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Mapped: Cambridge Analytica’s Ties to the Fossil Fuel Industry

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By Mat HopeDeSmog UK 

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(Photo: Pixabay)

Revelations continue to emerge about Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has found itself embroiled in a scandal around data privacy and electoral manipulation.

Three whistleblowers have gone public in the Guardian and Observer to outline how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to influence the outcomes of the US presidential election and Brexit referendum.

DeSmog UK has previously mapped how the company ties to climate science denial through its Brexit and Trump connections. Now, Nafeez Ahmed over at Motherboard has outlined how Cambridge Analytica has ties to the fossil fuel industry.

Based on that research, it’s only a few steps between the company and some of the world’s biggest coal and oil companies, many of which have had a revival since the election of Donald Trump. It’s only a couple more steps to tie those connections to the already well-established web of power lobbying for Brexit.

Big Oil

The main links to Big Oil companies including, BP, Shell and Exxon, come through a smaller company called Phi Energy, which has a presentation naming the companies as clients.

One of Phi Energy’s directors is Julian Wheatland, who is also a director of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Group.

ExxonMobil’s former CEO is Rex Tillerson, who was until recently the US Secretary of State. He was appointed by Donald Trump, who Cambridge Analytica were influential in getting elected.

Big Coal

Cambridge Analytica also has ties to the world’s biggest coal company, Peabody Energy.

The link there is through Christian Patrick Teroerde, who was a director of SCL Elections – a subsidiary of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Group.

Teroerde is also a director of Hanson Asset Management, which bought a major stake in Peabody in the 1990s, when it was the world’s largest coal company.

Peabody filed for bankruptcy in 2016 as coal prices crashed. Since Donald Trump got elected, Peabody has bounced back, big time.

Brexit and Climate Science Denial

Hanson Asset Management also links to DeSmog UK’s previous map that tied Cambridge Analytica to Brexit and climate science denial.

The company was built on the wealth of Lord James Hanson, who was a big Euro-sceptic. He founded the anti-EU campaign group Business for Sterling, whose Head of Research was Dominic Cummins.

Cummins went on to be the campaign director for the official Brexit campaign group, Vote Leave. One of the whistleblowers in the Guardian claimed Cambridge Analytica was working for Vote Leave via a youth campaign organisation called BeLeave and the company’s Canadian spin-off, Aggregate IQ.

Vote Leave was supported by two members of the Conservative party with climate science denial links: North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson and hereditary peer Matt Ridley. Both are well-known allies of the the UK’s most prominent climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

The Electoral Commission is currently investigating the unofficial Brexit campaign, Leave.EU, which Cambridge Analytica is also thought to have worked with, though the company denies this.

Leave.EU was bankrolled by climate science denier Arron Banks and was fronted by another climate science denier, former UKIP-leader Nigel Farage. Both were famously photographed in a golden elevator with Donald Trump.

Both Vote Leave and Leave.EU also have ties to the party currently propping up the government, the Democratic Unionist Party, through another Brexit campaign group – Grassroots Out. DUP MP and climate science denier Sammy Wilson was a key player in Grassroots Out.

Here’s an interactive map of how it all fits together:

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Zapatista Women Inspire the Fight Against Patriarchy

Zapatista women take the stage to deliver their speeches collectively from each Caracol, or administrative center. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess)

Zapatista women take the stage to deliver their speeches collectively from each Caracol, or administrative center. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess)

Dawn had only just broken over the mountains. While most of the women and children on the camping grounds were still asleep, others were already wide awake, huddling together in the first rays of sunlight and drinking coffee.

To a casual observer, this place might have seemed similar to any mainstream festival campsite. A distinguishing factor, however, was that there wasn’t a single man in sight. The sign on the main entrance left no one in doubt that only women and children were welcome at this event: “Men not permitted to enter.”

Women’s participation in Mexico’s 25-year-old Zapatista National Liberation Army, or EZLN movement, has represented an incredible organizational achievement since its original uprising in 1994. On International Women’s Day, the female militants of the EZLN did not fail to meet expectations when welcoming 7,000 people to the “First International Political, Artistic, Sports, and Cultural Encounter for Women who Struggle.”

Two thousand indigenous Zapatista women from various parts of Chiapas state and 5,000 visitors from all over the world came to Caracol Morelia, near the northeastern town of Altamirano, to hear what they had to say.

Uniting women

The event was entirely initiated by women of the EZLN. They planned it from beginning to end, and made sure everyone who attended was allocated a sleeping place, had access to drinking water and was cared for in the case they fell sick during the three days the event took place. Zapatista events such as these have commonly been accessible via invitation only. This event differed from most of the EZLN’s previous “Escuelitas,” or “Little Schools,” summoning all women and children who were interested in the struggle to overcome misogynistic culture.

“What we wanted was to meet many women,” said Commander Jenny, who coordinated the event. “We thought that only a few women were going to come, so we are very happy to see how many of you have joined us here.” Although only her eyes were visible, a smile was detectable behind her black balaclava. “It has been hard work, but we are very pleased to see that there are many other women who are fighting patriarchy.”

The event was not only an opportunity to create educational or professional networks, but also a space to consider one’s health and well-being as a woman in the fight for justice. There were activities ranging from workshops, discussion panels and movie screenings to theater performances, art exhibitions and sports events, including basketball and soccer matches. Themes included gender violence, self-defense, self-care, sexism in the media, sexual rights, health and education, misogyny and childhood, discrimination against indigenous LGBTQ communities, women environmental rights defenders, and decolonization. All of the activities were led and held by women, and all of them were aimed at generating consciousness of gender inequality or the restoration of women’s self-confidence and autonomy.

A Biodanza workshop, exercise to promote self-awareness and emotional expression through group dynamics and movement. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess)A Biodanza workshop, exercise to promote self-awareness and emotional expression through group dynamics and movement. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess)

“Capitalism is not only colonial, it is also patriarchal and racist,” said Fernanda Esquivel, a  20-year-old student from Guadalajara. “To come here and see that the Zapatistas are still resisting and have resisted for so many years is a huge inspiration for me. Being with so many women and feeling united also makes me feel hopeful about really creating a change. In academia there is nothing that can show you what it is like to come here, and to feel and share these experiences in practice.”

Young women like Esquivel have grown up watching the Zapatistas evolve and followed their fight through media reports, the Zapatista’s own communication channel, “Zapatista Connection,” and more recently a Facebook page and YouTube account. Women from a total of 42 different countries, some of whom were already familiar with women’s movements or other social, political or environmental activism, attended the event in hopes that they would gain skills and inspiration from the women’s Zapatista struggle.

