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Secret Meetings Between I$raHell, Saudi Officials Reveal Close Relationship, Mutual Interests

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After a series of secret meetings between Saudi and Israeli officials were exposed by a select few of mainstream press outlets, both the Saudis and the Israelis are now becoming more open about the relationship between the two governments. Although, for years, GCC countries like Saudi Arabia have held a public position of hostility toward Israel, many researchers and observers have long been aware of secret cooperation between the two and that public statements were largely designed to provide a cover of Arab identity and self-interest for the benefit of public consumption.

After all, the two share common goals when it comes to Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria and all have the common ally of the United States.

As Murtaza Hussain wrote for the Intercept in his article Israel’s Clandestine Alliance With Gulf Arab States Is Going Public,”

In 2009, a U.S. State Department diplomatic cable gave one of the first glimpses of a burgeoning alliance between Israel and the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The cable quoted Israeli Foreign Ministry official Yacov Hadas saying, “the Gulf Arabs believe in Israel’s role because of their perception of Israel’s close relationship with the United States,” adding that GCC states “believe Israel can work magic.”

Israel and the Gulf states also shared an interest in countering what they saw as rising Iranian influence in the Middle East. So while the two sides sparred in public — Israel’s “Cast Lead” military operation had just claimed more than 1,400 lives in the Gaza Strip and was condemned by Saudi Arabia, in a letter to the United Nations, as fierce aggression — they enjoyed “good personal relations” behind closed doors, Hadas said, according to one cable. Hadas reportedly added that the Gulf Arabs were still “not ready to do publicly what they say in private.”

Fast forward six years, and it seems as though the GCC states have finally readied themselves to go public about their warming relationships with Israel. In an event at the Council on Foreign Relations this week in Washington, reported on by Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, high-ranking former Saudi and Israeli officials not only shared the stage but disclosed that the two countries had been holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss shared strategic goals, particularly around the perceived regional ascendance of Iran. At the event, former Saudi General Anwar Eshki openly called for regime change in Iran, while former Israeli ambassador to the U.N., Dore Gold, once a fierce critic of Saudi Arabia, spoke of his outreach to the country in recent years, and of the possibility of resolving the remaining differences between the two nations, stating, “Our standing today on this stage does not mean we have resolved all the differences that our countries have shared over the years, but our hope is we will be able to address them fully in the years ahead.”

Hussain also pointed out that signals are now apparent of the growing intelligence connection between the Israelis and the Gulf States. He wrote,

In recent years, however, the dual phenomena of the Arab uprisings and growing Iranian influence have pushed GCC leaders closer to Israel. Last year, Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal took the unprecedented step of publishing an op-ed in a major Israeli newspaper calling for peace between Israel and GCC nations, as well as for a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. As the United States under the Obama administration has pursued détente with Iran in recent years, reports have also surfaced suggesting covert security cooperation between Israel and GCC states. The investigative news site Middle East Eye recently documented the existence of regular, secret flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, despite the ostensible ban on Israeli citizens entering the UAE.

In addition, it should be pointed out that such an alliance was largely cemented when Saudi Arabia banned Al-Manar, the Hezbollah-owned television channel, from operating within its borders. Saudi Arabia shortly thereafter labeled Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization.” Hezbollah, of course, is both an enemy of Israel and close friend of Iran.

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NATO: Proudly Delivering Death Since 1949

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THE GLOBALIZATION OF NATO

Author:  Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
Clarity Press (2012)
ISBN:  978-0-9852710-2-2
Pages:  411 with complete index

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The world is enveloped in a blanket of perpetual conflict. Invasions, occupation, illicit sanctions, and regime change have become currencies and orders of the day. One organization – the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – is repeatedly, and very controversially, involved in some form or another in many of these conflicts led by the US and its allies. NATO spawned from the Cold War. Its existence was justified by Washington and Western Bloc politicians as a guarantor against any Soviet and Eastern Bloc invasion of Western Europe, but all along the Alliance served to cement Washington’s influence in Europe and continue what was actually America’s post-World War II occupation of the European continent. In 1991 the raison d’être of the Soviet threat ended with the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War. Nevertheless NATO remains and continues to alarmingly expand eastward, antagonizing Russia and its ex-Soviet allies. China and Iran are also increasingly monitoring NATO’s moves as it comes into more frequent contact with them.

Yugoslavia was a turning point for the Atlantic Alliance and its mandate. The organization moved from the guise of a defensive posture into an offensive pose under the pretexts of humanitarianism. Starting from Yugoslavia, NATO began its journey towards becoming a global military force. From its wars in the Balkans, it began to broaden its international area of operations outside of the Euro-Atlantic zone into the Caucasus, Central Asia, East Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian Ocean. It has virtually turned the Mediterranean Sea into a NATO lake with the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative, while it seeks to do the same to the Black Sea and gain a strategic foothold in the Caspian Sea region. The Gulf Security Initiative between NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council seeks to also dominate the Persian Gulf and to hem in Iran. Israel has become a de factomember of the military organization. At the same time, NATO vessels sail the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. These warships are deployed off the coasts of Somalia, Djibouti, and Yemen as part of NATO’s objectives to create a naval cordon of the seas controlling important strategic waterways and maritime transit routes.

