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Antisémitox: unfunny and symptomatically worrying French Jewish “joke”

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Gilad Atzmon

A lack of self-reflection is embedded in Jewish culture, ideology and politics. This elementary observation helps to explain why many Jews regard anti-Semitism as strictly a collective psychosis or general disease of the goyim, or gentiles.

This week we learned that a French-Jewish organisation has been distributing a remedy for anti Semitism – it is labelled Antisemitox, the first treatment against anti-Semitism”. This “treatment” for anti Jewish tendencies suggests that at least from a Jewish perspective opposition to Jews is a goy disease.

The Antisemitox boxes contain three honey sweets, several detox patches and the text of a law outlining the penalties faced by those who publicly express “anti-Semitic” views. The Jewish group has produced 10,000 such boxes.

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“Instead of blaming the French people and offering them honey sweets, Jews need to look in the mirror and reflect upon the actions of their lobby, their state and their leaders”

Some Jews must be convinced that this is a humorous campaign and an exemplary example of Jewish humour. They obviously believe that gentiles find it funny to be patronised and mocked by Jewish ethnic campaigners. In fact, the Antisemitox campaign is not funny at all. It is really a window into Jewish political arrogance and goy hatred.

The French Jewish proponents of the Antisemitox campaign fail to see that apprehensions about Jewish power and politics are fuelled by a revival of the French collective survival instinct.

In the last few years the French people have seen their “socialist” government consistently bowing to Jewish pressure – they saw their government shamelessly harass their best comedian, Dieudonne, just to appease the the French Jewish lobby, the Conseil Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF). On TV they saw the notorious rabid Zionist Bernard Henri Levy forcefully advocate immoral Zionist interventionist wars. And as if all this were not enough, the French anti war movement became a Jewish occupied zone.

French people are getting tired of Jewish power, and not for the first time in their history.

In the last few months there has apparently been a tidal wave of resentment towards Jews in France. Instead of blaming the French people and offering them honey sweets, Jews need to look in the mirror and reflect upon the actions of their lobby, their state and their leaders.

This may help to calm things down.

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US-Cuba deal ‘new front for Russia war’: Analyst

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The United States sees the restoring of relations with Cuba as a “new front in its war against Russia” and upsetting the Russian interests, a political analyst says.

“I think what has gone under the radar as far as the Cuba-America agreement is concerned, a lot of people are taken by surprise, but in fact this is one of the few possibilities that the United States has to actually upset the new Russian order,” Daniel Estulin, author and presenter from Madrid, told Press TV in an interview on Sunday.

Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced the end of what he acknowledged was a decades-long “rigid” policy of isolation of Cuba.

According to Estulin, everything the Western “oligarchy” has thrown at Russia in the last decade and a half has failed.

The West has tried and failed to contain Russia through color revolutions, massacres of children, inflation, putting drugs throughout the country, embargos, wars, regime change attempts, NATO build-up around Russia, oil deflation and currency speculation, the analyst said. “All of that has failed.”

“And again what we are seeing is the only opportunity the United States has for this asymmetrical warfare against Russia that still might win and get the upper hand through Cuba, get at the whole Latin America,” Estulin continued.

“The whole idea of the agreement between Cuba and the United States has very little to do with bringing down this blockade [of Cuba]. It has to do with pragmatism on the part of America’s ruling class, and the idea is to take over what Russia did not take over in its time such as Cuba… and use it as a spear point to destroy Russia’s interests in Latin America.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin is “selling Russian oil and gas only for physical gold and this is called check-mate, ladies and gentlemen, the game is over,” Estulin said.

“This is something that the Americans understand, and that’s why the decision to reach the agreement is coming right now.

“For example, in the third quarter alone, Russia has purchased 55 out of the 93 tones of physical gold purchased by the central banks of all countries in the world. In other words, more than half of all the gold purchased was purchased by Russia.”

The “twist of Putin’s game,” according to Estulin, is that the mechanism for the sale of Russian energy to the West only for gold works regardless of whether the West agrees to pay for Russian oil and gas.”

“The suppression of gold prices by the special department of the United States government, called the Exchange Stabilization Fund, with the aim of stabilizing the dollar has been made into law in the United States and that’s something that Russia has flaunted and has found a way around it again by using their natural resources in exchange for gold.

