشيوعية الستالينية وفي الوقت نفسه يرفع شعار الاعتقاد بالقومية العربية التي يُفترض بما هي قومية وعربية أن تكون نقيضا، بل النقيض الأول والمباشر لوجود الكيان الصهيوني الإشكنازي.
كانت هذه القضايا هي التي أسست لدي قلقاً في العلاقة مع عزمي بشارة وهي علاقة كنت وضعتها قيد المتابعة والتحليل. ومنها استنتجت أن الرجل يخطط لامتطاء القومية كي يصل إلى ما يريد، وهي أمور لم أكن اعرفها بوضوح حينها.
ولكنني تسائلت من جانب آخر: ما الذي سوف يجنيه عزمي بشارة من رفع لواء القومية في مرحلة كانت لا تزال القوى القومية واليسارية في حالة تردي، بينما كانت قوى الدين السياسي تغطي شاشة المرحلة؟ بل حتى قوى منظمة التحرير كانت قد تورطت في الخروج من لبنان وكانت متورطة في قُطرية بدأت بمزايدات عالية أثناء الكفاح المسلح وانتهت إلى الاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني مباشرة او مداورة.
ولعل اسباب بشارة هي التالية:
· هو لا يستطيع الدخول في أحزاب دينية كالحركة الإسلامية، وهي بالطبع لا تقبل من ليس مسلماً.
· إن الشعار القومي، رغم انحطاط وضع القوى القومية، يمكن أن يجد مساحة بين فلسسطينيي 1948 حيث الصراع مع الكيان يستدعي لا شك الانتماء القومي.
· لذا غادر الحزب الشيوعي لأنه يعلم ان ليس بوسعه وصول مركز قيادي فيه وأن الجمهور الذي يمكنه استغلاله هو الجمهور القومي وليس جمهور الحزب الشيوعي.
· ولعل الأهم، أن عزمي بشارة قد اقام ارتباطا مبكراً مع سلطة الكيان والتي كانت تهيئه لاختراق الوطن العربي، ومن أجل هذا فالأنسب أن يطرح نفسه قوميا، أي لا شيوعيا ولا إسلامياً.
كما اشرت، فالرجل وقد تربى في أحضان الحزب الشيوعي الإسرائيلي (القائمة الشيوعية الجديدة – اختصارها بالعبرية راكاح) وهو المناخ السياسي الذي يعتبر الكيان الصهيوني الإشكنازي واقع قائم يبدأ النقاش معه وعنه بعد الإقرار بوجوده و “حقه” على أرض فلسطين. لم أكن اسمع منه ما يخالف هذا. وكان سؤالي: ترى هل خرج من راكاح فقط لأن إميل حبيبي شتمه؟ هل هذا كافٍ للخروج؟ لا سيما وأنه يحمل جوهريا نفس موقف الحزب من الكيان. فالكثير من الحزبيين يدافع عن نفسه داخل الحزب بالكلمات، وإن استعصى الأمر فباللكمات.
تزايدت شكوكي بعدها حينما اندفع في عرض نفسه كقومي عربي وناصري، وعقد تحالفا مع حركة ابناء البلد (في فلسطين 1948) إثر تشكيل حزبه التجمع الوطني الديمقراطي، وخلال هذه العلاقة أقنع اكثرية اللجنة المركزية لهذه الحركة بأن تسمح لعناصرها بالتصويت في الكنيست. ربما لأنه على تماس يومي معهم في المحتل 1948، أو لأن ميل أكثرية اللجنة المركزية هناك بهذا الاتجاه، أو لأن عزمي قد بدأ من رام الله عبر إقامة علاقات مع قوى منظمة التحرير يسارها ويمينها ليعود إلى فلسطينيي 1948 مقبولا من قوى منظمة التحرير وهذا مدخل لا شك فيه تكتيك مميز، لم يتضح في حينه أنه ليس تكتيك عزمي بل تكتيك الموساد.
وكنت قد كتبت الكثير نقدا لأطروحات عزمي بشارة منذ عام 1994 ، ولعل أكثرها تفصيلا كان ما كتبته في مجلة كنعان العدد 85 نيسان 1997، (ثنائية القومية والحكم الذاتي الثقافي ودولة لكل مواطنيها –مشاريع صهيونية ص ص 33-51). ولكن الرجل كان قد اخترق سوريا إلى لبنان واصبح إيقونة قومية حتى لدى سيد المقاومة. ومما يثير السخرية أن أحد مسؤولي مركز دراسات الوحدة العربية سُئل ذات مرة: كيف تستقبلون عزمي بشارة وهو عضو كنيست؟ فأجاب نحن ندعوه كفيلسوف!! وقد سمعت مؤخراً، أن هذا المركز وصل الإفلاس وبأن مركز عزمي بشارة في قطر قد اشتراه؟
