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Labor’s Road to Destruction

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By W Stephen Gilbert 

The Labour party is on a perilous path. That it may end in an irrevocable split is the least of our worries. Of greater concern is the prospect of fighting in the streets. The party conference – scheduled for next month in the fissiparous city of Liverpool, but in some doubt because no security has yet been secured – will attract protesters, probably thousands of them. If it goes ahead, it could turn into the notorious Democratic Convention of 1968 in Chicago, a pitched battle outside the amphitheatre in which police used mace, tear gas and batons, and dozens were hurt including reporters and an observing British MP. Not surprisingly, the subsequent election was won by a Republican, Richard Nixon.

Whence this anger, this prospect of civil disobedience? First, consider a proposition: Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular politician in Britain. That the government and the media and the parliamentary Labour party are all in denial about it does not stop it being so. No leader has ever received a mandate comparable to Corbyn’s a year ago. No leader’s election has ever swelled the membership of any party like Corbyn’s has. No politician draws crowds like Corbyn does. No politician has so many groupings supporting him and promoting him on social media and through traditional word-spreading methods. Ignore the discredited opinion polls – Labour has done better than predicted in every actual electoral test since Corbyn became leader and is frequently gaining more than half the votes in this summer’s local by-elections. The support for Corbyn is unprecedented in modern British politics. Labour should be so lucky to have such a revered leader. Unelectable? Puh-lease.

Now consider the last eighteen months from the viewpoint, not of those in the Westminster bubble whose daily priority is gossiping and plotting, but of the Labour grassroots out in the sticks, where they want nothing more than a government that brings them relief from austerity and PR language and cronyism.

From the get-go, the media has sought to bring down Corbyn. Several academic studies of the coverage have demonstrated that the bias against him is unparalleled. The BBC’s charter-enshrined impartiality has been so lacking that unprecedented petitions were launched against the Corporation and its political editor. Corbyn’s supporters expected this, ruefully predicting headlines of the “Corbyn Punched My Granny” kind.

Less predictable was how comprehensively the parliamentary party would reject the democratic mandate of the membership. A swathe of frontbenchers declined to serve; many of them made the pharisaic gesture of boycotting Corbyn’s address at last year’s conference. Though Corbyn sought to embrace all shades of opinion in his shadow cabinet, the MPs reciprocated only fitfully. Incidentally, despite each of his (to date) three front bench teams being put together in the face of widespread opposition, non-cooperation and blank refusal, Corbyn is the only political leader in British history all of whose teams have featured a majority of women. Yet he is accused of privileging men.

The MPs and the party hierarchy stop at nothing to undermine his authority. Mass resignations and an overwhelming vote of no confidence proved futile because he has more mettle than they had imagined. Constant denigration dents neither his serenity nor his support in the party. Absurdly, he is held uniquely responsible for the failure of the campaign to remain in the EU. Yet he delivered 65 percent of Labour voters as against 39 percent of Tory voters secured by Cameron (Theresa May was largely silent) and 64 percent of the SNP’s voters (Nicola Sturgeon is hailed as a hero). Though the media favoured the Tories over Labour at a rate of 2:1 in the referendum coverage, Corbyn managed 123 media appearances on behalf of Remain, compared with 19 by Alan Johnson, the nominal leader of Labour’s campaign. Johnson could only deliver 33 percent of his own voters to the Remain vote and Owen Smith 47 percent of his. 75 percent of Corbyn’s constituents supported the stay side, the seventh highest rate in Britain. Lukewarm?

A Labour donor went to law to try to get Corbyn as the incumbent struck off the ballot paper in this year’s leadership re-election. The party’s National Executive Committee, flouting the universal understanding of the notion of “any other business” in meetings, hustled through an arbitrary restriction on those who could vote in that re-election. This was challenged in court by representatives of those excluded and found to be a breach of contract, but the appeal court reversed the judgment. Then it emerged that one of the appellate judges is a long-standing professional colleague of Tony Blair.

Such attempts to manipulate the rules strike the unconsulted membership as dishonest, shabby and against natural justice. But at the same time, that membership is insulted and patronised as though its views are somehow illegitimate and certainly not as reliable or significant as those of MPs. The members were dismissed first as naïve youngsters who don’t know the (rewritten) history of the party in the 1980’s, then as bullies and trolls, now as Trotskyite entryists, streaming back from years in the political wilderness and given “the oxygen of publicity” by Tom Watson. Those who left the party in the Blair years – about a quarter-million of them and not only over Iraq – are justly aggrieved to be blackguarded as the “enemy within” in the post-Chilcot party. They remember that Labour under Blair declined by 4 million in the popular vote and that the rot in Scotland began in those years.

