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Nazi forces storm, shut down Hebron radio station

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HEBRON – Nazi forces on Tuesday morning stormed the offices of a Palestinian radio station in Hebron, where they destroyed equipment and ordered the station’s closure, in the latest violation of press freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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Manbar al-Hurriyya (Freedom Tribune) radio station, which is reportedly affiliated with Fatah, wrote on its website that Nazi forces had destroyed equipment inside the offices and confiscated other equipment.

Nazi soldiers then issued a military order notifying employees that the station was to be closed and its broadcast banned.

Nazi army said in a statement that the station was shut down “as part of the ongoing battle against incitement.”

It continued: “Forces confiscated broadcasting equipment in order to prevent the incitement which has caused a flare of violence in the region over recent weeks.”

It accused the radio station of encouraging “stabbing attacks” and “violent riots,” and reporting “false and malicious claims of security forces executing and kidnapping Palestinians in order to provoke violence.”

The statement said that Nazi forces had shut down the station twice before, in 2002 and again in 2008.

The incident comes a day after a Palestinian press freedoms watchdog condemned more than 450 violations of media freedoms since the beginning of the year.

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, known as MADA, said in a statement that it “condemns the ongoing violence against Palestinian journalists by the Nazi Occupying Forces,” including more than 100 violations in October alone.

It said that “continued impunity with lack of accountability” encouraged Nazi forces “to commit more crimes and assaults.”

The watchdog said that while press violations had not reached last year’s proportions, when 17 Palestinian journalists were killed by Nazi forces in Gaza, violations had “witnessed an enormous escalation this year.”

The group called for accountability, but also for “preventing censorship and persecution of journalists and activists regarding their opinions and comments on social media.”

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International human rights defenders arrested and evicted while “Hebron is becoming ghettoized”

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Occupied Palestine – Two international human rights defenders were arrested in Hebron (al-Khalil) yesterday morning, November 3rd, while six others were ordered to leave an apartment in the H2 neighbourhood of Tel Rumeida by threat of arrest.

The German and American nationals were arrested at 7.50am while monitoring checkpoint 56 at the entrance of Shuhada Street, after being seemingly arbitrarily denied access to checkpoint 55 further down the street. They were arrested while peacefully observing the checkpoint on allegations of ‘disturbing soldiers’ and being in a closed military zone after a soldier at the checkpoint made a complaint to officers in a passing police vehicle.

The internationals were denied their legal right to communicate with their embassies, and were only given water to drink at the police station after repeated requests. ‘We were scared about what was going to happen, but we were still so much better off than the Palestinian we heard being beaten by Nazi forces in the police station’ one of the women announced. They were released at 4.30pm, on agreeing to sign conditions barring them from Hebron for one week. Immediately before being released from the police station, the investigating officer actually admitted that there was ‘no evidence’ against them, but they were still being punished for the soldiers allegations.

Several hours later, other members of the team were prevented from passing through Checkpoint 56 which divides Tel Rumeida from the H1 area of Hebron, which is under full Palestinian authority. As of Saturday, 31st of October, when Tel Rumeida was declared a ‘closed military zone’ for 24 hours, both internationals’ and Palestinian movement through the area has been severely restricted. Residents were ordered to register their ID’s or risk being prevented from passing the checkpoints which intersect the entire district.

While official documentation of the zoning of Tel Rumeida has been conspicuously inconsistent recently, the activists were shocked this afternoon when their passports were confiscated and they were confronted with an order to leave the closed military zone which encapsulates their apartment. Nazi forces demanded that they immediately sign an absent legal contract declaring their residency in the area, or they would be forcibly removed and deported.

Checkpoint 55 is frequented by students from several school groups, who pass it on route to and from schools which abut the Tel Rumeida illegal settlement. It was blocked for passage last Sunday in what soldiers described as “new measures against terrorism.” For years now international agencies have been monitoring the impact of the occupation on the schoolchildren of Hebron however this work has been severely restricted in recent weeks, amid mounting tensions in the district.

A volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, a school teacher from Australia known as Phoebe, stated: “Will they never be satisfied? In the past month, Israeli forces have blatantly disregarded international law. They have performed extrajudicial executions of Palestinians in front of eyewitnesses with complete impunity.” She added: “We have been physically attacked on a daily basis by settlers in front of soldiers and police and then been ordered to leave, by threat of arrest for provoking them by our presence. We have been intimidated, harassed, abused, detained, and now this: arrest for our monitoring of human rights abuses on children and eviction for our presence in a fraught neighbourhood. Our presence is lawful and we believe more essential than ever.”

However, the internationals have stated their greatest concerns remain for the Palestinian residents of Tel Rumeida and the disturbing intensification of both Nazi Jewish settler violence and the physical manifestations of the occupation, including an expansion of infrastructure used to limit movement on the streets. Echoing concerns by local Palestinian residents, a Dutch volunteer stated that such measures have created an alarming sense that, “Hebron is being ghettoized.” He added, “if the international community does not react to this now then the illegal settlement will surely take over all of Tel Rumeida…This is what we are most afraid of.”

The internationals, from Holland, Italy, Britain, Germany, Unites States, Poland, France and Australia have vowed to return to their work of protective presence, monitoring and journalism in the district and consider this to be an appalling reflection on Israel’s supposedly democratic ideals.

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The U.S. Spends $35 Billion ‘Helping’ Out The World… But Where Does All this Money Really Go?

