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British woman fighting against ISIS in Syria says MI5 targeting her family

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Kimmie Taylor is fighting alongside American and British troops as well. What questions come to mind?

British woman fighting against ISIS in Syria says MI5 targeting her family

The first British female fighter to join the battle against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Syria says UK intelligence agency MI5 is targeting her family, who are now “afraid for their own safety.”

Kimberley Taylor, 27, has been fighting alongside the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), an all-female affiliate of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), in Syrian Kurdistan. She is part of the ‘Rojava revolution’, a left-wing Kurdish movement in northern Syria.

Taylor, from Liverpool, claims her mother, father, stepfather and sister have been visited by counterterrorism police at their homes in Prescot and Chorley.

Their laptops and phones were confiscated and have still not been returned, a month after they were seized, says Taylor, who also goes by the name Zilan Dilmar.

“One month later, [police] still haven’t been given anything back. This means that we haven’t been able to have contact for all this time and their stress levels about my safety must be sky high,” she told the BBC.

“My family are now not only afraid for my safety … they are now also afraid for their own safety from the British establishment, which they do not see the reasons or aims behind,” Taylor, a former University of Liverpool math student, added.

“Their actions aren’t justified at all. The British establishment are playing political games. This is not about controlling terrorist threats, this is about frightening people who want to change for the world and Britain too.”

A government spokesperson said those who travel abroad in order to participate in conflicts could face prosecution when they return to the UK.

The Metropolitan Police has warned that anyone who travel to Syria to fight could be arrested and questioned when they return. The Home Office said it could not comment on police operations.

Taylor traveled to the front line in October and is involved in the push towards Raqqa, IS’s de facto capital in Syria. As part of the YPJ’s combat media team, her primary job is to record the militia’s operations, write battle reports and take photos of the action.

Speaking to British media last month, Taylor said: “I’m willing to give my life for this. It’s for the whole world, for humanity and all oppressed people, everywhere.

“It’s not just [IS’s] killing and raping. It’s systematic mental and physical torture on a scale we can’t imagine.”

While Taylor is the first known woman from the UK to reach Syria to join the fight against IS, numerous men have already done so.

In January, it emerged Ryan Lock was killed during a battle in December while volunteering for the YPG.

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Gas From ‘Israel’ And The Flynn Wiretapping – Behind The Deep-State Infighting Over The Trump Election

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What is really behind the deep-state infighting over the U.S. elections and the “wire tapping” of the Trump campaign? Why was the CIA-Neocon axis vehemently lobbying against Trump? What foreign interests and what money is involved in this? Answers to these questions are now emerging.

The former director of the CIA under Clinton, James Woolsey, went to the Wall Street Journal and offered some information (likely some true and some false) on the retired General Flynn and the lobbying businesses he was involved in. Woolsey is an arch-neoconservative. He had worked on the transition team of Trump but got fired over “growing tensions over Trump’s vision for intelligence agencies.” Flynn is the former National Security Advisor of Trump who later also got fired. Woolsey was a board member of Flynn’s former lobbying company FIG.

Woolsey claims: In September 2016 he took part in a meeting between Flynn and high level Turkish officials, including the Turkish foreign minister and the energy minister who is the son of the Turkish president Erdogan. During the meeting, Woolsey claims, a brainstorming took place over how the Turkish cult leader Fethullah Gülen could -probably by illegal means- be removed from the U.S. and handed over to Turkey.

Gülen is accused by the Erdogan mafia of initiating a coup attempt against it. The U.S. claims officially that there is no evidence for such an accusation and that Gülen can therefore not be rendered to Turkey. Gülen is an old CIA asset that helped the U.S. deep state to control Turkey.  Erdogan divorced from the Gülen organization after it became useless for his neo-Ottoman project.

Here is the WSJ report on the Woolsey claims and a video clip with parts of his WSJ interview. Woolsey also went on CNN where he repeated his WSJ story.

Flynn was accused by the anti-Trump campaign to have worked for Russia. He had taken several $10,000 for speeches he gave in Moscow. He also, at times, had argued for better U.S. relations with Russia. But Flynn’s pro-Russia stand was probably honest. (Or the bribes involved were just smaller than the ones paid by others.) The money he got on the speaker circus was rather small for a man in his position.

Flynn’s real corruption was on another issue. After having been fired from the Trump administration, Flynn retroactively filed under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). His lobbying firm had a contract over $530,000 to work for a company near to the Turkish president Erdogan:

In its filing, Mr. Flynn’s firm said its work from August to November “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.” The filing said his firm’s fee, $530,000, wasn’t paid by the government but by Inovo BV, a Dutch firm owned by a Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin.

This lobbying, not the alleged Flynn-Putin relation, is the real scandal and part of the Trump/CIA/Clinton deep-state in-fighting.

The meeting Woolsey described was under the “Turkish” Flynn contract. The Turkish business man, and owner of Inovo, Ekim Alptekin is a member of the Erdogan gang. But hidden at the very end of the WSJ story is the real key to understand the shady network:

Inovo hired Mr. Flynn on behalf of an Israeli company seeking to export natural gas to Turkey, the filing said, and Mr. Alptekin wanted information on the U.S.-Turkey political climate to advise the gas company about its Turkish investments.

It was the Israeli gas company, not the Alptekin outlet, that drove the issue.

The Leviathan (and Tamar) gas fields in the Mediterranean along the Israeli coast are a huge energy and profit resource IF the gas from them can be exported to Europe. Several companies are involved in the exploration and all are looking for ways to connect the fields to the European gas network. There are (likely true) rumors that huge bribes have been paid in Israel, Jordan and elsewhere to win exploration contracts and to sell the gas. Negotiations between Israel and Turkey over the pipeline have been on and off. They depend on a positive climate towards Israel in the Turkish government which again depends on the often changing political position of the Erdogan gang.

The picture evolving here (lots of sleuthing and sources) is this:

An Israeli company (or whoever is behind it) wants a gas pipeline to Turkey. It hires Flynn and Alptekin to arrange a positive climate for the Leviathan pipeline within the Turkish government. It offers Flynn more than half a million for a little (4-month long) influence work. His job is to create a “friendly atmosphere” for the deal by using his influence in the U.S. to accommodate Erdogan. A major point that is expected from Flynn is to arrange the handover of Gülen, by whatever means, from the U.S. to Erdogan.

After accepting the (lobbying) bribe Flynn-the-whore suddenly changes his former anti-Turkish, pro-Russian, pro-Kurdish political position into a pro-Turkish, neutral-Russian and anti-Kurdish one. (His lobbying firm also makes some smaller payments related to the Clinton email-server scandal. This may be related to links between the Clinton family and the Gülen school empire.) He has a meeting with the Turkish government/Erdogan officials part of which is a discussion of a removal of Gülen to Turkey. He pens a pro Erdogan anti-Gülen op-ed which is published on the day of the election and he denigrates the Pentagon plan to work with the Kurds in Syria.

The NSA, CIA and the FBI are listening to Flynn’s conversations with Turkish and Israeli interests. (For the old and long history of such “wiretapping” of Turkish and Israeli connections and various dirty and criminal deals they revealed read and ask Sibel Edmonds.)

The projects which Flynn is involved in, especially removing Gülen, are against the long term interests of the (neoconservative-driven) CIA. Selected tapes of his talks are transcribed and distributed within the anti-Trump campaign. This is the origin of the “wiretapping” of the Trump Tower the U.S. president lamented about. The stuff the CIA dug up about Flynn’s dealing was and is used against Trump.

Woolsey is caught up in this as he also worked for Flynn’s lobbying firm. (His neocon-pro-Zionist history suggests that he is the senior Israeli watchdog over Flynn in all this.) He is now engaged in damage control and is “coming clean” and selectively leaking his anti-Flynn stuff to exculpate himself. (There is probably also some new, better deal involved that will pay off from him.)