The Atlantic Alliance’s ultimate aim is to fix and fasten the American Empire. NATO has clearly played an important role in complementing the US strategy for dominating Eurasia. This includes the encirclement of Russia, China, Iran, and their allies with a military ring subservient to Washington. The global missile shield project, the militarization of Japan, the insurgencies in Libya and Syria, the threats against Iran, and the formation of a NATO-like military alliance in the Asia-Pacific region are components of this colossal geopolitical project. NATO’s globalization, however, is bringing together a new series of Eurasian counter-alliances with global linkages that stretch as far as Latin America. The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have been formed by Russia, China, and their allies as shields against the US and NATO and as a means to challenge them. As the globalization of NATO unfolds the risks of nuclear war become more and more serious with the Atlantic Alliance headed towards a collision course with Russia, China, and Iran that could ignite World War III.

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“The Globalization of NATO by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is simply magnificent, erudite and devoid of the ethnocentrism to which one has become so accustomed from Western authors. The book deals with what doubtless are the most important and relevant issues of the day for all those committed to saving life and protecting Mother Earth from rampant human irresponsibility and crime. There is no other book that, at this particular time, I would most heartily endorse. I think Africans, Near Eastern peoples, Iranians, Russians, Chinese, Asians and Europeans generally and all the progressive Latin American countries of today will find a much needed reinforcement and support for their peaceful ideals in this excellent must-read book.”
MIGUEL D’ESCOTO BROCKMANN, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua (1979-1990) and President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-2009): Managua, Nicaragua.

“We are far away from the principles and objectives for which the United Nations was created and the decisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal stipulating that some state actions can be considered crimes against peace. Nazemroaya’s book, in addition to reminding us that the role of the United Nations has been confiscated by NATO, elaborates the danger that the North Atlantic Treaty represents to world peace.”
JOSÉ L. GÓMEZ DEL PRADO, Chairman of the United Nations Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries (2005-2011): Ferney-Voltaire, France.

“Through carefully documented research, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya analyzes the historical and geopolitical evolution of NATO from the Cold War to the post 9/11 US- led “Global War on Terrorism.” This book is a must read for those committed to reversing the tide of war and imperial conquest by the world’s foremost military machine.”
MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG): Montréal, Canada.

“A very timely book. Yes, US-led NATO is globalizing, like the US-led finance economy. No doubt also for it to protect the latter, the “free market.” It is a classical case of overstretch to help save the crumbling US Empire and Western influence in general, by countries most of whom are bankrupt by their own economic mismanagement. All their interventions share two characteristics. The conflicts could have been solved with a little patience and creativity, but NATO does not want solutions. It uses conflicts as raw material it can process into interventions to tell the world that it is the strongest in military terms. And, with the help of the mainstream media, it sees Hitler everywhere, in a Milosevic, a bin Laden, a Hussein, a Qaddafi, in Assad, insensitive to the enormous differences between all these cases. I hope this book will be read by very, very many who can turn this morbid fascination with violence into constructive conflict resolution.”
JOHAN GALTUNG, Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies and Sociology at the University of Oslo and Founder of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), the Galtung- Institut, and the Transcend Network: Oslo, Norway.

“Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya’s prolific writings give us a comprehensive understanding of the character of the military thrust and it’s all out, no holds barred STRATEGIC plans and moves to invade, occupy and plunder the resources of nations, inflicting unprecedented barbaric acts on civilian populations. He is one of the prescient thinkers and writers of contemporary times who deserves to be read and acted upon by people with a conscience and concern for humanity’s future.”
VISHNU BHAGWAT, Admiral and Chief of the Naval Staff of India (1996-1998): Mumbai, India.

“This is a book really necessary to understanding the role of NATO within the frame of long-term US strategy. The Globalization of NATO by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya not only provides an articulate analysis on the Atlantic Alliance: it is the best modern text devoted to the hegemonic alliance. With this book Nazemroaya reconfirms his ability as a brilliant geopolitical analyst.”
TIBERIO GRAZIANI, President of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences/L’Istituto di Alti Studi in Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliarie (IsAG): Rome, Italy.

“Nazemroaya is an unbelievable prolific writer. What has often amazed many is his almost nonstop writing on extremely important issues for the contemporary world and his analysis about the globalization of NATO. What amazes many of us in other parts of the world are his seemingly limitless depth, breadth and the thoroughness of his knowledge that has been repeatedly appearing in his work. We are deeply indebted to Nazemroaya’s humble, tireless and invaluable contributions through his fearless, insightful and powerful writings.”
KIYUL CHUNG, Editor-in-Chief of The 4th Media and Visiting Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua University: Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

“The Journalists’ Press Club in Mexico is grateful and privileged to know a man who respects the written word and used it in an ethical way without another interest other than showing the reality about the other side of power in the world. Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya gives voice to the “voiceless.” He can see the other side of the moon, the side without lights.”
CELESE SÁENZ DE MIERA, Mexican Broadcaster and Secretary-General of the Mexican Press Club: Federal District of Mexico City, Mexico.