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The United States provided approximately $35 billion in economic aid to over 140 countries* in fiscal year 2014. In the map below the relative size of each country is proportionate to the aid received from the United States and the color of each country indicates GDP per capita.

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* For visualization purposes the map above reflects only 77 countries that received approximately $17 billion of the $35 billion in global aid. We chose top 40 by aid received and then manually selected different countries to illustrate geographic diversity.

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UN suspected of smuggling CIA agents into Yemen

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[This is a translation of an article that recently appeared in Al Akhbar.]

Ansar Allah detain two Americans on Espionage Charges

Two Americans have been under surveillance who have regularly visited the site that is the current temporary residence of the UN team. The UN are based in the Sheraton Hotel in Yemen’s capital Sanaa.

This hotel had been used previously by the US diplomatic mission until it’s evacuation from Sanaa early 2015. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission allowed the UN to work from these premises temporarily until it could be considered safe for the Mission to return to Yemen once the hostilities had ceased.

The UN does not pay anything for the use of the facility and is not responsible for the maintenance of the premises that belong to the US Foreign Affairs Ministry but events over the last two weeks reveal that perhaps the UN repays Washington in more ways than one for the use of these premises.

The UN mission in Yemen operates with a very small staff, probably less than a hundred, consisting of Yemeni nationals, non Yemeni Arab nationals and foreign nationals.

These UN staff members travel between Yemen and Djibouti on UN-chartered private planes. Djibouti is now the only gateway to the world for Yemenis who are under an internationally supported blockade.

The two Americans who were under surveillance were transported using UN vehicles despite the fact that UN law prohibits the use of their vehicles for the transportation of any non-UN staff regardless of the situation, in order to maintain its neutral status.

On the evening of the 20th of October, a private UN plane arrived in Sanaa, from Djibouti. On board were two American citizens, Mark McAllister and John Hamen, who were ostensibly working for a maintenance company, Al Rafideen, contracted by the US Mission to provide services to their now vacated offices in the Sheraton Hotel, Sanaa.

At this point, Yemen National Security moved in and arrested the two men, taking them to an unknown location.

Attempts were made by the chief of staff of the UN mission in Sanaa to intervene and secure the release of the two Americans. The UN engaged in direct talks with the Yemeni government and Ansar Allah. The response from the Yemeni side was curt and to the point stating that this was not within the UN’s jurisdiction and the UN has nothing to do with the two men in question.

The UN official confirmed to the local government and AnsarAllah that the two men were working for a company now contracted by the UN and had been invited to Sanaa by the UN to maintain premises [that they do not pay for and where the UN is not responsible for maintenance – edit]. Unsurprisingly all UN efforts to secure the release of McAllister and Hamen have been unsuccessful.

The UN  was then informed that one of the two men was recognised as a “security agent” who had been working with the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Sanaa prior to their departure. The UN was informed by the relevant local Yemeni authorities that the UN’s involvement with any foreign intelligence is in direct violation of its fundamental principles and lawful activities in Yemen. This puts the UN in a very precarious and embarrassing position in Yemen.

Al-Akhbar asked the official spokesman on behalf of the UN Secretary General whether UN staff members were facing any hardships in Yemen:

“Yes, we face hardships due to the security situation and we are unable to distribute relief aid to Yemenis as we would be able to under normal circumstances.”

Responding to the question of whether or not the UN is in communication with the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition, the UN official stated:

“As in the case of every war-torn area, the UN maintains communication with all factions involved in the conflict to guarantee UN convoy security.”  

Al-Akhbar also asked the UN official why the UN had allowed two non UN operatives, now in Yemeni & AnsarAllah custody, to travel to Yemen in a UN privately chartered plane. This contravenes all internationally agreed upon protocols that strictly prohibit the use of UN transportation for non UN staff. The seriousness of the situation is intensified by the fact that Yemen authorities have accused both men of being Washington intelligence agents.

The UN official responded cautiously, stating that he is aware of the two men whom he believes to be UN contractors.  He is aware of their situation but has no update on the incident. He added that the UN would not have transported any such operatives into or out of Yemen without using the proper channels of communication. He reiterated the official line that the two men are likely to be service contractors brought in to carry out maintenance on the adopted UN premises. [edit: despite the UN not being responsible for the premises]

The incident is highly sensitive. It does not only involve McAllister and Hamen, still in custody, but raises the uncomfortable question, what role is the UN playing in Yemen and for that matter, in other war torn countries in the region?

Yemeni citizens working for the UN have expressed their frustration at not being allowed to implement solutions to the dire humanitarian situation in their country, and have complained of having their movements and activities closely surveyed.

Yemeni security have informed the UN directly that this particular case violates the sovereignty of their country and its security.  

A local security official informed the UN in Yemen that such actions will have serious repercussions upon their activities within Yemen. Initial investigations into the two Washington assets in custody have shown that both men are linked to activities suspected to be espionage and investigations have exposed one of the men as a Washington intelligence agent who had already worked with Yemeni agents and who was well known to Yemen’s security officials.

The second man is an officer in the US Marines who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.

The naturally concerned Yemeni authorities have informed the UN that the UN has no jurisdiction over these two men and should not interfere in Yemen’s security matters.  

As a consequence, all UN vehicles are being carefully and systematically inspected in the capital Sanaa. UN drivers are being checked and all passenger passports demanded for verification. This is now routine both at the airport and on the streets of Sanaa.

