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Turkey Leaves US Out of Syria Summit Plans

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Turkey is seeking to host a new Syria summit without the US, which indicates the beginning of the end of Washington’s influence in Syria, Turkish analysts told Sputnik, further suggesting that France and Germany are also interested in expanding ties with Russia and Turkey.

The upcoming Istanbul summit on the Syrian crisis will leave Washington out in the cold, Turkish analysts told Sputnik Turkey.

According to Can Unver, a Turkish security analyst, the summit that will take place on September 7 will become “one of the most important diplomatic and political steps of the last period of time, carried out without the participation of the United States.”

In late July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey was going to hold a summit with France, Germany and Russia on Syria and regional affairs. Ankara’s decision to snub the US, Turkey’s longstanding NATO ally and the leading force of the military coalition operating on the ground in Syria, came as no surprise: Ankara is not concealing its frustration with Washington’s policies.

“This summit reflects Europe’s aspiration to build a sovereign political line independent from the influence and pressure from Washington, including in relations with Russia and Turkey,” Unver opined. “The arrangement of such a summit in Istanbul without US participation while the Syrian settlement is moving to its final phase indicates the beginning of a gradual ousting of the US from the Syrian process.”

According to Unver, Turkey and Russia play an important role in Syria, while France is seeking to strengthen its positions on the ground. As for Germany, it is less concerned about the Syrian issue, but given its leading position in the EU, Berlin’s participation in the forthcoming summit takes on a new significance, the security analyst emphasized.”I consider the upcoming meeting a very important event,” he reiterated. “We see that Turkey has become an influential player not only in the region, but also beyond. I want to note once again that the importance of the summit is not so much in discussing the issues of the Syrian settlement with France and Germany, as in the desire of the European countries to establish cooperation with Moscow and Ankara apart from [Donald] Trump’s influence.”

A Syrian shepherd herds his flock, as he passes in front of a newly installed U.S. position near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

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A Syrian shepherd herds his flock, as he passes in front of a newly installed U.S. position near the tense front line between the U.S-backed Syrian Manbij Military Council and the Turkish-backed fighters, in Manbij, north Syria, Wednesday, April 4, 2018

For his part, Sezgin Mercan, political observer and researcher at the department of political science and international relations at Baskent University, suggested that the refugee issue and the future of the Syrian state could be high on the summit’s agenda.

“Russia’s participation in this meeting indicates that the agenda of discussion can go beyond the issues of regional policy,” he continued. “Turkey and Russia are countries directly involved in the Syrian peace process. The same could be said about the US; however, as it turns out, [Washington] will not take part in the Istanbul summit.”

The S-400 Triumf anti-air missile system

According to Mercan, Washington’s controversial economic and trade policies, its standoff with Iran and the discord among NATO allies have weakened the Trump administration’s positions on the global arena.He further opined that Russia may fill the gap left by the US due to Trump’s inconsistent foreign policy and expand channels of cooperation with France and Germany.

“These countries and Turkey, in its turn, are obviously also inclined to diversify cooperation with Russia,” the Turkish academic presumed.

Recently, the already strained relations between Washington and Ankara have further plummeted over Turkey’s determination to acquire the Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems and the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. The US imposed sanctions on two Turkish officials; Erdogan announced a tit-for-tat measure. Additionally, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA) envisions the potential suspension of Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program and prohibits the transfer of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Ankara, until a report is issued on Turkey’s behavior.

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Syrian War Report – August 9, 2018

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Syrian War Report – August 9, 2018: 418 ISIS Members Killed In SDF Operation Near Iraqi Border.

…from SouthFront

The Syrian General Command has deployed more troops, military equipment and artillery pieces in northern Latakia and northwestern Hama over the past few days. According to pro-militant sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are preparing for a military operation that would target Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra), Horas al-Din and the Turkistan Islamic Party in northern Latakia, the al-Ghab Plains and near the city of Jisr al-Shugur.

At the same time, sporadic clashes have appeared between militants and government troops in the areas of northern Hama and Latakia. However, no active military actions have been reported.

In eastern al-Suwayda, the SAA reached the area of Suh al-Qasium in the framework of its operation against the remaining ISIS cells in this part of the province. The operation is ongoing.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) released a statement summing up results of their operation in southern al-Hasakah and eastern Deir Ezzor. According to the statement, the SDF killed 418 ISIS members, including 16 commanders, and captured 29 others.

Additionally, the SDF destroyed 45 vehicles and captured a high number of weapons, including hundreds of light assault rifles and dozens of rockets and mortar rounds. As a result of the operation, the SDF secured 191km of the Syrian-Iraqi border and 71,360km2 near it.

With the liberation of southern Syria, the war has once again entered a relatively quiet phase. Currently, the sides are re-grouping their forces and carrying out active negotiations that would shape the future of the conflict.

If no comprehensive agreement is reached, the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance will once again implement a military option to force militant groups to negotiate a peaceful agreement.