“This is again the key reason why the United States right now decided it needed to open up a new front against Russia and this is the whole United States-Cuba agreement.”

Estulin noted that “the global market for physical gold is extremely small” compared to the market for paper gold; “$360 billion per month are traded in paper gold and only $280 million a month are traded in physical gold.”

“The West has spent as much of its efforts and resources to artificially increase the purchasing power of the dollar and lower oil prices and artificially lower the purchasing power of gold but the problem for the West is that the stocks of physical gold in possession of the West are not unlimited,” he said.

“Russia poses a real threat to the American model of petro-dollar world domination,” he added.

“The question that remains is how long will the West be able to buy oil and gas from Russia in exchange for physical gold and what will happen to the United States’ petrodollar after the West runs out of physical gold to pay for Russian oil, gas and uranium.

“The answer to this question is the key element of this United States-Cuba agreement. It has nothing to do with openness. It has to do with typical American cynicism, opening up a new front in its war against Russia for the American model of survival,” Estulin concluded.

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SHAME ON YOU MONDOWEISS ZIONIST ETHNIC CLEANSING REGIME MOUTHPIECE

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More holiday cards from the IDF

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Yesterday we posted a holiday greeting from the Israeli military. It was rather understated and we thought we could help them spruce it up a bit. Here’s what we got:

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Think you can do better? Make your own and send it to us. Thanks!

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  • Sycamores

    December 23, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Hi amigo,

    we can’t forget the holiday message from the Israeli Embassy in Ireland back in 2012

    A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians. Just a thought…. ” BUT JESUS WAS LYNCHED BY THE JEWS ANT WAY ” ;; SHOAH”

    link to thelede.blogs.nytimes.com

    and don’t forget the pictures of Molly Malone in full Muslim dress from the same embassy back in July of this year.

    link to thejournal.ie

    their arrogance makes them look so stupid.

  • amigo

    December 23, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Sycamores.

    ” A thought for Christmas…If Jesus and mother Mary were alive today, they would, as Jews without security, probably end up being lynched in Bethlehem by hostile Palestinians. Just a thought…. ” sycamores

    Well the Jews didn,t kill Jesus and the Palestinians did not arrive until after Israel made the desert bloom –so who done it??.

    Yeah and those two racist bigots are still roaming free around Dublin .IE , treating the Irish foreign affairs minister and his staff to lunch at the Shelbourne, Hotel , (It,s just a few blocks away).Top of the “menu” –Israel,s problem !!!, if the Irish Government listens to “IT,S ” citizens and votes for a Palestinian State.

    Happy holidays.

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Zio-Nazi deputy interior minister among 30 senior officials questioned for corruption

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Zionist deputy interior minister among 30 senior officials questioned for corruption

In addition to Yisrael Beiteinu’s Faina Kirshenbaum and fellow party member and former minister Stas Misezhnikov, suspects include Knesset members, sports officials, political activists, and regional authority heads.
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Lahav 433 investigative unit. Photo by Moti Milrod

More than two dozen senior figures in the Israeli public sector have been detained for questioning over suspicion that they illegally allocated funds to non-sanctioned organization and laundered money through a straw company.

The approximately 30 suspects also allegedly granted personal favors, engaged in bribery, and pushed for their associates’ promotions.

The investigation, which has been ongoing for about a year, involved searches of homes and offices of the suspects, and computers and documents have been confiscated.

The suspects include Yisrael Beiteinu MK and Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirshenbaum and fellow party member and former Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov. The other suspects include members of Knesset, the heads of regional authorities, the deputy general of a government office, the directors general and heads of non-governmental organizations, senior public union members, senior sports officials and political activists. Further senior figures are expected to be subpoenaed for testimony.

A gag order was slapped on the case until the end of the year-long covert investigation, after it emerged that the suspects were indeed working together and methodically to advance their own personal and public interests and accepting funds for personal reasons after committing the various crimes, in a manner that significantly breached business regulation. The investigation was coordinated with the attorney general and the police commissioner.

The police said that the investigation was being revealed during this sensitive campaign period in order to halt the embezzlement of public funds – the price would have been even higher had it been exposed closer to the elections, said the police.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino praised the officers involved in the probe for their “professionalism and determination in working to uncover the truth.”