The matter was further complicated when a shot was fired at a UN vehicle and the bullet penetrated the car on October 22, 2015 while it was travelling towards Sanaa airport. No casualties were reported but its quite possible that this was a warning shot across UN bows.

What is certain however, is that both Ansar Allah and the General People’s Congress party in Yemen are highly displeased with UN Peace Envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh’s recent role in siding with the Saudi-led coalition and disregarding all the points agreed upon in the Muscat talks.

Both parties are also understandably enraged by Washington’s role in supporting the Saudi-led coalition’s aggression on Yemen that is devastating the country. Washington has provided direct support to the Saudi coalition by supplying weapons, intelligence information, air surveillance and logistic support for air strikes. This support has been widely documented in the media.

Yemeni officials in Sanaa are on high alert regarding any intelligence network that could provide support to the Saudi-led coalition air strikes that have predominantly targeted civilians. This, despite continuous UN communications with the Saudi coalition’s operations room in the Saudi capital Al-Riyadh informing them of the co-ordinates of the UN location and areas of work.

Riyadh however, does not seem to be overly concerned with that information as was clearly seen when the Saudis directly targeted and bombed the UN Development Project in Aden. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon expressed criticism of Riyadh’s disregard and called for an investigation into the strikes but to date no such investigation has been initiated.

Riyadh came under criticism again for the disregard it showed by directly bombing the World Food Programmes’s storage facility, and several hospitals operating under international organizations directly affiliated with the UN.

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Jammu Martyrs Day: Another Gloomy Day

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By Sajjad Shaukat

Like other “black days”, Jammu Martyrs Day which is another gloomy day in the history of

Kashmir, is celebrated on 6th of November by the Kashmiris and the Pakistanis on both sides of

the Line of Control (LoC) and by those, living abroad to remember the great sacrifices of 2.50

lakh inmates of Jammu including men, women, children and elderly Muslims who were

mercilessly slaughtered by the armed Hindu gangsters, the Indian occupying and the Dogra

military troops near Jammu Sialkot working boundary under a nefarious pre-planned conspiracy,

while they were proceeding for migrating to their beloved homeland Pakistan. This tragedy

occurred on this very day in 1947.

During the first week of November in 1947‚ hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris were killed by

the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh‚ Indian army and Hindu extremists in different parts of

Jammu region, while they were migrating to Pakistan. But, their brutalities were not confined to

it. As part of pre-planned scheme, on November 5, 1947, announcements were made everywhere

in Jammu, asking Muslims to assemble in police lines where from they would be sent to

Pakistan. On November 6, Jammu Muslims including men women and children were seemingly

dispatched towards Pakistan in trucks. But before they could reach the destination, Indian army,

forces of Maharaja and Hindu extremists at Samba Reasi and other places martyred them in

gruesome manner. Thus, over 2.50 Muslim inmates of Jammu city and adjoining areas were

However, the huge deaths had stunned the world. In this regard, the ‘Time” magazine, in its

November 47 publication also pointed out the figure of 2, 50,000 deaths of Jammu people.

But, these sacrifices did not go waste, as they have kept the Kashmir issue alive. As regards the

historical background, during the partition of the Sub-continent, the people of the state of Jammu

and Kashmir (J&K) which comprised Muslim majority decided to join Pakistan according to the

British-led formula. But, Dogra Raja, Sir Hari Singh, a Hindu who was ruling over the J&K, in

connivance with the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Governor General Lord

Mountbatten joined India.

The design to forcibly wrest Kashmir began to unfold on August 16, 1947, with the

announcement of the Radcliffe Boundary Award. It gave the Gurdaspur District—a majority

Muslim area to India to provide a land route to the Indian armed forces to move into Kashmir.

There was a rebellion in the state forces, which revolted against the Maharaja and were joined by

Pathan tribesmen. Lord Mountbatten ordered armed forces to land in Srinagar.

When Pakistan responded militarily against the Indian aggression, on December 31, 1947, India

made an appeal to the UN Security Council to intervene and a ceasefire ultimately came into

effect on January 01, 1949, following UN resolutions calling for a plebiscite in Kashmir to

enable the people of Jammu and Kashmir to determine whether they wish to join Pakistan or

India. On February 5, 1964, India backed out of its promise of holding plebiscite. Instead, in

March 1965, the Indian Parliament passed a bill, declaring Kashmir a province of India-an

integral part of the Indian union.

The very tragedy of Kashmiris had started after 1947 when they were denied their genuine right

of self-determination. They organized themselves against the injustices of India and launched a

war of liberation which New Delhi tried to crush through various forms of brutalities.

It is notable that since 1947, in order to maintain its illegal control, India has continued its

repressive regime in the Occupied Kashmir through various machinations.

Nevertheless, various forms of state terrorism have been part of a deliberate campaign by the

Indian army and paramilitary forces against Muslim Kashmiris, especially since 1989. It has

been manifested in brutal tactics like crackdowns, curfews, illegal detentions, massacre, targeted

killings, sieges, burning the houses, torture, disappearances, rape, breaking the legs, molestation

of Muslim women and killing of persons through fake encounter.

According to a report on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, since 1989,

there have been deaths of 1,00000 innocent Kashmiris, 7,023 custodial killings, 1,22,771 arrests,

1,05,996 destruction of houses or buildings, 22,776 women widowed, 1,07,466 children

orphaned and 10,086 women gang-raped/molested. Indian brutal securities forces have continue

In fact, Indian forces have employed various draconian laws like the Jammu and Kashmir

Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act and

Public Safety Act in killing the Kashmiri people, and for the arbitrarily arrest of any individual

for an indefinite period.