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First woman, daughter of Palestinian immigrants, bound for Congress

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New wave of young Beige Americans are begging to replace the old crusted archaic antiquated 20th Century dwellers and their mean spirited hate filled phony Christian white nationalist ethos that have polluted and degraded our government defrauding the values of liberty, freedom and justice for all.

Rashida Tlaib, a candidate for Michigan’s 13th congressional district, shows children a cellphone video of her heckling President Trump during his speech at the Detroit Economic Club in 2016, in Inkster, Michigan on July 23, 2018.

Editor Note: Historic Vote Yesterday! This is unheard of. A Palestinian, Woman, Muslim…must be the Trump Party’s definition of a nightmare mixed with horror movie tossed in a face slapped Tabouleh salad topped with sprinklers of disbelief, hatred, racism, and bigotry. Let the Trump insults begin! Can’t wait for his insulting hate tweet!  Just saying…Oh my!

What’s next? TrumpBots forced to drop their commitment to racism, bigotry, and hatred for fear of looking like fish out of water in our new America? Wait, that’s asking way too much!

But hey, the Team People movement has started.  The new wave of young beige Americans have begun to replace the old crusted archaic antiquated 20th Century dwellers and their mean spirited hate filled phony Christian white nationalists ethos that have polluted and degraded our government defrauding the values of liberty, freedom and justice for all. Team People is rising folks. Stay tuned! Johnny Punish

Panorama of the US Capitol building built a long time ago yet getting a new 21st century make-over of new Young Americas who will replace the old order of human haters, racists, and antiquated thinkers. Change is rising!

DETROIT — An attorney and former Michigan lawmaker is looking ahead to becoming the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination late Tuesday to run unopposed for the Detroit-area congressional seat long held by former U.S. Rep. John Conyers. No Republicans or third-party candidates were in the race, meaning the daughter of Palestinian immigrants is set to win the seat in November and begin serving a full two-year term in January.

“I will uplift you in so many ways,” she told supporters during a victory speech early Wednesday morning. “Not only through service but fighting back, against every single oppressive, racist structure that needs to be dismantled, because you deserve better than what we have today in our country.”

And she wasted no time in challenging President Donald Trump, calling him a “bully” and adding: “I don’t know if he’s ready for me.”

Tlaib, 42, served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014. She defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs.

Since leaving the Legislature, Tlaib has worked as an attorney for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. On Wednesday, she said her agenda in Washington will be Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, sustainable environmental policies, public school funding and fair immigration reform.

“This is a huge victory for the Arab and Muslim American communities — it’s also a huge victory for the city of Detroit,” said Sally Howell, director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

“Rashida Tlaib brings forward the legacy of John Conyers in terms of the groundbreaking role he played in Congress and his commitment to civil rights.”

The 89-year-old Conyers was first elected to the House in 1964. He stepped down in December citing health reasons, though several former female staffers had accused him of sexual harassment. That resulted in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District going without representation in Congress ever since.

There are currently two Muslim men serving in Congress: Minnesota’s Keith Ellison was the first to be elected and took office in 2007, followed by Andre Carson in Indiana. Ellison’s decision to run for Minnesota attorney general has left his U.S. House seat open, and two candidates seeking to replace him are also Muslim: Democrats Ilhan Omar, the country’s first Somali-American state lawmaker, and Jamal Abdulahi, a Somali-American activist.

There were as many as 90 Muslim-Americans running for national or statewide offices this election cycle. They’ve been spurred to action by the anti-Muslim policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump and his supporters, and they’re running for elected offices in numbers not seen since before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to Muslim groups and political observers.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed had hoped to become the nation’s first Muslim governor, but the former Detroit health director lost his bid Tuesday to be the Democratic nominee in the Michigan governor’s race . Former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer will face Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette, an ally of President Donald Trump, in the November election.

Arabs have been coming to the U.S. in large numbers since the late 19th century, and their ranks have grown in recent decades due to wars and political instability in the Middle East. Many settled in and around Detroit, New York and Los Angeles.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, which had a sample size of about 3 million addresses, estimated that 1.5 million people living the U.S at the time were of Arab ancestry.

The Detroit area alone has one of the largest Middle East populations in the U.S., with at least 150,000 Arabs and Chaldeans, or Iraqi Christians, calling the region home, according to the latest available data and scholarly research. Experts say estimating the size of the Muslim community is difficult, but say Arab-Muslims represent the largest ethnic group of Muslims in the area.

The area Tlaib will represent, Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, is not majority Arab or Muslim. It’s a diverse district with predominantly white, black and Hispanic residents.

“Her accomplishments were recognized by the larger public,” said Howell, the University of Michigan professor. “This shows that Arab and Muslim candidates in Michigan are part of the political mainstream.”

Conyers’ seat was among three open House seats in Michigan heading into the primary, including another that the Democrats expect to keep and a Republican-held seat they hope to flip in their push to take control of the chamber.

In a twist, there was also a special primary election Tuesday for the last two months of Conyers’ term, which ends in December. That race was still too close to call Wednesday between Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. The winner of that race will also run unopposed in November’s election but would only hold the seat for two months.

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Gaza: ‘Can You Imagine Living Like This?’