بعدها قدمت مداخلة في الناصرة في مؤتمر حركة أبناء البلد 6 حزيران 1998، بعنوان : قد يضمن الكمبرادور أمن الدولة الإشكنازية، أما الأمان فيحققه وطن عربي اشتراكي” ونشرت في مجلة كنعان العدد 93 تشرين ثاني 1998 ص ص 9-46. وكان جوهرها ردا على مختلف أطروحات انواع الدول لحل الصراع العربي الصهيوني. ولكن كانت حينها حركة أبناء البلد قد تورطت على يد عزمي بشارة في التصويت وتراجعت عنه بعد ذلك ولا تزال تئن من ذلك الموقف وبالطبع تمكن عزمي من “شق الحركة وأخذ الكثير من قياداتها وعناصرها وهذا ما ركز لدي التخوف من علاقاته بال شين – بيت.
والطريف أن بعض القوميين الذين يقفون حتى ضد اليهود ويبررون المحرقة كانوا يستقبلون عزمي بشارة وخاصة في الأردن ولبنان وسوريا.
دخل عزمي الكنيست وكنت قد واصلت نقده في مجلة كنعان، وتمكن من عرض نفسه في الداخل والخارج بأنه قومي عربي وناصري وعضو كنيست معاً.
ولكنني لا زلت اعتقد أن قبول الكثير من العرب ساسة وأحزابا ومثقفين لعزمي كعضو كنيست لا يعود إلى قدرة خارقة لديه، بل يعود إلى قابلية داخلية لدى كثيرين من هؤلاء للاعتراف بالكيان. وهي قابلية ترتد إلى مستوى من استدخال الهزيمة أو العجز عن فهم : ما معنى عضوية كنيست وقسم يمين الولاء للدولة اليهودية وهو هكذا حرفياً.
لم يكن النقد وليس اليوم ضده على أرضية شخصه، بل محاولة تبيان ما هي خطورة عضوية الكنيست.
بعد ان هاجر عزمي إلى قطر، برز السؤال الآخر: لماذا خرج، ولماذا احتفت به قطاعات من العروبة كبطل إلى درجة عدم الجرأة على تصديق انه رحل ولم يُنفى. وهذا يرتد إلى النفسيات المهزومة التي تبحث عن بطل حتى ولو بطلاً وهمياً. وكان له كل هذا.
لكن هذا لا يحل اللغز: لماذا خرج الرجل وهو في “مجده”؟ كما ان وجود الفضائيات يمكنه نقل كل شخص من أي متر إلى أقصى متر في الكوكب، فلا حاجة ماسة للانتقال الفيزيائي!
كان رأيي ، وقد كتبته في كنعان ايضا، أن الرجل خرج في مهمة تطبيعية بهدف أن يعود بعدها وقد ساهم في تطبيع العرب جميعا، لا سيما وأن معظم الأنظمة العربية جاهزة لذلك. ولكن عزمي وقيادة الكيان، وأعتقد مخابراته تحديداً، قد استفادوا من تجربة كوهين كمال سليم ثابت بمعنى أن عميلا بهذا الحجم يجب أن يُحمى حينما يُكتشف أمره أو حينما يصبح لا بد من أن يُكشف لا سيما وأنه ينغرس في كل الوطن العربي وليس في سوريا وحسب.
لذا، تم اختيار بلد مأمون المناخ الأمني والسياسي والثقافي والعسكري وهو قطر. فهي بعيدة عن مرمى القومية العربية وهي محمية امريكية ربما عدد الجنود الأمريكيين فيها اكثر من العرب الذين هم 12 بالمئة من سكان قطر. هناك، لن يطول الرجل أحد مهما فعل. وهناك المكان الطبيعي ليواصل دوره في تخريب الوعي السياسي للشارع العربي باسم القومية وعبر فضائية الجزيرة. بعبارة أخرى، صار مطلوب من الرجل، أن يذهب إلى الميدان وصار من حقه أعلى حماية ممكنة.
