Archive | January 19th, 2016

Tere Bin Laden 2 trailer: It looks as promising as the original ‘VIDEO’

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Pradhuman Singh in a still from Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive. (YouTube)

Remember 2010 film Tere Bin Laden? Did you like it? If yes, here’s something to excite you more: The film’s sequel will hit the screens on February 19, 2016.

The trailer of the sequel starts from where the original left: Uncovering the real identity of Osama Bin Laden lookalike. This time the guy (Pradhuman Singh) has been cast in a film by Sharma (Manish Paul), a filmmaker, who eventually ends up revealing his little secret to some real terrorists headed by Piyush Mishra.

Watch: Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive Trailer

Directed by Abhsihek Sharma, Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive is a satire on the socio-political situation of South East Asia.

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Saudi Arabia – Don’t Dig a Ditch for Another

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By Jim W. Dean

Viktor Mikhin takes us on a tour of how the Saudis may have opened a Pandora’s box which will come back to haunt it

oil-rig… by Viktor Mikhin,   with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

 

Open at your own risk

Open at your own risk

[ Editor’s note: Viktor Mikhin takes us on a tour of how the Saudis may have opened a Pandora’s box which will come back to haunt it, and soon. VT readers are already versed on the US and Saudi plan to lower oil prices as a crunch on the Russian economy, while the US attacks via its Ukraine coup government proxy.

This move had other designs, like taking the wind out of the funding available for Russia’s long overdue military modernization — a situation which grew out of Moscow’s investing more into trade infrastructure with the goal of reducing the emergence of military threats. Businesses historically have not found shooting their customers to have any long term benefits.

We can see that Russia’s emerging commercial success is what the special interests in the US and EU began to see as a threat, and even more so, as their self-looted economies teetered on the brink of keeping their house of cards structures from collapsing. Like a galactic black hole, they must continue to devour to exist.

As the West throws off its former assurances that the old Soviet states would not be absorbed into a Western military block, we now see the march to bring that gun barrel closer to Russia’s head. As Russia’s top defense strategist has stated, one of the mid-term goals for the US and EU is to move their anti-missile system into eastern Ukraine.

It could then theoretically shoot down a Russian retaliatory strike while its missiles were ascending, after a preemptive strike by the West. Such a move is a huge aggressive threat escalation in peacetime.

The Saudis also wanted to choke of the shale oil threat, not just due to loss of market share, but not wanting to lose the US being dependent on it for a secure energy supplier. I sense there have been major talks toward replacing Russian energy imports for Europe with those from US Gulf Allies, which is the real reason Assad had to go.

Are the Saudis looking for greener pastures?

Are the Saudis looking for greener pastures?

Syria has huge offshore energy deposits, and the geo-maps showing the fields hitting the Syrian northern coastline have been suppressed. Those huge deposits will not be “discovered” until after Syria has been Balkanized and new owners established in that area. Then we would see a pipeline built to the EU in a jiffy.

I was mystified though by Viktor’s thinking that Yemen’s potential threat of closing off the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait to cut off Persian Gulf oil exports to Europe was a stretch, with Iran as the bogeyman again. Such an act would violate a number of free navigation of the seas laws and trigger full international sanctions on Yemen in a heartbeat.

The EU, NATO and Egyptian naval forces would have no problem at all keeping it open, and any thought of Iran’s using its Navy to close it is ludicrous. Its navy is far too valuable in protecting Iran from preemptive strikes to waste on such a silly adventure.

But I agree with his estimation that, if Iran can bring a million more barrels of oil a day into the market by 2016, it could push prices down another $10 per barrel. Of course, finding customers is not an assumed item. Financially hard-pressed oil and gas consumers would all be the main beneficiary from this, and it could be what might save Britain and Europe from much worse circumstances.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain; and no one plays fair when it comes to others taking the pain. And if there is a war over it, then everyone gets to share… Jim W. Dean ]

Mikhin

Saudi Arabia, as facts and speeches of members of the Saudi government suggest, has declared merciless war on companies extracting shale oil in the United States. According to Saudi newspaper Al Jazirah, Saudi Arabia will play for a fall in world oil prices until these producers as well as other competitors leave the world oil market.

In other words, the Saudis will make every effort to ensure shale oil, oil extracted from bituminous sands and offshore projects around the world bring no profit, and in doing so, will try to destroy its rivals and dominate the world oil market. Here is what objective reality looks like, though: since the production of shale oil in the United States is on the rise, the country can exercise a more relaxed financial policy.

The Saudis cannot manipulate the production of shale oil in any way; all they can do is try to knock the prices down. So far, this is the only strategy that Saudi Arabia can adopt. On the one hand, the position of the Saudi rulers is understandable. After all, not only is the cost of oil extraction the lowest ($ 4-5) in Saudi Arabia, but it also has the most convenient system of oil shipment since all the ports are located in the immediate vicinity of the oil drilling sites.

Owing to these facts and to the high oil prices of the past years, Saudi Arabia, as is noted by the financiers, is financially stable, and has accumulated very large reserves, which can be used to replenish its current budget and thereby compensate for the losses incurred by falling oil prices.

The richest Royal Family on the planet

The richest Royal Family on the planet

According to Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali al-Naimi, lower prices in the short term will lead to higher prices in the long run because of reduced investments in the sector.

Of course, he was speaking, primarily, about the United States. Officials of the Kingdom also expressed confidence that the country’s substantial foreign exchange reserves would help counter the effects of falling oil prices.

Keeping prices low for some time seems to be a good idea, as the producers of expensive oil will be squeezed from the market, production will shrink and prices will recover.

In these circumstances, a revival of the oil shale industry in the United States may not take place at all, which will ensure long-term balance in the market. At the same time, Saudi Arabia would be able to maintain its market share and customers, and as for the loss, they could be compensated fairly quickly.

But, on the other hand, there are some negative trends that Saudi analysts had failed to timely forecast. The situation has developed according to the famous saying, “Do not dig a ditch for another, you might fall into it yourself.” Lately, due to some strategic changes in the oil market, oil production can no longer be manipulated to slow down, triggering the consequent increase of oil prices.

“The only thing OPEC can do is to reduce production,” says Tim Cullen, Representative of the International Monetary Fund in Saudi Arabia. “But we must remember if OPEC reduces production, then shale oil producers from the United States will replace them. What’s the point for them to lose the market? Right now, there is no strict correlation between oil prices and the volume of its production. That ended when oil became a commodity. It is more about financial history than the balance of supply and demand.”

Has the Saudi Royal family extended its stay?

Has the Saudi Royal family extended its stay?

If Saudi Arabia’s 2014 budget, where the oil production sector accounted for 90% of the country’s budget revenues, was prepared based on $ 103 per barrel, in 2015 the budget was based on $ 80 per barrel. Earlier, the Saudi Ministry of Finance said that the planned expenditures would amount to 860 billion riyals ($ 229 billion) in 2015, which is the same as in 2014.

However, the country’s income in the current year amounted to only 715 billion riyals, while in 2014 it was 1.05 trillion riyals. As a result, the budget deficit in the Kingdom may reach 20% of GDP, or $ 140 billion this year.