Besides Human Rights Watch, in its various reports, Amnesty International has also pointed out

grave human rights violations in the Indian controlled Kashmir, indicating, “The Muslim

majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security

In its report on July 2, 2015, the Amnesty International has highlighted extrajudicial killings of

the innocent persons at the hands of Indian security forces in the Indian Held Kashmir. The

report points out, “Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed in Indian-administered

Kashmir…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act allows troops to shoot to kill suspected

militants or arrest them without a warrant…not a single member of the armed forces has been

tried in a civilian court for violating human rights in Kashmir…this lack of accountability has in

turn facilitated other serious abuses…India has martyred one 100,000 people. More than 8,000

disappeared (while) in the custody of army and state police.”

In this respect, European Union has passed a resolution about human rights abuses committed by

Indian forces in the Indian held Kashmir.

It is of particular attention that in 2008, a rights group reported unmarked graves in 55 villages

across the northern regions of the Indian-held Kashmir. Then researchers and other groups

reported finding thousands of mass graves without markers. In this respect, in August, 2011,

Indian Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission officially acknowledged in its

report that innocent civilians killed in the two-decade conflict have been buried in unmarked

Notably, foreign sources and human rights organisations have revealed that unnamed graves

include those innocent persons, killed by the Indian military and paramilitary troops in the fake

encounters including those who were tortured to death by the Indian secret agency RAW.

Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political grounds. New Delhi

reached to a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with Kashmiris, demanding

their right of self-determination. Surprisingly, Indian successive governments are trying to ignore

the dynamics of the freedom movement of Kashmiris for the sake of their alien rule.

But, New Delhi is still showing its intransigence in order to resolve Kashmir dispute with

Pakistan by neglecting the fact that Kashmir remains a nuclear flashpoint between both the

neighbouring countries.

In this context, Egbert Jahn in his book, “Kashmir: Flashpoint for a Nuclear War or Even a Third

World War?” has pointed out, “The Kashmir conflict is embedded in the wider conflict over the

incomplete creation of nations and states on the Indian subcontinent, which during the east-west

conflict even threatened at times to escalate into a nuclear world war between Pakistan and the

USA on the one side and India and the USSR on the other. Until now, there have been three wars

between India and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir: in 1947–49, 1965 and 1999… finally,

the Indo-Chinese border war of 1962…after these wars…and could unexpectedly again lead to a

regional and under certain circumstances…even a major nuclear war or a Third World War.”

Meanwhile, like the previous year, Pakistan’s recent serious and sincere effort at the annual

session of the United Nations—the recent speech of Pakistan’s prime minister and his meeting

with the American president, highlighting the Kashmir dispute and demanding its solution has

infused a new spirit among the Kashmiri people.

Nonetheless, 6th of November is commemorated by the Kashmiris and Pakistanis as the Jammu

Martyrs Day-another gloomy day to remember the supreme sacrifices of lives, laid down by

2,50,000 people of Jammu, who were ruthlessly massacred by the Hindu extremists, Indian

forces and the Dogra military troops on November 6, 1947.

 

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,
Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
Email: sajjad_logic@yahoo.com

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History Repeats Itself: Moscow Defended Syria From US Regime Change Plots in 1957

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Secret British papers shed new light on the event

While efforts at finding a political solution to the current Syria crisis are being stepped up by all interested parties, experts on the Middle East look back to the 1950s when the foundations of this extremely shaky edifice were laid down by the West.

Top secret Cabinet papers dating back to September 1957 reveal that the British government was quite uneasy of the possible consequences of the US policy of “regime change” in Syria. Moscow’s reaction to the American policy on Syria, the British ministers observed, “could be expected to be strong and determined, and they [Moscow] would try to frustrate it by every means short of those which, in their judgement, would be likely to involve them in a war with the West.”

The Red Line

Indeed, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev protested the overthrow of the Syrian government by the West in the strongest possible way, and even hinted at a possible military action to defend Damascus. The British ministers’ biggest worry, as the secret papers reveal, was that “the Russians might again threaten the United Kingdom with atomic missiles if they [UK] supported action against Syria.”

A year earlier, such a threat did stop the British-French-Israeli aggression against Egypt over the nationalization of the Suez Canal, in its tracks. Syria, who supported Egypt in its quest for sovereignty, attracted unwelcome attention to herself.

Moscow drew the red line again and stuck to it. After some very dangerous posturing by Turkey and the United States, the crisis was eventually resoled.

So what was going on back in 1957 in the Middle East?

In August 1957, the Syrian military went into the office of the head of the country’s intelligence service and betrayed a CIA plot to overthrow the government, surrendering the money they had received from the Americans. Tit for tat expulsions of US and Syrian diplomats followed, and instead of defusing the scandal, Washington went from a covert subversion into a highly public offensive, coercing Syria’s neighbors and members of the Baghdad Pact, a Middle Eastern clone of NATO, into a war coalition against Damascus.

‘Spirit of the West’

This was not the first attempt at “regime change” in Syria. The first, unsuccessful, plan to overthrow the Syrian Government was hatched as early as 1949. CIA’s “Operation Straggle” in the fall of 1956, failed simply because of the Suez War in which Washington decided to play the “peacemaker” for its own geostrategic benefit. Ticking off Britain, France and Israel for their aggression against Egypt while attacking another Arab country would back Washington’s claim of being the defender of freedom in the Middle East against both the Old World colonialism, and “communist encroachment”.