“Apart from wanting to amplify my vision of how different fights against the extractive industries are developing,” said Katherin Cruz from the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras, which accompanies women human rights defenders involved in territorial conflicts. “I came here so I could recharge my batteries and take home experiences that strengthen me individually and prepare me for the work that I do, and for my political activism within the feminist movement in Honduras.”

The birth of the EZLN

In 1983, a group of indigenous peasants in Chiapas organized in secret, educating themselves politically and creating an entirely unique philosophy that insisted that “another world is possible,” one that focuses on collectivity, serving the Zapatista community and creating an autonomous social and economical environment for themselves within neoliberal and capitalist Mexico. Finally on January 1, 1994 the group went public, calling themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army, named after the hero of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, Emiliano Zapata. That day, the EZLN launched an armed uprising, occupied seven towns in Chiapas, including San Cristóbal, and declared war on the Mexican government.

During their brief occupation, followed by a 12-day battle, the EZLN criticized the effects of global capitalism on local farmers and indigenous land. They drew attention in particular to the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, calling it a death sentence for the indigenous peasants of Mexico. NAFTA would be responsible for dismantling collective land rights secured by the Mexican constitution and prioritizing export manufacturing. The Zapatistas fought for a fairer distribution of wealth, as well as the right to political participation for indigenous people in Mexico.

After their initial uprising, in 1996 the Zapatista organization gained constitutional recognition from the state through the San Andres Accords and formed the National Indigenous Council. The Mexican government did not comply with the agreements and the Zapatistas continued to suffer from violent attacks, such as the Acteal Massacre in 1997, where 45 Zapatista sympathizers were killed in Chiapas. Since then, they have peacefully organized mass marches and protests, created their “caracoles,” or administrative headquarters, formed autonomous governance, justice, health and education systems and launched public campaigns drawing attention to continued racism and discrimination in Mexico. According to the Mexican newspaper El Universal, the EZLN now governs over 250,000 indigenous people living in the Autonomous Rebellious Zapatista Municipalities in Chiapas.

Today, the image of the Zapatista soldiers, clad in red scarves and balaclavas, has reached some of the most remote corners of the world. Their movement is now well known for its transition from armed struggle to nonviolent resistance to advance their demands for indigenous land rights and autonomy, which has triggered tremendous support and solidarity from anti-capitalist activists globally. However, many of the major issues for indigenous communities addressed by the Zapatistas, such as abandonment and marginalization, continue to exist in Chiapas and other parts of impoverished Mexico.

Women’s involvement and participation

During the gathering, Commander Marina took the stage to tell the story of the first female Zapatistas, their struggle for recognition in a male-dominated space and their experience of clandestine meetings prior to their public appearance in 1994. “We took our safety very seriously so that no one would realize where we were going. We had meetings in the mountains, these were very important. We had talks on politics, read books and watched films. We studied the situation of poverty our community was submerged in,” she said. “There was nothing to gain trying to demand things from our bad government.”

The backdrop of the women’s movement within the Zapatista struggle reveals extreme levels of violence against women, poverty and abandonment from any sort of federal health or educational institutions. Intersectional discrimination for being poor, indigenous and women was commonplace, and girls were often forced into marriages or sold by their fathers or families. During the opening ceremony of the encounter, the Zapatistas made it clear that women were sidelined and perceived by the community as second-class citizens. According to Commander Flor, even “midwives would charge less when girls were born.”

Zapatista women playing basketball during their first “encounter” for women. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess)Zapatista women playing basketball during their first “encounter” for women. (Photo: WNV/Shirin Hess)

Their struggle has led the women in the ranks of the EZLN — which comprise about a third of the organization’s participants — to see themselves from a different perspective and shed light on the problematic behaviour caused by gender inequality. “At the beginning, we were not used to saying our opinions, or having discussions. We would all agree to everything and nod our heads,” Marina said. “We had to fight among our own compañeros, since it took a lot for them to understand the rights we have as women. There is a lot left to achieve but we are convinced that we will accomplish our ideals because we are organized, and we are strong as a collective. We have put fear and doubt aside.”

Many followers of the Zapatista revolution were not aware of the key elements that formed the movement before going public in 1994. Undeniably, one of the key characteristics that shaped the movement was the “Women’s Revolutionary Law,” passed by the Zapatista committees in 1992.

For Sylvia Marcos, a sociologist and expert on indigenous movements across the Americas, the emphasis on women’s rights is a defining factor for the organization. Furthermore, she indicates that these rights were claimed not solely for women as individuals, but were “fully linked and interwoven with collective rights.”

The unique transformations achieved by the Zapatista indigenous movement are manifest in its attempt to re-imagine gender and decolonize oppressive discourse for the sake of personal empowerment.

Enduring inspiration

Over the last three decades, the revolution continues to abide by laws made by the autonomous Zapatista government. With military strategist and spokesperson Subcomandante Marcos “resigning” from his activities, the Zapatistas have moved out of the media spotlight. However, the successful turnouts for their events prove that the Zapatistas are still an important source of inspiration for social mobilizations and women’s movements today.

Not simply an iconic reminder of what indigenous communities were up against in the past, the Zapatistas are engaging in great efforts to revise their strategies and continue to create networks of people who resist, especially among women. Though alternative visions of gender relations have flourished among the Zapatistas, women in the movement continue to suffer gender violence and are battling other issues not uncommon in Chiapas, such as malnutrition, and lack of access to health care and education.

The Zapatistas are addressing some of these issues through their own internal initiatives. Part of their collective work towards independence and sustainability relies on their agroecological farming projects, coffee sales, cooperative shops, community kitchens, traditional medicine and tortilla businesses. However, the fundamental purpose of the Zapatista movement is to promote their way of life and organize collective resistance to resource appropriation, historically-determined economic and social disadvantages and institutional neglect, which exacerbate poverty, sustain the governmental elite and destroy local traditions. Much of their work revolves around inspiring new generations to begin their own journey towards deconstructing norms in their respective societies.

The Zapatista movement currently functions like an organization that promotes constructive dialogue, communication and continued reflection on problems that affect their communities, as well as a support network for other national movements, including the water conflict affecting the indigenous Yaqui community, the 43 Ayotzinapa students missing since 2014 and the recent presidential campaign by the indigenous activist Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez.