Reduced oil revenues forced the Saudi authorities to issue two series of government bonds in a row this summer. The first was issued in the total amount of $ 4 billion, the second—$ 5.3 billion. As a result, the state can earn about $ 27 billion by the end of the year. Until recently, Saudi Arabia managed to compensate for the losses by resorting to the state financial reserves. Since August 2014 and until today, the government has used $ 65 billion of its reserves. By now, the amount of state reserves has reduced to $ 672 billion.

Many analysts believe that Saudi Arabia plans to continue pursuing its own strategy in the future. Despite the catastrophic decrease in oil revenues, Riyadh is not going to cut government spending and will continue to subsidize health care and education. Tim Cullen believes that the Kingdom will maintain a high level of spending despite the fact that available in the “piggy bank” $ 672 billion can quickly dry up, even if austerity measures are taken.

Interestingly, the oil policy, or rather the economy, forced the Saudis to actively intervene in the dispute in their neighboring country, Yemen. First, by bombing the Yemeni territory, and then by dispatching its troops across the border. So, what kind of prize could persuade King Salman, known for his prudence and diligence, to take such risks? Apparently, the reasons must be very important.

Would it be unfair for the Saudis to reap what they have sown?

Would it be unfair for the Saudis to reap what they have sown?

It’s all about the geographical location of Yemen, which controls the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait—the southern gate to the Red Sea and strategic transportation route for shipment of Middle Eastern oil to Europe.

The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait is only 18 miles (slightly less than 29 kilometers) at its narrowest point. There are only two corridors—two miles (3.2 km) each—available for sailing: one for the passage from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden and the other—in the opposite direction.

Closure of the Strait will stop the movement of oil tankers from the Persian Gulf to the Suez Canal and the SUMED pipeline in Egypt. All cargo would have to be redirected to the Cape of Good Hope and then around Africa. Daily, 3.8 million barrels of oil are transported through the Strait to Europe and North America. A detour would significantly increase the transportation cost component of oil prices.

For example, the route to North America would be 2,700 miles longer; the number of annual trips would fall from 6 to 5 per tanker, and the cost of extra fuel, required for shipment of oil around Africa, would amount to $US 3.5 million per year. In addition, the shortest route for the delivery of North African oil to the Asian markets is also through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which would not be something the Saudis would have to worry about.

So, “the Saudis have embarked on war,” makes a straightforward statement Indian newspaper the Hindustan Times, “to maintain control over the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.” The Riyadh’s current paradigm is such that it will continue struggling with Shiite Iran for the hegemony in the region. In part, this is true: Tehran does actually seek domination in the Middle East and uses local fellow Shiites as its policy conductors in the region.

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Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

This is where fears of Saudi Arabia stem from (it also considers itself the hegemon in the Arab world). Indeed, pro-Iranian regimes are spreading rapidly: Damascus (Alawites), Beirut (Hezbollah), Baghdad and now Sana.

It seems that lately King Salman has been haunted by the same nightmare: Iran “blocks” the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and the Straits of Hormuz as well as the land transit of oil through Syria.

In addition, according to the World Bank, after the lifting of international sanctions against Iran and its full return to the world market, sales of oil will increase by about one million barrels per day. As a result, experts say, the next year the price of oil will decline by another $ 10 per barrel, or about 21 percent of the current level.

And thus, it will be no longer the omnipotent oil magnate Riyadh, but a new center of the “black gold” that will rule the roost.

It is possible that under these new conditions, the so-called “oil blitzkrieg” thoroughly elaborated by the Saudis will have no effect, and Saudi Arabia itself will suffer a crushing defeat on all fronts. If you take into account Washington’s cooling friendship with its former strategic partner, this scenario would appear viable.

The current administration of Barack Obama is most likely guided by the principle of the British Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister Viscount Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston, who on March 1, 1858 said in parliament regarding the British foreign policy:

“We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”

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Saudi Arabia plays Puff the Magic Dragon

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By Jim W. Dean

puff-the-magic-dragon-boxed-setby Jim W. Dean,  … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

“One man can tell the truth convincingly, but it takes the entire apparatus of the state to peddle a lie, and propagate that lie to new generations.” – Gandhi

The Saudis thought the Yemen war would be victory via their Puff the Magic Dragon air power

The Saudis thought the Yemen war would be victory via their Puff the Magic Dragon air power

[ Editor’s note: When I began reading about the Saudi Arabian attempts to conduct diplomatic warfare on Iran, it made me think of the Puff the Magic Dragon children’s book series right away… all talk and no bite, unless paid proxies are doing it like their Western allies, or more recently their Al-Qaeda and ISIL palace guard.

No, I am not saying that SA controls all the factions, just those that it pays; and it has used them against Syria in a major way, inflicting huge pain and suffering for which it did not have to pay a corresponding military price in return… so far. As I cover below, the Saudis prefer to have others do its fighting for them, those that it cannot buy off.

Corporate media tried to hype the possibility of conflict between the two, something we now feel was coordinated to make a long play on bumping up oil prices, due to the fear of war and export disruptions. But that was a dream with the glut of oil.

The economic kibosh that Saudi Arabia has intended to inflict on Iran to cripple it has boomeranged in a way I am sure was never expected. Oil prices have gone way down, Iran is not only still standing, but given up most of its nuclear program and about to get major investment funding with the sanctions starting to be removed this weekend.

Iran's oil and gas production will be expanding despite the glut

Iran’s oil and gas production will be expanding despite the glut

Keeping Iran’s oil off the market for many years helped in boosting the price over a $100 a barrel, and huge sums were extracted from everyone on the planet. Now the low prices are a godsend to all the budgets wherever energy is a critical cost, like the airlines, trucking and governments everywhere with large fleets of vehicles.

Terrorism in Africa has been let loose because the continent is floating on an ocean of oil, which powerful entities would prefer to never see come online.

Market share is what the oil wars are about now… who gets to sell what they have and be able to diversify their economies to be competitive in other fields.

The US feared this of Russia, and hence the replay of the New Cold War we have been seeing… sanctions, credit restrictions, attempted isolation and a new arms race. Gosh, who does that always benefit? And by that, I do not mean what countries, but what class of people? It’s the international criminal cabal – news of which Gordon let out of the box at the Syrian Counter-terrorism conference in December of 2014, where three of us got poisoned… JD ]

The young Prince Salman, and Defense Minister

The young Prince Salman, and Defense Minister

The verbal war between Saudi Arabia and Iran heated up this week, but it had shades of the WWII Sitzkreig, or the Phony War… where both France and Germany lightly sparred with each other for the first six months.

King Salman’s son, the crown prince and defense minister, let the air out of the war hype tires in his interview with the Economist:

“It is something that we do not foresee at all, and whoever is pushing towards that is somebody who is not in their right mind… a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the beginning of a major catastrophe in the region … For sure we will not allow any such thing.”

