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The Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect

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by Dr:  Richard Falk

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[Prefatory Note: This post modifies an article published in Middle East Eye on September 21, 2015, with title, “Yemen pays the price for Saudis’ sectarian paranoia.” Whether the Saudis are beingparanoid about political developments in their neighbors (Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen) or prudent in view of regional threats to the stability of the Kingdom is difficult to ascertain. However this issue is resolved, portraying what has gone wrong as a consequence of sectarianism or an expansionist Iran, evades the real challenges being posed in Yemen, in Syria, and elsewhere in the region. Only in Iraq, where American occupation policy injected

a self-defeating sectarianism as the centerpiece of its post-Saddam Hussein state-building project, does this optic misused when applied to Middle East conflict seem to explain the course of developments, including the alignment of Iraq’s current leaders with Iran rather than with their supposed liberators from the West!]

 

Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect

Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. If we look beyond the political fog that envelops the conflict the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population do emerge with stark clarity. Long before the outbreak of civil warfare, Yemen was known to be the poorest country in the region, faced with looming food and water scarcities. The UN estimates 80% of the population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, 40% live on less than $2 per day. Further there are high risks of mass famine and epidemic outbreaks of disease will occur, while continuing chaos is a near certainty, with the prospect of yet another wave of desperate migrants swept ashore in Europe.

Against this background, the UN Security Council seems shockingly supportive of a major Saudi military intervention via sustained air attacks that started in March 2015, severely aggravating the overall situation by unanimously adopting a one-sided anti-Houthi Resolution 2216. This Saudi use of force is contrary to international law, violates the core principle of the UN Charter, and magnifies the violent disruption of Yemeni society. The success of the Houthi insurgency from the north that swept the Yemeni leadership from power, taking over the capital city of Sanaa, was perversely treated by the Security Council as a military coup somehow justifying the intervention by a Saudi led coalition of Gulf countries pledged to restore the ‘legitimate’ government to power. To grasp the geopolitics at play it is clarifying to recall that the 2013 blatant military coup in Egypt, with much bloodier reprisals against the displaced elected rulers, aroused not a murmur of protest in the halls of the UN. Once more the primacy of geopolitics is showcased in the Middle East. It’s not what you do, but who does it, that matters when it comes to a UN response.

What makes it even more difficult to make sense of developments in Yemen is the geopolitical tendency, as abetted by the media, to reduce incredibly complex national histories and the interplay of multiple contending forces to a simplistic story of Sunni versus Shia rivalry for the control of the country. Such a prism of interpretation, above all, allows Saudi Arabia to portray once again the strife in Yemen as another theater of the wider region proxy war pitting Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies against Iran, which is a guaranteed way of securing U.S. and Israeli backing. The same rationale has served the Kingdom well (and the world badly) in explaining why it supports anti-Assad forces in Syria during the last several years. It also was the pretext for intervening in Bahrain in 2011 to crush a popular pro-democracy uprising. If considered more objectively we begin to understand that this sectarian optic obscures more than it reveals, and not accidentally.

For instance, when it came to Egypt, however, the sectarian template was completely discarded, and the Saudis immediately used their financial muscle to help the anti-Muslim Brotherhood coup in 2012 led by General Sisi to consolidate its control over the country. Even when Israel attacked Gaza a year ago, seeking to destroy Hamas, a Sunni Islamic version of the Brotherhood, Saudi Arabia made no secret of the startling fact that it gave Tel Aviv a green light. What emerges, then, is not a regional politics based on sectarian priorities, but rather a pathological preoccupation with regime stability in the Saudi monarchy, with anxieties arising whenever political tendencies emerge in the region that elude its control, and are perceived as threatening. Part of the truer explanation of Saudi pattern of behavior also has to do with the Faustian Bargain struck with the powerful Wahabi establishment, which has allowed the Saud royal clan to flourish at home while spending billions to spread the most repressive version of Islam far and wide to madrassas throughout Asia. The fact that the application of Wahabism at home, including more than 100 beheadings already this year and confinement of women to an extent that makes the Islamic Republic of Iran appear liberal by comparison, is a further sign that international clamor of human rights is selective to put it mildly.