“With his very well documented analysis, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya has conducted a remarkable decryption of the strategies implemented by NATO – in the interests of the United States, the European Union and Israel – to expand its military grip on the world, ensure its control over energy resources and transit routes, and encircling the countries likely to be a barrier or a threat to its goals, whether it be Iran, Russia or China. Nazemroaya’s work is essential reading for those that want to understand what is being played out right now on the map in all the world’s trouble spots; Libya and Africa; Syria and the Middle East; the Persian Gulf and Eurasia.”
SILVIA CATTORI, Swiss political analyst and journalist: Geneva, Switzerland.

The Globalization of NATO

Author:  Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
ISBN:  978-0-9852710-2-2
Clarity Press (2012)
Pages:  411 with complete index

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Who is I$raHell Biggest Enemy? Washington’s Strategy of Tension

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The answer is really simple: its government and their foreign sponsors. The ongoing conflict consuming the Middle East is the result of Western hegemonic designs aimed at reordering the region and beyond, into a geopolitical structure more suitable for its own interests. In accomplishing this, the centers of power across the West – Washington, Wall Street, London, and Brussels – have elected several nations as intermediaries through which various aspects of this process are being implemented.

Saudi Arabia has contributed significantly in the indoctrination, financing, and arming of terrorists sent across the region and indeed the world. Turkey has likewise served in arming and supplying terrorists, as well as staging them ahead of operations launched into Syrian territory and even resupplying them once in Syrian territory. To a lesser but still notable extent, Jordan has done this as well.

One nation often either neglected or analyzed inappropriately – but very much involved – is Israel.

The Israeli Regime’s Role

The government of Israel has also colluded with the West regarding the ongoing conflict across the Middle East, likely in a way most Israelis are either not aware of or are not in support of.

Israel would be implicated in Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran journalist Seymour Hersh’s 2007 article, The Redirection,” in which he reported:

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

The report would go on to reveal the relationship between the government in Israel and state sponsors of terrorism including Saudi Arabia, stating:

The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.

The article, published years before the so-called “Arab Spring” in 2011 after which the war in Syria began, would turn out to be prophetic. Israel has worked, albeit more quietly, in tandem with the United States, Turkey, and just as Hersh warned, Saudi Arabia, to wage a devastating proxy war against Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran, and to some extent even Russia.

Israel’s borders and safe havens established just beyond them, particularly in the illegally occupied Golan Heights, harbor US State Department-listed terrorist organizations including the Al Nusra Front. On multiple occasions Israel’s own press covered incidents where the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) was caught trafficking Nusra fighters back and forth over their border with Syria in ambulances.

A Haaretz report titled, “Israel halts medical treatment for members of Syria’s Nusra Front,” admitted that:

A senior Israel Defense Forces officer revealed Monday that Israel has stopped treating members of an extremist Syrian rebel group wounded in that country’s ongoing civil war. The policy change concerning the Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front was made about six weeks ago.

According to the officer, a number of injured Nusra Front fighters had received medical treatment in Israel.

The article, and others published by Haaretz would reveal that the frequent movement of Nusra fighters in ambulances operated by the IDF eventually prompted Israeli Druze to attack the convoys forcing the Israeli government to change what was apparently a policy well-known inside Israel.

There is also the matter of much more public and multiple violations of Syrian territory by IDF warplanes who have carried out strikes, not against Nusra or the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS), but in support of them against Syrian military forces. Damascus has been struck as well by Israeli warplanes in a clear attempt to provoke Syria into wider war in hopes of creating a pretext for swift and direct Western military intervention vis-a-vis the Syrian government.

This latter point is particularly relevant, since signed and dated US policy papers reveal a similar tactic was planned to provoke an unwilling Iran into war against first Israel, then the United States.

The ploy was blueprinted in depth in 2009 by the Fortune 500-funded (page 19 of their annual report) Brookings Institution in their document, Which Path to Persia?” In regards to Iran, and now clearly being utilized against Syria, the gambit was described as follows (emphasis added):

…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it. (One method that would have some possibility of success would be to ratchet up covert regime change efforts in the hope that Tehran would retaliate overtly, or even semi-overtly, which could then be portrayed as an unprovoked act of Iranian aggression.) 

And (emphasis added):

Israel appears to have done extensive planning and practice for such a strike already, and its aircraft are probably already based as close to Iran as possible. as such, Israel might be able to launch the strike in a matter of weeks or even days, depending on what weather and intelligence conditions it felt it needed.  Moreover, since Israel would have much less of a need (or even interest)  in securing regional support for the operation, Jerusalem probably would feel less motivated to wait for an Iranian provocation before attacking. In short, Israel could move very fast to implement this option if both Israeli and American leaders wanted it to happen.

However, as noted in the previous chapter, the airstrikes themselves are really just the start of this policy. Again, the Iranians would doubtless rebuild their nuclear sites. They would probably retaliate against Israel, and they might retaliate against the United States, too (which might create a pretext for American airstrikes or even an invasion).”