The Prince is correct. Saudi Arabia does not want to get into a war with Iran for several obvious reasons. The first is that it has a long history of using proxy forces to do its war work. This culminated in opening a new northern front terror war in Syria with Qatar, in an attempt to collapse Assad by attacking Syria on multiple flanks to make a dispersed Syrian army easier to defeat. The US and Israelis were totally on board with the plan, and we know now, Turkey was, also.

Many had hoped the verbal war would push up oil prices, but the short sellers with uncovered positions lost their behinds. Ironically, both Iran and Saudi Arabia would have loved a $10 jump in oil prices, as they both need it. But an oil glut with crashing stock markets in the US and China pulled prices down even more.

The Saudis have tons of equipment but little ability to use it all

The Saudis have tons of equipment, but little ability to use it all in combined operations

Despite the KSA having huge stockpiles of weapons, it has preferred not to use them in a major conflict. Yemen was the first mini-combat debut for the Saudis, and it is turning into their Afghanistan, despite the blockade that has the Houthis fighting with one arm tied behind their backs.

US air and naval power are supposed to defend the King’s realm, with the huge forward deployment of military equipment and infrastructure to host incoming US combat divisions.

This defense marriage was sealed many years ago with the Saudis giving a pledge to always sell its oil in US dollars in return for the US military umbrella. Today the Saudi Royal family is a major shareholder in the US military industrial complex, where its oil profits found a welcome home, and a hedge fund.

This created a constant demand for US currency in international trade, which some say boosted its value 25% for many decades and contributed to America paying for most of the Western portion of the Cold War.

But today, the Royal Family would much prefer the US take care of Iran, and was sorely disappointed the Iran nuclear threat hoax did not trigger the preemptive strike it had wished for, although that could have been a horrible mixed blessing, as I would have guaranteed Prince Mohammed bin Salman the major catastrophe he mentioned above.

The Saudis have lost their cherished Iranian Islamic state bogeyman, which brought the US to the region to use Iraq in a proxy war against Iran in the 1980s with over a million casualties where both sides were assigned cannon fodder roles; the Iranians and Kurds had the role of guinea pig for the chemical weapons field testing conducted on them during that time. The Saudis watched all that from a safe distance, but their fingerprints were on the deed.

The Iraqis have not forgotten, and former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was prompted by Sheikh al-Nimr’s execution to pose:

“As we condemn this disgusting terrorist act and these detestable sectarian practices, we reaffirm that the crime of executing Sheikh al-Nimr will topple the Saudi regime, just as the crime of executing the martyr al-Sadr toppled the Saddam regime.”

Sheikh al-Nimra

Sheikh al-Nimra

The Royal Family knows the Iranian nation will never forget their role in trying to crush their revolution, and rightly fear a day of reckoning. But while the Iranians do not forget their past, they do not live in it as the Saudis seem to. They plan to move forward to catch up for lost time when the Shah’s and America’s boot was on their necks.

They are throwing their doors open to foreign investors to give them a piece of the action in Iran’s future so they will resist pressure from the war party to destroy it again. Iran has been very clear.

Anyone who wants a war just has to attack Iran and they will have it, and this stance underpins their short term and midterm focus to defend their airspace and to have an effective retaliation deterrent against countries that have a first strike policy, like the US.

The Saudis continue to live in a fantasy world, playing the religious war card by creating a Sunni coalition on paper, but forgetting to inform all those who had been “selected” as members. It became a laughing stock as the press reports rolled out from the surprised, shanghaied and reluctant fellow Muslim countries.

One would have thought that the Saudis had learned their lesson when neither the Pakistanis nor Egypt wanted to attend their Yemen war party, and where only some token contributions were made by other countries. No one really viewed Yemen as a believable threat.

The Yeminis have been fighting forever, and have no where to retreat

The Yeminis have been fighting forever, and have nowhere to retreat

Even the breaking off of relations with Iran made the Saudis look weak, as almost no one in their coalition followed suit. While the Saudis wield financial influence in the region, they are a leader of no one outside the smaller Gulf State countries.

Little Oman quickly stepped in to pick up the trade lost by the UAE’s downgrading its diplomatic mission, and it looks like it will get a gas pipeline, which could eventually extend…yes…to Yemen.

The bottom line here was that someone thought this Saudi dust up to isolate Iran might trigger political pressure to hold off on the final sanctions removal. That looks extremely unlikely with all that has been invested by both sides in its success.

The Saudis also wanted to go into the Syrian talks in Geneva on January 25 without growing publicity over its well-known record of supporting terrorism in Syria and Iraq. It has been successful at pushing the Syrian news out of the 24-hour headlines, but at what price for itself? The Arab League voted 22 to 1 (Lebanon) to support Saudi Arabia, but nobody cares what the Arab League thinks as their votes are bought by the Saudis, and the Iranians do not bid.

I did some Press TV news shows on this topic over the weekend where I pointed out that the Iranians had to take the gloves off and start calling the Saudis out for the terrorism sponsors that they are. Foreign Minister Zarif and I must have been channeling the same idea. In a Sunday New York Times op-ed, he wrote that Riyadh’s “active sponsorship of violent extremism is a global threat… from the horrors of September 11 to the shooting in San Bernardino and other episodes of extremist carnage in between”.

This going after ISIL without going after all of its supporters leaves that network in place. Even if ISIL continues to get hammered by the Syrian-Russian-Iranian coalition, the final victory will be dragged out longer because the ISIL losses can be replaced and eventually retreat to new staging bases to rise again. 

The ISIL supporters deserve to die along side the jihadis or we will never be free from their scourge. Zarif has taken the lead, so let’s add some country and entity names to his list. Bring on the scorched-earth program and let’s get it over with.

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New Zionist Human Rights Watch Report and the Caesar photos

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A comparison of the just-published Human Rights Watch Report on the cache of “Caesar” photos with the report prepared in January 2014 on behalf of Carter-Ruck indicates some remarkable discrepancies and raise some serious questions about the whole process of analysis of this cache of photographs.

HRW claim to have received the cache of “Caesar’s” photos in March 2015 and have now published a report based on them, just days before an important peace conference, again raising suspicions the timing has nothing to do with helping Syrian detainees and everything to do with political impact. (Regular readers will be familiar with HRW producing incorrect facts and pushing it out through the media in order to encourage military intervention in the wake of the Ghouta chemical weapons attacks.)

A previous report on the batch of “Caesar” photos, entitled “A Report into the credibility of certain evidence with regard to Torture and Execution of Persons Incarcerated by the current Syrian regime.” was prepared for Carter-Ruck and Co. Solicitors of London and issued through CNN and The Guardian on 20 January 2014, just prior to the start of the Geneva 2 Peace Conference on Syria.

A comparison of the HRW Report and the Carter-Ruck report reveals a stunning discrepancy between the two reports.

According to the Carter-Ruck report “In all, approximately fifty-five thousand (55,000) images have,to date, been made available outside Syria by these processes. As there were some four or five photographs taken of each body this approximates to there being images of about eleven thousand (11,000)dead detainees.”

However, according to the Human Rights Watch report, 24,568 of the photos are of dead soldiers and members of the security services and just 28,707 are ones which Human Rights Watch “understand to have died in government custody.”