Women’s participation within the EZLN has played a key role in their success and ideology. They have made it clear that there will be no democracy without them. What the event last month demonstrated to many of those who were present, was the need to create safe spaces for all women, which allow them to heal and inspire them to continue fighting their own battles in their own ways. “We made an agreement, and that agreement was to live!” Commander Marina said. “And since, for us, living is fighting, we agreed to fight — each of us according to our means, our place and our time.”

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“The Young Karl Marx” Is an Urgent Reminder to Revisit Marx’s Ideas

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By Dan FalconeTruthout | Film Review

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With rising inequality in the US, and increasing under Donald Trump, there’s a pressing need for a new economic system. Recently, in discussion with sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, Professor Marcello Musto indicated how, “for three decades, neoliberal policies and ideology have been almost uncontested worldwide [and that] almost everywhere around the world, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Marx’s birth, there is a ‘Marx revival.'” Musto argues that “returning to Marx is still indispensable to understanding the logic and dynamics of capitalism.”

Some of the most famous words in history are the words of Karl Marx: “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle.” Marx was a German writer, philosopher and economist. Marx had middle-class roots and possessed an intense interest in economics and politicalphilosophy. He would eventually go on to live in England, and alongside Friedrich Engels, developed some of the most powerful ideas in world history. Together, they shared many correspondences as well as political books and essays, the most famous being The Communist Manifesto in 1848.

Marx offered a critique of capitalism and argued that class structures and the accompanying tensions under the prevailing capitalist order would result in an organized movement of workers to overthrow ruling elites and their draconian forms of worker exploitation. He is considered one of the most influential figures in modern history for advancing revolutionary politics with a practical social science methodology breaking down how the wage system and labor practices had “reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.”

In The Young Karl Marx, a 2017 film co-written with Pascal Bonitzer, director and Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck starts off by portraying a poor 24-year-old Marx in 1842, and shows his first arrest in Cologne, Germany, at his newspaper office while writing for Rheinische Zeitung. This is before he explodes onto the social science scene only six years later and stimulates the intellectual developments of communism in the mid-19th century and forever changes political philosophy and economics.

Peck provides an interesting perspective of this radical and revolutionary mind and illustrates what Marx means to the radical left in terms of the overall discourse. Marx was not some pie-in-the-sky thinker with abstract ideas or fluff. Marx called for an authentic, concrete advocacy of working-class interests, and outlined economic realities and the measures needed to confront the exploitation. In the film, Marx is played by August Diehl. Prior to this film, Peck was nominated for an Oscar for his James Baldwin documentary, I Am Not Your Negro.

The Young Karl Marx also features the young Engels as they chart a shared intellectual path. Engels, the wealthy son of a rich factory owner, is played by Stefan Konarske. He is in love with millworker Mary Burns, who is played by Hannah Steele. Marx and Engels both meet in a café in Cologne in 1844 and Engels appears to be in awe of Marx in some ways, while Marx returns a mutual respect and shows admiration for Engels’s The Condition of the Working Class in EnglandAnnie Julia Wyman points out that it is through Engels’s urging that Marx supplements his German dialectics and French socialism by studying the English economists.

Featured in the film is Pierre Proudhon, played by Olivier Gourmet, who both Marx and Engels suspect is merely offering a righteous yet oversimplified early version of “can’t we all just get along” without implementing concrete steps in the class struggle. It is Proudhon in the film that authors The Philosophy of Poverty, and Marx answers it with The Poverty of Philosophy. Proudhon might maintain that “property is theft” but Marx maintains that theft is exploitation of the worker. Marx saw Proudhon as simply offering fancy slogans and perpetuating a “petty bourgeois” philosophy.

In the film it is shown that Marx and Engels are repelled by “the Young Hegelians,” a fashionable group of subjective-oriented thinkers for whom they had little respect and patience. This inspired both to pen The Holy Family or Critique of Critical Criticism. According to the Los Angeles Times, “This is the kind of film where we not only hear about the Young Hegelians, we meet some of them verbally jousting with Marx in a newspaper office in 1843 Cologne.” The rivalry continues throughout the film.

Furthermore, Marx sees additional rivals on the European left, perhaps the most notable one being Wilhelm Weitling, played by Alexander Scheer. Marx and Engels see these rivals as mere “intellectual tourists” not willing to clearly state the crux of the matter: the conflict between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The film also features the famed Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, whom Noam Chomsky identified as the person who predicted the 20th century development of East and West command economies, played by Ivan Franek.

The film does an excellent job in capturing the role of Marx’s partner Jenny von Westphalen, a privileged Prussian who was instrumental in the daily survival of the family, along with contributing edits to The Communist Manifesto. She is played by Vicky Krieps, becoming a key radical character that inspires Marx to see the importance of clearly articulating the “vieux monde craquer,” or the “cracking of the old world,” according to Annie Julia Wyman. In the film, we see Marx scrambling from Cologne to Paris to Brussels as a complicated human being: a lover of his wife and children, but unorganized; late with bills; and prone to late nights of excessive smoking, drinking and arguments. Jenny Marx brings the film to life, as well as Marx.

Near the end of the film, Jenny Marx helps to reconfigure an important paragraph, placing it in the correct sequence. The film implies that she catches an error in what preceded “a spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Communism.” The Nation points out how “[the film is daring in that] the subject of The Young Karl Marx is not its hero, that the young Marx’s biography is, in the end, secondary to the story of the Manifesto’s shared composition.”

Cicero would like this film. The film gets the viewer to think about how fortunate people are to develop solid friendships. If Marx wasn’t sent into exile by France and never had reached London with Engels, both would never have attempted to join and infiltrate a socialist organization like the League of the Just. They both tried their best to contribute to the League’s intellectual and practical theories, but it culminated with them successfully taking over the club, restoring it to the Communist League and tearing down the League of the Just banner while hanging up their own.

At the end of the film and after the Manifesto is written, it is revealed that later on that same year, European protest and revolution broke out, better known as the 1848 RevolutionsThe Young Karl Marx closes with a historical video montage to the music of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” showcasing key events and influential people of the 20th century.

Dylan wrote in his famous song:

You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat

Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat

Ain’t it hard when you discovered that

He really wasn’t where it’s at

And he took from you everything he could steal 

Donald Trump was elected in part by selling a working-class message to a broad base of the electorate that justifiably felt left behind and frustrated with the economic order. With an assist from Paul Ryan, Trump has assembled a brutal cabinet lineup, undoubtedly inserted to undermine anything of potential value in the federal government. The “draining of the swamp” mentality has translated to an overflowing and the already marginalized worker is seeing a further erosion of political and economic rights. It is in this context that the US needs to re-examine the ideas of Karl Marx ever more urgently.