Let alone the monarchies of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Jordan were hardly representative of the “free world”, Syria was nowhere near falling under the communist influence. Together with Egypt she was a champion of Arab nationalism and a founding member of the Non-Aligned Movement — and that’s what did not suit Washington.

 

The goal of the American Middle East policy formulated by President Eisenhower was to “weaken objectively the intellectual appeal of neutralism and to predispose its adherents toward the spirit of the West.”

To this end the US President ordered an intensive psychological warfare against Syria, which was staunchly neutralist. The aim was “to create a pro-US, anti-Soviet opinion climate” in which Syria could have been taken firmly into the western fold.

No wonder, the secret papers reveal British apprehension that such a campaign would only help to depict Syria “… as an innocent victim of a threatened aggression by the United States, United Kingdom and France, who were using reactionary Arab regimes to serve their imperialist aims of crushing Arab nationalism in the interests of oil companies and Israel.” Soviet propagandists could not have put it better than the British ministers did!

‘Stupidest Action’

And not only them: a US diplomat in Syria at the time, Deane Hinton, cabled to Washington:

“I want to go on record as saying that this is the stupidest, most irresponsible action a diplomatic mission like ours could get itself involved in, and that we’ve started a series of these things that will never end.”

They do indeed continue to this day. What averted the turn to the worst back in 1957 was western understanding that Moscow was prepared to defend Syria’s independence by all means.

The secret British memorandum of September 1957 lists options open to Moscow:

“(ii) The flow of weapons to Syria might be increased…

(iii) Soviet naval units might be moved into the Mediterranean…

(iv) Increasing numbers of “volunteers”, especially technicians, advisers and specialists could be sent to Syria.

(vi) Soviet aircraft might be flown to Syria in force.”

Back in 1957 western realization that Moscow was dead serious about defending Syria did knock diplomatic heads together and the crisis was defused by November that year. However, the plotting against the staunchly independent Syria never stopped, and before the “Free Syrian Army” there were “Free Syria Committees” set up by the same forces.

The release of the British Cabinet’s secret assessment of Moscow-Damascus relationship could not be timelier. They show that this relationship goes back at least 60 years, and should be respected. There is now hope that this November may become the starting point for a political solution of the long-running Syria crisis.

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Syrian Army, Hezbollah Recapture Key Oilfield From ISIS

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With the help of Hezbollah, Syrian Army was able to attack ISIS positions near Aqayrbat town and recaptured full control over a rich oilfield and its facilities after clashes with scores of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ militants.

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The local sources said that Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ RAT’s withdraw from the oilfield and its surroundings in al-Salamiyah after suffering heavy casualties as a result of the Syrian army and Hezbollah’s joint operation.

Earlier today, the Syrian army retook control of Hill Number 11 on the highway of Khanasser-Ithriya after heavy clashes with the terrorists.

The Syrian army and popular defense groups won back Hill Number 11 on the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway, and killed scores of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ terrorists, informed sources said.

The forces also destroyed four of the ‘ISIS’ armored vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft machineguns.

Earlier reports said the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters launched a large-scale attack on ‘ISIS’ positions along the road connecting Khanasser in Aleppo and Ithriya in Hama, inflicting heavy losses on them.

The Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces launched the large-scale attack on Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ positions along the strategic Khanasser-Ithriya highway, and killed and wounded at least 15 Takfiri terrorists.

 

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Journalists And Political Rivals Arrested As Crackdown In Turkey Widens

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Magazine editors accused of coup plot and Gülenists detained in wake of Justice and Development party’s resounding electoral victory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting of local administrators at his palace in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. Turkey could hold a referendum on constitutional changes for a new political system, reviving a highly contentious push to increase the powers of the president, an aide to Erdogan said Wednesday. The ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, which Erdogan founded and continues to lead from behind the scenes, scored a stunning victory in a parliamentary election Sunday, gaining back the majority it lost in a previous election just five months ago. (AP Photo/Kayhan Ozer, Presidential Press Service)

The Turkish government has resumed a crackdown on journalists and political rivals of Recep Tayyip Erdoğanjust two days after a major electoral victory for his party that will see it return to single-party rule.

Police officers and bureaucrats loyal to an exiled cleric based in the US are among dozens of people who have been arrested by Turkish authorities in an ongoing move against a group whose members have become bitter rivals of the president.

Two senior editors at an opposition-aligned magazine were also detained on Tuesday and accused of plotting a coup after the front cover declared in the aftermath of the election “the start of civil war in Turkey”, a reference to anger in the predominantly Kurdish east and south-east where relations with the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party are tense.

The magazine, Nokta, said in a statement on Twitter that the editor-in-chief, Cevheri Güven, and managing editor, Murat Capan, were detained after police raids on their offices in Istanbul and charged with “attempting to overthrow the government by force”.

Earlier, dawn raids targeted figures allied to a wide-ranging movement that pledges allegiance to Fethullah Gülen, a preacher who is set to stand trial in absentia for allegedly working to topple Erdoğan.

The prosecutor’s office in the western city of Izmir said it ordered the arrest of 57 people believed to be members of the “Gülenist terror group”.