Israel, a Proxy

The regime in Jerusalem is often depicted by detractors as representing the Israeli people, and being the “black capital” of a global “Zionist empire.” In reality, the current Israeli government’s existence and the military might that sustains it is owed entirely to Washington and London politically and to a significant degree, financially as well. During the 2006 war against Lebanon, at one point, Israel required an emergency delivery of munitions from the US via the UK to carry on operations.

The diminutive country boasts a high-tech economy that could give its people a comfortable existence, benefiting themselves and their neighbors should peace ever be allowed to prevail, but Israel’s economy alone could hardly sustain its current belligerent posture both in the Middle East and beyond without its foreign patrons’ help.

Financially, according to the US State Department’s own numbers, some 3 billion plus US dollars are sent annually to Israel for military assistance alone, making it by far the largest recipient of US military aid on the planet. The next runner up, Egypt, receives not even half that amount, and Israel’s military assistance accounts for over half of the total 5.6 billion spent on military assistance worldwide by the United States.

Israel’s total defense spending amounts to 18.5 billion US dollars, according to the London-based Fortune 500-funded International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank. It is also claimed that Israel rakes in some 5-6 billion in defense sales. Whether or not Israel could survive without the 3 billion declared US dollars in military assistance or not is widely debated. What analysts seem to agree on is the amount of influence that 3 billion gives the US over Israel’s current ruling circles.

In other words, US funding to Israel is more about keeping a regime in Jerusalem doing what Washington wants more than Jerusalem strong-arming 3 billion US dollars from Washington it could survive without. Analysts also seem to agree that without that 3 billion US dollars from Washington, the current regime in Jerusalem would likely collapse and give way to more moderate political forces.

Much of Israel’s current belligerence is bolstered by both US influence over Jerusalem as well as US political support for Jerusalem’s aggression upon the global stage. Breaking this cycle could be the key to bringing peace and co-existence between Israel and its neighbors, but breaking it requires Israel’s critics to focus on US-influenced politicians rather than on the state of Israel itself and all 8 million of its people – many of whom could become valuable allies in establishing peace and stability in the region.

Washington’s Strategy of Tension

Another factor required to maintain Israel as a defacto state-sized forward operating base (FOB) for US regional ambitions, is maintaining a climate of fear and a siege mentality among Israel’s population on one side, and a climate of hatred and desire for revenge on the other. It is ironic that Israel’s current regime finds itself in league with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other state sponsors of terrorism who in turn maintain the rank and file of the most fanatical yet ineffective political and militant groups arrayed allegedly against the Israeli state, and undoubtedly against its people.

While the Palestinian and Israeli people find themselves pitted against each other in perpetual violence, the special interests driving the violence from either side, are working in concert together geopolitically across the region. While Israel convinces its people that Palestinians are their enemy, they are colluding with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Washington to arm and stand up Al Qaeda against Syria.

As long as critics of Israel misdirect their anger and outrage over Israel’s belligerence against Israel as a nation and against its people in general, they will simply help encourage the fear and siege mentality the current regime in Jerusalem predicates its foreign and domestic policy upon. Were these critics to articulate a more nuanced approach, allying themselves with Israelis opposed to the current regime, and both exposing and condemning specific members of the Israeli government, the regime itself would be disarmed of one of its most valuable tools.

Far from the wishful thinking of a “closet Zionist,” this method of reaching out to both Jews and the Israelis has been employed by Syrian President Bashar Al Assad himself, in a bid to clearly delineate the majority Syrians could live as neighbors with in peace, from a corrupt minority sowing chaos and violence just as much in danger of swallowing up all of Israel as it is to swallow up its enemies.

Disrupting the Strategy of Tension 

In 2011, Bloomberg would publish an article titled, Syria Seeks Secular Image as Jews Restore Synagogues,” in which it would report:

Assad sees the rebuilding of Jewish Damascus in the context of preserving the secularism of Syria,” said Josh Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. “This is an effort by the regime to show its seriousness and an olive branch to the Jewish community in America, which they have been wooing.”

While Syria is still officially at war with Israel, the country is trying to portray itself as a more tolerant state to help burnish its image internationally. Syria’s 200 Jews are mirroring the actions of their co-religionists in Lebanon, where restoration work began on Beirut’s Maghen Abraham Synagogue in July 2009.

Clearly, eliminating the government of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, who is seeking to extend this olive branch, and replacing his government with quite literally Al Qaeda and the “Islamic State,” would ensure a perpetual strategy of tension benefiting big-defense on Wall Street, special interests in Washington, the regime in Jerusalem, and the collective geopolitical objectives of Washington and its regional allies vis-a-vis Iran and by extension, Russia across the Middle East.

Should President Assad and his allies succeed in reestablishing Jewish communities across Syria and successfully reach out to those Israelis not in support of the current regime in Jerusalem and their foreign sponsors, one half of Washington’s strategy of tension would collapse, leaving the other to linger, atrophy, and inevitably collapse in turn.