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As Trump and May Claim Concern for Syrian Civilians, Critics Slam Leaders for Anti-Refugee Stance

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While President Donald Trump’s address to the nation suggested that he and his counterparts in France and the United Kingdom launched airstrikes out of concern for Syrian civilians, a number of critics pointed out that the leaders have shown little compassion for those same innocent people as nations have debated taking in Syrian refugees in recent months.

Angel Padilla@AngelRafPadilla

It is disgusting that our government will likely drop more bombs on Syria than the number of Syrian refugees it has allowed to enter the US this year. https://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2018/04/12/602022877/the-u-s-has-welcomed-only-11-syrian-refugees-this-year 

The U.S. Has Accepted Only 11 Syrian Refugees This Year

Refugee rights groups say the Trump administration has closed the door on vulnerable Syrian civilians even as it mulls military operations against the regime for humanitarian reasons.

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Under Trump, the number of Syrian refugees who have been granted asylum and resettled by the U.S. has plummeted, dropping from more than 12,000 in 2016 to half that number last year. Less than 100 of the war-torn nation’s 5.5 million refugees are expected to be allowed into the U.S. by the end of the current fiscal year in September.

“If the Trump administration truly cares about the fate of Syrian civilians, it can do far better in resettling Syrian refugees,” wrote the International Rescue Committee on Friday evening. “More than 40 people were reportedly killed in the suspected chemical attack on Douma, in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. That is as many Syrians who have been admitted to the United States as refugees this year.”

In the UK, Labour politician David Lammy condemned his fellow members of Parliament for opposing the resettlement of refugee children, as some officials supported Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to march in lockstep with Trump, launching airstrikes on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons infrastructure.

David Lammy@DavidLammy

I am not convinced that this military action will contribute towards peace in Syria or make the world a safer place. The case has not been made and the government has failed to set out how this action is part of a wider strategy of bringing peace and stability to the region.(2/2)

David Lammy@DavidLammy

Any MPs supporting military action and air strikes: do you remember the night in Spring 2016 when Parliament voted down the Dubs amendment to take in a few thousand children fleeing war and bloodshed in Syria? Reflect on why you now prioritise air strikes over taking in refugees.

In both the U.S. and the U.K., public opinion has strongly favored resettling refugees from Syria. Fifty-seven percent of Americans surveyed by Quinnipiac University urged their government to take in Syrians a year ago, after Trump launched airstrikes in the country following another suspected chemical attack.

Grassroots activists in the U.K. have urged their government to welcome more asylum-seekers from Syria, while May has resisted, preferring to send aid to Middle Eastern countries to keep refugees in the region.

In a poll taken by the Clarion Project this week, more than 58 percent of Americans responded that the U.S. should not launch strikes against Syria in the wake of the apparent attack on Douma, while a similar poll by Verdict in the U.K. showed that only 22 percent of Britons supported military intervention.

Trump critics on social media expressed doubt that the president’s concerned rhetoric regarding Syrian civilians would give way to a policy change regarding their resettlement.

Walter Shaub@waltshaub

Now that our president has invoked the children as a reason to attack Syria over Assad’s use of chemical weapons, is there any hope he’ll stop dehumanizing them and their families as he rails against them and leads America to turn its back on desperate war refugees fleeing Assad?

Ro Khanna@RoKhanna

A military intervention in Syria will only mean more suffering and more lives needlessly lost. If President Trump is serious about helping the Syrian people, he should provide a safe haven for Syrian refugees who are fleeing violence.

Harry Leslie Smith@Harryslaststand

So far this year Donald Trump’s America has accepted just 11 Syrian refugees and Britain isn’t much better. So it’s galling to hear Theresa May talk about the urgent need to bomb Syria to save the lives of innocents.

Adam Best@adamcbest

Donald Trump has slammed the door shut on Syrian refugees. He clearly doesn’t give a shit about Syria. He’s using them as an excuse to drop bombs so he can distract us from his scandals. All without congressional authorization.

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CHRISTIAN-KILLER AND DRAFT DODGER TRUMP FLOP

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https://youtu.be/nvmXbFxdaAc?t=169

CHRISTIAN-KILLER AND DRAFT DODGER TRUMP FLOP; ATTACK ON BASE DISASTROUS FOR U.S.; NOTHING ACCOMPLISHED BY TRUMP, AS USUAL; FOURTH TRANCHE OF RODENTS LEAVES AL-WA’IR IN HOMS IN WHITE BUSES; ALQAEDA C&C DESTROYED IN DER’AH

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I’ve now had the opportunity to fully research the so-called “damage” done by the American Tomahawk missile attack the night before last.  It is pathetic, to say the least.  The Russian MoD views the damage as a trifle describing the attack as a failure.  I too join that chorus after having received several communications from my sources and from Samer Hussein.  One Syrian officer who was quoted in Fort Russ, described the results of the missile attack as “laughable”.

Of the 59 Tomahawks fired from 2 U.S. missile cruisers in the Mediterranean – not the Persian Gulf as I mistakenly wrote yesterday – only 23 got within the perimeter of the base.

The Shu’ayraat AB is a base used for both maintaining aircraft and as a launch pad for Syrian bombers and helicopters targeting mostly ISIS in Eastern Homs.  At the time of the attack, I have been informed on the best authority, that 6 MiG aircraft were being repaired outside hangar protection.  The repairs were ordinary maintenance on high-performance bombers of Russian origin.  Only one of the aircraft was struck which then caused a fueling tanker to explode damaging severely the other 5 aircraft nearby.  (Fort Russ reports that the jets were MiG 23s).

An aging Antonov-124 cargo plane, largely used for storing tools was also damaged.  Its wings had been dismantled by the staff at the base.  It was a nothing target.  Other items destroyed by the American Tomahawks were one tanker truck, some cars, one hangar and a bulldozer.  Neither one of the 2 runways was hit although Russian officers believed that the primary target were the runways to prevent the SAAF from taking off.