The Israeli-Turkish pipeline and the related deep-state fight are not the only issue involved in the campaign against Trump. There are also British interests and British intelligence involvement especially with the accusations against Russia of “hacking” of the DNC. If and how these fit in with above has not yet been revealed.

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BOYCOTT THE ZIONIST REGIME OF JORDAN

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The *FREE ARAB VOICE*

In this issue of the Free Arab Voice (FAV), we present articles and
reports focusing on the reflections of the Arab-Zionist Conflict in
Jordan:
1) The List of Shame: the List of Normalizers with the Zionist Invader
in Jordan that Sent Several Anti-Normalization Activists to Jail - by
the Free Arab Voice, compiled off of the reports of the
Anti-Normalization Committee of the Union of Professional Associations
in Jordan  [Another list including normalizers in other Arab states is
currently being compiled as well].
2) Crack-Down of Jordanian Regime on Anti-Normalization Activists
Escalates.  A Report by : Dr. Hisham Bustani
3) Jordan: A Third Wave of Arrests, by Ibrahim Alloush and Tawfic
Abdul-Fatah
4) What You Can Do to Help: The Committee in Support of Political
Prisoners in Jordan
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The List of Shame:
=================
Remember, not a single nation on earth deems individual dealings with
its enemies a matter of personal opinion!  In most countries, individual
dealings with foreign powers that are committing aggression against any
given country are punishable by law.  TREASON IS NOT A POINT OF VIEW.
For dealing with the enemy constitutes a transgression on public rights,
just like killing, stealing, or rape.
Nevertheless, under most Arab regimes, it is those who are defending
public rights that go to jail, while those dealing and normalizing
relations with the enemy get government protection.  This is exactly
what happened in Jordan when seven members of the Anti-Normalization
Committee of the Union of Professional Associations were arrested two
days ago.  This is exactly what will go on happening as long as our
regimes do not represent the will of the people.
Below, you shall find the list of Jordanian normalizers with the Zionist
enemy that sent the aforementioned seven to jail under bogus charges.
REMEMBER WHO THOSE NORMALIZERS ARE.  BOYCOTT THEM.  DISTRIBUTE THEIR
NAMES.  LET THEM REMAIN EXCOMMUNICATED ALONG WITH THEIR THIRTY PIECES OF
SILVER UNTIL THEY REPENT.
The List of Shame:
(Courtesy of the Free Arab Voice www.fav.net)
First: Individual Jordanian Normalizers
1) Sultan Hattab: Frequent visits to the Zionist enemy along with the
   Copenhagen group.

2) Nader Omran: receiving foreign financing to cooperate with Zionist
   groups in the area of theatre.

3) Tareq Hamidi: Issuing a publication that calls for normalization with
   the invader, and attending the celebration to commemorate the
   anniversary of “Israel”.

4) Hisham Yanness: Frequent visits to the Zionist entity and common
   plays with Zionist actors.

5) Hammadeh Fara’eneh: an MP, frequent visits to the Zionist entity and
   an activist for normalization.

6) Muhammad Ra’efat: Frequent visits to the Zionist entity and an
   activist for normalization.

7) Ahamad Ouaydi Abadi: an MP, Frequent visits to the Zionist entity and
   an activist for normalization.

8) Abdallah Hassanat: A visit to the Zionist entity as part of a media
   delegation.

9) Simon Khoury: of the Aqua Marina Hotel in Al Aqaba, organizing
   maritime sports events with the Zionist invader.

10) Ibrahim Shahrazadah: A broadcaster on Jordanian TV, interviewing
    Zionist ‘experts’.

11) Shawkat Obeidat: a lawyer, submitted an application to the City of
    Irbid to register a Zionist factory there.

12) Dauod Kuttab: foreign financing and cooperation in the area of TV
    production with the Zionist invader.

13) Dr. Muhanna Haddad: a lecturer at Haifa University and an activist
    for normalization.

14) Jihad Mumani: a visit to the Zionist entity as part of a media
    delegation and a prominent caller for normalization.

15) Shaher Mubarak Khraiss: Inviting the Zionist Ambassador to visit
    Irbid.

16) Muhammad Odeh: of real estate, sold the building that the Zionist
    Embassy occupies now in Al Rabiyeh in Amman for one million and one
    hundred thousand Jordanian dinars ($ 1.54 million).

17) Samir Qawar: an engineer, partaking in the parties of the Zionist
    Embassy.

18) Mikail Dabeett: the lawyer of the Zionist Embassy.

19) Sami Affash Odwan: attending the celebrations of the fifteenth of
    May at the Zionist Embassy.

20) Ghaleb Al Koufahi: a normalizer, the founder of the so-called
    ‘Jordanian Peace Association’ calling for normalization.

21) Ghazi Al Saadi: attending the celebrations of the fifteenth of May
    at the Zionist Embassy.

22) Issam Nsairat: an activist for normalization through the so-called
    ‘Jordanian Association for World Peace and Culture’.

23) Amal Dabbass: a normalizer who repented openly through the press at
    the start of the second Intifada.

24) Nabil Sawalhah: a normalizer who repented openly through the press
    at the start of the second Intifada.
Second: The Jordanian Members of the Copenhagen Group for Normalization
with the Invader, including some top officials of the regime
1) Ziad Salah
2) Adnan Abu Odeh
3) Tayseer Abdul Jaber
4) Ahamad Zoubi
5) George Salem Taimeh Khawatmeh
6) Tahseen Shardam
7) Marwan Doudeen
8) Jawad Al Anani
9) Rami Khoury
10) Abdallah Taher Kanaan
11) Samer Mustafa Abu Libdeh
12) Fayez Tarawneh
Third: A List of Jordanian Companies that Normalize with the Zionist
Entity
1) Century Group (Al Asser): owned and run by Ziad Salah and Omar Ziad
   Salah. This group of companies is a Qualified Industrial Zone
   partnership with Zionist investors.  It includes the following branches:

a) Century for Gold Industries, managed by George Toumeh, b) Century for
   Medical Attire, managed by Hazem Abdul Latif, c) Century for
   Electronics, managed by Aquil Baydoun, d) Century for Clothing, managed
   by Nadim Al Assad, e) Century for Suits, managed by Ali Sharif.

2) RMC (Al Ramz), for construction, Zionist partners.  Abdul Razaq
   Dajani and Wasif Al Jibsheh are the authorized signatories of RMC.

3) Five Stars Company for Tourist Services, agents for the Zionist el Al
   Zionist Airlines, owned by Mitri Yacoub Twal, managed by Mahmoud Salah
   Nabih.

4) Zai Company for Ready Clothing, managed by Muhammad Turk, a Qualified
   Industrial Zone company, imports industrial inputs from the invader.

5) The International Company for Luggage, Boskan, a Chinese company at
   al Hassan Industrial Zone, a Qualified Industrial Zone company, managed
   by Charlie Chang, imports industrial inputs from the invader.

6) Jaaffar al Kurdi and Co., owned by Jaaffar al Kurdi, imports Methyl
   Promide gas from the invader.

7) Thimar for Gardens and Agriculture, Malouh Al Issa and sons, imports
   compounded fertilizers from the invader.

8) Adul Hai Al Majali Co., uses Zionist experts to implant bananas and
   desalinate water.

9) Middle East Company for Trade and Agriculture, Jack George Khayat,
   imports corn and animal feed from the invader and through the port of
   Haifa.

10) Petra Company for Engineering Industries, Ossama Hussein, exports
    air conditioners to the Zionist entity.

11) The Baccalureate (Private) School, encourages students to attend
    joint activities with the invader in the so-called ‘Peace Camps’.
    Distributed exclusive prizes to those students who agreed to participate
    in camps with Zionists.

12) Youbeel (Private) School, sponsors ‘Peace Camps’, and encourages
    students to participate and exchange visits with the invader.

13) Safir Imperial Hotel, at the Fourth Circle in Amman, managed by
    Ahmad Hadi Abu Mattar, the only establishment that agreed to host
    the fifteenth of May party of the Zionist Embassy in May, 2000.

