Archive | December 23rd, 2014




 الجيش يسيطر على تجمع خليف بدير الزور ويقتل أكثر من 30 إرهابياً


Websites and “opposition” chat rooms are bristling with stories about the panic that has set in between the rat ranks in Dayr El-Zor after it became obvious their efforts were leading to nothing but death and annihilation.  The words being used are “hysteria” and “delusion” to describe the mind-set of many hard-core Jihadists who left their home countries to find bliss in the roiling intestines of Hell.

In Al-Raqqa, yesterday, another 100+ foreign rats were executed while trying to escape the city ahead of the inevitable SAA assault.  There is a sense among many of the foreigners that the joy of being loved and welcomed by the citizens of Syria and Iraq in appreciation of their war to liberate these lands from modernity and progress has become a chimera.  They are despised and they know it.

Couple this with a confirmed conspiracy by 4 Azerbaijani Turks to assassinate Abu Bakr Al-Baghdaadi which was uncovered in Al-Raqqa.  Apparently, the Turks were even more militant and backward than the Caliph of Kaka.  They didn’t believe he upheld those reactionary principles so crucial to spinning the earth counter-clockwise to the first century before the Iron Age.  No news about their welfare after their arrest.  However, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out they probably lost their heads.

And talking about losing their heads!  7 Chechen terrorist rodents belonging to ISIS have disappeared and the Internet is abuzz with theories about what happened to them.  One group of pundits thinks they tried to escape the upcoming Rapture courtesy of the Syrian Army.  Another group thinks pro-government militias kidnapped them and put them to death.  Whatever might have happened, one thing remains true: The only good Chechen is an invisible one.


City:  At the Intilaaq Neighborhood, SAA Special Forces attacked ISIS rodents at the Pharmex Company and killed 11 of them:

‘Abdul-Jabbaar Khalaf Al-Idreesi

Rashaad Muhammad Fayyaadh

The others were all foreigners.

City: The SAA has liberated the Agricultural College which was used by ISIS as a C&C base.  No details.

Al-Sinaa’ah Quarter:  Fighting with no details.

Al-Bu-Nimr:  A vehicle with ammunition was destroyed by SAAF.

Al-Bu-‘Umar:  The SAAF strafed a convoy of ISIS skunks and reports indicate significant degrading of assets there.  No details.

Al-Muree’iyya: SAAF pursuing remnant vermin and has reportedly killed 39 rats already and destroyed 5 pickups with 23mm cannons.  Major debacle for ISIS.

Mu-Hassan:  SAA in pursuit of escaping rats.  No details.

Huwayjat Sakr:  SAAF in the air pursuing terrorists destroyed a C&C base and vaporized 12 pickups with 23mm cannons and 1 armored vehicle believed to have been supplied by Britain.

Huwayjat Sakr:  The SAA has liberated the Khaleef Complex and destroyed an HQ.  Details developing.

Al-Huwayqa Quarter: Fighting with no details.

Tharda Mountains:  Close to the Al-Tayyim Oil Field.  SAA pummeled ISIS with artillery forcing packs of the rats to scatter. No other details.

Dayr Al-Zor Airbase:  A Moroccan, a Tunisian, a French rat, were all sent to Hell.  Scores are reported wounded and demoralized.  God is apparently not on their side.  11 rats were killed in a separate operation at something called the White Building southeast of the base and 5 rats were killed by artillery.

Subayhaan:  ISIS has retaliated against villagers here for their refusal to allow the arrest of 23 females to be used as sex slaves.



Tal Ghazaal:  An attempted infiltration by ISIS 45kms southeast of Qaamishli was repelled by SAA.  There were 6 rats killed and a pickup with 23mm cannon destroyed.

Al-Shubayb:  Fighting with no details.

South Baab Al-Khayr:  We confirm the deaths of 50+ rodents of ISIS here.  This town is located on the connecting route to Qaamishli.  It is near the ancient and archaeologically rich area of Al-Mawzaaan.

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Harastaa-Jawbar-‘Irbeen-Cloverleaf:  From the cloverleaf to the Ministry of Irrigation Building and to the Lamees Factory, a 160 feet-long tunnel with a depth of 7 feet, was uncovered by SAA soldiers.  It actually branched off with one leg heading for the administrative building and the other to the factory.  It was used to transport rodents and their equipment.  No longer.  The tunnels were destroyed.  It is interesting to note that the tunnels went under some offices of the Air Force Intelligence Directorate and the AFI prison.  Luckily, no damage done there.