This writer has asked all the authors of the Carter-Ruck report how they failed to notice that 24,568 of the photos are of dead soldiers and members of the security services and whether they would care to comment on the discrepancy and, given their study was based on a dip survey of the whole set, whether they would comment on how this revelation affects the credibility of their report and their assessment of “Caesar’s” credibility.

Human Rights Watch maintain in their report that they “understand” the photos include 6,786 separate dead detainees. HRI has asked the HRW why they “understand” these dead individuals are all detainees – rather than, for instance, individuals who have died in violence in Damascus or the surroundings or died of their wounds after being taken to the military hospital – particularly as HRW have, in their own words, only been “able to verify 27 cases of detainees whose family members’ statements regarding their arrest and physical characteristics matched the photographic evidence.

Other questions which arise from a comparison of the two reports include why the authors of the Carter-Ruck report say 26.948 images were provided by Caesar as well as “some ” of the other 20,000+ whereas HRW make no such distinction; why HRW have used a medical examiner, Dr Nizam Peerwani, who reportedly excited some controversy regarding a dead infant, a missing brain and missing slides; why HRW have only reviewed some of the 24,568 images of dead soldiers and crime scenes and why they describe the numbers attached to the bodies as being indicative of detention centers rather that military intelligence units.

The photos have, of course, come via the pro-rebel “Syrian National Movement” – HRW mention a contract under which these photos were provided and that should be published in full.

Those involved in producing the Carter-Ruck report are:

Chairman: The Rt. Hon Sir Desmond de Silva Contact

Sir Desmond was the former United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor in Sierra Leone.

Dr Stuart Hamilton of the East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit Contact

Professor David Crane, formerly Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone who is on the leadership council of the American Bar Association’s International Law Section. Contact

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC who worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia – the ICTY – between 1998 and 2006 and led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia.

Professor Sue Black President of Association for Science Education (Scotland) Contact

Stephen Cole of Acume Forensic a company which performs Expert Witness services for the Crown Prosecution Service

At the time of writing none of the authors have responded to our questions.

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Al-Qaida Leader Calls for Attacks on Saudi Arabia

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Al-Qaida's leader in an audio recording on Tuesday called for attacks against Saudi Arabia and its Western allies.

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Ayman al-Zawahiri
In a video message, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on his followers to retaliate for Saudi Arabia’s mass execution of dozens of alleged extremists. Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has threatened attacks on Saudi Arabia in a new video calling  for revenge over the country’s Jan. 2 mass execution of dozens of alleged extremists.In the video, recorded Tuesday and released by the SITE Intelligence Group Thursday, al-Zawahiri encouraged Saudis to rise up against their “rotten regime that corrupted your religion,” saying it “will never defend you.” 

The gulf nation received a similar message from the Islamic State group shortly after it executed 47 alleged militants on Jan. 2. The mass execution was the largest in 35 years, with those killed—including Shia cleric and opposition leader Nimr al-Nimr—convicted of terrorism. The Islamic State group also threatened attacks after the Saudi defense minister proclaimed Dec. 15 the formation of a coalition of 34 mostly Sunni Muslim countries to fight terror-ism. 

Despite the announcement, that coalition has yet engaged in any joint military actionOPINION: Saudi Arabia's Murder of Nimr al-Nimr Was for Domestic Control The  “Zionist-Crusader alliance,” another target that al-Zawahiri mentioned in the video, is “whathurts Al Saud so much.”Though Saudi Arabia receives significant military andfinancialsupport from the United States, it has mostly been funneling its resources in what some consider a proxy war against Iran in Yemen. Besides allegedly committingwar crime in Yemen itself, from bombing weddings to hospitals,the kingdom has also cracked downon Shiite protesters on its eastern border with Yemen. 

OPINION: The Crisis in Yemen Demands Humanitarian Non-Intervention One of the leadersof Saudi Arabia’Shiite minority was al-Nimr, a cleric who was executed alongside the alleged Sunni   militants shortly before the Arab Spring’s five-year anniversary.The execution of al-Nimr was condemned by Iran, the region’s major Shiite power, and led to a series of retaliations—including the  burning of the  Saudi Embassy  in Tehran  that ended with Saudi Arabia cutting diplomatic ties with its rival. In his video,al-Zawahiri said the moves were indicative of a “competition for power in the region,”  but one under the umbrella of protecting and complying with the interests of America.

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Reagan Advisers Ran ‘Secret’ Government

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ALFONSO CHARDY, Herald Washington Bureau, July 5, 1987

By: The Miami Herald

Some of President Reagan’s top advisers have operated a virtual parallel government outside the traditional Cabinet departments and agencies almost from the day Reagan took office, congressional investigators and administration officials have concluded.

Investigators believe that the advisers’ activities extended well beyond the secret arms sales to Iran and aid to the contras now under investigation.

Lt. Col. Oliver North, for example, helped draw up a controversial plan to suspend the Constitution in the event of a national crisis, such as nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad.

When the attorney general at the time, William French Smith, learned of the proposal, he protested in writing to North’s boss, then-national security adviser Robert McFarlane.

The advisers conducted their activities through secret contacts throughout the government with persons who acted at their direction but did not officially report to them.

The activities of those contacts were coordinated by the National Security Council, the officials and investigators said.

There appears to have been no formal directive for the advisers’ activities, which knowledgeable sources described as a parallel government.

In a secret assessment of the activities, the lead counsel for the Senate Iran-contra committee called it a “secret government-within-a-government.”

The arrangement permitted Reagan administration officials to claim that they were not involved in controversial or illegal activities, the officials said.

“It was the ultimate plausible deniability,” said a well-briefed official who has served the Reagan administration since 1982 and who often collaborated on covert assistance to the Nicaraguan contras.

The roles of top-level officials and of Reagan himself are still not clear. But that is expected to be a primary topic when North appears before the Iran-contra committees beginning Tuesday. Special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh also is believed to be trying to prove in his investigation of the Iran-contra affair that government officials engaged in a criminal conspiracy.


[sidebar:]

SOME SECRET ACTIVITIES

Sources say the parallel government behind the Reagan administration engaged in secret actions including:

    • A CONTINGENCY plan to suspend Constitution and impose martial law in United States in case of nuclear war or national rebellion.
    • 1985 VISIT to Libya by William Wilson, then U.S. ambassador to Vatican and close Reagan friend, to meet with Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
    • HAVING ROUTES of sophisticated surveillance satellites altered to follow Soviet ships around world.
    • LAUNCHING of spy aircraft on secret missions over Cuba and Nicaragua.
    • PROPOSAL in 1981 to provide covert support of anti-Sandinista groups that fled Nicaragua after Sandinista revolution in 1979.
    • DISSEMINATION of information that cast Nicaragua as threat to neighbors and United States.Before Reagan was elected, campaign aides who became the president’s top advisers carried out these secret activities:

 

  • CREATION in 1980 of October Surprise Group to monitor President Carter’s negotiations with Iran for release of 52 American hostages. Group met with man who claimed to represent Iran and who offered to release hostages to Reagan. Offer declined, officials say.
  • ACQUISITION of stolen confidential briefing materials from Carter’s campaign before Oct. 28, 1980, Carter-Reagan debate.