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Well, folks, Fort Russ is right.  A Tomahawk missile costs about $1,000,000.00 per missile in today’s markets.  It’s manufactured by proven mass-murdering Raytheon Corp.  If the U.S. fired 59 of them, and only 23 made it to their targets, the U.S. not only wasted $36,000,000.00, but, also, plunked down a total amount of $59,000,000.00 for this turkey of an operation!  The damage to the Syrian AB was no more than $2,000,000.00 since all bombers, in their reinforced hangars,  were spared destruction.  From a financial point of view, the attack showed that Trump is a squandering buffoon.  He is not the penny-wise, pound-wise, entrepreneur he touted himself to be during his campaign.

And the best thing is that the Syrian Air Force immediately repaired the entire base in 24 hours with 2 of our bombers taking off and pounding targets in the Al-Shaa’er Mountain gas and oil fields area which the ISIS rodents, almost quizzically and preternaturally,  knew to attack while the U.S. was firing its missiles, demonstrating clearly that Trump has been mesmerized into becoming terrorism’s chief advocate.  We can actually smell British in this one.  بوي بريطانيايئ    (In Farsi)

Raytheon is, evidently, manufacturing junk rockets for the hapless American military.  With Russia now hurrying new anti-aircraft systems to Syria, one can only expect the U.S. to stop these reckless and senseless maneuvers.  But, Trump had to test his power as Philanderer-in-Thief.

Recklessness?  Tulsi Gabbard said exactly that in Congress yesterday when she called Trump’s folly, “reckless”.  This 2-tour-of-duty veteran of the Iraqi War minced no words and demanded that the new president stop taking unilateral action without consulting Congress.  She was joined by Rand Paul who also questioned the legality of Trump’s ludicrous behavior.  We can’t wait to hear Richard Black’s trenchant remarks.

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And she’s a looker too.  Tulsi Gabbard, Representative of Hawaii, in her army uniform.  Unlike Trump the Coward, Rep. Gabbard served her country in war.

But, Trump also murdered Christian villagers. According to AMN, the missiles which did not find their target, wound up killing 9 Christian villagers who lived in the Shu’ayraat area.  What a man that Trump is!

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DER’AH:

BUSRAA AL-SHAAM:  This town is the home to one of the world’s most fabulous Roman theatres.  It was also home to a very important Alqaeda command-control center connected to the Jordanian terrorist government.  Yesterday, Syrian artillery struck the C&C center killing every rodent inside.  The websites for the Alqaeda murderers are refusing to release the names of all their lost rats.      

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HOMS:

Al-Wa’ir Quarter:  The 4th tranche of sorry-looking rodents and their miserable offspring took off for beautiful Idlib in 3 buses yesterday as part of the deal to liberate the quarter and relocate those malignant grubs who refuse to accept amnesty.  About 400 total left while hundreds of former reptiles accepted a return to a normal life through amnesty.  Last Saturday, 836 left the city and found their way to Idlib under the auspices of the Syrian Red Crescent Society, the Syrian Army and Russian Military Police.  Most of the rodents who did not accept amnesty were non-Syrians.

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

John Esq. sends this great interview with the former British ambassador to Syria about the CW canard in Idlib:

https://www.facebook.com/ziad.abufadel1/posts/1327723750653771

Samer Hussein sends this wonderful report of SAA’s victories in Latakia:

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/syrian-army-smashes-terrorists-in.html

George Clooney as mass-murdering pig is behind the propaganda of the White Helmets: (From Igor Bundy)

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/04/06/swedish-medical-associations-says-white-helmets-murdered-kids-for-fake-gas-attack-videos/

Drone footage of the non-damage to the Shu’ayraat AB from the Russian MoD:

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/russian-military-posts-drone-footage-135435899.html

I’ve now had the opportunity to fully research the so-called “damage” done by the American Tomahawk missile attack the night before last. It is pathetic, to say the least. The Russian MoD views the damage as a trifle describing the attack as a failure. I too join that chorus after having received several communications from my sources and from Samer Hussein. One Syrian officer who was quoted in Fort Russ, described the results of the missile attack as “laughable”.

Of the 59 Tomahawks fired from 2 U.S. missile cruisers in the Mediterranean – not the Persian Gulf as I mistakenly wrote yesterday – only 23 got within the perimeter of the base.

The Shu’ayraat AB is a base used for both maintaining aircraft and as a launch pad for Syrian bombers and helicopters targeting mostly ISIS. At the time of the attack, I have been informed on the best authority, that 6 MiG aircraft were being repaired outside hangar protection. The repairs were ordinary maintenance on high-performance bombers of Russian origin. Only one of the aircraft was struck which then caused a fueling tanker to explode damaging severely the other 5 aircraft nearby. (Fort Russ reports that the jets were MiG 23s).

An aging Antonov- 124 cargo plane, largely used for storing tools was also damaged. Its wings had been dismantled by the staff at the base. It was a nothing target. Other items destroyed by the American Tomahawks were one tanker truck, some cars, one hangar and a bulldozer. Neither one of the 2 runways was hit although Russian officers believed that the primary target was the runway to prevent the SAAF from taking off.

Well, folks, Fort Russ is right. A Tomahawk missile costs about $1,000,000.00 per missile in today’s markets. It’s manufactured by proven mass-murdering Raytheon Corp. If the U.S. fired 59 of them, and only 23 made it to their targets, the U.S. not only wasted $36,000,000.00, but, also, plunked down a total amount of $59,000,000.00! The damage to the Syrian AB was no more than $2,000,000.00 since all bombers in their reinforced hangars were spared destruction. From a financial point of view, the attack showed that Trump is a squandering buffoon. He is not the penny-wise, pound-wise, entrepreneur he touted himself to be during his campaign.

And the best thing is that the Syrian Air Force immediately repaired the entire base in 24 hours with 2 of our bombers taking off and pounding targets in the Al-Shaa’er Mountain gas and oil fields which the ISIS rodents, almost quizzically and preternaturally, knew to attack while the U.S. was firing its missiles, demonstrating clearly that Trump has been mesmerized into becoming terrorism’s chief advocate. We can actually smell British in this one. بوي بريطانيايئ (In Farsi)

Raytheon is, evidently, manufacturing junk rockets for the hapless American military. With Russia now hurrying new anti-aircraft systems to Syria, one can only expect the U.S. to stop these reckless and senseless maneuvers. But, Trump had to test his power and Philander-in-Thief.

Recklessness? Tulsi Gabbard said exactly that in Congress yesterday when she called Trump’s folly, “reckless”. This 2 tour of duty veteran of the Iraqi War minced no words and demanded that the new president stop taking unilateral action without consulting Congress. She was joined by Rand Paul who also questioned the legality of Trump’s ludicrous behavior. We can’t wait to hear Richard Black’s trenchant rejoinder.