Doumaa:  Poor ‘Alloosh. So misunderstood.  Last night, one of his stalwarts in the Jaysh Al-Islam rode his own kite to Hell:

Muhyi-Al-Deen ‘Ayyaash

Jawbar:  Several nests were destroyed along with new tunnel networks and trenches.  It’s curtains.

‘Arsaal Foothills on the Lebanese border.  A Nusra vehicle was targeted and destroyed attempting to infiltrate into Syria.

Fighting in the Damascus area is subsiding.  The terrorists have lost the battle to enter the capital. ‘Alloosh is still cringing and holding on to his blanket.


بالفيديو..تقدم الجيش في ريف درعا وريف دمشق

Al-Baraagheeti Village on Saraaqib-Abu Dhuhoor Road:  The SAA and PDC struck gold by killing 42 Nusra and Ahraar Al-Shaam hyenas in a perfectly planned operating using infantry to force the packs of rodents to coalesce in one place and artillery to pulverize them:

Abu ‘Uqba Al-Muraassid (Id pending. Libyan nationality)

There were 2 confirmed Saudi Scarabians and 1 other Libyan.

The only Syrians in the piles of carcasses were these:

Muflih Jihaad Al-Haaris

Ghayth Muhammad Sahnoon

Al-Akraad Mountains:  Right at the Turk border.  This is a site rich in antiquities including the venerated Armenian church called St. Anna’s, arguably the oldest church ever built by Armenians.  The SAA killed 8 rodents in a firefight here.  It shows we are getting closer to Erdoghan’s throat.

Central Prison in the City:  13 leaders of Al-Qaeda, mostly foreign, were killed yesterday by the SAA:



No other names.

Saraaqib:  The SAA rained down artillery shells and rockets on the gathering vermin. No details have come in.  Wael reports “huge” losses to the rats.

Abu Dhuhoor AB area:  Scores of Nusra, Jabhat Al-Islam and Harakat Ahraar Al-Shaam rats killed here as details are just beginning to be put together at the scene.

Ta’oom Village:  10 kms east of city.  Firefight. No details.

Al-Raami Village: In the Al-Zaawiya Mountains.  11 Ahraar Al-Shaam rats killed here:

Zuhayr Makhnooq (He was choking on his socks)

‘Amr Shihaab

Talaal Mahmoud ‘Aatallaah

The rest were foreigners.

Bikfaloon Wall:  9 Al-Qaeda rats killed in an ambush:

Hammood Abu Mu’aawiya (Id to be ascertained)

Khudhr Jaassim Karaatshaa

Hassan Muhammad Al-Ismaa’eel

The others were not identified.

Nahlayyaa:  A large number of rats killed here, but, no details, yet.

Al-Arba’een Mountain:  It’s summit overlooks Areeha and Idlib Plains.  Rats keep trying for a foothold here, without any success. Yesterday, several were killed pushing their huge stone up its slopes.  Completely under the control of the SAA

Al-Lijj Village:  Fighting with no details.


Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

Russian Roulette

Senator Elizabeth Warren charged Citigroup last week with “holding government funding hostage to ram through its government bailout provision.” At issue was a section in the omnibus budget bill repealing the Lincoln Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, which protected depositor funds by requiring the largest banks to push out a portion of their derivatives business into non-FDIC-insured subsidiaries.

Warren and Representative Maxine Waters came close to killing the spending bill because of this provision. But the tide turned, according to Waters, when not only Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, but President Obama himself lobbied lawmakers to vote for the bill.

It was not only a notable about-face for the president but represented an apparent shift in position for the banks. Before Jamie Dimon intervened, it had been reported that the bailout provision was not a big deal for the banks and that they were not lobbying heavily for it, because it covered only a small portion of their derivatives. As explained in Time:

The best argument for not freaking out about the repeal of the Lincoln Amendment is that it wasn’t nearly as strong as its drafters intended it to be. . . . [W]hile the Lincoln Amendment was intended to lasso all risky instruments, by the time all was said and done, it really only applied to about 5% of the derivatives activity of banks like Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo, according to a 2012 Fitch report.

Quibbling over a mere 5% of the derivatives business sounds like much ado about nothing, but Jamie Dimon and the president evidently didn’t think so. Why?