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‘Can You Imagine Living Like This?’ Pregnant Woman and Toddler Among Those Killed in Israel’s Latest Vicious Assault on Gaza

“As Israeli airstrikes persist and the living situation gravely worsens, Palestinians in Gaza are on the brink of a full-blown humanitarian crisis due to Israel’s 10-year siege. Everyday life in besieged Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy.”

Smoke rises after an Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-story building in Gaza City August 9, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

Smoke rises after an Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-story building in Gaza City August 9, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

After a massive Israeli bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning killed a pregnant woman and her 18-month-old daughter, Israel’s vicious assault on the occupied Palestinian territory continued throughout the day on Thursday as the nation’s air force leveled a major civilian cultural center in Gaza City and slammed more than a 150 other targets.

Israel’s latest attack on Gaza was characterized as the largest escalation since 2014, when Israel killed more than 2,000 Palestinians in a seven-week military operation. Videos and images of Thursday’s wave of bombings spread quickly across social media, revealing the intensity and scope of the airstrikes as they pounded buildings and densely populated areas.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intentionally targeted civilians“with the goal of causing the residents to understand the price of escalation and placing Hamas in a problematic situation.”

 

 

While Israeli officials insisted that their large-scale attack on Gaza was in response to Hamas rocket fire, Haaretzreports that it was in fact the Israeli army that sparked the escalation by killing two Palestinians with tank fire, after they allegedly mistook a training exercise for an actual attack.

As Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, put it, the “current Israeli bombardment sequence in Gaza started when the Israeli military killed two Palestinians, lied about why, and later admitted to doing so just as a high level Palestinian delegation was on its way to Cairo to discuss longer term cease-fire.”

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Reminder: Current Israeli bombardment sequence in Gaza started when the Israeli military killed two Palestinians, lied about why and later admitted to doing so just as a high level Palestinian delegation was on its way to Cairo to discuss longer term cease-fire.

Angry that major media outlets are highlighting the fact that its latest wave of bombings killed a pregnant woman and her young child, the Israeli government has begun openly pressuring news outlets that dare to report its war crimes accurately.

After the BBC published a headline that read, “Israeli air strikes ‘kill woman and a toddler,'” the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a formal complaint to the British outlet, and it ultimately changed the headline to, “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel.”

“This is a disgrace,” the anti-occupation Jewish advocacy group IfNotNow tweeted in response to the BBC‘s decision to cave to the demands of the Israeli government. “Even the most respected news sources bow Israeli pressure to present Israel’s war crimes as passively as possible.”

Israel’s latest bombing campaign in Gaza comes just weeks after Israeli F-16s carried out “wide-scale” airstrikes throughout the occupied territory. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned last month that Israel is preparing to launch a “large and painful military operation,” and Thursday’s bombardment appeared to be a step in that direction.

“We don’t see the end of the escalation. We are closing in on operation in Gaza,” a senior IDF official toldHaaretz on Thursday.

As Israel continues to attack Gaza and strangle its economy with measures that have been denounced as “genocidal policies of collective punishment,” the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) noted that “Palestinians in Gaza are on the brink of a full-blown humanitarian crisis due to Israel’s 10-year siege.”

“Everyday life in besieged Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy,” IMEU added, posting a video compilation that captures the living conditions of millions of the nearly two million people living in the occupied Gaza Strip.

“The U.N. says Gaza will be unlivable by 2020,” IMEU observes. “But can you imagine living like this today?”

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‘We Just Bombed a SCHOOL BUS’: Outrage After US-Backed Saudi Coalition Slaughters Children in Yemen

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At least 29 children were killed in the latest attack on civilians by Saudi and UAE forces, which are supported by the United States

Dozens of children—most reportedly under the age of 10—were killed and wounded by an air strike launched by the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition in Yemen on Thursday. The attack targeted a school bus. (Photo: @FrancescoRocca/Twitter)

Declarations of outrage were followed by demands for an immediate investigation on Thursday after reports that the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition slaughtered dozens of innocent civilians, including many children traveling on a school bus, when it bombed an area near a crowded market in Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross reported on Twitter that its medical team had received “the bodies of 29 children, all under 15 years old” and was treating “48 injured people, among them 30 children.”

The school bus that was bombed was reportedly carrying children back to religious education classes after a picnic near the city of Dahyan, according to reports from Save the Children and Al Jazeera. Local journalists reported seeing “body parts scattered” at the scene.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), an outspoken critic of the United States’ support for the Saudi coalition, expressed fury over the attack and demanded once again that lawmakers end their complicity in the war.

Dozens are dead after an airstrike hit a school bus carrying children in northern Yemen, humanitarian group says

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“Save the Children condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals,” said the group in a statement. “We have seen a worrying rise in these incidents and no action has been taken to hold the perpetrators to account.”

 

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Health officials in Saada told Al Jazeera that 43 people were killed and 61 were wounded in the attack, the majority of whom were children.

According to Al Jazeera, the Saudi coalition claimed it had targeted “missile launchers,” but Yemen-based reporters who have witnessed numerous attacks in civilian-populated areas vigorously disputed the claim.