In order to achieve this, it will require first weathering the proxy war Syria and its allies have been subjected to, then consolidating their influence across the region vis-a-vis Washington’s regional allies, but primarily against their governments, not their people.

It will also require the mindset of many critics of Israel to evolve in a more nuanced manner, establishing financial, military, geostrategic, and political arguments against specific Israelis and their sponsors, rather than rhetorical and ideological arguments recklessly hurled against all Israelis. Breaking the fear and siege mentality Jerusalem has subjected its own population to for decades is the first step of breaking the regime itself. Not only does this regime represent a threat to Israel’s neighbors, but contrary to the propaganda it has used to sow fear among its own people, it is also a threat to Israel itself.

Perhaps this helps answer why Damascus has suffered multiple attacks aimed at it by the regime in Jerusalem without striking back. It would simply feed into a deeper cycle of fear and dependency among Israelis upon the regime that has hijacked their nation and their future. A Syria reluctant to strike back against all of Israel for the crimes of a minority ruling it, is a Syria well-positioned to further undermine that regime in the eyes of the Israelis themselves when the war is finally over.

Israel’s regime does not fear a war it has the US standing behind it to fight, it fears what it cannot fight – an enemy determined to do for its own people – offer peace – that it itself has gone through great lengths to deny them.

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Mossad diverting attention by hyping Saudi role in 9/11: Analyst

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“All this nonsense and game playing with this so-called 28 pages is a ploy to divert attention from the actual criminals,” Peretto says.

The Israeli spy agency Mossad is trying to cover its tracks as the real perpetrator of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks by hyping a congressional report that may implicate Saudi Arabia, says an American author and sociopolitical psychologist.

Walt Peretto made the remarks on Thursday while discussing the media frenzy over Saudi Arabia’s role amid revelations by a former member of the 9/11 Commission.

John Lehman, who served as the US Navy Secretary in the Ronald Reagan administration, said in an interview Wednesday that the monarchy provided support to the 19 hijackers who carried out the attacks.

“This shows that 15 years after the crime, those responsible and their well-paid lackeys are still in the process of covering up and diverting attention from the evidence that proves beyond the reasonable doubt that 9/11 was a transnational intelligence agency operation on behalf of the international banking and finance community and their puppets in the American government,” Peretto said.

Peretto blamed Mossad,and Western intelligence agencies as the key planners of the deadly attacks that killed some 3,000 people.

“How many Saudis were arrested or detained on 9/11? None,” he said, adding “how many Mossad agents were arrested or detained on 9/11 by local law enforcement who had no knowledge of participation in this crime? Dozens!”

Referring to various objective studies by independent researchers, the analyst said mounting evidence shows that the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City was a controlled operation.

Peretto then pointed to the attack’s questionable coverage in the Western media, who are “falsely” blaming Muslims for the attacks while allowing the real criminals go unnoticed.

“Let’s discuss the psychology of those people mesmerized by the mainstream media into believing their constant stream of lies. Let’s discuss the psychology behind the perpetrators…the psychopathologies. Let’s discuss how much empathy, guilt, and remorse one must innately lack to plan and execute an operation like 9/11 and then use their controlled media to falsely blame the crime on fanatical Muslims,” he said.

“If people keep their frightened or unconcerned heads in the ground much longer then we are going to see more 9/11s at home while in some parts of the world like Syria and Gaza, 9/11 is something that could occur at any time of the day or night,” Peretto added.

Concluding his remarks the analyst said the world needs to ignore the diversions and focus on the true planners, who “ultimately caused the suffering of million both on 9/11 and in the following wars of invasion and resource extraction.”

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Has the Media Failed the Public on the Panama Papers?

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Tax resistance on the part of the rich, a means of class war, has been escalating globally since the 1980s – and it is all within the law.

It is the biggest scoop in years: 11.5 million leaked documents disclosing the complex, murky world of global tax evasion, fraud, money laundering and even drug trafficking.

The documents, amounting to 2.6 terabytes of data, were initially leaked to the Suddeutsche Zeitung in 2015 — but the newspaper, given the scale of documentation, sought the help of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Dance to the Panama Papers ‘Limited Hangout’ Leak

The documents were leaked from Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth largest offshore law firm, which deals with the finances of politicians, celebrities, millionaires and billionaires, helping them to avoid taxes and other legal restrictions, and recycle money.

Already, the leaks have claimed their first political scalp, as the Prime Minister of Iceland has been forced to resign after it was revealed that he had been among those who used offshore tax havens to avoid taxes, as the Guardian reports.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has also been put into some difficulties as it was revealed that his father had invested money in offshore funds. Cameron initially attempted to deny that he had personally profited from this, only to later admit that he had.

This, after years of Cameron carefully detoxing the Conservative brand, has threatened to poison it again. Conservative mayor of London Boris Johnson squirmed when asked about offshore tax avoidance, refusing to condemn the practice as the Independent reports.

Dictatorships like the Syrian regime have also been found to be using the tax havens to evade sanctions — as Al Jazeera put it, “the Seychelles saved” the Syrian regime.