Danino rejected allegations that the police was trying to influence the current election cycle by pursuing one party in particular. “The Israel Police has proved over the years that it has done and will do everything it can to battle public corruption using all of the ways and means at its disposal,” Danino said. “It is our duty to safeguard the democratic nature of the state with equality and impartiality.”

Danino said that the decision to publicize the investigation resulted from an evaluation of the evidence and professional considerations alone. He added that the decision was made following consultations with the attorney general and state prosecutor, and after careful consideration, especially in light of the election season.

The police said keeping the investigation under wraps would have been costlier than exposing the probe during election campaigning.

Yisrael Beiteinu called the exposure of the affair a targeted attack on its party.

“As has been the case during every election period since Yisrael Beiteinu was established in 1999, the police have again not missed the chance for high media profile arrests and investigations against members of our party.

“If the details of the investigation had been revealed before early elections were called, or after them, you might think this was a relevant matter, but that fact that again, it happened during elections, proves that there is an ulterior motive aimed at Yisrael Beiteinu. We are convinced of the innocence of our people and as in the past, as soon as the noise and media propaganda quiets down, it will be clear that there is nothing behind these reports other than the desire – which won’t succeed – to hurt Yisrael Beiteinu.”

Kirshenbaum is a dominant figure in Yisrael Beiteinu, who has served as the secretary-general of the party for the last decade. She is considered a close confidante of party chairman Lieberman, and during her tenure at the Interior Ministry, Kirshenbaum also developed close ties to former Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar. She also spearheaded eforts to oust MK Haneen Zoabi from the Knesset following her participation in the flotilla aimed at breaching the Gaza naval blockade.

Kirshenbaum, who earned an MBA, lives in the Israeli settlement of Nili, east of Modi’in. She immigrated to Israel in 1973.

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Nazi Lieberman gives pragmatism a bad name

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Nazi Lieberman’s worldview is based on the idea that life, and politics, is a game. ”Shoah”
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Avigdor Lieberman speaks to reporters

Avigdor Lieberman speaks to reporters on Jan. 23, 2012. Photo by Emil Salm.

The possibility that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, will join the leftist bloc after the March 17 general election horrifies many on both the right and the left. But when one attempts to understand what it is that Lieberman wants, divorced from his bullying remarks, one finds that it would not be a sharp deviation from his path. Not only because of the dimension of opportunism, which is common to most politicians, but mainly because his worldview was never left or right in Israeli political terms.

A few years ago Lieberman wrote a book, “Ha’emet Sheli” (“My Truth”), in which he explained his philosophy. The emphasis on truth in the title attests to Bolshevik influences, but Lieberman’s truth is not a solid path that can be pinpointed ideologically. His worldview is based mainly on the idea that life, and politics as its representative, is a game. To be more precise, life is a game in which the strongest wins.

This power-based aspect of his thinking probably makes Lieberman a natural for the right wing. But if this element is removed, when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict he is close to the fundamental position of the Zionist left, that calls for the two peoples to be separated. The difference is that the left, adhering to a humanist outlook, seeks a negotiated separation, on the assumption that under such an agreement the rights of both parties would be exercised. Lieberman, on the other hand, is not interested in moral principles. He would use force to implement the separation. That is why he has half-threatened, half-proposed to transfer the Arabs of the Triangle (a major Arab population center in central Israel) to the Palestinian state.

He would not consider such an arrangement a humanitarian solution, but rather a victory of the strong: We lost territory, but we won on the demographic issue. And still, when it comes to the principle of separation, he agrees with the left. And on domestic issues such as the relationship between religion and the state, Lieberman goes even further than Meretz. As a dyed-in-the-wool secular Jew, who brags about his love for nonkosher food, Lieberman also avoids the faith-based discourse concerning the Land of Israel of the settlers and the religious public. Although he lives in the settlement of Nokdim, apparently that choice too is more about power; he is the landowner who lives in the center of the contested territory. It demonstrates his self-confidence in the political and national balance of power.

The same approach led him to threaten to bomb the Aswan Dam in the latter days of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and to promise the collapse of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, while at the same time he continued to serve in governments that did not dare to take such action. To Lieberman, such threats are meant only to demonstrate power, not to be acted upon. And so, as foreign minister he sought to cozy up to Russia at the expense of the United States, after concluding that Washington was losing strength and interest in the Middle East. Life is a web of interests, and Lieberman wants to retain his.