“The place is known to be a market, [and] there is no military installation nearby… but the Saudis are known to have done this many times—target schools, weddings and so on,” Nasser Arrabyee told Al Jazeera.

In April, the coalition killed at least 20 Yemeni civilians—including a bride—when it bombed a wedding party. As Al Jazeera reported, a third of the 258 attacks carried out by Saudi and UAE forces in June targeted non-military sites.

In a rare show of attention to the war that’s been going on since March 2015, killing and injuring 15,000 civilians and plunging the country into what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisisMSNBC briefly covered the attack and noted that the Saudi coalition is backed by United States, which supplies fuel and intelligence to Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the coalition’s war on the Houthi rebels in support of the Yemeni government.

But on social media, critics noted that other coverage of the air strike in the US and Britain—which also supports the coalition—failed to acknowledge the countries’ involvement in the war.

International rights groups repeated calls for an end to the war and strongly condemned the bus attack and other civilian massacres.

“This is yet another example of the blatant violations of international humanitarian law that we have seen in Yemen over the past three years—from indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilians, denial of access to humanitarian aid and the use of starvation as a weapon of war—it’s the people of Yemen, not the warring parties, who are paying the ultimate price,” said Sylvia Ghaly, director of advocacy in Yemen for Save the Children.

“There is no military solution to this conflict,” she added. “Only a political solution can bring the war to an end and reinstate peace in Yemen. We urge all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities, return to the negotiation table to commit to a ceasefire and cooperate with the U.N. Special Envoy Martin Griffiths. Spare the Yemeni people more death and misery.”

As award-winning journalist Iona Craig noted last week, such slaughter and barbarity is nothing new when it comes to the U.S. and Saudi role in Yemen:

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Gaza: Jewish Nazi Holocaust

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Israel and Hamas Sign Cease-fire Deal, Sources Tell Haaretz; Israeli Official Denies

Israeli officials: Chance of major Gaza operation low ■ Israel hits 150 Gaza targets ■ Three Gazans said killed, including pregnant woman and child ■ Woman severely wounded in Israel.

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Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot, Israel August 9, 2018.
Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot, Israel August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen.

Following an escalation in hostilities between Israel and Gaza over the past 24 hours, an Egyptian source and foreign diplomats told Haaretz that Israel and Hamas signed a cease-fire deal.

A Palestinian official with knowledge of the talks, which were mediated by Egypt, said the truce would begin at 11:45 P.M. local time, Reuters reported. An Israeli official, however, denied all reports of such an agreement being signed.

The conflicting reports came shortly after Israeli security officials said the chances of a full-fledged military operation in the Gaza Strip have decreased.

According to Israeli assessments, Hamas wants to end the current round of violence following the damage and casualties caused by the Israeli military’s attacks on the Gaza Strip. An Israeli official told Haaretz that while Hamas has been seeking to sign a cease-fire agreement through intermediaries since Thursday morning, Israel continued to attack high-profile targets.

IDF footage showing destruction of Gaza building, August 9, 2018.

Egypt said earlier Thursday that it has been working with both Israel and Hamas since Wednesday to prevent an escalation and continued attacks on the Strip. According to an Egyptian source, Cairo is continuing its communication with various actors in order to restore the calm and prevent further flare-ups.

Palestinians gather around a building after it was bombed by an Israeli aircraft, in Gaza City August 9, 2018
Palestinians gather around a building after it was bombed by an Israeli aircraft, in Gaza City August 9, 2018\ MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS
A missile lands as Israeli aircraft bombs a building in Gaza City August 9, 2018
A missile lands as Israeli aircraft bombs a building in Gaza City August 9, 2018\ AHMED ZAKOT/ REUTERS

After a four-hour meeting at the IDF’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, sources told Haaretz that the current assessment is that Israel will refrain from launching a large-scale military operation in the Strip if no rockets are fired from Gaza overnight Thursday. The Prime Minister’s Office said that “the security cabinet has directed the IDF to continue taking strong action against the terrorists.”

The military said it struck 150 targets in Gaza in retaliation to some 200 rockets fired from the Strip at Israel. Over 30 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Several exploded inside Israel, including in the southern city of Be’er Sheva, located some 40 kilometers from the Strip. This was the first time rockets were fired at the city since the 2014 Gaza war. As a result of the rocket launches, a woman in Israel was seriously wounded while two others suffered light injuries.

Gaza’s Health Ministry reported that three Palestinians were killed by the Israeli attacks, including a pregnant woman, 23, her 18-month-old toddler and a man, who was identified as 30-year-old Ali Alrandur. He is the son of one of the commanders of Hamas’ armed wing, Iz al-Din al-Qassam. Six other people were wounded by the strikes.

Hours after the rocket hit Be’er Sheva, the IDF renewed its attacks on Gaza, destroying a building in the al-Shati refugee camp in northwestern Gaza. The strikes wounded 18 Palestinians, reports in Gaza said. According to the IDF, the five-story building was used by Hamas’s internal security forces.