14) National Show Halls (Ma’ared al wataniyah), managed by Fakhri
    Nasser, organizing a general exhibition for Zionist Industries.

15) The Jordanian Al Aswaq Company for Journalism and Publishing,
    of the business daily al Asswaq, Mustafa Abu Libdeh, printing
    the ‘Voice of Peace” publication that calls for normalization
    with Zionists and attending the parties of the Zionist Embassy.
Fourth: Qualified Companies at al Hassan Industrial Park
‘Qualified’ means the presence of a Zionist partner, or that the said
company is importing at least eight (8) percent of its inputs from the
Zionist entity.  This will qualify such a company to export to the
United States without having to pay any tariffs. These include:

1)  The Century Group, including all its branches.

2)  Crystal for Ready-Made Clothing, managed by Muhammad Ali Majid and
    Sons.

3)  The International Company for Luggage, Boskan, managed by Charlie
    Chang.

4)  Millennium Company for Cloth Manufacturing, managed by Nidal Abul
    Hajj.

5)  Best Clothing Company, managed by Ahamad Batayneh.

6)  Sari’s International Company for Clothing, managed by Ahmad Abu
    Bakr. This company employs lots of Zionist experts.

7)  Advanced for Clothes Manufacturing, managed by Josef Haddad.

8)  South Asia for Clothes Manufacturing, Sunny.

9)  The Miracle of the Century Company, managed by Hazem Abdul Latif.

10) Zai for Ready-Made Clothing, managed by Muhammad Turk. A Qualified
    Industrial Zone company located outside Al Hassan Industrial Park.

11) The Arab Italian Company for Manufacturing Insulating Substances,
    managed by Khalil Jilani.

12) Hilmi Armoush Company for Maritime Business, an agent for ZIM, a
    Zionist company, and the owner of all MacDonald’s franchises in
    Jordan. DON’T EAT ANYMORE BIG MACS.
Fifth: Jordanian Wholesale Importers of Fruits from the Zionist Entity
1) Salman Maayitah and Muhammad Zoubi, franchise the Veterans store in
   the central market for vegetables.

2) Majdi Madani, of the Madani Company.

3) Muhammad Daghmash and Marwan Bayoud, Zaoura’ Company.

4) Muhammad and Mahmoud Jaber.

5) Kamel Ajjouri, the Company of Kamel Ajjouri’s Sons.
Sixth: Former Normalizers who Repented Publicly or Simply Ceased
       Dealing with the Invader
I – Those whose explanations and apologies have been accepted by the
    Anti-Normalization Committee-
1) Dr. Marwan Saeh
2) Dr. Fathi Addass
3) Mr. Musa Attallah Hawash, of Al Manar Establishment for Chemical
   Supplies
II – Those institutions that were asked to explain where they stand,
     and which proved to have ceased dealing with the invader-
1) Safir Imperial Hotel on the Fourth Circle in Amman
2) Jack George Khayat, an Engineer
3) Daoud Kuttab
4) Al Nisser Factories for Distillation
5) Nader Omran
6) Actor Muhammad Qabbani
7) Actress Amal Dabbass.
You are receiving this List courtesy of the Free Arab Voice
(www.fav.net).
The Free Arab Voice
Amman, Jordan
Januray 29, 2001
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2) Crack-Down of Jordanian Regime on Anti-Normalization Activists
Escalates. A Report by : Dr. Hisham Bustani
http://www.fav.net/jordanCrackDownOnAntiNormalizationActivists.htm
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3) Jordan: A Third Wave of Arrests, by Ibrahim Alloush and
   Tawfic Abdul-Fattah
http://www.fav.net/jordanATthirdWaveOfArrests.htm
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4) What You Can Do to Help: The Committee in Support of
   Political Prisoners in Jordan
http://www.fav.net/committeeInSupportOfPoliticalPrisonersInJordan.htm
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The *FREE ARAB VOICE* 
In this issue of the Free Arab Voice (FAV), we present articles and
reports focusing on the reflections of the Arab-Zionist Conflict in
Jordan:
1) The List of Shame: the List of Normalizers with the Zionist Invader
in Jordan that Sent Several Anti-Normalization Activists to Jail - by
the Free Arab Voice, compiled off of the reports of the
Anti-Normalization Committee of the Union of Professional Associations
in Jordan  [Another list including normalizers in other Arab states is
currently being compiled as well].
2) Crack-Down of Jordanian Regime on Anti-Normalization Activists
Escalates.  A Report by : Dr. Hisham Bustani
3) Jordan: A Third Wave of Arrests, by Ibrahim Alloush and Tawfic
Abdul-Fatah
4) What You Can Do to Help: The Committee in Support of Political
Prisoners in Jordan
######################################################
The List of Shame:
=================
Remember, not a single nation on earth deems individual dealings with
its enemies a matter of personal opinion!  In most countries, individual
dealings with foreign powers that are committing aggression against any
given country are punishable by law.  TREASON IS NOT A POINT OF VIEW.
For dealing with the enemy constitutes a transgression on public rights,
just like killing, stealing, or rape.
Nevertheless, under most Arab regimes, it is those who are defending
public rights that go to jail, while those dealing and normalizing
relations with the enemy get government protection.  This is exactly
what happened in Jordan when seven members of the Anti-Normalization
Committee of the Union of Professional Associations were arrested two
days ago.  This is exactly what will go on happening as long as our
regimes do not represent the will of the people.
Below, you shall find the list of Jordanian normalizers with the Zionist
enemy that sent the aforementioned seven to jail under bogus charges.
REMEMBER WHO THOSE NORMALIZERS ARE.  BOYCOTT THEM.  DISTRIBUTE THEIR
NAMES.  LET THEM REMAIN EXCOMMUNICATED ALONG WITH THEIR THIRTY PIECES OF
SILVER UNTIL THEY REPENT.
The List of Shame:
(Courtesy of the Free Arab Voice www.fav.net)
First: Individual Jordanian Normalizers
1) Sultan Hattab: Frequent visits to the Zionist enemy along with the
   Copenhagen group.

2) Nader Omran: receiving foreign financing to cooperate with Zionist
   groups in the area of theatre.

3) Tareq Hamidi: Issuing a publication that calls for normalization with
   the invader, and attending the celebration to commemorate the
   anniversary of “Israel”.

4) Hisham Yanness: Frequent visits to the Zionist entity and common
   plays with Zionist actors.

5) Hammadeh Fara’eneh: an MP, frequent visits to the Zionist entity and
   an activist for normalization.

6) Muhammad Ra’efat: Frequent visits to the Zionist entity and an
   activist for normalization.

7) Ahamad Ouaydi Abadi: an MP, Frequent visits to the Zionist entity and
   an activist for normalization.

8) Abdallah Hassanat: A visit to the Zionist entity as part of a media
   delegation.

9) Simon Khoury: of the Aqua Marina Hotel in Al Aqaba, organizing
   maritime sports events with the Zionist invader.

10) Ibrahim Shahrazadah: A broadcaster on Jordanian TV, interviewing
    Zionist ‘experts’.

11) Shawkat Obeidat: a lawyer, submitted an application to the City of
    Irbid to register a Zionist factory there.

12) Dauod Kuttab: foreign financing and cooperation in the area of TV
    production with the Zionist invader.

13) Dr. Muhanna Haddad: a lecturer at Haifa University and an activist
    for normalization.

14) Jihad Mumani: a visit to the Zionist entity as part of a media
    delegation and a prominent caller for normalization.

15) Shaher Mubarak Khraiss: Inviting the Zionist Ambassador to visit
    Irbid.

16) Muhammad Odeh: of real estate, sold the building that the Zionist
    Embassy occupies now in Al Rabiyeh in Amman for one million and one
    hundred thousand Jordanian dinars ($ 1.54 million).

17) Samir Qawar: an engineer, partaking in the parties of the Zionist
    Embassy.