The raids were the latest move in a campaign against the group that once maintained a pervasive presence in the judiciary and security services and helped orchestrate the prosecution of numerous military officials accused of plotting to overthrow the AKP-led government in the past.

Security services last week seized a company with supposed ties to Gülen that operates a number of media outlets including Bugün TV, which hosted several opposition politicians in the run-up to the November elections, including Selahattin Demirtaş, the leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP party.

The raid on the TV station, which remained on air during a standoff with police, dramatically illustrated the break in ties between Erdoğan and his former Gülenist allies.

Although the raid was officially described as part of an investigation by a court-appointed board into alleged financial crimes by the parent company, insiders say the crackdown is fuelled by a feeling of betrayal within the president’s party towards Gülen’s faction.

Gülenist officials were believed to have been involved in the Sledgehammer trials, which alleged that members of the Turkish armed forces had plotted to overthrow the AKP-led government, as well as the Ergenekon affair trials, in which hundreds of individuals were arrested and charged for allegedly belonging to a clandestine ultranationalist organisation that supposedly had ties with the military and security services and was bent on overthrowing the government.

The split with Erdoğan broke into the open in 2013 and 2014 after news emerged of a corruption investigationtargeting AKP members and the president’s inner circle.

Erdoğan described the investigations as essentially a coup attempt and accused Gülen of infiltrating the security forces and judiciary; the president later carried out a purge of police officers. Prosecutors in Turkey last year charged Gülen, who has been living in Pennsylvania since 1998, with leading a criminal organisation.

Security forces separately imposed a curfew in the majority Kurdish town of Silvan in the south-east, following airstrikes against the outlawed separatist group the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) in Iraq on Monday.

The PKK said in a statement it expected the war with the government to escalate after the elections.

Following attacks in the summer against activists, including Kurds, that were blamed on Islamic State, the government used the violence that erupted to crack down on the PKK, essentially ending a peace process that had led to a ceasefire in 2013.

Turkish government officials said the PKK had broken the ceasefire rules, including by fighting alongside Syrian Kurds across the border. Ankara believes Syria’s Kurds want to create a de facto state on Turkey’s southern border.

Critics contend that the government sought to crack down on Kurdish militants in order to attract nationalist votes in the snap elections, in which the AKP gained about 5 million votes.

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The Pentagon Is Pushing Americans Toward Another Vietnam In Syria

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Washington is about to revive ‘another Vietnam,’ US political analyst Phil Butler warns, commenting on President Obama’s recent decision to deploy American “boots on the ground” in Syria.

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Obama and the Neocons are “all in” as the American president gives notice “boots will go on the ground” in Syria. Make no mistake, this report is a test of the will of the American people, please pay close attention, we are about to relive Vietnam.

In a previous report which called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, this author presented a list of possible alternatives to America’s “so far” failed Syria posture. Here’s a look at this administration’s most recent scheming in the Middle East. If we let our leadership get away with this one, we’re in very big trouble indeed.

CNN reports cannot always be taken as fact, but this one announcing Barack Obam’s decision to put “boots on the ground” in Syria can. Vladimir Putin’s air posture having revealed both US forces’ inability to destroy ISIL, as well as Russia’s obvious seriousness, it’s forced the hand of Obama and the Neocon US Congress as well. My previous argument for my country to save face in the world of power politics, it must have provoked some deep thinking in Washington. NEO’s Tony Cartalucci fills us in on the gravity of this situation, but let me recap my earlier assessment.

The people of the United States are becoming nearly as fed up as the rest of the world with America’s horribly ineffective “peacekeeping” actions globally. The situation in Syria is a black eye and a bloody nose for all Americans, for a citizenry to have allowed policy to have become business. Energy and corporate business vestments having always been one set of administration goals, millions fleeing or dying wherever the US military flies, sails, or lands, it’s now embarrassing. Last time I offer impeaching Obama over continued proxy warring, CIA meddling, letting the Russians take over, and the unlikely positive of joining the Russians to kill ISIL. It’s apparent now, the think tanks and the Pentagon want to play more mind games with people’s lives. Obama is posturing to put US Special Forces in, but not for the reasons you might think.

My Dutch colleague, political analyst Holger Eekhof contends the Special Forces objective will be a rescue mission to extract key jihadist operatives and assets from underneath the Russian-Syrian-Hezbollah front, in order that they may be useful for future projects in the region. In this, I feel quite sure Eekhof is correct. What more could 50 specialists manage to do in such a war zone. Embedded with the Kurds in the North and East of Iraq, the teams can easily make incursions to extract “moderate” ISIL assets. In this operation, Eekhof contends, the Americans have an easier job than in post Nazi Germany times (for instance). This time, unlike in the de-nazification process, American service personnel only have to ask one simple question; “Have you been photographed, or do you normally use a mask?” The implication is clear, and so is the dual purpose of this latest “Obama mission objective” – erased all evidence of CIA and American asset manipulation, and insert Americans under the guns of the Russians to ensure it works. This is why it has been announced officially instead of owning up to the fact Special Forces are already there. Special Forces teams are never given away in this fashion, BEFORE their missions are completed. The American Secretary of State, John Kerry, has already begun the de-islamification of ISIL, or IS, or Isis or wtf…. once again renaming the terrorist organization “Daesh.”