A Closer Look at the Lincoln Amendment

The preamble to the Dodd-Frank Act claims “to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts.” But it does this through “bail-in”: authorizing “systemically important” too-big-to-fail banks to expropriate the assets of their creditors, including depositors. Under the Lincoln Amendment, however, FDIC-insured banks were not allowed to put depositor funds at risk for their bets on derivatives, with certain broad exceptions.

In an article posted on December 10th titled Banks Get To Use Taxpayer Money For Derivative Speculation,” Chriss W. Street explained the amendment like this:

Starting in 2013, federally insured banks would be prohibited from directly engaging in derivative transactions not specifically hedging (1) lending risks, (2) interest rate volatility, and (3) cushion against credit defaults. The “push-out rule” sought to force banks to move their speculative trading into non-federally insured subsidiaries.

The Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 2013 allowed a two-year delay on the condition that banks take steps to move swaps to subsidiaries that don’t benefit from federal deposit insurance or borrowing directly from the Fed.

The rule would have impacted the $280 trillion in derivatives primarily held by the “too-big-to-fail (TBTF) banks that include JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo. Although 95% of TBTF derivative holdings are exempt as legitimate lending hedges, leveraging cheap money from the U.S. Federal Reserve into $10 trillion of derivative speculation is one of the TBTF banks’ most profitable business activities.

What was and was not included in the exemption was explained by Steve Shaefer in a June 2012 article in Forbes. According to Fitch Ratings, interest rate, currency, gold/silver, credit derivatives referencing investment-grade securities, and hedges were permissible activities within an insured depositary institution. Those not permitted included “equity, some credit and most commodity derivatives.” Schaefer wrote:

For Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the rule is almost a non-event, as they already conduct derivatives activity outside of their bank subsidiaries. (Which makes sense, since neither actually had commercial banking operations of any significant substance until converting into bank holding companies during the 2008 crisis).

The impact on Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and to a lesser extent, Wells Fargo, would be greater, but still rather middling, as the size and scope of the restricted activities is but a fraction of these firms’ overall derivative operations.

A fraction, but a critical fraction, as it included the banks’ bets on commodities. Five percent of $280 trillion is $14 trillion in derivatives exposure – close to the size of the existing federal debt. And as financial blogger Michael Snyder points out, $3.9 trillion of this speculation is on the price of commodities.

Among the banks’ most important commodities bets are oil derivatives. An oil derivative typically involves an oil producer who wants to lock in the price at a future date, and a counterparty – typically a bank – willing to pay that price in exchange for the opportunity to earn additional profits if the price goes above the contract rate. The downside is that the bank has to make up the loss if the price drops.

As Snyder observes, the recent drop in the price of oil by over $50 a barrel – a drop of nearly 50% since June – was completely unanticipated and outside the predictions covered by the banks’ computer models. The drop could cost the big banks trillions of dollars in losses. And with the repeal of the Lincoln Amendment, taxpayers could be picking up the bill.

When Markets Cannot Be Manipulated

Interest rate swaps compose 82% of the derivatives market. Interest rates are predictable and can be controlled, since the Federal Reserve sets the prime rate. The Fed’s mandate includes maintaining the stability of the banking system, which means protecting the interests of the largest banks. The Fed obliged after the 2008 credit crisis by dropping the prime rate nearly to zero, a major windfall for the derivatives banks – and a major loss for their counterparties, including state and local governments.

Manipulating markets anywhere is illegal – unless you are a central bank or a federal government, in which case you can apparently do it with impunity.

In this case, the shocking $50 drop in the price of oil was not due merely to the forces of supply and demand, which are predictable and can be hedged against. According to an article by Larry Elliott in the UK Guardian titledStakes Are High as US Plays the Oil Card Against Iran and Russia,” the unanticipated drop was an act of geopolitical warfare administered by the Saudis. History, he says, is repeating itself:

The fourfold increase in oil prices triggered by the embargo on exports organised by Saudi Arabia in response to the Yom Kippur war in 1973 showed how crude could be used as a diplomatic and economic weapon.

Now, says Elliott, the oil card is being played to force prices lower:

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, allegedly struck a deal with King Abdullah in September under which the Saudis would sell crude at below the prevailing market price. That would help explain why the price has been falling at a time when, given the turmoil in Iraq and Syria caused by Islamic State, it would normally have been rising.