PRINCIPALS 

William Clark: Allowed bigger North role at NSC.
William Casey: Kept guard on President Carter


Advisers formed shadow government, probers say

Much of the time, Cabinet secretaries and their aides were unaware of the advisers’ activities. When they periodically detected operations, they complained or tried to derail them, interviews show.

But no one ever questioned the activities in a broad way, possibly out of a belief that the advisers were operating with presidential sanction, officials said.

Reagan did know of or approve at least some of the actions of the secret group, according to previous accounts by aides, friends and high-ranking foreign officials.

One such case is the 1985 visit to Libya by William Wilson, then-U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and a close Reagan friend, to meet with Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, officials said last week. Secretary of State George Shultz rebuked Wilson, but the officials said Reagan knew of the trip in advance.

The heart of the secret structure from 1983 to 1986 was North’s office in the Old Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House, investigators believe.

North’s influence within the secret structure was so great, the sources said, that he was able to have the orbits of sophisticated surveillance satellites altered to follow Soviet ships around the world, call for the launching of high-flying spy aircraft on secret missions over Cuba and Nicaragua and become involved in sensitive domestic activities.

Many initiatives

Others in the structure included some of Reagan’s closest friends and advisers, including former national security adviser William Clark, the late CIA Director William Casey and Attorney General Edwin Meese, officials and investigators said.

Congressional investigators said the Iran deal was just one of the group’s initiatives. They say exposure of the unusual arrangement may be the legacy of their inquiry.

“After we establish that a policy decision was made at the highest levels to transfer responsibility for contra support to the NSC…, we favor examining how that decision was implemented,” wrote Arthur Liman, chief counsel of the Senate committee, in a secret memorandum to panel leaders Sens. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and Warren Rudman, R-N.H., before hearings began May 5.

“This is the part of the story that reveals the whole secret government-within-a-government, operated from the [Executive Office Building] by a Lt. Col., with its own army, air force, diplomatic agents, intelligence operatives and appropriations capacity,” Limon wrote in the memo, parts of which were shared with The Herald.

A spokesman for Liman declined comment but did not dispute the memo’s existence.

A White House official rejected the notion that any of Reagan’s advisers were operating secretly.

“The president has constantly expressed his foreign policy positions to the public and has consulted with the Congress,” the official said.

Began in 1980

Congressional investigators and current and former officials interviewed – members of the CIA, State Department and Pentagon – said they still do not have a full record of the impact of the the advisers’ activities.

But based on investigations and personal experience, they believe the secret governing arrangement traces its roots to the last weeks of Reagan’s 1980 campaign.

Officials say the genesis may have been an October 1980 decision by Casey, Reagan’s campaign manager and a former officer in the World War II precursor of the CIA, to create an October Surprise Group to monitor Jimmy Carter’s feverish negotiations with Iran for the release of 52 American hostages.

The group, led by campaign foreign policy adviser Richard Allen, was founded out of concern Carter might pull off an “October surprise” such as a last-minute deal for the release of the hostages before the Nov. 4 election. One of the group’s first acts was a meeting with a man claiming to represent Iran who offered to release the hostages to Reagan.

Allen – Reagan’s first national security adviser – and another campaign aide, Laurence Silberman, told The Herald in April of the meeting. They said McFarlane, then a Senate Armed Services Committee aide, arranged and attended it. McFarlane later became Reagan’s national security adviser and played a key role in the Iran-contra affair. Allen and Silberman said they rejected the offer to release the hostages to Reagan.

Briefing book theft

Congressional aides now link another well-known campaign incident – the theft of confidential briefing materials from Carter’s campaign before the Oct. 28, 1980, Carter-Reagan debate – to the same group of advisers.

They believe that Casey obtained the briefing materials and passed them to James Baker, another top Reagan campaign aide, who was White House chief of staff in Reagan’s first term.

Once Reagan was sworn in, the group moved quickly to set itself up, officials said. Within months, the advisers were clashing with officials in the traditional agencies.

Six weeks after Reagan was sworn in, apparently over State Department objections, then-CIA director Casey submitted a proposal to Reagan calling for covert support of anti-Sandinista groups that had fled Nicaragua after the 1979 revolution.

It is still unclear whether Casey cleared the plan with Reagan. But In November 1981 the CIA secretly flew an Argentine military leader, Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri, to Washington to devise a secret agreement under which Argentine military officers trained Nicaraguan rebels, according to an administration official familiar with the agreement.

About the same time, North completed his transfer to the NSC from the Marine Corps. Those who worked with North in 1981 remember his first assignments as routine, although not unimportant.

North, they recalled, was briefly assigned to carry the “football,” the briefcase containing the secret contingency plans for fighting a nuclear war, which is taken everywhere the president goes. North later widened his assignment to cover national crisis contingency planning. In that capacity he became involved with the controversial national crisis plan drafted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

National crisis plan

From 1982 to 1984, North assisted FEMA, the U.S. government’s chief national crisis-management unit, in revising contingency plans for dealing with nuclear war, insurrection or massive military mobilization.

North’s involvement with FEMA set off the first major clash between the official government and the advisers and led to the formal letter of protest in 1984 from then-Attorney General Smith.

Smith was in Europe last week and could not be reached for comment.

But a government official familiar with North’s collaboration with FEMA said then-Director Louis O. Guiffrida, a close friend of Meese’s, mentioned North in meetings during that time as FEMA’s NSC contact.

Guiffrida could not be reached for comment, but FEMA spokesman Bill McAda confirmed the relationship.

“Officials of FEMA met with Col. North during 1982 to 1984,” McAda said. “These meetings were appropriate to Col. North’s duties with the National Security Council and FEMA’s responsibilities in certain areas of national security.”

FEMA’s clash with Smith occurred over a secret contingency plan that called for suspension of the Constitution, turning control of the United States over to FEMA, appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and declaration of martial law during a national crisis.

The plan did not define national crisis, but it was understood to be nuclear war, violent and widespread internal dissent or national opposition against a military invasion abroad.

Plan was protested

The official said the contingency plan was written as part of an executive order or legislative package that Reagan would sign and hold within the NSC until a severe crisis arose.

The martial law portions of the plan were outlined in a June 30, 1982, memo by Guiffrida’s deputy for national preparedness programs, John Brinkerhoff. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Herald.

The scenario outlined in the Brinkerhoff memo resembled somewhat a paper Guiffrida had written in 1970 at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., in which he advocated martial law in case of a national uprising by black militants. The paper also advocated the roundup and transfer to “assembly centers or relocation camps” of at least 21 million “American Negroes.”

When he saw the FEMA plans, Attorney General Smith became alarmed. He dispatched a letter to McFarlane Aug. 2, 1984 lodging his objections and urging a delay in signing the directive.

“I believe that the role assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the revised Executive Order exceeds its proper function as a coordinating agency for emergency preparedness,” Smith said in the letter to McFarlane, whichThe Herald obtained. “This department and others have repeatedly raised serious policy and legal objections to the creation of an ‘emergency czar’ role for FEMA.”