The people of Yemen are paying a huge price for this brand of Saudi violent security politics. Whether it is paranoia at work or a healthy respect for the mass unpopularity of its policies, or some mixture, is difficult to assess. Yet what seems clear is that much of the world is lulled to sleep, not taking the trouble to peer below this sectarian cover story. Only scant account taken of the fact that the real threats to regional order in Yemen do not come from a reasonable Houthi insistence on power-sharing political arrangements, but mainly arise from the presence in Yemen of Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS that have been long targeted by American drones as part of the war of the terror ever since 2007. So while the West supports the Saudi fight against the Shia Houthis at the same time it does its best to weaken their most formidable domestic opposition, and in the process further alienates the Yemeni civilian population by its military tactics, which recruits more extremists committed to fighting against this second form of external intervention that finds no basis in international law and enjoys the tacit support of the UN Security Council.

If this was not enough to make the Yemeni crystal ball opaque, there is the internal alignment of forces. On the one side, the 2012 successor regime to the corrupt dictatorial rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh that is headed by its equally corrupt former vice president, Abd Rabbaah Mansour Hadi, now apparently ‘governing’ from exile, although rumored to be seeking a return to Aden. On the anti-regime side, in addition to the Houthis, are the main military and police forces that still respond to the authority of the ousted leader, Saleh, who has returned to the Yemen struggle to oppose the Saudi intervention and have helped turn the tide of battle on the ground against the Hadi-led government. Despite this adverse battlefield reality, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Adel al-Jubeir, was quoted as saying “We will do whatever it takes to protect the legitimate government of Yemen from falling.” Tragically, what this seems to mean, is reducing the country to a shambles that brings starvation and disease to the population, and possibly escalating at some future point of frustration by the launch of a ground offensive. There are confirmed reports of a massing of Saudi troops close to the Yemen border.

At this point, it is difficult to know what would bring some kind of peace and stability to Yemen. What we do know is that both the sectarian optic, Saudi intervention, and American drone warfare are dead end options. The beginning of a constructive approach is to take root causes of the current conflict into account. Several need to be considered. There is a long experience of division in the country between the north and the south, and this means that any unity government for the whole of Yemen can only be sustained by an iron-fisted dictator like Saleh or through a genuine power-sharing federalist kind of arrangement based on decentralized autonomy and a weak central governmental structure. Beyond this, the country bears the scars of Ottoman rule intermixed with a British presence in Aden and the surrounding area, vital to earlier colonial priorities of controlling the Suez and the trade routes to the East.

Additionally, and often forgotten and ignored, Yemen remains a composite of tribes that still command the major loyalty of people and reign supreme in many locales. The modern European insistence on sovereign states in the Middle East never succeeded in overcoming the primacy of Yemeni tribal identities. Any possibility of political stability requires subsidizing and respecting Yemen’s tribes as Saudi Arabia did during Saleh’s dictatorship (1990-2012) or creating a multi-colored quilt of autonomous tribal polities. When the background of the north/south split and persisting tribalism are taken into account recourse to the Shia/Sunni divide or the Riyadh/Tehran rivalry as an explanation of Yemen’s strife-ridden country is more than a simplistic evasion of a far more complicated reality. It is a cruel and futile fantasy.

What should be done, given this overall situation? One potential key to achieving some kind of peace in Yemen is held by policymakers in Washington. So long as the U.S. Government remains beholden to the rulers in Saudi monarchy, to the extremists running Israel, and insistent on striking at AQAP targets with drone missiles, this key is unusable. This combination of factors is what makes the wider political turmoil in the Middle East stuck on a lethal fast moving treadmill. How to get off the treadmill, that is the question for which there answers, but as yet no relevant political will.