Labour toppling Corbyn would create a perfect storm. The party membership has doubled on his watch. If he goes, that support will know that socialism in the Labour party is dead for generations. They won’t take it quietly. Owen Smith presents himself as a man of the left but everyone knows that he is a mere stalking horse for the New Labour programme that Margaret Thatcher herself named as her own greatest achievement. If the fallout is ugly, the parliamentary party will be unable to claim that they have not been warned.

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Bilal Kayed’s strike ends with agreement for his freedom; continued mobilization critical for fellow prisoners

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Bilal Kayed

In a press conference held on Thursday morning, 25 August, Sahar Francis, the executive director of Addameer, confirmed that Bilal Kayed had ended his hunger strike after 71 days following the conclusion of an agreement with Nazi occupation prison administration that he will be released in December 2016, with no renewal of administrative detention.

In the press conference, joined by Kayed’s brother Mahmoud Kayed, as well as Prisoners’ Affairs Committee chair Issa Qaraqe and Osama al-Saadi of the Joint List, Francis noted that occupation security officials had earlier stated that they demanded Kayed be deported to Jordan for four years and noted their intention of keeping him in administrative detention for years. Kayed is held in the intensive care unit at Barzilai hospital and was moved there on 19 August as he refused to consume sugar or vitamin B1. He suffers from blurred vision, difficulty breathing and severe pain throughout his body. He will receive treatment until his condition improves considerably and he is returned to health.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Bilal Kayed for his victory and achievement in the defense of Palestinian rights from the constant attempts of the Nazi occupation to expand, enlarge and intensify the scope of the imprisonment of Palestinian leaders and struggles. We extend our warmest congratulations to Bilal, his struggling family who were at the forefront of his support campaign, his lawyers and advocates with Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and his fellow Palestinian prisoners who engaged in a series of collective hunger strikes within Israeli prisons.

Kayed’s fellow prisoners of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were subject to isolation, the targeting of leaders Ahmad Sa’adat, Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh, Wael Jaghoub and Kamil Abu Hanish among others, excessive daily fines, harassment and assaults, and denial of family and legal visits. We salute the Palestinian people throughout occupied Palestine and in exile, including in the refugee camps of Lebanon, who repeatedly took the streets and mobilized in support of Kayed’s battle for freedom, directly confronting the occupation as well as the international institutions and states that refused to stand for justice for Palestinian prisoners.

Furthermore, Samidoun salutes all of the international activists, organizations and movements that came together to stand beside Bilal Kayed and beside the Palestinian people in this battle of freedom. From the outstanding efforts of the Irish movement for freedom for Bilal Kayed, to the ongoing and constant actions in New York City and Berlin, to the honorary citizenship granted to Bilal in Naples, to the organizers of the Black liberation movement who expressed their solidarity, to the organizers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Turkey, the UK, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Finland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, South Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain and elsewhere who have mobilized in support of Bilal Kayed, international mobilization has escalated to new heights in support of the Palestinian prisoners in this struggle.

We urge the importance of continued mobilization and action in support of Palestinian prisoners, particularly the current hunger strikers, Mahmoud al-Balboul, on strike since 1 July; Mohammed al-Balboul, his brother, on strike since 4 July; and Ayed al-Herama and Malik al-Qadi, on strike since 14 July, all protesting administrative detention without charge or trial – and for continued mobilization in support of the action of all of the Palestinian prisoners, struggling for freedom from Nazi imprisonment, and for freedom and liberation for the Palestinian people throughout Palestine.

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Nazi commander threatens to ‘disable all youth in the camp’ as 2 Palestinians shot in Duheisha

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A file photo of a group of Palestinian youth after being treated for gunshot injuries by Nazi forces (Photo: BADIL)

Two Palestinian youths were injured with live fire during clashes with Nazi soldiers in al-Duheisha refugee camp in southern Bethlehem early Friday morning, as reports emerged of an Nazi army commander making repeated threats in recent weeks to make “all youth in the camp disabled.”

Local sources said that two youths were shot and injured in the legs during clashes that erupted after Nazi forces raided the camp in Friday’s predawn hours.

Sources added that Nazi soldiers raided and searched the house of the incarcerated Palestinian Muhammad al-Seifi, detaining his mother and sister by locking them inside their home to pressure Muhammad’s younger brother Naba to turn himself into Israeli authorities.

Nazi forces also blew off the door of the Ibdaa Cultural Center near the entrance to the camp and occupied the rooftop of the building, from where Nazi snipers fired live ammunition and tear-gas canisters at local youth.

Violent clashes in al-Duheisha are common and break out nearly every time Nazi army forces enter the camp, which is located in Area A and should be under full Palestinian Authority control according to the Oslo agreements.

In a response to a request for comment, an Nazi army spokesperson told Ma’an that the Nazi army was not involved, and claimed Nazi border police were behind it, despite the area being located outside of police jurisdiction in Area A of the occupied West Bank.