. . . [A]ccording to Middle East specialists, the Saudis want to put pressure on Iran and to force Moscow to weaken its support for the Assad regime in Syria.

War on the Ruble

If the plan was to break the ruble, it worked. The ruble has dropped by more than 60% against the dollar since January.

On December 16th, the Russian central bank counterattacked by raising interest rates to 17% in order to stem “capital flight” – the dumping of rubles on the currency markets. Deposits are less likely to be withdrawn and exchanged for dollars if they are earning a high rate of return.

The move was also a short squeeze on the short sellers attempting to crash the ruble. Short sellers sell currency they don’t have, forcing down the price; then cover by buying at the lower price, pocketing the difference. But the short squeeze worked only briefly, as trading in the ruble was quickly suspended, allowing short sellers to cover their bets. Who has the power to shut down a currency exchange? One suspects that more than mere speculation was at work.

Protecting Our Money from Wall Street Gambling

The short sellers were saved, but the derivatives banks will still get killed if oil prices don’t go back up soon. At least they would have been killed before the bailout ban was lifted. Now, it seems, that burden could fall on depositors and taxpayers. Did the Obama administration make a deal with the big derivatives banks to save them from Kerry’s clandestine economic warfare at taxpayer expense?

Whatever happened behind closed doors, we the people could again be stuck with the tab. We will continue to be at the mercy of the biggest banks until depository banking is separated from speculative investment banking. Reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act is supported not only by Elizabeth Warren and others on the left but by prominent voices such as David Stockman’s on the remember the right.

Another alternative for protecting our funds from Wall Street gambling can be done at the local level. Our state and local governments can establish publicly-owned banks, and our money – public and private – can be moved into them.

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Bangladesh ex-minister sentenced to hang for genocide

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr
Bangladesh's former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammed Kaiser is taken into a van following his verdict at a special court in Dhaka on December 23, 2014. — AFP
Bangladesh’s former Jatiya Party minister Syed Mohammed Kaiser is taken into a van following his verdict at a special court in Dhaka on December 23, 2014. — AFP

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s war crimes court on Tuesday sentenced a former government minister to hang for rape and genocide during the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan.

Syed Mohammad Kaiser became the 15th person to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal, which found him guilty of heading a militia that rounded up and killed some 150 people in the nine-month conflict.

The 73-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, did not react as the judge read out the verdict and said he would be “hanged by the neck until his death”.

Lawyers for Kaiser, a former minister with the Jatiya Party which forms part of Bangladesh’s ruling coalition, have rejected the charges and say they will appeal.

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina created the International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic court, in 2010.

It has mostly focused on the trials of the leaders of the largest religious party, Jamaat-e-Islami, although a former minister of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has also been sentenced to hang.

Prosecutors said Kaiser had raised a pro-Pakistani militia that carried out a series of murders, rapes and looting.

Judge Obaidul Hassan said the prosecution proved “beyond reasonable doubt “that Kaiser had established the militia, which created a “reign of terror”.

Prosecutor Mohammad Ali said that Kaiser led his militia and Pakistani forces to attack 22 villages in the Brahmanbaria area near the border with India on November 15, 1971.

“At least 108 unarmed Hindu civilians were killed. Scores of their houses were looted and set on fire,” he said.

Kaiser joined the centre-right Jatiya Party in the 1980s and was elected to parliament. He was made state minister for agriculture by military ruler Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

His conviction is unlikely to trigger the kind of protests that plunged the country into deadly unrest last year, after Jamaat’s leaders were sentenced to death for their roles in the war.

Thousands of Islamists clashed with police in nationwide protests that left some 500 people dead.

The BNP and Jamaat have called the trials politically motivated, aimed at eliminating opposition leaders rather than rendering justice.

Rights groups have said they fall short of international standards and lack any foreign oversight.

The government maintains they are needed to heal the wounds of the war, which it says left three million people dead. Independent researchers put the toll much lower.

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Sex slavery pushes Iraq IS victims to suicide: Amnesty

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr
a 15-year-old Yazidi girl captured by the Islamic State group and forcibly married to a militant in Syria sits on the floor of a one-room house she now shares with her family after escaping in early August. — AP
a 15-year-old Yazidi girl captured by the Islamic State group and forcibly married to a militant in Syria sits on the floor of a one-room house she now shares with her family after escaping in early August. — AP

BAGHDAD: Women and girls from Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority forced into sexual slavery by the Islamic State jihadist group have committed suicide or tried to, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate also encompassing parts of neighbouring Syria, and carried out a litany of abuses in both countries.