وهذا ما يفسر لماذا لم يستقر في الأردن لو كان منفياً وليعمل في إحدى الجامعات. ولماذا لم يذهب إلى المانيا حيث تعلم هناك ومن هناك يمول مؤسسة أنجزة كبرى وثرية هي مؤسسة مواطن في رام الله حتى الآن! طبعا من المحال أن يذهب إلى سوريا أو لبنان، لأن انكشاف أمره يكرر “مأساة” كوهين، مع انهما هما الهدف الأساس اي المقاومة والممانعة، أما إيران فدولة غير عربية وفيها خبرة وحذر شديدين من كل ما يأتي من الأر ض المحتلة.
تخدم تحليلنا هذا علاقة قطر بالكيان الصهيوني وبالولايات المتحدة وبالإخوان المسلمين، هذا الثلاثي الذي يشكل العمود الفقري للثورة المضادة في الوطن العربي ضد القومية العربية ولتصفية القضية الفلسطينية.
وبالطبع، كانت قطر موقع انطلاقاته إلى القطريات العربية وعودته للاستراحة هناك. وخلال تلك الانطلاقات، وزع ذات مرة بيانا سريا من حوالي ثلاثين صفحة (وصلني من صديق كما وصلني ما هو ملحق أدناه) على عدد محدود من المثقفين العرب لتشكيل تيار عربي، كان واضحا منه أن لا مشكلة في محتواه مع الكيان الصهيوني وكان جوهره كذلك لبراليا، لا يمت إلى المسألة القومية بصلة. ولاحقا، شكل محاولة بديل لمنظمة التحرير مع منير شفيق وبلال الحسن إنتهى إلى لا شيء.
واذكر انني كتبت ضد ذلك ونصحت اصدقاء حينها بأن هذا الرجل خطير، وبأنكم تتحدثون عن حركة وطنية أو تيار يقوم على نقد منظمة الحرير الفلسطينية، بينما يقودكم رجل هو عضو كنيست ولم ينقد نفسه على تلك العضوية، لم يعتذر حتى نقول تغير الرجل. ولكن هؤلاء كانوا مأخوذين بفتى الموساد.
وحيث كان يجب كشف بشارة من دوره الأخطر وهو عضوية الكنيست بما هي تكريس بقسم اليمين للكيان الصهيوني كان على الوعي المتخلف الانتظار حتى عام 2011 حين بدأت صورة الرجل تتشقق إثر عدوان الناتو على ليبيا واحتلال السعودية للبحرين. وبالطبع أتت الأزمة السورية لتكشف عن رجل لا يقل خطورة عن كوهين. أما وقد انكشف كل شيىء فلم يكن امامه سوى المكابرة والاستمرار في موقفه المضاد لسوريا وليتضح أنه كان يدعو الكثيرين من “المعارضة” السورية النظيفة وذات المستوى الفكري والتاريخ السياسي إلى الدوحة للتآمر معهم على سوريا!!! وكانوا يذهبون صاغرين!!!
صحيح أن الأزمة السورية هي التي فضحت المستور. ولكن مع ذلك، علينا ان لا نرى حقيقة الرجل من خلال سوريا أولاً بل من خلال الكنيست ومن ثم من خلال مذبحتي ليبيا وسوريا. وهنا أؤكد أن من لا يرتكز موقفه من هذا على أرضية رفض الاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني وعضوية الكنيست، فهو إما مع الاعتراف بالكيان، اي صهيوني عربي، أو عاجز عن فهم خطورة الاعتراف بالكيان.
تجنيد المثقفين وأشباههم/ن
يمكننا تقسيم مراحل استثمار ال شين-بيت ومن ثم الموساد في عزمي بشارة إلى أربع حتى الآن:
أولاً: استخدامه في المحتل 1948 لإقامة تيار “قومي” يعترف بالكيان، ويشكل جواز سفر له إلى الفكر القومي والواقع العربي وهذه قمة التناقض، لكنها نجحت.
ثانياً: الطواف في الأرض العربية قبل رحيله وبعد رحيله حيث استضافته مختلف العواصم العربية كمفكر قومي الأول والوحيد، وبالطبع دان له الكثير من المثقفين العرب كأمير الثقافة القومية دون أن يجرؤ هؤلاء على مجرد التفكير في جمع تناقض ”الريادة القومية مع الاعتراف بالكيان! ومن بين هؤلاء مؤيدو المحرقة الذين كانوا يستمعون له كالمريدين!!!!.
ثالثاً: الصعود إلى الفضاء بالطواف عبر الفضائيات العربية للتاثير على المواطن العربي اينما كان، وهذه المراحل الثلاث في خدمة أل شيت-بيت.