18) Mikail Dabeett: the lawyer of the Zionist Embassy.

19) Sami Affash Odwan: attending the celebrations of the fifteenth of
    May at the Zionist Embassy.

20) Ghaleb Al Koufahi: a normalizer, the founder of the so-called
    ‘Jordanian Peace Association’ calling for normalization.

21) Ghazi Al Saadi: attending the celebrations of the fifteenth of May
    at the Zionist Embassy.

22) Issam Nsairat: an activist for normalization through the so-called
    ‘Jordanian Association for World Peace and Culture’.

23) Amal Dabbass: a normalizer who repented openly through the press at
    the start of the second Intifada.

24) Nabil Sawalhah: a normalizer who repented openly through the press
    at the start of the second Intifada.
Second: The Jordanian Members of the Copenhagen Group for Normalization
with the Invader, including some top officials of the regime
1) Ziad Salah
2) Adnan Abu Odeh
3) Tayseer Abdul Jaber
4) Ahamad Zoubi
5) George Salem Taimeh Khawatmeh
6) Tahseen Shardam
7) Marwan Doudeen
8) Jawad Al Anani
9) Rami Khoury
10) Abdallah Taher Kanaan
11) Samer Mustafa Abu Libdeh
12) Fayez Tarawneh
Third: A List of Jordanian Companies that Normalize with the Zionist
Entity
1) Century Group (Al Asser): owned and run by Ziad Salah and Omar Ziad
   Salah. This group of companies is a Qualified Industrial Zone
   partnership with Zionist investors.  It includes the following branches:

a) Century for Gold Industries, managed by George Toumeh, b) Century for
   Medical Attire, managed by Hazem Abdul Latif, c) Century for
   Electronics, managed by Aquil Baydoun, d) Century for Clothing, managed
   by Nadim Al Assad, e) Century for Suits, managed by Ali Sharif.

2) RMC (Al Ramz), for construction, Zionist partners.  Abdul Razaq
   Dajani and Wasif Al Jibsheh are the authorized signatories of RMC.

3) Five Stars Company for Tourist Services, agents for the Zionist el Al
   Zionist Airlines, owned by Mitri Yacoub Twal, managed by Mahmoud Salah
   Nabih.

4) Zai Company for Ready Clothing, managed by Muhammad Turk, a Qualified
   Industrial Zone company, imports industrial inputs from the invader.

5) The International Company for Luggage, Boskan, a Chinese company at
   al Hassan Industrial Zone, a Qualified Industrial Zone company, managed
   by Charlie Chang, imports industrial inputs from the invader.

6) Jaaffar al Kurdi and Co., owned by Jaaffar al Kurdi, imports Methyl
   Promide gas from the invader.

7) Thimar for Gardens and Agriculture, Malouh Al Issa and sons, imports
   compounded fertilizers from the invader.

8) Adul Hai Al Majali Co., uses Zionist experts to implant bananas and
   desalinate water.

9) Middle East Company for Trade and Agriculture, Jack George Khayat,
   imports corn and animal feed from the invader and through the port of
   Haifa.

10) Petra Company for Engineering Industries, Ossama Hussein, exports
    air conditioners to the Zionist entity.

11) The Baccalureate (Private) School, encourages students to attend
    joint activities with the invader in the so-called ‘Peace Camps’.
    Distributed exclusive prizes to those students who agreed to participate
    in camps with Zionists.

12) Youbeel (Private) School, sponsors ‘Peace Camps’, and encourages
    students to participate and exchange visits with the invader.

13) Safir Imperial Hotel, at the Fourth Circle in Amman, managed by
    Ahmad Hadi Abu Mattar, the only establishment that agreed to host
    the fifteenth of May party of the Zionist Embassy in May, 2000.

14) National Show Halls (Ma’ared al wataniyah), managed by Fakhri
    Nasser, organizing a general exhibition for Zionist Industries.

15) The Jordanian Al Aswaq Company for Journalism and Publishing,
    of the business daily al Asswaq, Mustafa Abu Libdeh, printing
    the ‘Voice of Peace” publication that calls for normalization
    with Zionists and attending the parties of the Zionist Embassy.
Fourth: Qualified Companies at al Hassan Industrial Park
‘Qualified’ means the presence of a Zionist partner, or that the said
company is importing at least eight (8) percent of its inputs from the
Zionist entity.  This will qualify such a company to export to the
United States without having to pay any tariffs. These include:

1)  The Century Group, including all its branches.

2)  Crystal for Ready-Made Clothing, managed by Muhammad Ali Majid and
    Sons.

3)  The International Company for Luggage, Boskan, managed by Charlie
    Chang.

4)  Millennium Company for Cloth Manufacturing, managed by Nidal Abul
    Hajj.

5)  Best Clothing Company, managed by Ahamad Batayneh.

6)  Sari’s International Company for Clothing, managed by Ahmad Abu
    Bakr. This company employs lots of Zionist experts.

7)  Advanced for Clothes Manufacturing, managed by Josef Haddad.

8)  South Asia for Clothes Manufacturing, Sunny.

9)  The Miracle of the Century Company, managed by Hazem Abdul Latif.

10) Zai for Ready-Made Clothing, managed by Muhammad Turk. A Qualified
    Industrial Zone company located outside Al Hassan Industrial Park.

11) The Arab Italian Company for Manufacturing Insulating Substances,
    managed by Khalil Jilani.

12) Hilmi Armoush Company for Maritime Business, an agent for ZIM, a
    Zionist company, and the owner of all MacDonald’s franchises in
    Jordan. DON’T EAT ANYMORE BIG MACS.
Fifth: Jordanian Wholesale Importers of Fruits from the Zionist Entity
1) Salman Maayitah and Muhammad Zoubi, franchise the Veterans store in
   the central market for vegetables.

2) Majdi Madani, of the Madani Company.

3) Muhammad Daghmash and Marwan Bayoud, Zaoura’ Company.

4) Muhammad and Mahmoud Jaber.

5) Kamel Ajjouri, the Company of Kamel Ajjouri’s Sons.
Sixth: Former Normalizers who Repented Publicly or Simply Ceased
       Dealing with the Invader
I – Those whose explanations and apologies have been accepted by the
    Anti-Normalization Committee-
1) Dr. Marwan Saeh
2) Dr. Fathi Addass
3) Mr. Musa Attallah Hawash, of Al Manar Establishment for Chemical
   Supplies
II – Those institutions that were asked to explain where they stand,
     and which proved to have ceased dealing with the invader-
1) Safir Imperial Hotel on the Fourth Circle in Amman
2) Jack George Khayat, an Engineer
3) Daoud Kuttab
4) Al Nisser Factories for Distillation
5) Nader Omran
6) Actor Muhammad Qabbani
7) Actress Amal Dabbass.
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Escalates. A Report by : Dr. Hisham Bustani
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3) Jordan: A Third Wave of Arrests, by Ibrahim Alloush and
   Tawfic Abdul-Fattah
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4) What You Can Do to Help: The Committee in Support of
   Political Prisoners in Jordan
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US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation For Syria Partition

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The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and their proxies are sharpening their carving knives.

U.S. Special Forces and Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters have just captured a “strategic air base” from Islamic State in northern Syria; in doing so, they have also “blocked” the advance of the Syrian Army as it approaches Raqqa from the west:

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday that they captured the Tabqa air base, 45km west of Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Earlier this week, US forces airlifted SDF fighters behind ISIL lines to allow them to launch the Tabqa assault, and on Friday the alliance reached one of the dam’s entrances.

SDF forces were within 10km of Raqqa from the north, and aimed to effectively surround the city before launching an assault.

But as RFE/RL quietly notes:

Besides recapturing the dam, SDF said the U.S.-backed operation also aimed to block any advance by Syrian government forces from the west.

The landing forces airdropped into Syria seized four small villages in the area west of Tabqa and cut a main highway that links the provinces of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, and Aleppo, Scrocca said.