The group has targeted Yazidis and other minorities in north Iraq in a campaign that rights group Amnesty said amounted to ethnic cleansing, murdering civilians and enslaving others for a fate that some captives consider even worse than death.

“Many of those held as sexual slaves are children — girls aged 14, 15 or even younger,” Donatella Rovera, Amnesty’s senior crisis response adviser, said in a statement.

Amnesty said that many of the perpetrators are IS fighters, but may also include supporters of the group.

A 19-year-old named Jilan committed suicide out of fear she would be raped, Amnesty quoted her brother as saying.

A girl who was held with her but later escaped confirmed the account, saying: “One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were told to bathe and wear those clothes. Jilan killed herself in the bathroom.”

“She cut her wrists and hanged herself. She was very beautiful; I think she knew she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.”

Another former captive told the rights group that she and her sister tried to kill themselves to escape forced marriage, but were stopped from doing so.

“We tied… scarves around our necks and pulled away from each other as hard as we could, until I fainted… I could not speak for several days after that,” Wafa, 27, told the rights group.

Amnesty also recounted the story of 16-year-old Randa, who was abducted with her family and raped by a man twice her age.

“It is so painful what they did to me and to my family,” Randa said.

Rovera said: “The physical and psychological toll of the horrifying sexual violence these women have endured is catastrophic. Many of them have been tortured and treated as chattel. Even those who have managed to escape remain deeply traumatised.”

A US-led coalition has been carrying out a campaign of air strikes against IS in Iraq and Syria in an attempt to halt the group’s advance.

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A “surgical strike” The Panama Deception


By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Zio-Rat Bush Sr. removes an irritating contractor

The Road to Iraq and Afghanistan (and now Syria and maybe Iran) started with the invasion of Panama under the direction of George H.W. Bush, the father. The “surgical strike”, designed to remove CIA partner-gone-bad Manual Noriega from office, killed an estimated 10,000 civilians. Deemed a “narco-terrorist,” Noriega was in important banker for the cocaine trade. His country’s banks converted container loads of cash into bank deposits that could be brought back into the US safely (money laundering.)

This involved him in Bush’s Iran-Contra program, a triangular trade which involved selling arms to Iran (for a private profit), importing cocaine into the US (for a private profit) and delivering arms to the Contras (for a private profit.) After the invasion, billions of dollars were removed from the Panamanian banking system by federal mandate, just in time to help bail out the failed S & L industry which collapsed under the weight of corruption and “deregulation.” You couldn’t make up this stuff if you tried.


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ACLU and H R W Call for Criminal Investigation of Torture Program


The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch sent a letter today to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the crimes detailed in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture program.
The organizations point out that the information detailed in the report leaves no doubt that crimes were committed as part of the government’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program and that the United States is obligated by both domestic and international law to prosecute such crimes.

The letter stated:

“Even though our organizations have dedicated tens of thousands of staff hours to researching, litigating, and advocating on concerns related to torture and other ill-treatment in the RDI program, the depravity of the tactics and immensity of the enterprise still astound us. There is no need to repeat the details in this letter to you, but we believe it is fair to say that many of these crimes would be horrific even if committed by an individual acting alone; but when done as part of a deliberate, coordinated government program, the crimes are more shocking and far more corrosive to U.S. democracy.”

The New York Times editorial board also called today for a full and independent criminal investigation.

Others who have called for a criminal investigation include Ben Emmerson, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism; Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the Inter-American Commission on Human RightsHarold Koh, a former legal advisor to the Department of State said there is “more than enough to reopen investigations at the Justice Department to see whether prosecutions are warranted.”

The letter is available at:

More information is available at:

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Report: India weighs dropping support for Palestinians

India weighs dropping support for Palestinians at UN in wake of closer ties to ”Israel”

Diplomatic ties between Israel and India have warmed considerably since the election of Narendra Modi in April.

By  | Dec. 22, 2014
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York, September 29, 2014.Photo by Avi Ohayon, GPO

Following a power change in India and improvement of its relations with Israel, the government of Narendra Modi is considering changing its UN voting policy regarding the Palestinian issue.