There are two obvious moves, neither ideal, but with the modest goal of a first step in creating a new political order: first, negotiate a ceasefire that includes an end to the Saudi intervention; secondly, establish a more credible revival of the National Dialogue Conference that two years ago made a failed attempt at Gulf initiative in Sanaa to find a power-sharing arrangement. It did not help matters then that two successive Houthi representatives at the diplomatic discussions were assassinated on their way to participate. What is needed is establishing a political transition sensitive both to the north/south split and the strength of Yemeni tribes coupled with massive economic assistance from outside, as well as the establishment of a UN peacekeeping presence tasked with implementation and the termination of all forms of external armed intervention. Nothing less has any chance of working.

Such a rational path is currently blocked, especially by the intense militancy of the aggressive Saudi leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, and his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Secretary of Defense, the apparent champion of military intervention. The United States, with its special relationship to Israel, its strong ties to Saudi Arabia, and faith in drone led counterterrorism seems to be swallowing the central contradiction between opposing both its real adversaries, AQAP and ISIS, and its implicit ally, the Houthis. Instead of treating the enemy of their enemy as a friend, Washington has reversed the proverb. This Gordian Knot is strangling the people of Yemen. Cutting it will require a drastic break with current policy. The way forward is evident, but how to get there is not, in the meantime the bodies pile up in what has long been considered the poorest country in the region severely stressed by the prospect of severe water scarcities.

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SYRIAN ARMY ROLLS OVER OBAMA’S DREAMS IN ALEPPO AND DAMASCUS

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RUSSIA INCREASING ITS PRESENCE; ‘ALLOOSH CRUSHED

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This is one of 6 Sukhoi 34 “Fullback” bomber-interceptors deployed to Syria.  As of today, there are 28 new combat jets flying out of Latakia with many more to come.

It was flown along with 5 others just like it into the Baasil Al-Assad International Airport the day before yesterday.  This wing of bombers flew across the Caspian Sea in the shadow of a giant Tupolev transport plane, crossed Iran and, then, Iraq.  The Tupolev was ostensibly used for refueling and not, as some moronic sites have suggested, for covering the movements of the planes.  It is a fact that both Iran and Iraq have given over-flight permission to the Russian Air Force and no need exists for concealment.  In fact, Russian bombers are seen flying out of Latakia regularly now to conduct airstrikes in Idlib, Aleppo, Hama and Homs provinces.

ALEPPO:  The balance of forces is now weighing heavily in favor of the Syrian military.  With this in mind, note that the Kuwayris Airbase siege is now quite fragile as the SAA and PDC continue to pour assets into the area under the cover of Russian Air Force.  With all these new forces arriving, not to mention Belarussian troops soon, the SAA will now be able to both deploy soldiers and hold them in position, in effect, blunting the usual “withdraw-return” strategy followed by the rat terrorists.

Kuwayris Airbase:  Morale is very high as soldiers continue to call family members who inform them that the situation on the ground and in the air is improving markedly.  With frequent air drops of ammunition and food courtesy of the SAAF, our soldiers inside are not wanting for anything but a long vacation.  Yesterday, for reasons which remain murky, Nusra/Alqaeda and Ahraar Al-Shaam fought a pitched battle against one another.  Terrorist rat sites reported the death of a “major” Nusra commander.  That these vermin are members of the Jaysh Al-Fath coalition is important as far as their efficacy is concerned.

Air Force Academy:  The ISIS mongrels tried to break into the school again and failed.  I have no details about the operation, but, the SAA and AFI have become expert at predicting the behavior of these terrorists especially after breaking their communication methods.

Al-Nayrab Air Base: In the area of the Aleppo International Airport, the SAA destroyed 3 pickups with 23mm cannons killing all aboard.  According to rodent websites, these were killed:

Muhammad Mahmoud Al-Ahmad

‘Ali Ahmad Taahaa Shaashoo

Aleppo International Airport:  A major thrust by the SAA around positions held by Jaysh Al-Fath has rendered their efforts to disrupt air traffic increasingly questionable.   The campaign to rid Al-Nayrab AB of the presence of rodents is tied organically to events around the civilian airport.  Expect some important announcements soon.