The SDF cut the last main road out of Raqqa earlier this month, narrowing in on the city from the north, east, and west.

The only way in or out of Raqqa now is over the Euphrates River that borders the city to the south.

Incredible, isn’t it? A foreign army that is illegally operating in a sovereign nation can just march in and cut off the legitimate army of said sovereign nation from liberating its own city from terrorists.

What a world — and so much for international law.

It will be interesting to see Moscow’s reaction. Was this always part of the “deal” in Syria? Or is Washington hoping that Syria, Iran and Russia will accept Raqqa’s U.S.-ordained fate?

Stay tuned.

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Will Britain Be Handing Over Its Nuclear Deterrent As Part Of The Brexit Deal with the EU?

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From Strategic Culture Foundation comes a report that Britain could lose its independent nuclear deterrent with the possibility of even handing it over lock, stock and barrel to the EU.

With Donald Trump leading the United States, Europe seems to be losing trust in the American nuclear umbrella. As the EU focuses on the need to have its own military, the issue of European nuclear deterrent comes to the fore. The debate has been triggered. This issue is intensively discussed in Germany. The nuclear deterrence plan is eyeing France, proposing to turn the French nuclear potential into a European nuclear deterrent. It is believed that Germany could play a decisive role in convincing France, and may be the UK, to provide security guarantees for all of Europe. Under such a plan, Europe would become independent from the US.”

The story is written by a Colonel Andrei Akulov a retired, Moscow-based expert on international security issues. I’m not sure of the validity of this information or not, after all, he is Russian – and we all know what that means!

A second paper by Strategic Defence Initiatives, written up as an exclusive by UK Column News seems to confirm this news. They quote Max Hofmann of Deutsche Welle, an award winning journalist and presenter on 20 January 2017 who saying

Everything must now be put on the table — from higher [EU] military spending to a British-French nuclear defense shield for the continent.

The Strategic Defence Initiatives briefing paper says

The recent British referendum has made no difference to the speed and tenacity with which the Conservative Government under Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon (a strong EU advocate and former EU Movement supporter) are continuing the path to EU military union. There has been no change in the advancing integration of UK military forces into the EU structure — the subject is simply not discussed in political, public and media forums, which is testimony to the usual EU policy of implementation by stealth where possible.

Strategic Defence Initiatives goes further:

Perhaps most dangerous here is the rapid integration of the EU commercial military procurement and supply chain, operating under an EU treasury already being declared and implemented. Once locked together under EU procurement rules, and with ‘joint interoperability’ doctrine driving pan-EU military needs, Britain will be further stripped of its ability to design, build and supply our own weapons systems and munitions. This will further strengthen the EU political tactic of creating ‘interdependence’ between EU member states as a tool for removing sovereign identity and the ability to act as an independent nation state.”

The validity of this report is also under question as UK Column did not respond to an email requesting further information about the author from Strategic Defence Initiatives who seems to run an online shop from a farm and is elusive to say the least. Is this ‘fake news’?

However, Reuters News Agency has confirmed that Europe is thinking about developing its own nuclear deterrent strategy given concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could scale back U.S. military commitments in Europe.

Roderich Kiesewetter, foreign policy spokesman and senior member of Angela Merkel’s conservatives told Reuters that Germany should convince nuclear powers France and Britain to provide security guarantees for all of Europe.

Kieswetter continues

Europe must start planning for its own security in case the Americans sharply raise the cost of defending the continent, or if they decide to leave completely.”

Given that all these reports emerge post Brexit, are we looking at deeper European integration irrespective of ‘taking our country back’ which the British people voted for back last June.

It appears so. Kiesewetter said a Franco-British nuclear umbrella for Europe could be financed through a joint European military budget that is due to begin in 2019, along with joint European medical, transportation and reconnaissance commands.

Some three decades ago, London and Paris would have been more than flattered to be chosen as the defenders of the European continent. One would have thought that Britain’s decision to leave the EU would have blown that idea out of the water but it appears not.

Kiesewetter’s comment came before the announcement that EU Foreign and defence ministers approved a Brussels-based command centre for what looks like the beginnings of an EU army, which has great support in France, Italy and Germany.

There are some indications that the EU Army’s formation has occurred far more rapidly than the public realises, and in some cases is actively concealed. In 2015 European People’s Party president Joseph Daul told journalists that “We are going to move towards an EU army much faster than people believe.”

The BBC have also confirmed in a recent report that part of the EU Commission’s president annual state of the union address was devoted to the UK’s unexpected vote to leave the EU and the formation of an EU military force.

We now know that not only were plans for an EU army well underway, the British government along with its EU counterparts took the decision to hide this information until after the Brexit referendum and even announced the power grab by the EU the following day to the bury the news.

This was confirmed by a Times news article entitled “EU army plans kept secret from voters” which reported that “to prevent the policy paper leaking and derailing David Cameron’s campaign to keep Britain in the EU, the plans will not be sent to national governments until the day after Britain votes (in the EU referendum).

The plans, drawn up by the EU’s foreign policy chief are supported by Germany and other countries as the first step towards an EU army that is already gaining pace. It is clear that the EU now dreams not just of its own army but its own nuclear deterrent, such as Trident.

In a newspaper interview, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), has called for a European nuclear superpower.

One should not forget the rapidly changing geo-political chessboard either. Britain’s nuclear deterrent is the ageing Trident system. It is designed, built and maintained by America so is the software that manages it. Britain simply leases it from them. The USA now considers Britain a pawn with waning influence in the EU Bloc of the remaining 27 nations. What choice does Britain have if the Americans demand that Britain provides this so-called ‘nuclear umbrella’ for Europe.

What this does confirm though is that the so-called ‘rules based world order’

The Heritage Foundation writes:

Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. nuclear weapons posture has undergone a dramatic change. The U.S. has withdrawn about 90 percent of its forward-deployed nuclear weapons from Europe. In 2012, the Obama Administration initiated the Life Extension Program (LEP) for the B61 tactical nuclear weapon, which is the last nuclear weapon the U.S. keeps in Europe and the only remaining tactical nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal.”

Fears that Russia has now surpassed the United States in nuclear ferocity and capability are not completely unfounded either. Business Insider reported a few months back that “on paper, newer, more complicated, more fearsome weapons comprise Russia’s nuclear arsenal.”

It may be in the end that Britain’s nuclear deterrent will be used in the Brexit negotiations to thrash out a better overall deal given that pressure could easily be applied by Washington. It may be that with a continually more assertive stance taken by Russia the move to consolidate Britain’s nuclear systems with France to provide a European wide defence umbrella is logical. Britain can barely afford to lease Trident, let alone buy its own system and who would sell it to Britain anyway?

Brexit, Trump, Russia and Europe has shifted the geo-political pieces on the chessboard to such an extent we really do not know what the final outcome will be both politically and economically. One thing you can sure of though is that Britain’s defence forces have been reduced to such an extent that it no longer has the resources to protect itself in the event of a major conflict. That being the case, it is unnerving to think that Britain’s nuclear deterrent is on the negotiating table right now.

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Pentagon Heads Toward Escalating Genocide in Yemen

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Yemen is Obama’s war, now Trump’s, complicit with Saudi terror-bombing, massacring civilians indiscriminately, causing vast destruction, human suffering and starvation.

A previous article explained millions of Yemenis face slow, painful deaths from lack of food needed to survive, blockaded coastal areas preventing it from entering the country.

Amounts airlifted in are woefully inadequate. The mainstream media suppress the ongoing horror, ignoring US responsibility for genocide.

On March 26, the Washington Post-owned Foreign Policy magazine headlined “Pentagon Weighs More Support for Saudi-led War in Yemen,” saying:

“Several Defense officials told Foreign Policy the prospect of more American help for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen was under discussion even as the administration examines its broader strategy in the region, including looking at ways to counter Iran and to defeat Islamic State militants.”