رابعاً: بعد أن فضحته مذبحة سوريا، وكان بالطبع قد انتقل إلى الخارج مما يعني تحويله إلى كادر الموساد أخذ خطوة إلى الوراء لكي يشتغل على تطبيع المثقفين /ات العرب وذلك اساساً عبر شراء أكبر عدد ممكن منهم بالمال ليصبحوا في خدمة استراتيجية تخريب قومي متوارية وراء الأبحاث، فليس من المنطقي لباحث يحترم عقله أن يقوم ببحث جاد وعلمي لينشره مجاناً من خلال قطر كإمارة لم تعرف لا الحزاب ولا البرلمان ولا اية انتخابات ولا التحرر ولا اي حق للمرأة ومعادية للقومية العربية. فالأمر هو التمويل القطري التي هي نفسها قاعدة أميركية ووهابية تشن حربا تدميرية ضد سوريا آخر معقل قومي.
كيف يذهب المثقفون إلى هناك دون التورط في تعاقد! لا ندري، إن كان غير المال ما هو وراء ذلك؟
في سياق ترتيبات عزمي بشارة لشراء المثقفين/ات، يواصل بشارة ربط من كانوا على علاقة به قبل رحيله في الأرض المحتلة بشقيها 1948 و 1967 ويضيف مراكز أبحاث في الوطن العربي ترتضي العمل لصالحه وباحثين أفراداً، جُدداً ولا سيما معلمين في جامعة بير زيت ومع موظفي/ات الأنجزة للعمل لصالح المركز الذي اقامته له سلطات إمارة قطر: المركز العربيّ للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات.
بعض من يتواصل معهم يرفضون، أي الشرفاء، ومن بين آليات التجنيد إليكم النموذج التالي:
From: Mohammad Almasri [mailto:mohammad.almasri@dohainstitute.org]
Sent: 2013
To: ………..
Cc: Ayat Hamdan; Nerouz Satik
Subject: دعوة لكتابة ورقة بحثية
التاريخ : 2013 مرجع رقم:
حضرة الأستاذ ……..المحترم
تحيّة طيّبة؛
الموضوع: دعوتكم للمساهمة البحثيّة في المؤتمر الثّاني لمراكز الأبحاث العربيّة:
“ قضيّة فلسطين ومستقبل المشروع الوطني الفلسطينيّ “.
يسرنا أن نعلمكم بأن المركز العربيّ للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات ينظم المؤتمر العلمي الثّاني لمراكز الأبحاث العربيّة بعنوان: “ قضيّة فلسطينومستقبل المشروع الوطني الفلسطينيّ “، في الفترة من7-9 كانون الأوّل / ديسمبر في الدّوحة. وكان المؤتمر الأول لمراكز الابحاث والدّراسات السياسيّة والإستراتيجيّة في الوطن العربيّ ” قد عُقد بعنوان “الثّورات العربيّة والتّغيّرات الجيوستراتيجية” في 15-17 كانون الأوّل/ ديسمبر 2012، وبمشاركة أكثر من 70 مركز بحث عربي، وأكثر من 55 باحث وأكاديمي من المنطقة.
وفي ضوء تقديرنا لمساهمتكم الأكاديمية في موضوع قضيّة فلسطين ومستقبل المشروع الوطني الفلسطينيّ، وجدّيتكم البحثيّة، ندعوكم للمساهمة في أعمال المؤتمر بإعداد بحث أصيل ومعمق قابل للتحكيم العلمي، في أحد محاوره. وفي حال موافقتكم على المشاركة البحثيّة، يرجى إرسال ملخّص وافٍ بالخطوط الرئيسة للبحث، مع موجز السيرة العلميّة في موعد لا يتجاوز 25 حزيران/يوليو، على أن يكون تسليم البحوث مكتملة في موعد أقصاه 30 أيلول/سيبتمبر، وذلك تسهيلًا لإجراءات المراجعة والتحكيم ووضع البرنامج الأخير للمؤتمر. علمًا أن المؤتمر يتولّى تغطية كافّة نفقات السفر والإقامة خلال فترة مشاركتكم في المؤتمر.
للتواصل وإرسال الملخصات، يرجى الاتصال بالأستاذه آيات حمدان على العنوان التالي:
ayat.hamdan@dohainstitute.orgيرجى تأكيد استلام هذه الرسالة، آملين أن يكون جوابكم إيجابيًّا.
مع فائق التقدير والاحترام؛عن اللجنة التحضيرية للمؤتمر