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سو 30Heavy fighting now at these locations: Al-Shaykh Lutfi, ‘Irbeed, Bustaan Al-Baashaa, Rasm Al-‘Abid, Bani Zayd, New Aleppo, Bustaan Al-Qasr, Karm Al-Maysir, Al-Judayda, Al-Sha’aar, Qaadhi ‘Askar, Manaashir Al-Hajar, Dayr Haafir, Al-Jabbool, Humayma, Al-Baqjiyya, Tal Sab’een.

 

DAMASCUS:  ‘Alloosh has suffered a devastating series of setbacks in the Eastern Ghoutaa.  Jaysh Al-Islam has been subjected to operations designed to exterminate its presence:

Doumaa:  The Syrian Army confirmed the deaths of 32 rodents here at Al-Samaadhi Lands, ‘Aaliya Farms and Harastaa:

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أسماء قتلى الإرهابيين بعمليات الجيش في الغوطة الشرقية بريف دمشقHameed Hussayn Al-Shaykhooni

Usaamaa Al-Shaadhili

Waleed Ghannoom

Muhammad Dhayfullah

Kaasim Ghazaal

Yasseen Ibraaheem

Khaalid Al-Halbooni

Mustafaa Khayr Ja’dan

Yahyaa Al-Da’aas

Shaaheen Mahboos

Another 22 could not be identified and are presumed to be foreigners entering Syria from Jordan.

Dayr Al-‘Asaafeer:  More deaths for ‘Alloosh’s brood:

Abdul-Malik Dooghmash

Maaher Dooghmash

‘Adnaan Al-Misraabi

Another 17 were not identified.

Dayr Salmaan:  SAA ambushed and killed these:

Fakhri Tu’ma 

Yusuf Ramadhaan

Marwaan Al-Sibaa’iy

Khaleel Jaasim Wardaani

Mousaa Al-‘Ashshi

Another 8 could not be identified.

 

NEWS AND COMMENT:

Does anybody remember the story I told you about the Saudi student who contacted me and reported that the kingdom could not afford to send 12,000 students overseas to study because of financial troubles?  See why:

http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/why-the-collapse-of-saudi-arabia-is-inevitable/

But, what about what KSA has spent on terrorism in Syria:

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/09/29/431215/saudi-arabia-budget-deficit-foreign-assets

Gee, even more on the losing apes of Arabia:

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150929/1027715847/saudi-arabia-king-royal.html

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On-duty police officers have shot and killed more than 700 people this year

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/09/17/on-duty-police-officers...

The tally of people shot and killed by on-duty police officers passed 700 on Wednesday night — a fatal milestone that is almost double the highest number of police shootings ever reported by the FBI for an entire year — according to aWashington Post database tracking all shootings death at the hands of police this year.

As of Thursday morning, The Post has tracked 703 fatal police shootings. Of the 703 people who have been shot and killed by officers in 2015, the vast majority have been armed with either a gun or other potentially-deadly weapon. At least 65 of those shot and killed were unarmed. Federal data on police shootings is notoriously inaccurate and incomplete — in large part because the data they collect is voluntarily reported, and most police departments do not participate.

The FBI has never recorded more than 460 fatal police shootings in any year going back to at least 1976. The Post, relying on public documents, local news coverage and original reporting had confirmed 463 such shootings in just the first six months of the year.

Note: A similar project run by The Guardian called “The Counted” tracks police killings by all methods – not just shootings – and had noted 836 such deaths as the above story went to press. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing civil liberties news articles from reliable major media sources.

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The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/10/the-black-family-in-the-age-of-mass…

From the mid-1970s to the mid-’80s, America’s incarceration rate doubled, from about 150 people per 100,000 to about 300 per 100,000. From the mid-’80s to the mid-’90s, it doubled again. By 2007, it had reached a historic high of 767 people per 100,000. In absolute terms, America’s prison and jail population from 1970 until today has increased sevenfold, from some 300,000 people to 2.2 million.