Site where rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israeli town, Thursday morning, Aug. 9, 2018.
Site where rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israeli town, Thursday morning, Aug. 9, 2018.Eliyahu Hershkovitz
IDF strikes in Gaza overnightHaaretz

Palestinian sources, however, reported that the building housed a cultural center. A source in Gaza said that the building is located near the house of senior Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is from al-Shati refugee camp. A resident of the camp, where the building is located, told Haaretz that “the attacked building is an art and culture center which has no political or security use. The building also serves the Egyptian community that lives in Gaza. There is no reason to target this building other than harming a Palestinian cultural symbol.”.

The head of the Egyptian community in Gaza Adel Abd Al- Rahman said that the destroyed cultural center “serves thousands of of Palestinian mothers and was destroyed in a brutal and terrible way.”

‘Deeply alarmed’

The military started striking in the Strip overnight Wednesday after six rockets were fired from Gaza, landing in the southern Israeli town of Sderot and wounding 11 people. Eight people were admitted to the Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva and seven in Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon; a woman was in serious condition, and 13 others were treated for shock trauma. The sites in Gaza targeted by the Israeli military included a military compound east of Rafah and attack tunnels belonging to Hamas, the army said.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon appealed to the UN Secretary General and to the members of the UN Security Council, calling on them to “condemn the terror organization Hamas for its relentless terror attack in recent days on the communities in the south.” Danon said that “Hamas is solely responsible for the terror attacks and for launching beyond 180 rockets that have destroyed the hope of the children living near Gaza for a quiet summer vacation. No country would tolerate such a situation.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other officials at a meeting on Gaza at the IDF's headquarters, Tel Aviv, August 9, 2018.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other officials at a meeting on Gaza at the IDF’s headquarters, Tel Aviv, August 9, 2018.Defense Ministry
Smoke rises after an Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-storey building in Gaza City August 9, 2018
Smoke rises after an Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-storey building in Gaza City August 9, 2018\ MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS

The United Nations’ Middle East envoy, Nikolay Mladenov, released a statement late Wednesday night concerning the escalation between Israel and Gaza. “I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation, particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel,” he wrote.

“For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants. The UN has engaged with Egypt and all concerned parties in an unprecedented effort to avoid such a development,” Mladenov continued.

“Our collective efforts have prevented the situation from exploding until now. If the current escalation, however, is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people,” he warned.

U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt critcized Hamas actions overnight, tweeting: “Hamas regime again is launching rockets at Israeli communities. Another night of terror and families huddling in fear as Israel defends itself.”

“This is the Hamas regime’s choice. Hamas is subjecting people to the terrifying conditions of war again,” he added.

Hamas spokesman Abed Lateef Kano warned Thursday morning that Israel’s attacks will not be tolerated: “The resistance forces are doing what they have to do as part of protecting the Palestinian people from Israeli aggression,” he said. “The brutal Israeli attack and the targeting of civilians will not be tolerated quietly, and the occupation will pay the price and will not be successful in dictating a new equation,” he added.

British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt expressed concern over the “deteriorating situation in Gaza/Israel and civilian casualties.” In particular, he was worreid over reports of death of pregnant woman and child.” Burt added that “Hamas must end attacks against Israel. Support UN/Egypt efforts to restore calm and agree ceasefire. Escalation is in no-one’s interest.”.

Opposition lawmakers blasted Netanyahu’s government for failing to achieve a lasting truce in Egyptian-mediated ceasefire talks with Hamas.

“Netanyahu and Lieberman! You have failed!” Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay tweeted. “Is this the way to hold a negotiation? Our hearts are with the residents of the Gaza border region and we support the IDF in its mission of restoring security to residents of the area.”

Opposition leader MK Tzipi Livni said that “this government has weakened the moderates and strengthened the radicals, four years of wasting time.” She continued, saying: “This government prefers a Hamastan near the residents of the south. The ‘let the IDF win’ motto clearly doesn’t work without complementary policy.”

Misunderstanding

The developments came a day after the Israeli military fired at a Hamas facility in northern Gaza in response to fire from the Strip aimed at Israeli security forces. The tank fire killed two members of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades’ al-Nukhba elite unit and wounded six others, reports in Gaza said. The al-Qassam Brigades is the military wing of Hamas.

According to the IDF, the incident occurred due to a misunderstanding: The military believes that the shots that prompted an Israeli response were not deliberately aimed at IDF soldiers, but were part of a ceremony of the al-Qassam Brigades.

An IDF engineering corps force was operating in the area when the shots fired from Gaza were heard. The IDF thought it was an attempted sniper attack, and it was decided to fire a tank shell at the position in response.

An initial investigation has found, however, that the shooting took place two kilometers away from where the soldiers were operating. At this stage, it remains unclear whether the IDF knew of the ceremony, during which weapons were being fired. The assessment is that if any information had been received earlier about the event, senior IDF officers would not have approved the tank fire.

Site where rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israeli town, Thursday morning.
Site where rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israeli town, Thursday morning, Aug. 9, 2018.Courtesy Eshkol security

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Moscow aware of NATO’s plans to attack Russia

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Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian administration was aware of the plans of Russia’s potential enemies to start a war against the Russian Federation.