It is unclear whether the executive order was signed or whether it contained the martial law plans. Congressional sources familiar with national disaster procedures said they believe Reagan did sign an executive order in 1984 that revised national military mobilization measures to deal with civilians in case of nuclear war or other crisis.

[Editor’s Note] The fact that at least several parts of these plans were implemented shortly after 9/11 suggest that the executive order was signed and did contain martial law plans.

Orchestrated news leaks

Around the time that issue was producing fireworks with the administration, McFarlane and Casey reassigned North from national crisis planning to international covert management of the Contras. The transfer came after North took a personal interest, realizing that neither the State Department nor any other government agency wanted to handle the issue after it became clear early in 1984 that Congress was moving to bar official aid to the rebels.

The new assignment, plus North’s natural organizational ability, creativity and the sheer energy he dedicated to the issue, gradually led to an expansion of his power and stature within the covert structure, officials and investigators believe.

[Attorney General] Meese also was said to have played a role in the secret government, investigators now believe, but his role is less clear.

Meese sometimes referred private American citizens to the NSC so they could be screened and contacted for soliciting support for the Nicaraguan contras.

One of those supporters, Philip Mabry of Fort Worth, told The Herald earlier this year that in 1983 he was told by fellow conservatives in Texas to contact Meese, then White House counselor, if he wanted to help the Contras. After he contacted Meese’s office, Mabry received a letter from Meese obtained by The Heraldadvising him that his name had been given to the “appropriate people.”

Shortly thereafter, Mabry said, a woman who identified herself as Meese’s secretary gave him the name and phone number of another NSC secretary who, in turn, gave him North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, as contacts.

Meese’s Justice Department spokesman, Patrick Korten, denies that Meese was part of North’s secret contra supply network and notes that Meese does not recall having referred anyone to North on contra-related matters.

In addition to North’s role as contra commander and fund-raiser, North became secret overseer of the State Department’s Office of Public Diplomacy, through which the Reagan administration disseminated information that cast Nicaragua as a threat to its neighbors and the United States.

An intelligence source familiar with North’s relationship with that office said North was directly involved in many of the best publicized news leaks, including the Nov. 4, 1984, Election Day announcement that Soviet-made MiG jet fighters were on their way to Nicaragua.

McFarlane is now believed to have been the senior administration official who told reporters that the Soviet cargo ship Bakuriani, en route to Nicaragua from a Soviet Black Sea port, was probably carrying MiGs.

The intelligence official said North apparently recommended that the information be leaked to the press on Election Day so it would reach millions of people watching election results. CBS and NBC broadcast the report that night.

Clark had key role

The leak led to a new clash between the regular bureaucracy and the president’s advisers. The official State Department spokesman, John Hughes, tried hard to play down the report, pointing out that it was unproven that the Bakuriani was carrying MiGs. At the same time, employees of the Office of Public Diplomacy, acting under North’s direction, insisted that the crates were inside the ship and that MiGs were still a possibility.

To take a closer look, the source said, North requested a high-flying SR-71 Blackbird spy aircraft be sent from Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento, Calif., to fly over the Nicaraguan port of Corinto while the Bakuriani unloaded its cargo. The pictures showed that the Bakuriani unloaded helicopters, not MiGs.

North was not the only adviser who operated outside traditional government channels, investigators have concluded.

Others were known as the RIGLET, a semi-official unit made up of North; Alan Fiers, a CIA Central American affairs officer; and Elliott Abrams, the current assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, according to Abrams’ subordinate Richard Melton. Melton revealed the existence of the RIGLET in a deposition given to the Iran-contra committees. The name is a diminutive for RIG, which stands for Restricted Interagency Group.

Among the RIGLET’s actions was ordering the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, Lewis Tambs, to assist the Contras in setting up a front in southern Nicaragua. Tambs, who resigned suddenly last year after his links to North were revealed, testified about the instructions to Iran-contra investigators.

But perhaps the key to the parallel government was the role played by Reagan’s second national security adviser, William Clark. It was during Clark’s tenure that North began to gain influence in the NSC.

Clark also recruited several midlevel officers from the Pentagon and the CIA to work on a special Central American task force in 1983 to push aid for El Salvador, a task force member said.

“Judge Clark was the granddaddy of the system,” he said. “I was working at the Pentagon on another issue when my boss said that because of special circumstances, I was to be reassigned to the task force.”

A former administration official familiar with Clark’s activities said Clark also had approved contacts between Vatican Ambassador Wilson and Libya before Wilson’s November 1985 journey, which came after McFarlane replaced Clark at the NSC.

The former official said Wilson also had carried out secret missions for the Reagan administration in a Latin American country where Wilson reportedly maintained contacts with high-level officials. The source asked that the country not be identified because the system is still in place and had reduced tensions by circumventing the regular bureaucracies of both countries.

Calls to Wilson’s and Clark’s offices in California were not returned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karachi Operation: Who is Weakening the Federation?

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By Sajjad Shaukat

The present government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had launched the targeted operation

in Karachi after obtaining consensus of all stakeholders like political parties, business

community and members of civil society who wanted peace in Karachi. In this regard, Karachi

had been handed over to the Rangers with power to take action against the culprits without any

The ongoing operation against terrorists, target killers, kidnappers, land mafia and “Batha khaur”

(Illegal money obtainers) continues unabated, while the Rangers with the help of Police have

arrested several criminals besides capturing huge catches of arms and weapons including those

who were found involved in corruption.

It is regrettable that due to their political exigency and in order to increase their vote bank, some

political parties have been manipulating the Karachi operation at the cost of the federation.

In this context, in 2014, leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Governor Sindh

Ishratul Ibad Khan had submitted his resignation, as MQM dubbed the operation with the pretext

that it is against its office bearers. While, this party had itself supported the operation, and even

demanded to hand over Karachi to Army. It was illogical reaction of the MQM which has

dominating position in Karachi, and wanted to blackmail the federal government by creating

hurdles in the operation.

Similarly, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali shah who is, now, opposing the operation had

said on September 15, 2013 that the targeted operation initiated without any discrimination and

the Rangers and Sindh Police had been directed that even not to spare any person belonging to

the ruling party, if involved in crime.

In fact, MPA of MQM, Nadeem Hashmi was arrested on September 10, 2013 owing to firing at a

police mobile in the Haideri area of the city in which the two policemen were killed. In the same

month, some MQM workers were arrested, who were found involved in criminal activities, while

the founder and leader of MQM Altaf Hussain had condemned the raid on MQM’s offices.

The paramilitary force also proved that the MQM was behind the Baldia Town factory fire in

which 250 persons were killed. On February 8, 2015, the Rangers also arrested a senior MQM

worker namely Rafiq Rajput who not only ran a team of ‘hit men’ but was also involved in the

May 12, 2007 carnage in the Karachi.

It is mentionable that Zulfiqar Mirza, Sindh Home Minister and Senior Vice President of the then

ruling party—Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) claimed on April 9, 2011 that he had been relieved

from his ministry owing to pressure from the government’s coalition partner, the MQM. He

revealed that the issue of target killing and extortion was just a ruse to remove him from his post.