In 2000, one in 10 black males between the ages of 20 and 40 was incarcerated— 10 times the rate of their white peers. At a cost of $80 billion a year, American correctional facilities are a social-service program — providing health care, meals, and shelter for a whole class of people. An authoritative report issued last year by the National Research Council concluded, “the current U.S. rate of incarceration is unprecedented by both historical and comparative standards.” Even once an individual is physically out of prison, many do not elude its grasp. In 1984, 70 percent of all parolees successfully completed their term without arrest and were granted full freedom. In 1996, only 44 percent did. As of 2013, 33 percent do.

Deindustrialization had presented an employment problem for America’s poor and working class of all races. Prison presented a solution: jobs for whites, and warehousing for blacks. Mass incarceration “widened the income gap between white and black Americans,” writes [historian] Heather Ann Thompson … “because the infrastructure of the carceral state was located disproportionately in all-white rural communities.”

Note: The article above provides a detailed history of some U.S. policies that created the corrupt prison industry.

 

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Child Sex Abuse Ring

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Discovery Channel Documentary Conspiracy of Silence. Reveals Major Child Sex Abuse Ring

Conspiracy of Silence is a powerful, disturbing Discovery Channel documentary revealing a child sex abuse ring that leads to the highest levels of United States government.

Featuring intrepid investigator John DeCamp, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran and 16-year Nebraska state senator,Conspiracy of Silence reveals how rogue elements at all levels of government have been involved in systematic child sex abuse and pedophilia to feed the base desires of key politicians.

Based on DeCamp’s riveting book, The Franklin Cover-upConspiracy of Silence begins with the shut-down of Nebraska’s Franklin Community Federal Credit Union after a raid by federal agencies in 1988 revealed that $40 million was missing.

When the Nebraska legislature launched a probe into the affair, what initially looked like a financial swindle soon exploded into a startling tale of drugs, money laundering, and a nationwide child sex abuse ring. 19 months later, the legislative committee’s chief investigator died suddenly and violently. A dozen others linked to the Franklin case died strange and mysterious deaths.

So why have you never heard of the Franklin cover-up? Originally scheduled to air in May of 1994 on the Discovery Channel, Conspiracy of Silence was yanked at the last minute due to formidable pressure applied by top politicians.

Some very powerful people did not want you to watch this documentary. Yet thanks to the Internet, you can view this eye-opening documentary at the link below. Other links provide detailed information about the case, media coverage, ideas on what you can do, and verifiable information on mind control programs which play a key role in the child sex abuse scandals uncovered.

You may find yourself becoming angry or upset while watching Conspiracy of Silence. Many people do. However, consider that many of us have at times in our lives acted out of selfish motives when it comes to sexuality and ended up hurting others in one way or another.

Let us take this information not only as a call to stop this kind of abuse at the nationwide and global level, but also as a call to examine our own sexual relationships and make a commitment to deep honesty and integrity in our own lives around this most sensitive issue. Thanks for caring, and may we all work together to build a brighter future for our world.

Conspiracy of Silence (55 minutes) is available for free viewing at this link:
http://personalgrowthcourses.net/video/conspiracy_of_silence

Note: The Washington Times published a revealing, front-page story on the Franklin case and its related child sex abuse ring. For a transcript of this article and link to a scanned original, click here.

For an excellent website filled with information about the Franklin case child sex abuse ring:
http://www.franklincase.org

To read dozens of media articles on the Franklin case which led to Conspiracy of Silence:
http://www.franklincase.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=6&Itemid=19

For other reliable information on the secret mind control programs behind the sex abuse:
http://www.WantToKnow.info/mindcontrolinformation

For revealing, declassified documents related to Conspiracy of Silence:
http://www.WantToKnow.info/mind_control/finders_foia_report_child_abduction.pdf

For those who want to know the deepest levels of deception in our world related to this:
http://www.WantToKnow.info//mindcontrolinformation#mindcontrolbig

Note that the official documents at the second to the last link above identify a group called the Finders based in Washington, D.C. An FBI and customs investigation definitively linked the Finders to organized child sex abuse, child pornography, blood rituals, and much more.