For the last year the United States and the coalition have been essentially flying air cover for ISIL over Syria and Iraq. Looking at the utter destruction Russian air forces are heaping on jihadists and the ISIL terrorists in the last couple of weeks, it’s evidence enough western military forces were spending $10 million a day bombing ant hills in the deserts out there. Nothing positive from Centcom can be shown really. Interestingly, and I must say complimentary for me, the Russians took the advice to essentially televise air war success, to out do the American ant bombers, if nothing else. Sorry, this media war has tended to inflame my personal sense of irony, and of cynicism. Carrying on with the current bad ideas from Washington though, these maniacs are going to end up getting millions killed. Here’s why.

If I am right, if the Russians are right, and the United States of America has been funding and flying interference for jihadists, anti-Assad extremists, al-Queda, and in fact ISIL , then putting US Special Forces “advisers” on the ground training al-Queda and the like will prevent Russian air and Assad forces from killing them. Think on this for just a moment…. really think….. and then I shall continue.

I am doing another investigation concerning the broader picture of US foreign policy overall. I mention this because within that story commentary and faces from the most recent Armed Services Committee meetings in Washington play a significant role in the global mess Obama’s leadership has been practiced under. US Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter (please read all of this) appeared before the committee to reveal the latest strategy mind boggle. I’ll let the reader watch the CSPAN video, but what you will see is at least one utter psychopath, Senator Lindsey Graham of my home state of South Carolina calling for all out confrontation with Russian forces in Syria. You read that correctly. The sidekick of Arizona Senator John McCain not only brow beats Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he arrogantly and bombastically forecasts US and coalition forces fighting Russia to beat Assad – period! Don’t take my word, watch Graham play god of war in the video.

 

My friends, these people are quite insane. I know this is what level heads will think, once they read the Central Command Report about Carter, his (get this) “Three Rs” solution to ISIL, and especially after listening to South Carolina’s resident war monger. (Please read my in depth report to come) Now get this, most urgently. Central Command all but certifies the plan is to “engage Russia” in the wording of the report I linked you to. The subheading “Russia Won’t Impact Counter-ISIL Campaign” let’s the reader know for sure, impacting Russia’s effective campaign is EXACTLY the purpose of the Pentagon plan. Forgive western media people, and the Pentagon, they think you are all idiots.

Carter goes on the differentiate the US-Russia strategies in Syria, but here is the most stunning fact of US support for jihadists in Syria, please ponder if you will the fact the Pentagon, the State Department, the Presidency, not our Congress really informed the people of the United States that “killing Assad” was the mission after all! With 500,000 news reports blaming Vladimir Putin for anything negative on planet Earth, America arming, funding, and flying air cover for terrorist groups we in fact created ………. It’s nowhere on the news radar in my country. Nowhere, I tell you. Once has to be an expert internet researcher simply to find out about Bush’s policies to create the Syrian opposition to Assad.

To conclude, this most recent policy shift has emergency consultations with Washington think tanks written all over it. This Sputnik International report with my analysis offers up the Brookings Institute to the altar of chaos causation, not to mention Pentagon asymmetrical strategists. South Carolina’s Graham, his lunatic friend John McCain, and other caricature corporate puppets out of Dr. Strangelove, they’re going to get a lot more people killed. The CNN report alludes to an escalation past a token Special Forces group already being planned. The whole affair wreaks of pre-escalated Vietnam, and mark my words this is where things are headed. In my coming report readers will be struck by the parallels between Senator Graham, and past rolls of South Carolinians in war advocacy. The bottom line for now is, this Washington play should not be allowed to stand. I’ll try and further enlighten early next week, but for now let me leave you with a quote from CNN:

“America has bombed targets in Syria since September 2014 without stopping ISIS, and it has largely failed in a mission to recruit and train moderate rebels in Syria to take on the terror group. In recent months, the U.S. has also bolstered its aid to local forces, air-dropping weapons, ammunition and other supplies to rebel forces inside Syria.”

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Video Captures Nazi Police Beating Unarmed Palestinian, Then Inventing A Scenario To Justify It

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Video Captures Israeli Police Beating Unarmed Palestinian, Then Inventing A Scenario To Justify It

The man is one of the over 2,600 Palestinians injured in the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine that started early last month and shows no sign of abating.

The arrest and subsequent beating og Omar Farouk Obaideya, a teaching assistant in the Physics Department at Birzeit University.

The arrest and subsequent beating og Omar Farouk Obaideya, a teaching assistant in the Physics Department at Birzeit University.

SEATTLE — Israeli police stopped a young Palestinian man on a Jerusalem street on Monday. In a video apparently shot by Israeli Jews at the scene, the police yell at the suspect to drop his pants. The man does not comply, but instead lifts his shirt and turns around to assure them he is not carrying a weapon or wearing a suicide vest. Unsatisfied with this gesture, police continue demanding that he disrobe.

A short standoff ensues as he refuses to remove his pants. Less than a minute passes before police surround the man and rush him. They begin beating him.

Then the video cuts to the victim lying on the ground with blood splattered on the floor and wall around him. An officer is sitting on top of him though he is handcuffed and makes no attempt to move.

The police notice someone is filming the events as they unfold, and they allow the filming to continue. (It’s worth noting that Palestinian journalists working in similar circumstances are assaulted and shot at by Israeli forces. And while the filming appears to be the work of Israelis, the video has been widely uploaded by Palestinians to social media.)

With the man held on the ground, police strip him down to his underwear. Police ask each other if anyone’s found a knife. They search the man’s bag, but don’t find a knife.