Nazi police spokesperson Nazi Micky Rosenfeld ” said he was not aware of the raid, saying it “made no sense” that police would be involved, and confirmed that al-Duheisha fell under the Israeli army’s jurisdiction in terms of raids. When contacted a second time, an Israeli army spokesperson insisted again that the army was not behind the raid and could not say who had been”.

‘I will make all the youth of the camp disabled’

The clashes come in the wake of  reports documented by BADIL, the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, of Nazi army commander making repeated threats during and after raids, and during interrogations, to disable all Palestinian youth in al-Duheisha.

The commander is reportedly responsible for the al-Duheisha area, and known to locals as “Captain Nidal.”

Local youth in al-Duheisha told BADIL that Captain Nidal has made statements such as: “I will make all the youth of the camp disabled,” “I will have all of you walking with crutches and in wheelchairs,” “I will make half of you disabled, and let the other half push the wheelchairs,” and “I will make all of you stand in line at the ATM waiting for your disability subsidies and assistance.”

One of the injured youth told BADIL that Captain Nidal told him to tell his friends that “Nidal will make all of you disabled.”

According to BADIL, which is based in Bethlehem, 30 Palestinians have been shot with live ammunition in the camp since the beginning of the year, the majority in their legs and knees.

They added that al-Duheisha had been raided at least three times by Israeli forces between the end of July and mid-August, during which time 18 Palestinian youth between 14 and 27 years old were shot in their legs — eight of which shot directly in the knee and several more in both legs — causing both permanent and temporary disabilities.

 

The reported threats come amid what BADIL called an intensification of the “systematic targeting” of Palestinian youth in the occupied Palestinian territory — particularly in refugee camps — since the beginning of 2016.

“This targeting has taken the form of injuries and arbitrary killings by the use of live ammunition by the Israeli army in the context of arrest campaigns, military raids, and random wide searches which usually trigger clashes,” the statement said.

BADIL’s statement also highlight a recent Nazi military incursion in the Hebron-area refugee camp al-Fawwar that lasted some 20-hours, during which an unarmed Palestinian teen was shot dead and dozens others were hospitalized.

“These cases of intentional wounding, when added to the comparable actions happening in refugee camps such as Aida, al-Arroub, Qalandia, Amari, and the West Bank at large, prove that these incidents amount to a systematic policy and an implementation of Captain Nidal’s threats.”

“These willful and grave breaches of international law trigger the obligations of third party states and other mandated agencies to put an end to this climate of impunity under which Israeli forces and its officials operate.”

BADIL’s collection of testimonies came as the latest report amid years of well documented cases of abuse and mistreatment of Palestinian children by Israeli forces in the occupied territory, including in East Jerusalem, which is under Nazi police jurisdiction.

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U.S. COMMUNISTS FRET AS SOME PROGRESSIVES SHUN HILLARY

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Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON – How deep and wide is the Communist Party USA’s support for Hillary Clinton?

It’s unambiguous. It’s 100 percent. And it’s uncompromising.

The CPUSA, birthed by Josef Stalin’s pocketbooks and sustained through the fall of the Soviet Union by KGB subsidies, is all in for Hillary.

The party is also excited about America’s corporate press jumping on the bandwagon with support for its candidate.

“Unprecedented early endorsements of Clinton have appeared in the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle, which described Trump as a ‘danger to the Republic,’” the editorial states with approval. “Many refer to Trump as an extreme authoritarian or worse, as a fascist.”

On the other hand, the Democrats meet the political litmus test with flying rainbow colors:

“The message from the DNC was the polar opposite. It reflected the broad electoral coalition backing Clinton, including the labor movement, African American, Latino, Asian and other communities of color, women, the LGBT community, youth, environmentalists, immigrant and disabled rights advocates.”

However, the CPUSA is concerned that not all ‘progressives” are on board for Clinton.

“But there are still some progressives, including some Bernie or Bust activists, who refuse to support Clinton,” the editorial says. “They deeply despise her ties to Wall Street and call her a warmonger and a liar. They see nothing positive in Clinton, her historic candidacy or the Democratic Party platform. They dismiss the broad electoral coalition, including the labor movement, that is backing Clinton and that has shaped the platform, a coalition with obvious leverage. To them, she is as bad as Trump.”

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It continues: “Some are voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein to ‘send a message.’ Still others hope a Clinton defeat provokes a crisis in the Democratic Party leading to its break-up.”

Jill Stein of the Green Party

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Jill Stein of the Green Party

Sounding like a press release from the DNC, the Communist Party editorial explains: “This is a flawed strategy. First, like it or not, we have a two party system. One of the two major parties will win and govern. If this were a parliamentary democracy different tactics would be called for.”

“To call for a vote against Clinton is to separate oneself from this electoral coalition,” it states.