The investigation revealed vast amounts of documents implicating a massive, lucrative child sex abuse ring that was international in scope. The paragraph below is a quote from a statement at the end of the final document showing how the investigation was stopped by the CIA. Why do you think that might have happened? Explore the links above to find out.

“I was advised … of circumstances which indicated that the investigation in the activity of the FINDERS had become a CIA internal matter. The MPD [Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] report has been classified secret and was not available for review. I was advised the FBI had withdrawn from the investigation. The FBI Foreign Counterintelligence Division had directed MPD not to advise the FBI Washington Field Office of anything that had transpired. No further information will be available. No further action will be taken.”

The box below provides ideas on what you can do to further educate yourself and to spread the word and make a difference to stop these child sex abuse rings. By being willing to look into these disturbing shadows, we can bring these secrets to light and transform our world into a better place for all of us.

And for a powerful online lesson which gives an excellent overview not only of the secrets of mind control and its relation to child sex abuse, but also how it can be used for the betterment of all humankind, click here.

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U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse…

In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father … recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012.Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape. American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene. The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias. Instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages. Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave, [said], “We were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it. After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.

Note: If you want to understand how pedophile rings have infiltrated the highest levels of government, don’t miss the powerful Discovery Channel documentary on this available here. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on sexual abuse scandals from reliable major media sources.

 

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family calls on Assad to leave or be removed by force

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Zio-Wahhabi family says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must leave office or face being removed via military intervention.

Zio-Wahhabi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the remarks at the UN general assembly in New York on Tuesday following a meeting with his country’s allies.

“There is no future for Assad in Syria,”  C.I.A RAT Jubeir said. “There are two options for a settlement in Syria. One option is a political process where there would be a transitional council. The other option is a military option, which also would end with the removal of Bashar al-Assad from power.”

He noted that a military option would be a lengthier and more destructive process, but the “choice is entirely that of Bashar al-Assad.”

Zio-Wahhabi foreign minister also admitted that the kingdom and other countries are already backing “moderate rebels” fighting the Damascus government but refrained from commenting on the specifics of a military option.

“Whatever we may or may not do we’re not talking about,” he said.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family is currently engaged in a military aggression in Yemen, which it launched on March 26 – without a United Nations mandate. According to a report released on September 19 by the Yemen’s Civil Coalition, over 6,000 Yemenis have so far lost their lives in the airstrikes, and a total of nearly 14,000 people have been injured.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. According to the UN, some 250,000 people have been killed in the conflict and millions of others have been displaced.

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“Pro-Democracy Terrorism”: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

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The NYT admits fraudulent Syrian human rights group is UK-based “one-man band” funded by EU and one other “European country.”
In reality, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has long ago been exposed as an absurd propaganda front operated by Rami Abdul Rahman out of his house in England’s countryside. According to a December 2011 Reuters article titled, “Coventry – an unlikely home to prominent Syria activist,” Abdul Rahman admits he is a member of the so-called “Syrian opposition” and seeks the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad:

After three short spells in prison in Syria for pro-democracy activism, Abdulrahman came to Britain in 2000 fearing a longer, fourth jail term.

“I came to Britain the day Hafez al-Assad died, and I’ll return when Bashar al-Assad goes,” Abdulrahman said, referring to Bashar’s father and predecessor Hafez, also an autocrat.

One could not fathom a more unreliable, compromised, biased source of information, yet for the past two years, his “Observatory” has served as the sole source of information for the endless torrent of propaganda emanating from the Western media. Perhaps worst of all, is that the United Nations uses this compromised, absurdly overt source of propaganda as the basis for its various reports – at least, that is what the New York Times now claims in their recent article, A Very Busy Man Behind the Syrian Civil War’s Casualty Count.”