د. محمد المصري

المرفقات:

1- ورقة الإطار الخلفية .

2- محاور المؤتمر.

3- مواصفات الورقة البحثية المعتمدة في المركز (وهي متوفرة على الرابط التالي في الموقع الإلكتروني شروط النشر).
نشرة كنعان

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‘We will catch you’: Nazi issues wanted posters for Palestinian kids

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A Palestinian protester runs away from Israeli border guards during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Asaf Hikmat, a West Bank Palestinian teen, can hardly concentrate on his upcoming exams, as he has been on the lookout for Israeli soldiers ever since he found his face on an IDF wanted poster.

Asaf is one of several youngsters who took part in their village’s weekly protests against Israeli settlement expansion. Such demonstrations would regularly end in tear gas and rubber coated bullets, but the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has recently come up with something new – posters with kids’ faces, reading ‘We are the army. Be careful. We will catch you if we see you.’

“We got very afraid when they put our pictures up, they are threatening that they will arrest us and they will come and take us from our homes,” Asaf relayed his fear to RT correspondent Paula Slier, who is reporting from the West Bank.

The posters depicting the children as outlaws with a bounty on their head are just part and parcel of the IDF’s intimidation techniques, argues Murad Shtaiwi, Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee.

Asaf Hikmat, one of the Palestinian teens who found themselves on IDF wanted posters.Asaf Hikmat, one of the Palestinian teens who found themselves on IDF wanted posters.

“Every night, nearly, they come and shoot tear gas and sound bombs toward the houses to frighten and to let the children live in very bad psychological situation,” Shtaiwi told RT.

The Israeli settlers have been justifying the harsh measures taken by the military against the protesting Palestinian youths. The head of the local council for the Karnei Shomron settlement, Herzl Ben Ari, says every day when he gets into his car, his life is put in danger.

“What would usually happen is they would come stand on the road, pick up a brick or a large stone and throw it directly, and from a short range, at the cars. Many of our residents were hurt. Three months ago a baby got hit and she is now in a vegetative state. Stones kill and that is why we expect the military to do what it takes in order for it to stop.” 

Israeli statistics say rock throwing incidents are up by 110% over the last several months. And the military insist they are helpless against them as they are clearly prohibited from targeting noncombatants. It becomes murky when they feel threatened.

“There is a chain, which begins with soldiers being afraid to act because they are not backed up by us, it continues with the Palestinians understanding that the soldiers will not act, the Israeli deterrence is weakening, the terror is growing, Israelis get hurt and Israel is not protecting its citizens. We need to give our soldiers the freedom to act and to back them up when needed,” says Mordechai Yogev, Parliamentarian & Member Of Knesset Foreign Affairs And Defence Committee.

A Palestinian protester runs away from Israeli border guards during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)A Palestinian protester runs away from Israeli border guards during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel (AFP Photo/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

The IDF’s alleged inability to act when faced with noncombatants, however, does not save Israel from a dismal track record in terms of dealing with Palestinian children.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a report in June, finding that thousands of Palestinian children were systematically injured, tortured and used as human shields by Israel. During the 10-year period examined by UN human rights experts, up to 7,000 children aged 9 to 17 were arrested, interrogated and kept captive, the report said.

Just last week, a video was released showing a 5-year-old Palestinian boy being detained by the Israeli military, allegedly for having thrown stones at soldiers.

Violence has recently been mounting in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli settlement construction has reached a seven-year high, according to Peace Now, an Israeli NGO.

Palestinians see Israelis stopping their settlement construction in the West Bank as a major pre-condition for peace talks, while the Israeli keep reiterating they have no intention of doing so.

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‘Sorry is not enough’: Bolivia demands EU find culprits behind aerial hijack

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Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca (AFP Photo/Aizar Raldes)

rt.com

EU apologies for the aerial blockade that forced the Bolivian president’s plane to land are “not enough,” said Bolivia’s foreign minister. The presidential plane was grounded amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden had stowed away onboard.

The Bolivian Foreign Minister, David Choquehuanca, confirmed on Tuesday that Bolivia had received official apologies from Italy and Portugal, adding to those of Spain and France.

“Not only Spain has sent a verbal apology, but also Portugal and Italy have sent messages accounting for their actions,” said Choquehuanca at a press conference in the Bolivian capital of La Paz. However, Choquehuanca stressed that the apologies were not enough and the four countries “must identify those responsible and punish them in an exemplary fashion so that such an incident does not happen again.”

He went on to say that the apologies will be analyzed by the Bolivian government, adding that the countries in question would have “to repair the damage that has been done to the president.”

After attending an energy summit in Moscow, President Evo Morales’ plane was forced to abandon its home journey to Bolivia and land in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 2. Italy, Spain, Portugal and France all closed their airspace amid suspicions that whistleblower Edward Snowden was onboard the presidential vessel.