“The Pentagon views increased support for the Saudi-led coalition as one way of potentially pushing back against Iran’s influence in Yemen, as well as shoring up ties with an ally that felt neglected by the previous administration.”

What’s likely is escalated US-orchestrated aggression in a nation already devastated by two years of imperial war – besides years of US drone war since launched by the Bush/Cheney administration in January 2002, civilians overwhelmingly harmed.

Intensifying combat operations assures far more mass slaughter, destruction, chaos and human suffering, besides what’s already intolerable – achieving nothing but endless conflict, benefiting war-profiteers at the expense of countless numbers of innocent victims.

According to one unnamed Defense Department official, “(w)e’re interested in building the capability of the Saudis” to operate in Yemen and elsewhere regionally – free to commit atrocities with US help.

In a Saturday address, marking the second anniversary of imperial war on Yemen, Ansarullah movement leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi denounced Saudi terror-bombing war crimes, including use of chemical and other banned weapons – accomplishing nothing but mass slaughter and destruction.

Denouncing aggression on its second anniversary, hundreds of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in Sana’a’s al-Sabin Square, waving national flags, chanting anti-Saudi slogans.

Supreme Political Council president Saleh al-Samad praised effective resistance against Saudi aggression, despite unlimited resources, weapons, munitions, and US-led Western aid.

Now in its third year, Washington apparently wants conflict escalated, not ended. The longer it continues, the greater the human toll.

The lives and welfare of millions of Yemeni civilians are at risk. Countless more numbers may perish before conflict ends.

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Peace Accords or Political Surrender? Latin America, the Middle East, Ukraine

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Over thirty year ago a savvy Colombian peasant leader told me, “Whenever I read the word ‘peace accords’ I hear the government sharpening its knives”.

In recent times, ‘peace accords’ (PAs) have become a common refrain across the world. In almost every region or country, which are in the midst of war or invasion, the prospects of negotiating ‘peace accords’ have been raised. In many cases, PA’s were signed and yet did not succeed in ending murder and mayhem at the hands of their US-backed interlocutors.

We will briefly review several past and present peace negotiations and ‘peace accords’ to understand the dynamics of the ‘peace process’ and the subsequent results.

The Peace Process

There are several ongoing negotiations today, purportedly designed to secure peace accords. These include discussions between (1) the Kiev-based US-NATO-backed junta in the west and the eastern ‘Donbas’ leadership opposed to the coup and NATO; (2) the Saudi US-NATO-armed terrorists in Syria and the Syrian government and its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies; (3) the US-backed Israeli colonial regime and the Palestinian independence forces in the West Bank and Gaza; and (4) the US-backed Colombian regime of President Santos and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC).

There are also several other peace negotiations taking place, many of which have not received public attention.

Past and Present Outcomes of Peace Accords

Over the past quarter century several PAs were signed – all of which led to the virtual surrender of armed anti-imperialist protagonists and popular mass movements.

The Central-American PA’s, involving Salvador and Guatemala, led to the unilateral disarmament of the resistance movement, the consolidation of oligarchical control over the economy, the growth and proliferation of narco-gangs and unfettered government-sponsored death squads. As a consequence, internal terror escalated. Resistance leaders secured the vote, entered Congress as politicians, and, in the case of El Salvador, were elected to high office. Inequalities remained the same or worsened, and murders matched or exceeded the numbers recorded during the pre-Peace Accord period. Massive numbers of immigrants, often of internal refugees fleeing gang violence, entered the US illegally. The US consolidated its military bases and operations in Central America while the population continued to suffer.

The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations did not lead to any accord. Instead ‘negotiations’ became a thin cover for increasing annexation of Palestinian land to construct racists ‘Jews-Only’ enclaves, resulting in the illegal settlement of over half a million Jewish settlers. The US-backed the entire farcical peace process, financing the corrupt Palestinian vassal-leaders and providing unconditional diplomatic, military and political support to Israel.

US-Soviet Union: Peace Accord

The Reagan/Bush-Gorbachev ‘peace accords’ were supposed to end the Cold War and secure global peace. Instead the US and the EU established military bases and client regimes/allies throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic and Balkans, pillaged the national assets and took over their denationalized economies. US-based elites dominated the vassal Yeltsin regime and virtually stripped Russia of its resources and wealth. In alliance with gangster-oligarchs, they plundered the economy.

The post-Soviet Yeltsin regime ran elections, promoted multiple parties and presided over a desolate, isolated and increasingly surrounded nation – at least until Vladimir Putin was elected to ‘decolonize’ the State apparatus and partially reconstruct the economy and society.

Ukraine Peace Negotiations

In 2014 a US-sponsored violent coup brought together fascists, oligarchs, generals and pro-EU supporters seizing control of Kiev and the western part of Ukraine. The pro-democracy Eastern regions of the Donbas and Crimean Peninsula organized resistance to the putsch regime. Crimea voted overwhelmingly to re-unite Russia. The industrial centers in Eastern Ukraine (Donbas) formed popular militias to resist the armed forces and neo-Nazi paramilitaries of the US backed-junta. After a few years of mayhem and stalemate, a ‘negotiation process’ unfolded despite which the Kiev regime continued to attack the east. The tentative ‘peace settlement” became the basis for the ‘Minsk agreement’, brokered by France, Russia and Germany, where the Kiev junta envisioned a disarming of the resistance movement, re-occupation of the Donbas and Crimea and eventual destruction of the cultural, political, economic and military autonomy of the ethnic Russian East Ukraine. As a result, the “Minsk Agreement” has been little more than a failed ploy to secure surrender. Meanwhile, the Kiev junta’s massive pillage of the nation’s economy has turned Ukraine into a failed state with 2.5 million fleeing to Russia and many thousands emigrating to the West to dig potatoes in Poland, or enter the brothels of London and Tel Aviv. The remaining unemployed youth are left to sell their services to Kiev’s paramilitary fascist shock troops.

Colombia: Peace Accord or Graveyard?

Any celebration of the Colombian FARC – President Santos’ ‘Peace Accord’ would be premature if we examine its past incarnations and present experience.

Over the past four decades, Colombian oligarchical regimes, backed by the military, death squads and Washington have invoked innumerable ‘peace commissions’, inaugurated negotiations with the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) and proceeded to both break off negotiations and relaunch full-scale wars using ‘peace accords’ as a pretext to decimate and demoralize political activists.

In 1984, then-President Belisario Betancur signed a peace accord with the FARC, known as the ‘Uribe Agreement’. Under this agreement, thousands of FARC activists and supporters demobilized, formed the Patriotic Union (UP), a legal electoral party, and participated in elections. In the 1986 Colombian elections, the UP candidates were elected as Senators, Congress people, mayors and city council members, and their Presidential candidate gained over 20% of the national vote. Over the next 4 years, from 1986-1989, over 5,000 UP leaders, elected officials and Presidential candidates were assassinated in a campaign of nationwide terror. Scores of thousands of peasants, oil workers, miners and plantation laborers were murdered, tortured and driven into exile. Paramilitary death squads and landlord-backed private armies, allied with the Colombian Armed Forces, assassinated thousands of union leaders, workers and their families members. The Colombian military’s ‘paramilitary strategy’ against non-combatants and villagers was developed in the 1960’s by US Army General William Yarborough, Commandant, US Army Special Warfare Center and ‘Father of the Green Beret’ Special Forces.

Within five years of its formation, the Patriotic Union no longer existed: Its surviving members had fled or gone into hiding.

In 1990, newly-elected President Cesar Gaviria proclaimed new peace negotiations with the FARC. Within months of his proclamation, the president ordered the bombing of the ‘Green House’, where the FARC leaders and negotiating team were being lodged. Fortunately, they had fled before the treacherous attack.