“Our awareness of what plans the US and other Western countries’ militaries are nursing in relation to the Russian Federation is guaranteed,” Lavrov said during the “Territory of Meanings” youth forum. The minister also said that Russia’s military presence in the worldensures the nation’s security and defense capability. Despite recent changes in the global agenda, Russian citizens will be protected accordingly, he added.

Lavrov’s remarks on the subject were not incidental. NATO regularly conducts exercises near Russian borders, especially in the Baltic countries. At the same time, the presence of US Navy vessels in the Black Sea has been growing steadily. NATO officials, including Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, constantly speak about “Russia’s aggression” and NATO’s need in defence.

In February of this year, Lavrov spoke about NATO member states preparing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against Russia, linking those efforts with large-scale military exercises near Russian borders.

NATO continues its expansion policy and does not mind accepting Georgia. These statements, however, are still extremely difficult to implement in practical terms. For Georgia to join the alliance, NATO should first recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as sovereign and independent states. Needless to say that the West is not ready to do it.

Russia s most lethal weapons named

At the same time, NATO continues the program for the modernisation of non-strategic B61 nuclear bombs in Europe. This is an American weapon that should be upgraded before 2024. There were 150 such bombs in Europe as of the winter of 2017. This fact does not contribute to easing tensions  between Russia and a number of Western countries either.

This is probably one of the reasons why Putin paid so much attention to the development of new types of nuclear weapons when he delivered his annual speech to the Federal Assembly. It is worth mentioning here that Russia has completed the trials for the new weapons and launched serial production of some of them.

In general, the awareness of potential threats is a normal situation for any developed country, and this is what Sergei Lavrov meant when he spoke at the forum. NATO does not want to stop its manoeuvres against “those Russians,” although this is a political and demonstrative step. However, such a demonstration of power, in turn, makes it clear that Russia needs to continue strengthening its own armed forces as well.


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Ukraine wants to have the army of Nazi zombies

NOVANEWS

What consequences will follow the introduction of Nazi and Bandera-style greetings in the Ukrainian army? Why does Ukrainian President Poroshenko want to nazify Ukraine?

Petro Poroshenko ordered to draft a bill that would replace army greetings from Soviet-style “Greetings,  comrades!” to Bandera-style “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Glory to heroes!”

The bill is to be approved by the Ukrainian parliament, which currently remains in recess. The parliament is to reconvene on September 4. Nevertheless, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the new greetings would be used during the military parade on Independence Day in Kiev on August 24. This suggests that Ukraine lives under the rule of certain individuals, rather than law.

The aforementioned Bandera-style greeting used by Ukrainian nationalists – “Glory to Ukraine!” -originates from “Heil Hitler!”(“Glory to Hitler!”) and “Sieg Heil!” (“Glory to Victory!”) exclamations that Nazi soldiers used during WWII.  The “Glory to Ukraine!” exclamation was officially introduced at the II Congress of the OUN* party in Krakow in April 1941.

Of course, Ukrainian trolls try to find other roots for their Nazi greeting, Christian and even pre-Christian ones. Yet, Ukrainian soldiers will subconsciously associate the new army greetings with the “deeds” of Ukrainian SS divisions “Galicia” and “Nachtigall.”

The crimes of Ukrainian nationalists were legally proved and established at relevant litigations that also established their direct connection with Nazis. People in the whole world are familiar with the photo showing a fascist aiming his gun at a naked woman, who tries to cover her child with her body. The man in the picture, who is executing the woman and her child, wears a uniform of SS soldier, but he is not a German. He is a native of Western Ukraine. He had served in Galicia division, and had taken part in the work of punitive troops since 1943.

Poroshenko consistently pursues the policy to nazify Ukraine. The main message of this policy is as follows: it was not the Soviet Army, but the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian insurgent army (Bandera supporters, UPA*) that liberated Ukraine from Nazism. How do common Ukrainians react to this?

Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk said: “If shouting “Glory to Ukraine!” could bring back peace to Ukraine, if it could raise people’s salaries and pensions, I would be shouting it 24/7.”

It appears that the Germans used to have the same feelings when Hitler came to power. We would like to hope that Ukraine does not become a prosperous country owing to a Nazi administration.

Here is what another person wrote on Facebook: “If you refuse to say “Glory to heroes” in response to “Glory to Ukraine” or if you do not know how to respond to this exclamation, just pretend that you are deaf, or they’ll shoot you, at least in your feet.”

Needless to say that the international community will not show any reaction to Ukraine’s decision to change army greetings from Soviet to Nazi ones. In Germany, however, it is considered criminal to say Nazi greetings. In Poland, Ukrainian Bandera-style exclamation is punishable by imprisonment. Yet, Brussels was OK with the anti-Russian Ukrainian slogan “Moskalyaku na gilyaku!” which literally translates as “Muscovites – on guillotines!”

The main principle of the European establishment today is as follows: the worse for Russia, the better. At the same time, Ukraine is striving with its fascist values to Europe. Who knows, maybe it will become a member of the European Union someday.