Not only do the Communists want Hillary to win, they want her to win big, explaining “mandates are real. This election will be a national referendum on racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamophobia. The aim should be a landslide defeat of Trump and a decisive rejection of hate. The election of Clinton as the first woman president would make history. A landslide would not end sexism, but it would represent a mighty blow just as the election of President Obama was a blow against racism. It would advance democracy. A landslide makes it more likely that GOP congressional and state legislative majorities can be ousted and an end put to the politics of obstruction. Most people tend to vote straight ticket.”

“A landslide will give added weight to the progressive platform adopted at the Democratic Convention and give encouragement to appoint progressive Supreme Court justices,” the editorial continues. “It would be added pressure against backsliding on opposition to TPP and other trade deals. It will put public opinion and the movements in a better position to pressure against Clinton’s tendency toward military adventurism and policies of regime change.”

“Voting Green Party separates activists and voters from these key forces,” the editorial says. “One cannot credibly engage in mobilizations of labor, civil rights, women’s organizations, LGBT community, and environmentalists while also advocating voting Green Party.”

The Communist Party “press” was out in force at the Democratic National Convention in full support of the Dems and their nominee from the beginning.

Joseph Farah, the founder of WND.com and a former revolutionary communist himself in his youth, said the CPUSA’s coverage was so effusive in its enthusiasm it put MSNBC to shame.

“Back in the day when Stalinists Gus Hall and Angela Davis were regularly nominated by the party as presidential and vice presidential candidates every four years, the U.S. Communists actually had beefs with the Democrats,” he said. “But, in recent years, the party ceased those efforts in favor of a united front with the Democrats, with whom they have very few differences, if any.”

The Communist Party was so eager to endorse Barack Obama for re-election, it couldn’t wait until 2012. It did so a year before the campaign officially got under way. The party was jubilant in 2008, when Obama won his first race for the presidency.

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Hailing Barack Obama’s win as a victory for the “working class,” the Communist Party USA called on the president-elect to carry out his promises, including his noted commitment to “spread the wealth.” An editorial by the People’s Weekly World, the official newspaper of the party, said the victory was for “workers of all job titles, professions, shapes, colors, sizes, hairstyles and languages.”

In 2009, President Obama’s leadership was “one of the best opportunities that Americans have had in decades,” declared a civil-rights activist addressing an overflow crowd at a gathering sponsored by the official newspaper of the Community Party USA.

The party was never disappointed by Obama. Here’s how it critiqued Obama’s final State of the Union Address earlier this year:

“In his final SOTU address, President Obama projected a bold vision for a more socially and economically just nation while appealing to the hopes of the American people. … President Obama pointedly rejected right-wing-Republican policy solutions including repeal of Obamacare, aggressive military buildup and action, tax cuts to the wealthy, blocking common-sense gun control … He also rejected efforts to exploit the fears of the American people using hate, anti-Muslim bigotry, racism and division.

“The challenges facing the nation and planet are immense: climate crisis, massive concentration and inequality of wealth, growing poverty and declining wages, joblessness, including skyrocketing unemployment in the African-American community, over $1 trillion in student debt, a crumbling infrastructure, underfunded schools and social services, lack of affordable housing, a frayed retirement security system, etc.”

David Kupelian, managing editor of WND.com, had this to say earlier this year in a commentary on the shrinking divide between the two parties: “Amazing as it may seem, Barack Obama has dragged the entire Democratic Party so far leftward over the past seven-plus years that today’s Democratic Party has become almost indistinguishable from the Communist Party.

“If that sounds hyperbolic to you, just stop reading right now and pull up the CPUSA’s website,” he added. “Spend some time reading and digesting it. Try to discern any major differences between the Communist Party’s concerns, sensibilities and solutions – on issues from ‘gay’ rights, to unfettered immigration, to renewable energy, to wealth redistribution, to condemning cops as racist, to universal health care – and those of today’s Democratic Party.”

Hillary Clinton’s association with radical thought dates back to at least 1969, when Obama was just 8 years old, himself a protégé early on of Frank Marshall Davis, a loyal Communist Party activist. Interest has been largely fueled by Clinton’s suppressed and later released 92-page senior thesis for Wellesley College offering an extensive, largely positive critique of Saul Alinsky and his work.

Clinton’s 1969 Wellesley College senior thesis was titled “There Is Only the Fight … : An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.” The thesis received attention when it was released after the Bill Clinton presidency. According to reports, in early 1993, the White House requested that Wellesley keep the thesis on “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky confidential and not release any copies.

Clinton was said to have met with Alinsky several times in 1968, when she was writing her thesis. In her most recent memoir, Clinton wrote that she rejected a job offer from Alinsky to instead attend law school.

Read the history of the attacks on marriage and the family, from the days of Karl Marx and Margaret Sanger to those now pushing for mandatory recognition of same-sex “marriage,” in “Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left has Sabotaged Family and Marriage.”