President Andrés Pastrana (1998-2001) called for new peace negotiations with the FARC to be held ‘in a demilitarized zone’. Peace talks began in the jungle region of El Caguan in November 1998. President Pastrana had made numerous pledges, concessions and reforms with the FARC and social activists, but, at the same time he had signed a ten-year multi-billion dollar military aid agreement with US President Clinton, known as ‘Plan Colombia’. This practice of ‘double-dealing’ culminated with the Colombian Armed Forces launching a ’scorched earth policy’ against the ‘demilitarized zones’ under the newly elected (and death-squad linked) President Alvaro Uribe Velez. Over the next eight years, President Uribe drove nearly four million Colombian peasants into internal exile. With the multi-billion dollar funding from Washington, Uribe was able to double the size of the Colombian Armed Forces to over 350,000 troops, incorporating members of the death squads into the military. He also oversaw the formation of new paramilitary armies. By 2010 the FARC had declined from eighteen thousand to under ten thousand fighters – with hundreds of thousands of civilian casualties and millions rendered homeless.

In 2010 Uribe’s former Minister of Defense, Juan Manual Santos was elected President. By 2012 Santos initiated another “peace process” with the FARC, which was signed by the end of 2016. Under the new ‘Peace Accord’, signed in Cuba, hundreds of officers implicated in torture, assassinations and forced relocation of peasants were given immunity from prosecution while FARC guerillas were to face trial. The government promised land reform and the right to return for displaced farmers and their families. However, when peasants returned to claim their land they were driven away or even killed.

FARC leaders agreed to demobilize and disarm unilaterally by June 2017. The military and their paramilitary allies would retain their arms and gain total control over previous FARC- liberated zones.

President Santos ensured that the ‘Peace Accord’ would include a series of Presidential Decrees – privatizing the country’s mineral and oil resources and converting small family farms to commercial plantations. Demobilized peasant-rebels were offered plots of infertile marginal lands, without government support or funding for roads, tools, seed and fertilizer or even schools and housing, necessary for the transition. While some FARC leaders secured seats in Congress and the freedom to run in elections unmolested, the young rank and file FARC fighters and peasants were left without many alternatives but to join paramilitary or ‘narco’ gangs.

In summary, the historical record demonstrates that a series of Colombian presidents and regimes have systematically violated all peace agreements and accords, assassinated the rebel signees and retained elite control over the economy and labor force. Before his election, the current President Santos presided over the most deadly decade when he was Uribe’s Defense Minister.

For brokering the peace of the graveyard for scores of thousands of Colombian peasants and activists, President Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

In Havana, FARC leaders and negotiators were praised by Cuban President Raul Castro, President Obama, Venezuelan President Maduro and the vast majority of ‘progressives’ and rightists in North and South America and Europe.

Colombia’s bloody history, including the widespread murder of Colombian civil rights activists and peasant leaders, has continued even as the documents finalizing the Peace Accords were being signed. During the first month of 2017, five human right activists were murdered by death squads – linked to the oligarchy and military. In 2015, while the FARC was negotiating over several clauses in the agreement, over 122 peasant and human rights activists were murdered by paramilitary groups who continued to operate freely in areas controlled by Santos’ army. The mass media propaganda mills continue to repeat the lie that ‘200,000 people were killed by the guerillas (FARC) and the government’ when the vast majority of the killings were committed by the government and its allied death squads; a calumny, which guerilla leaders fail to challenge. Prominent Jesuit researcher Javier Giraldo has provided a detailed factual account documenting that over three quarters of the killings were committed by the Army and paramilitary.

We are asked to believe presidential regimes that have murdered and continue to murder over 150,000 Colombian workers, peasants, indigenous leaders and professionals are suddenly transformed into justice-loving partners in peace. During the first three months of this year, activists, sympathetic to the peace agreement with the FARC, continue to be targeted and killed by supposedly demobilized paramilitary murderers.

Social movement leaders report rising political violence by military forces and their allies. Even peace monitors and the UN Human Rights Office admit that state and paramilitary violence are destroying any structure that President Santos could hope to implement the reforms. As the FARC withdraws from regions under popular control, peasants seeking land reform are targeted by private armies. The Santos regime is more concerned with protecting the massive land grabs by big mining consortiums.

As the killing of FARC supporters and human rights activists multiply, as President Santos and Washington look to take advantage of a disarmed and demobilized guerilla army, the ‘historic peace accord’ becomes a great deceit designed to expand imperial power.

Conclusion: Epitaph for Peace Accords

Time and again throughout the world, imperial-brokered peace negotiations and accords have served only one goal: to disarm, demobilize, defeat and demoralize resistance fighters and their allies.

‘Peace Accords’, as we know them, have served to rearm and regroup US-backed forces following tactical setbacks of the guerrilla struggle. ‘PA’s are encouraged to divide the opposition (’salami tactics’) and facilitate conquest. The rhetoric of ‘peace’ as in ‘peace negotiations’ are terms which actually mean ‘unilateral disarmament’ of the resistance fighters, the surrender of territory and the abandonment of civilian sympathizers. The so-called ‘war zones’, which contain fertile lands and valuable mineral reserves are ‘pacified’ by being absorbed by the ‘peace loving’ regime. This serves their privatization programs and promote the pillage of the ‘developmental state’. Negotiated peace settlements are overseen by US officials, who praise and laud the rebel leaders while they sign agreements to be implemented by US vassal regimes . . . The latter will ensure the rejection of any realignment of foreign policy and any structural socio-economic changes.

Some peace accords may allow former guerilla leaders to compete and in some cases win elections as marginal representatives, while their mass base is decimated.

In most cases, during the peace process, and especially after signing ‘peace accords’, social organizations and movements and their supporters among the peasantry and working class, as well as human rights activists, end up being targeted by the military and para-military death-squads operating around government military bases.

Often, the international allies of resistance movements have encouraged them to negotiate PAs, in order to demonstrate to the US that ‘they are responsible’— hoping to secure improved diplomatic and trade relations. Needless to say, ‘responsible negotiations’ will merely strengthen imperial resolve to press for further concessions, and encourage military aggression and new conquests.

Just ‘peace accords’ are based on mutual disarmament, recognition of territorial autonomy and the authority of local insurgent administration over agreed upon land reforms, retaining mineral rights and military-public security.

PA’s should be the first step in the political agendas, implemented under the control of independent rebel military and civil monitors.

The disastrous outcome of unilateral disarmament is due to the non-implementation of progressive, independent foreign policy and structural changes.

Past and present peace negotiations, based on the recognition of the sovereignty of an independent state linked to mass movements, have always ended in the US breaking the agreements. True ‘peace accords’ contradict the imperial goal of conquering via the negotiating table what could not be won through war.

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Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

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Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti and Repress BDS

On the morning of Sunday, March 19, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people. They detained and interrogated Omar and his wife Safa for 16 hours that first day. Omar is currently enduring a fourth day of interrogation.

Below is the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee’s (BNC) response to these developments and the Israeli government’s systematic efforts to criminalize the BDS movement, intimidate activists and stop free speech:

A prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti, has for years been subjected to intense threats, intimidation and repression by various arms of the far-right Israeli government, particularly after it considered the movement a “strategic threat to its entire system of injustice against Palestinians.

At a March 2016 conference in occupied Jerusalem, several Israeli government ministers threatened Omar and key BDS human rights defenders with severe measures, including targeted civil elimination – a euphemism for civil assassination. The Ministry of Strategic Affairs last year established a “tarnishing unit,” as exposed in the Israeli daily HAARETZ. This unit’s job is to tarnish the reputation of BDS human rights defenders and networks.

It is in this context that the Israeli tax department’s investigation of Omar and his wife, Safa, must be understood. After failing to intimidate them through the threat of revoking Omar’s permanent residence in Israel, and after the effective travel ban imposed on him proved futile in stopping his human rights work, the Israeli government has resorted to fabricating a case related to Omar’s alleged income outside of Israel to tarnish his image and intimidate him.

The fact that this investigation includes a travel ban and that it comes a few weeks before Omar Barghouti is scheduled to travel to the U.S. to receive the Gandhi Peace Award jointly with Ralph Nader in a ceremony at Yale University proves its true motive – repression.