Ukrainian nationalists also use an anti-Jewish slogan – “Yude – get’!” (“Jews out!”), but Mr. Poroshenko enjoys respect in Israel. As for the “stronghold of democracy,” the United States, Washington shows strong resistance to the adoption of the anti-Nazi resolution that Russia and tens of other countries promote at the United Nations Organization. Ottawa and Kiev support Washington in this. After the Holocaust, Washington’s position on the topic should look wild and unacceptable for Israel, but Israel will never say goodbye to an annual aid of three billion dollars.

Psychiatrist and psychologist Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that Ukraine’s key national idea is the idea of nationalism. “It unites a fairly large group of people who are ready for extreme actions. Nationalism in Ukraine promotes ideas of chauvinism, fascism and anti-Semitism,” the expert told Pravda.Ru.

The first platform, where a national ideology should be realized, is a younger generation (kindergartens and schools). The next platform is the army. “If people have to go to kill other people, they should be ideologically zombified, because they should not think about anything else,” Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.

According to the psychologist, Ukraine did not have to reinvent the wheel – the country recreated the experience of Dr. Goebbels by inciting nationalist sentiments and making people believe in the superiority of their country over other nations.

“In the army, this greeting, which soldiers repeat throughout the day, becomes visceral. It requires no emotional coloring, and it zombifies people. They stop to reflect on the subject and take it for granted,” Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.

*OUN-UPA – terrorist organizations banned in Russia

Lyuba Lulko
Pravda.Ru


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Pravda: Russia to respond with military-strategic blow to new USA’s sanctions

NOVANEWS

Russia is prepared for another package of US sanctions and may respond to it with a military and strategic blow.

The new bill about new sanctions against Russia includes measures against the Kremlin elite and bans transactions with a new Russian sovereign debt. The Russian side will respond to the US with mirrored military and strategic measures, Anatoly Aksakov, the chairman of the Committee for Financial Market at the State Duma said.

Russia may revise some of Moscow’s international obligations. Aksakov stressed that it goes about  new acquisitions of Russia’s sovereign debt, which does not need to be increased as the budget operates with a surplus.

Russia’s budget is based on the price of oil at $40 per barrel. Taking into account the fact that today the price of oil is above $70, the Russian National Welfare Fund, which accumulates reserves, has been growing lately. Thus, the impact of US sanctions in this regard will be minimal.

Russia is prepared for the new sanctions, which, as Aksakov believes, are not going to affect the Russian economy. However, foreign investors have been turning their backs on Russian securities lately because of the intention of the US administration to impose new sanctions on Russia.

The Kremlin noted that US senators are going too far. As long as Russia’s unsubstantiated and far-fetched interference in US elections gives US officials the right to cause economic damage to the Russian economy and to the well-being of the Russian population, Russia has every reason to develop its own measures, including military and strategic ones, that would lead to irreparable losses for the US economy and population.

Russia may revise some of its international obligations against the background of its highly strained relations with the West. In the past, Russia had assumed certain obligations under certain international legal conditions. As long as the conditions are changing, the obligations will change too.

The US abjures its international responsibilities on a regular basis as well, including in the sphere of control over the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons (Iran nuclear deal), and in terms of tariff and non-tariff protectionism in trade.

According to the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper, the document entitled “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKAA), is intended to exert economic, political and diplomatic pressure on Russia in response to Russia’s ongoing interference in the American electoral process. The authors of the document pay special attention to Russia’s “pernicious influence in Syria” and “aggression in the Crimea”.

The authors of the document are Democrat Ben Cardin, Republican Lindsey Graham, Democrat Robert Menendez, Republican Cory Gardner, Republican John McCain, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. The measures to be taken against Russia include “sanctions against political figures, oligarchs, family members and others who directly or indirectly contribute to illegal and corrupt activities on behalf of Vladimir Putin.”

DASKAA also contains a paragraph on restrictive measures against transactions involving investment in energy projects that have the support of state or parastatal organizations of Russia, as well as sectoral sanctions against any person in Russia that could be involved in “malicious cyberactivity.”

The bill has received a lot of media attention lately because of its requirement to prohibit transactions with the new Russian sovereign debt. Interestingly, the bill appeared soon after the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki. The DASKAA text also complicates the procedure for the US withdrawal from NATO as much as possible and simplifies the transfer of defense equipment to the countries of the military bloc in order to reduce the dependence of certain NATO countries on Russia’s military equipment.

US officials started proposing new anti-Russian initiatives after the Helsinki summit.  For example, Republican Senator John Barrasso put forward an initiative against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 energy project. According to him, European countries need to diversify their imports of natural gas and opt for organic fuels from the United States.

Experts believe that such actions could take the world to a global crisis as financial markets would experience the shock that the world has not seen since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Restrictions on capital mobilization and sales of energy carriers would imply default on Russia’s external obligations, the amount of which is only slightly less than the debts of LB before its bankruptcy. USA’s new measures may thus trigger the effect of a house of cards and lead to deleverage on all markets.