This, it seems, is only just scratching the surface. The leaked documents, in their millions, amount to an indictment of the global rich, exposing the extraordinary lengths and breadths they go to in order to protect their wealth and cover their crimes.

Or rather, they would, if we had a different media.

“Not WikiLeaks”

For the first thing that the journalists involved with this scoop did was to set themselves some fairly stringent limits.

Gerald Ryle, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is quoted in the popular technology website, Wired, as saying that:

“the media organizations have no plans to release the full dataset, WikiLeaks-style”, which he argues would expose the sensitive information of innocent private individuals along with the public figures on which the group’s reporting has focused. “We’re not WikiLeaks. We’re trying to show that journalism can be done responsibly.”
Argentina’s 1% Revealed in New Panama Papers Leak

This gratuitous swipe at an organisation whose leaks of information included major exposes of US power, war crimes, torture, civilian casualties, and official lies, is odd coming from a group whose major yield from 11.5 million documents is to inculpate the Prime Minister of Iceland.

The Guardian also insisted that “much of the leaked material will remain private.” Suddeutsche Zeitung has confirmed that this is also its approach, saying the complete set of documents “won’t be made available to the public or to law enforcement agencies. That’s because the SZ isn’t the extended arm of prosecutors or the tax investigators.”

In this context, Al Jazeera’s program, The Listening Post, asks whether the media involved with the reporting have actually “censored the story” by deliberately withholding information that “could be in the public interest.”

WATCH: Media Review: Panama Papers

So what does doing journalism “responsibly” involve? What should be published, and what should be kept secret? The Suddeutsche Zeitung, in its guide “About the Panama Papers,” explains the methodology as follows,

“The journalists compiled lists of important politicians, international criminals, and well-known professional athletes, among others. The digital processing made it possible to then search the leak for the names on these lists. The ‘party donations scandal’ list contained 130 names, and the UN sanctions list more than 600. In just a few minutes, the powerful search algorithm compared the lists with the 11.5 million documents.”

The major focus, then, was on those subject to UN sanctions, and using off-shore tax havens and law firms, as a means to evade the sanctions. This is an exceptionally narrow line of investigation, given that the documents cover some forty years from the 1970s onward, and potentially involves hundreds of thousands of businesses.

Former British diplomat Craig Murray used his website to express dismay with this method, suggesting that the research method protected “the Western 1%”, and asking: “What if they did Mossack Fonseca database searches on the owners of all the corporate media and their companies, and all the editors and senior corporate media journalists?”

Latin American Elites and the Panama Papers

Given the narrowness of their focus, it perhaps isn’t surprising that the results of the investigation are oddly skewed. Many newspapers, for example, took the intriguing step of foregrounding the corruption of one Vladimir Putin who, though undoubtedly corrupt, is not himself named in the papers.

The Guardian’s first major story on the papers headlined, “Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin,” discloses how close friends of Vladimir Putin have become “fabulously wealthy” through a series of offshore deals, and adds: “The documents suggest Putin’s family has benefited from this money — his friends’ fortunes appear his to spend.”

It also produced a short video on the Papers, leading with Putin’s visage and explaining, “how to hide a billion dollars.”

CNN describes the same story, before adding: “Putin’s name is not on any of the documents. He is the legal owner, it seems, of nothing untoward.” But this only “shows how corruption really works in Russia”: Putin favors his allies with lucrative contracts and favorable loans, not cash.

This may be true. But what if Putin and his oligarch allies only account for a fraction of the global wealth being protected in tax havens? And what if the link to Putin is relatively obscure and based on inference and circumstantial evidence?

The Washington Post has the answer: blame Putin for the leak. That’s right: the newspaper reports a ‘theory’ advanced by Clifford Gaddy of the Brookings Institution which suggests that if Putin is not sufficiently incriminated by the leak, then he must be “the mastermind” behind it.

The theory even suggests that the failure of the leaks to thus far incriminate a single leading American politician or businessman means that Putin is holding back information for potential blackmail.
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It is true that the “power players” listed on the official International Consortium of Investigative Journalists website doesn’t include a single politician or businessman from the United States.

But there are a number of possible explanations for this.

One is that American billionaires prefer to take advantage of opportunities for tax evasion in the United States: such as Delaware, the legal home of 285,000 American businesses as of 2012 thanks to its reputation as a haven from taxes and regulations. The New York Times quotes economist James Henry, saying that Americans “don’t really need to go to Panama” to hide wealth; they have access to an “onshore haven industry.”

Another is that the narrow focus of the investigation and the suppression of information has meant that any members of the American one percent who do use Mossack Fonseca are simply not being publicly identified.

The point is not to deny Putin’s corruption and authoritarianism, but to suggest that a media which behaves like this may just be a little bit obsessed with scapegoating the Russian leader for the ills of this world – and in its way is a mirror image of Putin himself calling a press conference to denounce the papers as a “conspiracy” against him.

The ideological reactions of the international media are just as instructive as their particular investigative focus, and these are very clear in their editorial columns.