Last year, WND found that long after Alinsky’s death in June 1972, a group Clinton co-chaired maintained a working relationship with Alinsky’s main community organizing outfit, the Industrial Areas Foundation, or IAF. The partnership extended into the 1990s and yielded influence over the education policy of the Bill Clinton presidency, it can now be disclosed. Founded by Alinsky in 1940 and run by him until his death, the IAF is a national community-organizing network established to implement Alinsky’s expansive organizing agenda. After Alinsky’s death, the IAF was taken over by his longtime associate and designated successor, Ed Chambers, who became the group’s executive director.

Dick Morris, a former top political adviser to Bill Clinton both as governor of Arkansas and as president, noted to WND that education reform “is the key issue Hillary Clinton used to propel herself independently to the forefront of Arkansas politics during Bill’s governorship.”

“The revelation of how closely linked her efforts were back in the 80s – and have been since – to an Alinsky radical front group is deeply disturbing and expands our understanding of Hillary’s fundamental radicalism and commitment to the new left of Saul Alinsky,” Morris said.

David Horowitz, whose parents were members of the Communist Party and who himself became a leader in the new left movement of the 1960s and 1970s before rejecting it, said the revelation is significant though not surprising.

“When radicals set out to fundamentally transform a society, the first institution they attack is the educational system which under their influence becomes a system of indoctrination in radical ideas,” he told WND.

Interestingly, the Communist Party USA has not changed its stripes in any significant way. It hasn’t walked back its 100 percent commitment to Communism. What has changed is the Democratic Party.

The drift leftward hit warp speed beginning in the 1990s, according to Farah. That’s the year Bernie Sanders was first elected to Congress and founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“One of his first actions in Congress was to found the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which was partnered with the Democratic Socialists of America,” recounts Farah. “No surprise there, because most Americans have no idea of what the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Democratic Socialists of America are really all about.”

Farah reported on the antics of the caucus in 1998.

“Back then the Congressional Progressive Caucus shared a website with the DSA,” he wrote. “In other words, these two organizations, one government-funded and the other a tax-exempt nonprofit, were of like mind and on the same page politically. What I found back then was astonishing – even for me. On this shared website, that was quickly scrubbed after I exposed it, was a collection of songs I can almost hear Bernie, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus singing in harmony. One of my favorites back then – was ‘Red Revolution’ sung to the tune of ‘Red, Red Robbin.’”

Here are the lyrics as they still appear on the Congressional Progressive Caucus website as captured by the Wayback Machine: (The original site was scrubbed within hours after it was exposed by WND)

When the Red Revolution
brings its solution
along, along

There’ll be no more lootin’
when we start shootin’
that Wall Street throng

Wake up you proletarians
Don’t act like seminarians
Expropriate barbarians
Build a workers’ republic

Exploitation and degradation
you won’t find here
Surplus value and capital will disappear

I’m just a Red again,
saying what I’ve said again,
When the Red Revolution … da, da, da, da
brings its solution … da, da, da, da, da
along

“How do these people get away with denying they are redder than a robin’s breast while singing songs like this – and printing them on the Internet?” asked Farah incredulously.

The song list also included lyrics to “Are You Sleeping, Bourgeoisie,” sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques.”

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie,
And when the revolution comes,
We’ll kill you all with knives and guns,
Bourgeoisie, Bourgeoisie

“For those not trained in the lingo of communism, the dictionary definition of ‘bourgeoisie,’ is, and I quote: ‘(in Marxist theory) the class that, in contrast to the proletariat or wage-earning class, is primarily concerned with property values,’” wrote Farah. “If you’ve got property, if you’re part of the middle class, these people not only want to raise your taxes, they want to kill you with knives and guns!”

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Saudi Zio-Wahhabi rat Demanded US Ground Troops Remove Bashar al-Assad

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Saudi Prince Demanded US Ground Troops Remove Bashar al-Assad
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“You can’t simply deal with ISIS and not deal with Assad,” Prince Turki al-Faisal told CBS News in 2014.

The former ambassador to the United States said “if the need” for US ground troops arises in the effort to depose al-Assad he “hopes the president will change his mind.”

Asked if Saudi Arabia would send ground troops, al-Faisal said no way.

”It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain… to send in ground troops and overthrow the Assad regime,” Obama told the BBC in April.

However, around the time Obama made this remark the United States sent 250 ground troops into Syria—in direct violation of that country’s national sovereignty—under the pretense of fighting the Islamic State.

The Saudis scoffed and said the move was little more than “window dressing.”

Asked about a remark by Iran that Saudi Arabia’s participation in the coalition bombing of Syria is illegal, al-Faisal said Iran’s troops on the ground “killing Syrians” is illegal.

The Saudi prince failed to mention that Russia, Syria, Iran, and Iraq formed a coalition to fight the Islamic State in September 2015. The United States was offered to join the coalition but its response was “unconstructive,” according a statement by Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov.