And she’s a looker too. Tulsi Gabbard, Representative of Hawaii, in her army uniform. Unlike Trump the Coward, Rep. Gabbard served her country in war.

But, Trump also murdered Christian villagers. According to AMN, the missiles which did not find their target, wound up killing 9 Christian villagers who lived in the Shu’ayraat area. What a man!

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DER’AH:

BUSRAA AL-SHAAM: This town is the home to one of the world’s most fabulous Roman theatres. It was also home to a very important Alqaeda command-control center connected to the Jordanian terrorist government. Yesterday, Syrian artillery struck the C&C center killing every rodent inside. The websites for the Alqaeda murderers are refusing to release the names of all their lost rats.

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HOMS:

Al-Wa’ir Quarter: The 4th tranche of sorry-looking rodents and their miserable offspring took off for beautiful Idlib in 3 buses yesterday as part of the deal to liberate the quarter and relocate those malignant grubs who refuse to accept amnesty. About 400 total left while hundreds of former reptiles accepted a return to a normal life through amnesty. Last Saturday, 836 left the city and found their way to Idlib under the auspices of the Syrian Red Crescent Society, the Syrian Army and Russian Military Police. Most of the rodents who did not accept amnesty were non-Syrians.

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TRUMP’S DISPORTING WITH FIRE

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TRUMP’S DISPORTING WITH FIRE; ZIONIST ATTACK ON T4 MISERABLE FAILURE; THE ENDLESS BLOVIATIONS OF TRUMP

Here is a comment from TruthMonger in an article about the the staged CW attack. Note how he confirms what Ziad told you about foreign prisoners:

“The Syrian Arab Army and with the help of Russian captured a shipment of chemical weapons destined for the Eastern Ghouta. These were British weapons produced at Porton Down in Salisbury. Russian suspects that the Skripal incident is related as by their records, Skiripal was working at Porton Down as a chemical weapons trafficker in partnership with a Ukrainian firm. Russia denies attacking Skripal but admits he was under surveillance for his activities involving support of terrorism in Syria and arms trafficking. Russia also confirms that there are British, American, Israeli and Saudi intelligence officers who were caught by the Syrian army in one of the heavily fortified operations rooms during the invasion of the Syrian army and its allies of the East Ghouta.” American, British and Israeli military personnel captured in Syria have confirmed they were ordered to stage chemical attacks in East Ghouta by their governments. Our sources in Russia, highest level, told us the attack was coming based on information they received from US and Israeli prisoners taken in East Ghouta after an evacuation attempt failed. US casualty announcements in this effort have been released over the past few days as happening in other areas to cover US complicity in terrorism. This dishonors families of the dead, not just in the misuse of service members to support terrorism but in lying to families about combat deaths. This shame goes directly to coward Trump! “The Marine Corps identified four Marines killed on Tuesday in a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crash near El Centro, Calif. The Marines were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. “The loss of our Marines weighs heavy on our hearts,” Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, commanding general of 3rd MAW, said in a statement. “Our priority is to provide support for our families and HMH-465 during this critical time.” The four Marines killed in the crash were Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, Gunnery Sgt. Derik R. Holley and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad.” Other US casualties were listed as a US Air Force F16 that allegedly crashed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and up to 6 Americans who the US claims were killed by “Kurdish forces” in the north of Syria. All died in a failed combined US/Israel rescue operation to remove not only communications and command personnel but also chemical weapons operations teams as well. Last week, VT Damascus received evidence that Americans, US Army Special Forces along with Israeli chemical weapons officers had been captured in East Ghouta. We were told that not only was a command facility captured with modern weapons but a stockpile of British made 81mm poison gas mortar shells, numbering in the hundreds, was seized as well.

TruthMonger 9 hr ago

Must read article about what happened in East Ghouta: – German Chlorine chemical weapons found – UK VX (seriously deadly stuff) shells found by the hundreds – UK Chemical warfare experts captured by Syrian forces. – Failed US and Israel Special Forces mission to extract said experts, resulting in the deaths and capture of entire mission. – Skripal is to push Russia for refusing to facilitate a release of captured forces. Russia told the UK, through Oman, that they have to talk to Syria directly. West now has to go big before the truth gets out of what they’ve really been up to in Syria. https://www.veteranstoday.c…
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DAMASCUS:

Well, folks, 3,627 lightly armed cannibals left Douma with their families during the last 24 hours, according to the Russian Reconciliation Committee at the Humaymeem Airbase in Latakia.  Sadly, many of the kidnapped hostages taken by the terrorists appear to have been murdered by ‘Alloosh’s killers.  The President met with many of the family members of these individuals and expressed his condolences.  There appear to be few survivors of the murderous reign of terror inflicted upon these hapless persons.

The attack on the Tiyaas (T4) airbase was a huge flop.  The Zionist Settlers fired 12 rockets from Lebanese airspace and only 3 reached their targets, the rest having been intercepted and destroyed by Syrian air defenses.  Yet, as Iran announced today, around 5 Iranian nationals were killed at the airbase.  From a purely military point of view, this operation, whatever its motives, was a resounding failure.  Of interest to our readers will be Iran’s retaliation.

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AL-HASAKA:

In what had to be a hilarious operation, American choppers were seen by locals on the ground picking up foreign remnants of ISIS at Tal Al-Shaayer, about 23 kilometers south of Al-Shidaadi.  What was funny was how the soldiers on board the helicopters tried to stage a phony battle with ISIS as a cover for picking up the terrorists to deploy them elsewhere under another name.  A civilian was killed during the fake battle.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.:

Trump’s behavior is reaching high comedy as he rails and rages against all enemies, true and imagined.  In an effort to deflect attention from an investigation that has now focused on his own personal attorney, he has barked himself into a corner.  Trump, like Cassandra,  is doomed to perish by his own predictions.  I believe that he will order some insane attack on the Syrian military which is going to fail as miserably as the stupid attack on the Shu’ayraat Airbase last year when his daughter, of all people, demanded that her father order an assault to punish the Syrian government for using Sarin gas at Khaan Shaykhoon.  Of course, that was another staged atrocity by the White Helmets and the terrorists.  This time, it won’t take that imbecile daughter of his to implore daddy to fire at the Syrian Army. His own predicament is cause enough for that.