Bolivian President Evo Morales waves as he boards his plane prior leaving the Vienna International Airport on July 3, 2013. (AFP Photo/Patrick Domingo)Bolivian President Evo Morales waves as he boards his plane prior leaving the Vienna International Airport on July 3, 2013.

Latin America reacted with fury at what they denounced as the “kidnapping” of the Bolivian president. At a meeting of South American countries following the incident Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Uruguay resolved to withdraw their diplomatic missions from the offending EU countries. Bolivia will also withdraw its envoys.

“We repudiate any action aimed at undermining the authority of countries to grant and fully implement the right of asylum,” said the alliance of Latin American countries Mercosur. They also accused the EU countries of adopting a neo-colonial stance towards Bolivia.

It called for “solidarity with the governments of Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” all of which have offered asylum to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Bolivia alleges that the US pressured the EU countries into blockading their airspace as an intimidation tactic.

Despite offers of political asylum from several Latin American countries, Edward Snowden is unable to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport because he is not in possession of a valid passport. He has filed an application for temporary asylum in the Russian Federation, the receipt of which was confirmed by Moscow on Tuesday. According to Russian law the application could take up to three months to process.

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Argentine President Cristina Kirchner to Skip AMIA Memorial

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freebeacon.com

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will reportedly skip the 19th anniversary memorial of the AMIA bombing on Thursday, in what analysts see as the latest troubling sign of the Argentine government’s increasing coziness with Tehran.

The Iranian government is suspected of plotting the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 and is considered the deadliest terrorist attack in Argentina’s history.

Kirchner will be out of the country meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos during Thursday’s memorial ceremony, the Buenos Aires Herald reports. This would be the second year in a row that Kirchner did not attend the memorial.

“Kirchner skipping the AMIA commemoration is like President [Barack] Obama ignoring the 9/11 anniversary,” said American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Michael Rubin. “That she’s skipping it for the second time shows it’s no accident or coincidence. Jews are traditionally the canary in the coal mine, and in this case, the warning signs about Argentina couldn’t be clearer.”

Argentine federal prosecutors say the 1994 bombing was plotted by Iran and carried out by its terror proxy Hezbollah. Multiple former and current Iranian officials were placed on the Interpol wanted list in connection to the bombing.

Argentina’s relations with Iran have warmed immensely under the Kirchner administration. The Argentine government signed a deal with Iran in January to create a “truth commission” that will investigate the AMIA bombing, which will be staffed by jurists chosen jointly by the two governments.

Sources say that Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who heads the AMIA investigation, rankled the Kirchner administration in May when he released a 500-page report detailing the Iranian terror network’s infiltration of South America.

The Iranian foreign ministry also objected to the report and said it would not take the allegations seriously because of Nisman’s “Zionist character,”according to the Buenos Aires Herald.

The Argentine government barred earlier this month Nisman from attending and testifying at a U.S. House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on the Iranian threat in South America. A bipartisan House delegation called onSecretary of State John Kerry to reconsider aid to Argentina after the incident.

“It’s disturbing, in and of itself, that Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has decided, for the second year in a row, not to attend the AMIA Jewish community center’s memorial of the 1994 bombing,” said Robert Zarate, policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative. “But what would be even more worrisome is if her decision not to attend—as well as her government’s decision last week to prevent Alberto Nisman, general prosecutor in the AMIA bombing—are motivated by a desire to strengthen Argentine-Iranian relations.”

In an English-language translation of a 2006 indictment filed by Nisman, two of the prosecution’s witnesses said Iran’s current president-elect Hassan Rowhani was on the special affairs committee in 1994 that approved the AMIA bombing, the Washington Free Beacon first reported in June.

Nisman quickly pushed back on the story, which had been picked up by the Argentine media, telling the Times of Israel, “There is no evidence, according to the AMIA case file, of the involvement of Hassan Rowhani in any terrorist attack.”

Nisman did not elaborate on whether this contradicted testimony from his witnesses placing Rowhani on the committee at the time the attack was approved.

The Free Beacon requested an interview with Nisman last month and was told by his office to email the prosecutor a list of Spanish-translated questions. Nisman did not respond to the questions and did not respond to the Free Beacon’s attempts to follow up.

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Obama administration drowning in lawsuits filed over NSA surveillance

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AFP Photo / DPA / Angelika Warmuth / Germany out

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Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation have sued the Obama administration and are demanding the White House stop the dragnet surveillance programs operated by the National Security Agency.