As a former diplomat, al-Faisal is undoubtedly aware of the invitation by Syria, but then we have to keep in mind he was talking to an American television audience that knows virtually nothing about the real situation in Syria.

CBS did not clarify.

That would be a deviation from the script.

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Guns sold, guns lost: What Pentagon sent to Iraq & Afghanistan after 9/11

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Since September 2001, the Pentagon has listed $40 billion worth of contracts for small arms intended for Afghanistan and Iraq, supplying 1.45 million guns to both countries while only accounting for 3 percent of them, says a new report by a British NGO.

The London-based nonprofit Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) pored over 14 years’ worth of contracts issued by the US Department of Defense, documenting the purchases of small arms – defined as anything under 30mm in caliber – ammunition and attachments, such as sniper scopes or tripods. They found a massive amount of weapons supplied by the US to the primary theaters of the “War on Terror,” and remarkably little accounting of whose hands they ended up in.

“Our findings raise concerns about the DOD’s own transparency and accountability when it comes to issuing contracts,” Iain Overton, AOAV’s director of investigations, said when announcing the report’s publication Wednesday.

Not only has the Pentagon’s contract database listed only 3 percent of the approximately 1.45 million small arms sent to Iraq and Afghanistan over the years, “we also know the US government has acknowledged they don’t know where many of these weapons now are,” Overton added.

A team of AOAV researchers spent almost a year looking into every contract published by the Pentagon between September 11, 2001 and September 10, 2015, said the organization, whose mission is “research and advocacy in order to reduce the incidence and impact of global armed violence.”

What they found was just over $40 billion of solicitations for small arms, ammunition and attachments, with just under $20 billion actually paid out to contractors. Of the 412 published contracts, 137 – or 33 percent – contained errors and discrepancies.

Ten companies accounted for 65 percent of the total published contract values, the researchers found. The top five contractors were Alliant Techsystems – now split into OrbitalATK and Vista Outdoor – DRS Technologies, BAE Systems Inc., Knight’s Armament Co, and General Dynamics. The largest single contract was for the modernization of Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri, worth up to $8.48 billion.

Some 949,582 small arms were sent to Iraq, and another 503,328 to Afghanistan, amounting to 1,452,910 assault and sniper rifles, pistols, machine guns and other unspecified firearms. Yet the Department of Defense contract publications listed only 19,602 of these weapons, just over 1 percent of the total. When AOAV pressed for verification, the DOD provided itemized lists for 719,474 weapons provided through June 2016.

The numbers “tell the story of two wars that did not go as pitched,” veteran military correspondent CJ Chivers wrote in the New York Times Magazine, commenting on AOAV’s findings.

The retired Marine and author of The Gun also filled in a piece of the puzzle the researchers missed by not counting the grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons provided by the Pentagon.

“The data offer no insight into a startlingly risky aspect of the Pentagon’s arming of local forces with infantry arms: the wide distribution of anti-armor weapons, including RPG-7s,” Chivers wrote.

After the first few weeks of each war, the only armor on either battlefield was either American or allied, “which made the Pentagon’s practice of providing anti-armor weapons to Afghan and Iraqi security forces puzzling,” Chivers wrote. “Why would they need anti-armor weapons when they had no armor to fight? All the while rockets were somehow mysteriously being fired at American convoys and patrols in each war.”

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Kerry In Kenya Spreading ‘American Exceptionalism’

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Secretary of State John Kerry was in Africa earlier this week. He visited Nigeria and promised more US military aid to the country as it struggles with an increase of activity by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Of course it was the 2011 US attack on Libya that provided a windfall of weapons for Boko Haram and enabled them to dramatically expand. Kerry said he’d look into selling Nigeria some military planes as well. He also promised a few million dollars to Kenya to help them with their elections. As usual, that money will likely help ensure that the “right” people (i.e. US puppets) win the elections. He also discussed the additional UN troops that would be trying to sort out the bloody chaos in South Sudan, another US intervention “success story.” The country was essentially created by the US to try to deny Chinese oil interests in Sudan. The result has been nothing but chaos and mayhem. Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

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War Criminal Tony Blair Reveals Self-Doubt After Public Shaming

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Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has reappeared since his public shaming at the hands of Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry last month to defend his record on mass immigration and ponder whether his own views on politics have hit the rocks.

Speaking ahead of the publication of the latest UK immigration figures, Blair told Politico magazine that although there is a need for “rules and not prejudices,” immigration could be “good for a country.

It [immigration] brings fresh energy. It lowers the age of the workforce,” he said.

In the extensive interview he also questioned whether his own centrist Thatcherite politics have had their day.

One thing I’m not sure of – and it’s a very open question – is whether the type of politics that I represent really has had its day or not,” he said.

Now I obviously believe passionately it hasn’t, that it’s still the answer and not the problem, and you know, the evidence points both ways.