Trump’s generals don’t want to admit it but they are not up to the task.  Just like the attack on the Shu’ayraat AB, where the U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles with only a small number landing at anything close to a target, this coming attack is neither surprising nor cunning.  The Syrian, Russian and Iranian governments are expecting it and preparing for it.  I have heard reports that Syrian military units are at “highest readiness status”.  The same is true of Russia and HZB.

There are reports of American warships heading toward the Syrian coastline.  If this is the case, Trump is going to face his worst political and military disaster since taking office especially when his ships, firing Tomahawks get hit with Syria’s superb Yakhont anti-ship missiles.  When American soldiers and sailors start floating on the surface of the Mediterranean, Trump may lose even his most ardent supporters.  This is a scenario worthy of WWIII with the United States stumbling around like a drunken sailor looking for a fight it cannot win.

I believe Trump will order rockets to be fired at Syria, but, in places where there are no Russian personnel.  It’s the same plan as before.  They really have no other options.  Trump must have been told that the Russian government has warned that it would target the “sources” of the missiles which means that WWIII is just around the corner.  I don’t believe Trump or Bolton or Mattis want to start a nuclear war over Syria, which, by the way, Bolton, his new National Security supremo, views as a carnival sideshow.  Bolton is more interested in taking on Iran and ISIS.  Whatever the case, the United States is run by a meat head who had the audacity to call President Assad an “animal” when he has history of such profound sleaziness, tawdriness and squalor that it would make the devil squint.

If France takes the lead in delivering an attack, you should not worry, at all, since the French haven’t accomplished much of anything militarily since the time Russia clobbered them and their Corsican/Italian emperor.  Let’s just relax, sit back and watch the degradation of the United States.

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Bombing Syria is a crime, period!

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By: Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Bombing Syria is a crime, period. During the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, Israel used many weapons banned under international law. All of the civilized nations who protested the use of chemical weapons in Syria turned a blind eye towards the Israeli violations. Let’s not just ignore the fact too that Israel did it for seven decades with funding from the US, UK, and France. The same three countries that bombed a sovereign nation under a false pretext as they did to Iraq in 2003. Later it was proven that Iraq never have weapons of mass destruction (WMD), connections to al-CIA-da or the 9/11 terrorist attack.

In response to the White House claim that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad ordered the chemical attack on his people near Damascus, Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), issued a series of three reports refuting the US allegation.  Professor Postal concluded that the US government’s report does not provide any “concrete” evidence that Assad was responsible, adding it was more likely that the attack was perpetrated by players on the ground. For that reason Germany and Canada together with 190 other UN member states said no thank you and that they will not join U.S. President Donald Trump’s coalition to bomb Syria.

Why hasn’t the UN ever investigated the Syrian Rebels for the use of chemical weapons? The Syrian government has asked for the UN to investigate the rebels, but every request has been denied.

I believe president Trump is being played by P.M. Netanyahu who publicly pressured him on having the US continue destroying Syria for Israel, after Russia, Iran and Hezbollah chased ISIS and her terrorist sisters out. It is rather odd that the US State Department spokeswoman as well as our UN ambassador, Nikki Haley, would say that the US will bomb Syria even if no chemical weapons were used. Ambassador Haley who acts as Israel’s second envoy to the UN could use a lesson in diplomacy. Way to go, snubbing the rules of law, by the US, UK and France. It does look like the US is fighting another dirty war for Israel. Whether you support Assad or not, the West should have no right to bomb a sovereign nation. It is rather odd that the three countries that bombed Syria are the very same ones who lecture us about the rules of law and that we should settle our differences without violence.

Imagine for a moment what would happen if Russia had fired 112 cruise missiles on America after Waco, to punish our government for attacking civilians!

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ATTACK ON SYRIA BIG FLOP!

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ATTACK ON SYRIA BIG FLOP! AIR DEFENSES ROBUST; MASSIVE FAILURE FOR TRUMP, MAY, MACRON AND THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS

In the early hours of April 14, 2018, at specifically 3:55 a.m., the United States, Britain and France, launched a misguided campaign of noise and fire against the government and people of Syria.  The targets were already known by the Syrian government since the Russians had negotiated them with Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis.  Since everybody knew Trump was going to do something, sometime, some way, all precautions were taken to protect lives and materiel.  Syria’s most advanced jets were stored in fortified hangars or flown to bases such as Humaymeem where Russian personnel are stationed.

The attack involved two U.S. cruise missile carrying destroyers in the Red Sea; tactical aircraft flying from one aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean; and several B-1 bombers traced to new runways in American-occupied Al-Tanf near the Jordanian-Iraqi borders.  The British fllew a wing of Tornado bombers carrying cruise missiles out of Akritiri Airbase in Cyprus while the French used their Mirages and Rafal bombers based in Jordan.

The combined forces used 110 cruise missiles 71 of which were either intercepted and destroyed by Syria’s Pantsir air defense systems or were electronically toppled by a force which will remain unmentioned.  Only 39 cruise missiles reached any target, many of them falling harmlessly in the Syrian Desert.

The only targets hit were a scientific research facility in Barza which contained classrooms and laboratories.  All material had been removed so that the Americans could claim falsely that they had destroyed a CW-related institution.  Another building which the Americans were allowed to destroy was a military warehouse in Homs, at Misyaaf, which the Americans could not hit because all the missiles aimed at that target were electronically toppled.  As the cruise missiles were being deflected, they exploded on the ground injuring 3 civilians. The NATO allies also fired 12 missiles at the Al-Dhumayr AB east of Damascus. Russian news says all 12 were downed by Soviet-era air defense systems.

Of the 110 cruise missiles fired, 14 of them were American Tomahawks.  Most of the others were British and Fench.  None of the British or French missiles hit any target.  Complete failure and a lesson to the allies of the U.S.

An helicopter airbase near the Lebanese border was also struck.  However, because the attack took place in the early hours, nobody was at the base and, conveniently, no aircraft were to be found.

One thing is absolutely certain:  this was a training exercise to see how well NATO weapons would work.  The enemy here, Syria and Russia, was in on the planning and knew ahead of time what the attacking force was going to do.  There was high drama, what with Trump calling Dr. Assad an “animal”.  There was puffing with Trump tweeting about his “new, smart” missiles in response to a Russian diplomat claiming his country would knock down all attacking missiles.  But, of course, Trump fancies himself a great negotiator and managed to negotiate the rules of this engagement.