The NYT piece admits:

Military analysts in Washington follow its body counts of Syrian and rebel soldiers to gauge the course of the war. The United Nations and human rights organizations scour its descriptions of civilian killings for evidence in possible war crimes trials. Major news organizations, including this one, cite its casualty figures.

Yet, despite its central role in the savage civil war, the grandly named Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is virtually a one-man band. Its founder, Rami Abdul Rahman, 42, who fled Syria 13 years ago, operates out of a semidetached red-brick house on an ordinary residential street in this drab industrial city [Coventry, England].

The New York Times also for the first time reveals that Abdul Rahman’s operation is indeed funded by the European Union and a “European country” he refuses to identify:

Money from two dress shops covers his minimal needs for reporting on the conflict, along with small subsidies from the European Union and one European country that he declines to identify.

MI6 puppet “Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Reuters)

Abdelrahman leaves the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after meeting Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, in central London November 21, 2011.

Abdelrahman is not the “head” of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, he is the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, run out of his UK-based house as a one-man operation.

And while Abdul Rahman refuses to identify that “European country,” it is beyond doubt that it is the United Kingdom itself – as Abdul Rahman has direct access to the Foreign Secretary William Hague, who he has been documented meeting in person on multiple occasions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. The NYT in fact reveals that it was the British government that first relocated Abdul Rahman to Coventry, England after he fled Syria over a decade ago because of his anti-government activities:

When two associates were arrested in 2000, he fled the country, paying a human trafficker to smuggle him into England. The government resettled him in Coventry, where he decided he liked the slow pace.

Abdul Rahman is not a “human rights activist.” He is a paid propagandist. He is no different than the troupe of unsavory, willful liars and traitors provided refuge in Washington and London during the Iraq war and the West’s more recent debauchery in Libya, for the sole purpose of supplying Western governments with a constant din of propaganda and intentionally falsified intelligence reports designed specifically to justify the West’s hegemonic designs.

Abdul Rahman’s contemporaries include the notorious Iraqi defector Rafid al-Janabi, codename “Curveball,” who now gloats publicly that he invented accusations of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the West’s casus belli for a 10 year war that ultimately cost over a million lives, including thousands of Western troops, and has left Iraq still to this day in shambles. There’s also the lesser known Dr. Sliman Bouchuiguir of Libya, who formed the foundation of the pro-West human rights racket in Benghazi and now openly brags in retrospect that tales of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s atrocities against the Libyan people were likewise invented to give NATO its sought-after impetus to intervene militarily.

Unlike in Iraq and Libya, the West has failed categorically to sell military intervention in Syria, and even its covert war has begun to unravel as the public becomes increasingly aware that the so-called “pro-democracy rebels” the West has been arming for years are in fact sectarian extremists fighting under the banner of Al Qaeda. The charade that is the “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” is also unraveling. It is unlikely that the New York Times’ limited hangout will convince readers that Rami Abdul Rahman is anything other than another “Curveball” helping the corporate-financier elite of Wall Street and London sell another unnecessary war to the public.

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Turkey says doesn’t want either ISIL or Assad

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has made clear that his government cannot countenance the presence of either the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on its borders or the continuation of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, warning that a political transition that included al-Assad would inevitably turn into a permanent situation.

Davutoğlu, speaking with a group of journalists from Turkey during a visit to New York to attend a 70th anniversary session of the U.N. General Assembly, reiterated over the weekend his government’s aspirations to create safe zones in northern Syria.

“The only way of establishing the safe zone is by reinforcing the Free Syrian Army [FSA] and the moderate components,” Davutoğlu said, noting that ISIL, which earlier increased its attack capacity near Turkey’s borders, had recently pulled back. Now, it is time to push ISIL further south, he added.

“We don’t want to see either Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ISIL], or the Syrian regime on our borders,” he said.