The New York Times editorializes with considerable fire and brimstone against the “global elite” of “politicians, dictators, criminals, billionaires and celebrities”, but — lest anyone draw the conclusion that the Times has turned against its core audience — reminds everyone that “offshore banking is not in itself illegal, and not all those named should be presumed to have done wrong.” It is only chiefly problematic because it allows overseas rogues with “ill gotten gains,” “whether in Iceland, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia or Malaysia,” to escape accountability.

The Guardian, for its part, does acknowledge that there is something problematic even in legal tax evasion, and is particularly concerned that if such practices go on, people may regard their rulers with “automatic contempt” — this “may be appropriate” in dictatorships but is “harmful — and potentially disastrous — in the liberal democracies”.
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Meanwhile, the Washington Post has simply lost control of the anti-Bernie Sanders animus that has been driving its editors and journalists mad in recent months. Its major editorial on the Panama Papers is headlined: “The Panama Papers prove Mr. Sanders was wrong about a trade pact with Panama.” That’s right: the American capital’s “paper of record” saw in the Panama Papers an opportunity to once again belabor the Senator from Vermont, this time for opposing a free trade pact with Panama.

But even if the media organisations involved in this leak are keeping a tight lid on the data, even if they have thus far pursued a narrow agenda, and even if they have used the revelations to pursue their own frankly bizarre hobby-horses, it is too soon to write off the Panama Papers as a disappointment.

Practically all media outlets agree that there is a lot more to come.

The BBC, in its jaunty listicle identifying “10 things we’ve learned” from the papers, acknowledges that “So far we have read only a small percentage of the total number of documents.”

According to the Latin Times, even Panama – and these leaks concern only one firm operating there – is a “miniscule piece” of the total business of the tax avoidance industry, with some sixty to sixty-five other countries hosting the same industries.

The tax havens hold “around 8 percent of global financial wealth — approximately $7.6 trillion” according to Al Jazeera.

The big stories may yet be to come. But the big picture has been known for some time. The problem is not just a number of international rogues with stolen money. The problem is precisely that, as the New York Times says and Mossack Fonseca stridently insists, there is nothing illegal about most of this. Tax resistance on the part of the rich, a means of class war, has been escalating globally since the 1980s — and it is all within the law. And if we had a better media, the stories we are hearing would be telling us about that.

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10 Latin American Indigenous Rights Warriors You Need to Know

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    Indigenous activists of Latin America | Photo: Creative Commons
These Indigenous human rights and environmental activists are making waves in Latin America and beyond.
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Indigenous leaders around the world are on the front-lines of struggle against corporate exploitation, resource extraction, neoliberal policies, and other injustices impacting people and the environment.

Here’s a look at some of the most prominent Indigenous leaders fighting for justice and human rights in Latin America.


1. Miriam Miranda, Honduran Garifuna Leader

Miriam Miranda is a leader of Garifuna Afro-Indigenous community and the organization known as Ofraneh, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras. She is renowned for her activism resisting mega-tourism projects, the expansion of African palm monocultures, and market-based “false solutions” to climate change displacing Garifuna communities along the Honduran coast as part of a fight for Garifuna survival, self-determination, and food sovereignty.


2. Maxima Acuña, Peruvian Campesina

Maxima Acuña is a Peruvian subsistence farmer who has successfully taken on U.S. mining giant Newmont in a tireless fight for land and livelihood. Acuña’s resistance, recognized with the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize this year, has become an iconic David and Goliath tale after she managed to for halt Newmont’s plans to open a US$4.8 billion open-pit gold and copper mine in the area. Despite her legal win, Acuña continues to face threats and harassment for her activism.


3. Marcos Terena, Brazilian Trailblazer

Marcos Terena is a Xane leader from Brazil who has spearheaded multiple initiatives to advance the rights of Indigenous people in his home country and around the world. He founded Brazil’s first Indigenous political movement, the Union of Indigenous Nations, organized historic global events, and fought for the inclusion of Indigenous rights in the Brazilian constitution.


4. Milagro Sala, Argentine Political Prisoner

Milagro Sala is an Indigenous leader in Argentina, considered to be the first political prisoner of President Mauricio Macri’s government. She founded and leads the Tupac Amaru movement, a 70,000-strong organization focused on Indigenous rights and other political issues. Sala is also a lawmaker with Parlasur and a member of other political and labor organizations.


5. Feliciano Valencia, Colombian Peace Activist

Feliciano Valencia is a Colombian community leader and winner of the 2000 National Peace Award. The activist was arrested last year despite the Indigenous rights to legal jurisdiction over their territories in Colombia, and his capture became a symbol of the systematic repression suffered by Indigenous movements in the country. Valencia has dedicated his life to fighting for Indigenous rights and supporting the path toward peace.


6. Silvia Carrera, Panamanian History-Maker

Silvia Carrera is the first woman chief of the Ngobe Bugle and the leader of a resistance movements to block unwanted hydroelectric dam and copper mining projects on Indigenous territory. She has represented her people in negotiating with the government for respect for Indigenous rights and self-determination and has become a symbol of dignity and inspiration for Indigenous women in Panama and across Latin America.