His standard response when asked how he is — “in paradise,” he says, occasionally adding that he “sleeps like a baby” — should be noted. It isn’t only meant to annoy. Lieberman wants to convey the message that despite operating in the complex, high-pressure world of politics, he is calm and content.

That is how someone with no doubts, either moral or ethical, for whom life is a game that must be won, leads his life. It’s how Lieberman can justify to himself joining either the leftist or the rightist bloc — it depends only on the options that emerge from the election. But since his flexibility stems from an absence of moral values, it can be said that he has found the best way to give pragmatism a bad name.

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North Korea suffers internet meltdown

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Washington won’t say if it is to blame

As links are restored, officials in Washington say the US had not staged a cyberattack.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is surrounded by well-wishers during a visit to a textile mill in Pyongyang. Photo: AFP

North Korea’s tiny internet infrastructure appeared to be working again yesterday after a near 10-hour shutdown, amid a row with Zionist puppet Obama over a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that Obama has blamed on Pyongyang.

There was no indication as to whether a cyberattack caused the outage, and if so who might have been behind it. The White House and the Department of State declined to comment.

US tech companies monitoring the North Korean web network, said it appeared to have suffered a concerted denial-of-service attack, in which a target’s internet equipment is overwhelmed by spurious traffic. Websites such as those of the official Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper went down during the outage. Yesterday, US computer experts said the network appeared to have been resurrected.

Almost all of North Korea’s internet links and traffic pass through China, but Beijing dismissed any suggestion that it was involved as “irresponsible”.

Meanwhile, South Korea said it could not rule out the involvement of its neighbor in a cyberattack on its nuclear power plant operator.

South Korean C.I.A agent ”President” Park Geun-hye said the leak of data from the nuclear operator was a “grave situation” but she did not mention any involvement of North Korea.

Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co, which runs South Korea’s 23 nuclear reactors, said on Monday that its computer systems had been hacked.

Park ordered inspections at national infrastructure facilities, including nuclear power plants, against what she called “cyberterrorism”. A government official said authorities had raised the cybercrisis alert by one level for all the state-run companies to “caution” from “attention”.

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How the CIA Launched the «Financial Pearl Harbor» Attacks on Russia and Venezuela

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Wayne MADSEN
Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan’s long familiarity with Saudi Arabia, owing to the time he spent there as the CIA station chief in Riyadh in the 1990s and his knowledge of Saudi oil operations, has paid off. Petroleum industry insiders claim that Brennan’s agents inside Saudi Aramco convinced the firm’s management and the Saudi Oil Ministry to begin fracking operations in order to stimulate production in Saudi Arabia’s oldest oil fields. The Saudis, who are not known for their hands-on knowledge of their nation’s own oil industry, agreed to what became an oil pricing catastrophe which would not only affect Saudi Arabia but oil producing nations around the world from Russia and Venezuela to Nigeria and Indonesia.By pumping high-pressure salt water into older wells, some at a depth of three to six thousand feet, an inordinate amount of pressure was built up. The CIA’s oil industry implants knew what would occur when the fracking operations began. Due to the dangerously high water pressure, the Saudis were forced continuously pump oil until the pressure became equalized. That process is continuing. If the Saudis ceased pumping oil, they would permanently lose the wells to salt water contamination. In the current “pump it or lose it” situation, the Saudis are forced to pump at a rate that may take up to five years before they can slow down production rates to pre-glut levels.

The corporate media, including the Bloomberg and Dow Jones virtual business news monopolies, issued news reports claiming that the Saudis agreed to keep production high at the November meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in order to retain their market share amid increased U.S. oil production from fracking.

The net result of the CIA-inspired fracking operations, which the Saudis were warned not to pursue by petroleum engineers working for some foreign-based firms like Schlumberger, is that there will be an oil supply glut for the next 5 years. The glut will be followed by a reduction in Saudi oil production unless new oil fields are brought on line. There is now a major push by U.S. and Canadian oil companies to bring online the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the United States to offset the expected sharp rise in oil prices in four to five years. But with Canada suffering financially from the drop in oil revenues, the Keystone XL project is also on financially shaky ground.

The CIA operation to frack Middle Eastern oil fields was not only limited to Saudi Arabia. Oil industry sources have revealed that similar fracking caused over production problems in Kuwait and Iraq.