According to the prime minister, neither Iraqi nor Syrian Kurds are considered a “threat” by Turkey, but the constituents of both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) that “have engagements with the regime” are a “threat” for Turkey.

Davutoğlu elaborated on Ankara’s objection to the al-Assad regime with a retrospective look at his government’s Syria policy starting in 2011 when they exerted efforts to find a formula that would include rule by al-Assad.

“However, after 2012, when air strikes and the use of chemical weapons started and a mass migration flow began, it was then understood that Syrians would not accept al-Assad. We said that a solution with al-Assad would not work,” Davutoğlu said. “We would accept anything that Syrians accept but it is not possible for Syrians to accept a formula with al-Assad. The presence of al-Assad deepens the crisis in Syria and expands the field for Daesh. Organizations like Daesh are filling the space which needs to be filled by the opposition,” he said, arguing that presences of al-Assad and ISIL had been “reinforcing” and “legitimizing” each other.

“At the moment, there is deadlock. We have the conviction that with al-Assad in charge during the transition period, that transition period would no longer be transitory. We believe that this situation would turn into a permanent status quo. Our conviction on this matter hasn’t changed,” he said.

Davutoğlu’s comments came days after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signaled that al-Assad could take part in the transition process to find a solution in Syria, albeit while adding that he could have no place in his country’s future.

“Either a transition process without al-Assad, or with al-Assad, is possible. But what is required is the opposition … Nobody can foresee Syria’s future with al-Assad. It’s not possible to accept a person responsible for killing 300,000 to 350,000 people, a dictator,” Erdoğan said Sept. 24.

Davutoğlu repeated Turkey’s concerns over Russia’s military buildup in Syria and said all related parties should take the issue as “an international problem,” rather than “a war in which different countries have been supporting different sides.”

“Everybody is being harmed by this and everybody is encountering the problem of terror and refugees. The common interest for all of us lies here: ending rising terror and resolving the refugee problem. Would al-Assad’s staying resolve the terror and refugee problems? No. The emergence of a transition administration that the sides agree on and afterwards, the transition to a democratic and pluralist civilian administration is a must. The emergence of a pluralist Syrian administration is a must,” Davutoğlu said.

When reminded of a recent statement by a U.S. official who said Washington did not consider the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the PYD, a terrorist organization, the prime minister said Ankara considers the PYD just like it considers the PKK.

“We expect the U.S. to take a principled stance. Al-Nusra is also fighting against Daesh. Does this situation legitimize al-Nusra? Likewise, fighting against Daesh doesn’t legitimize the PYD,” he said, adding that the PYD’s relationship with the PKK is continuing.

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Launch a Major Offensive in the Golan With the Help of I$raHell

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The Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” have launched a new offensive to capture the remaining villages inside the Syrian Golan Heights after a back-and-forth battle along the southern perimeter of the strategic hilltop at Tal Taranjah in the Al-Quneitra Governorate.

On Monday morning, the Islamist rebel fighters of the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Nusra stormed the National Defense Forces’ (NDF) frontline positions at Tal Taranjah, Mazra’a Al-Amil, Tal Hamriyah, and Tal Al-Ahmar, resulting in a series of intense firefights that consumed most of the morning and afternoon before they dissipated due to the coming nightfall.

Protecting these imperative aforementioned hilltops and farms in the Golan Heights are the predominately Druze militias of Fouj Al-Joulan (Golan Regiment) and Liwaa Suqour Al-Quneitra (Al-Quneitra Hawks Brigade); these NDF units are working side-by-side with the Syrian Arab Army’s 90th Brigade of the 9th Armored Division to prevent the enemy combatants from taking control of this area.

The Islamist rebels received a boost from their Israeli allies on Sunday after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) alleged that three rockets struck an open field in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – the Syrian Arab Army confirmed to Al-Masdar News that they did not fire any rockets into Israel.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Islamist rebels have become notorious for firing indiscriminate rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in order to prompt an aggressive response from the Israeli Defense Forces; however, these reprisals are always targeted towards the Syrian Armed Forces.

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