Blair lamented that the reestablishment of socialist ideas in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn appeared to leave right-wingers ostracized.

It’s an attitude of mind that says that I’m a Labour politician, but, you know, I can see decent Tories with good ideas. Now, you say that to parts of the Labour Party today, and they’d say, ‘Well, you’re a traitor,’” the former PM said.

Blair has been largely off the radar since the Iraq War Inquiry strongly criticized his conduct before, during and after the 2003 invasion.

Families of some of the soldiers killed in the war have exceeded their own £150,000 (about US$200,000) target to hire a legal team to scour the two-million-word report in order to find actionable evidence to sue Blair.

Roger Bacon, whose son Matthew was killed serving in Iraq, told RT that any money raised in a civil case by military families against Blair will be donated to the Iraqi people to improve their lives.

Matthew Bacon, a British Army major, was killed by a roadside bomb while traveling in a lightly-armored Snatch vehicle in Iraq in 2005.

His bereaved father described his awe at the staggering success of the Iraq War Families Campaign’s crowdfunding drive to fund a full legal examination of the Chilcot report for evidence challenging the legality of the war.

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Domestic violence shelters in Israel used to gain free housing for women who lie for money

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Marianne Azizi writes:

There is no doubt that shelters for women victims of domestic violence are a boon to battered women. However, the use of such a shelter to gain an economic advantage or to avoid legal penalties is a growing trend in Israel. This leads to the conclusion that the organisations that run these shelters are either incompetence or corrupt.

One such shelter is called Woman to Woman, based in Rivka Street, Jerusalem. It  is headed by Orna Ginio (pictured above) and claims to rehabilitate and house battered and emotionally abused women. Working on referrals from social workers or police, it takes severely abused women into its care.

Sounds great. So why would a woman who has not been battered or abused be allowed to enter this centre? It happens with frightening regularity, and the reason is to gain financial and legal advantage over men. It is also a lucrative business for the centres which stand to receive a fortune in profits.

The case of Odelia Evgy

Odelia Evgy is one such woman who has chosen to abuse the system. Nearly two months ago she disappeared with her son and stopped responding to phone calls and text messages. This happened three days after she had lost her application in court to abrogate a joint custody judgement which has stood since the birth of her son, Avraham. She also lost her application for permission to relocate the child 120 kilometres away from his father.

Odelia Evgy

Ms Evgy is now milking the resources of the state to the bone as not only did she receive automatic admission to a shelter without evidence of ever having been battered or abused, but she also has been able to trigger an automatic annulment of the joint custody order. In addition, she is receiving free legal aid from the government, even though she earns triple the eligibility level of 5,500 shekels (USD 1,456) per month. She is a chief secretary at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, earning 15,000 shekels (USD 3,971) a month and qualifies on the spurious claim that the legal aid is for the child who does not have an income.

A judgement given by judge Elia Nuss, dated 20 July, is now worthless as presenting a welcome letter from the social worker Yehudit Etoel and the Women to Women Shelter on Rivka Street in Jerusalem means that Ms Evgy has full immunity.

A day before Ms Evgy checked into the shelter she had tried to obtain an ex parte protection order from the criminal court in Hashalom, Jerusalem, claiming that the quality of her life had been disrupted and that she was being spied upon. The judge denied her application and sent her back to the family court in Petach Tikvah.

That day, she jetted to Petach Tikvah and appeared before a different judge, Nava Gadish, claiming the same quality of life disruption, because she had to accept giving away the son to his father for 50 per cent of the time. Again, the judge declined to sign the order but was willing to set up a hearing on notice to Ms Evgy’s former husband, Ariel Formanovski, within 48 hours.

During those 48 hours, Ms Evgy, who had been defeated three times in seven days, simply played her ace card and disappeared into a shelter. She sent a fax to judge Gadish saying that she no longer needed the services of the judge because she found a more useful remedy in the law, which is the shelter. She then decided to drop the false claims in the court and failed to show up.

Normally in Israel litigants who open proceedings and don’t appear in court for their own initiated cases are expected to pay the legal fees of the other side whose time was wasted. In this case, judge Gadish declined to order the expenses simply because Ms Evgy was able to cloak herself with the invisible gown of a battered woman.

As a reminder, only a week before a judgement concluding two years of litigation said that there was not an iota of evidence of domestic violence and that Ms Evgy must split her time with the child 50 per cent with the father, as in the original agreement.

The next thing that followed is a phone call from social worker Iris Eshel, which notified the father that the welfare authorities had decided to revoke the court’s judgement and that from now on his contact with the child will be reduced from 50 per cent of the time to 60 minutes a week in a notorious child contact centre.

The best time to play these tricks is in the last two weeks of July, when the courts begin their summer recess and no new cases can be filed. The father and former husband, Mr Formanovski, consulted lawyers who offered a whole range of fight-back options but none of them can even begin until September, when the courts return to work.