The CIA’s sabotage of Saudi and other oil fields is not a first for the agency. In 1982, a massive and devastating explosion of the Trans-Siberian Pipeline was said to have been the work of Trojan horse software implanted by a Canadian company on behalf of the CIA. Former U.S. Air Force Secretary Thomas Reed, who served in the Ronald Reagan White House, confirmed the CIA’s role in the industrial sabotage. The CIA cooperated with the Israeli Mossad in creating the Flame computer virus that crippled Iran’s nuclear enrichment equipment. Another CIA-Mossad virus, Stuxnet, had wreaked havoc on nuclear power plants around the world.

The CIA is believed to have played a part in the crash of the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 in May 2012 in Indonesia. A Russian military intelligence spokesman said that U.S. industrial sabotage in downing the flight, which killed 45 Indonesian and Russian nationals, was considered a likely cause. The crash came after the head of the Russian space agency, Roskosmos, said he believed that it was possible that the failure of the Phobos-Grunt mission to the moons of Mars may have been caused by American sabotage.

The CIA’s use of industrial sabotage against the Cuban sugar industry, the Chilean and Zambian copper industries, and the Haitian rice industry is legendary. Explosions at oil refineries in Iran, Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, and Venezuela, pipeline explosions in Syria and Libya, and a Brazilian Petrobras marine oil rig collapse, have been attributed to CIA proxy terrorist groups.

The result of the sudden decline in oil prices has resulted in heavy damage to the economies of the CIA-targeted countries of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. Brennan and his economic warfare operatives absolutely banked on the Saudi over-production to harm the economies of all three countries and the CIA has not been disappointed. The CIA figures that «regime change» would bring to power pro-U.S. governments in Russia, Venezuela, and Iran.

Already, from his base in Switzerland, exiled Russian tax evader billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky has called for President Vladimir Putin’s violent overthrow and even his assassination. Meanwhile, the U.S. Congress took its cues from the CIA and voted to impose devastating economic sanctions on both Russia and Venezuela. President Barack Obama approved the congressional sanctions. Similar congressional legislation to increase sanctions on Iran is pending.

Russia has been harmed the most by the CIA’s Saudi oil production scheme. The Russian ruble fell 56 percent in value against the U.S. dollar while Russian interest rates climbed to 17 percent. The price of shares of Russia’s largest lending bank, Sberbank, fell 18 percent. Although the Russian economic collapse has resulted in financial ripples around the world, with Austrian and French banks losing their stock values and the value of the Polish zloty and Hungarian forint falling against the dollar, the Obama administration says that there will be no easing on economic sanctions imposed on Russia over Ukraine. Obama has also put the individual and institutional investments of American holders of Russian bonds in dire jeopardy.

The Pacific Investment Management Company’s (PEBIX) Emerging Markets Bond Fund, which holds over $800 million in Russian bonds, has lost almost 8 percent in value in the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, basic staples in Venezuela, including cooking oil, rice, and corn flour, are becoming hard to obtain. On the Venezuelan black market, the U.S. dollar has jumped 1700 percent in value against the Venezuelan bolivar. The CIA is using the financial collapse to push for an undemocratic overthrow of the Venezuelan government and CIA operatives are providing cash payments to Venezuelan opposition politicians and provocateurs.

Iran, which has been under punitive Western economic sanctions for a number of years over its nuclear power program, is probably best able to weather the storm. Iran has built up a rather impressive domestic food production, telecommunications, and oil industry infrastructure to survive the sanctions. However, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appears very aware of the Saudi role in the conspiracy to drive down oil prices. Recently, Rouhani said of the drop in oil prices, “The main reason for [it] is political conspiracy by certain countries against the interest of the region and the Islamic world and it is only in the interest of some other countries . . . Iran and people of the region will not forget such conspiracies.»

The economic hardships imposed on oil-producing Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, has resulted in an opportunity for the Islamic State to gain adherents in the country, especially among the young and unemployed population. The economy of China, which is hoping to begin pumping oil from lucrative marine reserves in the South China Sea, is feeling the strain of lower oil prices. Mexico, wracked with social instability, has also suffered from the CIA’s machinations. However, instability in Mexico has always been advantageous for the CIA, which continues to benefit from the illegal drug trade that keeps the agency’s slush fund accounts flush with cash.