The first rule was that the Russians have to convince Dr. Assad that his country was going to be hit, but not hard.  The second rule was that Dr. Assad could use all air defense assets at his disposal.  The third rule of this idiotic game was that Russia would only give minimal assistance such that Trump’s “smart” missiles could reach some targets which were already prepared.  The 4th rule was that Trump, May and Macron would be allowed to give orotund speeches with plangent, stentorian appeals to the loftiest platitudes about “joint action” when international norms were being violated.  The 5th rule was that nobody would talk about selling lethal weapons to the Saudi chimpanzees so they could use them to violate international law by murdering innocent Yemeni civilians.

So much for the touted Anglo-American-French attack to punish Syria. YAWN.  OH, YAWN.

 

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Turkish-American relations at crossroads

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We all make mistakes for which we later feel remorse. We self-critically scrutinize the reasons behind those mistakes. Although they hurt us whenever they come to mind, we know that they cannot be unmade. The present condition of Turkish-American relations appears to be the result of such a series of arbitrary and continual mistakes.

1- Before the eruption of the Syrian civil war, there had been no significant difference of opinion regarding common foreign policy issues between the administrations of Turkey and the United States. Yet, as the civil war erupted, then-President Barack Obama’s administration showed a lack of leadership in organizing the U.S. regional allies of, i.e., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf countries, under a common goal and vision. Eventually, all these countries not only struggled against Iran, but also competed among themselves during the whole course of the Syrian civil war.

2- As the Obama administration worked to integrate Iran into the world order, the Iranian political elite manipulated the regional vision of the American political elite. The fear about a possible rise of al-Qaida by the fall of Bashar Assad discouraged the Obama administration from a regime change in Syria. Pursuing senseless alliances, the Obama administration strengthened the front constituted by Iran and the Syrian regime.

3- The lack of leadership awakened Russia, the sleeping giant putting a challenge to the U.S. in the region extending from the Caspian to the Mediterranean. While the U.S. entered the process of presidential campaigns for its election, Russia became the super military power in the region.

4- While the U.S.’s allies remain dispersed, Russia’s entrance into the battlefield by invitation of Iran turned the weakened Syrian regime into the strongest party in the ongoing civil war.

5- The mistrust of the U.S. administration in the Syrian oppositional groups concluded with their weakening in the battlefield.

6- While the murderous Daesh, the most bloodthirsty terrorist organization in history, turned all political calculations upside down, it turned out to be not a religious, but a Western innovation. In a similar vein, the seemingly moderate Gülenists emerged as the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), a fanatic organization that atrociously murdered hundreds of people during its failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 in Turkey. Religious in appearance, both Daesh and FETÖ have been controlled by Western powers.

7- While the U.S. administration declared Daesh as the principal target of the coalition forces in Syria, the extensive territory it controlled passed into the hands of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Protection Units (YPG), which emerged from the PKK like a matryohskha doll.

8- Abandoning its allies, the U.S. took the YPG, the Syrian extension of the PKK, as its principal ally in Syria.

9- With the lack of U.S. leadership, while Russia reconsolidated its military power in the region, Iran has become a regional power whose political influence extends from Iran to Yemen.

10- Protecting the YPG from Iran and the Syrian regime, the U.S. handed over all of northern Syria to the terrorist organization. Although Daesh was mostly defeated, the U.S. continues to support the YPG under the veil of the fight against Daesh.

11- After Donald Trump became the president of the U.S., many political experts expected the reconsolidation of its alliance with Turkey under the traditional Republic perspective. Yet, as the Obama administration left the U.S. deadlocked in the Syrian civil war, the Trump administration has come to a crossroads where they have to choose between the U.S.’s historical ally or a terrorist organization.

12- While the political discourses of the U.S. administration tries to hold up and distract Turkey from acting against the YPG, the ongoing meeting between American and Turkish officials will either lead to certain ameliorations or deeper crises.

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The death of Arabs

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ARABS SAND NIGGERS

Today, the greatest injustices on earth are being committed against Arabs. Although all of us are used to the eruption of wars and civil wars in the Arab world, it is imperative to see the big picture, i.e., the gradual death of the Arab people. Behind the flamboyant stage constituted by the towers in Dubai and Saudi wealth, hundreds of people are being killed every day in the rest of the Arab world. Wars and civil wars have already become ordinary occurrences in the region to such an extent that statistical reports no longer record all the loss of life among Arabs.

Immediately after the Mavi Marmara incident, when Israeli commandos killed seven Turkish civilians in their raid on six civilian ships carrying activists from 50 countries in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip, we as volunteers began to prepare a press announcement to protest against Israel, as most of the managers of the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH) were themselves taken captive on the ships. If the people who were killed by Israeli soldiers were Arabs, I thought, Israel might have gotten away with these murders. Yet, those who were murdered were Turkish civilians whose case was defended by the Turkish state. This was a tragic insight on the desperate condition of the Arab people.

As Israel’s bloody raids on Palestinian civilian camps under the leadership of murderous Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, also known as the “Butcher of Beirut” in Lebanon for his role as defense minister in the 1982 invasion that killed an estimated 20,000 people that year alone, demonstrated, the lives of Arabs have always been treated as insignificant by the world’s leading powers. Here is a limited list of historical incidents of the death of the Arab peoples:

lThe Lebanese Civil War lasted from 1975 to 1990 and resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities.

The devastating Iran-Iraq War lasted from 1980 to 1988.

Occupations of Afghanistan resulted in an ongoing civil war.

The Gulf War was followed by the Iraq War in which then U.S. President George W. Bush’s neoconservative administration used the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an excuse and occupied Iraq and Afghanistan under the pretext of the war on terrorism.

The death of an estimated 1 million people in Iraq since the invasion of the United States condemned the occupied country to instability and chaos.

Unrestricted by Western powers, Israel has continued to murder Palestinian civilians.

The civil war in Yemen, fueled by regional competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia, has resulted in the loss of uncountable lives and the destruction of the country as a whole.

Finally, the Arab Spring, which began as an honorable revolution against long-lived dictatorships, has gradually turned into a nightmare. A coup was realized in Egypt, Libya was divided into three parts and Syria is trapped in a devastating civil war.

While Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Afrin against the PKK terrorist organization-affiliated Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces has been criticized by Western powers for weakening the war against Daesh, the United Nations appears indifferent to the Syrian regime’s ongoing aerial offensive in Eastern Ghouta, which began on Sunday and has killed at least 403 civilians. The Syrian regime’s war on civilians is still not at the top of the world’s political agenda.

With reference to Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s poem, “We lose and love does not win,” one can say, “Arabs die and no one wins.”

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