7. Humberto Piaguaje, Ecuadorean Chevron-Challenger

Humberto Piaguaje is a leader of the Secoya Indigenous group of Ecuador and has been an important figure in the fight against the the U.S. energy giant Chevron and its corporate cover-up of a massive oil spill in the Ecuadorean Amazon. He has long championed the fight of the Secoya people against Chevron, formerly Texaco, and slammed the corporation for human rights abuses and falsified evidence in the court battle.


8. Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Guatemalan Feminist

Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic is a Guatemalan Maya K’iche leader and defender of the rights of women and the environment. She is a leader of the Council of K’iche’ Peoples in Defense of Life, Mother Nature, Earth and Territory and has fought for the Indigenous right to self-determination over their territories with a focus on the role of women in the movement against resource extraction. She has suffered attacks and threats for her activism.


9. Oscar Olivera, Bolivian Water Warrior

Oscar Olivera was key leader in the so-called Cochabamba Water Wars against the privatization of water in Bolivia between 1999 and 2000. He won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2001 and is now an important leader in protests related to the Bolivian gas conflict.


10. Nestora Salgado, Former Mexican Political Prisoner

Nestora Salgado is a Mexican community leader who spent more than two years in jail for her activism organizing autonomous police forces in the state of Guerrero to combat drug cartels and state complicity in rampant violence. She was freed earlier this year and has vowed to fight for the rights of other political prisoners in Mexico.

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Soviet Kids’ Stories of the Horrors of the Nazi War Published

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  • Children in Stalingrad hiding from bombing by German planes in a 1942 photo taken by L.I. Konov.
    Children in Stalingrad hiding from bombing by German planes in a 1942 photo taken by L.I. Konov. | Photo: AFP
A Russian editor put together 35 diaries in one book that narrate one of history’s deadliest conflicts — Great Patriotic War — which left 27 million dead.

Thirty-five diaries that Soviet children wrote between 1941 and 1945 have been compiled into one book that has been translated into English and which contain testimonies of the horrors of the war against the Nazis.

The book which covers the years of the Great Patriotic War is especially interesting because it is documented with a child’s honesty, RT reported Sunday.

“In adults’ diaries, the author is still trying to build some sort of drama, while children have been sincerely writing about what they saw and felt, and that’s the main value of these documents,” the editor of the book, Tatyana Kuznetsova, told RT. “They haven’t been edited by anyone, they’ve been written honestly, with no censorship or self-censorship applied.”

In one case, a boy who lived in a foster home wrote in his small diary about his many friends who were dying of hunger, Kuznetsova explains, adding that the boy also drew some incredible images of food such as ham and chicken.

The book has been titled “Children of War and includes diaries written by minors during the 1941 to 1944 siege of Leningrad, in Nazi concentration camps and while living in occupied territories and on the frontline.

One of the writers, Zoya Khabarova narrated one of her most vivid memories which is that of a ship with hundreds of people being attacked by Nazi bombers and how the vessel was destroyed and sunk in a matter of three minutes.

The book was translated by one of the most renowned translators from Russian into English, Andrew Bromfield. He has worked on famous books by Leo Tolstoy and Mikhail Bulgakov, among others. The Great Patriotic War in Russia is considered to be one of the largest and by far the deadliest military in conflict in history as it left over 27 million Soviet citizens dead. In fact, according to RT, of all the Soviet men born between 1921 and 1923, only 3 percent survived.

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Mossack Fonseca Threatens to Sue Journalists over Panama Papers

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  • People chant slogans during a protest in London against Prime Minister David Cameron after documents from the Panama Papers leak revealed he uses tax havens.
    People chant slogans during a protest in London against Prime Minister David Cameron after documents from the Panama Papers leak revealed he uses tax havens. | Photo: Reuters.
The firm issued a statement saying it has called on those possessing the leaked documents to seize publishing them.

The Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which is at the center of the Panama Papers leak, has threatened to sue the journalists who are publishing the documents that were hacked from the company’s computers showing world leaders and celebrities using the firm’s legal services to avoid taxes using offshore companies.

“Due to the way in which the media has fed from the information stolen from our system in order to disseminate out of context news and affect our reputation, we have been forced to take stronger actions,” The firm said in a statement Thursday, a day before the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released a database with 200,000 documents.

“Today we sent a cease and desist letter to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) regarding its announcement to make public, on May 9th, the second portion of the database stolen from our company.”

The company reiterated that it has committed any crimes and that all its activities and services are legal.

“It is important for us to make clear that we operate, in all jurisdictions, under strict compliance with the law and regulations of the industry in all services provided, respecting strong client identification norms.”
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The statement says that journalists publishing the documents are in fact breaking the law because revealing such information is “a violation of the confidentiality agreement between attorney and client, which we must protect.” Last month, In what is described as the biggest documents leak in the history of journalism, an unknown whistleblower exposed more than 11.5 million documents belonging to the Panamanian law firm. The documents were obtained by various news organizations and advocacy groups including ICIJ and The Guardian.


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