Both the White House and Congress have weighed in on the case of Edward Snowden and the revelations he’s made by leaking National Security Agency documents. Now the courts are having their turn to opine, and with opportunities aplenty.

Day by day, new lawsuits waged against the United States government are being filed in federal court, and with the same regularity President Barack Obama and the preceding administration are being charged with vast constitutional violations alleged to have occurred through the NSA spy programs exposed by Mr. Snowden.

The recent disclosures made by Snowden have generated commotion in Congress and the White House alike. The Department of Justice has asked for the 30-year-old former Booz Allen Hamilton worker to be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage, and members of both the House and Senate have already held their share of emergency hearings in the wake of Snowden’s series of disclosures detailing the vast surveillance programs waged by the US in utmost secrecy. But with the executive and legislative branches left worrying about how to handle the source of the leaks — and if the policies publicized should have existed in the first place — the courts could soon settle some disputes that stand to shape the way the US conducts surveillance of its own citizens.

Both longstanding arguments and just-filed claims have garnered the attention of the judicial branch in the weeks since the Guardian newspaper first began publishing leaked NSA documents attributed to Snowden on June 6. But while the courts have relied previously on stalling or stifling cases that challenge Uncle Sam’s spy efforts, civil liberties experts say the time may be near for some highly anticipated arguments to finally be heard. Now on the heels of lawsuits filed by the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, groups are coming out of the woodwork to wage a legal battle against the White House.

The most recent example came this week when a coalition of various organizations filed suit together against the Obama administration by challenging “an illegal and unconstitutional program of dragnet electronic surveillance, specifically the bulk acquisition, collection, storage, retention and searching of telephone communications information.” Represented by attorneys from the EFF and others, the plaintiffs in the latest case filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court include an array of groups, such as: First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles; Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Calguns Foundation; California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees; Council on Islamic Relations; Franklin Armory; Free Press; Free Software Foundation; Greenpeace; Human Rights Watch; Media Alliance; National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws; Open Technology Institute; People for the American Way, Public Knowledge; Students for Sensible Drug Policy; TechFreedom; and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Cindy Cohn, the legal director of the EFF, told the Washington Post that the NSA leaks credited to Snowden have been a “tremendous boon” to the plaintiffs in recently filed court cases challenging the surveillance state. The courts are currently pondering at least five important cases, Cohn told the Post, which could for once and for all bring some other issues up for discussion.

Since June 6, the American Civil Liberties Union, a Verizon Wireless customer and the founder of conservative group Judicial Watch have all filed federal lawsuits against the government’s collection of telephony metadata, a practice that puts basic call records into the government’s hands without a specific warrant ever required and reported to the media by Mr. Snowden. Larry Klayman of Judicial Watch has also sued over another revelation made by Snowden — the PRISM Internet eavesdropping program — and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, has asked the Supreme Court to vacate the order compelling Verizon Business Network Services to send metadata to the feds.

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Perhaps most important, however, is a California federal court’s recent decision to shutdown the government’s request to stop the case of Jewel vs. NSA from proceeding. That debate first began in 2008 when Jewel, a former AT&T customer, challenged the government’s “illegal and unconstitutional program of dragnet communications surveillance” as exposed by a whistleblower at the telecom company. That case has seen roadblock after roadblock during the last five years, but all that changed earlier this month. The government long argued that Jewel v. NSA can’t go up for discussion because the issues at hand are privileged as ‘state secrets’ and can’t be brought into the public realm.

“[T]he disclosure of sensitive intelligence sources and methods . . . reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to national security,” the government wrote in one earlier filing. “The very purpose of these cases is to put at issue whether the NSA undertook certain alleged activities under presidential authorization after 9/11, and whether those activities continue today. At every stage, from standing to the merits, highly classified and properly privileged intelligence sources and methods are at risk of disclosure. The law is clear, however, that where litigation risks or requires the disclosure of information that reasonably could be expected to harm national security, dismissal is required.”

Following Snowden’s recent disclosures, though, Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California ruled on July 8 that there’s a way for those cases to still be heard.

“The court rightly found that the traditional legal system can determine the legality of the mass, dragnet surveillance of innocent Americans and rejected the government’s invocation of the state secrets privilege to have the case dismissed,” the EFF’s Cohn, who is working on the case, said in a statement issued at the time of the ruling. “Over the last month, we came face-to-face with new details of mass, untargeted collection of phone and Internet records, substantially confirmed by the Director of National Intelligence. Today’s decision sets the stage for finally getting a ruling that can stop the dragnet surveillance and restore Americans’ constitutional rights.”