Ill-gotten benefits

The benefits now available to Ms Evgy consist of free housing for six to 12 months, free legal aid and a host of other goodies. This is an insult to genuinely abused women and a valuable place is lost in the battered women’s shelter. The social worker has admitted in a recorded phone call that the mother’s story had not been checked out, nor any assessments made.

Meanwhile, Mr Formanovski had learned that Ms Evgy claimed she felt afraid after he went searching for his son in Nili – the day when it was claimed she was not in the premises where he had enquired about his son, and that she had also told the landlord where she had been staying that she was desperate for the father, Mr Formanovski, to be involved in the upbringing of their son and that, despite all efforts, he wasn’t interested – all a pack of lies. The son had spent half his life with his father, at least three to four days a week since he was born.

The whole afternoon at Nili was recorded by two video makers, showing absolutely no aggression or unacceptable behaviour on the part of Mr Formanovski. These videos were considered by the police as sufficient evidence to release him from prison.

No rights

According to the judge, Mr Formanovski has no rights left, now that Ms Evgy chose to go to a women’s shelter. The social workers have no interest in checking the truth, and are partaking in Ms Evgy’s lies. The police, who refused to help or explain anything, also played a part, claiming that the woman’s right is absolute whether or not she lies.

This is a new reality for fathers, the reality of Israel’s nuclear bomb in the post-divorce legal battles, the ultimate weapon, neshek yom ha’din, or the doomsday weapon.

In Israel there are 14 shelters for battered women that are run by notorious organisations such as Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO), Naamat, Emuna, and other radical feminist organisations, each milking the system and using as propaganda the claim of helping “battered” women.

A profitable business

For each bed, typically a share of a bunk bed, the “battered” women’s centres charge the state 14,000 shekels (USD 3,707) a month. That is 470 (USD 124) a night, almost the cost of staying in a four star hotel. This doesn’t include armoured transport from the shelter to the courts, at 1,000 shekels (USD264) per ride. If the woman has a child in the shelter the cost rises by another 17,000 shekels (USD 4,500) per month. So, in this case Ms Evgy is costing the state over 31,000 shekels (USD 8,208).

The Woman to Woman shelter is completely negligent, first, by allowing a non-battered woman to enter the shelter and, second, by profiting from filling a bed without meeting the shelter’s publicised criteria. For the women, this is a very attractive deal because upon graduation from the shelter they get an immediate bonus of 10,000 shekels (2,647), plus a 33 per cent assistance to pay their monthly rent. The so-called “non-profit” women’s organisations which run these shelters do not have to provide any staff of their own, because they receive free manpower from the alternative national service comprising women who refuse to join the army at the age of 18. Those 18-19 year old girls, all Orthodox Jews, receive 2,500 shekels (USD 660) per month from the state to serve in the shelters.

Moreover, the women themselves are required to do their own cleaning, babysitting and cooking. Almost every shelter boasts a donor roll of double the charge to the Israeli state, under the pretext that the state pays too little to house the poor women. In fact, the Woman to Woman shelter raised 300,000 shekels (USD 79,439) in one fundraising campaign last year and receive millions of dollars from US Jewish organisations and Christian evangelists.

Several women who have been in these shelters have spoken in confidence, saying that they had been coached to make false claims against former spouses. They also talk about the fear that if they make any mistakes the social workers would take their children away from them. It is a slippery slope to play these games as usually the welfare authorities win, to the magnitude of nearly 10,000 children a year being stolen and yielding an income of 17,000 shekels (USD 4,500) per month per child.

Given the run around

Mr Formanovski wrote to the justice minister, Aleyet Shaked, who responded by saying that he should contact the attorney-general, Avichai Mendelblit. Mr Mendelblit’s office replied saying he should take his complaints to the police. Following previous complaints, the police sent a letter saying he should take his case to Mr Mendelblit – the usual run around from the Israeli authorities.

There are no remedies available for fathers whose children are snatched from them – no independent ombudsman, no international treaties. Most fathers give up. One father recently mentioned that after 20 false arrests and imprisonments, he just didn’t have the strength or money to keep fighting for his child.

As for Mr Formanovski’s son, Avraham, he has been snatched away from the life he has always known, his father gone from his life and with no idea why. He is living in conditions unknown to his father and could be feeling lost, afraid and also being filled with lies to alienate him from his father. His young life is in danger of being destroyed, with full state sponsorship.

The Israeli state has no interest in children having fathers, and supports every feminist endeavour to render men unnecessary. As one young feminist has aid, “men/fathers are not required, they should be on a constant trial to prove themselves worthy, or else they should be removed from the picture”.

This is the reality in Israel, and it is costing lives. Over 5,000 men have committed suicide in the last 10-15 years, and it is all buried in propaganda and profit.

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