He added that the police had arrested the murderers of Geo News reporter Wali Khan

Babar—the real “culprits belong to the MQM.”

In the recent past, Zulfiqar Mirza disclosed that the PPP leader and the co-chairman of the party

Asif Ali Zardari and his close friends, including some persons of the PPP were involved in

Undoubtedly, the PPP and MQM have been ruling Karachi and Sindh for many years through

their corrupt politicians, venal supporters and dishonest government officers. The Rangers’

operation has given a setback to their malpractices. When these parties felt that they were losing

their power and grip over Karachi and Sindh, their leaders started their utmost for halting this

While, the Rangers’ operation has increased in pace and influence. On August 26, 2015, the

Rangers have arrested Dr. Asim Hussain, a former adviser to the Prime Minister on petroleum

and natural resources—the incumbent chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in

Sindh and a close associate of Asif Ali Zardari. This alarming arrest has made the PPP leaders

insecure and fearful. Hence, they are crying foul play. The most disturbing thing for the PPP

leadership is that Dr. Asim Hussain has been charged with corruption and his arrest could result

into arrest of Asif Ali Zardari. Therefore, all the major PPP leaders like Asif Ali Zardari, Syed

Khursheed Shah, the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim

Ali Shah, Sheri Rehman and Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira have spoken against this arrest very

Asif Ali Zardari remarked, “The chief secretary of Sindh is on bail. All this unmistakably

presents a clear pattern of political harassment and revenge. By doing so, Sindh has been

immobilized under the direct orders from the Prime Minister’s House. If they want to conduct a

fair accountability, they should first take action against a federal minister who had given a

confessional statement before a magistrate that he had been involved in money laundering for the

Sharif brothers. Only then we will know how clean the followers of the N-League are. The report

of Justice Najafi on the Model Town killings should be made public and all involved in this

gruesome murder of innocent people be arrested. All characters involved in the Asghar Khan

case should also be apprehended.”

This statement clearly shows that Zardari is trying to put forward a charge-sheet against the

PML-N. He is not interested to clarify the charges against the PPP’s inept government and

Syed Khursheed Shah has also not felt any hesitation in threatening even the state. He said, “If

former president Asif Ali Zardari is apprehended, there will be a war. Pakistan Peoples Party

would fight repression in a democratic way from within the Parliament. The PPP is being

victimized in Sindh and the ruling party must understand that political parties are its aides.”

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah also expressed his anger over this arrest. While taking

to the media, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said, “This is not fair and unwarranted. It is not appropriate to

arrest any individual at will, we do not practice the law of the jungle in Sindh.”

These statements illustrate the real nature of the PPP and its leaders. The PPP has been ruling

Sindh for many years but it has hopelessly failed to create peace and prosperity in the province,

especially Karachi, due to its corrupt and inept leadership.

In this respect, the most shocking development is that in order to hide the corruption, PPP leaders

have started using Sindh card by provoking the Sindhis against the federation. In their recent

statements, both Zardari and Qaim Ali Shah have equated the Karachi operation with an attack

We have a volatile and potentially dangerous situation at hand which could draw in many

elements to create political chaos. The question of Sindh and the allegations of victimization of

the province have been accelerated by the irresponsible political leaders of the province.

Everyone knows that in one way or the other, corruption, crime and terrorism have their possible

links with political elements.

However, vitality and importance of the Karachi operation vis-à-vis role of the Sindh Rangers is

noteworthy. Unlike the past, the peace have been restored in the city.

It is of particular attention that previous two operations in 1992 and 1994 had failed because of

political expediencies. As a consequence, it could not achieve desired results and the city

remained infested with terrorists and criminals. The Sindh government had failed in maintenance

of law and order, providing good governance to the people due to corruption, as it also exposed

its non-seriousness and callous attitude. Reportedly, since last 8 years of PPP tenure, 15 thousand

people lost their lives in Karachi only. With such figures, PPP’s exploitation of Sindh card and

politicization of rangers’ powers are unjustified.

Besides, PPP’s adopted defiant role may be debated to expose immature, interest oriented and

opportunistic politics of the party leadership with reference to Zardari’s self-centered politics.

It is mentionable that petty and parochial politics, ensuing into growing confrontation between

Sindh and federal governments over “Rangers powers” issue is unwarranted and damaging for

the nation as well as the democracy.

The loyalist Sindhis and the residents of Karachi must know that Karachi is Pakistan’s largest

port and financial hub with the largest commercial markets, collecting 70 per cent of the

country’s tax revenue. So, besides causing unrest in the city, creating instability in Pakistan,

another aim of the PPP and MQM is to cripple the economy of the city which was intermittently

brought to a halt with shut-down strikes—many shops including other business centers were

forced to be closed, as noted in the past.

Nevertheless, it is the last opportunity to bring peace in Karachi and nation is ready to render any

Prolonging of the tensions in Sindh is creating uncertainty, thus leading to favourable conditions

for outlaws to play their mean games. Moreover, it will undo the serious efforts of the Rangers in

bringing down the crime rate in Karachi.

Efforts may be initiated at all forums to ‘depoliticise’ Sindh Police and build their policing

capacity. Nonetheless, the patriot people of Sindh must be aware of the fact that for the sake of

their political interests, some leaders of the PPP are misguiding them by using the Sindh card to

weaken the federation.

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EVERYODY’S DREAM

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In memoriam of Dr. Martin Luther King

Teresinka Pereira

 

May the irascible supremacists

recognize the mud

in which they drown themselves

with their incompetence.

 

May the pseudo-democrats

notice that heaven flames up

with their hypocrite fights.

 

May the cowards look around

the tombs and see

the prints of their fingers

that without pulling the trigger

have killed so many human beings

in useless wars caused by their

ambition and unlimited greed.

 

The wish for peace could have

taken shelter in all of their conflicts,

if we could ever ask the irascible,

the hypocrites, the cowards:

What is your dream?

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Nazi forces continue systematic crimes in Palestinian

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Nazi forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

(07 – 13 January 2016)

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 Zio-Nazi Leader Naziyahu

  • ·Nazi forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt

–         9 Palestinian civilians, including two children, were killed in the West Bank and a member of a Palestinian armed group.

–         21 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

  • ·House demolitions on grounds of collective punishment.

–         A house belonging to al-Halabi family in Sarda village, north of Ramallah, was demolished.

  • ·Nazi forces conducted 72 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza Strip.

–         64 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were arrested.

–         12 of them, including 4 children, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

–         Nazi forces raided Birzeit University and confiscated contents of student blocs’ offices and the Student Council.

 

  • ·Nazi forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip sea.

 

  • ·Jewish majority efforts continued in occupied East Jerusalem.

–         2 under-construction houses in Silwan village and parts of a restaurant in Sour Baher village were demolished.

–         Allocations (National Insurance) of a number of civilians were suspended as part of the collective punishment policy.

  • ·Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.