According to the popular newspaper The Hindu, the Indian government, which for many years has automatically voted pro-Palestinian, is weighing changing its policy to abstaining on votes regarding the Middle East peace process, which “could amount to a tectonic shift in the country’s foreign policy,” according to The Hindu.

The n paper quoted two Indian government officials who confirmed that a policy change is being explored.

“Like other foreign policy issues, the Modi government is looking at India’s voting record at the United Nations on the Palestinian issue,” a government source told The Hindu. The change only needs an administrative nod, the second source said.

India is one of most prominent members among nonaligned nations that have traditionally supported the Palestinians at the United Nations for decades.

Since establishing diplomatic relations in 1992, Israel and India have had a close strategic relationship, especially in the fields of security, intelligence and the war on terror. India is one of the main clients of Israel’s defense industries.

Still, the Indians carefully separated their close bilateral relations with Israel and its UN policy on the Palestinian issue, where it maintained an anti-Israel line.

Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP was elected to power in April, and he was appointed prime minister. Modi is considered somewhat exceptional in Indian politics because of his pro-Israel positions, which he does not hesitate to express publicly.

Modi, who visited Israel in 2006, is deemed controversial because of his Hindu nationalist and anti-Muslim stances. When he was in the opposition, the United States refused to give him of visa because of these oppositions.

Indian relations with Israel have warmed considerably since Modi rose to power. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the first world leaders to call Modi to congratulate him on his victory. Modi and Netanyahu held publicized meetings during the UN General Assembly in New York. In addition, the Delhi government carried out deals that had been frozen for years to acquire Israeli weapons.

A few days ago, the Indian prime minister tweeted on his Twitter account Hanukkah greetings in Hebrew and English to Jews in Israel and around the world. Netanyahu tweeted back thanks in Hindi.

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As Egypt and Qatar grow closer, Hamas stands to lose


The rapprochement has cemented a coordinated block of Arab countries under Saudi leadership that is likely to dictate Hamas policy, isolate Turkey and assist the battle against ISIS.

By  | Dec. 22, 2014 
Egypt's Sissi kissed Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

Egyptian C.I.A puppet Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi kisses Zio-Wahhabi King Abdullah, inside the king’s airplane while parked at the Cairo International Airport

Just two weeks after the Persian Gulf states reconciled with Qatar, it became Egypt’s turn to declare that it had made up with Doha. Statements released on Saturday by Doha and Cairo after a meeting between Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi and an envoy of Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, made it clear that the two states intend to turn over a new leaf in their relations. A representative of Saudi Arabia also attended the meeting.

In its statement, Qatar said it would seek to maintain Egypt’s status as the leader of the Arab and the Islamic world and added that “the security of Egypt is the security of Qatar.” The statement was designed to put an end to a long period of diplomatic and verbal confrontation that began with the ouster and arrest of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

The rapprochement was meticulously stitched together by Saudi Arabia, which in March launched a diplomatic campaign against Qatar, persuading Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to recall their ambassadors from Doha. Egypt recalled its own ambassador soon after, and government media outlets in Egypt were instructed to launch a campaign of criticism against Qatar.

The stated reason for the conflict was the Gulf states’ claims of Qatari intervention in their internal affairs and in those of Egypt. But the main catalysts were in fact Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo declared as a terror organization — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had already done so — and for Islamist militias fighting in Syria that were not cooperating with the Saudis, as well as Qatar’s close ties with Iran, a staunch adversary of Saudi Arabia.

The soured relations between Qatar and Egypt were covered intensively by Al Jazeera, which is owned by Qatar’s royal family and which positioned itself as a spokesman in the Muslim Brotherhood’s fight against the Egyptian authorities. Qatar, which deposited billions of dollars in Egyptian banks during Morsi’s brief presidency in order to help Egyptians secure loans from international financial institutions, later demanded the return of $6 billion.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates gave Egypt grants and loans to help with the repayments, rendering Cairo almost completely dependent financially on those two countries. This dependence was also quickly translated into diplomatic “coordination” of the kind that requires Egypt to toe the Saudi diplomatic line, both with respect to Arab affairs and wider international considerations. In the process, the Saudis built a solid Arab bloc, the unity of which was challenged only by Qatar.