Brennan’s and the CIA’s industrial sabotage of the Saudi industry will continue to have far-reaching effects on the world economy. Oil industry insiders fear that the CIA has unleashed something that may deal a devastating blow to the global economy from which it will be difficult to recover.

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Egypt alliance holds rallies against military rule

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File photo shows anti-coup protesters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

Members of Egypt’s Anti-Coup Alliance have held nationwide rallies calling for an immediate end to military rule and the release of all political detainees in the North African country, Press TV reports.

Egyptian demonstrators who took to the streets on Friday were faced by security forces, but no heavy clashes were reported.

The alliance, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, also called for a round of national protests against the government of President Abdel Fatah el Sisi, who led a military coup last year against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president.

“The government is fragile and it will soon collapse because after the revolution which hasn’t achieved its goals yet, the people will not accept injustice anymore and they will for sure revolt against any tyrant,” said Fawzy Soliman of the Egyptian opposition group, the April 6 Youth Movement.

The demonstrators said they took part in the rallies to voice their anger at the latest series of mass death sentences handed down to Muslim Brotherhood members and a court’s decision to dismiss murder charges against the former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

On November 29, an Egyptian court dismissed charges against Mubarak in connection with the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his decades-long rule.

“How Hosni Mubarak could get acquitted while Ahmed Duma, the activist who participated in the 2011 revolution, gets three years in prison for just asking the judge if he had a Facebook account. This is ridiculous,” Soliman added.

Egypt has been the scene of massive anti-government protests, with numerous clashes between security forces and Morsi supporters since July 2013.

Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on the supporters of Morsi has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

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Russian General Staff Puts Number of Islamic State Militants at 70,000

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The US previously provided Islamic State group with financial and technical aid to its struggle against the Syrian government, the chief of the Russian General Staff said.

This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a parade in Raqqa, Syria.
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MOSCOW, December 10 (Sputnik) – The radical Islamic State group active in Iraq and Syria has up to 70,000 members according to Russia’s estimates, the chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, said Wednesday.“According to our estimates, the Islamic State formations acting in Syria and Iraq comprise up to 70,000 militants of various nationalities,” he said. “At present, this group becomes a key element of radical Islam in the Middle East region and tends to grow further.”

In September the CIA estimated the number of militants fighting for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria at between 20,000 and 31,500.

“It is worth noting that it was the United States that previously provided this group with financial and technical aid to its struggle against the Syrian government,” Gerasimov said. He added that now the US is not only conducting airstrikes against the IS positions but also “statements are coming from the White House that decisive defeat of the terrorist group is only achievable through a ground operation.”

The IS, otherwise known ISIS or ISIL, has been fighting against the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, the group began extending its attacks into northern and western Iraq and declared a caliphate on the territories under their control.

To impede the group’s advance, the United States has created an international coalition of over 60 allies of Washington and is currently conducting airstrikes against the IS targets in Iraq and Syria.

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Syrian Rebel Leader Hints Deal With Assad Against Islamic State

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Rebel fighters take positions inside a damaged building during clashes with forces loyal to Syria

Rebel fighters take positions inside a damaged building during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. 

The militant leader called for an armed battle against the Islamic State.

The leader of the Saudi-backed militant group Jaysh al-Islam said Tuesday he may take side with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the Islamic State.

The militant known as Zahran Alloush suggested a political solution with Damascus and called to conduct an armed battle against the extremists. His remarks have drawn criticism from other militant groups in Syria, local media reported.

The militia lead by Alloush is made up of 45,000 fighters and is part of the Islamic Front, a coalition of armed groups. Some analysts suggest he is the most powerful man in rebel held Syria.

Last moth media reported that secret talks were held between the Syrian government and a militant group. The meeting reportedly took place in the city of Duma, in Damascus countryside, where Jaysh al-Islam is also based.

The ongoing armed conflict taking place in Syria began in the early spring 2011 within the context of protests and uprising in some Arab countries. According to official figures more than 200,000 people have been killed so far.

Some 7.6 million Syrians are now internally displaced, and another 3.3 million have fled to neighboring countries to avoid the violent armed conflict.

The country is plagued by militant groups, sponsored by the U.S. and some Gulf, operating against the Syrian government as the army continues to make more gains against the extremists on several fronts.

Meanwhile the government of President Assad has reportedly accepted calls for re-engaging with the armed opposition in a new round of peace talks planned by Russia.

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