–         A plant nursery, south of Nablus, was demolished, and illegal Nazi Jewish “Mevo Dotan” settlement’s checkpoint, south West of Jenin, was expanded.

 

  • ·Nazi forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 9th year.

–         Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and other were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.

–         5 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.

Summary

Nazi violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (07 – 13 January 2016).

 

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Nazi forces have continued to commit crimes, inflicting civilian casualties. They have also continued to use excessive force against Palestinian civilians participating in peaceful protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the majority of whom were youngsters.

Occupied East Jerusalem witnessed similar attacks. During the reporting period, Nazi forces killed nine Palestinian civilians, including two children, in the West Bank and a member of a Palestinian armed group in the Gaza Strip.

Moreover, they wounded 21 civilians, including four children; 14 of whom, including a child, were in the Gaza Strip and the remaining others were in the West Bank. Concerning the nature of injuries, 17 civilians were hit with live bullets and shell shrapnel and four others were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.

 

The full report is available online at:

http://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=7746

 

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Court Decision: U.S. “Government Agencies” Found Guilty in M L K Assassination

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Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis, December 1999
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Martin Luther King Day 2016

Originally published by Washington Blog and Global Research in January 2013.

 Very few Americans are aware of this historical 1999 civil law suit of the King Family against the US Government. (Shelby County Court), Tennessee

Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

From the King Center on the family’s civil trial that found the US government guilty in Martin’s assassination:

After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 after about an hour of deliberations that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. In a press statement held the following day in Atlanta, Mrs. Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict, saying ,

“There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation.

The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law… My husband once said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” To-day, almost 32 years after my husband and the father of my four children was assassinated, I feel that the jury’s verdict clearly affirms this principle. With this faith, we can begin the 21st century and the new millennium with a new spirit of hope and healing.”

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KING FAMILY STATEMENT ON MEDIA REQUESTS REGARDING THE MEMPHIS VERDICT

The King family stands firmly behind the civil trial verdict reached by twelve jurors in the Memphis, Tennessee courtroom on December 8, 1999.

An excerpt from remarks made by Mr. Dexter Scott King, Chairman, President, and CEO of The King Center, during the December 9, 1999 press conference regarding the verdict that may be used in support of this family decision:

“We can say that because of the evidence and information obtained in Memphis we believe that this case is over. This is a period in the chapter. We constantly hear reports, which trouble me, that this verdict creates more questions than answers. That is totally false. Anyone who sat in on almost four weeks of testimony, with over seventy witnesses, credible witnesses I might add, from several judges to other very credible witnesses, would know that the truth is here.”

The question now is, “What will you do with that?” We as a family have done our part. We have carried this mantle for as long as we can carry it. We know what happened. It is on public record. The transcripts will be available; we will make them available on the Web at some point. Any serious researcher who wants to know what happened can find out.”

The King family feels that the jury’s verdict, the transcripts of the conspiracy trial, and the transcripts of the King family’s press conference following the trial — all of which can be found on The King Center’s website — include everything that that family members have to say about the assassination.

Therefore, the King family shares the conviction that there is nothing more to add to their comments on record and will respectfully decline all further requests for comment.

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Excerpt from Verdict  [Global Research Editor, emphasis added, for further details see full transcript]

(Verdict form passed to the Court.)

THE COURT: I have authorized
this gentleman here to take one picture of
you which I’m going to have developed and
make copies and send to you as I promised.
Okay. All right, ladies and
gentlemen. Let me ask you, do all of you
agree with this verdict?
THE JURY: Yes (In unison).
THE COURT: In answer to the
question did Loyd Jowers participate in a
conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther
King, your answer is yes. Do you also find
that others, including governmental agencies,
were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by
the defendant? Your answer to that one is
also yes. And the total amount of damages
you find for the plaintiffs entitled to is
one hundred dollars. Is that your verdict?
THE JURY: Yes (In unison).
THE COURT: All right. I want
to thank you ladies and gentlemen for your
participation. It lasted a lot longer than
we had originally predicted. In spite of
that, you hung in there and you took your
notes and you were alert all during the
trial. And we appreciate it. We want you to
note that our courts cannot function if we
don’t have jurors who accept their
responsibility such as you have.
I hope it has been a pleasant
experience for you and that when you go back
home you’ll tend tell your friends and
neighbors when they get that letter saying
they’ve been summoned for jury duty, don’t
try to think of up those little old lies,
just come on down and it is not so bad after
all.
I know how much you regret the fact
that you won’t be able to come back for the
next ten years. I don’t know, I may or may
not recognize you if I see you on the street
some day, but if you would see me and
recognize me, I sure would appreciate you
coming up and reminding me of your service
here.
To remind you of your service, we
have some certificates that we have prepared
for you. They look real good in a frame.
Not only will they remind you of your service
here, but they will remind you also of that
wonderful judge who presided over this. We
do thank you very much on behalf of everyone
who has participated in this trial.
You were directed not to discuss the
case when you were first sworn. Now that
your verdict has been reached, I’m going to
relieve you of that oath, meaning that you
may or may not discuss it. It is up to you.

No one can force you to. And if you discuss
it, it will only be because you decide that
you wanted to.
I guess that’s about all except that
I want to come around there and personally
shake your hand. You are what I would call
Trojans.
Having said that, as soon as I get
around there and get a chance to shake your
hands, you’ll be dismissed.
(Judge Swearengen left the bench
to shake the jurors hands.)
THE COURT: Those of you who
would like to retain your notes, you may do
so if you want to.
I guess that’s about it. So
consider yourselves dismissed and we thank
you again.
Ladies and gentlemen, Court is
adjourned.
(The proceedings were concluded
at 3:10 p.m. on December 8th, 1999.)

DANIEL, DILLINGER, DOMINSKI, RICHBERGER, WEATHERFORD
(901) 529-1999
2287
COURT REPORTERS’ CERTIFICATE
STATE OF TENNESSEE:
COUNTY OF SHELBY:
We, BRIAN F. DOMINSKI, MARGIE
DAUSTER, SARA ROGAN, KRISTEN PETERSON and
SHERYL WEATHERFORD, Reporters and Notaries
Public, Shelby County, Tennessee, CERTIFY:
1. The foregoing proceedings were
taken before us at the time and place stated
in the foregoing styled cause with the
appearances as noted;
2. Being Court Reporters, we then
reported the proceedings in Stenotype to the
best of our skill and ability, and the
foregoing pages contain a full, true and
correct transcript of our said Stenotype
notes then and there taken;
3. We am not in the employ of and
are not related to any of the parties or
their counsel, and we have no interest in the
matter involved.
WITNESS OUR SIGNATURES, this, the
____ day of ___________, 2000.
___________________________
BRIAN F. DOMINSKI
Certificate of Merit
Holder; Registered
Professional Reporter,
Notary Public for
the State of Tennessee at
Large ***
DANIEL, DILLINGER, DOMINSKI, RICHBERGER, WEATHERFORD
(901) 529-1999
2288
___________________________
MARGIE ROUTHEAUX
Registered
Professional Reporter,
Notary Public for
the State of Tennessee at
Large ***
___________________________
SARA ROGAN
Registered

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