Sen. Ron Wyden (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP) Sen. Ron Wyden (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images / AFP)

Weighing in weeks later to the Post, Cohn said that outcome could have more of an impact than many might imagine. “It’s tremendous, because anything that allows these cases to proceed is important,” she said.

Speaking to the New York Times this week, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Jameel Jaffer said that until now the government has operated a “shell game” to shield it’s surveillance programs from litigation. “[T]he statute has been shielded from judicial review, and controversial and far-reaching surveillance authorities have been placed beyond the reach of the Constitution,” he said.

Should Cohn’s prediction come true, though, the courts could decide to weigh in and reshape the way the government currently conducts surveillance.

According to University of Pittsburgh law professor Jules Lobel, a victory there could come in more than one way. “There is a broader function to these lawsuits than simply winning in court,” he told the Post. “The government has to respond, and forcing them to go before a court might make them want to change aspects of the programs.”

“The government does things to avoid embarrassment,’’ he added, “and lawsuits are a key pressure point.’’

Interviews to the Post and the Times come just days after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), a long-time member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he thought the revelations made by Snowden may influence the White House to reconsider their surveillance practices before the courts can even have their chance.

“I have a feeling that the administration is getting concerned about the bulk phone records collection, and that they are thinking about whether to move administratively to stop it,” Sen. Wyden told the Times.

“I think we are making a comeback,” he said.

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Russia, China block U.N. condemnation of Iran missile tests

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A U.N. Security Council committee is split over whether Iran’s missile tests last year violated U.N. sanctions imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Australia’s U.N. envoy said on Monday.

That division effectively rules out any expansion of sanctions against Tehran over the tests for the time being, U.N. envoys said on condition of anonymity.

Diplomats said it was Russia, backed by China, that refused to declare Tehran’s missile launches a violation of the U.N. restrictions, as a U.N. Panel of Experts on Iran said was the case.

The rift on the Iran sanctions committee, which consists of all 15 Security Council members, highlights the difficulties Western powers face in persuading Russia and China to join them in keeping up the pressure on Tehran to halt banned nuclear and missile work.

Iran rejects allegations by the United States, European powers and their allies that it is developing an atomic weapons capability. It says the U.N. sanctions against it are illegal and refuses to comply with them.

As long as the sanctions committee remains divided, it will be difficult for the Security Council to add names of any Iranian individuals or entities linked to the missile tests, Security Council diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

Australia’s U.N. Ambassador Gary Quinlan, chairman of the Iran sanctions committee, told the council that “a number of committee members expressed the view … that the launches constituted a clear violation of (U.N. sanctions) and that therefore all member states should redouble their efforts to implement ballistic missile-related sanctions on Iran.”

“At this stage some committee members cannot share this view,” he added in his latest three-month report to the council.

The tests involved the launch of Iranian Shahab missiles in July 2012 during the “Great Prophet 7″ military exercises.

“These included launches of the Shahab 1 and 3, Zelzal, Fateh-110 and Tondar missiles, as well as an anti-ship ballistic missile, the Khalij Fars,” the Iran Panel of Experts said in its May report to the Iran sanctions committee.

‘HASTY CONCLUSIONS’

The panel said those exercises were conducted by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Russia, diplomats said, led the dissenters in rejecting the view that the tests were a clear violation of U.N. sanctions.

A Russian delegate explained Moscow’s position to the Security Council, saying “hasty conclusions not based on facts must be avoided.”

A Chinese delegate reiterated Beijing’s stance: “We are not in favor of increased new pressure or new sanctions against Iran.”

U.S. Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo told reporters, “We’re disappointed that the (Iran sanctions) committee was unable in this case to state the obvious.”

“There is nothing ambiguous about the ban imposed by the Security Council on such … missile launches,” she said. “Most of the Security Council members agree with us on this issue.”

Quinlan’s report also referred to alleged arms embargo violations.

Western powers accuse Iran of supplying arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and militant groups like Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has been fighting alongside Assad’s troops in Syria to defeat rebels in the civil war there.

“Several committee members stated that the evidence presented in the report was sufficient to assert that Iran was in violation of its obligations, illustrating a pattern of sanctions evasion through arms smuggling in the Middle East,” his report said.

“Other committee members stated that the lack of stronger evidence as to the provenance of the arms, such as documentation, justified the lack of a definitive conclusion,” his report added.

Russia and China were the “other committee members” who opposed finding Tehran in clear violation of the U.N. ban on Iranian arms exports, council diplomats said.

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