Now that the reconciliation process with Qatar is complete, Saudi Arabia is free to dictate its policies vis-a-vis the Muslim Brotherhood, Syrian rebel groups and Iran and its regional proxies, such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Egypt, which should be the primary benefactor from the rapprochement, can now expect Qatar to end its assistance to the Muslim Brotherhood, at least officially. And the Doha-based Al-Jazeera, the most-watched television network in the Middle East, could be expected to end the kind of coverage that has been a daily thorn in Sissi’s side.

Qatar may also renew its economic assistance to Egypt and join Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in investing in construction and infrastructure.

At the same time, Hamas may be in for new difficulties, as Qatar is expected to coordinate any project or assistance for the Gaza Strip with Cairo. That will increase Sissi’s control over the pace of reconstruction and development in Gaza.
This renewed dependence could have implications for Palestinian rule in Gaza inasmuch as without Qatar’s assistance, or with conditional assistance that depends on Egypt’s consent, Hamas’ independent rule in Gaza will erode that much further. In this way, the Saudis, via Egypt, will be able in large measure to dictate Palestinian decision making.

The detente between Qatar and Egypt is likely to influence Turkey’s status and foreign policy as well. Turkey is now left isolated in its anti-Egyptian stance, particularly in light of Iran’s efforts to renew relations with Egypt and Sissi’s rise to power.

Until now, Qatar and Turkey teamed up to ostracize Egypt, and from now on Turkey will have to rethink its steps. Iran, which has close trade and cooperation ties with Qatar, is not expected to be influenced by the reconciliation, even though it means strengthening the Arab position against Iran regarding the prospects of signing a nuclear deal that would significantly change its strategic position vis-à-vis the West, and particularly relative to the United States.

It seems therefore that the reconciliation has cemented the political hierarchy in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia positioned at the head, surrounded by a block of coordinated, not to mention subservient, countries that will serve as an unofficial substitute to the Arab League. Such a coalition is likely to better serve the struggle against rebel forces, and especially in the war against the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.


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CIA shows agents how to keep their cover at ”I$raell” airport, leaked file shows


WikiLeaks reveals document that advises agents using false identities how to survive secondary security checks at Ben-Gurion, among other international airports.

By  | Dec. 22, 2014
Security check

An airport security check at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Sept. 17, 2008. Photo by Dan Keinan

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency guides its people how to enter and exit Israel through Ben-Gurion International Airport without blowing their cover during security checks, according to a secret document revealed by WikiLeaks Sunday night.

The CIA document provides further evidence that Israel serves as a target for operations by the spy agency.

The document, titled “CIA Assessment on Surviving Secondary Screening at Airports While Maintaining Cover” and dated September 2011, contains a long list of guidelines for operatives using false identities.

According to the document, it is based on original intelligence reports, opinions and testimonies of CIA operatives collected through May 2010.

“Secondary screening – a potentially lengthy and detailed look by airport officials at passengers not passing initial scrutiny – can significantly stress the identities of operational travelers,” reads the introduction. “Referral to secondary screening can occur if irregularities or questions arise during any stage of airport processing – immigration, customs, or security – and regardless of whether the traveler is arriving, in transit, or departing. Officials may also randomly select travelers.”

Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport is among the airports mentioned in the document as being particularly thorough.

The document details the reasons that could lead to security agents at Ben-Gurion to refer a traveler to secondary screening. “A review of clandestine reporting reveals examples of what various countries consider to be suspicious,” it is written.

“Israel’s security personnel focus on frequent travel to Islamic countries,” the document explains. “Security personnel at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, commonly refer military-aged males traveling alone with backpacks to secondary screening, regardless of their nationality or skin color.”

The document includes a detailed description of secondary checks at Ben-Gurion.

“At Ben Gurion airport in Israel, the secondary screening room contains trace-detection equipment for explosive residue; tools for dismantling passengers’ personal items for inspection, particularly items unfamiliar to security officers; and a disrobing area, divided by privacy curtains, to conduct strip searches of individuals, if necessary,” according to the document.

The CIA’s internal guide book also refers to an internal manual from 2004 published by International Consultants on Targeted Security, an Israeli-founded company, which provides security advice to various governments on matters such as profiling techniques. The manual reportedly “lists suspicious signs in passenger behavior, documentation, tickets, or baggage.” The document adds, “Although dated, the ICTS guidelines probably are typical and remain valid.”

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