The lead officer stands above the victim and under the guise of “reconstructing” the event, clearly manufactures a fictional scenario contradicted by the actual video (translation and captions provided by Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan):

“I’m for reconstructing [the event] …

He ran away to here; resisted [arrest];

We told him ‘raise’ [your hands/shirt] …  

Ran from where?

Opened someone’s … He opened some woman’s head there;

We stopped in front of him;

We asked him to raise his shirt; He refused.

Attempted to assault an officer;

Arrest.

Who saw the attack [on the woman]?

Citizens.”

At the end of the video, the Israelis who filmed it begin calling the victim a “son of a bitch” in Arabic. Then they joke, seemingly proud that they filmed the beating of a Palestinian. Laughing derisively, one of them says: “We organized some incident for you, huh?”

The officer who suggests “reconstructing” the event invents details that never happened: The man didn’t run away. He was never asked to raise his hands. He raised his shirt voluntarily. He certainly never assaulted anyone.

According to Palestinian activist Younes Arar, the victim of the police beating is Omar Farouk Obaideya. He is a teaching assistant in the Physics Department at Birzeit University, where he is also pursuing a master’s degree.

From the dialogue, the police appear to be attempting to link Obaideya to an incident in which female Haredi tour guide was hit in the head by a bottle by a Palestinian man earlier in the day.

Yet even if the suspect in the attack is the same man in this video, he is unarmed when confronted by police and never acts in any way that may be construed as threatening or suspicious. And even if he was the perpetrator of the attack earlier in the day, this extrajudicial beating has no place in a democratic society. A democratic society observes the rule of law and justice, not the laws of the street or jungle.

 The Zuckerberg intifada

Israeli leaders have identified a convenient scapegoat for what some are calling a “Third Intifada,” or popular uprising: Mark Zuckerberg. The Israeli lawfare NGO Shurat HaDin is suing Facebook, blaming the social media network for permitting young Palestinians to communicate with each other and coordinate their resistance.

“Suing Facebook, Disconnect from Terror”

“Suing Facebook, Disconnect from Terror”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even invoked the Facebook CEO’s name in laying blame for the violence:

“What has been going on is due to the combination of the Internet and Islamist extremism,” Netanyahu said. “It has been Osama Bin Laden meets [Facebook founder] Mark Zuckerberg.”

The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, is playing its role in this charade by arresting Palestinian youth for their posts to Facebook and treating them as if they’d committed violent crimes.

The latest victim, according to an Israeli human rights activist, is Dareen Tatour, who has been held in jail since Oct. 10. On Monday, she was indicted for “incitement” and “supporting a terrorist organization.” Her incitement consisted of reciting a poem, “Resist, My People, Resist,” as the voice track of a YouTube video which pictures Palestinians burning tires, being harassed by police, waving Palestinian flags, and throwing stones.

 

Dareen Tatour, arrested by Israeli Shin Bet for reciting a poem.

Dareen Tatour, arrested by Israeli Shin Bet for reciting a poem. (Photo: Facebook)

The poem that apparently constitutes a criminal act if read aloud includes the following words:

“I refuse the ‘peaceful solution’ [the Oslo process]
I will never lower my flag
I will pull them away from my land
And the future will see it.
Resist O my people resist them
Resist the tyranny of the settler …..
Follow the convoy of martyrs
Tear the shameful agreements 
Of oppression and humiliation.”

Ironically, the Israeli right views the Oslo agreements with equal disdain, yet no Israeli is arrested for expressing such displeasure. According to this double standard, Palestinians who express virtually the same political views as Israelis are criminals and terrorists for doing so.

Tatour also posted a picture of the Israeli Palestinian woman shot and seriously wounded by Israeli police at the Afula bus station last month. It doesn’t matter that Isra’a Abed, the Afula victim, has been cleared by the same Israeli security officials of any criminal intent.

The Zionist version of a moral apartheid

Israel's Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked

Israel’s Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, who famously stated: “This is a war against two people, not a war on terror, Israel must slaughter all Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

Israel’s Knesset has been increasingly clamping down on human rights NGOs, who are viewed as collaborating with “foreigners” intent on charging the Israeli military with war crimes. Former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has in the past demanded that NGOs receiving funds from foreign foundations be forced to reveal their sources publicly. Right-wing NGOs, which also receive foreign funding, often refuse to disclose their funding sources. Presumably, if this legislation passed some sort of loophole would be offered to groups like NGO Monitor and others which maintain secret donor lists.

Ayelet Shaked, the justice minister,proposed legislation on Sunday which would require any NGO staff member visiting the Knesset to wear a “tag” that identifies them as recipients of foreign funding. It’s part of what Shaked calls a “Transparency Law” that permits Israelis to see the origin of funding for groups which allegedly betray the state.

Writing for AL Monitor, Mazal Mualem calls it “a ‘mark of Cain’ of sorts, a far more appropriate name for [Shaked’s] proposed piece of populist legislation could be the ‘Selection Law,’ a reference to the way Jews were marked to distinguish them from other Europeans during World War II in Nazi camps.”

In the brave new world offered by the Israel’s right-wing government people are either good or bad, friends or enemies, Israelis or Palestinians, Israelis or foreigners. The bad guys are clearly labelled so that there can be no mistaking them for the good guys. This is a Zionist version of moral apartheid.

Shaked’s proposal would be ridiculous if it didn’t rear its ugly head in the context of the enormous level of hate and violence which besets Israel these days.

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