In the beginning of the current year, when everyone was expecting sanctions on Russia’s federal OFZ bonds, the US Treasury Secretary clearly stated that such a move would be dangerous for the world financial system. At the same time, the USA may pass the DASKAA act to keep Russia on a short leash as was the case with the CAATSA act, the implementation of which took place only eight months after the document was adopted.


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Pakistan: Imran Khan and the Silk Road

NOVANEWS

By Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

The election of Imran Khan represents a turnabout in policy in South Asia in ways few expect. Khan will close the door on America’s longtime policy toward the Caspian Basin, a policy of dominance, regime change and military colonization. That policy will die a needed and painful death.

First of all, where no Pakistani leader ever could before, Khan will reach out to India. India’s Modi continues to push for strong suppression of Muslims in Kashmir and a wartime footing against China.

India, only recently, shelved their cooperative deal with Russia to develop a 5th generation fighter aircraft in favor of buying “off the shelf” technology, possibly from the US. The longtime military technology cooperation between Russia and India has been an unrealized buffer that has quelled hostile rhetoric between China and India, the burgeoning economic superpowers of the Silk Road.

The Silk Road, which will tie China and Germany with branches to South Asia, the Caspian and Caucuses, Turkey and Iran, even Afghanistan, will supplant all economic influence from the US and Saudi Arabia. What is also clear is that a regional economic community that spans Europe and Asia will quell the manufactured conflicts, fake terrorism and regime change tactics that America under Deep State leadership has turned to time and time again.

Toward this end, the election despite American and Israeli attempts to smear Imran Khan, of a Pakistani leader finally willing to cut ties with Wall Street and Tel Aviv, will signal a new age. This is particularly important in that Pakistan is the world’s only Islamic nuclear power as well.

Pakistan has long propped up Saudi oligarchical rule, efforts that have allowed Saudi Arabia to war on Yemen and openly join with Israel to support ISIS and al Qaeda and manipulate America into planning a sneak attack on Iran as well, or so recent leaks have announced to the world.

In the end, the alignments achieved during Syria and Iraq’s successful wars on Western backed terrorism, may well provide a platform for not just trade but regional security as well. Therefore, splitting Turkey from Iran and Russia, the Astana powers, is a prime policy consideration for the US.

As Turkey becomes increasingly distant from an American controlled NATO, particularly with Erdogan deeply concerned with America’s love affair with radical Gulanites he believes responsible for what he also considers a CIA backed coup against him in 2016, a durable economic and mutual security agreement between Turkey and Iran are likely to follow.

Similarly, with Turkey’s moves to modernize its own military, making it less dependent on covert technology transfers from Israel, that relationship, one that Erdogan now believes has been poisonous to Turkey, will disappear, or so many now believe they are observing.

The key to regional security, and this is where Imran Khan comes in, will be Pakistan’s possible role in bridging the gulf between China and India. With the broad economic partnership that Khan speaks of with India, Pakistan’s military partnership with China will not only become less important and less of a threat to India but will likely evolve into a stabilizing influence for the region.

With Khan’s Pakistan in play, free of Western control, free from the threat of India, Pakistan can assert its role as peacemaker in Afghanistan. Pakistan can also provide a regional buffer to threats against Iran as well, particularly if Khan chooses to develop trade relations in defiance of Deep State sanctions intended to crush Iran. Pakistan is not susceptible to American intimidation with an economy that has long suffered from globalist exploitation.

With Turkey, Canada and Germany increasingly skeptical of the benefits of NATO membership and Britain in political free fall resulting from both Brexit and the machinations of Boris Johnson and his Deep State handlers, America’s role as global policeman will become increasingly untenable.

Part of the motivation for restructuring Pakistan is the level of corruption tied to Western interference that has long ground that nation into the dirt. The gulf between rich and poor in Pakistan, as with so many nations, has increased even though Pakistan is free of hereditary elites and “oil Princes.” The “pie” as it were, in Pakistan has always been a small one with the seeds of corruption tied to Pakistan’s post-colonial embrace of British traditions of elitism and tolerance for human suffering.

Imran Khan has said he will bring this to an end with his promise of a welfare state financed through a crackdown on tax cheats, corruption and fraud.

The end result, regionally, if his policies prove their efficacy, will be a stronger role in regional trade and a strengthening of a Euro-Asian global order dependent on humanistic values and real economic advancement. The model chosen by the European Union, in juxtaposition, the concept of taxing Britain, France and Germany, to underwrite unrealistic currency and lifestyle “enhancements” for less productive nations, the rational for Brexit, is long dead.

What we will watch for, of course, is whether Khan means what he says and if his policies, considering the deep-seated nature of corruption in Pakistan, can be implemented. If so, a model state may well emerge, one that might lead to realistic reforms in Egypt, Afghanistan and even Iran.

What must be recognized is that democracy, as proven in America most recently, cannot survive war, or threat of war. Given this, it isn’t difficult to note how easily events are manipulated and to what end.

That end, for Europe and Asia, will be 7000 miles of economic partnership and mutual security, an end that will only be achieved if those who oppose global security are recognized, exposed and blocked in their efforts.

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