The fact that the Israeli government publicized the inflammatory fabrications against Omar just 24 hours after he was taken in for investigation shows beyond doubt that the investigation’s real goal is to tarnish his reputation.

BDS - Freedom, Justice, Equality

No matter what extreme measures of repression Israel wields against the BDS movement or its human rights defenders and vast network of supporters, it cannot stop this movement for human rights. Bullying and repression can hardly affect a grassroots movement that grows in people’s hearts and minds, empowering them to do the right thing – to stand on the right side of history, against Israel’s fanatic regime of apartheid, occupation and ethnic cleansing, and for freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people.

This latest desperate chapter of repression and intimidation by the Israeli government against Omar Barghouti is the strongest indicator yet of the failure of the Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid to slow down the impressive growth of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Visit www.bdsmovement.net and follow @BDSmovement.

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Breaking: Washington Sponsored State of “Great Kurdistan” To Be Created in Syria And Iraq.

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This report is yet to be fully confirmed (GR Editor)

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained proofs of plans to create a state of Great Kurdistan.

According to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.

In addition, Washington has already defined the boundaries of the new state of the Great Kurdistan on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It is to be created after ISIS defeat and the final collapse of Syrian Arab Republic. According to the U.S. military, Kurds remain the only force capable of defeating ISIS.

Map of Great Kurdistan

In order to strengthen its positions the new U.S. administration announced the upcoming liberation of the so-called ISIS capital, Raqqa. To grease the wheels the Americans resorted to money, their weapon of choice. They bribe ISIS field commanders and increase payments to YPG and FSA units.

The U.S. government intends to capture Raqqa by April and to eliminate ISIS in Syria and Iraq this summer. The implementation of these plans requires making concessions to Kurds. This is why the U.S. promises them an independent state in case of victory.

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The Pro-Europeans Make Their Voice Heard – London’s Anti-Brexit March

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March 25th was the EU’s birthday. It was celebrated in London and elsewhere by anti-Brexit demonstrations. Initially organised by Unite for Europe, supported by European Movement and the 3 Million group of EU citizens living in the UK, there were some unhappy arguments about whether the London march should go ahead because of the terrible killings at Westminster three days before.

When it appeared that people were going to turn up anyway, the European Movement grudgingly issued a statement saying people should attend, while the press enjoyed publishing pieces about ‘infighting’ in the anti-Brexit camp.

Be that as it may, the police were happy for the march to go ahead and when I arrived in London, it was obviously business as usual. Policing was light, polite and friendly, and no, they weren’t all armed and wearing flak jackets, despite having to deal with a bigger demonstration than forecast.

Since the EU referendum many people have become angry about how the result was being portrayed. ‘An overwhelming win for Brexit’ claimed the Leave campaigners. Not so. The figures give a different picture:

Of the total votes recorded, 52 per cent voted to Leave the EU, and 48 percent wanted to Remain. But – 28 percent of the total electorate did not even vote; which means that 37 per cent voted leave and 35 per cent voted Remain. That, say the Remainers, is rather more ‘underwhelming’, and as more information on the perils of Brexit are revealed, people are changing their minds.

What has fueled the anger is that the Prime Minister Theresa May is leading her team to a ‘hard Brexit’ result, absolutely regardless of what half of the UK wants. That half is simply not being listened to. Saturday’s demonstration was their chance to make their voices heard.

The start of the march was delayed as far more people than expected were turning up. Many thousands came, much to the fury of the right-wing media which has been extolling the (very questionable) glories of a life outside the EU.

The original estimates were for 16-25,000. One media tweet, surprised at the numbers, said, “I’ve been standing here for 10 minutes and they are still going past!” Actually, it took over 2 hours. The media then gave estimates of ‘between 25-100,000’. Can’t they tell the difference? One police estimate was, at one point, given as 50,000. It was certainly well over that, and maybe it did approach 100,000. Who knows?

I joined the crowd waiting in Trafalgar Square for the march to arrive from its start in Park Lane. Straight away I was meeting fellow minds and instant friends. Everyone except me appeared to have come prepared with small and large EU flags and banners. At times it was like standing in a sea of blue and yellow. “Amazon must have made a fortune,” said the man I was talking to, implying everyone had ordered the flags online. And he kindly gave me the flag he was holding, which I carried – all the way back home.

What was obvious was that the whole event was a celebration of what Europe could and should be. From little babies to the very old, from large groups to people walking by themselves, citizens of the UK and from all other European countries were united. United in their determination to stop the ruination of their lives, and united most of all in their delight at being together, whatever their colour, their culture or nationality.

From Trafalgar Square, we marched down White hall to Parliament Square where the march would end and the speeches begin. I’d had my doubts some days before as to whether Parliament Square would be big enough. I was right.

At one point along White hall a loudspeaker was belting out John Lennon singing ‘All you need is love’ while the marchers sang along. One woman was playing the EU anthem, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, on her clarinet as she walked. People chanted and cheered – and stopped outside Downing Street for the obligatory boo at the Prime Minister’s residence.

The joy and happiness of being with each other was palpable. We were being fed on the strength of being together. It seemed possible, after all the depression and despair felt by so many, that somehow we really could stop Theresa May’s incompetent government from wrecking our British and European lives.

Parliament Square rapidly filled up and the speeches began. Police directed marchers to other areas around the Square. But more kept coming and marshals had to tell people that no more could enter the Square, because it was so crowded.

The speeches ended, but still they were marching down White hall. Walking back towards Trafalgar Square, I wondered when I would find the end of the march. All I could ever see were more waving EU flags turning into White hall, and more placards to appreciate and photograph.

The placards were a joy. Most were handmade, in turns angry and funny, rude, despairing and clever.

Children everywhere had their personal versions of ‘I want my future back’

Dogs (and there was more than one taking part) said ‘Bones before Brexit’

Theresa May was not treated kindly. There were irreverent images of her, along with some plain messages:

No to Mayhem

No May – we’re here to stay

No we won’t let it Lie (referring to the fact that the Brexit campaign was based on lies)

Mrs May – the brewery is in Brussels (for non-British readers, someone judged incompetent is described as ‘can’t organise a piss-up in a brewery’.  It also refers to the fact that most people recognise the EU needs reforming. But that does NOT mean Brexit.)

There were the witty messages:

Sprout with Brussels or whither with Brexit

Brexit grass is greener because it is fertilised with bullshit

Brexit is a dog’s breakfast.  Make mine a Continental.

Some were based on quotes.  From a song:

You say democracy, I say right-wing coup – let’s call the whole thing off

And from a poem:

No man is an island, No country by itself.

And this:

British

Right wing coup

Extreme

Xenophobic

Ill-informed

Tosh

Watching the last of the march enter White hall, I spoke to a man who’d come down from the North of England (a very pro-Brexit area) for a short holiday with his wife. “I didn’t know this was going on,” he said, thrilled by what he saw. “I had to come and see – isn’t it wonderful!”

Mrs. May – when you trigger Article 50 on Wednesday, spare a thought for the sea of blue and yellow flags outside Parliament. The half of the United Kingdom that voted to stay with Europe, and the 3 million Europeans who live and work here aren’t going away, they won’t be silenced, and after Saturday’s demonstration are more united than ever in their anger and determination to stop your government from wrecking this country and their lives.

And Mr Corbyn – isn’t it time you acted as a real Leader of the Opposition and spoke up for all those people who didn’t vote to leave? That includes the many thousands who, like me, joined the Labour Party because of your socialist policies, and who are looking to you to fight for the rights and protections we have because of being part of the EU.

I walked back to the station, tired out but full of hope and happiness. I’ve been on many a demo, but none had left me feeling that I had just experienced such a happy, positive day. Getting off the train after a long journey home, someone spotted my little EU flag. “You were on the march,” he said.  He’d been there with his daughter. “Wasn’t it great!” he exclaimed.  “Yes,” I replied, “Yes.”

Yes, it was.

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